The Sunshine Award!

What is the Sunshine Award?

I was delighted to be nominated by the lovely Lucille from http://pinkleopardlipstick.blogspot.co.uk for The Sunshine Blogging Award.

For those of you who don’t know, this award is for positive and creatively inspiring other bloggers. As a new blogger, I’m so excited to be a part of this! Thank you Lucille!

So if you would like to learn more about me, please read on!

Sunshine AwardThe Rules

The Rules are as follows:

1) Share 11 facts of your choice about yourself.

2) Answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you.

3) Nominate 11 bloggers of your choice.

4) Include 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated to answer.

11 Facts About Me

1) I’m currently studying for my masters in Broadcast Journalism.

2) I’m a vegetarian and I love animals.

3) I’m obsessed with everything to do with Harry Potter and I’m not ashamed to admit I wish Hogwarts was real…

4) The vast majority of things I own are the colour pink.

5) I think The Vampire Diaries is one of the best TV shows ever made.

6) I’m probably the worst procrastinator I know- I’m desperately trying to stop this but have had no luck yet!

7) I really want a pet micro pig as I think they are unbelievably cute (but then again, who doesn’t!)

8) It’s my ambition to write fiction books one day.

9) I think I’m addicted to chocolate.

10) If it’s glittery or sparkly, I usually want to buy it.

11) Listening to music and singing (usually to myself) makes me so happy.

Lucille’s Questions To Me

1) What’s your favourite low-end makeup brand?

I love lots of low-end drugstore makeup brands but I’ve been particularly impressed by Maybelline’s products at the moment! Their The Rocket and Colossal mascaras are fantastic and their baby lips lip balms and colour tattoo cream eyeshadows are so amazing for the price!

2) Name one celebrity you would love to meet.

There’s so many celebrities I would be ridiculously excited to meet but I would absolutely love to meet Emma Watson. She’s beautiful stylish, down to earth and intelligent and I think she’s an amazing role model for young women. Plus she happened to be in Harry Potter, my favourite film franchise ever so I would definitely love to quiz her about that!

3) What is the best advice you have ever been given?

That ‘you make your own luck.’ This is my godfather’s favourite saying and I think that while we all need a little bit of luck, exciting things will come our way if we work hard for them.

4) What’s one experience that you will never forget?

Skiing in Lake Tahoe in Nevada was amazing, being able to see the desert while you’re knee deep in snow is pretty surreal!

5) What’s one present you want to get this Christmas?

The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette is most definitely on my Christmas list! I’ve heard it’s coming out mid December so that’s perfect timing for the Christmas stocking! I’m in love with the original Naked palette and the rose gold hues in the Naked 3 palette look equally as incredible!

6) Who’s your celebrity crush?

I know this seems like I’m taking the Harry Potter obsession a bit far but I think Daniel Radcliffe is perfect- he’s gorgeous, intelligent and humble.

7) What one country would you love to live in?

I’ve always been fascinated with America, I would really love to live there one day and it’s my life’s ambition to visit every single state- USA watch out!

8) What’s your favourite hot/cold drink?

My favourite hot drink has to be the British favourite of a cup of tea- it seems to solve all life’s stresses and is the perfect antidote if you’ve had a bad day! My favourite cold drink is probably Diet Coke as it’s so refreshing, especially on a hot day (not that we get many of those here in Britain!)

9) What was your favourite subject at school?

My favourite subject at school was always English because I love writing and day-dreaming up lots of creative things- that’s why I love blogging!

10) What’s your favourite high-end makeup brand?

This is a hard one- I love Mac and Illamasqua, but my favourite high-end brand at the moment has to be Urban Decay. Their eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented and their All Nighter spray always sets my makeup perfectly- plus they’re cruelty free!

11) If you were only allowed to shop at one shop for the rest of your life what would it be?

I would choose T.K Maxx (or T.J. Maxx if you’re an American reader) because then you could buy designer makeup, clothes and homeware all in one place all at much lower prices. This may be slightly cheating as I think you could get pretty much all you needed there for life (apart from maybe enough food)!

My 11 Nominated Bloggers 

1) Nykki from http://www.josephinenychole.com

2) Katie from http://subtlecoral.blogspot.co.uk

3) Michelle from http://thoushaltnotcovet.net

4) Beky Lou from http://www.bekylou.com

5) Georgina from http://www.shemightbeloved.com

6) Sera from http://www.theagoraphobicfashionista.com

7) Becky from http://lipgloss-and-lashes.blogspot.co.uk

8) Diane from http://stylecontext.com

9) Gemma from http://www.alittlegemm.blogspot.co.uk

10) Cat from http://www.whatcatsays.blogspot.co.uk

11) Georgina from http://www.makeup-pixi3.com

11 Questions For My Nominated Bloggers To Answer!

 1) Why did you decide to start your blog?

2) If you could only take one makeup item to a desert island what would it be?

3) What would be the soundtrack to your life?

4) Who would you want to play you in a film about your life?

5) Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the languages in the world?

6) If you could be invisible, read peoples’ minds or fly, which superpower would you pick and why?

7) Which two celebrity guests (alive or dead) would you invite to your dinner party?

8) What is the best present you have ever received?

9) What’s your favourite beauty product to use in the winter months?

10) If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?

11) What’s your best makeup tip/trick? 

I hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to read your answers to any of the questions above in the comments!

Alice xx

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How Much Is My Face Worth?

Buying makeup is an expensive necessity for most of us, but how much money are we really spending on our face?

Well, after seeing this tag covered by many of my favourite beauty bloggers and feeling particularly inspired by Subtle Coral’s version, I decided to give it a go!

So I began  the rather scary task of finding out how much my daily makeup routine was costing me!  I’m rather glad this didn’t count my shameful and ever-growing makeup collection, because the results of this were pretty eye-opening! I also didn’t include skincare or makeup tools so my total is purely for the makeup products I would use on a day to day basis!

The  products in this post are what I would normally use for glamorous (but not ott) everyday makeup. Though I must admit this makeup look is for the (sometimes rare) times when I listen to the alarm clock and get up early enough to put my full ‘face’ on!

So here it goes…

All my Makeup!

All my daily makeup!

Face Products

My Face Makeup!

Daily Face Makeup!

Smashbox Photo Finish More than Primer Blemish Control- £28.00

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation in shade 3-  £27.50

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder- £6.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Shade 006 warm beige- £3.99

Collection Lasting Perfect Concealer in Shade 3 Medium £4.19

Sleek Blush in shade Rose Gold- £4.49

Total: £75.16

Eye Products

Daily eye makeup!

Daily Eye Makeup!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (comes free with Urban Decay naked palette)

Urban Decay Original Naked Eyeshadow Palette £37.00

Loreal Volume Million Excess Mascara in Black £10.99

Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara in Black £6.99 (yes I feel I must use two mascaras…)

HD Brow Palette in Vamp £19.96

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in shade 061 Jet Black £2.99

Barry M Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black- £5.49

Total: £83.42

Lip products

Daily lip products!

Daily Lip Products!

Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Peach Kiss £2.99

Sally Hansen Lip Inflation Lip Plumper £6.39

 Total: £9.38

Grand Total: £167.96

My £166 Face!

My £167.96 Face!

Although my total is pretty terrifying. These products will (hopefully) last me a very long time so I should get my money’s worth! Also, the prices listed are at the standard RRP and I know I will have taken advantage of some store deals to get some of my products for cheaper than their full price!

I tag these bloggers and all you other lovely people to work out how much your face is worth! :

  1. Lisa from http://lisabella-x.blogspot.co.uk
  2. Shay from http://www.whatsontheblog.co.uk
  3. Martyne from http://www.goingtheextrastyle.com
  4. Gabriella from http://brightongirlblogger.com
  5. Scarlett from http://scarlettlondon.com
  6. Kate from http://www.prettylittleus.com

£15 Christmas Party Makeup Look!

I challenged myself to buy all the makeup needed to create a gorgeous Christmas party look…for just £15!

This wasn’t an easy task and I spent a long time browsing the beauty shelves to choose products that I could also use for all my winter nights out!

In total I spent £14.27 and took advantage of Superdrug’s 3 for 2 offer on all makeup where I purchased all the products used to be able to meet my target!

I bought the MUA powder on another day also in Superdrug to bring my total to just under £15!

I was really impressed with all the makeup I used- especially the MUA eyeshadows which were beautiful colours, easy to apply and packed with glitter for the perfect Christmas makeover!

It just shows you don’t need to spend a fortune on makeup to look a million dollars!

See the receipts below for full prices and savings!

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Here are the products I used to create my cheap but chic look:

1) Foundation:  Miss Sporty So Matte Perfect Stay Foundation in Shade 003 Medium.

Price: £3.49 GBP

2) Eyeshadows:  MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Glitter Ball. 

Price: £4.00 GBP

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3) Eye Liner:  Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in 061 Jet Black. 

Price: £2.99 GBP

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4) Mascara:  MUA Mega Volume Mascara in Black. 

Price: £3.00 GBP

5) Bronzer:  Collection Shimmering Glow Powder in 5 Sunkissed. 

Price: £2.79 GBP

6) Lipstick:  NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Shade 441 Traffic Jam.

Price: £1.99 GBP

7) Powder:  MUA Pressed Powder in Shade 4.

Price: £1.00 GBP

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Check out my video below to see how to use all these products to create a glittery and glamorous full Christmas Party Makeup look for just £15!

The Completed Look!

The Completed Look!

Beauty on a Budget- Ten Top Money-saving Beauty Tips

Lots of us will be watching the pennies right now.

But having a budget doesn’t mean your beauty regime has to suffer…

Follow these ten top money saving tips and you can be perfectly preened for a fraction of the price.

1) Put a crumbling eye pencil in the freezer.

Place your eye pencil in the freezer for fifteen to twenty minutes before use to firm up the tip of the pencil. This will help you in achieve sharp thin lines rather than not so desirable smudgy panda eyes! The added bonus- you’ll save money by not splashing cash on a new eye pencil!

2) Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil As Makeup Remover.

You’re bound to already have some olive oil lying around in your cupboards so instead of putting it in your frying pan, try it on your face! This means less money spent on expensive makeup remover and a treat for your skin too. Olive oil contains vitamins A and E and lots of antioxidants which help to protect and smooth out skin! So simply grab a cotton pad and massage it into your skin and watch your makeup glide off! Be careful not to get the oil in your eyes to avoid irritation and avoid your hair if you don’t want a greasy barnet!

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3) Brush your lips with a dry toothbrush.

For lips to rival Angelina Jolie, simply use your toothbrush! Apply lip balm if you have some in your makeup bag,  then rub your lips with a dry soft -bristled toothbrush using a circular movement. This will remove dead skin cells and stimulate circulation by increasing blood flow to your pout. The result- naturally plumped smooth lips without splashing out on expensive lip plumpers!

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4) Drink eight glasses of water a day.

This may seem like an obvious one but it’s probably the best and the cheapest beauty tip out there. Keeping yourself hydrated will give you clearer skin, brighter eyes and shinier hair. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body and helps remove the dirt that clogs up your pores. So reach for that H2O!

5) Reduce puffy eyes with teabags.

As well as making the perfect cup of Rosy Lee, tea bags can do wonders for tired, puffed out eyes. Grab two teabags of your standard black tea for each eye and soak in warm (not boiling!) water for five minutes. Then lie back, relax, place the teabags over closed eyelids and let the tea work its magic. Remove the tea bags after twenty minutes. Tannic acid which is responsible for the flavour in tea also stimulates blood circulation and reduces eye puffiness, leaving you with bright, beautiful eyes!

6) Heat your eyelash curler with your hairdryer.

Save money on an expensive heated eyelash curler, and grab your hairdryer! Place metal eyelash curlers under your hairdryer and blast them with a low heating setting for a few seconds. Check the metal isn’t too hot before use to avoid burning your eyelid. Then clamp lashes close to the roots with the curler for fifteen to thirty seconds for perky peepers.

7) Clean make-up brushes with white vinegar.

Most of us are guilty of not washing our make-up brushes enough, but the accumulation of dirt and bacteria in brushes means we should aim to wash them about once a week. Transferring this bacteria to our skin also clogs our pores and contributes to acne and blemishes. Make-up brush cleansers can often seem like yet another beauty expense, but there is a simple solution…make your own!

See the steps to follow below:

– Add two parts warm water to one part white vinegar in a large bowl.

– Stir the brushes in the water and move them around until all the product in the brushes has been removed. (Your water will be very dirty at this point!)

– Rinse the brushes under running water

– Lay the brushes down on a clean towel (to avoid adding more bacteria to the bristles).

– Leave them to dry overnight.

– When you wake up you’ll be greeted with clean, product free make-up brushes to apply your make-up expertly.

8) Use beauty products for multiple things.

You don’t have to use your make-up just  for what it says on the tin! Be creative and save money by using beauty products for multiple things!

Check out some ideas below:

– Use foundation to prime eyelids before applying eyeshadow to provide a smooth, even neutral base for application.

– Lip Balm has several uses beyond softening lips. Use it on brows for a sleek polish look, on cuticles to soften them for the perfect manicure and smooth over eyeshadow for a shimmery effect.

– Use berry tinted lipsticks blended on cheeks as cream blush to pull of the rich-toned winter look.

– Use pale eyeshadow as highlighter to accentuate your features.

9) Place your mascara tube in warm water.

Place a tube of in-date mascara into a mug of warm water for a few minutes. This will soften any mascara clinging to the side of the tube and give you more use out of what you thought was an empty tube! When your mascara is well and truly used up, you can also wash the wand and use it as an eyebrow brush!

10) Scrub nails with toothpaste to remove yellow staining

Pick up your toothpaste (whitening toothpaste if you have it) and scrub into nails with an old toothbrush. Leave on for five minutes and then rinse off with water.

Have you got any money saving beauty tips you swear by?

Boots ‘The Return of the Advantage Card’ event.

The eve of Halloween seemed like the perfect opportunity to buy some new makeup to create the trademark gothic look. Myself and a friend attended the Boots store Halloween advantage card event on Queens Road, Cardiff. Here advantage card holders could pick up £12  worth of advantage points, when they spent over £50 pound on the night! We also received free makeovers at the Smashbox counter which made our evening even better!

Here’s some photos from the event:

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Bunny Free Beauty- Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands.

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Being both an animal lover and a beauty obsessive, I was keen to discover which beauty brands do not test their products on animals.

There are many cruelty-free makeup brands out there, meaning you can follow the latest beauty trends without harming innocent animals. 

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How to identify cruelty free makeup brands.

– There still remains debate over which brands are cruelty free as many brands have their own definition of animal testing and vegan makeup products. Ultimately, people must decide for themselves which brands meet their personal definition of cruelty-free cosmetics. 

-You can use the following resources to find cosmetics that have satisfied standards determined by the leaping bunny scheme and The People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals guidelines:

– The leaping bunny logo is the international standard placed on beauty products to show they are entirely cruelty-free. Products labelled with the logo of the leaping bunny must conform to rigorous standards meaning the product ingredients have not been tested on animals at any stage. A list of cosmetics brands recognised as cruelty-free by the leaping bunny logo are available by following this link: http://www.gocrueltyfree.org/search?product-type=cosmetics&country=231

– The People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also have their own system of classifying cruelty-free brands. They have produced some really useful lists of which companies do and which companies don’t test on animals. This can be accessed here: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx