Sunday, 22 December 2013

What's in my travel make up bag?

Hi Guys,

I'm writing this post as I'm in the middle of packing! Not only am I packing to go home, as I finish work tomorrow for Christmas, but I'm also going to Spain on Tuesday with my family for a week!
This kind of packing is the hardest, as I have to figure out what I want to take to Spain and what I want to wear for New Year's Eve as I'll be home to party!

My family have already gone to Spain and I'm joining them on Tuesday, so they've taken the majority of my toiletries in the main suitcases as I'm only travelling with a carry on. Due to this, I've had to keep my make up to a minimum as all my liquids and creams etc have to go in my clear bag to get through security.

So let's get started with what I'm taking:

I'm taking my SmashBox Photo Finish Dark Spot Correcting Primer, as there will be long days of walking around so I want my make-up to stay in place. My daily foundation Maybelline Fit Me in 220 is also coming with me as well as the holy grail concealer, the Collection Lasting Perfection. I'm also taking my Bourjous Bronzing Primer for countouring and my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 005 Silky Beige to stop any shininess.

For the same reason as taking a face primer, my eye primer is the MUA Pro-Base Eye Primer. My Mac Palette is perfect for everyday looks as it contains Rice Paper, Bronze, All that Glitters and Embark. The eyeliner I'm taking is the Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner. For lashes, I'm taking my Eylure Curlers and a little sample of Benefits They're Real!

Other Products
I'm taking my Bath & Body Hand Gel in Mango Paradise, which as well as smelling divine, is also useful for before I apply my make up. I always use my MUA Sugar Lips lip balm before I apply any make up so my lips are ready for colour. For my brows, I'm using my Natural Collection Eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut and my clear mascara from Collection (which isn't very clear anymore!). I'm only taking one blush, as my look will be the same pretty much everyday so the NYX Blush in Mauve is a perfect everyday colour.
I'm taking two options for my lips: My Mac Lipstick in Brick-O-La for a darker look and my NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie which is a gorgeous everyday nude-pink.

Do you have any staples for a winter holiday?
Thanks for reading

Monday, 9 December 2013

Benefit Rockateur Blush

Hi Guys,

I'm normally quite good at resisting high end purchases as I know I can't afford them and I had resisted this blush many times until Debenhams had vat free prices on beauty and fragrance. If I was going to finally allow myself to get this blush what a better time to get it with money off?!
It was also like a final little treat for myself until Jan as I've put myself on a December beauty and clothing spending ban except for when I went to the Clothes Show yesterday as that money had already been put aside!

The thing that finally made me crack to buy this blush was seeing Lauren from Love Lauren Elizabeth on youtube talk about and wear this blush in a video and it looked beautiful.

A rose gold blush that adds colour to your cheek as well as making it look highlighted at the same time.

I've never owned a Benefit boxed blush before but I've only heard good things about them. From my first few uses I really like this blush, it looks so natural on the skin but still makes you look healthy and 'glowy'.

Have you ever caved on an item you know you shouldn't really buy?
Thanks for reading

Sunday, 1 December 2013

November Favourites 2013

Hi Guys,

It's monthly favourites time and I can't believe we are in December! I started blogging on the 1st January 2013 so my blog is nearly one years old!

This month I've been keeping everything quite low maintenance because to be honest I've not been bothered. I've been constantly tired and on/off ill that I've been making my life easier by not worrying about my normal beauty routine.

I've been using my Soap and Glory Pulp Friction body scrub 2/3 times a week to exfoliate in the shower. It's not an abrasive scrub and is very gentle but still does the job. It also smells absolutely divine! I highly recommend this scrub!

I've told myself to start using more of the make up that I neglect so I pulled back out my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 005 Silky Beige. Whilst I was on roaccutane my skin wasn't producing any oil so I didn't need to use any powder. Now I'm off the medication my skin is definitely no where near as oily as it was but it can get a bit shiny towards the end of the day so the trusty powder has found its place again! I really love this powder, it never makes me look cakey and does it's job perfectly!

Another product I've pulled back out is my MUA Cream Blusher in Dolly. It's a beautiful neutral colour that adds a bit of colour onto my cheeks without being over the top because as I've said I've not been making much of an effort this month.

MUA Blush in Dolly

Following on with the not making an effort, one quick sweep of NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Applelicious Pink has been adding the perfect amount of sheer colour whilst moisturising my lips at the same time. I really love this lip product and the apple embedded in the stick adds a cute little touch.
NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Applelicious Pink

What have your favourite products been this month?
Thanks for reading