Thursday, 17 April 2014

Very Easy Nail Art - The Dotty Accent Nail

I love nail art, but to be honest I'm not the best at it and I don't tend to have the patience to spend ages practicing. So whenever I fancy doing something a little more than block colour or a glitter top coat, I revert to the dots. I think dots really do equal easy but effective nail art and you don't even need any special nail art tools or pens either.

In this case I used Maybelline Color Show in Lavender Lies as the main colour, then decided to make the accent nail pop from the purple using Barry M Matt White. For the dots I poured a little of the Maybelline nail varnish onto some kitchen roll and then dipped the end of a kirby (hair) grip into the varnish to then dot directly onto the nail. Just doing this on the accent nail means it takes no time at all. However if it hadn't been late at night when I did this, I may have done some white dots on the purple nails too. There are so many colour combinations that could be done for this, so it's nail art that doesn't get old either.

Are you a fan of dotty nails? What easy nail art do you love?

Beauty Bird xx


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Review: Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Rich Russet

I decided that I needed the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Rich Russet after it was mentioned in a Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup collaboration video. Although I have enough eyeshadow shades that fall into the neutrals category, I don't have anything in my stash quite like this as a product.

For £4.99 you have an eyeshadow that you do basically "paint" on, as it has a long spatula type applicator for applying the product directly onto the lid. I assumed it was a liquid formula as it's quite wet, however Rimmel say it's a cream formula. I swipe the applicator across the middle of my lid and then blend it out with my fingers. The eyeshadow dries very quickly, so you don't want to hang around with this one! The Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint also applies and blends really well with a suitable eyeshadow brush - I use the Becca Extra Small Polishing Brush 55. 

The shade Rich Russet is just a beautiful, sparkling, bronze-brown shade. It's extremely pigmented but as mentioned, it can be blended out easily enough before it dries, which makes it more sheer, then built up on top if you want the colour stronger. The wear time is approximately 6 hours without a primer and 8 hours with a primer before the colour begins to fade, with no creasing in sight.

There are four other shades in the range (Golden Bronze, Slate Grey, Mercury Silver and Manganese Purple) but Rich Russet is personally my favourite of the bunch. I highly recommend giving these a swatch and adding one to your own eyeshadow stash - I can't stop reaching for my Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint right now! I'd love to see some more shades added to the range in the future.

Have you tried any of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paints?

Beauty Bird xx


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Review: BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Treatment

Having naturally very off white coloured teeth that I am quite conscious about, I have tried a mountain of whitening toothpastes in the past. However I have never tried a whitening treatment before - I guess I'm just too nervous to try them. The BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Treatment seemed quite a friendly option though, so I was excited to give it a try.

The BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Kit is a little kit that comes with a 30ml bottle of their daily toothpaste, an LED accelerator and a BlanXometer scale of teeth shades. The toothpaste contains a patented ingredient called ActiluX, which binds microcrystals to tooth enamel and is designed to destroy the organic molecules reponsible for staining the teeth. ActiluX is activated by light, so it can keep recharging and working to protect the teeth throughout the day. The LED accelerator intensifies this feature. The BlanX toothpaste is also designed to keep gums healthy and moisturised. The formula does not contain any peroxide, abrasive silicon, SLS or parabens. The BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Kit claims to make teeth up to four shades whiter in two weeks and for this, costs £15.99 (it can be bought in Boots or online from BlanX direct here). 

I used the BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Kit for just over two weeks (until the toothpaste ran out). I used the toothpaste twice a day, followed by the LED accelerator for a minute or two. A little button on the accelerator turns on the blue LED lights and then you place the plastic, curved end against your teeth, resting your lips around it to keep it in place. This doesn't produce tingling or any kind of sensation and it doesn't feel uncomfortable in the mouth. I also used it a couple of times a week for an extra 5 minutes, which is recommended. The toothpaste itself is blue in colour and it took awhile to get used to the SLS free formula - it really doesn't foam up at all.

Unfortunately my teeth didn't lighten by four shades, however using the BlanXometer I would say they have improved by one shade, which is definitely better than nothing. I have another tube of BlanX toothpaste from a Love Me Beauty box, so I will keep trying it and use the LED accelerator a bit more often to see if there's any further improvement (thankfully the batteries are replaceable when they run out). But in my opinion the BlanX White Shock Intensive Whitening Kit is more of a quick fix - so would be good if there's an event for occasion coming up you want to look perfect for. Unless of course you are happy to use the LED accelerator daily! It can be a pain when you're in a rush, but I would definitely carry on using the toothpaste daily.

Have you ever used a home whitening treatment? Have you used any of the BlanX range before?

Beauty Bird xx

P.S. This post contains a PR sample. This does not affect my opinion of the product.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Life: The Furry Friend Tag

If you follow me on Instagram, you will probably be aware that I have a furry friend (a dog to be precise!) as I often post pictures of her! She is basically my baby who has me wrapped around her little finger and means the world to me. So when I saw The Furry Friend Tag on Hayley's blog Water Painted Dreams, I knew I had to do this post myself.

At six weeks old.

What is your pet's name?

When did you get Daisy?
In August 2012 when she was six weeks old.

What is something that Daisy does that annoys you?
I can never be annoyed with her for very long, but the one thing that springs to mind is when you throw her ball for her, she won't very easily give it up so you can throw it again. Instead she wants you to chase her for it, get it off her and then throw it. It's cute really and it's a fun game for her, but she's not easy to catch!!

What type of breed is Daisy?
Daisy is a gorgeous English Springer Spaniel with the fluffiest tail ever and those cute puppy dog eyes. She's quite white with some big brown splodges and then lots of little fainter brown spots all over.

Has Daisy ever had a near death experience?
No, thank goodness!

Does Daisy know any tricks?
We didn't really teach her anything out of the ordinary to be honest, just the normal sit, lie down etc. She's clever though so we probably could have!

Does Daisy like to snuggle?
Daisy is a super snuggler and her favourite spot is between myself and my other half on the sofa. Though it's funny because if she's a bit grumpy she'll sit on the other end of the sofa and if we bother her she makes these little sighing noises!

Where did you get Daisy?
From a lady who had two Springers herself that had bred together. We first went to see the puppies when they were two weeks old, which is when we chose Daisy - she had similar markings to a Springer my other half had when he was younger. The lady was absolutely lovely and because she was only 20 minutes drive away, she invited us to come back whenever we wanted to, so we could bond with Daisy. It was lovely because we saw her grow and develop before we took her home.

My most recent photo of Daisy (taken on my phone so not the sharpest) - she is now 1 year and 10 months old.

 Does Daisy get along with other dogs?
Yes - to her every other dog is a friend that she can play with! She's too friendly really and doesn't realise not all dogs think the same!

Does Daisy get along with strangers?
Daisy loves people just like she does other dogs. I can see why they say that Springers are perfect family dogs because she's great with children too.

How much does she weigh?
I have no idea to be honest - I'm trying to remember what she last weighed when she went to the vets! All we know is that she's the right weight for her size.

Do you ever dress Daisy up?
 Haha not really, though we've occasionally put a hat on her and sunglasses as you do...! She's never been in a proper dog outfit or anything, I don't think I could do it to her!!

Has Daisy ever tried to run away?
No. She's really well behaved and wouldn't run out of our garden if the gate happened to be open. When we take her for walks off the lead, she'll never go too far away from us and will always look back if she's ahead to check we are still behind her!

How did you come up with her name?
I chose the name and thankfully my fiance liked it too! There isn't really any meaning behind it, I just love the name and thought it suited her.

On a scale of 1-10 how much does Daisy mean to you?
 Way over the scale and a bit further again.

I hope you enjoyed reading and I tag everyone who has their own furry friend! I love reading about other people's pets, especially dogs. Please send me your post link if you do!

Beauty Bird xx


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream in Ivory

When Boots had their last 3 for 2 deal on, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to hop on the Bourjois CC bandwagon and purchase their 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream. I am always on the look out for the next best concealer, whether for dark circles, blemishes or one that does both and I can't get enough of them lately. 

The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream costs £7.99 and I picked up the shade Ivory. The shade range is very limited and the only other one available is Light Beige, so unfortunately Bourjois aren't catering for all skintones here! What makes this product instantly jump out from the rest is the doe foot shaped, silicone applicator, which releases a blob of the eye cream each time you twist the bottom. The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream is meant to combine the hydrating effects of your everyday eye cream with the illuminating and camouflaging qualities of a concealer, whilst also protecting with a SPF of 15. The silicone applicator is designed to smooth lines and wrinkles.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship when it comes to the applicator - it makes applying the product ready for blending effortless and does feel lovely and smooth. However I find that when you twist the end to release perfectly enough product and then apply, another little blob suddenly appears afterwards, which is wasted. If you don't wipe it away, next time you go back to use it this little blob has started to congeal on the end of the stick; lovely. Not a major problem, but I thought it was worth noting! However I do really, really like the CC Eye Cream itself, which probably has the creamiest yet lightest formula I've ever tried. It blends like a dream (I prefer using my fingers with this one), concealing and brightening at the same time and looking very natural. It isn't the heaviest duty concealer though, so I personally still like to use a little of my Bobbi Brown Corrector first on my very dark circles. The CC Eye Cream is very hydrating, doesn't crease and doesn't settle in my fine lines either, lasting around 7 hours.

The Verdict
The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream is a multi-tasker's dream; hydrating, concealing, brightening - tick, tick, tick. The light formula looks very natural applied, making it the ideal summer concealer, however if your dark circles are very dark you may need a bit of extra coverage either underneath or on top. The main negative of this product in my opinion is the poor shade range on offer (I can look past my issue with the applicator!).

Have you tried the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream? What is your favourite under eye concealer?

Beauty Bird xx