Sunday, 28 September 2014

September | Monthly Top 5


Another month is drawing to a close, another monthly top 5. Is it just me, or did September go super fast? Anyway, I had a lot of trouble deciding the order of the products for this month, I love them all too much! They are all tied number 1 if I'm honest, but I managed to rank them...

5. The Body Shop Lip Butters
I have Shea Butter, Coconut and Chocolate and I love them! They keep my lips moisturised for ages and they smell so good! Especially the Shea Butter. The chocolate is nice, but a little too sweet, whereas the others are far more natural. Best of all, they're only £1-£2! I really want to try some more and would highly recommend them.

4. Barry M Cor Balmy! Lip Balm in Rosie Lea
These are Barry M's version of the Maybelline Baby Lips idea, which a few brands are catching on to. I haven't yet tried any Baby Lips, but I want to compare them alongside these and Rimmel's version to see which is best. So far I am extremely impressed with the Barry M ones. Admittedly I have only tried one shade, but I love it. It is unbelievably moisturising and smells absolutely gorgeous, as well as giving your lips a lovely, natural sheen. I really rate this and highly recommend it (again)!

3. No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define eyeshadow stick in Cool Mink
I can totally see why they called it Stay Perfect! I had the swatch from when I first bought it on my hand all day, and it didn't budge! I washed my hands several times and even tried to properly rub it off, but still it stayed! I use it through my crease, all over my lid and underneath my waterline and it looks lovely everywhere, on its own or with something else, dressed up or dressed down. I think that the shade I have (cool mink) is especially wearable, day or night, it's a shimmery taupe that's really subtle but adds a bit of something. It's my go-to eyeshadow at the moment and I love it a lot! It's on the expensive side for the high street, but completely and utterly worth very penny, especially if you have one of the Boots No7 vouchers!

2. Rimmel Scanaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal eyeliner in 001 Black
I heard Tanya Burr rave about these and then Gabb aka VelvetGh0st a few months later so I thought I'd give one a go and wow! It's really smooth and creamy to apply, but the best part is how waterproof it is! I have used my Superdry liner to tight line, but it just ends up on my waterline, but this one doesn't budge at all. Like the No7 eyeshadow stick, the swatch of this lasted all day, through hand-washing and rubbing, it's brilliant! I would really recommend it if your looking for a really good eyeliner that stays put. Plus it was under £5, bargain!

1. Barry M lip paint in Genie 428
If you haven't tried this, you have to! It's the most amazing, magical beauty product I have ever bought! Even if you don't like makeup, just try it! Not only is it super moisturising and long lasting, but the best part is its colour... it's green! when you put it on your lips, it turns pink!!! How cool is that??? And, it turns a different shade on everyone! I love it so much, you need to try it!

Quick sidenote: I am going to be (attempting) to give you new content every monday, alternating between videos and blog posts! No promises though, you've seen what I'm like, I swear I have no free time, I don't know where it goes! It might turn out to be content every other monday, or it might all go down the drain and back to randomness, but we'll see how it goes.... Another sidenote, I uploaded a new video the other day: my Daily School Makeup Routine, I know, not with the new upload schedule, but I couldn't wait! See you soon :)

Monday, 22 September 2014

What's in my beach bag?


So I recently filmed a new video called ‘What's In My Beach Bag?‘, which I thought I'd tell you guys about in case you hadn't seen it. I saw the idea on Fleur De Force's channel and thought it was a great idea, so I did it myself, as I was on holiday in Spain at the time, and had been to the beach a few times. Click the picture below to watch it and don't forget to like and leave me a comment while you're there, and I would appreciate it loads if you subscribed, thanks :-)

Monday, 1 September 2014

What's in my school makeup bag?


So if you're in the UK, you're probably dreading going back to school soon, so I thought it would be appropriate to show you what I keep in my school make up bag, especially if you're starting out in make up and would like to see what I think are the bear essentials. I have also done a tutorial of my daily make up routine to go with this post so you can click here to go and watch that, I would really appreciate it too if you liked and subscribed! :)

So the first thing I should mention is the bag itself, which is from Superdrug or Boots, I can't remeber. I really like it as it is the absolutely perfect size for the makeup I take with me. Plus it has a little pocket on the front, which is handy for little bits, like cotton buds, spare hair bands/grips or a few tissues. Sadly they don't sell it anymore though :(

One thing that I feel like I should mention is my foundation. Although I don't feel the need to take it with me to school, it is part of my school makeup so I ought to talk about it really. I'm currently using the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation, about which I have some explaining to do... so, I am aware that I raved about this a few months back when I first bought it. It was (and still is, you'll see why) my first ever foundation, so I thought it was amazing. However, over time I began to realise how much I didn't get on with it. I mean, sure, it has SPF 20, which is quite high for a makeup product, but that's as far as the good points go. It claims to last for 16 hours, where as it has basically gone after 6, its also quite cakey and drying on my skin, I definitely wouldn't recommend it for dry skin, and it's supposed to minimize imperfections, which it really doesn't do at all. So why don't I just buy another one and stop using it? Because that would be a waste of money, and I don't like waste! So until it runs out, I'm afraid it's all I can offer in tutorials, sorry!

Now onto the stuff I do like, and I'm starting (ironically) with the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer, which is so SO much better then the foundation. It has OK coverage, it lasts quite well and it doesn't crease too much on me. Its not perfect, but for under £5, that's not bad at all.

Next I have my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. This, like the Collection concealer, is a cult product amongst British beauty bloggers and I can see why. It keeps my skin matte all day, which is great as that looks far more flawless than oily skin, which I have a bit of around my t-zone (my forehead, nose and chin). Love it!

Bronzer is next and I use the L'oreal Glam Bronze in 00 Blonde Sun. I don't use it everyday, but I like it, especially in winter when I'm less tanned, as it's quite light and my skin's quite pale so it works much better than a lot of other bronzers, which are quite dark and look unnatural on me. Yes, it is a little more  expensive, but worth it in my opinion.

Next I do my eyebrows with the 2true Eyebrow Pencil in Shade 2. I only do a little but on the outer edges of my brows as I don't want it to look too dark and defined just for school. Plus I don't have the time before school to perfect them too much. I reviewed this pencil here.

I don't do any eyeshadow or liner for school-it's too much hassle, so now I go onto mascara. I use the Avon Superextended Mascara. I like this for school as it gives length and definition without looking too full on. Its also waterproof which is handy, just in case!

The last thing I do is lips. I use the Nivea Pearl Shine lip balm. I like it for school as it moisturises my lips and looks really natural and pretty. You could also use the Vaseline Rosy Lips as it does the same thing but without the shimmer that the Nivea one has. If you want something a little more glossy, I would suggest the Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea. It doesn't moisturise like the other two, but it's far more glossy and pigmented. I guess it depends how much makeup your school allows you to wear.

I hope you liked this little insight into my makeup bag and I will see you soon with another post :)