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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Share | What I Have Been Loving This Week

Sunday Share | What I Have Been Loving This Week
Sunday, August 30, 2015
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If you read my blog you will know i had my major reconstruction knee operation last week. It wasn't meant to be until October but they had a last minute cancellation. So i am bed bound and unable to move at all, im not allowed to straighten my leg and have to wear a metal brace. I won't go too much into it as i have done posts explaining why i needed this etc which i will leave the links below. 

So What Have I Been loving This Week

TV Shows
So i have had plenty of time watching TV and catching up on shows. I have been loving watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, I am Caitlyn and Big Bang Theory. I was so excited for X Factor to start and i really loved the girl band Fourth Power.

Music
Justin Bieber | "What Do You Mean"
Rachel Platten | "Fight Song"
Sigma ft Ella Henderson | "Glitterball"

Food
Chocolate Spread on Toast
Grapefruit
Taste The Difference Chocolate Chip Cookies

Shopping
As i am unable to go out my mum went to Primark for me as i wanted some of the new Disney Range. She went round snap chatting me items and i would say yes or no so i managed to get a few bits! She also got me some Ariel PJ's from Topshop they were the last pair in the sale! Ariel is my favourite Disney character so i was so happy when i saw them. Topshop Disney Pyjamas are just amazing. My Primark Haul post will be up this week on my blog.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Makeup/Beauty Spending Ban Tips & Tricks

Makeup/Beauty Spending Ban Tips & Tricks
Friday, August 28, 2015
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makeup spending ban tips

Tips on Saving Money...

1. Switch up your daily makeup products once a week so it feels like you are using new products.

2. Sell unwanted clothes,shoes etc on Ebay and use the money for products as its money you never had.

3. Ask friends if they have any unwanted makeup and do a swap, its free!

4. Ask for samples of products in stores rather than buying the full product (test before you buy)

5. Before buying products check on sites such as Ebay & AllBeauty.com to see if its cheaper.
6. If your in love with an expensive product look for a dupe as it may be just as good!
7. Put all marketing emails to your spam folder
8. If you go shopping just take cash as once you run out you can't spend extra on a card!
9. When you see something you like instead of buying it put that money in a pot, at the end see how much you have...you will be suprised!


How To Make The Most of The Makeup You Have

1.Use Bronzer as a crease shade.

2.Dab powder on top of a lipstick to create a matte effect.

3.Use concealer as a base shade for eyeshadow.

4.Use a matte eyeshadow for your brows.
5.Use blush as eyeshadows.
6.Use a shimmer eyeshadow as a cheekbone highlight.
7.Apply Lip liner as an under eye liner.
8.Mix moisturiser in with your foundation for a lighter coverage (no BB/CC cream required)
9.Use baby shampoo or Head & shoulders to clean brushes saves on a makeup brush cleanser.

 Discount Code Websites:


Voucher Codes Pro | Link
Hot UK DealsLink
Voucher Codes UK | Link



Favourite Sites to Shop For Cheaper Products:
Ebay | Link
AllBeauty (Clinique, Bareminerals & more) | Link
ASOS | Free delivery on orders £15 or pay £9.95 for free next delivery all year round | Link
Feel Unique | Free Delivery on orders £15 or over | Link
Fragrance Direct | Link
Xtras (sells Becca, W7 & More) | Link
Direct Cosmetics | Link

I hope these tips & tricks have helped!




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Makeup Revolution Baked Blushers Review & Swatches

Makeup Revolution Baked Blushers Review & Swatches
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Makeup Revolution Baked Blushers

Makeup Revolution Baked Blushers

Makeup Revolution Baked Blushers Swatches
Shades L-R
Bang Bang You're Dead | Hard Day | One For Playing Games

Makeup Revolution are definitely one of my favourite brands when it comes down to blushers. I have the blush palette in Hot Spice which i adore. I recently picked up some of the Baked Blushers and i am obsessed with them. They all look stunning! 

The finish of each shade looks gorgeous. I find i only need to apply a small amount as each blush does have shimmer so if i apply too much it can look a little disco ball! I find i tend to use these on the days i don't wear alot of makeup and want to brighten up my face. I will definitely be ordering more of these! As you can see from my swatches each shade is very pigmented and such amazing quality. The Makeup Revolution Baked Blushers retail for £ which is a huge bargain! 

I even find the £1.00 blushers from Makeup Revolution to be amazing and such good quality. If i could only use one brand for blush it would be MR by far.  

Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution Baked Blushers?


Monday, August 24, 2015

Revealed 3 Eye Shadow Palette Review inc Swatches

Revealed 3 Eye Shadow Palette Review inc Swatches
Monday, August 24, 2015
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Revealed 3 Eye Shadow Palette review

Revealed 3 Eye Shadow Palette swatches

Revealed 3 Eye Shadow Palette swatches

Purple Smokey Eye

Recently i was searching online for a new eye shadow palette and came across the Revealed Palettes. They have 3 to choose from and it was so hard to decide. I finally decided i would go for the Revealed 3 Palette. I ordered mine on Ebay as i had a £5 discount code so i got the palette for £15!

The shades include so many colours to create so many looks from a bronzey smokey eye to a dark purple smokey eye. You can create natural or glam looks with this palette. It also includes matte, satin and shimmer shades which is perfect for me. As you can see from my swatches the palette is super pigmented. I was honestly amazed at how pigmented these shades were. 

The texture of each shadow is perfect. Even though they are powder shadows they have a slight creamy texture to them. The Revealed 3 Palette is definitely worth a buy and i have to admit i prefer these over the Naked palettes! 

I created a dark purple smokey eye using mainly the bottom row of shades. I had so many compliments when i wore this eye look. Definitely check all three palettes out on google images before ordering them from Ebay.



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Share | Hectic Week

Sunday Share | Hectic Week
Sunday, August 23, 2015
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Some of you may know if you follow me on twitter, i got an appointment for my knee operation to be on the 21st October. On Tuesday (18th August) i got a phone call saying they had a cancellation for the next day! Of course i took the appointment which meant alot of rushing around arranging things as the hospital is an hour drive from where i live as its a specialist hospital.  If you want to know why i need the surgery as i wont go into too much detail here you can read all about it in my "My Secret & Why I Started Blogging" Post. It is quite a major knee operation as they are having to reconstruct parts of me knee.

The surgery ended up being a bigger job than expected and i was in theatre for 4 hours. We were also told i would have one 3 inch cut somewhere on my knee but i have two x 5 inch cuts and some smaller ones. I am not aloud to move at all for the next 2 weeks and i have a metal brace keeping my leg straight. After the 2 weeks i have to have the stitches out, a larger brace fitted for another 2 months and then i will wear another large brace for an extra 3 months. Recovery time is going to be around 6 months! 

Yes i am happy the operation has finally been done after a long time fighting for it but of course i am in alot of pain and taking it day by day. I have tried to type of some blog posts in advance which i did mainly Tuesday evening the night before my operation. I won't be on social media as much so please be patient as i am really struggling with everything at the moment but i just wanted to update you all.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Beauty Blogger Box Swap with Jordan "Keep Dreaming"

Beauty Blogger Box Swap with Jordan "Keep Dreaming"
Friday, August 21, 2015
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Beauty Blogger Box Swap

Beauty Blogger Box Swap

Beauty Blogger Box Swap

Face Masks


Botanics Skincare




disney wrapping paper

Since i started blogging one thing i had always wanted to do is a box swap. When is saw Jordan from Keep Dreaming wanted to do one i jumped at the chance and emailed her straight away as i love her blog and read it all the time. We soon swapped details and what colours we liked and our skin type. I was so excited as she is just as obsessed as Disney and Big Bang Theory as i am. We set a budget and agreed to send the box around a month later. My box arrived so quickly and i soon tore them open. Half way through opening them i realised i hadn't taken pictures i was just far too excited! It felt like Christmas had come early! Every item was wrapped in Disney Princess Paper which i fell in love with. Every item had a little note as to why she had picked that item. 

I am overwhelmed with everything she picked and honestly cannot wait to try everything! One thing that made me giggle is she put in a few face masks which i also did for her. Another thing that i was excited about was the fact there were some brands i have never tried. The Essence lipsticks have been on my wishlist for the longest time and now i have two! 

What I Got...

Makeup
Essence Lipsticks (shades: 11 Nude Love & 12 Blush My Lips)
Essence Eyeshadow 1 Glow of My Life 
Collection Smokey Eyes Palette
Wet n Wild Mega Volume Mascara
Eyebrow Pen
Fairy Girl Mascara

Skincare
Botanics Shine Away Face Scrub
Botanics Radiance Balm All Bright
Bioderma Micellar Water
6 X Face Masks

Extras
Makeup Brush Egg
Fan Makeup Brush (Leopard print handle!!)
Pink & Gold Necklace
Karora Gradual Tan, Instant Tan & CC Cream
Disney Ariel Nail Stickers

The face masks are amazing. I got a Caviar Mask Sheet, Coconut Mask, Chocolate Mask, Animal Mask & Mattifying Mask. One thing i found really sweet is that Jordan watched my YouTube videos and soon realised how much i loved statement necklaces and chose this gorgeous pink & gold one! Also the Karora set i have never heard of this brand so i am excited to try the tans & cc cream! I am over the moon with everything i got and i hope she loves hers too! 

I still cannot believe everything i got and cannot thank Jordan enough! I will be swatching everything and doing another post all about the makeup items i got so keep your eyes peeled! 

Go over to Jordan's Blog "Keep Dreaming" to read all about what i got her!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Feel Unique Sale Haul

Feel Unique Sale Haul
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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Feel Unique Sale

Urban Decay De slick setting spray

Sigma E40 Eyeshadow brush

Eylure Pro Brow Dyebrow Kit
Feel Unique is one of my main shopping sites as it sells everything i want. When i saw they had a upto 50% sale on i thought i need to have a look. I could of spent alot more than what i did as they have so many amazing bargains including some amazing brands. So lets get down to the nitty gritty of what i picked up!

This spray is my holy grail! I decided to get the 30ml version so i can keep it in my handbag as the larger size is a little too heavy for my bag. This spray is perfect for you oily girls out there.

I have been wanting to try an Urban Decay mascara for so long! When i saw they had quite a few in the sale i decided to go with this one. It has a thicker wand and states to give bigger, blacker & badder lashes! I can see myself falling in love with this mascara.

I used this sponge non stop last year then i lost it! I don't know how or where but it just disappeared so i thought it was time i got a new one. It was in the sale so how could i resist? This sponge is perfect as it has the flat side for foundation and the pointy side for those hard to reach areas.

This brush has been in my dreams after watching most Youtuber's using it. Feel Unique now sell some of the Sigma brushes and i was amazed that this brush was only £10.48!!! It is my new favourite brush by far!

I have seen these kits around alot lately and dying to try them myself. As my hair is quite dark brown i picked up a brown and a black to mix them together. It says you get 12 uses out of each kit which is amazing for the price! I just want to tint my brows as they are quite light and they will look so much better when i have no makeup on.

Go and check out the Feel Unique sale and grab yourself some amazing bargains! Click each product title above to see them on the Feel Unique Website


Monday, August 17, 2015

New Look Fashion Haul

New Look Fashion Haul
Monday, August 17, 2015
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Khaki Waterfall Open Front Sleeveless Jacket

Khaki Waterfall Open Front Sleeveless Jacket

Blue Denim Oversized Shirt

Womens long chain tribal necklace

Cameo Rose Grey L'Amour Aysmmetric Top

Cameo Rose Grey L'Amour Aysmmetric Top

White Crochet Trim Dip Hem V Neck Top

White Crochet Trim Dip Hem V Neck Top

Black Fringed Bag

Black Fringed Bag

I have to say New Look are on point at the moment. Autumn clothes are starting to come in and i am in love. I love autumn fashion and makeup. New Look have so many amazing items in at the moment i could of spent a fortune. So what did i pick up?

Khaki Waterfall Open Front Sleeveless Jacket | £24.99 
I originally went in for a camel colour waistcoat but i didn't like the material. So when i saw this one i fell in love. It fits perfect and looks gorgeous. I love how it can be dressed up or down and i also loved it was long line so comes past my bum! This comes in Khaki, Black, White or RED/Burnt Orange.

Blue Denim Shirt | £19.99 
This shirt is so comfy! I did get it a size large as i like mine to be quite baggy. Its thin material so doesn't feel heavy and the sleeves look perfect rolled up. This one isn't on the website but click the title for a similar one.

Tribal Chain Necklace | £7.99
When i saw this necklace i had to have it. I am really loving wearing it with the Khaki Sleeveless Jacket with a plain white t shirt. These necklaces are perfect to jazz up a plain outfit. This necklace is not online but they have many similar or look in your local store as i only recently picked this up.

L'Amour Asymmetric Top | £14.99 
I had been looking for a top like this for a while, i love how it has the asymmetric cute. Looks perfect with skinny jeans. New Look have a few of this style online. This one also comes in a pale pink.

White Crochet Dip Hem Top | £19.99 (Now in the sale for £12.00) 
This top is perfect for summer. It is loose fitting and has the v neckline on the back and front. This is now on the website for £12.00 or £9.00 in blue or pink.

Black Fringed Handbag | £19.99 
I have been looking for a handbag like this for months. I thought it would be perfect for autumn. It comes with a short and long strap and has a leather effect so it would be perfect for those rainy days!



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Rolo Cupcakes Recipe

Rolo Cupcakes Recipe
Sunday, August 16, 2015
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Rolo Cupcakes Recipe

Another Sunday Share is here. If you read my blog you will know i have decided to include "Sunday Share" posts which will include anything from what i have been doing, a general update to baking. This week has been a quiet week so i have decided to share with you my ROLO Cupcakes Recipe which i made this week! These are some of the yummiest cupcakes i have tried!

What You Will Need...
6oz (175g) Self Raising Flour
6oz (175g) Caster Sugar
6oz (175g)  Butter
3 Eggs
1 & half Tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp Milk
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

Chocolate Frosting...
(6oz) 175g  Butter
(7oz) 220g Icing Sugar
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

Extras...
Rolo's
Caramel (I used Carnation Caramel)
Salted Caramel Sauce


Now Time To Bake...
  • Mix all cake ingridients apart from Cocoa Powder together until smooth. 
  • Add the Cocoa Powder and slowly fold into the mixture until mixture is fully chocolate coated. 
  • For best cake results spoon mixture in using an ice cream scooper. I usually use muffin cases but you can use normal cupcake cases.
  • Mixture can fill between 12-18 cupcakes depending on case size.
  • Fill cases 3 quarters full.
  • Cook at Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes. I turn the tray around half way through to ensure cakes are even coloured all over.
  • Whilst cakes are cooking mix the Icing Sugar and Butter together until smooth. Then add the Cocoa Powder and mix well. 
  • Using a thin Potato Peeler or cutter cut out a small hole in the middle of the cupcakes, keep the cake you have just cut out.
  • Fill hole with caramel. Place part of the cut out cake back into the hole to cover over the caramel.
Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Rolo Cupcakes Recipe

Rolo Cupcakes Recipe

Decoration...
  • Pipe the chocolate frosting onto the cake.
  • Add a Rolo to each cake for decoration.
  • As an added extra you can dribble the Salted Caramel Sauce over the top of the icing. 
Rolo Cupcakes Recipe

Rolo Cupcakes Recipe

These cupcakes went down a treat! Did you catch last weeks recipe:

Don't forgot to read my Chocolate Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting Post. 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Mesauda Milano Desert Sand Bronzer Review*

Mesauda Milano Desert Sand Bronzer Review*
Monday, August 10, 2015
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Mesauda Milano Desert Sand Bronzer Review

Mesauda Milano Desert Sand Bronzer Review

Mesauda Milano Desert Sand Bronzer swatch

When i saw the Mesauda Makeup Range on the Mesauda Website i was excited to try some of the products. So when i was asked if i would like to review the Mesauda Desert Sand Bronzer i jumped at the chance. The bronzer is just stunning to look at, it reminds me of the MAC Skinfinish Powders. 

The bronzer has a slight shimmer to it but not too much so it looks gorgeous once applied to the skin. I contour as normal with a matte bronzer and then sweep this over the top to give it more of a warm feeling. I sometimes find most bronzers can look a little orange on me but this one really doesn't! The Mesauda Desert Sand Bronzer comes in four shades and i have the shade "Polvere D'Arabia" which suits my skin tone perfectly. Whether you are lighter or darker skinned you will find a shade for you. 

This is now my new favourite bronzer to use day to day. I cannot wait to try more products from this brand as i can honestly say the quality is amazing. This product is also Cruelty Free


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review & Swatches

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review & Swatches
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
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Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Swatches

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Swatches

As soon as i saw Makeup Revolution had released a contour palette i had to have it straight away. I have to admit i have tried many Drugstore contour kits and hated all of them especially the Barry M Chisel Cheeks. What drew me to the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette was the choice of contour shades, a yellow powder shade and highlights all in one! 

I am quite pale, im an NW20 in MAC or NW25 if tanned so i always find most contour kits the bronzer shade looks orange on me. As soon as i opened the packaging i fell in love. Starting with the top row of shaes which include a pink tone powder, yellow tone powder, nude tone powder and a highlight shade. I used the yellow toned powder under my eyes and it really did brighten them up! The other two shades would make perfect powder shades in different areas. 

The contour shades are perfect. As you can see in my second swatch photo the shades are not orange at all. I love how there are three shades to choose from and they blend amazingly well. I used the darker shades to contour my cheekbone area and the lighter shades around my forehead and under my chin. I was impressed with how well each shade blended and didn't have that muddy look at all. 

Onto the two highlight shades. Both shades on my swatch photos are both the end right shades. As you can see the lighter highlighter in my top swatches is incredible! I have used this on my cheekbones and fallen in love. It really creates that "intense" highlight look. If you prefer a more natural/subtle highlight then the bottom shade is for you. 

The texture is lovely, it feels almost creamy but they are powders. Already i have used pretty much every shade! I think the only shade i won't use as much is the bottom highlight shade. For £8.00 this palette is definitely worth the money! Well done Makeup Revolution you have converted me to love a Drugstore Contour Kit!


Monday, August 03, 2015

Beauty Favourites | July 2015

Beauty Favourites | July 2015
Monday, August 03, 2015
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Beauty Favourites Of The Month

Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight Brush Review

MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balm French Violet

MAC Blush in Harmony

Another month passes and another monthly favourites is here. July weather hasn't been the best so i hope this heat wave we are meant to get actually comes soon! So which products am i loving this month?

This blush has become perfect for my everyday makeup routine but not as a blush. I had seen this blush mentioned so many times for contouring for paler skin. It is the perfect shade to create a natural looking contour. I used to use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer but found it began to look a little muddy. 

I have been dreaming of trying this for so long and i can finally say it is mine. It is such a gorgeous palette and the shades are really pretty. It includes a cream and powder blush, bronzer, concealer, luminizer and brightener. The products blend beautifully and create some pretty looks. 

These balms have become an essential in my handbag. They are super moisturising whilst giving a nice colour. Most balms have hardly any pigmentation but these are the complete opposite. 

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Blur & Brighten Crayon | £6.00
A while ago i tried the Kick Ass concealer in the pot which i hated, i found the shades didn't match my skin tone, they creased and i just didn't like them. When i saw Soap and Glory did a concealer crayon i was unsure what to expect. I can honestly say i am really impressed! The crayon feels very creamy and blends like a dream, has amazing coverage without looking heavy or clinging to dry areas.

Highlighting is something i only really started doing this year. I love this brush! It is super soft and such high quality and is the perfect shape/size to highlight in all areas. I don't own many Zoeva brushes but i want more already!


Sunday, August 02, 2015

Chocolate Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

Chocolate Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe
Sunday, August 02, 2015
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Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

This week I have decided to do something different and introduce my love for baking. Ever since I was little I remember baking with my mum and to this day I still use the same baking book which was my great grandmothers. I add my own touch to the recipes and today I am sharing one of my most requested cupcakes. Every time I bake I always have to make a few batches as my family and my boyfriends family absolutely love them. All photos above are my own cakes which i baked this week. So today I am introducing you to my... 
 Chocolate Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Frosting with a Peanut Butter Cup! If you are not a fan of Peanut Butter then will also give you some alternative options.

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