Whats in My Bag? Spring 2016


It’s been a long time since I’ve done my normal ‘What’s in my Bag’ post but they are such a traditional and nice post to do, it feels like a shame not to do one. If you want to see previous editions including “What’s in My Compact Bag?”  or “What’s in my Festival Bag”  click on each one respectively, or check out all of my past ones here. I don’t think what I keep in my bag tends to change but I always think this is an interesting thing to find out what people lug around, do they carry their whole life in their bag or if they have such a streamlined organised bag and I can do nothing but look on in amazement.

whats in my bag - new look duffle bag

Let’s start with a little bit about the bag itself, I got it as a gift for Christmas and it was greatly received as I wanted a more slouchy type of bag but that was still a practical size and I love this. It is the New Look Pin Stud Duffle Bag, which is a suede type texture and obviously stud detailing it has a super long adjustable strap so you can really make it work for you. It has one internal side pocket and other than that is a good sized space to ram everything in. I’m not someone that has to carry everything but I need some space at least.

the essentialswhats in my bag - essentials

So first up are the usual bag essentials which we might as well get away starting with my phone and keys, my keys are huge so they are easy to find. Another must is my purse, which is a Primark Purse from summer 2014 and it just has everything in it from cards to receipts all in their own special section. I also keep a reusable shopping bag in there at all times, seeing as there is now the bag charge so it’s handy if I pick something up unexpectedly.

keeping organisedwhats in my bag - organisation

With a full time job and a blog I like to make tons on lists and note everything in order to help me stay on top of things. I have my personal planner with my pen attached so I don’t use it, I love this planner to death. (If you want to see an indepth view of my planner click here). As well as my planner I have my blogging note book, to help me make notes on current posts, post ideas and check my blog schedule.

 

just a little vainwhats in my bag - makeup

I keep thinking about getting a small makeup bag, but as I just carry powder and my current lip product is I just used the inside pocket for now. So I carry my Ruby & Millie Kabuiki Brush, Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory and an assortment of lip stuff. So with no rhyme or reason I have 5 different lip products at the moment including: YSL Volupte Rouge in Lush Coconut, BareMinerals Marvolous Moxie Lipstick in Be a Star, P.S. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper, The Body Shop Lipstick in (I can never remember), Rimmel London Appocalips Lip Lacquer in Nova. Got a good mix of colours, finishes and budgets for once, and I can change it up during the day.

the bag of useful bits

Finally I have a little (or maybe not so little) Ted Baker Makeup Bag which holds all of my ‘essential’ or useful bits to have in your bag. Most importantly there is medication such as my inhaler, allergy medication and painkillers as well as the basics such as plasters (my friends love me for these) as well as tissues. The usual girly must haves such as hair ties and hair grips, although I tend to go for hair ties as I’m most likely to want to keep my hair out of my way. As well as the not such important but always wanted Peach Delight Hand Gel, Ted Baker Lip Balm, Ted Baker Body Spray and Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Body Lotion which to me are all pretty self-explanatory. As one pair never seems enough I have two pairs of headphones and finally a little random but I find them endlessly useful in the form of the Primark Footlets.

So what do you carry in your bag? Let me know in the comments below or link me you ‘what’s in my bag’ post I adore reading them.

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December Favourites

December Faves

Wow so it’s the last day of December and the last day of 2015, so it seems best to end the year on the happy note that is a monthly favourites. I’m also assembling my 2015 favourites at the moment so I will be thinking of my all time of the favourites of the year which I have tried to keep varied from this. So this one is kinda on the short side highlighting 4 products I’ve loved this month.

december faves ft dolly mixture, loreal

My first favourite you may have seen if you looked at either of my makeup or look bits recently, it’s the MUA Blush in Cupcake. Similar in tone to the likes of Nars Sin being more dusty pink than anything else, sitting in that middle ground between blush and bronzer. I feel as though it is ideal for this time of year adding a hint of colour and some definition but it’s not too pink. I think this is just a super flattering and versatile blush.

With party season it was the season of big thick lashes, and the L’Oreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara as I am absolutely awful at lashes. Also with a more dramatic party look this is perfect for this time of year. I did a review of it back in the day which you can check out here (LINK). It’s on its last legs but I’m glad I got the most out of it over December before placing it in my next empties post.

december faves ft mua, loreal & the body shop

After picking it up on whim The Body Shop Colourglide Lipstick in Rose Quartz, has fast become a day to day lipstick especially for work at the start of the month. The red tone makes it feel festive but the slight berry red and the somewhat sheer quality makes it fit right into my comfort zone.

For ages I looked at the Dolly’s Mixture Shower gel but never bothered to pick it up, until one day I thought why not and picked up the Dolly’s Mixtures Shower Gel in Rhubarb and Custard. The only downside is that it makes me crave rhubarb and custard sweets which I love but you get to indulge without the calories. I’m just going to be sad when it’s finished.

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Finally a bonus December favorites were my nails over Christmas which were from P.S. Love which you may of seen on instagram. I love them as they are festive but not in your face christmas nails as well as being super affordable.

So what have you loved over December or if not December, 2015 as a whole? Let me know in the comments. Also Happy New Year and have a great evening whatever you’re doing.

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GRWM: Christmas Work Do

Work PArty MAkeup

So I had my work do last week, although it wasn’t much more than an evening meal fairly tame but pleasant all the same and I thought I would do a little bit of a GRWM for it.

grwm ft no7, nivea, superdrug & botanical choice

First up I cleanse my face with the Nivea Daily Essentials Cleansing Cream Wash, just in order to make sure my face was fully clean and hopefully clear. Then for a little bit of TLC while I straightened and sort my hair out, using the Botanical Choice Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches in Sunflower which just are super refreshing and then to bring down my current spots and breakouts I have been using the Superdrug Deep Action Anti-Blemish Gel. I couldn’t be bothered to do much with my hair fancy wise and simply straightened it which my straighteners and the TRESemme Heat Defence Spray. So once that’s all done I whip out the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water (review coming January 2016) just to make sure my skin was ready for makeup, I just like this step before makeup application so I know my skin is ready.

grwm ft remmington & tresemme

On this day I decided to use my Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer to create my base and then creating my base with the Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain. Keeping in with my complete Rimmel London base I use a combination of concealers using the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory for my under eyes and the Rimmel London London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain on my blemishes. I set my makeup with the bareMinerals Mineral Veil just a beautifully light translucent powder, before adding a few finishing touches to my face.

grwm makeup ft urban decay and maybelling

Very unlike me I decided not to use a blush, instead opting for the bareMinerals Warmth as a blush/bronzer I really do not give this product enough love or attention as it’s a great product to create dimension and life to your face. To add a highlight I used the Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights, this is so pretty in the packaging but as the first time I used it I found myself disappointed and it took a lot of work to get something from it.

Slightly different eye base this time opting for the Maybelline New York Colour Tattoo 24 HR in Pink Gold, which was a perfect base and I just applied and blended it out with my finger. Unfortunately I cannot remember exactly how I created the look but I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to create a pretty pink eye look, with sparkle and depth. To define and separate my bottom lashes I used the bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara with such a thin, narrow brush it is perfect for lower lashes and allows you to get in there, yet I used the L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Punk Mascara to my top lashes which gave big lashes. Finishing off with a touch of Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 08, my all time favourite lipstick.

Like I said we went for a meal out so I wore Primark Chiffon Shirt tucked into a New Look Skater Skirt, I always love this look as it is super cute and works for a variety of functions. It is comfy to wear, yet cute and stylish as well as fitting for the occasion. I opted for the slightly more causal some buttons undone and rolled up sleeves although it would have been super easy to dress it up if I felt as though it would be more appropriate to dress up more. As I drove I opted for flats opposed to changing shoes when I got there, so I wore the Asda Black Ballet Pumps super comfy and practical, finishing the look off with H&M Faux Leather Jacket from last winter and a New Look Snake Skin Detailed Clutch from way back in 2012. The clutch is a great size able to hold my phone, purse, keys and lip products basically holding everything I need for going out for the evening.

get ready with me

So that’s what I wore for my works Christmas do, what are you doing for your works Christmas thing?

September Favourites

September Favourites

Wow September has been a crazy month, finding a new job, graduation and busy weekends it feels as though I have barely had time to think. I’ve also started decluttering especially my makeup, although a post won’t be on that for a while as I’m taking my time and I’m doing the if I don’t use it in the next few weeks its going and retrying products in case I’ve change my opinion. Also I’ve been loving some bits that I got in a feel unique order but I’m saving them for a combined September/October haul, this will also give me more time to really see how much I love them.

September Beauty Faves ft Nivea and L'OReal

So first up is something I may of mentioned before but with graduation and feeling more into doing more with my eyeshadow this month I’ve been loving the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I’ve mentioned before I buy the travel size, which is great I’ve been using it almost daily since last November/December time and it’s still going strong. It just stops eyeshadow creasing and helps makeup stay all day just really clinging on to the eyeshadow plus it’s not so tacky that you can’t blend like with other primers. This is hands down the best thing ever and if you only try one thing from Urban Decay try the Primer Potion.

My day to day makeup has been getting lazy with the weather turning colder, and some mornings still being murky and dark when I wake up I haven’t been feeling my makeup much this month. I’ve been much bigger on doing my lips this month as most the time with my eyes I sweep a touch of Urban Decay Burnout on the lid and nothing more. My go to lips have been a mixture of two lip products together, first up the P.S. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper, which you can see my review of it here. Then I put the Purminerals Lip Gloss in Twilight over the top which lightens the lip gloss adding a touch of pink and a slight sheen. It kind of creates the typical your lips but better shade and I love the colour and finish it gives.

With the autumn weather it’s time to start switching from pretty pastels to some deeper tones to fit the weather, so out comes my favourite sort of nail varnishes are coming out the deeper and darker purples. The main one I have been loving is the L’oreal Paris Color Rich Nail Varnish in Vivid Purple, it is such a nice deep and warm purple, perfect for this time of year and it is just so damn pretty. Also how good does it feel to finally be able to pick out some more autumnal makeup and products.

I brought a new face wash back in August wanting to switch from my citrus face was to something that cleans and adds moisture as the weather gets colder. So for the last few weeks I’ve been using the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Creamy Cleansing Face Wash, which really leaves my face feeling clean and moisturised opposed to being stripped. There’s not much too it but it’s been a really nice addition to the skincare routine.

Taylors Green Tea

Finally to end with a non-beauty favourite and it’s another green tear this time a slightly posher one the Taylors of Harrogate Green Tea with Strawberry and Vanilla. Its £2.00 for 20 which isn’t bad and they are all elegantly individually wrapped so ideal to pop a few in my bag for work etc. It’s really sweet, refreshing and it is the nicest green tea I have tried so far.

So what have you been loving this September, have you made the change over to Autumnal Makeup or are you holding on to summer?

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P.S. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick Review

P.S Love matte lipstick

So all the way back in February/March I picked up loads of Primark P.S. Love Goodies, which I gave all of the a miniature review (which you can read here). However at the time I couldn’t find any of the lipsticks, but I went in the other day and saw this and simply could not resist despite being like so many others in my collection.

So I picked up the P.S Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper, which is beautiful muted pink so is a perfect lip colour for any occasion. The main think I notice straight way was that despite being called a matte lipstick it has these small flecks of glitter in it which seems a really weird but thankfully this does not show when you put it on. It applies really smoothly and is highly pigmented although it is a tiny bit on the dry side, which can be common with matte lipsticks especially at this price point. Saying that it is not at all drying on the lips, so is actually very comfortable to wear (initially).

P.S Love Matte Lipstick in whisper

Lip

Although the formula goes on nice if definately dries your lip out the longer you wear it so balm up is my advice. I lasts very well and although it fades I feel as though it fades evenly meaning you don’t need to worry about touch up as it leaves a leaves a sort of stain. I have to say I like this lipstick I like the colour but even two weeks after my initial purchase I am finding that I am not reaching for it at all instead choosing my rimmel lipsticks ect. So although these are nice and cheap, I’d say if you want the cheaper end of lipsticks opt for MUA or Make Up Revolution at only £1.00 (so 50p cheaper) you get a much nicer product or even move up to the Rimmel lipsticks, regardless I don’t think I would rebuy it. Yes its nice, but there is better out there in the drugstore so I wouldn’t bother.

Have you tried the P.S. Love Matte lipsticks and if so what do you think? What are your favourite drugstore matte lipsticks?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag.

Whats in my travel makeup bag

So this week I’m down in Cornwall having a mini holiday at my boyfriends house and I thought I’d do one of these as I always think its interesting to see what items from a makeup collections people take with them. This time I have done miles better at keeping it stream line and compact than last year, which you can check out here. My idea when packing my makeup is multiple use products for a variety of looks to cover every occasion, it also helps thinking of what looks I need to cover which is everyday and date night. I’m also opting for the smaller sizes, for example my miniature Benefit Roller Lash is an ideal size.  I also pack in order of how I do my face to make sure I don’t miss anything.

L'oreal, sleek, rimmel and bareminerals

Starting with a base I am taking the sample size of my bareMinerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer, which is my all time favourite foundation primer and is a silicon based primer it just leaves a perfect base. Then I have a few foundation options first up is my current favourite for a light summer base in the form of my Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB cream in Very Light, light and with spf 25 is perfect for summer. If I want something with more coverage and more traditional I am taking the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory, this is a free sample that L’Oreal were giving away but as I’ve already used and loved this foundation this was perfect for travelling so I have kept this for travel. Then instead of taking my trust collection powder I have chosen my bareMinerals Original Foundation in N10 Fairly Light so I can add a dusting of powder of have another foundation option and cuts down on multiple products. I’m only taking to one concealer as there is no need to take more and I’m taking my current favourite the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory. Like I already mentioned I like to have multiple use, well okay this isn’t a multiple use product per-say but it’s compact with everything you need to do your face so I’m taking my Sleek Face Form Palette in Light. I adore this palette and the blush in this palette is definitely more of a summer blush with a shimmery undertone in it so this is definitely my ultimate summer blush.

benefit, pixi, nyx, urban decay, avon & collection

Moving onto the eye’s, this is definitely an area in which I need to cut back as I seem to want to pack all of my palettes as I am obsessed with eye makeup. I love eye shadow so in order to keep it perfect all day long I’ve packed my Urban Decay Primer Potion, this stuff is amazing you need so little and it lasts all day. This is something in which I buy the travel size as it lasts ages and is the same size and price as the Soap and Glory Equivalent but is so much better I never go a day without it. I have seriously considered taking my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette as I love the pinky neutral shades however, I want to stick to my compact makeup bag so instead I am taking the Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz, for the perfect day or night look and I know it will do everything I need it to. For a more natural matte eye look I am taking my Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Duo in Warm Cashmere, a beautiful matte duo which is so handy to have. Finally for my ultimate and effortless lazy item is my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 617 Iced Mocha, just to create a base colour or anything else its a beautiful and effortless colour. To finish it off I just have a black eyeliner in the form of Collection Intense Colour Kohl Pencil in 01 Black Magic which is one of my favourite eyeliner and for my mascara as mentioned above I have a mini Benefit Roller Lash Mascara a great Mascara and as its small its nice and handy.

ysl, rimmel & body shop

Finally I have the lips and I’ve managed to keep this down to only four items starting with my favourite lip moisturising product the Body Shop Mango Lip Butter super hydrating and it smells amazing. Once again I’m back to my two favourite Rimmel London Products which are beautiful paired together or in their own right the Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Line in 063 East End Snob and Rimmel London Kate Moss Long Lasting Lipstick in 08. The final is for if I want a small touch of colour and a nice sheen with the Yves Saint Laurant Volupte Sheer Candy in 01 Lush Coconut.

Then I’m taking a minimum amount of brushes just to cover all of my bases. At the time of writing I still have finished packing so I may sneak a few more items in but as it stands the bag is half full so I have room to play with. What makeup do you take when you’re travelling, what are your essential items.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

What do you love outside of beauty?

beauty collage

I love the beauty blogging community, everyone is lovely and it is so easy to share a joint passion for beautiful palettes and irresistible lipsticks but we all have more to us. We all have a huge part of our lives and interests that we all share, from pampering to never leaving boots or superdrug without an overfilled basket or even taking our time to get ready for a night out due to all that blending but we all have the other things we love that make us unique. So today I thought I’d share my other interests, and maybe you could share yours, to see a completely different side to so many of us that love the beauty world what else makes us up.


Youtube Channels

Youtube

Since we never had a TV license at university I got so used to not watching TV that I tended to opt for youtube which has loads of amazing content to suit your moods and tastes. I watch such a variety of channels from gaming/entertainment channels which my boyfriend got me into such as Achievement Hunter to the usual beauty channels like Fleur De Force I can never get bored. Oh as well as the ever fascinating and talented Rob Dyke, who does content such as serial killer files, I have an odd obsession with that sort of stuff as I don’t understand how and individual can do such a thing. We all love Youtube with its amazing content, never change youtube.


Tour De France and Tour Series

Cycling

I don’t actual cycle myself but I love watching the road races, my parents have been into it for about 10 years while I’ve got into it in the last 3 years or so. Last year I went to go see stage 19 & 20 of the Tour De France last year in France (I did a post on it here), I couldn’t go to it in Yorkshire as I was working as event staff at the British Grand Prix its just so exciting to go to the event. I went to the cycling tour series as well in Peterborough at the start of June which even if you don’t follow cycling is a unique spectical. Also if you go to events as you just stand at the side of the road its all free and you get to see world class athletes. Right now the Tour De France has started again so that’s what I get to spend my days/evenings watching, a glass of wine and some cycling and I’m all set.


Travelling Places

Travel

I love seeing new places and soaking up the culture and scenery. I’m not one of those that wants to travel the world on my own but there is loads that I want to see and do, like visit America and New Zealand. Yet I love just going to France emerging myself in the culture or even visiting places in the UK, I’ve seen so much of the UK and its a beautiful country why go somewhere else when there is so much to see and do here. I loved visiting the beautiful Dordonge region in France last year and Glasgow will always have a special place in my heart.


Live Shows

Gigs

I’ve talked about my love of live music before and just the other month I went to Slam Dunk, since I first saw Green Day in 2005 I haven’t stopped going to stuff since. I’ve made such amazing friends from travelling and seeing gigs all over the country and made some great memories, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Also because my boyfriend and I like the same stuff it makes a super fun and an amazing date night, as long as your out together its kinda a date anyway. A great night out no matter how big or small the venue is.


So what I want to know what do you love outside of the world of beauty? Let me know in the comments because I think it would be interesting to know what other people who share such a passion for make up may also have in common.

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GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

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So here’s is the long awaited giveaway which I promised to celebrate my one year of blogging, lets get into it. With a huge majority vote the prize will be an item from MAC. For the prize you can pick your very own MAC lipstick if you really do not like lipstick but wish to enter we can discuss and equivalent prize in its place from mac, maybe a blush or something. I will also make this giveaway international although I am unsure as to if I will continue to do this in future depending on cost and this is out of my own pocket.

To Enter You Must:

1) Follow my blog.

2) Comment Below.

You can also have additional entries from:

1) Reblogging the post (+2 entries).

2) Follow me on twitter (+1 entry).

3) Follow me on instagram (+1 entry)

Each person can have up to five entries in the draw, the more you do the more likely you are to win. Also just in case I might miss it comment below if you choose to do any of the additional entries so I can double check each one of these. The competition will close on 11:59pm GMT on Thursday 18th June so you have two weeks, entries after this point will no longer count.

I wish you all the best of luck, so happy entering and may the odds every be in your favor *wink*.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

What’s in My Bag: Compact Edition

What's in my bag

I’m am definitely guilty of carrying around with a huge bag filled with junk, although I’m at university 3/4 days a week and often go straight from class to work so a huge bag is needed to carry notes, laptop, work clothes ect. you name it, its probably in there. Sometimes though a huge bag gets in the way and you just want something small when you don’t need a lot so here’s wants in my travelling light bag, a very refreshing change.

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So the bag is a beautiful little thing I picked up in the sale section for £4.00 you can see it in my random haul here. It is just a perfect compact size just enough to fit in your essentials and it really stops you from packing too much. I also love the fact you can detach the straps so you can use it as a clutch if so desired or you can change up the strap up a bit so it can be a versatile bag. I’m very glad I picked it up and cannot wait to trade in my over sized  bag to something a bit more manageable.

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Lipbalm: Rimmel London Keep Calm Lip Balm in 010 Clear (Keep Calm and Shop): A lip balm is always important to keep in your bag although it is something I always change up. At the moment I have this fun rimmel one, it comes in other colours which are tinted but I tend to prefer a clear one to keep in my bag for general use. I also love how easy this one is to find as it is so vibrant.

Tissues: Superdrug Ultra Balm (10 pack): Tissues are always a must whether you need to clean up spills or the usual purpose you need tissues. Plus they barely take up any room and are actually a useful piece of clutter.

Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel: Cussons Carex Complete Fun Edition Strawberry Laces: Another must for someone on the go hand sanitizer for whenever you need it, whether you out and about and just need a refresher, also a must for public transport or grabbing food on the day. At the moment I have this delicious smelling strawberry laces one which is absolutely amazing, I tend to opt for flavors as I prefer a bit of a scent as opposed to the sterile scent.

Phone: An obvious inclusion in every bag, a phone. All I have added to it is this cute simple purple phone case which I picked up for £0.99 off ebay as all I wanted was something simple to protect it.

Keys: Once again another little obvious addition to any bag, they do take a little bit of room simply due to the size of my key ring however, in a bigger bag I find this essential also I absolutely love it as I think its so cute.

Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy (in 01 Lush Coconut): As I don’t have the luxury of having endless lip products in my bag to not only mix up my look but because I’m too lazy to keep taking my lip products our apart from when I need them. As I needed to slim it down I’m mainly going to keep this in my bag adding a subtle nude colour and a nice shine its perfect as a gloss/lipstick combination and due to its natural colour it goes with everything. Also the YSL lipstick are so light and comfortable I cannot wait to expand my collection.

Card Holder/Small Purse: I would usually choose to keep my card ect in one of these but unfortunately I don’t have either as the card holder I brought on ebay got lost in the post and I don’t really have a small purse to put in it as most of my purses are bigger than the bag. I will hopefully get one by the time I really need one.

Have you thought about downsizing your bag and if so what would you keep and what would you eliminate? It is so nice not to be weighed down with junk.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

March Favourites

Wow March went kinda quick with a mixture of deadlines and it been my birthday its been a up and down month but it feels so weird a quarter of the 2015 has gone already. Still I always love looking back at what I’ve been loving this month as it makes you look back fondly.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Viridian: I found a cute set at TKMaxx which contained this and a beautiful pink glitter colour however, this was my favourite colour out of pair and it has a beautiful pay off.  Some may see it as more of a autumn winter colour but I’ve been loving it this month, it lasts ages without chipping too. I don’t know if I’d buy Illamasqua nail varnish full price as it seems way too overpriced but from TKMaxx well worth doing.

Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob: I’ve been obsessed with this lip liner ever since I picked it up and I’ve worn it loads, a perfect lip colour from everyday to a night out no matter what you are wearing. If you want to see my full review check it out here.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 08: Although I love the matte lip look but I wanted a matching lipstick for much simpler reapplication and a different finish. Also the combination of this plus the lip liner has major staying power and is my new favourite lip combination.

Boots Cotton Wool Double Faced Round Pads: The last lot of superdrug cotton pads were really rough on my eyes, so I thought I’d try some of the boots pads. These ones are really cool with two different sides one that is cushioned which is best for been gentle and applying lotions while the other side is compact and textured which doesn’t fluff up so is great for toner or removing nail varnish. Its both gentle and exfoliating so is a perfect addition to my skin care routine. Also these are relatively inexpensive and are often on a multi-buy offer so well worth picking them up and giving them a go.

The Body Shop Foundation Brush: So I got the full brush set at Christmas and absolutely love all the brushes and use the eye one all the time but this month I have especially being loving the foundation brush. Sometimes I opt for a sponge often as its so quick and effortless but I feel like if you take the time it is so worth it.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in C1 Rose Ivory: I initially had a love hate relationship with this foundation as some day it looked great and others it didn’t. Now that I take time with the base, use less and apply with my body shop foundation brush taking the time to blend it is flawless every time and it does build up well if you take your time with each layer. I also love the colour range for this foundation as there are so many colour options you can get it pale enough and get it the right tone I thoroughly recommend trying it out.

So what have you being loving this month?

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox