Friday, 29 May 2015

BEAUTY: THE "HIGHLY COVETED" LOOK FANTASTIC HAUL



After receiving a gift voucher for Look Fantastic, I couldn't wait to get my hands on some bits and pieces for my beauty and skincare collection. I decided to purchase a few highly coveted products from the blogging world that I'd read so many amazing reviews of but hadn't actually gotten around to trying out yet.

First up, Benefit's Hoola Bronzer. At £23.50 it's definitely pretty pricey, which is why I've waited so long to actually buy it, but I've heard so many great things about it and the fact it's the UK's number 1 bronzer, so I couldn't resist. With it getting closer and closer to Summer and my holiday, I've really been trying to up my skincare game. While luckily I don't have terrible skin, I do get frequent breakouts, and they're usually bright red and stubborn and last for weeks at a time. I've been meaning to try out the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ for a very long time now; I'm not sure why it's actually taken me so long to do so! This is another product for which I've read nothing but positive reviews for, so it's definitely going to be a welcome addition to my skincare routine and fingers crossed it's improves my skin!

Nails are next on my "to take care of" list. Some people love collecting nail polish, treating themselves to home manicures and making sure they never forget to push their cuticles back, but that's just never been me. Though I do get pretty envious when I see people with lucious long nails that are their own and aren't chipped or broken; it really does pull together a look I think. I've decided to try and make more of an effort with my nails, and to try and get them in a better condition which is why I just had to buy a polish from Seche Vite. This clear coat doubles as a base and top coat. Perfect! Lastly, I couldn't do any online beauty shopping without treating myself to another makeup brush. A new addition to the Real Techniques collection, the Sculpting Brush. I'm trying to brush up (no pun intended... honestly) on my contour and bronzing skills, and the angle of this brush looks like it's going to be a major help. Teamed with my setting brush with my new fave highlighter by theBalm, I'm pretty excited to see what looks I can work on.

So I'm a little bit very late to the party on most of these products but I thought having a gift voucher was the perfect excuse to finally induldge myself! Do you have any of these blogger's favourites products?

Monday, 18 May 2015

BEAUTY: LAURA GELLER LIFE IN ROSE BEAUTY IN BLOOM COLLECTION

I'm a huge fan of Laura Geller and have been for quite a while now. Her face powder, the Balance n Brighten is a God send and is the only one I've found thats pale enough for me with perfect coverage and staying power. So, when I saw the Laura Geller Life in Rose a Beautiful Bloom Colour Collection on an introductory offer on QVC I had to get my hands on it. Inside the beautiful packaging, you get a Spackle primer, a Baked Gelato blush, a Balance n Brighten in a limited edition compact, a Duo Baked Eyeshadow, a brown INKcredible Liner and a Liquid Lip Silk. I chose the box designed for pale skin: Porcelain. All Laura Geller's products are renowned for being baked, formed from liquid or cream pigments that are blended together and then baked for 24 hours on terracotta tiles, hand finished by Italian artisans.




The Spackle primer has been a favourite of mine for a while now which you can read about here, but this is my first time trying out the Spackle Tinted Under Make-up Primer, in the shade Ethereal. I prefer more coverage than a tinted primer can offer, so I use this just as a regular primer. It doesn't feel like silicone like some other primers I've tried, it actually feels like a moisturiser which is perfect for my dry skin. With an illuminating glow, the Spackle primer prepares the skin for makeup and allows for a smoother application. Laura Geller claims that it helps your makeup to last longer, and while I haven't noticed a huge difference in the short while I've been using the product, I can definitely tell that it makes a difference to the way my makeup is applied and how it looks. It also contains real crushed pearl and encapsulated licorice root extract!

The Baked Marble Shadow Duo holds two neutral and matte shades, which I love. Petal, a light brown/beige and Earth, a dark brown, look great used together and blended out or on their own. The shadows do need building up to create intense colour if you need it, but they are super soft and easily blendable. The Baked Gelato blush is really pretty, in both the colour (pink rose) and how it is presented in the pan. It's a light but vibrant pink and so I'd wear it as part of a neutral, every day look. Definitely not with heavy eye and lip make up.

The INKcredible eyeliner in the shade Brown Eyed Girl has a gel consistency and Laura Geller claims it is waterproof. This, I can definitely agree with. After swatching the products for this post, it took a good few attempts to wash it off. I suppose this is both a blessing and a curse: perfect for those long days where you really don't want smudged eye makeup, but a nightmare to try and get off easily in the evenings! If there's one product that I'm not really sure about in this collection, it's the Lip Silk. It comes in the shade French Kiss. It's a deep peach shade which looks a little dark on me and the applicator is a little annoying. It has a click pen design with a slanted sponge applicator, which means if you twist the tube around one too many times, too much product is dispensed which means you end up wasting some. However, it does mean that you can apply an even shade across your lips in one sweep. Next time I use this Lip Silk I'm going to use it more sparingly to see if this makes a difference, and I must say that it's moisturising and smells lovely!

My favourite product from Laura Geller, the Balance n Brighten, is the last product in the collection. The shade Porcelain is extremely light, but for me with very pale skin, it's perfect. It can be applied straight on top of the Spackle as a baked foundation, or on top of your everyday foundation like I do, to give yourself a flawless base. I have quite a few of the Balance n Brighten compacts, but this one comes in limited edition packaging which I think is gorgeous. The powder is silky and smooth and there is hardly any fallout which means that you waste next to no product which is great when you're paying over £15 for a powder! You also get a dual ended makeup brush, one end for powder and one for eyeshadow. I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of this but it's a nice addition to my makeup brush collection, especially for travelling!


L-R:  Ethereal Spackle Primer, Earth Shadow, Petal Shadow, INKcredible Brown Eyed Girl Liner, Pink Rose Baked Gelato Blush and French Kiss Lip Silk

You can see from the swatches the intensity of the colours, except for the Balance n Brighten which is such a perfect match for my skin it blends in until you can no longer see it! The below picture is taken with the flash, and the above without. The Laura Geller 7 Piece Life in Bloom collection is available on QVC, and while it does cost £55, QVC often sell products with the choice to pay in interest free easy payments which means you can spread the cost over a number of months (this isn't a sponsored post by the way, my mother just seems to have got me hooked on QVC)! Have you tried any of Laura Geller's products?

Friday, 15 May 2015

BEAUTY: TANYA BURR LIPGLOSS PICNIC IN THE PARK

Ok so I am very late to this party, but lipglosses generally aren't my thing so I was in no rush to buy these when they were first released. When I saw Tanya Burr's lipglosses on offer on Feel Unique I decided that I may as well try one out.



I chose Picnic in the Park, a light glossy pink. I don't usually go for pinks in terms of lip colour but after looking at swatches online and other reviews, I decided that this one was probably one I'd get more wear out of.

On first impression, I didn't love it, but after wearing it for a little while it grew on me. For want of a better phrase that hasn't been completely overused, this gloss looks "like your lips but better". It's pale enough that it adds a splash of colour to your lips but doesn't overpower the rest of your makeup. Perfect for those Spring and Summer neutral kind of days!

It also smells really nice, like sweets. Not synthetic or 'plasticy' like you get with some high street glosses which is definitely an added bonus if you ask me. I didn't find the gloss to be too tacky or sticky either, like others that I've tried. Tanya Burr's lipglosses are actually quite moisturising which I really like. You can apply them without a mirror if you're short on time, or build up the colour with lipstick if you want to wear a bit of a bolder, glossier lip. Have you tried any of the Tanya Burr lipglosses?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

BEAUTY: theBALM MARY LOU MANIZER HIGHLIGHTER

Highlighters haven't always been a necessary piece of my makeup collection, but as I've got more into contouring and adding definition to my face, I've definitely been buying more of them. Last week I was feeling quite spendy, and after browing the Feel Unique website and finding out that its actually one of the top rated products, I caved and bought theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer.

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"Meet Mary-Lou Manizer, a seemingly innocent honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody's eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and youger, while adding a subtle glow."

The first thing I noticed was how cute the packaging is. I'm a huge fan of kitch and vintage-esque packaging, so this was already a thumbs up from me. The Mary Lou Manizer comes in a solid compact which will help to keep it protected when rattling around your makeup bag and a mirror which is always useful.

The product itself is super soft and buttery making it easily blendable, and as it's so soft it could even pass for a cream highlighter once it's been applied! One thing I love about this highlighter is the fact that you don't get any pieces of chunky glitter sat on top of your makeup. Although I can't say that the Mary Lou Manizer looks natural as such, it definitely doesn't look garish or too much if you take the time to build it up slowly and blend. The shade is quite yellow toned, champagne I'd call it. It looks lovely against my pale MAC NW10 skin, and I'm sure it would look gorgeous against even darker skin tones. The Mary Lou Manizer seems like such a versatile highlighter, suitable for all skin colours and it can even be used as an eyeshadow!

At £17.50 for 8,5g, it is a little more that I'd usually spend on a highlighter but again, I fell into the trap of "the blogger made me buy it". I'm glad that I finally got my hands on it and I'm definitely looking forward to using it more during Summer and on my holiday.

Monday, 11 May 2015

LIFESTYLE: A CATCH UP


So I've been pretty absent from my blog recently and I thought I'd have a little catch up with you all, let you know what's been going on and think about what's going to happen with amyjanealice going forward. While I don't think people should necessarily apologise for taking time out from blogging if they need it, I think it's nice to explain and keep up to date. 

I finished my second year of university. Completing essays and assignments and revising for my exam took up most of my time over the past several months, so I couldn't spend as much time blogging and doing my hobbies etc. Now that's all over, I can finally concentrate on other things in my life and hopefully work on some changes for the better on my blog!

I got a placement! A couple of months ago I changed my mind, changed it back, and then changed it again about whether I wanted to do a placement year or not. In the end I decided that gaining experience is key and that a placement year would be extremely beneficial. I was invited to attend a couple of interviews, and was then offered a job by the first company I had an interview at. From July onwards I will be a Junior Account Executive in a digital marketing agency!

I got a job in social media. So, it seems as though I like to keep busy, doesn't it? Although I loved working at Warehouse, after four years I decided that I wanted to do something different and so emailed a company asking if I could come and work for them. After a couple of meetings and creating a social media proposal, they offered me the job of Social Media Executive. I'm here for a little while before I start my placement and it's great practice for my future career and I can add some more experience to my CV.

I've been planning my holiday. In June me and my boyfriend jet off to the Costa Blanca for our second holiday together and I've spent any little free time I did have putting things together for it. I've spent too much money on new holiday clothes and accessories, but I need it, right? I've been writing list after list because I'm terrified of forgetting anything and I've just been getting excited in general!

Over the next few months I plan to develop my blog to make it more professional and hopefully more sucessful, so I hope to be posting around three times a week on a wider range of topics. I'm going to start a new 'intern series' maybe, documenting my time during the placement and also hopefully give some people tips on how to attain one too.  I'm also planning on working on my YouTube channel; it's something I've been wanting to do for a while now and I want to stop putting it off now and just do it!

So just a little catch up! I hope you're all well and if there's anything you want to see on amyjanealice do please let me know :)



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FASHION: THREE WAYS TO WEAR

The past few years has seen me accumulating a mass of clothes, but still declaring "I have nothing to wear!" every morning when trying to get ready. I've never really had a particular style, but just picked up whatever took my fancy. This was great until I tried to create more than one look with an item and found it wasn't very versatile and the whole cycle began again.

I've been contemplating starting to put together a capsule wardrobe with a number of pieces that can create various looks when put together, so when George got in touch with me asking if I wanted to take part in their #waystowear campaign, I of course jumped at the chance. George want to highlight the fact that with one hero piece, you can create a range of outfits just by changing the accessories and what you partner them with! 

I was a little dubious at first thinking "how am I going to be able to make three different looks around one piece?" but I soon became overwhelmed with the amount of beautiful yet affordable pieces they had on offer. I opted for this black cut-out shoulder dress as the key piece. It's on trend, will go with lots of different colours and I knew I'd be able to create different looks around it. The best part? It's only £10! It's a little long on my petite frame but I love it. 

The first look I created was smart. Maybe for a weekend away or for a date night. For this I paired the dress with this gorgeous button through mac. I'd been on the lookout for a mac trench coat for so long and as soon as I saw this, I knew it was the one. I chose to accessorise the outfit with an embellished necklace and earrings.






The second look I created was workwear. With starting a marketing placement in July, I wanted to put together pieces that were smart yet casual, pefect for agency work! I chose to team the black dress with a stripy white and navy blazer. I love the fit of the blazer; it goes in slightly at the waist which helps to accentuate my non existence waist and finishes off the outfit.






The final look is a casual holiday look, perfect for those warm, Summer days. I think the dress looks super cute cinched in at the waist with this white belt, these gorgeous heeled sandals and my new favourite pair of sunglasses!







 I can't believe how versatile this black dress and that the black duffle bag goes with any look! Want to hear the best part?  Everything comes to just under £100! Can you believe that? George wasn't somewhere I immediately went when I fancied a bit of shopping but after taking part in this campaign and realising how on trend and affordable they were, I think that will definitely change. How would you style the dress and #DressUpWithGeorge?