Thursday, 30 January 2014

Boots Makeup & Skincare Wish List

drugstore wishlist

I'm a big drugstore lover and right now, they have some fantastic products! I'd even go as far as saying some are rivaling higher end brands. Soap and Glory is a brand I love but i've only ever tried their lip plumping lipglosses from their cosmetics range. I'm a big fan of them, I love the colours and the tingly feeling is weird but definitely helps make your lips appear bigger. There is currently a 3 for 2 offer on Soap & Glory cosmetics and it just so happens i've been lusting after 3 products. The Cheekmate cheek and liptint looks gorgeous, the colour is like nothing I own so this is a must for me. I've also heard lots of people mentioning their lipsticks, so i'm tempted by a gorgeous nude shade i've seen. Finally, i'm sure you'll all have heard of the Kickass Concealer, Lily Pebbles - i'm blaming you for this! I'm also on the hunt for a new mascara and i'm a sucker for a new release and pretty packaging. Seventeen are bringing out some brilliant products (i'm talking to you phwoar paint) so fingers crossed this will be the same.

Moving on to skincare, my latest love. I've been after a cleansing balm for a while now but i'm not sure whether i can justify spending crazy money when i'm not sure how i'll get on with it. This Botanics one is only £8.99 so i'm thinking of trying this before heading into pricier territory and we all know I mean the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. Again, keeping with the Botanics range both my day & night moisturisers are running out and i've heard good things about these, they are currently on offer for 2 for £6 too! Finally, I'm a little late on the bandwagon but i'm needing some Effaclar Duo in my life. I stupidly bought the Effaclar K a while back and it has done nothing for my skin at all, I am slightly worried that Effaclar Duo will be the same but i've read only good things about so I think i'll give it a try.

What are you loving from the drugstore at the minute?

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

I Heart Drugstore Makeup || TAG

I love makeup and I love the drug store so I decided to mix the two and complete the I Heart Drugstore Makeup tag. 

1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand?

I love love love Rimmel, I think there products are such good value for money. I love the mascaras and concealers (as does everyone) but I also really like their nail polishes. Seventeen are really impressing me at the minute too, there phwoar paint concealer is amazing!

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?
My favourite face products are probably from Bourjois! I love their Healthy Mix Serum and their Chocolate Bronzer. For cheek products i would say either Natural Collection or Seventeen again. Finally, the Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks are brilliant as are the MUA £1 range.

3. Least favorite product?
My least favourite product has to be any black kohl eyeliner. I just cannot find one in the drugstore that stays put.

4. What is the best makeup bargain?
Erm, i'm not to sure! I think MUA do some amazing products but the best is probably the  Seventeen Phwoar Paint Concealer at the minute, it's so good. I'd go as far as to say it even beats my Collection Lasting Perfecting Concealer.

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)
I really love Natural Collection lipsticks and lipglosses, they are so good and last for such a long time. I definitely think they deserve more hype, they are so so cheap too!

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
I think a lot of Bourjois products are over priced really, especially their blushers. I also think a lot of L'oreal products are rather expensive too.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!

Er, i'm not really sure tbh! I can't think of any amazing dupes off the top of my head but i'll update this if I can think of any :)

8. Drugstore product that isn't worth the hype?
This might be a common answer but I don't think the Maybelline Baby Lips are worth the hype at all. I don't really 
understand why people think they are so good.

I tag anyone to do this tag :) let me know if you do so I can have a little nosey.


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Barry M Smokin' Hot Eyeshadow And Blush Palette || Review & Swatches

Barry M Smokin' Hot Shadow & Blush Palette Review & Swatches

Barry M Smokin' Hot Shadow & Blush Palette Review & Swatches

I love Barry M and I love eyeshadow palettes, so todays post has a little feeling of 'fate'. To be truly honest, i've only ever used Barry M nail varnishes but that being said i've always had a little look but just never actually took the plunge. Well, that's about to change.

Barry M Smokin' Hot Shadow & Blush Palette Review & Swatches

Barry M Smokin' Hot Shadow & Blush Palette Review & Swatches

I'm quite a neutrals girl I'd say, especially for day time but for a good night time look, i'm partial to a smokey eye or two! This palette is the bomb for creating a dark smokey eye. It isn't too daunting, the colours admittedly are quite dark but nothing that some light application and decent blending can't handle. I've even managed to create a day time smokey eye using the two grey shades which looked gorgeous!

Barry M Smokin' Hot Shadow & Blush Palette Review & Swatches

Barry M Smokin' Hot Shadow & Blush Palette Review & Swatches

There's a mixture of matte and shimmery shades which makes it suitable for everyone. The two lightest shades and the final black shade are the matte ones, however they do still have a slight shimmer to them. Where as the other three shades are very shimmery, slightly glittery. 

The shades are really easy to apply and super blendable. I found it really easy to create a smokey and i'm a complete newbie. It does come with two double ended applicators but like many people, I didn't use them.

Barry M Smokin Hot Palette Swatches

As you can tell from the swatches, the matte shades are a little less pigmented than the shimmery shades. You can barely see the pink shade and that has been heavily swatched. The shimmery shades on the other hand are completely the opposite, the dark grey and black are super pigmented! 
The shades last on my eyelids for a good 6 hours without creasing, which for my oily lids is brilliant. I was surprised by the longevity of these shadows but really pleased that they lasted so long.

Overall, for £6.49 for 6 eyeshadows and a blusher you can't go wrong. Yes, the matte shades aren't as pigmented but the wear of this palette only justifies buying it. The blush is also a lovely little feature and i'm definitely interested in trying the two other palettes in this collection.

Have you tried any Barry M products?

Friday, 24 January 2014

Multi Purpose Beauty Products || Guest Post

Hello you gorgeous lot! I'm Charlotte from Surely Char and I'm going to share with ya'll some of my favourite multi-purpose products.

First up is Benefit's Posie Tint. This lip and cheek stain is perfect for, well, lips and cheeks really! I'm a huge fan of the original Benetint but this one is lighter in colour, and the beautiful soft pink hue makes it gorgeous for spring time. I also find that because it is less dark than Benetint, it's easier to blend and more forgiving if you make a mistake and don't want to start again (come on, we've all been there, right?). It's also good for travelling, especially in the smaller size which I have currently. You can get hold of the different tints in these little travel sizes in various Benefit sets. I love a space saving product and this one not only gives great colour, but it's long lasting too. Win.

The next product is another Benefit favourite of mine, Fake Up concealer. This is just beaut. It's got a moisturising outer around the concealer part, so it's really moisturising - almost like makeup and skin care in one. This is sold as an under-eye concealer, but I double up it's uses by using it on my dry areas too so my skin gets the benefit of the moisturiser and doesn't 'drink' the concealer! I was also told by a Benefit MUA that if you have a darker shade, you can use it as a cream bronzer.

An iconic product and bloggers favourite, YSL Touche Eclat. Not just for under the eyes either, oh no. You can use this to highlight areas such as the brow bone, nose, chin and forehead too. I like to use this around my lips before applying lipstick, it stops your lippy from bleeding and makes your mouth look fuller too. A bestseller and much hyped product for good reason.

If you read my blog or follow me on Twitter, you'll know about my great love affair with Illamasqua. I've got 3 items here which all have many uses. The cream blush (I have Dixie) can be used as a lip colour; the cream pigment in Hollow can be used as a cream eyeshadow and is also renowned in the beauty world for being fabulous for contouring pale skin, and the colouring pencil in Vow is a perfect 'nude' colour, which can be used on the water line to widen and brighten the eyes (and is less harsh than using a white pencil), it can also be used around the lips and on the brow line too.

Lastly is the classic black eyeliner. Now we all know what this is for, but did you know you can use it to create ombre lips too? I was given this tip by the gorgeous Roxanne at Simply Roxilicious. There's a fab YouTube tutorial here.

Thanks for reading (and congrats if you got to the end!) I hope you enjoyed this post, if you've got a space or time saving product I should know about please tell me! 

Thanks so much Megan for letting me guest post, it's been a blast :)

Charlotte x


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

What I Won - Surprise Beauty Bundle

giveaway win collage

Just a quick post today but last week I won the lovely Laura's Big Beauty Bundle Giveaway so today I thought i'd show you what was in it. I can't believe how much Laura spoiled me, the box was jump packed with so many lovely goodies including Soap & Glory, Maybelline, The Body Shop & Estee Lauder to name a few. 

There was a huge mix of makeup and body bits with a few jewellery items as well. My beloved Peppy Galore Diva moisturiser also appeared in the box too so I was super happy.

I just want to say thank you so much to Laura and to congratulate her on reaching 500 followers! I've been reading your blog from the beginning and you deserve everyone of them!


Monday, 20 January 2014

My Music Collection || Guest Post

Hello girls, boys, ladies & gents. Megan has kindly let me take over for todays post (she may live to regret this)... My name is Hayley, I blog over at Tea Party Beauty & I like all things skin care & gin related. On my blog you will find a bunch of different posts but mainly beauty & lifestyle. Today I thought I would mix it up & bring along some music for you all.

I have a new obsession/addiction... Taking screen shots of the music I am listening to on my iPhone. Yes I am that sad. This might be a little boring but it feeds my new addiction so I'm doing it anyway.

I am a horrible judgmental music person. Not for me are the likes of Girls Aloud or 1D, I like music with instruments or at least some credibility (unless I'm drunk then I will dance & sing to anything, I am that shameless) See horrible judgmental music person. I hit random on my music app & Deezer then picked the 1st 5 songs that played from each & here is what we have....

Bromheads Jacket - Poppy Bird
This band are amazing live & I have seen them a few times, this song is especially good live. Go check them out on YouTube my favorite video is of them going into a library & playing live, then been chased out & coming back.

Troumaca - Lady Colour
I saw these for the first time early last year at Live at Leeds & have had them on repeat all summer long. Their music has such a summer vibe too it, not to mention being ridiculously catchy.

Lets Wrestle - The One I Love
The original is a great song as it is, but this cover is awesome, plus the band name & art work is rather chucklesome. 

Dinah Washington - Beggin' Mama Blues
I love me some ol' bluesey jazz type music & Dinah has the most stunning voice, it's like it's dripping with honey & wisdom. 

Santigold - Disparate Youth
Not even the Santander advert can put me off this song & yes Santander, you trying to get down with the youths made me dislike you. A LOT.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cheated Hearts
I both love & hate this song. I love it as it's a great song (obviously). But it reminds me of always failing to sing it on Rock Band. Karen O I'm not.  

Matisyahu - King Without a Crown
A Jewish rapper that sounds like he is from Jamaica & raps about Judaism too. Amazing. This is all. 

Maverick Sabre - I Need
This guys voice always gets me & stops me in my tracks, then come the lyrics & I am sold. How this guy isn't a massive star amazes me.

Gogol Bordello - American Wedding
Ukrainian Gypsy Punk. What more could you ask for? A song that includes a lyric about marinated Herring? AWESOME. 

The Mexanines - Hold Tight 
Another amazing male voice, but they are from Yorkshire so what do you expect. Everytime this comes on I end up singing (ok screeching) at the top of my voice. 

So girls & boys there we have it, a look into my music collection. Hope you enjoyed it, I would love you to get your music on & comment with the 1st song that comes on... No matter how shameful.

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

My Makeup Storage || Featuring Muji

Alongside my love of makeup, i've also developed a little love for storage! Every beauty blogger and there dog has a similar way of storing their makeup so I had to join the trend. Say hello to my Muji drawers! 

I decided to order two sets of drawers to store my everyday/most worn makeup. The 2 I opted for are the 2 wide drawers and the 2 wide drawers with flip top lid. The flip lid is a little redundant mind as i've added my lipstick holder on top, along with my hair care pieces and my eyelash curlers.

Muji Drawers - Lip Products
Top Drawer - Lip products

Muji Drawers - Eyeshadow palettes, single pans, crayons and eyeliners
Second Drawer - Eyeshadow Palettes, Singles, Crayons & Eyeliners

Muji Drawers - Blushers, Bronzers & Highlighters
Third Drawer - Blushers, Bronzers & Highlighters

Bottom Drawer - Foundation, Concealers & Primers

I keep the drawers on top of my dressing table next to my nail varnish holder and my No7 mirror. The acrylic drawers just look so nice and it makes it easier to see your products. I definitely think i'm going to buy a couple more and fill them with products I definitely need to use more.

makeup storage - muji drawers and acrylic lipstick and nail polish holder
The Finished Product 

How do you store your makeup?


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Beauty Battle #01 || Red Lipstick

One of my goals for 2014 was to create a little series for my blog and stick to it for the year. Today, I introduce you to "Beauty Battle!" Some of my most viewed posts are ones were I review and compare 2 or more similar products. I've decided that i'm going to take three products which vary in price (budget, drug store and high end) and review them and compare them againest each other. This way you can see what's worth spending on and what you can save on. 

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bag Mua lipstick in shade 13 Mac lipstick in Russian Red
Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang, Mua Lipstick in Shade 13 & Mac Lipstick in Russian Red

I'm going to start January with red lips! Nothing can make you feel more 'done' than a red lip. I've taken 3 pretty well known lippies and i'm going to let you know the good, the bad and the ugly all in this one post.

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang

 This is the first 'liquid lipstick' that I bought and i'm so glad I did. The colour is a perfect true red, although some what glossier than other classic reds I've tried. It applies perfectly without dragging the lips and the wand applicator is shaped perfectly for one coat colour. Although I said it's slightly glossy, it isn't sticky and the wear of this lipstick is ridiculous. Once it's applied it lasts for a good 4-5 hours without re-applying, whilst eating and drinking! They only downside to this is that I don't find myself reaching for this during the day as I think it's a bit more suited to night out makeup.

Mua Lipstick Shade 13

Let's start by mentioning the fact this lipstick costs £1! Yes, you read it right, £1. I'm not even sure what else you can buy for £1 in this day in age. Basically, this lipstick is perfect for everyone mainly for the price but i'll go on to the good stuff now. This again is a bold, true red (the swatch below doesn't do it any justice) however it doesn't have the glossiness of the Apocalips. Mua do know how to make their products pigmented and this is no different, lasting a good couple of hours without reapplying. I do sometimes find this difficult to apply as it can bleed out and end up looking like you've thoroughly enjoyed tomato soup for breakfast but nothing a lip liner can't sort out.

Mac Russian Red
Mac Russian Red (high end)

Ever since my addiction to Mac way back when, Russian Red has had a continuous spot of my wish list. Compared to the other two, this is much more of a blue toned red - perfect for whitening the appearance of your teeth. Although this is a matte lipstick, it isn't as drying as other Mac lipsticks (you know the one). Again, it doesn't drag on the lips but like Mua's shade 13, it has a tendency to bleed. It last's on the lips longer than Mua but not as long as Rimmel however it's pigmentation is just as good as both. 


lipstick swatches mac russian red mua shade 14 and rimmel apocolips big bang
From top to bottom - Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang, Mua Shade 13 and Mac Russian Red (sorry for the awful quality)

All three lipsticks are lovely in their own right and i'm glad I own them all however, I like them all for different reasons. If money is no option for you then Russian Red is the perfect red for you; pigmented and long lasting with gorgeous colour pay off. However if you're not quite a mac budget kind of girl then the Mua lipstick is definitely not a poor replacement. For £1 you'll get a classic red that lasts! Finally, if you're a drug store lover than Rimmel's Apocalips will steal your heart. I would certainly pay more than £6 for this lipstick, you get what you pay for and more with this!

Which of these lipsticks is your favourite?


Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Blogger Made Me Buy It Tag

I love a good tag post, who doesn't? So when I saw that the lovely Danniella from Famous In Japan had created her own I knew I had to do it :)! It's such a fun tag to do as all us beauty bloggers are such enablers.

1. Who are your most influential bloggers? Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?
Anna & Lily Pebbles definitely, especially when it comes to skincare. As well as a new favourite of mine Caroline Hirons. Makeup wise I also find myself on Adrienne from The Sunday Girls' blog, especially for new releases. I also find the #bbloggers community hugely influential, especially during chats!

2. Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?
I think it varies really, if it's something expensive I'll definitely do my research on multiple blogs. If i'm out shopping and I see something in Boots or Superdrug that looks nice i'll probably buy it but if i'm planning on going shopping i'll research lots.

3. What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Definitely my Naked 3 palette although I technically didn't buy it, it was a gift. I'd say it was probably the first big release since I started beauty blogging and I fell hook line and sinker for it. I am in love with it though, so it was definitely worth it.

4. What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Probably the La Roche Posay Effaclar K. I'd seen wonderful reviews on this but unfortunately it did nothing for my skin. That'll teach me though, skin care is so individual. 

5. Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs. 
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Ren 3 Clay Clarifying Cleanser, Ren Exfoliant Toner, Maybelline Baby Skin and Illamasqua Liquid Light Foundation.

6. Have you ever given into blogger hype? If so, which hype?
I'm forever giving in to the hype. Most recently the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer and the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I also jumped on the Baby Lips band wagon but I totally regret that.

7. Have you ever avoided blogger hype? If so, which hype? 
Er, I actually don't think I have. I usually wait for the hype (and price) to calm down first though as I usually can't afford it!

8. Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?
A mixture of both really, I definitely read blogs and reviews for expensive items but nothing beats going in to Boots and going crazy :)

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! Just like your posts in the comments and i'll check them out. xo

Friday, 10 January 2014

Peppy Galore Samples || Review

Preppy Galore Samples

So, I think I have an addiction to ordering samples of skin care; like a serious illness or something. However it does allow me to find hidden gems like Peppy Galore! I think I discovered Peppy Galore on Twitter a few months ago, I ordered some samples and then never used them, until recently. I had ran out of my face moisturiser and needed a replacement asap. I saw this and gave it a try, I haven't looked back since.

Preppy Galore Dive Moisturiser

I'm so sad that i'm running out of this moisturiser, it's literally been my saviour throughout the colder months. I received this sample a while ago but forgot about it and then re discovered it when I ran out of my old one. The smell is probably not for everyone but i'm used to it and it doesn't linger on the skin. It's a natural product so you can imagine the kind of smell but it isn't off putting at all. 

The consistency is really thick and creamy which makes it perfect for a night moisturiser, really hydrating and luxurious. I use this both day and night and i'm definitely tempted to buy the full size.

Preppy Galore Fruit Punch Body Mousse

This is the one I use least out of the three samples but the one that smells the nicest. This isn't like a body butter, it has the texture of a mousse much like the name suggests. Again, it's really thick and hydrating. I use this mainly for my elbows and knees as they are the most driest part of my body. The sample is perfect for using on little areas so i'm definitely pleased I tried this.

The smell is quite fruity and really refreshing for using in the morning. It definitely brightens up the cold mornings and refreshes the system. I'd love to try more things with this scent.

Preppy Galore Nurse Peppy Healing Balm
Nurse Peppy Healing Balm

Finally, the healing balm. I've never heard of this type of product before but I use it like a lip balm. It's really good for treating dry, chapped lips and leaves them in such good condition. I've also used this on my elbows to try and hydrate them and it works really well.

The texture is quite thick but easy to work with, you're not scraping it out of the pot which is good! However it isn't oily and greasy like other lip balms which means it's perfect for applying on the go!

Have you ever tried Peppy Galore before? 


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

2013 Favourites Part 2 Makeup

2013 makeup favourites

Part 2 of my 2013 favourites features my most loved and used makeup. The majority of this I have been using for at least 6 months and I really do love them. I'm forever buying new makeup but these items have remained constant in my makeup bag.

Lipsticks for £1, yep I did say £1! How can these be anyones favourites, they must be so cheap and rubbish? Well that's what I thought but how wrong could I be. The formula of these lipsticks is ridiculous, they are so creamy and hydrating plus they last for ages too. They don't drag the lips when you apply them, however I do find the red (shade 13) bleeds quite a bit but I just use it with a lip pencil.

Shade 4 is the nicest bright pink I own, it's so lovely! It applies like a dream and leaves an all over gorgeous pigmented colour. Shade 13 is a classic red with slightly orange tones. This is perfect for making a statement but like I said a lip liner is essential.

Mac Lipsticks in Shade Vegas Volt and Rebel
Mac Lipstick in Shade Vegas Volt and Rebel

On the flip side to Mua lipsticks, 2013 was also the year for my Mac obsession to begin. My first ever Mac purchase was the Studio Fix Fluid foundation and Vegas Volt lipstick. This is a bright orangey/pink and when I bought it, it was pretty much the only lipstick I wore. It is the perfect summer shade but I have also worn it in the winter too. The lipsticks are just amazing, the formula and finish of all the Mac lipsticks I own are unbeatable.

Rebel is a slightly newer purchase. Ever since I started watching youtube I've wanted this lipstick. It's like nothing else I owned and I just think it's perfect for all skin types. I love wearing bold colours so this is perfect for me. The thing I like about Rebel is that it's really wearable, it can be applied quite sheer or built up for a more bold look.

I bought this mascara way back in January 2013 and it's constantly made its way back in to my makeup bag over the months. Whilst reading reviews of this before I bought it, I was worried that it would be one of those mascaras that dry up after a month, well it's certainly proved me wrong.

I love how volumising this mascara is as well as lengthening. It applies perfectly, without clumping and coats each individual lash with the right amount of colour and thickness. I literally cannot imagine my makeup being complete without this. I've flicked between this and Benefits They're Real but always come back to this.

Mua Flawless Primer & Mac Studio Fix Fluid
Mua Flawless Primer & Mac Studio Fix Fluid

On to base products. I've never been a big fan of Primers, I was worried that they would clog my pores and break me out. Then I find this £3 bargain from Mua, i've reviewed it in detail here but basically it's amazing. My skin feels super smooth and my makeup lasts longer with this on.

My first 'high end' foundation and a central piece of my makeup routine. I love the coverage and the finish of this foundation, it's high coverage but doesn't feel heavy on the skin.  It's also really long lasting which makes it perfect for all day wear and nights out. At £21.50 it is pretty expensive but i've had this bottle since May and it still hasn't run out.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 hours in Pink Gold, Permanent Taupe and On and On Bronze
Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 hours

What would a beauty bloggers favourites be with the ever famous Maybelline Colour Tattoo's. I currently have three shades but i'll definitely be expanding. They are the perfect base shade for a dramatic eyeshadow look but they also look perfect on their own.

Pink gold is gorgeous and looks especially lovely blended with the majority of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Permanent taupe is a gorgeous matte brown shade and On and On Bronze is my favourite shade, perfect for wearing on its own.

What have been your 2013 makeup favourites?


*Don't forget to enter my giveaway*

Monday, 6 January 2014

*CLOSED* 200 Follower & Blogiversary Giveaway || Skincare and Makeup

To celebrate my blogiversary and also reaching 200 followers , i've decided to hold a giveaway, yeyy! I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who reads, comments and enjoys my blog, it really does mean the world to me.
So, whilst shopping in the post Christmas sales, I decided to pick up a few bits to include in the giveaway which I hope you will like. This blog is all about student prices so I thought why not take advantage of the Boots sale!

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The lovely people at Dermaroller have also given me a MT Dermaroller and an egf serum to use alongside to giveaway too. If you haven't heard of Dermaroller before you can see my review here, honestly it's not as scary as it looks!

I have used all of these products before and really like them so I hope that you will too. Just look how perfect the no7 kit is for a pamper night!

The Rules
*No fake/giveaway accounts - if you are chosen as the winner, you will not receive the prize so it is pointless entering.
*You must be 18 or over to enter or have permission from your parents/carers.
* You must be following me on either GFC or Bloglovin - this will be checked!
*Please leave your email/twitter name so I can contact you if you have won.
*If you are chosen as the winner, you will have 48 hours to be in contact after I have emailed you.
*UK ONLY - sorry.

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The giveaway will run  until the 4th February and I will contact the winner that night. Good luck to all those who enter and thank you so much for being part of my blog :)


Sunday, 5 January 2014

2013 Favourites || Part 1


What a year! 2013 was the year my passion for all things beauty reared it's little head. I never really ventured very far into the beauty world until this year so I've decided to share with ny favourite discoveries. Part 1 is my hair, skin, body, nails and tool essentials and part 2 will be my make-up must haves for the year. 

Skin Care

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water & Indeed Labs Hydraluron

This is the first year i've really gotten into skincare so these two are quite new products. I'd say i'd had them for around 3 months and used them everyday, I cant imagine being without them. The tea tree toner is perfect at dealing with breakouts and it get's rid of all the excess grime in the pores. Whereas Hydraluron is my new best friend. This has given my face so much mouisture it's crazy. I used to get a little dry patch at the top of my forehead and since using this twice a day it's disappeared. I know it's expensive but I bought this when Boots had a third off so definitely look out for offers.


2013 was the year of the centre parting for me (not that i've stuck to it) so it was essential that my hair had volume. Vo5's Backcomb in a bottle was my go to product, it's an amazing texturizing spray that adds plenty of volume and gives the hair some oomph. I love the messy looks this gives to the hair too! A blogger favourite was the Dove leave in conditioner and I had to jump on the band wagon with this. I whole heartedly believe that this has been the product to make my hair grow. It's also made it super shiny and healthy too. It definitely breaks less when I have used this, you can see a full post on my hair routine here


Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Sometimes I really wonder what I did before I discovered makeup brushes, especially the Real techniques buffing brush. This makes your foundation apply flawlessly as you both it into the skin, it makes the application super easy and leaves the chances of being patchy and orange to a minimum. The only downside to this is you have to buy the Core Collection if you want to try it but I definitely recommend doing so.


2012 was when my addiction to Soap & Glory began and my most repurchased product has to be the Sugar Crush shower gel. The scent is amazing, I challenge anyone to smell this and not buy it! They literally last for around 6 months too, so they are definitely worth the money. I  also love that the scent lingers on the skin during the day too. I also love the Sugar Crush body butter too.

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint

I was massively into nail varnish in 2013, pretty much changing my nail colour every other day so it would be crazy not to include these in my favourites. The Barry M Gelly Nail Paint's are amazing. The colour range is fantastic (these are two of my favourites), the formula is incredible and I just really love them. They glide on so easily, covering the full nail and they last longer than regular nail varnish too!

What have been your favourites of 2013? What are you looking forward to using in 2014?


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