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Review // MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection

I cannot speak highly enough of the MAC Paint Pots. Honestly, they are my favourite MAC products. I own so many in so many different shades, I don't think I go a day without using one in one form or another. If you aren't sure what they are then they are like a dreamy cream based eyeshadow that you can either wear on its own for a flash of colour or as a base to another eyeshadow. Today though, say hello to the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection. 

Vintage Selection is described as a frosted dirty peach and I can see where they are coming from. It is a beautiful shade of warm peach with a gorgeous champagne coloured shimmer running throughout. It is incredibly easy to wear due to its soft shade but with any of the Paint Pots, you can quite easily build up the colour by applying a few more layers to the eyelids. I like to apply mine with either my fingers or with my Zoeva 142 Brush

What MAC say about their Paint Pots:
A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The next generation of a popular MAC formula, Paint Pots maintains all the intense traits of its inspiration. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with MAC shadows and liners. Available in satin, cream, frost and pearl formulas.

I have a whole list of reasons as to why I love MAC Paint Pots. They last all day, they do not crease in the slightest, they are creamy and ridiculously easy to apply, they come in a variety of different colours and finishes and they ensure the most perfect base for other eyeshadows. Oh, and they last forever. I am sure I have mentioned it before but I bought the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly a good few years ago and it is still serving me well. (Let's ignore it's shelf life, okay?!)

I think it is worth noting that Vintage Selection isn't any old Paint Pot, it is a Pro Longwear Paint Pot. If we were to delve into it by it's title, I would hesitate a guess that this is because it is supposed to last longer than the regular Paint Pots, although they don't differ in price or packaging. In fact, the only difference between them is one ingredient! That said though, I have found that both the regular Paint Pots and the Pro Longwear Paint Pots both last just as well as each other on the eyelids so I wouldn't read into the fancy title too much. 


Inspiration // Rose Gold & Copper Homeware

I love copper. I love rose gold. I've made no attempt to try and hide this and I have recently been on the lookout for some copper/rose gold items to decorate my house with. I was recently looking through a George at Home interiors book and I couldn't believe how many nice things there are out there that are rose gold and copper inspired. Copper saucepans? Rose gold salt and pepper grinders?? Yes please!

I absolutely love all of the items below and I definitely will be buying the bedside lamp as I have been after one just like this for my bedroom for such a long time! I also adore the little rose gold lanterns that would look lovely with little tea lights inside. Oh and I love the rose gold baskets from H&M!

What do you think? Do you love the rose gold and copper trend too?
Lamp - £24.99
Metal Photo Frame - £7.99
Find it here from H&M
Money Box - £8.00
Find it here from George 
Tea Light Candelabra - £45.00
Hanging Lantern - £19.99
Metal Basket - £12.99 
Find it here from H&M
Pendant - £19.99
Saucepan Set - £80.00
Metal Lantern - £12.99
Find it here from H&M
Cushion - £7.00
Find it here from George
Metal Toothbrush Mug - £4.99

Tiered Pendant Light Shade - £20.00
Hammered Vase - £15.00
Scented Candle - £7.99
Find it here from H&M
Tea Canister - £4.00
Pendant - £14.99
Alarm Clock - £8.00


Review // Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush

In the summer I went on a little trip to visit family in Germany. Family who had to go to work and go to school so for a lot of the time, I was on my own. In a country of which I do not speak the language. Even that could not stop me from going shopping!

It was pouring with rain and I was desperately trying to avoid a man in the middle of the street wanting me to give money to charity - I'm not sure what he wanted actually as I can't speak German but he was carrying a bucket and wearing a lanyard, enough said! I can't remember the name of the shop I went in to in order to escape the charity worker but it was slightly like Space NK or Sephora. I must have spent about an hour in there. They had some brands we have in the UK in there like Soap and Glory but one little stand caught my eye - the Zoeva stand.

Now, like everyone else I too would sell a couple of organs to get my hands on the Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set, something which I would have happily bought there and then but sadly they only had the standard individual brushes. I must have stood at the stand looking at each brush for about 40 minutes. Every few minutes a sales assistant would ask me if I was okay and if I needed any help (at least, that's what I think they were saying..) but I just shook my head and smiled in a bid to be left alone. I ended up purchasing two, the Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush and the Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush.

I actually bought the crease brush for my sister and the concealer brush for myself as I thought I could do with a small buffing brush, not necessarily for concealer as I don't really wear it much. Most of my make-up brushes are from Real Techniques and boy, if you think they are soft to touch then you need to touch these badboys. They are so soft and gentle on the skin, absolutely perfect for the gentle eye area where I find some brushes can scratch and irritate the eyes. Not these brushes, though.

About the Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush:
"ZOEVA 142 Concealer and Buffer Brush is an innovative makeup tool which flawlessly applies and blends concealer and correction makeup. Beautifully soft and caring for the delicate eye area, 142 Concealer and Buffer Brush offers great coverage to conceal dark circles and discolouration around the eyes with cream, liquid or powder concealers.

The roundly bound, Vegan Taklon bristles fit perfectly around the eyes and into every small corner of the face for effortless application. Perfect for hiding redness and dark circles, 142 Concealer and Buffer Brush allows you to achieve a flawless and natural makeup finish."
I have used this buffer brush once for it's purpose and it buffed the concealer into my skin perfectly. It was incredibly easy to blend and buffed the concealer into the skin perfectly. I usually use just my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to buff my concealer into my skin but this brush performs so much better than that as it fits into the under eye area perfectly due to the small, round in shape, bristles. 

As I said, I don't wear concealer too much so I needed to find another purpose for this brush. I thought I would use it for eyeshadow as it would be perfect to buff and blend soft powder eyeshadows out but I found another use for the buffer brush. Paint Pots!

I use MAC Paint Pots every day. Painterly is my holy grail, I love it so much and if they ever discontinued it I would incredibly upset. I have 5 or 6 Paint Pots now and usually apply them with my fingers but I decided to try applying them with the buffer brush instead and you know what? It is perfect! The buffer brush blends the paint pot into the eyelids and up to the brow bone wonderfully and it does such a better job than my fingers do.

I am so in love with this concealer buffer brush. Zoeva brushes are excellent quality for money, the brush is so soft on the skin and I have had no problems with bristle fallout. If I had tried this brush without buying it myself, I would have thought that the brush was a hell of a lot more expensive than £7.95. I think I am now ready to place an order for a few more Zoeva brushes and I may even treat myself to the beloved rose gold set!


Other // Enablers | Part One

Like most people, I read a lot of blogs. I read blogs to find out about different products I haven't heard of before, other bloggers most loved products that I too, might fall in love with. I read to find out about new releases, launches and re-brands, and more importantly, I read blogs to find out about new things I should buy as quite frankly, I am very easily persuaded.

I thought I would start a few new blog posts featuring the products other bloggers have persuaded me to buy featuring links to the bloggers who persuaded me. It's nice to find new blogs to read and all of the blogs I will feature are my faves :)
The Bralet
Originally from Beautyandtheblog and her blog post here
Find the bralet here
As soon as I saw this bralet and the way Michelle styled it, I knew it would find its ways into my online basket. I love the way she styled it with an open denim shirt and now I must recreate it immediately. 

The Highlighter
Originally from Laurzah and her blog post here
Find the highlighter here
How beautiful does this highlighter look in Laura's photos? I can only imagine how dreamy this Becca x Jaclyn Hill highlighter will appear on the skin. At $38 it is fairly high end but it looks as if it is really pigmented and a little will go a long way so I don't mind splurging on a product if it will last me a while.

The Nail Varnish
Originally from ChristineIversen and her blog post here
Find the nail varnish here
Look how pretty this nail varnish is! I absolutely love the L'oreal Color Riche range; there are a variety of different colours which are all rich in pigmentation and last a really long time in the nails without chipping. Cliche Mania looks like the most perfect berry shade for Autumn and I can't wait to get it on my nails!

The Highlighting Dome
Originally from Pull-Yourself-Together and her blog post here
Find the highlighting dome here
Another product Hannah has raved about which has persuaded me to get my purse out! I love the idea of this little highlighting dome, The idea is that you apply it to the cheeks for a natural golden highlight which is creamy in texture and comes in three different shades. I really can't wait to give this a try!

The Face Primer
Originally from Pull-Yourself-Together and her blog post here
Find the face primer here
I really love the Benefit Porefessional primer but as I have nearly run out, I am on the hunt for a cheaper alternative. Hannah raved around this primer saying it made her foundation last longer and made her skin feel soft since using it so for £5.00 it is well worth giving a try.

The Chair
Originally from OhZoe and her blog post here
Find the chair here
Like everyone else, I too love the Eames Chair. But, after seeing the price tag I immediately forgot all about it until I saw this blog post. I often buy replica handbags on eBay but I had no idea you could buy replica home-ware on there too! At £11.99, this chair saves you well over £300. Bargain!

The Marble Initial Print
Originally from OhZoe and her blog post here
Find the marble initial print here
I am recently re-decorating my bedroom, taking away all of the childish decorations and adding in more grown up pieces. This initial print is absolutely perfect for my bedroom! Like a typical blogger, I too have grown to love all things marble so this print is like the most perfect creation.

The Copper Desk Lamp
Originally from Cocochicblog and her blog post here
Find the copper desk lamp here
I was so excited when I saw this blog post from Steph! I have been after a copper lamp like this for my bedroom for forever and never quite found the right one but this one seems absolutely perfect! I will finish off with the copper light shade and I am good to go!!


Review // MAC Powder Blush in Style

I absolutely adore MAC blushers. They are the best I have ever tried and the best I have ever owned. I know at £18.50 they are slightly pricier than drugstore brands but please trust me when I say they are so worth it!

My first MAC blush was the MAC Powder Blush in Harmony. It has been nothing but a dream to me. It is the most perfect neutral shade, absolutely perfect for contouring and I think I wear it pretty much every day. So, as Harmony has served me well for so long, it is about time I purchased another.

Say hello to the MAC Powder Blush in Style. Style is the most gorgeous shimmery golden coral, a shade the photos don't do any real justice to. There is the most wonderful iridescent shimmer running throughout which adds a little something extra to a plain coral powder blush. Like Harmony, it has a generous amount of pigmentation so a quick swipe and a buff and you are good to go. 

Don't get me wrong, I love the coral shade to this powder blush but that isn't what swung it for me. Look at that shimmer! Not only can you use Style as a blush, but also as a highlight. It looks wonderful on top of the cheekbones for a flash of golden shimmer on top of another peachy toned blusher.

I absolutely love this blush/highlight hybrid. MAC powder blushers last an age. I have owned Harmony for a good few years now, wear it nearly every day and I have barely made a start on it. A little goes a long way and you really get your moneys worth out of them. Style is the perfect shimmery coral which is perfect on its own as a blush or on top of the cheekbones as a highlight. For £18.50 you get a 2-in-1 product which is well worth every penny.


Fashion Trends // Pinafore Dresses

Autumn and Winter is upon us which means a whole new wardrobe. I am looking forward to bringing my warmer clothes forward and shoving my summer clothes back in the depths of my wardrobe, not to be seen again until next year.

I have a few specific pieces that I want to add into my Autumn/Winter wardrobe and one of those is a pinafore dress. I have a really lame and boring story about my past with the pinafore dresses. When I was younger I saw one in a shop that I fell in love with. It was black and made out of polyester. I begged my mum to buy it for me and she did, along with a white t-shirt to wear underneath. And boy, did I wear that combo. So much so that the bobbled strap snapped when I was out and about all day. I tried my hardest to pull off the look with one strap dangling down but I am sad to say it ended up in the bin later that day.

I am so glad that pinafore dresses are back in fashion. I am dying to get my hands on a red cord pinafore dress. I keep eyeing them up online and I don't think I can hold out for much longer! Here are a few of my favourites from the high street that are around at the moment.
One // Two // Three
Four // Five // Six

Thoughts?? I really love the burgundy, the green cord and the black textured dresses. I can see myself wearing them with a plain white long sleeved top underneath - just like my style inspiration, Cher from Clueless!

Here are a few more alternatives too. Enjoy!

Other // Autumn Is Coming

 Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
It's cold. It's raining. Everyone looks pretty damn miserable. Nope, I'm not describing a British summer - Autumn is here!! 

I am over summer. I am sick of hearing people flip-flopping their way to their destination. I am fed up with having to endure the look of other peoples bare flesh. Autumn is definitely welcomed with open arms.

I am looking forward to wrapping up with jumpers, coats and scarves when I venture out of the house. I'm looking forward to wearing all of the clothes I bought at the end of last winter which I never got round to wearing, including a rather lovely faux fur coat I bought when I was on my holidays. I can't wait to start wearing all of my various versions of the same classic black boots that have been patiently waiting to be worn again. I am looking forward to cosy nights in with lovely lit candles and pints of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshies on top. Just thinking about it is making me all warm and cosy inside.

More importantly, however, Autumn signifies the return of the legendary Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. I had one today and I think my life has changed for the better. I like lattes but they have to have a syrup in to try and disguise the overpowering taste of coffee so pumpkin spice is right up my street. I can't say I am too familiar with the taste of pumpkin so I wasn't sure what it would actually taste like but it does not taste like vegetable at all. It tastes of a mixture of spices which is quite sweet but it doesn't taste largely of coffee. I really liked it, especially with whipped cream and a spiced topping on top but towards the end I did feel it was a little sickly sweet. At £3.55 it was a nice treat which definitely gave me all the Autumn/Fall feels but perhaps next time I will forgo the Grande and go for a Tall!

Oh and, I think the cup itself is well worth the mention. An Autumn Starbucks cup! How cool! They need to do this design in a re-useable cup as I need this as a permanent fixture in my life. It physically hurt me to throw it away.

Recent Purchases // Primark Copper Homeware

Primark Copper Candle - £3.00
Primark Coasters - £2.50
I am slowly trying to re-decorate my bedroom with rose gold and copper decorations. At the moment my bedroom is very white with a little bit of everything colour-wise but as I am growing up, my tastes are changing and I would like to get rid of my childish childhood decorations to make way for more grown up pieces. 

I recently decorated my bedroom with my Polargram prints and I put them into a really large photo frame to add a little bit of colour to my bedroom. Ideally, that will be the only colour in there as I really want the rest of my bedroom to be full of copper, rose gold and other metallics. I recently went to Primark and picked up these little beauties.

 As soon as I saw the copper candle I immediately put it into my basket. I don't plan on lighting it, I just want it purely for decorative purposes! The candle itself does smell a quite light and pleasant scent but not enough to ruin the look of the candle - is that sad? Ha ha. 

I thought the little coasters would be perfect for my bedroom to add a little edge of rose gold due to the rose gold trim around the heart. I think they were between £2-£2.50 but I can't remember the exact cost of them. Also available in Primark were rose gold photos frames. They weren't a metal frame and more made out of a plastic material so for that reason I didn't buy any but I did like the look of them. 

I have quickly become a little bit obsessed with rose gold homeware and can't wait to find some more! Next on the list: a rose gold lamp...

Review // MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

Like every other girl in the world, I too wanted to try the famous MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy. I am rather fond of Kylie Jenner and was just as amazed at her lips as the next person but I wasn't in too much of a hurry to buy Velvet Teddy when it was first rumored that it was her lipstick of choice. Don't get me wrong, I did ask at every MAC counter I came across and felt a little sad when they said it was still sold out and I did have a little celebration when I finally found one in Cardiff, but I wouldn't have camped out for one. Okay, maybe I would.

I vowed I wouldn't overdraw my lips in an attempt to look like Kylie with her plumped up lips, although knowing my luck I would end up looking more like Miranda Sings than Kylie Jenner. By now we all know that Kylie has had lip fillers so there is no way a simple lip liner and lipstick will give us Kylie Jenner results but I still wanted to try Velvet Teddy out purely for the colour, not for the potential celeb endorsement. 

Velvet Teddy is a matte lipstick which is a warm nude with a real hint of a mid-toned brown. I have read various reviews on this lipstick to see how the shade looked on others and some have said this is the perfect 'my lips but better' shade and I can kind of see where they are coming from. However, on me this lipstick is very brown. I am very pale so on me, Velvet Teddy doesn't look like the perfect nude shade I aspired it to be, it just looks like a mid-tone brown. This is not necessarily a bad thing, mind! 

I think Velvet Teddy will suit me better when I have a little bit of a tan but that doesn't mean to say I won't wear it as I will. I found it really comfortable to wear considering it is matte and it didn't show up any dry areas either. I didn't apply Velvet Teddy on top of a lip liner but I think I will do next time, although perhaps I won't be overdrawing my lips a la Miranda Sings!

Overall, a really easy to wear popular warm nude lipstick with a hint of a mid-toned brown. It is comfortable to wear and doesn't show up any dry areas and although I was expecting it to look slightly lighter on the lips, I do really like the shade. I can see why it is so popular but due to my pale complexion I am a little unsure as to whether or not I would re-purchase it after I have finished the tube.

Inspiration // Office Inspiration

If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I have had a bit of an annoying day today. Today I spent around 4 hours in IKEA. On a Sunday afternoon. Optimistic, I know. It was as you can imagine, hellish. I came away with a jar, a milk bottle, a chair and a desk. Now, this desk..

I have wanted a desk for a while now. A little space of my own to do some blogging and concentrate rather than doing it on the sofa in front of the telly like I have been doing for the past goodness knows how long. I also wanted a desk as an excuse to buy an iMac but shh! So I uhmmed and ahhhed over two different desks in IKEA today for around 2 hours, purchased one, then remembered I have a bedroom the size of a room that even Harry Potter himself would laugh at. I only bought a small desk, this IKEA Micke Desk to be exact, to go with the IKEA Snille Swivel Chair. I was very cautious and aware that I didn't have much room to play with but alas, I only had to lay the box out to see that yes, it would fit in my bedroom but with the chair in there too I wouldn't have much room to move around in. Since then I have sat and stared at the box for and hour and a half, in hope it would either make my room somewhat bigger or the desk somewhat smaller but funnily enough, everything has remained the same!

For now, I will ponder what to do with it and see if I can squeeze it into my house somewhere else but for now, here is some office inspiration that I can only dream of!

Gone are the days where you have to have a boring office with a noticeboard and a black computer chair - look how pretty these offices are! Do you have an office? What is it like?

Now, excuse me whilst I go and find somewhere else in my house to put my desk...

(All photos are from Pinterest)

Review // Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon

I very rarely go into Lush and I really do not know why as I love it! I love going to my local store as it smells absolutely incredible and everyone who works in there is super friendly and helpful. I don't think I have ever gone in there and had a bad shopping experience.

I went in a couple of days ago to find my sister a present and left with a little prezzie all for myself. My friend and I got sucked into a little world full of wonderful fragrances, bath bombs and bubble bars galore. I love looking at all of the bath bombs and discovering new bath products I haven't yet seen before. There were a few of the new products which are exclusive to Oxford Street in my local store and I did pick up some but today, let me tell you about the Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon.

The Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon has had a little bit of a make-over. Before, it looked a bit like a deformed marshmallow but now it resembles a wonderful, princess-inspired macaron. A princess-inspired macaron with a gorgeous coconut oil filling. It is a Bubble Bar but it is named a Bubbleroon for its resemblance to the macaron - I see what they did there! The Bubbleroon is available in three different varieties, Rose Jam, Yuzu and Cocoa and The Green.

What Lush Say About Rose Jam Bubbleroon:
"Pep up your spirits in a bath filled with Rose Jam: lemon, rose and geranium oil will help perk you up, while coconut oil and shea butter leave you feeling gorgeous. You'll end up feeling as cheered as though you'd been given a bunch of flowers. Rose oil and rose absolute give a double dose of rosiness, helping to clear the mind and boost your mood."

How To Use A Bubble Bar:
"Either crumble the whole Bubble Bar up and drop under hot running water or crumble into half and save a piece for a later. Watch as the bubbles build up!"

In the shop I was drawn to Rose Jam purely because it was a hot pink with a lovely pink glitter dusting on top. It smells absolutely incredible! It smells like rose: a beautifully sweet but not overpowering scent which is perfect to sink into after a long day. I had never used a Bubble Bar before so didn't know whether or not to dunk the whole thing into my bath or not. Luckily the very helpful lady in Lush told me to crumble half in at a time to make it stretch further. You can put the whole thing in if you wanted to but to test it out I just crumbled 1/4 in to see what magic would happen!

The Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon is wonderfully soft and easy to crumble under hot water. I dropped it into my bath and immediately saw bubbles galore and the bath turned a lovely pink shade. My house suddenly filled up with a gorgeous rose scent and I had a wonderfully relaxing bath after a hard morning at the gym. My only one negative point about this Bubble Bar is that the bubbles didn't stay around for very long.

I am so impressed with this gorgeous little Bubble Bar and definitely want to try the other Bubbleroon's. I know for the cost of the Bubble Bar (£3.75) you could buy a whole litre or two of bubble bath cream/gel but we all deserve a little treat now and again!


Other // Marc by Marc Jacobs Shorty iPhone Case

Is it possible to be in love with a phone case? If so, then I well may be. I will let you into a secret and tell you that I originally bought this phone case for my sister a while ago for her iPhone. This was around the time when I still had a little Blackberry which was the bane of my life but I had such a lovely pink, glittery phone cover I just couldn't bear to get rid of it.

Up until last year I still had my Blackberry and I didn't care too much about not owning an iPhone. I don't text, call or even socialise with that many people so I didn't mind not owning the most expensive piece of technology but when my sister gave me her iPhone when she got an upgrade, I couldn't say no now, could I?

Luckily it came with this lovely phone case from Marc by Marc Jacobs. It is based around a boxer dog which you can also find on watches and moccasins by Marc by Marc Jacobs. You can find this phone case on pretty much every variation of an iPhone going, although I haven't yet seen it for the iPhone 6.

I really adore this phone case and I have yet to find one I like enough to change it for. I love the Marc by Marc Jacobs phone cases as they are so quirky and different. Considering it is a designer brand I think spending around £40 for a phone case isn't too bad. I love the little Shorty dog, so much so that I'm really debating about getting the watch too!

Shop below a couple of other Shorty items and other Marc by Marc Jacobs phone cases.

Other // Empties

I am really bad at using up beauty and skincare products. I will always start them, use them for a little while then move on to something else and forget all about the item I was using originally. I have recently vowed to change my ways and use up some of the items that have been cluttering up my bedroom.

 I first tried this body mist last summer and I absolutely loved it. I immediately wrote a blog review all about The Body Shop Moringa Body Mist and I could not say nicer things about it. Fast forward well over a year and I have finally finished my 100ml bottle. As much as I loved and adored this product, towards the end of the bottle I had slightly gone off the scent and I am not sure why. Perhaps my tastes have changed within the year?
Would I repurchase? Probably not, no but I would try out different Body Shop Body Mists in different scents.

Collection Face & Body Illuminator in Maldives
This is going to sound quite gross and I do hope you forgive me for what I am about to tell you. I had owned (and used) this Illuminator from Collection for 3 years before I finally could use no more. My review on the Collection Face & Body Illuminator went down really well and I was so pleased to hear that others enjoyed using it too. My only problem is that when I purchased it online it was discontinued and I only wish I had bought a few as I can't find them anymore. This product really was the most gorgeous highlight for the cheekbones and I am yet to find anything that I enjoyed using as much as this.
Would I repurchase? Yes, if I could find it!

I absolutely loved this mascara when I received it last year and looking back at the photos from my Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara review, I forgot how nice this mascara looks on the eyelashes. It makes the eyelashes look much thicker and fuller than before and I would love to use this mascara again.
Would I repurchase? Yes!

Someone bought me a little gift set of the Sparkle perfume from Next last year which I think is always a little risky when buying for others but luckily they were spot on with their purchase. I would never have thought about going to Next to buy perfume but as I loved this cute little handbag sized bottle so much, I really want to purchase a full sized bottle. It is a beautifully light, floral scent and I was really upset when I ran out.
Would I repurchase? Definitely.

I bought this last year and I really liked using it. I originally reviewed the Seventeen Back Lash Mascara back in October and it gives lovely, natural looking results. It gives volume and definition and it lifted the eyelashes too as well as separating them. It was a nice mascara which I absolutely adored at the time but I can't really remember it too much so it wasn't very memorable!
Would I repurchase? No.

Which products have you used up recently?

Other // Beauty Chores

I love make-up and all things beauty. I love putting make-up on, trying out different eyeshadows and finding out how to blend them best. I love freshly painted, glossy nails.. There is a but coming. Don't you just ever find that some beauty related tasks are such a chore?? Here are a few tasks that have me eye-rolling and sighing before I have even begun.

Taking Nail Varnish Off
I am a firm believer that nails look much better with nail varnish on (well, mine do anyway!) but I really cannot stand chipped nails. As soon as I see a small, tiny chip then it is on my mind until I re-do my nail varnish or I will pick it all off so I can start again. One task I really dislike doing is taking nail varnish off. I hate the feel of cotton wool so I use the Bourjois Magic Nail Varnish Remover which is really easy to use - stick your finger in the little hole (!), give it a little wiggle and your nails will be polish free but it is still a chore I dislike doing and I will put it off until the last moment if I could do!

Putting Nail Varnish On
If having to take the stuff off is bad, I find having to apply it even worse. I love painted nails too much to not go through the process of applying nail varnish but having to wait for it to dry, noticing you missed a spot, having to re-apply, wait for it to dry again just to smudge 4 nails as soon as you move slightly irritating. It is worth it in the end. She says. 

Washing Make-Up Brushes
I think everyone hates washing their make-up brushes, don't they? I try and wash them once a week so they are fresh and clean for the new week coming but I have so many, it takes so long and it is slightly boring but I have to admit, it is quite satisfying watching the foundation stained water running clear after a good old scrub. Washing make-up brushes is a bit of a chore but at least I still do it. My sister told me the other day that her friend hasn't washed her make-up brushes since April. It's September!

Shaving is a real chore, isn't it? I don't think there is any denying it. No-one gets excited about having to remove body hair with a shard piece of metal. Especially when you think you have finished just to go out in daylight and realise that you missed a spot by your knee and you have to start the torturous task all over again. At least Autumn and Winter is coming, right girls??!

Fake Tanning
I don't fake tan purely because of the prep beforehand. Shaving, exfoliating, moisturising, trying to apply the fake tan evenly, the waiting for it to dry before realising that yes, you did miss a big patch behind your knee after all. A task I am okay with missing.

Drying Hair
I find drying my hair a massive chore. It is quite long and thick so it takes quite a while for it to dry with a hairdryer. I try and dry it upside down to get more volume and ooomph into it but when you are stood with your head upside down for 15 minutes trying to dry it as quick as you can, the blood rushes to your head after a while and you need a little sit down to recover.

Taking Make-Up Off
I find taking my make-up off a real hard thing to do, especially when it looks so wonderful. When my eyeliner is on point I do think about leaving it on and just going to bed but no, that is a bad thing to do. So out comes the make-up remover and I have to wipe away the MAC and the Benefit and watch it go straight into the bin. *Sob*

Putting Make-Up On
I actually really love putting make-up on but there are some days where I wish I could just press a button and my make-up could magically appear on my face. Admittedly it doesn't take too long to put make-up on but it would still be quite nice to have the choice of applying it yourself or just pressing a button!

So, those are my beauty chores, what are yours??


Review // Glimmer Watercolor Temporary Tattoos in Daydream

Glimmer Watercolor Temporary Tattoos - £11.99*
Following on from my recent post on the Glimmer Metallic Temporary Tattoos, today I have the Glimmer Watercolor Temporary Tattoos* to share with you and boy, are they good! I absolutely adored the metallic temporary tattoos and these are just on a whole other level.

About Glimmer
Glimmer Body Art is the creation of a young, creative, married couple in California. They first created the Glimmer Body Art Glitter Tattoos which quickly became an overnight success and Glimmer quickly became the #1 manufacturer of glitter tattoos and supplies. Caroline Beau de Lomenie spotted the beautiful range whilst in New York and fell in love. She bought Glimmer across to the UK and has become the UK brand guardian. 

About The Product
Available in three different versions, the Glimmer Watercolor Temporary Tattoos are wonderful. You have the choice out of the Daydream, Free Spirit and Believe sets, with each set coming with two sheets of temporary tats with around 20 individual tattoos in each pack. As the name suggests, each tattoo is watercolour inspired and they are so realistic that it looks as if someone has hand-painted them onto the skin.

Like all of the Glimmer Metallic Temporary Tattoos, each of the Watercolor Tattoos vary in different shapes, sizes and colours. I love the little quote tattoos although it is a little hard to read what they are, I'm talking about the word tattoo next to the feather in the photos above. If anyone has any idea as to what that tattoo says then please let me know!

How To Apply
Carefully cut out the tattoo you want and peel off the clear film. Press to clean, dry skin and carefully dampen with a flannel or a sponge. Press for around 20 seconds then carefully peel away. The tattoos should last between 2-5 days depending on wear.

How To Remove
Just apply a little body oil onto your tattoo and rub away with cotton wool - no laser tattoo removal needed!

In the Daydream pack, I was immediately drawn to the feather, the arrows and the infinity symbol tattoos. Look how pretty they are! On the front cover of the pack, the model is wearing the feather tattoo around her neck but I really wanted to give it a go on my arm, just to see what it would look like if I were to get a real one. My sister fell in love with the giant water lily tattoo and she decided she wanted it on her thigh as she is thinking about getting a real tattoo there.

They were both really easy to apply and I absolutely love the feather temporary tattoo! Isn't it lovely? I have fooled a lot of people by asking them if they like my new tattoo. Some are easily fooled and tell me it looks nice and whilst the others adored it, they knew I'm not brave enough to really get it done! It is so pretty on my arm, it was hard not to stare at it on the skin all day. It lasted well over a week on the skin with showering but it did crack a little so I rather reluctantly had to scrub it off!

I absolutely love the Glimmer Temporary Tattoos. They are so easy to use, fun and last quite a while too. You get such a vast variety of tattoos within each pack, you are bound to find at least one that you would want to wear! I loved wearing the feather tattoo so much that I am now considering getting a real one!

Update: Glimmer have very kindly allowed me to offer you lovely people 20% off the Glimmer range from now up until Christmas. Just use the code 'TEDDY20' at checkout! They would make great stocking fillers!

Other // Apps To Up Your Instagram Game

Up until recently I had no idea that there was such a thing called Instagram themes or Instagram layouts. I didn't realise that people were so dedicated to their Instagram page that they would delete photos that didn't fit their theme, edit photos so they appeared brighter to fit the rest of their Instagram photos and add a white border so their accounts were aesthetically pleasing. After finding out all of this information I realised I had to up my Instagram game.

I did a little tiny bit of research and downloaded a couple of apps to my iPhone to see if they would enhance my photos in any way. Here are a few of my faves!

Apps To Achieve The White Border
I am really guilty of this one! I am a little late to the white border party and it took me quite a while to find an app that did what I wanted it to do. I am sure everyone knows about Whitagram by now. Whitagram allows you to upload a portrait photo without having to crop or lose any of the original image. It also leaves a thick border down both sides of the photo which I, personally, am not too much of a fan of so I always crop it out then upload it to another app, Moldiv. Moldiv allows you to upload a photo before letting you choose the border thickness, spacing, rounded edges, shadow or margin whilst letting you choose the size of the image. Out of the two, Moldiv is my favourite but I do think you lose some quality when you save it to Instagram.

Apps To Create A Collage
I haven't yet made a collage but I quite like the idea of having two pictures in one photo. If you type 'photo collage' into the app store then you will have a field day as thousands of results come up. You could root through all of them if you wanted to but they all pretty much do the same thing. My favourite, Moldiv, allows you to create a collage in any way imaginable, as does Pic Stitch, Photo Grid and Framatic.

Apps To Enhance Brightness
One of my favourite things to do when I edit my Instagram photos is to enhance the brightness. Sometimes when you take a lovely photo but it is just far too dark you need to brighten it up a little bit so these apps can be a bit of a saviour. A very popular app to do this is Afterlight. Afterlight allows you to edit the exposure and brightness of your photos to perk them up a little bit, although you do have to pay a small fee for the app. Another app you can use to edit the brightness is Whitagram. With Whitagram you can really easily edit the brightness of your photo at the swipe of a button and it is pretty foolproof! Other apps to use for enhancing photo brightness is Photoshop Express, Photo Editor by Aviary and Fotor.

Apps With Amazing Filters
We all love a filter, don't we? I used to absolutely adore the Valencia app on Instagram and used it on nearly every photo I uploaded onto the app. A really popular app for filters is the VSCO Cam app. On the VSCO Cam app you have a variety of unique filters which instantly improves your images. You can also have a little search through the app to find some extra free filters to download. Other apps which have great filters are Whitagram, Afterlight and Litely.

Other Apps Worth Mentioning
There are also a few apps well worth mentioning which don't really fit into the categories above. Lumie is an app which lets you apply Bokeh effects to your photos. If you aren't sure what that means then you can add little effects to your photos such as little hearts or dots which looks like little rays of light. Another wonderful app if the A Beautiful Mess app. A Beautiful Mess allows you to add filters, fonts and hand-drawn doodles to your photos to personalize them. It is really fun and you could spend a lot of time messing around with your pictures in order to brighten them up a little! Finally, Image Blender is a great app which allows you to add overlays and patterns to your images. You can either use the patterns they provide you with or you can find some inspiration from the internet. It's a great way to add a little something extra to your photos.

Apps Mentioned
Whitagram - free
Moldiv - free
Pic Stitch - free
Photo Grid - free
Framatic - free
Afterlight - 79p
Photoshop Express - free
Photo Editor by Aviary - free
Fotor - free
VSCO Cam - free
Litely - free
Lumie - £1.49
A Beautiful Mess - 79p
Image Blender - £2.29

What are your favourite apps?

Review // Boots Essentials 3 Minute Clay Mask

My skin has been really suffering recently and I don't think covering it with a good few layers of foundation helps very much. I decided to raid my cosmetics cupboard to see if I could find anything that may help when I found this little beauty, the Boots Essentials 3 Minute Clay Mask.

I absolutely love the Boots Essentials line and the Cucumber range is no exception. I know some people overlook the cheaper end of skincare products in favour of the higher brands but there really isn't anything wrong with skincare products that cost just a couple of pounds. The Boots Essentials Cucumber Range has a variety of skincare products that are inexpensive but definitely do not lack on quality. Available in the range are make-up wipes, cleansing lotion, eye gel, moisturising cream and facial scrub. Every item costs £1.50 so you can afford to try out each product without breaking the bank!

About The Boots Essentials 3 Minute Clay Mask
As with all the products in the Boots Essentials Cucumber range Boots Essentials Cucumber 3 Minute Clay Mask contains extract of cucumber to help gently soften and soothe. This face mask is enriched with soothing cucumber and vitamins; the cleansing clay works to draw out impurities and excess oils from the pores leaving skin clean and toned.

How To Use The Boots Essentials 3 Minute Clay Mask
Massage onto cleansed skin avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes. Leave to work for 3 minutes, then rinse and remove with damp cotton wool and pat dry. Use once or twice a week.

One of the main reasons why I love this clay mask is because it is wonderfully fresh scented due to the cucumber and feels lovely on the skin. I squeeze out a 10p sized amount then apply it all over my face before leaving for a few minutes until it has dried then I wipe off with a warm flannel. The Boots Essentials 3 Minute Clay Mask makes my skin feel softer and more even than before whilst also making it feel much cleaner and fresher. For £1.50, I absolutely adore it and I will definitely incorporate it into my skincare regime!