31 July 2018

PERFECT NUDE LIPS FOR UNDER £1 // PRIMARK PS... LIPSTICK // BARGAIN BEAUTY


Every time I step foot into Primark, I am immediately drawn to their ever-expanding makeup and beauty collection. With everything from cute travel essentials, to a huge range of makeup basics, if you're a beauty lover like me, it's easy to bypass the clothes and head straight to these bargainous beauty goodies! On my last visit to Primark, I was particularly drawn to their newly revamped range of lipsticks. At just 80p, I had to restrain from buying every single colour they had available!

Yep, 80p lipsticks from Primark that are seriously good...


'In the buff' and 'Rosewood Mauve'

Packaged up in suspiciously MAC-like bullets, the PS Beauty lipsticks are weirdly so nice to hold in your hand, particularly the matte shades which are housed in a silky, grippy case. Retailing at just 80p they're cheap too, but this doesn't mean they're rubbish - quite the opposite in fact. On a side note, they also smell like Glossier's 'Cake' lip balm if you've ever tried that! YUM!

I wish we had decent quality makeup available like this when I was a lot younger because you can really create some wearable looks without breaking the bank these days. The quality of cheaper makeup is getting more and more competitive.
The shade I'm wearing above is from the PS Beauty 'Lustre' collection which is super comfortable to wear on the lips. The colour is called 'Rosewood Mauve' and is a gorgeous purple, lilac nude. I don't believe that the lighting in the pics above does the shade the full justice it deserves, don't worry it's not a 'Heather Shimmer' type shade, it's flatter in tone and more red. This has been my go-to everyday shade as it's perfect for all occasions - ideal for giving your lips a little somethin'-somethin' without making too much of a statement.

From the matte collection, I have 'In the Buff' (lol) a gorgeous purple toned, brown nude that is completely matte in the formulation and I must admit, a little drying. I definitely recommend wearing a matte lip balm such as Carmex underneath to give a bit of slip to apply. The staying power is pretty darn good and the pigment is intense enough to show up on the first application.  Again, for 80p you can't really go wrong!





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18 July 2018

BEAUTY // 6 BEAUTY ESSENTIALS TO SPEED UP YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE


I used to spend in excess of 45 minutes every morning on my makeup. This was back in my college days, 17 without a care in the world and plenty of social events to warrant spending all my wages on Primark dresses and cheap makeup from Superdrug.

It's madness to me now that I would even trade precious sleeping time for throwing some slap on! Anyway, these days I've got my routine nailed down, as I've alluded to so many times here and one thing that has helped massively is choosing the products I use wisely.

SIMPLE DAILY ESSENTIALS TO SPEED UP MY MAKEUP ROUTINE



Super creamy, super blendable and super easy to throw in your handbag for a quick touchup throughout the day, I find that this stuff really helps banish dark, undereye circles in one failsafe swoop. Perfect for mornings following a late night.


Perfect for giving tired eyes a lift, making them appear brighter, wider and more awake. The creamy formula is easy to apply and blend and the dark gold/bronze tone is perfect for adding a little something/something to lighter eyes. One thing I love about this product is how long-wearing it is without budging, smudging or creasing



My secret weapon for fresh, plump cheeks that look like I've had an hour in the sun with a glass of Sangria. I love this blush and how finely milled the mix of gold, peach and pink tones are. Perfect for achieving a pop of healthy colour on your cheeks, one 'swish and pop' of this lightweight powder is all you need.


I've been super lax on getting my brows tamed recently. I'm not sure why but I haven't had the time to go and get them preened. With this in mind, I've had to take matters into my own hands and tame them with this travel-friendly gel pen and powder. The colour payoff (in the dark brown variation) isn't at all warm in tone and effortlessly glides through the brows without making them look too thick and overdone. 



I have 'Nude Wave' and 'Tout Rouge' for every eventuality, you guys know I'm rarely seen without a bold lip! The creamy pencil is easy to apply to the delicate lip area without scratching and stays put for a good while, even after your 3rd brew of the day! I like to pair 'Tout Rouge' with the 'Havana Red' matte lipstick from the Bodyshop, both orange toned reds look fire when paired together!


For super smudgy, no budging eyeliner, give this one a try! I really like that this gel liner comes in a twist up applicator so there's no sharpening drama to be had. It also comes with a smudging end which is great for winging out your liner a little more for a smokier look.




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10 July 2018

4 PRODUCTS TO GET THE GLOW THIS SUMMER // SUMMER BEAUTY


It takes a while for me to build up any kind of natural tan. I'm naturally pale skinned, weirdly with a warm undertone and even when I do manage to bag myself a bit of bronze colouring, it's only on the tops of my arms, or my nose - Everywhere else stays pretty pale.

This is the reason why, in the summertime, I opt to fake tan to even out my skin tone and look a little less crazy and patchy. I love having a beachy, sunkissed glow and as the oils in my own skin don't want to play ball, I have to call upon an arsenal of beauty products to help me achieve the look I'm going for.

4 products I use to get a glow in the summertime...


Cheeks

I find that a blob (yep, technical term) of Glossier's 'CloudPaint' in the shade 'Dusk' is the perfect colour to mix with my foundation to add a little something-something to my skin tone. I find this gel-based product a little tricky to use straight onto the skin, and whilst Glossier say; "It's hard to apply too much" I really don't think this is the case and I often end up with a patchwork of colours on my face. 'Dusk' is a gorgeous brownish nude that I also like to wear on my eyelids for a 'just come back from sitting in the sun' dewy look.

It's probably no surprise that the Milani 'Stellar Lights' Highlighter Palette has made it into this post because as i've said before it is just so pigmented and long-wearing. The micro-milled powder is really lightweight and easy to apply with just your fingers. I won't go on too much, as I'm sure you already know I love this palette, but a touch of the middle, bronzey/peachy shade just looks divine for a summer evening!



Body

A much-loved favourite for anybody who wants to achieve a flawless glow without the scent of biscuits, patchiness around the elbows or an orange tone. The Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion is a super creamy formula that smells delightfully of chocolate and coconut. Containing vitamin E it's super nourishing, especially if like me you've caught the sun a little on your shoulders. What I like about this gradual tan is that it develops seamlessly overnight and doesn't leave a stinky after scent so you can literally get dressed and go to work the next morning without having to shower it off. The colour payoff is also perfect for my paler skin and develops into a natural tan.

And finally, one of my favourite things to do before I head out into the sunshine (and obviously AFTER adding SPF) is to add a spritz of fragranced, shimmer to my shoulders and arms. My current favourite is the HIGlow High Intensity by Rochelle Humes Shimmer Oil as it just adds an illuminating glow on your skin without being sticky or too glittery!






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2 July 2018

THE JUNE '18 EDIT // MONTHLY BEAUTY FAVOURITES AND POP CULTURE LOVES



June

It really feels that this year, we are being treated to a proper summer, the weather has been glorious and it's been such a joy to sit outside until late into the evening with a glass of wine just enjoying the heat of the day on my skin and the smell of smokey BBQs in the air. 

This month, I helped my gorgeous mum celebrate her 50th birthday (albeit a little early), finished a course of CBT therapy to help the old noggin, and off the back of that, challenged myself to always be true to my heart and fight for what I stand for instead of just rolling over and accepting things. I really am a firm believer that it's SUPER important to be in charge of your own destiny and not let others dictate your journey. Only you know yourself, nobody else and as Dita Von Teese so wisely said: "you could be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world...and you're always going to find someone who doesn't like peaches." Live your life your way, because you only have one shot! 

Watching. Reading.  Listening to and More.

Watching - Love Island on ITV2

I've officially joined the club - The Love Island appreciation club. Having avoided it for two summers, this year I got sucked into the vortex...and I managed to drag Adam in with me. HA! Everyone was right! It is SO good. Obviously, I can't relate to any of them as I'm 24 going on 64, but it's definitely a juicy programme to watch and makes me feel so grateful I'm no longer putting my time into an 'Adam' or 'Wes' type of guy, been there, done that and it' not good for the soul. I think Laura is really underrated, not only is she gorgeous, but she's such a savvy, smart and balanced woman and I think she's my favourite in there. A lot of people say the concept of the programme is just candyfloss, but it's the perfect wind down when you've had a challenging day, just turn itv2 on and watch the dramz unfold.

Watching - Cargo on Netflix

I'm sure I've mentioned before, but I hate films. So when Adam suggested watching a Netflix original film named, Cargo which is centred about a zombie apocalypse, I laughed in his face and said NO! However, once I watched the trailer I realised it wasn't a traditional zombie film, it was an adventure film that appeared to have a lot of intelligence behind it, I was drawn in to give it a whirl.  I have to admit, it's probably one of the best films I've seen all year. It features Martin Freeman and some fantastic child actors, it's tense, it had me RIGHT on the edge of my seat and it had me properly sobbing at the end. Definitely go and watch it, it's not a shitty zombie film.


Listening to - Cosmo Editor, Farrah Storr On The 'Media Masters Podcast'

Farrah Storr is the editor of Cosmo magazine and she featured on the Media Masters podcast talking about how she was tasked with reinventing the super popular women's lifestyle magazine and adding a new lease of life to it in order to keep up with the changing media landscape. Farrah talks candidly about making her writers/contributors famous and keeping their voices, as well as the power of gonzo journalism and axing the outdated 'Striped bare'centrefolds. It was so interesting to listen to and Farrah seems like a really great boss to work under.

Also worth checking out...




Beauty Favourites
Lips

While the weather has been hot AF recently, I've dodged my usual red lip in favour of something a little more forgiving when you're all hot and bothered. I've been opting for a nude/pink lip combo which comprises of the Bourjois Contour Edition Lip Liner in '1 Nude Wave' - a super creamy, dusky pink liner that can be worn on its own, or paired with a lipstick. I like to wear mine with one of the dreamy Makeup Revolution Renaissance lipsticks in 'Prime' - the perfect nude combo and especially sassy for summertime.  

Lashes

It's amazing when a colleague you've worked with in the past goes on to do something seriously sassy. This is what happened with a guy named Ryan that I used to work with, his brother co-founded Tatti Lashes - the false lash specialists creating luxury strip and individual lashes as seen on the likes of Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen. Ryan got in touch with me to see if I'd like to try Tatti Lashes out., of course, I jumped at the chance. I was kindly gifted the TL4 Luxury Mink Lashes as well as the TL3 mink lashes and the TL13 cat eye style strip lashes. They all come with decent glue and are completely reusable. I wore my TL4 lashes (according to Ryan a bestseller) to my mums aforementioned birthday meal i've never felt so glam. Super comfortable to wear and utterly fluttery. Tatti Lashes have made it possible to stock up on professional lashes without paying crazy prices. 

Scent

As I mentioned before, it's been hot, hot hot here in the UK and on one of the hottest days I was cooped up on a delayed train to Manchester. It was whilst I was pressed against the toilet door like a sardine that I got a whiff of my perfume. It was the Jo Malone 'Blackberry and Bay' cologne - my favourite fruity, lightweight fragrance. It was really refreshing to smell and reminded me that it's the perfect summertime scent.







* Post contains gifted items from  Tatti Lashes

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