29 January 2016

What's in my On-the-Go Makeup Bag?

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Today I thought I'd do a blog post I haven't done in years. Actually I don't think I've ever done a 'What's in My Makeup Bag' post but a 'What's in My Bag' post. 

The reason for doing this now is because in the last month I decided to actually keep my makeup bits in one place in a makeup bag rather than have them floating around in random pockets of my bag and at the bottom amongst the crumbs and receipts! 

So I'm now using a small Ted Baker cosmetics bag that I kindly received for Christmas and I love it. It's just the right size to keep in my handbag without taking up much room and it definitely keeps everything together... very handy if you are after a tissue or a hair tie - you know exactly where it is! Side note - my actual handbag is the ASOS Structured Shopper (£28.00 - ASOS here).

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What's in my On-the-Go Makeup Bag? 

Fragrance
Keeping a perfume or two in my bag is a must as I find that scents don't often last all day on me. My favourite go-to scent right now is Guarlain Insolence (£24 - The Fragrance Shop here) as it smells like parma violets and I also have a mini bottle of Cartier Delices De Cartier which isn't a popular scent but one I love and also have a full-size bottle of. 

Touch-ups 
I've never been the type of girl to carry a lot of makeup around with me and touch-up foundation etc throughout the day. But I do always carry concealer because as the day wears on I find makeup does wear off slightly to reveal dark circles or blemishes. My favourite brightening concealer is YSL Touche Eclat (£25.00 - Boots here) so I keep it in my bag at all times to touch up under my eyes and the odd blemish that can comes through. I also carry the lip product I'm wearing that day - so a you can see the last time I went out I was wearing MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Tint in French Violet (£2.00 - Superdrug here).

Lip Products 
My handbag is never without random lip products from too many lip balms to various lip glosses. On the go I'm not much of a lipstick kinda' gal but prefer to touch up with a comfortable non-sticky lip gloss such as one of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector's that are just lovely, or a simple glossy lip balm which at the moment for me is Elemis Fresh Skin Loving Lips Lip Balm (£4.99 - Superdrug here).

Extras
On to other essentials, I always have to have a variety of hair ties in my makeup bag, my favourites being from Popband (here) and Invisibobble (£3.75 - Feel Unique here). Tissues and blotting paper from Paul & Joe are also a must and a mini hair brush from Denman that I received in a beauty box. 

For a beauty junkie I think my makeup bag is pretty minimal and simple! I'd love to know what you keep in your own bag and if it's in a makeup bag or all over the place! 

Fee xo.

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28 January 2016

eBay Bargains - My Top 5 Makeup Brushes (all under £2)

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Over the past few years some of my favourite purchases on eBay have been makeup brushes. I still love my Real Techniques, Sigma and Eco Tools brushes but brushes from eBay are inexpensive, something different and generally really good quality. 

So today I thought I'd round-up my top 5 brushes that are definitely worth buying and giving a go! 

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Large Sculpting Brush 
£1.05 eBay here
 For the longest time I was after a fairly large dense brush to contour/sculpt my cheekbones with and I certainly found it with this brush. Ideal for both cream or powder bronzers this is perfect for laying down your contour and then blending it out. I personally like to use this with powder products as it's so dense and fluffy making it perfect to blend with. Also this brush is soooo soft... one of those brushes that you sweep over your face when you first open it kinda' brushes! As for the quality this is the most well made brush out of the five here (the others are fine, don't worry!) with a strong ferrule and chunky matte black wooden handle. I really cannot fault this brush at all!  

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The Nars Dupe Blusher Brush 
£1.89 eBay here
As makeup brushes on eBay are so cheap I often pick up random ones that catch my eye and of course this stunning brush that looks very much like a much more expensive Nars brush grabbed my attention. With more than enough brushes I bought it on a whim but was more than pleased with it when it arrived. This really is a lovely unique brush with the wrapped handle and I struggle to understand how it cost so little! The fibres to the brush do look a little course compared to other brushes however to touch this is still a soft brush and due to the fibres it's incredibly lightweight making it perfect to apply blusher with as it just sweeps over the face perfectly... actually I don't have another blusher brush like it! The only negative I have about the brush is that the dye does run from it slightly when you're washing it, though I'm sure it's from the handle and not the fibres as I haven't noticed any colour change to the brush and I've had it quite a few months now. Not an issue as such, but something I wanted to mention. 

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Another Precise Sculpting/Contour Brush 
eBay - out of stock :(
An actual branded makeup brush here from W7 that really surprised me and I just had to include. First W7 isn't a brand I'd think of when buying makeup brushes but in the last few years they have upped their game and offer a range of really nice brushes now. This appealed to me due to the unique shape and I knew it would be great for contouring with and it certainly is. With the angled and narrow shape of the brush this fits perfectly under the cheekbones and it just excellent for applying contour powder. This is also incredibly soft yet dense and very well-made. This ticks all the boxes for me. I must try more W7 brushes soon!

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The MAC Oval 6 Dupe Brush
£1.10 eBay here
This is my latest eBay makeup brush buy and let me tell you, it's LOVE! This was another brush bought on a whim due to the low price and unique shape, but once I had it in my hands I was just blown away that something so cheap could be so well made. What I love most about this brush is how densely packed the bristles are, we are talking thousands and thousands of fibres here, which makes it such a soft yet firm brush perfect for buffing foundation into the skin with. When used with liquid foundation this gives a flawless finish however it does take some getting use to the new technique of not holding the brush on an angle. My only criticism would be that as the brush is so dense and deep it does soak up a lot of product so I make sure to dot the foundation  I'm using onto my face first and not the brush. I've already bought back-ups of this brush just in case they disappear from eBay!

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A Perfect Foundation Brush
£1.38 - eBay here
Finally on to the brush that is in need of a good clean, oops! This is a dupe for the bareMinerals Perfecting Face brush and though small in size this is just perfect. With a fluid reservoir to the centre of the brush that you pump your foundation into this evenly blends foundation over the skin to a perfect finish. Again, incredible soft and packed with bristles so that it's firm but flexible when buffing over the face. As this is smaller than your average foundation brush I find it's great for around the nose and hairline and just creates an overall blended finish. You really wouldn't guess this brush wasn't from bareMinerals! 

If you are new to buying makeup brushes on eBay just avoid fakes and maybe start of with a few of my own favourites - I'm sure you will be as impressed as I am

Fee xo.

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27 January 2016

January Sales Haul

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Even though I was thoroughly spoilt at Christmas and vowed I didn't need to treat myself to anything come January I found I just couldn't resist a bargain. Which is how all the above happened! 

However I'm so pleased with all my sale buys this month that I wanted to share them with you. Hopefully I won't be an enable here and encourage any last minute January spending - if I do, then apologies in advance hehe! 

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Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Kit 
£18.00 - Debenhams here (purchased at £12 in the sale!)  
Starting with beauty first I picked up my first ever Make Up For Ever Gift set that was such a bargain at £12. I've dabbled slightly in MUFE before and always been pleased and as I was after a new mascara I decided to go for this set. As you can see it contains the MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Mini Aqua Eyes Pencil and 25ml Sens' Eyes Cleanser -a great little set to try out a few new products from Make Up For Ever. However so far I can't say I rate the mascara as it neither adds volume or lengthens, which is a bit of a disappointment. But the kohl eyeliner and eye makeup remover are making up for it as they are both amazing. I'm glad I picked up the kit, but at £18 I'm not too sure it's worth it!

Tous H2o 50ml 
On sale £5.00 - Boots in-store 
For the last few years I've been in love with Tous H2o and thankfully it can be often found in Boots in the clearance section for some amazing prices. In the past I've picked up a 30ml bottle for the amazing price of £2!!! but this time I stocked up with a 50ml bottle for £5.00 which is still pretty amazing! Other than absolutely loving the bottle design, H2o is a wonderful fresh aqua scent that's ideal for the Spring/Summer months. If you ever spot this in Boots and love aqua scents make sure to pick it up!
 
Roger & Gallet Bois D'Orange Huile Sublime 100ml 
£16.00 - John Lewis here 
Onto another scent that I picked up at the beginning of Jauary but not in the sale as I had a gift card to spend. This was a fragrance I first tried in M&S and loved but then after some research I realised I could go for the 'gold shimmer' version for £16 instead of £32 for the standard fragrant water. Of course some may not like the added golden shimmer but I personally don't mind it as it's only spritzed on my wrists and clothes so it doesn't really show. As for the scent I'd describe it as a creamy mix of orange and vanilla which is perfect for summer but as I love the aroma so much I'm finding I'm already using it. You can also find the R&G Gingembre Fragrant Water for £16.00 from John Lewis here.

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Mantaray Nordic-inspired Snood 
Was £18 Now £9 - Debenhams here
Onto non-beauty products now with a few accessories and something ideal for the next few colder months. This is a lovely Nordic style printed snood that is so well made and ultra warming with the inner fleece lining. From the online images I was expecting something quite lightweight so I was thrilled when this thick snood arrived; it's certainly warmer than all my other scarves and snoods and will be brought out when we're having cold snaps.

ASOS Structured Shopper Bag with Removable Clutch
£28.00 - ASOS here 
Another non-sale item here but as I was so so pleased with this bag I decided to include it in the haul! This is my first ASOS own brand handbag and though it looked nice online it's even more amazing in person and very Zara-like both in the style and quality of it. Other than the bag being really well made I love the size and size of the bag and the added benefit of having the removable clutch that can free up more space inside the bag and of course be used as a clutch bag on a night-out or in summer. You can also find the bag in nude here... which I'm very tempted to pick up for Spring. Possibly my favourite buy of the month!

Woodland Animal Cloche  
 Reduced £4.00 - Homesense in-store
Last but not least I of course had a little trip to Homesense this month to snap up some post Christmas bargains. Along with a few seasonal items which I've already stored away for next Christmas I picked up this stunning woodland animal cloche that I was instantly drawn to. I was expecting this to be around £10 even though it was on the clearance aisle so I was amazed when I spotted the £4.00 price tag. I just love everything about this and know it will be something I treasure for many years. 

Right, time for no more spending! 
Hope you enjoyed the haul.

Fee xo.
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25 January 2016

5 Tips To Improve Your Blog Photography in Winter

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If you're a fellow blogger then you're probably struggling with the lack of light right now and I totally feel your pain! Taking hundreds of images only to discover they are too blurry and dark to use is the worst. But never fear there are more than a few ways to improve your photography and produce bright images even on the dullest of days.

Here are my top 5 tips to do just that! 


Shoot your images when the sun is at it's brightest - 12pm-1pm in the UK 
Technically the sun is always at it's brightest and it's the weather that determines how visible the sun is in the sky. But on a typical overcast Winter's day the sky should be at it's brightest around 12pm-1pm so that would be your time to get taking photos, of course near a window for the maximum amount of natural light. My key tips here would be to turn off all the lights in the room and turn off the flash on your camera as neither will do your images any favours. 

Use equipment 
Using photography equipment can help you shot your images in so many different ways, especially in bad lighting conditions and it doesn't have to cost a bomb. I'd personally recommend first buying a basic tripod to keep your camera still when taking your photos and if you still find your camera shakes when you press the button to take your images then a Remote Shutter Release will sort out the problem, you can expect to find both items for under £10. As for lighting you can invest here if you wish but I'd suggest keeping it portable and inexpensive to begin with to see how you get on. A great portable option for your camera is a LED Ring Flash Light (£22.49 - eBay here) that will fit around your camera lens and illuminate your images. Or you can opt for two lamps either side of your setup with high watt daylight bulbs as another portable option that doesn't require too much setup time.

Set the ISO number according to your lighting conditions 
 Most cameras have have an ISO setting, even digital cameras, and it's more than easy to keep it set to 'auto'. However on dull days setting the ISO to a higher number can do wonders for how bright your images will turn out. Anywhere from 400-800 won't compromise photo quality/add grain and can really brighten overall images. However a steady hand or tripod may be needed! 



Bounce the light onto your setup 
When shooting in dull lighting conditions you can find parts of your setup to be darker than others or in shadow which even in post-editing can be a pain to correct. So the best time to tackle these issue is when shooting and the best way to bounce natural light back onto your setup is to use a reflector. This is basically a reflective surface that will bounce natural light straight onto your setup just where you require it. You can find my own DIY reflector, made from tin foil and a ring binder here, or you can opt for something more professional with a large collapsible reflector (£6.95 - eBay here) that will do the job even better and can be used in self portraits for makeup looks as well.

Use photo-editing software to get the most out of your images 
Lastly I cannot stress how important photo editing can be for the overall look of your photos... though I'm sure you already know this as a blogger! So getting to grips with your photo editing software or upping your game and investing in Photoshop is a must. With all my images in Winter I up the colour temperature, brightness, contrast and if the image isn't as crisp as I'd like I use the sharpening tool. If you are looking for a better photo editing program than what you are using I highly recommend PhotoScape which you can find on CNet here... for free! But if you want to get to grips with Photoshop then From Roses has an amazing introduction to it here.

Hopefully my tips have been helpful and fingers crossed Spring comes early this year! 

Fee xo.


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22 January 2016

eBay Bargains #33 - My Watch List

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Today instead of having a themed eBay Bargains post for you I thought I'd share what's currently on my own eBay Watch List... well a fraction of it! These are all items I'm sure I will treat myself to in the next month and I thought you may also find something here!

W7 Face Shaping Contour Stixs (£4.44 here) - Every now and again I have a look at what's new from W7 as they always seem to be adding new products and this new set instantly struck me as very similar to the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio but without the £35 price tag! Exactly like the Smashbox set there's 3 jumbo contour sticks, a pencil sharpener and a step-by-step guide if you need it. As I'm getting more into contouring and find cream contour the easier to work with this is something I really want to try out soon!

Natural Quartz Pendant Necklace (£1.99 here) - Whilst browsing budget jewellery the other day I came across this listing for some lovely natural quartz necklaces in so many beautiful shades. I've always been a fan of semi-precious stones and actually have a little collection of them and I find necklaces like these just stunning. I love all the shades but I'm sure I will be going for the rose or turquoise quartz.

Village Candle Warm Buttered Bread Votive (£2.78 here) - At the moment I'm totally obsessed with burning candles and Village Candle are easily my favourite candle brand. But instead of shelling out £9-13 on large jar candles I opt for smaller votive candles so that I'm able to try out different scents. I'm currently burning Maple Butter and Lemon Pound Cake, both of which are incredible, but for my next votive I want something more savoury and Warm Buttered Bread just sound amazing. I've already snapped this up so I'm eager to try it out now!

Avon Sleep Serenity Pillow Mist (£3.99 here) - For the past few months I've been using The Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and I've been totally loving it; it really helps me relax before going to sleep. But as I'm nearly out of it I want to give a budget option a go before re-purchasing it because it is £16+ after all. Fingers crossed Avon's version is just as good. Once I've tried this out I will be sure to do a comparison post on both pillow sprays.

Designer Inspired Plastic Flats (£4.95 here) - Lastly I had to include these shoes that have been on my watch list for the longest time. These are very similar to the Vivienne Westwood Melissa flats but at the fraction of the cost! There are a few styles to the listing, one of which I purchased last year and I'm so pleased with, so at under £5 I really have to snap up the other styles. 

Hope you enjoyed this more random eBay Bargains post! 

Fee xo.  
 
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21 January 2016

My New 6-Step Skincare Routine

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You may remember me mentioning in my New Year's Resolutions post I want to create a solid skincare routine and stop trying so many new products! 

This is easier said than done for a beauty blogger, but for the past week I've been selecting products I love the most and that have been working well for my combination skin, and I think I've created the perfect routine for myself that I will enjoy using and most importantly keep up! Below are six products that are divided equally to be used morning and night and though a few are specifically for oily/combination skin there are products here that suit all skin types so do have a read if you love skin care or want to start getting your own skincare routine sorted. 

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Morning Routine 
Ceramic Slip Cleanser by Sunday Riley (£35.00 - Cult Beauty here)
Washing the excess oil and grime away from your face after a night's sleep is important and for my oily t-zone I've always liked to go for something a little foaming and something that will leave my skin feeling ultra fresh and clean. This is why I went for the pretty pricey Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser when figuring out my new skincare routine. Firstly, if it's good enough for Karlie Kloss then it's good enough for me. Secondly, the ingredients in this are some of the best I've seen in a cleanser and really do warrant the slightly hefty price tag; though only a small amount is needed I should point out. With French Green Clay being one of the main ingredients in this cleanser it almost feels like a more liquid wash-off face mask that you don't allow to sit on the skin but is powerful enough to instantly purify the skin, leaving it squeaky clean and clear if you keep up using it for more than 2 weeks. I wish I could ramble on about this cleanser more as it's something pretty unique but on the whole it works amazingly well on combination/oily skin. 

B. Refreshed Essence Lotion (£6.99 - Superdrug here
This is a new product I decided to slot into my morning skincare routine and again one that needs explaining, especially as essence lotions aren't common in the UK at all yet. Derived from Korea, Essence is a different product all together from a toner though used after cleansing and before moisturiser. It's on the whole much more hydrating than a toner with key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin to keep the skin much more hydrated throughout the day and is a much more long-term product to keep youthful skin free from early signs of ageing. Also with the instant hydration it takes away that tight feeling your skin may have after cleansing as restores it to skin that feels like your own but without a moisturising residue that sits on the skin. Due the the Essence Lotion feeling like a toner in consistency it's easy to treat it is one but instead of applying the liquid on a cotton pad and sweeping around the face you simply add a few splashes to your palms and pat over the face. For someone like me that wants the hydration but without the residue sitting on my skin before moisturiser then a product like this is perfect. 

This Works in transit camera close-up (£30.00 - ASOS here)
Pssst - This Works set with Sleep + Pillow Spray only £28.50 Look Fantastic here
To finish off my morning skincare routine I needed to select something that moisturises my skin without clogging my pores and for the last month or so that's been this wonderful moisturiser that's actually a 2-in-1 product as it also acts as a primer. This is another celeb favourite with Victoria Beckham saying she loves to use it and as she also has oily skin I can totally see why. This is almost a balm-like moisturiser that really does soak into the skin pretty much instantly so there's no slip/residue on the skin, perfect for apply makeup onto to. As for the product working as a primer this creates the smooth base perfect for foundation and you do find it slightly brightens the skin. If you are thinking about buying this product I'd certainly suggest snapping up the Look Fantastic deal as the Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray is another amazing This Works product. 

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Evening Routine 
 Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (£9.00 - 50ml pump here)
When it came to deciding what my evening cleanser should be I knew it would have to be something simple yet effective. Which is why I was instantly drawn to Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish, a product I've used on and off for 4+ years now. This is simply the best cleanser I've come across for quickly removing makeup and the grime of the day without irritating or over cleansing the face, plus its a joy to use as it's creamy in consistency with a pleasant scent. However I personally prefer to use a nice thick flannel over the provided muslin cloth as I find flannels keep their heat as you use them and remove the cleanser more thoroughly. My favourite face cloths to use are from Debenhams and cost only £1 here or in-store. 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K+ Daily Moisturiser (£14.90 - Boots here
Due to having an oily/combination skin type I've always been weary of applying a night cream as this has blocked pores in the past and resulted in spots to appear. However one skincare line that totally understands blemish-prone skin is La Roche-Posay and their Effaclar K+range is one of the best for improving skin texture and keeping spots at bay even at night. This isn't one for sensitive skin types as it does feel a little potent when applying it but it does soak straight into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. When used daily I find my skin texture improves so much and is bump-free and looking more radiant. In the past I've used Effaclar K so I'm excited to try the latest improved addition to the line and will give an update on how I'm getting on with in a few months... though I'm sure it will only do wonders for my skin!

Yes To Carrots Moisturising Eye Cream (£9.99 - Feel Unique here)
Lastly I knew I had to include an eye cream to my new routine as I've vowed to give eye creams a go in 2016 as I'm turning 28 this year after all! But the thing is I've yet to find the one for me. So even though I'm going to start using the Yes To Carrots Moisturising Eye Cream I'm hoping to find something more suitable in the near future as I have a feeling this specific eye cream will be too heavy for me and create small spots around my eyes which I've experienced a few times using various eye creams. I'd love to find a gel/cream hybrid that's light yet affective and not too pricey, so if you know of any good ones make sure to let me know in the comments! 

So there you have it, my new skincare routine for twenty sixteen! 

I wil be sure to do an update post on this in the next few months to let you know how I get on with it. 

Fee xo.

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19 January 2016

5 Beauty Tips I Swear By

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Over the past year I've come to realise I love to share good beauty tips with you. Maybe it's my savvy nature but finding new ways to use beauty products is truly satisfying for me. Below are 5 more beauty tips I often use and love.

Dry, chapped lips? Try nappy Cream! 
For years and years I tried out didn't products for my ultra dry lips when Winter comes along. I found most to be too thick and not that affective but then for some reason I decided to try out Bepathen and to my amazement it worked wonders. I now slather the ointment over my lips at night as a treatment (because it's a unsightly white cream) and in the morning my lips are restored and hydrated. It's also a bargain at £3 and can be found in most supermarkets and chemists. 

 For whiter, healthier teeth don't rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth at night 
I'm pretty sure after brushing your teeth at night you either add water to your brush and spit out the remaining toothpaste or you swish your mouth with water directly from the tap. But guess what? We've been doing it wrong all these years! As we are going to sleep there's no need to rinse away excess toothpaste on our teeth and in fact it's good for the residue to stay there to protect the teeth further as we sleep. Not really a beauty tip but something that's super easy to do and does make a difference. 

To find your perfect contouring shade look at matte eyeshadows 
2016 is going to be the year I master contouring by watching endless tutorials on YouTube. But one thing that has already helped is realising that both powder and cream matte eyeshadows can work amazing well to contour with, especially when you find that perfect shade for your skin tone. I feel most comfortable using cream products to contour with so I looked around at cream eyeshadows and realised that Maybelline Color Tattoos (£4.99 each - Boots here) are the perfect formula and have quite a few taupe/brown matte shades. As for powder eyeshadows that are great for contouring with I've found the 2 brown shades in the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette to be perfect. If you have yet to find a contour shade that suits your skintone then looking at matte eyeshadows may be the way! 

Use translucent powder to mattify any lipstick 
If I had to name my favourite beauty hack of last year it would be this one. I may have only just discovered it a few months ago but it's an amazing tip that basically means that you really don't need to buy a matte lipstick again! After applying any lipstick, glossy/lustre or even semi-matte, simply dust over the lips with a translucent powder on a clean eyeshadow blending brush or concealer brush, this will instantly mattify the lipstick and will keep the lips matte all day long! 

Mix your body moisturiser with oils to create something new 
My last beauty tip is to get creative with your moisturiser because its the perfect formulation to mix with other products, especially oils. Of course you don't want to be adding anything to an entire bottle of moisturiser but mixing a few drops of an essential oil or body oil in the palm of your hand with a moisturiser is enough to change it into something new. Right now I'm loving mixing my Egyptian Magic Cream (£29.00 - Boots here) with a few drops of lavender oil to apply just before bed to relax me. But you could do with with an energising oil or even a body oil to make any moisturiser more nourishing

Hope a few of my beauty tips have been helpful

If you have any of your own 
I'd love to read them

Fee xo.  

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18 January 2016

Most Used Beauty Products of 2015

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Is it too late to be talking about my favourites of 2015? Hopefully not, as favourites of the year posts are some of my, well favourites to read. 

These are of course much loved products but I thought I'd pull them together by what I used the most in 2015 as these products really are true favourites, over products that I love the packaging of but maybe have only used a handful of times. So basically all the products here I totally recommend 1000000%!

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Gosh Velvet Touch Primer & Setting Powder 
£9.99 - Superdrug here
I mentioned this powder a million times last year because I was simply amazed by it. Compared to mattifying/setting powders I'd tried in the past this really outshone them all and is just perfect for anyone with oily skin as it keeps makeup on the skin and shine-free all day. I also love how there are multiple ways to use the powder, as a primer before applying foundation (for extra oily skin), after applying makeup and even to mattify glossy lipsticks with! If you are looking for a powerful powder then this is the one to pick up!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer 
£15.75 - Feel Unique here 
2015 was the year that I tried endless highlighters but the one that stood out the most and got used almost daily was the cult Mary-Lou Lumizer from theBalm. This has to be the boldest, pigmented highlighter I own so only a little is needed and it's just stunning on every skintone I've seen it on due to the neutral champagne tone to it. I also love to use this as an eyeshadow as it's such a gorgeous shade and of course to highlight my cupid's bow and brow bones. You really should believe the hype of this product!

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Feline Mascara
£9.99 - Boots here
Another most used product of 2015 was this stunning L'Oreal mascara, which dare I say I didn't have high hopes for as so many mascaras have such bold claims but then don't deliver. However this mascara was such a hit for my lashes as the curved brush works so well to push up the lashes to the centre and outer corners whilst adding volume to give a lovely feline flick to the eye. I personally love to use this mascara when going for winged eyeliner as this really enhances the eyes and gives them a lifted look. I also found that the mascara didn't clump on application or flake off at all throughout the day. Mascara is a personal choice depending on the type of lashes you have but if you are looking for something that will curl and add volume when this is the one to try out.

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Makeup Revolution What You Waiting For? Salvation Palette 
£4.00 - Superdrug here 
When selecting the products to go in this post I knew I had to include an eyeshadow palette as I used them much more than single eyeshadows in 2015, but which one to pick? It took a while to decide but I finally decided upon this Makeup Revolution palette as I really couldn't be without it now and it's seen me through 3 seasons and catered for them all. Plus the fact that it's an absolute bargain swayed it for me as well. What I love most about this product is the quality of the eyeshadows, they are buttery smooth, highly pigmented and blend a dream. Also as a neutral lover I love all the shades in the palette and the inclusion of 6 matte shades that are again smooth and highly pigmented. If you have yet to try a Makeup Revolution palette and love eyeshadows then put this on your to-buy list right now!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick - Don't Pink of it! 
£8.99 - Boots here
Last year was the year in which I realised that pink toned nudes suited me the most when it came to nude shades. Now if you aren't a lipstick lover then this won't seem a big deal at all, but if you are then you will know how amazing it feels when you figure out what tones suit you the most! So after this revelation I sifted through my lipstick collection pulling out all the pinky nudes I could find and also buying up even more to try, which was when I discovered this beauty. I was already a fan of liquid lipsticks but this velvet finish and comfortable formula was something else for me and the shade suited me to a tee so of course it was one of my most used products of the year, actually I'm sure it will be for many years to come. Total love!

Yves Laurent Touche Eclat Concealer 
£22.50 - Feel Unique here
Pssst - Currently on sale for £12.50 - Harrods here
Lastly I had to included a true makeup staple for me that saw a lot of use last year and remains in my handbag at all times for touch-ups. Touche Eclat is a product that is almost hard to describe as sometimes it's classed as a concealer and sometimes a highlighter so it's not really obvious what it's used for and why it's so good. I personally like to think of it as a concealer highlighter hybrid as it lightly conceals and also lightly highlights making it perfect for under the eyes over normal concealer and also on the high points of the face to add a little light and to simply even out the skin. As the skin under my eyes has darken slightly over the years this really has become a favourite of mine to brighten that area up but without the appearance of another layer of makeup. It can be a hit or miss product but used correctly it's sure to be love! 

I'd love to know your most used products of 2015! 

Fee xo. 

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