Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Love Bite Lipstick

Holy Moly! Look what I finally own - a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick! 

I have been drooling over these from a distance for months now and I was incredible lucky to actually WIN one earlier this month! (I know, lucky right?)
From the moment I laid eyes on this I was in love - slightly emotional about a lip product I know - but everything from the packaging to the finish is just gorgeous.
 Charlotte Tilbury has slowly, over the last few years, become a brand which every beauty lover wants to get their mitts on - me included.
This is one of the lipsticks from her signature lipstick range - K.I.S.S.I.N.G. - a collection of 11 shades curated with modern and classic icons in mind.

Everyone needs a classic red lip and although I own more red lip products than I can count, this shade is something special! I'd probably even go as far as to say it's the perfect pillarbox red - great for near enough every skin tone.
(Opps dodgey fading fake tan alert...#sorry!)

Creamy, rich, highly pigmented and super long-lasting - this is, in my opinion, worth every penny of the £23 asking price. I think I'll be treating myself to some more CT products very soon.....
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Monday, 30 March 2015

Quick & Easy Look : Ashley Benson - Pretty Little Nude

Products Used : 

Remington Waving Wand
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Rodial Contouring Powder
Nars Orgasm Blush
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil - Hazel
HD Brows Palette
Make-Up Revolution Iconic Pro Palette
Eylure 101 Eylashes
MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

What do you think about these simple and quick posts? Up your street or do you prefer something a little more detailed? Please let me know below!
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Rimmel Good To Glow Highlighter 001 Notting Hill Glow

Another new Rimmel product today! Yes I've done a couple of Rimmel reviews already this past week or two but they have had some fab new releases for Spring so I hope you're not getting too bored!

Highlighters are one of my favourite products ever to use! A natural gorgeous glow is something I am always aiming for day or night and I've probably said that a million times over the years on here.
This new liquid highlight from Rimmel is a total bargain and I've been so excited to share my thoughts with you all.
There aren't a huge amount of liquid highlighters out on the drugstore front, my favourite for a long time now has been Skin WOW! from Seventeen and it's nice to finally be able to try out something new which isn't high end!
This lovely pearly formula is full of light reflecting pigments which help create a natural radiant and illuminating glow. 
It's very much like a mix between Benefit's Highbeam and  MakeBelieve's Luminize Skin Highlighter. 
I've been using this daily alongside my cheekbones, nose and forehead! It blends really easily and is priced at ONLY £4.99 - a total bargain in my opinion.
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Sunday, 29 March 2015

This Week I'm Loving... #13

Kendra On Top
I am so so happy this has been picked up by ITVbe! I love Kendra and have done since watch GOTPBM back in the day and when I was in the US last year I saw this season being advertised and was dying to watch. There's only been 1 episode so far so if you want to start watching go and do it now - it's on itvplayer which is a lifesaver for me as I normally go to bed at 10ish on a Monday night due to work! 

Rimmel Good To Glow Highlighter
Another new product from Rimmel now - I've brought, what seems, quite a few lately! I have been using this highlighter non-stop since picking it up and am planning to do a blog post all about it very soon so keep your eyes peeled!

St. Moriz Dark Mousse
I can be quite a wimp when it comes to tanning - I'm always paranoid I'm going to look horrendous! I've used St. Moriz for years and earlier this week I used the Dark mousse tan. The results were awesome - I love this stuff!

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Finale
Well if you follow me on twitter/facebook/know me you will know just how excited I was for the last episode of Season 5 this week! I literally got up and watched it at 6am - what is wrong with me? I even switched off the internet on my phone so I couldn't go online and see any spoilers! I know lots of people are frustrated by it all but I just love it and cannot wait for season 6! We STILL have no many unanswered questions!!

Couch to 5km App
My best friend and I started this this week, It's an app from the NHS which helps you to go from coach potato to running a 5k with ease! You do 3 runs a week and it builds you up slowly, so for instance the first ones you run for 1 minute and then walk for 90 seconds and repeat! At the moment I'm finding it easier but I'm sure as time goes on I'll be struggling! 

The Chop
I finally did it! I got my locks chopped off! Eeek! It's definitley going to take a while to get used too! If you want to see I've uploaded a few pictures to my instagram.

New Look Black Platform Heels
It came to my attention recently that I had literally chucked like alla of my heels away (I know... who am I?!) so I ordered these from New Look online. They are plain black so I know they will be perfect for many an outfit and after wearing them on a night out I can confirm they are super comfy!

MAC Lipliner - Whirl
The most awesome shade to go with Velvet Teddy - I love this beauty.

New Dressing Gown
Finally we have my new dressing gown! I actually got this from the Teen section on New Look's website. I always look on there as the sizes actually come up really big! This was ONLY £5 in the sale and it is sooooo soft, I love it!

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

4 Fab Drugstore Nudes

The nude lip is something which has, among other things, taken the beauty world by storm over the last 6 months.... did you notice?
 With Kylie Jenner being the role models we all look up to ... obvs, subtle nudes/browns and awesome lipliners have been flying off the shelves!
90s nudes were something I thought I would never see me rocking but with a few practice go's I've decided I love the look and alongside my favourite MAC baby Velvet Teddy I've invested in some newbies and dug out some old classics! Here's 4 of my favs!
Left to right :

Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition - Nude-ist
I love this gorgeous matte colour! Compared to the others it looks more pinky/red but on the lips it is a gorgeous dark nude colour. These bourjois liquid lipsticks stay on SO well, for hours and hours without any re-application! If you looking for a product with great stay-time this collection is brilliant.

Maybelinne Colour Drama - Nude Perfection
This is currently my newest lip product I've bought. I have been looking at it for MONTHS now and at only £4.99 I have no idea why I haven't picked it up sooner. I have to say out of the 4 this is probably my favourite for quality and colour. It's a little darker than velvet teddy but if you're looking for a cheap alternative for a good new - this is the one.

Barry M Lipgloss - Toffee
The classic now.... I could not tell you how many of these I've been through since I was a teenager. This used to be my everyday lip colour, I was obsessed and probably applied it 90 times a day! It smells amazing too, it's about time I bought a new one. It's perfect to use of the top of Nude Perfection aswell.

Rimmel Apocalips - Nude Eclipse
The lightest of the four now. This one, for me, is definitely one to wear with a lipliner underneath. I think without it, it's slightly too light for my colouring but with it makes a gorgeous everyday colour! I love the rimmel apocalips and basically own them all, the best cheap liquid lipstick, they last and have an awesome range of colours!
Nude-ist | Nude Perfection | Toffee | Nude Eclipse

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

10 Annoying Retail Customers

I've worked in retail/ customer service for a long time - and I have seen and experienced the good, the ugly and the god damn awful over the years! Today I thought I'd do a light-hearted post about those types of customers who really grind my gears!

1. The customer that... carries 3 different "bag for life" bags with them but STILL insists they need a plastic carrier bag for their 1 item. 
2. The customer that... tells "what a beautiful day it is" outside. Thanks for that.
3. The customer that... stands way to close to the customer being served. Back off and wait your turn!
4. The customer that... refuses offers. E.g.
 "You have 2 items and they are on 3 for 2, do you want to go and grab another one as it's free?"
 "But it's free."
 "No thank you."
5. The customer that... pays for their transaction and THEN questions you about the price.
6. The customer that... comes in 1 minute before closing time.
7. The customer that... reads your name badge and tries to catch you off guard by calling you your name. 
8. The customer that... points out the god damn obvious.
"Ooooo you're really short staffed today."
9. The customer that...  tells you that you are wrong.
10. The customer that... comes to the till with headphones in.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer Review

 Hello there lovely ladies (and possible gents), welcome back to A Yellow Brick Blog - or HELLO if you've stumbled across my little blog for the first time!

Another make-up review today and I've got the newest of the new from Rimmel London!
The Lasting Finish collection has grown and grown, recently with the primer and now with a creamy concealer!
I never used to fuss about concealer but over the last few years, my bags have grown and concealing them has become a daily ritual for me. (Growing up sucks.... where's my damn youthful glow gone?)

For months and months now I've been using Seventeen's Phwoarr Paint and I love it - so when I saw another high coverage cream concealer being launched onto the highstreet shelves I leaped for joy - another thing for me to go buy and try.... oppsie, sorry bank!

This is a high coverage concealer, something I definitely need for my pesky bags, alot of other concealers just don't do the job for me and seem quite pointless!

There are 4 shades to choose from - I went for Ivory.
The product is thick and creamy and not only covers my bags and blends easily but feels light and breathable - not cakey at all - winner.
I'm really pleased I picked this up (even though I didn't technically need it in my life) , it's found it's way nicely into my everyday make-up routine and, for now, is helping to keep those horrible dark circles at bay!
Another great product from Rimmel!

What's your favourite concealer?
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Monday, 23 March 2015

Hairspiration : The Lob

I know what 50% of you are going to say.... I also know what the other 50% of you are going to say! Either "DO IT" or "DON'T DO IT!" 

I've been growing my hair now since January 2013, I got a proper bob back in Nov 2012 and loved it but decided after a few months that long hair was going to be my goal for the next few years - and look, I did it!
But I'm a girl who likes change and to be honest it's been a long, long while since I did anything truly drastic to my hair which isn't like me at all! Seeing as there's noway I'm changing my hair colour anytime soon, I can't imagine being a brunette anymore, a cut it will have to be!
After spending probably an embarrassing amount of time on Pinterest and other social medias eyeing up fabulous shorter styles I've decided I'm going to go for the chop and try to rock a Lob!    (Lob = Long Bob)
I'm nervous but excited to have something different to play around with and style, here's some of my hairspiration! What do you think?
Don't worry.......... I've always got my extensions if I change my mind!
Wish me luck!!!
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Rimmel Kate Moss Spring Lipstick Releases 2015 : 35,36,37

New highstreet make-up releases always get me excited and purse twitchy but what I love more than anything is new additions to an already adored collection!

I have been using Rimmel's Lasting Finish Kate Moss lipsticks for years and years now and own definitely more than a handful. (Number 20 was my everyday lipstick for the longest time and I still LOVE that shade!)
 So seeing new shades being added to the range ready for spring made me jump for joy, my purse and then my camera!
 Time to share these new beauties with you.......
The formula for these is my favourite kind of formula for lipsticks, nice and creamy with great pigmentation, you really don't need alot of this to build up the colour - one sweep and you're done! 

 I have to say these lipsticks probably coms a close second to my MAC babies, but at only a 1/3 of the price! (and there's always offers to make them even cheaper... e.g. 3 for 2!) Hands down the best drugstore lipsticks out there.

There were only these 3 new ones in my local Boots store but I know there are another 2 lurking out there, shades 34 and 38 have also been released - so keep your eyes peeled.
Left to right : 35 | 36 | 37

A pretty baby pink - perfect for everyday wear to work for me, I think I'm going to pair it with Barry M's bubblegum lipgloss.

This is like the lighter sister shade of #20 from the range. A gorgeous fuchsia pink (which is my favourite lip colour to rock), I can see me getting alot of wear out of this!

This has given me hope that summer is on the way soon....fingers crossed! 
This shade is very,very similar to the matte KM lipstick in shade 110 - so if you love that colour but aren't keen on a matte finish then this is 100% the lipstick for you!

I wish this lipsticks had god damn names I hate them just being numbers.
These are available at both Boots & Superdrug and are priced at £5.49 each, but like I said keep yours eyes peeled for offers, right now they are on 3 for 2 in Boots!
What do you think? Any of these look like your sort of thing?
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This Week I'm Loving... #12

Kacey Musgraves - Biscuits
I am a huge fan of Kacey and have been since she released her first album (which is one of my favourite albums ever!)! Everytime she brings out a new song I download it before I've even listened to it in full - always know I'm going to love it and this is no different. Biscuits is amazing and I hope it brings her the success she deserves especially over her in the UK!

Once Upon A Time
I've been watching this show for years and a couple of weeks ago I thought I would try and catch up (I was a few episodes into season 4 when I was last watching)! So after watching a couple online Netlfix decided to add OUAT to it's collection of awsomeness! YES!! They have every single episode and upload the new one every week after it has aired in the US (just like PLL!) so I'm now upto date and waiting for the next episode!

Shane Dawson - I Hate Myselfie
Book time! I have been waiting for this to be available for months now, I'm a huge fan of Shane, I've been watching him since 2009 - he seriously knows how to make me laugh! I've just finished it and was so, so impressed ith how good it is! It's a "collection of essays" so like short stories from his life but not in any order - which is great! It never lost my attention and had my peeing my pants laughing to holding back the tears! I really hope there's more where this came from.

Katy Perry Killer Queen Perfume
You may have seen that I got this as a total bargain a couple of weeks ago! Just over £13 for a 100ml bottle - amazing right? I love the scent and after seeing KP last week again it's made me love it even more!

Cift Easy Lift Anti-Bac Wipes
Hahaha am I actually featuring these on my blog? Yes, I am! After going on a major cleaning mission this week I fell in love with these. I bought them when they were on offer and they are great! If you like handy wipes for around the home these are for you!

Benefit High Beam
The original highlighter in my life. I have so many of the miniatures bopping around my make-up dresser that I might aswell have a full sized one! I love this stuff, a gorgeous pinky pearly highlight, probably my favourite product from Benefit.

Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Brush
Anything to make blow-drying my hair easier is a winner in my eyes - here's everything I have to say on it --- here.

theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer
Contouring has become a day-to-day occurrence for me and this bronzer is one of my go-to products to help me create Kim Kish looks. (okay so I contour 0% like Kim K but it's the trying that counts right?) Anyway this matte bronzer is one of the best I've come across and not the most expensive either! 

Nivea Raspberry Lip Butter
This little beauty is living on my bedside table at the moment. I slap a load on before I go to sleep, smells yummy and keeps my lips for feeling dry and chapped.

What have you been loving this week?
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Saturday, 21 March 2015

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

Being out of the country last week meant that I had the chance to snoop at a few brands that you can't find on our UK shelves! Although I only picked up one item (I know... total fail - but I was in a make-up store for literally 3 minutes before our tour bus left!) - I love it, so I thought I would share it with you!
NYX are a brand that I've heard so much about, I feel like I've owned some of their products before.... but not recently!
There was a whole display of these Butter Glosses and to be completely honest I wish I had picked up more but I was in a major rush so just picked up this pretty shade on a whim, it's called Creme Brulee.
 This gloss really does live upto it's buttery name! The product itself is a gorgeous creamy formula which glides on with ease and feels as soft as a lipbalm. It reminds me slightly of Barry M's lipglosses but thicker - soft and smooth without being sticky!

The colour is lovely alone or used alongside a lipstick, it's pinky nude totally perfect for Spring/Summer!  Plus this stuff smells so so yummy, sugary and sweet - my favourite! 

Now.... to invest in more? I've found them for £5 online - fabulous!
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Friday, 20 March 2015

5 Things I'd Like To Send To Room 101 : Part 2

I loved your reactions to my previous 'Room 101' post - so many of you agreed with me... thank god - I was hoping I didn't come across and a moany old lady and it looks like I didn't!
 So .... here's some more things I would like to chuck into Room 101 and NEVER ever see again!
1. Shoplifters
Now working in retail I am constantly on the look-out for these total idiots and seeing them t work makes me both angry and annoyed. Why is it okay for some people to just walk into a shop and take whatver they want without paying when the rest of us work hard to earn money to buy the things we want - well.... it isn't! Shoplifters make me sick.

2. Arrogant Men
After watching TOWIE recently and seeing a certain new guy's attitude it reminded me of how much I despise arrogant, cocky men/people. Now I've had to have strong words with a number of friends in the past who constantly feel weak at the knees for this kind of guy - overly-confident, cocky, "why wouldn't you want to go out with me"... cringe! I just don't get it!!!

3. Pin & Needles
Isn't this just the worst feeling! I get it alot when I sit with my legs crossed for a long time.... like I am now with my laptop on them. Ewww the feeling is just gross - tingly and horrible! I'd like to say goodbye to them forever!

4. People who take forever to get off planes
I went to Germany last week and this is something which annoyed me no-end.... as it always does! People who take years to shuffle off the plane once the doors are open.
 Why? why? why? Just get your bag and get off! .... In fact, don't even get me started about people being slow in airports - we are all trying to get somewhere people stop walking so slow and stopping in the middle of a crowd so I trip over your luggage! 

5. Snakes
I am terrified. That is all.

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10 Times Kacey Musgraves Had The Greatest Lyrics Ever

"Sticks and stones may build a throne, but you’ll be up there all alone."
 - Step Off

"If you save yourself for marriage, you're a bore. If you don't save yourself for marriage, you're a horr-ible person." 
- Follow Your Arrow

"Pouring salt in my sugar won't make yours any sweeter. Pissing in my yard ain't gonna make yours any greener" 
- Biscuits

"If you ain't got two kids by 21, you're probably gonna die alone. Least that's what tradition told you." 
- Merry Go 'Round

"Say what you think, love who you love, 'Cause you just get so many trips 'round the sun" 
- Follow Your Arrow

"Jack and Jill went up the hill. Jack burned out on booze and pills. And Mary had a little lamb. Mary just don't give a damn no more."
- Merry Go 'Round

"Well, we all say that we'll quit someday, when our ship comes in, we'll just sail away."
- Blowin' Smoke

"Well, are you dumb or are you blind? Cause it’s a real fine line, between telling a joke and turning a knife."
- Step Off

"Been kissed by Lady Luck, the stars are all lined up, every arrow that I aim is true, but I miss you."
- I Miss You

"You're damned if you do, and you're damned if you don't, so you might as well just do whatever you want."
- Follow Your Arrow

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