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Get Ready With Me: Concert ⭐

Hello again! I’m so so sorry for a late post. The past few days have consisted in so much bliss and happiness for me that I didn’t get chance to write this post. But have no fear, the post is here (am I good poet yet? No? Okay i’ll keep trying.)

Today’s post is going to be my complete look for the Boyce Avenue concert I attended at the beginning of November. It will include my entire makeup look, how I did my hair and what I was wearing. You all seem to love my looks so I thought I would continue on that path and show you how much I have come out of my comfort zone.

 

💗Makeup💗

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I went back into my eye shadow draws to pick out an old palette that I hadn’t used in a while/ever. I came across a NYX palette, that believe it or not, still had the plastic on it. This was the Cool Neutrals palette from the NYX ULTIMATE collection. I know the palette doesn’t sound like the kind of palette that would be out of my comfort zone but it has some very ‘out there’ shades. I made it my goal to use some of those shades. 

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To start off this look I took a flat brush and packed on this light shade to get rid of any discolouration as I want this look to really pop.
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Next, using a fluffy brush I took this shade and buffed it into my outer crease as a transition shade.
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Then its the fun part! I took a smaller flat brush and packed on a ton of this glitter shade to my lid. The more the merrier, am I right?
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Finally, I took the same fluffy brush from before to buff in this gorgeous purple shade into the outer crease to give this look a real pop. Also this purple shade is very out of my comfort zone, so yay me!

💖For the rest of my general make up look, click here💖

 

💗Hair💗

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For my hair I freshly washed it that morning using these two products above. I suffer with quite a flaky and itchy scalp and this shampoo is the only thing that keeps it from coming back. Usually I keep the conditioner on my hair for about 10 minutes while I am in the shower, this helps the conditioner soak into every strand of my very thick hair to keep it silky and shiny.

 

When it came around to getting ready, I wanted to curl my hair. I have a pretty standard routine to curling my hair, however it is so thick that it takes so long to get it all curled. My routine starts by spraying the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray through my hair. To make sure the product is distributed evenly, I spray some onto a tangle teaser brush to get the under side of my hair.

My favourite curling utensil to use is the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Long Tong. This tong has a clip on it, however I prefer using it as a wand instead. I find with my hair I get the best curls if I use curling wands. It takes me quite a while as I have to take quite small sections and wrap it around a few times to get gorgeous beach style curls.

I finish it off with a little bit of hair spray by Elnett as their hairspray doesn’t make your hair go stiff and crispy.

 

 💗Outfit💗

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The items in this look may not be available for purchase anymore so I might not be able to link it. If so then I will link something that looks similar, if you are interested in getting a similar look.

Jacket:  £50 Topshop (Similar)

Top: £15 Hollister (Exact)

Jeans: £12 Primark (Similar)

Phone Case: £29.95 Ted Baker (Exact)

Shoes: £28 River Island (Exact)

 

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Beauty Blogger Questionnaire

I have seen a few other bloggers do this recently and I thought this was a good way to find out a little more about me in a beauty related kind of way as I feel I haven’t shared much personally about myself to you all, I hope enjoy!

 

1. What is the one product you could not go without?

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2. What Is Your Favourite Make Up Brand?

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3. Do you remember the first make up item you purchased?

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4. What is your top beauty tip?

ALWAYS GET MATCH TESTED FOR FOUNDATION!!!

 

5. Why did you start blogging?

I love make up and doing different kinds of looks and hauls. Friends would always tell me I should show other people so I decided to join the wordpress family.

 

6. Random Fact About Yourself?

I have a soft spot for donuts. They are my weakness.

 

7. How much do you spend on beauty products every month?

Way more than my bank would like…

 

8. Describe your dream make up haul

Splurging at the Westfield in Shepherds Bush as they have a lot of the high end brands their.

 

9. How often do you wash your make up brushes?

Once a week, I can’t stand when the brushes go hard from all the dry product.

 

10. If you could only choose to do one before leaving the house, would you do your hair or your makeup?

Makeup, because I never do much with my hair anyway.

 

11. 5 Beauty Products you couldn’t live without

 

12. What advice would you give to a beauty blogger just starting out?

You do you! Express your love and have fun with it.

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Payday Purchaces (Drug Store)

Wow, I’m still shocked…I would like to say a massive thank you for helping me reach 300 followers. It means the world to me and i’m so greatful. I love the amazing connection I have gained with you all and I hope to continue to inspire people and make new friends across the Blogosphere.

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For today’s post I have the sequel to another post called Payday Purchaces. The post I made before was a list of high end beauty products that I have on a list to buy when I get paid from work. This post is a drugstore version. If you would like to see the high end version then please click here.

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NYX HD Finishing Powder £9.00
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Freedom #ProArtist Lipstick Palette £10
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Makeup Revolution Soph X Eyeshadow Palette £10
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Makeup Revolution Soph X Highlighter Palette £8
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B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes £1.49
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Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Gradual Tan £7.79
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Barry M Gelly Nail Paint – Pomegranate £3.99
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L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss Semi-Permanent Hair Dye – Liquorice £6.79

 

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Dying My Hair: Brown to Black (+Massive Apology)

I bet you haven’t seen my name pop up in a while ha ha. Well I’d like to start off this post with a massive apology for not posting in a while. But business shall resume as normal from today onwards. I will devote my time to writing extra posts to fill in the gaps from the last month. I hope you can forgive me.

While I have been away, I have experimented with dying my hair. This came about when my sister took a photo of me and it looked like my hair was black. I know I have dark brown hair already, but I was curious to actually see what it would look like. This is my first time ever colour treating my hair, I was very scared.

So I went to the local Boots in search for a semi-permenant dye and I came across the L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in the shade Liquorice.

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It Came With…

1 tube of colourant (48 ml)

1 tube of developer with a tip applicator (72 ml)

1 bottle of enhancing conditioner (40 ml)

1 pair of gloves

1 instruction leaflet

The whole process took about an hour (maybe a bit more) in total, which is great if you haven’t got too much time to spare. The colourant was left on my hair for around 20 minutes and then was thoroughly washed off (which was probably the hardest part as it may seem like you have got it all out of your hair but you have to keep rinsing.) I had a panic because as I was rinsing the colour out, it stained the bottom of the bath and instantly, I knew my mother would go mad at me! I ran into my sister’s room and said “quick, i’ve stained the bath I need something that will get it off”. She gave me a bottle of Cillit Bang (Black Mould Remover) and it literally came off instantly so the panic was over!

Overall, I loved the process and I was so happy with the end result that I think I will keep up with it. The colour lasts for up to 28 washes which is great for someone like me that doesn’t need to was their hair too frequently.

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My July Favorites

Hair care

TREsemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray

TREsemme Moisture Rich Conditioner

Make up

Benefit Rockateur Blush

Burberry Warm Summer Glow Bronzer  No.4

Freedom Pro Brow Pomade

Skin Care

St. Ives Blemish Fighting Face Scrub

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purity Face Mask

Scents

Jimmy Choo Flash
Impulse True Love
Impulse Tease

Candles

Yankee Candle: Baby Powder

Yankee Candle: Lemon Lavender

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Mini Superdrug and Boots Haul

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Barry M Glitterati Nail Polish – Fashion Icon (£3.99)
Barry M Nail Polish – Diamond Glitter (£3.99)
Tanya Burr Mrs Claus Pink Glitter Nail Polish (£3.99)
Bondi Sands Everyday – Gradual Tanning Milk (£7.99)

Boots

Sukin Cream Cleanser (£5.30)
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil (£8.00)
Ted Baker Opulent Petal Shower Cream (£8.00)
Ted Baker Pretty Pearl Body Wash (£8.00)
Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash (£16.50)

Some of these products are re-purchaces as you may have seen some of them in previous posts. I spoke to a fellow blogger (Sea of Beauty – Rachel) about Origins products. I mentioned that I had the frothy face wash before and that it didn’t work for me. My skin is in a much better way so I thought I would re-purchase and see if it does anything for me this time around.

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Favourites So Far, This Year: Hair Care Edition

Staring off with shampoo. My hair is prone to dandruff. Having dark hair, it shows up a terrible amount and with that I tend to get an itchy scalp. For any of you that share the same problem, then I highly recommend the brand Head and Shoulders. I became a lover of the Anti-dandruff shampoo; however, it didn’t stop the itchy scalp I’d get after 2 days of not washing. Until I discovered the Head and Shoulders Itchy Scalp Shampoo. Since discovering this shampoo my scalp and hair couldn’t be better. My scalp no longer feels itchy at all, even 2 days after washing and it still tackles the dandruff. This product is a game changer for me.

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Next I’d like to talk about the conditioner I’ve been using. I was never really a fan of TRESemme products but now some of them are in my main hair care routine, including their nourishing and replenishing conditioner with coconut milk and aloe vera. This conditioner leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and gives it a beautiful shine that lasts until the next time I wash my hair. Aloe vera is good for skin that has broken away (peeling from sun burn), so with the shampoo I use, it gives my scalp a strong hold against dandruff. For the best results, leave the conditioner to sit in your hair for at least 3-5 mins and if you have longer then go for it.

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My hair is very thick and frizzy at the ends which I do not like. My sister recommended an oil/serum to put on the ends after I shampoo and condition. The one that had the best views was the John Frieda Frizz Ease (Original). You apply to wet hair and then dry your hair as normal whether that be letting it air dry or by using a hair dryer. For my thick and frizzy hair, I really notice a difference, it’s definitely tamer now than it was before; however, I have to use about 8 pumps to get this result and these bottles are not big at all which is disappointing.

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I am highly partial to curling my hair a lot, which I know is very bad for my hair but I prefer my hair curly. Before I begin curling I spray the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray. This spray doesn’t make your hair wet or sticky, it glides through and dries into the hair quickly. It says it is a shine spray and I can happily say that my hair is still super shiny even after putting heat to it. This spray is often on special off which is a bonus.

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