Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Perfect Highlighters for Pale Skin

Over the past year highlighting has become a solid part of my routine to the point where my makeup just doesn't feel complete without it. Although I have a reletively small collection compared to some, here are my top picks when it comes to highlighting a paler complexion...

This is the first highlighter I ever owned and I think I did pretty well picking out something as beautiful as this. When swatched it looks quite garish, but used with a fan brush it offers a light peachy highlight with pink shimmer running through it. I love using this in the spring/ summer months to complete a pink makeup look. Admittedly this isn't as finely milled as the rest of these picks and doesn't last as long on the skin, but I still reach for it and love the fact the pink iridescent undertones make it a little different to the other highlighters I own.

Whenever I use this I fall back in love with it, it really is the ultimate spring/ summer must have for me. The shimmering gold liquid gives me the perfect glowing finish when mixed in with my foundations, aswel as working nicely worn to simply highlight the cheek bones. For special occasions I love blending a little bit of this on my collar bone too for some added glow. This is a really fab multiuse product and an easy way to wear a highlighter.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer  £20

This was the highlighter that really started the addiction off. This is so worth the hype, and if you have pale skin you need it! It's a beautiful, intense shimmering powder that isn't too pink or golden but the perfect inbetween shade. Used with a light hand this offers that lit from within look, but you can also achieve a really intense highlight from this that looks equally as beautiful. The formulation is also perfect, no chunky bits of glitter insight! I can apply this at 6.30am and i'll still be glowing 12 hours later. ps. this is currently on offer for £13.50 on Feelunique!

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle £24

Like the Mary-lou Manizer this is another staple for me. I seem to gravitate towards this for nights out/ evening makeup as the shimmering champagne finish is a little more intense. This also has a touch of pink/ peach which compliments pretty much any makeup look. The formulation and lasting power is also impressive, although I would expect that considering the price tag! If you've had this on your wishlist for a while, it's definitely worth the investment.

BECCA Opal Glow on the Go Collection £20

I thought no other highlighter would compare to the Mary-lou manizer for me, but this blows my whole collection out of the water when it comes to the perfect everyday highlight. The Opal powder has such a buttery formulation it almost melts into the skin, offering a stunning natural looking glow. Combining both the liquid and powder highlight gives a more intense golden/ peach glow that works so well with a paler complexsion. I also love the liquid highlighter as it doesn't interfere with my foundation/ base makeup and sits well over the top. Forget highlighting the high points, I wanna cover my whole face in this!

swatches from left to right: Soft and Gentle, Mary-lou Manizer, Crescent Moon, Opal powder, Temple Spa, Opal liquid

What's your favourite highlighter?

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Four to Try

I never seem to accumulate enough products to do a traditional monthly favourites, but there are a few things I'm using as a part of my daily makeup routine that are too good not to share! 

Too Faced Hangover Primer - £27

I can't believe that I never used to use a primer before this - believe the hype, it's a game changer! I have combination skin that can become quite dehydrated, this manages to hydrate my skin without clogging my pores or making it any more oily, leaving me a soft and makeup ready base without feeling at all greasy. I'm now on the hunt for a more affordable option that I can use daily though, £27 is a little steep when most days I'm just going to work.

GOSH Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Nougat Crisp - £4.99

Earlier this month I had a little makeup clear out and discovered an amazing dupe for my trusty Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk lip cheat.. In terms of both formulation and colour 'Nougat Crisp' is actually pretty similar. The formulation isn't at all drying and the soft, velvety texture makes cheating a fuller lip easy, exactly like the CT lip cheats! One thing I would say is that when swatched the colour does look slightly darker, but on the lips it really does create the same perfect base for a natural lip look.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - £18

It's rare that I will wear eyeshadow on a day to day basis, but when I do I will more often than not reach for this beauty. I love warm toned shadows and this palette is jam packed with glistening golden browns, the perfect matte crease shades and colours that look stunning teamed together or worn alone. The formulation of both the shimmers and mattes is exactly what I look for, pigmented, blendable and soft to the touch. I really need to invest in more Zoeva palettes as I'm so impressed with this, my favourite shades are Pure Ganache and Freshly Toasted (Warm Notes is also stunning for a bolder look)

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows - £18.50

This is a more recent addition to my brow routine, and a brow gel is definitely not something I usually splurge on after finding more affordable alternatives - but, I do like to make exceptions for Charlotte Tilbury. Unlike a lot of my other brow taming gels, this really does manage to add volume and give me a naturally thicker looking brow. I have the shade Cara and it's the perfect medium cool toned brown, it doesn't leave my brows looking stiff yet they stay groomed and in place throughout the whole day. As the wand is so small it does take a little longer to go through all the brow hairs with this, but the extra time is well worth it for the results.

Have you tried any of these products?

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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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