Monday, 3 October 2016

Holy Grail Every Day Face Products

Recently I've been using the same products to do my makeup every day and I love all of them so wanted to share what they are with you and the routine I use.
I start with the L'OrĂ©al True Match Foundation which I either use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Sigma Flat Kabuki F80 Brush to blend it in. It has just enough coverage for me and leaves a really nice dewy finish that isn't to drying.
A product I've only just recently added into my everyday face is the Bourjois' Radiance Reveal concealer. This is the BEST concealer, for me it's even better than the Collection one! It radiates under my eyes and helps to cancel out any dark under eye circles.
Next I use two Soap & Glory products. The first one I use is the Solar Powder Bronzer which is the BEST every day all over bronzer. With a paler (more of a powder) side and a natural coloured bronzer on the other it creates a lovely natural tan when mixed together and applied all over the face. I then use the Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick which is a bronzy nude blush which looks SO nice on the apple of the cheeks blended into the solar powder.
On my eyes I use two Makeup Geek shadows in 'Creme Brulee' and 'Mocha.' I buff 'Creme Brulee' all over the lid and then put 'Mocha' tight in the crease and blend it softly so it's not to harsh. Then I use Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara which helps to thicken and lengthen my lashes.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Lush Oxford Street Haul | Christmas & Halloween

We all know how much I LOVE Lush but I love it even more when they release their new christmas & halloween collection!! Lush Oxford Street has all the new products out before any other stores so yesterday I made the trip there and spent way to much money!

Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb
This is one of the products I'm really looking forward to use. It's scent is really woody and earthy which is perfect for the bath bomb. It turns your water yellow, green and then red which is lovely for Autumn.
Pumpkin Bath Bomb
This bomb reminds me exactly of a wintery pumpkin spice latte and I can't wait to use it.
Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb
This is one of m favourites from last year and I'm s glad its back. It turns the water green and then a lovely deep pink.
Monster's Ball Bath Bomb
I'm not 100% on the scent of this bath bomb but I had to buy it because it's SO cute!
Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar
This is another one of my favourites from last year, I mean it's bright orange and covered in glitter!

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb
This bomb has been redesigned for this year. The gold stars are bath melts which makes it really relaxing in the water. 
Golden Wonder Bath Bomb
This is my all time favourite Lush product. It's full of glitter and multiple colours and its gorgeous!! 
Northern Lights Bath Bomb
This was released a while ago for bonfire night but I'm so glad they redesigned it and bought it back for Christmas! With yellow and blue at each end this will look so lovely in the bath!
Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb
A Lush Christmas classic! Multi-coloured confetti and gorgeous pink water makes it amazing!!
Mistletoe Bath Bomb
I don't really know much about this bomb as it's new for the 2016 collection but the pink and green colours are really lovely.
Satsuma Bath Bomb
Inspired by a christingle at Christmas time this bomb is lovely!! I can't wait to use it.
Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb
With the same design as the ever so popular 'Roller' from Lush this bomb will sell out quickly!! The pink top melts away slowly while the yellow bottom fizzes away quickly making a lovely relaxing bath.
So White Bath Bomb
Another Lush classic which has been redesigned for this year. In the water it fizzes away to release a lovely blue tint to the water.
Father Christmas Bath Bomb
 This doesn't really need much explaining! It's Christmas in a bath bomb!
Peeping Santa Bubble Bar
I mean how cute is this bubble bar!!! I used at least 10 of these last year and I'm planning on doing the same this year!!
The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar
I'm SO glad that this bubble bar is back this year! I love it!
Santasaurus Bubble Bar
This bubble bar is reusable which means you can get a good 4-5 baths out of it. They have a few reusable bubble bars out this year but this one is by far the best!
Bubbly Shower Gel
Looking back now I regret not buying a bigger size of this, it;s just lovely!! The celebratory scent is gorgeous and it's literally christmas and new years in a shower gel!!
Rose Jam Shower Gel
I'm not sure if this is a Lush Oxford Street exclusive or not but if you have the chance to buy it, you really really should! It's not to floral at all, it's more a fruity jam scent and it's so nice.
Ylang Song Bath Bomb
This bath bomb isn't in the Christmas range but I had to pink it up as it's an Oxford Street exclusive. I'm not to sure on the scent but it looks amazing in the bath as it's full of petals!!

'Be Excellent To Eachother' Tote Bag
Everytime I got to Oxford Street Lush I always pick up a new tote bag and this one has quickly become my new favourite.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

ZOEVA Rose Golden Complete Eye Set | Review

I have been lusting over this brush set for god knows how long and after hearing so so so many people rave about it I finally caved. I really didn't need anymore brushes but I mean how could I resist!!
You get 12 brushes in this set and a lovely little pouch to keep them in (it's also really handy when it comes to travelling!) Not only do they look amazing but they are also now my new favourite eye brushes. There's literally a brush for everything and I find myself only reaching for these over anything else.. 
My most used brushes from the set are:

228 Luxe Crease
I love using this brush to apply matte shadows in the outer v to build up depth to any matte eye look. It's the fluffiest brush in the whole set and blends out shadows so well.

231 Luxe Petite Crease
I use this brush to build up depth in my crease (using mainly dark matte shadows.) It's great for the crease as it's small and pointed which makes it really precise.

226 Smudger
This brush is great for applying eyeshadow under the eye. It fits perfectly just under the eye as it's not to thick. It's also good to blend out an eyeliner pencil along the lashline.

234 Luxe Smoky Shader
This is my go to brush for applying loose or packed pigments. It doesn't pick up to much product and is the perfect shape to pack shadow onto the eyelid.

There isn't one brush I haven't used, they are definitely worth the money and I really wish I bought them sooner!!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Most Beautiful Place

Today was all about hitting refresh. After having a very busy week off work, me and my parents decided to make the most of our last day off before going back to work tomorrow. We decided to spend it outside exploring Arundel castle and gardens. I've never been to Arundel before but I'm so glad we made the trip.
We did go in the castle and look around but after walking up what felt like a ga-zillion steps and feeling very queasy when we finally got to the top, we decided all that old history wasn't really for us so we made our way to the gardens and and oh-my-good-god they were beautiful. I took so many photos, I just couldn't stop snapping. Every little nook and cranny was something new and different from waterfalls to greenhouses and archways to wild flowers and gazebos. The views were pretty phenomenal too.
We spent a good couple of hours looking round and I couldn't help but think that today was the first day in a really long time that I really did feel genuinely happy and content so who knows hopefully things are finally starting to look up.
Outfit - All Topshop


Monday, 27 June 2016

What I've Been Loving Lately

For this post I wanted to share with you some things that I've been loving lately, a mix of beauty, accessories and even a book.
Firstly I've been loving the Caitlyn Jenner Mac Lipstick called 'Finally Free'. It's an online exclusive but oh my god it's the nicest shade ever. It's the perfect nude lipstick, a 'your lips but better colour' and I've used it everyday since I got it. Next I've been loving the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in 'Grandstand' and 'In The Spotlight'. They're the most pigmented and buttery eyeshadows ever. They're perfect for summer as they're almost metallic. They're on par with the MAC Pigments, 'Grandstand' is exactly like the MAC Pigment in 'Tan'. I can't wait to buy more!
Recently I've been loving using more highlighter. Now summer's here I've been experimenting with a few different ones but my favourite is definitely theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer. It's a lovely natural highlight which you can use on your cheekbones, in the corner of your eye, on your browbone and down the centre of the nose.
I picked up the new Soap & Glory Shower Jelly in boots the other day and I've used it everyday since I've got it. I get quite dry skin and this has cleared it up. It lathers up in the shower to a foam and really helps moisturise your skin. For only £5 it's pretty damn good.
Last weekend I bought these sunglasses in topshop and I'm just praying for the sun to come out properly so I can wear them! The frames are a bronzy rose-gold metal, I mean what more could you want for only £16??
You must of heard of Zoella's book club by now??? I've been wanting to read 'All The Bright Places' for ages and this gave me the perfect chance! I'm halfway through it and I can't put it down! I really recommend it and I haven't even got to the end yet.

Friday, 13 May 2016

I've Finally Started A Makeup Geek Palette

So I've finally caved and started a makeup geek palette. I've had a wishlist full of mug eye shadows on beautybay for so long that I finally made an order and I'm SO happy I did! These shadows are the only ones I reach for now, they're so buttery and pigmented and SO cheap!

Top Row:
Peach Smoothie
This is the easiest, most buildable matte which I love to use in the crease as a transition shade.
Creme Brulee
This is a lovely peachy matte brown which I reach for everyday and is definitely a must have.
Cocoa Bear
There is a reason why everyone goes crazy over this shade. It's a warm matte brown with a red undertone which is just amazing when you need to deepen the crease.
This is my absolute favourite shadow I got. It's the perfect shimmery bronze gold which looks great packed onto the lid with creme brulee, cocoa bear and homecoming buffed into the crease.
This shade is exactly like MAC's expensive pink, only more buttery and pigmented. It looks lovely all over the lid and I can't wait to wear it more in the summer.

Second Row:
As I said before this looks great blended into glamorous. It's also my favourite all over lid shade for when I just want an easy wash of colour.
Prom Night
Warm shimmery taupe which makes a great everyday shade.
This shade is so different from anything I own, it's a muted shimmery purple that on the lid looks lovely with unexpected and drama queen blended in the crease.
A lovely matte pale pink brown which is perfect blended in the crease.
This shade was a bit of a risk for me. It's a purple with flecks of silver running through it and I'm starting to really love it.
Drama Queen
 A deeper shimmery purple which goes well in the outer v blended out.

Third Row:
Matte deep maroon red which goes well with Burlesque.
A metallic burgundy with warm muted undertones.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Taking Two Steps Forward

There's only so much optimism and happiness you can object into a difficult situation. Sometimes just as you manage to take 2 steps forward, a hundred more things happen and they push you 10 steps back.
The most important thing that I want to get across in this post is that you don't need to rush. If it takes you 5 days or 5 months to take 2 steps forward it's okay. Trust me, it took me at least 2 months to find my feet again let alone take any steps forward. What you're going through could be really really tiny or really really big, it doesn't matter. You will get there in your own time. Don't let anyone phase you. You take as much time as you want.
Don't worry if everyone around you is running ahead and you're not. Even if it feels like everyone you know is having the happiest months of their life, it's okay for you to be having the most difficult months of yours. No matter how much you want to run and catch up with them, don't try to rush things that need time. It will all fall into place eventually but first you've got to deal with whatever is stopping you from taking those 2 steps forward. You have to focus on yourself because at the end of the day as long as you have enough strength for tomorrow, you're doing good.

Looking back now, I'm in such a better place and that's down to me. I've taken the last couple of months to work on me and its definitely helped. Don't get me wrong, I'm still wobbly. I'll be absolutely fine one minute but as soon as someone says "do you think about it often?" I'll be a complete crying mess again but that's okay. What's important is that I built up enough strength to take those first 2 steps by myself. I didn't let anyone phase me, push me back down or make me stressed. I took my own time and it may be 4 months later but I'm now slowly getting there.

I will say though, you should do whatever it takes to get back up on your feet. Whether it's finding new music and enjoying it (for me, I found Florence + The Machine and now I'M OBSESSED), cutting ties from anyone the brings you down, writing, a relaxing bubble bath or getting stuck in a good book. I've found it's all the small things that help.
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