You guys should know me well enough by now to know that I love a bargain, and I’m the kinda girl who is kind enough to share these bargains with you too (don’t say I never treat you!) Anyways, today I have to tell you about a beauty brand that is perfect if you’re after a dupe of some high end products.
The brand is W7 Cosmetics, who have seriously upped their game lately, and I’ve been trying a few of their products recently that have seriously impressed me. I thought I would show you what I’ve been loving, and how also I’ve been creating a smokey eye look recently using products from W7.
So let’s start with my base, I was intrigued about The Genius Foundation after seeing it was a dupe for a few different high end foundations, the dropper looked quite cool and with the promise of smooth skin, and dewy coverage, I thought this could be perfect for Spring. The foundation does feel very light on the skin, like it’s barely there. The coverage is low/medium but you could build it up, and for £7.95, I think it’s a right bargain and it feels a lot more expensive on the skin.
W7 have an impressive array of concealers in their collection, from colour correctors, to camouflage kits, there’s a lot to choose from. I’ve been trying the Light Diffusing Concealer which is perfect for brightening up dark under eye circles, and then the Catwalk Concealer which is creamy and blendable, perfect for covering spots and marks. One thing I will say though, is that the light shade isn't that light, so just to be aware of that.
I’ve always been a little intrigued by baking and using different powders to set your make up. With my skin being SO oily at the moment, powder is my best friend right now. However, I don’t like it to be cakey (then again who does like cakey make up?) the Catwalk Powder in translucent is however perfect for touch ups throughout the day, and keeping oil at bay (hey that rhymes!) I’ve not yet tried, but also have the Banana Powder too, which I’m so excited about. I’m always excited to try new brightening products for the under eye area, so I’ll let you know how I get on with that.
Now we’re getting onto the good stuff; bronzer and highlighter, oh yes my favourite make up products. So there’s been a very high end bronzer and highlighter palette that I’ve been meaning to replace for months, but it’s very rare that I can justify £50 for a make up product. However, I almost ran round the house with my top pulled over my head like I’d just scored the winning goal in the World Cup, when I realised that W7 do a dupe for just £5.95. Just saved myself a whopping £46 woo!
Whilst it isn’t as good as it’s high end counterpart, The Hollywood Bronze & Glow is pretty good for a mere £6. The bronzer is a nice warm shade which has a little shimmer giving you that ‘just stepped off the beach’ glow and the highlighter is a nice golden sheen which is perfect for applying on your cheekbones for a day to day glow.
Then if you’re looking for a cheap highlighter that you can apply and be sure that it can be seen from space, then Glowcomotion is for you. This gold toned highlighter is so pigmented that it could give some super expensive cult highlighters a run for their money. You know that my motto in life is ‘ there is no such thing as too much highlighter’ and this is my new fave. Well for this week, you know that I fall hard for highlighters all the time!
W7 may be well known for their eyeshadows the most, and the one thing I wanted to try was one of their neutral eye palettes, you guys know me, I am a sucker for a neutral eyeshadow palette and ‘Colour Me Buff’ was calling my name. Now, it doesn’t take a genius to work out which palette this is a dupe of, and I was very intrigued to see if the quality and pigmentation matched up. I have to say they are very similar to one another, and I am pretty impressed. There’s a few gold/bronze colours within the palette which are perfect for using to create a bronzey smokey eye, which you know is my fave.
If you go through eyeshadow like no one’s business like I do, then these are perfect, at just £9.95 they are pretty affordable and the tin means they're pretty durable which makes them great for traveling (you can tell that I’m desperate to book a summer holiday this year can’t you?)
I also have the Bronze Queen palette which i thought looked pretty great for day to day eye looks, there’s a glittery gold which is so pretty and then a few matte shades, I think this is perfect for a day to day eye look but you could also use it for night out look as well.
I must also mention the Extra Fine Liner pen which is perfect if you’re a little heavy handed like I am, which means that eyeliner can sometimes look a little *ahem* heavy. However, this liner is perfect as the liner is like a felt tip but it’s pretty thin meaning it's basically impossible to go wrong. I mean, if I can line my upper lash line with this, then you can. I would imagine it’s also good to use for flicks too, as the the thin tip means you can’t go too wrong.
Lips wise, unless if you’ve been living in a cave recently, you’ll know that it's all about matte lips right now. Basically every brand has their own matte lip colour products, and W7 is no exception. However, the Mega Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick in the shade two bob is a must have for any nude matte lip fans, it reminds me of one of those Kylie Jenner shades and is so easy to apply and wear.
It's not too drying and smells really sweet too, which you’ll either love or hate, but for me, it’s love. The Lip Twister lipliners are also pretty good for lining your lips and making them a little fuller aka Kylie style.
I have to say, that i wasn't sure what to expect from W7, but I have been pretty impressed with the products that I have tried so far from the range. I would say that my ultimate faves are; The In The Buff palette, the Mega Matte Lips lipstick and the Glowcomotion highlighter.
I think they have a great range of products that are pretty good dupes but for a much more reasonable price. Definitely worth a try!
I would love to know if you’ve ever tried W7, and if so what were your fave products from the brand?
* This post was sponsored by W7 Cosmetics, but as always my opinion is 100% genuine and honest. To find out more about I work on sponsored posts, read my disclaimer here.
I'm guessing if you're reading this post, you will know full well about Riverdale, the new teen show which it seems, many of us have taken into our hearts. It's like if PLL and Gossip Girl had a baby and if like me, you like something to watch that doesn't really require much thinking, then you'll probably love Riverdale as much as I do.
Though if you haven't seen it, perhaps you should hop on over to Netflix, as otherwise this post won't make much sense.
Anyways, last week, I watching Riverdale and I found myself pretty much thinking all of the below things, and I realised I think these things every single week, and well, I've not done a GIF post in a while so...
As promised a few weeks ago, I was going to do a post all about how I dye and style my hair at home. And today I’m going to show you exactly how I dye my hair, what I use and how I style it on a regular basis.
As I mentioned in my last post about my hair colour, I met with celeb hairdresser and Nice’n Easy stylist Michael Douglas (no not the actor before you ask haha) to talk all things hair dye and hair care. As I said in that post, I have been using the Nice’n Easy Colour Enhancer range recently to dye my hair, it’s a semi permanent dye which means it has less chemicals in meaning, it’s not as damaging to your hair. Cause no one has time for damaged locks do they? The colour lasts 6-8 washes, meaning it’s only temporary but is perfect for someone like me, who can get a little bored with their hair colour.
It’s also a great way to add a bit of a boost to your hair, I always find that semi permanent dye is great for adding lots of shine to your hair, and this dye always helps to make my hair super shiny and soft. It’s perfect for using before a night out, an event, or perhaps when you’re going somewhere when you want your hair to rival Kate Middleton’s.
Anyways, today as promised is all about the process of colouring and styling my hair, which trust me, if I can do, you can.
Obviously I use the Nice’n Easy Colour Enhancers to dye my hair *which you’ve probably already guessed by now* anyways so I now buy two boxes of my chosen shade of dye as advised by Michael and he said he recommended for anyone with long hair to do this, just to make sure you cover all of your hair. You can also mix things up by buying another shade of hair dye for the ends or roots, Michael used a lighter shade on my ends which I am going to do myself again today.
So the shades I use are : Medium Ash Brown 77 and Medium Ash Blonde 73 for the ends. Like I mentioned in my last post, it’s all about nude hair right now. If you’ve not heard of nude hair before, it’s basically all about bringing out the neutral tones in your hair, giving you a flawless and natural look. I am all over this as I personally hate it when my hair has too cool/warm tones in it. The Nice’n Easy Colour Enhancer range is a perfect way of achieving the nude hair look but for an absolute bargain (and you can do it at home with ease too!)
So what I use is, an old towel, the boxes of dye, oh and make sure you do a patch test 48/24 hours before using the dye if you’ve never used it before, to make sure you aren’t allergic to it.
First of all, once wrapping myself up with an old towel, and making sure my hair is brushed through, I will get the dye out of the box which doesn’t even need mixing (amazing), and put on the gloves provided.
I will then start to apply the darker brown colour to the roots of my hair, I take my time and apply it as it if was shampoo, and rubbing in gently. I do this bit by bit, till I am sure that I have covered the whole of my head. It takes a bit of practise, but I always think you can never apply too much, so I just take my time, and I use a mirror to check how I’m doing.
If you have someone at home, you can always get them to check for you too! Or perhaps get them to help ;)
I then leave this on for about 6/7 minutes.
Then once the time is up, I will get the lighter colour and start to apply this to the ends of my hair, this is a bit easier to do as I can see myself if it’s covered or not. I will build it up and apply, rub into the hair and apply a little more.
Again just double checking in a mirror and after having a good feel of my hair, I will leave this to develop for about 10/15 minutes.
If you’re dying your hair all one colour, you can use the cap provided to make sure that things stay nice and neat. I tend to just try and not move around too much, and then once the time is up, it’s time to hit the shower.
I rinse out the hair dye till the water has gone clear and then I will go in with the conditioner, that’s within the hair dye box. I always love these conditioners so much, they make your hair so soft, I wish you could buy a bottle of the stuff, as it can’t be just me who thinks that they are 100x better than normal conditioners right? Also when you buy two packs, it’s means you’ve got another conditioner for another time- winner winner!
I’ll leave this in for a good 5 mins whilst I’m in the shower, and then rinse out. Tbh the longer the better!
As Michael advised me, I finish rinsing my hair with a splash of cool water which helps the scalp to stop producing so much oil as I have had a right mare with greasy hair at the moment!
Once then I’m out and it’s ready to dry and style my hair.
I thought I’d show you how I style my hair usually, so think big curly hair, I don’t do it by blow dry like Michael did for me, cause I genuinely think my arms would give out, but I do use heated rollers. I do however wish I could do as good a job at drying my hair as he did!
First of all after applying some hair oil, I blow dry my hair, and then I’ll apply the rollers. I tend to use the larger rollers at the roots to add volume, and then use the smaller rollers for the length for a slightly tighter curl.
I tend to leave these in for about 20 minutes and usually whilst I do my make up, however if I’m going out or have an event, I’ll leave them in for as long as possible!
I recently bought the Babyliss Thermo Ceramic Rollers as my old ones broke, and I tell you what- they are amazing. Literal hair game changer.
So once I’ve left the rollers in for a bit, I then take them out and will spray my hair with hair spray to try and hold the curl for as long as possible. Then that’s it, I’m done!
Hopefully you can see how shiny my hair is and how the Nice’n Easy Colour Enhancer dye has given it a bit of a boost with colour and shine. I don’t use them to dramatically change my hair colour but instead, I use them to help boost my colour and add some shiny-ness. I love how healthy my hair looks after using the dye, and it definitely makes me feel a little like I should be in a hair advert (even if that makes me sound like I am tooting my own trumpet!)
I hope this has been helpful, but this is how I colour my hair, and style it :) if you have any other questions though, then please just either leave me a comment or tweet :)
So I’d love to know, do you dye your hair at home? Do you have any top tips for at home dying/styling?
*This post was sponsored by Nice'n Easy, however all opinions are my own and 100% honest as always.
*This post was sponsored by Nice'n Easy, however all opinions are my own and 100% honest as always.
It's not often that I whip up quick posts like this, but today I felt compelled to write about my new fake tan that I am quite simply in awe of. Usually when it comes to reviews, I take my sweet time, or I plan the photos for a little while. However, today it's Saturday and I'm currently typing this out whilst I drink a coffee which I've made too strong by accident ( I think that even Lorelei Gilmore wouldn't drink this) and I was like, I need to write about this tan. So here we are.
I've been fake tanning for the best part of ten years, so that means that over the past ten years, at least once a week, I tan myself up, to look like I've just returned from a three week holiday and wake up the next morning feeling all bronzed. However, fake tan can be a cruel mistress, and no matter how long you've been tanning, you still can make mistakes. Fake tan doesn't care if you've done this a million times before, and I guess that's perhaps why people stay away from it.
However, if you aren't easily scared like me (well I lie, I AM easily scared, watching the film Signs as a 12 year old lead me to not sleep for weeks) but what I mean is, you're not easily put off by fake tan. I mean I have had some fake tan disasters in my time, there was the time that I tanned my legs and ankles very badly, which lead to some chavs shouting 'ORANGE LEGS' as I walked down the street- that wasn't very pleasant. Or the time when I managed to fake tan my whole hand but forgot my left thumb, or the whole period of 2009 where I wore horrendously dark orange tan and thought I looked the bees knees.
I feel like there isn't a perfect fake tan out there, every one has it's flaws and well my main checklist for a good fake tan are as follows; 1. has to be dark 2. smells quite nice 3. is quick and easy to apply ( I have no time to stand around in little clothing when the heating has gone off at 11pm) 4. doesn't make your white sheets look like you've had a 'Bridesmaids' incident 5. doesn't fade after one day and 6. doesn't fade patchy.
Okay I think that's it. It's also a bonus if a fake tan doesn't cost a fortune, I may aswell pay for a holiday otherwise.
I was recently sent a bottle of the Sunkissed Bronze Professional Moisturising Medium Dark Tan, which is a bit of a mouthful, let's be honest. Anyways, I'd never tried the brand before but was intrigued after seeing the press releases, which claimed it didn't colour transfer on to sheets, clothes, or the floor, I was in.
I wasn't holding out much hope when I first used it and was surprised when a white liquid came out, it was like just spraying moisturiser onto my body. This has a pro and con, the pro is ; that it's so easy to apply and dries so quickly, you will feel like you don't have tan on. The con is: that there's no guide colour, meaning it's quite easy to miss where you've tanned, meaning you could leave yourself with a white thumb like I've done before.
I put on just one layer, as tbh I was really tired and wanted to get into bed, however when I woke up, I'd forgotten I'd even put a tan on cause I didn't feel sticky at all, and I am pleased to report that my bed sheets looked perfectly white still and guess what, I was left with a dark tan.
I know, it all seems to good to be true right?
Well there is a couple of flaws sadly, 1. the smell isn't amazing, it's not the worst I've used but you can smell fake tan on yourself the next day, which I'm not too bothered about, but it's not all coconuts and roses and 2. it has gone a little patchy on my chest buttttt everything else is a big YES from me:
It's cheap (currently only £6 from Superdrug), it's dark, it's easy to apply, it doesn't ruin your bedsheets, and it stays dark for a good few days.
I have to say, I am very impressed. I hadn't heard much about Sunkissed before, but I think I have a new favourite fake tan, yes really.
Of course it's still early days in our relationship, but I am liking how things are going so far (I'll be taking it to meet my parents next) and I'm so impressed I wanted to write this post, so if you like a good fake tan, then I'd try this.
I've tried this twice now and I am seriously so impressed. I feel like my tan this past week has looked the most natural that it has in ages, I genuinely feel like I've just come back off holiday. So a big thumbs up from me Sunkissed.
There's pics of me in tomorrow's post that shows me wearing the tan, I didn't want to photo repeat haha. So if you want to see it on, wait for tomorrow's post :)
So yeah, there we go, enough rambling about fake tan from me, I need to tidy the house as one of my friends from school is coming over for a takeaway tonight which will be nice, but I do need to make the house look presentable. Have a good Saturday whatever you are up to (hopefully it's more interesting than mine ; cleaning and wafflling about fake tan)
Have a good day, see you tomorrow for a new post :)
P.S not that I need to add a disclaimer, but this tan was sent to me by the brand to try, however this whole post of gushing comes directly from me. Not sponsored or anything in the slightest, I just appreciate a good fake tan and hope you will too!
Okay officially over and out now.
I’ve struggled with my self confidence since I was young, and in particular, my body confidence has always been pretty low. I can remember as a teen, going through magazines and wishing that I looked like the celebrities splashed on the pages. I wished I was taller, had longer legs and had a smaller nose.
However, over the years, I’ve come to realise how sad that is. I look back on photos of me as a teen, and I can almost feel how self conscious I felt in those photos. I remember how I’d dread looking back at pictures (even though this may be surprising as all my family have always said I’ve been a massive poser) but if one photo caught me at the wrong angle, it would send me into a frenzy of self loathing.