Monday, 26 October 2015

My Daily Skincare Routine | Skincare

It's always horrible waking up on a Monday morning, realising you have work (boo) and feeling even more tired than when you went to bed in the first place. So for me, one way I like to revive and make myself look less tired, is by a regular skincare routine. Now I know I probably don't have the BEST skincare routine out there, but this one works well for me and my skin.

When I've finally stumbled out of bed, I usually stare at myself in the reflection for a while, almost gobsmacked that I look this rough every morning. After drowning in self pity for a bit, I'll open my draw and grab my Johnson's Face Care Makeup Be Gone Refreshing Wipes and gently wipe around my eyes, getting off any excess makeup from the day before that I've rubbed off in the night. I always find that even though I take my makeup off before bed, I usually wake up with a slight panda eyes. I love this wipes; I've been using them for a good couple of years now, and I just feel they refresh my skin so nicely and make my skin feel so smooth afterwards.

Once I have finished with those, I'll then use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water by pouring a small amount of it onto a cotton bud. I will then gently wipe the cleansing water across my entire face, making sure that I don't miss a spot and wait for a couple of minutes to let it sink into my skin. One of the handy things about this is that you don't need to rinse it off and wash it away afterwards, as it dries into your skin in a matter of seconds, leaving your face feeling smooth and refreshed.

Afterwards, I move over to my dressing table, and reach for my two pots of creams. I have quite oily skin, so I always find it tricky to find a cream that properly compliments my skin. But I have been using both of these for a while now, and I feel they really do hydrate my skin nicely.
I use the Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream all over my face firstly, making sure I add just a little bit extra to the tip of my nose as that is a spot that always ends up the driest. I absolutely love this stuff, it works so well with my skin most importantly, but it also makes my skin feel so soft as I apply my makeup. I love it when a cream makes your foundation apply that little bit more smoother.
Finally, I will use my Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream by dabbing it around my eyes and onto my eyelids. This cream is slightly tinted as its main purpose is to cover dark circles under your eyes. I think it makes such a difference to the way my eyes look in the morning, they go from that tired half-asleep look, so wide awake and ready to start the day look. It is a really soft texture, which makes it super easy to rub around your eyes without leaving any excess cream on your fingers or around your face.

So that is my every day skincare routine, what is your usual routine? Do you use any of the same products as me?

Johnson's Face Care Makeup Be Gone Refreshing Wipes - £3.19
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - £3.33
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream - £29.50
Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream - £25.50

Thursday, 22 October 2015

All Things Beauty | Haul

My 21st birthday was on the 29th September, so for a treat my mum and I went up to London for a day and 1 night, and I had a major splurge clothes and beauty wise. As I've gotten older, I feel like I've grown and grown into being a make-up addict (I can't stop buying!) and I just love watching all those beauty tutorials videos on YouTube.
I didn't purchase all of these myself, some were presents for my birthday, and others I purchased a little while after my birthday.

Yves Saint Laurent 'Le Teint Touche Éclat' Foundation - This was a complete new purchase, and something that I had been eyeing up for quite a while. I've always wanted to try some make-up from the YSL counter, but I've never really known what I wanted to try. So when my foundation was beginning to come to an end, I thought I'd have a little browse of their selection of foundations.
There were 4 different foundations types to choose from, all offering a range of different qualities each of them had, but I decided on the 'Le Teint Touche Éclat' foundation. This is very different from any other foundation I have used before; being a light-weight foundation, its purpose is to cover the dullness and imperfections in your skin, yet keeps the natural contours of your face and doesn't cover them.
I haven't been using this foundation very long, but so far so good! It glides on so smoothly, and matches perfectly with my skin tone. I got mine in BD 10 Beige Dore, but I found that there were two other shades that would've also suited my complexion, so I don't think there would ever be a struggle to find your own perfect match.
This retails at £31.50, which I think is a very reasonable price for a high-end brand foundation.

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish -
I absolutely adore this product, I have repurchased this twice already, and I am still loving it. I love the fact that it has the blend of a highlighted tone and soft bronzed tone running through it, so if you aren't so confident in the contour and highlight side of things, this is a perfect balance of the two for you.
I purchased mine in the shade 'Soft and Gentle', which I have heard is one of their most popular versions of it (and I can see why!). It blends into your skin easily, and the highlight gives that beautiful soft shine across your cheeks that just looks stunning when the light hits it. I got this one for £24.00 in the MAC in Selfridges.

MAC Eyelashes - I haven't actually used either of these lashes yet, since they were only purchased recently, but if my previous MAC eyelashes are anything to go by then I know I will love them.
I got a number 4 for a more natural, everyday lash look, and the 48 lashes for a more dramatic eye.
One thing I do really like about MAC lashes is that they last for such a long time before you need to repurchase them; sometimes cheaper lashes can begin to separate or the glue can make the lash line go a bit weird looking quickly, whereas I can find my MAC lashes seem to last much longer and keep in better condition.
Both of these lashes retail at £10.50 on the MAC website.

Urban Decay Naked Smokey Eye Palette - This palette was something I had literally been lusting over since I fist laid eyes on it, and when I received it as a present for my birthday, I had to stop myself from dribbling over it. Urban Decay always deliver on their eyeshadow palettes, so I knew that I wasn't going to be disappointed with the colours in this one either.
I usually find myself wearing a more smokey eye on an everyday basis, so this palette is perfect for anyone who feels the same way. One thing I loved about it was that the colours were all very diverse, and easy to apply and blend. Sometimes I find that I only use about 2 or 3 colours in the palette, and never touch the rest, but in this palette the colours blend so well with each other that I find myself wearing a different combination everyday.

The brush inside is also very useful; with a shadow brush one end and the smudge one the other, it makes it a lot easier for you to get your desired look. This retails at £38.00, like the other Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz -
I have been using this product for over a year now, and I still adore it. It glides on easily, and is super duper simple for beginners to use, and find there own style with. I recently dyed by hair a lot lighter, so I purchased this in the shade 'Soft brown', but due to my natural eyebrow hairs being slightly darker, I feel that I might have purchased the wrong shade. But using my dip brow over the top, gives it that nicer colour that suits my natural eyebrows a lot better. I purchased this for £15.50 on the Cult Beauty website.
I have already done a review on this product here if you want to check it out and see what I REALLY thought of it.

Urban Decay Naked 'On the Run' - I got this as a present for my birthday by one of the close friends, and it was something that I had been eyeing up for quite a while every time I walked past the Urban Decay counter in my local Debenhams. It always seemed like such a cool idea to me; it has a blush and bronze section, 5 eyeshadow's, a mini version of the Urban Decay Perversion mascara, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil and a Urban Decay Ultra Moisturising Gloss in the shade 'Sesso.'
I love the idea that you have your entire make-up bag, in the little compact that you can just carry around in your bag, and use when you either on a long journey somewhere or just want to top up on something quickly. It also works as a little tester for the mascara, something I was very eager to try out, so I liked the idea of being able to try it before committing and buying a full priced one.
This one retails at £37.00.


Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Bronze and Glow' - When I was browsing around in Selfridges, I almost felt myself pull towards the Charlotte Tilbury counter almost immediately. I have never purchased anything from here before, mainly due to the price range on the products, but even though this one was probably one of the more expensive ones, I still had to just grab it and buy it straight away.
I have watched so many beauty YouTuber's using this product in their videos and so many blog posts on this one, that in the end they all tempted me. And I am not disappointed in the slightest. I applies evenly, and it is very easy to build it up or just go for a more subtle contour look.
The sculpt side of the product isn't too dark like some bronzers can be, so it blends nicely into your skin giving you a natural look, along with the highlight that just glides on beautifully on top of it. I purchased this one for £49.00, which is quite pricey, but I think if you want to splurge on anything, splurge on this because I just adore it already and it is by far the best contour kit I have ever used.

Did you like anything here too? Or have you tried them out already for yourself?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Chanel Perfection Lumière Foundation | Review

I have never purchased make-up from Chanel before, not because I don't think everything looks so beautiful (which it does), but because of the not-so-beautiful price tag that goes with them. I decided to bite the bullet, and go over to the Chanel counter in my local Debenhams and just have little nose, take a few swatches and probably not buy a thing.
I'm not really one for using high-end foundations, I usually only buy high street foundations that are easily purchased in places like Boots or Superdrug, so I was slightly hesitant before I even went over to the counter. But I am SO glad I did. The Chanel Perfection Lumière, simply put, is the best foundation I have ever used ever. It is a long-wear foundation, which for me who usually works a 6+ hour day, is a necessity. 
Unlike other foundations who say they are long-wear and after a couple of hours you feel like you can literally see it disappearing from your face, the Chanel Perfection Lumière actually does what it says on the box. When I check myself in the mirror after a long day, I'm still continuously impressed that my make-up is still completely intact. No blemishes, no smudging, no patches, nothing, it is all still perfectly in place.

Not only does the foundation last all day, it also has SPF 10 within it. Now this isn't exactly needed when you live in the UK, since we have about 2 weeks worth of sun, but I still like to use foundations that are actually protecting your skin at the same time. It makes you feel like you aren't completely ruining your skin.
The foundation applies very nicely and smooth, which makes it easy to blend and buffer into your skin. I purchased mine in the shade '30 Beige' and it matches perfectly with my skin tone, so I don't find myself having to check to see if there's a line under my chin and along my jaw line.

Overall I literally cannot fault this foundation in the slightest, and I have repurchased it twice since, so it has definitely become my favourite.
It does have a slightly expensive retail price of £36.00, but I think it is completely worth it. It applies easily and you can blend it as much as you want, adding more or just leaving it with a soft look, it's completely up to you.
I got mine
here from the Debenhams website.

What do you think about the foundation? Do you have a favourite one too that you'd love to share?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Recent Purchases | Fashion, Beauty 'and everything in between' Haul

Work has been super-duper busy this last month, so regretfully I haven't had the time to blog or think up any exciting ideas *insert cry face.* BUT I feel like I need to get my butt in gear and start actually putting in some time into my lil blog here, so I promise I will be posting more regularly from now on.
I just want to quickly add in that I didn't purchase all of these products at once, these are items that I have purchased over the last month that I thought I would just put all together in one longer post.

(From left to right: Myth, Russian Red & Crème D'Nude)
I am a HUGE Mac lipstick fan (really who isn't?) and for a while now I have been in search of nice subtle colour to just wear when I'm wearing a more dramatic eye day, but don't necessarily want to wear nothing or another vibrant colour on the lips. Myth, from what I have heard, is one of Mac's most popular lip colours butttttt I can't honestly see the hype. Now I know this is all on my part, but I did a swatch exactly like the one above on my hand in their store, loved it so much, took it home and applied it on my lips and then nothing. I really really really wanted to love this like everyone else, but I'm just not feeling it. It kind of made the rest of my makeup look paler all of a sudden and I just felt I looked a bit...tired looking. I've seen tonnes of girls wearing this exact colour and it looks amazing on them, but I just feel it doesn't suit my complexion that well, which sucks so bad. So next time I know to actually stand in a different light and look at the swatch because it definitely looks completely different when applied to your actual lips.
Russian Red is a very vibrant and 'out there' colour, which also gives my lips a nice soft and sheen look to them, which I was in absolute need of so badly! I previously purchased a red lipstick from Mac a while ago ('Dangerous' I believe) and found that it made my lips feel quite dry after a while, so I was in search of one to basically replace it. I first saw this one online and then searched for it in their store, and I think it was love at first sight. It's very bright, so if you aren't brave, I wouldn't recommend this one to you as you will be catching a lot of attention with those lips! In my opinion I think every girl needs a red lippy in their lives, so I would recommend trying this one out for yourself!
Lastly is Crème D'Nude; much like Myth, this one is a very subtle colour but out of the two I prefer this one. It is somewhat lighter than Myth, but I feel it has this more orange tone within it, that I just thought suited my complexion straight away. As it's a crème sheen finish, it's extremely soft when applied which I love as it gives a nice soft look to your lips and just feel better when you're applying it. This one also looks gorgeous when you apply a clear gloss over the top, which I have been doing recently. I think it makes the hidden tones come out more and just gives a lovely finish to the lippy itself.
(All of these lipsticks are £15.50 in MAC)
(From left to right: Redd & Etcetera lip pencils)
Both of these were presents for my birthday, so I was so excited to see how they would match up with my lipsticks once I saw them.
I think you can probably already guess that 'Redd' was purchased to match with my lipstick 'Russian Red' and they do indeed match perfectly. I've worn this combo I few times already and just love them both together. Bold colours can be a pain to apply sometimes, and can smudge outwards once applied, so I was hugely thankful when I saw this lip pencil because it was my saviour from that fate! This pencil is slightly lighter than my lipstick, but don't mind since they work so well together anyway. I'm pretty much a newbie to lip pencils so I'm not the best person at explaining the difference they make to your lips but its so strange the difference they do actually make! Like I said, bold colours can be a pain, but applying this with my lipstick really gives my lips a nice shape and makes the edges a lot neater and less smudgy-looking (bonus!).
'Etcetera' I think has become one of my favourite lip pencils at the moment (even though I only have a few haha). Its a nice brown/beige colour which literally goes with so many of my lipsticks, since I have mostly warm tones, so as soon as I saw it I knew it was going to be a keeper. It's a pro longwear lip pencil but in all honesty I feel like they all last a long time anyway, so I didn't see any major difference between this and a normal one, but that didn't really bother me. It is softer to apply as it isn't a proper pencil, it has a soft end instead, so I did prefer that because sometimes it can feel like the pencil is almost scratching your lips when you apply it.
('Redd' is £12.50 and 'Etcetera' is £15.00 in MAC)
I think we have all heard the rumours, all seen the posters, seen the TV adds about this one and finally I gave in to them and purchased it. The Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara is a fairly costly mascara (selling for £19.50) but in my honest opinion I think it's worth it. Now this mascara does advertise the fact that it will give you unbelievably long, luscious and 'real' eyelashes that everyone will just go crazy over. I don't think this mascara quite hits the hype that is has circling around it, but I was pleasantly impressed by it nonetheless.
I usually wouldn't go for the brush with such short bristles, since I think the bigger bristles just push my lashes more, but I couldn't be more wrong in this case. I noticed a difference immediately in comparison to my old mascara; they didn't look false or anything like that, but they did add volume and length to them.
I have also gotten a couple of compliments on my lashes, so they must be doing something right! It pushes your lashes up easily and gives them this thickness and length, which mine usually don't really have, so I was very pleased.I got this product for slightly cheaper as I purchased it from Debenhams in mega week and with my work discount (30% off) so I think it was worth it, but I think I would've had a harder time parting with my money if I would've paid full price. However, I do think it is worth the extra bit of money you're spending, so I would go for it and try it yourself! After all, you are paying that bit more for a mascara which actually does what it says on the packet for once.

(From the top: Forever 21 dress, Zara kimono and Topshop boots)
These were all purchased at the same time when I had my first ever visit to Westfield Stratford in London (it has to be the BIGGEST shopping centre I have ever been to my life!)

The dress was purchased from Forever 21, a shop in which I have a sort of love-hate relationship with. I don't know whether anyone feels the same way, but I always feel too 'old' to be shopping there sometimes. I just walk in and stuff that I would've worn when I was younger hits me, but hidden away deep in the store you can find some little goodies like this dress. The thing that drew my to it straight away was the mesh/lace bottom; I thought it added this whole new vibe to the dress and really gave it this boho kind of look which I'm liking at the moment. I got this for only £23.00 which I thought was a steal since I looked at one on the Topshop site which was £45.00 and was basically the same thing!
I teamed it with the kimono I purchased, but I think it would look nicer with a brighter kimono, so it adds a pop of colour to the overall look.
Its very comfortable and sits lovely, so I didn't need to worry about it being tighter on the stomach or anything which was a plus. I think even though the hotter weather is leaving us in the UK, I don't see why you still can find this little cute dresses and just layer them up in the winter with a pair of tights and boots to add to the grunge/boho-chic look.
I got the kimono from Zara and I just adore it already. Not only did it only cost me £16.00 as I exchanged it, it also looks amazing. It is normally £45.00, which is a bit pricey but I think is worth it if you want something that is a good material and looks good. These types of items literally go with anything you put them with, and with the colouring of this one, you can always add something a bit more vibrant underneath and not worry that the colours will clash.
I tried to show off the tassels on the sleeves and along the bottom as they are my favourite part of kimono itself. It really has this boho-chic feel about it, which I am loving, and yet can be worn with a more dressier outfit and look smart as an extra look.
I don't know if anyone else is loving this style of boot at the minute as much as me, but I was so excited when I finally saw these hanging in Topshop. I got these at £45.00 but to be honest with how much I will wear these through the winter, I think they're totally worth it. I like the fact that they don't have a heel (well a teenie tiny one) which I like since you don't always want to wear a heel, especially when you see snow outside.
They are super comfortable as well and so far they don't seem like they will give me any blisters (fingers crossed!).


I have been wanting this bad boy for SO long now, so when my lovely mother got it for me for my birthday, I think being excited doesn't even describe how I was feeling properly. The Bobbie Brown Makeup Manual is literally what it says on the cover; a makeup manual. It has everything from how to find and apply the perfect concealer for you to giving you the history of makeup itself. I'm still only a beginner when it comes to applying makeup properly, but I have a feeling this will give me the tips of the trade in no time. It gives you everything in a step-by-step way, so its easy enough to follow and try out at the same time.
I've already read a lot within it, but I can't wait to actually be able to do all of the things perfectly and to the same level as they're in the book (its getting me all excited thinking about it haha!)
I searched and saw this on Amazon for only £17.00, so its a complete steal at the minute! For any person interested in makeup, or anyone who just wants to fine-tune their skills, this is definitely the book for you!
Anyone who knows me knows I am a massive 'The Fault in our Stars' fan, so after I finished reading that, I then began the hunt to find John Green's other books and read them all too.
Looking for Alaska -
'Miles Halter's whole life has been one big non-event, until he meets Alaska Young.
Gorgeous, clever and undoubtedly screwed up, Alaska draws Miles into her reckless world and irrevocably steals his heart. For Miles, nothing can ever be the same again.'
(synopsis from back of book)
I can't really tell you much about this story, since I haven't finished it yet nor even read it half-way, but so far I am really liking it. Usually, I don't know whether this is because I am a girl, I don't like reading from the perspective of a boy. I don't know why, but I just don't like it that much, but with this one I am enjoying it. Although I do find myself disliking the female character 'Alaska' instead, which is ironic, but I have a feeling I'll end up growing to her eventually.
An Abundance of Katherines -
'When it comes to relationships, everyone has a type. Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. He has dated–and been dumped by–19 Katherines. In the wake of The K-19 Debacle, Colin–an anagram-obsessed washed-up child prodigy–heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy- loving friend Hassan. With 10,000 dollars in his pocket and a feral hog on his trail, Colin is on a mission to prove a mathematical theorem he hopes will predict the future of any relationship (and conceivably win the girl).'
(I got this synopsis from here  as I haven't read this book yet, and it also has synopsises from all of John Green's other books, so check it out if you are a fan too!)
I hope you enjoyed the post, and even saw some little goodies for yourself too!
Thanks for reading,

Monday, 25 August 2014

MAC 'Half 'N Half' lipstick and 'Stripdown' Lip Pencil | Review

So I have been LOVING this duo recently; literally to the point of where I find myself wearing this on a daily basis. These two together have become an absolute staple of mine, I just adore adore adore them!

(I didn't take a picture of my lip pencil honestly because its so blunt you can barely see the colour anyway haha oops!)
MAC Half 'N Half is a really natural nude/brown colour which literally matches and go with practically any colour clothes wise you are wearing, and that's what I love about it. Sometimes you can be wearing a bright colour on your lips, put the outfit together and then just feel it doesn't look right at all, which always sucks so much. But I haven't had that issue with this shade because it is so natural looking, it just blends so well with everything. If you follow Kylie Jenner on Instagram or have just seen pictures of her recently, then you would know she has being rocking that natural lip colour at the moment, and I went out myself trying to find my own version of it a couple of months ago after just loving it for so long.
This has 100% became an ultimate staple of mine now, I already know the minute it runs out that I will go out and buy it again because it's just so handy to have in your collection. Obviously MAC isn't the cheapest of brands out there, and I'm sure you could find a much more reasonably priced alternative, but in my opinion I would go the extra mile and fork out for this one. I got this for the price of £15.50 but it applies so nicely, I think its definitely worth the extra. It's so soft when you apply it, so it doesn't make your lips feel like they're going to chap or anything, which can be such a pain with some other lipsticks I own. It stays on virtually all day without really needing to apply much or top it up again later in the day, which is very convenient when I am working all day and can't really go off and reapply my lippy.
Secondly, MAC 'Stripdown' Lip Pencil, I can't say enough good things about the beauty. I had never used a lip pencil before I got this one, in all honesty I never really saw the point in them nor thought they would make any actual visible difference, but boy was I wrong. As soon as I applied this with Half N' Half I saw a major visible difference. It really made my lips look much fuller than usual, which I just thought was amazing, especially since my top lip is slightly smaller than my bottom, so now I can line the top and it blends up perfectly now. Its super easy to apply, and even if you do go slightly off your natural lip line, it wipes away easily too so now need to worry about it smudging then having the issue of reapplying concealer to cover it.
This cost me £12.50, which is quite pricey, but I totally recommend this one. Again you could probably find a high-street alternative for half the price, as it is quite an easy colour to match and find elsewhere. It's a soft brown toned colour, and it blends perfectly with Half 'N Half in my opinion, so I would totally recommend both of these two together:)
Do any of you have any staple lipsticks and lip pencils as well in your collections? If so, LET ME IN ON THE SECRET!
Thanks for reading sweets,

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Summer Spending | Beauty Edition

Hello sweets!
If you live in the UK like me, then I hope you have been soaking up this b-e-a-utiful weather we have been having recently (unlike me working indoors 5 days a week *sad face*).
After work, I usually go straight back to the car, and head home happy to be off, but I decided to have a little mooch around Boots for some beauty bits. I ended up spending MUCH more than I had originally bargained for, but most of the stuff I purchased, is all for a new blog post that I have coming very very soon. It's a bit different to what I usually post, but I think that's what makes me excited about it:)
I've been shopping in Boots for god knows how long, and I've never really thought about opening a Boots Advantage Card before, until recently. I think the lady saw my face drop when I realised how much I had spent, and she told me that since I clearly spend a lot in here, that I should consider opening one of their Advantage Cards. I initially thought that it was some sort of credit card, but she reassured me stating that it is simply a points card. You hand it in every time you pay for something, and each time you'll be earning more and more points, which then you can use in the future to help lower the total in your next shop. You collect 4 points for every £1 that you spend, which if like me you shop in there a lot, your points will go up and up in no time.

It's super quick and easy to open one; you simply fill out a little form in store, detailing your name, address, postcode and date of birth and that's it. They then issue you then and there with a paper version of the Advantage Card that you can use until your proper card version arrives in the post.
I spent a total of £59.87, so I earned a total of 236 points in just that one shop. I just think its a must-have for people who regularly spend in Boots because who doesn't like to earn points while they shop, and then eventually use them to get more money off?
(All of these were purchased in Boots, other than the Anastasia Brow Wiz and Dip Brow Pomade)
Katy Perry - Feline Fierce Lashes £5.95 Link
Ardell - Natural Style Lashes £5.49 Link
Real Techniques - Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99 Link
Real Techniques - Expert Face Brush £9.99 Link
Maybelline New York - Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser £7.99 (But got this on the 3 for 2 deal, so got it for nothing) Link
Maybelline New York - Big Eyes Mascara (Black) £8.99  Link
Maybelline New York - Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner (Intense Black) £7.99 Link
Rimmel London - Match Perfection Foundation (200 Soft Beige) £6.99 Link
Bourjois Paris - Intense Extrait 10 Eyeshadow (Noir Fusain T10) £6.99 Link
Rimmel London - Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil (White) £2.99 (But I paid £1.49 for the multi-save deal) Link
Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Wiz (Brunette) £15.50 Link
Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dip Brow Pomade (Dark Brown) £15.00 Link
So these were my little beauty purchases recently, I hope you saw something that you might like to try out too!
Are you going to go and open an Advantage Card now as well? I think you should.....;)
Thanks for reading

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Monthly Favourites | July

Hello sweets!
It has literally been almost 2 MONTHS since I have posted anything on here, my apologies, but I have had no Wi-Fi for that long as I have recently moved house. Don't want to bore you all with the details, but basically the area I now live in, doesn't get the most brilliant Wi-Fi connection so it took BT 2 months to actually get us it. BUT finally, I am back, and I have missed blogging so much! I thought it would be just a nice way to swing things off again with a little monthly favourites post, where I have kinda combined the past couple of months, and rolled them into one.
Hope you enjoy!
So these are my three beauty favourites I have been using recently...

L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze (Express Pro Self-Tanning Dry Mist) -
My mum actually introduced this one to me a few weeks ago, since I kept commenting on how tanned she looked, and I couldn't be more happier with the results! I got this in the shade 'medium tan' as I didn't want to look too dark (and silly) or for it to just make zero difference. Its a gradual tan, so over time it will make you get more and more of a tan, which I prefer as its just more natural and more glow-like. Unlike when you buy an instant tan, it either turns you so you look like you've been tangoed or like most instant tans, washes off as soon as you take a shower. This one stays on and doesn't wash off after one wash too, which is brilliant!
It does comment saying that it doesn't have a smell, but of course like most spray tans, it does. It isn't the best smelling thing in the world, but the odour doesn't stick to you all day and soon goes away, so there's no need to worry.
Obviously with a gradual tan there isn't a massive difference that you can always notice, but I have had comments from other people saying that I look like I have a nice healthy glow now, which is brilliant. I can't quite remember how much I paid for it, but it won't be expensive as it isn't one of the high self tanning brands.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage -
So before I tried this, I had never used a prep + prime on my face (don't kill me!). I just never really thought I needed it or really saw the point in them in all honesty. But I decided to take the plunge and order this one from MAC. I know that you can probably get much cheaper ones from your local drug store, but I had heard good things about this one from friends, so I thought I'd just go for it!
This has now become an official makeup staple for me; every time I do my makeup I ALWAYS use this now. I saw the difference almost as soon as I applied it the first day; my foundation and concealer stayed on brilliantly all day, and I didn't see any parts where some had simply just came off during the course of the day. My skin feels so different now, its so soft and my makeup just applies so evenly now. You don't need to use much, so I can see this bottle lasting me for a quite a while. You literally just squeeze out a little onto your hand, and dab it onto the key places (nose, chin, above the lip, cheeks and forehead). It isn't the cheapest thing on the market, so if you can find a cheaper one go for it, but in my opinion its worth the extra. MAC are selling it for £21.00, so in my opinion, if you are in the market looking for a prep + prime, I would fork out and get this one!
Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush -
I had wanted to try out this bad boy for a little while now, since seeing people on YouTube (Zoella, Tanya Burr etc.) using this brush in their makeup tutorials. It always looked like it buffed in so nicely and always left an amazing finish. I ordered this online, after finally giving in, and I have just loved it ever since. The bristles are so soft and gentle on your face, it literally feels amazing, I just find myself sometimes brushing it over my face over and over again haha. I've used two different kinds of foundation since I have purchased this brush, and it has just made both of them look immaculate each time. It buffs into your skin really nicely, and gives such a nice finish. If like me, you have slightly oily skin, then sometimes foundation just looks so shiny after you've applied it, that you have to add quite a bit of powder after to set it. But with this brush it just buffs in so well, that I find myself barely adding any powder now.
I got this from their actual site, which is based in Germany, (click here for the link) but the delivery was so quick surprisingly! I also purchased the Zoeva 110 Face Shape brush, which I adore as well.
The Silk Finish brush was only £10.50, which I thought was a bargain, and its by far one of the best brushes I have used recently! A must-buy in my opinion.
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare -
I have been LOVING this book series the past few months; so when the final book (City of Heavenly Fire) came out recently I literally ran down to Waterstones to get it. I only have these two books in the series in actual paper back, as the others are all on my kindle, but my kindle hasn't been working properly so I had to buy them paper back instead (which I actually prefer).
If you haven't read the series or seen the movie, then this story follows Clary Fray, a seemingly average teenager, who finds out she actually comes from a line of Shadow Hunters in a world she never knew existed. Along with her friend, an non-shadow hunter, Simon Lewis, and new friends Jace Herondale, Isabelle Lightwood and Alec Lightwood, they fight off demons and other creatures.
I know that probably wasn't the best summary but I'm sure there are many other better versions online (haha!).
The books are just amazing and so addictive, I just find myself reading these for hours without even realising it. I know that the film didn't get good reviews, even though I really liked it, but the books really are so good. If you are looking for a new fantasy book to read, then I would highly recommend picking this up and giving it a go! I'm sure you won't be disappointed:)
The Fault in our Stars movie -
Now, as you may or may not know, I am a massive fan of the book, so I was so excited to see this film when I heard about it. Of course, book to film adaptions haven't always turned out brilliantly in the past, and since this is my favourite book, I was kinda worried to begin with. But I freakin' LOVED this film so much!
When I first saw the people playing Hazel and Augustus, I wasn't so keen, but after seeing the film they were just perfect as them. They embodied the characters so well in my opinion, and really made them come to life so well in the film. I surprisingly didn't cry as much as I did when I read the book, but the film did still bring a few tears to my eyes when I was watching it. I just thought it was amazing and so well acted by Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and everyone else. The scenes in particular that featured Hazel's parents really were heart-wrenching to watch, and were so beautifully acted, I just loved it.
All in all if you haven't seen this film yet, WHAT ARE YOU DOIN' WITH YOUR LIVES?! (only kidding!) but seriously get your butts down to the cinema and watch it asap, you won't regret it!
So these were my top favourites recently, I hope you guys enjoyed the post and I promise now that I finally have Wi-Fi you will be seeing more from me!:)
Thanks for reading!