April Favourites ♥

This year is going so so quickly! Some amazing things have happened this month! I can confirm that I will be in America for three months this summer! I am super excited! (Any tips on travelling to the USA are very much welcome in the comments section below!). Also in April I went on my first run in a while because I want to do a half marathon soon! My time was what I wanted so this was a promising start! As well as this I have finally finished my first book since completing my degree (which ended almost a year ago!). When I completed my English Literature degree I strangely had little desire to finish a whole book as I read about 1-2 a week for 3 years. It didn’t feel like reading was a pleasure anymore but more like something I had to do in order to formulate an assignment. It wasn’t that I fell out of love with literature per-say..believe me I tried to read but could never stick with a book long enough so now I have about 7 half read books lying about my house! But I am so glad that I am finally out of this reading funk because I truly enjoy reading! It is also why I haven’t really blogged as much too because of the sheer volume of essay writing required for my degree. Fashion and beauty is my passion so I am excited to share a few purchases I have made this month…

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♥ Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip gloss shade Plums Up

My auntie is a huge fan of the Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss range from Soap and Glory. I have always thought the lip glosses they do were really pretty shades so on a spontaneous trip around Boots I picked this one up. Once you apply it to your lips it makes them tingle as it ‘plumps them’. I don’t really know if it does make them any bigger as my lips as quite big but I do know that it is a gorgeous shade! It isn’t a sticky lip gloss and stays on a while so would for sure recommend this product. £9.00

♥ Eyelure London Exaggerate No 145 Fake Eyelashes

I needed some last minute fake lashes for a night out so bought these from Boots. Eyelure has in my opinion always been a reliable brand for fake lashes so went straight for these! There were lots of different types but I usually go for volume (when I was younger I used to wear two pairs of fake lashes on nights out!!). They were only £5.45 and came with glue. The glue is a bit rubbish but thankfully I have my own glue! Lashes great but glue not so great!

♥ Natural Collection Lip Liner Ruby Rose 

This lip liner is only £1.99 from Boots. It is really good! I needed a lip liner for my VIVA GLAM MAC lip stick as it bleeds sometimes. It is super for the price – would definitely recommend!

♥ MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

This is in my opinion an essential for any girl to have in her make up bag! Class matte red lipstick from MAC. £15.50 but well worth the price!

My May Wish List Item  – Benefit’s Brow Zings!

Eyebrow shaping kit with all the tools you need for clean, smooth, perfect brows!

March Favourites ♥

March has been such a good month! Now the weather is finally warmer I have been able to do some really fun summery things like going to the park for ice creams with my little cousin or sitting sipping cocktails outside (pretending I am somewhere exotic like Barcelona when in reality I am in Leeds!). I have also had a few fun nights out, watching my favourite football team Manchester City and I went to see the band The 1975 who were incredible!
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Product wise I have discovered some amazing products this month!

The Tangle Teezer

Urban Outfitters, £10.00

No joke you guys this has entirely taken brushing my hair to the next level. I saw an advert or an Instagram post of Kendall Jenner with one and thought surely there is not much of a difference between this and a normal brush? Oh there is! My best friend has one and her hair is gorgeous and long and always looks in amazing condition. I know for sure you can get it much cheaper than £10.00 but it was a bit of an impulse purchase. It doesn’t rip my hair out like normal brushes (even if I brush it wet). It doesn’t make my hair poofy/fizzy and is the perfect size to just pop into my handbag. Would definitely recommend it!

Jack Wills English Velvet Body Butter

Boots, present

I received this gift set from my best friend for Christmas and I am obsessed with the body butter! It smells gorgeous and makes my skin so soft and smooth. It isn’t greasy at all and rubs in really easily. If you are bored of your body butter or wanting to try another one then give this one a try!

MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter Light Boost

MAC, £19.00

I bought this product because I didn’t actually own a highlighter! I use it when contouring. I put it under my eyes, on my cupids bow, chin and along my nose and blend it in with a beauty blender sponge. I love this product. You twist the bottom and enough comes out with one twist so you don’t have to waste the product. It blends into my skin or into my foundation really well, never looks patchy and really highlights the features I want to. I know it is a bit pricey but will last me around 6 months I recon.

My oldie but goodie…

MAC All Fired Up Retro Matte Lipstick 

MAC, £15.50

For some reason I have been wearing this constantly. I have fallen back in love with this lipstick! This was my first ever MAC product and I still love it. The colour is so girly and lovely. It is matte based so I do need some form of primer for my lips before I apply it (vaseline is usually what I go for). I think it looks great with either natural make up or going out make up.

My Wish List…

Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner Indian Pink 4

Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner Indian Pink 4

Boots/Superdrug, £2.99

This was recommended to me by one of my best friends and I really want to buy it! Whenever I have been into Boots there hasn’t been the shade I want! I always think lipliner makes lipstick look so much neater! Will definitely have to hunt this down or buy online!

Blogmas Day 10 – Eyeliner, New Hair and 20 Beauty Questions Tag!

Welcome to Blogmas day ten eeeek! Christmas is a creepin’ up on us and I have bought a grand total of two presents! Ut oh! The Christmas tree was purchased today though (my family went for a fake one), so hopefully a Christmas tree post will be posted very shortly! Today also I had my hair done (just a trim) and went to visit my Grandparents because they have just come back from a holiday to Portugal!

Day 10 of my beauty advent revealed…

… No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil 

There isn’t a specific shade on the actual eye pencil but I would say it is gold. On the Boots website it says that this eye liner would be £7.50 if bought on its own! I’m not sure I would pay that for the gold shade, possibly the black one because I would use it more. I am going to use it in the corners of my eyes so that it gives a bright highlight effect. In terms of application, it goes on well and easily. I love the colour – very Christmassy. I love it!

The 20 Beauty Questions Tag

I have decided to do ‘The 20 Beauty Questions Tag’.  I found this on http://www.letstalkcosmetics.wordpress.com and I loveeee her blog so make sure to check it out! Also if any of you guys wish to do this tag feel free!

1- Do you remember your first make up item?

It was probably a lip balm or something from a magazine! I do remember getting lip glosses with magazines like ‘Shout’ which I don’t know if it still exists anymore! I used to ask my mom’ if I could borrow her powder and lip stick when I was younger though!

2- Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

My version of a ‘perfect’ mascara is:

  • Black
  • Doesn’t flake off/leave bits under my eyes
  • Can wash off easily (doesn’t take a load of product to scrub it off)
  • Doesn’t make my eye lashes look clumped together
  • Makes my eye lashes look longer and fuller

The best mascara I have found so far is the one I always raveeee about : MAC Haute Naughty Lash

 

3- What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?

I like my foundation to look natural but at the same time to cover any blemishes or spots I have. So probably medium coverage.

4- Favourite high end brand?

Definitely MAC. I have bought far too many amazing products from there. They are pricey at times but I would rather pay more for something that looks great and lasts a while than a cheap product that reacts badly with my skin or runs out/dries up quickly.

5- Favourite drug store brand?

Simple. I use their moisturiser, cleanser, toner, face wash, face wipes and even their shampoo! I love their products as they are so kind to skin and often in Boots they have a 3 for 2 offer on them!

6- Is there any kind of make up you can’t leave the house without?

To be honest I wear no make up more than I wear make up. Buuut if I had to choose it would probably be something boring like vaseline!

7- What is your most cherished beauty product?

My most cherished beauty product would have to be my Lady Million perfume by Paco Rabanne. I think that it is so special and I only really use it on special occasions. It smells amazing!

8- How often do you shop for make up?

I don’t specifically go on make up shopping trips. I suppose if I spot something whilst I’m out or I’m running out of something I’ll buy it for myself as and when.

9- Do you have a beauty budget or do you spend freely?

To be honest I don’t really buy my make up based on price. If I see an amazing product that I love, has great reviews, looks good and I know I will use it a lot then I’ll buy it. My make up bag varies from high street to high end. When I visited Prague I found a Sephora and I didn’t really know how the pricing would be compared in pounds so I kinda just went along with it and bought things I loved!

10- What type of product do you buy the most?

Hmm probably mascara because I tend to renew mine every 4-6 months. Or moisturisers because I go through them quite quickly!

11- Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

I have never really thought about it really.

12- Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

Ooh it would have to be a tie between Sephora and MAC!

13- Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I tend to try different skin products because I find my skin gets used to different face washes. I do love trying new products!

14- Favorite bath and body brand?  

At the moment I am absolutely loving  Zoella’s Soap Opera bubble bath and her Creamy Madly Dreamy moisturiser. Her products smell gorgeous and are so reasonably priced!

15- Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 

I don’t know why but I am always a bit dubious about these products.I had a lip stain product which you could use on your cheeks too but I only used it on my lips. I am yet to be convinced!

16- Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Liquid eyeliner – yes! I think the more practice I have had, the easier it has been to apply careful products like fake lashes or eye liner.

17- Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?

I would love to! Just for a hobbie though. I remember in high school our head teacher brought in some make up artists to teach us all the correct way to apply make up! It was good because when I was younger Youtube tutorials definitely weren’t that popular so you just had to look in a magazine or ask someone. So now I think it is so cool that if you wanted to try a certain style, an make up guru could give you a step by step free video tutorial which you could play as many times as you wish.

18- What do you love about makeup?

Hmm well I love art and I guess I see applying make up as a kind of art. It is extremely technical (using different products to create different looks on different skin tones, face shapes etc). I love that it sort of creates a certain type of ‘art’. I love applying it, collecting it and trying out new looks.

19- Dramatic or Natural Makeup look?

Natural any day! I love subtle, natural make up looks, which incude a ot of nude shades.

20- Worst makeup-related habit?

My worst make up related habit is the equivalent of double dipping with my brushes! So putting my brush in one shade of eye shadow then applying it then putting it into another instead of cleaning it in between. Also doing the same for my powder and high lighter for my contour and my bronzer and brown contour shade.

Thanks for reading guys and feel free to do this tag!

xox

Blogmas Day 3 – Primer, Happiness and Favourites

Day three of Blogmas and still going strong whoop whoop!

Today I…

… went for lunch with my mom on our lunch break! We usually go out for lunch once a week together in our lunch break to Wetherspoons. Today we went for a panini and a wrap! I had the nicest hot chocolate with whipped cream on top! After work I read some of ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin. It is amazing – I saw it recommended on a blog I was reading a while back and thought it sounded good! It is basically one woman’s journey on changing the little things in her life to make her and others surrounding her happier. You go through the whole research process with her and it provides a template if you like into creating your own happiness project. I have only read a little bit but so far I am really enjoying it. So if anyone is stuck for a book to read and wants to be happier this is will do the trick!

Day two of my beauty advent calendar revealed…

10ml of No7 Instant Illusions Airbrush Away Primer

A primer is always something I have wanted in my make up bag but have actually never gotten around to buying one! I have just used a dab of moisturiser and jobs been a good ‘un! So I am really pleased to have received some in my beauty advent! I can’t wait to try it out and see if it is worth buying a bigger version!

A few of my favourites…

Foundation

 Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAC Matchmaster SPF Foundation Shade 1.5 from MAC

 

Contour Kit

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection from Sephora

 

Pressed Powder

Sephora 8HR matifying pressed powder shade clair light 20 from Sephora

 

Bronzer

Sephora Bronzing powder shade medium 2 from Sephora

 

Brow Kit

Brow Kit Shape and Define Barry M from Superdrug

 

Eyeshadow Light

 Eye Shadow

ARENA eye shadow from MAC

 

Eyeshadow Dark

 Eye Shadow

ESPRESSO eye shadow from MAC

 

Mascara

Haute Naughty Lash from MAC

 

Lipstick Evening

Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick Wine 107

KATE MOSS Rimmel 107 from Boots

 

Lipstick Day

 Viva Glam Lipstick

VIVA Glam Miley Cyrus range from MAC

 

Perfume

Lady Million PACO RABANNE from Boots

 

Comment below with some of your favourites in your make up bag

xox

Blogmas Day One

Blogmas Day Two

 

Beauty Blogger Award

Eeeek thank you so much to Clarina for nominating me for the Beauty Blogger Award! I loveeee receiving these! Make sure to check out her blog and her Youtube channel!

I would like to nominate anybody who would like to do this tag! xox

Here gooooes…

What’s your number one holy grail high street or ‘drugstore’ product?

It would have to be vaseline! I swear by it – whether it is chapped lips/skin, holding your eyebrow shape in place, highlighting your cheek bones – I love it! It is so kind to skin and soo unbelievably cheap!

Which product is currently on the top of your wishlist?

MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder to add to my contour product collection!

 Sculpt and Shape Powder

How long have you been blogging for?

I’ve been blogging now for almost three years! It has gone super quick and my blog has evolved so much over those three years. I am so happy with the direction it has taken. It all started in my room at my halls of residence at university!

What’s your favourite item of clothing for the cooler months?

I love my knit wear! My Grandma gave me a dark pink turtle neck jumper last winter and I absolutely love it! She has the matching one in light pink!

What inspired you to start your blog?

A few things inspired me really. I watched the film ‘Perfect Man’ when I was younger and had my Hilary Duff obsession. In that film the main character has a blog and it really interested me but when I was little blogging really wasn’t a thing or wasn’t as big as it is now. Another thing which inspired me to start my blog was Carrie Bradshaw! She’s a cosmopolitan, fashion loving writer from New York in the well known programme Sex and The City – and well who wouldn’t want to be her?!

The favourite part of your makeup routine?

Contouring! I loveeee contouring! I have now worked out (after a lot of trial and error!) the best shapes and shades for the different parts of my face now! I love contouring with my Sephora contouring kit – it is definitely my favourite make up item I own at the moment!

What’s your favourite brand of makeup?

MAC is definitely my favourite brand of make up. Even though at times it can be quite costly, all my items I have bought from there are amazing quality and last such a long time! I want to know that what I am putting on my skin is good for it and I can guarantee when I buy MAC branded products that I won’t have an allergic reaction or anything. Also I think the products themselves are incredible – the lipsticks especially are amazing!

What’s one product you think everyone should own?

Simple Moisturiser Light. I literally swear by this. I use it as a primer, as a moisturiser, as a hand cream and as an aftersun. It is super cheap (often in the 3 for 2 deal at Boots). I always buy this product about 3 at a time! It makes my skin feel so fresh and unlike other moisturisers it doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily. Also it’s great for all skin types – my younger cousin uses it as well as my Grandma!

What is your favourite skin care product that you feel has made the most difference in your skin?

Probably Simple Cleanser, Simple Toner and Simple Moisturiser Light used together. The cleanse-tone-moisturise routine did my skin wonders! These products are so friendly to my skin and are high street brands too so they don’t break the bank!

If you could have any celebrities hair, whose would it be?

It would have to be the old school Cheryl Cole hair do!

I love the colour, the length and the volume! Definitely hair goals!

I would like to nominate anybody who would like to do this tag! xox

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag

I discovered this beauty tag on one of my favourite Bloggers – Jess Leeman’s site. I love reading her posts! You guys should check her site out! 🙂

If any of you guys want to do this tag feel free!

xox

Name a Beauty Regimen You Rarely Do

I used to be so into the whole cleanse-tone-moisturise routine. When I was at university I was so good with it, I would do it twice a day but now I have moved home I kinda just skip the cleanse-tone stage and go straight to the moisturise! So I would have to say this is the regimen I rarely do nowadays – definitely something I should improve on!

Is Washing Your Make Up Brushes Something You Regularly Do?

I would love to say yes but I always put off doing it! I need to invest in one of those products which when washing brushes you run them over the edges to get off the excess make up.

How Long Do You Last With Chipped Nail Polish?

About a day! I once had shellac put on and it chipped within about 4 days of having it done and I couldn’t stand seeing it chipped so took the whole thing off that day!

How Long Do You Put Off Buying/Replacing A Beauty Product If You Need It?

If it is a beauty essential like make up wipes, moisturiser, face wash etc I buy it just before the other one runs out so I can go straight into using a new one but if my favourite lipstick runs out I wouldn’t urgently replace it – I would buy it when I next popped into town or went into a MAC store.

What’s Your Worst Beauty Habit?

The equivalent of double dipping I suppose but with my brushes! So for eye shadow brushes using it in one eye shadow then not washing it before I use it in another! Also with my bronzer brush – using it for my bronzer and my brown contour interchangeably!

Name Something Non-Beauty Related That You Put Off Doing Most Of The Time

My ironing – literally who wants to stand there and iron shirts? It is soooo boring! But unfortunately it has to be done!

Can You Commit To No Make Up Buys?

Sure! If I don’t need anything I will genuinely have enough will power! But it doesn’t stop me having a cheeky browse I suppose…

How Organised Is Your Make Up And Nail Polish Collection?

At the moment I have all my products I use rarely in a huge washing up basin and the ones I use most regularly on my mantel piece below my mirror. My nail polishes are piled into a box (which makes finding the one I want difficult!). When I have my bedroom sorted out this would be ideal…

(found on Pinterest)

August Favourites ♥

I cannot believe I am doing the August favourites! (Seriously where has this Summer gone?!) I am a few days late in writing it (oops) but I can assure you that I do have a very good reason! I went on a long weekend away to Cumbria which was really lovely and I have been taking personal training sessions which I am really enjoying! Anyway enough of the excuse rambling..without further a do here are my August favourites…

1) MAC Haute and Naughty Lash Waterproof Mascara £19.00

Something I am loving a lot this past month was the MAC Haute and Naughty Lash Waterproof Mascara. This is so good! I bought a Haute and Naughty Lash Mascara before from MAC but it wasn’t the waterproof version so I thought I would try this version and I’m glad I did! It is honestly amazing – my mascara never comes off – like ever. If it’s raining or I’m at the gym it doesn’t so much as budge off my eyelashes. There is a teeny flaw in that it barely comes off even in the shower so I have to use product to remove it all. But as far as waterproof mascaras go this one is fab!

2) VIVA GLAM Miley Cyrus Lipstick £15.50

 VIVA GLAM Miley Cyrus Lipstick

I have ranted and raved about this lipstick in the past and I swear by it. I wear it everyday for work and on nights out. It stays on so well, the colour is gorgeous and as it isn’t a matte based lipstick it is really easy to apply! Plus it is for a good cause too as a portion of the sales go to helping people with AIDS/HIV.

3) Maybelline Dream MATTE mousse foundation £7.69

Every so often I like to change up my foundation and this high street one I love! It isn’t a cream – the only thing I can describe it as is a crumbly paste (which doesn’t sound good at all but I can assure you it is!). This was my first ever foundation and when it runs out I just buy a top up. It isn’t as heavy feeling as my MAC or Dior one. It is quite light on my skin and I just use it for a base really if I have any blemishes and don’t want to do my whole face with liquid foundation. This foundation is definitely better in heat than liquid ones because you don’t go shiny when you wear it. There are so many shades available too I tend to opt for the Honey Beige shade. It’s a good value for money!

4) Solait Self Tan Tinted Lotion (on sale at the moment in Superdrug for £3.45!)

This is definitely a favourite of mine. I don’t tan often at all but when I do this is my go-to lotion. It is subtle (the more layers you apply the less subtle/more tanned you become). It doesn’t make you go orange at all – people think I have gone abroad when I wear this! Plus it is such a great value for money usually it is about £7.99.

My Beauty Wish List

Going to the gym more often my hands tend to get rough  (where the bar rubs against them) so I am definitely going to buy some Soap and Glory Hand Food! I absolutely love the scent and the packaging!