BEAUTY REVIEW: Origins drink up intensive overnight mask

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This mask has literally been a god send for me over the past few weeks, I picked it up on a whim, I’d already heard so much buzz around this product from bloggers and brands, and so I thought id finally hit up the origins stall. At £20.00 I really don’t think its that pricey, especially as it’s such a great product to bring back some life and moisture to your skin.

The concept of the mask is to quench the skins thirst, so it’s basically like giving your skin a big glass of water in the evening, in cream form. This product is a mask, however I wouldn’t say it resembles a mask consistency, as it doesn’t dry, it’s just like slathering a really creamy moisturiser on your skin. It absorbs instantly and leaves your skin super soft the next day, I use this after I cleanse and tone, you only really need a small amount as it is really thick and so less is more, especially if you want it to last.
The mask smells divine and so healthy, including ingredients such as avocado oil, mango butters and apricot kernel oil, it’s the perfect little product to help create a beautiful glow on the skin. Personally I wouldn’t say this mask caters to specific skin types, it doesn’t primarily tackle acne, spots, redness or oiliness, its just a hard hitting moisture mask, for girls with dry skin, or girls who just want a brightening face lift in a bottle. This product is probably one of my favourites of 2013 so far, it’s just been that one product, which has made a visible and significant difference to my skin, it has also created such a great complexion and base when applying foundation and highlighter.
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Face of the evening: smokey eye and a nude lip

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So the other night myself and my housemates put down our Uni books, closed our laptops and decided to hit the town for a booze-fuelled night. I went out of my comfort zone and opted for a new, slightly interesting hair-do, looking back, it probably wasn’t the brightest idea as my forehead looks the size of Russia, but you live and you learn, and in this case I definitely learnt. Anyway, below I have listed the products I used with their previous blog posts on my other blog, so you can get a more in depth review on them. As you can see I went for my signature Smokey eye using my trusty MUA eye palette, with a dewy base courtesy of healthy mix and a subtle nude lip. I find this to be a look I go for most often as its simple and effortless yet sultry with the deep Smokey eye, I usually go for a heavier eye but this night I decided to just do the lower lid and focus more on the highlight and base.

           products used( from left to right)

1. bourjois healthy mix- (to be reviewed)

2. Rimmel lipstick in ‘nude delight

3.Topshop ‘glow’

4. sleek contour kit

5.maybelline rocket mascara

6. eco tools brush

7.topshop blush and bronzer

8. MUA smokey palette

The Rise of the Beauty Bloggers

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Online blogging has become a favourite pastime for many young people today, when once we put pen to paper, and wrote our thoughts in a personal diary, we are now able to share our opinions, interests and even intimate stories with the world. Blogging has shaped the way the Internet is used, people can reach out to others, make a name for themselves and put their words to good use. It is easy for anybody to become an online sensation if they really want it. With over 100 million blogs worldwide, there must be something special about this popular hobby.

One particular type of blogging which is has soared over the past decade is the glitzy community of the Beauty bloggers, whether it be written or via YouTube, it is something that has inspired thousands girls, to take what they love to do most, and share this with others. Funnily enough, it seems to be working, Every day, young girls are logging in to You Tube, watching these videos, reading these blogs, and taking note, Even Product Company’s are reaching out to these bloggers, asking them to review a product, and some even offering money.

One woman in particular whom has had huge successful with her YouTube videos, and is queen of the beauty bloggers, is 23 year old, Elle Fowler, also known as ‘AllthatGlitters’, she made a name for herself via makeup, skincare, fashion and general chit-chat. From uploading her first video in 2008, She now holds an online empire, with over 747,269 subscribers and a whopping 118,564,330 channel views, she is an online sensation.

Beauty blogger, Laura, from Leeds, has been a dedicated fashion and beauty writer since 2008, while she was studying Journalism at university. I’d always been interested in fashion and beauty journalism but obviously only the more serious subjects get covered as part of your degree, the blog was a great outlet for my musings on fashion, beauty and style.” Laura’s blog helped her gain experience within the fashion and beauty industry, and also got her into various events  “my blog has opened doors in other areas – I was able to attend London Fashion Week in February which was an amazing experience.”

24-year-old Beauty Blogger Lucy, who works in advertising, from Leeds, started her blog in 2009, and states that it ‘changed her life’; it’s more than just a hobby now as it forms a second income.I wouldn’t say I was ready to go professional just yet, but I make time every single day to work through my emails and try to blog every other day.”

Lucy uses her blog to write about current products on the market either drugstore or higher end, she receives comments and emails every day as her blog’s popularity increases. She encourages other girls who are into beauty to join this booming hobbie, I’d definitely advise people to blog, it’s a fantastic community and a creative outlet if you’re that way inclined. Its does take a long time to become well known in the blogging industry and for the most part it isn’t until you’ve got a very popular blog that it can affect careers. That said, I’m all for putting my blog on my CV! It shows dedication, commitment and creativity.”

The rise of beauty blogging may be in reaction to the recession, in which we are more careful with out money and take far more into consideration before purchasing certain products. With thousands of blogs and more surfacing, there is now a whole community of people building and growing, that has never been available on such a platform before with a great following.

Check out Lucy and Laura’s Blogs here!