July Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

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Hi there! It has been so long since I’ve been able to write a blog post as A-Levels basically took over my life! However my exams are all over now and so I’m hoping that I’m going to be able to blog a lot more frequently over the Summer. I started writing this post a few weeks ago so even though I’m calling this post my July favourites, I just want to talk about all the things I’ve been loving since April as I feel like I’ve been gone for ages! Anyway, I hope that you like this post and I can’t wait to publish more over the next few weeks.

Beauty:

Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer – £6.99

My skin was sdull over the winter months and although I was hoping it would improve as the weather got brighter, it suffered due to the stress of exam season. However this primer helps me achieve the glowy, healthy look that I’m after and helps my makeup stay put all day long.

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans – £4.95 each

I’ve received so many compliments from friends in recent months about my eyeshadow and although I wish I could say I’ve just got better at my smokey eye skills, I think I really just need to thank Makeup Geek for making wonderful eyeshadows. The smooth blendable formulas allow you to effortlessly create any eye look in minutes and they are so pigmented and last so long – even on nights out where my eyeshadow would usually be smudged everywhere by 10pm.

Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes (£5.49) and Duo Lash Glue Dark (£5.49)

These have always been my favourite lashes however I’ve worn them more often than usual this month, I’ve gone through five pairs! The lashes themselves are too long for my lash line however this is easily fixed by trimming them slightly and once on, they pull my eye shadow look together so nicely! The lashes come with a little tube of Duo Clear/White lash glue which I take out with me just in case, however for applying them, I use the black Duo lash glue which sticks them down so well and I’ve not had them come loose on me at all during a night out. As long as you ensure that the lash glue is spread evenly when you apply it to the lash, leave it for 30 seconds to go tacky and then apply it straight to the lash with tweezers, they will should all night!

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Music:

Black Magic & Junk Food Forever – The Amazons

I’d heard The Amazons’ other songs on Radio 1 and through social media a couple of times in the past and always thought ‘ooh I must check them out’ and never actually got round to it. However a couple of months ago I heard Black Magic on R1 and loved it and I opened my Spotify straightaway and added it to my ‘current faves’ playlist. I haven’t got round to listening to all of their stuff in full yet but I will be doing as I think I’m going to see them at the festival I’m going to soon.

Strangers feat. Lauren Jauregui, Now or Never & Bad At Love – Halsey 

I feel as though we were waiting for Hopeless Fountain Kingdom for so long, and now that its finally out I can’ say it was definitely worth the wait. The album is very different from her debut album Badlands in the sense that it follows more of a story of a romance and all the highs and lows of being in a relationship with a very Romeo and Juliet kind of vibe to it. Badlands was set in an alternative universe and was very dark for the majority of the record which I’d loved, and whilst HFK is still dark pop, it seems to be a little lighter than her debut which I’m also a fan of. Strangers and Now or Never are my firm favourites after having the album on repeat for about a month now, which I kind of hate myself for as these are the singles from this album and I wish I could love the rest just as much but Bad At Love is the only other one that comes close.

The Louvre, Sober & Supercut – Lorde 

This another album that I was so excited for as Pure Heroine, Lorde’s Debut Album, is one of my all time favourites. Prior to Melodrama’s release, Lorde released four singles from the album; Green Light, Liability, Perfect Places and Sober; all of which I loved.  My favourite of the singles was definitely Sober although I do think that The Louvre and Supercut would have been better singles and I’ll admit that I do like all the songs on the album which is rare for me these days! The record has a dark pop mood similar to that of Pure Heroine and HFK however I do find that I relate to Lorde’s songwriting and her experiences far more than Halsey’s, making this album more favourable for me over HFK however this doesn’t mean that it is a better record necessarily.

IDGAF, Genesis & Dreams – Dua Lipa

Dua’s album is another favourite of mine and I think I loved it from my first listen. I found Dua after the release of her single ‘Hotter Than Hell’ and from then on, I’ve been following her music and I went to see her live in April where she debuted a lot of the songs that would be on the album. I’d absolutely loved Genesis and New Rules live so I’m so glad that I can now listen to the studio versions which are just as good, if not better. The pop album tells the story of Dua’s relationship like HFK, however it has a much lighter mood and consists of both love and breakup songs but with an upbeat feel, making it the perfect Summer album!

Sorry and Amsterdam – Nothing But Thieves 

It has been almost two years since the release of Nothing But Thieves’ debut album and seen as I was a huge fan at the time (and still am!), I’ve really missed the hype of hearing their new music and seeing them live whilst they’ve been recording their new album for the first half of this year. Amsterdam was released in May as the band’s first single from their follow-up record and I think it is such a banger and I love listening to it before going out, despite the slightly dark tone to it. However, Sorry, which was released last week is my favourite of the two. The song starts slow and has a very moody feel however the song picks up from the chorus whilst the dark vibe continues, and I think that this may replace my previous NBT favourites.

TV:

Clique – BBC iPlayer

My Mum and I stumbled across this on BBC iPlayer a few weeks ago when desperately looking for something to watch late at night and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much as I’d seen the trailer and it didn’t look that great. But oh my, this is SO gripping! The plot is so strange, it follows the lives of two girls, a year older than myself, who have gone to university and the ‘clique’ that they become involved in. Some of the themes are quite dark, including drugs and suicide, just as a pre-warning, but beyond that, the storyline keeps your mind ticking over every week wondering what will happen to the two girls now that they have joined the clique.

*update* I’ve now finished the series, and in some ways, I was surprised and shocked at the ending, but I’m most curious about whether or not they’ll make a second series or not as the final scene left me questioning whether or not there could be more to Holly’s story.

Fleabag – BBC iPlayer

I’ll admit, this one takes a while to warm up to, as I don’t think the first episode is the best, but if you stick with it, this is actually a brilliant comedy series. Seen as its only six short(ish) episodes, I binged watched these one evening and found it to be absolutely hilarious! Nicknamed ‘Fleabag’, the lead character is absolutely bonkers and I found myself crying-laughing at her bluntness towards everyone and anyone she meets – if you love comedy, or need a pick me up, give this a go, and let me know what you think!

Stranger Things – Netflix

I’m finally nearing the end of Stranger Things and I have to say I’m now glued to it. At first, I was a little confused and undecided as to whether I actually enjoyed it as I have never really been into Sci-Fi shows, however I have really liked it and found it to be really gripping, and I’m looking forward to the new series coming out later this year.

What have you been loving this month?

Kathryn x

 

Recent Drugstore Beauty Buys

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Hi there! I feel as though its been so long since I did a post as I had some awful news a few weeks ago. I’ve decided to schedule my next few posts to ensure that my content is more regular as I get so annoyed and frustrated with myself when I don’t post for weeks.

Some of these drugstore products have been my favourites for a couple of months now however I have purposely waited to write a full post on them so that I could be more clued up on the products so that I can write honest reviews about them.

Rimmel Lasting Perfection Primer – £6.99

I’ve never really found a primer I love until I tried this! I’ve tried Smashbox and Benefit primers – neither of which I liked and did my skin absolutely no favours, but this offering from Rimmel is my perfect primer. The formula gives a dewy, glowy base for foundation and adds extra radiance to even satin and matte finish foundations. If you like a shine-free finish this won’t be one for you, but if you like a more radiant look, this may become your new favourite too.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara – £7.99

I really struggle to get along with mascara as I have really sensitive eyes that cause the majority of mascaras to run. However this £7.99 bargain is the only mascara to date that I’ve tried that is completely waterproof – this even lasted during some teary episodes I’ve had in recent weeks. The formula provides impressive volume and length too, making this one of the best drugstore mascara offerings in my opinion.

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Eyeliner – £2.99

I actually meant to buy the Fast Stroke liquid liner instead of this as I realised that was the one that had amazing reviews and not this, but this is quite good too. The felt tip like nib makes application quick and easy and the formula is impressively pigmented for only £2.99. However this does run and transfer on my watery eyes after only a few hours of wear meaning that I can’t commit to it being a new addition to my makeup bag, however for those who don’t experience sensitive/watery eyes, this is an absolute bargain.

Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner in ‘Up and Brown’ – £4.99

This is my new favourite pencil liner. I was actually going to try out one of the UD pencil liners as I’ve read really good reviews about those. Other drugstore liners that I have tried including the Soap and Glory Kohl liners ran and transferred on my eyes only an hour after application, meaning that I detest them. However this is amazing, it’s a golden brown shade that applies so easily and pairs perfectly with most eyeshadow looks and lasts all day on me without running! Hallelujah! My only gripe with this is that it fades after about 5-6 hours of wear and therefore needs a top up but this is easy enough to do so it isn’t a massive issue. 

Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry Foundation in ‘Buff’ – £12.99

I’ve had this foundation for a month or so now and I’m still undecided but somehow I’ve continued to use it everyday. To me, this foundation is so matte as I always wear dewy foundations, however this is actually a satin finish and therefore it gets rid of shine but still brightens the complexion a little and doesn’t make the face look completely flat. The medium coverage gives me enough coverage to cover redness and blemishes but I still need concealer to cover my dark circles and spots as I do with most foundations. The issue I have with this is that the foundation claims to last 24 hours and I have tested this on a few 12 hour long work days now and I can safely say this always goes patchy on my cheeks and jawline at the 8/9 hour wear mark, meaning that I’m not sure this would last well for a night out (which I’m yet to try.) Although you’d get away with this for a school day or office shift, this needs a top up around 4/5pm when applied at 8am which may not suit everyone, but for the price this is an okay option due to its good coverage.

NYX Lip Lingerie in ‘Exotic’ – £6.50

Although I’d read mixed reviews about these, I was still desperate to try them ever since I published my Drugstore Beauty Wishlist. I actually quite like this dark rose, muted red/brown shade and I’ve used it a few times now. The formula is nice to apply and glides on the lips, then dries completely matte. I understand what other bloggers have meant by saying that it’s essential you exfoliate the lips with a scrub first as although the formula is very pigmented, they do show every crack and dry patch so it’s best to have smooth lips to start with. As for wear time, the shades I’ve tried (Exotic and Beauty Mark) both last a good few hours due to them being dark shades however as soon as you eat/drink this immediately becomes patchy and a touch up is definitely needed. However for wearing for shorter periods, for 3 hours say, without eating/drinking, or for longer periods where you are able to touch up when needed, these are a great, budget option.

What are your current beauty favourites?

Kathryn x

 

Latest Winter Beauty Buys

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Hi all! I’m back after a long week of A-Level mock exams and I’m throwing all my energy into this post now that I’m up to date with my school work. I was going to do a what I got for Christmas/18th birthday post however seen as Christmas was over a month ago and my birthday was three weeks ago, it feels a bit late for that! Instead, I’ve compiled all the lovely beauty related gifts I received as well as those I bought myself between Boxing Day and now, which is a lot more than I initially thought. Anyways, I’m super grateful for all the lovely gifts that my amazing family and friends have bought me and just as a quick disclaimer as I’m not writing this post to brag, I’m writing to give my honest opinions on these products.

MAC Lipsticks in Twig and Diva – £15.50

Although I’ve rarely expressed my love of MAC lipsticks on my blog (I have no clue why!), they’ve always been a staple in my makeup bag and a product I can always trust, so I was delighted when I received Twig for Christmas and Diva for my birthday!  I’ve seen so many bloggers rave about the ‘Twig’ shade, but it was Jasmine Talks Beauty’s reviews that made me want to try it out the most. I was a little concerned that this lipstick would be too dark for me but I actually love it, it’s a dark dusky rose/pinky brown shade that looks lovely with the MAC Spice or Boldly Bare lip liners and lasts a pretty long time too and fades evenly. Diva is a shade I was desperate to try due to it having a dark, vampy red vibe and I was lacking a high end formula of this colour. I love the matte formula of MAC lipsticks, its creamy yet completely matte on the lips and lasts a really long time too, everything that you would hope for from a MAC Lipstick.

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Morphe Brushes 12 Colour Magnetic Palette (£6.95) with Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans in Shimma Shimma, Goddess, Homecoming, Roulette, Pocket Change and Bitten (L-R) (£6 each)

Since I tried my first MUG shadow in December, as I mentioned in my January Wishlist, I’ve been obsessed and it led me to order 5 more as well as a handy Morphe magnetic palette to house them in. The quality of these shadows is amazing; they are so pigmented and blend so easily and the quality is consistent throughout the different variations of shades too. My favourites are Shimma Shimma which is a light champagne colour, perfect for an everyday subtle makeup look or as an inner corner highlight with a smoky eye, and ‘Bitten’ which is a deep burgundy colour that looks amazing in the crease.

eBay Eyeshadow Brushes – £1.85

These brushes are an amazing Zoeva dupe and it was Makeup Savvy’s eBay roundups that led me to buy them. At only £1.85, these brushes are absolutely stunning and amazing quality for the price too, and definitely comparable to that of my Zoeva ones. Although they’re not quite as soft as Zoeva brushes, and they may not last as long, so far they have washed well and they enable me to do a smoky eye with ease.

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Chloé Love Story Eau de Parfum – £47

Although I’m still in love with my Si by Armani and Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream fragrances, I wanted to find a more wearable everyday fragrance that was still floral but more subtle. I do like this scent, it’s floral yet sweet and it is nice for day to day wear because it’s pretty long lasting. It’s not comparable to either of my other fragrances in terms of being my favourite, but it’s nice and worth it’s expensive price tag.

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Urban Decay Ultimate Mattes Eyeshadow – £38.50

I’ve had my eye on this beautiful palette for so long as I lack matte eyeshadows in my collection, so I was delighted when my wonderful friends got it me for my birthday. Extra Bitter which is a deep rust shade is my favourite to blend into the crease but I get use out of the all of them, particularly Commando, Instinct and Faith all over the lid as a subtle day time look.

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NYX Lip Lingerie in ‘Exotic’ and ‘Beauty Mark’ – £6.50

I received both of these as gifts over the festive season and although the dusky rose Exotic shade is definitely my favourite, I’m going to give ‘Beauty Mark’ a chance and report back as it’s a tad bit outside my comfort zone with its deep brown shade.

Laura Mercier Flawless Contour Palette – £35

I had never tried cream contour products before receiving this palette for Christmas, only my NARS Contour Kit which is powder. I love how creamy and blendable this is although I’m not sure that the lighter and medium shades are dark enough once blended to create a sharp illusion of cheekbones. I’m going to need to try mixing the medium and deep shades to assess whether I think this contour kit really performs as it should. However I’m impressed by the highlight shades as they too have a creamy formula and although only the lightest shade suits my skin at the moment, I think the darker bronze highlight shade will suit me when I have a tan in the summer.

TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer – £20

I am so grateful to my sister for getting me this beauty. I’ve only really tried pink, icy toned highlighters before due to my pale complexion however this light golden shade is an absolute dream and I can imagine that this highlight works for a range of skin tones and it has a beautiful, finely milled blendable formula.

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in ‘Golden Light’ – £28.50

A good bronzer has been missing from my makeup collection for so long now since I became bored of my Soap and Glory solar powder. I’m so glad I opted for this Bobbi Brown pick, it’s a warm matte medium brown shade that adds depth and colour to my complexion to make me look like I’ve spent a week in the sun, when in reality I’m actually as pale as a ghost.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Cannes’ – £5.50

This is now my fourth NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream and I think this shade is actually my favourite. It’s a dusky rose shade and it pairs perfectly with so many of my lip liners and has the same lovely moussey formula as always.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Mini Lipstick Charms – £29

I’ve wanted to try out a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick for some time now but at £23 a pop, I couldn’t choose which was my favourite shade and I couldn’t justify purchasing multiple shades. So when I saw this mini set as part of their Christmas gift range, I knew it had to be on my list! The set includes Amazing Grace, Very Victoria and Red Carpet Red, which are all really wearable shades for me and although I’ve had the most use out of Red Carpet Red for all my recent nights out, I know I’ll get use out of the other two shades as everyday shades too.

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Cologne – £43

I’ve wanted a Jo Malone cologne for so long as I have the Pomegranate Noir Candle and I love it so much. I opted for this floral scent as my favourite perfumes are always floral scents like Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream. This is definitely the most natural floral scent I own as it isn’t as sweet as my others, but I love it and I think it is going to be the best scent ever for Spring.

Makeup Revolution Contouring Precision Oval Makeup Brush Set – £19.99

I’ve wanted to try these for ages ever since I noticed the Mac ones on instagram as I mentioned in my Drugstore Beauty Wishlist post and I am so glad I put these on my Christmas list as they are copper and they coordinate perfectly with my Copper Zoeva brushes. The quality of them is amazing too, they blend seamlessly leaving no streaks as some brushes often do, and they wash well too without any fallout. For less than £7 a brush, these oval brush dupes are great quality and a good option if you want to try the trend but you’re on a budget.

 

 

50 Christmas Gifts under £50

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I’ve finally compiled a list of my top 50 gifts for £50! It’s taken me absolutely ages to create this post as I was conscious to cover all ground and try to include something for everyone. The majority of these gifts would be mostly suited to the ladies in your life, however my main aim of this gift guide was to create a guide that included amazing presents for those on more of a budget as I know I definitely will be this year. As a student, I find it bizarre that the majority of gift guides list luxury presents with extortionate price tags and although I know that these are amazing if you have no budget, not all of us can afford extremely pricey gifts and therefore I hope that this guide is helpful if you want to buy lovely gifts with less damage to your bank account!

  1. There’s Something About Bathing – £46.95
  2. Diptyque Baies Scented Candle – £42
  3. P.F. Candle Co. Teakwood & Tobacco 3.5oz Soy Candle – £12
  4. Yankee Candle Gift The Christmas Edition – £30
  5. DKNY Bryant Park Saffiano Leather Card Holder – £40
  6. 36 Hours, 150 Weekends in Europe Book – £24.99
  7. Neom Luxury Organics Christmas Home Collection – £45
  8. Soap and Glory 12 Christmas Washes – £30
  9. Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette – £38.50
  10. NARS Mind Game Mini Velvet Lip Glide Sarah Moon Collection – £32
  11. Starbucks Coffee Duo – £18
  12. Laura Mercier Going Glam Palette – £35
  13. Rifle Paper Co iPhone 6 Case – £28
  14. Laura Mercier Flawless Contour Palette – £35
  15. Merry Bright Travel Mug – £12
  16. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes Bauble – £20
  17. Grey Reindeer Slipper Boots – £18
  18. St Tropez Holidays Are Coming – £35
  19. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Stick in ‘Very Victoria’ – £23
  20. Library of Fragrance Christmas In New York Eau De Toilette 30ml – £15
  21. Marble Alphabet Coaster – £6
  22. Oh K! ASOS Exclusive Cleansing Gift Set – £15
  23. Gold Marble 2016-2017 Diary – £30
  24. Wooden Cinematic Lightbox – £35
  25. Elderflower Fizz Bath Time Gift Set – £24
  26. 4×4 Gold Glass Mini Square Multi Frame – £24
  27. NARS ASOS Exclusive True Story – £39
  28. This Works Sleep Tight – £13
  29. Skinnydip x Zara Martin Kitty Headphones – £35
  30. A New Journey Starts Here: Writing & Sketching Journal – £9.99
  31. Ohh Deer White Marble Daily Journal – £16
  32. Ban.Do 2017 Calendar – £16
  33. ASOS ‘The World Is Your Oyster’ Watch and Card Holder Set – £28
  34. Portico Horoscope Notebook – £6.99
  35. Ciate Chloe’s Beauty Box – £45
  36. Meow Wine Glass Set – £14
  37. Marc Jacobs ‘Up All Night’ Petite Lip Creme Makeup Gift Set – £34
  38. ASOS Christmas Penguin Long Sleeve T-Shirt & Legging Pyjama Set – £24
  39. ESPA Little Box Of Joy Gift Set – £18
  40. ASOS Christmas Cactus iPhone 6 and 6S Case – £8
  41. Marc Jacobs ‘About Lash Night’ Makeup Gift Set – £30
  42. Starbucks Gift Card
  43. Katie Hoxton The Perfect Pouch in ‘Pink’ – £15.99
  44. Mini Monogram Pendant Necklace – £32
  45. Tanya Burr ‘Tanya Presents’ Beauty Box – £50
  46. Zoella Spa in a Jar – £11
  47. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – £7.99
  48. Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence 30ml Eau De Parfum – £48
  49. Makeup Revolution 12 Days of Christmas Storage Chest – £50
  50. Pixi Best Of Bright – Holiday Edition – £20

Face Of The Day: Autumn Edition 

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in ‘Mont Blanc’ – £31

Although this is my second bottle of this and I know I will repurchase it in future, I’ve had a real love/hate relationship with this foundation recently. In the past, I’ve absolutely loved this foundation and I even dedicated a post to it back in June.

However, I’ve had huge issues with my skin over the past few weeks as I’ve found that no matter how many times I cleanse, tone and moisturise, my skin will not clear up! I’ve been really spotty and my skin has gone from oily to dry in just a few weeks due to the change in the weather and this foundation has really helped me out due to its medium coverage. Although I have found that it’s dewy, glowy finish has sometimes highlighted my problem areas rather than conceal them and therefore I’m beginning to think that I need to invest in a different foundation for bad skin days and only use this when I have clear skin. However, for those days when my skin is good, this is an amazing foundation in terms of coverage and providing a lovely healthy, glowy finish.

NARS Contour Kit in ‘Paloma’ – £32

I’ve expressed my undecided thoughts on this contour kit many times before such as in my April Beauty Favourites post, but I’ve decided that I actually quite like it. Whilst I think the highlight shade is absolutely useless, I do think the contour shade does a great job of helping me create the illusion of sharp cheekbones and it does have impressive staying power as I’ve noticed that in pictures this lasts well even when the rest of my face is beginning to melt off!

Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in ’01’- £7.90

This is definitely my favourite blush in my collection. The creamy formula is incredibly easy to blend out, both with your fingers and a brush and the lovely rose gold pink shade looks lovely with autumnal makeup as it isn’t too bright but still adds a nice touch of colour.

NARS Copocobana Illuminator – £23

I really love this illuminator and it wasn’t until I tried other highlighters that I truly appreciated how good this is. I usually apply this after my Contour and Blush to the top of my cheekbones and occasionally, I will add it under my eyebrows too with a pencil brush to add definition to my brows. This is incredibly easy to blend out and I find it works best when I apply it with my fingers. 

Kiko Eyeshadow in ‘118’ – £2.90

I’ve had this for ages and I haven’t put it to good use until recently. This is the perfect neutral golden shimmery eyeshadow and it looks lovely on its own with winged liner or with a dark brown shade in the crease.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in ‘Sable’ – £17

This is a rediscovery of mine as I’ve had it for years but never really used it as I didn’t like it all over my lid but I’ve found it works perfectly in the crease, particularly with my Kiko eyeshadow or the ‘Dirtysweet’ shade from my Naked Smoky palette.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette – £38

As I’ve previously expressed in posts such as my 5 New Beauty Favourites, this is my favourite eyeshadow palette as it is just so varied and there are so many eye looks I can create with it. I love using the ‘High’ shade with ‘Smolder’ shade to create an incredibly autumnal purple toned smoky eye, however I also love the ‘Dirtysweet’ shade with the Radar shade for a shimmery copper evening look that looks nice paired with a red lip.

Primark Rose Gold Eyelash Curlers – £1 (In Store)

I bought these months ago when I spotted them in Primark and thought they would be the perfect addition to my rose gold makeup brush collection, however I have only started using them daily recently. I never used to think that curling your eyelashes had a huge effect however I’ve noticed that it makes my eyes appear much more awake and my mascara seems to apply much more seamlessly, which is great when I have to put on a face of makeup at 7am most days.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in ‘Trooper’ – £16

This was actually a free sample as I mentioned in  my September Beauty Buys post however I will definitely be repurchasing this when it comes to an end. This eyeliner is definitely worth the hype it receives, it is SO pigmented and lasts so long without any smudges or fading. I’m not sure whether it’s waterproof, but it definitely hasn’t transferred on to my oily eyelids which is the norm for any other eyeliner I’ve tried before.

L’Oreal Voluminous Lashes – £8.49

I purchased this without doing my research before hand as I usually would, partially because of the lovely packaging (usually drugstore mascaras look so ugly), and partially because it claimed that it would lengthen lashes as well as add volume. I’ve been really happy with how easy this is to apply as I love that it is a brush applicator rather than a plastic one and it really does lengthen and volumise my lashes, however I have discovered that applying this to my bottom lashes has been slightly risky as it has often transferred and slid down my face leaving me with panda eyes by 10am (not a good look!) However, I’ve found that setting my concealer with my Mac Select Sheer Powder has prevented this and I’m sure this mascara would be perfect for anyone who doesn’t have watery eyes like myself!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Copenhagen’ – £5.50

I have absolutely fallen in love with this deep berry lip shade and I have been wearing it at any opportunity I can! Unfortunately I forgot to photograph this when I was doing the photos for this post, however to read more about this and to see my pictures of it, have a read of my September Beauty Buys post.

Beauty Wishlist – Drugstore Edition- Autumn/Winter 2016

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Hi there! Sorry for the severe lack of posts lately, I’ve been really busy with school work and I haven’t had any time to dedicate to my poor blog. However, I’ve made myself a little schedule for the next few months so that I will have a better idea of what content I’ll be publishing next. Hopefully it all goes to plan!

After my high end wish list post receiving such lovely, positive feedback I thought I would post my drugstore wish list for this season, which is full of much more affordable alternatives to those in my high end post and some different products like oval brushes and 3/4 length lashes too.

L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Lipstick – Blake’s Red – £6.99

My love of red lipstick is still quite new as prior to the launch of NYX Cosmetics in UK drugstores in April when I tried their Matte Lipstick in ‘Indie Flick’, I had been convinced red lipsticks would never suit me and that they would look way too bold against my  pale complexion. However I found that this wasn’t the case and that actually I loved red lipstick, especially for evening wear. The NYX Lipstick that I purchased was pretty orange-toned and whilst it looks lovely during the summer when I have more of a tan, I love the look of this L’Oréal lipstick for a winter evening makeup look as it is the perfect festive red.

Eyelure Fleur Loves 3/4 Lashes – £5.25

I have a love/hate relationship with false lashes as I adore natural looking, fluttery lashes but I detest thick black, spider-y ones as I feel like I struggle to open my eyes properly when wearing them. I also find that lashes are always significantly longer than my natural lash line so I end up chopping about 1/3 of the lash off so that it fits. I’m hoping that these lovely natural 3/4 lashes would fit perfectly, and may just be my ideal false lashes.

L’Oreal Lumi Magnique Primer – £9.99

I have never tried a drugstore primer as I fear that they will make me break out or will just not live up to my expectations at all. However, I tried the Lumi-Magnique foundation with fairly low expectations of it not being great at all however it pleasantly surprised me and it is now my favourite drugstore foundation. I’m hoping that the primer will be just as good and give me a long-lasting glowy look.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Cannes’ – £5.50

I’ve tried two of these lip creams now and I absolutely adore the formula of them. I currently own ‘Istanbul’ which is a bright baby pink shade that I wore all the time in Spring, and ‘Copenhagen’, a deep plum which I look forward to wearing throughout winter. Therefore, I feel that a simple, everyday nude is the only colour I desperately need to add to my collection and ‘Cannes’ looks like it could potentially be the perfect addition.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in ‘Nude Mauve’ – £8.99

Whenever I see these in Boots I am always so tempted to buy one but I have resisted on numerous occasions due to the ridiculous amount of blushers I already own. However I think that I may need to make an exception for this particular shade as the majority of my blushes are very pink and this would be nice as a nice subtle option on minimal makeup days.

Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze’ – £4.99

I have wanted to try this for so long now but every single time I go into Boots or Superdrug it is sold out. The shade is a beautiful coppery brown colour that is right up my street as I think these colours make my eyes pop more than any others and I absolutely love cream eyeshadows simply because of how easy they are to apply.

NYX Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in ‘Chocolate’ – £5.50

I have wanted to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade for a while now but I already have quite full, dark brows and I fear that this product would just help me achieve ‘slugs’ rather than defined brows. However, I’ve read a lot of blogposts that claim this NYX offering is an exact dupe of the ABH Dipbrow and therefore I would like to try out the cheaper of the two first to see whether I can make a pomade work for my brows.

Tanya Burr Martha Moo Luxe Lip Gloss – £5.99

Although this was released back in the summer, I do still really want to get my hands on this because it looks so lovely on Tanya and is the type of shade I’ve been loving right now. Dark nudes and pinks are my favourite Autumn to Winter transition colours and despite the hype of plum and reds, I do think they are more of an evening lip colour and ‘Martha Moo’ may just be my ideal daytime lip colour for the Autumn.

NYX Lip Lingerie in ‘Exotic’ – £6.50

I am yet to try any of the Lip Lingeries from NYX as everytime I visit Boots, they are always sold out. However, I did swatch this using the tester on the back of my hand and it was such a gorgeous colour that I’ve been trying to source it for months now but I’m yet to find it. I really hope this is in stock soon!

Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail Paint in ‘Black Cherry’ and ‘Black Grape’ – £3.99 each

I’m really lacking in dark coloured nail polishes and these two shades recently caught my eye whilst browsing the Superdrug website. Black Cherry is a lovely deep plum colour and Black Grape is a really dark teal colour, both of which are super versatile and would liven up any outfit this season.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in ‘Lost’ – $6

This is such a beautiful warm toned red/brown shade that really is perfect for Autumn. ‘Lost’ is completely different to any other lip colours I own so I’d really like to see if this shade suits me, especially when it is such a cheap price too.

Sleek Highlighter Palette in ‘Solstice’ – £9.99

I feel like every time I scroll through my Bloglovin’ feed this palette appears and I’m sure it is with good reason. I recently tried my first powder highlighters last month with the Makeup Revolution ‘Radiance’ Palette and although I’m happy with it, I don’t love it enough to repurchase it and I’m on the lookout for a better alternative. Everyone claims that this is the best highlighter palette available at the drugstore so I’m keen to try it out to see if it is worth the hype.

Makeup Revolution Shape Precision Oval Makeup Brush – £7.99  and  Makeup Revolution Face Precision Oval Makeup Brush – £9.99

I noticed this new style of brush a few months ago on Instagram and because I had only seen MAC oval brushes that have a pretty large price tag, I wasn’t convinced enough to buy them in case they weren’t for me. However I noticed these in Superdrug and they look like a pretty good dupe to higher end oval brushes, and they’re rose gold too, which is always a plus.

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek highlighter in ‘Lunch Money’ – $8

I’ve read so many good reviews of these highlighters over the last few months and I’m so desperate to try one now! If it wasn’t for the ridicously expensive and difficult shipping process, I would have snapped this up ages ago! But I’m growing more and more impatient so I think I will need to make a Colourpop order soon!

Milani Baked Blush in ‘Berry Amore’ – £8.00

This is another blush that is very different to those that I currently have in my collection. This is a lovely purple/berry colour that would look lovely paired with a dark red lip during winter and I am so excited to try a blush that literally every blogger raves about.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara – £10.50

I tried the Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara a few years ago and even though I loved it, I never got round to repurchasing it and since then, I’ve dabbled between Maybelline and Seventeen Mascaras; neither of which I’ve loved. I really want to try this HD version to see how they compare and whether it can beat the original version, and also the packaging is really pretty too, so that’s a bonus.

Essie Nail Polish in ‘Playing Koi’ – £7.99

Its no secret that I absolutely adore Essie polishes and this shade from their Fall collection is gorgeous. It is a rusty red/brown shade that would complement so many outfits and could possibly become my staple autumnal nail colour.

Tanya Burr Birthday Suit Eyeshadow Palette – £5.99

This is also part of Tanya’s summer collection but I think neutral eyeshadow looks great all year round and I think this palette would make doing a neutral smokey eye effortless and would be really nice with a plum or red lipstick such as the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Copenhagen’.

Which products are on your drugstore wish list?

Kathryn x

 

 

September Beauty Buys

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1. Makeup Revolution Palette in ‘Radiance’ – £8.00 

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I had seen this on loads of blogposts and thought it was looked like such a lovely palette for such a low price. Although I knew this was a subtle highlight, I had expected more payoff from them as when I swatched the tester in store they appeared to be much more pigmented. This palette is okay for creating a subtle daytime highlight but to get a more intense highlight for evening wear, I find that it is best to apply this with a wet brush or layered over my NARS illuminator. However, for only £8, this is a great buy and is definitely one of the nicest high street palettes I’ve ever purchased.

2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Copenhagen’- £5.50 

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I absolutely adore the formula of these and after trying the ‘Istanbul’ shade in Spring (a bright baby pink shade), I was after a more autumnal colour. I know that dark plums and reds are such a typical lip colour for autumn but I have always been scared of dark lipsticks as I feared they wouldn’t suit me, but recently I have got really into bright, bold lipsticks and so I bought this on impulse and I actually love it. I am so excited to wear this with gold or copper toned eyeshadow and winged liner!

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in ‘Trooper’ – Free Sample (0.2ml) / £16 for full size (0.55ml)

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I always buy drugstore eyeliners however I wanted to try out a high end formula to see how they compared. I know that people rave about this eyeliner and say it is one of the best high end eyeliners, so I  was delighted when I received this as a free sample when I bought a new Clarins Flash Balm from Debenhams a couple of weeks ago. I have only tried this once, however I was very impressed with the pigmentation and it is so easy to apply. The formula is really long lasting too and even after hours of wear, it hadn’t started to fade or run in the same way that drugstore formulas sometimes do. I will definitely be repurchasing this when I finish this tester and I look forward taking advantage of being able to now get hold of Kat Von D products in my local Debenhams!

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4. Lush Mask Of Magnaminty – £6.25 for 125g

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I have mentioned this in previous posts, including my Lush Oxford Street Haul (here) and my April Beauty Favourites (here). I was running dangerously low of this last month and when I visited Glasgow at the start of September, it was the first item I picked up in Lush and I’ve now realised how important this product is in my skincare regime. My skin has been so dry and dull recently, partially due to fatigue and stress, and also because I’ve not really taken great care of it since I came back from holiday at the end of August. Since repurchasing the mask, I’ve used it every week and my skin has become so much clearer and healthier. I can even see the effects of this mask straight after removing it which is why I love it so much. also, the scent is so heavenly, it smells exactly like mint tea! This is one of the best face masks out there and if you’re in Lush, I really encourage you to buy it and give it a go, you won’t regret it!

5. Bourjois Velvet Matte Lip in ‘Peach Club’ – £8.99

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I have actually owned this for a while but I completely forgot about it until I saw it at the bottom of my lipstick stash a few weeks ago. I still have a love/hate relationship with bright shades of lipstick as I fear that they wash me out and don’t suit me but I have been trying to be a little braver lately, so I put this to the test when I went out for my friend’s birthday a couple of weeks ago. I was so impressed by how comfortable this is to wear as it doesn’t feel drying at all, and is SO long lasting. My friend couldn’t believe that this was a drugstore lipstick as she was wearing a Smashbox lipstick and this lasted just as long as hers, and for only £9, I think that’s pretty incredible. If you are looking for a mid-priced long-lasting matte lipstick, this is your call.

6. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in ’02 Light’ – Free Sample (0.11g) / £18.50 for full size (1g)

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This is another free sample that I received in a magazine when Benefit re-launched their brow products a couple of months ago. I love this because of how easy and quick it makes tidying my brows up in the morning and is perfect for everyday makeup as it doesn’t look too ‘fake’ or bold. I also love that this shade is much lighter than my actual brows, as it is in shade 2 whereas typically I would be 4, meaning that I can use it for Sixth Form or other subtle makeup looks without looking like I have filled my brows in with loads of product. I’m definitely going to purchase this soon as I prefer it to my Rimmel pencil.

Which beauty products have you been loving throughout September?

Kathryn x

 

 

Latest Summer Beauty Buys

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1) Barry M Nail Polishes in ‘Beach Keen’ (£3.99 – Boots Exclusive) and ‘Bikini’ (£4.99)

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My favourite drugstore nail polishes have always been Essie, however after reading so many good reviews about Barry M’s polishes and their amazingly cheap price, I decided to give them a go. ‘Beach Keen’ is a gorgeous blush colour, perfect for an effortless yet chic nail look and ‘Bikini’ is a lovely duck egg blue that feels very summery and the coconut oil helps strengthen nails, perfect for me as I’ve chewed them quite a lot recently!

2) Topshop Chameleon Highlighter in ‘Mother of Pearl’ – £12.50

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I actually bought this by mistake as I was after the ‘Crescent Moon’ highlighter, but I mixed up the names! I’m not yet sure if I like this highlighter, the colour is best described as a rose-gold mystic shade and is the perfect highlighter for festivals or paired with a neutral eye look and bold lip. However as far as everyday wear goes, I personally don’t think I’ll be reaching for it much seen as it is a little too pink-toned for me and I prefer a more gold-toned highlight.

3) Revlon Ultra Matte HD Lip Colour in ‘Flirtation’ – £8.99

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This is actually one of my favourite new finds of this year as it is a comfortable, highly pigmented and matte lip product that is worth every penny. I’m also very pleased that I picked this shade as it is a perfect bright pink/dark coral that helps create the perfect bold lip look for summer and looks lovely when paired with neutral toned eyeshadow and winged liner.

4) Kiko Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in ’05 Rosy Brown’ and ’06 Golden Brown’ – £6.90 each

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I’ve wanted to try out the ’06’ shade of this eyeshadow stick for almost a year now, however every time I visited my local Kiko store it was always out of stock. Therefore when I stopped by a couple of weeks ago, I was thrilled when I realised they had it in. It is a lovely shimmery brown shade that looks stunning all over the lid with a lighter, gold shade on top to lighten the corners. I also picked up the ’05’ shade which is also a shimmery formula but is more of a dark purple shade than brown. This also looks lovely with a light gold shade, but also works well with a lighter purple shade such as the NYX Eyeshadow in ‘Damage Control’.

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5) Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo SPF 15 in ‘803 Pink Flamingo’ – £4.90

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I picked this up on impulse as I spotted it was in the sale and thought it would be perfect for wearing during the day on holiday as it contains SPF unlike any of my other lip products. I’m also pleasantly surprised with the shade of this and the pigmentation as I expected it to be quite a sheer balm, however it is actually a nice shade of pink and adds the perfect amount of colour for light, fuss-free holiday makeup and protects your lips at the same time!

6) ESPA Restorative Bath Oil – £29.00

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I received this for my birthday back in January and completely forgot I had it as it was part of a gift set shoved at the back of my drawer. I then rediscovered it a few weeks ago when I was searching for bath products that I could add to my usual cocktail of bubble bath and after giving it a go with some bath salts and bubbles, I was immediately sold and haven’t had a bath without it since. I genuinely believe its claims to ‘quiet anxiety and calm nerves’ as its mix of ingredients including lavender help to fully relax me after a particularly stressful and busy day.

7) Rose Gold Eyelash Curlers – £1.00

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I fell in love with these as soon as I spotted them in the beauty section of Primark. They go perfectly with my rose gold Zoeva brushes and as I was in need of new eyelash curlers anyway, they were a total steal!

What beauty products have you purchased and loved recently?

Kathryn x

 

Drugstore Beauty Favourites Under £10

I bought this mascara on impulse when I was in desperate need of a new mascara, without looking at any reviews of it as I usually would before buying a new beauty product. In the past, I’ve been very disappointed by drugstore mascaras, particularly Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara and L’Oreal’s Extra Volume Collagen Mascara. I found that I disliked formulas and applicators and they never seemed to be long-lasting or waterproof; my two biggest requirements of Mascara. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of this mascara. Despite this particular mascara not claiming to be waterproof, it lasts all day and never creates ‘panda eyes’ as many other mascaras do, yet still comes off easily when I use micellar water to remove my makeup. Overall, I would say this is a good drugstore mascara for providing a good amount of volume and length without weighing down your lashes and is impressively long-lasting for the price.

2) Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner – £6.00

This was the first felt-tip style eyeliner I ever tried after I found gel eyeliners to be a little tricky as a beginner at winged eyeliner. This product performs exactly as I expected; it is easy to use, highly pigmented and long-lasting. My only criticism of this is that it has a tendency to transfer to my eyelids when I blink if I don’t powder due to it not being waterproof. However, this is a very good budget eyeliner, particularly for those new to liquid eyeliner.

3) Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in ’03’ – £5.49

After seeing so many other beauty bloggers say how good the formula of Kate Moss’ collection of lipsticks for Rimmel were, I decided to try them for myself. My staple lipstick colour has always been nude/pink shades due to my pale complexion and dark hair, and therefore I decided to purchase the shade ’03’ which is a lovely light pink toned nude. The satin like finish is very comfortable to wear and moisturising and also lasts for a few hours before it needs topping up, unlike many budget lipsticks which tend to need touching up frequently.

4) Kiko Velvet Creamy Blush Stick in ’01 Golden Sand’ – £7.90

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I love this cream blush and although I have not tried many (others being Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge), this is my favourite shade and the easiest to blend of those I have tried. Although it is not as pigmented and long-wearing as Bobbi Brown’s formula, the beautiful shade and easy to blend formula are great for the price, and performs significantly better than other blushers at this price such as the Revlon cream blush.

5) Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in ’01 Fair’ – £4.19

This may possibly be my favourite concealer ever. For such a low price, the creamy, easy to blend formula provides full coverage and immediately hides spots and dark circles. This concealer out performs any other concealer I have tried; both high end and other drugstore concealers. I’d recommend this to everyone!

6) Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – £3.99

Although Mac’s Select Sheer/Pressed Powder is my favourite, I have finally found a really good drugstore dupe. Despite this powder not being as fine as Mac’s (only slightly), it is still lasts all day and unlike other drugstore powders, doesn’t look cakey on top of foundation and concealer, and as you would expect, keeps your makeup in place all day, an essential in the warm weather we are having in the UK at the moment!

7) Essie Nail Polishes in ‘Hubby for Dessert’, ‘Luxedo’ and ‘Russian Roulette’ – £7.99 each

I often find myself to be extremely underwhelmed by any nail polishes from the drugstore due to the thick, gloopy formulas and the fact that most chip on the first day of application. However, I’ve never been able to justify paying for high-end nail polishes either as I only tend to wear a shade a few times before becoming tired of it and wanting a new colour, and I tend to switch up my nail colour every week or so anyway. Therefore, when I first tried an Essie polish, I was extremely pleased with the formula and wide brush, making application a dream. The slightly more expensive price tag for a drugstore polish can also be justified due to how long the polish lasts. I found that when my nails are painted with Essie without a top coat, they tend to last 5-7 days without chipping and even longer when I can be bothered to do a top coat! These polishes are definitely a must-have for any nail polish enthusiasts like myself!

8) Rimmel Sun Shimmer Self Tan Mousse in ‘Medium Matte’ – £7.99

Due to my pale complexion, I have always been a lover of tanning products, however I am also aware that dark tans make me look ridiculous due to how pale I naturally am. Though this tan states ‘medium matte’, it still provides me with a healthy, golden glow and the mousse is extremely easy to apply with a mitt and dries almost instantly. The result is always as I hope for; a golden tan and the lack of shimmer helps make the tan look even more natural. This is definitely one of the best tanning products out there for a low price.
What are your drugstore favourites?