Sunday, 27 September 2015

MAYBELLINE THE ROCKET MASCARA REVIEW


*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? 
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Sunday, 20 September 2015

FRESH MAKEUP FOR FRESHERS



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?
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Sunday, 13 September 2015

SHARE THE LOVE #5


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! 
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

THE NEW CLEANSING BALM IN TOWN



When I say new, I'm talking about in my skincare routine, not new on the shelves! While browsing the isles of Boots a few weeks ago I came across this Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. Boots Botanics isn't really a range I've tried out before, I think I've only ever tried their eye makeup remover that was very hyped up a few years ago. Since being at uni and on a student budget I've been struggling to repurchase some of the high end skincare products that were part of my return prior to my move. I've previously used the Clinique Cleansing Balm and also the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter, which I was blown away by (and it was a much cheaper dupe for the Clinique version in my option). But now I seem to have found a cleansing balm that's ever cheaper!! At £8.99 full price, and often on offer I prayed that my skin would be kind to me with this product. 

And I have to admit, I really really like it! It's probably the hardest balm in terms of texture in the pot but once on the skin it melts into a lovely slightly rose scented oil which melts away any trace of makeup. I use this as my second cleanse after using a micellar water to remove the majority of my face, and it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and has been helping my skin look less red too. I like to make extra effort and time to really massage this into my skin, giving myself a little end of the day treat before hopping into bed. This product does come with a cleansing cloth but I found it was a bit too thin to be able to work with so I just use a regular flannel. The clean looking packaging gets extra brownie points from me. You get 70ml in this pot alone which I think should last me a good long time. If you're on the hunt for a new cleansing balm to add to your routine I'd highly recommend checking out this one! 

Do you use a cleansing balm as part of your skincare routine? 
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

A STAPLE STRIPE #3


When it comes to fashion the thing I feel most comfortable in is stripes. You may have guessed that as this is the third edition of a staple stripe, where I show you some of my favourite striped attire. For something a little different today I thought I'd show you how I'd style this tops just to give you an idea of how I wear stripes in different ways. Like I said I'm not the most fashionable girl around but hey-ho! 

The first striped top is this blue and white Pull and Bear t-shirt which is really comfy. I got this during  my time in London back in July, and although I don't own a A-line skirt I think this would look really nice paired with one. This was £9.99 which I thought was such a bargain, especially because it's such a simple top which goes with anything. Hopefully I'll be able to find a nice skirt to wear with this like I created in the outfit collage to have that cute pinterest casual look. The next striped top I've been loving is this striped jumper again from Pull and Bear, but this time bought in Spain! These are great for this transitioning period between summer and autumn, when it's not quite cold enough to wear a coat but not warm enough to be sporting a t-shirt. I actually bought this in a grey and white stripe too, just because I love the fit and feel of these so thought I might as well stock up. For this top I paired it with black jeans, boots and a cozy scarf, the ultimate warm comfy outfit for me. Last but not least I have this grey three quarter length sleeved top from Forever 21. This was another purchase when I was down in London, and I've worn this one a hell of a lot since. I like the slightly wider stripes on this one, and have found it's great to wear for all different weathers. In the styling collage I paired it with blue jeans and pumps, a really simple outfit but one that's perfect for weekend or day to day wear. 

What do you think of the outfits I've created? Stripes are something I feel really nice wearing, and it's something my friends recognise me for now. If they see me not wearing stripes it's a big surprise to them. Have you bought anything stripy recently? Let me know your fashion inspiration for fall/autumn too! 
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Thursday, 3 September 2015

THE APPLE OF MY EYE


A trip to duty free means an obligatory perfume purchase right? Well it did for me on the way to Spain at the beginning of August. After being stung by a bee on the way to the airport I needed a bit of retail therapy. I'm not hugely fussy when it comes to perfumes, but generally I'll go for a sweeter scent and I'm admittedly drawn in by the packaging. Having owned a range of perfumes over the years I've recently found one that I've become fairly fond of. With my christmas money a few years ago I bought the 30ml bottle of Nina Ricci Eau De Toilette perfume. A gorgeous apple shaped bottle with a sweet floral fruity scent inside, with fragrance notes of lemon and lime as well as candied apples, praline and vanilla (thank the lord for the internet!) make for a perfect fresh everyday scent. 

So when browsing the rows upon rows of perfumes in duty free, of which I could have bought hundreds, I decided to opt for the biggest sized bottle of the perfume I was already in love with. The 80ml bottle comes in a slightly lighter pink colour and has frosted glass which I think looks so freaking beautiful. Obviously the scent is the same as the smaller bottle, which sadly has come to the end of its life now so I timed my transition beautifully. Bonus points to this perfume for attracting  compliments, many of my friends have asked what perfume I'm wearing when we're out and about. And it's always this one. As much as I'd love to have a stunning tray full of an array of different perfumes for different occasions my student budget does not allow for such behaviour. So instead I'm happily in love with this scent, and if you ever happen to come near me in the near future, I'll probably (hopefully) smell like sweet apples. What more could a girl want?! 

What perfumes have you been wearing recently?
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

THE READING LIST #2


This summer has been a summer of reading new books, and falling into a world of fiction again. I've loved reading ever since I learnt how to, and there's nothing more relaxing than disappearing into a fictional world, surrounded by different characters and settings. I'm heading back to university in a couple of weeks, and so I thought it was only right that I stocked up on a few books that I want to read before the year is through. Amazon are doing an amazing 3 books for £10 at the moment. so I made the most of that too. 

The first book is actually one my boyfriend has lent me. After reading and loving both The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns I really wanted to read Looking For Alaska by John Green. I'm a huge fan of John's writing style, and so I am very excited to read this. It's the one I've started already so I'll let you know how I get on. As part of the Amazon deal I got Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Similarly to Looking For Alaska, I've read two of Rainbow Rowell's books already. Fangirl and Eleanor & Park were thoroughly enjoyable to read, so hopefully this will be just as good. I also love the spine of this book with the phone illustration. Next up is one I've seen around and about Elizabeth Is Missing. This book sounds both intriguing and heartbreaking. The story is about Maud who is very forgetful, but the one thing she never forgets is that her friend Elizabeth is missing. When I was looking into books to buy I discovered that Emma Healey the author did her master degree at the university I'm currently at, which made me want to read this even more. The final book I bought is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. A cover that I recognised, and a title that immediately drew me in meant this was the book to complete the deal. I don't really know much about this book so I'm excited to see what it has in store. 

Have you picked up any new books recently, or read any that you'd recommend?
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Sunday, 30 August 2015

THE BUDGET LONG LASTING EYESHADOW


A while ago I purchased my first ever item from KIKO. The Long Lasting Stick in 37 is a deep rich red toned colour which is ace for a more dramatic eye. I only picked up one the first time as I didn't know how much I'd love it, but boy I do! Hence why the next time I was near a KIKO store I picked up another two shades to add to my collection. The shade 25 is a light champagne colour, while 39 provides a deeper chocolate brown hue. If I could own the whole collection of these I really would they're that great, and I'm about to tell you why. 

First of all, I adore the packaging of these products. Sleek matte black is always a winner in my books. Having the colour of the product shown on the bottom of the stick means you don't have to open each and every one to find the colour you need either. Another reason these get a big thumbs up from me is because I love the fact that these don't require any sharpening in order to release more product. Having a twist up contraption means this are super travel friendly! But obviously, one of the winning factors in my eyes is their lasting power. You'd hope with a product name like 'long lasting stick' you'd get what is claims but you 100% do. I can apply these first thing in the morning and still look liked I've freshly applied my makeup 8+ hours later. You get a couple of minutes blending time when you first apply these to work them to your liking but after that they will not budge. I really like wearing 37 as a wash all over the lid for a smokey night out eye look, or sporting 25 as my lid colour with 39 blended into the outer-v and crease of my eye for a more simple everyday look. 

KIKO is a brand that is quickly working it's way up my list of favourite brands, with their sleek packaging, amazing shade ranges and very affordable price. I'd highly recommend you check out these eyeshadow sticks, especially if you've been eyeing up the By Terry Ombre Blackstar as these are just as good and less than a quarter of the price. 

Have you tried anything from KIKO?
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Thursday, 27 August 2015

MY SUMMER IN SONGS


This summer I've been travelling a lot. But I've also had a fair share of days in listening to music while taking photos for my blog. It's no secret that I'm a lover of music, and today I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite songs that I've been blasting out this summer. 

Cheerleader (cover) by Pentatonix // Where Is The Love by The Black Eyed Peas // I Don't Like It I Love It by Flo Rida Ft. Robin Thicke 

Worth It by Fifth Harmony Ft. Kid Ink // Can't Feel My Face by The Weekend // Come and Get It by John Newman// Habits by Tove Lo

Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor // Where Are U Now by Skrillex & Diplo Ft. Justin Bieber // Often by The Weekend

His Daughter by Molly Kate Kestner // Fun by Pitbull Ft. Chris Brown // Gravity by DJ Fresh Ft. Ella Eyre // Stitches by Shawn Mendes

Want To Want Me by Jason Derulo // Flashlight by Jessie J // Poison by Rita Ora // Nobody Love by Tori Kelly // King by Years & Years

Glory by Common & John Legend // Honey, I'm Good by Andy Grammer // Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato 

Bright by Echosmith // Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy // Black Magic by Little Mix // Fight Song by Rachel Platten

What songs have you been listening to recently?
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

THE HAIR DUO THAT ROCKS


For the longest time I've used this hair duo, but for the longest time it hasn't popped up on my blog. So today is the day, the day I share with you the haircare duo that makes my hair feel uber soft and in good condition. I think I first saw these from one of Estee's (essiebutton) videos and new I wanted to try them. L'oreal released this line quite a while ago now, and I'm a huge fan of it. The ones I opt for out of the range are the Ultra Riche Replenishing & Taming Shampoo and Conditioner. Other options from the range include a formula for coloured hair, a bottle to control frizz and a version for dry brittle hair. Having fairly thick hair I like to keep it smooth and sleek and this duo works wonders for me. I can't even begin to count the amount of times I've repurchased these - although I have a tip for you - before you buy these check in both Boots and Superdrug because one of them often has an offer on. 

I've used this pairing all throughout my first year at university, and even when two of my best friends came to stay they used this and they could not get over how soft and healthy their hair felt. Literally imagine us all stroking each others hair and gasping at how silky smooth it was, and that's what you're left with. Also, the fact that this range comes in easy squeezable bottles where the products is constantly forced downwards means you can get every single last drop out of them. I honestly can't sing this duos praises enough, and can't see myself straying from these for a while yet. 

What haircare ranges are you a fan of?
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

REVLON ULTRA HD LIPSTICK REVIEW


There's no denying I'm a die hard Revlon lip product fan. Whether it's the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains or the Revlon Lip Butters I'm all over them. So when I was casually browsing the aisles of Boots and I noticed these I knew I needed to try them. My small town Boots didn't have the biggest selection so I picked up one neutral shade and one brighter shade. The Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Hydrangea is a bright bright fuchsia pick, perfect for really perking up your makeup. These lipsticks apply like a dream, with a rich creamy formula you get great pay off and application in an instant. With the brighter of the two shades I picked up this is lovely, however it does mean you have to be a bit more careful and steady with your application to make sure everything looks precise. Once on the lips neither of this lipsticks feel drying, in fact it's the complete opposite. Moisture is not a problem with these lipsticks, although this does mean the lasting power is slightly reduced. These won't last through eating or drinking and will need a few re-applications throughout the day. 

The more neutral option I picked up is Revlon's Ultra HD Lipstick in Rose. This is a lovely rosy everyday colour that adds a bit more of a pink tinge to my normal bare lip colour. The range comes in a lovely silver style packaging with a clear lid. Although these lipsticks get bonus points for their ease of spotting the different colours, with the formula being so creamy if you catch the edge of the product when popping its lid back on don't be surprise if you chop a chunk out of the side. The lipsticks also have a slight sweet smell to them, while may not sail your boat. It really doesn't bother me but I know some people detest the scent. While I love the shades and formulas of these lipsticks they're the type I've been opting for if I know I'm not too fussed about a long lasting staining colour. I probably won't pick up any more shades for now, however if you have drier lips I'd really recommend you try these out. 

Do you have a favourite brand for lip products?
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW


When it comes to repurchasing beauty products there are some things that I just will not stray from. On the other hand there are a few products that I love testing out and trying new versions. So when I went into Boots the other week to pick up some bits that I needed I came out with a few new products, and some staples that will always be in my stash. In terms of those I won't stray from I bought another bottle of the Garner Micellar Cleaning Water. The amount of product you get for your pennies with this is amazing, especially as it's often on offer. This is my first cleanse and helps to melt away all the makeup from my face. I have tried other micellar waters in the past but this is the one I've been returning to religiously. As well as the large bottle I picked up a travel 100ml size bottle. Since discovering Lisa Eldridge on youtube years ago a nude eyeliner has become a must have in my makeup routine. The Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude is creamy and applies like a dream, as well as being the perfect colour to cancel out any redness in the waterline. I was also in need of a new pair of eyelash curlers so I picked up my trusty Boots ones, they're pretty cheap but work really well with my stubborn straight lashes. Something that's sort of new sort or not is the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. Old in the sense that I've own Urban Decays Primer Potion before, however this is a new shade for me. For some reason I got really muddled with the sizes and prises of the UDPP on Debehams which is where I order it from, so I decided to try this one instead. So far I've been impressed, it provides a lovely base for your eyeshadow as well as cancelling out any redness or veining on the eyelids. 

As my third Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot powder came to an end I decided it was time to branch out. The Maybelline Matte Maker isn't a powder I've heard anything about, however when I swatched it I was impressed by the fine milled consistency of the powder and light shade. The only thing I'm not a fan of is the packaging, I tend to prefer a flip lid than a twist off one. I can't believe I'm actually writing this but I bought a different mascara to my ever-so-blogged-about Max Factor False Lash Effect. After browsing the aisles I decided that A. It was time to be brave and try something new but also that B. I couldn't justify spending another £10.99 on a mascara. The Maybelline Rocket Volume Waterproof mascara caught my eye for its price and also as I'd heard a couple of good reviews about this version, including the stunning Estee (essiebutton). I'm so happy that I love this mascara, it's pretty much identical to the MFFLE but slightly less of an intense black colour which makes it perfect for everyday wear. A new product to me is the Boots Botanics Ultra Calming Night Cream. I've been so bad with my skincare routine lately, so I decided it was time to start building it up again. This moisturiser smells really fresh and clean and makes my skin feel so smooth and healthy. I think this range is very overlooked against the other more well known brands but I'd love to try out some more bits and I've been impressed with what I've tried so far. 

Have you picked up anything new recently?
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

MY MAC PALATTE


Shroom // Brule // Phloof // Naked Lunch // All That Glitters 
Omega // Era // Patina // Cork // Woodwinked 
Quarry // Satin Taupe // Sable // Mystery // Carbon

Ever since I stepped into the world of beauty I've lusted after building my own MAC palette. Being a student I've not been in the position to pay out and complete it all at once, and if you've been following my blog you'll know that it's been a long journey to get to this post! I thought it would be fun to run through all the shadows I've chosen to put in my palette as I'm so amazingly thrilled with how it's turned out. I'd gone for the gradient look, placing my shadows lightest to darkest so the palette commences with Shroom, a light shimmery champagne colour. This is great for all over the lid to give that healthy glow or alternatively used as an inner highlight to really make the eyes pop. Next along is Brule, a matte cream colour which as you can see is well loved! I've had this one for yonks and it's my go to brow highlight as it lightens the area without having to worry about looking like a glitter ball. I occasionally use this shadow if I'm doing a classic matte eye with liner as a base lid shade. To the right is Phloof, a beautiful shimmery pink colour which is what I tend to use as my inner corner highlight most days, however I also love combining it with the shade next door Naked Lunch to give a pinky shimmery glowy healthy lid colour (many adjectives, I know). This has slightly more pigment than Shroom which is why I tend to choose is as an inner corner highlight more. As previously mentioned Naked Lunch is the next shade up, a pink shade that comes off slightly iridescent, it's just the most gorgeous summer shade and one I've reached for a lot this summer. Finally to complete row one we have All That Glitters, a pinky shimmery bronzy colour (bad description, I am aware!). This is a fairly recent edition so one I've not had too much use out of yet, but I think it'll make a lovely lid colour, especially as the golden red tones bring out my blue eyes. 

A well esteemed shadow starts the second row, Omega is a matte light blonde brown colour, great for those with lighter eyebrows, or a lovely simple crease colour. Sometimes I will wear this all over my lids too for a neutral wash of colour. The first shadow *I think* I put in was Era which comes next. Era was my go to crease colour for the longest time, however due to its slight shimmer I began to opt for a more matte shade instead. That paired with Naked Lunch all over the lid gives a bright eyed look perfect for summer. Patina is one that I really have a love affair with. A slight olive toned brown shimmer shade looks really really pretty all over the lids, and is subtle enough for everyday wear. On the more matte side of things comes Cork a warm toned matte brown which I use to add some definition to the outer v of my eyes or under the lashes. Generally I don't use this shade too much as I tend to opt for the cooler side of things, however it is really handy to have a colour that warms a look up if needed. To complete the second row I chose Woodwinked. I wasn't really going to own a palatte without getting this true bronze shimmery shade which gives a lovely rich sheen to the eyes. 

The final row starts with another matte crease shade, this time with a slight more purple tone. Quarry reminds me a lot of the shade Tease from the Naked 2 palette, which is why I wanted a dupe in my MAC palette. This is a great alternative to a regular brown matte crease and something I've been opting for a lot recently. The next two shades are two that I adore using for a smoky night out makeup look. Satin Taupe is a stunning purple toned shimmer eyeshadow that looks amazing all over the lid, but also under the lash line for that Oslen Twin look. It's highly pigmented so get your blending brush at the ready, I love this colour a lot. Similarly Sable is on the same spectrum in terms of finish, but a more red toned brown shade. Again a highly pigmented shade that I love to sport for a more dramatic makeup look, and a special eyeshadow as it was purchased on my holiday in Prague! My palette would not be complete without two final matte shades, a dark matte brown in the form of Mystery and a matte black thanks to Carbon. Both of this shades have great pay off and are just really useful to have in my palette. I'm so so happy with the shades I've chosen and built up, it's great having all the colour I know I'll love and use in one place. 

Do you own any MAC eyeshadows?  
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Sunday, 16 August 2015

WHAT'S ON MY FACE #14




A trip to London later and I completed my MAC palate, meaning it was only right that I did a WOMF to use some of the new shadows. I've also been trying to use products in my stash that don't receive as much love as they should, so this look incorporates that too. I started off my priming my eyelids with the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I went to repurchase the original formula but couldn't seem to find it online so I'm trying this shade out for now. It still keeps my eyeshadows in place for hours, and also helps to create a flawless base on the eyes. Next I applied MAC's Woodwinked all over the eyes for a gorgeous bronze wash. Blending out the edges with MAC's Omega made everything look more seamless. To give my lashes some definition I used the KIKO Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick in 39 to add a smoky line really close to the lashes. Shock horror people, I didn't use my holy grail mascara, as I've been trialling (and loving) the Maybelline The Rocket Volume Mascara. This has similarities to my beloved Max Factor FLA and really holds a curl which is compulsory in my mascara menu. The eyes were finished off by a slick of Rimmel's Nude Eyeliner in the waterline and a smudge of MAC's Satin Taupe below the bottom lashes to try and work towards that Oslen-twin smoke. My eyebrow routine has been upped since the addition of Soap and Glory's Archery Brow Pencil in Hot Chocolate. Thanks to Sophie's recommendation I've been using this to get a more defined brow, with the nib being so fine it's great to draw in little fake hairs. 

In terms of foundation I did a bit of mixing to create a custom base with the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 110 Ivory and an oldie but a goldie in the form of L'oreal True Match Foundation in N1. These gave a semi-matte medium coverage finish to suit my desires of that day. Something else that's changed in my makeup routine is that I've upped my concealer use. Taking the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer I drew triangles below my eyes and onto the tops of my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose and on my chin. Blending this out with my fingers gives a highlighted look perfect for this kind of year. A light brush of Maybelline's Matte Maker Powder over the concealed areas ensures extra staying power. To finish the face off I contoured with Sleek's Contour Kit in Light and highlighted the tops of my cheeks with the Stila Convertible Colour in Kitten. Once my glowing face was complete I slicked a bit of Burberry's Kisses Lipstick in Nude 05 to add a slight colour to my lips while not taking anything away from the eyes. 

Have you tried any of the products I used?
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Thursday, 13 August 2015

MY BLOGGING BOOK


I'm going to start this blog post by stating two things. I am a stationary junkie. I'm also an organisation freak. So when it comes to my blog I like to have things in a book all nicely planned out so I know where I'm at. There are some stunning blog planners out there, and I also do own a filoxfax however the former often work out too expensive for my student budget and the latter is kept for personal thaangs only. Instead I opt for a cheap book from WHSmith which I've made into my perfect blogging book. I started out by designing the front cover (heavily inspired by pinterest) and then went from there. The pictures are all just found either from Pinterest or We Heart It, both of which I love for finding pretty looking images. After putting some sticky back plastic over the whole thing to keep it in place I moved on to working on the inside. 

The first thing you'll come across in my blogging book is a years worth of blank calendars. I always like to have a visual timetable of the posts I'm putting up, which are colour coded according to their category; whether the post is a beauty post, lifestyle, part of a series or occasionally a fashion post. I like to spread out the different categories of posts to give my blog some variation, so planning them out like this gives me a great idea of just that. It's also really handy if I want to find out when I put up a post as I know I have all my months in one place. As my book is a handmade thing I simply folded over a pageant decorated it with a rainbow pattern to act as dividers between the sections. 

In the main section I've set up a system to organise my process of creating a blog post. A hand created grid means I have space to write the name of the post followed by four tick box spaces to keep track of when I've taken the photo/s for the post (P), edited the photos I've taken (E), written the actually body of the post (W) and scheduled it to be uploaded (S). As I like to bulk take photos this system is great for me to see where I'm up to with each post and lets me know which bits I have left to do. The rest of the pages in my book are generally for whatever, I have some pages with all my blog sizes and numbers on, my social media handles all written down and lists of products for individual posts. Sometimes if I'm editing on a train or in the car and I don't have a product to hand it's useful to know what its name is my looking in my blogging book. I'm super happy with how this book has turned out and it's been a godsend in helping me organise and keep on top of my blog. 

How do you like to stay organised?
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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

SUMMER SWITCH UP


For some reason summer brings a wave of makeup inspiration, to try something new or rediscover something old. I don't have the biggest of makeup collections (the lip department is a bit wild though) so I make use of most of my purchases, however some things do get forgotten. This summer I've been switching up my makeup and using some of those unloved beauty items so I thought I'd share them with you today. 

As a pale girl I love a good bronzer/contour. You'll probably have seen the Body Shop Honey Bronzer mentions a bizzilion times, so this summer I decided it was time to give something else a go. I received the NARS Orgasm/Laguna Duo as a giveaway prize years ago and after going through a love affair when it first arrived it's not something I usually reach for. The summer I've been using the Laguna side to give my face a bit more colour and to make myself look less snow-white-esque. A pretty much matte shade with not too much pigmentation that you make yourself look orange and umpa-lumpa-like, this bronzer has been a firm favourite of might since its rediscovery. To try and sculpt my non-existent cheekbones the Sleek Contour Kit in Light has become my new love. The contour colour is super matte but so bendable meaning I can achieve fake cheekbones in seconds. I also love the highlighter in this kit which gives a natural but glowy look, perfect for this strobing trend that's spreading across the internet. 

After going through 3 bottles of my Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation I decided it was time to try something new (although I do still use RMPF occasionally). The Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation has more of a satin finish which I find is great for giving a natural looking base while not running the risk of looking too shiny in the sun. I use my fingers to blend this into my skin, my only qualm with this product is that it has no freaking pump which equals foundation mess. Along the complexion makeup line I've been using the Rimmel Stay Blushed Blush in Pop of Pink to add a glowy pinkness to my cheeks. I'm naturally quite flushed anyway so I look quite ghostly if I don't re-add blusher after my foundation. This is really pigmented so I use the tiniest dot, dab it between my fingers and blend up my cheeks. 

Finally for eyes I've not given my Naked 2 Palette half as love as it deserves. With a range of matte and shimmery colours, purple toned to gold, this palette is a beauty. Every single one of the shadows are amazingly pigmented and it's just so versatile when it comes to eye makeup. Whether I want a simple neutral everyday look or a dramatic smokey eye for a night out this palette really does come in handy. Last but not least a smaller scale eyeshadow palette which I picked up on my 2012 trip to America comes in the form of the Wet'n'Wild Walking On Eggshells Trio. Perfect for travel this eyeshadow palette comes with 2 shimmery colours, a pale champagne, a warm brown and a pinky shade which adds the nicest glow to your eyelids. This is something I've been reaching for on an everyday basis to create a simple summery eye. 

Have you rediscovered any makeup products this summer?
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

SPORTING SHORTS FOR SUMMER


Excuse the awkward 'trying to be cool and fashionable' photos, I'm still getting into the swing of taking outfit shots. Alas, I thought I would post something about an outfit I've been loving lately. My fashion style is very simple and this outfit sums that up pretty well. This year I also bought some 'hot pant' shorts, which have taken a little getting used to but they're surprisingly comfortable. The day I took these outfit photos on was glorious and sunny which meant it was actually appropriate to wear shorts in the UK for once. 

Starting from the top, my top is from last year's topshop stock. It's one of their pretty scalloped edged tops, and while I'm usually seen sporting grey or stripes this makes a change for me. The print is like a messy spot kind of pattern, and I've found I've been wearing this with quite a few different combinations at the moment. It's made of a super lightweight material which means it is nice to wear on those warmer days. It also has quite a high neck so no awkward cleavage moments in sight. The shorts are from New Look, although I wouldn't be able to put my finger on the exact style as I tried on pair after pair! I just know these are a hot pant style and as has been trendy this year have rips near the bottom. I find this means the bottom of the shorts sit really comfortably rather than gripping onto your thighs, which personally I would rather avoid. Their light demin wash go with a variety of tops and I've really really been loving these. 

For shoes I opted for my Next sandals, which are my favourite ever! So much so that I've ever had them reheeled as I wanted them to last for another year. They're real leather and have studs between the different sections adding a bit more to a normal pair of sandals. They are starting to wear now around the elastic fastening but I simply will not stop wearing them until they literally fall apart! I also love that they don't have a strap that sits in between your big toe which I just find really uncomfortable. I decided not to wear any jewellery as the top is the statement of the look for me. 

What outfits have you been loving recently?
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Thursday, 6 August 2015

THE ULTIMATE CORAL LIP


What a surprise, a beauty purchase inspired from Anna a.k.a ViviannaDoesMakeup!! Since getting my braces off last year I've thrown myself back into the world of bright lipsticks especially in these "summer" months. While browsing the aisles of Boots I spotted this beauty which I'd read about a couple of days before. The L'oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in 228 VIP is simply to die for. I don't actually own too many matte bright colours as I tend to favour the creamier finish to a lipstick simply for comfort, but this has been a game changer. For a matte formula this glides on beautifully the lips to create a stunning summer lip. I also personally love that this has a slight parma violet smell to it - although I know this won't be up everyones alley! 

In the blog post that Anna put up she has blotted the lipstick out a bit to give more of a stain look to the lips, which I have tried doing and does look pretty. Mainly I tend to wear this as a bright here-I-am shade, and with a great staying power manages to last through a few cocktails with friends. The coral colour seemingly brings out my blue eyes which always earns a product brownie points for achieving. Often I'll be seen sporting this with a very neutral eye, sometimes just lashings of mascara. A dab of bronzer and you've got a simple but looks like you've put lots of effort in look. It's also the first L'oreal Lipstick I've ever tried (that I can think of) and I have to admit I am very impressed. I'll definitely be having another browse to see what other colours they have in the range. 

Have you tried this lipstick? What's your favourite coral?
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

LONDON HAUL FT FOREVER 21 AND KIKO




I promise this will be the last post that I mention London (for a while)! As I live quite far away going down to London is still so exciting for me and it often means treating myself to a few new bits. After last time trying and failing to find the H&M home I knew that was on my top priorities to do, as well as hitting up Forever 21 again as I found so many good bits last time. Last time I was in London I also discovered Pull and Bear which I paid another visit to this time. I found 2 t-shirts, one navy and white striped (typical me) and one white with a print on the front. Both of these were £9.99 and are super comfy. More fashion purchases came from Forever 21, which I really really have grown fond for. I got a grey symmetric top which will be great paired with leggings for the cooler months as well as a striped (surprise surprise) three quarter length sleeve grey and black top. I'm slowly trying to get a more mature looking wardrobe (as being 5ft2 and having a baby face means I forever look 15). I could have bought so much in the sleepwear section but I managed to restrict myself to this adorable zebra nightdress for £10, and the zebras on it are raving about stripes. How very me!! My final purchases from Forever 21 were this cute triangle necklace and a pack of two rings with little diamond circles on the end. 

After trawling Oxford Street for ages last time trying to find the H&M Home we luckily stumbled upon it quite easily this time round. I couldn't resist buying the blogger staple marble dish, which although I do plan to use in some photos is currently home to my Barry M nail polish collection. So chic. I managed to grab this cushion cover for a bargainous price of £3 which I can't wait to have in my room at uni in the coming September. Somehow I also ended up with this cute tea light holder, which although was not essential I'm hoping it will give off a nice shadow once it had a candle inside. From Urban Outfitters I found the diary I've been lusting after for ages - it's the Five Year Diary and as over the next five years I'll be graduating and hopefully moving out I thought it would be nice to follow my life as it changes. 

I did treat myself to quite a few makeup bits, which I had planned to do all along. On my last trip to London I picked up one of the KIKO Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks which I was so blown away by I knew I had to grab some more. This time I picked up the shades 25 and 39, a light champagne and a deep chocolate brown. KIKO was also having a sale so I nabbed one of their Glassy Lipgloss in shade 03 which is a lovely coral shimmery colour. Since getting into doing my eyebrows in a more bold fashion now I thought it was about time I owned the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil. I picked up the shade Hot Chocolate which is perfect for that more defined brow look. The final makeup items I bought were from MAC, and I was very excited to finish off my palette which I've been building for the longest time. The colours I chose were Woodwinked, All That Glitters and Quarry. I'll be doing a post with all of the eyeshadows in my palette soon! I'm so happy with all the bits I picked up and I can't wait to use the / wear them. 

Where are you favourite places to shop?
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

SHARE THE LOVE #4


It's that time again - time to tell you about some of the bloggers, and this time round youtubers that I've been loving reading/watching lately. Recently I've really got back into watching youtube videos, after a long period of hating what it had become and the content I was watching I've discovered some fresh new faces (for me anyway) that have really inspired me to check my subscription box more often. I might as well start off with the youtubers I'm already rambling on about it. Firstly I've been really inspired by Em Ford from MyPaleSkinBlog to try new things with my makeup. From glamourous eyes to simple fresh faced makeup, Em's tutorials are simply stunning. Plus her recent video You Look Disgusting is breathtaking. Also in terms of beauty youtubers I've discovered Kathleen Lights, who is no small deal by the looks of her 1million+ subscribers. I really love her accent and she seems very down to earth which makes her videos very enjoyable to watch. Finally in terms of vloggers my Sunday's have not become incomplete unless I watch the weekly Michalaks vlog. Hannah, Stef and Grayson make up the cutest family and I love watching their adventures week to week. 

On the blogging side of things I've been loving Jasmine from JasmineHardingMakeup, who I got the pleasure of meeting last week. The girl makes me laugh no end, and her style is to die for. I love the clean layout of her blog and she's generally just a lovely lovely person. Sadly Charlie who blogs over at Charlie Hearts was unable to make the meet up, but I hope I get to meet her one day. A fairly new-ish blog, Charlies' photos are stunning and I love the content she creates. A simple layout (as seen in the picture above) makes for easy reading and navigating. Last but not least a discovery through one of the blogger chats on twitter, either #bdib or #bbloggers - side note both of which I've been loving getting involved with since I've been off from uni, and always feel so happy afterwards to be part of such a great community. The Elle Next Door is a blog I've been a regular reader of recently, Ellie, otherwise known as Elle has such a classic fashion sense and she inspires me to try *try* and be more fashion conscious. 

Who've you been loving lately?
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Thursday, 30 July 2015

#LDNSUMMERMEETUP IN PHOTOS














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?
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