Sunday, 26 January 2014

Liebster Award!!






I have kindly been nominated for a Liebster Award by the gorgeous Lucy http://apotofvintageplease.blogspot.co.uk/ and the ever so lovely Lori  http://vintagebeauty100.blogspot.co.uk/ and just recently delightful Jess
http://caramella0.blogspot.co.uk/
http://beasbeautyblog.com/  Thank you Bea, I'm truly honored.

Thank you so much ladies x
 
I am so surprised and excited thank you so much! What a fabulous opportunity for new bloggers to get to know each other. Every blogger nominated  must nominate eleven other bloggers with less than 200 followers to answer eleven questions that you have created for them.


My questions from Lucy:

1 . Why did you start a blog?
I have always been obsessed with makeup and beauty products and was always talking the ears off my friends and family about my latest finds. I thought why not write it all down for the world to see to!
2 . What have you learnt from blogging?
I am learning something new everyday from blogging, I think thats why I enjoy it so much because its a continuous creative learning platform.
3 . What is your favourite beauty quote and why?
"Happy girls are the prettiest" Audrey Hepburn because its true and reminds me that being happy within yourself is so important and shines through.
4 . Who is your favourite designer and why?
Roberto Cavalli because he really appreciates the female form. The dresses are so sexy yet very feminine and magical at the same time.
5 . Which beauty product could you not live without?
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser
6 . What is your beauty top tip?
Double cleanse when removing your makeup at night.
7 . Natural or Bright and Bold?
Natural
8 . What is your opinion on Tattooed eyebrows?
Well to each their own but personally I wouldn't want them.
9 . Which celebrity inspires your beauty and fashion choices?
Jennifer Aniston always looks fresh and classy but above all comfortable in her own skin.
10. What is your most recent fashion purchase and why?
A black faux fur gilet because it glams up any outfit in seconds.
11. Favourite high street fashion brand?
Zara, I always find something I like in there and the sizing is good too.


My Questions from Lori:

1. What is your favourite makeup brands of all time?
Bareminerals and Urban Decay
2. What are your favourite drugstore makeup products?

Revlon and Maybelline
3. Where are your favourite places to shop for makeup?

Online, Boots or department stores
4. What are your holy grail make up products?

Bareminerals Original & Matte foundation, Mac Prolong wear concealer, UD Naked foundation
5. Where's your favourite place to shop for clothes?

Zara,H&M,Forever 21
6. How would you describe your style?

Causual and comfortable
7. What are your favourite skincare items?

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, Bareminerals Purifying Cleanser, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
8. What's your must have hair product?

Kerastase Ciment Thermique
9. What does your very own pamper evening include?

Double cleanse with Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser,Ren Pore Detox mask,Liz Earle toner, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum followed by Liz Earle moisturiser
10. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Relax, go for coffee, go out to eat, go to the movies.



My Questions from Jess:

1. Where is your favourite place to shop?
I like to shop online, asos, beauty bay,
2. Do you prefer high end or Low end products?
A bit of both.                                                                
3. What is your all time favourite song?
Journey - Don't Stop Believing      
4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I don't know, happy and where I want to be.                                               
5. What is your favourite makeup brand?
Bareminerals                             
6. If you had one wish what would it be?
For me and my loved ones to live happily ever after        
7. Who is your celebrity role model?  
Jennifer Aniston         
8. Why did you decide to start blogging?  

Because I love beauty and makeup                                 
9. What is your dream job?

Beauty Blogger                                     
10. Where is the best place you have travelled too?

California and South Africa                                                                      
11. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Still California.              

My Questions from Bea:

1) If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Del Mar, California.
2) What if your favourite item of clothing?
My red and white plad shirt.
3) What is your favourite make-up brand?
Bareminerals
4) Do you prefer a night out with the girls or quiet night in with a film?
Quiet night in with film
5) Chinese or Indian takeaway?
Indian, a lovely Korma and plenty of naan bread.
6) Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook
7) What has been your highlight since starting a blog?
Sharing my passion with everyone and making friends
8) Fake tan or au natural?
Both!
9) Where is your favourite place to eat?
Strada
10) Name a film you are always in the mood to watch
Grease
11) Favourite pizza topping?
Mushroom and sweetcorn

 

My eleven question for you:


1. What does being beautiful mean to you?
2. What is your holy grail foundation?
3. When did you start wearing makeup and why?
4. What is your favourite cosmetic brand and why?
5. How confident do you feel with no makeup on at all?
6. How do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
7. What beauty trend did you dislike?
8. What is your favourite fashion era?
9. How would you describe your day to day style?
10.City life or country living?
11.Where in the world would you most like to visit next?


I would like to nominate:

Vanessa        glamfashionprincess.blogspot.com
Elsi               absolutelyelsi.blogspot.com
Sophie          sophiedemerci.blogspot.co.uk
Shelley         shellx85x.blogspot.com
Natalie         oheartsan.blogspot.com
Liv               dontmakemeblush.co.uk
Andrea         winkforpink.blogspot.com
Sarah           sarahlovesmakeup.wordpress.com
Cornelia       ineffablebeauty.co.uk
Dejhana       waitealittle.blogspot.com
Brittany        beasbeautyblog.com




Thank you again for my nomination I am beyond happy! :)

BlondeTeaParty x







Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Nude & Metallic Makeup Look


Hello beautiful people I hope the week is treating you well. January be gone I say! What better way to cheer up than reading a makeup post?! I have always loved the nude makeup look in fact its one of my favourite looks to wear but adding some metallic shades takes it to a whole new level of sexy. **oo la la** Try smoldering gunmetal eyelids with peachy soft lips against a luminous complexion. There are endless combinations to try out. Here is my look with all the products I used below.
 
 
Face
Dior Nude BB Cream - shade 02
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer nw20
Chanel Bronze Universell
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - medium
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge - Uber Beige
 
Eyes
Nars Cream Shadow Duo - Madagascar
   Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow - Bronze
 Bareminerals Loose Eyeshadow - Nude Beach
    Makeup Geek Gel Liner - Rave
   Mascara Jordana Best Lash- Black
 
Lips
MAC Lip Pencil - Boldly Bare
 Bareminerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color- Free Will
 
 
 









Thank you for reading :)

BlondeTeaParty x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

ALPURE- Skincare from the Heart of the Swiss Alps

Today I would like to introduce you to Alpure a Swiss skincare brand that hails from the glorious Alps of Switzerland. Being Swiss born myself I can truly appreciate the ingredients and the source of these products. These days we are all searching for a more natural approach to skincare.
Bio Alpine is an exclusive complex of specially handpicked plants, each chosen for it's innovative anti ageing properties, straight from the heart of the Swiss mountains. Alpure has designed a targeted solution for every woman for each stage of her life. With it's 100% natural active ingredients and specially selected water from the Dar Glacier, Alpure covers all your skincare needs.


Alpure Alti-White is a line of whitening care targeting the needs of Asian skin and hyperpigmentation. This is perfect for me as I have alot of hyperpigmentaion on my face that generally gets darker during sun exposure. Alti White technology combines powerful plant ingredients produced by Swiss organic farming to reveal a more radiant and even skin tone. It helps control melanin production and protects further hyperpigmentaion acceleration. 



Alti-White Brightening Purifying Gel: Paraben free, for all skin types. This opalescent gel cleanser gently cleanses the skin removing all makeup and skin dulling impurities revealing a bright,clear complexion.

Alpure Alti-White Whitening Intensive Serum: Contains vital vitamin C and E to help diminish existing pigmentation and works at preventing  new spots from forming thanks to its anti-melanin ingredients.

Alpure Alti-White Whitening High Protection Fluid SPF30/PA++: A light weight silky fluid that protects skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. It helps prevent and correct hyperpigmentation and contains effective anti-ageing properties that also fight pollution and free radicals that can further damage your skin. Complexion is hydrated,radiant and more even looking.


Alpure Detoxifying Toning Cleanser for Face, Eyes, Lips: This three in one cleanser combines Systeme-Pur, an innovative complex of organic flowers from the Swiss Alps and water from the Dar Glacier that aid in restoring the skins moisture balance leaving skin clean and comfortable. This is a beautifully light, gel like consistency that melts away makeup and impurities in one easy step preparing your skin for your serums and moisturiser. Perfect for dry skin. Non Rinse Off Formula.


Bio- Alpine Correction Lift Anti Ageing Day Fluid SPF: Effective anti-age and sun protection in a light, hydrating fluid idea for normal to combination skin. UVA and UVB SPF 15 protect your skin from premature ageing while a unique blend of papaya extract and Dar glacier water help improve skins ability to retain moisture. Skin is more radiant, supple and soft. This makes a great base for makeup.

Altisource Intensive Hydration Energising Fluid: 24 hours of hydration thanks to its unique complex Altisource 24 which is a clever combination of active alpine ingredients that work to restore skins moisture balance. This is perfect for normal to combination skin with its light gel texture that melts effortlessly into skin.


Bio-Alpine Anti-Ageing Eye Cream: This skin around our eyes is very thin and delicate compared to the skin on our face. An eye cream is specially formulated for that delicate area. It's important to start using an eye cream from our 20's to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the future. This is a super light cream that helps repair, prevent and protect the delicate eye area. Dark circles and puffiness are significantly reduced and eyes feel fresh and hydrated.



Altisource Intensive Hydration Re-sourcing Mask: Intense hydration from the source of the Swiss Alps. This box contains twelve individual pots of this soothing, cooling, creamy mask that instantly calms dry, sensitive skin, hydrating with an original combination of natural alpine ingredients that work to restore the skins moisture balance. Apply a thick layer for 10 mins, remove with a cotton pad. Skin is left comfortable, nourished, soothed and hydrated. This is one of my favourite hydrating masks I've used and I just love the individual packets which are excellent for travel.

All in all I have really been enjoying using these beautiful products, they make you feel fresh and alive leaving skin with visible results that last! Choosing the perfect skincare regime couldn't be easier with Alpure.  

Please visit www.alpure.ch for your nearest stockist.





Thank you so much for reading & please let me know if you have any specific questions about Alpure skincare that I can help you with.


















Friday, 17 January 2014

FOTD- Back to Work


Happy Friday lovelies! This was my first week back at work after the Christmas holidays so I thought I would share with you my current makeup routine. Its pretty basic but exactly what I want for a work day. As I am mostly client facing in a corporate environment, I need to look fresh and natural. This is also a great look for interviews. People will see you and not your makeup. The Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation here is the perfect combination for of light weight yet full coverage foundation that looks completely natural. I use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer because its nice a affordable and does a very good job at disguising my dark circles and pigmentation. I have oily skin so I have to set my foundation with a good powder, Benefit Hello Flawless is the perfect powder, its smooth and silky, add a touch of coverage but doesn't make you look like a chalk board. It has a natural matte finish that I love. For cheeks I like to keep it bright and pink for a bit of pick me up. Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush in the colour Rose is the most gorgeous combination of pinks with a touch of highlight for that just brings any tired face to life. For eyes I keep it simple, a base like MAC paint in Bare Canvas cancels out any redness on my eyelids and provides a clean neutral base for my eye shadow. I am using Makeup Geek Simma Shimma shadow all over my eyelid to give that pop of brightness. Its a champagne shade that looks beautiful when used as light wash of colour.



What kind of look do you wear for work?











Thank you so much for stopping by & taking the time to read my post.
BlondeTeaParty x

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Goodies I got for Christmas & Sephora Haul


Hello lovelies how are you today? I wanted to share with you some lovely pressies I got for Christmas and a few bits that I picked up from Sephora while I was in the States. I am like a kid in a sweet shop I just want to play with everything and pretty much buy everything too! So for Christmas and Birthdays my sister and I make lists of things we would like so our parents and eachother can pick and choose. So, my lovely lil sis got me the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Vanilla which I am obsessed with and a Nars lip gloss in the colour Belize. I adore this ever since I saw Louise from Made In Chelsea wear it. Its a nude mauve with golden flecks, stunning! Then from my Mummy dearest I got the Estee Lauder Automatic Duo Lip Pencil in the shade Fig ( Jennifer Anistons fav pencil didn't ya know) yes that's exactly why I wanted it. It really is the perfect shade of nude. Next was my Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencil in the shade Coffee. This is the most richest shade of brown you will ever find, doesn't budge. Great alternative to black. From my lovely boyfriend I got a Prada L'eau gift set which came with a mini body lotion and a gorge cosmetic pouch.
While in Las Vegas my sister and I visited Sephora literally everyday! I picked up some long overdue coveted items- Josie Maran Argan Illuminser: the most amazing highlighter, glow giver I have ever used. Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb in Never Enough Nude: have been desperate for this ever since I saw Vanessa Bombshell Suite talk about it in one of her videos. Plumps my lips up something amazing! Gives a lovely satin finish too. Loving! Next up BareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation in the shade Light. Me and sissy normally wear Matte but she picked up the Original by mistake, it looks so gorgeous on her I just had to have it too.
Last but not least I was pottering in around in CVS and saw Wet N Wild Reserve Your Cabana as I have heard so many superb things about it I had to get it , naturally. This is a really nice toned down highlight, great for work or setting under eye concealer.
So there you have it. No more shopping for this girl! Project shop my stash has begun! Who's with me?!
please watch my video below to see these beauties in action.











Thank you all so much for stopping by I love interacting with you so please do leave me a lovely comment :)
BlondeTeaParty x

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

My Top 3 Full Coverage Foundations


Happy Tuesday lovelies! I wanted to share with you my most loved full coverage foundations. These three have never let me down when it comes to flawless skin perfection. What I love most about these is not only is their staying power second to none, but the effects you can achieve with different application methods is endless. They are so versatile and wearable for any occasion. So lets start off with good old Revlon Colorstay. At around £12.00 you just can't go wrong. It offers light weight buildable coverage,it doesn't smudge or come off on clothes and its lasts for up to 24hrs! *wowzers* It looks natural on the skin and it doesn't cause me any breakouts whatsoever and I've slept in this stuff *tut tut* This is a great foundation if you are on a budget or for school. There are two versions, one for oily skin and one for dry skin. Perfect! Next up drum roll please,Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF 10 you can read a full review here
This foundation is the pièce de résistance of full coverage. It lasts up to 15hrs. It will not budge until you remove it. Perfect for long work days or nights out. Some people say they get a white cast when photographed but I don't at all. I've worn this to many a party and it looks great. My preferred method of application is with a damp beauty blender which gives the perfect amount of coverage without looking too overdone. If I'm having a bad skin day I will apply with my Sigma F80 for maximum coverage. It's pricey at £27.50 but well worth it!This is brilliant for all us oily skin gals, if you're dry be sure to use a good moisturiser underneath. Last but certainly not least is Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. This has a mousse like texture that is highly pigmented but not thick and heavy. It melts into skin for a full coverage flawless complexion. Its a dream to blend, long lasting, natural finish and suitable for all skin types. If you are very oily you might want to set with a good powder. This retails at £34 uber expensive but such a great investment if you want perfect looking skin or for that special occasion.
Tell me what foundations you use I would love to know :)







Thank you for reading
BlondeTeaParty x

Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Weekend Face-BareMinerals


Hello lovelies todays post is all about keeping it simple, fresh and natural. I work front of house in a law firm so I need to be as put together as possible. I usually wear a full coverage foundation, eye shadow,lipstick,bronzer, blush, powder you name it!  The weekend is my time to relax and give my face a breather. For that I choose Bareminerals Original foundation which I have totally fallen head of heels in love with. I remember when I first used it over twelve years ago! Its quick and easy to apply without feeling and looking overdone. It creates the most luminous, healthy complexion. I just can't get enough of it. I apply it with my trusty kabuki brush in seconds and I'm ready to go!
There is just something special about Bareminerals, nothing comes close. I don't know weather its nostalgia but I just feel myself when I have it on. I feel perhaps I like the way I look with less makeup on. I typically don't wear eyes shadow or mascara on days off. I like being fresh faced and fancy free! There are times when I don't put on a scratch of makeup and then I pop to the shops and wished I had! Below is a video showing you how I like to apply Bareminerals Original foundation.
























Thank you for stopping by :)
BlondeTeaParty x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Beauty Favourites 2013



Hello lovelies. Welcome to all the products I have been loving during 2013! Not only do I love these products but I actually have used them continuously throughout the year. These are staples in my everyday routine and what I find the most easy and quick to use. Below is my video explaining each item in detail and why I love it. I've got some new goodies that I am absolutely in love with  to share with you in my next post! How exciting! What are some of your favourite beauty products from last year?


















Thank you so much for stopping by :)
BlondeTeaParty x

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

BareMinerals Face Basics


Hello Lovelies, how are you today? Today I would like to share my Bareminerals obsession. Some of you may already know this about me, but I have been a Baremineral makeup user for over twelve years now, and although I may stray I always come back to it. I love the whole concept of mineral makeup, its pure and natural and good for your skin. I wish this had been around when I was in high school struggling with my horrible skin. I first heard about Bareminerals on an infomercial whilst in the States. Leslie Blodgett creator of Bareminerals was so warm and personable and most importantly believed in her brand and helping woman look and feel good about their skin. Having bad skin myself I thought I had to try this stuff. I got my self a started kit and never looked back. I got my sister, friends and cousins using it too! There are three foundations to choose from.
 
Original SPF 15 which has a soft luminous finish good for all skin types especially dry skin, improves the appearance of skin over time. 
 
Matte SPF 15 which is perfect for oily problem skin helping to reduce pore size and promotes cell turnover, has a soft matte finish.
 
Ready SPF 20 which is the newest foundation, uses solid mineral technology  that provides 12 hour  wear, buildable coverage and 108%  hydration all in compact form. This is great for all skin types or those who are looking for very full coverage. Use with the flat top precision brush in smooth, long strokes.
 
 Mineral Veil- This is the crème de la crème of all finishing powders! It is so fine its almost invisible but once swept over the skin the transformation to sheer perfection is hard to ignore. This is the final touch to your Bareminerals makeup and it truly is worth the hype! It literally transforms your skin into soft focus flawlessness! You can choose translucent, tinted, hydrating or both! I would never be without it.
 
Concealers- These little pots of pure crushed minerals provide SPF 20 protection, high pigmented coverage for on the spot application to cover acne scars, blemishes and pigmentation, even dark circles. Bareminerals now have cream and liquid  based concealers too. My favourites are Summer Bisque which I use to hide my pigmentation and Well Rested which I use under my eyes and as an eyelid base, to brighten up the eye area. It definitely lives up to its name!

Radiance- these are sheer washes of colour that can be used all over the face to create a celestial glow or to gently highlight the tops of cheekbones. Choose from an array of pink to peach to clear and rosy shades. I love Clear Radiance which gives a soft moonlit glow and Tropical Radiance which gives the most gorgeous golden peach glow, perfect for the summer with a tan.
 
Blush -is pretty self explanatory. You can choose from the Ready compact versions or the loose. I adore the loose Vintage Peach which is a gorgeous pinkie/peach shade with little flecks of gold.


Bareminerals is one of the most loved and cherished leading minerals brands in the world and I can see why. Loyal customer following of Leslie Blodgett who has poured her heart and soul into this makeup which shows on millions of women's faces each day.




Have you tried Bareminerals?














Thank you for reading
BlondeTeaParty x

Monday, 6 January 2014

New Years Eve Party Makeup Look

Hello lovelies and Happy New Year!! So I was lucky enough to spend New Years in Las Vegas!
What better place than Vegas to get your glam on?! I channelled my inner Liberace and wore a super sparkly, rose gold, sequin covered dress. Here is the makeup look I did and what I used listed below.



                                                                        FACE
                                                    Josie Maran Argan Iluminizer
                                          Maybelline Instant Age Eraser Concealer-light
                                          Bare Minerals Matte Foundation - Fairly Light
                                          Bare Minerals Tinted Hydrating Mineral Veil
                                                               MAC Fix Plus
                                                 Bourjois Delice de poudre bronzer
                                                          Benefit Blush Rockatuer


                                                                        EYES
                                                        Chanel Mystic Eyes Quad
                                                      L'Oreal Gel Eyeliner 02 Brown
                                            Maybelline Volume Express One by One- Black
                                              Lancôme Le Crayon Sourcills 010 Blond 

                                                                        
                                                                        LIPS
                                                   No7 Perfect Lips Pencil 20 Nude
                                   Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb-Never Enough Nude
                                                    Nars Lip Gloss - Turkish Delight












I hope you all had a splendid New Year! Thank you for reading :)

BlondeTeaParty x

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Review

Hello lovelies and Happy New Year!! Kicking off the New Year I'm all about getting my skin in the best possible condition. It couldn't be easier since using this little miracle in a brown bottle. Yes you've all heard the rave on this and its true its absolutely amazing! Results are literally over night, I'm not exaggerating. Advanced Night Repair was first introduced in 1982 and has been a number one seller ever since! It has recently been reformulated with the synchronised recovery complex II giving it even more power for the modern day face. It is an anti-age night serum which repairs damaged skin and dramatically reduces the signs of ageing while you sleep. It is a fact that while we sleep our bodies ability to regenerate is much faster that during the day as we are fighting pollution, sun and daily ageing elements. It also protects you skin in the long term against future damage from UVA and UVB light, smoke and pollution.
A serum is used before a moisturiser and is absorbed by the skin on a much deeper epidermal level resulting in maximum and continuous skin repair. The texture is light and silky and melts into skin. ANR contains vital levels of Hyaluronic Acid which help the skin retain moisture instantly and overtime.
So if you are unhappy with your skin or its looking a bit lacklustre give this a try, you won't regret it. Its perfect for all skin types and best of all doesn't cause breakouts!








Thanks for reading
BlondeTeaParty x