Summer Luxury Lust List

Another day, another Lust List post… I just can’t help myself at the moment! Last week I did my Summer Drugstore Lust List so it’s only fair that I get to share a higher end one too. I find with the more luxurious ones the products stay on the list for A LOT longer, so they can get quite long and include more staple products that I’ve never had the chance to use. Here are a couple of the new additions this Summer:

  • Urban Decay’s The Heat Palette, £39.50: This new release looks LOVELY with a really nice mix of mattes and shimmers! Usually when I see this palettes there seems to be random colours, but this one seems to have the most wearable shades for a less adventurous eyeshadow wearer like myself. They’re all very amber-y with deep pinks, browns and oranges (it looks nicer than it sounds!).
  • Kylie Cosmetic’s Vacation Collection: I feel like every single new release Kylie does I’m really drawn in by… I think it’s the snapchats of all the products that really get me into it! In this collection the main products I would love to try are the ‘Send me Nudes’ Velvet Lips, the Ultra powder highlighters and either the contour kit or the ‘Wet Set’ of highlighters. Everything looks really glow-y and summery, I just don’t know if that level of glow would suit my tomato skin tone during the rainy British Summer… but a girl can dream haha.
  •  Benefit Box O’Powders Cheek Parade Palette, £49.50: I’ve already used a few Benefit powders because I got a similar set for Christmas a few years ago. BUT that has not stopped my lusting after this one. This new set comes with ‘GALifornia’ and the ‘Hoola Lite’ which I haven’t tried, they look SO lovely and like they would suit my pale complexion. I already know I love some of the other powders in this collection… so maybe this one will make it off the list and into my collection.
  • NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm, £23.00: I’m really having a thing for blusher at the moment and this is a ‘cult’ blush straight away. I love creamy, liquid blush because it is so natural and lovely to apply! The packaging for this is SO classy as well, so it would look fancy too. I’d consider trying the ‘Multiple’ stick too but when I saw the liquid one I thought it really is something different and a bit more unique.
  • Tom Ford Double Decked Eyeshadow, £48.00: The price of this is just crazy BUT it’s like nothing I’ve seen before. It has a cream shadow and a matching really shimmery powdery one too. I’ve seen it on YouTube, it looks just divine and is a really, really good innovative idea… unless there is something like this! I think this will be a lifelong list item though because it SOOO much money for an eyeshadow, like my Mum would probably faint if I told her about the price of this haha.

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration or just helped you indulge in all this luxurious make-up without having to spend so much money. I see these like little therapy sessions and then I try and move on… until the next season comes around!

Comment below what products are on you Luxury Make-up Lust List and if you’ve tried any of the products on mine!

Amy💖

 

Drugstore Starter Kit

Today’s post isn’t going to be the typical Drugstore Starter Kit because I thought it would be useful to recommend a brand under each title rather than a specific item. This is a different way of writing a ‘Starter Kit’ post because it gives people the freedom to look within a brand and decipher their own preferences within make-up, rather than me just listing products… which I’ll probably do in the future! Whether you’re new to make-up, visiting the UK and want to try some products or you’re just on the hunt for something new then hopefully this post will help! It might be a long one, so I hope you’re sitting comfortably:

Foundation, L’Oreal: This brand has a wide variety of foundations and alphabet creams to be tried- this is why it deserves to be looked into when searching for that starter foundation. Personally, I like the ‘Infallible Matte’ foundation for a full coverage and ‘True Match’ is another very popular foundation to go for too for a more natural finish.

Concealer, Bourjois: Obviously, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer deserves a shoutout here BUT for a brand I would say Bourjois. The Radiance Reveal concealer is one of my favourites and is perfect for lifting under the eyes. Also the Healthy Mix Concealer looks really lovely, but I am yet to try it but it is on my Summer Drugstore Lust List.

Powder, Rimmel: Stay Matte Powder. There isn’t much more to say is there? I haven’t tried any other powders BUT that’s because I don’t really know what more I could want from a powder. It keeps shine away AND adds some coverage, whilst not breaking the bank- win, win.

Blusher, Sleek: I contemplated putting Bourgeois again but they’ve had their time to shine… so if you can’t find a Sleek blusher to tickle your fancy then try them! Sleek do powder blushers, cream AND palettes- they’ve got it ALL. Sometimes the shades look a little outrageous but, from the selection I’ve tried, they’re very blendable and look seamless on your face. My favourite is the shade ‘Rose Gold’ which is apparently a dup for Nar’s infamous Orgasm blush.

Eyebrows, Soap and Glory: I think they do one of the most extensive eyebrow ranges in the drugstore through their ‘Brow Archery’ range. They have a lot of different nibs and I think they’re the best quality out of my collection. If not then second place is Rimmel simply because of their ‘Brow this Way’ gels… but these products have their own post coming soon so you’ll have to come back to hear more about these!

Cream Eyeshadows, Maybelline: I’ve tried a few different cream eyeshadows because they’re my favourite way to add colour to your lids with the ‘Maybelline Colour Tattoos’ being the best! They’re really creamy, last on your eyes and blend really easily with my favourite shade being ‘On and On Bronze’.

Eyeshadow Palettes, Revolution: Honestly, I’m not very well up on eyeshadow palettes BUT I’ve tried one from Revolution and I really liked it! I think it was the Iconic 3 one which are based on the Urban Decay Naked palettes.

Mascara, Maybelline: This was probably the easiest choice for me because Maybelline have LOADS of mascaras to suit any of your eyelash needs. My favourite has to be the Lash Sensational because it gives full lashes without clumping- I have talked more about Maybelline mascara in my Hits and Misses: Mascara Edition.

Lipsticks, KIKO: Alright, you can’t buy it in Boots or Superdrug BUT I love them. They’re all I use BUT my favourite Smart Lipsticks have been discontinued… Why does this always happen to me? SO I am going to find some drugstore alternatives, so stay posted whilst I search for some lip choices. If you do get a chance to go to KIKO though I would recommend their lipsticks, if they’re anything like their old ones then you’ll LOVE them. 

Hopefully this post gave you some drugstore inspiration and an insight to some of my favourite products. I have left out primer because I haven’t found one that I could honestly recommend, so I usually just moisturise before, and I don’t use eyeliner… I just don’t trust myself with make-up THAT close to my eyes. You might notice Bronzer and Highlighter are missing too because I have not found any that are either still around or that I like.

Please comment below any recommendations for any products that I have missed out- especially Bronzer and Highlighter!

Amy💖

My Skincare Saviour

This product is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE skincare find. Literally, my ride or die. NUMBER ONE, nothing else I’ve tried has come close. Who knew someone could get so passionate about a cleanser… turns out I’m that girl.

Without further ado here it is… Soap and Glory’s Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk *the crowd goes wild!* I’ve barely heard anyone else talk about this product, so hopefully this will give it some of the hype it deserves.

FullSizeRender.jpg Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean £8.00

I’m on my second bottle and have been using it for about 3 years, so I feel qualified to give it a complete review. It is clearly labelled for all skin types and as my skin has changed throughout my teenage years it really has helped at every stage! During the past couple of years where I have delved more and more into skincare this product has been a staple and has remained in my routine whilst I change other products around it- the other products can be seen in my Blushing about… Skincare post.

So why is it so good? WELL, it lathers perfectly- with the texture being a creamy milk which massages seamlessly into every pore and surface of your face. If you spend a bit of extra time deeply massaging your face with this then the results will definitely be amplified. The smell is really nice too, peachy… not a surprise! I use it as a make-up remover too, but its cleansing qualities are what really makes it for me. Even after one use your skin feels SO SO much cleaner, it looks a lot clearer too with noticeable results, and I was always grabbing this after a long day. It clears out your pores insanely and definitely helps with the improvement of spots- obviously it doesn’t eradicate them, but it doesn’t claim to.

Overall, I would REALLY recommend this product and if you have a similar oily/combination, spot prone skin to me then this should really help! This is the only skincare product I completely swear by, I think I am getting there with my ‘Tea Tree Toner’ from the Body Shop though but I can’t be completely sure yet. I really hope this product works as well on other peoples skin as it did on my own- keep going with it though because I have snubbed other products without giving them a real go… I’m just impatient haha!

Have you tried this product? Definitely comment any other skincare products below- I’m in the need for a good, oil-free moisturiser if you know of any!

Amy💖

Summer Drugstore Lust List

Happy Monday!

My shopping addiction has REALLY got going recently! Unfortunately, I have to try and resist… so I’m going to try and fulfil the need by delving into another Lust List. I’ve written one a couple of months ago that was focussed on high end make-up, don’t worry I’m still lusting after all of that still. Over the last couple of months I am loving some of the new releases on the highstreet, whilst pining over some older products that I’ve not got round to trying. I’ve narrowed it down to five products that have caught my eye, hopefully they’ll all make it into my collection one day:

  • Real Techniques PowderBleu Collection: Don’t you think these look lovely?! I mean I’m not completely sure on how different they will apply in comparison to the core collection… BUT I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. They’re so fancy and out of the collection I think I would probably go for the ‘Soft Powder Brush’ which is priced at £22, it looks a good brush for an all over bronze.
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Collection: I’d love to try the concealer and powder because I always hear great reviews about these products. I like the idea of it being beneficial for your skin whilst covering any flaws, I’ve also heard people say that it is natural and lightweight.
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, £6: NYX is a big mystery brand to me, as I am yet to try ANY of their products! Since launching in the UK I have been meaning to though and these lip products seem like the best place to start because they appear very popular. I would need to look at them in real life to determine which shade is the best, a mauve-y nude is my go to, but they’re definitely a product I’m looking to try soon!
  • Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer, £11: This product has been a staple for many people for a while but I have resisted and I’m not really sure why! It has a slight sheen to it but is far from shimmery and the pan mixes two shades of bronzer. It seems like the perfect bronzer for summer, something I am yet to find!
  • Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher, £6.99: This one doesn’t get as much hype as other products, but it has always managed to catch my eye! I tried a gel blush before and loved the natural finish, so would definitely love to try a creamy one. The colours seem quite vibrant in the pan but I’m guessing they look prettier on your skin! They’re so cute and tiny too- perfect for travelling!

There are so many products at the drugstore that look so lovely at the moment, I’m sure this list will continue to change throughout summer! Let me know what products you’re lusting after recently and if you think I should give some of these a try!

Amy💖

 

June Favourites 2017

Happy Friday!

I will try not to do the typical ramble about how quickly June has gone… but know that I REALLY can’t believe it is almost July! We’re halfway to Christmas, my FAVOURITE time of the year! Anyway, here are my monthly favourites including a little bit of everything this time:

  • LUSH D’Fluff Shaving Soap, £5.95: Summer= CONSTANT shaving to keep my skin summer-ready. I’ve found this improves the process slightly with the refreshing strawberry scent and
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, £3.99: This was part of my Drugstore Minimal Make-up look and, even more so this June, it has become a real STAPLE. We’ve had a heatwave in the UK at the moment and I CANNOT cope, so this helps to try and save my shiny forehead… it’s a big task but I think this powder gives it a good go.
  • Barry M Passionfruit Gelly Nail Pain, £3.99: I usually have a nail polish favourite and this month is no exception! For me, this is the PERFECT coral shade and pops a tan like crazy. It’s a perfect summer toe shade that co-ordinates well with pretty much all of my outfits and sandals.
  • Bardot Tops: These have definitely been a favourite this month! They make summer clothes more bearable for a body-conscience gal. I find they cover me up but keep me cool- the perfect formula. I’ve found most of my favourites are from New Look, mainly online because in-store I was not as impressed!
  • Love Island: One of my FAVOURITE tv shows has returned this month and I am loving it. I am completely addicted. I’m hoping most of you will already be watching it, but if you haven’t then you really need to give it a try especially if you’re a reality show junkie like me! My favourites at the moment are Marcel and Gabby, but they change daily because the show is so fast-paced and people can instantly become unlikable.

Let me know what’ve you been loving in the comments below!

Amy

YA Summer Reading Recommendations

Hello,

In my Shake up your Summer post I talked about reading as a hobby that you could consider taking up during the sunnier months. So following on from that I wanted to share a few of the books I enjoyed last Summer, that you should consider trying this year! I’m mainly into YA/ Chick-lit books, so if you’re into a similar genre then you are definitely going to find some gems in here. I’m kind of into fantasy too… well Hunger Games haha so sometimes I look for similar series but haven’t found anything to beat those books yet. Hopefully one of these 3 tickle your fancy:

  • The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon: I read this REALLY quickly last Autumn, which is unlike me because I can be pretty slow and easily side-tracked, so it MUST be good! The story follows Natasha and Daniel’s story from a variety of perspectives, but it is clear to follow and is such an innovative way of story-telling. ‘Everything Everything’ is one of my favourite books, Nicola’s debut novel, and I would DEFINITELY recommend giving both a go if you haven’t already. \
  • The Red Queen Series, Victoria Aveyard: These books are much more for the fantasy fans, it is very much Hunger Games-esque. There is some magic, romance and I thought the plot was very unpredictable! I’m looking forward to reading more of the series, I think there are 3 out at the moment.
  • The Potion Diaries Series, Amy Alward: I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book because I thought it might be a little bit young BUT I loved it! It is VERY magical, I would say it is more of a teenage fairytale with love. I’m really looking forward to the third one which is out this summer AND a majorly good thing about these books is the really pretty covers.

I think I’m going to leave it with these 3 different options for now because most of my other suggestions are a bit unoriginal! Basically, most of Zoella’s first book club in summer 2016 are worth a read and Giovanna Fletcher’s books are guaranteed to make you fall in love. Other places to look for books are on goodreads, Amazon or YouTube where you can look for a specific genre and look at books similar to your tastes. I’m looking for some new books for this year now, so let me know any of your recommendations below!

Happy reading,

Amy

Tips for Bedroom Decorating

Happy Monday!

Since returning from university for the Summer I have decided to change up my bedroom a little bit! I didn’t have loads of cash to splurge and my parents didn’t want to COMPLETELY re-decorate. So I made it my little project to make it a relaxing space that I can write, get ready and chill! Here are some of things I did to my room to help achieve that:

  • De-clutter: This first step takes the LONGEST, well it did for me because I find something interesting and am lost for hours. I would suggest going for a clockwise technique around the room to make sure you have done everything. Make clear piles for rubbish, charity and keep- then when you go through them you can see what you REALLY need.
  • Move furniture around: A bit obvious BUT worth it to make a real difference when you walk into your bedroom. Look at the different surfaces in your bedroom and decide if you’re making the best use of them. For example, I’ve changed the top of my chest of drawers into a dressing table by moving all my beauty bits off my desk onto that surface and adding a mirror. Also you need to find the balance between practical and pretty when it comes to shelves.. which is tricky! With bookcases I tend to go for books at the back and then maybe a photo frame or trinket in front to make it prettier.
  • Prints and photos: Adding a couple of pretty Pinterest quotes around your room instantly makes it more insta-worthy. You could make an art wall or just dot them around your room on shelves or your walls. Don’t forget to put up some of your own memories too which gives your room the personal touch and makes it more of a calming place.
  • Textures: Having different and contrasting textures around your room can really change the dynamic of it. Simply by adding a fluffy cushion to the bed or some wooden frames instead of plain white can help make things feel fresher! Try looking in Matalan or Dunelm as they have lots of cushions and blankets which can help transform your beds or chairs.

Top Bedroom Buys:

  • Quote prints Not on the High Street has LOTS of different options in a whole range of sizes, colours and for different prices.
  • IKEA photo frames are REALLY cheap, seriously my favourite ones start at £1.25! They are simple and look really chic on your walls, especially the white ones with a quote inside because it keeps the focus on the print not the frame. If you want some fancier frames Paperchase do some nice ones or H&M home.
  • Reed Diffusers this really can make your room feel a bit newer and fresher when it is feeling a bit boring! My favourites are from Zoella’s range with my favourite scent definitely being ‘Homemade Treats’ which is SO sweet. They tend to last a couple of months which is perfect because I like to change them to fit the seasons.

I love interior designs and searching ALL the Pinterest boards! Sometimes that can be a bit disheartening because my room never really looks like that but hopefully these tips will help us get closer to our PERFECT bedrooms!

Happy decorating,

Amy

Basic Girls Guide to: Nails

Hello,

I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine! If you’ve read some of my previous blog posts you would have seen that I am quite into keeping my nails looking POPPING. Having your nails looking chic really draws your outfit together and helps you feel more professional… well it does for me! Today I just wanted to cover a range of nail areas including advantages and disadvantages of nail treatments available at the salon, how to get professional looking nails at home AND discussing my favourite nail polishes.

Salon Nails:

  • Acrylics: Acrylic nails allow you to extend your nails and then finish with a french manicure or a regular nail polish. The advantages are that all your nails look even, you can have different shapes, they last for around 2/3 weeks (sometimes longer!) AND you can continue to get in-fills, which is cheaper than a new set each time. This does take longer than other gel treatments like Shellac, they can look a bit old when they start to grow out and are difficult to remove yourself, without damaging your nail bed.
  • Gel: This can be a great alternative to acrylics if you already like the shape of your natural nails. Salons offer a wide range of different gel formulas, one of the most common (and the one I’ve used the most!) is CND Shellac. The positives behind choosing gel nail polish include the high-shine finish, it lasts for about 3 weeks, is easier to peel off yourself, it grows out more subtly than acrylics and does not take as long! However, they can use UV lights which if used repeatedly can dry out your hands, the colour range can be more limited and if you’re very hands-on or if it gets very warm it can peel off.

Professional looking nails at home:

  • 3 Stripe Rule: I am NOT an expert, obviously, but recently my nail painting skills have improved a lot! Since I’ve stopped relying on the salon for my nail care needs I’ve now decided to improve myself. SO I googled a lot of different ways to paint nails accurately and I think the 3 stripe rule is the best way. This is simply paint one central stripe down your nails then one either side. Try and keep a gap between the paint and the edge of the nail the whole way round.
  • Vivid Colour and a High-Shine Topcoat: Layer the coloured polish until you get a deep colour, usually it takes 2-3 coats. Having an opaque colour makes it seem more professional, especially if it is even too. Then you need a really shiny gel top coat to lock in the colour and protect it. My favourite one is Barry M’s Plumpy Topcoat which is only £2.99 and doesn’t leave air bubbles.

Favourite Nail Polish:

All my favourite nail polishes are from Barry M because they has SO many different colours, formulas and are ALWAYS on offer so it is easy to pick them up. My favourite formula is the Gelly one with Blueberry, Acai Berry and Damson being some of my go to shades. The Coconut Infusion and Sunset Nails are definitely worth a try too for some long-lasting colour and they each cater to different shades. Barry M is always coming out with seasonal shades and formulas whilst adding to the original lines, sometimes they do limited edition paints too but I haven’t given many a go!

I hope this was helpful and has given you some ideas to help develop your nail painting skills! Don’t worry about getting it all around your nails, it will always wash off AND give it time to try. I still get frustrated sometimes when painting nails but when you get it right, it is SO satisfying! Continue reading

Shake up your Summer

Happy Monday!

It’s a new week and today I want to share a few different things you can try this summer, to easily shake things up! These are small activities to try whether you’re lucky enough to have a long summer break or still have to work through the warmer months. I think summer is the perfect time to try some new things because the days are a little longer and generally I feel a bit more energetic… don’t get me wrong Netflix is still a summer essential haha! Here are just 5 things that will hopefully inspire you to give something new a try during this sunny season:

  • Learn a new language: I’ve started this recently using the app ‘Duo Lingo’ it’s simple to use and takes you through multiple quizzes to help you develop your new language skills. I’ve chosen to try Italian, which I’ve enjoyed a lot recently, and it is honestly never-ending! Also what I like about it is it doesn’t take up lots of time, so you can simply try it on your daily commute or just before bed- PERFECT!
  • Volunteer: Volunteering is a very broad topic but any kind of volunteering can be very rewarding for everyone involved! The best place to look for different opportunities is to look online for local volunteering jobs. It can be really simple things like supporting any local runs, a charity shop or helping at summer camps.
  • Scrapbook: I LOVE to scrapbook and have already done a blog post explaining my top tips- Scrapbooking: Tips and Tricks so I won’t go on! BUT it is a really nice activity to do outside in the sun and I find it the best way to save my photography. I prefer to have my photographs actually printed out and not just living digitally, they’re also very nostalgic to look back at!
  • Baking: A very simple thing to try but can be really fun, especially if you enjoy the goods you’ve made out on a picnic or after a BBQ! My favourites to try in summer are scones, fruity desserts and cookies. It’s nice to give them a go and give them out to family and friends too on a nice summer’s afternoon. My favourite place to look for recipes is Jane’s Patisserie blog or just looking in my Mum’s cook books.
  • Reading: Summer is when my love for reading really kicks in! I wish I would read as much throughout the year but I just definitely seem to enjoy it more when the weather improves. I would definitely just recommend to try reading more in general, summer is the perfect time to start! I’ll be putting some book recommendation posts up throughout the next couple of months so keep an eye out for some inspiration!

There are obviously SO many different things you can do this summer but these are a few that I am trying this summer and have done in the past. They’re at more manageable activities to add into your daily lives without breaking the bank or completely changing your routine. Hopefully these have inspired you, let me know what you would like to try this summer!

Enjoy the sunshine,

Amy💖

Basic Girls Guide to: Make-up Brushes

Hello,

Today’s blog post is ALL about make-up brushes. They are the tools we use regularly but can get overlooked in when looking in your beauty bag. When I first got into make-up I really had no clue about what brush did what AND for a long time I was really confused about the ‘right’ way to clean them. So I’ll be sharing a few of the things I’ve learnt recently, obviously I’m no expert… but I think that’s already clear haha! This is just a basic girls guide to EVERYTHING about make-up brushes.

Cleaning your brushes:

  • PRODUCTS: I use these little brush eggs from Amazon, which are only £1.11 AND they come in lots of different colours, which pleased me more than it should have! I just used this  cute tool and baby shampoo- this will last you quite a few brush cleaning sessions as well!
  • METHOD: You just put some baby shampoo on the little egg and scrub the brush against it. Rinse the brush in a cup of water or under the tap and leave to dry- EASY PEASY. I think this is the easiest and one of the cheapest ways to do it.
  • RESULTS: Once the brushes have dried they return to their normal shape and pretty much return to how they were when you first bought them. The baby shampoo is very gentle on the brushes so it leaves them feeling super soft.

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Don’t forget to get a pretty/ HILARIOUS pot to keep all your brushes in, this is mine!

Top 3 Favourite Brushes:

  • Real Techniques Setting Brush, £5.80: I ordered this off Amazon because I couldn’t find it on its own in Boots, sometimes Amazon is cheaper too! I love this and I use it to blend my concealer- under my eyes and on blemishes. Sometimes I use it for highlighter too and it picks up just the right amount product too!
  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush, available in the core set £10.77 on Amazon: If you’re starting to dabble with brushes then this core set will set you right up. This brush is definitely one of my most used because it can blend your ENTIRE base. One of my favourite things about this brush is that I just really trust it to make sure my base looks FLAWLESS. I like to use for foundation AND then I go round my whole face with it after ALL the base make-up to make sure my make-up looks less harsh!
  • Real Techniques Blush Brush, £7.01: The shape of this is perfect for the apples of your cheeks! I think it applies blush AND bronzer really nicely and evenly, sometimes I use it for both to give a natural, sun-kissed glow. It is a good alternative to a powder brush too because it is quite big and fluffy!

Hopefully this post has given you some ideas on how to clean your brushes and some recommendations on some brushes you might want to try! You don’t need to go overboard on brushes but I think that these ones will really help build a solid, core collection. Let me know your favourite brushes below!

Amy💖