Category Archives: Beauty

My Evening Skincare Routine

3rd November 2014

I started paying attention to my skin when I was about 25 (I’m turning 27 next month). I’ve always taken okay care of it but it wasn’t until I hit my mid-twenties that I really developed a proper skincare routine. I’ve always endeavoured to drink enough water, always removed my make up before bed and usually slapped some sort of moisturiser on, but now I’ve got a good little routine that keeps my skin hydrated and clear.

A little bit of background before I jump into the routine. My skin is on the dry side and isn’t sensitive or particularly prone to spots, though I can get a couple of the blighters when I’m a bit PMS-ridden. I tend to have a couple of make up free days every week as well, as I think it’s important to let your skin have a break from make up as often as possible.

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Lush Halloween/Christmas Haul and Reviews!

27th October 2014

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Hello everybody! I’m back after taking a little blog break. I decided to take a couple of weeks off of blogging so I could knuckle down and finish writing my novel, which I managed to do last Thursday. Hooray! Typing ‘THE END’ is such an exhilarating feeling and I’m so proud of myself for finally finishing it.

Anyway, I’m back and today I’m sharing a few snaps of some goodies I recently picked up from the Lush Halloween and Christmas ranges.

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Autumn/Winter Lipstick Picks (Part Two)

15th October 2014

Group 2 So here is part two of my autumn/winter lipstick picks series! Like last time, I’m sharing some perfect colours for the cooler months, ranging from deep pinks to burgundy berry tones. I’ve kept the rest of my make up super neutral so you can see how the colours work on their own. Hope you enjoy!

Too Faced Collage

First up is the Too Faced La Creme Lip Cream in Bumbleberry (£18 from Debenhams/Boots etc). I’ve mentioned this one a few times in the past and it’s still one of my favourites of all time. It’s such a gorgeous garnet colour that’s absolutely perfect for light skin tones. Sometimes shades that are too deep don’t work on me so this is a great way for me to wear an autumnal colour that works with pale skin.

These lip creams are my favourite formula and if you haven’t tried them I really, really recommend that you do. They’re hugely hydrating, stay in place for hours and give a lovely satin smooth finish. Continue reading

Autumn/Winter Lipstick Picks!

8th October 2014

 

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Now we’re into October and autumn’s well and truly upon us I wanted to share some of my autumn/winter lipstick choices with you all. I’ve got a whole load in my make up drawers so I’m going to split this into a few different posts.

Today I’m bringing you five of my picks, which range from £1 budget buys to £23 high end choices and everything in between. The colours featured are everything from pinks to blacks and hopefully there’s something for everyone. Enjoy!

Revlon Lollipop collage

First up we have the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop (£7.99 from Boots). It’s a deep pink that’s a great transitional colour to wear while the weather tries to make its mind up, like it is at the moment. Like all the Revlon Lip Butters, this is extremely hydrating and is great to combat dry lips.

MAC Plumful collage

Next we have one of my favourite ever autumnal shades, MAC’s Plumful (£15.50 from Debenhams etc etc). This one’s a Lustre finish so it has a slick finish that makes your lips look really well-moisturised – very important during the cool months when lips can get dehydrated.

Plumful is a plum-pink shade that’s a good one for anybody looking to try out berry tones without going full on burgundy. Plumful goes with everything and it’s always one I’ll reach for if I’m not sure what to use.

Make Up Revolution 100 Vamp

So…I wanted to show you some shades I love, plus a couple I really don’t think work on me. This is Makeup Revolution’s 100% Vamp (£1 from the Makeup Revolution site or Superdrug) and…yeah, I don’t think it’s doing it for me. It’s a cool colour and I think on darker skin tones it could look stunning but with my pale skin I’m not a fan. I think it looks a bit Halloween-y but I fancy blotting it and using a red on top to see if it’ll make more of a scarlet colour. We’ll see!

This has an interesting formula that’s almost a bit oily but not in an unpleasant way. It applies nicely but the colour comes out a little uneven, as you can see from the picture. That said, if you’re looking for something to make a real impact and have the confidence to rock a black lip – go for it! I’d love to find a way to make this one work for me so any suggestions, let me know.

Buxom collage My penultimate pick for this post (hello, alliteration) is Buxom’s Full Bodied Lipstick in Menace ($21 from Sephora but they don’t ship Buxom to the UK. Sad face). Unfortunately it’s come out a little bit red in the photo as it’s more burgundy in real life. It’s a gorgeous, creamy formula and also has a nice minty scent, which is quite a nice touch.

Hourglass collage   Last up is the Hourglass Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon (£23 from Space.NK). This applies a little lighter than it looks in the tube but it’s dark red liquid lipstick that has a gorgeous velvety finish. Once this dries it really stays in place and fades evenly to leave a red stain on the lips – handy if you don’t have time to keep touching it up.

So here are my first five choices – what do you think? My favourite is MAC’s Plumful but I’ve also made a big dent in the Revlon Lip Butter so those would be the top two to add to your wishlist, in my opinion. What are some of your favourite autumn lipstick colours?

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy

6th October 2014

Tarte Tipsy2    Is there a single blogger out there who hasn’t discovered the brilliance of Tarte blushers? Well, whether there is or not, these circular pots of pigmented joy have been adorning my cheeks for around a year now and I love them more and more with every application.

They apply evenly, are pigmented beyond belief and do live up to the claim of staying put for twelve hours. They may fall towards the pricier end of scale but they’re definitely worth it as you only need the tiniest of sweeps of a brush to pack your cheeks full of colour. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever hit pan on a single one of these, so they’re a great investment.

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