Makeup

12 Days of Nails

Hey everyone, I wanted to do some Christmasy posts but I didn’t want to just do Christmas inspired makeup looks. I was in the middle of painting my nails, listening to some festive songs towards the end of November when I remembered back to my school days and how we used to sing the 12 days of Christmas. So I sat and reminisced  and then it came to me to do 12 days of nails. For the first 12 days of December I have painted my nails each day with different colours and styles. I hope you enjoy!

Day 1:

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Barry M Aquamarine Collection: Caspian

Barry M Aquamarine Collection: Treasure Chest

Day 2:

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Miss Selfridge silver polish

Barry M: Diamond Glitter

 

 

Day 3:

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Essie: Russian Roulette

Barry M: Diamond Glitter

 

 

Day 4:

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Colour Couture: Galaxy

 

 

Day 5:

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Miss Selfridge Baby Pink

Tanya Burr: Fairytale

 

 

Day 6:

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Seventeen: Copper

 

 

Day 7:

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Jack Wills: Grey

Barry M: Fashion Icon

 

 

Day 8:

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Barry M Coconut Infusion: Sunkissed

Rimmel London Super Gel by Kate Moss: Guilty Pleasure

 

 

Day 9:

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Seventeen: Navy Glint

 

 

Day 10:

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Essie: Bikini So Teeny

 

 

Day 11:

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Revlon: Gum Drop

 

 

Day 12:

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Rimmel London: Silver Bullet

No.7 Stay Perfect: In The Stars

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fashion · Hair Care · Makeup

Get Ready With Me: Concert ⭐

Hello again! I’m so so sorry for a late post. The past few days have consisted in so much bliss and happiness for me that I didn’t get chance to write this post. But have no fear, the post is here (am I good poet yet? No? Okay i’ll keep trying.)

Today’s post is going to be my complete look for the Boyce Avenue concert I attended at the beginning of November. It will include my entire makeup look, how I did my hair and what I was wearing. You all seem to love my looks so I thought I would continue on that path and show you how much I have come out of my comfort zone.

 

💗Makeup💗

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I went back into my eye shadow draws to pick out an old palette that I hadn’t used in a while/ever. I came across a NYX palette, that believe it or not, still had the plastic on it. This was the Cool Neutrals palette from the NYX ULTIMATE collection. I know the palette doesn’t sound like the kind of palette that would be out of my comfort zone but it has some very ‘out there’ shades. I made it my goal to use some of those shades. 

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To start off this look I took a flat brush and packed on this light shade to get rid of any discolouration as I want this look to really pop.
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Next, using a fluffy brush I took this shade and buffed it into my outer crease as a transition shade.
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Then its the fun part! I took a smaller flat brush and packed on a ton of this glitter shade to my lid. The more the merrier, am I right?
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Finally, I took the same fluffy brush from before to buff in this gorgeous purple shade into the outer crease to give this look a real pop. Also this purple shade is very out of my comfort zone, so yay me!

💖For the rest of my general make up look, click here💖

 

💗Hair💗

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For my hair I freshly washed it that morning using these two products above. I suffer with quite a flaky and itchy scalp and this shampoo is the only thing that keeps it from coming back. Usually I keep the conditioner on my hair for about 10 minutes while I am in the shower, this helps the conditioner soak into every strand of my very thick hair to keep it silky and shiny.

 

When it came around to getting ready, I wanted to curl my hair. I have a pretty standard routine to curling my hair, however it is so thick that it takes so long to get it all curled. My routine starts by spraying the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray through my hair. To make sure the product is distributed evenly, I spray some onto a tangle teaser brush to get the under side of my hair.

My favourite curling utensil to use is the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Long Tong. This tong has a clip on it, however I prefer using it as a wand instead. I find with my hair I get the best curls if I use curling wands. It takes me quite a while as I have to take quite small sections and wrap it around a few times to get gorgeous beach style curls.

I finish it off with a little bit of hair spray by Elnett as their hairspray doesn’t make your hair go stiff and crispy.

 

 💗Outfit💗

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The items in this look may not be available for purchase anymore so I might not be able to link it. If so then I will link something that looks similar, if you are interested in getting a similar look.

Jacket:  £50 Topshop (Similar)

Top: £15 Hollister (Exact)

Jeans: £12 Primark (Similar)

Phone Case: £29.95 Ted Baker (Exact)

Shoes: £28 River Island (Exact)

 

Makeup

Mystery Blogger Award!

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I have seen so many of these blog awards floating around for ages and I always wondered if my blog would ever be good enough to get a nomination. I was very kindly nominated for the first time by the lovely KatilynInTheMiddle. I’d like to thank you so much for this as it has made my day! It’s so lovely that the blogosphere is able to award each other for our blogs as a lot of time and effort goes into making posts!

I believe this award was created by Okoto Enigma🌼 What a fantastic concept! I admire your creativity.

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My Nominations

I would like to start off by telling you the 10 amazing bloggers I have nominated for this award:

Joy The Witch

So Sophisticatedbeauty

beautybyemm.com

Sam Stanbridge

jodi – a brash attitude

beautyonabudget94

Surrealistique

beccapbeauty

thatgirlArlene

The Rainy Wonderland

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The Rules

Below I have given you the rules of this award, so if I have nominated you, you know what to do! ❤️

  • Put the award logo on your post.
  • DON’T FORGET TO POST THE RULES
  • Make sure you thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to them as well
  • Tell your followers 3 things they don’t know about you
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify them by commenting on their blog
  • Ask whoever you may nominate any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird/funny question
  • Share a link to your best posts

 

My 5 questions for you guys are:

  1. If you had to only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life, what would they be?
  2. What country do you want to visit and why?
  3. What made you start blogging?
  4. Which actor/actress would you choose to play you in a movie about yourself?
  5. (I have to steal this one) Most embarrassing moment?

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3 Things About Me (They Might Shock You!)

  1. You all know from my blog that I adore makeup and I am such a girly girl, but the other part of me is actually really into watching motor sport. I like watching speedway and going to events and enjoying the raw-ness of it.
  2. I don’t like pizza – please don’t hate me 😥
  3. I am an old fashioned kind of girl: I adore music from the 80’s rather than modern, I adore the old fashioned fairytale love etc. I think I was born in the wrong era

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Question time! 

Katilyn kindly asked me some questions a long side this award so I am going to answer them as best I can.

1. Do you feel the need to follow blog trends? If so, how do you keep up with them?

Honestly, I have never kept up to date with trends. I write and post about what I want which works for me. Personally I am not a fan of seeing a hundred posts on the same topic. I like a variety but that is just personal preferance.


2. How do you stay motivated to write your posts?

I have this cute blog book which I write ideas and things in for different posts. If you write about doing a hundred posts you will never run out, especially in the beauty industry as there is so much you can talk about and do.


3. What do you feel is the hardest thing about blogging?

I think it is keeping to a schedule. When I first started I wanted to put up posts twice a week but with working full time and posts taking a long time to make I only post once a week and maybe twice if I can get a good post done.


4. What are your top 3 favorite beauty products?

Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind

Mascara: Benefit Bad Gal Lash

Brows: Freedom Dip Brow Pomade


5. What is your favorite book turned movie?

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

Bonus Silly Question:

6. If you would like to share, what is the funniest thing to happen to you in public?

This is a very true story! I was actually on Goodge Street in London heading up to Tottenham Court road to do some shopping. I was wearing platform boots and there was a raised slab on the pathway. So, like an idiot, I stacked it!!! I didn’t fall completely over, I managed to catch my balance but all I heard was this voice say “are you alright love?”. I looked up and it was none other than comedian Russell Brand. I was so embarrassed, I went as red as a post box!

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My Best Posts

My best posts which you guys seem to love are the makeup looks. Especially from the series I did called “Out of My Comfort Zone”. If you want to check them out then feel free, all the support is much appreciated. ❤️

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Beauty Blogger Questionnaire

I have seen a few other bloggers do this recently and I thought this was a good way to find out a little more about me in a beauty related kind of way as I feel I haven’t shared much personally about myself to you all, I hope enjoy!

 

1. What is the one product you could not go without?

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2. What Is Your Favourite Make Up Brand?

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3. Do you remember the first make up item you purchased?

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4. What is your top beauty tip?

ALWAYS GET MATCH TESTED FOR FOUNDATION!!!

 

5. Why did you start blogging?

I love make up and doing different kinds of looks and hauls. Friends would always tell me I should show other people so I decided to join the wordpress family.

 

6. Random Fact About Yourself?

I have a soft spot for donuts. They are my weakness.

 

7. How much do you spend on beauty products every month?

Way more than my bank would like…

 

8. Describe your dream make up haul

Splurging at the Westfield in Shepherds Bush as they have a lot of the high end brands their.

 

9. How often do you wash your make up brushes?

Once a week, I can’t stand when the brushes go hard from all the dry product.

 

10. If you could only choose to do one before leaving the house, would you do your hair or your makeup?

Makeup, because I never do much with my hair anyway.

 

11. 5 Beauty Products you couldn’t live without

 

12. What advice would you give to a beauty blogger just starting out?

You do you! Express your love and have fun with it.

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fashion · Makeup · nails · skin care

Vinted…Fab or Fail?

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Today’s post is something a bit different, still related to makeup and beauty but also catering to the people that also love fashion.

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Recently I have discovered this app called Vinted. This is an app which I believe is used in a lot of countries. Users can sell and buy either second hand or brand new items which are being sold as little as a fraction of the price. People sell all kinds of brands from Primark – Gucci.

Yes, these are things that people own and not from companies or manufacturers. So this might be a 50/50 app as I know some people are not keen on owning things that are second hand. However, you can filter the app to give you options of the quality of the items, so you can opt for products that are new with the tags still on.

On the home screen you can filter the different sections to find things that are in your size and change the price range if you are on a budget. You can buy things for as low as £1…can you believe it? When you see something you like you can favourite it and get notifications when the seller reduces the price and if the product gets sold. Sellers also give you bundle options so you are not paying double the price for delivery. Great right?One of my favourite things is that you can private message the sellers before you buy any item with any questions, queries and counter offers.

It doesn’t just stop at women’s clothes! It has shoes, children’s clothes, men’s clothes, accessories, makeup, skin care, nail care and bags/purses. In my opinion it is literally every shop you need in one app.

I brought a couple of items from one seller. There was a pair of Zara leggings and a jacket. Separately they were just under £3 each but the seller offered me £3.50 for both of the items and then postage on top of that. They came within the specified time and were in the same condition as stated by seller.

 

For me this app is.. 1508320977163 and I would be so happy to shop from their again.

 

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Makeup · nails

Barry M Peel It!…Fab or Fail?

1508320831517I have two very quick things before we get onto this post.

  1. thank you so much for the love that you have given me on my posts and for my achievements.
  2. what do you all think about me maybe starting a YouTube channel to upload some video footage of makeup looks? Would that be something you would like to see? – let me know in the comments below.

I was in my local Tesco and I noticed that Barry M were doing a 2 for £5 on their entire range which was amazing because I own a lot of their nail polishes (as you may know). Whilst browsing through some of their newest polishes I noticed an all white bottle sat in between some of their Liquid Chrome and Molten Metal collections. I first thought it was a white nail polish but in bold black letters it says “Peel It! PEEL OFF BASECOAT”. I hadn’t seen anything like this and was so happy when I saw it because I love painting my nails but I absolutely hate the feeling, smell and outcome of nail polish remover. I’ve never been a fan of putting acetone on my nails as it can be very drying and cause brittle nails. My nails are already brittle as it is.

Anyway, back to the peel off basecoat…I showed it to my sister and she told me that youtuber and nail art queen, Simply Nailogical, swears by peel off base coat so my hopes for this were pretty high from the start.

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I put one layer of the peel off base coat onto my nails and waited for it to dry. It does take longer to dry compared to your regular base coats so I was waiting about 5-10 minutes. I followed it with the Barry M Liquid Chrome in the shade Razzle Dazzle which is rose gold colour and gives a metal looking finish on the nails. After that I used the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat.

For the purpose of testing whether this was a fab product or a fail, I left it for the whole day and then came back and peeled it off. It peeled off my nails well. On most of my nails it came off in 2 big pieces and on a couple of them there were some more difficult pieces to get. But overall, it all came off so quickly in under 10 minutes. My only issue with it is that it makes your nails feel rough and look quite patchy. However I can’t really complain as it actually did a pretty decent job of removing the nail polish.

This product is.. 1508320977163

 

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Hair Care · Makeup · nails · skin care

Payday Purchaces (Drug Store)

Wow, I’m still shocked…I would like to say a massive thank you for helping me reach 300 followers. It means the world to me and i’m so greatful. I love the amazing connection I have gained with you all and I hope to continue to inspire people and make new friends across the Blogosphere.

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For today’s post I have the sequel to another post called Payday Purchaces. The post I made before was a list of high end beauty products that I have on a list to buy when I get paid from work. This post is a drugstore version. If you would like to see the high end version then please click here.

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NYX HD Finishing Powder £9.00
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Freedom #ProArtist Lipstick Palette £10
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Makeup Revolution Soph X Eyeshadow Palette £10
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Makeup Revolution Soph X Highlighter Palette £8
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B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes £1.49
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Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Gradual Tan £7.79
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Barry M Gelly Nail Paint – Pomegranate £3.99
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L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss Semi-Permanent Hair Dye – Liquorice £6.79

 

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Makeup · skin care

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (A Double Review)

Today i have a bit of a different review for you. Everyone has different skin types and I want to show a variation of reviews that will suit everyone. As you know if you have been reading my posts from the start, that I have what is called a “normal” skin type. This means I don’t have any problems with dry or oily skin, I have a balanced skin type. However I have kindly asked my sister to try out a foundation for you. Now she has combination skin but she suffers more with oily than dryness. We have very different skin types as you can tell so hopefully this will give everyone an idea of what the foundation is like.

The foundation we have for you is the Maybelline Fit Me (Matte and Poreless). My sister had tested this twice and you will see why throughout.

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Day Number 1:

My sister explained that she had particularly dry skin on the first try. She had applied a thin layer of the foundation to her skin using a flat foundation brush from the brand Real Techniques. This foundation gave my sister a light/medium coverage but didn’t cover up redness very well. After applying the foundation she had patted a light layer of  a powder that she swears by. She let the foundation sit on her skin while she continued to get ready but her face began feeling more dry than it was before, tight and itchy. This resulted her having to remove the foundation completely.

Day Number 2:

On the second day my sister’s skin was combination but more on the oily side. So she decided to try the foundation on again using the same technique as she did the day before. It had applied better that day and mattified completely like it claimed to do on the bottle. However the bottle claims that it was a poreless foundation but pores could still be seen unfortunately. She was happier with the outcome of the application and wore it for the remainder of the day. Over the course of the day she noticed that the foundation began to separate around and above her nose, chin and around the cupid’s bow. Sadly the foundation didn’t meet the expectation that it said as her cheeks went oily/shiny by midday and we can conclude that this foundation did not work well for combination skin.

 

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So I gave this foundation a go too.  Now my skin is very hydrated and soft and I don’t generally suffer with dry or oiliness so I had high hopes for this foundation. For the purpose of this review I tested the foundation with the same style of brush that my sister used. The application was easy and it blended well into my skin. But again it didn’t cover all of my blemishes and redness and I love a full coverage finish. After finishing my concealer and powder over the top of the foundation, I noticed that my face started to feel dry. The foundation mattified so well but with the powder over the top it almost sucked some of the moisture from my skin. So I sprayed some setting spray over the top to see if that would bring back some of the moisture and I admit it did feel better. For me the foundation definitely lasted longer throughout the day however towards the end of the day it started to separate around my nose. For me this foundation would be for if I am running out of the house for a short time. I wouldn’t recommend it for a night out.

Lastly I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has come along on this journey with me, I am so greatful  for everyone.

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