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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Dreaming Of High End Makeup | Wishlist

I have been quite literally dreaming about high end beauty products at the moment and I think this is due to spending a good few hours before bed reading beauty blogs and lusting over many products. I thought I'd share a few of them with you today. I'm also lusting over the whole MAC Cinderella Collection too, especially the blush.

What products have you got your eye on at the moment?

Monday, 2 March 2015

March Maybelline Base Products

Maybelline products appear to have taken over my makeup bag in this past month, and I'm sure you've noticed I've been talking about a lot of Maybelline products. This month my base products are all Maybelline products that I've been loving recently.

This is a foundation that I've still not seen maybe bloggers talking about and I'm not sure why. This is a really lightweight foundation with light-medium build able coverage that I've been enjoying wearing recently. 

I think almost every blogger and their Mum has this concealer, or has at least heard about it. I use this on blemishes and occasionally under my eyes if I'm a little more tanned as the 'light' shade is still too dark for me. It's a concealer I love that I already have a back up of. 

This quickly became my go to daily primer as it smooths out my skin, prolongs the wear of my foundation and does basically everything it says on the tin. It's a silicone primer, so keep this in mind if that isn't your kind of thing.

What are your favourite base products for this month?

Sunday, 1 March 2015

52 Weeks Project | Week 9


This week it was one of my best friends 21st birthday so we had a birthday night out and then a hangover meal at Frankie & Benny's which I was sort of disappointed with (apart from my amazing starter pictured above). I've only been at uni one day this week which is really unusual for me and this means I've spent a lot more time on blogging. I've also got a new series in mind, so keep a look out for that one! I've been feeling more positive this week so everything is back to normal which is a lovely feeling.

How has your week been?

Affordable Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day is only a couple of weeks away (15th March incase you were wondering) and I have a few affordable ideas of what you may want to buy your Mum. I wanted all my suggestions to be affordable as personally, being a student means I don't have a lot of disposable income (sorry Mum).

I've found Asda has a lot of beautiful gifts, in addition to the hanging photo frame mentioned above this and this would also make lovely gifts.  I also find personalised gifts are always well received, whether it's a mug, a card or jewellery.

Do you know what you're getting your Mum for Mother's Day? Leave me a comment below!

Friday, 27 February 2015

How I Take And Edit My Blog Photos

Today I'll be sharing with you what I use to take my blog photos and the programmes I use to edit them. I find these posts really interesting so I hope you enjoy this post.

Until recently I didn't have a tripod, but after Christmas I decided it was about time I invested in one as I've wanted to for years. This is the one I use and it's only £11.99 which is a bargain. It's sturdy, has a carry bag, spirit level and it's easily adjustable. It's become my new best friend for taking blog photos as it reduces the amount of blurry photos I have, and it makes taking photos a lot easier.

For most of my photos I will use a sheet of wallpaper, yes you read that right wallpaper, as the background for my photos. This ensures a crisp and non cluttered background and I find this really important for photos.

Once I've taken my photos I import them into iPhoto and pop them into my blogging photo. I'll look through all of them, pick the rest and start editing. I don't edit too much on iPhoto, I just adjust the brightness and contrast but this makes a huge difference.

Fotor is my favourite tool for editing photos, whether they're for my blog, personal use or Instagram etc, one of the best things is that it's free to use. There's also a Fotor app available which I am addicted to using. I will choose the effect I want to use, usually something from the 'Lomo' effects and I'm ready to save and upload to my blog.

I use this to add writing to my photos after I've edited them. This is also another free website to use, yet it has so many useful features. 

If you've done a post like this I'd love to see it so be sure to link it below!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation | Review

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation

I picked this up on a whim a few weeks ago (see my haul here) and I hadn't seen any reviews of this foundation, and even now I've only seen 2! I was a little sceptical about this foundation purely because I find Maybelline foundations hit and miss for me, however I'm pleasantly surprised. It's available in 7 different shades, which isn't bad and the shade I have is 10 Ivory which is the lightest shade.

The packaging is unlike any other foundations I have, but the shape of the bottle is interesting and it's compact for travel too. 

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation Applicator

Now, this is where the foundation gets interesting. Until I've tried this foundation I've never used an applicator like this. It's a teardrop shape and the idea is you just drop it onto the back of your hand until you have the right amount you need. I personally prefer just swiping it on the back of my hand as I get more product that way. I actually quite like this applicator, even though it's different.

The foundation itself is very lightweight and offers a light coverage, however it is build able to medium coverage. Once applied, I don't even notice I'm wearing foundation which i love for 'no make up make up' kind of days. It blends easily, whether I use a beauty blender sponge, a brush or my fingers however I personally prefer using a brush. The shade itself is a little darker than my trust L'Oreal True Match, but with a little more time blending means it doesn't look too dark for my skin. 

Overall I am really impressed by this foundation and would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a lightweight foundation to try out. It's also only £5.99 at the moment as an introductory offer. 

Have you tried this foundation? If not, do you think you would pick it up?

p.s. I've now made a new instagram account for all things beauty. I just wanted it separate from my personal one, you can view my profile here and follow me if you want to!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Garnier Summer Body Gradual Tanner | Review

I am a pale gal, and when I say that I mean really pale (NW10-13 in MAC foundation pale) so I like to use gradual moisturiser to ensure I don't look like a ghost. Even through the water months I try and fake tan so I thought I'd share with you what I've been using recently. It had been in my drawer of ra little while as I forgot about it, but now I remember why I loved it.

My favourite feature about this product is that it doesn't have the typical biscuity fake tan smell as it has apricot extract in and so the smell isn't as offensive. It's easy to blend in and dries quickly whilst moisturising as well as giving a little tan. The product itself is white which means it doesn't stain my clothes or sheets if I get it anywhere but myself which is another bonus. 

What's your favourite fake tan?

p.s. I've now made a new instagram account for all things beauty. I just wanted it separate from my personal one, you can view my profile here and follow me if you want to!