Monday, December 19, 2011

Tiny Letter!

I've just started a Tiny Letter newsletter and would love all my subscribers  here and on YouTube to join so we can all keep in touch and so I can run some newsletter giveaways because I've got to admit it, I love giving things away to you lot who support me! :)

I've been working so so much lately so I haven't had chance to film many videos, BUT, I'm getting a camera for Christmas so I will finally be able to start filming my beauty videos, make up tutorials, hauls and all that good stuff next year. 2012, it's come round quick hasn't it!

I hope to see you all soon and I'll be pushing my blogs, YouTube channel and Newsletter in the new year and over the festive period so keep your eyes peeled! :)

Get Your Email Address In There For Updates News and Give Aways!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This Months: Sad To See It Go

I was in the shower sadly scraping the last of my exfoliator out of it's tub thinking how sad I was that it was all gone, of course that pain was eased by knowing that I can now go out and get a new exfoliator to try without feeling guilty about buying excess products.

It started me thinking that a fun blog post idea to do each time I finish a product would be a feature called 'Sad To See It Go' which I will be doing monthly or as and when I finish a product that I love and am (obviously) sad to see go.

So this months Sad To See It Go is..........

St. Ives. Apricot Body Scrub. The deep cleansing one, for Oily, Blemish Prone Skin.

This is such an amazing exfoliator, It smells amazing and works a treat too! This is a 100% natural exfoliator, it is gentle but deep exfoliation and smells so good too, which is always a bonus ha ha ha

Scrub a dub dub off them bad skin cells ha ha,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Make Up Tutorial Advice

I'm going to be starting Make Up tutorials in the new year which I am super excited about, I'll be hopefully getting a camera which is suited to filming tutorials and all those sort of sit down and talk videos, as the camera I have now is more of a carry around vlogging camera ha ha.

And when I do I will be filming as many tutorials and TAG videos as I possibly can due to the excitment of being able to film them ha ha ha ha. So I decided to start looking for inspiration. I found these three really cute cards in the shop I work in and decided that before I tuck them away until the new year I'd write a quick blog post and get some ideas from you all. I have a rough idea of what look I'm going to do from each card but thought It'd be fun to get your thoughts on them, tell me what you think I should do... Or! Do a look from one of the cards and then post it as a video response anywhere on my YouTube channel, BeingRebeccaHooper and I'd love to watch it!

Here they are...

You can't really see but on the last one, but the ends of the angel wings fade from white to blue then through the colours of the rainbow, that's the look I'd do for this card, I want to do a shimmery white eye-shadow leading into blue then through the colours of the rainbow, I think that it'd look beautiful. Let me know what you'd do! 

Make Up Ideas and Excitement for Tutorials,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

I've always been a fan of basic tank tops with a coloured or patterned cardigan, I think that a plain top can be dressed up in so many different ways. That's why I purchased some new basic T-shirts from Matalan recently, they were so inexpensive and when I got them delivered they were amazing quality and fitted so so well, so I ordered some more in different colours.

I think these T-shirts are going to be such a great staple item and will be perfect for the Autumn months for layering and for pairing with cute jumpers and cardigans!

I also ordered some more detailed tops, one which is striped with the most gorgeous Autumnal colours and a sinched waist which is really flattering.

Also I got a cute top which is a cream colour with a lazer cut pattern all over it, and sparkly buttons which will look great through the Autumn and in Winter too. I think the cream colour with the silver sparkly buttons will be super nice for the Winter as that's exactly what I imagine Wintery clothes should look like, cute, warm colours with sparkle! ha ha

And what Autumn would be complete without a pretty coloured warm, snuggly hoody, this is the warmest, fluffiest and cuddliest hoody ever and it only cost me £10.00

Autumnal clothes and fluffy hoodies,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Finding 'The One'

I've been hunting high and low for a new handbag recently, all for nothing as there has been nothing about that has taken my fancy! I've had a gorgeous Lipsy handbag for nearly three years and It's well loved and has been used to death, so it really was time for a new one.

I was out yesterday doing some Christmas shopping with the boyfriend and stumbled across an Oasis store. Now a few weeks earlier I was in a shopping centre which had an Oasis concesion and had seen the gorgeous handbag sat on display, but when I picked it up there was no price on it so I just decided it wasn't meant to be and put it back. (ok well the main reason I put it back was because I was about to splurge £40.00 on a new pair of jeans and had decided that was quite enough to be spending ha ha!)

So anyway, yesterday I went into the Oasis store for a browse and after looking through maybe three or four handbags I like a little bit I saw the bag I saw the other week sat on a shelf and grabbed it! The rest is history so they say.

I marched up to the till with that amazing handbag, knowing it was meant to be and am now a proud owner of a new handbag, finally!

Here it is....

                       Ringlock Shopper Bag
                       Ringlock Shopper Bag

New handbag happiness,


Sunday, November 06, 2011

Best Smelling Smell You'll Ever Smell

I was just taking a shower and It's pretty late so I just wanted to shower and then get back into some warm clothes (it's freezing here in England right now). So I grabbed the shampoo that was sat in the corner of the shower and put some on my hair and began to wash my hair (as you do in the shower).

And my nose began to pick up the most AMAZING scent, it was sniff sniff sniffing away until I pinned down the scent was coming from the shampoo, it's got...

             'A selection of avocado oil from South Africa and macadamia oil from Australia where they are known to moisturise and revitalise damaged hair'

And if you haven't used this shampoo before you need to! It's by Timotei and it's the intense repair shampoo for dry and damaged hair, the smell it overwhelmingly yummy. I couldn't get enough of it, and even sitting here now after drying my  hair you can still smell it! 

Timotei Beauty Recipes Intense Repair Shampoo 300ml

So give it a try and tell me what you think of the smell, truly yummy or not for you?

Late night blogs and yummy smelling shampoo,

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

November Giveaway!

I've ran an October giveaway on my YouTube channel, Beingrebeccahooper, and I'm now doing my November giveaway.

The prize for my November Giveaway is a Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturiser and Moisturizing Lip Balm. GOOD LUCK! :D

If your entering the giveaway on my YouTube channel, the rules are as follows:

1.You must be subscribed to my channel Beingrebeccahooper

2. You need to favourite the November Giveaway video.

3. Leave me a comment on that video telling me what beauty products you can't live without in the winter months.

You can enter as many times as you like and I will be using a random number generator to pick ONE winner. I will add up all comments on my YouTube video and from the comments on this blog post and pick one number from the total.

I will notify the winner through either a message on YouTube or a message on Blogger.

If you want to enter on this blog post, the rules are as follows:

1. You must be a member of my blog, the buttons up there somewhere if your not a member yet! :)

2. Leave me a comment on this blog post telling me which beauty products you can't live without in the winter monts.

Pretty simple really huh?

I will be announcing the winner on 01.12.2011 so get entering!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Recent Purchases

I love just having days when I've not got much to do and can spend time leisurely wandering around shops and looking at every single thing that have on their shelves. My favourite shops to do this are Superdrug and Boots, as the town I was shopping in didn't have a Superdrug I was going to have to maximise the Boots store! I must have spent nearly an hour in there wandering around, hunting for bargains and the next fun product to try. I picked up a few essentials that I needed as I was running low on dry shampoo and powder for setting my foundation and a few new things which I can't wait to try! So without further ado, here are my recent purchases...

The first thing I picked up was a product from Aussie, it's a 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor. This is a deep conditioner for damaged hair, now as much as I love my hair I know it is damaged! I treat it bad, I blow dry it every time I wash it and I straighten it at least once a day. I've started to only wash my hair every other day so this will hopefully start to help it repair itself as washing your hair every day strips it of natural oils and can be really detrimental. So Dry Shampoo = BEST FRIEND! And any chance for a 'deep condition' needs grabbing with both hands. I love Aussie products and I'm certain this will be an amazing product.

I'm always using make up remover wipes, I love how convenient they are. I find them easier to use than a make up remover gel or liquid and cotton pads as it's only one thing to use. Another massive benefit of make up wipes is that they are much easier to travel with and there's no risk of them leaking in your bag! These wipes are from Johnsons face care, they are the daily essentials ones and are for combination skin which is the skin type I have. There's 25 wipes per pack and they're only £3.15, so very reasonable.

At Boots now there is an offer on all the Natural Collection cosmetics, they are any 3 for £5.00 so after a look through everything they had on offer I decided on three. I could have picked one of everything but I limited myself to three. I got this amazing nail varnish colour in Peach Manicure, I've been on the lookout for a  nice nude colour and this one looked perfect!

The second Natural Collection product I got is a lip gloss, all the lip glosses with the Natural Collection are amazing colours and they are a great consistency too. I've never had chance to try one of them before but I can't wait to try this one, it's in the colour Raspberry Ripple and is the nicest pink colour ever! 

The third Natural Collection product is this tinted moisturiser, it was a mere £1.99 and with the offer Boots have at the minute it was even cheaper than that! If it's a good product it'll be amazing to be able to get something as substantial as tinted moisturiser so inexpensive. I got mine in the colour Natural, I wanted Fair, the lightest one, but they didn't have one. (One that hadn't had half the product squeezed out and the lid squashed back on afterwards) I'm looking forward to trying this out though, and hopefully it's a nice quality tinted moisturiser. 

I also picked up a Rimmel stay Matte Pressed Powder, I use this powder every day after my foundation and it always sets it perfectly. I do have combination skin, so I have to use this powder throughout the day as I have an oily T-zone which leads to me needing to re-set my foundation quite frequently. I use the powder in colour 003 Peach Glow, which is quite a fair colour as I have quite fair skin! ha ha

I've only ever used one eye product and that's the Garnier Nutritionist Caffeine Eye Roll On, and I love that product so I've never looked out for any other eye cream or roll on but I'm glad I did because I found this Vitamin e gentle eye cream. It's a Boots own product and It seems really amazing and I can't wait to try it out properly. There's a whole range of vitamin e Boots products and I'll be sure to get some more if I love this one as much as I think I will!

The next thing I got was a travel size Rich Moisturising Day Cream from Nivea Visage, it feels amazingly thick and creamy and I think will be perfect over the next few winter months to keep in my handbag for when my skin gets dry and cracked. I have the worst dry skin in the winter and my hands become really sore and cracked so this will be perfect and handy for carrying about with me at all times.

I've been using a really inexpensive mascara from Make Up Academy (MUA) for a while, and I do love that mascara but I've been wanting to try something new for a while. So I picked up one of the Bourjois Paris Volume Glamour Ultra Black mascara, the brush on this looks fantastic and I'm a big fan of big voluminous long lashes so I hope this mascara lives up to it's name!

I've always been a huge fan of the St. Ives exfoliating products so I decided to pick up another one in a travel size, this one is different one to the one I've normally purchased, this one is called Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub Invigorating. I made sure I got the oil-free one as I do have combination skin so I always prefer oil-free products. I love St. Ives exfoliating products so I know I'll enjoy using this one too.

I decided I wanted a really good, moisturising hand cream that I haven't tried before to use during the winter months. I've always loved the smell of shea butter and cocoa butter, so I looked through all the different ones Boots had to offer until I decided on the Johnsons body care 24hour Moisture Radiance Hand Cream with Shea & Cocoa Butters. This is a new product and I absolutely love the smell of it!

I also had a look through the Boots Botanics range, it's a really affordable and 100% organic and has some amazing products on offer. I picked up the Organic Face Rosewater Toner, I haven't used it yet but it smells so so good! It's great that it's so natural because often products we use now and filled with harsh chemicals and these can lead to skin becoming worse rather than better, so I'm really glad I found this range and you can expect to see some more of their products on here and on my YouTube channel!

And finally, I picked up a new dry shampoo. I use this every other day to keep my hair as healthy as I can when I'm constantly blow drying it and straightening it! ha ha. This is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original and smells really good, it's not an over powering scent, just a clean and fresh smell.

So there you have it, that's my splurge of beauty goods! What's one beauty product you can't live without? 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Getting Lippy

I am a massive fan of lipstick, from Kate Moss' signature bright red to the ever famous GOSH Darling nude, as you will be able to tell from this lipstick collection post.

The first is a threesome of GOSH lipsticks, I must admit two of these are Darling which is number 134 because I always like to have one at home and one in my handbag, ha ha! The other is a magnificent bright pink which looks amazing layered over Darling.These GOSH Velvet Touch lipsticks are a great creamy consistency and looks amazing on too.

The next bunch I've got are Make Up Academy or MUA lipsticks and they come in a massive range of colours and they all have stickers on the lids with the shade number on so obviously I'll be able to tell you which lipstick is which. Well, I can't, because I took all the lids off for the photographs and then they were all mixed up. Very professional of me, huh! 
Regardless, they are a great range of colours and they range from very solid pigmented colours to the very sheer, glittery colours. These lipsticks are an incredible £1.00 each, and for the price they are amazing! They go on great and don't leave your lips dry at all. (p.s. I have actually managed to forget one of the lipsticks in the photo though, sorry missing lipstick!) 

I'm a huge fan of Barry M cosmetics, I've got a huge collection of their Nail Paints which I LOVE! 
These Lipsticks are available in a great range of colours but I just don't like the texture of some of them. Their texture seems to change with the colour, the pink one which is number 100 I love the colour of it but each time I use it, it dries my lips out and looks horrible on because it starts to crack. The nude colour in Marshmallow which is number 101, I love this colour but have to dab it on my lips rather than swipe it because the dryness of the colour makes it look horrible once its on your lips. The third one I have is a gorgeous lilac colour which is in fact is a lovely creamy consistency and isn't too drying at all, surprisingly. 

These two lipsticks are from a brand called New York Color or NYC. They are really great lipsticks and are very inexpensive too which is always a bonus, the one on the left is 411 which is called Snowcone and this is a lovely colour on, it's quite sheer but still has good pigmentation. The one on the right is 407 which is called Smooch, this colour it very pigmented and looks lovely too. My only issue with these lipsticks is that they don'd wind all the way down, which means when you go to put the lid on, you quite often catch the lipstick with the lid meaning your consistently wiping lipstick off of the lid.  

This next lipstick is the nicest, brightest pink I've ever owned and I really love this colour, its a lipstick from beautyuk and is in the colour innocent, which is number 1. I was majorly excited when I got it in the post and couldn't wait to try it. But when I did try it, I discovered I was allergic to it and it burnt my lips like crazy! So be aware, fellow sensitive lip people, this lipstick is evil in a gorgeous bright, Barbie pink disguise!

This is the brightest red I have and is from the Collection 2000 brand, it is in colour 8 Cherry pop. I've barely used this one as my milk bottle face completion couldn't handle the bright red. It is a really nice colour though and I'd love to be able to rock it!

This lipstick is a 2true glossywear  lipstick and is in the colour number 5, this colour is a really nice sheer beige, its got a really glittery, glossy finish to it and it looks lovely with a dark colour lipgloss over the top of it. I love the packaging of this lipstick, there's a cute clear window in the top of it which make sit easy to see the colour of the lipstick.

This lipstick is another 2true one, its a colour drench lipstick in number 5. The colour is a great vibrant dark pink and looks great. I absolutely love this packaging, the colour of the tube is gorgeous and I think it gives it such a high end feel. As it's 2true it's got the same little window in the top which allows you to see the colour without having to remove the lid. This lipstick is great value for money as the 2true brand is great products for a very inexpensive price.

This is one of my favourite lipsticks, its a Revlon Colourburst Lipstick  in colour 020 Baby Pink, it's a really lovely shade of pink but it quite sheer as you put it on. I love the fact that the word Revlon is imprinted in the actual lipstick and I also like the criss cross pattern on the packaging, it's a really cute lipstick. There is also the colour printed on the top of the lipstick, this makes it really easy to see the colour when it's stored away.

This is one of Kate Moss' new lipsticks that she made for Rimmel London. This one is in colour 05, which is a lovely bold and vivid pink. I absolutely love these lipsticks they are the nicest texture ever and go on so smoothly, this colour looks amazing over the top of GOSH Darling lipstick.

That's about it, that sums up my current lipstick collection :) Leave me a comment below letting me know which lipsticks you love, and which ones you wished were better! And give me any recommendations you have!  

Have a fab and lippy day, Rebecca