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Summer Beauty Survival Guide!

Published June 14, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So because the UK is actually getting some sun at the moment, I thought i’d do a post about my beauty tips for summer. Personally I’m a bit of a summer Grinch, however as It’s only June it hasn’t fully developed yet!

But in all seriousness, try to stay shielded or atleast protected from the sun when you can. Every summer I get cocky and think ‘ah it wont matter just this one time.’ then I end up with the meanest sunburn;

1) St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse – £3  (At wilkinsons)

I personally prefer fake tan to natural tan, because NO TAN LINES, and besides I view fake tan like a makeup product. Sometimes I want to change my look up by being a bit tan, sometimes I like being very pale, and with fake tan you have that freedom. The colour is also very natural, it isnt orange or even slightly green which most tans are, definately non-oompa-loompa and non-shrek territory.

The tan smells slightly when you put it on, though I think that’s unavoidable with fake tan. It also dries completely within 5-10 minutes so you can just wack on clothes and waddle round the house.

It’s only £3, and it’s the best fake tan I’ve ever tried, I’ve convinced my mum and some friends to start using it this summer too! If permanent tan isn’t your thing they also have a wash off instant tan (which I have but havent used yet!). SAM_8043

2) SUNGLASSES (Extra points if they’re cute too…)

Sunglasses are really great in summer for many reasons. First of all you look like a major badass, and secondly they protect your eyes from UV-a and UV-b rays (ideally get Polaroid sunglasses if you can).

I got my heart ones because I thought they were funky and I like kawaii style accessories. I think I got them from amazon or Tmart for about £3 a pair. I’ve got my eyes set on a red pair at the moment. I’m trying to restrain myself you see. SAM_8049

3) SPF In Your Makeup – 

If you wear makeup most of the time, having spf in your makeup makes the whole ‘being safe in the sun’ thing a lot easier. Most of my favourite foundations like revlon colorstay, estee lauder doublewear and clinque even better have between spf 6 and 15 in them.

Mac do this especially well with their studio finish concealer which has SPF 35! I have the shade nw20, and love it because despite being full coverage, it sits nicely under your eyes and on spots.  SAM_8044SAM_8037

(wearing mac studio fix concealer nw20, and estee lauder double wear maximum cover foundation spf15- 1N3 creamy vanilla)

Another makeup product I love for the summer is the Elf conditioning lip balm SPF 15 (£3.75).

Your lips are the only part of your face that don’t produce their own natural oils, so keeping your lips hydrated is important as the sun can dry your lips out. Furthermore they have SPF15 and provide really opaque colour. The packaging’s a bit chunky but atleast it’s in a pot. Ive had many lipstick melt on me before then they’re a pain to use as the actual product has melted (AHEM MAC CREMESHEEN LIPSTICKS). SAM_8053

(Left to Right: Blissful berry, Nice&natural, Peaceful pink, Romantic rouge)

4) Drink water, LOTS of water…

I always say this to everyone because I genuinely think the biggest reason my skin has cleared up is because I drink SO MUCH water. And as you sweat more in summer, the water needs to be replaced. Homeostasis, yo.

I also discovered this blog post from Oscar Insurance that gets into some of the other ways to get your vitamin D through your food rather than the sun. If you want some information on Oscar your can check them out online for more on their NY or NJ health insurance services.

5) Hair Oils

Many people neglect their hair in the summer, your hair can get damaged by the sun, just as your skin can. Apart from the obvious tips like wearing a hat and not using heat tools, apply an argan oil to the ends of your hair you keep your shiny and healthy.

Thank you for reading.

XOXO

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Easy, One shadow Smokey Eye!

Published January 31, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

I feel like every time I start a post I murmur about infrequent posting. But yeah, life happens, yano.

Anyways, today I was super pumped because I was going to a vintage warehouse, where they have loads of vintage clothes and furniture and oh… it was so great. I got some sequin pumps FOR £3 Holla holla .

If you have anywhere like that near you, GO AND BECOME ENLIGHTENED. Im actually going to a vintage fair next weekend with my friend klara. What is it about ‘vintage’ things that have gotten me so excited at the moment?

Ok so now for the tutorial:

1) As always, start off fresh faced. Brace yourselves.SAM_7752

2) Next I do my whole face routine (foundation, concealer, powder) and my eyebrows. I didn’t show this because it doesn’t really change.  BTW do you like my mario necklace?SAM_7758

3) Next I apply an eyeprimer to my eyes as a base for my eyeshadow. I then apply a thin layer of translucent powder on top on my eyelids.  I don’t usually do this, but as I’m only using one eyeshadow, I want to be able to really blend it out to make it smokey. The translucent powder just helps the colour blend much more smoothly. SAM_7762

4) Next I apply the copper shade on my eyelid and under my lashline. Then BLEND to your hearts extend. I ran a fluffy crease brush across my eyelid and up above my crease.

You’d be amazed the effect you get with just one colour.SAM_7766

5) Next I apply a shiny pearl eyeliner in my inner corner to brighten up my eyes. SAM_7770

6) Next I apply a brown eyeliner pencil to my top lashline and in my waterline. You could smudge the eyeliner to make it look more smokey.However, If you’re incredibly lazy like me, a leaving it does the trick. SAM_7772

7) Next curl your lashes and mascara them babies up! SAM_7780

8) And by sticking to tradition, I apply some fake lashes and once they’re on, I secure them in place with another coat of mascara. Be proud, these lashes are very unwhorelike for me. SAM_7785

9) Next I contour my face with a matte bronzer to add some dimension to my face.SAM_7789

10) Next I apply blush to the apples of my cheeks and blend backwards.SAM_7793

11) To finish the look I slightly overdraw my lips with brown lipliner, then apply a nude lipstick on top. Ta da!SAM_7804SAM_7812SAM_7806

Thank you for reading!

Products used:

.Revlon colorstay foundation- 120 Buff

.Paris Berlin concealer palette

.Mac pro longwear concealer- nc20

.Rimmel stay matte powder- 001 translucent

.Avon glow bronzer- medium riveria

.Mac powder blush- peachtwist

.Rimmel eyebrow pencil- Hazel

.Nyx eyebrow cake powder- taupe/soft brown

.Too face shadow insurance- candlelight

.Mac pro longwear paintpot- painterly

.MUA eyeshadow- copper

.collection work the colour eyeshadow pencil- vanilla sky

.Mac eye kohl- teddy

.Maybelline the falsies mascara- black

.Tmart lashes & revlon eyelash glue

.Mac lipliner- stripdown

.Mac lipstick- Jubilee

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, take care!

XOXO

-Hazel

Elf Studio Blush Palette- Review!

Published November 16, 2014 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So much has happened since I last blogged, such as, I MET PAUL HOLLYWOOD (aka my future husband) I saw him recently on his ‘British Baking Live’ tour. I may or may not have gone to the staff car park after the show and found the car he was in and got him to sign my phone and book of his…GUILTY! *Internal Screaming*

But in other news, for the last 2 weeks I’ve been trying out the new ELF studio blush palette in Dark, and by new, I mean it’s been out in the UK for a month.

First off, here’s a picture of the palette and the shades:SAM_7653SAM_7504

First things first, how pretty is that bottom left shade? That’s Christmas in a blush.

The first thing that striked me when I saw the palette was how sleek and compact it was, considering there were 4 blushes inside. When I opened the palette I was also very impressed at the big mirror, it’s the sort of thing you’d be massively thankful for if you were doing your makeup on the go, such as on a train. Personally, the packaging of a product can be the deciding factor for me whether or not to buy it, if I’m not sure. Such a cosmetic reason for buying cosmetics (you see what I did there).

And then there’s the blushes themselves. There is a light and dark version of the blush palette, and both are £7.95 each. I’ve talked about the ELF studio powder blushes many times before because their: smooth, pigmented and cheap- what’s not to love? But when you think about it, it’s very efficient to buy this palette as each blush works out about £2 each which is a STEAL.

Each blush is very smooth, and there isn’t much fall out when you swipe your brush in then either which surprised me. I find that generally when makeup is in the form of a palette the quality lacks, but these are very similar to the normal studio elf blushes which i’m happy about. The glittery shade doesn’t come off really shimmery either which is good. It’s basically a matte blush with the odd old fleck of glitter in it. Actually all of the shades are matte, which I prefer in a blush as i’ve got oily skin and It photographs much better as well.

Personally I think this would make a great gift for any beauty lover (even if it is a gift for yourself…) and as Christmas is creeping up on us all, £8 for a gift? Not bad in my book. The individual blushes even pop out, so you could mix and match with the light palette if you were going on a long trip and wanted a variety of blushes.

I wore the top right pink blush today and thought id show you a few pics:SAM_7582SAM_7637

I love how with darker blushes you have the option to wear them sheer or built-up to get a more vibrant look if you’re not going heavy on the eyes or lips. It’s also more universal for different skin tones, and wouldn’t look ashy on darker skins.

Overall:

.Packaging: 9/10

.Pigmentation: 9/10

.Quality: 8/10

Out of the several new product elf released recently, I’d definitely give this one a shot. One thing that’s hard to find in Drugstore makeup is a good matte blush, and here you get 4 for £8. Boom.

Buy it here: http://eyeslipsface.co.uk/en/restofworld/new/studio-blush-palette/invt/83320

Thank you for reading I hope you have a fabulous week! 🙂

XOXO

*The blush palette was sent to me by ELF for review on my blog, however that hasn’t tainted my opinion (frankly, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t write about it).

ALSO! Please If you have the time, could you check out my brother’s band’s new music video> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EcEFv5_EwI&feature=youtu.be

Christmas/Halloween LUSH Haul!

Published October 12, 2014 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So one of my favourite times each year is when Lush releases their christmas collection. When I think of Lush, I think: Smiles, glitter, colour and in-your-face scents. And to make it better lush is 100% cruelty free which makes me hold lush close to heart as im vegetarian for the cruelty reason aswell.

So Lush’s christmas collection came out on the 4th of October this year, and being the crazed lush fan I am, I went on sunday morning for a nose around the collection, and here’s what I got.

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1) Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar    £3.50 eachSAM_7376

This is from the Halloween collection, And I just couldn’t resist because LOOK AT ALL THAT GLITTER. Im pretty sure I wont say that with so much enthusiasm when Im cleaning it out of my bath though…

Aside from its gorgeous appearance, it smells mainly like lime but mixed with that typical lush-shop smell (Im sorry, I cant explain scents!). Either way, I can wait to have a relaxing bath next friday at the end of the week with this as a treat. 🙂

Lush describe it as smelling like Lime, Juniperberry and grapefruit oils. And where as I couldnt tell you what juniperberry smells like, Id agree with the other 2. Id definately get this bubblebar if you are a fan of fruity/soapy scents.

2) Snowfairy shower gel    £3.75/100g   £7.50/250g   £11.95/500g

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Any hardcore Lush fan will recognise the beloved scent that is snowfairy. It’s a very sweet, girly, bubblegum scent, and to top it off, IT HAS GLITTER IN IT ASWELL!

Despite what I just said, I think this shower is unisex because even my 19 year old brother likes it and I notice some of it disappears when he has a shower!

I love that the shower gel isnt the only snowfairy fragrenced product lush do. Others include: Snowfairy sparkle shimmer bar, the magic band bubble bar and the godmother soap (whichhankfully is available all year round). Id recommend snow fairy as a gift to anyone regardless of age or gender, you cant not like snowfairy. You just cant.

3) Butterbear Bath bomb    £1.95 each

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Lush have this bath bomb out every year but just in different forms, last time it was a snowman. The guy who served me in lush said they’d already sold loads of these (after just 1 day of it being out!) because of the cute shape, I think the cheaper price also helped that aswell though.

This smells like vanilla and cocoa butter. The little dark chunks are actually cocoa butter and they melt in the bath to turn the water very creamy and moisturising. This is F A B U L O U S if you have dry skin as when you get out the bath it leaves a layer on your skin. I personally find it a little greasy but I have very oily skin anways.

You can get the original butterball which is exactly the same (apart from the shape) all year round, so If you’re on a budget id miss this out and try things which are limited edition in the range. However, for a cheaper gift or stocking filling this would be very cute and also relatively inexpensive.

4) The Melting Snowman Bath melt     £2.25 each

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Im actually dying, these things make he smile each time I see them. Fun fact, I actually picked the most derpy one they had on display. If snowmen could have bad plastic surgery, this would be the result.

But now onto the smell. Its a very warm, spicy scent. It smells very strongly of cinnamon and clove. I tend not to like these scents loads but especially around halloween cinnamon is just so comforting. The bath melts from lush tend to be more moisturing than bath bombs and bubble bars so some people may prefer that.

These are also one of the cheaper product in the christmas range, so spicy scents are your thing, try it! And please pick a more messed up looking one. What snowmans perfect anyway?

5) Reindeer Rock Soap      £3.10/100g

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This is probably one of my favourite things in the collection this year, purely because I love berry scents. It smells like the comforter bubble bar but a bit stronger. One of its main scents is lingonberry which reminds me just a bit too much of the lingonberry drink at IKEA.

Id definately recommend this,if like me intense fruit scents are your thing, then smother yourself in this. Make yourself smell like a gigantic human berry.

6) Yog Nog soap      £3.40/100g

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As you may have guess from the name, this is meant to smell like egg nog.

Now im not sure if the UK are out of touch with it, but you cannot find eggnog anywhere. Kind of like there’s nothing pumpkin flavoured like there is in the US. But the soap smells like nutmeg and clove. It’s one of the more creamy soaps at lush which is good because some of the soaps dont lather at all which is annoying.

Im so surprised that ive picked up yet another spicy scent from lush. This isn’t like me at all, but its a very warm smell like the melting snowman is.  The decoration on the soap is pretty too, one thing lush excel at is makng their products look glorious.

I hope you enjoyed my haul, comment below if you’ve bought something from the collection you love or have a mental wishlist of what you want to get.

Thanks for reading, have a fabulous week.

XOXO

Makeup Revolution Haul/Review!

Published May 20, 2014 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So a couple of weeks ago I ordered from Makeup Revolution, which I had never heard of before until recently. Its an affordable brand with tons of products in multiple shades, and most of the stuff is £1! No you are not hallucinating…£1 like the one pound fish man but with lipsticks…

Anyway I ordered 6 lipsticks out of pure curiosity and also because I’ve never seen a yellow lipstick, nor known where to get one. So I went a bit colour crazy in hope that I might unlock a unquenchable desire for blue or purple lips one day. I thought that it would be a interesting brand to share and I might order some of the eyeshadows or nail varnishes next; the colour range is fantastic.

 

Here are the lipsticks:

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Really this post has no purpose, I was just so intrigued by the colours and thought some of you may get as excited as I do over things like these. I found the purple, orange and pink to be very smooth, and the other colours harder and a bit more waxy. The pigmentation was generally very good too, the yellow didn’t blow me away however im not sure if it’s because it bright yellow or it was weaker shade.

Here are some pictures of me wearing them:

Amazing Lipstick- Depraved

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Amazing Lipstick- Immoral

 

Image                                            Amazing Lipstick- Vice

 

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Amazing Lipstick- Encore

 

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Amazing Lipstick- Nude

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The yellow lipstick was in the shade ‘felony‘ however I couldn’t take a good picture of it on. Needless to say, I think that shade will only be making appearances at halloween!

Overall I was impressed with the lipsticks I tried. I loved the purple and orange, and was pleasantly  surprised. They’re very vivid and eyecatching, in the best of ways. Overall the brand reminds me of MUA, by the high quality at a low price. The biggest fault I can think of is the loose packaging so put in your handbag with care!

 

And if you live in the US and havent already, enter my giveaway! > https://majormakeupmadness123.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/giveaway-thesalonoutlet/

I hope you enjoyed reading, have a fabulous res of the week!

XOXO

 

UPDATED SKINCARE ROUTINE

Published March 30, 2014 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

I’ve never been one to obsess over skincare. The way I saw it was ‘take off your makeup, wash you face and moisturize’. I never understood why people would spend £20+ for a cleanser when it stays on your face like 2.5 seconds before you wash it off. However, in the last few weeks I’ve been investing in good skincare. I still wouldn’t pay for ridiculously priced skincare like ‘creme de la mer’ or ‘dermalogica’ but I think slightly higher priced skincare often does the trick.

So here’s an overview of my skincare: Image

L to R:

.Liz Earle cleansing polish   50ml pump    £8.50

.Korres Pomegranate tonic lotion  200ml      £14.00

.Korres Pomegranate Moisturizing cream-gel oily/combination skin  40ml     £19.00

.Korres Wild rose instant brightening mask   16ml   £7.00

.Korres Pomegranate cleansing scrub   16ml   £7.00

If you didnt already know, I have a very oily skin type, so I try to minimize oil production with cleansers and toners but as the same time moisturise my skin so I don’t set my skin in oil-production-overdrive. I separate my skincare into 2 sections: everyday products and special products (as shown below).Image

This is my everyday skincare. In the morning  I double cleanse my face with the Liz Earle cleansing polish, then pour toner on a cotton pad and wipe all over my face and neck. Finally I take able a pea sized amount of moisturizer and spread all over my face and neck. I do exactly the same in the evening but I take my makeup off first. I didn’t include a makeup remover simply because I don’t have a favourite.

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This is my ‘special’ skincare. I exfoliate my skin in the evening every other day (on average). It may sound a lot, however my pore get really clogged (ew, I know..) so exfoliating is my attempt at minimizing this.

The other product is the Korres Wild rose brightening mask. The ‘wild rose’ range from Korres is more aimed at drier skins, however I think every skin type can benefit from a moisturizing mask. It’s also brightening so makes your skin look revitalized after use. I tend to use this about 2-3 times a week in the evening. I tend to leave it on for an hour and do work or read whilst having it on (looking beautiful and being productive- what’s not to love!).

So thats my basic skincare. I took some no-makeup photos to show the state of my skin now. You cant truly see all my inperfections, but I dont have any active breakouts. I still get the occasional blemish but it’s not an often occurance. My biggest skin problem is acne scars, but there’s nothing immediate I can do about that. Heres my skin now: ImageImage

 

Of course, there’s only so much that products can do. I personally think that the best way to clear up your skin is too drink lots of water. I know it sounds cliche but its really the best way. < Poetic as hell right there.

 

Anyway, Thanks for reading, have a fabulous weekend! What are your favourite skincare products?

XOXO

 

 

 

 

Get Ready with me – New years eve!

Published December 31, 2013 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

I hope you all had wonderful Christmases! And if you happen to read this before we’re in 2014, then have a jolly good start to the new year!

Its the time to make new years resolutions, that hopefull, last more than 5 days in 2014! My resolutions include:

. To have a healthier lifestyle (and lose lots of poundage whilst im at it!)

. To get my hair in much healthier condition.

. To better myself by learning new skills and learning more and more. It may not seem like it but im a massive geek. Especially with      science. Love the stuff.

. To be a nicer person, and do nice things for people, even strangers.

. Learn how to handle my anxiety better.

 

What are some of your resolutions? Or are you one of those people who think they’re pointless?

So anyway, lets start this get ready with me with a ‘final result’ photo:Image

Now from the beginning!

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I then wore a a short black skirt, burgandy top and a leather jacket. I actually did this about 1pm today and went to watch Frozen with some friends, then to Pizza hut, because Pizza hut is the land of GLORIOUS pizza. And my hair was curled today. I said i wouldnt die it to help it get better, but i put some pink through the ends of my hair, but it just looks slightly red.

Products used:

. revlon colorstay foundation combination/oily- 120 Buff

. Mac pro longwear concealer- Nw20

. Rimmel stay matte powder- Peach glow

. Sleek contour kit- medium

. Mac powder blush- Well dressed

. Natural collection eyeshadow- Crushed Walnut

. Too faced shadow insurance- candlelight

. Benefit creaseless cream eyeshadow- rsvp

. Naked 3 palette (strange,nooner,darkside)

. Mac eyeshadow- freshwater

. MUA pearl eyeshadow- shade 10

. Collection 24 hour liquid eyeliner- black

. Mac eye kohl- smoulder

. Too faced glitter (I couldn’t find it on the website!)

Avon supershock mascara- black

Tmart lashes- http://www.tmart.com/10-Pairs-Pro-Makeup-Natural-Long-False-Fake-Eyelashes-Black-P32_p143450.html

Loreal colour riche lipstick- Cheryl’s nude

 

Thanks for reading! Have a fabulous new year. Its 11pm as im writing this, so not long now!

XOXO