Budget brows?

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Hey guys!
Now, being someone who left her eyebrows unfilled and lets just put it untamed for many many years, I've finally in the recent years begun to do something with them. To be fair, I'd always attempt to pluck them etc, but never really knew the right shape or how much to pluck. I mean I wanted brows, I didn't wanna pluck so much that I only had about 1 strand left. Yum. So, I'd seen many brow products with the promise to change your brows life forever, I'd started out with a pencil first so I could get the hang of it, but it wasn't quite giving me the effect I wanted. Being in the blogging world you see so many blog posts about Anastasia brow wiz and dip pomade etc...but being a student and wanting to try those products out but not having the money I had to look elsewhere. So I turned to Make Up Revolution. A brand which I think doesn't get enough limelight as it should, they do some really good beauty gems at SUCH good prices. So I tried their Focus & Fix Brow kit in medium-light and I'd already asked for my MAC 266 brush for christmas so I could try it with some brown eyeshadows first but they just didn't look right. But once I'd got this I was amazed! It was the perfect colour and so easy to blend and fill in your brows.

To me this is a perfect alternative if you're looking for a brow product which isn't going to break the bank. In the little palette you have a quad of 3 brow powders and then a wax to set your brows in place. I think its amazing that you get 3 different types of shades depending on what colour you need,  so theres always going to be one that matches. You get a set of mini tweezers and a mini little wax brush, the tweezers are actually really good and the wax brush does the job. (I had misplaced the tweezers hence why they aren't in the photo...they've been found now haha)

I use the lighter brow shade for the beginning of my brow and the darker shade towards the middle and end to use as a sort of gradient as I want them to look natural and not so strong/harsh.

I seriously recommend this brow palette to anyone, and for £2.50 if you don't like it you can look at it in the way at least it wasn't crazy expensive.

What's your brow saviour?

Love Lauren xx

Products I regret buying!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Hey beauties! 
Now i'm not usually one to moan or be quite negative, however this is probably the most negative blog post i'll do. (Don't hold me to it, we don't know what the future holds.) But for the moment, I feel like it will be. I've seen a loads and loads of 'regret' posts and youtube videos and some of the products in there you just think like how could someone regret that, it sounds like it should be SO GOOD. But I guess you can't like everything, and not everything is going to do what it says on the tin. 

So after a long long time of watching the video's and reading the blog posts about L'Oreal True Match foundation, I finally caved and bought it. And I genuinely don't think I've been so disappointed in a product, given the fact it was so hyped up, I had SUCH high hopes. I just cannot get on with this foundation, and everything about it makes me want to like it but I just can't. It doesn't last long on my skin, I find the coverage extremely weak and just the formulation I just cannot get along with. I feel like i'm the only person in the world to have written something bad about this foundation haha oh well.

I was quite a big fan of the Benefit Oxygen WOW foundation, but the Benefit They're real mascara was my ultimate holy grail from this brand. And like the foundation, I again had high hopes for this concealer. To be honest I haven't seen lots of reviews about this product, but I had seen a few which sort of gave me the nudge like 'come on girl, get this product' So yet again, I picked it up in my local Debenhams. I get the name 'paste' it is like a paste, its really thick but not creamy enough personally to be a concealer? Its really hard to blend and I find its really chalky and creases easily. 

This last regret was an impulse buy, I was just scrolling through the Boots website one day and saw it and just though 'I'm onto something here!' I hadn't seen anyone review it or even talk about it! I was so happy to try this product, I'd been trying to find an eyeshadow primer that wasn't going to put me into debt for a while. And given how inexpensive it was, I was more than happy to put it in my basket. But man, was I dissapointed. I'm not even surprised no one has written a good post about this product. The consistency is so thin and when you try and blend it almost comes off as you blend it, which completely defeats the object of the primer. It made no difference to my eyeshadows pigmentation or lasting power. Total dissapointment. 

What products do you regret buying?
Love Lauren xx

Mini beauty haul!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Hey folks! 
I've been so tired this week, and I don't think i've done much out of the ordinary...just my usual 5 day full time working week. But man I'm exhausted. Today I've got a mini beauty haul for you! I ordered these all online from boots which came instore the next day?! Which I think is pretty damn good, seeing as you have to wait like a week for a new look order to arrive instore. I still love you though New Look, still love ya.

We'll start with my all time favourite beauty product, eyeshadow palettes. I've seen these extremely often on majority of the blogs and youtube video's i've been watching/reading recently. Its the Collection Eyes uncovered 'Nude Palette' When I was listening to the reviews I was like YES! This is right up my street! I love a good nude palette. I also picked up at the same time the Little Mix 'All About The Eyes' palette. Which at the time I thought were completely different palettes, which I suppose you could say they are because the Little Mix palette is a lot lot more shimmery than the other. When I opened the nude palette, I was sort of semi-dissapointed...purely because I thought this was going to be an all matte palette but it wasn't. I still think the pigmentation and staying power of the shadows are incredible for the price. Just not what I was expecting from it really. I do however have what I was expecting from the Little Mix palette, it was all shimmer and more. Its stunning for the price, and the pigmentation and lasting power is incredible. Such a good product to have in your make up stash. 

Next onto Lip liners and eye liners - I've wanted to try NYX products for a while, I don't know why I haven't to be truly honest. I ordered these off amazon, I was scrolling through the beauty section and just popped them in my basket with the though 'Meh, i'll try those!' I picked up the NYX Lip liner pencil in 'Natural' and the NYX eye pencil in 'White'. I've been searching for a white pencil for a while to try and brighten up my eyes and to use it in the waterline. I love these pencils, they're so pigmented and last such a long time.

Lastly is the Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer - I've heard so many good things about this product and i've been on the hunt for a new primer for a while. I'm not too sure if primers are a scam and if they actually benefit my make up at all. I really need to try that one half face primer one half face not thing. It has a really strange texture, not what I expected at all...really silicone-like and greasy? I wasn't actually that impressed by it, also I didn't want to buy the full size one incase I didn't like it. So I purchased the travel size one for £12 and its absolutely tiny, I know its 'travel size' but come on! I'm still deciding on whether this was a good buy or not.

What have you picked up lately from the drugstore? :)

Love Lauren xx

A few favourites!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Hello guys! :) 
I've seriously missed blogging, I really don't know where I've been with it all to be honest. Well firstly, I went to back to work after 10 lovely days off *groans* but nevertheless, I AM BACK. With my swish new laptop might I add! I've only had it a couple of days but it is honestly the best item I have bought! I saved and saved for the new Macbook pro, and it is finally mine! I absolutely loveeeee it. 

I have an odd blog post today, its sort of a favourites...but a mini version? I'm sure there will still be a April favourites at the end of this month! But lately, i've been trying not to divulge into new products I'm seeing and rekindle an old love with products I already have. One of these is the Urban Decay 'Naked On The Run' palette. When I bought this it was almost an impulse 'I need an urban decay palette and this will be the one' Which I kind of regret doing because I'm now lusting after the Naked Original palette but heeeey. I kept putting this palette to the back of my collection, and the reason for that was because I was buying more and more products which were so similar to the products already in this palette...So my initial thinking was "well why would I use that...when I have this?" bad habits, bad habits. ANYWAY - I've told myself I must get some use out of it and I'm loving it already! I think its so easy when you're a make up hoarder *cough, like me* to forget about good products and push items to the back of your drawer, because they're simply replaced with the newest product on the market. 

So starting with eyes, as previously stated I rekindled my love for my gorgeous palette. 

Now if you had asked me about 2 or less years ago, ever fancy wearing some eyeshadow? I would have looked at you in disgust and just shunned you. Joking, bit dramatic. But seriously, eyeshadow was never something I desired or ever wanted to all. It all sort of began when I began watching youtube videos and actually saw how nice it looked and how beautiful you can really make it. Now, I absolutely love them and I simply want them all. I'm a neutral, bronzey eyeshadow kinda gal... and this palette simply has them all. Its an eyeshadow lovers dream basically. You have colours perfect for the lid and perfect for the crease to create an amazing smokey eye. Seeing as it was quite expensive for me anyway, I have a feeling some people will be thinking..."its not that expensive to be honest" but oh well, to me its something I actually want to get use out of and make it worth the money I spent.  The colours are so well pigmented and buttery they blend like a dream. However, it does come with many other products too which just makes me think WHY ARE YOU NOT USING THIS PALETTE? I am using the Urban Decay 'Perversion' mascara that it comes with though, which I love with all my heart. Hands down one of the best mascaras I have ever used, when It runs out I sure as hell am going to purchase the full size. I also use quite frequently the '24/7 glide on eyepencil' that it comes with, its insanely pigmented and stays on all day. Now... The lipgloss that comes within this set...I don't know what it is, I just cannot get on well with them. I think its purely because any that i've ever had have always been sticky and uncomfortable to wear. I have never actually worn this on my lips when I've gone out, I've always put it on...then taken it off immediately... I quite like the colour...just not lip glosses. Finally, this palette also includes a bronzer, blush and a highlight. I'm trying to leave my Benefit Hoola Bronzer in my make up bag, but it just stares at me begging to be used. But i'm getting there. 

Carrying on with the 'would you ever wear...' theme... Eyeliner. Liquid..liner? Are you kidding? I would have laughed, now i've sat in my room infront of a mirror so many times I couldn't count, trying to do liquid liner. And it just wouldn't of worked for me. And I truly believe it now when people say 'it takes practice' my god it takes practice. Unless your a wizard and are just born with the skill. But I picked up a much talked about Liner the 'LOreal Super liner' I love this so much, I just love it. Its so easy to apply and stays on all day. Theres nothing else that I can say apart from its crazy affordable too. 

I've also been on the hunt for a new powder, I've seen this product reviewed a few places in the blogging world, but I thought I would give it a go. Its the 'Maybelline Matte Maker' in the shade 'natural beige' I love this powder, I think its my new favourite. Infact it is my new favourite. There isn't enough good things I could say about this, it pro-longs my foundation on my face but also does what it says on the tin...a mattifying powder, it doesn't fail on giving me the look I want! 

Being a bad make up lover, I got a tad lazy with highlight. I've recently put it back into my weekend make up routine and I'd forgotten how much I'd loved it! I'm back in-love with my Make Up revolution 'Baked Highlighter' in the shade 'Peach Lights'. 

And  finally, I've been on the hunt for a new body scrub and I've found a holy grail. Its the Soap and Glory 'Pulp Friction' Firstly, this smells incredible. There are no words. But it leaves your skin so smooth and flakey-skin free. I also use this on my face sometimes, which I know isn't the desired use. But wow this product is incredible! 

Have you got any early April favourites? I'd love to know :) 

Love, Lauren xx

Trip to Brighton - Beauty Essentials!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Hey loves! Today marks the start of my many days off from work, and I'm currently l-o-v-i-n-g it! Can I always have Mondays off? Anyway, I'm off to Brighton this week with my gorgeous other half, and its safe to say I'm so so excited! I've always wanted to go to Brighton, and from all the pictures I've seen it looks so beautiful! I'm extremely excited to see/ take some pictures of some beach huts (its the little things in life ay?) So I thought i'd write a post on what I'm going to take with me beauty wise! I love reading these kinds of post because it gives me such good ideas as on what to take if I was going to go? I'm also super nosy and love seeing whats in peoples bags/make up bags. But hey, who isn't?

When I was prowling (yes, prowling) the aisles of Boots, I came across my one of my favourite sections...Soap & Glory. Now I always have to lug my 500ml Tresemme shampoo and conditioner with me whenever I stay round Jacks. They're amazing products, just not all that practical to travel with. So when I was hunting down a body scrub in this section, I came across these mini baby shampoo and conditioners from their range. Not only did I buy them because they were mini and the most adorable thing. But also because they're so lightweight and will take up practically no space. I also picked up their mini shower gel version too, because I mean normal size shower gel isn't light either.

Now when It comes to perfumes I'm a kinda go big or go home kinda gal. So for my trip i'm choosing Lady Gaga's 'Black Fluid' perfume, one of my absolute favourites. I've always found when I've carried samples around with me, they run out so quick and I just wish I'd brought a full sized one with me. Now this one isn't all that heavy so I often have it in my hand bag anyway so I can spritz away when I feel like I need to. Always choose a perfume you're used to wearing and that you know you like, there is nothing worse than taking a product away that is new to you, and it turns out you hate it. Then you're kinda stuck. Who would wanna be in that situation? 

Next up, carrying on with the 'packing light' theme, I've chosen my Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser, Now I got this when I bought a few items from the Clinique counter in Debenhams as I wanted to try it but then didn't want to buy the full size and find out it didn't work for my skin. Damn you sensitive skin. I've had this for such a long time now, granted I haven't used it everyday as I switch it up with my Clarins Hydra-Quench Moisturiser, but that is one HEFTY tub. This is a small mini pot which is perfect for taking away. 

For the 'Make-up' part, always have a make up bag which you know will hold everything in. No one likes the struggle of trying to zip up a make up bag which just ain't gonna zip. I chose my Victoria Secret one 1) Because its too pretty to not love and 2) It holds all ma goodies.

So I'm taking away my current favourite foundation which is the Rimmel True Match, again take away a product which you know you love and you know matches your skin so thats one thing you wont have to worry about in photos and things. Now I've chosen three shadows to take with me which I know are neutral and can be worn in different ways, I find this easier than taking a great big palette with me when I probably already know what colours I want to use. 
I chose MAC 'all that glitters' and MAC 'charcoal brown' following with Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'on and on bronze'. For lips I carried on with the neutral theme with my Topshop lipliner in 'ceramic' and my Nars Velvet Matte Pencil in 'Bahama'. 
Two colours which could with every outfit. I then packed my Bodyshop Pore Minimiser primer, because I'll be in Brighton I want my make up to last all day so that I won't have to touch it up often. 
Then followed by my favourite mascara at the moment which is the Max Factor 'Transform' mascara and my Natural Collection Mineral Powder. No make up is done without brows, so I packed my Make Up Revolution 'Focus & Fix' kit, cant do my eyebrows without this. Lastly a new purchase, my Maybelline Age Rewind concealer which I love! And my trusty faithful Hoola bronzer by Benefit.

Hope you enjoyed this post, what are your 'trip away' beauty essentials? 

My Hair Saviours

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Hey loves :) Hope you're all doin' well. So today probably has been one of the most nerve-wracking days. I had my first University interview today and it went kind of well? I think? I hope? 
I'm just counting down the days until Friday until I have 10 days off! wahooo *clinks champagne* 
Now, you know you can have them days where you want super volumised hair yet, the thought of detangling your curlers from your straightner cables, then the long wait for them to heat up and THEN the struggle to not burn your skin on the curling wand. Unless you're a curling wizard and you don't suffer from these probs. 

So I'd heard in the bloggersphere about 'Sea Salt Spray' stuff, and hair not being one of my strong points I was intrigued. So I'd been spying the Toni & Guy Texurising Sea Salt Spray and I'd seen it in youtube favourites videos and I don't know I just never really got round to trying it even though I wanted to try it. Its a weird situation. However, I was doing a Make Up Revolution order on superdrug and saw this advertised at the bottom on offer, it was the Tresemme Perfectly Undone Sea Salt Spray so I thought meh *add to basket* It states to provide 'beach like hair' yaknow when you've just come out the sea and its dried and  its got loads of texture and turned all wavy - all that goodness.
So I originally thought I wouldn't like this because I thought it would make my hair all sticky and greasy - how could I have been more wrong. This stuff is insane, it provides volume and amazing texture! I also think it creates cute little natural waves which are effortless! I use this when I've just freshly washed my hair so I spray it all over, dry my hair and then spray some more and sort of fluff it in with my hair. Just creates a perfect natural tousled hair which took no time at all.

Ontop of that I also use a heat protecting spray, I have the V05 Heat Protect Styling Spray now I can't even remember when I bought this, can you still buy this? Let me find out... Okay, Its not exactly the same, its different packaging but I'm pretty sure its just an updated better version its the V05 Heat Defence Styling Spray  - but I sort of just shoved it to the back of my cupboard because clearly when I bought it I just never fancied yknow protecting my hair from the many hot tools I used on my hair haha. But I dusted it off and left it on my dresser to remind me to use it everyday, since I've been using it my hair condition has just improved dramatically. Its so much softer and in such better condition, my dry ends have just reduced incredibly. Like what was I doing with it in the back of my drawer? It makes styling my hair so much easier too, it adds so much shine and you just feel so much better about your hair. So I spray this all over my hair when I've freshly washed it before I use my hair dryer and then spray my Sea Salt Spray and brush my hair through.

What are your hair saviours?

March Favourites!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Hey lovelies :) 
I've been gathering my March favourites for a while now, even though its still March...still more favourites to be had! I've recently re-designed my blog and changed my blog name and I really like the new design. 

Enough rambling and on with the favourites! 
First up,  The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser I bought this the other day as I've been on the hunt for a primer for ages, just one that wasn't going to break the bank. I'm not a massive fan of the 'tea tree scent' when I've had face wipes in the scent or flavour? Haha, they've always seemed to burn my skin and make my eyes water. So I was quite reluctant when I picked this up, I wasn't sure if it was going to be one of those which I was going to pop back in the back of my drawer. But you'll be pleased to know its sat on my desk for me to use everyday because I love it dearly!  

Next up is my perfect lip combo the Topshop Lip Liner in 'Ceramic' paired with the Topshop lipstick in 'Saint' this is a great combination for a light pinky-nude lip! I've also tried using the lip liner by itself and that looks amazing too, I was so impressed with these lip products from Topshop! Love them! The lipstick feels so moisturizing on the lips and they have so many great shades.

Onto eyes - I've always struggled with liquid liner, I dont know what it is we've just never clicked and I simply cannot do it. However, since I started using my Urban Decay cream liner, my technique has improved haha! I then found my Primark Liquid Liner in pen form? Which I cant even remember when I bought but as soon as I discovered it I tried it out straight away. I don't know the correct name for the pen however, it just looks like a normal pen, this makes the application of it so so easy. I love this eyeliner, it applies so easily + smoothly and it was so so inexpensive, I think it was genuinely a pound. The one thing I did notice about it though is that it does smudge easily, but I can get over that.
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Mini Make Up Revolution Haul

Monday, 9 March 2015

Hello lovelies :) Today I am off sick from work from the lovely change in the English weather which has given me a cold. Yummy. So I thought I'd take this day to be productive on my blog :) I'm no stranger to Make Up Revolution products, I absolutely love love love them. They're such good value for money, i'm finding it hard to go back to buying high end products? As much as I want them, its hard to justify the prices when brands like Make Up Revolution exists. However, I don't feel this way for all of my products that I use on my face, some products I'll always stick to high end no matter what. 

Goodness me the rambling. I thought I'd try a few more products from their range... I also have the reviews on my Whats in my make-up bag? post :) 

Lets get started with Lipstick, I chose two shades out of their massive collection of lippies and two very different shades at that. Firstly, I chose a lipstick from their new #Liphug range which are only £2.50! I chose a beautiful nude to begin with in the shade "Not giving up"  

This is a great nude which will go perfect with any smokey eye, its really pigmented and easy to apply. For the price its amazing at how pigmented it really is? This is a perfect lipstick to go in your handbag as you know it will go with any outfit! Apart from its staying power which most lipsticks struggle with, it does have to be reapplied frequently, however for the price its totally worth pulling it back out of your make up bag. 

The second lipstick I picked up was more of a autumnal wintery shade called "Keeps the planet spinning

Its a beautiful light berry toned lipstick which is going to be perfect for the colder season I can tell. Just like 'Not giving up' it is super pigmented and so easy to apply, it feels so moisturizing and lovely on your lips. And its not very sheen either which is what I prefer in a lipstick personally. I would totally recommend picking up these two lipsticks or certainly looking at their range, I know I will be definitely repurchasing more colours. I'll leave some swatches below so you can see the shades and what colours they really look like.

Now onto face products! YAY.
I always thought I'd be a Benefit Hoola bronzer gal for life or no bronzer at all. Until I tried Make up Revolution Baked Bronzer in "Golden Days". I originally thought when I purchased this that it was going to be ridiculously shimmery and way too much for me to pull off. When I put it on for the first time I soon discovered it is buildable, if you want a light flush of bronze then its totally doable, but it also looks gorgeous if you build it up some more. It has the smallest amount of shimmer in it which I can handle and actually looks okay on my skin and works really well as a contour shade too. I love this bronzer and it makes a nice change from  my Benefit Hoola bronzer too. Reccomend it highly! 

Moving on to highlight, I purchased the Baked Highlighter in "Peach Lights" When I first got this out of the box I just  thought I think this is the most beautiful thing I have ever layed eyes on? As for appication...
I wasn't so sure on this at first, as it takes a long time to build up and I couldn't notice it very well on my skin. And I wasn't sure if I was adding too much and then would notice later on the day "Oh my god what HAVE I done to my face...?" Or maybe it looked alright?  I'm not so sure on this product so far, I'll keep trying it though, maybe I just need to practice some more! 

And Finally, Powder!
I picked up the "Porcelain soft pink" Pressed powder. Now I've always switched between Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder or Mac Mineralize skin finish. So I thought I'd give this a try, and I am really surprised at how pigmented it is! I'm yet to test its staying power on my face but I'll let you know how that goes. So far I'm very impressed with the pigmentation of this powder and how light and silky it feels on the skin. Also, is it really lame that I love how the product opens aswell? It just slides out of the outer packaging and comes with this cute little sponge which I might actually try aswell instead of a brush. EXCITING TIMES.

Have you had a look at Make Up Revolutions collection? Comment below and tell me what you think! 

Favourite blogs of the month ♥

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Hello lovelies :)
How is it March? Literally, how is it already March...? This year is going so so fast! It needs to slow down, but that being said I am so looking forward to summer, not necessarily the summer days...okay maybe some summer days. But mainly summer afternoons/evenings, theres nothing I love more than sitting out in the garden watching the sun go down and it is still acceptable to be sat outside in shorts. Probably the only thing I love about summer, oh and barbecues. Mmm.. barbecued halloumi (anyone tried it?)

I thought I'd do a little blog post on my favourite bloggers of the month, some blogs I've seriously been reading and absolutely LOVING! I thought i'd do this so other people could look at them and get the inspiration I did from reading their posts.

1)  - I can't explain how much I love Essie Button, she also films youtube videos which I constantly watch, she's so funny and down to earth and from watching her video's I genuinely think we'd be like best pals? She does great reviews on pretty much everything which could probably help everyone walking the planet in some way, also she's like the most beautiful person eveeer.

2) - As I've not been blogging long, I'm constantly coming across new blogs which are right up my street. I love anything make up related and people who are really into helping others discover good beauty buys and good tips & tricks. Reading her blog also introduced me to the "My Little Box" which I'm TOTALLY looking forward to recieving.

3) - Like I previously said, I've not been blogging long and I love blogs where they really set out to help other aspiring bloggers? I just find it so nice. She gives really good beauty buys which don't make you go into debt and gives her true beauty opinions.

What blogs are you loving this month?

The Body Shop - Colour Crush Eyeshadows

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Hey guys! :)
I hope you're all good :) I thought i'd do a little review today on The Body Shop Colour crush eyeshadows, I only have two for now but I certainly want to get some more!

I've heard so many things about The Body Shop make up range, and these were the first products I ever tried from the range. I've always struggled finding a neutral colour that doesn't look odd on my skin tone which gave a natural nude smokey eye. But when I researched into these and watched all the tutorials on how to create the look, I was pleasantly surprised.  

They recommended shade "Sand by me" for the allover base, and "Caramel Flirt" for the crease and outer corner. 

I found that if you build it up the first shade 'Sand by me', it really creates a natural finish which is perfect if you're wanting a nude look. Its really easy to apply and I works so so well with the combining shade Caramel flirt, it really comes together when you put them together. I really like how the name of the shadow links with the colour, it is a sandy creamy colour - which is perfect for a base on probably lots of different looks not just nude/natural.

When applying the second shade Caramel flirt, it can be really buildable if you apply a small amount at a time, but also if you don't tap off the excess and apply a lot onto your brush it gets harder to blend. Unlike Sand by me which is matte, this eye shadow has slight shimmer in it and its an absolutely stunning light brown which is perfect for the crease. The colour is super pigmented and is totally worth the price of £7.00 - I seriously recommend this eye shadow collection from The Body Shop for every skin tone.

For the base of my eyeshadow when I'm creating this look, I'll usually use a MAC 217, or my Zoeva Luxe Soft definer and then for the crease i'll use Zoeva Luxe Petite Crease or MAC 217 which is perfect for blending in the crease.

I cannot wait to try more from their range! 
Has anyone else tried The Body Shop make up collection? What do you guys think?

Whats in my make up bag ♥

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Hello, hope you're all well :)
I haven't posted since the 3rd of February! I'm super annoyed about that, but by being in a full time job, doing coursework and applying to Universities it is hard to find spare time to breathe! By making this blog I wanted to write about my passions for make up and just general things I experience. I decided that 2015 would be a year of challenges and opportunities so I'm going to try really hard to fit in blog posts. I even bought a notebook to write all my blog ideas...I'm so useless!
ANYWAY- back to whats in my make up bag :)

Okay, so I've wanted a  Victoria Secret makeup bag for ages now, I finally purchased one when I ventured to London with my best friend in December *insert cute photo below*
So i'll start with concealer - After reading loads of reviews about this concealer I purchased this around December 2014 I think and I love it! Its the Rimmel London 'Wake me up' Concealer
This concealer provides a lot of coverage for under the eyes and is great for making your eyes look much brighter and awake. I have the shade Ivory which is lighter than my foundation to give that highlighted look, Its also super affordable?
Following on from concealer, next up is foundation! Now if anyone knows me at all, they know I'm obsessed with MAC foundations. I origianlly began the obsession with the MAC prolong-wear foundation, but then was persuaded by MAC studio fix by their lovely make up artists doing my make up for prom :) Now, MAC make up isn't the cheapest thing around but it sure is worth the money. Depending on your skin type depends on which one will probably suit you better, the studio fix provides medium to full coverage and is super easy to blend. A foundation I will always reach for above all others :) 

Next up is bronzer... For a while, I had no idea what bronzer even was or even how to apply it. But after talking with friends and watching hundreds and hundreds of make up tutorials on YouTube it is a staple in my make up bag. I never do my make up without it! What must I have looked like before...probably a ghost. The Benefit Hoola bronzer is my go to bronzer each day, I think it could suit any skin tone and is so easy to blend onto the skin. 

I recently purchased a set of Zoeva make up brushes which I have heard so so many great things about! And let me just say, they do not disappoint. I bought the Rose Golden Luxury Set - I have never come across such beautiful brushes in my life! Plus, they're rose gold, so how can you not love them? The brushes are so soft and apply the make up so so well! It makes the price so reasonable, I would recommend them to anyone! I don't take the whole set of brushes with me in my make up bag, but majority of them are taken..just minus about two? haha. Also included in my brushes for my make up bag are Mac 217 and Mac 266 Brushes, I use the Mac 217 for blending eye shadow in my crease and the Mac 266 for filling in my eyebrows.

The Make Up Revolution Flawless Ultra 32 Shade Palette - This palette is incredible, it has 32 amazing shades which you can create any look with! Its also £8 which is an amazing price, for so many shadows which are really pigmented and easy to blend. I use this palette to create most of my eye looks as it has so many to choose from all in one palette :)

Make Up Revolution Eyebrow Focus & Fix Kit - This little eyebrow kit is wonderful for someone just starting filling in their eyebrows (which was me only about a month ago haha) I've watched so many tutorials on how to fill in eyebrows, but the thought of doing my own absolutely terrified me. But I finally went for it and bought this palette, it was super cheap but so good? It contains 3 brow powders which are perfect for whatever your brow colour, and it comes with a wax which you can set your eyebrows in place. Plus, its only 2.50? and I use the Mac 266 brush to fill in my eyebrows with this palette. It also comes with a mini set of tweezers and a mini applicator for the wax. (I've lost the tweezers hence why they aren't in the photo haha)

Now onto Lashes! I recently bought the Urban Decay "On The Run" Palette, and included in it was the Urban Decay 'Perversion' Mascara - I got a mini version of the mascara within the palette but before even getting the mascara I'd already heard loads of good things about it.  The mascara really lengthens  my lashes and separates them, it adds so much volume and makes my lashes look great! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a new mascara!

Next onto Powders - For a long time I used MAC Mineralize Skin finish to set my foundation, but then I purchased Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed powder. I love both these powders, they provide a lot of coverage and create a lovely matte look :) So sometimes i'll use the Rimmel powder, and then other days i'll use the MAC powder, so I like to keep both in my bag just incase! :) 

I don't always wear this within my normal make up routine, I only usually do it for a special occasion or if I have loads of time to just doss about and do my make up haha :) It is the Urban Decay Super-Saturated Ultra Intese Cream Eyeliner (possibly the longest name for a product I have ever come across haha!) Before I bought this product, I tried using liquid eyeliners and I just could not hack them. No matter how many times I practiced, me and liquid eyeliners just aren't friends. So I tried this cream eyeliner, and I found it was so so much easier to apply with a brush! I would definitely reccomend it to anyone who struggles with liquid eyeliner. I apply this product with either The Real Techniques Sillicone Liner brush or the Zoeva Wing Liner brush.

Carrying on with eyeliner, for Christmas I was bought the Body Shop Carbon Eye definer - I love using this product as eyeliner, its so easy to apply and creates a much softer look than liquid or gel eyeliner and also a lot less messy haha :) I also recommend this product to anyone struggling with eyeliner as an alternative, or to change your usual eye look for something different.

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe found some new products to buy for your make up bag

Urban Decay "On The Run" Palette

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

So for a while now I've had my eyes on this palette. My first ever one from the Urban Decay 'Naked' collection, so for me this was super important to then consider the other palettes. I've already purchased a Urban Decay gel eyeliner as my first ever product from this brand, and let me just say it did not disappoint (going way off subject there!) Anyway, back to this palette! The palette comes in the most gorgeous packaging which I for one don't want to throw away (infact I haven't...its still in my draw happily) The palette has a beautiful big mirror which is PERFECT for travelling, its got all you need in one palette?! It includes...
  1. A mini "Perversion Mascara" - I've always wanted to try this product as I've heard amazing reviews, having this come within this palette is amazing! It allowed me to try the product in a mini version - and totally persuade me to buy the full size version! Its one of my new favourite mascara's, it has quite a large applicator which is good for creating full fat lashes. However, it also separates my eyelashes like nothing before!! It creates fuller fatter lashes, but also separates them at the same time! Its now one of my all time must haves! 
  2. Full size Naked lip gloss in the shade "Sesso" - Okay, I've never been one for lipgloss purely for my long hair which just doesn't mix well with typical windy British weather. But this colour is beautiful, it's a rosy pink which enhances your natural lip colour. I'm not sure if i'll use this product as much as the others in this palette, but I sure will give it a try! 
  3. A mini "24/7 glide on eye pencil" in the colour "Stag" - I have discovered a holy grail in this palette! I cannot express how much I LOVE this eye pencil!! It is so easy to apply and the staying power is incredible! Its a super pigmented eye pencil which gives the most amazing dark look, perfect with a smokey eye! I wouldn't be able to recommend this product enough to anyone! You don't have to keep reapplying over the same line if you were creating a 'wing liner' look, one glide and your totally set! love love love.
  4. 6 brand new eyeshadows in the shades "Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare and Stun" - Included in this palette are six new shadows which are perfect for a natural or smoky look! The 6th shade is an allover shade but can also be used on the cheeks as a highlight (a double duo!) The shadows are extremely pigmented and are super easy to apply! So many choices and so many looks can be created! 
  5. Blusher and Bronzer - Finally, this palette includes a beautiful pink blusher which is perfect for every skin tone. The colour is simply gorgeous and looks beautiful on the skin. It applies so well onto the skin and just gives such a fresh glow to the cheeks. And for the bronzer, it is a very matte bronzer which is good for contouring the cheekbones. It goes extremely well with the blusher for an allover bronzed look.  

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