Products I’ve Bought as a Result of Blogging

Sunday, 25 February 2018

As a beauty lover, I’ve always been interested in trying new products and experimenting with different looks. However, since blogging, my beauty collection has grown rapidly as I’m keen to try out the latest trends and products that fellow bloggers have reviewed or shared. There’s a few products that I’ve bought that I never would have bought otherwise (or at least that's what I tell myself!) - blogging definitely isn't good for my bank account!

This palette has featured so many times on my blog and has become a firm favourite. My love for the Urban Decay Naked palettes have definitely stemmed from blogging. Everyone was raving about the Naked Heat palette before it even came out and I couldn’t help but jump on the band wagon.

Until I started blogging, BECCA wasn’t a brand I was really familiar with. However, I soon came to admire the products and was really keen to get my hands on a highlighter palette as they’re so beautiful. I then saw the collaboration with Chrissy Tiegen and couldn’t resist. I bought the BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette in America last year and I’m so glad I did, it’s such a gorgeous palette and is so incredibly pigmented, I love it.

I’d been using the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder for some years and really liked it, but  as a poor student, I couldn’t afford the Benefit Hoola Bronzer that everyone raved about. Eventually I gave in, eager to see what all the hype was about and purchased it. I’ve not looked back since and repurchased it several times. I love the pigmentation, I love how it suits my skin tone and I love that it’s matte as I also use it to contour - a multi purpose product - what’s not to love?

I’ve spoken about the this quite a bit on my blog lately, so I won’t go on too much. However, this is an interesting one because I’d heard so many good things about the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and yet I’ve been so disappointed by it (find out why here). It just goes to show that just because everyone raves about a product, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you - I've definitely learnt my lesson with this!

I’d never really invested in a foundation because I have quite high expectations from a foundation and worried that if it didn’t meet them, I’d feel like I'd wasted my money. Eventually, I gave in after hearing nothing but good views about the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation and I must admit, I’ve been very impressed, I love it!

Having been an avid lover of the cheap and cheerful Collection Long Lasting Perfection Concealer, I was reluctant to splash out on a more high end concealer. That was until I heard about the Naked  Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer from Urban Decay and I just knew I had to try it. It hasn’t disappointed and I love it, such high coverage and such a large shade range, it’s amazing.

When NYX first launched in the UK, every beauty lover went crazy, including me. However, I held off purchasing anything, instead preferring to see if it was worth the hype. I soon found out that everyone was raving about it and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the famous liquid suede cream lipsticks that everyone was going crazy for. I bought 07 Sandstorm and have since bought others, I love them, such good value for money with such good colour payoff.

I’d be lying if I said these were the only products I’ve been influenced to buy as a result of blogging, but they’re a few that definitely stick in my mind and ones I’m not sure I’d have bought without influence from the blogging community. What have you bought as a result of blogging?

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation | Review

Like most beauty bloggers, I've wanted to get my hands on a NARS foundation for as long as I can remember. However, with a slightly steeper price tag compared to my usual foundations, it was something I never got round to buying, until last month! I much prefer foundations with a higher coverage, so whilst 'Sheer Glow' is a popular choice for many, I knew I'd prefer the 'All Day Luminous Weightless'. I got the shade 'Mont Blanc' which is slightly warmer than my skin tone, but the shade lighter was definitely far too pale for me.

The coverage of this foundation is amazing! As I mentioned, I much prefer having a foundation with a high coverage, but at the same time doesn't feel heavy on my skin - something that is hard to come by! However, this foundation is perfect, I barely have to use any product for it to cover my whole face and it gives a natural look without looking like I've piled on the make up.

2./Staying Power

It claims to have 16-hour wear and whilst I've not tested that, it definitely does last throughout the day or night. If I forget to apply primer, I never have to worry with this foundation as I know it will last without it.

At first I was a little worried that the consistency was too runny for me. However, the more I've worn it, the more I've fallen in love with it. As I mentioned, it's so lightweight and is so easy to blend into the skin that I barely notice I'm wearing it.

As with all NARS products, their statement, simplistic packaging is so beautiful and elegant. This particularly foundation is in a frosted glass bottle, which I absolutely love, it looks so stylish. However, my one criticism is that a pump isn't included. Instead, the lid has a glass dropper, but I find it fiddly to use and it never provides the right product. Instead, I end up pouring the foundation on the the back of my hand, which can often lead to excess product spilling out. I wish Nars would include pumps as standard with their products.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a little on the pricier side, at £32, it's not something that everyone can afford. However, I definitely do think it's worth the money, it's so long lasting and you only need a little bit of product each time so it does go a long way.

If you couldn't tell, I am in love with this foundations all the rave reviews about it are so well deserved and I'm so glad I finally got my hands on it! Have you tried any of the NARS foundations?

Styling Monochrome

Sunday, 18 February 2018





What I'm wearing
Scarf: Primark
Lipstick: MAC D for Danger  

This is currently my favourite outfit and I've been wearing it so much lately, that I thought it was only right that I featured it on my blog. Monochrome can sometimes be hard to style due to the lack of colours to make your outfit 'pop'. However, I've been really enjoying experimenting with different monochrome looks this season and have been wearing this combination the most. 

The Topshop Joni jeans are a firm staple in my wardrobe and are so easy to style with a variety of outfits. The Striped Jersey top from H&M was a real impulse purchase. I was walking through the store and happened to see it hanging up, but wasn't sure it would suit me as it's quite oversized and I don't tend to suit that style. However, I've fallen in love with it and love styling it with my Joni jeans.  Stripes are so in at the moment and I love the style and fit of this top, I've found myself wearing it a lot more than I thought I would.

I'd wanted one of Topshop's biker jackets as soon as I saw them, back in late October and was lucky enough to receive this one for my birthday. I've been wearing this jacket non stop the past few months, it really helps complete an outfit and I've had so many compliments on it, I can't get enough of it. My Baker Boy Hat from ASOS featured in my January Favourites and having gone from someone who didn't like Baker Boy hats, to someone who loves them, I can't get enough of it. I've been trying to style it with so many different outfits and I really think it 'makes' an outfit. As it's so cold at the moment, no outfit is complete without a scarf and I wore this monochrome one I picked up in Primark. It's so warm and cosy and I love the colour of it as it makes it easy to style it with so many different outfits. 

Finally, I completed my outfit with my suede buckle boots from Topshop which I absolutely love. When I first saw them, I wasn't sure they were 'me', however, I couldn't stop thinking about them and soon went back to purchase them and I'm so glad I did. They're super comfortable and so easy to style, I’ve been wearing them constantly.

As my outfit was completely monochrome I decided to wear a bright red lip to add a pop of colour to my outfit. I absolutely love using a lipstick as a feature for an outfit and the MAC D for Danger is the perfect shade to do this. A red lip is timeless and I think it helps to complete an outfit, especially when it pops against the colours of the clothes.

What tips do you hace for styling monochrome?

Favourite Cleansers

Sunday, 11 February 2018

As I creep into my mid twenties, the importance of looking after my skin is becoming ever apparent. Gone are the days when I could remove my make up with make up remover and head straight to bed, my skin really suffers if I do that now, it looks so dehydrated. I’ve started trying a few different cleansers and like to use a different one depending on what mood I’m in, if it’s the morning or evening and what make up I’ve been wearing. I typically use a micellar water to remove my make up and then use these cleansers as my second cleanse.

This is one of the newest cleansers to be added to my collection and I’m sure all beauty lovers are familiar with the Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser. I love the clean scent, I love how it feels when applying it to my skin and I love how it makes my skin feel once I’ve washed it off. It leaves my skin feeling so clean, hydrated and soft. Also, it’s really effective at removing all traces of make up.

This is the newest product to be added to my collection as it was a Christmas present from some friends. I knew I’d love it because I love The Body Shop skincare as it’s such good value for money and the products really suit my skin well. I love the Vitamin E range as it’s such a neutral scent and is so gentle on the skin, it’s great at removing impurities and keeping spots at bay.

3./Dr Botanicals Cleanse and Tone Cleanser (full review here)
This is probably the most premium of all my cleansers and so I use it more sparingly. I love that this is both a cleanser and a toner as it removes a step out of my regime which is always useful. I like to use the Dr Botanicals Cleanse and Tone cleanser in the mornings before applying a serum and I find this makes the perfect base for my make up and helps it last all day. I love this product, I just wish it wasn't as expensive because at £70.90 I can’t afford to be repurchasing it often!

This is my comfort zone cleanser (if that’s a thing) it’s the first cleanser I ever bought and I’ve got through so many bottles of it over the years. Again, it’s from The Body Shop and is such good value for money. I love the clean scent as well as the creamy consistency. The Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser is the one I reach for the most, my skin always feels so clean after having used it.

Having used to be someone who barely bothered with skincare, I’ve slowly started to build my collection of cleansers and started taking my skincare routine seriously. It’s so important to look after your skin and these cleansers have really helped me with mine. What are your favourite cleansers? I’m always on the look out to try new ones.

Disappointing Products

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

As bloggers, we always share positive reviews of products that we love, but what about those products that don’t quite meet our expectations? I often try these products and soon forget about them, forgetting to share my negative experiences. However, I’ve built up a collection of products that I’ve been really disappointed with and before throwing them away, wanted to share them.

This product is probably one of my biggest disappointments. I’d heard such good things about the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, but was warned it could smudge so I may be better off purchasing the waterproof version. Whilst, I can’t complain it smudges, everything else about it hasn’t met my expectations. It’s extremely clumpy and whilst I like a thick mascara, I also like  it to comb through my lashes which this doesn’t. The hourglass wand is very thick which makes it difficult to get to the lashes in the corner of my eyes and comprises fibre bristles which I find never grip my lashes as well. Instead of lengthening my lashes, this just clumps them all together without really adding volume or curl. It’s such a shame because I really want to love this product, but I just don’t.  

When I first apply the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara, it gives me everything I need. My lashes look lengthened, volumised and curled, I love it. However, that’s when it starts to go downhill. I can forgive the big wand which again comprises fibre bristles, but what I can’t forgive is the endless smudging. No sooner have I applied this mascara, I’m left with black smudges all under my eyes. I can no longer leave the house with the Legendary Lashes because I just look like I’ve smeared mascara all under my eyes, it’s so disappointing.

I may be doing this product an injustice by including it in a disappointing products post, but I thought it was worth a mention. When I first bought the NARS Velvet Shadow Stick, I really liked it, however, since trying and loving the By Terry Ombré Blackstar, I’ve noticed how much the NARS Shadow Stick falls down. It doesn’t last very long on my eyelid and whilst it looks lovely when applied, it soon disappears. What I think really lets it down is the price tag, I could forgive the fact that it’s not the most long lasting product if it wasn’t £21, but at that price tag you do expect a better quality product.

I originally featured this in a favourites post believe it or not as when I first tried the Benefit Hoola I thought it was the answer to all my contouring problems. Whilst at first it gave me the cheekbones I never thought I had, I soon started to notice that it was wiping off my foundation, leaving me with streaks. I’ve tried applying this more lightly rather than sweeping it across my face, I’ve tried gently blending it in, but nothing seems to work sadly. I’ve found that in general, I’m not very good at using cream products so this could just be me, but I have fallen out of love with the Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick quite quickly.

I recently featured this in a blog post, reviewing a few of the KIKO Smart Nail Lacquers so it’ll come as no surprise to those of you who read that post that I’ve featured this amongst my disappointing products. It chips so easily even with a heavy duty top coat on and it’s not the sort of quality that I’d expect from a brand like KIKO

I’ve realised that this is quite a negative post, but I think it’s important to share the less post I’ve reviews too because they’re just as important! 

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought of them.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunday, 4 February 2018

I was very kindly nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Lady Like Laura. Laura is actually a really good friend of mine who has just started her blog, so you must go and check her out. I’m so excited that she has entered the blogging world and her blog is simply stunning, I love her writing style, so I can promise you, you won’t be disappointed. 

Anyway, back to The Sunshine Blogger Award. I love tags like this as it often provides an opportunity to get to know the person behind the blog, which I love! (Maybe that’s just because I’m nosey!)

The Rules
1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. 
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or in your blog. 

The questions I was asked:

1.) Where does your inspiration come from?
It sounds so cheesy, but everyone around me. I think there’s always opportunities to learn from so many different people and I take inspiration from them all. My mum is also a big source of inspiration for me, she’s the most selfless, compassionate, caring person I know and if I’m half the woman she is, I’m happy. hjhj

2.) What are your 2018 goals?
To focus on my mental health. This is something I haven’t addressed on my blog actually. Every year, I always share my goals for the year ahead on my blog, but this year I didn’t for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I’ve only set myself one, so it would have been a very short post! And secondly, because it’s quite a personal one that I haven’t spoken to many people about and I want to be able to focus on it without any external pressures.

3.) Name your 3 favourite brands
Ooo tricky! I’d have to say MAC because I love so many of their products. Urban Decay because I’m obsessed with their Naked Palettes (in case you hadn’t noticed) and The Body Shop because they sort me out with all my skincare needs. 

4.) Pineapple on pizza?
I quite like it. Controversial I know, but I love Pineapple so why not include it on a pizza?

5.) If you were an animal what would you be?
I think I’d be a monkey because I’m energetic, a quick learner and like to get up to mischief. 

6.) What’s your favourite type of blog post to write?
Probably lifestyle ones which I don’t actually do that many of as my life is pretty boring ha! I did a series a few years ago called ‘A Trip to…’ and I really enjoyed writing those posts and sharing my adventures with everyone. I should probably get back into it to be honest. 

7.) A fact about you people wouldn’t expect?
I’m always so bad at these because I don’t think I’m really interesting! I used to do Judo when I was younger and competed in gradings, achieving an orange belt. I guess those who know me might not have expected me to have competed in martial arts!

8.) Where’s your favourite place to go and why?
New York. I’ve been four times and could quite happily go back many more. I love the atmosphere there, there’s always something to do and something new to discover. I love the food and the shopping (especially Sephora, Bath & Body Works and Macy’s!)

9.) If you could change one thing about you what would it be?
I wish I wasn’t such an overthinker and a worrier. I spend ages worrying and thinking about the smallest things, when for many, they wouldn’t even think twice about it. 

10.) What’s your guilty pleasure?
Dipping chocolate into Green Tea :) Also, Corrie and Geordie Shore!

11.) One piece of advice you would give to a younger you?
Don’t worry about what other people think about you. I spent so much of my teens trying to please everyone and worrying what others thought about me and at the end of the day, the people who care about you most will accept you for who you are and those who don’t accept you, aren’t true friends so aren’t worth worrying about. 

My questions for my nominees are:
1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
3. Summer or Winter?
4. What encouraged you to start your blog?
5. What’s your biggest achievement?
6. Reality TV or documentaries?
7. What are your top three shops?
8. If you could only use one make up item for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
9. Sweet or savoury?
10. What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
11. If you could go back and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

My nominees are:

I hope you enjoy answering my questions, I really enjoyed writing this post!

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