Tuesday, 10 March 2015

DIY Baby Cake Smash Photo Shoot // All Pink Everything.

Last week I did a DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot for my cousins baby - apparently its a new craze where you let your cute, beautifully dressed little baby destroy a pretty cake - and I thought it might be fun to share some of the photos. I've already shared a few images on my Instagram if you follow me, if not I'm over at - lisamichellexx. I was totally out of my element and had no idea how she'd behave, or how the photos would look at the end but amazingly she was incredibly happy to sit and pose and the pictures turned out pretty cute. I hope you all like the photos, I had so much fun setting it all up, taking the photos then editing them.
Backdrop: Available Here
Crepe Streamers: Available Here
I attached these in alternating colours on a thick piece of white rope.
Princess Canopy: Mine was from The Range but there's a similar version from Very
Hanging Pom Poms: Tutorial Here
White Furry Cushions: Amazon
Furry Blanket: Tesco
Fairy Lights: Amazon
Storage Suitcases: Similar Here

To take the photos I used one softbox light which I purchased off Ebay in a set of two, I also used a Canon 6OOD and a Canon EOS M and then edited the photos with IPiccy.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Library of Fragrance Scents. // If you like Pina Coladas..

  The Library of Fragrance scents in Pina Colada and Vanilla Cake Batter. 

Like most of my product discoveries, I stumbled across the brand The Library of Fragrance on Instagram. Quite often, when I'm bored or lacking in inspiration, I like to use the #bbloggers hashtag to search through photos of what everyone else is using/buying or what they're up to - anyone else do this? I spotted the Pina Colada scent and asked in the comments if it was worth picking up *yes, I'm that annoying girl on Instagram* and when they replied saying it was amazing, I had an instant - I need this in my life - moment and within minutes I was searching the web on my IPhone to find out where I could order it from. I think the brand is quite new to the UK and currently only available on their website and Boots. I opted for their official website, which did work out more expensive, purely because Boots don't currently stock their full range and the scents I wanted they didn't have. They have 90 fragrances on their website *swoon* ranging from the unique and bizarre - mushroom, pizza, pipe tobacco and play-doh to the delicious - strawberry ice cream, tangerine, vanilla cake batter, fresh coconut and marshmallow.

I picked up two fragrances, Pina Colada - a blend of Coconut Cream, Fresh Pineapple and Light Rum, and Vanilla Cake Batter - Sweet, Pure, Vanilla Indulgence. I'm definitely not a floral girl, my main aim in life is just to smell of candyfloss, baked goods or fruit and I can definitely achieve that with these products. The Library Of Fragrance scents are simply packaged in a clear glass bottle with a label that lists just the product name and scent, finished with a simple silver lid. The concentrated scents are the most impressive offering, as soon as you remove the lid you're hit with the fragrance. Pina Colada is, as you imagine, a fun, sweet scent that'll leave you smiling. It smells just like a pina colada tastes and you can almost imagine yourself on a beach, slathered in coconut scented sun cream, with a pina colada in hand.
Vanilla Cake Batter has a very sweet scent, that smells identical to vanilla essence, and as the title would suggest, cake batter. It's almost like Yankee Candles Vanilla Cupcake bottled in a fragrance. Need I say any more?

If you're ordering through their website, each fragrance will set you back £15, but for 30ml and being such good quality, I wouldn't think twice about ordering more, however if you're interested but not completely sold, they have 23 scents on offer in Boots - 2 for £25.

What's your current favourite fragrance, and are you also an Instagram addict like me?

Friday, 30 January 2015

New Product Alert || Benefit Puff Off.

*Benefit Puff Off - £22.50, 10ml.
Any time I find a parcel from Benefit awaiting me as I walk through the door, I am already like an over excited child. They have the cutest packaging and innovative products with witty names that make them feel like a real luxury. On this occasion, the parcel contained their new release, 'Puff Off' eye gel which has a unique selling point with its iron shaped applicator. So what does it claim to do?
Peptide blends help to reduce the look of puffiness.
Light diffusing particles help smooth away the appearance of fine lines.
I have to admit, I've not really dipped my toe far in to the pool of skin care products, partly because I'm little lazy, also because there's SO many to choose from. I do however realise that I have just turned 24 and should really focus on preserving the current state of my skin, especially whilst working as a full time chef and also being addicted to Netflix, which combined, lead to many late nights. Starting with the darkening shadow underneath my eyes which seems to become more noticeable every year. First impressions of this product were: love the name, adorable packaging, compact, travel friendly - adore the iron applicator. It did seem a little like the iron shaped tip might be a bit gimmicky but once I used it, I knew I was totally wrong. The shape fits around the eye area beautifully and the metal tip, whilst applying, feels really cooling and refreshing. I've used this continuously for just over a week now and I have to say, it lives up to the claims. It's lovely to apply, it doesn't feel thick or sticky, it melts in to the skin, makes the skin look smoother and slightly illuminated - but not in a glitter/shimmering way and works well underneath make up. I've had no issues with concealer moving or mascara smudging. 

I've been really impressed by this product, so much so that I think my mum might find this in her Mothers Day hamper this year and if you want to get your hands on it, it's available on the 31st of January online and in stores, at £22.50.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Budget Buy: Beauty UK Contour Palette.

Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette - £4.99
Fan of Kim Kardashians chiselled cheeks and bronzed complexion? Yeah, me too. Now I know a bit of careful 'paint by numbers' on my chubby cheeked face wont turn me in to the newest member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, but I'm still gonna try. I spotted this contour palette on Monday whilst perusing the isles of Superdrug - the 3 for 2 offer always sucks me in - and couldn't resist popping it in my basket. 
 This is an all in one, can't go wrong because there's clear instructions, kind of product. There's a deep ashy brown for contouring, a warm mid brown for bronzing and a pale cream shade for highlighting. There's no shimmer, it's just all about creating shape, emphasizing the features you want to bring forward and creating shadow. Interestingly enough this palette is a cream to powder formula, which means precise application and easy blending. If you're clueless on the whole highlight and contouring craze, it's easily explained on the back of the packaging which details which areas you want to contour, bronze and highlight.
All three shades are pigmented, creamy and easy to blend. I've found some cream contour products in the past difficult to buff in to the skin and they either sit unnaturally or blend away all my foundation. These just melt seamlessly in to your base. I do like to set this product with a powder, I'd recommend anyone with oily skin to do this and for that I use my other new love the Seventeen contour palette. I'll go in to more detail about this product in the future, but it's also a bargain! I tend to use my fingers to apply this, it helps to warm up the product and then blend it in with a Real Techniques expert face brush. I literally have no complaints and at £4.99, it's a steal!