Sunday, 27 September 2015


*First of all I apologise for the lack of posts recently - sadly I thought I would be able to keep up with posting and being back at university, but alas that hasn't been the case. Hopefully I'll be able to post now and then but until I have a completely free afternoon I'm going to struggle to upload. Thank you for 700 followers, it means a lot to me you're all still here! Just bare with me for now, I'll try and get back to normal asap!* 

If you've followed my blog you'll know that for years and years I've been using the Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara. It's ability to hold a curl, the blackest formula and separating plastic brush meant that I just returned to it bottle after bottle. However, one day a while ago I was in Boots and I decided it was time for a change. As much as I love the MFFLE at £10.99 for a tube it can get pricey especially when I use it everyday. So I started the search for a cheaper alternative. When I came to the Maybelline stand I noticed the Rocket Volume Mascara. I knew that Estee aka essie button raved about this mascara a while ago, so I thought it was worth a go. And I'm happy to say that I really really love this mascara. 

This mascara is pretty much the perfect everyday mascara and it's priced around £6.99 so considerable cheaper than my former holy grail mascara. The plastic wand has really short bristles which help to catch all the little eyelashes. I bought the waterproof formula as I find this really helps to hold my straight lashes after they have been curler. I'd say this is a dupe for the MFFLE apart from the fact this is slightly less on the black side, which is why I tend to opt for this in the day and the MFFLE for a more dramatic look or a night out makeup. I'm so happy that I've found another mascara that I love, and I can tell this will be a product I repurchase as soon as I run out of it. 

Have you tried this mascara? What are your holy grail mascara offerings? 

Sunday, 20 September 2015


This week across most universities is Freshers Week. A week of exciting activities, opportunities to meet many new people and possibly some late nights. Alongside all this there might be lectures to contend with as well. So today I thought I'd bring you a quick and easy makeup look to make you appear fresh and awake for anything in store. 

If I've been out the night before I like to keep my makeup very fresh and simple, and after being at uniervsity for a year I think I've managed to perfect this look. For my eyes I sweep a light pinky colour all over my lids after priming with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, I like to go for a colour that has a little bit off shimmer to it and so brightens up the eyes. I've been opting for the Wet'n'Wild Walking On Eggshells Trio at the moment. Then to add a bit of definition to my lashes I draw a thin line of Avon's Glimmerstick in Brown Glow. I find this colour makes my blue eyes pop and also makes my eyes look a little bigger and more awake. After this I simply finish the eyes off with some mascara, I've been loving the Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara, completing the eyes with Rimmel's Nude Eyeliner to cancel out any tired redness and a bit of the same Avon liner under the lash line. I perfect my brows by quickly using the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Hot Chocolate. Not essential but a step I like to include. 

For my face base I quickly grab a pump of the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, this lightweight foundation is great for quick days as it can be blended in with fingers and gives a healthy glowing look to the skin (like you've had hours of sleep). If needed I pop a bit of concealer under my eyes and around my nose, namely the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer. To add some brightness back into the cheeks I'll opt for a cream blusher, today I chose the Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia. To complete the whole look I popped a bit of the Bobbi Brown Lipgloss in Bright Pink onto my lips, which I find really helps to finish off the bright healthy makeup look I'm aiming for. 

What makeup do you gravitate towards when you're in a rush, or feeling a bit lacklustre from the night before?

Sunday, 13 September 2015


It's Sunday, where I love to sit down at 8pm with a cup of tea and a face mask to participate in the #bbloggers chat. So I thought what better post to put up today than a Share The Love post. I have quite a few people to talk about for this post so I'll just straight in. 

The first blog I want to talk about actually has a specific post that I want to direct you to. Occasionally I'll read a post that just really captures my attention, and gets me to think about my own standpoint and opinions on it. Siobhan from A Girl and A Beauty Blog did just that. She wrote about 'The Social Media Shift' and how people can now essentially blog through an instagram account. It really got me thinking about how I started up as a blogger and how I utilise social media to show different sides of my personality. I also generally just love Siobhan's blog and she proceeds a great range of content. Next up is a blog that I actually discovered when replying to comments on my blog post, and that's the gorgeous Irish girl Cliona Hill. I was drawn to Cliona's clearly laid out blog but also her style is just right up my street. I'm not an overly fashionable person so I don't follow too many fashion blogs, but I find Cliona's fashion is something I just want to steal! She's also a lovely lovely girl so you should go and check her out (as well as the others obviously!). 

Next up is Forever September, another discovery through a comment on my blog. I adore Lucy's photos, and I've found her posts are really interesting and informative to read. I love reading her 'Sunday Chatter' posts to find out what she's been up to in the week! A blogger that I really really feel I've got a friend in is the gorgeous Isobel Rose. I've followed Isobel's blog for a while now but it's only since we have exchanged a few letters that I've begun to get to know her better. She's a lovely girl, who I know I can talk to if I need to! Isobel's blog has just had a makeover too and it looks bea-uti-ful. Moving on to a blogger who's style of photography is simply stunning, Faith blogs over at That's Just Fabulous and boy am I glad I found her blog. I love her flat lay photography and her posts are really make the post of her pro photo skills. 

Finally moving onto Youtube, which I have completely fallen in love with again, we have Meg Says. Meg local to my university town (really hoping I'll bump into her one day) but she is the most happy friendly girl in her videos. I love everything she has to say, and especially love following her on snapchat! ps. if you love one direction sing-a-longs you need to follow this girl on snapchat. She also has a great instagram called MegSaysEat all about healthy eating which is really inspiring too. Doddlevloggle has been a favourite of mine for a while, but she's recently completed VEDA which I loved watching. She's so so so talented and her videos range for adorable songs to vlogs of exciting things she gets up to. I just love her. And last but by no means least I've rediscovered Lily Harper. It sounds strange but I love her accent, and her makeup always looks like perfection! Her recent MAC lipstick collection video is a bit dangerous for me as I now have a wishlist as long as my arm, but I've really been enjoying watching her videos. 

So that's just a few of the bloggers and youtubers that I've been loving recently, let me know in the comment who you have been loving. Also if you have a blog or a youtube channel yourself leave a link to that in your comment, I love discovering new blogs to read or videos to watch!