Monday, 25 June 2018

MUA - An Overlooked Brand?đź’•

There's no denying that I love bargain makeup. Highend brands don't really appeal to me because I know that I can buy products that work the exact same way as drugstore makeup. One brand I have loved for years, and one which really got me into makeup, is MUA. It's a brand that I always fall back on every so often. For my base, I'm not too fussy - a concealer and powder, and I'm good to go.

MUA Hide and Concealer Stick in Ivory || £1 - For some reason, I never used to use stick concealers, I always opted for cream concealers instead. Then, I bought a stick concealer because I was going on holidays and had to limit my liquids (I carry hand luggage), and since then, I've never looked back. I find that stick concealers do get a lot of negative reviews, but I quite like this one. I have the shade fair (which is the palest colour) and it works adequately - it's creamy, blends well and has quite good coverage. For the price, I cannot really complain about the concealer, because it serves its purpose. The only downfall is that it melts quite easily in the packaging. When I took it on holidays, I had to keep it in the fridge because the heat was melting it. Otherwise, it's a concealer that I have repurchased many times.

MUA Pressed Powder in Translucent || £1 - Powder is crucial for me, because I have such oily skin, I want to not only keep the oils at bay, but also my makeup in tact. I've tried numerous powders over the years, and some have made me look oily, some haven't done what they claim they will do. I knew that I loved the concealer, so therefore, the powder couldn't be too bad for £1. Some powders which are on the lower price scale can be quite chalky, however, I haven't actually experienced that with this one. It sets my makeup in place, doesn't settle into any line beneath my eyes (which aren't even visible without makeup, and only appear when some makeup set terribly) and for the price, is quite decent.


Once again, MUA haven't let me down. It's a brand that I know I could pick up anything from and it won't be a disappointment. People often overlook such a brand because of their minuscule price tags, but for me, I adore them.

xx

Monday, 18 June 2018

Amsterdam Fashionđź’•

Typically, I'm not into fashion. Sure, I own quite a lot of clothes, but I'm quite plain when it comes to style. I'm a comfort over fashion sort of gal. After seeing the outfits that the girls were going wearing whilst in Amsterdam, I decided it was time to up my game, and actually pure together some "cute" outfits - in other words, outfits with some thought and consideration.

Outfit One
I was wanting something casual yet comfortable (as usual) for flying out. I definitely don't give my tartan trousers the credit that they deserve, so I opted for them (pic below gives a better idea of them!) Because they are so striking, I had to pair it with a plain top. I found this black, knotted front tee in Primark for a bargain of £4, and it's great because it just goes with everything - let me know if they have a white one because I'd love one! It is a bit out my comfort zone as it is cropped and I don't tend to like wearing cropped clothing items. Although it was a city break as opposed to a girls summer holiday in a beach resort, I still brought my sunglasses because the weather was meant to be scorching (and it was!), so I wore my New Look sunglasses on my head, purely so I wouldn't forget them!

Aren't these trousers just lush? I adore them, and they were only £13 from Primark. They're incredibly soft, and not to mention comfortable too. I paired my outfit with my new favourite shoes - Primark's replica of vans. They're pretty similar to the authentic ones, but cost a fraction of the price tag - I got them for a steal at £6! They literally go with everything, and I didn't have any trouble breaking into them whatsoever; they genuinely fit my feet like a pair of gloves.

Outfit Two
Us Scots really take advantage of a bit of sun - if it's above 14 degrees and the suns out, then it's what we call "taps aff" weather, which basically translates to "it's bloody roasting let's find the summer clothes, and the guys walk about topless". So, I totally made the most of the warm weather whilst in Dam. I had previously ordered some new skirts off of Forever 21 as I'm always wearing trousers and wanted to switch it up a little bit. I am in love with this adorable blue denim skirt. It's such a soft denim material, which reminds me of cotton in a way. The buttons up the front really complete the skirt in my opinion. As for the top, it's one which my mum stumbled upon in the New Look sale for me. The sleeves are super pretty and the material is so light which meant I wasn't melting half as badly as it's quite flowy. 

Again, I wore my Primark shoes, and sunglasses, but this time I had an extra two accessories - I had borrowed a small bag from my sister to carry my essentials in, and of course, my camera - is it really me if I don't have my camera?

In the evenings, I wore my navy harrington jacket, which I got from eBay. I did bring my khaki denim jacket, but the harrington one just went better with my outfits, and it had a pocket in the inside for my phone too! 

xx

Monday, 11 June 2018

Travel Diaries || Amsterdamđź’•

My list of places I want to visit is forever growing. And the only way to be able to start ticking everywhere off is by actually travelling. Amsterdam is a place I have wanted to visit for absolutely ages now. It always just seemed like a beautiful place full of excitement. A few months back, my friends and I went ahead and booked our flights and accommodation. It was official - I was going to Amsterdam!

We flew out on 5th June, and the flight was just over an hour. We were staying in a hostel in Sloterdijk, so got a train out to what we thought was Amsterdam Centraal - we accidentally got onto Rotterdam Centraal instead, but thankfully it wasn't an express train and we got off at Amsterdaam Central. Once we finally found our accomodation, we hopped on a train back to Amsterdaam Central.

NIGHT ONE

I was mesmerised and star-struck by the architecture surrounding me - to the point I was probably annoying the girls because I was stopping every two minutes to take a picture. I knew from pictures online that Amsterdam was a beautiful city, but boy, it's more beautiful than it looks.

The canals were just unreal. Both evenings I was in Amsterdam, we ended up sitting alongside the canals for a short time period, chilling, chatting and people watching - it was so relaxing. They were heavily-populated with people sitting at the sides, walking past and the amount of boats that went by was unreal. I was desperate to go on a boat tour down the canals but we simply didn't have enough time - but I know that when I return (it's a must!), I'll be paying for a canal tour. Mark my words.

This building isn't your stereotypical building in Amsterdam, but I liked it's quirkiness. I found it whilst waiting on the girls, who had popped in to buy churros, so I made the most of it whilst on this specific street - by the way, the churros were good, I ended up eating Becca's leftovers whilst chilling at the canals!

We spent the whole of the first evening exploring the place. At 10pm, we opted to visit the sex museum - of course, it was a total laugh. I'll spare you of the photos of the museum, but honestly, if you go to Amsterdam, visit it - it's only 5 euros entry and it's some laugh!

DAY ONE

We set an alarm for 7 with the intention of getting up to get ready, but we all lay in bed, contemplating getting up but none of us had the energy. Miraculously, we were up, ready and out of the hostel by 9am - five of us somehow managed to get ready in this one tiny hostel room! For breakfast, we nipped to the local Spar, where I bought two croissants - way to my heart.

After we got the train to Amsterdaam Central, we jumped onto a tram - first things first on the agenda is find the bench from The Fault in Our Stars. Unfortunately, it wasn't the original bench, because someone had previously stolen it, but it was still a lovely place.


Next, we ran along to the I AM STERDAM sign. This location was mobbed - I underestimated how busy it would be! We spent quite a while here taking cute candids and group photos - what else would you expect from a group of gals?!

I had to take a panorama on my phone to fit the whole of the sign in because I struggled using my phone on normal camera!

The beautiful views at the sign.

Next stop - FOOD! Nicole had seen a cafe called Ree7 on Instagram, and to say the least, their milkshakes looked insane. Naturally, we just had to visit. Oh, and can we take a minute to appreciate how photogenic the milkshakes look? (iPhone 7 camera quality lol)

I had the strawberry milkshake, as did Nicole. Becca and Amy had a chocolate milkshake which looked equally as scrumptious, and Emma had a hot chocolate, which presentation wise, looked pretty delicious for a hot chocolate! We were 5 happy girls.

Amy had seen a place online which was recommended and it had glow in the dark mini golf. Whilst some of us hadn't ever played mini golf, we knew it'd be a laugh nonetheless. It was so much fun, and no, I didn't win!!

Earlier in the day, we had booked to go to the Ice Bar - we couldn't go to Amsterdam and not to go to the Ice Bar!! I didn't know what to quite expect, but it was uber cool (pun intended). We had 2 coins to use inside the ice bar for 2 drinks, and then another coin to use for a third drink in the bar itself. The experience itself was great and I highly recommend visiting if you're in Amsterdam.


Pit stop before shopping - food. Every corner you look, there's a food stall of some sort. Earlier in the day, Becca and Emma had a hot dog, and from that moment onwards, I craved a hot dog. So, to satisfy ones needs, I bought myself a large hot dog. And it was bloody amazing.


NIGHT TWO

After some shopping, we went back to the hostel to get ready before going out. We went to kfc, before going and sitting at the canals again, reminiscing about our day and general girly chat. We were waiting until the sun had set to start wandering around the Red Light District. I won't give too much away but wow, it was such a different way of life compared to here in Scotland! It was so interesting.


But of course, all good things come to an end. The following morning, we made our way to the airport via train (I obviously nipped into Spar to buy more croissants because honestly, I haven't tried any quite as amazing!) before waiting in the airport to come home. We flew home, not half as excited as we were flying out, but at the same time, we were glad to land back in Glasgow!

Amsterdam is a place which I cannot rave about enough. I feel as though since I've returned home, I've spoke about nothing else - but it was just amazing. It was an experience which I adored every minute of, and the girls made it all the more memorable. I cannot wait for my next adventure!

xx

Monday, 4 June 2018

Being Love Struckđź’•

Firstly, hello! I am here and I have finally returned. I haven't posted since the start of May, and it feels weird - it feels weird to be blogging again, but a good sort of weird! I intend on spending a lot of time working on BAB over the Summer to make it the best it can be! And secondly, thankyou to those who supported me throughout my blogging break.

Not only was it my blog's birthday in April, but it was also my own birthday. And it isn't a birthday (or Christmas) if you don't get a bottle of perfume/aftershave, am I right? This year, my parents got me the Vera Wang Lovestruck Floral Rush perfume - I already have the original Lovestruck perfume, as well as previously owning the Princess and Rock Princess perfumes in the past, so I knew that this wouldn't be a let down. With the aesthetically pleasing packaging and bright colours, I knew it was going to be loved very dearly.

The notes in this perfume are rather interesting and exotic, and are as follow: top notes of sparkling champagne accord, pink pepper and apricot blossom. Heart notes of pink passion flower, marigold and white freesia. Dry notes of cashmere woods, sheer musk and white amber. Together, they combine to create a beautiful, Summer-infused scent. It is described as being a "flower bouquet in a bottle", which is sure is accurate and representative of the perfume. It's a light, fresh and fruity perfume which I have been loving lately, especially throughout the month of May, also known as Scotland's Summer of 2018 when the sun was shining. 

It's a perfume which I personally like wearing. I love the original lovestruck, so I knew that this couldn't be a disappointment - Vera Wang perfumes are created with a whole lot of care and love. I received this as a gift, and I know that it is worthwhile buying it for someone.

Have you tried this Lovestruck perfume? 

xx

Monday, 7 May 2018

Rediscovering An Old Favouriteđź’•

Who remembers the days where we were all OBSESSED with Soap and Glory? Or was it just me who was crazy for their pretty packaging and scrumptious scents? Either way, Soap and Glory was my absolute go-to brand, I wouldn't use any other body products apart from S&G; my shelf was full of their products, I was inundated with them as gifts and I took full advantage of their 3 for 2 deals. Since then, I've got kind of lazy with the body products department - exfoliating and moisturising have kind of gone out the window for me. For my birthday, I was gifted with four miniature S&G products and it really took me back to one of my first loves.

Clean On Me Shower Gel || Miniature (75ml) £3, Full Size £6.30 (500ml) || I cannot even begin to tell you how many bottles, full size and miniature, I have been through. I completely forgot how much I adore this. The scent is S&G's signature scent, which I am a fan of. The formula is rich and creamy, I would also say that it's quite thick in comparison to some body washes I've used in the past. It lathers up well and creates a lot of bubbles. I've found that you don't need a large amount either as a small amount goes a long way. The miniature lasts longer than you'd think, but the full size lasts forever, and it's ever so convenient that it comes with a pump too.

Hand Food || Miniature £2.50 (50ml), Full Size £5.50 (125ml) || I don't tend to like hand creams because I hate the greasiness, but I find that this is probably one of the few exceptions. I like the humorous name this hand cream has, because essentially, it is food for your hands haha. Anyways, jokes aside, this hand cream has the same scent as the shower gel above, and it's one which lasts on your skin for hours after applying. It's not overly thick but it's not a watery formula either, but it's not greasy at all and my skin absorbs it almost instantly. I find that using every day keeps my hands silky smooth, and if I need to use it out the blue, it works wonders - dry, cracked hands be gone!

The Scrub Of Your Life || Full Size £7 (200ml) || I've tried numerous body scrubs, but this one is by far my favourite. It's not harsh on the skin yet it's still effective as it leaves my skin feeling well exfoliated, clean and soft. Once again, it has the same scent as the rest of the range. As this scrub is so gentle on the skin, it means that people who have dry, sensitive skin would be able to use this without needing to worry about the scrub being too harsh on the skin. Much like the shower gel, I don't really need a lot of product, which means it lasts longer, and when I use it, I'd say I try to use it at least once a week.

The Righteous Butter || Miniature £3 (50ml), Full Size £10 (300ml) || Hands down, this is the best body butter on the market. Like the shower gel, I've been through umpteen tubs of this and not once have I been let down by it. It's thick and creamy but my skin drinks this up like there's no tomorrow - there's nothing worse than a body butter or lotion that takes forever to dry into your skin. Especially in Winter, I use this religiously because I want to protect my pins from going dry, and this works perfectly. It's even perfect to use in the Spring and Summer because you don't need to wait around for it to dry. I know people who suffer from very dry skin who use this and swear by it - it is a dry skin formula - but for those who don't have dry skin (ie me), then it can still be your best friend. 

Once again, S&G haven't disappointed. I'm sure that this has definitely thrown me back to my S&G days and my love have returned.

xx

Monday, 30 April 2018

Ardell Beautyđź’•

I'm not a false lash person, I never use them, so if I can find a good mascara to enhance my naturally long lashes, then I'm onto a winner. When False Eyelashes contacted me asking if I wanted to try the new Ardell lash range, I initially said no because I don't use lashes, however they replied offering me the opportunity to try out some Ardell makeup, so I said yes because I hadn't ever tried them before!

Ardell Beauty Splash Party Mascara* || £9.95 || my favourite sort of mascara wands are small, thin ones (chunky, thick wands are intimidating) plus these tend to work better for lengthening purposes rather than voluminosity. Since using this mascara, I've figured that it's quite a natural sort of mascara - when I apply it, it enhances my lashes and really opens up my eyes, yet doesn't look like I'm wearing any makeup. Although it looks well, it does become a tad crumbly after a few hours wear, and this is something you need to watch for, especially incase it smudges. When it comes to removing, it's a pain. I feel like I'm removing it for hours! I don't layer lengthening mascaras that much so there's not a lot of mascara on my lashes, but it seems as though there is - I'm removing for a good few minutes at a time. With those slight downfalls aside, it's a decent enough mascara for an everyday wear.

Ardell Beauty Wanna Get Lucky Gel Eyeliner* || £7.95 || when I saw that it was a gel eyeliner, I totally underestimated it. I used it for my winged liner - I did a rough outline then used this to fill it in - and boy, is it creamy. I was actually shocked if I'm honest, and I fear that it would smudge. Surprisingly, once it's on, it doesn't really bother, you're set. It's true black and matte. It's far too creamy to use on your actual waterline, but for your lower lash line, then maybe with a light hand, yes. It could be used for a smoldering, dark look, or a clean, elegant look; whatever takes your fancy. It's a good, all-round eyeliner!  

Considering I hadn't ever tried Ardell makeup before, it was quite an interesting experience - I didn't even know they did makeup, I thought it was just eye lashes (bad beauty blogger). I think I need to dive further into the range and see what else they have available.

xx

Monday, 23 April 2018

Superdrug Vitamin E Rangeđź’•

If you haven't heard of the Superdrug Vitamin E Range, then chances are, you have been living beneath a rock. This budget-friendly range has been splashed everywhere like hot gossip, and it's quite worthy of it. From facial oils to scrubs, the brand quite literally have everything you would possibly need to keep your skin in tip-top condition. And, on a tight budget too.

Vitamin E Facial Scrub || £2.99 || I'd by lying if I said I couldn't recall the last time I used a face scrub, it's terrible, however, I'm definitely making up for it now. Something really caught my attention with this scrub, I don't know if it's the "gentle oatmeal" idea, or if it's because I hadn't used a face scrub in so long and wanted to branch out to try the vitamin e range. Either or, I'm glad I bought this one, I'm in love with it. As well as having high levels of vitamin e, it also has a high amount of antioxidants too (as does the whole range) which helps to protect your skin against harsh environmental damage and harm. It specifies that it's for normal to dry skin, and I have oily skin, but find it works relatively well with my skin type also. A lot of the time, face scrubs claim to be gentle, but they still feel harsh on the skin, yet this one is extremely gentle for sure. I tend to use it on a daily basis and it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth to touch and appears to be youthful and glowing.

Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser || £4.99 || I had wanted to try this cleanser for ages. Something about it really grasped my attention; I think it was the "hot cloth" part, because I've tried umpteen cleansers before so this one really stood out from the crowd. I do like the cleanser, it really cleanses my skin and it feels uber clean, but I'm struggling to find why it varies so much from your regular cleanser. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong, and if I am, please notify me hah. It's quite a think consistency, but a small amount is plenty, so I know that it'll last quite a while. I massage it into my skin and neck, ensuring to avoid my eye area. I then rinse the cotton muslin cloth which it comes with beneath running hot water and ring it out, before massaging my face once again and removing with the cloth. Following on, I then wash my face with clean warm water before drying. I do feel that it removes any last traces of dirt (or as I've discovered, face scrub from the previous product) which is, of course, what you'd expect a cleanser to do. I try to use it daily, or every second day if I forget, and I do notice that in using it so regularly, it's helping my skin by keeping spots at bay. Overall, I do like this cleanser, but it didn't "wow" me as I was expecting.

Vitamin E Night Cream || £2.99 || I love trying new moisturisers. I don't know why but I find it SO fascinating. I use different day and night moisturisers; a light one in the morning and a heavier, thicker one in the evenings. My friend Amy had the night cream and highly recommended it, so I decided to give it a whirl. It's a thick consistency but not overly thick, and isn't heavy or greasy either; in fact, it feels quite light on the skin, of which it absorbs it quite quickly too. It feels really luxurious when applying to the skin, especially after using the previous two products. I find that I don't require a lot of moisturiser either, it's quite generous that way. For the price, I adore it, my skin has taken to it very well and I'm now considering buying the day cream to see if it lives up to this one!

Vitamin E Facial Oil || £2.99 || I don't actually know how I ended up ordering this as I don't use face oils. I think I'm wary of them because I have oily skin, and despite myths, I'm still afraid to add excess oils to my skin's natural oils. Why I still believe this myth I'll never understand because this little bottle works miracles. I think that my skin has benefitted from this, in conjunction with the other products, as it finishes my routine off nicely. I only need a small amount, because it's a thin consistency being an oil, but it doesn't leave my skin greasy like some oils can; my skin drinks this up. It doesn't feel heavy nor as if it's blocking my pores, instead, it's just light on the skin, absorbed and the rest is history. I don't use it every night, but more so every 2-3 nights.

The Vitamin E range tends to be the on buy one get one half price deal at Superdrug (hence why I bought so much) but it's still relatively affordable too. I'm glad that I bought the products from the range that I have, but I want to try more. I also have the micellar water and duo cleanser (which you can read more about here) and the two of them are great products. The range has the same distinct scent throughout, which I can't quite pinpoint, but I know I love it.

Have you tried this range?

xx

Monday, 16 April 2018

Charcoal For Your Skin?đź’•

Ever since returning from Portugal last month, I have been all over skincare and been taking proper care of my skin. From the flights, my skin dried out something ridiculous (I have oily skin!) so I wanted my best to improve it, especially for my birthday which was last week. Whilst I was away, a package from T-Zone arrived, sending some of their Charcoal and Bamboo range. I have previously tried products from T-Zone (read review here) so I was ecstatic to try the products out - I mean, I did get home after 9pm but I still couldn't wait!

Self Heating Masks* || £4.99 - I think this product grasped my attention the most. I love face masks, even if I have the tendency to forget to do them, but when I do, the results are always fantastic. The fact these are self heating make them all the more appealing to use. I wasn't quite sure how they would "heat up", so I read the instructions (yes, I am that person). In the box, you get 4 sachets of face mask, so I wanted to ensure I was getting the most of each sachet. When you apply the mask - of which there is plenty of in the sachet, I felt I had a bit too much for my face if I'm honest - it's best to have a slightly damp face because the mask works with water and this is how it heats up. If you want, you can always go ahead and wet your hands and rub it on too. When it's warm, it's the strangest sensation ever. It's tingly but doesn't feel as if it's burning your skin at all. It fascinates me. The purpose of the mask is to remove any impurities which are left behind in the pores, and remove excess dirt and oil in the skin. It's not a peel off mask, so I tend to wash the mask off after 2 minutes or so. My skin looks glowy post-washing, and it also leaves it feeling highly cleansed and smooth. 

Peel Off Mask* || £4.99 - Any time I receive a PR package, I swear my family are just as excited as I am to see what I've received. When I mentioned I had a charcoal face mask, I was asked "is that not those masks people were using and couldn't remove?" and for a minute, I panicked, but I didn't let the fear take over aha, I still went ahead and used it. I think the fact it's a peel off was the reason I was hesitant, purely because I tend to use wash off masks. I accidentally left it on longer than anticipated, and recommended, because I used it the morning of my birthday and was running about doing numerous things. Oops. When it came to removing it, I struggled. It had properly dried so it did hurt removing a bit - this is only because I'm not used to peel offs. In the end, I gave up peeling it off, and hopped into the shower whereby I just washed it off. With that issue aside, it is a decent enough mask. I like the idea that it's in a tube as I find sachets to be a tad messy. I must admit though, I think I do prefer the face masks above, but if you prefer peel off masks, then you need to give this a shot.

Cleansing Wipes* - £2.99 - Last time I got a package from T-Zone, they sent me their charcoal wipes, and I loved them, so I guess you could say I was pretty chuffed to see these in the box again. In the packet, you get 25 wipes, which I think is quite standard. These aren't your ordinary wipes however - because they are charcoal, they are black in colour. Personally, I use these to remove my foundation/base, eyebrows and eyeshadow, but use micellar water to remove my mascara etc as wipes can often irritate my eyes. They work really well in removing my foundation, as I've found that with some wipes, I need to go over my face with a second wipe or micellar water to fully remove my makeup. As they are from the charcoal and bamboo range, they do have a strong scent therefore, if you have sensitive skin, you may wish to be wary of this. For the price, I love these wipes, and I find them so handy for throwing in my bag - I brought them with me when I went out for my birthday and sat at goodness knows what time in the morning removing my makeup with these wipes before my bed ha!

Nose Pore Strips* - £6.99 - Having oily skin, nose strips are fantastic. Unfortunately, I seem to have a lot of ugly blackheads on my nose, caused by my oily skin, and nose strips are something I need to adapt into my skincare routine, even if they are just a weekly use. When you open the packet, the nose strip is on a piece of plastic, sticky side down, which you peel off and apply to your nose, which is recommended to be damp as it applies better. I don't know if there's a suggested time or what for these, I normally just remove after around 10 minutes, or whenever I remember if I'm being honest. Once the time is up, I dread removing it - I need to find an easy way to do it. I usually peel from left to right, however, if I have any difficulties, I dampen the strip a little to help with the removal because it can be painful. The purpose of these strips is to remove any dirt and excess oil, lifting any impurities within the skin. I will admit though, my nose does feel better for using these, so I definitely need to incorporate these into my routine.

I knew that this range wouldn't be a let down; not only because I've tried previous products, but I also see them quite a lot on my social media, usually on Instagram and Twitter. In my truthful opinion, I would describe this range as being a bargain buy because the products work really well with my skin, but they aren't expensive in the slightest. Whilst looking through Superdrug, I clocked that they sell a face wash, which I might need to pick up next time I'm out shopping.

xx

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

BAB turns 4đź’•

For the fourth here in a row, here I am, star struck at the fact my blog is, once again, another year older. My blog is growing each and every day - some more than others - but that’s beside the point, because my passion is indefinite. The opportunities I have been presented with are immense, and my blogger friends have remained as precious and supportive as always. Over the years, I have been asked multiple questions regarding blogging, especially revolving around beginning a blog. Here are some reasons to create a blog, whether your blog falls into the beauty niche or not.

1. A place to express yourself; I use blogging as a platform to voice my opinions and share my reviews with like-minded people. Reviewing a lipstick means that I’m informing my audience on my views, helping them shape an opinion too, or make a decision as to purchase the lipstick or not. The same goes for lifestyle blogs, as discussing an important issue helps spark a debate and see people debating their views, with them knowing your take on the issue too. If you like to write opinionated texts, then welcome to the works of blogging.

2. Sense of belonging; I feel that this point seems a little deep, but let me explain. A blog, no matter the niche, is a blog, and the person behind that blog is a blogger who is automatically a member of a blogging community. You belong here. You have a similar interest as millions of other people in the world, and we all connect via words. Blogging unites us. Of course we are not obliged to like every single person, but in the blogging community, I try my best to support fellow bloggers, whether it’s retweeting their link on Twitter, following their Instagram or leaving them a comment. No matter who you are, your background etc, you will fit into the blogging community and are guaranteed to make some blogging friends - trust me, they are the nicest bunch of people out there and I’m so lucky for each and every one I have.

3. A way to improve numerous aspects; When I first started blogging, I expected it to be a hobby and thought nothing more of it. But, there’s a whole load more to it. I have improved my English in terms of accuracy (I used to have a tendency of rushing things and not proof reading) and added new vocabulary to my knowledge, learnt new camera skills as well as incorporated the skills I’ve learnt from college into my photos, and improved upon myself with regards to confidence and self belief. For those who don’t blog mustn’t understand how much blogging improves your self confidence, but it’s insane. And, I’m living proof to say that four years later, blogging has made a positive impact upon my life.

If you’re considering creating a blog, then I cannot urge you enough. If you make one life changing decision this year, let it be that you create a blog.

xx

Monday, 2 April 2018

An Eyeshadow Palette For Beginnersđź’•

Eyeshadow is probably one of the hardest aspect of makeup, beside liquid eyeliner. One wrong shade and you've destroyed the whole look. Although at first it is difficult, after you've got the act and the right palette, you can pretty much ace any look. Finding a palette that is affordable and suitable for beginners can be hard, however, I believe I've found the one.

Seventeen Easy On The Eye Palette in Birthday Suit I'm looking at you. By looking at the name, you can already guess that the shades are going to be more on the natural and subtle side. The palette contains eight powder shadows, three cream shadows and a primer. At first, I felt I'd overlook the primer, but in actual fact, it's really good and I feel the colours appear more pigmented on my lid. It's hard to muck up eyeshadow using this palette because the shades are on the lighter side and aren't intimidating either. The shadows blend easily too and this allows you to improve your blending skills (even I'm still getting there ha..)

At first glace, it is clear that the palette is a pink, golden and brown bases palette - I have no objections to, they are among some of my favourite shades. The pigmentation is impressive for the price of the palette too - nothing worse than a bargain palette with weak pigmentation. I have blue eyes and feel the colours compliment my eyes quite well. If you're a beginner with eyeshadow, you can't really go wrong with this palette. Personally, I'd suggest using a pink on your lid and a brown shade in your crease.

For £7.99 and you have little or no experience with eyeshadow, this palette is ideal. I love it and have to admit - I do reach for it often!

Have you tried this palette? Do you have a recommended eyeshadow palette for beginners?


Monday, 26 March 2018

W7 Brow Parlourđź’•

Little did we know back in 2012 how significant brows would be to us in this present day. In all honesty, brows aren't the be all or end all for me. Sure, some days I'll work on them whilst other days I just leave them. Why? I genuinely have no clue, the only valid reason I have is because I have really stubborn, long eyebrow hairs that enjoy moving out of place too much for my liking that sometimes leaving them natural is the best option. Whilst on holidays, I was rummaging through a makeup shop, because that's what I do best. I came across this W7 Brow Parlour. I hadn't gave it too much thought; I was picking it up because I had actually forgotten to pack a brow product, and knew I could rely on W7.

I was delighted to see that it came packaged in a metal tin. Normally, it doesn't bother me but this time, I was glad as I knew the tin had to survive an airport visit and a flight home (all in hand luggage too!) but long story short, it made it home in perfect condition. The bright, pink packaging caught my eye, and it almost reminded me of an illustrated mirror with lighting around the edge of it - super cute and unique! The tin is slightly on the small size, but good things come in small packages.

Inside there's a mirror, which is small and compact but is all that you really require and it's handy for when you're on the go. It contains a brow wax, a highlight shade and two brow powders, as well as a tiny pair of tweezers which are ever so adorable (it should have contained a brush but mine never came with one which was a slight inconvenience whilst away as I had to try and fill my brows in with an eyeshadow brush, not cool). Brow wax kind of gives me the fear, it's such an odd concept, but I just get on with it and brush some through my brows to try and keep them in place (absolute challenge). The highlight shade I'm not a massive fan of because it does lack pigmentation and is a tad chalky too. This kit is definitely designed for someone with darker hair because the two brow powders are quite dark. The first shade is ideal for the inner part of my brow, whereas the darker shade is perfect for the tail of my brow.

For the price (I paid about 3€, retails for around £5), it's a bargain in itself. The brow powders are easy to work with; the brow wax is ok and the highlight shade is a bit naff. Apart from that, it's not too bad. Whether you're a beginner or wanting to experiment more, why not try this out?

xx

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A Bottle Of Goldđź’•

If a perfume smells nice, then great. But if it has unique packaging, then I'm all about that life. I absolutely adore Calvin Klein perfumes; it's a brand whom I'm always either buying perfumes from, or receiving them as gifts. At Christmas, I received CK One Gold as a gift. I hadn't ever smelt it before, nor did I know that it even existed. But, before I begin talking about the scent, can we admire it's beauty?

CK One Gold is a limited edition unisex fragrance, created by the world famous Calvin Klein. It's a light, sweet and juicy scent which just screams Spring and Summer at me because it's so fresh. It claims to be quite a bold scent, one which provides confidence and energy to people. From looking at it online, the main target audience seems to be the youth, or at least that's how I have interpreted it. I wouldn't necessarily say that it's a young person's scent; to me, I wouldn't say that it has one specific category. It's a beautiful, fruity scent which suits everyone. 

The aesthetics of this bottle are on point. I love how they have incorporated the gold onto the bottle, after all, it is the perfume's name. The dripping effect is really smart and I think it adds to the overall appearance of the bottle. It's shiny so when the light hits the bottle, it looks effective. It's one of those bottles you just need to have out on display because it's simply too beautiful to keep hidden away in a box. With that being said, when you compare the box to the bottle, they near enough have the same packaging/design.

I have the 100ml bottle, and although it's vast in terms of volume, the bottle design is rather sleek and quite thin too. On travelling to Portugal I brought this bottle with me, and it fitted perfectly into my wash bag no problem. It's a perfume which I wear on a daily basis because it's light enough to wear, but also versatile because you can wear it in the evenings too.

xx

Monday, 12 March 2018

Maybelline Total Temptationđź’•*

Oh, how I love a new mascara. I'm honestly terrible at replacing them, I just kind of forget, but then again, I like them more when they go "dry", I feel they work better. Maybelline are forever blessing me with beautifully packaged PR boxes - can we take a minute to appreciate how satisfying the fact is that the tissue paper and products are a similar colour?! If I'm honest, I didn't realise that Maybelline had came out with a new range, so I was excited to give it a try.



Temptation Mascara* || £8.99 - I'm not going to lie, because the tube was pretty thick, I was expecting a larger wand, but I must say, I do like the wand this mascara has. It's a plastic wand full of little legs which are sure to catch onto every last lash. I have came to the conclusion that this mascara helps to lengthen my lashes, but also delivers a whole lot of volume too, and it just generally helps to open my eyes up too. I always curl my right lashes because they grown stubbornly straight, and this mascara helps to hold them in place. I like the formula because it's not too wet nor too dry, doesn't clump nor feel heavy on my lashes.I have noticed that there is a slight scent of coconut; for me, this is a nice added extra but it's not necessarily needed. I've been wearing this mascara every time I wear makeup and I really like it every time I wear it. It doesn't crumble which is always a bonus. I'm not entirely sure how well it works as a waterproof mascara; I haven't cried so I cannot judge, I have worn it in the shower and it hasn't melted down my face. One night, I accidentally fell asleep with it on and I did wake up looking like a panda, so I don't recommend doing so. I don't need to tug too much to remove (I use a micellar water) so all round, it's a good mascara.



Total Temptation Brow Definer* || £7.99 - For someone who sucks at their brows, I sure own quite the collection. I'm forever on the hunt for a product which is A) easy to use and B) makes my brows look decent. Brow pencils are ok, I quite like brow kits but pomades are my favourite. With that being said, I instantly knew I was going to like this brow definer. Why? Because I like that the tip of it is angled. When I first tried it, and realised how creamy it was, I panicked. I was afraid it'd be too messy, and smudge everywhere. Oh, how wrong could I be. It is the simplest brow product ever, I love it. It doesn't look too dark compared to my hair, and I don't have those dreaded "slug brows" either. I like the spoolie which effortlessly brushes my brows into the desired position and blends the product out. It takes hardly any time to fill my brows in, and it leaves them looking fuller yet natural. This product is available in three shades; Blonde, medium brown and deep brown.

I do like this range from Maybelline. Not only the fact it's pink, but the quality is fantastic. For the price, I highly recommend trying out the range because I doubt you'll be disappointed.

xx

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