Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Over the past few months, Essence has quickly become one of my favourite drugstore brands, often offering budget alternatives to high end brands - like this Benefit Gimme Brow dupe - that pack a punch when it comes to quality.
Picture this, I was stranded at university with just my rose gold blush and a couple of peachy cremes. I had both an orange and pink hole in my train case but was fairly reluctant to spend much as I knew I had both in my collection at home.
Enter Essences's Blush Up! in Heatwave, the perfect ombre of a pigmented pink blended with a vibrant orange (and when I say pigmented I really do mean pigmented!). As a customisable blush shade, it works and as a travel compact, it's ingenious. If you're going to pack one blush in your suitcase this summer, make it this.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
This months edition of My Little Box: My Little French Riviera Box in collaboration with with Sarah Lavoine (June 2015) dropped through the post a little later than usual this month. Though they'd kindnly informed us about the delay, I'd all but forgotten. So when this lovely marine-themed collection of both lifestyle and beauty goodies that marks my fourth box from the subscription service came to my door, I was giddy. Here's the lo down on what I received, spoiler warning:
Monday, 22 June 2015
Top Row: Lizzie // Golden Sand | Bottom Row: Copper // Bittersweet | Right: Rockstar
Lizzie, a shimmery version of MAC's Painterly Paint Pot, makes the perfect no-makeup makeup as it covers areas of discoloration - read: too many late nights - and those dastardly purple veins. Plus it's perfect for fairer skin. Golden Sand is beautiful and boasts a lot more tone dimension than Maybelline's Eternal Gold Colour Tattoo. It gets reached for in my collection a lot more frequently (or am I just justifying having two?). Copper and Bittersweet are very similar shades that, when blended out with a warm eyeshadow in the crease and a little under the eye make the perfect grunge look. Rockstar all the way over on the right is my newest addition. I don't usually go for cool toned shadows across my lid but, if you're looking for a smokey eye in seconds, day-to-night kind of vibe then this is your guy. Add a dash to a blending brush and 'windscreen wiper it' into the crease.
At £6.99 they are a wee bit more expensive than their cheaper, larger, prettier and just generally favoured Maybelline counterparts. But more often than not they're on buy one get one half price at Superdrug or frequently on sale at the end of the season to make way for new shades. Imo, they're more of an extension of my creme eyeshadow phase due to their differing shade range, than the core of it. But definitely worth a look into if you're looking to expand.
Monday, 15 June 2015
Being an artificial red head for the past six years, I sort of lucked out when it came to brow products and it's been had coming to terms with the fact that no matter what I do they will never, ever match my hair. But, with every dark cloud there is a silver lining and there are two huge pluses to matching brows with my red hair: 1) Orange toned brow products are a dream rather than a curse 2) I can pretty much use whatever I want on my brows depending on the tone of my hair/how much of my roots are exposed.
For those days where I opt for some Cara Delevine bold and beautiful brows, I go for Illamasqua's Powder Eye Shadow in Jules - also a beautiful crease shade - topped with Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows to lighten things up a tad.
As an in between I opt for Essence's Make Me Brow in Browny Brows which is an obvious dupe for Benefit's Gimme Brow. You can see the comparison for yourself here in my dupes post. It makes my brows stand out without being filled out - which is a very dangerous area to be in.
When I want to dial things down a little but still have impact I pair Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows atop Rimmel's Glam Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Serene, or alone for those no-makeup makeup days.
What do you use on your brows?
Saturday, 13 June 2015
Mark my words, beauty bloggers. This is the next holy grail concealer everyone will be talking about. I have had Rimmel's newly released Lasting Finish Concealer for a few weeks now and to me it has everything I look for in a favourite - Benefit's Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer, Seventeen's Phwoarr Paint - it's creamy, long lasting and even kind of dewy which makes it the perfect summer addition.
The packaging is no frills, no-mirror just business with a fairly deep pan I've barely made a dent in after using it almost daily with a flat topped eyeshadow-turned-concealer brush. it's pale enough for my fair skin tone, even though it has a limited shade range, and lasts a good while on the skin. Perfect for blemishes as well as areas of redness, though it can be prone to creasing under the eyes, even when set with beauty blogger favourite Stay Matte Pressed Powder, also by Rimmel.
Basically, it's just a great all round budget concealer. I'm in love with pretty much the entire Lasting Finish line, not just this little guy, as it's just great no-fuss drugstore makeup. Coming soon to a FOTD post near you.
Friday, 12 June 2015
Barry M at Superdrug are very kindly offering a free Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint with every purchase over £6 on their counter and, with their new summer releases - Lipboss, Flawless Concealer, Matte Lip Crayons etc. (watch this space) - how could I not?
The hardest part was settling on a colour, I have heard much about these beauty blogger favourite polishes, but I was still a little skeptical after years of falling out with pale polish, But, like a trooper I decided on a whim inspired by the likes of Essie Button that it was time to try again with this beautiful off-white shade in Coconut expecting a multitude of streaks, sheer-ness and around 10,000 coats. Leave me a comment if you know what I'm on about!
What I got instead was the most beautiful high shine finish with an opaque 2 coat formula which will look incredible paired with some colourful flip flops or gladiator sandals for summer. All I have to do now is buy the rest of them!
1. Gratin Ballet Pumps // 2. Karina Edged Heels // 3. Hannah Casual Sandals // 4. Jennie Heeled Sandals // 5. Hot Casual Sandals
My Black Crochet TOMS in yesterday's post got me all inspired to do some summer shoe shopping in preparation for the beautiful British Summer we are going to have. I'm trying to move away from my traditional black gladiator sandals with small embellishments, a spot of rose gold and some very chic white.
These Black Crochet TOMS* are potentially the comfiest pair of shoes I've ever owned. They're delightfully bohemian and by definition slouchy shoes, but the intricate design makes them acceptably dressy. Wear with a cute summer dress or some slouchy shorts, the choice is yours. It's why I selected them from the huge range of shoes Shoetique has to offer.
Being a narrow footed, high-arches half size. I typically resent any kind of shoe shopping with a fiery passion. Especially they online kind. You buy them, the don't fit, you faff around printing of labels and arranging pick up times... it's a lot of hassle. And this was no different. Having the most awkward shaped feet in the world, I decided to opt for the larger of the two sizes I was between (hint: I was wrong, TOMS, though relatively true to size, size down).
Thankfully the returns process was pretty much easy peasy: repair the excitedly ripped open packaging with parcel tape, attach label and post. Exchanges are free! Admittedly it wasn't all plain sailing as my shoes did managed to get lost somewhere at the other end but a quick call the the lovely people on the telephone (yes, PEOPLE, not machines!) and my new shoes arrived within two days!
I have decided that I am never taking them off. Maybe.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
OOTD: Black Cut Out Bra - New Look // Black Cropped Cami - Primark // Sheer Grey Side Split Tank - Forever 21 // High Waisted Acid Wash Shorts - Primark // High Shine Leggings - Karma Clothing // Suede Chelsea Boots - Primark // Assorted Rings -Urban Outfitters // Tortoiseshell Sunglasses - Primark
Today has been a day of iced smoothies, summer sun and venue shopping for the next Hull Bloggers meet as well as a spot of actual shopping *cough, Primark Haul coming your way, cough*
Photos courtesy of Beckie.
Monday, 8 June 2015
As far as endings go, this one was pretty spectacular.
959 days. £40,000. 22 housemates. 3 jobs. One unforgettable experience.
University is so much more than just a piece of paper. It's more than your course, your friends, your pictures. It's about you growing into who you are going to be. At eighteen you think you know it all, but you don't. I hadn't had to deal with a gas leak or landlords from hell before. I hadn't yet been whizzed to the hospital miles away from home accompanied my very green and hungover flatmate (for which I will be eternally grateful). I hadn't even played a part our very own annual house Christmas dinner. And, at 21 there are plenty more experiences like this to come.
There is no way that girl packing up practically her entire room to live with twenty strangers could possibly know what she would learn, what she would go through, over the next three years. And now, moving out with so very much to pack - some things just don't change - it's incredibly bizarre to think that me, the girl who was really never, ever meant for a stereotypical student lifestyle, is actually going to miss this place.
I have loved the sight of the Humber Bridge reminding me that I am home and knowing that my #HullBloggers friends aren't far behind. I have loved my broken and battered house, my friends and my job (no, really!). We've laughed and we've cried, we've pulled all nighters and we have gotten so stressed and wound up we have broken. But we're all still here. We did it.
Today is the very first day of my life I haven't been a student. But that doesn't mean I'm not still learning. Here's onto the next adventure.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Ted Baker has just released one of the cutest gifts this summer in the form of their little trio of Lip Balm Gifts in Vanilla, Berry and Blackberry which smell delightful! As a self-confessed lip balm addict I am dying to try dig for these in a beach bag this summer, they're chic, pastel and embellished with a little gold. I ask you, has a lip balm ever been more on trend? They'll look fantastic in one of those acrylic box clutches that were all the rage a while back. Is my coveting showing yet?
Gift them as a set, split them between your friends or give a little gift to yourself!
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
I procrastinate really well, especially during exam period. I also get incredibly stressed and anxious. Combine the two and what you get are these pretty positive-thinking wallpapers for your phone so that every time you pick it up to have a break from your notes or need a little pick me up, they're there.
Download, enjoy and share!
Download, enjoy and share!