Tartelette 2 In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette Review

Recently I’ve taken a back seat with new beauty products on the scene, I am seriously lost with what products I should be buying and what products I need to leave on the shelf, but one product I treated myself to a few weeks go is the Tartelette 2 In Bloom palette and it is one that I am seriously impressed with.

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Let me start by saying – My name is Rianne, and I am a beauty hoarder. Honestly, I have about 3 drawers filled to the brim with beauty products that I have never used, but have bought because they look pretty in the packaging (I really ought to go through them and see what gems I can find).

I thought it was time to treat myself to some new eye shadows as I had been using my MAC Burgundy x9 eyeshadow palette to death – to be honest it’s one of the best palettes I’ve ever bought, but it was time to find something else, that was just as good, after all there’s only so many colour combos you can come up with 9 shadows.

I am a sucker for bronze/neutral shades, so when I heard about the Tarte palette I was sold. This luxurious palette comes with 12 beautiful shades, but let me start with the packaging – every girl’s kryptonite.

Tarte got it so right with the packaging of this palette. As you can see it’s super ‘girly’ covered in a floral print which is fitting as it is called ‘In Bloom’. The palette comes in a shiny cardboard packaging, and once opened it reveals the smooth, hard gold casing the same floral print on top. Absolutely beautiful!

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Open it up and you are greeted with a huge mirror. I feel that all eye shadow palettes should come with a mirror – it should just be part and parcel, because when you’re on the go it makes things so much easier – plus it really adds to its luxuriousness.

Directly underneath the mirror is the jackpot. 12 NEW and undeniably beautiful hues, 9 matte shades, perfect for creating a day to day look, great for work, plus 3 shimmery lustrous shadows that can effortlessly turn any look into a more glamorous one, perfect for a night time soiree.

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Colours from right to left: Firecracker, Rocker, Leader, Rebel

My most used and favourite colours are the ones swatched, how beautiful are they?

The shadows in this Tarte palette are so dense and a little goes a long way, the colours are so pigmented and blend so well, especially when applied with Tartes double-ended eyeshadow brush (I swear by this brush), which disperses the product easily, evenly and with minimum effort for a sleek look that lasts longer and allows you to precisely place product for a symmetrical look.

Each shadow is made with Amazonian clay – ‘a nutrient rich clay is extracted from the banks of the Amazon River where the nutrients are at their highest concentration. As nature’s most perfect ingredient, this multitasking and total skin balancing clay has been known to remove surface oil and mattify skin, nourish all skin types and give skin an overall smooth and even appearance.  Can we just take a moment to appreciate the pigments of these eyeshadows.’

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I am seriously in love with this palette and impressed with how much I use it. The colours are insanely dense and pigmented and I love that these colours can also be used with MAC’s x9 palette. I bought this from QVC (which shouldn’t be slept on if you’re looking for American branded beauty at affordable prices) for £35 which is a little pricey, but you definitely get your moneys worth.

Have you tried this palette, what are you first impressions?

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My Colourpop Catastrophe + Haul!

This sudden burst of sunshine here in the UK is giving me all types of lyf right now, and when the sun is out and my playlist is poppin’, I love to dress up in maxi dress, put my hair in a bun and make sure my make up is looking fleeky.

Wearing makeup in the sun can be a tricky art to master, which is why I like to keep it tres simple with minimalistic base, a pop of colour on the lip and an optional cat eye depending on how high the pollen count is, so everything on my face is kind of a simplified version of my February Face, except what’s on my lips – I’ve turned to colourful side and been sporting Colourpop Cosmetics!

Since immersing myself into the world of beauty blogging, I’ve heard loads of reviews about Colourpop. I had never heard about it before I began blogging, so I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about. The only knowledge I had about Colourpop is that You Tuber -itsmyrayeraye, worked on a collaboration with them and she always mentioned them in her videos – her lips are great too!

After perusing around their hundreds of lipsticks and eye shadows, I was sold. What was not to love, they have an insanely vast collection of colours and finishes and they are so affordable, it was hard to keep control. I decided to treat myself to a few Kaepop products too, as I just love Karrueche’s style and beautiful makeup looks.

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Colours from left to right: Kaepop Beverly, Kaepop Wilshire, Kaepop Crenshaw & Kaepop Sunset Blvd
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Swatches of each eye shadow. I love that this quad has a mixture of shimmery shadows and more matte bases, which will compliment each other when blended together. Also super pigmented which is always a plus!

I picked out three ultra matte lip products in StingRaye, Bad Habit and Rooch, one Lippie Stix in Lumiere and the Kaepop eyeshadow quad,  but after adding them all to my basket, I found they didn’t ship to the UK 😩.

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Colours from left to right: Lumiere, ad Habit, StingRaye & Rooch

After reading some blogs on how to get Colourpop the the UK, I knew it was possible to get the products out here, so I decided that the easiest way to get my goodies delivered was by courier. Many blogs recommended Borderlinx, so I went with this, but long story short, it was more money than it was worth.

If you’re in the UK, you cannot order straight from the Colourpop website, so what I had to do was order via Borderlinx, suing their Personal Shopper service. It was really simple and all you have to do is get the names of all the items you want and send them across with the price, so they can order it for you, however, they charge 5% of whatever the total of your order. My order came to about £30 which wasn’t bad at all, so I went ahead.

I thought this extra charge was a bit of a cheek, but it was only 5% so what the heck. Ha! how wrong I was. After a few days I received confirmation of my order, which would then be sent to borderlinx and then be sent to me, or so I thought. Once it was at borderlinx, I received another email saying I had to pay for shipping to the UK. Whut?! Little did I know shipping cost near £60!

This is where I became Thrifty McThrift, there was just no way I was spending more on shipping than what the actual products were worth. I decided to leave them there until I found a discount code. Discount codes are actual life savers, I always check for them before I buy full price items lol – I know I cant be the only one, there are just too many deals to be had out there.

After waiting about a month and a half for my products, I finally got them. The packaging was so cute and they also left me a little note, which I felt added a nice personal touch.

As you probably know from reading previous posts I am a sucker for lip products point blank, but I’m also  a sucker for matte lippies, and after many fiasco’s of trying to find the perfect matte formula for me, I think Colourpop have won my love.

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The formulas are insane. They don’t feel papery but rather nourishing and they actually dry 100% matte and don’t budge once applied. However, I would say, before applying it is important to prep your lips – exfoliate and moisturise. Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to go.

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I am really happy with my Colourpop order. I’m obsessed with these matte lipsticks and the eyeshadows look really pigmented too so watch out for a makeup look on the blog soon!

I also love that Colourpop team up with bloggers and come up with cool colours that we can experiment with, while also display swatches on their website on different skin tones (every makeup brand needs to be doing this), it really does make shopping easier.

In the future I will order more Colourpop goodies, but I don’t think I will use Borderlinx again, simply because of how much it cost to get just a few items. So if any of you beauty bloggers have ordered Coloupop to the UK using an affordable courier, please let me know!!!

I hope you enjoyed, and let me know if you’ve tried any Colourpop makeup treats for yourself, my fave lip colour is Rooch so far, it’s my go to matte lip product and I don’t care that it’s now hot, I will rock this all throughout the summer, as it looks banging on my brown skin *cue India Arie*

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Back at it again with this damn filter (wearing Rooch!)

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5 Hair Products I’m Loving

Hello blogging world, I cant believe it’s been two weeks since my last post *sobs into tissue* – what can I say, life has just got in the way, but, in my time away a lot has happened, one of them being… I am no longer a red head, or more accurately a russet head lol *sobs even more*

I finally took the plunge and dyed my hair chocolate brown. I was scared, but it was long overdue. Being a red head was a stressful time in my life – just take a read of my hair disaster!

No, but in all honesty there was a lot of upkeep that my hair just couldn’t handle, so I decided it was time to go a bit darker and it’s the best decision I could have made, my mum’s immediate reaction was ‘your hair looks so healthy!’ – I don’t think there could have been a clearer sign that I should have went darker a lot sooner.

After making the conscious decision not to go to the hairdressers last year (after my hair mishap) I’ve been loving the freedom I’ve had with experimenting with my locs and exploring new products that have made a real difference in the quality of my hair, so I thought I’d share the hair products I’ve been loving and continually reaching for…

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Monoi Oil is a miracle in a tub… I have high porosity hair, meaning it absorbs water and products quickly, but loses moisture just as quickly and this oil has been the perfect answer for me. Monoi Oil is a leave in conditioning creme and has the beautiful consistency of butter and oil, that I can rub into my locs when it’s wet or dry around 2-3 times a week without any nasty build up or residue. I find this product is perfect for hair that has been dyed as my hair needs to stay moisturised to avoid breakage and this oil definitely helps to avoid that. Made with Coconut oil, it smells beautiful too, so I would definitely recommend it, plus it comes in a big tub so it’s worth its buck.

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Second up is Jamaican Castor Oil. Funnily enough, I initially started using this product in the caribbean. Seeing so many naturalista’s rave about natural Jamaican castor oil really made me want to try it as it had properties stimulated hair growth. Since starting to use this product I’ve gone through two bottles. Embracing your natural hair is hard business especially when everyone’s minds are on how fleeky their edges are these days, but when your hair has been through some trials and tribulations, castor oil is the answer to restore those edges! Have you tried?

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Since starting my dreadlocks I’ve always come back to this Oil. Mango & Lime is a brand that I was first introduced to when I began my locs and their  non-abrasive formulas have been very kind to my hair. Once I wash my hair I go in with this oil and massage it into my scalp. I hate using thick grease on my scalp that leaves a horrible residue, so this oil is perfect if you’re like me and need something that deeply moisturises and sinks in.

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Since I loved the Monoi Oil conditioning creme I had to get myself some of their anti-breakage oil fusion. I’ve found great results using this oil, it comes with a pipette applicator for direct application allowing me to target areas on my scalp and at the end of my hair – really moisturising and tackling breakage, which is something I’m so worried about having dyed my hair multiple times… plus it smells divine.

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Lastly, this is my guilty pleasure hair product – a gel. Since a young age I’ve never been a fan of gel as it can cause hair to break, flake and suffocate follicles, which is why i don’t use this all the time. However, since boycotting the salon, I still wanted to achieve goddess like fleekiness when I do my hair at home, and this really allows me to slay my edges. I don’t go all in as this has a very thick consistency, but once I mix with water to kind of dilute it, I find that it lays down any stray and can really neaten up a look. I would recommend only using this product when your hair is wet and the tying down your hair to achieve a slick look, as on dry hair it can pull and damage your hairs. Also, I use this every so often, as I don’t believe locs should be all neat (defeats the whole point of embracing natural hair) but it’s nice if I have an interview or going out on the town.

So, those are the 5 products I’ve been using in my hair for a while, and I’m really enjoying the results. Do you have locs or rock your natural hair? What products would you recommend me using? Also, who are your favourite naturalista’s on Instagram, I need some hair inspiration!

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P.S – Here is a pic of my new do – even though you cant really see it *hides face* Who else is loving this snapchat filter? Follow me on SC: rirr9316 x

How to Rejuvenate your Life After a Messy Weekend

Hey you lovely lot, you may be wondering where I’ve been over the past week, although I’m sure many of you haven’t even noticed my absence in the blogosphere, but after a mini unscheduled break (000ps!) I’m back at it!

For the first time in forever, I went on girls weekender with my cousins and in all seriousness, it’s taken me a whole week to recover – saying that I still feel a bit stiff.

We took a trip to Southport for a yearly event called Caribbean Weekender and to say the least, it was a crazy 72 hours.. smh

After three days of non stop drinking (I’m not actually a drinker at all), binge eating (at ridiculous times too) and a couple hours sleep, you can only imagine how I felt when I got back to my safe haven – home.

By the time I sat down in relaxation mode, it’s as if everything hit me at once. I caught the flu, my voice had gone, I felt tipsy and my body was aching at the peril of the terrible mattress I laid on and from all the dancing did (I’m not painting a pretty picture am I? I did have a good time though, I promise) but, I needed some major TLC.

So here’s 5 simple steps in which I rejuvenated my LIFE! (A bit dramatic, I know)…

First on my list was getting back into a skincare routine. While I was away my skincare routine went completely out of the window and combined with all the alcohol I consumed, my skin was dehydrated, dry and felt really grainy, which is why I made a point to exfoliate my skin in the morning, and moisturise using Simple Rich Moisturiser, cleanse again at night and then go in with Polar Night Cream, a really intense and quite rich moisturiser that regenerates the skin, which I received in this months Birchbox

 

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What skincare are you loving at the moment?

As I mentioned, my body and bones were shot, and my whole being really needed revitalising. If you haven’t heard of Australian Bodycare products, please get to know! Their skin wash and body lotion, infused with Tea Tree Oil, really refreshes the body, which helps on mornings getting ready for work, and it smells refreshing too. Also sent in this months birch box has been Rituals Foaming Shower Gel Sensation, which I mainly use on the weekends after gym as the scent is calming and relaxing, and the foam feels nourishing against the skin – love!

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Who else is loving their Birchbox this month?

Drinking alcohol leaves you feeling dehydrated and also quite shite, so I always make sure I drink loads of water throughout the day. Over the past week I’ve limited my coffee intake to just one a day while I’m at work, but I’ve swapped my usual teas for lemon and honey green tea, which has helped soothe my throat and I’m better for it – adding a slice of lemon and a few paracetamols helped too!

The problem with having a messy weekend is returning to work! Lawd, it’s the worst, but it has to be done. I really wanted to get a full body massage before making my dreaded return, but I just didn’t have any time, so to make up for it I just chilled with a Timeless Truth Eye Mask on, which ‘woke’ me up and reduced the puffiness around my eyes.

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Using my Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. Oh my gahhd- this stuff is beautiful. It smells divine. I like using this when I feel crusty, as it hydrates the skin and gently refreshes you.

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Lastly, I kick a horrible hangover with FOOD! I know you’re all probably fans of a greasy fry up – I am too, but when I was away, I was eating a fry up every day lol. When I got back home, all I wanted was some fruit and veg…honestly! I just wanted to feel human again. But on a real note, the best way to my heart when I’m feeling down is scrambled eggs, salmon and an Avocado – did you know they make you happy?

After following these easy revitalising tricks for the last week, I have felt somewhat alive again lol. Getting wasted really is a chore, how do you kick a really bad hangover and rejuvenate yourself? 

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High End Beauty Wishlist

Since a young age I’ve had a love / hate relationship with makeup, but over the last few years I honestly think immersing myself  in social media and blogging, has opened me up to the world of makeup in a positive way.

When I was younger, I squirmed at the thought of applying lipstick and vowed that I would never wear the stuff – it honestly scared me, to the point that I didn’t even like getting my face painted at parties – lol I was a weirdo, but as I’ve grown up it’s all become a bit of a playground for me. I now see applying makeup as a way to accentuate my best features, a luxurious step in the game of getting ready for the day ahead and I really have started to enjoy it.

Saying this though, I’ve recently come to look at my makeup collection through critical eyes, I’m just not excited by the products I use anymore and I put this down to the type of products I buy. I don’t own any high end makeup!

This may not be a big deal for many I’m sure, but I’ve come to a stage in life where I definitely appreciate quality over quantity and really feel it’s time for me to invest in good products, instead of the popular hype.

With anything I buy I have to ask myself specific questions, to see if what I want is a worthwhile purchase…
-Will it save me money in the long run?
-Once I have it, will I use it?
-How long will it last me, how long will I use it for?
-Do I have anything like this already?

High end makeup can pull on the purse strings especially as you DON’T actually need makeup to survive, but, if like me you wear makeup on a near daily basis, I think it’s totally acceptable to indulge in such products as, they’ll last, they’re of good quality (not saying that cheaper products aren’t) and a little goes a long way.

I dislike change with a passion, which means I tend to stick to products I know , but after a bit of research and peeping a few new releases, I’ve built myself a bit of a high end beauty wish list which mainly consists of base products, but I feel once you have great base products, you can build a fab look with any other type of makeup products you already own!

A more than few of these products are exactly what this post is about – A WISH! But, if I could afford these luxury beauty items, I definitely would…

 

 

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Mulberry Makeup Bag | Zoeva Makeup Brush Set | Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Kit | Nars Monoi Body Glow | Marc Jacobs Gel Lipstick | Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow | Bobbi Brown Highlighter | Bobbi Brown Nude Finishing Powder | Urban Decay Naked Skin | Christian Louboutin Nail Varnish

Im really excited to try these products, as they look lush and I’ve heard nothing but good things!

Do any of you wear high end beauty, if so, which items would you swear by? x

10 Things You Should Do This Spring

Hi beautiful people!

Spring is in the air and I’m loving it –  I’m sure I’m not the only one either! The sun has finally come out of hiding – I really hope I haven’t jinxed the weather, the days are becoming longer, flowers are in bloom and I seriously feel like I can live a life after work, because there’s still daylight until about 7:30pm lol … the simple things ey!

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So in celebration of this absolutely lush season, I thought I would share 10 things you can do to make the most of the season.

  1. Spring clean – This may be a bit cliche, but a good ole spring clean can clear you space and therefore clear your mind. It doesn’t just have to be limited to your living space either, it could be your wardrobe or even people around you.
  2. Pick up a new book – I haven’t read a juicy page turner in ages, but when the seasons change I love picking up a new book, to sit in the park or my garden with. It’s also nice to escape from the real world every once in a while too! One of my favourite authors is Chimamanda Adiche – Have you heard of her?
  3. Plan a day trip – The sun’s out so do something/ go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. I really want to take a trip down to Brighton, can you believe I’ve never been – sacrilege!
  4. Switch up your style – This season is all about new beginnings, so it’s the most ideal time to switch up your style and introduce pieces into your closet that you wouldn’t normally – be adventurous!
  5. Spend a day with people you care about – Put your phones down and step away from wifi. Give the people you love your undivided attention – you won’t regret it!
  6. Do something nice for a stranger – Sometimes it’s nice, just to be nice… so why don’t you pay for the persons Starbucks in the line next to you, or simply give a compliment to a stranger.
  7. Organise brunch with your close friends – It’s so easy to lose contact with friends, especially once you start working or situations change, so spring is a great time to plan a much needed catch up over brunch…remember once friends, always friends and when there’s food involved there’s really nothing to be afraid of
  8. Picnic – Organise a picnic, choose a good park with a decent public toilet nearby and spend the whole day there, maybe get lost in a book (see no.2) My all time favourite parks are Battersea and Wimbledon, what are yours?
  9. Treat yourself or a friend to a present...just because – everyone like a lil surprise so if you see something your bestie will appreciate, pick it up for them, it doesn’t need to be expensive either.
  10. Make it a season to remember! – No matter what you do, fill the spring season with memories to last forever! I would love to do a blogging challenge of blogging everyday of the season, what do you think?

Will you be doing any of these things across the season? Do you have any suggestions for me? Hope this gave you some inspo x

 

Coffee Chronicles: Monmouth Coffee

Hey boo thangs! How’re you all doing? Easter weekend has flown by and now I’m sadly back at work *weeps into tissue*

Normally over Easter I just chill at home and over indulge, but this year I thought I’d take advantage of my time off work to go out and explore London… and as with any trip out, mine always involves – COFFEE!!!

I am a coffee and tea addict. There, I said it lol. I have a cupboard in my kitchen dedicated to all types of teas; chocolate, lemon, liquorice, chai… anything you could think of, and while I do love sipping a nice warm brew in the comfort of my own home, I do love to treat myself to a cheeky Costa or Starbucks, however, sometimes a girl needs a little change, which is why I made my way to Monmouth Coffee – the best coffee in town…or close enough!

My boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to convent garden in search of what has been described as one of the best coffee spots in London (rated 4.5 on Trip Advisor and ranked 11  out of 756 in London)

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As a Londoner, it’s actually ridiculous that I’ve only been to Convent Garden a handful of times,especially as it’s so beautiful and filled with a good mixture of high street and high end shops…

After a peruse around the shops we made our way to Monmouth Coffee which is about a 5 minute walk from Convent Garden square.

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We spotted it instantly as there was a decent line going outside which is definitely a reflection of how good the coffee is.  After a short wait to get a seat, it felt like we escaped the hustle and bustle of London, and entered a little safe haven. The atmosphere was really relaxed inside, we shared a booth with two other ladies and the staff were so friendly.

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I didn’t really know what to order, as they had a minimalistic menu, normally if I go to Starbucks, I order a White Chocolate Mocha or a warming Chai Latte, but it was time to branch out (within reason) so, I opted for a Cafe Au Lait – a very milky option for those that love a creamy blend, and a Latte – for those that love the full power of coffee as well as a velvety creamy taste.

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Talking to the barista about my preferred taste in coffee she recommended these two, and ‘bae’ got a Flat White.

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I am in no way a coffee connoisseur but Monmouth Coffee tastes amazing and it’s super affordable pitstop. It’s really smooth and each drink tastes different, showing how perfectly blended they are. The distinct taste of each coffee is testament to how they source their coffee too, while they also sell coffee (whole and ground) using organic Jersey whole milk from Jeff Bowles in Somerset along with organic whole cane sugar from Assukkar, Costa Rica.

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My boyfriend always makes fun of me and calls me a ‘Starbucks wanker’ but even he appreciated how beautifully blended this coffee was, so, I will definitely recommend this place to all you coffee lovers and re-visit as soon possible.

What coffee shops in and around London do you think I should visit next? x

 

Spring: My Favourite Lippies

Hey honeybuns, this month has been a really bad month in terms of how much money I’ve spent and how much beauty I’ve accumulated, but the sadder thing is, is that most of the things I’ve bought haven’t even been delivered yet – sad times 😦

As it’s finally spring, and the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping (earlier and earlier -_-) and the days are becoming longer -yipee! I thought let you in on all the lippies I’ve been rocking this month… well, just because!

I’m a simple kinda gal, so I always stick to similar colours that suit my skin tone and that I feel confident wearing. As I’ve had a couple of days off work, I’ve been getting out and dressing up a little more than usual, so take a look at what I’ve been using on my lips, maybe you’ll try these out for yourself…

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So first up – it obviously has to be a lip balm – a staple product in my makeup bag and if you read my Beauty Blogger Tag, I’m sure you know what it is. Last week I visited Lush and  I was actually in need of a new lip balm as my old faithful – Carmex -had run out. I chose Honey Trap as it’s quite thick and instantly moisturising, and it smells like honey – can it get any better? The only downside is that it’s £6 for a small tub, but if you’re obsessed with lip balms like I am, take the plunge it’s a beaut!

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Next up is my NYX Strawberry Parfait Butter Gloss. This is a very recent buy for me, but I’m loving this gloss. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of NYX products but this gloss is perfect for me, it gives a great pink finish that’s not too offensive and ideal for wearing to work. The applicator is a great size too as well as the consistency – if like me and you get annoyed with really sticky formulas that are horrible to apply, this is a pleasant buy.

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I’m a diva at heart, so when I saw this beautiful MAC lip liner and looked at the name I knew it was meant to be lol. Ms Diva is a beautiful wine colour that looks great as a lip liner to add a deeper tone to a pink gloss or just great you want to use all over your lip. It has great lasting power too.

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I love, love, love this lippie, it’s one of my all time favourite and it’s a great colour for all year round. I bought this Urban Decay lipstick in Shame last year while in Barcelona and the packaging is so lush. I think its great for making an instant and easy statement, especially if the rest of your makeup is quite natural. The consistency of this lipstick is really creamy and not at all drying, which is what keeps me coming back!

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I’m always on the hunt for a good nude, but its so hard to find a great shade that compliments me #blackgirlproblems. On one of my last trips to Mac I found this lipstick which took forever to find – there’s just so much choice! Polished Up is a beautiful brownish pink shade that gives my lips a nice flush of colour. I often grab this one on work days or when I don’t want anything too noticeable on my lips. Again it’s really creamy, lending itself to natural makeup looks.

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Last but not least is an unexpected find – Barry M’s Cor Balmy in Rose Lea! It smells like marshmallows and gives me an iridescent pink hue on my lip, which I love for spring. This is my go-to lippie for every day, it’s so effortless and complements any makeup look I do.

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So what lip products are you loving for spring? Let me know hunnies! x

6 Beauty Products I Wish I NEVER Bought

Over the past few months I’ve accumulated  a lot of beauty products, LOADS of which I’m a fan of and would definitely repurchase, but there’s been a few that I’m just NOT feeling, no matter how much I try to use and get used to them, so I thought I’d share my experiences.

First off is Sleek’s Matte Me. I bought this lippie last month on my hunt to find the perfect matte lipstick – I’m actually obsessed with any matte look but I find it hard to find colours that sit well against my skin tone. I decided to give these a go, they were cheap and every one had been raving about them. I picked up Birthday Suit that had been sold out everywhere and Fandango Purple. However, these lippies looked terrible on me and felt really drying and papery on my lips – am I the only one? 

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Next up is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. I’ve really got a love hate relationship with NARS, they have beautiful products that I would love to try, but their foundation shades just don’t cater to my skin tone, which leads me on to this product. I bought this tinted moisturiser for a holiday I was going on – I didn’t want to wear makeup, but I didn’t want to go bare faced, so I thought a tinted moisturiser would be the way to go. I bought this tinted moisturiser in Polynesia, which was the darkest they went up to (i don’t think they’ve got anything darker) but it definitely wasn’t my shade even after being recommended it in Selfridges. I was also disappointed with its coverage.

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One thing that really annoys me when applying makeup is my visible pores. It’s one thing I would definitely change if I could, but I’ve come to learn that no matter what I do, nothing tremendously improves their appearance. I bought this Garnier Smoothing Correcting Primer, and after reading what it could do for me, I was sold! I did notice a difference in it smoothing over my pores, making my makeup look that extra bit flawless, however, it made me super SHINY! – absolutely not a good look, especially as I suffer with oily skin.

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I’m sure you know by now that I’m in love with Nails Inc from my last nail inspired post. I received this Nails Inc Nail Polish in Uptown for Christmas, and I instantly fell in love. It truly is the perfect nude pink. I love it, but sadly it just doesn’t suit me 😦

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I think it would suit a fairer skin tone though, but to be completely honest, I just like looking at it *covers face in shame*

Carrying on with the whole lip pie saga, I recently found out that NYX is now available on ASOS- yes, hunny! I had heard so many people raving on social media about NYX products, saying they were really good and super affordable, so I thought I’d give them a go. I would never normally recommend buying lip gloss/ lipstick products online as you just don’t know if the colours you’re seeing are true to life, but I went with it anyway – more fool me!

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I chose Prague in the soft matte creme and Merengue in the butter gloss, which really do look beautiful, but look terrible on me. Again I found the matte gloss felt papery on my lips – I think this is a sign that I stick to matte lipsticks as I just don’t find matte glosses are my cup of tea. Does anyone else have this problem?

The last item on my list is Decleor Aroma Night. This is a night balm, which you put on after cleansing your face. I found this product left my skin sooo hydrated and smooth, however, it STANK. The smell was just not pleasant and actually put me off, because it’s all over your face, you cant escape it lol. The only thing I could compare it to was black Liquorice, like those black jack sweets lol. I wouldn’t say this product was a complete fail, but I won’t be re-purchasing, simply because of the smell.

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So tell me, what products have you been loving and hating? Let me know x

ASOS Wish List

One thing I love to do when insomnia hits is online shopping. It doesn’t help that I stare endlessly into my bright phone screen when I need to go to sleep – and it’s definitely not so good on my bank balance either! But ASOS is my go-to app on my phone when boredom strikes.

Recently I have been struggling with what to wear, not just to work, but even on the weekends and quite frankly it’s just not cool – Is anyone else in a style rut? My wardrobe is a shambles at the moment. I have a very outgoing personality, however, my clothes don’t really reflect that. I’m starting to feel as though I need some friends who are stylists, as I obviously don’t know how to dress!

I’m guilty of buying clothes for a specific occasion and never wearing them again, so, after one to many times my wardrobe has made me late to work, I’m deciding to consciously buy clothing items, which will help me save money in the long run and help me pick out a stylish, somewhat trendy outfit for every day life, more easily.

My wardrobe is in dire need of a revamp, and as Spring is literally round the corner, I decided to build a ASOS wish list filled with timeless pieces and a few statement threads that I know can be styled with other already existing pieces in my wardrobe.

I currently live in jeans and anything black or grey 24/7, so I’m hoping to wear a bit more colour throughout Spring, I’ve got a strange obsession with pink at the moment too, and I say strange because I don’t view myself as a girly girl, but pink hues at the moment are EVERYTHING to me… anyway, here’s what I’ve been lusting after.

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I’m a simple kind of gal as you can probably tell from my wish list, but I do love a splash of colour now and again, so let me know if you have any pieces you would recommend, also what’s your favourite store? I feel like I live in anything ASOS/ Topshop – it’s just the easiest option X