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Sunday, 22 May 2016


I cannot wait for Summer! Long nights and bright skies is exactly what I have been waiting for. And in spirit of such a beautiful season I have changed my make up to compliment the upcoming weather.

On my face I have used Estee Lauder DW which is a god send for oily skin paired with Urban Decay concealer and to set I used the Laura Mercier translucent powder which allows for budge proof make up! On the eye brows I used ABH pomade in Ebony and on my eyes I used 'uninterrupted' by Mac, which is a beautiful mustard shade which compliments my tanned brown skin. I finished my eyes with the Tom Ford liner and lashes of mascara and a kohl liner from Essence.

What's more, on the cheeks I simply used the ABH contour kit and 'Trace Gold' blush/bronzer by Mac and Laura Geller's highlighter in 'Gilded Honey'. Last but not least, I used my favourite lip liner by Mac called 'Whirl' and a lip gloss by Tom Ford in 'Tawny Pink'!

All the products I used have been my go to products because they are fail proof and stay on all day! Have you tried any and what do you think of the finished look?!

P.S. no airbrushing etc hasn't been used or soft focus and all my images are taken by my beloved Sony A5100. xx

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Game Changing Skincare¦ Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum!

For the longest time I have had dehydrated, dry, pesky skin around my forehead and chin which I could not seem to get rid of. I had tried a Vichy serum before via Sali Hughes' recommendation but it was just a bit blah and didn't really aid my skin in anyway.

What's more, I had always and I'm sure you guys reading, have heard wonders of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. But I was always hesitant in investing in higher end skincare just because I hate wasting my money on skincare when I discover it doesn't work for my skin. but alas, this actually works. I was spurned on by Alex Steinner's (Glamour Beauty Editor) snapchat as she always films her 'Sunday Facials', which always includes this product and she mentioned that it is one of her CULT faves.

The product is in a glass container which gives the expensive, luxe feel and also includes a pippet for application. After use I have found my skin has become so much softer, supple and most important, hydrated! I even don't need to apply moisturiser straight away because my skin is so much more nourished than before. I definitely think this is going to slowly become a #holygrail item in my skincare routine and just hope it doesn't stop working!

What are your thoughts on this?


Saturday, 14 May 2016

L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte 24HR Foundation *REVIEW*

For a short period I was lusting after a lot of hyped foundations just to see if well, do they really live up to their claims? When this was floating around and doing the rounds on Instagram I, of course, really, really wanted to try it out BECAUSE it was a "drugstore" foundation and because of its alleged likeliness to my holy grail Estee Lauder DW foundation.

This foundation was ordered off Amazon because the UK does not have the full range of shades which are readily available in the US and since I was determined to try this an order had been made.

I ordered shade '106 Sun Beige' which is closest to my NC37 skin tone and it is a good match. This shade has a true golden undertone and there are no pink tones which can be seen to the naked eye. It is pretty much full coverage but it does state it is a medium coverage foundation. It also states it is a demi matte finish which I also agree with as it has a slight sheen on the skin, baring in mind I do have combination-oily skin. As well as this, this foundation has a very light weight feel and looks fantastic in pictures.

However, in comparison to my EL DW, it does not have the longevity that the DW provides. This foundation under heavy lights and heat will begin to appear shiny on the face but in day to day errands wears a lot nicer on the skin. Because of this, I will be sticking to my DW on days where I need my base to not move and this when I want something more casual.

My favourite part about this foundation is the shade, I love the rich golden undertone as it really mimics a true skin tone and the packaging as it comes in a squeezy tube.

What do you think of this foundation?


Friday, 6 May 2016

What's in my Make Up Bag?

Until last month I did not carry a make up bag. I would shove all my make up in a little compartment in my work bag and get flustered whenever I needed to top my make up but could never actually find anything. (It's a big, black bag and an endless cesspit of doom; I literally find rotting bananas and apples from when I've forgotten to eat them- gross, I know!)

I also never purchased one because I always wanted a cute bag with glittery accents which wasn't ridiculously priced so I forbade purchasing a cheap Primark one, much to my sisters distate. So, on a random Next shop I found this bag in question and now house all my make up for the day (p.s. I only carry all this make up when I have work and have to look presentable all day *yawn*).

I don't actually carry a lot and it does vary depending on my look that day i.e. I'll carry a black/blue/brown eye pencil if I have decided on wearing eye liner in my water line. But what I pretty much carry all the time is the following:

  1. Tom Ford Translucent Powder- Gets rid of shine but still looks radiant.
  2. MUF Aqua Matic liner in 'ME 50'(basically, a gold liner)- I carry this because when used in the water line, it instantly gives your face a boost. 
  3. The Balm 'schwing' liquid liner
  4. TF Ultra Length mascara- if my lashes are lacking I add a light coat of this as the formula is quite thick.
  5. UD concealer- best concealer for dehydrated skin!
  6. TF lipstick in Pink Dusk
  7. TF lipgloss in Tawny Pink
  8. Mac Whirl lipliner (FAVE!)
Oh, only eight items, I would've thought I carried more!

What make up do you always carry? Or which products I've mentioned have you tried?

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


I think from my previous post on my 'Most Worn Bag' post, you'll know just how obsessed I am with Zara mini bags. Actually, mini bags in general! I love being able to just take my phone, card and lip gloss and leave my house without carrying 10 million things in a larger sized bag which will only give me shoulder ache.

Since I had been using my previous bag which I purchased from Zara for well over a year now, I was in the market for a new spring/summer addition to my collection and had been searching for the past few months but could only find designer bags which were priced in the £1000's which is wayy out of budget for myself and my bank balance.

So, whilst I was on Snapchat a girl which I follow was showcasing her recent Zara finds which led to a quick Zara search and finding a plethora of mini bags from quirky to Chanel dupes to cute satchel bags. Oh, and of course I purchased not one, not two but three bags! But I justify them all by wearing the crap out of them all and for my upcoming holiday to Turkey! So, technically, I needed them haha!

Anyway, I took some pics for you all to have a look :)

This red bag is so cute and definitely has a Sophia Hulme/ The Leather Satchel Company vibe about this. And I love the scarf tied around the bag which gives a nice edge to the bag overall. It has more of a sturdier feel to the bag and I would personally wear this bag across the body or holding it as it is so tiny and quaint and I can't wait to wear it!

So it has two compartments and a phone compartment which I love and has enough room for essentials!

This bag also definitely has a Chanel vibe going on with the metal strap and the criss cross embossing. This bag is also leather which is a massive bonus because it will last longer and also has a very soft feel to the bag which I love!

This is a bag which I have been looking EVERYWHERE FOR!! And without the designer price tag!  I have seen this type of quirky bag all over the catwalks and pretty much every designer has a bag like this from Anya Hindmarch to Valentino but again I was looking for a high st addition but could not find one anywhere! Admittedly, this bag is not as good quality as the above two bags and feels slightly cheap but since it is more of a 'trend' item I have no qualms if it begins to look slightly battered after wear because I like a more worn in look.

As you can see this is the most spacious of all bags so you can shove pretty much anything in there! I am very happy with my purchases and can't wait to style them soon!

What are your favourite bags or new finds?!
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