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November empties

2 Dec


November empties

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Seventh heaven

3 Feb

I must have tried hundreds of mascaras over the years, all promising to extend, add volume and have the wow factor.
I’ve tried expensive ones, cheap ones, recommended ones, free ones and I have never found one that I would repurchase. Until now.

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It’s got to be perfect

26 Jan

Last week during a lunch time trip to Boots I noticed that there was a No7 offer – buy two make up products and get a gift box full of goodies for free.
Unfortunately I can never resist offers like this. Not only does it give you the chance to try out products you wouldn’t necessarily have bought before but you can’t beat the satisfaction of getting something for nothing can you?!



After what seems like hours of deliberation I settled for a nail varnish and blusher.

The nail varnish I chose was a pinky-red shimmery shade called Salsa from the Stay Perfect range.



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My survival kit

11 Sep

First of all I have to apologise for being as lazy blogger lately.
A virus infested laptop combined with a fun filled weekend at V Festival and a week of luxury on a Scandinavian cruise has meant I’ve had little time to sit down and write about my latest finds.

Luckily, the products I’ve wanted to share are the ones I have been using on a regular basis, so I thought I’d reveal the contents of my make up bag for this post.

I always start with a BB cream and I recently repurchased Maybelline Dream Fresh, which I have already reviewed here. I still love this product as it makes me look refreshed in seconds. As you can imagine, this came in very handy at V Festival after a lot of vino and a night in a tent!

If I need a bit more coverage due to spots or lack of sleep, I then apply Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation.

Healthy Mix is a firm favourite.

I’d heard good things about this product so when I was browsing the aisles of Superdrug,  I couldn’t resist popping it in my basket.
I really like this foundation as it does what it claims and gives me a healthy, peachy natural matte complexion. In fact, I barely feel like I’m wearing foundation with this product. As I’m usually quite tanned, I opted for the Beige shade (54) and I’m pleased to say it looks just as natural whether I am freshly bronzed or slightly sunkissed, which is a bonus. I’ve found this foundation has staying power too and I can easily go through the whole work day without needing to touch it up at lunch.

If I’m having an oily skin day I then like to apply a pressed powder.
At the moment I’m using the Warm shade from the unique to Boots brand Natural Collection.

Well used but doesn’t have the desired effect.

I purchasd this a few months ago but forgot all about it. After a couple of uses recently, I remembered why it had been left on the make up scrap heap – I’m not head over heels with it. I find it is a bit too thick for my skin needs and it can leave me not only a bit pale (despite the shade claiming to be warm) but can also look caked on, which as we all know isn’t a good look. Thankfully, I haven’t needed to use this product a lot lately but I think it’s time to find something more suitable to have on hand  for next time!

Next comes the bronzer and blusher.
For this I use Miners Blusher Bricks.

These bricks work perfectly with the foundations of my everyday look.

The bricks come in two shades, the Pinks and Browns. Both have a trio of contrasting colours, which can look daunting at first but work together to give a subtle glow. I use the browns first, the colours range from a sand colour to a peachy shade before finishing with a deep caramel. I apply this product with my bronzing brush and swirl it around all three colours to ensure even coverage.  I then move on to the Pinks, this time using a blusher brush to swirl together the baby pink, cerise and plum shades and applying to the apples of my cheeks. Both of these products compliment my base and are a bargain at £4.49. They can be purchased here.


Once my base is complete I use my GOSH eyebrow pencil to thicken up my eyebrows. I’ve already reviewed this product in depth but if you missed it the first time, click here.

For my eyes I like to keep it simple. I use one of the many brown shades from my FCUK pallet before putting a bit of Collection 2000 Fast Stroke black liquid eyeliner along the lid of my eye to make my short eyelashes look longer. I finish off with Maybelline’s Illegal Length mascara.

All eyes on these products

I really struggle to find a mascara that lengthens my lashes and initially this did the trick and not only made them look impressively longer but also thicker.
Sadly, over the past couple of weeks the wow factor has come to an end so I’m open to ideas for what my next mascara should be!

Finally I either finish off with one of my many Miners lipsticks which I have previously reviewed here or the company’s latest product Tin o Tint.

Tinted temptations

I’ve been settling for the latter lately as the cool autumn days have left my lips feeling dry. I alteternate between the Mango (coral) and Cocoa Bean (light brown) shades, depending on my mood. Both smell delicious and give my lips a subtle tint whilst keeping the cracking and dryness at bay. To get a good even cover I find I only have to use the tiniest amount, which means the products will probably see me through the whole of winter too. These cost £2.99 and other balm shades include Cherry, Watermelon and Vanilla and are available here
It may seem like a lot for day to day wear but I’ve got this routine down to just 10 minutes if I’m in a rush (which is often, I use the snooze button a lot!)

I’d love to know what daily products you use, leave me a comment with your must haves.

Christmas Haul

2 Jan

Christmas would not be complete without receiving some new make up to add to my collection and this year did not disappoint.
I had two great eyeshadow sets, a ridiculously cute lipgloss set, a mascara (as a gift to myself) and a bargain perfume.

The Only Way is Essex All Eyes On Me
I’m a huge fan of TOWIE so when I opened this gift from my secret Santa I was very happy.
It features four colour intense shadows that can be used day or night.
The creamy colour has had the most use so far as it can be blended with all of them for that bright eyes Essex look but the dark blue is another firm favourite.
All colours last all day and give great coverage without primer.
The case also has a handy mirror and applicator so you can apply on the go.
TOWIE beauty products, which also feature bronzed and perfume are available from Superdrug.

FCUK Colour her eyes and lips
This sleek set was a gift from my mom, who once more got it spot on.
It featured 18 smooth pressed powder eyeshadows, with a range of nude, pastel and darker shades for the perfect smoky eye.
There isn’t a dud colour in the set, which I think is great considering there are so many colours, that really doesn’t happen often.
There is a colour for every mood and look – it’s made my other pallets redundant for the time being (sorry Urban Decay!)
In addition there are 6 sheer lip colours – two pink, two brown, one red and one plum.
I’m not sure I’m brave enough to rock the latter four just yet, they are a bit intense and the darkest I usually go is coral but the pinky tones are great for a nude look.
This set also features a huge mirror and a double ended applicator so it can also be slipped in your handbag for a top up when/if required.

Liberty Art for Hello Kitty, Hello Lips lipgloss collection
This set has the cutest packaging I think I have ever seen. It was another present from my lovely mom, who said the packaging drew her in.
It features four shades – natural, light pink, dark pink and plum – all are very wearable, even the plum which isn’t too dark.
Made exclusively for Boots, this collection has a colour for every occasion (the dark pink one even has some glitter in), isn’t too sticky and lasts for at least an hour before there’s a need to reapply.

Revlon 3D Extreme mascara
This was a gift to myself that I got from my favourite cheap fix shop B&M.
I needed a new mascara and had never tried Revlon before so thought for £2.89 I had nothing to lose!
I wasn’t disappointed, after a few strokes, my short lashes looked longer and the small brush makes adding definition to lower lashes easy.
It doesn’t add a lot of thickness and its not a favourite of mine but its good enough to hold me over till the next bargain.

Princess Victoria Pour Femme Eau De Toilette
This is one of my favourite Christmas presents and it only cost my best friend 99p!
As soon as I opened it, the name and packaging gave me a clue about what it would smell like and when I ripped it open and sprayed my wrist my suspicions were confirmed – Vera Wang Princess.
It smells exactly the same!
Granted as it is a knock off from the 99p Store it doesn’t have the long-lasting scent of the original but it is a great find and perfect to make do with until the funds to buy the real deal have mounted up.