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).

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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

Empties #5

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As I seem to go through phrases of empties everything I own seems to be running out out of everything simultaneously at the moment in massive lumps and chunks. I think it seems like more as everything that seems to last forever have run out at a similar time so its a big bunch. Anyway you guys know the drill, you look at my rubbish and I give you guys a mini review of it. So I apologise that it hasn’t been long since my last empties these things happen as I’ve had so many empties lately.

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Make Up

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer for Dry & Sensitive Skin: I absolutely love this stuff, it will forever be a part of my make up routine. I am indifferent to the normal vs. sensitive so I just pick up what ever is there or on offer as I have normal to dry skin and they both work amazingly. I had dreadfully dry skin over the start of the year and this was such a life saver just adding a super moisturising base for my make up.

Natural Collection Pressed Powder in Cool: I’ve had this for ages but kept putting off using for ages as it had cracked but at home its not that messy to use and I have so many opened pressed powders I thought I just need to use it. This used to be my favourite before trying the Collection Pressed Powder, it is still a great powder and is really inexpensive I just much prefer the collection powder and as Superdrug is more convenient to me so its easier to grab collection.

Collection Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory: As I’ve mentioned above this is my all time favourite powder and I’ve already go a replacement, it is nice they go so light with the powder colours but it doesn’t look to chalky or white on the skin. If you are a pale girl I suggest trying it as it is only £2 ish.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair: This is one of those beauty blogging super hyped products that is actually worth it. It has such a high coverage and blends so easily, I’m not keen on this for under the eyes but its perfect for covering up blemishes. The only thing I hate about concealers in this style is the packaging as you can easily tell that there is loads of product left but you cannot possibly reach it.

NYC Cover Stick in Light: This one sucked its so thick, my mum has it and over summer I used it and it was amazing but I couldn’t seem to get it to work. Maybe I got a dud one but it doesn’t bother me too much as it was so inexpensive its not like I wasted a ton of money but I’ll stick to other concealers from now on.

MUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist: I got this for event work last summer to try and help my make up last all day when rushing around. I have less of a need for it so I’ve been using it for my long ass day at university and work or for special nights out. For £5.00 this was great as it really helped my make up last and I think I may repurchase although as I do not currently have a need I haven’t bothered yet.

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Bath and Body:

The Face Shop Sparkling Wine Face Mask: This was another little Canadian treat from Danielle and I just this a relaxing bath treat before my birthday. I love using face masks and I think I’ve been converted to small packeted and paper/cloth ones. This also smelt like fanta grape which is a huge plus in my head.

Sweet Snuggles Vanilla Bath Fizzles: I picked these up cheaply from Superdrug as I’m not allergic to them and I love vanilla. However they were a bit of a dud they added nothing to the bath no smell, change to water or anything which kinda sucks but it was worth trying maybe I’ll find something better elsewhere or I’ll stick too loads of bubble bath.

Ted Baker London Body Souffle: This was another little thing I got in my gift set for chirstmas from my sister and I love the scent its so pretty, in case you were wondering its rose and sandlewood. I’ve just been using it after my shower most mornings and it simply soaks into the skin leaving it silky smooth and smells awesome. I might buy a full size on its own at a later date once I’ve used up all of my body shop body butters up.

Dove Go Fresh Anti-Perspirant in Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena: I love this deodorant and I think I’ve had this in an empties before its simply my go to I love Dove products and deodorants and this by far is my favourite one. To be fair there isn’t much more to say.

Sanex Zero 24 Hour Deodorant: I have no idea if this is TMI or not but when I used to shave my under arms they used to get really irritated and I know you aren’t technically meant to use deodorant after shaving so I use this every few days when I shave under my arms so I’m protected and I’m no longer irritated.

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Hair

TRESemme Heat Defence Spray: These bottles always seem to take forever to use up even though I use it every single time I put heat on my hair from using my hair dryer to straightening my hair. This stuff works so well and I always make sure I have a back up, I even have a travel sized one for holidays as its just that good and the travel sized ones are adorable.

Have you tried any of these products if so what do you think and what have you be loving at the moment?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Primark Beauty Products: Review and Swatches

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So as you may of seen last week in my primark haul, I purchased a load of there beauty range called P.s. Love although I couldn’t try as much as I wanted as the range was limited at the store I visited so I may do a part two some time soon.

Also I cannot seem to find the names of these of them although they all have a code on the product starting with a PS so I will try my best to describe the colour and write this code at the end. 

P.S Love single eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Single: £1.00

I only picked up one single as it was simply a choice between this colour I got and a white so I thought I’d get most used out of this. Its a warm champagne taupe kinda colour, very natural, the swatch is similar to how it works on the lid and it adds a shimmery wash of colour. The high amount of shimmer I am more likely to use this for an evening look but its a good basic colour to have in the collection.

It is slightly chalky though and you need to ensure you tap the brush on you’ll end up with it all over your face and you do have to build it up to get the colour the same as it is in the pan. I think the singles at this price point like MUA and Make Up Gallery can be variable, some are amazing and some are awful. This is sort of middle of the road, you won’t loose out by purchasing it but there are definitely better options out there.

The packaging is simple and actually feels robust as it has the satisfying click and it does not just open on a whim. The pan is a great size and you  get a good amount of of product which I’m happy about, no one could ever be disappointed with how much you get. Finally there is a small mirror in the lid, not a practical size for application but its a nice touch and I appreciate the thought to include it. The single I tried is PS2994.

P.S Love Lift and Curl Mascara

Lift & Curl Mascara: £2.00

I really wanted to try a Mascara but had no idea where to start so I picked the lift and curl mascara simply because purple is my favourite colour, logic I know. The brush of one long side and one short side similar is becoming more and more popular these days which is great as I am thoroughly enjoying. This brush type really does create the curl and I absolutely love it, this didn’t quite match up to Benefits Roller Lash mascara but I’m loving the curl it creates and for only £2.00 it is worth checking out.

P.S. Love eyeliner duo

Eyeliner and Pencil Sharpener (2pack): £1.00

There were several different colour options but I went for the practical of a nude and white for neutral eyes and pretending I’m not tired. These swatched beautifully and I couldn’t wait to use them only problem was when I actually did. On the water line or the lid for that matter it resulted in not product transfer and no change in appearance which is a shame. Inexpensive but not worth picking up, pay a little bit more for something that is better quality.

P.S. Love lip crayon

Lip Gloss Crayon: £1.50

There were a number of colours but as sometimes lip crayons can be hit a miss, so if in doubt I’ll opt for a lighter neutral colour. I find lip crayons useful to slip in my bag for easy touch ups as they can’t really go wrong so I thought it would be a great idea to try one. As it can be seen from the swatch there is no colour pay off but I simply put that down to the colour I selected, it simply has a slight pink tint if you look hard enough and a load of glitter. I’m not keen on glitter lips especially for everyday so would only use it for a night time look, adding an additional layer of glitter between lectures can only look tacky and for a lip gloss stick it seems to only add glitter rather than a glossy finish. Unfortunately this is a no go as it feels so greesey on the lips, I even kissed my boyfriend when I had it on to see what he thought for the kissability test. He found it so greesey he was pulling faces and made me fetch him a make up wipe, it is not worth it. I don’t know whether to try the other colours or not as it is so hit and miss, have you tried any other of the lip gloss crayons if so what do you think? The lip gloss crayon I tried is light pink and has the code PS2652-01.

P.S. Love Blush Sticks

Blush Sticks (Coral & Pink): £1.50

I’d never used blush sticks before buying these two so it took a while to get the trick of applying these as its different to everything else. I picked up a beautiful bright pink and a coral type pink, which are beautiful and blend out effortlessly. They also stay on all day which is more a trait of cream blush rather than just these sticks themselves so its well worth having them in your collection. I think I do still prefer my powder blush but its well worth having a few cream products in your collection in your long days or nights when you want your make up to stay. If you want to try out to cream products but not sure what to make of them its not a bad to start off with the P.S Love range as they are pigmented, blendable and if you don’t like them its only £1.50 so you have nothing to loose really. Just one last think I suggest warming up before you use it so I simply pop it in my bra before I start doing my make up and then it applies perfectly. The blush sticks I tried was a bright pink (PS2996-01) and a coral pink (PS2996-00).

P.S. Love nails

Nail Polish: £1.00 £0.80

All of the nail varnishes are meant to retail for £1.00 but since December they’ve been priced at £0.80 which you cannot possibly go wrong with. Unfortunately I haven’t taken a snap of the nail varnish but this one is simply amazing, its a really good quality glitter polish in which great with two coats giving an amazing pay of and it looks great. It removes easily but it doesn’t peel off like the barry M glitter polishes, so swap inexpensive for even more inexpensive especially as glitter nails aren’t for everyday. I’ve tried a few other colours and am presently surprised with the quality of what I have tried so if you fancy one don’t hesitate to pick one up.

False Nails: £1.00

 I picked up these false nails for 50p and couldn’t resist I’m planning to wear them this weekend when we go London Zoo for my Birthday. However I’ve brought countless set of nails in the pasts and I love them, they last a few days even more if you buy better glue and look amazing. Primark’s false nails are especially great for special nights out as they are so inexpensive and look absolutely amazing.

What have you tried from the P.S. Love range, what is worth trying and what isn’t? I’m impressed with some and not so with others but with the range been so inexpensive I don’t feel as though I’m wasted money.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Valentines Day: Beauty and Make Up

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I’m not big on the commercialism that goes along with valentines the tacky hearts, balloons, chocolates and worst of all red roses but for me its a nice excuse to go out for a lovely meal and spend the day together. In addition to that I can pamper myself a bit the night before which is a bonus too. This was meant to be more of a OOTD/OOTN post but as I completely forgot it will just be my make up I wore ect.

The Night Before

It’s time for a well earned spot of me time after a busy week of university and work I decided to treat myself to a spot of pampering. In the morning I washed my hair and used a hair mask as well as hair oil, the winter weather is really drying out my hair and I’ll do anything to keep my hair silky and smooth.

So then I decided to rush myself a deep luxurious bath with my Ted Baker Bath Foam, as well as using the time to indulge even further with The Face Shop Sparkling Wine Face Mask. Nothing beats relaxing bath with a face mask, I also watch a touch of youtube on my phone as I knew I’d be having a bath at the end of the week I saved up a bunch of youtube from through out the week by adding them all to my watch later list.

However, I was meant to be using the gorgeous smelling LUSH Think Pink Bath Bomb but with the boards in store I never realise that has Lavender Oil in it which I’m allergic to, severely allergic. I made that mistake with several bath bombs I brought as I don’t usually buy lush so the only one I could use was the butter ball which I loved. So sadly the twilight bath bomb, think pink bath bomb and big blue bathroom have had to be chucked, at least then bin may smell nice.

Day Time

DSCF4499[1]We don’t do a soppy Valentines Day for us it is most important to spend the day together, so we hopped on the bus to Watford and spent the day browsing the shops and having a delicious lunch at GBK nomnom. 

During the Day I kept my make up simple underneath my Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Light Porcelain I wore my Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur, all as a simple attempt to make me look more awake than I really was after a stressful week. To add a slight flush to my cheeks I used the Make Up Revolution Blush in Now!, I cannot believe it was only £1.00 you get so much product and it is really well pigmented well worth checking out. I sealed it all in with my Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory before moving onto my eyes. As I was pressed for time in the morning I kept it simple just adding a wash of colour over my lid with my Hello Kitty Shimmer Dust in Dappled (Hello Kitty always makes me smile), before adding a small bit of highlight to the corner of my eye with the colour Aurora from my MUA Heaven and Earth palette.  I finished it all off with my sample of Benefits Roller Lash Mascara (which is amazing) and a swish of YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut over my lips. Real sorry there are no pictures we were stretched for time.

Night Time

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The main cliché thing we do on Valentines Day is go out for a meal, we love Bella Italia but its pricey for a student so its a treat kinda thing and its not tacky on Valentines. Also the Valentines menu is often great value but it was a bit crap this year so we booked out table for the standard one.

We got home with 30mintues until we had to leave again so I went for stuff which is effortless much looks great, upon getting in I removed all my make up with the L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water. I’ve liked both the items I’ve tried from the Skin Perfection line so I’m tempted to try more, the micellar water removes make up so effortlessly and I’m so glad I picked it up. Then I jumped in the shower as a refresher is always essential before going to dinner and a 2 minute relax session before undertaking the most manic multitasking session of my life.

I used my good ol faithful base of Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer which I am quickly running out of. I decided to use my bare minerals face products as they effortlessly blend and you can never get it wrong so I used my bareMinerals Original Foundation in Fairly Light blending it out with my bareMinerals Flawless Face Brush a perfect pair really. I finished off my face with yet more Bare Minerals products, I used my bareMinearls Loose Blush in Luminary and sealed in with my bareMinearals Mineral Veil. Finally moving on to a different brand of make up now, I used a mixture of bareMinerals single loose eye shadows and a No7 mini eye palette which was a Christmas gift to create a simple brown smokey eye. Finally to finish off the look I used a pink berry lip crayon from No 7 from another Christmas set so I don’t have the names.

So there you go my make up for the day, sorry I don’t have the pictures it was just a semi rushed day and I got caught up in the moment I didn’t have a chance to do it. Anyway I hope you all had a lovely Valentines Day whatever you did and I will speak to you guys again in my next post on Friday which will be a review on the Maybelline Baby Skin Primers.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Empties #3

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Its seems ages to have empties then I have them all at once. I always love these types of things as because someone’s tried them in full you get a clearer idea of what they are really like so here we go.

Skincare
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Superdrug’s Sugar and Spice Self-heating mask: I haven’t used the sauna/self-heating mask in years and I just had an urge to have it plus it vanilla and I cannot resist anything vanilla. I put it on while I had a lovely long relaxing bath and it was so nice highly recommend trying out. Available from Superdrug for £0.99.

Superdrug’s Fruit Sorbet Antioxidant Peel-Off Mask: Another from my mask buying spree before I brought a tube of one. I love peel off ones as I always feel like they do more for clearing your skin, I don’t think they always do but I always feel better after. Its beautifully subtle fruity fragrance as sometimes fruity scents are really overpowering. Available from Superdrug for £0.99.Superdrug’s Cleansing Facial Wipes (for sensitive skin): These were a complete dud, really dry and barely took off any make up. To hope to get any make up off I’d really have to scrub my face and eye area which is no good for my eye health. In the end my boyfriend just used them occasionally or used them as hand wipes. I’m now back to my tesco everyday value face wipes as they are 50p and so amazing. Available from Superdrug for £0.99.

Superdrug’s Pore Cleansing Pads: Initially I picked these up for my boyfriend but now we both use them in just a very quick and simple step to add to my skin routine. Also pretty much all of Superdrug’s own brand stuff is on offer and I love most of the stuff I’ve tried so far, inexpensive and amazing. Available at Superdrug for £2.69 however, its always on buy one get one free.

Escenti Tea Tree Facial Wash Gel: This got dropped on the floor and the cap broke, it just went every where which really sucks so half of it was wasted. A good inexpensive face wash and tea tree has great benefits although as its body care and there isn’t one in my university town I’ve replaced it with a face was from the Superdrug tea tree range.

Makeup

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Light Porcelain: I’ve already repurchased this as its such a great foundation especially for us very fair skinned girls which often find it hard to find a good drugstore foundation shade. Although I think by now pretty much everyone has seen/tried it so there is no point going on and on. Available at Boots and Superdrug for £8.99.NYC All Day Long Smooth Skin Foundation in Classic Ivory: This is one of those never mentioned products but is actually really good and its great value for money, also its so inexpensive and great for those trying out. I haven’t repurchased as this is the lightest shade and its too dark and pretty much done so its time to throw it out. Available from Superdrug for £3.99.MUA Cover and Conceal Concealer in Light: Super cheap and not a bad colour match consider there are only 3 colours but they are way too limited. I found the formula really watery and it only hides tiny flaws so not really a ‘concealer’. Definitely better to spend more or a better concelear as there are such good ones available at the drug store. Available from MUA and Superdrug for £1.00.

MUA Blush in Bon Bon: I love this blush but I dropped it and it smashed but as its £1.00 and its more effort than its worth to replace it so I simply brought a new one. It just adds a subtle flush to your face, definitely worth looking at the MUA blush range and at £1.00 each there is no excuse not too. Available from MUA and Superdrug for £1.00.

Other

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The Body Shop Passion Fruit Shower Gel: I love passion fruit and this is amazing. Okay as far as I’m concerned shower gel is shower gel, I’m clean that is all that matters but it smells amazing. Available from The Body Shop for £4.00 £2.00.Dove Go Fresh Compressed in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena: I’ve had this in my other empties and there isn’t much to say. Works well. Smells nice. Its deodorant what more is there to add. Available everywhere.

And 2 dried out unknown nail varnishes and a knock of beauty blender.

Lots of Love,
Gwenllian Branwen
xxx

2014 Favourites

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So this year I started this blog back in June 2014 and its weird its all coming to an end, I’m on the verge of exams and entering my final semester at university, its been a different 12 months. I’ve also grown to love the beauty/blogging community so thanks to all of you. So I thought I’d look back on all of my favourite products of 2014.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: I got this back in October as a two year anniversary present from my boyfriend, I have pretty much used this every day since getting it as it great for day time and more glam looks and is a beautifully shaded although I’m aware with the pink tones aren’t for everyone but the quality of these shadows compared to the dupes its totally worth the splurge. Although in regards to the Urban Decay vs cheap dupes if you use it daily and its within your means then by all means splurge, if you cannot afford them or won’t use them very regularly then go for the dupe.

Urban Decay Primer Potion: After trying samples I fell in love with eyeshadow primers after the Soap and Glory one was such a dud. Major staying power and no creases its simply perfect.

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette: Up until mid October and getting my Naked 3 this was my daily palette and it still gets used frequently as both are fairly different types of nude. A beautiful range of creamy blendable eyeshadows where you can easily take a look from day to night, super budget friendly too.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation: Why I had waited so long to try this foundation I have no idea because it is amazing, it has the perfect amount of coverages with a radiant dewy finish. Another little bonus is that they do proper pale girl shades which not enough brands do. 

Tanya Burr Nail Varnish in Penguin Chic: I haven’t tried much of the products launched my youtubers this year as not all have interested me I love Tanya Burr but here cosmetic line was never anything I was interested in. One day I saw this on a stand in Superdrug and fell in love with it immediately, the rest is history as its semi neutral and works well a large majority of the year and for a lot of occasions.

Aussie Miracle Recharge Shine Leave in Conditioner: I’ve been trying to find a great non heavy leave in conditioner and earlier this year I finally found one, its just amazing and has done wonders for my hair. You can check out my full review of this here.

The Body Shop Passionfruit Body Butter: Okay I love all of the Body Shop’s Body Butters but this is by far my favourite scent of the all. I adore everything passion fruit and it lasts ages however, I have ordered a blueberry body butter now which I’m excited to try out too.

So what were your favourite products of 2014 and did you find any holy grail products this year?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Another Haul

Sorry its been quietish on the blog  front but with deadlines looming finding time to blog is hard to do as we speak I will be in the library doing work as this is scheduled from Sunday night after a busy day shopping. Also sorry for lack of November favourites I haven’t had the time to sit down think and put everything together.

Superdrug

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So I brought these on a separate trip to Superdrug/Town that everything else. I wanted a more wintery nail varnish and that got distracted by triple points and 3 for 2 offers.

Make Up Academy Nail Varnish in Deepest Purple: This is the kind of perfect autumn/winter colour, such a beautiful warm colour that can be worn for any occasion. Only problem is that it isn’t as opaque as I would of liked it just means it lasts a bit longer to build up colour but it is worth it.

Maked Up  Academy Nail Varnish in Red Rose: This is purely as I have no reds in my nail varnish collection and feel like I really ought to, what’s a nail varnish make up without a red one?

Make Up Academy Intense Colour Eyeliner in Snow White: I wanted to start using white eyeliner on my eyes to make them look brighter but its not that great on the waterline however, it is a decent eyeshadow primer and good for brightening the inner corners with eye make up.

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So this is from a second superdrug trip where actually everything was stuff I needed.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in C1 Rosy Ivory: I’m almost out of my rimmel wake me up foundation and thought I’d try something a bit different, I’ve heard loads of good things about this foundation. Also I love the fact I’ve managed to find a perfect stage although we’ll see when it gets on my face but I’m going to wait till I’ve use all of my other foundations first.

Make Up Revolution Blush in Now!: Last week I dropped my MUA blush in bon bon and its smashed and its too cheap and I’m too lazy to fix it so I set out to buy that but it wasn’t there then I found this one at the Make Up Revolution counter and its so pretty and I’m excited to finally try out the brand. This packaging also feels more sturdy than MUA’s and the pan is bigger though both at £1.00 I’m happy with either.

Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer in Shade 1 Naked: I always love trying new concealers, the friend I was shopping with was repurchasing this as she loves it I thought I would give it a go. Has any one else tried it, if so what do you think?

Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory: I’m hitting serious pan on my current ones of these so instantly repurchased this at my next opportunity despite having 3 other pressed powders in other colours from other brands but this is my favourite so always has to be in my collection.

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So next stop is a must which is primark, although due to it been a small one I couldn’t get loads.

Bambi Vest and Pants set: I been eying this up for ages and finally took the plunge and brought it, its just a cute set that can be for bed or just use the top as a vest or something either way its super cute and I love it. This set was £6.00.

Batman Slipper Socks: I love slipper sock although these aren’t for me they are for my boyfriend despite been from the womens section. He needs to slippers and he loves batman, although he’s more of a marvel man in general. I love the fact these are so soft and they can easily go in the wash if needs be. These cuties were £4.00.

Ivory Pillowcases: I got these to go over my pillows before putting on the actual pillow case if that makes sense, as I hate it when pillow pokes out so these are great as they are so inexpensive at only £1.80 for the pair.

Opaque Tights: Its winter so opaque tights are a must and I love these one so I picked these ones up they are so much less than opaque tights elsewhere and are really well made. 1 pair of tights is £2.50.

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I’ve never been in a Discount UK before so we went it, its essentially the same as home bargains/B&M and I found some good deals.

Marvel Deodorant & Shower gel gift set. a £3 bargain that I brought for my boyfriend for the simple reason that I knew he would love it, plus hopefully if his using this he can stop using my body shop ones but you never know.

Calvin Kline Cream Eyeshadow: I’ve been on the search for this for a good 6months and only every found blue/purple ones or essentially any colour I wouldn’t actually wear but I found this today and didn’t have to think twice and I’m so excited to start using this either as a colour in its own right or as a base. £1.00 and completely amazing.

So I hope you liked my haul, what have you brought recently? Have you brought anything in the sales recently?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen 

xox

Make Up Collection and Storage Part One

Okay I don’t really have proper storage and this isn’t really my full collection it is just everything that has come to university with me so I just thought I’d do a lovely little post of everything I own/use regularly enough to justify bringing.

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As you can see everything has its places and are relatively easy to get to and with my current set up this is the idea make up set up as its next to the window so I can do my make up effortlessly in natural light. So now I’ll show you the majority of my collection as I missed the odd bits out (because I’m useless) and then a mini opinion on each of them or what I use it for.

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L’oreal Skin Perfection Cleansing and Perfecting Milk: I haven’t used that much of this much as I’ve been swapping which products I’ve been using and so far I do like this.

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter: I love Body Shop body deeply hydrating and they smell delicious, I always by them on offer as they are a lot but I don’t think they are overpriced as a little can go a long way. So find your perfect scent and buy one.

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer Sensitive: The perfect base for everyday and I love this however, I feel like I’ve mentioned this loads. I have sensitive opposed to normal as I’ve been having more breakouts recently so I felt like this was best.

Superdrug Deep Action Anti Blemish Gel: This is a fairly recent purchase which I haven’t used that much yet but I am going to review once I feel like I’ve used this long enough to give and informed review.

Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream Normal and Combination Skin: On bucking up my skin care routine I’ve kept meaning to buy a night cream, this was half price in Superdrug and I love Nivea so it was a no brainer cannot wait to get used to incorporating it into my daily routine.

Superdrug Cleansing Face Wipes in Sensitive: Brought these and they were a complete dud, I couldn’t be bothered when I got in to do the full take off so decided to use a wipe then remove the rest fully later. Well it barely removed anything and my eye shadow was fully intact despite saying it even removes waterproof makeup. When I have enough (i have 3 already) I may do a disappointing products post.

The Body Shop Love Ect Body Lotion: When my hands are dry this typically comes in my bag with me I really need to move this into one of them, unfortunately love ect has been discontinued.

Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Eye Makeup Remover: This is so thick and creamy and feels amazing on the skin I’m really enjoying it and will definitely repurchase it.

Tesco Everyday Value Facial Wipes: Honestly the best make up wipes I have ever used, it even removes tough waterproof makeup. I tend to only use wipes when I get in late or I’m feel really lazy but they are always handy to have around.

Superdrug Deep Action Pore-Cleansing Nose Strips: These were a buy one get one free item and they are alright and I will use them but they aren’t great.

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Sanex Zero Roll on: This is great for working out and is a really heavy duty deodorant.

Compressed Dove Antiperspirant in Beauty Finish and Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena: The pomegranate one is my favourite deodorant and my boyfriend loves it too so I have two as he tends to steal them.

Superdrug Nail Varnish Remover: This is almost done and is pretty much a bog standard and really good nail varnish remover, no point spending money where it isn’t needed.

Superdrug Moisturising Nail Varnish Remover: This I bought this as a replacement for the other one but this leaves an oily residue on the skin that I am really not keen on and it doesn’t feel likes it works as well but I will use it up.

Sainsburys and Superdrug Cotton Pads: I tend to buy the baby ones as they are much bigger and more useful for take makeup off although the small ones are good for nail varnish. However, I am currently stuck with all small as this is what happens when you ask your boyfriend to pick some up for you.

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Mark Hill De Frizz Control and Shine Spray: This was a pound shop gem and it was absolutely amazing I’m going to be sad when it’s used up as it was discontinued. Basically the most amazing light hold shine spray ever.

Aussie Miracle Recharge Shine Leave in Conditioner: I reviewed this the other day so check that out here.

Superdrug Extra Firm Hold Hair Spray: I used this occasionally and it holds so well, only problem with it is that it goes so stiff and crunchy so I’m on the look out for something new but will still have a high level of hold.

TRESemme Heat Defence Spray: Basically the ultimate heat defence spray which I cannot do without, something that everyone should own.

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Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo: Brought this for travel over the summer and its lasted me ages as I don’t use it that often but it is simply amazing although I’m not overly keen on the scent of the blush one.

The Body Shop Hair Chalk: I bought this last easter and haven’t used it overly much as I haven’t really had the occasion too, it is a stunningly beautiful colour and works really well even with dark brown hair.

Makeup Academy Pro-base Fixing Spray: I used this loads over the summer especially during long days of working events and its so good or I use it when I have like a 12 hour day out of the house due to lectures and work.

Foot Pack: This is absolutely amazing as I have such bad cracked feet and I constantly rebuy it.

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Urban Decay Naked 3: This was a gift from my boyfriend and I absolutely love it, i use it most days it is the most beautiful and pigmented shadows. I’d highly recommend it if you are considering a naked palette.

Makeup Academy Heaven and Earth Palette: The most perfect budget neutral palette and I’m getting close to hitting pan on one or two luckily I’m so obsessed with my naked palette this has been saved.

Make Up Academy Pretty Edgy Palette: The main reason I wanted this was that I really loved the packaging it is just absolutely beautiful and the colours are amazing too anyway, its definitely more of an evening look palette though.

Barry M Super Chic Palette (Superdrug Limited Edition): One of those saw it, wanted it and bought it as its beautiful despite being out of your comfort zone.

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So these are all my Elizabeth Arden Miniatures that I absolutely love in order there is: Green Tea; Mediterranean; Sunflower; Red Door and Pretty.

As this is a long post and it’s taken me a while to write I am splitting it in two and the second half will be up in a few days. I love finding out about different peoples make up storage options and their main collection how they lay out their everyday products. How do you store your makeup? Whats in your everyday make up collection?

Love
Gwenllian Branwen
xox

Day 109: Opps I couldn’t resist

Today I met up with one of my old Sixth Form friends in town, before we both return to university for our final years we were going to have lunch and just window shop which never happens. So I managed to bring it in a little and brought only stuff I told myself I really needed (even if I didn’t)

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So first up I went into H&M and brought leggings and a cute tee. The leggings or more like treggings I genuinely needed, my leggings are dying as I live in them and its so hard so find something that isn’t see through and those that aren’t always end up being too short in the leg. These are perfect, not see through well made and they are plenty long enough no more flashing my ankles. I’m so pleased with these and for £12.99 its a bargain. Available from H&M here.

I also brought the dusty print over sized tee, I just thought itt’d be great for uni when I couldn’t be bothered and wanted to be comfy. It will look effortlessly stylish with ankle boots, a snood and leather jacket as well as been 9am lecture friendly. Effortless rock chic is what I’m all about really. Available from H&M here for £7.99.

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Then I got some beauty bits from Pound World and Superdrug.

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So first up from poundworld I picked up a tube of maybelline baby lips, haven’t tried any yet and just thought why not for a pound, I’m excited to use it and think it will be one of those go to lip products that doesn’t leave my bag. I also picked up Myleene Klass nail wraps they are so cute, black with little white hearts that I think I will wear during freshers weeks as they are more durable than false nails, I haven’t used nail wraps but I imagine these to be really good hopefully, at a £1.00 if they are it doesn’t matter.

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At Superdrug I just brought the essentials, I’ve been going without a top or base coat with my nails for ages so I finally thought I ought to get some so brought a MUA top coat and a separate MUA base coat, which I will review at some point. Due to the soap and glory concealer I brought being so disappointing (read the review) I repurchased the NYC cover stick in light, which I love I’m so glad to have a proper concealer back in my life.

So thats the bits I brought today, are you enjoying what’s in the shops at the moment? What have you brought recently?

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Day 107: Changing from Summer to Winter

It’s getting into September and we can no longer keep pretending its Summer, so here is how I’m transitioning my make up ect from Summer through Autumn to Winter.

Swapping Pastel Nails for Dark Nails

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Barry M Nail Paint in 161 Vivid Purple ♦ MaX factor Glossfinity in 45 Rose Petal ♦ Tanya Burr Nail Polish in Penguin Chic ♦ Collection 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 60 Midnight

Swapping Lip Gloss For Lip Stick

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MUA Luxe Lip Laquer in Tranquility ♦ MUA Lipstick in Shade 14 Bare ♦ Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in 7 Rose Infinite

Ditching the Bronzer For Blush

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In the summer sunkissed skin and coral cheeks are my go to but Autumn and Winter isn’t the time for a beautiful bronzed face. I will still use bronze for basic contouring but I think Autumn and Winter is all about rosey cheeks, that flush of colour that makes you look fresh faced and that you’ve just caught a little bit of the cold.

Shimmer to Matte Eyeshadows

Winter is all about more matte shades not just for lips but eyes also, but by switching to matte out can go more dramatic with eyes without looking too over the top. So add a plum or cranberry in there, in matt its more suitable and can be worn for a day look. Also as I have very few matt shades I’m loving the excuse to go out and buy more make up with a legitimate excuse.

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In summer I use tinted moisturisers and general moisturiser only once a week using body butter as I just don’t need it the same in the summer. In winter my skin suffers so I’m breaking out the body butters and lip butters, I’m also switching out the scents opting for shea butter and cocoa butter opposed to my favoured passionfruit and mango. This isn’t because I don’t like these scents I love them but in winter I want a more warming comforting scent, I think its just me.

This is simple the start of changes I am making to my beauty routine, how are you changing yours?

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