Saturday, 29 April 2017

Natural & Cruelty Free Makeup From Lavera



So I know a lot of people are trying to change their makeup products over to cruelty-free and today's post is all about some products I received to review from Lavera*, which are high quality, natural and cruelty-free but don't break the bank. Also, there's a good selection of Vegan-Friendly products available too. Here's what I thought about the products I received and there's also a swatch of everything at the end.



Lavera Organic Highlighter - 02 Shining Pearl 4g £9.50
I'm usually like my highlighters to be in powder form just because they tend to be easier to work with (and I tend to forget to apply before powdering like you're supposed to do lol) but this highlighter is a cream highlighter. It's quite a mousse-like texture and It's a very pretty pale pink highlighter and really easy to blend. I've been applying it with my finger and just tap it onto my cheekbones but I've also applied it with a damp FoundationBlender to give off a more dewy look too. It also looks really nice at the inner corner of your eyes and on the brow bone. It's a great travel friendly highlighter and I do really like it.



Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation - Ivory Light 01 30ml £12.90
I received the foundation in the lightest shade which is Ivory Light 01. I'll admit when I first swatched this, all I could think was "Oh god, I'm going to look like an Oompa Loompa" but after applying to my face and buffing it in well with my favourite Real Techniques buffing brush, it didn't look as orange. I do struggle all the time to find foundations that are a good shade for my super pale skin and it's a shame that this foundation is quite orange-y considering it's the lightest shade but if it's buffed in well, then it I can definitely get away with it. I would say if you have dry skin (which I do sometimes) it does cling to dry patches/spots a little. But the coverage is really good, I would definitely say it's a medium/high coverage. It's quite thick and creamy but once it's been fully applied, you can't tell you are wearing foundation, which I really like. It also smells lovely! 

Overall I do like this product. For me personally, It's one of those foundations that needs a little bit more work to get it right. It would be a great foundation to have in the summer in particular as it's really light weight and does stay in place for about 8-9 hours before needing a retouch. I think I will use this more when I have good skin days so it doesn't cling to any breakouts/dry skin. 


Lavera Beautiful Lip Colour Intense - Tender Taupe 30 - 4.5g £11.90
This is a lovely, Spring kind of lipstick. It does look a little different when on than it looks on the stick but it's a pretty everyday shade that I've been wearing a lot since I received it. It's quite sheer and It's very moisturising. It is long lasting and not at all sticky or drying. It basically feels like a lip balm but in a very pretty shade which compliments my pale skin nicely.



Lavera So Fresh Mineral Rouge Powder - Charming Rose 01 - 5g £12.90
Looking at this blusher it does look quite a scary colour to me for a pale girl like me, but it's not at all! It's again really pretty and compliments my pale skin and just give it a healthy look. It's more of a light peachy colour which you will see in the swatches at the end of this post. I love the Lavera Flower logo pattern in the blusher too. It smells similar to the foundation which smells so nice, it's kind of a fresh floral scent.



Overall I've really liked trying out these products I was kindly sent and I do think they are great products and I would recommend them. Also if you order on the Pravera website here you can get free delivery if you spend over £10 (and if you buy 6 items you get 10% off too!). Lavera coverage a wide range of products from Make Up, Skincare, Haircare, Baby and Children products, plus more. 

I hope you liked reading this post. 
Have you ever tried any Lavera products before?

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

March/April Favourites


So I haven't done a favourites post since February because of my Spring Makeup Shake Up post so today's post is my favourites over the months of March and April. I've tried to keep it as short as possible (it's still pretty long, not gonna lie) and pick out my main faves so I hope you enjoy reading!



Collection Primed and Ready Illuminating Primer £4.99

As you may know because of my whinging on twitter and also my Spring Makeup Shake Up post, some of my makeup favourites have stopped working for me. So I've been trying out all different makeup and this was the best primer I found and also happened to be the cheapest out of the ones I'd picked up. Because of it being "powered by Witch" it helps to calm down any breakouts. I also like that it mattifies any oily areas (My t-zone in particular) and adds a little healthy glow to my cheeks. I find it be to be similar to the Benefit POREfessional Primer. I'm not saying it's get rid of every blemish you have but it definitely is a good base before your foundation and my makeup has been lasting longer since using it.

Anatomicals Sleep Balm* £4

You can read my full review of some of the Anatomicals Skincare here but the stand out product from the review is definitely this sleep balm. I tend to struggle to sleep at night, mainly because it's when my anxiety takes over and I just can't switch off, also with me not working right now I haven't got to get up super early at like 6am. This sleep balm has definitely helped a lot. I've been falling asleep 2-3 hours earlier than usual and I've been waking up around 8-9am and I do think that this is what has been helping as well as drinking a sleep tea before bed most nights too.



Loreal Miss Hippie Mascara £7.99
I'll admit the name and the packaging drew me to it most but then after seeing people say how good it was it just made me want it more. But right now, I have a heck of mascaras and I didn't really need another to add to my collection so I thought I'd pop it on my birthday list and I got it, yay! I do like it, it definitely helps out my short, stubborn lashes that only stay curled for about 10 minutes before gravity takes a hold of them lol. The formula is a little bit clumpy but I know some people like that look, I personally don't so I tend to go in with an old Collection mascara brush which is quite spiky (I guess you could say) and just get any clumps out. I know that sounds like a hassle but I do really like this mascara, it works well for my lashes and it's definitely probably 2nd on my fave mascara list right now (I still love my Lash Sensational!).

Rimmel Rain Rain Go Away Nail Polish £2.99
I love these Rimmel nail polishes, I already own many and I don't know how I've not picked this one up before now. It's a pastel purple-grey colour and a very easy to wear shade. It compliments many colours/outfits and it does last well on the nails considering it's only £2.99 a bottle.



Reign

I started watching Reign at the beginning of last year and I just love it. The music, the costumes and obviously the drama. I know it doesn't follow the real history of what really happened but the majority of it is true.I think the casting is really good and I'm gutted that season 4 will be the last season. But If you're looking for something to watch on Netflix the I highly recommend this, especially if you like history but not the boring documentaries on tv (sorry if you're a fan, but they literally make me fall asleep 9/10 of the time).



Clique
So I saw the adverts for this before it began and thought it looked pretty interesting. So when it was aired I watched the first episode and I'll admit I almost turned it off because it is a little slow at the beginning, but the final 20 minutes or so of the first episode is what gripped me the most and because of it ending on a cliffhanger I just had to watch the next episode. It's a weird, psychological series and you probably won't understand what's really going on half of the time but it is really good and I'd also highly recommend watching it. The good news is that you can now binge watch it on BBC iplayer.

Radox Feel Lively Shower Gel £2.99
Again, the packaging is what made me buy this if I'm being honest. I also liked the concept of the scent lasting for 12 hours and I was intrigued and wanted to test it out for myself. So I picked this up when it was on at an introductory price and it just smells so nice, the peony smells so fresh and lovely but not overpowering at all, literally the perfect Spring scent. It also does as it says and you can smell the scent of the shower gel hours after using it. I wouldn't say it lasts for 12 hours but probably around 8 hours but I will definitely be picking this up again when my tube runs out!

The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter £15

The Moringa Shower Gel is probably my favourite product from The Body Shop but because I tend to just use the same body moisturisers and butter (Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter is my fave!) I don't really change it around and buy others, so when I won a Body Shop Giveaway and this was inside I was really excited about trying it and I was not disappointed. It's really creamy but absorbs fast and obviously smells lovely!



New Look Embroidered Bag

So I got this from Depop for just £8 (+£3 delivery) and the seller said she had only used it once. It's got lots of space and I really like that it zips up because since getting my new phone, I've been paranoid about it falling out my bag so I'm getting rid of bags which haven't got a zip purely for that reason. I obviously love the embroidered piece on the front and it looks so detailed in compassion to the Primark ones that I was eyeing up before getting this. Overall, I can't fault it and it looks lovely with my go-to denim jacket.

Simple Dual Effect Eye Makeup Remover £4.49
Because I've been wearing more eye makeup lately and actually putting more of an effort into trying out new eyeshadow looks and so on, I've realised how amazing this stuff is. I did do a full review on it when I first picked it up last year and you can read that here, but I just had to pop it on this list because it's just great, it removes a full on eye makeup look in literally seconds, it doesn't sting my sensitive eyes at all or make them red, it hasn't got any scent and it doesn't break me out so it's ticking all of the boxes for me. 110% recommend!

Coconut Oil £1
This is a short and sweet favourite, but I used to love coconut oil and I don't really know why I stopped using it. I picked this up from Home Bargains for just £1 and I've been using it on my mid lengths and ends of my hair either the night before/hours before I wash my hair just to make my hair look shinier and add a little bit of moisture. It's definitely helped a lot and I think it does look in a better condition.

So there are my favourites from over the past few months, I know I said I'd try and keep it short but let's face it, it still was a big favourites list lol. Hope you liked reading this! What have been your favourites over the past month or two? 

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Organic Shop Avocado & Honey Express Shine Hair Mask Review



Today's post is a little review about the Organic Shop Avocado & Honey Express Shine Hair Mask (£1.49), it's literally taken me weeks to get my hands on this because it's always out of stock on the Superdrug website (as well as the other available hair masks from Organic Shop). When I finally got it in my latest Superdrug order I couldn't wait to try it. The fact that it always seems to be out of stock gave me high hopes for the product.

The packaging is basically a clear pot and black lid with the labels on, but because the product is 99% natural and also parabens and silicone free, I think it suits it well. The lid being a pop on and off type of lid may not be the greatest thing for me personally, just because I'm super clumsy and forgetful and will probably pick it up by the lid and all of the product will go everywhere, yep, that's something which happens often lol. 

I think the scent doesn't really smell like honey or avocado, I think it smells more like sweet almond but that's not a bad thing at all! It's very thick and creamy but my hair didn't feel weighed down afterwards and it felt and looked really soft and shiny. My hair was much more manageable and it also gave me some added volume.

Overall I definitely recommend picking this up and even if it doesn't work for you at least it hasn't cost you an arm and leg. I am going to (try) and pick up the other hair masks and see what they are like too.

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Technic Makeup Review


So I was very excited to try out these Technic products* that I was kindly sent. I have tried Technic products before and already have some of their products in my makeup collection and I love them. As you may know by now I do love finding good affordable/drugstore makeup. I received 5 products to try from Technic and here's what I thought of each of them. 




Get Gorgeous Highlighter - Gold £3
This year I seem to have bought more highlighters than I really need but I do really like this one. I don't think it's the best colour for me because of me being so pale but if I only apply this with a light hand then it doesn't look dark on my skin. It gives off a lovely glow and as you can see it's very pigmented! I love that you get a good amount of product for the price too (which you do see a lot with Technic products, which is another reason why I love them!).




Shimmer Eyeshadow Primer £3 
I've really started to love wearing more shimmery eyeshadows as I find they seem to wake up my tired eyes a lot. So this eyeshadow primer definitely came in handy! I'm not usually an eyeshadow primer kinda girl. I just pop on some concealer and it does the trick. But nevertheless this definitely improved the longevity of my eyeshadow and I have already picked up the matte eyeshadow primer which is also great.


Brow Pen Eyebrow Definer in Dark Brown £2
If I'd seen this Brow Pen in a online or in a shop, I wouldn't have bothered even picking it up because the packaging colour is quite deceiving. The shade I was sent was dark brown but obviously, as you can tell by the packaging, it doesn't really look dark. But... it is actually spot on the right colour for my eyebrows which is great! If you have read my Spring Makeup Shake Up then you'll know that this is one of my go to brow products right now and it's not changing anytime soon.




Colour Correcting Powder £4
I think when I first got this package this was the product I was most excited about trying. It's a colour correcting powder which helps to brighten up dull skin (which I definitely need under my eyes!). I really like this product myself and I think it works really well. But I think if you have dry skin then it does cling onto dry spots a little and looks very yellow. But I use this when my eyes are looking very tired and just need brightening up. You can use it all over but as I've said above, I do have really pale skin so I do have to be very careful with products like this. But it does do what it says and it's only £4!


Mega Lash Mascara £3
My all time favourite mascara is the Maybelline Lash Sensational but this is a very close dupe to it. Because the brush has lots of bristles it catches every single eyelash and separates them nicely to give you a more fuller lash look. Definitely a new favourite! I also found that it stays on and doesn't flake at all which is so good for the price.

Overall I've loved trying out all of these products and I think apart from the highlighter being a little too dark for my skin, I will definitely be continuing to use these products. 

You can pick up Technic's super affordable products on the LoveThyMakeup website, Boohoo or Amazon.


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Affordable Blog Props Ideas


I'm writing this post because it's something a little different and also I do tend to often get asked about where my blog props are from too. I guess this blog post will give you an insight of my blog behind the scenes if you like. I'll be sharing my go to blog props, where I get them from (including freebies) and also a few of my favourite blogging tips at the end. So here goes...




I get my blog props from many different places but I mainly get them from B&M, Home Bargains, Amazon, The Range and Poundland. 

I've also turned into a DIY goddess (jokes). Because I got some new furniture in my bedroom I removed the top of the chest of drawers and also the bedside drawers and popped on some marble print vinyl over the top, so I now have a few permanent little blogging backgrounds which I can put away and get out when I need them. If you don't have an old table top lying around, then you could also buy some A3 card and stick a few sheets together to make it stronger and less flimsy and then stick on some printed vinyl of your choice or have a nosey in charity shops to see if you can pick up a cheap old table that you can turn into a blog background.



How cute is my baby succulent?!

Also for another blog prop hack, you can pick up free wallpaper samples from many places like B&M, Wilko, The Range and use them to take your snazzy flatlays on. I tend to stick with clean looking backgrounds but I really like the wood wallpaper sample I picked up in B&M (which you may have noticed as I have been using it a lot lately).



Fairy Lights from Amazon here. (They were only £1.99 + £1.99 delivery when I bought them)

Copper Ball Lights from Poundland here. Plant & Star Dish from B&M // Spring Makeup Shakeup Post here.
Fairy Lights
I'm a huge fan of lights in my blog photos, I think the most of my blog posts since the end of last year have lights in. But I don't think I've spent more than about £5 on any of the fairy lights I use on my blog. The majority of them are from Poundland and then there's a few from Amazon and The Range. I picked up the copper ball ones from Poundland not too long ago and they've already become a firm blogging prop favourite (which I'm sure you know if you read my blog often or follow me on Instagram lol).

Plants and Flowers
I feel as if my fake succulent that features in the majority of my blog photos should have a name or something. I don't know why I love it so much but I just do. A little bit of greenery or colour definitely adds something to blog photos. You can pick up fake flowers and plants from Wilko, B&M, Asda, ASOS plus loads more. Obviously, you can use real flowers too!


Heart Tray (£4), Succulent (£3?) & Tealight Holder (£2) from B&M // Shills Mask Review here.
Wooden Star Lights from Poundland here.


Books, Magazines and Notebooks
This is a pretty new one to me but I've loved adding in notebooks or magazines in my blog photos lately. Magazines are super cheap and you can either use the front covers or a pretty picture inside as the blog prop just to add something different to photos. I tend to pick up either Cosmopolitan or Glamour, plus obviously, you get samples inside some magazines too, win. Notebooks are a cute added touch to blog photos and you don't have to spend a fortune to get a pretty notebook and I sometimes use books I'm currently reading or just books I love in general which have nice or eye-catching covers.


Tealight Holders and Candles
I also love using tealight holders and candles in my blog photos, especially when I'm using my cute little cut out love heart tray from B&M. I think all of them together look so cute in the background of a photo or in a flatlay. I pick up my tealight holders and candles from lots of different places but my faves are B&M, New Look, Primark etc.

Jewellery from Primark and Trinket Dish from Matalan // Joan Collins Lash Growth Mascara review here.

Jewellery from Boohoo & ASOS and Trinket Dish was £1 from B&M // PurpleSharks review here.

Trinket Dishes
I'm a huge fan of trinket dishes in blog photos. Some of my "trinket dishes" are just cute dishes from B&M (as you can probs tell by now, I'm a huge B&M fan, I'd hate to think how much money I've spent in that shop).  My favourites are the "K" dish from Matalan which I got last Christmas and my star dishes from B&M. 

Jewellery
Jewellery either sitting in the trinket dishes or just a few rings in a flatlay is a nice added touch just to fill in a gap or two. I do use jewellery here and there but I feel like it's something I don't use enough in my blog photos. 


Scarf from H&M (not available anymore) // similar ones here and here
Blankets, Jumpers and Scarves
I use my new furry blanket and also pretty jumpers or scarves just to add in textures to my blog photos. My H&M scarf, in particular, comes in handy because of it have 4 different colours on it. So I can make it seem like it's a grey blanket one day and then a pastel pink the next day. (I'm spilling my blog secrets here lol, shh).



Glue Dots Are Your Best Friend (Or Will Be)

You can pick up glue dots from pretty much anywhere (I get mine from Poundland, B&M or Sainsburys). They are pretty self explanatory and are complete life savers if you're a blogger. Got a lipstick or nail polish (etc) that keeps rolling around everywhere whilst trying to take the perfect flatlay? Not anymore! They range from £1-£3 for about 200 dots per pack depending where you shop. 

Natural Lighting (Yay for daylight saving!)

If you're struggling to take a bright-ish photo then try taking your blog photos near a window. I have a table right under my window so I take the majority of my blog photos on there on my blogging backgrounds, plus obviously it's nice and flat. Because of daylight saving I find that I can take my blog photos in the morning or afternoon now and still get a pretty good photo or two.

Use your "Curves"

Ok so I'll admit I'm no photographer or a pro at editing photos and I've literally only come across this in the past few weeks thanks to Maria, but this tip is basically just using the curves tool in whatever photo editor you use and moving the little blip to make your photo go lighter. Doing this doesn't alter your photo too harshly or wash it out but makes it look naturally lighter. It's fab. Great for photos taken on a cloudy, miserable day. You can read Maria's blog post all about it here

So there's some of my blog prop ideas and also some secrets/hacks I guess you could say.  I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

What are your favourite blog props to use? 

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Anatomicals Skincare Review








Today's post is about Anatomicals and reviewing the products they kindly sent out to me. I am a fan of Anatomicals already. I love the colourful packaging and the funny little names/descriptions of each product. I was given the opportunity to choose to some bits from their range and I chose products which I find would be suitable for me right now. I'm struggling to sleep at night even when I super tired and it's showing. My under eye circles are getting worse and the list goes on. So I chose the Crusin' For A Snoozing Sleep Balm, Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-up Under Eye Patches and the We'll Cool You Later Facial Spritz. 


Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-up Under Eye Patches £6

"You know the blood curdling screams you hear in horror films when vampires sink their teeth into the white fleshed necks of virginal nieces of 18th century noblemen? Well, they're the same bloody curdling screams that can be heard when young ladies (as this is the 21st century, let's skip the virginal bit) who have bitten off more than they can chew party wise, stare in the mirror at their pale, drawn complexions and baggy, tired eyes. If you're on such young lady and have always wished there was a product to make you look less (un)dead, then these collagen under eye patches are the Count's (as in Dracula) cojones."

First all I love the name of these under eye patches. The packaging is nice and eye catching and the description literally made me LOL. I do use eye patches regularly and the ones I usually pick up are a little cheaper than these and I get four in a pack, rather than three. I popped these on one afternoon when my eyes were feeling tired (and my hair was looking like a birds nest, but let's forget about that) and left them on for 30 minutes as the directions state. They stuck on well and stayed in place for the 30 minutes too. I didn't see a dramatic improvement of my bags/dark circles but I do have really dark circles so I don't expect miracles obviously, but after using them my eyes did feel a lot more awake and alert. So yes, I would say they worked pretty well.


Cruising For A Snoozin' Sleep Balm £4

"You've had it coming to you for years, this is a sleep lesson you ain't ever going to forget. When we've finished with you, you're going to out for the count (with no counting of sheep). That'll teach you for being such an insomniac."

This was the product I was most excited to try, just because like I wrote at the beginning, I'm really struggling to sleep lately. The sleep balm is in a little 20g tin and is enriched with beeswax. The main ingredient is Lavender as it's the most efficient at promoting sleep, it also contains lemon oils. 

For directions, it just says to rub into temples and pulse points. 

So I've left it on my bedside table so that I remember to apply it and I've been doing as it says and also popping some of my wrists so that if I lay with my head on my arms then I can smell the lavender and it's definitely helped a lot and it also helps alleviate stress. I've been using it most nights since I received the package and you can't even tell that I've used it. So for £4, it's a bargain because it works and it's going to last for a while. 100% recommend if you have trouble sleeping like me. 



We'll Cool You Again Later Facial Spritz £6

"At home. At work. On the bus. In a meeting. On holiday. In a club. At lunch. Even when you're just idly walking along the street. Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, we'll cool you. 24 hours a day if necessary, but we won't be forever texting or emailing you. That would be plain annoying and not in the least bit cool."

Again like the other products I was kindly sent, I love the packaging of this facial spritz. The purple and yellow look so nice together. I've used this most on days when I just feel like I need to refresh my no-makeup face. It definitely does the job well and smells lovely, thanks to the calming lavender and refreshing mint fragrance.

Directions: Close your eyes and directly spritz onto your face. Leave on or remove with cotton wool.

I would definitely buy this after I've used up this bottle. I love that it's a good size to pop in your handbag and is just really refreshing and calming too. Would be a great addition especially something for Summer.


So there's my Anatomicals review. I've really enjoyed trying out these products and I'm definitely going to be continuing using them all. 

Have you tried anything from the Anatomicals range?

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Shills Black Purifying Peel-Off Mask Review



Today's post is a review of the Acne Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask by Shills*.

The mask has been made to clear pores and remove any annoying blackheads, dirt and spot causing bacteria away. The mask contains charcoal which is known to be a great hit in the beauty world. I already own many products which contain Charcoal and I'm definitely a fan. 

The mask also contains vitamins and plant extracts to soften the skin and restore a youthful glow and to give a smoother complexion. The formula is quite thick and sticky. It's also really messy to apply so I would definitely recommend using a brush when applying. 

Instructions: Cleanse your face and pat dry. Apply medium-to-thick layer on desired area. Make sure to avoid eyebrows, hairline, eye area and lips. Leave for 20-30 minutes until fully dry and peel off, starting from the bottom. For best results, steam the face before using the mask to open pores and finish with a toner after using the mask. 

I've only used this on my t-zone area but it does help to remove blackheads and my skin did look a lot more healthier and glowy after using it. It also makes my skin feel super smooth. I will admit, it did hurt a little when removing the mask but it wasn't the worst pain in the world. It kind of feels like removing a wax strip. Also if you do decide to try this product yourself then be careful if you apply near your eyebrows/lips because this mask will remove hair. 

If you have oily skin which tends to get blackheads and clogged pores then this should work really well for you! if you have dry and sensitive skin then I would definitely stay clear from this. 



Overall I really like the product I use it every week or so to help remove any pesky blackheads and it does do a good job at removing them and giving my skin a healthy glow. I'd say that this product is kind of like a nose strip but in a face mask form, if that makes sense.

If you're interested in picking up one for yourself then they are available on Just Beauty for £7.99.

Also, I just want to add that there is some fake Shills products around online right now. If you already own a Shills product and unsure whether it's fake or not then you can check your product by going to shills.co.uk and selecting "AUTHENTICATE" from the main menu. You'll be prompted to enter the serial number printed on the holographic sticker.

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Book Review | Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith


I'm not a person who can pick up a book whenever and just read. I have to be in the mood. But lately I have really started to enjoy reading again and I was very kindly sent Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith to read and review.

Within the first few pages, I was soon gripped by the storyline.

Now a pharmacist in Chicago, Mia has built up a new life for herself miles from her hometown Waynota, North Dakota. But when her twin brother, Lucas who is a popular, well-loved high school teacher disappears on the same day as the body of one of his students is found, everybody is highly suspicious and fast to point their fingers; including the police who soon call Lucas "a person of interest". 

The story follows Mia's journey of going back to her hometown, the place where she never intended to return to and the struggle of trying to understand all of the rumours about her brother's disappearance and a so-called affair with the student whose body was found. All whilst thinking If he's innocent, then why did he run? 

There's lots of twists and turns (and suspects) thrown into this physiological thriller and Mia doesn't know who she can really trust. The police think she's lying for Lucas and she knows she going to have to face the past which she thought she had left behind and it also gives you an insight of both Mia's and Lucas' not so great past and growing up with their single, alcoholic mother, Mimi.

I don't really want to write more about the book because I'm worried I may spoil it but if you are a fan of Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train or even Riverdale, then I think you will really enjoy this book. You can pick it up on Amazon here


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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Spring Makeup Shake Up


So I don't know what has happened to my skin but a lot of my makeup favourites have just stopped working for me. Some of them have been my favourites for years. So obviously it's quite annoying having to find new products which work for me but it was a great opportunity to try out some new makeup products. I'm not going to write about every single makeup product I use because 1) I'm still trying things and 2) because it would be an even longer blog post. But I'm going to write about products I've either picked up lately or things which have been in my makeup collection and not been tested much and why I'm loving them. 



Concealer

After trying out many concealers since my Collection Lasting Perfection has started to let me down I've rounded it down to two new favourites. I've been loving the Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer (£4.99) in the shade light. It's very thick and creamy and the coverage is really good for the price. I can understand why people say it's a dupe to the YSL Touche Eclat. It's not the most amazing coverage on blemishes depending if the blemish is small/big and red or not but it's great for the under eyes, so that's definitely a good thing for me!

Another concealer I've been loving is the Lottie London Got It Covered Concealer (£4.95) in the shade Shell. I will say that the colour isn't the greatest considering it's the lightest shade and it's quite orange. But if you apply it in small amounts and build it up if needed, it seems to work just fine. But on the plus side, the coverage of this concealer is insane! and it stays in place all day, as long as it is set with powder and definitely covers up blemishes and under eye circles just fine.

Powder

I'm not that bothered about what powder I use, as long as it does it's job and doesn't leave me looking orange/yellow because let's face it, some makeup brands have "Porcelain" or "Translucent" shades and they end up being a muddy orange colour. Which is not a good look. Thankfully this Collection Primed and Ready Invisible Setting Powder (£3.99) is a great shade for my Wednesday Addams-like pale skin. It definitely makes my skin look smoother and keeps my makeup in place. I like that the powder is powered by "Witch" too because it calms down any breakouts and also it feels so lightweight when I'm wearing it too.




Eyeshadow

Because of the change of season I've changed up my eyeshadow and been wearing more pinks, neutrals and I've also been loving bronzes/oranges too. The palettes I've been using most have been the 12K Glitz Cosmetics palette* from Belles Beauty (£10.99) and also the MUA Amour Palette (£4.99). Both of the palettes are great travel-sized palettes, high pigmented and they both have some very lovely shades.


Blusher

As I've said before I'm a blusher hoarder lol but I've managed to get it down to two Spring favourites. The first is the Seventeen Blusher (£2.99) in the shade China Pink which I bought on a whim last year. It is quite a vibrant blush but if used lightly it looks lovely. The next is the Benecos Natural Powder Blush* (£5.95) I think this is my go to blusher right now, I just automatically go for this blusher the most lately. It gives me a nice healthy look and it stays in place all day. You can read my full review of this blusher plus more Benecos products I was sent here

Highlighter

For highlighter, I'm sticking with my faithful Collection Speedy Highlighter (£3.99) in the shade Pearl Sheen. I picked this up late last year and I use it often and I've still got plenty left which you wouldn't think for cream highlighter stick. I'm also loving the Freedom Pro Highlighter (£3). It's a great subtle everyday highlighter but can be built into a dazzling glow highlighter in seconds too. 


Eyebrows

The two eyebrow products I've been using to tame my annoying eyebrows are the Technic Brow Pen Eyebrow Definer (£2) in the shade Dark Brown. Looking at the packaging you wouldn't think that the shade would be proper dark brown but it is! It's so good that I've found a really cheap eyebrow definer that's the exact right colour for my brows and does the job. I also like to fact that it's not too pen-like and gives out enough product and is easy to build if wanted. Such a good product for just £2! My full review of the products I was sent from Technic will be on my blog next week.

The other product I've been liking is the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil (£10) in the shade Brownie Points. I got this in a gift set at Christmas and it isn't exactly the right shade for me but it's okay for now. I think if I decide to buy this again I'll pick up the Dark Chocolate shade. But it is a good brow pencil and does what it should, I don't use the brow tint side because I just don't get it. It's too harsh and bold so it's a no from me. I talked more about why I don't like brow tint in this post

Eyeliner

I'm not someone who can do winged eyeliner in a few minutes, I literally have to put at least 30 minutes aside just in case it goes horribly wrong (like it usually does) but when I do use liquid eyeliner I love the Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner (£6) in Carbon Black. It doesn't crack or flake off like some eyeliners do and it super affordable. 

For pencil eyeliner, I've been loving the Soap and Glory Crazy Sexy Khol Eyeliner which again, I got in a gift set at Christmas. It's a limited edition eyeliner so I'm going to leave the link of the Soap and Glory Smoulder Khol (£5) here which I also love and was usually religiously before I started using the Crazy Sexy Khol eyeliner.

I've also just realised that I have a lot of favourites from Soap and Glory right now lol.


Lipsticks/Lip Creams

Finally, I'm onto my lipsticks/lipcreams. There's a whole bunch of lipsticks and creams I'm planning on wearing during Spring and Summer (considering I purged a lot of my lip products not too long ago, I still seem to have loads left oops). But I've chosen the 3 I've been wearing most since the start of Spring. 

I picked up the Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream (£2.99) in shade Caramel not too long ago and it's probably my all time fave lip cream right now. It compliments my pale skin and it's a great everyday lip shade. Plus it's a bargain for £2.99! You can read my review of the Velvet Kiss Lip Creams here.

Next on my list is the Rimmel The Only One Lipstick (£6.99) in the shade Naughty Nude. I got this in my March Pink Parcel box and it definitely doesn't disappoint! It's a kind of my lips but better kind of shade. It's a pink-brown shade, it's really creamy and even though it's a lipstick you do have you touch up during the day, I just love it and it smells kind of like watermelon too.

The final thing on my Spring Makeup Shakeup is the AVON True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick (£8) in the shade Adoring Love. This shade isn't something I'd wear often but it's really pretty and a great Spring/Summer shade to wear and great to give a boring outfit a pop of colour too. I love that it literally doesn't budge all day either and it's affordable and often on offer too.

I've added the swatches of the lipsticks/creams below -



So there's my Spring Makeup Shake Up. This post is the reason why I didn't do a March Favourites but I will be doing a March/April Favourites at the beginning of May to make up for it. I hope you liked reading this post!

What are your go to Spring makeup products?

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