August/September Catchup

Hello everyone! I didn’t have time to do an August catchup last month so it made sense to just combine the two - if you’re unaware of what these are, they’re pretty much a collection of photos and a little bit about my month. They’re not the most interesting but I like to add a little more of a personal element ^_^

Review | Colourpop Lippie Stix In Brink

colourpop lippiestix in brink swatch and review

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing my favourite lip product of the moment, the Colourpop lippie stix in Brink. For those of you who have been living under a rock, colourpop is a U.S brand which is only available online - they have a HUGE selection of colours for lipsticks and eyeshadows, not to mention a bunch of blushers, highlights and bronzers. Price wise they’re very affordable which is probably one of the reasons why they’re so loved. Unfortunately colourpop still don’t offer shipping to the U.K so to read about how I got my hands on them click here. I ordered 3 of the lippie stix and Brink has been my go-to and one that I’ll be repurchasing in the future.

The Makeup Collection Is Complete

This year I have hauled a LOT of makeup, checked off so many things from my wishlist and built a collection I am pretty proud of. However I didn’t think I would be saying ‘I have enough makeup now’ for a while. This probably sounds ridiculous to those of you who aren’t really into beauty, but for a bblogger it’s not uncommon.

Introducing SoapNSkin - A British Natural Skincare Brand

Hello everyone, I have a really exciting post today, one that has been in the works for over a month! Right before I set off to the Lake District in August the lovely Rabia got in contact with me and asked if I wanted to test out some products from her brand ‘SoapNSkin’. I didn’t realise that I had actually seen this brand before at the Smoky not Smudgy event!  I remember being really impressed because they pride themselves in providing high quality, luxurious products for an affordable price, using pure and natural ingredients. I also had no idea that every single product is handmade in their (Samar and Rabia’s) kitchens. You’ll understand why I was surprised to read this when you see what is inside this lovely box...ladies you have created a brand with products that not only look swish, but work very well - it totally exceeded my expectations!

Requested | Battle of the drugstore liquid liners

battle of the drugstore liquid eyeliners best liquid eyeliner uk

Hello everyone! I frequently say that eyeliner is a staple in my makeup routine and if I could only wear two makeup products for the rest of my life, it would be concealer and liner for sure. So, because of this unending love for the stuff I have quite a large collection of them and as I keep getting questions for recommendations I thought I’d combine them all into one post. It’s not a good idea to have such a huge collection by the way, since eyeliner’s 'recommended' shelf life tend to be around 6 months, but normally when there are special offers...3for2s etc. I end up buying a new liner or two..this has got to stop!

New Stationary!

sainsburys stationary 356 diary gold notebook

A bit of a different post from me as this doesn’t include a single makeup or beauty item (nope not even a lip balm) but I just had to share this with you all. When at Sainsburys, I’ll quite often check out their stationary section for any special offers and I love that they regularly switch up the designers/collections. Usually one or two items will catch my eye but this time EVERYTHING from a particular collection had my eye turning into little love hearts, seriously I was in my element! The brand itself is called ‘gostationary’ and you can find them online but their stuff is a lot more expensive from their site then it was in-store so I highly recommend you checking out Sainsburys if you like the look of these ^_^

Review | NARS Blush in Torrid

NARS Blush Torrid review and swatches

Hello everyone! I’m back today with another NARS blush review, this time in the shade Torrid. I’ve had this blush for almost a year now and it fast became one of my favourites. Encased in the typical NARS rubber, finger-prints-attracting packaging, you get 4.8g of product and a mirror too.

Tarte Miracles From The Amazon 4 Piece Collection (QVC)

This purchase is entirely blamed on Instagram, I was casually scrolling through my feed when I saw a beautiful photo on the Tarte account and then I read that it was available from QVC for a limited of course I jumped online! I feel like QVC beauty is a neglected source for many UK makeup lovers - although I knew they stocked Tarte, I never really felt compelled to have a browse, but after this experience I’m pleased we have a reliable and not too pricey online site from which we can get our hands on the brand!

Tarte Miracles From The Amazon 4 Piece Collection (QVC) review and swatches

 Tarte is a cruelty free brand which is a huge plus and it's ethical too. All Tarte products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates and gluten and in general I’ve read many glowing reviews about the line. Before this purchase I owned two products from Tarte, a lip gloss and their Maracuja concealer, so I was very excited to pick up the Miracles from the Amazon 4 piece collection as it has a fantastic selection of things! Before we delve into the collection, lets take a moment to appreciate the beautiful packaging of the box. I really love it when a high-end brand makes the effort to be creative with packaging because lets face it, at the price of £34 you want to see something special.

This or That | Beauty blender Vs. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Hello everyone! It’s time for another ‘this or that’ post, with today’s one featuring two well known sponges in the beauty world. Both of these have rave reviews and both of them on the whole work well so I don’t regret picking either up. Before I get into it, I’ll try to give you a quick run down on just why sponges are so popular.

Review | Kiss Beautiful Brow Kit

kiss beautiful brow kit the ultimate brow bar review

Eyebrows are one of the most important features, they express so much emotion and also structure and frame the face so having ‘brows on fleek’ is never a bad thing! There are so many brow products on the market, with different price points too. However I had never seen such a useful kit until I got my hands on the Kiss Beautiful Brow Kit* which claims its ‘the ultimate brow bar’. The kit is designed to give you perfectly defined brows without much effort at all and I am thoroughly impressed with how much they have included.

Review | Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette

kat von d shade and light contour palette review and swatches

Ladies I want to introduce you to...the BEST contour palette I have ever seen, let alone owned and I am so exited to be reviewing it for you! I picked up the Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette ($46.00- £30) when I placed my Sephora order post here back in May. By the way guys you can skip the customs from sephora and order it here, if you're from the U.K. Although I had seen many rave reviews about the Anastasia Beverly Hills original contour kit, the shades just didn’t draw me in enough to purchase it. I felt like the grey toned one wasn’t quite pigmented enough and the highlight shades (other than banana) weren’t my cup of tea. To be honest I didn’t really see the need for a whole palette when I would only end up using one or two of the shades. Plus the price-tag was pretty steep! When this palette came out I watched as many YouTube videos as I could and quickly realised it was the one I had been waiting for.

Review | DiorSkin Star Foundation in 31

Dior skin star foundation in 31 review and swatch

Hello everyone, I hope you’re doing well. Today’s review is of Diorskin Star* a foundation which has landed a spot in my top 3, so I’m very excited to be reviewing it for you all. Dior Star was released around a year ago and it had a lot of sparkling reviews from makeup artists and bloggers alike, so I knew it was one I had to try. I actually picked this up for free using my boots points which was amazing, imagine getting a Dior foundation and paying £0.00 for it?! (For more info on how I save money on makeup check out this post.) It was one of the best bargains of 2015 for me and I highly recommend my fellow U.K ladies to do the same with their points - treat yourself ^_^