Current Beauty Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

So normally, I would do this monthly but as I had a little break I thought it would be worth rounding up my current favourites over the last few months and then I can get back into monthly favourites. So much has gone on in the past few months and how in the world are we now in October!? The months are going quicker and quicker  – the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on for me!

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess Powder in 03 Medium Deep see here

I brought this for myself over the summer, I had wanted this for a long time and I thought why the hell not treat myself! It’s pretty pricey but it’s such a lovely bronzer. It has such a big pan so you can swish your brush around like no mans business. It’s near enough matte which I much prefer, there are a few specs of glitters that catch my eye but nothing major I promise. I’m still using it even in the colder months I just love it. It’s the perfect colour for me – this I think is the nicest bronzer I have ever used and in my opinion well worth the investment!

Clinique – Take The Day Off Balm see here

I have had this collection for a little while and I wanted to spruce my cleansing routine up so I decided a balm was the way to go. This stuff is magical, it really does take everything off my face and I never feel like I have to double cleanse which is a winner in my book! What gives this cleanser a gold star is that it’s a miracle worker at getting the most toughest mascara off my lashes. There is nothing that this stuff can’t handle! I didn’t think I would love a balm as much as I do this once but I’m coming to the end of this and thinking I really need to pick another one of these up.. I’m converted!

Benefit – Precisely My Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

So if you have read my last post here or have read my blog for a while then you know I adore this product. For a long time I used this mainly for filling in the front of my brows only which worked wonders. However I wasn’t happy with the look of the rest of my brows so I decided to to use this baby all over and my oh my it’s a game changer. My eyebrows look so much better and I take a lot less time in the mornings getting ready. I just find it so easy to use and the pigmentation is amazing. Light hands is the way forward but really I struggle to go wrong with this pencil! Plus I do love this snazzy packaging people may think it’s a little OTT but for me it’s a winner.

MAC – Prep & Prime Fix+ see here

I don’t know how this has only come into my life this year. I picked this up at IMATS  and even then I was sceptical as to whether I would use it. I don’t really use setting sprays but I thought because so many people love this that I would give it a go. I just can’t stop using it. I spritz this every time I apply make up. It makes my face look a little less flat and matte but not so much that I look like an oily mess. I really feel like my make up lasts so much longer because of this. I am now sold with this and I am sure this will now be a staple item in my make up collection!

Rimmel – Lasting Finish Foundation in 200 Soft Beige see here

This is my new favourite drug store foundation. I had this in my collection for a while and rarely used it – not sure why. I then gave it a good go and used it for a couple of days and I just fell in love. Annoyingly when I fell in love with it, it was then empty and I had no idea so I had to rush out and buy another. I actually mentioned this little baby in my recent Empties Post. I just find that this is so easy to apply and I never have any issues with applications or the longevity of this. This is a little different for me as I am very much a matte foundation girl and this is more on the dewy finish. I have made it work for me though and I just powder, I just love the finish it gives. Seriously if you haven’t tried this foundation out you need to give it a go!

Too Faced – Melted Matte Lipstick in Queen B see here

I’m not really a pink lipped sort of girl and when I brought this last year I was like come on Alice lets be brave and try something new. It’s a beautiful pink/mauve shade and is something so different to anything I own. I have gone through phases or wearing this and at the moment I am obsessed and have been for a good solid couple of months now this is pretty much all I wear. It’s so comfortable on the lips and lasts a fairly long time, I keep meaning to pick up more colours of this as I really enjoy the formula. I also am in love with the name. Obviously I feel like a queen b whilst wearing this!

Huda Beauty – Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette see here

I really am obsessed with the palette. No doubt about it. It’s pretty much the only eye shadow I have been wearing for about 3 months now and it still looks like I haven’t really made a dent in the colours. Hands down this is well worth the investment because the pigmentation and the formula of these are incredible. I constantly wear these shades and although they look pretty crazy colours they are actually so wearable. I need to give my other palettes a bit of a chance but I can’t seem to put this one down. I have written a full review of this here if you would like a little bit more info.

Chanel – Natural Finished Pressed Powder in Translucent see here

So I’m not normally one to use expensive powders as personally I don’t think there is any need to. However I was gifted this a little while ago by my boyfriend and to be honest I was too scared to use it. Recently I was like, come on it needs to be used no matter what the price tag was. I’m sure I’m not the only one that uses more expensive make up for special occasions! I’m so glad I got using this because my oh my it’s pretty special. It’s so light on the face and never feels cakey. It sets my make up in place and I can’t tell you how good my skin looks. Effortlessly as well. I honestly think when I use this up I may have to repurchase another one. Sorry Rimmel I think I have found a new powder!

Let me know what your favourite products are at the moment and whether you have tried any of the products I have mentioned!

-A x

Empties #17

Hello my lovelies,

Another empties post, although I haven’t done one of these for a while I know another one will be coming very soon. I can go a week or so without using anything up and then all of a sudden I finish everything at once. As I have quite a few products in my basket I thought I’d ensure there is a mix of products in each post just so there is something for everyone.

Benefit – Precisely my Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

So if you have read my blog for a while you will know that I LOVE this brow pencil, I am obsessed. I mentioned it in my Top 3 Eyebrow Products and it is still there grabbing the top spot. Up until recently though I used this mainly to finish off my brows and ensure that the shape was right, now I use it for my whole brow with the use of no other products and I have fallen in love with it even more – I didn’t know this was even possible. It creates such a natural brow and I love the finish. I did mention in my recent Sephora Haul that I will be comparing the ABH Brow Whiz as I now have both so watch out for that!

Obviously I have already purchased this and to be honest I have gone through so many I don’t see myself stopping buying anything else anytime soon. Benefit’s brow range really is great, if you are unsure on what to go for, head to your local Benefit and they are more than happy to test the products out on you and find the right one for you.

Too Faced – Better than Sex Mascara see here

So, a lot of people love this and I mean really praise that it is an amazing mascara. It took me a long time to finally accept that I needed to try it out and I was lucky enough to receive two at once for my birthday last year. Now, don’t get me wrong it’s a good mascara but was I wowed by it? No. It gives volume and my lashes look nice but I find this very flaky and it is rather annoying. I think there are better mascaras out there that are around the same price point or actually lower. If you still want to try it, I would suggest buying a mini version to make sure you like it.

I still have another one of these to get through but it’s just not something I reach for very often. I just have better mascaras in my collection which I much prefer. I’m sorry to all you fans out there of this mascara but it just isn’t my favourite. I don’t think after I have got through my next tube I will be repurchasing.

Gariner – Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub see here

At first, I didn’t think was my cup of tea. I like a scrub that is fairly thick, I just feel like it works with my skin better and also my skin can take it. However, I persevered because the scent is amazing. It is this beautiful orange citrus scent that really does make me want to use this. I’m so glad I carried on because I really enjoyed this and I think my skin did too. Although the scrub in finer it still works wonders on the skin and I feel like my skin looks a whole load brighter after using this.

By the end I was gutted that it was all gone as I would happily continue using it. I have a lot of exfoliators/scrubs in my collection so I will use some of those up first but I will keep an eye out for it when I’m shopping for a new exfoliator.

Rimmel – Lasting Finish Foundation in 200 Soft Beige see here

I think, currently this is one of my favourite drug store foundations. I was so annoyed as I went to use this and realised it has pretty much run out. I very quickly repurchased this as I just find if my skin is not playing ball I can pop this foundation on and I feel a lot more presentable to the world. This is different to a lot of my foundations with it not being matte. I am more oily than anything else but I don’t have any problems with this at all. The longevity of this is incredible and although I have tested the whole 25 hour claim I would say a solid 14 hours and it’s still battling on.

It has been a massive saviour in the summer with SPF 20 in it, it’s just one less layer of cream on my face and it has saved me I’m sure when it comes to not burning my face. I don’t see this foundation being talked about an awful lot in the blogging community but for me I flipping love it. Whether you have dry, normal or combination skin I think you can happily makes this work.

Lush – Snow Fairy Shower Gel see here

You may be thinking, hun this has only just been released again. Yes I know, but I stock up around Christmas time so I can use this all year round. I love it too much to just appreciate it for only a couple months of the year. It is a little pricey for a shower gel but it is so worth it. If you are into your sweeter scents then this right up your street. If you have never tired it though, seriously where have you been!? I won’t delve into my love for this too much because I could write pages and pages, yes I am addicted.

I believe I still have another bottle in my stocks to use but I am sure I will be stocking up now I know it has been released again and of course it will be going on my Christmas list so if you want to get me something this right here makes my life complete!

Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Conditioner see here

I am a big lover of Herbal Essences. I have tired a lot of their different ranges and there aren’t many I don’t like. This I would say is my favourite as dry ends is something I really struggle with. It helps that it’s cheap and cheerful but it really is good for the price point. I notice the difference when I change to a different brand, my hair just doesn’t seem the same. I recently had a hair cut – I hadn’t had once for over a year, I know it’s bad. But with the hair cut and using this my hair is in great condition!

I have a few conditioners to use in my collection before I go out and buy something new but I always go back to this especially when it’s on offer which it quite often is, I just can’t refuse.

MAC – Velvet Teddy Lipstick see here

Sorry, how in the world did did these lipsticks creep up to £17.50!? If you are going to buy a lipstick MAC is the place to go however, wow they are getting expensive. This is a proud moment for me because this is the first lipstick I have EVER finished. I knew it was going to be this because the shade is just great. This is the shade that set off my love affair with brown toned lips, I barely wear anything other than brown now. This is a great lipstick and if you are still on the fence about it I would totally put it on your wish-list. Especially with a lip liner underneath it’s just a beautiful shade.

This the one product I will be keeping hold of for my back-to-MAC I just need one more product to then be able to pick up a free eye shadow or lipstick. If I am honest I think I will just get this little baby because I really miss it in my collection but I’m not convinced I want to pay £17.50 for it!

Nip + Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix see here

Again if you have read any primer related posts from me you will know that this is currently my favourite primer, and to be honest I don’t see that changing any time soon. If you prefer a more silicone based primer then this is worth giving a go. I find that for my oily skin this works wonders and I am never left disappointed by it. You only need a little bit on your face and I really notice the difference when I don’t wear this. I have actually written a full review on this here so if you want to know more than this may help.

Of course I have already repurchased this and I will continue to for the foreseeable future. TK MAXX is a good place to pick up nip + fab a little cheaper than the drug store. Having said that drug stores always have offers on with nip + fab or 3 for 2 so it’s definitely worth looking into.

Primark – PS Oval Cotton Pads

Of course these are in here, they make an appearance near enough every empties post. These cotton pads really are the only ones I will use and I don’t see this changing anytime soon. Every time I pop into Primark I am always stocking up on these babies I mean for 90p you really can’t go wrong. They are a lot more durable than a lot of other cotton pads on the market. Seriously try them out for yourselves you won’t be disappointed!

Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Cherry see here

Last but by no means least, another regular empties product the holy grail hair product my dry shampoo. I honestly don’t know how I coped before using dry shampoo and in particular Batiste. It’s just incredible and to be honest I don’t need to try another dry shampoo because I know that this does the job. I can’t  just have one of these in my draws I always have to have another one as a back up in case I run out. What’s your favourite scent as I feel I just use the same two!

Congratulations if you made it to the end of the post! I didn’t realise how long this will be, but you all earn yourself a gold star. Let me know if you have tired any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. I’d love to know!

-A x

Sephora Haul

Hello lovelies,

It’s been a while since my last blog post & I do apologise, it’s been a very hectic couple of months! I did pop over to the magical city of New York and obviously I couldn’t not spend hours on end in Sephora without showing you guys. I cannot tell you how much a Sephora in the UK would make a difference to my life. The experience is so much better than a drug or department store let me tell you! I was restrained-ish, but I just wanted to buy EVERYTHING, seriously it’s all so inviting. The team of Sephora know how to lay out a shop!

Sephora – Bronzing Face Powder in Medium, 3 

I’m sorry I can’t seem to find a link to it on the Sephora website but I promise you it’s about.  I feel like Sephora own products are not talked about an awful lot on social media and maybe there is a reason for that but I want to try it for myself and I haven’t treated myself to a bronzer in a while so I thought why the hell not! It’s a matte finish which I much prefer, to be honest it doesn’t look wowing but the proof is in the finish! I’m sure I’ll let you know what I think and whether I have found a hidden gem.

Tarte – Creaseless Concealer in 20N Light see here

Before I went into Sephora, I had no idea whether to get Tarte’s Shape Tape or Creaseless Concealer. In the end I went for the creaseless as I have the shape tape foundation and don’t like it although everyone loves the concealer I just am a little scarred from the foundation. I love the packaging on this and the variance of colours was incredible. I’m so glad I waited to swatch these in person rather than risk it online as I found my perfect shade. I cannot wait to get using this!

Tarte – Gifted Mascara see here

This is a repurchase for me, I have one of these babies already which I brought on a bit of a whim. I fell in love with the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara and wanted to see what else Tarte could offer. This, for me is now my all time favourite mascara. It is amazing, it lengthens as well as able to create the right amount of volume. There is no panda eyes and no flakiness. To remove it is a dream unlike so mascaras I own and I just feel that I can always rely on this baby. Seriously Tarte mascaras are amazing and if you have never tired them to try them I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara see here

Whilst I’m talking about Tarte mascaras, yes I picked up another one. Again I love this mascara and I just thought well it’s slightly cheaper than what I can buy it for online – why the hell not! This is the first Tarte mascara I brought and I have been converted ever since. So much so I brought another, limited edition may I add and I was so excited that I gave it to a friend because she just had to try it – obviously she fell in love just like me. They are such reliable mascaras and I love all the limited edition packaging I do it just makes me want to buy them all!

Huda Beauty – Warm Brown Obsessions Palette see here

I have been wanting one of these little babies ever since they came out but I couldn’t make a decision of what one I wanted. I’m so glad that I was able to see them in real life as pictures can be deceiving sometimes! I chose warm brown in the end as I thought it would be the most wearable for me.  I have high hopes for this as I love the dessert dusk palette which I have reviewed here. The palette itself is a lot smaller in real life let me tell you! I absolutely love the shades though and I cannot wait to report back on how I get on.

Anastasia Beverley Hills – Brow Wiz in Warm Brown see here

Now, I know to a lot of people this will be shocking but I have never tried this product before. I have recommended it to people as I know so many people love it but I have never brought it myself until now. I have been a Benefit eyebrow girl for the longest time and I actually went into Sephora to pick up a new Precisely, my brow pencil but they didn’t have my shade. I’d run out so I needed to pick up something so I decided that the time was now upon me to try it. I will be doing a comparison between the two as I have actually brought the Benefit pencil since I have been back so keep your eyes peeled!

Sephora Lip Cream 

This looks a hell of a lot darker than it is in person. For me this is the perfect brown nude. I have been on the hunt for something like this for the longest time as I am lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for two upcoming weddings and I needed a nude lipstick that would work with the dresses. I am hoping this could be the one. I have a few from the range and I think that they are the best affordable liquid lipsticks around, no questions. They are so comfortable and long wearing and just look amazing on the lips. The shade range is pretty impressive so I am glad that I went in with a rough colour in mind rather than be overwhelmed with the colours!

Urban Decay – Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette see here

I didn’t think I would pick this baby up but when I saw it in Sephora I just couldn’t put it down. I love Urban Decay & their eye shadows and I haven’t brought a palette from them in a long time and I thought now was the time. I love all the different colours in the palette and I really hope I am one day confident enough to try them. The packaging is gorgeous I feel like Urban Decay have really upped their game with this release. I cannot wait to get experimenting!

Benefit – Bad Gal Bang Mascara see here

Whilst I was in Sephora I signed up to their rewards scheme as I had spent so much money I was able to pick up this little baby for free. I have wanted to try this for a while but not fork out the price tag to be left with a mascara I didn’t like. It has been widely reviewed and to be honest it’s been very mixed. When it comes to mascara I feel like everyone forgets that everyone’s lashes are different and people prefer different wands/texture etc. With that being said I love that you can now buy these mini’s so if you don’t like it you haven’t spent as much. In the past, for me Benefit mascaras haven’t wowed me – but who knows this may change things.

Fenty Beauty – Pro Filter Primer in Soft Matte see here

Fenty Beauty.. I’m not sure if I ever got excited for this brand being launched. I’m not sure why I guess I am wary of celebrities bringing out things and thinking they are experts. I know the foundation has had very good reviews but I wasn’t sold enough to pick my shade up. However, again I had enough points and I decided to try out the primer. For me, primers are important and I love trying new ones out. The packaging really is lovely and I’m actually pretty excited to try this baby out. I’m sure I’ll let you know my thoughts when I start trying it out.

Bite – Lip Gift Set from Sephora

I can’t find this anywhere online, but I think this is because it’s a birthday gift. Although my birthday was in July and I went to New York in September they were able to give me my birthday gift – AMAZING. I have heard so much about BITE that I thought this was a great chance to see the different lip products they have to offer. You receive a: agave lip balm, lip crayon in Glace and a lipstick in Chai. I love the colours, normally for me the colours are never my bag with a freebie but I am impressed and can’t wait to try them out. Let’s see what these babies have to offer!

That’s all folks! I did pick up more items but they are for gifts for other people so I can’t share these with you. I am so happy with my purchases and although you can pick most of these products up in the UK they are only available online. I much prefer getting to feel a product and see the colour through my own eyes as pictures are not always accurate. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them!

-A x

Empties #16

Hello my lovelies,

Another month another Empties post. To be honest this time round I am pretty shocked at how hair care heavy it is considering I use very few products on my hair. Yes I am a little lazy when it comes to my hair, I pretty much wash it and then brush it and hope for the best. A lot of these are products I have never used before so I am sure it will be interesting to let you know my thoughts and whether I would pick them up again.

NYX – Matte Finish Setting Spray see here

I go through phases of using setting sprays and at the moment I am going through the phase of using them. Do I think they change my make up game? Nope. But in this humid weather it’s actually really nice to spritz this and just aid my powder in doing its job. I always go for a matte setting spray not that I buy them an awful lot. To be honest I find it hard to tell the difference in the actual product from others apart from how it is absorbs on my skin. I wouldn’t know whether to recommend this or not because I’m not convinced setting sprays in general do that much anyway. But I used it up and it’s another product gone in my collection. Probably won’t repurchase just because I have other setting sprays I am yet to try to see if they wow me or not.

Primark – Oval Cosmetic Pads

A cult classic when it comes to my empties post. I will not use another cotton pad other than these I just simply refuse. Not are they stupidly affordable at 90p for 100 pads they are the best I have ever used. I’ll happily argue this point ’till my heart is content. Annoyingly I can’t link this as Primark have still not jumped onto the online retail world however if you have never tried them then you must, honestly go to your local Primark store and pick them up you will not be disappointed.

Sephora – Supreme Cleansing Oil see here

I have fallen in love with this. This brought me into the world of cleansing oil goodness. I just love it, I am gutted that I have used it up but no fear I have another one waiting to be used. I was always worried that using an oil with oily skin that it would be a disaster but I was proven wrong. In fact I feel as though it is able to balance out my skin and I never feel oily after using this. It removes every little bit of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling amazing. If you are thinking of trying an oil cleanser then I highly recommend this one. I am next going to Sephora in September and I will be stocking up on this little baby!

Loreal – Pure Clay Detox Mask see here

I haven’t finished a pot of face mask in the longest time so I had no shame in high five-ing myself when I finished this baby. To be honest it was no surprise for me that it was this baby because I absolutely love it. In fact I love the whole range but this is by far my favourite. I really notice differences in my skin when I use this. I really do need to buy another pot of this so I am not without for to long. I have written a review on this see here  so rather than writing the same things twice go check it out.

John Freida – Frizz Ease Leave in Conditioner see here

So my hair is fine, and I have a lot of it so it’s prone to just knotting up. Conditioner alone does not fight through the tangles so I swear by de-tanglers and leave in conditioners. I have really fallen in love with this product. This is the first bottle I have used up of it and I am already missing it. I just love how my hair feels after brushing and it just makes the whole process of brushing wet hair painless and easy. Again, I have written a review on this so I will leave it here of a bit more detail. My only issue is the John Freida is a little pricey so I am waiting for this to go on offer before I pick this up again.

Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Cherry see here

Another favourite product that I absolutely adore. I go through so many of these bottles and I have no intention of swapping up my dry shampoo any time soon. It works and has saved me and my hair more times than I would like to admit. It does the job and so affordable. Sometimes it’s good to stick to what you know especially when you love it, you just know where you stand no need for disappointment then. I would say even though I use the same scents I like them all, I’m not picky I just like the look of the bottle.

Benefit – They’re Real Mascara see here

I have had this in my collection than longer than I would like to admit and to be honest I knew it was time to give this up and throw it away. For me it was more for sentimental reasons as it was one of the first ever high-end purchases I ever made because everyone and their dog loved this mascara. Did I? No, and to be honest I really have never understood the hype about it. I don’t like the brush the look of my lashes were nothing special and to be honest the worst part is that it is a bugger to remove. There are a lot better mascaras on the market and are cheaper than this. I much prefer Benefit’s Roller Lash, sorry this one just isn’t my cup of tea and I am glad this is finally gone!

Natural World – Volume & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner see here

Another lot of products I am glad to see the back of. I love the brand and how they are a natural product but did it do much for my hair? Nope. I mean for me, there was no added volume or shine in my hair after using them. In fact the only thing I noticed about these were how static my hair was. I mean it was getting a little silly by how much. I have written a full review of them here but unfortunately there were just not my cup of tea.

Maybelline – Lash Sensational Mascara see here

Another mascara! This one as you can tell have been very well loved. I have gone through quite a lot of these in my time and for a long time I did believe that this was the best drug store mascara out there. However, my mind has changed slightly as I have found some amazing L’Oreal mascaras in recent months. It’s such a reliable mascara and you know exactly what you stand. It gives both volume and length and to be honest does make your lashes look sensational. I will repurchase this little baby but I have a lot of mascaras in my collection at the moment so when I use a few more up I’m sure this will be on my repurchase list.

That’s all folks! Gold star to you if you managed to get to the end of this, it was a bit of a long one! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them.

-A x

Review – Botanics Softening Cleanser

Hello my lovelies,

Review time! I love my make up but I do also love to focus of skincare as I think a lot of people forget how important it really is. I feel as though sometimes it is portrayed in the beauty world that you have to spend a lot of money to have good skincare products. Recently I have been hunting the drugstore for affordable skincare products to see what is on offer who don’t have an endless supply of money.

Botanics is a brand I haven’t used until this year and funnily enough the product I originally chose from them was a cleanser. As I enjoyed it I wanted to try more things from them, yes I brought another cleanser but they are different I promise you. Botanics if you haven’t heard from them are available in Boots and focus their brand on being nature inspired and trying to be organic as possible.

This range is for all skin types and is in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens in London which again really appeals to me. I’m all for trying more natural and organic products because especially for the skin you don’t want products to be full of chemicals you want it to be as natural as possible to soothe  and aid the skin.

The packaging is pretty standard, but I just love the simplicity of this. It’s a squeezy bottle so as opposed to pump based bottles I know I can get every last drop out of this which is a massive plus for me. I hate it when you have a product with a pump and you have to give up using it because you can’t seem to get the last drop out of it. Any tips for this would be greatly appreciated!

I use this like a hot cloth cleanser so I squeeze a little onto my hand, rub it into my face and then remove with a warm wet cloth/flannel. It does say remove with tissues but I stick to what I know! It feels so lovely massaging onto the skin and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. It does a pretty good job of removing most of the mascaras I own, the only one it struggles with is L’Oreal mascaras but I seem to have this issues with all my cleansers they are just a bugger to remove!

The smell of this is really lovely, I’m sat here smelling it and although I can’t put my finger on what it smells like it’s not overpowering just very fresh, like you are walking through pretty gardens on a summers day. I have probably described that badly but I promise it’s a really lovely scent. When I remove this from my face my skin always feels amazing and so soft. It sinks into the skin and just leaves this lovely suppleness and freshness to your skin. I think this is mainly down to the rosehip extract which is rich in omegas and essential fatty acids. It does wonders and my skin always looks great after.

For a cleanser that costs £7.99 I don’t think you can really go wrong and has made such a good impression with me. I don’t think I can find fault with it and the picky person I am that’s pretty impressive. It just shows that actually you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on skincare to see good results. I can’t stop using this and it’s all I have been reaching for recently.

I do need to try more from Botanics, so if any of you have any recommendations please send them my way it will be greatly appreciated!

If you want to read a little bit more about the product or try it out for yourself see here

Let me know if you have tried this cleanser before and what your thoughts are. What is your favourite affordable cleanser?

-A x

IMATS Haul 2018

Hello my lovelies,

So this post is long overdue, this make up has been sitting in my room for a little while now and I finally have the time to write this post so I can get using the goodies I have brought. If you don’t know IMATS is a international make up artist trade show which travels over the world and comes to London once a year. It is a great day out by getting discounts from your favourite brands as well as finding new brands. You can also watch make up artists in action as well as talks from well known people within the make up industry.

This is my 5th year in going and for me is a massive date in my diary. This year I went with my older sister and one of my close friends who loves make up & beauty nearly as much as I do. I did go into this knowing roughly what I wanted to pick up but then I did get swayed by a lot also, I just can’t help it I’m an addict! We had such a lovely day and after the trade show we ventured to Westfield and sipped cocktails in the sunshine as well as doing a little more shopping, whoops..

If you want to see what I brought last year from IMATS see here

MAC

Skin Base Visage see here

I have wanted this for quite some time, I have received so many testers of this and never got round to buying the full size version so IMATS was the time to finally make the purchase. MAC had 25% off their products which I obviously couldn’t refuse. This is a primer that is extremely lightweight and works amazingly with pretty much any foundation. I’m so happy that this is now back in my life.

Prep & Prime, Fix + see here

I honestly don’t know how I have never picked this up before. I have always wanted to try this out but always told myself I shouldn’t buy it. This was a purchase that I wasn’t expecting to make but with the discount I thought this was the perfect time to add it to my collection. Let’s hope it lives up to the all the amazing reviews I have heard about it.

221S Brush see here

This brush was 100% on my list, I already own one of these babies and I knew I needed another one because I use it every single day. Now I know this is pretty pricey for a small brush but it is totally worth it and to be honest I don’t think I could live without it. For me, this is the perfect crease brush, I found the 217 waaaay to big for my eyes and this is just perfect. Seriously pick it up and try it out for yourself because I couldn’t create an eye look without this baby now, life changing!

Revolution/Revolution Pro

Regeneration – Revelation Eyeshadow Palette see here

One thing I said to myself is that I didn’t need any more eyeshadow palettes but here I am talking about one I brought, whoops.. I want to branch a little with some bright pinks which this really does have and to be honest I got sucked into it because of the glitter shades. I’m really looking forward to experimenting with this palette and for me Revolution are pretty good when it comes to the formula of their eye shadows.

Regeneration – Goldmine Eyeshadow Palette see here

I know, another eyeshadow palette! This one I did see first and I just fell in love with the orange tones of the palette. I am really loving an orange eye and although this isn’t for everyone I am totally rocking it with no shame. I always think if you are wanting to experiment with different colours buy an affordable palette like Revolution and then if you get on with the colour you can always invest in other palettes. I can’t wait to start creating looks with this little baby!

4K Highlighter Palette – Rose Gold see here

I’m a sucker for a highlighter palette and to be honest I didn’t even look at it. My sister just came across and said she was buying one and I was like yea I’ll get one to. Luckily she has good taste and I trust her opinion. These shades are completely up my street and to be honest I haven’t brought highlighter in a while and I thought this would be a perfect addition to my collection.

Supreme Matte Finishing Spray see here

I was running a little light on the amount of finishing sprays I have so I thought rather than buy one lets buy two different ones. I always try and go for a matte finishing spray as that’s the look I prefer especially with my oily complexion. I have tried a Revolution one before which I have just run of, I did actually mention this in my last Empties Post so I thought yeah lets buy another one!

Fast Base Foundation Stick in F6 see here

So lets all be honest this little baby is everywhere in the beauty world and I have tried to get my hands on this for the longest time and they have never had my shade in stock. I finally found my shade and I cannot wait to get using this little baby. I have heard so many things about this product and I also had a good recommendation from my older sister so to me it was a no brainer to try out. I’m sure I will be reporting back on my thoughts of this!

Conceal & Define Concealer in C7 and C3 see here

Yes I also found shades in these babies, I think these have to be my favourite purchase of the weekend because I have been wanting to get hold of these for the longest time. I brought two shades in the end C7 for concealing and C3 for my under eyes as a little brightener. I have been wanting to try these out ever since I brought them and I finally can. I have heard nothing but good things about these so I can’t wait to have perfect skin!

Urban Decay

All Nighter Foundation 2.0 see here

This is a product I knew I wanted to get and I had already been colour matched prior to the event so I knew exactly what I wanted. I cannot wait to try this, again another product I have heard so much about and I cannot wait to try this out. I hope it lives up to my expectations. I haven’t ever actually tried an Urban Decay foundation before but I am completely won over by the packaging – I mean who wouldn’t be!?

Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm see here

Again another product that I knew I wanted to pick up, I was tempted to buy the All Nighter Concealer but thought that would be a bit too heavy so I thought this would be the perfect pairing with the All Nighter foundation. Seriously, I don’t think I’m going to need any base products anytime soon I’m completely stocked up!

Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Requiem see here

My only liquid lipstick purchase of the haul – be proud! I have two of these in my collection already and I thought it was about time I added another one to my collection. This is something a little bit different to my collection but I thought it was time to mix it up a little. It’s a beautiful purple/pink colour which I think is going to look amazing in the summer months. I mean I’m definitely going to rock it whether people like it or not. I love the shade range that Kat Von D have as they have some really out there shades and to be honest I wish it was acceptable to wear them because I totally would.

OPV – Eyeshadow Palette in Gorgeous II see here

So I brought this on a complete whim but I was just drawn in by the colours and to be honest the pigmentation is insane. This reminded me so much of a Morphe Palette I own but a lot better quality to be honest. I cannot wait to get trying these shades and I just hope the pigmentation is transferred onto my lids. I have never heard of this brand before but I have just realised they are stocked on Beauty Bay so if I like this I may have to explore what else they have to offer.

Nip+Fab – Viper Venom Micro Blue Fix see here

This is my favourite primer and I am running low on the one I currently have and I just knew I needed to buy another. I didn’t actually buy this at IMATS I went to Superdrug after and brought this but I thought it was worthwhile putting this in here. I think this is being discontinued and I am actually gutted, this is amazing and I am obsessed with it. If you prefer silicone based primers then you need to try this. It transforms my skin and works with every single foundation I own. I think I am going to need to buy a few more so I can carry on using this!

That’s all folks, congratulations to you if you made it to the end. It was pretty lengthy! So pleased this is written because now I can start enjoying these products! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. Also if you have been to IMATS or would like to know a little more information about it let me know and I will answer your questions.

-A x

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

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

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