Monday, 25 June 2012

Drugstore Makeup Haul.

Hi guys, today I'm going to be sharing with you the makeup buts that I have brought over the last couple of days. Hope you enjoy!

Top to bottom, left to right: Famous x baked bronzer in shade one Miami £6.49, Rimmel stronger nail care (nail hardener) around £4.29, Collection 2000 shimmer shades in shade two blushalicious £4.19, Rimmel colour show off lipstick in 010 pink excess £6.49, Collection 2000 cover up stick (concealer) in shade 14 honey beige £1.99, Rimmel colour show off lipstick in 110 pink gossip £6.49 and finally Collection 2000 sky lash waterproof mascara in black either £3.99 or £4.99 .
I brought everything from either Superdrug or Morrison's, my local Morrison's only has a Collection (2000) stand and a Rimmel, but they always have some sort of good offer on YAY!!! Also a review will be coming soon on everything above (if you guys are interested).
- BeautyGeek123.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Current Skincare Routine (Morning And Night).

Hiya everyone, today I'm going to be sharing with you all my current skincare routine.
To be honest with you all, I have only been into skincare for around 7-8 months, so I'm not super experienced but, I do know what works for my skin. Also what I'm really happy with what I'm using on  my skin at the moment!

Here are all my skincare bits!

First of all I remove my makeup with the Simple kind to skin cleansing facial wipes. They contain pro-vitamin B5 (which is apparently really good for your skin) and no; oil, alcohol, perfume or colour. This is about my 4 or 5th packet of these, and I really love them, they remove all my makeup without a load of fuss!
Then, in the evening I use the Neutrogena pink grapefruit daily scrub, this takes away any dead skin or makeup that go missed by the wipes. And as the name suggests its a 'daily scrub' so it's gentle enough to use everyday without drying out your skin. I really love this because, it keeps my skin really clear (with minimal blemishes).
In the morning I don't use the same scrub, I use the face wash from the same pink grapefruit line. This just freshens my face in the morning, removing any oils (ewww) that my skin may have produced overnight.
I don't really use toners day to day, but if I have worn a lot of makeup (say if I went to a party or something) then I like to use one just to make sure ALL of my makeup is off. In that case I use the Simple kind to skin soothing facial toner. It contains one vital vitamin (again, pro-vitamin B5) three skin loving nutrients (chamomile, witch hazel ad allantoin) and no perfume or colour!
Last but not least I have two moisturisers (one for the day, and one for the night). In the morning I like to use the Clean Start Dermalogica welcome matte (SPF 15) moisturizer, I did a intire post on it a couple back so check that out for more of a in depth review. But, it just creates a really nice (light) base for my makeup while protecting me from the sun!
 And then for my night moisturiser I use a more pocket friendly option that is Johnson's daily essentials night cream. It's around £4 from Boots or Superdrug , and its just really nice and moisturising!

So, that's it for my skincare routine I hoped you enjoyed it, speak next time!
- BeautyGeek123

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Rivew: Collection (2000) Ultimate Fix Cream Foundation.

Hiya guys, today I'm going to be reviewing my first ever cream foundation. Now I know that cream foundation's are designed more for dryer skin, so when I brought my first ever cream foundation I didn't want to buy an expensive one, as I didn't know if it would work for my skin type (oily). Also I would just like to add that if you have dry skin take what I say with a pinch of salt and don't let me make you not buy it, as I do have oily skin.

Now, on with the post...

This product claims to be a 3 in 1; a foundation, concealer and powder. On top of that it also has a SPF 15 and was only £4.99, so I thought, why should I not give this a go? The worst that could come out of it is that I have spent £5 on a product that I don't like, and at least then I  can tick it off of my ''foundations to try list'' (only joking I don't really have one of them) and get a blog post out of it!

In the pan and when I swatched it, it looked very dark and orange. However, when blended out (picture below) it's not orange at all, in fact I would even go as far as saying its a bit too pale for me (shocker right?). So, it is described by Collection 2000 to (and I quote) have a ''lightweight solid to liquid formulation which provides the coverage of a liquid foundation with a powder finish.'' and conceal like a concealer would. I did still have to go in with a separate concealer, as I just wasn't satisfied with the coverage, and I also setted it with a powder because as I said earlier I do have oily skin. Even then it only lasted no more than two hours before I had to re-powder.

Conclusion: For me this foundation just didn't cut it. It didn't last long on my skin at all, but I really liked how it contains an SPF and that it comes with a mirror and sponge. I am still going to use it up, say on days where I just want to nip to the shop, but don't want to wear no makeup. But will I repurchase it? No. However, having said that I think that if you have normal to dry skin then this may work for you. I really didn't have a problem with the coverage just the lasting power.

- BeautyGeek123

*everything mentioned was purchased with my own money, and I am not being paid for my opinion.*

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Review: Limited Collection Blush In Dusky Rose.

Hi beauty's, today I'm going to be doing a review on a new(ish) blush to my collection and its by natural collection. You can find this brand in store or online at Marks and Spencer.

Here is the packaging of the blush, I personally really like it, I think that it's very classic, neat and looks more expensive than it is.

The colour/shade I own is dusky rose, and I would describe it as the cheaper, matt and more pigmented version of MAC well dressed. The whole Limited Collection line is very affordable, and the blush's retail for (I believe) £4. BARGAIN.

So, here is the swatch! As you can see it is a kinda pale/true pink, that contains no shimmer or glitter, YAY go matt blushes!
I highly recommend this blush, I haven't tried any other colours but I defiantly going to in the future. I hope you enjoyed the review and speak to you all next time.
- BeautyGeek123

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Rave Review: Clean Start Welcome Matte Moisturizer

Hey guys, sorry i've been abit distant latley but i've just had problems with my internet connection, and then when I have had internet i'm practially swimming in school work! Anyway, i'm going to be doing antoher rave review and today i'm going to be reviewing Clean Start Dermalogica welcome matte moisturizer (yes with a Z, its an American brand incase you were unaware).

The front of the bottle...

and the back!

I want to start by saying that this is the only kind of skincare/makeup item that I have used consistantly and have not changed! Now thats saying somthing! I have been using this for around seven months now and I have to say i'm competley in love. I use it every morning just after I wash my face, now I have combo/oily skin that changes seasonally (strange huh?) and I use this as a moisturiser and a primer. If you have super oily skin then I would still reccommend using a seperate primer, but it does contain oil controllers and SPF 15 (holla at Clean Start).

It does have a flip cap opening thing, wich I prefer way more than jars, as their eaiser to travel with and you get every last bit out! This moisturiser does have a pretty thin/runny consistantcy and is really light weight (great for summer). 

And then I just felt the need to put some on the back of my hand for you all :)
Now onto the price, i'm not going to lie it is more expensive than your typical drugstore moisturiser but its certianly cheaper than some i've seen! It retails at £15.35 for 60 mls (or 2 fluid oz). It can be found at Clean Start stands, I got mine from Westfield shopping centre (Stratford) or online. I found this place online that sells it with a small discount and free delivery.
I have just ran out of a sample of the all over spriz and i'm deffinatley going to be buying the full size!
Another thing I forgot to mention is that Dermalogica is aimed at more older dryer skin, but their Clean Start line is aimed at younger oiler acne prone skin!

Once again thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the rest of your day,
- BeautyGeek123 

Friday, 8 June 2012

Barry M Giveaway! (Closed)

Hello guys, i'm soo excited for today's post... it's a giveaway! I just want to say that it is only a small giveaway, but my blog is still a baby.
Here's what you can win:
Left To Right: Berry ice cream, peach melba and strawberry ice cream.

Three Barry M nail paint, in my favourite colours/shades (names listed above). These pretty pastel shades are totally in this spring/summer!!
So, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning all three of these polishes is:
Be a subscriber of my blog and leave a comment down below  saying '' I want to win Barry M nail paints''.

EDIT: The runner up will win...

Barry M's new colour changing chameleon polish in pink. I wasn't going to have a prize for the runner up, but when I was in Superdrug eirler on I saw this and was like ''OMG, thats sooo cool!''. So I brought one to giveaway to the runner up.

The small print:
You must be over 18 to enter, or have parents permission.
Must be a UK resident (sorry to my international readers, promise I will do international giveaways in the future!)
Only one comment per person, or you will be disqualified.
And for a extra entry you can simply RT the link on Twitter (my user name is @beautygeek123)
This giveaway is open for one week only, entry's posted after 12:00pm on Friday June 15th 2012 will not be counted.
The winner will be picked at random via a random name generator.
Must be a subscriber of my blog (of course you can unfollow after if you wish).

Dissclaimer: Everything was brought with my own money.

Thanks for reading and best of luck!
- BeautyGeek123

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Lets Go Shopping... Ollie May Online Boutique.

Hello guys, it feels like I haven't blogged in ages (even though it's only been about two days). I'm going to be doing a series on my blog called 'lets go shopping...'. So what is it? you may ask, well when I order from a new place online i'm going to be doing a little review on the company (talking ablut delivery, costumer services ect.). Today is going to be the first in the series, Lets go shopping... Ollie May online boutique.
So, here's what the packaging looks like (I ovbiously covered up my address and all that kind of stuff). I really love the pink bag it comes in, very girly! They offer FREE, yes you read right FREE standard delivery, and I believe that it's only £6.00 for international delivery. Now onto what I actully ordered:

The gold sequin dress, it retails for £32.00, but with the £10 discount code (that I got off of their Twitter) it only costed me £22.00. The dress is nice quality, although i'm not sure that I would have paid £32.00 for it.

The Bad: I did have a few issues when paying, so I ended up paying via Paypal, and because of the issues the kind lady at coumsomer services said that she would pop in a few vouchers in there for me (wich I thought was very nice of them). However, when my dress arrived this moring there was no vouchers in there!
Conclusion: Ollie May does have some nice bits on their website and their costomer service is great! I also think that is really wonderful that they offer free delivery. But, after my (semi) bad experience with them i'm not sure I will order again. I'm pretty sure that everyone won't have a bad experience with Ollie May like I did, but before you order off of there (if you do) just keep in mind that you may experience some proplems aswell.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any recommedations of where I should shop next just pop a comment down below or tweet me!
- BeautyGeek123

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Q&A With My Mum.

Hello everyone, today I decided to do a Q&A with my wonderful mum, as I did say I was going to do a Q&A on twitter, and it would be fun to ask my mum the question's as well. So lets get started...

Question one: What is your favourite all time fragrance?

Mum: Oscar De La Renta! I've had about 10 of these, I get one every Christmas. I love the smell and it lasts all day, even though it's hard to get a hold of and it quite expensive.
Me: It defiantly has to be Justin Bieber Someday! Not just because I'm a Beliber, but because it's a really great fragrance, and the packaging is the cutest. Even if your not a Bieber fan, I would recommend going and giving this a wiff at your local perfume store.
Question two: What is your favourite nail polish?
Mum: Mine would have to be a Rimmel nail polish in the colour oyster oink (266). I love the curved brush, and the colour. It's pale everyday polish, and you cant really tell when it starts to wear off!
Me: I was abit greedy and picked three, because I couldn't just pick one. So I went for; OPI's ate berries in the Canaries, Butter London's HRH and OPI's Austin tatious turquoise (from the Texas collection). I'm more for the purple and blue's, and these colour's are great for me. I'd also just like to say that I don't only wear expensive polishes, but they are the best if your looking to splurge!

Question three: What is your favourite foundation?

Mum: I like Rimmel Stay Matte foundation, because I have oily skin and it controls the oils, while lasting all day. One tube lasts me six months, I just run out today. It provides a nice natural medium coverage.
Me: My all time favourite foundation is Bourjois Bio Detox Organic foundation. I love it because I have combination skin and this foundation doesn't dry out or cling to my dry patches but, it lasts all day on my T-zone (where I get most oily). I believe that it is being discontinued though as you can 't find it at Boot's or Superdrug, however you can find it online at Asos, Boots and some discounted beauty websites. It provides the perfect medium coverage, that can be sheered out or built up.

Question Four: If you were stuck on a desert island and you could only take one makeup item with you what would it be?

(Me and my mum both picked a mascara, I thought that it was interesting LOL)
Mum: I would bring with me my mascara (Rimmel volume flash 10x mascara), because I have quite short eyelashes and this is my number one makeup item.
Me: Mine would also have to be a mascara, not because I have short eyelashes (I have quite long ones actully) but because I love how they look with mascara, particually Rimmel scandal eyes mascara. And I find that wearing mascara makes a difference to your whole face :)

Thank you all soooooooo much for taking your time to read my blog. I'm deffinatley up for doing more Q&A type posts in the future, so if you have any more questions pop a comment down below or tweet me @beautygeek123
- BeautyGeek123

Monday, 4 June 2012

Review: Collection (2000) Colour Intense Trio.

Hey girls (& guys), so I thought (I'm pretty sure I say this phrase at least once in every post) that I'd do a quick review for you all on the Collection 2000 colour intense eyeshadow trio.

I do only own one of the Collection 2000 trio's, but I'm certainly going to be buying more in the future. The one I do own is in the colour Fondant Fancy (shade 10), I picked it up around two months ago when I realised that I didn't have ant purple shadows in my collection, and I didn't want to spend a ton buying one (or more). In the trio you get a highlight colour, a all over lid colour and a crease colour.

As you can see the shadows are highly pigmented, especially for the price (£3). Overall I'd really recommend theses trio's if your looking for some new shadows but your don't want to break the bank. I'm definitely going to be picking up some other colours in the future :)
- BeautyGeek123

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Miss Selfridges' Bargins!

Hello everyone, I hope your all having a wonderful day, are you doing anything for the Jubilee?
Today I went shopping with my mum, and I round rather a few bargins at the Miss Selfridges' jewellery stand in Debenhams, so I thought I'd share them with you :)

So I did only get four bits, but I did get them for unbeatable (and unrissistable, is that even a word?) prices. I've never really brought any jewellery from Miss Selfridges before, but when I saw the sale rail I just couldn't resist. I did look for all of the items online, but didn't have any luck finding them, so if any of the items above caught your eye I'd recommend checking out your local Miss Selfridges' or Debenhams.

Here's a close up of the sun ring, it's original price was £5.00 (which is still really good!!!) and I got it in the sale for £1, even better!

And then here's a close up of what the ear cuff looks like on (sorry for all the hair in the way). I know it won't be to every ones taste, but for one pound I truly couldn't give it a miss.
The grand total of what all of these bit come to was £5, and if I had paid full price for them it would of come to £29, total steal or what? The point of this post wasn't really to show you what I got, but more to share with all of yous what bargins you can find in the sales, and especially at Topshop!!!
Hope your all having a good day, and enjoying the long weekend :)
- BeautyGeek123

Friday, 1 June 2012

May Favourites.

Hello everyone, so in my last post I said that I was going to be posting every other day and I've already let you all down, sorry!
In this post I'm going to be sharing with my May faves. Please let me know if you would like to see these every month, or not?
Left To Right: Mac well dressed  blush, Benefit boi-ing concealer, Rimmel scandal eyes mascara, Revlon lip butter in peach parfait.

Mac well dressed blush: I ordered this blush earlier this month from , taking full advantage of their 10% off and free delivery. I really like this blush, it's very natural, suitable for school and just generally a nice everyday blush.
Benefit boi-ing concealer: I also purchased this earlier this month from I do really like it so far, I'm going to try it out abit more then I'll do a review (so, keep your eyes peeled.) However, I'm not 100% certain that this is my perfect concealer.
Rimmel scandal eyes mascara: This is one of my favourite (if not my favourite) mascara of all time, high end and drugstore. It just makes my lashes look (and feel like) a million dollars. And it's super cheap from Superdrugs (£6.99 to be exact).
Revlon lip butter in peach parfait: As I said in my haul I got this off of a blog sale. And I just love it, it's the perfect everyday lipstick, if your like me and don't like the bright bold colours for the daytime.

Left To Right: Charles Worthington heat protect spray, Butter London HRH, OPI ate berries in the Canaries.

Charles Worthington heat protect spray: Heat protectants are one of the few beauty items that you cant actually see results. A good concealer will hide blemishes and dark circles, a good hairspray will hold your curls. But you can't prove that a heat spray works, because if you use heat on your hair you will get split ends no matter how much heat protectant you use! Anyway, this is a really nice and light spray, with the classic Charles Worthington scent to it. It does the job, there isn't much else I can say about it.
Butter London HRH: I also brought this from the same blog sale, and it was my first Butter London polish. And I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, it was pretty long wearing, and the pigmentation was great (I only needed 2 coats). HRH is a nice pearly purple shade.
OPI ate berries in the Canaries: This is one of my favourite polishes of all time, the shade is bang in the middle of a pink and a purple. OPI in the UK is kinda expensive, and chips easily, but it's OPI their shade range is just phenomenal so I don't mind paying abit more than I would for a regular polish.

Thank you all for reading, What are your may faves?
- BeautyGeek123