Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Tips: How to Create the Illusion of Full Lips

Creating the look of having full lips has been one of the on-going trends of this year (and even last year), spurred on by celebrities such as the well known Kylie Jenner, full lips are everywhere! Though I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of those super huge, overdrawn lips that clearly aren’t natural, but I do like to create the illusion of having naturally plump lips every now and again. To do this I use a few makeup products that I have had in my collection for such a long time now.




1. Contour and highlight - Another trend that everyone seemed to go slightly crazy for, is heavy contouring, whether that be cream or powder. To create the illusion of fuller lips, I take a tiny amount of my contour shade onto a brush (I like to use the Contour Kit from Sleek) and very lightly dust it below my lower lip making sure to blend out any harsh lines. This shouldn’t so much as add colour, but should add more of a shadowed look, making your lips appear fuller. I then take a smaller brush and pop a bit of highlighter onto my cupids bow.

2. Even out your lips using a liner - After prepping my lips with a lip balm, I use my lip liner to even out my lips. I line right up to, and sometimes slightly outside of my natural lip line. My lips aren't completely even on both sides so using a liner creates the illusion that they are.

3. Add a layer of gloss - One of my favourite ways to create the illusion of full lips is to add a small layer of gloss. I love how plump a gloss can make your lips look, some of my favourites to use are from Tanya Burr Cosmetics and Soap and Glory.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Brand Focus: Soap & Glory (Skin/Body Care)

Soap and Glory is a brand that I have loved and bought from for years, and that I always seem to gravitate towards come Winter. The brand offers an array of products, from hand creams to body washes, and all, in my opinion are fab! To date, I don't think that I've tried a product from the brand that I haven't liked. Today I have five products that I have particularly been loving throughout the past few months and that I would definitley recommend trying out. Although this post is focused on Soap and Glory's Skin/Body Care line, I also love a number of their makeup products and use them on a daily basis, but for the purpose of this post, wanted to keep things purely skincare related.

Soap & Glory

Hand Dream Super Cream, £7.00 - This hand cream is slightly different to Soap and Glory's well known 'Hand Food' but is great nonetheless. I keep this in my bag and apply after washing them, or whenever they are feeling a little dry. It moisturises without feeling greasy or sticky and sinks in very quickly making it great for 'on the go' use.

Heel Genius, £5.50 - I'm not one for religiously having pedicures or spending an hour or so buffing my feet, but every now and again I do like to rub in a little of this foot cream, pop on a pair of cotton socks and leave overnight to work its magic! 

Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion, £10.00 - Out of the five products mentioned, this is definitely in my top two! The scent is my favourite, with notes of mango and moringa oils. I apply this after washing and find that it sinks in ever so quickly which is key at this time of the year!

Orangeasm Body Wash, £6.50 - This is another product which has a lovely, citrus scent. The pump makes it perfect for leaving in the shower and is a product that I regularly use and love! This body wash, along with most of Soap and Glory's other products come in a very decent sized bottle meaning that you won't have to constantly repurchase.

Whipped Clean Shower Butter, £7.00 - I've saved my absolute favourite body product of all time, until last. It's smells divine, is very creamy and moisturising and feels so luxurious. I'm almost onto my third tube will definitely continue to repurchase!
What are your favourite products from Soap and Glory?

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Born Pretty Store Haul and First Impressions*

Sometime last month I was kindly asked whether I wanted to try a few products from the Born Pretty Store, and as I have actually purchased a few products from them in the past, I jumped at the chance! If you haven't came across this online makeup store then I'd definitely recommend checking it out (here) as they offer a huge range of products at insanely affordable prices. I have decided to pick out an eyeshadow palette and a liquid lipstick as I have read some great reviews on both! They also very kindly left me with a discount code for you guys which I will leave at the end of the post.

Also, today is the last day for you to enter my Mac giveaway (here)! Thank you to everyone who has entered and good luck :)


Earth Tone Eyeshadow Palette (currently on sale for only £5.21!!!) - As we are now in Autumn, I decided to pick up this earth toned eyeshadow palette which includes a range of 15 matte and shimmery shadows. The shadows come in a plain black case, pretty basic but slim. This palette includes some beautiful shades, my favourite being the more orange/peachy toned ones, although there are some shades that look very similar when swatched! As you will be able to see from the swatches below the shadows are very pigmented, especially the shimmery shades.  



Liquid Lipstick in '08' (£1.30) - The other product that I decided to pick up was one of their liquid lipsticks in the shade '08', a beep pink berry. I'd actually read a few good reviews on these before hand so thought it'd be a good product to go with. As soon as this arrived I popped it on and fell in love with the colour! The applicator makes the lipstick easy to apply and deposits the right amount of product. When first applied the lipstick can feel very sticky so make sure not to press your lips together too much, however once dried makes for an incredibly pigmented and fairly long lasting lipstick that is perfect for this time of year! 


The team from Born Pretty Store have very kindly given me a 10% discount code for you guys to use! Enter the code 'SJBH10' at the checkout to save 10% on your order, everyone loves a bargain don't they?!


Have you ever tried anything from this online store? What did you think?

Monday, 12 October 2015

Rediscovering Old Favourites: Bourjois, TBS, Sleek + More

In a bid to save some money, this month I have been trying to use up the makeup products that I already have in my collection and in doing so, have rediscovered some of my old favourites. I have tried and tested so many products in the past year or so and can sometimes forget about some of the really great products that I have tried. Here are a few that I have again, fallen in love with.




Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in '07 Nud-ist' - I have been wearing this a lot the past week and I now remember why I loved it so much! It glides on to the lips, never looking too much or too little. It doesn't dry them out or go clumpy as some liquid lipsticks do and stays put the whole day. Yes. The whole day.

Sleek Blush by 3 in 'Califon.i.a' - I picked this palette up sometime last year I think, and although I love it don't get enough use out of it. In a bid to use up some of my older products before they become too out of date to use, I have been incorporating this into my daily makeup routine. I like to mix the two pink-toned shades together and apply using my Real Techniques Expert Face brush. The cream blushes are very easy to blend and have a lovely finish on the skin.

Mac Eyeshadow in 'Omega' - 'Omega' is the perfect shade for filling in blonde/light brown brows. I apply a tiny amount using my Mac 208 brush and then set with a brow gel (lately i've been loving Loreal's Brow Plumper in the shade 'Blonde'). It look natural and lasts all day.

Maybelline Colossal Lash Mascara - Another mascara that I have been re-using a lot is the Colossal Lash Mascara by Maybelline. It gives a good amount of curl and volume and lasts all day. It doesn't transfer under the eyes so can also be worn on the lower lashes.

The Body Shop Teat Tree Lotion - If you've been reading my blog for a while then you may remember this old favourite of mine. I used to used this lotion religiously but somewhere along the road forgot how great it was. I have now began to reintroduce this into my night time skin routine and my skin has never looked better.

Are there any old products that you've rediscovered?

Don't forget to enter my Mac giveaway here! Only 3 days left!!

Saturday, 10 October 2015

My Top 3 Drugstore Concealors

Finding a good concealor at the drugstore can be tricky, though there are a handful out there! When looking for a good quality concealor you want to consider its texture, its pigmentation, its longevity and whether or not it creases. I feel as if I've found three of the best that really work for my skin. I tend to alternate between the three depending on the overall look I'm going for. What are your favourite drugstore concealors?



Formula:

Maybelline Fit Me Concealor (you can find a more in-depth review here), £5.99 - Maybelline's Fit Me concealor quickly became my favourite after reading countless reviews  of it online. It has a creamy formula, making it perfect for concealing under and around the eyes. It covers darkness, is easy to blend and doesn't crease. I dab a few dots of this under the eye and around any areas of redness and blend in either with my fingers or a Real Techniques Setting brush.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealor - This concealor is the newest to me out of the three. I picked it up, again after hearing a ton of rave reviews and have been very pleased. The formula is a lot thinner in consistency but does the job to cover dark circles nicely. I use this when I want a slightly more highlighted look as the shade I have is fairly pale. I prefer to blend this one out with a damp Beauty Blender style sponge or with my fingers.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealor - I'm sure that everyone has heard of or tried this concealor out at some point of another. I can't even tell you how long i've been using it as it has been such a long time! Although this one can be worn under the eyes, the thicker consistency works better to conceal blemishes. I dab a tiny amount of this onto any visible blemishes after applying foundation and blend/pat out using my fingers.



Applicator:

Maybelline Fit Me Concealor - This comes with a simple dofer applicator making it fairly easy to apply.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealor - This however, comes with a sponge tip applicator. Although not the most hygienic applicator, this disperses an even layer of product.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealor - Again, this come with a dofer applicator.



Shades/colours:

Maybelline Fit Me Concealor - This concealor comes in a fairly yellow based tone, making it great for brightening under the eyes.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealor - I'd say that this is the most brightening of the bunch, again due to its yellow undertones.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealor - This one comes up slightly peach-toned though when blended in matched my skin perfectly.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

October Blogging Goals

Last months blogging goals went well to say the least, and to celebrate, I have launched a small giveaway to say thank you. (Check out my last post if your interested in winning a Mac eyeshadow!). I've decided to continue with this kind of post as last month it really did help to keep me focused.




1. Run my first successful giveaway - As I previously mentioned, I've launched a small giveaway to say thank you to you, my followers as last month I reached 100 Bloglovin followers. 

2. To schedule as many posts as possible - I am usually one for scheduling posts in advance but over the last few months have seemed to leave things until the last minute. This month I will make it my goal to schedule as many of my posts beforehand so that posts go live at a regular time and day.

3. To discover at least five new blogs - I love finding new blogs to follow but lately haven't really stumbled over many. This month I would love to find at least five news ones to follow so if anyone has any favourites, please let me know!


Do you have any blogging goals for this month?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

100 Followers Giveaway!!

Last month was a very exciting one for me as my little beauty blog hit 100 followers! In the grand scheme of things 100 followers may not seem like a lot but it's one of the first major milestones for any newbie blogger. As a way to say thank you, I've decided to hold a little giveaway which will run for 10 days (the end date is the 16th October). Unfortunately, this giveaway will only be available to those living in the Uk, but hopefully any others in the future will run internationally! 




I will be giving away a Mac Refill Pan in the shade 'Naked Lunch'. I decided on this shade as it's one of my favourites, and one that I think would look lovely on so many skin tones. It can look great as an 'all over the lid shade', an inner corner or brow bone highlighter or even as a cheekbone highlight. I decided to pick up a refill pan for you as I know that so many people already have Mac palettes, and if you don't, then this could be a great shade to begin with (it was actually one of my first Mac shadows in my quad palette).  If you'd like to see the shade in more detail then click here!

I wanted to keep this giveaway simple so all you have to do to enter is to make sure that your following me via Bloglovin! The winner will be contacted within two days of the closing date and if they do not respond within 3 days an alternative winner will be chosen, so keep an eye on your emails!

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Good luck to everyone, and again, thank you! The fact that people follow and enjoy reading my blog really does mean a lot to me :)

Monday, 5 October 2015

September Favourites

This month was mainly focused on getting back into the swing of things, both with college, and blogging and because of this, I have been trying out a lot of new products. There are a handful of products that I have absolutely loved and have been using consistently this month, mainly makeup products!




Urban Decay Perversion Mascara - I'm not usually one for using high end mascaras, but this one has turned out to be one of the best mascaras that I've ever tried. It gives the perfect amount of curl, volume and length to my lashes and holds well throughout the day, The packaging is also stunning!

Mac Eyeshadows in Omega and Wedge - Since I picked up Soap and Glory's Brow Archery pencil, I haven't use a powder to fill my brows, however this month my beloved brow pencil ran out so had to make do with my old favourites. I have been using a mix of these two shades from Mac along with a small angled brush, then setting with a brow gel.

Soap and Glory Solar Powder - If you have fairly pale - medium skin, I'd definitely recommend this bronzer. It's semi-matte, comes with two shades which you can either wear alone or swirl together, and can be used to bronze or contour. I love the natural but buildable finish that it gives, and it has been the bronzer that i've been wearing most days this month.

From Dusk Til Dawn - This month I felt like I was stuck in a bit of a rut when it came to finding a new tv series to watch, so on a whim, I decided to watch this Netflix original and I love it! I currently completely up to date and am waiting patiently until next Wednesday when the next episodes will be out. Please, please, please let me know what tv shows you've been loving in the comments section!! :)



My followers - I'm going to be really cheesy for a moment and say that you guys were one of my favourite things this month. If you haven't already read my 'September Goals Post', then you may not have noticed that this month I finally reached 100 Bloglovin followers. I am so so happy about this and cannot believe that 100 people take interest in my little beauty blog.  Thank you so much and keep tuned for a little giveaway that will be coming your way very soon!


What have been your favourite things this month? Do you have any tv shows that you'd recommend?

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

5 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Hot-cloth Cleansing


My skin has changed dramatically since I switched to hot-cloth cleansing, and in this post I will let you know of some of the reasons why you should make the switch. My skin is combination-oily, but also slightly spot prone and since switching to this method of cleansing my skin has become less oily and I have less spots! I use this method both morning and night and which is so quick and easy to do.

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It's simple and fuss free but affective! - Hot cloth cleansing couldn't be easier. Apply your cleanser. Soak your cloth in warm water (the hotter the better, but of course not so hot that you burn). Wipe off your makeup, or if your not wearing any, wipe in circular motions over the skin. Easy. This usually takes me much less than five minutes. 

Removes all makeup and leaves skin feeling thoroughly cleansed - Using this method of cleansing removes all of my makeup and makes for a fairly deep cleanse. I've tested this method by taking a cotton pad with some makeup remover on over my face after cleansing and see no left over makeup or residue on the cotton pad.

No need for expensive 'muslin cloths' flannels work just as well, if not better! - I personally prefer a more abrasive cheap flannel from the likes of Tesco or Ikea as they exfoliate the skin as well as remove dirt. 

Cheaper than popular electrical devices - Forget the Clarasonic and it's ridiculously huge price tag and pick up a pack of 4 for only £1.10!! (You can find them at Ikea, here). Although my electronic cleansing brush is a more affordable alternative to its high end counter parts, I still prefer the overall usage of a good old flannel.


All you will need is a good cleanser - Whether it be an oil, cream or balm cleanser (I prefer to stay away from foaming washes, although there are some exceptions, foams tend to be drying on my skin), almost any type of cleanser works well with this method. 


Do you use this method of cleansing?

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Review: Urban Decay Naked Smoky

I've recently gotten my hands on the newest addition to Urban Decay's 'Naked' line - the Naked Smoky. Of course, I was beyond excited to try this palette out after sitting at my laptop, counting down the days until it was available to order. Although I'm not usually one for a smoky eye I was intrigued by this palette and wanted to give it a try for myself - and you know what? I have been loving it!





Urban Decay have once again upped their game when it comes to packaging. The Naked Smoky comes in a hard plastic palette which snaps shut with a small magnet at either end, making it a lot more secure than the Naked 3 which mine has actually broken and no longer closes properly. The look of this palette has to be my favourite of the six palettes in the range as it has a very sleek look about it.

The shades in this palette are gorgeous, and I feel as if there is something for everyone. With everything from a creamy beige, to jet black, you can create an endless amount looks with this. I have left a brief description of each of the shades below, as well as swatches. As with the other Naked palettes, the shadows are of great quality. They are pigmented, easy to blend and you don't get an awful lot of fall out either. 




'High' - A champagne shimmer with micro-glitter.

'Dirtysweet' - A medium bronze.

'Radar' - Metallic silver-taupe with iridescent micro-glitter.

'Armor' - Metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle.

'Slanted' - A light metallic grey.

'Dagger' - Medium charcoal with micro-shimmer.

'Black Market' - Jet black satin.

'Smoulder' - Deep plum - taupe.

'Password' - Cool taupe matte.

'Whiskey' - Rich brown matte.

'Combust' - Soft pink taupe.

'Thirteen' - Light beige satin.


Have you gotten the chance to try this palette out yet? What's your favourite shade?

Monday, 14 September 2015

First Impressions: Kiko

Kiko is one of the brands that I've always heard great things about but had never tried out for myself, so whilst I was on holiday and spotted a Kiko store I jumped at the chance to try some of their products out. I didn't pick up as many products as I'd wanted as I was in a rush and didn't get a chance to go back but I am very happy with the products that I did buy.




One product that I knew that I wanted to tryout was the Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick. I've read so many rave reviews on these ones so of course had to try them out for myself. I picked mine up in the shade 25 Light Taupe, and as the name suggests is a light taupe colour that has the slightest shimmer but which doesn't really translate onto the lids. I find that theses shadows are fairly long lasting and work well both with and without a shadow on top. The colour is very pigmented and only needs a few swipes over the lid to see a good colour pay off.

The second product that I picked up from Kiko was their Infinity Eyeshadow in 220 Metallic Golden Rose. I picked this particular shade as it looked like the perfect everyday colour. It does remind me a bit of Mac's All That Glitters which fyi I love! You really don't need to use a lot of this shadow as a little really does go a long way. I'm gutted that I didn't pick up any more of these.


What are your favourite products from Kiko?

Friday, 11 September 2015

From The Drugstore: Maybelline Colorshow Nail Polish

So far this month, I have been really into changing up my nail polish as often as possible, and one of the brands that I have been reaching for is Maybelline. Their polishes are good quality, fairly long lasting and most importantly, affordable. I think I have around seven or eight of their Colorshow nail polishes in a range of colours and use them an awful lot. 

I know that I shouldn't, but I usually miss out on applying a base coat and go straight in with whatever shade I've decided on that day. You can definitely get away with applying only one coat of these polishes, but when I have a bit more time on my hands I will apply two, and even maybe three coats. The shades that I have tried give off an opaque colour, and this is even the case for the lighter shades that I have tried. Once applied I will apply whatever top coat I have to hand. I find that they last up to four days without chipping significantly, which I don't find to be too bad considering their tiny price of £2.99.

Left to right: Maybe Blue, Love Lilac, Mauve Kiss

I would definitely recommend trying out these polishes if you are one to change up your colour often. This range offers a huge variety of shades to choose from and won't break the bank!

What are your favourite affordable nail polishes?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

My Favourite Perfume: Giorgio Armani 'Si'

I was never one for buying expensive perfumes until earlier this year, then one day this little bottle was bought for me by a family member whilst they were in a Duty Free. They did a wonderful job of choosing, as this perfume went on to fuel my love for perfumery and is my most favourite scent to date. 

I feel like the best place to start in my attempt to describe just how lovely this perfume is, is with it's bottle. Of course, as with all perfumes, the bottle is the first thing that you notice about it, and I feel as if it reflects its scent perfectly. This particular perfume has a very simple, but classic look about it. Both girly, yet not too girly at the same time. The bottles heavy glass, black cap and gold trimmings make it feel elegantly expensive.



The scent is sweet, but not sickly sweet. With a deep fruity scent (blackberry I believe!), woody tones and airy florals this is my perfect scent. I find it so tricky to describe scents so I think I'm going to leave it there.
I do find that this perfume is slightly more long lasting than others that I've tried and you don't need to drown yourself in it in order to be able to build up a significant scent on your skin. I spritz this on my wrists and neck and don't feel the need to constantly reapply throughout the day.


What's your favourite perfume at the moment?

Monday, 7 September 2015

September Blogging Goals

I've seen a few other bloggers note down their goals each month as a way to plan what they want to get done that particular month and decided that it might just be a way for me to get back into the swing of things. 



1. Reach 100 Bloglovin followers - I am so so so close to gaining 100 followers via Bloglovin and I couldn't be more excited! I know that to some, 100 followers doesn't sound like a lot but I can't actually believe that that many people take interest in my little blog and when I hopefully do achieve my goal there may just be a little giveaway to celebrate! ;)

2. Post more makeup tutorials - I love experimenting with makeup and have been doing so a lot more recently. The only thing that I find tricking when doing these kinds of posts is taking photographs that are good enough to make it onto my blog. If any of you have any tips, then I'd love to hear them! 

3. Post consistently throughout the month - This is usually one of the things that I do well as a blogger, but last month was not a good month for me. I hardly posted and when I did the posts were not at their usual times. I know that this was no ones fault but my own and I apologise, This month will be different!


Have you got any goals for this month?

Friday, 4 September 2015

My Favourite Serum (+ It's Under £3!!)

Serums are one of those products that are known for having ridiculously high price tags, and  because of that, is a step that people tend to miss out of their skincare routines. Of course, serums are not a necessary step in your skincare routine but a good one can make all of the difference. Though finding a good, affordable sum may be a little tough, there are some out there and one that I have been loving is from Superdrug and costs £2.69!





The Superdrug Simple Pure Hydrating Serum comes in a plastic tube with an easy to use pump. Though not the most attractive looking, it can be ignored due to the tiny price tag. I use around 1 and a half pumps of the serum to cover my entire face them smooth onto the skin in circular motions. The serum sinks into the skin very quickly leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated. I then use my regular moisturiser over the top and do this both morning and night.


Have you tried anything from this range?

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Ashley Benson Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Recently, I have found myself experimenting with makeup and stepping a little out of my comfort zone, sitting down for twenty minutes - sometimes even over an hour - having achieved a finished makeup look that I wouldn't have dared to try before. I have drawn inspiration from places such as Pinterest (see my 'beauty inspiration' board here) and Instagram and one particular look that I have been loving is this beautiful cranberry toned eyeshadow look worn by the lovely Ashley Benson. I found this photo (below) on her Instagram page and loved it instantly. It is perfect for a night out but can look equally as great when toned down for the  day time, which is exactly what I did. 

This look was a fairly simple one to achieve though it may look slightly intimidating at first, but once you take a look at the broken down steps it makes things a lot easier to follow. I have to point out that my photographs don't do the finished look any justice! I don't have a camera at the moment so have to make do with my iPhone 5s and my bedrooms poor lighting, but I hope you can get an idea of the outcome.





1. Apply your usual base - I began by applying Revlon's Colour Stay foundation then concealed with Maybelline's Eraser Eye (for the under eye area) and Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealor (for blemishes). I set both using my Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder.

2. Fill in your brows and over draw slightly if needed - As you can see, Ashley Bensons  brows appear darker than her hair colour and look fairly thick so using the Soap and Glory Brow Archery, I filled in and thickened my brows. I then set using the Loreal Brow Plumper.

3. Apply an eyeshadow primer or base - I applied a thin layer of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe.

4. Using a shade like Mac's Quarry I lightly drew a wing, as well as dusting the shadow over the outer corner. Using a fluffy brush I then made sure  to blend well to get rid of any harsh lines.

5. Apply a cranberry shade all over lid (can mix with a lighter, slightly pink shade to lighten if wanted). Blend well.

6. Line the upper and lower last line with either black or dark brown liner. Blend out using pencil brush.

7.Apply a gel liner to create a small flick and continue across the upper lash line.

8. Using pencil brush, apply the same cranberry shade below the lower lash line. Blend.

9. Apply two or three coats of mascara and apply false lashes if wanted.

10.Use a matte bronzer (Benefit's Hoola Bronzer) to lightly contour the cheekbones, forehead and nose.

11. Lightly dust a dark pink blush (pref. not too matte) onto cheeks.

12. Apply highlighter to cheekbones if wanted.

13. Line the lips with Rimmel's East End Snob Lip Liner and apply Mac's Brave over the top. Pat Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Charm Offensive over and blend.


What do you think of this look? What your favourite celebrity makeup look?

Monday, 31 August 2015

5 More Tv Shows to Watch on Netflix

I'm back with five more tv shows that I have been absolutely loving to watch on Netflix lately. If you read my last Netflix related post (here) then you will know that I am obsessed with tv series' and that I am always looking for something new to watch and here are the five that I have been loving lately.




1. Gotham - My latest obsession is Gotham, a series based on the city of Gotham (the setting of Batman). The show follows officer James Gordan as he attempts to battle the city's crime and corruption whilst also looking into the death of Bruce Wayne's parents.

2. Sons of Anarchy - I'm only half way through the entire series at the moment, but it's one that I'm really enjoying, and maybe that has something to do with Charlie Hunnam playing the main character, aha ;).

3. Sherlock - I've already watched the Sherlock tv series but loved it so much that I decided to give it another go and rewatch every episode.

4. Gossip Girl - I actually finished this series a while a go but love to give it another watch every now and again.

5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Although theses episodes only last for around 30 minutes, I find this show so funny! I love to leave this on in the background whilst I'm getting ready to go out.


What are your favourite tv shows to watch on Netflix at the moment?

Friday, 21 August 2015

Makeup Starter Kit: Eyeshadow

It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote my last ‘makeup starter kit’ post but today I’m back and focusing on the eyes, and in particular ‘eyeshadows’. The eyes are one of my favourite areas to experiment with makeup as there are countless products at both the drugstore and high-end department stores that you can use to create the perfect look. That perfect look can be anything from a sultry smokey eye, to a smart, and classic cat-eye. For those starting out with makeup the realm of eyeshadows can seem a little overwhelming, though when you know where exactly to look, you can pick out some real gems. I’ve put together a set of products which I think would be great for anyone starting to experiment with eyeshadow, including both cream and powder formulas.




Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoos - These amazingly affordable pots of cream shadow make the perfect base for any eyeshadow look, though look equally great when worn alone. I personally love the shades ‘On and On Bronze’ (which seems to have earned somewhat of a cult status in the blogging world), and ‘Permanent Taupe’ (a matte and neutral shadow perfect for everyday wear).

Kiko Cream Shadow Sticks - If your looking for something thats even easier to apply than a cream shadow directly from the pot, then a cream stick is the perfect product to use. Simply swipe this across the lids and blend out with either you fingers or a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

Natural Collection Single and Duo Eyeshadow’s - Cheap and cheerful, but with brilliant quality are these eyeshadow pots from Natural Collection. They cost a mere £1.99 and are packed with pigment as well as being perfect for travelling with. They also have a great shade range and so are perfect for anyone looking to experiment or simply expand their makeup collection.

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palettes - This brand is the place to go to if your looking to pick up an affordable eyeshadow palette. MR sells a huge range of palettes in a variety of shades, a lot of them being dupes for higher end brands (check out these posts for a dupe to Urban Decay’s Naked 2 - here and Naked 3 - here). 

Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes - Another brand that sells affordable eyeshadow palettes is Sleek. My favourite is 'Oh So Special', which is  pretty colourful palette but is perfect for summer.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

3 Products to Achieve 'Glowy' Skin (For Oily/Combination Skin)

Finding the right products to achieve the look of 'glowy' skin when having either oily or combination skin can be a royal pain! After hunting both high end department stores and the drugstore I have finally found three products that work perfectly with my combination skin and give a glowing look without leaving the skin with an oily sheen after a few hours. I have picked three products that are all of different formulas - cream, liquid and powder - and which can be layered together or used alone.





Seventeen Wow Skin 3 Way Highlighter - This product can be used in three different ways - as a primer, mixed with foundation or used on top of makeup as a liquid highlighter but I've been using this as a primer, applying it to all of the areas that I want to add a glow to. 

No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter - I like to apply this to the highpoint of my cheekbones, cupids bow and brow bone, either directly from the stick or by taking some of the product onto my finger tips and blending it out using a fluffy brush. 

Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle' - When I want to intensify the glow I layer this over the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter but find that this highlighter looks just as beautiful when applied by itself. Like the cream highlighter that I mentioned, I apply this to the cheekbones, cupids bow and brow bone as well as using a small eyeshadow brush to apply this to the inner corners of the eyes.


What are your favourite ways to achieve glow skin without getting oily or looking greasy?

Monday, 17 August 2015

From The Drugstore: Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette in 'Iconic 2'

However much I enjoy using high end eyeshadow palettes (like the new Urban Decay Smoky palette, which fyi, I'm loving!!), the drugstore is the place I run to when looking to experiment with colour, finish and products from new brands. One brand in particular that always seems to catch my eye is Makeup Revolution. All of their products come at a ridiculously affordable price making them perfect for anyone looking to add to their makeup collection.



This particular palette is the 'Iconic 2' and is funnily enough a pretty good match for the 'Naked 2'. It's made up of 12 shades which are very pigmented considering the price. When applied the shadows are easy to blend and hardly give off any fall out so at £4 this palette, as well as others from the same range, make the perfect palette for those looking to start out with eyeshadows or anyone looking to experiment without breaking the bank!

What do you think of these palettes?

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Review: Soap and Glory Brow Archery

I have finally found a brow pencil that I love, Soap and Glory’s Brow Archery pencil! For the longest time I have used a powder to fill in my brows but since picking this product up, I haven’t looked back. I'd read a lot of reviews on this particular brow product so decided it was about time I tried it out for myself! I picked this up from Boots in the shade 'Blondeshell' (one of two shades available) for £8 and have been obsessed with it ever since.



The first thing that I noticed about this particular product is it's packaging. It is probably the most sleek and travel friendly makeup product that I have in my collection. So much so that I clumsily misplace this on a daily basis! This makes it the perfect product to take when travelling not only for it's size but for the fact that one end holds a very good spooly for brushing the brows before applying the product.


The product holds a thin, solid and waxy pencil which doesn't need sharpening and instead simply twists up. I lightly brush this through the brows to fill in any sparse areas (let me know if you'd like to see a brow routine!) and find that it lasts all day.


Overall, I love this brow pencil. It makes filling in, and evening out my brows very quick and easy, even more so than using a powder and angled brush. This has become a firm staple in my makeup routine, and one that I'm sure I'll be repurchasing. 

What do you think of this brow pencil?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A Few Holiday Snaps

Today I've decided to share some of the photographs that I took whilst I was on holiday last week. You may have noticed that I've mentioned that I was going away in my last few posts and that I've been a little 'mia' lately! Everything just seems to be a little manic lately but I'm trying my hardest to schedule enough blog posts to tide me over until I have time to sit down and write properly (which frankly, I can't wait for!). For now though, here are a few snaps that I took whilst on holiday in Spain, I had such a good time and it was the perfect place to relax. 








Saturday, 8 August 2015

From The Drugstore: Mua Luxe Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kit*

Today's 'From The Drugstore' post features Mua's Luxe Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kit*. I have tried products from Mua in the past and have really enjoyed using them so when Product Testing Uk (they are currently looking for beauty bloggers to work with so if your interested then check out this link!) asked if I wanted to review something from them, I jumped at the chance! Not only is this product an affordable take on the hugely loved contour kits, but it came at the perfect time for me as I have been looking for makeup products that are multi-purpose and compact so that I can easily take them away with me when travelling. An added bonus, and probably the thing that the brand is most well known for, is their insanely affordable prices with this particular product costing a mere £5. Perhaps the only downside is that Mua's products are only available to buy from Superdrug (online and in selected stores) or direct from their website.

The packaging is not overly luxurious, but is expected at such an affordable price. The compact itself is fairly bulky, comes with a good sized mirror and has two separate compartments - one for highlight, and another for contour. The kit comes in two shade choices, light/medium and medium/dark.



As I mentioned, there are two compartments within the compact and the first I'm going to touch upon is the highlighter. As you can see from the photo below, the highlighter has an almost champagne tone to it, however once the top layer has been worn away the powder becomes less champagne and more silver (you can see swatches below!) which surprisingly, I loved! I tend to apply this to the high points of the cheekbones, above the brow bone, the cupids bow and to the nose and think that this would be a perfect product to achieve the latest beauty craze - strobing!


The bronzer like the highlighter comes in it's own compartment and should have a similar finish but mine shattered as it came through the post box so had to do a little 'diy' to save it! (A post coming on that soon!) After a few days of trying to save the shattered powder, I finally got around to trying it out. I used a Real Techniques Blush brush to apply this over the areas that the light would naturally hit and found that although this bronzer is the perfect shade for me and my pale skin, it needed building up a fair bit in order to achieve even a subtle bronze. 



Swatches (Left to right) - Highlight, Bronzer

Overall, I think that this product makes a good addition to the drugstore, making it even easier (and affordable) to give contouring a go! Although I found the bronzer needed a few layers in order to really see the product on the skin, I think that it's worth paying the mere £5 just for the highlighter, which is just beautiful!



Have you tried this sculpting kit? What are your favourite products to contour and highlight the face?

Monday, 3 August 2015

How I Clean my Makeup Brushes

Although it does seem like a chore at times, I always like to make sure that my makeup brushes are thoroughly cleansed. Not only does this prevent bacteria build up but it allows  makeup to go smoother and the overall finish to be a lot better than if you were to use a dirty brush. I aim to do this at least 2/3 times a month and like to spot clean in between if needed. There are so many products out there that are specifically targeted to cleanse makeup brushes, however I don't see the point of spending a lot of money on a brush cleaner when there are very simple ways to make your own. 


What I use to clean my brushes - To clean my brushes I usually use Johnson's Baby Shampoo as it's gentle enough not to damage the bristles yet deeply cleanses removing all traces of makeup.

How I clean my brushes - I begin by wetting the bristles by running them under warm water then adding a small amount of Johnson's Baby Shampoo. I then swirl the brush around in the palm of my hand whilst running the brush under the water every now and again stopping when the water runs clear. Once the brush is clean I lay it onto a towel and leave to dry over night. 


Above you can see photos of one of my brushes both before, and after cleaning!

How do you wash your brushes?

Friday, 31 July 2015

Empties: Makeup & Skincare

I've never actually written this kind of post before, but today I have an 'empties' post for you. There aren't an awful lot of products in today's post but I had to get rid of them as they were taking up precious space in my drawers. I have a few makeup products as well as some skincare products that I have really enjoyed using and need to repurchase asap!


Revlon Colour Stay Foundation for Oily/Combination skin - This is my holygrail foundation (check out more of my holygrail products here), and one that I've repurchased countless times. The colour match is perfect for my fair skin and prevents it from looking greasy throughout the day. The only thing I wish it did better is it's packaging. A pump would make this much easier to get out and would save you a lot of product in the long run.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealor - Another one of my holygrail products. This concealer is perfect for concealing under the eyes and stays put throughout the day. It has also been tagged as a dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealor which I've yet to try.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealor - This is a bit of a favourite among bloggers and I can definitely see why. It's cheap and does it's job very well. I mainly use this to conceal blemishes and steer away from using this under the eyes as it tends to crease.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-free Moisturiser - This has become a staple product in my skincare routine. It's perfect for anyone with either acne prone or oily/combination skin!

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream - This is another moisturiser that has made its way into my skincare routine. I bought this is the smaller travel size first to trial but since making my way through this pot I've purchased the larger size.

Have you finished any beauty products lately?

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