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3rd & 7 37yd
3rd & 7 37yd
It's been 6 years since I wrote my first ever blog post. It feels like a life-time ago since I was that 15 year old girl obsessed with fashion magazines and all things fashion related. Since that time social media platforms Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have come about, the most popular bloggers have book deals, make-up ranges, stationery ranges the list goes on....
I don't count myself as a 'big blogger' and I don't think I ever will. I thought seems as I'm a bit of a granny in blogging land now that I'd share 5 things I've learnt in my 6 years of blogging!
1. It's okay to be different - When I first started my blog I wasn't anywhere near as confident as I feel now. I used to be scared to wear what I liked as I was constantly more bothered about what other people thought of me. One of the things blogging has taught me is that not everyone is going to love your outfit, it's about your opinion and how you rock it!
2. To always stay true to yourself - There's a lot of bloggers I've met over the years which have changed completely (in my opinion) due to the fame and success they have received. Some bloggers are all about how many followers they can get on Instagram, some as more interested in the freebies whereas there's still a small amount of bloggers that are interested in blogging as they truly love it.
3. Relationships with brands/companies aren't the number 1 priority - Back in the day (all those years ago) I felt that when brands first got in contact with me that if I loved the brand, I'd work with them and really try and nurture the relationship as I deemed it as important to my blog and the success of it. With new companies launching everyday, brands having different specifications about how they want to work with bloggers etc these relationships don't last as long. I appreciate every single opportunity which comes my way thanks to my blog and whether that's a long relationship with a brand of a short one, only time will tell and that it doesn't always matter as long as you work with brands you love and enjoy.
4. Don't compare yourself with other bloggers - I'll have to admit sometimes I compare myself to bloggers who have had huge success and I'll wonder why haven't I had that? It's only normal. Over time I've realised you have to be happy of their success and support them as that's what blogging is about. I've always stayed true to myself and have been as genuine as I can when it comes to blog and sometimes I feel that some bloggers are being someone they are not just to grab that '15 minute fame.'
5. Blog about what YOU want to blog about - It's your little space on the internet after all! I've learnt over the years that I'm going to blog about what I want to, when I want to. I post content I'd want to read myself, content that relates to my personal experiences and about the make-up products/items of clothing I'm loving.
What have you learnt from blogging?
Don't get me wrong I'm not a make-up artist. I don't claim to be 'amazing' at make-up, I'm just a normal girl who is interested in make-up and creating new looks. I wanted to get more posts of me wearing make-up on my blog but I find it so hard taking photos of my face! (I have no idea why but I do) but I thought i'd give it a go as today I'm going to tell you all about my daily make-up routine!
Base - Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer - I love using this as a base for my make up and it helps my foundation last all day. I really like using the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Complexion Spray after using my primer as it helps prep my face and leaves it with a dewy glow after my foundation.
I am really into using the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue* and this product is absolutely amazing. I've never really tried any Bare Minerals products before and this and it's become a firm favourite in my make-up bag it really helps bring hydration back into my currently dry skin.
Eyes - Next it's my eye make-up and I'm obsessed with using the Urban Decay Primer Potion to prime my eyes and Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette in Soul as it's just the perfect palette for creating a brown eye look. I then go on to the use the Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer and then top my eye make-up up with the Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara.
Brows - My current brow routine is using my Billion Dollar Brows Pencil to line the bottom of my eyebrows and then filling them in using my NYX Tinted brow mascara. Sometimes I use powders but normally I'm trying to be as quick as possible with my make-up routine so a tinted brow mascara is easiest!
Lips - I'm a girl who LOVES her nude lipstick. I don't seem to go a day without using a nude lipstick and I save the darker lipsticks/red lipsticks for a night out. I've used the Lord and Berry Lipliner in Rusty* and with MAC Lipstick in Persistence on top which I think works really well for my skin tone.
Finish - To finish my make-up I use the Urban Decay Setting Spray and spritz my face a couple of times. I love using the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Complexion Spray after to leave my face with a dewy glow.
Have you tried any of these products? What make-up products are you loving using at the moment?
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If you've followed my blog for a while you'll have noticed I'm a massive fan of Boux Avenue. Ever since discovering Boux Avenue about 2 years ago I've been a bit of a addict. I don't tend to pick up any other underwear and they also have my size in which is a total win. I think as I'm an E cup it's a lot harder to find my size in the typical high-street stores (e.g Primark, New Look) and so I have to stretch my pennies out and treat myself to a Boux Avenue number.
Bettie Floral Plunge Bra & Knickers *
I've found that even after nearly a year of wearing the bras stay the same shape and they are such good quality. This time round I've picked up this gorgeous floral set and Boux Avenue had an offer that if you bought the bra you got free matching knickers which is a win win for me!
Bettie Floral Plunge Bra & Knickers *
I think this set is gorgeous and looks a lot more expensive then it is. One thing I've loved when I've gone into Boux Avenue in-store I've had the best customer service, the staff are so happy to help you. To help you chose a perfect bra and also the service they use to measure you is so discreet and without that service I wouldn't have been wearing the right size bra. My love for Boux Avenue bras is like my love for Topshop jeans. Once I know my size I don't hesitate when I need to purchase something that it wouldn't fit me, I can't fault Boux products.
Bess Check Pyjama Pants*
Another love of mine from Boux Avenue (aside from the amazing underwear) is the pyjamas. I absolutely love them and have about three different sets from Boux Avenue which I adore. They are such good quality and so so comfortable and who doesn't love some checked pyjamas? I'm a little bit obsessed with them!
The lovely people over at Boux Avenue have given me my own discount to share with you all and for 20% off online you can use the code 'BECCA20' until the beginning of April!
You can check out the gorgeous collection of bras/nightwear online here.
What do you think of Boux Avenue? Have you tried out any Boux Avenue products?
It's not often you receive a surprise parcel but this parcel really cheered me up on a not so great day. With fashion week coming up the lovely people over at Midori surprised me with this gorgeous parcel to make sure that I am fashion week ready!
I've never tried any biscuits by Biscuiteers but these biscuits were amazing! I think it's a great personal touch and how cute is the midori bottle in biscuit form?
I'm loving my new make-up bag from Rock On Ruby which is so nice, perfect for popping into my bag when I want to touch up my make-up through-out the day. I'm so glad I've got the essential mini versions of Batiste dry shampoo, Nivea deodorant and the handbag essentials including wet wipes, nail polish remover and Barry M Nail polish in Sprint Finish which is a gorgeous shade and perfect for making your nails look fashion week ready.
What would fashion week be with out some cocktails? I was introduced to Midori a long time ago at a fashion event with New Look (as they were sponsoring it) and they made the yummiest cocktails! When I was over in New Zealand in Summer 2014 (you can check out some of my posts here and here) I did some interning at a social/digital company and they managed Midori's social channels which was such a great account to work on while I was interning as it's such a nice drink!
I'm going out at the weekend with some friends and I can't wait to try out some Midori themed cocktails before hand. I really want to try out the Midori Melonball cocktail and the Midori Japanese Gin and Tonic.
I also received some Funkin cocktail bits and if you haven't heard of Funkin before you are definitely missing out. I remember a couple of years ago I tried out some of these for my birthday and loved the mojito one so I'm excited to try these out when I'm next making some alcoholic drinks!
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
I was so overwhelmed when I saw this in the parcel. I've wanted a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 for so long and I'm BEYOND excited that I finally own one! I've been stalking the hashtag #polaroid for so long on Instagram and my housemate has one of these and photos look amazing on it. I can't wait to try using this for events, day trips and what I really want to do is take this on a sunny holiday (not just for fashion week!)
Thankyou so much Midori I feel totally spoilt! I can't wait to try these goodies out and thank you for making me fashion week ready!
(even though I planned to attend I can't due to final year at university problems) but hopefully I'll make it in September!
Have you tried out any of these products? Have you tried out Midori?
If you've been a reader of fashion-train for a long time now you'll know that Urban Decay is one of my all-time favourite make-up brands (if not) my all-time favourite make-up brand. I've never tried an Urban Decay product I haven't loved. Gwen Stefani collaborating with Urban Decay was one of the biggest beauty launches toward the end of last year. The first item from the range which was released was the eyeshadow palette (you can check out the review in this post) which you can pick up for £40 here.
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
Since adding this palette to my collection in November I have used this pretty much everyday. When I first used this palette I was slightly sceptical as there's a bright pink and blue in this palette but 90% of the eyeshadows are perfect for creating day-time and night-time looks. You can check out my full review of this palette here.
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush and Cheek Palette
When I first tried out this palette a couple of weeks ago (you can check out the post here) I wasn't very keen on using it. After giving this palette a couple more tries I now absolutely love using the shades Angel and Hush. I find Angel works well for a highlight shade and that Hush is great for a slight hint of blush. I still think that this palette is better suited to lighter skin tones but I've still made some good use of it!
(L-R 714, Wonderland, Ex-Girlfriend, Firebird, Rock Steady)
What I really like about this range is that there's lip liners to match every lipstick. I tend to wear lip liners more then lipsticks (when it comes to nude colours) but I think with such bright colours in the range matching lip liners are a great idea. So far I'd say my favourite shades are Rock Steady (when I'm going for an evening look) and Ex-Girlfriend for during the day time. Also how adorable is this packaging? I'm a little bit in love...
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Brow Box
I think the idea of this brow box is so good. I am always loosing tweezer and trying to find a brush to handle my brows so it's great that in this box they're all in the same place. This box includes a wax and two brow shades which is versatile for both brown and blonde hair colours. I've used the shade on the left for my brows and it's worked well. This is a great product for being on the go and also for getting rid of those last minute hairs underneath your brows.
(L-R Swatches Spiderweb, Wonderland, Firebird, 714, Ex-Girlfriend and Rock Steady)
Lastly in the Gwen Stefani collection are 6 lipsticks. As you'd probably expect pretty much all of them are different shades of red as Gwen is never seen without a red lipstick on. What I really like about these lipsticks is that with the lip liners they are extremely long wearing. My favourite shades to use are Ex-Girlfriend and Rock Steady but I am really liking Wonderland too!
What do you think of the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collaboration? What products are you dying to try out right now? Which product from the range is your favourite?
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*This post contains press samples*
Joules Mini Jersey Vest Top - John Lewis
Joules Freya Floral Bottoms - John Lewis
Calvin Klein Floral Pyjama Pants - John Lewis
Cyberjammies Waterlily Print Set - John Lewis
Joules Striped Jersey Top - John Lewis
John Lewis Checked Pyjama Bottoms - John Lewis
Cyberjammies Bird Print Robe - John Lewis
Anyone that knows me will know I absolutely love pyjamas. I tend to ask for pyjamas for my birthday and christmas and as soon as I get in from a day at uni my skinny jeans are off and my pyjama bottoms are on, they're just the comfiest things ever! So I thought I'd share with you all some of the pyjamas I'm lusting after on John Lewis at the moment.
I am a big fan of Joules and I think the brand is really unique. I actually have a Joules duvet which I absolutely love (it's double sided so you can use it both ways) and the prints Joules have I think are gorgeous. I really like this pair of pyjama bottoms and I love how you can get tops to match too.
I think pyjama bottoms are better to invest in rather then pyjama tops as I find you can just have a few plain tops and alternate and it's much better to invest in pyjama bottoms as they'll last you a lot longer.
Which pyjamas are your favourite?
Are you a massive fan of pyjamas? As soon as you get in do you put on your pyjama bottoms too?
*This post is in collaboration with John Lewis*
I've never been much of a skincare fan until recently (well about the past 6 weeks) my skin had become really dry and dehydrated and needed a quick fix. I've never tried any products from Liz Earle before and boy was I missing out. My skincare routine has completely changed and my skin has never looked better. So I thought I'd let you all know my current skincare routine, especially if you're suffering from dry/dehydrated skin like me!
Embryolisse Micellar Lotion* (available at Feel Unique)
I've been a massive fan of micellar waters and I've never really found one I've really liked. I find this one from Embryolisse is gentle on my skin and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and really helps take my make-up off.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - Feel Unique
I am absolutely obsessed with all things Liz Earle right now. I never thought I'd find a brand which suits my skin so much as I've always felt so unsatisfied with cleansers i've tried in the past. I use this after I've taken my make-up off with micellar water and apply a 10p sized amount and moisturise it into the face and use the cloth to remove it.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic - Feel Unique
To finish my skincare routine I grab a cotton pad and dab a small amount of this tonic onto it to give my first one last cleanse before I go to sleep. My current routine leaves my skin feeling hydrated and moisturised and it's helped improve my confidence so much.
Do you use any of these products? Have you got any skincare recommendations?
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Travel: How to pack like a pro
For a lot of people, packing can be a stressful and often unpleasant time. On one hand, it should be exciting as for most, it is the beginning of your ‘holiday mode’ where you can switch off your brain to all the realities, and simply relax, but on the other, it can be horrendous. If you have experienced the latter on more than one packing occasion, and feel like you are trying to squeeze 2 weeks’ worth of clothes into a shoe box, read on for our best packing tips, which have been favoured by the professionals, so you can pack like a pro…
Let’s start with your clothes as this is normally the biggest problem…lay out all of the items that you are considering taking on your trip, and that you truly think you will need. Once you have done that, put half of them back. Brutal maybe, but if you are packing for a holiday, and are taking a reasonable sized suitcase, you should not have any trouble fitting all the clothes you will need for your trip in there and if you do, you’ve packed too many.
If you can, try and pack fabrics that will not crease – knits, wools and cottons are best for this, and roll your softer garments and fold the stiffer ones. You will be surprised at how much space will be created when rolling your clothes. Line the bottom of your case with the rolled clothes, and place the folded ones on top. Simple.
Shoes are bulky, so avoid taking too many. Pick versatile pairs that can be worn with more than one outfit, and utilise the space in them when you are packing. Stuff your shoes with awkward items such as chargers, socks, and sunglasses, and make the most of the space.
Jewellery can often be a tricky thing to pack, as you do not want to lose it, or break it, so; before you go, decide what jewellery you would like to wear each day, and get yourself a 7-day pill box. These are not only fantastic at keeping your earrings and necklaces safe, but also means that you can keep track of them, reducing the chances of losing anything whilst you are away, as you can clearly see if you are missing any items. Try and avid taking expensive items away with you, unless you have a secure place to store them at your accommodation, and in that case, wear them whilst you travel.
Finally, when it comes to packing your beauty products, do not take full sized bottles. Decanter your favourite creams into travel bottles, and opt for dual purpose products. Consider where you are going, whether you will be wearing foundation, or if a tinted moisturiser is more appropriate. Avoid spillages and accidents from happening by placing Clingfilm over the top, before placing the lid. Group all of your toiletries into a bag and slide them into the side of your case.
Glo and Ray is a brand I haven't heard before but since finding out about it I've really loved using the products. I've never actually shopped on Beauty Mart online before but I'll definitely be shopping there again. Beauty Mart stocks brands including Elizabeth Arden, Embryolisse, Tangle Teezer and Starskin. Glo and Ray is a brand that is designed to complement every woman's unique look, uniting the radiant elegance of light with both grace and femininity.
First of all the packaging of the Glo and Ray products is very sleek and professional. It reminds me a lot of the Nars product packaging. One thing I do like about Glo and Ray is that the products are very affordable. I wouldn't put them at the high end as the lipsticks are only £12 each, the eyeshadow quad is £12.50, the eyeliner is £9 and the blusher is £11. The prices of these products are quite similar to drugstore brand Soap and Glory.
Glo and Ray Eyeshadow Quad in Mariposa
I'm very much a neutral sort of girl when it comes to what sort of eyeshadows I reach for. This eyeshadow quad from Glo and Ray has really changed my mind. I still reach for the neutral colours but for evenings out I've loved reaching for the purple shades. The darker shade in the corner of my eyes and the lighter purple shade for a pop of colour.
Glo and Ray Blush in Nuage
This blush looks a lot more colourful then it is when it's in the palette. I love using this for an accent of colour to my cheeks and I think this would work really well on darker skin tones.
Glo and Ray Creamy Shimmer Lipstick in Tender
This lipstick is probably the product I've used the most as I tend to reach for neutral lipstick colours more on a daily basis. I find I use this more to reapply lipstick during the day as it's light with a hint of colour.
Glo and Ray Eyeliner in Eternity
This eyeliner seriously doesn't budge. What I love using this for is for when I'm going for a smokey eye look. I use the blue shade from the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette for a hint of colour and then use this eyeliner to intensify the colour and it looks amazing (You may need an eye make-up remover to be able to remove this though!)
Glo and Ray Creamy Shimmer Lipstick in Marigold
This lipstick colour I absolutely love. I think this is the sort of red/orange shade which looks best on my skin tone. As much as I love my MAC lipstick in Lady Danger that lipstick is incredibly drying. I love this shade from Glo and Ray as it's moisturising and looks really good with a neutral make-up look.
(eyeliner, lipstick in Marigold and lipstick in Tender swatches)
I think Glo and Ray is definitely a brand to watch, especially for those of you who love using colour when it comes to your make-up looks!
What do you think about Glo and Ray? Which product would you most like to try out?
(This post contains press samples*)
If there's one beauty box which is surprising me every month it's the Look Fantastic beauty box. I've been a subscriber for about a year (or just over) and this box has really stepped up it's game in the past few months. Last months box (you can read the review here) was my ultimate favourite and this months box is just as amazing.
First up it comes with this months Elle magazine which is every fashion and beauty lovers dream in magazine form. I'm always put off buying Elle though as it's about £4.10/£4.20 when I can just pick up this month's Cosmo for only £1. But when it came with this months Look Fantastic beauty box I was excited to give it a read as my favourite model Jourdan Dunn is this months cover girl.
In this months box there was an added extra (yes on top of Elle magazine too) which is two Emergen C vitamin drinks. All you need to do is have one per day and dilute it with a glass of water. I used to take the tablet versions of these all the time so it's great to see it in powder form, perfectly for when you're on the go and need an energy boost.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - (Full size is £9 here)
I've never heard of First Aid Beauty before but I'm sure this will soon become a firm favourite of mine. You can use this on your hands/anywhere on your body to rehydrate dry areas and I can confirm this is already making a difference to a dry patch I have on my arm. I'll be carrying this around in my bag for when I have dry skin and need a quick fix.
Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Anti Fatigue Moisturising Cream - (Full size £21 here)
Nuxe products have never disappointed me. I've only ever tried the brand thanks to beauty boxes but these are great products (especially in mini versions like this) to take when you're going away for the weekend or on holiday and you need a little more hydration.
Lottie London Shade and Shadow Brush
I'm a big fan of Lottie London products and I loved using this brush (but I've lost it) so I'm really glad I've got another one! You can take a look at my post about Lottie London here. This is a great brush for when you're wanting to add liner to your eyes or when you want to be precise with your make-up looks.
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water (Full size £9 here)
I'm the biggest fan of using micellar waters to remove my make-up, but when it comes to travelling with micellar water the bottles are always too big to travel with. I'll be taking this on my next break when I've only got hand luggage as this size is absolutely perfect. This micellar water gently removes make-up from the eyes and face in one simple step.
Codage Masque Hydratant Moisturising Mask - (Full size £42)
This deeply hydrating mask will leave your skin feeling nourished and looking healthy. This mask works to banish signs of dryness and damage and leave the skin feeling revitalised, radiant and glowing.
Revlon Colourburst Lip Balm
This is a newly launched product from Revlon and I've never tried any of the colourburst lip balms before. This balm is infused with a triple butter complex of shea, mango and coconut butter. This is a light pink shade which means it works perfect not just as a lip balm but as a cream blush product (it's best to apply this on the apples of your cheeks)
What do you think of this months Look Fantastic beauty box? Have you tried out any of these products?
Ted Baker Floral Top - Love The Sales
Daniel Chorizo Beige Reptile Pumps - Daniel Footwear
Kreole Wrap Boot - Topshop
Jack Wills Pulborough Sweatshirt - Love The Sales
Double Strap V-Neck Cami Top - Topshop
Grey Jamie Jeans - Topshop
Pink Rose Print Neck Detail Jumpsuit - Pretty Little Thing
Grey Faux Shearling Aviator Jacket - Pretty Little Thing
It feels like a life time ago since I've sat down and put one of these wish lists together for my blog. I used to love spending hours browsing fashion sites online and putting these weekly posts together and I thought it's time to bring the weekly high-street picks back! So here's a few bits on the high-street that I'm really lusting after at the moment.
I have been really love the website Love The Sales as it's one site which you can go to where you can explore and check out ALL THE SALES (yes all the sales) what sort of girl doesn't love the sales and finding a bargain? My favourite sales to look at are the Ted Baker Sale and Jack Wills Sale. I've found that lately I've been loving loungewear more and more as all I seem to be doing with my life (thanks to being a third year at university) is doing my work in the library! I am however absolutely loving shoes... the nicer the better right?
I have these Daniel Footwear pumps (I actually have them in leopard print) and they are literally the comfiest shoes I have ever owned and I'm lusting after them in beige at the moment! I've noticed that in Topshop they are stocking so many colours of this gorgeous double strap v-neck cami and I think this is the perfect staple to wear during the day (with a denim shirt and jeans) and for a night out with black ripped jeans and heels.
I have been living in my black jamie jeans and I'm looking at expanding my collection as I'm fed up of wearing black jeans most days each week! I have my eye on this grey pair of jamie jeans as I think they are just as versatile as black jeans and how great would these look with an oversized jumper and converse for a casual look?
When it comes to online shopping the first place I go to for my high-street fix is Pretty Little Thing. I've fallen a little bit in love with this high-neck floral jumpsuit and it's only £30! I also have my eye on this grey faux shearling jacket as I think it's so versatile and a great everyday piece.
What do you think of this weeks high-street picks? Which piece is your favourite?
I've really come to love all things make-up and beauty over the past couple of years. So much so that I have now come to a point where there's certain beauty items I just cannot be without and these are the items I've hit pan on or use everyday. I thought it's time I shared with you all my top 5 holy grail make-up products and no surprise here the most popular brand is Urban Decay!
Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette in Soul Get 20% off Look Fantastic with the code (LFSAVE)
If there's one eyeshadow palette I absolutely adore/can't live without/use everyday it's this one from Stila. As you can see I've hit pan on their cult shade 'Kitten' and I use Kitten everyday on my inner corners of my eyes and I can genuinely say I've used every shade in this palette numerous times. I think Stila is an incredibly underrated brand and I can't wait to try some more products from them. Some of the products I've got my eyes on are the Eyes Are The Window Palette in Mind and the Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks.
Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer (currently £8 in Boots)
I think this is my third solar powder I've gone through now and I absolutely love this product. I use it everyday as a bronzer and it gives me a good amount of coverage but it is a very buildable product. I think for the drugstore this is an amazing bronzer and works so much better then some of higher-end bronzing products I've tried. If you're looking for a new bronzer I'd definitely pick this up on your next trip to Boots!
TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter
I never thought you could love a make-up product this much but the Mary Lou is a real all-round product. It's a great brow highlight/cupids bow highlight and works as a general all-round highlighter. Sometimes (If you've wanting to look extra glowy) I dust this over my boobs/arms when I'm going on a night out. This product is 100% worth the hype and it would suit any skin tone.
Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer
Now this product is an absolute dream. If you're like me and you're looking for fuller, thicker eyelashes this is the product for you and I'd highly recommend using the Perversion Mascara to achieve the fuller, thicker lashes effect as this leaves my lashes looking very curled too. My boyfriend said to me once did I have fake eyelashes on (when I just used these two products)!
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm
If there's one concealer I'll continue buying for years and years to come it's this one from Urban Decay. It works like a complete dream and it suits my skin so well. I always found that concealers creased on me when the day went on, that they didn't hide my blemishes and dark circles like I wanted to and then this concealer entered my life. Best £17.50 I've ever spent and it's really improved my make-up routine and the overall application of the concealer means a little goes a long way!
Are any of these products holy grail products for you? What are your top 5 holy grail make-up products?
I always get so excited when I discover a new dupe for a product I love using. It makes sure I can take the less expensive version out with my during the day and to use the more expensive version when I'm applying my make-up at the start of the day (less chance of it going missing then!) I love Essence make-up (If you didn't know Essence make-up is stocked in Wilkinsons) and it's a very budget friendly brand.
Essence Long Lasting Lipliners (£1.50 each)
I've found another dupe from essence make-up before which is their tinted brow gel which (in my opinion) is exactly the same as Benefit's gimme brow gel (you can check out the post here) and it's only £2.50. I picked up the long lasting lip liners in my local Wilkinson's in the shades 05 Lovely Frappuccino and 08 Girl Next Door.
(Swatches Essence Lovely Frappuccino, MAC Soar)
I think this lip liner from Essence is a really close dupe to MAC Soar and is a teeny bit darker then the shade. I think this works better for when you're lining your lips and you'll be saving £11 of your money in the process. I've used both the shades I picked up a few times now and they're super long lasting and I'll definitely be picking up more these lip liners for when my current ones run out.
What do you think of this £1.50 lip liner? Will you be picking this lip liner up?
I never thought I'd get to a point where my daily make-up routine was purely just one brand. With all the brands out there on the high-street and higher end make-up brands there's definitely far too much choice but Urban Decay is a brand I've loved for a long time and I genuinely love ever product I've tried from them. So I thought I'd share with you all the products I'm using at the moment to create my daily make-up routine (and they're all from Urban Decay!)
Urban Decay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation In Shade 4
This product is actually the newest edition to my Urban Decay collection and it's definitely growing on me. I love the naked weightless concealer and so this foundation was definitely the next step up. I love how this foundation is really buildable and light weight.
Urban Decay Naked Weightless Concealer In Light Warm
I don't know what else I can say about this concealer aside from the fact that you NEED it in your life. If you've not found that perfect concealer that doesn't crease, is full coverage and leaves your skin feeling dewy and looking bright this concealer is for you. I love this concealer so much I genuinely don't think I'll be buying a different one again. I wrote a whole post about how much I love it and you can check out the post here.
Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion
For the past few months I've used this eyeshadow primer and I don't know what I'd do without it. I loved the idea of wearing eyeshadow everyday but my eyeshadow always creased as the day went on. Since I've discovered this primer my eyeshadow stays in the same place all day long and I love using it.
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Brow Box*
This brow box is a product I've only really just started getting into. I really like this as it includes a wax, powder, brush and mini tweezers (they are literally adorable) and the powder applies a lot darker then it first looks inside the box. It's part of the Gwen Stefani collection for Urban Decay and you can check out the full review of the collection here.
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette *
If you've been reading my blog a while you'll know I absolutely adore this palette. I didn't expect to love this palette as much as I do as Gwen Stefani is famous for her bold make-up looks and this palette is very neutral. I have posted a full review about this eyeshadow palette here.
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Cheek and Blush Palette*
The more I use this palette the more I love it. I love using the colours Hush and Angel. Hush as a blush shade and Angel as a light highlight shade. The other 4 colours I don't think I will get much use out of though!
Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer*
I've mentioned my love for this lash primer so much as it really makes a difference to way my lashes look. I didn't think a mascara primer would work but this one really does. You can check out my blog posts featuring this primer here and here.
Urban Decay Pervision Mascara
This mascara is a recent edition for me but I absolutely adore it. I've read a lot online that it works really well with the subversion lash primer and I thought I would give it a go and it really does work. My lashes look like I'm wearing fake lashes and they look extremely volumised and curled.
Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Stark Naked*
This lipstick is a recent favourite of mine and I absolutely love this nude. It's a little bit lighter then the typical matte lipsticks I use but it's so moisturising and pigmented which is a change as normally when a lipstick is highly pigmented it's quite drying.
Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray
When I first picked up this make-up setting spray I was a bit hesitant and now I can't imagine my make-up routine without it (I even dedicated a whole post to it here) and I still use it everyday without fail and I have a smaller version in my bag too for when I'm on the go and need a last minute fix.
Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Complexion Setting Spray*
To finish this make-up look off I use the B6 Vitamin Complexion Setting Spray to leave my skin feeling glowy and have a dewy effect. I find this spray really finishes my make-up off!
Have you tried any products from Urban Decay? What make-up product are you loving at the moment?
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I think Birchbox beauty boxes are just getting better and better each month. I love how each month there is a theme (every box looks different) and the variety of products in each box is great (you can check out last month's Birchbox here). After a very stressful few months the delivery of this months Birchbox has perked me right up!
Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm (RRP £11)
I've never been much of a fan of lip balms but I've been really liking using this one. Arrow is a paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan brand from Birchbox. This lip balm is designed to protect your lips and it adjusts to your pH to create one that's totally unique to you. I'm going to be putting this into my make-up bag in my handbag to keep my lips moisturised and hydrated.
Modelco More Brows in Medium/Dark (RRP £13)
Who doesn't love a brow product? I've gone through one of these brow mascaras before and it's amazing! I was so impressed with it. This product is really similar to Benefit's Gimme Brow and it makes sure it grabs every brow hair to make your brows look fuller. I have gone back to using a brow gel when I don't have time to use my brow powder/wax palette in the morning.
Amika Nourishing Mask (RRP £19.99)
My hair is struggling at the moment and I think it's due to the horrible weather we are having at the moment and so seeing this in this months box has made my day! This nourishing mask from Amika will help fight dryness and seal split ends. Its best to use this product after you have shampooed your hair and leave this on for 5-10 minutes.
Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume (RRP £20)
I'm always looking for products that help me achieve a better and sleeker looking blow dry once I've washed my hair. This product is silicone free (which means it's better for your hair) and it will leave your hair looking smooth. You use a coin-sized amount into damp hair, from roots to ends then comb through and blow dry your hair.
Polaar Ice Source Moisturising Gel (RRP £27.35)
This product from Polaar seems like a good all-rounder skincare product. Whether your skin is dehydrated, oily, or just in need of a pick me up this moisturiser is packed with water and uses the natural benefits of glacier water to hydrate, cool and mattify your face. You can use this after cleansing your face morning and night.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (RRP £16)
This product is one of my favourite products at the moment. I absolutely adore this! I've never been the easiest of sleepers and this has really improved how quickly I can get to sleep. I love this pillow spray so much I wrote a whole post about it here. If you have any problems trying to get to sleep this is the perfect product for you to try out.
You can sign up to Birchbox here for £10 a month plus (£2.95 P&P)
What do you think of this months Birchbox? Have you tried any of these products before?
Breville Blend Active Smoothie Maker - AO.com*
I was meant to post this ages ago but this post got lost in my drafts (my bad) but since the new year began I've been trying to get onto a little bit more of a health kick. I'm not the perfect size, perfect weight or super skinny but I'm going to try (bit by bit) to make my lifestyle a little bit healthier.
Breville Blend Active Smoothie Maker - AO.com*
This set from Breville costs only £30 and it's such good value for money. This comes with two 600ml size bottles (when you want to make larger smoothies) and two 300ml size bottle for smoothies on the go. What I love about this smoothie maker is that it's so easy to use. There's measuring in (ml) bits along the side and what I do is measure 150ml (in the 300ml bottle) and 300ml (in the large 600ml bottle) of almond milk, chop up some fruit and add in frozen berries and you're good to go.
Breville Blend Active Smoothie Maker - AO.com*
What I love about smoothies is you can add in whichever fruit you want (even the ones you wouldn't normally go for) and make it into a smoothie and it will taste delicious. I love using the smoothie recipes in the Deliciously Ella books. Here I'm using a banana (I ended up using half), a handful of mango chunks, almond milk and frozen raspberries.
Breville Blend Active Smoothie Maker - AO.com*
This is so yummy! I love how quick and easy this smoothie maker is to use (it literally takes 30 seconds) but one thing I'd say is blend for slightly longer to make sure your smoothie is smooth as sometimes I forget and it ends up being full of bits of fruits.
What are you doing to live a healthier lifestyle? Have you got a smoothie maker? Do you have any recipes you would recommend?
After 6 years of blogging (yes 6 years) though I've always blogged on and off, I've written my fair share of blog posts. I think it's really hard to constantly come up with fresh, new, up-to-date content so this is a post that is here to help you. For about a year now I've had a travel sized notebook in my everyday handbag so I can jot down blog post ideas as and when I have them. I've gone through the last few pages of my notes and I thought I'd put this post together to give you all some beauty blog post ideas.
1. Top 5 Beauty Bloggers - Why not share the love? Let your readers find some new beauty blogs to read and who knows they might share yours too.
2. Top 5 Beauty Vloggers - Vlogging is huge right now and it's really having a moment. If you're a beauty vlogger fan why not share your favourites?
3. Top 5 Beauty Books To Read - There are so many beauty books around, if you're a book worm share your favourite books!
4. Top 10 products under £10 - Go through your beauty products and pick out your favourite products under £10. Everybody loves a bargain!
5. Top 5 Drugstore Lipsticks - With some many lipsticks available from the drugstore why not share your top 5 lipsticks?
6. Top 5 Drugstore Picks - Found some amazing beauty products? Share your favourites.
7. Favourite Drugstore Foundations - Tried out all the drugstore foundations? share your top favourites and rate them out of 10.
8. Favourite Drugstore Concealers - Every brand has a range of concealers and it's so hard to pick a good one. If you rate them out of 10 you will give your readers a good honest review.
9. The eyeshadow palettes you NEED to buy - I think an eyeshadow palette is every make-up lovers weakness and there's so much available in the beauty market.
10. Products that were not worth the hype - Bought a beauty product and been disappointed with it? Share it! You may save your readers £'s by doing so.
and here are some other ideas for when you're stuck for what you want to post...
11. Favourite MAC make-up products
12. Favourite high-end beauty products
13. Favourite make-up dupes
14. Favourite drugstore beauty products
15. Make-up wishlist
16. Travel make-up bag
17. Everyday make-up bag
18. Holiday make-up bag
19. Weekend away make-up bag
20. Interview a friend and show there make-up bag
21. Your daily skincare routine
22. Your favourite skincare products
23. Your pamper make-up routine
24. Your daily make-up routine
25. Your evening/night out make-up routine
26. Monthly beauty favourites
27. Shopping your make-up stash
28. Beauty Haul
29. Products that are worth the hype
30. Disappointing make-up products
31. Beauty advice you'd tell your younger self
32. Beauty products for starting off your make-up bag
33. Budget friendly beauty products
34. How to save money shopping for beauty products
35. Top beauty tips
36. Top skincare tips
37. Favourite beauty loyalty cards to sign up to
38. Favourite make-up brushes
39. eBay beauty bargains
40. Beauty box reviews
41. New-in Beauty Products
42. Free beauty products (from magazines)
43. Favourite beauty box
44. MAC Lipstick Collection
45. Favourite bronzers/highlighters
46. Favourite new beauty brand
47. Favourite beauty brand (e.g Urban Decay, MAC, Rimmel)
48. Favourite eyebrow products
49. Favourite beauty box product discoveries
50. A post sharing your beauty blogging tips
Hope these tips have helped you for when you're stuck for writing posts! Is there anything you'd like to see on my blog? What do you do when you're stuck for blogging ideas?
Powder Blue Long Sleeved Skater Dress - Forever Unique
Pink Overlay Trim Dress - Miss Selfridge
Nude Halter Jumpsuit - Topshop
Premium Lace Bodycon Dress - Topshop
Geometric Print Skater Dress - Forever Unique
Over the past few years I've been to Ladies Day at Aintree a few times and it's such a fun day out. It's a great excuse to dress up, get your hair, make-up and nails done, earn a few pennies and have fun with the girls. You can check out my previous ladies day posts here and here (I had the best time while I was there!)
It's ladies day at Aintree in just over a month (and then various other ladies days until July) I know some of you will be attending them I thought I'd do an outfit wish list post to give you some inspiration. It's so hard to pick out and outfit for such a prestigious event and so hopefully these picks will give you some ideas.
For ladies day it's all about looking glamorous and stylish. You'll want an outfit that will keep you looking stylish but also comfortable. I think if you're wanting to go more down the glamorous route the best place to look is Forever Unique. They have so many gorgeous dresses suitable for all shapes and styles and how gorgeous is this one?!
I think if you're wanting a more toned down look but still stylish it's great to go for a neutral look. I really love this jumpsuit from Topshop. I think this would look amazing with silver accessories and neutral heels for a stylish look.
Are you off to Ladies Day this year? Which outfit is your favourite?
(I think some of these ideas would work well for weddings too!)
MAC Myth Lipstick
What girl doesn't love a MAC Lipstick? I think they're a guilty pleasure of mine and I never go anywhere without wearing a MAC Lipstick. I'm trying to be a lot more daring with my lipstick choices and this lipstick is a lot lighter then the colours I'd usually go for but I absolutely love it.
MAC Fluid Lipstick
Fluid is a real different MAC lipstick I'd normally go for and it's quite sheer. I think this works will on top of a darker lipstick for more of a glossy finish.
MAC Rebel Lipstick
Rebel is a really popular shade at the moment which I've seen on the blogosphere. This shade is a lot lighter then it comes across in the bullet when swatched. I think this is the perfect shade if you're going for more of a vampy look.
(L-R Swatches Rebel, Fluid, Myth)
What colour is your favourite? Do you have any MAC lipstick recommendations?
It seems that the 90's are having a real revival at the moment. Lancome's new launch is possibly one of their most exciting in a long time and it comes in the form of Lancome Juicy Shakers. Firstly these new launches from Lancome are so different in comparison to anything on the make-up market at the moment. The size of them (they're tiny) and the colours are all really bright.
The two colours I have got here are Freedom of Peach (which is the lighter shade) and Cherry Symphony. They are both such bright side which is unusual to see on the high-street.
First of all the applicator for these juicy shakers is really different as the sponge is really soft. The smell of these juicy shakers is so so nice. I'm never normally a fan of lip gloss products but I really like these as they smell so good and are really moisturising.
my package which the juicy shakers came in included these yummy jellybeans (I'm eating a few while I write this post!)
Overall I'm really impressed with this launch from Lancome. I think my favourite of the two shades is 'Freedom of Peach' as I think it works better with my skin tone. They're available at Selfridges here for £18.
What do you think of this release from Lancome? Are you feeling the 90's lip gloss rival?
This post features press samples (*)
Cohorted beauty boxes are always full of such amazing products and each month there's at least 2 full-size products. However, this months box I wasn't as impressed with as usual (but that's only because I've been a subscriber for a while) but it's still an amazing box non the less for make-up lovers!
Although this box is more expensive then the other beauty boxes on the market, if you're looking to try high-end beauty products are a much cheaper price this box is ideal for you.
TheBalm Nude Tude Palette - £30
I think as this product was so popular in a previous box, this palette has been included again. I think if you're a new subscriber this is amazing as I've loved and used this palette for over 6 months and I think it's such a great palette (especially if you love your nude tones) I'll be handing this one onto a friend as I already have one, but for the newbies who are signed up to Cohorted this is a real treat in this months box.
TheBalm Eye Primer - £5
This eyeshadow primer is tiny which means it's perfect for travelling with! I've run out of the sample I had from a previous Cohorted box so I was excited to have a new eyeshadow primer. It's such a soft, easy to apply primer and holds your eyeshadow in place all day.
Nails Inc Nail Polish in Cadogan Square - £9
One thing I'm loving at the moment is nail polish and constantly changing my nail colour! I haven't got a shade like this in my stash and so I was so excited to have another Nails Inc nail polish in my life. This is a gorgeous colour and it works so well against my skin tone.
Pixi Crayon Combo in Supernatural - £14.50
This was a product which was supposed to be in last months box but I'm excited to finally own a Pixi product (I'm sure this will be one of many) This is a nifty duo-ended crayon that can be used to line, define and tint the eye area. The deep brown side is perfect for lining your eyes and the lighter shade I use on the bottom of my eyes to line to make them look a bit bigger.
Bare Minerals Heavenly Face Brush - £25
I've loved every Bare Minerals product I've tried and so I was beyond excited to see this brush in this months box. This brush has come at the right time for me as I've fallen a bit out of love with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This brush is large and dense and leaves my foundation looking super well blended in. Looks like this brush is my new favourite!
Overall, I really like this box I was just disappointed to see another TheBalm Nude Tude Palette in this months box but If you haven't been subscribed to Cohorted for long, this box is an absolute treat!
What do you think of this months box? Have you tried out any of these products?
This post contains press samples but all opinions are my own (*)
Liz Earle Skincare Essentials Normal/Combination Gift Set - John Lewis*
This skincare set may as well be called the skincare set of dreams (yes I love it that much) and it's absolutely amazing. I picked this up with a John Lewis voucher as I wanted to try out the Liz Earle Moisturiser and Liz Earle Eye Lotion. I already use the skin tonic and cleanse and polish so it's good to have some back ups for when mine run out!
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - John Lewis*
This cleanse and polish is literally the dream product. I just can't stop using it, It's the product that has really made me love doing a skincare routine and looking after my skin. A lot of people use the cleanse and polish to remove make up but I like using this after using a micellar water. You squeeze about a 10p sized pump of this all over your face and soak the cloth in warm water and just wipe it off. It leaves me skin feeling refreshed, hydrated and clean.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic - John Lewis*
After using my cleanse and polish I add a few drops of this skin and tonic onto a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face to leave it feeling refreshed and toned. I love using this as it really refreshes my skin and leave it feeling hydrated.
Liz Earle Soothing Eye Lotion - John Lewis*
This is a new product in my Liz Earle stash and I'm already loving it. I have been looking for an eye product which will leave my eyes feeling more awake and reduces the look of my eyes feeling dry and puffy. I think this is going to be a regular in my skincare routine and I feel like it would work well to remove the last remaining bits of mascara.
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser in Normal/Combination - John Lewis*
This is a moisturiser I've wanted to try out for a long time. So far I'm really impressed with this. I think it's essential in your skincare routine to have a moisturiser and this one works really well on my normal/dry skin. What's great about this moisturiser is a little goes a long way.
This set costs £45 in total and in my opinion is a real bargain! The moisturiser is £20 on it's own and the average price of a Liz Earle product is £15.
Have you tried any Liz Earle products? What products do you like using in your skincare routine?
Also thanks for baring with me lately! I've come down with a bad throat infection and cold the past couple of weeks and university third year deadlines, hopefully I'll be back to normal blogging soon!
I don't know how I haven't discovered these pots of dreams sooner. They're my current obsession and they're perfect when you want to do your make up quickly and on the go. Maybelline Colour 24hrs Tattoos are a dream for busy girls on the go (who still want their make-up to look on point!)
Leather Effect Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Vintage Plum 97
This shade is perfect for when you're wanting to create a smokey eye. I love using this as a crease shade when I'm creating an evening look. It's extremely pigmented and a little of this cream eyeshadow goes a long way.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe 40
This is my second favourite shade from my colour tattoo collection as it's a great everyday shade. I love using this for when I'm wanting to go for a more casual/toned down look but still wanting to keep it natural.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze 35
If you're going to buy one of the Maybelline colour tattoos it HAS to be this one. This shade is an absolute dream. It's shimmery and bronze and it just looks so great as a shade all over your eyes. When I'm on the go/in a rush I use this shade all over my eyes with a bit of mascara and I'm good to go and I still feel super glam.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Cream Beige 98
This is probably my least favourite shade but it's still wearable. I think this shade is a lot darker than it comes across and this is a shade which would look great I think on lighter shades as it makes more of a difference.
(L-R Swatches Vintage Plum, Permanent Taupe, On and On Bronze, Creamy Beige)
Have you tried any of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos? What are your favourite cream eyeshadows?
If you've read my blog for the past year or so, you'll know I'm a huge fan of beauty boxes. Glossybox is another beauty box I adore. Glossybox each month is mainly high-street products and a range of full-size products and samples. This months box is called 'get glowing' and it's about pampering yourself and the products definitely don't disappoint.
Overall, I'm not as impressed with this Glossybox as I was last month but there's a few products in this months box that I really like. I've been trialling out these products a little longer then normal and I've found myself reaching for the highlighter and the luxie brush.
Luxie Rose Gold Large Angled Face Brush (£10.42)
I've never heard of the brand Luxie before but I'm feeling that it's definitely a brand to watch. Who doesn't love a rose gold make-up brush?! It's dreamy! I've been using this to contour my cheekbones and it works really well when I'm going for a light make-up look as it doesn't pick up too much product.
Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Serum (Full size £28.81)
This was a product from this months box I wasn't so keen on. I think it's due to being really happy with my current skincare routine. This product is infused with honey and propolis and the serum protects your skin and claims to leave you with a glowing complexion but after a few uses I noticed it made no difference to my skin.
Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream - (Full size £29.99)
This cream promises to regenerate the skin's appearance and to help get that healthy-looking skin you've always dreamed of. This cream exfoliates your skin and smoothes and leaves you with a healthy glowing complexion. I've tried this a few times and I love the effect it gives on my skin.
417 Catharis Vitamin Mineral Shampoo and Conditioner (Full size £16.89 each)
After receiving a variety of beauty boxes I've noticed they tend to include either a shampoo and conditioner and not both so I was delighted to see both in this months box. I've never heard of this brand before it claims to be a combination of dead sea moisture balancing minerals which leave your hair super hydrated and shiny. I haven't tried these out yet but they'll be in my hand baggage when I head off on my weekend away this weekend.
Collection Speedy Highlighter (Full size £3.99)
If you're always in a rush (or doing your make-up on the go) this product is for you. This speedy highlighter is quick and easy to apply. As you can see from the swatch this shade is a gorgeous rose gold shade and has a subtle shimmer. I think this is great for a day-time look and I apply this when I've just applied my foundation so a subtle but highlighted look. I think this is a great shade for all skin tones and it's a complete bargain at only £3.99.
What do you think of this months Glossybox? Have you tried any of these products before?
You can sign up to Glossybox here for £10 a month + £3.25 P&P.
If you've read my blog for a while you'll know I'm a huge fan of Stila products. Everything I've tried from Stila I've loved and their eyeshadow palettes are a total dream so I just had to add another to my collection. This new edition is the Stila Eyes In The Window Palette in Mind. I already own the Eyes in the window palette in Spirit and Soul (you can see the posts here and here).
This palette is an absolute dream, what makes a change is that this palette is made up of 12 matte colours. I like how most of these colours are quite neutral and that they would work during the day and at night.
My favourite colours in the palette watched from (L-R are observation, wit and perception) I've used this palette a few times since adding it into my collection and I've loved using this palette. This palette works really well in the crease of my eyes for eyeshadow looks.
What do you think of this palette? Have you tried any Stila eyeshadows?
p.s If you fancy winning yourself a new beauty product from the hero project (a brand which has gorgeous products to make your skin glow!) enter my #beautyonamission competition with #theheroproject and first 5 people who comment with the hashtag will win on this blog post and first 5 people on instagram who comment!
*This post contains sponsored content on behalf of #theheroproject but all thoughts, views and opinions are my own*
Just when you think that the Look Incredible beauty boxes couldn't get any better they pull it out of the bag another month in a row. Each brand in this months April edition is well established they include nothing but full size products too what's not to love? It's great to see a more make-up based beauty box and you can read reviews from previous boxes here and here.
At only £18.99 for a month to receive a box full of full sized products this box is an absolute steal. This months box is worth £81.99 and includes Laura Geller, Smashbox, L'Oreal, Urban Decay and Velvet 59. What I really like about Look Incredible beauty boxes is that they allow me to try out brands I wouldn't have necessarily tried before including Smashbox and Laura Geller.
Laura Geller Spackle Undereye Eye Primer - £20
I've heard so much about Laura Geller products but I've never actually tried any of the collection. I've heard so much about the baked blushes and mascara. My Urban Decay primer is on it's last legs (cause I use it everyday) so I was delighted to see this in this months box. What's really interesting about this primer is the tip at the front which allows you to add the product directly onto your eyes. I love how this is a cream based primer as a lot of eye primers out there are silicone based.
Smashbox Blush Soft Light Duo - £15
This product has actually recently been discontinued from the Smashbox range and I have no idea why as it's gorgeous. You can use this duo as a highlighter but also as a blusher and who doesn't love a 2 in 1 product? I think the highlighter is my favourite out of this product as it's really pigmented and very buildable.
(Urban Decay lip swatch, Laura Geller eye primer, Smashbox highlighter and blusher)
Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Colour - £14
As you all know from reading my blog (especially if you're a regular reader) that I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay. I recently did a post about my full Urban Decay make-up routine (which you can check out here). For once though, I'm not as in love with an Urban Decay product as it's glittery but this is a great product for those of you who love a bit of glitter!
Velvet 59 My Fair Lashes Mascara - £19.99
I've never heard of this brand before but I'm still on the hunt for the perfect mascara. The packaging for this mascara reminds me a lot of the Benefit mascaras. After doing a bit of research, Velvet 59 is a US brand and is vegan and cruelty free. The wand on this mascara is really unique and it's perfect for adding volume to your lashes.
L'Oreal Nutri Gold Silky Day Cream - £13
This product will probably go to my mum as I'm a die hard Liz Earle fan but looking at this cream I might be changing my mind! This cream smells amazing, I've never tried any skincare products from L'Oreal but I'm definitely willing to give this a go. This cream leaves your skin feeling silky soft without appearing greasy. I've just used this on some of the dry patches on my face and my skin is feeling really moisturised.
Overall I'm really impressed with the contents of this months beauty box from Look Incredible. I think if you're a beauty lover and you're looking for something different, this box is for you and it's not breaking the bank as it's only £18.99 each month. My favourite product from this months box is definitely the eye primer but I'm really impressed with the Smashbox blush soft light duo as well.
You can sign up to Look Incredible beauty boxes here for £18.99 a month.
What do you think of this months Look Incredible box? Have you tried out any of these products?
This post contains press samples (*)
(An old blog header from around 2010)
I first began this blog (It wasn't called fashion-train at this point) when I was 15 years old. I was a fashion obsessed teenager, obsessed with buying clothes and wearing different outfits and my fashion bible was reading Elle magazine. I began writing this blog to my Uncle moving away to the other side of the world and he updated my family with what he was doing through a travel blog. Soon after I thought why not begin one of these blog things about fashion? Little did I know for the next 6 years blogging would evolve into an industry in it's own right, where popular bloggers wrote books, had beauty lines and product ranges.
After all this time calling myself a 'fashion' blogger I've become stuck in a rut. It's not because I'm not interested in fashion as I am in the final few weeks of my fashion promotion degree, it's simply because the fashion blogging industry has changed.
(blog photo taken with my mobile phone in 2010)
I no longer find myself posing for photos by my garden wall as now I feel that my attempt at getting a good photo isn't good enough. I'm a typical 21 year old girl, loves having a few cocktails, works hard and hanging out with friends and my boyfriend. I'm a student, I lead a busy life and I blog when I can. Blogging has become a place where people can now call their hobby a full-time job. They have photographer on call, stick thin figures and live in London so they can take over exposed photos of strangers doorsteps as it's a 'pretty backdrop'.
When I first began blogging I spent everything I earned from my part time job at a local football stadium, on clothes (usually in Primark as that's all I could afford) I was obsessed with trying new outfits, experimenting with new styles and documenting it on my blog was an ideal form of expression for me. Over the next couple of years it became a community, readers were loyal (and some still are) and everyone was kind and supportive to each other and spent time reading each others blogs and getting to know each other. For the first time in my life I felt like I belonged. I finally found 'friends' interested in fashion just as much as I was.
(I was around 16 here and I'd just discovered what a tripod was haha!)
Around a year later (maybe not even that) brands began to email me. I never knew why they were contacting me and why they'd have any interest in a 16 year old girl. I went to my first blogging event and I felt like I'd discovered a new world, we were treated like VIP's today, I travelled down to Leicester (I had to bring my mum as a chaperone) and that's when I knew maybe my little hobby was getting me noticed in the industry I'd worked so hard to get into.
Fast forward around a few years and it's become an industry where blogs are exactly like magazines. To be a 'successful' blogger you have to have a youtube channel. The genuine side of blogging is lost, as is the authenticity (I even based my dissertation for university on this) The content you think is genuine is probably paid for and when it comes to working with brands and companies all they look for is numbers. I know I'm never going to be a 'big blogger' and I'll continue to blog for as long as it makes me happy and I feel inspired.
I'm not saying I'm not a 'fashion blogger' as that's where this blog began. I just don't feel comfortable posting photos of my outfits when so many blogs are like magazine spreads and I do not have the means for that. I am not a size 8, hair down to my knees and a model looking face and a photographer on call. I made this blog to focus on what I'm interested in and at the moment I'm really loving beauty blogging. I'll still probably post the odd fashion post though as that's where this blog began.
I'm hoping one day I'll wake up and I'll fall in love with fashion blogging again but for the time being, it's not something I'm enjoying and I'd rather focus my blog on content I'm truly interested in to be as real and genuine with you guys, my readers.
I hope you liked this more honest, personal post. I'd love to know your thoughts.
If there's one thing I really enjoy it's travelling. Since summer 2014 I've been to New Zealand (you can check out posts here and here), I've spent some time in Australia and visited the gorgeous Kim (you can check out her blog here) and my posts from my trip here and here. I've been away with my boyfriend to Dublin, Crete, Amsterdam and now my boyfriend (being the good egg he is) surprised me with a trip to Germany.
I've been so stressed lately with the final few weeks of my final year of university (and still am) and this trip genuinely couldn't have come at a better time as sometimes to really relax you just need to take some time out for a bit and go somewhere completely new.
On Easter Sunday we made the trip over to Cologne and it couldn't have been a sunnier day. Once we arrived in Cologne we went to the Cathedral and it was beautiful. I have genuinely never seen a Cathedral so tall and inside the stained glass windows were amazing.
Striped Jumper - New Look
After heading back to the hotel (and napping) we headed out for the evening and we ended up in a quirky pub but there was a lot of puppet around (which were a bit odd!) the restaurant had such lovely wine but the food was slightly questionable. I've been living in this striped jumper at the moment and it goes so well with black skinny jeans for a comfortable but stylish look.
We finished the evening with more drinks (well cocktails) for a place nearby called Kitty Chai. I'd highly recommend their cocktails as they were really yummy.
The next day we woke up and went straight to the chocolate museum as it wasn't set to be a great day weather wise. It was so much fun and we tried some melted Lindt and it was so nice. I'd highly recommend doing this if you're ever in Cologne or passing through it.
While we were walking through the city (once the weather had cleared up) we came across a love lock bridge and I really wanted to add a lock to the bridge but there was nowhere we came across to pick up a lock! There was so many love locks on the bridge and it looked so nice walking along it.
Scarf - Topshop, Coat - ASOS (sold out but similar here), Bag - Shoeaholics, Jeans - New Look
After the chocolate museum we went up to Koln triangle and the views were amazing over Cologne (as you can see) and loved it. It was only about 3 euros to get up to the top so it's well worth checking out.
Here we just some of the amazing views we saw and at this point the weather had cleared up a lot as it had been raining all day. We went out for dinner and had drinks again which was so nice and our third day in Cologne was spent wandering around the shops (as the first two days we were there they were both bank holidays!) and it rained all day. We found the most amazing restaurant for dinner called Burgerlich which I would recommend going to. Who doesn't love cocktails and burgers?
We finished our trip with a walk around the Rhine and it was so nice to see Cologne lit up at night.
If you're looking for a city break which doesn't break the bank I'd highly recommend heading over to Cologne. I think our flights were about £60 return (total win) and accommodation and food were super reasonable too. I loved my 3 days there and can't wait to head back to Germany and see more of it's famous cities!
Have you ever been to Cologne? Have you been to Germany? Have you got any city break destinations to recommend?
If there's one thing I make time for each week it's a pamper session. It's normally on a day where I've not felt so good and need a pick me up. My pamper routine has changed so much in the past few months and I'm so happy with it right now. I use a mixture of products and they leave me feeling refreshed, my skin feeling moisturised and leaves me feeling relaxed.
With being in my final few weeks of my third year of university taking that time out to have a break and some TLC is so important (and it stops me from having a crazy stressed breakdown!) So normally about once a week (or around every 10 days) my pamper evening begins with cooking my favourite food. I won't show you this cause it's already been demolished but I had a chicken BBQ pizza and one of those chocolate puddings with the gooey chocolate inside (which are a total dream!) and a glass of wine of course!
After cooking some yummy food, my pamper routine begins with taking my make-up off and I use a mixture of Garnier Micellar Water and then I finish taking my make-up off by using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I leave my skin for around 10 minutes at this point and then use a cotton pad and dab a few drops of my Liz Earle Skin Tonic followed by my Liz Earle Moisturiser to finish off my skincare routine.
Some of my favourite products to use at the moment are from Champneys. I've been so impressed with their products and they are a firm staple in my shower (and pamper) routine and such good value for money too. One of my goals for the coming years is to book into a Champneys Spa and have a proper spa weekend!
After using my moisturiser I moisturise my hands using the Champneys Harmonious Hands Restoring Hand and Nail Cream. This is a total bargain of a product as it's only £3! I have one which lives in my handbag too and it smells amazing. Depending on how busy I've been I sometimes use the Champneys Harmonious Hands Restoring Hand Scrub which is perfect for when my hands are feeling a little dry.
At this point I normally turn on Netflix and watch either how to get away with murder or turn on the good wife (depending how I'm feeling) pour a glass of wine, sometimes have a bit of chocolate and just chill. I like painting my nails so much at the moment and my current favourite combination is Nails Inc Marylebone Mews and to let my nails set super quickly (and don't smudge) I use Elegant Touch Nail Apothecary Top Coat.
After a couple of hours of Netflix, wine and painting my nails it's time for bed and before I head to sleep my favourite thing to use at the moment is the Champneys Heavenly Days Sleep Pillow Mist and this stuff is a total dream. I use a few sprays on my pillow and around my bed to ensure I am feeling totally relaxed. This may seem like a total OTT skincare routine but trust me it works!
Have you tried any of these products? What do you like doing to pamper when you're feeling super stressed?
This post contains press samples (*)
This months Birchbox is definitely a treat. I don't want to throw the box away I want to keep it forever and just stare at it (cause it's so pretty). This months theme is very fitting as it's the start of spring and Birchbox have teamed up with US stationery brand Rifle Paper Co. As usual Birchbox just carries on impressing me each month! This month includes Benefit, Balance Me and Parlor.
I've been a Birchbox subscriber for about a year now and their boxes each month just get better and better. Being the beauty junkie that I am, I'm really surprised with Birchbox as I have never (or very very rarely) seen the same product by the same brand inside. I could be getting this wrong though because I do love a beauty box!
Kueshi Footcare Cream - £12
When don't your feet need a little bit of TLC? When I'm at university I walk everywhere and comfy shoes are a must for me, but sometimes even when wearing comfy shoes your feet will need some looking after. I've never heard of Kueshi before but I popped this cream on before I went to bed last night on my feet, put some socks on while I slept and this morning woke up with super soft feet.
Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream - RRP £20
For the past couple of years I've been a massive fan of Balance Me products. If there's one skincare product I haven't really invested in, it's an eye cream. I know your eyes are very important to look after but mine seem to be quite sensitive. This eye cream not only brightens and conceals those dark circles (for when 8 hours sleep aren't good enough) this eye cream also leaves your under eye area feeling hydrated and it helps battle those signs of ageing.
Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola - RRP £22.50
One thing I really love about Birchbox is the fact that it's allowed me to try out so many Benefit products over the year. I'm always a little reluctant to splash out on Benefit products and so this helps me try them at a fraction of the price. Benefit's best selling bronzer now comes in liquid form (yay!) I've tried this a couple of times and I use this once I've applied my foundation to give my skin a more sun-kissed glow.
Parlor Detangling Leave-in Conditioner - RRP £17
I've tried this product before from another beauty box (I'm pretty sure it wasn't Birchbox) and I actually really liked it. I use this on the days when I have a shower and don't use a hair mask as I only use that about once a week. I love how soft and hydrated it leaves my hair.
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black - RRP £11
I'm quite impressed with this addition to this months Birchbox as fashion designer Cynthia Rowley has turned her skills to make-up for this Birchbox-exclusive make-up line. This works really well as a liner but if you smudge it out (especially in the outer corners!)
What do you think of this months Birchbox? Have you tried any of these products before?
You can sign up to Birchbox for £10 plus £2.95 P&P here.
It feels like a lifetime ago since I last posted about my current top 5 make-up products. My favourites have changed over the past few months as I've tried new make-up products but I'm really happy with the products I am using at the moment. I've definitely turned (even more) into a make-up lover!
Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette - John Lewis
This palette from Charlotte Tilbury is a new edition to my make-up bag and I've worn it everyday since I've had it. I love using a mixture of the top left and right hand shades for a daytime look and then I use the bottom left and right hand shades (as well as the top) for a nighttime look. It's the perfect palette for when you're on the go. You can check my full post (and swatches) about the palette here.
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara - John Lewis
I've not touched any of my other mascaras since I picked this one up from Urban Decay. It is a total dream and genuinely the best mascara I've ever used. I did my make-up with this mascara for a blog post here and it really does make a difference to my lashes.
NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette - Boots
The most recent edition to my make-up collection is this highlight and contour palette from NYX. I absolutely love it. I think the contour shades work well for my skin tone and the top left and top right highlight shades work really well. I wouldn't recommend this palette if you have really pale skin as the contour shades might be too dark. I actually picked this up in a drugstore in Germany (you can read about my trip here) which stocked NYX and I was buzzing as it worked out about £4 cheaper!
Barry M Nude Lip Liner - Boots
This lip liner from Barry M is my current go to for a nude lip teamed up with MAC honey love lipstick. I love how this lip liner is really moisturising and pigmented and it goes with honey love lipstick perfectly. This lip liner doesn't break the bank either as it's only £2.99! (winner!)
Pixi Glow Tonic - HQ Hair
Lastly, it's the Pixi Glow Tonic. I didn't think this product would be worth the hype but after reading what feels like 100 reviews before picking this up, I've been really impressed with it. If you're into your skincare and making sure your make-up is well and truly off your face and you want to leave your face feeling clean and exfoliated, this product is for you.
What do you think of my current top 5 beauty products? have you got any beauty recommendations?
Look Incredible Deluxe Beauty Box*
The Look Incredible beauty box is a box I'm always SO Impressed with. I remember being contacted from them about 6 months ago and the company has grown from strength to strength ever since. I feel so grateful to work with such a great brand and being able to see it grow. You may have already seen my post this month on my blog here about their April beauty box (which is £18.99 and available here) and I really loved it! I am using the Smashbox compact pretty much everyday at the moment.
TheBalm Bon Voyage Palette No.2 - RRP £37.50
This palette I was excited to see in this months box but being the beauty junkie I am, I already had it in my stash and you can check out my full review on the palette here. I will be passing this on to my best friend as she was eyeing this up when I used it before around her! One thing I love about this palette is it's an all in one palette. I love the highlighter (it's very similar if not the same as the Mary Lou Manizer) and the bronzer is a matte bronzer.
TheBalm Bon Voyage Palette No.2 - RRP £37.50
I much prefer matte bronzers as they are so much easier to use then shimmery ones. This product alone is worth more then the RRP of the deluxe box! I was so excited to see TheBalm in this box and hopefully it won't be the last time TheBalm features in Look Incredible beauty boxes.
Bare Minerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair - RRP £39
As much as I love the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, I think my skin is not quite at the point where I need to start using 'anti-wrinkle' products as I'm 21 as it's recommended you use anti-wrinkle products from your late twenties to help prevent the signs of ageing.
Benefit Gimme Brow - Medium/Deep Brown - RRP £18.50
I was beyond excited to see this brow product from Benefit in this months box. I remember being sent this to review about 2 years ago now (I was so excited to be working with Benefit at the time) and I used this until it dried up. I loved using this and it really helped me do my eyebrows so quickly but being a student I couldn't justify the £18.50 price tag so I've used dupes ever since. If you've got dark brown hair/brown hair this product from Benefit is a total DREAM on your eyebrows.
Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner - RRP £16
I've never actually tried any products from Estee Lauder before but I'm really impressed with using this so far. It's taken over from my old lip balm as it leaves my lips feeling conditioned and ready for a layer of lipstick. My lips also feel so much smoother after using this.
Overall I am really impressed with this months deluxe beauty box and my favourite product is the Benefit Gimme Brow followed by TheBalm Bon Voyage palette. I think this box is incredible value for the money and if you fancy treating yourself in the next few weeks I'd definitely sign up!
Have you tried any of these products? Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?
Glossybox April Edition*
Every beauty box on the market seems to be upping their game at the moment and no matter what box has come through the post this month I seem to be impressed. This months Glossybox covers everything from teeth, nails, lips, brows and skincare.
Swiss Smile Whitening Toothpaste - £28.95 (full size)
The first product in this months box is a full size whitening toothpaste from Swiss Smile. This toothpaste will remove any stains and gently restore your teeth to their natural whiteness. The whitening formula in the toothpaste will brighten your teeth without damaging your teeth. I've used this a few times and I am really liking using this so far.
Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner - Full size (£22)
I'm so impressed with this brow liner in this months box. One side of the pencil is a defining shade to flatten all hair colours and the other side has a brightening highlighter to enhance the arch on your eyebrow. I really like using this as it's very natural and you can add as many layers as you want to your eyebrows.
Next Make Me Beautiful Lip Chubby - £8
I've only tried the bronzer from Next before but I've been impressed with it. I was excited to see Next beauty in this months box and I can't wait to try out more products from the brand. I haven't tested this lipstick out for a night out yet but it appears to be soft and moisturising when I watched this lip pencil on my hand. I think the colour is really striking and it reminds me of a MAC colour I have similar (but I can't remember the name of it off the top of my head!)
The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil - (full size £28)
This sample is very small but sometimes that's all you need as a little goes a long way. This oil is one of The Body Shops best selling products. I've used this oil once so far and I've used it at night instead of using moisturiser and it's left my skin feeling nourished and soft.
Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist - (Full size £12)
This is another full size product in this months Glossybox and it's no doubt my favourite. I'm someone who absolutely loves painting their nails but I hate spending so much time waiting for my nails to dry. Today when I was painting my nails I tried this out (a small spray on each nail) and this works like a dream. My nails were dry in seconds and smudge free. I am so impressed with this!
This is a must have for girls (like me) who love painting their nails but they don't always have a lot of time.
What do you think of this months Glossybox? Have you tried any of these products?
Look Fantastic April Beauty Box*
Look Fantastic was the first beauty box I ever became subscribed too and since then I've been a bit of a beauty box addict. I love receiving a parcel each month and being able to try out so many new beauty brands and beauty brands which I haven't been able to afford/try out before. Over the past few months I've been really impressed with the beauty boxes and the design of each box gets better each month.
Each month the box comes with a copy of Elle magazine which comes in the travel size which is perfect for fitting in your handbag on the go. The theme of this months box is natural beauty and so this months box is full of natural, organic and eco products. This months box features brands including Rituals, Bloom and Blossom, Briogeo, Elemis, Tanworx, Balance Me and My Vitamins.
Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish
If there's a brand I've really loved using over the past year or so (thanks to beauty boxes) it's Balance Me. I've never been left disappointed when I've used any of their products. This super toning body polish helps smooth and tone the skin. I've used this once already after the shower and I'm impressed with it (and it smells amazing) and it's best using this on damp skin on the areas you feel need to be a little firmer.
My Vitamins Performance Effervescent x 20 Tablets
It's nice to see that in this months box they've included a product for your 'inner beauty'. I am a bit fan of the orange vitamin c tablets and I love lemon products and so this has been a great alternative to my traditional vitamin c tablets. It's a great boost for when you're feeling run down during the day.
Tanworx Tan Maintainer by Monu Skincare
I'm a massive fan of Monu Skincare products but this is a product I've not got on board with. It's been in the Look Fantastic beauty boxes at least once (if not twice) before and so I've tested and trialled this a few times. I'm not the biggest fan of tanning products but when it comes to the summer months I do like using tanning products and this product has disappointed me before.
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
If there's one thing I love in a beauty box is a hair treatment. I've never heard of Briogeo before and so I am looking forward to giving this conditioning mask a go. This mask is infused with Argan, Avocado, Rosehip and Sweet Almond oil. This mask claims to leave your hair feeling super soft and replenished. This mask helps leave your hair look healthy looking and add shine.
Bloom and Blossom Bath and Shower Gel
This bath and shower gel is foaming and it's enriched with vitamin E and organic cucumber extracts. This shower gel is free from parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrance. This gel is safe to use throughout pregnancy and motherhood. It's fragrance free and gently cleanses and hydrates the skin.
Rituals Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba Miracle Hand Scrub
I'm a massive fan of hand cream but I've never got into using hand scrubs. I am a big fan of Rituals (there body creams are out of this world!) and so this is now a firm favourite of mine as I use it once or twice a week before I go to bed for some extra pampering on my hands. This scrub is enriched with nourishing oils and gets rid of dead skin on your hands. This leaves them silky smooth and this scrub smells amazing too.
Elemis British Botanical Hand and Nail Butter
I love hand creams and I have one in every bag I own so I can keep my hands feeling smooth on the go. This hand cream from Elemis is infused with a blend of lavender, geranium and chamomile. This blend of fragrance will help calm your mood so it's great for me at the moment as I've been really stressed. I love how this is only 20ml as it's the perfect size to fit in your handbag.
Overall I have liked this months box but it isn't my favourite box that Look Fantastic have done. I love how the boxes are becoming themed each month and that this one celebrates organic and natural beauty, but as a long-time subscriber to this box there has been a few repeat products. I love how Look Fantastic ensure there's a great variety of products in each box but I think this box is missing a make-up product. The edition of Elle magazine each month is a massive win for me though which makes this box even better value for money. I have to say I'm really excited to see what Look Fantastic have in store for the rest of this year.
What do you think of this months Look Fantastic box? Have you tried out any of these products?
You can subscribe to Look Fantastic beauty boxes from just £15 including free P&P here.
(This post contains press samples)
Striped Bodysuit - New Look (In the sale for £7!)
White Laser Cut-out Bag - New Look (In the sale for £13!)
Light Blue Star Denim Jeans - Pretty Little Thing
Cream Canvas Heels - New Look (In the sale for £9!)
White and Pink Floral Jumpsuit - Pretty Little Thing
Khaki Suedette Biker Jacket - New Look
Star Mela Multi-coloured Clutch Bag - Hardlyeverwornit
Red Mulberry Bag - Hardlyeverwornit
My favourite shop at the moment is New Look without a doubt I'm absolutely hooked and where have you been if you haven't checked out their current sale?! (It's amazing!) I recently picked up a few bits in the sale which you'll probably see in an outfit post soon. I am obsessed with this white laser cut-out bag and these heels are only £9 in the sale!
I have recently discovered the website Hardly Ever Worn It and I'm obsessed. There's so many hardly ever worn designer items which are sold and you can save a few or a lot of pennies on. I am dreaming of owning this Mulberry bag. A more budget friendly option is this clutch bag, how gorgeous is this detailing? I love it!
I am also loving Pretty Little Thing *note to self make a purchase soon* and these jeans with stars on are AMAZING and they're under £30 what's not to love?
What's your favourite item in this weeks wish list? What are you loving on the high-street at the moment?
Over the past around 9 months or so every make-up lover in the UK has become fixated on NYX Cosmetics since it's launch in the UK. What's the big deal about NYX? In case you have been living under a bush for the past few months it's an affordable make-up brand from the US which is slowly making it's way into our local Boots stores. NYX products are also available on ASOS and Feel Unique.
(Top to bottom swatches Intense Butter Gloss in Chocolate Crepe, Butter Gloss in Praline and Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Sandstorm)
Can you tell I love a nude lipstick? I am obsessed with these three colours from NYX at the moment My most used product out of the three is the liquid suede lipstick in sandstorm. I think it's a gorgeous brown shade and it works so well with my skin tone. It dries pretty matte which I love and it was a bargain at about £6. I really like the intense butter glosses as they are incredibly moisturising and pigmented. I think chocolate crepe is the perfect pink toned nude colour. If you're a fan of lip glosses the next thing on your wish list needs to be the butter gloss in praline. It's a gorgeous shade of brown, moisturising without looking too 'out there'.
NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray
I've been the biggest fan of the Urban Decay setting spray but it is pricey at about £21 per bottle. I have been looking on the high-street for the perfect alternative and I finally think I've found it. It's only £7 and if you're not looking for a dewy finish you can pick up the matte finish setting spray. It leaves my skin with a dewy finish which I love as sometimes (even though I love it) the Urban Decay setting spray can leave my make-up looking really matte.
NYX Wonder Pencil in Medium
Who doesn't love a 3 in one product? This wonder pencil from NYX is only £4 and so it doesn't break the bank either. This wonder pencil can be used as a concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner all in one. If you're always on the go and looking for a cheap affordable and multi-use product to add to your make-up bag, this is your go-to.
NYX Highlight and Contour Palette
This is definitely my favourite product from NYX (aside from the lip products) and this is a great investment no matter your skin tone. I picked this up on my trip to Germany (you can check out my post about my trip here) where NYX was actually a little bit cheaper then it is in the UK so it cost me about £13 instead of £18. Nevertheless this palette is great as it has 4 contour shades and 4 highlight and illuminating shades. I love using this to create evening and day-time looks.
Do you have any NYX recommendations? Have you tried any of these NYX products?
So you want a new highlighter? Highlighter are EVERYWHERE right now in Boots and Superdrug (and online) and I've managed to build up a bit of a stash. I thought I'd gather all my highlighters together and write a nice long highlighter guide for you all, especially if you're struggling to figure out what highlighter to buy.
TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer - Feel Unique
This highlighter is just THE BOMB.COM likely seriously amazing. I didn't think It was possible to love a make-up product so much (you can see because I've hit pan) and if you're looking for a creamy highlighter this is the one for you. I apply this using a setting brush by Real Techniques or a fan brush by Spectrum. I wear this highlighter most days and it's perfect for when you're going on a night out. If I was to give this a rating out of 5, It would get 5.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak - Feel Unique
This is probably my least favourite highlighter of the bunch and that's because I don't think it works best to my skin tone. It's not as pigmented and easy to apply as theBalm Mary Lou Manizer which doesn't make me reach for this palette. I think this palette would work best on pale skin tones so this highlighter only gets a 2/5 from me!
Rimmel London Sculpting Palette by Kate in #003 - Boots
This is the most affordable highlighter of the bunch as it's only £6.99. It comes with a contour and a blusher shade which means you're getting even more value for money (yay!) and I'm obsessed with it. This highlighter is quite powdery but it's still pigmented which I like and it's perfect to wear during the day as an alternative to Mary Lou Manizer by TheBalm. Surprisingly (even though it's the cheapest option) this gets a 4/5 from me as I constantly reach for this.
Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon
This is possibly the prettiest looking highlighter in my collection and the most recent edition. This highlighter is great for a day look as you have to apply this quite a few times and layer it. I like using a fan brush to apply this for a subtle look. I really like this and this highlighter gets a 3/5 from me!
Sleek Precious Metals Palette - Boots
Sleek are known for there amazing highlighters and this palette is part of 3 highlight palettes they have (you can check out the rest here). I really like this palette it's great for if you want to create a day-time or a night-time look. I really like the range of colours in this palette. My most used colour is the bottom left colour as it works so well with my skin tone. The only thing I don't like about this palette is that it doesn't last too long (well it doesn't last all day) on your face so you'd have to reapply it. This palette gets a 3/5 from me!
Are you obsessed with highlighters? Have you tried any of these highlighters?
If there's anything I've been become obsessed with in the past few months it's skincare. I LOVE trying out new products and it definitely doesn't help that i'm a beauty box junkie so I am always trying out new products. I haven't quite found my perfect skincare routine but I am getting pretty close. I thought I'd put this post together to show you all 10 ways I try and get better skin.
1. Cleanse - Removing make-up and dirt from your face is essential. I used to swear by make-up wipes and then by micellar wipes but now I have a full cleansing routine. I still use micellar water (I'd recommend either the Simple micellar water or Garnier micellar water) and then I finish off my cleansing routine with the Liz Earle cleanse and polish. I find that the Liz Earle cleanse and polish really helps remove all traces of make-up on my skin and leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and hydrated.
2. Tone - I don't do this often but if I've worn a lot of make-up I'll make sure I use a toner on my face and I'd 100% recommend Pixi glow tonic. If you love your skincare this is a great product for you as it really leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh. The glow tonic helps even out skintone for a brighter, clearer, complexion and gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells.
3. Exfoliate - I only started exfoliating just before christmas (bad I know) but I just thought with your skincare routine you needed to remove your make-up and moisturise. I discovered the Liz Earle gentle face exfoliator which I use about twice a week now on my skin. If you're someone who is spot prone i'd recommend doing this everyday to keep your skin fresh. This really helps rejuvenate my skin and keep it looking lively.
4. Moisturise - I can't stress how important moisturising is for your skin. Moisturising leaves your skin feeling more comfortable and supple and look brighter. I think if you've got oily skin I would stay away from moisturising too often though! I personally have normal/dry skin and I find moisturising everyday helps my skin feel more alive and my make-up will apply a lot better once I've moisturised my face. Also, when you wake up in the morning your skin will feel plump and smooth too. I use either the Medik8 Skin Balancing Mattifying Moisturiser (this stuff smells like starbursts) or the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser and both these moisturisers leave my skin feeling rejuvenated, more plump and smooth.
5. Face Masks - I think I'm having a little bit of an unhealthy addiction to using face masks at the moment! I love using about two (sometimes three!) a week. I think it's due to being in my final year at university all I want to do is pamper myself when I'm feeling stressed. I really love using the Liz Earle brightening treatment mask for a quick fix (as this only takes 2 minutes) to give my skin that extra little boost. If I want to do a 10 minute face mask though, one of my favourite mask to use is the Medik8 pore refining mask which helps refine my pores and leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and soft.
What I like about this Medik8 pore refining mask is you can use it as often as you like as it's so gentle on your skin. I also love using the Sanctuary Spa 5 minute thermal detox mask (which is a total steal at £10) from Boots. This mask is great for all skin types and I really like using this when I've had a super long day and my skin needs some TLC. You have to wet your face first then apply the face mask and it heats up your face (weird but seriously good!) it leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed and looking really bright.
6. Serum - I learnt from one of my best friends Annoush how important using serums on your face are and there's only one serum I use at the moment and it's the Medik8 Advanced Night Serum. It feels so strange adding oil to your face but it really works. I use this twice a week at the moment and then after a couple of weeks it suggests using it every other day, then everyday. I am still in the using it twice a week phase and I'm impressed with this so far. It leaves my skin feeling oily but when I wake up in the morning after using it, my skin feels great. This serum helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots, creating more youthful appearing skin.
What products do you use in your everyday skin care routine? Have you tried any of these products out?
I've noticed that a lot of bloggers are posting about their monthly 'favourites' just like youtubers and I noticed it wasn't something I do myself on my blog, despite having loads of favourites each month. This is now going to be a regular feature as who doesn't love writing about the products they've been loving ALL month?
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Natural - Look Fantastic
This product has sadly come to an end now! I have been using this for about 3/4 months and it's a tinted moisturiser. I never thought I would find a product which is so hydrating and that it glides so well on the skin. I love using this with either my beauty blender (you can pick one up on eBay super cheap here) which is how I got my beauty blender or I apply the complexion rescue with a buffing brush. I've moved onto the Estee Lauder double wear now and so I'll be reporting back on that next month.
Pink Beauty Blender - Ebay
I was a huge fan of the Real Techniques sponge and I used that for probably about a year before moving on to the beauty blender. I picked mine up through Ebay and I only paid about £5-6 which is saving £10 compared the price of them in Boots, online at BeautyBay/Cultbeauty etc. I use this damp to blend in my concealer and this works a total treat.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral - Feel Unique
This concealer is basically my perfect concealer and it makes me sad how I'm on the last few uses of this. If you're looking for a high coverage concealer with actual staying power, this is the one for you. I suffer from dark circles underneath my eyes and this covers them right up and it's a product I will always repurchase. I would definitely recommend heading to your nearest Urban Decay make-up counter and getting matched up though as this is £17.50 a time!
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden - Feel Unique
This eyeshadow primer is like heaven in a small sized bottle. I have tried out numerous eyeshadow primers and they have not come close to this. I use the shade Eden which works well on my eyelids. This could also work as an eyeshadow by itself too. If you're looking for the perfect eyeshadow primer which isn't too expensive it's worth splashing out on this. What I love about the primer potion is a little goes a LONG way when you're using this.
NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray - Boots
If you're looking for a setting spray on a budget (that leaves you looking glowy) this is your go-to. It's only about £7 too which makes it a total bargain. I find this so easy to use and I use this just before I put my mascara on. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and set my make-up really well. I will always love using the Urban Decay setting spray but this one is my back-up.
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft Spoken - Boots
This product has been my 'go-to' lip product this month and it's such a nice colour. I really like using this over a nude lip liner or I blot this with a little bit of tissue paper. I think this is a bargain at about £6 a lipstick and who doesn't love a cream/liquid lipstick? The next on my NYX wish list is the shade soft spoken and you can check out all the other colours available here.
Benefit Gimme Brow in Dark Brown - Look Fantastic
This is probably the best Benefit product I've ever used. If you have thick dark eyebrows and you just want a product to sort them out in about 10 seconds this is your dream product. I think I'll be using this not too often (as it's on the pricier side) but when I go away this summer this will 100% be in my travel make-up bag as it's the perfect size.
Nail Apothecary Gel Effect Top Coat by Elegant Touch - Boots
I'm a massive fan of this top coat as it actually works on my nails. I've tried so many top coats and these haven't work too well on my nails as they normally chip within a couple of days but this top coat helps them last about a week and it's only about £7 in Boots.
What have been your favourites this month? Have you tried out any of these products?
For product variety this is one of my favourite beauty boxes I've ever received and Birchbox have really hit the nail on the head when it comes to making (in my opinion) the dream beauty box. Birchbox is always a box I'm impressed with as they come in those cute tie bags (which are great for travelling or just to live at your boyfriends house to keep your products safe) and the boxes are always absolutely gorgeous and no pattern each month is the same.
Spectrum Collections Sponge - £4.99
Spectrum Collections is one favourite brands and I'm always so excited when I discover a new release from them. I'm a really big fan of the beauty blender and when I saw that in this months Birchbox was a Spectrum Collections sponge I couldn't wait to try it out. So far I am impressed with this and it helps blend in my concealer and foundation so well.
Rituals Tao Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Body Scrub - 70ml travel size (full size £19.50)
Rituals is a brand I'm loving right now. I had a body lotion from them, I am not sure of the name but it made my skin feel so soft for days afterwards. I think Rituals products always smell amazing and the more Rituals products in my life the better right?
theBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen - Sample size 1.2ml full size RRP £10
Whenever there is a product from theBalm in a Birchbox it's an exciting time. Stainiac is a gel-based cheek and lip stain which has that subtle hint of colour. This feels really soft on the skin and dries really quickly too. I think for me this is better as a cheek product as I am not the biggest fan of lip stains, but if you're a big fan of lip stains this is the perfect product for you.
Vita Coco Coconut Oil - Sample size
You can use coconut oil for literally ANYTHING (like literally). I mainly use this for cooking but I have another tub of coconut oil for when I use this as a hair mask or eye make up remover. I used to hate the smell of coconut but from cooking with coconut oil all the time I've begun to love it. If you're a fan of multi-use products you need to give coconut oil a try.
Philip Kingsley PK Polishing Balm - Sample size 20ml
First of all I've just spotted this mini set of Philip Kingsley products for £6! Which is a total bargain. I'm yet to try any products from Philip Kingsley but I have never read a bad review on a Philip Kingsley product. I am really looking forward to using this as frizz-fighting balm works to condition, style and protect your hair.
Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet - Sample size 10ml (RRP £23)
This was the product that really caught my eye this month. I've tried a few Caudalie products before thanks to beauty boxes and when I heard about this launch I new I had to try it. This sorbet is great for all skin types and helps to leave your skin feeling super soft. The 'white grape' scent isn't very overpowering either which I really like. I'll be carrying on using this to keep my skin looking moisturised, hydrated and feeling glowy.
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What did you think of this months box? Have you tried out any of these products before?