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!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Mini Beauty Haul - Superdrug and TK Maxx (with video and pictures)

This is my second haul in as many weeks - naughty!
If you're anything like me though you can't resist a bargain and thats exactly what all these things were !
If you want to sit back and relax with a cuppa, then play the video above, or if you're the more scrolly type, then scroll away - or if you're feeling really kind, you'll do both!

Ive never tried any Sally Hansen nail polishes before and when i saw these i just loved the colours - although i assumed they would be last seasons because why else would they be so cheap?! WRONG you can actually still get them for £6.99 each in Boots - although i payed £7.99 for all 4 so who won there? ;)

Pat on the Black here

Pink Slip here

Hidden Treasure here
This also featured in a NOTD post here

Calypso Blue here

 MUA Luxe Power Brow in Fair £3 here

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation £8.99 here

MUA Nail Polish in Natural Days £1 here

MUA Lipstick in Juicy £1 here

MUA Matte Lipstick in Pouty Pink £1 here

MUA Colour Blast Eyeshadow Tint in A Girl Like Me £3 here

Stay tuned for reviews of these products and thanks for reading/watching!



Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Story Of My Life Tag (with video)

Don't you just love a tag where the questions are so random?! This was the first tag I did on my channel as i thought it was a pretty good way for you to get to know me a little better - enjoy!

1. When & where was your birth?
2. Who chose your name(s) and was there a reason?
3. Earliest childhood memory?
4. What were your hobbies as a child?
5. Do you have any siblings?
6. A funny story of something you did or said as a child?
7. Did you do well at school? (Are you doing well at school?)
8. First teenage celebrity crush?
9. Favourite song(s) of all time?
10. Favourite moment or memory of your life so far?
11. Have you fulfilled any of your dreams or ambitions yet? 
12. What are your dreams and ambitions for the future? 

Have you done this tag? If so please leave the link as I love watching/reading these!


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

NOTD - Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure

This is a tribute to the (hopefully) warmer weather we will be experiencing soon. Im sure like me many of you have begun to swap the darker winter colours for lighter shades in the hope to hurry up spring!
I got this as a set of four from TK Maxx (you can see my Youtube haul here) and couldn't wait to try this out as it reminded me of a mermaids scales, its got that iridescent sheen to it.

This lasted 4 days before it chipped - however the chippage was small and because this is a really sheer colour you couldn't actually tell - perfect for someone who doesn't have time to be constantly touching up their nails!

My only gripe with this is sometimes these pearly iridescent shades can look a bit 'grannyish' however i think thats completely down to personal preference - i mean Barry M have just launched an entire range of this type of finish (the silk range) so maybe this is a trend to come?


Friday, 7 March 2014

February Favourites (with video)

Hi everyone! Its that time of the month where we all share our favourites, and I don't know about you but thats my favourite time!
It also seems to be the time my bank balance takes a hit as i ending up buying things that have featured in everyones favourites, oops…

This is the first month I have a video to accompany my favourites, so please let me know which format you prefer - video, blogpost or mix of both?

Products featured:

St Ives Facial Cleanser (similar) here

Kabuki Brush (ebay) here

Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment here

Collection 2000 Way to Glow Bronzer here

NYC Individual Eyes Palette for blue eyes here

Barry M Natural Glow Palette here

Avon Nailwear Pro Polish in Violetta Sparkle (i can't find this shade but there are lots of others and they're currently half price!) here 

Necklace - Primark

Thanks for watching/reading!


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Superdrug and Primark Haul - with video

80 views on a youtube video? Not something most people would think impressive but considering I have only had my channel for a couple of weeks I'm very pleased with that, so thank you very much if you're one of those viewers x

This was my first ever haul on my channel, and what better way to kick it off than a mix of beauty and clothing!

You can buy the NYC palettes here and here

You can buy the BarryM palette here

Have you tried any of these products? 
Feel free to leave me links of reviews if you have!


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Just a walk in the park

Sunday did NOT start good. I was sat in Asda car park minding my own business (well, catching up on YouTube videos - the Saccone- Jolys to be exact) when a very rude women hit my car door, scratching it and denting it in the process. Before I could get out the car she told me there was nothing there then drove off, much to my annoyance when I did actually get out and look to see my all black car now had some silver 'artwork'. 
Needless to say I was very annoyed and despite my best efforts I let it ruin my morning, which made me more annoyed that I'd let it get to me that much, i couldn't win! I decided the best thing for me to do would be to take a nice long walk, and accept the fact that karma is a powerful thing we must have faith in. 

 I have to say there's something about a walk with nature that really does clear the mind, and my highlight was definitely seeing these daffodils - surely this means I can stop wearing a hundred layers and paint my nails a pastel colour ?? 

How was your Sunday?


Monday, 3 March 2014

Barry M Blusher Brush Review

Brushes are the hardest thing for me to review - they're like perfumes, hard to describe and unless one really stands out to me I forget to talk about it. Having had this for around two years i now feel in a position to be able to give you a bit more than 'its nice'…

Good points

*The price - these days you don't get a lot for £5 in the way of makeup brushes, but this really is a steal when you consider the quality

*Quality - the bristles are very soft and intact not at all 'bristly', and in the years I've been using it i can't remember one falling out, unlike many of my most expensive brushes!

*Appearance - I'm a sucker for anything pretty, and this does look lovely in my brush pot, although they've since changed the design which i must admit is even more cute

*Application - theres something about this brush that means I only have to use such a small amount of product (no matter what blush I'm using) meaning my blushes last a tremendous amount of time

*Even finish - even for the most unskilled hands your blush would still look flattering, this doesn't streak across your face, and is very good for blending, so theres no looking like a russian doll with this one

Not so good points

*The first time i washed this, understandably a little water got into the metal bit (such technical terms) and the head promptly fell off the handle, which was nothing a bit of eyelash glue didn't sort out but still its not ideal

Overall i do recommend this brush, particularly for beginners and those who like a bit of colour in their brush pot, you can buy this here for £4.99