Monday, 30 March 2015

'Step Into Spring' Make-Up Look

Posted by Lucy Redford at 08:14 1 comments
Hello everyone! Although you may not believe it considering the awful weather, we are already a whole week into British Springtime, so I thought I'd do  a 'Step Into Spring' make-up look using products just from the drugstore! Here is the finished look and how I created it:

  1. After I'd cleansed and moisturised, I massaged my Bourjois Happy Light Illuminating Serum Primer into my face and neck. Not only does this ensure my make-up lasts all day, it also smooths and hydrates.
  2. Next, I concealed my black bags with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, which, in my opinion, is a must-have beauty product as it brightens the under-eye area.
  3. Then, I went in with my Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in the shade 031 Ivory, a light-coverage foundation that is specially formulated to dial down redness.
  4. After that, I moved onto eyes. Here I simply slicked on the Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara and dabbed a tiny bit of pale, shimmery eyeshadow (from the the W7 In The Buff palette) into the inner corners of my eyes to make my eyes appear brighter and more awake.
  5. Then, I attempted to contour with the L'Oreal Glam Bronze, a completely matte bronzer that I have owned for yonks.
  6. I also added a touch of cream highlighter down the bridge of my nose and along my cheekbones.
  7. Penultimatey, I took my Sleek Blush in the shade Rose Gold (review coming soon!) and applied it to the apples of my cheeks, sweeping upwards and outwards in large circular motions. To do this, I used the Real Techniques Blush Brush.
  8. And last of all, I added a hint of colour to my lips with my No.7 High Shine Lip Crayon, which I totally adore!
Hope you enjoyed this drugstore make-up look post; I'd love to know what look you're going for this season!
Lucy x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Bourjois' 123 Perfect CC Cream

Posted by Lucy Redford at 12:52 0 comments
Hello everyone! Last weekend, I picked up the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream for just under the £10 mark. For those of you who do not know, CC generally stands for "colour correct", meaning that it addresses issues such as redness and those unsightly black bags. 
 This product provides you with light to medium coverage that looks very natural on the skin, perfect for day-to-day wear. I'd say it is fairly suitable for all skin types as it is neither matte nor dewy, however I do find that it sometimes clings to my dry patches (no one would ever notice though unless they were looking very closely!).

With this CC cream, I find that a little goes a long way. For the best results, squeeze a pea-sized amount out onto the back of your hand and dab a bit onto your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Then, with a make-up sponge/beauty blender, simply blend the product upwards and outwards in small circular motions.


When it comes to drugstore CC creams, lots of them look cheap and tacky, however, Bourjois has done an incredibly good job at packaging theirs to look very upmarket. The product lasts all day and feels comfortable on the skin. It comes in four different shades: Ivory, Light Beige, Beige and Bronze. 

Overall, I am really happy with this purchase and would definitely recommend it to anyone who, like me, is new to the world of make-up and just wants something that provides good coverage and gives a natural-looking finish. Let me know if you enjoyed this sort of post and whether or not you'd like to see more product reviews in the future! 

Lucy x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Recipe: Lemony Cupcakes

Posted by Lucy Redford at 12:29 3 comments
If you're from the UK, you'll know that it's Red Nose Day tomorrow, so yesterday afternoon, I decided I'd bake some cupcakes. If I'm totally honest with you, I'm not really a cupcake person, but, boy, these were good!


In case you're thinking "how are these anything to do with Red Nose Day?", I'll explain. The icing was supposed to be red but unfortunately we didn't have much food dye left, so they're orange instead! But, never to worry! Anyway, for those of you who fancy baking these amazing fairy cakes, here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes
  • 115g butter (diced)
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 115g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon (the zest and juice)
For the buttercream icing
  • 150g butter (diced)
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • Food colouring (optional)
For decoration
  • 12 Maltesers
Method:
  1. First of all, preheat the oven to 180˚C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Then, place the butter, caster sugar, eggs, lemon juice and the lemon zest into a large mixing bowl before sifting in the flour, incorporating air by lifting the sieve quite high.
  3. Now, using a handheld mixer, whisk together all the ingredients until the mixture is light and creamy.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly between the twelve muffin cases.
  5. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until well-risen, golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean. With oven gloves, remove the muffin tin from the oven and carefully transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack where they can cool.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the buttercream icing. Simply combine the butter, icing sugar and lemon juice using a hand-held mixer on it's lowest setting (you don't want the icing sugar to go everywhere!).
  7. Once the cakes have cooled completely, spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and swirl on the buttercream for an artistic finish. Or, alternatively, you can just dollop some icing straight onto the cake and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly across the surface.
  8. Top each cupcake with a Malteser and you're done! Ta-dah!
I hope this recipe has inspired you to put on your apron and get baking for Comic Relief!

Lucy x


Friday, 6 March 2015

February Beauty Favourites

Posted by Lucy Redford at 10:19 0 comments
Hello everyone! It's the beginning of another month (where has February gone?), so it's time for another Favourites post. Here are some beauty products I've been loving recently...

 KIKO Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush RRP £7.90
It's a known fact that I own way to many blushers, but when I saw this one, I couldn't resist the temptation. I love this product; it applies like a dream and gives my cheeks a subtle glow. This is perfect for school as it's quite natural-looking and doesn't make me look overly made-up. I have it in the shade Coral Rose, which, I think, is perfect for spring.

The Body Shop Born Lippy Passionberry Lip Balm RRP £2.00
I LOVE this lip balm! It smells gorgeous, looks amazing and is so glossy! It's an absolute must-have in any girl's collection!

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub RRP £5.50
I bought this late November and never really got round to using it until quite recently. It works wonders on my chapped lips and makes them feel really soft. I absolutely adore the taste of this as well. It's so good!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser RRP £15.50
This cleanser is my #1 skincare staple! I use this on a daily basis and ever since I began using this a while ago, I have seen a real difference in my skin; although I sometimes get the odd spot, my skin is much clearer than it was. It removes every scrap of make-up off your face, too! To read a detailed review of Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish, click the link below!

Real Techniques Blush Brush RRP £8.49
I'd heard a lot about Real Techniques and how utterly amazing their products were, so, giving into the hype, I ordered their blush brush from Amazon. It's amazingly soft and picks up just the right amount of blusher/bronzer/powder.


What have you been loving recently? Let me know in the comments below! (Hey, that rhymes!)


Lucy x

 

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