A Little Announcement

Monday, 13 April 2015

I don't tend to post about my personal life here on my blog as it is primarily for beauty (hence the name I Speak Beauty) and a part of me also thinks why would people care about what goes on in my life, however on this occasion I can't contain my joy and overwhelming happiness...In the early hours of Sunday 1st of March, I gave birth to the most perfect baby boy weighing 7lb 8oz.

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My labour lasted almost exactly 24 hours and was an experience I shall never forget, not just for the obvious reason like being in the most pain I have ever felt, but for the beautiful bundle of joy I got at the end of it. His entrance into this world was exactly how I wished it would be, calm and peaceful. I was lucky enough to get the water birth I was hoping for which kept me relaxed throughout the whole thing and I still can't quite believe I managed to do it with no pain relief what so ever. 

Adam is now five weeks old and growing so much everyday! I can't believe how quick time is going. Motherhood is an exciting new adventure for me that I always hoped I would one day experience. It is one of the hardest jobs I have ever done, but my beautiful boy makes it all worth it.

This is just a little announcement, even though I could talk endlessly about him if given half a chance! If you would like me to go into more detail about my labour, pregnancy or how I found the first few weeks I would be more than happy to share my experience, just leave a comment down below!

Thank you for bearing with me as my blog has taken a bit of a back seat these last few months, but I will be back to regular blogging very soon. 

Lots of love

Amy & Adam 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | First Impression Review

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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Benefit have already created the UK's No1 best selling mascara in the form of 'They're Real' which took the beauty world by storm. I really loved 'They're Real' as it gave me really great length and volume, but it has never been my favourite mascara due it to it making my lashes feel quite stiff and being the most difficult mascara to remove. So when I heard about the release of a brand new mascara, I naturally couldn't wait to try it out! Benefit have cleverly teamed up with ELLE magazine this month to bring it's readers an exclusive free tester of their new Roller Lash mascara before its release next month.

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Roller Lash is inspired by old fashioned rollers and how they curl hair, with their slogan 'Its a roller for your lashes!' This concept runs right the way down to its retro style packaging mimicking an old fashioned pink hair roller (full sized tube). I really love the way Benefit always have a specific theme for their products, to me it's what makes them stand out from the crowd and keeps things fun and exciting.

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The Hook n Roll brush has a curved wand with shorter bristles on one side which are designed to grab,curl and lift each individual lash while the curve-setting formula sets them in place for 12 hours. The formula contains lash conditioning ingredients such as Provitamin B5 and Serin, is waterproof and apparently easy to remove.

Having tried this mascara out for almost a week I have to say I have really fallen in love with it. The wand does a great job at lifting my lashes right from the root giving them volume. I tend to use the shorter bristles first and then turn the brush to use the longer bristles to add some length. My lashes look nice and separated with no clumps. In terms of having 12 hour wear I don't usually wear my makeup for that length of time however my lashes did keep their curl throughout the day and I had no flakiness or panda eyes at all. My lashes don't feel rock solid and brittle when I wear it which must be down to the lash conditioning ingredients.

When it comes to removing at the end of the day, I didn't have nearly as much trouble as I used to have with 'They're Real'- I simply use a good waterproof eye makeup remover and it comes away with ease.

From using this mascara for only a short time, I already think Roller Lash is a fantastic and dare I say it much better than 'They're Real'. It does exactly what it claims to do by giving my lashes great curl and lift that lasts. I really hope that it gets the reception it deserves when it's released in March and I will definitely be purchasing a full sized tube as soon as I can.

If you want to give Roller Lash a try for yourself I urge you to pick up a copy of this months ELLE magazine before they sell out!
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Eylure Brow Pencil | The Brow Wiz Dupe?

Thursday, 29 January 2015

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‘Perfect Brows’- Everyone wants them and the majority of us (myself included) aren’t blessed with them, which is why it’s so important to me to find great products to fake it! Anastasia’s Brow Whiz pencil has been my favourite brow pencil discovery thus far. The formula, the colour and the natural look it creates is something I haven’t been able to beat. Its only downside is the £15.50 price tag which I find a tad expensive considering how quickly I go through it. I have been on the hunt for a more affordable high street dupe and came across the Eylure Brow Pencil at the much more purse friendly price of just £5.45.

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eylure, brow penci,l mid brown, review, anastasia brow wiz dupe
I chose the shade Medium brown which is the perfect neutral mid brown and a great match for me.  There’s nothing more unnatural looking than using a brow pencil that is much too warm in tone, so any pencils that have a neutral or grey undertones look the best. For the most natural looking brow I like to use short upward strokes in the sparsest areas. When I get to the front of my brow I use a much lighter hand and finish by brushing through with a spoolie. The fact this pencil comes with a perfectly sized spoolie on the end is just wonderful.  It should be a must for all brow pencils to have one in my opinion!

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The firm and slightly waxy formula of this pencil is so easy to work with. It clings to my brow hairs making them appear thicker, and allows me to draw on individual brow hairs making my brows look nice and full without looking too filled in.

In terms of how it compares to the Brow Wiz- I think it’s a fantastic affordable dupe for it. They both have a similar formula being slightly waxy yet blendable. They also both come with spoolie at the opposite end which makes blending quick and easy. Anastasia’s nine colour shade range is superior to Eylure’s four, but I've found Mid Brown to be a great match for me and is very similar to Brunette which was the shade I previously used from Anastasia. I do favour the Brow Wiz to this pencil however for day to day use its a great alternative. If you’re looking for a great affordable brow pencil that gives you natural looking results then look no further than Eylure’s offering. For £5.45,  this is one of the best brow pencils I have found on the high street. 

The Eylure Brow Pencil is available from in store at Boots, Superdrug and Eylure's website in four shades- Blonde, Mid Brown, Dark Brown and Black.


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