Sunday, 27 April 2014

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

(Long story about what happened to the bottle)

After a long day at work, sometimes you just cannot be bothered using a regular cleanser to take your make-up off. Even though I feel lazy at times, I still don't want to go to bed with my make-up on as I know how bad it is for my skin. That's where L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution, £4.49 comes in. This micellar water is amazingly easy to use and is quick at removing even the toughest of make-up. Liquid eyeliner can be swiped away effortlessly and the brightest, boldest lipstick will disappear in one or two rubs. At a fraction of the cost of the infamous Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, it boasts a massive amount of product at 200ml. Usually, this retails for around £4.99, but is currently half-price on Superdrug.com. If I've swayed you enough with this review, then you should go ahead and snap up this amazing bargain while you can. It's safe to say you're getting your money's worth here. To apply, all you do is drop some of the product on a cotton pad and wipe away. You do not have to completely saturate a cotton pad as you won't use all of it. If you have sensitive skin, then you shouldn't have any problems with using this. The solution has no fragrance, which I love, and it's never irritated the sensitive skin on my cheeks. This micellar solution has three claims: to dissolve make-up, unclog pores and remove impurities, and to tone and soothe skin. It dissolves and removes make-up fantastically, leaving your skin au naturale in no time. There's certaintly no frantic scrubbing to remove mascara or eyebrow pencil using this. Whether it 'unclogs pores' or not is a bit of a tricky statement I feel. Yes, it unclogs make-up from my pores, but there's not enough power there to remove all the other nasties (sebum, dirt, etc.) That's where I'd have to use other beauty treatments, like a face mask, and that's fine. Does it tone and soothe the skin? Yes, I believe it does. The liquid feels lovely and cool on the skin, so if you're feeling a bit flushed you could absolutely use this even if you don't have make-up on. I'll admit I can sometimes be a bit wasteful with this product, but it lasts a good while nonetheless. I honestly cannot fault this product in any way, and I will be repurchasing my second bottle very soon. If a cheap dupe for Bioderma is what you want, this is it!

Have you tried L'Oreal's version of the micellar water?
What's your favourite make-up remover?
Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sunday Shopping List #2


 


YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, £30.50, Debenhams
I discovered I wanted this as one of the bridesmaids whose make-up I done on Friday brought this and it looked wonderful on her. It gave such a stunning dewy and natural glow to the skin, and immediately I decided I had to own one for myself. I think this would be perfect for a bride or bridesmaid. You'd have to see it on for yourself as I really can't describe it's beauty well enough. It's pricey but for that kind of look I'd pay it.

MAC Fix+, £14.50, maccosmetics.co.uk
I bought a little mini of this from the MAC in House of Fraser Glasgow the other week, and have been loving it for providing maximum staying power. I used it on my first ever bridal clients (one bride and two bridesmaids) and their make-up lasted beautifully the whole day. I will be blogging about my experiences as soon the photographer posts the photos, as I want to include them in my blog post. I absolutely loved it and thoroughly enjoyed myself! If I'm going to be doing make-up artistry more regularly, I will need a full-size of one of these for sure.

Jump Rings, various prices, Etsy
As I'm always looking for something to do when I'm bored, I've been looking into making my own jewellery so I can sell it on places like Etsy, Depop, etc. I've already got in some supplies but you need jump rings to attach things to other things, and all that malarkey. It's actually more technical than you'd imagine, and you need to research if you want to make quality jewellery that will last. There are loads of suppliers on Etsy who sell such things rather cheaply, so next month I will be purchasing some essentials. I'd love to know if any of my readers make their own jewellery as I need some tips and advice!

MAC Fluidline in Sassy Moss, £15.00, maccosmetics.co.uk
Again, on my travels to MAC House of Fraser Glasgow, I saw this and immediately thought "Yes, I need this!". It's gorgeous colour drew me in and you know I can't resist MAC products at the best of times. I don't actually wear gel liners very often at all, but hey ho, why not add something else to my collection that I don't need?! I am ridiculous, really. Make-up is my number one weakness.

What's your favourite item from this week's list?
Let me know in the comments what you're lusting after!
Hope you all had an amazing Easter :)


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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Depop: Shopping made fun


Buying and selling are two pretty addictive pasttimes for me. I love spending money, if you haven't already guessed by the vast amounts of make-up photos I post on Instagram. I equally love selling items of all kinds too, whether it's make-up, clothes, accessories, electronics, you name it. I frequently sell brand new and used items on my eBay, which you can take a look at if you fancy. Scavenging around my flat for stuff that I just do not need or use is therapeutic to me. I'm clearing space and getting rid of unwanted junk at the same time. Clutter really annoys me, so what could be better than having a clear out AND earning a little bit of dough on the side. I say earn, but I actually use any money I make to pay my credit card off quicker than I normally would. Word of advice, do not take out a credit card. If you're like me and can't help yourself, you will max it out and seriously regret it. My card is getting cut up and chucked away once it's paid off. Worrying about money is an unnecessary stress in my life that I don't need.

If you're looking for a new and exciting way to sell, buy or even swap, then you should check out Depop. It's an app which can be downloaded on Android or iPhone, and it's really good fun. It's interface is reminiscent of Instagram, and has similiar liking and commenting features. If you see something you like, all you have to do is click the buy button underneath the photo, and that's basically it. It's simple, easy-to-use and is admittedly a million times more interesting than eBay. The biggest pro for me is that there are no dreaded insertion fees. That's right - it's free to list on Depop. Magic! If you're into the whole buying/selling/swapping malarkey, why not give me a follow on Depop and see what I have to offer? My username is @naomiicarolx. I include P&P in my prices and send items out by Royal Mail as I've always done.
Happy shopping!


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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Moving From Blogger To A Custom Domain



Recently, I took the plunge and done something I've always wanted to do with my blog: purchase my own custom domain. I've been blogging for almost two years now, and I can say with absolute certainty that it's something I would love to pursue career-wise. To steer my blog in the right direction and generate more opportunity for myself, I changed my URL from blogspot.co.uk to .com. To me, a custom domain looks more professional and that's something I personally want to convey. I'm not in any way, shape or form detracting from those bloggers who use a Blogspot (or other micro-blogging site) URL, and I'm not saying a custom domain makes me automatically any better. I did want to write this blog post though as I did struggle a bit at first with setting up my custom domain. So for those of you who want to take this next step, read on for my advice and tips. It's actually quite simple...


STEP 1: Look for and choose a domain name registrar
There are plenty to choose from, but I went with GoDaddy. They were the first one I looked at and chose them because they were the most well-known to me. Most domain name registrars will offer you various packages, and perhaps discounts. I would recommend only purchasing what you know you will need for now, and any add-ons can be bought at a later date. The most important thing right now is to get your custom domain name chosen and set up properly.

STEP 2: Pick the package that's right for you and purchase
The package I chose was the .com Domain Name Registration (2 Years). The package is recurring which means I will be automatically charged every two years in order to keep my domain. At a total cost of £17.20, I'd say I got myself a pretty sweet deal. That's a measly £8.60 a year. I decided not to purchase any additional features, such as email storage, because I already have my own email address that I've used for several years. I'd rather keep my costs down where possible, too. So, see if your domain name of choice is available and then make the purchase.

STEP 3: Change your domain manager settings
Now we need to go into your domain manager, followed by your DNS manager. Bear in mind, different sites will have different things, so I'm trying my best to speak in general terms. You'll want to navigate to the CNAME section, and look under the heading titled 'Host'. Find the box that says www, and in the box next to it type in ghs.google.com. Make sure you save these changes. Now we can go back to the domain manager and make one final change. Tick the box that corresponds to your chosen domain and click Forward > Forward Domain. Type in your chosen URL including the www. and then hit save/ok/whatever. That's basically it. Your changes may take some time to take effect, but mines saved within the hour. I believe it can take up to 48 hours though, so just be aware your blog may experience some downtime.

STEP 4: Change your Blogger settings
Lastly, it's time to adjust your Blogger settings ever so slightly. You can do this by going to Overview > Settings > Publishing. In the box that shows your current blog address, click edit, which will then take you to advanced settings. In here, you can now change your old Blogger URL to your snazzy new one. So for instance, I changed mines to www.xglitterbomb.com. As it says, your domain must be properly registered first before this will work. You can also set up a redirect, which I would highly recommend doing. Some of my readers may not even be aware I have changed my URL, so I have put in my old Blogspot one. Therefore, anyone who types in my old URL (www.xglitterbomb.blogspot.co.uk), will automatically be redirected to www.xglitterbomb.com. Easy peasy!

STEP 5: Go live!
Ta dah! You're all set up and ready to view your blog with it's brand-spanking new custom domain. Make sure you change your links on all your social media sites especially if you have not chosen a redirect. You will also have to request for your followers to be moved over on Bloglovin so that you do not lose them. The Bloglovin team are fab at getting this done quickly and without a fuss though, so don't worry about it. Let all your followers and readers know about the change on prominent social media sites, too. If you experience any issues, remember you can always contact your domain name registar's support team by email, or phone if available.

I really hope this post helped those if you who are interested in having your own custom blog domain. I love having my own domain, and I'm sure you will too. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask in the comments or tweet me!
Have a lovely day, as always. :)

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Bomb Cosmetics Diamonds & Pearls Bath Creamer






I love buying pretty bath products and Bomb Cosmetics have been my go-to brand for the past while. After trying their Tangerine Queen Bath Creamer last year, I decided to try some more of these little gems. This one literally is like a gem though - a white sphere with pink pearls and silver hexagonal glitter pieces. The Diamonds & Pearls Bath Creamer (30g / £2.09) has a delicate floral scent and isn't at all overpowering. Okay, maybe if you sat and sniffed the product for ages it would hurt your head, but when it's used as it's supposed to be in the bath, it's just right. The glitter is released into the water throughout, creating a sparkly bathtime treat. As with my previous bath creamer experience, the water is transformed into a beautiful liquid silkiness, which feels divine on your skin. Diamonds & Pearls contains pure magnolia & ylang ylang oils, cocoa and shea butters, which are great for moisturising your body. When trying this out, I actually gave my dry, problem areas a quick massage in the bath (elbows, heels, etc) to try and soften them. I have to say, it kinda worked! Although it hasn't eliminated the problem completely, it has most definitely softened the skin, and will make any cracked, gross-looking skin less unsightly. I just have a few little notes, which are not at all negative, but I wanted to mention them for the sake of a thorough review. The glitter will stick on the sides of your bath so be sure to rinse it away after you've finished your chill-out sesh. I've never heard of glitter staining a bath, but you're better to be safe than sorry. The second and final note is that a few of the glitter pieces stuck to my skin afterwards. You have to actually sit and pick them off, which can be a bit fidgety but it only took a minute. It would perhaps be best to use this at night-time when you're going to be inside and you have time to mess around, rather than using it before you go out. All in all, another gorgeous product and experience from Bomb Cosmetics was had. Check out www.bombcosmetics.co.uk for more fabulous (and vegan friendly) bathtime products.

What do you think of Bomb Cosmetics bathtime goodies?
What's YOUR favourite bath product?
Let me know in the comments!

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Boots/Superdrug Haul




Bad Naomii. You've gone and done it again. I literally cannot pass Boots or Superdrug without getting sucked in and having a peek, which then always leads to some kind of purchase. I'm supposed to be saving money up to pay off my credit cards as quickly as possible, but no. I honestly do find it extremely hard NOT to buy things. Know what I say? I say you only live once, and if I want to buy make-up when I don't need it, then I will. Who's with me?! Weeeeee!
(P.S. Bear in mind that I bought these in-store in Boots and Superdrug. Where the product is not available on it's respective website, I have linked elsewhere if you are interested in purchasing your own.)

I was instantly drawn in by the packaging of the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers (12M / £3.00). MUA packaging is pretty basic usually, so these guys really jumped out at me. The simple black & gold box definitely says 'luxe' to me, for a drugstore brand anyway. I think this is the one out of the bunch that I'm most excited to try out. The reason being is that I swatched it on my inner arm, and literally had to scrub it SO hard to get the product off of my skin. So MUA, I'm expecting mind-blowing staying power from this! Also, can we please just appreciate the beautiful shade that I got? It's called Criminal, and that my friends, is one criminally bright shade of pink. Just wait til you see the swatches in my up and coming review. To die for!

The other item I picked up from MUA is their Powder Blusher in Bon Bon (2.4g / £1.00). It's a matte, medium-pink shade and comes in classic MUA-style packaging. This would be great for taking in your travel make-up kit, as it's just so dinky and compact. It looks like it's going to have great colour pay-off, but only testing it out will tell. Just imagine if it turns out that I love this - I could go out and buy every single shade in the current MUA Powder Blusher range for a measly £12! I am far too excited for this prospect.

Next up, we have a product that I've seen literally everywhere. The hype was too much. The Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser in Cocoa Radiant (190ml / £4.99) is supposed to be a super-quick way of keeping your skin silky-smooth. I admit I completely neglect my body when it comes to moisturising, as I am too damn lazy and it always bugs me having to wait until it's dried in before I can put clothes on. Apparently you can put your clothes on straight after you've applied this. Sounds good to me! I picked up this one in particular because it looked yummy and chocolately.

Another product I've seen around the beauty blogger circuit a fair bit is the own-brand Superdrug Coconut Oil (125ml / £2.29). Every review I've read for this has been positive, so I've wanted to try this for quite a while too. It's a multi-purpose product that you can use on the skin and hair. It's supposedly brilliant for dry patches which I have a couple of. For your locks, you can adopt it as a hair and scalp mask, or a leave-in conditioner. This wee dude is also vegan-friendly, if you're into that kind of thing.

The fourth and final thing I got from Superdrug was the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99). This purchase was a long time coming, as I'd like to see how a beauty blender/sponge-type product performs up against a conventional foundation brush. I already know that Real Techniques have brilliant brushes, as their Buffing Brush is my holy-grail, dear-lord-this-is-amazing favourite brush of all time, ever. I love the cute orange colour of this sponge and am curious to see if it's various edges and contours do what they're supposed to.

Moving on to what I picked up in Boots, we have the Seventeen Cheek Stamp in Stare Struck (3.2g / £4.99). I was interested to see how effective this stamping method is (it's literally like a stamp) for applying the blush. Is it just a futile gimmick, or does it actually work and give you a desirable blusher look? I can envisage myself having to blend the blush out further with another brush once I have applied it with the stamp, but we shall see. I have never came across such a concept before, so keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts.

Seventeen is a brand I have never purchased anything from for myself, as I always had this thing in my head that it was aimed more towards teeny boppers. It appears as if they've 'grown-up' and to be perfectly honest, their new style of packaging drew me in. I haven't bought a new foundation in ages, so I picked up the On The Spot Foundation in Fair (30ml / £6.99). Fair appears to be the third palest shade in this range, and after swatching it on my arm, think I could probably be doing with the second lightest shade, Soft Ivory. Obviously I won't be able to properly tell until I apply it to my face. Their lightest shade Porcelain looks pretty pale from what I can tell from the Boots website. You're always better trying foundation out in-store and seeing how the colour appears on your skin in natural lighting. Go outside and see though, as the lighting in-store is artificial.

Finally, another new-ish product I've seen being talked about is the Rimmel Colour Rush Balm (2.5g / £5.99). Yep, it's another one of those bloody lipstick/stain/balm hybrid thingies that you see everywhere, especially by drugstore brands. The shade I picked up is I Want Candy!, which is a beautifully bright, candy pink colour. The product itself actually has a vanilla/candy scent too, or to me it does anyway. I don't think my scent-detecting skills are the most reliable, as I always doubt myself when I describe a fragrance. I'm forever thinking to myself, does it REALLY smell like that or am I just imagining things? Anyone else have that problem?

I hope you enjoyed this medium-sized haul. I can't wait to try each and every one of these products out! If you have tried anything shown here, let me know how it worked for you in the comments. Keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming reviews too. :)
Have a wonderful day,

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Escada Cherry In The Air



Behold! My first ever fragrance review. I'll start with something I love: the fabulous but limited edition Escada Cherry In The Air (30ml / £24.50). I've always been a massive fan of Escada fragrance in general. My Mum used to own a couple of scents from the fashion fragrance line, and ever since I smelled them, I've always loved 'em. I can safely say that every single Escada perfume I have ever had the pleasure to smell has been absolutely beautiful. My favourite kind of scents are fruity, fun, tropical and sweet. Launched in 2013, Cherry In The Air smells like - you guessed it - cherries! I am now on my second bottle of it, and it's in second place behind my all time favourite, Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier 'Love Kills Slowly'. With it's gorgeous fruity-floral scent, it's an absolute winner for me. I'm hopeless at describing what exactly I can detect in a fragrance - the top notes, base notes and all that jazz. Here's what The Perfume Shop have to say about it: heart notes of marshmallow, gardenia petals and coconut orchid, top notes of black cherry, raspberry and mandarin, and base notes of sandalwood, suede accord and oakwood. That all sounds all lovely jubbly, but I'll bet you want to know what the staying power is like. To be honest, I have never came across a perfume that lasted on me the whole day as far as I can tell. Maybe they do last and I'm just so used to the scent that I can't smell it anymore. Maybe I'm walking by people and they think "her perfume smells amazing" 6 hours later. I don't mind re-applying perfume in the slightest, so it doesn't bother me spritzing on some more every couple of hours if I remember to. If you love your perfume sweet and fruity, you'll love this beauty from Escada. I am hoping and praying this Escada makes this permanent, but that might not happen. If you're interested, buy it while you can!

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