Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Beauty // NYC Tarte Haul

Finally, I'm back on the blog. I've majorly slacked over the last few months because of various reasons, mainly university. But that's all out the way now and I'll be back to my weekly blogging - which I've missed so much!

On the 21st of May, me and two of my friends went to New York for 5 days. Yes the sightseeing and general buzz of NYC is beyond amazing, but so is the shopping. The first place I had to hit up was Sephora, a beauty junkies heaven! Tarte makeup is pretty hard to come by in the UK, so it was at the top of my 'To Buy' list - mainly the Tartelette palette.

Tarte Showstopper Palette $38.

This wasn't the palette I wanted originally. After visiting about 5 different Sephoras, all sold out of the infamous Tartelette palette, I admitted defeat and found what I thought was the next best thing. I've heard so much about the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushers and also their Park Ave Princess bronzer, so I opted for a palette with both of them in, along with a beautiful selection of eye shadows and a gorgeous highlighter. This palette is definitely a travel must-have.

Tarte Tartelette Palette £30.

I arrived home from New York still longing for the Tartelette palette, so I managed to find it on eBay for £30 - which wasn't too bad considering it would have converted to around £27 after tax in NYC. Good matte eye shadows are hard to come by, and this palette is matte and matte only.

Tarte The Sculptor in '2' Park Ave Princess $24.

There are a million and one of these contour sticks on the market at the moment, but I opted for Tarte as I knew I wouldn't be able to get it back at home. I saved most of the makeup I hauled so that I could take photos first, but this contour stick is something I've used on a daily basis since I bought it. It's super creamy and blends like a dream. I never imagined using a contour product on a daily basis, but it creates a natural yet noticeable contour to slim and sculpt my face.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Beauty // New in for L'Oreal

L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper - £5.99
L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Smokissime in 'Brown Smoke' - £5.99 [on offer]
L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Smokissime in 'Black Smoke' - £5.99 [on offer]

Finally a high street brow product that I really love! For a while I liked the Maybelline Brow Drama, but a round applicator for your eyebrows was just odd and quite messy. However, with the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper it has a thin wand and a small precise applicator to give colour and to easily shape and hold your brows in place. I use this in conjunction with my Anastasia Dip Brow and my brows have never looked so good.

I've seen a mixed bag of reviews about the Smokissime liners, but the negative reviewers seem to be using the product wrong. To me this is not an eyeliner, and don't think L'Oreal should have even branded it as any sort of 'liner' - they also mention it has a 'precision tip', as you can see, there's nothing precise about it! However, they are essentially a one product way to a smokey eye and I absolutely love them. It's only when I was taking photos of them that I realised the product is actually in the lid and not the tube - idiot. For a daytime smokey eye, I like to use 'Brown Smoke' and apply to the lower half of my eyelid and carefully line the outer half of my lower lash line, then BLEND BLEND BLEND. This is another aspect where a lot of people are getting this wrong, because it will look horrendous if not blended well. 

Have you tried any of these new-ish L'Oreal bits?

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Beauty // MAC Haul

[Left] MAC Lipstick in Brave - £15.50
[Right] MAC Lipstick in Taupe - £15.50

I've been massively into lipsticks recently, in particular the Kylie Jenner-esque shades. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a massive sheep when it comes to trends and hyped products. Although, I never really cared for Brave when I saw it talked about on Kylie Jenner, but I had to have it when I saw Amelia Liana wearing it in one of her vlogs. Brave is a pinky-nude-your-lips-but-better shade with a satin finish. Taupe is a brown toned dark nude with a matte finish.

What nude lipsticks are you loving at the moment?

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Fashion // Missguided Haul

Jaya Floral Shell Top - £12.99
Lynne Ribbed High Neck Crop Top - £4.99
Adriane Faux Leather A-Line Skirt - £19.99
Meza Backless Sequin Shell Top - £19.99
Lucy Open Back Lace Detail Shell Top - £14.99
Bet Dogtooth Check A-line Mini Skirt - £9.99

And the worst blogger award goes to... It was only today that I realised that I haven't blogged since November. And despite the fact that being in my final year plays a huge part in why I can't 100% commit to my blog, blogging is still something I really enjoy and aim to pursue once I have finished my uni course in June. 

I actually started this blog post back in November when I bought these items, so a few of them are probably in the sale or unavailable by now, but it's still worth having a look. I'm totally still into these colours and styles now we are moving towards Spring too. Every year I have a habit for falling for the Spring/Summer pastel trends, when in reality I'm not a massive fan of pastel colours. I end up selling everything on eBay or Depop after a few months of use. I've also decided to stick to buying pretty basic pieces that can be transitioned from season to season, as well as being versatile easy-to-style pieces. As student loans came in in January, there will be a fair few more hauls to come!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wishlist // Christmas Edition

It's safe to say I'm going to be easy to buy for this Christmas as there's literally three things I really want. I cannot wait for the festive season to arrive! Although I'm dreading putting the Christmas tree up, because I think my puppy Riley is going to go mad for the tinsel and baubles.

Canon EOS M - I love my Canon 500D, the quality is amazing but it's just so big. I want a camera that is compact, that I can throw in my bag without weighing it down, but still has the high quality of an SLR. It is also compatible with the Canon lenses I already own which is brilliant. It has amazing reviews and is surprisingly on the cheaper scale of the compact SLR quality cameras.

Amazon Kindle - I love books but my collection is getting out of control. I'm an avid reader so want to take a book or my iPad wherever I go, but taking around a £400 device in my bag isn't ideal. Everyone raves about how amazing Kindles are, so I think it's about time I get one. 

Olivia Burton Mini Gold Watch - This was in my Autumn Wishlist and I can't really bring myself to buy it. It's always nice to receive sentimental gifts like this for Christmas, something you can keep for years and years and will remind you of that particular time in your life.

[I'll obviously be asking for all the usual little bits like Primark PJs and socks, a Terry's Chocolate Orange & beauty gift sets]

What is on your Christmas list this year?