Current Beauty Favourites

Sorry I missed another post, I’m a really bad at balancing school, life and blogging !! So to make up for it I’ve decided to share with some of my current beauty favourites, most of these things I’ve been lovin and using for a while, but I haven’t shared them with you guys. As end of exam season is coming up, I can’t promise frequent posting but I’ll try my hardest. DSC_2016DSC_2013DSC_2010

Collection Lasting Perfection

This my absolute favourite concealer, so much that I’m on my 3rd bottle. At the moment I have to mix the two lightest shades : fair 1 and cool medium 2, to find the perfect match. Sometimes I also find Fair 1 to be a bit pink toned on me but mixing them resolves this. I love the creamy, quite thick, formula of this product, which makes it so easy to blend. It just has really high coverage for a drugstore concealer and can cover any blemish and my really dark under eye circles. I know everyone has been raving about this concealer for a long time now, but it’s such good value for money. This concealer never goes cakey or change colour and go patchy through out the day.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Again you probably think I’m abit late to this craze aswell; but I’ve had this sponge for quite a while now, which proably explains why it’s so dirty ( gross, ik !). Personally, I like to use mine damp as it doubles in size and leaves you with a very airbrushed light look. The shape of the sponge means it’s really easy to reach every area and crevice on your face.  My sponge has lasted quite well and only has a few tears and staining. As they don’t last long it may seem abit expensive at the start, but they’re honestly worth every penny.

M.A.C Matte lipstick

I don’t really want to go in to too much detail, as I want to do another post about this. But, I brought mine in the classic shade Velvet Teddy, at around Christmas Time.  But the shade is just the perfect everyday nude !! The formula is really buttery and glides on super easy. If you’d like a more in death review stay tuned for a post coming soon …

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker

I have the mini ‘Rose and Shine’ which I got in a Christmas set. Normally, I’m not a big fan of lip-glosses : they’re usually sticky, uncomfortable and I usually reach for a matte lip. But this actually subtly plumps your lips, nothing overly noticeable. You can either use this before putting a lipstick or whatever, or alone as a lipgloss.

MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

This is another frequently raved about product, I purchased mine in Iridescent Gold, which is perfect for sunny summer days. This highlighter is very glittery, so it creates a very shimmery glow effect. This product is only £2 or £3, but is totally good value for money. As it’s so lightweight it doesn’t cling to your skin, especially dry parts like mine.

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Underrated Products

These are some of my favourite types of blog posts, as I always find some products that I haven’t seen before or tried out. I chose products that I use on a daily basis, but they haven’t been raved about or recognised in the blogging community. I would love to do this type of post on something like skincare or body care, so let me know if that’s something you’re interested in.

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Seventeen’s Super Lash Mascara

This product was actually a freebie, which I got back in October when I spent, I think, £7 on Seventeen. When I first got this mascara, I was really disappointed : the whole wand was covered really thickly and all up the sides.  Sadly, at the time none of the mascaras had packing on to prevent people from using them, so you had to be wary. However after a few uses the wand began to thin out and become more workable, I realised this is an amazing mascara! It’s really lengthening, but isn’t thick at all, unlike Maybelline Lash Sensation another favourite of mine. Each lash with separately covered without sticking together. If you haven’t tried this, I really recommend checking it out!

Rimmel Clear Completion Clarifying Powder

This is my go to powder, I’ve used it every day none-stop for the past year and a half. Unlike other products, I haven’t really tried out a range of powders, as I almost instantly found one I love and stuck to it. This powder sets your makeup and stays on most of the day. Unlike, other powders this ones really light weight, so it doesn’t look cakey or clog your pores.

MUA Single Eyeshadows

Now these eyeshadows aren’t ground-breaking, but for £1 you really can’t go wrong. The eyeshadow is in the shade ‘Copper’ and has a nice glitter effect to it, perfect as an all over lid colour. For the price it’s nicely pigmented and has very little fallout, which is something that I often find with glitter eyeshadows. At the moment, I only have one shade but I would love to pick up some more, as they’re really good value.

Seventeens Stay Time Concealer

These concealers quite a large shade range, for a drugstore brand, so I picked up the lightest ‘Extra Fair’.  The description and formula of the product is very similar to the Collection Lasting Perfection, both claim to last 18 hours. Compared to Collection, this concealer is a lot of a thinner consistency to apply, however once blended it begins to thicken up. This concealer is very high coverage and looks completely natural.

 

 

 

 

Colour Correcting Guide

Colour correcting is used to target specific areas and create a flawless base for your makeup, you should apply it before foundation and concealer. I don’t use it everyday, but as often as I can. It looks scary but using the right products it can be easy. For this I use the technic, Colour Fix Cream Corrector Palette, which comes with 8 different colours. This palette’s really good for beginners who are trialling colour correcting concealer as this palettes great value for money and includes all the colours you could need and more. The concealer is really creamy and blendable, whilst providing a high coverage base.dsc_0847

Here’s what each colour does:

  • Pink – to brighten
  • Lilac -to correct any yellow, shallow, tones and hide bruises
  • Green – to minimise redness
  • Peach – to neutralise blue tones
  • Rose – balance out any discolouration
  • Silver Shimmer – to highlight and brighten
  • Yellow – neutralise blue purple areas
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How I use it: First I apply the green concealer on any spots or red areas I have. Next I mix number 4, Peach, and number 7, Yellow, together on my brush then blend it under my eyes. Then, I apply the lilac shade around my nose and on my chin. Finally I apply the highlighter under my brow, the inner corner of my eye and my cheek bone. I recommend applying the concealer with a brush and blending it in slightly with then finishing it off with your finger for a higher coverage

Testing Makeup Gallery – Collab

For the those of you who aren’t aware, Makeup Gallery is Poundland’s signature makeup brand. Each product being only a pound, sometimes there products are assumed to be poor quality. With this in mind, we decided to test it to see if there’s any bargin pieces. This a colab with Lifestylebeautyandme, One of my best friends and a really good blogger, who’s just starting out.
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Gorgeous Flawless Foundation, 02 Warm Ivory – I was actually surprised by the vast shade range, I think there were 8 different shades, as I’d heard some other people complain about this. We picked up shade 2, which is surprisingly quite dark. This foundation felt a nice consistency – thick but watery. Once blended in it didn’t making any difference to be honest and you needed to apply quite a thick layer for decent coverage.
Hide and Chic concealer, 01 Ivory – I’ve only tried a stick concealer once before so was very excited to try this. We brought the lightest shade hoping to use this on our under eyes. This concealer stick isn’t very creamy, so it drags your skin when you apply it. We found it very hard to blend this in with a brush or beauty blender and resulted to using our fingers. Once it was fully blended I found it lurked in your creases but provided very good coverage.
Smoothly Does It Pressed Powder, 1 transparent – This powder looks very yellow in the pan, but isn’t too noticeable once applied. All I have to say about it is it does it’s job! It doesn’t do an amazing job, but it isn’t too heavy or long lasting. I think this would be quite good for baking under your eyes as it’s quite thick.
Good To Glow Matte Bronzer, 2 medium – Again this was quite orange and not recommended for people with very fair skin. On the positive side, it blended out really easily and is subtle but buildable.
Feeling Blush Blush, 3 Spice – This was one of my favourite products, which was surprising as we got a darker shade than usual, all they had. It took no effort to blend as it wasn’t very pigmented. I would describe the colour as cute, as it’s really natural and subtle.
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Good To Glow Highlighting Powder, 1 Pearl Shimmer – I actually owned this before and use it a lot. It’s really nice and shimmery, without having too much glitter in it. Like the other face products it’s very subtle and natural, perfect for anyone looking for a good highlighter on a budget.
Never Ending Story Mascara, 2 Black – In the shop there was a choice of two or three different mascaras, but we chose a lengthening one. The brush was very thick and fluffy which I liked. One coat provided a very natural look, whereas a few more made your lashes look much thicker and longer.
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Colour Story Eye Shadow, 8 Mocha –  This was the only colour of eye shadow our local store sold, but it’s a really nice shimmery medium brown shade – perfect for any eye look. It blends in really easily and has enough pigment. Next time I’m in Poundland I’d love to see if they have any more colours, apparently there are 20 different shades.
Shine On Lip Gloss – On their Instagram page, I saw some Matte Liquid Lipsticks, however they didn’t sell them either. I really hated this product, it was very thick, sticky and gloopy to apply. If your have any dry patches it would cling to them. The product claimed to have intense colour, instead it made your lips look really thick. Definitely, not worth purchasing.
Overall, I think they have an impressive shade range, however not all their stock varies throughout stores. Before, buy any of their makeup I suggest reading a review before you purchase any of it. dsc_0810

Everyday Winter Makeup Look

This is the look I’ve been wearing pretty much everyday this school holiday, as it’s so quick and simple. You’re probably thinking it’s not very wintery, I agree – it’s not! At the moment I’m still experimenting with darker shades and bolder contouring. Seen as it’s my first post like this I wanted to play it safe; however let me know in the comments if you want to see something more adventurous from me and I’ll try to do that for you.

First, I do what I find is the hardest bit, my brows, with the Seventeen ‘Brow’s That’ Brow Kit. Using the wax I shaped and defined my brows with the handy little brush included, then used the ‘Fixing Gel’ from Primark to set them in place. On my eyes I used three shades from the eye shadow palette included in my Kiss Advent calendar. All over my lid I used the lightest brown shade (bottom left); the dusty pink shade(bottom right) in the inner corner and the darkest(top right) on the crease. I blended all that using the brush from The Seventeen palette and the studio eye brush. This eye shadows turned to be really blendable and have a beautifully subtle shimmer to them. Then, I apply ‘The Super Lash Mascara’ from Seventeen. This mascara contains a really small brush but it makes your lashes so much thicker and longer really easily. Also, I’ve found that it has staying power and does flake off under your eyes during the day.

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Next on to my face, I used my new favourite concealer, Rimmel ‘Wake Me Up’ (Ivory) to cover up any blemishes. I applied it in a triangle under my eye and blended it out using my Real Techniques ‘Concealer brush’, then used my finger on any spots and blemishes. This concealer has really high coverage and makes your skin look and feel so soft. Finally I applied a thin coat of The Rimmel ‘Clear Complexion Powder’ all over my face, with my New Look ‘Kabuki Brush’.

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To give my face some definition, I lightly used the Kiss Bronzer in a 3 shape on both sides of my face. It surprisingly didn’t take much effort to blend out using my Studio ‘Angled Blush Brush’. Then, on to my favourite bit – highlighting. For a change I used the Technic ‘Highlights’, which turned out to be an amazing dupe for Benefits ‘High Beam’ and costs only a fraction of the price. Using my finger, I bring this into anywhere I want to shine : my cheekbones, my brow bone, my cupids bow and the end of my nose. Finally, I apply Maybelline’s ‘Vivid Matte Liquid’ in the shade 50, Nude Thrill. This lipsticks a really nice colour, dries completely matte and doesn’t make your lips dry.

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Advent Calendar Top Picks

It’s now the 15th of December and I’m more than half way through my advent calendar. This year I treated myself to the Kiss Advent Calendar, which cost £5 in Wilko. When I brought it I wasn’t too sure of the quality of the products, due to it being so cheap; but I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far. Inside there are 24 different beauty products, from makeup to nail polishes. I want to share with you my favourites so far!dsc_0540 Eye Shadow Quad (My Eye Shadow) – This palette contains some quite unusual colours compare to most of my nude palettes. A pink blush shade, a dark beige, a burnt gold shade and a dusty pink shade; all shimmery. They’re very pigmented, blend quite softly, and none of the shimmer transfers. I’m quite excited to work these into my usual go-to look for Christmas.dsc_0541Bronzer (Cover Version) – In the pan this bronzer looks fairly dark, however once swatched it’s much lighter. One thing I would say  is it’s quite orangey on pale skin, but looks alright on most, like mine. The product doesn’t contain a lot of glitter and isn’t shimmery, which I really like.

Blush (Oi Cheeky) – This is a really light matte blush, perfect for everyday natural makeup looks. It isn’t overly pigmented but could be buildable. This stand out from most of my other blushes because it is completely matte and provides a natural blush.dsc_0542Face and Body glitter (glitter and sparkle) – I don’t actually own any body glitter and think it will fun to experiment and create different looks with. The glitters silver and in the shape of a star.

Nail Polish(My Nail Polish) – I believe there are 4 nail polishes in the calendar, so far I’ve only got 2: one baby pastel pink and one sliver glitter topcoat. In a shop, I would choose shades like this. The top coat very similar to a few other I own, but just contains a bit more glitter, and the pink one is a welcome new addition to my collection. The formula of these nail polishes is quite watery, which isn’t much of a problem, and dries fairly quickly.

Makeup Pencil Sharpener – I don’t really have to say about this, about from the fact that I’ve needed one of these for a while now and it does the job!

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Top Tips to help you catch those ZZZZZZs

Sorry I haven’t posted on Instagram in ages now, I’ve broken my phone. At the moment I’m still trying to find a way around this to post, so for another new weeks I probably won’t be active.
Sleep is very important, more important than you may think. Getting enough sleep can lead to better health, improvement of mood and better skin. Yet knowing all this we still struggle to find enough time to fit it in our busy lives. This post has got 2 subcategories which I’ve split it into: mental and products, just to make it easier.

Mental: This is by far the hardest of all my tips, try to turn off electronics at least 20 minutes before bed, giving you a chance to clear your mind. Definitely, if you can’t sleep, checking your phone is the worst thing you can do.  Instead try reading a book or filling out a journal, both things that I do; also create a night routine and consistently stick to it. Saying that some apps, Sleep Time, are great to track your sleep statistics and set your alarm at the perfect time for you.

Products: I’ve purchased a lot of products which claim to help you get a better night’s sleep. This method isn’t actually scientifically proven, whether it’s physiological or not, I still feel like it works for me. On nights where it’s hard for me to sleep I spray my lavender spray on my pillow and apply the balm to my pressure points. This method may not work for you, but I recon it’s worth giving it a try.

Autumn Tag 2016

I’ve seen loads of bloggers doing this, and thought it look fun. It’s the perfect chance to tell you more about my favourite season: Autumn. I tag anyone who wants to do it,  I wasn’t tagged directly to do this post.

Favourite Thing?

There’s so much to love: the clothing, the colours, the temperature; but for me I think it’s the photo opportunities. During this time of year I feel really inspired to take photos and blog about what’s going on, so expect a lot more from me. It doesn’t help knowing Christmas is just around the corner, eeek!!!

Desired hot drink

The clique thing to say here is a PSL, Pumpkin spiced latte, but I’m going to tell the truth is that I’ve never tried one. Instead, I much prefer a hot chocolate any day.  They’re just so good, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows, mmmm!

Seasonal scent/candle

My favourite scent by far, is mixed spice and cinnamon, which to me screams autumn. With that in mind, I love the cinnamon stick Yankee Candle and Christmas memories Yankee Candle, they’re just warm and comforting smells.

Favourite Lipstick

Does it count that I have 2 completely different shades: a deeper plump colour and a brighter scarlet colour. The first ones, Rimmel’s Kate Moss Lasting Finish, this is such a gorgeous shade that doesn’t wash you out. I’ve found myself wearing it loads. My other choice is Seventeen’s Mega Matte Lipsticks, in the shade Lava A lot, it so different to the shades I’d normally wear. Find links to my reviews on those products, here and here.

Eye look and colour

At this time of year I love a burgundy matte lid with a shimmery crease. Using my favourite pallete of all time, Seventeen’s Easy On The Eye, I take the colour 9 Bronzed Buff all over my lid. Then blend 8 Baked Chestnut into the outer V and put some shimmer, 1 Gentle Pink, into the crease.

Go to outfit

My most recent purchase was a bomber jacket. As you might of guessed, I love wearing it over a black pinafore and Superstars. It’s so comfy and is really versatile.

Autumn Activity
As I mentioned before, going for walks out and taking my camera, it’s just one of my favourite things to do. As I mentioned before Autumn is in my opinion the most photogenic season. Even though, I’ve been finding it hard to make time for this recently.