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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Simple Banana & Chocolate Chip Oat Bites

Recently I've decided I want to eat a little more healthily, so I've been googling to my hearts content lots of fun recipe ideas that can act as an alternative to sweet treats. I've seen lots of 'oat bites' recipes floating around the Internet, and after playing around I have created my own version. I found inspiration for this recipe from Hannah Maggs' recipe on her blog (hannahmaggs.co.uk) which you should definitely also take a look at, as hers looks equally as delicious. Instead of devouring a slice of banana cake (which I absolutely adore), I thought eating a couple of these oat bites filled with banana would make a slightly healthier alternative. I was a bit naughty and added a few chocolate chips, but a small amount will satisfy my sugar craving without having to eat a whole chocolate bar. And of course, adding these are totally optional. This recipe is quick, easy and very yummy so there really is no excuse to not give it a try!

// Ingredients //
(makes 12)
60g rolled oats
1 ripe banana
1 tsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
A small handful of chocolate chips (optional)

// Method //
  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees (fan oven) and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Peel the banana, place it into a bowl and mash it with a fork until it resembles a paste.
  3. Add the rolled oats to the mashed banana and mix together until combined.
  4. Spoon a teaspoon each of honey and cinnamon into the banana and oats and then mix, making sure both the honey and cinnamon is distributed evenly throughout the mixture.
  5. Then, add a small handful of chocolate chips (if you wish) and mix well.
  6. Roll the mixture into small balls (about the size of a ping pong ball) and place around 2-3 cm apart on the baking tray.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and allow them to cool slightly before removing them from the greaseproof paper.
  8. Enjoy!
I really hope you like the look of this recipe and make sure to check out Hannah's recipe too at http://www.hannahmaggs.co.uk/baking-healthy-banana-oat-bites/. Let me know if you make them too and feel free to tell me what you think in the comments below! Happy baking! 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Face Of The Day #1

Today I thought I'd do a quick post and share with you what I've put on my face today. Since Winter is here and it's getting colder by the day, I put together a very winter appropriate makeup look by using a combination of cool-toned brown and mauve shades, keeping it classic and neutral with a matte and contoured base, and of course it has to be a nude lip. I have to say I am particularly proud of my contouring skills today - woo go me! Below I will provide all the makeup products I used to get this look.

// Base //
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder in Natural Fair
Ted Baker Bronzing Pearls
Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow

// Eyes //
Naked Palette using shades Hustle, Toasted, Sidecar & Naked
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
Rimmel Eye Pencil in Panama

// Lips //
No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude
MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

I really hope you like this look and I'd love to know what you think! Do you use any of these products on your face? What makeup looks do you like to create during the winter? Thanks for reading xo

Thursday, 19 November 2015

10 Things To Do On A Rainy Day

Winter is fast approaching. The nights are getting darker and the winds are getting colder, and we all know that winter also means having to put up with a heck of a lot of rain. But, this isn't all bad, because a rainy day is the perfect excuse to cosy up and stay indoors and not worry about the outside world for a while. Since I love having cosy days in, I thought it would be a fun idea to share 10 things you can do when its raining cats and dogs outside.

1. Have a duvet day // There's no comfier place than your own bed, so why not spend your day under the covers and only leave your little cocoon of comfiness if you really, really have to.

2. Binge watch Netflix // Whether you re-watch your fave series for the hundredth time or maybe even watch a bunch of films that will make you both laugh and cry, Netflix will always be there for you when there's no choice but to stay in.

3. Bake something // I love baking whatever the weather or occasion, however there's always something so therapeutic and comforting about baking when it's raining outside. Plus, your baked goodies will make a perfect snack for when watching Netflix. (Quick idea: recently when I went to stay with my boyfriend, we made Zoella's 'Gooey Oreo Cookie Cookies' and I would definitely recommend them if you're thinking of baking as they were delicious).

4. Make a hot drink // A hot drink will always warm you up on a winter's day. My personal fave has to be hot chocolate, with marshmallows and cream of course.

5. Have a bubble bath // Baths are the perfect way to relax, and it's always so soothing lying in a warm bubbly bath knowing you're safe from the cold outside. Whack a bath bomb in, lie back and relax.

6. Go on an online shopping spree // Since you might not want to venture outdoors to the shopping centre, online shopping is your answer. Cosy up with your laptop and happily scroll through ASOS to your hearts content.

7. Invite friends over for a film day // Similar to the Netflix idea, but why not get your friends involved? Invite them over, pop some popcorn and stock up on snacks and you're on your way to your very own home cinema.

8. Tidy up // A rainy day will give you plenty of time to tidy up your personal space, and this is a great way to relieve stress as it's said that a tidy room can help you to think more clearly and be more productive.

9. Do something productive // If you're not one to lounge around all day, then a rainy day gives you the perfect opportunity to crack on with some work. For me, I might take the opportunity to get on with (and probably cry over) a good old uni assignment.

10. Read or write a blog post // Catch up on the latest by reading through your most loved blogs, and you never know this may spark up some inspiration for your own blog too.

Do you do any of these things on a rainy day from this list? What do you like to do on a rainy day?

Thursday, 22 October 2015

New MAC Purchases: Twig & Velvet Teddy

There's no hiding the fact that I have quite a severe addiction to buying lipsticks, so adding to my collection becomes almost routine. I've read endless blog posts and watched countless YouTube videos admiring MAC lipstick collections and always wanted to start one myself, so to now have my own growing collection of MAC lipsticks is certainly very satisfying. I decided to have a little splurge and ended up buying two of their lipsticks; I couldn't choose between both of them because they are both so pretty (oops...)

Twig (left) is a shade that I hadn't seen as much of as Velvet Teddy, but after looking at the shade on the website and doing my research to see how it looked in a swatch, I knew I had to buy it. It's slightly different to shades I usually go for (brown/pink nudes) but the gorgeous deeper pink and mauve undertones to this lipstick are so flattering and I feel like it really compliments my skin tone well. This lipstick is a satin formula, so feels slightly creamier than a matte however the staying power is still pretty exceptional and doesn't dry out the lips too much. I definitely feel like this lipstick will be one that I will be wearing throughout the whole of Autumn. 

Velvet Teddy (right) is probably one of MAC's most popular shades, especially amongst younger girls aspiring to follow Kylie Jenner's famous lipstick trend. I've always noticed that this lipstick seemed to look amazing on anyone who wore it as it's such a versatile and pretty nude shade that can be worn with any makeup look from simple to dramatic. It has the perfect balance between brown and pink tones, which looks so beautiful on the lips. I'm so glad I bought this lipstick as I've wanted it for so long and the matte formula means that the gorgeous colour stays put for even longer too!

Do you have Twig or Velvet Teddy in your collection? What is your favourite MAC lipstick?

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Change: Starting Uni & Long Distance Relationships

Being 18 years old means that my life of compulsory education is now over. So for the final year of school, I had to make the huge and daunting decision about what I wanted to actually do with my life. I contemplated whether to go to uni or not for a good few months, as I didn't like the idea of living away from home, so this left me with a very limited choice of universities to apply to. Then I started considering apprenticeships, but I was still completely stuck. However when I visited my local university, I found a course that I was thoroughly interested in and it sounded perfect for me.

This is the first September where I won't be returning to school. It is honestly the strangest feeling ever! Just over a week ago now, my boyfriend and I said our goodbyes (only temporary ones of course) as he moved away for Uni. Not knowing exactly when I was going to see him again broke my heart, and it was honestly the hardest goodbye I've experienced in my whole life. We saw each other most days over summer, so to now go to weeks without seeing each other is a massive change that will take us both a little while to adapt to. I know a long distance relationship takes work, but we're going to try and visit each other as much as possible and we have been using Skype almost everyday to talk. Messaging is great but actually being able to see him and hear his voice is just that extra bit more special.

Two days later, I had my first day at Uni. I felt like a year 8 again walking into the huge building and not having a clue where I was going. It was so strange looking around and being surrounded by people I had never seen before and who were probably from places I'd never visited (or even heard of) before. Luckily, I recognised a few friendly faces as people on my course had already set up a Facebook chat, so it was great to meet some of them for the first time, and one girl particularly I have become quite friendly with already which is so lovely.

Sadly, on my first freshers night out this week, one of my friends stumbled back onto my foot (in huge chunky heels) and yes, I actually broke my foot. Yay! Walking around in a massive boot is such fun during the first few weeks of uni - not! I will have to make up for all of the partying once my foot heals. So bloody typical. 

On a brighter note, my boyfriend might be coming home to visit this weekend (ahhhhh yay!) which will help to cheer me up from quite an overwhelming week. I've missed him so much! I hope everything settles down soon and I'll feel at home at uni in no time, we will just have to wait and see.

Have you experienced any change recently? Feel free to comment what's changed in your life, I'd especially love to hear about anyone's uni experiences! 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil

As you're probably aware I love wearing a nude lip, as well as having a slight (okay, maybe a huge) addiction to buying lip products. So when I saw this Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection, I had to snap it up. 

The shade I chose is such a gorgeous nude that would suit pretty much anyone. It's a light brown nude with a very slight pink undertone, which is the type of nude I usually go for, whether I'm going out in the day time or partying in the evening. The product applies really well to the lips as it has such a beautiful creamy texture, so it doesn't feel too drying on the lips. Maybelline claims it to be an 'intense velvet lip pencil', which I suppose is true as it's not as creamy as perhaps your typical MAC cream sheen lipstick is; it is insanely pigmented and does feel a more velvety texture.

I actually wore this product on my lips a few days ago on a night out and it lasted really well on my lips without re-application throughout the evening. Obviously if you want your lips to stay pristine throughout the evening then feel free to re-apply, but after a few drinks on a night out I still thought it looked pretty darn good, haha!

I've read that a lot of people have struggled to find a sharpener big enough to sharpen this pencil, which I do guess is its only flaw, as it doesn't wind up like some other lip pencils do. Luckily, I have a sharpener from Seventeen at Boots which seems to fit it perfectly! So if you are struggling to find a sharpener to fit this product, I would highly recommend looking at what Seventeen has to offer at Boots. I have had this particular sharpener for a while, but I do believe that they have a similar one available.

Overall, I absolutely love this product. It lasts well on the lips, applies like a dream, and to top it all off, the colour is just beautiful - the perfect nude! 

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencils?

Friday, 28 August 2015

Leather-Look Loafers

A girl like myself with size 2 feet will always be a girl who will struggle to find decent shoes. Finding a good pair of shoes has always caused so much hassle for me as most of my favourite stores only ever stock size 3 and up. However, recently I have noticed that a few stores are starting to stock a selection of their shoes in size 2, which for me is an absolute miracle. 

One place I've been really impressed with in terms of their ability to cater for size 2 girls like myself is ASOS. They have such a wide variety of gorgeous shoes for different occasions, most of them with reasonable price tags too. My most recent shoe purchase from ASOS is this pair of gorgeous stone leather-look glossy loafers. 

I was browsing through ASOS, which is quite a frequent hobby of mine, and when I saw these they immediately caught my eye and I knew I just HAD to have them. Most of my shoes are black, so I love the colour of these as it is just so different to anything I already own. The leather-look and glossy finish that ASOS describes these shoes to have is just so beautiful and I know it will instantly dress up and add a touch of class to an outfit. The neutral tone of the shoes also means that I can pair these with almost anything in my wardrobe, and for £20 (that's right, you heard me correctly, what a bargain) I'll definitely be getting my money's worth. I can't put into words how much I love these loafers and I'm just so excited to start wearing them.

If you are like me with size 2 feet, other stores that I find are particularly good for size 2 shoes are River Island and New Look, so I would recommend checking them out as some of their shoes are equally as gorgeous as these! Let me know if you know of any other places or suffer the same struggles as me, I'd love to read about it in the comments.

I hope you liked this post and thank you for reading. What do you think of these leather-look loafers? Where do you buy your shoes from?

Monday, 24 August 2015

My Signature Scents

Every girl has their own signature scent, however I can never seem to choose just one favourite... so I have three! A girl can never have too many perfumes though, right? I never feel complete without perfume on and I love discovering new scents, so I thought I'd share my faves with you to help you out if you're on the hunt for a different perfume. (Let me tell you now, I'm pretty bad at describing scents, but I will try my very best).

Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs is a fairly recent discovery of mine. I received it as a Christmas present last year and I've loved it ever since. It's a combination between a fruity and floral scent which I love as overly floral scents really aren't my cup of tea. The scent is particularly strong when you first spritz it however it lightly fades after a while of wearing it. Another reason why I love this perfume is the packaging; you have to admit it, it is so pretty and cute, so it's always a great one to have on my perfume stand.

Lady Million by Paco Rabanne has been one of my favourites for years now. Out of the three perfumes, this one is probably the closest to my number one signature scent. My boyfriend says that the smell instantly reminds him of me! The smell is so beautiful and sophisticated with a really nice musk, and as well as that it's also really strong so you're guaranteed to be smelling amazing all day through to the evening. I actually wear it so much that my wardrobe has a faint smell of this perfume as it lingers on all of my clothes - I'm not complaining as it smells so good! This perfume is also a great one for the evening since it is such a luxury scent, so you will be able to both look and smell like a million dollars.

Polly by Ted Baker brings back such great memories from my holiday to Florida in 2013. I wore it constantly over there as it is such a fruity yet fresh/floral summery scent, so whenever I wear it I feel like I'm back in the warm Florida sunshine all over again. This perfume is actually fairly strong so it lasts well on me, and it is also quite a sweet scent, which I really like. The bottle is quite small but I'm pretty sure this little perfume isn't too pricey, although to be honest you don't need to spray much of this at all on the skin as it lasts so well.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! What is your signature scent?

Monday, 17 August 2015

18th Birthday

It makes me so happy to now be able to say that I am 18 years old. The big 1-8. Finally! It was a long and tedious wait to turn 18 as there were so many events that I had to miss out on, simply because you can't get into a club or buy drinks without being 18. Since my friends went out and did this a fair amount, I had no choice but to stay at home and sadly flick through the photos of their antics, wishing that I could have been there.

My 18th birthday didn't really start off like any other typical 18th birthday, simply due to the fact that it was also A Level results day (aka the most emotional and nerve-wracking day of every student's school career). It definitely wasn't the best feeling waking up on my 18th birthday feeling like I was about to vom from the anticipation of not knowing my fate. The wait between waking up at 6:30am and 8am when UCAS Track went live was certainly painful and felt like it dragged for hours on end. Luckily, to my delight, I had done it. I got into my first choice university. Yay - I am now officially a Media student! Even though I had got in, not all of my friends got into their first choice uni and it was heartbreaking to see their dreams being taken away from them so easily, so I did have a little cry. Also, receiving my results made the prospect of everyone going their separate ways ten times more real than before and it hit me like a ton of bricks. 

Despite having a dramatic and emotional morning, I had a pretty relaxing day and received some lovely presents from my friends and family, and some of these are shown in the images above. My main present I received in the morning from my family, which is what I am writing this blog post on at this current moment, is my beautiful new MacBook Pro. It is literally STUNNING, and it will be absolutely perfect for when I start uni in September. Later in the day, my boyfriend came round before the rest of my friends were due in the evening for predrinks and what was an amazing night out in town. I was so grateful and overwhelmed with the present I received from him; he bought me a beautiful woven leather bracelet from Pandora with an 18th birthday charm on it. I've worn it everyday since my birthday because I just love it so much. Some of my other lovely presents include Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs perfume, River Island & Topshop vouchers, jewellery, photo frames filled with lots of special photos and A LOT of alcohol (an 18th birthday tradition).

I celebrated in the evening with all of my closest friends, firstly at my house and then straight to town afterwards for the big A Level results night event, and this meant that pretty much every student in my area was out that night. The words jam-packed and sweaty describe the atmosphere in the club pretty well, however that's all part of the fun and I had an amazing night. Walking into the club was such a surreal moment (as lame as it sounds) but I had waited so long to turn 18 and to go out to town with my friends, and it hit me that now I finally could. 

I certainly had an 18th birthday to remember, and I feel extremely lucky to have been able to spend it with my best friends and amazing boyfriend, and to have received such lovely and thoughtful presents. 

How did you/do you want to spend your 18th birthday? Did you receive your A Level results too? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear all about it. 


Friday, 7 August 2015

I Passed My Driving Test

Being an August baby meant I was the last one to turn 17 out of all of my friends, so I was almost guaranteed to be the last one to pass my driving test. All I could feel when all of my friends were passing their tests was pure jealousy. I craved the freedom that driving gave them, as they could travel anywhere they liked whenever they felt like it, however all I could do was keep asking for lifts. So, when I finally booked my test I already felt one step closer to freedom, well, until I failed my first test. But I pulled through and tried again more determined than ever, and I never knew how satisfying the sentence "I'm pleased to tell you you've passed" could even feel. I had finally done it - I passed!

I haven't really seen many bloggers write about their driving test experiences, so I thought I'd share mine with you and give you some tips along the way for those of you that may have your test coming up. Since I failed my first test, I thought I'd discuss my second test where I actually passed, as of course it has a much happier ending. If you do fail on your first time, even though it does suck, don't let it hang over you forever. The practical driving test is difficult, especially under the pressure of having someone watching your every move, you just have to keep your head up high and know you will get there eventually. 

I felt much more determined to pass the second time round, 1) because I knew how it felt to fail, 2) the next available tests apparently weren't until October and I couldn't possibly wait that long to try again and 3) it would be another £62 down the drain. I tried to stay positive and kept telling myself that I could do it and this really helped my nerves. The ten minutes in the test centre waiting for all of the examiners to appear is probably the worst part, as I just wanted to get the test over with. Once I had met my examiner I felt reassured, as he was really friendly and made an effort to ask how I was, and this continued throughout the test with a few questions about how I was spending my summer, where I work etc, which they tend to do to break the silence and keep you at ease. The examiners are not all as scary as they may seem!

My biggest tip once your test has started is that if you make a mistake, ignore it and don't let it stay on your mind throughout the test. Doing this will only make your nerves worse and distract you from concentrating properly on the roads, potentially leading to even more mistakes, which could result in failure if they become more serious. All you need to remember is that if you feel that you have made a mistake, stay positive, concentrate and try to correct yourself as safely as possible, as at the end of the day the examiner is looking to see if you are able to drive on the roads safely without causing danger to other road users. I was much more aware of the little mistakes I made on my test the second time round, as I had a better idea of what the examiner was actually looking for. I left my signal on for too long after exiting a roundabout, my parallel park (which may I add I had on my first AND second test) wasn't quite up to scratch as I had to correct my positioning after starting to steer back too early and I was unduly hesitant a couple of times. But we all make mistakes, and most of these little mistakes usually only end up being minors, so try to stay positive and keep telling yourself in your head that you can do it.

The test itself flies by, you get your manoeuvre out the way, then onto the independent drive, and the next thing you know you're turning back into the road where the test centre is. As I knew I was to be told my fate within the next ten seconds after pulling over for the last time, it's safe to say my heart was pumping, as I honestly thought I had failed again due to being much more aware of my mistakes. So when the examiner told me I had passed, the first thing I said was 'really?!?' and I cannot explain to you just how much satisfaction and happiness ran through my body at that moment. I waved goodbye to my provisional licence and said hello to a lovely pass certificate and the title of a newly qualified driver. Now I am able to go out driving on my own, when and where I like. Another great thing about it is I can finally play my own choice of music in my car, as loud as I like, and this is especially fun when out driving with friends (or if you happen to enjoy singing loudly when driving alone like me). Freedom is finally mine!

Have you passed your driving test or is your test soon? If this post was enjoyable or helpful in any way then please feel free to leave a comment, I'd love to know what you think and give any further advice! Lots of love xo


Thursday, 16 July 2015

My Prom Makeup Look

Prom is the perfect occasion to glam up your makeup look, plus giving you the chance to dress up and feel fabulous for an entire evening. Two weeks ago, I had my Year 13 Leavers Prom and it was such a lovely evening spent with my boyfriend and all my closest friends to celebrate finishing our A Levels. I had a rough idea of the type of makeup look I wanted to create, and the finished look ended up being exactly what I had hoped for. It consists of a champagne and gold eye with some smoky browns and a classic nude lip. Since I really loved the my prom makeup look, I thought I would recreate it for you to try out, as I think this look would be great to wear for a night out or special occasion.

For my base, I used the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Light Nude (which is a shade darker than I would usually go for however I did have a spray tan), and then concealed any blemishes and brightened under my eyes with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair. I then set this with the Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder in Natural Fair to make sure my foundation wouldn't budge throughout the evening. To bronze and contour my face, I used Ted Baker Bronzing Pearls in the hollows of my cheeks and on my temples, and then highlighted and added a pop of colour to the tops of my cheeks with the Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow

For my eyes, I applied the Urban Decay Primer Potion to ensure my eyeshadow would be much more long-lasting. I then went on to use some of the eyeshadows from the Urban Decay Naked Palette in order to create the main eyeshadow look. Firstly, I used the shade Sin, a shimmery pink toned shade, all over the lid and then applied the shade Sidecar, a glittery light brown, on top and then softly blended the edges. I then applied the shade Half Baked, a shimmery gold, in the centre of the lid, before blending both shades Naked, a matte beige, and Smog, a smoky brown, into the crease. I then applied Darkhorse, a deep brown, to the outer corners. Next, I applied the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner to both eyes, creating a smooth line to define my eyes and glam up the look. To define my eyelashes, I applied the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, and I then lightly filled in my brows with a Rimmel Eye Pencil in Panama.

For my lips, I wanted to keep them relatively simple as I had a lot going on in terms of my eye makeup, and plus I love wearing a nude lip anyway. I lined and filled in my lips with the No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude and then went over this with Seventeen Supreme Shine Lipstick in Bella, which is a nude shade with a gorgeous shiny and moisturising formula.

Have you had your prom this year? What kind of makeup look did you create for your prom? Thanks for reading everyone, and let me know what you think in the comments if you wish to!


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

OOTD #1: The Sleeveless Jacket

As you are probably aware, sleeveless jackets, blazers, duster coats and anything else sleeveless you can get your hands on are currently very popular and on trend. I've had my eye on a few for a while as I've been browsing around shops but never really plucked up the courage to actually buy one, as I didn't have a clear idea on what I could wear one with. Not only that, being only 5ft in height meant a lot of them fell right below my knees, making me look like I was drowning in fabric (which was not a good look). However recently I found this one from New Look that I thought would be perfect for me. It is actually from the New Look teens section, so it is cut to a length that is more appropriate for my height and fits me a lot better. 

After looking at a few images online and seeing others out and about wearing sleeveless jackets, I realised that I did actually have items in my wardrobe that I could pair a sleeveless jacket with, so this made me more willing to go and buy one right away. The fact that mine is white means I can incorporate it into so many different looks, and it is also a great staple wardrobe piece to help dress up a more casual outfit. Today I decided to create a monochrome look with my sleeveless jacket, by pairing it with some Topshop white ripped jeans, a River Island black top and ASOS black loafers. I love wearing monochrome as it always looks so effortlessly chic and is a look that is always on trend. To accessorise, I wore my Pandora ring and River Island sunglasses, and these are great to finish off an outfit and make it look that little bit more sophisticated.

Sleeveless Jacket - New Look
Vest Top - River Island
Ripped Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - ASOS
Sunglasses - River Island
Ring - Pandora
Nails - Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in 'Papaya'

What do you think of sleeveless jackets? If you own one, what are you wearing yours with this season? Thank you for reading, lots of love!


Friday, 19 June 2015

My Current Favourite Lip Combinations

Guess what? After a pretty hard final school year, today I finally finished my A Levels! I am free! One thing in particular that I had on my mind during exam season is how much I have missed blogging, so I thought I would kick off my summer of freedom with a new post for you all. Today I thought I would tell you about my current favourite lip combinations. Recently I have been particularly obsessed with experimenting with different lip products and I seem to have found a new love of a darker toned nude lip, which is particularly on trend at the moment and never fails to look flattering and chic.

My first current favourite lip combination, pictured bottom left, is No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude and MAC Lipstick in Midimauve. This combination is slightly more of a pink/mauve toned nude, and this especially comes from the Midimauve lipstick as it has a gorgeous mauve sheen to it which I absolutely love. The lipliner itself is actually of a really creamy formula, and the lipstick is also immensely creamy and moisturising, which feels amazingly hydrating on the lips. I love wearing this lip combination with any makeup look as it is so versatile, however I do like to wear it with a cool-toned eyeshadow look, which ties in well with the cool-toned mauve colour of the lipstick.

My second current favourite lip combination, pictured bottom right, is MAC Lipliner in Stripdown and Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Rosewood Pearl. I recently bought this lipliner as I wanted to try out a more beige/brown toned nude, and I absolutely love it as the colour pay off is amazing and it lasts for hours without budging. The lipliner alone is a gorgeous colour, however to add some more dimension to the lips I have been loving putting the Maybelline lipstick over the top as it has a pearl formula, so it has a slight shimmer to it. I feel this type of lipstick looks great over a lipliner to help add some shine and volume to the lips, which this lipstick does perfectly. I love wearing this lip colour with flawless foundation coverage and a good coat of mascara as it just looks so effortless yet so elegant at the same time.

What are your current favourite lip combinations? What do you think of the nude lip trend? Feel free to let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

It's been a long time since I last blogged (A Levels are taking over) but today I just couldn't resist. Today's post is about a brand new product that I have been using, which is Benefit's new Roller Lash mascara. An exclusive smaller size of the product was released free with the March 2015 issue of ELLE magazine before the main release of Roller Lash in March - how exciting!

As I use Benefit's "They're Real!" mascara pretty much every day, I had very high hopes for Roller Lash. Benefit claims Roller Lash to be a 'roller for lashes' with a 'Hook 'n' Roll' brush which grabs, separates, lifts and curls and with a curve-setting formula that will hold for 12 hours. After trying the product, I realised that Benefit seemed to live up to their promises relatively well. The curved brush of this mascara definitely separated my lashes very well and made sure they were clump-free. I also noticed that my lashes looked instantly lifted and elongated, which is what every one wants in a mascara, right? I would say if you wanted your lashes to stay extremely lifted you may have to touch it up slightly during the day or perhaps for the evening, however this mascara seems to last on my lashes really well. The Benefit "They're Real!" mascara is quite difficult to remove, however the Roller Lash mascara seems to remove a lot more easily, which prevents lashes being tugged at. 

In case you didn't already notice from my image above, it's hard to miss the gorgeous packaging of this product. I do think the full size version of the product is slightly different; the handle seems to look like an actual roller you would put in your hair, which I think is really effective. However, I do love the contrast of the shiny and semi-matte black and pink packaging of the smaller version as it just looks so pretty.

Overall, I am really impressed with the Roller Lash mascara and might even have to buy myself the full size version when it is released in March. You can try the smaller version before its main release if you buy the March 2015 issue of ELLE magazine for £4. 

Have you tried the Benefit Roller Lash mascara?
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