Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Year To Come


It's the last post of the year so I thought I'd would have a little ramble about the past year and the year to come. I've got all my notes jotted down, I've got a box of Ferrero Rocher next to me and I'm watching Vivianna on Youtube...

2015 has been a really chilled out and happy year for me. While not a lot of notable things have happened, it’s still been a great year. A few highlights of this year have been finishing college (I use that work loosely as I actually choose to leave but we can talk about that another time), I met my boyfriend, Ashley, who has definitely made me a very happy bunny, I started up my blog again (yay!) and I also passed my driving test – FINALLY. It’s all little things but, sometimes it’s the small things that make you the happiest.

I don’t really follow the whole ‘New Year, New Me’ rubbish but, I do love the new year and having a sense of a fresh start. I do like to have a few generic New Years resolutions anyway…

Drink more water – I do this resolution ever year because you never drink too much water!
Embrace myself – I've always give myself a hard over my appearance and how others see me and I let it interrupt with my day to day life. I really it want to learn to love who I am and how I am in the coming year. Is that too cheesy?
Blog more - I love blogging, while all my mini hiatus' may say otherwise, I really do love it. I always want to better myself and my blog. In the New Year I really want to expand and improve my blog and do more lifestyle and dare I say fashion posts.
Be more organised -  I’m probably the least organised person I know but, I got a diary and and I've bought these lovely blog/weekly planners from Esty so lets hope I can get myself pulled together.

There are also a few things I want to do in 2016, some of those being to visit Brighton, learn to bake, start my Project Life scrapbook, try and become a vegetarian - if you have any tips on that would be appreciated! 

Well that all a bit of a ramble, wasn't it? I hope you've had a fantastic year and happy holidays! Do you have any New Year resolutions, if so what are they? 

 LUCY 
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

November Love List


If you are subscriber to Victoria's youtube channel In The Frow then you will have heard of the 'Love List'. In November I didn't have any new beauty faves but a few non-beauty faves so the idea of the Love List sounds like the perfect substitution for my monthly favourites! Let's get into the questions.
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Thursday, 26 November 2015

My Evening Skincare Routine



If there is one love more than makeup it's skincare. Nothing beats the feeling pampering your skin after a long day or finding a product that does wonders for your skin. My skin has been behaving considering the change in weather and I think it's down to my current routine.

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Drugstore Gems


As much as I love a good high end product but you can’t beat the feeling when you find a great drugstore product! My makeup collection is full of drugstore gems and I thought I’d make a little series on my favourites.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer -  Are you surprised? I adore this concealer, I’ve gone through tubes and tubes of this. It has a thick/creamy consistency that covers anything from blemishes to under eye circles. The lasting power is great, it only really fades if I touch my face throughout the day. Another bonus is that it matches my ghostly complexion!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks By Kate - I love eye shadow sticks, they perfect to use when I’m in a rush. The ones from Rimmel are some of my favourite from the drugstore. They are creamy, long lasting and have a huge section of colours. The shade in the photo is ‘Rose Gold’ from the Kate collection.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Leather - I love the normal colour tattoos, but I find myself using the Colour Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige almost every day. Just like the normal Colour Tattoos, they are really pigmented, creamy, long wearing and perfect to use in a rush. I love that its matte as well which makes it perfect to use as a base for other eyeshadows.

Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner - If you are looking for a great liquid eyeliner from the drugstore. I find it easy to use as it has a firm, felt tip nib. It’s jet black and stays jet black all day, it glides on smoothly and lasts all day. I think it’s my HG eyeliner.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Finally NYX is available in the UK! One of the first things I got was Soft Matte Lip Creams as I’ve heard so much hype over them. I was not disappointed, I got the shade ‘Antwarp’. Although it’s matte, it has a mousey texture and it glides on so smoothly. It doesn’t dry out my lips or highlight any dry patches and lasts a long time on my lips. I’d highly recommend you try these out if you haven’t already!

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner - Most lip liners I’ve tired are always impossible and too hard in texture to use. But the Rimmel lip liner has a nice creamy and soft texture making it so easy to apply and shape my lips to how I like them. I have the shade ‘Eastend Snob’ and it perfect to wear on its own or to pair with pinky tone lipsticks. 

What are your favourite products from the drugstore?

LUCY
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Sunday, 15 November 2015

One Heck Of A Blot Primer



Finding a good quality high street primer is near to impossible. When it comes to primers, high end brands just do it so much better. I can give a long list of hyped about primers that are high end but when it comes to high street primers, my mind goes blank.

Recently Soap & Glory added two new products to their ‘One Heck Of A Blot’ range, a foundation and a primer. I already adore the ‘One Heck Of A Blot powder so I thought I’d give the One Heck Of A Blot Primer a try as I’m always looking for good’n.

The primer claims to control shine for 12 hours, shrink your pores and give your skin a mattifying finish, even out skin tone, reduce redness and make your make up last longer. A lot of claims I know. Naturally as normal/dry skin gal, I wasn’t sure if it would be suitable for me.

With all this in my mind, I was pretty sceptical but when I applied it to my face I was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t have that silicone/greasy feel instead it felt smooth and silky. When I touched my face after applying, my skin still felt like skin which I loved and my skin didn’t look dry or too matte. I found my foundation blended amazingly on top and I did notice that the pores on my nose didn’t look as noticeable.

One of its main ingredients is glycerin which is known to make any product you put on top of it stick and I’ve definitely noticed my foundation lasting longer than usual. As for reducing redness and evening out skin tone, I’ve personally not seen any difference but I don’t really expect that from any of my primers unless it’s tinted.

Overall I think this is a fantastic primer and doesn’t compare to any of the other primers I’ve tried from the high street. It’s great for all skin types – even sensitive skin as it is fragrance free. Soap and Glory, you’ve done it again.

What's your favourite primer?

 LUCY 
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Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Perfect Nude Lipstick


Nude lipsticks has always been something I’ve stayed away from, mainly because I have the complexion of Snow White. I’m not kidding. I usually wear bold lipsticks or I don’t wear lipstick at all.

While in boots, I saw a new collection by Rimmel called the Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection. After having a swatch fest for longer than I’d like to admit, I eventually picked up the shade ‘45’.

Like the other Rimmel Lasting Finish lipsticks, it’s creamy, hydrating, pigmented and easy to apply. I found with this shade it’s quite sheer which I personally like. It has a creamy, slightly shiny finish but I like to matte with down with some powder; I find doing this also helps with the wear time. Although it’s a nude it has a beautiful rosy tone to it, which makes it more wearable and doesn’t give you concealer lips.

I’ve found myself just gravitating to this product as it’s so easy to throw on and it looks great with most looks I do. I’m definitely going to start looking for more nude lipsticks!

What’s your favourite nude lippie? 

LUCY 
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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Some Of My Favourite Blogs



As it is Sunday, I thought it would nice to have more a laid back, chatty post. I follow a lot of blogs and I thought I'd share some of my favourite bloggers and blogs! (Apologies for the random photo). 

Citron and Guavaberry – Vanessa is one of the first blogs I followed when I started blogging and I don’t regret it. Vanessa is one of those people I feel like I’d be good friends with because she is so funny, witty and just generally lovely. Aside from her great personality, the content and photography on her blog is amazing. I always get excited when I see a new post from her!

The Blushing Giraffe – Iqras blog is a recent discovery of mine. If you are beauty lover - like me - then Iqras blog is for you. She has so many in-depth reviews about so many great products; every time I see a post from her my wish list grows. She is generally so lovely and her blog is just so pleasant to read. Plus how cute is the giraffe illustration on her header?  

Hanhabelle – Although I’m not a lifestyle blogger myself, Hanhs blog is just one of my favourites. I find her posts so interesting, I love sitting down with my breakfast and catching up on all her posts. Every time I read a post I feel inspired to start doing more lifestyle posts and just be more positive. Hanh seems so genuine too which makes me love her and her blog even more!

Forever September – Where do I even begin with Lucy? Firstly, she is one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve ever spoken to. I wish when I was 17 I was as passionate about my blog as she is. I love everything about her blog, her content and photography are incredible! Her blog has beauty and lifestyle posts (her Sunday Chatters being some of my favourites). I can’t say enough lovely things about Lucy, if you aren’t following her I recommend that you do!

Yet Another Makeup Blog – I’m sort of in love with Yige and her blog. Her blog is so minimalist and clean – which I love. I adore her photography, it’s awe-worthy! I enjoy every posts that she puts up as I really enjoy her writing style. I also love how clever her blog titles are. Not to mention that she is absolutely gorgeous! My favourite post from her is the CTRL+R’.

These are some of my all time favourite blogs! I think it's nice to spread the love around the blogging community and I know I personally love posts like these to find new blogs!

What blogs are you loving right now?

LUCY 
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Thursday, 5 November 2015

The Lush Haul


It may be to your surprise that I’ve never tired anything from Lush *gasp* - apart from the Popcorn lip scrub which I got about two or three years ago. I've never been a fan of baths but I wanted to try some of their bath and body products because I've heard great things about the products and company. So here is the rundown of everything got.
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Sunday, 1 November 2015

October Favourites

It’s favourites time! October has been a roller coast of a month for me so I’m excited now that it’s November! Beauty wise I haven’t got a lot of favourites because I’ve been using a lot of the same products – thanks to my beauty ban. Anyway, here’s the round up!

In October I’ve been non stop wearing Essie Maximillian Strasse Her. It’s a beautiful cool toned green/grey that is really flattering on my skin tone! I've done a post on this shade already if you want to read more about it!

As it is getting colder and I’ve also been epilating – post soon – it’s been really important for me to moisturise. My favourite is the Aloe Body Butter from The Body Shop. It’s thick, soothing, hydrating and best of all it doesn’t have an overpowering scent like other TBS Butters.

I’ve been trying to step up my brow game – as they are horrible – and to help me step it up is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brown Wiz in Medium Brown. I usually stay away from pencils as they look too unnatural but, that’s not the case with this pencil. It’s natural looking, easy to use and the colour matches my brows perfectly. It also has a spoolie on the end which is always handy!

My go-to eyeshadow palette as of late is the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics palette. I love and wear all the shades in this palette. They are all cool toned shadows, five of them are matte and one of them has a slight sheen to it. It goes without saying that the quality is amazing. It’s perfect for travelling too which is a huge plus for me!

Lush has also been a favourite of mine – but I’ll get more into that in my next post!

What have you been loving in October? Also what did you do for Halloween?
LUCY 


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Thursday, 29 October 2015

A/W Hydration Essentials

It’s the time for year where your skin and hair needs a little loving. A/W makes my skin feel dried out and sore and leaves my hair lack lustre and brittle. As a dry skin gal myself, I’ve got my fair share of hydrating products so I thought I’d share some of my favourites for keeping dry skin at bay this A/W.
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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Essie Maximillian Strasse Her




As I've said in my previous nail post, I've just been getting back into wearing nail polish again and I've been rebuilding my small collection of polishes. One colour I realised I lacked in my collection is a green. Trust me a green is the last colour I'd think of but when I saw this colour in the Essie stand, I had to pick it up

Maximillian Strasse Her (worlds longest polish name?) is a gorgeous cool toned grey green shade but don't let that put you off this polish! Why I love this colour so much is because it has a subtle nod of blue in the mix just to make a more wearable and flattering!

As usual the formula is amazing. With two coats you can get the perfect amount of opaqueness and chipping is at a minimum which is a huge thumbs up from me! As always, I used my OPI Natural Base Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Have you tried out Essie Maximillian Strasse Her? What polishes do you recommend?

LUCY 
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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm in Fiery



The Revlon Matte Balms are some of my favourite lipsticks from the high street and while browsing the Revlon stand, I came across a shade of the Matte Balms I hadn’t seen before. I have a feeling that it might be a new shade, it’s called Fiery.

The burgundy coloured tube attracted me to it in the first place but when I swatched it on the back of my hand, I loved it even more. It’s more a deep cherry red – a little different then the packaging would suggest but it’s not far off a burgundy. It’s a perfect shade for A/W and I’ve been wearing pretty much every day!

As usual the formula is great. It glides onto the lips like a dream – smoothbalmycomfortable and not patchy. Just like all the other Matte Balms, it’s really pigmented so it makes it easy to just throw on and go. It also has the minty scent but once it’s applied you can’t notice it.

The wear time isn’t amazing because of how balmy and creamy it is, but I find that blotting it with a tissue or putting some translucent powder on top can help the increase the wear time.

Have you seen this shade before?  I haven't!

LUCY 
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Sunday, 18 October 2015

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil


Winter is rolling around quickly here in the UK so it’s time for me to brace my dry skin for the colder weather. I’ve decided to push aside my Clinque Take The Day Off balm and opt for something more hydrating. So, while doing a little online shopping on The Body Shop, I thought I would pick up ever so popular Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£11).

I’ve been using this oil for a few weeks now and I can officially say I’m obsessed with it. It removes all my makeup (especially waterproof make up. No need to use a separate product or go back in) effortlessly and efficiently - it has saved me quite a lot time when it comes to removing my makeup and cleansing.

I apply one or two pumps into my hand, then I massage it onto dry skin, using little circular motions to really dissolve the makeup and grime. I like to use a warm flannel to remove and buff away. I expected the oil to leave some sort of greasy film on my skin, but to my surprised it didn’t. Instead it left my skin feeling soft and squeaky clean.

Don’t be thrown off by the camomile scent because I find that it is barely noticeable when I’m massaging it into my skin. Also because of the camomile it’s a gem for those who suffer with sensitive skin.

The only thing that bugs about this product is that even if the lid is screwed on properly and even if the pump is locked a little bit of oil will always leak out. It is very picky and won’t matter if you don’t travel often but I do flit between my house and my boyfriend’s house, and nothing is worse than picking up something that is oily and slippery. 

I would definitely recommend this for those with normal/dry skin to add a easy and hydrating step in their routine. I will be repurchasing this when it runs out!

What cleansers do you like using in A/W?

LUCY 
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Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Beauty Ban

It was a struggle to think of the right title for this post because ‘The Beauty Ban’ sounds a little harsh and could mean a variety of things. But in this case it means I, Lucy, will not be buying beauty produts like a crazy lady. (Shout out to Iqra for the inspiration!)

Over the past few months I’ve become exactly what I hate, a spender *gasp*. I’m 100% a saver and I’m super stingy with my money but, over the past few months I’ve let myself go and just spend 80% of my money on all things beauty. I’m not complaining too much because my make-up collection is looking bomb right now but my bank balance is sobbing.

I get extremely anxious when I have no money. My brain just freaks out a little and over thinks everything that involves money. How are you going to pay the rent? How are you going buy food? How are you going pay for netflix? How are you going to live? Obviously I just have to wait till payday but in the moment it's not that simple.  When I checked my bank statement most of money came out at Boots, Feel Unique and Cult Beauty. So I’ve decided to ‘ban’ myself from buying so many beauty products.

To make it easier on myself I've decided that I'm allowed to buy two new products every month. Whether it be skincare, make up, tools or body care it can only be two things overall. I'm allowed to repurchase anything I already have. But the idea is that I use something up before buying something new or repurchasing it. I hope I haven't contradicted myself.

I'm going to try and stick to this. The only exceptions are Christmas (I'm not missing them beauty sales) and my birthday. As much as I do think it is nice to treat yo'self every once in a while, I do also think it's important to appreciate what you have and more importantly, use what you have. Expect a lot less hauls, and a lot more reviews, empties and favourites! Wish me luck on my way to becoming a responsible adult *sobs and throws away wishlist*. I'll keep you updated on twitter on how I cope. 


Have you ever had a spending ban? If yes, what was it on and how long did you last?

LUCY 
P.S. sorry for the rambley(is that a word?) post!
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Top 3 Mascaras




If you asked what my favourite make up product is, I'd most likely say mascara - concealer would a very close second. Mascara can make a whole look and just make you look more put together and awake. As I've said before, I've been blessed with naturally long lashes so most mascaras work for me but, I've found a few mascaras stand out from the rest and make my lashes look fluttery and defined.



Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
I briefly spoke about the Lash Sensational mascara in my September favourites so I won't go into too much detail on this one. Out of all my mascara picks, this one is definitely my most used and probably my favourite one out of the bunch. I think it's the brush that really makes this mascara better than rest. It has a curved, plastic comb brush which is perfect for grabbing every lash, separating them and lifting them up. This mascara lasts on me all day and holds a curl amazingly. Overall it leaves my lashes looking very natural and fluttery.

I adore Maybelline  mascaras (as you can see) so I couldn't just include one. I picked up the The Rocket after all the hype that buzzed around the blogging world a year or two ago. I wasn't disappointed! While it's not one I reach for everyday, I still love what this does for my lashes. I prefer the waterproof version compared to the non-waterproof version as I think it holds a curl better. The brush is a chubby plastic comb brush which is great for adding volume without clumping them all together. It also gives a good length. Side note: you will definitely need an eye make up remover to get this stuff off.  



Clinique High Impact Mascara (Waterproof)
I think I've spoken about this this mascara way back in 2013 and back then it was the best mascara I'd ever tried. I'm still loving just as much. Compared to the Maybelline mascaras this one has a bit more of a classic shaped bristle brush. This is my favourite all round mascara for length, volume and a natural look. It's really 'soft' on the lashes, what I mean by that is that doesn't make them all brittle and hard. It's very easy to remove and does require you to pull it off your lashes. You can build this mascara up but I find that it goes a little clumpy. The only other issue I have with this is that it dries out so quickly! Other than that I love the effect it gives my lashes and definitely worth a try if you are in the market for a high-end mascara.

They are my current favourite mascaras! What are you favourite mascaras? I'd love some recommendations.
LUCY 
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Friday, 9 October 2015

Essie Sand Tropez


I've been getting back into nail polishes after about half a year of not wearing it. As you can imagine leaving my collection tucked away for so long means a lot of my polishes were dried out and I had to throw them away. So for the past month I've been picking up a few new polishes and one of my favourites is Essie Sand Tropez.

Sand Tropez is a very interesting neutral shade, the only word I can describe it as is 'griege'. It's a little bit of nude, a little bit of beige and a little bit of taupe - like I said, interesting. What I love the most about this shade is that it just goes with almost anything I wear. It makes it perfect for work, going out or just a causal look.

As always the formula is great. The first layer is a little streaky but once you've applied your second coat it evens out with no problems. I use the OPI Natural Base Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (I highly rate both of those) and I find I can wear this colour for about three days straight before its start chipping.

Definitely a good shade to add to your collection for easy, polished nails! What are your go-to nail colours?
LUCY 
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Sunday, 4 October 2015

bareMinerals SPF15 Original Foundation Review




I've been going on a bit of a foundation buying and testing spree to find my perfect one and while browsing Feel Unique a few months ago, I had a look at the bareMineral foundations. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on mineral make up generally and I wanted to see what side I fell into. Before buying did my usual google of '(insert foundation name here) foundation shade swatches" before getting the bareMinerals SPF15 Original foundation in the shade in "Fair (C1)".

I was quite hesitant to try out this foundation at first because of three reasons: 1. I have dry skin 2. I'm clumsy and 3. The whole 'Swirl, Tap and Buff' method of applying. bareMinerals did give me some relief though when I discovered that it had a nifty 'Click & Go Sifter'. Which just helps keeping things tidy and make sure you only dispense as much as you want/need.

The coverage is very light - when I first applied I almost didn't thing it was doing anything - but once you get buffing it really evens out your skin nicely. If you aren't a fan of light coverage then you can definitely build this up to a medium coverage, it won't make your face look cakey in the slightest. I find that regardless of the what coverage I want, I still need to use a concealer on blemishes etc. It feels very lightweight like you aren't wearing anything and it glided over my dry patches like a dream. It looks very natural on the skin and gives a lovely glow to the skin - perfect for us drier skin girls/boys.

However, I do a have a few cons about this foundation. My first being that I still find it very messy to use even with the 'Click & Go Sifter'. When using the 'Swirl, Tap and Buff' method, I find that when I tap it the powder goes everywhere and whatever surface it lands on it's pretty hard to remove - especially clothes! Another con for some would be the more you apply the more glow you get and sometimes I find that it can be a bit much/you get glow in places where you don't want it.

Pros:

  • Good for drier skin types
  • Has an SPF of 15
  • Amazing shade range
  • Weightless feel
  • Natural/non cakey look
  • Doesn't clog pores
  • Blends effortlessly

Cons:

  • Messy
  • Light - medium coverage
  • Not good for travel

The foundation costs £26, but I usually find it on offer on Feel Unique. I've had this foundation for about two months now and I've just got over half way left. You only need a small amount - about a 5p/20p size amount. I like to use the bareMineral Handy Buki brush (£18) which is dense enough to pick up and buff it in effortlessly. I also love using the RT Buffing brush (£20.99 - part of collection) for a more airbrushed look and it's a great budget option. If you have oilier skin I'd recommend trying the matte version of this foundation or getting a tester size before buying a full size.
Overall, I like this foundation and I love it for a natural look or to put on top of BB creams but I'm still on the fence. So I'm not sure if I'd purchase again. Definitely one to try out!

Have you tried this foundation out? What do you think of mineral make up? Let me know!


LUCY 
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Thursday, 1 October 2015

September Favourites






September has come to an end. It has gone so quickly but I'm really excited now that it is October! September felt like a really good month for beauty for me, as I've tried a lot of new products but these are the ones I've been using and loving the most!

I'll start with my ultimate favourite this month which is the Reve de Miel lip balm from Nuxe. I don't even know what dry lips look like anymore since I've using this product - I'm serious. Dare I say it's holy grail status? Yeah I do. No other lip balm can compare to me! It's lovely and thick but not greasy or slippy feeling, it just leaves a nice matte look to the lips. I also love the packaging and the scent is gorgeous!

I've been really trying to keep my hands moisturised recently and the product that has been helping me achieve that is the Wild Rose Hand Cream (30ml) from The Body Shop. I'm not a huge fan of rose scents but this one is lovely and not too overpowering. The cream itself is really light and sinks in really quickly without any greasiness. It's still very hydrating though, it leaves my hands feeling supple!

The only nail polish I've been wearing in September is Tanya Burrs polish in Duvet Day. I adore the formula of these polishes, they dry really quickly, they aren't streaky and they are just very easy to apply. The main reason I love this is the colour, it's a pale grey-ish blue which I find really easy to wear. I have a picture on my Instagram if you would like to it on my on my nails! Also I love the new packaging.

A brush that I've been loving this month is the RT Contour brush. I picked up it in a haul I did recently. I was so late on the bandwagon on the RT Core Collection but I'm glad that I finally picked up because I love all the brushes in the collection but the contour brush has been my favourite. I don't really contour but I love using it for blush and highlighter. It applies and blends all my powder products beautifully and it's so soft. The kind of soft where you ask everyone to feel it just because you want everyone to know about it.

Mascaras are probably my favourite make up product ever. My current mascara love is the Lash Sensational from Maybelline. I've been blessed with long eyelashes so most mascaras look okay on me but this one just does something else to my lashes! I love the curved plastic brush as it's just lifts my lashes, lengthens them and separates them making look all fluttery and natural. I'll definitely be repurchasing this when I've finished it!

My last favourite is something I use everyday and it's needs a little shout out. It is the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Powder. I was always a Rimmel Stay Matte girl but last year I just put it on my skin and thought 'no'. I changed to the S&G powder and never looked back. This powder not cakey or powdery at all but still mattes down my skin and keeps my make up in place. I love it and would highly recommend if you are in the market for a new powder!

Also shout out the H&M Marble Plate. It makes me happy and makes everything on it look pretty.

Geez that was long. Thank you for reading! What have you been loving this month? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!
LUCY 
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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Current Brow Routine



Eyebrows, eyebrows, eyebrows. My arch nemesis. Doing my eyebrows is my least favourite part when doing my make up. Trying to make them even(ish), keeping them looking as natural as possible and finding the perfect colour to match my brows, it's just all a faff to me. Although I hate it, I still fill in my brows everyday because I kind of feel bald if I don't (does that make sense?). So on my search for perfect brows that are natural and easy here are the products and tools I like right now for faff-free brows.Before I attempt to even fill my brows in I like to use my trusty Brow & Lash Brush & Comb from the The Body Shop just to brush them into place. I've had this brush for about two years now and it's still going strong! None of the comb teeth have fallen off which is a huge bonus!The brush I use to fill in my brow is the Crown Brush SSO25 Syntho Brow Duo. This is my favourite eyebrow brush I've used and it's so inexpensive. It's really convenient too because it has a little spoolie on the end which I love for when I'm travelling.The product I use to fill in my brows is ABH Brow Powder Duo in Soft Brown. I've always used powder to fill in my brows and this is one is the best I've used. The colour is perfect for my brows, it's not too warm or dark. I like to use the lighter shade to just fill in any sparse areas and then I use the darker shade to shape my brow, I usually just do this in my arch.My final step in filling my brows is using a brow gel to keep them in place. Currently I'm using the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara in Dark Blonde. It's not my favourite brow gel  as it doesn't really hold my brows in place like I hoped. Although I love that it doesn't add any crispiness to my brows and adds a nice tint of colour. After all that I'll probably just brush through them again just to make sure they are exactly how I want them and they is no excess brow gel! 
And that is how I get semi-nice brows that I don't take too long and look natural! What brow products do you use? What brow gel do you recommend? Let me know!
LUCY 

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Autumn Eyes









Now that Autumn is here I wanted a little change from my usual bronze lids! I don't usually venture out of my comfort zone when it comes to eye shadows but I've found a combination that I'm obsessed with! This one is great for those with blue eyes!

While I was looking for a new eye shadows to stray away from my comfort zone, I stumbled across the Rimmel Kate Shadow Stick in the shade Rose Gold. Honestly, this isn't a true rose gold, I find it to be more a orangery copper. Still a gorgeous shade none the less and I have nothing like it in my collection! The formula is great, it glides on really smoothly, doesn't crease and lasts a long time.

The Rimmel shadow looked a little plain on it's own so I shopped my stash for something to blend into the outer corner to deepen it up and Mac Sable was my choice. Sable is one of my favourite Mac eye shadows as it is so versatile. It's describe as a gold-plum with a bronze pearl which surprising goes well with the Rimmel shadow. When blended into the outer corner it darkens the look, adds a bit of bronze, dies down the orangeness but still makes my blue eyes pop. All in all it leaves me with something new but I still feel comfortable wearing! 

These shades blend beautifully together and not something I would have put together looking at the swatches now! Saying that, these would both look great on there own too!  Click here if you want to see this look on my eyes. 

What are you go-to autumn eye look? What eye shadow combinations do you like? Let me know!
 LUCY
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