Thursday, 24 July 2014

LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub Review!


Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub Review

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub Review

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub Review

 Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub Review

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub Review

I've been a bad beauty blogger and I've neglected LUSH for far too long. I was so obsessed with the store when I was younger and used to revel in saving up a few pounds to go there and spend it all on one single solitary piece of soap. I recently popped in to the LUSH store I used to frequent as a teenager and picked up the Popcorn Lip Scrub.

I'd noticed that my lips were chapped and desperately in need of exfoliating, and after putting off buying this because I had the bright idea of 'making my own' and hadn't actually got around to doing it (as predicted) so instead I picked this one up for the mere price of £5.50.

One of the things that attracted me to this product is that there are no nasties in the ingredients. I can read and pronounce every item on the list and I'd even cooked with half of them.

And let me just tell you about the smell... If you're a fan of salted caramel or sweet and salty popcorn, you will love how this product smells. It also tastes on the salty side of salted caramel, but it's not unpleasant.

The Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub is really easy to use. You take a small amount of the scrub on your finger and simply rub it over your lips. I like to use small circular motions for around 30 seconds. When you're happy you can simply wipe it off, or *shudder* lick (i hate that word) it from your lips. I like to go for the wiping with a clean tissue option because It makes me feel a little bit classy.

I love that this product actually works. I know that sounds odd, but so many products these days claim to do something they don't and it's actually refreshing to see one which works, and works well. My lips feel softer, smoother and in much better condition after using this product and it is one i'll certainly be reaching for twice a week from now on.

Have you tried a Lipscrub or even made your own? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments!
Em xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

3 Tips to get the most out of Bloggers Love Fashion Week

Bloggers Love Fashion Week, VIB, #VIB, #BLFW

The first Bloggers Love Fashion Week took place in March this year. Now it's back and I've been asked to attend as a VIB, and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this.

For those of you who don't know, Bloggers Love Fashion Week is a 3 day event which takes place in the heart of London's West End - Leicester Square. Packed full of top brands showcasing their latest collection and bloggers from all over the country, it's certainly not one to be missed.

Bloggers Love Fashion Week was pretty much my first ever large scale blogger event. I'd been blogging for 2 months when I attended, and as a newbie to the blogging world it was both petrifying and exciting at the same time.

Like most things, the most important thing to remember about blogger events is, you get out what you put in and if you plan in advance, you can get so much out of it, so I've decided to write out my top 3 tips to make the most out of this 3 day event.

1. It's cool to get there on time!
If you're shy at blogger events, haven't made a blogger date, or wimp out of talking to other people (like me) then try and get to the event bang on time, or better still...early! You'll likely find that less people are there, and if there's just 3 of you in a massive room, you could find yourselves chatting away and making friends naturally, without the added worries of walking into a room full of people you may not know.

2. Set youself a goal of _____  people to talk to each night.
I've recently set myself a target of 2. When I go to events, I aim to meet and talk to 2 new people - per event. Harder than it sounds, but the past few events I've been to, I've surprised myself, got out of my comfort zone and smashed my target!

3. Lights, Camera, Action!
You don't need a fancy camera to be a blogger as you can take some fantastic photos on camera phones these days, however, if you are taking a DSLR or similar to a blogging event, one thing to take into consideration is that the light may not always be on your side. I have a Toplight that I bought for my Canon 600D and it was probably the best £20 I've ever put towards my blog. If you have a choice between a new outfit or a light for the event... screw the clothes and buy a light. I get so much use out of mine, and my value LED light I find works better than the £100+ Calumet Top light I have for pro use in work. You'll be amazed at how much difference good lighting makes to your photographs.

So there you have it. My top 3 tips to help you at BLFW. I hope they're even remotely useful, and I can't wait for next month to roll around for the pre party!


Are you going to Bloggers Love Fashion Week? Let me know in the comments! 
Em xxx

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet, Frambourjoise Review!

Bourjois, Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, Frambourjois Review Swatch, Pale Skin, My Pale Skin Blog

Bourjois, Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, Frambourjois Review Swatch, Pale Skin, My Pale Skin Blog

Bourjois, Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, Frambourjois Review Swatch, Pale Skin, My Pale Skin Blog

Bourjois, Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, Frambourjois Review Swatch, Pale Skin, My Pale Skin Blog

Bourjois, Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, Frambourjois Review Swatch, Pale Skin, My Pale Skin Blog

As a massive fan of a matte lip, I was super excited to try out the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Frambourjoise*! I'd been wanting to introduce some colour into my life and having been lucky enough to receive a few of these in a goody bag at an event, I made sure I got stuck in and gave it a go.

There are eight shades in the Rouge Edition Velvet line, and the lipsticks have a lightweight texture and provide an intense colour pay off. One of the things I really like about the them is that they're a sort of lipstick/gloss hybrid. They apply like a gloss with the wand applicator and dry to a vibrant matte finish like a lipstick.

I find the best way to apply for an even coverage is to apply in two layers. I apply one layer, and run a clean finger over it to make sure it's evenly distributed and then go back in with the wand to seal the deal. Be warned, it is a bit of a stainer on the lips so if you go outside your lip line or smooth it out with your finger, make sure you clean that up sooner rather than later.

In terms of wear-ability, I find the colour works well with my pale skin tone, and i'll even go as far to say that I've found my new red.

It's certainly one i'll be adding to my main collection, and when I build up the courage to wear more bright lipsticks out of the house, this will be one i'll be reaching for.

Have you tried any of the Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments.
Em xxx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Foundations For Pale Skin: Pale Test #5 - NARS Sheer Glow, Siberia

Nars sheer glow, siberia, light 1, pale skin, foundation for pale skin, swatch, my pale skin, blog, review

Nars sheer glow, siberia, light 1, pale skin, foundation for pale skin, swatch, my pale skin, blog, review

Nars sheer glow, siberia, light 1, pale skin, foundation for pale skin, swatch, my pale skin, blog, review

Nars sheer glow, siberia, light 1, pale skin, foundation for pale skin, swatch, my pale skin, blog, review

Nars sheer glow, siberia, light 1, pale skin, foundation for pale skin, swatch, my pale skin, blog, review

Nars sheer glow, siberia, light 1, pale skin, foundation for pale skin, swatch, my pale skin, blog, review

Nars sheer glow, siberia, light 1, pale skin, foundation for pale skin, swatch, my pale skin, blog, review

Nars sheer glow, siberia, light 1, pale skin, foundation for pale skin, swatch, my pale skin, blog, review

I get asked on an almost daily basis which foundations and concealers are the best for pale skin tones, and this series is going to explore all different types of  products from varying brands and at all price levels which will hopefully help you to make a decision on which foundation and concealer is right for you! 

In universal skin tone terms.. I'm an NC15 in Mac. However, Mac isn't really doing it for me at the moment, so i'm on the hunt for a replacement that will be the perfect foundation for My Pale Skin. 

Product: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Sibera (Light 1)

Price: £31.00 

Packaging:  The foundation comes in a thick glass bottle with a matte black screw cap.  The foundation does not come with a pump, and you will have to purchase one separately, I didn't now this when I  purcahsed it, so just a heads up. The packaging feels luxe, however I'm not a fan of porous black matte packaging on foundations - purely down to the fact that they take so long to clean and remove any signs of product which has made it's way onto the outside of the lid.

Coverage: I find the Product gives a medium to full coverage. It's a buildable foundation, and applying in different ways will give you a different coverage. For a sheer look, try using a beauty blender and for a full coverage, try using a brush such as the real techniques expert face brush. I like to buff mine in using a buffing brush such as the Nanshy flat top buffer.

Colour:  The Nars Sheer Glow foundation in Siberia is the lightest of the entire range. I'm so happy to have found this foundation, as it seems to be the perfect shade for my pale skin, with no orange tones to be seen!

Finish: Although it's called 'Sheer glow' I find that when you first apply it, the foundation does have a dewy glow, however, after buffing I find that It does seem to transform more to the matte end of the spectrum. If you're looking for a dewy foundation, you may find yourself disappointed with the glow not being overly obvious in this one.

Final Verdict: At £31.00, The Nars Sheer glow foundation is the most expensive I've ever purchased, and certainly one i'd recommend you swatch and test to make sure you're happy with before splashing out on it. I love the coverage, and the subtle 'glow' which is more of a sheen, that this product gives. The Nars Sheer Glow in Siberia (Light 1)  I'm happy to report has PASSED the pale test with flying colours.


As Always, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this foundation or what you'd like me to try next, let me know in the comments.
Em xxx



Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Homeware Haul!

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Homeware haul, Cargo homeware Haul Mypaleskin blog

There's nothing I love more than a good bargain and after I found myself wandering through Wimbledon town centre after finishing a really early 5am film shoot I headed into Cargo and picked up a few pretties for my flat! Have you ever shopped and forgot everything you bought? Well I have, and I did... 



I never thought I'd find myself enjoying filming YouTube videos as much as I do, and I'm hoping when I get the hang of it, I'll find a schedule that works for me! I'm aiming to post one video a week for you guys, and am working on a few video ideas to post over the upcoming weeks!

 If you have any suggestions for videos you'd like me to film, let me know in the comments!
Em xxx


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Elf Cosmetics, Candid Coral Studio Blush Review!

elf cosmetics candid coral blusher swatch nars orgasm dupe

elf cosmetics candid coral blusher swatch nars orgasm dupe

elf cosmetics candid coral blusher swatch nars orgasm dupe

In regards to Blushers, right now Elf Cosmetics can do no wrong. Every time I try a new blush by Elf, I fall in love just a little bit more. I picked up the Candid Coral blush a while back in a big Elf bundle, but it has been hiding at the back of my blusher drawer. I recently dug it out and was more than impressed with it.

As a pale kid, trying to find a coral blush that doesn't make me look like I've slapped orange face paint on my cheeks or rolled around in gold glitter is a little harder than it sounds, and this blusher has the perfect combination of soft coral tones and a light touching of shimmer which enhances my pale skin, rather than fighting against it.

I've heard this is a perfect dupe for the Nars Orgasm blusher, but as i've yet to test the Nars blusher, I can't confirm the dupe facts for you. 

At £3.95 It's not the most long lasting of products as it wears off throughout a working day. However it definitely is worth adding to your collection if you don't mind reapplying or expecting it to have the same lasting effects as more pricier brands.

I really like the studio blush collection, and i'm looking forward to adding more to my blusher drawer!


Have you tried any of the Elf Blushers??  I'd love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments...
Em xxx

Friday, 18 July 2014

Grabble #Grabamakeover Event at Andrew Barton Salon!



On Tuesday Night I was lucky enough to be invited by Grabble to their #Grabamakeover event at the Andrew Barton Salon in Covent Garden.
It was my first Grabble event and I was very much looking forward to attending, not only for everything the event had on offer, but also as I knew some of my bloggy friends were attending too.

L-R Monica, Beth, April, Em (me!) Photo Copyright - Grabble




Photo Copyright - Grabble
L-R Monica & Em (me!)

L-R April & Beth


Andrew Barton

L-R Monica & Beth

L-R Kitty & Monica

L-R Sarah, Lorna, Kitty & Monica

L-R Monica, Katie, Jess, Sarah, Em, Beth

L-R Katie, Em, Monica, Beth, Sarah, Emsy
Grabble had thought of everything at the event, from massages and manicures to dental specialists and hair consultations... did I mention Pizza by the bucket load too? I have to say that Katie and the rest of the Grabble team had worked their little socks off. There was an amazing raffle and the very beautiful Kitty managed to win herself not just one, but two incredible raffle prizes. 

It was so lovely to see some of my fave girlies such as April, Beth &  Monica. And catch up with some lovely girlies such as  Lorna, KittySarah and meet some other lovely bloggers in the flesh such as Em and Katie.

I had a wonderful evening at the Grabble #Grabamakeover event and I'm very much looking forward to the next.
Em xxx