Wednesday, 30 August 2017

New In Drawer | Blogger Mail & Things I've Picked Up Lately #3


I'm back again with a "New In Drawer" blog post. These seem to get a lot of views so I'm guessing a lot of you like to read these. Again as always, I'm not writing this post to brag in any way and etc - It's just to show you what things I've picked up lately or have been sent lately that I'm either liking/hating or looking forward to trying out. Also a kind of sneak preview of any upcoming blog posts or reviews too!

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Hair Oil*
I actually have the review of this going up on my blog later this week so I don't want to spoil it but I was kindly sent a few of Lee Stafford's latest releases last month - you can read the review of the AirDry range here but I thought I'd just pop this CoCo LoCo hair oil in here anyway because I'm really trying to find some new 'hair staples' ready for the Autumn/Winter (once I find a few new staples, I'm definitely going to do a blog post all about them).

Rimmel Radiance Brick - 01 
I'll be honest I picked this up because I kept seeing it on my Instagram feed and it just looks so pretty. It's a shimmery kind of bronzer but you can also just use the highlighter on it's own too. It isn't very pigmented but I prefer that because I'm so pale, I like products that you have to build up rather than a full on muddy looking bronzer with one swipe. Even though it's not very pigmented I would recommend it if you're looking for a drugstore bronzer.

Salon Science Thickening Serum*
I was sent some products from Salon Science a few weeks ago. I've never heard of the brand before but I was intrigued about their products when I received the email about them. I've now tried out all of the products I was sent apart from the Thickening Serum so I'm looking forward to giving it a go and seeing if it thickens up my thin hair. Review blog post coming soon of the products I was sent!





Garnier Micellar Gel Wash
I got this last month because I'm such a huge fan of the micellar water, I pretty much use every time I remove my makeup without fail. So why wouldn't I like the gel wash? Even though it does state you can use it for eye makeup removal, I did try it but it stung my eyes, unfortunately. But I do like it as a normal cleanser, it foams up really well and it smells quite nice too. I will definitely be repurchasing.

Primark Primer Water
I picked this up in my latest Primark Haul because I'd seen so many people rave about primer water in general so I thought for £2 it's not breaking the bank and I was just intrigued. I've got to say... I'm completely sold. It works so well as it's general use as a primer but it's also great to use if your skin just needs a refresh in the day - with or without makeup on. It also smells lovely and it's oil-free which is always a plus when you have oily skin. I definitely would say to pick this up and give it a try because it's a new favourite of mine now.



Essence Highlighter Palette*
I was very excited to receive my first 'proper' PR package from Essence. It was a box full of essence makeup, sweets and balloons and etc - you can read the blog post all about it here. One of the products which I received in the parcel is this highlighter palette. I'm already a fan of their highlighters and the rainbow one is one of my favourites but this is great, there's 3 shades to choose from and they all work well with my pale skin tone. Plus the packaging is cute too.

The Balm Eyeshadow Palette Sample
I finally got around to ordering my first Pick N Mix from Feel Unique last month and I chose my 5 items and this one of them I decided to try out. I've got to say I'm really unimpressed. I know it's a matt, dark eyeshadow shade but it isn't very pigmented at all and it's fades really quickly. I'm glad I didn't go out and buy the palette, to be honest.

PMD Kiss Lip Plumping Device*
I was very kindly sent the latest device from PMD which is the PMD Kiss. I don't really like my lips just because I think it's because I have quite a round, chubby face, it makes my eyes and lips look small (well that's what I think anyway). So I was really excited at the chance at trying this device which safely and naturally plumps your lips without any pain. With continued daily use, it claims that your results will last longer and after 4-6 weeks you lips will stay looking fuller from the increase collagen production. I have only used this a few times so far but I can definitely see and feel a difference after I use the device. Obviously there will be an in-depth blog post all about it coming soon.


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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Cruelty-Free Skincare From KOJA Beauty | Klairs


I was recently contacted by KOJA Beauty asking if I would like to be sent some of the products they sell on their website. KOJA Beauty sells cruelty-free skincare and makeup and ship to 27 countries. I was kindly sent a range of Klairs* products to try out and review.


First up is the Midnight Blue Calming Cream RRP £21.99*, whilst this one is supposed to be used on sunburnt skin and/or sensitive skin, I have been using it as a moisturiser when my skin has a breakout. It's been working really well and really helps to calm down any redness. I love that it comes with a cute little spatula/spoon too and it's just a pretty blue colour too and I just really like using it. I think if you have super dehydrated skin then I think this will work really well for you.





Next is the Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop RRP £19.99* which Vegan-friendly and claims to energize and rejuvenate dull skin tone and also reduce enlarged pores. I'll admit I'm usually a little scared of oil-based products with me having oily/combination skin but I really like this and it definitely makes my skin look brighter and radiant. I think this is definitely something I'm going to be reaching for during the Autumn/Winter when my skin does get a little dry in some areas and also I can see this working really well if you're just getting over being unwell with a cold or something and it will help your skin look more alive which is always a good thing. I don't think I could use this when my skin is having a full on meltdown and I have a few spots present but when my skin is actually behaving then I will be using this.




The illuminating Supple 40SPF BB Cream is something I was really excited to try when I first opened this package. Because since using my PMD* which you can read about here, my skin has been acting better and I do have more 'good skin days' now. I have been using BB Creams and tinted moisturisers more, especially over the Summer when having a full-coverage foundation on can feel a bit too much in the sun. This BB Cream from Klairs is really good as it's a comes in one universal shade and it's vegan-friendly. It's suitable for any skin type or colour and Klairs have made it help you embrace and enhance your natural beauty. It's really lightweight and you don't need to use much and it just blurs out any blemishes and evens your skin tone out. I really like it. it also gives off a nice glow and it's great if you just want light coverage for a more minimum, relaxed makeup kind of day.



Lastly is the Supple Preparation Facial Toner RRP £17.99* which smells similar to Twilight from LUSH which is one of my faves. It's a great toner to use at the end of the day/when you're feeling like a pamper because of it's slight Lavender scent. The directions say to apply with your hands (rather than cotton wool pads) and pat the toner into your skin. It definitely makes my skin feel extra cleansed and refreshed as well moisturised. I really like that it works for my oily skin type too.

I've really loved trying out these Klairs products and being introduced to them via KOJA Beauty. I really like the illuminating Supple BB Cream and Midnight Blue Calming Cream particularly, just because I feel like they work best for me right now. I think the Supple Preparation Facial Toner is lovely and refreshing, I don't think it's an essential product but I do really enjoy using it. I can see myself using the Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop more in the Winter.
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Adorning Yourself With The Extras To Truly Express Your Love For Beauty *


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If you were asked to define what beauty means to you, how would you define it? Would you say that it’s the effort to make yourself look the best you possibly can? Would you say it’s the pursuit to make yourself feel as confident as you can? Every person will define how beauty routines improve their life to at least some degree. Of all of the self-care hobbies, a beauty routine is surely the one which helps you express yourself the most. Beauty application is 95% art, and only 5% of technical knowledge about how to apply. This is what makes it so exciting - everyone will have their own idea and interpretation of what it will mean for them.

However, there will always be one common theme, no matter who you talk to. A beauty routine will make the person in question feel more like who they are on the inside. For that reason, sometimes adorning yourself with the extras can be fun to do at special events, or even every day if you feel you’re lacking in certain flair. Here are a few examples.

Hair

Sometimes our hair is not as voluminous or healthy as it could be. Repeated hair dying or exposure to intense weather can leave it feeling dry or brittle, and the effects of this can compound for the worse over time. There’s no reason as to why this should leave you feeling unattractive, however. As you embark on a hair care schedule such as using specific hair moisturizers or even getting a trim to help remove the damaged goods, you could consider using tape extensions to thicken your hair or lengthen it to the degree you find desirable.

Why should you have to worry about the time it’ll take for you to regrow your hair when you can go for that luscious look straight away? What’s more is that this affords you the opportunity to experiment with different colours, as if you had dip dyed your look. Even if you haven’t damaged or dry hair to contend with, this might help you experiment with colours without causing the over-stimulation that hair dye provokes.

Jewellery

There’s a reason that jewellery is so universally loved, and that’s because it can help you look fantastic, elegant and glamorous. What’s more is that everyone will have their style, even to a further degree than a simple dress. Your jewellery will bring your outfit together, and just like an artist painting a canvas, can direct the audience to focus points of the outfit you’d like the audience to see. Have a beautiful faux leather bag which you’d like to flaunt?

Why not wear a solid silver watch on the wrist of the same side? What’s more, opting for jewellery with some form of sentimental significance, such as wearing pieces picked up in foreign countries or that have been passed down through the family can help you feel confident and secure in the statement you are making with your outfit.

As with anything beauty, these choices will help you become your best self, and are to be made individually. No matter how you enjoy your style, you can be sure that with the right practices, you too can look beautiful and more in tune with how you feel on the inside.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

My (Budget) Bedroom Revamp


About a month or so ago I put up on Twitter that I was planning on doing a little bedroom revamp on a budget and if you wanted me to write about it on my blog - well here it is! It has taken a little longer than expected because I was unwell for a few weeks shortly after my tweet but whilst being unwell, I did some a few online orders whilst feeling as if I was on my deathbed and I picked up some lovely things. 

First of all, I just want to say I haven't painted my room because I wasn't sure on the colour I wanted it to be. I have had my dark plum purple walls for a few years and whilst some people may think it's a little depressing and makes my room look and feel smaller, I personally love the cosy feeling of my room. So instead I've picked up some new prints, homeware bits - cushions, bedding etc and I was also sent a gorgeous blanket from The Tartan Blanket Co which I will talk about later in the post. 


I really like the whole pink, grey and copper trend/theme going on right now and I wanted to incorporate it into my room without having to change my wallpaper or colour of my walls. Because my feature wall is quite busy and bold because of it being a vintage kind of brick wall, I thought plain bedding was the best thing to go for, so I picked up this basic Grey HOME Double Bedding Set from Argos for £8.99 and picked up various cute cushions - because we're heading towards Autumn/Winter I thought I'd get more cosy kind of cushions.




 I picked up the Crushed Velvet Cushion and the cute "Sleep" Cushion from Asda - both were £5 each. I really like them both and I love that the "Sleep" cushion is polka dot on the other side so I can switch it around for a little change if wanted too. The Grey Heart Cushion is from Primark and was only £3 and it's so comfortable, I really like heart shaped cushions because I find them to be handy if you have a neck ache/upper back ache (weird I know, but I guess it's kind of a hack?). The other furry cushion I have is from Asda but I've had it since last year so it's no longer available.





Finally on my bed is the lovely New Wool Blanket in Pink Blossom from The Tartan Blanket Co. RRP £65* which they very kindly sent for my bedroom revamp. I literally cannot wait to snuggle up in the Autumn/Winter with this blanket. It also has proved to be a great sick-day kind of blanket as I spent the beginning of Summer unwell for a few weeks and my cats have been eyeing it up too! (I guarantee it'll become not my blanket but also the cats blanket) It's so cosy and thick and compliments my new grey/pink theme bedding perfectly. I think it would a great gift for any cosy blanket lovers, especially in the Winter for birthdays or even Christmas! 



Behind my bed, on my wood kind-of panelling (which I think adds to the cosy feel of my room) I decided to pick up a few cheap photo frames both from Asda and pick up some new prints. I decided on a pretty photo of a Chanel no.5 bottle with some peonies inside from Room 7 Interiors which was £4 and also a lovely, motivational kind of quote "Celebrate All The Little Victories" from That Lame Company which was in the sale for £1.50. 

I also have a 1940's (I think) kind of fireplace which is actually not a working fireplace but is kind of a feature in my room. Because I didn't really know what to do in this area I decided to pop a large canvas wall art print in front of the fireplace but I am on the look out for a different print as the New York one is currently there is pretty old and does have paint splattered all over it (thanks mum lol!). Just to add something to the mantlepiece I picked up a Copper Tealight Holder from Asda for £3 which I thought was pretty cute and above the fireplace I do have a white Victorian looking mirror from B&M.


Sorry about the light on the photo - it's from my softbox light oops lol
Finally the last part of my little bedroom revamp is my bookcase. I have got a makeup kind of area in my room which I am planning on doing a separate post on soon. Also, I have my wardrobe and a set of tall drawers holding bits of bobs but because they aren't in the "revamp" I decided not to include them in this post. I only picked up my bookcase last year and now it's probably my favourite area of my room.




On the very top of my bookcase, I have my Xbox One which as much as I love, I do kind of think it lets my bookcase down a little but I have nowhere else to put it right now. Besides the Xbox, I have a cheap Primark candle and my adorable little fake plant, also from Primark which I picked up recently in a haul.

On my first shelf, I have three books - Wilde Like Me, #Girlboss and My Name Is Girl. I'll admit, I popped them there because I thought the colour scheme kind of goes together lol. I then have my go-to makeup brushes in a plant holder from B&M - the reason why I have to put my brushes there is because one of my cats thinks they are something to play with so I have to hide them from him, yep #crazycatladyproblems. In front of the brush holder, I have a lovely little trinket dish which was only £5 from That Lame Company which I love because it's so cute and tiny and is handmade too. Besides that, I have my fake succulent which I'm sure you've all seen as a blog prop on here now so moving swiftly on... Next to that, I have another motivational kind of print from Treatbox UK which was a gift and I also have my Circus K Light which was from Home Bargains earlier this year and I think it was either £3 or £4. 

My middle shelf is pretty boring but I did pick up the pretty Copper Clock from Wilko for £5, again I did want to have this on my bedside table but 1. The "tick" is quite loud and also my cats would probably break it within a few hours. I also have a basket, which I'll be honest, is just somewhere where I dump anything - blog lights, glue dots, paper clips, light box letters etc and then I just have a few books stacked on top of each other next to the basket but I'm planning on putting something else there soon, I don't know what yet. 

My final shelf I have two canvas boxes both from B&M and one has any new blogger mail in and the other has the majority of my blog props in and they both are desperately in need of a sort out, so excuse the mess. 


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So there's my little budget revamp, I think all together I spent less than £50 and my room just feels and seems so much better and refreshed even though I've kind of done the bare minimum really. There is a few more bits and bobs that I need to get done before it's completely finished but I do really like it.

I hope you liked this post, I have tried to link everything that is still available when this post goes live! 

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Different Is Trendy: Personalise Your Style Today*

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Fashion in today's world is a weird and wonderful thing. You can follow the latest trends and look incredible, or follow your own ideas on what looks good and still look sensational. That’s the beauty of it, being different is just as fashionable as following the
latest trends. In this post, I’m going to be talking about a few different ways that you can personalise any outfit you choose.


Any regular day to day t-shirt can be upcycled into many different things to really pump up your style. Try this: Get yourself a large t-shirt and sew up the arm holes. Then, put the t-shirt on, but put your arms and head through the head hole until it sits as a boob-tube top. Tuck the sleeves in so that they turn into pockets, add a waist belt and voila! You’ve made yourself a gorgeous summer dress!


Or, if you’re not the boob-tube kind of girl there are tons of ideas that you could take on with just a tshirt alone, and inspiration comes in thick and fast from websites like Pinterest. Get creative and put your personal touch on your next outfit.


We’ve all seen the ripped jeans that people are rocking at the moment, why not take it one step further and slip on a pair of patterned tights underneath your jeans. It will add a super sexy look to your jeans and make you different from anyone else. Or, buy yourself some pretty fabric and sew them underneath the ripped patches for a more permanent effect. Pairing those jeans with a handbag made out of the same material will tie your outfit together perfectly. Plus, it gives you a chance to become crafty and use your imagination.

Let’s not forget about jewellery either. We all know that an outfit is not complete without some sort of jewellery. Why not go for something personalised from Jaubalet Paris and keep within the theme of putting your own spin on things. You can literally design your own jewellery. Isn’t that a dream for most women?

You can even go as far as personalising your own shoes these days. Try this: Grab yourself a pair of white shoes and begin colouring in the fabric with felt tip (yes that’s right) into a pattern that you desire. Once you have completed your design, feel free to add any sequins or beads to your shoes before spraying them with a waterproof protection spray. It’s always best to do this a few times to ensure the design will stay.

As you can see, it’s super simple to jazz up any outfit to make it more personal. Remember, there are no limits to what you can do with your outfits, if you can think it, then do it! As mentioned earlier, different is trendy these days. So be yourself with your outfits and get some heads turning with your own style!

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Autumn/Winter Primark Haul


Just over a week ago I visited in the new Primark in Llandudno whilst visiting some family who were on holiday down Wales at the time. I did spend more than I had planned but I did get a lot for my money, even though I kind of came out with hardly nothing Autumn/Winter related like I had planned, oops.  Because I haven't done a Primark haul in ages I thought I would share what I picked up.



I picked up the cute little red, floral printed hairband/neck scarf thing just to pop in my hair when I'm putting my makeup on or when my fringe is acting a little crazy and it was only £1.50, I have worn it quite a few times since I've bought it, so I'm definitely going to pick a few more up when I next visit Primark. I also picked up 2 pairs of the rose gold aviator sunglasses just because I thought they were pretty nice and obviously I'm not losing out on any money if I break or lose a pair (which happens far too often). I'm going to leave a pair in the car just as a backup pair too.


Something which I've seen a lot about lately is how good primer waters are and I've never personally tried one, so I got this cheap one from Primark just to see if I like it or not, it kind of looks similar to the smashbox ones everyone seems to rave about.


Probably one of my most favourite things I picked up which I thankfully spotted at the bottom on a display area is the gorgeous plum-red velvet looking pumps with an embroidered bee on the front, I can't believe they were only £8! They look a lot more expensive than they actually are. I just love them, now I just need to decide what to wear them with...



It's like an unwritten rule that when you go to Primark, you HAVE to pick up some fluffy socks and earrings, right? I didn't go crazy (like I usually do) and I just got some fluffy shoe liners and one set of earrings. I also got 2 little jar candles - I really like the scent of Pearl Grey but I'm not sure I like Pink Lemonade or not... but I think it'll look cute as a blog prop so it's okay. One thing I picked up that I did actually need is some new slippers and I couldn't resist the "Duvet Day" ones and they are super cosy and comfy.


I always buy at least one hat in Primark whenever I visit, I don't know why because I rarely wear hats... but I couldn't resist the cute black beanie hat with a colourful pom pom on the top. I also picked up another pair of shoes - some black with white details trainers, which are so comfortable and they kind of look like Vans, I did size up to a 7 again because I always think Primark sizing is a little off. But I love these and they go with some many outfits, especially for the more comfy, casual days.


I got some more makeup drawers, I'm not sure what I'm going to put in them yet, maybe lipsticks? but they were £2 in the sale, so obviously I couldn't not buy them. I also got a makeup remover cloth which is something I've been wanting to try one for ages. I am a little sceptical of the cloth working well, but who knows? I also got a few boring things - glass nail files, cotton wool pads and some face wipes.


Another one of my favourite things I picked up is a fake plant with an adorable pot with a smiley face on it, I thought it kind of goes with my blog's pink theme and I think it'll look nice on my bookcase too.



Do I really need more pyjamas? Nope. But I picked up this cute vest and shorts set for £4, I was definitely drawn in by the cute little arrows on the shorts and I do tend to wear shorts more than bottoms until its freezing in the Winter, obviously. Another fave is the adorable Strawberry sponge too.


Yep, I know... doesn't look Autumn/Winter related does it? But I do really like this top - I'm a huge fan of anything tie dye and the print is nice too. Even though it is more of a Summer top, I do have a few oversized cardigans which I think will look lovely with this, so I will team it up with those when the weather isn't too cold. Plus this was in the sale for £3 so it was a bargain too. In the short space of time of buying this top, I've worn it so many times - I've been pairing it mostly with a black lace kimono and they look really nice together.


I'm pretty sure my eyes must have been acting up because I could've sworn I picked this up in grey and it's actually khaki green. It's a high neck vest top with detailing on the back - a choker kind of thing going on at the back with a V neck. I thought it's okay to just wear around the house with a jumper or oversized cardigan and it was only £2 in the sale.


So there's what I picked up my latest Primark haul.
Have you picked up anything in Primark lately?
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Friday, 25 August 2017

Want That Radiant Glow? | Bio Essence | 24K Bio-Gold Miracle Finisher Review


I love having skin care products that do multiple different things and I was excited to give this a whirl when it was sent to me a few weeks ago. The 24K Bio-Gold Miracle Finisher* from Bio Essence is an anti-aging product and claims to give your skin a lovely glow and give it some protection from harmful makeup and pollutants. Enriched with 24K Bio Gold it should be applied as your final skincare product and/or can be used as your base before makeup application.



I've thoroughly enjoyed using this since I received it, it's really light weight and can be worn on its own just to smooth out your skin and blur any blemishes and it also minimises the look of pores. It's great as a primer before makeup because it makes your skin feel really soft and even and even though it does mattify, it still gives off a lovely glow, thanks to the 24K Bio Gold present.

It also improves the longevity of my makeup throughout the day and I've found that whilst using it I've had minimal breakouts too. Whilst the price does sound a little steep at £29.99 I do think it's worth every penny because a little goes a long way, so I do think the 30ml bottle will go a long way. The only thing I'm personally not too keen on is the smell, but the scent doesn't stick around for long so it's something I can deal with. I'm 100% going to try out some more products from Bio-Essence because I'm overall really impressed with this product.

Superdrug also have a offer on the Bio Essence range right now and all of the products have 1/3 OFF their RRP.
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Basic Car Tips Which Can Help Prevent Car Troubles *

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I've teamed up with Fife Autocentre to join in on their latest campaign of "A Little Auto Love N Care". I'm going to be sharing some simple tips which can help to prevent you running into any unnecessary car troubles, breakdowns or a trip to the garage. All of the tips are super easy to do and can help you save money in the long run too.


Running On An Almost Empty Tank -
You shouldn't let your car run on an empty tank or "reserve" tank often. Fair enough if you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with no petrol station in sight, but if it's a regular thing you're doing then you should stop right away. At the bottom of your petrol tank is where all of the unwanted bits and gunk goes and if you're letting your car run on an empty tank then you can end up blocking up your pipes with the unwanted waste, which can be a costly job to fix.

Check Oil Regularly (Once a fortnight is best)
Oil in a car is basically like blood to a human if that makes sense, it keeps everything going. Oil lubricates any moving parts and stops them from wearing out too fast. It also prevents a build up of dirt and just helps the car out in general. Make sure you're parked on a flat ground and that your engine is cold (and off). Take the dipstick out and wipe on a clean cloth then put it back in and then once you pull it out again, check the level indicator - if it's okay then leave it alone, if it's running low then top the oil up. Also whilst checking the oil, make sure the colour is either brown or black. If it's a milky looking colour then it could mean that coolant is leaking into the engine and may need to be towed to a garage. If you are looking for a car servicing in Dundee visit Fife Autocentre.

Hoover (More Often Than You Probably Do Now)
This may sound like a weird one but if you don't hoover your car out regularly then you could have a build-up of dirt around important areas of your car. In my car, I have sensors under the front seats and if dust builds up even in the slightest (I know, gross) then it affects my sensors which are connected to my dashboard warning lights, so there's been times when I've thought something was wrong with my car when it's actually just the sensors playing up. 

Check Engine Coolant 
Engine coolant is there to help remove any excessive heat from the engine. It's a mixture of anti-freeze and water. If the levels get too low, it can make your car overheat (which is not good, especially in the Summer!). It's something you should've learnt about whilst learning to drive/theory - locate engine reservoir (it looks like a water tank) and check the levels on the mix - max indicators.

Change Windscreen Wipers & Make Sure Your Screen Wash System Works
It's law that your screen wash system works - obviously it's there to clean your windscreen when it's dirty and can help improve your road vision. Keep it topped up with a good, trustworthy screen wash and check it works regularly. Also make sure that your windscreen wipers are changed within every 12 months to prevent smearing on your windscreen.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Celebrating 15 Pink Years With Essence



I've been blogging for just over a year now and I first started to work with brands at the beginning of this year. A few weeks ago, I received my first "proper" PR box - like the ones you see Youtubers unboxing so I thought I'd write a blog post about it as I definitely think it's a kind of blogging milestone.

The PR box was from Essence who I didn't realise have been around for a whole 15 years! Me and Essence have had a bit of a love affair this year and I literally don't go a day without using at least one of their products. This post is more of an unboxing than review kind of post as I haven't got around to trying out all of the fab goodies inside. But if you fancy having a nosey at the lovely things I was sent then stick around...




So inside the box, there was not only bag full of Essence makeup, there was also some sweets - Lovehearts and some M&Ms with the Essence logo on - so cute! Along with lots of ribbons, paper pom poms, party hats, heart shaped balloons, love heart confetti, party whistle blowers, basically everything! 

Inside the Essence Goodie Bag -



Volume Stylist 18h Curl & Hold Mascara -

First up is another mascara to add to my collection from Essence. I really like the look of not only the pretty purple packaging but the brush looks like my kinda brush. I already own a few mascaras from Essence and I do really like them so I can't wait to get around to trying this one!

Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil - 03 Black Midnight Sky

I already own a few of these eye pencils from Essence and they are fab, they last a really long time and there are some gorgeous colours to choose from, even my mum has a little collection of them going on. This Black Midnight Sky shade is exactly as it's described - it's a creamy black with glitter. 

I Love Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

I'm not one for eyeshadow bases or primers I just tend to use my concealer because I'll admit, I'm quite forgetful and it just seems easier to use a concealer. But I will give this a try and report back if I do like it soon. I have swatched it on the back of my hand and it's very creamy and easy to apply.



Shine Shine Shine Wet Look Lipgloss - 01 Behind The Scenes

A clear lipgloss which I actually already own but it's great for popping over the top of liquid lipsticks if you want them to look glossy and it also smells lovely too.

Matt Matt Matt Lipstick - 04 Pink Up Your Life

A gorgeous bright pop of pink shade to add to my collection. I would say it's more of a Spring/Summer shade for me personally so I'll definitely try and get some wear out of it before Summer is over!

Matt Matt Matt Long Lasting Lipgloss - 03 Girl Of Today
I'm not the hugest fan of Lipglosses in general, I don't mind them but I do prefer a proper lipstick or liquid lipstick. This lipgloss is matt and it smells so good - literally good enough to eat (obviously don't lol). It's in-between a liquid lipstick and lipgloss and I really like it. It's a pretty pink shade and I think it will be a great transitional shade for Summer-Autumn.



My Must Haves Empty Palette -

You may have seen a previous blog post here, all about these fab, affordable, customisable palettes. Well, I have picked up a few more shades since and now I have 4 new shades to play around with too!

12 Want a Mint?

I was genuinely shocked when I swatched this because in the pan it looks like a pretty pastel green but when swatched it's a pale-mint green with a gorgeous gold shimmer.

14 Purple Clouds
Another shade I really like, it's a nice pastel kind of purple shade and it suits my blue eyes and is an easy kind of shade to wear if you should want a slight wash of colour, but it is pigmented.

07 Mauvie-time!
I love the name of this shade and it's exactly as it's called a pretty mauve shade.

01 Go Goldie!
I really like this because it's not an OTT gold shade and can be worn as an everyday kind of eyeshadow.




All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder -

This is perfect for me because of me being so pale, whilst I'm guessing it will flashback because of it being pure white, that doesn't really bother me in all honesty but I just thought I'd mention it. I really like the hinged packaging and that it's a handy, travel sized powder.

All Aout Matt Oil Control Paper -

I really like the handy packaging of these control papers, I always have a pack of them in my bag because of my oily skin, so these are some more to add to the collection.

Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette -

This is a great palette for travelling and the shades are great if you struggle to find highlighters for pale skin. I really like the pretty imprint of the highlighters and they are super pigmented! Definitely a new favourite highlighter palette.

Matt Touch Blush - 30 Rose Me Up!
I picked up the Coral shade of this blush a few weeks ago and I can't stop from wearing it so it's great to have another shade to add to my blush collection from Essence.

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I just want to say a huge thanks to Essence for the lovely box of goodies and Happy Birthday! It was very surreal to receive my first ever "proper" PR box and it was so nice that it was from one of my new favourite brands.


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Beauty Trends I've Loved This Summer *


It's almost time to say goodbye to Summer which in one way I'm happy about because, well Autumn but then I do like Summer because of the lighter nights. For today's post I'm going to be sharing the beauty trends I've been loving this Summer (and will try and incorporate into Autumn if possible too, obvs).



Glitter -
This is something I thought I'd never say, well write is that I've been loving wearing glitter this Summer. Not full on glitter but more of a shimmer/glitter kind of thing. I've been wearing more sparkly eyeshadow, I've been loving my Colourpop Supershock Shadows as they are so pigmented, I only own 2 right now which are Animal and Birthday Cake, they both are so easy to use and long lasting. I've also been wearing glitter on my nails too as it just makes them look a little different and prettier. If you're wondering where professional nail technicians get their amazing kits from, then check out Ellisons.



Bronzed, Dewy Skin
Because I've got oily skin I've always kind of stayed away from the dewy skin look, because of worrying it'll just make me look oilier and shiny. But this year I've decided to try out the dewy, bronzed makeup look and I've been loving it. I've not been going crazy - I've just been using a tiny amount of illuminator in my foundation and using a highlighter and then a little touch of Bronzer just to warm up my pale skin.

"The Hun" Half Up - Half Down Hairstyle

I don't really know if this is classed as a "Beauty Trend" it's obviously more of a hair trend but I thought I'd pop it in here anyway. My go to hairstyle over the Summer has been "The Hun" - half up in a bun and half down. It's really easy to do and works well with my natural hair when I'm having more of a lazy day too. Plus because of my hair is shorter than last Summer, I think it suits my grown out lob haircut, especially with a few added soft curls/waves.



Minimal Makeup (with red lip)
I've also really been liking minimal makeup days, even though I still seem to have to use and 15 products to get the minimal makeup look, I do like it. When I'm having a better skin kind of day (which I'll admit is rare) I've just been using a BB Cream/tinted moisturiser and a bit of concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes, mascara and a blush. Sometimes I wear it with my favourite red lipstick right now which is The Body Shop Matte Liquid Lip in the shade Sydney Amaryllis just to give it a bright pop of colour.


Peachy Pink -
Another thing I've been loving over the Summer has got to be wearing more peach shades, I usually gravitate towards more pink shades and products rather than peach shades because I worry about looking orange-y with my pale skin. But I've been wearing quite a few peach shades in everything lately - blushers, lipsticks even highlighters and I actually think they work well for my pale skin too. 


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So there's my kind of go-to Summer things, I definitely have been getting my use out of the Milani Baked Blusher in the shade Luminoso. What have been your Summer Staples? 


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