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Friday, February 17, 2017

Cruelty Free Beauty Brands To Try.

I've been really interested in finding out which brands are cruelty free and don't test on animals. I know there are so many people who feel really passionately about animal testing and using products that are cruelty free, and after doing some research there are a loads of brands that fall under that category! Here are a few which I think you should check out...


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

20 Things To Note if You're a Makeup Beginner.

There are so many makeup products and brands at our disposal, it can be hard to decide what to buy and what to pass up. If you're starting out with makeup it can be really daunting figuring out what may work best for you, so here are some tips I have to hopefully make building your makeup collection as fuss free as can be...


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Skincare That Won't Break The Bank.

I've always loved skincare, and I do love to invest, but that's not always necessary as there are so many great picks for a lower price. Over the years I've tried a lot of inexpensive skincare brands and I've found some absolute gems which I can't wait to share. Whether you're looking for some cheaper bits and bobs, or you're starting off building your skincare collection, I hope you can take something away from this post. I'm aware that some of these are around the £15/£20 mark, but that's still a lot cheaper than some skincare products from higher end brands, so I still wanted to include them...


Thursday, February 09, 2017

My Picks For Valentines Day.

Valentines Day is right around the corner and whether you're heading out for a romantic date, or drinks with friends, I wanted to share some makeup picks I think would be perfect for the occasion. I'm (hopefully) going to be heading out for dinner with the bf so I know I'll be reaching for these when it's time to get ready...


Tuesday, February 07, 2017

My Go-To Look For University/Work.

I never like to go too full on with my makeup day-to-day, especially if I'm heading to university or work. I find I don't always have the time to do a full face so there are a few things in particular I like to use which save time and are often multipurpose and don't have me reaching for a million and one products...

This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle, £28: This is the perfect product to apply under your foundation to give your skin a boost in colour and glow. It's a bonze-y toned cream which creates such a beautiful canvas for makeup. My skin always look so much more even, dewy and perfected. It's a great pick-me-up when you're rushing in the mornings.

Charlotte Tilbury Miracle Eye Wand, £29: I like to grab products which have a couple of different uses, this eye wand from CT contains an eye serum and a brightening concealer, perfect! The serum helps to tighten under the eyes and add hydration, whilst the peachy toned concealer brightens and hides any discolouration. I love the formula of this, super hydrating and perfect for under the eyes!

Hourglass Ambient Palette in Surreal Light, £69: This has everything you need to finish off your base makeup. The powder in here is beautiful for setting the makeup without looking cakey and too flat. It also has a lovely bronzer shade which is gorgeous under the cheekbones, across the forehead and down the nose to add a bronze glow to the skin. The two blushes are also very wearable and look amazing mixed together. There is a brighter pink shade which brightens up the completion, and a more mauve toned pink, which I've loved over the winter months. We can't forget about highlight either, and this palette has a really pretty golden/champagne shimmery shade which is perfect on the tops of the cheekbones. I find highlighter really finishes off the face nicely and I feel so much more confident once I have a good glow going on.

Benefit Gimme Brow, £20: I hardly do anything to my brows these days. A bit of gel and I'm good to go! The Benefit Gimme Brow is my all time fave as the tiny wand makes it so easy to add definition to the brows. It gives your brows an added boost of volume as well as setting them in place all day long.

NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo, £25: Picking up a good eyeshadow duo will be key for creating a well defined eye in seconds. This one from NARS contains a shimmery bronze-y taupe shade, perfect for over the lid and the lower lash line, as well as a medium toned matte warm brown which is great for the crease. You don't have to create a crazy smokey eye, but having a couple of go-to shades is so helpful in the mornings as I know exactly what I want to reach for.

MAX Factor Masterpiece Mascara, £9.99: I tend to grab any mascara which is open, at the moment it's been this one from MAX Factor which gives your lashes loads of definition and length. It's a rubber wand that grabs every lash giving you a lovely butterfly affect to the lashes. You can never go wrong with a good drugstore mascara and MAX Factor always have some lovely ones on offer.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Nars Lovejoy Blush.

I've always wanted to try more from NARS, especially their blushes. I'm head over heels for their Laguna Bronzer, so I figured picking up a blush or two would go down a treat. I spent ages looking at swatches online, and in-store, and I really wanted something a bit different and not you classic 'Orgasm'. I found the shade 'Lovejoy' and I absolutely love it...

Nars Lovejoy is not your standard run of the mill shade. I have a tonne of pink and peach toned blushes in my collection so I wanted something which was a but different, a tad warmer and something that would look super pretty in the colder months. I would describe this as a rusty gold shade, it's got a slightly peachy undertone but it's almost that brick red/orange shade. Do you think I could describe it using any more colours?... In the pan this looks very dark and could definitely put a few people off, me included, but going on this unique blush endeavour I wanted to swatch everything I could. 

This is very similar to Benefit Dallas, if you've ever tried that, it has those brown hues to it that you can easily warm up the face with. Although this is a bit darker, I wouldn't replace my bronzer with it as it's a bit too on the warm orangey side for that, but on it's own it looks beautiful. 

The formula of NARS blushes are so lovely, they're very blendable and buttery and don't take off or blend away the makeup underneath. I'm definitely going to head back to NARS to pick up a few more of these blushes, they're all gorgeous and I love the shades they do. Please leave your recommendations below of you've tried any for yourself. 


Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Products Worth The Splurge.

Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite brands, the woman can do no wrong in my eyes. I've never done a brand focus post before, but for high-end brands I think it's nice to see what people love and recommend so you know whether or not to splash the cash. I'm going to be rattling off a few of my faves so you can get a feel for what's hot...

Wonderglow, £38.50: As far as glowing skin in a bottle goes, this one is pretty great. If you're after a beautiful, golden dewy sheen to the skin then this will have you covered. It's so pretty and more subtle than other glow inducing primers I've tried, making it perfect for everyday. I also like to mix this in with foundations to give them a dewy finish on the skin. 

Filmstar Bronze and Glow, £49: I've very quickly fallen in love with this product, it comes with a bronzer and a highlight shade, both of which are stunning. The bronzer is a medium tone, really nice to use under the cheekbones and around the face. The formula is really blendable so you won't have those awkward bronze stripes across you cheeks! The highlight shade in this is truly beautiful, it's a golden shade which looks amazing on the tops of the cheekbones and down the nose. It also adds a soft focus affect to the skin which I love. 

Eyeshadow Quads, £38: I love that Charlotte creates specific looks that you can build on and the eyeshadow quads are definitely the key component of those. The colour selections are so gorgeous, very blendable and pigmented. My two favourites are The Sophisticate, which is an all matte palette made up of natural brown tones, and Dolce Vita, which is more glam and has a stunning bronze shimmer shade. There are still a couple I would love to own, but these two I would highly recommend and I think would look fab on everyone. 

Colour Chameleons, £19: I love a good cream stick eyeshadow and the formula of the CT ones are some of my favourites. You can create such a gorgeous eye look in a matter of seconds, they are so easy to use and last all day, you really can't go wrong! I love the shade Dark Pearl which is a deep taupe shade, it looks gorgeous in the evenings smoked out, or on the lash line day to day for some subtle definition. They work great underneath eyeshadows, as well as on their own. 

Rock n Kohl Liners, £19: I don't tend to reach for pencil liners a lot, but when I do Barberella Brown is the one I grab. These liners are so creamy, yet they stay in place all day and don't smudge. I'm definitely more of a brown liner gal, and Barberella Brown is a lovely dark chocolatey shade. The shade Eye Cheat is also lovely for the lower waterline. Because it's a flesh tone, it will really open and brighten the eyes. 

Lip Cheat, £16: Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk has definitely become one of her most iconic products. This shade is so beautiful and the perfect nude-y pink to cheat and enhance your lip shape. I don't think I've reached for any other nude lip pencil in a while thanks to this, I really adore it. It's so creamy, doesn't drag on the lips, and it looks super natural. 

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks, £23: Her lipsticks are not only gorgeous to look at, but they look even better once applied to the lips. I absolutely love the shades Bitch Perfect and Coachella Coral. The former is a lovely nude shade, very wearable for everyday and last well on the lips. It's a matte shade which is very on-trend and the pinky undertone make it a lovely natural option. Coachella Coral is more of a summer shade, as the name would suggest it's s lovely coraly pink. This one has a bit more shine than Bitch Perfect, but I think that finish really compliments this shade well.