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5 THINGS I CANT LIVE WITHOUT DURING THE WINTER MONTHS

7:25:00 pm


Cold weather and I do not go well together. Don’t get me wrong, I love the autumn and winter months however I hate how cold it can get especially in my house, even with the heating on for some reason my house just stays extremely chilly to the point where I sometimes where gloves around the house. I have put together 5 things which I cannot live without during the winter months to keep me snuggly and content.

Fluffy Socks
Who doesn’t love those amazingly soft, fluffy Primark socks? I pretty much wear them all year round however I find myself buying more & more pairs around this time of year. I hate having cold feet as it just makes the rest of my body feel even colder therefore these are pretty much essential to me when it comes to winter.

Tea & Hot Chocolate
I’m not a coffee drinker so I practically live on teas and hot chocolates. I feel as if there’s nothing better than snuggling up in your pyjamas with a good ol’ hot chocolate. I also love a good classic English tea in the mornings to get my day off to a good start however recently I’ve been loving Green/Herbal Teas which have so many great benefits to your body. I have been enjoying the Clipper Organic White Peppermint tea at the moment and I’d highly recommend it. 

Moisturiser
Now my skin gets a lot drying during the colder months therefore moisturiser is a necessity for me. I’ve been using a mixture of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising gel and NUXE Crème Moisturiser for my face and then for my body I like using either Zoella Double Crème body lotion or any of the body shops body butters. It’s very important to keep your skin hydrated during this time of year so stock up those moisturisers! 

Jumpers
I have recently realised my obsession for buying new jumpers has become a little crazy over the past few weeks. No word of a lie, I’m pretty sure I’ve bought over 10 new jumpers within two weeks but it’s okay because you can never have too many jumpers. I love lounging around the house on cold days wearing an over-sized jumper, it makes me feel so snuggly and warm. Also can I just point out how amazing the Primark jumpers are this year? I think I own every single one in every single colour (bit of an exaggeration but we’ll go with it). 

Candles
I am a candle junkie and this may sounds stupid to some, but I much prefer to burn them around this time of the year. I have about 3 candles that I bought months ago yet I’ve only just started burning them. I feel like they make the house a cosier place plus they smell good. I lean towards the cinnamon and peppermint smells as it reminds me of Christmas and the New Year!!

What are the things that you can’t live without during winter? 


Beauty

TAKE A LOOK INSIDE MY BIRCHBOX: DECEMBER 2016

2:05:00 pm

Last month, I wrote a post all about my November Birchbox and I showed you all of the product I received that month. I got my December Birchbox through the mail last week and thought I'd make this a little series on my blog where I show you what products I get each month. Birchbox picked out a fabulous selection of beauty treats to keep me 'Merry and Bright' this festive season, through Christmas and all the way to New Year's Eve! This month, the beauty treats are packaged in a extra-special box that transforms into a beautiful keepsake storage for your dresser or desk. Without any further ado, here's what I received in my box: 

Ciate London Eyeliner
My box arrived just in time as I was in need of a new eyeliner. Everyone that's subscribed to Birchbox all received a full size Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner which would normally retail for £15! This felt tip liner has a super black formula and precision tip which makes it easier for people to apply a feline flick. I've been using this every day since I received it and it managed to last throughout the whole day without any smudging. 

Benefit Dew The Hoola
I was extremely excited when I saw this in my box this month as I've been wanting to try out this product ever since Benefit released it. It's essentially a liquid bronzer which melts into your skin for a naturally sun-kissed look. What I love most about this product is that it's completely matte and free of any shimmer, I don't really like shimmer bronzers much on myself therefore I tend to lean more towards mattes. This product is super easy to use, you only need the tiniest amount of product. Simply blend this in using your fingers over your cheeks for a natural bronzed look. You can use this over or under foundation. 

Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Just Perfect 
This full size nail polish I received is such a gorgeous colour. A soft baby pink which I think is perfect to wear over the New Year! It has a long lasting, chip resistant and easy to apply formula. I found that you need at least two coats for the full colour effect. 

Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm
That's a whopper of a title isn't it? I wasn't too sure about what this product is meant to do at first but after doing a bit of research it's a balm that you smooth into your damp hair after you wash it. It claims to moisturise, boost shine, smooth, soften, protect and speed up styling (phew!). I used this on my hair the other day and I haven't noticed much of a difference yet but I'll continue to use this after each wash to see if it makes any difference to my strands. 

Amie Skincare New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish
This product is by far my favourite one I have received this month. It's a completely natural face exfoliator which smooths skin with its deep cleansing treatment. It uses rice granules to gently lift away dirt and impurities from your pores. Take the smallest amount and massage into damp skin using circular motions then rinse away with warm water. My skin instantly feels soft, smooth and refreshed afterwards. Only use this product once or twice a week. 

What product do you like the look of most? 

5 things

5 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH DRY HAIR

2:57:00 pm

If I could go back in time and change one thing about my hair, it would be to never dye it. I had pretty normal/healthy hair up until the age of 14 when I discovered hair dye and decided to dye it a ton of different colours. What started off as dark brown turned into bright red. If you've dyed your hair red before then you'll understand when I say how it's an absolute pain to get rid of. I had to strip my hair and then use semi permanent brown dye, yet even that didn't remove it completely. For the past 2 years (nearly) I have been hair dye free and I've let it grow out back to my natural colour. I still have a tiny bit of red tinge to the ends of my hair but it's not that noticeable. So, as you can imagine I have been dealing with dry/damaged hair for a good few years. The condition of it is much better nowadays ever since I've stopped dying it, it's definitely not the healthiest but it's better than what it used to be like. I also do a few extra things to my hair which help with the dryness. I have put together a few tips on how to deal with dry hair and what type of products I use to help hydrate and nourish those nasty dry strands. 

Coconut Oil
This has to be on the top of my list because it has honestly made such a difference to my hair. The vitamins and fatty acids which are naturally found in the oil help to nourish the scalp and remove build up from the hair follicles. It overall makes your hair feel so soft and hydrated after each use. I normally treat my hair with coconut oil once a week. I take a generous scoop of it and warm the oil up with my hands so that it becomes a liquid, then I'll apply it on every single strand (yes, even on my scalp). I then tie my hair up into a bun and wrap it with clingfilm to lock in the heat. I'll either leave this in for 2-3 hours if I'm not doing anything for the day or I'll apply it before I go to bed and I'll sleep with it on then wash it out in the morning. I shampoo twice as I feel like once isn't enough to get it all out and I use a very small amount of conditioners just on my ends. 

Don't wash your hair everyday
I did this all the time until I found out that it's actually extremely damaging to wash your hair every single day because it strips your hair of any natural oils which are being produced. Try washing your hair every other day or even every 3 days if your hair can handle that. I personally only wash my hair twice a week, I know it sounds disgusting but I'm quite lucky as my hair doesn't start to get greasy until after the 3rd or 4th day. Also, washing your hair less will actually help it to not get so greasy really quickly in the future. 

Drink water, lots of water
Dryness can also be due to dehydration. Water has so many benefits for your hair, skin and nails that it's so important you're getting a good water intake each day. Not going to lie but I am simply the worst when it comes to drinking water as I'd much prefer a glass of Coke or Lemonade and that's OK. Have them in moderation! Start off with drinking flavored water which is obviously a bit more exciting, then move onto regular water. It honestly improves the condition of your hair so much. Green tea is also a great substitute. 

Try to avoid heat styling as much as you can
I've been straightening/curling my hair since the age of 13 and back then I didn't know what a heat defense spray was so I never used it. I also always blow dried my hair after every wash, then I would go right for the hair straighteners without protecting my locks. I'm not saying you shouldn't use styling tools I mean, I use them most days. I'm saying try to cut down on the heat as much as you possibly can by using heat protectors. I've managed to not use hair dryers anymore as they just make my strands dry as f*&k! I like to let my hair air dry and only style the pieces that need it the most. 

Use an old T-Shirt instead of a towel 
It may sound a bit weird but it's one little step that I take to help with the dryness. I don't to use a towel to dry my hair with as it's a rough texture which means that it damages your hair making it even more dry. I like a use a old T-Shirt when patting my hair dry as it's a lot more softer and gentle on each strand. It's a bit weird and abnormal at first but it does a world of a difference.


Do you have any tips that I haven't mentioned? I'd love to know!

Beauty

TAKE A LOOK INSIDE MY BIRCHBOX: NOVEMBER 2016

9:33:00 am

As a beauty lover, I am very surprised at the fact that I have never been subscribe to any 'beauty boxes' in my life. I decided to just bite the bullet one day and go for it to see if I'd like it or not. There are many different brands on the market nowadays that I just had no clue on what to choose until my friend from work told me about her Birchbox subscriptions & how great they are, that she convinced me to try it out for myself. I signed up to Birchbox, filled in my beauty profile and subscribe to their monthly box service which costs £10 per month +£2.95 P&P which I personally think is an awesome price considering you get 5 products and one of them will be full size! If you feel like Birchbox isn't for you then you can always cancel at anytime. I didn't think I was going to like the box at first but to my surprise, I loved it and I can't wait for next months box to arrive. Each box is different based on your beauty profile therefore they send you products that they believe will suit you best. Here's a peak of what I received in my November 2016 Birchbox: 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Primer
This product was exclusive to Birchbox this month which meant that everyone got it in their box this month. It's basically a lip primer that you put on before you apply your lipstick and it's meant to help keep your lipstick on for hours without having to touch up. It includes Vitamin E plus hemp and peppermint oils to help soothe and hydrate your lips. This product is completely 100% vegan and cruelty-free.  

Wet Brush
This was my full size product and I was so excited when I saw this as I opened the box up. It's a gentle de-tangling hair brush which makes combing through unruly hair easy. It has super thin, strong and flexible 'IntelliFlex' bristles. What I love most about this brush is the fact that it can be used on wet hair without damaging the strands.

NUXE Creme Prodigieuse 
I am pretty sure I have found my new favourite moisturiser with this product. It is packed with blue everlasting flower to boost skin's antioxidant levels and it also restores hydration and boosts tired skin. My skin instantly feels refreshed and hydrated after every use of this. I l like to apply it every morning about 10 minutes before I start doing my makeup. It sinks into the skin nicely leaving no sticky or greasy residue which is always great. 

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle
This is my favourite item which I received in this box. It's basically a leave in conditioner which you spray onto damp hair and comb through, it's also a great detangler. This product has a variety of benefits for your hair such as: instant detangler, thermal protector, UV protector, seals cuticles, smooths hair, locks in colour, add shines and many more which makes it suitable for all hair types. Can't forget to mention how incredible the scent is! Absolute perfection in a bottle. 

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow Illuminator 
I am yet to try this one out, I'm a bit nervous as the shade is a bit darker than my natural skin tone however it says this can be used underneath foundation so I might give that a go. This is a multi-tasking BB cream which claims to even skin tone, mask imperfections and control shine. It also has tiny flecks of light-reflecting pigments which add radiance to your skin. 

BBrowbar Drama Mascara
Now, Birchbox only sends out 5 products each month however they had a free code on their website which you entered in the check out which let you receive a full size BBrowbar Mascara so that was a great advantage. This mascara is all I've been using since receiving the box, it curls my lashes beautifully whilst adding volume and also making sure there's no clumps. It keeps my lashes nourished and hydrated as it contains shea butter and carnauba wax. 

What's your favourite Beauty Subscription Box?

Body Butter

BATTLE OF THE BODY BUTTERS

12:46:00 pm

Now that we seem to be heading towards to darker and colder days of winter, my skin has picked up problems throughout the past few weeks. One of the main problems I am experiencing is dry skin all over my body. If you know me, then you'd know that I adore body butters. I go through tons of different tubs. There's something so satisfying about slapping on a thick layer of body butter haha! In this post I'm sharing with you my favourite body butters that I have constantly been using over the past month or so. 

Soap and Glory: Butter Yourself
This product is something that I constantly re-purchase whenever I'm running low of it. I think it's mainly down to the fact that I adore the scent of this. It has a new Fruitigo Fragrance with frozen yuzu, orange oil, green fig and jungle pomelo essence. It's one of those fragrances that linger on your body for a good few hours leaving you with a gorgeous citrus scent. This product has exfoliating AHAs to help safely help exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate skin cell renewal all while making your skin feel smoother and softer after each and every use. 

The Body Shop: Blueberry Body Butter
The body shop is hands down my favourite skin care shop ever. It sells some of my most used daily products and I simply adore their body butters. They sell a variety of different scents but my favourite is this Blueberry one which I don't think you can buy anymore as it was limited edition. I'm scared to use this one too much as I don't want it to run out on me haha. I love how quickly this product absorbs into your skin and it doesn't leave any sticky residue afterwards. It's also one of those products where it leaves a gorgeous scent on your skin. I'm very excited about The Body Shop new festive range as they have a Vanilla Chai body butter and a Spiced Apple one which I am dying to try out! 

Calcot Manor: De-Stress Body Balm
I actually got this product for Christmas and I'm nearly out of it, however it is one that I will definitely be re-purchasing as I have loved using it so much. This product is infused with a unique flower blend to give a calm and enriched skin nourishing experience. I like using this on the days where I want to relax and have a nice bubble bath. The scent of this product smells amazing and helps to calm you down and make you feel a lot more relaxed. I also like to apply this onto my arms and hands before going to bed as it has been helping me sleep a lot better. Crazy how a body butter can do that! 


What's your favourite Body Butter? 

books

BOOKS I'VE BEEN READING: PART ONE

10:06:00 am

I would first like to start this post off by apologizing to you for my absence on here. I have been very busy with life and when it came down to having free time, I just felt so unmotivated to blog. I had a bit of a break but now I'm back and I'm very excited to be writing more & more blog posts! 

I am a absolute book worm. I have always loved reading ever since I was a little girl. I would always beg my mum to pick up a new book for me from the library every time I knew she was going into town, then I would most probably finish the book in just a few days. Ever since I discovered the wonderful world of social media, I felt like I became a lot more distant to books and I never really cared about them because I was too busy being on my laptop or my phone. I have only just recently been starting to get back into reading and I realised how much I actually enjoy it. I just love the idea of taking my makeup off after a long day, making a cup of tea and snuggling up into bed with a good ol' book. As I've been reading quite a lot of books, I have decided to do a monthly series on my blog showing you all what books I've been reading and also what I think about them. I love finding some good book recommendations so hopefully these posts will give you a chance to discover new books that you may possibly haven't read before. 

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child 
I love Harry Potter. The books, the films, the characters. Everything about Harry Potter, I just love. Of course, when it got said that there was going to be an eighth Harry Potter story coming out I immediately got very excited. Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is actually a play based on an original new story by J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It's a two-part west end stage play which I tried so hard to get tickets for but they sold out within hours which was so incredibly sad. This book is the whole entire script of the play. I heard a lot of mixed reviews about this before I read it, some people just simply didn't like the fact that they were reading a full on script. I admit, it was weird at first but I really got into the book and then I kind of liked the idea of this whole script thing. Without giving anything away for those who haven't read the book yet, the story follows Harry's son Albus going off to Hogwarts himself, bumping into new friends and causing a bit of trouble throughout. That's all I can possibly say without giving anything spoilers haha. I personally loved this book and I feel like every Harry Potter fan should read this. 

The Girl on The Train
(I don't have a picture of the book at the moment as my boyfriend's mum is borrowing it from me, sorry!) Everyone and their mother has been going on about this book so of course I jumped on the bandwagon myself. I never usually read thrillers because I like love stories too much however this was a very good read and it was one of those books that I couldn't put down. The book is split into three different characters; Rachel, Megan and Anna. Rachel is an alcoholic who takes the same train to and from work each day. The journey takes her through the back of the houses on the street where she used to live. She becomes obsessed with this couple who live at number 15, until one day she sees something that startles her and then finds out that the girl from number 15 has gone missing. There's so many twists and turns in this book that it constantly kept me on edge. When I finished it, i immediately took a trip to the cinema with my boyfriend and watched the movie which as only recently been released. The film was good however the book was 100x better. 

The Fault in our Stars
I actually read this book a few years ago way before the film came out, I have recently re-read it again and fell in love with the story all over again. It's by far my favourite novel and the movie is also one of my favourites. I do love reading a good ol' love story and this one really did pull on my heart strings. I'm sure many of you have read this book or seen the film but for those that haven't, it tells the story of a girl called Hazel who has cancer. Her mum sends her off to a support group where she ends up meeting Augustus. They strike a bond immediately and the story follows them both on their adventure to meet Hazels favourite author. You will need a whole lot of tissues when reading this book and whilst watching the film. I fell in love with this love story and it was one of those books that actually stuck with me for a few days after reading it. 

All The Bright Places 
Another love story book... can you tell I love these kinds of books? This was another one that really pulled on my heart strings also and you will need a packet of tissues when reading this haha! The story starts with Violet and Theodore who both meet at the top of the bell tower at their school. They're both wanting to jump to commit suicide for very different reasons - Violets sister sadly passed away and she blames herself for it where as Theodore has a mental illness. The story follows them forming a wonderful friendship and shows their journey of love and adventures. I did a whole review on this book over here if you'd like to check it out. This story was just beautifully written and I believe there's rumors that the film to this is coming out some point next year which I am very excited about! 


So, those are the books that I have currently finished reading. I am reading some more at the moment which I will be sharing with you once I've finished them. I'm very excited about this little monthly series as I love to share book recommendations and I love finding new books to read so if you have any recommendations then please let me know!
 

Autumn

MAKEUP REVOLUTION ROSE GOLD LIPSTICKS

11:59:00 am


Makeup Revolution has to be one of my favourite drugstore beauty brands on the markets. They do the most incredible dupes for high end brands such as Urban Decay, Too Faced, Real Techniques and many more. On my birthday, my best friend and fellow blogger Taylor from tmaemakeup got me these two Makeup Revolution lipsticks from there new rose gold range. 

Needless to say, the packaging of this collection is so pretty. They fit perfectly in my acrylic lipstick holders which I normally use to store all my MAC lipsticks, however these Makeup Revolution ones look more appealing on show. I got two shades of out 5 in the collection...
Red Carpet - A traditional classic red. It's more on the brighter side rather than a darker red and I believe that this colour would suit all skin tones. It has a creamy formula which can be built up for a more intense look. I have worn this lipstick to work for a 10 hour shift and only had to touch up once which was after I ate lunch. It lasted me through the whole day! 

Private Members Club - I do believe this is the darkest lipstick I own. It's a gorgeous dark purple shade and I find it to be very similar to MAC Rebel. I find myself wearing this lipstick a lot more now that we're in the autumn/winter season and I ALWAYS get complimented on it. It has the same creamy formula as Red Carpet and it also has the same longevity. 

Both of these lipsticks have a satin finish to them and I find the longer I leave them on, they end up drying to a comfortable semi-matte finish. With the price tag being just £3 each, I really don't think you can go wrong. I am very impressed with the quality of these lipsticks and I'm planning on getting the rest of the collection. I recommend everyone to check these out either on the Makeup Revolution website or over at Superdrug as I think they're definitely worth the hype. 

Have you tried these lipsticks yet? 

Beauty

THE ULTIMATE DRY BRUSH CLEANER WITH SHADOW SWITCH

11:37:00 am

Don't you just hate it when you're applying eyeshadow and then realise that there's still leftover product on the brush from the last time you used it? Have you been needing a quick and easy way to spot clean your brushes without waiting ages for the bristles to dry? This is where Shadow Switch comes in handy!

What is Shadow Switch?
The lovely people over at Dee&Co sent me over the handiest brush cleaner from Beauty Essentials which is a new, upcoming brand that produce great beauty tools which are essential to everyone's kit. Shadow Switch is a dry brush cleaner which claims to extract all traces of makeup powder from your brush, allowing you to switch between different colours and shades. It also eliminates the possibility of product transfer between your powders when using the same brush. It truly is one of the handiest tools I own, especially if you're a constant eyeshadow user like myself. 

How does it work?
It comes in a small tin and it includes a wire sponge inside. All you have to do is simply press and rotate your brush over the Shadow Switch in a circular motion until all traces of colour powder have gone. You'll know when the brush is clean by testing it out on the back of your hand, if no product comes off then you're ready to go. I love how this is a dry brush cleaner as it means that you don't have to get your brushes wet and leave them to dry for hours until you can use them again. I've been using Shadow Switch every day since it arrived for all of my eye brushes and it has done wonders for me! The tin is about the size of your palm therefore making it a perfect size to take away with you on the go. No need to constantly clean your brushes when you're on holiday when you've got this little handy tool with you. 

How to maintain your Shadow Switch?
As you use the Shadow Switch, it tends to collect old powder residue therefore it does need cleaning I'd say every few weeks or so for hygiene purposes. To clean your Shadow Switch, just use warm water and fragrance free soap. Make sure all the soap is rinsed out completely and then leave until it's fully dry. Beauty Essentials recommend that you refill your Shadow Switch every two months

This product retails for £5.99 on Amazon with free delivery! I'd recommend this product to everyone as I'm so impressed with how handy it is and with how great it works. If you want to see more of Beauty Essentials then check them out on their Twitter page @BeautyEssUK for more beauty releases.

What are your thoughts on Shadow Switch?

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SPECTRUM BRUSHES (THE PRETTIEST BRUSHES EVER)

11:29:00 am

I did a blog post a few weeks back on essential makeup brushes that I feel like everyone needs in their collection and as you can tell, I am obsessed when it comes down to makeup brushes so you've probably guessed how excited I am right now to be talking about these new Spectrum 8 Piece Eye Blending Set!* The lovely people over at Spectrum actually sent me these brushes and I was literally like a little kid at Christmas when the package arrived at my door. 

First off, can we just take a moment to appreciate how pretty these are? The most instagrammable brushes ever. They're so pretty that I even keep them in their own little makeup brush holder. The gorgeous baby pink along with the mermaid blue and purple work wonderful together and I was actually scared of using these at first mainly because I didn't want to get them dirty. 

This set retails for £29.99 which I think is a great affordable price considering that the quality of these brushes are just insanely good. The collection includes:

  • A16 - Precision Crease brush is perfect for when you want to create a sharp looking cut crease which are on trend at the moment. I also like using this to help conceal underneath my brows as the bristles are short and flat so it works perfectly. 
  • B06 - Tall Tapered Blender brush is one of my most used brushes out of this collection. It's incredibly soft and the tapered shape to it makes it easier to blend out eyeshadows. I love using this brush when applying my transition shade as it blends to a soft, professional finish. 
  • B04 - Small Angled Shader brush comes in handy when it comes down to applying colour in the outer corners of your eyes. When I'm using a darker colour on my outer corner, I use this brush to help blend it out and also into the crease. 
  • A08 - This Medium Fluffy Shader brush can be used for a multiple of things. You can use this to pack colour directly onto the lid or to help blend out colours on the crease. I found that this brush also works well when it comes down to applying cream eyeshadows. 
  • A07 - Stubby Shader brush. This works well in the inner and outer corners as well as blending out colour when creating that cut crease. It's very densely packed with bristles yet still managed to pack colour onto the lid without any fuss. 
  • A12 - Fluffy Pencil brush is the one I use when it comes to applying shadow on my lower lash line. It applies colour and blends it out at the same time from how soft and fluffy it is. I also like using this to apply a brow bone highlight as well as a inner corner highlight. 
  • A13 - This Short Smudge brush is perfect for when I want to create a smokey eye look. I like to pack on dark colour on the outer corners of my eyes with this and then blend it out with a blending brush. It's also another good brush for lining your lower lash line. 
  • C06 - Tulip Eye Contour, I loved the name of this brush because it goes with my blog name! It also managed to do a wonderful job with blending and contouring in the sockets of your eyes to add more depth and dimension. 
Each individual brush is so incredibly soft that they work amazingly well on my eyes to help me achieve that perfect look. Since receiving these in my post, I haven't stopped to pick up any of my old eye brushes because I feel like none of them can compare to how these beautiful Spectrum ones feel. All of the brushes are made from the highest quality synthetic hair. They're also Vegan and Cruelty free which is always a good thing! It's also useful to mention that these brushes wash really well, they don't lose there shape and I sometimes feel that after you wash brushes, they can tend to feel a bit rough however these ones are super soft and work exactly the same as if they're brand new! This is the first I've tried of Spectrum Brushes, I know that I will definitely be trying some more out in the future as these are just the best. 

Have you tried anything from Spectrum?

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MAKEUP INSPIRED BY A FILM | A COLLABORATION WITH TMAEMAKEUP

5:49:00 pm

I am extremely excited about this post, mainly because it's a makeup collaboration with my best friend and fellow blogger Taylor from tmaemakeup, how flippin' exciting? Taylor does a series over on her blog called 'Makeup Inspired by A Film' which is where she puts up a poll on Twitter asking you guys what film is your favourite and the film with the most votes wins, then she'll do an incredible makeup look inspired by the film poster. I thought this was such a fun and creative idea therefore I was very excited when she asked me if I wanted to do a collaboration with her. We both decided on doing something horror related for a bit of fun and because we're also massive horror movie fans. Saw was the winner and we both created our own unique look inspired by the film (these looks would be perfect for upcoming Halloween). Taylor's look is featured in the picture above and if you'd like to read more about how she achieve this look then simply click here, you wouldn't want to miss out! 

Here is my finished look. Now as you can tell, it's not the most wearable everyday look! However I believe it'll be a fun look to do for Halloween which is my favourite time of the year and it's only next month! I'm going to give you a quick run down of what I did and some of the products I used to achieve this Saw inspired look. 

Base
For my base I used Miss Sporty Insta Glow primer, I find that this primer makes my foundation look more flawless. Speaking of foundation, I use Maybelline SuperStay Foundation all over my face and then I covered any blemishes with Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. 


Contour
I wanted quite a dramatic contour with this look as JigSaw from the movie has heavily contoured cheek bones and they're more of a grey toned shade. I started off with using the darkest shade from my Technic Cream Contour palette and I carved out my cheek bones all the way down to my lips and down the sides of my chin (you can't see the chin contour anymore as the lipstick smudges covered them up). I then continued to contour my forehead and down the sides of my nose, I blended everything out with a Real Techniques Expert Face brush. I powdered my face with Rimmel Stay Matte powder to set the contour and my foundation and I then proceeded to go over the contour with a grey eyeshadow from Zoeva Warm Spectrum palette just to make it that bit more dramatic. I baked underneath my contour using a Primark Sponge and another Rimmel Stay Matte powder which was a shade too light for me, as I wanted my contour to be sharp. 


Eyes
I literally had no idea what I wanted to do with my eyes so I just went with the flow, but I was fairly happy with how they turned out. I'll start with my eyebrows, I used a dark brown eyeshadow mixed with a matte black eyeshadow from the same Zoeva Warm Spectrum palette. I wanted them to look very thick and very dark so I used a Maybelline Brow This Way gel to brush my eyebrows upwards so they looked bushier. I then carved out underneath my brow with a light concealer shade from my Technic Cream Contour palette just to clean them up a bit. For my eyes, I started off with using Snazaroo Red face paint all over my lid and then I used Taylor's Makeup Forever Red Pigment over the top to make it a bit more vibrant. I use the same matte black eyeshadow on top of the red colour and blended it out with a big fluffy blending brush from Morphe. I was hoping for it to be jet black however the colours mixed together, ending up creating a dark purple, but I kinda liked it. I smudged the black eyeshadow underneath my lower lash line also for more definition. I skipped liner and went straight onto mascara using my Benefit Roller Lash. To create those dark heavy bags underneath my eyes, I used a mixture of contour shades from my NYX Highlight & Contour Pro palette, using my finger to smudge it under my eyes until I achieved my desired look. 


Cheeks
Of course as it was Saw, I just had to put the JigSaw cheeks in the look! I simply used Red and White Snazaroo face paint for this. Pretty straight forward. 


Lips
I knew I wanted to do black lips for this look however I don't own a black lipstick. I chucked on the darkest lipstick I own which is Makeup Revolution Diamond Life lipstick which Taylor got me for my birthday, it's a gorgeous dark, deep purple shade. I then popped some matte black eyeshadow on over the top to make it the colour I wanted. I felt like this look seemed too neat, so I ended up smudging the lipstick all around my lips using my finger and I also drew small 'joker like' lines each side of my mouth to give it a cool effect. 

I had such a fun time creating this look to share with you guys and it's really got me in the mood for Halloween time, I'm so excited to create more crazy looks like this in the future. Like I said at the beginning of this post, if you'd like to check out Taylor's amazing look then click here or the link located at the top of this post, she did such an incredible job as always. 


Autumn

JUST A LITTLE YANKEE CANDLE HAUL

2:31:00 pm

I am an absolute Yankee Candle fanatic. I believe I discovered the wonderful world of Yankee Candles a few years back and ever since, I just cannot seem to stop purchasing them. Of course, there is so many different ranges of candles on the markets nowadays however I feel like nothing can compare to my love for Yankee's. I'd like to quickly point out that my favourite scents are 'food scents', the ones that smell like baking and cupcakes and cinnamon... I could go on for ages. A few weeks back I took a trip into Bluewater with my boyfriend and we both had a look around in the Yankee Candle store and of course, I couldn't leave empty handed. 

Let's just start off with my favourite candle out of all three of these. This scent is incredible! It's so sweet and fruity that it smells exactly how they describe it - "The sugary sweet crispness of a perfectly ripe apple fresh from the orchard". What I love the most is the fact that it still smells exactly the same when it's burning and it seems to fill my whole bedroom with a gorgeous fresh apple scent however it's not too overpowering which is good. I don't like those fragrances that are way too strong and end up giving you a headache. This one is just perfect and I will most likely be re-purchasing this once I'm all out. On the Yankee Candle website, it retails at £18.99 for a medium jar like this one... however in store it was on sale for £9.45 so it was a complete bargain. 

Gingerbread Maple
Unfortunately, I don't have a link to this one as I think it was only limited edition therefore they don't have it on the website anymore (although I'm sure you can find it on Amazon maybe). I wanted this one as soon as I saw it come out last Christmas but never got the chance to buy it, I think I got very lucky because this was the only one left in store and it was in the clearance section for just £4.50. It has a very strong Gingerbread scent to it with a hint of sweetness which is obviously where the maple comes into the picture. I haven't burnt this one yet because I am saving it for the winter months, it's one of those scents that gets me extremely excited for Christmas. 

Now this candle is one that I actually picked up for my brother as he was moaning that I have so many candles in my room and he wanted one for his room, haha! He's not a big fan of Autumn scents, he likes more of the Summer scents. So I picked up this small jar of Summer Peach for him which retails at £8.99. It's extremely sweet and very fruity however it smells exactly like a peach! I can always tell whenever he's burning this candle because even though it's a small jar, the scent seems to fill the whole house. 

What are your favourite Yankee Candle scents? 

101

MAKEUP BRUSHES 101

10:57:00 am

I want to quickly start off this post by apologizing with how icky and gross my makeup brushes look, I'm aware they're in need of a good clean. There are so many makeup brushes available on the markets nowadays that you can end up feeling slightly overwhelmed with which ones to choose from, they all come in different shapes and sizes I can completely understand how it can feel a little intimidating at times. Back in the day, way before my makeup obsession kicked in, I had a total of 4 crap brushes that weren't very good however I thought they did a fabulous job at the time. As I started to get more into makeup, my brush collection dramatically grew and I realised how much of a difference good quality brushes make when it comes down to makeup application. I am in no way a makeup artist or a makeup expert however I am going to share with you the essential makeup brushes that I feel like everyone needs in their collection.

Foundation Brush
Foundation brushes come in all different shape and sizes. The one that I feel like works best and is essential to my makeup collection is a flat-top kabuki brush, you get such a flawless coverage with this as it really helps to buff the foundation into your skin. This brush works best when using a liquid foundation. My favourite flat top brush would have to be the ZOEVA 104 Buffer Brush

Powder Brush
I know it's pretty straight forward but a powder brush comes in handy when you want to set your foundation in place with pressed/loose powder. A large fluffy brush works best with this and I'd highly recommend purchasing one that has super soft bristles so that it doesn't annoy and shift any of your other makeup underneath. Real Techniques Powder Brush is my favourite brush to use when setting my face.

Contour Brush
This brush is an absolute must when it comes to powder contouring. Try to use a brush that has a slight angle or tapered shape to it, that way it can get right into the hollows of your cheeks bones and really help to carve them out. The brush I use for this is the Morphe M438 Pointed Contour Brush as the bristles are so soft which makes it easier for application and makes it perfect to help blend properly. 

Blusher Brush
I used to use a massive fluffy powder brush to put my blusher on with but I've recently found it a lot easier to use a smaller one instead. Using a small brush will help with the precision and you'll have more control over the amount you put on. Sigma F15 Powder Blush Brush is the perfect example of a great blush brush, it's just the right size to fit on the apples of your cheeks. Always remember to start off with less and build up as you go!

Fan Brush
I'm going to be honest with you on this one, but up until around a year ago I never knew what this brush was for. I used to see them around all the time and thought they were so pointless but I was completely wrong. B. Fan Brush is what I use when it comes down to applying the wonderful highlighter! It applies just the right amount of product on your skin and always makes your highlight looking flawless and on point. Fan brushes can also be used to apply a light amount of blush and bronzer. 

Angled Liner Brush
This brush is useful for two things: 1. Applying gel/liquid liner and 2. Used as a brow brush. 
Morphe B11 Angled Liner Brush is ideal for getting that perfect winged eyeliner as the angle makes it that tad bit easier. I love using an angled liner brush for filling my eyebrows in also as I feel like it creates that perfect arch and the soft bristles help glide the product on smoothly.

All-over Eyeshadow Brush
An all-over eyeshadow brush is essentially a flat fluffy brush which is perfect for popping an eyeshadow all over the lid. ZOEVA 222 All Over Shader Brush is a professional multi-functional eye shadow brush which will allow you to apply, blend and shade eyeshadow to your desired look. This brush would also be perfect to highlight the brow bone with. 

Blending Brush
When it comes down to eyeshadows, you really do need to have a blending brush on hand. One tip is to always blend out your eyeshadow so that everything is seamless and crease free! Morpe E27 Pro Round Blender Brush has the softest bristles ever that it makes blending a lot easier as it smoothly buffs and blends to an incredible finish. 

A Spoolie
A spoolie comes in handy when it comes down to brushing your eyebrows. I like using a spoolie brush before I fill in my eyebrows to make sure they're all in the exact place, I also like using it after I finished filling in my eyebrows so that I can evenly distribute the product until I get a nice natural finish. I use the Primark Double Angled Brush which is fab because it's two brushes in one and it's only £1 which is an absolute bargain. 

Crease Brush
I find these brushes extremely useful for when I'm applying transition shades in the crease or even if you're wanting to do a cut crease look. It blends and applies the shadow in all the right places. Morphe M330 Blending Crease Brush works well with cream, liquid and powder based products and helps you achieve the perfect blended look. 

Sponges
I honestly only started using makeup sponges around 6 months ago and I have fallen in love with them. Of course, the Beauty Blender is one of the most popular makeup sponges around however I personally love Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for applying my liquid foundation. You've probably noticed that I didn't include a concealer brush in here and that's because I don't use one, I use a sponge instead as I feel like it gives more of a better finish to my skin. You can use the sponges damp or dry, personally I think using them damp is so much better as it helps to blend out the product more and it gets rid of any excess foundation. 

What are your 'must have' makeup brushes? 

Beauty

HOLY GRAIL FACE MASKS

8:56:00 am

Face masks were never really a big deal to me back in the day, other than the occasional sachet packs from Poundland and Primark, now those were simply the best back then... am I right girls? During the past year or so I've found myself wanting to take care of my skin more often and I am slowly becoming obsessed with more and more skincare products each day. As some of you may know from reading my other posts, I have sensitive skin which means that unfortunately my skin tends to react badly to most products and that's probably the main reason as to why I never ventured out and played around with skincare as often as I would like. I'd be too scared that I'd swell up and end up with an itchy, red rash again. Fear no more because I have found my two holy grail face masks which work perfectly with my skin and has really improved it over the past couple of weeks. 

This product has been getting so much hype over the past few months or so that I just had to jump on the bandwagon and try it out for myself. This mask is enriched with black charcoal which essentially acts as a magnet to draw out any impurities from your skin. It's a deep cleansing mask which detoxifies the skins surface and works deep into the pores, claiming to leave your skin looking clarified and beautiful. The first piece of good news is that it didn't give me a rash and the second piece of good news is that it has worked wonders for my skin. I don't actually use this all over my face, instead I just like to pop it on the areas where I usually break out the most which is my nose, forehead and chin so basically my t-zone. I leave this on for a maximum of 10 minutes and when it's completely dry you can see tiny black dots from all your pores which is actually pretty satisfying not gonna lie! I simply just wash off with some warm water and I was pretty impressed with how easily these washed off and also with how amazingly soft my skin felt afterwards. The only downside to this mask is the smell, I mean... it smells good! However, I find it to be a bit too strong and sometimes ends up irritating my eyes from how strong it really is. This definitely  doesn't stop me from using it though, it's too good to not use. LO'real also do two more masks from this range: Purity Mask which is used to leave your skin purified and matte-looking and the Glow Mask which of course is used for brightening your complexion. The masks retail for £7.99 each, however they're sometimes on offer for £5 in Boots so keep your eyes peeled for their offers. 

This was a bit of a random purchase however I'm so glad that I did it. I've never heard of these range of masks until I popped into The Body Shop when I was in Bluewater with my boyfriend, I was just browsing until one of the ladies that worked there spoke to me about their new range of 100% vegetarian expert facial masks. There was 5 different face masks throughout the range however the one she recommended for me was the Ethiopian Honey mask which she said was perfect for dry and sensitive skin. The mask was £15 which is a tad pricey than any other mask I own therefore I was very skeptical about buying it, she did a tester on the back of my hand and as soon as I washed it off, I was simply amazed! My hand had never felt softer in my whole life, can you just imagine what it would do to my face? I immediately bought it and it's been my life savoir for my dehydrated skin. The mask contains Community Trade honey, marula and olive oils for a luxurious experience. What's also great is the fact that it's been formulated without parabens, silicone or mineral oils. I don't know what it is with the scents of these two masks but this one isn't my favourite scent either, it smells a lot better than the L'Oreal one however I feel like this one smells a bit like pepper... Not sure why. Either way, it works amazingly well with my skin type and I like to apply this all over my face straight after I've washed my L'Oreal one off! This just helps bring moisture back into my skin and helps it looking healthy and refreshed. I am really intrigued to try out some of their other masks from this range. 

What are some of your 'holy grail' face masks?