Maxfactor Gel Shine Lacquer Review

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Maxfactor Gel Shine Lacquer in (L-R) - Sparkling Berry*, Vivid Vermillion*, Twinkling Pink* & Radiant Ruby*

I was pretty excited a little while ago when four shades from the new Gel Shine Lacquer collection from Maxfactor turned up at my doorstep. I'm sorry to say I've never actually tried a polish from Maxfactor before, so I was really keen to see how these new lacquers faired. 

The new range features nine shades in total, and the four I received were Sparkling Berry* - a deep berry shade, Vivid Vermillion* - a totally 'pow!' bright orange, Twinkling Pink* - the perfect bright pink, and Radiant Ruby* - a gorgeous deep ruby red. Each of the shades are seriously stunning and I love the mix of brighter colours and deeper, more autumnal shades. I can definitely see the two reds getting a lot of use over the coming autumn months. 

In terms of quality and finish, these polishes are divine. The above nail swatches are actually from just one coat - proving just how opaque and pigmented these polishes are. They glide on seamlessly, dry quickly and give a completely stunning glossy finish. You look like you've had a gel manicure with these babies on, and the staying power is fantastic, with them lasting a good few days before they start to chip. I'm actually happy to say these are better quality than some of the big name nail polish brands out there, and at so £6.99 each they are completely worth the money. 

Have you tried the new polishes from Maxfactor yet? I've got my eye on this green shade - too perfect for autumn! The polishes are available at Boots and Superdrug stores, and are currently on offer for just £5.99 at Superdrug

Bright Bold Florals

Monday, 29 September 2014
Shorts*: Little Mistress
Sandals: New Look
Necklace: Primark
Watch: Michael Kors

I've been meaning to post this beautiful outfit for a while now, and seeing as the past few days have been unseasonably warm (it was like 25 degrees yesterday... whut!?) I thought it was the perfect opportunity. This absolutely stunning co-ord is from Little Mistress and is a floral lovers dream, but with just the correct amount of edginess to keep it on the right side of 'cool'. I actually think this is an amazing transitional piece that will see me well into autumn, as it'll look fab with a pair of black tights. 

I love the cut of the top, it's really flattering whilst being slightly cropped. The shorts are super comfy and obviously both items look fab on their own as well as pairing them up together! 

I decided to accentuate the outfit with some green-stoned jewellery, my Michael Kors watch and some sale bargain sandals from New Look. As much as I've loved wearing sandals over the past few months, I have to say I think my feet are ready for boots and wooly socks! 

Would you wear a floral-fantastic outfit like this? Let me know what you think! 

Autumn Get Ready with Me

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Today I ventured back into the world of YouTube after a long unplanned break, and I thought I'd come back with a bang in the form of this Autumn 'Get Ready with Me' video. I've only done one or two 'Get Ready with Me' videos in the past, so I'm still a little rusty, but I hope you like how it turned out. I thought I'd opt for a really autumnal look based around a deep wine red lip, as I adoooore this kind of look when things start turning autumnal. The look is pretty easy to recreate and I think it'll suit every skin tone. I didn't even use lip liner on the lips and I think I got away with it... maybe. 

Have a watch of the video below and let me know what you think. Also, if you'd like me to do more makeup looks or you have any requests, then give me a comment to let me know :) 

Becoming a 'Better' Version of Myself

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Do you ever feel well and truly sick of yourself? I've been feeling like that a lot lately. There has been a lot of stuff going on with my life that has been upsetting, stressful, amazing and frustrating all at the same time. It's been mostly a time of lows, with a few highs, but it has definitely been a whirlwind and not one I've really enjoyed.

Right now, I'm far from happy with myself. There are so many things I want to change but I have very little motivation to do anything about it. When I get sad, all I feel like doing is curling up in a ball and not leaving for a few days. That, or eat some chocolate. Which, if I'm honest, is where half of the problem lies.

Over the past couple of years I have put on a lot of weight. Whilst up until very recently I didn't see myself as overweight, I've come to realise that enough is enough and I'm getting to the point where I'm thinking of myself as fat. I'm sure I'm not what some people think of as fat, and I'm sure to some people I'm the size of a whale, but what matters most is how I feel about myself, and right now, I'm not happy.

I've struggled with eating, weight and self-esteem for well over a decade, and it's something I have always carried with me, ever since first encountering it all those years ago. I know I'm not the only person to ever feel uncomfortable about how I look, but to say my journey in life (weight-wise) has been a roller coaster thus far would be an understatement. I have been as small as a size 4 and as big as a size 18. I've never eaten healthily. I am a person of extremes and unfortunately this plays a big part when it comes to food. I either eat, and eat, and eat, or I eat very, very little.

Lately it's been the former, which has resulted in me gaining weight and getting up to an uncomfortable (for me) size 14. I haven't been this big in years, and the idea of it scares me, but not nearly as much as it would have done all those years ago (which scares me even more). I don't feel like 'me' right now, I don't look like me, and I feel like because of this I am missing out on living my life the way I want to. I don't want to worry about my stomach hanging out in the bodycon dress I adore, I don't want to have to say no to those shorts because my thighs are too big. I don't want to go to an event and feel completely out of place surrounded by healthy-looking, beautiful girls. I don't want to say 'no' to my boyfriend taking a photo of us together because I'm worried about how I look. I don't want to see my friends after months of not seeing them and constantly have a voice in my head telling me they're all looking at me and thinking 'Woah, she's put on weight'. I don't want to feel sad about how I look. Lately, that's exactly what I've been doing.

So I've decided it's time for a change. And I'm not taking this lightly, but I'm also not expecting it to be a quick and easy process, or a drastic one at first. I have had these 'time for a change' moments so many times before now and they've never worked out. What makes it different this time is that I'm reaching out to you guys to make sure I can actually do this. I want to be able to look back at my journey and feel proud that I put my mind to something and I really achieved it. I want the pressure of all my readers relying on me to prove myself to spur me on. I know you guys won't think little of me if I fail, but I want that added pressure nonetheless. I'm not doing this because I feel I need to look a certain way, I'm doing it to make myself happy. Happiness is the most important thing, I think, in life, not what you look like. But to me those two things work in sync with one another and so making myself the best 'me' I can be is vital in improving my happiness. I hope you guys have faith in me (I'm not sure I have faith in myself just yet...)

Seeking Out Summer

Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Dress*: AX Paris
Sandals: River Island 

As the weather has been unseasonably warm lately, I've been all about getting the most out of my summer wardrobe. I always find I buy loads of summer clothes, and end up wearing them once or twice, so I'm all about making the most of the warmer weather now it's with us. I was sent this dress from AX Paris a while ago and it's the perfect dress to throw on and dress up or down. It's currently in the sale too and will probably sell out asap so get your mitts on it now if you can! 

I paired it with my River Island sandals, another item I'm trying to get a bit more use of before autumn comes to the forefront of fashion. I'm pretty excited about it to be honest - whilst I love summer fashion there is nothing better than tartan scarves, red wine hues and chunky knits. But for now I'm happy to keep summer alive until it turns chillier! 

Are you making the most of the weather and using up the last of your summer wardrobe? 

The Uh-Mazing £9.99 Clarisonic Cleansing Brush Alternative

Monday, 15 September 2014

I've been lusting after a Clarisonic for absolutely ages, but paying over £100 for something I'm not entirely sure I'll get along with just doesn't sit well with me. Whilst Clarisonic cleansing brushes have received rave reviews, some of us just don't have the cash to make that kind of investment. 

However, the skincare gods have answered our savvy-shopping prayers by releasing a considerably cheaper cleansing brush. One that fits the bill in terms of Clarisonic's proportions, but comes at a teeny fraction of the price. 'How much?' I hear you ask... Just £9.99. Pretty unbelievable, right? 

That's right - Lidl, everyone's favourite discount grocery store, has jumped on the cleansing brush bandwagon and has well and truly come up with the goods, releasing the Sanitas Cleansing Brush, at a ridiculously affordable price. I've been lucky enough to receive a brush to try and I just have to fill you guys in on what I think to it. 

First of all, I will just say now that I've never had the pleasure of trying any of the 'big gun' cleansing brushes out there, so this is my first experience with one. I will be keen to see how other bloggers who have previously tried the likes of the Clarisonic think this fairs, however. 

Okay, so if you're new to cleansing brushes - they're pretty simple. The general idea is that you use them along with your favourite gel/foam cleanser to give a much deeper, more effective clean. The brush works by rotating at a variety of different speeds to buff away at the skin and get rid of makeup, dead skin cells, dirt and grime, leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft. It's said to remove considerably more makeup, dirt etc. than traditional cleansers, which is what has made cleansing brushes such a popular choice over recent years. 

So, what do I think to Lidl's cleansing brush offering? Honestly, I love it. I've only been using it for a couple of weeks but for the price I think this is a complete must-have if you're all about skincare on a budget. I'll be the first to admit, I can be pretty lazy when it comes to my skincare, but having this bad boy on hand has made things so much quicker and easier. I simply rinse my face, whack a bit of cleanser onto the brush, push the button and move the brush in circular motions over my skin. It usually creates a bit of a lather (depending on the cleanser you're using), and after a minute or two your makeup and muck is buffed away. Then all that's needed to do is rinse it off and voila - perfectly cleansed skin. 

It can take a bit of getting used to, having this machine vigorously cleansing your face, but it is totally worth it and after a couple of days you become accustomed to it. Since using it my skin is so much softer and smoother, blackheads are reduced and I feel like for once my skin is getting a proper clean. Usually when I wash my makeup off and go to apply my toner tonnes of my makeup is still on my skin - but not anymore. Very little, if anything at all, remains on my face once using this and that definitely gets me excited. There is nothing better than the feeling of properly cleaned skin. 

I have noticed a few spots pop up since using this brush but I think this is what is known as the 'purging' stage - where your skin kicks out all the bad stuff due to having such a good clean, making way for gorgeous skin. It's literally just a few little pimples though and not cystic acne - the overall appearance of my skin's texture etc. has improved a lot so the pimples don't bother me much! 

Overall I am a huge fan of the Sanitas Cleansing Brush and would completely recommend it to anyone who feels like they're not giving their skin a good enough cleanse. For £9.99 it comes with three replacement brush heads, as well as the batteries needed to keep it going (unlike the Clarisonic it isn't mains powered/charged but relies on disposable batteries). It might not be pink but it sure is good at what it does, and I would 100% recommend it. 

The Sanitas Cleansing Brush is available from Lidl and is released TODAY, so get your hands on it asap. I predict this product will sell out straight away, so go hunt it down whilst you can!