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LUSH GOODIES

2:59:00 pm


I'd like to start off by saying Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope you're all having a wonderful day filled with laughter and joy. I've spent the day so far with my family at home opening presents and playing board games. I got given some lovely presents from my family, friends and boyfriend this year which I am so grateful for. I got a few LUSH products which I am so excited about that I just had to feature them in a post. Who doesn't love a bit of LUSH?!


Golden Wonder Bath Bomb | I got this bath bomb last year for Christmas and I loved it so much that I asked for it again this year. I has a beautiful citrus scent to it which just lights up your entire bathroom. It includes a blend of sweet orange, lime and cognac oils which helps keep your skin silky smooth and soft.

Gold Fun | I've heard about the 'fun' products that they do at LUSH but I've never actually tried any of them so you could say I was pretty excited when I saw this one in my stocking. This is a limited edition version of 'Fun', it's a multipurpose shampoo, soap, bubble bath and moldable toy. It smells like honey due to the best selling honey-toffee fragerence. I am very excited to try this one.

Northern Lights Bath Bomb | Colourful bath bombs are my favourite as I find them so fascinating to watch before I get into the bath. This bath bomb is supposed to turn blue and neon green as it fizzles away in the bath. The bath bomb includes jasmine and ylang ylang oils to help with your skin and to also smell good.

Dashing Santa Bath Bomb | This santa bath bomb is too cute. It's supposed to realease a gorgeous Satsuma scented aroma made up of mandarin, bergamot and orange absolute. This bath bomb is also supposed to give your bath water a bit of Christmas sparkle with some snowflake luster.

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb | I have been going on and on about wanting this bath bomb for a very long time and I was extreamly happy and grateful when my boyfriend got it for me. It has a lovely lavender scent to it but it's not too overpowering which I like. It's filled with all these different coloured mini bath bombs around the sides and I'm so intrested and excited to see what this bath bomb is like.

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HERBAL ESSENCES NAKED VOLUME SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER REVIEW

6:57:00 pm


When I heard about Herbal Essences new Naked line which has 0% silicone, parabens and colorants, I just had to try it out. I'm always looking out for new shampoo and conditioners to try out for my hair, and I'm mainly on the look out for some what natural products. I believe this shampoo and conditioner comes in three different collections suitable for different hair types: Clearly Naked Volume collection for people with fine and dull hair that needs a bit of bounce, Clearly Naked Moisture collection for those people that need a bit of moisture in there hair to replenish and revitalize the strands, Clearly Naked Shine collection to give your hair a silky soft finish with a glowing shine. 

I picked out the volume collection as my hair is quite fine and sometimes it needs a boost to create a healthy looking bounce. I have very mixed feelings about this product. After rinsing the shampoo off, my hair just felt like straw! It was so dry and felt horrible to touch however after applying the conditioner, my hair felt back to normal again and very soft. I do use a hair treatment on my hair once every 2 weeks to keep the moisture locked in. The volume shampoo is defiantly a very drying shampoo so I wouldn't recommend this on anyone who already has quite dry hair. The thing which I do really love about this product is the scent. The shampoo and conditioner contains grapefruit and mint extracts therefore it gives off a wonderful peppermint scent to my hair.

I personally don't think I'd purchase this particular product again, however I would like to try out their moisture and shine collections to see if those two are less drying on my hair than this one is. 

Beauty

A CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR HER: BEAUTY EDITION

12:12:00 pm

Gift sets always make a good Christmas presents, especially when it comes down to beauty gift sets for girls. I believe that you can never go wrong with gift sets as so many high end brands bring them out around the Christmas season. I picked out a few beauty gift sets that will hopefully give you a little inspiration for choosing the perfect gift.  

Benefit offer such fabulous gifts sets every year, however this one stood out to me the most. This set contains: High Beam highlighter, Hoola bronzer, mini they're real mascara, 7.5ml The POREfessional and the ultra plush lip gloss mini in hoola. 

Origins Christmas Bauble Gift Set | £12.00 
Every girl loves some skincare products and this gift set is suitable for any skin type. This cute bauble gift set includes: GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to brighten and depuff (5ml), Make a Difference Overnight Hydrating Repair Cream (5ml), Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to clear pores (7ml), Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask to quench skin's thirst (7ml) and Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion (15ml). 

OPI Trend on Ten Gift Set | £30.00
This gift set is perfect for any nail polish lover. It includes ten 4.5ml minis of OPI nail varnish colours from gorgeous every day colours to the vibrant dark red and berrys. Set includes these shades: Haven’t the Foggiest, Alpine Snow, Bubble Bath, Tickle My France-y, Princesses Rule! Toucan Do It If You Try, Cajun Shrimp, Big Apple Red, Malaga Wine, Lincoln Park After Dark. 

Clinique Party Pretty Set | £50.00
Clinique are one of my favourite brands as all of there products are amazing quality and work extremely well on any skin type and tone. This gorgeous gift set includes: Limited Edition All About Shadow 6-Pan palette, Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Grandest Grape (3g), High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara in Black (10ml), Quickliner for Eyes Intense in intense sable (14g), Limited Edition A Different Nail Enamel For Sensitive Skin's in cinnamon swirl (4ml), All About Eyes (15ml) and also a Cosmetics Bag to keep all the goodies inside.  

Laura Mercier Lip Trio Makeup Set | £25.00
A girl can never have too many lip products. A perfect lipstick gift sets for any girl that loves wearing lip products on a daily basis. The trio includes: Mini Lip Pencil, NEW Mini Creme Smooth Lip Colour and Full Size Lip Glaze.

Topshop Smokey Eyes Gift Set | £22.00
Topshop's makeup is always really good quality at such an affordable price. This little topshop gift set includes: A Smokey Eyeshadow Palette, Kohl Eyeliner and 3D Curve Mascara. All three are included in a Christmas inspired gift box. 

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara Set | £22.00 
This trio gift set is perfect for any girl and is all you need for lashes. The set includes: a full size Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara for outrageous volume, lift and curls. Along with two free gifts: Advanced Night Repair Eye (10 day supply) to reduce the look of ageing, and Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (Deluxe travel size) to quickly remove powder eyeshadow and other eye makeup. 

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WISHLIST: MATALAN CHRISTMAS HOME DECOR

5:56:00 pm

I cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by. It's finally December and Christmas is slowly approaching. I love everything about Christmas; the songs, the shopping, the wrapping but one thing I love the most is all of the Christmas decorations they bring out each year. I was having a sneaky look on the Matalan website at some of the decorations, there were a few items which I completely fell in love with and couldn't help but share them in this little blog post.  


Every Christmas I have to get a new Christmas bedding to celebrate. I love the Fairisle prints which are always popular during this season and I found this decorative cushion would look perfect with the Christmas bedding I currently have. The print is so unique and I love the reindeer's on this one. 

I would fill this tin bowl with a massive amount on Celebrations chocolate. I think it would look really nice sitting on the table at Christmas day for all the family to enjoy. 

This is such a cute little tree decoration, however I'd also hang this up on the wall around the living room or my bedroom just to make the room that little bit more festive. I do love a bit of tartan print and I love how they feature a bit of tartan ribbon along with the wooden heart. 
 

I do love a good scented candle all year round. I tend to go for the warm cinnamon scents during the winter months. I feel like it makes the whole room feel so cosy and leaves a warm scent throughout the room making it feel a lot like Christmas. 

I own so many mugs that I honestly do not need anymore, however I can't seem to help myself when I see a cute mug like this. It's so cute and Christmas like. I can imagine myself sitting in my blanket with a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows on top *sighs*. 

My Nan always has these hanging around her living room during Christmas and I really do think they make your room look 100 times more festive. You can get these in a variety of different designs but this one stood out to me the most. I love the glitter on this one to make out as if it's got snowed on, and I love the fake red berries to give it a pop of colour. 


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NON BEAUTY FAVOURITES

1:25:00 pm


I do love reading a good ol' non beauty favourites post. I like being nosey and seeing what everyone has been loving non beauty related recently. I have gathered up a few of my favourites which I have adored over the past few weeks. 

Newlook Tartan Print Scarf:
This item has been a massive staple piece for me these past few weeks. I have been wearing this scarf near enough every day since I first bought it. It goes with pretty much everything that I wear and it does a really good job in keeping me extra warm on those cold winter days. Plus, it's tartan print. Who doesn't love a bit of tartan?

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Polaroid:
I got this as a birthday gift from my boyfriend and I've been using it a hell of a lot recently. I just love the idea of taking a picture and then instantly having it printed it out for you. I love taking this camera with me whenever I'm going out somewhere exciting so I am able to capture the memory and keep it forever.

Gone Girl Book:
I saw this film when it first came out in the cinema and I thought it was brilliant. I got told so many times that the book is amazing and much better than the movie. I bought the book and have been hooked on it ever since. It's one of those books that you just can't seem to put down. If you like crime books or books where you solve mysteries then I defiantly recommend this one. 

Yankee Candle Christmas Treats:
I do love my Yankee Candles, I saw this one in ASDA just for £9 and as I was in the Christmas spirit I picked it up. It reminds me a lot of Vanilla Cupcake (which is one of my favourite Yankee Candles). I love burning this in the evenings as it makes the room all cosy and it just feels it with a gorgeous scent that lasts for ages. 

Primark Heels:
Recently I went to a christening and was looking for a new pair of heels which I could wear for it. I saw these babies in Primark and I just had to get them! I'm normally a size 7 and they only had an 8, but I couldn't resist so I picked them up anyway and they fitted me completely fine once I had some tights on. They were just £6 in the sale which I thought was brilliant. They're so comfortable and also the heel isn't too high so they didn't hurt my feet in the slightest. 

American Horror Story:
Me and my boyfriend got through seasons 1 and 2 of this show within a month. Every single night we'd sit down and watch 2 or 3 episodes a night on Netflix. We are half way through season 3 right now. This is by far my favourite TV show ever, I love how weird and creepy it is and I just love how it's so unique. I'm also a little bit in love with Evan Peters. 


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FAVOURITE AUTUMN LIPSTICKS

2:50:00 pm


I'm more of a neutral/nude lip kind of girl however I do love a bit of the 'dark lip' in the autumn season. I have found myself picking up some gorgeous berry colours recently and I thought I'd round up my favourite lip colours I have been wearing on a daily basis for the autumn/winter months. 
(order from the top of my hand, to the bottom of my hand as shown in the picture)

Rimmel Kate Moss 03
My most used lipstick out of these four. Perfect for an everyday nude. The colour is very long lasting and stays put on the lips without having to touch up every hour or so. It has a hint of peach colour in this which also makes it a perfect lipstick for all year round. 

Lovie 18
I discovered a new makeup shop in my home town recently called Lovie. It's full of eyeshadows, lipsticks, makeup brushes, eyeliners and every kind of makeup you could think of, all for a really cheap price. This lipstick was only £2.00 but the formula of the product is amazing. Shade 18 is more of a darker nude, when applied onto my lips it reminds me of a good dupe for Mac's Velvet Teddy. 

Lovie 06
I loved the first lipstick from this brand so much that I went and picked another one up. It wouldn't be autumn without a good dark berry shade in my lipstick collection. When this shade is first applied to my lips it looks like a very dark red colour however, the more I build this colour up, the more it turns into a purple looking shade. It has a very creamy formula therefore it really does help moisturize your lips and giving such high pigmentation also. 

Collection Lasting Colour 13
This shade is very similar to Rimmel's Kate Moss 03, however slightly darker. It's a perfect everyday colour. I've noticed that this lipstick has a brownish undertone to it, making it suitable for the autumn months. Pigmentation is amazing and the colour manages to last for up to 4 hours without any touch up. 

Beauty

HOW I CLEAN MY MAKEUP BRUSHES

6:55:00 pm


Washing my makeup brushes is something I do on a regular basis. I try to wash my brushes at least once a week as I believe it's very important to do so. Each time you use your makeup brushes you're letting bacteria build up inside therefore making your face more prone to breaking out if you don't give them a good clean every week or so. It'll also help make your brushes last much longer. (Quick note: Your brushes will need at least 24 hours to dry therefore I recommend washing them after you've applied your makeup for the day)

Step 1: 
I get a small plate and simply pour a generous amount of washing up liquid (or anti-bacterial hand wash if you don't have washing up liquid on hand) mixed with a 50p size amount of olive oil. The washing up liquid helps to really get into the bristles for a deep clean and the olive oil helps to get rid of any excess staining on the brushes.

Step 2:
Working with one brush at a time, I run it through some lukewarm water just to get it a bit damp. I then dip my brush into the mixture of washing up liquid and olive oil getting a generous amount onto the brush.

Step 3:
I then work the brush into the palm of my hand using a circular motion to really get inside of all those bristles and help break up any old makeup and bacteria that may of been lurking around there. If I feel as if it's not lathering up as much, I just add a tiny bit more water to help it get started.

Step 4:
Once I've worked the mixture into the brush for about a minute or so, I then squeeze out any excess product and then I rinse under the lukewarm water. I use the same circular motions when rinsing just to make sure all of the washing up liquid and olive oil is out of my brush completely. This step can take quite a lot of time especially when trying to rinse off the more dense and bigger brushes.

Step 5:
I give the brush one last squeeze to get out all of the water and I then like to re-shape my brushes so that they return to their normal shape once dried. I like to lay my brushes out on either a dry, clean towel or on my window sill with the bristles just over the edge so that the air can circulate through them easily, helping them to dry quicker.

It's so important to pick just one day a week to clean your makeup brushes because it can really make a difference in your skin and also how they apply makeup to your face. I find that they work so much better when you have squeaky clean makeup brushes. 


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CLINIQUE TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSING MILK REVIEW

2:28:00 pm




I personally don't use makeup wipes to remove my makeup. I have always had a love/hate relationship with wipes, some were amazing to use and took my makeup off with just one swipe however some were complete rubbish and most of them give me a allergic reaction. My skin would burn and tingle, it would go bright red and took about 20 minutes to calm down. I have very sensitive skin and I never found out the reason as to why my skin reacted that way to certain makeup wipes but I have found a different technique when taking off my makeup using cleansers.

I first tried The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm which worked wonders for my skin. I recently thought it was time for a change and wanted to try something completely different. I bought the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk from the Clinique website not too long ago for £19.00. I have been using this product every night since it delivered to my door and it's my new favourite skin care product. It's 100% fragrance free so it's perfect for my sensitive skin. It has a milky consistency that gently helps to dissolve my face and eye makeup easily without having to rub my face. Once I've massaged this product into my skin for about a minute or so, I then simply take a face cloth and some warm water and just wipe it straight off. It leaves my face feeling so soft and very clean and it's super easy to use.

I defiantly won't be going back to makeup wipes after discovering cleansing products and I think I have found my holy grail skin care product with this cleansing milk. For anyone who suffers with sensitive skin just like me, I really do recommend this product to you.



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RECENT FASHION PURCHASES

1:25:00 pm


Over a couple of recent trips in my local town centre, I managed to pick up not a lot but a few awesome clothing pieces which I have been adoring over the past couple of weeks. It's not much but I love every item I bought so I wanted to share my recent purchases that have been perfect for the Autumn season.

Burgundy Tartan Knitted Skirt
I tried to find the link to this on there website but they didn't have it anymore, although they might have it in store! I bought this skirt from George in Asda when I was shopping for some home ware bits. I saw this in the distance in the clothes department and I went straight to it, found my size and bought it. I've been wanting a knitted skirt for a while now as I think they're the perfect skirts for the colder weather and they look gorgeous paired with some black tights. I believe this was £12.

Berry Stitch Jumper
This is such a perfect autumn jumper. I bought this from a shop called Select and it was only £9.99. It's a cropped jumper which I didn't realise until after I bought it, but that doesn't bother me as it looks amazing with a cute black skater skirt and some boots. It's so soft and snuggly and I love it.

Oversized Tartan Shirt
For some reason, this isn't showing up on the website either but I know that they defiantly should have it in store because I only bought this about two weeks ago. This tartan shirt is from New Look for only £19.99, whenever Autumn comes along I have a thing with buying tartan clothing. I just love tartan print and I like it suits the season perfectly. I bought this shirt in a bigger size as I wanted it to be quite baggy on me, I like to pair this with a black cami top underneath and some pair of black skinny jeans.

Primark Chelsea Boots
I have been wearing these boots to death ever since I bought them. I saw that they now do another version of these but with a bigger chunkier heel which would look perfect for a night out. Considering these boots were only £12, they are so bloody comfortable to walk in. I could wear these throughout the day without my feet hurting. I just think they're such a good Autumn staple to have in your wardrobe and you could literally pair these up with any outfit.

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RIMMEL WONDER'FULL MASCARA WITH ARGAN OIL REVIEW

11:27:00 am



I have been hearing a lot of positive things about Rimmel's new Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil that I was eager to try it out for myself to see what all the hype was about.

This product claims that it's the 'secret weapon' to full volume without clumps. A formula with Argan Oil leaves lashes feeling smooth and conditioned. Ultra-flex brush gives ultimate definition. 'Clumps killed. Lashes revealed' - I 100% agree with the no clumps side to this mascara, the tiny rubber bristles do a really good job in separating your lashes however I don't get that much volume from it. I feel it's more of a lengthening mascara rather than volumising, it defiantly makes my eyelashes look a bit longer. I have also noticed when first trying this out that it's very light weight on my lashes therefore feels like I have hardly anything on my eyes which is something I love about this product. Normally when I apply a mascara to my lashes they end up feeling all dried out and stiff whenever I feel them, but this mascara helps to condition my lashes really well by using the fabulous Argan Oil, leaving them feeling soft and smooth.

It leaves a really natural finish to my lashes making this a perfect mascara for an everyday use. I usually use a different mascara designed for my bottom lashes but I thought I'd give this a try on my bottom lashes to see how well it holds up and so far I have had no problem with 'panda eyes'. It doesn't smudge on my under eye at all which is always a bonus. I am really pleased with this product so far and I would defiantly purchase it again. If you're looking for a no clump everyday mascara which gives off a natural finish then you should check this one out for yourself.
             

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WISHLIST: NEW LOOK

6:58:00 pm

New Look is probably one of my favourite places to shop at. Whether I'm looking for a night out piece, basics, statement necklaces or stylish shoes New Look is my holy grail. The quality of clothes are fantastic and they always bring out beautiful clothing for each season.
I have seen some fabulous Autumn/Winter pieces whilst roaming around New Look recently and seeing as I love reading other Wishlist posts, I thought I'd share with you the items I have been wanting.

A perfect Autumn style night out staple. This would look gorgeous with a high waisted skater skirt for a day time outfit, or paired with some black skorts and chunky heels for a night time outfit. Burgundy is my favourite colour in the autumn/winter season as I feel it gives a warm tone to everything.

A nice everyday top that can be paired with some high waisted skinny jeans or even a black skirt. I am in love with check print so this item was a massive must for me. 

I have seen blanket wraps in near enough any shop I go in. They look so comfortable and they're something you can just throw on whenever you're feeling a bit chilly. Of course, it's check print so I had to pick this one (typical).


One things for sure, I own way too many cardigans. I can't help it, they just go with so many things. A cardigan over the top of a pretty cami top and a skater skirt is always my favourite. I love the musky grey colour of this cardigan and I love how over sized it is. 

It's burgundy and it's check - my two favourite things. Skirts are not just for the summer season as you could easily pair this skirt with some thick black tights and a basic cami top. I love the contrast of the colour of this skirt and just for £9.99 this is a total bargain. 

I don't normally wear playsuits on a daily basis, but when I saw the model wearing this one with a pair of tights, it looked lovely. The floral print is stunning and really does stand out because of the black.

I am in love with these boots! I am loving chunky platformed boots at the moment and these are a perfect example of them. It has a more grungy style to them which I adore. These would look lovely with some high waisted jeans and maybe a leather jacket.

As Christmas is rolling near, the pyjamas are starting to come out a lot more. I love the prints that they do around Christmas time. I also love how soft and comfortable some of the pyjamas are. I am loving the pyjamas that have the cuffed bottoms just like these ones. I invested in 2 new pairs of cuffed pyjama bottoms and they are seriously the most comfiest items ever. 

Another playsuit which I love. The daisy print is so pretty and really goes well with the burgundy colour. I also love the layers of this playsuit, makes it look much thicker and perfect for Autumn with a pair of tights and some cute boots.

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COCONUT MILK SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER REVIEW

4:28:00 pm


Ever since buying the Organix Coconut Milk Oil for my split ends, I have been in love and that product is now a holy grail of mine. I have been wanting to try more of this range so I picked up the OGX Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner

This product smells amazing. The smell of coconut stays in my hair for about 2 days and it's just heaven. If you love the smell of coconut as much as I do, then you'll find that you wont be able to stop smelling your own hair! This product has a really thick and creamy consistency, I haven't came across a product that has this type of consistency. I have noticed that the shampoo does take a while to lather up but feels amazing on your scalp once it starts to. 

I love using this product to really give my scalp a good cleansing as it feel it does an amazing job doing so. It leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and healthier. I normally get horrible split ends due to my damaged hair, however since using these products along with the Coconut Milk Oil, I have seen that it makes a huge difference to the split ends and has made my hair in much better condition. 

Beauty

10 BEAUTY TIPS USING VASELINE

12:00:00 pm


Vaseline is a product which has been out for years, it has become the generic name for Petroleum Jelly which is a translucent jelly consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons, used as lubricant or an ointment. When I was younger, I always thought Vaseline was used just for chapped lips but as I've grown and learned more about beauty, I have learnt that Vaseline is great for a variety of different things. I'm going to share with you some beauty tips using Vaseline which I have been doing for years.

1. Apply to your eyelashes
Sounds strange but it works wonders. Applying Vaseline to your eyelashes helps condition and moisturize your eyelashes making them stronger and less likely to shed. It also helps with the growth of your eyelashes, it helps speed up the growth process and also makes the new eyelashes that are growing in much more thicker and longer. I like to apply Vaseline to my eyelashes using a clean mascara wand every night before I go to bed and I have seen a massive difference in them, they are stronger and healthier plus there not as dry as they used to be. 

2. Chapped lips
I think this is the most obvious tip and what people use Vaseline for the most. If you have really chapped lips like I do, especially in the colder months, then Vaseline is the solution for that. Just apply a fair amount onto your lips and once it has sunk in, you will have smooth kissable lips. 

3. Apply before spraying your perfume
If you're going out for the night and you want your perfume to last throughout the whole evening even after all the dancing then apply a thin layer of Vaseline on your neck and wrists before you spray your perfume. Once you've sprayed it, the Vaseline will help the scent stay on for much longer.

4. Moisturize your skin
What most people don't know is that Vaseline is an excellent moisturizer for people with dry skin. Using this on cracked elbows or even any dry patches that you have on your skin and it will work wonders.

5. Makeup remover
Vaseline is amazing for getting rid of any unwanted makeup. Whenever I muck up my makeup, I always getting a bit of Vaseline on a cotton bud and simply wipe it away. It comes straight off. You could also use this as a cleanser at night time to take off all your face makeup then just wash it off with some warm water, not only does it take off makeup but it also helps to keep your skin soft. 

6. Eyeshadow primer
Apply a very thin layer of Vaseline to your eyelids and let it completely soak in before you start putting eyeshadow on. This works as a great eye primer and it helps your eye makeup stay on throughout the day/night. You HAVE to make sure it has completely sunk in before you apply eyeshadows though otherwise it'll just slide off.

7. Help heal tattoos
If you have recently gotten a new tattoo then apply Vaseline to it once a day to help keep the moisture in and to help it heal a bit faster. Vaseline is very good at moisturizing skin and tattoos have a tendency to scab however if you apply Vaseline it'll help it scab less and heal quickly.

8. Apply on teeth
This trick is mainly used by celebrities or beauty contestants. Applying a thin layer of this onto the front of your teeth will help stop lipstick from getting onto it. This trick is perfect is you're going on a night out and you're wearing a bold coloured lipstick. 

9. Apply on hairline when using dye
If you're someone who likes to dye their hair a lot (me included) you will know how much of a pain it can be when you get dye all over the sides of your face and the back of your neck. Before dying your hair, make sure to apply a layer of Vaseline around your hairline and neck to assure that you don't get any staining.

10. Add sea salt
This tip is leaning more towards to the people that suffer with dry skin. Adding a bit of sea salt to Vaseline acts as a great exfoliator for your body. I like to keep some Vaseline mixed with sea salt in a mason jar in the bathroom so that I can exfoliate my body every time I take a shower or bath, it leaves my body feeling amazing. 

A/W

WEEKLY LOVES #2

6:27:00 pm


There have been a few products that I have been reaching to a lot more than others recently. Each product mentioned has been well and truly loved by me these past couple of weeks and I'm excited to share them with you all. 

Barry M Hi Shine Gel Nail Polish - Cardamom 
I couldn't find this Barry M colour on the Boots website but I know that they sell this shade in store as I only bought it last week. Some of you may or may not know that Barry M have brought out there A/W 2014 collection of nail polishes. They come in 6 different shades but the 'Cardamom' shade stood out to me the most. I have been wearing this nail colour every single day since I bought it. It's a gorgeous dark frosty green colour which is perfect for Autumn. The formula of this nail polish is so smooth and it glides on the nails wonderfully, only taking a little while to dry completely. 

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter 
My skin is becoming quite dry now that the weather is changing, I feel like I've been losing that bit of life from my skin. Without this product, my skin would look so dull and drying. MUA Highlighter has helped my skin look a bit more healthier during these cold months and it has given my face life and a natural glow which looks amazing in any type of lighting. I like using this highlighter on the top of my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, the highest point of my forehead and also the highest point of my chin. 

Real Techniques Contour Brush - Part of Core Collection  
I'm not too sure whether this brush comes separately or if it just comes with part of the core collection but I'm pretty sure you'll be able to find this on eBay if you're looking to purchase this brush just on it's own. I never used to contour at all mainly because I didn't know how to contour properly. As my love for make up has grown over the past years and I have watched several videos on how to contour, it has now become a daily thing which I have included in my make up routine. This brush is the perfect shape as it fits right underneath your cheekbones to give you that really defined looked. I would recommend blending it out a bit with a buffing brush afterwards though so it's not as harsh. 

Gatineau DefiLift 3D Revolumising Lip Care 
Although the price is quite high for a lip care product, it's so worth it. This is used for if you want to plump your lips up a bit more, however it's also an amazing product for when you have chapped/dry lips. As it's the colder months my lips are becoming more dry than usual, but since using this on my lips everyday I have noticed such a difference in how they feel and look. The product includes a lavender extract which strengthens the cutaneous barrier thus smoothing the lips. It also has a Vitamin E extract with anti-oxdising properties to protect against free radicals. You can use this as many times as you want on your lips and it won't irritate them in the slightest.


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WISHLIST: ZARA HOME

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I am forever on pinterest looking for new bedroom ideas or home ideas. I have a whole board of pictures dedicated to home ware decor. When it comes to decorating and looking for new pieces around my bedroom or the house I usually gravitate towards H&M, Next, TK Maxx, IKEA and ZARA. I have recently been spending a lot of time on the ZARA home website and I have found so many items which I have been craving for. 


1. Fern Embroidered Cushion 
I am in love with the gold colour of this cushion. I'm trying to change up my bedroom decor to make it fit the autumn season, and I think this fits in perfectly. The detailing of the leaves and the contrast of the gold and white is beautiful. 

2. Swan Soap Dish 

This item is actually a soap dish but I like the idea of keeping all of my rings inside there. I think it looks quite quirky and it would go really nicely on top of my chest of drawers. 

3. Antiqued Glass and Metal Jar 

I would use this glass and metal jar as a piece of storage for my cotton buds. I literally have no where to put all of my cotton buds at the moment, so I just keep them in their original packaging. However, it looks way to boring and dull for my liking and I would really enjoy something like this to store them all in. 

4. White Wicker Basket
At first I thought about using these wicker baskets to store any of my hair care products inside, but then I thought it would be a cute idea to keep them in the living room and store a few random magazines inside. Therefore whenever there's company, they can happily help themselves. 

5. Openwork Wooden Box
I am in love with antique looking items and when I saw this on ZARA, it had to be included. I would use this to store my jewelry inside or you could even use this to store some arts and crafts supplies such as buttons and feathers. 

6. Feather Candle Holder
I'm always burning a candle in my bedroom. I really do think they light the mood and make the room look much more cosy. This feather detailed candle holder is perfect for Autumn due to the dark rusty colours of the detailing. 


7. Floral Engraved 2015 Diary 
One thing I wish I did this year was keep a journal/diary. I like the idea of writing down what happened in my day so I can always go back to read and re-live that memory all over again. I have decided in 2015 I am going to try and write a journal entry at least once a day. I love the pattern of this journal and the inside of it is so simple yet you could write so much. 

8. Branches Little Table 

I think this is really cool, quirky version of a bedside table. If you're looking to change your bedroom to fit in with the Autumn season then I would recommend this cute table, as the branch detailing represents the Autumn months. This would look lovely with some orange coloured artificial flowers sitting on top. 

9. Brown Check Wool Blanket 

When I'm having a lazy day, I always wrap myself up in a blanket. Now that the weather is getting colder I find myself using blankets more than anything. Check print is really popular in the Autumn/Winter months, and the brown colours give it a sense of warmth to your home. This would look lovely laid over the sofa or even over the bed like a throw.