Revlon Colorstay Concealer|Review|

Revlon Colourstay Concealer in 02 Pale

Revlon Colourstay Concealer 02 Pale

All medium to full coverage foundation lovers out there will know Revlon Colorstay foundations are among some of the best on the market. While a good foundation starts the coverage process, concealer is always the second product I reach for when applying my makeup. Being such a fan of the Colorstay foundation I decided to give the Colorstay concealer a try.

The Colorstay concealer comes in a 6.2ml durable, almost glass like, plastic tube. There is a  black screw lid, the same as the foundation and a doe applicator. I purchased the shade 02 Pale, which appears to be the lightest available in Ireland and the UK. While I usually like to use a brightening concealer under my eye I find this works well at covering dark circles as the shade is a good match. I also use this on any spots or redness and it does a good job covering them. Usually I’ll apply the product using the applicator and blend out with either my ring finger or Eco-Tools concealer brush. I found on occasion the concealer can crease under the eye if it isn’t blended out fully.

The texture is very creamy and it’s quite a moisturising, non-drying formula, which I really like for my undereye area. As I’ve mentioned I use either one of two methods to apply this concealer. I find that sometimes it is best applied using my ring fingers. The longevity of the product is definitely shortened if it is applied with a brush. Perhaps it’s just my brush but on days I don’t use a brush I notice it lasts a lot longer. Overall the coverage of this concealer just about hits the medium mark. I don’t think it’s as good as my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, although it isn’t as drying or creamy but it is much, much cheaper.

All in all, I don’t think the Revlon Colorstay Concealer has the same lasting power and coverage as the foundation. That said, when it is applied correctly with care and set with a good matte powder, it looks good on the skin and covers well.

I bought my Revlon Colorstay concealer for €9.99.

Garnier Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub |Review|

Garnier Fresh Radience Boosting Scrub

Garnier Fresh Radience Boosting Scrub Info

Garnier Fresh Radience Boosting Scrub Swatch

I was so excited to try this Garnier Radience Boosting Scrub. Having read online it was a dupe for the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser (name and all), I picked up a bottle for the bargain price of £3. The scrub is marketed as ‘wake me up’ facial scrub which aims to revive dull and tired skin.  Sadly, after only a few uses I found I was getting bad breakouts. While I do have spot prone skin, these breakouts were in areas such as my cheeks, where I never usually get spots.

Despite the breakouts, my skin always felt smooth, soft and clean after using this product. The smell of this scrub is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Fruity, citrusy, summery and fresh. An extremely appealing smell. This could have been the reason my skin broke out. I don’t usually break out in spots as a result of using a scented product but in this case that could well be the problem. It’s just so hard to resit this product because it smells so nice!  If you have dry or sensitive skin I wouldn’t recommend using this wash everyday. Although it’s not overly abrasive as the exfoliating beads are small, it can dry out skin and leave it feeling slightly tight.

I love the packaging. It’s clean, easy to use and has a very appealing orange and white colour-combo. It’s sturdy and houses 150 mls of product. I’m not going to write this product off just yet. Apart from the breakouts, I got good results from using this scrub,it really does have that ‘wake me up’ factor. Maybe when my skin calms down I’ll give it another try or just use it once a week. For now it’s sitting on the shelf, smelling gorgeous but with no one to appreciate it.

The Garnier Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub is available on offer at ASDA for £3, retailing for £3.99 everywhere else.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation|Review|

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation Packaging

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation Swatch, 100 Ivory

Usually what spurs me on to buy a product is one of two things. 1) I run out of it or, 2) A friend or a good review persuades me to buy it. On this occasion, the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation was lying in my friend’s makeup bag. In a rush on a spur of the moment casual night out, I topped up my foundation with her bottle of this stuff, which she says she really liked. Feeling like I didn’t give it a proper go and mostly liking it, I bought my own.

I weirdly like the tube packaging. The thing that gets me is that the tube holds 30 mls of product. The majority of foundations I own are in glass or glass-effect cylindrical bottles, making them look like there is loads of product inside. It’s been years since I’ve used a mousse formula foundation. Most likely circa 2007/2008 when the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation was a teen favourite! It would be unfair to compare the two here since I haven’t used the Dream Matte Mousse in so long, but the Stay Matte has a similar texture only with less bubbles and better user-friendly packaging. Seeing as this is a high-street brand, I thought the decal would rub off the tube but so far it’s lasting well and is easily cleaned. Thumbs up in the hygiene department.

Rimmel claim that this foundation “minimises the appearance of pores”, gives you a “baby-soft finish” and “won’t feel heavy or greasy”.  I don’t feel like this dramatically reduces the appearance of pores. The foundation is definitely light weight on the skin. It doesn’t look cakey and is so easy to blend. I like to use a face brush or my hands to apply this. A little goes a long way, I always managed to squeeze out too much. It applies matte and I’d say without topping this up with powder I got about 7-8 hours of matte-ness. After this though I find my skin goes quite shiny and slightly greasy so it requires some powder.

I picked up the shade Ivory 100 which is sadly too dark for me. It was the lightest shade available in most of the shops I’ve been in. The Rimmel and Boots websites have advertised that there are 5 shades available with one lighter than 100 Ivory, so I think I’ll grab the lighter one if I come across it. I really like the coverage and feel of this product on the skin. When applying to dry skin I recommend heavily moisturising before hand. If you skip this step it will cling slightly to any dry patches.

The Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation is on sale now for £5.99 or €7.95.

Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer|Review|

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer

Maybelline The Eraser Concealer in Light. Swatch and sponge applicator

Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer

This concealer was almost impossible to get my hands on! The rave reviews and hype surrounding this product lead to an onslaught of people scouring local Boots, Superdrugs, Chemists and ASDA’s for this small bottle of concealer. I have to confess, I’m very disappointed with the shade range. On the Maybelline US site there are six different shades available. However, in Ireland and the UK there are only 2 shades on offer, ‘Light’ or ‘Nude’.

I have very fair skin so I purchased ‘Light’. The colour is quite dark and on occasion, it can look orange on the skin, which is sometimes noticeable on top of foundation. You can see in the picture where I have swatched this on the back of my hand that it’s a tad dark for me. When I use a MAC foundation the colour and orange tone is less noticeable as I find that my MAC foundation oxidises. Otherwise, this Eraser Concealer requires a lot of blending which I feel sheers the product out too much on the skin. I end up having to go back for more. While I don’t mind building up the coverage, after several attempts it can being to look cakey and  it starts to dry out the under-eye area. I’ve read on the blogospehere that this a medium-full coverage concealer. Personally I would class this as light-medium coverage. I don’t think it delivers on the coverage required for my under-eye area. Perhaps if the shade was correct for my skin tone I wouldn’t have this problem.

That said, if I have fake tan on and I’m using a darker foundation, this stuff works much better. It is marketed as an under-eye concealer but I also use it on my (millions of) spots and it does works well concealing them and the surrounding redness. I usually use my ring finger to blend after applying it with the built in sponge applicator. I know a lot of people hate this aspect of the concealer. Yes, it is slightly unhygienic and a bit of a gimic, but other than that I think it distributes the product well. To use, simply twist the bottle below the sponge. Caution to first time users, it will take a lot of twisting for the product to come to the surface so just check you don’t over twist and end up with a lot of concealer on the sponge. The concealer is housed in a plastic glass effect bottle. It’s quite like a mini foundation! I like the packaging as I can see the product and it’s simple, with no fuss, bar the sponge applicator.

I do like this concealer although I don’t feel like it’s lived up to the major hype. Maybelline’s Instant Anti-Age The Eraser Eye concealer is (a mouthful to say) an overall good concealer. If the shade range was improved in Ireland and the UK, I think this concealer could be up there with the best of them.

It’s on sale now for £7.99 in most chemists and drugstores…if you can find it!

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil |Review|

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil Info

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil has to be the most buzzed about product of 2014 so far. And rightly so! This facial cleansing oil is superb. This product has become a go-to makeup remover for many, myself included. I’d be lost without it. After a busy day or night out it is the quickest and handiest way to remove any and all makeup. The real test for me is a product’s ability to remove my Revlon Colour Stay Foundation. As it’s the toughest, long lasting foundation I own. This cleansing oil removes it and my waterproof mascara with ease.

To use, I squirt one pump of oil and rub the product between my two hands, mainly my fingertips and gently massage it onto a dry face. The product begins to break down, turning to a silky texture on your face while melting the makeup. For eyes I like to use roughly half a pump more if I’m removing a particularly tough waterproof mascara, gently rubbing the product onto my lashes and eyes, working it in. Warning: You will look like a scary Panda Eyed Lady when you get to this stage of cleansing! Then to remove, I use a wet facecloth to clean the product off my face. It helps to have the sink full of warm water as it takes a few goes to remove all the makeup. Cotton pads would do the job aswell. These are optional but they give the best result. After I have removed this from my skin I tend to follow up with another Body Shop favourite, the Cool & Creamy Wash. It’s not necessary for a second cleanse as the Camomile oil removes everything from my face, but I love using the Cool & Creamy Wash at any opportunity.

This silky facial oil smells pleasant. I fall in and out of love with the smell but overall it’s nice. It will leave skin feeling fully clean and it is suitable for all skin types, even oily skin. I know there is a big taboo surrounding applying oil to already oily skin. While the product is an oil it turns to a silky milky texture once in contact with the face. It feels so luxurious and soft. It’s almost like a mini-facial. It’s not an overly moisturising oil as the idea is to remove makeup not moisturise. However, this on rare occasions has the inside of my nose/start of my cheeks slightly dry. I have put this down to using a facecloth which can be a bit harsh and abrasive on the skin. The product description also claims the product is suitable for contact lens wearers.

One of the biggest pluses for me surrounding this product is the price. For £10 you get an amazing makeup remover and skincare product. I have heard and read that this product is akin to the most expensive facial oils. While I can’t speak for that myself,not having tried any others.The Body Shop are really upping their game with their skincare range this year and the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is no exception.

For more info and products in the Camomile Body Shop range visit their website, www.thebodyshop.co.uk/Camomile.

New The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash |Review|

The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

The Body Shop Cool & Creamy Wash Swatch

Oh, The Body Shop! I rarely shop in The Body Shop. Not because I don’t love it, the smells, friendly staff, the anti-animal testing policy and general good morality surrounding the brand, I love it too much. I always spend a small fortune when I shop there. This time, being well prepared and armed with a list, I was on a mission.  I had read some very positive reviews about the new Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash so I decided it was high time to give it a try.

Firstly, I can’t believe how inexpensive this wash is….A mere £5! Despite the numerous reviews I had read I forgot to look at the price. This is hands down the best cleanser I have ever tried for a fiver. Ever! Designed for blemished skin, the Cool & Creamy Wash actively treats blemished skin without drying it out. This is a major plus for me as usually products aimed at spotty or spot prone skin are designed to combat oil aswell, thus drying it out. At the moment my skin is dry and spotty. I was delighted to find a face wash that didn’t strip any precious moisture from my face or leave it feeling tight. The Tea Tree formula is aimed to reduce redness and the appearance of spots. I can’t say that this completely clears all spots (an impossible task it seems) but it does reduce their appearance on your face. It is not aimed to stops  you getting spots altogether but it definitely reduces redness.

The wash itself is very creamy and soft, especially when worked onto the skin, where it turns to a milky consistency. I apply a small amount, depending on whether I’m wearing makeup or not, to my finger tips and gently work it into my skin. There is quite a strong Tea Tree smell, as expected, from this product. At first it reminded me of the Tea Tree shampoos designed to combat head lice. Not a pretty picture but I got an immediate flashback to being 8 years old and using that shampoo… Despite my initial reaction and memories, I have grown to really love the smell. I now associated with clean, clearer skin. The wash leaves a lovely cooling sensation on the skin. This is particularly tingly and cooling if used in the shower which intensifies the cooling agent.The cleanser is packaged in a plastic tube.  My only problem with it is the clear plastic lid which is quite delicate, mine broke when the tube fell in the shower.

The Body Shop Cool and Creamy Wash leaves your skin feeling fantastically smooth and velvety. It’s not the best product for removing tough makeup though. If you are planning to use this to remove makeup, I find it best to cleanse twice so your skin is 100% makeup free. Make sure to avoid using this too close to your eyes as it would sting like mad if it came in contact with them.

Overall, I really love this product and can’t say enough good things about it. It is a definite new favourite and I look forward to using it when I wake up and before I go to bed! Let me know if you have used this before or any other products in the Body Shop Tea Tree range. For more info visit thebodyshop.co.uk.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask |Review|

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Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask Review

Working in a hairdresser’s part time has made me determined to try and know as much as I can about products available for dry and damaged hair. Particularly conditioning masks. I am often in contact with dry or damaged hair and know the value of a good deep conditioning treatment. Not for other’s hair but my own too. While I wouldn’t classify my own hair as overly dry or damaged I like to use products aimed at this hair type to keep my own in good condition. Years ago I stopped using a normal conditioner and instead replaced it with an intensive mask. I know this might seem a little extreme but I find it is the best way to condition, strengthen and care for my hair.

Now you know what I’m working with, let me introduce you to Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask. This is a ‘rinse me out’ conditioning mask aimed at very dry and damaged hair.  It invites you to “Step this way to hydration heaven… Give me 1 minute to do my stuff, and rinse me away. For best results, let’s get together 2-3 times a week”.  I have steadily been using this product now for a month and as with all Herbal Essences products I was sold on the smell alone. An intensive but light coconutty smell greets you once you unscrew the plastic lid of the tub.

The mask itself is a light blue-white colour which ties in with the blue packaging, which I quite like. While the initial smell promises so much I find that it doesn’t leave hair as intensely scented as the product in the tub. The best way to get the smell to stick is, once you are out of the shower, squeeze the water out of your hair and blow dry immediately. I found that towel drying or air drying hair for a while before blowdrying takes away whatever little scent has transferred to my hair.

The product claims to leave you with soft, shiny, conditioned and hydrated hair and it delivers these well. I find my hair is definitely soft and hydrated when I use this mask. This softness usually lasts for about a day, maybe a day and a half, all depending on what I’m doing. I haven’t noticed my hair that much shinier but like with the scent, this product delivers best when the freshly treated hair is blowdried. As far as value for money goes, you get a tub of 200 ml of product from around £2.50 – £4.39. I bought mines in ASDA, where recently I seem to be buying all my beauty products, on offer at 2 for £4.

This is a good mask for under a fiver and I have started a second tub. I used to use Herbal Essences products in my early teens but stopped because I found they were leaving too much residue on my hair. This is the first product in their extensive range that I have really enjoyed using and would recommend. Although Herbal Essences Hello Hydration is not the most nourishing hair mask I’ve ever used, for the price and promises of soft, hydrated hair, it is a great mask and definitely worth a try.

Let me know if you have tried this or any other products and what you made of them. I’m always looking for new ones to try!

#MyVegasStyle |Vanessa Taaffe|

♫ Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire ♫

Happy 4th of July to my American readers! America is without a doubt number one on my list of ‘Must Visit’ countries. New York, Los Angeles and of course the famous Las Vegas, are all cities I can’t wait to explore. When Vegas.com contacted me to see if I would be interested in compiling a style post for a day spent at the Aria Hotel*, I jumped at the chance. Naturally, this being a fictional visit to the Aria, I went to town with the designer gear and accessories that are definitely out of my price range. Unless I get lucky in the casino that is…

The Aria Hotel Resort and Casino Las Vegas

The Aria Hotel Resort and Casino Las Vegas

 

Breakfast and Exploring

Breakfast, for many the most important meal of the day, can be spent in the Jean Philippe Pâtisserie. A floaty dress like this floral Oneness is one trend for summer and meal appropriate as it’s not too constrictive. Paired with Kate Spade cork wedges, a Victoria Beckham bag and Kwiat earrings for a bit of glamour in the morning. To coordinating, on the nails, Essie’s “She Said Yes”, for lips Clinique’s Chubby stick in the shade “Budding Blossom”, a bit of Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer to contour the cheeks, temples and jawline and a light dusting of your favourite colours from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette on the eyes.

Poolside Lounging
After breakfast and some exploring around the hotel, I’d be straight to one of the amazing pools the Aria has to offer. I love the bright colours of this Hot Anatomy bikini and the tropical floral print. Of course, oversized sunglasses like these Fendi ones are a must. To keep it chic, I’d add a double lined turquoise bracelet, white wedges and a floppy white hat. To match and store all my poolside essentials, a white Michael Kors handbag. Being fair skinned sun cream is vital if I’m at the pool, a lip balm with SPF like the Body Shop’s vitamin E is also handy to have along with a compact shine controlling powder and a bright pink nail like NARS Schiap.
Dinner At Sage in Las Vegas #MyVegasStyle
Dinner time at beautiful Sage Restaurant demands a show stopper. This green Lanvin full length one shoulder dress would be my choice. For a change from my usual taste in silver jewels and accessories, I’d reach for these gold Jimmy Choo strappy sandals, a Trellis Lover gold clutch bag and Carolina Bucci ‘Mirador’ half ball earrings to round off the accessories. For some added drama a red lip like Rihanna’s from MAC, dramatic lashes with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara and some Chanel no.5 perfume.
Night Out in Las Vegas #MyVegasStyle
If it’s a night out I was after, Haze would be my first choice. What’s a night out with out an LBD? This Herve Leger, black with grey panels and a pair of black Staurt Weitzman ‘Nudist’ sandals would be my go-to LBD-Shoe combo. To go all out with jewellery, I’d reach for a Tiffany & Co. diamond bracelet and pair of earrings. A black Karen Millen clutch and I’d be ready to party!
Let me know what your #MyVegasStyle day at the Aria Hotel would look like and which is your favourite look above!
For more info visit Vegas.com.

*I was kindly contacted by vegas.com to compose this post. I was not compensated to do so.

Eiffel Tower Nail Stickers |BornPretty Review|

BornPretty Nail Stickers

BornPretty Nail Stickers

BornPretty Nail Stickers

Paris is by far my favourite city! Well, of all the cities I’ve visited… I loved the look of these Born Pretty Store Nostalgic Eiffel Tower Nail Stickers*. The packet contains 14 self adhesive stickers. Randomly enough though, upon closer inspection, two of these stickers include the Colosseum in Rome and Tower Bridge from London. Despite these two, three others include various perspectives of the Eiffel Tower and the final two are Paris themed.

To apply, select your desired sticker and remove the transparent cover. Align the bottom sticker to the top of your nail. Stick to your nail and shape accordingly. I used a nail file and a pair of scissors. To seal apply a clear coat of polish. I applied my stickers to my thumb and ring finger and paired them with BarryM ‘Almond’ polish on my index,middle and baby finger.

Sadly, I found these stickers quite hard to work with. I thought they were quite big for my nails. To make the most of the picture on the sticker your nails would have to be extremely long and wide. Mines are by no means short but they’re not overly long either. I would recommend using these on much longer nails to make the most of the design. These stickers did last well on my nails. Seeing as I have my hands in a lot of water I was impressed with the longevity and they didn’t chip.

I have reviewed other BornPretty nail art stickers before which I loved. I think the length and width of these stickers prevented me from making the most of them. If you want to try these for yourself or any other products from Born Pretty, for all vanessataaffe.wordpress.com there is a 10% discount code. At the checkout enter the code VSSW10 for the discount to apply.

Let me know if you have tried any of BornPrettyStore’s products and which ones you would recommend.

*This product was kindly sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Maybelline New Matte Maker Powder| Review|

Maybelline Matte Maker Powder

Maybelline Matte Maker Swatch

Maybelline Matte Maker Powder and Ecotools brush

A few months ago numerous beauty blogs expressed their sadness over the discontinuation of Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. Then along came Maybelline Matte Maker. This product has been much buzzed about online and naturally I had to try it to see what all the fuss was about. Being loyal to Rimmel Stay Matte powder since I began using makeup in my early teens, it was high time I tried another powder.

Until recently I had very oily skin, but this has taken a U-turn and I find myself battling drier skin than usual. However, I still need a powder to combat shine and set my makeup. I absolutely love the name of this product, I’m a fool for catchy alliteration! The packaging itself is nothing spectacular. A clear plastic tub with black base and outline on the lid. I know a lot of people criticise the Rimmel plastic packaging aswel, it is easily scratched and dirtied but for the money I don’t expect a mirror and puff. I’ll admit, I prefer the Maybelline packaging to Rimmel’s. The black trim is more appealing to that of the Rimmel packaging. However, the main thing is that the product is easily accessible.

As to the powder itself, I bought this in a serious rush during a whirlwind 5 minute visit to Boots in Belfast with my cousin. I didn’t realise that this product came in different shades, I took it for granted that it was an overall translucent powder.  I picked up the shade 30 Natural Beige. This wasn’t a total disaster, as I’m so fair skinned and pale, anything with the word beige in it is usually not for me. Thankfully this wasn’t as dark as the name suggests. I haven’t had a chance to check in person but according to the Maybelline website there are 4 other shades available, with Natural Beige being the second lightest.

This is a great mattifying powder. Despite not paying attention to the shade, I really like that the powder adds extra but light coverage and colour. It is light on the skin and  easy to carry around and store in your makeup-bag. Like all powders, it is easily applied, I like to use my Eco-Tools fluffy big powder brush. The Matte Maker won’t weight down your skin, cake or cling to  any dry patches.

You can find this product at any Maybelline stand for £3.99 or €5.99.

NSpa Lime and Coconut Exfoliators |Review|

NSpa Coconut and Lime Shower Scrubs

With the summer sunshine making rare appearances now and then many of us are contemplating getting our legs and arms out. This means exfoliating like mad to get rid of dull winter skin. If you like to cheat in the summer months with a tinted moisturiser or instant tan, exfoliation is a key step in your beauty routine. This is where NSpa exfoliators are here to help. Available exclusively from ASDA, these fruity shower scrubs are a great and cheap exfoliaitor. The shower scrub offers four fruity scents to choose from, Coconut, Vanilla,  Lime and Raspberry. I recently purchased the Lime and Coconut scrubs. These were on offer when I bought them at 2 for £4, which is still running. To buy outside of the offer they usually cost £3 each. Still a bargain in my eyes!

Nspa Showe Scrubs Coconut and Lime

Marketed as a daily refreshing scrub, these are definitely gentle enough for everyday use. I like to use them with exfolaiting gloves for extra smoothness. This method of application is less gentle on the skin but it is the best for removing ingrown hairs, tan and an all over serious buffing of the skin if you’re planning on applying tan. I have used both products on their own by rubbing them in-between my hands and then all over. They foam much the same way as when I use them with exfoliating gloves but is a much gentler method of application and probably ideal if you have sensitive or dry skin.

The Lime scrub smells so fresh and clean. It’s really zingy and zesty great for use in the morning as a ‘wake-me-up’. It is as you’d expect, a lime green colour with black seeds, a bit like frog spawn, as pictured below. The Coconut scrub smells amazing and won’t disappoint all you coconut lovers. A white gel with black passionfruit seeds. Once in contact with water these gels will foam enough to allow all over good coverage. I like to use a generous amount as I usually use this product all over my body.

NSpa Lime and Coconut Shower Scrubs, Swatches and Picture

Both squeezy bottles contain 225ml of product. I have been alternating between the two bottles and although both claim to leave a light scent on the skin once rinsed off I fail to notice it. These really do smell so amazing that they come with a warning on the tube. Sadly the amazing smells doesn’t translate to your skin after your shower or bath but when you use the product the scent is at its strongest. The NSpa range contains some great products, so far these scrubs are my favourite. They are a great option if you are on a budget or love using fruity products.

For more info visit nspa.co.uk or asda.com. I’d love to know if you have tried these or any other NSpa products!

Believe The Hype: Bioderma Ceraline H20

Bioderma

You’ve watched one hundred and one beauty videos and read as many blog posts raving about the French pharmacy wonder that is Bioderma. I can confirm that, yes, it is worth the hype!

To be more specific Bioderma Sensibio H2O water or, micellar solution, is worth the hype. The facial water favoured by numerous makeup artists, beauticians and bloggers prectically sells itself nowawdays. I first came across the ‘magic water’ on Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube channel. If a product gets high praise from Lisa, you know it’s good!  I picked up two mini 100ml travel sized bottles on a recent trip to Paris. These were the only two mini bottles to be found within a 10 mile radius, I scoured high and low. I was only travelling with hand luggage so sadly I couldn’t bring anything bigger than 100mls home. My heart broke even more when I saw a vending machine built into the wall of the pharmacy across the road from my hotel. There were two massive 500ml bottle for an incredible €15 inside. The 100mls I bought were €4.90 each. I expected this product to be much more expensive, so the price is an added bonus.

BiodermaBioderma is famed for it’s gentleness and rightly so. Gentle though it may be, it is tough enough to remove waterproof mascara and long lasting foundation. Certain waterproof mascaras will require an extra bit of product and time if they are particularly tough to remove.  If you are removing a full face of makeup I’d advise using this as a pre or post cleanser. I’m used to washing off my makeup with a gel or cream cleanser so using a product on a cotton pad to remove makeup is still a bit odd to me.

Bioderma

There is no residue with Bioderma and it is gentle enough to use twice a day. There is no scent or perfume at all , which is great if you have very sensitive skin. In terms of value for money, a little goes a long way with Bioderma. The exception being tougher waterproof mascaras. Usually only available directly from France, Bioderma is now available from several online sites. These sites deliver all over the world but I can’t personally voucher for any of them… yet! Some offer free delivery on orders over £30 so make sure you shop around for the best value.

Overall verdict

Hype: Bioderma Sensibio H2O, most definitely lives up to it’s name and reputation.

Cost: It is great value for money and reasonably priced.

Availability: It is difficult to find, but it is worth the hassle.

Rating: 9/10

For more info see Bioderma Website

They’re Worth It! Zoe Saldana Joins the Many Faces of L’Oreal Paris

Zoe Saldana is the latest in a long line of celebrity beauties to join forces with L’Oreal Paris.

Zoe Saldana has been named as L'Oreal Paris' Latest Spokesmodel

Zoe Saldana has been named as L’Oreal Paris’ Latest Spokesperson

The Avatar and Star Trek actress is set to join a long list of gorgeous ladies to represent the cosmetics brand. Saldana spoke to E!News gushing,  “As a L’Oréal Paris spokesperson, being able to say, ‘We’re worth it,’ means so much to me… I am thrilled to join this beauty journey with such an inspirational brand.” I Can’t wait to see the campaign. Until then, here is a look at some of the brands previous spokespeople and their campaigns.

Blake Lively

Blake Lively L'Oreal Paris

Blake Lively L’Oreal Paris

Blake Lively can do no wrong in my books.  I feel like Blake is a brilliant (also new) addition to the L’Oreal team! Not only is she absolutely gorgeous but she is a great role model, actress and down-to-earth girl.

Eva Longoria 

Eva Longoria L'Oreal Paris

Eva Longoria L’Oreal Paris

Actress Eva Longoria has been a brand ambassador for L’Oreal for quite some time. Mascara, foundation, lipstick, shampoo, you name it, Eva’s made it look incredibly desirable.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore L'Oreal Paris

Julianne Moore L’Oreal Paris

Julianne Moore is bringing some pale perfection to L’Oreal. Moore looks fresh as a daisy in her latest campaign…I’d imagine I’m not the only one wishing I’ll look half as good when I hit 53!

Julianna Marguiles 

Julianna Margulies L'Oreal Paris

Julianna Margulies L’Oreal Paris

Julianna Margulies  is also one of L’Oreal’s ‘older’ ambassadors, although I say that with caution as 47 is by no means old. The actress can be seen looking fab onscreen and offscreen for the brand.

Beyonce

Beyonce L'Oreal Paris

Beyonce L’Oreal Paris

When does Beyonce not look amazing? The superstar’s campaign caused some controversy a few years ago after the brand were accused of whitening B’s skin. While Beyonce has not been seen onscreen or in print for the brand recently her campaign was one of my favourites.

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole L'Oreal

Cheryl Cole L’Oreal

After an absence from the X Factor judging panel, Cheryl could be seen hair whippin-and-a-flippin’ for L’Oreal. Now that she is back on the X Factor , I don’t doubt that Cheryl will be debuting a new ad to run during the X Factor ad breaks when the show returns… if only to rub it in Simon’s face!

For more famous spokespersons  vist http://www.loreal-paris.co.uk/spokespersons.aspx

 

6 Spring Trends for 2014

Spring is finally here! While the Irish weather is as unpredictable as always, the daffodils and buds on the trees assure me that it has arrived. With each the new season comes an array of new fashion and beauty trends.  Here are my six favourite trends.

Print and Floral 

Alberta Ferretti Spring Floral runway looks and Primark Bomber Jacket, £15.

Alberta Ferretti Spring Floral runway looks and Primark Bomber Jacket, £15.

Graphic floral blooms were heavily featured on the Mulberry and Christopher Kane runways at London Fashion Week. Italian designer, Alberta Ferretti displayed an incredible line of simple, white girly dresses with minimal floral appliques. Primark, which is now available on ASOS.com, already have numerous similar styles for sale at a fraction of the cost. If floral is not your style, Aztec is another print trend for spring. A pair of River Island or Miss Selfridge Aztec leggings with a plain block top is the best way to go when it comes to Aztec.

Pastels

Burberry S/S 14 Pastel looks and L'Oreal Colour Riche Pastel Nail Polishes.

Burberry S/S 14 Pastel looks and L’Oreal Colour Riche Pastel Nail Polishes.

Lilac, purple, powder blue and yellow hues were dominant on the Topshop Unique, Burberry, Matthew Williamson, and Versace runways. If you aren’t brave enough to wear the graphic floral prints next season, pastel colours are a great alternative. They’re soft girly and perfect for spring. Instead of head to toe pastels, pair pastel pinks, mints or blues with crisp white, cream or brown. A pastel cardigan with a white t-shirt and denim jeans is the best way to incorporate this trend to your spring wardrobe. The Topshop Unique collection will be available to buy later this year online and in store if you want an actual piece from the runway. Pastels nail polishes are a huge trend this year already. My personal faves include any from the Barry M Jelly Collection. L’Oreal also have an extensive range of pretty pastels this year too. All available at your local Boots or Superdrug.

Embellishments

L-R, Burberry pastel embellished skirt combo, Dolce and Gabbana embellished florals, Burberry embelished skirt and Dolce and Gabbana belted and embellished dress.

L-R, Burberry pastel embellished skirt combo, Dolce and Gabbana embellished florals, Burberry embelished skirt and Dolce and Gabbana belted and embellished dress.

Burberry displayed heavily embellished looks at London Fashion Week, which the Highstreet will be quick to follow. To incorporate embellishments to your spring and summer outfits, opt for subtly. The Burberry S/S 14 line had embellished belts and skirts, keeping the rest simple. To keep costs low try updating accessories you already have with jewels and studs from craft shops.

Monochrome

L-R, Floral Monochrome at Ralph Lauren, subtle Ralph Lauren monochrome and Burberry printed monochrome

L-R, Floral Monochrome at Ralph Lauren, subtle Ralph Lauren monochrome and Burberry printed monochrome

Classic black and white was heavily favoured on the catwalk by Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Fendi. Many of the designers opted to keep it chic with alternating black and white tailored trousers and blazers. To add some variety to this look, follow in D&G’s footsteps and opt for monochrome polka dots. Boohoo.com and New Look have an extensive range of monochrome to match any budget.

An Orange Lip

Kate Bosworth wearing an Orange lip and a model from the runway sporting the trend.

Kate Bosworth wearing an Orange lip and a model from the runway sporting the trend.

I’ll admit, it’s not for everyone but this trend is huge this season. From bloggers to the runways, the orange lip is taking over. Not a trend I’ll personally be sporting but when done correctly it looks great.

 Rounded Sunglasses   

Tori Birch, Burberry, Prada and Ralph Lauren rounded sunglasses.

Tori Birch, Burberry,  and Ralph Lauren rounded sunglasses.

Keep your eyes protected with rounded sixties style shades for the upcoming season like those displayed on the Ralph Lauren , Tori Birch and Burberry models. How very Jackie O!

Let me know your favourite look for Spring 2014!

 

Beauty Edit: Travel Sized Cosmetics

Travel Sized Cosmetics Collection

Travel Sized Cosmetics Collection

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, a week holidaying in the sun, or an over night at a friends house, nothing is handier than having a pre packed a cosmetics bag that’s ready to rock’n’roll. Many of the products I’ve mentioned below are available from your local Boots, Superdrug or ASDA. Keep an eye out for special offers, especially in ASDA where most of their travel sized goodies are 3 for £3, a compete bargain. All of the products mentioned below are under 100mls or 100mls on the nose so they are suitable for hand luggage if you are catching a flight.

Hair Care

The TRESmme Luxurious Moisture shampoo is designed specifically for dry or damaged hair. The formula is thick and works well to cleanse the hair. As you might expect from the name, it is moisture heavy so not the best for those of you that have oiler hair. For conditioner, I recently bought the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisture and Shine conditioner. I had never used this product before, and as you might expect it smells amazing! I’m a sucker for anything with coconut… Again, the formula is thick and creamy which is excellent for those of you with dry and split ends. It leaves hair soft and smelling fantastic. Next in the lineup is a mini Batiste dry shampoo. I use the Tropical scented one but there are so many different scents to chose from and different versions of this product for darker and lighter hair. I can’t survive without this product on a weekly basis, I have two of the larger bottle on hand at all times. I find that with this scent I don’t get sick of it compared to some of the other scents I tried. A mini dry shampoo is an essential, especially if you’re going on a short stay to a city and want to cram loads in and haven’t time to wash your hair every morning.

Skin Care

I’m a big fan of the Simple skincare range. I use their products on a daily basis in my normal skincare routines so it made sense for me to include them in my mini cosmetics stash. As a facewash/cleanser I use the Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. As with all of Simple’s skin care their products are chemical free and scent free, great for sensitive skin but tough enough to remove makeup. I also use the Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. The only negative I have regarding this moisturiser is that it wasn’t rich enough. I brought this with me to Paris in January, combining the cold Paris air, false indoor heating and aircon/heat on the plane, the product wasn’t strong enough to repair the serious dryness I developed whilst I was away. So while this is a great product I wouldn’t recommend it totally if you have very dry skin as I found it wasn’t as rich and moisturising as suggested.  For eyemakeup remover, I’ve included a mini Lancome Bi-Facil Non-Oily Instant Eye Makeup Remover. I think I got this product free in a set one Christmas when I bought a Doll Eye’s mascara. The formula isn’t overly oily, as the name suggests, but it manages to remove all traces of waterproof mascara and eyeliner without being harsh on your skin.It is also suitable for sensitive eyes. A little goes a long way with this product, which I love, so thumbs up for that Lancome.

Body Care

Included is the Dove Go Fresh deodorant in pomegranate and lemon verbena scent. This is a spray on deodorant which smells unreal. Personally I prefer the energising grapefruit and lemon grass scent, but they had no minis of it available. This product leaves underarms feeling so smooth after a few uses. I really noticed a difference in my underarm appearance after using this product. A word of caution though,  the cucumber and green tea scent goes on very cakey compared to the rest of the products in this range. I found that if I over spray it, it will clump and leave marks on my clothes. The other two don’t do this so it might be something to do with the formula. Either way I really like this deodorant and use it on an everyday basis.

I realise that the body care is a bit lacking in this collection. I need to replace my mini Dove body washes and find a suitable body moisturiser. Whilst I was in France I used my friends Soap and Glory products, which I liked but I can’t say much about because I only used them for a few days.

I’d love to hear your suggestions, thoughts and opinions on any of the products mentioned (or not mentioned) in the comments below!

My 2013 Favourties

2013 Favourites

Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser

I came across this Simple moisturiser by chance in ASDA for a mere £3. Usually on sale for under £5, or on offer at 2 for £6, this is a great low cost moisturiser. It is light on the skin and, as with all Simple products, it is chemical and fragrance free. I like to use it right before I apply my makeup but I wouldn’t fully recommend it as a primer as it doesn’t matify the skin completely. However, it does control excess oils well and the packaging is sanitary and appealing.

Revlon Bold Sangria

This was an end of year buy influenced by an Instagram pic.  Revlon Colourstay’s ‘Bold Sangria’ polish is one of my new favourite polishes. Last year my Revlon nail polish ‘go-to- was ‘Spanish Moss’ which I used up and think I’ll repurchase again this year. Overall the Revlon polishes are long lasting, chip resistant and shiny. It is a bit costly at £7.99 but I think it’s worth the money, like all expensive polishes. Yes, I’m talking to you Essie and OPI!

Maybelline Baby Lips

I’m so happy this product lived up to the hype. As a slave to Vaseline for dry, chapped lips, I have tried numerous lip products. Finally, after a lot of trial and error I’ve found a good runner up. I’m not sure I would go as far as to replace this for Vaseline but it’s a tight call. Baby Lips itself is oily and moisturising, leaving a lovely sheen to your lips without being sticky. With a simple twist applicator at the bottom the packaging is bright and bold. I have been using the ‘Quenched’ Baby Lips which is goes onto the lips clear but there are numerous Baby Lips available in different shades which I can’t wait to try in 2014. In terms of availability I found these were hard to come by. That said they have been out for a good few months now so keep an eye out. They’re very popular!  In other Maybelline ‘Baby’ news, this month sees the launch of ‘Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser’ primer. The online waiting list for this product at Boots.com is full but I managed to get one in my local Boots this evening!! Judging by the early online reviews I’ve read it’s as good as the ‘Baby Lips’ and a steal for £7.99 or (€11.99).Off the huge success of Baby Lips, Maybelline are launching a ‘Dr Rescue’ Baby Lips. Already available in the US, I’m looking forward to trying this re-vamped version of a brilliant product.

 Yankee Candle Fluffy Towels

Who doesn’t love a good Yankee Candle? My favourite towards the end of 2013 was definitely Fluffy Towels and Soft Blanket. Both extremely similar scents are fresh and cleansing. I found that they are completely odour eliminating compared to the other Yankee scents I’ve burned over the years.

Vogue USA The September Issue

Jennifer Lawrence knows how to work a cover shoot! J-Law looked incredible in Vogue USA September issue in 2013. The biggest and most important issue of the year was full of amazing spreads, including Jennifer’s and one shot in Co. Cork, Ireland. Jessica Chastain gave Jennifer a good run for her money as my favourite Vogue cover girl for 2013, a copy of which I manged to get my hands on yesterday! Beyoncé’s May Vogue UK  and Claire Danes November Vogue UK covers were my UK Vogue faves.

The Great Gatsby DVD

Anyone who follows my blog will know that I L-O-V-E The Great Gatsby, both book and Baz Luhrmann’s silver screen adaptation.  The music, fashion and jewellery are simply stunning in this film and Carey Mulligan is like an angel send from heaven with porcelain skin. A must see!!

Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox

A Christmas present in 2012 I have been listening to Bruno Mars on a loop for the whole of 2013. My favourite songs include the released ‘Locked Out of Heaven’, ‘Treasure’ and the unreleased ‘Natalie’ and ‘Money Make Her Smile’.  The only disappointing thing about this album is that there are only ten songs on it.

Cath Kidston Makeup Bag

A present for my 20th birthday, a small Cath Kidston makeup bag was the very thing I didn’t know I needed! This is the perfect handbag sized makeup bag. Brilliant for holding a bottle of nail polish, eyeliner, mascara, a nail file, a mirror and lip balm in one place in your handbag. It’s also stylish enough to bring out in public.

New Year’s Beauty Inspiration

As 2014 fast approaches there is no better time to draw some inspiration from the best celebrity makeup looks of the last twelve months. If you’re heading to a party, hosting a party, or simply going out on the town to countdown to midnight on December 31st, what better way than with a great makeup look?

Classic Smokey Eye

Jennifer Lawrence Frida Pinto Cara Delevigne MakeupA classic smokey eye never fails to impress. This look can be worn with a darker lip like Jennifer, Lawrence and Frida Pinto demonstrate. If you prefer a more toned down look but still want a smokey eye, Rachel Weiz minimized the eye liner on her lower lash line but went for a defined brow and berry lip.Rachel Weiz Kerry Washington Heidi Klum MakeupKerry Washington and Heidi Klum opted for a nude lip but heavily lined top and bottom lash line. Heavily lined upper and inner rims, lots of mascara and a bright inner corner are essential for this look.

A Bold Lip

The perfect way to stand out this festive season is to adopt a bold lip colour. Tread with caution when wearing this look. You don’t want to look like a clown with massive red lips! Pair a bold burgundy lip with neutral eye makeup like Miranda Kerr.Clare Danes Miranda Kerr Kerry Washington Jessica Chastain Makeup Ditching the false lashes when you’re going for a dark lip is a good idea. If you’re feeling brave, try a glittery copper eye like Clare Danes. If burgundy isn’t your colour, Kerry Washington and Jessica Chastain paired their berry lips with neutral eyes but false lashes on the outer corners of their eyes for some definition.

A Dramatic LookAmanda Seyfried Taylor Swift Jessica Alba Makeup

For a head turning look this New Year, thick heavy eye liner and dramatic false lashes are sure to grab anyone’s attention. Amanda Seyfried paired her heavy eyeliner and falsies with bronzed lids, pink shiny lips and a natural cheek colour. Taylor Swift wore a similar style but with less dramatic lashes and liner. Taylor decided on a more bronzed eye look and continued it onto the lower lash line. She also with a matte natural pink lip. Stepping away from the bronzed and copper tones, Jessica Alba worked a shimmery metallic lid, highlighted her inner corners and spread it out to the outer corner on the under eye area which photographed nicely. Jessica lined her lower waterline and topped off her look with bold false lashes and again, a pale lip colour. Jessica also went for a dewy finish with her foundation in comparison to Amanda and Taylor. This is completely optional and down to personal preference.

NaturalKate Bosworth Angelina Jolie Sienna Miller Makeup

If you prefer to keep your look natural or don’t wear makeup on a regular basis you don’t have to go OTT to look elegant and sophisticated. Kate Bosworth shows that a lined upper rim, lashings of mascara and a warm berry lip and cheek make natural super chic. Angelina Jolie makes minimal makeup uber-glamorous with a heavy thick line on the outer corners of her lid, gradually fading and thinning towards her inner corner. Natural false lashes on the outer corner, no bottom lash mascara and a subtle fade and blend between the bottom and top liner on the outer corner connect the two lines. Subtly lined lips with a hint of gloss, finish off the look. Sienna Miller also goes for a natural lid this time with no liner or falsies.  Coats of mascara on the top lashes and minimal coats on the bottom lashes in company with a defined brow and pale lip is the most elegant way to achieve this minimal look.Rosie Huntington Whitely Beyonce Clare Danes Makeup

However, you can still do a natural and make it interesting. Rosie Huntington Whitely used black kohl liner on her top and inner waterline with a tiny, subtle wing at the outer corners. Beyoncé also wore this look but added some darker shadows on her lids. Her highlighted cheeks and arched brows set off the look. Clare Danes wears a natural red lip with a hint of glitter on her eyelids with mascara on her top lashes only.

Have a look at my previous post The Best of YouTube Makeup to recreate these looks at home.

I’d love to know your favourite beauty party looks and of course, which look you’re planning on wearing during 2014.

Christmas Nail Art and BornPretty Review

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It’s the final week before Christmas!  What better way to embrace the festive spirit than a Christmas nail art review and tutorial? For the past week I have been using BornPretty’s Christmas 3D nail stickers.  The stickers come in colour and theme co-ordinated groups on a plastic backing. Some of my favourites included Christmas trees, jolly Santa’s and snowmen. These stickers are extremely long lasting, easy to use and look lovely on your nails. I work in a hairdressing salon part-time and my hands are constantly in and out of water.  After two days of work these appliques were still perfect! 

How to Use

  • Paint your nails with a base coat. When dry paint them any colour of your choice.
  • Once fully dry apply the Born Pretty stickers by peeling individual stickers from the plastic backing. This can be difficult at first but I found it best to bend and pinch around the area of the sticker you want to use and the edge will lift from the backing.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to lift and place the stickers on your nail. The smaller stickers can be trickier to work with so tweezers are the easiest way to apply them.
Nail Art Revlon Sangria

Born Pretty Nail Stickers with Revlon ‘Sangria’

  • Seal in your design with one or two applications of a topcoats. Glitter polish is also a great alternative if you want to get an extra few days out of your design.
Snowman Christmas Nails

Top: Plainer Snowman Nails using Rimmel “Aqua Cool”
Bottom: Glitter Snowman nails with Santa using Rimmel “Disco Ball”

  • You can go for all over design or just apply some to your ring fingers.
  • For the best results pair the silver stickers with dark colours and the greens, blues and whites with lighter colours or a white so the stickers stand out on your nails.
Christmas Nail Art White and Red designs

Left created using Rimmel white polish and Born Pretty nail stickers. Right created using red Avon polish and Born Pretty nail stickers

  • These work best on slightly longer nails but I tried them out on my Auntie who has shorter nails and they still worked out well.

Voucher Code

There is 10% off all BornPrettyStore products for all vanessataaffe.wordpress.com readers. Simply enter the voucher code VSSW10 at the checkout at http://www.bornprettystore.com/ and there is also free worldwide shipping.

For more inspiration have a look on http://bornprettyvideos.blogspot.co.uk/.

Let me know if you have tried these products before and how you styled them.

The Best of YouTube: Nail Art

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Each season, nail polish and nail art trends are becoming more and more advanced. Nail Art advancement has made it difficult to make your nails look like a standout showpiece. The perfect manicure requires time, patience and LOTS of practice. Dotting tools, stripers, glitter and tape are the new nail-must-haves. That’s before factoring in the polish itself!
To help you I’ve compiled a list of YouTube’s best nail technicians!
CutePolish

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Cute Polish’s step by step videos make nail art simple! Many of the looks created require dotting tools and stripers. Don’t fret,  Cute Polish has a video specifically on DIY nail art tools to help you if you don’t have any of the professional tools.  All designs are easy to recreate and look amazing. Cute Polish offers a wide range of tutorials including nail care, how to remove stubborn glitter polish, monochrome, nautical, neon, rainbow, duck, fruit, Christmas and Easter nails. CutePolish is always my first stop for all things nail polish!
MissJenFabulous

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In the past few months Jen has been uploading some great nail art tutorials. They are catered towards your average girl and beginners, so you don’t have to be a dab hand at nail art to recreate her designs. The looks Jen creates work perfectly for a night on the town or a day at the office. Jen’s instructions are concise and comprehensive. All her videos are filmed to the highest quality. You can recreate the same tutorial numerous times by changing the colours you use, which is always a bonus when it comes to nail art. Thanks Jen!
MissGlamorazzi

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Ingrid not only does great makeup videos but her nail polish collection is second to none. While she doesn’t always feature videos specifically about nail polish, if you watch any of her makeup, haul, DIY or favourite’s videos, you’re sure to see her wearing or talking about a beautiful nail colour. She mentions all colours and brands in the description box too. If you’re looking for a review about a specific brand of polish you can bet Ingrid will have the answer.
Mod Nails

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Mod Nails’ designs are amazing.  Their channel is almost a year old but the few designs they have are incredible and look so professional. If you want to wow your friends with halfmoon leopard nails, Betsy Johnston inspired nails or gradient stud caviar nails, have a peek at their channel.
 BubzBeauty

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Looking for girlie nail art design? Have a look at some of BubzBeauty’s tutorials. Mixed in with her other random beauty and DIY videos are some real nail art gems! Her spring, dessert, bride and groom and summer floral nails are a few of my personal favourites.

As always, let me know your favourite nail art designs and your favourite YouTube nail art uploaders!

Have a peak at some of my other beauty posts too…

The Best of YouTube: Makeup

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Makeup can be a girl’s best friend… or worst enemy. Choosing the right products and knowing how to apply them correctly can often be a challenge! Luckily, the makeup gurus on YouTube are always close by to lend us a helping hand!
From foundation to false lashes, I’ve complied a list of the best YouTubers to educate us about all things makeup and skincare.

EmilyNoel83 aka The Beauty Broadcast

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If you are looking for a truly wonderful makeup artist on YouTube, look no further than the gorgeous Emily.  A former newscaster, Emily features extensive tutorials on makeup for HD lighting and camera settings.  Her reviews are honest, informative and extremely trustworthy. Her channel features tutorials for all occasions along with expert tips and advice. Specific brand tutorials mixed with her personal opinions on all products used, including brushes and skincare, give the viewer a good indication of which products are worth buying and which you could leave on the shelf. This girl knows her false lashes too!  I have to award Emily the title of Best-False-Lash-Applier. What Emily doesn’t know about falsies isn’t worth knowing. Her channel features various lash application videos aswell as a brilliant collection of drugstore (high-street) and high-end products. Whether you’re a makeup addict or makeup newbie, Emily has something for everyone!

MacBarbie07 aka Beth

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Bethany Mota’s channel, MacBarbieo7, is young, fun and FULL of energy! All of Beth’s videos are really well put together, flowing seamlessly from one topic to the next. I love that she features drugstore and affordable products in her tutorials. She is bridging the gap and reaching out to a younger generation of girls who are either advancing their love of makeup or learning how to apply products correctly. Beth uploads a brilliant range of tutorials with teenage themes and events in mind like prom, back to school, days out and nights out with friends. She incorporates makeup, fashion, beauty and DIY perfectly. There are even a few random vlogs mixed throughout her tutorials. These usually involve a great location like the beach, her local Wal-Mart or a New York adventure.

Lisa Eldridge

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Celebrity makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge, has quite an extensive CV. Her work has graced the covers of multiple publications. Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Vanity Fair, you name it Lisa has applied the makeup for it. Her clients include Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, Cheryl Cole, the One Direction Boys, Jessica Beil, Keira Knightly, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, the list is endless. She also features in Chanel’s makeup tutorials on their YouTube channel. It’s a miracle she finds the time to do all this and film tutorials for her own channel! Her videos include the best application tips and general product advice on YouTube.  She uses a lot of high-end products but offers good drugstore alternatives for the majority of the high-end products she uses. Many of Lisa’s videos focus on specific topics like how to get fuller lips, how to pick the right foundation or how to perfect the smokey eye. Lisa has an amazing, hypnotic and calming voice. She is so easy to listen to and follow. I can’t recommend her channel enough!

GossMakeupArtist aka Wayne

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Wayne’s channel offers honest, reliable opinions on every product known to man, on top of application tips and opinions on makeup trends. He competently explains all types of makeup fads, think Kim Kardashian’s yellow primer. Wayne’s videos are straight to the point, informative and interesting. He really knows his stuff, not just about the products but the ingredients in the products. If you want to learn more about how makeup works, how makeup is designed and what it’s supposed to do,  GossMakeupArtist is definitely for you.

Tanya Burr

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Another teen and young adult favourite, Tanya Burr’s brilliant makeup tutorials are inspired by celebrity and red-carpet looks. She features numerous natural and everyday looks too that are perfect if you’re going shopping, out for Lunch or to school. Tanya listens to her viewer’s feedback and comments and she uses a variety of drugstore and high-end products.  She is very fond of MAC which is great if you’re a MAC lover or you want to learn more about their products. Tanya’s channel also features skincare and fashion hauls. A haul, for those of you that don’t know, is a video featuring a collection of products or clothes. Many of her videos often feature special guests. These are mostly other YouTube stars.  Her “Get Ready with Me” videos are especially interesting when she is going to a movie premiere or giving you a rare insight into the madness of London Fashion Week.  All of the videos featured on the Tanya Burr’s channel are filmed to the highest quality and flow nicely. Tanya comes across as a genuinely lovely girl who really cares about her followers. An all-round fantastic channel!

MakeupByAlli aka Alli

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Alli’s channel features excellent tutorials for all occasions and events, day or night.  I particularly love her “No-Makeup-Makeup” looks and her natural everyday routines. They’re really wearable and easy to recreate.  Aside from a full on makeup routines she has videos tailored to specific applications. If you want to perfect applying blusher, contouring your face or creating the perfect airbrushed, HD eyebrows, Alli can show you how. She breaks down each area and the steps are super easy to follow. All her tutorials are filmed using a HD camera. Out of all the makeup gurus I’ve mentioned, Alli makes the best use of zoom and close-up shots. Viewers can actually see what she doing and how she is applying the product. She too uses a wide variety of products, the majority of which are available worldwide. Like most beauty YouTubers she features the odd hair tutorial and product reviews in her monthly favourites videos. If anyone reading this is hoping to start their own beauty channel or wishes to improve their own videos, Alli is the girl to learn from. She has videos on how she films and edits her tutorials which are definitely worth a watch.  Alli is a beautiful girl, with a lovely personality and a passion for sharing her love of all things beauty!
Let me know below your favourite beauty YouTubers and their best tutorials!

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