Sunday, 18 January 2015

Budget Beauty; £6 Make-up Brushes

Hello everybody! 

It's been a while since my last budget beauty post! Today I wanted to share with you a set of make-up brushes that I ordered recently from Amazon- you get 10 brushes in the set for just £6.69 which I think is such a bargain! The brushes are all black with a rose-goldy handle (which I love) and you get a mixture of face and eye brushes. 

I was a little apprehensive about the face brushes when I first opened the package and gave them all a feel- as they seemed very fluffy and soft compared to the Real Techniques expert face brush that I usually use. I tried the flat based buffing brush (on the far right) first and I was surprisingly pleased! It blends in foundation and concealer really well- and although I haven't washed any of them yet, the material seems sturdy and shed proof.

 I apologise for the used brush in the mixture- I didn't get time to wash them all before taking the pictures! As you can see, you get 5 eye brushes in the set- all of quite a similar shape. I was really happy to see that it came with a big, fluffy blending brush (as that's something I was really looking for!) and also a denser, narrow brush (on the left hand side)- as it's perfect for going under the lash line. I'd say the only thing that's missing from the set is a smaller detailed brush, but otherwise I'm really happy with them all! 

If you're interested in the brushes, you can get them here! They came all the way from Hong Kong, so you do have to be patient, waiting for them to arrive. Mine took quite a few weeks- so it was a nice surprise when they arrived on the door, I'd forgotten I'd ordered them! :) 

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Recent Favourites

Hello everybody! 

It's been a while since I did a favourites post, but I've been trying quite a few makeup and beauty related products recently- so I thought I'd give a little run down of my favourites and most loved of the bunch.
My first favourite is an eye shadow palette- and something I've been meaning to mention for a while! This a Makeup Revolution palette with a mixture of matte and shimmery, and mainly neutral, shades. This is such a bargain- you get 32 shades (that's a lot of shades!) for just £8! The quality of the eyeshadows isn't amazing- they do crease quite quickly without primer and can be a bit powdery but for £8, I'm not complaining. I especially love the purple-y shades on the right hand side- perfect for a smokey eye at this time of year.
My second favourite is, of course, a lip balm- I couldn't do a favourites post without one now could I? I picked this up from Superdrug last week after losing my first Nivea lip balm. This stuff really does do wonders for dry lips- I highly recommend it!

 A makeup look I've really gotten into recently is winged eyeliner- this is the first liquid eyeliner I've tried before, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I have to say the L'Oreal Superliner has made the struggles of winged liner a little easier! The nib is really thin, which makes the flick far more precise- and it also dries very quickly, making it far less likely to smudge.
Another look I never really thought I'd get into is dark purple lips, but again I was wrong! My friends very kindly bought me this Sleek Lip Liner in the shade raisin along with the Topshop Lip Bullet in Get Me Bodied and some other bits and bobs- and I've really been liking wearing the pair together. I've found the easiest way to do this is to outline your lips with the pencil first and colour around the edges- before doing in with the bullet. The two products last ages on your lips and don't feel at all drying!
My last favourite is a necklace and in general, dainty jewellery! My friend, Olivia, very kindly bought my friends and I these rose gold star sign necklaces- and I've really been loving how this looks on it's own or layered with other necklaces.

Aaand that's about it! I hope the first week of 2015 has been good to you- I know I've certainly struggled to adjust to school life!

What are your recent favourites?

Friday, 2 January 2015

Cosy Winter Knits

Hello everybody! 

It's been a while since my last outfit post, but after Christmas I couldn't wait to show you some of the pieces I received as gifts or bought with gift cards! I really did not need any more jumpers but I couldn't resist getting this oversized jumper, from H&M, along with the snood- which I've paired with a plain pair of black leggings and my trusty chelsea boots.
 Jumper- H&M
Leggings- New Look
Chelsea Boots- River Island

I hope you all like this outfit- I think it's perfect for the colder weather, and for hiding the food baby after Christmas! Have a good weekend :)

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Goodbye 2014!

2014 has been a year of travels, exam stress (and the terror of GCSE results day), turning 16, a whole lot of performing and music at school and starting my first year of sixth form. It's been a good year! Although my promise to myself to drink more water dwindled almost immediately, I'm proud of how my little space on the internet has come along this year (getting 10 posts done in July is something I shall never get over and mine and Cherie's hour long trek in the rain to find the perfect spot certainly paid off for our Autumn Lookbooks)! I'm (mostly) proud of how I dealt with GCSE exam stress, although leaving my copy of Purple Hibiscus in my locker before the English Literature exam wasn't the best move..I've learnt that being kind is not always saying or doing what other people want you to say and that it's important to surround yourself with people who make you happy, even if that means leaving a few behind.
This year I can say that I'm excited to go to Salzburg, for a music school trip, to visit Spain this February and to turn 17. And let's not forget season 5 of Game of Thrones!
 I'm terrified for my mocks around the corner and even more so for AS exams at the end of the year and I'm certain I'll be writing 2014 on everything until at least April and scarily uncertain what choices I will have made this time next year.
My goals for 2015 are, you guessed it, to actually drink more water (and stick to it this time), to keep on top of essays and homework and to remember that it's okay to say no sometimes. I think watching fewer episodes of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and eating less rubbish would be a bonus too!

Happy New Year! <3 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas Haul

Hello everybody! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas- it all went far too quickly for my liking (I can't believe it's almost 2015!) but I had a great day with my family opening presents and eating ourselves into food comas! One of my favourite posts to read around this time of year is people sharing the bits and bobs they received for Christmas- I know they aren't to everyone's taste but I thought I'd do one, as I did last year too, for any fellow nosey people/beauty lovers! I won't include everything- I received some clothes (and gift cards which I have spent on some fashion pieces) from my Mum and my Grandma, which I've left out as they will no doubt be featuring in some outfit posts soon! My friends also very kindly got me some make-up which I'm hoping to do a whole post on soon! Enjoy :)

One of my favourite gifts is this adorable phone case from Iconemesis, which my Mum bought for me. There's a huge selection of designs on their website but in the end I chose this one, which technically isn't made for the iPhone 5c but with a little persuasion does fit okay! I love how quirky and cute the illustration is!
My Mum also very kindly chose this Ted Baker make-up bag for me- which I love! This fits all the brushes and the make-up I use on a daily basis inside perfectly.
 I've worn this Nars lip pencil non stop since Christmas day! It's the perfect true red, with a beautiful matte finish- perfect for all year round. This is in the shade mysterious red, if you're wondering!
 As always, something on my Christmas list was a pair of new slippers, as mine were looking extremely old and battered. These are from Next!
 I've been meaning to try out the Argan Oil selection from the Body Shop for a while so I was really happy to receive the bubble bath, the scrub and the body butter. The whole range smells amazing and I can't wait to try them out!
From my Aunt, Uncle and cousins I got this huge set of body stuff from L'Occitane including a perfume, soap, body wash, body lotion and hand cream- all in the cherry blossom scent!
Last but certainly not least, some adorable mittens and a matching hat! The temperature here in the UK has suddenly dropped so I'm really glad I've got these to keep me warm over the next few months!

I hope you all enjoyed this post- if you've done a similar one, make sure to leave a link in the comments, so I can go and give it a read! 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014


 Glitter Nail Varnish- Barry M
Ho Ho Ho garland- Homebase
Silver Reindeer- Poundland
Wrapping Paper- Next
White Deer- Homebase
Fairy Lights- Homebase

Just wanted to say that I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing Christmas spent with loved ones and a LOT of food!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Vegan Mince Pies

Hello everybody! 

First of all, I'm sorry for not having posted in quite a while- sixth form has been completely hectic lately, but thankfully the Christmas holidays are around the corner, so I'm really hoping I can get back into the swing of things and get blogging again! 
I've got a festive baking recipe for you today, although I'm really not sure I can call it a recipe (we pretty much cut every corner possible with our baking)! but I thought I'd show you how they came out anyway, at least to get you in the Christmas spirit if you're not already!

Our first cheat was using the Jus Roll shortcrust pastry, which is completely vegan (yay for not having to make your own pastry!) and also using shop bought mincemeat- making this the easiest recipe for mince pies ever, So all you really need to do is roll out your pastry, make 12 or so cases, fill them about half full with the mincemeat and cut out toppings for each one. And that's it! As you can see, we got quite creative with the toppings-  and ended up doing some christmas trees, hearts and one pathetic attempt at an angel! 

Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a good week! :)