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

 

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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

 

Nothing But Thieves Review

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On Thursday, I got to go and see one of my favourite bands, Nothing But Thieves for the eleventh time! I know it seems ridiculous to go and see the same band eleven times in two years, but they are seriously so amazing live and I always have so much fun at their gigs. If you haven’t heard of them yet, I strongly suggest you check them out on Youtube.

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They opened the show with one of their biggest hits to date, Itch and proceeded to play the majority  of their debut album (setlist below) with a couple of exceptions. I was so pleased that they played Hanging and Honey Whiskey particularly as these are songs that are exclusive to their deluxe album and I fell in love with these songs hearing them live way before the album was released.

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The band also played a couple of new songs, named ‘Get Better’ and ‘Design’ as a teaser of the new album that Conor announced would be being recorded in January next year. I particularly liked ‘Get Better’ as it was reminiscent to their other material and sounded very much like them, whereas Design was has a slightly different tone to it, so I look forward to hearing what the rest of the second album is like.

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The ‘Under My Skin’ Tour Setlist:

  1. Itch
  2. Honey Whiskey
  3. Hostage
  4. Hanging
  5. Get Better
  6. Graveyard Whistling
  7. Six Billion
  8. Painkiller
  9. Drawing Pins
  10. Design
  11. If I Get High
  12. Excuse Me
  13. Wake Up Call

Encore:

  1. Lover, Please Stay
  2. Trip Switch
  3. Ban All the Music
Who are your favourite band?

Kathryn x

5 Underrated Bands

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1) Sundara Karma 

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Photo by DIY Magazine

I first discovered Sundara Karma back in January following the release of their single ‘Loveblood’. Soon after, they released ‘A Young Understanding’ which I also loved as it reminded me of my favourite band of all time, The Killers. Their most recent release, ‘She Said’ is also a huge indie hit and makes me even more impatient for the release of their debut album ‘Youth is only ever fun in retrospect’ in January. They also announced a tour on Monday so I’m hoping I can see them again next year as they were outstanding when I saw them support Nothing But Thieves earlier this year.

My Favourite Songs: A Young Understanding, Loveblood, She Said

2) Twin Wild

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I have adored Twin Wild ever since I saw them live for the first time in March 2015. Since then, I have seen them 3 times and they never fail to impress. I am so obsessed with their first two singles ‘Fears’ and ‘Another Stranger’ even to this day and their new EP ‘My Heart’ proves that they really are a great band who can both write and perform, and most definitely aren’t a one hit wonder, they’re here to stay.

My Favourite Songs: Another Stranger, Fears, Willow Tree

3) Black Foxxes

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I have only seen Black Foxxes live once, when they supported Nothing But Theives at the Dome in London, and at the time, I had no idea who they were or what kind of music they produced. I wasn’t really attracted to their music until the release of their debut album ‘Whatever let’s you cope’ back in summer, and this record has helped me through a really rough patch over the past few months and I’ve developed quite a personal attachment to it. On first listen, it may just sound like a load of noise and guitars, but if you take the time to listen and analyse the lyrics on each track, you will soon realise these guys are great songwriters and they are so much fun to watch perform too.

My Favourite Songs: HUSK, Whatever Lets You Cope, I’m Not Well

4) Witterquick

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These are yet another band I have seen support Nothing But Thieves and been impressed by. NBT are great at picking support acts aren’t they? These guys are honestly really great live and although they haven’t released much music yet, I thoroughly recommend that you give them a listen on Spotify or SoundCloud because they deserve so much more recognition and praise than they receive.

My Favourite Songs: Soldiers, Rise, Fade Out

5) Fatherson 

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Fatherson are another band, like Twin Wild that I have been obsessed with for so long, yet they are so underrated and deserve so much more praise than they get. I’m a little biased because they’re Scottish (all my family are)  and they are mates with one of my favourite bands ever, Twin Atlantic, but they have been so consistent in making really great rock albums that aren’t only a loud noise, but have substance and meaning to the songs. I finally got to see them perform last November when they supported Prides on their UK tour, and I can confirm that they are just as good live.

My Favourite Songs: An Island, I Like Not Knowing, Kiteers

Who are your favourite underrated bands?

Kathryn x

 

 

5 Foundations – Tried and Tested

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

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Although I am now running low of this, I absolutely love this foundation and how easy it is to blend and the dewy, healthy glow it gives. Despite the lightweight formula, the foundation provides medium coverage and lasts all day, however as a self-confessed serial face toucher, it sometimes looks patchy if I accidently rub or touch my face during the day. Using a powder helps to prevent this and it still looks radiant, however, personally, I prefer the finish without powder. My only other criticism would be that I dislike the lid as it doesn’t fit properly (something I know other bloggers have mentioned before) and the fact you have to purchase a separate foundation pump *rolls eyes*. Although if you have normal to dry skin and like a natural, healthy, glowy finish, this foundation will be perfect for you.

2) MAC Mineralise Moisture Foundation SPF 15 in ‘NW15’ – £29

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I haven’t actually used this in a while, but it is very similar to NARS sheer glow. The finish is super dewy and brightening, which is amazing when you haven’t had much sleep! The coverage is much lighter than NARS foundation and I found it to be a little difficult to build up, which isn’t ideal after a break out and therefore requires very high coverage concealer underneath. In terms of packaging, I love the matte finish on the bottle and that the pump is built in to the lid (take note NARS!) however it isn’t the best design for travel due to my over-paranoia that my foundation will leak all over my makeup bag. However this is an amazing lightweight, brightening formula especially if you have dry skin or for the winter season.

3) Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation in ‘Porcelain’ – £32.50

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I purchased this on impulse in John Lewis after running out of my MAC Mineralise and I just wanted a foundation with a little heavier coverage. Although it provides medium to full coverage and lives up to its ‘Long-Wear’ name, it isn’t anywhere near as dewy as the NARS or MAC formulas and provides more of a matte finish rather than brightening. I think this foundation is perfect for those who prefer a medium coverage, matte finish however personally I prefer a more luminous look.

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4) MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in ‘NC25’ – £26

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This is my go to ‘after fake-tanning foundation’ as it is two shades darker than my natural skin tone and therefore is usually the perfect match after I’ve tanned or been on holiday.  However, I will admit this foundation is my least favourite of the bunch. The formula is much thicker and provides much higher coverage than any of the others, which I find makes it difficult to blend and sometimes, looks cakey if you use too much. This foundation would be great for those who like high coverage foundations as it does cover up all imperfections and it does last all day long, however I dislike the slightly matte finish and the lack of glow it gives.

5) L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magnique Foundation in ‘Rose Pearl’ – £10.99

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Despite this foundation being the cheapest out of those I own, it is actually my current favourite. I have read many reviews that say that this is the drugstore dupe of  NARS Sheer Glow Foundation which I can understand as it is dewy and glowy,  however I actually think it is more reminiscent of MAC Mineralise. It provides a much lighter coverage than NARS’ however it gives the same radiating glow and natural look that both the more expensive NARS and Mac ones do. My only criticism would be that this foundation sets pretty quickly and therefore if you aren’t quick to blend it, it can look patchy and require further application (such a pain when you are in a rush!) The packaging is also not as nice and lower quality than its rivals however for £20 cheaper, it isn’t bad. All in all, this is a great drugstore dupe and an amazing product for the price.

What is your favourite foundation?

Kathryn x

T In The Park – Best 5 Sets

I was lucky enough to attend T In The Park Festival in Scotland last weekend and as a huge music fan, I was in my element with the amount of different artists on. Here are my top picks of those acts I got to catch during the festival:

The 1975

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I was so thrilled to see my favourite band in the world for the second time on Saturday night. They always surpass my already high expectations and they put on the most amazing show. Their set was filled with their biggest hits like Chocolate and The Sound, some from their debut album like You and some more emotional songs including fallingforyou and one of my absolute favourites, Robbers. They are so entrancing and moving to see live and I’d reccomend anyone to see them live at least once if they have the chance, whether you are a fan or not.

Catfish & The Bottlemen

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I saw Catfish at Leeds last year when they completely packed out the NME/Radio 1 Tent and it was so busy I could barely breathe. However, despite that, what I saw and heard made me only want to see them live again and again, and luckily enough, they were playing just before The 1975 on Saturday. Although I will admit I haven’t yet listened to their latest album ‘The Ride’ in full, I have heard some of their new songs. On Saturday they played all of their hits from their first album, as well as some from their new release including ‘Anything’ which I loved and has left me desperate to sit and do nothing but listen to their latest album in full as soon as possible.

Courteeners

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Although I only knew a couple of songs of theirs, I decided to go along and watch them anyway due to my knowledge of their popularity, and surely, they have to be well liked for some reason, right? I can safely say I now fully understand why they are so loved, they are such a great live band and have so many huge tunes (also the fact that they are from Manchester like myself also helped to sway me too, I’ll admit.) I’m now a fan of theirs and will no doubt be spending the next few weeks listening to them on Spotify on repeat!

Oh Wonder 

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Oh Wonder are one of my favourite acts, Anthony and Josephine are just so talented, make such beautiful music and are also great people. After seeing them live in March, I knew to expect a great show and that’s exactly what they did. Although they experienced some technical difficulties during their set, their beautiful voices and great stage presence wasn’t affected and they still managed to blow me away just like the last time I saw them. I cannot recommend Oh Wonder enough if you like chilled, indie pop.

Alessia Cara

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I have wanted to see Alessia live ever since I first found her a few months ago and I was gutted when I found out I missed out on tickets to her show. Therefore I was extremely excited that she was my first act that I saw all weekend at TITP and I’m so glad she was. She has such a compelling and lovable style to her songs and seems so confident and comfortable on stage. Her lovely speech about following your dreams before her performance of ‘Four Pink Walls’ really resonated with me as Alessia is only a couple of years older than me and has achieved so much. I admire her so much and I hope her success continues to grow, she of all artists deserves it so much.

Who are your favourite live acts?

Kathryn x

Brand Focus: NYX Haul & Product Review

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1) NYX Liquid Black Liner – £5.50

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After my Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner started to dry out, I decided it was time to try a new eyeliner. When I visited the new NYX counter in my local boots, I decided to try this one out due to its reasonable price. I’ve been very impressed by it so far, it’s easy to use, has high pigmentation and stays all day without transferring to my eyelids, an issue I’ve had with other drugstore liquid eyeliners before. I’m very impressed!

2) NYX Eyeshadows in ‘Addiction‘ and ‘Damage Control‘ – £3.50 each

These were a little bit of an impulse buy, I spotted them and just couldn’t resist, especially when they are such a good price. I definitely did not need any more eyeshadow but I’m glad I picked these up, they are amazing! They are extremely pigmented, easy to blend, look stunning and last all day without a primer and don’t crease. They perform exactly as a good eyeshadow should!

3) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Istanbul’ – £5.50

This was my first NYX product that I purchased just after NYX counters arrived in UK boots stores . I’ve read so many amazing reviews about these and so I was curious to see if it lived up to my expectations and whether I would personally like the product as I am not necessarily a huge fan of matte lipsticks due to them usually being drying. However this product is completely different, it is creamy, pigmented and comfortable to wear, yet still dries as a matte finish. I also love this shade and think it is absolutely perfect for summer!

4) NYX Matte Lipstick in ‘Indie Flick’ – £6.50

I’ve been wanting to try a orange toned red lipstick for a few weeks now as I’m very much aware that dark toned reds don’t suit me at all and I wanted to try something a little brighter and more summery. The shade ‘indie flick’ is exactly what I was looking for; a matte tangerine toned red that is bold yet not blinding! The lipstick applies easily and lasts a good few hours before it begins to fade. I also think that this shade suits me much better than other red lipsticks I have tried.

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 5) NYX Liquid Suede in ‘Life’s A Beach’ – £6.50

This product is a huge step outside of my comfort zone as far as lipsticks go as I would never choose to wear a shade this bright usually. However after I saw Kate La Vie rocking it in her Drugstore Makeup Tutorial, I decided to give it a go. I love the formula of this product, it applies so smoothly and looks exactly as it does in the tube. Although they aren’t quite as comfortable to wear as the soft matte lip creams, and they are slightly more drying, I do believe this is excusable due to its amazing staying power. I am still undecided as to whether this shade suits me, however I think I might like it more when I have a tan and wear it on holiday in the evening. However, overall, this is a great product for the price and I’m sure I’d love it even more if I purchase it in a more everyday, wearable shade.

Have you tried any NYX products? If so, what are your favourites?

Kathryn x

 

Favourite Albums of 2016 so far

I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it – The 1975 

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This is possibly my personal most highly anticipated album release of the year so  far simply down to the fact that The 1975 have been my favourite band for years now. Their debut albums is one of my favourites and I expected the second to be just as good, if not better. The band most certainly delivered and I love the more slightly darker tone on this album compared to the first. I’d most definitely say ‘I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ was worth the two year wait.

Favourite Songs From The Album: If I Believe You, The Ballad Of Me and My Brain, Loving Someone

Views – Drake

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I think most people would agree this has been one of the best albums of 2016 so far, I mean, what’s not to love? Drake just seems to have a way with words and although I don’t listen to a great deal of R&B, I am always drawn in by Drake and I just can’t seem to stop playing Views on repeat.

Favourite Songs From The Album: Keep The Family Close, Feel No Ways, Too Good

Death Of A Bachelor – Panic! At The Disco

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Although this album isn’t my favourite in the sense that I don’t love all the songs on the album and I don’t listen to it on shuffle as I do with The 1975 and Astrid, I do really love a few of the louder, pop-rock style songs, they can put me in a really good mood instantly!

Favourite Songs From The Album: Victorious, Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time, Emperor’s New Clothes, Crazy=Genius

Astrid S – Astrid S

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I think I fell in love with Astrid almost instantly when I saw her perform as Troye Sivan’s support act at his gig in Manchester in April. Not only does she have an incredible stage presence, and is able to get the whole crowd going, she also has an amazing voice. Therefore when I read on twitter that she was going to be releasing an EP in May, I was extremely excited to finally be able to listen to the songs I had loved hearing live again. As expected, I love the EP and I’m so excited to see what Astrid will do in the future (hopefully an album soon!)

Favourite Songs From The Album: Paper Thin, Hurts So Good, Atic

Phase – Jack Garratt

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After hearing Weathered on Radio 1 quite a while ago, I quickly became a fan of Jack due to his incredible talent to play all those instruments and still sing amazingly. Seriously, how one man can do all of that on stage is just mind blowing. His style is difficult to categorise and the album showcases a variety of genres, which I think is why I love it so much as its nothing like the other albums sat next to it in the charts. Jack is definitely on my ‘To See Live’ list and I urge you to check his music out if you haven’t already.

Favourite Songs From The Album: Breathe Life, Worry, Chemical

ANTI – Rihanna

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I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never really been a fan of Rihanna or her music, and although she’s been in the charts for most of my life, I never really got it. That was until the release of ANTI in January. Unlike any of her other catchy, pop hits, this album has a dark, moody feel and doesn’t sound like the Rihanna I thought I knew before. Seen as my favourite genre of music is probably dark pop, I have grown to love this album over the past few months and I’m so glad that I decided to give it a listen.

Favourite Songs From The Album: Needed Me, Same Ol’ Mistakes, Love On The Brain

Let me know what your favourite albums of 2016  are so far!

Kathryn x

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review

After running out of my Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even-Finish Foundation and MAC Mineralise Moisture Foundation, I decided it was time to try a new foundation. My skin has been quite dry recently however I still have an oily t-zone so I was looking for a foundation that would moisturise my skin whilst staying in place all day.
I had read several reviews about NARS Sheer Glow foundation and after reading about how lightweight and luminous it is, I decided to give it a try. When I visited London a few weeks ago, I visited Space NK and purchased myself a bottle and foundation pump in the shade ‘Mont Blanc’ which cost £31 for the foundation and £3 for the foundation pump. This shade was the perfect match for my skin, and I found it fairly easy to blend when using the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush to apply it, however I would recommend moisturising your skin first to make application easier, I use Lush’s Celestial Moisturiser.

 

 

The foundation provides light to medium coverage, dependent on how much you use, which is perfect for me as I like to wear a light layer so that my skin still looks natural and not too ‘cakey’. The finish is very glowing and radiant but is not too dewy and despite my oily t-zone, it stayed in place all day without powder which I was very impressed with!

Overall, I would definitely recommend this foundation to anyone who has dry skin or combination skin like myself as it is moisturising and dewy unlike matte finish foundations which tend to dry my skin out. Although this is a high end product and is quite expensive, I would definitely say that investing in a good foundation is advisable as it provides the base for your makeup and personally, I think, defines how your makeup will look.
Let me know what favourite foundation is!
Kathryn x

Lush Oxford Street Haul

 

I have been a huge fan of Lush Cosmetics for quite some time now, and I’m surprised it has taken me this long to finally dedicate a post to this brand. In August of last year, I visited Lush on Oxford Street in London for the first time and honestly, I felt like I was in heaven. The flagship store is bigger and better than any other Lush store I have ever shopped at and the exclusive products alone make it worth the visit. Therefore it only seemed natural to make a second visit to the store on my trip to London last week and pick up a number of goodies; both products exclusive to the Oxford Street store and products that are part of their existing range.


 Bath Bombs & Bubble Bars:
1) Cyanide Pill – £3.50
This is the one of the products I purchased that is still an exclusive at this store (in addition to Lava Lamp) and I am definitely sad about the fact I won’t be able to purchase this again until it is available in all stores. The almond oil based product not only smells divine, but also leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and moisturised. Despite the actual effect of the bomb in water not being that impressive, I would definitely repurchase this product because of its heavenly scent alone.

2) Lava Lamp – £3.45

Lava Lamp has to be my favourite bath product out of this collection; it ticks all the boxes! First of all, it smells amazing, the orange flower, tangerine and mandarin oil create a lovely citrus scent which is my favourite type of scent for bath products and is perfect for morning baths as it is awakening and rejuvenating. Secondly, the bomb looks exactly as you would expect when dropped into water; a lava lamp. The bubbles of purple layered over the orange glitter don’t only look pretty but also do wonders for your skin as the purple parts of the bomb are citrus and olive oils which cleanse and moisturise the skin.

3) Pink Flamingo Bubble Bar – £5.95

    

 

Although this bubble bar looks very cute and has a sweet, floral scent, it is not quite as impressive as other bubble bars I have tried such as Karma. The bar creates a generous amount of bubbles and tints the water a very pretty light lilac/pink colour, however  I do think that in order to perform at its full potential, the entire bar needs to be crumbled under the running water rather than saving some of the bar for another bath as I did.

4) Big Blue Bath Bomb – £3.50

(Sorry I forgot to photograph this before I used it!)

I was a little apprehensive to try this bomb as I was not too keen on the seaweed and sea salt scent or the idea of there being seaweed floating around my bath. However I used this after a long day and found it to be incredible for easing tension and sore muscles due to its unique combination of ingredients; seaweed, sea salt, lemon oil and lavender oil. I will definitely be repurchasing this as it is perfect for a relaxing and calming bath.

Skincare:

My new saviour. No, I am not exaggerating, this product honestly seems to have superpowers. It is no wonder this product is the best selling product in the entire Lush range as on my first use, it cleared my skin of any breakouts, dry patches and redness in just 10 minutes. Not only did it make my skin feel incredible, it smelt wonderful too; just like a fresh mug of peppermint tea. This is definitely one of my favourite Lush products that I have ever purchased and I will definitely repurchase it when I run out.

2) Celestial Moisturiser – £12.95 for 45g

 

This moisturiser is absolutely amazing for leaving your skin feeling super soft and helps to protect your skin from breakouts and dryness in the long term due to its main ingredient; almonds being high in vitamin E. Although this is a little pricier than the average drugstore moisturiser, I think it performs a lot better than any other moisturiser I have ever used before and is therefore definitely worth the purchase.

 

What is your favourite Lush product?

Kathryn x