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Friday, 25 March 2016

My Top Spring Lip Picks

Well helloooo. I hope you've all had a lovely Good Friday! It's the final day of #SpringWeek, and today I'm talking you through my top Spring lip products...

MAC Creme Cup - A pale pink - A classic pink that suits most skintones. It's pale, but not washy.

MAC Costa Chic - A bright coral pink - Bright and out there, but it really picks me up after a long winter. Great for sunny days.

MAC Saigon Summer - A bright orange - Admittedly a Summer favourite, I can't help but get this out on nice Spring days as it's just so pretty. I love an orange lip and this is by far my favourite. Great with a tan, this will definitely be coming on holiday with me in May.

Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive - A cool toned pink - A great everyday choice. It's matte but still creamy and feels almost cooling on the lips.

Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil in Minimalist - A frosty pink - Creamy and pigmented. Another great every day shade with added sheen.

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz - A soft coral peach - NYX Xtreme Lip Creams seem to be harder to get hold of than their Soft Matte Lip Creams for some reason. It's a creamy, well pigmented peach.

What are your favourite Spring lip products?

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

A Spring Wishlist

Gooood morning & welcome to day 4 of #SpringWeek. Today I'm showing you all the products I'm lusting over this Spring. Pastels and comfy clothes please! 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Spring Everyday Makeup Menu

It's #SpringWeek Day 3 - Today I'm talking you through my Spring everyday makeup. As ever, I'm opting for a dewy base with a light contour (some days), champagne eyes and fresh pink cheeks and lips...

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

A Spring Lush Haul

So Spring has officially sprung!! Yay! For Day 2 of #SpringWeek on this here blog, I thought I'd show you some products I picked up at Lush recently. I'd seen all of the wonderful new Easter & Mother's Day products at the event a few weeks ago so I'd been meaning to pop in and pick a few more bits up. I didn't only pick up the newest collections though, I just went for whatever caught my eye at the time. I usually go for Bubble Bars aplenty, but I still have a couple of bubble bars from previous hauls, so instead I picked up some bath bombs and a bath oil (something I've never tried)...

Monday, 21 March 2016

Spring Transition

Well hellooo there! Welcome to #SpringWeek! Given it was the first day of Spring yesterday, I thought I'd dedicate this week to the beautiful season with some exciting Spring themed posts - (how many times can I say Spring?). Obviously, the first post had to be dedicated to those transitional products. It's time to say goodbye to deep berries and purples. I'm thinking light pinks, corals, champagne shimmer and blushes aplenty...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Yankee Candle Jelly Bean | Easter 2016

Yankee Candles are most definitely my guilty pleasure. Although tbf I'm not actually guilty about it at all. Gotta love a nice smelling house! The hubby and I are borderline obsessed, so when I spied that the new Easter ones were being released I needed to get one. I actually wanted to get Bunny Cake as it looks so cute, but when I sniffed it in store I thought it was a bit too sickly and just fell in love with Jelly Bean, which was also a limited edition last Easter, but I never got chance to try it.

Jelly Bean is described as "a colourful, fun childhood treat you never outgrow … bursting with the scent of sugary sweet fruits". Well this just has my name written all over it, even though Jelly Beans are one of the very few sweets I hate! It's the texture ok! I love most other sweets and just love sweet, fruity smelling candles. I wasn't disappointed, I really love this candle. It's not too overpowering which is what I like in a candle, as I often find the really strong ones just make me all headachey. So if you're like me, you need to go and give this one a sniff before it's gone for another year.

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Monday, 14 March 2016

RapidBrow 8 Week Trial

If you're a 80's/90's kid, you'll know the struggle of having patchy, bare brows after the over-plucking sensation that happened in the early noughties. Whyyyy did we pluck our beautiful, natural brows to within an inch (millimetre*) of their lives? Anyway, I've been barely touching my brows in the past year in the hope that they grow, just going for regular tints and shapes from my fabulous HD Brows Technician Louise. After months of them simply not growing at all, I decided to try RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum

Now, it's £37 pretty much everywhere, and there was no way I was paying that for something that might not work. Then I spied it on Amazon for £17 (now £19) and decided to give it a go. 

It's basically a clear, unscented mascara that they recommend you comb through your brows (including the bare areas) morning and night. I did it every night and most mornings, missing the odd one. I started using it on the 1st January and went 8 weeks without touching them. I was planning on going until the tube finished, but I seriously couldn't go any longer with the absolute wild beasts.

THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS. You'll die when you see the results...

Can you believe that? How amazing? They honestly never grew before. They're thicker, longer, and they've grown at both ends too which is what I wanted most. Looking at that middle pic I cannot believe I went out in public with them. I just kept telling myself *it's a trial for the blog, keep going* - ha!

Louise was howling and couldn't believe how wild they had got in just a few short weeks and ran off to order her own tube. They're still not where I want them to be as I want to fill in the sparse areas underneath, but I'll be using RapidBrow until they're exactly how I want them. If you have brows that refuse to grow, I fully suggest you give this bad boy a go!!

RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum | link

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Sunday, 13 March 2016

DIY Ikea Vanity & Makeup Storage

One of my favourite posts to read (& vids to watch on YouTube) are makeup storage related. I just love having a nosey into how other people store their makeup. A few months ago we got a new bed (Ikea Brimnes King with storage headboard) and had a bit of a switch round, which meant I now had space for a dressing table in the corner, something I'd wanted for ages. Before this, I had my makeup stuffed into my other drawers and makeup bags and used to sit on the floor in front of a big mirror to get ready. Not good on the owld knees let me tell ya! Anyway, I'd been eyeing up the Ikea Alex 5 Drawers for a while, (cliché I know) and decided I wanted to incorporate them into a vanity. I'd seen a lot of ideas on Pinterest (example) which included having 2 sets of drawers either side with a large table top on top. I couldn't do that with the space I had, so I took to the Ikea website to see how I could do it.

Alex 5 Drawers | link
Linnmon Table Top | link
Adils Leg | link

The Ikea Alex drawers come with sticky round dots (technical term), specifically for table tops to stop them moving around, so all I needed were the drawers, a table top and 2 legs. 

The Linnmon Table Tops come in 4 different lengths, aswell as corner shapes etc, but I decided to go for the smallest (-100cm) one as the others were all too big, and to be fair it's the perfect size for a 
dressing table. I couldn't believe how cheap it was. I went for the cheapest, plainest legs at £2.25 each. I then picked up the Ingolf Stool (£20) to go with it and it fits underneath perfectly, I love it. The drawers seemed a bit tricky to put together, so I left that to Martin, and when he'd finished that I managed the rest (basically screwing two legs onto the tabletop, lol). 

TOTAL PRICE -  £80.40

What a bargain!!! Overall I'm so pleased with it, I feel so much more organised and have my makeup organised into different sections. I thought I'd show that aswell today, even though I'm not entirely happy with the compartments yet. Eventually I'd like to get some Muji storage or something similar, but for now I've tried to section things off with boxes. Yes it's messy but it'll get there eventually.

Makeup Storage

I'll start with what I keep on the top. On the left hand side I keep my Sali Hughes Pretty Honest book which, FYI I still haven't finished reading - must get onto that. On top of that I keep my No7 Illuminated Makeup Mirror, which I love. Next to that I keep a large Ikea Skurar Plant Pot which houses my large face brushes. I need to grab another one of these actually as it's jam packed. I then keep a smaller Ikea Skurar Candle Holder with all of my eye brushes, a few smaller face brushes & eyelash curlers etc. I then keep an Acrylic Lipstick Holder which holds 24 lipsticks. I keep meaning to order another one of these aswell (just so I have an excuse to fill one with MAC lippies - ha). I like to keep them upside down so I can easily see the shame names. Incase you're interested, my absolute favourite lipsticks are MAC's Syrup & Peach Blossom. Both so beautiful.

I then have a little Candlelit Names Tealight Holder with my name on, which I use to hold all of my eyeliners and brow pencils. Then next to that I have a glass tealight holder (from either B&M or Home Bargains) which holds my mascaras - again another tight squeeze. It's good this way though, as it makes me 'try' not to buy any more until I use up some that I already have. I also keep my Lush Lip Scrubs on the top aswell, as it reminds me to use them.

I then keep this Wooden Storage Box with 3 sections and a little drawer in the bottom. This holds some of my most used palettes, including my trusty Naked 1 Palette (isn't it just the best ever?). Inside the drawer I keep a collection of The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipsticks that I actually won in a Twitter competition. I really need to go through them at some point and see which ones I wanna keep. I then keep my lip liners, with my faves being the absolute bargainous £1 Essence Lip Liners. So I have every shade, so?

Now onto the drawers. Like I say, they're not how I want them to be organised, but they're as good as I could do it for now, without spending a fortune on fancy Muji storage.

Top Drawer - Foundations | Concealers | BB Creams | Spare Blending Sponges

2nd Drawer - Primers | Highlighters | Setting Spray | Powders | Blushers | Blush Palettes

3rd Drawer - Bronzers | Brow Palettes | Extra Eyeshadow Palettes | Single Eyeshadows/Sticks/Creams | Extra Mascaras | False Lashes | Spare Tools

4th Drawer - Lip Products

5th Drawer - Nail Polishes & Tools

Note: Nail Polish Acrylic Storage from POUNDLAND - need more, ha!

So there you go. sorry for the massively picture heavy post. Hope you all enjoyed it, and if you have any better drawer storage ideas then be sure to throw them my way! And if you have a similar post like this then please leave your link below!

Have a lovely Sunday...

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Friday, 11 March 2016

Spring 2016 Beauty Launches To Get Excited About

Ok so basically this is just one huge wishlist. Spring launches are always so exciting, but this year seems to have topped all of the others put together. Some of the items aren't released yet, so I'll link where you can buy them where I can. I need it all dammit...

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette | link
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette | link
Bourjois City Radiance Foundation | link
Benefit Dandelion Dew Liquid Blush | link
Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation | link
Benefit Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer | link
Rimmel Kate Moss Sculpting & Highlighting Kit | link
Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquids | link
Rosie for Autograph Makeup Range | link
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint | link
Kylie Jenner Lip Kits | link
Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set Vol.3 | link

What are you most excited about this Spring?

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

To Me, From Me | A Haul

Sometimes a girl's gotta treat herself yes? Well to be fair I had a decent amount of Boots points so this haul was pretty pain free on the owld purse strings! I've been saving my Boots points for a while now as I've been planning on treating myself to a high end foundation. 

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

It's gotta be one of the most tedious tasks going, yes? As much as we all hate it, it's just gotta be done (like shaving your legs in the summer tbh). Anyway, for a few years I've always used good old fashioned method of baby shampoo in the palms of my hands, but it's not great when I've got my whole brush collection to do - hello prune hands. I noticed recently that Real Techniques have released a Brush Cleansing Palette for £12.99, but I thought that seemed a bit steep for something that is only used for rubbing your grubby brushes into, so I searched for something else.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

February Favourites

Ok so I usually try and post monthly favourites on the last day of the month, but it's been manic this past week with Freddie's 1st birthday and whatnot. I just haven't had time to take any photos or get any blogging done, so here we are. Goodbye February, helloooo March. If you wanna see what I've been loving this month, keep on reading...
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