Monday, 29 August 2016

Transitioning from Day to Night: Vegas Inspired

I've found myself rushing to get ready for a night out a lot lately so have had to choose products that will either last me the whole day or that can transition me from day to night. Vegas.com were looking for new ways to transition makeup from day to night for a night out in Vegas and I knew exactly what I'd use! 

Instead of creating a two looks, one for day and one for night, I thought I'd share my favourite quick-fix, touch up products. What are your go-to products for transitioning from day to night?



1. A good primer! - Nivea for Men Post Shave Balm

Although this isn't a product I'd use to take me from day to night, it's a product that will keep your makeup in place in the case that you only have time to touch up. There has been a huge hype around this product and at first I was hesitant to try it out but to my surprise it works fabulously at making my makeup stick in place through out the day as well as making it easier to blend. This would be perfect for a long day in Vegas as you won't have to waste time constantly checking your makeup and touching up throughout the day.


2. A Long Lasting Concealer! - Mac Prolong Wear Concealer

A good concealer can do you the world of good, especially after a night on the town. Mac's Prolong Wear is a go to of mine as it is high coverage, so hides my darkness, and lasts all day/night long. The packaging is small and comes with a very handy pump (although it does disperse a little too much) so is great for travelling!


3. Swap a gloss for a matte!

A simple way to take your makeup from day to night is to swap your softer glossy lip for something matte. I prefer to wear something glossy throughout the day as I find them comfortable and fuss free, Nyx's Butter Gloss in 'Creme Brûlée' is a favourite of mine. A gloss would be perfect for a day by the pool at Mandalay Bay for example. For a night time option I love Tanya Burr's Martha Moo. It's comfortable to wear, an amazing shade and lasts, even when eating or drinking.


4. Pop on some Lashes!

An easy way to amp up your eye look is to pop on a pair of lashes. Lashes instantly make things more 'night time' appropriate and draws attention to the eyes. When I think of Vegas inspired makeup lashes are always an essential! Before applying lashes however, I'd pop on some glitter using something like Mac's 'All That Glitters' which would be perfect for fancy dinner at somewhere like Sushi Roku or for a night at one of the many casino's!


Although this post isn't sponsored, if you are looking for a trip to Vegas for yourselves be sure to check out this page for their latest and best deals!

What products would you use to take you from day to night in Vegas?

*This post isn't sponsored, and so I wasn't paid to write the post, however was simply made in collaboration with Vegas.com as a fun opportunity to write some different content for my blog. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Makeup Revolution 'Fortune Favours The Brave' Palette

Eyeshadow palettes are great when you are able to find a good one. They are perfect for travelling or for using when in a rush but sometimes it can be tricky to find a palette that has all of the essential shades, especially at an affordable price.

Makeup Revolution's 'Fortune Favours The Brave', made in collaboration with British Beauty Blogger, fits the bill. It has become a go-to product for me and have taken it on a few trips away. Being made up of 30 shades the possibility of eyeshadow looks are endless! The colours range from neutral browns and beige's to electric blues and deep purples so there really is a shade for everyone, and to make things even better, it costs £9.99!


Being in collaboration with British Beauty Blogger I had very high hopes for this and after seeing countless rave reviews I had to pick it up. I actually used this to apply my eyeshadow for when I was a bridesmaid and found that it look amazing and lasted a fairly long time. 

The packaging is very pretty with a gold finish, very different to Makeup Revolutions usual packaging. It comes with a large mirror inside, handy for travelling and also a small brush which I threw away as I prefer to use a brush from my own collection. 


The palette holds a range of 30 shades as mentioned, and come in a range of finishes including mattes and shimmers. The mattes, to my surprise where fairly pigmented something that drugstore mattes can sometimes lack. The shimmers, especially the baked shadows, also had great pigmentation and some leave a very pretty metallic finish.



What do you think of this palette?

Monday, 22 August 2016

5 Quotes: AUGUST

Here are five posts that are very appropriate to me at the moment and thought it'd be nice to share them with you in case some of you are feeling a little down. I've made similar posts in the past which seemed to be popular so have decided to make this a monthly series. If you enjoyed this post be sure to check out this and this too!









What is your favourite quote? 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

5 Must Watch Shows on Netflix Right Now!

If you read this post, then you'll know that I love a good lazy day, and an essential part of that is having a show to binge watch. All of the shows that I mention in this post are shows that I've rewatched more times than I care to admit, but that just goes to show how great they are! 



1. Pretty Little Liars
This was probably an obvious choice. Although up until last week I was up to date with the new series, I decided to rewatch the entire show. I'm currently almost on series 4 and although I already know what happens, I'm still managed to be left on the edge of my seat and constantly making up new theories about who 'A' is.

2. Louis Theroux 
Louis Theroux was a fun way to get through my Media Studies revision and came in handy for the case study part of my exam! I have watched every episode on Netflix and love the way that Theroux makes the stereotypical documentary genre less 'boring' and much easier to watch. My personal favourite episode has to be the Miami Mega Jail one, definitely worth a watch!

3. Dexter
Dexter is an old favourite of mine and still is one of my favourite series' to watch. I've recently picked up the novels that the series is based on so am looking forward to getting back into all things Dexter Morgan related.

4. Once Upon a Time
I can't wait until the new series of Once Upon a Time starts! It's so easy to watch and reminds me of the stories I used to read and watch as a child. I can't wait to see what the new series comes up with.

5. 90210
Although slightly exaggerated, 90210 is very relatable. It's the kind of programme me and my friends watch when we have girly nights in. At times it makes me laugh, and at other times it makes me cry but that why I love it!



What are your favourite programmes to watch right now?

Monday, 15 August 2016

Current Favourite Highlighter Combination

Highlighters have become a core part of most people's makeup routines but finding the right one can be a tricky task as there are so many to choose from. From drugstore to high end, highlighters are everywhere. I recently realised that out of all of the highlighters that I have tried out, I keep going back to the same two, either using them alone or layered together. 

Although I'm not keen on an overly intense highlighted look, I do love the way that a little highlighter dusted over the cheekbones, nose and cupids bow adds a healthy glow to the skin and pulls together a makeup look. I prefer to use a cream highlighter as a base then layer a powder over top for a longer lasting highlight. 




After applying my base, either using my fingers or a brush, I take a small amount of No 7's Instant Radiance Highlighter Stick and apply it where the light naturally hits the face. The formula is very creamy in texture however I find that applying it straight from the stick tends to move the makeup underneath. The soft champagne colour looks very natural on the skin and is fairly pigmented so there is no need to layer heaps of this colour on in order to build up colour.

Sometimes I will apply just a cream highlight however if I want an extra oomph of highlight I like to apply Mac's Mineralise Skin Finish in 'Soft and Gentle', a somewhat of a cult classic in the blogging world. This highlighter is intensely pigmented so I like to use a duo fibre brush for a more subtle finish. Again this is champagne in colour however is more warm toned and is a colour that I think a lot of people could get away with wearing. 


What are your current highlight favourites?

Friday, 12 August 2016

5 Things I've Been Getting Up To This Summer

Usually my summers are fairly boring. Starting the summer with a list of ideas of things my friends and I are going to do only to realise that weeks have past and we haven't actually gotten around to doing any of those said things. This summer has been a little different though. I've actually gotten around to doing the things I had planned and have had a really good few weeks (minus a few hiccups along the way!). 


1. Went to the beach! 

This is something that is an essential part of the summer holidays. This year, instead of visiting the same old beaches, me and a few of my friends have taken a drive to some smaller, more hidden away beaches, and to my delight, beaches that were made up of pebbles and not sand! I don't know about you but I can't stand sandy beaches as I always end up finding sand in random places for weeks after. 

We bought an ice cream and some chips and took a stroll along the pier. We then found a place to sit ourselves for the next few hours on the beach and had a good and well overdue catch up.








2. Went to a castle!

I'm the 'boring' friend who likes to go to castles and museums. Luckily I've found a few friends who share my love for stereotypically boring days out so last week I had a lovely stroll through Chepstow Castle. I hadn't been in years so it was great to see it again.





3. Found the cutest little cafe!

Whilst out one day, my mum and I found the cutest cafe. It was hidden amongst a row of houses and was the perfect place to stop for an hour or so. I ordered a salad (which I never do!) and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Of course I had to order a slice of cake too so had a very tasty slice of chocolate and banana loaf cake. All of the food in the cafe was made with organic ingredients and most were produced locally which I think is great!





4. Went Pokemon Hunting!


Yes. I have been playing Pokemon Go and yes I actually went out to with the sole intention to catch some. Of course I didn't go alone. My friend and I have done a lot of walking this summer because of this app and have been to places that we wouldn't usually go to. Are any of you playing and if you are what team did you choose? (nerd alert!!)




5. Had a lot of lazy days!


Another essential part of summer is to have lazy days, days dedicated to doing nothing just because you can. Today is one of those days. My week has been jam packed so I've decided to stay at home and get some blog posts written whilst rewatching Pretty Little Liars.





What have you been getting up to this summer?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

New In + First Impressions: Rimmel, Nyx, Tanya Burr + More!

Over the past month I have tried out a fair few new beauty products, both makeup and skincare so decided to let you know of my first impressions. My skin has finally gotten back to its normal self (fingers crossed!!) after having to put up with incredibly dry skin around my eyes and more spots than usual so I was excited to be able to test out some new makeup!

P.s. From next week onwards, I've decided to post on Monday and Wednesday although this may change when I get back to college but I plan to stick to this for the next few weeks!




Nivea Men Post Shave Balm - I have finally given in to my curiosity and picked up this highly raved about male beauty product/primer. As it turns out, I've been using this everyday since picking it up underneath my makeup and it really works! I won't go into too much detail as I was thinking about writing a review but in short in works to give an overall smoothed out look to the skin whilst prolonging the wear of your makeup.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads - Having heard Caroline Hirons rave about these in a recent blog post and video I decided to pick them up and try them for myself. They were also on offer at Superdrug at the time which made them even more of a deal breaker, although I can't remember their price (sorry!). I've tried the original version of these and got on well with them so thought I'd step it up a notch and go for a slightly stronger and more effective version.

Tanya Burr eyeshadow quad in 'Birthday Suit' - I was so excited when I saw Tanya Burr's video introducing the new collection in her makeup line! I saw this palette and knew it'd be right up my street. From first use I found the shadows to be incredibly buttery and easy to blend. All shadows are highly pigmented and are a combination of warm toned browns and taupes. 

Tanya Burr Matte Lip in 'Martha Moo' - Another product from Tanya's new collection, and again one that I was very impressed with, although I've seemed to have misplaced it already! The formula is very easy to apply and comfortable to wear with a decent wear time too.

Rimmel Lasting Perfection concealer - I was given this for my birthday and it has quickly become my favourite product to spot conceal with. It is high coverage and doesn't budge once applied. A review is coming soon.

Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in 'Exaggerate' (swatch below) - I tried these liners in the past and loved them (especially the shade East End Snob) so decided to pick up another. As with the others the formula is great considering the price.

Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in '38' (swatch below) - If you've read my recent favourites post then you'll know how I feel about this lipstick. I have been using it non-stop since getting my hands on it and am obsessed with the colour, the perfect pink toned nude for my skin tone.

Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick in 'Fuchsia Desire' (swatch below) - This is one that I haven't actually gotten around to trying yet so can't give you my first impression of it but wanted to include it anyway. The colour is a lovely bright pink and I can't wait until I get the chance to try it out!

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creme in 'Athens' - I am very late on the Nyx band wagon but I must say that the two lip products that I have tried have impressed me. This is very comfortable to wear and the colour is an easy to wear, every day nude.

Nyx Butter Gloss in 'Tiramisu' - This gloss has been my go to lately as my lips have been unusually dry so have been wearing glosses over my usual lipsticks. I apply a liner then apply this over the top for a simple pink-nude lip.

(Left to Right) - Rimmel lipstick in '38', Nyx Matte Lip Creme in 'Athens', Nyx Butter Gloss in 'Tiramisu', Maybelline Colour Drama in 'Fuchsia Desire', Rimmel Exaggerate Liner in 'Addiction'.



What your favourite new product that you've tried?

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Blogging Goals: AUGUST

As you may have noticed, I took an unintentional break from my blog but have now decided to get back into the swing of things so have decided to set a few blogging goals to keep me motivated. This month I plan to get back into a routine and upload on a regular basis. If I can get through this month then I'm sure things will be back to normal in no time! I'm going to keep things short and sweet with only two goals this month.




1. Find a new routine! - Routines are one of the most important things when it comes to blogging as many of you will agree. Having a routine allows us to keep on track and dedicate enough time to both our personal lives and blogging. My everyday life is a little different now that it was before I put the blog on hold so will have to come up with a new routine and may change the days on which I upload. 

2. Come up with a list of new ideas for blog posts - This is a goal that I've already started but one that I want to continue to add to. I have lots of new and fun ideas for blog posts in the future so by making a note of those ideas whenever they spring to mind make sure that I don't forget them!


Do you have any blogging goals for this month?

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Products I've Been Loving This Month: JULY

July was a good month for me makeup wise. I've nailed down a routine that I'm happy with and have a few key products that I have been alternating between. July was also a good month for skincare when I was forced to try out something new when I woke up to an empty pot of my favourite moisturiser one dreary morning! I'm also getting back into the swing of things blogging wise and have been making endless lists and notes on the things I'd like to get done in the month of August (perhaps starting with an August blogging goals post?).




My Mac Eyeshadow Palette - My first favourite of July is my almost complete eyeshadow palette by Mac. I have been using this non-stop at the moment as it is so easy to create multiple looks with the shadows clearly organised in one place. Two shades in particular that I've been loving are Swiss Chocolate (the newest addition to the palette), and All That Glitters (an oldie but a goodie!).

Maybelline Fit Me concealor and Loreal Match Perfect Concealor - I have gone a little concealor mad lately and the combination of these two is just perfect! I start with Fit Me under the eyes, around and down the nose and on the chin then apply a little Match Perfect overtop to highlight. Blended out with my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge leaves the skin looking flawlessly smooth and perfected. I also enjoy the fact that both are from the drugstore so are very easy on my bank balance!

Rimmel lipstick by Kate Moss in '38' - I have finally found my perfect pinky nude! Like other Rimmel lipsticks, '38' applies easily leaving a creamy finish on the lips. It lasts a decent amount of time without having to touch up and is incredibly comfy to wear throughout the day. Recently I've been applying a touch on Tanya Burr's 'Lunch Date' gloss in the centre for a shiny finish.

Stridex Maximum Strength Pads - Now on to a skincare item that has saved my skin. I'm sure that I've mentioned these previously but for those not familiar with the product these are facial pads containing a high percentage of salicylic acid which works to prevent or get rid of acne. Unlike acne clearing pads that many of us would have been familiar with in our early teens, these contain no alcohol so do not dry out the skin or strip it of it's natural oils.

Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion - When I ran out of my trusty Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream I decided to work my way through this Benefit Sample and as it turns out, it was surprisingly nice on the skin. It is oil free so it perfect for us who have a slightly more oily complexion, however leaves the skin feeling lightly moisturised and ready for makeup application.








Sunday, 31 July 2016

Blushh is Back!

A lot has happened since I last sat down to write a blog post. Months have passed, matters in my personal life have altered and so the very reason that I started to write my blog no longer applied to me. I started this blog as a way to distract myself and help me through problems that I had in my personal life, however it soon became more of a hobby than a distraction. Like with all things, change is inevitable, however putting the blog on hold was not a change that came by choice for me but was instead something that happened naturally and took place over time. I found something better in my real life that resulted in me overcoming my anxiety and made me forget about the things that once worried me.

As I'm sitting to write this I'm unsure how to feel. I hope my confused feelings aren't here to stay and I'm sure they won't be, because after all, I'm human. I have good days and unfortunately bad days too as do all of the people I know. Instead of dwelling on the negatives I've decided to return to something that I love - writing about the things that I love. I'm sure that I'll wake up tomorrow and the things that are worrying me won't matter but I know that I'll feel even better knowing that I've reunited myself with my blog.

I was surprised to see that despite my absence and lack of posts my blog was still being read and comments were still being made. So to end this post on a high, thank you to everyone that stuck around!



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