Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Hydrating Overnight Face Masks

Sleep and skincare, two of my favourite things in the whole world! Having combination skin, I find it best to use moisturising products overnight that leave my skin feeling hydrated and makeup ready by the next morning. There are 4 products that I gravitate towards for overnight use, all


After discovering how much of a game changer the Ultra Facial Cream was, I knew I needed to try some other products from the ultra facial range. This is a thick, gel consistency (reminds me of old school hair gel) which I apply, leave for 10 minutes and then tissue off any access before calling it a night. In the morning my skin feels incredibly hydrated, nourished and visibly my skin looks almost clearer overnight! This also helps my daily moisturiser do its magic keeping my skin hydrated throughout the day. This one does leave an almost sticky feel to the skin, something to bare in mind if you're not a fan of that.


A more recent addition to my overnight skincare stash. This masque is made up of 100% natural ingredients - papaya, jojoba oil and sweet almond, all of which are well known for their ability to actually make a difference to skins radiance, suppleness and levels of moisture. I have been using this the most recently and I've found it does an amazing job at reducing the appearance of fine lines in my skin caused by dehydration! It's a lightweight, thin cream that doesn't clog my pores or cause me to be any more oily either. I think this is the perfect overnight masque for anyone with combination skin.


If you have dehydrated skin and haven't tried this, where the hell have you been?! Unlike the Dr Botanicals masque this has more of a thick and creamy texture which feels like it's working from the get go. The morning after using this my skin looks much more radiant, plump and definitely feels hydrated not only in the morning but throughout the day. One thing to bare in mind, this does have quite a heavy peach scent which personally I love and actually reach for this sometimes just because I love the scent so much! As the packaging says, this one really does quench skin's thirst!


I rediscovered this mask when I started thinking about writing this post. This is my favourite to use during the warmer months, it provides my skin with the additional moisture it needs whilst still being lightweight and not overly rich. In the past if I've ever suffered with any dry patches I've also found that this works a treat at clearing things up. I think this is another mask that will work well for anyone with combination skin.

While sleeping our skin looses moisture rapidly, so whether you have oily, dry or normal skin I would really recommend investing in a good overnight facial mask!

Do you have a favourite overnight face mask?

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Blogging on a Budget

I've always been pretty good at saving, but I'm even better at spending - which, when you're having to pay for a wedding just isn't possible! Blogging on a budget can be tough, generating exciting content when you can't afford to buy new things to blog about is hard is hard! Over the past few months I've found there are things that can be done to make blogging on a budget possible. I'm going to refer to beauty products throughout this post but it can be applied to any kind of blogging. 

1) Have regular clear outs and sell unwanted things

Doing this is one of the main ways I afford to buy new things. Two of my favourite ways to sell are through Depop or eBay. Yes it can be time consuming but the money soon adds up, and when you're on a budget the extra money comes in handy!


1) Be savvy with postage - If you're selling small items of clothing try and keep the packages flat and you will be able to send them as a large letter instead of a small parcel. This saves me over £2 per item! Also, if you are receiving PR packages then make sure you keep all of the packaging and reuse it to send out the items you have sold!

2) Take good pictures - Whether I'm selling on Depop or eBay, I've noticed the better the pictures the more that items seem to sell for. I try to make sure they are light and bright and do close ups of any important details that may add value to an item.

3) Schedule your listings - For eBay this is a big one! I always try and schedule my items so that the auction will end on a Sunday evening, more people are active at this time so actually able to bid and remember about the item you are selling!

2) Use savings cards

I think this is a pretty obvious one, but savings cards/ store cards really do make a difference! I think my absolute favourite is the Boots Advantage Card, they send through so many offers and deals and the points soon add up. Another good one to have is the Debenhams Beauty Card, they stock so many brands now and like the boots card the points soon add up meaning money off another purchase.

3) List the costs and benefits of purchasing items 

I remember when the amazing marble Hourglass palette came out. Honestly, I was absolutely gutted that I didn't have it in my collection. It's not that I couldn't afford that palette, in reality I could. However, it would have meant sacrificing something else for it and in the end I just couldn't part with the £70 just because I wanted to review it and share it with you guys.

I have started to list the costs and benefits of buying something either in my head or on a piece of paper and pretty much every single time I do this I will often talk myself out of making a purchase - if I really want something and can 100% justify it, I will never get to this stage in the first place! 

4) Actually keep a wishlist, if it's been on there for more than 3 months, consider getting it.

My last post was my spring wishlist, in the beauty section a lot of the things listed I have been lusting after for months! I know that when I do come to buy them I'll be likely to get the use out of it. Rather than an impulse purchase that will sit in the bottom of my makeup draw collecting dust.

5) Wait for discount days

Every single month I receive email after email from different companies telling me about the offers/ discounts currently available. Honestly, for years I went without buying a MAC lipstick until Debenhams would have their 10% off beauty event or I was able to shop duty free as I knew I could save the extra money. Doing this not only gives me the time to actually think about the purchase and see if I still want it after the 3 months, BUT I save a little extra money at the same time.

6) Buy discounted products e.g. Cheshire Oaks, eBay, Depop

Buying discounted products is also a fab thing to do when you're on a budget! I'm lucky to live only 40 minutes away from Cheshire Oaks which is a designer outlet village, they have a shop which sells MAC, Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown just to name a few all at discounted prices. I always pick up my Estee Lauder Double Wear from there and save around £8 every time. I've seen a lot of people sell unwanted Jo Malone candles on Depop for a fraction of the price, it's definitely a good way to afford luxury if you can't buy it full price.

7) Work out just how much you can afford to spend 

Like most people who are reading this, I absolutely love tying out new beauty products and building up my collection so of-course I like to dedicate some of my money to it! I have started to work out just how much after all bills/ monthly expenses I can actually afford to spend on beauty. Some months I'll have more than others, but actually planning out my spending has really helped me make more mindful purchases and stick to my wishlist. I'm currently waiting for Boots or Superdrug to have a 3 for 2 because there are some affordable makeup products I want to try.

8) Work with what you've got! 

This is another big one for me, I'll sometimes reach a point where I feel uninspired if I don't buy anything new one month - yet I have a whole draw full of makeup! I've started taking a close look at the beauty products I already have and think of ways that I can create engaging and useful content with that. An example of this is my contouring post, I really enjoyed creating that and it was a post featuring products that I already had in my collection, absolutely nothing new. This post has also cost me nothing to create, so as a beauty blogger there are definitely ways around it and ways to still talk beauty without having new products. There are also so many posts by other bloggers sharing their '50 Blog Post Ideas', so when you are stuck referring to this can be refreshing and help to park new ideas. Daisy from weardaisywent has wrote a good post for this!

I hope some of you have found it useful! Sometimes I feel like I'm the only beauty blogger that can't afford to continually buy new products, which I know isn't the case at all but I don't see many speak about the financial cost of being a beauty blogger and how it can get pricey if you let it!

Do you have any tips on beauty blogging on a budget?

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Spring Wishlist

I know my bank account won't agree, but wishlist's are one of my favourite posts to read! The majority of my beauty, fashion and even home wear purchases come about through my favourite bloggers recommendations or wishlist posts. Seen as though I find them so useful, I've decided that each season I'm going to create a wishlist myself with some of my favourite fashion and beauty finds...


Honestly I'm pretty basic when it comes to style. This spring I really want to focus on building up a wardrobe full of staple pieces that will go well together and create lots of different outfits. I absolutely love the embodied shirts that a lot of brands seem to be doing at the moment, this is my favourite. I also think a trench coat is a spring essential. A Burberry trench is the dream, but way out of my budged but I have my eye on this trench from Topshop. I love the grey cuff details and how the fit is more relaxed making it perfect for everyday.

The beautiful blush pink colour I just can't get enough of is thankfully huge this season, I already have quite a few tops and jumpers that are pink which will work well (see here), but I think this shirt will be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. I love how the girly pink colour contrasts with the masculinity of a shirt, and it's so easy to just chuck on with a fair of ripped jeans, lace up flats or Vans!


Not a season will go by that there isn't atleast one thing on my beauty wishlist. With so many different launches what seems like every single week I always try and wait atleast 3 months when it comes to high end products and then if I still want them after that amount of time then I'll take the plunge...

In terms of skincare this set from Antipodes seems like the perfect way to try out the brand which I definitely want to do this season. Also this highlighter from Dior has been on my wishlist for way over 3 months, but I'm not quite sure if I can justify the £39 splurge!

What's on your wishlist this spring?

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

My Current MAC Lipstick Collection & Wishlist

There is something about MAC lipsticks that's nostalgic to me, nothing quite beats the iconic vanilla scent or using a brand new shade for the first time... I remember buying my first MAC lipstick so vividly. I went for the raved about shade 'Creme Cup', £11 later it was mine. 7 years on there have been too many price increases to count and some bad shade choices made on my part (Hue and Up the Amp, I'm looking at you). Over the next few months I'm going to be upgrading my collection, so I thought now would be a good time to share the MAC lipsticks that I currently own...

1) Plink - A sheer, baby pink which leaves an almost frosty look on the lips from the shimmery particles. It's a lustre finish which feels nourishing and creamy, but does tend to highlight any spec of dry skin on the lips. I've had this for a while now, it's definitely not something I reach for often anymore but hopefully I'll get more use out of it during the warmer months, or used layered with other lipsticks.

2) Patisserie - A more recent addition to my collection and probably my favourite for everyday wear. Like Plink this is a lustre finish except it's much more pigmented, leaving a good wash of colour on the lips. This is an incredibly wearable understated pink and it just seems to work well with any look I pair it with. One thing to note is that the lustre lipsticks definitely don't last as long as the other formulations from MAC, so I do have to top this up throughout the day. Although the high shine finish and wearable shade make it worthy of the extra effort!

3) Creme Cup - Don't worry this isn't the the same one that I picked up back in 2011, I decided to repurchase this mainly for nostalgic reasons (yes I'm that sad). Creme Cup is a satin finish making it much more pigmented that the lustre finish. This is creamy, nourishing and light weight and by far my favourite MAC formula - however, it's the fairly bright, pale pink shade that stops me from wearing this - Can I bring myself to throw this away? Nope.

4) Velvet Teddy - Out of all the shades this has been my most worn, and I'm definitely in need of a new one. It's one of the most comfortable matte lipsticks I own and the only mid toned brown nude that seems to work for my complexsion. It has a slight pink undertone to it which really manages to lift the shade and make it feel less dull. I don't think my lipstick collection will ever be without Velvet Teddy!

5) Twig - For me this is the perfect A/W Mauve lipstick shade. It's much darker than what I go for on a day to day basis, but when teamed with a warm brown smokey eye it creates a really stunning look. It's a satin finish so formulation wise it ticks all the boxes, lasting a good 5-6 hours before fading to leave a lovely mauve/ pink stain. This one definitely requires a lip liner, I recommend MAC's Whirl with this.

6) Brave - I feel like this is the more mature, grown up version of Creme Cup. For a while it was my go to, everyday lip shade, but it's definitely made it's way to the bottom of my collection over the past year... It's just a little too pink for my liking!

7) Rebel - Keeping it real, I haven't worn this shade in months - maybe years! I was actually going to throw it out as I tend to stir clear of lipstick with any kind of colour (bar the Rimmel 107 Kate Moss lipstick). However, when trying it on for this post I pretty much rekindled my love for it. Rebel really is a stunning lipstick. It's bold and fun yet not too out there, and I couldn't believe how much it managed to brighten my complexsion and just pull a really simple makeup look together. I think I'm going to start wearing this as a lip stain and gradually build up the colour until I feel confident enough to wear it.

8) Morange - Again, like Rebel I really have avoided this lipstick for a while. Of-course it isn't something I'll be wearing on a day to day basis, and it's definitely a season shade, but for hot summer holidays it's stunning. Although bright and almost neon like, teamed with minimal makeup and tanned skin this lipstick is perfection!



As I mentioned in my intro there are just a few MAC lipsticks I really want to add to my collection! The shades are Blankety, Ruby Woo, Syrup, and of-course I will have to look into the Fleur de Force and MAC collaboration which I believe is coming out in April.


I hope the lip swatches have been useful to anyone with these shades on their wishlist... If you have any shade recommendations then I would love to know in the comments!

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