Spring makeup shake up

Although winter is my favourite season, I love it when Spring rolls around and I can switch up my makeup stash and bring a bit more life to my face. From pink on the lips to a fresh and sunny scent I’m all over making myself feel bright to fit the brighter weather. When it comes to other months, I don’t seem to have much of a drastic change when it comes to what makeup I use. For example, in autumn the cold starts sneaking in and my lips start to gradually get darker and my foundation becomes more high coverage. But in spring I feel like it’s a fresh start and I need to clear out my winter weather products and make way for the fresh bases and lighter tones. So, here are a few of the products I’ve brought into my everyday rotation that scream SPRING!

I’ve fallen back in love with the Nina Ricci Nina perfume. I bought it last year in Lanzarote and it’s the perfect spring/summer scent. Sweet and a little bit floral it’s really been hitting the spot in this hot weather we’ve been having recently. The Revolution Stick Foundation is the best everyday base for when you’re in a hurry – and is just the right amount of coverage for the warmer weather. I put a few stripes on my face after letting my skincare routine sink in for a few minutes and then I go in with my big blending brush (I think it’s from Look Fantastic) and blend it in. It literally takes less than a minute to do which is amazing for me in the morning because anything that gives me longer in bed is a winner. The coverage is literally whatever you want it to be. I can make it really light with just a few swipes or layer it up for when I need a little more coverage. I lasts a descent amount of time – most of the working day – before sliding off my face and in this hot weather it’s been a dream because I have been a sweaty mess lately!

Every year when spring rolls around my trust Mac Blush in Immortal Flower comes out to play. A peachy pink that is impossible to over do it’s been an annual staple in my collection since I was given it by my friend Fiona in our first year of uni. It goes with pretty much any look and although it looks like a nothing colour, I love the warmth it brings to my face. A pinky lipstick is always a spring/summer staple for me. I have a new liquid lipstick coming very soon (seriously excited) which will fill this slot for me but for now the Tanya Burr Lipstick in Sunday Walk wild nicely. If there’s anything that gives my face a bit more life it’s a pinky nude and this one is great to just slap on in a hurry, safe in the knowledge that it’s not going to end up all over your face at the end of the day. Other pinky lip products I love are the Tanya Burr Liquid Lipstick in Rhubarb and Custard (slightly brighter but I lived in this last year) and my favourite lip product of all time at the moment, the Dior Addict Lipstick in Tout-Paris, a sheer pink that is so comfortable…I’ve already expressed my love for this enough so I’ll spare you it again…it’s amazing.

What’s your favourite product to bring out for spring?

Taking a trip down makeup memory lane

I was sat looking at my makeup the other day (you know, like normal people do) and I suddenly thought that a lot of it relates to a special time or has a significant moment attached to it. Even the most random and ‘boring’ of products reminds me of something that has happened. So, I thought it would be nice to look back at the makeup that give me my favourite memories and it might encourage me to get the products out of the drawer and use them a bit more!

Back in my early days of blog reading and Youtube watching the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes were big news. But being in the UK and no plans of visiting America on the horizon I just had to sit back and watch everyone rave about how amazing they were. So when we hopped on a plane to Florida in 2015, this was top of my Sephora shopping list. Obviously I bought the shade Tipsy (it was either that or Exposed – the go-to shades) and I still crack this out every Summer. Whenever I wear it I think of wandering around the Sephora in Florida (my first time in an American Sephora), filling my basket with vlogger recommendations. This product will always hold a special place in my heart.

The first non-stationary highlighter I bought was a great day. It was around this time two years ago after I’d been for an interview at the job I currently have, hooray! It was in Leeds and my mum went with me so afterwards we went out for lunch and popped along to Debenhams for a cheeky purchase to celebrate a job well done. The Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter had just come out and it had received good reviews all round so I thought it would be a good one to give a go (up until this point I’d been using glittery champagne eyeshadows as highlight – it was very questionable behaviour!) The were three shades and I went for Aura, a pink/purple shade which I’d heard was good for people with pale skin. It’s a good product but this colour is just not me. It’s preety much purple and isn’t the vibe I usually go for but this product gives me such fond memories of that day that I don’t think I’ll be able to part with it anytime soon.


Kinda Sexy – to this day one of my favourite birthday presents. It was the first Mac (and only) Mac lipstick I’d been gifted and I was given it in La Tasca in Nottingham on my 20th birthday from my friends. Up until then I’d spent so long searching for the perfect nude and then this magically turned up in my lap. It’s a warm toned nude with a matte finish that looks cracking over the top of any nude-y lip liner. This was my go-to for ages and  reminds me so much of my second year at uni. It’s still probably my most worn lipstick.

The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. If ever there was maybe too much hype around a product this was it. I’d waited for so long before I took the plunge and bought one. It was with money I’d got from my 21st birthday and I had some time to kill before I was meeting my friends for a birthday surprise (afternoon tea at Browns, yes, yes, yes!) and I bobbed into town to splash the cash. I’d heard so many good things about this product; it’s the perfect gloss, the most moisturising thing you’ll ever have on your lips, etc. But I have to say I was pretty disappointed – I just found it too thick and sticky. Even though I wasn’t a fan of this product, I had the best time that day so I like to keep it as a littl reminder.

A couple of years ago for my 21st birthday, my mum, dad and me went to London. We had the best time there seeing the sights and having a wander round. One disaster that happened when we were there was that we only just made our slot to go up the Shard by minutes (you’re allowed 30 minutes over your booked time, we were 25). The reason we were running late and had to run from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Shard (it feels like miles) was that I was desperate to get my hands on the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation. I’d been to every department store and shop possible to get my hands on this but they were sold out of my shade everywhere, it was a joke, But finally a very helpful House of Fraser answered all of my prayers! That was such a memorable day and there was so much hunting for a foundation which, I’m sad to say, I can’t get on with. I just find it too thick and hard to blend but it gave us a great story to tell!

When Fleur de Force released her makeup collection on Feel Unique I was there with the items in my basket and checked out before you could even say’good god get a grip girl’. I went for her Cosmic Bronze palette and one of her glosses. I ended up getting so much wear out of the palette and it reminds me of my third year at uni because it’s pretty much all I wore with some winged liner and a questionably strong brow. The thing that I remember most about this product is that I ordered it on a Thursday, it didn’t come until the Thursday after at which point I’d gone back to uni (on that day – how annoying!) and had to wait for it to be posted from home to Nottingham which took nearly another week so by the time it reached me I was desperate for it. No wonder I ended up loving it so much!

What’s your favourite makeup memory?

Products that are seriously under hyped

There’s always talk about hyped up products, how great they are or even if they are worth all the ranting and raving in the first place. So today I thought I’d give a special mention to those products that don’t have much time in the limelight but are great and need to be shouted about.


Last year I delved into the world of NYX eyeshadows and I was seriously impressed. Their palettes get a lot of air time but I had heard next to nothing about their single shadows and I have no idea why. They’re around £4 each, come in a ton of different colours and finishes and can fit nicely into magnetic palettes. I bought four shades last year that I thought would be quite versatile and then a shimmery red to make things a bit more interesting. I think they’re so good for the price point and I have no idea why they don’t get the kind of credit they deserve.

Back when they were released around 18 months ago there was a bit of hype around the Mac Liptensity Lipsticks but after a few weeks it all quietened off and hasn’t really picked back up since. I am a total lover of this formula, creamy and comfortable on the lips but the pigment really packs a punch. I only have one of these (I’m much more of an eye shadow hoarder than a lipstick collector) in Smoked Almond and it’s my go to autumn lipstick – a warm nude that verges on brown. There’s a wide range of shades so why not give it a go.

Something which is slightly newer in my stash is the NYX blush in Mauve N’ Out. Why has no one piped up about these blushes before! If you have and I’ve totally ignored it I apologise but I am well and truly on board with this product. It is pigmented, which can be an issue if I’m not concentrating and decide to slap a load on my face, but when used correctly it gives a rosy flush to my face which perks it up in all the right ways. It feels very similar to my usual blush colour so I feel like it will go with any kind of makeup look. Small and compact, I’m looking forward to travelling with this!

If you’ve read a few of my posts recently you might have noticed my sudden love for lip gloss. I’m all about that plumped vibe and I’ve been cracking out the creamy finishes and the glossy products left, right and centre. The thing that made me come to my gloss loving realisation was the Pixi Lip Lift Max in Honey Sheen. It’s so good and I’ve heard next to no one share my enthusiasm for it. It has a subtle peachy shimmer so works great over the top of other lip products and it gives a great plump and tingling feeling without making it feel like someone is stabbing me in the lips with tiny knives. Such a great ‘throw in your bag’ product.

What is your favourite ‘underhyped’ product?

Mac palette of dreams

I’ve always wanted to try Mac eyeshadows. Every time I’ve been in the area of a Mac counter I’ve had a cheeky swatch but never actually put my hand in my pocket to buy any. That all changed when for Christmas I had this little treat waiting for me (thanks v much parents). It’s the Amber Times Nine palette and *spoiler alert* I’m obsessed.

It’s the size of one of their usual quads but houses nine eyeshadows, all warm toned with a great mix of glitters, mattes and shimmers. I’ve been using it pretty much everyday since I’ve got it and it’s fast become one of my favourites. There’s a variety of daytime shades which are great for day to day and others which are ready for something a bit more jazzy. This will be a great palette to travel with, it has pretty much everything you need in it. Simple matte shades for when you just want to throw something on your face and also to use as crease shades on a more smokey option. A dark eyeshadow to use as a liner and two glitters that look great in the centre of the lid.

Here are some of my favourite shades. Georgia Peach may look like nothing in the palette but is a really good crease shade and is one to use when you want to put something on your lids with minimal effort. Cork is another cracking matte that’s versatile and works well in the crease. I’m a big lover of glitter so Creative Copper and Don’t Tell are both winners for me – Don’t Tell just edging it out a bit because this on it’s own all over the lid looks great and is a seriously way to make yourself put together on a dark winter morning.

Really want to get more Mac eyeshadows in the future – any shade recommendations?

Rediscovering old favourites | Makeup change up for Autumn

Isn’t it funny. It’s as if as soon as September graced us with its presence my subconscious was like ‘give me all of the change’. I suddenly wanted to smother myself in jumpers, eat warming soups and snuggle under a cosy blanket – the normal things for autumn. One thing I hadn’t expected to happen was a sudden urge to crack out some old products. Not all of them seasonal changes either, there were just some products that I hadn’t used for a while and fancied giving them another go. So here they are.
First up is a very autumnal lipstick shade that I couldn’t wait to start re-wearing once the colder months rolled around. It’s the Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond. I mentioned it in my last post (read that here if you want to know what makeup I wear on the weekend) and I’m totally obsessed with it. It’s my perfect autumnal shade as I don’t like anything too dark on me but this is just slightly deeper than my usual lipstick shades of choice. It sticks around on the lips but isn’t drying and I’d totally recommend trying this range out – I may need to invest in more shades. Another Mac product is the blush in Immortal Flower. This always disappears when summer rolls around but once the warm days are over this makes a reappearance. It’s my perfect blush shade and goes with pretty much every makeup look possible. It’s also impossible to overdo.
Another one which makes a reappearance every so often is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Whiskey. Easy to swipe on for a more natural look I’ve been loving it paired with any of the shades from my Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. It gives me something softer than my usual intense black waterline when I use it (obviously –  because it’s brown) and at the minute I’m loving using this everyday. Now, we move on to the inspiration for this post, the Sleek Brow Kit in Dark. I haven’t used this in so long and one day I had this sudden urge to give it a go again. I loved this product a few years ago and for a while it was the only thing I used on my brows. After moving on to pencils and pomades I forgot about this little gem, but now I’m so glad its back in my life. I used to go in with the wax then the powder on a brush that was way too big to create anything close to natural brow hairs but after trying it back out again I just use the powder with a tiny little angled brush. I’m so glad I decided to use this again, it gives my brows a slight warmth and soft fullness that nothing else really gives. If you haven’t ever tried this before I seriously recommend it (I’m acting as if its some kind of revolutionary product – it’s not, it’s a brow powder, but it’s a really good one!).
Have you recently rekindled your love for a product? 

Summer Lip Favourites

I’m back! That break felt like forever, what was it, a month and a bit? But whatever that doesn’t matter now because I’m back with a bang! Since my last post I’ve been on multiple makeup sprees so there will be plenty of reviews to come. I seem to have an urge to buy so many lip products recently, but what I need to remember is that I only have one set of lips! They’re all pretty summer-y colours and because the weather has been so nice (*she says with rain pouring down the window*) I thought it would be good if my first post back was full of bright colours and sunshine! So without further ado let’s go!

I’ll start off with the Mac lipstick, the third now in my collection, which is Vegas Volt. I went through a phase of watching so many Mac lipstick collections on YouTube it was ridiculous, but this one in particular kept standing out to me. It got to the point where if I could see this lipstick wasn’t in someone’s collection, I would instantly move on to another video. So, as a treat for taking my shorthand exam (which I passed, woo!) I took a trip to Mac and picked this up. I love how different it is to anything I currently have. It’s a bright lipstick which seems to change colour on the daily. It can be more pinky and sometimes it can be more peachy but it’s just a great summer colour that I think will be great for my holidays. It’s an amplified finish which is amazing as it’s moisturising but not drying and sticks around for so long! The next two lip products are both from the Soap and Glory Matte-Lip range. First up is the shade Whoah-Pink. This one is a bright bubblegum pink but with a bit more of a darkness to it which I love. It looks great on a really sunny day with plenty of highlight on the cheekbones. Pretty Muted is a slightly more toned down version. Not quite nude but not a pink. I love how it looks as it’s the summer pop but without the fear it looks a bit too much. The formula of these is second to none, especially as they are only £3.50. They stay on really well, even after eating, and don’t feel uncomfortable even though they are matte. I want to pick up more of these as they are just amazing, and really handy to carry around in your bag.

If you could think of any more summer lip products that I might need then please let me know, come on enable me!

L-R: Whoah-Pink, Pretty Muted, Vegas Volt

New Lip Products

Over the past few weeks I’ve been expanding my lip collection and branching out so I thought I’d share my new additions with you and give my thoughts. First up is the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist. I’d heard a lot about this and I was in need of a lip product that put a little something on but did’t require too much effort and upkeep throughout the day. This colour is literally exactly the same colour as my lips. I love it. It smells amazing, like vanilla, and is perfect to just shove in your bag and take on the go. I have heard that they can melt easily so I’m a little weary about it but so far mine hasn’t shown signs of melting. Next is The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Tint in 03. For me this is such a nostalgic product. About seven years ago I had this after going to a Body Shop party at someones house and used to wear it all the time. The smell and the taste take me back but I have to say it’s a little disappointing. When I put it on the lips it clung to the dry patches so was a nice colour but redder in some areas than in others. It’s also not great on the cheeks as it dries too quickly to blend out properly and it ends up looking like you’ve got a skin infection. It has to be said though, the staying power is insane (The swatch is still on my hand when I’m writing this and no amount of makeup remover can get it off). Last but not least it’s one of my new favourite lip combos. For my birthday my friends got me a Mac Lipstick in Kinda Sexy. Every time I go into Mac and look at the lipsticks I have no idea which one to go for so I’ve come to the conclusion that from now on I’m just going to let other people choose them for me. It’s a matte nude that is insanely moisturising and long lasting on the lips. I’m in love with this lipstick but when I pare it with my new lip liner the love grows stronger. Instead of folking out £10-£15 on a Mac lip liner I searched through Boots to try and find one that matched at a cheaper price. Enter the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Liner in Spice. It’s pretty much an exact match and was half the price of a mac liner. These too together make such a long-lasting combo that doesn’t take much up keep and I love it.

L-R: Nudist, Kinda Sexy, Spice, 03

Lash out of the Lipsticks

Time for the lipsticks! I was never the biggest wearer of lipsticks but over the past 12 months I’ve built up a nice little collection so let’s get going. First up is my Kiko Smart Lipstick in 902 Pastel Pink. I bought this whilst I was in Barcelona in the summer and I’m so glad I did. It’s pretty much the same as my natural lip colour so when I put it on it’s a my lips but better kind of thing. It was super cheap (just €3) and is balmy and lasts a decent amount of time on the lips. Next up is the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 28. This was the first lipstick that I ever bought because I thought it would look good on a night out. It’s not a matte formula but I’d say it’s 90% matte with a little bit of shimmer and not as drying. I don’t wear this that often but when do I wonder why I don’t because it gives a pop of colour that is really flattering. The second lipstick I ever purchased was the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Heather Shimmer. I bought this thinking it would be a good nude but it’s quite a bit darker than my normal lips. It takes me quite a while to apply this as if I do a ‘one sweep’ motion it goes on a bit too dark and looks like a crayon, weird I know, so I have to use a lot of coats to dab it on. However, when it’s on it looks really nice, a bit Velvet Teddy-ish, the only problem is that it doesn’t last too long on the lips. Another nude in my stash is the Rimmel Lipstick in Pink Nude. I’d say that this was more coral than pink but it’s a really good lipstick. The colour is flattering, similar to the Kiko one in terms of application and lasting power. The only thing that lets this down is the fact is has quite a pearly finish and sometimes looks a bit strange on the lips. Last but not least is Mac Shy Girl Lipstick. This is such a beautiful coral colour that sits nicely on the lips. This is my go to smokey eye lip as it looks gorgeous. The only problem with this is if it’s not dabbed on it can look a little streaky. The winner of this is a tie, I just can’t choose, between Kiko and Mac. I use them both so much as they are both beautiful colours with my favourite type of formulas.

28, Heather Shimmer, Nude Pink, Shy Girl, 902

My Wish List

I never normally have much of a christmas list but this year to make it easier for my mum I went through the catalogues and jotted them down. Here’s my list!

  • Urban Decay Vice 3 palette
  • Mac gold and beige pigments
  • A baby Sven (from Frozen)
  • Pointless Quiz Book
It’s not a very extensive list but it’s a start! Merry christmas!

Christmas Party Face

Everybody needs a christmas party face, something a little bit more special so that when you look back on pictures you think “I was on top form that day”. This year I don’t have a christmas party so a normal Nottingham night out will just have to do. My definition of party eyes are sparkle, glitter, gold  or silver and something that you would never normally wear.

On my face I did my standard heavy duty combo, Rimmel stay matte primer to make sure I don’t start to melt, Max Factor foundation and Mac pro longer concealer to cover up the entire of my face and make it look semi normal. I also use a powder, like Rimmel stay matte, to make sure I don’t look shiny in the festive photos. I then use the Sleek eyebrow pencil to define my face, and I think it’s ok to go a little darker than normal because, come on, it’s christmas. On to the eyes. Priming the eyes is essential to make sure they stay in place so I used the L’oreal one. I then went in with the Barry M dazzle dust in gold to make everything sparkly and blended more gold shades, like honey pot from the Too Faced natural eyes palette. Finishing off with some long lasting gel eyeliner from L’oreal, Rimmel black eyeliner in the waterline and Clinique mascara, the eyes are done. To warm up the face I used a little bit of the Boujouis bronzer and then went in with my Soap and Glory peach party shimmer brick which makes your face shimmery without going full on disco ball. Ending it all with Mac shy girl lipstick you’re all ready to party the night away christmas style.