11/06/2015

Stockin' Up On Lush | Haul

It's no secret, I am a Lush addict. If I really bothered to count, I'm sure over half of my blog posts so far include Lush in some form. There's just something special about hopping into a Lush bath-bomb-filled bath (I feel like I should clarify here that I'm talking about a bath full of water and using one bath bomb, not like, sitting in a whole bathtub just filled with them), popping on a fresh face mask and having a right old chillax.

lush haul lakeside cosmetics bath body beauty skincare

This time around, my best friend and I were the only ones in the shop all evening. I had a lovely skincare chat with the guy who served me, and he even complimented me on my good choices which absolutely made my day. The name on the receipt was James so, James from Lush Lakeside, if you stumble across this post - hello and thank you for being great! 
Here are the new bits that I ended up with once I'd wandered in for the 2735billionth time... 

d'fluff strawberry shaving soap mask of magnanimity face mask self preserving

After hearing nothing but good things about it, I grabbed myself a pot of the D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap. I gotta say, this stuff smells insane - in a good way! It contains a bucket load of strawberries, cocoa butter and egg white to really nourish the skin and stop it from drying out and itching like mad after shaving which has definitely happened to me on numerous occasions. As you can probably tell from the photo I've already tried this out and I wasn't disappointed! A little really does go a long way, it applies beautifully and doesn't clog up the razor at all like other shaving gels do. 

I've written a review of Mask of Magnaminty in the past which you can read here so I won't waffle on too much. I love this mask, it makes my skin feel so energised and refreshed, not to mention making most of my redness around angry blemishes disappear. I picked up the self preserving formula just so I don't have to stress out about using it all up super quickly, but I can't get enough of this stuff. 

full of grace solid serum bar skincare natural

Another little skincare gem I have nothing but praise for is the Full of Grace serum. I'll start by saying although some Lush products contain a few safe synthetics, this is all completely 'au naturel' and has none whatsoever - said in my best French accent, of course. It's brilliant considering you slather it all over your face! This baby calms and conditions the skin and can really help to reduce excess oil - James from earlier up there also said to try this underneath my Mask of Mag, as it can really open up the pores underneath to let all the goodness in. I tried it and low and behold, the results were beyond amazing! Oooh yeah nourished skin.

may day floating island honey bee bath bomb melt ballistic
Top - Honey Bee, Left - May Day, Right - Floating Island
It'd be a crime to walk into Lush and not walk out again with at least one bath ballistic, so I grabbed one of my all time favourites, Honey Bee, for good measure. You've probably seen this pop up on my blog ample times by now, because I. bloody. love. this. bath bomb... Even if it does end up looking like you've wee'd in the bath by the time you get out! It's not an all singing, all dancing fizz-bang-wallop kind of bomb - it's simple bliss and the perfect balance of not-too-fresh, not-too-sweet, and still really soothing at the same time. Also, I find that I have my 'morning' Lush scents and my 'night time' Lush scents, but this one can come under either. Loooooove it.

May Day was a limited edition product that was only meant to be available in the month of May, so when I saw a few left over I snapped one up as if my life depended on it. This cute little badger is just part of Lush's many amazing efforts to contribute towards the fight against animal testing and cruelty (although I did originally think it was a raccoon, whoops). The scent reminds me of the bright green Avobath bomb, it's very uplifting and refreshing and smells a bit like sherbet! All the proceeds from this little guy go directly to Anti-Badger Culling projects in the UK to help save the lives of innocent little badgers who fall victim to needless badger culling - and who doesn't love helping to save animals, am I right?! 

Lastly I thought I'd treat myself to a luxury bath melt in the form of Floating Island. I adore using bath melts, and definitely don't pick them up enough! This particular one is possibly the most relaxing, calming scent to ever grace my nostrils that isn't the slightest bit lavender-y, which is great if you can't stand lavender but still want to chill! Like all bath melts, it contains oils and butters to make it really nourishing and moisturising - and it's massive too. 

Let me know if you've tried any of these bits, and tell me about the Lush stuff you love that I need to try! 

Big love,
xxx
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04/06/2015

TIGI Haircare @ TK Maxx

Having long hair is both a blessing and a curse, and I'm sure all you long-haired gals out there will feel my pain when I mention buying brand new, lovely haircare products and watching them disappear into thin air in a matter of weeks. I never really tend to buy myself 'decent' shampoos and conditioners, simply because I get through so much of the stuff and my bank account would hate me!

tigi haircare catwalk oatmeal honey 750ml tkmaxx

TIGI is a haircare brand I've always wanted to delve into but I've just never had the funds to feed my curiosity. On a little trip to town I wandered into TK Maxx (or TJ Maxx for those of you across the pond) and was faced with a whole shelf-full of huge bottles of TIGI. Swoon.

There were a few different Catwalk & Bed Head ranges, and after much deliberation I eventually grabbed the Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner. Rocking up at £12.99 each for a whopping 750ml of product, it's a huuuuuge difference compared to their respective feelunique.co.uk price tags - £22.45 for the shampoo and £27.85 for the conditioner. Also, they have those cool little pumpy lid things that makes them feel all salon-like and posh!

tigi haircare catwalk oatmeal honey 750ml tkmaxx

I have to admit, I wish I'd have smelt these before I picked them up - their scent is super super strong and very sweet - definitely not one for people who don't like sweet smells. Personally I don't mind it, but I know it might put some people off. Scent aside, these beauties do wonders for my hair. If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you'll have probably seen me complain about how my hair almost dreadlocks itself overnight. I can 100% see the difference in my hair when I use these, my dry, disgusting ends (which, note to self, I really do need to get cut) are tamed and softened, and even 2/3 day old hair brushes through like a dream - something I never thought I'd be saying! 

For their teeny tiny price tag at the moment, I'd definitely try to pick some up from the range that TK Maxx are stocking right now. I wouldn't be surprised if these bottles lasted me the best part of the rest of the year, so really I'm saving money in the long run too, win! Just, maybe make sure to smell them first haha...

Are there any other little TIGI gems you've tried that I'm missing out on?! Tell all please!!!

Big love,
xxx
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31/05/2015

Drugstore Haulin'

So, I might have gotten lucky this month and been paid more than I anticipated. And I might have gotten a little excited and waltzed into every shop in town without hesitation, waving my purse in the air and ticking off wishlist after wishlist of things I've wanted for an absolute AGE...

Ok so that might be a bit of a dramatisation but you get where I'm coming from, right?

High street beauty haul makeup flatlymaybelline brow drama medium brown colour drama 630 nude perfection revlon colorstay sand beige 180 combination oily seventeen stay time concealer fair

Revlon ColourStay foundation for combination/oily skin in 180 Sand Beige
I've been after a higher coverage drugstore foundation for a while, and after hearing nothing but great things about Revlon's offering, I thought I'd give it a whirl! The thing I really like about this foundation is that it's tailor made to specific skin types - either normal/dry or combination/oily so it's pretty much guaranteed to agree with my skin.

Seventeen Stay Time concealer in Fair
I'm pretty sure this little guy is the new kid on the block when it comes to drugstore concealers. When swatched, it feels very similar to Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer (which I have repurchased over and over again), but doesn't seem to feel as drying on the skin. Same consistency, same price, same coverage, but a little more creamy which I like!

Maybelline Colour Drama velvet matte lip pencil in 360 Nude Perfection
Rumor has it that this is a pretty accurate dupe for Mac's Velvet Teddy in pencil form, so naturally I had to have it. It's lovely and matte without being too drying - I don't have Velvet Teddy to directly compare it to, but on the lips it looks very convincing! The formula is wonderfully pigmented, and it lasts a good while on the lips on it's own. I'll definitely be picking up more of these. 

Maybelline Brow Drama eyebrow mascara in Medium Brown
I've been using the same grubby not-so-clear-anymore mascara to set my brows for what feels like centuries (ew?!), and without the budget for a Benefit Gimme Brow, this was the next best thing. Luckily, the medium brown shade is almost identical to my natural brow colour and I find the brush applies just enough product without it going all gloopy and gross. I can't say I'll be wearing this on it's own, but it works like a dream over the top of my Dipbrow Pomade. 

I've not treated myself to new makeup in what feels like forever, and it felt sooooooooo good giving my makeup bag a little update! Note to self: must do this more often! If you've picked any of these bits up recently, let me know your thoughts! 
Also, is blogger reeeaaallly killing the quality of anyone else's photos recently or is it just me?!


Big love,

xxx

P.S. My apologies for my absence this week, I felt like I was doing so well with keeping my little internet space up to date when BAM - I've been diagnosed with polycystic ovaries which is super painful and means I've been testing out a cocktail of tablets like a little guinea pig all week. Cry! I'll survive though, I'm sure :) x
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15/05/2015

Spectrum Brushes | Concealer & Brow Brush Review

I'm a self confessed makeup brush freak, and I'm always on the lookout for good quality brushes that won't set me back £50 a piece (MAC, as nice as your brushes are, I'm looking at you). Considering Spectrum are a brush brand I'd never heard of before, their brushes are insane. They're completely vegan and cruelty free, which is so nice to know especially if you're a head-over-heels animal lover like me - not to mention they're super affordable too. 2 brushes for under £10? Yes please...

spectrum brushes angled brow brush domed contour concealer brush
Zelda is a nickname - my actual name is Emma for those confused by the note haha!
spectrum brushes angled brow brush domed contour concealer brush

First things first, can we all just appreciate for a moment how bright and beautiful these brushes are?! It's so nice to see something other than black brushes for a change, and the ombré bristles are right up my street. They even come with a sweet little storage bag and a handwritten thank-you note. Swoon. 

spectrum brushes angled brow brush domed contour concealer brush

Since getting my hands on the Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown (woo, what a mouthful and a half that one is), I've been on the hunt for a decent brow brush to accompany it. Unfortunately my budget right now can't stretch to a coveted MAC 266, so I was looking for the next best, affordable thing! Enter Spectrum's Angled Brow Brush. For me, this is a little brush of dreams, it's got perfect length bristles with a lovely stiff-ness for all things brows - and I don't know about you but I've had my fair share of soft, almost fluffy brow brushes with bristles that are too long to actually do anything with. At £3.99, I was worried that this would be the case with this brush too, but I was so wrong. Very very impressive!

spectrum brushes angled brow brush domed contour concealer brush

I've never really had a brush for the sole purpose of blending concealer - I'm typically lazy and most of the time I'll use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for absolutely everything - so I thought it was about time I got myself sorted. I decided to grab the Domed Contour Brush, which I think is actually meant for the eyes but it's the ideal size for blending around smaller areas of the face - especially because my eye sockets are so teensy anyway! Let me start by saying this brush is stupidly soft, and blends even my thickest Lasting Perfection Concealer in like a dream. I find that a lot of the time thicker concealers go all dry and crease on me, but after they're blended in with this little bad boy, my complexion looks flawless. If I didn't know otherwise, I'd think it was much more expensive than it's £4.99 price tag. 

Not only am I a makeup brush freak, but I'm also really picky with what brushes I use, and all things considered, I'm ridiculously impressed with Spectrum's brushes. I'm counting down the days till payday so I can get my hands on some more! Let me know your thoughts, especially if you've tried any brushes from Spectrum before! 

Big love,
xxx
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13/05/2015

Aussie's Miracle Dry Shampoo

I have always been a die hard fan of the Batiste dry shampoos. I am also a die hard fan of Aussie hair products. Put the two together and out comes this Aussie dry shampoo. Ding ding ding, we have a winner, people!

Once upon a time, not too long ago, a damsel in distress (i.e. me) hit the snooze button one too many times. Behold, on a very rushed morning before work, with no time for a shower, she discovered she'd run out of dry shampoo - DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN!!!!
Haha sorry, I couldn't resist.
Anyway, this did actually happen and after running into Asda on the hunt for a bottle of Batiste, I spotted this and was stopped dead in my tracks. Aussie's offering is a little more pricey than Batiste coming in at £4, but I honestly think it's worth it. Here's why...

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Aussome Volume

When I first used this dry shampoo I was slightly skeptical. I'd sprayed it on and shimmied it through my hair at my desk while at work, and my computer screen was as good of a mirror as I was going to get. To me, my hair still felt greasy, and without a mirror to check for greasy patches and/or white powdery patches, I spent the day not knowing if my hair looked half clean or old lady-esque. Thankfully, there wasn't a grey hair in sight. There's sometimes still a little bit of powder left over, but you really have to give it some welly on the same patch of hair for it to notice - a few little spritzes here and there leave no colour behind at all.

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Aussome Volume

I found a lot of the time with the Batiste XXL Volume dry shampoo that it made my hair feel very stiff, but the Aussie one does a really great job of giving the hair tons of volume without the stiffness (and I think that's why I started my 'oh god I bet I look like old Gladys across the road' sort of panic before I could get to a mirror ha!). Also, as I've found with all Aussie products, it smells GREAT. It doesn't smell at all powdery or like it's trying to mask something, instead it wafts around during the day and makes your hair smell like it's been freshly washed - well, as freshly washed as it can get when you've hit snooze 5 million times and left yourself with 15 minutes to leave the house! 

All in all, I can't fault this little bottle of goodness and I'm so glad I made the decision to pick it up. I'll probably keep a mini bottle of Batiste in my handbag for super emergencies, but for your every day 'I've woken up SO late' panics, or for the days your hair needs a little bit more oomph, you really can't go wrong with this. Have you tried this or any other dry shampoos that have left you pleasantly surprised? Let me know in the comments so I can try too! 

Big love,
xxx
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09/05/2015

Super Yummy Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Breville Blend Active Breakfast Berry Smoothie

Good morning and a happy Saturday to you all! I'm smoothie obsessed - always have been, always will be - so the day I bought my Breville Blend Active was the best day like, ever! Every day before work I'll chuck all manner of fruit into the little bottle and whizz myself up a breakfast smoothie before the drive, and believe me, I've tried and failed on many occasions to create the perfect taste (Note to self: don't ever ever use orange juice in a smoothie again, bleughhhh).

The past couple of mornings, I think I've finally found 'the one'. It makes me feel fuller in the morning, takes 2 seconds to whizz up and tastes insane. Here's what I used:

Breville Blend Active Breakfast Berry Smoothie Recipe

1 Banana
I use banana in every smoothie as it helps to fill it out and are so good for you, especially in the morning when it comes to giving you energy, boosting your mood and helping you to remember things - 3 absolute must-haves for most Monday mornings, don't you agree?
1 Kiwi
Kiwi's contain so much vitamin C, they can actually help boost your metabolism - not to mention really helping to improve the skin too. 
A handful of mixed berries
Any berry of choice will do, but I find using frozen berries a lot cheaper, they last longer and it makes the smoothie icy cold and lovely in the end. This selection contains mostly strawberries, which again have antioxidant properties that can help with collagen in the skin and the immune system, as well as blackberries which have the highest antioxidant levels of all fruit, and contain vitamins similar to spinach but a lot more yummy!
A handful of ice 
Just to make sure it doesn't come out too thick and warm and gross haha. Also, an icy cold drink first thing in the morning can help to kick start your metabolism. 
Fruit juice of choice
I used mango, but any juice apart from orange works pretty well!
A few spoons of greek yogurt & a handful of rolled oats 
A breakfast smoothie wouldn't be a breakfast smoothie without yogurt and oats to fill you up now would it?! I use natural yogurt just in case I decide to change up the flavours with different fruits, but normal yogurt works just as well.

I've not had the best luck with blenders in the past. My last love affair with a proper old, chunky, 'impossible to put in the dishwasher' blender ended up with me blending the rubber seal in with my smoothie. It leaked out everywhere, all over the wires, smelt like burning rubber and the smoothie tasted, well... like a blended up car tyre. Not cool, guys. 

Breville Blend Active Breakfast Berry Smoothie Recipe

I can guarantee you that this smoothie doesn't taste like burned rubber haha. I'd had my eye on the Blend Active for a good few months before I took the plunge, and now all of a sudden it's becoming a super raved-about product (so I thought I'd join the bandwagon ha!). I'm not getting paid to say any of this, I'm literally just fangirling so hard over this blender - especially because it has the same power and can do pretty much everything an original Nutri Bullet can do, for £20 instead of £100! I can't get over how easy it makes smoothie time haha. You literally chop everything up, chuck it all into the bottle in whichever order you please, screw on the top (v. v. important!) and whizz it all up. Then replace the blades with the proper bottle top and you're good to go. Not a rubber seal in sight. Perrrrrfecttttt for someone like me who is always late and always in a rush. AND it can all go in the dishwasher. Bliss.

When it came to getting my 5 a day and living a healthy lifestyle, I was useless. I've decided by this summer I want to be happy with my body, and I'm definitely seeing a difference already in my skin and health just by making the effort to have a smoothie every morning. Granted, you won't see me giving up the chocolate any time soon, but hey, it's a start right!? YAY SMOOTHIES!

Let me know if you give this recipe a go or if there are any other recipes you recommend! 
Big love,
xxx
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07/05/2015

Long Hair Problems I'm Sure You'll Understand


All my girls with boob-length or longer hair, this one's for you. Having grown my hair out for the past 18 months or so, I've discovered the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with having long locks. Here are a few of my findings...

Finding your hair EVERYWHERE
There is no escape. It's like getting snitched on all the time. Snuck that last piece of cake out of the fridge? No matter how careful you might have been, best believe there will be hair at the scene of the crime. Busted. People at work always know when I've nicked the comfy spinning chair out of the office, because it's guaranteed that my hair will be all over it...  There goes my chances of being a #1 stealth ninja.

Sleeping with your hair down = Suffocation
Especially in summer. Disgustingly sweaty, tangly, suffocation. Enough said.

Brush, brush, brush, and brush again
Because as soon as you step out of the door on a windy day it's like armageddon - girl vs. hair. Not to mention the 'large-bird's-nest-esque' state of your locks when you emerge from bed the next morning. On a bad day, I will spend at least half an hour in the morning ripping through my hair with a tangle teezer, trying to tame it, which usually ends up with me drenching my hair in conditioner, and my puppy running away with the tangle teezer...

The sheer volume of shampoo & conditioner you manage to get through
Literally in a week you're three quarters of the way through what you thought was a large bottle of shampoo. Although, don't you find that you always run out of shampoo before conditioner? Boo. Thank God I don't have to go to the same place every single time I need more shampoo. I'd be there so often that people would start to think I had serious problems and/or a very large dog.

Don't even get me started on styling your hair...
Because every day - EVERY D A Y - is arm day. No need for weights at the gym ladies, oh no no no. When you've got your hair half suspended in a top knot /slash/ messy bun /slash/ 'I have no idea where I'm jamming these bobby pins, but please lord let my hair stay in place when I let go because I've been holding it up for so long I can barely feel my fingers', it's a hell of a workout for those triceps. 

I couldn't not add this in, bravo helicopter lady, bravo. 

Let me know if you can relate to any of these little findings! Hats off to Rapunzel, I just don't know how she does it...

Big love, 
xxx
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29/04/2015

A Little (kind of) MAC Cosmetics Haul...

Mac Cosmetics Haul Lipstick Skinfinish Chromaline

Holy crap it's been over a week already?! I have no idea where the time goes, honestly. I suppose it could  be due to the fact that I managed to slam my head into a door (completely by accident, might I add), and gave myself a concussion -crying laugh emoji-. So I did what any beauty junkie would do when they're bed-bound on payday... put in a MAC order! Without further ado, here's what I spent half my wages on...


Mac Cosmetics Chromaline Black Black Eyeliner
Mac Cosmetics Chromaline Black Black Eyeliner

Chromaline in Black Black
Can we just appreciate for a moment how wonderful a brand new pot of eyeliner looks?! Ugh. 
If you read my FOTD post here, you'll know that I tested out a whole bunch of new makeup products on a day out to Thorpe Park with my boyfriend. All things considered, most of the makeup held up effortlessly, especially as it got to a whopping 28 degrees that day (I walked around in shorts and everything!?!). However the one thing that let me down was my eyeliner. An avid gel liner fan, I decided I wanted to step out of the comfort zone of my usual Maybelline liner and try something different. Bad move.
The Rimmel liner I used was an absolute bugger to apply, and after spending a good 20-25 minutes trying to make good of it, it ended up flaking all over my face after about 15 minutes. So I decided it was time to bring out the big guns! I was originally going to go for the Fluidline in Blacktrack, but the Chromaline juuuust pipped it to the post as it's smudge proof, waterproof, has better reviews and is even £1.50 cheaper. Exciting much!?


Mac Cosmetics Mineralize Skin Finish Soft And Gentle
Mac Cosmetics Mineralize Skin Finish Soft And Gentle

Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle
If you haven't heard of this at least once yet then which rock have you been hiding under? Everyone and their grandma's-dog's-eldest-cousin-twice-removed in the blogosphere raves about this so I thought it was high time I saw what all the fuss was about! I also saw a girl in a queue line at Thorpe Park who I swear was wearing this on her cheekbones and it looked flawless. I've been trying out theBalm's Mary Lou-manizer prior to this, and although it's wonderfully pigmented it's just too golden for my pale skin. I'm hoping, with any luck this peachier highlight will be better suited to my skin tone.


Mac Cosmetics Satin Lipstick Faux Nude Pink

Satin Lipstick in Faux
I'm usually very wary when it comes to buying MAC lippies online, and I'll usually swatch them in store more times than I can count, just to make 100% sure it's the one I want. Does anyone else do this? I don't know. They're just too pricey to get it wrong, y'know?! I usually stick to the matte formulas too, so purchasing a satin one is right out of my comfort zone as it is haha! I went for 'Faux' as it seems like a nice alternative to 'Velvet Teddy', still pinky/nudey but without a lot of the browny undertones that VT has. Even though the coveted Velvet Teddy was actually in stock (shock, gasp!), I'm terrified that it'll come out way too brown on me, so Faux was a definite winner.

I even got a teeny tiny sample of the Pro Longwear foundation which was a pleasant surprise, especially as I'm in love with the concealer! I don't even want to think about how much money I've just spent on like, three things though... Oh, the life of a woman hey? 

Let me know your opinions if you've tried any of these bits and be prepared for a good few reviews once I've given them a test run haha! 

Big love,
xx
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19/04/2015

FOTD: Stila In The Light + Full Review

Good morning and a happy Sunday to you all! Weekends are just too short aren't they? If you saw my post last week about my first Stila palette purchase, you'll know that the first delivery arrived broken (boo!). Since then, the non-broken one has arrived in all its glory, and I just couldn't resist doing a FOTD with it! So without further ado, here's a little neutral nudey look I created on my eyeballs...




Base: 
LUSH Gorgeous moisturiser
Benefit That Gal brightening primer
MAC Matchmaster foundation in 1.5
MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW20 
L'Oreal True Match powder in Rose Ivory 
Sleek Contour Palette (bronzer + blusher) in Light
Benefit High Beam highlighter

Eyes:
Benefit Brows A Go-Go (light powder)
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown
Urban Decay primer potion
Stila In The Light 'Bare' (all over lid as a base colour)
Stila In The Light 'Bliss' (transition colour)
Stila In The Light 'Gilded Gold' (outer corner and crease)
Stila In The Light 'Luster' the teensiest bit in the outer corner)
Stila In The Light 'Kitten' (brow and inner corner)
Stila In The Light 'Bubbly' (remaining lid space)
Rimmel Scandaleyes gel eyeliner in Black
Rimmel Wonder-full argan oil mascara
Random natural lashes from eBay 

Lips:
LUSH None of Your Beeswax lip balm
e.l.f. Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink
Lipcote 


If you'd like to see a full tutorial on this look, please let me know! The palette itself is nothing less than gorgeous. I'm not sure where to categorise it, as at £25 it's definitely not the cheapest of the bunch, but it won't break the bank as much as say, a £38 Naked palette. 

The shadows themselves are wonderfully creamy and pigmented, and not at all chalky - although not as highly pigmented as Urban Decay's Naked offerings. I kind of prefer that though, of course I'm no expert and I made my fair share of eyeshadow mistakes, but they were easier to correct because the colour hadn't gone on so harshly first time. They're still easily bendable and buildable, and a massive win with me!

Tomorrow I will be embarking on my very first drive along the motorway EVER, on a little adventure to Thorpe Park with the boyfriend (your little adrenaline junkie over here is very very excited!). I managed to pass my driving test with no minors just under a year ago now, but I'm still pooing myself a bit thinking about my first trip down the M25! I'll be wearing a toned down version of this makeup look throughout the day so I'll really be testing the longevity of the shadows as well as everything else. Hopefully it won't all end up on the back of my head after going on Stealth etc etc haha. 

And finally, as I'm an absolute idiot when it comes to posing for photos, here are a few little gems that came out on timer as I got fully engrossed in the music that was playing at the time. Vogue, call me now. I'm waiting. 


Let me know if you've tried this beautiful palette before, or if you'd like to see a full tutorial on this look! 

Big love, 
xx
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17/04/2015

The Staple Leather Jacket | New Additions


Oh the classic leather jacket. I think every girl and their grandma must have had at least one in their lifetime, and ever since I became old enough to pick my own clothes, I've always been a leather jacket girl. There's something so endearing about throwing on some boots and a leather jacket that almost makes you feel unstoppable - anyone else feel like that sometimes? 

I wore the same cropped leather biker jacket (PU, of course!) from Jane Norman for at least 7/8 years - Jane Norman... what a blast from the past! I remember when everyone in my secondary school (including me) used to think it was super cool to shove their P.E. kit into a Jane Norman coloured carrier bag hahaha.
Recently I had to watch my old faithful jacket die as the coating started to flake off left, right and center, waaaa! :( It was time to purchase a brand new shiny jacket, so I headed to ASOS and this is what I found.


As much as I'd love to spend hundreds of pounds on a luxurious real leather All Saints jacket, my teeny tiny budget just can't stretch that far! So instead I opted for this Noisy May Leather Look Jacket that came in at a much more budget-friendly price, especially as I had an ASOS voucher to spend too - win! ASOS are always so great when it comes to bits and bobs that are cheap, but still really nice quality. I wanted something a little different to the ever-so-popular biker style jacket, and the reason I loved this one is because it doesn't have a pointy collar, or an awkward wonky zip! Instead it's classed as 'collarless' and has a couple of poppers around the neck instead, as well as a straight zip. 

I also really reeeallly like that it's a matte black rather than that stiff, shiny material that's so obviously plastic. It's super soft, extremely comfortable and to be honest, pretty convincing for leather look PU. Maybe one day (in my dreams haha) I'll be blessed with my very own All Saints jacket, but I'm confident this little ASOS find will do me just fine for years to come! (Also, I'd like to apologise for the distinct lack of photos with the jacket on - I've been pretty sick and slumping around feeling sorry for myself, I feel like a quasimodo right now ha!).

Let me know your thoughts on the good ol' leather jacket (also let me know if you remember Jane Norman - or even better, if there was a jane-norman-bag-pe-kit-crew at your school haha, I'd love to hear about it!) 

Big love, 
xx
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15/04/2015

The Little Bottle Your Lips Can't Live Without


After finally starting to build up a little collection of lovely MAC lippies (including the classic Ruby Woo red),  I decided I needed to up my game if I wanted my lipsticks to stay put all day. After all, the more you reapply, the more product you use and the quicker it runs out! 

I used to work 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, outside in the rain, sun and snow at a local theme park and knew a girl who would ALWAYS have perfect red lipstick on, all except I never ever saw her re-apply. Ever. Even at the end of the night, it would remain looking perfectly applied - needless to say I was envious! I managed to grab her one evening (not literally, people!) and asked how the hell she managed to keep her lipstick on all day without redoing it over and over again throughout the day. She pulled out a little bottle of Lipcote and called it her lifesaver. She told me how to use it, and the next morning I was straight into Boots at 9am snatching myself up a bottle!


This stuff is wonderful. It's so wonderful, that the word 'wonderful' doesn't even do it justice. Here's how it works: 
Apply your lipliner/lipstick like normal, and blot once.
Apply another coat, and blot again.
Brush Lipcote over your lips, paying close attention to the edges.
Make sure not to move your lips until it's dry, or it'll crease and go all weird! 

I won't lie, if you put this onto dry lips it stings like a b!*$%, so make sure you grab yourself a lip balm beforehand! Once it's all dry you can move your lips as normal, eat, drink, kiss and be merry and I promise you, your lippy will not budge. My boyfriend wouldn't let me kiss him on the cheek at first because he thought I'd leave red smudges all over his face, and even HE was amazed when I left no mark whatsoever. See, it even amazes boys haha.

Ignore the slightly stained brush, it isn't usually red haha
Yeah it smells kinda weird and it does kind of feel like you're applying nail varnish to your lips, but the pros dramatically outweigh those cons and I won't hold back when I say it's made life SO much easier not having to worry about my lip colour all the time, constantly having to ask if it's come off every time I have a drink! 

Let me know your thoughts on Lipcote if you've tried it, and if not, then what are you waiting for?! You won't regret it. I promise. 

Big love, 
xx
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09/04/2015

Stila In The Light & Strawberry Balmi | What Happens When I Have Points To Spend...


I'm so weak when it comes to spending points online, especially on makeup. I completely forgot about my Birchbox points for a while, not realising I'd racked up another £30's worth since last April (which is pretty damn good going if you ask me!). So I did what any self-confessed-beauty-lover/woman-obsessed-with-anything-that-glitters would do. Absolutely wiped out my hard earned points in about 5 seconds and spent them all in one go...


(Please ignore the broken shadow! It came like this in the post -cry cry cry- and I'm too impatient to wait for a replacement because I just wanna write about it RIGHT NOW! So this one will have to do haha).

I have been lusting over this palette since, like, forever?! I've been meaning to get into doing my eyeshadow more often, and even though I own 2 naked palettes already, I fancied something a bit different. This has 3 matte shades (bare, bliss & sandstone) and 6 shimmer shades (kitten - my favourite, that just so happens to be the broken one :( , sunset, champagne, gilded gold & luster) and it couldn't be more beautiful. Not to mention it comes with a brown eyeliner too, which always comes in handy for times when black is just too harsh. 

I won't ramble on about it too much until I've given it a full 'test drive', but I really really cannot wait to try this out! Expect a full review post giving you the low-down on this verrrrry soon.



I still had a fiver's worth of points left over and just HAD to get one of these to see what all the fuss is about. Granted, it's no EOS, but it definitely gives them a run for their money! I bought this on a whim (partly because I wanted one, and partly because it was the only thing I could find under £7!), but the thing that made me fall in love wasn't the taste, wasn't the scent of the lip balm... but the fact that the PACKAGING is scented too. Yup. It smells like strawberry heaven. ALL OF IT! I'm a massive fan of the casing and the novelty of a pyramid-shaped lip balm inside, but this actually does a pretty good job of keeping my lips from drying too. 

With the goodness of jojoba oil, vitamin E, shea butter and an SPF of 15 packed inside, plus the fact that it applies straight onto the lips without me having to shove my finger inside a pot, it seemed like the Balmi had everything going for it. Until I tried to twist the lid the wrong way and it full on went smooshing into the lip balm. It's no longer a pyramid, more of a... well, I don't really know. Wonky dog poo shape maybe? Boo.

I'm currently sitting, balmi in hand, having a good old sniff of the packaging - I will 100% be buying more flavours pronto! If you're a points hoarder like me, or you've tried either of these products let me know, I'm intrigued to know what you think! 

Big love, 

xx
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