20.8.14

The Best Budget Beauty Buys


The highstreet (or drugstore if you're from across the pond) have some amazing products. Though I do like a treat and splurge, sometimes you really don't need to splash out to get good quality products. The last few years, many budget brands have massively improved their product line. Whilst, I could talk about many products, I've managed to whittle down my favourites based on how easy they are to find, all round quality, suitability and price. These are the standout gems that are well worth a purchase.

Whilst I have a major love for Revlon Colorstay, the only foundation that can rival it is Match Perfection. The Rimmel offering is more of a people pleaser in terms of coverage, price and being suitable for most skin types. I'd describe the coverage as light to medium with a radiant finish. Oily/combination skins will need to blot their t-zone during the day but despite that, the staying power is pretty good. Its kind of a 'skin but better' result - a flawless base and good colour match. I use light porcelain, which is perfect for my very fair skin. It also has a pump bottle too. A really great all round foundation.

We're on a Rimmel Roll!One of my favourite Rimmel products is the Scandaleyes liner in nude. This is great for brightening the eye area, especially if you suffer from tired eyes. I apply like a normal liner on the bottom lash line and also in the corners before blending. It really perks up the eye area and is a bargain buy!

Though the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is the hyped concealer (I personally really like it), its not for everyone. If you're looking for something less heavy and more blendable then Seventeen Stay Time is your answer. This can be used on blemishes, redness, imperfections and under the eyes. Despite being slightly lighter coverage than lasting perfection, it stays put all day (I haven't tested the 18h claim though) and isn't orange toned. Theres a limited shade range but if you can find one that suits your skin tone then its worth snapping up.

Bar far, one of the best pressed powders I've tried is the NYC Smooth Skin Powder. For the price of £1.99, you get a compact with powder, mirror and puff. The powder does a great job of setting makeup, controlling oil and not looking caked on. I'd even go as far as saying this is on par if not better than MAC's pressed powder, which is about ten times the price. A real steal.

I never know where to start when it comes to eyeshadow shopping on the highstreet. There are a few palettes out there but for single shadows, its a little trickier. Iced fudge is a gorgeous taupe brown with a soft texture and good pigmentation. If you love neutrals, then this is one to consider, especially for just over £4.

Despite being dubbed a blush, halo is really best used as a highlighter. Halo is a gorgeous light pink champagne shimmer, that's considered a dupe for MAC's soft and gentle. Its pigmented, smooth and only £3.99. I'm not a massive fan of the cardboard packaging but that aside, this is a really great product (you can see it swatched in this post).

Have you tried any of these products?



19.8.14

6 Celebrities You Wouldn't Have Guessed Wore Hair Extensions

When it comes to hair care and beauty tips, celebrities aren’t shy about endorsing their so-called ‘favourite’ products. In the late 90s, Jennifer Aniston capitalised on the fame of her ‘Rachel’ hairdo by starring in a string of L’Oreal advertisements, while the likes of Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have taken to the small screen to wax lyrical about the miraculous effects of various shampoos and conditioners.
But in reality, celebrity hair is a lot more high maintenance than ‘lather, rinse, repeat’. It may surprise you to learn that some of your favourite hair icons (including Jennifer, Nicole and Cheryl) rely on hair extensions to keep their locks looking thick and shiny.


So which other stars don’t want you to know about their secret hair extensions habit?  Read on to find out. And if you want to mimic any of these stars’ looks, check out www.vixenandblush.com for professional advice on hair extensions.

Blake Lively

The Gossip Girl star is famous for her boho chic red carpet hair styles. She was an early adopter of the messy side-plait look which has since been spotted on everyone from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to Selena Gomez.
But Blake’s blond locks are not 100% natural. The star, who recently launched her own lifestyle brand, ‘Preserve’, has never admitted to using hair extensions, but archive photos prove that her natural hair is a lot thinner and shorter than her famously tumbling tresses.



   Kim Kardashian


Kim Kardashian is certainly not shy about showing off her assets, so naturally there has been a lot of speculation about what is real and what is fake. She once filmed herself getting an x-ray, just to prove that she didn’t have butt implants, and she claims to avoid Botox due to an allergy. But what about her hair?
Back when she was best mates with Paris Hilton, she sported the kind of synthetic hair which can be spotted a mile away. But now, she favours a more natural look. However, that doesn’t mean that her days of using extensions are behind her. Now, she favours natural human hair extensions and primarily uses them to add volume, not length.




  Reese Witherspoon

American Sweetheart Reese Witherspoon shot to fame playing the bubbly legal student Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. In real life, she is a dedicated mom of three and hard-working actress, who seems a world away from the preening, hairpiece-wearing Elle. But eagle-eyed photographers have spotted a few tell-tale signs that even the ultimate girl next door needs a little help with her hair now and again.

At this year’s Oscars, Reese used natural-coloured hair extensions to give her classic hair style a boost at the crown, while she has also been spotted wearing a fake ponytail in the past.



Sarah Jessica Parker

As Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker was all curly hair and high heels. Every time she changed her hairstyle, it made fashion news. These days she favours a loose wave with blonde streaks, but her mane has a habit of looking noticeably fuller when she hits the red carpet, compared with her pulled back, off duty look.

While SJP has openly admitted to using high quality hair extensions while filming Sex and the City, it seems that a designer wardrobe is not the only thing she took away from her time on the HBO show. 


   Zooey Deschanel

“I’m bangs and eyes – it’s who I am,” Zooey Deschanel has said. The New Girl actress’ bright blue eyes and thick dark hair are pretty hard to miss. But on the set of her sitcom, her hair practically takes on a life of its own. Natural hair extensions are used to add masses of volume to her New Girl look, emphasising her ‘bangs and eyes’ trademark even more.
When she is out of character, Zooey like to keep her hair natural and wavy, but to replicate the super-thick tresses she sports on the small screen, only extensions will do.


  Angelina Jolie

Frequently cited as one of the world’s most beautiful women, Angelina’s look has changed a lot over the years. From sultry Oscar-winner in 2000, to action movie star in 2001’s Tomb Raider, to globe-trotting earth mother, and now sophisticated humanitarian.
While she has largely stayed true to her trademark brunette locks, she has incorporated extensions into her look on more than one occasion.
As Lara Croft, she had a natural weave added to give her a ponytail worthy of a fantasy action star. And more recently, she has turned to hairpieces and extensions to add a bit of oomph to her public appearances.  




*Posted on behalf of Vixen & Blush

18.8.14

Blogging 101


A super quick post this evening as I'm literally swamped with things at the moment. Hopefully normal service will resume tomorrow. For the benefit of new readers or those new to these types of posts, I thought I would do a roundup of the 'advice' I've posted. OK, its not particularly advice as such as I'm no blogging expert so maybe tips/things I've learnt/hints is a better name for it. You can click the link on each post and it will take you straight there. Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see that I've not covered yet.


















































Advertise on Sweet Electric


After doing a lot of thinking, I've decided to open up some advertising space to potential sponsors. Sweet Electric has grown more than I could ever have imagined and now I'm in the process of going freelance (more on this soon) selling advertising space is a way for me to cover the costs of giveaways and putting money back into this online space that will hopefully benefit sponsors too.
Adverts are offered on a 30 day basis and can be displayed whenever you are ready - I'm using passionfruit so all info is on my shop page and below.
If you would like some exposure for your blog and more information than click on my advertising page here

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A mention in every blog post during the advertising period.
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Links to your blog in the advertisers spotlight post.
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17.8.14

A Note on Self Confidence


Since turning 30 at the end of last year, I've been in a reflective mood. One area that I've always struggled with is self confidence. I've never been a particularly confident person, in my teens I had a lot of issues with self worth but as I've grown older I've noticed a change. I guess that's what has encouraged me to write this post and to share a few things that I've learnt/realised about confidence.

Confidence grows with age.
When I was younger, I used to hear so many people say this and I truly didn't believe it. However, I can honestly say its true. As I've got older, I've become more comfortable with myself and that's not to say I wouldn't change anything as I would like to be a bit more toned, have nicer hair etc. For me, self confidence has become about self-acceptance and caring less what people think. Years ago, I wouldn't leave the house without eyeliner and lipstick, whereas these days I really don't care. Worrying what everyone thinks about you doesn't get you anywhere and to be frank,people are too busy to care. Accepting yourself for how you are is an important part of being confident.

Confidence isn't a reflection of how you look
Though I do think things like getting a new hair cut, loosing weight, buying new clothes etc can give you a boost in the short term, I really believe true confidence comes from within. If you don't believe in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? If you don't like yourself, you're going to be unhappy, regardless of how you look.

Comparing yourself to others gets you nowhere
I mentioned this quote in another post but I love the saying 'dont compare your beginning to someone elses middle'. Everyone is different and I think its wastes so much time when you constantly look at what others are doing. I'm never going to look like a supermodel or have things that others have but that's ok. 

Being around negative people can affect you.
I've learnt its best to walk away from people who put you down. Usually its more a refection of themselves - putting people down to make themselves feel better. Self confidence grows with positive energy and more so when you're surrounded by positive people. A person with a positive mind is more likely to feel better about themselves than someone full of negative thoughts.

Confidence can come from unlikely places.
For me, blogging has given me a confidence that I didn't have before, probably as when I started it was something out of my comfort zone. Sometimes doing things that you wouldn't normally consider (obviously legal things) can break any aspect of self doubt. If you don't give something a try, then how do you know what will happen?

Having a bit of belief in yourself can make you realise how many goals you could achieve (realistic goals - I'm not talking about fame and fortune). I do have a book, that's really helped me to change my way of thinking somewhat (I'll do a post on it soon) but sometimes a bit of reflection on life can give you food for thought.


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