Saturday, 13 April 2019

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?


Hi guys, so I think I owe an explanation to my loyal readers (if I have any left at this point lol), as to where I have been for nearly 2 months.

If you didn't know I also have a YouTube channel where I upload videos twice a week, and I also have an Instagram where I upload almost daily. As you can imagine for someone who works full time, uploads 2 videos a week, spends a lot of time during the week doing eye looks for my Instagram and spending time with my boyfriend/friends/family on the weekends....it's a lot. I just found myself pushing my blog to the side to focus on other things that I enjoyed doing more. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy my blog it just means at this moment in time I love uploading my videos and eye look photos way more. 

AlixKate is not stopping, I will still be uploading posts (I have a few posts in the works). I just will not put pressure on myself to upload frequently, it's better this way for myself. I also only want to upload posts that I am proud of, ones that I am happy with and ones that aren't rushed.

You may have noticed my blog theme has changed, that's because of a Pipdig drama and blogger's were advised to remove a theme if you have one from their website. For now I have a default theme, I may go back to the old one if it is safe to do so or I'll buy a new theme when I can afford it. 

I hope you can forgive me for not uploading in a long while but I am now starting to get on track and will have a couple of posts going up in the next week or so. 

Thank you so much for reading,

Alix xo


Monday, 11 February 2019

2 LIP OBSESSIONS: VALENTINES EDITION // COLLAB WITH LUCI BARKER



Well hello there!
Today I have another collaboration post with my blogger bestie Luci Barker, we are going to be telling you about our 2 lip obsessions - Valentine's edition. We are going to be talking about 2 lip products that we love but they'll be shades that relate more to Valentine's day. 

For my first pick I have chosen the perfect day time colour, it is a Mac lipstick in the shade 'Brave'. I absolutely adore Mac lipsticks and this is one of my favourites. It's a satin formula and is the most beautiful pink shade, it's not too pink it's more of a nudey pink which as you know is my favourite type of nude. As it has a satin finish it will not last long on you but there is nothing wrong with a couple of touch ups! What I like about a satin lipstick is that it is more moisturising, creamy and comfortable on the lips, I can get really dry lips so the formula is perfect for me. Mac lipsticks are expensive but they are completely worth it, I think I have around 6 in my collection.



The other lipstick I have chosen is the Revolution lipstick in Past Midnight. I also equally love all of the Revolution lipsticks, their formulas are so good for the price. This shade is more of a darker red which gives off more of a bold and sexy vibe, I would definitely wear this on a dinner date. This lipstick has more of a demi-matte formula, so it's not completely matte to the point where it dries your lips out. This means it will last slightly longer than a creamy lipstick, and I love to blot down my lipstick on a tissue sometimes to give it more longevity. These lipsticks are only £3 which is an absolute bargain so if you don't want to spend a lot of money on a Mac lipstick, then I would check out the Revolution ones.



Swatches:

So those were my 2 Valentines lip obsessions, don't forget to read Luci's post here.
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Monday, 4 February 2019

JANUARY FAVOURITES



Well hello there!
Welcome to another favourites post where I will be sharing with you some beauty items I have been loving throughout the month of January. Who else thinks January flew by?! Last year it went so slow but I feel quite the opposite about it this year. In Essex it has got extremely cold over the past week or so and I am not a fan of it, after Christmas I am well and truly done with Winter - bring on Spring!
Enough rambling, let's dive into my January favourites...

Revolution Mattifying Primer

To be honest I always questioned whether primers actually worked, but I still applied them because it was an extra step in my makeup routine. As I have a combination skin type my t-zone will always start to get oily after wearing the makeup for 4/5 hours. After receiving this in the Revolution 12 Days of Christmas box I decided to give this a go. I apply this under a matte foundation and let me tell you I have noticed a huge difference in the longevity of my makeup. I don't know what magic is in this primer but it makes me skin stay matte for around 6/7 hours which is very impressive to me. If you have a similar skin type to me then I would definitely recommend this primer, plus its drugstore so that mean's its cheap! 

Primark Falsh Lash Effect Mascara

If you are looking for a very inexpensive everyday mascara then this is the one for you, I think this was literally only £2 which is an absolute bargain! This mascara claims to give extreme length, definition and volume and I completely agree with all of them. I was so shocked at how good this was at lengthening and separating my lashes I don't know how they do it for such a low price. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is quite a wet formula, it goes all over my lids which is annoying but when it dries down I just get it off with a spoolie. As I wear it for work, it doesn't bother me that much because I don't wear eye shadow during the week. If you like the sound of this go to your local Primark and pick one up!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

I got 4 bottles of this facial spray for Christmas and I have been using them every single day. I will use them for before my makeup, part of my skincare routine, wetting products and as a setting spray. They smell amazing and my favourite scent is the Rose Water one. I just feel like they do the job and can be definitely be used for different things. You can get this either for £7 or £11 which I think is good, especially if you wanted to try it and wasn't sure what they will be like. When I use up all of the scents I am going to be purchasing the huge bottle of this! 

I Heart Revolution Strawberry Cheesecake Palette

I also received this eye shadow palette for Christmas in the Chocolate Heart Gift Set (which is still available!). My favourite colour is pink, so it was no surprise to me that I would love the colour story of this palette. I have used this a few times since getting it and I am loving it! The pink shades are not as good quality as high end which is obviously a given but they are super pigmented and easy to blend. This is my favourite I Heart Revolution eye shadow palette by far, and this is a limited edition palette at the moment which you can buy in a set. If you like the look of it, I would get your hands on it ASAP! I hope so much that they bring it out permanently, and if you would like to see this palette in action you can watch that below.



So those were all of the products I was loving throughout January!
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Thursday, 31 January 2019

2019 BEAUTY TRENDS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS



Well hello there!
I uploaded a post a couple of weeks ago telling you all about Spring time fashion trends and today I have a collaboration post for you to tell you all about the 2019 beauty trends. 
Clear out your makeup and beauty storage people, because a new year means lots of lovely fresh trends to sink your teeth into. In fact, you can find out about the most essential 2019 trends in so far in my post below.

Cheap and chic

Let's face it buying makeup and beauty items can be pricey at times, especially if your taste runs to Creme de la Mer moisturiser and Louis Vuitton lip gloss. However, one trend that is doing particularly well in the beauty market at the moment is the cheap and chic brands. You know the ones that focus on proving the material and equipment you need to have a go at the latest looks yourself, without needing to remortgage your house!

In particular makeup, brands like Makeup-Revolution do this well, and you can even get some products for under £10, like an eyeshadow pallete that can be used in multiple situations like in the day and in the evening. A price that means we won't feel so bad about indulging our makeup addiction!

Korean beauty

Korean beauty products were a strong trend in 2018, and it's and look as if 2019 will be no different. Of course, the main issue with this one is that it can be pretty hard to get your hands on what you want. In fact, sometimes the shipping prices are more than the actual products, and on some sites, you have to wait until you have enough for a bulk buy until you can order.

Luckily, you can now buy face moisturiser as well as other Korean beauty products, one at a time, from websites that ship to the UK with reasonable rates. Of course, that doesn't mean you have to, and with such an exciting range of products, available keeping your purchase to a single item may be a bit of challenge.

Glorious green

Green, it's the SS 2019 colour and believe me you will be seeing a lot of it. In particular, this tone will dominate the eye makeup game, with the pinnacle of this trend being a forest green metallic eyeshadow that is combined with copper and rose gold tones.

In fact, this is a look that is pretty easy to achieve, and not only looks classy but has some drama and and vintage elegance as well. Therefore if you are going to treat yourself to just one makeup item this season, make sure it's a green eyeshadow.

Two-tone lips

Lastly, if you want to keep up with all the Instagram makeup and beauty trends online, you'll also need to embrace the two-tone lip. This isn't too tough to achieve either as its all about using a darker colour around the outside and a lighter one in the middle.

In fact, it's sort of like contouring for your lips, making them appear more prominent. But beware the key to this trend is proportion and blending. Otherwise, you can look like your makeup got stuck in the 1990s, even though you were aiming for a 2019 trend!

I hope you enjoyed this post. let me know of any other trends in the comments.
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Sunday, 27 January 2019

GLOSSY BOX OPENING | JANUARY 2019



Hi guys, firstly I'm so sorry I haven't been posting much. The past couple of posts have been collaborations and I haven't properly uploaded since the beginning of the month, I've just had to come away from blogging for a few weeks to find myself in the blogging world again. I am back now and have decided I am not going to put pressure on myself to upload every week, instead when I feel like I have produced good enough content that I am proud of. It's just so hard blogging, having a full time job, uploading 2 videos a week to YouTube as well as keeping up with social media! I hope you don't mind this decision, but get excited as I have a couple of good opportunities coming up!

Now let's get on with today's post which is of course the next Glossy Box opening, I couldn't miss this out - I do it every month after all! Also, sorry this is going up pretty late in the month.

This month's box is all about keeping our beauty resolutions easy with some face and hair care, along with a beauty tool so let's dive in!


I am not the greatest person at skin care, I am trying to get into it more in 2019 so I'm not quite an expert yet! I do have moisturisers, a serum, cleansers, toners etc but the one thing I don't have is an eye cream. As you can imagine when I saw that this was a face & eye cream I thought what a result I don't need to go out and buy one. This has Hyaluronic Acid in it so you know this is going to be hydrating and I love to keep my skin nice and hydrated. It says it will help rejuvenate tired eyes, even your skin tone, minimise pores and it will smooth your skin! This sounds amazing and guys this product retails for £98!!!!!! I'm not kidding it says it here right in front of me, I cannot believe it. I am so excited to try this and you will definitely hear about this from me again if it is as good as I hope it is.

Batiste Rethink Dry Shampoo
Now I live on dry shampoo I use it all the time, I even have a mini in my handbag! The rethink range I'm pretty sure is new and they are infused with strengthening keratin, coconut, avocado and collagen to refresh, repair, soften, hydrate and revive your hair! The spray is also invisible and feels lightweight on your hair, I love their normal dry shampoo but I am very excited to try this one as it helps with volume which is something I do not have at all in my hair. If you love dry shampoo like me and are looking for something to give you volume as well, then I would definitely check this out!

Maybelline Blender Foundation Sponge
This is a latex free foundation blending sponge that will apparently deliver an even coverage and a smooth finish. I don't know about you but I'm not the biggest fan of sponges like this, I don't think it is big enough for foundation. However, this could be good for blending out under eye concealer or baking under your eyes instead of using your regular sponge. It will be one of those things where I need to actually try it for myself to see if I will get on with it. It seems quite overpriced at £5 but I will have to try it.

Hask Repairing Deep Conditioning Treatment
I don't ever use hair masks but I should really try them, it's just another step in your bath/shower routine and I'm just being very lazy. These treatments are infused with different oils and extracts to repair, soften, smooth and strengthen your hair. I mean it sounds amazing, whether I have the effort to do it or not is another question! Let me know in the comments if you've ever used a hair mask before and if you think they are worth doing.

-417 Facial Micro Luffa Foaming Gel
This gel is formulated with minerals, rare plant extracts and vitamins to leave your skin feeling clean, soft and fresh. You work the gel into damp skin in circular motions to gently exfoliate and remove your makeup. Exfoliating is quite an important step in your weekly routine, you should exfoliate 1-2 times a week to get rid of any excess dirt and dead skin. You can never have enough exfoliating products so I am looking forward to giving this ago! The full size of this is worth £22.71 so it's not the cheapest on the market but let's hope it's a good one.

So that was everything in the January box, if you want to sign up to Glossy Box you can here.
Thank you so much for reading,



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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

SPRINGTIME TRENDS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS


Well hello there!
Today I have another fashion related collaboration post, I hope you have been enjoying the few I have been doing! Today's post is all about Spring time trends that we feel like you need to know about.

The winter months are drawing to a close and that means one thing - springtime fashion! Gone are the days where we have to wrap up in heavy winter coats and out come the days where we can finally show a bit of skin. One dilemma you may be facing is what to wear when the spring finally hits, so we’ve compiled a quick guide on springtime trends we think you’ll love and definitely won’t want to miss out on!

Transparency
One trend that we’re loving right now is the exposed briefs look. You may have seen Mel B rocking a super sexy transparent dress on America’s got talent last year and even though that was in 2018, the look is still trending! As long as you’re not wearing granny knickers we’re sure that you’ll be able to rock that look just like Mel B did! It doesn’t have to be only dresses either, as you can capture this look with shirts and tank tops.

Accessorizing!

One thing that will absolutely never go out of fashion is accessorizing your outfits. The difference that popping on a chunky necklace and bangle can make to an outfit is incredible. However, we’re noticing that recently, many of our favourite celebrities are accessorizing with simple and bolder add-ons like their rings. Did you know that you can now tailor your ring to your preference, size, and even budget? This article explains more https://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/blue-nile/. We think it’s the perfect way to finish off an outfit!

Polka dots

Polka dots have never disappeared off the fashion scene for too long and boy, aren’t we glad that they are back! They are a perfect way of adding a bold statement to your outfits and honestly, they are super cutesy!

Denim, denim, and more denim

The trusty jeans and a t-shirt will never go out of fashion, and that’s why we love that denim is hitting the runways at the moment. Dark denim especially is making it's way to the spotlight and it’s super easy to get hold of. Another bonus? We get to be super fashionable simply by wearing a pair of jeans!

Asymmetrical necklines

Finally, asymmetrical necklines are making their way onto the runways at the moment and we absolutely love them. The idea of flashing a bit of shoulder or collar bone is the perfect way to enter the springtime in style!

So those are some Springtime trends we feel like you won't want to miss out on.
Thank you so much for reading,


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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

YOU CAN BE THAT WOMAN THAT PULLS OFF ANY OUTFIT!


Well hello there!
Today I have a collaboration post for you, to show that you can indeed pull off any outfit.
Don’t we all envy that woman who can look amazing in any outfit? It doesn’t matter what shape, size, or colour it is; she can pick it up and rock the hell out of it. Then, we come along with our massive list of outfit no-goes. It can be both humiliating and exhausting, and you'd do anything to pick clothes without it being such a hard decision.



In reality, ‘that woman’ is often an illusion. Even if someone’s outfit choices seem effortless, the chances are that they aren’t. We ALL have limitations. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to be the woman who can wear it all, you can be. All you need to do to l is consider how to address those limitations. These vary, of course, so I can’t help you with every obstacle. What I can do is consider ways around the most common ones. Then, you’ll be free to apply the same rules to your unique issues. Before you know it, every outfit in that clothes store will become an option for you.

The ‘wrong’ colour



Most often, we all have a colour which we won’t go near. You know how it goes. The moment you put this shade near you, it turns your whole face a ludicrous colour. No matter how often you try, you can’t get it to suit you. But, did you know that issues like these are often to do with nothing more than your makeup choices? If you can’t go near orange, for example, it’s possible that you’re using a foundation or lipstick colour which doesn’t compliment. Play around with different shades of makeup. Try wearing lipsticks with pink or red tones. Just like that, you open up a whole new colour palette for yourself.


The boob conundrum

Our boobs often cause us issues when it comes to fashion. Whether they’re large or small, they can leave us unable to consider various outfits. But, again, this doesn’t need to be your fate. Never underestimate the power of a decent bra. Big boobs are often harnessed well with a proper underwire. Equally, padding can fill out the flattest chest in a low cut dress. Only in extreme cases, surgical options like those offered by Dr Tavakoli could broaden your outfit horizons no end. So, think twice next time you rule out an outfit on account of your chest and just go for it!




Your body shape

Last, we all have different body shapes. The chances are that you know whether you’re a pear or an apple etc. You probably think you know which shapes work on you. But, these safety nets are often false illusions. The fact is that every outfit is different. You shouldn’t avoid tight trousers because of your pear shape. You don’t need to forget about dresses if you’re an apple. Step outside your comfort zone, and use the dressing room for its intended purpose. You may come to consider outfits you wouldn’t have looked twice at before.

I hope this helps you step out of your comfort zone and shows that you can indeed pull off any outfit! All women should never feel like they cannot wear something because someone else to you 'looks better' in it. Go for it!

Thank you so much for reading,


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