January Favouries

january faves ft No 7, wet n wild, benefit

Wow the first month of 2016 is almost over already, where did January go? Luckily I’m slowly getting back into the working spirit and planning bits for the rest of 2016, trips away etc. It’s been a great month, and I did some amazing things some of which you will see a small post about in the next week or so when I get round to compiling it. Anyway on to the favourites.

This month has all being about lashes, using two samples which I got with magazines in November but only just got round to using when I went away for new year. Although very so-so on their own combining the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Eyelash Primer and Clinique High Impact Mascara has helped me create a few full and flutter lash looks which are perfect for the day to day. Also they are so diddy so they can easily fit in your bag etc. I loved these when I was away and I slip one in my bag for at work or when I’m on the go.

jan faves ft wet n wild comfort zone palette, benefit they're real primer, clinique mascara

 

It’s all about the eyes with me as always and since starting back at work on the 4th Jan I’ve found myself reaching for the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette almost daily, the palette provides two distinct looks and I don’t tend to mix. I’ve been keeping my eyes super simple for work and simply use the right hand side highlight colour all over my lid, and the corresponding crease colour for an outer v. It creates a super subtle but pretty eye look for work,

I reviewed this next favourite earlier in the month, so I won’t say too much as its best just to read the review but I have loved using the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water since December. Perfectly kind to skin, but great for makeup removal I just wanted to wait until the review was out to put in it my favourites. You can read the full review here.

As you will of seen in my ‘What I go For Christmas’ post I received a Body Shop Green Tea Gift set (I also received a mango one later on as well) and I normally never give the soaps a second glance but I am so glad I did. Unlike the other kits the green tea set contained an exfoliating soap and I thought I would give it a shot so I could save the little exfoliating tubs for a later date. I’m so glad I decided to bother with The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Exfoliating Soap, it is amazing!

So what have you loved in the first month of 2016, let me know in the comments below.

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Review: P.S. Love Facial Cleansing Pad

Third Tuesday in a row with something skincare related, when previously I have gone months without talking about skincare it’s probably a new year skincare kick or something. Anyway this time it’s a skincare tool, which I mentioned previously within my current skincare routine which you can look at here.

I first picked this up because a friend claimed it changed her skincare routine and she is in love with it, being only £1.50 from Primark I felt as though I had nothing to lose and picked it up. I have to admit Primark always wow me with quality with their cosmetic items, it is often a hit and miss shop mainly due to the low price points but this is robust and well formed. Made from silicon it has a good amount of flexibility but it isn’t flimsy, I was especially worried about the finger holding section but that is thick enough and will definitely last. The only thing is the suction cup is so/so and it needs to be wet to make it stick but I can live with that I leave it my bathroom shelf anyway opposed to sticking to the tiles so it’s irrelevant to me but worth noting.

Due to the silicon material the bristles move and adapt as you use it, feeling as though it is properly cleansing your face. Depending on my mood I will use this on it’s on or use it alongside a face wash etc. but it works well both ways and is super easy to rinse on afterwards just run it under the tap and move around the bristles a bit. I just feel as though it really helps me ensure that I have thoroughly cleaned and cleansed my face and my skin feels so much clearer since I’ve been using it. Another little bonus is that it is much cheaper than similar products or options that are out there.

I’ve also tried it when cleaning my makeup brushes and I have to say it’s nice to save the palm of my hand which sometimes get irritated when I’m deep cleaning all of my brushes. I am going to get a separate one for brush cleaning but I know a lot of people use the soap and glory silicon glove and this is very similar but less covering.

Overall I love it, and I use it every day. I feel as though it has made a difference and seeing as it is only £1.50 and from Primark I highly suggest trying it out as its not pricey and it will transform your routine. Have you tried the P.S. Love Facial Cleansing Pad or and other P.S. Love skincare bits and if so what do you think?

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Whats in My Swim Bag?

Slight variation on the “What’s in my Bag?” thing, this time with a focus on keeping fit and exercise. Early every Sunday morning, I go swimming at the local pool and just swim lengths non-stop for at least an hour, it’s a highly enjoyable form of exercise and I find it so refreshing. So I thought I’d show you what I take in my bag to the gym, I always find gym kit type stuff interesting because it allows you to see if there is something you’re missing or you can better packing ideas. I cannot use a lot of gym equipment due to a malformed muscles, requiring a personal trainer ideally if I wish to use such equipment which is not in my budget at present so I enjoy jogging and swimming.

 

Anyway onto my swimming bag, I use this large Drop Dead Tote which has a cute Egyptian theme to it and I received it as an 18th Birthday present using it daily for sixth form and university. Heavy books and too much stuff is usually loaded up and doesn’t look to bad, I still occasionally use it for shopping due to the size but my day to day bag is slightly more business professional appropriate. It has several pockets and its large size is ideal for swimming as it can hold so everything I need.

First up I have the Large Bath Sheet, this is a really old large towel as I rather have something which doesn’t matter as much for swimming due to chlorine. Also it is large enough to keep you covered, and dry your body and hair without becoming saturated. Although I take a plastic bag to put my wet towel and tankini in afterwards, just so the bag doesn’t get wet although it doesn’t usually get past the towel let alone into the bag. I usually wear my Tankini Freya under my normal clothes when I go, and pack underwear for afterwards but I’m not going to show that in this post. I’m aware Tanikis might not be the best option but they work for not I need and this have proper underwired built in bras which provides the support and hold I need as being busty although next time Bravissimo etc. have a sale I may invest in a costume.

Obviously after a swim you need to shower and get off all of the chlorine etc. Sometimes I refill my travel sized TRESemme shampoo and conditioner bottles which I am using at the time but I thought I’d try something different picking up some bigger bottles to keep in the bag (promoting my laziness). So I have Vo5 Revive Me Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, which although aren’t as good as my usual TRESemme so won’t switch these strip the hair but unfortunately don’t add the moisture back ideal for stripping the chlorine but you have to ensure you use a leave in conditioner or hair oil too. There a good size bottle though and a good price as I brought them at pound land. I often find what body wash I use irrelevant as long as they clean so I have Nivea Crème Coconut Shower Cream at present, it’s rich and creamy and smells just sweet and sublte. Two more hair bits in the bag, one is hair bobbles to keep my hair mostly up while swimming and to help my tie it up and brush it out afterwards I have my trusty Tangle Teazer. For afterwards I have 3 pretty self-explanatory items first and foremost my Sanex Sensitive Deodorant, got to keep B.O. at bay after all. Then to re-add moisturise into my face I always have a trusty The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter although this always switches as well as the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser (Travel Sized).

Finally I just have a Primark Purse from Summer 2014 which has held up amazingly well still looking pretty much brand new, jammed packed with slots and places to put everything it’s so damn handy although the back section only holds receipts. There’s also my mass of keys and keyrings which despite seeing somewhat ridiculous they are so simple to find in a bag.

Yeah so that is what is in my swim bag, what is in your swim bag/gym kit let me know in the comments below? Also let me know if you know any good products for dealing with chlorine.

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No 7 Beautiful Skin

No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water

By now the majority of us have tried cleansing/micellar waters especially from brands such as Simple, Garnier and L’Oreal Paris, and here’s one I haven’t tried before nor have heard much about the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water. So I thought I would give it a go.

I always feel as though the Boots No 7 brand is often overlooked, I feel as though for most people view it as for older people but it is a really great brand. With high quality makeup and skincare, although it’s not the cheapest brand especially as the No 7 Cleansing water is £9.50 for 200ml so much expensive than its drug store counter parts yet comparable to a lot of other brands. One tip I will give is that Boots regularly give out vouchers for No 7 products with purchases, £3 off makeup and £5 off Skincare. So most of the time you will be able to get it for £4.50, or get it with many other offers available at Boots.

The product comes in a tall plastic bottle with a pump top, there isn’t a cap but the pump top can be twisted to lock it so you don’t accidently spill it everywhere. The pump is a nice touch, preventing the use of too much product and it is obviously a pricier packaging option, nice but not necessary. Unlike the other Cleansing Waters I’ve tried this one has a least a semi subtle scent

So first up and most importantly how does this deal with the removal of makeup? First and foremost due to the pump it takes that bit longer soak the cotton wool pads, or dampen them enough but that’s not really a big deal as most the time it prevents wasting the product. It swipes of product really easy and takes all of the makeup, so that nothing is left on the skin. For removing eye makeup I often find it best to hold the cotton pad on the eye for that bit longer, just hold it on for 10 seconds and it tends to remove, and at least loosen the worst of the product off as they days when I layer up mascara and go big it takes a bit more to get them off. All in all it works well as a makeup remover.

Obviously we don’t just use these things for makeup removal, sometimes it provides a good cleanse. I especially like using it as a pre-makeup cleanse when it’s been a decent amount of time from my morning skincare routine and I want to make sure my face is fully cleansed and clean. It’s a simple case of splash a cotton wool pad with some of the No 7 Cleansing Water and swipe it all over your skin, which is just super refreshing. I would liken it to the Ganier and other micellar water in how it leaves the skin, just how you want it clean and clear. It does exactly what you want it too, I especially love it before bed as it smells amazing. Use it before bed and you wake up in the morning with your skin feeling fresh and smelling amazing.

Overall I think that it is a great product, it does what it’s says it does and smells amazing and I would recommend giving it a go if you are curious. Is it better than others? No not necessarily as it works just as well as the others, it’s not hard as they are all great products and have transformed skincare routines no end. I understand here that price is an issue, although comparable some other brands Ganier, Simple and L’Oréal all offer great products for under £5.00 and I feel as though it depends what you wish to spend your money on.

Let me know what your favourite Cleansing Waters let me know in the comments below, is there any more I should try?

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Empties #12

keep thinking I am always writing up empties posts but then it’s because I write the mini ‘review as and when I finish the product and then collect them up into the post (junk in my empties bin) has built up. I just find it is the best was to do it so that I can remember what the product is like while I used to write it all in one block, plus I stay more motivated. Anyway see what I’ve used up this time.

makeup empties ft rimmel, ps love and l'oreal paris

Rimmel London Wake Me Up! Concealer in Ivory: I’ve gone through a number of these as I feel as though this is one of the best drugstore under eye concealer on the market, and it is more likely to be in stock than the collection concealer. It really covers and brightens the under eye area and just wakes up your face and keeps it looking flawless. Would I Repurchase: yes, again and again.

Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream: I won’t say much about it as I did a full review of it back in the summer which you can read here. Headline: liked it then, still like it now. Would I repurchase: possibly.

P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara: I tried this just after using the Benefit Roller Lash, any amazement in the curl ability and last from that went out of the window when I tried this. This adds a touch more curl, and creates more fluttery lashes which can be built up so I could go the whole hog or nice and natural. This is also so much cheaper with no tacky packaging. Would I repurchase: definitely.

L’Oreal Miss Manga Puny Mascara: Although I never follow the dates on makeup, naughty I know but if I followed it so much would get chucked out. I’ve had this almost a year and a while back it started to really irritate my eyes soon after putting it on and throughout the day so it’s had to go, saw me well over xmas though and it is almost finished anyway. For a review check out my post here. Would I repurchase: probably.

 skin empties ft loreal and botancial choice

Superdrug My Little Star Cotton Wool Pads: (x2) Although I love the double faced pads from Boots you end up going through them so quickly, and I love using the bigger pads plus picking them up in the baby isle oppose to cosmetics mean they are cheaper and softer than the large cosmetic pads. This means I can use less pads to do my face or take off nail polish and these can be split in half if needs be. Also cute bonus these have cute teddy bears on them which you can see in my original haul.  Would I repurchase: yes.

L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water: By now we’ve all tried out a least one or two micellar waters in an attempt to find the perfect lazy but effective make up removal product, micellar waters seem to be that. Either as a makeup remover or a quick effective cleanse, and the L’Oreal Micellar Water is no exception. Although I think I prefer the Garnier version this is a damn good product the smaller bottle stops it lasting as long only lasting 2/3 months opposed to the 5 I can manage out of the garnier but it quickly and effectively removes the makeup and leaves my skin clear and fresh. Would I repurchase: yes.

Skin Therapy Face Wipes: I’ve mentioned these a fair number of times so won’t say much, these are okay and do the job. I tend to use these for a quick freshen up or touch ups while doing my makeup. Would I repurchase: yes.

Botanical Circle Reducer Sunflower Eye Patches: I live for these eyepatches which I have no idea if they do reduce the circles as I don’t use them regularly enough but they feel absolutely amazing. Would I repurchase: yes!

 skin empties ft superdrug my little star, skin therapy & nair

Nair Gentle & Effective Ultra Hair Removal Sensitive Cream: Sometimes you just don’t want the effort of shaving and these creams can be great, I have to say these Nair ones are great and I’d consider getting more than the sachet but then again I don’t use them often and you only need one at a time as there is a lot of product. Also it cost £0.52 for two so well worth the price. They also worked in the 5 minutes. unlike some, wash off really well, don’t smell too strong and I didn’t have stubble for about a week so great for a week or long weekend away you won’t need razors and you’ll just have irresistibly smooth legs. Would I repurchase: yes, definitely.

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Scrub: It’s taken me a while to use this as I seem to go in phases with products such as body scrubs, but I love this scrub. Having a large and small exfoliating particles I feel as though it might do more but probably not it might just be in my head, but this works a dream especially for helping having smooth skin before shaving or just in general. This also smells amazing, it sucks blueberry was limited edition really but I will always attempt to repurchase this it’s to die for. Would I repurchase: yes, although it was limited edition. I would buy more of TBS scrubs.

Dove Soft Feel Antiperspirant Roll-On: I’m not fussy with deodorants although gel/sticks always offer protection, I just wasn’t sure of the initial smell of this one, not to my taste but it was okay. Would I repurchase: unlikely.

The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream: In winter hand creams are a must and I think the body shop almond is my favourite, this is my second tube. Deeply hydrating, not sticky, soaks in quickly and it smells like Bakewell tarts what more could you possibly want. Would I repurchase: for sure.

Macadamia Oil Foot Pack: I’m not going to say much these always appear in my empties as I love them so much. Would I repurchase: yes.

empties ft the body shop & dove

Elizabeth Arden Red Door EDT: Just one more after this until I’ve used all of my Elizabeth Arden Minis, I think these mixed scent sets are great especially as a gift or a way to try loads of new perfumes. Red Door is a great every day scent, sweet and kind of musky I think it’s a great work day scent just dab a small amount on the wrists and you’re great. It’s long lasting, just a really great scent and one of my favourite Elizabeth Arden scents I’ve tried. Would I repurchase: yes.

I love Raspberry and Blackberry Body Spray: I love perfumes but sometimes what you need is a sweet & refreshing body spray. This is deliciously fruity and lasts all day, I think it’s amazing, plus being plastic means it’s less likely to break in my bag. Would I repurchase: yes.

 

This One Gets You Silky Smooth Light Hair Oil: I love a good hair oil, this is one that was given to me by a friend to try as this is her favourite one and uses it ¾ times a week. It smells great and works into the ends of my hair super easy, the only problem it’s not the easiest to get hold but I have a number of hair oils on the go at the moment anyway so I’m not too bothered. Would I repurchase: if possible.

skin empties ft superdrug my little star, skin therapy & nair

Colgate Flurigard Mouthwash: I have being using this since I first got my braces 11 years ago and haven’t used anything else since. This leaves your teeth feeling wonderful and clean, and your breath so fresh. Would I repurchase: always.

Carex Strawberry Laces Hand Gel: I have to have hand gel in my bag, work desk, makeup station just to have perfectly clean hands, although I absolutely hate the just alcohol smell. This smells kinda alcoholic but more like a strawberry cocktail rather than sterile and is just a treat to use. Would I repurchase: yes, for sure.

Barry M Nail Paint in Fashion Icon: The cap snapped within days of buying it however for the first month or so of winter 2014 it seemed to be fine, I then stopped using it for the year and when I revisited it winter 2015 it was horrible and dry so into the empties it when. Saying that it was a so-so nail polish as it peeled off easily so I’m not too disappointed it’s dried up. Would I repurchase: no.

 

What have you used and loved in the last month or so? Let me know in the comments and i will speak to you guys soon.

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Blog Organisation

blog organisation calender

A new year and a new blogging note book, with a more organised and perfected method of organising my blog and mind set for keeping me on track this year.

size matters

First up I switched from an A4 notebook to a more compact A5 notebook, this was one of the biggest steps in this, having a comprehensive notebook which had everything I ever needed for my blog all in one place. It can now fit in my bag alongside my diary, so I can make notes and plans when I’m out and about or on my lunch break at work. Also when I was planning out the notebook situation I noted the number of pages I required for the notebook so I could pick something that was an appropriate size in terms of the number of pages required with a few extra for additional notes than could be made etc. Also by switching and downsizing and been able to take the notebook to work I was no longer left with pages and pages of notes that amount when creating the blog posts, or wanted to make notes on blog posts while at work or when my notebook wasn’t available to me.

lessons learnt

 So what lessons have a learnt from last year’s blog note book and how am I learning from these with this year’s notebook. First up I now know what I want and need within my notebook for effective blogging and therefore can better organise my thoughts, creating a more seamless and flowing note books for notes and scheduling so that everything has its place. I need more space for thoughts the old note book was huge but there was no logic to it I’d end up losing notes and they weren’t where they need to be in order for me to make the most of them.

blog organisation check list

Therefore this time I am making more of an effort to split up the months, having their own calendar, schedule and checklist, as well as having notes for every single post that is coming out that month either the ideas, key points, photos, categories and tags etc. This makes the space a lot more usable, and practical.

creating flow

Establishing a flow for your notes is important, make sure you know where everything is so you can find the notes you want as and when they are needed. Work out the logic you use to find and do things and use this to create a note book which works for you. For me everything has to have its place and then I can find everything as and when I need them. It’s no longer all over the place and I feel as though the notebook flows better than before.

additional tools

Sometimes you want a few more tools than just a biro and your notebook, in order to add additional notes or the odd ideas as well as to differentiate between notes and headers etc. For this I always ensure I have post it notes and coloured fine liners, which aren’t anything special the fine liners are from Asda and are only £1.00 much cheaper than the branded ones and the post its are also just cute small post-it’s from Asda as well. There is no need to spend a huge amount of money on these stuff head to your local supermarket as there are great inexpensive items which can help improve your productivity.

Taking Time

One thing I will say about this is, is that as I did it mainly by hand which clearly takes time, but I feel as though it is absolutely worth it as you do it once and then that’s it everything is clear, concise and ready for the rest of 2016. Some may prefer something more causal but I personally prefer to have everything all in one place ready for me to plan out the rest of the year, this isn’t for everyone so do what works for you.

blog organisation post notes

So that is how I have chosen to organise my blog planning this year, hopefully it’s inspired you, how do you organise planning your blog? Is January your time of year to reorganise your blog or is it back to school time in September?

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Current Skincare Routine

So New Year and I want to create a new and improved skincare routine but I have no idea where to start. So logically I thought I would share my current routine and then I can take on any suggestions. January seems to be a month of skincare on Tuesday with the next two weeks having detailed reviews of items which appear in this routine.

It has taken me forever to make a skincare routine and the most important things for me is that it works and it’s simple. Before I started blogging and exploring skincare properly, my routine was nothing more than splashing water on my face in the morning and removing my makeup with a wipe. Over time my routine has semi evolved to what it is now, definitely manageable but there is definitely room for improvement.

So my skincare can really be split into 4 times of the day, although they obviously sometimes pair up depending on what I am doing all four parts are done daily. So I’ve split my routine into what I do when I wake up, before I put makeup on, when I get in and before bed which I think is the most appropriate way to split it up.

waking up

This used to be the part where I used to splash my face with water and that was it but I’ve finally stuck to washing my face daily in the morning, a step I’d skip due to sheer laziness. I used to swap between a normal face wash and an exfoliating one but I’d often end up skipping the exfoliating one out of sheer forgetfulness or sometimes find them too harsh. The Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Face Wash is a dream come true as it cleanses but still leaves your face feeling clean and hydrated, and I often use this alongside the P.S. Love Facial Pad. It’s the perfect combination although I will refrain from saying too much about the pad as I am posting the review of it in two weeks’ time (ooo the suspense). Once I’m done in the shower I apply my Superdrug Deep Action Anti-Blemish Gel and then sometime moisturise it depends what else I am doing that day, if I’m not applying makeup or my skin feels especially dry.

before makeup

On a work morning (a.k.a weekdays) the time between my wake up section and before makeup is the time to make a cup of coffee and starting a youtube video on my phone. I don’t know if it is just me but I love having a ‘beauty guru’ video going while I do my makeup even if it’s completely irrelevant or I’m not following it. The most important step of doing makeup is to have a completely clean face, and hands for that matter. So in order to prep my face for makeup I use a cleansing water or a face wipe depending what is to hand, its more to freshen up and make sure I have a good base. At the moment I have either been using the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water with a cotton wool pad or Pure Deep Cleanse Wipes, depends on either mood or what is to hand. Also as part of my skincare I always use a hand gel before makeup application especially as you may use your hands for products, better safe than sorry.

Getting in

I can never be bothered to do a full cleanse when I get in, but so I don’t sit all night in my makeup especially if I’m not doing anything seems pointless. The most important thing here is quick and effective removal, and I always reach for a micellar water so once again I reach for the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water. Cleansing and Micellar water have transformed my routine as I know that they completely remove every scrap of makeup I’m wearing and I’m good to go. If I’m feeling super lazy, or I get in super late I will whip out a face wipe, it’s not ideal but it’s better than sleeping in making or rubbing it all around your face.

bed time

Before bed is where make sure I have a more ordered routine and it’s still a refreshing change for me as it used to be as long as my makeup was off I thought I was fine. Depending on how my skin is doing (most my skin issues are time of the month related) I will wash my face again with the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Face Wash or sometimes just water just to freshen up but it depends what I truly feel like. Then the proper cleanser and toner using the Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and Facial Toner with a cotton pad more which 1) makes my skin smell fresh and amazing and 2) makes sure my skin is thoroughly clean. Finally I use a night cream to keep my skin hydrated and ready for morning and I love using nivea products, in this case the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream. As this is a relatively heavy product sometimes I put it on focus areas and other times I put it all over. Finishing off with a little eye cream once again from the Boots Essential Cucumber range, it’s the Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel.

 

Other Bits

Eye Patches: Botanical Choice Dark Circle Reducer Sunflower Eye Patches

Current Face Mask: Soap and Glory The Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Mask and Peel Review Here.

 

So that’s my current skin care routine, super simple and straight forward with a limited amount of products. I do want to improve it though so I would be grateful for any suggestions be it products or steps as I feel as though I would like a better routine. I have normal to dry skin and prefer to use sensitive product, so if you have anything let me know what you think are really good skin care products.

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2015 Favourites

Wow 2015 went bloody quick, I cannot believe it is January already. So I thought I would take one more look back on 2015 with a look at all the products which I have loved the most over 2015, most of these have appeared in a favourites or two and these are the ultimate favourites of the year.

Starting off is with a concealer I have repurchased twice this year the Rimmel London Wake Me Up! Concealer in Ivory, this is a great under eye concealer like the wake me up foundation really brightens and wakes up the face. You’ll never be able to tell you have huge dark circles from lack of sleep and long days of work.

Although mentioned at various points I don’t feel as though I’ve shared my love of this enough over the year, the Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob is a beautiful Kylie Jenner type lip colour. On its own or under something else, I have used two of these and have two more currently in my makeup stash its often sold out so I stock up when I manage to find it in stores. You can read the review here.

2015 eye ft urban decay, maybelline & bareminerals

For more than a year now I have being loving pinky neutral eyes, it complements a fair skin tone and contrasts my blue eyes. I’ve been loving the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette ever since I first got it and I’ve written and extensive review of the palette which you can read here. It’s just highly versatile and I reach for it day after day, for work, for nights out its endlessly versatile and so damn pretty. Along with this is something I brought the second half of the year, the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Gel-Crème Eyeshadow in Pink Gold perfect on its own or as a base for any look I create with the Naked 3. I just love how pretty and how long lasting it is, I think I may try more of the range but due to its ease to fit my makeup it slips perfectly into my collection.Just a brief mention of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, I mention it all the time with any routine and it several favourites. The travel size is all you need as this has lasted me forever despite only being the travel size you don’t need anything more.

Most of the time, high end mascaras including the Benefit Roller lash end up disappointing me as I find better budget counter parts the Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara is worth the money. Its narrow brush allows you to get right to the root in which helps add volume and definition to your lashes. It layers up without clumping and just leaves your lashes looking volumous and fluttery.

2015 hair ft tangle teezer

Although a pastel blue shade is not suitable for this time of year, the Barry M Speed Dry in Eat My Dust has seen so much use this work. This was my favourite shade of the speed dry collection and I would endlessly repaint my nails with it. My other go to choice this year was the Illimasqua Nail Polish in Viridian, a beautiful deep forest green which oddly reminded me of Christmas a lot. It was the perfect shade for winter still dark and metallic but slightly different due to the green hue.

Miceller Waters have really transformed my skincare and makeup removal, so easy to use perfect for if you are a little bit lazy bit they throughly clean and cleanse your skin. My favourite out the ones I’ve tried was the Ganier Miceller Cleansing Water, it’s a huge bottle and lasts ages. I’ve also brought the travel size which was great for travel, I highly recommend giving it ago if you haven’t already.

Another brief mention here of the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I’ve mentioned it loads over the 18months I’ve been blogging and I’ve been using it for three or four years now. It’s such a deeply moisturising primer that really leaves your skin feeling fresh.

For years I always struggled to find a brush that went through my hair, so for years I used one of my mums old brushes from the 80s which was really good but I wanted to find something better. I don’t know why I put of using the Tangle Teezer for so long but they are worth the investment as they brush through so well and so easily. I’ve also fallen in love with Hair Oils although there is no particular oil I’ve loved more than any other but they’ve left my hair feeling soft and silky, I also find the smell delightfully. I have the Umberto Giannini Miracle Worker with Argan Oil which is my favourite and and I’ve used sparingly throughout using the others, you can read my first impressions review of it from this time last year here.

So that’s what I’ve loved throughout 2015, what have you loved using or trying throughout 2015? Also what are you looking forward in 2016?

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New Year, New Blog

Happy New Year! Hope you all have enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to a new year. In November I said I wanted to revamp my blog in the new year and here it is as I have had the time over the holidays to set everything up, make the necessary changes and sort everything out so it’s up today. It’s nothing dramatic as my skills are not exactly amazing in the first place but everything has now changed over, although it has been changing over the past week or so as I have no idea if you can schedule these changes.

So I’ve changed a few bits and not others, taking in mind feedback and advice I have received and tried to take them into account when making the change. I just wanted to revamp it all, try to make things look better and just slightly more professional and proper. So hopefully you like it but if there are any more things that you wish for me to do just let me know and I am happy to do it.

After the excitement of blogmas and blogging every other day which was bloody manic and took a lot of planning and scheduling in order to complete posts in time. Commuting and working a full time job as well as fitting in seeing friend, family and my boyfriend over the holiday period was just insane and I credit people that regularly manage all of these and post more regularly than I do. I will now return to blogging twice a week and back to uploading blog posts every Tuesdays and Fridays at 5pm GMT time. Twice a week is enough for me I feel its regular posts and provides enough content for my blog yet it isn’t overwhelming and I feel as though I have enough to say and post for twice a week. It’s a case of finding a balance that works for you.

So my next post will Tuesday 5th January with my favourite products of 2015, and on Friday 8th I will upload the January sales haul with stuff I’ve picked up on the sales from Boxing Day and over the start of January. So a bit of old and new which feels right for the start of the New Year really. Anyway enough rambling, the blog and twitter have been updated and everything is consistent including my Instagram and I think I’ve hit a good mix. Right shut up, Gwen, enjoy your new year.

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