Saturday, 17 May 2014

The Beauty Blogger Tag


How many times do you wash your face?
I used to be really slack with this but I've started to get into a routine of every morning and every evening and I have seen an improvement in my skin.

What skin type do you have?
I used to have dry skin but now it's got more oily. And I also have acne prone skin which scars quite badly.

What is your current facial wash?
I am loving Philosophy Purity Cleanser right now! It leaves my skin feeling so soft.

Do you exfoliate?
I probably don't do this enough. To be honest I forget to!

Which moisturiser do you use?
Currently I'm using Molton Brown Rosa Fruit Anti Ageing Hydra Creme. Although they are discontinuing the skincare line I heard so I need to stock up.

Do you have freckles?
Yes, but they show up more in summer when I get a bit of a tan.

Do you use eye cream?
I didn't normally... I know bad beauty blogger but I got a sample of Benefits It's Potent Eye Cream and I love it!

Do you or did you have acne-prone skin?
I'm the opposite to a lot of people. Growing up I never really had a problem with blemishes. I would get them here and there but now I'm older I suffer a lot more and my skin scars really badly!!

Did you ever have to use Pro-Activ?
No I haven't, I never thought my skin was bad enough for it. However now I feel slightly different!!

Which foundation to you use?
Currently I'm using Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream with an SPF of 30. I love it!!

How about concealer?
I love Mac Pro Longwear concealer. Great coverage and stays put all day!

Do you know your undertone colour?
The first time I ever got colour matched was at mac and they said I was a NC, I got the foundation and it made me so yellow so I always get warmer toned foundations.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I wish I could apply them I would definitely wear them more often!!

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every three months?
Yes I did but to be honest and I bet a lot of beauty bloggers will agree with me my mascaras aren't dried out or empty in 3 months so I feel sometimes it's a waste to chuck them.

Which brand of mascara do you use?
I'm currently using the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara. I've had so many compliments and people asking me if my eyelashes are real I think I'll purchase the full size!!

Sephora or MAC?
I've never been to a Sephora before so I can't really comment! The only thing I can think is although I love MAC products at Sephora it's more choice of brands so you can try more out.

Do you have a MAC pro. card?
I wish!!

Which makeup tools do you use in your makeup application?
I've taken a liking to using the Real Techniques Sponge to apply my foundation. It gives such a flawless finish to the skin, which is perfect for me.

Do you use makeup base or primer for the eyes?

Do you use makeup base or primer for the face?
I use Benefit Porefessional on my nose and my oily areas and then on my whole face I use Smashbox Photo Finish Light primer.

What is your favourite eye shadow?
I'm in love with the original Urban Decay Naked Palette!! So I guess all the shadows in there!

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
I've actually just discovered the easiest liquid eyeliner to work with from Primark of all places!

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Every now and again!

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
They are so pretty but I normally don't have the time to sit and apply them properly!

Do you use mineral makeup?
No, I have tried the Bare Minerals makeup before though and loved it!

What is your favourite lipstick?
I couldn't possibly narrow that down, but my favourite brand is MAC!

How about lip gloss?
I don't wear it enough to have a favourite!

Which is your favourite blush to use?
MACs Springsheen is the most gorgeous coral perfect summer colour!

Do you buy your makeup on eBay?
Nope, never bought makeup from there but have bought makeup brushes before and they are fab!!

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Oh yeah! I'm a Boots addict! It's impossible for me to go into a Boots and not buy some form of makeup!!

Have you ever considered taking makeup classes?
Definitely! I kick myself all the time that I didn't follow my dream and study it at college (long story!). I would love to go to classes now I just can't afford them!!

Name a makeup crime that you hate...
People that don't blend foundation properly. I can't stand when I see girls with tidelines along their jawline!!

Do you like colourful shades of makeup, or neutral ones?
I'm a neutral girl at heart but do love a bright, bold lipstick!!

If you could leave the house using just one makeup item, which would it be?
Probably concealer. Just because my skin isn't perfect and it's the thing that bothers me most!

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
If you asked me this a year or so ago I would have said no!! But I've learnt to accept that I don't need to be fully done up to leave the house, especially in summer when it's far too hot to wear makeup!!

Have you done this tag before? If not then I tag you!



Thursday, 1 May 2014

Haul | Bargain Of The Century


There's never a better feeling then finding a really good bargain on something you've been lusting after for a while. So whilst browsing TK Maxx, which is very much a hit or miss shop I came across the best find I ever have before. I spotted right at the back of the shelf after a root around the Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Amazing I thought, until I noticed it didn't have a price on it. Had someone bought it from Debenhams and accidentally left it behind? Was it even suppose to be out? These were all questions running through my mind. So with it safely in my hands I carried on looking about and then took it to the cash desk to find out how much of a bargain it would be.

After a couple of phone calls and a thorough check of the beauty department to check there were no more in the store, I heard the best price I could of possibly ask for. For an originally priced £37 palette I bagged this beauty for £9.99. So of course I said yes and the lovely store assistant bagged it up and I was on my way.







I'm so happy as I've wanted the Naked palette for so long and now finally I own it! Now I just need to get my hands on the Naked 2 and 3!

Do you own the Naked Palette? Do you love it as much as I do?



Monday, 28 April 2014

Collection & Swatches | Models Own Polish For Tans


I consider myself unlucky when it comes to competitions. And I know a lot of people say it and the saying "You've got to be in it to win it" springs to mind but seriously I never win anything so I never normally enter a lot of competitions. But a couple of weeks back I was perusing Facebook and saw Models Own were holding a competition to win all 5 of their new nail polishes from the Polish For Tans collection. To my surprise I was one of the lucky winners!!



The collection is formed of my dream colours. Neon brights that help you look more tanned and with a tan look absolutely stunning! I'm so happy that I won, not only because I received these gorgeous polishes but it means I don't have to go out and purchase them now! Let's run down the colours.


The only way I can describe the shade Sun Hat is the brightest Barbie pink I've ever come across.


Flip Flop is best described as a highlighter green, and definitely the brightest of the 5 polishes.


Beach Bag is my favourite shade of the bunch. It's a bright peachy orange colour.


Bikini just like Flip Flop is a super bright highlighter yellow. This with Flip Flop will be a perfect duo for the summer when the World Cup is on as it reminds me of the colours of Brazil.


Shades is a mixture of Sun Hat and Beach Bag. A nice bright coral pink.

Have these put you in the mood for summer because it sure has for me! I can't wait to sport these during the summer, ideally whilst sitting round a pool with a cocktail in hand (a girl can dream right!).

Will you be picking any of these up? Or do you already own them?

Available now from the Models Own website, Boots and Superdrug.


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Baking | Cookies From A Mason Jar







I'm back finally with another baking post! It's been a long time since I last posted a baking post and hope to add them more frequently into my blog in the future. So today I bring to you a little beauty I found in Homesense, which has quickly become one of my favourite stores to peruse when I'm in town. I found this SistersGourmet Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and thought it was such a cute idea I had to purchase it to try it out. So here's what you need...

SistersGourmet Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
1 1/2 Sticks Of Butter
1 Egg
1 Tsp Of Vanilla Extract

First soften the butter in a large bowl. It's best if the butter is at room temperature as it's easier to mix and you don't get lumps of butter. Next add the egg and the vanilla extract to the butter and mix. I put in a little more vanilla as I love it.





Next you want to add the entire contents of the mason jar which is all the dry ingredients. Make sure you have a rather large bowl or put in the dry ingredients a bit at a time.





Tip: If the dough isn't sticky enough and won't stick together add a bit of water to the mixture. I found I had to do this and I added about 2 Tbs which made it perfect.

Finally form little balls on a baking tray and bake for about 10-15 minutes. It states the mixture makes about 3 dozen but I varied the sizes to see how they would come out so I got about 15-20 out of it.




My final thoughts are... I love this idea!! They came out nice and tasty and couldn't find a fault in them. There were other types in Homesense so if they are still there when I go back I'm definitely going to give them a try.

If only this company wasn't American I would definitely order some more mixes from their website here.

What's your most favourite thing to bake?



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Review | Eye Of Horus Eye Pencil




Eye Of Horus Jewel Amethyst Pencil* £13 - Cocktail Cosmetics

Eye Of Horus was a completely new brand to me so I was excited to read about them and see what they had to offer. They are a Australian cosmetics company with a range of products mostly concentrating on the eyes as the brand name would suggest. Inspired by the Ancient Egyptians and their method of using oils and wax in their products, the creators have come up with formulas that use the same ingredients and techniques.

Products are paraben-free and not tested on animals. They contain naturally occurring waxes (Beeswax, Ricebran Wax, Carnauba, Candellia, Jojoba) and oils (Almond, Moringa, Sesame) and promise high-performing products that don't irritate the eyes.

The branding is beautiful. I forgot to take pictures but the pencil arrived in a beautiful black bag with gold writing on it. Along with the branded tissue paper and the eye sticker on the bag it definitely gives off a luxury feel to the brand.





The pencil itself is double ended with a smudger on one end. I don't often use those type of brushes but it's really good if you want to smoke your eye look out. The shade I received was Jewel Amethyst, one of two new shades. It's a beautiful rich purple with micro glitter, which when I read 'GLITTER' I did panic but it is so teeny it just adds a subtle shimmer.



Overall I love this pencil for days when I want to add a pop of colour and not just same old black liner.

Have you tried Eye Of Horus before?



Sunday, 30 March 2014

Holy Grail Product | Smashbox Photo Finish Primer 'Light'

It's been about a year since I learnt and started using a face primer and understood exactly what it could do for my makeup throughout the day. So today I wanted to tell you about my holy grail primer which I have found and fallen in love with.


The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is one I had heard about from watching YouTube videos from across the pond way before Smashbox was readily available in the UK. It was a definite love or hate product as there was a mixture of good and bad reviews. When a smashbox counter was installed in my local Boots, it was one of the first products I wanted to pick up, so I did and haven't looked back since.


I use the 'Light' version as I hate the feel of anything too silicone and it feels more of a cream then anything. You only need the tiniest amount and it covers your whole face. I use mine along with Benefits Porefessional and can honestly say it makes a complete difference to my makeup throughout the day.


Although a bit on the pricier side retailing at £25.00 from Boots, I feel it's so worth it that I will keep going back and repurchasing. I have tried other drugstore and high end primers but nothing compares so at this moment in time I've only got eyes for this one.

Have you tried any Smashbox primers? What's your favourite primer?




Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Brand Focus | Urban Decay



I like to read a post where someone goes in depth into a favourite brand of theirs and shows what they own from that brand. I wanted to do one of these posts and this time it's for Urban Decay.



Urban Decay Get Baked Palette
I hate to start off with bad news but unfortunately this palette is now discontinued. It was my very first Urban Decay product I ever bought a fair few years ago. I can't even remember buying it to be honest. It's a very strange palette as it consists of three neutral shades and a bright turquoise. I haven't yet made use of the blue colour but as a neutral loving girl myself I have made full use of the three other shades.



My heart still yearns for all three Naked Palettes but for Christmas my sister got me the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. I was so happy that although I still remain without the full version I had some sort of naked palette in my possession. It's basically a slimmed down version featuring six shades, four which are never before seen colours and they are all matte which is nice to have as most my shadows have some hint of shimmer in them,


Another Christmas present from my other sister was the Naked Flushed Palette. Besides my MAC blusher palette which I put together myself I don't own any other face palettes, just eyeshadow! So receiving this was a nice addition to my makeup collection. It's made up of three products, a bronzer which is the perfect shade not too orange and not a dirty colour, a highlight which is not too glittery and a blush which is the nicest pink shade. This palette is great for travelling as you've got three products and it won't take a lot of room up in your bag.



Finally is possibly one of the best range of eye pencils I have come across so far. Available in 52 shades you're bound going a favourite or two. The consistency of these pencils are amazing. So soft and creamy which is good for blending but wait 30 odd seconds and they won't budge an inch. As well as having such good staying power they are surprisingly easy to remove with a normal eye makeup remover. I only own two colours but will definitely be adding more in the future.

Do you own anything different from Urban Decay?