Collective Beauty Haul | Superdrug, Fragrance Direct & E.L.F

collective beauty haul

Hello ladies, I hope you’re all well and enjoying the last few days of summer.
This is a collective haul of the past two months, and the last bit of makeup shopping I’ll be doing till I get the chance to get my hands on the Lorac Pro palettes!

bourjois happy light foundation bourjois healthy balance powder 53

Starting with my superdrug bits, after loving the Bourjois CC cream so much I have really been experimental with drugstore bases from ethical brands. The happy light foundation is the 4th base I now own from Bourjois (YES FOURTH D:)...and I bought it in the shade 53 which is a TAD darker than I would normally go for. First impressions are mixed, so I’ll have to dedicate a month to properly road test this before I report back, have you tried this? What are your thoughts?

Review | Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

review and swatch bourjois cc cream

Hello ladies! I’m very excited to be sharing my favourite base with you all! When my best-friend asked me to recommend a natural looking base which feels light on the skin but provides decent coverage this CC cream was the first thing that came to mind (and she loved it too!).

Bronzing on a Budget | E.L.F Warm Bronzer

bronzing on a budget elf warm bronzer review

The second bronzer in my series is one of my all time favourite makeup products of ALL TIME. Again when swatched in the pan it looks nothing like how it appears on the skin...I’m beginning to see a theme shouldn’t judge a bronzer till you’ve applied it on your face! It is made up of four shades, a light brown and a cool dark brown, a highlight and a pink blush shade and on the back of the paper packaging it claims to ‘Create a healthy looking tan’ which I am pleased to report it does very well!

NOTD | Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish with Lycra - Stormy Skies (431)

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish with Lycra - Stormy Skies (431)



Hello ladies!

I hope you’re all very well. You may have entered my last giveaway which actually only just ended today! The winner for that giveaway is @Amilly_aa and I would just like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who entered. It was actually quite frustrating to host that because a couple of ‘competition websites’ decided it would be ok to add my giveaway to their website, and I was inundated with tonnes of people who have nothing better to do than go around entering giveaways as if they’re competitions. See there is a difference between and competition and a giveaway, and its just so frustrating!...gah ok rant over.

I was contacted by fellow blogger Maryam who runs a lifestyle blog, who wanted to see if I would like to participate in a colab giveaway. I of course said yes, and was super excited to find out some of the surprises this lovely girl had up her sleeve! Firstly I’ll introduce you to the four of us bloggers, then prizes and then rules.

My Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Collection

rimmel moisture renew lipsticks

Hello ladies! Today I wanted to share with you all my favourite drugstore lipstick line. Rimmel does affordable good quality lipsticks like no other in my opinion. I love them so much so that I own over 15 different lippies/laquers just by Rimmel, which is rather a lot for someone who tends to stick to neutral colours, tsk.

Haul | Essence Cosmetics!

essence haul 2014 UK the blushing giraffe

Hello! I have upset my bank account so many times in the last month, I don’t even want to use the ‘H’ word anymore, but it is pretty exciting to share with you all! Last week we went to Wilko, a store I’ve literally never been into before. Its 15/20 minutes away from where we live depending on traffic, and we have a larger shopping centre much closer so we don’t tend to go to that area much, but as soon as I saw the large Essence sign and the 3 for 2 I knew it was fate! Don’t worry if you don’t live near a wilko though, I have linked each product to their site so you can order online if you feel like it!

Bronzing on a Budget | Rimmel Natural Bronzer 021 Sun Light

Rimmel LondonNatural Bronzer 021 Sun Light review

Hi ladies! Looking through my stash, I have accumulated....lets be honest here....a LOT of everything over the past year! But one part of my makeup wardrobe, that has been silently growing, almost unnoticed by me, has been my bronzer draw! I thought I’d start a mini series on my blog, called ‘bronzing on a budget’ because although I have now dabbled into high-end bronzers (and I love em!) I have so many good drugstore ones that I’d love to share with you all ^_^

Requested | How I Wear Berry Lips (Eid Makeup)

Hello everybody!
Ages and ages ago I was asked to write a post on how I wear berry lips, and even though I had a vague idea on how I would - I had never actually worn them before! I’m very much a natural my-lips-but-better type of girl and so berry lips on me are something not done often at all! Having said that I’ve discovered that it IS fun to have a play with colour, and when my Eid outfit was such a neutral colour with a berry pop, I knew I had my chance!

Review | Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Brush Set

Regular readers of The Blushing Giraffe will know that I have quite a few brushes in my collection. That was one of the main reasons why I didn’t get too excited when I saw this brush set released. That and the mixed reviews, but after a few months, I did end up getting it (surprise surprise).

Eid Nail Art


The cute loom-band bracelets were made by my little cousins - thanks girls!

This Eid I thought I’d make a bit more effort with my nails, and as I had recently picked up some pretty gold/silver nail studs it seemed like the perfect occasion to try it!

The Most Perfect Contour Shade Ever?


Hey ladies! It feels very odd starting off a new month and not having a favourites post up. But to be quite honest I didn’t have enough stand out products to make one, so look out for a slightly longer August faves ^_^