Friday, 27 February 2015

BUDGET MAKEUP: 5 Minute Makeup Routine feat. Technic*


Oh wow, hello. Well isn't this novel and well overdue...
 
For those who know me well, I love a good bargain and when the lovely ( and patient can I hastently add!) Sally got in touch about Technic and their budget beauty brand, I couldn't wait to try out their range. For long term readers, Technic was one of the first brands to feature on BMB and unfortunately in the first instance I was a little underwhelmed and disappointed in their products. Rest assured, with the opportunity to trial some of their new range 4 years later, I have a much better view of their makeup products and some of the goodies I was sent to try have a firm spot in my daily makeup bag and 5 minute makeup routine.

When it comes to getting up on time in the morning I need all the help I can get so the touche-eclat esque twist up concealer works as a great pick me up. This doesn't provide the most coverage to hide my dark circle sins but I do like using this on my brow bone and inner corner to brighten up my face in the morning.
 
Also photographed is the Technic Colourfix pressed powder that is almost used up, hence the battered compact. This I have in the shade Cafe au Lait that comes in a MAC studio-fix esque compact, with a sponge and mirror under the powder itself. Although I am not normally one to use the free sponges, the mirror always comes in handy when I'm out and about. This has made a pleasant change from my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder as of late however I do find this can settle into fine lines and need reapplication sooner than my Rimmel used to. Nevertheless, this doesn't oxidise which is always a plus for miss snow white over here.
 
The most surprising of all the products, for me, has been their Sultry Nude Eyeshadow Palette. Along a similiar colour palette to the Naked Palettes, the technic palette ( Tawny) is a great versatile piece and at £1.49 a pop, dare I say a bargain. I have been wearing these shadows on a near daily basis and if I want to vamp it up in the evening, use my favourite in the palett (the satin-taupe dupe ( a little more cranberry perhaps ) in the crease and add more mascara.  Admitidely these perhaps are less long lasting than my UD shadows, and the matt shades slightly chalky, however the shimmer shades are fabulous and extremely pigmented  and ones I am now always reaching for.


I often try to cheat the fact that I haven't made an effort by wearing a red/ berry tone lipstick to detract the attention away from a rushed outfit and messy hair. The lip-shine gloss is extremely pigmented that, if carefully applied, won't bleed but leaves your lips looking full and hydrated. My favourite way to wear this has been over a deeper berry lip stain or matt lipstick, particular my Rimmel 107, and did I also mention, this smells and tastes of watermelon sweets, amazing!

Have you tried any of Technic makeup range recently? Beth xx

P.S Technic makeup can be found @ www.lovethymakeup.co.uk for those who fancied a gander...
P.P.S If you fancied a cringey read, my original ( 4 years old) review on Technic goodies can be found HERE 

Friday, 26 December 2014

HAUL: What I got for my 18th Birthday / Christmas 2014

 


 Hello everybody - Merry Christmas! It's been a hectic few months and since I last posted on here I've turned 18 and into a 'responsible' adult. Ooh the irony. Santa also was incredibly generous with his gifts and at risk of breaking blogging 'tradition' and the fact that I never posted my haul last year ( turns out I took the photos but never wrote a post?!?) , I thought that I'd share some of the 18th/ Christmas gifts that were generously gifted to me in a blogpost.
 
I'd love to know what you've been treated to this Christmas and hope you all have a fabulous New Year!

Beth x

*It goes without saying that I am not bragging and am incredibly grateful for the genorisity of my friends and family*

Thursday, 6 November 2014

STOCKING FILLER :Sleek Eyes and Cheek Palette Dancing Til Dusk*

Sleek Eyes and Cheek Palette (Dancing til Dusk) / £9.99  

After watching the new John Lewis AD on loop, I thought I'd turn all festive and showcase one of my favourite products and ideal stocking filler -The Sleek Eyes and Cheek Palette!

This palette is extremely versatile and meets the high quality that I would expect of Sleek products. The eyeshadows are extremely pigmented and long lasting and don't crease at all, even without a primer - I particularly like the light shimmery gold. The blushers, too, are extremely pigmented and creamy, the 'Sahara' shade is a personal favourite of mine and a little really goes a long war. The mirror in the magnetic compact also makes it very convenient and practical to travel with (and to fit in a christmas stocking!) although I will say that the sponge applicators are redundant and I have tossed these aside. 

Overall I love this palette and would highly recommend it to anyone who fancies trying Sleek blushes or eyeshadow or as a great multitasking stocking filler!

These come in 2 shades - Dancing til Dusk and See you at Midnight

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Beth xx

Friday, 31 October 2014

Mini Reviews*: Skincare - Hydraluron, Philosophy Purity, Foreo Luna and LABS Galvanic Device

 
 
Recently I've had the opportunity to try out some new skincare devices so I thought I'd share my first impressions with you in the form of some mini reviews. ..
 
 
Hydralauron Moisture Gel/ £24.99/
I had never tried a moisture jelly or gel for that matter and now I wouldn't go back. This sinks in virtually instantly leaving no sticky residue meaning that you can apply makeup straight away. Don't be fooled though, this is still just as good at hydrating my skin as a thicker cream moisturiser but without the oiliness.  The gel also has a soothing and cooling effect which is great on my sensitive skin and is dispensed very conveniently from a pump meaning no mess. A wonder product and one that I can thoroughly recommend.
 
Philosophy Cleanser /£28.50/
Considering this is supposed to be a 3 in 1 product, I find myself using 3 other products after using this in order to fully cleanse my skin. When I use this I find myself using other products to remove mascara, remove my makeup and leave my skin feeling clean. This takes at least 3 cotton pads to only partly remove my makeup and leaves an oily residue on my skin.  Because of this, I feel its a wasted step to use this in my regime.  Despite this, this doesn't irritate my skin or hasn't broken me out but unfortunately as this doesn't leave my face feeling fresh or makeup free I shall not be repurchasing nor would I recommend this cleanser.

Foreo Luna, /£145/
Reading all of the positive reviews I am questioning whether I am in fact using the wrong cleansers with this as I don't seem to be getting the same positive results. Instead I find that this just moves cleansing product and any remaining makeup around my face so have to follow with a toner. That being said, the silicone bristles haven't irritated my skin and I haven't experienced a 'purging' stage. Also, this does leave your skin with a different type of 'clean' that you'd normally get after cleansing meaning that any product that you use after this is much more effective. This is definitely a product you'd have to try before you invested a large sum of money.
 
LAB Galvanic Cleansing and Toning Device / £125.00/
I feel that the poor instructions that come with this have meant I haven't seen its full potential. To me this just seems to add hassle to my routine as it is hard to see the results straight away and there is little information online on how to best use a product like this. When I have used this though, on the biowave setting, I have felt small electric like shocks on my face hence I am unsure as to whether this is normal. Because of the reasons above, I have found myself neglecting this device and hope that somebody is able to shed light onto the correct useage of this product so that I can see the visible results that everybody else seems to rave on about.
 
Have you tried any of these recently? What are your thoughts on mini-reviews?
 
Let me know!
 
Beth xx
 
P.S Part 2 Mini Reviews Makeup Edition is soon to come...

Monday, 13 October 2014

5 Minute Makeup: AUTUMN MORNING MAKEUP ROUTINE

 





Hello! Long time no speak! For those who follow Lorna you may recognise this little post however I wanted to share with those of you who may have missed this post, my go-to makeup routine for early autumn mornings when I've only got 5 minutes to spare!

My overall makeup looks remains pretty simple and similar throughout the school year however items such as foundation are constantly on rotation as I can't help but try new ones! My foundation of choice at the minute is the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation (or more recently Revlon Colorstay! ) which is really affordable and often of offfer for £5 in Boots. The great thing about this is that it actually does match my skin and doesn't leave me with mask lines ( not a good look!). I then use a combination of my Collection lasting perfection concealer for my blemishes and currently the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer as a lighter alternative under my eyes. Often, however, I do just reach for the collection for both to save time. I then set this with my trusty Stay Matte powder from Rimmel to keep my makeup in place through long school days.

For my eyes I like to keep a very neutral eye look. I am a sucker for MAC eyeshadows so have loved using Naked Lunch and All that Glitters in the past however I currently love using my MUA undressed palette over the top of my Bare Study paint pot ( MAC)  as I can just use a wash of the lighter shades all over my lid then use a light flesh coloured shadow, or my stay matte powder, under my brow bone. I then just use one coat of mascara on my top lashes and recently have loved using my Bourjois 1 Second Mascara.

If I fancy some colour to my cheeks I often just reach for my MAC Soft and Gentle MSF as a simple wash of this can be used in place of bronzer, blush and highlight. If I fancy a little more colour, however, I have recently loved using my £2 bargain Natural Collection blusher in 'Peach Melba'  which I love using in the hollows of my cheeks.

For my lips I often just reach for a clear gloss or lip-balm, my favourite for this being the Balmi Square Lip Balms.

What makeup routine do you follow when you're in a rush?

Beth xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

TAG: Boosting your Self Confidence and Share the Love


[Photo by ME]
I've been feeling rather down recently so when I saw that Sophie Rose had decided to create her own tag - 'bringing out the best in you' - I thought why not!? Something a little different on here but as Sophie said, sharing everything you love about yourself with others is a great way to boost your confidence and hopefully happiness too! 

I encourage everyone who reads this to give this a go!
 
1. What's your favorite body part, and you have to name at least one! 
My favourite body part is my eyes. For the size of my face, they are quite big and despite having trouble with them since I was born, I love the colour and shape of them.

2. What makes you smile the most during a day?
My family, despite living in a madhouse that is constantly noisy and full of hustle and bustle. Even the little petty arguments make me smile as I am so grateful for being able to see my mum, dad and sister on a daily basis and knowing each other so well that we can have a good laugh about the smallest of things. 

3. What's your proudest achievement? 
At the moment I'd probably say getting an A* in my EPQ dissertation. I set aside a lot of blood time, sweat and tears for my essay on the increasing influence of bloggers today and the fact I could write about a strong passion of mine made it even more worthwhile.

4. What about your personality makes you happy?
I like to think that i'm honest, kind and caring. Perhaps sometimes I think
about what others think a little too and neglect own well being but I'd like to believe that  I'm positive and happy and only ever have others best interests at heart, no matter how naggy I may sound. I don't expect much from others and like the independence to make my own way and earn my own money, not expect to get things handed to me on a plate. I really appreciate the generosity of others and like to think that I'm humble and grounded.

5. What makes you different from the next person?
I talk all the time and love having a laugh with others. I am a complete clutz but never try to let my clumsiness get the better of me! 

Have you asked yourself these questions? Feel free to leave your answers below! 

Beth x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

GUEST POST:Getting Prepared for Uni, Kick Starting your application

To be inkeeping with September and Back to School, Lorna has very kindly written a helpful advice post for the next step after AS levels, applying for Uni! I hope you guys find this helpful and there are some great tips here!
 
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So after reading some fabulous posts here on BethMayblogs I asked Beth if she wanted to do a guest post and I'd do one for her and she said yes! Now since Beth has such amazing knowledge about beauty and mine is somewhat lacking, Beth has written a back to school capsule makeup bag ideas post that I will be posting on my blog The Teenage Workaholic.
 
As you know Beth is entering Year 13 and will very soon be applying for university, as this is something I did last year I'm going to take you through my top tips on kickstarted your application.

 Get started sooner rather than later.
  • I cannot stress this enough, but since it's now September and the application window is now open I'd suggest getting a wriggle on!
Go and look on campus
  • This is possibly my most important tip, even before you know what course you want to do, go and look at a uni. Not only will it help you decide what kind of campus you want to live on (closed campus or urban) but actually getting a feel for university life will decide whether uni is right for you at all!
Decide on campus or urban campus
  • A campus uni is like a little village, all the buildings are together and it's normally pretty secluded (example. Warwick ) An urban campus is a university in a city with the buildings moulded into the city ( example. Liverpool)
Decide on course
  • It's important to keep in mind the A levels you are taking just because you're better off having some previous knowledge of the course you're going into. The important thing is that you'll be studying this for 3/4 years so you have to love it, something that you find interesting and that keeps you excited!
Then go onto ucas and look at all the available courses
  • UCAS's website has full listings of all the courses available so go and have a look, think about a double award or something with a language, there are thousands of courses, it's about finding the one that suits you.
Decide on how far away from home you want to be
  • This was a deciding factor for me because I wanted to be close to family but if you aren't worried about distance then this isn't a problem, look into transport, if you're planning to come home once a month being an £80 train ride away probably isn't doable on a student budget.
Start booking open days
  • Book open days, it's important to go to the uni's look around and take photos. So many universities book amazing on paper but I was disappointed by a lot of them so make sure you take a look
Look at the course material
  • After all this is why you're going to university, if the course doesn't interest you then most likely you won't enjoy the experience as a whole, look at all the units and don't settle, there will a course out there for you.
 Is a sandwich course for you?
For those unfamiliar a sandwich course is when you take a 3 year course but add an additional year between year 2 and 3 to go and work in industry or study abroad. It's something to think about as a lot of the placements are paid and experience is becoming more and more important in the job market.

Remember to take loads of notes when you're at the university
  • It might seem silly and you might be the only one but taking notes during the open day talks is massively helpful when it comes to making your choices, guaranteed with all that studying you're doing (*wink*) you're bound to forget something.
Sort out your non-negotiable
  • Now that you've been to the uni's and you've got a pile of prospectus' a foot high you need to start making decisions. The easiest way is to decide some non negotiable, things that are a deal breaker. Here's an example.
1. Marketing at Aston
2. Joint honours at Aston
3. Another marketing course at one of the following uni's but must have ensuite accommodation, swimming society ect.
4. apprenticeship or job
That's just an example and doesn't necessarily apply to my own list, but it's just a list of priorities and if you can't get the first one you go down the list until you're happy.
Don't let anyone rush you
  • This is a really important couple months and even though you are going to be surrounded by people already submitting don't panic, just keep calm and take it one step at a time. If it helps I didn't submit until the 11/12/13 ( I swear it the date was a good omen) and I got all 5 offers!
Good Luck to you all, I'll be writing more university posts on my blog HERE so feel free to stop by and show some love! Don't forget to check out Beth's post on my blog :)

 
Thanks again to Beth for having me!!
Xoxo TW
 
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I hope you guys found this as helpful as I did and definitely do go and check out TW for more university themed posts, keeping an eye out for my guest appearence.
 
Beth xx
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