Are they Really Dupes?

I always see posts (mainly on pinterest) of supposed 'dupes'. And sometimes this can just be purely because the packaging or the name is similar rather than the actual formula or shade. I realised I had quite a few of these products and their high-end counter parts. I've been testing them and ready to share my thoughts on whether they're are dupes or not...

Setting Sprays & Face Mists Part 1- Affordable

Setting sprays and face mists are really having their moment in the beauty world at the moment! And for good reason, setting sprays are perfect for making makeup look more natural and extending makeup wear time. Face mists are a great multi tasking skincare item that can add instant hydration, refresh makeup and give skin life! I have quite a few in my collection so I thought I'd share them with you guys. There will be a part 2 - mid price and part 3 - high end, so keep your eyes peeled for those. Anyway here are some affordable setting sprays and face mists...

Ingredient 101 | Charcoal

Charcoal seems to popping up in most beauty products from Face Washes to Toothpaste! I realised I had quite a little collection of products with the ingredient in so I thought I'd put together an Ingredient 101. Charcoal has many skincare benefits and has even been used in medicine. But why is this such an effective ingredient?

The One Haircare Product Your Routine is Missing - OUAI Memory Mist

Haircare is where my beauty passion was born. I have super thick, dry, curly hair and when I was a teenager I hated it! So I went on a mission to tame my unruly locks. I've tried pretty much every type of hair care out there - serums, sprays, powders, leave in conditioners. But I've never tried anything like this before.

Makeup Lately

I can't believe we are almost half through August already! Where has the year gone? Anyway it's that time where I share the makeup I've been reaching for lately...

ColourPop Haul & Review

ColourPop has been on fire with their latest launches. Palettes, concealers, setting sprays and more! I fall for their Instagram marketing everytime. Just watching the girls use and swatch , alongside their cheap products, make me feel like I need them! I order direct from the ColourPop Website and they usually have free international shipping when you spend over $50 which does mean I always get a customs charge. But in my opinion it's worth it. Here's what I got...

What I got for my Birthday!

So it was birthday last week. I got some exciting gifts so I thought I'd share them with you.

Sony A5000 Camera | £329

I didn't really get a lot of beauty bits because this was main present! I've wanted to upgrade my camera for ages so I thought this was the perfect time. I was torn between this and the Olympus Pen but I went for this because it has really good reviews and it was slightly cheaper. I don't know a lot about cameras and photography so I wanted something that was going to improve my photos but was easy to use. And this really is so easy! I'm still playing with the settings and trying to find the best way to use it but so far so good!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette | £41

I treated myself to this on my actual birthday. And I really don't think this deserves all the hate it's getting! Granted, the shadows are slightly harder to blend but they are so soft and pigmented. I have a full review of this here so check that out for more details.

Juvia's Palace The Saharan | £29

This brand recently launched on Beauty Bay and I've heard amazing things about the eyeshadows so I added it to my wishlist and I was super happy to see it! I've only used it once but so far I really like it! Most of the shades are warmed toned, really pigmented and easy to blend.

SmashBox Cassie Homes Highlighting Palette | £26

This was a gift from the lovely Dagmara, Siobhan and Dorota. They know me too well because I love highlighters! This palette contains 3 different toned highlighters. I can't wait to use it!

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation | £32

I've wanted this foundation for ages! It really does have a dewy finish and light-medium coverage. I'm still having a play with this so I will report but very soon.

Keep you eye's peeled for full reviews of these!

Until next time...

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Love Me Beauty | August

Regular readers will know how much I love Love Me Beauty*. It's my favourite beauty subscription. Just because you get cool makeup each month and you get to pick the products! Which means no disappointment or unsuitable products! This months makeup bag was the same as last months which was kind of disappointing, but I'm not too fussed. If you want to see what it looks like see this post. Anyway, this months products list was super exciting because they have Buxom!! Here's what I got...

Protecting Skin From The Environment

The enviroment can have a really negative effect on the skin. I'm sure by now we are all aware of the negative effects of the sun and you don't need to be a scientist to work out that pollution isn't good for the skin. I read an interesting fact that 90% of premature ageing is because of the environment and sun damage. I'm not sure how true that is but it made me want to protect my skin for it. I've been doing some research and there are a few products that you probably all ready have in your routine and that will help protect the skin.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette - Is it Really That Bad?

The internet has gone crazy about this palette and not in a good way! I've seen videos of people hitting pan on the first use, moaning about the fall out and how powdery they are, people stopping their reviews half way through because they cant work with the shadows. I love the Modern Renaissance Palette last year but I wasn't too fussed about the shades in this palette until an email from BeautyBay landed in my inbox and I decided to treat myself as it was my birthday! When I received it I was a little scared to use it because of all the negative reviews I'd seen. But is it as really bad as everyone claims?

High-end Discoveries

I think we all know the drill with this post! If you didn't these are some of the high-end discoveries I've made over the last month.

Acids from The Ordinary

The Ordinary are slowly taking over my skincare routine, one new launch at time. My collection is pretty big and I think I've tried most of their products. They are ridiculously cheap! Today I wanted to talk about the acids they have to offer. I been testing these for quite sometime so I'm ready to report back...

The Insta-famous Oil - Frasali Rose Gold Elixir

If you have watched any sort of makeup tutorial on any platform you probably would have seen a Frasali Beauty Exilir used at some point! This Insta-Famous Oil was formulated by Farah the queen of DIY beauty hacks and her husband. I have the Rose Gold Exilir. This is a multi tasking oil designed to bridge the gap between skincare and makeup. Was this a gap that needing bridging? - I didn't think so. But since I'd fallen in the love with the MAC Essential Oils primer I was desperate to try this, especially after seeing how flawless people's skin looked after using this!

A Few Drugstore Discoveries

July was quite an exciting month in the drugstore. There were new brand launches, re launches and just some products that had been on my radar for a while. So let's get into it.

Best In Beauty | July

I can't believe we're at the end of another month! So it's time to share my favourite beauty products this month.

Rita Hazan - The Brand You Should Know About

Celebrity Hairstylists bringing out their own haircare ranges are popping up left right and centre. Rita Hazan is the latest to formulate a line of haircare aimed at coloured hair. With a client list of Beyonce, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez this range is something to get in a tiz about! I've been testing a few products and I'm ready to report back.

K-Beauty Brands That are Easy To Get In The UK

K-beauty or Korean beauty has taken the UK by storm, With their innovative formulas and sometimes funky packaging. And for good reason, many products offer real results. Sheet masks, essence and products containing Snail Slime are some of the most famous K-Beauty trends. I've been working on this post for ages and I wanted it to be more of a guide to understanding K-Beauty because I find it quite confusing, but to be honest I still find it confusing. So I decided to go for brands that are easy to get in the UK. I see so many amazing products but some just aren't available in the UK. Most places do ship here but it can be expensive and takes ages to arrive. So I kept this to brands that have warehouses or shops in the UK.

My Thoughts on the Ordinary Serum & Coverage Foundation

The blogging community and the rest of the world went crazy when The Ordinary added two new foundations to their line up, The serum foundation and a coverage. I've actually had both for quite a while so I thought it was about time I documented my thoughts.

Best Skincare Discoveries Of The Year So Far

As promised in my Best Makeup Discoveries Of The Year So Far post, I'm back with my favourite skincare discoveries. I feel like this year I really upped my skincare game and really invested in high-end skincare. Plus there was loads of exciting launches from budget brands! So let's get into it.

Summer Eyes, Lips and Cheeks

Despite the rubbish weather we've been having here in the UK I'm still embracing summer makeup! For me summer is all about warm eyes, bronzed skin and pops of colour. So today I have my favourite summer eyeshadows, blushes / bronzers and lip products.

Overnight Skincare Heroes

I'm instantly drawn to anything that promises to work overnight. Going to bed and then waking up looking like you've had a facial is the most satisfying feeling. So today I have a little edit of some of my favourite overnight skincare heroes.

Best Beauty Discoveries of the Year So Far

I can't believe we're over half way through the year already! Yesterday I spent the day watching Insta stories of all the Christmas launches - madness. Anyway I thought this would be the perfect time to share my favourites of the year so far. There has been so many launches this year already but I wanted to stick to the things I've been using over and over or that I always come back to.

Makeup Lately

I test so much makeup so when it makes it's way into my everyday makeup or products I reach for a lot it means it's something special! So here's the makeup I've been reaching for lately. I do have full reviews on most of these products so make sure you check out the links.

Brazillian Bum Bum Cream - Worth The Hype?

Everyone has been talking about the Sol Janerio Bum Bum Cream, which is actually pronounced Boom Boom Cream. Which is said to be the secret to a toned Brazilian booty! Packed with ingredients to lift, firm and smooth the skin. I've used up a whole pot and I'm ready to report back..

Upping My SPF Game

SPF is such an important skincare ingredient regardless of your skin type. I'm an avid tanner so for many years I've avoided it thinking it would be stopping me getting a sun kissed glow. But I have since released my health is far more important! So I've made a conscious effort to up my game,

Love Me Beauty July & Exciting Changes

Another month, another bag of exciting goodies from Love Me Beauty*. I've spoken many times before about my love for this bag. But this month they have made some changes. It still runs on a credit system, every month £10 will buy 60 credits to spend on the beauty products. But there will no longer be any limited edition edits, which means products will remain available to purchase for as long as they are in stock. I personally love this idea, it means there will be more choice of products (there was before but now it will be even better), it also means you keep purchasing your favourite product without actually shelling the total cost of the product. Now we've got the changes out the way on to this months selection I have.

Achieving a Glowing Base - Skincare & Makeup

Glowing skin is my go to look, and if you're a regular reader you'll probably know that by now. I've recently updated a few things in my stash that really help me achieve natural looking, glowing skin. So here they are.

Underrated Brands to check out From Ideal World

Ideal World is a home shopping channel that offers an exenstive range of DIY and household items. But did you know they also stock beauty products? I didn't either! I've been testing loads of brands they stock and to be honest I hadn't heard of most them so I'm super excited to share the lesser known brands with you guys.

Beauty Pie Take Two

My first experience with Beauty Pie didn't go so well (you can read about it here). Beauty Pie is basically a concept with allows you to buy high-end products at cost price. But you have to pay an additional monthly membership cost which is £10. I'm not going to lie I find the concept a little odd. But for some reason I'm really intrigued by there products. And some are really cheap. And many products have received amazing reviews. So I persevered with the concept. I have been testing loads of there products and ready to report back.

A few Drugstore Discoveries

The Drugstore wasn't really doing it for me this month in terms of makeup. I'm trying to be a bit better with money and tend to find I buy loads of drugstore makeup because it's cheap and most of it rarely gets used. So this month I've taken the time to really focus on stuff that will actually get used. But I actually have quite a little collection to share with you.

Everyday Budget Brushes Worth Checking Out

I remember the days when I had like two powder brushes, one for blush and one for face powder, how did I cope? These days there is a brush or tool for every part of makeup application! Plus there are brushes that will set you back more than £30 for one brush. I don't actually own any high-end brushes and I don't feel like I'm missing out. Affordable brands do some amazing brushes. I thought I'd share with you the ones I reach for daily.

5 Fabulous Hair Products For Any Hair Type

Haircare, like skincare is so subjective. It depends on your hair type whether it will work for you or not. I've been testing a few haircare products that I think would be suitable for most hair types. So let's get into to it.

High End Discoveries

June was very exciting in terms of high end discoveries. I managed to get my hands on some goodies that have been on my wishlist for the longest time! So without further ado.

Best In Beauty | June

I actually can't believe it's nearly the end of June, the month literally flew by! Anyway it's time for me to share my products that have really stood out to me this month.

Pricey Products That Don't Get Loved

Now this isn't necessarily a disappointing products post as such, it is just expensive things that don't really get used for one reason or another. I'm not going to lie I have a lot of makeup, I enjoy testing new things so regardless of how much I try and rotate my stash there are some products that don't get loved so I thought I'd share the pricier ones with you and why they don't get used. I do have full reviews on most of these so if you want more details make sure you check the links out.

Urban Decay Naked Heat - Worth The Hype + Affordable Alternatives

Unless you've been living under a rock I'm sure most of you would have heard Urban Decay have added a brand new Naked Palette to the Naked Eye Shadow family. This time the palette is inspired by all things warm toned. And regular readers will know I love a warmed toned eyeshadow! When they announced the earlier release I fought tooth and nail to get one, as did everyone else judging by my group chats and Twitter feed. I've been testing so I thought I'd let you guys know if it's worth the hype and I've tried my very hardest to find some affordable alternatives!

Bronzed Glowing Cheeks

Bronzed glow-y and sunkissed is my go to look but there's something about summer that makes me want to up my bronze-y glow-y look that little bit more. So today I thought I'd do a little round up of my favourite products for achieving bronzed glowing cheeks.

Biolage R.A.W - The Brand You Should Know About

I actually don't talk about haircare all that much on my blog considering it's something I'm so passionate about. I'm always trying to find the best products to tame my crazy, frizzy hair. Without specially selected products my hair is a nightmare to say the least! I'm pretty much willing to try anything on it so when these goodies from Matrix landed on my door step, I was super excited.

Get Summer Ready With Nuxe + Giveaway

Judging from the heatwave we've had in the UK, I think it's safe to say summer is finally here. And with that it's time to get out those sunscreens, and summer scents. Nuxe, the multi awarding winning fresh skincare brand has a whole range of products for summer and to get you summer ready. I've been testing a few and they've become firm favourites and are perfect for the warmer months. They've also kindly given me a few goodies to give away so keep reading until the end to find out how.

Summer Proofng Your Base

The temperature in the UK this post week has been insane with highs of 33 degrees. Plus I'm sure a few of you will be jetting off on holiday. So it's time to dig out those bases that will withstand the high temperatures and not leave you looking half melted come lunchtime. I love a light, glow-y look all year round but these are the hardest to my last in my opinion. But I have found some real gems that work well in the warmer months.

Products for Beauty Problems nobody likes to talk about

I always see lots of posts of pretty highlighters and how to achieve a flawless base. But there are rarely posts (Well not that I've seen) of some issues that many of us suffer from. Don't worry this isn't going to turn into a episode of embarrassing bodies but I have found a few products that tackle the less talked about beauty problems...

Budget Eye Makeup Worth Checking Out

 Eye makeup is such a tricky category especially when it comes to eyeshadows. I always find cheaper formulas not as good but not wanting to invest in pricy palettes. But being a beauty and a drugstore girl at heart I've tried at lot of affordable makeup, So today I've whittled down some eye makeup that is worth checking out...

Achieving the Perfect Manicure at Home

Even if I had the money I don't think I'd get a professional manicure regularly, I love painting my nails and I find it very therapeutic! Whenever I'm stressed or feeling a bit down I paint my nails and it instantly makes me feel better. I've found a few products that keep my nails looking good and give a high gloss salon finish. So achieving the perfect manicure at home has never been so easy...

Skincare Picks For Flawless Makeup Application

Good makeup application starts with good skincare. A skincare routine for your skin type will prep and counteract any issues you have with your skin before hand. I have dehydrated skin so many of my picks are based around that but there is a few picks that I think would be suitable for most skin types.

Cohorted Beauty Box Review - The One Beauty Box You Should Buy This Month!

I swear this month's beauty boxes have really been pulling out the bag! This months Cohorted Box* is really not one to be missed! This month you get...

Daniel Wellington Watch Review

You've probably seen Daniel Wellington around over on Instagram. It's a Swedish brand that offers simply stunning Minimalist timepieces. I'm not a fashion blogger but I am into fashion and wanted to share my experience brand because if your anything like me your Instagram is probably filled with these gorgeous watches!