Thursday, 31 March 2016

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

I took part in the Blogger's Snail Mail again, run by Gemma over at Lipsticks and Lashes. The idea is that you get matched up with a blogger and spend some time getting to now them before sending a small parcel through the mail. It's so exciting connecting with new bloggers and getting to know them, not to mention receiving the exciting parcel! This time, I was connected with Amy who writes a Brighton Lifestyle, Food and Culture Blog which is SERIOUSLY good! This girl has been published on BuzzFeed so seriously...go follow! 

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Amy and I started emailing back and forth, as well as chatting on Twitter. We had such different interests (though both enjoy the Walking Dead!) and it was so interesting to chat to her. 

Pretty soon, a gorgeous parcel arrived for me which I was so excited to open after a stressful few months. 

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience
Inside was a little pamper package so that I could destress and relax. 

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience
The chocolate didn't last 5 minutes and hidden at the bottom is a packet of bubble gum which I am loving! I used to really enjoy blowing HUGE bubbles when I was a kid and was happy to know that I hadn't lost the knack! 

I was very late sending my package off to Amy - I really struggle to get to a post office during the week and had hoped to find something really special during my trip to Wales but couldn't :(
Better late than never though! 

In my parcel (which I'm REALLY hoping Amy has received by now!) I made a card for her - I haven't made a card in such a long time and this really got my creative side kicked back in! 

In the package, I included a range of beauty products that I've enjoyed plus a little manicure kit. I also included a bag of chocolates and a notepad for the times when writing inspiration strikes!! 

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Now, head over to Amy's blog and check it out!! 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

PS If you want to read up on my first Blogger's Snail Mail experience with Kelsey, then check that out here

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Monday, 28 March 2016

Neutral Ombre Nails

I love nail art...but without an artistic bone in my body, I tend to stick to just painting my nails. So when I saw on Pinterest a nail "art" look that consisted of different tones of the same colour - an ombre effect so to speak, I was in! 
Neutral Ombre Nails

I collected five different neutral polishes and simply painted one nail on each hand in each shade before topping with a matte topcoat. Please do excuse my cuticles though, they're such a mess at the moment after sorting out my garden for Spring, booooo. If anyone has any genius ideas for making them prettier, please DO let me know!

If I did this look again, I'd switch out the pinky colour for a cooler toned neutral. 


Neutral Ombre Nails

The polishes I used for this look vary GREATLY in age. I've had some of these for years (OPI, Nails Inc and 17...but still as good as new!)

They go (clockwise direction):
Nails Inc Diet Coke freebie in London but from what I can see, Porchester Square seems to be their most equivalent colour
17 Fast Finish Nail Polish in Tiger's Eyes which has been discontinued.

Neutral Ombre Nails

What is your favourite neutral nail polish?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori x

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Makeup Revolution Haul

One day recently, I woke up with the need to visit the Makeup Revolution website. I'd been watching YouTube hauls and reading blog posts and decided that the Ultra Strobe cream was going to be a necessity in my life, haha! 

Needless to say, a few more bits popped into my basket including two of the gorgeous rose gold lipsticks!! Read on to find out what else I bought...
Makeup Revolution Haul
One of my immediately loved purchases was the Ultra 32 Eyeshadow Palette Flawless 2. This is STUNNING. For the bargain price of £8 you get these 32 stunning neutral shadows with amazing pigmentation. It has a perfect mix of cool and warm tones. 

I'm particularly loving Sound to blend out the crease and Overcome and Unconditional to make a plummy/brown smokey eye. 


Makeup Revolution Haul

I also picked up this colour correcting palette to see if I can sort out my purple eye bags and the redness around my nose.  This was only £6 and I've reviewed it more in depth over at my "How to Colour Correct" post so go check it out!
Makeup Revolution Haul

Next up are the two beautiful rose gold lipsticks! Just look at the packaging of these!! (And please do excuse the sly shot of me photographing them in the reflection, blogger problems!!) 

Makeup Revolution Haul

Makeup Revolution Haul

I picked up the colours Chauffeur (which I've seen EVERYWHERE in the blogosphere!) and Member's Club. These are only £3 each! They apply with a slightly glossy finish and are SO comfortable to wear! 

The last two things I picked up were a lipliner and the Ultra Strobe Cream which for some reason only manage to find its way into the very corner of this one photo!! 

The lipliner itself is a fairly standard liner which I needed to go with my berry lipsticks. I love that it has a sharpener in the lid too! 

The strobe cream is so pretty! I bought the shade Euphoria which is a pink based cream highlight. I can anticipate using this a lot more in summer with dewy skin on my holidays. 

Do you have any other recommendations of products to buy from Makeup Revolution? What are your favourites? 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx




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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

UK Staycation: Anglesey, Wales

I think Wales comes second only to the Lake District in my most relaxing places to visit. I absolutely adore the place and have visited frequently over the past couple of years. 

Earlier in March, I visited Anglesey for a weekend, staying Friday to Sunday and let me tell you, it was heavenly! 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

How to colour correct your face

I've always known the power of a green concealer over an angry red spot - remember those concealer sticks that looked like lipsticks? A green one was part and parcel of my first limited makeup kit. However, when I started seeing more and more colour correcting palettes going on the market, I was keen to find out more...and now I'm sharing it with you.


The product

My colour correcting palette is Makeup Revolution. It's creamy and soft enough to pat onto the skin without pulling at it and the colours themselves have a good range. Best of all, it only costs £6.

You can get it from the Makeup Revolution website here - Ultra Base Corrector Palette.

My love for Makeup Revolution is well documented, ever since one of my first orders - The Makeup Revolution Mega Haul.

In the palette, you get eight good sized pans of product. A purple, a green, a yellow, shades from pinks to browns and a white. 

Here's the official list of the shades and their job from Makeup Revolution. 

"The palette is made up of 8 shades, each of which have their own purpose:
Pink - Brightens
Lavender - neutralises yellow tones
Green - neutralises redness
Orange - neutralises blue tones 
Peach - helps to balance out slight discolouration 
White - adds natural highlight and brightens
Cream - neutralises purple & covers dark areas
Brown - balances ashiness in medium to dark skin tones"

How to colour correct your face

How to use the palette

I personally wouldn't wear the correctors alone. I apply them over the top of foundation, underneath a layer of normal concealer. I pat the corrector on using a ring finger, the desired colour on the desired area before patting a lightweight, liquid concealer over the top, not forgetting to set it all in place with powder!

To really understand the palette, you need to know the colour theory behind it. 
Opposite colours on the colour wheel cancel each other out. So green cancels out red, purple cancels out yellow, orange cancels out blue/purple...

And that's how manufacturers come up with the colours in their (admittedly beautiful!) palettes.

How to colour correct your face

From left to right, top to bottom, I'll describe each colour and say what I believe it to be best for. 
  1. A pink concealer best used as a brightener - I use this on the inner corners of my eyes to really lift them. I don't find it works on my bluer undereye circles, making them look purplier. 
  2. A lavender concealer that works best on my sallow complexion if I've had too much to drink the night before (!) It takes away the yellow tinge that my sallow skin can take on. I use this mainly on my cheeks.
  3. A green concealer that neutralises red. I like to use this on redness around my nose and the occasional red flush I get on my cheeks. It's also a good one to tone down skin that might have been in the sun for too long - the tip of my nose always seems to catch the sun. 
  4. A light orange tone that I like to mix with the peach and brown tones on the second row. Orange/peaches erase my dark circles. They neutralise purple/blue tones beautifully. They're warmer than a pink concealer so work better. I mix my perfect shade from the three peach/brown shades in the palette. Apparently, salmon pink works best on light skin tones, peach on olive skin tones and orange correctors on dark skin tones so mix your customised shade from these three! 
  5. A peach tone which I mix - see number 4 and number 8.
  6. A white concealer. This one contains shimmer as well and is a highlighting shade. I don't really use this shade but if a concealer is a little too dark, I lighten it up a bit with this. 
  7. The yellow shade is also not as used in my palette. My skin has a sallow tinge to it so this yellow shade would only highlight that! Yellow neutralises pink skins patches.
  8. Apparently this is a brown shade although I'd describe it as an orangey peach. Makeup Revolution says it balances ashiness in dark skin tones. I use it to deepen up my peach to make it more suitable for my almost olive skin.  
So that's how I use my colour corrector palette. More places to read up are found on my Colour Correcting Pinterest board:

Do you colour correct? 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

P.S. If you liked this how to, check out my "How to make thick, unruly hair sleek and manageable" post.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

5 ways to: Use facewipes

Facewipes are terrible. There's no two ways about it, they do not clean your face. Should you require evidence of this, please see my post "Which is the best way to cleanse?" for some disgusting photos!

However, having been bought 5 packets of facewipes for Christmas (thanks Mr T...) I needed to find out how I was going to get rid of them use them.
5 ways to use facewipes

Here's 5 ways to use them:

  1. Clean up eyeshadow fall out after a heavy, smokey eye look. They're brilliant for wiping away pesky shadow crumbs.
  2. Carve out a sharp wing in your eyeshadow to create that precise look!
  3. Clean up product packaging so it looks like new ready for your latest blog photograph!
  4. Wipe up any spillages. I'm always spilling loose powder or splattering products on my dressing table. A face wipe conveniently clears it up. I also use them to clean up any products from my hands e.g. foundation.
  5. After I've use gel eye liner, I immediately wipe the excess liner off the brush with a face wipe so it doesn't dry into cement on the brush! 
Have you got any other uses for face wipes that don't actually involve wiping the face? Let me know - I've got five packets to get through...

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

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Monday, 14 March 2016

What is the best liquid eyeliner?

Any beauty blogger will tell you that one of the most tricky skills is the perfect liner flick. Getting those flicks to even look similar is an achievement that can set you up for the rest of the day!

Key to getting those eyeliner flicks even and perfect is the best eyeliner. There are SO many out there... felt tip, brush, gel, liquid, pencil...so the question is, what is the best eyeliner?

What is the best liquid eyeliner?

My Collection of Liners

My personal favourite is a black liquid liner with a felt end or a brush that you dip into the liquid. I have hooded, quite oily eyelids so, assuming I manage the perfect flick, getting it to stay put is tricky. I get a lot of transfer onto my hood if I don't let the liner dry. Once it is dry, the oiliness of my eyelids means that it can disintegrate really easily. Add to that the bane of quite watery eyes and many eye-liners have crumbled (or smudged...or creased...or transferred...) at the task given.

I've got four liquid liners in my collection at the moment. 

What is the best liquid eyeliner?

Essence Liquid Ink Matt Eyeliner £2.30 (although the packaging seems to have changed) 

Let's see the tips of these eyeliners...I find the tips so important - not too thick, not too thin etc! 

What is the best liquid eyeliner?
Milani

What is the best liquid eyeliner?
L'oreal Superliner

What is the best liquid eyeliner?
Essence Eyeliner

What is the best liquid eyeliner?
Lord and Berry 
As you can see, Lord and Berry has the slimmest tip and I find it easiest to get the most precise flick with it. It's also nice and long which I find makes a smooth application easier. 

As far as pigmentation goes, I swatched these on my hand. 

What is the best liquid eyeliner?
l-r Lord and Berry, Essence, Milani, L'oreal

From the swatches you can see that Milani has the thickest line and the least pigmentation as well. In fact, I found this eyeliner really difficult to work with - the tip dries up, it's a felt tip and the liquid liner just doesn't flow out of it evenly. In life, it appeared grey next to the other liners. Aside from that, there wasn't much to choose from with regards to pigmentation. The other three liners are all as black as you could wish. 

So which lasts the longest? 

What is the best liquid eyeliner?

This was after 3-4 swipes with a face wipe. The Milani eyeliner has COMPLETELY disappeared. The L'oreal one is one its way out which leaves the two winners as Lord and Berry and Essence! The most expensive and the cheapest eyeliner in my collection. From my experience, I can say that while the Essence liner lasts an incredibly long time...the Lord and Berry one just about beats it in the longevity stakes. It is as perfect in the evening as it is in the morning when it's freshly applied. However, for a real bargain, Essence is clearly where it's at! 

Which eyeliners do you recommend? Leave your tips for the perfect eyeliner flick in the comments below! 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

P.S Did you see my review of Freedom Bare Collection Lipsticks

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