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What’s In My April Makeup Bag

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Another month, another what’s in my makeup bag post. I have to say, these are probably my favourite posts to write. 

Some bits are old faves, some bits are new. Because even though I say I won’t buy anymore new makeup, I know I’m just lying to myself. My spending ban lasted about ten days though, which is actually quite good for me. 

I want to start off with my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiserwhich I have also raved about in this post. You guys know how much I love this moisturiser, it’s my absolute fave. I bought this moisturiser because it’s super lightweight and really hydrating. Some moisturisers tend to be quite thick and heavy, but this one is just perfect. I like having really smooth and radiant skin before I apply my makeup so this is the moisturiser I reach for every time. 

What comes after moisturiser? My Clinique Peach SuperprimerThis is the primer that completely changed my makeup game for me. I didn’t really like using primer because I felt foundation just sat on top of the primer and didn’t really look natural on the skin. But I bought this primer because it also colour corrects any blemishes so I thought I’d give it a go. And I’m so glad I did. I have a pretty oily T-zone and this primer keeps my foundation from going shiny super quick. I don’t need to re touch my makeup for hours after application, and it smoothes my complexion really well as it has a peachy tone to it. I feel like primer is a very personal product, because depending on your skin type/what you want to achieve, you need to have the right primer that works best for you. 

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Whenever I want more of a dewy look, I add a few drops of the L’Oreal Extraordinary Facial Oil to my beauty blender when I’m applying my foundation. By a few drops, I mean two because that’s more than enough. I only add this oil to matte foundations and not glowy ones otherwise it’d be too much. I’ve also been loving my Givenchy Prisme Libre Pressed Powder quite a bit this month. It’s a very light loose powder, with the smallest amount of shimmer to it. What I love most about this powder is that I only use a small amount with my face brush and it has a very barely there look but you can see the difference. It really makes my complexion look more toned and luminous. 

So as you already know how much I love my glow, I want to talk to you guys about how much I’ve been loving my L’oreal True Match Highlighter in Golden Glow, which I’ve also spoken about it in this post. It is 100% one of the best drugstore highlights you can get your hands on. I apply it with my damp beauty blender and it blends so well into the skin leaving a really nice natural glow. I like layering powder highlight on top for a really pigmented glow but it’s also great on its own. I love it.

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How often do you buy products just because of how pretty they are. I’m super guilty of this, sorry not sorry. I bought the Makeup Revolution Renaissance Palette purely because it was too beaut not to. Don’t judge. All the colours in this palette are so pretty and I am super impressed by how pigmented they are. The palette is really cute and it’s perfect to use for basic + glam looks. The colours are really easy to work with and there isn’t much fall out at all. 

I also bought the Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Palette because I’ve seen lots of people recommend it so I wanted to try it out for myself. I also really liked the basic colours in this palette, I can’t resist some nice browns and coppers. I don’t really think there needs to be so many light colours in one palette but there are a good range of earthy tones that I really like.   

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Have any of you tried the Too Faced Sketch Marker Liner? It’s so amazing. So many people ask me how I get my liner so perfect, and this pen is why. It’s a jet black liner and so easy to apply. This is my go to liner because it dries super fast and when it does, it will not budge (one of the reasons why I work in small steps). I’ve also been loving my L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara which I’ve spoken about before this post and it’s been my favourite mascara to use for the last few weeks now. It has a slim wand and the teeth are very fine so it makes my lashes look really defined and fluttery – almost Bambi like. It doesn’t really thicken my lashes but instead lengthens and separates them so they look fuller and not clumpy. Seriously loving this mascara, would 100% repurchase. 

When I first used the Max Factor Universal Brow Styler I wasn’t sure if I liked it all that much because I was so used to my NYX Makeup Control Freak Eyebrow Gel. But having used it a few times since, I’ve actually been liking it for more softer and natural looks. I really like using this brow gel when I’m not wearing much makeup just to make my brows look polished. It doesn’t clump or dry in all the wrong places and it’s pretty affordable so you can’t go wrong. 

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I love rocking a good nude/brown lip during Spring and these two Kate Lipsticks in Forty and Forty-Eight are my fave this season. I’ve had these lipsticks for a while but I’d stopped using them because I’d fallen in love with something else or I’d completely forgotten about them. I rediscovered them whilst reorganising my makeup and I’m crazy about them. They’re really hydrating lipsticks and super wearable for day and night. I’m absolutely in love with these lipsticks and I’m so happy I found them again. Pssst… they’re only £3.85 on ASOS – what are you waiting for? 

What’s in your makeup bag this season? Any old favourites or maybe some new loves? Let me know in the comments below.

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My Favourite Spring Essentials

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Ah, it’s the season of blossom and daffodils, longer evenings and best of all: warmer weather. Spring is finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited to put away my coats and whip out my new jackets. 

A change of season means a change in my beauty/skincare routine. Not a massive change, just slight little adjustments that I feel are necessary. If you can call spending ££ on products-you-don’t-really-need-but-they-looked-pretty necessary. There are a lot of products that I love using (are you surprised), but there are a few essentials during Spring time that I just cannot live without. 

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When the weather gets warmer, it’s 100% certain that I will be spending more time in the sun. This is especially true for this month as I will be going to India for three weeks, where temps can go up to 40 degrees. omg I know. So one thing I like to make sure I’m doing when I’m in the sun, is feeding my skin. That’s right, you gotta protect and hydrate your skin at all costs whenever you’re outdoors. Since using products made for sensitive skin, my skin has never felt or looked better. I started using the Avene Riche Moisturiser in Winter because of how gentle it is. But recently, I’ve started using the Avene UV Riche Moisturiser with SPF in it, and I am in love. This moisturiser is hypoallergenic and non comedogenic (which basically means it won’t clog your pores and make you break out, yay) so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. 

When the weather starts getting warmer, I tend to reach for more lightweight products, and avoid wearing thick, high coverage makeup. However, I am not blessed with flawless skin but instead with dark circles and under eye bags, what a combo. If I get enough sleep, my dark circles aren’t very profound, but binge watching Netflix can sometimes take over sleep. That’s why I am always reaching for my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit, because it does an amazing job of hiding those designer bags. Whenever I’m not feeling a full face of foundation, I just grab my NARS Concealer and I’m good to go. It’s a very nice + creamy product, so it’s super easy to blend with just your fingers. And it doesn’t budge, no creasing whatsoever, which I’ve also spoken about in this post.

Okay, so can we talk brows and how important they are? Who knew brow bars would excite me way more than actual bars? I’ve tried and tested a lot of brow products, but there have only been a few that have changed my brow game. The NYX Control Freak Brow Gel is the best brow gel I have ever used, and I have used many. This brow gel is like glue for my brows, they do not budge. Some gels I’ve used make my brows feel really hard and immovable, but this one by NYX is so lightweight. It’s definitely one of my best brow investments. If you can get your hands on one, I would 100% recommend that you do. 

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I love a good palette. No, really, I do. I don’t think you can have too many, and you always need that new one. I’ve spoken about the Sleek Solstice Palette in my Give Me The Glow post, and it is definitely one of my favourite go to palettes for the Spring. Three of the highlighters are powders + one is quite creamy (top left) so you can choose the type of finish you want. I love applying the powder highlights over the cream highlight for a nice + glossy finish. This is a great every day palette because of how lightweight the highlights are. It’s also super easy to use, I like using it with either my fingers on a damp beauty blender for a more pigmented look. Plus it’s so travel friendly. 

I love a good blush palette, especially one with such beautiful colours. I bought the Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Hot Spice recently and I’m already in love. The colours in this platte are quite warm, with peaches + amber, and they would complement warmer skin tones so beautifully. There are also two shimmery blush shades that I wouldn’t necessarily use on my cheeks, but maybe as a subtle highlight. 

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You guys already know, that I love a good glow right? Which is why I just have to mention my L’Oréal Lumi Magique PrimerIt is such an amazing product, that everyone should have in their makeup bag. It’s a really lightweight product which is why I love wearing it underneath my makeup as a primer. I also love wearing it as a highlighter, either mixed in with my foundation or on it’s own. And it’s a great product to use on those days you don’t want to wear any makeup, but you still want to have that natural wake up glow.

And there you have it, all my favourites for this season in one post. Hope you guys enjoyed catching up! Do you have any favourites this Spring?

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Fresh Faced In Five Minutes

I think we can all agree that we all need a get ready fast strategy in our lives, just as much as we need an LBD. And this is especially true when you’ve decided on an impromptu dinner date, but you’re all cosied up in a dressing gown. Whenever I’m pressed for time, I rely on my trusty products to make me look like I’ve spent a whole tonne of effort on my face, when it’s really just taken me 5 minutes. 
No matter how much I’m rushing, I will never skip priming and prepping my face, because the base is 100% the most important part of any makeup look. I start off with my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser because it’s super hydrating, and makes my skin look really radiant. Whenever I have little time for makeup, I like going for a glowy look so, I like priming my skin with the Smashbox Water Primer, which makes my skin look nice and dewy.

Givenchy’s Teint Couture Foundation instantly makes my skin look airbrushed. I’ve raved about how amazing it is in this post, and how healthy it makes my skin look. This is definitely the perfect foundation to use on the go because it’s high coverage, it blends really well and it smoothes my skin out in seconds. 

Concealer is definitely the best way to highlight underneath your eyes and get that fresh look in no time. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my favourite product to use to hide dark circles and lift my features. It’s super pigmented so I only use the smallest amount, and because it is so creamy, it blends really beautifully, which is just what you need when you’re rushing. The thing I love most about this concealer is that it does not crease. I cannot stress this enough. A lot of concealers I’ve used in the past tend to crease really quickly, but I’ve had no issues with this concealer. 

I like to set my under eyes with my Soap And Glory Kickass Powder. I honestly don’t know how many of these I have bought. It’s one of the best powders I have ever used. There is no flashback, no white effect and it sets my makeup perfectly. It’s a really lightweight, translucent powder, and it has a yellow undertone to it, so it looks really natural. Truly kickass. I like to go for a dewy look, so I just swoop the same kick ass powder over my t-zone and most oily areas, and we’re set. Pun intended.

If you’ve read my everyday favourites post, then you’ll know how much I love my Freedom Pro Blush Palette. It’s the palette I have on hand whenever I am rushing. It’s got me covered for blush, highlight and bronzer. The bronzer in this palette is a really warm brown colour and I apply it to my cheekbones to just add some warmth to my face. 

Whenever I’m going for a quick + natural look, I love going in extra with the highlighter. I like doing this even when I’m not rushing tbh. I use the pearly highlighter from the Pro Blush Plaette on my cupid’s bow, the bridge of my nose and my brow bone. My Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter by TheBalm is my absolute favourite highlight of all time. I use it on the tops of my cheeks, and very slightly near my hairline. I always spray some of my Water Primer on my beauty blender and dab it over my highlight to get rid of any powderiness and make it look super glowy. 

If I’m in a rush, I will skip the eyeshadow as I have quite pigmented eyelids, so it looks like I’ve got something on my eyes anyway. But I can’t have naked eyes so I use my L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim to create a quick mini wing. Using pens for eyeliner speeds up the process x10, as they’re super easy to use. 

I have definitely lost count of how many times I have bought the L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara, or even how many back upsI have in my makeup bag. This is definitely my ride or die mascara right now, and it’s the one I reach for whenever i’m in hurry. It coats my lashes so evenly, and make them look so fluttery without having to spend too much time on them.

To bring any look together, I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to neaten up my brows and add some definition to them. I have very fair brows, so a little brow work is completely necessary. I think brows are really easy to over do, especially when you’re rushing, which is why I always opt for my brow wiz – a perfect warm-toned brown shade that I can just flick through my brows with and make them look nice + groomed. How many times did I say brow in that sentence?

And the finishing touch to my natural makeup look is my No7 Lipstick in Deep Rust, which is a really nice burnt orange colour. This lipstick is very moisturising and really comfortable to wear. I sometimes like applying some MAC Velvet Teddy on top to get a really nice + matte coral shade, but only if I’m quick. 

And I’m ready to go. It sounds like there is a lot to do, but that’s only because I’ve rambled on quite bit about my favourite products. What products do you use when you’re in a rush. Let me know down in the comments below.

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5 Things On My April To Do List


PACK FOR INDIA

Can you believe I have booked a holiday on a whim? No, nor can I. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then you’ll know that I got married in December, which you can read all about in this post. My husband is still in India, which as you have probably guessed, is the main reason I am going. I’m super excited to go as I always visit India in December, so it’s always cold. I cannot wait for the warmer weather, but definitely not looking forward to the mosquitoes. Ouch. I’m only going for three weeks, but that doesn’t mean I will be packing lightly. I want to be prepared for the hot weather, which means new clothes (can you tell I’m excited by this?), as my wardrobe consists mainly of hoodies, jumpers and scarves right now. A trip (or five) to Boots will be essential for all my skincare and makeup bits. I love buying a new perfume from duty free, it’s one of my favourite things to do before going on holiday. This time I have my eye on the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb


ORGANISE MY MAKEUP

As I am constantly buying makeup (surprise), it never occurs to me that I should probably organise my ever-growing collection. So, April is the month for organising, apparently, and I’ve decided to be productive. I’ve bought two clear, acrylic makeup organisers from Amazon so I can proudly display all the makeup I own, rather than chucking it deep into my makeup bag. I like using these organisers to store my blushers, single shadows and concealers because they’re small so I like keeping them all together. On top I keep my foundations, lipsticks and powders. Empty candle jars are a really good and inexpensive way to store brushes, liquid lipsticks, eye and lip pencils. I also love storing makeup pads and cotton buds in them as well. I also bought some acrylic stackable drawers for all my eyeshadow, blush and highlight palettes, because they’re a little larger and they need more storage space. There is a really good post by Thirteen Thoughts on how to store and organise makeup/skincare products. 

DECORATE 

I’ve been looking forward to decorating my new room for months, and I am super excited that the wait is nearly over. The whole room needed to be revamped completely. New wallpaper, new radiator, new carpet, new blinds – everything. I’m just waiting for my new bed to arrive, and then I can officially start decorating. There are already so many things on my bedroom wishlist which I cannot wait to start buying. As the wallpaper is blue with a grey pattern on it, I’ve gone for a grey carpet, and I bought the prettiest silver marble blinds that fit in so well with the room. 


CLEAR OUT

I love shopping. This isn’t shocking I know, but it’s 100% true. Whether it’s online shopping, sale shopping or holiday shopping, I love it all. I get such joy from buying something, and retail therapy does work. I went into ZARA the other day to just “browse” (do you guys tell yourself the same lie too?) and ended up buying a stunning suede jacket because “it chose me”. As more and more clothes “choose” me, and Summer is fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to organise my wardrobe, and the best way to do that? Have a clear out. I go through all my clothes and just get rid of everything I don’t wear/need. Just ask yourself, ‘do I really need that Edward Cullen top I bought in 2005?’

BOOK LIST

There are so many books I want to read and re read, but I just don’t have time. And even when I do have time, I aimlessly scroll through Instagram. Guilty. So this month I want to sit down and dedicate myself to some books I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. I don’t want to get into habit of not wanting to read because that would just be heartbreaking. Books give you the chance to jump into a different reality. It’s like a film in your mind. I absolutely love reading crime/thriller novels, you know the ones that just grip you from the first page. The first book on my list is Behind Closed Doors by B A ParisApparently if you really enjoyed The Girl On The Train, you will love this. I’ve also been recommended to read The Power by Naomi Alderman, a book about how teenage girls can inflict pain at the flick of a finger. Interesting. I’ve also seen people rave about Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. The blurb reads: ‘don’t trust this book, don’t trust these people, don’t trust yourself. And whatever you do, don’t give away that ending…’ I think this is definitely the book I am most excited to read. April is going to be a good month. 

As always, thanks so much for reading. What’s on your to do list this month? Any other book recommendations you have? Let me know down in the comments below. 

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Best of Beauty: Eyeshadow Palettes + Winged Eyeliner

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Laura Geller or Naked 3? Or maybe some highlight? This is the trouble I have of owning too many eyeshadow palettes/products – I can never decide which ones to use. What a nice problem to have though. I see a palette/shimmering product, and I’m instantly attracted to it. Even if I already own 15 other gold single shadows, I will most likely buy more, because they’re never the same are they?

Everyone who knows me (and maybe even those of you who don’t), will know that I love a good wing. It’s not something that I learnt overnight, I sometimes still struggle to get both sides to match up. If you know, you know. Having a steady hand and a pinch of patience, really helps getting that wing on point, but the right product will 100% have everybody asking what you use. I love doing my eyeliner with a pen, and my current favourite is the L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim and I love it. It’s super easy to use, and because it’s so slim, it’s really easy to create the shape that you want. If I want more of a thick wing, I use the Too Faced Sketch Marker Liner which is a tiny bit thicker than the L’Oreal liner, but just as easy to use. I usually create the shape that I want with the pens, and then follow up with the Maybelline Master Ink Eyeliner in Matte. This eyeliner is really precise, and I can slowly build up my wing to how I want it, rather than it being all over the place. Buy the right product, and you will have a wing that will slay everyday.

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I didn’t know how incomplete my makeup collection was until I bought the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. My bestie has all of the Naked palettes, and I just couldn’t resist buying one for myself and trying it out. I totally get the hypeThis palette has some of the most beautiful rose gold colours in it, and I’ve created so many pretty looks with these shades. I like to apply these shadows with my finger or a damp brush to get better pigmentation. I really want to get my hands on the Naked Ultimate Basics 12 Palette, it looks amazing. 

You’ve seen me rave about the L’Oreal Infallible Blush Paint Palette in this post, and how much I love using these blushers to create some beautiful eye looks. Especially with the orange shade. The pigmentation of these blushers is out of this world, they look so nice on the eyes. Having used this palette, I decided I wanted more orangey/copper eyeshadows, so I bought the NYX Colour Riot Shadow Palette. I have to say, I am super impressed with this mini palette, the colours are so pretty. The mahogany shade is so beautiful and looks so nice as a transition/crease shade. 

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I’ve spoken about my favourite highlighters and how much I love them in this post, and now I also have to say, I love using highlight on my eyes. I created this super pretty eye look with my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Eternal Gold as the base colour, and then applied the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey on top to really glow things up. I like creating a halo eye and using the highlight in the centre so it stand outs more. I like using the Colour Tattoo as a base to make sure the highlight won’t crease and that it lasts longer. 

Another one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes is the Laura Geller Delectables Delicious Shades of Nude Palette. I’ve spoken about how much I love this palette in my first impressions post and I have to say that I’m still just as impressed as I was when I first bought it. It does take some time to build up the colour of these eyeshadows, but they are long lasting. I tend to use a damp brush to get a stronger colour. This palette has a good variety of copper/brown shades, which you know I love, so you can create some super pretty eye looks. 

There’s a lot of other products that I love using on my eyes, but if I were to talk about them all, we’d be here a while. What are you favourite palettes/highlights? Let me know down in the comments below.

 

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