Sunday, 22 July 2012

Lily-Flame Vanilla & Honey Scented Candle

Lily-Flame Vanilla and Honey scented candle (R.R.P. £8.50)

In the middle of the exam period, when I wallowing in self pity, I decided to invest in a new scented candle. I thought I deserved a little treat, and trawling the internet for candles was just the sort of procrastination that I was looking for.

During my search, I stumbled across the Lily-Flame website and was amazed at the huge range of scents which were on offer. I settled for this Vanilla & Honey tin and was ashamedly excited for its arrival in the post.

When it arrived, I obviously put all work aside and rushed to light it. Even before I'd lit the match, the sweet smell of the candle was really strong. When it was lit, my room was absolute bliss for about 15 minutes. After said 15 minutes, I began to get a bit of a headache. In reality, the candle does exactly what it says on the tin and is almost too much to bear. In my opinion, this is not a candle to be used all evening to create atmospheric candlelight. Instead, it is more like a flaming air freshener which shouldn't be left on for too long.

On the plus side, it claims to last for 30 to 35 hours so if you are using it in 15 minute bursts it could last you months and even years, making it excellent value for money! 

Have you tried any other Lily-Flame scents or can you recommend any other scented candle brands? Comment below!

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Monday, 16 July 2012

D.I.Y HD Brows

HD brows is one of the fastest growing beauty trends that everyone is talking about. However, as much as I wanted the treatment done myself, I didn't fancy forking out between £25 - £35 on something that I could probably do at home. So, about a month ago I nipped down to Boots and picked myself up a brand new eyebrow pencil in the hope that I could beat the beauticians. Having practised my technique a fair few times now, this is my D.I.Y answer to the HD brow...

The first stage in the process is to pluck your eyebrows as normal, or leave them a little thicker if you want a bolder, more defined effect. Before plucking, I brush my eyebrows with a clean mascara brush. This ensures that all the hairs are brushed in the right direction before you begin to attack them. Trust me, this makes a huge difference when it comes to the accuracy of the finished result. I then pluck using tweezers by a brand called Two's Company that I have already blogged about here. If you happen to have any redness beneath your eyebrows after plucking, soothe with a cool, damp cotton pad and apply foundation to the affected area to hide imperfections.

The next stage is to pencil your eyebrows in. The eyebrow pencil I have been using is MaxFactor eyebrow pencil in ebony and I would thoroughly recommend it as it blends really nicely to give a natural finish, and lasts all day. As you can see from the picture below, it comes with a little brush on the lid but this isn't particularly helpful. The mascara brush works a lot better.

MaxFactor Eyebrow Pencil in 1 Ebony (R.R.P £4.99)

To begin, fill in any accidents that may have occurred during the tweezing process. Then, fill in the rest of the eyebrows to achieve the desired effect. I tend to concentrate more on the edges of the eyebrows to give extra definition. My eyebrows are naturally different shapes so this is also a great opportunity to even them out a little. Make sure that, when pencilling, you take a step back from the mirror after a few strokes to ensure that the eyebrows are equally shaped. Also keep a cotton wool pad to hand to help you blend the pencil in. This is especially essential when the pencil is at its sharpest because it will create harsher, darker lines.

If you want to keep your eyebrows looking polished for longer, you can always apply a little hairspray to your finger and run it over your brows to hold the hairs in place and seal in colour.

Do you have any techniques for creating the perfect eyebrows? If so, please do comment below!

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

How to get voluminous hair like Kim Kardashian (well, almost...)

Picture courtesy of Getty images

Before I begin, I feel like I should justify my absence from the blogging community. Basically, the last few months has been absolutely hectic for me! What with revising for and sitting my final exams, taking a girly city break to Copenhagen, doing a mini tour of the U.S.A and graduating, I have had little spare time to sit down at my computer. From now on though, after all the excitement of the last few months, I'm looking forward to getting some routine back in my life and returning to the blogging scene!

One advantage of this long break is that I have tried and tested a fair few products in the time I've been away that I'm looking forward to sharing with my lovely followers. Let's start with TIGI Bed Head Totally Baked Volumizing & Prepping Hair Meringue. 

TIGI Bed Head Totally Baked Volumizing & Prepping Hair Meringue (R.R.P. £12.50)

I am always on the lookout for new ways to plump up my hair à la Kim Kardashian and when my hairdresser introduced me to this product during a pre-graduation trim, I bought it there and then. She suggested using one to two pumps of mousse to be massaged into the roots of wet hair before blow drying. Being the amateur that I am, my blow drying skills are not to be desired but this worked just as well when I used it at home myself. I simply applied the mousse and rough dried my hair, putting in large rollers when my hair was half-dry before continuing to dry. 

What's more, if you dry it in, it leaves no greasy residue unlike some cheaper volumizing mousses that I've tried previously. It also smells like Lemon Meringue Pie which is awesome, but perhaps not so great if you plan to go somewhere where there are likely to be swarms of bees and/ or wasps. 

So there you have it, my new volumising mousse of choice. And below, a cheesy picture of me at my graduation sporting said mousse. Enjoy!

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