Empties #15

Hello my lovelies,

Another month another empties post, I seem to do these way more frequently than I ever planned. I always think half way through the month oh I don’t have enough products to do an empties post this month but here we are and I have still somehow managed to get 10 products. Some of these are repeat offenders but some I’m shocked they are  in here, sometimes you forget how quickly you get through products.

Estee Lauder – Day Wear Moisturiser see here

I actually received this as a gift with purchase when I brought some other Estee Lauder products. I personally think this is a great way to discover new products especially higher end brands where you don’t want to risk money for it to not work for you. Now, this was a nice moisturiser, but I didn’t fall in love with it. There wasn’t really nothing special about it, it did the job it smelt nice but that was about it. Would I buy it again, probably not but if I had this in a set or in another gift with purchase I’d happily use it. I’m just not convinced enough to spend my money, sometimes a high end price tag doesn’t always mean it’s going to be an amazing product..

Benefit – Roller Lash Mascara see here

This is probably my favourite Benefit mascara I have tried, to be honest I wasn’t a massive fan on the They’re Real but this was pretty impressive for me. It gave me length and volume, my only issue is that it is a bit of a bugger to remove but I think this is an issue with all Benefit mascara’s. I have had this in my collection for a little while which dried up after time, but it turned into the perfect bottom lash mascara. I never have panda eyes and it doesn’t turn flaky. I think I used pretty much the whole of this product so it was time to say goodbye. I would repurchase this, just not for a little while as my mascara collection is a little excessive right now!

So…? – White Petals Body Mist see here

Body mists remind me so much of my childhood and when I got these I was like will they come into use but actually they do. I have had this in my handbag constantly and near enough on a daily basis I use it. It’s just so refreshing especially in the warmer weather and it smells define. I won’t try to explain the scent because I’m blooming awful at it but it’s definitely on the floral spectrum. I think I would get this again but I do have other scents that I am now using which have now replaced this in my handbag.

Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Sweetie see here

I think this product appears in nearly every single one of my empties, I have no shame because I am still obsessed. I have been switching up the scents recently but apart from that it’s a firm favourite. I would never go out and buy another brand of dry shampoo, my hair routine is pretty basic and this is the only product I have been loyal to for a long time!

Soap and Glory – The Righteous Butter 3-in-1 Creamy Body Wash see here

I’m not really sure what I thought about this product. I received this in a set which I was keen to try as I haven’t really heard much about this product. I wouldn’t really call this a body wash, it was difficult to lather and move around my body (as weird as that sounds) I mean it was really moisturising but in the end I had to use another body wash to feel clean which really defeats the point of this. This product is great to use on your legs to shave them but apart from that I don’t have many more uses for it. To be honest I wouldn’t go out and pay £7 just to use this as a shaving cream, unfortunately this product just wasn’t for me.

KIKO – Ultimate Pen, Long Wear Eyeliner in Black see here

I love a good liquid liner, my eye looks are never complete without it. I used to love trying different brands out but to be honest most of them are pretty much the same. This is a very affordable eyeliner which does exactly what it should. The nib is perfect especially for precision on a winged liner look, it’s proper black. I mean I know that sounds silly to say but sometimes it comes out a grey-ish black and it’s such a disappointment. I also love that it stays on all day, I never have any issues with this fading what so ever which is perfect. Highly recommend for a cheap and cheerful product.

Katy Perry – Killer Queen Perfume see here

I have been finishing quite a few perfume bottles recently and I am pretty proud of myself. This little baby has had a feature recently on my blog in my February Favourites and I still have been absolutely loving it. I didn’t realise how quickly I was going through it so when I had finished it I knew I had to replace it. It’s not very often I feel the need to replace quickly but with this one it was a must. I quickly headed down to my local perfume store and picked it up, for the price it was totally rude not to. This has shown to me not all celebrity perfumes are a write off!

Soap & Glory – Clean on Me Shower Gel see here

Another shower product from Soap and Glory but this time it is a mini. To be honest I’m not sure about this product because there wasn’t enough of it to really get a feel for it. It smelt lovely and to be honest the nicest scent from them, I’m not a fan of a lot of the scents this was actually quite tame. It lathered up nicely and did the job but it no way compares to the likes of Lush which are around the same price point. I don’t think I would repurchase this but I am sure I will receive gifts and I would use them. I mean it isn’t a bad product but it’s not the best..

Garnier – Micellar Water see here

Anyone who knows me remotely knows that I absolutely adore this stuff. I could go on and on for days about this, but I am sure it would bore the pants off of you. Seriously try it. I haven’t come across anyone who doesn’t enjoy this product, it’s just a great affordable product. Like the Batiste Dry Shampoo this is in an awful lot of my Empties post but I did mention this in my Spring Evening Skincare Routine so if you want to know how I use it then go take a look!

Revolution – Amazing Makeup Fixing Spray see here

Another make up product – I know! It doesn’t happen an awful lot. Now, I don’t really use fixing sprays how they should be used. I basically use them to dampen my beauty blender. Now most people will think well that’s an expensive way to wet the blender. Well, yes it is but actually I think it works better than water. As it’s a fixing spray I feel as though my foundation stays on an awful lot longer rather than just using water. I’m a girl although I love make up I don’t have the time on a daily basis to keep topping up my foundation every couple of hours and I have found that this is the perfect way to ensure a long wearing foundation. If you haven’t tried this before then it’s worth a go – trust me!

& that’s a wrap guys. Talking about 10 products turns into a pretty long post so well done if you have got to the end! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. I’d love to know!

-A x

Review: Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

Hello my lovelies,

I feel like I haven’t written a review in the longest time, so I thought why not review a beautiful looking eyeshadow palette. My problem in the past year is that I have been obsessed with the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette that nothing has really come close. I even stopped buying eyeshadow palettes for a while, I know shock horror! I picked up this little beauty when I was in Berlin in November and for whatever reason only really started using it recently so I thought it was about time I reviewed it.

This has been a very hyped up product in the beauty world, I instantly fell in love with the colours and to be honest with seeing it all over social media I got sucked in and decided to buy it. I love Huda Beauty’s liquid lipsticks, they are sensational so I thought their eye shadows should be pretty amazing. You get 18 shades in this palette which actually is pretty good, a lot of high end palettes don’t provide this amount. The main tones in this palette are orange/red tones with some beautiful glitter shades and the odd crazy colour like the purple.

For whatever reason although it looks beautiful, I never reached for it when I first brought it. Even though I was wearing these sorts of shades I just never picked it up. I then had a massive clear out a couple of months ago and actually I debated just selling this because something so beautiful shouldn’t just be collecting dust. However, I thought I need to give this a proper go – it’s Huda Beauty. So I decided to start using it and creating looks and I have been really impressed. The shades are really pigmented, not in your face pigmented but it doesn’t take 10 minutes to apply one colour to your lids.

I have been loving the orange tones now for some while and these are just beautiful and actually nothing like I have in my collection. I have even gone all out and tried out the pink glitter in here when is called Angelic. Ok I admit it’s pink with a lot of gold in it, but it’s a start right!? I am absolutely obsessed. All the colours are really easy to work with and blend so lovely together.

My favourite shades in the palette from Left to Right of the above picture: Musk, Amber, Blazing, Angelic, Blood Moon & Retrograde.

I have been creating a look with these shades which I am absolutely in love with. Day or night I rock it, seriously I’m just an eyeshadow lover. What I also love about these is there there are no fall out even with glitter shadows which I think is very rare to find. Huda Beauty have done incredibly well to find this amazing formula and for it to work with the different finishes are really impressive.

I absolutely adore this palette and I am shocked and disappointed in myself that I nearly let this little baby go away. Nothing this pretty should ever be sat in a collection collecting dust especially when the shades inside are blooming amazing. I mean there are probably two shades in this palette that I wouldn’t use, well not at the moment any way. These are the purple shades, but this is going waaay out of my comfort zone. 18 months ago I was a complete nude eye shadow girl and was all about the golden look. To go to orange/red tones and to add other colours like pink is a big step for me.

I’m hoping one day I’ll find the courage to rock the purple shades though. I just know I am going to get so much use out of the palette now and to be honest for the past month or so it’s the only palette I have been using because I am so obsessed with the looks I’m creating with it. I’m no eye shadow artist but slowly I’m creating looks that I love and that’s all that matters right?

I can’t tell you how happy I am to have this in my collection and I am in awe of Huda Beauty for creating this beautiful palette. I now have my eyes on their other palettes and I’m sure it won’t take me long to make a cheeky purchase on Cult Beauty. This is seriously a brand that rivals the likes of ABH. If you have never tried anything from Huda Beauty as a whole then I strongly recommend eye shadows and liquid lipsticks.

If you want to pick this up yourself see here – it is the most expensive eye shadow I have ever brought but it does work out to around £3.11 per colour which actually is pretty impressive when you think about it.

Let me know your thoughts on whether you have tried this palette before and also recommendations of what one I should try out next.

If you would like to see my review of the Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks, see here

-A x

 

Spring Evening Skincare Routine

Hello my lovelies,

I haven’t done a skincare routine for quite some time and as it has changed quite a lot since the last time I shared my routine with you, so I thought I would share it with you. I would just mention before I get into this post that I don’t use all of these products in one evening. It depends whether I have a shower in the evening or what my skin is like on the day. Mainly my skincare is from the drugstore because actually it’s pretty blooming impressive, you don’t need to pay mega bucks to have good skin!

Cleanser: Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean Deep Cleansing Milk see here

This has been a firm favourite for well over a year and I have brought quite a few bottles of this now. It’s such a good cleanser and near enough removes all my make up including mascara. It never irritates my skin or eyes which is a major bonus. I think for £8 you really can’t go wrong and most evenings this is my cleanser of choice. I have actually reviewed this here if you want to read a little more into it.

Second Cleanse: Estee Lauder – Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Purifying Cleansing Jelly see here

This I actually picked up on a whim around 3 months ago and I have fallen in love with it. It does wonders for my pores and they dramatically look so much better. If you have problems with having large pores and a load of rubbish in them this is the product to sort it out. I don’t use this all the time only when I can be bothered to second cleanse but it really does make the world of difference. Highly recommend this little baby, a little pricey but well worth the investment.

Micellar Water: Garnier – Micellar Water see here

So if you have read any of my previous blog posts then you know I absolutely adore this product. I wouldn’t even like to admit how many of these babies I have brought. This is my savior product and if I had to choose only one skincare product for the rest of my life it would be this one. In my eyes it is simply the best micellar water and I will never try anything else. I use this every evening without fail normally just after cleansing to clear any residue that may of been left including on my eyes. I just find it so refreshing and the perfect product to then move onto the next part of my routine. Seriously if you haven’t used this yet you need to!

Night Moisturiser: Nip + Fab Glycolic Overnight Purifying Gel see here

Now this isn’t a moisturiser as such but I use it as a replacement, it works for me. This is a little sticky when first applied but it does sink into the skin relatively quickly and my skin always feels so much better in the morning. This really works well if you have acne prone skin or suffer with breakouts. My spots always look a lot better in the morning after using this.

Spot Remedy: La Roche Posay – Effaclar Duo see here

So this is quite a new addition to my skincare collection, I think I was definitely the last person in the world to pick this up. To be honest I don’t use it as much as I should and to be honest I use it when my skin is really struggling, mainly with spots and the scars that remain after. It really works wonders and isn’t a harsh treatment on your skin at all. I love using this and I have noticed that my outbreaks never last as long as they used to. I have written a full review on this product here if you want to find out a little more.

Exfolatior: Garnier Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub see here

I use an exfoliator 2-3 times a week in the shower and to be honest that is enough for me. For years I have stuck near enough with the same exfoliator and this year I decided to mix it up a little. I much prefer an intensive exfoliant, I like to know it’s doing something to my skin and I use the products like a treatment to my face. To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of this one, the citrus smell is lovely but I don’t think it does much else for me. The person I am I don’t like to waste anything so because it’s not making my skin any worse I’ll use it up. Has anyone else tried this before?

Face Wash: Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash see here

Another product I have just started to mix up recently, again I don’t use this everyday I use it mainly in conjunction with my exfoliator. I’m actually really enjoying this, it also has little beads in so for me it’s like round two of exfoliation but not anywhere as near as harsh. This does the job, for me face washes are pretty standard products but there is something about this product that I just really like. I know you are meant to use a face wash daily but seriously I cleanse etc. I don’t have hours to complete a skincare routine!

Toner: Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic see here

Last but by no means least, my current toner. Now again I don’t use this daily and I would say I use it in conjunction on the days I exfoliate just because I want to ensure my skin is as clean as possible and has a little bit of a treatment rather than just removing makeup. I don’t believe in long skincare routine’s daily as surely your skin just gets used to it and the products just become null and void. Along with not having the time to do it every evening, this just works. I absolutely love this toner, mainly because it is so different to any toner I have used and instantly cools my skin. I have reviewed this here and would recommend you checking it out if you are on the hunt for a new toner.

& that’s my skincare routine. Although it seems like quite a few products I don’t use them all at the same time, I break it up. I’m sure some people will say I am missing out on key products like serums and eye creams but this is what works for me and my skin is happy the majority of the time. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are of them.

-A x

Boots & TK Maxx Haul

Hello my lovelies,

So this was meant to be a shopping trip where I just pick up the essentials.. I don’t think many of this is essentials but I couldn’t help myself and who doesn’t love a haul!? There is nothing better when I have an hour or two to have a browse up and down the aisles of Boots and TK Maxx they are both amazing for getting some offers and I can never turn down a bargain!

Maybelline – Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation see here (Boots) 

So although this isn’t a new launch by Maybelline there seems to be a lot of talk about it recently and I thought what the heck lets give it a go. I’m all up for anything that is mattifying and will reduce the look of my pores. At the moment I don’t have many drug store favourite foundations, I just don’t seem to enjoy them much as others in my collection. I am hoping this will change things for me. I’m sure I will report back!

L’Oreal – Hydra Genius Moisturiser see here (Boots) 

This is a repurchase for me because I love it so much, I really enjoyed this so much so when I saw it in Boots I couldn’t not pick it up. It’s unlike anything I have tried before and will be perfect for the warmer months because it is such a light moisturiser. I have actually reviewed this here for a bit more information. But trust me is blooming lovely!

Garnier – Pure Active Daily Exfoliating Scrub see here (Boots) 

Another repurchase, this is my favourite EVER exfoliator. I am in love with this and I feel like this really makes a difference to my skin when I use this. It is a little intensive and tingles on the skin so it may not work for sensitive skin but for me it works wonders. I really feel like after I use this I notice a difference. Especially when I have a breakout this baby is here for me.  Seriously if you are on the hunt for a new exfoliator I would recommend this one.

Botanics – Softening Cleanser see here

I have really been trying to get into Botanics, I have a cleanser from them and I really enjoy it so I thought why not try another cleanser. I was on the hunt for a new one because for whatever reason I seem to be sticking to the same one. I am hoping this will break the rut I am in. I’m hoping I will love it as much as the product I already have. I’m sure I will report back on what I think.

Biovene – Black Peel-Off Mask see here (TK Maxx) 

I have wanted to try these peel off masks for the longest time but never got round to buying one. When I was in TK Maxx and this was £2.99 I decided now was the time to see whether it works or actually you go through the pain for no reason. I also want to put this on my boyfriend so see his reaction – aren’t I lovely!? It just seems so satisfying seeing all the rubbish being removed and you can visually see it. Anyway I shall let you know!

Garnier – Pure Active 3 in 1 Clay Mask Scrub see here (Boots) 

Another Garnier product, I just love their skincare. This product just made me quite curious a mask and a scrub!? I thought as I fell in love with their exfoliator in the same range why not give this a go. I mean if I don’t like it it’s not the end of the world. This was actually on buy one get one half price so it would be rude not to right? I shall let you know how I get on with this when I figure out where it will fit into my skincare routine. If anyone has tried this I’d love to know how/when you use it and whether it worked for you.

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads see here (TK MAXX) 

So these actually caught my eye because I knew my sister was on the hunt to get these at a good price and when I saw them for £3.99 I was like hello I’m getting me some of them too! I have been loving the Nip and Fab products that I have tried and so many people have raved about them but I wasn’t prepared the near £14 price tag. I hope I love them as much as others do and my sister was a very happy bunny when I told them I picked them up for her.

That’s all folks, I hope you have enjoyed reading my recent purchases. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are of them.

-A x

Disappointing Products #2

Hello my lovelies,

So oddly enough I don’t write these posts very often which is actually rather nice. When I buy a product I try my hardest to make it work for me. Most of the time I find a way and sometimes I fall in love with the way I use it, other times I think it’s ok and I will use it until it’s finished. I’m just not a lover of wasting products. However, there are the rare occasions where I just can’t use them and I just think enough is enough I have to accept it’s not to my liking. We can’t love everything in the world and I thought I would share this with you. If you would like to see my last Disappointing Products see here

Topshop – Lipstick in Culture see here

So it’s not very often I find a lipstick I don’t like. I like a varied amount of lipsticks and I always find ways or occasions to make it work. Topshop Beauty is a brand I don’t venture into very often, I just hear such mixed reviews and to be honest I’m not 100% convinced. I gave this lipstick a chance when I found it in TK MAXX. I fell in love with the colour and I wanted to do my best to make it work.

However it just doesn’t work for me. I do prefer a matte lipstick but I don’t mind a more gloss finish if the product is good. Every time I use this I put a lip liner on underneath which I do for near enough all my lipsticks to ensure it lasts for as long a possible but even with a lip liner it just went so quickly. Don’t get me wrong the pigmentation is really impressive and I love the colour but it doesn’t stay on very long. It slips and slides all over the place and I have been embarrassed on a number of occasions with it being all round my face. I just can’t make it work, I’m sure people love this formula and if someone can give me tips of how I can stop this from moving everything it would be appreciated.

Ted Baker – Mascara in Black 

I unfortunately can’t find a link for this but I received this in a Ted Baker beauty set at Christmas time. I was really looking forward to trying the products and I had high hopes. Some of the products like the blusher I have completely fallen in love with. However, I tried this mascara and it did nothing to my lashes. I applied countless coats of this and still nothing. I mean I’m not sure who would like this because it’s pretty pointless. The brush just doesn’t seem to pick up the product, I just can’t use it. I’m gutted because it looks so pretty and I love Ted Baker as a brand but looks really can be deceiving..

Rimmel London – Sculpting Palette see here

Now, this may come as a shock to some because I know a lot of people really enjoy using this product but I just think it’s pants. It’s a something of nothing product for me that doesn’t seem to give off barely any pigmentation. I don’t know whether I have a dud one but I have given up with this. It looks lovely and I had such high hopes for this and it has completely disappointed me. I have actually written a full review of this post here. Is there anyone else out there that has the same opinion as me surely I can’t be the only one?

Revolution – Liquid Lipstick in Glory see here

Another lip product I know, before I start I adore Revolution as a brand and think the quality is incredible for the price. However, I was well and truly disappointed with this one. I am a massive lover of liquid lipsticks and from Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kit other brands like Revolution jumped on board. I love the colour, I mean I’m a massive brown toned fan especially for winter time and I was really looking forward to rocking this. Yet, when I applied this I just knew it wasn’t for me. The product felt really sticky and really hard to move around the lips, it felt heavy and wasn’t very comfortable. I obviously persevered with this and let it dry which may I add took quite some time. It felt awful on the lips and every time I moved my mouth I could just feel it there.

It then just started to just crumble away and it look awful after a couple of hours on from application. The remains of this just stained my lips and was a complete bugger to get off. I mean how do I make this work? The formula for me was just way off and I refuse to use it any more. I’m a bit gutted because it’s the first product from Revolution that I just haven’t got on with.

Zoeva – Luxe Petit Crease Brush, 231

Now, I love Zoeva brushes. They are one of my most favourite brands for them and I have a lot of them in my collection. However, I just can’t seem to get on with this brush. I love the shape of it to get into the crease especially for the darker shades and it feels so soft but actually it just really hurts my eye. It’s just so harsh and I’m not that heavy handed but it doesn’t really apply my eyeshadow that great. It’s really annoying because the shape is just perfect, but I just can’t keep going through the pain. I have tried it countless times, using it for different things and every time I’m left with a red eye and disappointed. I think it’s time to say goodbye to this brush sadly.

Ted Baker – Eyelash Curler 

Again, I’m sorry I can’t find a link for these. I know it’s another Ted Baker product, I’m sorry. Now I don’t use an eyelash curler every day mainly because I forget but I love the results it gives me. The whole point of an eyelash curler is to curl your lashes right? Well this just does absolutely nothing. I didn’t think you can go wrong with one of these but oh my I was wrong. I’m better off not going through the faff and just apply mascara. It’s annoying because it looks really pretty but it’s a no from me. Seriously what’s the point of it if it doesn’t curl your lashes?

Sleek – Full Fat Lash Mascara see here

So anything that claims to give me a lot of volume I’m all for. I actually got this in a set and I was really looking forward to trying this. I have never tried a sleek mascara before and most of the products I had used before from Sleek I enjoy. I really didn’t get on with this, I didn’t get much volume from this at all. In fact it coated my lashes and that was about it, didn’t lengthen – nothing. When I did wear it, it just flaked off throughout the day and created the lovely panda look. Seriously not about that life.

I just get frustrated when a mascara claims to be volumising and does near enough nothing I mean who tests this out? I don’t have oily lashes and I don’t have issues with other mascaras. Mascara’s can work on different people so I hope it’s not a complete write off but it just doesn’t work for me and I was left very disappointed.

That’s all folks, I’m glad I don’t do these posts very often but I think it’s worth letting you know the products that aren’t so great for me. Let me know if you have tried any of these products I have mentioned and how they have worked out for you.

-A x

March/ April Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

So I don’t like missing these posts and unfortunately I had to miss out my March favourites due to illness. My blog pretty much has gone on hold for around a month, I was gutted and I still am to be honest. I adore my blog and not being able to do something you love is pretty heart breaking. I have had an awful start to the year and this time it was down to flu. Yes the actual flu, hospital the lot. Yay me. It has been awful and I am still recovering. It has been a long road and although I am still undergoing tests etc. I am hoping I am on the mend! So I thought I would combine March and April although it’s mainly been April I have been enjoying these products.

The Balm – Frat Boy Blush see here

You may have seen this before on my blog, it is a complete favourite for me especially in the Spring/Summer months. It has just the right amount of pigment and gives me the perfect pink tone on my cheeks which looks so natural. I have been wearing this non-stop when I have worn makeup recently it’s just perfect. It is a little pricey and actually I forgot how much it was but for me it’s well worth the investment. I have included this in my Top 3 – Blushers post so if you want to know more about it then click onto the link.

BECCA – Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal see here

I just want to add this is a travel size version that I have don’t worry if your thinking wow that’s small. I absolutely adore this highlighter for me it’s the perfect golden highlighter and the glow you get from this is crazy. The pigmentation is really quite impressive and to be honest I just want all the BECCA shimmering skin perfectors they are well worth the money if you are into your highlighters. I honestly think this is my all time favourite highlighter I just adore it.

Charlotte Tilbury – Hollywood Flawless Filter see here

This is a pretty new edition to my collection and if I am honest when I first got it I was tempted to send it back. I just wasn’t sure if I would get the use. Now I did a little bit of research on how people use it etc. and actually I have found a slightly different way to apply this. On the website it advises that you can wear this as a primer, highlighter or mix it in with your foundation. Now, I have oily skin so to have a really glowy primer or foundation would look awful and I’m really not a fan on liquid highlighter.

So, I prime my skin with a different primer, usually oil control and then I pop this on to the points of my face where I would usually highlight. I then do the rest of my face and it makes the world of difference. I love highlighter so to already have that glow come through is amazing. It looks absolutely beautiful on the skin. It’s a really lovely product and I use it so often especially as in the UK we are finally getting some spring weather. This is also perfect for those little/no make up days when you just need a little pick me up so you don’t look awful – massive savior!

Benefit – Ka-Brow in Number 4 see here

I LOVE this eyebrow product, but I go through phases of wearing this everyday to not at all. At the moment it’s the only thing I am using on my brows, I just forget how damn good Benefit are for brow products. I don’t use the brush that it comes with, I prefer a longer brush handle but the brush itself is pretty impressive. I could sit and rave about this product forever but I won’t – if you want to find out more why I love this product see this post here to understand why it makes it to my top 3 all time favourite brow products.

Estee Lauder – Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation see here

So for me, I have had this in my collection for a while. Before you say anything I am a genius who put a pump on it because I’m not about that pouring life! I was happy when I brought it but I just thought I can’t wear this every day, it’s just too heavy. I didn’t want to give it up because it is great for those events or nights out where you need a full coverage foundation that will last for ages. Recently I was sorting through my make up and deciding whether to throw this out and I thought, there must be a way I can make this work.

Hey presto I have found it! I always applied this with a brush and I tried this with a beauty blender and it was life changer. I have head over heels fallen in love with this foundation. It is the perfect amount of coverage and lasts all day. It’s amazing at oil control, to be honest it’s everything I wanted it to be in the first place. My love for this foundation is well and truly in full swing, thank god for beauty blenders!

Laura Mercier – Foundation Primer see here

Now, I think most people in the beauty world have heard about this primer. This what really started the whole primer thing for me and now I can’t apply foundation without having a primer on underneath. I have a lot to thank this primer for to be honest, however with the whole primer craze getting bigger and bigger every year like my collection I began to forget about this. This month again after my sort out I thought do you know what I need to use this again. It’s a good job I did because I fell in love with it all over again. It’s just amazing and if you haven’t tried it before then you totally need to!

Huda Beauty – Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trendsetter see here

If you have read my Huda Beauty Liquid Matte review then you know I love these, see here if you haven’t. They are one of THE best brands for liquid lipsticks, the formula is just amazing. This colour Trendsetter has been pretty much the only thing that has been on my lips recently. I just adore the colour it’s the perfect brown tone that isn’t crazy dark. This is only the mini version as I received this in a set but my oh my when this runs out I will be buying the full size. If your into your liquid lipsticks then this little baby is for you!

Let me know if you have tried any of these products & what your thoughts are on them!

-A x

How I Edit My Photos

Hello my lovelies,

So this is a slightly different post than usual I know, but actually it’s been requested along with people always commenting on my photography so I thought I would share with you the process I use. Don’t worry guys it’s super cheap and actually takes no time at all. I don’t spend a lot of time on my photos, mainly because I’m not creative in the slightest. I have really pushed myself with the whole blogging and actually it has taught me a lot. But, also when you read these types of posts they have crazy lighting and backdrops etc. Seriously I don’t have the time to set it all up or the want to spend my money on all the equipment – of course this is a personal preference.

When I started blogging, for me the words came naturally as soon as I choose a topic I could write for ages. It’s the photos that really stump me and why it takes so long to put up. Now, this isn’t down to the editing it’s literally down to inspiration and creativity. It’s just not me and although I follow some amazing blogs & their Instagram’s for inspiration the photos I take never really wow me. Maybe I’m just very harsh on myself as many people love my photo’s but I’m never that happy.

One thing that has made me happy is to realise that actually to have pretty pictures you don’t need the latest camera or all the fancy lights and backdrops for your pictures to look amazing. It’s something I have always thought about but actually I want to spend my money on make up and skincare because I’m a shopaholic, I know I have no shame.

I have always used my iPhone 6s to take my pictures, if you see the pictures below you’ll see how they come out without editing. They aren’t bad and actually I’m pretty happy with it. People worry that they aren’t good enough for blogging or Instagram because they don’t have a really expensive camera with a fancy lens – to start off with you really don’t need it!

Now you may think, hmm that’s quite bright and not natural lighting – no it’s not I have two tricks up my sleeve. One is that in my blogging room, my lovely Dad actually put in white LED spot lights in the room. They are bright and I don’t sit with them on very often but actually they are a massive life saver especially in the winter months.

The other is a handy little gadget which is a ring light that clips onto your phone. I believe these have been around for a while but it’s not something I have ever really thought of buying to be honest. I never thought I would get the use out of it although I thought they would be handy when you want to take a picture and it’s dark.

I was very kindly sent one of these gadgets by Radiance Ring and was asked to try it out, realistically I thought yeah this would be handy for nights out. Not blogging I know but you know when your out with your friends and you get awful pictures because of the light – yup whip this out and you’re all good. However, I thought that it was worth a try to see what impact it would have on my photos.

I can notice such a difference, below is the picture of the ring itself with just my phone and my LED spot lights. Not bad right? BUT the picture above has just the ring light.. Personally I love them both, mainly because they give slightly different effects – not bad though from a tiny little light.

The ring light is SO simple to use, literally clip it onto your phone press the button and the light comes on. I was worried that it would block one of the cameras on my phone but it doesn’t. The ring light has three different levels of lighting depending on what you are looking for, see below the 3 pictures..

My other concern is that I thought it was going to be heavy and weigh my phone down but it’s really light and its pretty durable. I actually took this on a night out to give it a little test and actually I was really impressed. I shoved it in my bag and whipped it out when I needed it to. Everyone was actually really impressed by how the pictures turned out. The picture below is me and my sister on her 21st birthday with the only light in the room being disco lights. Now it’s no professional picture but I can only imagine how awful it would look without it.

Once I have taken the picture I do edit it. Now, I don’t mean sorting out my eyes or whitening certain areas really it’s just a filter. I use VSCO on my phone, it’s a free app to download and I know a lot of bloggers use this. I literally put every photo through the same motion which is to put the T1/Moody filter on the photo to +12 and I’m good to go. All my photos then look like the photo at the start of this post. Simple right?

It takes me all of two seconds to edit and I’m happy with that. People may be shocked or think I’m not a great blogger but this is just me & I wanted to share just how easy it is to achieve semi-decent pictures.

The only thing to purchase is the ring light, which actually I highly recommend. It’s a good little investment and is something that just isn’t limited to blog photos. Seriously I hate waking up after a night out and realising I don’t have a good photo and they are all pitch black. Not no more, hello beautiful photos!

If you want to find out more about the Radiance Ring Mobile or buy one for yourselves – see here

Fellow bloggers – how do you edit your photos?

-A x

*please note I was kindly sent this product to review, however all the opinions are my own.

Empties #14

Hello my lovelies,

It has actually taken me a while to accumulate products for this post for once. Normally in less than a month the box is overflowing. Not this time, a good 6 weeks! To be honest I was just bored of looking at the box and I thought that it was time to say goodbye and write this post up. I have a mix of products that are quite frequent in these posts as well as some real gems that I am really sad to see go. I feel like I really need to cut these introductions down, I just like to babble I’m sorry!

Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Sweetie see here

My favourite ever hair care product which I would be completely lost without. I go through these fairly quickly because I use it near enough every day. Hair not feeling fresh? Dry Shampoo. Need a little volume? Dry Shampoo. Want your hair to smell nice? Dry Shampoo. It just has so many uses and I can’t be without it. I have stuck to this scent for quite a long time now and I just can’t be bothered to try and find a new scent that I like – sometimes it’s good to stick to what you know. The best dry shampoo EVER.

Maybelline – Lash Sensational Mascara see here

Now, this was a very much loved mascara a few years ago in the beauty world. Although it’s still around and still loved, for me I just think there are better ones out there now. I mean it’s a great affordable mascara don’t get me wrong and is great for volume. But, since I have tried other mascaras in recent times I just don’t reach for this anymore. I love it so much so a year or two ago that it made it into my Top 3 Mascaras (which actually I should probably update!) Although I enjoyed this, I just don’t reach for it anymore so I don’t think I will be going out in a hurry to repurchase this. But, if you haven’t tried this I would recommend these is a reason why this was so loved.

Estee Lauder – Take it Away Make Up Remover Lotion see here

So, this has seriously impressed me. I received this with a gift with purchase and thought I would give it a go with really no major high hopes. Wow, this stuff is good. It removed my makeup effortlessly. Seriously, it’s my favoruite thing to use to remove make up. It easily removes all my make up including eye makeup with no real effort. My skin feels amazing after use and very rarely do I second cleanse after using this product because I feel this has done the job. Halfway through using this I already went to go and buy the full size bottle of this, it is a little pricey but in my opinion well worth the investment.

Garnier – Micellar Cleansing Water see here

Do I really need to say much about this product. If you have read any of my previous blog posts then you know I absolutely LOVE this product. If I had to keep one skincare item it would be this one, no second thought. I have never had the ‘on the go’ size as they call it before but it’s so handy! I used to spend ages decanting an amount from my bigger bottle into smaller ones for travelling but have no fear Garnier have brought the travel size out. If you still haven’t tried this, then please do – well worth the couple of £’s it is.

Miss Sporty – Mascara, Just Clear see here

Ok, so it doesn’t look like a clear mascara but I promise it was once upon a time. I don’t use this for my eyelashes, I actually use this to set my brows. I don’t need no fancy brow gel. All I want is for them to stay in place and this is exactly what this baby does for me. Who needs to spend a lot of money on a setting brow gel when you can pop to Superdrug and pick one of these babies up for £2.99. I know, I’m right. It’s all I will ever use because it does the job and I have never had any issues. I know I’m a genius!

L’Oreal – Hydra Genius see here

I am actually gutted that this has run out. For mouisturiser, this has been a complete game changer and I’m just so impressed. I used this every morning and instantly I felt refreshed and my skin felt so soft and I’m then ready for the day. The difference my skin looks when I don’t apply this is crazy. I have actually done a full review on this here so go check it out if you haven’t read it already. I seriously need to repurchase this ASAP, I don’t think I can be without it for too long!

Boots – Essentials Cleansing Wipes for Normal Skin see here

If you know me, then you know I’m not the biggest fan of wipes. I’m a cleanser/micellar water girl through and through. I do always have a few packs of these lying around though and they is mainly for makeup errors or if I drop powder everywhere (which happens all the time!) I never really do go for expensive wipes because very rarely do they go on my face. I can’t say a lot about them, I mean they are ok for the price but I didn’t feel they had much moisture, they were quite dry but maybe because I don’t use them often they just dry up. Will I buy them again? Probably but only through ease when in a shop.

Soap & Glory – The ULTIMELT Hot Cloth Cleanser see here

Another cleanser, I know I have been busy getting to the end of some of them so I have new ones to try. I really enjoyed this product and I think this is my second or third one. For the price, it’s pretty impressive. From the drugstore it’s one of my favourites. Soap and Glory on the whole are really quite brill when it comes to skincare. I don’t think many people realise but over there body care and makeup I would choose these skincare range all day long. I have actually written a full review of this little baby here To be honest I really need to pop to Boots and pick this up again.

Garnier – Daily Exfoliating Scrub, Spots & Blackheads see here

Ok, so this is only my opinion but, this is the BEST face exfoliator I have ever used. I know, it’s a big statement but hands down no competition. It really works into the skin and removes all the unwanted dirt and I have noticed such a difference in my pores. This year I have had such a rough time with my skin due to being so unwell & this little baby just makes everything better. I use this around 3 times a week and for me that’s more than enough. I’m gutted I have run out of this, I seriously need to drugstore shop so I can pick this up again!

Primark – Oval Cosmetic Pads

Is it an Empties post if I don’t show you these babies. Seriously, if you haven’t tried these cotton pads then babe, you really need to. Life changing and in all honestly I refuse to use anything but these cotton pads. The rest are just such poor quality in comparison to these and blooming expensive. Why pay £4 for some cotton pads when you can pop to Primark and pick these up for 90p – yeah I know, no brainer right!?

That’s all folks, congratulations if you made it to the end! If you want to see my last Empties post then please click here

Let me know if you have used any of these products before and what your thought are on them.

-A x

Superdrug Haul

Hello my lovelies,

Yes I have a shopping addiction and I know no shame. I just can’t help it, in my defense a lot of the products in this haul are repurchases and then for good measure I brought some new bits to try out. I just get sucked in Superdrug always have offers on and I am not strong enough to say no – I’m sure I’m not the only one that gets sucked in!

Garnier Micellar Water 700ml see here

This is the ONLY micellar I will use, in my opinion it’s the best one out there. I have gone through countless bottles, more than I care to disclose. I recommend this to everyone because it does just the job. It removes make up so well and instantly refreshes my face in the morning. I could go on and on about this but I feel this would be a little much. If you haven’t try it – you need to it’s life changing stuff.

Miss Sporty – Clear Mascara see here

So you are probably thinking, babe what’s with the clear mascara. Well let me tell you, I use this to set my brows. I don’t bother with fancy eyebrow gels when this does the job. It instantly sets my brows and keeps them in place. For £3 I’m happy with it and I have repurchased this quite a few times now. It might be worth a go if your just starting out with taming your brows or after a new brow gel – you can thank me after.

Maybelline – Age Rewind Concealer in Light see here

I have wanted to buy this for the longest time and for whatever reason I never picked it up. I FINALLY picked this up as I know it is very well received in the beauty community. I wanted to pick up the brightening shade but it was all sold out so I stuck to light. I can’t wait to try this out and I’ll be sure to let you guys know what my thoughts are. My only concern is the applicator, not sure how I will get with this but we shall see!

Maybelline – Superstay Matte Ink in Visionary see here

I’m a sucker for a liquid lipstick. I hadn’t seen these before so I thought it would be rude not to pick one up and give them a go. I tried to pick a shade that is different to what I have in my collection but it’s pretty hard when you have so many. I had swatches all up my arm and I decided on this one which is a muted purple. I love a purple lip so I am hoping I will enjoy this, of course I will report back what I think.

MUA Pro Eyeshadow Palette in Fire Vixen see here

I have heard a lot about MUA and their recent launches and I haven’t brought anything from them for the longest time. I decided on this eyeshadow palette because I am still trying to come out of my comfort zone when it comes to colour. I always seem to stick to the same tones and although I never thought I would wear pink I’m hoping this will broaden my horizons and for £5 you can’t go wrong. I have owned palettes from MUA before and the quality has always been so impressive so I am hoping this won’t disappoint.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Sweetie see here

Who doesn’t love Batiste dry shampoo? Seriously in my opinion it’s the only dry shampoo worth buying. It is affordable, its a great product and I love how many different scents there are so there is something for everyone. This is such a savior product for me and always helps me out when I am having a bad hair day.

PS Primark Oval Cotton Pads 

Ok so this isn’t from Superdrug but I thought I would just pop it in here. These cotton pads are the best out there in my opinion, they are 90p and they are such good quality. They never fall apart and are the perfect shape. I would never use another brand and whenever I am in Primark I make sure I always stock up on them. This is the sort of product that I panic when I am down to my last pack and then buy about 5. I’m sure I’m not the only panic buyer!

That’s all folks, I hope you enjoyed reading. Let me know if you have brought any of these products and what your thoughts are on them.

-A x

Review: Garnier – Pure Active Sensitive Anti Blemish Clarifying Tonic

Hello my lovelies,

I’m back with a new blog post – yay! I do apologise that it has been a while and I am sure I will explain in a separate blog post but today it’s all about a new review. I have had the pictures taken for such a long time and I am finally getting round to doing it. As I always say in my skincare reviews, I feel as though people forget about how important a good skincare routine is. No body wants bad skin and with packing a load of makeup on your face you need to be able to treat your skin and look after it. I’m not saying you have to spend a lot of money and invest in high end brands because for me, the drug store offer amazing products that do just as well in my opinion.

In comes this little baby, the Garnier Pure Active Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic. First off, why do products have such long names!? Seriously, you are never going to remember that – but hey what do I know! For me, Garnier is a great brand. If you have read my blog for a while then you know their micellar water is a staple in my skincare. Whenever there are offers on in Boots or Superdrug I always like to try out more of their products and very rarely am I disappointed. Something I don’t use a lot of is toner. I don’t know why but it just isn’t a step in my routine I remember an awful lot. This year I am really trying to up my skincare game and this is where this little baby comes into play.

Our new tonic, with Witch Hazel extract, is formulated for sensitive skin with imperfections and spots. It combines effectiveness with a gentle, hydrating formula to tone and tighten the look of pores without drying out skin. Instantly: skin feels clean, hydrated and softer.

Doesn’t everyone want a bit of this? I mean I don’t suffer with acne but I do suffer with spots, I normally have one on my face that I’m battling and I feel that with the oily skin I have that I am more prone to spots. I do try to buy products that are formulated for oily/combination skin as well as anti-blemish properties to try and combat this. This toner just sounded right up my street! My pores are also quite big on my nose so anything that is going to decease the size of them I am all for!

As I don’t suffer with a crazy amount of blemishes at one time I don’t use this twice daily on my skin as it recommends as I worry that it may cause more damage than good. It has Witch Hazel within the product which for my skin is pretty strong so I stick to twice a week which I feel is just enough for my skin.

This is like any other toner I have tried in the sense that it’s a gel formula. I quite enjoy using gels, I’m not sure why but I think it’s mainly to do with how lovely it feels on my skin. The product smells lovely, I would say mainly cucumber based with a hint of mint. Instantly it soothes my skin and feels so hydrating. A little of this product goes a long way and I have used this so much and it still doesn’t look as though I have really used it.

What I love about this product as because it’s a gel formula it instantly sinks into the skin and doesn’t leave a residue on my face which means I don’t have to wait to do the next part of my routine. When I wake up I instantly can see a difference and I really think that this product is a massive part as to why my pores have reduced and look visibly so much better.

I’m not sure if it has done much to help with my spots but I do agree with it’s claims of hydrating my skin and the tightening of my pores. I just love how different it is to any of my other toners and has actually changed the way I perceive a toner to be. My skin feels so lovely in the morning and even if I forget to moisturise after I use this, yes I can be lazy, my skin is still really smooth.

If you haven’t tried this I would really recommend it, I am so happy that I have tried this because for me this has really made a difference. Obviously I can’t vouch for how effective it is for acne prone skin but for the average person who has oily skin and has regular blemishes this really is a life saver and is now a staple in my skincare routine.

To read more about it or pick it up for yourself see here

Let me know if you have tried this before and how you got on with it. Also any toner recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

-A x