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I know, I know, I’m talking about Spring when it’s still only February but I’m just so over winter now. I’m not usually that bothered about winter really, my least favourite season is actually summer because I just don’t like hot weather as it doesn’t agree with me but this winter has been really getting to me and I just want it to be spring now. So I thought I would share some cosy spring homeware I’ve spotted whilst window shopping online that I think would be great to pick up to help add some cosy vibes into your home. 

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found myself browsing a number of different websites recently and looking at their homeware sections as I love picking up new homeware bits for the new season. So I thought I would share some of the things that I’ve come across that I currently have my eyes on. 

A Beauty and Lifestyle Haul

in , , , , by Kirsty Milward, 19.2.23

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I thought I would do a little Beauty and Lifestyle haul on my blog today as I really enjoyed putting together my last beauty and lifestyle haul so I thought why not? So here are some things I’ve picked up or received recently and how I’ve been getting on with them. 
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I'm back again with another wishlist and as always, I've put together a list of different things from beauty, fashion, homeware and even a few fitness and health-related things as I'm planning to go on a bit of a health kick which I'll talk more about later in the post.

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I thought I’d do a little blog post about some ways to practise self-care this Spring. Also, I’m not going to lie I’m kind of writing this blog post for myself to take note from considering I’ve been a total stress head lately. So if you’re like me and need to take some time out and do things which are good for your mental wellbeing then hopefully this post might be helpful. 

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Changing up the rooms in your house for each season is an easy way to refresh your home and really embrace the season you’re currently in, it can be as simple as adding a new mirror, faux plants, or putting down a cosy rug, changing up the lighting and more. At the moment the majority of my house is looking nice and spring-ready, with the exception of the bathroom we’re currently redecorating (again lol). The last room to be revamped is my bedroom and in today’s post, I’m going to be talking about how I’m planning on changing things up in the coming weeks. 

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I thought I’d do a favourites round-up kind of post as I haven’t done one in a long time. I’ve tried to include a mixture of things from home/lifestyle, fashion and beauty as I know my blog is quite beauty-heavy again at the moment but it’s because I’m still playing catch up on my beauty reviews. I do have plans for more of a variety of content which should be coming soon which I'm really looking forward to getting started on. 

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  I haven't done a dedicated favourites kind of post for a long time and I thought it was time to change that. I've definitely discovered, as well as rediscovered some new favourites over the past month or two and I just wanted to talk about why I really like them and why I'd recommend them.

Like most people, I'm currently watching what I'm spending my money on and prioritising the essentials, especially as I'm self-employed via blogging and everything's gone pretty quiet and I'm not going to lie, it's pretty scary. I also don't know where I stand with brands/companies who owe me money and if I'm going to be paid on time/at all, given what's going on right now. So I thought instead of spending money I technically don't have right now, I'd do a Spring Wishlist and show you what I've got my eyes on. However, if and when I get paid/get more work in, I'm definitely going to be picking up a few things on this list. April is also my birthday month so I think comfort shopping + my birthday is a good excuse to treat myself (hopefully in the very near future!). 

ASOS Curve Sweet Tooth Pyjama Shorts £10  / REN Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser £25Joanie Bobby Dream Lover Slogan Tee £22  / Too Faced Born This Way Turn Up the Light Skin-Centric Highlighting Palette - Fair to Light £34

First up is some cute AF pyjamas shorts from ASOS which have lollies and all sorts of other sweets allover. I really like ASOS pyjama shorts, they fit nicely and the elasticated waistbands never dig in my stomach and set off my stomach/pelvic pain like some other brands pyjamas do. Next is the REN Jelly Oil Cleanser which I've had my eyes on since it was released back in January (I think it was January anyway?). I find the concept and formula really intriguing and I also like that REN's packaging is all recyclable and that you can use it on bare skin or you can use It to remove your makeup. My wardrobe is basically being taken over by clothes from Joanie and I don't think the obsession is going to stop anytime soon if I'm being honest. Although I'm trying to stop buying as many stripe t-shirts, I really like the Dream Lover slogan tee. It'd look nice paired with an oversized cardigan and leggings/jeans or underneath a pinafore dress. I can definitely see myself buying this tee v soon. I also love the look of Too Faced's latest highlighter release. The palette comes with three highlighters which go from a natural sheen, a middle glowy highlighter and a super in-your-face kind of highlight. 

Daisy Street Plus Crop Sweatshirt with Dolphin Graphic £19.99 / FOREO Luna 3 Cleansing Brush £169Joanie Joyce Daisy Print Frill Wrap Dress £45 / Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation SPF30 £10

I also really like the look of the Daisy Street Sweatshirt, although I'm not a fan of it being cropped as I prefer a normal length sweatshirt that covers all my lumps and bumps. But I think the vintage-looking design is cute and it'd be a nice comfy sweatshirt to wear around the house. I'm very intrigued about trying a FOREO cleansing brush and comparing one to other "dupe" kind of cleansing brushes I have. I have seen some good results on instagram/youtube when people have consistently used a FOREO brush to cleanse their skin every day and I'm just interested to see if using one would help with my skin. Another piece from Joanie I really like the look of is the Joyce Daisy Print Frill Wrap Dress which is new in. It's so pretty! They also have a jumpsuit with the same daisy print design which is cute but I don't think jumpsuits suit me personally. I think we all know what the new Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation is trying to be, right? I'm definitely intrigued and want to try it, although I still wouldn't give up on my It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream because it's my go-to base and has been for almost two years now and it's saved me from being super self-conscious when my skin isn't looking so great so many times. I have tried a couple of the wannabe IT CC creams and none of them have blown me away.

Boohoo Waffle Knit Cardigan £18 Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask £30 / Boohoo Fit Side Stripe Running Legging £15 / Drunk Elephant Nice To Meet You Set £19

I've come to realise that a lot of my comfy cardigans look a bit well-worn now, even after getting a Minky bobble remover on them lol. So I've been on the lookout for a couple of new cardigans that aren't too thick nor too thin and I really like the Waffle Knit one from Boohoo. Although it does seem to have shot up in price within a week because it was £12 when I first came across it (hmm). I'm still yet to try anything from Ole Henriksen but if and when I do purchase something from them, it's 100% going to be the Cold Plunge Pore Mask. It sounds so nice and I know Emma's Rectangle swears by it and says it's one of her fave masks and her skin always looks nice! I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit bored of wearing standard black leggings so I'm thinking of picking up some leggings with stripes down the side just to change things up a little. I know it's not very exciting but it's still a little refresh I guess. I'm also really intrigued to try some products from Drunk Elephant and the Nice To Meet You Set from Cult Beauty contains three mini's which are the Protini Polypeptide Cream (15ml), Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser (22g) and the Bamboo Booster which comes in a little sachet. I just want to see what they're about and if their products are really worth the money. I am interested in a few other products from DE but I'll talk about those in another blog post soon.

Nuthing Pink Shimmer Hair Removal Jelly £9.99 ASOS Curve V-Neck Linen Mix T-shirt in Charcoal Stripe £14Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil £34 / REN Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream £49

I've seen a few fellow bloggers receive/talk about Nuthing on their Instagram and/or blogs recently and I'm definitely interested in giving them a whirl. This is TMI but since I switched my pill last year, my leg hair and underarm hair grows so fast! It's such a pain in the arse to keep on top of. I also like the fact that they are vegan-friendly too. The ASOS V-Neck Linen Mix T-shirt looks super comfy and perfect for lounging around the house, which let's face it, it looks like we're all going to be stuck in the house for a while longer yet and I'm not really into loungewear sets, I'm more of a comfy oversized tee and leggings/pyjamas kinda girl. Another cult skincare brand that I'm still yet to try anything from is Sunday Riley. I have been shying away from using oils since the end of last year, but I've just started to use a Dermalogica oil recently and I'm enjoying using it and I feel like I'm seeing good results. So I'm interested in trying out a few different oils in the upcoming months and I like that the U.F.O. oil is clarifying. Lastly is another product from REN which is actually their latest release. It's their Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream and I've seen some before and after photos of people using this and I'm really impressed. I feel like it would work well at getting rid of acne scarring on my forehead and cheeks and just even out my complexion nicely whilst obviously moisturising my skin at night.

What's on your Spring Wishlist?

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 March has been a funny old month so far because there's been a lot of things going on in my life, some of which have resolved themselves already and some are things which I just know are going to be following me into April and they're the type of things that I have no control over and I just don't know where I stand with them, so it's safe to say that I've been feeling quite stressed recently and it's meant I just haven't been feeling up to or been able to do most things I've wanted to get done in March mainly because I've been struggling quite bad with my anxiety. So I've decided to put together a little to-do list for April and share it on my blog because I enjoy reading monthly to-do lists on other people's blogs and I also feel like sharing it on here might give me a push to complete all or most of the things on it. So here is what I'm planning to do in April...

Spring Clean
First up is to spring clean the house because I always like to do a good spring clean around this time of the year and to be honest, I find it quite therapeutic so it might actually help me and my anxiety. I'm also looking forward to making the whole house smell like Method's Wild Rhubarb all-purpose cleaner too (if you know, you know haha).

As well as doing a spring clean, I'm also planning on decluttering a lot of areas in the house. Especially the bathroom and my bedroom because obviously being a beauty blogger means I have a lot of excess beauty products so I'm going to be sorting through everything and then I'm going to be giving products to family and friends as well as donating some to the local charity shops if the products are brand new. I'm also going to be doing a giveaway in April too, so keep a lookout for that! As well as decluttering my beauty overflow, I know there's a lot of clothes which I kept during my last declutter that I haven't worn or have barely worn since so I'm going to be probably adding some things to my Depop too. Although it's a pain when you're in the midst of decluttering, I do find it really lifts a weight off your shoulders once you've finished it, I guess it kind of feels like you're getting rid of excess baggage.

Book an Eye Test
I know I'm due to have an eye test and I need to make sure I book it in for April or else I'm never going to get around to doing it. I know I'm definitely going to be needing some new reading glasses because I can just tell that my eyes have changed since my last eye test but what I'm most looking forward to is buying some spare reading glasses (because I'm always putting my prescription ones down and losing them!). So I'm planning on getting some basic square-framed glasses like what I usually choose from my opticians and then treating myself to some fancier looking ones from Mister Spex so then I know I always have a back-up pair at hand.

Book a Dentist Appointment 
I haven't been to the dentist in a long time after a bad experience during a routine appointment and you may have seen on my insta stories recently that I woke up one morning to really bad toothache which lasted for around a week but it thankfully settled before I booked an emergency appointment! However, I've realised I really need to just put on my big girl pants and just go to the dentists. I already know that I'm going to probably end up having some fillings so I think the fact that I know I'm going to have to have some work done kind of helps in a way. But yeah, the plan is the book an appointment in April (probably once I've got my eye test out of the way).

Change Up My Hair
I'm not 100% sure on this one yet but I think I want to do something different with my hair. I don't know whether to change the colour or whether to get some layers to add some choppiness and texture. It's quite blunt at the moment and I'm just a bit bored of how it looks both naturally and when it's styled but at the same, I'm kind of enjoying the length it is at the moment.

Do Something Memorable For My Birthday
Lastly is to do something memorable for my 26th birthday which is towards the end of April. I'm not talking about throwing myself out of a plane or doing a bungee jump or anything like that haha. But I just want to do something that I can look back on and think "I remember doing that or going there on my 26th birthday". Obviously, it kind of depends on how my chronic pain is being but I'm hoping to loosely plan something for my birthday, it's also helpful that it's landed on a Saturday this year too.

What are your plans for April? 

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A Spring/Summer Makeup Shakeup

in , , , by Kirsty Milward, 19.5.19
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It's that time of the year when I switch up my makeup to more of a Spring/Summer ready look so I thought I would talk about what's made it into my current makeup bag and what products I'll be using and wearing a lot over the the upcoming months.

First up is obviously base products, now I know a lot of people like to go makeup free or foundation free in the Spring/Summer but because I have quite oily and acne prone skin, I like to make sure that I have some coverage to just make me feel more confident I guess. 

If I want a lighter coverage then I'll either just dab on some of my Barry M All Night Long Concealer which is my current fave drugstore concealer (I definitely prefer it over Collection Lasting Perfection!). Or I'll use my most recent foundation discovery which is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation which is available from Fragrance Direct. It gives you a lovely skin-like finish but it feels like you're not wearing anything on your skin, which I really like. I do have to powder it down as it's very dewy for my skin type but I just love it. If I need a heavier coverage then I'll either opt for my old fave which is the Revlon ColourStay 24hr Foundation* or the It Cosmetics My Skin But Better CC Cream in the Matte version which I got for my birthday recently. I feel like I have a good selection of base products which all sit well on my skin, last a good amount of time and won't break the bank when I need to repurchase them.

If I feel like I need more coverage on either my under eyes or any blemishes then I'll go in with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer which is a complete game changer. It does sound quite pricey for a concealer at £24 but you literally only need a teeny amount as it's quite thick and it really goes a long way.

I also recently picked up the new Barry M Brow Wand which has a angled brow pencil on one end and then a tinted brow gel on the other end. The angled pencil is quite chunky so it has been a little difficult to get the hang of but I've started to really like it and the tinted brow gel is great and keeps my brows in place for the day. I even sometimes just wear the tinted brow gel when I'm having a minimal makeup day.

I decided to buy the new mascara from The Body Shop a few weeks ago which is called Happy Go Lash Mascara. I'm not going to lie, I think the packaging is what drew me in the most because I mean, look at it! It's cute, right? But I also thought the brush looks very similar to the L'Oreal Paradise mascara which I bloody love. It is very similar but I feel like the Happy Go Lash gives more of a natural look and the L'Oreal Paradise looks a little more bolder. However I do still like the Happy Go Lash mascara and it's great for more of a minimal makeup day.

Talking of lashes I've also been using Lash Wizard Eyelash Serum from Flawless Cosmetics* which has definitely helped my lashes out and has given them a bit of a growth boost. It claims to start showing visible results after just 14 days of use but I definitely saw a change in my lashes within about a week. I tend to pop it on in the evening before bed so it can work it's magic on my lashes whilst I sleep. It's created with Biotinoyl Tripeptide which is responsible for strengthening eyelash fibres and follicles and it's also fragrance free, paraben free, cruelty-free and hormone free. The only one thing that I'm personally not a big fan of when it comes to lash growth serums is the eyeliner brush to apply it with just because I find it a bit fiddly to manoeuvre. So I've been using disposable mascara wands instead as I find that they work better. However I still would recommend giving it a try because I've definitely seen an improvement in my lashes. 
The Flower Beauty Lift & Sculpt Contour Palette is a gorgeous palette which I've started to use more lately. The highlighter is stunning and very glowy, the blush is quite a bold pink and is a little different to what 
I would usually wear so I do tend to apply it very lightly and the contour/bronzer is quite warm but I can just about get away with wearing it. Overall it's a great palette and I'm definitely planning on buying some more products from Flower Beauty soon. I kind of wish they'd release a more toned down version of the palette though.
Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter in Pale Pearl is a newbie in my makeup bag. I wasn't totally blown away by the Glossier Play range when it first launched but then I saw Lucy Jane Wood's youtube video reviewing the range and I was impressed with how the highlighter and the vinylic lip lacquers looked so I decided to buy them for myself. You can read my full review of both of them 

Lastly is lipstick and my current go-to lipstick is definitely the Zoella X Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Little One. It's literally what I would call a perfect nude shade and I love Colourpop's Ultra Matte Lip formula in general so it's a great combination. I also have the shade @ Me which is more of a pink-purple mauve shade but I don't wear it as much as I'm still not 100% if it suits me if I'm being totally honest. I've also been liking wearing Glossier's Generation G lipstick in Leo which is a brown-nude shade.

What are your go-to makeup products for the Spring/Summer?

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I know some people may think that this post is a little premature as it's not officially Summer until the end of June but believe me, it will soon be here! In this post I'm talking about what beauty products I think you need in your life this summer and why. All products linked in this post are available from Fragrance Direct.

I know a lot of people don't like to wear any foundation during the summer as it sometimes feels like it's basically melting off your face. Because I have quite oily and acne prone skin, I feel better when I'm wearing some sort of coverage as it just gives me a bit of a confidence booster knowing my imperfections are hidden. However if my skin isn't too bad then I will opt for no foundation or just a dab of concealer instead. But for this upcoming summer I've found the perfect foundation for when I want to wear a lightweight product which gives a nice amount of coverage. The product I'm talking about is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation which I picked up recently. It comes in a little compact with a mirror and a cushion-like sponge to apply it with. I would say it gives a light to medium coverage and it gives a lovely skin-like finish. However it is very dewy so I do have to powder it down to keep it in place on my oily skin but for £4.25 it's a complete steal! 

If I want or need a medium-full coverage that I know won't budge in the summer sun then my go-to affordable foundation is definitely Revlon 24hrs Colorstay Normal/Dry Skin Foundation* (in the shade Buff). It's been a fave of mine for quite a few years now and it really does stick to my skin like glue but it still feels comfortable to wear all day whatever the weather. In other shops both online and in-store it retails around £12.99 but it's only £6.95 on Fragrance Direct. 

My go to brands for mascara are definitely L'Oreal and also Maybelline (I'm also a big fan of the Glossier Lash Slick for more of a natural look too). The Maybelline "The Falsies" Push Up Drama Mascara priced at £3.99* has a plastic straight, spiky brush which you can really work in to give you some lush fluttery lashes with no clumps whatsoever! I'm also a fan of the red packaging as it's easy to find at the bottom of my makeup bag lol.

I've started to wear normal nail polish again instead of gel nails just because it's less of a faff. I've been really enjoying the brands Morgan Taylor, Barry M and Essie for my nails. I chose the Essie Nail Polish in Sunny Daze 557 priced at £2.75* to feature in this post because it's such a pretty eye-catching colour. I would describe it as a shimmery, golden sunset shade. 

I would definitely say that Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream which price starts from £35.99* is a perfect Spring/Summer perfume to wear day-to-day. It's fresh and floral with Top Notes of: Blackberry, Pear and Grapefruit, Heart Notes of: Jasmine, Lychee and Blue Wisteria and Base Notes of: White Wood, Coconut Water and Musk. I haven't tried all of Marc Jacobs perfumes but out of the ones I've tried so far Daisy Dream is my fave with Divine Decadence being a very close second. To top it all off the bottle design is stunning and it looks lovely sitting on your dressing table. I just think it makes a great scent for the warmer months and it would also make a great gift for someone who likes a floral based perfume.

And lastly I've got to talk about the Ellie Saab Girl of Now Forever* perfume which price starts from £35.95. It's very fruity but with kind of a mysterious undertone if that makes sense. I think it's a great perfume to wear for both day and night. I also find that the longer you wear it, the sweeter the scent gets (but not in a sickly way!). The scent is described as a delicious note of Citrus Zest, Raspberry and Sparkling Rose, textured with addictive Orange Flower and Patchouli. I'm a big fan of anything with Orange Flower and/or Patchouli which is probably why I love it so much. Also, I think the bottle design is probably one of the most prettiest perfume bottles I've seen in a while (P.S It also looks cute in blog photos too). 

What are your Summer Beauty Picks? 

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I always find that this time of the year I get more motivation to have a proper declutter around the house and get rid of things that either aren't being used or I'm just not a fan of anymore. I like to start early so that the things I don't want anymore are not cluttering up the house in the Summer months. Anything from clothes, homeware, makeup, tools and so on. I also find decluttering is kind of therapeutic in a weird way and it's also a way to make some extra pennies too. So I thought I'd do a blog post with some tips on how I declutter and get rid of things I don't want or need in my life anymore.

Spring Makeup Picks

in , , , by Kirsty Milward, 9.4.18

I think Spring is probably my favourite season for many reasons - the weather changing, lighter evenings, everything coming back to life, baby lambs, my birthday, being able to leave the house without a coat and obviously changing up my makeup looks. I’ve recently had a bit of a Spring makeup shakeup and added some new things to my collection and also pulled out some old favourites from last year. So I thought I’d do a blog post all about my go-to Spring makeup picks for this year. 

I'm not usually into dewy makeup looks because as I may have mentioned before (only 59328 times...) I do have quite oily/combination skin and I feel like sometimes dewy skin can look really oily which is something I obviously want to avoid. But over the past month, I've found some products (some oldies and some new) that I really think give me a nice healthy look, so I thought I'd share what I've been using. 

Collection Primed & Ready Primer Powered By Witch - £4.99
I've already mentioned this primer on my blog a few times already but it's still my go-to primer. It blurs out imperfections and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and ready for your foundation. It also cancels out any oily/shiny areas and adds a subtle glow to the cheeks but without going overboard. I love it. Obviously because of it being "Powered by Witch" it also helps to keep breakouts at the minimum too.

Seventeen Skin WOW Concealer - £4.99
This is supposedly a dupe of the YSL Touche Eclat Concealer but I can't say if it is or isn't as I've never tried the YSL concealer myself. But I love this Seventeen Concealer, It's like a pen and you have to "click" it to get your desired amount of product out. The concealer is quite thick but easy to blend in and is great for concealing dark under eye circles, it is okay for concealing spots but I would say it's better at brightening and concealing under the eyes. But it definitely does make your eyes look a lot more brighter and less like a zombie if you've had a rubbish nights sleep.

Benefit High Beam Highlighter - £21.50
Because my current favourite foundation (Revlon Colorstay) is very matte I decided to start using my High Beam (which has been sitting in my drawers for a couple months doing nothing) to add a little glow to my foundation when I want a more dewy look. I pop a pump or so of my foundation on the back of my hand and then do a "swipe" of high beam beside it and mix them together and it definitely adds something my foundation base without looking over the top. I currently use this for my everyday makeup look. But if you don't have High Beam or want to spend £21.50 on a highlighter then I've heard good things about the Seventeen Skin Wow Primer £5.99 which can be used as a highlighter too. 

Essence Blush Play Sculpting Blush Palette - 10 Play It Peach* £4
I've been really loving this blush palette, it's definitely my go-to blush right now. I really like the "sculpting blush" for my dewy makeup look days. It is quite pigmented so I do apply with a careful hand but it just adds a pop of colour to my ghostly pale skin and it's a great travel friendly palette too. Also really like the highlighter in the palette too.

Collection Speedy Highlighter - Pearl Sheen £3.99
I'm not usually a cream/stick highlighter fan but I picked this up last year and it's still one of my favourites. It's like a champagne colour and compliments fair skin nicely, also it seems to last a while because I use the regularly and there's still so much product left which is obviously great for the price too. It's easy to build and stays put all day. If you're not a fan of cream highlighters (which I totally get) then I'd recommend trying the Freedom highlighters which are £3. I've got the Brighten one which is more of a light pink highlighter and it's really pretty and perfect for summer. Again, it's one that you can build up and can go from subtle to full on blinding glow with a few strokes. PS. There's also another highlighter which I've been loving but it's going to be featured in an upcoming blog post so keep an eye out for it.

What are your current favourite Spring/Summer makeup products?
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Beauty Wish List *

in , , , , by Kirsty Milward, 29.5.17
I thought I would do a little Beauty Wish List because I've seen quite a few of these lately and thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and post one on my blog too. So here's what's on my currently Beauty Wish List, I guess you could say it's my Spring/Summer wish list really. 

Ever since I laid eyes on this palette I've wanted it. It contains Hoola, Hoola Lite, Dandelion, Galifornia, Rockateur. But in my eyes the price tag is quite steep considering I'm only really interested in 3 of the products inside - Galifornia, Hoola Lite and Dandelion and in all honestly I don't really need Dandelion because I already own a mini version of it. So I'd basically be paying almost £50 for a blusher and a contour/bronzer. Plus I really love the packaging of the Galifornia Blusher alone because it's just so pretty and such a cool retro style and I love it. I'm sure you'll have seen it on your instagram feeds about 59583 times by now. I think if I see an offer and this palette is eligible then I may pick it up but I'm definitely not about to spend £50 on it (you've got to admit, it is a stunning palette, right?).

Clive Christian Noble VII Cosmos Flower Perfume* - 

"The sumptuous scent of cosmos flower blends with bittersweet cocoa, sensual jasmine and fruity plum giving depth & integrity to this modern gourmande."

This perfume sounds so luxurious and it also sounds like a proper grown up woman scent if that makes sense. Ever since turning 23 back in April, my taste in perfumes and even clothes has changed a lot (kinda strange I know). I love fruity perfumes but with a hint of deeper notes, the kind of scents which smell mysterious and sexy. I like that these kinds of perfumes can be worn throughout the year too. I also love how bold but elegant the bottle is too, it definitely looks like a statement kind of perfume bottle, the type of perfume that takes pride of place in your perfume collection.

Clive Christian also have unveiled more exquisite perfumes, made from the rarest, precious ingredients. You can have a nosey at the website here

Everyone seems to own this palette and again I think it's the packaging is what sells it to me. (Have you noticed I'm a sucker for cute/pretty packaging? lol) I do own a few other palettes which are kind of dupes to the Modern Renaissance palette and I use them a lot so I kind of feel I don't really need this palette but it would be nice to add it to my eyeshadow collection purely for the pretty packaging... doesn't really justify spending just over £40 on an eyeshadow palette really though does it? But let's face it, I will probably cave and buy this soon lol.
Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence Eau De Parfum
I own a few samples of this and it does literally smell divine. It's not usually a scent I would go for and I can't really say it smells like a certain scent or anything but I do love it and it stays on literally all day long. Surprisingly I'm actually not too keen on the bottle/packaging of the Divine Decadence, it's just not really my cup of tea. Dare I say I think it looks a tiny bit tacky? (Please don't hate me if you do happen to like the packaging!).

So I own a heck of a lot of liquid lipsticks right now. Me and my mum were having a chat the other day in my room, whilst I was sorting through them all and having a declutter and she kept picking them up saying "they're the same colour!" and etc lol but I really like the look of these Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip liquid lipsticks. I've never tried Beauty Bakerie before but I've only heard good things about them and the fact that their liquid lipsticks stay on literally all day. I think I like the look of Fortune Cookie a little more than Gingersnap but like I said I don't really need more lipsticks right now but I may pick one or two up if I feel like treating myself.

So there's my current Beauty Wish List. 
What's on your Beauty Wish List right now?
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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. 


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.


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.


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.


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


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. 


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


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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