Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Re-Purchased Product: Body Shop Cleansing Butter


I'm not really one for re-purchasing the same product, and tend to try different products all the time. I'm not sure if that's because I don't absolutely love the products that I try, or if it's just the fact I get bored of products very quickly. Either way, it's very unlikely of me to ever buy the same product again.

After hearing so many beauty vloggers on YouTube rave about this cleansing butter, I decided to pop to my local Body Shop and give it a try. When I first used it, I thought it was a really nice product, but wasn't anything special or life changing, and so put it to the back of my bathroom cabinet. It wasn't until about 2 weeks ago, I re-discovered it and I don't know what is different now but I absolutely love it.

I use to be a cleansing water kind of gal and just stuck to my £3 Garnier Cleansing Water but now I firmly believe in spending a bit more money on skincare products as it's very important. It feels like I'm applying a nice massage oil to my skin when using this, and doesn't feel greasy or sticky at all. It's so moisturising that I don't feel the need to moisturise after (but I do anyway lol). You do look like a panda but it's okay, as with a wet muslin cloth or flannel, you just wipe it away and it's all gone! 

The only down side I suppose is how quickly I got through this! I'm not sure if that's just me over-cleansing and going a bit overboard, but I've already re-purchased it as I have the tiniest bit left. When I use different cleansers other than this one, I wake up the next morning with two new additions to my face, spots. So that's why I panicked when realising that I didn't have a lot left!

The scent is camomile, so a really fresh and floral scent, which I didn't actually love too much at all when I first smelt it but I'm use to it now! It's £12 from The Body Shop, which may sound quite pricey, especially me as I don't have a job, but it is so worth it! Definitely now that my skin is so use to it!

You can find it HERE.


xx

Sunday, 10 May 2015

My Blogging Equipment


Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I've been feeling un-inspired and haven't really known what to post on this blog. But I have reached 100 BlogLovin' followers which I'm so happy about! It doesn't sound like a crazy amount of people but it still baffles me that 100 people want to read what I write on this blog. So thank you! 

I often get the odd question saying "How do you take your pictures?" or "What camera do you use?". So I thought it might come in handy to some of you, maybe who are just starting out blogging and want to know what equipment to use.

Camera
 When I first started blogging, I use to get really down about how my blog pictures looked (sad I know) and always wanted an expensive DSLR camera, like the Cannon 600D camera. But I soon realised that you don't need the biggest and most expensive camera to take good quality blog pictures.

I use to take my blog pictures on my iPhone 4S for about 4 months, until I got the Nikon Coolpix L830 for Christmas last year. My friend had this camera and I knew it was a goof quality camera that wasn't too expensive. It's currently £123.19 on Amazon which I think is such a good price for the quality of the pictures it takes. It lets you take pictures in Macro/Close Up mode, so you can get that really clear and bright picture, which is great for taking pictures of makeup. 

I like that the screen can tilt, so you can take a picture from up high and still be able to see what your doing, although it doesn't flip to the front so probably not the best camera for filming videos. You can find it HERE.


Lighting
Technically, I can't count this as equipment as I don't use any studio lighting, I use natural lighting. Natural lighting is my equipment? Is that a thing? 

I don't feel the need to use studio lighting for my pictures, as I'm quite happy with how they look with natural lighting, and like the effect of taking my blog pictures by my window. The trick is to take a picture away from the light, so the light is shining onto the product instead of behind it. I think this makes the product look my clearer and you're able to see it better.


Tripod
I think a tripod makes such a difference to blog pictures, especially certain ones like outfit pictures of pictures from above. Most of my pictures are taken from above as you get to see the full product, and you don't get any shadows or unnecessary mess in the background of pictures. The tripod I have is one only suitable for my camera. It collapses completely so doesn't mean you have to leave it out all the time, and you can adjust the height so over the top pictures are easy! You can find it HERE.


Backgrounds
I've actually done a blog post on my blog photography backgrounds which you can check out by clicking HERE, but there are a part of my blog equipment and I love how it's so easy to change up the background of your blog pictures without having to re-decorate your room. Magazine pages also look great used as backgrounds, especially when the colour on the page match the product or the theme of the picture!

What do you use to take your blog pictures?

Hope you're well! 

xx























Sunday, 3 May 2015

5 Great Products Under £10


It's not very often that I find some really good quality products for very cheap. But I've actually found some products that I swear by, which are all £10 or below


I never use to use body butters or moisturisers before, as I never had dry skin and didn't feel the need to (I'm also incredibly lazy with things like that). I got this for my birthday last year and didn't think much about it, until I was rummaging through my draws and found it again. The weather has been really nice recently in the UK (although it's not pouring down with rain) and I wanted to moisturise my skin more as I caught the sun. I used this and was so shocked that I hadn't used this product before because it's amazing. Really moisturising and doesn't leave you feeling sticky or greasy afterwards. It also drys super quick so you don't have to wait like a lemon waiting for it to dry. Boots currently have a 3 for 2 on selected indulging bathing products, and this body butter is in the deal! You can have a look HERE.



I'm pretty sure I've raved about this enough on my blog but it's my holy grail eyeliner. I absolutely love my Soap & Glory SuperCat eyeliner, but as the nib on the pen is quite big, my eyeliner doesn't look natural and can look really thick. So I bought this one as it claimed to have a 'Ultra-thin 0.4mm brush' which is exactly what I needed. It applies so nicely and has just the right amount of support. The colour is really pigmented and allows me to create a nice, natural looking winged eyeliner. Boots also have a 3 for 2 offer on selected Maybeline cosmetics, and this is included! You can have a look HERE.


I've actually done a whole blog post where I talk about these nail varnishes, so if you want to check that out click HERE. But you'll never guess what, Boots have a 3 for 2 on selected Rimmel cosmetics and these are included! You can have a look HERE.


I've had this for quite a long time, when I wanted to experiment with my makeup a bit more and I'm so happy it's in my life! You don't get the 'orange' look or anything like this when you apply it, and it looks so natural used to contour or even to bronze the skin. The highlighter is an added bonus and I absolutely love it. There's no need to carry around a separate bronzer and highlighter, so extra handbag space! I actually think the bronzer is a great dupe for Benefit Hoola Bronzer, as it doesn't have any shimmer in and isn't too orange! This isn't on offer in Boots (sorry to disappoint) but is only £6.49 which is a great price for a good quality bronzer and highlighter! You can have a look HERE.


I'm sure everyone has raved about this product enough, so I'll spare you the ramble, but a great foundation if you're looking for a light/medium coverage and a light consistency so not heavy at all! I don't feel like I'm wearing anything when I have this on! The shade range in my opinion is amazing as they have really light pale colours, I actually have to buy the lightest shade in this range haha! Great for only £6.99! This is included in the 3 for 2 offer on selected Rimmel cosmetics, and you can have a look HERE.

What is you're favourite product that is under £10?

Hope you're having a great day!

xx

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

How I Take My Blog Pictures


Photography is one of my favourite things ever, specifically beauty photography. I really enjoy adding different props and adjusting the lighting to make my pictures look nicer. It does take quite a long time for me to take a picture that I'm happy with, mainly because I'm fussy with my pictures, but it's so worth it.

Adding props

I think adding props in the background of pictures can make it look so much more exciting and interesting. It's all about personal preference though. I never used to add props to my pictures, and simply took the picture of the product, but when my room got re-decorated and I bought ornaments for my befroom, I started adding them in and was much happier with the outcome of my pictures!



Have a colour scheme

I like to arrange some sort of colour scheme when taking pictures. So if I was taking a picture of a pink lipstick, I will add ornaments in the background that are pink. I've got a fake pink flower that has made quite a few appearances in my blog pictures, pink notebooks and pink nail varnishes. They are so cheap as well, and just adds something more to your blog picture.

Angles

Most of my blog pictures are taken from above, as it gets everything into the frame, and as I have a window next to my desk, the lighting hits perfectly. You have to find experiment with different angles, see what looks best and what does your product justice.


In this picture, I decided it was better to take a picture from this angle instead of above, as the product roles around a lot when it's lying down (annoying I know).


With this picture, I decided to lay the product down as when it was stood up, you could see the reflection of the window on the product due to the shiny packaging. I also thought it looked quite nice with the flowers in the background as they have a hint of green in them, as well as the product *wink wink*.

Camera settings

I'm not too sure about everyone else, but my camera has a 'Close Up' setting (I think it's called macro mode?!) which makes everything look more detailed. For a while, I was taking all of my pictures in 'Soft Focus' and thought to myself "Why does everything look so blurry?" Nice one Kacy.

Something I found when playing about with my camera was the brightness setting. My camera has a button where you can adjust how bright you want to picture, and I love my pictures to look really bright and detailed.


I hope you enjoyed this little insight into how I take my blog pictures! Do you have any helpful tips about taking better blog pictures?

Hope you're having a great day!

xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Spring Jewellery With Born Pretty Store


I was contacted about 5 weeks by the Born Pretty Store, and they asked me if they could send me some pieces of jewellery. I obviously said yes as I absolutely love jewellery, and think it can be a big statement to quite a basic outfit. I was aloud to chose up to 3 items from their website, and after the longest 5 weeks of my life, they finally arrived! 



One piece of jewellery the sent me was this Golden Clover Bangle*. It has a clover on, which is something I've not seen before in shops, so it's the reason I was drawn to it so much. I love that it has silver rhinestones on it as well as the bangle being gold, as it means I can wear this with silver and gold jewellery, as appose to it just being with one or the other. The bangle can be done/undone with the loop and the ball, which is easy to manage. Like all of the Born Pretty jewellery, it is very affordable and this bracelet was only $1.99! You wouldn't find jewellery that cheap even in Primark! You can buy it HERE.



The next piece of jewellery is this Infinity Shape Silver Ring*. Most of my rings are golden, and are just a cheap 3 pack from Primark that I've had for ages. So I thought I'd choose a silver ring this time and I really love this one! It's not too big or bulky, and just makes a nice touch to any outfit. I've been wearing this everyday since I received it and is definitely a firm favourite in my ring collection. You can buy it HERE.



And the last item I received is this Swan Shaped Necklace*. The pearls on the swan are a different colour in different lights, meaning it will go with pretty much any outfit! Again, it has gold and silver detailing, so all 3 of these pieces would look amazing together. I hadn't seen anything like this is any other shops, and my face looked like the heart eyes emoji when I saw this on the website. The length of the necklace is quite unusual, and I don't own any like this. The length is inbewteen the longer chains you usually see and one that sits on your chest, so it sits just under neath your chest which I really like as it's different. This is definitely my favourite piece that I was sent! You can buy it HERE.

Have you looked at the Born Pretty Store before? Also, I'm so close to 100 BlogLovin' followers, can I hit it soon?

Hope you're having a lovely week!

xx

*PR Gifted. All opinions are my own


Friday, 17 April 2015

Top 5 Spring/Summer Lippys

In the spring/summer, I tend to stick with the light pinks as it's the safe option. You can't really go wrong with a nude-pink lipstick. I like how pink lipsticks pretty much go with any makeup look and they look like a 'your lips but better' colour.

Christian Breton Paris Lipgloss in Natural - £14.99

I picked this up in TkMaxx a while ago, not hearing anything about the brand previously. It just looked like a luxurious product and I didn't own anything like this. I forgot all about this and just put it at the back of my draw hidden amongst all of my other lip glosses, and rediscovered it about 2 weeks ago. I'm not sure why I didn't try it sooner because it's amazing?! Not a sticky or gloopy formula, applies really nicely and leaves a nice sheen to the lips. It has tiny flexes of shimmer in, which I think looks so nice with any makeup look as it goes with everything. It smells like coconuts too! Buy it HERE.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 16

This has featured a lot on my blog, but I can't help but love it. Again, this is a lipstick that goes with pretty much any makeup look, and is such a great colour for spring/summer. This is more of a brighter pink, and edges towards a coral colour slightly, but I've never had a lipstick like this before. I actually don't think they sell this in Boots or SuperDrug anymore, so if you can get your hands, I strongly suggest you do!

Maybeline Baby Lips in Pink Punch

This is more of a subtle pink colour, and is something I like to wear when I'm only sitting in the garden or popping to the shops. This is a tinted lip balm, so it keeps your lips moisturised whilst giving your lips a bit of colour. Like the lippys I've mentioned, this goes with every makeup look and is great for only £2.99. Baby Lips have always been my favourite kind of lip balm to wear, and I love all of the different colours and flavours you can chose from.
Buy it HERE.

Tanya Burr Ligloss in Afternoon Tea

Everyone has probably heard about Tanya's lipglosses as they've been raved about a lot, and I completely understand why. The consistency isn't sticky which is what I always look for when trying out lipglosses. If you're looking for a more pigmented lipgloss, this is definitely the one to get! I haven't felt the need to touch up my lipgloss during the day whilst wearing this, and just an added bonus, it smells amazing too! This would look amazing with a day or night time makeup look, as it's a pigmented lipgloss but is a nice sublt colour. Buy it HERE.

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude Pink

I've already done a full review of this lipstick on my blog, which you can read about by clicking HERE.

What's your favourite spring/summer lippy?

Hope you're enjoying the sun!

xx





Thursday, 16 April 2015

How To Style Ipanema Flip Flops


Flip flops are my favourite, they are stylish yet comfortable at the same time! Ever since mentioning Ipanema in my April Wishlist, I thought it would be fun to share how I would style some of my favourite Ipanema flip flops with some items of clothing mentioned in my wishlist! 

What I like about Ipanema is that they have such a wide range of flip flops/sandals, all of which are different colours and styles. There are so much more than your average £2 pair from Primark and they look like such good quality. Ipanema products are all made from 100% recycled PVC, which is material that can be recycled again and again, which is all well!

Ipanema Festival Sandal (Click HERE to see them on the Ipanema website) - £20.00 Sunglasses - £1.00 Bag - £49.00 Skater Dress - £14.99

I think these sandals really pull the look together and give it that festival vibe, which I think is going to be big this summer.




Ipanema Bicycle Flip Flops (Click HERE to see them on the Ipanema website) - £20.00 Pink Swing Vest - £6.00 Pink Lipstick - £8.00 Blue Crochet Shorts - £9.99 Pastel Bracelet - £6.99

I love blue and pink together! They are such summery colours, and with the flip flops (which are the most adorable things ever) I think this is a really nice outfit. 


Ipanema Vitraux Sandal (Click HERE to see them on the Ipanema website)- £30.00 White Shirt - £17.99 Skinny Jeans - £15.00 Layered Necklace - £14.00 Watch - £30.00 Pink Blazer - £27.99

This is such a versatile look, as I think it can be worn during the day and in the evening, say going out for a meal. I love how the Ipanema sandals have a hint of pastel pink in, which ties in nicely with the pink blazer.

I personally would spend more money on a pair of shoes, as they last so much longer and don't end up falling to pieces! I also think it's so much easier to buy one, strong and durable pair then having to keep spending money on multiple pairs. Compared to places like Zara and Miss Selfridge, I think Ipanema's prices are a lot more reasonable, as they are good quality yet still affordable. 

The fact that these sandals can be worn with pretty much any outfit is why I love them so much. It means you don't have to worry about buying another pair of shoes to go with different outfits, you can simply through on a pair of these and be done with!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Do you love sandals as much as I do? 

Hope you're having a good week! 

xx