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.

MAY FAVOURITES


So another month is pretty much over and that means its time for another favourites post. In a way I'm kind of glad this month is over as in June I'm off to Barcelona for a few days and then i'll be seeing Adele at the end of the month so there is lots to look forward to. This months favourites is predominantly new releases but also some products I've been wanting to try for a while and have soon become obsessed with.

CITY BREAK MAKEUP BAG


If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me mention that I'm off to Barcelona a week today and I couldn't be more excited. I did say at the beginning of the year I wanted to go on some more city breaks this year and Barcelona was top of my list, also since it has a beach its kind of a mini holiday as I'm not going on a beach holiday this year until the end of September. For me a city break makeup bag is so tough as I own so much makeup its hard to narrow down 

KKW x KYLIE COSMETICS LIQUID LIPSTICKS


I really wish Kylie would stop bringing out killer products as the customs charges are just a nightmare. I had actually been waiting for a Kim and Kylie collab for a while and was expected it to be just be another shade in her matte formula but I was excited to see this new creme liquid lip as that is actually what I'm leaning more towards lately.

SUMMER NAIL PICKS


Hallelujah the warm weather is finally here, I hope it means summer is here to stay now. If there is one product I find is very seasonal that is nail polish and the summer is all about bright pops of colour and especially those shades that can enhance a tan. I am also heading to Barcelona in a few weeks so I will definitely be picking one of these shades as my holiday nails.

GO TO PRIMERS


For me priming is a key part of my makeup routine, and yes I know people say moisturising is just as good as using a primer. But I just feel like my makeup stays in place so much better and doesn't end up patchy. My skin is combination and changes due to the weather so I have lots of different formulas so I can switch it up due to my skin on the day. So here are my favourites.

SUMMER CLOTHING WISHLIST


It's been a good month or so now since my last fashion type post so I thought another was due. I'm actually really enjoying these type of wishlist posts as one of my favourite things to do is browse clothes shops online and dream of all the pretty clothes I can buy. Todays is a summer wishlist since we are almost in June and it's time to switch up my wardrobe. Im also heading to Barcelona soon and Mexico in september so i'll need to stock up my holiday waredrobe. 

THE PINK LIP COLLECTION


If you read my blog a lot you'll know a nude lip is my number one go to lip shade but I do like to throw in a bright pop of colour sometimes. If I'm not wearing a nude a pink will be my next go to so I thought a blog post was due. This post is mainly pinks but there is some other similar sort of shades thrown in too.

GO TO LIGHTWEIGHT FOUNDATIONS


Now that summer is almost here and the weather is finally warming up (although it is raining as I write this), I thought it was time to talk through some of my favourite lightweight foundations. Just because these are lightweight does not mean they are a minimal coverage, because if you read my blog you'll know that I'm all about a good amount of coverage.

THE MAKEUP BRUSHES YOU NEED IN YOUR COLLECTION


If there is one thing I own way too many of it's makeup brushes, however, in my opinion you can never have too many as there are so many different types for different uses. Out of my massive collection I do have some favourites though and these are the ones I use everyday without a doubt. My collection consists of lots of brushes from the likes of Morphe and Zoeva so expect to see these in this post.

HUDA BEAUTY | 3D HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE


It definitely made my week this week when I got the email from Cult Beauty to say this was now available. Huda Beauty is definitely one of my favourite Youtubers and all of her makeup I had tried so far has been a huge hit for me, and being a highlighter addict I knew I had to have this. Huda's makeup always looks so flawless in my opinion and anything that will help me even look a fraction like her I'm all over it.

NEW HIGHLIGHTERS ON THE BLOCK


I say this all the time but there is nothing better than a highlighter and I think its one of the main products I couldn't leave the house without. Over the past few weeks I have expanded my collection quite considerable so I thought a post was deserving, although as I write this I has a few more on the way to me or have arrived - as my mum says I'm a highlighter addict. 

NEW IN BEAUTY


Over the past few weeks I have picked up or kindly been sent quite a lot of new beauty products, and whilst some of them will have either already been featured on my blog or will be soon I thought a post on them all was deserving. Some of these have been very recently released and some are ones i'm only just discovering.

TOP 10 UNDER £10


I love high end makeup and there is nothing better than splurging on a lovely piece of makeup and enjoy using it. However, there are so many affordable and amazing products out there that I thought this post was deserving. All of these products are going to be under £10 and most can be found in shops on your local high street. 

PRIMARK BEAUTY


Primark have been killing it recently with all of their beauty releases and some would even rival some very established beauty brands. So of course I have been picking up quite a few bits over the last few weeks. I will have to say though you do have to hunt to find these pieces, my local store rarely gets any of these great bits so I've been stopping by every Primark I pass.

TARTE HAUL


Tarte have definitely exploded in the makeup scene recently in my opinion, and especially now that they are stocked on QVC and easily accessible in the UK. They also had 30% off quite a lot of products a few weeks back on their website so I of course placed an order. They then added the Maneater collection to QVC and it had an incredible offer so of course I had to order it, also thanks to Kasie from Kasie Beauty for reminding me of it becoming available. So here is my haul between the two order.

APRIL FAVOURITES


This month has been pretty busy for me and spendy with lots of new makeup added to my collection. So my favourites this month is brimming with goodies although there will be some haul posts coming soon too. 

THE ORDINARY | TAKE #2


So I posted a review The Ordinary products not so long ago (here), however, I have expanded my collection quite considerably since then so I thought another post was deserving. This brand has taken the beauty world by storm and pretty much everyone has tried and tested the products, their new foundation even has a waiting list of around 75,000 i've heard. Anyway as I said before these are affordable skincare items that let the ingredients do the talking and don't make ridiculous promises.

SHEET MASK SHOWDOWN


For today's post I thought I would talk about one of my favourite quick fix skincare products - the sheet mask. These has taken the beauty world by storm over the past year and everyone seems to bringing out their own version of it. I actually remember trying my first ever one from Sephora and laughing about how much of an idiot I look but now everyone seems to be using these.

CURRENT MAKEUP ON ROTATION


I hadn't done one of these posts in a while so I thought a current face of the day was long over due. Being a makeup addict means I have a pretty hefty collection so most days I will switch up the products I use, but there are still some firm favourites. I also switch my makeup up according to seasons so of course this collection is more tailored towards spring/summer.

IF I COULD ONLY OWN 5... BLUSHERS


I thought it was time I did another one in my series of 'If I could only own 5 of...' This time it is the turn of blushers and I have to say for me they aren't my favourite or key part of my makeup routine but I still love to use them. Whilst I don't find that a blusher adds loads to my makeup look it's still a nice addition and adds a lovely flush of colour to my cheeks.