My Current Favourite Lip Products…

Hello Beautiful Readers,

I’m back! I’ll be honest, packing and travelling has been tiring. A week of packing, two planes and over 4 hours of travelling later, I feel drained. But saying that I am really excited to be here and I have some news for you! I am working on my content and my brain is bursting with different creative ideas that I want to put in action. Hopefully, you’ll be reading those soon, I don’t want to give any hints…Yet! Today’s post is for the makeup lovers out there who enjoy reading about beauty! Shall we begin?

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These lip products are my current faves, I enjoy using them so much that I brought them all abroad with me! The colours may seem similiar but they have different textures and finishes. I tend not to use dark lip colours as they make me look washed out (imagine Casper the ghost with a dark plum lipstick on). Yeah! It just doesn’t suit me! But I love it on other people so much, especially that vampire style look minus the blood. To die for! Not literally though. I guess you figured out that I love Twilight, Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf. Anyways, as usual I’m going off topic. I will be going through them so you get an idea of how they look like, feel and last.  At the end you’ll see swatches of them on my skin.

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You have seen one of the products above in another post , however it is my fave so I thought I’ll show you again. These are the ‘CAUDALÍE: Lip Conditioner’ and ‘BURT’S BEES: Honey Miel Lip Balm.’ They are both hydrating, moisturising and even after wiping them off with wet wipes my lips feel soft. They are long lasting, the only time I had to apply them were after eating food. Honestly, the only difference is that they have different scents.  Lip balms are a must for me as during the cold and hot weathers my lips get really dry and the skin starts peeling off (eww, I know) so using these not only feel good but also help with the dryness.

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This first lipstick is called ‘Rimmel London: Moisture Renew’ in the colour ‘705-Let’s Get Naked.’ It is a pinky nude and lives up to its name. When applied it glides on to your lips, it feels oil based and drenches the lips with moisture. For a lipstick that is not matte it stays put really well and is my go to daytime lipstick.

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The second lipstick is called ‘Revlon Colourburst’ in the colour ‘095 Crème Brulee’ it is a brownish nude colour with a peachy shimmer. It is a nude sheer lipstick that leaves the lips looking glossy. I think this one is perfect for the summer, it goes with everything and leaves the lips feeling super soft. The shimmer in it is mixed well with the lipstick so I don’t feel irritated by them. This is a must, go and try it out, you won’t regret it!

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This one is called ‘L’OREAL PARIS: Color Riche Lipstick’ in the shade ‘633- Moka Chic’.  I’ve talked abiut this product before, it is very pigmented and more of a sophisticated pinkish nude. I applied it on my lips and for a matte lipstick it felt like the Revlon lipstick. I searched the internet and found that it has Camellia oil which makes the lips feel moisturised and soft. That is what I love about it as no one would want to apply a matte lipstick that makes the lips feel dry and cracked. Would they?

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This one you may know as it is one of the most sold lipsticks within the brand. It is called ‘MAC’ in the shade ‘Velvet Teddy’ it is a a soft brown colour that does look like a nude and is very intense on the lips. When applied the colour is even and it has a matte finish which defines the lips. If you love brown matte shades then definitely go for this lipstick.

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The fifth lipstick is called ‘diego dalla palma’ in the colour ’94- Antique Pink’ like the previous lipsticks it has a creamy texture that glides on the lips, it has full coverage. The lips appear even and it has a semi-matte finish. Even though it is creamy, it does last a while without touch ups. It isn’t your usual pink colour, more classy and with hints of red and brown. I recently bought this and keep it with me all the time, I love the colour and finish!

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This is the ‘L’OREAL PARIS: Infallible Lip Gloss’ in the shade ‘210-Disco Ball’ what I love, love and I do mean love about this product is that is not sticky (at all). It is a lip gloss with high shine but when you do rub your lips together you can feel the shimmer particles, it is tolerable though nothing irritating. The applicator is shaped for an easy application.  The high shine within this lip gloss does make my lips appear bigger than usual. So if you do love a bold, in your face kind of lips then this product is for you.

unnamed-6This last product is an ‘Christian Dior Lip Liner’ in the shade ‘553- Heather rose’ it’s like a mauve pink colour with shimmer in it but it has a subtle glow to it. For a lip liner it is very smooth and firm so you do get a good use out of the lip liner. I use this as a lipstick and it doesn’t feel dry.

TIP: I use the Loreal lip gloss first and then put on the lip liner on top of it. It makes my lips look fuller and makes the lip gloss appear natural! Have a go with a lip liner and gloss of your choice!

Here are the swatches…

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Left to Right: Christian Dior lip liner, Mac- Velvet Teddy, diego dalla palma- Antique Pink, Loreal Paris-  Moka Chic, Rimmel London- Let’s Get Naked, Revlon- Crème Brulee and Loreal Paris- Disco Ball

That was it for this post I hope you enjoyed it! I cannot wait to fill your feeds up with more content! I found internet at my current hotel but I’m going to another hotel tomorrow I hope their wifi works well…

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As always stay happy and enjoy the summer.

With Love,

Ela x.

Rosie For Autograph Makeup Review…

Hello Beautiful People,

Welcome to another blog post about makeup, I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoy writing about them and taking photos of them. I love taking photos and editing them, like I’m not even kidding you have to see my photo gallery. I’m lucky to have more than enough storage! Okay, enough of me rambling (as always) and let me tell you what I’ve got in store… Today I will be reviewing, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s makeup line, ‘Rosie for Autograph’ that is sold exclusively at Marks & Spencer, (a British, multinational retailer) alongside her other lines, such as lingerie and fragrance. I have used these products for a couple of months now and wanted to give my own personal opinion on how they worked for me and if I recommend them for you to go out and try them for yourselves. A little disclaimer, I kind of cheated and added a filter on the swatches, I’m sorry I didn’t want to discontinue the theme. However, they are not far from their true shades and this is where will see how good I can use my blogging skills to give you a true description of their ‘true colours’ -no pun intended!

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I love how you see the reflection of the clouds on the products it took me a while to achieve that!

Firstly, let me tell you that the packaging is life. The rose gold packaging does catch the eye of the customers and my friends have admitted that the packaging is why they became interested in the products… Shall we get into the products? Yeah? Me think so too!

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The first product is an ‘Starstruck Contour Stick’ in the colour ‘Killer Contours’ it does not come in different shades but it is buildable, in that I mean the more you apply the more it becomes pigmented and darker it becomes. On the image above it looks really dark, but keep in mind that in real life it is a tone or two lighter and that was achieved by only two swipes. It is easy to blend when applied, with this product I like using a beauty blender and it just blends evenly and without appearing patchy.  However, I don’t know if it is just on my skin but I found that it doesn’t stay on for the whole day. What I did to solve this problem was just add powder bronzer on top and let me tell you it does work. I love the shade and how it feels lightweight on the skin.  This product costs £15.00.

The next product is an ‘Cream Blusher’ in the shade ‘Camisole Blusher’ it is a very Rosie tone, (yep we need to question those blogging skills). I mean more of a Autumn shade which you can wear in any season. On the website it looks more towards a pink shade but in real life it’s more of an earthy pink tone, try imagining that. No, but realistically it does have a brownish shade within it which creates a more fresh and natural look. I do not use any brushes for it, I apply it with my fingers and it spreads easily without drying out on one spot. I don’t usually wear blushers but this one looks really natural on the skin. It costs £14.00.

This product is an ‘Cream Eyeshadow Stick’ in the shade ‘Almond Eyes’ which is a beautiful pale gold colour. This eyeshadow stick is extremely pigmented, long lasting and has a metallic finish. It is perfect for a lid colour as well as a inner corner and brow bone highlight. It is very blendable and silky smooth, I also use it as a highlight and have recieved many compliments on it. It only costs £12.50, you get alot of product, (don’t judge it by its size) and you only need a small amount to make your eyes pop!

This next product is an lipstick in the shade ‘Lady Rose’ it is a more darker/ warmer tone of pink. Personally, to me it looks very vintage and is beautiful on the lips. I’ve looked at photos of the lipstick being worn by different people and it suits all skin tones.  It isn’t long lasting but is easy to reapply, you don’t need no liner, it looks amazing without it. It is very moisturising and hydrating. My lips feel so soft right now, it is unbelievable. This is a must, go try it out and see for yourself. It costs £14.00

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This product is an ‘Transclucent Finishing Powder’ called ‘Super Model Silk’ durrr Rosie is a model. Let me emphasise one thing though, it does live up to its name. The product leaves the skin feeling so silky. I compared it to the NYX powder and the NYX felt a bit artificial it had a weird feel to it (I love the product but this is what I thought when comparing both!) Whereas Rosie’s powder blends to the skin and you can feel your skin, it’s just more softer and smoother, like baby skin, no joke! I love the packaging because the product doesn’t just pour out, you have full contro, because of the net like material ontop of it. It costs £18.00.

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The last thing is the cute makeup bag, which is also in the colour rose gold. Ugh, how can you pass that up! Clever packaging, what can I say? I was lucky to get the makeup bag for free, as there was an offer going on at the time. However, it costs £16.00 it is compact, doesn’t take up alot of space yet fits your most used products that you need with you for the day. It also looks visually appealing so why not? Overall I enjoy using these products, I really don’t have anything negative to say about them (this blog post is NOT SPONSERED). They are good and I do recommend them, if you want to try out something new and more natural.

That was it for this blog post. I hope you found it useful and enjoyed reading it. Do comment, or email me any questions or suggestions for future posts! Check out my Instagram TheWhiteRose.ela and I’ll see you in my next post!

Until then with love,

Ela x.

My Current Favourite Fragrances…

Hello Beautiful People,

Now again (last time, promise) I have to start a post with an apology… I was going to put two posts upon my blog, however I had some difficulties with the lighting and the photos weren’t exactly how I wanted them to be. In the end I got a bit frustrated… But after this post I’m going to publish another post yay!!

As you can see from the title, I will be telling you about my current favourite fragrances I use. These are scents I use all year around, I don’t use different perfumes for different seasons. Let’s get started!

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The first one is my all time favourite, it’s called ‘Chanel- Coco Mademoiselle. It is composed of Oranges, Jasmines, Rose, Patchouli and Vetiver and many more ingredients, but these are the main ones. I’m going to ask you to do something, imagine…Yes you read it right, try imagining me smelling my perfume and an orange with a confused expression. Why? Because I can’t smell the orange, but it’s more of a floral and fruity scent than strong and musky.  All I can say about this perfume is that it does grab the attention of people around you… I was at my university one day and I was about to collect my coursework from the social sciences department. I go in and give my name and student I.D. The lady there was browsing through the papers (keep in mind that I’m already nervous about my results)  and anyways she just stopped browsing, lifted her head and…SNIFFED literally SNIFFED the air! I was there thinking, what is going on and  she asked what I’m wearing and it was Coco Mademoiselle. There was a wide desk between us and it was in the afternoon, so the perfume is long-lasting and worth every penny!

The second perfume is called ‘Givenchy- Very Irrésistible’. The olfactory description of this perfume is made up of rose petals as the core (different types of roses-the list is endless), vanilla, and other ingredients. When you spray it on, you can immediately smell the floral and vanilla scent. I like to use this during night-time, when I go out with friends, as it does give a hint of sensualness. I can’t describe it but it is alluring…

The next three came in a miniature gift set and they are all from Lancome. The first one is called ‘Trésor In Love’ some of the main ingredients are; Turkish Rose, Jasmine and Cedar. Its not musky but very earthy and subtle. It doesn’t have a distinctive smell  but is an amazing day time perfume. When you take a whiff, you do smell the floral scents instantly. The second one is called, ‘Trésor’ it features notes of peach, apricot, rose and musk. It’s not fruity, it doesn’t smell like a MAC lipstick or roses, it is more on the muskier spectrum and is not overpowering I think this is a perfume that people can collectively like and it makes a lovely gift. The last one from this set (there are others but I picked my faves) is called ‘La Vie Est Belle’  which is a French expression for life is beautiful. Let me tell you one thing if you love sweet and floral scents this one is the one for you. The words I think of when I smell this is, delicate, joyful, feminine, elegant and fairytale.  I cannot stop smelling it, literally! It is amazing. I love it… The main ingredients in this one is; Iris, Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Patchouli. Go and try this out in the store, you’ll love it. Overall, each fragrance in this set are different, you have a choice of various fragrances to test out. The packaging for all of them are beautiful and easy to carry as it is small and handy for on the go!

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The last perfume is called ‘Prada-Candy’ I also enjoy wearing this one. It is my go to scent! The main ingredients in this fragrance are; Caramel, Vanilla, Benzoin and Musk. It is very playful yet sophisticated but joyful. It literally goes with anything you wear or do (climb a mountain and spray some Prada Candy on). However, if you are the type of person that does get dizzy when wearing overpowering fragrances then do be careful of this one as it has a mix of ingredients and not a fixed scent, it might affect you!

This was it for ‘My current Favourite fragrances’ if you enjoyed it please do like, comment and follow. If you have any suggestions please let me know, and I’ll try my best to do a blog post about it.

My Instagram is Thewhiterose.ela if you do want to check it out ❤

Thank you for reading and see you in my next post (coming sooner than you think).

With Love,

Ela x.

My Favourite The Balm Eyeshadow Products…

Hello Beautiful People…

It feels like ages since I last made a blog post (only 5 days… but still I’m not use to not writing). Before I get started, I want to apologise for not being active, so to make it up I’ll be posting tomorrow (well today because it’s currently 00:32 am in England). Basically, two posts in one day! If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to… I’ve been very busy, doing shopping for my new house and I have to pack thing up only to unpack them again (yes moving is harder than it looks ) and on top of that I need to pack up for my holiday (which is 11 days away). So yeah its been quite chaotic…

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Anddd…This is how I’ve been dealing with my responsibilities! By procrastinating with the help of some cute Snapchat filters!

Now on to the main focus of this post! Since starting makeup, one of my fave brands to experiment with has been The Balm. I’ll admit the packaging was what caught my eye, it looks very playful and eye catchy. Of course, it caught my eye and buying one product lead to me buying another and then another (you get the idea) the cycle continues. I use their single eyeshadows and palettes most of the time when doing my makeup, especially if I want it to be very bold and out there. So, enough of me rambling and let’s get started.

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The first product is a single eyeshadow which is called the ‘Shady Lady’ in the colour ‘Luscious Lani’. It is a very pretty pink champagne colour. According to The Balm the product is formulated from specially pressed and finely milled pigments. This helps the product to not crease up or have that crumbled effect on the eyelid. It does not have chunks of glitter but has a shimmer to it that makes the eye POP! What I love about it, is that it’s easily buildable and blendable, you have control over the product. Keep in mind that these eyeshadows are meant to glow, I’m not even joking I use it as a highlighter sometimes.

 

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The second product is called ‘Mont Balm’ an ‘Eyeshadow Palette- For Girls On The Run.’ Starting from the top left the colours are, ‘Zermatt’ a shimmery charcoal colour,  one swipe of it is subtle but buildable. ‘Aspen’ a nice medium burgundy colour. ‘Whistler’ a shimmery taupe colour and ‘Cortina’ a neutral cream tone, perfect for a base  shadow. All the shadows except from ‘Cortina’ are shimmery and give a metallic effect. Whereas ‘Cortina’ is a matte colour. What I love about this palette is that it is perfect for throwing it in your bag and creating either a neutral or dramatic look.  Perfect for day time and night-time. It is also a nice gift for a special person who (like us) adores makeup.

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This third product has a special place in my heart as it was my first ever The Balm palette and trust me I hyped over it so much that I couldn’t put it away for the first couple of days…It was always in my hand and you get the idea, I was obsessed. This one’s called the ‘NUDE’tude‘ eyeshadow palette. It is formed of 12 eyeshadows both matte and shimmery. And no they’re are not all nude, which is what I love about it! We have some dark colours such as black, burgundy and dark brown. As well as a light brown, pink and white, these are all matte colours. We also have some shimmery pinks, nudes and darker tones. So, with this palette you can you can create a variety of looks, whether its neutral, medium or bold. The choice is yours…

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The fourth product is called ‘The Balm Voyage’  and boy do you become a voyager (okay! that was cheesy) but seriously! Just by looking at the package I feel the need to travel more. The palette includes nine eyeshadows that you can use dry or wet (longer lasting results when used wet), a bronzer, highlighter, two blushes and two lip and cheek creams (woah, I feel out of breath typing all that). In the photo below you will not see the lip and cheek creams as I actually don’t like them, so I wanted to focus on the main eyeshadows. But I have to admit the highlighter and bronzer look amazing on the skin.  My favourite look with this palette is… Using the ‘Tervetuloa’ for the crease and either ‘Bienvenue’ or ‘Benvenuto’ as the main lid colour, adding some highlighter on my brow bone and inner corner of my eye a swipe of mascara and Bonjour to the new look. I told you the palette does make you want to explore…  All the colours are pigmented so even though they look small a little bit goes a long way! Plus the palette is compact and useful to carry for those journeys where you don’t want to take a big make up bag filled with wonderful yet heavy makeup products.

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The last product is my favourite! Now I can’t remember when matte eyeshadows became very popular but when it did this palette was also becoming popular. This palette is called ‘Meet Matt(e) Nude’ I actually thought Matt was a real person. I know, moving on… If you were thinking the previous shadows looked small well this one is for you then! As these pans are large, like, this palette has lasted me a long time, which is amazing as I love them so much! As you can see they are everyday shades hence the name nude and they’re all matte so perfect for neutral toned makeup looks. What I love about this is like the others they are all pigmented even ‘Matt Malloy’ is true to its colour on the palette and on the skin. I like mixing these colours with my other palettes for example I love using ‘Matt Garcia’ for my crease and lower lash line and ‘Luscious Lani’ as my lid colour and inner corners. Mix and match people!! It gives you a choice of various colours to experiment and create different looks with, so I do believe that you get what you pay for. Trust me, this palette is worth it!!unnamed-7

 

Andddd that is it for this post guys! I hope you enjoyed it, if you have questions, suggestions or opinions do comment. If you want to see more of these reviews (which are NOT sponsored) like this post! As usual thank you for reading and following, and see you in my next post which will be up later today… My followers are from all around the world so I can’t keep up with the different time zones LOL! I’m sorry.

Stay happy my lovelies…

With Love,

Ela x.

 

My Current Skin Care Routine…

Hello Beauties,

Today I want to show you my skin care routine. As you may know taking care of our skin is and should be an important part of our daily life. Not only does your skin feel, clean and fresh, but when we clean our skin we also unclog our pores, remove unwanted bacteria and prevent spots from forming on our faces. So to conclude we NEED to take care of our skin. The products I am going to show you, have worked well for me, just bare in mind that we all have different skin types and our needs differ.

1. The first product is the GARNIER: Micellar Cleansing Water. I’m guessing you have heard of this product as its been very popular due to the level of positive reviews it has received. My skin care routine begins with me removing my make up. In this step I just pour the some of the product on to a cotton pad and remove my makeup using circular motions. REMEMBER: the eye area is very sensitive so make sure you are EXTRA gentle. This product does remove mascara and other excess make up easily. I do recommend it for you make up lovers that cannot remove those mascara stains without irritating the area!

2. The second step involves giving my face a quick wash to get rid of any excess make up using the Avène: Cleansing Gel. I love this product it lathers up nicely and makes my face feel fresh instantly. It gives my face a clean surface to work my other products on and removes oily and waxy substances that the sebaceous glands produce. I also use this product at night before going into bed!

3. This step I only do ONCE A WEEK as it is an intense detox mask by Soap and Glory, it is called the NO CLOGS ALLOWED: Super self heating deep pore detox mask. You only need a small amount (on the packaging it says a grape sized dab but how big is a grape?) a little goes along way and as soon as you put it on your face you will feel the heat (don’t worry it doesn’t burn you or anything) it just feels hot. When you apply this product you will have to scrub it on your face until it turns blue (it has worked on me and has changed colour) and you wait five minutes then wash your face. GUYS… Please don’t rub that towel on your face with such force gentle pats are advised, don’t irritate your skin as this is an intense cleansing mask, we don’t want any harsh movements.

4. I love this step! Why? Because I really enjoying using cleansers that are in a foam form. It makes my face feel like baby skin. The foaming cleanser I currently use is the SAMPAR: Dry CleanSing- No-rinse foaming make up cleanser. Even though it states that you don’t have to rinse it, I always have to rinse my face. What I do is apply this on my face and use the BRAUN: Face cleansing brush. Now I know you’re wondering why I would use the brush after using an intense face mask but the brushes are so soft and doesn’t irritate my skin. I use it gently, lightly and again in a circular motion. I rinse my face and pat it dry.

5. This step feels so relaxing, it’s like taking a short trip to heaven! No I’m not exaggerating. After the step above I use the Avène: Thermal Spring Water and just spray it all over my face and boy does it feel good! All I can say is that it is soothing and anti- irritating. You can use this to cool down any rashes or after waxing, epilating shaving or just to for a quick cool down!

6. The last and final step is a nice hydrating face cream. The one I use is the Avène: Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream (for dry to very dry sensitive skin). I really like this brand so its safe to say that I really like the moisturiser. It feels very hydrating and really helps with the dry areas that I sometimes get (especially during the winter). I apply this morning, night and maybe during the day when my skin needs hydration.

So, that is all to my skin care routine, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any requests or questions, please do get in contact. I have loads of blog topics to talk about and cannot wait to share them with you.

I want to give a shoutout to an amazing blogger that I met on this platform. If you like my content then you’ll deffo love hers!! This is the link to her blog do check it out and follow her, trust me you won’t regret it! Alyssa Claire also check her Instagram its simplyalyssa . My Instagram is thewhiterose.ela do check that out if you want to see more…

And as always stay beautiful, happy and positive. See you in my next blog post!

With Love,

Ela x.

My Haircare Essentials…

Hello…Again Beautiful People.

I know I put up a new post yesterday (links here if you want to see what’s in my bag) but I really wanted to put up another blog post as I really enjoy writing about things I love and sharing them with you. I have been using these products for a while and have seen changes in the texture, thickness and hydration.

Before I get started I want to tell you a bit about my hair. My hair was very dry (still gets dry but not as much) especially towards the ends, this is because I have used so many chemicals on my hair including; home dye (I bleached my hair too many times and all I can say is that I’m lucky to still have thick hair), salon dye, extensive usage of heat tools topped off with constant use of various products within a short period of time. It is safe to say that I never let my hair breathe or rest, I was never happy with its natural waves it was too ‘frizzy’ for me. I had a professional opinion from an expert colourist who said that if I carry on bleaching my hair I could be affected by hair loss the phrase ‘more blonder the better’ vanished in that instant that day was the last time I ever wanted to go platinum blonde. I naturally have thick hair and I became very appreciative of this, instead of following the current hair trend I decided to face reality and take care of my hair.

Below are the products I use…

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  1. OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo:  I love macadamia oil and many of the products I use have this in them. Why? Because it hydrates the hair and gets rid of  the straw like texture. Instead of having hard and dry strands your hair starts to feel and appear soft, moisturised and shiny.  This shampoo is specifically for hair that needs hydration.
  2. OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner: I like using products from the same brand as the constant use of different products damaged my hair. I used to brush my hair (lightly) and my brush would be covered with strands of weak hair and I couldn’t understand what product caused it due to the use of so many products. This conditioner not only nourishes the hair but easily detangles it. It helps with split-ends and not only looks healthy but also feels healthy and strong.
  3. OLAPLEX HAIR PERFECTOR: This product is not for everyone, I advise people that have had or has chemicals in the hair to use it. The product claims to “reconnect broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair.” I’m not a hair expert either but basically it makes the hair strands stronger and decreases the amount of damage caused by chemicals. I apply this from the mid section of the hair  (I have never dyed my roots) to the ends of my hair. I like to leave it overnight, rinse it off the next day and then use my shampoo and conditioner.  Remember to apply it to unwashed hair. You won’t see the affects overnight but within a couple weeks I have seen a decrease in hair loss. I use this product during times I use harsh chemicals which is not often.
  4. MACADAMIA PROFESSIONAL NOURISHING MOISTURE MASQUE: This is the only hair mask I use and like the shampoo and conditioner it hydrates, reconstructs, revitalise’s and repairs damaged hair. It is very flexible to use, once or twice  depending on the hair’s need.
  5.  MACADAMIA NATURAL OIL HEALING OIL SPRAY: I love, love and love (x1000) this product so much, it is unbelievable. As the name states this product has healed my hair and brought it back to the thickness and texture it had before I ever dyed my hair. I am so pleased with it, it doesn’t feel thick, heavy or greasy on the hair. In fact, it has the opposite effect. Not only does my hair feel soft and shiny, it is manageable and appears as its been treated in a salon.
  6. OGX Argan Oil of Morocco: I don’t use this oil often only if I want my hair to have that extra shine and to tame it. Previously I used hair mousse and hair spray to tame and style my hair but it left it so dry and felt really clumpy that it was a no no from me. Instead I add argan oil which tames the frizziness, helps with the split ends and makes the hair more vibrant which is what I love thick, soft and bouncy hair.

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These are all of my haircare essentials… The products have not only helped my hair become more strong, thick, soft and hydrated but also has made me become more positive and more appreciative of natural hair. I used to admire the blonde that I never could achieve, always had a need to go blonder and never cared about the condition of my hair until I was going through hair loss, dryness and thinness.  The best advice I can give you is to appreciate, love and care for what you have and never feel pressured to change the way you look because its stylish, trendy and popular. Trust me! You are beautiful the way you are…

If you have come this far, thank you for reading, liking, commenting and following. I hope you found this post helpful! Also, I would love for you to suggest any blog posts you want me to write about. Comment below any ideas and I will try my best to post about it.

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As always stay beautiful, positive and happy…

Ela x.

 

 

What’s In My Bag? (Summer Edition)…

Hello Beautiful People,

In today’s post I want to show you, what’s in my bag. I don’t know about you guys but I love looking at what people carry in their bag. Call it being nosy or just plain curiosity, looking at what people carry is a way of getting inspired and it gives you ideas on what you could be carrying! As you may know by now, I finished my second year of university. So…hell yess to no more having to carry heavy bags filled with; notebooks, reading books, laptop and a whole lot of other stuff that causes your shoulder to ache (who can relate?) In this edition you will see what I carry during summer, whether its going to shopping, sight seeing or meeting friends for a day out.

Before I get started, I want to talk about the bag itself…

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My bag is from H&M- I wish I can attach a link for you guys to check it out but I checked the website and they don’t have it anymore! It sucks because this bag sold out so quickly. I originally wanted the black colour but the next day it was gone and boyyy did I check, not just online but the stores in Oxford Street and Westfield in London but nope not a chance… I was lucky to find one in grey! This is called a shopper bag, its reversible but I use the imitation leather as the exterior as the suede will just get dirty easily. Its very lightweight, feels like you’re carrying a cloud rather than a bag and its spacious with no compartments. You ready to take a peek into the bag? Waits…No Reply… I’ll take that as a yes!

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I’m first just going to answer you’re question… Why the hell is she carrying an umbrella if its summer? Well… If you live in England like me, no matter the weather you need an umbrella. It could be the hottest day, you may be ready to go out and chill in the garden, ready to take in that vitamin D and guess what? The next minute you will be soaked with rain. So, yeah an umbrella is a must!

The next item I carry is a a small white and grey pouch it looks like snake skin but its fake! Can you see that Mickey Mouse? Yeah! Thats my keychain, I have my keys in that pouch because, once upon a time, a clumsy Ela chucked her keys in her bag carelessly and later on found out that she cracked her phone screen… Nope, I didn’t have a protector on. So, after a upsetting lesson I now carry my keys in a zip up pouch.

I carry my sunglasses in my bag all the time. Do I wear it? Errr nope… Only on days when my vision is extremely affected by the blinding sun. This may sound silly but when I have sunglasses on my eyes feel a bit claustrophobic. Yep, that makes no sense but my eyes need to breathe guys! That sounds sillier, moving on…

I recently told another blogger on WordPress that I loved her nails because she had this amazing marble design… If she sees this, she’ll understand my obsession when looking at my notebook.  I bet that gave you a hint on what I’m going to talk about next. Yes! I carry a notebook, especially within this time period as I’m about to move to a new house with two of my friends (we renting for our third year of uni) and I’m a visual person, I need to write down and be able to see a list in order to feel organised and I keep dates of when rent needs to be paid and contact numbers of companies and all the other adult stuff that I’m not ready to do right now.

Another item I carry that is a must is my purse… which is from a store called Stradivarious- its a glitter purse with  metal plate trim. I love it because its very sturdy, it has a strong zip (watch me jinx it now) and fits literally all of my stuff. Cards, coins, receipts and vouchers is all in there. It only cost me £9.99 and is currently on sale. Here is the link- Stradivarious Purse

The last thing I carry is my makeup bag! In it I carry;

  1. Aveeno hand cream- you need those hands moisturised. Always!
  2. A compact mirror- for touch ups and to remove that mascara that found its way to the side of my eye.
  3. Aspirin- I don’t overdose on it but it does help with the headaches.
  4. A roll on perfume- I hate carrying full size bottles of spray or perfume.
  5. Caudalíe Lip Conditioner- its not only the hands that need nourishment.
  6. Elizabeth Arden Lash Extending Treatment Mascara- believe it or not sometimes I forget to apply mascara so imagine me on the bus trying not to poke my eye…yep not fun.
  7. Chantecaille Lipstick in the colour ‘Camellia’-  I asked my dad to describe the colour he went it looks like the colour of a brick… That is the last time I ask him A question like that! No guys, its a very pretty rose colour not too deep not too light it has no sparkle but high shine. Treat yourselves people! You deserve it…

That is all that is in my bag… Thank you for joining me in another post. As always I want to thank you guys for reading, liking, commenting and following it means a lot. I try to check out all your blogs so just comment below and I will read it. Its interesting for me to see what you guys post and the posts out there are all inspiring and motivating. So keep going guys! Never give up there are people that enjoy what you pOST (including me!)

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As always stay beautiful and positive,

Ela x.

My Current Drugstore Makeup Favourites…

Hello Beautiful People,

As mentioned in my previous post, today I will be talking to you about the alternative, (more affordable!) products that are also my favourites during summer!

  1.  Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream: This product not only hydrates the face but also makes the skin appear radiant. It doesn’t provide a high coverage but will reduce the appearance of redness and blemishes. It feels very lightweight and blends really well with the skin.  This products costs £9.99.
  2.  If you prefer to use a foundation I have two to offer. The first one is REVLON COLORSTAY MAKEUP foundation.  This foundation has a buildable formula, depending on the type of look you’re going for, whether its daytime or night-time.  It provides an even coverage which results in the skin looking natural and healthy.  I don’t like foundations that feel heavy on the skin, and as it is summer I recommend the Revlon foundation as this one also feels lightweight. This product costs £12.99.
  3. The second foundation is RIMMEL WAKE ME UP foundation. Now before I begin, I wanted to let you guys know that I bought this foundation when I was tanned, thats why it is a different shade to the Revlon one, ( I had to clarify).  I love using this foundation during breezy summer days. Why? Because it makes the skin glow and when I mean glow, I mean GLOW! Don’t worry I don’t mean like a highlighter but it instantly removes the tiredness and provides a radiant, healthy looking skin. So, if you do want to go for a dewy and glowy look then do try out the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. This product costs £8.99.
  4.  The only drugstore concealer I use is the , Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer. I apply this directly under the eye and it really helps with under eye circles. Not only does it remove the darkness under the eye but it also brightens it. That is what I love about it, it instantly makes me look more awake. I also use this product on any other dark spots or blemishes across my face as it does provide a high coverage. This product costs £8.99.
  5.  For my eyebrows I use the KIKO MILANO PRECISION EYEBROW Pencil.  I need to sharpen mine but the shape of the tip allows you to achieve a more defined looking eyebrow. I also draw some hairs on my eyebrow to make it look more thick and I find it easy to do with this product as it says in the name it is very precise and enables you to have full control without smudging. It also comes with its own sharpener and separator comb! I bought this product during the sales and it only cost me £4.10.
  6.  I’m sure that you’ve heard about this product as it has become popular within makeup tutorials. It is the NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder. This product provides a translucent finish which is amazing as it can be used on all skin tones.  I’ve been using this powder for a while now and honestly from the first use it has left my skin feeling soft and looking silky smooth. I definitely recommend this product! It costs £9.00.
  7. As you may know from my previous post I enjoy using the NARS Orgasm blush, however, it is pricey.  So if you want to go for something cheaper then I suggest you invest in the BOURJOIS Little Round Pot Blusher. This one is in the colour 03 Brun Cuivré. The baked texture provides an easy application and feels light. It has shimmers in it and like the Nars blusher, makes the skin glow and feel amazing! This product costs £7.99.
  8.  As for bronzer I use the REVOLUTION ULTRA BRONZE. This bronzer is buildable and easily blendable which allows you to create any look you want whether it is subtle or dramatic. It adds colour to the face and gives a matte finish. It is ONLY…£3.00.
  9.  This next product is called REVOLUTION ULTRA CONTOUR PALETTE. This palette comes with various shades for contouring and sculpting. So I’ll leave the experimenting to you. The palette also comes with two baked highlighters that illuminate the cheekbones. A TIP: You can use this as a eyeshadow palette. Add the brown shade to your crease and the highlighter to your eyelid and brow bone, apply some mascara and you are ready to go!
  10.  The next two products are lipsticks. The first one is L’OREAL PARIS COLOR RICHE LIPSTICK in the shade 633. This lipstick is very pigmented and it leaves the lips feeling soft and moisturised. This product costs £6.99.
  11. The second lipstick is a RIMMEL MOISTURE RENEW LIPSTICK in the shade Notting Hill Nude. As it says in the name this lipstick is very hydrating, it is easy to apply and is a perfect shade of nude! It costs £6.49.
  12. The last product is a REVLON PHOTOREADY 3D VOLUME MASCARA. This mascara separates your eyelashes and gives you big voluptuous lashes. I love this one as it doesn’t clump or look too thick. Its natural and perfect for a daytime look…

Guysss… I literally took the hallway mirror down as a background for the makeup products… My mum thought I was polishing the mirror *laughing so hard* like who would do that out of nowhere. Definitely not me!

Below you’ll find the photos of each product. I didn’t add any filters so you can see the true colour and form of the product. Thank you for, reading this, giving likes and comments on my previous posts… It means the world to me and being able to share the things I love with you makes me happy!! I would love for you to check out and follow my Instagram, I just opened a Facebook account for this blog so if you like what I share, follow me on there.

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Hope you have a lovely week and see you in my next post. Stay beautiful and positive!

With Love

Ela xo

My Current Make Up Favourites…

Hello Beautiful People,

In this post I want to talk about the make up products I currently use and in love with. I don’t know about other places but for the past couple of days in England the weather has been so hot that I’ve been going make up free and it feels amazing. So, before I talk about the products I just want to say, always love your skin and be confident with being bare-faced! Trust me, that is the real beauty… But on days you do want to dress up and make up here are some products that I recommend especially for the summer…

  1. L’ORÉAL PARIS: Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil- After putting on a moisturizer of your choice and letting that sink in to your face, I advise you to put 2-3 drops of face oil. Now the one I use is for skin that is ageing, however since I’ve been using it I haven’t encountered any side affects. In fact my skin has been smoother and softer. It is also a perfect base to apply your tinted moisturiser or foundation smoothly.
  2.  Benefit: Stay Don’t Stray- This product is a stay-put primer for concealers & eyeshadows. What I love about this product is that it can easily blend and when applying make up on top of it, the eyeshadow and eyeliner does not crease up and it lasts for a long time without smudging. Also, when using this product I really love how it brightens up my under eyes, I don’t feel the need to put a concealer on top of it. Definitely a must for the summer!
  3.  For my face I use both, a tinted moisturizer and a foundation, I usually alternate between them. This usually depends on what I’m doing on the day and definitely the weather.  If I want something light I prefer to use CAUDALÍE: Radiance Tinted Moisturizer. I apply this product either by using a beauty blender or my fingers. What I love about it is that it feels like a second skin. It doesn’t feel heavy or cakey instead it looks natural and ofcourse hydrates the face. Also it has SPF20 which is a plus, especially during the sunny days. During days that I want good coverage I choose to use LANCÔME: TEINT IDOLE ULTRA WEAR. Like the tinted moisturiser the Lancôme foundation also feels lightweight and natural, it has SPF15 and is last longing. A plus side to this product is that it says intact for long as it is smudge proof and transfer free.
  4. I normally experiment with my eye make up. I love a defined crease, but lately I’ve been getting really lazy with it so the MAC: Mineralize Eye Shadow (DUO) is a really good alternative, it makes it look like you have put effort in your makeup and is really, really and I mean really pretty.  The one I use is in the colour ‘Love Connection’ its a pale beige with gold and blue veining. The baked formula is lightweight and easy to apply.
  5. The next product I want to talk about is No7: Stay Perfect Liquid Eyeliner. Now it took a lot of practice to get the hang of eyeliner and I used a range of eyeliners from pencil, pen and gel and I can say that the ones I used so far haven’t been satisfying. Especially the pen eyeliners, they always dry out and run out within a week of use which is very disappointing. As for the gel ones, (I guess I’m not good at them) they just get too clumpy and hard to move around, for me gel ones feel too thick. But the No7 has a nicely defined tip that is not too thin or thick. It’s very flexible so it easily moves around and enables me to create a precise line. It also dries quick and doesn’t smudge. Ela approved!!
  6. For my eyebrows, I use the Mac: Veluxe Brow Liner in the colour Taupe. This crayon like pencil is sheer but you can easily build it up.  It has a matte finish that looks velvety and comes with a spoolie, so you can brush through your eyebrows and make them look well groomed.
  7. As a mascara my go to product is Benefit: They’re Real! The brush is specially designed to seperate your eyelashes, which I love because it doesn’t clump my lashes plus it is very volumising. Who doesn’t love that?
  8. I’m getting there guys only three more products left! This item is a bronzer it only comes in one colour and matches most skin tones its The Balm: Bahama Mama. This product gives you a sun-kissed look which is very flattering. It is easy to blend and looks natural on top of your make up. This product also can be used as a contour powder and can give you a very defined look. A tip: you can use this product as a eyeshadow- tap your blending brush into the bronzer and swipe it across the crease of your eyelid. See perfect!
  9.  I sometimes add a blush to my make up routine but only on days when I want that extra glow! For this I use the NARS: Orgasm. This is a ‘peachy pink with golden shimmer’ this product is described by many bloggers as a shade that matches every skin tone, you can put a tiny bit on to give you a hint of shine or build it up for a more dramatic effect. As with many other products NARS: Orgasm is easy to blend and looks amazing on the skin.
  10. Last but not least, I want to talk about a lip product. For most days I go without a lip product or just apply a lip balm but for days when I want to put in the effort I use YSL: Rouge Volupté Shine in the colour ‘Ultimate Beige’.  This product glides on your lips and makes it feel hydrated and soft. It is very comfortable to use and looks natural.

So here are the products that I recommend you to try out. Now I know some of them are on the high end of the spectrum so keeping this in mind, I will make a post on the alternatives for these products. I want all you make up lovers to benefit from my advice and products. The alternatives are also products that I have used and still use. For now thank you for reading another post, I really appreciate you taking the time to read it. I hope you have a lovely week and see you in my next post…

Ela xo