Friday, 27 February 2015

What Is My Face Worth?

Make-up can sometimes be overpriced and for someone who doesn't have a job, it can be difficult to buy it. I thought it would be quite interesting to see how much all of the makeup I use on my face comes too.


Benefit Porefessional Primer - £6.00 (Sample Version)
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation - £8.99
Collection Concealer - £4.19
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - £3.99
Benefit Hoola Bronzer - £23.50
Sleek Blusher - £4.49


MUA Matte Palette - £4.00
Soap & Glory SuperCat Eyeliner - £6.00
Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara - £4.99


Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick - £5.49

TOTAL = £77.64

I am actually quite surprised! Definitely didn't think I spent that much on make-up. The Benefit bronzer eats into the price quite a lot and there are lots of different alternatives, like the Sleek Contour Kit which is a quarter of the price. I might not use my Hoola Bronzer as much from now on as it is quite a lot of money for a bronzer.

How much is your face worth? And will you change any of your make-up?

Hope you're well! 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Blog Tips: Free Blog Photography Backgrounds

I was getting a bit bored of using a plain white background in every one of my blog pictures, so decided to change it up a bit. Although I do still use a white background on occasions, I like to use different ones as well, as I feel like they add something more to the picture. With all of these backgrounds I'm about to mention, I simply put them onto a word document and stretched them to fit the whole page, then printed them off.

I really like the whole 1940's vintage photos as I like quite old fashioned things. I simply googled '1940s movie stars' and stumbled across a few pictures that I really liked. Here is the link to the background.  I also found the inside of an old newspaper, which I thought tied in nicely with the other picture. I did have to put a black and white effect on the picture as it was a sepia colour. I like to use this background when I'm taking pictures of makeup that has nice quite nice packaging.  Here is the link to the background. It really makes the product stand out and really goes well with the picture. 

Another background I really like to use is a shabby chic rustic wood texture. I like to use this background for anything, as it doesn't take the focus off the product, but adds something extra to a plain white background. I like the effect this background gives, as it does actually look like it's real. Here is the link to the background.

The other background I love to use is a marble effect background. This gives a really clean and polished look to a picture, and doesn't take the attention away from it either. Again like the other backgrounds, it looks realistic and it;s why I love using them so much. Here is the link to this background.

I would definitely recommend trying these backgrounds out if you're like me and get a bit bored of using a plain one all the time. I do still like to use plain white, but I like to switch it up a bit from time-to-time. 

If you plan on using these backgrounds, or have then put a link to your blog and I will check them out! Also, what's your favourite background to use?

Have a nice day!


Friday, 20 February 2015

Simple Skincare Favourites

I've been testing a few Simple Kind To Skin products over the past few months after hearing great reviews about them. After trying them for a good 2 months, I now use them on a daily basis and have seen a difference in the way my skin looks.

Simple Foaming Cleanser - I've bought this in SuperDrug after reading great reviews of it. It is so simple to use (see what I did there). I pump it twice onto my fingertips and massage into wet skin, then rinse it off. The vitamins that this product contains softens, soothes and improves the look the skin. I like to use this cleanser on days where my skin isn't too troublesome as it's quite a gentle, everyday cleanser. I've been using this product for 2 solid months now and I'm not even halfway, so it's really good value for money. I bought this product for £4.49 which may sound quite expensive but it will definitely last you a long time. You can find it here.

Simple Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash - This is a product I like to use when my skin is a bit tricky and I have a few pesky spots. It has exfoliating beads which really help cleanse the face. Also, it has Witch Hazel Goodness which is meant to help clear the skin and prevent spots. It definitely does help clear my skin, not to sure on the prevention of spots though. I use this once a week, maybe twice if my skin is quite bad. Very affordable, only £2.86 in SuperDrug, you can find it here.

Simple Light Moisturiser - This is a staple in my skincare routine and it's the only moisturiser that I am in love with. It's the perfect moisturiser for people with oily/combination skin as it is really light. This moisturiser sinks really nicely into the skin and isn't traceable after application, the reason why I love it so much. I've re-purchased this product twice now, and will definitely continue to do so. It's only £2.66, great for people on a budget. You can find it here.

Simple Soothing Toner - I purchased a miniature bottle of this, just to see if it was worth buying the full version and I still have quite a lot of this left. Definitely the best toner I have tried before. It really works at refreshing my skin and gets rid of any make-up that my cleanser didn't remove. It isn't too harsh which is good, great for people with sensitive skin. This is a great product to use in the morning as it really wake you up and refreshes your skin too. The full sized bottle of this is £2.19 which I think is amazing. You can find it here.

I can say that all of these products feature in my skincare routine and I am very happy with every single product!

Do you own any Simple skincare products? What are your favourites?

Have a good day!


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Go-To Products For Make-Up Removal

When I was younger, I use to think that make-up wipes where the only way to remove make-up, but since watching YouTube, I've realised that there are lots of different alternatives.

Make-up wipes are quite controversial, in that some people swear by them and some people absolutely loathe them. I certainly don't swear by them, but there have been a few occasions where I've forgotten to take my make-up off before bed, and me being lazy used wipes. I quite like the Simple Kind To Skin Facial Wipes, but they were out of stock when I went to purchase them. I like the keep a pack on my bed side table, just in case I forget. 

To properly remove my make-up, my favourite products to use is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter. I've been using both of these products for quite a few months now and will definitely be re-purchasing when they are finished. The cleansing water is tough at removing make-up but not tough on your skin which is probably why I love it. It's very good at removing my eye make-up, just a few sweeps and it's gone. I've had this bottle for ages, and use it 4-5 times a week. I believe this was £4 when I bought it which amazing for people on a budget like me. Luckily, this has caused my skin to break out and doesn't leave my skin feeling irritated. The cleansing butter is such a luxurious product but also affordable. Simply work the product into the skin, it will give you panda eyes haha! And then wipe it away with a wet face cloth. This is great for people with dry skin as well as it's very moisturising. No horrible smell either, this has a nice, fresh, floral scent. I think this was £7 which isn't too bad, definitely something worth trying.

Once I've removed my make-up, I like to use a toner to make sure there is no traces of make-up left on my skin. I really like the Simple Soothing Facial Toner. This toner doesn't irritate my skin, which is what I find with some toners I have used in the past. I bought the miniature version to start off with, which is a good tip if you want to test out the product before you splash on the normal sized one. A little goes a long way with this product which is why it has lasted me forever. Will be re-purchasing when it has all gone.

What's your go-to products for make-up removal?
 Hope you're having a good week! 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Jewellery I've Been Loving Recently ft. Body Jewellery Shop

I'm always forgetting about jewellery, but recently I've really been enjoying adding some to my outfit to make it a little bit more interesting. 

I feel like earings can make any outfit look more glamorous, especially shiny ones that reflect the light. I love these small clear earings as they go with any outfit I wear. Body Jewellery Shop has some amazing earpiercing* jewelerry products, there are too many to choose from! This shop sells great quality jewellery at very low prices. These earings I am wearing where only £1.99 which is amazing if you're like me and is on a budget. They also have worldwide shipping that is free when you spend over £10. As these earings are clear, when they catch the light they reflect in different colours, which is why they seem to go with any outfit. I like that these can be worn casually through the day, but can also be worn to glam up an outfit at night. I haven't had any problems with these earings. Usually some earings can irritate my ears but these have been very comfortable to wear!  The butterfly backs means that they hold the earings in place and don't fall out. You can find these earings that I am wearing in this picture here.

You can see more from Body Jewellery Shop by clicking here .

I also like to wear a necklace to make my outift look more interesting. This necklace is from George at Asda. It's quite a long necklace that can be adjusted. It has tiny silver gems on that reflect the light and turn different colours, which is why I think it suits any outfit. I like to wear this necklace with a plain white t-shirt and my burgandy skater skirt. You can find this necklace here.

I have had this watch since the start of January and have worn it every day since. It looks quite expensive when it was only £12.99 from New Look. It has gold detailing on the buckle as well which I really like. I love how the gold is shiny and reflects off the light. The butterfly inside is so beautiful and looks very elegant, and is the reason why I fell in love with the watch. You can find this watch here.

I've had this bracelet for quite a while, about 1 year and I still love it. I like to wear this bracelet with my navy blue blazer with the sleeves rolled up as this is quite wide. The hearts on the bracelet also reflect off the light and the bracelet itself is stretchy. Unfortunately I couldn't find this exact bracelet as I did get it a year ago, but I have found one with similar colours, which you can find here. 

I hope you're having a great week!

*PR gifted

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Current Eye Make-Up

I've been quite happy with how my eye make-up is looking at the moment and wanted to share what I have been using. I have been wearing this look on an everyday basis recently, mainly because it's quite subtle and seems to go with any lipstick I wear. 

Excuse the smudge!

Products used:

Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara - My favourite mascara at the moment as it is buildable, meaning you can have natural or dramatic looking eyelashes. It stays on all day for me and doesn't irritate my eyes at all. I like how it's very affordable too.

Soap & Glory Super Cat Eyeliner - Everyone is raving about this at the moment, so I thought I'd see what the fuss is all about. I can now see why everyone loves it so much. Very easy application and allows you to have thin or thick eyeliner. Also, it is actually black! Some eyeliners I have used in the past state they are black but come out a grey colour. I use this eyeliner for my lash line as I like my eyeliner to be quite thick. I've never had to re-apply this eyeliner throughout the day and is also very affordable.

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil - One of my favourite eyeliner pencils. This again is actually black and not a grey colour. I like to apply this to my water line and I haven't had any issues with it smudging or printing. Like the other products mentioned, it is very affordable too.

Maybeline Master Precise Eyeliner - A more recent purchase that I have been using non-stop since buying it. I like to use this to create the flick as an ultra-fine tip. I also sometimes use it in the inner corners of my eye. Stays on all day and does irritate my sensitive eyes which is a bonus. Not too pricey either and will be re-purchasing for sure.

MUA Ever After Matte Palette - I can't rave about this enough! It comes with 10 matte shades, all quite warm. I like to use the shade 'Bare' all over my lid as it acts as a base. Then I use 'Penny' in my crease and outer corner of my eye as it creates definition but in a more subtle way. I also like to apply it underneath my eye to make it a little bit more smokey. This palette isn't dusty and I really am enjoying the shades, especially 'Truffle' which I use for my brows, and for £4 you can't go wrong.

I hope you're having a lovely week!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Easy Braided Up-Do

I've been experimenting a lot with my hair lately as I'd usually just straighten it or put it in a ponytail. But I've been getting quite bored of my hair and wanted to try something a bit different. I stumbled across a picture in a magazine of someone with an amazing braided up do and desperately wanted to try it. I think I did semi ok and have worn my hair like this for a few days now, so I thought I'd share how I created this look.

Firstly I did quite a deep side parting as I wanted the braid to go across my head as appose to just the side. I then did a french braid, which is basically a standard braid, but as you are pulling hair into the middle, you are also adding bits of hair (does that make sense?). I reccomend watching a few YouTube tutorials on how to french braid as it took me a while to get the hang of it. 

Once I got to about my ear, I stopped adding pieces of hair and did a standard braid, and then secured it with an elastic.

I then, very measily, grabbed the remainder of my hair and tyed it into a bun. I put my bun to the side because I resemble Phil Mitchell from Eastenders when all of my hair is scraped back. 

You then just want to rap the braid around the bun a few times and secure it with a bobby pin. Feel free the pull out bits of hair to make it look a bit messier. I pulled out pieces near my ears to shape my face. Just keep messing about with it until you are happy, and spray hairspray to make sure it stays in place!

I really am enjoying this hairstyle as it looks like you've put a lot of time and effort into your hair. 

I hope you're having a good week!


Thursday, 5 February 2015

13 Year Old Me: Beauty Tips

13 was the age which I started to care more about my appearance. More and more people in my school were starting to wear makeup and I thought it was the cool thing to do back then, wear as much makeup than humanly possible. When I was 13, I never thought to go on YouTube and look at tutorials, and experimented by myself. I sometimes (most of the time) look back at old photos on FaceBook and absolutely cringe. So I've got a few tips that I wish someone would have given me as I was applying black eyeliner in my eyebrows and multiple layers of foundation to my face...

1.) Step Away From The Tweezers - because they don't grow back overnight. Everyone at school and perfectly shaped eyebrows and I wanted that. As I said before, I didn't think to look on YouTube for tutorials, and instead did some experimenting of my own. Why my mum didn't stop I do not know. Not exaggerating at all, my eyebrows where just lines, I hardly had anything there at all. If you are not loving your eyebrows and want to sort them out, please get them done by someone else. I thought it was easy, but my I was very wrong. To this day, I still do not like my eyebrows, probably because I hardly have any and because they are very dark. 

2.) Blend Foundation Into Your Neck/Get Colour Matched - My foundation was a COMPLETELY different colour to my skin. It constantly looked like I had over done it with the fake tan. I would just pick up any bottle of foundation and never gave a second thought about the colour of it. If you are struggling to find a foundation that matches, you can get can get colour matched (I believe Boots No.7 do this in store). When choosing a foundation, make sure the one you have chosen closely matches your skin. Apply some onto your neck and see if it matches. Also, make sure it is suited for your skin type. Definitely something I wished I had done!

3.) Remove Your Make Up Before You Go To Bed - I always though that there was absolutely no harm in leaving your makeup on over night, but I was very wrong. When I started removing my make up, I noticed a massive difference in my skin. If you sometimes forget, like I occasionally do, keep some make up wipes next to your bed, or a cleansing water. I recommend the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water because it does the job, isn't harsh on my skin (I have sensitive skin) and is very affordable.

4.) Leave Your Spots Alone - When spots start to form, don't sit in front of your mirror for hours picking and scratching at your skin. This makes bacteria spread, leading to more spots, and also leaves scars on your face. I use to think spots was due to my hygiene, but it's really not. Spots appear for a number of reasons, especially hormonal changes as a teenager. I like to use an exfoliating scrub 2 times a week, and a standard foaming face wash every over day of the week. Once you have washed your face, then apply a moisturiser.

I am quite glad that I have learnt from my mistakes as I did make some poor decisions. What would you tell your 13 year old self? 

Hope you're having a good week! 

Monday, 2 February 2015

What's In My Travel Make-Up Bag? 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you're well. Sorry for the lack of posts, I've been quite busy with uni work and family. In today's post I will be showing you what is in my travel make-up bag, as I recently got a new make-up bag which I LOVE! 

This isn't all I wear on my face, but if I'm traveling then I don't think it's really neccessary to be carrying around with me everything that I am wearing. My make-up bag consists of the things that I usually touch up on during the day. 

The first thing I carry with me is a bronzer. I have the Sleek Contour Kit as it's quite compact so it will fit in your bag nicely, and it has a highlighter in it as well, so you don't have to carry that separately. I like that this bronzer has quite a big mirror inside, so there is no need to be carrying around a separate mirror. This is my favourite bronzer at the moment. It doesn't make me look muddy and it blends really nicely into the skin. It's also super pigmented, so this bronzer will last a very long time!

I then have a blusher. This is the Sleek Blusher in Pixie Pink. You're probably thinking that this blusher is too bright and scary, that's what I thought when I first saw it, but it doesn't look like that when you apply it onto your cheeks. It gives a nice glow to your skin and looks like you've just come in from the cold. I never use to wear blushers, but ever since I have wore this, I love them! Like the bronzer, it's very compact and also comes with a decent sized mirror.

Then I have my mascara. This is the Benefit They're Real Mascara. I got this mini version in a Benfit set and can now see why everyone raves about it so much. It adds so much volume, length and thickness to your lashes. It isn't the cheapest mascara, but it is my favourite so far! I like how the applicator is the perfect size for doing your top and bottom lashes! Good job Benefit.

Next is my current favourite lipstick. I have the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturising Lipstick in Sangria 06. I've already done a review on this product on my blog, which you can check out here.

I then have my all time favourite concealer, which is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1. I think everyone in the beauty blogging community has raved about this product before. It has a high coverage, so perfect for covering blemishes and redness. It's so super affordable as well! This is quite hard to get, as whenever I go online or into Superdrug, it is always sold out! 

I do always pack a brush in my bag. I have the Real Techniques Limited Edition Duo-Fibre brushes, which I have also done a review on, which you can find here. I do also pack a powder, I have the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent. My one is very well loved, probably a bit too much, which is why I didn't take a picture of it, but it is the best powder I have ever used. I get the Transparent one, as it adds no colour to your skin. 

I got my make-up bag from Primark. I love it because it's quite thin, so it will fit nicely into your nag, but it's still big enough to fit all of your essentials in. It has gold detailing on the zip, and is an oil-cloth material. I really like the pattern, because it looks quite sophisticated, but fun at the same time. It was only £3 which is amazing as I know I will get a lot of use out of this bag!

Thank you for reading, I hope you're having a good week!
What's your make-up bag essentials?