Empties #11

Hello my lovelies,

I’m back again with another Empties post, I think these are my favourite posts to write and read. Unfortunately they are always the longest posts because I can never shut up. I clearly have a lot to say. I honestly didn’t think I would be doing these as often as I do I try and leave it as long as possible but I have 10 empty products I mean seriously how do I go through it all!?

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Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Blush see here

In my opinion Batiste is the best brand for dry shampoo. I can’t live without it and I always have a bottle handy. Personally I don’t have a fragrance I go to, normally it’s whatever takes my fancy in the design when I’m choosing. The big bottles lasts so long and are such good value for money. I will forever be buying this goodness.

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Soap & Glory – Peaches & Clean Deep Cleansing Milk see here

This is another firm favourite of mine, it is a complete savior. When I need a reliable cleanser this is one of the ones I normally go for. I have actually written a full review about this product here if you want a little more information on the cleanser. The only annoying this is that I majorly struggle to get the last bit out of the bottle. Seriously there is still a decent amount of product in there and I can’t seem to get to it. Lucky me I have another bottle of this ready and waiting to open!

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TRESemme – Luxurious Moisture Shampoo see here

Annoyingly I can only find a link for the duo and not the shampoo separately. I did finish the conditioner a little while ago which I mentioned in a previous empties post here I was so happy when I finally finished this. The shampoo really went on for the longest time. I don’t think it worked well with my hair in the end because it became resistant to the effects. I think in future I will be sticking to getting smaller of bottles of shampoo. I like to mix it up a little.

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The Body Shop – Detangling Spray for Coloured Hair see here

Annoyingly for whatever reason this is a very hard product to get hold of. I have very knotty hair even when I condition my hair I still need a helping hand and this is a little god send. It does exactly what it says on the bottle and gives that little extra moisture that I’m not complaining about.

Sadly, I don’t have another one waiting in the wings to use because it’s so hard to get hold of. I am currently using another one. If anyone can let me know of any good detangling sprays that would be fab – I find these so hard to get hold of. Why don’t brands understand that people get knotty hair and need help!

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Revolution – Strobe Luxe Palette see here

Ok so this isn’t an empty BUT I have smashed it to pieces, accidentally may I add, on the floor. I can’t really use it far too messy and they didn’t wow me so I think rather than creating more mess it’s time to say goodbye. It’s a cute little palette and I’m in love with the packaging but I never reached for it much and the last time I did I dropped it. We just weren’t destined to be. I’m not sure if I would repurchase this as I have so many highlighters and I don’t think I will miss this much..

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Original Source – Limited Edition Hibiscus & Pomegranate Tea Shower Gel see here

I really enjoy the Original Source shower gels, they are perfect for travelling and so easy to pick up. They have so many scents now and they are always on offer. This one I really did enjoy, I love the smell of pomegranate, it’s so fresh and is the perfect shower gel especially first thing in the morning. If I see this on the shelves again I will be buying it again but with it being limited edition and I think it will be a little tricky.

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Soap & Glory – Kick Ass Pressed Powder in Totally Translucent see here

I LOVE this powder. I feel like for me powders are really hard to impress me. I mean they set your make up I always buy translucent so I never see it – it’s just a step of my makeup and normally just use the same one time and time again. However, this has really impressed me.

It’s great at oil control and does an amazing job at setting my make up. It’s one of the only powders I have repurchased in a long time because I knew I couldn’t be without it. The packaging I must say is a little flimsy my new one has already come unstuck from the backing so I can’t travel with it. £12 for a drugstore powder is a little pricey though..

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Garnier – Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash see here

I had such high hopes for this product and actually it was fairly disappointing. I am not saying it’s a bad product I guess I just expected more from it, especially as I love their original micellar water. For me that is a holy grail product, but this I used up because it was ok but I won’t be repurchasing I’m afraid. I have heard so many good reviews about this but it just didn’t work the way I wanted it to. I have written a full review on this here

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Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer in Sin see here

So I love Urban Decay Primer potion in original. I have quite a few samples of the other shades they have to offer and I have finally decided to get round to using them. For me I can’t apply eyeshadow without applying a primer to my lids. I just can’t do it. I thought I would love this as much as I love my original but sadly I didn’t.

The colour is extremely pink toned which really isn’t my cup of tea. It created a base that had colour in it which doesn’t compliment my skin tone. I mean it worked the same way but the colour really isn’t for me and resulted in me having to apply another base to even the tone out. Sorry but I will be sticking to the original primer potion!

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PS Love (Primark) – Oval Cosmetic Pads 

We all know that I’m obsessed with these. They are in nearly every single Empties post that I publish. These are the only cotton pads that I will use. They are perfect for removing make up and for 90p you really can’t go wrong. I have been stocking up and I think I have another two packets ready and waiting to go. Lets hope they aren’t discontinued anytime soon!

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Hats off to you if you made it to the end! It’s so satisfying after I have written these posts because I can finally throw all the products away! Let me know if you have used any of these products and what your thoughts are on them.

-A x

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Review – Crown 35 Color Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette

Hello my lovelies,

I feel like I haven’t reviewed an eyeshadow palette in quite some time so here I am! Crown Brush is a brand that I have only really heard of for their brushes. I can add that their brushes are pretty incredible. When I was at IMATS this year this palette caught my eye on their stand and I couldn’t walk away without buying it. A Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette – yes please!

This year I have really been trying to step away from the standard nude eye with a bit of gold so I thought this palette would be perfect to see if I can move myself away from my comfort zone. Just an FYI you can see what else I brought at IMATS here it’s a brilliant event if you are a beauty addict like me!

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Yes this palette is well loved, but I did accidentally drop it – I know I was heart broken which is why two of the pans are gone, annoyingly they were two of my favourite shades. Anyway, enough of me feeling sorry for myself lets get onto the review! I do like the packaging, it’s a solid black plastic with the simple crown logo on the front. This actually reminds me of the Morphe palettes which I really love. Unfortunately it’s not drop-proof as I found out but the packaging did hold up against my wooden floor!

These array of colours are amazing – I mean seriously how could you walk away from this! The shades are absolutely gorgeous, I love that you get a mix of both matte shades along with the most beautiful glitter shades. When I swatched the glitter shades my jaw dropped the pigmentation is insane! Before I knew it I had paid for it.

I was a little worried that with the amount of pigmentation the shades that there was going to be a serious amount of fall out. I’m all up for a little but I don’t want to be completely re-apply my base makeup because of my blooming eyeshadow. To my amazement there is next to nothing fall-out. I was seriously impressed and the pigmentation from brush to my eyelid was exactly the same as when I swatched it – seriously what more could you ask for!

I have created so many different eye-looks from this palette the possibilities really are endless and it has definitely got me out of my nude/gold eye looks. Some of the colours are a little daring but that’s the fun part – experimenting! The shades are so eye-catching and the amount of comments I have had on my eye-looks when I have these shadows just justifies why you should go out of your comfort zone sometimes.

I always use a lid primer which I think helps – I can’t not apply primer and I think the glitter colours especially will work better with one so do bare this in mind, or you can always wet your brush a little which will help with the application. As I use a eye primer these shadows last for AGES. Even when I come to take my make up my eye-look is still in place it’s like I only applied in minutes before – amazing right!?

I would say the matte shades aren’t as pigmented but actually I prefer this because I like to build the colour in my crease because I am a little heavy handed so it does help when it isn’t as pigmented that you feel as though you can’t erase what you have done. By no means am I saying they aren’t as good as the shimmer shades, just a friendly warning.

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These are 5 of my favourite shades from the palette and all I did was dip my finger in to achieve this – I did say they were pigmented! They are so blendable and buttery which helps when creating any eye look. I always get annoyed when you have a shadows that do not blend very well and you are there for around 10 minutes still blending – I just don’t have the time for this.

I will be honest and say I haven’t used all the shades in this palette I’m not a massive pink-toned fan but this is merely personal preference. I’m still finding new looks and I’m sure I will get round to them at some point – I mean there are 35 shades at the end of the day.

Overall, this is one of my favorite palettes I have found EVER. I know this is a big statement but seriously you need to try it for yourself. This is an amazing palette and your paying around 66p per shade – yes I know bargain! I would urge anyone who hasn’t checked out their makeup before to go try it. Seriously, I don’t think you will be disappointed!

You can find the palette here

Let me know if you have tried this palette or anything else from the brand. I feel like this is a brand that is so underrated in the beauty world!

-A x

Black Friday Haul

Hello my lovelies,

So Black Friday I’m never normally taken by, I normally finish my Christmas shopping by this point and Black Friday is normally where I’m sucked into buying something for someone else. However, not this year mainly what I brought was for me – whoops! I went a little mad but I’m so excited to try everything I have brought. I have decided these are my Christmas gifts to myself – that’s totally ok right?

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Beauty Bay 

We will start here because this is what sucked me in to the Black Friday deals. Seriously the queue to get on the website was insane, please don’t tell me I was the only one that waited over 12 hours to get on the site!? I just wanted to get my hands on some Morphe Products really and that is exactly what I did!

Morphe – 9BZ Palette see here

I was on the hunt for a new contouring/bronzing powder and when I saw this I was like yes this is perfect. As soon as I opened it I fell in love with the colours. I haven’t heard much about this palette if I’m honest but for the price I paid I’m happy to give it a go, I shall report back!

Morphe – 35F Palette see here

I have wanted this palette for AGES, I’m not even joking it has been on countless wishlists that I have posted and whenever I try and buy it, it’s always out of stock! When I saw that it was in stock AND on sale I literally screamed with excitement. I cannot wait to get using this, the colours all look so pretty. I have high hopes with this palette as everyone and their blooming cat seems to own Morphe eye shadows it’s now finally my turn to enjoy.

Mario Badescu – Acne Facial Cleanser see here

So I have heard about this brand but for whatever reason never purchased anything. Although I don’t suffer with really bad acne, I can get break outs and I love to reach for products that are going to combat them and get rid of them as soon as possible. Let’s see what this does – I shall of course be reviewing this so keep your eyes peeled!

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Tarte

So again, another brand I have never tried before. The reason is pretty simple for this one though is that it is a bit of a bugger to get hold of in the UK. When they had 25% off and free shipping to the UK I was well a truly sold and I knew it was time to buy a few things.

Tarte – Lights Camera Lashes Mascara see here

This mascara I have wanted for a long time, I could never justify the price or just buying this with the shipping I just admired from afar. Of course this was the first thing I put in my basket and as their was limited edition packaging I was like YES PLEASE! Urgh it looks so beautiful. I have high hopes for this little baby so lets hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Tarte – Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette see here

This palette is blooming beautiful, inside & out. Seriously do I need to explain any more? The colours are pretty and I new I wanted to try out a palette from Tarte and this one stole my heart. I have high hopes for this little baby, lets hope it doesn’t let me down.

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Sephora 

Okay, so this isn’t a Black Friday shopping trip I actually have just come back from Berlin and before I went I tried to see if their was a Sephora there, unfortunately the website said no and I was a little sad. While we were out there we went into a department store and what did I see – a great big Sephora counter. Yes I screamed, yes I have no shame.

Sephora – Supreme Cleansing Oil see here

I actually brought this on my last trip to Sephora in Paris and I fell completely in love see here so much so I have been using is sparingly because I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to repurchase anytime soon. Well, of course I brought a new bottle and now I can use it again. This stuff is amazing, if you are ever in Sephora go pick it up it’s amazing trust me.

Sephora – Green Tea Face Mask see here

Another favourite from my last haul that I knew I wanted to pick up again. This is perfect for troubled oily skin I really feel as though this does make a difference I will be using this as soon as possible, my skin needs a little treat and this is the perfect mask!

Huda Beauty – Dessert Dusk Palette see here

Yep, I brought it. I saw it in person & it was love at first sight. The pictures online really do not do this eyeshadow palette justice. I mean they are absolutely incredible and when I swatched them I just knew I couldn’t walk away. I reeeaaally hope that the pigmentation will be amazing on my eyes because boy I’m going to look good.

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Charlotte Tilbury 

Ok, so actually I didn’t buy this and nor was it brought on Black Friday BUT I just wanted to share this little baby because I’m so flipping excited. So my boyfriend didn’t come to Berlin with me and unfortunately I got an awful head cold while I was out there. When we flew back he stayed awake and presented me with a little bag of goodies.

First was some throat sweets – practical. Apple Juice – it was divine. Garnier Micellar Water – my favourite skincare product EVER. Simple Face Wipes – handy AND a Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Show Girl see here I was over the blooming moon & so grateful to receive such a lovely thoughtful gift. It made me even more happier that he had clearly been reading my blog as I mentioned this on my Christmas Wishlist here – top boyfriend points. I’m so excited to try this out, yes I have an addiction to liquid lipstick – I have no shame!

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That’s all folks, I think I will now put myself on a spending ban! Let me know if you have tried any of these products before & what your thoughts are on them.

-A x

 

Review – Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Hello my lovelies,

If you have been reading my blog posts for a while you will know I adore liquid lipsticks. Actually in the past couple of months it’s near enough all I have been wearing. The application is a whole lot easier and most of the time the formulation and longevity of the lipsticks are a whole lot better than ones in a bullet. Merely this is personal opinion and I am sure some of you will disagree but they really are a huge savior to me.

Kat Von D is a brand that I think we all have heard a lot about, up until this year I had never brought anything from the brand. When it finally was available in UK I was one happy bunny and actually purchased my first products from the brand at IMATS, see my post here. I now have two liquid lipsticks from the brand I thought I would share my thoughts with you on whether they are worth the money.

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For reference the two shades I have are: Sanctuary (brown) and Lovesick (pink). I was lucky enough to receive Lovesick free from when I visited Kat Von D’s stand at IMATS and I fell in love with the colour, it isn’t something I normally go for but when I swatched it I knew I was going to enjoy. The pink is a blue toned pink which I never thought I would go for but actually once applied looks amazing. Most people that know me would say I never wear pink so this was a big turning point for me. The full sized liquid lipstick I brought from Debenhams here which is a very standard brown which is right up my street.

I love the packaging of these lipstick, you just know from a quick glance that it is Kat Von D. I love products that are eye-catching because you just lean towards them more when choosing what you are going to apply. I love how thin the bottles are so they are perfect into squeezing into the smallest of places and the mini one is perfect for travelling. The applicator is a standard doe foot which is my personal preference.

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Top – Sanctuary Bottom – Lovesick 

These liquid lipsticks are very easy to apply, the doe foot is the perfect size and is easy to control. Very rarely do I go wrong with this so if you are a complete novice, don’t you worry. The time is takes to set is around two minutes for the formula to completely be matte. For me this isn’t a major issue but it is something to consider. I do forget this sometimes and then I eat and end up with lipstick all over my face, FYI not a good look.

When they dry, they dry into a comfortable matte formula which half the time you forget is even on your lips. As the formula is fairly thin but highly pigmented your lips never feel cakey or that there is too much product. I have never applied more than one coat of this to my lips and it always is more than enough.

The longevity of these are fairly impressive, not the best but I would say a good 8 hours. What I normally do is if I know I’m going to be out all day where I can’t reapply often I will just pop a lip liner on underneath just to ensure that it will stay all day and it really does.

I wouldn’t say these are the best liquid lipsticks I have ever tried but for overall satisfaction they really tick a lot of boxes. I mean I’m quite a picky person when it comes to liquid lipsticks because I wear them so often and for me they are more than comfortable to wear and reliable enough when worn with a lip liner to not worry about it for the day.

Personally the stand out for me is Love Sick, although I only have this in a mini I absolutely adore it and it’s one of my most worn liquid lipsticks over the past few months. It’s such a different colour to anything I have in my collection and it works so well with my complexion. I thought I would be a Lolita sort of girl but boy was I wrong, the colour really isn’t that impressive to me and I much prefer Love Sick. Sanctuary for me is a very standard brown but is something I again wear so much of that I get so much use of.

These two liquid lipsticks I use so much and I now understand why they are so popular. I mean it’s not the perfect formulation but it’s not far off of it in my opinion and I’m completely in love with their shade range. I need to buy a few more to add to my collection but unsure what colour to get next – any suggestions?

Let me know if you have tried these before and what your opinion of them are. Also let me know your favourite shades!

-A x

November Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

I feel like I write these posts far to often, I mean where is the time going!? This is for me simply the best time of the year. As soon as November 1st hits, the Christmas countdown well and truly begins for me. November all in all has been a good month for me, as you are reading this I am currently in Berlin enjoying all the Christmas markets and stuffing my face with amazing food! I started a new job in November, and I officially have been blogging for a whole year now – incredible! I have actually written a little thank you post, so if you haven’t seen it already go check it out here

Onto my beauty favourites, none of these are necessarily new products. I have been trying to not buy a lot this month in the spirit of Christmas and all I really need to be buying for others!

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NYX – Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette see here

I was kindly gifted this by my best friend earlier on the year for my birthday and I instantly fell in love. I don’t know how I have missed putting this in favourites. I have used this palette almost every day this month! The colours are just beautiful and so easy to wear, they are crazy pigmented as well which is not what I was expecting when I first tried them out. I use these just on their own because the pigmentation is incredible enough however it’s mainly because I have been super busy this month so a swipe of one of these colours is great & I’m good to go! I can see myself using this for a long time to come!

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MakeUp Obsession Highlighter Palette 

This palette was actually made up for me online but the link for the website is here where you can create your own palettes – yes I know it’s amazing! Onto the products, I picked this up earlier this year and I had been wanting to try Make Up Obsession for the longest time. I loved the idea of creating your own palette. For whatever reason I chose to pick up a pre-created palette mainly because there was so much choice! I love every single one of these highlighters and I can see myself buying a lot more of these.

Autumn/Winter calls for highlight, I love highlight all year round but even more so in the colder months and this has been the perfect palette to play around with and create the perfect highlight on my skin. I would say my two favourites out of this are H103 Bronze and H109 Pop which are the two middle shades. Seriously if you haven’t tried this brand before go check them out. They are also stocked in Boots too!

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LA Girl – Pro Conceal in Light Ivory see here

Ok, so I love this concealer. I go through phases of wearing this every single day to completely forgetting about it’s existence. This has been by far my most used and loved concealer of this month. Although I haven’t had a bad month with my skin, the dark circles are really real and this has been the perfect product to cover those bad boys up. I love how much product you get for your money – it just keeps on giving. I love that LA Girl is now so readily available within the UK because it is an amazing brand and more people need to see how wonderful it truly is.

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Bourjois – Bronzing Powder in 52 see here

So hands down for me, this is the best drugstore bronzer on the market. Literally I LOVE it and this month it has been the only bronzer I have worn all month. I just flipping love it. I still don’t know how I haven’t hit pan yet because I use it all the time. For me, it is the perfect bronzing shade regardless of what time of year it is, it just always shines and creates the perfect bronzed look where I need it. I have actually mentioned this in my Top 3 bronzers post so if you want even more reasons to buy this then go ahead and give it a read!

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Too Faced – Melted Matte in Queen B see here

I don’t think I have mentioned this on my blog before and I have no idea why. This product is AMAZING. The colour is stunning and nothing like I have ever worn before. A beautiful mauve colour which compliments my complexion beautifully. The formula is amazing, but what do you expect from a brand like Too Faced. I have worn this so much this month and I don’t think I will be loosing touch with it any time soon. It is my perfect Autumn/Winter lip shade. I never thought I would like a shade like this but you never know until you try!

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Loreal – Hydra Genius see here

So I have been giving this a go this month, I didn’t really know what to expect. It is such a different product on the market especially when it comes to the drugstore. The formula is amazing and feels wonderful on the skin. I really think my skin has improved this month and I think it is down to this little baby. It is seriously a beautiful product and I think that you need to just try it out especially if you are on the fence. I will be writing a full review on this product so keep your eyes peeled!

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Lush – Snow Fairy Shower Gel see here

Last but no means least one of my favourite products EVER. Do I even need to explain why I love this product? This time of the year is all about Snow Fairy, I mean what else would you use!? I am down to my final bottle of this so I need to get buying more of this. If you have never smelt or used this before, like seriously where have you been!? You need to go and smell this for yourselves. I promise you, you won’t regret it. This baby was the start of my Christmas countdown.

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Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are of them. I’d love to know! PS where are all the Snow Fairy lovers!?

-A x

 

 

 

Review| NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer

Hello my lovelies,

Primer for me is a very important step in my makeup. I don’t ever apply foundation without applying primer first. I have tried a lot of primers in my time on the search on what creates the perfect base. For me, I have to find a primer that doesn’t increase the amount of oil produced on my skin. Because of this, I usually tend to go towards more silicone based primers they just seem to work better for my skin. A lot of people don’t use primer on a daily basis but I never understand why. I work full time and I need to know that my make up isn’t going to budge! I thought I would share with you my thoughts on NYX’s Angel Veil Primer which is one of my latest primer purchases.

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I had wanted to get my hands on this for the longest time but every time I went to my local NYX counter it was always sold out. I FINALLY managed to get my hands on it from good old Boots of course! I love the packaging, actually mainly just the pink lid. It just makes it a lot prettier and more fun. Who doesn’t love a little metallic pink!?

What drew me to this primer in the first place was that the product is oil free. This is music to my ears because I know it’s not going to increase the amount of oil within my skin. No one wants a shiny forehead! I was however skeptical with it being a cream based product. As I mentioned, I am mainly drawn to more silicone based primers they just work for me better. However, the dedicated beauty lover I am I was of course going to take one for the team and try it out.

The cream is actually fairly light in consistency which when I applied onto the skin just sunk in. I do have some primers where you have to wait a good couple of minutes before you can applying your next base product, not this one! It’s great especially when you are in a rush but want to still ensure that you have done your complete routine. I feel that because it’s such a thin primer you do have to use quite a bit of it to ensure all areas are covered.

I have tried a fair few different foundations with this primer and all have worked really well. My makeup definitely stays on all day and I never feel like it has made my skin oily in fact most of the time it looks as though I have just applied it.  It keeps my skin so lovely and fresh. I mean when you read the back of the bottle it claims that the primer ‘feels lighter than a cloud‘ and although I have never held a cloud I would agree with this. I never feel as though it makes my face heavier.

I have had primers in my time that really does weigh my face down and I feel like I am wearing 10 layers of base product. However this primer is so lightweight that you don’t realise you are wearing anything else. It’s quick and easy to apply and really does make a difference to my skin. It does claim that it ‘leaves skin feeling divine‘ not sure I agree with this one. Just because it does create a layer on your skin ready for foundation. Although my skin feels smooth even when I have finished all my base makeup .I would say this is down to my morning skincare routine as opposed to a primer.

Overall, I am really impressed with this primer. Over the past year I never really tried primers from the drugstore because I didn’t think they could compete with my more expensive primers that I adored. I am pleased to say that I was proved wrong and actually the drugstore can produce a good primer, namely NYX.

I would recommend this to people, especially if you struggle with an oily complexion. I thought that although it didn’t combat my oily skin it did not add to this which is exactly what you need especially when applying different layers to your skin. NYX is a brand I have never tried a lot from in regards to their base products but after this little gem I think I will be seeing what else they have to offer.

Let me know if you have tried this before and what your thoughts are. Also any NYX base product recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

-A x

Boots & TK MAXX Haul

Hello my lovelies,

So I haven’t been beauty shopping in some time so I thought it was about time I treated myself to some new items. Boots is always my downfall because I love walking up all the aisles to see the offers they have on and the new products brands bring out. TK MAXX, I always find a little hit and miss the beauty section is always a bit of a jumble sale but you can find some amazing little gems and as my local store was quite quiet I thought I would take advantage of it!

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Boots

I thought I would start in the most logical place which is Boots as I visited this store first. Drugstore make up is really disappointing me at the moment, I looked round all the counters and didn’t really find anything that I wanted to pick up. This never happens so  I thought I would take full advantage of this and focus on skincare!

Soap & Glory – Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder see here

So this is the only make up purchase I picked up from Boots which is something I am currently running out of so I knew I needed to pick another up ASAP. I love this powder, it really does the job of keeping my makeup in place and mattifying. With oily skin this powder is great at oil control, it’s one of the only pressed powders I reach for at the moment. Soap and Glory for make up isn’t normally my cup of tea but they do have some great products!

Simple – Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil see here

I am new to the whole cleansing oil thing, but I have fallen in love with my Sephora Cleansing Oil so I thought why don’t I try one out from an affordable brand which is a lot easier to get hold of. This caught my eye and I thought it’s on offer why not try it out. Simple is a brand for me that is a great affordable brand where their products do exactly what they say on the tin. Very rarely do products from Simple disappoint me so I am hoping I will enjoy this. I will of course post a review of how I get on with this.

Garnier – Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Soap Free Gel Wash see here

Why do products have such long names!? Garnier is another skincare brand that I have love and adored for a long time and very rarely do I come across a product that I don’t get on with. I am always on the hunt for trying new face washes and the whole anti-blemish formula I am in great need of. My breakouts can be really horrid so anything that aims to combat this is worth trying right!?

Botanics – Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm see here

So for whatever reason I have never tried anything from Botanics before, I have always heard good things about them. I guess nothing has ever shouted out enough for me to buy something up until now. I didn’t realise how big of a range it is so I didn’t even know what to choose but I did want to try a new cleanser so I thought why not try a balm? I love the ethics of the brand so lets hope it impresses me!

Garnier – Pure Active Intense Daily Exfoliating Scrub

For whatever reason this doesn’t seem to be on the Boots website, a little strange. Anyway, I love using exfoliating scrubs and as this says it combats spots and blackheads I thought this would be right up my street! It is for oily spot prone skin which literally sums up my skin to a tea! I am hoping this goes some way to help combat them. More so my blackheads as I have trouble getting rid of the little things. I shall let you know how I get on in due course.

Quick Fix Facials – Anti Blemish Mud Mask see here

Last but by no means least from Boots I picked up a mask. I love my face masks and I have never tried a mud mask before so I thought why not!? Clearly from this haul you can see I am trying to combat my spotty skin. I just need to shake it up a bit and hope that at least one of the product does the trick. I have another one of these masks in the range which I enjoy using so lets hope I like this one a much!

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TK MAXX

TK MAXX is like a little jumble sale at times everything is a bit of a mess but you can really find some great gems. As TK MAXX has so many products they are not all on their website so I will let you know how much I paid for each of the products but I won’t be able to link them – I apologise in advance!

Topshop – Nude Lips in Bevy and Culture. £3.99 each

So I did not realise they stocked Topshop make up! I was very impressed. I do have one of their lipsticks but it really isn’t my thing so I thought I would try again and this time with brown matte shades. I love a brown lip and these two colours look beautiful. I have high hopes for these so hopefully they will live up to my expectations.

Make Up Forever – Step 1 Skin Equaliser Radiant Primer in Cool Pink. £7.99

So I thought this was a bargain! I have never tried anything from Make Up Forever, I am not sure why but I thought now is the time. I love a good primer, I am a little worried about the shade but as it won’t be seen I’m not too fussed. It is a cream based primer which is highly fragrenced. I’m not too sure how I feel about it but I will give it a go. I will let you know my thoughts!

Make Up Forever – High Definition Powder £9.99

I couldn’t leave by just buying one product! I never really buy powder so I thought lets give it a go. I was on the hunt for a new powder anyway so it seemed like a logical purchase. It’s translucent which is what I would go for anyway because I never need any more colour in my powder. I have no idea what to expect from this, how interesting..

Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream £14.99

So I think everyone and there dog has tried this cream apart from me. As it was there I thought do you know what it’s about time I find out what all the hype is about. I have never tried any skincare from Elizabeth Arden so this will be a good test. I will let you know how I get on with this, I really hope I like it otherwise I will be thoroughly disappointed.

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That’s all guys! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them!

-A x

Christmas Beauty Wishlist 2017

Hello my lovelies,

So it’s that time of year where Christmas is upon us and for me the countdown has well and truly begun. For me I have already done 70% of my Christmas shopping, yes I am that crazy organised freak! Everyone always has a wishlist and although I have given my actual Christmas list to my parents I thought for everyone else who wants to be noisy or is wanting to get me something this may help.

I had a lot of fun thinking about what I wanted, if you have been reading my posts for a while some of these items have been on wishlists for quite some time and I still haven’t got round to buying them. Christmas for me is the best time of the year, spending time with your loved ones, snuggling in blankets watching Christmas films as well as all the food. Gifts for me are an added bonus and I don’t give to receive I just genuinely love watching people open their presents as I put a lot of thought into them.

CHRISTMAS WISHLIST 2017

  1. Oskia – Renaissance Cleansing Gel see here

I have wanted this for a long time to be honest. I have heard so many great things about the product and the brand as a whole that I know this is the next cleanser that I want to get my hands on. For me as much as I love make up, skincare is so important to me and spending a little more on it is a worthwhile thing to do.

2. Huda Beauty – Warm Brown Obsessions Palette see here

So this is Huda Beauty’s most recent launch and I NEED to get my hands on it. The shades are absolutely beautiful and nothing like anything I own. Slowly I am heading towards these shades they are just so beautiful and perfect for the cold weather. I have heard a lot of good things of the pigmentation of these eye shadows – I’m hoping this won’t disappoint. The only product I currently have from Huda Beauty is the Liquid Lipstick which I reviewed here

3. Clinique – Moisture Surge see here

I had a little mini of this and I fell in love, the texture and the effect the product had on my skin completely wowed me. I know that I need to get my hands on a new pot because I don’t think I can live without it. I mentioned this in my most recent empties post and I knew this would be straight on my Christmas Wishlist. Honestly if you are in the market for a new moisturiser I would seriously consider this little baby.

4. Charlotte Tilbury – Liquid Matte Lipstick in Show Girl see here

This is a fairly recent launch from Charlotte Tilbury and I have been to my local counter to try these out, I love near enough all the colours in the range but I have decided the first one I want is Show Girl. I am a complete sucker for a liquid lip and I feel that Charlotte Tilbury have been a little late on the hype of this but I’m hoping it is worth the wait!

5. MAC – Pigment in Museum Bronze see here

I completely fell in love with MAC pigments, I finally got my hands on the Blue/Brown Pigment which took me ages to get and now I have it I need more colours. They are absolutely beautiful and my oh my the colours are AMAZING. I have decided after a lot of deliberation that the next colour I want to go for is Museum Bronze. I feel like I could wear this on its own or I could mix other colours with it. Yes I’m that person that thinks of everything.

6. Kevyn Aucoin – Sculpting Powder in Medium see here

In the last year I have really upped my contour game and spent time on it as well as trying out a lot of products. I saw this around 8 months ago and it caught my eye from a number of different bloggers. Every time I am willing to take the plunge in the cost of the product it’s always sold out. I thought the best hope of me getting this is to put it on my Christmas list, lets hope dreams do come true! I know that when I get my hands on this my cheek bones are going to look AMAZING!

7. Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 see here

I don’t think this product needs much explanation literally I saw it and fell in love. Who does not want this palette!? I am tempted to buy it myself but I just can’t justify spending that amount of money so close to Christmas. The shade range in this palette is outstanding and I have heard only good things about this palette. Santa I promise I have been good this year – I hope this will be in my stocking!

8. Tarte – Shape Tape Concealer see here

Another product that I need to get my hands on very soon otherwise I feel like I am going to go insane! Everyone and their dog has spoken about this concealer and I think the time has come for me to join the bandwagon. Who doesn’t want a full coverage concealer in their collection. I don’t currently own anything from Tarte but I have always known the first product I want to get my hands on is this one. Unfortunately it just is a little tricky to get your hands on here in the UK.

That’s a wrap guys! Talking about Christmas has well and truly got me into the spirit I just want the day to come now! Let me know if you have tried any of these products out and what your thoughts are. What is on your beauty Christmas list this year?

-A x

1 YEAR OF BLOGGING!

Hello my lovelies,

So this post, I never thought I would be writing. A year ago today I had the idea to start a blog, I thought that I wanted to be creative and I just thought it was about time I shared my love of beauty with like-minded people. A year ago today I was in a very dark place which a lot of people don’t know about. I was signed off work with depression and anxiety to the point I was too scared to leave the house. I would ring my mum multiple times a day crying and I couldn’t see a way out.

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I spent my days just watching YouTube, a lot of make up and beauty videos and I knew for a long time I wanted my space on the internet but I was too scared to film myself. This is where I thought of blogging. I owed it to myself to give it a chance and it wasn’t for followers or making my mark it was for me. I wanted something for me, a hobby, my own outlet where I could express myself.

I then found WordPress, thought of my name and the rest came naturally for me. I designed my page and took the plunge to post a blog post. I was incredibly nervous to post, not because I was worried no one would read it because I didn’t expect any one to. I was worried because I didn’t feel worthy of having something for me that was positive when everything else in my world was falling apart. I felt selfish but I posted it. I first told my older sister who encouraged me to do this and I’m so pleased I did.

The amount of love and support I got from fellow bloggers and my friends & family was overwhelming. After posting my first post, I was so proud of myself. To do something for me that was positive. I got the blogging bug and until I was ready to go back to work in January I blogged like there was no tomorrow. It gave me a purpose to get up in the morning and I absolutely fell in love with blogging.

I started gaining followers and I was so overwhelmed that people wanted to read my blog there were a lot of happy tears! Social media went crazy and I finally felt like I fitted in to the blogging community. I met so many different people and still to this day I am overwhelmed with the love and support from the blogger world.

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To share with my friends and family what I had been doing was a very daunting prospect. Although those closest to me knew, there was an awful lot of people that didn’t know. I thought do you know what – what can I loose if I share it on my personal Facebook? I finally took the plunge and the support I got was amazing. I had so many people messaging me asking for my advice and opinions on beauty products and it meant so much.

As the year has gone on, working with brands and the following I have still shocks me. To most people it’s not a big number but for little old me it’s a big thing. I have people who I haven’t spoken to in years telling me that they read my blog religiously and that they love it, family members who constantly support me and I can’t tell you how much it all means to me.

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If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be writing this post with the success I have had I would of laughed in your face and thought that’s impossible. Now, I think that anything is possible when you set your mind to it. My life has changed dramatically in a year and most of it is down to my blog. To have my small space on the internet that is mine, where I can escape and be who I want to be. I’m now working and happy and feeling more positive than ever.

There are a few people that have really helped me in my journey which includes my Mum who is just a gem and has supported me like there is no tomorrow, trying new products that I have recommended and shared my posts with her friends. My older sister Kelly who continues to support me and encourage me every time we speak. My boyfriend Tom who is my biggest supporter of my blog. He reads every posts and daily tells me how proud he is of me and what I have achieved. My best friends Nadia and Charlotte who read every single one of my posts and are always there for support and to share my experiences with.

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Basically, this is a massive thank you. To each and every one of you reading this post, who follows my blog, my Twitter, my Instagram or Facebook page. You have no idea how life changing this experience has been for me and what you can achieve. I thank my lucky stars that I have my blog, something for me because without it I genuinely don’t know where I would be. It gives me a purpose in life and I am forever thankful.

Here is to another year of blogging and I know that each and every day I will still pinch myself that I have the following and support that I do. Who knows what I will achieve or whether I will outgrow my blog, a year is a long time but for now it’s my biggest achievement in life.

To anyone who is wanting to do something like a blog and you are unsure, DO IT. I can’t put into words how happy and grateful that I made the move and started blogging. You deserve to do something that makes you happy. If anyone want’s advice or needs help then come and ask me – if I can do it, anyone can!

Thank you once again, I love you all and let this amazing journey continue

-A x

Review – Rimmel: Sculpting Palette by Kate Moss

Hello my lovelies

For me, finding contour products of any sort is actually hard to find. I mean a good all in one palette which you can use all the shades and enjoy. As much as I love the drugstore when it comes to any kind of palette they aren’t the greatest. When Rimmel brought out this sculpting palette I was thinking, oooh do we have a contender. It did take me a while to pick up – I’m not sure why but I finally did and I thought it was about time that I share with you exactly my thoughts.

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So I picked this up from Boots and I decided on 002 Coral Glow. For me it seemed like the medium shade and as I’m not completely pale the middle shade should work. From the outside I love the packaging. It works with my aesthetics – copper yes please! It’s compact so perfect for travelling and it’s nice and easy to see the shades. It just works and I love the look of it. It does mean that it doesn’t come with a mirror but I don’t think it would look right if it came with one.

Another great thing is that I love on the back it comes with instructions written and visual of where to apply each of the products. For me, this is amazing. I’m no makeup artist so it’s good to double check if you are applying it in the right places and if you are new into the world of contouring or make up generally then these little things really do make a difference.

For whatever reason, I didn’t swatch the shades in store. I decided because of all the lovely reviews I had read and see on this product I didn’t need to. Now, this is the biggest regret because I really don’t think I would of picked it up..

We will start with the first shade – the highlight/ illuminator. So from just looking at it, it doesn’t look like much – I wouldn’t pick a shade like this normally for me it’s just a little something of nothing. However, the person I am I do try everything and all I would say is that it is OK. If you have a lot of highlighters like me you will apply this and feel as though it is very basic. It produces a nice colour but not the glow I’m after.

I like to have a bit more of a glow, I mean if you are someone who wants a subtle highlight then I think you would really like this. But for a highlighter junkie for me it just doesn’t really hit the spot. On days that I’m not wearing a lot of make up then this is perfect however it’s not something I do very often so I very rarely use it.

Next shade the Contour/sculpting shade. Now for me I don’t think a contour shade should have specs of glitter in it. It should be a matte shade to chisel those cheek bones. This does have specs of glitter in which I was willing to see past it to see how it faired. Well the pigmentation is awful, I mean really awful. The amount of product you have to get on your brush is ridiculous. I can’t make it work for me, maybe the shade is too light for me but it did absolutely nothing for me. I have never been so disappointed in a contour shade in my life.

Finally we have the blush shade which looks beautiful my sort of blush. It’s a soft coral toned pink with very few specs of glitter. If I am honest this is what drew me to this trio the most is the blush shade. You can’t go wrong with a blush surely? Well you can because it has no pigmentation to it. Below is a picture of all three shades and I seriously can’t do any better I put so much product on my finger and it comes up as nothing. I can’t use it. It’s completely pointless. What’s the point of applying a product that you can’t see. It’s so frustrating because it’s such a lovely colour in the pan.

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Overall, I am hugely disappointed in the this product. It ticked all the right boxes on paper but the performance of the shades is just dismal. I’m not sure how this was able to be retailed in my opinion it’s really something of nothing. I mean the only shade I could use from this trio is the highlighter but it wouldn’t be used very often. I hate writing bad reviews but I am being honest and I wish there is something that would make me keep it but there isn’t.

This sadly will be going in the bin, or I’ll see if one of my friends want to give it a go. Maybe I just got a poor quality one but I just don’t think that I want to go try the same one, maybe a different shade but I’m assuming they are all made in the same way. It’s even worse because this is the first ever product from Rimmel that I have truly disliked. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone it’s really not worth the money.

Let me know how you have got on with this, maybe you feel the same as me or maybe you have got it to work for you. Sadly on this occasion it wasn’t for me. It’s such a shame because the amount of reviews I have read on this being a great product is ridiculous!

-A x