May Favourites

Where the hell has this year gone? It’s the end of May already and its almost summer, I just cannot get over it but I have been getting into the summer spirit and cannot wait to try to make the most of those long days.

May Favouritrs ft body shop, kiko, l'oreal paris

So this month I will start with quite a few makeup favourite as I have been mixing it up a little, not in the look but with the products I’ve been using. As its started to warm up I’ve ditched my blush and went for a bronzer with the BareMinerals Warmth, I didn’t get on with it at first but now I absolutely love it. It just adds definition and colour back into my face and is so simple to use.may favourites ft kiko, ysl, l'oreal paris & bareminerals

On to eye and this first product I won’t go on about is much as it was featured in a review earlier in the month but day after day I have been reaching for the Kiko Milano Eyeshadow in 130  Satin Beige Cream, I love it. Whether as a blending shade, brow highlight or all over the lid it’s so versatile it’s a new makeup staple. Keeping it simple I’m still loving just simple makeup with black eyeliner, and my go to of May has been the L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner. It’s a felt tip eyeliner which is a deep black, and easy to control to create the desired look.

The final makeup item is a constant favourite but I feel like I should mention it again, the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut. It may not add much in terms of colour but it adds a beautiful gloss/shine to the lips without being glossy and sticky, perfect on its own or layered with other products. I’m back on my pastel nail kick from last year and with another Barry M polish as well Barry M Hi-Shine Polish in Sugar Apple. It’s somewhat of a mint shade but not, it’s hard to explain yet I just love how fun and fresh it looks.

may favourites ft body shop & barry m

My last two products are to help combat dry skin, I get horrible dry cracked skin on my elbows etc. so to treat this I use the unsung hero of Sudocream. It heals dry skin and put it on any hormonal breakouts it really brings them down almost immediately, highly recommend you keep this in the cupboard. Finally to then soften and moisture the treated skin I whip out The Body Shop Mango Body Butter, super summery and it feels great on the skin but what else were you expecting all body shop body butters rock.

So what have your being loving this month? And what exciting things are you doing this summer?

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Free Calender Desktop Wallpapers

So the other day I was creating some calender desktop wallpapers for my personal and work laptops and thought they were cute so I would share them with all of you lovely people. They are by no means perfect, I am no creative person by a lot of means by career is as a Data Analyst but I thought they were too cute not to share.

Any way here is something a little different with my desktop backgrounds featuring a calendar for each month, all are free to download and just do as you please with them I just thought I’d share as I often find it difficult to find these sorts of things especially ahead of time.

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Let me know what you think and if you would like these sorts of things in future as I kind of enjoyed making these, maybe something slightly more beauty or blogging related. I also have tried playing with some organisation type ones in the past so let me know if you are curious for more desktop backgrounds which are made to be cute and practical.

Fingers crossed you should just be able to click on the image and it will download, if not just do the usual right click trick or let me know. Anyway enjoy.

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Small May Collective Haul

I’ve picked up a few bits and pieces this month and I thought I would share them, with you now. Earlier in the month I posted a fashion haul and you can check that out here. I placed a New Look order yesterday, and I am going shopping this weekend so expect more hauls coming in June I’ve saved up and I am #feelingspendy.  For now it is all budget friendly essentials.

Morocian Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

First up I picked up some shampoo and conditioner from Poundland, at home I use TRESemme in the huge bottles so for the gym/swimming I like to try out some different and smaller shampoos. I love a lot of the oil infused shampoo and conditioner and managed to find the matching set so picked up the Macadamia Oil Extract Shampoo & Conditioner, fingers crossed this works well.

Tesco Everyday Value Cotton Wool Pads and Tesco Nail Varnish Remover

Sometimes it’s easiest to pig up bits and pieces as you are doing your weekly shop which is why the next two essential bits are from Tesco. I was running low on nail polish remover and find that the Tesco Beauty Nail Polish Remover is one of the best, really affordable and it gets off polish really easily. I’m not overly fussy over cotton pads, those soft under baby are often softer but I’m happy to use the cheap ranges, as I needed some desperately and picked up the Tesco Everyday Value Cotton Wool Pads.

Boots Essentials Cleanser, Toner and Exfolitating Sponge

Obviously it is impossible not to buy something at Boots when you go in, thankfully I managed to just buy essentials and although I had not run out at the time of purchase with 3 for £3.00, in addition to getting 100 bonus points I might as buy at this point. So I once again repurchase the Boots Essentials Cucumber Cream Cleanser and Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Toner, I love these they are super affordable and great for makeup removal and general skincare. The third item I picked up was the Boots Essentials Exfoliating Facial Sponge, which I am curious to try out as part of my skincare routine.

Have you picked up anything good recently? Let me know in the comments below, and if there are good things to keep my eye out for.

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Personal Planner Follow Up Review

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All the way back in February I did a first impressions review of my Personal Planner when I first received it before I started to use it. It’s fairly in depth with all of my options, why I chose things and what I thought I would use etc. so check it out here as this might be less in depth than that one and will be more of a follow up.

I had such big plans to start using cute stickers, checklists and deco sheets which I had seen with the Erin Condrid etc. online, but as I started to list out my daily tasks, reminders and plans I had no hope of making it look cute. It has also backed up not needing to splurge on Erin Condrid etc. and re-enforced my initial love and happiness with the personal planner. It has loads of room for list making and noting down everything I need for the day.

I love the prettiness on each page yet it is still consistent throughout and I don’t need to worry too much about colour scenes ect. I have plenty of room in the vertical lay out to note down work, to do, to watch, blog related to dos and any other key things for that day. With the weekends off it also works for me that the columns are half size and I have less to note down. As you can see from my various spreads, most days and weeks are fairly packed with notes as they are general weeks, when I’ve done stuff for the day I’ve kept it fairly clear to focus on the special thing I’ve done. This layout really works for me.

I am also really happy with my bottom options, I feel like I may benefit from two tick lists opposed to one tick list and then the notes as I use the space to note my weekly blog activity in terms of social media and blog posts which are routine. If I had two tick sheets it would be easier to organise and keep tray, this is something I will keep in mind for next year. I love the dinner option and although it is a shame it doesn’t cover the weekend for me it is most important to plan my week night dinners due to prep and planning ahead with work.

I’m also glad I picked the monthly view and note book paper combination, although I have only occasionally used the lined paper. The monthly view is great either as a general overview of all the things I have on that month, which I used cute pencil drawings to keep it interesting yet not too much. It is also great to look back and see what I’ve done. The colouring pages on the other hand are great for a little distraction, but I don’t use them that often as I need to be at home and dig out my pencils but it is something I am going to push myself to do more of.

The main downside before and it is still a downside, is that I don’t like that the back lined page is shiny hard card, I would prefer it to use be blank as I don’t think it is that practical. I’m using it to stick on small stacks of post it notes, but all in all I wish it wasn’t lined. I also find it hard to pin down a good place for the plastic wallet and for me it sits straight inside the front cover, although I like it there, it feels as though it doesn’t serve much of a purpose. These niggles are definitely down to my personal preference as I really do love this planner.

So all in all I love it and I am so glad I purchased it, once again you can see the original review here. Let me know how you like to plan in the comments and what your favourite planner is.

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L’Oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24 hr Mascara.

I love trying out new mascaras, they are one of those products where I am always looking for the next best product. Today is the turn of the L’Oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24 hr Mascara.

L'Oreal Paris Mega Volume Mascara

This is one of the more traditional bristle brushes, although it is more of a traditional wand on steroids it is absolutely huge. If you look it next to my L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes wand the size of the wand becomes clear. I just found the brush too big, ending up with mascara where it shouldn’t be as well as finding it harder to apply the product closer to the root to add volume and definition. Leaving more to be desired, as it was so impractical to use. The formula though is nice, nothing to write home about but nothing bad. It adds a good level of volume leaving thick fluttery lashes, which would look great if it wasn’t also all over your eyelid as well as your lashes.

I’d love to be more objective and provide a better review, but with it hard to get past the brush issues I find it hard to find something positive or even something more to say about the product. Once I’ve finished another of my mascaras I may try again but for now this will sadly sit in my makeup draw, until I suddenly run out of mascara and have nothing to use.

Let me know what your favourite type of mascara brush is? Plastic or bristles? Also which do you think makes the biggest difference with products like mascara, the wand or he formula?

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Top 5 Lip Products Under £5.00

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I thought I would start to do a bunch of top 5s, sharing the top 5 makeup products within a certain category although the schedule and frequency of the posts yet. Here we look at my favourite lip products that are all under £5, as who doesn’t like to look good on a budget. I feel like all of these have been mentioned before, but here is me declaring my love for them

P.s. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper

First up is one that initially I had a love hate relationship with loving the colour but often finding it drying. That is the P.S. Love Matte Long Last Lipstick in Whisper, which you can see my full review here it is a muted purple pink and is a great neutral colour with a little bit of a oomph. It works well with a range of makeup looks and as long as you moisturise before and after you will be fine. Available from Primark for £1.00.

mua lipstick in14 bare

Staying in line with neutral we now have the ultimate everyday nude, the Makeup Academy Lipstick in 14 Bare. Rich, creamy and opaque this lipstick is a dream to apply and wear, with only minor touch ups every couple of hours if you wish but due to the nature of the colour and the fact it fades evenly meaning you don’t have to touch up. I also love MUA lipsticks as they have a great formula and a really affordable price point they are great for trying new things out. Available from Superdrug and online for £1.00.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob

I’m going to brief with the third one in the list, the Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in 63 East End Snob. I know there’s been a lot of hype and love for this item, and it’s often sold out in stores but it’s such a perfect muted pink colour. It goes with a lot of other lip colours but looks amazing on its own and as a lip liner it lasts all day, you can find my full review for it here. Available from Boots and Superdrug etc. for £3.99.

Rimmel London Lipstick in 08

This next Rimmel one is a total cheat as I am so in love with it I’ve slipped it in as it’s over budget. The Rimmel London Kate Moss Long Lasting Lipstick in 08, is a creamy pink colour which I really struggle to explain. It is my go to colour, no matter what makeup stand I’m at I pick up this kind of shade but this is by far my favourite lipstick I own of this shade type as it’s so smooth and comfortable on the lips. Available from Boots and Superdrug etc. for £5.49.

I am finishing off with The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter, the best tip balm/treatment I have ever used and it is so affordable. I use this twice a day and it keeps dry and cracked lips at bay, also it smells amazing, so if you have dry lips look no further than the body shop. Available from The Body Shop for £4.00.

So those are my top 5 lip products for near enough £5.00, all amazing products which are really affordable. And if you need any more excuses to be enabled and to go shopping, buying and trying everything on this list would cost you £15.48! You’re welcome.

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May Fashion Haul

I originally meant for this originally meant to be a workout wear haul but as I’ve only picked up a few bits so far and picked up two bits of non-sports wear it is now an opportunity to do a “May Fashion Haul”.

First up is this beautiful Apricot Royal Blue Box Pleat Skater Dress, it’s a beautiful shape and I love skater dresses for most occasions. I’ll link it here as well as stealing a picture from the website, just so you can see it clearly. I cannot wait to wear it this summer no matter what I am doing. It will look great dressed up or worn simply with flip flops.

In Zara I fell in love with this Lapel Jacket, the neutral tones means it will go with most outfits and its styling means it’s a perfect smart casual piece. As my pictures will never do it justice you can find it here on the Zara website, I cannot wait to start wearing it.

So I usually so swimming or I used to jog daily before I got my graduate job although I intend to pick it up again at some point, I recently signed up for a pilates class which called for picking up some new bits. I mainly used it as an excuse to buy some new bits, as all my old stuff was tired and needed tossing anyway. To start with I picked up a new sports bra, so I picked up this cute George Front Zip Sports Bra. For my bustyness this would be no good for jogging ect. as it only offers ‘medium’ support but I like not having my boobs squished against me, and with Pilates you can get away with a less harsh fit. I love the colours, and it is so easy to take on and off.

Also considering you know Pilates I picked up some Primark Cropped Athletic Leggings, which is in a super pretty colour palette. These have been great for Pilates providing the right amount of stretch and comfort, these also dry off well if sweaty and haven’t loss shaped when I’ve washed them. Finally from SportsDirect I picked up some USA Pro Yoga Socks, I wanted socks with grips on the bottom as the class I attend is done in socks. I hope to use them this week if I remember and then they will hopefully make me less likely to slip.

 

So that’s everything I picked up fashion wise recently? If you’ve got any recommendations for workout clothing leave them in the comments below.

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My Car Useful Bits Bag

Today I thought I would do a slightly different ‘what’s in my bag’ post although you can check out my previous what’s in my bag posts here. I don’t know about anyone else but in my glove box I have a little makeup bag filled with all the useful bits that could be in your car although they aren’t essential, I am however so grateful for this little bag as it’s proved so useful and maybe this will inspire you to do this yourself.

Pretty much all of my essentials stay in this small Revlon makeup bag which I feel as though I have had for ages, it’s the perfect size for my glove box and helps keep everything together in case I need it. First up is my favourite item in here my Hello Kitty Plasters Tin, which still has the hello kitty plasters in it. My mum picked it up super cheap as a jokey gift but its practical to keep them in the tin and I kind of love them, you know people are jealous when I rock my hello kitty bandaged finger. It’s also great for shoes that rub etc. and as I nearly always forget to restock the ones in my handbag it’s handy to keep some in the car. Another must is tissues, the ones I have are just from Superdrug and are handy for anything I always have tissues in my bag anyway but they are handy for passengers or just in case I run out.

Always wanted but never to hand, I always make sure I have some sort of pain killer in my car, I currently have Ibuprofen. Just a handy thing to have really and my friends are always grateful. Finally in my little bag is some Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel, I love this stuff and always keep some in my bag, desk and dressing table and the car is another useful place. Whether you need to freshen up or want to eat on the go hand gel is great for ensuring your hands are clean and fresh.

The things that couldn’t fit into my bag but thought were worth mentioning are Primark’s Sunglasses a much needed essential all year round, and possibly more so in winter with the bright sun, frost and glare. These however, stay at the driver’s side so they are within easy reach at all times. Also simply because it is so big, I have some Pampers Natural Clean Baby Wipes, perfect for cleaning your hands, clearing up messes and even to freshen up if needs be. The baby wipes either stay in the glove box or occasionally move to a door compartment in the bag of the car.

So that’s what’s in my little car bag, let me know if you want to see more of these of my little useful kit bags that I keep in various places as these are so useful to have and create. What essentials or useful bits do you keep in your car, let me know in the comments.

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Kiko Milano Single Eyeshadows: Review and Swatches

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I’ve decided to start doing these for any makeup hauls I do, I think it’s good to see how people found products but I don’t not necessarily think there is enough to review each thing individually. I did a wear test back in April for the nail varnishes so this is purely about the eye shadow. You can read the original haul here, or check out the Nail Lacquer wear test here.


I’ll start with the lightest shade the Eye Shadow in 130 Satin Beige Cream, which as you can tell I’ve used a lot. It’s a perfect all over the lid shade, very similar to my natural skin tone. It’s great for having something which you can blend eyeshadow out into, such a smooth blending transitional shade I highly recommend checking it out.

The other normal eyeshadow I have is in 118 Pearly Beige Silk, a beautiful light brown. It wasn’t quite as dark as I hoped but its a great base or all over the lid shade. It’s so natural and like the other one it blends so easily, I will definitely get some use out of this shade.


I also had a infinity eyeshadow in 290, its a charcoal grey and I love it. If you use it went or pack it on you can get a beautiful dark smoky colour, perfect for an evening eye. Alternatively apply it lightly with a blending brush and it adds a lovely level of definition in the crease. The grey is slightly out of my comfort zone and my brown warm tones, but I’m so glad I tried it. Highly recommend checking out the infinity range.

The final eyeshadow is from Kiko’s wet/dry eyeshadow range and its in a fairly neutral base colour 201 Rosy Taupe. It’s beautiful, use it dry and you get a nice wash of the shimmery colour. Then by simply using a damp brush it can foil or really pack a punch, looking stunning on the lid. My favourite way to wear this is to apply wet all over the lid, and then pair with liquid eyeliner and you have a simple look for every occasion. The wet dry shadow, although much more expensive, if definitely my pick of the bunch and I’m definitely going to buy some more soon.

Have you tried any Kiko Milano products, if so let me know what you thought of them in the comments? I cannot wait for my next trip to Kiko to see what I can find.

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