November Favourites 2017

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I can’t believe my absolute FAVOURITE time of the year is here… at last! I know this year has gone quickly but for me its ALL about Christmas so I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve tried not to do go full Christmas on here yet because I want December to be special and SO festive- like wait for this people. Anyway, these are the things I’ve been enjoying throughout November with a few Christmassy bits but mainly trying to stick to ‘normal stuff’ too haha! Here they are:

  • Tanya Burr’s Chasing the Sun Peonies Illuminating Powder, £7.49: I’ve definitely mentioned this before and it features in my Top 5 Favourite Blushes post if you want to hear more about it. This month I have been reaching for it CONSTANTLY to enhance my cold, rosy cheeks. I absolutely love it, although I wish it had a little less glitter. It’s a blush-highlighter product and in the morning before uni I just put some of this on my cheeks and I look 10 times more awake.
  • A Bad Mom’s Christmas: I’m trying not to overload my November favourites with Christmas pieces but I saw this in the cinema last week and LOVED it. It had the perfect amount of Christmas to plot ratio. It’s the sequel to ‘Bad Moms’ but if you haven’t seen it I still think you will really enjoy it. It focuses on the mum’s relationship with their mum’s which I though was super cute and made it really special. It is hilarious too and I can’t wait to get it on DVD to watch it again next Christmas- 10/10 recommend.
  • I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here: This is my ALL TIME favourite TV show! All year I look forward to the jungle returning with Ant and Dec- it’s the best! This year I am LOVING it as always! My favourites when I’m writing this are Amir and Toff who I think are endearing and hilarious. Sitting down to watch this with all the fam is the highlight of every evening- I hope you’re all loving it too!
  • Niall Horan’s album ‘Flicker’: I absolutely LOVE this album- I feel like a proud parent listening to this. I love listening to this just to chill out and it’s very Ed Sheeran/ Adele vibes. There are lots of songs I love on this album and there isn’t any I skip- which is the sign of a good album.
  • Cadbury Chocolate Mousse Snowman: I LOVE THESE SO MUCH. They are little snowmen filled with bubbley chocolate mousse. I pick these up constantly because they’re only around for Christmas so it’s fine to go crazy- right?! I would recommend picking these up throughout Christmas if you love Wispa’s or just Dairy Milk in general- you’ll LOVE these.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post- let me know what you’re loving in the comments! Throughout December I’m going to be posting VERY regularly with FULL Christmassy posts- I cannot wait! I’m aiming for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11am so if you’re festive crazy like myself then stick around- I would really appreciate it! If not then I hope you have the loveliest festive season, don’t forget to treasure every moment and spread kindness this Christmastime.

Happy November,

Amy💖

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Most-loved Make-up Products

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Today I wanted to share my top 3 most-loved and most re-purchased make-up products. I thought this was a nice way of sharing some of my favourite pieces that can go unnoticed  within monthly favourites because they’re not new. I think these posts are the best way of showing products that you REALLY love because these have stood the test of time. This is kind of like the ‘Holy Grail’ tag but I haven’t gone for a whole look. I’ve decided to go with 5 products that I have been using for years basically and have been extremely well-loved. Here they are:

  • Collection Perfection Lasting Concealer, £4.19: Original… I know? Anyway I didn’t want to pretend I have used another concealer so I’m being honest and saying that I completely fell for the hype and I never looked back. I LOVE this. It is perfect for my spotty skin and stays put pretty well- these are my two criteria for a good concealer. I used this throughout school and it’s a product I trust.
  • Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Bronze: I couldn’t find this online but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it in shops recently… I’ve had this years! That probably means I should re-purchase but I still have some left! This is my favourite bronzer/ highlighter combination and it is perfect for paler, pinker skin. I find it difficult to find a good bronzer for my skin tone and this is the one that I constantly reach for- mainly during the summer months. It keeps a lovely warm, healthy glow and it appears quite underrated online but definitely give it a go if you see it around!
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, £3.99: I know this is talked about a lot on the internet BUT that was how I have found some of my favourite products- so hopefully I can help you find some too. This is perfect for my oily skin and it does its best at keeping the shine away- I mean it is no miracle worker lets me honest but it does enough.
  • Rimmel Brow this way Styling Gel in Clear, £3.99: I recently spoke about this in my Basic Girls Guide to… Eyebrows post- so you can hear a more in-depth review there. Basically I love this to give my brows a bit of shape and to keep them put without any ‘crispy’ residue. I have re-purchased this for years as it is the perfect product for ‘no make-up’ make-up days- which I have regularly.
  • Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Acai Smoothie, £3.99: This is one of my MOST used nail polishes and one of the few that I actually re-purchased which I’ve never really done with nail polish before. I didn’t completely finish the last bottle but it went a gloopy because I had it for so long. Its a lovely mixture of pink and purple with a high-shine finish and I have been reaching for this nail polish for years and years, and continue to today!

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post seeing some of my most favourite make-up products that I have trusted for years. I think its nice to have some key make-up bits that you can rely on and always go back to in your collection- these are definitely 5 of mine. Let me know some of yours below and if you agree with my choices!

Amy💖

5 Bag Essentials: Beauty Edition

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Today’s post is kind of like a part two to my 5 Bag Essentials: Emergency Edition post. As I said these are similar to a ‘What’s in my bag’ post but split into different things to put in your bag… as if it needs to be any more full! I think they’re good incase you’re going on a trip then you might be able to check through these posts for things to remember or if you’re like me then it’s just nice to know what other people are carrying in their bag! ANYWAY I’ve put this as a ‘beauty edition’ so some make-up and hair bits that I like to carry around with me. So here they are:

  • Nivea Original Care Caring Lip Balm, £1.65: This is my go-to lip balm of choice so a tube of this pretty much goes with me everywhere. I don’t find it too sticky and it doesn’t overly dry out my lips hours later- which I have had with other lip balms. I think it’s a good all-rounder and you can get tinted versions if you’re looking to add a sheen to your lips.
  • Benefit Travel Blushes, £12.50: I LOVE these- anything in miniature form is instantly 100x cuter! I find these an essential because they instantly give my look a boost and make me look more ‘put together’. A little bit of blush can transform  your face and adds a healthy glow- which is definitely what I need after a long day out! These ones come with little brushes too which is perfect because I don’t want to be carrying full size blush brushes around.
  • Bobby pins and Hair tie: Is this beauty? Anyway I’m including this as probs one of my KEY essentials. My hair is curly, frizzy and fairly long so these are NEEDED to keep it out of my face. I find that in the morning I enjoy my hair down but by midday I need it out of the way so I’m always searching for bobby pins and scrunchies- if you’re looking for a way to store bobby pins they have little tins in Paperchase or use an empty tic-tac box.
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, £4.19: A concealer is handy to carry around for touch ups and incase you get a new spot throughout the day… trust me it can happen! This is my concealer of choice because it is particularly good for covering up blemishes and is not very brightening. It is easier to apply, blends well with your finger and the sleek packaging makes it very easy to carry around.
  • Setting Powder: I haven’t specified a powder because I have not yet found the perfect travelling setting powder. I use Rimmel’s ‘Stay Matte’ powder usually but I would not recommend it too much for regular travel because the lid is prone to breaking, the powder can shatter fairly easily AND it does not come with a mirror or applicator. I have travelled with it before- and I definitely think some kind of ‘matting’ product is needed for my oily skin but I don’t have a really good one to recommend yet! Another option would be ‘blotting paper’ or usually if I’m feeling especially shiny I simply pat my face with a tissue- which essentially does the same thing.

Hopefully this has given you some beauty bag inspo! I think it is difficult finding products that aren’t too heavy to carry around but are still useful- so hopefully these are a few examples but let me know if you have anymore in a comment below!

Have a lovely week,

Amy💖

Basic Girls Guide to… Eyebrows

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Today I’m dedicating an entire post to eyebrows. I’ve called it a ‘guide’ but it’s pretty a few things I’ve learnt and then two of my ABSOLUTE favourite eyebrow products. I think it’s important to start off by saying that the eyebrow look I go for is natural, simple and fairly thick. I’ve previously mentioned about my curly, frizzy hair which you can read more about in my Basic Girls Guide to… Curly Haircare post- so I style my eyebrows to fit with that. I also have quite a young looking face therefore a heavy brow look is just not for me- this post is more about making the best with what you’ve got! I think you’ll notice from the title and my blog in general I am NO expert, but this is something I would have liked to read when I first got into eyebrows.

General Tips: 

  • Waxing or Threading: I would suggest when you first start venturing in to the land of eyebrow grooming get some kind of professional to work on them first. I had mine waxed for about a year- until the lady I went to stopped doing it- from then I decided to start plucking them myself. It was easier to maintain my eyebrows now because I already knew the right shape!
  • Plucking: The best time to pluck your brows is after a warm shower or bath because the pores are opened making it easier to remove the hair. Try using a zoomed in mirror too because then you can get a precise look. If you want to pluck at another time of the day then try patting your brows with a damp, warm flannel first to create the same effect. Remember that the more you pluck the less it will start to hurt… very gradually though! ALWAYS pluck from the bottom of the brow so that you don’t go crazy and end up with stick thin brows.
  • Keep a light hand: This could be a general make-up rule I try to follow but with eyebrows it is even more important. I would recommend doing this not only with styling but when using the products too. I think a lot of us have had to learn this rule the hard way, but it will be okay.

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Favourite Products: 

  • Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush in ‘Brownie Points’, £8.50:  There are SO many eyebrow pencils in the drugstore and out of the ones I’ve tried this is DEFINITELY my favourite. The colour is perfect and I just feather lightly through the brows focusing on the beginning of the brows and the arch. I love the packaging mainly because the brush is ESSENTIAL to even out the product throughout the brows whilst helping define the shape. You should definitely give this a go if you’re looking for a waxy eyebrow pencil that has longevity.
  • Rimmel Brow this Way Styling Gel in ‘Clear’, £3.99: I’ve mentioned this product a couple of times before but I don’t think I’ve given a full review. SO, basically this brow gel is the one. The brush is the perfect size, not too small but not like a full-mascara wand either. The product is not too ‘wet’ and it doesn’t leave your eyebrows crispy or with white bits in- which I have had before. It’s cheap enough to re-purchase too and it does exactly what I am looking for in an eyebrow gel.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post! I’ve tried a few different eyebrow looks and products throughout the years but I like to think I’ve cracked it… for now at least. Let me know if you’ve tried an eyebrow pomade before because they’re one of the few areas I am yet to venture into.

Amy💖

5 Favourite Autumn Nail Polishes

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We’re getting properly into Autumn now so I thought it would be a good time to share 5 of my favourite nail polishes for this time of the year! They mainly consist of some deeper shades but I’ve put in some other shades that I think are perfect for this time of year. I tend to reach for these colours throughout the colder months- except Christmas when I’m ALL about the glitter and red but that’s for another post! If you want to read more about nails in general then check out my Basic Girls Guide to: Nails which covers general nail care, how to get the perfect mani and some other shades that I enjoy throughout the year! So here are my 5 favourite Autumn nail polishes:

  • Barry M Sunset Gel Nail Paint in ‘Plum on Berry’, £4.99: This one is pictured second from left and, as you can see, it is almost black! It is a much darker purple than the Essie one and is more of a blackcurrant. I often go for this on my toes because it stays put really well! This one can look very classy and goes very nicely with an all black outfit.
  • Essie Bahama Mama, £7.99: I’ve recently talked about this in my October Favourites 2017  so I won’t go on BUT basically I love it. This is such a great shade because it is a little lighter than ‘Plum on Berry’. In some lights it looks slightly burgundy and in some it is very purple- two of my favourite autumnal colours! This formula can chip easily on my fingers so I tend to stick to this one for my toes.

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  • Barry M Quick Dry Nail Paint in ‘Dragster’, £3.99: This is a dark grey shade and is like nothing else I have in my collection! It pairs well with most outfits and because it dries so quickly it is a great polish to have. It is a little bit unique for a nail shade but it looks surprising classy.
  • Barry M Sunset Gel Nail Paint in ‘Dark Side of the ‘Shroom’, £4.99: This is probably one of my favourite nail polishes EVER. I know it isn’t the typical ‘dark, autumn’ shade but I think it’s perfect for transitional months. I wear this colour SO much though, pretty much all year. It is surprisingly natural on my nails and is a lovely mix of lilac, pink and I’m certain it has some grey undertones!
  • Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Colour in ‘Rose Poudre’, £4.49: Again this isn’t a typical Autumn shade but it’s a good one! Millennial pink is very in right now and this is kind of a dulled down version of that. It’s pretty natural on me and with a nice shiny top-coat this definitely can look very much like Shellac- but obviously A LOT cheaper and easier to take off!

Hopefully this post has given you some nail-inspo! These shades are definitely well loved and they’re perfect for this time of the year.

Amy💖

Autumn Drugstore Lush List

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This is the second part of my seasonal lust lists, I’ve already done an Autumn Luxury Lust List one too! They’re some of my favourite posts to write because it really fulfils my urge to spend ALL my money on make-up… which is not the best idea. This Autumn I’ve got a couple of new releases as well as some older things that I’ve just never got round to trying… YET. Here are the things from the drugstore on my shopping list right now:

  • Soap and Glory One Heck of A Blot Powder, £12: I don’t know if this is a bit of an odd one? I just think it would be a nice alternative to my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. The only thing that has put me off buying it so far is that it only comes in translucent and I usually get one with some colour from Rimmel. I’ve heard really good things about it though and I’m always using a powder because unfortunately I can get quite oily!
  • Make up Revolution Soph X Highlighting Palette, £8: I don’t usually go for ‘Youtuber merch’ and I haven’t really watched that many of Soph’s videos BUT when I saw this palette I LOVED it. I don’t have any highlighting palettes so this might be a good one to start off with! I like that it is designed more towards pale skin so I think I would be able to get good wear out of it. Some of the shades look BLINDING too!
  • Burt’s Bees Lipsticks, £9.99: I haven’t heard too much about these but I think they are really cute and I love a moisturising a lip colour. My favourite shade is ‘Blush Basin’ which seems to be a mauve-y nude but I have not looked at it in real life! I can’t seem to find these in Boots- I’ve seen the crayons but not the bullets. They seem like a lovely mix between a balm and lipstick- a winning combination for me especially with winter coming up!
  • Rimmel Breathable Concealer, £5.99: I like the idea of  having a lighter concealer that helps your skin a little too. The packaging looks cute and it’s definitely a new release I would like to give a go.
  • Real Techniques Blend and Blur Brushes: I am LOVING the constant new releases from RT recently! I’ve never used brushes like this before, but I know they were a bit of a phase earlier in the year. They look like they blend seamlessly and they look super soft. You can use them for lots of different products too like bronzer, highlight as well as concealer or pretty much anything! I’m definitely going to have a look at getting one of these, they’re too cute not to.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Let me know what is on your shopping list at the moment!

Amy💖

Autumn Essentials: Beauty Edition

Happy Monday!

Today’s post is the second instalment of my Autumn essentials! Last week I posted the first part with my Autumn Essentials: Clothing and Homewarewhereas today the focus is going to be on ALL things beauty. I’m not brave enough to go for the plum lip, so my make-up essentials might be a little different. I’ve included a couple of things that kind of come under the ‘beauty’ category like haircare and body products too! Here they are:

  • Benefit Rockateur Blush, £24.50: I recently wrote about this blush in more detail in my Top 5 Favourite Blushes SO this is definitely one of my favourites! I think it is perfect for Autumn because it gives your cheeks a slightly mauve-y flush to the cheeks. I love having a little deeper blush during the colder months because it matches the colour my cheeks would naturally go! This blush has a slight gold sheen to it too and it goes lovely with a bronze eye look.
  • Mauve-nude Lipstick: My go-to lip colour during the colder months and it matches perfectly with the Rockateur blush! There are SO many options for mauve-nude lipsticks depending on your preference of matte, satin or glossy. My favourite is a satin finish with my specific favourites being from KIKO and Max Factor- so check out those brands if you’re in the market for a new lipstick!
  • Bubble Bath: Now I’ve gone for quite a loose term with ‘bubble bath’ because everyone has their own preferences! I don’t even know if this is beauty but it kind of comes under body care I  suppose?! Anyway, this is the time of the year when baths are back and relaxing under some bubbles is the PERFECT way to spend an Autumn evening. Obviously LUSH is going to be everyone’s favourites with their bubble bars being some of my ride or die bath products and I cannot wait to try Lush’s Christmas range… I tend to skip Halloween! If you’re looking for some cheaper, simpler bubble bath then check Superdrug, Boots or just the supermarket.
  • Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo, £4.19: Okay so this might not necessarily be an ESSENTIAL but sometimes when it gets colder I find my hair gets a little dry! So I like to use a really moisturising hair- which actually is vital if you’ve got curly hair like mine! This is one of my favourite shampoos but if you’re looking for some other alternative then I’ve mentioned some in my Basic Girls Guide to… Curly Haircare post.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading my selection of products that I see as Autumn essentials! Obviously, all these things are perfect for the colder months in general and I’m sure I’ll be reaching for them for a long while now. Let me know what your beauty essentials are for Autumn below!

Amy💖

 

Autumn Luxury Lust List

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Today I have pretty much the opposite of my Anti Haul: Make-up I won’t be buying and instead this is a list of things I would LOVE to buy! I tend to do these seasonly and honestly it’s tough to limit it to only 4 times a year haha! It just really fulfils those shopping desires without spending a penny. These mainly consist of new releases especially for Autumn but there are usually a couple of older products too- that I am still pining over! So here are some of the products that are on my wishful, on-going shopping list this Autumn:

  • Kylie Cosmetics Fall Collection: Kylie’s make-up always manages to find its way onto my lust lists because I just LOVE it but cannot justify the price for shipping, customs etc. In this new range the main things that have caught my eye is the Purple Palette, the lip kit in the shade Autumn and the ‘wisteria’ kylighter. These three products look GORGEOUS, I love the black packaging for Halloween too. I don’t know how often I would actually be brave enough to wear purple eyeshadow but still… I can dream, right?! Only the ‘Autumn’ lip shade looks like it would suit my complexion because it seems the most ‘nude-y’… the bright purple lips are just not for me! It’s probably not the collection I love the most out of Kylie’s releases but I would still love to give these a try!
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow volumising Eyebrow gel, £20: Recently Benefit have expanded their eyebrow collection even further and I ALL for it! This product is probably the one I would be most likely to purchase because I LOVE a good eyebrow gel and they’re the main eyebrow product I use. I love the silver packaging and I love that it makes your brows look fuller with such an easy applicator!
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Sheer Lavender Pink, £40: I know the Hourglass hype is not as big as it once was but I would still love to try their powders! This one is more of a pinky- highlighter/ blush which is what I’m currently really into if you’ve read my September Favourites 2017. These powders look like the perfect amount of shimmer, they don’t look as blinding as some highlighters, I much prefer the natural glow! I don’t know if I will ever be able to justify £40 for one powder though… so I’m guessing this will be on my lust lists for a VERY long time!
  • Origins Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, £25: Technically this isn’t a beauty item BUT I still think it’s a luxury item! I usually use LUSH face masks or I’m currently using one from The Body Shop- so using a £25 face mask would be quite the step up! This definitely isn’t a new product but I’ve been really thinking recently about investing into my skincare a bit more and this seems like a good place to start! Charcoal is supposed to really help spotty skin, so I think it would be a good idea for me to give this a try!
  • Bare Mineral’s Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel, £22: Similar to the face mask I’m looking to try to focus on the pre-make up steps at the moment! So when I was having a browse for a good primer I knew this was the one AND I’m pretty close to buying this one tbh! I just LOVE the whole concept and I’ve never really used a good primer, or even overly thought about it. I love bare minerals and already use their tinted moisturiser so think they would work nicely together!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I LOVED writing it… this list is probably top of my most wanted right now. I just love the look of it all but my bank balance says otherwise! Let me know what products you’d love to buy right now in the comments.

Happy shopping!

Amy💖

 

Top 5 Favourite Blushes

Happy Monday!

Blush is up there with concealer as my FAVE make-up product. When I watch beauty gurus a lot of them seem to miss out blusher and are all about the contour/ bronze but I can’t help but love that rosy glow. I think that blush is an all year round product and even more so in Autumn/ Winter when we’re all looking less bronzed and a little more pink from the cold! Another reason I love blush is because I am naturally very rosy-cheeked (as my blog name suggests!) so I like to use a blush to enhance my natural glow in a more subtle way. I haven’t gone for any particular order but here are 5 of my favourite blushes:

  • Benefit’s Rockateur Blush, £24.50: This blush is quite a different shade to the others on here but I LOVE it. It is more of a mauve-y, plum-like pink shade instead of the standard blush shade. I tend to reach for this more in the winter months when my cheeks flush a slightly darker pink and it has a nice sheen to it- making it perfect for parties! When I first saw it I thought it looked a little daring in the pan but once it’s on the cheeks it really blends seamlessly and ties together most make-up looks!
  • Benefit’s Dandelion Blush, £24.50: I’ve spoken about this blush before on my blog because I wore this ALL the time in Spring. It is a very pale pink that just gives  a light flush to the cheeks. It’s probably the most natural one on this list and compliments very pale skin tones. It’s cute little packaging makes it perfect for on the go and it would be great for a subtle look for school or work.
  • Sleek Make-up’s Blush in Rose Gold, £4.99: This use to be a big hit on youtube which is why I initially bought it and I think they were right! This shade is a pretty mid-pink with a gold sheen, and can be quite glittery if you build it up. It comes in nice compact packaging and for the price I would definitely recommend giving this a go because it will be perfect for Christmas parties!
  • Tanya Burr’s Chasing the Sun Peonies Illuminating Powder, £7.49: I know this is a little soon since I only purchased it last month and have spoken about it in my September Favourites 2017. BUT I think it is definitely worthy of a top 5 spot. This is the best option if you’re looking for a highlighter/ blush combo because this one really adds some GLOW. It can be pretty bold and is really suitable for all the seasons.
  • Bourjois Aqua Blush in Pink Twice, £8.99: This product doesn’t seem to be available in Boots anymore but I think you might be able to get it on Amazon or Feel Unique. I wanted to talk about it anyway because it appears to be an underrated product and it might encourage you to try a cream/ liquid blush! It comes with a pump and has a mousse-y gel texture… nicer than it sounds. I use a stippling brush to blend it into the cheeks and it gives a really natural rosy sheen to the cheeks! I’ll definitely be trying some other cream blushes to see how they compare to this one!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and it has given you some blush-inspo for the upcoming seasons! It can add a really pretty touch to your make-up and with a light hand can look so cute. There are lots of options too, obviously mine are all quite pink-toned, but you can go for a darker shade, peach or even red! If you’re thinking the Benefit ones look expensive (they’ve gone up in price!) I would recommend buying the cheek gift sets over Christmas which is how I tried them out or you can buy the mini versions in Boots!

Let me know your thoughts on blush below and leave any recommendations- I don’t think you can ever have enough blush!

Amy💖

 

Anti Haul: Make-up I won’t be buying

Happy Monday!

I wanted to start the week with an ‘Anti Haul’ to share what make-up I won’t be buying which is something I’ve seen a few other people do and wanted to give it a go. I enjoyed reading other people’s posts and watching these types of videos because I’m nosy and it can then influence my own shopping list! It’s a good way for me to fulfil my spending desires without actually having to put my card details in too haha! Obviously I haven’t tried any of these things (duh!) so I don’t know if these products are actually good… so just thought I’d say that before we get started incase you love some of these products! I’ve put the price in the US dollars if that’s where they’re originally shipped from and then the current exchange into GBP which is true for when I’m writing this. ANYWAY, here are some make-up products that I won’t be buying:

  • Maybelline Baby Balm and Blush, £5.99: I know people don’t usually include drugstore products in these BUT I just think these products are a bit weird. They come in some odd shades too like bright red which I can imagine would not be a good look for me. I get that they’re trying to progress the ‘Baby lips’ line but I think the balms are lovely so I would much rather buy a balm and then a separate blush- there are SO many pretty blushes! Maybe I’m wrong with this one but I just don’t think I would have the need to match my blush and lips so perfectly!
  • KKW Beauty Powder Contour Kits, $52/ £38.81: Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the Kardashians but I just think the shades in this are a bit off! I have pale, rosy skin so I just think the grey-toned contour shades would make me look a bit ill. Obviously there are lots of other skin tones which might suit this better but I think for me there are better suited options available. Another problem is the huge shipping costs to the UK and custom fees which, along with the palette, will just send the price of this through the roof. Overall I just don’t think the product is worth all the hassle and money when the only thing that looks appealing about it is that it’s by Kim… and maybe the highlighters but there have to be some cheaper alternatives available!
  • Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, $32/ £23.88: Some of Kat Von D’s palettes look really pretty, especially the more natural shades, but this one I just don’t really understand! It comes with 4 very pale shimmery shades including a very light green, blue, purple and pink. I never wear ANY of those shades and can’t imagine I’ll ever want a pale, glittery snot coloured green?! Maybe there are people who can pull these colours off regularly but I don’t think I even want to be one of those people haha! I mean the packaging is pretty but I don’t think a triangle-shaped palette is the most practical either.
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, $32.15/ £24: I’ve been looking at eyeshadow palettes a fair bit recently because I was thinking about buying one for the Autumn. This one is ALL mattes and has 6 shades that are very bland as they go from cream to grey/ brown and then has a black. I’m sure there are people who use these kinds of shades for a base of something, but when I was looking for a palette I pretty much immediately ruled it out. I wish Urban Decay did a ‘basics’ palette with all their most popular shades, including some of their shimmers because choosing between the larger palettes is proving difficult!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, I know it’s a little bit different! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and think I’m being a bit harsh haha- I’d like to know what they’re REALLY like and not just my initial thoughts.

See you for a new post on Thursday,

Amy💖