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Benefit Goodies A Go-Go Palette Review

12 Dec

This Benefit Goodies A Go-Go palette has to be my new favourite at the moment. I’m into the natural make-up look right now and these colours are perfect. The shadows are different shades of beige and browns, which have a little shimmer.

Benefit palette comes with:

  • 4 eyeshadows
  • Mini Stay Dont Stray primer
  • Mini They’re Real mascara

The packaging is a light weight tin box which I think is original and practical as its very secure.

The eyeshadows last all day and don’t smudge or fade. The colour goes on quite lightly which I like because it can be built up with layers if a more dramatic look is required.

The Stray Don’t Stray primer is one of my favourites as it goes on smoothly and keeps the shadows locked down.

I was late on the bandwagon with the They’re Real mascara but I have finally bought into the hype and can agree that it is an amazing mascara. I am not a huge fan of the stiff plastic brushes but this mascara can be layered for thickness and the brush perfectly separates them.

Benifit Goodies A Go-Go

Benifit Goodies A Go-Go

Benifit Goodies A Go-Go

Benifit Goodies A Go-Go

This Benefit Goodies A Go-Go palette is a perfect present to Christmas as it’s inexpensive and contains brilliant products. Or just a little treat for yourself! I will definitely be using this makeup for the next few months!

Becky x

Tropic Skin And Body Care Review

30 May

Tropic Skin Smoothing Cleanser and Exfoliators

I have never found a skin care regime that I stick to. I have pretty much tried all the cleansers and toners available out there and none of them have ever made a noticeable difference to my skin. As a teen I did have quite bad acne and now as an adult I still don’t have the best skin. I would say that there is always at least one spot on my face.

I churn through skin care products, trying to find something that feels good for my skin. About 6 months ago my mum bought me Tropic Smoothing Cleanser. She had become obsessed with it and soon after I was also hooked. The cleanser comes with an Organic Bamboo fibre face cloth that is soft on the skin and brushes away all the dead skin cells.

Tropic Smoothing Cleanser

Tropic only use natural, organic ingredients in their products and they smell so good. I use the smoothing cleanser every morning and evening to clean makeup off my face and to refresh it. I rub 2 pumps over my face, neck and eyes and wash off. I repeat that after my make up is removed to get a fresh, clean face. The ingredients include; avocado, green tea, sweet almond, Vitamin E, rosemary, coco butter and many more delicious things. It has never happened before that I know and eat all the ingredients that are in a product.

Now, I have bad skin and although Tropic isn’t a spot killer, nor does it claim to be, somehow it has cleared up my skin. I am not saying that I no longer get any spots but I have visibly noticed that they are reduced. I don’t know what this is down to. I have sensitive skin and am always putting on highly chemical based products so maybe all my skin needed was a natural, soothing cleanser.

This year I was at the Ideal Home Show and saw a Tropic stand. I got talking to one of the sales ladies and she gave me some good tips. After applying the cleanser, she told me to place the hot bamboo cloth over my face for 2 minutes. After removing the cleanser my skin was so smooth, it felt like I had had a mini facial. 

I wasn’t aware, until I was at the Ideal Home Show, that Tropic is a company owned by a previous participant on The Apprentice, Susan Ma. I saw her hovering around in the background and getting stuck in with the selling. Although she didn’t win the show, Lord Sugar still invested in her business because it was a great product.

Tropic Exfoliator

Whist at the Ideal Home Show I got sucked into buying more products. I got Topic Body Smooth Refreshing Polish and Tropic Face Smooth Brightening Polish. In short: body and face exfoliators.

Ohhhhhhh my! They smell so good. I use them both in the shower and they feel so nice against your skin. You really feel your skin getting exfoliated. You don’t even have to moisturise once you get out of the shower as they have essential oils in them that moisture the skin.

I am completely sold on this brand. When using the products you can feel it is putting something good into your skin and not chemicals. The products may seem a little expensive, cleanser £15, but a little goes along way and it is definitely worth the money. Perfect for any age – my mums 60 and she love it as much as me!

Actors Websites – Where To Find Work

20 May

Wherever I go I always come across people who ask me where I find my acting work, without an agent.

Recently I was working on a sports event and I met this lovely girl who didn’t know where to start looking for acting work. I wrote down a list of websites and gave it to her. As actors we all struggle and I find it important to help others. Years ago I met a girl who did this for me and I am forever grateful for her kindness.

If you live in the UK and are looking for acting work and don’t know where to start, here are all the websites and companies I use:

  • Spotlight – Spotlight is very important to all actors. All big shows, films and commercials are advertised on this website. There is also unpaid work on this site for anyone who wants to help out in fringe theatre or student films. If you are looking for an agent it is crucial you have a spotlight page as it is very rare for an agent to take you on if you don’t have Spotlight. (Needed: Headshot, 3 professional credits or accredited drama school, Approx. £150 for a years subscription.)
  • Casting Call Pro – This is where I get most of my auditions from. There is a lots of unpaid work on this website but also a lot of good paid work. It is not a must have, official actors website like Spotlight but it is very good and you are far more likely to get work from here. It is free if you just want unpaid work but it costs £20p/m to apply for paid work. (Needed: Headshot, 3 professional credits.)
  • Star Now – If you rummage through a lot of rubbish work on this site you will eventually find a gem! There is paid, unpaid, commercial, extra, modelling work to be found on Star Now. However be careful as anyone can post an advert on this site, so if it sound unprofessional, it probably is. (Needed: Photos, Approx. £35, 6 month membership.)
  • MadDog  and 20/20 Casting – Very good extras company. Supply extras for feature films and commercials.
  • Universal Extras – You set up a profile and wait for a call. They do lots of extra work. I have had great work from this site, including being Lady Gaga’s body double. I get a call about every 6 months for a job.

I honestly would not waste your time with any other acting websites apart from Spotlight, Casting Call Pro and Star Now. Any other sites you will come across (no matter how professional the site looks) will be advertising the exact same jobs but less of them.

There are sites like, Shooting People, which can be good for unpaid work but again whatever is advertised on there is always on Casting Call Pro.

Obviously having an agent is the best thing you can do to get work as an actor but when searching for your own work, these sites are the best.

Hope this helps some people ❤

Review: NEW! Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

20 May

Revlon ColourStay Suede Lipstick

I love nearly all of Revlon’s makeup so I was really excited when I stumbled across there new range of ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks in Boots. I went a little crazy and bought all the shades they had in store. Obsessed with Revlon much? I think I am!

The Revlon ColourStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick states that it has a suede effect (meaning matte) and lasts 16 hours. If any lipstick lasts 16 hours then I will be hugely impressed.

Revlon ColourStay Lipstick Colours

Packaging – I love it! The lid is very securely on and it won’t pop of whilst in your handbag.

Application – The lipstick glides on very smooth. With one stroke all the shades are quite sheer. I had to swipe it about four times across my lips to get a strong colour, which is very annoying. Once applied, after a few strokes, they all have a strong pigmentation.

Texture – This is where I start to get confused with this lipstick. When first applied it has a smooth, moisturising, glossing texture that feels really nice on the lips. After about 5-10 minutes the ColorStay lipstick feels likes it sets on the lips and the texture changes to the ‘suede’ effect. The lipstick turns matte and has a slightly sticky texture when you blot your lips together. I love the matte look but I don’t like the (very slight) sticky texture.

16 Hour Wear – The good thing is he lipstick doesn’t transfer onto glasses or smudge whist eating. But… and there is always a but, after a couple of hours the lipstick goes into any creases in your lips, is very uneven and patchy. It may stay on for a long time but not how you applied it. I didn’t take the lipstick out with me when I was wearing it so I had to put on a clear lipgloss to smooth out the patchiness, which worked

Removal – It doesn’t stain, WoooooHooooo! I used a makeup wipe to remove it and it came of with a little scrub.

Overall -I would have to carry it in my bag and reapply it about every  2-3 hours to stop any creasing, so the 16 hours wear maybe true but it just won’t look very nice. The main plus for the ColorStay Suede lipstick is that is does not transfer off the lips. My boyfriend was amazed that when I kisses him it felt like I had nothing on my lips. This is a big bonus for me as I can’t even normally peck him on the check without getting lipstick all over his face.

I have a lot of the colour range so I don’t think I will be running out fast to re-purchase any of them. My favourite colours are the deep plum (35 – Backstage) and deep pink (5 – Muse).

Revlon ColourStay Lipstick Backstage and Muse

They can be found in high-street retailers for £8.99. Boots currently selling them for £6.99.

The Revlon ColurStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick is long lasting, matte and has wearable colours but the few glitches it has, are big ones. I would definitely advise you to exfoliate your lips beforehand to prevent creasing.

Auditioning For Drama School

28 Apr

Over the last few weeks I have been auditioning for drama schools in London to do an MA in Acting. I had been pondering over the idea of going to drama school for a while. I already have a degree but thought that a year at drama school may just give me that little bit of extra training that I need.

Should I apply… should I apply…. should I apply…?!?

Well I finally did and I couldn’t be more pleased that I did as I was lucky enough to get offered a place at one of the best drama schools in the country. YIPPEE!

Auditioning for Drama Scool

My Audition Experience 

I don’t want to single out certain schools but I did audition for a few of the main drama schools in London. The audition process was pretty much the same for all of them but all the schools have different vibes. I went into some of  and didn’t feel comfortable at all but at others I could see myself running though the corridors singing as free as a bird.

For all the auditions I needed to learn one modern and one shakespeare monologue. It really doesn’t matter what monologues you choose as long as you do them well. I did a very common one by Helena from A Midsummers Night’s Dream.

You will either be asked to do your monologues on front of the group of other auditionees or on your own with a panel of teacher/s. I much preferred auditioning on front of the group because although this sounds more nerve wracking it is actually supporting and you kind of forget about the teacher/s.

My first audition was terrible! If something goes wrong, don’t let this put you off. I felt awful afterwards and thought there was no point in carrying on with the other auditions but I got back on my feet, neatened up my monologues and got an offer.

Advice

Stay grounded. When performing monologues don’t move unless you have an intention. When someone is swaying on their feet or walking back and forth it is very distracting to watch. This advice was given to me by a current student at one of the schools and it made my monologues so much better. You will stop thinking of your movements and will only move in response to the text. Own the space and stand tall.

Stay focused. If you get through to the second round you will likey be asked to improvise. Listen carfully to what they are saying and do exactly what is asked for. It maybe to change your monologue style or to act like a fish or a watermelon (this isn’t an exaggeration!)

Be bold. When asked to do a task, go for it and don’t hold back. They much prefer seeing actors make a fool of themselves for being over the top then someone holding back and thinking too much about what they are doing.

I was terrified about auditioning but I actually ended up having loads of fun and leaning new things about myself as an actress, even if I didn’t get excepted into the school.

I am very excited about starting drama school in September!!!

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