Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beauty ¦ Benefit brows

Getting enough internet to get this post up has been basically impossible so I also apologise for the lack of post on Sunday as I didn't schedule any (Never trust the holiday wifi) Today I thought I would share my thoughts on some of benefits new brow products. I actually ordered these when there was an offer on the website which offered 3 of the new brow products and a free gift which was the luv it up eyeshadow tin for under £60.
I am really happy with the shade of all three products I went for 5 which is the darkest cool toned shade and I works really well with my hair. Kabrow is just the tiniest bit warmer however this can easily be fixed by using a little Gimme brow over the top. I know a lot of people really love the new packaging however I have to say I'm not sure. In my opinion I think it's a little garish however I suppose that's what Benefit go for. That being said that is literally my only issue with these products and I can definitely get past it!
Precisely my brow pencil -
This one is the thinner of the two brow pencils in the new range, I've heard it compared to the Anastasia brow wiz on many occasions and I also find it to be very similar to the Smashbox Brow tech matte pencil. It has a very thin nib which makes it the perfect pencil to draw in individual brow hairs. What I like about it is that it isn't a very dry product but it also isn't super slippy. Once on the brows I find I can get a good 9 hours out of it before it begins to fade in the places where there are less hairs and it lasts a good 10 or 11 on the areas that have quite a lot of hair.
Brow pencil, Gimme brow, Kabrow
Gimme Brow -
This is actually my second tube of this and I'm not sure I've ever actually reviewed it. It is a tinted brow gel which contains fibres, I love this one as it is a great multi use product. I can use it as a setting gel when I use pencil through my brows but I can also use it alone when I'm doing quite minimal makeup. The shade of this is also really cool toned meaning that I can use it to cool down my brows when I use products that are a little too warm for my hair colour. This isn't the cheapest however I do really like it and would definitely recommend.
Kabrow! -
This one is taking a little getting used to, I thought it would be similar to the Anastasia dip brow however it is much more of a gel texture where as the Anastasia is a more cream formula. This is so highly pigmented and I have to use such a light hand with it. This is definitely one of those products that is best for someone who is a little more experienced as it can leave you with sharpie brows if you aren't careful. This does last really well and I find I can get a good 10 hours out of it before it begins to look a little rough around the edges.
Overall I'm really happy with these products and I will definitely be investing in more of the range. I've currently got my eye on the brow zings!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Beauty ¦ NYX liquid suede - Soft spoken

I've seen a lot of mixed reviews about these however I have to say I really like them. I did expect these to be a little more matte than they are however when I actually read the packaging they are described as a cream formula. On the lips they do feel quite liquid when first applied and they then dry down almost completely dry. The finish on the lips is a satin and once they have dried down they don't feel any stickier than a normal satin lipstick.
The shade I went for is Soft spoken which is quite a dark pink toned brown nude. I really love this shade as it has that real nineties feel to it. The colour is definitely a little more brown than it looks on the tube and I would definitely say these are products that do dry down darker than they go on so make sure to let the swatches dry before you pick a shade. One thing I love about these is that they are very low maintenance with them not drying matte they don't dry out the lip meaning you don't have to worry about them flaking off like some liquid lipsticks do however you still get that lasting power that you get with a matte lip.
I get around 6-7 hours out of this one with eating and drinking but I do find I get a little fading around the inner parts of my lips. Due to them layering really well however that is a problem that can be easily rectified. Overall I really like these and I think if you are a liquid lip lover but want something just a little less high maintenance this is definitely a good one to go for!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Life ¦ Getting back into planning

So it's been a while since I've really touched my planner and I have decided to get back into it in order to get my life back together. As back to college is fast approaching I thought I would try and get back into it before we go back. I've bee watching a lot of Bullet journaling videos so I've decided to mix it into my Filofax Clipbook. What I like about the clip book is it is very light. It's perfect for throwing in my school bag and also in my handbag if I need it.
I've been using it to help me plan out my content for blogging and youtubing but I've also been using it to plan my everyday life. So I've been really enjoying the whole bullet journaling side of things. Don't get me wrong I've in no way been doing it to the extent that some people do it however I have found it really helpful to keep me more organised and it also fulfils my passion for list writing (I realise how much of a loser this makes me sound hhaha)
The clipbook is fab as you can use it anytime as it is all dated by you. It also has a yearly calendar fold out and a monthly one which help me to see my month all planned out and organised. I also really like this one for tracking my shifts at work as it's so easy to track things in as you get so many sections to write in. I've been using the sections on the weekly planner pages one for work, one for personal and one which will be used for college work once I go back.
Overall I'm really enjoying getting back into planning! I'd love to know if you plan and if you do why?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Life ¦ New makeup storage

I finally gave in and bought the Ikea Alex drawers, I've been storing my makeup in my Malm dressing table for about a year now and it had just got to the point where it wasn't big enough. things from one section had ended up in completely the wrong place as there just wasn't enough room. I read quite a lot of posts about these drawers before purchasing them and I decided the best way to store things in them would be in the MUJI PP trays. These come in three sizes and fit really nicely into the Alex drawers. I've also managed to fit all my skincare, nail polishes and even some body care products in them so I'm pretty impressed with how much they hold. The only makeup items that aren't in the drawers are my lip products which are in my MUJI tower which is three of the two draw wide stacked up.

Most of the little bits and bobs on my dressing table and on top of the Alex are also from Ikea. I have my three little cactuses, two of the small Skurar pots which my lip liners and eye brushes, one of the large Skurar pots which holds my face brushes and then a little Skurar plate which I just keep my everyday jewellery, memory cards and anything else that doesn't really have it's own place. My mirror is also from Ikea but I can't for the life of me remember how much it was. Finally on my actual dressing table I have a Yankee candle wax tart burner, a little glass pot for cotton pads, my Paperchase weekly desk planner and my laptop as this gets used as both a desk and a dressing table. I also have my cute little bamboo and a list pad on the side next to my dressing table.

Moving on to in the actual drawers, as I said everything is stored in the PP baskets from MUJI. I have used mostly the size 2 which are the medium ones however I do have a few sizes 1's and 3's. In the top drawer I keep my bases concealers and primers. In the back box I also have CC creams and very light bases with my primers.
 Draw number two is my random drawer so it has brow stuff, powders, eye primers and under makeup skincare/ setting sprays.

In this one is all my blushes and bronzers as well as any contour products.

In this drawer we have liquid and powder highlights as well as mascaras and eye liner. I also keep my lashes and some tools like sharpeners and tweezers in one of the little MUJI pots in the back of this drawer.

In this one I keep all my single and duo shadows in the front basket and then the back one contains all of my smaller eyeshadow palettes.

Finally for makeup we have the palette drawer, this one contains a mix of both face and eye palettes.

The final three drawers contain my nail polishes, skincare and my everyday bits and bobs like deodorant, dry shampoo and body butter as well as my lush bath bombs.