Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January Favourites



I actually can't believe I'm writing my January Favourites post already. Where has this month gone? Not that I'm complaining because, to be honest, I want these next few months to go by, purely because I'm missing the sunshine. I'm so sick of seeing dull, cloudy weather the majority of the time. Anyway moving on... I've got a mixture of things this month on my favourites list. I didn't do a December Favourites so I guess you could say it's a December/January Favourites really. Here they are...




 The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Shower Gel
You may have already read about the Vanilla Chai shower gel in my Boxing Day Haul post. Well since writing that post, I've fallen in love with it even more. I've been having a few on and off kind of days lately and my moods have been all over the place, but getting into my shower or bath and using this has made me feel tons better. It smells really sweet and warming and it's perfect for winter time. Also, I find it very moisturising too.

Cover Shoot Cosmetics Nail Polish Remover Twist Pot
I haven't used one of these in so long. I usually just use a basic bottle of nail polish remover. I picked this up in Poundland and surprisingly it's the best one I've used. It gets rid of stubborn colours so fast and it doesn't smell too overpowering either. Plus it's a good sized one for travelling.

Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day Conditioner
I got this for Christmas and I hadn't really thought of buying it and trying it out myself, if I'm being honest. But I'm glad I've had the chance to try it because I bloody love it! It smells really fresh and fruity and the smell lingers for hours. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and manageable. 

Candescent Lip Balms *
I have a blog post coming next week all about Candescent Shop and their lip balms. So I'm not saying much, other than I do really like them!

B&M Tangle Teezer Hair Brush Dupe
I'm not sure what they are actually called as I threw away the packaging but it was only 99p and it's basically a cheaper tangle teezer. Makes my hair feel so much softer and makes it look lovely and shiny too.


The Body Shop Shea Body Butter
I received this free in a order I placed before Christmas because of a promo code that was available. I will admit I don't love the smell of it but I don't hate it either... but because it's one of the most moisturising body butters I've used, I've added it to my January favourites.

Creightons Frizz No More Miracle Serum
I picked this up from B&M a while ago and I've only just really started using it. I think it was around £2. I use this on damp hair and pop it on my mid lengths and ends before blow drying. It makes my hair feel super soft and look lovely and shiny. It smells nice and fresh too!








TIGI Bedhead Styleshots Epic Volume Conditioner

I've been using this on and off for a few years now. I got a new bottle at Christmas and I just love it. It makes my hair look and feels so much better. It gives my hair lots of volume which is definitely needed and it doesn't weigh down my hair. Plus it smells like strawberries and cream. Yum!

Nivea Visage Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream 
I always struggle to find a good moisturiser which suits my skin and doesn't break me out loads. But I bought this on a whim because it was in the sale and because the fact that it's oil free. I use this either in the morning or in the evening and it's definitely one of the best moisturisers I've used. I switch between this one and a Garnier one at the minute which I will be talking about soon in a upcoming skincare post.

LUSH It's Raining Men Shower Gel
Something else I received for Christmas... If you have ever used the Shoot For The Stars or Honey Bee Bath bombs, then this shower gel smells exactly like them. If you haven't tried those bath bombs then it smells like honey and toffee together *heart eyes emoji* It's super moisturising and the smell lingers all day. Definitely one of my new favourite LUSH products! 

Simple Dual Effect Make Up Remover
This had to be on my January favourites! This is a life saver. It removes my eye makeup in about 2 minutes, I'm not even kidding! All you have to do is shake the bottle (it'll go all bubbly inside) and then pop some on some cotton pads and place over your eyes, whilst moving in small circular motions and it literally just melts away your eye make up. So good! If you'd like to read my full review about it then I'll leave the link here.

Audible / Alan Carr's Alanatomy
So I decided to sign up to Audible when they offered me 3 months for free in November. Basically, I got 1 credit per month to choose any Audible book I wanted to listen to. I tend to pop it on an hour or two before I plan to go to sleep or when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, and it really relaxes me. This month I have been listening to Alan Carr's Alanatomy and it's so funny! It's literally made me laugh out loud in the early hours in the morning. Definitely recommend picking it up in book form or on audible.


So there's my January Favourites!
 What were your faves? 

 Also if you've done a January faves too post, link me! I love reading them :)

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

First Impressions: Beauty Atelier Shop *


Today's post is all about the new and upcoming Beauty Atelier Shop! They very kindly sent me all the products in this post, to try out and share my thoughts on. In this post, I'm going to tell you who Beauty Atelier Shop are and also what I received, the concept of each product and also the price.



So... who are Beauty Atelier Shop? What do they sell?


Beauty Atelier Shop is a website which sells handmade high-quality makeup tools -  Including makeup sponges, makeup brushes and a very cute heart shaped brush cleaner. They also sell lots of styles of luxurious false eyelashes. Their products are supplied by 88 Infinite Cosmetics and everything they sell is cruelty-free. They've also just started stocking Zoeva Brush Sets too.

What I received in the package which Beauty Atelier Shop sent to me...


#Romantic (top left), #Precious (top right), #Sexy (bottom left), #Glamourous (bottom right)
Handmade Silk Eyelashes - 
I love the look of these eyelashes, I can't wait to try them out! The packaging is very pretty and eye catching (as I've said before, I'm a complete sucker for packaging!) and I love how everything has been named as a hashtag -

#Romantic -  Lovely to add a little flutter and sweetness to your everyday makeup look
#Precious - Would look lovely for a minimal or natural makeup look
#Sexy - A perfect pair of lashes to pop on for a date night!
#Glamorous - If you like your full of volume, dramatic eyelashes, then these are for you! 


They are £15 per pair and they should be able to be worn up to 20 times if gently washed and looked after. 


#Lightly, #Softly and #Kinky
Handmade Mink Eyelashes -
Again, I love the packaging of these eyelashes! They are in a little plastic case to keep them neat and looking pretty. You can easily pull them out and put them away with no hassle. Also, these are described as lightweight and very comfortable. 

#Lightly - Great for adding a little something more to an everyday look
#Softly - To give you more 
volumized, full looking eyelashes
#Kinky - High-density eyelashes for a dramatic look


The Mink Eyelashes are £19 per pair and should be able to be worn up to 20 times if they are gently washed and looked after. Love the look of the #Lightly eyelashes! (top left)



#Perfectionist Make Up Sponge
A good sized, teardrop shaped makeup sponge. Which is handmade and latex free. It's made from 100% vegetable fibre -  it's designed to not absorb and waste any of your makeup product. Yay! The #Perfectionist is £12.

#Heartist Brush Cleaner
A very cute, silicone makeup brush cleaner. Just to make cleaning brushes more bearable and less a chore. We all know what I'm talking about here, right? It's also a good sized one, which will clean all of your brushes from eyeshadow brushes to powder brushes, but it will still fit inside your travel bag perfectly too! It is only £8.




The #Heartist Brush Cleaner and The #Perfectionist Make Up Sponge both are packaged so nicely -  including ribbon, sequins and a little thank you message on each, which is such a sweet little added touch. Would be great for gifting to friends or family who love handmade products and also love their makeup and makeup tools too.

You can follow Beauty Atelier Shop on Twitter and on Instagram!

I will be reviewing everything featured in this post over the next few weeks on my blog. So keep a look out! You can subscribe by email to my blog or can follow me on twitter to see when I post.

Hope you liked this post! 
I'm looking forward to trying all these products out!

Which do you like the look of most? 

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Scent Circus Wax Melts




Most girls hoard shoes and bags, not me. I hoard candles and wax melts. I mean, I do still have a pretty big shoe and bag collection, but I just love buying candles and wax melts. Since getting my air wick electric wax melter last year, I'm always looking for new places to buy wax melts from. So here's my new favourite place to get some fun looking and lovely scented wax melts from... Scent Circus!

This is the first time I've ordered anything from Scent Circus (and it definitely won't be the last). They sell so many cute and fun handmade wax melts. They also sell monthly box sets called "The Big Top Box" which is priced at £7.50. January's box theme was the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and I'm gutted that I missed out it. They also sell a box called "The Oopsy Daisy Box" which is priced at £5 and contains wax melts that just didn't make the cut but still smell lovely. 

So onto what I got in my first order... 

First of all I got some "Unicorn Poop" melts. They are the rainbow coloured ones in the photo above and yes, they look like poop. They also have a sprinkle of glittery lovehearts over the top and they smell very sweet and candy-like and they were just £1 for the pair. 

Next I got the "Damson in Distress" wax melt. This one also smells exactly as described which is toasted almond and damson plum. It smells heavenly! Love the fact that it looks like a jammie dodger too. This one was £1.50.

Finally I got the "Mermaid Poop" melts and they smell like coconut, melon and pineapple. More of a fresh and summer kind of scent, but we all need those summer vibes when the weather is all grey, cold and depressing like it has been over the past few weeks in the UK. These too were just £1 for the pair.

Also I love the packaging. These arrived in a sturdy, little cardboard box and the wax melts come with a little dolly bag to keep your new, cute wax melts in and also has a sprinkle of confetti over everything in the box.

Plus you get a Scent Circus ticket in each box and if you collect 10 tickets, you get a free wax melt box! 

The wax melts are made from soy wax and fragrance oil and NOT tested on animals.

Delivery price is £1.95 within the UK. 

I hope you liked this post! 
Have you tried Scent Circus wax melts?





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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Superpeach Boutique: Everything's Peachy* | + Promo Code


Today's post I'm writing all about Superpeach Boutique! I was very excited to hear from Superpeach and find out that they were interested in collaborating with me and my blog.

So... Who are Superpeach and what do they sell?
Superpeach are an online boutique and mainly specialise in selling very pretty and flirty knickers that will make you feel beautiful and ready to take on the world. They currently stock sizes from a UK 8 - 14 but are hoping to expand their size range in the near future! Also, they sell plenty of cute, affordable accessories including: make up bags, socks, nail polishes and more.  

Their items start from just £1 and their website is super cute and very easy to navigate around. There's nothing worse than a bad layout on a website, right? 


My Peachy Pick*: 



Superpeach very kindly gifted me with a gift voucher so that I could choose what I wanted to write about on this collaboration post, so I chose a lovely, vintage looking make up bag which is just my cup of tea. It did take a while to decide which make up bag to get because there is such a gorgeous selection to choose from!


The make up bag is mint coloured, has a soft touch feel and even the inside has a printed pattern, as you can see above. It also has a large pocket inside so you can keep everything nice and tidy, which is handy because I hate having an untidy make up bag! I'm going to be using this to put all my current favourite make up products in.



Also, I just want to say how lovely the packaging is.  First of all, I didn't expect my gifted item to arrive in a polka printed parcel, then inside, my make up bag was all wrapped up in pink tissue paper with a cute little bow and some rose petals - such a nice little added touch.  Superpeach also offer a gift wrapping service - whether you're buying a gift for someone special or just treating yourself, for an extra £3, your order will be presented in a lovely pink box with a Superpeach bow (and some lovely rose petals too, of course).
+ PROMO CODE 
If you'd like to shop at Superpeach and are interested in buying yourself a treat or two, or buying a gift for someone then here is a special promo code to get 20% off your order: ASTOLDBYKIRSTY20  (expires on 24/2/17)

Enjoy! x

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You can also follow them on Instagram @superpeachlife
and on Facebook too! 

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

The Body Shop Boxing Day Sale Haul



I know this post is quite late considering almost a month has passed by since Christmas (what?!). But my order only arrived just over a week ago and I wanted to try everything out before writing this post. Even though it's quite late, I thought I'd still share what I picked up in The Body Shop Sale over Christmas. 


Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel
This is the only shower gel which I got in this haul, that I knew I liked and wanted to get when I next visited or ordered online. I first tried this shower gel when I got myself the Jingle Gel Rock gift set just before Christmas and then I got another one as a Christmas present too, oops! Because I love this scent so much, 120ml (2x 60ml bottles) just wasn't enough. So I bought an 250ml one. So I'm all stocked up now. It's a really refreshing shower gel and is a perfect one to use if you're feeling a bit tired and sluggish first thing in the morning.

Frosted Berries Shower Gel
As you can see in the picture above, I went a little Frosted Berries crazy. The funny thing is... I didn't even know what it actually smelled like until the products arrived. Luckily I really like the smell. Obviously it smells like Berries but it's more of a wintery berry smell and the scent lingers for hours. 


Colour Crush Nail Polish - Meet Me At Dusk
I know I like these because I have got a few other shades from this range but the main reason why I chose this colour is because if you read my Winter Nail Polishes post, there was a Primark PS Quick Dry Nail Polish in the shade Rose. Because I loved that colour so much, I finished the bottle! Which never happens. So I was on the lookout for a similar shade and I found it! I do find these nail polishes a little watery but they do dry really quick and stay on well as long as you use a good top coat.

Vanilla Chai Shower Gel
I love this shower gel! It basically smells like warm, spicy vanilla (kind of a baking smell) Perfect for a winter's day or evening. It's probably the one I've used most out of the three I got in my sale haul so far. 

Frosted Berries Home Fragrance Oil
I don't usually use fragrance oils that much, I'm more of a candle or wax melt kinda girl. But I thought I'd get this because the only other two in the sale was the Spiced Apple and the Vanilla Chai oils. So I thought I'd opt for the most winter scented one of them all considering it was an Christmas/Boxing Day sale haul. 

Frosted Berries Lip Balm
I seem to be hoarding lip balms right now but at least I can't say I haven't got one. My lips get really chapped around this time of the year and plus I wear some lip balms under lipsticks and things as a kind of primer. So it's nice to have a variety to use. This one is very hydrating and smells lovely and fruity.

So there's my little haul. It only cost £10.50 altogether! Such a bargain. 
Did you get anything from The Body Shop in the Christmas/Boxing Day sale?




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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

H&M Beauty: Raspberry Leaf & Witch Hazel Face Masks Review



So today I'm writing about the Raspberry Leaf and Witch Hazel H&M face masks. I received them both at Christmas and I thought I'd a little review on each because they are a little different than usual face masks that you can pick up for a couple of pounds. 

First of all I love the packaging of these, they're so cute and fun looking. They are kind of like a little yogurt pot and you can get 2-3 applications from each pot. I'm a complete sucker for packaging. I love anything that's looks quirky and unique.

Raspberry Leaf - Combination Skin

I tried the Raspberry Leaf one first. I will admit I tend to steer clear from peel off masks usually. Just because I find they aren't as good as clay based masks and also they tend to be very messy and sticky. I still thought I'd give it a go, especially as it's aimed at combination skin, which my skin type is. So I applied this like any other face mask, the smell was quite nice and refreshing but then... it started stinging really bad! But I thought I'd leave it a few more minutes and just see if it's just doing it's thing. Then the stinging got worse so I had to remove it fast. Literally about half an hour after using it, I broke out really bad and my skin went all pink/red. It was not a good look! Obviously I'd had a allergic reaction. What a great start! lol. But just because this one didn't work for me, it doesn't mean that it won't work for you. But if you have quite sensitive skin then I'd probably not try this one in particular... just in case!

Witch Hazel - Oily Skin

I was a little apprehensive about trying this mask after my reaction to the Raspberry Leaf one. But I felt like trying a different face mask because I seem to be hoarding a lot right now, so I chose this one. Thankfully this one was a whole lot different. This one is a clay mask and I left it on for around 10 minutes and it didn't sting at all. (yay!) It doesn't smell like the usual Witch Hazel smell, which I sometimes find to be quite overpowering. It smells more floral which is kind of weird considering it contains witch hazel, rosemary and tea leaf. My skin felt so smooth and squeaky clean after using this one as well. Definitely will be buying a few of these! 


If you're interested in trying these face masks yourself then here's the link to see these and other ones available. 

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So there's what I thought about the two H&M Face Masks I've tried so far.
 Have you tried these face masks? What did you think? 



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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Beauty Essentials Shadow Switch Review *


I was kindly sent this by the upcoming brand Beauty Essentials to try out. Beauty Essentials have created an collection of essential beauty tools and their products are going to be available to buy in Sephora and online when their webpage launches in the UK. 

The product I'm writing about today is the Shadow Switch Dry Make Up Brush Cleaner*. The purpose of the product is to be able to use just one eyeshadow brush when applying our eyeshadow and let's be honest, to stop us using our pyjama bottoms or dressing gowns to wipe previous eyeshadow shades on lol. Because of it's size and the fact that it doesn't contain any liquid, it makes it travel friendly and perfect to just pop in your bag and go.

All you have to do is gently swirl your brush in circular motions on the sponge and the eyeshadow is all removed and your brush is ready for another shade! It''s easy to use and very effective. Obviously you still have to deep clean your brushes but this is great for cleaning in between.

If you want clean your sponge then you just need to use some warm water with fragrance free soap and then leave it to dry. It's also recommended that you change your sponge every 2 months. 

The packaging of the product is changing too so I've added what the new packaging will look like below. So you know what to look out for!


You can already get your hands on this little make up bag essential on Amazon for just £5.99. You can also follow Beauty Essentials on twitter @BeautyEssUK and on instagram @beautyessuk and see what new and exciting products they will be releasing soon. 

I definitely think Beauty Essentials will be one of the "it brands" of 2017 and I'm excited to see and try more of their products. Also it was very nice of them to send me this to try out. I love it!

What are your thoughts?
Have you or are you planning to try this out for yourself?



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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

8 Things I Do To Help My Anxiety


I've had anxiety for most of my life. It ranges from being just about bearable to insanely bad and ruling my life. So I thought I'd share some of my tips and ways that I try and calm myself when I'm suffering with my anxiety. 


Have some Me Time
When my anxiety is at it's worst, I tend to find being around people really overwhelming and I can get quite irritable too. I just kind of want to shut myself away and just do my own thing. So that's what I do. I love to just either have a bubble bath and put on some happy songs to try and make me feel better or I'll snuggle up in a blanket and just read for a few hours. 


Spend time with family or friends
In contrast to having Me Time, when my anxiety is there but it's not at it's worst I find spending with family and friends helps too. I think it's because they are my loved ones so I feel safe and happy when I'm around them.


Put my attention elsewhere
I always tend to watch a film, read a book or watch a TV show. Also since starting my blog I tend to write blog posts too when I'm overthinking. Just putting my attention elsewhere, takes my mind off off all my worries.


Let it all out
There's nothing better than having a good old rant to a friend or family member, right? I do this way too often lol. Also writing down all your feelings and thoughts and then ripping up the paper and throwing it away is another good technique.

Do breathing exercises
I tend to inhale through my nose, hold my breath for 5-7 seconds and then slowly exhale through my mouth and repeat until I feel more relaxed. There's loads of breathing techniques you can find on google and you can find which suit you best.


Exercise
I know this might be one that you're thinking ew no. But even doing light exercise for 10 minutes makes me feel better. I'll admit I don't use this one all the time when my anxiety is running wild because it's the last thing I want to do. But if I feel like it, then I will. Or another form of exercising which helps is walking. Don't worry, I'm not talking about a trek up a mountain. Even just walking around a shop or two (and treating yourself to something new) helps too!

Listen to music
I like making little playlists on Spotify or on my phone for different moods. So I tend to listen to happy/catchy kind of songs when I'm feeling like crap just to try and make me feel better.


Tea
Whether it is a normal cup tea (sweet and strong for me!) or a herbal cup of tea. I always find tea is the answer when I get an anxiety attack. I love the Pukka Tea range and the Clippers Snore and Peace tea! 



So there's some of the things I do to ease my anxiety.
 Hope this post helps and leave a comment if you have any tips to share!



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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Simple Dual Effect Eye Make Up Remover Review


Today's post is my thoughts on the Simple Kind To Skin Dual Effect Eye Make Up Remover. I am a fan of Simple and I love their Oil Balancing products because of my combination skin. So I was intrigued when I saw this. I have really sensitive eyes and I find it hard to get a product that doesn't sting or irritate them. So because of this I've just been using face wipes to remove eye make up and/or the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water, which I always use to remove the rest of my make up. Then I obviously cleanse before I go to bed.

The dual effect eye make up remover contains cleansing oil with pro vitamin B5 and purified water with vitamin E. So to get the product to work, you have to shake the bottle well before use to get everything inside to mix together. I was a little worried when I first tried this because it was a little oilier than I expected, so I was worried it was going to break me out around my eyes because of my skin type being combination (and annoying).
I've used this to remove a full on eye make up look whilst wearing Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (which we all know is a bitch to remove) and it literally removes it in about 2 minutes. Every single trace. I pop some on some cotton pads, place them over my eyes and gently move the cotton pads in small circular motions and it gets my eyes back to looking like their tired old, natural selves again. Also I love that it doesn't have a scent and it doesn't sting at all. Definitely recommend giving this a try!

What are your favourite make up removers? 
And have you or are you going to try this eye make up remover?

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

My 2016 Beauty Favourites




I'd say 2016 was a good year for discovering new make up and skin care products. Everything here is from the drugstore, so it's not going to cost an arm and a leg to try some of these for yourselves. I've linked all of the products, just to make it easier for you too. So here's my 2016 faves!



Seventeen Brow Sculpting Pencil
So I'm going to get straight to the point: My eyebrows are rarely ever "on point". They're like a pair of bickering sisters and one always looks more angled and angrier than the other. Obviously it's because I have really fair eyebrows and trying to get them to look somewhat similar is bloody hard work. But when I use this eyebrow pencil, they do seem to look better and the pencil isn't too dark and harsh looking on my brows.

Makeup Revoulution Iconic 2 Palette
I think everyone and their mum probably owns this because it's a dupe to the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. This is definitely the eyeshadow palette I've used most in 2016. Very pigmented and easy to work with, I just love it. You can do so many different looks with just this palette and it's only £4!

Rimmel Brow This Way - Dark Brown
I bought this whilst trying to budget and see if it's similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow, which I love so much, but I definitely don't love the price! So I got this and the product itself is really impressive and a pretty good dupe to Gimme Brow but it's a tiny bit darker than the Deep shade. The brush that comes with this is huge! Unless you have Cara Delevingne's eyebrows then you'll definitely need to use a different brush. I just use my old Gimme Brow ones and it seems to do the trick.

Makeup Revolution Brow Kit - Medium/Dark
This little miracle brow kit has saved the day so many times for me this year. I do find it harder to work with powders because of me having such fair eyebrows and no patience. But this is only £2.50 so I couldn't not put it on my faves list. It has 3 shades and a wax to set your brows in place and it just does the job. People who find it easy to work with powders will love this. It's travel friendly, has a mirror and  it comes with a cute little eyebrow brush and some tiny tweezers for when you're on the go.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair
Me and the Lasting Perfection Concealer have been good friends for years now. Hiding my dark, under eye circles and raging, red spots. Can't fault this concealer! No matter which concealer I try, I always go back to this one.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - Very Black
This has pretty much been the only mascara I've used since I got it. I have received an Soap and Glory one in a gift set for Christmas, so I'm looking forward to trying that but I don't think I'll be parting ways with my Maybelline Lash Sensational for a while. Without this my eyelashes aren't very long and they don't stay curly, but this has helped them tons. It's a bit of a pain to get off but I've found a new eye make up remover in the past few weeks which I'm loving and going to be writing a blog post about soon.

Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen - Carbon Black
I'm not one of those people who can do an perfect, winged eyeliner look under a minute. It takes me ages. So as you can guess, I don't do winged eyeliner all the time (unless I have about 6 hours to do it in lol) But I have found that the Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner makes it more easier to apply and it lasts all day with no flaking or loss of colour. 


When I first got this foundation I hated it. It clung really bad to any dry skin and I found the coverage to be very light instead of medium/full coverage, which it stated on the tube. I just felt like I'd literally thrown money down the drain. But since changing some skin care products and using a different primer, I love it and lasts all day. It's definitely my favourite foundation right now and the shade suits my pale skin. 

Seventeen - China Pink
This is the blusher I've used most this year, if you have a heavy hand whilst applying blusher then you may look a little, well, pink. This is a very pigmented blusher. But I apply it lightly and it gives enough colour to my cheeks without looking too over the top. I used this pretty much every day in the summer. It doesn't fade throughout the day and is only £2.99 at Boots. I find this blusher to be quite similar to the Natural Collection ones but you get more product.

MUA Matte Lipstick - Fancy Fawn
This is quite a newbie to my make up collection but since buying it about 3 weeks ago, it's barely been off my lips. It's a very lovely nude shade, but not too nude against my pale skin. It's only £1 from Superdrug. You do have to apply it a few times throughout day but for the price it's not bad.
NYX High Definition Blusher - Taupe
So I don't use this as a blusher obviously. Because of being a pale girl, I struggle bad when it comes to finding a contouring product. Even with a light hand, pretty much any contour "for pale skin" is still too orangey for me. I can't remember who recommended using this for pale skin but whoever it was, thank you! When I can be bothered to contour, I always use this and it does such a good, natural contour.  Plus if you're travelling lightly, you can use it as a eyeshadow too.

Collection Speedy Highlighter - Pearl Sheen
I posted about this a few weeks ago and I did say it would be on my 2016 favourites post! I don't usually wear cream highlighters (or blushers) but this is bloody brilliant. It's not glittery or over the top. I wear it with my everyday make up just to make my skin look a little more glowy. You can read my full review about this here.

+ Other Favourites



So there's my beauty favourites which I discovered or rediscovered in 2016. 
I'm looking forward to trying and discovering new products in 2017! 

 What are your beauty faves from 2016? 



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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017




Happy New Year!

It's the first day of 2017 and I thought I'd share my main goals that I want to achieve this year. 2016 had a few ups but a heck of a lot of downs. It was just a complete crap year for me basically and I'm glad it's over. As cliche as it sounds, I'm ready for a fresh start and a clean slate to make new memories and achieve new goals.

Settle into a new job 
I quit my job of almost 3 years a few months ago. To cut a long story short, it just wasn't for me anymore. It was getting me down and it was time to leave. So I saved up some money and left. I'm still looking for a new job, I don't want to just take anything that's on offer because I don't want my next job just to be a pit stop and still be looking for another job whilst I'm there. I want to get a job and hopefully love it. It's just waiting for that right one. But I know leaving my old job was one of the better choices I made in 2016 and I definitely don't regret it.

Lose weight
Let's get this good old cliched one out of the way... Last year I lost a stone, I know it's not the most amazing weight loss amount but it made me feel tons better. But because of the above and other things in life getting in the way, I ended up putting some of the lost weight back on. Mainly because of comfort eating and snacking on not so healthy foods. But I will lose some weight in 2017. I know I'll never be a Skinny Minnie but losing weight, no matter how much I lose, always makes me feel better about myself and feel more confident.


Travel and explore more
This doesn't necessarily mean jumping on the next plane to New York and getting the hell outta here (even though that would be pretty amazing) But just exploring new towns and cities in the UK would be enough for me
. I love places with quirky, little gift shops and photogenic houses and so on. I always seem to go to the same old places and I'm ready for something new.

Turn negatives into positives
I've been doing this a lot over the past few months and it has helped my anxiety a lot.

 It really does help your mindset and it's something I'm going to continue doing in 2017. 

Declutter my life
I mean this in a few ways. I want to declutter my wardrobe, my overflowing drawers under my bed and just get rid of 
general things I don't really need. I also mean some people who are in my life too. 

Grow my blog more
I started my blog in Summer 2016 and I've only just made a twitter and joined the blogging community on there. I was so nervous about going public on twitter with my blog. I wasn't confident enough to go public with my blog on my personal twitter, so I made a twitter account just for my blog and to connect with fellow bloggers. But I'm happy with my choice and now my blog traffic has pretty much tripled and I feel a part of the blogging
 community already. I've had my twitter account for just over 2 weeks and I've already got my first collaboration with a brand which is exciting. I can't wait to see what 2017 has for my little blog.


What goals have you set yourself for 2017?



 
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