Friday, 18 April 2014

50% off ELF cosmetics orders

A triple whammy from ELF COSMETICS this weekend! You can get a massive 50% off all orders over £30 and 2 free products with your order as well as free delivery if it totals £30! 


ENTER CODE: 500414 at checkout 

Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder

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miracle matte seventeen powder ivory

If like me you have oily/combo skin then you know all too well that finding a powder that can control the oil (sounds like some kind of slogan! ha) is important. Normally I am an advocate of my staple Stay Matte powder from Rimmel but I noticed that it has started to cling to any dry areas, which doesn't look great. So I've been trying out a few different face powders and currently I am using Miracle Matte by Seventeen (previously 17 cosmetics).

The shade I am using is ivory porcelain, which is the palest shade of course. Miracle Matte powder is available in 3 shades and is just £3.99 in Boots. Having not tried much from this brand before, I was intrigued to say the least by their claim for a 16hr shine free finish. Let's get that out of the way first, it's not 16 hours but who leaves their makeup on for that long anyway? I'll give it 8 hours max and by the end of that I will need to touch up if I was planning on stepping outside my front door again. 

8 hours is nothing to grumble at mind you, as for those 8 hours it does provide shine control, a matte finish and hold makeup for longer. The shade applies to be almost transparent so it's quite easy to avoid the cakey look when it comes to your base. I find applying this with a duo fibre brush helps give a light even coverage that doesn't look too matte and then I use the puff to press the powder into my tzone as this is my main problem area! 

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this powder. It doesn't fit the 16hr claim but it does control oil and it does keep the shine at bay. The packing is nice, nothing too fussy and with an excellent sized compact mirror in making it ideal for handbag touch ups. For the price, it's worth checking out if you are after a non-cakey, matte finish that won't look orange on the skin! The powder is available to buy here for £3.99 and currently on 3 for 2! 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The beauty blogger tag

I was tagged by the lovely Laura-Jade from Pale Girl Reviews to take part in the beauty blogger tag, so here are my answers! 

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?
I first started blogging back in 2011 I think with the odd post here and there. In 2013 I restarted my blog after deleting a whole year or so's worth of blog posts and photographs (epic technology fail) and I've continued with Lovely Jubbly Blog ever since. 

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
I can't really remember which blog I read first, I think it was probably makeupsavvy or blushblendbeauty as I found her videos on youtube! 

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product that you bought? Was it worth the hype?
It was a huge order of products from Elf! Believe it or not I had never heard of the company before blogging, I think I made an order almost immediately after writing my first beauty related post! 

What are your five favourite things about blogging and being a Beauty Blogger?
  • Being able to claim a small corner of the internet that's all mine. I created it, I update it and I am proud of my little blog here!
  • Being able to build friendships with other bloggers! I've got to know some absolutely lovely ladies through blogging, met a few local bloggers and also found an amazing friend in a blogger (Lauren) who I talk to every single day and get to see when she visits from Ireland!
  • Trying new things, sampling new products and developing an obsession with makeup. Okay, so it's not always kind to my bank balance but I've found something I love and love to talk about. It's my only vice! 
  • Discovering this as a hobby. I think of myself as quite a boring person, I don't really love going out all the time and I've never really found anything I enjoyed and stuck to it. Blogging has stuck, I do something blog-related everyday whether its writing posts, talking to you guys, photographing products or planning my next exciting post. 
  • Reading other blogs! I'm a massive social media addict whether its twitter, instagram  or pinterest - I love them all. I read a huge range of blogs from lifestyle, food, beauty and fashion and I love discovering new favourites to read. I could literally scroll through bloglovin all day every day. 
What have you learnt from being a Beauty Blogger?
Make-up wise? That eyebrows will never even, they will never be twins they will always be sisters. Contouring can go wrong, but when it goes right it's good. I am unable to show any self control when I enter boots, superdrug or any other shop that sells anything remotely beauty related. 

Have you changed anything since becoming a Beauty Blogger?
I've changed the brands I use regularly just from trying out new things and I've also changed the size of my makeup bag, in fact now I have a makeup station rather than a normal person sized cosmetic bag. 

What advice would you give to a Beauty Blogger just starting out?
  • Try to think of a blog name that is a little unique but also says a bit about you. If you think you might want to include other topics besides beauty don't pick a specific name. Mine is quite general, I just use this phrase all the time so I named it 'lovely jubbly' haha! It's a good idea to check social media etc first as it's best to have all your accounts under the same name
  • Don't feel the need to buy an expensive camera. All my photos are taken using a standard point and shoot camera that was around £60! As long as you have a clear background, you can get near a window or outside then you'll be fine!
  • Get to know other bloggers, not only is it a great way to get inspiration but you'll also make friends and network! 
  • Blog about whatever you want to write about, it's your blog and you decide on the content. 
  • Don't focus too  much on the numbers, they'll come eventually. 

What are your top 5 makeup brands?
  • Bourjois 
  • Revlon
  • MUA 
  • Maybelline 
  • Urban Decay 

Recommend your top 5 beauty products
  • Nanshy make-up brushes (specifically the face brush kit, amazing!) 
  • Avon ideal flawless foundation 
  • Sleek face kit (contour/highlight/blush)
  • Mac MSF in soft and gentle
  • Urban decay naked basics palette 

I tag the following lovely ladies:

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The £2 budget nail polishes: sinful colours

I love nail polish as much as the next girl but I make no secret of the fact that I begrudge paying more than a few pounds for one. As much as I love Essie nail polishes, they are £7.99 each so I always wait out the offers or grab them in a multipack, other than that the usual amount is around £3 - £4 a polish which is absolutely fine. When Sinful colours first came to the UK in boots I couldn't believe they were only £1.99 and not only are they cheap they're also pretty damn good too! 

sinful colours nail polish uk dancing nails island coral nirvana frenzy

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dancing nails || Frenzy || Island Coral || Nirvana 

A range of finishes are available from pearl, glitter, satin and matte and there is an incredible shade range! Dancing nails is one of my favourite pearl colours its a subtle muted red that applies in just one coat if you're in a rush and looks amazing in two coats. It's one of those colours that just looks nice. Frenzy is a stunning mix of purple, blue and silver glitter that looks brilliant over any pastel blue and green polishes aswell as dark purples, blacks and navys! You could also build it up to wear on it's own, but be warned its a bit of a pain to remove - you really do need to use the tin foil trick for this one. 

Island coral is perfect for this time of year, its bright and colourful and compliments a tan wonderfully, if you ever manage to get one in the UK that is. Nirvana is a neutral shade very similar to the likes of Barry M Mushroom which is one of my all time favourites! It's wearable but also a subtle statement colour. 

Paired with a base and top coat these polishes can last for around 5 days which isn't too shabby at all! The brush applicators are thin which make them great for precise applying but they don't leave a streaky finish to the nail. Most colours I've tried are okay with 1 or 2 coats, glitter shades or paler colours may need 3 but other than that you are good to go! Definitely worth checking out considering the price tag!