Review: Get a Glow with SolarPowder

Bronzer holds such a nostalgia for me when I think back to my horrific makeup as a teen. When I first got into the ideal of being tanned and glowey I began using Rimmel’s then cult SunShimmer bronzer which left me looking more like a giant tangerine. God knows why I thought this was a good look but none the less I continued this JerseyShore-esque makeup for a good few years.

When I finally realised this orange glow was just not for me, I went on the hunt for a bronzer which was cool toned enough for my pale skin. Finding a good bronzer in the drugstore which fitted this bill a few years ago proved extremely tricky, but thankfully that’s where Solar Powder came in.

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L: Old packaging R: New packaging

 

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Left: New packaging, Right: previous (and clearly well loved!) packaging

The packaging has had a definite revamp from its old carboard exterior which I’m extremely glad of. Sturdy plastic packaging just holds up better in a jam-packed makeup bag and is so much less likely to break or get really grubby.

Regardless of the packaging, the bronzer is such a cult favourite for me. It’s only available in one shade however within the new sleek packaging there is two different tones of bronzer. The left side is a warmer bronze shade and the right is a cooler, lighter bronze tone. The colours can be used together or seperately which makes it such a fantastic bronzer for holidays or travelling.

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I tend to use my Real Techniques powder brush and sweep over both colours for a lovely glow to my sun shy skin. I also have used the cooler tone to contour with when I’m at my palest as it gives more of a shadow affect to the skin rather than a harsh orange line. I particuarly love doing this on holiday and during the warmer months when I’m tan free. The colours are also great transition colours in the crease of the eye too!

The “S&G” logo does come with a subtle shimmer to it but I found mines has worn away after just a few uses, which I actually prefer. This then allows me to get a nice sunkissed natural glow from the bronzer rather than a more shimmery offering.

I highly recommend SolarPowder to anyone, especially those fair skinned, looking for a new bronzer which wont break the bank this summer!

What’s your favourite bronzer?

C x

*Blog Supported by Soap & Glory. All views are my own.

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Review: Favourite cream and liquid highlighters

Dewy skin is a massive trend every time summer rolls around. Seen on the catwalk with the likes of Versace and Jil Sanders opting to give their models a fresh, radiant glow. Then enters my skin. It’s dry, dehydrated and definitely no way near a natural perfect dewy canvas. However, it’s becoming even easier to fake the look all using drugstore products!

The Ultimate Base

Getting fresh skin begins right at the base. A good moisturiser is essential regardless of your skin type, so it’s important to find one that works for you. I have really dry skin so I use a heavy duty moisturiser both in the daytime and evening to prep my skin and quench its thirst.

I usually use a glowy foundation anyway such as Nars Sheer Glow, but if I’m going for more of a full coverage I like to mix in a liquid highlighter to give me more dimension. My personal favourite for this is Soap & Glory Hocus Pocus Illuminator. The illuminator is very light in consistency meaning when mixed with foundation is gives a gorgeous pearlescent champagne sheen. I sometimes actually apply this straight to the skin almost like a primer and then apply my foundation with a damp beauty blender which works really great. This is perfect for an everday healthy glow.

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Another favourite is the Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Monaco. I find this works better when I don’t have fake tan on as it has more of a pink sheen but it’s absolutely gorgeous mixed into my foundation.

The Cheek(y) Glow

Once your base is applied, you can add extra dimension using a highlighter. Cream highlighters often look much more natural than their powder equivalents. However, these ones seriously pack a punch in their own right. The Soap and Glory Glow All Out highlight stick in the shade Ice Shimmer gives an amazing colour payoff of a gorgeous champagne pop. It is shimmery but not glittery which means less metallic cheekbones and more superstar sheen. They also have Wonderbronze which is perfect for deeper skintones or just for adding an instant sunkissed glow to the skin. I’ve never really seen a product like this one in the drugstore before as cream highlighters are usually more cool or icey toned so it’s fantastic to see S&G spreading their wings! I’m currently very tanned thanks to my favourite Bondi Sands but I think this will also look amazing on holiday with a natural tan too. Barry M have strobe sticks which are also great for adding a sheer wash of shine to the cheekbones.

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L-R: Topshop Gleam, S&G Iced Shimmer, S&G WonderBronze

Another favourite is the Topshop Glow pot in Gleam. This is a much hyped product in the blogger world so of course I had to try it. It’s slightly more expensive than I’d usually expect from Topshop makeup however the glow is just insane. It’s a stunning gold glow that seriously delivers in brightening up your face and giving it an immense highlight. It’s certainly not for the faint hearted.

What are your favourite cream or liquid highlighters?

C x

*blog post supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

How To: Fresh Smokey Eyes

One thing I absolutely love playing around with is new eyeshadow palettes. I mean, I definitely don’t need anymore, but somehow I always manage to find space in my drawer for yet another.


When I received the “Kick Into Neutral” palette from Soap & Glory, I was so excited as I already own one of their old quad palettes which I used to use to death. I’ve been using the palette to do an everyday light smokey eye, which I’ve been absolutely loving. If you’re new to smokey eyes or just unsure on how to do them, the amazing Rosanna has a fantastic video here which is so easy to follow.

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I applied the matte shade in “Cuddly Bare” in my crease as my transition shade. It’s a really lovely cool toned brown which would do with pretty much any of the other colours in the palette. I then applied the shade “Bright Spark” on the inner 3/4 of my eye, and finally I used a flatter shadow brush to pack on the shade “Mice-tro” on the outer 1/4 to deepen it up. 


The key to smokey eyes is blend, blend, blend. It doesn’t have to be a neat application as long as you blend it out. I use a Zoeva 231 and find it works a dream to blend the shadows out. I use the shade Cuddly Bare again to run over the crease and blend out the dark colour.

I then applied the Soap & Glory “Supercat” pen liner to create a wing. I used to be extremely loyal to this liner so already knew I really liked it. The liner nib is a nice size as it’s not too thick or thin. Pen liners are by far my favourite as I find them easiest to control.


Finally, I coated my lashes in some of the “Thick and Fast” mascara to finish the look.


Overall, I’m really impressed with the pigment and performance of the eyeshadows considering they are only £13 for 10 shadows. The colours “Rich Tea” (a gorgeous shimmery gold) and “Pink-a-little” are also so so pretty for daytime use. The shadows last all day and don’t budge.

Hope this tutorial was helpful! 

What’s your favourite eyeshadow palette?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To: Save Money on your Supermarket Shop

supermarket shopMaking the leap to University means many students leaving home and leaving the comfort of home-made meals and food shopping done by our lovely parents. Whilst I chose to stay at home during my studies, here’s my top tips (with a little help from my dad) on how to save money on your food shop.

  1. Make a weekly meal plan

We usually plan our meals from Monday to Friday as these are the days when everyone in the house is busy with work/university. Changes can be made fairly easily to our lists as we try and stick to “base” ingredients such as mince allowing a variety of meals. I find this really effective as it allows us to ensure we use up everything in our stocks.

  1. Always take a shopping list

Before going food shopping, check the cupboards, fridge and freezer to effectively plan what you actually need to buy and make note of this. My dad never enters a supermarket to do the big food shop without a list in hand and will try and stick to this unless he sees the odd bargain reduction.

  1. Don’t shop hungry

Yes, I know it sounds like a bit of an odd one. However, entering a shop full of every possible food you could crave whilst hungry is a recipe for disaster which will probably overrule both of the above tips.

  1. Know your store reduction times

As I have a job in a supermarket part time, I’ve actively done and watched the reductions occur in store and you really can get some fantastic items with nearly 85% off. Many of these items, bread for example, can be bought and frozen as it is simply reduced due to its “display until” or “best before” date and NOT the “use by” date. Food can still be frozen to extend the “use by date” however which this article explains.

  1. Ignore the branding

Skip the branded products and try and lower cost own brand alternatives. I guarantee if the labels were covered on a branded tin of beans and a supermarket own brand, it would be almost impossible to tell the difference.

  1. Stick with basic ingredients

Instead of buying pre-made meals, buy the ingredients and make them yourself. This is something that we never used to do in our household but slowly but surely we’ve began making meals from scratch and have noticed this has saved us money. My dad often makes a larger batch at the weekend and then freezes the meals for throughout the week. If you’re struggling for some inspiration, my friend Josephine runs a fantastic food blog which is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

7. Start a spice collection

Start buying a few pots of spices from your local supermarket which can be added to basic meals to completely change the taste. Steer clear of the packet spices and buy the tubs instead as this is cheaper in the long run and they last for ages if stored correctly. Our favourites are mixed herbs, chilli flakes and paprika.

How do you save money on your weekly shop?

How To: Search eBay Effectively

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eBay is one of my favourite websites for finding well priced items and the occasional bargain. If the search function is used correctly, the possibilities are endless.

Benefit from sellers mistakes

Many sellers will list items in a rush or without proof reading their post, causing them to misspell vital words in their titles. A fantastic website to use for this is FatFingers, which allows you to enter the term you are looking for and it will then list all the common misspellings.

If you’re searching for a clothing item or a quantity of a specific item, use both the numerical and the written term for the number. For example, “dress size 10” is much more common than “dress size ten” however many sellers do still use the later.

Time your watched items effectively

eBay is most active on a Sunday evening, and the weekends are also a busy period for listings to end. If a listing ends during the day when many people are at work, or during a big event such as the X Factor final you will have less competition for bids and therefore more chance of winning your desired item.

The eBay app which can be downloaded is great as it sends reminders to your device before the listing ends, meaning you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to place your bid.

Use the sort by function

Within the search facilities, use the drop down function to change the format of the search results. The most popular function is “price & p&p lowest” which will then bring up the lowest priced items in your search terms. This function can also be used to find the items “ending soonest” which is a fantastic opportunity to buy a last minute bargain.

Lastly, the Advanced Search facility allows buyers to really narrow down their search. If you are looking for a large item which would require collection, such as a coffee table, the advanced search allows you to input your postcode and the distance you are willing to travel. It’s a really handy tool which I recommend playing around with to suit your own search requirements.

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What are your eBay search tips?