Monday, 1 February 2016

Lush Haul


Million Dollar Moisturiser: £32.50 (45g)
Big bang bubble bar: £3.75
Prince Charming shower cream: £4.95 (100g)
Brightside bubble bar: £4.95
Unicorn horn bubble bar: £4.25
Lover lamp bath bomb: £3.95
Intergalactic bath bomb: £3.95

I have an addiction to Lush. Everything about the brand is so amazing, from the quality of their products to their cruelty free policy and the shopping experience is always incredible because their staff always provide excellent customer service which is a brand quality that I regard very highly. Every time I go shopping I always find myself popping in to buy more products to add to my rapidly growing collection. These are the most recent products I've brought, some being re-purchases of products that I've loved, some being products I've been wanting to try for a while and others being brand new products that look amazing.

The Million Dollar Moisturiser is a product I've been wanting to try for a long time but have never made the leap into buying it. I always held the belief that moisturiser doesn't have to be expensive to do good for your skin and at £32.50 for such a small tub I couldn't convince myself that it was worth buying. But I know a lot of people that swear by this product and who tell me how amazing it is all the time so I was kind of persuaded into buying it and my opinion has been changed forever, it is seriously such an amazing product. It feels so thick and creamy but glides onto the skin so beautifully and makes the skin feel moisturised all day. 
Another product that I love is the Big Bang bubble bar. It smells really fruity and creates beautiful blue coloured water and so many bubbles. It also contains avocado butter which makes your skin feel really soft and nourished. 

I'm excited to try all the other products that I've brought, especially the unicorn horn because its created such a buzz on social media so I have very high expectations. I'll do an update post once I've used all the products with my reviews.



Saturday, 16 January 2016

Updated: My Everyday Make Up Look

Back in September, I did a post on my everyday makeup look. Since then my makeup routine has changed a lot, buying new products and using many more new brands. I've been really loving mac products, especially their blushes and lipsticks. Also, after trying many different products, I've finally found a foundation that matches my pale skin tone without washing me out. This post is an updated version of my everyday makeup look, I hope you enjoy!

Step one - face prep
First of all, I prep my face. You can find all the products I use to do this in my skincare routine post that I will be uploading very soon.

Step two - base
To prime my face, I use the Laura Mercier foundation primer in radiance. I absolutely love this product, it has a really lovely consistency and it gives the face a really beautiful and subtle glow all day long.
Next, I apply foundation all over my face. I have recently brought the Makeup For Ever Ultra HD foundation and I absolutely adore it. It is very lightweight but also really build-able. I use the shade 115=R230 and apply it with the real techniques expert face brush.   
For concealer, I use Nars Radiant Creamy concealer in the shade Vanilla. I apply it in a large 'V' shape under my eyes, down the bride of my nose, under my cheekbones, on the centre of my forehead, on my cupids bow and centre of my chin and blend it all in with the real techniques miracle complexion sponge. 
I then set all of my concealer with Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in the shade transparent with a real techniques powder brush.




Step three - cheeks and contour
First of all, I take Benefit's Hoola bronzer and with the flat brush provided, I apply it in the hollows of my cheeks, my temples, the top of my forehead, under my jawline and down either side of my nose.
After using this bronzer, I lightly sweep over it with The Body Shop honey bronzing powder in 03 using a real techniques blush brush (As you can probably tell, I like a good contour)!
Next, I take Mac's powder blush in peaches and apply it on the apples of my cheeks with the Mac powder blush brush.
To conclude this step, I take my Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm (possibly my favourite ever make-up product) and highlight above my cheeks, down the centre of my nose, on my cupids bow and on my brow bone with the B. fan brush.




Step four - brows
I take a lot of pride in my brows, and I really like a bold and thick brow. My favourite brow product is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in the shade taupe. Taking this product, and their #12 brush, I firstly comb through my brows, lifting the hairs upwards as my hairs seem to point downwards. Then, starting with the bottom of each brow, I create a line going from the centre all the way out to end, extending them a little further as I have quite short brows (the consequence of over plucking when I was younger). I then take the product onto my arches, making them a little higher as I have naturally quite straight brows. I finally take the brush vertically and do really small, light strokes at the start of my brow so it makes the line I previously created a little less dramatic and a little more life like.
After using this product, I then set my brows using the Mac brow set in Beguile, brushing the hairs upwards again.
Finally, taking a real techniques concealer brush and the Nars concealer I used earlier, I carve out my brows, making them look more defined and shapely.




Step five - eyes
I tend not to wear eye shadow much. When I feel like it, I will take a dark brown colour on a fluffy brush and apply it to my outer V and under my bottom lash line to accentuate the colour and shape of my eyes but other than that, I tend not to use eye shadow.
I will always, without fail, however, apply a trusty cat-eye flick with my favourite liquid liner, Glam Eyes by Rimmel London. I will wear a cat-eye flick every day of my life, as it is just a staple of my make up look and I feel it makes my eyes look elongated.
I then take my Ted Baker eyelash curler to my eyelashes and apply whatever mascara I am using at the time as I am yet to find a mascara that I really love and will swear by forever. At the moment I am using Mac's zoom fast black lash as I received it as a free gift with a recent purchase I made online. It isn't a bad mascara at all but I don't know whether it is worth purchasing after I run out of my sample.




Step six - lips
I always find that no make up look is ever complete with bare lips. I know a lot of people who will apply all their make up and will leave their lips bare, but I feel like lips really bring a make up look together. I use different lip combinations depending on what mood I'm in on a certain day and what I'm wearing on the day makes a huge impact on what lip look I choose.
My favourite combinations at the moment are:
Mac Stripdown liner + Mac Viva Glam II lipstick
Mac Nightingale liner + Lancome L'absolu Rouge lipstick in 131 Pense a Moi
Rimmel exaggerate kiner in 104 Call me crazy + Maybelline Colorsensational Matte lipstick in 995 - Craving Coral.




Step seven - finishing
After I have applied all my make up, I finish it off by using Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. It is such a great product, it keeps my make up on all day long without it looking cakey. 

So, that is my everyday make-up look. I know a lot of people may think that it is a lot for an everyday look but I like the way I do my make up and I prefer a fuller coverage to a simple look.
Here is the finished look:

I hope some of you can give me any amazing mascara recommendations, they will be highly appreciated. 






Thursday, 26 November 2015

My Bucket List

Having recently been reminded how precious life is, I thought I'd share my bucket list with you.


Graduate university with at least a 2:1
Become a chartered forensic psychologist
Visit Tokyo
Ride in a gondola in Venice
Visit the Acropolis in Athens
Visit the Vatican and tour Rome
Sleep in a treehouse
Go travelling round Europe
Go for a Lord of the Rings tour in New Zealand
Spend Christmas in New York
Find a man
Get married
Have a child/children
Have a family holiday to Disney World
Go skydiving to raise money for a charity close to my heart
Meet my favourite celebrities (Idris Elba/Michael Ball/James Bay/Alexa Chung/ Jared Leto)
Change at least one persons life for the better
Read at least one play by Shakespeare
Visit London and see a show on the West End
Visit New York and see a show on Broadway
Buy my own car
Buy my own house
Purchase one item from Burberry
Have a helicopter ride
Attend a weekend music festival
Visit Alcatraz
Go snorkelling
Buy one really expensive pair of beautiful shoes
See James Bay live again
See Tom Odell live again
See 30 Seconds to Mars live
See Foo Fighters live
See Muse live
See System of a Down live again
Watch all of the films on IMDB's top 250 list (52/250)
Attend Comic Con



Monday, 14 September 2015

My Everyday Make Up Look

Recently, I've found myself sticking to one make-up look that I wear everyday. It's a pretty straightforward look which is easily re-createable and compliments pale skin tones like mine. The base is very simple with just foundation, concealer and powder, a light contour and highlight with a light blush on the cheeks, a pink/purple toned eyeshadow look and very subtle pink lips. 

Prep




Firstly, to moisturise, I use the Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, follwed by the Body Shop All-in-one Instablur primer. To prime my eyes, I use the George at Asda Eye primer.

Base














For my base, I use a mixture of two foundations. I start by using Max Factor's Skin Luminizer Foundation in Light Ivory, then as I find it a little thin, I do an extra layer of foundation using the Illamasqua Skin Base in the shade 3.5. I apply both with a Real Techniques expert face brush. I then move onto concealer, using the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, applying in a V shape under my eyes and blending it in with the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge. I then go ahead setting the concealer with the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, using the Real Techniques arched powder brush.

Contour and cheeks









For my contour and highlight, I use the Sleek contour kit in light and I apply both products with a Real Techniques blush brush (albeit not for the right purpose) and then I go over the highlighted cheeks with the Revlon highlighting palette in Rose Glow using a Real Techniques tapered blush brush.

Eyebrows











I find that you can never go wrong with eyebrow products from Benefit. They are such good quality and a perfect match for my light coloured eyebrows. I firstly use the Brow-zing's shaping kit to create the colour and shape of my eyebrows, and then I comb through the gimmieBrow gel to make sure all my brows stay in place.

Eyes














I own so many Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes but I think the Iconic Pro is the best of all. To create my pink/purple eye look I use the shade Luna as a base colour all over my lid, the shade Enigma in the inner corner sweeping towards the middle of my eyelid, the shade Fade as the crease colour, gradually adding more layers of it and blending it in nicely and the shade Afflicted as just a pop of darker colour in the outer V and underneath my eye, still blending the colours together nicely. I then go ahead and add a little of the shade Need on my eyelid to add a little sparkle and then finally I use the shade Ghost to highlight my brow bone and right in the inner corner of my eye. I then use the Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid eyeliner to create a line and a flick, and finally I end up my eyes by curling my eyelashes and adding L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara to my top and bottom lashes.


Finished look

As the weather starts to get colder and more autumny, my makeup will start to change 
slightly as I tend to go for a more warm toned golden eye look with a darker lip, but I'll save that for you until later in the year. 

Let me know if you enjoyed this post, I could start doing more makeup posts if you guys like this one!




Monday, 15 June 2015

Recent Purchases: River Island

I love River Island, there, I said it. The only clothes I've brought in the last few months are from River Island, and I didn't actually realise that until I last shopped in there and felt like a piece of walking merchandise. I just think all their clothes are so well made and ever so classy. I brought these two lovely items the other day from the newly refurbished store in Birmingham (which is absolutely gorgeous) and I knew as soon as I tried them on that I had to buy them. 

Top: River Island
Shoes (my own): Topshop

Jeans (my own): River Island Molly Jeggings




Thursday, 21 May 2015

My First Year of University

Yesterday I sat my last exam in my first year of University and I thought I'd write a little post about my university experience so far. 
In case you didn't know, I study psychology at Birmingham City University. But, this wasn't my original plan. I studied English Language, Classical studies and Psychology at A level. I formerly applied to study Ancient History and sent my application to three Universities and I got acceptance places from all three as long as I got the grades I needed. I needed ABB for the University of Birmingham and I needed BBB for Cardiff University. I knew the university of Birmingham was a bit of a long shot because I wasn't expecting to get an A as I've never really been that clever. 
It came to results day and I was actually on holiday in Burnham-on-sea with my ex-boyfriend and his family at the time. I woke up early to check UCAS and I found out I didn't get into either of my universities and I got BBC in my A levels. Long story short, I was devastated. I was stuck on my choice on studying Ancient History so I rang round loads of universities to try and apply through clearing, in which I got no luck. Until I got a call from my Mom who went to pick up my A level results, and she told me that I got a few marks of an A in my psychology A level and I started to think that maybe psychology was a better course for me to study as I did pretty well in A level. I was definite that I wanted to stay local to home as I don't like being away from my family. So I applied through clearing to study psychology at Birmingham City University and I was told on the phone straight away that my application was successful and that BCU was where I would be studying in September. I was still a little sceptical as even though I was good at it, I never really enjoyed psychology in sixth form but I thought that if I didn't like it, I could drop out and maybe take a gap year. 
When I started University, I immediately loved the course. I find a lot of the topics we study really interesting and I now know that I want to go into the area of Forensic Psychology for further study. So far I have done quite well in all my modules, getting 1st's in all of them except one. Although I enjoyed the course, the social aspect was not as positive. As I live at home, I commute to University every day so everyone that lives in accommodation had already made friends with each other so in the first few months it was really difficult to make friends as I only saw people in lectures in seminars. But, I made friends with one of the guys in my seminar group and he is now my best friend. He invited me out with him and his flat mates and I made friends with all of them, some more than others, and I now feel really involved and they are all my really good friends. As I didn't experience freshers last year because I had no one to go with, I am really excited to go with all my friends in September at the start of our second year, The first year of university has gone so quickly and I will miss all of my friends over Summer! 
Here are a few photos from my first year at University.



















Monday, 30 March 2015

My Nail Story






I've never been really into doing anything to my nails before, I always just didn't see the point. However, in January my sister dragged me along to one of her nail appointments and because I was there, I decided to get mine done. And now I'm hooked. 
I get shellac nail paint over my natural nails which have really encouraged them to grow and now they're the longest and strongest they've ever been. I go to my nail technician Nails By Alicia (who is the loveliest person you could ever meet) every two weeks to keep my nails in tact. I would highly recommend shellac to anyone who is thinking of growing their nails because normal polish tends to chip really easily. 

Do any of you have a nail story, I'd be interested to hear them :)