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Saturday, 27 February 2016

February Favourites 2016


We are coming to the end of February which seemed to pass in the blink of an eye and in today's post I am going to be sharing with you some products I have been loving using this month. I have some makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrant favorites. So if you'd like to know what I've been using and loving throughout February carry on reading.  

Makeup//

Tanya Burr Lipgloss 'Aurora' 

This month I found myself going through my makeup collection and reaching for products that I haven't used in a while. I own 5 of Tanya's lipglosses and this one has been my current favourite. It's a coral pink shade with tiny specs of glitter. It's moisturising and not the slightest bit sticky. I've been wearing it over Mac's Modesty lipstick which I find to be a nice pair. 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I purchased this palette around Christmas time and since then It has become one of my favourite palettes I own. It has a great mix of neutrals, lights, darks, mattes and shimmers so it basically has every colour I want for a neutral or smokey eye. I've been wearing several of the shades (hazelnut, haute chocolate, amaretto) on their own just all over the lid and through the crease. Another look I've been enjoying creating is placing 'Black forrest truffle' all over the lid and into the crease and adding 'Triple fudge' into the outcorner to create a dark smokey eye. Overall this palette is very versatile and the shades blend beautifully so I would recommend this palette to everyone. 

Skincare//

Caudalie Lip Conditioner

As the weather in England has turned slightly colder this month my lips have been quite dry. I apply this is the evening before bed and in the morning my lips feel smooth, soft and moisturised. The balm is a creamy consistency and leaves no color on the lips. The price is affordable and the packaging is sleek and stunning. This is a product that I carry around with me at all times and will always repurchase. 

Soap and Glory 'Flake Away'

I discovered this exfoliator a good few years ago and after it ran out I never repurchased it until a couple of weeks ago when I popped into Boots and saw there was an offer. I have no idea why I didn't initially re-purchase this product because It's an incredible exfoliant that leaves my skin feeling beautiful. I use this twice a week in the shower and apply it all over my body and massage it in until the beads disappear. After I follow up with the Soap & Glory righteous butter and my skin is soft and radiant. From now on I will continue to buy it over and over again. 

MAC Prep and Prime Fix +

After hearing so many amazing reviews about this mist I decided to give into the hype and try it for myself. I've had this for 2 months now and honestly use it everyday. After applying my makeup I spray this onto my skin and allow it to dry and it will seal my look and give a dewy freshness to my face. I also use this to dampen my beauty blender which I find allows my makeup to apply nicer. 

Fragrance//

RI House eau de toilette

I received this perfume as a gift last Christmas and have been wearing it a ton throughout this month. First of all the packaging is gorgeous and the scent itself smells lovely. The only way I can describe is a sexy floral which I find to be very evening appropriate and for the price you can't go wrong. 


Hair//

Got2B 2 Sexy Hairspray 

I went into Superdrug looking for my favourite HairSpray which is the 'Got2B Blasting Freeze' and saw that there was a 2 for 1 offer so I decided to pick this one up. Initially I chose it for the pink packaging and sweet smell however It's actually a great hairspray that holds my hair in place all day and gives a nice shine without leaving my hair with a sticky or crispy texture. 

TV//

Prison Break

I began watching this series last month (I know I'm late on the bandwagon) on netflix and am now OBSESSED. It's so tense and gripping and I end up glued to my sofa. If you haven't seen it this show is about an Engineer who gets himself into prison in order to help his falsely accused brother escape his death sentence. I cannot wait for the new series to begin. Not to mention the cast members (Michael, Lincoln & Fernando) are great to look at! 

YouTubers//

Sacconejolys 

I've been watching Sacconejolys for years now and am always ready for 6oclock to watch their vlogs. I find their videos to be feel good and they are something I always look forward to. 

GlamLifeGuru (Tati) 

Tati is one of my favourite beauty gurus as I trust and value her opinion on all beauty products. If I need to know anything about a product Tati is the first Youtuber I will go to. She posts a video everyday of the week on Highend and Drugstore products, Hauls, Tips, Tutorials and Product reviews/First impressions. Overall, she is a YouTuber I would definitely recommend.  


Music//

'PillowTalk'- ZAYN

I'm quite the One Direction superfan so I was quite sceptical to how this track would sound but I am absolutely loving it. Zayn's vocals sound impressive and it exceeded all the expectations I had for his new single. I'm definitely looking forward to the whole album!

'Stone Cold'- Demi Lovato

I only recently bought Demi's new album and it has been on repeat ever since. This month Demi released 'Stone Cold' as her new single and I have fallen in love with the song especially after hearing her stunning performance on Ellen. This track is about dealing with the pain of watching your ex be with someone else and Demi sings the song effortlessly. Needless to say I have been belting this song out in the shower! 

That concludes my monthly favourites for January. What products have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below. 

Thursday, 25 February 2016

February Makeup Menu



This month I've been wearing this particular look quite often so I thought for todays post I would share with you the products I've been enjoying using in February. 

Products:
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation- Monte Blanc
Clarins Instant Concealer- 01
MAC Studio Fix Powder- Nc15
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer- 01
MAC Blusher- Well Dressed
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish- Soft & Gentle
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (Haute Chocolate & Cherry 
Stila Waterproof Eyeliner- Damsel
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine- 09 Nude in Private

Base//
I begin by prepping my skin and then taking the Benefit porefessional primer and applying in down my T-Zone. 
Then using my beauty blender I apply the Nars Sheer Glow foundation and conceal my under eyes with the Clarins Instant Concealer. To set that into place I add the MAC studio fix powder using the real techniques powder brush. 

Face//
To bronze up my face I then apply the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer with the Real Techniques 301 brush and add the MAC Blush in Well Dressed to the apples of my cheeks with the Real Technique Multi Task Brush. To finish the face I highlight my cheekbones, brow bone and cupids bow with the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle. 

Eyes & Lips//
For my eyeshadow I use the Too Faced chocolate bar palette. With the Zoeva Luxe Pencil Brush I place 'Haute Chocolate' all over the lid and into the crease and then take 'Cherry Cordial' into the outer corner. Then I apply 'Haute Chocolate' on the lower lash line and put the Stila Waterproof eyeliner in Damsel into my waterline. To finish my eyes I add the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara to my top and bottom lashes. To complete the look I apply the YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in 09 Nude in Private. 


Hope you enjoyed this post, what products have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments. 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Brand Focus | NARS





NARS was one of the first high end brands I tried and is still towards of top of my favourites. I love everything about this brand and the obsession began when I purchased the Sheer Glow foundation and since then It's been one of my go-to brands. I love their packaging, shade selection and formulas. So today I'm going to run through some of my favourite products from NARS. 


Base//

Sheer Glow Foundation

Like I said this was my first ever NARS purchase and It has become one of my favourite foundations of all time. I have it in the shade 'Mont Blanc' which is a great colour match for me and I find the best way to apply it is with a damp beauty blender. It makes my skin look beautiful and radiant and lasts well throughout the day. I would definitely recommend this product as It's one I will always repurchase. 

Radiant Creamy Concealer

One product I like to test and try out alot are concealers and once I tried this concealer It soon became a holy grail for me. It has medium to full coverage with brightening properties which are great for covering dark circles. The best part is that It's lightweight and easy to blend which means It doesn't feel heavy on the skin. Overall I find that this does a great job at concealing my under eyes and I will continue to repurchase this product. 


Cheeks//

Laguna Bronzer

I own a fair selection of bronzers however I always find myself reaching for this one the most. I find this powder to be versatile as you can use it for an overall bronze, to contour or as an eyeshadow. It can be applied with a light hand for a flush of colour or with an angled contour brush for a more intense colour payoff. It's perfect for fair skin and the staying power is great.  A definite favourite in my makeup collection. 

Orgasm Blush

This blush is very talked about by beauty bloggers which obviously sucked me into purchasing it. This is a flattering peachy peach shade with gold flecks that would suit all skin tones. I find that this pairs well with any makeup look so no wonder It's so famous. The pigmentation is great and I love the fact that It's buildable. 

Eyes//

Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

First of all NARS eyeshadows in general are some of my favourites. They are well pigmented, buttery and easy to blend. This duo inparticular is stunning, the two copper tones shadows compliment brown eyes beautifully. 


Lips//

Anita Lipstick 

I mentioned this product in my Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 as It's become my favourite nude lipstick. This mid-toned rose is the perfect shade for my lips and the formula feels smooth and creamy on the lips. It matte which means It lasts well on the lips without being drying. Overall my favourite nude lip. 



And those are my favourite NARS products. Have you tried any NARS products? What are your favourites? 

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Pamper Evening Routine



Hello Everyone. I currently have the afternoon off work and decided that I would have a pamper night so I thought I would take some pictures and share with you all my typical pamper routine. I've been under the weather this past week so figured I was due a pamper. If you'd like to see what I get up to on a Pamper evening carry on reading...




1. Remove Makeup



I don't know about you but my favorite part of the day is removing my makeup. Afterwards I just feel so clean and refreshed so for my first cleanse I use the Emma Hardie Cleasing Balm. To remove all my makeup I take a small amount of the balm onto my dry hands and apply it to my skin. As you massage it in it turns into an oil and any makeup you had on will just dissolve. I then take a warm muslin cloth and gently wipe away. 

2. Run a Bath & Use Bath Bomb


Whilst I'm cleansing my skin I'll allow the bath to run and then I'll add a lush bath bomb. On this particular evening I used 'Think Pink' which is a sweet floral scent that leaves the whole bathroom smelling beautiful.As it dissolves it releases a small amount of pink confetti that gradually disappears in the water. 



3. Music

When I'm in the bath I always HAVE to listen to music. It's the perfect time for me to belt out all my favourite Whitney and Beyonce tracks. However, my current favourite albums are are One Direction 'Made in the AM', Demi Lovato 'Confident' and Little Mix 'Get Weird'. 


4. Apply Face Mask

Now my bath is running and I've got my music on I'll apply a face mask. Today I used the Soap&Glory 'THE FAB PORE' deep cleansing facial mask. This helps to unclog pores, detox the face and prevent blemishes from occurring. It has a refreshing minty scent and after 15 minutes leaves my skin feeling soft and revitalised. 






5. Body Scrub

Whilsts my face mask is doing It's job I get into the bath and begin my routine. Firstly I'll give my skin an exfoliate. I use the Soap&Glory 'Flake Away Body Polish' which leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean. 

6. Body Wash

Moving on, I wash my body with the Soap&Glory 'Sugar Crush Body Wash' which has a refreshing sweet lime scent. And finally before I get out the bath I'll remove my face mask with a warm muslin cloth. 

7. Moisturize 

Once I'm out of the bath I'll moisturise my skin. I can be quite lazy with moisturising my body so on a pamper evening i like to lather my skin in a body butter. Today I used the Body Shop Shea Body Butter which has a beautiful scent and leaves me skin smooth, soft and hydrated. 





8. Pajamas & Dressing Gown

I'm never fully relaxed until I'm comfortable and cosy in my Pajamas and dressing gown. So once my moisturizer has dried and fully sunk into my skin I'll get dressed and move onto my skin care. 




9. Skincare

I have posted my current evening skincare routine so I'm only going to touch on it lightly. After my pre-cleanse I go in with the 'Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish' and apply that to my face and massage in circular motions and then remove it with a Muslin cloth. Moving on, I spritz my face with the 'Body Shop Vitamin E spray' to give my skin a boost of moisture and then I'll exfoliate and tone my skin with the 'First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads'. Finally I'll apply a small amount of the 'Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream' under my eyes and Moisturise my face with the 'Yes to Carrots Intense Hydration Night Cream' And then my skincare is complete. 




10. Snacks

Now is the perfect time to gather all my favourite foods and binge. On this particular Pamper Evening I chose a donut however some other favourites include; Dairy Milk Oreo Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins and Pringles (all very healthy I know). 


11. Netflix & Nails (File and Hand Cream) 

I'm currently watching 'Prison Break' and am absolutely gripped; It's soon become one of my favourite shows.  But I've also been enjoying PLL and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Whilsts watching TV I like to give my nails a seeing to. I'll grab a nail file and shape my nails and then apply some hand cream. Other times I'll focus on my feet (especially after a hard days work) and will file them and apply the 'Soap&Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream'. On this particular occasion I also painted my toes with the China Glaze paint in 'Petal to the metal'. Then I feel fully pampered and relaxed. 


That concludes my Evening Pamper Routine. What do you do on your pamper nights, let me know in the comments. 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Rose Gold Valentines Makeup





As Valentines is soon approaching I thought I would share with you all my make-up look for the day. I recently purchased the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette and thought the shades were very appropriate for this particular holiday so I based my entire look around my rose gold eyes. 

Products:

1. To begin this look I prepped my skin with the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur Primer. I applied this with my fingers and blended it all over my face. This product smooths the skin and give it a healthy glow. 

2. Moving onto foundation. Today I used the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and applied it to my face with the real technique buffing brush. This gives me great coverage and leaves a semi-matte finish. As the name suggests it most definitely feels weightless on the skin and Mont Blanc is my perfect shade. 
3. Next I applied concealer; for this look I used the Clarins Instant Concealer. This gives good coverage and blends beautifully under the eyes without creasing. It covers dark circles well and a little bit goes a long way. 
4. Continuing on I set my base make-up with the MAC studio fix powder. This powder gives my skin an airbrushed affect without looking cakey. It lasts well throughout the day and has soon become my holy grail. 
5. After that, I left the skin and begin on my eyes. Firstly I applied the MAC paint pot in Painterly. This paint pot ensures that my eye-shadow wear all day and helps them to blend smoothly. 
6. Using the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette I set my primer with the Shade 'Strange'. Moving onto the eye-shadow look I began with 'Limit' as my transition shade and blended that all through my crease with a Zoeva 224 Brush. I then took 'Nooner' and ran that through the crease with the same brush. Using my ring finger I placed 'Liar' all over the lid. To deepen my outer corner I took a mixture of 'Darkside' and ' Blackheart' and blended them both using the Zoeva 231 Brush. 
7. Moving on the lower lashline. I applied the Urban Decay Eye Pencil in Perversion in my waterline. I then took 'Nooner' and blended that all the way from the outer corner to the inner corner of my lash line with the Real Techniques accent brush. I then darkened the outer corner of the lashline with 'Blackheart'. 
8. Concluding the eyes I finished off with the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara; I applied it on both my top and bottom lashes. This product makes my lashes appear full, volumized and long. 
9. Continuing on with the face, I bronzed my cheeks, jawline and temples with the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. 
10. I then Contoured and highlighted with the Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze & Glow. 
11. I added some colour to my cheeks by applying the Too Faced Sweetheart blush in the shade Candy Glow. 
12. Finally to conclude this look I applied the Sleek Lip Gloss in Angel Falls all over my lips to leave a beautiful pink shine. This product is creamy and applies beautifully without being sticky. 



I hope you enjoyed this post and that you all have a wonderful Valentines day. Let me know in the comments If you like these makeup tutorials and I will do more in the future. 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Valentine's Gift Guide 2016 | For Her




It's that time of year again when your man is meant to be the most romantic out of the whole year (shouldn't that be everyday though?). Anyhow I've put together a selection of gift ideas for Valentine's Day 2016. 


Ariana Grande 'ARI' Perfume 100ml- £40
This perfume has been on my wishlist for a while and everytime I go into any beauty store I always give myself a spritz. The scent is fruity and feminine with a hit of marshmallow and the packaging is absolutely stunning. Any girl who likes a sweet smell will love this fragrance.
In the past few months I have fallen in love with Zoeva as a brand and their brushes are of an unbelievable quality for the price. This set includes all the brushes you need to apply all your face products; It even comes with a sleek faux leather pouch which makes this collection great for travel. Any Makeup brush addict like myself would be overjoyed to receive this on valentines day. 



This is the perfect luxury product to buy any makeup addict. Firstly, the lipstick itself is formulated beautifully with a velvety smooth texture and moisturises the lips as you wear it.Not to mention it's packaged in a stunning rose gold case. Personally I would be very happy to be gifted this on Valentines day and I think any lipstick lover would be too. 



For a lady that loves jewelry this is a great pick. It's has rose gold plated sterling silver with glass crystals which looks simply beautiful. These style of bracelets are very popular this season any I think any accessory lover would be pleased with this present.  


I think any girl would be delighted to receive a present from Ted Baker as the whole brand is outstanding. Their makeup bags are particularly stunning and this pink and rose gold one is my favourite. This exact bag is currently on sale on the Ted Baker Website so I may have to treat myself!  

I always think Pajamas are a great gift to receive as they aren't something you tend to buy yourself. These Victoria's Secret striped pajamas have been on my wishlist for ages and I think any girl who loves PINK would be overjoyed to be given these. 







Essie Lux Duo a Sprinkle in Pink- £12.99

Nail polish is also a great gift to receive and these Essie Polish duos are great value for money. This particular set is my favourite as the shades are very appropriate for both Valentines and the upcoming Spring season. 





For a girl who likes to pamper this is a great gift set. I mean who wouldn't like to receive a lush gift set? This includes a great selection of pampering products to make any girl feel beautiful. 
This is the latest palette from Too Faced and any beauty lover would be extremely happy to receive this on valentines day. The pigmentation is perfect and there's a great shade selection. Not to mention the packaging is very valentines appropriate and it smells like chocolate. 



These are some of my favourites, what's on your list? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

My At-Home Manicure Routine




Today I thought I would put together a step by step guide on how I give myself a manicure at home. Before I begin I'd just like to mention that I am in no way a professional and have only had a salon manicure a couple of times in my life. With that in mind, here's my typical routine for a one colour manicure. 

Here's what you will need:

Nail Polish Remover 
Cotton Pads
Nail File
Cuticle Cream
Cuticle Nipper
Cuticle Pusher
Hand/Nail Cream
Base Coat
Nail Colour 
Top Coat 




1. Remove Polish
Firstly, take some nail polish remover on a cotton top and wipe over all your nails. This step is important to make sure you have completely removed the remnants of your previous manicure.
2. File & Shape
With a nail file, smooth away the edge of your nail, and model them to your favourite shape. Move your nail file in one direction and avoid filing in a 'back and forth' sawing motion. 

3. Soften Cuticle
Apply and massage a cuticle cream or oil onto the cuticle to soften them. An optional step is to soak your nails in warm water for a few minutes. 

4. Push Back & Remove Cuticle
Using an orange stick or cuticle pusher gently push back the cuticle and then using cuticle nippers remove any access cuticle. 

5. Apply Hand Cream
Before beginning the painting apply a small amount of hand cream onto your hands and take some time to massage it in. This will add a boost of moisture and will keep your hands feeling and looking younger, softer and smoother. 

6. Prep your Nails
Next up, apply nail varnish remover onto a cotton pad and swipe over each nail to remove any oils which may prevent the polish from applying as well. 

7.Apply Base Coat
Then take your favorite base coat and apply a thin layer to the nail. This step is important to ensure that the polish you apply after doesn't stain the nail and it acts as a barrier to protect the nails from any damage that the polish may create. 

7. Apply Nail Colour 
Now for the best part, Applying your nail colour. This step obviously depends on personal choice as to what shade you want to apply. For this manicure I used Essie 'Ballet Slippers' however I tend to mix it up all the time. 

8. Apply Top Coat 
For the final layer apply a top coat,this acts as a protective barrier to  prevent the nail polish from fading or chipping and will give it a long lasting shine. 

That concludes my at home manicure routine, tell me about yours in the comments below.