October Update/ Smoky Not Smudgy

smoky not smudgy 2015

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all doing fantastically. I am officially under University pressure again and I almost didn’t see it coming? The first week into Uni was very relaxed and then bam it’s been a month already - time is f l y i n g!

Review | The Balm’s Mr. Write (Now) eyeliner in Jac B. Bronze

The Balm’s Mr. Write (Now) eyeliner in Jac B. Bronze review and swatch

Hello everyone! Another review from the awesome Balm Cosmetics, this time focusing on their  eyeliner in the shade Jac. B Bronze* (£13.50). If you’re familiar with the brand you will know that they consistently produce high quality products in the cutest packaging. They have a retro 1950’s theme with adorable characters to match. We are all very familiar with Mary, now let me introduce you to Jac B. Bronze and the rest of the Mr. Write (Nows)!

Review | The Balm Time Balm Foundation in Medium-Dark

the balm balm time foundation in mediumdeep review swatch



Hello everyone! I have another foundation review for you today, but this time its of a cream foundation which is very different to my norm. Introducing The Balm Time Balm* in the shade medium/dark. This is the first time I’ve tried any base products from one of my favourite brands The Balm cosmetics, who make fantastic cheek and eye products. (I’ve also heard great things about their liquid lipsticks, those are firmly at the top of my ‘to-buy’ list...next year!) So when I got the opportunity to try out their cream foundation I was intrigued.

LOTW | E.L.F Mineral Lipstick in Beautiful Berry

E.L.F Mineral Lipstick in beautiful berry rimmel exaggerate lip liner epic review swatch


So week two of my new ;lipstick of the week’ series is a colour I have never reached for before, but much to my utter surprise I loved wearing - who would have thought?! I do apologise that this is late, I had a VERY busy sunday, but more of that in this month’s update post!

Price: £6.00

Colour: It is a maroon/burgundy colour with a hint of brown. Absolutely perfect for the colder months as it has a hint of vampyness, but it’s not too dark for a newbie to lipsticks which fall into the not-nude category. It actually really reminded me of a colour my mum used to wear all the time, around 10 years ago and it bought back fond memories. Beautiful berry is pigmented in one swipe but you can apply two layers to get a deeper shade.

Top Three | Autumn Nail Polishes


Hey all! Time for another Top Three, this time with my favourite nail polish shades for the season. I don’t know what it is about autumn, but it brings out the vampyness in me, especially when it comes to the nails. I don’t always find it easy to choose nail polish colours which are complimentary to my warm skintone, some shade just look so off! These three however are my go-to, ride or die shades, y'know the the ones which just look on point every single time? These are those..

LOTW | Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit

sleek matte me in birthday suit review swatch

Hello! Welcome to the first instalment of ‘lipstick of the week’...if you’re wondering what on earth that means click right here. So for my first week, I decided to go for a pretty easy choice, nothing too crazy or out there...the Sleek Matte Me in Birthday suit. When this line was first released I’m pretty sure Birthday Suit was sold out for weeks! Let me give you the low down on how it went for me..

'Lipstick of the week'


Hello everyone! I thought I’d publish a post explaining another new series to my blog - this time a weekly one! Since deciding that I won’t be purchasing any more new makeup for the next 8 months, more on that here, it’s now time to figure out the best way to use my large and lovely collection. Now when it comes to lip products I am very much a neutrals girl. I LOVE my pinky,brown toned nudes and they’re the colours that are most in my comfort zone. I recently wrote down every single lip product that I own and around 70% of them are all in the nude/neutral family. However I do have a fair amount of lipsticks which are not ‘me’ at all. Usually this is because I’ve picked them up on special offer or ordered a bunch of things online and not checked the shades properly, very clever I am aware.

Review | Lush Milky Bath Bubble Bar

lush bubble bar milky bath review

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all doing brrrillintly on this chilly autumn day. Today I have a Lush review for you all, which is exciting because I don’t get around to doing these too often. It is of one of their newer Bubble Bars - called Milky Bath. I saw this demo’d in the store and instantly knew I had to have it. As a child, bubble baths were the BEST, but as you get older the bubbles seem to disappear and are replaced with scents and colours and even the occasional handful of glitter! Now I’m all for a bit of glitter, but seeing the bubbles in the Lush store, as well as hearing about the inspiration behind this bubble bar urged me to buy it. Inspo: Cleopatra and her alleged love for bathing in milk! According to the reviews on the Lush website, this bubble bar give the most amount of bubbles - I’ve not tried any of the others but I certainly did get a satisfying amount in my tub which I was very pleased with.

Top Three | A/W Daily Bases

top three daily bases diorskin nude foundation 31, bourjois healthy mix 34, make up for ever foundation in 32

Hello everyone - welcome to a new series on my blog called ‘top three’. I love doing detailed reviews on here, those won’t stop, but I thought it would be useful to group together a lot of my favourite products and write about them! I aim for this to include makeup and skincare and for it to be seasonal too...I’m not so great at narrowing things down (you’ve probably noticed this from my favourites posts!) so this’ll be a challenge, but it’s one I look forwards too.

So to kick this series off I wanted to start with my top three daily bases from Autumn/Winter, the ones I’ll be reaching for most and why.

Review | Mini Beauty Blender

mini beauty blender micro beauty blender dupe born pretty store
 Hello everyone! When born pretty store contacted me and asked if I wanted to review a few products, I was SO excited because this is an online store which is kind of like an ebay...just for beauty. They sell very affordable makeup and tools, with a good few dupes too. I ordered a couple of things and I am very pleased to report that when the package arrived, around two and a half weeks later, I was chuffed with what I picked. Today I’ll be reviewing the ‘mini beauty blender*’ which is clearly a dupe for the beauty blender micro minis. Now the micro minis come in a set of two and cost £13.50...I’m all for paying the £16 for the original beauty blender, but no way am I spending that much on two mini sponges! So to see this on the born pretty store for a mere £1.30 was an absolute no brainer!

September Favourites 2015

september beauty favourites the blushing giraffe

Hello ladies, I hope you’re all doing well. I missed out my favourites of August, because most of them were the products that I put into my travel makeup bag post. This month I have a bunch to share with you, a couple of new things and some older rediscoveries so lets get started.