Hair & Beauty

HAIR TUTORIAL: 10 Steps To A Romantic Updo

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Yes it’s just been Valentines Day and no, I do not celebrate it.

The whole reason I came up with this updo is because I wanted to start wearing my hair up but my hair is at that awkward length where it’s not long but not short.

This Monday was mine and my boyfriends year anniversary so I sort of came up with the idea in my head and thankfully it worked out. I just wanted to have a change from my regular messy waves and Joe (my boyfriend) really liked how I did my hair and told me to do a tutorial on it.

I think it would work on any texture, length or thickness and it’s also quick and easy. Without the edits it took me 20 minutes to do and I have thick hair, so it could even fit into a morning routine!

The products I used are literally just things I have lying around so you don’t have to go out and buy loads of expensive things. These are:

  • Hairspray
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Grips/Bobby Pins
  • Small Bobbles/Elastics
  • Curling Wand (any size/brand)

If you’d like to try out this romantic updo, watch the video below and follow the steps.

If you’d like to see more hair tutorials feel free to like or comment.

EG x

REVIEW: Nivea Daily Essentials BB Cream

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Ok so this is a bit of a tricky review for me as I adore Nivea products however hate this one.

I’ll start off by saying I’ve tried the Tinted Moisturising Day Cream and absolutely loved it so thought that I’d try the BB cream when I came across it the other day whilst I was in Body Care.

These were what the product states it does:

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The instructions for application also say to “Apply the cream on cleansed face by gently massaging in small circles.”

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As I said I love Nivea products and had really high hopes for this one but it really didn’t live up to my expectations and here’s why:

  • Even after I’d moisturised and primed my face with hydrating primer it seemed to stick to my dry patches which made it look uneven and really irritated my skin.
  • I started off by applying the cream in the specified way to apply it and it looked blotchy and patchy so I tried using a makeup sponge, the same thing happened.
  • The skin match was horrific as I have light skin in the winter but I wouldn’t say it’s fair, however the lightest shade made my face look orange.
  • It says that it refines the appearance of pores but my pores seemed to show more than they normally would, even without makeup on.
  • I never really use powder all over my face as I feel it makes my skin look dry and cakey however I tried to fix the look by packing it all over my face, this made my skin all itchy.

I’d say this product has two pros if I’m being generous and they are the smell- I absolutely love the smell of it as it smells like most Nivea products do, and it is SPF 10 to protect your skin from the sun.

I’d like to say that maybe it’s just because it’s winter and my skin is all dry and pale and that if it were summer and I were to try out the product again (which I might do) it would have a better effect.

Or it could just be my bad application. Either way, for me this product was a 1 out of 5, purely because it did the complete opposite to my skin to what it said it would do.

If you have any BB cream recommendations (preferably under a tenner) then please suggest them in the comments as I am desperate!!

EG x

My PM skincare routine

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Since the age of 13 til around the age of 18 I had spots and my skin was so sensitive. I’m now nearly 20 and can finally use nice products on my face to cleanse and moisturise rather than just clean my face with prescription cleansers to prevent spots.

I waited for Christmas so that I could ask for some nice basic skincare products to start me off and I decided the brand I wanted to try for skincare was going to be e.l.f.

I just asked for generic things so my Mum got me the Exfoliating Scrub, the Daily Face Cleanser and the Daily Hydration moisturiser– all from e.l.f., and so far so good.

She also got me the Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover which is also a nice product.

Step 1

I only do this first step of my routine if I’m wearing makeup, which is to use the Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover to remove my eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. At first I was sceptical of using it as I just thought it’d be like using a makeup wipe so I thought what’s the extra hassle worth? I was completely wrong.

This product states on the instructions to shake well before use, to apply it to a cotton pad and that no rubbing is needed. I was like “No rubbing? What a load of BS” but it turns out what I thought was actually the BS because this thing worked a treat. Of course it’s a nice surprise when you’re tired AF and you just want to take your makeup off with no effort!

Step 2

Step two is something I do two to three times a week. One because it says to do so on the instructions, and two because I agree.

I’ll do this if I do or don’t have makeup on as it makes no difference to the results. I put it on my fingertips then massage it around my face in circular motions, focusing it particularly on my dry bits like my nose and in between my eyebrows, along with the parts of my face where my pores get clogged more.

This leaves my skin feeling soft and ready for step 3.

Step 3

This step is my favourite purely because I love to use my No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush.

I start off by wetting my face then putting the Daily Face Cleanser on the tips of my fingers and rubbing it on my face in circular motions for a few seconds. I then scrape the leftover product off my hands and put it on my face.

This is when I use my Cleansing Brush which has two settings. I start off by wetting it and then shaking of the excess water just so it makes the cleanser lather. I put the brush on its first setting which is slow and use it all over my face (not including my eyes) in circular motions. After around 30 secs I put it on it’s higher setting which makes it faster doing the same thing for around the same time.

I then wash the product off my face and dab my skin dry with a clean towel.

Step 4

The final step to my routine is moisturising. I put a generous amount of the Daily Hydration Moisturiser on my finger tips then blob it around my face evenly. I then rub it in focusing on my dry patches (which there are a lot of because of the cold weather).

I usually put lip balm on right before bed too so that my lips are less likely to crack.

If you have any products you’d like to recommend or have any questions about the products I’ve used, feel free to comment them below.

EG x

GRWM: Casual look

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Tuesdays are my days off uni so me and my friend planned to go to the cinema and Christmas markets in Manchester.

When I’m doing something casual like this I like to go for the more natural makeup look and comfy clothes. My hair just depends on how much it needs a wash (gross I know) and today it needed a wash very badly.

For my makeup I’ve gone for a natural brown shadow, my hair is in fishtail plaits, and I’m just wearing a t-shirt and dungaree dress.

Face products I used:

  • No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer
  • PS strobing highlighting cream
  • No7 Stay perfect foundation
  • PS volumising mascara
  • No7 beautiful eyebrow sculpting pencil
  • MAC blusher (Desert Rose)
  • MAC eyeshadow (Charcoal Brown)
  • MUA cover and conceal
  • PS contour stick
  • Collection clear brow mascara
  • PS velvet matte lipstick crayon

Clothes:

  • ‘Run forest run’ Bubba Gump t-shirt
  • Topshop pinafore dress
  • Boohoo fedora hat

Jewellery:

  • Pandora leather bracelet & charm (worn as necklace)
  • Casio watch
  • Pandora rings (Aquamarine birthstone and flower)

So that was my first ever ‘get ready with me’. I’m not the best at makeup but I try and I’d like to try new things but I have to be careful with what foundation I use as my skin is acne prone.

If I could change anything it would be my eyebrows as they currently look like slugs but as you know I’m trying to grow them out so I need to leave them alone as much as I can regarding the plucking.

If you have any tips and tricks then I’d be happy to hear them.

EG x

My Saturday night in: Cheap pamper sesh with my boyfriend

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It’s coming up to Christmas, I’ve got a lot of uni work to do and I don’t have a lot of money to go out. Which means I’m stressed and poor.

I haven’t been looking after my skin as much as I’d like to as I decided to wait til Christmas so that I could get nicer skincare that won’t cause my face to breakout, however seen as it’s ‘that time of the month’ my skin isn’t the best it could be.

I decided to go to a shop called Body Care as I know they do some decent, cheap products and I really wanted to try tinting my eyebrows at home.

Products used:

  • Beauty Formulas tea tree deep cleansing nose pore strips (99p)
  • Colorsport 30 day brow tint (£2.99)
  • Beauty Formulas charcoal clay mask (99p)

Step 1

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Me and my boyfriend used the nose strips first to get rid of any blackheads and dry skin we had. These are great because they do what they say on the packaging and they’re only 99p, which is a bargain for these as for some reason they are so much more expensive everywhere else (£6 at Boots!!).

Step 2

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We did the face mask next which was extremely refreshing. This was also a complete bargain so I can’t really complain about the results as it basically does what you expect. I like how it makes your face feel cold because to me that means that it’s doing something even if it’s not something that makes my skin look amazing and that it’s not a complete waste of money.

Step 3

My boyfriend didn’t follow this step as he already has nice eyebrows. This is the second time I’ve tinted my eyebrows. Before starting the tinting I plucked and shaped my brows a bit. As you can tell my brows are extremely patchy due to over-waxing them (by a pro btw, I didn’t do them myself) and I like the naturally thicker look so I am growing them and filling them in with the tint.

The tint worked as in it made my brows darker however it didn’t fill in the patchiness which is fair enough, it wasn’t expensive and it more or less did what it said it would do.

Overall I feel I’ve had a successful pamper sesh, especially because of how cheap the products were. My boyfriend seems to enjoy the soft skin they have given him and I’ll continue to use the products until I can afford something better. I’ll also use them when my skin is looking bad. So if you’re down-in-the-dumps like me then I reccomend!!

EG x

Autumn makeup routine

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A change of season means a change of look for me. I more or less keep the same style but when it comes to makeup I like to experiment with different colours.

Seen as it’s Autumn I’ve come up with a look to go with the season. I’ve gone for a shimmery red / orange colour which obviously relates to the colour the leaves go in Autumn, I’ve also gone for a dark lipstick and a bit of shimmer to brighten the look up.

Products I used:

If you like this look be sure to keep an eye out for more.

EG x

My tattoo story

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I wanted a tattoo since I was 16 and from that point I knew what I was getting. I’ve always liked the traditional roses and I’ve never wanted a coloured tat so I added both of these ideas together, did some research, and came up with a grey rose- what a surprise!

I can’t really remember how I decided where I wanted my tattoo but as soon as I thought about having it on my upper back between my shoulder blades I pretty much didn’t change my mind.

So, when I was 16 and got my GCSE results my Mum took me to get the tattoo I desperately wanted as people had been telling us that you can get tattoos at the age of 16 as long as you’re accompanied by an adult.

We went to a piercing and tattooing shop and they said that it’s illegal to get one at the age of 16 even when you’re with an adult, and that if there’s people who do actually do that then we should be very wary about what else they’re doing wrong. So of course my Mum thought it best to wait till I was 18.

HOWEVER as I said in a previous post that I had acne since I was 13, so at the time of me being 18 and allowed a tattoo, I was on some medication that made all of my skin dry and sensitive meaning that I would be in a lot of pain and the tat would very likely be crap.

When I was 19 I’d been off the meds for a while so I got the tattoo for my birthday. This was when I was in my first year at uni so I went back home to get it.

Deciding which place I was going to get it done at was also pretty easy as my friend had recently got one and not only was it a really good tattoo, it was also extremely reasonably priced. So I went to a place in Hull called Lucky 13.

As I said it was my first year at uni therefore I had new friends and one of them came back to Hull with me for a night out and to hold my hand whilst getting my tattoo.

Bad decision to go out the night before I got it. I was hanging out my arse. Unsurprisingly I made a complete fool out of myself- hangover + pain = me feeling like I was going to faint but instead was sick in the sink causing it to block. Not joking. I blocked the sink with my sick.

Pain-wise, the outline of the rose was probably the most painful as it was just 1 needle on the skin, the shading felt better however as it got to the end the artist was just shading on what felt like raw flesh.

All in all, it was my own fault I was sick because I was stupid and got too tipsy the night before although whilst getting the tattoo done I just had to sit unsupported on a bed. I wondered why I wasn’t allowed to lay down but it was probably so the tattoo didn’t go a weird shape etc. The pain was bearable but at some points unbearable. Even so I’m deffo getting another one, maybe even for Christmas as my parents said I can.

If you have any Q’s on getting a tattoo comment them below and I’ll try to be as helpful as possible.

EG x

My everyday makeup routinemakeup

Everyone has their go-to makeup routine especially if they’re running late or are just doing something cas. Mine is for when I want to make an effort but don’t have a lot of time like in the morning before I go to uni.

I was always self conscious when not wearing makeup, but that’s because I had acne for my whole teenage life. I got rid of it last year due to some medication I was on which means I’m not scared of going out without makeup on now, however I still do just because it makes me feel better and I like to use it.

I like the natural look so I don’t use a lot of product on my face. I also like to try different things out with my eyeshadow as I have many different colours, but today I went for a pretty shimmery pink as I think it goes with the autumn weather well.

So here’s my everyday makeup routine.

Products I used

As I said this is my everyday, go-to makeup routine. I change it up with the eyes for different occasions like when I’m going out I always add glitter, or sometimes I don’t wear eyeliner.

Be sure to keep an eye out for more looks.

EG x

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