Sunday, 31 December 2017

Superdrug Haul& a cheeky giveaway! ♥

You know you love a product when you rush out to buy it when you're running low on it. We all have those favourite items so when i noticed i was running low on a few of my daily must haves i ran out to Superdrug to grab some replacements.

First things first, i had to repurchase my go-to concealer, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer which has been spoken about a million times. Its been one of my favourites for years now and i hate running out of this. I also needed a new eyeliner as mine had just packed it in that morning so decided to try something new and bought the L'Oreal Superline Perfect Slim Eyeliner which seems to be quite pigmented and easy to use when i tested it out in the shop. I also needed some new make up remover so have decided to try out the Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover as I've heard so many great things about this for a while. As I'm addicted to buying highlighters recently, i couldn't resist popping one of the Make up Revolution Liquid Highlighter 'Liquid Starlight' into my basket as it looks too pretty to not! I had also ran out of my Garnier Micellar Water too (featured in my empties post here)  so had to pick up a new big bottle of this. 

Last but not least, i had to get a new Make Up Academy Undress Me Too Eyeshadow palette which is one of my favourite high street dupes ever. It's such great value for money and so easy to create so many looks from it. As i love it so much, i am also running a giveaway below for one of these, so please enter below! UK ONLY.

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Milani 2-in-1 Conceal + Perfect Foundation and Concealer ♥

As you'll know if you've been reading my blog a while. I like high coverage. I like covering up my freckles so my face is all one shade and getting rid of any blemishes i might have. But, i am always on the hunt for high end affordable options with this coverage. Most of the affordable foundations i have tried are medium coverage which i love if it's for daytime wear but for occasions or evenings, i prefer the higher coverage.

I recently picked up the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer. From the first time i used this, i fell in love. It easily conceals my blemishes, dark circles and dark freckles. The formula is really creamy and easy to blend - also, water resistant. For me, it's great if you don't have much time to get ready as rather than separately applying concealer and a foundation, this is both rolled into one as this is so pigmented. The finish is a matte one, which i prefer especially for this time of year. 

I've luckily not found this to look cake or stick to my dry patches at all. The foundation does have quite a floral scent - which is quite noticeable.  Another great plus is they have 19 shades to choose from with detailed descriptions describing the tones - so a lot of different shades to choose from. I use Light, which is for 'fair with yellow tones'. 


Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Blogging Goals for 2018! ♥

It's been a hell of year, 2017. I decided to come back to blogging after nearly 2 years off and fell back in love with it and have come back with more drive and determination than ever before. I went back to my favourite city in the world and came back engaged. 2018 i have decided, is going to be my year for blogging.

I'm a little bit of an overly organised person, i love my checklists and my daily planner and i always set myself goals in everything i do to help me track myself and keep pushing myself. My blogging goals for 2o18 are there to help me and please let me know if you have any blogging goals or regular goals for yourself for 2018!

  • work with new brands. I've highlighted a few that i would love to work with including LUSH and New Look but there are countless others too. 
  • continue working with the brands and companies i am already working with. This is a given, i want to carry on those relationships too.
  • keep on top of my blogging schedule, every other day. making sure i am organised and have blog photos taken in advance in case of any problems. 
  • improve my photography. this is a big one for me, looking back through my posts, i am not happy with the photos i had so i am taking steps to improve this skill.
  • branch out to lifestyle as well as beauty. This is a big one for me, i love reading beauty blogs but i do want to add a few more kinds of post to my blog too. to diversify. 
Watch out 2018, I'm coming to get you!

Friday, 22 December 2017

LUSH Sleepy Body Lotion ♥

At this time of the year, when it's so cold and miserable outside, is there anything better than pampering yourself? I don't think so. LUSH is one of my favourite brands for body care and i love the fact their products are all fresh and handmade too. 

I'm not usually the biggest fan of anything lavender scented but for the LUSH Sleepy Body Lotion i will make an exception. It's consistency is very thick and a little bit goes a long way. The cocoa butter inside really helps enrich and moisturise the skin and leaving a light, fresh scent on the skin that lasts quite a while. It's really great for this time of year, when your skin is being battered by winds and rain and generally needs a little tlc. The lavender scent really helps relax you and many have said it helps them sleep - me personally, i love any excuse to cover myself in body lotion, put on my comfy pyjamas and have an early night. 

Concentrating on my chest, knees and arms this really helps keep my skin soft and stop my skin drying out. For me, it makes me want to get a hot chocolate and relax while it absorbs into my skin. 


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Lipstick for the Party Season ♥

Well, everyone loves December. It does have its good points - Christmas, New Years, Christmas Markets and all things shiny and glittery. For me, i love a Christmas party and you know me, i love a bold lip too. So, Winter is my favourite time for parties as there are so many lovely red toned and dark lip products to buy. I have my own little favourites which are always in my make up bag this time of year, day or night and any occasion. 

A new buy for me is the MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger in their matte finish. It's a beautiful corally red colour with so much pigmentation, this little tube packs a might punch. It lasts really well on the lips with next to no drying on my lips.  The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned is probably one of my all time favourites, its beautiful. It glides on and it doesn't easily smudge. It's so vampy and just i'm obsessed. Make up Revoluton Lip Euphoria is lovely a really lovely dark blood red. Its more glossy than my other choices as this is my only item in this post not matte but it's just too perfect to not include. 

The Bourjois Contour Edition Lip Pencil in Plum it up! is the perfect plum lip pencil. The formula is so soft this glides onto your lips with no tugging so it's really easy to get the shape you want and the level of colour too. It makes a great base as well and really does help keep it on for longer.  The L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint in Apocalypse Red is another darker toned red. This stays on for absolutely ages and it so hard to budge - no worrying about having to re-apply this all night at your Christmas party, the hard part is getting it off.

L to r: Bourjois Plum it up Lip pencil, L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint, MAC Lady Danger, NARS Matte Lip Pencil Damned, Make up Revolution Lip Euphoria
What are your favourite lip products for this party season?

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Current Empties ♥

I'm on a mission currently to use up as many of my products as i can before i start any new ones. I have an unbelievable stash of products i accumulate and want to try out so getting rid of some products first makes sense (and i hate waste!).  These are the products I've used up over the last few weeks and here is what i thought of them. 

St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mist not my favourite, i much prefer using their mousse. but this was good for quickly applying some - and made tanning my face quite easy.

Soap & Glory The Scrub of your Lift Body Scrub I love Soap & Glory and all of their body care items but i especially love their scrubs. So handy for this time of year when I'm applying fake tan and this keeps my knees/shoulders/elbows free of dry and flakey skin.

John Freida Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Styling Spray i swear by this stuff. I have naturally very curly and frizzy hair. I always use this whenever i straighten my hair and it does keep this at bay. Will always repurchase every time. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water love this little handy bottle, I bought this to take with us on our holidays earlier this year but had a little bit extra to use up. I use a bigger bottle while at home usually, but it's very handy for removing make up. 

The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver Instant Smoother I've been loving using this - it really does smooth out my skin. Leaving a really great base for applying make up. 

SuperDrug Detoxifying Dead Sea Mud Mask not very one of this, i found it aggravated my sensitive skin too much to love this. It did help with any problem areas but i found it too drying to repurchase.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic i had this from a gift set and i quite liked it. Using after cleansing my skin always felt really smooth and fresh. Quite expensive so i might repurchase but i will be looking for more purse friendly alternatives.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Recipe for a relaxing Christmas Eve Evening ♥

I'll admit, I'm not the most 'Christmassy' of people. I do love Christmas but for me, its mostly a time to sit around with my loved ones playing board games and drinking copious amounts of red wine. But for me, there is nothing better than a cosy night in. So I've planned my Christmas eve night already as we have a lot going on in the day seeing friends and family. We've been looking online at new TV's as we watch a lot of movies so need a great TV (I need to watch Blue Planet in Ultra HD!) and we've got our eye on this one, the Panasonic Oled 4k TV. We can't wait to move house now to treat ourselves to a new entertainment system as the TV is the key to a cosy night in on the sofa!

First of all, its not Christmas Eve without a Christmas movie or two is it? We're going to be watching the Home Alone box set as it's the only Christmas movies we agree on (my favourite is Love Actually and his is Jingle all the way). If we get time, i might try and convince him to watch Nightmare before Christmas with me! This will get us into the Christmas Spirit pretty quick. Add in a couple of fluffy blankets, new pyjamas and a fire on to get us all comfy and cosy. Not to mention, all the festive tea lights we've acquired from our Yankee candle Advent Calendar which smell amazing - especially Macaron Treats and Christmas Garland. We'll also be indulging ourselves with a couple of glasses of mulled wine each and a Chinese takeaway with lots of sweets and hot chocolate to help us chill out before the mayhem of the next day. 

Every family has their own Christmas traditions and this is a new one to us, one we will try and do for as long as possible as at this time of year, spending time with your loved ones is priceless.  ♥ 

*this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

2 New MAC Lipsticks ♥

Maybe I'm a 'bad beauty blogger' but my make up collection isn't made up of a million MAC items. I have one or two things but I've never been one to use them for anything and everything. But, I've always loved watching/reading reviews of their products and have loved the lipsticks especially that i have owned.  So, when i saw a great deal with TopCashBack i had to take advantage and grab two MAC lipsticks to add to my collection.

My view on lipsticks is, you can never have too many reds or too many nudes. So what did i buy? A red and a nude naturally. I went for two shades I've been after for ages in my favourite finish, Matte. The bright red, Lady Danger, is a beautiful bright red/coral shade. I love this one and have been after it for ages. Velvet teddy is a medium nude. Both have brilliant colour pay off, they are so pigmented! The formula itself is lovely - rich, creamy and not drying on my lips at all. 

For £16.50, they are not a bad price for a 'high end' lipstick at all. I will keep my eye out for anymore deals on shades I've been lusting after for a while. Also, i got 2 sample size MAC Prep + Prime to try out too as I've heard some really great things about it so i am looking forward to trying those too!

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