LIQUID GLOW PRODUCTS



I'm obsessed with glowing skin and can't leave the house without some highlight. I normally favour a powder highlight but more and more I'm liking a liquid highlight and loved them on holiday for a dewy look. In terms of liquid glow products I like both subtle ones that can be used all over the face or more intense ones that are highlighters.

DRUGSTORE FOUNDATIONS | THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

Drugstore foundations

I have picked up quite a few new drug store foundations lately and they are bringing out lots of new ones that definitely rival more expensive ones. I did used to struggle finding affordable foundations that covered everything I wanted but in today’s post there are some absolute gems that have wowed me and will be definite repurchases.

BEACH HOLIDAY MAKEUP BAG

Beach holiday makeup bag

So as you're reading this I will have just arrived in Mexico for a week of relaxing and drinking cocktails. My holiday makeup bag is quite important and always a tough choice about what products to take. Since the weather in Mexicos is going to be very hot my makeup picks will be quite simple and a natural glowing look.

GO TO BROW PRODUCTS

Eyebrow products

Brows are one of the most important parts of my makeup routine, if not the most. I find having my brows filled in really helps shape my face and I feel weird leaving the house without them. Because of this it is important I find the perfect brow products and thats what todays post is all about.

HOLIDAY LIP PICKS

Holiday lip picks

You might have seen on my Twitter that I'm heading to Mexico on Friday and I couldn't be more excited, it feels like forever since i've been on holiday and so I can't wait to relax for a week. Heading to a warmer climate means I can bring out my summer lip shades again and these will all be heading to Mexico with me.

AUTUMNAL EYESHADOW PALETTES #2

Autumn eyeshadow palettes

I did a similar post to this last year but thought it was worth doing again as I have added lots more autumnal palettes to my collection and they will be used a lot over the coming months. You can probably sense from the photo that warm brows, golds and bronzes are my eyeshadow picks for this season.

GOLDEN GLOW PRODUCTS

Golden glow products

Highlights are probably one of my biggest obsessions and a golden glow is a go to look. Although summer is ending and i'll be swapping a bronzed look for paler skin a golden highlighter is always a favourite for me. Today's post features all of those products I use for creating that bronzed goddess look and lots of these will be taken to Mexico with me to use with my tanned skin.

DRUGSTORE HAUL

Drugstore haul

I love a good drugstore haul and I don't tend to get the guilt like you can when you buy something more expensive, although what I spend would probably buy a few higher end products anyway. Superdrug and Boots have had quite a few good deals on at the moment so I have picked up quite a few new releases.

JUVIAS PLACE PALETTES

Juvia's place eyeshadow palettes

Juvia's Place is a brand I have only recently become aware of after seeing it on Instagram and then Beauty Bay launched the collection on their site. The brand is known for rich, vibrant colours that can instantly transport you to the Caribbean. The eyeshadow palettes were what stood out to me as some of the colours were unlike anything I had owned before. 

BICESTER VILLAGE BEAUTY HAUL


Bicester Village is one of my favourite places to visit for a bargain and whilst most people head there to pick up a discounted designed bag or a pari of shoes, one of my favourite shops it the Cosmetics Company Store. I am sure these are all over the country in different outlet places but i've only been to the Bicester one and it always have an amazing selection of discounts makeup, perfume, skincare and haircare. So here are just a few bits I picked up on my last visit.

BRAND FOCUS | BENEFIT


Today's post is another in my brand focus series and this one is from one of my all time favourite brands - Benefit. I always remember Benefit being one of the first higher end brands I had makeup from and I got their They're Real Mascara in the airport and was amazing at what it was like. Recently they seem to be relaunching a lot of old favourites into new packaging and bring out other new products.

COLOURPOP EYESHADOW COLLECTION


Colourpop have become one of my favourite brands lately and their eye products are absolutely killing. I was a big fan of their Super Shock Shadows but their single pans and new palettes are so amazing and so affordable, so I thought it was time I shared my rather large collection.

SUMMER FAVOURITES


I used to do a favourites post every month but the past few just haven't seem to have happened, mainly because I have been so busy lately I just haven't been on top of my blogging and also I found that finding lots of favourites every month was hard. Instead I have decided to do a summer round up post as it seems like summer is officially over and I thought it was time to share the products I have loved over the last few months.

THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH SO...?


The beauty regime of my teenage years was filled with dream matte mousse, blue eyeshadow, Babyliss Crazy Braider and of course So...? body sprays. I think they were the epitome of everything who was a teenager from 2005-2010, however, they have no relaunched with a much more grown up and wearable range. The have launched body sprays, perfumes and dry shampoo, which is all still as affordable as the old range was.

COLOURPOP HAUL


Colourpop are really nailing it with their launches lately, this year they have bought out single pan eyeshadows, powder highlighters and bronzers, concealers and eyeshadow palettes. As much as I hate ordering from America and the customs fees, I just can't resist these new released and I have places a few orders recently. 

WEDDING GUEST MAKEUP


With the weather we are having at the moment it seems summer is pretty much over and so wedding season would be over too, however, obviously weddings are all year round. I attended my first wedding last Friday and so I thought I could share the makeup I picked for the day. For a wedding I try to pick looks that would match what i'm wearing and for this one I wore a yellow floral dress so went for a glowing golden look.

MAKEUP WISHLIST



It's actually been ages since I last did a proper beauty wishlist post so I thought it was about time. I always have wish lists of makeup and baskets full online just waiting to be purchased. One think I tend to so is write a list of everything i'm lusting over and then if I deserve a treat i'll pick something off the list and go for it, however, impulse purchases do happen often.

GLOW GIVING MAKEUP


So it seems like summer is pretty much over and it may seem like it's the time for berry lips and autumnal eye looks. However, no matter what time of year it is I always love a glowing makeup look. I mention it all the time but highlighter is definitely my favourite beauty product, I own way too many and there are always new ones I need. Other glow giving products I love are an illuminating primer, glowing foundation and highlighting concealers.

NEW IN | SKINCARE

skincare

I recently did a post about the new in makeup products I had and now its time for skincare. I tend to stick to favourites on skincare but I still love trying new products and especially ones that have some interesting claims. Todays post features both products I have bought and ones I have kindly been gifted, there are stand out products and some that didn't impress me that much.

ESSIE NAIL COLLECTION


I am obsessed with nail polishes and own way too many. I normally go for high street ones as they are never that expensive and since I use them a lot they run out quickly. However, I have recently expanded my Essie collection so I thought it was time to shade my collection. One thing I will say about Essie if that your if your after their polishes check out Fragrance Direct as they are so cheap on there and they have quite a few shades.

FAVOURITES FROM THE ORDINARY


The Ordinary has become massive lately and pretty much everyone I speak to had tried or wanted to try there products. I have tried quite a few different products now and there have been some stand out ones and some not so much. Todays post is all about those products that have stood out to me and I will use again and again.

HOLIDAY LIP, CHEEK AND NAIL PICKS


It may be coming to the end of the summer and with the recent weather we have had its more like autumn. However, I'm still hoping for a bit more of summer and i'm heading to Mexico at the end of September so i'll be in holiday mode until then. I find the easiest was to change my makeup in terms of seasons is my lips, cheeks and nails and summer is all about those bright and shimmer shades.

BRAND FOCUS | NYX


It's time for another brand focus on my blog and I thought this American drug store deserved a big mention. Nyx has only recently come to the UK in the past 18 months after Boots, ASOS, Feel Unique and now Cult Beauty started stocking the brand. This is probably more at the higher end of drug store makeup but still very much affordable and good quality products.

PRODUCTS I WILL BUY AGAIN


I have tried out my fair few of beauty products in my life and there will always been some hits and misses, however, there are definitely some favourites that I will buy again and again. I do think now that there are so many products out there you can normally find a great dupe if something is too expensive or hard to get, so something does have to wow me for me to buy it again but thats what these products did.

NEW IN | BEAUTY


Over the past couple of months I have either picked some new products to try or luckily been sent some to try so I thought they were worthy of a blog post. Some of these products are new releases and others are ones I have only recently discovered.

TOP 5 MAC LIPSICKS


With it being National Lipstick Day on Saturday it inspired me to pick out my favourite shades of my favourite lipstick brand - MAC. For me MAC are one of the back as they have hundreds of shades and a number of finishes and if you can't find one to be suited I will be shocked. My collection of these is pretty expansive and there are lots more shades I want to try but here are my top 5.

HOMEWARE WISHLIST



So i'm going through a pretty big life change at the moment, me and my boyfriend are in the process of buying our first house. As I write this we are currently waiting for our official mortgage offer but everything seems to be on track and hopefully we should have the offer in a few days and then the exciting part of being able to shop for the house starts. 

CURRENT FOTD


So i'm finally back blogging after having a week off, which I think was needed although I also did not have the time to actually get any done. My job has changed slightly recently and over the past few weeks I have been away one or two nights and then working late on others, my weekends have also been full with family visiting so blogging was put on the back burner. I thought I would start back with an updated FOTD as I haven't done one in a while and i've discovered lots of new products.

BRAND FOCUS | URBAN DECAY


Urban Decay is definitely one of my favourite brands and one that lots of others rave about too. I have quite a few of there products as I don't think there has really been a product I haven't liked, so I thought they were deserving if a post. 

REPAIRING MY NAILS


I'm terrible for always painting my nails and if I have time it can be 2-3 times a week. However, I have found that doing this does my nails no good and they are always chipping, lifting, flaking away and generally not in great condition. I have been trying out a number of treatments for my nails to try and get them back into good condition and this is what todays post is all about.

SKINCARE SPECIAL | SUPERFACIALIST


This is a skincare brand that has been catching my eye for a while when I pop into Boots. There are several different ranges with different ingredients and with different skincare needs. In todays post I have varying products from different ranges. I will give a disclaimer that I have only been trying these for a few weeks and so it isn't a full reviews but these have really excited me so I wanted to mention on my blog and what I like so far.

ESTEE EDIT HAUL


I recently heard that this sister brand from Estee Lauder would be discontinued from September and it spurred me on to make a purchase. The younger, funner and more affordable range was made in collaboration with Kendall Jenner. I have been meaning to try some of the range for a while and it also helped that Estee Lauder had a day full of offers for the longest day of the year and part of it was 25% off this range, so I went a little crazy.

MISSGUIDED SALE WISHLIST


One of my favourite online shops is definitely Missguided, they have amazing products at great prices and they always seem to have at least 20% student discount. Although I shouldn't be spending at the moment with a holiday coming up their sale really caught my attention and an order might have been placed.

YOUR NEW ONLINE BEAUTY SHOP


I was recently introduced to a brand new online beauty shop that stocks all of those sought after false eyelash and brush brands. Face.co.uk is relatively new but still had brands such as Violet Voss, Eyelure, House of Lashes and Japonesque all at reasonable prices. I was give the opportunity to try out some of the products and here is what I picked out.

SUNKISSED HIGHLIGHTERS


If you know me or read my blog or social media you will know I'm a massive highlighter addict and its one of the main products I couldn't live with out. I feel like my face would look flat and unfinished without so I have amassed a pretty big collection. Todays post is all about those bronze and gold shades that are perfect for tanned skin during summer.

HAIRCARE FAVOURITES


I don't really talk about haircare much on my blog, as I guess it isn't as exciting as a new highlighter or lipstick but its very important part of my beauty routine.Having blonde hair that I straighten/curl a lot needs a lot of TLC to keep it in good condition. I have tried quite a few products to help repair my hair and keep it looking nice and blonde so here are the ones that have really impressed me.

DRUGSTORE MASCARAS


If there is one beauty product I think is just as good from the drugstore if not better than high end it's mascara. I have tried my fair few from Boots, Superdrug etc and some have amazing me but others not so much. However, I do think there is a mascara there for everyone and they are all affordable too.

LOOK INCREDIBLE BEAUTY BOX


There seems to be so many different beauty box subscriptions about recently and I kind of have a love hate relationship with them. One thing I do hate is when you get a load mini or samples that get thrown into a drawer and never used again, so one thing that caught my eye about this box was that it was 5 full size products.

THE CONCEALERS YOU NEED TO TRY


Concealer is a massive part of my makeup routine as I have dark circles that need to be covered. I tend to favour creamier full coverage foundation but as long as it brightens my under eyes, conceals the darkness and doesn't wear off during the day then its a winner for me.

CURRENT SKINCARE FAVOURITES


With the warmer weather I have switched up my skincare routine to products that keep it hydrated but don't make me oily. I also have quite a few new products that have turned into favourites and will be featured in this post. I'm really into trying out new skincare recently and there are so many new ranges out that I need to try!

FACE PALETTES YOU NEED


I kind of have an obsession with buying palettes and its normally eyeshadow palettes but recently I have added more and more face palettes to my collection. You'll have heard me mention this before but I am a huge highlighter addict and a palette full of them is the best, so there will be lots in this post but also other contour and blush picks too.

THREE DAYS IN BARCELONA


I've been back from Barcelona for almost two weeks now and I still can't get over how amazing it was. Me and my mum headed there for 4 days as my graduation present and I couldn't have picked a better place, we had great weather and I just loved the city itself. I would definitely recommend it as there is so much to see, do and it also has pretty great shopping. 

YOUR LIPS BUT BETTER PICKS


I love lipstick and I own way too many but for everyday use I stick to a really natural shade that just enhances my natural lip colour. This post is a selection of those shades in lipstick and liquid lipstick formula although for everyday use I like to favour a moisturising formula as my lips can get so dry. Here are my your lips but better picks.

MILANI & LA GIRL COLLECTION


I am so happy that these brands are now available so easy in the UK now and there is no trying to find it on eBay or the dreaded customs fees. Milani and LA Girl for me are fun brands with great products at affordable prices and you can find them in the UK on the likes of Beauty Bay and the also have their own UK websites now, where I'm sure some of the products are slightly cheaper. 

SEPHORA HAUL (BARCELONA EDITION)


When my mum gave me the option of a city break as my graduation present Barcelona was a choice of mine for the sun and sights but I also knew they had quite a few Sephoras there and a haul is always in order. We actually went to their main one at the top of La Rambla but it was under construction so we headed to another smaller store. I have to say now the UK has a lot more makeup brands available the Sephora in Barcelona didn't have any makeup brands that I couldn't already get, so I did a bit of a mini haul of skincare bits I knew wouldn't be that easy to get in the UK.

COLOURPOP HAUL


I made yet another Colourpop order not so long ago as they had 20% off everything and I needed some more of their amazing eyeshadows pans in my life! I didn't go too overboard this time and steered clear of their liquid lipsticks as I just have so many already. Although I was not impressed with the time it took them to dispatch my order, I think it was almost 2 weeks from placing the order to it finally being dispatched and then I got the dreaded customs!

SUMMER BLUSH PICKS


As your reading this I'm currently in Barcelona and I will be using some of these summer blusher picks whilst out there. As seasons change my makeup changes too and blusher is one of the main products that I do change to fit the time of year. For summer I'm all about tanned skin, golden highlight and a hint of blush and my favourite shades are corals and pinks to just add a flush of colour. 

IMATS HAUL


If some of you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you'll know that I headed to the IMATS a few weeks ago now and for those of you that don't know what that is, it's the International Makeup-Artist Trade Show. It tours around the world and is in London at Olympia once a year, I have been wanting to go for a while so had to take myself off there this year. The tickets are around £30-40 so may be seen as a pricey day with travelling if you don't live in London but the discounts were worth it to me and I will be heading there again next year.

BRAND FOCUS | BECCA COSMETICS


Until a few months ago the only products I had tried from Becca was the highlighters and blushers and as I mentioned in a previous post (here), I had been wanting to try out more Becca products for a while so I have been picking up lots of bits of the past few months. For me Becca is all about glowing and radiant skin and that is exactly what some of these products do.

TARTE MINI HAUL


Hi I'm Samantha and I'm a Tarte makeup addict! Today I have a mini haul for you after I placed an order when Tarte had 7 items for £50 (yes I know there are only 6 here but i'll explain later), and I had to place an order. One thing I love about is like Sephora you can pay tax when ordering so you don't have that stupid Royal Mail handling fee. Their delivery is also pretty quick as it doesn't get held up in customs.