Thursday, 3 October 2013

Ardell Natural Style False Lashes | Beauty Review ♡






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Hello lovelies!

I've never really been into wearing false lashes, without boasting I'm pretty happy with how a few coats of mascara looks on my lashes plus I never could get the hang of getting the darn things stuck at the correct part of my eyelid. BUT, I had been wanting to film a dramatic autumn makeup look video for my Youtube channel which I have filmed & am still editing ;) To make it more dramatic, I thought I would grab some false lashes and whilst doing the weekly shop I took a look down the beauty isle and saw a fair few false lashes at different prices. I had heard of Ardell and when I saw that a whole bunch of the natural style lashes were on sale from £5 to £3.75, I grabbed some!

As you can see from the photo above, my right eye (your left) didn't get stuck on as neatly as the first one but I'm slowly getting the hang of it. The lashes themselves come with a lash glue which was pretty good compared to previous ones I've tried, they held the lashes on securely but when a few hours later I decided to cosy down for the night I took them off without any hassle or even left over glue - ever had it where the next day the glue still won't come off? So annoying!

I used tweezers at first which as I'm so clumsy, didn't help that much so then just like blindly sticking a tale on a donkey, I managed to stick them on without much manoeuvring afterwards. The other eye though wasn't as easy but that's obviously not a reflection on Ardell's lashes, but of my ability haha.

I have found though in the past that the lashes come too long and I have to cut them down to size, but these seemed to fit me perfectly. They make my lashes look so much longer but the thing I like about them is when topped up with some mascara, my lashes look so full and I love it! I used the Max Factor Mega Volume Mascara just for reference.

One of the only down sides to these lashes would be that the lash glue doesn't have a screw-top lid, it's almost like a sachet which can't be used again so if I were to reuse them, I would have to purchase my own glue. I have heard though that Duo lash glue is meant to be good, so this could be my chance to get my hands on that!

Overall, even if I had to pay £5 for these lashes, I would still buy them and am happy with the quality, staying power, lash glue included & false lashness (if that's even a word)!


Have you tried these false lashes or any others from Ardell? What are your favourite false lashes?

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

My Current Skincare Routine | Clarins, Chanel & Bioderma ♡

 
 
 



Hello lovelies!

I have been wanting to film a 'skincare routine' video over on my Youtube channel (link here) for a while now but have never loved every step to the routine plus am wanting to add in a few beauty blogger favourites from Space NK into the mix (blog post on that here). So, I thought I would share with you what my current skincare routine consists of on my blog and update you as I try more products.

REMOVING MAKEUP: To remove my makeup, I use the Bioderma Crealine H20 (review here) on 2 cotton pads and wipe around all of my face, trying not to go to close to the eye area. Bioderma leaves my skin feeling so clean & fresh that other steps almost don't need to be done and if I'm having one of those nights where I'm shattered, I do tend to only use this, or a face wipe. Next, to remove my eye makeup I use the Clarins Gentle Eye Make-up Remover and again use 2 cotton pads, gently place them over shut eyes and leave to soak for around 10 seconds & wipe away. I don't need to work too hard at getting my usual mascara off and when wearing waterproof I leave the cotton pads to soak into my eyes a little longer. I actually purchased this item after hearing Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup raving about it.

Before I move on, I would just like to say that last night after tweeting about my Space NK Beauty Wishlist (post here), I @ tagged ViviannaMakeup's twitter & she favourited my tweet. Ok, so lets go through that one more time. Anna favourited my tweet! Am I dreaming? haha :) You can follow me on Twitter - @ashleighailsa

CLEANSING: To cleanse my face I have a daily cleanser and a more exfoliating scrub which I use 1-2 times a week. To cleanse daily I use the Clarins Energising Gel Cleanser which lathers up nicely and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. For days when I want to exfoliate more, I opt for the Burt's Bee's Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub - wow that's a mouthful ha! I actually did a review on this product which you can find here which goes into my detail but as it contains exfoliating beads, it removes any dry skin & leaves it feeling really healthy.

TONING: Again I have 2 options to choose from depending on how my skin is feeling that day. For the more spot outbreak days, I go for my Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions toner which came in a set with a cleanser & moisturiser but I now only repurchase this item to keep my spots at bay. I should really do a review on it as it's simply amazing. On the days where my skin feels normal, I opt for the Clarins Daily Energizer Toner which is gently yet effective. When applying any toner, I use a cotton pad to sweep all over my face plus neck. You can't forget the neck.

MOISTURISING: As of yet, I haven't found a moisturiser which I absolutely love, so for now I use the Clarins Daily Energizer Moisturiser which does the job of moisturising my skin and keeping it feeling nourished, so it's not all bad for this product. It just doesn't wow me each time I use it haha. Then, for an eye cream I use a sample of Chanel's Eye Treatment which I've really been enjoying and to keep all of the goodness locked in, I apply a pea-sized amount of the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. Note to self: Do a review on this product, it's incredible. This product leaves my skin ready to apply makeup and tightens my skin a little (in a good way) whilst making it feel and look glowing.

So, apart from the sneaky Real Techniques brush in the bottom right hand corner of the photo (for effect) that's everything I try to use on a regular basis as part of my skincare routine. I would like to revamp the routine but for now, all these products do a great job of keeping my skin clean & moisturised. Stay tuned for more reviews on new products though.

Woah so many links to reviews I've done :)

Have you tried any of the products mentioned? What is your essential skincare product?

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Space NK Beauty Wishlist | October ♡







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Hello lovelies!

As a blogger and Youtuber, I constantly have a list of beauty/fashion products that I would like to buy and try and at the moment, anything Space NK is floating my boat. I feel like in the beauty blogger/youtube community there is a bit of a divide with the definite Mac, Chanel (department store brands) buyers & then there's the more boutique ones who love Space NK and trying new products with organic, natural components. Obviously these both types of beauty lovers venture over into the other types. This probably doesn't make sense to a fair few reading this but hopefully to some it does haha!

Aaaanyway, I have been watching so many Space NK hauls on Youtube recently so whilst out grabbing a milkshake with the hubby, I had a quick look in Space NK and found myself oogling all the products I had seen spoken or written about for a good 20 minutes. Only thing is, every item has a high-end price tag and deciding which few items I wanted to go for first was harder than I thought.

So, I thought I would put together a beauty wishlist and slowly but surely start ticking them off  my list as I buy them! Most of them are skincare related as ViviannaDoesMakeup does an amazing job at making me want to update my 'makeup wipes, cleanser if I'm lucky & moisturiser routine'.

Lets get started....

1. Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm - £34
I have wanted to try this product for soo long as it has been raved about by so many of my favourite youtubers/bloggers, can't wait to get my hands on this and start having lovely skin!

2. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - £20
I have never really been into curling my eyelashes and forever ago bought one from Elf, used it a few times and forgot about but I now somehow need this eyelash curler in my life? Haha. Everyone also raves on about this tool and I fancy trying it.

3. Oribe Dry Texturising Spray - £18
Recently, this hair product has gone crazy over the internet, I haven't seen anyone NOT talking about it and as my hair is long and can look limp when straightened, I thought this could be a possible helping product. You can get this in full size for about £38 ish I think but until I find out how much I like it, I think I will just go for the smaller version.

4. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder - £35
Ok, so I like a little bit of bronzer every now and then, and I'm finally getting the hang of contouring, kind of. So thought this product  could be great at sculpting my face and I have heard all great things.

5. Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado - £20
Ever since watching Missglamorazzi on Youtube, I have seen her talking about this eye cream and how creamy it is and I haven't really ever used a eye cream regularly and tried this out whilst in store and definitely need it in my life.

6. Sarah Chapman Professional Cleansing Mitts - £12
These are meant to be very similar to the Emma Hardie muslin cloths but easier to use plus warm up when being used so looking forward to using the cleansing balm with them.

7. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil - £26
Again, never really doing much to my eyebrows, I thought this product looked great as a starter as it has a brush on the end plus the product itself is the colour and wax together.


You can see why buying all of these lovely items at once would mean not eating for a week, or even 2 haha, slowly but surely though I will get round to trying these and I'm really excited to be able to try them all!

Do you have any of these products? What do you think of them?

Let me know by commenting down below, it would mean so much to me! Also, what is your wishlist from Space NK?


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