4 March 2015

Beauty | More Topshop Beauty Bits

After being able to try some Topshop Beauty products for the first time, I decided on a whim to pick a few bits up in store and I was surprisingly drawn to nail varnishes...

If you have been a long term reader of Thumbelina Lillie, then you will realise that nails aren't something I feature often. I am an absolute novice when it comes to painting my talons (or lack there of!) and paint my nails once a month, if that. Call myself a 'beauty blogger' ey? I've hunted high and low for neutral shades that suit my skin tone and I think I have found two that do just that. The first comes from their original line and that is Mannequin (£5), a warm nude with a hint of peach. It looks chic on the nails and dries super quickly and opaque in two coats. I can feel myself wearing this an awful lot as it seems to go with everything. The second is a bit more something and is Sixteen Candles (£6) from the Matte Metallic range. It is a stunning peachy pink and the finish is heart-eye-emoji worthy; It dries matte yet still has a metallic sheen when it hits the right light. The Topshop Nail Varnishes last a few days before chipping on me too, which is always warmly appreciated. 

Face products like foundation etc. are something that I don't tend to switch up often. I kind of find what I like and what works best for me and stick to that without straying to far due to a fear of oxidising products making me look ol' tangerine-esque. So much so that I sit here still surprised that I actually picked up the BB Cream in Light (£10). With an SPF of 20 this claims to 'hydrate, perfect and enhance' - we'll soon see, yes? I am still seeking something with more of a lightweight feel compared to my regular foundations, so if this fits that bill I'll be a very happy lady indeed. Let me know if you'd like to see my thoughts on this when I do try it out. 

So have you tried any of the nail varnishes from Topshop? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments down below; I think that I'm certainly going to pick up a few more of the matte shades. If you have any products to recommend to me from Topshop, do reveal that too! Thanks for reading! 

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2 March 2015

Beauty | The North East Makeup Academy

I am certainly no make-up artist and have learnt all that I know through trial and error and watching copious YouTube tutorials. So when the North East Makeup Academy invited me along to one of their Make-up Master Classes I jumped at the chance to go learn some new things...

Located in Stockton Business Centre, the NEMUA delivers quality teachings of make-up artistry whether being professional certificates or workshops for beginners. Although fairly small, the room it is situated in is brilliantly setup, with a large mirror covering two walls with spotlight bulbs and seats.  All 10 of us at the Master Class Part 1 had our own 12-piece brush set and shared a Naked palette between two. All the other products that we would be using were centred on a table in the middle of the room and was a little make-up haven, I spotted a lot of MAC and NYX products amongst the lot.

The four hour class aims to teach the basics of creating an everyday look whilst learning about application and tips of the trade. After a standard 3-step skincare process, Lisa discussed the importance of matching a primer to your skin type and further developed how to identify your skin undertone and what bases will work best for our skin. I was matched to a darker shade of MAC's Studio Sculpt than I would usually wear, but I feel that it worked okay. One tip that I did learn is to use a warm tone under eye concealer to mask dark circles, I actually wasn't aware that even though I am cool toned, warm tones are best for that kinda thing! After the face, Lisa spoke about eye shapes and we began a simple 3 step eyeshadow look using the Naked palette (the only one I don't have!). We then used a gel liner to create a flick liner and added some lashes for drama. We used some NYX lipsticks (of which I'm definitely going to pick up!) and gloss to tie the whole look together.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Master Class, the teachings and assisting was brilliant and it was a really fun atmosphere ('ello, Bucks Fizz!). I think I may book myself onto the Master Class 2 which delves more into contouring and something a bit more advanced. A huge thank you to everyone at NEMUA for making the morning so lovely and I would hope to work with them again in the future and see the business grow! Let me know your thoughts on a class like this and whether it is something that you would be interested in. You can find NEMUA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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28 February 2015

Advertising | Meet My February '14 Advertisers!

Hello! I’m Katrina. I’m from Birmingham and I blog over at www.beautrina.com. I absolutely love fashion and style; I just wish my bank account did too! I put up new posts twice a week on a Monday and Thursday, which can be about pretty much anything, but my main focuses are fashion and beauty. I love writing and shooting fashion posts, I think it’s already clear that they are my favourite. I started my blog back in August 2013 as my own little space on the internet to showcase my personal style and my thoughts on beauty products. Now it has a bigger impact on my life and I am absolutely engrossed in blogging. I couldn’t imagine being without my hobby now – I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Feel free to come and chat anytime, I love speaking to fellow bloggers!
Twitter. Instagram. Bloglovin.
Hello! *waving emoji* I’m Rhianna, I’m a 21 year old Product Design student, life enthusiast and pro tea drinker from ‘oop north in Leeds. I started robowecop.com as a hobby to keep me sane during my final year of University and have since fallen in love with blogging. On my blog you'll find everything from beauty reviews to healthy recipes, mental health posts to life tips and makeup tutorials to personal updates. I don't have a strict posting schedule but tend to post around 4 times a week. I'd love to make some more blogging friends so come on down and let's have a party!
Bloglovin. Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. Pinterest.

I am a 19 year old beauty heavy blogger in the West Midlands. I started my blog six months ago as I realised I had so many gorgeous dresses that I wanted to show off to the world, and since I owned 16 lilac dresses at the time, that's where the website was born. I post 4-5 times per week and have started to move into YouTube. I'm hoping to travel more in 2015 and hope for this to be reflected in my blog. Blogging has become a huge love of mine and an escape from a hard time at university, aka a mid uni crisis! I hope my blog can be an escape for you, as much as it is for me. 
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Hi guys, my name is Chelsea and you can find me over at www.chelskiiiiloves.blogspot.com. I write about a mix of things; beauty, reviews, fashion, outfits of the day, lifestyle and sometimes I take you with me on days out and bombard you with loads of photos. I have been blogging since January 2014 and the more I do it, the more I love it. Here's three things you should know about me; I love Sunday's, I am a big foodie and I am probably the laziest person you will ever meet. Come over and read my latest post :)
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My other very gorgeous advertisers in February have been Girl Up North and Moments Like This, make sure you go head over and give them a read too! If you'd like to advertise me in any further months, you can find out all information, statistics and prices here.

26 February 2015

Skincare | The Cult Pixi Glow Tonic

It's no secret that the Pixi Glow Tonic is one of the most well-loved toners out there, with people queuing up to stock up on the orange-soda looking liquid. Let's see if it's as good as people say...

So the Pixi Glow Tonic is not as inaccessible as it used to be, despite their London store you can pick it up on the Pixi Website and the Liberty Website. So it is essentially a toning liquid, meant to not only exfoliate and remove dead skin cells but to brighten and add glow to the skin too. There is no alcohol present so you don't go through any awkward stinging sensations and instead contains aloe vera which is a lot more gentle on the skin. Such gentle ingredients mean that it is okay to use for sensitive skin too, as if something is too harsh, my skin is the first to know about it! This really surprised me as I totally expected something like this to sting, so a really pleasant surprise indeed.

When I first started using this I actually thought it had caused an irritation on my skin so I stopped using it for a while. However, the irritation persisted so I knew that it wasn't this so I decided to give it another try right at the beginning of 2015. I have been saturating a single cotton pad with on a night and swiping across my skin in outward motions after I have cleansed. Although it is not the type of product where you see a difference immediately (what products do that really?) after using it for a  couple of weeks consecutively now I have definitely noticed a certain brightness to my skin. I am not certain if this product is supposed to help with blemishes and evening out skin tone too, but I also feel that this is assisting in that as well. Did I mention this smells like a dream too? Bonus points given!

So the cult beauty must-have gets a thumbs up for me after some initial trials and tribulations. Let me know in the comments below whether you have tried the famous Pixi Glow Tonic and what your thoughts on it are? Thumbs up? Or thumbs down? Thanks for reading!

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