Monday, 24 February 2014

Real Techniques Silicon Liner Brush





Well Hello there my Stylish Bows, welcome to another review on this little piece of the blogosphere. Today's review is of a new little piece of magic that has entered the beauty work lately, thanks to Nic and Sam (Pixiwoo) through their make-up brush brand Real Techniques. After the success so far of the brand Nicola decided to join her sister and her name is now present on the brushes. The silicone liner brush is definitely unique and I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like it.

With the silicone tip rather than a brush it glides on the skin a lot smooth than my previous eye-liner brush, I even find that it works really well with gel eye-liner that is starting to slightly dry out. I feel I should also mention how easy it is to clean. I have found that most products simply wipe off but when using waterproof products I just added a tiny bit of make-up remover or brush cleaner on a tissue and it wiped off. 

When I first heard about this brush I didn't know what to expect. Would the tip be flimsy or stiff and hard to use? Would it even work? Well, I can say it really does work and as for the tip, well it's the perfect blend of soft but also sturdy. I find for best results add a small amount of product on the tip of the product and it is really easy to use. 

You can pick this product up in Boots for £7.99, which is definitely pleasing to my purse. I hope you enjoyed.
xxx
Miss Bows

Friday, 21 February 2014

Cute Photo Frame


Hello my Stylish Bows. Today I wanted to share with you a super cute photo frame I got in T K Maxx recently. I can't remember the exact price but I know it was under £10. I absolutely love this, it's super cute and PINK!!! I have been seeing a lot of really cute things in this store recently and I definitely recommend taking a look. It's amazing and great value. I currently have one of my favourite blog photos in it, but I'm not sure if it works. Please tell me what you think in the comments.
xxx
Miss Bows

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Collection Eye-shadow Pencils



Hello my Stylish Bows. Today I wanted to share with you all my new love. The Collection eye shadow pencils. I saw these in Superdrug and after swatching them I fell instantly in love. They have a gorgeous, creamy texture and don't crease. There isn't a huge colour selection but there are some really pretty shades. I picked out this champaign colour (1 vanilla sky) which is an amazing highlight colour and this bronze colour (4 Hot Chocolate) which is great for all over the lip. Did I mention these have the cutest names ever and are so easy to just apply, blend with you finger and go for an effortless everyday look. I am definitely impressed so far. They are currently £3.19, a total bargain.
xxx
Miss Bows

Sunday, 16 February 2014

e.l.f Lip Exfoliator Review



Hello again my Stylish Bows. For my Sunday review this week I have chosen to review the e.l.f lip exfoliator. I order this just before Christmas in their 50% off sale, as soon as I saw it I thought it was interesting. I have used lip scrubs and exfoliators before but I have never used one in the shape of a lipstick. 

This product was £3.75, which is an amazing price, cheaper than my favourite Bubblegum lip scrub from Lush. This lip exfoliator is surprisingly moisturising and can double as a lip balm as well. At first this product has a layer that you need to really work into your lips until you get to the exfoliating part. Over all I really like this product and I especially love how easy it is to use. This is an essential if I am on a train, as there is no little pot which makes a mess and the product always ends up in my nails.

This product pretty much saved me through winter. Do you have any winter saviours?
xxx
Miss Bows

Friday, 14 February 2014

TMI Tag


Hello my Stylish Bows. I have seen this Tag making it's way through Blogs and YouTube channels, so I thought I'd have a go. Enjoy, this is my first ever tag.

1)What are you wearing?
Pink PJ's. Lazy I know, but they are so snuggly and warm.

2)Ever been in love?
No. Wait does Ice Cream count?

3)Ever had a terrible breakup?
Depends if Ice Cream counts (Tesco didn't have Ben and Jerry's chocolate brownie). If not then no.

4)How tall are you?
5ft 1 and 1/2inches. The half matters.

5)How much do you weigh?
Not comfortable saying. But I'm a UK size 6 if that helps.

6)Any tattoos?
No

7)Any piercings?
No. I feel like I should, but needles and pain scare me.

8)OTP (one true pairing)?
I had to google what this meant. Ummmmm. Sorry I can't think of any.

9)Favourite Show?
Pretty Little Liars, The big Bang Theory, Some Girls (BBC Three series. It's hilarious).

10)Favourite Band?
Panic!At The Disco, All Time Low, McFly, Simple Plan and Green Day.

11)Something you miss?
This is really hard. Probably the sun, the UK is currently in desperate need of sun. Or anything other than rain.

12)Favourite song?
Seriously? This is hard. Ummmmm. Probably Panic! At The Disco, The Ballad of Mona Lisa.

13)How old are you?
For the sake of keeping my blog anonymous, I'll just say I am a teenager. Sorry, that's all your gonna get.

14)Zodiac Sign?
Scorpio, and from what I've read I am quite a stereotypical Scorpio.

15) Quality you look for in a partner?
Similar sense of humour. They must appreciate sarcasm. 
16)Favourite quote?
Like I remember quotes.

17)Favourite Actor?
James McAvoy.

18)Favourite Colour?
Pink and White. I love that combination.

19)Loud music or soft?
Soft. Always Soft.

20)Where do you go when you're sad?
In bed with a candle burning and music playing softly through headphones. Usually Taylor Swift ( older music rather than her newer songs.)

21)How long does it take you to shower?
30 - 40 mins. My hair is long and thick so it takes quite a while.

22)How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Usually about 40 mins.

23)Ever been in a physical fight?
No, and I hope that doesn't change. I will definitely lose.

24)Turn on?
Bright eyes.(Preferably bright green)

25)Turn off?
Someone who is really smiley. I know it sounds strange but I prefer someone who doesn't smile a lot because it makes their smiles all that more special.

26)The reason I joined Blogger(YouTube)?
I had nobody to talk to about make-up and fashion. Generally lacking a girly friend, my friends aren't big on girly stuff. Make-up is a foreign language to most of them. Still love them though.

27)Fears?
Spiders, the dark and situations that spark my anxiaty (e.g. being in small areas filled with people. I'm not a party person)

28)Last thing that made you cry?
I don't cry. But I did shed a sneaky tear on Christmas Day when I watched Toy Story 3. I hate that stupid bear.

29)Last time you said you loved someone?
I'm not very good at expressing my emotions, so I really don't know.

30)Meaning behind you YouTube/Blog Name?
I am obsessed with bows. 

31)Last Book you read?
The final book in the Gallagher Girls series. I have a weird spy obsession. I really wanted to be one when I was 8 years old (and now).

32)The book your currently reading?
I'm taking a brake after reading all six of the books in the Gallagher Girls' series in just over a week. I'm exhausted.

33)Last show you watched?
The Big Bang Theory.

34)Last person you talked to?
My Mum.

35)The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
A good friend, who I really need to reply to. Oops.

36)Favourite Food?
Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream. Yummy. 

37)Place you want to visit?
More of the UK. I have lived here my whole life, yet I have barely been anywhere. Especially Ireland and Scotland.

38)Last place you were?
Does the shower count?

39) Do you have a crush?
Not really. Maybe Edward Cullen or Damon Salvatore. I think I have a Vampire problem.

40)Last time you kissed someone?
Just now. It was my phone. It was only a peck I promise, I got a new follower on twitter.

41)Last time you were insulted?
Last week. But I don't mind because it was by an idiot who doesn't understand sarcasm. 

42)Favourite flavour of sweets?
Watermelon or Banana. But I don't like either actual fruits.

43) What instruments do you play?
None. But I did experiment with the Cello and guitar at one point in my life. It was a disastrous attempt.

44)Favourite piece of Jewellery?
Bow necklace from Johnny Loves Rosie.

45) Last sport you played?
Badminton. It's the only sport I can actually play.

46)Last song you sang?
A mash up of All Time Low Stella and Simple Plan Summer Paradise. I forget the words so I started improvising.

47)Favourite chat up line?
Well, here I am. What were you're other two wishes?

48)Have you ever used it?
Absolutely not. 

49) Last time you hung out with anyone?
Yesterday, with a few friends. We watched a movie and talked about plans for a friends birthday celebrations.

50) Who should answer these questions next?
Everyone. It's really fun to do.

Well that's all from me.
xxx
Miss Bows

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Favourite Boots Of All Time




Hello my Stylish Bows. Today I thought I would share with you my all time favourite ankle boots from New Look. I think I picked these up for around £20 (a total bargain). I bought them in the summer and have literally worn them every season since and plan to continue wearing them. They have lasted really well and have no scuffs of marks which I am so happy about. The other week I saw these in burgundy which is a colour my shoe collection is seriously lacking. I hope they still sell them. A little tip: They look super cute with frilly socks.
xxx
Miss Bows

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Barry M Matte Nail Paint Review




 Hello there my Stylish Bows and welcome to another day at Bows of Style. As I write this I sit at McDonald's with a yummy hot chocolate in my hands. I love the power of technology, if any of you are also bloggers and use Blogger as your blog platform then I would definitely recommend the Blogger app. I am currently using it on my phone to write this post, I just add the photos on my laptop and save the post, then write it when I am out and about.

Today I am going to talk to you about a fairly new release that I am totally in love with. Sorry this post is missing swatches, but the photos where out of focus. I'll put a pic of swatches up on Instagram soon, promise. My name is just Bowsofstyle, there should be an Instagram button on the side of the page which will take you straight too it. Yay.

Barry M is one of my favourite nail polish brands, they sell great products but at really low prices, a perfect combination. Unfortunately with Barry M I have never been a huge fan of any of their other products, but they are a winner when it comes to my nail polish needs. So onto their new product, Matte Nail Paint. Link.

Colour: 2 Crush
Cost: £3.99
My Rating: 4 bows out of 5

I really love this shade it is a gorgeous burgundy, slightly more A/W than Spring but I still love it. The colour selection isn't great for these, there are only about 5 shades and they are either very pale or very dark. There are no brights or pastels in this range which I think is a real shame. As for the product itself, The finish is lovely. I was a bit worried that it was going to be a bit flaky but it is really nice. Smooth but in a matte way if that makes sense. I had it on for about 3 days with no top coat and it didn't chip which I think is great, but I did have to apply about 2-3 coats to get the colour and finish even. My only problem with this product is applying a top coat. If you use a normal top coat, you loose the matte look and feel of the polish. But if you buy a matte top coat not only will you be spending even more money, it will basically give the same finish to all polishes matte or not. 

With all of that in mind I do think these are great products, but they could do with bringing out a wider range of colours and maybe a matching top coat that differs from other matte top coats. What do you think of the matte nails look? Let me know. PS. Just started my Twitter, please follow me. My name is BowsofStyle as usual.

XXX
Miss Bows

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Favourite Real Techniques Brushes


Hello my Stylish Bows. Real Techniques brushes have been a huge part of my make-up routine since their release. This week I noticed that they have some new releases, so I thought I would share with you some of my favourite brushes of all time as I know I will be adding to this list soon enough if the new releases are anything like their older siblings.

From Left - Right:
RT Powder Brush
RT Setting Brush
RT Contour Brush (part of core collection)
RT Stippling Brush
RT Buffing Brush (also part of core collection)

So the question is, how do I use these brushes?
1) Powder Brush
I actually don't use this for powder. I find it hard to use as it is HUGE and is hard to get into small areas e.g. under the eyes. I actually use this brush for bronzer. It is soooo soft and applies bronzer lightly, not taking too much product at a time. It applies evenly and is great for working into the face.

2) Setting Brush
This brush has two purposes for me. Firstly I like to use it too apply highlighter to my cheeks. It is the perfect size. I also like to use it to blend in my concealer after I have patted it into place using my ring finger. I find this brush gives a perfect, airbrushed look which is great. If you don't have this brush then I would recommend the RT domed shadow brush. It is great for applying and blending concealer.

3) Contour Brush
I do actually use this brush to contour. It is the perfect size to create a perfect, natural shadow. It is also great for creating a shadow down the sides of the nose. I always use this with my Sleek Face Form contour kit. A perfect, affordable, combination.

4) Stippling Brush
This is my absolute saviour when it comes to cream blush. It blends so well, without being harsh like some other stippling brushes I have tried. It not only blends perfectly but distributes product evenly.

5) Buffing Brush
Definitely saved the best for last with this one. This brush is the whole reason I picked up the core collection. I use this brush everyday without fail to apply my foundation. At one time, I was using the Stippling Brush to apply my foundation but I found that it left a few streak's and took a lot longer to blend. The Buffing Brush is perfect though. It blends amazingly, without streak's, and is a lot quicker and easier. Love it.

Well that's all. What are your favourite brushes from Real Techniques?
XXX
Miss Bows