Sunday, 1 April 2018

March 2018 Beauty Favourites ♥

So, it turned into April very quick. I've had a hectic month - travelling, skiing and dealing with our busiest period at work. It's flown by and i haven't had 5 minutes to myself let alone time to write a post. This year, I've made it my resolution to update here often and not let it fall aside like i did a few years ago as it's something i genuinely enjoy doing. 

My first favourite for March is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser which i have loved for years. It's always made my skin look and feel flawless. It doesn't aggravate my sensitive skin and lasts for absolutely ages too. The only other skincare item I've included is the Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover which I've been trying out for a couple of months now. It's really good for stubborn eyeliner and mascara whereas I'd have to double or even triple cleanse to get rid of all the residue, now it all comes off first time perfectly. 

The Barry M Nail Paint in Bespoke is like my perfect go-to nail colour. It's quite natural so it goes with most looks but looks really lovely on especially with a tan. I've also fallen in love with the Make Up Revolution Strobe Highlighter in Radiant Lights which is a gorgeous highlight. It has a really decent amount of shimmer and can look very natural & subtle on. Last but not least, I've been loving the Rimmel Soft Kohl in 07 Pure White which I've been using on my lower lash line to really make my eyes pop. It always makes me look more awake and make my eyes look gigantic. 

Friday, 2 March 2018

High End Products Worth the Splurge ♥

Me, I'm a more budget friendly person. I still love my high end but i don't have an unlimited budget unfortunately so the majority of my collection is high street brands. But you do find certain brands and specific products are really worth the splurge when it comes down to it. 

One of my absolute favourite high end brands out there is theBalm Cosmetics. Their products are always so pretty - the packaging is beautiful and themed. My personal favourite products of theirs are their eye shadows palettes - which are swoon worthy. My most reached for is the theBalm Nude'tude Palette. The formula is really lovely and you get some different shades to other nude palettes out there. Another great high end buy is the MAC Lipsticks which are some of the more purse friendly offerings from high end brands. There are so many shades and finishes to choose from you are bound to find something to fall in love with. 

Urban Decay is a brand all beauty lovers are aware of and as much as i love their palettes, i am obsessed with their Urban Decay Primer Potion. I've not yet found another eyeshadow primer that works as well for me as this one at keeping my looks from budging or creasing yet. Thankfully, this lasts me a while so it's definitely worth the money for me! Skincare is another area where i change brands often but one item i always repurchase as soon as i get anywhere close to finishing is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask. It has the most delicious smell and really keeps my skin hydrated without making it oily at all. 

Last but not least, I've always loved the Benefit Boxed Blushes and specifically i love Bella Bamba and Rockateur the most. They are again not the most expensive high end items out there and the cute packaging makes it even better. 


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Top 5 Nude Lip Products ♥

I will admit it right now, i love a good nude lippy. As much as i love a bold statement lip, sometimes there is something great about finding that nude lip colour you love, the your lips but better colour. I'm not one for subtlety in life but when it comes to nude lips, I'm very much loving it especially for daytime wear.

My tastes aren't strictly high end (my purse thanks me) or high street so i like to shop around to find the formula's and shades that work best for me and my skin. My first pick is the beautiful Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick in Chauffeur which is an absolute steal at only £3. I can't say how much i love this lipstick but the fact it is always in my handbag probably says it all for me. Another purse friendly option is the MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer in Tranquillity which also retails at £3. It lasts pretty well and the colour is a slightly peachy toned nude which is lovely to wear especially around springtime. 

Last for my high street picks, is the Makeup Revolution Intense Lip Lacquer in More Than I Could Give (starting to notice i am a little obsessed with lip lacquers now...) also at £3. Its a very light colour and i usually wear this most around winter for a really natural lip look but normally paired with a very bold eye look. It's not drying this formula so i don't have to worry about my lips getting dry. For my High end item, its got to be the MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy (£17.50). It's such a beautiful shade and I've seen so many people wear this and haven't met a single person who this shade doesn't flatter yet. 

When it comes to lipsticks, I've only recently started buying more lip liners to help my lipstick last longer and have it more precisely applied. One of my all time favourites is the Barry M Lip Liner in Pose which comes in one of their Matte Liquid lip kits, is beautiful. It applies so creamy and really helps improve the wear time of whatever i pair it with. 

Friday, 9 February 2018

January 2018 Beauty Favourites ♥

Well, January felt like it was never ending but we are now into February and every day takes us closer to Spring with its slightly warmer weather. Totally not counting the days or anything. But January was a long hectic month dealing with the aftermath of Christmas and back to work. But despite not trying many new products, i definitely had some favourites i couldn't stop myself reaching for.

Make Up Revolution Luxury Powder in Banana is a new favourite. I bought this a while ago to try out the whole 'baking' trend which while I'm still getting used to I've really enjoyed using this as the colour really helps disguise my dark circles and give my skin a much needed healthy glow under my eyes to help deflect away from any problem areas. My ultimate go-to nail polish is the beautiful Barry M Nail Paint in Bespoke which is a really lovely soft pink. Very subtle and pretty and so, so cheap! If i want something that will work with most outfits i wear, its this. It also looks great if I've fake tanned or not. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer is a really important staple in my routine now. It's really good for helping with problem areas but i do love this around my eyes to help make me look less tired than i am forever feeling. It has decent coverage and can even cover my freckles too. Last but not least, the Olay Double Action Night Cream which I've raved about on so many occasions now you must be all getting bored. But, it's really saving my skin from the horrendous weather and keeping my skin hydrated and soft 24/7.


Monday, 5 February 2018

Low Cost Valentines Day Ideas ♥

Yes, yes i know. Not everyone celebrates Valentines day so let me get this off my chest now. I think it's nice to have a day devoted to being romantic, even if you do it all the time. Yes i know it's all about card companies making money. Does it stop me liking it? No. It's cute and i like it. Deal with it.

But i always feel like my idea of a romantic gesture is different to others. I'm not the most fond of fancy meals out as we're currently saving money but i don't like it to pass unnoticed. There are plenty of cute little things you can do on a smaller budget, like mine. This year i've done a few ready for the day. 

My first little present to my fiancé was a photo wall. I'm a big lover of taking photos (which you'll know if you follow me on Instagram!) as i'm a big believer in capturing memories. So i decided to make this cute little hanging picture wall using my own photos that i turned into polaroid style pictures using Printiki*. I bought the 30 x Retro Square M size for under £10! Along with some twine and some mini pegs i had in my arts and crafts box, i had a cute photo wall for under £10 (which will be staying up as i love it so much). I love these photos as they are taken over the course of our 6 and a half years together and really show how different yet similar we are to who we were when we met (albeit older but not wiser). I also have a discount code, if like me, you're super sentimental and love physical copies of photos use this code: A87P5W23 for free shipping.

Another idea i've decided to use this year is a at home movie night. Our favourite movie and our favourite food. Snuggle up with duvets and relax without spending all the £ on going out. 

*Items in this post were gifted, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

DIY Body Scrub ♥

Maybe it's just me, but there is something really relaxing about DIYing. I love it and I'm obsessed with browsing Pinterest looking at ideas to do next. One thing i do quite often is a Make your own Body scrub as it's so quick and easy to do.

Pretty much what i do is i choose an oil to work with, I've used Baby Oil, Coconut oil and Argan Oil over the years but my personal favourite is coconut oil as its got so many great benefits for your skin. Then add in my 'scrub' which is usually sea salt or sugar. Then finish it off with some essential oils to give it a lovely fragrance. This time I've gone for a subtle peppermint fragrance as it feels really refreshing on the skin. It takes a few minutes and i always make sure i have a pretty jar on hand to pour it into and keep it in the bathroom. It's a quick craft and very easy on the purse strings but if you're feeling in an arts and crafts mood, but like me are creatively challenged it's pretty fun to do. There are so many great ideas on Pinterest i want to try when this jar is finished like a Coffee scrub.

Have you ever made your own products? Let me know so i can try them!
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