3 Month Update | University, Turning 21 and Ramadan

the blushing giraffe update

Hello lovely readers, it has been quite a while since I've typed an update post...the last one was at the end of March! So I fee kind of out of practice, but theres a lot to talk about so lets get started ^_^

Colourpop Haul Part 2! A lot of liquid lipsticks...

how to get colourpop to the UK

Hello all, here is my second colourpop haul - FINALLY! If you missed my first one, catch up one it here, along with a guide on getting Colourpop to the U.K. This haul consists of the products that had been on my colourpop wishlist for the loooongest time, so it was super exciting to finally get it in the post, even if I was hit with customs charges this time around!

Review | NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St Mortiz

NARS Matte Skin Tint in St Mortiz review and swatch

Hello everyone! Today I am going to be reviewing the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint (£30.00) in the shade St Mortiz. I've had this base for a couple of weeks now and I have really enjoyed using it, especially as I'm not a regular in the matte foundation department - I prefer a satin/dewy finish myself. But recently my skintype has shifted to combo, with some areas of my face being normal and others getting oily rather quickly, so this definitely interested me. It also  received a LOT of good reviews, so of course when I saw my shade available on the ASOS 20% off sale I purchased it.

Haul | KIKO Sale!

kiko haul

Hello everyone, back again with another haul and this time its from KIKO! This is a combination of online and...much to my delight in store too because I finally have a local store yaaaaaaay. I love online shopping more than the average person, but theres just something ever so delightful about being able to swatch makeup products yourself, see the colours and feel the formulas y'know?! I could have spent another half an hour in the store, but my younger sister and little cousin were shooting me the most bored side eyes so I had to hurry it up a little bit haha. Right onto the haul (and be prepared for a large amount of khaki hehehe).

Requested | How to get a long-lasting DEWY base!

how to get a long lasting dewy base foundation

Hello lovely readers, I hope you're all doing well. Today's post is a requested one, I often get asked what the best long-lasting non-matte foundation is on the market. I personally love a dewy base, however it is well known that they just don't have the best lasting power in the world - but fear not! There are ways around this and whilst I'm quick to recommend the Dior Star Foundation as well as the MUFE Face and Body (although the shades in that line aren't the best for yellow toned/medium skintones) I also know they're not in everybody's price range. There are quite a few ways of getting a dewy base which lasts well on the skin, without having to spend a lot on a new foundation (though if you are in the market for one, the star foundation is a winner!). I'm sure you'll have some of these key ingredients  in your home already, so do read on if you're interested in creating a glowing base which lasts well on the skin.

LOTW | The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Committed

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Committed review and swatch

Hello everyone! This will be my last lipstick of the week for a while, as I have quite a few colourpop LLS coming in the post, so will be testing those out and reviewing them in groups of four instead ^_^ Anyway this week I have worn The Balm's Committed for most of the days I've been wearing makeup and I really really like it. So much so that I included it in my May faves too.

Colourpop Haul Part One | Update on Getting Colourpop To The U.K

how to get colourpop to the U.K, ship colourpop to the U.K

Hello lovely people, this is a very exciting post for me to be writing, because it is an update to the most read post on my blog so far 'how I got colourpop to the U.K'. After a year, I decided it was time to place another order and over the past 12 months I have been building up quite an extensive list of products I wanted to try out. I was absolutely thrilled when colourpop had a flash 20% off sale, saving money on a brand I had SOO much I wanted to try from? YES PLEASE! However I am going to be brutally honest, they were extremely unprepared for their flash sale and the website crashed multiple times. Eventually they decided to use a queue system, where you had to 'wait in line'  and you could see all the tens of thousands of people ahead of you waiting. Everyone was assigned a place in line and an approximate wait time, for me it was 40 minutes, so I continued working on my essay whilst keeping the tab open. Once you were on the site you got 15 minutes to add whatever you wanted to the basket and then you had to check out. It was HECTIC! But as they extended the sale to the next day due to a lot of upset on twitter, I managed to place a second order asking my friends if they wanted to order anything through me.

Review | Colourpop Shadows in Get Lucky, Mooning, Shop & To-A-T

Colourpop super shock shadows in get lucky, shop, mooning, to-a-t and Blusher in Between The Sheets review and swatch

Hello everyone, today I'll be reviewing the eyeshadows and blusher I purchased a year ago in this haul. I've had plenty of time to play with them, get a feel for them and try out the hype that is colourpop! I have since placed two more orders, one which is on the way  (they had a huge 20% off sitewide sale, which knocked them backwards). Anyway I wanted to review these things for you all and to let you know what I think is worth purchasing, especially as in the UK it's such a struggle to get a hold of this brand. You either have to buy in bulk and spend a lot of money on shipping and customs, or you have to resort to paying five times the amount you'd have to pay, if you were in the U.S. In my first haul, I decided to purchase four shadows to get a feel for the different types of shadows and how well they applied. I'm going to go through each shade individually, then at the end give you a run down of my final thoughts.

What being on a 7 month makeup spending ban taught me

Hello everyone, I hope you're all well. Today isn't a review or a haul, its more of a reflective post that I wanted to share with you all, on what I learnt from not buying makeup for a total of seven months. In some ways it sounds so over-dramatic, it's not like I went 4 years without buying it (ha! as if!), but for someone who keeps up with blogs and youtube, not to mention runs her own beauty blog I have to say its an achievement I am proud about! I explained in this post why I chose to stop buying makeup for a while, it was initially meant to be till I turned 21, but I did end it one month early. Needless to say I learnt a couple of lessons over the many weeks, that have certainly impacted my buying decision for now and the future.

May 2016 Favourites

Hello everyone, it feels so great to be writing a monthly favourites again ^_^ This month the majority of my favourites have been new purchases and there is nothing like new makeup to make me feel excited!