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TALKBECKYTALK HOLIDAY MAKEUP MUST HAVES!

I wanted to share with you guys a few special photos from my holiday and to tell you a little about where I went, what I got up to and my holiday beauty must haves. I had always wanted to go to Ibiza so I booked a week with my mum and her friend. We actually had a week of rain (only this could happen to me!) so it meant lots of free time in my hotel room getting ready for our evening meals with the products I had packed.

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I love getting ready when I’m on holiday but I do have to change my usual makeup routine with less makeup and stick to a few cult staples of mine. Besides cramming as many minis as I can in my case, I always turn to makeup palettes which allow me to change my makeup up each night without having to pack my whole collection. The first palette I took was my Max Factor Masterpiece nude palette. There are 3 in the range, my favourite is the ‘golden nudes’ because it’s filled with natural browns and the option to make things a little smokier! My mum loves the ‘rose nudes’ because it has more pink in it and my sister loves ‘cappucino nudes’ because it’s great for darker more dramatic eyes! The pigmentation on these are great, and you get 8 shades for £14.99. I wore this most nights as there’s a shade for pretty much whatever you’re wearing.

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The second palette I took was the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette, perfect for a bit of radiance on holiday. I’d had my eye on this since it came out and a friend of mine bought me it as a surprise! First of all the colour payoff is incredible. I don’t own too much Charlotte Tilbury but the more I try the more I realise just how worth the money it is. This palette has a 2 blushers, a bronzer, highlighter and 3 eye primers and colour so it’s perfect for when you’re on the go.

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I stayed in a yoga retreat just a few miles out of Ibiza town, and then headed to stay near the Old Castle for the last few days. The food was amazing, and my top tip if you visit would be to hire a car so you can find all the beautiful beaches and places to eat!

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I can’t be without a mascara on holiday and this year I packed my Max Factor Masterpiece Max. Some of you guys will know I pretty much cleared the drugstores out of the Max Factor Masterpiece Transform (in brown) in my TalkBeckyTalk YouTube videos so it’s time for a new one for me! The wand on this is pretty cool. I love the end of it because you can pack loads of the product on your lashes and then the wand helps to separate and build up to 400% volume perfect for some serious lashes! I don’t get that horrible dropdown with Max Factor mascaras and it’s even more important for me when I’m in the heat!

I also packed the Clarins Eye Makeup Double Fix which claims to make your favourite mascaras and eyebrow products waterproof. I swam in this and it did run a little but I have to say it kept my mascara on all day without running and did last against the rain and sweat!

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To complete the eyes, I packed my Max Factor Masterpiece Long Wear Eyeliner. This is a really great eyeliner if you want a product that can create a number of looks. I used the edge on holiday for a really subtle liner which stayed on all night (it’s meant to stay for 12 hours). If you use the thick side it creates a really high impact look. I’ve actually done a video showing you how to create that smoky “cat eyes” look using the Max Factor mascara, eyeshadow and liner I’ve just talked about if you click here. My sister wears this look in the evenings on holiday and it’s perfect for me when I’m at home going out. Go say hi under the video!

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Finally, apart from a box of good lip balms, for me holidays are all about the hair! So I live off dry shampoo because it gets so tangled and greasy! My two favourites are the Pantene Pro V Instant Refresh and the COLab Sheer and Invisible. I love them because they are two of the few dry shampoos that actually make your hair look good again but don’t feel really gritty and dusty which puts a lot of people off using them. I can’t decide which I prefer but they are both really affordable and I get through so much that I always take two cans away with me!

I’m actually giving away three of the Max Factor eyeshadow palettes so you have something for your holidays too! Comment below telling me which one is your favourite and why – cappuccino nudes, pink nudes or golden nudes.

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Here’s to some sunshine, even in the rain, it felt so wonderful and relaxing to be away! On the last night we sat and watched the sun go down, it was so magical.

Becky x

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Summer Makeup Must-Haves

Summer holidays are pretty much what I live for! The sunshine, the pool, friends…..I never want to come home! I don’t often do this but I wanted to write a little post about my holiday to share a few holiday pictures and also to give you a sneaky peek of what I got up to.

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I went to a place called Kas in in Turkey with my sister Holly and a few of our friends. It was the most beautiful fishing town and I just fell in love with how beautiful it was and how friendly everyone was. We ate so much of the local food and went out for the day on a boat which was just amazing.

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I wanted to share one of my outfits from an evening out whilst I was there. My outfit is from Pretty Little Thing. I’m really lazy when it comes to makeup and hair when I’m on holiday but I still like to look dressed up! For my hair I’ve used the Pantene Pro V UV Protection spray. It helps to protect my hair in the sunshine and makes it really easy to style as it softens the curls that I get when I’m swimming and my hair drys. So for makeup I’m using my Benefit Do The Hoola makeup kit. When I’m travelling I love finding collections of miniature products to take away and Benefit do this really well. You get a lipgloss, mascara, powdered bronzer, liquid bronzer and balm. Most of them are hero products, the only thing I don’t get on so well with is the liquid bronzer as it doesn’t blend well for me. Instead I put a layer of my Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturiser to give me a little bit of colour and coverage. And because holidays are all about the dewy glow, I’ve used my Max Factor Excess Shimmer eyeshadow in Copper. The staying power and pigmentation on this is incredible. I’m obsessed with the bronze one and this one is perfect for the summer months. Finally for my lips I’m wearing the Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm in Refined Rose which has been my go-to summer lip product. It’s packed full of moisture and can either be used as a sheer balm, or built up to give you a really pigmented colour. I love it.

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I filmed a video whilst I was out there talking all about my  http://shipwreckedmariners.org.uk/?gogowawa=forex-signals&aac=26 forex signals pool-side essentials which is over on the Beauty Recommended channel. Everything from my favourite sunscreen for combination skin to a new compact product that I can’t live without. Don’t forget to  http://donniemillerphotography.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=http://donniemillerphotography.com/2009/08/photoshoot-with-klara-wester/ الخيارات الثنائية التداول مراجعة ت م subscribe here too so you don’t miss any of my other videos going up there. I’d love to see your holiday pictures too. Tag me on twitter and instragram so we can swap photos! Love Becky x

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Tarte Makeup Has Arrived in the UK!

My inner makeup geek is literally doing backflips right now with this set. It’s probably the most excited I’ve been in a long time about getting anything new! Tarte’s 6 piece Best Face Forward Make-Up Collection is here in the UK. Yes you heard me right, here in the UK!

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It’s one of those USA brands that everyone talks about but we can’t get our hands on here in England….until now. You can now buy Tarte products on QVC and there are so many of their hero products and sets like this on sale. Whenever I’m over in the USA this is one of the first brands I stock up on because the products are so good. Everything in this set is a hero product, so it’s not surprising it’s selling out in a few of the shades already!

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First of all the bag itself is going to be my holiday makeup bag it’s just gorgeous. The Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara has been in my top 10 mascaras for a while now. It’s really good if you want statement lashes that you can build up to look really thick and black. The Amazonian clay eyeshadow palette is perfect for me because it’s all neutrals! The shadows are quite matte and pigmented which is good if you get oily eyelids like me! Then you’ve got the LipSurgence lip creme in honeysuckle pink. Again I like nudes and pinks so this is good for me. It’s really moisturising and smells so nice with the peppermint and jojoba oil. It does say it’s meant to stay all day but I always need a top up after a few hours, probably from drinking so much tea!

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You also get the double-ended complexion brush which is exclusive to QVC so I was glad to get my hands on this. I’m obsessed with flat end brushes for buffing in concealer. The coloured clay bronzer blush in pink bronze is so pretty to have in a makeup collection. I’ve got really pale skin and it isn’t too dark on me so I’m excited to try and see the different ways I can use this. Finally you get the coloured clay cc primer. This divides people a little and I still can’t make my mind up about this! The stick is made up of light lavender and mint green colours along with the primer which is meant to help reduce redness and neutralise your skin. It’s really easy to apply and blends into one colour, so you could wear this on it’s own as a light foundation. The staying power on this is amazing and it makes my skin look so much smoother. The downsides are that it’s quite waxy so my skin doesn’t take too well to it, and my dry patches tend to look a little drier. That said, I still enjoy using it but just not everyday!

The set is £46.50 and I’ve seen it on sale previously for £38.40. You’re saving so much money, even if there is one product you’re not so keen on. So I’m going to be stocking up on these for presents for friends. Keep checking on QVC as they change their deals each day and the sets that go on there. You can see all the QVC products they’ve got here. I am so excited to see what pops up over the summer online, I had no idea you could buy online from QVC so I think I’ve found my new go-to online shop! So welcome to the UK Tarte, I hope you’re well stocked up for us British girls! Have you tried any Tarte makeup before? What’s your favourite? Becky x

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TUTORIAL: Festival Hairstyles

It’s that time of year again. The sun comes out and our instagram feed fills up with beautiful outfits and festival hairstyles. I was lucky enough to go to Coachella this year in America and got so much inspiration for summer hair so I wanted to write a post about it.

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I’ve always been a bit afraid of trying new hairstyles because I have tried to follow a few tutorials and they never end up looking as they should do! So I wanted to create 3 styles that are really easy to do, but still look really good! The first thing that you’ll need to do is make sure you wash your hair with a decent shampoo and conditioner that is going to keep your hair nice and clean for a few days and isn’t going to leave it too heavy to style. So I’d recommend using the Pantene Pro V Expert Collection Hydra Intensify Shampoo and Conditioner. I have really damaged, coloured hair so this little duo is amazing at making everything feel much better again! My hair felt so soft after using this but unlike some of the other collections I’ve used like this it didn’t make my hair feel heavy which makes it impossible to style!

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So onto the first look which is great if you have long hair. Scrape your hair to one side and make a really chunky plait whilst lifting it up. Flip the plait over one side and grip it in place. Then find a hair tie or wired band to lock it in place and finish your outfit.


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Onto the second look which is great for all hair lengths and is probably one of my favourites. First of all you need to make sure the top of your hairs and the lengths are nice and smooth and are going to style well. I’ve picked the Pantene Pro V Expert Collection Velvet creme infusion which is one of my go-to styling products of the moment. It smooths everything down and gets rid of flyaway hairs but doesn’t leave my hair looking greasy. Once that’s applied, find a pretty hair band and place it over your head but don’t tuck it under your hair. Then taking sections of about 1 inch, twirl the hair round and tuck it through the band at the back. Repeat this all the way around your head until all the hair is up. This look needs a bit of maintenance as you go through the day in terms of putting a few bits back in if it falls out but it looks so beautiful!

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Finally onto the third look which is really good for all hair lengths and is vintage inspired! Take a section of hair from the front of your head and use your fingers to create a roll of hair that finishes at the front of your face to one side. Pin it in place and then take some hairspray to set it. I’ve chosen my Nioxin 3D Styling NioSpray Strong Hold. I’ve raved about Nioxin treatments for years in terms of thickening and helping to grow my hair, so I was so excited when they announced they were bringing out a styling range. This hairspray thickens your hair so it looks full of volume, and it doesn’t feel sticky when you spray it in. I’m on my third can in just a few months! You can either leave the hair like this or find an accessory to place around your head or to the side. I’m obsessed with flowers for festivals so I’ve chosen these.

Hair is only one part of the look for a festival so make sure you check out my festival product essentials video over on the Beauty Recommended YouTube channel which talks through a few products that will make sure you’re looking good but aren’t having to pack your whole makeup collection! Make sure you subscribe here to the Beauty Recommended channel too so you don’t miss any of my videos! I can’t wait to see all your summer and festival photos too. Make sure you tag me on twitter and instagram and i’ll be retweeting anyone who recreates these hairstyles! Love Becky x

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Faking it: Bondi Sands Tan

It’s that time of year again, it’s getting warmer and all I can think about is getting out the summer clothes and hopefully having a bit of a (fake) tan to go with them! I’ve dabbled over the years with pretty much everything out there so I was really excited when I heard a new one was coming to the UK.

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Bondi Sands is already huge over in Australia. It was created by a couple of Aussies and getting straight to the point….you’re not going to smell like biscuits! One of my pet hates about tan is the fusty smell and this one has finally bucked the trend. It’s coconut scented so literally smells like cocoa butter. When I walk into my sisters room as she’s been using it I’m always asking her what body butter she’s got on and it’s this.

The tan comes in both a lotion and a foam, so whatever texture you prefer they’ve got it covered. They also come in two shades, light/medium and dark. I usually use darker tans but the colour on the lighter one is enough for me at the moment. Come summer or nights out i’ll be reaching for the dark more and more. It’s really easy to apply, I had a few patches that needed blending but I get that with all tans. You need to leave it on for about 6 hours and then wash it off. I tend to do this overnight and sleep in dark clothes so it doesn’t ruin the sheets.

This has fast become one of my new favourite tans, and at £14.99 it compares really well with the high end ones that I think it rivals.

The Bondi Sands range is available in Superdrug or online here.

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Airbrushed party legs with Sally Hansen

It’s that time of year again, the Christmas parties start and it’s time to get the legs out, having fast faded back to pale from the long-gone summer sun! Now when it comes to fake tan, I tend to be a little lazy. I never seem to leave enough time aside before events so I think I’ve found a better solution from Sally Hansen!

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I first found the Airbrush Legs when I was out in America over in the Spring for Vidcon. My legs were looking so blotchy and I had packed a load of dresses to wear so I gave this a try. The concept is pretty easy, spray, rub and go! The tan comes in a can that you hold a little way away from your skin and then spray on. I’m not usually a fan of spray on tans but I loved this so much I went and got 3 cans! It literally looks as if your legs have been airbrushed! There is a slight sparkle to the tan, almost as if you’ve got clear tights on with a little sheen, so subtle that I don’t think it’s shown up on camera very well. Here’s the before and after.

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In terms of application, either do this over a dark towel or in the shower as it can spray in places you don’t want it too. I find the best way is to actually spray into your hand and then rub into your legs. The smell of it is quite nice actually, not like a usual fake tan, and it’s easy to wash off your hands so you don’t need to faff around with a glove.

The tan lasts about 3 or 4 days for me, and even after then i’ve still got a nice colour on my legs. The winner for me about this was the way it blurs your legs. You’re not just getting a colour, somehow it manages to even everything out so it literally looks as if you’re wearing tights. I really hate my legs, I have little red veins and cellulite and with this it’s almost invisible so I feel fine to go out with no tights on. I’m hooked! The only thing I would say is make sure you shower before you go to bed, it has a habbit of rubbing off on sheets so after your party or event, shower the bulk of it off so it doesn’t get on your sheets!

This is one of my new party favourites and is honestly so easy to do if you hate putting tan on like me! It’s on offer at the moment in Superdrug for £6.66 or drugstores if you’re in the US. I got mine in light but there is medium and dark is you have darker skin than me. What’s your party must-have? Becky x

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Nailberry Nail Polish

Lead me not into temptation….I just can’t resist a gorgeous nail polish! Particularly when it’s a brand I’m trying for the first time! I posted a photo of me wearing this polish and lots of you asked to know more about it so I wanted to write a little post about Nailberry.

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I first came across this brand about a month ago and have managed to get my hands on two colours, a striking red (pop my berry) and a gorgeous grey (stone) for the Autumn. Having never worn red on my nails before, I finally took the plunge and braved the bright….and I LOVED it!

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I liked the idea behind Nailberry, the polishes are free from the 4 things that can weaken your nails, Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and Camphor. That means nothing to me but I know that there is usually a lot of stuff in polishes that is bad for your nails, and this strips all of that out. Plus none of the polishes are tested on animals which ticks a lot of boxes for me.

The polish itself is beautiful. The applicator brush is a dream, it goes on really nicely and is perfect after two coats. I was really impressed with the pigmentation, because stripping away 4 of the ingredients I was a little worried the finish may suffer. But is doesn’t. This was the polish with no gloss, I actually didn’t feel I needed it as it has enough shine for me.

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This is it after 7 days. I can hand on heart say that this is probably one of the best polishes in terms of not chipping! Only a couple of nails had chipped after over a week I was so impressed. The colours you can choose from are insane! I’m literally counting the months down until I can try out their neons that look so fun! In the meantime things are about to get a whole lot darker for my nails and I’m really excited to try out some of the other shades.

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They are available at some nail bars or online here for £13.50. They aren’t the cheapest of polishes, but if you want something that is really good quality, will last a long time, and won’t completely break the bank, then I would highly recommend trying these bad boys out! What’s your favourite nail polish colour going into the Autumn? Becky x

 

 

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Simple New Skincare

I’ve long been a fan of Simple facewipes. There isn’t a day when I either don’t have them in my bathroom cupboard as a skincare essential or am grabbing them as I rush through an airport on holiday!

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So I was really excited to learn that they are releasing a limited edition version of their best-seller Kind To Skin cleansing facial wipes as part of their #KindToCitySkin campaign. I’m a total sucker for anything that looks pretty and girlie so I absolutely adore the design. They’ve teamed up with illustrator Kate Forrester who’s designed a picture of a rather glam city girl walking in Autumn leaves. I like to think this is how I look when I’m in the city but really I’m usually wrapped up and hair all over the place!

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Being around pollution has a huge effect on your skin, the days I spend working in London or when I’m out and about in Nottingham, I get home and my face feels so much more tired and grubby. So one of my handbag essentials, along with hand sanitizer and powder, is usually always face wipes!

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The last few days I’ve been popping these in my bag to try out whilst i’m on the go, and I have to say they don’t disappoint. I’ve always been a fan of the smell and feel of these wipes. They smell so subtle, almost of nothing, which is great if you don’t want to irritate your skin because there’s no artificial perfume or colour or any of the other things they usually add! These are probably some of the softest wipes I own, which is why I’ve always bought them, particularly if I’m on the go and my skin is already quite sensitive to everything around me. They’re packed with Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 which helps make them feel so damn good!

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They also claim to remove waterproof mascara with a new formula, so of course I had to put this to the test! The little beauties didn’t let me down, here’s a before and after pic, all gone!

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I’m savouring these as they are limited edition! You can buy them from Boots from the 29th October and will be available until the end of the year for £3.49. This is probably one of the most understated beauty essentials I own.

This post is in collaboration with Simple. 

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