Top 5 – Favourite Lipsticks.

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If there’s one thing I have a lot of, then it is lipsticks. Lip sticks, crayons, liners, pencils, paints. I’ve got them all and more. So today, I thought I’d share my top 5 favourite ones. Some are old favourites, some are new discoveries.

1: Nyx Soft Matte in Prague – £5.50

6da2b99b9b46a4150be806c1cc65f2e4Now, this was a really hard decision. I’m a big fan of Nyx products, and own quite a few of them, but when I had to choose between either Cannes or Prague, I just thought the bright pink colour piqued the title.

Prague is a total deep pink Barbie pink that is such a statement look. I’ve gone through a good few tubes of this colour, and always reach for it if I want a pop of colour.

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream’s are such good lipsticks if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, but want a good moisturing liquid lipstick. And with a range of colours, they can appeal to a wide variety of customers.

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2: MAC Velvet Teddy – £15.50

41e95e17351c714631c56355898cd43bThis is my go-to colour for the days I want to just slap on the makeup and go. As a fairly matte texture, it does require just a dab of lipbalm underneath, but this lipstick lasts well throughout the day and can really be paired with any makeup look. From what I’ve seen, this shade is a combination of hues, and can look completely different on a variety of skin-tones. I usually pare this with my trusty MAC ‘Soar’ lipliner.

A brilliant staple for your makeup bag.

Image credit  -Polyvore on Pinterest

3: Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush – £6.9979d643ab384fab3de291613280dcc0b8

This is quite a new addition to my collection, but I’ve found myself using it more and more. This Vivid Matte line is quite similar to the Soft Matte’s from Nyx, as they provide a good balance between the matte effect, without really drying out your lips. Nude Flush is quite a subtle shade, and it has been rated as a good dupe for the Kylie Cosmetics ‘Koko K’ lipstick and for £6.99, you really can’t go wrong!

 

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4: No7 Classic Rose – £9.95IMG_1011

I’ve preached about this lipstick in my My 9 Staple Beauty Products, and through that review you can read everything about it. But this is such a beautiful pink colour. I find it flatters my skin-tone a lot, has good pigment and despite being mattifying, it doesn’t massively dry out your lips.

 

 

 


5: MAC Russian Red – £15.50

macrussianred1When it comes to red lipsticks, I always go for MAC. Now, for this blogpost, it was a real toss-up between Ruby Woo and Russian Red. However, recently I’ve recently favoured the latter shade just to the slight change in colour hue. For me and my skin-tone, Russian Red is a real, true Marilyn Monroe red, and isn’t as drying as Ruby Woo. I’ve worn Russian Red on nights out, and have been eating, drinking and kissing and there’s only been slight colour loss. MAC lipsticks are mid-range in the price point and I think they are so worth the money.

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If you’ve got any lipstick shades/brands you like, then please let me know! I’m always in the market for buying and testing new ones out, and I’d love to hear your opinions.

 

Trevarno Skincare – Product Review.

Like I’ve said before, skincare over the winter months is vitally important. Although I usually go for a staple system that, over the years, has been a go to throughout the year, the cooler months require just that extra TLC.
I was very lucky enough to be sent some products by the Cornish-based organic skincare range, Trevarno, to review. And quickly I fell in love with the products.

For Your Eyes

The first product I used, and quickly added to my morning routine was the Organic Eye Cream. Made from a mixture of essential oils, rosewater, eyebrighorganic_trevarno_eye_creamt, beeswax and cocoa butter, this product was designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles. As someone who suffers a lot from looking tired (working two jobs and a full time Uni course will do that to a person), I always use under-eye concealer as part of my makeup routine. But since I’ve added this eye-cream into my routine, I have noticed a visible difference. The cream is very thick and only a few dabs around your eye area will go a long way. It also absorbs easily into the skin, and doesn’t leave it feeling tacky. I particularly enjoyed the cooling sensation that it provided as well. It made me relax at night, but also feel alert in the mornings. The scent wasn’t overwhelming, and so far it hasn’t irritated my eyes. So all in all, a fab product.

Organic Eye Cream retails at £10 for 15ml/£18 for 30ml

For Your Hands

The second product I used was the Organic Nail Conditioner. As part of my job, I work in a bakery, and this is particularly tough on my hands. I’m lucky that I’ve never had real issues with splitting, but I used this conditioner as a preventative.organic_trevarno_nail_conditioner With clear instructions on how to use it, this conditioner has helped with reduction of ridging. With the appearance of a salve, the scent isn’t particularly strong, and I think is well worth the money as you get a lot of product. It’s also made my nails feel softer at the cuticles, and is a good step to use if you have to use nail varnish remover on your nails a lot (I love painting my fingernails, but due to work, I have to constantly remove the colour). I think this would work well for people with real nail issues.

Organic Nail Conditioner retails at £8 for 15ml/£12 for 30ml.

For Your Face

organic_trevarno_day_creamAnd last, but certainly not least, I was sent the Organic Day Cream. Now, I’ve got an issue with day creams/moisturisers. By my dermatologist’s recommendation (yes, I know I’m fancy), I really shouldn’t use products with too much oil on my face. Especially around my T-zone. So I was wary when I tried this. However, despite all my fears I was pleasantly surprised. The moisturiser didn’t flare my sensitive skin up, and I didn’t have issues with clogged pores. I noticed that it also helped calm my redness around my cheeks, and just left me with more of an even skintone. It also made my skin feel softer, and provided an excellent base for makeup. Also, with a pleasant floral scent of lavender and essential oils, I enjoyed the application of it, and it didn’t overwhelm me in the morning.

Organic Day Cream retails at £13.50 for 30ml/£18 for 60ml.

Final Thoughts

All in all, I was so happy with the products I was sent. The eye cream has become a staple in my skincare system for sure now, and I really enjoyed the use of the nail conditioner and day cream. Trevarno’s products are all organic, cruelty free and the ingredients all are ethically and sustainability sourced. They also have product lines for children, men and specialist skin issues, so really a win for everyone.

A big thank you to the team at Trevarno for letting me test and review these products. Please check them out! Links to everything is below.

Organic Nail Conditioner

Organic Day Cream

Organic Eye Cream

 

Trevarno Skincare Website

 

Wintery Favourites – Getting Me Through the Festive Period

Ever since October hit, autumn has been fast on our tail and it’s inevitable that winter is coming. With the cool weather approaching, I’ve had to change what I carry around with me on a day-to-day basis, and I thought I’d do my ‘Wintery Favourites’ as
a beauty blogpost today. Also, please bear in mind, this is all products I’ve bought or been given as gifts by friends/family.

So, in no particular order:

Burberry Cashmere Scarf – £335

Now, I was very lucky to have this as a hand-me-down from my mother from her younger days. This vintage Burberry scarf has been a staple in my handbag, and although its certainly been well-loved throughout the years, it’s still gorgeously warm and soft. This scarf is a classic, and I’ve worn it with pride over the years, and will continue to do so this winter.

Eos Strawberry Sorbet Lipbalm – £751a7fzyczjl-_sl1000_

A fairly new product, but definitely a favourite. This cult beauty product has been recommended by all who try it, and I love how moisturising it is, and with the nifty packaging and bright colours it doesn’t get lost in the depth of my handbag. Over the change of season, I’ve been really suffering with chapped lips, so I use this before my lipstick and throughout the day, and it seems to have really cleared it up.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream – £3

A really intensive hand treatment. A little will go a long way, and you can really feel the nourishment that it gives you. On my skin, I’ve not noticed any stickiness from residue, and I also like how subtle the scent is.

Touch-screen gloves – £2.50

I hate having cold hands, so really love my winter gloves over the cooler months, however with my iPod Touch and iPhone, it used to be annoying if I had keep removing them just to text/change songs. This simple pair of black touch-screen gloves from Peacocks does the trick until I can get into the warmth.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturiser – £4.99272810011_0_640x640

Over the years I’ve gone through loads of different day cream/moisturisers, but I seem to keep coming back to this one. As someone with combination skin, and a particularly oily T-zone/forehead, I really need an oil-free moisturiser for my day-to-day, and I found with this one, a little goes a long way and I love the scent.

J by Jasper Conran Winter Checkered Coat – Estimated £100

I’m not a big coat person. I run quite warm, and really can’t stand the bulkiness of coats unless it’s very cold outside, but for the last couple of years, I’ve been returning to this Jasper Conran coat. With a huge hood, good length and waist belt, I think it looks quite stylish every year, and I find it warm enough to keep me toasty through the winter months. I bought this coat ages ago as a new one from a charity shop, so I’m unsure of the price, but by looking at the Debenhams website, I can only estimate around £100 new.

Woollen Headband – £5

I am not the biggest hat fan, as my head gets unseasonably warm, but in the winter months I need some protection around my ears. A woollen headband can keep your ears warm, along with being a natty accessory. I also use it for bad hair days, and for the price, you can’t go wrong. I bought mine a couple of years ago, and is perfect for just slipping in my bag.

 

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière – £925IMG_1825

I’ve done a big blogpost about my Speedy on here, but for the cooler and slightly wetter months, I prefer using my Speedy over my Neverfull as it has a zip. I’ve got this bag caught in so many rainstorms, and because the bag is treated canvas, water just runs off it and dries quickly. The Speedy 30 is a great bag for everyday goods and books, and with the addition of the strap, I can just toss it on and not worry too much.

 

 

 

So these are my Top 8 Wintery Favourites. Let me know if you’ve got any products that you’d recommend for the colder months?

 

Zoella Beauty – Cross-Section Product Review

As a modern-day blogger, it is clear that YouTube would have definitely seeped into my consciousness. And I am well aware that in the past couple of years, some of the higher-ranking YouTube stars have released merchandise that goes past their own websites and into the high-street shops. And yes, I have bought into them.

And what did excite me when they first come out was the Zoella Beauty products – a line that was designed, and has had every step on the way, input from hugely successfully YouTuber, Zoe Sugg or Zoella. This line features bath and body creams, candles, makeup lines and fragrences, and are priced between £3-£8, so not overly expensive. The line has become hugely successful in participating Superdrug shops, and has attracted fans from around the UK to be able to buy pieces that Zoella herself believes in. So, I took it upon myself to try and test a cross-section of these products.

Over the last year when they came out, I have bought.

From the Original Collection:

  • The ‘Soak Opera’ – Bath Cream and Body Wash
  • The ‘Blissful Mistful’ Body Spray
  • The ‘Zoella Eyes’ Makeup Bag

From the Tutti Fruitt Collection:

  • The ‘Scrubbing Me Softly’ Body Scrub
  • The ‘Lets Spritz’ Body Spray.

The collection features a range of beauty products, from body sprays, bath washes and makeup lines. The packaging of these products are in a very Zoella-esque colour scheme, such as pastel colours, polka-dots, bows, and pretty handwritten labels. The original collection is in a more neutral colour scheme, such as white, light cream and pink, whilst the newer Tutti Fruity is designed with summer in mind – and features more of a vibrant pink, blues and yellows. With the packaging, and the products names, this collection is very desirable for younger audience of Zoella, yet the fragrances and quality design do appeal to the age bracket of 18 and above.

So, let’s get into the reviews:

The ‘Soak Opera’ – Bath and Body Cream (Original Collection)

This bottle was one of the products that impressed me the most. Not only did the name draw me in, but the size of it – nearly 500ml – seemed to be a good deal for the £5 it was sold at. Now, I’m not an idiot in the sense that I know there are better, and less expensive shower gels and bath creams on the market. But for it being a piece of YouTube merchandise that is widely available, I thought it was a pretty good deal. I’ve seen lower quality YouTuber merchandise for higher prices.

The ‘Soak Opera’ doubles up as a shower gel to use, or a bath cream that you run under hot water to create the highly-desired bubble bath that most girls want to experience in their lives. The liquid is a light pink in colour, and only the smallest amount needs to be squeezed under the water to make an entire bath’s worth of bubbles. Which I thought showed it to be a good piece of high quality bubble bath.

Now, the original collection all comes in one scent, which is both floral – such as gardenia and jasmine but also with a strong overtone of vanilla. Now, fragrance is a really personal thing in a person’s life. And unless floral tones are done well, they can smell cheap and sometimes nauseating. But with this line, the scent is still sweet, and highly feminine, but it is quite subtle in a way.

And in the case of the ‘Soak Opera’, the scent has been transferred well. But unfortunately, in my opinion, neither the bubbles or the smell remains when bathing. The bubbles disappear fairly quickly, and the scent just goes. And despite it also being marketed as a shower gel, the fragrance doesn’t remain either when being used that way. I do use it fairly liberally, and apply it to a loofah before washing my body, and despite it foaming up well, it doesn’t leave any gorgeous smells behind, which my Dove body wash does. And for a product that has such promise, this is a really unfortunate touch.

But, for a gorgeously marketed bottle, and quite a generous size at that, I will keep adding it to my bath.

The ‘Blissful Mistful’ (Original Collection) and ‘Lets Spritz’ (Tutti Fruity) Body Mist.

Now, if there’s one thing you need to know about me, is that I love body sprays. Not because I smell uneccessarily bad, or have a serious sweating problem, but because they are cheaper versions of perfume that can easily be bought, re-bought and if you break them or lose them it’s not something that is too upsetting. And they just add a refreshing boost anytime during the day, and you can easily store them in your bag.

And I have used the ‘Blissful Mistful’ scent for nearly a year now. And by the level of my bottle, it is safe to say I’ve used it a generous amount.

The ‘Blissful Mistful’ scent is from the original line, and has the floral/vanilla signature fragrance from the first collection. It comes in a glass, square bottle, with a reddish bronze colour lid and a polka-dot back. Now, for a scent that is under £10, it has got quite a good, light and summery scent that appeals to all ages, but like I said, for a scent under £10, it lasts a good few hours. Apparently it has Vitamin E oil in the fragrance too, which is also super moisturising for the skin. But like I said before, fragrances are a really personal touch, so I thoroughly recommend that you try it out before you buy. But to me, the scent is quite classical, clean and floral. And for £8, it can’t be missed.

And the ‘Lets Spritz’ Body Mist. Now, the Tutti Fruity collection is the perfect accessory for summer, as it’s not florally, but has a zesty, citrus fragrance that is very reminiscent of actual Tooty Fruity sweets. And with the high water content, and lack of oil with these body mists, they don’t linger on the skin in a sticky manner, but need constant reapplication. Which can be either good for people who want that burst of scent, or bad for fans of long-lasting perfume. Now, out of my two body sprays, I prefer the packaging of this one. With white lace detailing being visible through the back, a purple tint on the fluid itself and contrasting blue-greeny font and lid, which also has white polka-dots, this looks adorable on every surface. However, despite this burst of scent being fresh and not an overwhelming, or headachey smell, it disappears very quickly. I’ve timed it wearing off in about an hour. But, I guess for £8, it could be forgiven.

So a round up – if you want floral, sweet scents that stay on your skin – try the ‘Blissful Misful’, but if you want citrus, fruity scents that need a bit more application, give the ‘Lets Spritz’ a try. I keep both of them in my handbag, for the days when I want to feel a bit refresher, and not care about reapplication.

‘Zoella Eyes’ Makeup Bag

This bag is probably one of my most used, and useFUL pieces in the collection. Decorated in a bright scheme of aqua and coral polka-dots, as well as having a print of Zoe’s own made-up eyes, the bag is not only 100% PVC on the outside, therefore making it wipe-clean, but also spacious and roomy. Now, before my cosmetics grew just a tad too big for a regular size makeup bag, I used this as a everyday bag, and it has now downgraded to my everyday bits-and-bobs case. With it, I can easily store:

  • Folded-up full case of baby wipes
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Toothpaste
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Deodrants – roll on and spray
  • Body spray
  • Hairclips
  • Hairbands
  • Mini hairbrush

So, as you can see, it does store a lot of the essentials. However, one criticism I do have for it is that the interior is fabric, so it can get very dirty, very easily. However, the print, fairly good price of £8, and design that doesn’t necessarily scream ‘Zoella Beauty’ so will appeal to people who want to own a piece of YouTube merchandise without necessarily shouting about it, is worth it all. It’s a good size, surprisingly roomy and can fit in most bags as a travel makeup bag, or an emergency kit.

The ‘Scrubbing Me Softly’ Body Scrub.

Another surprisingly good quality product. This scrub is to be applied on damp, tough skin and to just exfoliate the dead stuff away. What I was impressed by is the price against the quality and longevity of this product. For £6, this 280g tub is guaranteed to last a long time, as the texture of this product isn’t soft and can be easily used up quickly. It comes out as quite a hard, but malleable texture that feels thick and unwieldy at first application, but I guess due to body heat, it melts slightly and can be easily spread. Enriched with blueberry and acai, this product not only keeps its fragrance long after application – which was my issue with Zoella’s own bath products – but it really does do the job. It seems to get all the dead skin away to leave a smooth skin surface. Also, with conditioning cocoa butter, this not only exfoliates but conditions, so you don’t necessarily have to moisturise afterwards. 

With adorable packaging of a light lemon, and dark pink highlights, I am tempted to say this is my favourite product out of the whole Tutti Fruitti line.

So, what is my overall opinion on Zoella Beauty?

As, I’ve said before, this is only a cross-section of the products, so if you want a more overall and better reviewer of every single product, I’m sure there is others out there. But in my opinion, Zoella has created a substainable beauty line that smells gorgeous, is a fairly reasonable price for her target audience and has given us all good quality products that I won’t be afraid to re-buy when I run out. And with two lines, she shows that she can bring out different scents that smell equally as good, and that she can go into different areas of body creams with the write blend of good packaging, good ingredients and good marketing campaigns. Like I said before, my only gripe is that I wish the products would have a scent that remained on the skin for longer, and truthfully, that there were more options.

Overall Review – 3/5

My 9 Staple Beauty Products

Now, for both girls and guys alike, having good staple beauty pieces is pretty crucial in my opinion. Sure, testing out new makeup pieces, shower gels, shampoos and skin products is really fun, as you can discover new textures, fragrences and routines that you like. But to have ones that you can easily fallback on, and just go into any shop is buy is always a comfort, especially if you’re travelling away and just want a little taste of home.

So, I thought I’d list my ones. Just for all those who are curious about my opinions on beauty, makeup and skin products, and for those who want a good, honest review on some of the high-streets brands.

1: No.7 Stay Perfect in 5: Classic Rose

I found this little beauty after being sent down a Christmas package from my grandma. She had been given this as a gift, but it was unused and needed a good home. And before you get turned off, thinking it’s too ‘old’ because it was originally bought for an 80-year-old, No.7 is a highly-reputable brand, with millions of die-hard fans around the world. Also, it’s bridging that gap between the higher ends of makeup – Like MAC and Charlotte Tilbury, and equally as good brands, like Max Factor and Collection 2000.

To me, Classic Rose is what is says on the tin. It’s a perfect rosy pink lipstick. It doesn’t appear too brash, or standout from your natural lip colour. And just adds a fresh pop of pink to your lips without looking too overdone. And it also blends on well with my ‘Rose’ lip pencil. The colour isn’t necessarily moisturising, nor is it matte, but it has the best of both lipstick types. And for an everyday lipstick, it does last fairly well. However, be warned. It does have the ability to smudge. And when it does that, it does look like it cause a lot of mess. Also – apps the same caution for kissing, drinking and eating.

But I love this lipstick so much, I’ve bought a backup. As you can’t buy it in shops, but only online.

   
 2: No. 7 Extreme Length Mascara.

Finding the right mascara is probably like finding the right pair of shoes. There’s so many options, so many styles and so many brands that all equally as good reviews. And I’ve gone through Maybelline, Max Factor, Rimmel, Collection and even the stupid ones you get off the front of magazines. And so far, I’ve found a mascara that suits my particular eyelashes perfectly. No. 7’s Extreme Length isn’t a newest mascara going, but it consistently gives out good results. I am lucky that I am blessed with pretty long lashes anyway, but this mascara not only makes them fluttery fans of loveliness, but with the unique design of having flexible brush ends, the grip and open up your lashes to the maximum possible level. It also isn’t too expensive – £12.50 for a tube, and this seems to last a long while. Now, I know this is more than a normal high-street mascara, but it does bridge the gap between high street and high end, without really breaking the bank.

I have noticed a massive difference when I put it on, as even if I put it on without a full face of makeup, I look more awake and less like a exhausted zombie. And the good thing about this is that it’s a lovely quality one, without having that high price, and doesn’t leave you with panda eyes in the night. There is a waterproof version as well for all you frequent criers, swimmers or just people living in a rainy area.

My eyes – one on the left has two coats of mascara, and one on right has none.

 3: Denman D3 Classic Styling Brush

Known as one of the most ‘famous styling brushes in the world’, and with a history going back nearly forty years, Denman brushes have always been a classic staple in the hairdressing world, and have yet to be replaced by fancier and new tools. I have three Denman brushes – one which I bought myself, one which is a small pocket one, and one that is over thirty years old, and yet still is in fantastic condition. So, as you can see, I use Denman for every part of my hairstyling routine. The brush – which the classic one is sold at the fantastically cheap price at £6-7 – hasn’t changed in design in the past twenty years, and for good reason why. With smooth, rounded edge nylon pins, and a staggered design, it provides a fantastic styling tool for everyday and night styles, and the style of the brush makes it hygenic and comfortable in your hand to hold onto.

I have gone through loads of brushes, as my hair is not only long and thick, so it needs a really durable brush to tame it. And I have never been let down by my Classic Styling Brush. I actually panic when I lose it, because I don’t want to subject my locks to the pulling, and bad quality of my other backup brushes.

This brush really is a classic for a reason!


4: Dove Purely Pampering Cream Oil Body Wash.

Like my favourite lipstick, this product is a rarity. You cannot find it for love nor money in boots, and the only reliable places I’ve got it from is Asda and Poundstretcher. But when I find it, I stock up. I have used this body wash for about ten years now, and I go through bottle after bottle in a very short amount of time. With only the smallest amount, this body wash lathers up really well, and the scent is not overpowering but rather a subtle, vanilla, jasmine and honey essence that makes your body smell gorgeous afterwards. It is also very moisturising, and does make the harder skin of elbows and feel feel a lot softer after the bath, but also doesn’t leave any residue or stickiness on your skin after a bath or shower. This is also really good for doubling up as shaving cream, and you only need the smallest amount on a loofah or a sponge. Also, one thing that I struggle with is how sensitive my skin is, as a lot of shower creams make me come up in a rash or just generally feeling very uncomfortable. But I’ve never experienced this with Dove as a company. Like I said, this is very difficult to get hold of nowadays, but the rest of the Dove Body Washes are equally as good, and come in a range of scents and textures that you could pick from.


5: Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent.

I love a lot of what Rimmel does. Their Kate Moss brand will also feature in this blog post, and I find their foundations to be pretty good for a makeup product under £10. But this is the pinnacle of my favourite Rimmel product. Their Stay Matte Pressed Powder minimises the appearance of pores, hides shine for the majority of the day, and even if you just apply it without foundation, it makes you look slightly more flawless and put together. I’m lucky to just have a combination skin type, which probably means that I don’t have to use a pressed powder if I didn’t want too, but I prefer the matte look of foundation above any other types, and I just find that this powder hides a multitude of sins, as well as covering up rosy cheeks (from which I suffer from) and red blemishes. It also doesn’t clog your pores in a way that some powders can do, and it sets foundation in a pretty flawless manner. And for the cheap price of £3.99, who could resist it?


6: Paul Smith’s Rose Eau de Parfum

Perfume is my addiction. I have so many perfumes, ranging from cheap Lacoste stuff to Chanel No. 5 to Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique. But you need a scent that will surpass any season, any time of the day and any occassion. And Paul Smith’s Rose is that one. The scent of wild roses is one of my favourite smells ever, as I grew up with getting rose talcum powder every birthday and Christmas from my grandma. But like many perfumes, having artificial flower scents can be overpowering and sometimes very sickly. But Paul Smith has somehow managed to bottle the fresh, real scent of a rose and harness it into a perfume that doesn’t fade during the day, and makes you smell delicious and fresh during the day. It has a fresh, modern yet classic scent that all ages will love, and due to the fact that it is a pretty high-end perfume, it doesn’t disappear the minute you put it on your skin. I have worn this perfume for days out, dinners and even work, and it just feels refreshing on your skin, and you don’t have to worry about topping it up, or whether it’s changing during the day.

I was lucky that I bought my bottle during the New Years Sales, so be prepared to pay at least £60 for a good sized bottle.


7: Max Factor’s Face Finity All Day 3-in-1 Foundation in Light Ivory.

Finding foundations is a minefield for me. I’m naturally very pale, so many high-street foundations make me look orange (even at their palest shades) and I don’t have the money to afford really good stuff. So for years, I had to battle with putting on the lightest foundation, it being too orange, and then toning it down with white loose powder. But recently, I’ve discovered Max Factor’s 3-in-1 and found the perfect shade for myself. This foundation only needs a little to go a long way. And with a fairly good scent, not too tacky to the touch, and when applied properly, it gives a very good coverage, this foundation is the whole package. And for makeup novices, it also combines primer and concealer, so it could be a gentle introduction into adding other things onto your face during your makeup routine. It does give you a matte finish, which could be easily matte enough not to require powder, and from a whole day of touching my face, eating and just being outside, it doesn’t rub off or diminish it’s coverage. However, if you do have some prominant dark circles, red areas and obvious blemishes, you may need a good concealer, just to give that complete coverage. But for me, I find this to be a perfect foundation for any season, and everyday.


8: Rimmel’s Salon Pro by Kate Moss Nail Varnish – In Soul Session.

My hands and nails are my pride and joy. Not too boast, but I have pretty long and slender fingers, and a good nail shape that can make any nail varnish look pretty good when done right. And yes, like most people, I went through the period of wearing black nail varnish, and then blues and greens. But recently, I’ve wanted a staple, pale and classic colour that just added something subtle to my hands, and enhance their qualities, rather than appear too obvious. And also, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pale pink/nude mixture that wouldn’t appear too obvious, but blend well into my skin colour. And on a whim, i bought Kate Moss’ Soul Session colour from Rimmel, and I don’t think I’m ever going to turn back. A beautiful beige rose colour, which comes with a very wide brush that can easily coat your whole nail in one go. As it is so pale, you need a few coats to really bring the colour up, but that’s not too bad. It is also fairly chip resistant, and I’ve had my current coat on for about a week, and it’s only slightly chipping at the chips. A good, thick feel when apply, that doesn’t smudge too much, and the colour does go very well with my silver and pink Pandora rings, and my skin colour. And as the colour is fairly neutral, this goes with every piece of clothing, and for every season.

Bottle on the left isn’t mine – my own has gone missing.

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9: Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Palette

From Kim Kardashian to Angelina Jolie, contouring has become the new fashion crave to get the cheekbones and shadows that you want on your face. Contouring can make your nose look different, you cheeks fuller and you face more streamlined. But the contour kits that the celebrities use can be ridiculous prices, and having a makeup artist work their wizardry on your face can be an expensive treat. So, when I was persuaded at the tills in Superdrug to buy Barry M’s Chisel Cheeks Contour Palette, I thought it could either be a good little experiment for me. And how I was surprised. The contour palette is made up of three, decent sized powders – a highlighter, a bronzer and a deeper colour to go under your cheekbones. And with handy little instructions on the lid, which shows you exactly where to place them, and exactly how to apply – this palette is a nifty little investment. The darker colour is incredibly pigmented, and when blended in, it does give the required shadows, and with the combination of the dark and light together, your face does appear to be a different shape. And as being pale, I was worried how the medium bronzer would look against my skin, but the difference wasn’t noticeable but it did give the effect that was desired. And once again, you can’t beat the price – £6.49. Now, it would be as good as the heavy-duty contour palettes of Smashbox, MAC or Urban Decay, but for a high street brand, it certainly gives you a good pigment, a good blend and good shadows.

So yes, these are my nine beauty favourites. If you have any questions about them, don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you!

-Alice x