Sunday 30 June 2013

Guest Post: Favourite Summer Products

Hi I'm Georgina from Livelaughlipstick and I'm guest posting on Becky's blog while she's away! So thank you Becky for letting me guest post! I thought I would talk about a few products that are perfect for summer! When the weather gets warmer and when I go on holiday I tend to prefer a lighter coverage foundation, Mac Face and Body is the perfect foundation as it barely feels like you are wearing anything! If you prefer slightly more coverage you can apply more, the great thing about this foundation is that it doesn't look cakey, you can keep applying it until you get the coverage you are happy with! You can also use it on your body and it's perfect on legs too! As I like my skin to feel like I haven't got many products on it, I don't really like wearing a powder so spritzing some of the Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist over the top of foundation, sets makeup in place and is also very refreshing, so if you are going anywhere hot on holiday this is great! I tend to wear lipstick more in the summer as I love brighter shades and I think coral and orange are typical summer shades, I personally love Mac Vegas Volt and the Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti. The Revlon Lip Butters have such a lovely consistency, they are so easy to just apply quickly and they are so moisturizing on my very dry lips! Mac lipsticks are hyped up just about everywhere but the range in shades and consistencies is just great! Vegas Volt is definitely one of my favourite shades from Mac! Another perfect lip colour if you want a more subtle look is the Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish, this is such a pretty pink and it's great for throwing in your bag and applying on the go! Finally, you can't go wrong with a pink blush! I love Nars Deep Throat Blusher, it is one of my favourite blushers and has a subtle shimmer so adds some summer glow to your skin! Nars products are a bit of a splurge but I really love this blusher and hope to buy more soon!

What are your favourite summer products?

Thursday 27 June 2013

Guest Post: Festival Essentials

Hello everyone, my names Rebecca and I’m being a guest blogger for Becky whilst she is away on her holidays (lucky!). So as festival season is well upon us, I thought I’d show you my festival essentials that I shall be taking along with me in August to Leeds Fest!

Baby Wipes
Do these really need an explanation? 3-4 days without showering, plus the possibility of getting covered in mud and god knows what else (I don’t want to know what you naughty lot get up to!) so your body won’t exactly be smelling as fresh as a daisy. These will quickly freshen you up and keep you clean!

Sun Cream
The British weather isn’t very reliable, it could be raining one day and be 25 degrees the next, but to stay safe take some sun cream so that if the sun rears its head, you won’t get burnt!

Dry Shampoo
If your hair is anything like mine it starts to look like you could fry an egg on it after two days of not washing it, so dry shampoo is a must! Spray some at the roots and massage it in to add some life back into it.

No-one wants to be a sweaty betty and with all the dancing and singing along you will get done, you are 100% guaranteed to get sweaty. Use it to fight against those unsightly (and stinky) sweat patches!

Hand Sanitizer
You really don’t know what you’re going to be touching at a festival and so I always keep stocked up on anti-bacterial hand sanitizer to use after those not-so-nice portaloo trips.

Collection 2000 Concealer
If there’s one thing I hate it’s my dark circles under my eyes; add in a lot of heavy drinking and lack of sleep and you’re bound to end up looking like something from the Walking Dead. No-one wants a full face of makeup for a festival, but a dab of this under your eyes and on any spots will make your appearance much brighter!

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
Mascara is another essential for me, my eyes just don’t look normal without it! But if you are taking it to a festival, make sure you take a non-waterproof version! It’s bad enough to take off at home with micellar water, imagine it with just a wet wipe! *shudders*

MAC Viva Glam Nicki
A bright lipstick can completely change your makeup and so even on days with minimal makeup, a slick of it on will boost your appearance! You may prefer a red lipstick, but as I currently don’t own one (any suggestions?) this fluorescent pinky/coral shade will work perfectly.

Korres Lip Butter
If you can’t be bothered fiddling with a lipstick, these lip butters are the perfect option to give a bit of moisture and gloss to your lips whilst the added SPF protects them. One swipe on and you’re ready to go!

Floral Crown/Headband
Move over wellies, these are literally the festival must have item this year! Seen on everyone from Lana Del Rey to Pixie Lott, pop one on over wavy hair for the ultimate festival hairdo. This one was only £3 from Primark too!

Fairly obvious, you need something to protect your eyes from the sun and help you see your favourite artist better!

Small Purse
True story: last year my friend left all of her money, around £80, in her tent, thinking that no-one would go in to steal and what happened? Yep, the lot was taken. Moral of the story - keep your money with you all the time! Put it in a small purse like this and keep it in your pockets, so there’s a less chance of it being stolen or you losing it.

An Old Camera/Phone
Obviously we want to take photos with friends and of the acts we see, but take your new DSLR or iPhone 5 and you may as well kiss it goodbye. Buy a basic £10 phone from Tesco and take an old camera that you wouldn’t miss if it got lost with you and you’re good to go.

So those are my festival essentials, I hope you enjoyed this post! Rebecca xx

Monday 24 June 2013

Guest Post: Top 5 Summer Lip Products

Hello Everyone!

My name is Danielle and I write a beauty blog called The Imperfect Beauty. I am so excited to be guest-blogging for the ever-so lovely Becky today! I wanted to share with you my top 5 lip products for the Summer. I am a massive fan of lip products in general and it was quite a task to whittle it down to just 5 but I hope you like my picks!

No.7 BB Lips - Blush Coral
I'm not normally a big fan of lip glosses but when I picked this up on a whim a couple of weeks ago, I fell in love! It's not sticky whatsoever on the lips which is a massive selling point for me because I hate the feeling of tacky, sticky lips. It gives a nice sheer wash of colour on the lips which is nice for a sunny day as it's not too heavy!

YSL Rouge Volupte - Peach Passion
Can you tell I'm going through a Coral phase at the moment? My boyfriend very kindly bought this for me a while ago, and even though I am trying to save it for special occasions I just can't resist and have been wearing it quite a lot recently. It is a gorgeous peachy-coral shade and I don't think I've seen another colour like it. I love this paired with my BB Lips from No.7!

MAC - Lady Danger
I swear after this one I will stop with the Orange colours! I think this is my all time favourite MAC lipstick. Perfect for a Summer night out, it is still a gorgeous statement colour but it is a nice variation on the classic Red lip that everyone seems to love. I think this is a lipstick that would look good on so many different skin tones and I would recommend you go and have a look at it next time you're at MAC!

MAC - Chatterbox
The most recent edition to my MAC collection and one I have found myself reaching for quite a lot throughout the Sunnier days. It is a gorgeous deep pink but I still consider it very wearable for everyday. It is an amplified finish so the colour you see is the colour you get on your lips. I love this paired with Well Dressed blush from MAC for an everyday look!

Revlon Lip Butter - Lollipop
And for the days where I'm not feeling in the mood for a lipstick but I still want some colour on my lips I have been reaching for Lollipop! I love the formulas of the Revlon Lip Butters, they are so lightweight on the lips but still moisturising while giving your lips some colour. Lollipop is a gorgeous fuchsia pink which can be lightly applied for a wash of colour or built up to be more a opaque colour!

So there you have it, those are my top five lip products for the Summer months! I hope you enjoyed!

Thursday 20 June 2013

Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer

Hello! If you read my Benefit Stay Flawless Event post the other week, you will know that I was very kindly given a full size Stay Flawless Primer*, so I thought I would review it for you!

Benefit describe this primer as a makeup magnet to lock onto foundation for 15 hours. It comes in a stick which you are meant to apply directly onto your face - I wasn't sure I liked the idea of that at first but it is actually quite nice to apply! I just sweep a little onto my face and then blend it with my fingers. It feels so refreshing and light on the skin which makes it so easy to apply and blend!

I then apply my foundation immediately over the top. I can definitely tell a difference between applying foundation over this compared to my regular Laura Mercier primer. I can feel my foundation almost sticking onto this primer which makes it a little more difficult to blend, but not much! I like to spend a while buffing my foundation in and I can't spend as long when I use this primer as my foundation sets quicker. I have been using my YSL Touche Eclat foundation recently with this and I do feel it looks a little thicker and heavier as it dries so quickly onto the primer, but it's definitely not too bad!

This primer definitely helps my makeup last longer! I still use a setting spray and powder as this primer doesn't help with oily skin at all, however it really helps keep my makeup on! By the end of the day my face does look shiny but my makeup has not budged at all which I am really impressed about. 

I would definitely recommend this! Even though it makes applying foundation a little more difficult, it's not enough to worry about and it really makes up for it by keeping my foundation on all day! I honestly don't think this is something I would have bought myself as I didn't like the idea of it being in a stick, however I really do like it now.

The Benefit primer is available here for £24.50. It isn't released onto counters until June 29th!

I would love to know what you think of this!

Saturday 15 June 2013

Meet My Advertisers | June

Hello! Today I am going to introduce you to my lovely June advertisers! This month I thought I would let my advertisers write about their blogs for you so I really hope you enjoy reading :)

All of the links to these blogs are below and I am sure it would make the girls days if you pop over and say hello!

Hey guys, my name's Albertine and I'm a 19 year old psychology student from London.  My blog is mainly a beauty one but I occasionally throw in a few lifestyle and fashion posts for good measure :). I also do YouTube videos, with my most recent being a look around how I store my makeup.  Please do take a look at my blog and let me know if you do! All my links are above, I hope you enjoy! 

Curl and Pearls

Hey everybody, I write fashion, lifestyle and beauty reviews/posts over at I have made a few changes to my blog over the last week or so, so I’d love for you to have a look and let me know what you think.

Callie Rose

Hello! I'm Callie Rose and I blog over at where you'll find beauty reviews, lifestyle posts and the occasional outfit post. I originally started watching YouTube videos and was going to get up my own channel but I cringe at the sound of my voice! So I decided to start a blog instead. If you like all things beauty, lifestyle and the odd fashion post then come on over and say hi :) I'm also on instagram, bloglovin and twitter!


I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and have found some fab new blogs to read!

Monday 10 June 2013

Guest Bloggers!

Hello! In just over one week I am off on a family holiday! I am going to be away for 2 weeks so I thought this would be a great opportunity to have some guest posts on my blog.

I am happy to have a variety of posts so whether you are a beauty blog or not, feel free to email me!

If you would be interested in writing a guest post for my blog then please email me by Saturday 15th June. In your email could you please let me know what you are thinking to guest post about and also you blog link.

I will be looking for around 7 guest bloggers so if I would like you to guest post I will get back to you by Sunday 16th June to let you know. I will then need the guest post emailed to me by Wednesday 19th June so I can schedule them all! Could you please make sure any photos you use for your posts are nice and clear as I like them to be extra large :)

I really hope some of you are interested in guest posting as I think this will be so fun! You will hopefully get some new readers and my blog will have some lovely guest posts! :)

I hope you are all having a wonderful day and enjoying this sunshine!

Monday 3 June 2013

May Favourites

Hello! I hope you have all had a lovely May! Today's post is going to be my May favourites. I didn't actually write an April favourites because I hadn't tried many new products and there was nothing that I was particularly loving, however there are quite a few products this month!

Starting with skincare, I have been loving my Elemental Herbology Eye Elixir lately! I was on the hunt for a good eye cream for ages. I obviously don't need an anti ageing one so I just wanted a nice hydrating, everyday eye cream and this one is perfect! It's very light and leaves my eyes feeling and looking refreshed and awake.

I bought the Palmers dark chocolate and peppermint lip balm a while ago and I LOVE it! It smells amazing and I just want to eat it! Haha :) It hydrates my lips so well leaving them soft and very glossy.

My hair has been pretty dry recently so I have been looking for some new haircare products to use. I bought the Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment and have been using it every time I wash my hair as a conditioner! My hair is so smooth, soft and manageable since I have been using this. I don't think I have ever had hair this soft from a high street product before which is amazing! I am definitely very tempted to try the shampoo as well so please let me know if you have tried it!

I have rediscovered my YSL Touche Eclat foundation recently and have been loving it! I apply it with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush which I think are the perfect pair. I have the shade BR10 which is the perfect shade for me so I love applying it as I don't have to worry as much about blending! This provides my skin with light but buildable coverage and I just love using it.

My last favourite this month is my Urban Decay De Slick Setting Spray. I reviewed this a while ago and said I was slightly on the fence. It sets my makeup amazingly well but doesn't control the oil, so I wasn't sure if I would repurchase it! I did though and I have just ordered my third bottle this morning! Without this, my makeup literally just comes off my face throughout the day! I absolutely love this stuff and would highly highly recommend it!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! I would love to know in the comments your favourites from this month!