Wednesday, 3 May 2017

March & April Favourites

May where have you come from, I feel like the last two months have disappeared. I've blinked and April is already over. Although, alongside eating as much chocolate as possible for easter even without Easter eggs, I've managed to get out of my NARS Isolde and CT Kim KW comfort zone and have finally introduced some new products to my routine.

Zoeva 221 Luxe Soft Crease
Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease

There aren't any words to describe Zoeva brushes. The two I've been loving recently are both crease brushes and blend eyeshadow beautifully. 221 and 228 are different sizes of the same shape brush, giving you the choice of either a softer or more defined look. What I love about these brushes is how well they clean. They don't stain in the slightest and are just as soft after washing as they were when I got them.
Burberry Eye Colour Contour - Pale Copper
MAC Eyeshadows - Woodwinked and Sable

I love using cream eyeshadows as a base and Burberry Pale Copper has been my shade of choice everyday for the last month. It has a very creamy formula but sets quickly making it harder to blend if you leave it too long. On top of that I have been adding two MAC eyeshadows. Woodwinked, which is quite similar in shade but has a slightly more gold tone all over, and then Sable in the crease which is more of a plum-tone to add some depth. They are some of the softest eyeshadows I own, very pigmented and blend like a dream.

L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim
Bourjois Liner Pinceau

Liquid eyeliner was my comfort blanket a few years ago and have fallen back in love with the same products. L'Oreal Superliner is a pen design making it easier to get that perfect flick as you have more control over wear you put it but is a bit more time consuming. Bourjois Liner Pinceau is a liquid so much quicker to apply on your lash line with the brush but can make it harder to get a more defined flick. They are both very long-lasting and I haven't noticed either of them wearing off or smudging throughout the day.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Ever since I got my hands on this I've been reaching for it over my Collection concealer which is saying something. It's as creamy as it describes so it blends into the skin really well and you can layer it without it making you look like a cake. I have the lightest shade Chantilly and I've never known a concealer to brighten under my eyes as well as this one does.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick - Valentine

I'm slowly stepping away from Kim KW, and Charlotte Tilbury's Valentine is starting to become my go-to lipstick. It's a petal-rose pink shade and has a very creamy formula which doesn't dry out your lips. What I love about this shade is that it wears off evenly leaving a stain of colour on your lips. I hope this isn't limited edition or I'm going to need a backup.
Top to Bottom; Charlotte Tilbury Valentine | MAC Woodwinked | MAC Sable | Burberry Pale Copper | NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | Bourjois Liner Pinceau | L'Oreal Superliner

The Vampire Diaries

Why I didn't watch this sooner I have no idea. My friend introduced me to The Vampire Diaries a couple of months ago and spent the majority of March catching up in time to watch the last episode. If you are looking for a new programme to watch, give it a chance and trust me you'll be hooked. Now that it's finished you can binge watch it to your hearts content and you won't have to wait a week to find out what happens.

13 Reasons Why

If you haven't heard anyone talking about 13 Reasons Why recently then you must be living under a rock. It is a series based around a girl who commits suicide and it shows you both her life up to that moment and after. It is a programme that is quite difficult to watch at times but sends a very strong message about mental health. I was hooked but I will suggest not to binge watch it as it has very hard-hitting storylines. (Watch The Vampire Diaries between episodes instead.)

The weather is very on-off in the UK at the moment but I'm so excited for May where everything becomes full-on spring. What have you been loving for the past few months?

Bye for now xxx

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Mini Beauty Haul

It's no secret that I have a slight shopping addiction. I've been surprisingly restrictive recently but obviously couldn't go the whole month without treating myself to a few things I've had my eye on for a while.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette £59
Hourglass really don't need any introduction. I have their original blush palette and I wasn't too bothered about their 'edit' palettes but as soon as I saw this I knew I had to have it. There are 2 limited edition shades and one permanent all infused with their Strobe Lighting Highlighters. Hourglass blushes are some of my favourites so I can already tell I'm going to love this.

Benefit GALifornia Blush £24.50
Isn't this the most beautiful blush you've ever seen? I love the Rockateur blush so I knew I had to give this a try. It's a gorgeous pink shade with shimmering gold in the middle to add a touch of highlight. It smells incredible with the scent of pink grapefruit and vanilla. I think this is going to be the perfect summer shade.

Burberry Eye Colour Contour - Pale Copper £23
Burberry isn't a brand that I've ever looked at for makeup. In one of Zoe's vlogs last year, she used this shade as part of a makeup look and I've had it on my list ever since.

MAC Pro Palette Compact x4 £5
MAC Eyeshadow Pan - Woodwinked and Sable £10
I've had my eye on MAC eyeshadows for years but never knew which shades to go for. Woodwinked has always been one I've graduated towards. These two shades are also what Zoe used with Burberry Pale Copper, it's one of the few looks I've wanted to recreate.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream £8
Over the last year or two, my hands have suddenly been really dry and nothing I've tried has helped much in the long run. I've never used L'Occitane products before but from reading reviews, this looks promising!

L-R; Burberry Pale Copper | MAC Woodwinked | MAC Sable | Benefit GALifornia | Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette

Is there really any better way to reward yourself for not spending with new makeup?

Bye for now xxx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Shopping My Stash

I have a massive habit when it comes to makeup. I find something online, look up a countless number of swatches and reviews, buy it and then it just stays sitting in my makeup drawer unused and unloved.

I've decided that I want to change up my makeup routine a lot more this year instead of sticking to the same products every single day. So, I've had a look through my collection and picked out 7 products that I want to use more over the next few months.

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette

I'm ashamed to say that I haven't actually used the Too Faced Palette and have hardly touched the Nars one. Everytime I do my makeup I just end of reaching for my individual products and always forget my palettes are there.
Natural Eyes is very similar to the original Naked palette and always end up reaching for that one instead. Blush tends to be the one thing I change each day and considering the amount of effort I went to to get hold of this palette I have no idea why I don't reach for this more often. It has the perfect shades for spring so I'm definitely going to start using this again soon.

Estee Lauder Eyeshadow Duo - Raisins
Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadow - Collins Ave and Lincoln Road

Estee Lauder 'Raisins' is an old favourite of mine but can't remember the last time I used it. Sometimes I think I'm too scared to reach for it as it was discontinued and won't be able to get another one.
I never give myself enough time in the morning to think about changing my makeup so always reach for the same products. These pigments are beautiful and have amazing pigmentation. I need to take a step back from my usual eyeshadows for once and give them their turn.

Too Faced Sweethearts Blush - Sparkling Bellini

I kept changing my mind on this Too Faced blush but bit the bullet when I heard a rumour that it was limited edition. It's very different to the normal pink blush shades I go for and looks lovely for spring.

YSL Rouge Volupte - Peach Passion
MAC Lipstick - Creme Cup

Peach passion is the perfect spring shade and YSL lipsticks have a very moisturising texture. This will be top of my list of products to use throughout spring.
I'm sure MAC's Creme Cup was every blogger's favourite MAC lipstick at some point as it is the perfect nude shade. Cremesheen formulas are my favourite as they're very moisturising. I definitely went through a stage of using this everyday and forgetting about every other shade I owned.

Any products you've kept in your collection and have never used?

Bye for now xxx

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

January Favourites

Monthly favourites are some of my favourite posts to read and write because you get to see what products someone has really enjoyed using. Although, I actually find it difficult to pick out different products each month as once I find something I like I use it everyday.
By Terry Ombre Blackstar - Bronze Moon

I decided to take a step back from NARS Isolde for a while and give By Terry its turn. I always tend to stick to bronze shades and this is my new go-to. The texture is very creamy so it's easy to apply and blend and it lasts all day, the perfect option if you're in a rush.

Benefit Rockateur Blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush - Mood Exposure

For the past few months these have been the only blushes I've reached for. They're quite similar shades on the skin and both look very natural. Hourglass blushes are probably my favourite, the texture is soft and buttery and they're very easy to blend.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish - Soft & Gentle

Champagne Pop was actually the first highlighter I ever used and now I know why it was so hyped up. The shade is beautiful, the pigmentation and colour payoff is amazing so you don't need to apply much for it to show up on your skin.
I've had my eye on Soft & Gentle for years and my friend Millie bought it for me for Christmas (thank you!) It's a beautiful shimmery pale pink shade but quite subtle compared to Champagne PopYou have to build it up a bit more but it's worth it.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick - Kim K.W.

What can I say about this lipstick. It is the perfect nude shade and I've used it almost every day for months. It's one of the most moisturising lipsticks I own but the only issue I have is that it doesn't last a massive amount of time on my lips. Saying that I've just purchased a new one and it is the only lipstick I've ever bought a backup of, I think that speaks for itself.
Michael Kors Rose Radiant Gold Perfume

This is a newer favourite of mine. I originally purchased this in the 2015 Boxing Day sales but didn't really give it much attention. I started using it again towards the end of last year and fell in love with the scent. I'm useless at picking up what tones make up a fragrance so I couldn't even begin to describe this to you. It's not a overly feminine scent and it's definitely not floral but I've had compliments every time I've worn it.

Bye for now xxx

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

February Wishlist

It's no secret that I spend way too much money, the idea of saving just doesn't seem to stay in my head for very long. I either waste all my wages as soon as I get them or restrain myself for a couple of weeks and then get a bit order happy. So as much as I'm going to try and save throughout February, there's no harm in window shopping right?

Zara Suede Effect Jacket £59.99 LINK
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner £16
Benefit Galifornia Blush £24.50
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette
Kat Von D Lock-it Loose Powder £20
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector - Opal £32
NARS Velvet Lip Glide - Stripped £22
Zara Boatneck Sweater £25.99 LINK

I've got my eye on a lot of makeup products at the moment and another jacket that I definitely don't need. I'm sure I'll let you know either on here or my Instagram if I *accidentally* purchase any of these. Need to restrain myself before Spring collections get released!

Bye for now xxx

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

What can I say. In a nutshell, this moisturiser is amazing and I can't sing its praises enough. I've lost count of how many pots of this I've gone through and always start to panic about when I can buy a new one when I start to run out. It has rightfully earned its place in my skincare routine. 

I have only used one high end moisturiser before this one which was also a primer. Generally I have struggled to find any I was interested in trying so always stuck to highstreet moisturisers. After watching some youtube videos I heard nothing but positive things about Clinique Moisture Surge and knew I had to try it.

Personally I love the packaging of a little glass pot and it looks lovely sitting on my dressing table but I know a lot of people think it is a little unhygienic.

Luckily my nearest boots store has a Clinique counter so I asked if I could have a sample to try first. She asked me some questions about my skin and recommended a different moisturiser but gave me some of the Moisture Surge to try as well. The first time I used this I was shocked by how nice it feels on the skin and the unusual consistency. It has a lightweight and cooling gel texture which is very calming on your skin without the sticky residue. It's like a tall glass of water for your skin.

Clinique Moisture Surge is completely oil and fragrance free and no matter your skin type, dry, oily, combination, dehydrated or fairly normal - you need a pot of this in your life. As well as being perfect to soothe your skin in the evening, it works really well as a base for makeup as it sinks into the skin almost immediately.

You can use it as a moisturiser or a 5 minute mask, massaging it into your skin afterwards. A little really does go a long way and the slightly higher price tag is definitely worth the wonders this pink gel does for your skin.

There is a wide range of moisture surge products which I am yet to try but I'm expecting good things.

Bye for now xxx

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ten Tips To Refresh Your Life

It's such a cliche to say 'new year, new me' at the start of every year but I've realised throughout 2016 that every now and then, you really do need to put your foot down, have a refresh and make some changes for the better.

One - Have a clear out
It's so refreshing to have a massive spring clean of your wardrobe! Stop wearing the same few things over and over again and throw a few things away. Be strict and get rid of anything you're clinging onto just for the sake of it!

Two - Redecorate
Move your furniture around, get some new bedding, paint the walls and change your colour theme. Even adding some fairy lights can make a room more cosey.

Three - Go shopping (obviously)
Have some retail therapy, why not! Go out alone or with some friends, buy some new clothes or that lipstick you've had your eye on for ages. Get some homeware bits to brighten up your room.

Four - Take a step back
If you feel like you're doing too much at once, ask someone for help or simply slow down and do one thing at a time. Don't set yourself a deadline for anything!

Five - Look at who is around you
Think about who you have in your life right now. If they're having a negative impact on you or simply aren't making you feel good about yourself, it might be time to make some distance between you both.

Six - Take care of yourself
We all need to focus on ourselves every now and then. Have a day to yourself, don't rush around doing chores. Make a hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, sit down, put your phone on silent and read your favourite book.

Seven - Talk to someone
If you're feeling upset or stressed about anything, find someone you can comfortably talk to about it. Trust me, after sharing what you're worried about with somebody, it honestly feels like a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders!

Eight - Change your routine
After a while your day to day routine can get a bit boring and you start to feel like a robot living everyday minute to minute and checking your phone like a newspaper each morning. Get ready in a different order, change up your makeup or have something different for breakfast.

Nine - Have a break (have a kit kat)
Take a few days off work or spend a weekend away from home. Go on a spontaneous trip alone or with your best friend to your favourite place and just forget about everything.

Ten - Distance yourself from social media
I know that this is a lot easier said than done but can be very refreshing. Keep a diary each day instead of updating your Facebook status or posting a tweet; you won't end up constantly checking your phone for replies every 5 minutes.

I hope 2017 treats you all well!

Bye for now xxx

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Long Time No See

Oh my god I can't believe it's been 2 years since I last uploaded a post on here. Think I've got out of the blogging mojo a little from working like crazy and lets face it, a broken laptop doesn't make writing blog posts very easy haha!

If you've been a part of my blog since before my last post you'll know I've always liked to change my blog design and technology has never really been on my side! But I'm back getting into the blogging world I love with a new blog design and finally a working laptop - hallelujah.

I've always wanted my blog to be a mix of beauty, fashion and lifestyle and I really want to make sure I'm uploading posts relating to all of them. I've got some posts planned already so keep an eye out for those!


Bye for now x
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