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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Makeup Spending Ban Tips & Tricks

Makeup Spending Ban Tips & Tricks
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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Recently i decided to go through all of my makeup and see how much i actually had. I think i shocked myself at how many products i have and the amount which havent even been used yet. Everyone i know says they cant believe how much i buy and how often. I am your typical shopoholic! I go shopping every week without fail and can end up spending a fortune on products. I go with a plan and a list of what i need then i come out with £70 extra worth of things! So i have decided to go on a Makeup Spending Ban for 30 days. 30 days might not seem alot but considering i shop every week on a very large scale a month will be a long time for me. If it goes well i hope to go longer than the 30 days but i dont want to get ahead of myself.

Makeup Spending Ban Tips & Tricks

As i mentioned the reason im doing this whole "spending ban" is because i realised how much makeup i actually own and how many products havent been used. I counted some of the products i own and it turned out....

Foundation - 27
Blusher - 38
Primer - 12
Concealer - 16
Please note i have only included the main products and not included any of my bronzers,powders, eye makeup etc...

To some i dont know if that is alot or not but to me 27 foundations is ridiculous and there isnt even two of the same! When i told my mum she couldnt believe im still buying more when i have all that. So from today i am not buying any makeup products at all for 30 days. It will be a struggle! The ban is also on clothes not just makeup so i wanted to do a post to share some of my tips of how i will stick to the ban.

1. Delete any clothes/beauty related apps off your phone. I tend to check them out everyday and see something i want so i buy it as its so easy to do on your phone...too easy!

2. When you receive those emails shouting 20% off or free postage dont even open them just delete them! I get at least 5 or more a day so i am now just deleting them without opening them.

3. As i own so much makeup i am going to be using those products and finding old favourites in the process, just make sure to switch it up now and again so it feels like you are using new products.

4. De Clutter your wardrobe and find items you forgot about and try them in different ways.

5. Work out roughly how much you spend on makeup/clothes on a weekly basis and put that money away each week. This way you will have a good end result and you can use the money for something more productive...A holiday, paying off debts etc...

6. If you really struggle and want to try new products ask friends/family if they have any products they dont use or have a clothes swap. You are still getting the buzz of something new without having to fork out a penny!

7. During the 30 days if you see products you want to try write them down then at the end of the 30 days see which ones you still want.

I hope you found at least one of these tips useful as i know i will be sticking by them and see how i get on after 30 days. Once the 30 days are up i will do another post to let you know how i get on and if i will be doing it for longer. I am also going to do a post on my makeup collection/storage soon.

Have you ever been on a spending ban?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Drugstore Bronzer's Best and Worst

Drugstore Bronzer's Best and Worst
Monday, February 16, 2015
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Bronzer is something i use everyday but i dont actually own alot of them. I usually tend to stick to one that i like and keep buying it. I have different bronzers for different techniques. I have my all over face bronzers and ones i use to contour with. One thing i hate when it comes to a bronzer is ones that have shimmer in them! I cannot stand them and how they look. I dont want to look like a glitter ball every time i turn. I dont see many posts about bronzers so i decided i would do my best and worst.

Drugstore Bronzer's Best & Worst

Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo in "Fiji" | £3.95
Elf is one of my favourite brands, the quality is amazing and the price is even better. I do love the bronzer in this kit as it isn't too dark and it is matte. Perfect for contouring!

KIKO Bronzer Powder "honey beige" | £9.90
Kiko is a brand everyone needs to try. Its kind of between drugstore and high end. There are only 5 stores in the uk but you can also buy online which is a uk based website. I picked up this bronzer not knowing what to expect but i love it. It feels lovely on my skin and it is so easy to blend. It is great to use all over my face to give me a slight glow.

Over the last 6 months this bronzer has been raved about so many times. I honestly dont understand what the hype is all about. I have tried using this a few times and it just isn't for me. I hate the way it goes onto my skin and i find the shade itself is pretty poor and takes alot to get any colour from it. 

Iv had this one quite a while but for the past few months its been sitting in my draw. I decided to bring it back out a few weeks ago. I love this one, i use it all over for a nice subtle glow and it looks lovely. It works perfectly if i have fake tanned. When first using it i didnt use it all over as it had a slight shimmer but once it has been used a few times that disappears and it becomes more matte.

This was another bronzer i bought after reading good reviews and i also loved the packaging. I am really disappointed with this product. I find it takes forever to get any of it to come onto my bronzer brush and is really hard to apply well. I have tried different brushes but still no luck. Not worth a buy at all.

What is your favourite bronzer?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eyeshadow Review & Swatches
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Hello you lovely lot, how is everyone? Today is a review of Soap & Glory's Lid Stuff Eyeshadow Quad in Nudes. They have 3 shades available but i went with the nudes as i like it had matte and shimmer shades. I havent tried many makeup products from the S&G Range but what i have tried i have loved so i was excited to try these out. 

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

The shades reminded me of the ones in the Naked Basics palette, i must be the only person who wasn't impressed with the lighter shades in the Naked Basics palette as i found they were not very pigmented and didn't last well at all. So when i saw this palette i was excited and i have to admit its my new love! The lighter shades are perfect for all over the lid as you have a creamy "vanilla" shade and a pinky shade. Next you have a matte chocolate brown and a shimmery brownish purple which looks gorgeous on. 

As you can see above from the swatches,, (ignore my horrible nails they have been done today and look all pretty again) the colours are very pigmented especially the lighter ones. I have been using this palette everyday for the past week using all 4 shades and just adding winged eyeliner gives the perfect look. I definately recommend this more than the Naked Basics palette and this quad is £10.00 which i think is pretty good for the quality. I will definitely be repurchasing as soon as i run out. 

Have you tried any of these palettes yet?

Monday, February 09, 2015

The Beauty Tag | Favourites, Wants & Needs!

The Beauty Tag | Favourites, Wants & Needs!
Monday, February 09, 2015
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I have been wanting to do a beauty tag for a while and i actually saw this one on EffStar's Blog and loved it. I hope you enjoy reading my answers and feel free to do this tag too.

The Beauty Tag

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?

It was that long ago but im sure it would of been some sort of glitter eye liner or something!

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

Seventeens Va Va Voom is amazing, i like mascaras with thick wands that thicken and lengthen my lashes.

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?

Full Coverage all the way! My skin is good and clear but i just like how full coverage looks.

4. Favourite high end brand?


5. What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven't? 

Bobbi Brown

6. Favourite drugstore brand?

Seventeen have really upped their game this past year.

7. Do you wear false eyelashes?

I used to all the time now i only wear them now and again.

8. Is there any type of makeup that you can't leave the house without?

Mascara! I could go out with just my brows on and mascara and i would be happy.

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?

My Kiko Eyeshadow palette is a new favourite! Click here to see my review and swatches.

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or or get lots of goodies at once?

I buy alot of makeup, i usually buy makeup every week!

The Beauty Tag

KIKO Eyeshadow Palette

11. Do you have a "beauty budget" or do you spend freely?

I pay what i need to then my bank balance is usually empty from spending on makeup and clothes!

12. Do you utilize coupons, reward cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?

I do love a good bargain so i do always check for discounts etc...

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?

Blusher and foundations! I cant help myself

14. Is there a brand you absolutely can't stand?

There isnt a brand i "hate" but i do hate certain products especially the maybelline baby skin!!

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulphates?

I dont really look at ingredients apart from i do like products that are oil free.

16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?

If i shop online i love to shop at Feel Unique and Superdrug as both have free postage on orders over £10.

17. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you have a certain routine?

I do like new products but i tend to stick to skincare products i know work for me. 

18. Favourite bath and body brand?

Lush, i also love their face scrubs!

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?

Mac! I love their blushers, concealer, foundations, everything!!

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?

Benefit always look really girly and different to any other brand

The Beauty Tag

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?

Khloe Kardashian

22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?


23. 5 favourite beauty gurus.

24. Do you like multinational products like lip and cheek stains?

No they really annoy me! 

25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

No, i just take my time with it i guess

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for eyes?

At the moment im using NYX eyeshadow base

27. How many hair products do you use on a daily basis?

Only 1 or 2 depending on what im doing with my hair that day

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?

Depends if i have any breakouts, if i dont have a breakout i will apply foundation then concealer.

29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?

I would love to in the future especially for eye makeup!

30. What do you love about makeup?

That you can be creative and be different.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

January Favourites

January Favourites
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
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Here we are with the first favourites of the year! Christmas feel like it was months ago! This week is becoming my first good week for a while, i finally have a date for my second knee operation which is 5 weeks today...wooooo! It's been a long battle to make the story short i was actually hit by a car 10 years ago when i was 13 but the nhs wouldnt operate so i had to fight and finally got my first knee operation when i was 17 but since then i have been going back to the hospital as my knee has never been right and is gradually getting worse. Now they have finally agreed to operate and i have now found out what they told me it was all this time it actually isnt that. It has been a struggle as iv not been able to learn to drive due to this and i have had to sacrafice alot. It will be nice to get the operation done and finally get back to work after being off since June! Sorry for the little rant but im just so happy im finally getting somewhere.

Moving on its that time of the month again to show my favourite products. I have chosen 5 products which i have fallen in love with and i will tell you why so stay tuned! 

January Favourites

January Favourites

Maybelline Lipgloss | Topshop Blush

Maybelline Color Show Elixir Lipgloss in "Essence" | £6.99
I have had this lipgloss a few months but only recently started using it. Its got to be one of the best lipgloss' iv ever tried. The colour is amazing and it feels lovely on. I do like my pinky shades and this is perfect as you can see from the swatch above.

I got a sample size of this for Christmas and recently bought the full size product. Its a lovely silicone based primer which evens out your skin tone and leaves skin feeling silky smooth ready for foundation. I love how this feels on my skin and my foundation does look better using this. Im not sure if its helped my oily skin more than other primers have but i dont mind touching up with powder.

Maxfactor Face Finity Foundation in "Beige" | £11.99
I have previously used the Maxfactor Face Finity Primer so i decided to try the foundation. The foundation states its a primer, concealer and foundation all in one. I dont find that's the case as i do still use primer and concealer but the foundation itself is lovely. Its medium-full coverage but feels very lightweight on the skin. The shade is perfect for me and the lasting power is pretty good. I find maxfactor foundations to be quite thick and always used them for nights out but this one is very different and great for daytime wear.

Topshop Blush in "Good Girl"
This is an old favourite i found in my draw and forgot i had. It is such a gorgeous shade but im so upset Topshop have stopped it *cries* but there is a DUPE! Natural Collection Blush in "Pink Cloud" If you google a swatch it is pretty much identical.

I love this kit! You get a brow wax, powder and highlighter. The highlighter isnt that great but i will still buy this for the powder and wax. The shades are perfect and i just love it. The wax isnt thick which helps give you the choice to either go for a natural brow or a bit more. It is very similar to the Elf Brow Kit which doesn't include a highlighter but it is only £3.95.

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