26 June 2012

unicorn (rope) braid hair tutorial

Hello lovelies :) Today, i am going to show you a how to do a unicorn, sometimes called rope, braid. It's so simple & easy to do & it's suppose to be the new 'fishtail'. I wore this look to my friends birthday meal yesterday & it's quickly become a favourite hairstyle of mine. My hair inspiration for the look below came from this photo of Elizabeth Olsen, i LOVE her hair!

I am so bad when it comes to complicated hair styles, i haven't the foggiest how to do a french plait. The unicorn braid is extremely easy to do and only takes a few minutes. It's called a unicorn braid basically because it looks like a unicorn's horn! Unlike the traditional braid, you use two strands of hair instead of three. Here's how i did it...
  1. Gather your hair into a side ponytail and split into two strands. I used the Denman Dressing Out brush to section my hair into a side parting.
  2. With the two pieces of hair, twist them around each other, slightly twisting them individually at the same time.
  3. You'll begin to see a rope like braid starting to form. Secure the end with a hair bobble.
  4. Pull out a few strand to make the hairstyle look less perfect.
  5. Pin any flyaways and apply a light coating of hairspray.
  6. Lastly I used my Denman Dressing Out brush to add a bit of volume to the roots.
Products used
Hair pins from Sallys, hair bobble from Primark, styling brush from Denman, dressing out brush from Denman Mark Hill Big Night Out hair spray.

Let me know if you try out the unicorn braid. It's so easy - there's no excuse! I have a few more hair tutorials planned so leave a comment below or tell me on twitter @kiamakemeup what you'd like to see! Hope you all had a good weekend x

21 June 2012

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Review

Another foundation review as part of my #projectfoundation series. It was suppose to just take place during May but i underestimated how busy i would be last month, sorry! As you can tell from the title i am reviewing Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. I own mainly high street foundations but i bought this as a little treat and to use on special occasions!

What Estee Lauder say about their foundation...

For a look that stays vibrant and fresh whether it's a workday, a workout or a weekend. Smooth it on once and don't think twice about it.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10
15-hour wear, light as air—long-wear makeup is now lightweight makeup.
Makeup That Keeps Up
  • Fresh, natural, comfortable.
  • Goes on sheer, leaves skin free to breathe all day.
  • Controls oil.
  • Resists smudging and won't "melt" off through heat and humidity.
What I say about the foundation...

I really like the packaging of this product, it comes in a squeezy tube making it easy to dispense and less likely to waste product. I've used Double Wear before & i felt that was a bit to matte for my liking. However this foundation has a more natural matte finish. I do use a translucent powder on my t-zone just to avoid any shine. It also has a medium coverage, i still needed to conceal my dark circles and the odd blemish. It doesn't feel too greasy or drying, i think this would be great for those with normal/oily skin but possible not for those with dry. It contains SPF 10 which is always a bonus! My favourite thing about Estee Lauder DWL & the only thing that justify's the hefty price tag is how long wearing it is. I wore this a few weeks ago on a scorching hot day to test out how it lasted in warm weather & it was excellent. All day, it didn't budge, it didn't melt and it stayed in place perfectly. This will stay on for around 10 hours, possibly longer but i haven't worn it over 10 hours!

If you looking for a long lasting foundation, i would definitely recommend this one. This retails at £28.50 for 30ml and is available at Estee Lauder counters or you can but it online from Estee Lauder website here. There are just six shades and they are categorised into intensities. I have Intensity 1.0 which is a good match for me. 

*UPDATED MAY 2014: Estee Lauder have now added four new shades this foundation, yay!*

20 June 2012

FREE beauty product samples part 2!

Heelllooo ladies!(soz if that sounds a bit creepy) Hope you've all had a good week so far. I tweeted the pictured below after receiving them this morning and a lot of you wanted to see a post on how to get your hands on these free samples. So here it is, enjoy your freebies!
 The first samples are from Garnier. I received three sachets of their BB cream in 'Light'. I was worried the colour would be too dark for my pale skin but the match wasn't to bad! I've tried a few BB creams before and I really like this one so far. This product will be perfect for the summer - if we get one! You can apply for a sample of Garnier's BB cream here - I'm not sure what shade you'll get but I hope they cater for darker skin tones too.
 The other two items i have are little samples from Avene. I'm a fan of the brand so it was nice to try some of their things I hadn't used before. I've had my eye on their Gentle Gel Cleanser(below) for a while so can't wait to test it out! The other product sample is their light hydrating cream with SPF 20. I'll be saving that for my holiday! To get some free samples from Avene I just filled out their Skin Diagnosis form here.
I also received my UNE skin glow foundation sample which you can find out how to get in my last post on free beauty product samples here.

I LOVE getting free samples & i hope you've found this post helpful. Also, i've been asked a few times what beauty box i recommend and honestly after all the negative reviews i see each month it puts me off so i don't subscribe to any! I much prefer this way of getting beauty samples, it's free & you know what your getting! Thank you to everyone who commented on my blog recently, makes me happy :) Thanks for reading!  x
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14 June 2012

MUA Pretty Pastels eyeshadow palette review

 This was a highly requested blog post after featuring it in my May Favourites. I love pastel colours, but on my eyes...i wasn't too sure. But i've had a few months to play with this palette & i absolutely love it!
The top and bottom three colours are my favourites. I haven't ventured out to using the purple or green shades yet but i will do. The yellow is a really nice natural all over colour and i like to use the brown or pink eyeshadow in my crease. The lighter shades are ideal for highlighting. The pigmentation is good, not brilliant but for £4 you can't really go wrong. Each shadow has a shimmery finish which is really wearable. I find it doesn't crease and the colours apply best with my fingers. It does come with a double-ended eyeshadow brush but i don't tend to use it. I've included some swatches below!
 The Pretty Pastels Palette is £4 for 12 shades and available to buy from Superdrug or the MUA online shop. What do you think of this? The colours are really nice and more importantly it's affordable! I'm tempted to get their new 'Undressed' Palette! If you like MUA i think you'll like this.
Also let me know your MUA lipstick recommendations as i want to try some! x

*let me know if you have any questions! 

11 June 2012

FREE beauty product samples

Who doesn't like a freebie? I received these ones over the last month simply by filling out forms online. Companies like to give away samples as it's a good way of getting customer feedback and getting people to try their new products before buying. I haven't used any of them yet as I like saving them to take on holiday!  Free beauty product samples are easy to get hold of online, i'll mention a few websites below. You can also pick them up at counters in department stores. I hope you find this little post helpful!

Garnier often give away free samples as they like to hear customer feedback. They normally advertise on TV that you can claim a free sample so you have to be quick! The sample I have above has now ended but you can claim a free sample of their BB cream here :)
Toothpaste is a really popular freebie too and i think the sample sizes are quite generous! Colgate, Oral B and Sensodyne give away testers regularly.
Also, keep an eye on the Boots website as they give away samples too! You can get a free sample of UNE Skin-Glow foundation here.
The good thing about samples is that they're free! But obviously samples are limited, you have to be quick and they can take a while to arrive. It's a great way to try before you buy and they are handy for travelling.
I hear about free samples on this forum on the Money Saving Expert website. It's worth checking out once in a while. I also tweet about any free sample offers, you can find me here!

Have you ever received a free beauty sample? Let me know if you would like me to post again if i get anymore freebies. Also, i caved in and brought Glamour magazine to get the free sample of POREfessional ;) Have a good week! x

8 June 2012

May Bodycare Favourites

 Part two of my May favourites, read part one which include my favourite make up products here. These are the haircare, skincare and beauty products i've been reaching for last month!
Japonesque Travel Blush Brush*
Japonesque is a brand i discovered and loved last month. I've put it back in it's original packaging to show you what it looked like. This is a blush brush so i use it to apply blusher and bronzer. It is such a soft brush and picks up just enough product. This is a travel brush because the handle is shorter, perfect size for my make up bag!
Dr Organic Manuka Honey Hand and Nail Cream £6.19
I'm a fan of this organic brand, especially their Olive Oil face mask! I do love a good hand cream and this one smells amazing!
Percy and Reed No Oil Hair Oil* £14.00
My hair has been really dry lately. I like to use a hair oil and this has been my go to one. I use two pumps of this and smooth through damp hair. It helps to fight frizz and nourish my dry ends. This is the first Percy & Reed product i've tried and I'am really impressed!
Avene Eau Thermale Spray £6.50
This basically is water in a can. I've been using this on my face because it has been really sensitive lately. After a spray of this my skin calms down. Its also good for sun burn or if your feeling a little under the weather this is a good pick me up. Because of it's price tag i don't think i will repurchase but it has helped me out this month so it deserved to be in my favs.
Mark Hill Big Night Out Volumising Dry Shampoo* £6.29
What would we do without dry shampoo?! I always like to have one encase of emergencies! I've been using this one because it also offers volume as wells as disguising greasy hair. I've tried to use it this morning but the spray dispenser has stopped working :/ so not sure if i want it in my may favourites any more!
These last 3 items have been in my handbag all month!
Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets £2.99 for 50
I take these to work and normally use one on my lunch break. They help to control shine without ruining make up. They come in a cute little compact wallet and have a nice floral design on them.
White Tiger Balm £4.67
This is a balm i use to help relief headaches. I don't suffer from any migraines but when i feel a headache coming along i use this & rub it onto my temples to reduce tension. And also the packaging is really pretty! You can get this from Boots or Holland & Barrett.
So...Brit Body Spray 99p
This 50ml bottle is perfect handbag size.The sent is quite fruity with hints of cranberry and vanilla. It also has some rose and peony notes.

Phew, that's all my May Favourites done! I keep meaning to do a 'Monthly Empties' post instead but i'm just so bad at finishing products. What do you prefer to see  - monthly empties or monthly favourites? Hope you're all having a good week! x

7 June 2012

May Make Up Favourites

Firstly I am going to show you lovely lot what make up products i have been reaching for last month! I've got a few other skincare and bodycare products to show you, so i'll save those for the next post.
Benefit They're Real Mascara £18.50
The only high-end product in my May favs as I'm more of a high-street kinda person, I really like this mascara and you can read my review of it here.
MUA Pretty Pastels Palette £4.00
I wasn't sure if pastel eye colours were going to suit me, but i love this! The first six colours i have been reaching for daily, let me know if you would like to see a blog post dedicated to this palette. Also, MUA are launching a new neutral palette which looks amazing! I think it's called 'Undressed' so keep your eyes out for that.
MUA Lip Boom in Doin Good £3.00
I was umming and ahhing about this product when I first got it, but it's grown on my and it's become a favourite. This shade is a nice matte red that doesn't look to bright and doesn't dry out my lips. You can see my full review here.
Miners Nail Colour in Sunny Side Up £2.99
Yellow is my all time favourite nail colour. Last month I've been wearing this nice one from Miners Cosmetics. It's a lovely bright yellow, the formula is quite thin so i need to apply three coats. I won this in a twitter comp Miners were running. Check out their twitter here as they do competitions every week!
L'oreal Crayon Kohl in Crome Brown £4.20
I've been a bit cheeky and brought 4 eyeliners last month! I really like this one because it's brown but has a hint of shimmer in it. It's nice and soft, i've been using this daily!
Revlon Nail Enamel in Charming £6.49
There is something about the spring that makes me want to paint my nails in pastel. I brought this lilac colour on a whim because in Boots they were doing a 2 for £8 deal. The colour is so pretty but it does cheap easily. I do love this shade but glad I didn't pay full price!

I'm hoping my June favourites will be full of sun creams, after suns and fake tans - but i'm not sure if we are going to get any sunshine this month in the UK - Fingers crossed! Let me know if you've blogged about your may favs so i can have a looksie! x

p.s notice the smiley face air bubbles have created in the Revlon nail enamel, cute!

4 June 2012

3 different nail polish storage ideas

Hello, hope you're all okay!
I'm not the tidiest person but i do like pretty storage, especially when it comes to beauty products. For my GSCE final project in D.T i made a tall pink bookcase to neatly store my ever growing collection of cosmetics, nearly 3 years on & i still use it! Today I am going to show you 3 different ways to store your nail polish. I love seeing how other people store things so i hope you find this helpful!
This is a Roo nail polish roll. It's a really practical way to store my nail polish. It can store up to 14 polishes and come in 9 different colours. This is ideal for anyone wanting to keep their polishes in a safe and secure place. Next time I am travelling anywhere & want to take some nail polish, i'll be using this!
 Boxes and baskets are a good way of storing nail polish neatly. I've just ordered these ones from Argos for my toiletries! The only dilemma with this idea is that it's hard to see what colour the nail polish is without picking it up. I've tried to solve this by painting the nail polish onto some sellotape, then sticking it to the lid. This technique does work and i find it really helpful.
Lastly, I keep some nail polishes in this glass jar, it looks pretty on my dressing table and you can see all the polishes stored in it clearly. It reminds me of a jar of sweets! You can pick one of these up in the kitchen section of most supermarkets & they are around £5.

 That's all the ways I store my nail polish, you could also vamp up a spice rack & display your polishes on that! There are so many ways, have fun with it! If your in the UK i hope you're having a good bank holiday and let me know your thoughts on these storage ideas :) x

2 June 2012

Benefit Porefessional Primer Review

I've read so many POREfessional reviews these past few days as a result of it being free with this months issue of Glamour magazine! I think primers are one of those products you're not really fused about until you try one & then BAM, you can't live without it.

Benefit's Porefessional claims to minimize pores and leave skin looking smoother. Like all benefit products, the packaging is really pretty! I find it leaves skin feeling very silky and is a great base for applying make up. It's also good for controlling shine, feels very lightweight and you can wear under or over make up. The main selling point for this is that it helps to minimize pores. I've started to get pores around my nose, they aren't really large but this product does help to make them look less noticeable.

I do like this primer but at £23.50 a pop I'm tempted to see if any highstreet primers offer similar results. However, have you noticed this is normally free in magazines? Pick up a copy if you wanted to try before buying.
Have you tried POREfessional?
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