Thursday, 30 July 2015


As you probably saw on twitter the other day me and blogger/friend Sophie from Sophie Said hosted a meet up in London. I had such a lovely time and met some fabulous bloggers whose twitter names I will leave below for you to go and check out. I thought I'd just post some photos of what we got up to - don't worry there will be a haul post coming of all the bits I bought while I was there. 

Bloggers // @sophiesaidx // @simplytallulah // @ChelseyPrentice // @whentaniatalks // @emma_cookie101 // @jasminehmakeup // @emilyloulablog // @beautybabbles 

Have you ever attended a blogger meet up?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


To this day I remember purchasing my first ever Barry M nail polish in the colour Coral, which despite its name is a hot red tomato colour. It graced my nails for months on end, and as time went by my Barry M collection started to grow. Most collections that have come out have somehow made their way into my stash, including the textured nail polishes that were polish a couple of years ago. This year has seen the release of the Speedy Quick Dry range, which as soon as I saw the swatches knew had to be something that made its way into my collection as well. The first beauties from this line to be mine were In A Heart Beat and Pit Stop. The brushes for this colour are flatter and wider than the original ones, however this provides a great tool for smooth polish application, meaning the brush covers a wider area. I cannot get over how much I adore the colours in this range, I just think they are so stunning and perfect for this time of year. Pit Stop is my go-to professional colour for presentations or anything where I still want to have my nails painted, yet not in an in-your-face colour. 

After seeing the shade Eat My Dust feature on the nails of some of my favourite bloggers, including Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup I knew it had to become a part of my collection. The gorgeous blue pastel shade is so beautiful and really nice to apply. I've found the formula of these polishes is perfect, they're slightly thinner yet still opaque, meaning two coats and you're good to go but you don't have that awkward tower on nail polish on your nails. These last really well on me, I'm talking 7+days without severe chips. The final colours (as of yet) that have been added to collection are Road Rage and Get Set Go. If you want to appear more tanned than you are pop Road Rage on your finger nails, and I've been loving sporting Get Set Go on my toes for the perfect summer sandal accompaniment. I really can't express my love for Barry M and this collection in general enough, especially when I can often (due to offers) get 2 nail polishes for just £6! Astonishing. 

Have you tried any polishes from Barry M?

Sunday, 26 July 2015


Now that I'm on my summer holiday from uni, I've been trying to be slightly more adventurous with my makeup. The other day I was inspired by Em Ford from My Pale Skin to do this smokey look incorporating purples into it. Since then I've been wearing this look pretty much everywhere, it's so simple and quick to do but looks really pretty. If you want to see the tutorial that inspired me to do this makeup look you can see it on Em's youtube channel here.

To start things off I got everywhere primed, including using the Urban Decay Primer Potion for my eyes and the Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful SPF 50, which I find not only protects your skin from the sun but also provides a smooth base for your foundation to sit on top of. As normal I started with my eyes, taking some of MAC's Omega Eyeshadow through the crease to allow for the other colours to blend easier. Then with a smaller brush I popped some of MAC's Satin Taupe eyeshadow in a v shape from the outer corner of my eye and slightly into the crease. Once I've got the intensity of the shadow that I wanted I took a fluffy brush and blended it out. MAC's Shroom Eyeshadow was applied with my finger in the inner to middle part of my lid, really adding a bright glowing look to the eyes. After a thin line of Collection's Extreme Felt Tip Liner I moved on to filling in my brows. For this I used the 2True Brow Pencil just to fill in the sparse areas. Then I went back to my eyes, applying some of the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara to pull the look together. The last couple of steps for my eyes involved cancelling out any redness in the waterline with the Rimmel Nude Eyeliner and taking some of the Satin Taupe eyeshadow and running this under the lower lashes for a bit more definition. 

Applying the suncream first meant that it has time to settle nicely into the skin, and makes applying the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation a dream. I took about 1p size amount on my fingers and rubbed it into the skin. This foundation has a great satin finish that looks natural while managing to control those summer oils (sweat) that I get around this time of year. I pulled out my NARS Laguna Bronzer from the back of my makeup stash as I really don't get as much use out of it as I should. I used this as my contour, applying it in the hollows of my cheeks to fake that sculpted look. A tiny tiny amount of the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Blush gives a gorgeous natural glow to the cheeks, and added to that some of the Stila Kitten Convertible Colour helps me to achieve that summer healthy look. Finally a bab of the stunning Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude means the look is complete. 

Have you ever tried these products?