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

Review: Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation

Hello my lovelies,

Another Sunday another review for you lovely people. So recently I have brought quite a few foundations and I thought I would start with reviewing this little baby. Tarte is a brand that in the past 6 months I have fallen in love with. I love how fun it is and the products I have tried I have been really impressed with. Recently I placed an order from Tarte which was a deal I just couldn’t refuse which included this foundation see here to find out what else I brought

So recently the Shape Tape foundations from Tarte have had an awful lot of press, good and bad. The person I am I of course wanted to see what it was all about and I was on the hunt for a new foundation. I decided to go for the matte version and this is what pretty much all my foundations are due to my oily complexion. When I was on the website I was so impressed by the shade range for a new launch, to be honest picking a shade online is so blooming hard to do but luckily I did manage to get a shade that does suit me.

As the Shape Tape concealer has been so well loved in the beauty world I just thought that I would immediately fall in love with the foundation. I have now learnt never presume!

The bottle is beautiful who doesn’t love a frosted glass bottle!? To be honest Tarte really hit the nail on the head every time when it comes to packaging I just love it and this one is no exception. I also adore that the foundation has a doe-foot applicator honestly it’s a game changer if you have never used a foundation that has one. Less mess!

Unfortunately that is where the goodness stops. I couldn’t tell you how excited I was to use this foundation. On application I just knew I was going to have issues. It took forever to blend in, I used beauty blenders, brushes the lot and it was like applying face paint. I mean I’m all up for taking a little more time to blend in but this was on another level. Instantly it didn’t sit right on certain areas of my face which was mainly under my eyes, around my nose and my upper lip. It just clumped together and looked awful.

I thought by adding concealer it may of aided the foundation but to be honest the foundation was is so dry and heavy that actually it made no difference. I quickly powder to try and stop it from getting any worse. I mean when you spend 20 minutes blending and for some miracle it blends ok  then you may be on to a winner but I just can’t seem to do this.

What makes it worse is that when you move onto a different part of your face which I normally do my eyes next I’ll be honest and say I am a little heavy handed. Normally if I get a bit of mascara on my cheek I grab a cotton bud and quickly remove it. Dab my beauty blender over it and it looks like nothing has happened. Not with this foundation. It literally removes the layer of foundation & concealer you have applied, when you try and put a little bit of concealer over it then it looks even worse. There is just seriously no room for error with this foundation.

I have tried so many different things to make this foundation work and I just can’t seem to.  I have tried different primers, no primer, different brushes/tools for applying the foundation and nothing seems to work. I just don’t know what to do with it. When it goes right it does look ok but it’s nothing groundbreaking. It’s just such a shame because I had such high hopes for this product and I have never been more disappointed.

For reference the colour I have is: Fair Light Neutral CFD1

If anyone has any tips for applying this then I would be grateful because to be honest I really don’t want to waste this. I just can’t believe Tarte would make a product this is so god damn awful I mean am I just using it wrong? I have never ever had these issues before with a foundation and I can’t express how gutted I am with it.

I don’t want to throw it away just yet I will give it the benefit of the doubt, although I don’t really know why. Let me know if you have tried this foundation and what your experience has been with it – maybe I have just have an off bottle?

If you want to try it for yourself or you want a little more information then see here it retails for a whopping £33!

Thank you for reading

-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

May Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

Another month has gone so quick, seriously how are we nearly half way through the year already? May has been such a busy month for me with my boyfriend dislocating his shoulder and having an operation on top of that so I was full time acting as his nurse! The hot weather was amazing though – me and my puppy was having such a great time in the paddling pool I brought. I also attended IMATS with my sister and my best friend which as always was amazing, I spent way to much money but it only comes around once a year. Do keep your eye out for an upcoming IMATS Haul!

This month because I have been so busy, I have ended up sticking to the same things but these little babies I have been using have really shone out. It is all makeup based this month so if you are a skincare lover this one may not be for you.

Maybelline – Fit Me Foundation in 110 Porcelain see here

I actually picked this up pretty recently which you may have seen in my recent Boots & TK Maxx Haul I was in desperate need of falling in love with a drug store foundation and I may have just found it. It applies like a dream and although looking at the colour it looks pretty pale for me, it actually colour matches really well. I don’t want to go into too much detail as I will be doing a full review on this pretty soon. All I would say is, if you have oily prone skin or are looking for a matte foundation then this may be worth trying out.

Charlotte Tilbury – Hollywood Lips in Show Girl see here

Anyone that knows me, knows that I adore liquid lipstick I am a complete sucker for it. To be honest I thought I had lost this one, whoops! I found it in my handbag at the start of this month and because I couldn’t find it for so long I knew I had to get wearing it. Although it’s not really a spring colour, I love it. It’s a berry colour but not too deep so completely wearable on a daily basis. It’s so comfortable on the lips and to be honest I am a sucker for anything Charlotte Tilbury. Would I pay £24 for another one.. probably not unless I came into some money and I wanted to treat myself. If you have the money for one then I would strongly recommend trying it out the shade range is beautiful!

Huda Beauty – Desert Dusk Palette see here

I have very recently written a full review on my thoughts of this palette here but a little side note before you read it.. I blooming love it. If you have read my review then you will know that I very nearly just gave this away because it wasn’t being used. Thank god I kept it because I can’t stop using it. I have a look that I create on a daily basis and I just love the look and nothing else seems to come close to it. From the picture it looks like I have barely used this but trust me I have used this pretty much every day this month. In my eyes it is well worth the investment, if you are on the fence about this my advice is to buy it. You won’t regret it I promise.

Maybelline – Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light see here

Another recent-ish addition to my collection and as you can see I have used this quite a bit. This however I picked up from Superdrug and to be honest it is perfect for my under eye area. Although I don’t have the brightening one, I don’t think I need it. This does the job and is the perfect colour for me. My only annoyance and I am sure I am not the only one on this is the applicator and how messy it gets – seriously! I also think it’s a little overpriced for what it is especially for the drugstore but it is a great product and I know it is so well loved and now I’m hooked too!

Sephora Lip Cream in Marvellous Move see here

This along with my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick is the only thing that has been on my lips this month. I absolutely adore the formula of this and the colour. I mean this is seriously one of the best liquid lipsticks I have ever come across. My favourite at present is the Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks but if they aren’t in your budget then this comes a very close second for me. I can’t wait to go to New York in September mainly so I can go into Sephora and buy more of these shades. I mean the shade range is incredible I didn’t realise they had so many and they are constantly adding new shades to the range. This is my go to spring lip colour – I LOVE IT!

Tarte – Maneater Mascara see here

Last but by no means least, this mascara. I brought this last month as I picked a gift up for my sister as it was here birthday and I thought it would be rude not to treat myself. I was a little sceptical about trying this mascara as I head over heels fell in love with Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara and didn’t think I would love anything else. But oh boy was I proved wrong. I don’t think it is better than Lights, Camera, Lashes as they do different things, I love them equally. The only thing I need to get used to is how big the brush/applicator is – it’s pretty overwhelming when you first try to apply the mascara! This gives amazing volume and I am left with no flaky bits on the face throughout the day. I mean I knew everyone loved the Tarte mascaras but didn’t understand why – but now I do and I am completely obsessed, I am sure I will own all of them at some point..

& just like that my May Favourites are done. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them.

-A x

Tarte Haul

Hello my lovelies,

Yes I am back with yet another haul, but this one I assure you was a good deal. Tarte is a brand that I really want to try out more I have two of their mascaras (Lights, Camera, Lashes and Maneater) along with the Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette and I absolutely adore them. When I had an email from Tarte informing me that I could get 6 of their products AND a make up bag for £56 it was a complete no brainer. Annoyingly with this offer the shipping was pretty slow but I’m so flipping excited I now don’t care.

Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blushing Bride see here

I have been wanting to get my hands on one of their blushes for the longest time. I mean their shade range is incredible. I haven’t treated myself to a new blush for a long time so I thought that this was the perfect time to do so. The packaging is a little basic but as they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover. It is described as a ‘rosy pink’ and to be honest it is just that. I am hoping it will give me a natural look colour to my cheeks, I will just have to see if it lives up to my expectations.

Tarteist Lip Paint it Front Row see here

Now I couldn’t not pick a matte liquid lipstick up could I? To be honest this was the hardest to choose because I didn’t realise they had SO many colours. I was trying to look for a shade that I don’t really have in my collection, which is actually harder than you think. I haven’t actually heard too much about these so I am unsure on what to expect I’m sure I’ll be letting you know in coming posts whether it lives up to my standards or not!

Tarte – Sex Kitten Eyeliner see here

I’m going to be honest and I’ll say I am a little bit disappointed with this product. However it’s not Tarte’s fault. I thought I chose the liquid liner version but instead I chose the normal liner. I am a liquid liner girl through and through and I have never found a product that deters me away. Maybe I just need to give this a go as it may impress me. Who knows but if I am honest 6 products for £56 and if I wasn’t a fan of one of them it really isn’t the end of the world is it.

Shape Tape Matte Foundation see here

Ok, so this was the main reason I placed the order. Lets be honest with all the press, good and bad, that has surrounded the foundations launch you can’t say you haven’t been interested in trying it out for yourself. My only annoyance is that I obviously couldn’t colour match myself so I am hoping that it works other this would of been a complete waste of money. I went for the matte foundation as this is what works with my skin best and I do have issues with oil control. Don’t you worry I will be testing this out ASAP and get back to you with a review so keep your eyes peeled!

Rainforest of The Sea Aqua Concealer in Fair Light see here

This is another product I have been wanting to try for a very long time. I don’t think the shape tape concealer was available on this offer but actually I’m really excited to try this one. First off the packaging is beautiful and the whole rain forest range when it was first released I was really impressed by the branding. I wanted a concealer that wasn’t so heavy on my skin and this ticked all the right boxes. It is a serum based concealer which conceals and radiates – what more could you want for your under eye area!?

Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara see here

Their mascaras as a whole are heavily talked about in the beauty world and this one was next to try on my list. I love all the different packaging of their mascaras and I know this is so well loved in the community. It feels awfully chunky which I think I will have to get used to but I am sure I will make it work for me. I just hope that I love it as much as the other two mascaras I own from Tarte.

Mermaid Make Up Bag 

So I have had a look on the website and I can’t see that this is available – I’m not sure whether this was exclusive to deal that they had or it has sold out but I am obsessed. I do love the whole mermaid vibe and this is perfect. I must say my make up hasn’t fitted in a bag for some years but I find that these are perfect for travelling. Seriously who wouldn’t want their make up sitting in this, I am sure I will get a lot of use out of this in the months to come.

What a great deal? I would strongly recommend taking advantage of the offer if it ever comes around again it’s a great way to try out products that they offer for a fraction of the price. The total price of these products stand alone is £139 so you save yourself a whopping £83 – a complete bargain in my eyes. Let me know what other products I should have a look at next from Tarte and keep your eyes peeled for some reviews on these products!

-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

Empties #13

Hello my lovelies,

Another empties post, I find these my most favourite posts to write and actually they are my favoruite blog posts to read. One because I’m really nosy and two I feel that you get a greater understanding of how the products performed and whether a person would buy it again. I need to keep on top of these as I don’t know if 10 products per post is a little much because I do go on a little. If you want to read my previous empties post see here

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Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Shampoo see here

Yes I know I haven’t finished the conditioner but there is still a lot left I thought well lets just get it over an done with. I really enjoy Herbal Essences as a brand their hair care is probably one of my favourites because it’s affordable and they do a good job of cleaning my hair. With the winter months I chose this one as I thought I needed to give my hair some TLC and it did just the trick. The products definitely work better as a pair, I mean they work well individually just not as well. I would definitely repurchase this again especially with the scents of all their ranges. However, currently I am trying to inject some volume into my hair through my shampoo but I’m sure I will pick this up again soon.

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Lush – Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Now I’m sorry because I can’t link this because it is seasonal for Christmas.. but I have so many bottles of this stuff to use over the course of the year and this was one of them. This is my all time favourite shower gel I have ever used. The smell is incredible, extremely sweet so it does depend on your tastes but I love it. The smell actually lingers on your body for hours too which I love. Who doesn’t want to smell of candy cane!? It’s also pink and has glitter in it – what more could you ask for. Every year I make sure I pick up multiple bottles, if you haven’t smelt this make a mental note to pop into a Lush store around Christmas time to smell this. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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Rimmel – Fix & Protect Make Up Primer see here

I have made it my mission recently to start using up primers, I have so many and this one I have just used to finally get rid of it as it’s been in my collection for quite some time. I don’t believe this is the first bottle of this I would say second. I used to really love this but I think as I have delved into the primer world more and more there are better quality products on the market now.

I mean for a drugstore primer it’s OK and I mainly use this as my SPF as not all my foundations contain SPF so this is a little savior. Do I think this keeps my make up on for longer or improves the look of my skin, not really. Although I have loved this, I think I have grown out of it so I don’t think I will be repurchasing this again, you have been good to me Fix & Protect now it’s time to move on.

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Benefit – Precisely my Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

For me this is a holy grail eyebrow product. I absolutely adore it and I panic every time this is running low and I have to go and buy another. I have been through quite a few of these babies in recent years, it’s just perfect. I don’t do my whole brow with it, mainly to define and add a little more colour and shape to the sparse areas of my brows. I just can’t live without it, I have tried and failed.

I have been running low of this for a little while and every website I went on was sold out of this in my shade, I had no idea how popular it was but I completely know why. In my eyes Benefit really shine when it comes to brow products, I have never been disappointed. I love this so much it made it to my Top 3| Eyebrow Products Seriously if you haven’t tried this brow range, it’s a must!

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Garnier – Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water see here

Another holy grail product. I don’t actually think I could live my life without this product. It is the only micellar water I will ever use, I have been through countless bottles of this stuff and I know I will buy it until the end of time. My skin loves it and it works so well, I use it morning and night without fail. There is so much for this love in the beauty world and there is a damn good reason why, because its AMAZING. I’m sure I could write an essay about this but I won’t because it would bore everyone to tears. Honestly if you haven’t tried this before, please go down to your nearest store and pick it up!

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Benefit – Porefessional see here

Another primer, I told you I was trying to use some of mine up. This is a difficult one for me, this was one of the first ever primers I used and I love it. It reduces the look of pores and creates a soft even base to apply the rest of your make up but I have found a lot better alternatives at a fraction of the price. Seriously, in my opinion it isn’t worth the money.

I’m not saying its a bad product but I would save your pennies. This used to be such a popular product in the beauty world because primers were not so available from other brands but now they are, it’s just not very competitive now there is no wow factor. I mean if someone brought this for me I wouldn’t be disappointed I just personally wouldn’t spend my money on it.

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L’Oreal – Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation see here

This is one of my favourite foundations ever, it’s definitely my favourite from the drugstore. It’s a matte foundation which is a winner when it comes to my oily skin and just blends wonderfully. It’s such a buildable foundation and it’s so easy to apply. If I am ever unsure on what to apply I usually go for this one. It’s such a great all rounder. I actually like that it is in a squeezy tube because you can actually use all the product up. I have mentioned this in my Top 3: Drugstore Foundations which goes into further detail about this product. I have already repurchased this and using it near enough daily.

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Sephora – Green Tea Face Mask see here

I have been really bad recently at not using face masks I just always forget, but I remembered I had this in my collection and I was having a bad time with my skin and I knew this would make it a lot better. This has to be my favourite sheet mask as I actually notice a difference when using this and it really helps my skin out. It aims to mattify and combat blemishes which I would totally agree with. It’s so annoying because I can’t get hold of this in the UK, it’s definitely on my list to buy a fair few of these when I go to New York later on in the year!

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Primark – Oval Cosmetic Pads

Do I even need to explain any more how much I love these!? They are in near enough every single Empties post I write. They are the only cotton pads I will use and I will continue to use until they stop producing them. For 90p they are amazing and the best quality cotton pads I have used. Go to Primark and get yourself a pack, try them out and try and come back to tell me that they are rubbish because I know you won’t you’ll fall in love just like I have.

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Kiehl’s – Ultra Facial Cream (Sample) see here

I have had this sample for quite some time and I have always wanted to try this because so many people love this product. I thought I was going to fall in love, but I just thought it was actually quite standard. For me there is nothing to write home about, its a moisturiser it’s nice but I have better ones in my collection that I enjoy a whole lot more. This is what I love about samples because you can try them out before you invest money especially when skincare is not cheap. I don’t think I will be buying this myself anytime soon.. I’m sorry Kiehl’s I really wanted to fall in love but I didn’t.

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We have made it to the end, gold star to you if you managed to get to the end it’s a fairly lengthy read! Let me know if you have used any of these products before and what your thoughts are.

-A x

Current Everyday Makeup Routine

Hello my lovelies,

I haven’t written one of these posts in the longest time! Whenever I have a ‘good’ makeup day I always forget to share what I have been using. In recent months I have completely changed it up mainly with my eyeshadow and trying new colours! I have finally gone away from the standard brown tones and mixed it up a little with more of an orange tone and I’m loving it! Some things don’t really change for me like my brows, in this case I stick to what I know works! Just an FYI my brushes are dirty but is there any point showing clean ones when I use them everyday? Apologies in advance if this offends you.

If you want to see my previous make up routine you can read all about it here

Base: 

Make Up Forever – Step 1 Radiant Primer

MAC – Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW15)

Estee Lauder – Double Wear Concealer (2C Light Medium)

I use my Original Beauty Blender to buff in my foundation & concealer – apologies it’s not clean I use it allll the time!

Brows:

Sleek – Brow Kit (Light)

Zoeva – 317 Wing Liner Brush

Benefit – Precisely my Brow Pencil (Shade 4)

Miss Sporty – Clear Mascara (I know it doesn’t look clear!)

Eyes:

Urban Decay – Primer Potion (Original)

Tarte – Tartelette Toasted Palette (Colours Used: Warmth, Cozy, Fireside & Flame)

Crown – Flat Shader Brush

MAC – 221 Brush

Spectrum – B06 and A15 Brushes

Real Techniques – Accent Brush

L’Oreal – Perfect Slip Eyeliner (Black)

L’Oreal – Volume Million Lashes, So Couture (Black)

Face Products:

Soap & Glory – Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder (Totally Translucent)

Zoeva – 114 Luxe Face Focus Brush (Under the eye)

Spectrum – A00 Brush

Kevin Aucoin – Sculpting Powder (Medium)

Real Techniques – Contour Brush

BECCA – Apres Ski Glow Face Palette (Bronzed Bondi – Bronzer & Winter Berry for Blusher)

Real Techniques – Powder Brush (Bronzer)

Spectrum – C07 Brush (Blusher)

MAC – Minralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle

Real Techniques – Setting Brush

Lips:

Too Faced – Melted Matte Lipstick in Queen B

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and your experience with them. Also, I would love to know your views on the look I have achieved!

-A x