Alternative Uses and Hacks For Those Beauty Products You Regret Buying

 As beauty addicts, we've all been there. We buy the shiniest packaging on the shelf, or the product that *everyone* is talking about, only to get home and it's the biggest waste of cash since that night out you can barely remember.

But don't worry. Being a person who hates to waste anything, I've come up with a few solutions to using those make up prodcts you've 'wasted' your money on in alternative ways.

The Metallic Lipstick You Thought You Could Rock

I absolutely love the thought of a metallic lipstick. In fact OCC Black Metal Dhalia is my go-to lip shade for a night out. However, it seems that if I stray from this deep red metallic colour, it just doesn't look right on me. 

After recently purchasing the Too Faced Metallic Lip colour in a luscious pink shade called 'tu-tu', I discovered that on my lips it just looked awful. The colour is too light and too shiny for my skin tone. However....

The Alternative Use?

Use a blending sponge and dab it across your cheeks and cheek bones as a lovely pink pop of blush, complete with light-reflecting shimmery bits. Add a little at a time and build up to your colour preference. It's almost like a pink gold colour, which works perfectly when not used on my lips. 

Or if you're looking for a metallic eye colour...

Another metallic lipstick I bought and wanted to love was the Colourpop in Man Eater. Falling for the 'rose gold' colour, it turned out that the colour is actually just a murky brown with a gold-toned shimmer. Despite not being a suitable lip colour for me, it works wonderfully as an eye colour shade.

Added on top of a shimmery gold eyeshadow and blended with the finger, the formula isn't too drying for us above the eyelid.

It's worth noting that anything which isn't made for use on your eyes originally, is to be used with caution! And if in doubt - don't put it near. Do not use a metallic formula directly on to your eyelid and only use from the crease upwards, unless the formula says it's eye friendly or multi-use!

The Eyebrow Shade Which is Just Too Dark

When Rimmel launched their new Brow This Way eyebrow powders, I was pretty impressed with the smooth, powder formula, which is so pigmented and rich in colour. In fact, if you go wrong with this stuff, you need a cotton bud and some strong make up remover to correct it.

Anyway, their PR team sent me all the colours in the range and needless to say; with red hair the black one for starters didn't suit me.

How else can you use it though?

If you're a lovely of a smoky eye look, or just want to switch up your liquid eyeliner to something a bit more bold, simply use the Rimmel Brow This Way as a liner.  You can blend it out effortlessly, or use a cotton bud to give a sharper cat eye. 

The Brown Mascara

Ever picked up a brown mascara by accident, thinking it's a black one? I've done this countless times. Just use it lightly over your brows to stick them in place and add a bit more volume. Of course, this doesn't work if you have light blonde hair, so don't blame me if you start to look like Helga from Hey Arnold.

Do you have any hacks for those products you regret buying?

Reading and Leeds Festival 2017: Kasabian, MUSE and Eminem to Headline!

Reading and Leeds Festival have always been known for their diverse range of musical talents to hit the stages - which further supports my opinion on it being the best music festival to get all peer groups down to. This year is no different and with bands such as At The Drive In, HAIM, Fat Boy Slim and Korn all making an appearance throughout the weekend, it really is a festival where most musical tastes are catered for. 

Who is headlining Reading and Leeds Festival 2017 though?


I first discovered Kasabian after they released their first album way back in 2004. My Dad actually introduced them to me, which shows they really are the indie band for all age ranges. I feel that somehow they're a little underrated compared to the likes of Arctic Monkeys and other bands that sit within the genre. However, show me a person that sits still and doesn't dance when Velociraptor! is on and I'll change my tune. Always a welcome addition to any indie night out playlist, I really can't wait to see Kasabian live (If only to see Sergio in the flesh - holla!).


I must admit - someone tipped me off about Eminem MONTHS ago and I just didn't believe them. Now I'm left gutted that I didn't place a bet at the bookies because I would have been ROLLING in it right now. I saw Eminem a few years ago at Leeds Festival and despite not being a massive fan, I as pretty impressed at how the chap drew in the crowds. Even if you're not a fan of his music, or rap in general, you can still enjoy the show with a range of samples and mixes being used through. I mean, who doesn't sing along to Stan?


Muse actually played Leeds Festival when I went in 2011, but I missed the show! Who knows what I was doing at the time? Although I do remember torrential rain being a key feature that weekend, but for the bigger fans that didn't stop them heading over and listening to the music and seeing the show.. Not only do Muse tend to bring out a grand piano and lasers, they also usually have a stage set up and design which gives smaller bands something to dream of. Forget the pyrotechnics, Muse let the lights do the talking and you only have to Google 'Muse Stage Setup' to see what I'm talking about...

3 Trends to Bring You in to Spring with Coliseum Leisure Park

Last weekend I was invited to Coliseum Shopping Park in Ellesmere Port, to take a little look at some of the key trends to bring us in to Spring. With a range of shops including River Island, Outfit and H&M, there's a surprising amount of choice to explore. Whilst browsing, there were 3 key trends for Spring that seemed to be dominating the rails.

Trend 1: Embroidery

Embroidery first started to creep through around about this time last year, but there didn't seem to be that many pieces openly available in stores at the time.... Fast forward to 2017 and it's everywhere, like literally, everywhere. Each shop had so many amazing clothes which featured embroidery detail. Whether it's delicately finishing with sequins and beads, or more bold and graphic on leather skirts - there's embroidery everywhere! The only trouble is trying to work out which pieces to invest in...

Trend 2: Slogans Rock

Not only are slogan t shirts and jumpers pretty big right now, but there's also a load of nods to 'rock' style around. Leather jackets, distressed details and laced up textures are just all over the shops. I personally love a nice bit of goff fashion, and the Divided range in H&M is always my favourite place to shop. So here's hoping that the rock trend continues in to the Spring and Summer 2017. I picked up a distressed Mustard Yellow jumper whilst I was there and have lived in it since. I'm also obsessed with anything which has an ironic slogan on it, so looks like this trend is totally my cup of tea.

Trend 3: Applique

I am obsessed with applique details on all garments at the moment. I'm not sure what it is, but it actually brings a little bit of joy to my day. The great thing about applique detail is that it seems to work on any fabric. The bold, brash, sticker-like detail can give an edge to a cute dress, or add a bit of fun to a pin-stripe shirt. There's loads of stuff around at the moment and even the cheesy quotes and details make me laugh.

Which trends are you looking forward to wearing more of this season?

A Brand Discovery: Milani Make Up

You know when you discover a new make up range, or website, and wonder why you've never bothered with it before? I feel like I've completely mugged myself off by overlooking the Milani Make Up Range for so long! I recently discovered a site called Just My Look, which stock SO many brands I've wanted to try for ages. Including L.A Girl and Olaplex(!), there's loads of things on there that I want to try...

Anyway, I digress, let's get back to the brand in hand.

Milani. A cruelty free make up range, which is certified by PETA and carries the bunny logo. Not only that but all the products are incredibly affordable, which is what led me to investigate the brand in the first place. 

Drawn in by the reviews of the Milani 2 in 1 Foundation + Concealer, I just knew I had to try it. For weeks I've just felt like all my foundations were sitting awkwardly on my skin, making me look a little like an extra from the Great British Bake Off. No matter what primer I've been using, or technique to apply, the finish is just cakey as sin each time. I'm not quite sure where I've been going wrong over the last few weeks, but it's been fairly annoying.

Then I went and tried this little beauty and oh my, where has it been all my life!?

Not only is this the perfect amount of coverage, but applying with a beauty blender makes it the most effortlessly flawless finish I've ever seen from a £12.95 foundation! Usually I need to cake on the concealer under my eyes each morning, but this needs no additional concealer on a good day; and a tiny touch on a bad one. 

The formula is so lightweight for such a great coverage, with not a hint of cakey-ness in sight. It also lasts the entire day, with a water resistant, seamless finish.

Alongside the Milani Foundation, I've also been L.O.V.I.N.G the Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream. I've been living for my Colourpop Matte Lip Cream, but it's starting to run low and I can't stomach the customs charges again.

This Milani lip cream is the closest I've found in the UK and the shade 'Adorable' is a lovely, light nude which is perfect for every day wear. It doesn't dry my lips out like some matte formulas can, but the only slight niggle is that the applicator can tend to deliver a little too much product, meaning you have to be a little more careful when you apply it. 

I still have a few more Milani make up products to rifle through from my little haul, including the Prep, Set and Go Powder. Apparently you can use that before  you apply your foundation as a primer, which is something that both intrigues and scares me a little. But one day I'll get the guts to give it a go. You know, you have to do one thing every day that scares you after all.... Ha.

Have you tried anything from Milani? What else would you recommend?

Chi Kitchen London

When I heard that Chi Kitchen in Birmingham had unexpectedly closed down, I was absolutely gutted! I've featured it a few times on the blog now, and it was one of those hidden treasures which was always a pleasure to dine at.
When Charl and I visited London for a blogger event a few weeks ago, we ended up also visiting Chi Kitchen whilst in the city too. Nestled at the back of Debenhams on Oxford Street, we worked up a hunger after swatching that Too Faced Peach Palette in the store. What can I say? Beauty shopping is hungry work...

The menu for Chi Kitchen in London seemed like a more streamlined version of the ones I'd seen previously in Birmingham. I must say, sometimes it's nice to see a simpler menu when you're so hungry that you simply don't know what to choose! We asked the waitress to serve us her recommendations and some of the most popular dishes - which was a excellent move considering that everything we ate was utterly delicious!

The stand out dish from the selection was the Beef Kushiyaki, which was the most tender meat I've ever enjoyed (*eye roll* at where your mind went then...). Even though the sauce was delicate, it still had a deliciously rich flavour and the fresh vegetables were an amazing variation on the textures.

Aside from this, we also enjoyed salt and pepper squid - which you simply can't go wrong with, and some Tempura Prawns which were served in a Wasabi Mayo. The delicate spice, the juicy prawns and the slight crunch all worked effortlessly together, but made for one moreish dish. I could have eaten 5 bowls of this one!

Chi means 'energy' in Chinese, which is where the name originates from and I can definitely say that this meal provided myself and Charl with a welcome boost of energy, ready for our train home after a long day at a blog event. . Influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean food, Chi Kitchen takes you on a truly tasty culinary adventure through South East Asia with each and every bite. 

If you're in London and looking for a haven away from the high street, head to the back of Debenhams on Oxford Street and head to the back. You won't regret it.

So You Think You Want a Cat?

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my two cats. Kitty is around 6 years old now and I've had her since she was a kitten, and Stevie is almost 7 months old. I must admit though, both were taken in without giving much long term thought to the responsibilities and costs of having a pet.

The thought process for having Stevie was pretty straight forward. My friend's cat had birthed a kitten, and I'd be considering getting a 'friend' for Kitty for a while. Being at work Monday to Friday and being out of the house for 12 hours a day left me concerned for her loneliness and she was becoming increasingly 'bored' and seemingly frustrated when I was too tired to give her attention. How did I know this? The wee. Cat's generally wee when they want attention and Kitty was starting to do it more frequently on one too many coats.

Kitty has interacted with other cats before. When I lodged at my friends house for a few months, she got on well with the other cats she ended up residing with. In fact, her and Dillon had a whale of a time up until the early hours, with constant chasing and playing. With that in mind, I assumed that her and Stevie would get on fine.

I Was Wrong

One of the main differences between Kitty going to another cats house and another cat coming in to her house, was territory. This house is her domain and coated in her scent. To bring another random cat inside was a thoughtless idea. Especially considering her personality can be rather shy. Stevie is a boisterous male cat with no fear - something Kitty definitely is not.

They're getting along fine now, apart from the odd hiss here and there. They don't have fights, but more rough and tumble 'plays', which have calmed down more now Stevie is older and slightly less playful. Since having two cats there have been unexpected additional expenses which I didn't tend to have with just the one. 

The Real Cost of Having a Cat

Which brings me through to the point of this post. The importance of thinking of the cost of having a cat. In fact, let's scrap that - the cost of having any pet.

I see too many people on social media thinking it's 'cute' for their animal to go produce kittens, puppies and general small bundles of fluff. But what seems cute at first, is absolutely crippling animal charities and not for profit organisations.

Luckily,  I can afford to feed, keep, neuter, and insure my cats. And as soon as both have been ready, they have gone straight to the vets to have the snip. Something which will set you back around £50 and will stop adding to the selfish trend of letting your animal give birth and becoming yet another animal needing a home - when there are already an abundance in animal shelters which are struggling to find their forever home. 

Why this country doesn't have licenses for animals, I will never know. Too often people are treating pets as disposable and giving them away, without even considering the repercussions. When animal shelters are full, they have no choice but to turn the animals away, and if someone is already wanting to get rid of an animal, what do you think happens? Abuse. Plain and simple. 

When Animals Shelters Reach Capacity...

I've seen this first hand, when my friend used to foster for the local cats home. On a daily basis they would have to turn cats away. If there was no one to foster them, the people trying to get rid of them would simply 'dispose' of them. I'll leave the details to your imagination...

Before having an animal, look at the life expectancy, the cost of insurance, save the money for them to have the snip. Within the first 6 months of having a cat you can expect to spend around £150 on set up costs (such as food and litter trays), spaying and toys. I beg you - make sure this money is available before you commit. There is no excuse. On a weekly basis I spend around £10 on cat food and litter in total. I am committed to doing this for the next 18-25 years. Because guys, guess what? Animals need to eat. You know this before you have one. Don't go in to the commitment with ignorance.

Yes, animals are cute and they're absolutely great companions, but consider the real cost of owning one. It's not just money, it can be the guilt of having to give one up when you realise you jumped in without thinking of the long term.

Don't Get Me Wrong Though!

Having cats is costly and a commitment I was initially worried about, but now both are settled it's absolutely brilliant. Not only are they yes, cute, but when you live alone they are endlessly beneficial to your well being. If you're happy, sad or just in the bath; you can rely on your little best pals to be there. No matter what room you're in, no matter what you're doing and when you just need a cuddle, I wouldn't be without Stevie and Kitty and I feel lucky that  I can afford to look after them and give them a good home for life.

About Hello Terri Lowe

A UK Beauty, Lifestyle and Food blog, based in Staffordshire, you can also expect to see reviews of places around the country. Often spotted in Manchester during a day job of Community Management for a PR Agency, you can expect to see a little bit of everything from festivals to food and everything in-between. When not blogging, you can find me having a nice sit down with my cats, Stevie and Kitty, or enjoying a fine cup of coffee. Don't forget to take a look at my 'about' page if you're interested in collaborating on any exciting opportunities!

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