New Look – Best of the Sale

New Look is one of those stores that I go through phases of loving and seeing everything in and then seeing absolutely nothing.  This season however, New Look has totally been on my side and the majority of clothes I have purchased for myself have come from New Look.  They currently have up to 70% off and there are some amazing things in the sale that I just have to share with you, some of them I have purchased for myself too.

Black Spot Print Button Front Jumpsuit, £27.99 £14

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I recently wore this jumpsuit for my little trip to The Junction (you can read about the trip here) but I received so many compliments on it and noone could believe I only paid £14 for it.  It comes with a matching polka dot belt however I removed it and use my faux Gucci belt from Ros Oir Boutique to cinch in my waist to make it a little more flattering.

Khaki Button Front Tapered Leg Jumpsuit, £24.99 £11

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This jumpsuit will always be what I wore to Shania Twain.  The day I saw SHANIA TWAIN I wore this jumpsuit.  Such a comfortable outfit and very easy to dress up or down and I don’t know what it is about khaki colour, but when i’m not feeling an outfit I add khaki and it’s instantly better.  Similar with the above jumpsuit it comes with a matching belt however I find that the belts that come with the outfits are never great quality so I swapped out the belt for a leopard print belt, matching bag and heels – all New Look of course.

Tall Pale Blue Paperbag Waist Trousers, £19.99 £8

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Okay, yes you may be thinking – tall? Really Amy?  I honestly didn’t realise I was buying tall when I purchased them however, they fit perfectly so it was all meant to be.  They really shouldn’t have fit considering I am not even 5 foot…

Blue Rinse Wash Double Breasted Denim Midi Dress, £25.99 £12

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I am so in love with this dress and I love it paired with these white boots!

Orange Round Buckle Cross Hatch Pinafore Dress, £19.99 £10

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Team this cute rust orange pinafore with a polo neck to transition this pinafore into an outfit perfect for Autumn!

Rust Polka Dot Scuba Crop Trousers , £19.99 £10

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Continuing on with the rust theme, these culottes are perfect for brightening up a Winter wardrobe and will be easily taken into your Spring/Summer wardrobe too as polka dots never go out of style!

Black & White Stripe Duster, £34.99 £10

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I’m in love with this duster jacket and have ordered this for myself.  Wear it like the model, styled down or dial it up for a night out this duster will become a staple in my wardrobe.  Would be gorgeous worn closed with a skinny belt!  Plus, for £10 it’s such a bargain!

White Spot Print Double Breasted Midi Dress, £29.99 £10

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I’m sorry, but I can’t stop with the polka dots.  I just picture this outfit all glammed up like Julia Roberts, would be gorgeous with a big hat!  In reality I would wear it with vans and hair shoved up in a bun – still cute though!

Mela Cream Lace Trim Tie Neck Blouse, £28 £18

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You can never have enough white blouses.  They simply go with everything, whether you’ve got trousers, skirts or culottes a white shirt or blouse should be your safety net and I love the detailing on the sleeves.  I’m tempted to buy two…

Black Faux Snakeskin Baker Boy Hat £9.99 £3

Black Prince of Wales Check Baker Boy Hat, £9.99 £3

I do love baker hats however sometimes I feel like Oliver Twist when I wear them, that being said they are too good an offer to pass up!

Have you got any bargains recently?  I’d love to hear!

The Junction, Antrim

I was recently invited down to check out The Junction, Antrim as part of their Connection Club Weekend.  The Junction is an amazing shopping destination situated about 20 miles from Belfast with not only over 30 retailers but an amazing 10 screen Omniplex cinema.  The Connection Club is a promotion that enables you to receive extra discounts, offers and exclusive events.  Think of it as a VIP card that allows you to save a little money while you shop – allowing you to shop more!  You can sign up for the Connection Club here and view what stores are available here.

Of course me being me, I quite literally ran straight to the beauty outlet as it has my name written all over it.  I went in fully confident that I would walk around and have a nosy at all the amazing offers however, as soon as my foot stepped over the threshold I completely lost all ability to think and went from the front to the back up and down the aisles telling staff that ‘this is amazing’ and obsessively congratulating a girl called Mags who keeps the lipsticks looking so neat on doing such a good job.  Mags, I am sorry.

View this quick video of me walking around the store and keep scrolling for a more in depth view of the offers available – perfect for dare I say the C word?  Christmas.

Thank you so much to The Junction and Beauty Outlet who gifted me with a voucher!  If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll see all the goodies I got!

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As soon as you walk in there’s a fantastic beauty bar area with chairs and glorious light up mirrors surrounded by amazing offers.  A great area to sit and try on makeup!

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I first had a rummage around at the foundations and while there is a huge variety o products I did however notice that there are not full shade ranges.  I was able to find my colours very easily and there is still a great range but you may have to sacrifice going a little lighter or darker if you cannot find your shade – but that’s okay, because they have bronzers.  One of my favourite foundations, Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation is available there and you can see my first impression of this foundation on my YouTube here.

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I think my favourite part about walking around this store had to have been the lipstick section.  Not only was it just so satisfying to look at but the lipsticks were around the £1.99/£2.99 mark.  I mean, my Starbucks order costs more than that.  If you watched my Instagram stories then you’ll know that I got so overwhelmed by the lipstick aisle that I actually only left with two lipsticks and two lips liners.  It is just so unlike me.  I can’t wait to go back and buy more!

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I felt like I was walking around Willy Wonka’s factory in this store, honestly.  Just look at all those brushes and beauty blenders?  I was in total heaven and all for a fraction of the price that you would pay in places like Boots and Superdrug.  I love getting things like these as little presents, if you were starting to think of mini gifts for *whispers* Christmas then these are all perfect!

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Again, on the gift train – whether it’s a gift for yourself of you are in need of a present for someone these are amazing and come in the cutest packaging.  W7 were one of the main brands I seen in the beauty outlet and I have used some things from them before and they are actually pretty good, amazing for the price!  How amazing is this brush set below?

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In addition to makeup and accessories they also have a great range of skincare, bath and body and fragrances so there really is something for everyone!  So looking forward to going back to the store and The Junction in general as all staff seem so friendly and The Junction is an amazing place to walk around.

Have you been before?  What are your thoughts? Let me know!

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Primark AW18

Oh where do I start when it comes  to Primark?  It is honestly one of my favourite stores and for those of you who are reading from Northern Ireland, you’ll know of the devastation that has fallen upon our city of Belfast and our Primark store.

On Tuesday 28th August, the Bank Buildings which housed our beloved Primark went up in flames engulfing the entire building.  After the panic and we knew that everyone that was in the building was safe, the fear started to settle in – where were we going to shop?  I shop in Primark – honestly? – at least once a week.  Where was I going to get my tights?  My pajamas?  My cute homeware?  My last minute outfits for events?!  Then I realised… there are plenty of other Primark stores in Northern Ireland.  Yes, yes they may not be as good as the one in Belfast city centre however, they are still Primark!  My Instagram followers were all going through the same thing and having the same thoughts and so I decided to do something about it.

Retail is already struggling at the minute especially on our High Street, from House of Fraser to Toys r Us to the likes of JJB Sports.  Just after the fire in Belfast I was gifted with a voucher from Primark and I decided to use it to show my Instagram followers that all is not lost!  I took myself off on a bus to a nearby Primark in the Abbey Centre, Newtownabbey and here you can see all my favourite things in the store right now.  You can search for your closest store here.

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This is one of those coats, up there with the likes of the camel coat that will go with absolutely anything and everything in your wardrobe.  It will become a staple in your wardrobe and the material feels great, a steal for only £30!

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I think  this is my favourite coat I have ever seen.  An absolute beauty, I can’t wait to go back as they didn’t have my size when I was in the store.  It’s times like these when I wish Primark was available to shop online.  This pattern is all over the stores at the minute and what better way to wear the trends than with a statement coat?  I can picture this with a fantastic red bag and beret, a beautiful cream cashmere jumper and jeans.  Again, at only £30 this coat is an Autumn/Winter must have!

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This coat makes me positively giddy.  Somewhere in between a subtle coat and a statement coat this is perfect for those of you who can’t decide.  This coat is bang on trend and these styles of coats sit so well and are flattering on the body.  Another bargain coat at £30!

JACKETS

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These jackets are so cute and fluffy, a great way to add an edge to your outfit.  Corduroy has made a comeback this season and this jacket would be perfect for injecting a little into your wardrobe.  Shorted, cropped style jackets are perfect for more petite ladies too as they suit a smaller frame!

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If you prefer a pop of colour then think pink jacket will be more up your street.  Both colours are beautiful however, the brown would be easier styled if your wardrobe has more muted tones but for those who aren’t afraid to dial it up with colour this jacket will be perfect for you.  The collar and inside are so soft that it makes you feel like you’re wearing a cloud!

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I tried this jacket on and immediately wished I was standing near a motorcycle, wearing aviators and my hair in a messy bun.  Again, the inside is insanely soft which is amazing considering the price.  This is another one of those jackets that you could wear with anything, I am definitely going back for this jacket.  I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I seen it.

ACCESSORIES

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There’s nothing that a great tote can’t fix.  If I am unsure about an outfit or my outfit seems too loud then I’ll make it more neutral and dial it up with a tote bag.  These totes are perfect for this, I have my eye on the leopard print tote considering animal print is the trend of the year!  The red bag would be perfect with the coat from earlier… oh, I’ve sold it to myself.

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Another cute little bag, I am in love with the details on the bag.  Details on bags like these really make an £8 bag look far more expensive.  A great size bag perfect for day or night!

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More on the leopard print, I’m sorry I just can’t get enough of it.

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I talked about this hat on my stories, I completely forgot to go back for it!  I can’t wait to go back for it as not only am I a lover on hats, but the size of it was perfect.  Some hats are just too big but this one was just right!  There’s nothing like the regret of the things you don’t buy…

CLOTHING

Primark is not only great for creating outfits but also for taking tops and skirts and using them to update clothes you already have.  This leather skirt for example, perfect with tights, boots and a polo neck for this time of year!  Primark’s clothes are so versatile that they really would suit everyone and that makes them one of our high streets greatest stores.

With my gift card I puchased a trouser and blazer set with a top and I wore it to an event recently and I received so many messages about it – people asking was it actually Primark!  See below for my outfit!

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Belfast Fashion Week Launch AW18

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Here we are again to my favourite time of the year, Autumn is fast approaching and as are the new clothes coming in to our favourite stores – but hold on!  What to buy?  Oh no, here we go again, don’t know what to wear?  Not sure what’s ‘trendy‘ this season?  Look no further because I recently attended the Belfast Fashion Week Launch for Autumn Winter 2018 and oh my, there are some beautiful clothes coming your way this year!

Hosted by our ever fabulous Cathy Martin, PR Queen and Fashion Goddess in the Fitzwilliam Hotel, the perfect setting for an array of such beautiful clothes.

What I Wore

Before you see the amazing trends that befell us let’s look at what I wore!

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New Look Mustard Check Cropped Trousers, £19.99

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I am so in love with these trousers!  They are so comfortable and not an annoying zip in sight and match a lot more versatile than I thought.  They go with so many things and are easily dressed up or dressed down for a more casual look.

New Look Mustard Ribbed Roll Neck Top, £8.99

mustard-ribbed-roll-neck-topThese polo necks are perfect for wearing underneath large coats or chunky knits as they are nice and thin, so you don’t roast alive underneath.  They come in a variety of colours and at such a great price, you’re going to want to pick up a few.

New Look Mustard Single Breasted Formal Coat, £34.99

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I’ll be the first to admit I might have went overboard with the mustard and the New Look shopping.  It’s all just so nice, have you been in recently? Their Autumn/Winter selection is outstanding, I can’t wait to go back and get the rest that I mentally put in my favourites.

TRENDS

Animalistic

We have gone wild for animal print – see what I did there?  So many designers this season have made a bid for the fabulous animal print and it is everywhere.  If you aren’t someone who wants to fully immerse themselves in this trend you can add a small pop in your accessories with a fabulous bag or boots to transform yourself, ready for Autumn.

I’ve said it before in my Leopard Print post but it makes me so happy to see so many women and men embracing this trend and Belfast Fashion Week’s launch was no different.

Let your outfits roar with this trend this season.

Clash Is The New Match

Leading on from Animal Print sees a trend that I have always been a little scared to try and pull off myself but I have recently learned that if you wear anything with confidence it will look unbelievable.  You wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you.  Something to remember for this fantastic clash of prints.  If anything, when you can’t decide what to wear – clash them!

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Here Cathy has shown us a dress that allows feminine florals to meet sassy stripes while below these stunning floral prints are a sure way to turn heads this season.  After all, floral in spring?  Groundbreaking.

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Check ✔

Alas, we have arrived at my favourite trend allowing me to live out my Cher Horowitz, Clueless fantasy in tasteful checked print.  You must be thinking, how the hell can I wear that print?  The most fashionable way, as we have said already, is to embrace the Mix and Match.

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This fabulous ensemble puts me in mind of Balenciaga and I cannot wait to get my hands on all of it.  I have my eye on this Topshop, Check Midi Skirt, it will be coming home with me.

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Ellen looks unbelievable in the outfit, definitely one of my favourite looks from the entire morning and I am pleased to say I already own the suit from the look.  Now I just have to collect the rest!  I must say at this point, the makeup by Oonagh Bomanand her team was just stunning.  There is nothing nicer than a bold, statement lip and this lip pulls the red out of the suit to perfectly compliment this outfit.

Bold & Bright

This selection of outfits actually has me salivating.  I have always been a huge fan of colour and I am not one for hiding away from brights, as you can see from my outfit for the Launch.  These power suits and coats speak to me on another level.

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I am head over heels at the clothing seen at BFW Launch and I am certainly going to be out of pocket investing in all these fantastic pieces.  What are your favourite trends this season or what are you most looking forward to wearing?  I’d love to hear!

West Coast Cooler Fashion Week Starts Friday 19th October and runs to Sunday 21st October.  If you like what you see you can find more information on the shoes and purchase tickets HERE

AW18 – Boots Wishlist

Every year I become a little obsessed with buying boots because I love nothing
more than slipping on a pair of jeans, a pair of beautiful yet comfy boots and
sliding on into Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s basic, and I LIKE IT.
There is something about buying your Autumn/Winter boots and feeling the
need for a night by the fire and a hot cup of chocolate.

Or in my case, wine.
Always wine.

I always find it quite hard to pick just the perfect boot, so if any of you have the
same problem I thought I would make it a little easier and so I have put together
my favourite boots from the shops this season making it easier for you to walk in
to Autumn looking fabulous.

Flat Boots

New Look Wide Fit Yellow Block Heel Ankle Boots, £25.99

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Inject a pop of colour into your wardrobe this Autumn/Winter with a coloured boot, I love these yellow boots and they will go with my entire wardrobe this year as I bought everything yellow.

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Monki Wine Red Chelsea Ankle Boots, £40

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I am immediately attracted to high shine boots but unfortunately I clearly drag my feet when I walk because I ruin every boot I get.  I am obsessed with the colour of these shoes as they will go with everything and make a change from the regular black boot.  Monki is a fantastic brand and the quality of their products is outstanding.

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Missguided White Three Buckle Pointer Boots, £35

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I normally can’t pull off the white boots trend but something about these boots has me putting them in and out and in and out of my shopping cart.  I love the buckle detail and the heel is a perfect little height.

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Heel Boots

Topshop Wide Fit Babe Ankle Snake Print Boots, £39

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Actually obsessed with these, they were in my dreams last night.  I was wearing them and I mean, I looked good.  In fact, yep – I just bought them.  Animal print boots are a great way to inject the trend into your everyday wardrobe without feeling like you are dressed like Kat Slater.

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Topshop Brandy Ankle Boots, £36

I can’t decide between the colours, but here I am again with the patent ankle boots.  I love the high shine effect!  Topshop are one of my favourite places for boots as I find them the comfiest to wear all day.  They look similar to the Gianvito Rossi style boots but for a fraction of the price!

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Pretty Little Thing Beige Faux Snake Ankle Boot, £35

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More snake print, this trend is essential for you wardrobe this season.  I love these pattern boots to instantly jazz up a regular outfit and take it from a 7 to a 10.

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River Island Silver Glitter Block Heel, £42

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I’m sorry, are you seeing these?  Picture these, Christmas party (sorry, but it is coming whether you want it or not) with the light hitting off them.  Yeah I’ll just wait here while you buy them.

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Over The Knee Boots

Zara Flat Stretch Boots With Studs, £59.99

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I love over the knee boots, they look amazing with a chunky knit and leggings or jeans.  These Zara boots are one of the nicest pairs I have seen this year, I love a pair of simply black boots and the studded detail up the back just kicks these boots up a notch.

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Office Krissy Over The Knee Black Leather, £87

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If you are a fan of leather then look no further than these fantastic boots from Office.  They look so comfy and have a block heel which I love.  AND, they are on sale from £125 to £87!

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Designer Boots

Gucci Jordaan Leather Ankle Boot, £715

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I want to put these on my feet and never take them off.  These styles of boots are my favourite as they are so comfortable and easily worn.  A good classic boot that go with everything!

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Balenciaga Knife Leopard Booties, £1175

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I had to put these boots in, they are so cute.  I love the sock boot design, they are so cute and so comfortable and again, the animal pattern is a great way to inject a little trend into your outfit.

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Happy Shopping!  What are your favourite style of boots for Autumn/Winter?

 

Top 5 Blushers

The beauty world has become so obsessed with highlighters and bronzers that
we have forgotten about one very important part of our makeup routine – the
blush. I have always loved blush and if I am honest, probably have loved it a little
too much in the past. When I was 15 I definitely had that Aunt Sally look nailed.
Fast-forward a few years and a practice in application I finally see what the fuss
was all about.

Before I begin listing my favourite blushers let’s talk about what it does for your
face. Blusher has the power to actually brighten and lift your face and is the
perfect finish to create a beautiful makeup look. Blusher is classy and enhances a
real, natural face shape as opposed to ‘look at my natural sunken in cheekbones’
a la Kim K. As nice as that look can be, when done right, there’s something about
a blush that makes all the difference.

When I look for blushers I tend to buy fairly versatile shades that suit a variety of
skin tones so that I can keep them in my kit to suit everyone. Whatever your
preference be it matte or shimmery, there is always something out there to suit
you.

MAC ‘Melba’ Powder Blush, £19.50

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I have always loved MAC’s blushers as their formula is perfectly creamy and they have an amazing variety of shades.  My most used shade is by far Melba and as it is a beautiful soft coral peach shade this blusher beautifully compliments a huge variety of skin tones.  It is super pigmented so just use a little each time you are using it.  With no shimmer it’s great for all skin types and ages and is a staple in my Make Up Kit giving a the skin a perfect glow.

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NARS Blush ‘Orgasm’, £24

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This blusher shouldn’t need any introduction as if you are familiar with blushes at all, you should have tried this one.  If you haven’t, what are you doing?  You owe it to yourself to try the blush that permanently tops the list as one of the best blushers on the market.  An iconic blusher that gives natural, healthy looking colour without looking too heavy and again, you only need a light application to give a beautiful colour.

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Milani Baked Blush ‘Luminoso’, £10

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These blushers are unreal and for £10 they are such a good quality!  It’s very hard to pick just one shade that I like from this range as I use them all and love them all.  As I tend to go for more coral colours with blush I tend to use ‘Luminoso’ the most.  Baked on Italian terracotta the powder is so finely milled that it delivers a smooth and silky application.

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Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic ‘Ecstasy’, £30

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Charlotte’s range of blushers are my absolute favourite.  They scream luxury and everyone needs a little luxury in their make up bag!  Currently there are 6 powder shades to choose from and again, sorry I like the coral shades so my favourite is the shade ‘Ecstasy’ but there are colours to suit everyone.  I love having a glow from my blusher and with Light Flex Technology these blushers capture and reflect light again leaving your skin with a beautiful soft sheen.

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Bare Minerals Gen Nude Powder Blush ‘Pretty In Pink’, £22

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Seriously blendable and buildable blushers this range from Bare Minerals is a staple in my own routine and in my makeup kit.  I’ve collected a few shades since they have launched however, I use ‘Pretty In Pink’ most often, a beautiful subtle pink shade and ‘Bellini Brunch’ which is a beautiful peach shade.  The formula is so creamy and glides on to the skin effortlessly without catching and giving the skin texture giving the skin a soft focus effect.

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What blushers do you like, or do you even use blusher at all?  I would love to hear your favourites.

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Autumn/Winter Trend – Leopard Print

I am so living for this trend.  Anyone who I have spotted wearing leopard print this season has a confidence like nothing I have ever seen.  I am so happy to see so many sassy ladies walking round, it’s like walking around the set of Sex and the City.

I have put together a selection of my favourite leopard print items so you can amp up your wardrobe at the click of a button!  I apologise in advance for your purses…

IM Trending Beige Leopard Print Wide Leg Trousers, £26

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Not only is Ivona one of the nicest people, but she has a pretty amazing selection of clothes on her new website.

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Motel Rocks High Waist Pencil Skirt, £18

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Missguided Gold Print Wrap Maxi Dress, £40

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Obsessed.  Obsessed.  Obsessed.  Picture this with a fierce tan and amazing accessories and you are good to go.

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Nasty Gal So Fierce Shirt, £25

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Combining two trends in one this pajama style shirt and leopard print are a match made in heaven.

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Topshop Kenya Leopard Print Tote Bag, £32

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Leopard print can be an intimidating print to pull off so this bag is perfect to add to any outfit to spice it up a little and be bang on trend for the upcoming season.

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New Look

New Look are killing it in every aspect.  Normally New Look is one of those places I see nothing or I see everything and it’s a great place for shoes.  New Look are one of my favourite places for anything from pumps to loafers to an emergency pair of heels.  So I have left a few pairs of my faves below.

Leopard Print Stiletto Heel, £22.99

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Stone Leopard Print Canvas, £17.99

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Tan Leopard Print Chunky Sole Lace Up, £27.99

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I absolutely love these, great for jazzing up a jeans and t-shirt kind of day!

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New Look Print Suedette Ring Handle Bag, £19.99

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I had to buy this little bag the moment I set eyes on it!  I also then bought the matching belt…

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Happy shopping!

Top 5 Mascaras

A mascara is one of those products that nobody is ever done looking for the next best thing.  When you find a good powder or a good foundation, you stick with it for awhile but a mascara?  Be honest, how many different mascaras have you tried?  How many have you re bought because they were actually good?

Let me help you stop wasting your money with some of my tried and tested favourite mascaras.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, £23

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This mascara is one of those ones that is perfect for those of you who don’t like crazy, dramatic lashes.  Sounds stupid, you want a  mascara that does the most for you but this mascara does it, without giving you thick and unnatural looking lashes.  With a brush that has 5 grooves it deposits enough mascara to the base of your lashes, so that it pushes the lashes up and out.  The bristles themselves are so fine that they catch every lash ensuring fluttering, fluffy lashes.  My favourite thing about this mascara is that it doesn’t smudge.  I don’t know what is wrong with my eyes but the majority of mascaras that touch my eyes, fall down and smudge, this one doesn’t allowing it to last all day.

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Lancome Hypnôse Volume-à-Porter, £25

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I keep this as my ‘night out’ mascara.  It is perfect for amping up those lashes to give a sexy and seductive flutter.  I had used the Lancome Hypnôse Drama for years but I far prefer this mascara as it gives extra volume and glides on like a dream without feeling clumpy and doesn’t leave you with spidery lashes.

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Max Factor False Lash Effect, £10.99

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Again, another superb mascara for every day use.  No flaking and no clumping provides amazing longwear which is perfect for during the day as no one likes to look in the mirror on their lunch break and look like they just watched The Notebook.

I love the brush on this mascara as it applies just the perfect amount of product and never goes overboard.  It’s easy to remove as well, which is perfect for me as I have such sensitive eyes and vigorous removing of eye makeup is not good.

13.1ml – SO much product!

Estee Lauder Doublewear Zero Smudge Lengthening, £23

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Boasting 15 hour wear this mascara is sure to survive all day with you.  Delivering voluptuous lashes, this mascara always gives me the most amazing length with my lashes.  I always use this mascara when I am going for a strong liner look, as the lashes lift above the liner line creating amazing Brigitte Bardot style eyes.

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Clinique High Impact, £19

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Last but certainly not least, Clinique’s High Impact mascara was one of the first premium mascaras I ever bought, I remember buying it in Boots and feeling like such a big girl not buying something like Miss Sporty.  This mascara adds maximum volume while defining and lengthening.  The brush and formula have been specifically designed to work together to create dramatic, thicker lashes.

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Have you tried any of these mascaras or have you found your ultimate mascara?  I would love to hear about it!  Send me a message and let me know.

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Charlotte Tilbury Favourites

Charlotte Tilbury – a brand whose products make you utter an ‘ooh’ when you lift every product.  It is very easy  to get stuck in Charlotte’s Web when you stop by the counter and her products always leave you wanting more.  Not only is it a brand with beautiful, glimmering and not to mention addictive products but it is run by an absolutely amazing lady, Charlotte Tilbury (MBE!).

Charlotte Tilbury for those of you who don’t know is a living, breathing make up artist.  Her love of make up began when she was just 13 when she tried mascara for the first time.  I think we can all remember the very first time we played with makeup and the difference mascara made to our lives.  Throughout the years Charlotte has worked with the industry’s best and most creative from Mary Greenwell to Tom Ford and has gathered up an amazing amount of experience allowing her to become the World’s Number One Make Up Artist.  All her credits aside, at the end of the day she is an absolute BOSS and has created an absolutely amazing brand.

Warning! I have lots of favourite products…

Magic Cream, £70

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Of course this one is going to appear on my list.  I have always been a skincare geek and as soon as Charlotte marched on to the market I had to get my hands on this little pot of goodness that promised amazing benefits for the skin.  I had heard lots about the cream before it was even out for sale as she used it on all of her amazing model and celebrity clients.  The reason I liked the sound of it so much is because it’s designed to suit everyone.  Do you ever go to discuss skincare at your favourite counter and there are SO many creams you don’t know what to pick?  Good news, Charlotte Tilbury has done the leg work for you and created a jar of magic that suits everyone and appeals to all skin types.

100% of users agreed that their tired and dull skin was transformed so you just know that this cream will be amazing.  Personally I have dehydrated skin that has a tendency to get very red when not cared for properly.  When I used this cream my redness just washes away to create a perfect base for makeup to be applied to.  I wouldn’t dare touch my skin with makeup unless this is applied.  The Hyaluronic Acid seals in moisture so your skin stays hydrated and supple throughout the day while the Rosehip, Camellia Oils and Vitamin E is what transforms your dull complexion leaving your skin bright and youthful.

Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask, £38

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I have talked about Charlotte Tilbury’s sheet masks before however, this time I am going to talk about the Bronze & Glow Mask.  I never put fake tan on my face for fear of my skin drying out and considering I always have it on my body as I am so pale, my face in turn always looks ghostly white.  This mask is perfect for anyone similar to me with their tanning habits as it gives you the perfect sunkissed glow and you can use it as many times a week as you like depending on how dark you like your facial tan.  I tend to use it once every other night as I always like a faint colour on my skin.  You could use it once a week or every night, personal preference!

Not only does it do exactly what it says on the tin in giving you a perfect bronzed glow but Oat Kernel Extract actually reduces redness and soothes skin while protecting and hydrating the skin and Blackcurrant Seed Oil gives bio-mimetic conditioning to your skin ensuring a flawless finish each time.

Watch Charlotte’s Bronzed and Glowing Makeup Tutorial using Bronze & Glow Mask here

Supermodel Body Highlighter, £45

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Never before have I covered myself in a product that has made me stare at my own limbs so much.  Why should highlight stop at your cheekbones, you can highlight your whole body with this body shimmer?  Allow this cooling roller ball tip to glide effortlessly all over your body to coat yourself in liquid gold. Aside from making you look unbelievable there is so much going on under the surface of this product.  Containing FermiBlend Supermodel Body protects the collagen fibers in the skin making your skin look firmer and more toned.  It streamlines limbs and makes your skin look seriously smooth while caffeine detoxes the skin and diminishes any puffiness.

As if that’s not enough, it contains Aloe Vera to soothe and comfort while Menthol has a cooling sensation to help stimulate blood circulation.  Yeah, I know right?  Makes you want to buy 12 of them.

Watch Charlotte apply Supermodel Body here

Eyes To Mesmerise ‘Bette’, £22

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Meet my ‘oh crap, I’m running late’ product which is pretty much what I use on the daily.  I absolutely love this eyeshadow whether it’s on its own or as a base for one of Charlotte’s eyeshadow palettes on top it always looks effortlessly perfect.  Apply with your finger or a brush whatever you prefer for a gloriously bronzed lid.  This is my favourite shade from the range but there are plenty to choose from if bronzes and browns aren’t your thing.

The water infused formula has a cooling effect on the eyes so will never feel too thick or like you are wearing too much.  It doesn’t crease and doesn’t wear off, which is a triumph in itself for a cream eyeshadow pot.  Vitamin E hydrates making it absolute perfection for anyone with dryer lids also.  Stop, I know what you’re thinking – ‘but my eyes are too wrinkly for shimmers or creams.’  Number one, stop talking nonsense your eyes are beautiful and two, soft-focus illuminating pigments smooth over lines and imperfections for a more youthful finish.  You’re welcome.

Watch Charlotte’s Eyes To Mesmerise Bette Tutorial here

Legendary Brows, £18.50

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There was a time when brows were just brows, hairy things above our eyes.  Then all of a sudden brows were massive, quite literally.  I am a fan of a more fluffier brow and considering I have barely any hair on my eyebrows this product was sent from heaven down to me to save my brows.  The brush is so fine that it picks up hairs you don’t even realise you have!  My makeup never feels complete without a few lashings of this on my brows.  It can be worn alone or alongside your other brow products but you know when you use something like a brown pencil, it almost flattens your hairs?  Using a brow gel will make them look nice and 3D and fuller and my brows never feel crunchy from too much product as you really need so little.

The gel contains volumising Magic Elasticizing Wax, nourishing Vitamin E, strengthening Castor Oil and natural pigments that lift and tint.

Watch Charlotte create amazing fluffy brows in seconds here

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick, £24

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I always seem to end up in the shades ‘Penelope Pink’ (pictured) or ‘Hepburn Honey’ but the entire range is stunning.  Really though, what sets Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks apart from the rest?  Aside from a beautiful array of shades the lipsticks contain a stunning blend of waxes that allow the lipstick to glide on without dragging across the lip and drying the lip out.  The light diffusing pigments gives your lips a multi dimensional finish leaving them looking full and luminous.

Charlotte has a wide range of lipstick formulas including Matte Revolution containing the ever so coveted Pillowtalk and the Hot Lips range so there really is something for everyone’s taste depending on the finish and colour you like.

Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49

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Okay, so if any of you follow me on Instagram you will know by  now that I use this all day every day and it is my favourite product in my makeup bag let alone from Charlotte Tilbury.  It is hard to find a bronzer that doesn’t leave you resembling a wotsit so that’s why the Filmstar palette always features in my daily makeup routine.

The bronzer is a blend of pearl and pigment to help contour your face and give you that gorgeous sunkissed glow and the highlighter has a golden base which will flatter everyone .  If it’s a glow you’re after you can look no further than this palette as you are guaranteed healthy, radiant skin.

See for yourselves, watch Wayne Goss this time show you how to use it here

I have really had to reign it in talking about my favourites from Charlotte Tilbury as there are simply so many but there are my ride or die products from the brand.  Charlotte is no stranger to featuring in my previous blogs, you can read about the famous Airbrush Flawless Finish powder in my top 5 powders. and the Wonderglow in my top 5 primers for dry skin.

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LQ Liquid Health Supplements – Skin, Hair & Nails

I was recently gifted a box of the LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails and I don’t think I have even been so excited to try something out.  Liquid supplements and pill supplements are something I have never really dived into so I couldn’t wait to try these out.

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The main question I had going into using these was Do Liquid Supplements Actually Work?  Well, let’s find out…

I received a box of the 10 Day Supply which you can purchase for £29.99, you can also purchase a 30 Day, £59.98 (save 30%) and 90 Day Supply, £175.44 (save 35%) in case you want to save a little money when you bulk buy.  They come in little 50ml test tube style bottles that make for easy drinking, they remind me of test tube shots!  They go down a lot easier than shots mind you, just maybe follow up with some water after.  With a fabulous scent of strawberries, real strawberries not like strawberry laces these are sure to give you a little boost whenever you take them.  I decided to use them every morning alongside my breakfast – they are not meal replacement so enjoy them alongside a healthy balanced diet to ensure you see the best results!

Containing Marine Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Biotec, Resveratol and many more amazing ingredients these Liquid Supplements I knew I was going to see a difference in my skin and honestly I really did.  I didn’t notice anything for the first few days, but I am so impatient and a bit of a ‘I need to see results now’ kind of person.  After day 3, I woke up and honestly my first thought was ‘ooh, my hair looks shiny.’  With blonde hair it can be hard for your hair to look shiny as it’s already fairly light but I definitely noticed a difference.  When I got to work I was asked repeatedly if I had had my hair done and while the normal response was ‘I washed it ha ha‘ the response this time was ‘oh my god I tried these supplements.’  I noticed a difference in my hair first of all, but I would say it is different for everyone what you notice first.

So there’s me being all bizz with my shiny ass hair and on day 6 or so I happened to notice my nails.  Now, I have been getting acrylic nails done for  the last few years on and off so my nails are in a bit of state and honestly have a similar texture to paper.  It makes typing a blog post basically impossible without pain.  Fast forward a few days and I can definitely feel them stronger, not necessarily growing because it’s only been a few days but they 100% feel stronger.  I’d say if I used them for more than 10 days my nails would definitely strengthen up more and would maybe be able to stop with the acrylics!

I’ve never really had problems with my skin, thank you Lord but I have by no means  perfect skin.  From using these liquid supplements I geniunely have seen a difference in my skin especially with hydration.  I tend to notice how my skin reacts to new products by how my makeup sits on top.  My makeup has been sitting clearer and not coming off during the day, decreasing the need for a powder touch up.  I hate the thought of my makeup coming off (who doesn’t?) and that fact that I can drink something that stops that from happening? Sign me up.

I loved using these liquid supplements and actually think I will use them again.  I would recommend the 30 Day Supply as I do think a month of using these would see amazing results especially after the results I seen in just 10 days.  Perfect for before a special occasion, holiday or you simply want healthier skin, hair and nails!

You can view all the LQ Liquid Health Supplements here and the do a fantastic range of products!  Be sure to check them out.

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For more information on collagen, LQ has produced an Ultimate Guide to Collagen, that provides everything that you could possibly want to know about the importance of this key protein.
 
Why not try LQ Skin, Hair & Nails, it contains 7,000mg of high-grade collagen, as well as 8 more key active ingredients that have been scientifically formulated to help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails.

BPerfect Cosmetics Stacey Marie MUA Palette

In an age where there are hundreds of thousands of palettes out there it is rare to come across something new and different.  Not often does a make up palette come along these days containing something that actually makes me squeal.  Enter Stacey Marie MUA’s collab with BPerfect Cosmetics.  The Carnival Palette retails for £39.99 and contains a wealth of shades from bright blues and pinks to deep purples and yellows.  Boasting 24 shades and 2 highlighters this palette is nothing short of amazing.

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Stacey created this look for her demo at The Make Up Festival

Firstly a little background on BPerfect Cosmetics, a beauty brand that stormed on to the scene in 2013 that was created by Brendan McDowell.  Based in Belfast, Brendan aspired to become a creative, stand out brand oh my, did he succeed.  The brand is now available in over 1200 stockists in UK and Ireland, and has recently been made available on Beauty Bay – YAY – and for you local babes Paddy McGurgan’s Make Up Pro Store is now stocking the Carnival Palette.  If you don’t know who Stacey Marie is then you need to get yourself onto her Instagram and just look at some of her amazing work.  She can do things to an eyelid space that I never thought possible.  I am so happy that this amazing brand and amazing Make Up Artist have teamed up together and the palette is such a success.

I was invited to attend Stacey Marie’s Launch in Medicare, Forestside Belfast and had an absolute ball watching Stacey do her thing, created some masterpiece eye looks.  I was also kindly gifted the palette and haven’t been able to put it down since I got it.  I was so shocked at the payoff of all the colours as normally I find with bright colours they fade away to nothing when blended but I was pleasantly surprised at this palette.

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I used the shades Guilty, Lit, Wasted, Keen, Pink Me and Liqour to create this look inspired by another amazing Make Up Artist Keilidh Cashell, AKA Keilidh MUA.  You can find her look in her Instagram here.

Even though I have spoken mostly about the amazing bright colours it definitely appeals to someone who would want a natural look out of it too.  It’s also a fantastic palette for someone who would want to start going freelance or starting out as a make up artist as I can’t say it enough – it is just is an amazing palette.

Have you tried it yet? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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What Turning 27 Does To My Brain

So today is my birthday.  I always loved my birthday and couldn’t wait for it for all the wrong reasons – couldn’t wait to see if anything fell out of my birthday cards to spend it on shite clothes I don’t need.  Couldn’t wait to rip through presents to see what was inside.  All of a sudden, this year I don’t care.  I’m sorry but what the fuck?  Why am I not an immature, selfish girl anymore?  Is this adulting?

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Before I write anymore there is a 83% chance I am about to have a mini breakdown writing this, so just bare with me. The very fact I have to now say mid to late twenties instead of early twenties knocks me over completely.  I definitely have to tick a new age box when filling out forms now…

What happens when you turn 27?  When I was younger the age 27 was the age I associated with girls who had purses full of credit cards, engagement rings, perfect jobs and big beautiful houses.  Now that I am at that ‘scary’ age, what the hell was I thinking?  There is something about the age 27 that makes me feel like I am being forced into being a grown up.  Like, don’t get me wrong, I have my shit together enough – I live with my wonderful boyfriend (puke, sorry), I love my job and I love all my little hobbies and I am by all means happy, but what is it about being 27 that makes me feel inferior?  Like, I still don’t feel like an adult but I guess I technically am.

Being 18 was amazing what with the whole I can drink legally thing.  Being 21 was amazing as I was living away from home in Scotland, living my best life and again, can drink legally everywhere.  If anything I felt more like an adult at 21 than I do now at 27.  Maybe because I was single at 21 I felt a little more independent as opposed to now where I need to split that rent or else I would be eating ramen noodles all month.

There are certain things that I feel I just can’t get away with now that I am 27.  I really can’t forget to make a payment on a card, I can’t go into my overdraft because that’s completely ‘irresponsible.’  Also, it’s not okay for me to not watch the news anymore.  I don’t like watching it because it is just full of terrible news, but at a certain point it just isn’t funny that I don’t know what’s going on in the world.

I was in Tesco buying drink for my birthday, you know… my 27th.  I wasn’t ID’d.  I don’t look old, I don’t look young but I was still very offended when I didn’t get carded.  Then I thought, I would have been over the moon when I wasn’t carded when I was younger, how can it irritate me now?

I think I am just pissed off that I can’t blame being young if something goes wrong.  At a certain point, I need to take responsibility and unfortunately I think that’s now.  I have been known to have a slightly self destructive pattern in the past however, instead of ruining lives I am now adulting hard and the only thing I really ruin are my plants.  Seriously, I can’t keep those things alive and if anyone has any tips – other than simply watering them – please let me know.

I mean, I have learned a lot in the last 27 years most of which I documented in another post 26 things. 26 years.  and I am so thankful for that as it has made me who I am today bla bla bla but unfortunately, I think that that has made me an adult.

Also, what’s with having more money when you’re still in school than now?

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A Blog For Bloggers

This one is written as a blog for bloggers, whether you are starting out or are fully fledged within your field hopefully there is something you can take away from this post today.

As a fairly new blogger – I have tried and failed to keep my blog going for the last 10 years but anxiety used to overcome me and I would delete the posts I wrote in case someone I knew seen them and made fun of me.  I recently developed an ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude which has led me to keep writing posts for this long.  Anyway, as a newish blogger with an amazing local blogging community around me I have learned a few things along the way and yes, you guessed it I am going to share them.

Opportunities

When you start out as a blogger the fear can get to you as it got to me, that no one would care about what you are writing about.  The odd time a brand will approach you because they love your work and it is still so flattering when this happens.

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I said yes to every opportunity that came along but looking back I now realise that that may not have been a good thing.  While you should be open to writing and talking about everything, have an end goal in mind and remember that you are your brand.

What I mean is if you are a beauty lover and you predominantly talk about makeup or skincare, don’t out of  the blue start pushing a toaster because a brand approached you about it.  It took me awhile to get on my feet and get a theme but now that I have a theme, I find myself politely declining certain opportunities because I have no interest in them.  I value my blog and brand far too much to start polluting the page with items that I am not passionate about.  You won’t care about what you are writing and your readers won’t care either.

There are pros and cons to this point and I completely believe that if I hadn’t have said yes to everything that my blog and social channels may not be where they are today.  That being said, I definitely would recommend to just research your opportunities thoroughly before agreeing as they can knock off your brand and blog image.

Know Your Worth

Now that you have your blog up and running, or maybe it has been up and running for awhile and you are still unsure but it is important to know your worth.  Blogging and writing posts, especially when in collaboration with brands can feel a little like a hustle.  I have been very lucky with brands I have worked with and everyone seems normal but I have heard horror stories where brands have taken fellow bloggers for a complete ride.

What I am saying is, know how much to charge brands that are contacting you and don’t be afraid to charge for your work.  The social media game has changed so much in the last few years and it is a great way of making money, especially when you are putting so much effort in.  I’m trying not to make this point sound money hungry, I for one very rarely charge for posts to my blog or to Instagram.  I am however trying to explain that you should not get shortchanged for work that you do with brands.

I for one am over the moon when I am sent PR Mail, and I more often that not will use what I have been gifted to talk about across my channels and blog for free.  It’s when brands expect a little more than that or they explicitly ask you for more that you should know your worth and don’t settle for anything less.  As my future best friend Kanye West says “Know your worth. People always act like they’re doing more for you than you’re doing for them.”

Individuality

Individuality is so important.  You need to be a little different in order to stand out in crowd, not only in your blogging community but across your social channels too.  There are so many beauty blogs, lifestyle channels and fashion advice accounts that yours needs an edge, something to set you apart from the rest of the crowd.  Write about what you love and what inspires you and I promise you, your engagement will boom.

Not only is your uniqueness important, but so is what you are actually writing about.  Don’t write about something or post something just because someone else is doing it.  Just because someone wrote a great post and it received great feedback, doesn’t mean yours will.  It can be hard in a world where there are so many people with similar interests but if you are putting your own spin on your work then it’s guaranteed to stand out.

It’s Only A Number

When I started my Instagram I’ll admit I used to be so focused on how many followers I had.  I would be looking at people with 10 more to 10 million more than me and was always looking for more followers.  I am ashamed to admit it took me awhile to realise that the number doesn’t matter at ALL.  When you start a channel or blog your numbers are always going to be a little lower and they will grow with the more posts and content you create.

Do not be disheartened when you see someone with 20k on Instagram who is posting similar content to you.  Do not be disheartened because someone else got thousands of likes and you only got 100.  Instead, change your attitude and focus your attention on the people that are on your account, instead of looking for ones that aren’t.  Engage with them, comment and follow them back and get to know your followers.  The best advice I can give to anyone interested in blogging is that you shouldn’t give a crap about the figure at the top of your Instagram page as honestly, the way the algorithm works now it is all about your engagement.

Don’t get me wrong, I will be buzzing to reach the 10k threshold on Instagram so I can take advantage of the swipe up feature…

You may be reading this blog as someone who isn’t a blogger or as someone who isn’t remotely interested in becoming one but, these points translate equally into everyday life.  Life your life like the perfect individual you are and you will receive more appreciation for it.  Know your worth in your work life, no matter what you do these points still apply.

I hope you take something away from this post whether you a fellow blogger or not and please comment or let me know some of the things you have learned along the way.

Best Cheap Clothing Websites

There you go scrolling through your Instagram or your 21 Buttons and see something that you absolutely love, only to realise that it cost half your monthly wage and that the item is actually pretty shitty for the price of it.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a website where the prices were cheap and the products great?  Sounds to good to be true doesn’t it?  Well, over the past while as my online shopping addiction has grown I have come across a few amazing websites/apps that have exactly that – cheap and cheerful clothing that don’t leave you weeping over your bank balance once you place an order.

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You have probably heard of this before, it’s not new but it is relatively new to me as I finally took the plunge a few months ago and ordered some clothes and to my extreme surprise, they were pretty great.  I use this app constantly as it updates SO often and every time I am online there is something different to look at, not to mention they always have offers on!

You can shop via a What’s New section, Exclusives and Trends while also being able to define your search to dresses, etc like a normal website.  The sizing can be a bit of a nightmare as they don’t go in regular sizes so have your measurements ready before you start shopping.  They have a plus size section too which is amazing!

I am dressed fully in Shein clothing on my latest Instagram post and I received so many compliments on the outfit and what’s best is that it only cost me £19.97.  I lose hours a night on this website, it is so addictive!

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Shop Trousers HERE

Shop Top HERE

Shop Bag HERE

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Similar to Shein this website has crazy low prices that leave you blinking at the screen to see if it’s real.  There are far too many amazing things on the website to start listing them here but I have left a few of my favourites here for you to see.  For example this cute jumpsuit below is £12 and it’s definitely going in my basket.  Again, similar to Shein have your measurements ready as the sizes come in S, M, L, etc rather than regular sizing.1530513611748864146

Shop Jumpsuit HERE

And this cute little Cold Shoulder Tee for only £7!

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Shop Top HERE

AND it’s not all about the clothing, they have a fantastic homeware section too.  I have my eye on this cute little drawer organiser for £14 in an attempt to look like every beauty YouTuber out there.

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Shop Organiser HERE

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Okay, so this one is pretty random and warning – you will buy stuff you don’t even remotely need.  I have bought about 6 garlic crushers in the last few weeks just because they are around 50p.  I have also bought loads of random things that fill up my house like these fairy lights for £1!

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Shop Lights HERE

Everything you purchase here comes from China, so it may take awhile to come.  So don’t order a dress to wear for the weekend… I am telling you this website has everything you could think of on it from random clothing, to home ware, to jewelry to baby stuff!

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With all this money you’ll be saving you’ll probably buy more so I apologise for that… in the middle of writing this blog post I have already done another Shein order and bought the anklet above…  I need help!

 

Happy Shopping!

How To Get Designer Bags For A High Street Price – iBagzy

Yes, you read that right.  I am here to tell you how to get your designer bags for a mere fraction of the price.  Consider yourself Jennifer Hudson in Sex and the City – why buy when you can rent?  Jennifer did say after all that it’s like Netflix for purses, instead of movies it’s handbags!

In a world where McDonalds can be delivered, you best believe anything is possible and I am telling you that you can get a fabulous designer bag for a high street price.  I mean, if you have thousands of pounds to spend and own the bags, by all means you go for it.  For those of you like me, who only dream of owning such things you too can rent yours.  Whether you drool over Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana or my personal favourite, Gucci there is something for everyone and all you have to do is click a button.  Interested?  I thought so…

How Do I Rent A Bag?

One word – iBagzy.  As I said it is a rental service, but for those of you local to me (Belfast, Northern Ireland) you will be pleased to hear that this is based in Belfast but does however ship to your location for a further cost.  Before you can rent anything off the website you must fill out a registration form, only requiring a few pieces of information.  Have a driving license or passport ready and a bank statement or utility bill.  Once you have registered and are verified then you are free to shop and rent!

What Can I Rent?

The main products on the website are bags, from clutch bags to totes but you can also rent belts and the most stunning head pieces designed and created by fellow blogger Sian Cousins, all available on the website.  Prices vary depending on what you are interested in renting and for how long, I have left some examples below.

Alexander McQueen De Manta Python Effect Clutch, £30 per week

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Gucci Supreme Bees Tote & Wallet, £75 per week

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Yves Saint Laurent Monogram Glitter Kate Clutch, £45 per week

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Gucci Black Belt, £25 per week

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So as you can see, there is plenty to keep you entertained on the website!  I had my bag for a week and I have to admit, it was pretty hard to hand it back but I can’t wait to get another!

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Waiting List

As you can imagine, this is a popular service so if you are interested in renting something I would suggest getting added to the waiting list as soon as you know you want it so that you definitely have it for the date.

Happy Renting!

 

 

Summer Ready Glowy Foundations.

Does anyone else scroll through their Instagram and look at all these gorgeous, glowing supermodel types and immediately want what they are wearing on their skin?  Well the good news is, thanks to the rise in popularity these foundations are readily available on pretty much every counter and from every brand out there.  The problem is, which ones are best?  As a self confessed make up obsessive, you just know I have them tried and tested so read on for my top picks for Summer 2018.

Chanel Vitalumiere, £40

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A beautifully hydrating makeup that boasts 8 hours wear to keep you looking fresh all day.  This foundation is a staple for that gorgeous Summery make up and even though it’s classed as a medium coverage it is so easily manipulated to sit lighter or even fuller if needs be.  With my redness in my skin it’s always an issue that that won’t be covered but with the colour correcting pigments infused inside that’s never an issue.  With hyaluronic acid and an SPF15 this is sure to become a favourite in your Summer makeup bag.  On the pricier side, I save this for thee most special events!

Nars Sheer Glow, £33

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One of the first brands I saved up all my money for from my part time job and spent a clean fortune in Space NK was NARS.  Among that make up splurge I found myself purchasing this foundation as I was drawn in by the allure of perfect light coverage.  It’s amazingly natural and gives a sheer but buildable finish.  Packed full of anti-oxidents it will protect your skin while making you look and feel amazing.  Something to note however, there is no SPF in it so if you are someone who likes added protection make sure you have sun protection in your moisturiser.

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder, £32

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My all time favourite foundation for beautiful, dewy skin.  I keep this as my kind of ‘day off’ style foundation for days where I am not doing an overly adventurous make up as it gives the effect of flawless skin without feeling like you are wearing anything.  This foundation is so versatile and still surprises me how much coverage I can get out of it as it is extremely buildable.  With a light, blendable and creamy texture it goes on like a dream no matter what your application technique and remains effortlessly glowy throughout the day.  Not only all of that but with an SPF15 you skin is sure to be protected all day.

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Armani Luminous Silk, £42

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A silky, lightweight formula that glides on to the skin with seamless coverage that blends beautifully to give healthy, natural and glowing skin.  It sits comfortably on the skin but I do find however that I always need to use a powder to stop it moving around but that doesn’t bother me as I tend to use powder anyway.  When my skin is feeling a little dull this is what I tend to use as it instantly brightens and lifts the complexion, perfect if you haven’t caught as many zzz’s as you would like.

L’Oreal Paris True Match, £9.99

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I have spoken about this foundation before on my blog and on social media but it’s appearing again because I use it so so often.  It gives just enough luminosity without looking too shiny as the day goes on.  It’s a seriously blendable foundation that leaves no streaks or patchiness and is so comfortable to wear that it doesn’t feel like you are wearing much at all.

What foundations are your go to for Summer?  Send me a message, I would love to hear!

 

 

Rosefield Watches

A watch to me is just the perfect accessory.  With the right watch it will go with every outfit you have, you’ll never have the fear of it being ‘too much’ and what’s more, you’ll always have the time.  In an age where we use our phones as our watch sometimes we forget how nice it is to have one on our wrist.

One brand I have been obsessing over recently is Rosefield.  ROSEFIELD makes fashion-forward watches where classic meets modern. Where Amsterdam meets NYC. Where function meets fashion.  That, and they are stunning!  Below I have selected my favourites that you can purchase from the website.

The Mercer, £89 38mm 

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Named after Mercer Street in New York this watch jumped straight to the top of my wishlist especially with the beautiful rose gold strap and stunning eggshell white dial.

The Summer Trend Watch, £79

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Inspired by colour blocking from SS18 trends comes this beautiful array of watches with Clemence leather straps with pink stitching. Available in rose gold, gold and silver and 28mm, 33mm and 38mm faces there is something that will suit everyone no matter what you like.  Personally I love the gold as pictured here as it really compliments the pink however, you can also purchase an interchangeable strap for an extra £35.

The West Village, Velvet Blue, £89

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Not only is the West Village one of my favourite areas for prime shopping and eating in New York but it also happens to be my favourite range from Rosefield.  The watch itself has a slender case and velvety nubuck leather strap. Special details stand out, like the delicate metal rings decorating the strap. Unique to each strap color, the rings amplify the vintage-chic character of the West Village.  The navy is my favourite in this range as it looks so classic and will amp up any outfit.

The Upper East Side, £99

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No, I’m sorry but are you seeing this watch?  The Upper East Side screams chic sophistication and this watch is certainly no different.  An instant upgrade to any outfit is certainly a watch with this level of class.  The more I look at it the more I want it… well, my birthday is coming up soon…

Not only do Rosefield have a beautiful array of watches but they also have gorgeous jewelry in a variety of metals designed to mix and match with each watch from £39 to £49.

Rosefield offer free shopping over £40, worldwide delivery within 24 hours and a 60 day return policy.  You can follow them on Instagram @rosefieldwatches

If you would also like to join Rosefield’s Ambassador programme then click HERE and sign up!

Happy Shopping!

Lusso Tan Review

For those of you that follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I attended the 1st Birthday of Lusso Tan in Belfast’s fabulous AM:PM Bar & Restaurant.  It was a fabulous evening that they put on for all of us bloggers and their effort and dedication is surely reflected in their attention to their products.  I was generously gifted the tan a few weeks ago alongside the mitt and I haven’t had it off me since.  At the event I was gifted with the rest of the collection and I would love to share my thoughts on the products with you.

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Lusso Tan isn’t just another tanning product but instead is a 3 Step Ritual to provide you with a long lasting, beautiful, glowing tan.  There is more to just covering yourself in a tan lotion, you wouldn’t apply all your makeup for a night out without cleasning, moisturising and priming, would you?  Well,  maybe you would but you shouldn’t if you want it to last longer and your tan is no different.

With many products under Lusso Tan’s belt it an be easy to get overwhelmed but when you follow the 3 Step Ritual then you’ll be sure to come out with a professional looking tan.

STEP ONE – PREP

Using the Primer Spray will enrich any tan while protecting and plumping the skin.  Before you tan spray a little over the face and body and then pat dry to remove excess.  The spray not only rebalances the skin’s pH level creating an optimum environment for tanning but Organic Witch Hazel refreshes and locks in moisture so your skin doesn’t dry out.

I love this spray and think it’s an amazing addition to my tanning regime and have truly noticed a difference in the longevity of my tan especially on my chest area as I can never get tan to stay even.

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STEP TWO – TAN

Fake it, don’t bake it.  Get your Summer Tan from the tube and save your skin!  With three shades to choose from you are sure to get something to suit your preference.  That being said this lotion is extremely buildable and I am currently wearing the Medium, but easily built up layers to create a darker colour similar to that of the Dark Lotion.

I applied this tan using the Flawless Tanning Mitt which is the softest mitt I think I’ve ever touched and a creates streak free application each and every time.  It dries so fast that you can get dressed almost straight away, which is perfect for me considering I tend to leave everything to the last minute and am in a permanent rush.  As a tan that contains Vitamins A & E and Aloe Vera your skin is sure to remain soft and hydrated.

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STEP THREE – BOOST

Why stop now, you’ve come this far?  Lusso Tan offers a Finishing Touch range that takes your tan from great to amazing.  The Skin Perfector covers imperfections than tan just can’t cover.  I have used this product over my surgery scars on my ankle that tan just glides over and on bruises on my leg from God knows what and it is like a filter has been put over my skin.  I like to smooth it onto the area and blend it out with my finger but you could use the Mitt for this too.

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Also in the Finishing Touch range comes the Shimmer Powder which might randomly be my favourite item from the collection.  Of course it is, I am highlighter mad.  This pot of gold is absolutely stunning on the shoulders and along the collar bones to create that sexy, golden glow as if you just stepped off the beach.  I like to use mine down the shins to create that ‘Yes, I shaved my legs’ look.  Using a kabuki brush dust over anywhere you want and now you’ll have the most perfect, gorgeous, long wearing tan.

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Lusso Tan have a variety of tans as well as the Tanning Lotion including a Tinted Gradual Bronze Tan and a wash off Instant Tan.  I haven’t tried these yet but look forward to adding to my collection!

You can view all these products and more on Lusso Tan’s Website where you will also find a list of their Stockists.

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10 Best Beauty Buys Under £10

There’s no such feeling like purchasing a product that didn’t break the bank and it turning out to be one of the best things you’ve ever bought.  We automatically think that if it’s more expensive then it must be good, but what about all those cheap and cheerful products you pick up from your local Boots or Superdrug?  They are amazing for the price!  Don’t get me wrong, some items are just not up to scratch and I have found that out the hard way!  However, some products are the best I have tried and from eyeshadow to lipstick to foundation these beauties are all under £10!

Make Up Revolution Foundation Stick, £5

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If you have been lucky enough to get your hands on this foundation then you will  know how outstanding it is for only £5!  After Make Up Revolution broke the internet with their concealer which was named as a dupe for Tarte’s Shape Tape it was no wonder that they produced such a high class foundation for an amazing price.

With 18 shades you should quite easily be able to find your perfect colour.  Creating a dewy finish your skin is sure to look healthy and glowing all day long.  I love a full coverage foundation but also love a glowing finish and it can be hard to get a foundation that offers you both, but this one does!  I have several shades as I use a darker one for contouring (when I can be bothered) and sometimes would use a lighter one for highlighting also.  They are so creamy it makes putting on your foundation so easy and they blend like an absolute dream no matter how you apply it, be it your fingers, sponge or brush.

Rimmel Stay Matte Finishing Powder, £3.99

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If you know me at all or have been following my blog for awhile now then you will know how much I love and use this powder.  It sounds ridiculous but cheaper powders tend to feel more powdery.  Duh, right?  But this Rimmel powder still manages to leave the skin feeling silky without feeling clogged with too much product.  It always stays in my handbag for little emergency touch ups and with up to 5 hours wear it has me good to go for the rest of my day.

Bourjois Bronzer Maxi Range Delight Bronzer, £8.99

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I love a big old bronzer.  Bronzers seem to be getting more and more compact these days, almost morphing into contour pans but this Bourjois bronzer is a fab size which not only will it last a long time but your brush won’t get ruined swiveling around a small pan.  It’s definitely a warmer colour which suits for a more tanned look making it one of my go tos for Summer!

Sleek Solstice Palette, £9.99

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I know, I know.  This must be the third or even the fourth time that this palette has featured in my blog but it is that good.  Aside from the fact that you can get 4 highlighters in this palette for less than £10, the product itself is amazing.  With a variation of textures there is something in this palette for everyone, from the two baked powders to the silky shimmer powder you’ll be sure to be extra highlighted.  You really need the tiniest amount or else you will end up like a moon beam.

The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit, £10

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Back in the day when I used to work in The Body Shop this was my ultimate favourite brow product and to this day still is!  It has a powder and two powders which are great for creating extra dimension to the brow, perfect for when you want your brow to be a little softer.  It comes with a firm double ended brush allowing for precise application and they also sell a brow gel at £10 which is great as well!  A must have for brow upkeep and a bargain too.

Rimmel Lipstick, £5.49

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I am a longtime fan of Rimmel’s lipsticks so it’s no surprise that these appear on my list.  Extremely moisturising with a vast range of colours you are sure to find something that suits.  The Kate Moss Shade 3 is one of my favourite lipsticks ever, and as you can see from my What’s in my make up bag? post it’s never too far from me.

Make Up Geek Eyeshadow, £4.95

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Available from Beauty Bay these eyeshadows are sure to make a hell of a difference to your makeup bag.  With an outstanding array of colours it’s easy to pick exactly what you want.  From beautiful warm colours like Peach Smoothie and Chickadee to the nicest brown shade I have ever seen, Cocoa Bear.  Typically with cheaper eyeshadows it can be a struggle to blend them out but Make Up Geek have their formula nailed and they blend like a dream. With just a few shades you can create a fabulous look!

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner, £5.99

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Eye love this liner.  Sorry not sorry for the pun.  This liner is a brilliant addition to my makeup bag and is up there with one of my new favourites.  The tip always holds pigment and therefore never dries out and creates even lines on even the shakiest of eyelids.  This pen is great if you are looking to be a little more creative with your lines and it creates such sharp lines, perfect for editorial.

Make Up Revolution Blush Palettes, £4

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Yes, yes you did read that right – £4.  Hot Spice is my palette of choice and I was shocked at how pigmented they were.  The fact that there’s 8 shades in the palette for £4 was what made me think they would be terrible.  Honestly, no they are amazing.  I’ll be honest I throw my brush through all the shades and hope for the best because they are all fairly similar.  There is a selection of mattes and shimmers perfect for all occasions.

Nyx Dewy Long Lasting Setting Spray, £7 

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I don’t know how much I believe in setting sprays but once this is sprayed over my makeup I feel instantly energised and cooled down.  It can be a stressful ordeal applying makeup, especially when you are in a rush and I love the little spray at the end to finish it all off.  Available in Dewy Finish and Matte Finish there’s something for everyone.

Updating your makeup bag doesn’t always have to break the bank and hopefully you have seen something on this list that you would love to try or have already.  Let me know your thoughts on these best beauty buys for under £10!

 

culottes queen.

I never really would have classed myself as someone who would have written about fashion but, here we are.  I don’t think of myself as a fashionista but I just happen to love clothes, I mean, who doesn’t?  So I thought I would write about my favourite item of clothing to buy – culottes.  They have become a fundamental item in my wardrobe and I probably don’t go more than a few days without wearing a pair.

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When you pick a pair of culottes up and look at them on the hanger they can look dull and uninteresting but when you put them up they create a fantastic silhouette.  As someone who is on the curvier side, especially around the hip area I personally love culottes as it creates the illusion of a straighter line in turn portraying a smaller waist.  Whether you are short, tall, thin or curvy culottes are for you, you just need to understand how to style them!

As someone who is smaller I need to be careful when buying them because they can look like regular trousers on me which give me no shape.  Culottes should come to somewhere past the knee but well enough above the ankle.  With culottes I always try and wear heels to give me a bit more height and elongate the leg that’s on show.  If heels are out of the question and it’s flats for you, just make them pointed.  The beauty of culottes is that the focus can go on the shoes as that’s where the eye focuses when wearing culottes.

If any of you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that recently I went on holidays and basically, all I wore were culottes.  I feel so comfy in them and they are perfect for dressing up or dressing down any outfit.  Any top you would normally wear with jeans, add a pair of culottes and you have an instantly jazzed up outfit.  I am not a jeans person so I think that’s why I rely so heavily on culottes.  That and I can’t find the perfect pair that suits my shape.  I am still on the search for my Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and if anyone can help in my search please leave me a comment!

So, if you don’t own a pair of Culottes trust me when I say that you should invest in a pair!  There is no limit to the styles and patterns you can get, personally I prefer block colours and avoid patterns but below you can find a selection of my favourites!

Missguided Premium Orange Pleat Front Culottes, £30

 

So I can’t take these guys off.  The rich colour goes with a surprising amount of things.  It can be tempting to buy black or navy culottes but this rust colour can take you through Spring to Winter and match pretty much every colour you already have in your wardrobe.  You can buy them HERE.

Primark Orange Culottes, £13

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This pair were perfect for holidays as they were so light and similar to the Missguided pair, they go with a surprising amount of clothes but I loved pairing them with this jacket also from Primark.

Missguided, £30

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I’m just going to go ahead and point out that these 3 images look completely different and yet the only thing different are the culottes.  The cami (also from Primark, £5) and the jackets are the only things that changed.  Can you tell I love culottes yet?  This soft blush pink colour is a must have for Spring Summer and make any look seem effortlessly pretty.  These were also from Missguided however, I can’t find them on the website but there’s a gorgeous culotte jumpsuit in the same colour which I may just have to purchase also… you can buy it HERE

New Look Pale Blue Pleated Culottes, £17.99

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Obsessed with these and again, they are perfect for Summer.  This look would be fabulous if paired with a blazer (see below), draped over the shoulders especially with a nice crisp white short underneath.  This outfit is next on my hit list!  You can buy the culottes HERE and this cute blazer to match can also be found on the New Look website for £13.99 – shop HERE.

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It’s so hard not to buy ones in every colour but the way my collection is going, it’ll not be long before I have to move out to a bigger house for a room with just culottes.  I have a problem.  It can be tempting to pay expensive for culottes but my favourite place to shop for them is Primark and New Look plus they constantly update their clothing selection so everytime I go in, there’s always another pair attracting my attention.

Let me know if you like culottes as much as I do and if you have got a pair that I need to go out and get my hands on!

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Have Make Up Looks Become Too Dramatic?

If you follow me on Instagram then last night you may have seen me post a totally innocent few Instagram stories on my thoughts on certain styles of Make Up that are floating around our social media pages at the minute. I put out a poll asking whether you agreed or disagreed on how I feel that makeups are too over dramatic and over the top.

Since posting my thoughts my inbox blew up. I received all kinds of messages including ones saying ‘Finally, someone said it’ and messages that made me really sad from fellow Make Up Artists who said that these images are hurting not only their business but also their courage and drive to post creative content and it sets unrealistic ideals for their clients because they wanted to look like the girl on Instagram with 4 filters.

I am a Make Up Artist who still to this day sometimes shies away from using the term MUA even though I have been in the industry for 8 years. In my opinion the term Make Up Artist has lost all meaning since make up boomed onto the scene. Our job has become viewed as an easy way to start a career earning money with what’s thought as little to no work.  In an age where people can go to a day course with their favourite artists/instagrammers and then slap MUA at the end of their name, actual Make Up Artists, pre make up boom are suffering. The reality however, is that to be a Make Up Artist requires a lot of work. I am talking early starts, late finishes, dealing with clients, customer service, buying and investing in a make up kit and spending a huge amount of money before you even make money.  Not to mention basically having no social life.

Of course, everyone has to start somewhere but you cannot call yourself a Make Up Artist after you attend a one day course where you learnt one look that suited the model that happened to be there that day.  There are so many looks that can be created and all I seem to see is the same look, repeated over and over again just with different colours.  One of my favourite local Make Up Artists, @heatherallenmakeup_ in response said ‘I agree that they are artistic but when everyone starts doing the same artistic look is gets boring.’  We see so many of these looks that when we see the creative makeups they are now classed as the norm.

The point I am making, or trying to make is that social media has completely blown the role of a Make Up Artist and what normal glam makeup is out of the water. It doesn’t hold the same meaning that it once did and while Beauty Bloggers (hello) and YouTube, etc all have a part to play the one that does the most detrimental damage is Instagram. Instagram, is by far my favourite app and it’s disgusting how often I am on it. That being said when it comes to clients coming in with images of makeup that they want that they have seen on their feeds I am immediately disheartened because no amount of amazing skills or make up products can turn your client into a real life Face Tuned image.

I’m talking smooth, poreless skin with cut creases and halo eyes and triple stacked lashes. Don’t get me wrong, I do love doing the Make Up itself as it allows me to explore an area of creativity that years ago I didn’t even know was possible. The people doing these make ups are so crazily talented, I am not taking that away from them but those makeups are fine for Instagram, but that’s Instagram – your face is real life and an unrealistic standard is being set that regular makeup artists using regular make up struggle to live up to.  Think of this from not even a Make Up Artist’s point of view, as a client you are being lied to by viewing these amazing looks, walking into your Make Up Artist expecting to leave looking like the photo and being bitterly disappointed at the end even though you are absolutely beautiful (with and without makeup).  You didn’t look how you expected because you are not a walking filter.  These makeups only look great from one head tilted angle and tend to look a little strange head on.  Take a glitter cut crease for example, I went out with this look and someone took a photograph of me that wasn’t a posing selfie and I looked plain weird.  I vowed that a regular smokey eye is  my go to for nights out.

I really do pity anyone who is genuinely trying to make it as a Make Up Artist because looking at these images would make me want to cry, filled with the dread that I would never be able to do make up like that. My advice to anyone starting out is do not get put down by these drastic dramatic looks, do make up how you want to do it and I guarantee your clients will love it.  As well as that, do your research and understand different people suit different looks.  Have confidence in your work and believe in yourself, you do not need to copy Instagram to be successful, if anything I think it’s the opposite.

99% of my Instagram feed are dramatic looks because as I say, they are so fun to do. But guys and gals, you must understand the difference between Instagram and real life and set yourself a realistic make up look to ask for. Make up is designed to enhance your own natural beauty, social media makeups have made us lose sight of this. When did it become about making a woman look nothing like herself?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, do you think that the makeup is too much or do you think I should get over it.  There is so much more I could say about this topic but I’ll quit while I am ahead.  Send me a message and let me know.

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bare minerals blogger event.

Recently I was invited to attend my local Bare Minerals counter for a gloriously, intimate blogger event for just a handful of us.  Even though I write a blog, I still don’t see myself as a blogger as there have been people doing FAR longer than me.  That being said, it’s amazing being thought of as a blogger and I thoroughly enjoy attending these events as one.  Being greeted upon arrival with a slate of chocolates and a glass of prosecco is something I can get used to.  If only I was greeted that way in my house!

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The amazing Kerri Devereux hosted our Masterclass portraying the perfect go to summer look with effortlessly glowing skin.  Taking us from skincare to a full makeup application we learned the how to’s and what we need to recreate this look at home!  I’m not going to spoil the tips and tricks for you but the ladies on the counter are there for you to quiz and learn from at Debenhams, Castlecourt.

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What I am going to talk about however, is all the lovely things that I was treated to in my goodiebag!  I have been trying them out for nearly a week now and I am obsessed.  If I am being honest, Bare Minerals isn’t a counter I would run towards when I walk around a department store because it’s not overly talked about and to me there are no ‘cult’ products that I associate with them (Powder Foundation aside).  I’m quite glad of this because there’s nothing worse than buying something or trying a product just because 200 YouTubers saying ‘it’s amazing’ so I was able to have a completely neutral response to these products.

As you can see from the main photograph, I was absolutely spoiled rotten.  So many things to try, I honestly got home from the event and ripped straight into the bag.  The first thing I tried that night was the Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam, £18.  Normally, I am not one for foam cleansers as I have drier skin however, this did not dry my skin out at all.  The first thing I noticed was the glorious Grapefruit scent washing over my face immediately awakening my skin.  My skin felt so smooth afterwards and my other skincare products went on like a dream.  I have been using it for a week now and still no sign of drying out which means even if you are of a drier skin type then you can still use this.  That being said Bare Minerals have a whole range of cleansers so  you can definitely get the perfect one for you.

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The next morning after the event I sat and stared at everything and thoughtfully decided how I could put all the products on my face at once.  After the luxurious cleansing, I decided to try out the serum that was sampled to us.  The Skin Longevity Vital Power Serum, £48 went on like a dream leaving my skin looking crazy glowy.  It’s a morning and night serum that claims to unleash skin’s vitality and luminosity while nourishing skin with essential minerals and hydration to reveal softer, more supple skin.  I have to say that it felt amazing on the skin and almost cooling on the face which seemed to help calm down the redness that I usually get after cleansing.  I’ve been using it in the mornings rather than just at night just so I get a little longer out of it, but this is firmly placed on my TO BUY list.

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The next item on my list to use just HAD to be the Prime Time Original Face Primer, £24.  I have said it before in previous posts but I am a little bit of a primer snob in that I expect the best from my primers, especially as it’s the product that is supposed to set your makeup up for the day.  I am pleased to say that I really do like this primer but I can’t get away with using it all over my face.  It just happens to dry me out all over and I know that there are other primers that would be better suited to me.  The primer itself is mineral infused and glides onto the skin leaving it silky soft and actually looks amazing over my porous areas.

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The fab girls gave me a sample of the foundation that was used in the Masterclass because all I wanted was that beautiful glow and I was so excited to try it.  The Bare Pro Performance Wear Foundation, £29 is an award winning foundation that claims to leave you with 24 hours wear with full coverage.  My first thoughts on the consistency was that there could be no way you could get full coverage out of it because it felt so thin.  Oh my God, I was so wrong.  The coverage was brilliant especially considering I used it with the Luxe Performance Brush, £24.  The brush is nice and dense which will create a fuller coverage look anyway.  I fell in love with the brush and the foundation almost instantly.  I tried not to get ahead of myself because I wanted to see how the foundation wore before I made up my mind.  It definitely stayed on all day however, moved a little on my chin but after I re powdered I was good to go again.  If that’s my only complaint then this is definitely a foundation to try!

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The Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara, £20 was the next thing I tried and this mascara has the funkiest looking wand.  Normally, I am not one for a plastic wand as I find they tend to leave lashes looking clumpy but this brush separated through every single lash, not a clump in sight!  For once my mascara didn’t smudge down during the day, normally I end up with a little black smudge at the corner of my eye and I was surprised to look in the mirror and see that I was smudge free.

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To add the finishing touches to my Bare Minerals look I applied the Statement Lip Luxe Shine, £18 in the shade Alpha – the most beautiful pop of deep pink, perfect to amp up any make up look and take you from day to night.  It’ll be my go to colour for Summer!

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So there you have it, all the goodies that I received and I honestly can’t wait to go back and buy the rest of the products that were featured in the Masterclass (I see you Invisible Glow Highlighter).  Pop into your local Bare Minerals counter to see all the amazing things they have in store!  If you are local to the Belfast area then you can stop by Debenhams, Belfast and see the amazing team that treated us so well!  Their customer service is always amazing.

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nu-skin product review.

I was recently sent a variety of products to try out from a lady called Maura Gilmore.  For those of you that don’t know her, she is a local Health, Wellness and Beauty Expert with access to award winning products proven to help appearance and health.  It’s important to be happy with your skin and maybe one of these products will do just that for you!

Having tried the samples out I would love to share my thoughts on them with you.

Nu Skin Polishing Peel Skin Refresher

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This exfoliating cream contains Pumpkin Enzymes that resurface and soften the skin and Bentonite Clay removes dead skin cells leaving skin healthy, soft and smooth.  I loved the feeling of this as it went on as it’s the kind of product that you can feel working.  Apply to clean dry skin and leave for around 30-60 seconds until the products feels tacky.  As your rub your fingers in circular motions the products begins to dissolve dead skin cells and removing them.  I have rather sensitive skin so the fact that there aren’t any small beads in it doesn’t leave my skin feeling rough.

Nu Skin Exfoliant Scrub

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For those of you that prefer the little beads in your exfoliator then this would be the better option for you.  Although it has mini beads in it, it contains an Aloe Vera base that conditions and safe guards your hydration levels so you don’t get that dried out feeling after you exfoliate.  Exfoliating your skin is important as it helps to leave a brighter complexion and you’ll be less likely to get blemishes/pimples.  When I used this I found that my pores were immediately unclogged and my skin felt a whole lot smoother.  I actually kept this one for use in the shower and it was so easily taken off.  Simply apply to a clean face and neck with a little warm water with gentle circular movements and rinse with warm water.

Epoch Glacial Marine Mud Mask

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A revitalizing clay mask with sea botanicals that draws out the dirt and impurities from the skin.  Designed for all skin types but I prefer to use this on my oilier areas as I personally find it can be a little drying.  It has a thinner consistency to most mud masks I have tried which is good because you can still move your face when it’s on, most masks make my face feel like a brick!  My face felt seriously smooth and had a beautiful shine off it once I took this mask off.  I find it interesting to watch mud masks change colour (just me?).  As the mask dries on the skin it will turn to a lightish green colour but the dark spots on the mask show you where the dirt is being drawn out of the pores.  COOL.

Nu Skin Creamy Hydrating Masque

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This mask is a nourishing treatment that works to protect the skin from dry and harsh environments by boosting skin’s moisture levels.  This is probably my favourite thing I tried from the products that were sent as the smell alone had me feeling like I was in a spa.  Designed for those with normal to drier skin types this mask has my name written all over it!  The products claims to reduce redness and infuse skin with soothing nutrients from Cactus Extract into the skin for a healthy, beautiful, moisturised glow.  The soothing can be felt immediately and feels almost cold as it goes onto the face which feels so relaxing.  I applied this to dry skin and left on for around 20 minutes, just long enough to watch an episode of Santa Clarita Diet and tissued off, you can also remove with warm water.  I can’t wait to do my skincare regime tonight and reuse this masque.

AP-24 Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

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I was so excited to try this product because who wouldn’t want whiter teeth?  To be used after each meal or at least twice a day this toothpaste lightens teeth without harmful peroxides.  Not only that but the toothpaste really leaves your mouth feeling clean for all day freshness.  I have used this for about a week now and I find myself using my normal toothpaste and then using this afterwards in the mornings and same as in the evenings.  Containing a proprietary blend of mild abrasives that polishes and smooths teeth without eroding the enamel.  This toothpaste doesn’t contain peroxides or harsh abrasives as these can be harmful to the teeth especially when not used in a professional setting!

A stain reduction test was performed to determine the percent increase in tooth brightness. The whitening effects were measured after brushing with toothpaste.
AP-24® Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste resulted in a 63% increase in tooth brightness.  I definitely notice a difference in the short time I have been using it and I will definitely keep using this.

If any of these products interest you and you want to find out a little more for yourself and maybe even try them you can contact Maura directly and she can sort you out!

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top 5 pencil eyeliners.

You might read this title of this and go, ‘Really?  But surely everyone has a black eyeliner…’  While yes, this is true let’s face it, there’s always something wrong with the black eyeliners that we own.

For years I suffered with black smudges because I just assumed that’s what happened when you wore a kohl liner.  I dreaded peeking into my compact mirror to see my inner corners bleeding liner.  Fast forward a few years and I uncovered a select few eyeliner pencils that are my go to that don’t cause any of these annoying problems.  Why suffer when your eyeliner can stay perfect all day long?

Before I start, there is a difference between eye pencils and kohl pencils.  I thought I would mention this as every time I talk about this with people their face is blank.  Without going into the science and ingredients an eye pencil is harder and a kohl pencil is a softer material.  Therefore a pencil is great for liner but a kohl is better for smudgier, smokier eyes.  Personally I prefer kohl pencils as when I want to have winged liner I use a gel or a liquid.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, £15.50

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I can always count on this eyeliner when I am in a rush and need a smoky eye, FAST.  With it’s seriously soft tip it doesn’t drag on the eye allowing colour to glide on effortlessly.  A highly moisturising pencil with Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and Cottonseed Oil allows for creamy, easy application.  Once the pencil is applied however, it stays in place all day without the need to check up on it.

An impressive range of colours will have you weak at the knees the next time you visit the counter, Perversion however is the nicest black shade I have ever seen.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil, £18.50 

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Similar to the 24/7 Glide On, Estee Lauder’s pencil is an extremely creamy and versatile eyeliner perfect for eyelids and waterline.  In addition to 12 hours wear it is water resistant allowing it to stay in your water line all day making it the go to for days where you are going from office to party.  The colour in this liner doesn’t smudge out unless you use the smudger allowing for precise application.  This pencil sets very quickly so I wouldn’t recommend using as the base for a smokey eye unless you are working very quickly.  That being said as it sets so quickly there is no fear of it transferring to your upper eyelid.

Again, a wide range of colours to choose from with Onyx as the black.  Might I suggest Burgundy Suede (used in blog picture) as it’s such a beautiful colour and one of my go to eyeliners for clients makeups.

The Body Shop Smokey Eye Definer, £9

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For something a little more defined instead of something smudgier look no further than this pencil from The Body Shop.  The formula glides on and doesn’t catch or pull on your eyelids and gives a perfect line every time.  You can of course smudge it out if you wish as it comes with a smudger on the other end but is great without.  This liner is excellent for those that want and eyeliner look but without the dramatic effect as a subtle look is easier achieved with this liner.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL, £16

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This pencil is The Notebook-proof.  You could go swimming, have a crying session, have drink thrown over you or simply wash you hair and this eye pencil will not move.  Definitely on the thicker, creamier side of eye pencils so perhaps not for those looking something natural but this pencil is ideal for someone who is constantly smoking out your waterline.  It blends effortlessly but once that sucker has set it isn’t coming off until it is pried off with your cleanser.

Coming in a variety of finishes from Matte, Diamond, Satin, Metallic and Iridescent there is definitely a finish and colour that will take your fancy.  This is a Saturday Night out kinda eyeliner…

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajaal Eye Liner Pencil, £2.99

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There are very few drug store eye liner pencils that I would trust but this one from Rimmel has made the cut into the Top 5.  I burn through quite a lot of eye liner and that can wreak havoc on my bank balance so for sheer price alone this pencil is amazing.  I use this shade Jet Black constantly when I am using it as the base for a smokey eye.  I run it all over the eye and blend the life out of it with my Mac 217 Brush creating a beautiful, easy smokey eye.  On it’s own for actual liner purposes it has a tendency to bleed out a little on my eye, this isn’t a big deal so I don’t care but as a base for a smokey eye it’s the one.

So there you have it, a list of my favourite eye pencils that I use for wings, smudgy eye and smokey eyes.  Have you used any of these or do you use one that I need to try – let me know!

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lip fillers.

Before I write anything, I just want to make a point of the fact that I KNOW everyone is naturally beautiful and I KNOW I don’t need to have procedures to change my face. I KNOW.  That being said, I got my lips done because I wanted to.  If that bothers you then you can click off this post, but for those of you who are thinking of getting them done or want to know a little bit about how my lip fillers are then read on…

I live in Belfast and thoroughly done my research before I committed to going anywhere for the procedure.  I searched high and low on Instagram, Facebook and asked friends all about their experiences and who they went to.  I heard horror stories and dream stories and I started to prepare my should I should I not list.

I had been thinking about getting my lips done for a long time now and when I finally decided to take the plunge there was no doubt in my mind  that I wanted to get them done.  A little nervous, don’t get me wrong but excited all the same.  After my research and scrupulously dissecting before and after photos I decided to book in with Lisa Sloan at Simply Be Beautiful on the Lisburn Road, Belfast.  Lisa is an experienced and established professional who holds advanced qualifications in facial rejuvenation and anti aging treatments.  Not only that, but Lisa also has 26 years of nursing experience and 7 years of practice in the aesthetic industry.  I have heard nothing but great things about Lisa for all her treatments and all her photos, including those with lip fillers looked amazing.

Prep

Upon arrival I walked into a beautifully open reception with calm friendly greetings and was handed a numbing cream straight away and told to apply.  The cream felt like how you would imagine, cold and tingly for a few seconds and I definitely got some on my tongue by accident.

Treatment (if you are squeamish maybe don’t read…)

I was so excited by this point but due to the numbing cream I honestly wasn’t sure if I was smiling or not.  Lisa smiled and me and made me feel so at ease and walked me through all the things she had to (terms, conditions, aftercare, etc).  I told her exactly what I wanted in that I didn’t want to end up looking like a TOWIE experiment gone wrong, that I just wanted fuller looking lips and she nodded and told me not to worry.  I lay down on the comfiest bed ever and closed my eyes as Lisa began to prepare.

As the needles went into my lips I honestly didn’t feel any discomfort.  I knew that there was something happening to my lips but thanks to the decent helping of  numbing cream I couldn’t feel much.  I had been given a tissue in case of any eye watering but my eye liner remained in tact!  I had intended to receive 0.5ml of product into my lips but after a mirror was handed to me, I could definitely see a difference but decided to opt for an extra 0.5ml bringing the total to 1ml added.

So ignoring the camera quality and all that, this was a before and after picture of my lips.  As you can see from the before picture my top lip was far thinner than my bottom lip and in the after picture it certainly isn’t anymore!  Obviously, this is a photo of them as they were just done so they have still to come down and reduce the swelling but I was so happy with them.

After

After I had left I came home and thoroughly inspected my lips, then PANIC set in.  I was so worried, being like ‘what if they don’t go down?’ and immediately forgot everything that Lisa had told me about swelling and that they wouldn’t be as red when they go down.  Joel came home and his face dropped but he did his best to calm me down and through laughter he told me everything would be okay.

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This photo was taken the next day and while there is still swelling I was far more relaxed about them the next day than I had been the night before.

One Month Later

A month later and I am still loving them!  While lip fillers may not be for everyone to me it just completes my make up look and makes me feel more confident.  Below are some photos from the last week or so and they have come down greatly but they are still definitely bigger and exactly what I asked for.  I can’t thank Lisa enough for actually listening to what I wanted.

I wanted to write a post about the fact that I have had lip fillers put in because so many bloggers and make up artists talk about how amazing certain lip products are while they have clearly had their lips done and people buy these products because they want to look like that.  While clever lip tricks and certain products can change the appearance of your lips, I think it’s important people know the difference between lip fillers and a lip liner.

I hope you enjoyed reading about this and seeing my before and after pictures.  If you are thinking about getting your lips done or any other treatment I urge you to please do you research and don’t automatically go for the cheapest one just to save money!  Do what’s best for you!

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top 5 primers for dry skin.

Whether you agree with the need for a primer or not, I personally think they were one of the greatest products to come to light out of the recent make up boom.  For those of you that know me, my skin is drier and at the minute the texture of my skin has been playing up.  While there are certain things that only switching up a skincare regime can fix, a primer gives a little short term help to fixing those issues.

I have used an insane variety of primers in my time and while some work great for a few months, inevitably most stop working at what they did at the start.  The list below are the ones that have stuck by my side and done the job they claimed to do.  I use these on myself and I trust them enough to use them on clients whose skin is drier also.

What is primer?  A make up primer is a product that you apply before your foundation (or you can mix with foundation!) to allow for a longer lasting finish.  Not only do primers keep your make up on for longer, but primers typically make your face look smoother and can have other benefits too like hydrating, mattifying, smoothing, etc.  Primers take a little pressure of your foundation and if anything, you’ll probably need less foundation than if you don’t use one.  So there’s that!

Marc Jacobs Undercover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, £32

I will never forget the first time I bought this as I had read somewhere that this primer was all the rage and I wanted nothing more than to bury my face in it as I am obsessed with anything coconut scented.  I scrambled and saved every extra penny I could as at this point I was at university, a poor student.  Eventually, I bought the primer and upon the first usage my face almost sighed with relief as it was cooling.  If I am going to an event, or know that I need to look like utmost best then this is the primer I use as any foundation I have sits beautifully on top.

The primer hydrates and nourishes thanks to the coconut infused formula including cold pressed coconut water, juice and pulp that forms a natural, vitamin rich barrier between your skin and your makeup.  My skin feels fresh and natural, all day.

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Make Up For Ever Nourishing Primer, £25.50

Make Up For Ever have a vast range of primers that cater to each and every skin type and I find myself bouncing between the Nourishing Primer and the Hydrating Primer.  Where the Hydrating Primer hydrates (shocking) the nourishing primer just goes that extra mile and has a richer, creamier texture which I prefer.  The Nourishing Primer feeds skin, repairing and hydrating all day while anti oxidants actually help to prevent from the elements.  As if that’s not enough, the primer restores elasticity and revitalizes skin creating a more even textured, flawless finish.

Today for example, as I said my skin was feeling a little more textured and so this is the primer I have used today.  My make up has been on my hours now and you can’t tell, my skin still looks and feels seriously smooth.

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Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow, £38.50

Before you gasp at the price, give me a minute!  This primer is multi functional and contains an amazing blend of ingredients that can make all the different to your beautiful face!  I bought this originally as a primer but after a few uses started wearing this on it’s own also.  I am off on holidays soon and this will be firmly packed in my make up bag for daily wear!

I absolutely love a glowy finish on my skin but it can be hard to get a product that will give you that finish that lasts longer than 2 hours.  That’s why I am so glad I took the plunge with this product because my make up stays on forever – hey, if it’s good enough for Jamie Genevieve then it’s good enough for me – SEE HERE Jamie Genevieve Night Out GRWM

*NOTE* This is what I am wearing in this picture for this post

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Hydrating, £30

Yes, yes Laura Mercier are so much more than their loose powder.  I like this primer because all the others I have mentioned are on the thicker side and sometimes it’s nice to have products on your face that are a little thinner, especially for days where you don’t want to wear a lot of make up.  Again, it hydrates and leaves the skin nice and glowy while multi tasking to help minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections.

I notice that as my make up wears, my make up can tend to settles into lines on my forehead but when I use this primer that doesn’t happen!  So a bonus if any of you struggle to keep foundation out of any little crevices!

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Estee Lauder The Illuminator, £26

The thing I love about this primer is that it is designed for use on top of your make up as well as a primer underneath.  It’ll always be in my kit for events and make ups that require a lot of photography as it photographs beautifully.  Not only that but it really makes your skin feel fresh and awake, so if your skin is feeling very lacklustre and needs waking up then this would be the primer for you.  It’s the only primer that I would probably mix with any foundation to thin out as it doesn’t separate on the skin.

It hydrates, smoothes and illuminates giving you that Hollywood glamorous glow and is one that you can depend on to make your skin look flawless all day long.

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the ordinary foundation review.

Isn’t it the dream for your new favourite foundation to cost less than a Starbucks order?  Well, if you are lucky enough like me then this morning you found it.  Yesterday I received my fabulous brown cardboard box from Beauty Bay and inside I was so happy to see a foundation that I have wanted to try for ages.  Sometimes, it just takes you ages to get around to testing something new, especially a foundation.

First of all, a little bit of background on The Ordinary.  I have used this brand for awhile now but have only used the skincare.  The Ordinary is a brand owned by DECEIM and focus on ‘advanced functional beauty.’  The brand contains a vast collection of effective skincare and makeup with breakthrough technologies and a holistic honest approach.  The brand should appeal to all especially considering DECIEM does not test on animals and does not pay others to do so.

The foundation stands at £5.95 for 30ml which compared to even the likes of Rimmel, Maybelline, L’oreal and other drug store brands  is definitely one of the cheapest.  Price point aside I know the reason people tend to stay away from drug store products are the restricted colour range but with The Ordinary there are 21 Shades available that cater to all skin undertones whether there are pink, yellow and neutral.  I purchased the shade Light 1.2Y on a whim as I normally pick pale yellow based shades and there is a pretty good description on each shade on the Beauty Bay website.

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I love the packaging on The Ordinary products as again, even for the price of it the boxes look so sleek.  The skincare comes in beautiful white boxes and the foundation comes in sultry black packaging.  Breaking into the box (more like ripping into because I was so excited) I pulled out a gorgeous bottle of foundation.  Thankfully, I read the instructions first as you have to shake before use – otherwise I would have had a runny mess on a my face!

Application

The foundation applied like a dream, needing very little it covered my whole face.  When testing out foundations I always use my trusty Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and this allowed this foundation to give me an even, full coverage foundation.  Normally with even my full coverage foundations I find I always have to take 2 pumps to get proper coverage but I needed so little of this foundation in comparison.  So this foundation is going to last me quite a long time!

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Finish & Wear

I had thought it was going to be a matte finish but I was presently surprised to find that it was more semi-matte as I’m not a fan of totally matte foundations.  I put it on this morning at 7am and it’s still on looking as perfect as when I first put it on and I’ve had a bit of a mental day. It hasn’t got any shinier like my makeup normally does and with my dry ass skin the foundation doesn’t gather towards any dry patches.  The foundation didn’t sit in my lines or crease up anywhere either so this foundation is really ticking all the boxes for me.  WINNING.

Removal

One thing that never really gets mentioned when talking about foundations is how easy or difficult they are to get off.  So having just removed the foundation it was so easy to take off compared to how many pads I go through with my other foundations.  There’s nothing I hate more than having to spend ages (and loads of product) on removing a face of makeup.  I used my Estee Lauder Take It Away Make Up Remover like normal and it did an amazing job of taking it off.

*Fear not if full coverage isn’t for you then there’s a more natural coverage foundation available by The Ordinary.  Will definitely be trying this one next! – The Ordinary Serum Foundation*

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top 5 bronzers.

 

As one of those poor, unfortunate pale folk I rely on a bronzer to give me that gorgeous bronzed glow.  Due to the fact that I am naturally silver skinned I think this is why bronzers are my favourite beauty product and I have an entire drawer dedicated to them.  This will probably be the hardest thing to narrow down to just 5 as I love so many but now as I sit staring at  my drawer of bronzers, there are very few that I view as my die hard, desert island bronzers.  From drug store to high end, read on for my favourite bronzers!

Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder, £29

With the amount of bloggers and celebrities that love this bronzer you can bet your ass this is the first bronzer I ever bought.  It was considerably cheaper when I bought it for the first time, but I’d say I am easily on my 8th or 9th Laguna bronzer.  When I was younger I was obsessed with NARS packaging, I had been so used to drug store packaging and I hadn’t seen anything as sleek and sexy as this.  I then proceeded to buy lots of others shades but I always came back to Laguna.

The bronzer itself gives the perfect summery glow which makes it a necessity for the make up bag for the upcoming months.  Embedded with a golden shimmer it’s definitely a bronzer for someone who wants a stronger finish to give an all over warmth.  The powder is finely milled to give a sheer affect while filling in lines and pores giving an effortlessly smooth finish.  The shimmer is very subtle so nothing like a highlighter, just enough to give your skin a healthy glow.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder, £14

This is the bronzer that I use probably the most often to the day purely because of the price point.  The make up in The Body Shop are probably one of the only items to not have gone up and up in price in recent years.  It gives a very natural finish which is desired for a day time look.  Not only is it beautiful on the face but comes in great shades for the eyes too, making it a perfect addition to your make up collection especially if you bring your bag out and about with you.  I love products that are multi purpose!

The bronzer itself is more on the subtle side so if you are looking for something that will give you a strong colour might I suggest something with a little more pigment, or just build up the colour.  The bronzer is shimmer free, allowing it to be used for contouring also if that takes your fancy.  Not only is the bronzer amazeballs, but it contains Community Trade Honey and comes in 5 shades with a shade light enough for my silvery complexion making it my go to day time bronzer.

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Soleil Tan De Chanel, £40

As I have mentioned I am a pale, silvery skinned gal but when I get my tan on I prefer to wear a little less make up.  When I am in this beautiful, tanned state my go to make up product, never mind bronzer is the Chanel cream gel bronzer.  It is such a gorgeous formula and can be used on it’s own just to enhance the glow or under on on top of makeup.

When I first saved up to buy this foundation I was terrified to use it because I was intimidated by a cream product.  All I had known was powder bronzers and this was a total revelation.  I found it was easier to use when you dab on tiny amounts and blend as you go rather than applying all over and trying to blend it all out.

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Rimmel Natural Bronzer, £5.99

Obviously, a Rimmel product will feature – y’all know I love the smell of these products!  Smell aside, this bronzer never ceases to amaze me at how brilliantly pigmented it is.  It’s called Natural but to be honest I use this as my night out bronzer as the shades are more on the warmer side and give off a lot of pigment.  It’s a waterproof bronzer with velvety soft texture that glides beautifully onto the skin.

There is quick a bit of kick back when I use this product but I don’t really care about that so much as it all stays in the container and can be used again, so not like I am wasting anything – I just always make sure to tap off the excess so as not to cover my whole face in bronzer!  That is not a cute look.

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Make Up For Ever, Pro Bronze Fusion, £28.50

I have spoken about this bronzer already in my Make Up For Ever Favourite Products blog so if you want more details on it you can check it out there.  This is another one of those bronzers similar to The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze that requires building up.  You don’t have to build them up, obviously you can leave them as they are for a fab subtle glow!

Another waterproof wonder from Make Up For Ever makes this another perfect one for your Summer collection.  Not only that, but the Pro Bronze Range caters to those who want matte and/or luminous finish.  The first colour I got was the shade 20M which was a matte finish but I have since updated my collection to include the 35I shade for a far warmer, illuminating finish.

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That brings us to the end of my Top 5 Bronzers even though this list could have gone on to include about 15 more.  These however, are truly my everyday go to bronzers that I use all the time.  Let me know if you have used any of these bronzers yourself or if there is a bronzer out there that is your absolute fave – maybe I haven’t tried it yet!

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top 5 concealers.

Alas, the one beauty item that everyone and I do mean everyone is after.  Much like the perfect foundation it can be extremely hard to find.  What about settling into wrinkles?  What about giving you wrinkles you don’t even have?  What about colour correcting?  What about lighter or darker?

Concealers are the one item that I really do my research on.  I obsess over YouTube videos, Instagram posts and online reviews to determine which one that I go for.  Like my Top 5 Foundations post, I don’t think it’s possible to have just one concealer that works above the rest.  Similar to how I have a few foundations, I have a few concealers that I like for different reasons.  With that in mind, considering I have done a fair bit of research I have compiled a list of my Top 5 Concealer picks.

Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear, £18.50

One of the first ‘grown up’ products I ever bought was this Pro Longwear Concealer.  At first I hated it.  I actually detested it and £18.50 was a lot of money for me when I was younger to spend on a concealer.  Anyway, it turns out that 3 pumps of a concealer in a shade that was wrongly sold to you makes your under eyes look like that of a wrinkly old lady.  After heading to YouTube to find out how to apply it, aside from being 3 shades too dark, it quickly became my favourite product.

The concealer itself is a fluid consistency, offering medium to full matte coverage for up to 15 hours.  I now apply it with a beauty blender or a small concealer brush, not my old dirty foundation brush.  It applies like a dream, and gives me enough coverage without sitting in any creases under my eyes.  Even though the concealer sets matte, it definitely needs set with a powder.  I haven’t come across a concealer for the under eye that doesn’t need set with a powder.

I keep this for my night out makeups as it’s a little full coverage for every day.  If you’re someone who likes the natural look, then I would stay away from this one but for long lasting, great coverage it’s spot on.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer £19.50

This is a perfectly weightless concealer hides even the most stubborn of flaws meanwhile giving a radiant, luminous, demi-matte finish.  Not as heavy as the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, this is perfect for those who prefer a slightly lighter finish.  When I wear this concealer it melts effortlessly into any foundation I wear it without lifting on the skin or separating against the foundation.

It works no matter how it’s applied, which makes it a winner in my books.  It also sits beautifully even after hours of wear and comes in 14 shades.  I love the applicator of this concealer as it seems to apply to exactly what you need under the eye without the fear of placing too much.  That being said, even if you do put down too much it blends out beautifully and can be layered for a fuller look if desired.

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Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer, £21.50

This concealer.  Is the DADDY.  You know when your period is attacking you and your face breaks out all over the show and nothing short of a scarf over your face will cover the spots?  Yeah, well now we have this concealer.  It can cover everything and the beauty of it is you need so little of it.  A little really does go a long way.  Aside from all the usual great things about a concealer, this comes in the size 15ml.  Compared to 9ml of Mac Pro Longwear and Urban Decay’s 5ml you’ll find that for the price of this concealer you definitely get more bang for you buck.

Price aside, the foundation is a little on the thicker side but allows for more multi purpose use.  When I want to wear a lighter coverage foundation but it doesn’t cover all the little marks or blemishes I will always go in with Full Cover to give me a flawless look.  I have used it before when on holidays too so is a perfect one to add to the holiday make up bag as is waterproof.

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Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer Nude, £8.99

If you have tired eyes then this is the perfect concealer for you.  This concealer does more than just cover up your eyes because it’s enriched with Goji Berry and the formula cares for the eye area that suffers most from a hectic social life and lack of sleep.  So if your main concerns are fine lines and wrinkles this is spot on however, you are restricted in your shades as there are only two colours.

I normally don’t like spongy applicators as I find them gross but it’s worth it for this product.  I use this concealer the most much like in one of my last posts talking about how I use L’Oreal True Match Foundation as my throw it on foundation, this is my everyday throw it on concealer.  I find that as well as not sitting in my lines it brightens under the eye giving me a more youthful appearance.  If you are looking for something with a little bit of a better shade range then I would suggest Maybelline Fit Me Concealer as there are 6 shades to choose from.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, £6.49 

If any of you know me then you’ll know that I love the smell of Rimmel products, that may be the reason that I like this concealer so much but hey ho.  Another anti-fatigue concealer similar to Maybelline’s but on the fuller coverage side.  Containing peptides and a vitamin moisturising complex this concealer will hydrate under the eye as well as concealing.

There’s not much to say about this concealer other than if you are shopping on a budget and want excellent quality for money then hello, you found it!  It doesn’t crease, I think that’s down to the consistency of the liquid as it’s on the creamier side.  Not only that, but it brightens under the eyes while hydrating.  On me, it doesn’t all day but gets me through a shift at work which is all that really matters!

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You might be surprised to find that the Tarte’s Shape TapeNars Creamy Concealer and the YSL’s Touch Eclat of the world are not in this list.  The reason they are not in this list is because as nice as they are and as hyped up as they are that’s exactly why they aren’t in this list.  HYPE.  Don’t always just believe what you see on Instagram and YouTube, do your research.  Nars for example, all I read about was that the Creamy Concealer was the best thing ever since sliced bread but in reality I found the concealer was dry, hard to blend and at only 6ml to me, not worth the money.  Don’t get me wrong, it was nice and did the job but didn’t live up to the hype.

So there you have it, my Top 5 Concealers, click the links below to read my other Top 5’s.

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The perfect foundation?  Does this exist?  I don’t know about you but I have spent years trying to find thee foundation, the one that does it all.  I’m not going to lie to you, I have come very close.  I have a top few foundations that I wouldn’t  go without but none of them I can honestly say are the ONE.

I don’t think it’s possible to have just ONE foundation that’s the one for everyone as everyone’s skin is too different and we have too many different wishes.  For example, not every is oily and dreams of perfect matte skin.  Not everyone is dry and wants luminious skin.  It’s not even that simple, I have dry skin and sometimes my mood will send me towards a matte finish.  Therefore, it’s far too hard to have just one foundation that does it all.  So I have narrowed down my top 5 foundations as it’s not possible to have one!

Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation, £35

An oil free, matte finish foundation that surprisingly does not dry out the skin when worn.  This foundation could cover mistakes of the past, that’s how good the coverage is.  It blends so easily into the skin and you really do need very little.  In fact I find with this foundation it’s best to build it, rather than going in with loads of product.  Using the foundation this way gives an insanely flawless base!  My skin isn’t bad, but is by no means perfect but when I wear this foundation you really wouldn’t know!  I have been wearing this foundation a lot recently and have gotten a lot of  messages on Instagram asking about it because it photographs so well too.

Getting down to the science, the foundation contains a skincare complex and UV filter which is what leaves the skin fresh and smooth.  It contains an SPF 20 and does give a little flashback but what’s a little flashback when your skin looks so fab in real life?

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Stick, £30

You know when you see people walking down the street or even in your magazines and on Instagram and they look fabulously glowy and healthy?  Well, that’s what this foundation will do for you.  I am not even kidding, my skin has literally never looked better than when I wear this foundation.  The texture of the foundation is so creamy that it glides effortlessly onto the skin to conceal any imperfections making it excellent for touch ups also.  As it leaves a satin finish, it’s perfect for my dry skin!

It’s fairly long lasting, for me personally it’s not an all day foundation because it’s creamier it has a tendency to move but so long as you don’t mind setting it with powder it’ll be perfect.  If you love the sound of this foundation but you have oilier skin or want to make sure it stays on all day might I suggest Make Up For Ever Step One Mattifying Primer £25.50 to put underneath.  The foundation itself was created for the latest high definition technologies of the film and TV industry to look invisible on 4K camera and in person so it’s a perfect foundation to add to your collection.

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation, £8.99

I first tried this foundation a few months ago when Rimmel very kindly sent me a little parcel and I filmed a first impressions video which can be found here.

So if you want an in depth review on this foundation then you can watch that but this is my favourite drug store ‘affordable’ foundation.  A light to medium coverage foundation which similar to YSL’s All hours is extremely buildable.  The foundation claims to moisturise for up to 25 hours and to be honest, this could be true but I haven’t had to wear a foundation for that long.  If I did I would probably have to claw it off by the 25 hour mark.  Anyway, this is my go to foundation for something to throw on daytime or when I want a little bit less coverage!

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Estée Lauder Re Nutriv Ultra Radiance Makeup SPF15, £76

Every now and then, just like any gal I want a little luxury in my life.  That for me, comes in the form of this Estée Lauder foundation.  A gloriously smooth foundation, this gives flawless radiance to the wearer and a fabulous medium to full coverage.  It glides on effortlessly and feels amazing on the skin.  It coats over all my texture and leaves my skin glowing.  In fact, I normally use this foundation mixing it into the others that I have mentioned to add a little fabulousness to my face.  On it’s own however, it is a stunning foundation.

Seriously luxurious it contains precious micro-fine gems for a flawless finish and jewel-like radiance.  It contains benefits from the Re Nutriv Skincare range by Estee Lauder itself, it reduces appearance of fine lines and imperfections,  enveloping skin in comfort and care.

I’m aware it’s on the pricier side so if you want something similar but not just as expensive then might I suggest Estée Lauder Perfectionist Foundation £41 but trust me, you’ll not regret the Re Nutriv!

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 L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Foundation, £9.99

I found it pretty hard to pick the last one to complete my Top 5 so I went upstairs and due to the fact that I have two bottles of this foundation on the go at once and a further 3 in the drawer as a back up that this one has made the list.  Without realising it, this foundation is probably my most used.  I love how lightweight it is and it’s another great one to mix into other foundations to lighter/darken.  It’s honestly just a nice foundation for every day.  I use it more as the throw it on, heading into town, going to the shops kind of foundation.  I don’t really use it for nights out as it doesn’t pass the long lasting test for me but is great to throw on to save wasting those that are a little on the pricier side – see Estée Lauder!

The foundation has an impressive 28 shades so there will be something to suit pretty much everyone!

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One Friday evening after work I trudged home and coming through my door, it got stuck on something.  Now if you live in Belfast you can imagine my thoughts when I thought someone has shoved a paper through my door and I HUFFED and sighed and turned the light on.  To my surprise there lay a beautiful little pink box, which Joel had left on the floor – good of him.  Inside the box was an array of fab Note Cosmetics products.

NOTE Cosmetics for those of you who don’t know, is a brand with products that are 

       Enriched with essential oils and vitamins

       Paraben-free

       Environmentally friendly

       Dermatologically Tested

       Never tested on animals

So if  you are an animal lover then you will be pleased to see that last one!  Not only all of these things, but the products are extremely affordable.  NOTE is available in selected pharmacies but if there aren’t any near you online is as good as anything.

Luminous Moisturising Foundation SPF15 Shade 5, £7.95

The first product I opened was this beautiful foundation – as soon as I opened the box I had to dig straight into the products and get them on my face!  As well as protecting your skin with SPF15, this foundation also contains Macademia Oil and Sweet Almond Oil.  Due to these ingredients the foundation leaves your skin highly moisturised.  The foundation itself is classed as luminous and I agree having worn it for a few days now.  There are eight shades available in the range and hopefully the brand comes out with more shades soon!

My Thoughts

I love it.  I am a very snobby foundation person and so it can be difficult for me to find one that I am not only willing to try but actually will go as far as writing about it.  I have dry/combination skin and this foundation is honestly long lasting.  I put it on yesterday for example at 7.30am and it was still looking flawless at 7pm that evening albeit a little on the shiny side – not hard when it’s a luminous finish.  I have tried the foundation with and without powder and to be honest the finish is much the same, so if you are someone who doesn’t like a  lot of product you could probably hold off on the powder.

I was SO surprised at the level of coverage this foundation gave me as it felt very thin and lightweight as it came out of the tube.  I would class it as medium to full but you can definitely build on it for a fuller coverage.  The shade I received was perfect to match with my tan which was great but I haven’t seen any of the other colours, hopefully you’ll be able to get one that matches you.

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Full Coverage Stick Concealer Shade 3, £5.50

This concealer is designed for all skin types and any age range and has a very creamy consistency to help hide any nasties that need concealing.  Containing Argan Oil and Soy Protein this helps to protect the eye area of free radicals and environmental factors.  The soya protein also helps strengthen the skins structure by increasing collagenous and hyaluronic acid level.  I know right?  SO much more than just a concealer…

My Thoughts

Again, pleasantly surprised by this product.  After an incident with a Rimmel Concealer Stick when I was younger I thought I had sworn them of for good.  It wasn’t a good look for me when I was younger as I just waved it all over my face including on my lips and I thought I was great.  It seems I have learned a little bit about make up in the 20 years since that point and actually know what to do with the stick concealer.  I tried the concealer under my eyes but unfortunately it creased a little too much for my sad tired eyes but I thought it was amazing for spot concealing.  It now has a permanent position in my hand  bag for emergencies blemishes! 

The coverage itself is amazing and even covers my little red veins around my nose and a seriously red blemish that has popped up courtesy of TOM.  Ladies, you know.  Even though I couldn’t use it around my eyes doesn’t mean that you can’t so if you do try this product then let me know your uses for it!

Mineral Blusher Shade 101, £10.95

A magical blush with a cocktail of ingrediants from Coral Seaweed to Vitamin E allows the blush to leave the skin with a natural healthy glow.  It’s a silky, fine blusher that gives a very light finish which is perfect for those who don’t want to end up looking like Aunt Sally.

My Thoughts

The blusher applies like a dream without looking powdery and dry.  A little luminosity comes off it which is again perfect for my dryer skin.  There isn’t much to say about blushers but this one gets my vote and I spy a nice peachier shade online that i’ll probably buy now too… 

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Precision Eyeliner, £7.95

An eyeliner pen that is designed to give precise application with no muss no fuss, perfect for those that like a bright black line.  The liquid formula sets very quickly to leave a waterproof finish that should last all day.  

My Thoughts

Obsessed.  This is a brilliant liner, it’s very hard to find a liner that can leave you with a mistake proof finish but here you go… found it!  The liner itself is a thin formula which is good for no cracking lines!  Try to avoid going over and over your line as this will lead your liner to being too thick and will therefore crack and not last as long.

I love my NOTE Cosmetics products and can’t wait to try more in the future.  Leave me a comment or send me a message to let me know whether you have tried any NOTE Products yourself!

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top 5 highlighters.

Whether you like your glow subtle and daytime appropriate or whether you like your glow to be seen from the International Space Station then you have come to the right place.  Highlighters are probably the item of makeup that I have tried and tested the most considering it’s the most requested item when working on clients.  Dewy, wet, beaming, luminous, radiant, glowing and gleaming are the words people want to hear when someone is talking about their skin and that’s arguably all down to highlighter.  You might love it or hate it but there is no doubt that adding a little pop of highlight can make all the difference.

Of course, highlighting in the make up industry has been around for decades upon decades and this glow hasn’t only come around in recent years.  However, as everyone is now a mooah all the tricks and tips of the trade have leaked out for anyone and everyone to use.

With so many highlighters available from so many different brands it can be hard to truly find the best one for you.  With that in mind I have compiled a list of my personal Top 5 Highlighters so if you are in highlighter limbo and have no idea which highlighter to go for, or you simply want to add another to your collection then scroll down for more!

  1. Mac Cosmetics Extra Dimension Skinfinish £25.50
    More specifically the shade Oh, Darling.  If you are a regular viewer on my Instagram or even on my YouTube channel you might know that this highlighter is probably my most used item, let alone highlighter.  I get carried away and honestly out it everywhere.  The highlighter itself is one of the most stunning sights.  I myself prefer anything warm toned so that’s why I tend to reach for this baby a lot considering the gorgeous, golden glow it leaves on your skin.  If you are after that perfectly wet, sexy sweaty skin then this is the highlighter for you.  I do find that the brush you use is important for this one as it is such a strong colour I find it best using a fan brush like the Make Up For Ever Fan Brush 120 (£21.50) as it doesn’t apply too much product causing the tin man look.

2. Sleek Solstice Palette, £9.99

Before I even begin – this is the BEST highlighter for the price of it.  So if you are someone on a budget and looking a little more bang for your buck I am telling you look no further.  Congratulations, you have found the perfect highlighter.  My jaw hit the floor the very first time I used this palette, I couldn’t believe a highlighter that cost me less than £10 was this good.  Price aside, the highlighter itself is unbelievable.  Now, inside this palette there are 3 powder shades (two baked and one shimmer) and one cream shade.  I’ll be honest when I say that I have never touched the cream one, only by accident when I have been getting ready in a rush but I use the powder shades nearly every day.  It’s an extremely strong palette so it’s not for the faint hearted!  If you only like a light bit of highlighter please do just take a small amount as I have known myself on occasion to go totally overboard.  There are not many drugstore products other than foundations that I repurchase because there are so many out there to try, but I am on my fourth solstice palette.  I also love the packaging – that’s what sold it to me in the first place!

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3. Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury, £55

I may be being biased considering my love for former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and her outstanding line with Estée Lauder but this highlighter certainly had to appear i my Top 5.  The second I got it I ripped through the packaging and I nearly wept and how beautiful it was, I was almost scared to ruin the beauty of it.  I got over myself pretty quickly, grabbed my Illamasqua Highlighter Buffing Brush (£26) and delicately placed this beautiful creamy powder on my cheekbones.  It was love at first sight!  I keep this highlighter for when I don’t want my cheeks to be so wet looking, it’s is perfect for those of you who like to keep it a little more on the ‘natural’ side while still looking gorgeously glowy.  As I wrote this I got so excited about it that I ran upstairs just to check on it, make sure it was safe, swatched it and came back down… obsessed much?

4. Iconic London Illuminator Shine, £30

I used to hate cream or liquid illuminators.  Ladies and Gents, that was before Iconic launched their illuminators.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t quite nailed the application like some of the beauty gurus on Instagram and YouTube – how to they look so attractive dripping it down their face?! – but, I am quite happy throwing it all over my face any way I want.  I love this product for two reasons… it is fantastic as a primer underneath your foundation as it creates a serious glorious shine through your foundation.  Not only that, but it’s beautiful on top of your foundation – even over powder.  It’s the only liquid highlighter I have come across that does not lift or disturb ANY foundation that lies underneath.  There’s nothing worse than spending ages bouncing your foundation in to your skin to then use something that lifts your hard earned work.  It comes in a few shades, I use ‘Original‘ and have ‘Glow‘ if I am using it to darken foundation or use as a bronzer.  When adding on top of your foundation, might I suggest using a beauty blender if you have one as it sits beautifully on the skin.  I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Make Up Sponge (£5.99).

5. Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color H102/H106, £18

The thing I like about these highlighters more than anything are their compactibility and ease of use.  The Artist Face Color collection are magnetic and so can be swapped and changed into different pans and carriers, as a Make Up Artist this is extremely handy for heading to and from events, clients, etc.  Not only are they then refillable but the product itself is beautiful!  They have a vast range of highlighters, matte and shimmery to blushers and bronzers and contour shades that can be placed and made into a palette of their own.  Focusing on just the highlighters, they are extremely buttery and so blendable that it doesn’t require a lot of work.  My favourite colour is H106, again a warm golden colour,  and it’s the only highlighter I have that looks like skin.  All the others have that obvious highlighter look but this one in daylight looks like it could really be my skin that’s glowing.  Even the Victoria Beckham highlighter has that hint of glitter that lets slide that it’s a highlighter whereas the Make Up For Ever is so smooth that it looks like skin.

The list could go on however, these are the highlighters that I use on a near daily basis and are worth bringing into your own make up bag.  If you have any other highlighters that you think I might not have tried please send me a message as of course, I would love to try them!  If you have used any of the highlighters I have mentioned send me a message as well and let me know what you think!

Til next time,

Amy xo

how to grow out your bangs in style.

I don’t know about you, but I am one of those I love my fringe, I hate my fringe, I love my fringe, I hate my fringe kind of people.  So I am forever getting a fringe, then deciding that I am bored and need a change.

If you have ever graced your head with the presence of a fringe then you know how difficult and moreover, annoying it is to grow out when you don’t like it anymore.  I am here to give you some top tips on growing out a fringe in style as growing it out can be a huge pain in the ass.

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Depending on how you want the end result to look will depend on how you grow them out so I really only know what I do to keep my hair looking cute.  If I want my bangs to eventually taper off the to the side then you are going to want to keep trimming your fringe in the middle only à la Alexa Chung.  This will not only keep your hair out of your eyes but when it is long enough, it will be easier to sweep to the sides.

Currently I am trying to create a side fringe so I have my hair clipped back with a bobby pin until it is long enough to take down.  When it gets a little longer then I will have the option of having cute little hairstyles instead of a boring clip.  Whether it’s keeping it up with a half knot on top of my head or the many different styles of plaits starting at the base of the fringe my hair will get more interesting with every millimetre of hair growth.

 

It’s a dark few weeks when you decide to grow out your fringe but with commitment I know you can pull through!  If in doubt, hair spray my friend.  Hairspray.  I always use L’Oreal Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray (contains Argan Oil to help with smoothing and shininess) or the Supreme Hold Hairspray.

Happy fringing!

 

long nail problems.

One of my favourite things to do to relax is sit and get my nails done.  There is something extremely soothing about sitting in a little chair, picking the perfect colours to wear for a few weeks.  I could almost fall asleep in the chair.

If you are local to me or around the Belfast area then you should take advantage of my gal Cara at @clawed_by_cara on Instagram.  She works out of Topshop, Victoria Square and all images in this blog post are hers, just so you can get a little snippet of how amazing she is!  I will leave more of her details down below!

My favourite style to get on my nails is anything long.  The longer the better however, having long nails can really get in the way of normal day to day activities.  Let’s start with the one that is affecting me right now…

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Typing

I have to type like my grandmother would type, almost on the tips of my nails because they are so long and so it takes me about twice as long to write a post than if I had short nails.  Not only that but it makes a horrendous noise when a nail tip collides with the keys, to the point of extreme annoyance.  Don’t even get me started on typing a message on my phone… Worth it.

Moisturising

Moisturising the body is important but is so hard to do with nails like mine.  It always gets stuck under the nails and is rank.  Then you have to go through the process of picking it all out.  Worth it.

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Clothing

I have had to modify my wardrobe so that it doesn’t include anything with a clasp otherwise I would have to set my alarm in the morning for half an hour earlier.  I am not a jewelry person because I favor nails over bling.  Worth it.

Clothing 2.0

Jeans.  More specifically, new jeans.  I can’t even deal with the thought of trying on new jeans in a fitting room never mind the fear of getting my nails caught or stuck in the zip.  Worth it.

Washing Hair

Now obviously as the nails grow if you don’t get them done, they can

25038188_2024978707512312_4520655432129183744_nstart to chip away, etc.  In the days leading up to nail day when you wash your hair there is no feeling more horrid that having a great time feeling like a Herbal Essence advert when AGH there it is… your hair gets tangled underneath your nail extension, then you have to drag it out with a harsh slam back into reality standing there in your own damn shower.  Worth it.  Long nails forever.

 

 

Itching

We all have to have a little stratch every now and then, itchy head, itchy finger, itchy boob, whatever.  This is totally fine and normal.  What isn’t normal is having a scratch and then looking at yourself and realising you are now covered in a tonne of red marks.  I swear, you look like you have been mauled by 11 kittens.  Not a good look but again, worth it.

Earrings

Small studs? Forget about it.  I’ve been subjected to wearing J-Lo worthy size earrings because my nails can’t get wrapped around the backs of studs.  Worth it.

Dropping money

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Okay, I live in a city centre.  My money is not expendable, neither is my threshold for embarrassment when I drop money, or anything for that matter and I can’t pick it up.  Picture it – I am bent over ass in the air struggling to pick something up.  I’ll be honest, sometimes I’ll just leave it because my nails can’t take that kind of pressure.

 

All jokes aside, all the goodness that comes with long nails more than make up for the lil problems we gotta deal with on a daily basis.  I love having long nails, let’s face it they are kind of like having a Swiss Army Knife at the end of your fingers.

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make up trends SS18.

January is well and truly over, let’s all breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate by taking a look at the up and coming trends in Make Up for Spring/Summer 2018.  Some of the trends are not anything new, some trends are wildly out of your everyday comfort zone and some trends are so easy that even those who aren’t make up gurus can master.

Read on for my favourites from the trends, and shop my favourite products to recreate.

Bullet Is Back

I for one, am extremely happy that the liquid lipstick trend is fading fast.  My lips have been cracked and dry for too long now that a year of intense creamy application is exactly what I need.  Even the liquid lipstick Queens of the beauty world are swapping out the sponge applicators to the creamy bullets.  From Kylie Cosmetics favouring their newest range of hard lipsticks to the iconic Kat Von D relaunching her Studded Kiss lipstick bullet collection.  Move over liquid lipstick.

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SHOP THE LOOK

https://www.katvondbeauty.com/lip/lipstick/studded-kiss-creme-lipstick/40006.html

https://www.kyliecosmetics.com/collections/lipstick

Glitter

I’m here to tell you guys, glitter isn’t going anywhere.  You may get used to particles of glitter being permanently ingrained in so many of your other make up products (and your carpet…)

As seen on a variety of models at an ecclectic mix of fashion shows for SS18, glitter is everywhere.  At Anna Sui for example, Pat McGrath took to using turquoise shimmer glitter down the centre of the lid.  So it’s a little less airy fairy glitter and a little more grunge glitter is what we will be seeing more of come Spring /Summer.  My favourite glitters right now are that from Helen-E and Make Up For Ever.  Both brands are leading the way in terms of glitter – Head to Helen E for your chunkier glitters and Make Up For Ever for the Diamond Powders for a beautiful shimmering effect.  Nikkietutorials herself was first on the ball mentioning them in her Hits and Oh God No’s video 2 years ago!

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SHOP THE LOOK

https://www.helen-e.com/cosmetics/eyes/sparkle-glitter-pots.htm

https://www.makeupforever.com/int/en-int/make-up/eyes/eye-shadow/diamond-powder

Liner Everything

Panic not people!  If you aren’t the most comfortable with your eyeliner then this could be the trend for you as it would seem the more OTT and the more grungy the better.  We have come on leaps and bounds since the oh so seemingly simple winged liner.  We have now developed into graphic liner territory, a look which seems terrifying but can be extremely fun to create.  Sarah Tanno (Lady Gaga’s MUA) created a rounded graphic liner for Gaga at the start of her Joanne Tour and not long after Pat McGrath created a similar look to make it’s way on to Tom Ford SS18 Show.  As intense as these looks were some designers restrained and took a more natural approach by placing coloured liners under the eye to keep it wearable.  My advice is have a little browse on the internet or through your Instagram feed to get some inspo, and get creating.

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SHOP THE LOOK

http://www.boots.com/maybelline-master-precise-liquid-eyeliner-10172265

https://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/631/35578/product-catalog/makeup/little-black-liner/thick-thin-ultra-fine#/shade/Onyx

Natural ‘Supermodel’ Skin

To be honest, we say this every year.  This will be the year of fresh, glowing skin.  This will be the year of no caked foundation.  This will not be the year, even for what the trends may suggest.  As a Make Up Artist I guarantee that every ‘Saturday Night Make Up’ I do will be based on photograph I’ve been shown from an account like Plouise or Stacey Marie MUA on Instagram.  As amazing as these accounts are (and as fun as these looks are to do) and their artistry skills are insane, accounts like these have changed the way younger girls see their faces and their make ups.  Since when did it become acceptable to wear a full  blown glitter cut crease to go to the shop to buy bread and milk?  Anyway, what I am trying to say is that this year is the year we should embrace our natural skins and let a little more of ourselves show.

Oilier skins rejoice as the desired look is seriously glowing, sweat like skin.  Invest in some glowing hydrating skin base products this year to give your skin that happy, healthy glow.  You will also start to see the decline of the strong intense highlighter… Not sure if I am happy with this one, as I have to confess… the more the better with me.  It’s like a drug, I can’t put my Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color H-106 down.  It’s like gorgeous, shiny melted butter.

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SHOP THE LOOK

Estee Lauder Doublewear Nude https://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/631/49039/product-catalog/makeup/double-wear-nude/water-fresh-makeup-spf-30#/shade/1N0-Porcelain

Make Up For Ever Highlighter https://www.makeupforever.com/int/en-int/make-up/face/blush/artist-face-color-refill

Make Up For Ever Liquid Illuminator https://www.makeupforever.com/fr/fr-fr/make-up/teint/enlumineurs/ultra-hd-soft-light

So there you are guys, my top picks from the top trends of SS18, let me know what your favourite make up trends are and which ones you are excited play with!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

go and love yourself.

Straight from the mouth of Justin Bieber himself, ‘you should go and love yourself.’

SELF LOVE IS IMPORTANT

Let’s start with what it would mean for YOU, as you are the most important person to yourself, or at least you should be.  Always look after number one and unfortunately it took me a very long time to realise that.  To me, there is nothing more upsetting than someone who doesn’t like themselves or has issues regarding something to do with them as I know how it feels and I know how it weighs you down.  I’m not saying that it’s always a depression state of mind, but feeling like this can affect how you act and whether you do certain things.

It’s okay to tell yourself that you’re beautiful, that you believe in yourself and that you love yourself.  That you love your stretch marks, they make you you.  That you love your crooked teeth, they make you you.  That you don’t tan naturally and you are the kind of girl that sits smothered in SPF 50 under an umbrella on holidays, that makes you you.  That you have a birth mark, that makes you you – the list goes on.

Every single thing about you you should learn to accept them and I swear to you as soon as you do, your life will take form and you will see everything in a new light.  For myself, I learned to love the positive and the negative things about me because as I said that is what makes me me.  I had to learn how to take the good with the bad and accept it all for who I am and learn to be okay with it.  Once I believed that I loved myself and accepted myself for who I am, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of confidence wash over me that made me feel like I could do anything – I’m telling you, super empowering stuff.

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I am not saying that it’s The Law of Attraction or anything, but I can’t help but feel that when I changed my opinion on myself that my life took a little turn around for the best.  I mean really changed my opinion, not just waking up one day and saying ‘Yep, I am fabulous! Show me what you got world?’  So if you are feeling a little down on yourself I urge you to take a second look.  Then take a third look and truly see how beautiful you are and I promise you, you will notice change in yourself and your life.

I am curious to what others think about this as I am aware it may come across a little on the hippy side which is not what I intended.  Do you like yourself, love yourself?  Do you walk around with confidence in yourself?  Don’t get me wrong, I am not painfully optimistic and positive or anything and don’t mean to shove it at you.  I just think that confidence is key and the key to confidence is LOVE YOURSELF.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or send me a message on any of my social media channels!

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PS. when I say love yourself, I don’t mean become a big headed, vain narcissist!

 

 

 

100 things about me

Hello everyone!

I have done something fairly similar to this before but was 26 Things I Learned In 26 Years.  My blog has been around for a little bit now and I thought it was only right to do a little about me.

I first seen this on Lynne’s blog http://www.adayinthelifeofamumof6.com so you should definitely check that out too!  I nominate everyone who hasn’t done something like this to do so as it brought up some interesting memories that I had forgotten about.

So read on to find out a little bit more about myself.

1. What’s your name?

Amy Savage

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

Not really, my name is short enough!

3. Your gender?

Female

4. Your star sign?

Leo the Lion!

5. How old are you?

26

6. Your relationship status?

In a relationship, been living together for nearly a year!  Time has flown by!

7. Any children?

None

8. Any pets?

No, Joel won’t let me get one 😦

9. Any tattoos or piercings?

Both tattoos and piercings

10. What do you like about yourself?

I like my personality and my creative side

11. What do you dislike about yourself?

Weight!  Working on it!

12. Righty or lefty?

Rightyyy

LASTS

13. The last thing you drank?

Diet Coke – always.  Diet Coke is my blood type.

14. The last thing you ate?

Banana bread – don’t tell my personal trainer… see #11

15. Your last phone call?

Value Cabs in an attempt to get home last night

16. Your last text message?

Joel

17. Your last email?

Responding to a PR email

18. The last song you listened to?

David Bowie – Hereos

19. The last book you read?

Some soppy book I bought in the airport when my flight was delayed, can’t even remember the name of it.

20. The last time you cried?

Last night – not over anything bad, something on TV made me cry

21. The last blog you read?

Lynne’s blog linked at the top where I found this!

22. The last person you spoke to?

Joel

23. The last place you visited?

Does London count?  I went to training with work.

24. Your last holiday abroad?

Ibiza – I need to go back!

HAVE I EVER?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

No

26. Have you ever been cheated on?

Yes

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?

No

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

Yes, my Granda

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

Absolutely – no regrets

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

Yes

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

YES, and I am so glad.

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

Not really, some friends come and go but I always know who my real ones are.

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

Again, no regrets

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

Yes

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

Yes

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

Yes

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

Yes

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

No

39 Have you ever been arrested?

No

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

Have you seen Scarlett Johansson?

41. Have you ever done something you regret?

Life’s too short for regrets

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

No

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

On the daily

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?

No

MY BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45. Do you believe in God?

Pass.

46. Do you believe in yourself?

Yes

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

No

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes

49. Do you believe in aliens?

Not so much aliens, but definitely that there are unknown life forms.  The universe is too big for it just to have life on earth.

50. Do you believe in miracles?

I do

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

Yes, I think it’s extremely important

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

I think you have had to experience it to believe in it.

53. Can money make you happy?

In the short term, yes it can

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

Probably not, even though I have a feminist t shirt – just your average white girl

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

Well that’s a hard one.  I believe that there is no black or white answer.  You don’t know the circumstances surrounding this question and you don’t know what could persuade someone otherwise.

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?

No, as no one has led me to believe that they can make a positive impact on my life.

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

No

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Love

RIGHT NOW

59. Are you eating anything right now?

No, but dreaming of Subway cookies

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

Diet Coke… again

61. What are you listening to right now?

I am re watching Skins so listening to that

62. What are you thinking about right now?

Thinking about what to make for dinner

63. What are you waiting for right now?

Inspiration, always.

64. What are you most excited about right now?

Excited for 2018 in general, can’t wait to see what this year brings

65. What’s your pet hate right now?

When my records don’t get put  back in alphabetical order

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?

eBay… obsessed with buying things I really do not need

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

I should be ironing, but procrastination is key.

FIRSTS

68. Your first best friend?

Katherine McCartan from Primary School

69. Your first kiss?

A boy hehe

70. Your first celebrity crush?

I’d be lying if I said that

71. Your first holiday?

Ballybofey with my family although my first holiday abroad was Majorca

72. Your first pet?

We had cats growing up

73. Your first regret?

I told you, none

74. Your first job?

Working in Wonderbra when it was at the Outlet, Banbridge

75. Your first childhood memory?

Definitely walking around the back lane with my Granda.  It was chilly and I was wearing a red coat and I remember falling and he had to pick me up.  Random, but a very fond memory.

WHICH WOULD I CHOOSE?

76. Love or money?

Love

77. Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter but I keep Facebook because of my Make Up Page

78. Hook up or relationship?

Relationship

79. Dogs or cats?

Dog, but I love both.

80. Coffee or tea?

TEA

81. Beer or wine?

Wine, pink wine

82. Sweet or savoury?

Savoury

83. Introvert or extrovert?

Extrovery for sure, I don’t think I ever shut my mouth.

84. Vampires or werewolves?

Vampires, so long as it’s Ian Somerhalder

85. Seaside or countryside?

Seaside

86. Summer or winter?

Summer

87. Books or movies?

Movies

88. Horror or comedy?

Comedy

A FEW RANDOM QUESTIONS TO FINISH

89. Do you wish you could change your past?

Not a little.  Everything happens for a reason.

90. What’s your dream job?

Anything in Make Up or Social Media – basically doing what I love but getting paid for it.

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cinema popcorn with malteasers through it

92. What are you afraid of?

Something happening to the people I love

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be Lara Croft

94. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Knowledge

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

I don’t think I would change anything as I have said countless times I have no regrets.  However, I wish I had have realised my passions at a younger age.

96. Would you want immortality?

No, there would be no drive to do anything in life.  Plus, there would be no one to share it with.

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

Elvis Presley

98. Would you say you are happy?

Yessss

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

Don’t worry babe, you’re doing ok

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

Own Ibiza.  In reality however, in a nice house with Joel happy in our jobs and happy in our life.  WITH A DAMN DOG, and a cat for making me wait so long for a pet.

COPY AND PASTE BELOW TO DO THE SAME ON YOUR OWN BLOG

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their site.
  2. Answer the questions honestly (skip any you don’t feel comfortable answering)
  3. Tag bloggers to take part (let them know on social media).
  4. Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag.

1. What’s your name?

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

3. Your gender?

4. Your star sign?

5. How old are you?

6. Your relationship status?

7. Any children?

8. Any pets?

9. Any tattoos or piercings?

10. What do you like about yourself?

11. What do you dislike about yourself?

12. Righty or lefty?

LASTS

13. The last thing you drank?

14. The last thing you ate?

15. Your last phone call?

16. Your last text message?

17. Your last email?

18. The last song you listened to?

19. The last book you read?

20. The last time you cried?

21. The last blog you read?

22. The last person you spoke to?

23. The last place you visited?

24. Your last holiday abroad?

HAVE I EVER?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

26. Have you ever been cheated on?

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

39 Have you ever been arrested?

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

41. Have you ever done something you regret?

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?

MY BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45. Do you believe in God?

46. Do you believe in yourself?

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

49. Do you believe in aliens?

50. Do you believe in miracles?

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

53. Can money make you happy?

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

RIGHT NOW

59. Are you eating anything right now?

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

61. What are you listening to right now?

62. What are you thinking about right now?

63. What are you waiting for right now?

64. What are you most excited about right now?

65. What’s your pet hate right now?

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

FIRSTS

68. Your first best friend?

69. Your first kiss?

70. Your first celebrity crush?

71. Your first holiday?

72. Your first pet?

73. Your first regret?

74. Your first job?

75. Your first childhood memory?

WHICH WOULD I CHOOSE?

76. Love or money?

77. Twitter or Facebook?

78. Hook up or relationship?

79. Dogs or cats?

80. Coffee or tea?

81. Beer or wine?

82. Sweet or savoury?

83. Introvert or extrovert?

84. Vampires or werewolves?

85. Seaside or countryside?

86. Summer or winter?

87. Books or movies?

88. Horror or comedy?

A FEW RANDOM QUESTIONS TO FINISH

89. Do you wish you could change your past?

90. What’s your dream job?

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?

92. What are you afraid of?

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

94. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

96. Would you want immortality?

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

98. Would you say you are happy?

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

belfast fashion week press launch ’18

Hello all,

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you’ll know that the lovely Cathy Martin (CMPR) invited me along to the Belfast Fashion Week Press Launch in Ormeau Baths yesterday.  As IF that’s not exciting enough this years marks the 25th Belfast Fashion Week, meaning that this one is definitely not to be missed!

A Press Launch is essentially a quick preview of the clothes that are going to be show cased at the upcoming Fashion Week hosted by West Coast Cooler (22nd March – 25th March http://www.belfastfashionweek.com/).  Speaking of West Coast Cooler, as it is one of my favourite drinks of course I am going to make an appearance!  Any blogger event is always sure to be loads of fun, surrounded by local bloggers all under the one roof!  With friends all around and fashion masterpieces put together by Cathy herself, it was a brilliant afternoon.  Upon arrival I was met with an ice cold glass of West Coast Cooler – off to a great start and can I just say speaking as someone who isn’t exactly on the ball when it comes to fashion even I am excited!  Even I am looking forward to wearing some of this season’s trends rather than sticking it out in my regular all black attire (habit of a Make Up Artist).  Perhaps a pop of colour is what I need… which is perfect considering that’s exactly what Spring/Summer 2018 has in store.

We seen beautiful pieces from brands such as Nor Lisa Fashion Designer, Lover of Luxe, Ring o Rosies, Topshop, ASOS, Dunnes Savida and many, many more!

Let’s take a quick peek at a few of my favourites from yesterday’s Launch…

Pink

Makes the boys wink!  Pink is one of the most beautiful colours and is perfect for Spring/Summer.  We seen beautiful, effervescent pieces from furry coats to fabulous pencil skirts, from socks in shoes (excited by this) to Elle Woods worthy outfits.  See below for yourself, but expect an influx of pink into your favourite shops this season.

 

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Lilac

Leading on from the pink theme, we enter the world of this beautiful pastel lilac hue.  The ice cream style colour is sure to enter your wardrobe at least one way or another.  I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this colour since yesterday.  I am especially feeling the pineapple bag!

Green

One of my favourite colours to wear as green is quite an easy to style colour and tends to flatter most.  I tend to have the fear of looking like Shrek when I wear green but I am going to take some style tips from the below photos as this green is made to look very elegant.

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Obsessed with this Topshop suit!

Stripes & Spots

I for one, am immensely happy that this trend isn’t shifting as  the majority of my clothes have either a stripe or spot print, so expect a lot of this from me.

I am so excited for West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week to see what else Cathy and her amazing team have in store for us.

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Photo: Brendan Gallagher @brendangallagherphoto

Dress & Bag Stradivarius https://www.stradivarius.com/gb/woman/clothing/collection/dresses/view-all/long-shirt-dress-with-ruffles-c1020132510p300520525.html?colorId=001

 

 

 

 

how to break in new shoes.

We’ve all had that tedious day trudging about the workplace breaking in new shoes.  I am here to give your feet a break!  Breaking your shoes in doesn’t have to be a painful ordeal.  Do not try and wear your shoes all day straightaway, gently break them in a few hours at a time and before long they will feel like slippers!

I have recently bought myself a gorgeous new pair of Doc Marten’s and if you have a pair then you will know that they are an absolute bitch to break in.  I am currently plopped in front of the tele watching Tattoo Fixers while breaking them in, so this leads me to my first top tip…

Vaseline

We all know where our sore bits on our feet lie when it comes to breaking in new shoes.  For me, it’s the heel.  The damn Achilles Heel.  You get blisters on your feet due to a lack of moisture in those areas i.e. when friction is caused between shoe and foot that’s when the need for plasters arises.  Use lotion to moisturise before your put om your new shoes or use petroleum jelly – I always  have Vaseline lying around so I prefer to use it.

Stretching Shoes with Chunky Socks

This isn’t everyone’s first go to when it comes to breaking in shoes but it is mine!  If you can stretch your shoes while wearing thick socks sitting in your pajamas in front of the TV then why not?  Wearing your thicker socks in your new shoes allows you to stretch the shoes without getting nasty little blisters that stay with you for weeks.  Avoid wearing them for long periods of time as your feet can get warm and swell and you’ll end up with blisters anyway so every now and then wear them and have a little walk around.  I put a wash on doing this earlier, then gave my feet a break and now I am wearing them again and can feel it working already!

Blow Dry

This tip really would only apply to leather shoes but no, I don’t mean take them to the hairdressers.  Blow drying the ‘tight’ bits of your shoes can help massively as heat can help to soften the harder bits of leather.  Leading on from the last point if your shoes are being stubborn then keeping your socks on with your shoes blast the areas that hurt or rub with a hairdryer.  Normally a hairdryer will help with areas like the big toe or heel!  Keeping the hairdryer far enough away that you don’t burn yourself hold there for around 20 seconds.  Then get up and move around while the leather is still warm and flexible so that the shoe can bend to suit your foot shape.  If you still feel a good bit of rubbing then rinse and repeat!

Thin Ice

Okay, I don’t know why but I didn’t think that this would work.  My friends, it’s a bloody revelation.  I didn’t try this on leather shoes I tried it on new boots however, it worked like a dream.  So, fill two plastic bags/sandwich bags with water (leave a little room at the top) and stuff them into your shoes and put them in the freezer overnight.  Yes the freezer.  The water turns to ice obvy, and then in turn stretches your shoes without need to even put a toe in.  It’s fantastic!

Buy another pair…

They ones you bought hurt like a bitch? Buy more.

 

new year. same me.

Aloha all you beautiful people!

I am sitting here happy as a clam all toasty and wrapped up in an extra layer of fat that I put on over Christmas and just thinking about the coming year and everything that it’s going to have in store.  With 2018 just around the corner it got me thinking about all of those New Year Resolutions that we make and then worry ourselves over to inevitably not stick to and feel horrible about ourselves which is why

my new years resolution this year is to not make a resolution

I am positively giddy about the fact that I am not going to starve myself for a week in order to attempt losing weight.  I am over the moon that I am not going to beat myself up that I haven’t learned a new skill or taken up a hobby.  I am on cloud nine that I am going to continue to drink just a little too much at the weekends therefore ruining my Sundays.  I am ecstatic that I am going to have the first take out of 2018 and not feel a pick of guilt because I said I would cut down.

For years now I have busted my balls trying to become a ‘better person’ in trying to stick to these ridiculous goals and then spending the following 10 months hating myself that I never completed or stuck to them.  Well, enough is enough!  No longer will I waste my time on these stupid resolutions in order for me to feel down on myself.

Don’t get me wrong, I plan on accomplishing some things this coming year but none that I will write down and beat myself up about if I don’t change.  For example, I really ought to start driving, clear out the pile of clothes I am in denial about, eat a little healthier and maybe put away some money in a savings account.  To me those are like – life changes for a better state of mind, not a resolution that I need to force myself to change.  I find resolutions very unhealthy and a lot of emphasis gets placed on them, especially at this time of year.  It’s basically like saying to yourself ‘you weren’t good enough this year, let’s try again for next year.’  Of course there are some bad habits that we all would like to shake but again, I am not going to get myself down in the dumps about it.

If you are someone that loves making resolutions as a way of trying to ‘improve’ yourself then go for it – Godspeed – however, I am not one of those people.  I can’t wait to wake up on New Year’s Day hungover, crawl out of bed and straight for the Diet Coke and take away menu because I am not placing myself on some strange diet that requires I eat a cube of cheese three times a day.

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I am looking forward to maturing slightly next year.  I feel like the year I turn 27 I really need to get my ducks in a row.  That being said, 2017 I moved in with Joel in our cute little rented house in Belfast (my stuff takes up 95% of it, his 5%) and I have accomplished a lot this year.  Can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer and I can’t wait to not have to force it with New Years Resolutions.

Happy New Year!

Amy xo

face mask magic.

I am sitting here on my day off resting up before a crazy week ahead for a Black Friday week in retail.  In anticipation of the rush ahead and the effect it will have on my skin, I have a day planned of extreme skin focus using my favourite face masks.  If my skin doesn’t feel like a baby’s backside by the end of the day I will be extremely disappointed.

It took me a long time to realise that face masks were an essential part of my skincare regime but I am so glad I did.  It’s easy to overlook a face mask as you leave them on for 10 minutes, wash it off and forget about it but they have long lasting benefits that can really give your skin a boost.  Have you ever just felt so run down and exhausted?  I am telling you a glass of hot water and lemon wine and a face mask will do the trick to help.

With so many kinds of face masks you are sure to be overwhelmed so let me break it down for you.

For dry, dull and dehydrated skin like mine a mask that gently peels off is best as it will buff off the dead skin and dullness leaving your skin feeling seriously smooth and glowin’ without being too harsh like an exfoliator.  On dry skin there is nothing worse than scrubbing ferociously on your skin and this can lead to more damage.  The Origins GinZing Peel Off Mask (£25) is perfect for this as it helps to lift away those stubborn dead skin cells and contains coffee beans extract which helps to waken the skin.

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Sheet masks are something I have been crazy obsessed with.  No joke, I have about 10 upstairs just waiting to be used and I like them all for different reasons.  Some are for when my skin just needs that boost, some are for when I am having a spotty patch and some are just because I want to use a god damn sheet mask.  The Koreans back in 2015 or so definitely spearheaded the trend of this ever so slight Phantom of the Opera look of a sheet mask craze.  Not only where they the hottest skin trend but they actually made an amazing difference to the skin!  Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask (£16-£60) are up there with my absolute favourite mask of all time – not JUST because I want to look like Victoria Beckham while wearing them…

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Packed full of Hyaluronic Acid this mask delivers an intense surge of revitalisation and hydration in just one mask.  The fact that this sheet mask has a layer of foil over it just helps to seal and lock in all of that hydration – think of yourself like chicken in the oven.  You want to trap all of the moisture so it doesn’t escape, and your skin is the same.

Another favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask 18).  I became obsessed with this mask as, even though I love face masks they can be a little on the sloppy side whereas this mask is dry.  DRY.

 

236827126It is infused with product containing vitamins, floral extract, peptides, oils and butters – I know right?  The effects of this mask last for up to 8 hours which is incredible!  Meaning I can put it on at night before bed, go to sleep and wake up with pristine skin.  Plus, I love the way Charlotte says ‘Darlings’, so there’s that.

 

Hopping on the face mask trend came the eye mask trend.  This one, I haven’t became just as obsessed with (yet), I think it’s just because my face would be more of a concern to me than my eyes would be.  That being said I have used The Body Shop Cooling Gel Eye Mask (£6) for years before knowing it would actually do anything.  If I am being honest, I kept it in the fridge and put it on my face when I was hungover.  So it helped that way?  So now that I know they have a purpose I am currently using the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks (£39, 8 pairs) which aim to de-puff under the eyes and hydrate and tone.  Similar to the Estee Lauder Face Mask they contain Hyaluronic Acid which binds water to create hydration.  They are an intense burst of amazingness for the eye and I would highly recommend them, even if you only use them every so often.

Away from sheet masks for awhile let’s get back to a good old jar of cream.  For those of you on the oilier side of things why not take a look at some great clay or charcoal masks like the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque (£23.50).  This mask clears out Rare_Earth_Masque_alt2blackheads like you wouldn’t believe!  Even though I have dryer skin I do get the occasional oily breakout and with that comes blackheads.   This cleansing mask is the bomb diggity for drawing out dirt, oil and toxins which is what normally clog pores and is formulated with the amazing Amazonian White Clay.  Aloe Vera is added into the mask to help to calm and smooth the skin also, leaving skin beaming.

 

Acne prone skin can cause a lot of stress to the person and to the skin so a good skincare regime can become great with the addition of a mask to suit.  When finding a mask to suit this skin type you want to make sure you

41W-dAAZWRL._SY355_are getting one that contains Salicylic Acid.  Salicylic Acid in layman’s terms is an absolute pimple buster.  This may not be sound advice but when I get a pimple or a spot and I later the area with my masks, by morning it has dried up and I can start moving on.  The acid loosens what holds cells together so that they can be cleared away with ease.  I have used a variety of these kinds of masks/treatment in my time however, always revert back to Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask (£9.99).  It’s one of the more affordable masks that I have come across and really does the trick.  Something like this really can be used once or twice a week however, now that I kind of have my skin under control I only reach for it when I have a spot screaming at me.

I hope you found this list of face masks interesting and if you have tried anything I have mentioned or have anything you think I should try then please let me know as I love trying new products.

Here is a link to my latest blog post with https://cosmeticsjunkiee.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/current-skincare-regime/

Enjoy!

Amy xo

 

Skinkissed La Meor Vitamin C Serum

Hello friends,

I know, I know… it’s a long title.  I am very excited to bring you this post as for once, I have researched something and actual given a product a fair chance for me to see a difference.  Normally I post about fall-in-love-immediately products like lipsticks or chocolate.  This time, I am bringing you my thoughts on a serum I came across and I am so glad I did.

I have seen this serum floating around on the odd YouTube video and Instagram page so naturally, I had to try it.  I have for a long time been used to my skincare range and haven’t dared move away from it.  I am pleased I sucked it up and tried this serum but it seems to have been the missing ingredient that has made everything else work together.  When it goes on, I feel like I can conquer the world.

 

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Firstly, some background on my skin.  I am relatively lucky with my skin however, we are all our own worst enemy so of course i’ll pick up on every little aspect of my face that I would love to change.  Normally I have a nose like Rudolph, small broken veins around it constantly making it red.  I have quite uneven texture on my skin around my jawline, small bumps and my skin would range from normal to dry.  Don’t get me wrong I get the odd demon spot every month, who doesn’t?

This Vitamin C serum has quickly become my holy grail product because the difference that it has made to me is sensational.  My redness, although still there is bearable and I actually am just back from Tesco after leaving with no makeup on.  That. Never. Happens.  I always feel the need to wear makeup, especially in the industry I work in.  This serum is the  only thing I have changed in my regime in the last 2 months so I know that it’s definitely this that is making the change.  It’s actually become a go to for ridiculous things, like I burnt my hand on the oven the other day and I put a little serum on it and it calmed right down.  I’m like the Dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and his bloody spray.

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BENEFITS

Plumps and hydrates dry/dull skin

Reduces wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes

Leaves skin soft and fresh

The perfect base for your makeup

Leaves skin looking youthful and glowing

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Main active ingredients are Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen.  Each one of these ingredients carry powerful benefits which are designed to help you achieve healthy and natural looking skin – SIGN ME UP, AM I RIGHT?

WHY SKINKISSED?

Cruelty Free and NEVER tested on animals

Oil Free

AAAAND 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee? Eh, hello??

And what’s more… if this sounds like something you would like to try click the link below as I have a cheeky little discount code you can use!  Enter ‘cosmetics.junkiee-20’ at checkout for 20% OFF!

SKINKISSED VITAMIN C SERUM

lipstick lover.

Namaste people,

As any of my whole 12 or so followers might know I am partially (completely) addicted to lipstick.  Yes, makeup is my profession and I am around it constantly however, I am genuinely weirdly in love with lipsticks.  It doesn’t matter what type of lippy – matte, satin, cream, matte liquid, frosted, lip stain, gloss – ANYTHING.  Even a damn balm – LOVE.

Sometimes I will legit zone out of conversations thinking about things like ‘oh God, her lipstick is nice… should I ask her what it is? I can’t be rude and not listen to her.  Oh wait, I’m not listening to her.’

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My friends great me with ‘Hey, how are you? My lipstick, before you ask is Mac Creme d’Nude.’  I actually once sat on Face Time to my friend Jenna and made her count my lipsticks with me… I think she liked me a little less after that conversation.  My collection has grown considerably since that video call as it would take hours to go through them all now.  I blame my clients (jk. i love you and you feed my makeup habit.) everytime I book someone in for a Bridal trial I think I suggest a new lipstick that I don’t have yet just so I can go and buy it.  I know, I have a problem.

I stand in work for example and I mean, I work there are so am fairly familiar with every lipstick on my counter.  I still end up swatching the same 20 lipsticks halfway up my arm that I swatched a few days earlier.  I stand and look at them, shake my hand under a light to see how they glisten.  My hand is always so dirty looking – I can’t help it.  At least it’s dirty with pretty colours.

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I don’t know why I love it so much I mean there’s so many articles of makeup that I absolutely love but lipstick always takes the cake.  Lipstick completes every look!  When I’m doing makeups I know it looks good but there’s always something missing and it’s until the lipsticks goes on that it really looks good.  If you scroll through my camera roll on my phone, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are around 500 screenshots of lipsticks that I have seen on Instagram, Pinterest, etc and am waiting to buy.  My lipstick shopping list is more in depth than my actual grocery shopping list.

I’m now away to sit in my little beauty room and rearrange them all into my new beautiful acrylic containers.

I know right, typical female who loves makeup… it’s groundbreaking.  I’m expecting a call any day now about my book release from a publisher.

I once queued outside Debenhams (before I worked there) for a Limited Edition MAC Lipstick…

EDŌ Restaurant, Belfast

I am not a food blogger and nor do I know an awful lot about the ins and outs of writing about food.  Unless we are watching Masterchef or The Great British Bake Off then I am an expert. That being said I recently ate in a restaurant that actually made me utter the words ‘Oh my God’ very audibly for the next table to hear.  Meg Ryan style.

EDŌ Restaurant, (pronounced Aye-Doh, Latin For ‘I Eat’) in Belfast is one of the nicest restaurants I have ever set foot in.  Walk through the doors and you are immediately greeted with not only pleasant smiles and a friendly welcome but a smell of food overtakes the sense, transporting you to a drooling state.  My eyes darted all around the restaurant from the bar as you enter with bottles piled high, the fantastic seating arrangements and brilliant décor.

Jonny Elliot, Head Chef and Owner brings you the best ingredients and extensive knowledge having worked with some of the best chef in the world like Gordon Ramsey and Gary Rhodes.  Jonny knows his flavours and has a Bertha Oven in the kitchen which allows the chefs to cook with apple and pear wood giving their food a smokey flavour.  The best thing about this restaurant is that the menu really does appeal to everyone, whether you are a starter and a main dish kind of person or a tapas style sharing theme is more your thing, Edo has got you.

We decided to try a few dishes while there as everything on the menu sounded unbelievable and we couldn’t decide.

Pimientos de Padron, £5

I looked at this on the menu and thought ‘nahh’ but I was guaranteed that they were lovely and so, I had to try them.  Oh my days, I honestly don’t know what was done to them but the peppers melted in my mouth and were unbelievably tasty.  With a little salt and I am assuming some olive oil these were the perfect dish to have while deciding what other dishes to have.

Jamon Iberico (Bellota), £10

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A type of cured ham produced in Spain and Portugal that is just quite simply delicious. You get so many slices, we were full at the end of this dish… obviously that didn’t stop us! Also, we went straight in on this before I could get a photo, it looked too good to wait.

Ham Croquettes, £4

Yes, you read that right.  I haven’t stopped thinking about these for the last 3 weeks.  I actually got croquettes in another restaurant and they were nothing in comparison.  Thinking about them now I am starting to drool.  In fact, heading back to this restaurant in a few weeks and I may have to order about 4 of these.

Goats Cheese Fritter, £5

If anyone knows me at all, or at least listens to me when I talk about food, if there is Goat’s Cheese on the menu, it gets eaten.  It is always delicious and this time there was absolutely no exception.  Normally when I order Goat’s Cheese it come dressed up on a fancy plate with lots of dressings that I don’t even know what they are.  I loved that this dish came down just as it is.  Edo’s food is so good that it doesn’t need to hide behind the garnish.  It stands up with confidence, front and centre saying ‘eat me.’

Ham Hock, Celeriac, Pickles & Brown Butter Breadcrumbs, £16.50

Moving away from the smaller dishes and onto main dishes, what you see before you is the most delicious ham that I have ever had.  It actually wasn’t even what I ordered however, I stared at Joel’s plate dribbling, I had to have it.

Normally when I eat large cuts of meat they can be quite tough, dry and sometimes hard to swallow but I swear that ham actually fell off and melted into my mouth.  Not only that, but it was a taste sensation.  When it arrived to the table my first thought was, ‘how is that only £16.50?’  Such a glorious dish for such an affordable price.

Kebabs, Flat Bread, Tzatziki, £12

I am surprised I chose this as when being ‘bad’ and ordering take away I would never really get a kebab.  I did however, spy someone else in the restaurant who had ordered it and I could smell it wafting over, so it was either order it or ask that gentleman for a bite.

Unbelievably tasty and I wouldn’t dare touch a take out kebab after tasting this kebab.

Churros

Believe me, I was busted at this point and I really needed a nap.  That didn’t stop me ordering dessert because – why not?  You honestly can’t go wrong with churros in my eyes, they were deliciously warm and sugary and an accompanying chocolate dip.

So whether you are having date night, night with the girls or a big celebration EDŌ is the place to be.

View their website here and make a reservation!