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

Winter ASOS Favourites

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I can’t believe I have never wrote a fashion post on my blog! I love fashion (not as much as beauty, but it’s close), and I am constantly on the look out for new pieces for my wardrobe. I always find that my ASOS ‘Saved’ section is excessive in what I want to buy. Obviously I can’t have everything being a full time student so the things I do buy tend to be pieces I can see me wearing for a long time or really versatile pieces that I can wear with a bunch of different outfits.

Coats and Boots are the two pieces I feel I need to invest in during winter (hence why there are multiple in this wish list) as I find that if I buy something in November, I will wear it frequently until March and then providing I still like the item, I will continue to wear it the following autumn/winter.

I have compiled a list of my favourite pieces on ASOS at the moment, some of which I can see being staple wardrobe pieces that would last you into the Spring season, and some pieces that would just be perfect for Christmas parties and upcoming festivities.

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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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Photo by Play It Again Sam

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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Photo by Clash Magazine

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

 

 

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

 

 

July Favourites

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Hi there!

Although I feel like July has wizzed by, I have actually bought and loved a lot of things this month that I thought I’d share, so here goes:

Beauty:

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1) Revlon Matte Balm in ‘225 Enchanting’ – £7.99

This is my new holy grail matte lip product. It is moisturising, highly pigmented and best of all; doesn’t feel drying at all which is something I always experience with every matte product, drugstore or high end. For a high street product with such an affordable price tag, I was amazed by this product and I am definitely going to be purchasing this in more shades.

2) MAC Lip Pencils in ‘Boldly Bare’ and ‘Spice’ – £13.00

I actually purchased these back in April when I visited Mac Cosmetics at Covent garden, however I only really used them to line my lips and only recently have I used them as a lip product alone. Although they can feel quite drying, I love the colour and matte effect they give, and they do last a really long time before needing a top up.

3) NYX Proof It! Eyeshadow Primer – £5.50

I have been meaning to buy an eyeshadow primer for the longest time as I have really oily eylids and my eyeshadow always creases. I spotted this on the NYX counter in boots and thought it looked like a pretty similar dupe to NARS’ eyeshadow base (which I am desperate to try!)  It performs exactly as I had hoped; it keeps my eyeshadow in place all day without any smudges, and also makes my eyeshadow look more pigmented.

4) Lush Celestial Moisturiser – £14.95

This moisturiser just continues to impress me every time I use it. The almond-based product hydrates and clears my skin as well as leaving it feeling super soft. Prior to my discovery of this product, other moisturisers made no difference to my skin, and sometimes even made it worse by causing me to break out, and therefore this has become both my ultimate favourite skincare product and favourite lush product. I would recommend this moisturiser to people with sensitive and combination skin like myself as it is gentle on the skin and helps to reduce oil whilst hydrating drier areas, which makes it  suitable for those who experience dry skin too.

Accessories:

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6) H&M Sunglasses – £6.99 (In Store Only)

I have been after a pair of sunglasses like these for a while as the other pairs of sunglasses I own are quite boring and so I wanted a pair that were a little fancier. These are perfect and exactly what I was looking for; they are a cat-eye shape, a funky print, yet still look slightly chic. Overall, these were a great find!

7) Topshop Rings (No longer available)

I have been meaning to buy some sterling silver or gold rings for ages now, but in the meantime, these caught my eye in topshop and I couldn’t resist. This set of three gold rings look nice with any nail colour, and for only £8, I think they are a great addition to any outfit.

TV/Books:

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8) Orange Is The New Black on Netflix

I have loved this show ever since the release of Season 2, when I decided to jump on the bandwagon and find out what I was missing out on. I became hooked instantly, and with the release of Season 4 in June, I haven’t stopped watching the new episodes at any free moment I have! If you aren’t watching this show already, I strongly suggest you do, its amazing.

9) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix

I’ll admit that when I first started watching this show, I wasn’t sure I understood it or that I liked it, however after giving it a chance and watching a few episodes, I absolutely loved it and was laughing out loud. This has to be my favourite comedy on Netflix and Titus just makes the entire show, let’s be honest.

10) The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

I bought this book months ago but I completely forgot about it until I spotted it on my bookshelf at the beginning of July. I was hooked from the first page with this book, its so intriguing and once I start reading, I find it so difficult to put down. I cannot wait to reach the ending however I’m not sure I want to finish it, I love it too much!

What have you been loving this month?

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

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?

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