Benefit spray tan – review

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Benefit Cosmetics is a well-known makeup brand – but did you know it offers a lot more than just makeup?! For the past four months i’ve been working at the Benefit Boutique within House of Fraser, Glasgow, on a temp contract. It is the only boutique in Scotland which makes it extra special… it even has a champagne bar! 

You can book in to have your eyebrows waxed and tinted, creating the infamous ‘Benefit Brow’ which is tailored to suit each individual’s face shape. All the brow girls are lovely and always do an amazing job. There are quite a few counters which have brow bars (im sure you have heard of them or probably been to one!) but the boutique in Frasers has a body waxing room and also a room for spray tanning! Now, I am a gal who LOVES being tanned and I was so impressed with the Benefit spray tan I had to share my experience with you.

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The tanning formula they use is Vita Liberata and it is non-toxic, organic & moisturising. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about as I had only used gradual tan before. So, I booked in for a full body tan with the same girl who does my eyebrows – Emma. 

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I wish I had taken a ‘before’ photo – i’m a wee bronzed goddess! You can opt for a light, medium or dark tan. The one I got was medium and it was perfect for my skin-tone. Emma is a perfectionist. From brow shaping to body waxing and tans, she does every job so well. It dries in seconds which I was very impressed with! When I washed it off, the morning after I got it done, I had no horrible streaks. It was pretty much flawless all over. Even my hands looked good! These tans tend to last for about a week; just keep your skin nice and moisturised.

I always think that I look much healthier when I have a tan. I don’t like being orange but it’s nice having a little glow, especially in winter! I’m already looking forward to my next one. Have you ever had a spray tan at Benefit before? Let me know in the comments! 

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glowing makeup

I feel like despite ‘January blues’ a lot of people are really motivated this month, creating new goals for the year and trying to stick to resolutions they have made. One goal I have is to get back in to weekly blogging – I was doing so well at the start of 2016! 

So many people are detoxing or partaking in Dry January (I for sure am NOT) and this all fits in with creating a fresh and healthy start to the new year. My lack of detoxing aside however, I can advise you on how to achieve fresh, glowing and beautiful looking skin with the help of makeup!

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I tend to only wear full coverage foundation for nights out now as I have to wear a lot of makeup for work and I feel like it’s been taking its toll on my skin! When I am off I love having makeup-free days or opting for a natural but radiant look like this one.

Maybelline Fit Me foundation is really lightweight yet has medium, build-able coverage and I love it! This, along with Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer creates a really glowing base for the rest of your makeup. The Wake Me Up concealer is brightening, so as well as camouflaging dark circles it reflects the light. 

Once I have finished the rest of my face go in with lots of highlight. One I am loving just now is a Vivid Baked one from Makeup Revolution in the shade Peach Lights. It is a really soft, pigmented powder and a little goes a long way!

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sparkly eyes – Autumn

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I love this time of year, it’s getting colder and darker but now we can start wearing cosy winter clothes yay! 

Im always experimenting with my makeup and recently i’ve been pretty obsessed with warm tones and sparkles. These four swatches are from one of my Makeup Revolution palettes which I use every day. The photo doesn’t do the shimmery shades justice – their pigment is amazing and lasts all day! 

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I’ve been wearing the dark shade all over my lid and under my eye; with either the gold shimmer or copper shimmer on top. I use a champagne colour highlight for the inner corner – I got it from H&M and keep repurchasing, it’s so good! 

In terms of foundation & lips i’ve been trying to keep it quite minimal.. my skin has been a nightmare recently and i’m only just starting to see some improvements with medication. I quite like to wear a pinky lip liner smudged out then just apply some vaseline – that’s what I have on in the picture. 

I want to experiment with some other colours, possibly berry/pink shades. What palettes would you recommend? The Morphe palettes look amazing, has anyone used them? Let me know in the comments.

Amy xxx

Health, Beauty & Fashion Inspiration

Millie Mackintosh – MADE 

I was given this book for my birthday, mainly because of my love for Millie Mac, but it has been so helpful and interesting – a book you can always refer back to, open at any page and be inspired! 

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Nosey Frenchie wanted in on the action!

Whether you love Made in Chelsea or not, if you are interested in fashion you will know of Millie Mackintosh and her incredible sense of style. I was so happy to get my hands on her hardback book which went on sale last September. It’s split in to four sections: style, beauty, food and fitness. Each one contains tips and ideas based on her own experience. Maybe it’s just because I’m nosey and love knowing people’s routines, or because I love Millie but I have found her book so interesting and helpful too! There is everything from her fake tan routine and what to wear to a festival, to tasty recipes and “Skinny Bitch Collective” workouts. Still not intrigued? Here are my top 5 tips I have gained from this book…

TOP 5 TIPS

– Mix some facial toner with water and freeze in an ice-cube tray. The combination helps to dry out and soothe spots if you get a nasty break out.

– A gel-filled eye mask blocks out light and combats baggy eyes.

– Going on a dinner date? If the lighting is likely to be low, wear a necklace that brightens your skin. 

– Sunnies are a MUST for festivals. The sun may not shine but you’ve gotta hide that hangover. 

– Avocado, honey & oil make a cheap, moisturising and strengthening hair mask. 

 

This book is a saviour if you’re ever in need of some style/beauty/fitness inspiration. Have you read it before?? Let me know in the comments!

 

Amy x

London City Break Essentials

On Friday, I am going to London for the weekend! I’ve only been once before, in 2013 I went to Fashion Week for a few days with uni, but I haven’t done any of the touristy things before. We fly down on Friday and home on Sunday, so lots of time for activities!

I’ve been searching the internet for posts about what to pack for city breaks, and London in particular, but not much has came up. I always do this before going places because I hate packing. It’s always interesting, and somewhat comforting, reading other people’s views on essentials for a trip. I know what I need to take, but there’s so much I want to take  – that I probs don’t need! So, I’m writing this for people like me, who search for posts like this. 

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These are six “essential” things based on what I have taken on previous trips and what I think I will need for London…

1. Camera. Yep, I’m gonna be a typical tourist and snap away! I recently bought a Canon camera which I’ve been using for blogging. I’m excited to take lots of photos!

2. Mom Jeans. These are super comfy and great for a city break, easy to dress up or down. Especially good for London in February as I assume it’s going to be quite cold!

3. Layers. It can be hard to pack a stylish and compact wardrobe suitable for the weather. Neutral coloured cardigans or jumpers are easy to add to an outfit if you’re needing some extra warmth. (A blouse or shirt is a good idea too as they look good with or without the addition of a jumper)

4. Leather Boots. Heeled boots are great as they can be worn day and night. I’ll probably take trainers too, but it’s good to keep your options open! I’m not really a high-heels gal so I’ll wear boots out at night. These ones are from River Island.

5. Backpack. I just think a backpack would make life easier when walking about shops etc. This leather backpack is from Urban Outfitters, I use it all the time and would say it’s the perfect size.

6. Lipstick. Maybe this isn’t an essential item, but I’d certainly be lost without it! Down-sizing my makeup bag for a trip away means ditching my bigger eyeshadow palettes, so I make up for it with a dark lip – this is Whirl, a darker nude.

I hope you found this post useful if you’re struggling to pack for a weekend away! Apart from the obvious, let me know if there’s anything else I might need. Thanks for reading!

 

Amy x

Valentines Night Out

I’m not really a fan of Valentines Day and how much of a hype it seems to have gotten over the past few years – but I do like to go out for dinner, any excuse and I’ll take it! Whether you’re going on a romantic date, a mate date or just heading out for drinks with friends, a bold makeup look is just what you need! Do not opt for a boring natural look, even though it’s easiest and I am guilty of this too, but spice it up – extend your eyeliner flicks and add some glitter…

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I’m terrible at eye makeup, so after searching Pinterest I found a picture which I thought I could recreate with my Naked 3 palette. If you don’t have this palette, you just need 4 shades – matte cream/white, matte brown, shimmery champagne & shimmery brown (darkest you can find)!

Firstly, I worked the matte brown into the crease and highlighted my brow bone and inner-corner with the matte cream. Next I patted on the champagne shimmer across the lid and darkened the outer corner with the shimmery brown. Then blend blend blend! Sweep whatever is left on your brush under your eye so it all ties in together. I added some liquid eyeliner to make the look a little bit more dramatic!

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Finished look and grainy iPhone quality selfie…

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I wore this look out to dinner and wore my Kylie Lip Kit in Candy K. This is my go-to nude lipstick just now as it lasts alllll night long. I used it for a nightout last weekend and I didn’t have to reapply it once! Amazing!

Now my makeup is sorted, I need to find something I can wear! What are your plans for Valentines day?

Amy x

Jennifer Lawrence Inspired Makeup

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Did you see Jennifer Lawrence at the London premier of the Hunger Games last week?? As always, she looked amazing! I thought it would be fun to try and recreate her glowing makeup-look.

She looks as if she is wearing barely any makeup at all, so I opted for a light coverage, dewy foundation and lots and lots of highlighter! Everyone who knows me, knows that I love winged eyeliner so this was very fun to do.

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My skin is very bad just now so I am wearing lots of foundation (anyone who has tips on how to clear up skin PLS help) I’ve tried to go a week with no makeup and it hasn’t worked, so then I try cover it cos its embarrassing and it gets worse… it’s just a never ending cycle!

Anyway… Main products used:

Maybelline Fit Me foundation, I am obsessed with it just now, it looks so natural and dewy.

Makeup Revolution Baked Peach Highlighter

Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner

MAC Ramblin Rose & Shanghai Spice, these work fabulously together – Ramblin Rose is a bit more shimmery.

Makeup Revolution Death by Chocolate palette, this smells like actual chocolate and has beaut shades, what more could you want??

I mention makeup revolution a lot but I honestly love it! It’s SO cheap and great quality. The chocolate palette is a dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate bar, why pay more than three times the price when it’s basically the exact same product?? If you try it let me know! : ) Hope you liked this post!

Amy x