Archive | August, 2014

Guest Post: Revlon Balm Stain Review|High Street Spy|

27 Aug

Hello to all of Maisie’s followers!

My name is Simone, and I’m here today as a guest writer while Maisie is away on holiday! My blog is simytoe.wordpress.com if you’re interested, and you can find me on twitter under the handle @simytoe.

Anyways, enough self promo – onto my post! Since both Maisie and I are lip product addicts (as proven by her Lip Product Addict Tag and her Top 5 Spring Lipsticks) I thought it would be fitting if I did a post about a lip product. I’ve recently picked up a few lip crayons from Revlon, so I’m going to do a little review on their Balm Stain line! I’ve also tried their Matte and Lacquer versions, but the Balm Stains are definitely my favourite!

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So last fall I picked up Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in 025 Sweetheart, and then last week I picked up Revlon’s Colorburst balm stain in 001 Honey. I’m not really sure why one is ‘Just Bitten Kissable’ and one is ‘Colorburst’, as they seem to be the same product to me. Sweetheart is a really bright pink while Honey is a darker, more natural looking pink.

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*001 Honey *

I really like lip crayons in general because of their easy application, and these ones are no exception. They go on really smoothly like a lip balm, and aren’t sticky or anything. Also they taste slightly minty which is a major bonus, for me anyways 😉 Since they are a ‘stain’, they are quite long lasting, and you don’t have to worry about all of your lip colour coming off when you’re eating.

One of my main concerns when it comes to lip products is how hydrating they are. I have incredibly dry lips that peel and bleed really easily and I find that with a lot of lipsticks my lips will be peeling within an hour of putting them on (gross, I know). However I have been really impressed with these balm stains by Revlon. They’re fairly hydrating when you put them on, and if I reapply every half hour or so my lips don’t dry out at all. I guess that’s the ‘balm’ part of ‘balm stain’! I’ve had days where I’ve forgotten to bring a lip chap with me, and have had to use one of these lip crayons instead, and my lips were completely fine!

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*025 Sweetheart*

Onto the colours that I got. I love love love Sweetheart because it’s so bright and fun! I don’t usually spend a lot of time doing my makeup, and I think that putting a bold lip colour on is a great way to look put together without a lot of time or effort. And especially since I don’t usually wear lipstick or lipgloss as they ruin my lips, when I do wear them I like going for a more dramatic look. However, with Honey, I can opt for a more subtle, neutral look, without sacrificing my lips, and I’ve found myself reaching for it a lot since I’ve gotten it. It’s kind of my perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade, so it adds a bit of colour and shine but isn’t too dressed up for just wearing around the house.

Overall I think I’d give these lip crayons a 4.5/5. The colours are gorgeous, they last forever, they’re easy to put on, and they’re hydrating! Have you guys ever tried any of Revlon’s lip crayons? Or have you tried any other really good lip crayons that you’d recommend? I’m sure both Maisie and I would love to hear about them in the comments 😉

Thanks for reading!
XO Simytoe

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Summer Day to Night Face of the Day…

20 Aug

Hello my lovely readers,

Tomorrow I get my GCSE results and to say I’m nervous is an understatement, I think its because I’ve had the longest ever summer to think (over think) about the exams and also the results I want to get, for some of my favourite and most important subjects I’ve set myself what I want to get which is making me more and more nervous about it all.

So to take my mind of it, I caked myself in some make-up, and put together a glowy/ summer look, and pretend that summer is not nearing its end at all, as I’m going on holiday soon so it will be a look I will probably wear on holiday. I’m a pretty lazy person and ‘freshening up’ is not really something I can be bothered to do, so I tend to put on the make-up I want to wear in the evening, in the morning and maybe touch it up a little bit before I go out. So here is my holiday, lazy girl, day to night look.

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*Collecting Lasting Perfection Concealer 

I pop this under my eyes into a V shape, and on any redness/ blemishes, blending with a concealer brush from Primark or my Real Techniques foundation brush.

*Maybelline Brow Drama 

This is a pretty good dupe for the Benefit Gimme’ Brow, and you also get a lot more product than the Benefit one too. I have mine in a brown colouring, so it also adds a bit of definition to your brows without it looking too OTT and filled in. So if you don’t like your eyebrows to be filled in but want a product to add some colour and keep them in shape, I would highly recommend this. I normally brush this through my brows after I’ve filled them in, or I just use this if I want more of a natural look.

*The Body Shop All-In-One InstaBlur

I mainly pop this on my T-Zone and on my cheeks, in order to make my make-up go on nicer and also so my make-up lasts all day, so you can wear your make-up into the evening without having to re-do face make-up too much.

*The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream 

I’m not completely sure if I love this but I do think it gives you a really natural look, and just adds a little bit of coverage without it being too heavy. Even though it’s meant to adapt to your skin colour and I do have it in colour 02, I find it is slightly too pale on my skin so I always have to bronze my face when I use it.

*17 Eyes Neutral Trio 

I love the look all the colours in this trio make together, but to create my current favourite look, I just use the pearly pink toned shadow all over my lids and use the white toned shadow in the inner corners of my eyes.

*Rimmel Quad 

These eye shadows also create a lovely look together, but I use the second darkest brown shimmer on the outer corners of my eyes and through the crease, then blend to make more of a natural smokey eye look.

*L’Oreal Super Liner, Black Buster

This is a bit of a re-discovered product for me, as I used it once and decided I hated it, then decided to try it again and now love it! Weird. It’s a felt tip style liner, which some people believe are easier, but I for some reason always found liquid easier to create a cat eye. But after trying this liner again, its super easy to use and creates a really easy flick, and doesn’t rub off easily.

*Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara 

Maybelline mascaras will always be my favourite, and this one gets all your lashes and makes a really natural lashes.

*Sleek Contouring Kit 

I use this to contour my cheek bones, my forehead, and along the bridge of my nose, all the places on your face that your face would tan to make a natural sun kissed look, but also to make my face look less dead and pale after using the BB cream.

*Soap and Glory Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in Fuscia-Ristic 

If you have not yet tried these gloss sticks, then get yourself to Boots and pick some up ASAP! Even though most people just rave about the colour ‘Nudist’, which is a lovely colour, my favourite since Christmas is the colour ‘Fuscia-Ristic’, which is a really pretty pink colour, which can be built up or worn as a really natural colour to brighten up your face.

Oh’ and guess what? I forgot to take a photo of the finished look. Bum. Just imagine I look amazing in it or try this look out for yourself.

See you soon,

Maisie x

P.S If any of you would pretty please guest post for me when I’m on holiday, I would really appreciate it, so please drop me an e-mail or leave me a comment. Thanks xxx

Liebster Award Tag… |High Street Spy|

17 Aug

Hello readers,

It’s been a while since I’ve done this tag, since I am now (crazy to say) way over 200 followers, which I believe is one of the rules of this tag, but when I was nominated by Laurella  from The Silver Linings of Life  (go have a cheeky look at her blog btw) it would be rude of me not to accept her lovely questions for me and carry on the tag, as it means a lot to me when people nominate my blog to continue on tags.

Oh’ yeah, there are some rules to this tag which are:

*You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.

*You must list 11 random/fun facts about yourself.

*You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 (ish) followers to answer your questions. (I might break this rule so sorry Liebster Award)

*You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.

*You must let the person you’ve nominated know that they’ve been nominated.

Liebster Award

Questions From Laurella for me…

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

Probably my shift style denim look dress with floral print on it from Dorthy Perkins. I brought it because it has that sort of vintage 1940s feel, which is my favourite era of fashion, I’m photographing a look featuring this in the coming week hopefully.  

2. If you could only choose one beauty product to use for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

I would pick an eyeliner, either the Miss Sporty Liquid Liner or the L’Oreal Super Liner. I feel that eyeliner just makes my eyes look bigger, especially with a flick. 

3. If you could have a superpower what would it be?

Mine would be to fast forward or backwards in time, such as the time turner in Harry Potter, even though I’ve learnt from Dr Who and Harry Potter that maybe you shouldn’t mess with time. 😉

4. Do you have any secret talents?

I can do accents pretty well, my best one is probably my Australian accent, but I like to think I can do all the different American accents averagely well.

5. Celebrity crush?

Leonardo DiCaprio was a very handsome young man indeed. Or Harry Styles is equally lovely.

6. How would you describe your everyday style – (punk/hipster/cutesy)?

I would say I’m pretty girly, 90% of the time I’m in a dress, 10% of the time I’m in a hoodie and leggings. 

7. What is your favourite affordable make up brand?

I own a lot of Rimmel London products but I really like Bourjois as well.

8. If you could only take one book to a desert island which would it be?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is my favourite book ever, I’ve read it about 5/6 times over the year and it never gets old. I am a huge lover of history based novels and films, which is what this is, but it’s based on a time in history that is usually overlooked and I knew nothing about before reading this book. I recommend it to everyone, as it’s got a perfect mix of historical fact, adventure, family love but also first love. Love it. 

9. What is your favourite TV show currently?

Home and Away is my favourite soap, and New Girl is my favourite TV series.

10. If you could only wear one pair of shoes for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

My navy Converse, they are practical, comfortable and can be worn in winter and summer. 

11. If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what would you do?

I would probably wiggle my ‘boy parts’ around… :’) And then play football or something. 

11 Facts you probably already know about me…

1) Shout Magazine inspired me to start my Blog

2) I studied History, French, Textiles, Dance and Business, as my GCSE options, along with the core subjects.

3) I am a huge book lover

4) I recently dyed my hair ‘chocolate brown’ and it went red toned and I hated it, so very few people saw it.

5) I’ve wanted to be a Dancer, an Actress, a Forensic Scientist, an Artist, a Interior Designer, a Fashion Designer, a Writer and a Fashion Journalist, all within 16 years of my life.

6) I am completely unemotional towards most films, it takes a lot to get me to cry at a film.

7) I want to go to Disney Land again so bad

8) I have scars on the backs of my legs which I loath

9) Belle is my favourite Disney Princess because she was most like me, so I aspired to grow up like her when I was younger

10) I hated The Fault in Our Stars. Oooh’ controversial

11) I still enjoy going into Toy Shops and The Disney Store

Now for my Questions for who I Tag… 

1) If you could spend an hour with a celeb, who would it be and what would you do?

2) If you could dye/ cut your hair to any style you want and price/ damage is not an obstacle, what would you do?

3) 1 main thing you want to achieve in your life?

4) Love, happiness or wealth?

5) What’s the best compliment someone has given you?

6) Who is your fashion inspiration?

7) If you could only shop from one clothes shop for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?

8) What 3 features do you look for in a potential boyfriend/ girlfriend?

9) 3 things you love about yourself?

10) Most used app on your phone?

11) If you could meet any fellow blogger who would it be and why?

I am being a rebel and am going to tag 5 bloggers:

*Serenity Books

*Grow Into Your Dreams

*Make-Up Thy Self

*Sunflower Style

*Secret Lives of Fiction

Comment me your links so I can give it a read.

See you soon,

Maisie x

Maisie’s Mumbles~ Positive Thinking… |High Street Spy|

13 Aug

Hello,

So if you are a regular reader of mine you will probably know that I am very much open with my ‘private’ life on this blog, for two main reasons really, 1) because I feel it makes me more of an interesting person, and I’m not just some words on your computer screen and 2) because it helps me to write my feelings and what not down, as I am very much guilty of keeping stuff to myself and it is way easier than saying how I feel out loud. Normally these sort of posts are popular on my blog, just because I know many of you feel they can relate or comment me the loveliest of comments that just make me sharing my feelings worth while. I know these might not be everyone’s cup of tea and you may be thinking ‘oi maisie where’s the OOTD or review’ but this week it’s going to be a personal post, so maybe give this one a miss and come back on Sunday when I’ll be back to ‘normal’ posts?

So as some of you may know if you have been reading this blog for a while is I get really bad anxiety and panic attacks from time to time, and I believe the cause for it is pressure that is put upon me or put on by myself that I can’t seem to cope with. I feel at the moment I’m at a pretty good place in my life and besides the panic attack I had the other week in an Indian restaurant which makes me laugh now due to the randomness of this panic! Also, I know I promised to make You Tube videos this summer, and I’m still considering it, I promise, but I’m still feeling weirdly anxious about the idea, but I’m building up to that so watch this space! Okay, that is far too much negativity, now onto some positives that I need to share with you all. For the first time in a long time, I feel really content with where I am and it’s making me a lot more of a positive person which is great!

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So I thought I would write a post sharing 5 positive things in my life right now with you all. I didn’t want to make this a tag, as I didn’t want to tag specific people, but if you are reading this, it would be really cool, if you also write a post sharing 5 positive things in your life right now, and share a bit of positive attitude with your readers that I feel there isn’t enough of on the internet. However bad your day is, try to think of at least 5 good things in your life, and concentrating on them will make you feel a whole lot better, making you realise everything is going to be okay. So, if you write a post similar, please let me know in the comments so I can go give it a read.

My 5 positive things in my life right now: 

1) I received a letter in the post recently from someone who means a lot to me, it was the sweetest thing and never fails to make me smile whenever I read it, making me feel extremely loved. I am a very lucky girl to have someone who cares so much about me, even though they have seen me at my worst, and knows me well enough to know that I have a weird love for letters even though I haven’t received any in years.

2) Knowing I tried my hardest I could in my GCSE exams is making me feel a lot less nervous about collecting my results next week. Wish me luck 😉

3) My little space on the internet is almost at 400 followers, and a very large amount of them never miss a post, becoming very special people in my life, who never fail to give me the best support. It’s crazy to think that over a year ago my blog didn’t even have 100 followers and the growth overall has been pretty rapid indeed.

4) Even though this summer feels to be going really quick, I have visited a lot of places and seen some awesome people, from the simple things like spending summer evenings in a field watching the sun set, to going on a camping trip with my best friend. The little things are making me happy, happy, happy.

5) I am about to go into sixth form to study Fashion & Clothing, English Lit and History, which are subjects that I take more interest in and hopefully I will enjoy. But it also means I am one step closer to achieving the goal I’ve set myself since I was 13 of becoming a fashion journalist.

I hope some of you lovely lot give this post a try as I’d love to read them!

See you soon,

Maisie x

The Reading Habits Tag… |High Street Spy|

10 Aug

Hello beauties,

So the other day my lovely friend Erin from Serenity Books tagged me to do The Reading Habits Tag, and being a big book nut I was so excited to do a tag that wasn’t about make-up or fashion, as much as I love it, it’s nice for a change.

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1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

I only tend to read in my bedroom, tucked up in bed at night.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I am a random piece of paper girl, or as bad as some people might think this is, I’m also a corner turner. I tend to stuff a post it note into my books, or whatever pieces of paper I have hanging around on my dressing table such as adverts from magazines.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?

I like to stop reading at a certain point or after an event has happened or end of chapter, I can’t just stop reading in the middle of a bit, or I might leave it too long and forget what has or is happening making it slightly confusing for me!

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?

I tend to read before bed so no eating after brushing your teeth. 😉

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?

I don’t understand how people are able to multi-task at all let alone read or listen to music whilst reading. I’m big at imagining the story in my head whilst I’m reading and really getting into the book, so I’d find having other things going on way too distracting.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I currently have 3 books on the go, that I have started but I’m only a few chapters into all of them and yet to decide which one I want to focus on. I also have another one that is in my pile of books I need to read this summer.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I can only really read at home, I get distracted way too easily and I can’t read on journeys due to the really bad travel sickness I get. Yucky.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

I suck at reading out loud, so I am only ever reading in my head.

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

I am guilty at skipping chunks of books that I find boring or unimportant such as like stories characters are writing within the novel, as I like to stick to the main story line.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I don’t understand how people can read a book without breaking the spine of them, all of my books have broken spines as well as scruffy corners, it shows love right? 😉 My friend Sarah has given me 2 books, and has told me that I am not to break the spines on pain of death. Wish me luck?

11. Do you write in your books?

No. It just doesn’t feel right to write in books, writing in them in English class was weird enough, I couldn’t imagine writing in books I actually liked.

12. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading 3 books, but the most recent one I am reading is United We Spy by Ally Carter. This is the last novel in the Gallagher Girl series, which I actually started reading when I was 11 years old and was completely obsessed with it and the characters. I’m not so obsessed with it now, but feel like I need to finish off the series and also to find out what happens to the characters. I really recommend these novels if you like a light, and slightly girly read.

I tag Kavi and Lauren to have a go at this.

See you soon,

Maisie x

Desk Details… |High Street Spy|

6 Aug

Hello lovelies,

Sorry I’ve been socially vacant for what feels like ages, that is because I’ve been away for one week at my cousin’s, and was silly and never organised any posts, then had ‘oh shit I have nothing to write about’ moment. So yeah, this post is not a super long post or a super good one either, but it is a post so it’ll have to do just for now, so please forgive me and give this a like anyway? Thanks 😉

I thought I would give you a sneaky look at a few of the detaily bits and bobs I have on my desk/ dressing table space that I’ve recently added. Personally I love interior style posts, and love interior design which I like to do a bit of in my small bedroom, so I like to collect a few details to put on my desk to give it a more personal and homely feel.

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*My Details*

*The latest Elle magazine

*The Teen Vogue Handbook

*Breakfast at Tiffany’s notebook

*Amazon kindle

* United We Spy, Ally Carter

*The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Stephanie Mayer

*Butter Beer cup filled with my current favourite lipsticks

*M&S candle holder filled with a selection of brushes/ tools

See you soon,

Maisie x

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