Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Mac haul

I feel like recently I have bought a hell of a lot more high end makeup and have been trying out quite a lot of new Mac products. Other than lipsticks and a couple of other bits I hadn't tried a lot so I have been delving a little deeper into the brand recently. I made an order a couple of weeks ago and today I thought I would show you what I picked up.
Shadescents in Candy Yum Yum. £35.00
This was something I smelt while I was aways in Iceland but it was something ridiculous like 10000 Krona and I have been meaning to pick it up ever since and I really am glad I did. If you aren't one for sweet smells this one definitely isn't for you but if you are then you need to check this out. It is sweet and fruity yet it has a grown up twist to it. I 100% love this one and at £35.00 for a 50ml bottle I really can't complain about the price either.
Fruity Juicy bronzer in Refined golden. £23.00
I believe this bronzer is in the permanent collection however I just had to get something from this collection as I adore the packaging. I've been recently testing out loads of bronzers as I feel like I constantly use the same two and I feel like this one has definitely made it into my regular rotation. It is quite a warm shade with a slight golden sheen in the similar vein of Nars Laguna.
Fleur De Force x Mac lipstick - £16.50
Since when did Mac lipsticks go up to £16.50! When I found out Fleur was creating a lipstick with Mac I knew I had to have it. She was actually the first youtuber I ever watched and when the shade was revealed I was even more excited. It is a really stunning everyday nude shade which is fairy orange/brown toned which I just think is perfect. I feel like this is such a classy nude and I have already got so much wear out of it.  

Bright Pink Lip and eye box. £29.00
I feel like they are having some fab offers recently and when I saw these kits for under £30 for three products I was interested. This particular kit contains Candy Yum yum lip liner which is a super bright blue toned pink, Breathing fire lipstick which is a matte more neutral toned bright pink and then the instacurl mascara. I have heard a lot about Mac mascaras and not a lot of it has been positive so I figured even if I hated it I still got the liner and lipstick for just slightly less. That being said I have actually been loving the mascara it's a super interesting concept as you can have the brush both curled and straight making it easy to use on both the top and bottom lashes. 
Fleur de force lipstick, Breathing fire, Candy Yum yum, Refined golden
So that's it for my Mac I hope you enjoyed this and don't forget to let me know in the comments what your favourite Mac products are! 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The king of the setting sprays

Urban Decay All nighter 30ml*
I have loved this since I started beginning to get into makeup and I am loving it even since the new packaging. With having dry skin I have always used this as a method of taking away any of the powderiness from my skin but also to ensure that my makeup is locked onto my face. I know so many people who reach for this product whether they have the oiliest of skin or the driest of skin. One of the main things I love about this spray other than the fact that it keeps my makeup on forever is that the spray is so incredibly fine. As it is so fine it means it causes the least disturbance to your makeup and avoids the forming of those little balls that appear when the spray isn't quite fine enough on a setting spray.
Another great thing about this product is that it can both be purchased in a 30ml travel size as pictured above and a larger bottle meaning that you don't have to invest fully until you've given it a try. Overall I love this product and would recommend it to anybody.
I'd love to know what your favourite setting spray's are? 

Friday, May 19, 2017

April Makeup

So  apologise for how late I am with this post but I thought I would still put one up as I feel like so many people love this kind of post. I have recently treated myself to a lot of new products which will be creeping up on posts over the next couple of months so for this months post there are quite a few new favourites.
First off I've been reaching for the Clarins True radiance foundation which is a seriously beautiful super glowy base. This is definitely one to avoid if you are oily or even combo however if you have dry skin this is the most stunning base as it just seems to avoid any dry patches and doesn't settle throughout the day. For concealer I've been using Mac pro longwear again as it is just a stunning high coverage but not too heavy that it falls into the very fine lines under my eyes. Then I have been setting my under eyes with the Bourjois Java rice powder which is slightly pink toned meaning it adds a beautiful slight highlight under the eyes.
For brows I've been trying to reach for something other than my Anastasia dip brow and Benefit Gimme brow so I've instead been using the Benefit Ka brow in number 5 which is a little too warm for m y liking so I have been toning it down with the Freedom Duo brow powder in ash brown. Then finally I have been setting them with the New look brow fibre gel which is something I discovered in my recent testing video on my channel.
For colour on the face  I have been obsessed with Nars Laguna bronzer, it is just the most beautiful warm toned bronzer. I have to be a little more careful with this than some of my other bronzers but now I am used to it I am literally obsessed. For blush I have been reaching for Urban Decay indecent constantly which is just the prettiest light peachy colour which works so nicely with any eye look. Finally for the face I have been loving the Laura Mercier highlighter in indiscretion which is a stunning gold highlight.
Eye wise as always I have been using my Urban Decay Original primer potion for a base. You will know if you are a regular reader or watch my channel that this is one of my all time favourites. Then for shadow I have been reaching for the Jeffree star Androgyny palette which probably is a little more autumn appropriate but I am just in love with some of the red and yellow tones. I've actually really got into liner this month and have been using the Bobbi Brown gel liner in Sepia almost everyday. I love how it isn't quite as in your face as  black but does a really beautiful job of widening the eyes. Mascara wise I have been using the Joan Collins Class act mascara which is basically my perfect mascara. It lengthens the lashes whilst keeping them nicely separated.
Finally on the lips I've been using Mac Subculture lip pencil which is a more orange toned nude and then Jeffree star celebrity skin which is a pretty pale lip shade but I just love the almost concealer lip look at the moment. Just to make sure everything's nice and set I've been using the NYX dewy setting spray which does a beautiful job of ensuring nothing gets too heavy. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The perfect glowy base for dry skin.

So it's been a while, I haven't had a lot of motivation recently however I'm just going to try and slide back into blogging slowly and see how I go on. Today I thought I would talk about my favourite base combination for when my skin is feeling super dry and looking quite dull.
Nars Pure radiant tinted moisturiser - I cannot actually believe how long it took me to try this. It is a really beautiful medium coverage base which is perfect for dry skin. It doesn't cling to any dry patches. It leaves the skin looking so beautifully radiant whilst not making it so glowy that the skin looks oily.
Mac Pro longwear concealer - I love this stuff for under the eyes as it's super high coverage but doesn't go gross and cakey. This shade is also a little lighter than the foundation meaning that it slightly highlights my under eyes.
Clarins Instant concealer - This is my favourite concealer for the rest of the face as it is so incredibly light yet super high coverage. It covers redness well and doesn't sit uncomfortably on blemishes overall I think if you are a one concealer kind of person you'd love this one.
Bourjois Java Rice powder - This is the most beautiful powder for if you need to set the under eyes to minimise creaseage but you don't want something that it going to suck all the moisture out of your skin. It has some really tiny reflecting particles in it meaning it also does a nice job of highlighting the area.
Urban Decay All nighter setting spray - I love this stuff, although my skin is in no way oily I do like to put that final setting layer on however powders are to heavy, which is why I love this product so much. Not only do I rely on this to really set down my makeup but it also removes any cakiness and helps to prevent my foundation from moving about so much. This is the perfect alternative to powder for anyone who can't wear it but also a fab product for an extra setting layer if you need it. 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Joan collins Class act Mascara

Joan Collins class act mascara*
I feel like Mascaras aren't something that I regularly mention on my blog however this one is too brilliant not to mention. I'm not a big fan of mascara which adds a tonne of volume I more prefer one which just lengthens and adds a little bit of volume. This has the perfect brush for this as it is more of a bristle brush rather than a plastic one. This does a really beautiful job of curling the lashes and keeping the curl. It's also a super jet black which is something I look for in a mascara as I like my lashes to be pretty dark and defined. I really love the packaging and think it has a really sleek and high end look. It reminds me a lot of the Charlotte tilbury packaging and I think it's beautiful.
If you're on the lookout for a new mascara I would highly recommend you give this one a go.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The easiest and glammest lashes

Oh these lashes are so incredibly beautiful, I'm not a frequent lash wearer and whenever they do wear them they always feel a bit odd. However after trying the Kiss Lash Couture faux mink lashes I don't think i'm ever going to want to try another lash brand. These look so beautiful and blend with the natural lashes really nicely due to the fact they are so fine and natural. Obviously the two styles I've been trying out aren't the most daytime appropriate however for events these are perfect.

I find lashes hard to apply usually as it isn't something I do often however these were an absolute breeze and I got them on first time. Due to how dramatic they are the band is a little thicker however I'm not sure I would ever wear a lash as dramatic about this without any liner. Something I do love about the band however is that it is very flexible meaning there is no awkward curling up end which will not stick to the lid.

Kiss Lash couture Faux mink in Gala and Midnight £7.99 each*

My favourite out of the two styles I've tried is Midnight they are a little thick and more winged at the inner corners whereas Gala are more straight. I'm currently on the 4th wear of the Midnight lashes and they are still going strong so I definitely would suggest giving these a go if you are willing to put in a little effort and look after the lashes.
I think if you are on the lookout for some beautiful quite intense lashes then these are definitely ones which you should check out. As usual they are the same good quality as all kiss lashes and are definitely worth the slightly higher price than you would pay for a standard pair of drugstore lashes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The best concealers for pale skin

Today I thought I would show you some of my favourite concealers for pale skin. I find that a lot of concealers aren't pale enough to highlight so today I thought I would share some of my favourites for my fellow Casper's.
Urban Decay Naked skin concealer - Fair neutral
This is the palest concealer I have ever used. I love this one for highlighting under the eye as it is the most beautiful creamy hydrating concealer. This is incredible for anyone who has dry skin but I've also heard so many amazing things about this from people who have oily skin too.
Rimmel Match perfection concealer - Ivory
This is a beautiful lightweight concealer which works really nicely on both blemishes and under the eyes. It's not the highest coverage however it's a really nice one for everyday use. The only issue I have is that I'm not a fan of the fact that it is a brush applicator.
Urban decay, Rimmel, Bourjois, Clarins, NYX.
Bourjois Radiance reveal concealer - Light
This is the most beautiful light under eye concealer. This is a really lovely pink toned pale shade which is perfect for my skin tone. I can't use this one on blemishes as it is incredibly radiant.
Clarins Instant concealer - Light
I think I have to say that this is my favourite concealer of all time. It feels beautifully lightweight but also offers an incredibly high coverage. This looks incredible both under the eyes and on any blemishes and leave the most lovely dewy finish on the skin.
NYX HD concealer - Porcelain
This is almost as pale as the Urban Decay one. This is a little thicker and can be a little clingy on really dry patches. However if my skin is just a little dry it is completely fine. It also works really nicely as a highlight under the eyes.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Everyday makeup post

Today I thought I would show you some of the products I have been reaching for in the past couple of months for a super neutral makeup look.

You will probably know if you are a regular reader that I absolutely love the Bare Minerals complexion rescue for everyday. It is a beautiful light really hydrating base which adds just enough coverage and leaves the skin with the most beautiful glowy finish. Then another ultimate favourite is the Clarins instant concealer which is just the best high coverage but light textured concealer. This base combo is exactly what I need for everyday as I want something which packs a punch coverage wise but feels incredibly comfortable and looks really glowy.

For the rest of the face I have been reaching for my Urban Decay beached bronzer to add a little colour as this is just the perfect bronzer in my opinion. Then for blush I have been loving Benefit Galifornia which is a stunning slightly corally pink with a very subtle gold sheen meaning it just makes the skin look beautifully healthy. Then for highlight I've been starting off with a little bit of Benefit Watts as a base and then I have been putting the Urban Decay Afterglow highlight in Sin which is a little bit paler and less golden than Watts up and I just love the combination.

Moving onto the eyes I've been a little obsessed with the Bobbi Brown gel liner in the shade Sepia Ink which is a gorgeous deep brown shade. I just think this is the perfect way to add a little more thickness to the lash line and sometimes I do end up with a little wing if I'm wanting something a little more polished. Then for mascara I've been reaching for the Gosh Rebel eyes mascara which I just absolutely love. It does a perfect job of really lengthening the lashes. Then for my brows I have as per usual been using the Anastasia dip brow which everyone and their dog loves. Then finally to finish off I've been using the Gerard cosmetics Hydra matte liquid lipstick in the shade everything nice which is a beautiful deep nude.

So that's it for today, I'd love to know what you reach for on an everyday basis. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

A NYX haul

I feel like it's been a while since I last did a big NYX haul so I thought I would share with you the bits and pieces I have picked up recently.

Starting with base products I picked up the dark circle concealer which is a peachy toned corrector. This is a really nice fair peach shade which doesn't show through my base makeup like so many do. I find that this does a really good job of cancelling out my dark circles leaving me looking nice and awake. Next up for my face I got the Matte bronzer, this was actually a birthday present and I am a really big fan of it. It's a fairly warm toned bronzer which does a beautiful job of warming up the face and even on my pale skin it doesn't lean to orange. The final face bit I picked up was the Dewy setting spray which I have heard so much about this. You don't get any extra lasting power from this however it does a beautiful job of taking down any cakiness or dryness on the skin.

Matte Bronzer, Dark circle concealer.

Moving onto the eyes I picked up two more of the vivid brights liners, the first one is the orange which is called vivid delight and the second one is vivid sapphire which is a cobalt blue. I then decided to pick up four of the hot singles shadows in the pan form. I also picked up the four pan palette to put them in. I love the shadows but I am really not a fan of the palette. I'm going to swap the shadows out into a Z palette I think as I just find it very un-travel friendly.

Shadows in Sin, Gumdrop, Bad seed and Wild Orchid, Liner in Delight and Sapphire.

Finally I picked up some bits for lips. I bought a couple of the Lip lingerie's first off I picked up bedtime flirt which is a beautiful pale pink nude shade and I also picked up exotic which is a terracotta nude. These are so beautiful, I've heard a lot about them drying people's lips out however I find these really comfortable on the lips. I also picked up the lip liner in Natural which is something which so many people talk about. It is a gorgeous light nude which works so beautifully with pretty much all lipsticks. Finally I picked up an Intense butter gloss in the shade Chocolate crepe. I love these intense glosses they are beautifully pigmented whilst still looking beautifully glossy. These are definitely my favourite for a glossy lip. This shade is a beautiful medium brown pink nude shade which is beautiful for everyday.

Chocolate Crepe, Nude, Bedtime flirt, Exotic.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The palette that no one will stop talking about

Move over Naked palettes as I think that there might be a palette which is more popular than you.
Oh damn this palette is everything I have ever dreamed of and more, once again I was behind on the hype however now I have it i'm with everyone else raving about it. So without further ado lets get on with my review. The shadows are incredible, so pigmented and creamy and blend like an absolute dream. Both the matte and the shimmery shades are equaly as stunning.

Tempera - This is the best all over the lid shade, it's a very slightly peachy shade which is just perfect for cancelling out any discolouration on the eyelids.

Golden Ochre - This is a good all over lid shade but also works as a really nice light crease shade. It's a warm orange brown which is one of my favourite shades in the palette it's just a perfect basic shade which is a fab addition to the palette.

Vermeer - A shimmery pink which makes the perfect lid shade for a halo eye. This is just one of those perfect throw on shades and pretty much any colour in the palette works beautifully in the crease of it.

Buon Fresco - This is a gorgeous pinky purple crease shade which also works beautifully as a transition shade for a pink smokey eye.

Antique Bronze - The second shimmery shade in the palette, this is a bronzey pink shade which looks fab as the lid colour for a bronze smokey eye.

Love Letter - This is 100% my favourite shade in the palette. It is an incredible deep matte pink and I'm pretty sure that it is the one I have used most so far.

Cyprus Limber - This is a deep brown with purple undertones. I don't dislike this shade however I do find that it isn't quite as easy to blend as some of the other shadows in the palette.

Raw Sienna - Another brilliant basic shade, this reminds me a lot of Makeup geek crème brule but it is definitely a little darker. This is another one which makes a really good crease shade.

Burnt Orange - This is similar to Raw sienna, it's a little darker and has more orange to it but they are definitely in the same family.

Primavera - This is the other light lid shade in the palette this one is more peached toned but has a similar depth of colour to Vermeer.

Red Ochre - This is the best shade for smoking out any look done with this palette and is always the colour I reach for if I want a liner shade. Unlike most burgundy's it has more of a red tone rather than the typical pinky purple tone.

Venetian Red - This is like Love Letter's deeper sister, it has that same bright pink tone to it however it's almost a little more neutral as it is closer to black.

Warm Taupe - This is the only super grey toned shadow in the palette. I do like the fact they added this one in here as it make the palette more versatile however I personally haven't touched it however I'm sure I will in time.

Realgar - The final shade in the palette is a gorgeous deep red shade. This has a brown tone but it doesn't overtake the red when blended out like so many shades like this are.

So that's it for today's post I hope you enjoyed it!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The Pinky nudes


As we move more into spring I've been reaching for pinky nude shades even more than I normally do. Today I though I would show you some of my favourites. So without further ado lets get on with it.
Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick in Patina £16 -
I am so glad I gave into the hype with this one. Out of all of them it is definitely the most purple toned. It's also quite dark compared to the rest of the shades. This is the one I will go for if I still want a pinky nude but I want something that's a little darker.
Clinique Lip pop in Blush pop £16 -
I love these lip pop lipsticks they are incredibly saturated in pigment but still have a really lovely sheeny finish. This is a pinky nude (as you definitely would guess that when it's in a post with this title) This is a really stunning warm pink shade which on my is a really beautiful my lips but better shade. I just love these and would 100% recommend you give them a go! Especially if you love Mac's amplified formula.
NYX Lip lingerie in Bedtime flirt £7 -
This is another perfect my lips but better shade for me, it's perhaps a little more brown than the Clinique one. I have heard that these are quite drying however I actually find them really comfortable. This is just one of those shades that I have worn so much since I picked it up.
Mac Satin lipstick in Brave £16.50 -
Since when did Mac lipsticks go up to £16.50. Despite the price rise I do still love them, I have been a bit obsessed with Brave in the past couple of weeks. It's a beautiful mauve, pink nude shade. I love the satin finish and just think this is a really easy way to wear something that isn't quite so nude.
The Body shop Matte lip liquid in Nairobi Camellia £6.00 -
These matte lip liquids are some of the most comfortable lipsticks I've tried. These are how I imagined the soft matte lip creams from NYX however I find them so much less drying. This shade is a fairly dark shade however it isn't quite as dark as Patina but it is definitely a lot warmer.
Patina, blush pop, Bedtime flirt, Brave, Nairobi camellia, It's a keeper, Crème Brule.
Rimmel The only one lipstick in It's a keeper £6.99 -
This is a really beautiful slightly purple nude pink. Again it's incredibly comfortable as are all of these lip products. I haven't tried any other shades from this line but I think this is really beautiful and may have to get some more shades.
NYX Butter lipgloss in Crème Brule £5.50 -
You will probably know if you are a regular reader that I absolutely love these glosses. They are my favourite everyday drugstore gloss and are so similar to the Clarins instant light lip perfectors. This shade is a really pretty baby pink which isn't too blue toned which is an issue I have with a lot of light pink shades. What I love about this is that it looks beautiful on it's own but it also looks beautiful over pretty much every nude ever.
So that's it for today, I would love to know what your favourite pinky nudes are!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

March Makeup

So it's time for another monthly makeup post. Again this month I haven't been wearing a load of eyeshadow as I just haven't had the time. However I have been wearing a lot of coloured liner as you can see from the picture above. So without further ado lets get on with it.
Clarins instant radiance foundation -
This foundation is glorious, it I literally the slightly more glamourous sister of the Urban Decay Naked foundation. It is a little more high coverage and definitely isn't as lightweight however it still sits beautifully on the skin. If you are a regular reader you will probably know what my main thing is with foundations and that is that they sit nicely on my dry skin and this one just looks so lovely.
Clarins Instant concealer -
If you are a regular over on my blog you will know how obsessed I am with this concealer. It is so comfortable on the face and offers a serious amount of coverage whilst not feeling heavy on the skin. The thing I love about this is that I can both wear this with or without foundation. I also love the shade of this as it is an incredible match for my skin.

Mac Blush powder in Harmony -
I haven't been reaching for bronzer this month and have instead been reaching for this to both add a little bit of contour and a little bit of bronze. This is fairly warm which is something I would normally wouldn't have touch however I am completely in love with it and wear it all the time.
Benefit Powder blush in Galifornia -
This blush is the perfect one for summer, it is a beautiful peachy pink with some very finely milled gold shimmer. This is the perfect natural blush with a slight sheen to give the face the most stunning healthy glow.
Urban Decay Afterglow highlighter in Fireball -
This is something I was a little cautious about as I wasn't sure whether it would be a little too dark on my however I really love it. It's a stunning peachy highlight shade which even on my pale skin doesn't look super dark.

Anastasia Dip brow pomade in Dark brown -
I'm back to absolutely obsessing over this product, it's just my all time favourite brow product. I love it for both a really carved out brow but also a really natural brow depending on how I use it. It's also incredibly long lasting and just a general gem to wear.
Joan Collins Class act mascara* -
This is something that I was recently sent and I am really enjoying it, it does a really nice job of lengthening the lashes and adds just enough volume for me as I much prefer a long lash look rather than a volumised look.

Petal, Blossom, Fire, Sapphire, Delight, Violet, Envy.
NYX Vivid brights liners -
Oh my these liners are literally my favourite thing at the moment they are such strongly pigmented shades, incredibly easy to use and wear really beautifully. I find these are a really lovely way to wear colour without wearing full on bright eyeshadow.
NYX Lip lingerie in Bedtime flirt -
I am so in love with this and cannot believe it took me so long to give it a go! These are a fairly moussey liquid lipstick. I have heard a lot about these being drying however I find them really comfortable and nice to wear. This shade is a really beautiful nude shade which is my perfect my lips but better shade.
Bedtime flirt, Galifornia, Harmony, Fireball.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Blog posts I loved - March

So I have actually managed to find some time to read blogs this month so this post may be a little longer than usual however I didn't think you guys would mind so without further ado lets get on with it.
The Step by Step Flatlay - The Makeup Directory

I wish there was a post like this when I first started my instagram, and even though I would say I'm okay at flatlaying I definitely picked up some tricks I am going to give a go.
The Lowdown on the latest lip releases - Ellis Tuesday

I love anything lip related as you probably all know so this post was right up my street. I love reading these quick summary reviews and they are written so well with just enough information.
Google Analytics for Bloggers the basics -  Beauty and the bird

I am horrible when it comes to any sort of analytics, it goes straight over my head so I loved this post as it told me all of the basic things I need to know. Since initially reading I have gone back to this post a couple more times and I really think it is beginning to get a little easier.
The Ultimate triple chocolate cookie - Lucyy Writes

I feel like a baking post always seems to slip into these roundup posts but I mean if you have a look at this recipe they look absolutely insane I am always going to shout about any recipe that involves three chocolates.
The A-Z of my favourite beauty products - Beautylymin

I really like the idea for this post and I'm actually currently working on putting together my own A-Z but am struggling with Q,X and Y. Answers on a postcard (or in the comments) please.
The Best liquid lipstick I've ever tried - Made from Beauty

The photography in this is absolutely flawless and it has made me want to try one of the Sephora lip stains even more than I did before.
The Five things you need to begin bullet journaling - Lorna Literally

If you follow me on instagram you will know I have just started bullet journaling so I am currently reading a lot of posts about it. I love how simple this one is set out and I am definitely thinking of making mine a little more straight forward after seeing this.
Unrealistic expectations - The Makeup artists choice

This post was just so true and I love to see Bloggers being unapologetically like screw beauty standards. I also think the various level of editing on the photos added beautifully to the point.
Revenge body, My story - The Crime of fashion

All I wanted to do while reading through this was scream hell yes girl you are killing it. It is so nice for a change to see people talking positively about there body image and it just makes me so happy.
The Problem with scientists on TV - Water painted dreams

Considering I'm off to do Forensic biology at uni next year I can relate to this on so many levels. So many people I meet can't get over the fact that I wear coloured makeup and funky liner and be into science and I think TV is the reason why. We science people can be fun too.
How to get free stuff for your blog - Colours and Carousels

I love a good click bait title and I loved the reasoning behind this post. So many people seem to think bloggers get things handed to them on a plate however we work hard and I love the fact we now feel confident enough to tell everyone we do.

Low Maintenance lip options - L Page beauty

I love a good liquid lip that requires a bit of maintenance but then I do also love a throw on and go lip. There are some beautiful formulas picked out here and as usual I love the photography.

Three things to do when you receive negative feedback - A Girl, Obsessed

Although I haven't had a lot of negative feedback in my time blogging I've had a little bit and it is incredibly hard to push past it and  love these three little steps and I think they are something that should be handed out to anyone who starts a blog.

How to create an effective content calendar - Microscope beauty

If you know me in real life you would know that I love a good organisation session, but something I've never been happy with is the way I organise my blog content. I am actually going to give the google calendar a go and I will update you all if I end up loving it.

Instagram, the hashtags you should and shouldn't be using - That's Peachy

Instagram is hard work at the moment and I think this would be a fab post for any newbies to the platform to read as it is difficult to know which hashtags to use and it is awfully tempting to use ones such as like for like and follow for follow.

Being on youtube....I've got opinions - The Clare necessities

Finally for todays massive post is a post from Clare about a short programme she watched about blogging. I 100% agree with all her opinions here and once again believe it's about time people realised that blogging and youtubing isn't as easy as it may seem.

So that's it for today I hope you enjoy all these fab posts!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The one sweep wonders


Now don't get me wrong I love a good intricate eye look as much as the next gal however sometimes I do just want something easy to throw on all over the lid and go so today I thought I would show you some of my favourite all over the lid shades which require minimal effort.
Shiseido Simmering cream eye colour in RS318 -
I actually first tried this out in a full face of first impressions on my channel and I wasn't really impressed as it seemed a little lack lustre however after breaking through the initial top layer it seems much more pigmented. This leaves a beautiful metallic pink shade on the lids which doesn't make the eyes look sore like some pinks can without other shadows.
Makeup Geek Foiled eyeshadow in In the spotlight -
You all know that I absolutely love the Makeup Geek shadows and this one is no exception. It has such an incredible metallic finish and the shade is a beautiful peachy colour which is right down my street. What I love about this is that it is one of those shadows which seems to fall darker in the crease (think Mac Woodwinked) and makes it look like you have more than one shadow on.
NYX Prismatic eyeshadow in Golden peach.  -
These are so similar in formula to the Makeup geek foiled shadows, they have that same really heavy metallic finish and almost creamy texture. This shade golden peach is like the dark slightly less gold version of in the spotlight. Again this one falls darker in the crease making you look like you've made a lot more effort than you have.
Shiseido, Makeup geek, NYX, L'Oreal, Colourpop.
L'Oreal L'ombre pure in Sable Lame -
This shade is just absolutely stunning it's a beautiful pale gold with lots of glitter in it and I absolutely love how it looks with some liner. Again this has a very creamy texture making it super easy to use. I personally prefer applying this one with my finger as I find that really helps make sure the pigment is at it's strongest.
Colourpop Super shock eyeshadow in Puppy love -
This is the first shadow I have tried from Colourpop and I do not like it when I use it alongside other shadows as it seems to really affect how they blend however on it's own it is a gorgeous duochrome shade. It reflects pink and peach and I feel like would be a really beautiful shade if you were new to makeup.
So that's it for today I'd love to know what your favourite throw on shades are?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Spring makeup shakeup.

These are one of my favourite posts to put together at this time of year as I love picking through my collection and picking out all the spring/summer colours. As usual I've picked out a few cheek, eye and lip products I think I'm going to get a lot of used out of in the next couple of months.

Starting of with base the highlighter I jut know I am going to use a ridiculous amount this month is the Urban Decay Afterglow highlighter in Fireball which is a beautiful peachy shade with a pink shift. I was a little concerned this would be to dark for me initially however I find that it actually looks just as beautiful on pale skin as it does on darker skin types. I would definitely recommend everyone checks this out as it is the perfect highlighter for the warmer seasons. I picked out three blushes, the first being the Clinique Cheek pop in the shade Berry pop which is a beautiful bright pink shade. I love these Clinique blushes they are just such a lovely texture and I have to give them points for looking so beautiful in the pan.
Fireball, Poppy pop, Soft pink, Life's a peach
I picked out another pink shade but this time it's a little more muted, Max Factor Cream blush in Soft pink is a really pretty everyday one if you like a super subtle blush. What I love about these is that they just seem to sink into the skin and leave a really beautiful natural flush on the cheeks. I also would have to say that these are definitely the best Drugstore cream blushes I have tried in terms of lasting power. The final blush is one from Sleek in the shade Life's a peach. This looks super scary in the pan however on the cheeks it's fairly subtle. What I like about this is that it isn't overly pigmented meaning if I want a really light dusting of peach I can have it and if I want an incredibly heavy dusting of peach I can have it.

Wild Orchid, Sin, Gumdrop, Bad seed, 36, Hot orange, Stila perfect me palette
Moving onto eyes I had to include this gorgeous little quad I picked up from NYX with my birthday money. This is from the NYX custom palette system and I have the Hot singes shadows in Sin, Gumdrop, Bad seed and Wild orchid. All of the shadows are beautifully pigmented, incredibly easy to work with and so easily blendable. I really love a pink eyeshadow look and I feel like these pinks are a little more summery than something like the Anastasia Modern renaissance palette. I then had to include the Kiko eyeshadow stick in number 36 which is the most gorgeous purple/pink with lots of gold shimmer in it. I love these Kiko sticks as they last such an incredible amount of time and work well for both a stand alone colour and as a base for powder shadows.
I had to mention the NYX primal colours shadow in the shade Hot orange as it is such an incredible crease/transition shade for when I am feeling brave. This is such an insanely pigmented beautiful shadow and I really need to check out more from this range. The final product I have for eyes is the Stila Perfect me Perfect hue palette. I recently reviewed this and I just really love it. It's a perfect everyday palette which looks so beautiful. As well as five shadows it also contains two blushes which just makes it so perfect for the spring time as well as for travel. These palettes also come in a couple of colour ways to suit different skin tones which I love. 

Plushest punch, Crème brule, 110, Not guilty.
Finally we have the lip products. I wanted to mention the Clinique Chubby stick intense in Plushest punch as it is one of my favourite shades to wear at this time of year. It's still deep enough so that it isn't a bright pink however it isn't so dark that it looks more like a berry shade. I also really love how comfortable it is on the lips. I am sure no one is surprised to see a NYX Butter gloss in here. This is the shade Crème Brule which is slightly paler than the other one I always go on about which is Tiramisu. This one looks incredible alone but I also love wearing it over the top of a nude lipstick to amp up the gloss.
Rimmel 110 is something I pull out every spring this is an absolutely stunning orangey reddy corally bullet. I feel like for me this is the perfect summer colour. I love Rimmel's matte formula as I find it incredibly comfortable but still nice and longwearing. The final thing today is another one from Rimmel. I have fallen in love with the Provacalips lip lacquers over the past couple of months as they are some of the best staying lipsticks I have ever tried. The shade not guilty is a really pretty mauvey pink and makes an incredible transitional shade from all the dark berries of the winter months to the bright shades for spring and summer.
So that's it for today I really hope you enjoyed my little spring edit. Let me know what your favourite spring beauty products are in the comments! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Review - Stila Perfect me Perfect Hue palette

I won this palette in a giveaway before Christmas and have been meaning to review it ever since as I think it is the best palette for travel. It contains some really beautiful neutral shades making it a really lovely one to throw in an overnight makeup bag.
The palette contains two blush shades and five eyeshadows which are all really beautiful everyday colours. The two blushes are Romantic which is a pale slightly lavender toned pink and Playful which is a very slightly coral toned pink shade which is a lot darker than the other shade. What I like to do with these shades is to put the lighter blush all over the cheek with a little of the darker shade on the apples. These blushes blend really beautifully into the skin.
Alluring, Breath-taking, Dynamic, Passionate, Glamourous.
The eyeshadows are also really beautiful, blend together nicely and last really well over my usual Urban decay primer potion. Alluring is a pinky toned base shade which is a really lovely transition if you aren't into anything deeper to blend out your shadow. Breathtaking is my least favourite out of the five shades, it's quite a stark pink toned white shade which for me isn't quite a highlight but is far too stark as an all over lid shade.

Romantic, Playful
Dynamic is a mid tone mauve purple shade which makes a really lovely really light crease shade. This one blends so beautifully and if you want a darker transition shade this is the one to go for. Passionate is a gorgeous lid shade which is a pinky toned shimmer. It is the only shimmer in the palette and it has the most beautiful really metallic finish. I also love this one all over the lid with nothing else. The final shade is Glamourous which is a really deep quite warm brown. I didn't expect this to be as warm as the rest are quite cool/mauve toned however this is really beautiful and for someone like me who loves a good war toned shadow this is perfect to add a little more warmth.  

So that's it for today guys, I hope you enjoyed this review and would love for you to let me know if you have given one of these palettes a go! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Products I've hit pan on

It isn't very often that I hit pan on anything so today I thought I would show you the products in my collection that I love enough to have hit pan on. Just a little warning if you don't want to see some heavily used makeup this post definitely isn't for you.
Benefit Hoola bronzer -
This one is a go to for me, I would have definitely have to put it up there with my all time favourite bronzers. I personally am not a fan of this for contouring however for all over bronzing this is the best. It's that perfect mix between a warm and a cool tone meaning it does do a little bit of sculpting whilst giving the face a beautiful bronzed look. I would definitely recommend that if you hate bronzer you give this one a go as I'm fairly certain it will convert you.
Maybelline Colour tattoo in On and on bronze -
Do you remember the days where everyone was super obsessed with this product. I was pretty much stuck to this like glue I probably wore it for a good year constantly and I do still really love the shade. It's a gorgeous slightly cool toned brown which is something I would never buy now but every now and then I do like to dig it out of my collection.
Mac Bare study paint pot -
This is just such a fab all over lid to add a slight shimmer to the lids. On a daily basis this is a really fab one to just throw onto the lid. Again I don't wear it as much as I used to however it is still one of my go to shades for the days when I wear a more minimal makeup look.
Anastasia Dip brow -
Oh good lord this stuff is good. I love a good brow and this is 100% one of my favourite brow products. It is such a beautiful product which gives some killer brows. I still wear this pretty much every day as I love the way that I can get both a natural and a really strong brow with this one.
Urban Decay Naked Basics 1 -
I used the shade faint in my brows everyday for a good year and a half. I really like the shade faint for both my brows and as a crease shade. I'm actually quite close to pan on Naked 2 as well which is anther fab shade. Again this palette is a perfect everyday palette. Again another one I reach for when I am going for a more natural look. The quality of these shadows are just amazing and I definitely think these are fab for people who are just getting into eyeshadow.

So that's it for today I hope you enjoyed this post, I'd love to know what products you have hit pan on. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Duty free and Feel unique haul

So I may have splurged a little bit but I mean discounted (and some not discounted) makeup is the best kind right? Anyway we have to look on the upside this little haul is going to help me going with reviews for a good few weeks. Today I just thought I would show you what I picked up from duty free on my way out to Iceland and also a couple of bits I picked up as well as do some teeny teaser reviews as you can expect to see most of this in the next month or so. So without further ado lets get into it.
Liz Earle Cleanse and polish starter kit -
Starting off with the only skincare item I picked up, this is something I tried a sample of loved and just never got round to picking it up. I really love it, it does a fabulous job of removing every last bit of makeup whilst not leaving the skin feel stripped.
Bare Minerals Complexion rescue -
It's not very often that I will repurchase a base but I really love this stuff. It is a stunning very lightweight base which is just perfect for chucking on everyday. It is incredibly hydrating so is the perfect one for anyone with dry skin.
NYX HD concealer -
Another repurchase, this is one of my favourite cheep and cheerful concealers. I really like this as it is a nice high coverage and has a more satin finish than most of the other concealers that I reach for regularly meaning it's the one I go for when I want to go for that really high coverage look. Although it does also look really nice on an everyday basis.
Urban Decay Afterglow highlighter in Fireball -
Oh my gosh this shade is absolutely stunning, it's a duochrome pink to peach and is just going to be so perfect for summer it is ridiculous. I was a little concerned that it would be too dark however I love the other shade which is Sin so I just decided to bite the bullet and pick it up and I'm so glad I did.

Nars Unfiltered 1 Blush palette -
This was my big purchase from feel unique and I am absolutely obsessed with it. I wanted some blush shades that were a little different in my collection and this palette seemed to be perfect for the job. I am currently especially loving the shade Exhibit A which is the red shade.
Clinique Beyond perfecting foundation -
Moving on to things I picked up in the airport, I had to give this foundation a go as I've heard so many good things about it. It is a really beautiful quite full coverage foundation without being heavy or cakey. I picked up shade 2 which is a little dark for me however as long as I bronze down the neck I can get it to work for me.
Mac Pro longwear concealer -
So many people love this stuff and I thought it was about time I gave it a go. First off I hate the bottle it's stupid and really not travel friendly but other than that I really love this product. It has some insane coverage however doesn't feel thick and cakey on the skin. It sits beautifully even underneath the skies and in general is a good all rounder.
Mac Blush in Harmony -
I've been on the look out for a new contour product for so long now and I've heard good stuff about this one for pale skin so I thought I might as well give it a go. It is a really natural shade as it has a little more warmth than your average contour powder meaning it can double as a bronzer contour type product.
Mac Lipsticks in Twig, Brave, Matte royal, Viva glam V and Modesty -
So I went a little crazy with the Mac lipsticks but at that amount of money off you have to grab it while you can. I think that I am going to do a separate post on these as going into depth will make this post even longer so keep your eye out for that.

Bobbi Brown Gel liners in Black ink and Sepia ink -
I have needed a new gel liner forever but because it's not something I wear all the time I just never really got round to it. However when I saw this on the plane I decided to grab it as I've heard some really good things about these and so far I really like them. They're very easy to use a last really well.
Shiseido Cream eyeshadow -
This was something I picked up in Iceland when I was trying to spend my krona in the airport and I'm actually really glad I did as I feel it isn't something I would have tried otherwise. It's a really pretty pink shade which I think will be absolutely beautiful for as we transition into spring.  
Shiseido cream shadow.

Fireball, Harmony, Top 3 shades Nars palette

Nars Bottom three shades.

Viva Glam V, Modesty, Brave, Twig, Matte Royal.
So that's it for todays mammoth haul I hope you enjoyed this!