Lets Talk Make Up

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Hey There,

Firstly I must apologise for my lack of blogging organisation skills, I can’t believe it has taken me nearly two months to tell you all about ‘my thoughts’ on the contents of my #Sotonmeetup goodie bag – How bad of me! (I promise I have sorted this out now), I now have a blogger note book, planner, and ‘to blog’ box, keeping me in check, (So its time to let the scheduled blogger in me out!).

In May I was lucky enough to meet up with some lovely bloggers of the Southampton/Bournemouth area. It was such a fun day! Not only did I get to drink cocktails, eat nice food, and chat fashion and beauty with some very nice people, but I also got to leave with a goodie bag bulging with things for me to try… Blogger heaven in a bag! I’m not going to bombard you with all ‘my thoughts’ on the goodie bag today, (Otherwise you would need more than a cuppa tea), I thought I would do it in stages , (Keep up with my posts here). Today I’m talking about Miners and Beauty UK, two completely new brands to me.

I actually got my hands on four Miners products, (To be honest I had never heard of them before) I had a mascara, highlighter, lipstick, and lip balm, (Check me out). I know I should always start with the positives, but for now I’m going in with the negative, (Don’t worry, it does get better)….The mascara was a complete disappointment for me, my regular readers will know, I’m a bit of big lash, full volume, kinda girl, (You know what I mean), so for me the Miners mascara just didn’t cut it. It gave my lashes no extra length, fullness, not even much of a coating. It looks a bit flakey and like I have attempted it half asleep - I can only describe it as if I’ve gone to sleep with my mascara on and woken up with it half off, (We all know that look). For someone that doesn’t like to wear much mascara, this could be something you could like, and its only £3.49.. But you know what they say, sometimes you get what you pay for, (Or in this case, didn’t pay for…).

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The lipstick is a stunning shade, a lovely warm coral with a hint of pink, and even a hint of some fruit scent, (Although at first I thought it was more of a red, what do you think?). I love the name, ‘Wonderland’, inspired by, well we all know that fairytale, right? The lipstick adds a gorgeous pop of colour to my day time looks, and even with the matte effect it doesn’t seem to dry out, (So put away those lip balms ladies). The formula is pretty standard, I would say its wear-ability and smudge resistance is similar to most lipsticks on the market, and its only £3.99, (Total bargain).

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‘The cheek of it’, what a fantastic name, and perfect for this little pocket highlighter. This little beauty, gives a lovely, but subtle golden shimmer to your cheeks, ideal for daytime looks. (I say subtle, as once you rub it in slightly, it does loose its impact). This is the first pop stick highlighter I have used, and I was quite surprised at how easy the cream formula was to apply, I’m normally a powder kinda lady. Its not as sparkly or shimmery as highlighters I have used in the past, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes we all like to tone down our looks, (Even me). The size, and pop stick action, make the highlighter a definite handbag essential, (For those all important top ups).  Unfortunately I can’t seem to find this one on their website, so I’m not sure on the price or even if its been continued. 

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Beauty UK’s blush&brush in capital pink, (£2.99). I’m sure when you first see the picture you will think ‘wow, that’s a bit bright’, because that’s what I did – I thought it would be way too much, (No clown face here thanks). I’m so used to wearing more softer pink, coral tones on my cheeks, so I was a bit apprehensive about this one. Now I’m not going to lie, when you first put it on, it does look a bit ‘doll’ like, and we all know one of those people who wears too much blusher don’t we?, WelI I would be one of them if I just walked out the door. Like all my blushers, I always finish the looks by sweeping a light coat of bronzer across my face. It blends the blusher in nicely, making it appear more natural, (No crayon to the face look), and at the same time creates a lovely finish. SO of course, once I did this with the capital pink, it actually looked rather nice. 

Now there’s probably not a lot you think I could say about a lip balm, but actually the Miners Tin o Tint (£2.99), isn’t just an ordinary lip balm. Its not only got that soft, melting to the mouth formula, but it smells like ‘cocoa beans’, and gives your lips a lovely ‘nude’ tint. They even have more scents, and tint colours, if a nude lip, and cocoa smell doesn’t tickle your fancy.

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Both being new brands to me, I would like to try some more, so if you have any suggestions let me know? Which one do you like best on me?

Lots of love,

KBxx

Celebrity Style Crush #2

Hey There,

So last week on the blog, I decided to start a series of ‘celebrity style crushes’. Starting with the Kardashians.

Today I’m talking about one of my ultimate girl crushes, Rosie Huntington Whiteley! (What a babe!) She is so stunning,

I think she is best known for her work with Victoria Secret and Burberry, (Probably known amongst the males as the hot girl who replaced Megan Fox in Transformers). I have always thought she was so beautiful, she has a great complexion, and to me looks like a natural beauty – Girl next door meets English rose.

When I’m looking for a classy, stylish, but not OTT outfit, I tend to look at RHW for inspiration. She pulls off a lot of looks, from sexy, chic, classic, and ‘girly’. If her look was brought from the high-street, I can imagine her ‘go to’ shops being Zara & JL, what do you reckon?

Which ones your favourite look?

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Oh and what a couple!! Got to love a bit of Jason Stratham to!

Happy Hump day! Let me know who your celeb style crush is?

Lots of love,

KBxx

Manicure Monday #19

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 Barry M – Crystal Glaze Top Coat

Hey There,

It feels like it has been a little while since I have done a Manicure Monday post, (Think it is just about time for a trip to the nail bar, for a little beauty haul). Today I thought I would talk about Crystal Glaze top coat by Barry M. This little sparkly number has been sat in my nail collection for quite a while, and just hasn’t been shown any love.

I am all about the sparkles, so when I first saw the Crystal Glaze polish (£3.99), I was keen to get my hands on it, and give it a try. To be honest, my first impressions were not great, I kind of thought it looked a bit ‘cheap’. Being sat in my nail box, gathering dust, I rediscovered it the other week, as I went to paint my nails with my Rimmel Salon Pro Reggae Splash. The Crystal Glaze has a slight pink/peachy tone to it, so I thought I would try it out with my favourite orange nail colour…

Much to my surprise, I now really like the effect of the ‘crystals’, I obviously was trying it on the wrong colours. I have seen a picture online where it looks great against black, definitely going to try that look out when I want to get glammed up. It gives the nails a gorgeous glossy look, while the ‘crystals’ glisten under the light. 

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What do you think of the Crystal Glaze? Can you see the ‘crystals’?

Lots of love,

KBxx

Sunday Catch Up

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Hey There, 

This week I have been back up to Wales, spending time with the boyfriend and reminiscing with old uni and Cardiff friends. I’ve been a bit of a lady of leisure actually, and I rather liked it. 

Wednesday was Ben’s graduation, I didn’t go to the ceremony, (As lets face it they are pretty boring), and I didn’t have a ticket anyway, (I wasn’t complaining…I know this may make me a bad girlfriend). I obviously got involved with the celebrations though. We went to Cardiff’s Viva Brazil, which I have been wanting to go to for ages! And the food was delicious! The idea of it is that you can help your self to the ‘salad bar’, (I put the apostrophes in, as it wasn’t really a healthy salad bar if you know what I mean), and then the waiters/waitresses come round and you can have up to 15 cuts of meats, from Chicken, Gammon, Steak and so on. Unfortunately there are no pictures, as when it comes to food I get stuck right in before even thinking about pictures, (I need to learn to control this so I can actually show you what I am eating not just tell you about it). The ‘salad’ bar, was Brazilian cuisine, with garlic mash and rice, their version of potato salad, fried palento, and bananas, pork and bean stew, and more. I could of filled up on that alone. I think I made it through three meats before I had to throw the napkin in, (Stuffed is an understatement). I  have decided I need to go back on a day I am ready to ‘pig out’. Rumour has it, a similar place has opened up near me in Southampton, *excited face*.

Thursday me and Ben spent the day together, we chilled, I went for an amazing Origins facials in John Lewis Cardiff, (Post on that up later this week), and then we chilled more, and obviously ended up at Nandos, Bens favourite place. Friday I caught up with a good mate of mine I used to work with, we hung out, chatted a lot, grabbed some cake and hot chocolate, and caught up, (Can I not do this everyday?). Friday evening me and Ben went to watch the new Planet of the Apes, I originally agreed if he brought me ice cream, (Ben & Jerrys is the way to my heart), and I have come out raving about the film. It was so good, so much better than I expected and I’m now hoping for a third.

Saturday was my Race for Life, having not trained well at all, I was not looking forward to it. With the thunder and lightening the night before I was secretly hoping it would be called off, (Naughty I know). But it was all for a good cause so I got my self in gear and managed to run the whole 10k, (Without walking), and team mini eggs, managed to raise £200.00 for Cancer Research, (Is there any better reason to put on your trainers?). After pigging out at Nandos (Again) post run, I spent the rest of the day trying not to fall asleep. And I would of done, if it wasn’t for the fact I had to get glammed up for a girls night out, and some cocktail making lessons. Luckily the alcohol pulled me through the night! I was quite impressed with my cosmopolitan making skills to be honest, (No spillage at all), maybe because its my favourite, and we are talking alcohol here.

I had a few posts I wanted to do today, but having travelled back from Wales, (Slightly hungover) I haven’t got the energy now, (So this is all your getting unfortunately). Plus I can smell mums roast cooking so the #bbloggers chat and vegging out on the sofa  it is instead.

On the blog this week I have been talking, WishlistsMy Skincare RoutineBrush on False Lashes and OOTD’s. Have a look and let me know what you think.

What have you been up to this week? Hope you have had a lovely week.

Lots of Love,

KBxx

Dress, Tights & Boots Kinda Day #OOTD

Hey There,

Wednesday was Bens Graduation, I had my outfit planned in my head for a while, (Hoping for a sunny day) I thought I couldn’t go wrong with a nice floaty dress and sandals! Being in Wales, of course the weather had other ideas. Luckily, I had my KG boots, and ASOS leather jacket to quickly turn my OOTD in to a weather appropriate version. I’m not one for wearing black tights with dresses, I think it looks OK on others, I just have a funny thing about it, (I have an issue with black socks to, but that’s a whole other story), but I was quite happy with how this impromptu look turned out.

The dress is  by Shikha London and is a lovely grey/silver colour with gold detail, a floaty skater style dress – one I brought during university. The Leather Jacket is from ASOS two years ago and the boots are Kurt Geiger, (Similar).

Here’s a new alternative to my old Dress or this one, and similar Jacket.

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Not sure how I feel about these photo angles, this is what happens when Ben takes the photos haha.

I’ve not long come back from the Race for Life 10k, so I think it is time for nap. Hope your enjoying your Saturday and the weather is nicer where you are.

Lots of love,

KBxx