Wednesday, October 15, 2014

W7 Loads of Lashes


I came across this W7 product a few weeks ago but I've only just managed to get my hands on it. Loads of Lashes is simply a mascara style brush but instead of applying mascara it applies pieces of fibre that build up your lashes and lengthening them as if you are wearing false eyelashes! The idea is to apply a layer of mascara, the apply the fibres and then apply another layer of mascara. Below is a picture of my eyes lashes, in the left picture my eyes lashes have my normal W7 mascara 'Absolute Lashes' and the right picture has 'Loads of Lashes'. 
I'm super impressed with Loads of Lashes it definitely makes a huge different to my lashes and it's so much easier than using false eyelashes- well I'm rubbish at applying them! So if your looking for some gorgeous flirty lashes, get yourself some Loads of Lashes asap!

Peace and Love
G. x

Sunday, October 5, 2014

One 'bad' meal...

Hi bloggers, 
How are you all doing!

This post is going to take a different sort of approach, it's not about fashion or beauty, it's about food! It has mainly been inspired by one of my favourite food quotes...


'One 'bad' meal won't make you fat and one 'good' meal won't make you skinny.'




Over the last three years at uni my weight has slowly creeped up, snacking on a packet of crisps, a can of coke and a bar of chocolate were the three comfort foods that got me through my degree. While sat in front of my computer in the library I would happily munch munch away and if I'm being completely honest it was one of the only things that I looked forward to when going to library. 

However 3 months ago I decided it was time for a change. I know that I am not fat and I never have been, my BMI is pretty average for my height but being  the small 5 ft 1 that I am I could see that I was getting a little plumper! But lets get one thing straight first... before some of you jump to conclusion and say 'you should be happy the way you are' or 'you're being peer pressured by images in the media' if you actually know me then you know that I'm not one to fall for peer pressure. Plus considering I have just studied media for 3 years at uni I'm pretty clued up everything the media does and all their tricks. I am not trying to conform to 'societies' idea of the 'perfect body' as there isn't 'perfect body'. I am not doing this for my boyfriend or friends because I know that they love me for the way I am. I am doing this for myself, because I want to be healthy, because I want to feed my body with goodness.

What I have changed

When I was at uni I never used to make time for breakfast and that's probably because I normally slept into about 1 in the afternoon! But now interning full time this has given me alot more structure and routine to my day and meal times. Every morning I make sure I have time for that bowl of Special K.

I used to eat carbs for breakfast (when I got up early enough) carbs for lunch and carbs for dinner. However I now hardly eat any carbs, only really on my cheat days. From cutting out carbs not only do I not feel so bloated, but it has also allowed me to realise that in fact my digestive system isn't a great fan of them either as when I do have them I tend to get stomach cramps! One bad thing about cutting out carbs is tiredness and less energy but that can be brought back up through fruit and veg.

I haven't cut anything out completely, I just eat in moderation and I now know how to control myself. Before I could easily eat a whole packet of biscuits but now after I've had one I'm done. If I want the chocolate, I let myself have the chocolate. If I want some cake, I let myself have the cake. I don't starve myself from my cravings I just find a healthier alternative.

I tend to let myself have one day of eating whatever I want, whether that be at the weekend or one day during the week when I'm going out with friends or just having a slob day at home. It's good to change up your eating habits as this gives your body a shock from your normal routine and kick starts your metabolism again.

I am definitely not a girl that weighs themselves on a daily/weekly or monthly basis. Actually to be honest I don't even know what I weigh now or what I weighed before I changed my eating habits. In fact I don't actually want to know. If I feel good in what I'm wearing then I'm happy.

The 6.

1. Don't DIET! Eat Healthy and give your body all the vitamins and minerals you need. 
2. Don't worry, remember NO body is perfect.
3. Don't let the media influence your decisions about what you eat or what you look like. Remember this is all about you.
4. Do have have cheat days!
5. Do give yourself some chocolate. A girl has gotta have chocolate! (treat yourself to a couple of squares a night)
6. Do be happy, you are beautiful. 

And ohh boy that Bill's burger I had today was delicious!

Peace and Love 
G. x

Sunday, September 14, 2014

W7 Make up Review

Recently I have been trying out a few products from the W7 make up range so I thought that I would do a quick review of a few of my favourite products as not only are they reasonable priced the range also does some great dupes on items of more expensive brands. 

W7 Chunky Bronzer- I've been wanted to try a bronzer stick for a while as they are great for contouring and for giving you the perfect cheek bones. I've had my eye on a the NARS Bronzing Stick for a while but at £30 I just couldn't quite justify buying it. So when I came across the W7 Chunky Bronzer I just had to have it! At £4.95 it is a pretty good dupe of the NARS bronzer and definitely does the job of defining your cheek bones. 


Angel Eyes- I don't wear eye shadow much but I love the neutral colours that this eye palet has, they really help to give your eyes a little pop and add a bit of glamour.


  
City Slicker Eye Make up Remover- I absolutely love this! A lot of eye makeup removers that I have used before by other brands I haven't really liked. This is mainly because they were quite oily making my eye lids and lashes feel greasy after and often irritated my eyes. However this eye remover isn't oily at all and takes off my eye make up like a dream! One quick splash on a cotton wool pad and a quick wipe on my eyes and my make up is removed.

Have you tired any W7 make up recently? Let me know what you think!

Peace and Love
G. x

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Weekend- Mini Haul

This weekend just gone I popped out to lunch with my nan, after having our sandwich and tea in M&S we always have a little mooch round the shops. I only picked up a few items as I'm trying not to spend too much money at the moment, but we all need a bit of retail therapy once in a while!
If you know me then you know that I love a good bargain, I hardly ever buy anything that doesn't have a price discount. 

My Purchases:-
H&M Long Sleeve, Navy Stripped top. 
Originally £12.99 but I got it for a fiver! Bloody Bargain I say! Stripes come in fashion and go out of fashion quicker than you can say Jack Robinson. I thought this would be great for autumn, as the material is really soft and thin so will be great to wear under thicker jumpers. 

Accessorize Long Silver Spiked Necklace. This was a bit of an impulse buy really, I don't have that any long necklaces and wanted one to wear with plain tops as they allow you to dress an outfit up but not as much as a statement necklace would. Again this was on sale, reduced from £12 to £3.60.

Measureable Difference- Amplyfing Lash and Brow Serum £3.99 & Measureable Difference- Liquid Eyeliner £2.99.
I picked up these two products from TKMaxx, I could literally spend hours in there looking at all the beauty products. You can find some great buys and more often than not designer make up items that are half of the price! Again these were a bit of an impulse buy, I needed a new eyeliner and I liked the idea of a serum that would apparently strength my lashes and brows. 

So far I'm really impressed with the liquid eye liner, the thin brush allows me to make perfect flicks on my eye lids. However I do get quite watereyes in general and the eyeliner smudges easily which is a bit unfortunately. 
On the other hand I'm not hugely impressed with the serum, again the brush is really thin and I'm a little uncertain on how to make the most of the product through application, maybe a mascara style brush would have been better to allow the product to be applied more successfully. Anyways I'm going to stick with it for a bit longer and see whether it does make a difference to the strength and look of my eyelashes and eyebrows.

Have you got any of these items? Or have I tempted you to buy one of them?
Let me know!

Peace and Love
G. x

Friday, August 29, 2014

W7 make up range

So excited to try out all the goodies I got from W7 today, especially the 'The Honey Queen; honeycomb blusher! 
W7 can be found in Next, Peacocks, Savers and TKMaxx!



I'll pop up a blog post and tell you my favourites once I have tried and tested a few. 
Thank you Aqua PR. 

Peace and Love
G. x



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Moroccan Oil; the ultimate hair regenerator.

This is probably my favourite hair product at the moment and I can't believe that I didn't start using Moroccan Oil/ Argan Oil sooner! I'm pretty lazy when it comes to my hair, I don't use any heat protection or frizz control products regularly and I tend to leave my natural or just put a few more tidy curls in the top. Although I haven't dyed my hair is about 18months as I don't get it cut very often so the ends can become very thin and sometimes straggly looking. I was first introduced to the hair oil by my Mum, at first I was put off by the price as I was only told of one of the most expensive brands of oil which was around £30 and I couldn't really afford to spend that amount of money on a hair product. Anyways in the end my Mum bought me some for my birthday in May, and one thing is for sure that I absolutely love it and I now use it every time I wash my hair.



In terms of a routine I normally wash my hair, towel dry it and then put a tiny penny sized amount in my hands, rub my hands together and then focus on rubbing it through the ends of my hair, I then use any excess through the rest of my hair. I try not to put too much in the top of my hair, by my roots as this can sometimes cause your hair to become a little greasy which is natural considering it is an oily substance. Since using the oil frequently I have seen a huge improvement in the ends of my hair and I definitely don't have as many split ends anymore, making my hair feel fuller and softer. Also I'm always getting compliments about the smell of my hair which is a bonus. 

There is a huge selection of oil brands to choose from and TK Maxx is great for grabbing yourself a bottle at a discounted price, they also do loads of shampoos and conditioners that have Moroccan Argan Oil in them.

I personally use 'Organic World, Moroccan Argan Oil' which can be found in Superdrug for about £4.99. I think this is a great price and it certainly does the job!

So if your looking for something to give your hair a bit of a boost Moroccan Argan Oil is for you, I guarantee it will transform your straggly split ends into luscious locks!


Peace and Love
G. x

Barry M; Autumn Collection

Eeeeek, so here they are the new Barry M colours for Autumn! Who else is loving them?! Can't wait to get my 'nails' on the green and orange! 




What's your favourite colour? 

Peace and Love
G. x

Friday, August 22, 2014

Date Night Outfit #1

Ohhh I do love a date night with my boyfriend, it's a chance to dress up, go to a fancy resturant and act like sophisticated adults. I mean don't get me wrong I love a night in wearing PJ's, eating a takeaway and watching a movie but sometimes it's time to remind your other half that 'honey I've still got it'. -Oh god I sound like I've been married for about 50 years (which I haven't, I'm not even married!) Anyways I hope you enjoy my date night outfit!


The Outfit:-
New Look colette style floral trousers £9 (sale) absolutely love these! I was worried they would make me look short and pump but by wearing heels I think I resolved this issue.

New Look white basis spagehetti strap top, £2.99 I swear by these! Not only are is it a great length (not too long/not too short) and also a really nice soft material. Another plus is that its not see through! (Like my Primark ones!)

H&M Black Leather Jacket £30.00 I personally think that you can never go wrong with a leather jacket. It can give even the cutest outfits a rough and ready look. 

H&M Black Ankle Strap Heels, £15.00
These shoes are super comfy as they have a thicker heel to them. However I still find it hard to dance the night away in them! They are great to dress up a simple/classic outfit.

Necklace Urban Outfitters £5 sale, I wasn't sure whether to wear silver or gold jewellery with this outfit but in the end decided to go with silver as I although I wanted a statement piece to fill my chest I felt gold would have been too bold.

Primark black and white clutch bag £4- To be honest I was in a rush so just quickly grabbed the first bag I saw in my cupboard. I love blocking black and white and the monochrome look will always be one of my favourites. 

What do you think of my outfit choice? What might you wear differently, let me know! 

Peace and Love
G. x

New Look: Autumn is Coming!

Oo Em Gee (OMG) (Oh my God)

Can you believe Summer is coming to an end and we are already starting to see the autumn collections in stores?! 

There always gets to a point in summer when I have nearly worn all my summer clothes inside out, back to front, upside down, you name it and there is literally no other way I could possibly wear it! So it's a bit of a relief when Autumn comes and taps me on the shoulder. I love Autumn, layering up is my forte! New Look has some of the most gorgeous pieces in their Autumn collection, so here is a few things I will be purchasing ready for the months of crunchy leafs and pumpkins! 

Thank god, tartan is back in, otherwise I would probably have to throw out half of my clothes from last year! I do love a bit of tartan in Autumn, it makes me feel like a little school girl again. (Scarf- £12.99, Dress- £24.99. Skirt £14.99)



Also lighter weight coats and jackets are big on New Looks agenda for Autumn, not your really thick Winter coats but jackets with a smarter feel, I personally am loving the textured crepe duster coat which comes in 7 different colours and at £29.99 you better grab one while they're still available! (see pic below)

Blanket Wraps are gunna be huge next season and I'm really 'warming' to the idea of them! Not only will they keep you cosy while watching those November fireworks but right in with the latest trend! Who knows maybe poncho's will be making a come back to! (1- £24.99, 2- £24.99, 3-£19.99) I absolutely love the colours of number 2, not only gorgeous festival colours but also great for festival nights to keep you snugly while watching your favourite acts!

The links are down below for my suggested items!
Enjoy the rest of our summer days!
Peace and Love 
G. x








Friday, August 8, 2014

Muji Make up Organiser

Oops! Haven't been on my blog in while! 

So here's a quick post on a make up organiser I bought today! 

I've been wanting a make up organiser for ages and have been popping into home sense (the home ware store owned by tkmaxx) in hope that I would find something there but unfortunately although they had some they didn't have big enough to fit my makeup collection! 

Anyways, so my friend Beth told me about Muji, there aren't many around where I live and although I had walked passed one before I have never stopped to look in. I looked on there website prior to making my trip to Guildford and saw that they had some acrylic boxes, these vary in size and shape. 


I went for the 5 draw acrylic boxes, £24.95 (they also give student discount, so I got it for (£22.50) it is clear which is great they means it looks smaller than it is on my shelf and also makes it easier to see what compartment each make up type is in, e.g all my skin products, eye products etc...      
 



So if you are looking for a make up organiser check Muji out! 


Peace and Love 
G. x

  

Monday, June 9, 2014

Outfit Post- festival look

Hiya bloggers! 

So I thought it was time for me to do another outfit post as I haven't done one in a while. 

Below is my outfit for my Summer Ball at Roehampton University. It was my last ball as a student unfortunately :( The ball consists of a day and evening, in which the day is a lot more casual and almost like a festival and then in the evening we swap out festival gear for our glad-rags! 


I am wearing...

Playsuit- Urban Outfitters £38 (new to this season) find it here: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/m/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5126441007445&category=SEARCH+RESULTS

Hoodie- American Apparel £50 (one of the standard hoodies they do) find it here: http://store.americanapparel.co.uk/unisex-nantucket-fleece-zip-hoodie_rsanf400w 

Leather Jacket: H&M £30 (few seasons ago) find a similar one here: http://m.hm.com/gb/product/21072?article=21072-A#mediaType=FASHION_FRONT

Black Boots: Dr Martens, £100 find it here: http://www.drmartens.com/uk/Mens/Mens-Boots/Dr-Martens-1460-Boot/p/11822006

Bag: eBAY, £9.99 find one similar here:  
http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/321393462704?nav=SEARCH

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters £16 (new to this season) find it here: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/m/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5758425484741&category=SEARCH+RESULTS

I love this outfit, the playsuit is great for dancing around as you haven't got to have a sudden panic if the wind picks up (we don't wanna loose our dignity do we now!) The leather jacket adds an edgy/grungy element to the outfit; My leather jacket is probably in my top 5 favourite pieces of clothing I own. The boots again add to grunginess of the outfit while still keeping my feet dry. Then lastly the sunglasses and handbag add a hint of glamour and class to the outfit.

Let me know what you think of it or any changes/elements you would add? I was thinking maybe a hat?

Peace and Love
G. x

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Collection Does it all Mascara

This is just a quick post on my recent purchase of Collection Does it All mascara.


As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am off travelling soon and therefore wanted to buy some cheaper makeup products, incase I loose anything etc. 

I normally wear No.7 Expectional Definition; Black £13.50 Or Benefit BAD gal lash; Black £16.00. Therefore I wanted to get a good mascara that was under £10.


So I popped into Boots (I love collecting points in Boots and always treat myself to something a little expensive when I have enough points) and had a scan of the Maybelline section and then moved onto the Collections section where I spotted the Does it all Mascara. Collections states that this mascara has a five way formula; curling, volumizing, lengthening, long-wearing and conditioning. I really like the brush also as it is similar to the No.7 mascara and allows you to apply mascara evenly across your eye lashes aswell as giving them a great length. 

The only issue I have with the Collection mascara is that it is hard to get off with just my normal make up remover with is a little annoying as I don't want to take a load of facial products with me.

So bloggers if you're looking for a cheaper make up product then check out this Collection mascara! 

Peace and Love
G x  


Monday, June 2, 2014

'Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara'

Hey bloggers! So guess what! I've found a dupe for the Benefit 'gimme BROW' which is 'Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara' - £4.99. Although it's definitely not as good quality as 'gimme brow' but it's the closest product that is out there on the beauty market at the moment.
Maybelline Brow Drama comes it 3 colours, deep blond, medium brown and  dark brown. I have dark features so I chose the dark brown. Like the Benefit gimme BROWS, this product has a small mascara style brush on the end of it which allows you to brush the product through your brows. Unfortunately I think that the brush is a little to big at the end and therefore can make precision a little difficult and the gel does feel a little heavier on my brows than the 'gimme BROW' gel. However for £4.99 rather than £17.50 all in all it does the job and is the ideal product for me to take travelling with me! 



(Please excuse the state of my brows at the moment, but hopefully from the picture you can tell that my right brow is fuller looking and darker however still looking natural) 

So if your looking for a cheaper alternative to the Benefit gimme BROWS then check out this Maybelline product! 

Peace and Love
G. x

Friday, May 30, 2014

Benefit- 'gimme BROW'

First thing to say is £17.50 for a product that is as big as my thumb!! 
But let me just say it is bloody brilliant! 

I went a bit crazy the other day in Boots as I had a couple of vouchers and loads of Boots points to spend and this is one of the products that I picked up. I did a blog post about brows about 6 months ago and I am still as big of a fan as I was then.

Brows brows brows! They are a feature that can make or break you, they help sculpt your face and definition is vital. 

When I treat myself I like to look at the Benefit counter, not only is the packaging gorgeous but they also do great products that all have they own special bit of magic in them that other branded products don't. After a little look I picked up the 'gimme brow', I was a bit reluctant at first as it is honestly tiny and therefore the price seems a bit crazy but after speaking to the lady on the beauty counter she managed to sway me into getting it. 

(right brow showing after, left brow showing before)

The tiny little almost mascara like brush is great for precision and the fiber gel gives the impression that there is more hair than there was before. Not only is it water resistant but it also provides you with the most natural looking brows. It comes in two shades, light/medium and medium/deep, I went for the medium/deep as I have dark hair and like my eyebrows to be dark and compliment my other dark features.


(Both brows complete!)

As it is so expensive I am a little reluctant to use it everyday, so if any bloggers out there have a dupe that is as easy to use at the gimme brows, preferably with a mascara style brush to, then please comment below!

Peace and Love
G. x





Mac Studio Fix & Mac Pro Longwear Concealer

When it comes to choosing a foundation, my worst nightmare is either wearing the colour or getting a foundation that isn't the right consistency for my skin. I have mentioned in a post before that I have an everyday foundation and then a more expensive going out foundation that I only really wear on special occasions.

I previously wore Estée Lauder double wear 2.0, but then recently I haven't been a fan of how it looks on my skin, it almost starte

d to melt off my face! So a few weeks ago it was my 21st so I thought its time to treat myself to my some new foundation. I'd heard a lot of good things regarding the Mac Studio Fix from work collegues and beauty bloggers so off I went to the Mac store (Westfield; Stratford).

I'm always a little bit anxious when I go into Mac as all the beauty technicians are gorgeous looking with there make up all done to perfection, but actually it turned out that I was was pleasantly surprised! I signed up to get a colour match and got introduced to the beauty technician called Channon, she was lovely and made me feel at ease, complimenting my complexion and sounding generally interested in my opinions. She asked me what products I was interested in and then grabbed a selection of colours she thought would match my complexion. Channon then started applying two foundations one to one half of my face and the other to the other half- this was so then I could see the difference and see which one I preferred (one was a NW- neutral warm and one was a NC neutral cool).

I chose NW20 as I thought that it was a great match and the foundation looked dewy on my skin almost as if it was glowing and it felt lovely and lightweight that my skin still felt like could breathe. I also mentions to Channon that I was interested in the Pro Long Wear concealer that again I had seen reviews about. Pro Long Wear provides great coverage for under the eyes however it is a lot thicker consistency so you really don't need much. The only thing is that because it is very think is can make your skin look a little dull but by adding a finishing powder this helps to buff it up a little and give an all over equal finish. 

Channon then finished off the rest of my make up by applying blusher etc... So I looked decent enough to continue with my shopping for the rest of the day! Which I thought was a nice touch, as it really showed how the technicians connected with you on a personal level. 

In total I spend £41 on two items:
Studio Fix fluid NC20- £22.50
Pump for the Studio Fix fluid- £4*
Pro Longwear Concealer NW20- £15

*I wasn't made aware of the extra charge for the pump till I was at the till, however it does mean that you are less likely to waste exess and it means it is easier to know how much you need for coverage (I use my full pump squirt and a half) 

It is far to say that I absolutely love my Mac products and will definitely be popping in again to grab some more products. If your looking for a new foundation I would definitely recommend popping into Mac.  


Peace and Love 
G. x



Monday, March 10, 2014

Live Below the Line



Hey Bloggers, for the next 2 months, the content of 'Glamour and Grace' is going to change a little....


Here's why...
I have recently taken on the role as an Avodate for Action Aid and their latest campaign, Live Below the Line.

About the Campaign:
'Live Below the Line is an awareness and fundraising campaign run by the Global Poverty Project.
To Live Below the Line is to challenge yourself to eat and drink on just £1a day.' This will happen from April 28th- May 5th 2014.

The campaigns aim is to help people understand the lack of choice and opportunity faced by people living in extreme poverty. 1.2 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, meaning that they live on the equivalent of what you can buy in the U.K. for £1 a day everyday.

My Role:
Within my role, I ultimately need to recruite participants to take up the challenge with me.
So if you think you could take up the challenge of living on £1 a day for 5 days then let me know!

Raising money for the campaign can be done through sponsorship or fundraising, so you can either be sponsored for taking up the challenge or you can create fundraisers to promote and raise money!be
Or prehaps instead you might want to donate the money that you would have normally spent on food for that week?

However you chose to fundraise, every little penny that you make will help Action Aid help those living in poverty immensely.

I will be updating my blog with recipes, tips and updates on my progress!

Hopefully in a couple of days I will be able to announce some more exciting news! So keep posted!


To check out my progress and donate, click on the link below! :)
www.livebelowtheline.com/me/gracehearn


Peace &
Love
G x

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tinder

Hey Bloggers!

So basically I just wanted to share with you all an assignment that I did at Uni, for a module called Magazine Journalism. We had to create an article for a magazine of our choice and I chose Cosmopolitan, as Cosmo's content is prominently made up of sex, love, relationships and dating, I thought that I would introduce Cosmo reader to Tinder! So have a little read and enjoy! (NOTE: the article is written as if it is going to be featured in Cosmo, and unfortunately I can't upload exactly the same layout!)




Online dating?
That's soo last decade.
Welcome to the world
 of 21st century dating
 with new app Tinder. 


Originally launched in the US in September 2013, Tinder is now breaking its way into the UK on a mission to help locals find love.

The App
Tinder finds out who’s near to your location through GPS on your phone and then links to your Facebook account. The app then creates a profile for you, of your first name, age and photos of your choice for other Tinder users to view.

The Idea
A picture pops onto your phone screen of someone that Tinder has matched with similar interests to you. You are then given the power to swipe them to the right for ‘Hot’ or to the left for ‘Not’ giving users the feeling of ultimate control by simply throwing unworthy candidates into the bin. Luckily Tinder is anonymous leaving you feeling guilt free and not having to undergo any heartache if your latest crush rejects you and places you in the ‘Not’ so hot pile.

If ‘the swipe is right’ and someone you liked thinks you’re a ‘hotty’ then it’s your lucky day and Tinder lets you flirt within the app.

The Creator
Justin Mateen, co-founder of the app explains why the app is so popular. ‘People are using Tinder standing in line at a coffee shop, Tinder is an app, you can use on-the-go. There’s an ease to it. That’s why people are addicted.’

Hot or Not
Could love be just one swipe away?
 
Although some would opt to swiping Tinder to the left ‘Not’ and have nicknamed the app as the ‘hook up app’ (ooo saucy!) Justin Mateen defends Tinder, ‘It was never meant to be used for hooking up. We just did a poll recently, and a tiny percentage of our users think that’s what Tinder is for.’ Phew! so there is still a chance for us at Cosmo to find genuine love through the app.

The Experience
We spoke to two of our Cosmo readers about their experience with the dating app.
Sophie: I downloaded the app as a bit of fun to start with and liked the fact you could see how many mutual friends you had with a person. I ended up going out with a guy who was mutual friends with my housemate so was reassured that "swiping right" wouldn't be a terrible idea. I think it's really handy around uni, you meet people on there doing similar things to you and it's pretty easy to filter out the weirdos! The date was fine and saw him a couple of times more but nothing has materialised since.

Shannon: At first I found Tinder a weird app, as it doesn’t really tell you much about the person, you are simply judging someone by looks. I accidently swiped someone ‘Hot’ without realising how it worked! What made things even worse was that later he was matched with me! (ultra awks) We started talking and then he suggested we meet up, I had never used a dating site before so it was a totally new experience for me. I like that Tinder is connected to Facebook so you know the people you are meeting are legitimate. Since my date we have continued to meet up which I guess is a good sign.
 
The Figures
With 1 in 5 relationships starting online it is no surprise that the number of UK Tinder users is increasing by 25% every week.

· The UK online dating market is estimated to be worth £150 million.

· 80% of people know someone that has found love online.

· There are currently over 1400 dating websites.

Have you had any swiping mishaps on Tinder? Let us know by tweeting us @CosmopolitanUK.

 

Monday, January 27, 2014

January Beauty Haul

This haul is from January (I know it's a few days late) but I just haven't had a chance to sit down and blog recently. So in the month of January I bought myself a number of new beauty products and also rebought some of my all time favourites which I wanted to share with you all. I got them all at my local drug store either Superdrug or Boots, they were all on special offer at the time and that is probably why I went a little bit crazy. 



St Ives; Invigorating 
I absolutely love this face scrub and it always leaves my face feeling fresh and glowing without fail. There are a number of different variations of the product, all with element to either exfoliate, renew and firm or help with blackheads and blemishes. My favourite is the St Ives; Invigorating, the small apricot particles rubs against your face, deep cleansing and exfoliating removing dull, dead skin cells to instantly reveal smooth, soft and radiant skin. I got this product from Boots it is one of my more expensive beauty products that I own costing £4.29, however I love the feel of my skin after I have used it that I think it is definitely worth the money. One thing that I was gutted about after I had bought it from Boots I then popped into Superdrug and  found out that it was on offer for 1/2 price in there! I was so tempted to return my Boots one but I couldn't be bothered with all the hassle, but now I know to always check Superdrug first! 


Freederm: Gel
When I was 13/14 I suffered with pretty bad acne on my forehead, of course one of the reason for this was because I was going through puberty and all of those other normal bodily changes but also I partly blame it on the fact I used foundation at such a young age. I used to cover my face in Miss Sporty liquid foundation and it distroyed my youthful skin. I used different clearasil products but none do them seemed to do the job, then my mum found a new product called 'freederm' although they now do lots of different products the one that I used was a gel, it is quite expensive with it costing £9.69 for a 25g tube. The treatment is designed to be an anti inflammatory for spots, the ingredient nicotinamide that it contains is clinically proved to help with this. 

I used the gel every night for probably about 3 months and it helped my skin a lot, not only did the gel help to get rid of the spot but also helped with any scars that were left on my forehead. I recently came across this product again, it was on offer in Superdrug and therefore I thought that I would get it as although luckily I have grown out of getting clusters of spots (touch wood) I do still get the occasional one or two spots and Freederm is the best and fastest treatment that I know to eliminates those annoying buggers.



Simples Eye Make up remover 
I am pretty lazy when it comes to taking off my make up at night, however it is my golden rule to make sure that I remove it before I goto bed, no matter how intoxicated I am after a night out. I normally just use a baby lotion and cotton pads to remove my make up, although this does make my skin feel a little bit oily, I always rinse my face with clean water and then use toner and cleanser afterwards. My mum is alway telling me to be more gentle with my skin, especially my eyes; under your eyes (bags) and your eyelids as this are where your skin is the thinnest on your face and therefore prone to wrinkles and those dreaded spider legs creases by the sides of your eyes. Anyways when I was in Superdrug I saw that 'Simples' had most of their products on promotional and one that caught my tee was the Simples make up remover, I can't remember the price of it at the moment but I think on offer it was just under £2. I first used it after a night out when I wear a lot more eyeshadow, mascara! eye liner etc than normal. Although it does make my eyes feel a little bit oily, the substance makes my mascara slide off easily and allowing me not to wake up with panda eyes in the morning. Again I always wash my face after with clean warm water to get rid of any substance that remains. 



TRESemme; salon touchable feel- ultra fine hairspray
I'm not really a huge hairspray users, again I only mainly use it on a night out to set my hair so I don't turn up to the club with the wind swept look! I only really bought it as it was on offer, 2 for £7, and considering the bottle is the biggest you can get is I thought it was a pretty good deal. The other one I gave to my boyfriend as a stocking filler, so he won't ask to borrow mine everyday, he uses more hairspray than me! The hairspray is ultra fine and therefore doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky or heavy filled with hair product. TRESemme are definitely one of the best and there products never seem to let me down. 



 Baby lips- 
I am a huge fan of Baby Lips and I just can't get enough of it, I have even got a load of my friends into it! I already had the Cherry Lip which has a slight tint to it. Although I really like it as it means if I don't want to put on lippy the balm still gives me some colour, I wanted a balm that I could wear over any of my lipsticks and it not affect the colour of it. So I decided to go for 'Intense Care' instead and it works wonders leaving my lip moistured for hours. If you haven't got a baby lips make sure you get on the bandwagon ASAP! 


Anyways my lovely bloggers, I hope you have gained a little insight into some of my latest beauty product buys. I'm always looking for a bargain! 

Peace & Love
G. x