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My 2017 Highlights

My 2017 Highlights

First of all, let me begin by wishing you all a very Happy New Year!  As each year seems to fly past quicker and quicker, they each come with plenty of new adventures and memories.  2017 has been an amazing year, I finished my degree […]

Video – My Favourite Autumnal Lipsticks

Video – My Favourite Autumnal Lipsticks

I don’t know what comes over me in autumn, but it’s the time of year I crack out some of bolder, more statement lipsticks in my collection.  I feel a lot more confident wearing a bold lipstick in autumn paired with a huge fluffy scarf […]

L’Oreal Pure Clay Face Masks and Foam Washes

L’Oreal Pure Clay Face Masks and Foam Washes

Originally published on 13th March 2017

Last year, L’Oreal Paris launched their first ever Pure Clay Face Masks and Pure Clay Foam Washes and a few months ago I picked up the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask and the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Foam Wash Green from Boots.

Each face mask contains a blend of three pure clays and a unique blend of natural ingredients to re-vamp your skincare routine and treat your skin to a little extra TLC.  I picked up the Pure Clay Detox Mask [£7.99], mixed with charcoal, this mask is designed to act as a magnet to draw out impurities in the skin.  The mask detoxifies the skin’s surface by cleansing pores and clearing up the complexion.

To apply the mask I use the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush from the Core Collection set.  I apply the mask in a fairly thin all over my face, or focus on specific problem areas, such as my nose, chin and forehead.  L’Oreal recommend using the mask around 2-3 times a week, on clean skin and leaving to dry for around 5-10 minutes before removing with a wet towel or warm water.  The Black Charcoal within the mask draws out impurities within the skin, helping to eliminate imperfections and visible results after just one week of use.  I really enjoy using this mask, as it dries it noticeably tightens my skin and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and cleansed.  I shall definitely be trying out the Purity and Glow Masks in the future too.

Each mask contains a blend of three pure 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.’

I also picked up the Pure Clay Foam Wash Green Purity [£5.99] which is one of their new gel-washes, for clearer and fresher skin.  This purity wash contains a combination of Eucalyptus extract and more pure clays to eliminate excess oil, impurities and reduce shine.  L’Oreal suggests applying the product a wet face both morning and evening, massaging in circular motions and washing off.  The foam wash is suitable for all skin types and after use I can definitely tell a difference in my skin.  Shine is visibly reduced and my complexion appears clearer with each use.  I can’t wait to try out the other masks and washes!

My Favourite Autumnal Lipsticks

My Favourite Autumnal Lipsticks

Originally published on December 1st 2016 I don’t know what comes over me in autumn, but it’s the time of year I crack out some of bolder, more statement lipsticks in my collection.  I feel a lot more confident wearing a bold lipstick in autumn […]

First Impressions: Fenty Beauty & JaclynHillXMorphe Eyeshadow Palette

First Impressions: Fenty Beauty & JaclynHillXMorphe Eyeshadow Palette

After receiving the new Fenty Beauty products by Rihanna and the incredible new JaclynHillXMorphe palette, I thought it was only appropriate to try them both together in a sort-of ‘first impressions’ video. Products Used: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter Instant Retouch Primer – http://bit.ly/2j7p9bv Jaclyn Hill […]

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

Originally published on March 15th 2017

I think we all know by now that I love Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, and well just the brand in general.  Over the years I have collected and adored my ever-increasing number of palettes and yet I have never owned a fully matte eyeshadow palette that has really grabbed my attention.  There are a lot of matte eyeshadow palettes out there but none quite excited me as much of the launch of the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette [£39.50].

Urban Decay launched 12 entirely new matte neutral shades and put them all into one gorgeous palette, and well, I knew I would have to get it!  The palette features neutral mattes that range from cool to warm tones and champion Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System, which gives each shadow a luxurious velvety texture and more pigmentation.  First, let’s talk packaging.  It rose gold exterior and lettering is certainly eye-catching and the interior has 6 shades across the top and bottom, and of course comes with a big, beautiful mirror.  My only little niggle is the small brush that comes with it, granted it’s not of a poor quality or one of those horrendous foam pads on a stick, it is just a little too small in my opinion (but that’s my only complaint).

The 12 shades are gorgeous, and are all ones that I would definitely use.  Often when buying an eyeshadow palette it’s is difficult to love each and every shade, as to be honest I’m fairly predictable when it comes to what shades I love.  It feels strange to say that I enjoy using each and every shade within this palette.  My skin tone is fair and neutral, so I find that I can get away with using both warm and cool toned eyeshadows (yay!).  If I had to pick I think my favourite shades would be Instinct and Lethal, I use them both quite often but perhaps Lethal a bit more when I’m going for a more intense eye-look.

What are your thoughts on this palette?  Are you a fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows?

The £9.99 High Coverage Foundation – L’Oreal Infallible 24Hour Foundation

The £9.99 High Coverage Foundation – L’Oreal Infallible 24Hour Foundation

Originally published on March 22nd 2017 To get that high coverage, flawless, imperfection free complexion on a tight budget is hard, very hard and to find a foundation that ticks all the boxes for under 10 or even 20 pounds is certainly a challenge.  BUT when […]

Autumn Make-Up Tutorial

Autumn Make-Up Tutorial

I know we’re not yet in Autumn, but with the darker mornings and nights, colder weather and the changing colour of the leaves on the trees… BUT as I’m excited for Autumn to be on its way, I thought I’d dive into one of my […]

Hosting A Board Game Tournament

Hosting A Board Game Tournament

Although it seems short-lived, this summer has been perhaps one of the most eventful that I’ve ever known.  I seemed to have blinked and August has disappeared, and we’re already into September.  With lots of exciting (and nerve-wracking) events on the horizon, I thought I’d share with you an event I planned with a couple of friends on a beautiful summery day.  Having friends at different universities, many of whom have now graduated and are on the hunt for jobs!  It’s often hard to find time when you’re all free to do something together, whether it be a meal out, bowling or cinema trip, our schedules have changed dramatically over the past few years.  As a fun, get-together idea, I thought I’d host a mini board games tournament complete with snacks and drinks, and just have a catch up with some friends over a lengthy game of monopoly.

You definitely don’t have to go extreme with the snacks or even provide drinks other than tap water, but knowing me, I just love making things a bit more exciting (plus who doesn’t love the M&S Cotton Candy grapes?!).

Food & Drink

Arguably, one of the most important parts of a get-together is the food.  Fruit, crisps and dip, breadsticks and the ultimate snack food, pizza, are the perfect combination for in-game snacking.  Paper plates are fabulous for this, you can use them and throw them away when you’re done, drastically reducing washing up and making things 10x easier for everybody.  Grab a Sharpie and a plastic glass, write your name on so you don’t forget who’s  is who’s and you’re onto a winner already.

I love snacking on fresh fruit, so grapes, strawberries and blueberries were a must have addition.  The crisps and dip also went down rather well, but the fruit was definitely a favourite, especially during the summer months.  As the ‘main’ meal for the day I went with good ol’ pizza… what board game feuds can’t be solved with a slice of pizza?!

Games

When it comes to choosing what games to play, near enough everyone’s favourite is probably going to be either Monopoly or Cluedo, and with countless versions on the market, you can have numerous editions of exactly the same game (I know I do).  From Pokémon to Disney, we have quite a few to choose from, and more often than not, the Disney one comes out top.  We have the Simpsons Cluedo, which aside from being confusing as to who is who, and what exactly the weapons are, it’s a fun game for any Simpsons fan.

(Let me know if you have any good board game recommendations, I’d love to expand my collection!)

I had originally planned to make a points-scoring system, announce a winner at the end and award everyone with these cute medals that I found in Wilko’s for £1, BUT I forgot.  The medals are still in the cupboard waiting on the next tournament, and hopefully next time I’ll be a little better organised…

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette Tutorial

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette Tutorial

Using the incredible Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ eyeshadow palette, I decided to have a go at a cut-crease eyeshadow look.  I’ve never tried it before and decided that I’d do myself (and my viewers) a favour and make it as simple as possible.  Watching YouTube […]