I can proudly say that after about 19 years of living in the box room in my Mum's house I have finally moved! - To my sisters bedroom. I have been upgraded and I finally have a room big enough to turn around in which is just mind-boggling after years of having a room just with a bed in. Whilst I don't have the bedroom measurements on me, it was roughly similar to that of Harry Potter and his little cupboard under the stairs but beggars can't be choosers, can they?!

With a new bedroom comes a little bit of interior design and I literally could not wait to re-arrange the bedroom to how I wanted it, to paint it the colour I wanted it and to make the bedroom feel more like my own rather than to remember it as my sisters old room. I immediately knew I wanted the walls to be white rather than the deep yellow it originally was so that was an easy choice but finding a colour scheme and decorations to match was slightly more difficult. I decided to go shopping and see if I could see any decorative items that I liked which I could then set the colour scheme around rather than choosing a colour scheme and struggling to find items to match.

I went to Next and immediately found a bunch of pale pink faux peonies in a vase which quickly made my mind up in terms of colour scheme. I'm not a pink kinda girl so choosing a pink colour scheme wasn't what I was expecting to go for but what can I say, I am a sucker for pink peonies! Since then I have found two more bunches of pink faux flowers to use decoratively in my room, as well as a really cute quote within a frame which I bought from the Card Factory for about £3. It says "the secret of being happy is simply being nice" and I try to remember that every day. 

Once I had chosen the colour scheme I decided I wanted two big pink and fluffy cushions for the bed and I just could not find any anywhere. I looked everywhere and eventually saw two in TKMaxx which were about £30 each. I loved them. They were so soft and cosy but far too expensive so I decided against them. In the end I managed to find these two lovely cushions from Matalan for just £8 each! I really regretted not buying the ones from TKMaxx but the cushions from Matalan are just as soft and great quality for a fraction of the price. When I was waiting to pay I saw this mustard yellow cushion for £6 which I thought would look lovely in between them on the bed and I feel like they really finish the room off. I only ever have white bed sheets on my bed now to make the cushions stand out even further but I would love one of those really big, chunky knitted pink blankets to throw across the end of the bed.

Here is a little bit of bedroom inspo for you all!

What do you think? What is your bedroom like?

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Mascara is the part of my make-up routine which I dislike applying the most. Some of the wands are so chunky that as soon as they come into close contact with my eye the mascara seems to just go everywhere. Sometimes I haven't even managed to get the wand to even touch my eyelashes and before I know it it is all over my eyelid and halfway down my face. I have lost count at how many times I have worked so hard on my eyeshadow, blended it out to perfection, admired it in the mirror before trying to carefully applying a coat or two of mascara and - woops! it is all over my eyelid and completely ruined my eyeshadow. Please tell me I am not the only one this happens to!

Not only do I dislike applying the product, I also dislike buying the product too. There are so many mascaras out there, all offering so many different results it is hard to choose which one to go for when you are staring at a sea of so many. I find that a lot of mascaras offer the world but don't really deliver too much in the way of results. I can name one mascara that I have really, really enjoyed using but that is one out of about 10 years worth of trying so many various mascaras from a whole variety of different brands. Mascara plays such a pivotal part in applying your make-up as it is literally the finishing touch. It brings your eye make-up together perfectly and I would never even consider applying my make-up without mascara so it is definitely a must have. My current favourite, the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is on its last legs so it is time to purchase a new one. I was considering trying out the new L'oreal mascara but when I was offered the chance to try out Maybelline's latest offering, I couldn't say no! The Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara* aims to deliver a hell of a lot of volume, so let's find out!

About the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara:
"Meet the Big Shot. Big volume from root to tip. Our colossal brush delivers collagen enriched formula from the root to tip of lashes for fully loaded volume. Discover instant volume with our biggest Colossal yet!"

The Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara is designed to offer big, voluminous lashes with just one coat which is just what we are all after, isn't it? I love the false lash effect and when I try out a new mascara that is exactly the results I am after. I want elongated, thick lashes full of volume, which is partly what this mascara offers. 

The mascara comes in a gold tube which is in the typical shape of Maybelline mascaras. As soon as I see this style of packaging I do immediately think of Maybelline, although it would be easy to get it mixed up with other mascaras that Maybelline have to offer. The wand is slightly unusual with short wavy bristles which aren't too thick and chunky. I actually find the mascara really easy to apply as the wand itself is quite thin so you can get a really precise application without worrying you will get it everywhere. With one coat of the Big Shot Mascara applied to the eyelashes they are instantly made to appear thicker and slightly longer but I wouldn't say it gave a really heightened amount of volume to them. I also found that it made the eyelashes appear not clumpy but not as separated as I would have liked. I feel like I have to apply another mascara on top just to separate the eyelashes a little. The results are nice and are perfectly fine for everyday but if I was going on a night out then perhaps I would want something a little bolder with more volume. 

I haven't tried any of the other Maybelline Colossal Mascaras but the Big Shot is the latest addition to the growing family. I would like to try some more mascaras from Maybelline but I don't think I would buy this mascara again. It is great for everyday and perfect for work but I do prefer more obvious and bolder lashes for a night out so for that occassion I would choose something else. If you are after a mascara which makes your eyelashes appear thicker then this is great but for volume and more separated, defined lashes I would choose a different product.

(*PR sample)

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With summer nearly here it's time to say goodbye to the winter beauty products and say hello to some brand new lighter alternatives. Soon I will be saying farewell to my plum, berries and dark red lipsticks and hello to some fresher, lighter shades to wear throughout the end of Spring and Summer. I will also be waving goodbye to my heavy moisturisers and skincare products and welcome in some lighter products with added SPF to take care of my skin from harmful rays. With my richer and deeper products being placed to the back of my beauty drawers ready to come out again in Autumn, it's time to make a wishlist of products I need to stock up on so I am Summer ready. Give me all of the glowy products, please!

Firstly, let's start with the base. There's no good applying some wonderful beauty products when your skin isn't looking it's best, is there? I love really lightweight, fresh products for my base to keep my face hydrated all day long so when it comes to moisturiser L'Occitane is high on my wishlist. Their L'Occitane Precious Light Face Cream with SPF20 sounds like the perfect option. It's a really lightweight formula which allows the skin to breathe and is quickly absorbed into the skin without being greasy or leaving the skin looking oily, something I really do not need any help in! I also think their L'Occitane Angelica UV Shield with SP40 sounds like a summer must-have. It's a lightweight and silky smooth formula which is designed to protect the skin from the sun whilst moisturising and with continued use it leaves the skin looking plumper and more radiant. I think this product will be an everyday essential during summer and because it is so lightweight it will be perfect underneath make-up.

Now, let's talk make-up! When it comes to Summer, the majority of us want really glowy skin but I find that when I look 'glowy' it can tend to look more oily than anything. I haven't yet found the perfect highlighting products to suit my skintone and skintype yet so hopefully this summer that can change. I absolutely love the sound of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Presecco Pop. Designed to be really lightweight on the skin, Prosecco Pop is a dewy, opalescent priming potion which subtly illuminates the skin without being glittery. I love the idea of using a liquid formula to illuminate the skin with before applying the rest of my make-up. I would then also love to try out the ultra-famous Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. I can't believe that I don't yet own this as it has been incredibly high up on my beauty wishlist for a very long time. This famous highlighter looks so beautiful on all skintones and whilst it may be pricey, I believe this would last an incredibly long time as it appears to be so pigmented and smooth in formula without being gritty due to glitter. Never have I wanted something more and it will definitely be mine this summer! Also staying on the lines of highlighters, I would also love to try out the Jouer Cosmetics Powder Highlighter in Topaz. Another powder highlighter, Topaz is a really beautiful shimmering peachy gold shade which has a velvety soft texture to give the skin an ethereal glow. I have never actually tried any high end highlighters before but these two are very high up on my wishlist!

Eyeshadow-wise, I do not need anything other than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. I already own this so it's not on my wishlist but it should definitely be on all of yours! I recently reviewed it so you can read all of my thoughts about it there but once you use this, you don't need anything else! Onto eyebrows, I would love to try out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde. I have never tried any of the ABH highly popular brow products and as I have recently dyed my hair to an ashy blonde, I would love to try out their brow pencil in a shade to actually match my current hair colour. I would also love to try out their pomade but as I prefer a more natural, softer brow I think that the Brow Wiz would be more suitable for me.

Finally, the last thing on my summer wishlist is another gorgeous fragrance from Jo Malone. I recently bought my Mum a fragrance from them for Mother's Day and as much as she loved it, we both agreed that it didn't last very long on the skin at all. When you are spending so much money on a bottle of cologne you would like it to last longer than an hour or two on the skin. That said, I would like to try another fragrance from Jo Malone to see if another scent lasts longer, which is why the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne is on my wishlist. Floral scents are the epitome of Spring and Summer so this fragrance sounds perfect. Pricey, but perfect!

That is my summer wishlist, what is yours?

(*This post is in collaboration with L'Occitane)

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Say hello to the only palette you will ever need.
Nothing has topped this palette ever since I bought it all of those months ago. As soon as I saw it and I saw the matte hot pink shades I knew I wanted it. No, not wanted it, I needed it. And wow, was it hard to get. It sold out as soon as it went live on the Cult Beauty website and it seemed to never come back in stock. I wanted it so badly that I tried to get it sent to me from Sephora in America but if I begrudge spending £3.99 on delivery here in the UK then I'm sure as hell not willing to spend over £60 shipping a couple of eyeshadow palettes, even if they will come all the way across the ocean! So I decided to wait a little longer and goodness me, receiving that email informing me that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette had come back into stock felt like Christmas Day to me. 

About the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette:
"Quite possibly the most-coveted eyeshadow palette yet, Modern Renaissance features 14, highly-pigmented powders in a rainbow of pinks, taupes and berries. With 11 matte and 3 metallic shadows, alongside a dual-ended soft bristle brush for seamless application and diffusion, the versatile palette is a thing of beauty and a joy to use - perfecting for creating an array of day-to-evening make up looks."

I don't really need to tell how you fabulous the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette is as I think you can see for yourself from the images plastered everywhere of this incredibly popular palette. Featuring hot berry tones, warm brick shades and an iridescent champagne pink, I can't think of one shade within the 14 shade palette which I wouldn't use, nor could I think of a shade I would have liked to have been included. I am confident when I say that when you have this palette, you will not need anything else. When I use this gorgeous pale pink felt covered palette, I don't use anything else as everything I need is in this one palette. Each shade is strongly pigmented, incredibly soft which makes blending an utter dream - in fact, I would say my make-up looks better when I use these eyeshadows as they blend so well with very minimal fallout - and they stay all day long on the eyelids. I literally couldn't ask more from a palette and as strange as it sounds, I can actually see myself repurchasing it when I start hitting the bottom of the pan on some of my favourite shades as I can't bear to be without it. Don't get me wrong, at £41 it is pretty damn pricey but it is worth every damn penny.

My favourite shades within this palette are Tempera, a very matte neutral beige which makes for the most perfect base shade, Vermeer, a shimmery soft pink, Buon Fresco, a matte lavender, Burnt Orange, a deep matte orange, Red Ochre, a deep matte red, Venetian Red, a matte crimson, Realgar, a matte brick shade and finally, my one and only, Love Letter which is the most gorgeous matte raspberry. Never before had I thought I needed a bright raspberry pink matte eyeshadow but I was so wrong. I was surprised I could pull it off actually but wow, I am obsessed with it. It looks wonderful on top of Vermeer blended out into the crease with Venetian Red on the outer corners of the eye. I am not too experimental when it comes to colourful eyeshadows but this palette makes me want to wear the berry reds, the hot pinks and the oranges. It makes me think that I can achieve make-up only seen by beauty gurus on Instagram and for that, I love it.

Don't think about it, just buy it. You need the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette in your make-up collection. The reason why I started this blog was to share my thoughts and opinions on make-up and if out of everything I have reviewed and mentioned on this little space of the internet then I could not recommend this more. I want you all to buy it immediately and tell me later about how much you all love it.


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Glowy skin, we all seem to want it. Recently I have been feeling that my skin has been looking really dry and really dull. If I could compare it to a colour then I would say my skin were currently grey and in need of a little bit of TLC. I decided to look for a product to perk it up a little and rather than go for a face mask which is a once or twice a week temporary fix, I would prefer a product to use daily to help keep my skin looking as bright and as fresh as possible.

Whilst I may be a little bit slack when it comes to applying face masks as routinely as possible, I loved the results that the L'oreal Pure Clay Face Masks gave when they first came out last year - the Glow version in particular really helped my skin brighten up due to the red algae within. When I was on my hunt for a daily brightening fix, I came across the same product but in scrub form, meaning that not only will it brighten and perk up my skin but it will exfoliate it as well. If you have been after something to really liven up your skin which is purse friendly then you definitely need to try the L'oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub.

About the L'oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub:
"The L'Oréal Paris Laboratories have selected three pure clays and combined them with Red Algae extract in an exfoliating scrub, for brighter, smoother and fresher skin, every day. Its non-drying texture transforms into a light foam and releases the micro-beads, which exfoliate impurities and dead skin cells, leaving skin smoother and brighter."

The L'oreal Pure Clay Scrubs come in three different variations, each of which match up to the already popular L'oreal Pure Clay Masks. We have the Pure Clay Purity Scrub which is aimed at cleansing, purifying and mattifying, the Pure Clay Detox Scrub which is aimed at cleansing, clarifying and detoxifying and finally my favourite, the Pure Clay Glow Scrub which is aimed at cleansing, brightening and exfoliating.

The L'oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub is made up of the following three clays;
Koalin - A highly effective natural clay, known to absorb impurities and excess sebum
Montmorillonite - Rich in minerals, a clay recognised for helping to eliminate imperfections
Ghassoul - A pure clay highly concentrated in minerals renowned to help clarify complexion
Also within the Pure Clay Glow Scrub is Algae which is known for its brightening properties. I really love clay based products and the effects they have on the skin, which is why I have enjoyed each and every face mask within this range already.

The Glow Scrub itself comes in a 150 ml squeezy tube which is much easier to apply than the face mask is. The scrub is a typical clay red colour which has little exfoliating particles running throughout the pretty thick but creamy formula. You have to apply the scrub to a wet face then gently rub into the skin in circular motions to let the exfoliating scrubby bits do their work. They aren't too harsh on the skin and feel quite gentle as they are rubbed into the skin, although I do prefer a slightly harsher exfoliant. The scrub does have a noticeable smell to it because of the algae and other ingredients within the product but I don't find it to be too unpleasant. I found that after I had applied the scrub and had dampened my muslin cloth to wipe it all off, the area of scrub which I had applied first had started to dry, just like the mask does so I am not sure if it is a bit 2 in 1 but when left on longer than necessary it does dry down and in my eyes, it can be used like a facial mask also.

When wiped away with a warm damp cloth, the skin is left feeling incredibly smooth and soft. Gone were the horrible and rough dry patches on my face, instead my skin felt so smooth and refreshed. Whilst I can't say my skin looked any brighter than usual after just one use, my skin had perked up and it was left feeling incredibly smooth. I will continue to use this facial scrub twice a day to see how it continues to benefit my skin but so far I am impressed and it has been the product my skin has definitely been needing!


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In the words of James Blunt;

Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend..

After 9 weeks and one infill, it was finally time to remove my first ever set of acrylic nails. And actually? I was devastated. I am a complete acrylic nail convert. Each nail lasted the whole 9 weeks and other than the obvious growth which needed to be filled, they were but a pleasant dream. I loved them. So much. Almost too much, actually. I was constantly complimented on them and they really boosted my ego, even though they were a mere extension of my body rather than an actual piece of me but I didn't even mind. I loved them and I miss them.

But, gosh were they a pain to remove! I was really worried about getting them taken off and even though the nail salon is a short walk from where I work and it would have been really easy for me to go back in and ask them to be removed, I was terrified of how they would remove them. I did a bit of research on Google and Youtube on how they were removed and after a good half hour of watching videos of people ripping their nails off, I decided that I would be more gentle to myself than anyone else would be! Not that I ripped my nails off - Lord no. I was terrified about what my actual nails would look like underneath so I decided to gently soak them off myself. It was time consuming but it didn't hurt and my nails were absolutely fine underneath!!

I would love to say I used a whole load of fancy products but no. All you need is one bottle of pure acetone, a little bowl and some kitchen towel. I did get out some tin foil and some cotton wool but in the end it was far easier to just pour the acetone into a bowl and to soak your nails in. 

First I cut off the acrylic tips up to my natural nails underneath with nail clippers. It was quite hard as my acrylic nails were so thick but it was absolutely fine, you just have to be careful of all of the shards flying off everywhere! I then poured the acetone into a small bowl and soaked my nails in for about a minute, just to take off the nail varnish on the top of the nail. As soon as the nail varnish meets the acetone it practically dissolves which is an awful lot easier than swishing your nail around in a Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover Pot for a while. Once it had gone I wiped each nail on a bit of kitchen towel then soaked them back into the acetone for a good few minutes at a time in order to break down the acrylic. This takes quite a while but I would rather that than having someone drill, file of pull the nail off themselves. When the acrylic starts to break down it goes really gloopy and rather gross so I kept pulling my nails out, wiping them on kitchen towel and repeating. Unfortunately it isn't an instant process but my nails were in such great condition after I had finished that I really didn't mind the painstakingly slow process!

Once the acrylic had dissolved I found there were just a few little specs still stuck on to the nail so I gently filed and buffed it away before filing my nails into shape and applying a bit of cuticle oil and some thick, nourishing hand cream as my hands were quite dry afterwards. I was so shocked as to how well my own nails had grown into a healthy condition even though they had been covered in acrylic and goodness knows what else. Everyone told me my own nails would be really soft and brittle afterwards but fortunately they are really strong and really healthy, so much so that no-one would ever have guessed that I had false nails on in the first place. 

So, were the acrylic nails worth all of the hassle? Were they worth it? Abso-bloody-lutely. I love them and I miss them and I want them back ASAP. The only thing stopping me is that I work in a jewellery shop and I really struggled doing up bracelets and necklaces for customers but if I didn't have to do that then I would probably have them on more often!

How do you get your acrylic nails off?

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My favourite part of my day is when I take my make-up off. There is nothing I love more than walking through the door after a long shift at work, getting changed into my pajamas and taking my make-up off. The lovely feeling of taking your high heels off, your bra off and your make-up off is unbeatable in my eyes!

It has been a really long time since I shared my skincare routine so I thought I would give you an insight as to what products I use and how well they work.This is my drugstore version and every single product you can expect to find in Boots with every product except a couple costing just a couple of pounds. I'm not one to spend lots of money on high-end skincare products, although I would love to have a bathroom cabinet filled with Kiehls and Creme de La Mer facial creams.

Up until recently I used to *gasp* take all of my make-up off with make-up removing wipes. My favourite were the Garnier Micellar Water Wipes as they were so moist and just took the make-up off straight away. A dry make-up removing wipe is no good to anyone, let me tell you! I have just until recently stopped using them but if you use them and want to know my favourites then I 100% recommend those. 

So rather than take my make-up off with a wipe, I now use the Garnier Micellar Water instead, followed by a cleanser. I take my eye make-up off purely with the Micellar Water as it is so gentle on the skin and on the eyes. I tend to go for the Micellar Water in the green bottle rather than the pink as I find it to be even more gentle than the original pink version. Once my eye make-up has been removed, I then use either the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash or the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. I find the latter to be creamier and more nourishing than the gel wash but both do exactly the same job. I apply a couple of pumps into my hand then gently massage it into my make-up to remove it before washing it all away with a warm muslin cloth. That precise moment, when the warm muslin cloth meets my tired face is my favorite moment of my whole day.

Once my make-up has been removed, I then apply the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturiser. It is really lightweight and fresh on the skin and it is something really hydrating to apply to my face after having a thick layer of make-up on top of it all day! In the Winter I apply a thicker, even more hydrating moisturiser to my skin but as it is now Springtime I prefer to go for more lightweight and fresher products. Just before I go to bed I then apply the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate for Night. This is a product I would never have thought to have bought myself but when I bought a Liz Earle Christmas Gift Set it was included and I have loved it ever since. Full of essential oils, the Superskin Concentrate for Night is an incredibly nourishing lightweight, non-greasy product which not only plumps up and softens the skin but is also an aide for sleep. I would never have thought to buy a product like this but now that I have started to incorporate it into my skincare routine, I can't imagine not applying it every evening.

In the morning I use the Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad to remove any sleep and little scraps of make-up left over from the day before. I then cleanse again with the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk when I have my shower, just so I can prep my skin before I start my day and before I apply another heavy layer of make-up! Before I apply my make-up I use my Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer which is designed to provide an even and smooth base to prep the skin with before the application of make-up. It is really lightweight in texture and it feels hydrating and lovely on the skin.The final product I use is the Liz Earle Instant Skin Boost Tonic which is essentially a toner. It brightens, refreshes and revitalizes the skin due to all of the vitamins which are crammed inside the bottle. It isn't an important step of my skincare routine and I could easily go without it but it just makes the skin feel nice and hydrated before I apply my make-up.

That's about as far as my skincare routine gets! If you were to try one product out of everything above then please let it be the Soap and Glory Cleansing Milk. It is usually on offer in Boots and it is so long-lasting it is incredible. I have had this bottle since the beginning of Feb and I still have over half of the product left. Which products do you use that you would recommend?


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What is your go-to everyday make-up shades? Nudes? Beiges? Taupes? Because same. Everyday I pick up my Tarte Palette and apply the same three muted neutral tones onto my eyelids before applying the same soft brown powder blush as a contour shade. I use the same beige paint pot as a primer and the same nude pink as a lipstick, day in, day out. And you know what? I am bored. It is boring. I was staring at my reflection in the mirror recently and I thought a pop of colour would really liven my skin up a little bit. I own so many brightly coloured eyeshadows and lipsticks but I never wear them as I am worried about what people at work would think. But, as time goes on, the need to please others and the worries about what others would think subsides slightly and I want to start applying more vibrant make-up everyday. I am not saying I want to apply heavy Instagram make-up everyday but just something colourful which will make me excited to apply my make-up again.

If you ever want to please someone who likes make-up then just take them to Sephora. Sephora is heaven for a make-up lover and when I went to America a few months ago, I was like a kid in a sweet shop. I ended up buying a few items from various brands but also a lot from the Sephora Collection range. I didn't notice it at the time but everything I bought from their own brand was brightly coloured and perhaps not suitable 'for everyday'. It has been 3 months since I bought them now and I haven't really worn them because they are so out of my comfort zone. 

Let's start with the eyes and with the eyeshadow. This is the only product out of the 4 I have tried before today, hence I have already written a review on it. A bright yellow, matte eyeshadow may not be to everyone's tastes but I really love it. The Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Sunglasses Needed is a beautiful bright yellow but it is a shade which is hard to wear. I would love to be brave enough to wear it all over the eyelid with maybe a shimmery yellow in the inner corners of the eye but I'm not that brave yet. Instead I wear it as a transition shade in the crease of the eye to help blend out a few other shades. When I bought this I didn't actually think I would wear it but I am pleased I am getting some use out of it, although hopefully one day I will be able to apply it all over the eye.

The next eye product I bought was the Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner in Fresh Limeade. The eyeshadow stick is a bright and lively matte lime green which isn't for the feint hearted. Out of all of my brightly coloured make-up, including my bright eyeshadows from Colourpop, this product is perhaps the brightest and the most 'out-there'. I really want to try this out but I am struggling to find some inspiration in how to wear it. How would you wear it? 

Finally, two bright lip products. The Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains in Strawberry Kissed and Always Red. Both products are bright shade-wise with a matte finish without being too drying on the lips. The formula is really creamy and whilst you couldn't say they were weightless, they are rather lightweight matte lipsticks. I chose Always Red as I have always wanted to try a really bold, statement red lipstick but have always been too shy to try one. You can't get any bolder than Always Red and it is definitely one bold statement on the lips. I haven't yet worn this outside from the confines of my bedroom yet which is a shame as I think I could totally pull it off! Strawberry Kissed is a really pretty and bright strawberry pink which applies to the lips even brighter than it appears in the bullet. I actually wore this lipstick to work once and my manager said if she tried to wear it she would probably look like a hooker. I didn't know how to take that comment so I wiped it off in the toilets but it is a really pretty bright lip shade. See, I did try and wear colour to work! 

My little experiment in trying to wear more colour hasn't entirely had me walking out of the house looking like a rainbow each morning but I have tried to step outside of my comfort zone. Recently I haven't reached for the same neutral shades each morning, instead I have chosen to wear some of the more red-toned eyeshadows within my Morphe 35OS Palette, as well as some metallic bright eyeshadows from Colourpop. I have worn the Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed a lot recently and I have even had a few compliments on it which is nice - no more comparisons to hookers, anyway. I still need to push myself to wear the lime yellow eyeshadow crayon but hey, it's a lime yellow eyeshadow crayon. There's a time and a place for that!

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Matte liquid lipsticks. Are we still on that trend train? Or are we all sick of our lips feeling like sandpaper all of the time?  I will admit that I had gone off them ever so slightly, especially around winter time when my lips just got so dry that no matter which brand of liquid lipstick I choose, it always ended up looking like a flakey dry mess. Around winter you want to apply something really nourishing and hydrating and because of that, my liquid lipsticks didn't really see much light of day. Now that we are back into Spring and Summer is soon approaching, I am ready to embrace them again which is great as I own an awful bloody lot of them. One shade in particular I have been wearing a lot recently is one from HUDA Beauty. One of the most recent lipsticks to hop into my collection, the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Medusa is a shade I gave away last year in a giveaway but fortunately I kept one back for myself as it proven to be very popular indeed!

About the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks:
"Non-drying, featherweight, densely-pigmented and with a stunning, suedette finish, there's nothing about Huda Beauty's Liquid Matte we're not obsessed with. Already causing a furore, the silky formula applies like a lipgloss then dries in moments - cloaking your pout with a smooth, kiss-resistant veil of vibrant colour that won't smudge, flake or transfer. Enriched with nourishing ingredients, there's a shade to match each of the bestselling Lip Contour pencils, alongside seven stunning new hues ranging from deep plum (Material Girl) to on-trend '90s beige-brown (Spice Girl) - but be warned! These won't stick around so snap yours up before your best friend beats you to it."

The HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks are available in 16 different shades with 16 identical Lip Contours (that's lip liners to you and I) to ensure precise application. I love that each shade has its own liner as sometimes it can be really hard to find a liner which matches the lipstick and whilst it may look good on Little Mix, I am really not a fan of nude lipstick and dark brown lip liner. When I bought my lipsticks, the matching liners had sold out so I have had to make do without but I do really think the matching lip liner would help create a much neater and precise application.

Medusa is a really wearable dusty mauve shade which is slightly out of my comfort zone colour-wise as I don't tend to go for purple tones but I thought I would try and break free of the pink rut I seem to have got myself in. I find that the colour itself is actually slightly darker than that on the packaging but it is still a really wearable, vampy shade. When it comes down to application I do find it to be slightly messy but name me a liquid lipstick which doesn't require 5 minutes of complete silence and a very steady hand? I really think the matching lip liner would make application a dream but you just need a few moments of concentration to get a clean application.

Once applied, Medusa appears to have more of a shine finish but after a few moments it dries down completely matte. I didn't find that the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick showed up any dry areas on the lips at all which is suprising, although that may have been a slightly different story if I had applied it in the height of winter! I found that once it had dried it did feel quite heavy on the lips - not in an uncomfortable way but you can definitely feel that something is on there so it definitely isn't the most lightweight liquid lipstick that I have tried. Longevity wise it stays put all day long without budging or transferring which is pretty damn good. I didn't find that it cracked or peeled off whatsoever so I literally cannot fault the longevity at all. If you want a long-lasting lipstick then this is definitely one to consider!

I have to just mention the smell of these HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks as, Christ, they smell bad. So bad. The worst smelling lipstick I have ever owned. I hate synthetic, vanilla smells and blimey, this is the strongest synthetic vanilla scent I have smelt. Just like the first shade in the range that I tried and was horrified at, I was so shocked at the smell of Medusa. It was horrendous and unfortunately it lingers on the lips for quite a long time. It is like walking around with a Vanilla Yankee Candle attached to your lips which is alright if you like that sort of thing but I really don't have the stomach for it.

If I were just to review this product on the lipstick alone then I would say it is probably the best matte liquid lipsticks I have tried. They remind me of the Kylie Lip Kits in consistency and texture but ever so slightly cheaper and I absolutely love the shade range. I would happily own every single shade as they are all so beautiful and I love that you can buy the matching lip liner to make for an easier and precise application. They stay put all day long without budging, transferring or creasing and I really could not ask more from a lipstick. The only thing that really lets this product down is the smell. Why every single liquid lipstick must have an overwhelmingly sickly sweet scent to it I will never know but boy, this is probably the worst I have smelt out of all I have tried. Get rid of the smell, HUDA Beauty, and these could be the best matte liquid lippies around.



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Review | HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Medusa

I've had acrylic nails on since February so you could say it was time to wave them goodbye and to give my real nails a little bit of TLC. I will be honest with you and say that removing the acrylics was a bit like trying to fake tan your body with a teaspoon - ie, bloody hard work. My nails aren't actually in bad condition which is remarkable considering I have had acrylics on for over two months but now is definitely time to look after my natural nails and hopefully make them healthy again.

Before I took my acrylic nails off I was asked if I wanted to try out some nail varnishes which were free of the 5 nasty chemicals usually found within nail polish formulas - umm, yes please! I was asked what sort of shades I would prefer to receive and I opted for nude shades. Don't get me wrong, I still love the reds and the hot pinks but after two months of staring at nude ombre nails, I wasn't ready to let it go just yet. I was sent two beautiful shades from the Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colour* range in the shades Starkers and Supermodel - you can't really get a more 'nuder' shade than one named Starkers, can you?!

About the Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colours:
"These gorgeous polishes are formulated for advanced wear and an ultra-glossy, chip-resistant finish. All Leighton Denny Expert Nails polishes are formulated free of the 5 nasties - Tosylamide Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde!"

The Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colours* are formulated for advanced wear, leaving the nails with an ultra-glossy, chip resistant finish. What I like most about the formula is that they don't include the 5 nasty chemicals found in most nail polishes, meaning they should be slightly better for your nails rather than your average, run of the mill, drugstore polishes. 

The two shades I have are Starkers and Supermodel. Starkers is a really pretty, soft, nearly-sheer nude pink. Think french manicure pink with this one. It is very nude. If you were after an opaque shade then I would maybe stay clear of this one but if you persisted and applied a few layers of it then eventually you will build the colour up to be more opaque. The next shade I have is Supermodel, which is soft mink colour. Perfect for everyday, this shade is one I know I can rely on. It reminds me ever so slightly of Barry M Mushroom, a shade I loved back in the day so it is nice to have a similar shade back in my collection. I recently had a massive cull of my nail polishes after accumulating nearly 250 and sticking to the same 5 shades which somehow ended up in rotation, I think I am down to about 20 now which is still a lot to some but for me that's hardly anything!

I have only worn Supermodel so far, the shade I applied as soon as I took my acrylic nails off, and I was so surprised at how opaque it was. I literally applied just one coat to each nail and that was all I needed. No need to faff around with layering up the nail varnish to get a bold statement shade on the nails, the formula is so good that you don't need to waste time with all of that. One coat and you are good to go. I never tend to believe brands when they say their nail varnish is chip-resistant and unfortunately this nail varnish doesn't live up to their claims, although I didn't apply a top coat. I have worn Supermodel for 3 days and my nails have chipped just ever so slightly but in all honesty it doesn't bother me at all. Yes it would be nice to find a chip-resistant nail varnish but there are bigger things in life to worry about than a chipped nail and it's nothing that a fresh coat of polish that won't solve!

Overall, I am really impressed with this range of nail varnish! There are over 100 shades in the range to choose from so you will be utterly spoilt for choice, the shades are really pigmented and you only need one coat to cover each nail and whilst they may not be chip-resistant, they are formulated without 5 of the main chemicals commonly found in nail polishes and they are reasonably priced at £12 each. 

(* PR sample)

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Review | Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colours in Starkers and Supermodel

I'm a new convert to concealer after years of not bothering with it and in the short space of time that I have started incorporating it into my everyday make-up routine, I can't live without it. My current favourite, the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, really brightens up the area beneath my eyes as well as covering any spots that I may have. It really is such a wonderful, long-lasting concealer which comes in about 100 different shades so there is a shade for everyone but the only downside is that it is so hard to get hold of. I really should have stocked up when I was in America as when I run out I will be slightly bereft. That said, at the same time I bought a concealer from Maybelline which currently isn't available in the UK (I sure do know how to pick them!) but it's so good that hopefully it will make its way across into UK drugstores soon!

The reason why I was so drawn to the Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal is that it is full-coverage and camouflaging. Whilst my make-up application isn't yet up to the same standards of the Insta-famous, I do still like my base to be full-coverage and dare I say it, heavy. I really do dislike sheer foundations and concealers. When I apply my make-up I do so to cover up what is 'lurking beneath' so to speak. I have rosacea on my face and I hate the pink, reddy tones caused by it so I like to hide it as much as possible, hence why I prefer products which offer full-coverage. Which is exactly what this concealer offers!

About the Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal:
"Maybelline's full-coverage, high-resistance concealer camouflages imperfections and dark circles to deliver an undetectable finish."

The Maybelline Face Studio Master Concealer is available in 5 different shades - two light, two medium and one dark shade. Shade-wise there isn't a great deal to choose from which is slightly disappointing, especially to those of which have darker skin. It is really rare to find foundations and concealers which come in a whole array of shades to suit all which is why I love the Sephora own brand so much. Straight away Maybelline are doing themselves an almost injustice in only selling this concealer in just 5 shades as they are excluding a massive amount of their consumers which is a real shame as the product is actually really good.

I bought this concealer in the shade Light which is the second lightest shade in the range. Had I known at the time that they sold a lighter shade then I would have gone for that one as Light is ever so slightly too dark for me but it's nothing that a dab of the Body Shop Lightening Drops can't solve! The Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal comes housed in a little 12 ml squeezy tube which is really easy to use and apply. I squeez a small amount onto the back of my hand, dot it underneath my eyes and on any spots I want to cover then blend it in using a damp beauty blender. The results? Well, it is certainly full-coverage, let me tell you! This concealer is fairly thick in consistency so you only need a small amount to cover a large area but it blends perfectly and it hides every single blemish on the skin. I've never used anything like it before. It covers everything without making the skin appear cakey. I have finally found the product I have been looking for!

I absolutely love the formula and the results this concealer offers. It does everything it claims to without making the skin appear cakey or heavy with make-up. It is almost as if it airbrushes the skin to give the appearance of one tone as it just covers everything up so well without being obvious on the skin. It blends in perfectly and I cannot fault the product itself. What I can fault is the shade range which is atrocious. When a brand makes a great product that they believe in they should create it in as many shades as possible to make it appeal to as many people as possible. By only creating the product in 5 shades they are really limiting themselves to just a small amount of customers who can purchase it due to the shade range. I really hope this concealer finds its way across to the UK - and in a few more shades as it is a really wonderful, heavy-duty concealer which is perfect for anyone who is after a really affordable, drugstore concealer which offers full-coverage.


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Review | Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal in Light

For a long time now I have stuck to neutral toned shades on my eyes. Sometimes I like to put shimmery, vibrant colours on the inner corners of the eye just to give a pop of colour but I wish I had more confidence to wear bright orange or bright green eyeshadows to work every day. Neutral tones are nice and safe but sometimes I want to experiment with bright blues, reds and greens. When I was in America recently I made a big Colourpop order full of bright and vibrant shimmery eyeshadows which I thought was enough but I couldn't resist purchasing a couple more eyeshadows in shades outside of my comfort zone.

As soon as I saw the Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Sunglasses Needed, I didn't need to think twice before I put it in my basket. Of course, I didn't need a bright canary yellow eyeshadow but I thought it would make for a really pretty transition shade, as well as being perfect for applying to the inner corners of the eye for a pop of colour to a neutral brown base. 

About the Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows:
"A range of shadows featuring highly pigmented, long-lasting colors in a variety of finishes. Watch makeup go from everyday to extraordinary with this endless array of colors and finishes. These shadows provide superior color, coverage, and long-lasting wear (up to 10 hours) thanks to the Color Eye Last complex, which includes an exclusive combination of up to 70 percent pigments, pearls, and shimmer particles. The shadows are also exceptionally easy to apply with micronized pigments that make for an ultrasmooth, blendable texture."

The Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Sunglasses Needed is a really pretty bright canary yellow which may take you outside of your comfort zone like it did me. It is in a matte finish which has a really velvety soft formula to it which makes application and blending out incredibly easy. Because it is so easy to blend out it really does make for the most perfect transition shade in the crease of the eye. It is very pigmented so you only need a small amount on a fluffy crease brush to help blend everything through. I haven't yet used Sunglasses Needed all over the eye as a base shade but I will do, when I pluck up the courage! 

I really love the Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows as they are all so soft and pigmented. Blending and application is so easy when you have this formula to work with and when paired with a MAC Paint Pot they last all day long on the eyelids. With over 100 shades to choose from in 3 different finishes, it is really hard to choose just a couple to take home with you! I know everyone goes in to Sephora for Kat Von D, Tarte, Becca etc but I really do love their own brand. I've not yet tried a product from the Sephora Collection which I didn't like so don't wrinkle your nose up at the own brand as it really does hold its own up against the bigger brands!


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Review | Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Sunglasses Needed

When I went to America in February, I expected snow and lots of it. I tend to go to Washington DC every February to visit fam and usually it snows heavily and is -17 degrees outside but this year I was so unprepared. I forgot to take my heavy-duty, thick moisturiser to help protect my face from the harsh weather. I forgot to take my lip balms and exfoliators to help protect my lips from being dry, sore and cracked. But actually, this year, it didn't matter. As it was pretty damn hot. So hot in fact that I had to buy sunglasses and summery clothes. At one point it reached about 26 degrees which is incredible considering the same day last year it was -10 degrees and I was convinced I had contracted hypothermia. 

When I had convinced myself that the snow was imminent and that my lips would dry up and fall off without being in reach of a lip balm, I hurried out to CVS to stock up. I bought an EOS as, well, I have seen Kim Kardashian use one and have always wanted to give one a try, as well as a lip balm with NYX, of all brands. I had never heard of this product before and I haven't seen them in the UK since then so let me tell you all about the NYX Butter Lip Balm in Brownie.

About the NYX Butter Lip Balm's:
"Dip your lips in a sheer wash of color with our Butter Lip Balm. 8 decadent hues. One swipe leaves dry lips feeling supple and hydrated."

The NYX Butter Lip Balm's come in 8 different shades, ranging from hot pink to a deep red. This product is designed to be more of a sheer lip balm rather than a lip gloss or a lipstick so if you are after an opaque shade on the lips then these definitely aren't for you. They deliver a really soft and subtle hint of colour to the lips whilst keeping them hydrated. They are very similar to the Maybelline Baby Lips only less greasy and more hydrating!

I really wanted to try all of the shades but decided to go for a warm neutral in the shade Brownie. It is a really pretty warm mid-tone brown which translates to a really sheer shade on the lips. It does look nice on the lips but as it is so sheer, it really is just a lip balm and I wouldn't see it in any other way. So as a lip balm it is spot on and you can't really fault it! I'm not too sure if the NYX Butter Lip Balm's have managed to make their way to the UK yet but if you see them then it's worth picking a couple up as they are always handy to keep in your make-up bag.



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Review | NYX Butter Lip Balm in Brownie

If you were to ask me what shade my face was, rather than replying with Ivory or Porcelain, I would simply reply with 'red'. I suffer from rosacea which means my face is constantly red or pink toned which is why I always reach for a heavy-duty, camouflaging foundation to blur out the pink tones on my skin as I simply can't stand having a pink face all the time. If I could blur my skintone down to just one neutral colour then I would try my hardest to do so but for now, I have had to rely on colour correcting concealers to counteract the red tones by applying some green ones instead!

I have tried a few green colour correcting concealers in the past but none of them have really worked with my skin. Strangely most of the green concealers I have tried in the past have been in bullet form making them quite chalky on the skin so when I saw this one in Sephora a couple of months ago and it was in liquid form, I couldn't resist giving this one a try too. I love the concealer from this range and now I love the Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector in Green too!

About the Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Correctors:
"Ideal for the under-eye area, blemishes, and areas around the nose and mouth, these gel-serum color correctors are feather light and buildable depending on your concern. Pineapple ceramide helps to improve the appearance of skin texture and add brightness, while the cotton swab-like applicator provides the perfect amount of product every time. Just dip, dot, and blend to neutralize before you conceal."

The Sephora Collecion Bright Future Color Correctors come in 7 different shades, all of which help to balance the tones on your skin. Ranging from lavender to neutralize sallowness and yellow to combat dullness, I probably could have required the use of all 7 to combat something or other on my skin but I thought for now, let's focus on the main area I want to change. The green color corrector really does help to neutralize and balance out red tones on the skin with even just a small dot of the product applied to the face. You really don't need much at all to notice a difference on the skin and it's almost as if it is helping to create a blank canvas to apply the rest of your make-up on.

This colour corrector comes in liquid form and it is housed in the typical see-through tube with a doe-foot applicator within the lid. I actually expected the applicator to be the same in this product as it is in the Sephora Collection Bright Future Concealer which makes application a dream but this is slightly different. Rather than the applicator being slanted to make application easier, it is rounded, almost like a cotton bud and if you've ever tried applying make-up with a cotton bud then you know it isn't a pleasant experience! I like to apply the green corrector underneath my eyes, across my cheeks, on my chin and on my forehead before blending it all out with a Beauty Blender but because of the applicator I find it to be quite dry with the applicator almost uncomfortable on the skin. That said, the product itself really does just what it claims to do so and because of that I can't complain!

I really love color correctors as they can hide a multitude of sins within moments. This product neutralizes every red tone on my skin and helps to create a neutral, blank canvas before I apply my foundation. The applicator is a bit of a pain but the product itself makes up for it so if you were after a color corrector to neutralize a problem area then I would definitely recommend this range!


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Review | Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector in Green

When I made my most recent Coloupop haul, I decided to try a few of the Super Shock Eyeshadows to see what they were like. Up until recently I haven't used anything on my eyelids that didn't come from Tarte, Morphe or NYX so I decided to have a change and try something new. Well, when it came to choosing which shades I wanted I was utterly spoilt for choice. With over 100 different colours to choose from, all with different finishes, it is no wonder that I ended up with about 14 sitting in my basket. I managed to limit myself but even then, I managed to buy quite an excessive amount!

For the sake of time and so I don't end up writing a 20,000 word essay on eyeshadows, I have decided to share just a few shades at a time to, y'know, keep the excitement growing. Today I am going to show you some shades which may not be perfect for everyday but they're still pretty damn glorious. Say hey to the Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows in Luckfully, Hydroplane, Donna & Telepathy.

About the Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows:
"Our famous long-wearing crème powder formula with a unique bouncy-like texture. It's super creamy, insanely pigmented, and has one swipe intensity with zero fallout."

All of the Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows have such a wonderful formula to them. They are all rich in pigmentation with one swipe being plenty - no need to layer up the eyeshadow in order to get a deeper colour here. The eyeshadows themselves are incredibly soft meaning they blend like a dream although because of this I do notice fallout when it comes to the application of the shimmery shades. When paired with my trusty MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, each of these eyeshadows stay put all day long without creasing, fading or transferring which is incredible considering they are quite cheap eyeshadows. I tend not to expect too much from the cheaper makeup products as I stick by the statement you get what you pay for but these eyeshadows really are incredible and at $5 each (roughly £4) they are too good to miss!!

The eyeshadows I've shared with you above are all so beautiful. Starting with Luckfully which is a bright cobalt-blue with a satin finish. I went through a phase of being obsessed with wearing blue eyeshadow just underneath the eye blended out softly with a soft brown shade all across the eyelid and this shade was perfect for that. As it is a satin eyeshadow it has a slight shimmer to it which I find does fallout slightly when it comes to application so when it comes to my darker Colourpop shades, I tend to apply my eyeshadow first and my foundation second as it does tend to get a bit messy otherwise.

The other three shades above are Hydroplane which is a beautiful glittery aqua from the Kathleen Lights x Colourpop collection - this shade looks beautiful in the inner corner of the eye as a pop of colour on top of a neutral brown matte. Then we have Donna which is a lovely deep emerald green; this shade looks lovely blended out all over the eyelids for a wash of colour with a sparkling silver on the inner corner of the eyes and finally, my personal favourite, Telepathy. Telepathy is the most gorgeous lime acid yellow with a metallic finish. Another shade from the Kathleen Lights collection, this shade was the one I was most excited about. From first glance you would expect to use it once in a blue moon but this is one of my most used out of all of the eyeshadows I bought. It is absolutely stunning and I thought there was no way I would be able to pull this shade off but gosh, it looks good on the eyes! I apply it on top of a neutral soft brown and it is so eye-catching and pretty, I am in love with it.

Colourpop used to be hard to get hold of here in the UK but now that they have got with the times and introduced international shipping which is really reasonable at $9.99, I think everyone should give this brand a try. If you do make an order, do be prepared to be stung by those pesky customs charges!!


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Review | Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows in Luckfully, Hydroplane, Donna & Telepathy

Jo Malone is pure luxury. It's not something I would buy myself or anyone else as a casual gift as, in my eyes, Jo Malone products are most suitable for special occasions only. Which is why the only gift I could give to my Mum on Mothers Day was something indulgent from Jo Malone.

I actually bought this product almost 2 months ago at London Heathrow Airport. I was waiting for a flight to Washington and felt like having a splurge in Duty Free which was lucky as I could have bought everything in Jo Malone. I knew I wanted to buy a fragrance and was torn between English Pear & Freesia, Pomegranate Noir and Wood Sage & Sea Salt. It is really difficult purchasing a fragrance for someone else as the fear of them not liking it is always there. Which is why I chose my personal favourite and this is my top tip for you all - always go for the one you prefer as if they don't like it then you can just keep it for yourself! Which is exactly why I chose the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne.

About the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne:
"Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful."

The Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne smells utterly wonderful. What I love about Jo Malone fragrances is that they pair two completely different scents together and they always work go together perfectly. I would never have thought wood sage and sea salt would have gone so well together but they do, they really do! Before you smell this fragrance you expect it to be quite deep, masculine and woody because of the name but it couldn't smell any different to that if it tried. The Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt is a really light and fresh scent which reminds me of being by the sea. It is almost as if Jo Malone has managed to bottle up the salty sea air and incorporated it with wood sage to create an utterly unique cologne which is completely unisex. It isn't a sweet or fruity fragrance like I'm used to. Instead it is entirely unique and I literally cannot think of a single fragrance which smells anything like this.

When I bought this cologne, the lady in Jo Malone told me the Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne is best layered up with the Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body Creme as the cologne on its own doesn't have great longevity. I dismissed this idea as I was spending over £80 on a cologne which, considering the price, should last all bloomin' week in my opinion and I wasn't willing to spend a further £50 on a body cream. I thought she told me this to get some more money out of me but unfortunately, she was correct. This cologne does not last all day on the skin. An hour or two, yes but all day certainly not. The scent does fade away quite quickly which is a real shame considering it is eye-wateringly expensive. I sprayed two little pumps onto my wrist earlier on today and a good few hours later it is only just noticeable on the skin which is quite upsetting considering it is an awful lot of money. 

If we were to look at this product purely on its scent then goodness me is it a must-have. It smells so fresh, light and unique - it is definitely one to try next time you pass a Jo Malone counter. But the longevity of the cologne really lets it down. It doesn't last all day and for the price I would certainly expect it to be stronger on the skin - I wouldn't expect to have to re-apply it a few times a day in order to get a hint of the lovely fragrance throughout the day. This is the first Jo Malone fragrance we have tried and as much as my Mum and I both love the scent itself, for the price of it we really would expect it to be longer lasting.


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Review | Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

Let's face it, setting powders are pretty boring. Does anyone ever get excited about buying a setting powder? I used to be a little lazy when it came to applying my make-up and I never used to bother when it came to applying setting products - and then I would wonder why some of my make-up would have faded away by the end of the day! I started using the famous Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to help keen shine at bay and as I have fairly oily skin, there is quite a lot of shine to try and keep at bay!

Everyone loves the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder but after using it for a good few years I really wanted to try something different so when I was in America recently and was queuing to pay in Sephora, I picked up a small, travel-sized version of the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder. I had heard such great things about it and a few of my favourite Youtubers use it in their videos so I decided to buy a little travel-size version before splashing out on a full-sized powder. See - those sneaky little products they surround by the tills to occupy you with and tempt you by certainly work. Usually I am quite strict when it comes to impulse purchases but not when I am in Sephora, it may seem.

About the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder:
"This silky, non-drying setting powder is formulated with Micro-Blurring Technology™ to softly diffuse pores for a velvety-matte, selfie-ready finish. Our universal translucent shade is truly undetectable on all skin tones, so everyone can lock down and mattify their makeup."

The Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder is a loose, finely milled powder which is completely translucent in colour. It is designed to blur out pores and mattify the skin with an almost velvet-like finish. As I bought this powder in a travel/mini size, it is only 5.4 g in comparison to the full-sized product which is 19 g. I don't think I have used a loose powder like this before as I much prefer pressed powders so the concept of the packaging is slightly alien to me. The powder itself comes housed in a little tub with a strange puff applicator held inside which is quite frankly, no good to anyone. We live in an age where everyone is becoming more make-up savvy when it comes to application and techniques and now that make-up brushes are becoming really inexpensive, there really is no need for brands to include crappy little brushes and silly little puffs like the one included in here. To get the product out of the packaging you just have to shake the tub a little bit (preferably with the lid off!) and the powder comes out from underneath. There's actually a hell of a lot of powder in there so I can imagine even this travel-sized version will last you a long time.

The only problem I have found with this smaller version of the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder is that my face powder brush is actually bigger than the tub, meaning this powder goes everywhere! Trying to fit my brush into it is certainly a tight squeeze and I have yet to use this product without it going everywhere but in all honesty, it is worth it. In fact, I would happily buy a smaller brush to accommodate the powder as it's just incredible. The powder just melts into the skin and leaves an almost airbrushed, matte, velvety finish to the skin. I dust it quite lightly over the whole of my face and it sets everything into place perfectly. By the end of the day my make-up is still exactly where it was when I originally applied it without transferring, fading away, making the skin appear cakey nor creased. When the setting powder is applied I have not noticed any shine or oil appearing throughout the day which is great as usually around lunchtime I find that the Rimmel Matte Powder fades away so my face gets slightly oily which then gets worse throughout the day so I always had to take it out with me for top ups but I don't need to do that with the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder - one application is enough to last the entire day and it does everything it claims to do. I can definitely see the hype surrounding this product and it is now my second must-have product from Kat Von D!

Overall, I am really impressed with this setting powder! The Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder practically melts into the skin, leaving an airbrushed, velvety matte finish without making the skin appear cakey. It doesn't crease at all and it keeps all shine at bay throughout the day. A little goes a long way so even the little travel-sized tub is bound to last you a long time. It is definitely a hell of a lot better than the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder so if you are fond of that product then you definitely need to try this!


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Review | Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder

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