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Friday, 21 October 2016

Three Base Products To Try

I'm definitely more of a lipstick and eyeshadow junkie girl, so buying and trying out some new base products got me excited but a little nervous at the same time...

I feel like my base is probably one of the most important parts of my makeup look. A base product can either make or break my face, so if my base looks bad, I feel like my entire makeup look will look bad too. This of course is why buying new base products gets me a bit nervous, as they are often either a hit or miss. But luckily, my recent purchases are serving me well, so I thought you might like to know a bit about them.

First up is the Maxfactor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation. It claims to have a primer, concealer and a foundation all wrapped into one product, which is a clever concept, but I don't use this foundation for the purpose of skipping primer and concealer. In some areas of my face this foundation does act as concealer due to its high coverage. The only areas of my face that I ever feel like I need to put a bit of concealer is under my eyes, to help bright my face up a little, or on a large blemish. This foundation does last well on my skin, but whether it can be used as a primer in itself, I'm not so sure. Foundation tends to slip off around my jaw and chin the easiest so I do like to apply a separate primer to make sure it lasts. This foundation has a matte finish, however even works on my dry skin. If I have an especially dry patch, then it may cling a little, but apart from that it sits nicely on my skin and doesn't look powdery or cakey. It give me that feeling of flawless skin as it covers up most blemishes and my redness amazingly, so it's a win win!

Next is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This is the first sponge I've ever used, and I am very pleasantly surprised about how good this little baby is; it really does give me a miracle complexion as the name suggests. Applying my foundation with the sponge slightly damp diffuses foundation so evenly onto my skin and gives me a smoother and more flawless finish compared to when I use a brush. The 3 different surfaces on this sponge helps make sure foundation gets into all the small areas of the face too. It's slightly harder to clean and doesn't wear as well compared to a brush. But, this sponge is incredibly affordable and of good quality, so replacing it wouldn't be a problem at all.

Finally is the NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer. This is the first primer from NYX I have tried, and I have to say it lives up to all its good reviews I read online. The primer is white, which at first seems a little scary, however it blends out beautifully. You only need to apply a very small amount and a little really does go a long way. It has a lovely silky texture, which almost feels quite moisturising, but at the same time doesn't make the skin feel tacky at all. It really helps combat any oil on the skin as well. I don't have particularly oily skin, but can get oily in my T-zone and I feel like it keeps these areas matte well. In terms of keeping my makeup in place, it does a good job. The silky finish to this primer means that my foundation doesn't move around as much, and also helps my foundation sit evenly on my skin, which in turn helps to fight patchiness for longer. The price tag is at a slightly higher price for a high street brand at £12, however does a great job so is definitely worth it.

Have you tried any of these products? What base products have you been using lately?

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A Go To Date Night Outfit & Makeup Look with Adore Me

Recently, I discovered Adore Me and decided I would be interested in getting involved in their latest date night project, I of course said yes. Adore Me is a brand I'd actually never heard of before, but they have some absolutely gorgeous lingerie that I really wish I could buy - sadly they don't ship to the UK. Going on dates is something that me and my boyfriend absolutely love to do, whether it's a fancy dinner out or an evening tucked up watching TV. Being in a long distance relationship means, to us, that any time together is so special. 

When getting ready for a date, one where we are actually leaving the sofa, I like to make an extra bit of effort to look and feel good in my own skin. There are certain pieces in my wardrobe I can throw together and certain makeup products I can put on which I know will look good every time, and this of course makes getting ready a lot less stressful, and of course makes me feel more confident and special. I personally think having certain pieces like this in your wardrobe is so important, as they're always there waiting if you aren't really feeling another outfit that you perhaps originally planned to wear.

Feeling confident and relaxed in preparation for a date is what Adore Me's date night project is all about. To support their project, I'm sharing with you one of my go to date night outfits and makeup looks that I can reach for wherever we're going, whether its the cinema, dinner or cocktails. 

The Outfit.

My outfit is pretty simple, but with splashes of colour and pattern thrown in here and there to make it more feminine and dressed up. For me, I can never go wrong with black. I just think black adds sophistication to any look and can instantly make me look more put together. I've gone for a black V neck short sleeved top from Zara. The deep V neck makes this top a little more feminine and sexy, which I love. 

I've paired it with some Topshop black Joni jeans. You just can't go wrong with a good pair of black high waisted jeans. These jeans are just so flattering and sinch me in in all the right places; I love how nice they make my hips and bum look. I always feel so confident in these jeans, and it's also not bad that my boyfriend loves them on me too, haha.

To finish the outfit off, I chose a gorgeous printed kimono from Matalan. I bought this a few years ago now but I still adore it to this day. The many colours in this kimono means it just goes with everything, making it a go to piece in my wardrobe when it comes to trying to find a date outfit. Plus the beautiful floral print instantly adds a feminine and chic vibe to any outfit. I also chose my ASOS black loafers, as they're classy but not OTT, and then to tie in with the pink and purple on the kimono, I've added a cute pale pink bag from Forever 21, Barry M Sunset Nail Polish in Dark Side Of The Shroom, my Olivia Burton watch, and finally my gorgeous new Daisy Dream Blush perfume - just look at that packaging though. Smelling good is also something that makes me feel super confident. I love being able to try out new perfumes because who doesn't want to smell amazing, right?

I also thought I would incorporate a lingerie set from Adore Me into my outfit. It was so hard to choose, as there are so many gorgeous sets that I would definitely wear. I'm neither a total sexy lingerie or total comfy lingerie girl, I am a mix of both, depending on my mood and what the occasion is. However, for a date, I do like to feel good underneath my clothes, and some pretty and flirty lingerie is the best way to do so. I've chosen the Black Push Up Balconette Rylie Bra and matching pants, simply because I just adore black underwear and this set will also sit nicely under my outfit, as I'm wearing black clothes on top. I also think this set is incredibly feminine, flirty and just perfect for a date. I don't know about you, but wearing lingerie like this just makes me feel amazing.

The Makeup Look.

This makeup look is a gorgeous purple smoky eye. I am literally OBSESSED with this look and was so proud of myself when I created it. I felt like this makeup look is so flirty and romantic, making it perfect for a special date and for making me feel sexy and confident. To create the eye look, I used a combination of Makeup Geek eyeshadows. These eyeshadows are of seriously insane quality, so I can use these shadows for wearing on a date without any fuss - they're just amazing every time.

The Base.

Primer: NYX Angel Veil
Foundation: Maxfactor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 in Beige.
Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair 1.
Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte in Translucent. 

The Eyes.

Primer: NYX Proof It Waterproof Eye Primer
Base: Urban Decay Foxy from Naked 2 Palette
Transition: Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream & Creme Brûlée 
Crease: Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear & Bitten
Outer V: Makeup Geek Bitten
Lid: Makeup Geek Mesmerised
Inner Corner: Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma
Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational
Brows: Seventeen Brows That! Brow Kit
Browbone: Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma

The Contour & Highlight.

Contour/General Bronzing: Bronzed from Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit 
Highlight: Tourmaline from Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit

The Lips.

Lipliner: NYX Slide On Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes
Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam II

So, what do you think? This is an outfit and makeup look that makes me feel sexy and confident when getting ready for a date, both of which I can reach for and just know that it will look good, making getting ready for a date a lot more stress free. A big thank you goes to Adore Me for letting me collaborate with them on this project, and make sure to take a look at their gorgeous lingerie line!

Tell me what outfit and makeup look makes you feel sexy and confident. Also, what's your idea of the perfect date?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Autumnal Rose Gold/Copper Makeup Look

I've always been an eyeshadow girl, ever since I started wearing makeup a lot more often at around age 12 or 13, but recently I just can't get enough of it. I've been so into creating new looks that I might not have worn before, as well as testing out new brands and trying to improve my skills.

I recently thought to myself, 'hey, why the heck don't I post makeup looks to my blog more often?'. And the answer is, I don't really know. I guess they can be quite time consuming and can cause me a bit of stress (as if it's going on the blog I want it to be as good as possible). But, I'm determined to try post makeup looks more frequently on my blog as I just love seeing what other bloggers create and gaining inspiration from them, so I want to add my ideas and creations into the mix as well.

My first makeup look is an autumnal rose gold/copper look. I've been loving wearing warm tones and creating smokiness on my eyes, so this look is right up my street. The copper tones and red toned browns make it just perfect for wearing throughout Autumn that's just started here in the UK. I teamed the eyes up with a matte brown lip which go perfectly together. Also, apologies that this makeup look consists pretty much entirely of Makeup Geek - I just can't get enough of that brand, their eyeshadows are insane! Anyway, so, without further ado, here's the products I slapped on my face to achieve this look...

The Base.

Primer: NYX Angel Veil
Foundation: Maxfactor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 in Beige.
Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair 1.
Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte in Translucent. 

The Eyes.

Primer: NYX Proof It Waterproof Eye Primer
Base: Urban Decay Foxy from Naked 2 Palette
Transition: Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream & Creme Brûlée 
Crease: Makeup Geek Frappe & Cocoa Bear
Outer V: Urban Decay Busted from Naked 2 Palette
Lid: Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan
Inner Corner: Makeup Geek Grandstand
Lower Lash Line: Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear & Urban Decay Busted
Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational
Brows: Seventeen Brows That! Brow Kit
Browbone: Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma

The Contour & Highlight.

Contour/General Bronzing: Bronzed from Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit 
Highlight: Moonstone from Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit

The Lips.

NYX Liquid Suede in Sandstorm

I really hope you love this makeup look; I have to say I'm pretty proud of it. A lot of the products used in this look are actually new to my collection, so stay tuned for more in depth reviews of these products - exciting! If there are any products you'd be interested in finding more about from this look and would like me to do a post on it, leave me a comment below.

What are your thoughts on this autumnal makeup look? Will you be recreating it any time soon?

Sunday, 11 September 2016

September 2016 Wishlist: ASOS, Topshop & River Island

Life would sure be sweet if I could actually afford this entire wishlist...

But hey, there's no harm in a little admiration, is there? I'm hopeful that at least a couple of these pieces will end up in my wardrobe at some point. As you might be able to tell, I'm really into pale/blush pink at the moment. I'm definitely up for incorporating more pieces of this shade into my wardrobe in preparation for Autumn and Winter. I just love the overall colour palette of this wishlist; I think pale pink, white, grey and black just look so damn good together. Something about these colours together just screams chic and girly to me. To summarise this wishlist, there's everything from cosy yet girly jumpers, chic coats and jackets, cool but casual tops and a few going out pieces, so hopefully there's something for everyone.

Why not have a little browse for yourself?

Friday, 2 September 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit Review & Swatches

After receiving this little beauty on my birthday, I immediately knew that I had to dedicate a whole post to it.

Before I begin, can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this palette is? In my eyes it's a highlighter lover's dream palette. All of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits are gorgeous, but Sun Dipped was definitely the one I lusted over the most when I contemplated buying one for myself. They're just my kinda shades. So, when my boyfriend Aaron gave this to me on my birthday, I was over the moon and felt so lucky. A mahoosive thank you goes to him for this amazing present - plus without him this post wouldn't be possible.

Sun Dipped comes with four gorgeous warm toned powder highlighters, which I will list and tell you how ABH describes each one. There's Bronzed (amber with a penny metal finish), Summer (luminous sand with a white gold finish), Tourmaline (warm taupe with a rose gold finish) and finally Moonstone (radiant quartz with a pearl finish). 

The shades themselves are pretty identical to how ABH describe them, which is always good when buying products online, as ABH isn't available in stores in the UK (cry). The only thing I would say is that the shades swatch ever so slightly lighter to how they look in the pans, especially Tourmaline. However, I see that as a good thing as this shade is more subtle than I was expecting and thus looks amazing even when I'm really pale.

The formula and pigmentation of these highlighters is literally insane. They're the butteriest, creamiest highlighters I've ever used. They are incredibly finely milled and don't have any of that chunky or chalky business going on, so they blend ridiculously flawlessly and look effortlessly glowy and sheeny on the cheekbones. A little bit really goes a long way with these highlighters too. One little tap of your brush and bam - your cheekbones are instantly poppin'. 

In terms of the use I get out of this palette, I've used it pretty much every day and none of the shades get left out. I was afraid that I wouldn't get as much use out of Bronzed because of my fair skin, but it actually works amazingly well as a warm bronzer/contour shade and gives my face the most beautiful bronzed goddess glow. Because of this, I'd say this palette would look great on a lot of skin tones. Tourmaline is especially beautiful when wearing a pink toned eye look, and Summer and Moonstone look especially amazing with very warm toned eye looks, however their versatility means they also go with any other eye look under the sun. As well as on the cheeks, these powders can go in the inner corners of my eyes, as an eyelid shade, under the brow bone, the cupids bow, down the nose, you name it. Plus, the powders can also be layered together for a slightly more intense look. They're just so versatile. 

The packaging is also beautiful, however the icing on the cake would be a mirror inside the palette, but I guess we can't always have everything, can we? Although, the pans do pop out if you did want to move them into another palette e.g. a Z palette, so that's always super handy if you want all your makeup pans in one place.

This palette comes at a pretty pricey £39 (available on Cult Beauty), however for the amount I use this palette, how versatile it is and how high quality these powders are, I'd say it's definitely worth the price tag (I know this palette was a birthday gift, but I'm saying that if I paid for it myself I would be extremely satisfied with how far my money went). It's just stunning and I feel so lucky to finally own it.

Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit? Have you tried any of the other ABH glow kits? Or are you yet to try any of them? 

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Turning Nineteen: How I've Changed & What I've Learnt In A Year

Ah, long time no blog! I can't believe it's been so long since I last wrote a post! I guess I've just been so busy catching up with friends, celebrating my birthday, working and actually getting out and enjoying the amazing weather the UK has been lucky enough to have. 

I thought I'd share with you what I got up to on my 19th birthday and where I am now compared to where I was when I turned 18. I have for sure grown as a person and learnt a few things on my way in the past year, so I thought this post would be a good one for me to look back on in months and years to come, as well a good one for you to enjoy too - hopefully.

On my birthday, I went kayaking with Aaron and two of our best friends, who also happen to be a couple. We hadn't spent time together as the four of us for months, so it was so nice to all do something together on my birthday. Then, Aaron and I went for a walk down the beach and ate some yummy nachos, which was then followed by a lovely meal and cocktails in the evening. The following day, my family got together for a BBQ, as it was actually my Nan's birthday a few days after mine, so it was a little joint celebration for us both. There's a cute photo above of Aaron and I from that day, and I love it. 

I received lots of lovely presents from my family and friends for my birthday, which I am so thankful for. I was going to do a post showing you all what I got, but there's so many random little bits that I can't fit them all into a nice blog post without me rambling on for ages. I think I'm going to dedicate individual posts to certain things I received so I can talk to my favourite things in more detail, so I hope you guys are happy with that.

So, onto how I've changed & what I've learnt in the past year...

My mental health has significantly improved.

May I add that the word 'significantly' should be especially emphasised here. Last year around the time of my 18th birthday, I was in a pretty bad place. My anxiety was all over the place and it was getting to the point where simply hanging out with my friends was causing me to throw up and have awful panic attacks. Now, I'm not saying that my anxiety has completely vanished now, as I have come to the realisation that it's always going to be a part of me and no counselling is ever going to cure me. I'm not saying that counselling isn't a cure for everyone, but for me, counselling is the foundation which then guides me to change my thought processes and also a temporary release when I'm going through a bad patch. But anyway, what I'm saying is, my anxiety is much more under control  nowadays and my panic attacks are limited, and I'm also doing things that make me a little nervous, but feeling the fear and doing it anyway, as Susan Jeffers says in her very famous book. And you know what, these things aren't that bad after all. 

I have a shopping problem.

Hah, story of my life. I don't know what it is, but in the past year I seem to have spent more than I used to. I've never got the point where I have absolutely zero dolla (and I don't plan on that) but sometimes I feel like I cut it a bit too fine for my personal liking. Sometimes I do impulse buy and get sucked into the latest trends and releases. At the end of the day I am aware that sometimes I do spend too much on things I perhaps don't need, and when times get tough I'm good and hold myself back. So, it could be worse, right...? I'm just a gal who loves her makeup and clothes, what can I say. 

I'm not as shy as I used to be about my blog.

My blog is always something I've kept relatively private from people I know, even from my family and close friends. In the past year, I've definitely opened up to my parents, Aaron and a few of my friends about my blog. My blog came in really handy at a job interview I had earlier this year, and it actually got me the job because they were so intrigued by the concept of blogging and thought my ideas would fit in with the job role. It's only a part time job, but I'm hoping my blog will also come in handy when I'm applying for placements when I go back to uni and also after I graduate and start a career. I'm proud of my blog and it feels great when people I know look at my blog and say it's really impressive, so I think I'll slowly be telling more and more people about it. 

Going to university was the best decision ever.

I definitely don't think I could have chosen a better course or uni for myself. They both suit me so well; my course is so diverse and covers so many interesting aspects of media, and plus my uni is close to home, so I'm a lot more comfortable and happy. I'm actually looking forward to seeing what all of my new units are going to be like this year, but I'm sure I won't be saying that when I'm drowning in assignments, haha. Uni has also given me the chance to meet the most amazing group of girls who I love and get on with so well. I can't wait to see them all again in September!

Clubbing isn't what the seventeen year old me quite imagined.

This has been my first full year of being legally allowed to go clubbing, so I've had the chance to see what it's really like now. When I was seventeen and a clubbing virgin (lol), I thought going out and partying would be the best thing since sliced bread and every night out would be better than the last one. But no, I think I was dreaming a bit too big there. Don't get me wrong, I love a night out and it is good fun, but only in small-ish doses. It's sweaty and hot, there's a fair few overly keen guys who try to dance right next to you and your friends and sometimes the music is a bit crap. But, I've come to learn that it's all part of the experience, and when I'm with the people I love, it's more than often a good laugh. Plus, going out is a great excuse to get all done up and buy something new and fancy to wear (now you understand my shopping problem)

I'm so lucky to be surrounded by amazing people.

A cliché thing to say, but oh so true. This year I have especially realised what people actually do for me. For example, I'm surrounded by my friends at uni who are adapting to living alone, whereas I'm still living at home, thus they make me realise how much my Mum still does for me. I'm so grateful for my Mum and I'm so glad that I can be at uni without having to be apart from her, as I honestly would miss her so much.  My boyfriend Aaron is another person that I truly appreciate and adore to bits. He's helped me so much in my journey to becoming more mentally well (in terms of my anxiety as I explained earlier) and he's just the bestest friend that I could ever ask for. I wouldn't be the person I am today without him.

If you're still reading, then thank you! Knew this would be a long one.

I don't feel much older since turning nineteen, my Mum always says it's going to be like that for the rest of my life, haha! But hey, I'm finally a part of the nineteen club - one more year until I hit my twenties! Oh god that doesn't sound right, haha. 

Have you learnt anything in particular about yourself as you've grown older?

Monday, 1 August 2016

One Year Of Driving: My Thoughts, Goals & Advice

So, a year ago yesterday, on the 31st of July, I passed my driving test. It's been the quickest year of my life so far, so to think I've been on the roads alone with my full license for a whole year is pretty crazy. 

I thought I would take the opportunity to share my thoughts about my first year of driving, as well as some goals that I'd like to achieve in the future. I also thought I'd try and give a little bit of advice to anyone that's thinking about learning to drive or anyone that's freshly passed their test; I know a lot of people get nervous about driving, and don't worry, sometimes I still do - it's completely normal.

My first year of driving has all in all been positive. Of course I do have my bad days where all I want to do is get home, but that's totally normal (I think). It feels good to finally be a part of the driving clique. Days are gone where I have to ask for lifts constantly; the freedom and independence is great. I can pop up the shop, go out to see my friends or boyfriend, to uni, etc, whenever I want. I also finally understand the little things that drivers find both satisfying and frustrating, which were things that as a passenger, prior to learning to drive, I didn't often notice. Things like getting stuck at all of the red traffic lights and having to dawdle along behind someone doing 20 in a 30 zone are so annoying, whilst parking your car perfectly on the first go (which is pretty rare for me) and gliding through all of the green traffic lights, especially when you're running a bit late, is the best feeling.

My confidence has slowly built up over the past year, driving a car feels like second nature, but I still get a bit nervous about driving around places I'm not familiar with or particularly busy places, as well as long haul driving. So for this year I really want to try and improve my sense of direction and become more familiar with driving around places a little further out than my hometown.

I've still never been on a motorway alone, which some of you may find surprising, but this is something I want to try. My hometown isn't particularly near any motorways and I don't need to travel anywhere that I normally would day to day on a motorway, so it's not like I have completely avoided them. When Aaron is at uni, I get the coach down to see him instead of driving, as the thought of driving on my own for so long scares me and I don't really know exactly where I'm going either. To be able to drive to see Aaron would just be a dream, as I could visit him whenever I wanted and wouldn't have to rely on a coach that only departs once a day.

Another thing I would really like to improve is my parking. I always manage to park too far over to one side in a bay, it's so annoying and embarrassing. I'd love to be able to drive in a space and nail it on the first time, every time.

For people who are nervous about starting to drive, you're not alone. Going out on the roads is scary for the first few times and I did get anxious about it. But learning to drive was the best decision I ever made, and there's no way I could ever have not stuck with it. It's given me the independence and confidence I needed and wanted! My advice to you is to take it slowly, and maybe tell your instructor that you're a little nervous so they know to put you a bit more at ease. You're not going to get it right the first time every time and your instructor will always help you if you somehow find yourself in a tough situation. 

And for people that have freshly passed their tests, first off congratulations! If you're feeling a little apprehensive, try driving around your local area a few times on your own, as this is an area you will be very familiar with and you'll feel more at ease. I remember my first trip out on my own was only around the block; it was the most strange but most amazing feeling. Just remember you passed your test, so you're ready and you can do it!

Do you drive, and if so, what has your experience been like? Or are you learning or thinking of learning to drive? How do you feel about it?

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Night Out Makeup Edit

Every girl loves to get glammed up for a night out, right? It's the perfect excuse to really go all out with your makeup and create a more dramatic look. Since I've been going out a bit recently with my friends, I thought I'd share the products I use to make me feel dance-the-night-away ready.

For a night out I want my makeup to stay on as long as possible, so I prime my skin with the Benefit the POREfessional Primer, which creates an amazingly smooth texture on the skin in preparation for makeup application. I like to go for a full coverage base on a night out. To achieve this I use the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation, which I stipple on to create a fuller flawless coverage. To highlight under my eyes and to conceal other areas of my face, I use the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer. I find this concealer works so well at highlighting under the eyes and it's also an absolute dream to blend. To set all of this, I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and this just helps to keep everything in place and combats excess oil later throughout the night.

I like to switch up my eyeshadow look every now and again, but one of my all time favourite looks is one I create using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. Little side note; I apply a tiny bit of concealer or primer as a base before I apply any eyeshadow to make sure my eyeshadow stays put. I use YDK all over the lid, Tease as a transition shade, then Busted in the crease and finally a bit of Blackout, which has to be the most pigmented black eyeshadow I have ever used, in the outer corners to really smoke up the look. I then usually highlight my inner corners and brow bone with the shade Bootycall. To switch things up a bit, sometimes I like to apply a bit of the NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Flustered, which is a gorgeous cranberry shade. 

For lashes, I use one of my all time favourite mascaras, which is the MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara. It makes my lashes look amazingly dramatic and it is seriously pigmented. And for brows, I go ahead and use the Seventeen Brow's That! Brow Kit, which is a perfect colour match for my brows and keeps my brows in position all night.

I absolutely love contouring, highlighting and just generally bronzing up my face for a night out; I think it really ties the whole glam look together. I contour and bronze up my face with the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, and then highlight my face with the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle. These two together look absolutely stunning and make my cheekbones seriously pop. I always apply a little extra for a night out because well, why not?

For lips, like with my eyeshadow, I enjoy switching it up as I can't get enough of lip products. But lately I have been sporting my favourite nude lip combo, as seen in this post, which consists of the MAC Viva Glam II Lipstick and the NYX Slide On Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes. If I want to go for something a little darker, I also love using the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Rome, which is a lovely shade that isn't too overpowering but adds a gorgeous pop of colour to the lips. This lippie goes amazingly well with the Flustered eyeshadow - just a little tip.

What makeup products do you like to wear on a night out?

Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Eyeshadow Palette That Took A While To Grow On Me

My opinion on the Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette was always so undecided, hence why this post has been sat in my drafts for a good few months now.  It's definitely safe to say that I didn't immediately love this palette; to me it was just kind of 'meh'.

But now, I really do love it! You would have probably guessed that already from the title of this post, haha. Of course it's not my favourite palette in the world, but for £4 you really can't go wrong. Plus, it's a pretty amazing dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, no? I personally don't own the Naked 3 palette, but to look at, the shades in both palettes are practically identical.

In terms of the formula and consistency, it differs from shadow to shadow. In general, they are all relatively smooth to touch, however I found when applying them that some of them are a lot dustier and powdery than others. This means that as you blend some of them out, they blend too much and leave minimal product left on the eye, which can be frustrating, so some of them require a bit more building up. This is mainly the case for the paler matte shades. Despite this, it is important to note that some of the other shades are a lot more pigmented and require less building up, the darker shades especially.

Once you've built enough product up, these shadows really do stay put well. I do try to wear some form of eye primer though, which I would recommend with these shadows, as they aren't high end and thus not as long wearing on their own. However, even with primer I wasn't expecting them to stay put for as long as they did. I looked in the mirror in the evening after applying the shadows in the late morning and I was seriously impressed! My crease was still relatively defined and there was still a good amount of one of the shimmery pink shades on my lid. For £4, I think that's pretty good going.

For everyday, I think this palette is great. There's a good range of shades and you can create some gorgeous pink toned eye looks with this. Despite the slight inconsistency in the pigmentation and formula of these shadows, I can't really expect any less for £4. And even so, some of the shades are gorgeous if you build them up and you can get a pretty (and totally affordable) everyday eyeshadow look, so I would definitely recommend this palette if you're looking for something with a smaller price tag. 

Also, if you're like me and are unsure of this palette after a first few tries, keep trying! It took me a while to get the hang of using it, which I guess is down to the fact that I'm more used to using higher end eyeshadows, but once I had a proper play around I found that it was actually pretty good after all.

Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette? Have you tried any products that you didn't like at first but you now love?

Friday, 15 July 2016

Topshop Shoe Haul

Seeing that Topshop now sell shoes in a size 2 (yes that's right, a size 2!) online and in store got me ridiculously excited. Unfortunately, not every brand in the world stocks size 2's and when they do, they are often still extremely hard to come by! I love Topshop shoes, so it always made me so sad when I couldn't buy any of them as they didn't have my size. Now they do, and as you can see, I decided to treat myself. You may notice there's a nice colour theme too... I just can't get enough of black shoes!

The first pair I bought are a cute pair of trainers, which I actually picked up in the sale for just £12, how good is that?! I haven't properly broken them in yet, so I can't tell quite how comfy they are just yet. I absolutely love the stitch pattern on the side of these, it just adds such a nice girly detail to them. I don't own many lace up shoes, only my Converse and Nike trainers, so I'm looking forward to getting more wear out of these.

I also bought some heeled sandals. I've been wanting some shoes like these for a while, as they aren't too high for dinner or a date, but they're not too low to go out clubbing in either. Not to say that going out clubbing in flats is a bad thing, but when I go I tend to wear a pair of shoes with a bit of a heel, it's just what I prefer to wear. I've actually worn these clubbing and they were super comfy to wear. I also love the chunky feel of these shoes and how flattering they look on, and not to mention how versatile they are. These shoes are great for dressing up a pair of jeans and will look gorgeous with so many skirts and dresses too, so I'm very happy with this little purchase.

My final shoe purchase was a pair of slip on trainers. I've had a pair similar to these from River Island for so long now and they were getting pretty worn, so I decided to invest in a new pair. It took me weeks and weeks to track down a new pair, as I couldn't find anywhere that stocked shoes like this in a size 2. But, I was out shopping with one of my friends, and we found the last pair of these in a size 2 for just £7 in the sale! I definitely felt like someone was watching over me, it was the best feeling ever. If you're a size 2 and can't get hold of shoes easily then you will understand, haha. I was desperate for a new pair as shoes like these go with so much. You could wear them with jeans and a simple t-shirt, or you could even mix it up and put them with a day dress and a bomber jacket to add a cool dressed up but dressed down kind of vibe.

Topshop, you've done well. And please, never stop stocking shoes in a size 2! Also, I've linked the shoes I bought below. I can't find the slip on trainers online anymore so I linked some similar pairs. 

Have you bought any new shoes recently? Do you struggle with finding shoes in your size?


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

My Summer Holiday Essentials

As I have fairly recently just spent a week away in the sun, I thought I would fill you in on some of my summer holiday essentials that I took away with me. We all know we can't take away our whole wardrobes and our whole makeup collections (despite how much we all want to), so it's important to make sure you take things that you know you will definitely wear and use. If you're heading on holiday somewhere hot this summer, then maybe this will help you! Of course I won't list everything, as I could go on forever, so I'll just cover a few things I took on holiday that I couldn't have lived without.

Your Favourite Swimwear // Make sure you feel your absolute best on holiday by taking your favourite bikini or swim suit with you. One of my favourite bikinis has to be the one in my photo above from River Island. Isn't the print just gorgeous? For a week long holiday, I recommend taking three swimwear pieces with you. That way you can wear your favourite more than once and you'll also have enough of them to keep you going whilst washing and drying your pieces.

Sunglasses // Protect your eyes whilst looking good by the pool with some gorgeous sunnies. I love sunglasses and I'm often trying them on when I'm out shopping. They make such an amazing accessory and can often really pull an outfit together. Mine are from Topshop (in the photo).

Headphones // Headphones are an absolute lifesaver when travelling. They're great for when you're on the plane and especially by the pool. Nothing beats listening to some summer tunes whilst chilling in the hot sun by the pool.

Short Sleeved Tops, Not Just Camis // Cami tops are great on holiday for keeping you cool and for getting into the summer vibe, however when your shoulders are burnt to a crisp then short sleeved tops (and other clothing such as dresses for that matter) come in so handy. I burn so easily on my shoulders, even with sun cream, and I found that wearing short sleeved clothing instead of a cami when I was really burnt helped to protect my shoulders whilst walking around during the day.

3 Day Outfits & 6 Night Outfits // This only applies if you are going away for a week, and of course is a rough guide. For the day time, I took a black and a white cami as these can be mixed and matched with a pair of shorts, as well as a playsuit and a black short sleeved dress. I didn't wear my day time clothes all that much, as every day was spent by the pool, beach or waterpark, thus most of the day was spent in just my bikini. So, you really don't need too many outfits and you can easily wear all of them more than once without feeling bad about it.

Tinted Moisturiser // I rarely wear foundation on a summer holiday, I just find it way too heavy. That's why I love tinted moisturiser so much as it feels so light and fresh on the skin, plus it gives you the most beautiful glow. And, it keeps your skin looking and feeling soft and supple. I used the No7 Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser every single evening on holiday and it worked great for me.

Hair Straighteners // On holiday I just never have the time to let my hair dry naturally, and I would if I could because hotel hair dryers are just absolutely crap. They are so unpowerful and let's not forget the frizzy curly mess my hair is left in after using them. My hair straighteners are always a life saver anyway, but even more so on holiday as leaving my hair in its natural state is out of the question. On evenings in Mallorca where I couldn't be bothered to straighten my hair, I put my hair in a fishtail plait. Wearing a fishtail plait was a great way of getting my hair out the way and keeping me cool whilst still looking nice.

A Trusty Nail Polish // A good nail polish is always an essential for a summer holiday, as you don't really want your nails chipping on the first day. I usually get shellac on my nails for a holiday, but I never got round to getting it done for Mallorca. So I decided to go for the next best option, which was using an Essie polish as they just last so well. Despite how good Essie polishes are, somehow the polish couldn't quite survive the heat, as the polish actually started to melt and go really tacky towards the end of my holiday, to the point where it went all rubbery and I could easily scrape it off. It was so strange! Nevertheless, Essie is still amazing and I blame it on the heat. On holiday I wore Go Ginza, a pale pink shade, however I think the shade Bikini So Teeny is totally holiday appropriate too, due to both the shade and the name.

Kimono // A kimono jacket was the perfect piece to take on holiday with me for when travelling to and from the airports. It's very thin so provided me with a bit of warmth whilst departing and arriving in the UK, but more importantly didn't leave me sweltering in thirty degree Mallorca heat in the airport (and on the sweaty coach transfer, gross). Plus, it can be folded up and put in my hand luggage very easily without taking up too much room.

Sun Cream, After Sun & Toiletries // This is all pretty basic, but still so very important. Sometimes it's so hard to tell you are burning as the breeze just causes you to not feel it, and it's so hard to see burn on yourself until you get up to the room at the end of the day. It's a nightmare! Always reapply sun cream after going in the water especially. After sun was great to calm down the burn and also to keep my skin moisturised. Also, toiletries such as razors are sooo important, and I'm sure you can understand that girls, haha!

Passport, Paperwork, Money, etc // Pretty self explanatory, right? You can't travel without it!

What are your summer holiday essentials?

Monday, 4 July 2016

The Monthly Catch Up: June

June was a pretty good month for me. It was the first month of freedom after finishing my first year of uni, and I can't believe how quick it went! The first day of June started off with my one and only uni exam (I felt so lucky to only have one, some of my friends at different unis had four or five). It was a nerve-wracking start to June, but once the clock hit 4pm, I was free and began celebrating! 

At the beginning of the month, I went to a music festival for my friend's birthday. A lot of the music was drum and bass, which I do like to listen to every now and again, and the atmosphere was really good. The highlights of the day were definitely Annie Mac and High Contrast; they were both amazing. The weather was gorgeous too which made the day even better.

As you may have seen on my blog, in June I went on holiday to Mallorca with my boyfriend Aaron. It was the most amazing week and it was so nice to get away and have a break on our own. I won't go into too much detail, as I've already written all about our holiday in my post here, so if you're interested in what we got up to then head on over to that post and have a little read. I have to say though, that frozen strawberry daiquiri I had at one of the bars in Mallorca was seriously amazing. I mentioned strawberry daiquiri's in my last monthly catch up post, hahaha, I've definitely got an obsession with them! I've also given you a little sneak peak of the gorgeous beaches if you haven't already seen my holiday post.

After getting back from my holiday, I spent a lot of time with Aaron and our friends. We've also been out clubbing a bit recently which has been so fun too, apart from the hangover I had after one night out. It was not fun at all! I also spent an evening with some of my oldest school friends, which was such a laugh (this actually happened on the first day of July, but as this post is a little late I thought I would write about it anyway). We got takeaway and laughed until our stomachs hurt, it was the best! I made these yummy rice krispie cakes to take with me on that night too, and my friends all loved them. 

What have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A New Favourite Nude Lip Combo

C'mon, we all love a nude lip, right? I'm for sure obsessed. Recently, I feel like I have mastered the nude lip that I have been envisioning in my head for what seems like forever. Who knows, I might find a new favourite, but for now, this combo is definitely winning.

The two beauties that make up this nude lip combo are the NYX Slide On Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes and the MAC Viva Glam Lipstick in Viva Glam II. Both of these products are beautiful nude shades with pink undertones. I've been searching for shades like both of these for a while now, and they both gave me that extreme satisfaction and relief when I first tried them. You know when you are so glad you bought a product and instantly fall in love with it? Definitely the best feeling ever for a makeup lover.

Honestly, I feel like these two products were made to be paired together, as they are so similar in not only the tone but also the texture. Nude Suede Shoes is very creamy, as I mentioned in my NYX Haul, and Viva Glam II is a satin finish, so it's not completely matte and thus feels very creamy on the lips and glides on beautifully as well. Viva Glam II is the very tiniest bit lighter than Nude Suede Shoes and adds a slight sheen to the lips due to the satin formula. This creates a little bit of dimension and makes my lips look slightly more full, which I adore. 

Can we just talk about how long this nude lip combo lasts though? Like seriously, these two paired together do not budge. Even after a few hours, everything still looks freshly applied. My lips still look pretty good when wearing this combo after eating food too, which is really impressive. Of course a little bit is going to rub off, but when I check my lips after finishing eating, I don't feel an urgent need to touch up.

If you're a nude lip lover, I would seriously recommend that you go and try these two products out, as they both really are so stunning. The hype is real!

What nude lip products are you loving right now? Do you have a favourite nude lip combo?

Friday, 24 June 2016

The Gradual Tanners I'm Using To Top Up My Holiday Tan

Since coming back from my holiday away in the sun, the weather here in the UK hasn't exactly lived up to the weather Mallorca had to offer. This obviously means that my tan is going to fade a lot quicker than I would like it to. Who am I kidding, why do tans have to fade at all? I want to stay bronzed and glowy forever! That's where these two gradual tanners come in to make sure my holiday tan is nicely topped up. 

The St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tanner in Medium is the one I have been using most often since getting back from Mallorca, as it really does build up the colour slowly and, in my experience, leaves no patches whatsoever. I also absolutely love the concept of applying it in the shower. You wash yourself as normal, then turn the shower off and apply to the skin when wet. It lathers ever so slightly so you can see exactly where you're applying it, which I think is amazing because it ensures you don't miss a spot. Once you've applied it, you wait for three minutes before turning the shower back on and rinsing it off. It can get a little chilly standing without the shower on for three minutes, haha, but it could be way worse and at the end of the day I know I'm going to be golden and glowy, so it's definitely worth it. The shade of this tan looks so natural and golden on my skin and develops within around half a day to a day, which is pretty good going. When it is developing, I do get the odd whiff of that classic fake tan smell, but once the tan has settled down it does fade away. Despite that, the best thing about this product is that there's no waiting around for the tan to dry before you get dressed, because all of the residue is washed off in the shower - result! 

I have also been loving the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser (what a mouthful). This stuff really is gradual tanner at its finest, as I've never used a gradual tanner that develops so quickly. Within about two to three hours of applying it, I can clearly notice a difference in my skin tone and can see that I am already starting to look tanned. On the first day I ever used it, I was so amazed, as I had never experienced this sort of speed with a gradual tanner before. In terms of the pigmentation of the tan, this stuff really has got it. It gives me such a beautiful golden glow, however is a little more intense than the St Tropez tan. As it is a little more intense and is a lotion formula, it doesn't lather on the skin so when using it I do need to be very careful to ensure I haven't missed any spots, as there's nothing worse than looking patchy. In my experience this tan does cling a little more around the elbows, wrists, knees and ankles, but I will carry on practising with my application skills! A bonus to this gradual tanner is the smell. The cocoa butter formula creates an amazing aroma of chocolate on the skin upon application - it's divine.

That's how I keep myself looking bronzed and tanned throughout the rainy summer we're currently having, but what tanning products do you use? Have you tried either of these gradual tanners?

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

A NYX Haul

The only NYX products I had tried before this haul were the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks, however I still felt like I had a NYX shaped hole in my life, so I went ahead and bought a few more products from their line. I have read so many blog posts about the Soft Matte Lip Creams over the past few months and years, so of course I had to try a few of those. While I was at it I added two of their eyeshadows to my basket, and then the following day I picked up one of their lip liners after seeing the most beautiful swatches of it online. Someone take my purse away from me so I stop spending, please! 

The Soft Matte Lip Creams I have (from L to R) are Cairo, Athens and Rome. The lip creams are very lightweight and glide onto the lips so easily. They feel very smooth and creamy and almost somewhat moisturising upon application. When they set, they dry matte however feel very comfortable and don't feel too drying. My favourite out of them all is probably Rome, however I can see myself wearing Athens the most for everyday wear, as it's a lovely nude peachy pink shade. Rome is a beautiful cranberry shade, which is absolutely gorgeous for the evening but it could definitely be worn throughout the day too. Cairo is a shade I am still slightly unsure of. It seems to wash me out a lot and it's definitely not as pigmented as the two other shades. The only way I have managed to wear it is by applying a small amount of it in the middle of the lips after applying the NYX lipliner I bought (which I am about to tell you all about) and blending the two together to create a subtle ombre effect.

The Slide On Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes has got to be one of my new favourite lip liners (yep, already). It really does slide on as the name suggests as the formula is just so creamy, which I love as I hate lip liners that you have to physically tug across your lips. The shade is pretty much my idea of the perfect pinky nude shade. The colour is so opaque and there's the perfect balance of pink and brown in it, making it a definite my lips but better shade. I wore this to death on holiday and have worn it non-stop since I've been home too. This lip liner is definitely a winner in my eyes!

And finally, I picked up two of the Hot Singles Eyeshadows in (from L to R) Sex Kitten and Flustered. I don't have shades too similar to these in my collection, and at only £3.50 each I had to try them out. Sex Kitten is a pearly peachy gold shade and Flustered is the most gorgeous pearly rust/cranberry shade. Flustered is showing a little more red in the photo, however in real life it is a little more cranberry in tone. For £3.50, the pigmentation of these eyeshadows are pretty darn good. I've been on the hunt for a rust/cranberry shade for ages now, so Flustered has to be my favourite out of the two. I've been wearing it a lot in the outer corners and through the crease and it looks beautiful, and I think it makes my pale green eyes stand out a little more too.

So, there you have it. All in all, I am very impressed with these products from NYX, and I'm still itching to try more products from them. Keep your eyes peeled for potential future NYX hauls! 

Have you tried any NYX products? What are your favourite NYX products?

Sunday, 19 June 2016

A Week In Mallorca

As you may or may not know, Aaron and I have recently just spent a week away on holiday together in Mallorca. It was our first proper holiday together, and my first holiday without my parents in fact. We had the most amazing week and it was just so nice to be completely on our own and spend some really special quality time together. I love reading and admiring photos in other bloggers' travel posts, so I thought I'd share some snaps from our holiday in case any of you fancied a look.

We stayed in a beautiful part of Mallorca called Cala Vinyes. It's a relatively small area of Mallorca and is right on the coast, about a five-ten minute cab drive away from Magaluf, which was nice as we weren't up for staying right near the Magaluf strip! Where we were located was peaceful and so beautiful, as our hotel looked over a lovely little cove, so the clear blue sea was always in sight and only a 30 second walk away from the hotel. Our hotel was absolutely stunning and there was always something going on in the day to keep us entertained. Aaron joined in on some of the games that the reps ran such as table tennis and water volleyball, however I simply relaxed and watched from my sun bed, haha. The weather when we were out there was gorgeous and so warm, so we spent a lot of time dipping in and out of the pool to cool off. The warm weather also meant that I did end up a bit sun burnt (yes, I did apply sun cream) as my skin is so fair, the warm sun just burns me so easily!

We paid for all inclusive, so we ate in the hotel every morning and afternoon and most evenings. On two of the evenings we treated ourselves to a lovely meal out, both of which were the two best restaurants (rated by TripAdvisor) in Palma Nova. Palma Nova is definitely somewhere we'd love to stay if we ever went back to Mallorca as it was just so lovely and we had the most amazing food there. We went out most evenings in Magaluf and Palma Nova instead of hanging about in the hotel. As well as eating out, we played crazy golf and on two occasions went to the most amazing beach bar in Magaluf called Bondi Beach (who make the best frozen strawberry daiquiri I have ever tasted). The staff in there were all really friendly as well and it was just a really nice atmosphere, so if you're in Magaluf and fancy drinking some tasty cocktails, or even eating some food, I'd definitely recommend Bondi Beach. We also spent an afternoon at Western Water Park in Magaluf which was so much fun. I'm not the most adventurous adrenaline-seeking person, so of course I did opt out on going on some of the larger slides, however the ones I did go on with Aaron were so much fun. 

We flew home on our one year anniversary of being together, at 7:55am in the morning may I add! We were both so tired, however we chilled all day once we got home and watched the first couple of episodes of the new season of Orange Is The New Black (our fave) before going out for a gorgeous meal in the evening to celebrate, which was absolutely lovely. The rain here in the UK is giving me serious post-holiday blues, someone take me back! It was such an amazing, special week and I just want to do it all over again.

Are you going on holiday this summer with your family or your loved one? Have you been to Mallorca before, and if so, what places would you recommend visiting?

Friday, 3 June 2016

The Monthly Catch Up: May

It's been a little while since I've blogged, hasn't it? As I said in my last post, if I wasn't posting then it meant I was probably revising, and of course that is why I haven't been around these parts for a while! I finished all of my uni assignments and had one exam to go until first year was officially over, so I wanted to put all my time and effort into making sure I could do as well as possible in the exam. Hopefully I've done enough, but on a brighter note let me tell you how good it feels to be completely free. No assignment work, no exams, no revision. Ahhhh bliss. I thought I'd get back into writing posts with a little monthly catch up. 

At the start of May, Aaron came home from uni to visit for the weekend, which was actually his last weekend visit before he came home for summer. It felt so so strange knowing that we had done a whole (academic) year of long distance, to us it feels like the year has flown by! We went on a cute little date night, which we try to do every once and a while, as it's just so nice to be able to spend some quality time together. We went to the cinema to see Bad Neighbours 2, which was pretty good, and then went to Prezzo for dinner, which was absolutely delicious.

By the middle of May I had completed both of my last two uni assignments, which were both pretty nerve wracking, as they were both presentations! Presentations are always a bit scary due to the fear of messing up your lines or forgetting what to say altogether, but luckily they both seemed to go okay. 

I also got my hair cut this month, which was definitely well needed. I hadn't had it cut since December, so I was going on for nearly half a year without getting a chop! When I rang for an appointment, I was told that my regular stylist had recently quit hairdressing, which immediately caused me to panic because I always get attached to hairdressers and the way they do my hair. Luckily, I was offered a new stylist at the same salon and she cut my hair just as good as my old stylist and I love the way my hair looks now. I had a good bit taken off the length and my layers put back in, and it just in general feels so much more bouncy and healthy now. 

A few days after my haircut, Aaron came home from uni, and not just for a weekend this time, but for summer! It feels so good to know that he's going to be only two minutes around the corner for a whole four months (nearly). To celebrate, my best friend Amy and I, Aaron and her boyfriend all went out on a double date. We went to a cocktail bar on the beach and then spontaneously went clubbing too, which was good fun. Amy and I had these huge frozen strawberry daiquiris. The lady at the bar seemed to take a liking to Aaron, so when she prepared my drink (which he ordered), she made it so much bigger than usual and moulded it into a big fancy shape. Perks of having a gorgeous boyfriend, eh? Hahaha, I'll stop with the soppiness now. You can see in the photo that my drink is overflowing, and the fancy shape that the lady at the bar made quickly melted into a slushy mess in time for the photo. Pretty funny.

The rest of the month was spent revising hard, as you can see from the endless pages of revision notes, and then taking afternoon breaks so I didn't get too stressed out, which were often spent down the beach with Aaron. We went and played crazy golf down the beach one afternoon last week and it was so lovely and hilarious fun. It's always fun to have a bit of flirty competition, and it's a good laugh too, especially as I'm so crap at it. I lost, which you probably could have guessed from my previous sentence, haha.

That's about it for May. I'm so excited for the rest of June as the summer holidays have finally arrived (for me anyway). Aaron and I are going on holiday a week today which should be amazing, so I am sure you will hear all about that here on my blog once we get back!

What did you get up to in May?
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