Monday, 29 September 2014

Is Fitwear the New Loungewear Featuring ILU Fitwear...


I don't know about you, but the last thing I feel like doing when I get home from a long day at work, is styling an outfit to wear for the evening. Whether I have to go out to meet my friends for a catch up, nip to the shops or walk the dog, I simply want something comfortable and easy to wear, that takes no effort at all to put together and my go to clothes just lately are always my fitness clothes, as they are just so darn comfy and much more acceptable than pyjamas!

I'm a big fan of yoga and I find that taking a class at least once a week can help me to reduce my anxiety levels and it can also help me to sleep better. When attending a yoga class, the fit wear I choose is really important to me, as some of the positions you carry out require a lot of bending and therefore clothes that fit correctly are an essential, as I don't want them to reveal any more skin than they need to, nobody wants to see a builders bum now do they?! Another important factor for me is that they also need to be suitable for me to pop to the shops in before or after my yoga class and to chill out in, as once I put them on, I usually stay in them for as long as possible!



'Ilu is a fitwear range exclusively for women. Women who want to look and feel good, with a lifestyle which blurs the lines between exercise times, everyday times and fun times. Women who want to look good and feel good, whether in their workout clothes out for a run, shopping and a coffee with friends, or even going out in killer heels for a glam night out.'

I love ILU Fitwear's concept as I feel that fitness is becoming more widely accepted as a way of life rather than the 'chore' it can often be seen as and therefore fitwear is as commonly seen as a jeans and t-shirt combo. The company kindly sent me a pair of their ILU Signature Bootcut Leggings* to try out for my weekly yoga sessions and I have to say they are seriously comfy, 'made with the softest Italian fabric' these have an almost velvety, silky feel to the leggings, I really can chill out in these all day long and they're great for when I get my blogging head on and I just want to chill in something that won't restrict my legs and allow me to move freely, jeans just don't cut it for blogging in.

With a 'pert bottom design and tummy flattening waist band' these leggings are designed to flatter your figure, although they are stated as a legging, I feel they are more along the lines of a dance pant, as they flare at the bottom, which is quite a different style for me. These wash really well and don't shrink or lose their soft fabric feel, which is always important to me in fitwear and loungewear as there is nothing worse than your comfiest pair of trousers shrinking and/or becoming uncomfortable.

Unfortunately these do have to be restricted to at-home lounge wear only for me, as they only come in one length, which being 5ft 10 did become a problem for me. The leggings sit quite low on my hips, which means that any head to knee poses leads to them dropping even lower on my hips than they should do, resulting in me feeling uncomfortable when wearing them out and about. They also come quite short on my legs, which because of the flare really shows how short they are on me, I feel that if these were a fitted style legging, it probably wouldn't be as noticeable or matter as much. However I didn't want to just dismiss these leggings as too short, I'm just super tall and therefore I accept the fact that although these are too short on me, they most likely won't be the same on everyone, so I gave them to my mum to put to the test too as she is only 5ft 5in, I know, I get my height from my Dad!

So here's my mum's verdict...

'The fabric is seriously soft, making them great for everyday, fitwear and loungewear. I would advise going up a size as they are very figure hugging and because of this factor, although they fit perfectly on the legs, they come up a little big around the waist meaning that they don't quite hold me in as well as I had hoped. They fit perfectly for me as I am an average 5ft 5in however I feel they could come up short on anyone above my height.'

Overall these trousers are the perfect option for transitioning between fitness and lounging around in and are great for those of you ladies 5ft 5in or below, however myself and my mum both feel that with an option of lengths and a tight fit structured style legging rather than a flare, these would be suitable for a wider variety of ladies.

The ILU Signature Bootcut Leggings are currently in the sale for £13.99 so if these sound like your kind of fitwear/ loungewear I would advise snapping them up now before they are gone. Also Check out the rest of ILU's range over at www.ilufitwear.com they have some gorgeous pieces!

Love


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup...


Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in Natural Beige £9.99 Beauty Outlet

After falling in love with Revlon's Colorstay Makeup, I have worked my way through their foundation collection. I spotted this Colorstay Whipped Creme on Revlon's Instagram a while back and went straight online to price it up, however I was seriously disappointed when I found that it wasn't readily available in the UK. Of course, like any products that are not available in the UK, you can purchase this from Ebay and other sites but I don't trust them enough to make a purchase and I wouldn't want to recommend you a site that I myself haven't bought from.

A little while back me and Dan took a trip to the East Midlands Designer Outlet where I spotted a shop that I heard a lot about called Beauty Outlet, an outlet store with discounted prices on various brands such as Elizabeth Arden, Rimmel, Max Factor and Revlon. The store wasn't as great as I thought, it's a little bit of a jumble sale and you have to root through some of it to find anything decent but there are a few diamonds among the stones. When I spotted the Whipped Creme pot, I knew I had to have it, offering a mousse like texture that feels silky on the skin, with a time release formula that balances skin for a flawless look as well as lasting for 'up to 24 hours' I like what they did there, this product promises a lot.

 I am usually the shade 'Natural Beige' in the other Revlon Colorstay foundations so I opted for the same shade in this formula too which is just perfect for me. This feels so silky on the skin and applies with ease, I usually use my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to apply this as I feel it helps to achieve a flawless complexion. I find that this provides medium to full coverage and is easily buildable, with a dewy finish that can easily be mattified with a powder. The lasting power is amazing and is very similar to the rest of Revlon's foundations, however it does need a setting spray towards the end of the day to refresh the dewy look and help it to stay that little bit longer if your going out for sneaky after work drinks with the girls.

Have you been lucky enough to try this foundation by Revlon?

Love


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Review: Ark Skincare Age Awareness - Age Prepare ...



Ok, so I'm not going to beat around the bush here, I am well and truly head over heels for Ark Skincare, there, I said it...

I have to admit, up until a few months ago I hadn't really heard of the brand, but then they must have upped their game because all of a sudden I saw them pop up over and over again, so when the opportunity to review some of their range came up, I have to say I was pretty excited. Now I know this is shallow and they say 'don't judge a book by it's cover' but the thing that caught my eye first was their packaging. I love back and white, plain and simple, it really is the small things that make me happy. The simplicity of the packaging and being able to photograph them and be happy with my pictures really does make me want to buy more, shallow? Maybe, but oh so true!

I have always been a skincare lover but as I've got older I've learned to appreciate the quality of a product and that by spending a little bit more money, you will get greater benefits and skincare is definitely worth investing in. ARK is a little on the pricier side with all products above the twenty pounds mark, however they are animal friendly, neither the company or their product manufacturers test on animals, the majority of ingredients are natural, free from artificial fragrances, colours and parabens as well as all the other nasties.

At ARK Skincare, they focus on prescribing their skincare by age, rather than by skin type with the aim to personalise your skincare routine, which I think is pretty unique and makes you feel more special. The Age Prepare range that I received is designed for teens to early 30s and is designed to start preparing your skin for the effects of ageing, 'by maximising the quality of the skin and taking preventative measures against future harm.' I have been using the Age Prepare Discovery Collection for around four weeks now, I like to test a product until way after the purging phase to see just how well it works with my skin, in my opinion you can't review a product in much less than four weeks realistically as you need to go through the purging phase, the settling phase and then figure out whether or not it benefits your skin.

Here's the low down...



Skin Clear Cleanser

Finding a cleanser is the most important part of a skincare routine to me as it needs to tick all of the boxes and the Skin Clear Cleanser does just that! I love that this cleanser is soap free as I often find cleansers that contain soap quite drying on the skin and my skin is dry enough already. With Watercress, Nettle and Horsetail this cleanser balances both oily and dry areas of the skin, whilst reducing excess sebum to leave skin feeling clear and comfortable. The Oat Amino Acids clear away any impurities without damaging the skin's natural barrier and the White Tea protects the skin from free radicals whilst acting as an anti-microbial.

I usually remove my makeup with a micellar water first as I do with every cleanser, however I did use this to remove my makeup just to see how it works, as I know not everyone will pre-cleanse. This is actually pretty good at removing makeup, just be warned, be careful around the eye area as it stings a tad if it gets in there. I use this in both the morning and evening, applying a small amount to damp skin, massing in upward circular motions until a lather is created, I then rinse with warm water, repeat if necessary and pat dry with a clean towel.



Skin Refining Exfoliater

I don't often use exfoliaters as I find a lot of them to be a tad too harsh on my skin, with this one I love that although it contains rough particles, it actually feels quite a gentle scrub on the skin. This is great for helping to get rid of the dry and flaky skin that is left around any pesky pimples, my nose and mouth, otherwise known as the problem areas, thanks to the Bentonite Beads which also help to remove impurities and clear your pores. The loofah helps to exfoliate the skin and stimulate circulation, leaving skin soft and plump, whilst the Margosa Leaf Extract helps to prevent blemishes with its antibacterial properties.

I tend to use this once a week, directly before using the masque and after cleansing, whilst my face is still damp, I apply a small amount to my face and neck, gently scrubbing in upward circular motions until the exfoliating particles gradually dissolve, or my arms ache, either way, which indicates that the treatment is complete, I then rinse with warm water and gently pat dry with a clean towel. 



Skin Purifying Masque

This is probably my favourite product from the collection! I love a good face mask, especially during Autumn and Winter as my skin starts to become dry and flaky, which isn't easy to apply makeup on let me tell you! This one has to be one of the best ones I have tried, I'm not kidding, it smells seriously good, leaves my skin feeling super smooth, soothed and it's great for reducing any excess oil, making it great to apply before a night out! The mask is really good for congested skin as it contains Kaolin Clay which helps to heal any blemishes, whilst preventing any more from rearing their ugly heads. It also contains Wild Water Mint which reduces the size of your pores and Anti-pollution Algae, which sounds gross, however this helps to prevent any skin damaged caused by free radicals.

I love to apply this every Sunday night whilst I have soak, I simply apply a thin layer to freshly cleansed skin, leave on for the duration of my bath, however long that may be, and then I rinse with warm water. This only needs around ten minutes on the skin to receive the full benefits, I do often leave it on a little longer, however with it being a mask that hardens, leaving it on too long can sometimes leave me with a headache, not to mention how hard it becomes to take off, so maybe just stick to the ten minutes.



Skin Vitality Moisturiser

With the weather turning colder and the heating being turned up, yes already, I can already see that I need to switch my skincare to products that are more hydrating for my skin. This moisturiser seems perfect for my skin as it offers hydration, protection and leaves my skin feeling lighter and brighter. With Avocado and Peach Lipids, this moisturiser is full of vitamins A,C,D and E along with Omega 9 fatty acids which all aid hydration and help to keep the skin soft. It also contains Olive Oil which helps to regenerate skin cells, whilst the Panthenol helps to soothe irritated skin and plump fine lines as it contains Vitamin B. 

Every morning and evening after cleansing, exfoliating and using the masque, if applicable, I apply a small amount into the palm of my hands and massage gently into my skin and neck using upward circular motions to help boost circulation and stimulate blood flow. 

Overall I would recommend this for sure to anyone with congested, dry and/or oily skin under the age of thirty, it's certainly worth a try!

Have you tried any products from ARK Skincare yet? What do you think to their prescribing by age instead of skin type approach?

Love


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Review | Dream Dots For Spots...



I never got spots as a teenager, if I'm honest I always felt abnormal for not having spots during my school years, everyone else around me had them but at the time I just didn't realise how lucky I was! My skin has seriously made up for it in the past few years though and over the past few weeks in particular my face has constantly been covered in spots, with every type of spot there is making an ugly appearance. It has really knocked my confidence and no matter what I use my make up doesn't seem to cover them all, so when the opportunity rose to review Dream Dots, I couldn't have been more enthusiastic!

Dream Dots are an innovative, no ingredient necessary, natural, vegan and cruelty free overnight treatment patch for spots. Designed to be slept in, so as not to disturb your daily make up routine, you simply apply these patches to cleansed yet aggravated spots, leave overnight, remove in the morning and repeat until happy with the results. They've certainly painted the perfect picture for this product but do they actually work?!























After your night time cleanse, simply tear a dream dot off of the strip, tear off half of the backing paper, see photo 2 above and apply directly to half of the spot, then carefully peel the rest of the backing paper off as you press the dot down ensuring the spot is fully covered, climb into bed and sleep whilst your spot heals, it's that simple! The good thing about these Dots is that they adhere to the skin so well, ensuring that they stay on through the night receiving the full benefits. After 6-10 hours, remove the dot, easing gently off the skin by ensuring all the edges are loosened first before easing off completely to help avoid scarring. The beauty of these dots is that they make the spot and redness surrounding it almost invisible so if you wanted to wear these during the day, say your going out that night and need to reduce a troublesome spot fast, just pop one of these on whilst you go about your day and remove before getting ready.


These have been my saviour over the past couple of weeks, I have been sleeping in these on work nights and I've had them on during the day when I have been off work as I find they work well  both ways, it just depends what I'm doing. I have found that these take three to four nights for those painful, under the skin spots kind of spots but with most, they can be almost gone in two nights. Dream Dots are really gentle on the skin, reduce redness dramatically and they actually reduce the pain I get from spots, not to mention how much they stop me picking at them. I'm not sure how well these would work on acne spots however I would recommend keeping a stash of these in your drawer for those times when you really need that spot to go ASAP!

Have you tried Dream Dots yet?

Love


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wishlist Wednesday: Next A/W Staples...





Whist browsing the Next website for homeware, which has become my latest obsession due to it being the only type of shopping I can get away with doing, I couldn't help but sneakily peak at their latest A/W collection. I'm trying to aim for more of a capsule wardrobe at the moment with mainly timeless key pieces and the odd braver option for when I'm feeling a little daring. 

When looking through my wardrobe I realised I don't actually have a single white shirt! I want one that is classic yet casual and this one looks perfect for teaming with everything from jeans to trousers and skirts for all occasions. It would look perfect with these leather trousers. I have always loved these but have never had the confidence to wear them, however since I've lost weight I've been lusting after a pair and these ones look perfect.

I like to have a new Winter coat every year, I might not always need one, but I think I do it because growing up, this is what my Nan would always buy me around Christmas time and I have just carried on the tradition ever since. This year I have had my eye on this gorgeous pink waterfall coat, I've been lusting after it for a while now, it's just so pretty and is so on trend with the colour, style and material. As well as a new coat, I always like to have a new pair of Boots and these ones really caught my eye. I love a good Chelsea boot and I always buy black boots so this year I've decided I want to go for a tan or brown boot to mix up my outfits a little.

And of course, I couldn't look through all the clothes and not take a peek at the bags too, I love this style of bag, it's very similar to the ever famous Celine bags and I love that this is a mini version as I'm always losing things as the majority of my bags are big.

What are you lusting after right now?

Love

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review: Ultimate Collections Crystal Spring Earrings...





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When ordering jewellery online, there is always that worry in the back of your mind about whether or not the item will come with all pieces still intact, especially if your ordering it just in time for a special occasion. When the opportunity arose to try out a piece from Ultimate Collections, I was seriously excited but I was also extremely anxious awaiting their arrival, as I hoped they would truly be as good as they looked on the website. Luckily enough I really need not have worried as the Crystal Spring Earrings are so beautiful and unique! Packaged in a gorgeous little black box, complete with ribbon and the Ultimate Collections logo sticker, the items are packaged to perfection, showing that the team really take the time and effort for their customers.

 Of course, being costume type jewellery I was a little sceptical about the true quality of these earrings, but they are perfectly set, with all gems still intact, despite the continuous use I have already had out of them and so far they haven't tarnished, although I wouldn't advise wearing them on a daily basis and I would advise keeping them away from water in order to keep them in pristine condition. What surprised me the most about these earrings is that although they are rather large and heavy to hold, they don't feel heavy on the ears when worn or leave them feeling sore. This is an important quality for me, as these are the type of earrings that I tend to save to wear on a night out or special occasions and I hate to remove earrings that weigh my ears down whilst I'm out, as I usually end up losing them, I'm clumsy, what can I say? Although the price of these could seem a little steep for costume jewellery, I think the quality of these really is worth the price, and especially because of how gorgeous they are and how they can dress an outfit up so effortlessly! Keep an eye out for how I chose to style these in an outfit of the day, coming soon...

Have you seen Ultimate Collection's pieces yet?

Love





*This product has been gifted to me for reviewing purposes, all opinions are my own, please see my disclaimer for more information.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Lush Bubble Bar : The Comforter...



'Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world. This bar is supersized, so you’ll only need to crumble half a bar under your tap to make enough bubbles for a long, comforting soak. Cassis absolute gives a distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note.'

Being the type of person I am, (stressy, anxious and full of problems) I sometimes just need to take a step back from the world, take a step into a nice boiling hot bath and just spend some time alone with my thoughts to process the day and relax. Working full time in a predominately female and customer service based environment, I often feel the need to take time out to chill and take a bath and Lush is the best place to shop for bath time luxuries!

What I love about Lush is that you can smell any one of their shops from a mile off and there's something so comforting about the scent of any Lush shop you walk into, the staff are always so nice and friendly and are helpful without being in your face. Lush put time and effort into making their products with each of the tubs and bottles sporting a sticker of exactly who made it, when and the date the product expires. Each of their products are handmade with natural ingredients, they are all 100% vegetarian and the company do not test on animals.

This bubble bar smells seriously good, think sickly sweet candy, the kind your grandma gave you as a kid, I think the ones this reminds me of most is Fizzers, you know the old school kind, those little multi coloured candy sweets you got in a pack, similar to parma violets, it smells like them! If sickly sweet isn't your thing, you may want to stay clear of this one but to me it's the perfect scent, sickly sweet of any kind makes me one very happy lady!

Containing Cassis Absolute which is 'comforting and fruity', Bergamot oil which is 'uplifting and cleansing' and Cypress oil which is 'calming and toning' makes this an all round bubble bar, perfect for any occasion.
I was a little dubious about spending £4.50 on one bubble bar but you can use it your discretion, a little goes a long way and you can crumble as much or as little as you want under your running tap, I usually get 4-6 baths out of just one bar but I know I could get more if I want to. The strength of the scent is great and leaves your bathroom smelling gorgeous for ages afterwards, it makes your bath a gorgeous fuscia pink colour and produces plenty of bubbles to relax in, not to mention how soft and silky it leaves your skin feeling afterwards, so I would say this bubble bar is definitely worth a try and seriously worth the pennies!

Next on my list is King of Skin and Butterball, what are your Lush favourites?

Love


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wishlist Wednesday | Office...



With the likes of Pinterest and Polyvore being my main boredom buster, I always have endless wishlists made from seasonal fashion to blog layouts and home decor, I can only dream about the endless aesthetics of life and how I wish my makeup collection/ wardrobe/ home looked like (insert celebrity/blogger name here) as I always want what I haven't got, but that's part of being human, right?! So I figured a new series on my blog was needed and what could be more fitting that a Wishlist Wednesday post? It's a reason for me to swoon over things and compile lists when I probably shouldn't be and it will hopefully give you guys a little insight into my taste and a little inspiration of your own...

So if you didn't already know, me and Dan are in the process of buying our first home! Eeeeek, I think it's safe to say I'm very excited and the buying has already begun. With no children yet and three bedrooms to peruse, me and Dan have decided to have a little room of our own each while we still have the privilege and mine will of course be an office/ wardrobe/ makeup room, it's not that big but I can dream. Being as though house decor is now permanently on the agenda and wishlists right now, I thought I would show you a few pieces I want in said office/ wardrobe/ makeup room.

I'm going for a very minimalist approach, using white interior to allow me to incorporate colour later with accessories. Ikea has become my go to place for this theme as everything is to my taste and who doesn't love a good bargain?!

I also have the MALM chest of six drawers that I bought a while back and I intend to put in the room, I store my makeup and jewellery in this, though I fear I could need another as the drawers are prettttty full already. The walls are magnolia with a fuscia feature wall, I am undecided whether to paint this magnolia too or not yet and the carpet is cream, so it's pretty neutral already. I want some wicker baskets to put in a few of the squares of the KALLAX shelving unit and a rail for my clothes. I also want some pictures or art work for the walls and a book shelf, again it's not that big, but if I can fit it in, I will.

This is just my latest idea, we're not looking to move in for a couple of month's yet so my idea could completely change by the time we're in. We're off for our second viewing tomorrow to measure up so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it all goes through!

Do you make endless wishlists too? 

Love







Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Introducing Autumn/Winter...


I'm a real comfort and cosy kinda girl at heart, I love nothing more than snuggling in my pajamas, with a blanket, hot water bottle and a cuppa whist being surrounded by the scent of my favourite candle. So with the weather dropping slightly colder already and the coming seasons fashion already surrounding us in shops, blogs and magazines, I couldn't be more excited for Autumn/Winter to arrive. I decided to pull together my A/W favourites...

Candles and Lighting...

Snowflake cookie and Christmas Cookie have to be my favourite scents by Yankee Candles come A/W as they almost cure my sweet tooth cravings for all things sugary with their sickly sweet scent. Yankee Candles are the best for filling the room with that oh so familiar scent and making even the biggest room seem cosy and comforting. I know the candle in the picture isn't a Yankee Candle as mine are at their last wicks! Keeping with the light theme, I love to see fairy lights draped across a mirror or bed, when a room is lit solely by fairy lights and candle light, I find it super relaxing to unwind in before bed.

Fashion...

A/W fashion is my favourite, I've never been a confident person so baring all in dresses and shorts is my biggest nightmare come summer. Chunky knits, leggings and oversized coats however, I love! I always wear a scarf in summer as a sort of comfort blanket for when i'm walking alone, if I forget my scarf I feel so self-conscious, so a big chunky knit and coat for the colder month's really put me at ease.

Faux fur is one of my favourite A/W textures, be it a rug, blanket, bag or waistcoat, faux fur just screams soft and comfy for me. It looks gorgeous used in the right way and it's so soothing and warm to wrap up in.

Pajamas are my biggest weakness, there's something about having a shower, pampering with face and hair masks and then getting into a pair of new pajamas that just instantly lifts my mood. I find it hard to get long pajamas to fit, with me being so tall, after a few washes they're no use to me, but Primark have a certain style pajamas, I'm sure you all know the ones, they're super stretchy material, they never shrink and they always bring new designs out in the same fabric. So whenever they bring out a new pair, I usually buy them, as they're the only one's that last me.

Makeup...

I like to switch my makeup up come A/W swapping coral lips for deeper reds and dark rose pink lips whilst swapping brightly coloured eyeshadows for dark smokey eyes and adding in some duskier pink and plum blushers. The eyeliner gets darker and I usually skip the bronzer all together, though I've been loving my bronzer lately, so we'll see how that works out.

Winter Warmers (Food and Drink) ...

Developing IBS really hit me hard when I realised I couldn't drink my regular hot drinks, tea, coffee and hot chocolate were written straight off my diet so I had to find substitutes as having a cuppa is like breathing air to me - essential! Fruit and herbal teas along with my version of a hot chocolate are my pick me up's come A/W. Twinings are the best for tea and my favourites have to be peppermint, cherry and cinnamon, camomile and honey and their digest tea for when I've overindulged. I always use hot drinks to warm me through after long country walks, watching Dan play football or a freezing cold day at work.

There's something so comforting about sitting in a conservatory listening to the rain whilst eating home made soup and crusty bread. I love making my own home made soup at this time of year, as well as making cupcakes to go with my cuppas and Daniel's Nana makes the best home made stew. I'm a complete comfort foodie!

I was thinking of doing a series of posts for Autumn/Winter like my favourite A/W Makeup - lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushers etc and my favourite A/W Fashion - maybe incorporating fashion into my wishlists such as shoes, coats, accessories etc, let me know what you think.

What are your favourite things about Autumn/Winter?

Love


Monday, 1 September 2014

August Favourites...


After reviewing the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot back in July (see post here) following a struggle to find a powder to suit my skin tone, I came across Maybelline's Matte Maker Mattifying Powder in Classic Ivory, this has been my saviour since running out of the S&G one, keeping shine, tango and cakeyness, if it wasn't a word, it is now, at bay. A light dusting sets my make-up for a full day of work and if I fancy topping up, I don't even have to worry about the creasing of my foundation. So far, so good.

Nothing will ever compare to my beloved Bourjois Volume One Seconde Mascara, however I have been reaching for my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara as of late. This ludicrously named mascara gives amazing volume and length in one, giving you big, fat lashes all day long with no smudging or fall out in sight.

I have been extremely busy at the moment and therefore have had a big lack of sleep, so Mac's Nylon has been my ultimate make-up companion when trying to make myself look awake, if you can't make it, fake it. Nylon will forever be a favourite of mine, with it's multi-purpose offerings, I have been using this to highlight my brow bone, tear duct areas and I even use it to highlight my face when contouring.

With the colder month's drawing in, nearing the end of August my favourite lip combo compromised of Maybelline's Colour Sensational Lip Liner in Midnight Plum to outline my lips and on occasion, give my lips an ombre look, this lip liner is long lasting and really makes my red lipstick stand out. Pairing this with L'oreal's Color Riche Lipstick in Scarlett Creme has been a match made in heaven, this lipstick is a classic red, perfect for any occasion that lasts well and keeps lips hydrated throughout.

What have you been loving lately? Have you tried any of these products?

Love




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