Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Sleek Brow Kit

If you're a regular reader of my blog (thank you!) then you will know that most of my beauty posts feature affordable, drug store make up. Over the years I've found drug store make up has become bigger, more popular, and the most important - better quality. 
I only started fussing with my eyebrows this year, until then they were completely natural and untouched. Mainly because I like thick brows and also because they are very blonde, so they didn't stand out on my face or scare passers by. 
Gradually, as I became more aware of beauty, I decided to take the plunge and I got them waxed (oh sweet God, the pain!) and since then have bought myself a pair of Tweezerman's and have been plucking away.

 Sleek Brow Kit - £8.50.

Sleek Brow Kit in Light.

When adding colour to my brows, I've always used a pencil. I recently dyed them so they weren't as blonde and I don't have to fill them in everyday (I'm lazy...)
The main thing that I struggle with when pencilling my brows in, is that it looks really...unnatural. Pencils can be super creamy and if you press on even slightly harder than you should, you end up with brows that look like they've been drawn on with a marker pen. 

I've seen a few blog posts about the Sleek Brow Kit (and the new MUA kit...which was sold out, a good sign I'm sure!) so I popped along to Superdrug to buy it. I was aware that the Sleek Brow Kit came with a powder, which is what I was after. This kit must be extremely popular because there was only ONE left. All the dark shades had gone, and there was one left in 'light' - just my luck! 

 Me wearing Sleek Brow Kit in Light.

I know a few people have the 'Light' and find it too light, but luckily for me, it's the perfect shade. Being blonde, I don't like my brows being too dark as I think it can get too extreme sometimes and your eyebrows then become the main focus of your face. 

The Sleek Brow Kit comes in a small compact, with a wax, a powder, small tweezers, an angled brush and a normal brush. 
The wax is to define the brows, give them a bit of definition and the powder is too fill them in and add that little bit of colour. 
The brushes are a great adiditon but are quite tiny, so I use my own normal sized angled brush.
I haven't used the tweezers yet as I find my Tweezerman's are perfect and cause me the less pain possible!

LOL hamster face

In the picture above I have two different sets of brows. The left side is after I'd shaped my brows and filled them in with Sleek's Brow Kit. The right brow is before plucking (madness) and filled in with just a pencil.
As you can see, there is a big difference. The left side, in which I used the Sleek Brow Kit is much more defined, my eyebrow is not the focus of my face. Where as the right side, my brow is extremely thick, unshapely and the forefront of my face. 

The powder in Sleek's Brow Kit is amazing, it applies perfectly, is matte and gives a great shade. When I purchased it, I literally had no idea what the wax was for, as it looks like a dark cream. I have used it in the above pictures, but I don't think it's necessary, even though it's a great touch to the palette. 

I'm so impressed with this product and would definitely buy more of Sleek make up. I really want their contour kit and eye shadow palettes! 
You can find Sleek make up in Superdrug.

PS; My mouth is getting better, my dentist said I have a severe infection so I'm on plenty anti-biotics but the swelling is reducing! Although you can still see it, hence hamster face above, lolz.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Be mine!

Be mine

1. topshop, 2. river island, 3. zara, 4. topshop, 5. asos, 6. asos.

Just a quick little update as I haven't posted in almost a week now.
On Wednesday my tripod finally arrived (hooray) so I was all set to do an outfit post that day and publish it. Then, obviously because it's me, disastuh struck. Kind of.
I (unexpectedly!) got my wisdom tooth taken out. Long story short, since Wednesday I have been quite poorly because of it. My face has swelled up to the size of Japan and my mouth is super duper sore, so not something you'd want to see on an outfit post!
Anyways, my swelling became quite severe last night so I had to make a trip to the emergency dentist who prescribed me with two lots of anti-biotics. She said I arrived just in time as by today I would have struggled breathing...!

Hopefully it will all settle down soon and I can resume life as normal.
Here is my tooth and this is how I look (my face has tripled in size!)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Instablog #2

I haven't done much this week, these pictures are from the past 2 weeks or so from my instagram (katiebowie).
I had a job interview on Friday and went in town today, that's about all I've done! I bought a new over sized jumper and some chelsea boots (finally!) so hopefully my tripod arrives next week so I can show you all.
I'm also on a diet this week...don't even ask. It's been pretty grim. I have lost 5lbs though! Cray cray. Next week will resume to semi normal eating so no crankiness...phew!

It's Craig's birthday next week but he's going home :( I'll be able to see him on his birthday but after that I'll be all alone during the day, waa. I can't even give him his main present because it's not even out yet...bloody FIFA 13...yes he asked for it. I have got him a few little pressies to open on the day though!

On Wednesday I finally have an appointment for my wisdom tooth. A couple of years ago now I had one wisdom tooth out and had to go to hospital and be put to sleep for it! Which loads of people find strange 'cause they just have theirs out at the dentist. So anyways, my other tooth has been causing me jip so it's time to get it sorted, hopefully I don't have to have a general anaesthetic again, I cried the first time!

Have you anything planned next week?

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Liebster Award

Thank you to the lovely Emma for nominating me for this! Her blog is here

This post is about blogs that have under 200 followers and just need a little push to get that extra attention their fabulous blogs need.

The Rules:
1. Each person tagged must post 11 random facts about themselves.
2. They must answer the 11 questions posted by the previous blogger.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask their tagged bloggers.
4. They must tag 11 blogs with less than 200 followers.
5. The bloggers must be told.
6. No tag backs.

11 facts about Katie:

1. When I was 9 years old I got Scarlet Fever in which the doctors had not seen for 20 years. I'm in some medical book somewhere in my underwear covered in rashes! Lovely...

2. I have just graduated from University with a 2:1

3. I suffer with severe arachnophobia. Arachnophobia is a fear of spiders. I have seen a psychologist about it, which sounds a bit odd, but I have panic attacks when I see spiders.

4. For my 21st birthday my wonderful mother took me on an amazing trip to New York City and Barbados.

5. I am an only child. I live with my mum (momma K!), two cats (Morris and Bo) and my boyf (Craig).

6. I don't like olives. I tried one in a restaurant last year (a super posh restaurant!) and nearly vomited. They are proper rank.

7. Days out are my favourite things - I love nothing more than exploring a quaint little village or a bustling city.

8. I've had a couple of my own radio shows differing from a specialist indie music show to a general chit chat day time show up in the North East.

9. Chorizo and goats cheese are my favourite food. Separately and together. I'm salivating just thinking about them omg...

10. I was born and bred in Blackburn, Lancashire.

11. Lastly, but very much not least, I am madly in love with my wonderful Geordie delight, Craig. In October we will have been together for 3 whole years.

Now the questions from Emma!

1. What is your favourite sport?
When I was at school my favourite sport was rounders because I was DEAD GOOD at it. I was the baller and captain, but it seems you can only play rounders at school. If it was an Olympic sport I'd definitely have gold by now.
Sports I enjoy watching are gymnastics, swimming, football and pretty much everything at the Winter Olympics.

2. How many siblings do you have?

Zero! I am an only child. It can be both a blessing and a curse.

3. What beauty item could not live without?
Hmm. This is hard! How do I pick one?! I have rubbish eyelashes, they're very blonde and very short, so without mascara I look eyelash-less. Which is weird... but my skin is also not my finest point so I think I'll go with foundation. I always feel so much better with a little foundation on, it perks my skin right up.

4. What is your favourite clothes shop?
I can't really say I have a favourite clothes shop. Obviously I love shopping but I buy equal amounts of clothes from different shops! I usually love most things in Topshop and River Island. Zara always has great pieces as does French Connection.

5. Are you team Jen or Angelina?
I'm team no one. I don't really dig the whole 'lets be against women because one cheated and the other is so hard done by!' - it's not my scene.
I am a big fan of both of them, because of their work. I am a huuuge Friends fan and always loved Rachel, so I like Jennifer. I think Angelina is a fantastic mother too.

6. What is your job?

As I've just graduated I'm currently looking for one!

7. Fashion or beauty?
I've always been more in to fashion than beauty. I never used to be in to beauty that much at all really but since blogging it's become a definite forefront. I still think fashion is better though! I just find it more expressive.

8. What is your favourite beauty brand?

I really like Clarins, they have such a wide range and I love that they cater for both men and women on a big scale.

9. Do you have a dream?
Not really, no. That doesn't mean I'm not passionate or determined, I just don't think I have a particular path. As long as I have a happy and fulfilling life then that's all I need.

10. What is your favourite film?
I have quite a few, I can never pick a particular one. I love the Harry Potter films, Sixteen Candles, Submarine.
Last night I watched a documentary film and it was fantastic, it's definitely gone in my favourites list. It's called 'Paris is Burning' and is about the drag scene in NYC in the late 80's. If you're a fan of things such as RuPaul's Drag Race, I highly recommend you watch it. You will learn so much, even things such as where those words came from, such as 'reading', 'shade' and 'extravaganza!'
It has amazing humour (obviously!) but it's also terribly sad in some parts.

11. What is the best piece of advice you've received?
"You can't live your life by other people, you do what is best for you and you do it when you want to do it. Always look out for those that look out for you and never forget where you came from!" momma K.

My Q's for my chosen bloggers.

1. What is the biggest thing you've achieved so far?
2. Tell me about your pets (if you don't have any, would you like any?)
3. What is your favourite outfit?
4. Why did you start blogging?
5. What are your favourite musicians?
6. What are your favourite past times?
7. Your best beauty dupes.
8. Name your favourite books.
9. Who do you admire?
10. Your must have beauty product.
11. What are the things you like most about yourself?

My 11 bloggers.
(it was so hard to find so many with less than 200 followers!) 

Apologies if you've been tagged before, as I said, it was super difficult trying to find 11 bloggers!
Let me know if you re post :)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Body Shop - Rainforest Moisture

Earlier this week I was walking through my local town centre, whilst browsing on my phone. I have O2 Priority Moments and had a quick look if there was anything I could get my mitts on and just my luck, that particular week, there was!
It was a gift from The Body Shop worth £10...for free!

Rainforest Moisture for Dry Hair

Like most people, the main thing I have tried from The Body Shop is their 'body butters' which I utterly adore and always have. I always try and get a few when they go half price! 

Rainforest moisture hair butter, Rainforest moisture shampoo, Rainforest moisture conditioner, a Body Shop comb.

So, back on to the review! These are the products you get inside the pack. They are travel size (60ml) so great for taking on a weekend away/holiday. The comb is great, I love combs like these and keep them in the shower so I can always brush through my conditioner thoroughly to make sure it gets every last strand!

 Rainforest moisture shampoo

Rainforest moisture conditioner.

The main thing I noticed when using the products is the smell. It really is fresh, natural and refreshing. There is no artificial perfumed smells or over powering herbs.
The shampoo lathered quite well with my hair and I'd say I used about half the bottle for one wash (remember, they are tiny).
The conditioner I used the full bottle (lolz) but I always use LOTS of conditioner because my hair is bleached so quite damaged, it needs all the love and care possible! 

Rainforest moisture hair butter 50ml.

The instructions for the hair butter is to apply it on damp hair after you have used the shampoo, which is what I did. Hair butters have a thicker texture to shampoos, almost like body butters. 
Like the shampoo and condtioner, this smelt untouched and almost, green?! 
After using all the products, I left my hair to dry naturally, as when I blow dry it goes super crazy frizzy and doesn't feel as nice. 
As you can imagine, once it was dry it was incredibly soft and all the items together really worked on my hair. It just goes to show that natural products can do exactly the same as those with hundreds of chemicals in them. 
I would definitely purchase more hair care from The Body Shop, I was impressed with the quality and aesthetic look of the product.

Disclaimer: I got this item for free just like any another O2 customer could have. As always, this is a fair and honest review of my experience with the product. 

What are your favourite Body Shop products?

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Techni Nail Polish in Carnival

I love a good glitter nail polish, the only thing that used to be put me off is how utterly hellish they are to remove (sometimes I feel like I have RSI once I've finished because it takes that much graft!). However, there are some really great tips and tricks to remove glitter polishes so it doesn't have to be such an arduous task. 

I was recently in my local Bodycare when I came across this little bottle of colourful wonderment. Now, I don't know if you have a Bodycare in your town, but they're a bit like Superdrug but half the price. 
'Carnival' retails at...99p! Not even a whole British pound. Excellent. 

Upon use, if you told me to guess the price of this product, it would not be all. It does not feel or look like a cheap product. There is so much colour and glitter in the bottle and it applies really well. I've had it on my nails for a week and it's only chipped ever so slightly. 
I believe this is the dupe to OPI's 'Rainbow Connection'. 

I applied a base coat, then a white nail polish (Boots' own for their manicure set) then applied 'Carnival' on top, just to make the glitter stand out a little more. 
If you don't have a Bodycare locally, you can easily purchase this on eBay, simply type in 'Technic Carnival' and you'll find plenty of results in a decent price range. 

Have you tried Technic's 'Carnival' and is there any other dupes you can recommend?