Tuesday, 31 January 2012

E.L.F magic

If you follow the buddingbeauties twitter, you'll know that I recently ordered some ELF products online, (couldn't help writing the cheesy title pun!) I'd heard of the brand but never really thought much of it, but after finding a free shipping code I thought i'd see what all the fuss was about. And after discovering its amazingly cheap prices, I was fixated instantly! Here i've brought a eyebrow treat and tame, makeup mist and set, shimmering facial whip and a lipstick (havn't got a picture of the lipstick as it broke, not sure whether that was down to the not so great quality or me having just broke it because I don't take gentle care with my makeup so much, I shall review it still though!)

Eyebrow Treat And Tame £3.50
I love using this! The 'treat' clear gel keeps my eyebrows groomed and neat, whilst the 'tame' eyebrow mascara defined my eyebrows nicely without darkening my fair eyebrows too much. It comes in light, medium, dark and ash, so I obviously opted for the light one. I did have one little fault which was the quality of the mascara wand on the 'tame' side, the bristles looked used and sort of tufty, but i'd probably repurchase this again as the product itself was good and a bargain at £3.50! I can't comment on the other colours as I havn't tried them nor seem them in the flesh, but i'm sure their just as good.

Shimmering Facial Whip £1.50 in Persimmon
(Sorry the lighting on the second photos not very good, artifical light is annoying) I wasn't too sure on what the facial whip was at first, I intended on buying a cream blusher but the ones on there were like £6.50 (little pricey for E.L.F!) and came in the tiniest pot ever, so I brought this instead. It says that you can put it on your eyes, face, and lips. It looked tacky on the lips, and I havn't tried it on my eyes as i'm not keen on that idea but I quite like it on my cheeks. I apply it to the apples of my cheeks and it gives a nice looking glow that doesn't look too glittery or tacky.

At first I wasn't overly sure on this product, but i'd finally scraped the last bits of my primer and I decided it was time to try this out. Its pretty good, it sets quite nicely and kept my makeup on my face that bit longer; it did feel a tad sticky at first but on the packaging it says you can spray on your face then blot slightly, and that did help. Not a massive change and its not something I use every day, but there are no particular disadvantages.
I found the packaging of the lipstick quite cheap looking and the lipstick itself was a little drying, although at an amazingly cheap £1.50, I can hardly complain! Unfortunately the lipstick turned out a more orange than the coral I expected, but blotting my lips gave a nice matte look. I was so disapointed to have broken the lipstick, it was probably down to it being battered in my makeup bag alot, but I plan to rescue it by the mixing it with vaseline trick and turning it into a coloured lipbalm! So thats that, don't forget to leave a comment or follow us through bloglovin, GFC or our twitter @buddingbeauties. Sorry some of the shots are light and dark, artifical light can be a pain and I've also adapted to a new picture taking spot, not too sure on it but maybe it'll stick. Lots of love,

The blonde one.

*All my opinions are written from experience, so do not be startled if you have a different reaction to the products then i've had, were all different!

Sunday, 22 January 2012


Sorry for the boring-ish blogpost, mine and my sisters bedrooms are getting redecorated and refurnished so all my bits have been shoved into different boxes and the house is sheer mayhem! I've wrote up a blogpost of my recently purchased E.L.F products so within about a week i'll probably be able to take some pics and share the review with you!

Tumblrs really growing on me. At first I thought it was a load of crap, but now i'm getting obbsessive about posting pictures! Check mine here and feel free to leave yours in a comment, i'd love to see them! The pictures above are from my tumblr but I have no copyright over them, I took them from other tumblrs :-)

And to interject a proper topic to this blogpost, i'm also really getting into the natural side of beauty, meaning homemade facemasks, heatless hairstyles, the whole shabam! I'll go into detail with pictures and bits in a seperate blogpost, but here are a few tips of mine: rub sugar around your lips to exfoliate them and keep them soft, it can also be done with vaseline and a toothbrush but I find this more convinent and tasty! Oatmeal facemasks are also lovely; just take some plain porridge oats, wet them with warm water to make them mushy and spread over your face, its lovely and calming and reduces redness to your face. And lastly, the easy, quick trick of getting beach curls without heat- dampen your hair, pull it into a ponytail and split it into two pieces, twist them around each other and pin it up tightly into a bun, leave for about an hour, let it all go and vwola!

Lots of love,
the blonde one.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Cause they say home is where your heart is set in stone.

Hello beauties!

Firstly, some of you may know about the One Direction concert that me and Cara went to on the 11th.
It. Was. Amazing.
 Unfortunately, me being me, I forgot my video camera which made me really annoyed! But my friend, Isabel who was also there took quite a few good pictures! So here they are:

The concert was just amazing, our seats (though expected to be rubbish) actually turned out to be quite good! And I have to say that after the concert my obsession for Harry Styles is still forever growing. Its rather scary.
We were also fortunate enough for our 'I love Harry Styles/Liam Payne' tee's to arrive just in time which was astonishing judging on how bad my luck has been lately. *sigh*

In other news, for all those who know about the Miss Teen GB pageant I competed in; the lovely organisers are about to celebrate the grand opening of their dress shop in Cheshire! You can visit the website here, where you can order cheap designer dresses.

Can I also say a thank you to the lovely Danielle who always takes a minute out of her time to carefully read each of our blog posts and comment. :)

Best wishes everyone!

Title lyrics - gabrielle aplin home

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Clinique Goodies

I think an obvious start to this blogpost would be to wish you all a very happy New Year.. it's 2012! I can't quite believe how fast 2011 has gone, it seems like just yesterday that Ronnie snatched Kats baby in Eastenders, (slowly revealing my obbsession for soaps. And yes, that event did occur on the previous New Year, wow!)
Also, I'm still in fits of laughter at how many comments we got on the last blogpost Holly did which mentioned discovering your name in Japanese; so many of you tried it! Just shows what little things on the web can get us momentarily facinated.

I managed to bag a two little clinique goodies to review for you all! Its not much but their both pricey products so I was fortunate to get them for free.

I have naturally very short and thin lashes and I havn't used an eyelash curler.
 Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black (£15 for 8g on Clinique)

I'd been in need of a new mascara for quite a while as i'd been using an old Maybelline one that had started to lose its knack. The Clinique mascara promises to 'add maximum volume with definition and length' and I felt this was one of the few products that actually does what it says on the label! Aswell as giving my lashes a defined, very black colour, it lengthened them well and left very few clumps. The only default was the fact that it wasn't very waterproof, and although i'm not a huge fan of waterproof mascaras as it can be a nightmare to get off, the other day I got a teeny bit of rain splashed on my face and I ended up looking like a panda! I own a small 4g one in comparison to the 8g one you can buy online, and whilst I don't think i'd purchase twice I still think it works pretty good for it's money.


High Impact Lip Colour in Sassy Spice (£16 for 3.8g on Clinique)

This lipstick felt quite festive to me! As you can kind of see from the pictures, the colour is a sort of reddy brown with a tinged sparkle to it; the colour felt abit too grown up for me, as i'd usually opt for subtle corals or pinks. Again, I probably wouldn't be prepared to pay £16 pound for a lipstick, but the quality was pretty good! It felt super hydrating as I suffer from really dry lips and some lipsticks just dry up and end up looking dodgy, and it rarely bled as I didn't use a lipliner.

Thanks for reading! and don't forget to follow our twitter @buddingbeauties :-)

All the best,
the blonde one.

*All my opinions are written from experience, so do not be startled if you have a different reaction to the products then i've had, were all different!