Friday, 27 June 2014

GRWM Summer Bronze

I love the fact that with the warmer weather comes different beauty trends, and there's something about summer that makes me want to be adventurous with my makeup (which for me, blue eyeliner is about as far as that goes). However, summer isn't all about bright eyes, so heres an understated summer bronze look for you! 
As always, there's a video and pictures, view what you wish :)

Products used

Benefit POREfessional Primer (currently £20.41) here

Collection Colour Match Foundation in Dark (i got mine from Poundland) - here

Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment Concealer in Light £9 - here

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer £7.99 - here

Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder £3.99 - here

MUA Bronzer in Shade 3 £1 - here

Bourjois Blush in shade 34 £7.99 - here

GOSH Brow Kit £8.49 - here

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer £20.50 - here

Benefit High Beam £19.50 - here

The Body Shop Shimmer Cube Palette £16 - here

Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brûlée £7.99 - here

Thanks for reading/watching, i'm happy to film/post any requests, just tweet me or leave a comment 




Thursday, 19 June 2014

MUA Primer Review

I've had this for what seems like forever, as id just use it now and then. However, before christmas I decided I had far too much makeup and needed to downsize - well this was put in my 'things to use up' make up bag.
Seen as I've nearly used it up - I thought id review it for ya'll,
enjoy! x

Good Points

*Price - at £4 this is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) primers I own. Its a decent size so you're not getting seen off either

*It's good for dry skin - theres something about the formula of this thats moisturising, which means I can use it during the winter when my skin is slightly dry. If you're in a rush and don't have time to moisturise (naughty naughty) you're better off reaching for this as it is a bit of a double duty product

*Travel friendly - like i mentioned earlier, its a decent size however its not huge, so when i went away last year this was my primer of choice as it just fits nicely in my travel makeup bag

*Its refreshing - it feels quite cool on my face, perfect for these spring mornings where i want to feel refreshed and awake (or the dark winter mornings when i just want to look alive)

Not So Good Points

The formula - as you can see in the picture above the formula is a little uneven, almost to the point where I'm debating whether this has gone off..

*Cheap packaging - yes its a cheap product but i have many a bargain with packaging thats lasted me years - however the nozzle bit that controls the amount of product which comes out broke (such a technical explanation)

*You could spend a little bit more for a much better primer. For example - i love the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro primer which is around £6.99 but has a lot more positive qualities than this one. ALSO the silicon based primer by MUA is a mere £1 more and so so much better (review to come)

*Is it more of a moisturiser? - my makeup ALWAYS lasts longer whenever i wear a moisturiser (which I of course do daily), so I'm unsure whether its the moisturising aspect of this product thats making my makeup last, or whether it is just an ok primer?

*Its just OK - it does make my makeup stay on longer depending what makeup i wear - funny how it only works with certain things but because of this i don't get the use out of it i should do

*It claims to 'flawlessly even out complexion' - I HATE it when a product claims something so exaggerated and doesn't even come close. Just incase you were wondering, it didn't make me 'flawless'

Overall, this is a decent budget primer, particularly if you have dry skin (i can't vouch for you oily skinned ladies out there sorry) - however i won't be repurchasing this purely because there are others i like more

You can buy this here

Have you tried this primer? What do you think?


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review

Usually when i splash out on a high end product, its something I've lustered after for a long time and saved up for. 
This wasn't quite that - infact i can't really remember why i bought it, its not like I'm ever low on concealers!
This is one of those products where theres a million and one reviews out there already, but as usual ill stick my two penneth in ;)
enjoy x

Good Points

*The formula - I love a good creamy concealer, and this is just that. You have to swirl your finger/brush round to 'soften' up the product (depending on how warm the room is) but once you've done that you've got a lovely texture to work with - particularly good for anyone with dry skin

*It's brightening - i often use this under my eyes because i feel it illuminates the skin but not too much

*It does conceal - after all its a concealer?! but i didn't want to leave that point out!

Not So Good Points

*The Price - £17.50 for a concealer is not something id ever pay (mine was in the sale thank goodness - perhaps thats why i bought it?) and when you consider all the brilliant drug store ones you can get for that, not forgetting the notorious Collection 2000 one that every man and his dog LOVES (apart from me i don't have it... yet)

*The packaging quality - The design rubbed off near enough straight away which i always hate, and it particularly annoyed me with this because of the price it was!

*Industrial strength? - It just wasn't on me, maybe I've got super mega beast spots that are impossible to conceal? I think not, but i did have big big expectations for this 

Overall, this is a good concealer, particularly for under the eyes and i would recommend it if you have the cash to splash,
however i won't be repurchasing purely because of the cost - i just keep thinking of all the other things from a drug store i could have got for that amount of money!

You can buy this here

Have you tried this? What did you think?



Sunday, 6 April 2014

GRWM An Occasion

Hi everyone! So its getting that time of year where I feel like i can go out not totally wrapped up in a hundred layers, yippee! I recently went out for a family meal, and thought id film a GRWM for you all! 
Enjoy x

B. Pure Micellar Water £2.47 - here

Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm £3.49 - here

Simple Eye Roll On £3.32 - here

Nivea Creme Pot £1.49 - here

Macadamia Oil Leave In Conditioner £18.75 (300ml) - here

Garnier BB Cream in Light £6.66 - here

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in Light £7.99 - here

Natural Collection Loose Powder in Translucent £1.99 - here

W7 Bronzer Shimmer £1.75 - here

Primark Eyebrow Pencil £1 

MUA Clear Mascara £1 - Superdrug

Benefit Lemonaid Eye Primer £16.50 - here

MUA Colourblast Eyeshadow Tints in A Girl Like Me £3 - here

Bourjois Queen Attitude Khol Kajal Eyeliner £6.99 - here

MAC Splashproof Mascara in Blacksplash £14 - here

Fashionista Blusher in London 

MUA Undress Me Highlighting Powder £3 - here

MUA Lipstick in Juicy £1 - here

17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in Belle £4.79 - here

VO5 Heat Defence Styling Spray £3.69 - here

Garnier Fructis Style Big Volume Heat Protect Spray £3.99 - here

Beyonce Perfume in Heat Rush - £20 (100ml) - here

As always i love to read your comments :)



Thursday, 27 March 2014

Current trend - My Favourite Orange Lips, Nails and Clothing

Here on my blog I love a good 'trend' - its always exciting when something new pops up and everyones all for it, and I do love a bit of orange!
Not only is this trend signifying a change in colour, its a change in seasons which I LOVE!
Enjoy x

(L-R) H&M in Chica Boom Boom, Golden Rose in 224, Barry M in Coral, China Glaze in Life Preserver, 17 in Tropical Island, and Rimmel in Sunny Side

(L-R) Bourjois in 19 Corail en Vogue, MUA PowerPout in Justify, Bourjois Colour Boost in Orange Punch, and The Bodyshop Lip Nectar in Honey Bunch 

Scarf - New Look

Dress - New Look

Jumper - Asda

Im loving this trend right now so if you have any recommendations of anything orange I should try please let me know!



Tuesday, 25 March 2014

NYC Smokey Eye Tutorial AND Review

I initially bought this palette when it first came out, purely because it had the primer, eyeshadows and highlighter in, which I thought would be perfect for travel, and I suppose I just like the idea of compactness!
I used it a couple of times, thought it was okay and merely tossed it to the back of my makeup drawer. It wasn't until i pulled it back out recently and used it properly I realised what a WOW product this actually is!

Products Used

MUA Undress Your Skin Foundation in Beige £3 (currently on offer) - here
Soap and Glory Trick and Treatment Eye Concealer £9 - here
Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in Light £10 - here
Maybeline White Stay UV Powder in Natural £1.99 - here
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder £3 - here
NYC Individual Eyes Palette in Smokey Blues £3.99 - here
GOSH Eyebrow Kit £8.49 - here
Maybeline Master Sleek Brow Gel in Deep Blonde £4.99 - here
Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara £10 - here
Topshop Lipstick in Innocent

I also reviewed this palette if you're interested in that as i absolutely loved it!

If you want to see more of my videos, just search 'justmejust sam' on Youtube, I upload regularly!


Monday, 24 March 2014

Lee Stafford Sea Salt Spray Review

I bought this after seeing someone sporting gorgeous wavy hair, and thought I too would be able to achieve this look. She kindly let me use some and I couldnt wait to look like id misplaced my surf board - Turns out not. 

* Good points *

Packaging - I love the fact everything from this range is pink - not only is it realllllly easy to find in Boots, but it also looks nice on my dressing table. Well it would if i kept it there but i don't.

Price - For a hair product this isn't to bad let's face it, plus theres always some sort of 3 for 2 or similar offer on so its actually unlikely you'd pay full price for this

* Not so good points *

I don't like it - it made my hair feel greasy straight away, and added too much weight meaning my naturally wavy hair dropped. After several attempts using different amount of product and different application techniques i realised this product just isn't for me. That doesn't necessarily mean this is a bad product, because as i said initially, i first discovered this after seeing my friend with gorgeous beach waves. 

What I will say is if you want to try this product, do use a friend's first (if possible) because I wasted £7.99 on something ill never use again.

I won't be repurchasing this, however there are still a number of things from this brand i want to try - the hair growth treatments in particular

Has anyone tried anything from this range that they could recommend?

You can buy this for £7.99 here


Sunday, 23 March 2014

Pamper Sunday (my current pamper routine)

If I have no plans on a sunday, I like to give myself a little pamper to set me up for the week ahead, whether it be a 10 minute nail painting session, or a full on head to toe pampering. 
I must admit, my pamper routine is a bit all over the place regarding the products I use because we are in between seasons (or we were when i made the video) !

I have found the links for as many things as I could,
enjoy! x

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer £27.50 - here

Dead Sea Spa Mud Mask £7.99 - here

Superdrug Coconut Intensive Conditioner (similar) £2.29 - here

St Ives Apricot Cleanser (similar) - here

Soap & Glory Hand Food £5 - here

Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion £2.99 - here

Avon Moisture Rich Face Cream £3.50 - here

Original Vaseline £1.99 (i remember when it used to £1 *sigh*) - here

Thursday, 20 March 2014

My Top 5 Foundations

Here on my blog I love a little mini series, and 'My Top 5…' is one I'm really into at the minute! 
Obviously foundations work differently for everyone so take this with a pinch of salt, either sitting back with the video, or have a look through the pictures :)

ALSO, it just so happens that 3 of the foundations I've talked about are on offer so if you fancy trying them out now is definitely the time!

MAC Matchmaster Foundation £27 - here

Soap & Glory Glow Job £7.33 (currently on offer) - here

Garnier BB Cream £6.66 (currently on offer) - here
You can also read my review of this here

MUA Undress Your Skin Foundation £3 (currently on offer) - here

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation £8.99 - here

As always, if you would like to see an individual review of anything I've mentioned let me know - i do of course intend to do this eventually :)



Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Maybeline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara Review

Erm.. I have a confession - This post has been sitting in my drafts for just over 18months… Oops indeedy!
 I initially reviewed this when it was all over blogs and youtube, so I'm sure this would have gone down much better then BUT there's got to be some of you lovely lot who haven't yet tried this? 

On the plus side of this being super late, you get to see how dodgy my eyebrows were when i used to fill them in with eyeshadow - enjoy :)

* Good Points *

The packaging - I'm a sucker for anything leopard print and lets face it this is enough to jazz up any makeup bag, especially since spring is here and summer isn't (hopefully) too far off. Another bonus is the design doesn't rub off which tends to happen when theres a snazzy design on something! Its also really sturdy and i travelled with this numerous times, safely knowing it would arrive in the same condition it left :)

The Price - £7.99 for a mascara which will give you around 6 months (if not more) use works out very cheap when you think cost per use. I also prefer this to other mascaras which were much more costly, i.e. Loreal, Benefit, PLUS theres always some sort of 3 for 2/ buy one get one half price etc offer on so its very rare you'd actually end up paying this price

Quality of the product - although this didn't make my eyelashes look super thick (which it does claim to do), it did lengthen and it did give me the cat eye flick on the outer edges. The shape of the brush also meant there was no need to curl my lashes, as this did the job just fine!

* Not so good points *

Excess product - as you can see on the photos, there was excess mascara, around my lid in particular, which meant I had to wait for the mascara to dry, then use a wipe to clean it - this is a problem A) if you're in a rush B) if you forget and enter the outside world looking as if you've been crying/were half asleep when you did your makeup.

Overall I definitely recommend this product, and once I've used up my current stash of mascaras this will be one of few I will actually repurchase. I also recommended this to my friend who has beautiful asian eyes and her eyelashes are very long and thick, but point down - if that makes sense? They made them even longer and did slightly curl them up despite the weight of her lashes working fiercely against this!

Have you tried this mascara? Is it a current favourite or am I talking about a product everyone forgot about? haha

You can buy this here for £7.99



Tuesday, 18 March 2014

GRWM Orange Lip Trend (with video)

Spring is here - hip hip hooray!
 Its time to open the windows, blow away the cobwebs, and …. wear orange lipstick!
This trend is everywhere at the moment, and theres a shade to suit everyone so whether you're a pastel salmon or a full on neon orange, embrace the orange and surely summer will hurry up, no?

Rimmel Fix & Protect Pro Primer £6.99 - here

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in True Ivory £8.99 - here

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in Dark Radiance £7.99 - here

Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation in Love Me £24.50 - here

Soap & Glory Solar Powder £11 - here

Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades in Blushalicious £4.19 - here

SEVENTEEN Instant Glow Shimmer Brick £4.99 - here

MUA Luxe Power Brow in Fair £3 - here

MUA Pro Base Eye Primer (similar £2.50) - here

Maybeline My Mono Eyeshadow - here

MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in Shade 11 (similar) £1 - here

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara £11 - here

MUA Power Pout in Justify £3 - here


Barry M Natural Glow Palette First Impressions (with video)

Ive had my eye on this palette for quite some time now, as whenever I've tried to purchase it previous it's been sold out - obviously meaning its amazing right?! 

I love the idea of trying out a product and filming my first impressions as lets face it they 
are important! 

Since filming this I have used it many more times, and LOVE it, so you can expect a review very soon, which I will of course link below when the time comes :)

You can buy the palette for £6.49 here

Have you tried this? If so please leave a link as I think there will be very mixed reviews on this!


Friday, 14 March 2014

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Review

There are literally hundereds of review floating around the internet for this product, but as usual i want to put my two penneth out there.
I must admit i only bought this because of the reviews id seen, and as summer was coming up i thought a lighter foundation/tinted moisturiser type product sounded perfect. And i wasnt wrong. Id also recommed shopping around because its always on offer in Boots or Superdrug, so theres no need to pay full price!

Good Points

*If youre having a good skin day, this will make it even better. If your skin is clear this is a really complimentary product for that

*It brightens your skin and is lovely and light. I read a review which said something like 'it looks like my skin but better' and i cant think of a better way to put it. It covers dark circles and smoothes out bumps, but doesnt cover up your skin, which i absolutely love about this

*A little goes a long way - youll be pleased to know you dont need much of this product to cover your entire face. Ive had this for over 6 months, and i still have around half left.

*It blends into skin well. I used this in March when i was pale as could be and it looked great. I used this after a week in Turkey (meaning my skin was considerably darker) and it still looks great.

*The scent - this smells gorgeous, and as with other Garnier products it smells really fresh and clean, which then leaves my face feeling the same.

Not So Good Points

*It doesnt provide much coverage, so if im having a spotty day, i dont usually wear this which means its use is limited!

*The price - its a lot cheaper than other foundations, but there are plenty of foundations on the market for a similar price which give much more coverage.

Overall this is a lovely product which I definitely recommend and will be repurchasing (probably when its on offer ;) ) 

Have a lovely weekend!