March Favourites

March Favourites 2017

I feel like it was last week I was writing up my February favourites and now it’s time for March Favourites. March has been a good month seeing as I turned 23 this month, another year older and another year wiser. So what have I been loving this month.

As winter turns into spring and it’s not quite so cold in the mornings I have got back into moisturising after my morning shower and I have been loving the Ted Baker Body Lotion. Its rich and moisturising, and soaks into the skin easily so perfect for the mornings as I can let it do its thing while I do my makeup. It also helps that the body lotion has the same scent as the Ted Baker scent I use daily so there’s no conflicting fragrances.

Slightly odd one but I first picked these up on the way to work I notice my nails were badly chipped. The Quickies 20 Nail Varnish Remover Pads, are amazing at removing nail polish quickly and easily. Opposed to standard nail polish removers these are slightly more oil based so I’d recommend a tissue to clean up the excess oils.

As for makeup I’ve got into my eyeshadow again, despite been initially unsold on the Fleur De Force Quad Eye Shadow in 020 Lunar Rose I’ve been enjoying a few of the shades this month to create a pretty everyday look. I then blend this out with the Kiko Milano in 130, which as you can tell is one of my go to products and I felt as though it needed a little appreciation.

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Final favourite is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Natural & Light Bare, over the years I have found for me that batise is the best dry shampoo but the reason I stopped using it was the overpowering dry shampoo smell that I felt was essentially saying to everyone “hey I haven’t washed my hair. I saw this the other day and love it, it still works great and refreshers hair like all other batiste products without the heavy sent, its light and nothing too much.

What have you been loving this month, let me know in the comments.

Gwen

xx

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Everyday Work Makeup

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When you wake up early every morning, when it is cold and dark sometimes it’s hard to feel inspired to mix things up. I mixed up my makeup bag, and I am loving my current makeup routine so I thought I would take a few minutes to share it with you guys here.

I have to say my morning makeup is one of the most all over thing’s ever, but it works perfect for a work morning where I drink my coffee, watch youtube and get ready. I’m just on the last little bit of the PS Pro Miracle Primer , but I’ve enjoyed using it as a strong base for my makeup. I’m still on my L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory kick, the best colour match and every occasion foundation I have ever tried. Don’t ever change, L’Oreal True Match.

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So, once I’ve got my strong base I start on my eyes, and I’m so into my pinks at the moment creating a basic pink neutral shades I use the Catrice Absolute Eye Colour in 1010 Touch of Rose as an all over the lid colour. I then build up the look to various amounts depending on my mood with the Fleur De Force Quad Eyeshadow in 020 Luna Rose . Finally, I finish up my eyes with the L’Oréal Paris So Couture Super Liner, I so need a new one soon but it does the job.

The next step is to finish off my face, as I like to wait to finish my eyes off first so any corrections are easier. I’m still in love with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and I’ve been setting it with the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Power both of which are strong basics for anyone’s makeup routine. I feel like these last two are in a lot of routines but I just always tend to gravitate to my Sleek Face Form Pallet in Light still for light sculpting after well over a year now it’s still a daily go to, and currently I love pairing it with the MUA Blusher in Cupcake which is perfect for just everyday.

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So, what’s missing? Well brows and Mascara of course, I told you I do these in a weird order but its just how I like to do it. Maybe the weird order is what happens when you haven’t finished your coffee. Sometimes I feel as though Natural Collection is a serious under rated range they offer great products, I am in love with my Natural Collection Brow Pencil the colour is great, it’s easy to use and the spoolie on the other end is endlessly useful. I’m currently trying out the Revlon All-In-One Ultimate Mascara, so keep your eyes peeled as I will post a review shortly.

So that’s it my easy makeup, what are your go to and daily staples.

Gwen

xx

 

Review: Fleur De Force Luna Rose Eyeshadow Quad

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Youtuber products, they seem to be everywhere these days but are they any good? When I saw the Fleur De Force Luna Rose Eyeshadow Quad in the sale on Feel Unique it peaked my curiosity and I couldn’t resist trying it out. Fleur de Force’s youtuber at the time of writing has 1.4 million subscribers, not including her second channel with the majority of followers been female.

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I was initially surprised when the line was launched as the packaging seemed to not fit Fluer’s chic tastes and generally opinions on makeup packaging. However, the packaging is sturdy, well sized although with the clear lid, and gilded lettering I have to say it feels more like £5.00 than £7.00 not a huge difference but I feel as though more could be done to make it more aesthetically pleasing. I expected more I think but it’s not bad, I just feel like other brands at the price point offer more.

I love the colour choices in this palette beautiful warm neutrals, pretty shimmers and a good range to create a full look which can be as simple or as full on as you wish. The pale pink matte colour is great to blend out the crease, or as a brow bone highlight. The shimmer shades are to die for they are absolutely beautiful, especially the rose gold shade as I have nothing like it. The darkest shade is perfect to line, smoke and define. All in all, it have a good mix of colours for a quad and it can be fairly diverse in its uses.

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So how do the shades shape up! First and foremost, the pale matte pink shade, as mentioned earlier perfect for highlighting and blending out and it’s a creamy shade which blends and swatches nicely just adding a subtle touch of colour on the lid or a gentle highlight. The Rose Gold shade has to be my favourite, it feels super creamy and its well pigmented, it does crease up on the lid over the day with or without primer which is a shame as I really wanted it to work well. The second lighter shimmery shade is much more disappointing, when you swatch it it looks beautiful but when it comes to application it blends out to nothing so in order to get the look you want you’d have to pack it on which will create a lot of fall out. The worse shade in the palette is the final dark shade, it feels rough to swatch and the pigment is absent coming off lack lustre and pale. It really is a mixed bag and I expected a lot more from the palette, especially as a lot of affordable brands are cheaper and much better quality.

So what do I think overall? I’m so glad I picked this up on sale for only £2.00, I may love the colours but it’s of poor quality and I really expected more from Fleur de Force branded product. There are many brands with products at this price point which offer beautiful high quality products, so save your money and look elsewhere.

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The Bedtime TAG

So the other week I watched Fleur De Force and Talk Becky Talk do this TAG and thought it seemed like such a fun idea and that I would do it myself. So here we go . . .

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1. What are you favourite pajamas?

I tend to swap around what PJs I love and during the day on lazy days I tend to chill in my boyfriend PJs with a vest top. For sleeping I tend to favour shorts PJs and my current favourite ones are Primark ones with cure little foxes on which you may of seen in my primark haul previously.

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2. Current bedtime reading?

I have just started reading Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland it is one of those behavioural economics/smart thinking books which I find absolutely fascinating but as I’ve only just started it, here’s the blurb if you are curious.

Why do doctors, army generals, high-ranking government officials and other people in positions of power make bad decisions that cause harm to others? Why do prizes serve no useful function? Why are punishments so ineffective? Why is interviewing such an unsatisfactory method of selection?

Irrationality is a challenging and thought-provoking book that draws on statistical concepts, probability theory and a mass of intriguing research to expose the failings of human reasoning, judgement and intuition. The author explores the inconsistencies of human behaviour, and discovers why even the experts find it so hard to make rational and unbiased decisions.

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3. What is on your bedside table?

Most importantly is my IKEA lamp so I don’t have to stumble across my room after turning off the light. All I want mainly with my bedside is the cross between practical and nice to look at, practical = box of tissues and pretty =photograph of me and my boyfriend. I always have some sort of candles on my bedside and I currently have two from primark, one pineapple and ginger the other sweet berry and patchouu which I am really enjoying. Another pointless but something I like is the empty boxes for a body shop candle and a Laura Ashley body butter I just think they look nice. Finally is my lotr mason jar with gandalf standing in it.

4. Favourite sleepy scent?

I love to burn a candle in the evening, although I don’t currently have a candle of this scent my favourite scent is vanilla as it is such a lovely warming scent. I seriously need to get some more vanilla candles but I’m trying to use up the ones I have at the moment.

5. What is your usual bedtime & wakeup time?

I usually aim to be in bed between 11 and 12, although when it is does vary but I no longer do the super late nights that I used to do. Wake up time on the other hand is variable although due to lectures and work ect. I tend to have earlyish start so even on days off I’m awake but 8:30 ish.

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6. Top 3 bedtime products?

I usually do most of my skincare and everything else way earlier in the evening because if I didn’t do it after I got in I would never get it done. So before I go to bed I moisturise my face with Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream which is super moisturising although is sometimes a little too heavy. Next up is my Body Shop Lip Butter in Mango and it is amazing especially as its prevented my lips from drying it all really and it always stays next to my bag. And finally Assuie Leave in Conditioner, I don’t always use this like I said I do most of my stuff earlier in the day but sometimes I feel as though my hair needs a little TLC so I rub the leave in conditioner into my ends and then tie my hair up and in the morning my hair feels great.

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7. Your most common sleeping position?

I tend to lie on my side semi curled up but I don’t particularly have a set side though just depends on the night and how tired I am. If it takes a while to go to sleep I will always lie on me left side so I can leave my boyfriend to sleep in peace, this results in him thinking I take up most of the bed which commonly isn’t the case. He just likes to think I use most the bed, poor baby.

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8. Any strange bed time routines?

I don’t think I have any strange bed time routine but the fact I have to have the wardrobe door closed apparently is according to my boyfriend, which isn’t a big deal. Well its not a big deal until he has to get out of bed and close it because his closer.
9. Are you big spoon or little spoon?

It depends really me and my boyfriend switch it up and it depends on our moods however, if I get cold in the night I will always roll over and spoon him to warm myself up.

So I hoped you enjoyed this tag and if you did I TAG all of you to do it too and I look forward to reading them.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox