Saturday, 31 January 2015

Style Overhaul and Huge Promotion at Beauty-Steals

It's been a long time since I posted on my blog and since my last post Beauty Steals has had a huge overhaul with new website and branding! We have also shifted our focus from cosmetics to vintage style handbags and accessories! Right now we are offering our amazing customers 20% off, a free gift and scarf with every order. To take advantage of this amazing offer simply enter promo code new15 at the checkout!

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Very Black Review

A classic mascara that everyone woman should have in her makeup collection is Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara in Very Black. This cult beauty product is a must-have for those looking for a high quality mascara, which provides both volume and length, without making your eyelashes look artificial.

Formulation and Application 

The Maybelline Great Lash mascara has a smooth, conditioning formulation, which doesn’t clump. It conditions your eyelashes as you wear it and, it is also ophthalmologically tested, which makes it safe for contact lens wearers to use. This mascara features a small brush, which means that you can really separate the lashes and get the product into the roots. The smooth and clump free formulation of this mascara makes the application process quick and easy. 

Results and Wearability 

With just one to two coats of this mascara, your eyelashes will look longer and volumized. One coat can be applied to enhance your lashes, and leave you with a natural, yet defined look, but you can also create a more dramatic look, by applying two or more coats. It is also a highly pigmented mascara, which leaves your eyelashes looking intensely black, especially when you apply two coats. The non-clumping formulation of the mascara means that you aren’t left with that spidery look that many other mascaras can deliver. Instead, this smooth mascara leaves your lashes looking thicker, longer and more defined, but in a natural way. This mascara stays on well throughout the day and it doesn’t smudge or flake. This makes it ideal to wear for work or for an evening out. 


Ultimately, the Great Lash Mascara in Very Black from Maybelline is a great all-round product. If you want a mascara, which defines, lengthens, and thickens, but doesn’t make your lashes look too artificial, then this mascara is ideal for you. 

Guest post by Lauren Todd - Beauty Expert

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Bio Oil Specialist Skincare Review

For women that have blemishes, scarring, stretch marks and other skin issues that they want to improve, Bio Oil is the perfect product. Bio Oil Specialist Skincare is one of the most effective skin care products for improving the appearance of scars, stretch marks and hyper-pigmentation. This makes it a must-have item for all women’s skin care collections.


Bio Oil is a thin, orange oil, which glides onto the skin smoothly. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin oil, which effectively improves the appearance of uneven skin tones, scars, stretch marks and other marks on the skin. It also contains vitamin E, lavender oil, vitamin A, calendula oil, rosemary oil and chamomile oil.


Bio Oil is applied with your hands, and it can be used on both the face and the body. A thin layer should be applied to the affected area. For scarring, bio oil should be applied to each scar twice per day, for a minimum of three months. It should be rubbed onto scars in a circular motion.

Uses and Results

Bio Oil can be used to treat a number of skin issues, with great results. It is highly effective at reducing the appearance of scars, and at maintaining the elasticity of scar tissue. It can also be used to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks, which makes it ideal for women who are pregnant, or who have recently had children. Bio Oil also helps a number of other skin problems. If you have dry, dehydrated skin, Bio Oil can revitalize it. It leaves dehydrated skin feeling soothed and nourished. It can also improve uneven skin tones. Finally, Bio Oil can also be used as an anti-aging treatment. It can effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Ultimately, Bio Oil is a highly effective and versatile skin care product. It can be used to improve a number of different skin concerns, from dry skin to scarring. It is arguably one of the best skin care products currently available.

Guest post by Lauren Todd - Beauty Expert

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

DIY hair mask for damaged hair

Is your hair dry and/or damaged? This handy DIY hair mask is a life saver! You will find all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards which makes this mask much more inexpensive then any shop brought products. As well as being cheaper it contains no harsh chemicals or alcohol which can further dry out your hair… Enjoy!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Sixties Inspired Makeup Trending This Spring/Summer Season!

This season’s fashion trend is a major blast from the past! During the spring/summer 2013 catwalk the flashy 60’s makeup could be seen displayed by all the hot designers like Chanel and Louis Vuitton.  Although you might be surprised to hear that the trend is not largely placed in the clothes for once, but in the makeup! The makeup trend is both bold and subtle all at the same time.

The main traits of the makeup trend include strong and thick brows, eyeliner that’s bold and nude lips. This lip look comes with no gloss, just bare.  The fashion takes a back seat with the look being completed with square silhouette dresses and short hemlines that taper at the thigh.
One thing to keep in mind is that this is no go-go- dancer- 60’s look; this is more of a teenager-during-the-60’s-look.  The pouty and nude lips is what brings the most attention to the look. It’s the absence of color completely that makes the lips actually stand out. To give the eyes a bold but not overwhelming appearance, heavy black eyeliner should be applied in the crease of the eye. Only apply the makeup to the outer creases of the eye, applying it to the inner eye would ruin the entire look. Chanel has a silver eye shadow that gives a hot, retro 60’s look without being overwhelming. If you want a more go-go dancer look for this season’s trend than this is about as flashy as you can get!
If you’re looking for a more controlled, barely-there look to compliment those nude lips than you may want to go with a peach colored eye shadow from the Louis Vuitton line. Along with the eye shadow, you want to cap it off with the classic black Michael Kors eye liner to complete that run way 60’s look everyone is talking about this season!
One of the boldest styles on the run way was the lips covered in orange gloss and the Bambi framed lashes! This is clearly for the ladies who want to pay more tribute to the night-life of the 60’s. This season’s flash back fashion will last clear through next season!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The European Union Bans Cosmetic Testing on Animals

After 23-years of fighting to end cosmetic experiments on animals, the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments has finally received their wish.  All member countries of the European Union must follow the rules of banning all cosmetic testing on animals. The rules went into effect as of March 11. All cosmetic brands including high-end brands must abide by this new rule that is aimed at the protection of animals.
As mentioned before, the long running debate on whether animal testing should be banned or not has been going on for years. According to the members of the ECEAU, the current European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, is the major reason for the dramatic change. They also blame the old commissioner for continuing practices that may have weakened the ban on animal testing and allowed it to continue. According to their words the commissioner allowed for them to practice the safety of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients until companies found an alternative way to do so.  The current commissioner Tonio Borg was more sympathetic to the plight of the animals.
The new methods for testing cosmetics may be more complicated but it is said to spare over 12 million animals a year from being tested on to see if cosmetics are safe. The cases of brutal animal testing came to light in the 90’s when people started hearing of the awful experiments animals were being subjected to in the name of beauty. 
Some experiments included, rubbing chemicals into the eyes of rabbits or the shaved skin of rabbits to see if there was any irritation to the body. No pain relief is given to the animals while such a painful experiment is being administered. Another painful testing method uncovered is one where animals are force-fed to eat chemicals or even beauty products so that scientist can see if they develop any illnesses such as cancer. They’ll also breed the animals to look for any birth defects in the future. If those aren’t bad enough for you, the most widely unaccepted from of animal testing is considered the lethal dose method. During the legal dose method animals are fed as much of a product as possible until they die to measure what the lethal dosage for that cosmetic product would be.
The people who have fought long and hard consider this ban a huge victory in animal rights. Because of the horrific nature of the experiments, it is easy to see why.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

How To Keep Your Makeup Brushes Clean

Make up brushes of good quality can cost a lot of money which means you want to take great care of them so that they will last a long time. Brushes should be cleaned if used on a regular basis once a week, twice a week maximum.  Cleaning beauty brushes is not only important to the longevity of your brushes, it’s also important to your health. Maintaining the cleanliness of your brush helps to get rid of dirt from your skin, old and dried makeup, oils from your skin, bacteria from your skin and dead skin cells. Also, not cleaning your brush can render it incredibly hard. You always want a soft brush to give you the best makeup look possible!

Cleaning your makeup brush can be an extremely easy process! The first step you want to take is to turn the brush downward and run warm water over the brush hairs.  Turning the hairy part of the brush down into the water insures the metal part will not get wet and rust. A fancy makeup cleaner is not needed to clean your brushes. Simply take a mild shampoo or hand soap and pour it on your finger tips. Massage the soap in the hairs of the brush before placing it back under the water.
Once the brush is under the water stream, squeeze the brush hairs from the handle to the tips over and over. You can feel the dirt and grime of the brush coming off of the brush under the water.  Shake the brush off after pulling it from under the water and examine the texture of the hairs. If the hairs continue to feel heavy and hard, place the brush back under the stream of water and continue rubbing soap up and down the brush.
When you feel the brush is completely clean lay it sideways on a paper towel.  Also, be sure to shape the brush so that you don’t have a splayed out brush. A splayed brush can make it really hard (and uncomfortable) to prepare your makeup. Make sure you let the brushes dry completely before you apply your makeup. Rotating your brushes will insure you always have a brush to use even when others are being washed.