Friday, 19 August 2016

Whats In My August Makeup Bag

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It's time to show you all what's been lurking inside my everyday makeup bag throughout the month of August. There are some new products & some all time favourites, rediscovering makeup items is always a good feeling!

The foundation I'm using the most is the L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation that you may recognise from my July Favourites. Another item that featured in my favourites is the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer, it's a cream formula & infused with Coconut Water that helps keep skin moisturised. I'm really enjoying the combination of the light coverage foundation & the concealer to give me extra coverage where needed. I've finally got my hands on NARS Orgasm Blush & I only wish I had picked it up sooner. It's such a beautiful warm pink with golden shimmer through it that adds a pop of colour & glow to my cheeks.

A long time favourite is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, that I've been using on & off since I was about 15. I always find myself coming back to this stuff, it's only £4 & is one of the best powders I've tried. Another product that has remained in my makeup bag for what feels like forever is the ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown. I reckon this is always going to be a staple of mine! I have however added another brow product into my routine, the Eyeko Brow Gel* this just ensures my brows don't budge at all, sometimes I end up with half brow by the end of the day otherwise. Another Eyeko item has joined my makeup bag this month, the Eye-Do Mascara*, designed by Alexa Chung herself. The brush on this is insane, which creates big, fluttery lashes for me, love it!

If I've been in an eyeshadow wearing mood I've chosen to use my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, which I'm ashamed to admit has been very neglected. I'm so glad I rediscovered it because I'd somehow forgotten how buttery soft & pigmented UD shadows are, it's such a beautiful taupe toned palette. And, as always I wouldn't be without liquid eyeliner, I've become obsessed with Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner. It's dual ended, with a kohl pencil at one end & the other end being the liquid liner. I mostly use the liquid liner but it's really handy having the kohl option there too if I want a more intense eye look. Wearing lipstick isn't a regular occurrence for me, although I do have an excessive amount of them so I should probably take advantage of my stash more often. On the occasions that I have wanted to wear a lip colour I've gone for Tarte's Creamy Matte Lip Paint in tbt, a neutral shade with mauve undertones.

Whats in your August makeup bag?

L x

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Bathroom Beauty Picks

My bathroom cupboards are overflowing with shampoos, shower gels & scrubs, yet I haven't ever shared a bathroom style post before. I change up haircare products all of the time & I rarely have the same shower gel twice in a row (unless it's Christmas & then I have an endless supply of Snow Fairy) so I thought I'd show you all what I'm currently using. 

Let's start with Shampoo & Conditioner, as that is the first thing I reach for when I hop in the shower. The duo I'm using at the moment is the Diamond Dust* range from label.m, a range that has a unique blend that includes real diamonds! My hair is left feeling seriously silky soft & as though it has been washed at a salon when I use these. Before, during & after washing my hair I comb it through using my Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash Detangling Hairbrush*, it's an absolute life saviour as my hair always knots up otherwise. It's a must have for us girls with thick, frizzy hair as it helps to keep it manageable when products have been massaged in & turned my locks into a tangled mess!

Once my hair is squeaky clean I move onto exfoliating my body. I do this around two times a week to keep my skin smooth & flake-free, otherwise I skip this step & grab my shower gel. I have so many body scrubs on the go at the moment but sometimes I want a gentle one, other days my skin is in need of a bit more TLC so a harsher scrub is required. A scrub thats a good happy medium is the LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub, a bright blue sea-salt exfoliator. My shower gel of choice is the Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash, a luxuriously soft wash that gives my skin a hit of hydration.
Sometimes before I step out the shower I will use the St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan (review) which develops into a light tan, perfect for my pasty complexion. It's a bit of a pain having to stand around for 3 minutes before you can wash it off but I love the glow it provides me with so it's worth the wait!

If I use the St. Tropez Tan then I often skip my moisturiser as it's enriched with sweet Almond oil my skin always feels suitably soft. Again, like my extortionate stash of body scrubs I seem to have a similar amount of body butters & lotions so I change them up depending on my mood! My most used at the moment is the & Other Stories Belleville Bakery Body Souffle which annoyingly I picked up in the sale & can no longer find. I'm so sad it's been discontinued because it's such a lovely lightweight moisturiser it's a dream to use. Oh & the fragrance is to die for if you're a fan of sweet smells!

I've also included the Zoella Le Fizz bar from her latest collection, Sweet Inspirations because if I choose to have a bath I'll often throw in a few squares of this bar. It doesn't add a lot of bubbles to my bath but it makes the water soft & lightly scented, which is nice when you don't want something too overpowering. 

What are your bathroom beauty picks?

L x

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Primark AW16 Press Day

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Primark is one of my favourite high street stores, with it's fast, affordable fashion what is not to love? 
As Autumn is quickly approaching I thought it was about time I shared some of the items I was able to see on display at the Autumn Winter Press Day. There was lots of blush pinks, glitter, rose gold & all of the textures you can imagine, faux fur, embroidered denim & silk to name a few. Primark have always been my go-to shop & now some of these items are starting to arrive in-store I'll be popping in every week to see what I can find!

I was able to take little Lulu Pug along with me to the press day which was the best thing ever, so scroll to the bottom of the post to see her posing away for Primark's Instagram & enjoying her new found fame! 
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Both of these bags scream Christmas party to me, the rose gold sequins number is seriously pretty & I'm sure I'll be seeing it all over the blogosphere!
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Copper rails holding all of the new season collection, so many beautiful pieces I just wish I could have it magically appear in my wardrobe...
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These rose gold brushes attracted a lot of attention & got everyone talking! I've actually seen these in store recently & they are super cheap with prices starting at £1. I decided to pick up the rose gold eyelash curlers when I saw those, they're a perfect blog photo prop as well as being useful too of course.
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Primark homeware is my weakness. It's so cheap it's easy to transform a room on a budget, I'm a big fan of their cushions, throws & candles, I could spend a fortune. I got a bit overexcited when we reached the homeware section, it was like walking into a bloggers dream. Cacti, pineapples, pugs, pastel colours & copper, a perfect theme!
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Pom moms are everywhere & I am absolutely loving this trend! I especially love this fun flamingo print cushion.
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Will you be checking out Primarks Autumn Winter collection?

L x

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Eyeko Beauty Launches in M&S

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Eyeko is the award-winning go-to brand for eye makeup, so when I was recently asked to meet up with them I jumped at the chance. Having only tried their Mascara & Eyeliner before I was keen to see the other products that Eyeko have to offer. Being a big fan of long lashes & cat flick liner I was excited to have a one-to-one appointment with Eyeko's head makeup artist to discover more about them & take a closer look at the products. Eyeko have recently launched counters in Marks & Spencer Beauty Hall, whenever I'm in M&S I always find myself heading to the beauty department, so I can't wait to see the new stand when I next pop in to Liverpool City Centre.
One thing that is unique to Eyeko is their no-waste squeeze mascara tubes, which is such a genius idea & one that should be rolled out by every brand! The Black Magic Mascara* has a curved brush to lift, curl & add volume to your lashes in just one coat. It has an extreme carbon black finish & a water-resistant, long lasting formula so there is no flaking or smudging. 
The Black Magic Eyeliner* is a seriously pigmented liquid liner, it's intense colour pay-off makes it effortless to use & fool-proof with its precision brush tip. The formula features widelash, a tripetide blend to aid lash growth by enhancing both length & volume by up to 3 times. A little trick we were taught by the ladies from Eyeko was that the brush tip is actually removable, it can be turned around to release more liner when you think you're running out. There you go, a handy little makeup hack for you!

I'm not much of a sporty person so wasn't really intrigued by the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Eyeliner* at first, as I just didn't think it was a necessary product for me. However when I was told it doesn't budge all day long & is sweat-proof I suddenly became interested! Long lasting products are important for me when I'm doing a full shift at work, I want my makeup to stay in place for as long as possible. Together with the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara* I've got a dream team combination! Both products are 100% Water-Proof, Sweat-Proof & Smudge-Proof, with pitch black pigmentation.
I don't often use Brow Gels as the ones I've tried in the past tend to leave my brows feeling crunchy & nobody likes a crispy brow, well I don't anyway! Eyeko Brow Gel* has a small brush, shaped so it can sweep through the brows without getting the tinted gel anywhere else. It defines each individual hair to achieve a natural look, yet keeps them in place, yay for everlasting eyebrows! 
Shadow sticks are my go-to product when I'm short for time but still want to wear a full makeup look. Eyeko's Me & My Shadow Liners* are housed in a dual-ended stick, with one end being the product & the other a handy little brush. I usually smudge shadow sticks with my fingers in an effort to save time but then end up getting the excess product everywhere, so the brush is a life saviour! I can now blend blend blend quickly & easily. The Taupe shade I have pictured above is such a beautiful colour, it glides on & doesn't need a primer either as the Vitamin E enriched pigment adheres to the eyelids.

I bet you're all thinking how on earth are these products removed if they have the super staying power & intense pigmentation? Eyeko have their very own makeup remover, Mascara Off* which are 100% cotton wipes infused with Olive Oil, Aloe Vera & Grapefruit. By holding the wipes over your eyes for 5-10 seconds the ingredients soften the makeup to gently remove all traces of your mascara & eyeliner. 

All my new products were given to me in the amazing 'Everything Goes With Black Mascara'* bag, I'm obsessed with the Eyeko eye print & the slogan on the reverse side is so true. It's an ideal size to hold all of my makeup essentials, it will be definitely be coming along with me on my next trip!



Will you be checking out your local M&S Eyeko counter?
L x

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