Thursday, 30 July 2015

AA Skincare Essential's Grapefruit and Cederwood Roll On Deodorant Review

So I am back with another AA Skincare review this time trying one of their roll on deodorants if you haven't seen my AA Skincare Essentials Seaweed and Aloe Eye Gel do check that out.

AA Skincare Essential's Roll On Deodorant comes in 3 types, Grapefruit & Cederwood, Lemongrass & Lavender and Bergamot & Aloe. I was very intrigued by the fact that it is a 'natural deodorant', I have quite bad luck when it comes to deodorant in general, i'm still trying to find the perfect deodorant that will last all day without me having to awkwardly go to the bathroom and have a cheeky spritz mid way through. AA Skincare says that these are 'roll on deodorants that are made with a bacteria beating yeast enzyme as well as deodorising pure essential oils and natural extracts helping to balance natural oils produced by skin and attacks bacteria that causes body odour - giving effective, all day protection'.

AA Skincare's Grapefruit and Cederwood Roll On Deodorant* contains natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, thyme, grapefruit and cederwood plus it also said to have a woodsy, zesty, fresh aroma. These natural ingredients all have a significant part to play in making this deodorant work; the Cederwood is naturally deodorising, helping to remove and prevent bad smells, thyme helps to control body odour by attacking bacteria that causes B.O., Grapefruit helps the body to expel toxins, Aloe Vera helps to soothe and calms the area helping to avoid any irritation. I was very impressed with what these deodorants had to offer so I thought I would put it to the test.



FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The packaging is really good, it comes in a glass bottle that you can tell is thick and good quality which I was very impressed with. The roll on part wasn't loose which is good as you don't want too much coming out. The smell isn't overly perfumy and sweet, it does smell slightly like those lemon boiled sweets that your nan would give you as a kid but it is not a strong scent which is again good for sensitive skin because it wont be too abrasive on your underarms. So overall great first impressions.

THOUGHTS:
I haven't used a roll on deodorant since I was about 12 so as this was all very new to me I might comment on some things which I don't like that are the same case for the majority of roll on deodorants. As I said in my first impression the roll on part isn't overly loose so there wasn't too much product coming out which is good however even though just the right amount of product came out I found it did take a bit to dry, I am used to the instantaneous drying power of spray deodorants so this was kind of annoying but as I said that might be with all roll on's in general.
Despite the drying time I didn't smell start to smell wiffy throughout the day which is always a good thing when it comes to deodorants as that is its job however it doesn't prevent sweat so bare that in mind.

As I said before I find it very hard finding a good deodorant and I am not used to using roll on deodorants so the fact that it didn't completely work out for me doesn't mean it won't work for you guys who have an easier time with deodorants.

If you are thinking of buying any of  AA Skincare's roll on deodorants you can get it for 20% off by the end of July on their website (so hurry) plus they will even throw in a free 4ml sachet sample of one of their products you would like to try. AA Skincare Essential Roll On Deodorant's normally retail at £4.99 for 50ml which is still super affordable. If you miss out on this deal that's okay they do monthly discounts on various products from their Essentials range so follow them on twitter or Instagram to be updated. I'll love to know how you got on with it.

*This product was provided for an honest review please read my disclaimer for further details 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Simplistic Doll

This is one of my go to makeup looks of the minute it looks so cute but uses so little makeup as I said many times in previous fotd's in the summer I tend to wear less makeup on a daily basis. I usually change up the lipstick depending on my outfit and/or mood but yeah this has been my most worn look. As you may tell my hair looks different, I will talk more about that in my next post.




Mascara:  Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara
BrowsSleek Brow Kit (Dark 818)
Bronzer: MUA Bronzer (shade 3)
Blush: Chantecaille Blush (Thrill)
Lipstick: Essence Lip Liner (Cute Pink) + MUA Whipped Velvet Lip Lacquer (Spry)

I hope you like this very simplistic look I'm sorry I have been gone for about a week there has been so much going on but don't worry because August is going to be jam packed with posts that I am very excited to start making :)

Friday, 17 July 2015

Kiera Tries DIYs #2: Cream Eyeshadow

So I first tried this DIY about a year ago, it is very simple and works really well in creating dupes for any cream eyeshadow as you can do this for whatever colour. I love this DIY as it is simple and could also be used for many different things if you get the proportions right.



THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
  • An eyeshadow of your choice
  • Vaseline
  • Something to crush your eyeshadow 


STEP 1: 
Use some kind of object to crush your chosen eyeshadow into a powder, make sure you take away any big lumps so your cream can be a smooth as possible




STEP 2:
Use the Vaseline and add a little bit at a time to your powdered eyeshadow to build that creamy consistency, If you add too much Vaseline you will decrease the pigmentation and the product can become greasy instead of creamy so be careful.


(I crushed the eyeshadow some more after this photo)


RESULTS:
The cream is just like any other eyeshadow cream, its blendable, no creasing and very pigmented, the pigmentation of your cream depends on the amount of Vaseline you add so that is why it is best to add a little at a time when your mixing it up. this can be used as a eyeshadow base, an average cream eyeshadow and I have also used it as lipstick and face paint (bare in mind this is still a cream) when I was doing a very theatrical look. You can do this for any eyeshadow no matter how cheap and I assure you it will come out just as pigmented.


I hope you liked this DIY tell me what you want me to try next in the comments and I will mention you in that post.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Brush Cleaning

Yes I am actually making a post about brush cleaning, it sounds pretty dull but it is one of those things that needs to be talked about. If you don't clean your brushes properly you could end up causing a build up of bacteria and other nasty things in your brushes that could lead to spots and irritated skin. In this post I will be covering my cleaning method and going over why you need to do certain stages.


I used to be really bad at cleaning my brushes, I would go months and months without cleaning them because I was just really lazy and at the time it would take me a long time to do. Now I clean my brushes about once a month and the method I am about to show you makes cleaning super quick and easy while still being effective.

METHOD

Soak brushes in some form of alcohol based brush cleanser
I use MAC's brush cleanser which I got for £12 but you can get this off the highstreet as well from brands like B. and Makeup Revolution for just £5. I used MAC because it is used by actual makeup artists so if they are willing to use it for their multiple clients then it must be good. I haven't used the highstreet brands so I couldn't say how effective they are. I split my brushes into 2 sections, big brushes and small brushes and I soak the big ones first for about a minute. Alcohol is necessary to kill the nasty bacteria that have formed on your brushes making sure they are sanitary. 


This looks like a lot but that's only because I was using it for my big brushes, when I do my small brushes I use a lot less.



Rinse the cleanser out of the brush 
This is the point in which you choose the brush you are going to clean first. Adding the cleanser helps to take away the tough bits of dirt and excess product may it be foundation, eyeliner or eyeshadow so when you rinse it out you can start to properly clean the brush and this is the part which makes the cleaning process much faster.



Use a soapy cleanser or baby shampoo to wash brushes
I usually use Johnson baby shampoo which I bought for like £2 however I ran out so I used my Simple face wash which worked just as well. Makeup Revolution do a Antibacterial Brush Shampoo for £5 which I haven't tried but the option is still there. Make sure the soapy cleanser is not harsh in anyway as that could ruin the bristles. This doesn't take long just massage the shampoo into the brush so its all sudsy and clean and then rinse it out. Then your done just leave them in a place to dry over night and you will have clean soft brushes by morning.




There you have it beautifully clean brushes with a super quick process. I hope this was helpful if you have any other questions that you feel I haven't answered let me know in the comments and I will answer them as best I can.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sunset

Inspired by the hot summer evenings I really wanted to use pinks, oranges and golds in a look. The finished look reminded me a lot of Spain for some reason so I accessorised with some gold flower earrings that I got from Forever 21 to complete the look. This turned out just as I wanted with soft blending between the colours. It was very hot that day so the lighting went a bit weird so I apologise for that.





Mascara:  Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara
Shadow Base: Becca Cream Eye Colour (Rose Gold)
Orange Eyeshadow:  Essence Blush Up (10 Heat Wave)
Hot Pink Eyeshadow:  MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Poptastick (Cherry Sour)
Gold Shimmer Eyeshadow on lid : Urban Decay Naked Palette (Half Baked)
Deep Purple Eyeshadow in the outer corner of crease: Sleek Eye Shadow Palette I Divine (Ultra Mattes V2)
Black Gel Liner: Collection Lasting Colour Gel Liner (Black)
BrowsSleek Brow Kit (Dark 818)
LipstickRimmel London Matte Lipstick (Fabulous Fig) 

Earrings: Forever 21
Top: New Look

Again rather minimal makeup on my face, I'm only wearing makeup on the eyes and lips, I tend not to wear makeup on the face like foundation, contour ect in the summer because it feels too much, I may wear some blush sometimes but other than that nothing.

Give me a word you would like me to create a look from next, it could be anything random (e.g Sea, Bird, Candy, Tree) and I will mention you with a link to your blog (if you have one) in that post. 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Monthly Shoutout #6

So June has just ended (what even is time) and so we return with another monthly shoutout. This month you guys have really been getting involved with the comments which I love so thank you so much for that I really enjoy reading them and it shows how much you like content I have been putting up. Next month as in August it will be my 18th birthday and to celebrate I will be making some big changes to my blog in terms of quality, content and the way it looks so I am really looking forward to that and I hope you are to.

HOW THIS WORKS

So I will be splitting this in to 3 categories: Music, People and Blogs:
  • Music is my top 5 songs of the month 
  • People is basically dedicated to you guys who share or retweet my work on your social media, or even mention my blog with a link to it on one of their blog posts :) I will pick 3 people to be featured every month.
  • Blogs are for the bloggers who follow me on Bloglovin. I will choose 5 blogs which I would like to be featured. 
Now for the Shouting of the Outs


MUSIC

I have always loved music in different languages, I think they sound amazing and I don't think the fact that I can't understand what they say detracts from the amazing music they share. This month I have really been into French music from artists like Maitre Gims, Stromae and also I have been reminiscing on the songs I used to listen to as a child from artists like India Arie and Alicia Keys. 

India Arie: Video
Alicia Keys:  Diary
Matre Gims : Est-ce que tu m'aimes?
Stromae: Ave Cesaria 
Mac Tyler, Maitre Gims: Laisse moi te dire 

PEOPLE

These people are so amazing, I would like to thank each and everyone of them for sharing my work, retweeting it or even just mentioning it, really means a lot :)

BLOGS

These bloggers are honestly so good, I would only recommend the best for you guys and I am honestly so surprised that these guys haven't got millions of followers already. I am so grateful that they like my blog enough to follow me and I just had to follow these guys back, I hope you come to your senses and do the same :D... follow them that is.. well and me.. well if you want to hehe 

And that is it for the Shoutouts this week, if your name or blog wasn't mentioned then do not worry I probably wanted to put you in but I could only pick a certain number per month so I can actually do another one for another month haha so your name may be called next time :)

Thank you to all of you guys who read my blog, retweet or share my work, follow me, comment. You guys are awesome!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Essence Lip Liners

So I went on a makeup budget binge and bought a whole bunch of new stuff including Essence's Lip Liners. I originally went to Essence to get some nail vanishes however I thought I would try out what else they sold. As I have been buying more lipstick colours as of late I thought I would try out some of their lip pencils, as soon as I swatched a tester I realised how amazing they were and bought 5 colours.  I swatched these as soon as I got home so I could wear them the next day and it was really hot, sunny day so I apologise in advance for my sweaty, shiny face.


The colours they have are amazing, they have your standard typical lip liner colours like red, plum ect however they also have some beautiful interesting colours that you would expect to have to find at MAC. All their lip liners are extremely pigmented, matte  with a creamy texture allowing the pencil to glide on to your lips, after about a minute it settles and becomes perfectly matte (still not drying and doesn't extenuate any cracks) making the colour last all day even on its own and through eating. All these amazing traits for only £1. 


RED BLUSH
This is a beautiful deep red, a great way of adding sophistication to a look. I have owned a few similar lip pencils to this however they all seemed to have more of a purple undertone to them, this doesn't have that so it could be used to darken any red that you find is too bright or light for you. I think this would be perfect for darker and warmer skin tones especially with that summer glow.



HONEY BERRY
This is one of Essences more unique lip liner colours. Honey Berry is a purple with pink undertones, I love this colour I wear it out on its own quite a lot and it also looks really nice underneath Makeup Revolution's lipstick in Criminal. I like the fact that it is not bright so you could wear this whenever you want without any fuss or worry.


SATIN MAUVE
 This is another one of Essences more unique lip pencil colours. This is a light mauve colour that reminds me a lot of stone for some reason. I love this colour I wear it a lot because it just gives a little something extra to a natural look. This liner looks very nice under MACs lipstick in Twig. This colour also looks nice when you are wearing no other makeup on which is great.



FEMME FATALE
 This is your typical red lip liner, its not too bright which I like so it is very universal with the type of red lipstick you can put on top.



CUTE PINK
 Cute Pink is another unique lip liner colour they have. It is a very cute babydoll pink colour that isn't too pale or bright. I think this will work well with toning down pink lipsticks that are too light and also really work well with adding a nice effect to a nude lipstick.


I hope you liked this review, you can buy Essence at any Wilko's shop, go on to their website to see where you can get them near you. 

Which colour is your favourite?
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