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Sunday, 31 July 2016

July 2016 // Favourites

Pre warning: the start of this blog post is going to be so "favourites post" cliché but... Where the hell is this year going? Seriously, someone please tell me how the hell we're at the end of July already?! I'm gunned blink and before I know it we're gunna be celebrating the end of the year and getting ready to start the next.

This month has been pretty crackin if you ask me! I've had my birthday, which means GIFTS! I've been to London, I went to the Star Wars Celebration (if you read my"30 facts about me" post, you'll know I'm a loud and proud big ass geeky nerd!), I've seen the ballet and we've had some beautiful weather.

Now, back on to the topic of what products I've been loving this month - As its been fucking Boiling with a capital B in the UK this month, I've not really been wearing much makeup (although I don't wear a ton of makeup on the reg anyway), I've been keeping things simple and going back to the good ol' basics! Although there is something new I've been loving thrown into the mix too...

Friday, 29 July 2016

Top 2 Budget Friendly Concealers

If you're a regular reader of my little space on the internet you'll know that my ultimate ultimate all time favourite can't live without concealer duo is the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla - these 2 are my 2 holy grail ride or dies, BUT, I've been on a bit of a budget/drug store kick at the moment and have been trying to hunt down a cheaper eye concealer combo... well, say hello to the Rimmel combo thats been doing it for me lately!

Saturday, 9 July 2016

That Summer Glow

I've been rocking the pasty skin look recently - well lets face it, we've had like 2 days of summer so far this year and when you work in an office you only really get the weekends to appreciate the sunshine!  I decided that I needed to get my tan on, the fake way. I wanted something that would give me a nice summer glow, just a hint of tan and a glowy complexion.

I'm not a regular fake tan user, I can't deal with the whole moose and mit thing, I've tried it before and I ended up looking like a tanned zebra with dodgy orange hands! I think anyone can agree thats not a great look! I'm more of a gradual tanner type of gal so the St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tanner (in light to medium) is perfect for me!

The St. Tropez In shower Gradual Tanner is perfect for giving the skin a natural healthy summer glow thats not too obvious and OTT, but gives the skin that lil boost of somethin' somthin'!

It's super easy to apply! As its an in-shower thang I always use a body scrub before I apply it (my favourite is the Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub), I then scrub a dub dub with my shower gel, put my conditioner on, pin my hair up and then apply the tanner.  I use a generous helping to cover myself and it says to stand for about 3 minutes or so - I tend to stand for about 5 - and always make sure I have my iPad in the bathroom with me, standing for 3 - 5 minutes in the shower can seem like forever, at least with a youtube vid on in the background or a bit of music to listen to/have a dance in the shower to can make the time go by a little quicker.  Once i've given it 5 minutes or so to settle in, I rinse and I'm ready to glow! - This doesn't have that dodgy fake tan/biscuit smell either, it actually smells quite nice! It has almond extract in it don't you know! You can pick up a big bottle of baby in Boots on offer right now for £9.99!

I went out for work drinks last night so have no idea why I'm up ridiculously early (8:30AM!!) - so I've decided that I need to make myself a pillow fort and have a really lazy day today - wine heads the morning after are the worst, why do I drink white wine?! - Hope you're all having/have a beautiful weekend! xo

Ps. When I hit 500 followers on Bloglovin I'll be doing a little giveaway of a few of my favourite beauty things - which may or may not include a Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick ;) xo

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The Budget Brush Cleanser

Nobody likes brush maintenance! It’s a necessity (even though I'm guilty of putting it off for a long as I can get away with) and it's basically just fucking boring! I try and give my brushes a proper clean at least once or twice a month (I don’t actually use my makeup brushes every day, I don’t really wear makeup every day!) but when I need to give them a spruce rather than a full on wash I like to use this, the B. is for Beautiful Makeup Brush Cleanser - A conditioning brush cleanser that disinfects and cleans - I picked this up in Superdrug. I like to think that spot cleaning my brushes means that when I do actually give them a proper wash, they're not actually that dirty, so it won't take as long!

I use this by spritzing a bit on a cotton wool pad (I love the Boots own brand big double face oval ones, they're usually on offer), and then swirl my brush in it in circular motions until it looks its best again. If the brush has been "well loved" and there's quite a bit of makeup build-up, I repeat this. Also, as the cotton wool pads are double faced, once one side is done with, you can just turn it over and use the other side – waste not want not as they say!

Now, there are some pricey-er more fancy brands out there that do exactly the same thing, but I wanted to show this one some love - and why pay mega bucks when this one doesn’t break the bank? It does a pretty good job at getting the makeup off my brushes, dries quite quickly, smells quiet nice and when I use my brushes after using this product on them it doesn’t break me out, I'm not allergic to it and it doesn’t irritate my skin! Not bad for brush cleanser that’s only £4.99 ay?! xo

Sunday, 3 July 2016

June 2016 // Favourites

How crazy scary is it that we're officially over half way through the year?! Also... we're now in my birthday month!!!

I've had a major blog drought in June - things have been a little crazy with work, I've not been well blah blah blah - but I've pulled myself out of my funk for this post.  I love doing monthly favourites posts, they're also my favourite ones to read/watch!
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