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Four to try...

I have been feeling slightly uninspired by the traditional monthly favourites system, so each month I am going to be doing a round up of 4 products (specific to the good stuff, makeup!) that I have been loving lately. I was stuck with what to call this little collection up of faves, so for now it will just be "four to try." I have been testing quite a few new makeup bits lately, I do want to try more base products and I do need a new loose powder (any suggestions are welcome), but for now these are the 4 products that have made the cut this month.


This has featured on my blog time and time again over the past few years, but I just had to mention it again. With the serge of warm weather we had this made sure my makeup powered through it and kept it looking nice. I have oily skin and I usually have to touch up every 4 hours, but when I use this I can go around 7-8 hours without having to powder, I use this everyday now just to make sure my makeup is locked into place. I highly recommend it for anyone that is having trouble with their makeup lasting or is too busy to be constantly blotting or re touching throughout the day.


In June I had lash extensions which left my lashes needing some serious TLC. This is a repurchase and as soon as I applied the first coat I had rekindled my love for it. This gives my lashes both volume and length without being too clumpy, whilst being supppppper black and lasting all day without smudging, this is the only mascara that has ever managed to tick all the boxes for me.


This is a really unexpected favourite (which are always the best), I actually meant to pick up the shade Taupe and use it as a contour shade, but this some how ended up in the bag at the end. Finding a bronzer that isn't too warm toned or dark from a budget brand can be a nightmare, but this ticks all the boxes for me, it is pigmented but still really hard to go over board with and just helps to really lift my usually pale complexion in a natural way, I have been using this everyday since I got it. I can see me hitting pan pretty quickly as its meant to just be a blusher, and I'm basically slavering it all over my face, but for £5.50 I can live with that.


When you get an email from Charlotte Tilbury saying there it 30% off and free delivery, what else does a gal do other than make a purchase?!? I have to say I was pretty restrained and only went for this, it is a cream eyeshadow in a gorgeous rich gold, it has orange/ amber under tones, making the colour work really well with blue eyes. I love how buildable or sheer you can make this, it can be worn with full pigmentation or if you blend quickly it can become sheer and more subtle. The perfect versatile eye shadow for a summer holiday!
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Champagne Diamonds...

I have been wanting to expand my Charlotte Tilbury collection for a while now, I am forever lusting after basically everything I see, so when I finally got my hands on this I was pretty happy. I have been after a shadow that would work perfectly as a base or one its own as a wash of colour over the lids, and when I saw Champagne Diamonds I knew I needed it. 

I don't know whether it's because I'm planning my wedding, but this shade really got me thinking about my wedding makeup. On my lids this translates as a glittery pearly gold shade, it has a glamorous finish about it because of the glitter that definitely isn't something I would go for on a day to day basis, but for a special occasion or a night out it is a gorgeous shade worn either alone or as a base. This is said to be perfect for blue eyes, but I think this sort of shade is a staple for anyone's collection, regardless of eye colour.

In terms of the formulation and longevity, this works alot better on bare lids or on top of a small amount of eye shadow primer. Over the top of a MAC paint pot the product started to stick in certain areas and clump. I really hate to say it as I usually love CT products, but this lacks the creamy formulation I would expect from a £19 eyeshadow stick. This doesn't glide across the lids aswel as it could, however I will say it does manage to last all day without creasing, which might be due to the drier formulation. When applying eye shadow on top I do find it more difficult to blend them out, so I tend to just use this in the inner corner if I'm using it as part of a makeup look rather than on its own. 

Another disappointment with this is the packaging, the lid doesn't stay on and ends up popping off and then damaging the product, and the pencil doesn't sharpen too well. I'm actually scared to sharpen this again as I ended up butchering it last time, as a perfectionist this is more annoying than you would think.

Will I be repurchasing the sticks in any other shades? Probably not.. But I will still use this and try to get on with it as much as I can. Gorgeous shade, just a shame about formulation and packaging.

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The Benefit Gimme Brow // Shade 05

When I saw that Glamour magazine was giving away a free Benefit Gimme Brow I jumped in my car, drove to Tesco and managed to pick up the last one in the darkest shade "05." Now I'm more of a blondie it is too dark for me, but I still wanted to write a review as I just love this product, and I will definitely be picking it up in the shade "03" from the range.

What does the Gimme Brow do?

Having good brows has become such a huge thing within the beauty industry, I feel like the Benefit relaunch speaks for that... and I'm so glad because without brows my head pretty much resembles a boiled egg. Naturally my brows have a pretty good shape, but they are sparse of hairs and quite fair so they don't frame my face by any means. For me the gimme brow manages to add colour and volume to my brows, if you want your brows to look thicker then this is your best friend. 


Brow products are not something I wanna be touching up throughout the day, so if it doesn't last then I won't use it. I have oily skin and my brows look the same 12 hours after applying this. The gimme brow is said to be water resistant, and I agree to a certain extent, in the rain yes, in a swimming pool, maybe not! 

The finished look

I never want my brows to look thick full of product or too glossy, I want them to have a naturally groomed look. The gimme brow dries without making my brows look crispy or flat, the finish is really natural and stays that way throughout the day. The formula contains small microfibres that really make a difference adding the illusion that my brows are thicker and more defined than they actually are, this product is just genius. Whether you use it as a brow gel for extra volume on top of other products or alone, if you love your brows then I would seriously consider trying this.

I know it can seem quite steep to spend £18.50 on what essentially looks like a tinted brow gel, but I honestly feel like this is worth the investment, especially as my first Gimme Brow lasted me atleast 5 months and I used it everyday!
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Coping with University Stress

On the 7th of June I sat my last ever uni exam. I recently found out that I will be graduating with a 2:1 aswel, which I'm pretty pleased about! I see so many posts about the social side of uni, but I feel like what needs to be talked about more is stress, and the pressures that are put on students. We all know that Uni isn't meant to be an easy ride, but jeeze, it can get so tough! Over the past 3 years I've learnt some really valuable ways to cope with stress a whole lot better.


In the first year I was catered for, this resulted in me eating crumpets for tea around 3 or 4 times a week because I didn't like the food slop that was being served. I gained a stone, started drinking energy drinks, had acne because I drank too many vodka lemonade and limes, and generally felt like crap. Luckily in my second year I realised that living like that really wasn't for me.I started working at a bar, which meant that I couldn't go out half as much, and I realised that actually made me a happier person! I started going to the gym, making healthy meals and I just felt amazing. It can be so hard to stick to a good and balanced routine, but looking back, I think it is so much harder to not be in a healthy routine due to the stress it causes, I only wish I had done it sooner!


In my second year I did a placement with a mental health charity where I was able to learn a lot more about mindfulness, and I started to fall in love with it. I was noticing that during my 10 minute walk from my house to the library I was always thinking and stressing about things in the past or the future, without just relaxing and actually having a proper break from work. Now I love using the Calm app, there are short mindfulness meditations (not as scary as it sounds) that really help me destress and put everything into perspective. I feel like so many people just think mindfulness is a fad, but whilst in uni my productivity levels increased after every single meditation, and I felt so much calmer.. I still use them every now and again still, and I feel exactly the same benefits!


With academic situations a lot of the time there are social situations that go along with them, and some of them can be stressful. I struggled for a while to come to terms with the fact that I just wasn't that girl that wanted to go out and get bladdered every week (I'm much more of a shopping and coffee kinda person, boring to some I guess). I love going on nights out when I know that I don't have anything to do the next day, but in the final year I just didn't feel up to it... And that was ok! What ever you enjoy doing the most is ok! The amount of stress I put myself under feeling like I wasn't able to fit in because I didn't want to go on nights out was unreal. The minute I decided to move back home and commute to my exams I became so much happier and stress free, I was able to concentrate more and I honestly feel like I learnt more in my 2 weeks at home than I did revising for 8 weeks solidly at uni! If I had been more true to myself earlier then I think that the start of this year would have been a much happier one for me.


We all know how important being organised is, but for me it had a massive difference on how stressed I was. In my last year of uni I would rarely do any work past 9pm, I chilled out most evenings and made sure that I was organised enough to get everything done in the day. I had a wall planner, a diary and my work was organised in folders... That was it! Those three things combined made my life so much easier, I didn't have the stress of forgetting a deadline or missing a meeting. I organised my time by making uni work for me, over Christmas I took two weeks off and over Easter I did pretty much no work (in the final year)! With organisation comes being able to give yourself down time, during periods when I was constantly doing uni work and neglecting giving myself some me time, I was so unmotivated and stressed. Giving yourself some time off is not being a bad student (if you're organised), it's being a human!

I feel like a lot of what I've mentioned transfers into every day life, I try to follow all of these and stay stress free. Stress is something that pretty much all of us have to deal with, but it's how we cope with it that is so important. I didn't follow all of these things throughout my time at uni, but I feel like if I had from the start then my experience would have been even better!

What are your favourite ways to cope with stress?
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A New Concealer Favourite

I have been torn between purchasing this or the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, resulting in me just putting off purchasing either for the past few months. It was my birthday recently and I let my other half do the decision making for me... I knew he was a keeper because I bloody love this concealer!


I went for the shade "light neutral," I was expecting neither yellow or pink tones and a fairly pale shade. I have to say this colour isn't perfect for me, it is definitely more on the yellow side rather than neutral, and for using it around my eyes I would usually go for a shade lighter, but I can still get away with it and use it for both my eyes (bags) and blemishes. The pigmentation is unbeatable, a really small amount goes such a long way so I can see this lasting me a while. 


This feels really light on the skin with a texture somewhere between a liquid and a cream, and it is so easy to blend! I use a beauty blender and within 20 seconds my eye area is covered and the finish is flawless and streak free. I have oily skin with some areas of dehydration and I find some concealers to crease and become patchy around my eyes, I haven't experienced this at all whilst using this, even after 10 hours of wear, yes it may have faded, but I could still see it was doing something!


Working from 7-4 on a Monday I need a concealer with some serious coverage and staying power, and yet another box is ticked because this stuff literally doesn't budge. It lasts all day and doesn't sit or gather in any fine lines. I feel like longevity in a concealer is so important, I don't want to see my horrendous eye bags or massive spot half way through the day, a good concealer is one that stays put!

So Urban Decay seemed to have worked their magic again, I used to only turn to Urban Decay for their eyeshadow palettes, but after trying this I can see that changing. I can honestly say that this is the best concealer I have ever tried, from the packaging to the formulation, this is the concealer for me!

Have you tried this? (if you haven't you need to)

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My 21st Birthday & Mid Year Goals

- Granted I don't look my best, but I was so happy!

The past 6 weeks have been an absolute whirl wind. I finished uni, moved back home, got engaged, started my new job and turned 21, it looks like 2016 is going to be my year! My 21st birthday party was the icing on the cake, and the last of the fun for now, which in a way I'm kind of glad to have everything settle back down, I'm on a saving money mission and also hoping to really get back into shape, but first I just had to share some photos from my 21st birthday with you to finish off what has been the best 6 weeks of my life.


I'm not too strict with goal setting, I won't be beating myself up at the end of the year is these don't quite work out... but there are a couple of things that I keep in the back of my mind that I would quite like to achieve before we reach 2017 (how scary is that, 2017)! There is something about posting goals on my blog that makes them feel more concrete to me, so I just have to share them.

1) Get more of a routine. I have been home for nearly two months now and I'm still without a proper routine, I want to have my blog schedule nailed, be going to the gym atleast 3 times a week, and have proper meals prepped and ready each day. I always feel so much more motivated and productive when I have a good routine, so I feel like doing this will help so many other things just fall into place.

2) Improve my blog photography and learn more about graphic design. I have never considered myself a creative person, I hated art at school and I thought my lack of patience with it meant that it wasn't for me. My love for photography just keeps growing now I have my new camera and lenses, plus I have Photoshop again through work so I'm determined to make the most of it and learn how to use it like a pro, and hopefully start making some amazing things for both work and home.

3) Be more mindful with shopping. This seems like such a small thing, but since seeing a lot about the capsule wardrobe and realising I have a wardrobe full of a lot of things I don't wear anymore (or have never worn at all), I'm starting to realise that I need to buy some wardrobe staples and start to rebuild it up again. At the start of the year I told myself that I need to be more mindful about what makeup I buy - I used to impulse buy and would end up with a £22 lipstick that looked crap on me! Now I do a lot of research and make sure (as much as possible) I'm going to love something before I take the plunge.

Do you set yourself mid year goals? If so I would love to know what sort of goals you set yourself!
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The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer... Worth The Hype?

Over the past few weeks my hair has seen a lot of bleach, so hair masks and treatments are becoming something I use every single time I wash my hair to keep it in good condition. The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer has forever been hyped up and for years I have had my eye on it, so I thought it was about time that I took the plunge seen as though my hair realllly needs it!

This treatment is used before washing and conditioning the hair, the only issue for me is that it needs to be applied when the hair is wet, so it does involve getting in and out of the shower (not ideal when you have to wash your hair in the mornings... and start work at 7am!). The Elasticizer claims to replenish hair that is over processed and dry, it contains essential oils and a ingredient called Hydrolized Elastin which is supposed to help add elasticity to the hair, which helps prevent the hair from breaking. Is it worth the hype? In a nutshell yes, but I don't think it is a for everyone.

I have tried using this treatment a few different ways, the first time I used it I followed the instructions and went with 20 minutes of use and then rinsed it and proceeded to wash my hair as I would, from this I found my roots to feel heavy and a residue was left behind which I rarely get with my other treatments. Next time I used it over night as an intense treatment and had the same issue. I have ended up realising that if this product gets anywhere near my roots they will look oily, but for the ends it is pretty fab, and I do feel like it has managed to stop my hair from splitting and breaking so much. So if you have fine hair that can get oily at the roots then this is something to consider, as I can only use it as a treatment for the ends of my hair.

In terms of styling (when I haven't had it anywhere near my roots) it leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth and nourished, so it is a product that I will continue to use. In conjunction to this I also use the Lee Stafford Treatment which I really love, both of which have really saved my hair this past month!

I am also keen to try Olaplex, miracles seem to happen with that stuff... I What are your favourite intensive hair treatments?
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3 Makeup Geek Eyeshadows you need

                                                         (L-R, Beaches and Cream, Cocoa Bear, Magic Act)

Makeup Geek eye shadows have taken the beauty world by storm. They are pigmented, soft and the best part of it, they are only £4.95! I was overwhelmed by the selection at first but decided to get three eye shadows that I could use alone for a wash of colour or together to create an evening look.

The palest of the three is Beaches and Cream, a matte cream shade that doesn't look anything special in the pan, but on the lid it creates the perfect base for any warm toned look. I love wearing this on its own with winged liner, or as a transition shade, a real staple shade for anyone who wears eyeshadow. My favourite of the three is Cocoa Bear, it is a gorgeous rich looking brown with red undertones, perfect for blue eyes. Again it is a matte finish, so I tend to wear this with other shimmery or glitter eyeshadow shades to make it more wearable. Every time I do a smokey eye I always reach for this as my crease shade, I just love it!

Lastly is Magic Act, again a very "bog standard" sort of shade, but honestly, they are what I like. This is a super shimmery gold, worn all over the lid or in the inner corners it adds so much glamour to a makeup look. To intensify this shadow even more I have used a pencil brush and wet it, because it is a foiled shadow the colour becomes so intense and almost looks wet on the lids, it is just amazing! The foiled shadows are a little more expensive at £7.95, but they are so worth it, and I would say much better than the shimmery MAC eyeshadows I have!

I'm so impressed by all three of  these eyeshadows and support the MUG hype! I have picked all three of these up from Beauty Bay... What Makeup Geek eyeshadows should I add to my collection?
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NYX Cosmetics Collection Review & Swatches

NYX has been such a massive brand this year, it's affordable yet replicates the standard of products that are double the price.


Paris Travel Guide

I wanted to merge together a post all about my whirlwind of a trip to Paris, everything from must do's while you're there, things to watch out for and some outfits I wore during the trip. I actually got engaged during my time there (if you haven't already seen me post about it 24/7 on every single social media site that is) so I'm going to link that post here... I want this to be more of a generic overview of Paris, whether getting engaged whilst there or not.

Paris is b-e-a-utiful, the pictures don't do it justice. The atmosphere and style are something so unique that I have never experienced in a city before, lets just say I would really love to be a Parisian lady right now. Considering it is only an hours plane journey I can't believe it was my first time visiting. We travelled to Paris from Manchester Airport on Friday the 17th of June and came home on the Monday morning, personally this was more than enough time for a weekend away, we managed to see all of the main attractions and that was doing everything on foot!

Both top and jeans are from Topshop


Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc De Triumph... They are all places that are a must see whilst in Paris and I loved them all. They are around a 40-50 minute walk away from each other so if you have a hotel some where in the middle of them you can easily walk and get around. I'll be honest, the Louvre is massive and takes a pretty long time to walk around, but the art work is moving (and I'm not typically that interested in Art), the detail and work that goes into so many of the sculptures is unreal, and off course Mona Lisa is there! Even if you just go and sit in the gardens and enjoy the view of the palace, it is pretty surreal.

Arc De Triomphe

Alongside the Eiffel Tower the Arc De Triomphe is a real symbol of Paris for me, and I just loved it. Like the Louvre the fine detail just makes it so beautiful. I decided to stay across the road (as you can see its pretty busy), I think you get a much better view from there anyway.

Avenue des Champs Elysees

How could I not include a little snap shot of Sephora!? Bad beauty blogger moment but I didn't buy anything whilst in there.. It was nice to have a look around but I was after some Kat Von D and ABH, not Sephora own brand. Anyway, the stores are as expected, and also well out of my budget considering I've just finished uni, never the less lovely to window shop! Although they do have more affordable shops down here too. There are so many luxury shopping destinations in Paris boasting Chanel, Dior and all sorts of amazing designers, maybe one day eh.

Who goes to Paris and leaves without taking a look at the Eiffel Tower? Off course it is amazing, lots of security there at the minute making it take around an hour and a half queue, but I was happy to wait. We decided to go to the middle viewing platform, 1) because honestly I was getting a little scared with how high up we were  and 2) the view was pleasant enough. The Euro 2016 was on whilst we were there, hence the football. There was a fan zone in the park infront of the tower, I actually really enjoyed going in and having a look around, there was such a fun and exciting atmosphere!


The Sunday morning (the day I became a fiancee) graced us with clear blue skies and a rain free day, we stumbled across what was probably one of my favourite "attractions" of the whole trip, a car boot/ market. Surrounded by beautiful Parisian buildings were tables and blankets covered in peoples old belongings. It was just so nice to do something that felt less like a tourist attraction and more like experiencing some french culture!

Lastly, just explore! There is so much more to Paris than the typical tourist attractions. I loved wandering the streets and just seeing where we ended up (although maybe make sure you have some way to get back to the hotel...)

 shorts: ASOS. top: Topshop. shoes: New Look

I would love to head back to Paris again, it is everything I expected and more and will off course considering what happened there be a city I'll love forever.

Have you been to Paris, I would love to know your thoughts?
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Initial thoughts on wedding planning

After getting engaged the next big thing to think about is, well, when should we get married! Our first thoughts were as soon as possible, then I started to plan and realised it wouldn't be quite as soon as I thought. As I've mentioned previously I want to share the whole wedding planning experience and document it for myself too, so I'm going to share some things that I definitely didn't consider before planning my own wedding.

One of the most stressful parts of planning is finding a venue!
It would appear that every single venue I like is some where between £10,000- £15,000, fully booked for next year or doesn't have accommodation, which I feel like is a must to make it easier for everyone. The importance of finding a perfect venue is so overlooked, when I think about it the photography, atmosphere and overall experience is massively impacted by the venue, which is why I'm being a little picky and getting stressed. I have a list of some possible venues so the next stage is visiting them, I feel like everything will become a lot clearer once we have seen some locations and fingers crossed the perfect spot.

Every hour my ideas change
One minute I have a guest list of around 100, the next we're running off to Vegas to get hitched on our own. It is scary how many different ideas I have, I wouldn't say that I have a particular, clear cut style so pinning down exactly what sort of  theme I want our wedding to be is pretty tricky, this is probably a contributing factor to the stress of finding a venue.

Everyone else has lots of ideas about your wedding
It has been so much fun and lovely to see how exciting all of our friends and family have been about us getting engaged, however, having conversations with a big group of people can become so overwhelming because so many ideas are flying around. I am very lucky and conversations always end in "just do what is right for you," that's something I've heard a lot the past few weeks, and I'll be definitely taking on board.

You dedicate hours to the internet (Pinterest in particular) without getting bored
This has become excessive, do I really need to think about what cake we are going to have now? Probably not... Bridesmaid dresses? again, probably not! I have decided I want a sweet cart, and that is something that is absolutely essential to know at the beginning I think... Lets just concentrate on a venue shall we!

I'm really enjoying thinking more and more about the wedding, and honestly I haven't had a smile off my face since getting engaged! This weekend we will be visiting some venues that we have in mind, and fingers crossed over the next few months we will find the right spot.
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June Favourites

Ahh what a month June has been... I finished university, started my first proper job and got engaged! There is a good mix of favourites this month, from skincare, hair care and some makeup bits. I'll start off with skincare, I've had the Trilogy Rosehip Oil for a while, I have oily skin and was always sceptical about using oils, now I'm just wishing I had used this sooner! I pat three drops of the oil into my skin in the evening for a hydrating boost, the morning after using this my skin looks more radiant and plump. I've also found this to be perfect for the warmer months, a little lighter than some of the evening moisturisers I have. The Bryt Essential Serum is also a product I've seen fab results from this month, I started using this around 8 weeks ago in the mornings and I love how soft and refined my skin feels afterwards.

I've always been a lover of the Batiste Dry Shampoo but I hardly mention it, I have such oily roots and dry ends so I need a little help and Batiste is the only dry shampoo that actually works for me! I love keeping a mini in my handbag, it comes in handy for either adding volume or getting rid of any oil, a little boring, but an absolute handbag gem! On to makeup, I have been loving the L'oreal Cushion Foundation, it is light weight, dewy and blends really well leaving a natural looking finish. Being an oily skin gal I didn't think this would work for me, but I have been reaching for it on a day to day basis, slightly shocked that it is £14.99, but definitely worth the price and the hype. I posted a swatch of the lipstick on Instagram and everyone went crazy for it, the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvelous Mauve is a very typical me shade, mauve! At first I wasn't keen on how this felt on the lips, off course it feels much heavier compared to other formulations, but the finish is worth it as it is long lasting and matter than matte!

I'm seriously looking forward to July, I turn 21 and I'm having a joint 21st/engagement party, hope you all had a fab June and have a good July to look forward to!
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