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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January Favourites! | Collab

This post is in collaboration with Mimi from glitzandglitter.blog!

Mimi and I decided that we would do a monthly favourites collab so that we could share our favourite products that we have loved throughout the month of January.


All of my January favourites are products that I was lucky enough to be gifted for Christmas, and over the past month or so I've been trying them out and really loving using them, so I thought I would share them with you!

My first favourite of this month is the Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer. I always struggle to find bronzers that suit my skin tone that aren't too orange or dark, and this one has  really helped. I love the original Hoola, but this one has less of an orangey/brown tone to it, as it's cooler and so it works to contour and warm up the face at the same time. Although it's quite pricey at £24.50, I do love the way it looks, it doesn't go patchy, it's easy to blend out ... and I'm kinda hoping that W7 Cosmetics brings out a dupe for this!!

My next favourite is the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation, which I use the shade 1.0, although this is slightly too light for me. I decided to ask for this foundation for Christmas as it's one that I have heard so many good things about, but I asked for shade 1.0 as I'm used to other brands small shade range, but I'm soo impressed with UD as they have 24 shades of all different undertones!! This foundation is full coverage, but isn't cakey or thick, it doesn't cling to my dry patches but also doesn't make my skin oily. I just need to find my correct shade and honestly, I think I'm going to be obsessed!!

Next up, is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, which has been on my wishlist for what feels like years now and I was finally able to get my hands on it. I was umm-ing and ahh-ing whether to buy this as it's quite pricey and if I didn't like it, it would've been a waste of money ... but I've been really loving this. You can just feel the quality in both the packaging and the eye shadows, they obviously smell incredible, they're so buttery and pigmented, I honestly cannot fault this palette. I also love that it has different colours including Burgundy, Khaki, Purple, Pale Pink and many others, so you can create lots of different looks and can be used throughout the year for different seasons and occasions ... as well as natural/ neutral looks and more glam looks.

Aside from their Foundations and moisturiser, I've never really tried any of No7's products but after getting this Body Polish for Christmas I've used this every day. This scrub isn't harsh on the skin so I like to use this everyday or every other day (depending on when I need to) ... it also finishes the legs of nicely once I've finished shaving. This scrub has a subtle lemon scent that is so refreshing and lingers on the skin for the rest of the day, after getting out of the shower.

My last favourite of this month is the Lush Lip Scrub in Chocolate. I have loved Lush's Lip Scrubs for years now and I use them every single day to prep my lips for lipstick/gloss. I've used the Bubblegum, Popcorn and Santa Baby lip scrubs before, which I love, but I can honestly say that this Chocolate one is my favourtie so far!! (click here to buy)

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

My Updated Evening Skincare Routine!

My skincare routine is always chopping and changing, but recently I have been trying out a number of different products. I previously shared with you my skincare routine, so I thought I'd update you with all the products I am using now!!

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Let’s start with cleansers - I’m always alternating between them because my skin changes between dry and oily very often. To remove my makeup I’ve been using the L’OrĂ©al fine flowers cleansing cream. I just take a small amount of the product and rub it all over my face to loosen to any makeup and then I wipe it away with warm water and a flannel. I will then use the Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix face scrub to clean out the pores, which will stop the pores from clogging with any makeup left over. 

If I haven’t been wearing makeup, I’ll use the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish to cleanse the skin as there won’t be any makeup on the skin to potentially clog the pores. Then I'll use the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Gentle Pads, especially if my skin is a little on the dry side. 

Once I'm all cleansed, I'll then use the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater as this works like a toner. I've been using this for just over a month now and I couldn't be without it. It's really hydrating and has also helped to clear my skin. It's also perfect to use as well as a moisturiser so you don't use too much and get a greasy face, which again can cause breakouts. 


I then use the Manuka Doctor Skin Serum with purified Bee venom which is really hydrating and cooling on the skin. It's works wonders on breakouts, impurity and dry skin and I'd describe it as like a drink of water to your face. To follow this step I apply one of my all time favourite moisturisers, which is the Garnier Moisture Bomb which is  gel cream and I find this to be less greasy than a lot of other moisturisers as it hydrates but almost feels as if you don't have anything on your skin. 

Moving onto eyes I have recently been using the Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Eye cream, which is new to my skincare collection, but I have been really liking it. As I have quite dry skin around my eyes, I was looking for something very hydrating but would also help sort out my dark circles as well as stopping my under eyes getting more creases ... and this did not disappoint. I particularly recommend this eye cream as it's really well priced at £14.95, you get a decent sized pot and it does exactly what it says on the tin. 

I then finish off my skincare routine with Palma's Perfecting Facial Oil and of course, some lip balm. The Palma's Facial Oil is really versatile as it can be used as a treatment for dry skin, as a primer or to help blend foundation/cream contour. I really recommend this and for just £9.99 it won't break the bank.

If my skin needs some more TLC, I will then decide to do a deeper overnight treatment which includes using the Nip + Fab Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Shot (which is basically a serum) and the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. The Hyaluronic Shot works extremely well as giving your skin a boost of moisture to banish any signs of dryness. I'm sure you've all heard me rave about the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion a lot on my blog, but this is one of the only products I haven't switched out in the routine, it just works a treat. I just apply this on any of my break outs before bed and by the morning it's either pretty much gone or is at least clearing up. I always used to use Toothpaste or Sudocrem but I always found that it would either sting too much, or I'd wake up with it all over my quilt and pillows ... but with the MB Drying Lotion it drys down so I don't have that problem.

So there you have it, My Evening Skincare Routine, I really hope you enjoyed this post! 

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Friday, 26 January 2018

My Payday Wishlist!

     For today's post I thought I would share the bits that I have been crushin' on throughout January ... some of these bits are also in the sale ... so what better time to want them! 
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

My First Blogiversary | One Year of Blogging!


Exactly 1 year ago tomorrow, (25/01/2017) I uploaded my first ever blog post which was 'My Current Skincare Favourites' which I look back at now and wonder how anyone actually wanted to read it. It just looks so boring and dull ... it doesn't even have any pictures on it. At the same time that one post geared me up to have a really productive year, one that I can look back on and be proud of, as my blog has now been viewed almost 33,500 times, which is crazy to me!

You can read my first post >> here <<

I never really saw myself becoming a Blogger as I'm quite a private person and now I'm sharing my thoughts to the world, to anyone who wants to hear them. When I put my first post out, I only ever expected for a few of my close friends and some of my followers on Social Media to check it out, but over time more and more people from all over the world were popping up in my stats. To the point where my blog has now been viewed in over 100 Countries, some I've never even heard of! 

As I was such a private person, I never thought I would get personal on here either but I did end up talking about my anxiety, bullying etc. Which I actually had a good response on from some of my readers, which is really nice to hear anyway but especially when I was so unsure about putting certain posts out. 

Some of my personal / deep posts:

My Journey to becoming a happier person : >> click here <<
When do we really start living for ourselves? : >> click here <<



In January 2017, I felt as if I was in limbo just waiting ... waiting to leave college, waiting to turn 18 and not really doing anything for myself to make me happy. As it was a new year, I had slightly more courage than usual just to do something crazy and change my life and completely flip the script. It was coming up to the end of January when I started to read through a number of different blogs including Zoella, Poppy Deyes, Sarah Ashcroft aka That Pommie Girl, to which I thought I'd enjoy and should give a go. Within the hour I had set up a blog and was starting to write my first post ... as you can see it was a bit spontaneous, but easily the best decision I've ever made! 



In October my blog did really well as it had over 6,100 views in that month ... I know it's not all about the numbers, but for me that was huge and beyond anything I could've expected.  I uploaded 'My Top 5 Fall Lipsticks' at the end of September and now it is my most popular post with over 2500 views on it ... again this may not seem like much but I was shocked. I went to bed one night with just over 100 views on the post and woke up less than 8 hours later to 2500 ... I still don't know what happend, I'm sure someone shared it and if they did I'd be so greatful!!


My Top 5 Fall Lips >> click here <<


 I never set really set goals at the beginning because I never expected anything to come from it or people to read but somehow people seem to like my posts and actually come back time and time again for my new uploads. 

This year I have met and grown close to a number of different bloggers, which I now call my friends and I'm so proud to be a part of such an amazing community of people. I am always up for collab-ing, connecting and meeting new bloggers to share ideas etc, so if you would like to connect then please DM or email me!!

So here we are a year later , I just want to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me a chance and reading the content I work so hard to put out. It genuinely means so much to me and whether you have joined me just today or when I first started, you are everything to me and I know I would never be as happy as I am, without my blog!


Thankyou so much for reading this post. Within the last month I have also bought my own domain and a new Pipdig template (new year, new blog an all that haha) - so here's to the next year, I am ~so~ exited to see what the next year has in store for my blog!

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

ByKady 'Unbutton' Velvet Liquid Lipstick | Thoughts + Makeup Look!


As I'm so fussy about matte liquid lipsticks, I was umm-ing and ahh-ing for so long whether to try out ByKady's liquid lips or not. The reason why I'm so fussy is because they can be so drying, some brands including Kylie Cosmetics, I find quite thick so they crumble on the lips, but ByKady have got it just right with the Velvet Liquid Lips.

It's super creamy when applied and it dried down matte probably within a minute of applying. I also noticed that it didn't have that drying, almost tight feeling that you get with some liquid lipsticks and after wearing it for the best part of 8 hours, I felt that it still looked really good, even after eating and drinking and I didn't reapply. It can seem quite pricey at £18 for the size of the tube, but to be honest considering the quality and longevity, it's deffo worth every penny! It's also super pigmented, so you really only need one coat, which in turn means that the tube could last longer than a lot of other liquid lipsticks. I'm so impressed by this liquid lip and I can't wait to try more products from ByKady!!



I know I'm awful at swatches, but here's a swatch of Unbutton with the flash. In the above shot, Unbutton does look slightly more red than it does in person but it's a dark-ish, warm tone nude.




Products Used! -

MAC Strobe Cream
LA Girl PRO Coverage HD Foundation + Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation
Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer (review here)
NYX Blush - Taupe
Anastasia Beverley Hills Sugar Glow Kit 
W7 Delicious Palette (purchase here)
MAC Upward Lash Mascara 
Sleek Brow Kit 
NYX Cappuccino Lip Liner 
ByKady Unbutton Liquid Lipstick (purchase here)


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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer | Review!


I know I’m a tad late on this one because the shades I wanted were out of stock, but after it came back in stock on TAM Beauty I was straight on there to buy them. I picked up shades C1 to highlight the high points of my face and C2 to cover up any blemishes.


I’ve heard so many people saying that this concealer is a good dupe for Tarte Shape Tape, but as I haven’t tried that I can’t make a comment, however, the way the concealer looks once it’s blended out does remind me of the MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer.



So my thoughts? ... the packaging is super cute, even though it’s very minimal, but add a little rose gold to something and I’ll love it haha! This Concealer comes in 18 different shades, which is an incredible selection and other brands, especially drugstore brands, should take note. I'm actually so impressed that the lightest shade actually creates a light, bright, highlight on the high points on my face, rather than just matching my skin tone like a lot of other brands. These concealers have also been very popular for contouring and after trying the lighter shades out, I deffo want to pick up some of the darker shades.



My first thoughts when I applied the concealer to my face were that it was quite thick, which I’ve got to admit I thought it was game over, but honestly it’s so easy to blend out and using a damp beauty blender also helped. The concealer has incredible coverage but is still buildable, without it looking cakey and it doesn't’t sit in the creases or bunch up under the eyes. I’m the type of person that likes to wear a LOT of concealer, so they run out quite quickly, but with this one I notice that you need the tiniest amount as it goes a long way ... and this is another bonus as it lasts longer!! The concealer has a matte finish, which I thought would be a turn off for me as I have quite dry skin around my eyes, but to  be honest, it didn't cling to the dry patches or separate around that area.



This concealer retails at just £4, compared to the Tarte Shape Tape which is £22. I've been wanting to try out the Shape Tape for god knows how long, but I think I'll give it a miss now as I'm so impressed by this one. Admittedly you do get a small tube of product, but as it's super cheap I wouldn't mind buying these more regularly. 


Wear Test:

I wore this concealer for around 8-9 hours and surprisingly, when  I went to take it off, it still looks fresh and flawless under the eyes. It did slightly rub off on the rest of my face but, considering the price and how long I wore it for, it wasn't too much of a big deal.



Another thing that makes me like the concealer even more, is that it's so accessible in Superdrug and online at TAM Beauty in the UK and Ireland. Superdrug and TAM Beauty also both ship worldwide (I'm not sure how many countries they ship to) so it's also accessible for those outside of the UK too.

My Overall Opinion:

Overall, I am super impressed by all aspects of this concealer including, the packaging, shade range, longevity, accessibility and price. I can't recommend this concealer enough as I don't think there would be a makeup lover out there that would dislike this product! 

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

My Home Workout Routine! - Beginner


For today's post I wanted to do something a little different and share my home workout routine with you all. As it's a new year, one of my resolutions are to be healthier and to do more exercise, so I thought it was the perfect time to share my routine with you all!

Just a quick disclaimer, I'm not very big on fitness so I don't know what burns the most calories etc. But I have noticed this routine has started to make a difference over the past few weeks!!

30 second interval between each!

(20 reps 3 sets)

Normal crunches
Crunches w legs bent
Crunches w floating legs (straight)
Reverse crunches
Elbow to knee crunches
Sitting twist
Butterfly sit-up
Raised leg circles
Raised leg hold
Crunch kicks

(45 sec- 1 min)

Plank normal
Elbow plank
One side plank (each)


(20 reps 3 sets)

Legs raises
Flutter kicks
Scissors
Bicycle Crunch 
Roll ups
Knee ups

(35 reps and 3 sets)

Squats
Sumo squats
Tip toe squats
Jump squats


So there you have it, my home workout routine, sometimes I change it up a bit or run up and down the stairs ... which Victoria Beckham does, so it must work haha!! I try to do this at least twice, if not 3 times a week!



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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

No7 Flawless Finish Blending Sponge Review! | #2


Welcome to Episode #2 of my Reviewing Makeup Sponge Series and I've been soo exited to share this one with you. 

This is the No7 Flawless Finish Blending Sponge and this is the most similar sponge to the Beauty Blender, that I have found so far. 

I have been using this sponge for a couple of months now, and it has not disappointed. Just like the Beauty Blender, this sponge isn't stiff, so it has a bit of a bounce, which helps to blend the foundation/concealer seamlessly.  I like the fact that this sponge expands when it's damp, because a lot of the cheaper ones don't seem to, and this helps the products blend seamlessly together as well as speeding up the blending process!!

Unlike the BB, the No7 sponge isn't an egg shape, has two flat edges, one edge I use for under the eyes and mainly where I apply my concealer and the bigger flat side, I use for the rest of my face. I feel like this shape can work slightly better than the egg shape, but I do prefer the pointed tip of the egg shaped sponges as they as get into the hard to reach areas of the face, like under the eyes. I also find that the No7 sponge stays damp for longer which helps keep moisture in the foundation/ makeup etc, when blending it out.

I use the No7 sponge as my everyday applicator mainly because it's cheaper than the BB, and as you should throw out your sponges every 3 months it can get quite expensive if you're throwing a £16 BB away ... and £7 over 3 months doesn't seem bad at all. Obviously I can't neglect my beloved BB, so I use it for more glam looks, when I want my base to look a 10/10 (or as close as it can haha!!). 

This sponge retails at just £7, which is just over half the price of the Beauty Blender, and considering the performance it's so much more worth it and wont break the bank. I use this sponge for primer, foundation, concealer, baking, cream contour and liquid highlight ... and it works so well for each step. Although, I do find that it's not so easy to bake with as it doesn't have the pointed tip, like the BB does, but that would be the only criticism I have.

My overall opinion on this sponge is great, the price, performance and shape ... I would really recommend this to anyone in need of a new makeup sponge or a cheaper alternative to the BB of any other one you may be using. 


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Saturday, 13 January 2018

LA Girl PRO Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation Review!


I must say, from first impressions, that the shades are very much off. I picked up the shades Fair and Natural as they seemed to have the right undertones etc, to match my skin tone. Natural definitely won't match me as it has too much of an orange tone to it, however, I feel that I can make Fair work. After swatching the two shades on my arm, within the time it took my to take the photo's, I noticed that they had both oxidized a hell of a lot. I'm not sure whether this is because it was on my arm and that it'll be different on my face, but we'll see.


Fair is the second palest shade and Natural is the third palest.

The first thing I really liked about this foundation is how easy  it was to blend out. It was very liquid-y, but not watery, and I dotted it onto my face my fingers then bounced it in with a Beauty Blender. I then just set it with a translucent pressed powder. I find that the foundation did help give the foundation a slight bit more of a glow, than a foundation brush may have but I feel a brush would still give the foundation a nice finish and using a brush may also give more coverage.

After Application:

My first thoughts were that the foundation didn't feel heavy or cakey and it also had a slight healthy glow, but didn't look at all oily. It really covered all signs of redness and other blemishes, aside from the few spots I have as you can still see the bump, which is gonna happen with any foundation. The foundation didn't seem to oxidize anywhere near as much as it did on the swatch, if at all. The foundation itself didn't seem to crease or sit in the fine lines and almost blurred any imperfections and lines I have ... particularly around my eyes.

After wearing the foundation for around 6 1/2 - 7 hours, I was still really impressed with the way it was looking. My skin still has a nice glow to it, without being too oily like it was about to slide off of my face! I also noticed that my skin was covered completely and that it hadn't rubbed off or become patchy, which I notice can happen with other foundations.

I'm actually super impressed with this foundation overall, the only downside for me is the shade range. Although they have 16 shades (I think but don't quote me on that one) the lightest shades are still super dark or orangey toned, so I would recommend getting the shade lighter than you think you would be, but obviously just check the undertones are suited to you, or getting a white foundation mixer to lighten it. If you have oily skin, this probably wouldn't be the best foundation for you, but if you have dry or combination skin, I would really recommend this to you!!

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Small Beauty Haul | Beauty Bay!


So as you can see my no spend month is going soo well so far, haha! I just couldn't resist picking some of the beauty bits that have been on my beauty wishlist for a long while now.


Morphe's makeup brushes are honestly my favourites, they're so affordable, easy to get hold of in UK and they're really good quality. I find that a lot of the cheaper brushes can shed some of the hairs onto your face when using them, but I haven't noticed that happen at all with Morphe brushes. 

The first brush I picked up is the E6, which is one of the foundation brushes that I have heard soo many people rave about and this did not disappoint. The brush is super soft, the brush hairs are quite dense, but not stiff and I'm really looking forward to see how it works on application!! This brush retails at £17, which is quite pricey but the quality and performance of these brushes does justify the price. 

I then picked up the M115, which is a spoolie and this brush costed me just £2.50. I always buy disposable spoolies as you get so many for like a few pounds but I came across this one on the Beauty Bay website and thought I'd just pick one up from there, also will last me so much longer than the disposable ones would.

The last brush I picked up is the M518, which is a large blending eye brush. I am usually so fussy about eye brushes as they can be quite rough and stiff around the eyes, but this one is so soft and makes it so easy to blend eye shadows out, even the darkest and hardest to blend shadows! This brush retails at £7. 

I can't recommend Morphe makeup brushes enough, I find that they're are so much better quality than some of the more expensive high end brands that I have tried, and they're like half the prices ... whats not to like eh? 



I then decided to pick up two of the LA Girl PRO Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation. This foundation has been at the top of my wishlist for a while now, so I finally caved and bought one. I picked up the shades Fair and Natural, which I thought would be the closest to my skin tone, but I've got to say in the packaging they do look quite dark and have more of a pink undertone than a neutral undertone, but we'll see!! These foundations retail for £11 each, which I'd say fits in the middle of drugstore and high-end prices, but if it does everything it says in the name then it could be a winner! I will be doing  a first impressions / review post on this, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that. 

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

December Favourites 2017!


I know I'm a tad late on this one, but I still wanted to share with you all the products that I was loving most throughout December!

My first fave is the Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Facial Spray. I've always been someone who cakes my face in moisturiser in the mornings and before bed, but it did cause me to break out quite a bit more than normal, so I bought this in hope to stop me breaking out. I use this as well as my moisturiser, as it hydrates my skin on it's own, I only need to use a small amount of moisturiser, and I've noticed my skin clear up considerably in just a matter of weeks. The Spray costs just £11 for 8 fl oz and it can be used before makeup, as a setting spray, with your skincare, or to refresh your face throughout the day!!


Next up is the Sanctuary Spa White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash, which I have been using on and off for years now, but over the past month or two I've been started to use it again. The scent is so refreshing, but it's also quite strong, which works well because it clings to you for the whole day, in between showers, and you smell just as great when you get out the shower, as you do before you get in again the following day. I like to use this with the White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion, also from Sanctuary Spa, which just intensifies the incredible scent. This retails for just £6 and you get a fairly big bottle of it ... I would really recommend this!!

The No7 Sponge has been in my makeup bag for a couple of months now, and I've been really liking the way it applies my makeup. I've noticed the sponge doesn't soak up as much product as the Beauty Blender and other makeup sponges, so I don't have to use a lot of foundation for a high coverage look. As you may have seen, I have previously reviewed the Dior makeup sponge on my blog, if you haven't read that then you can click here. I will be doing a full review on this sponge soon, so keep your eyes peeled.




MAC Lipsticks are my all times faves, and this one doesn't disappoint. This is the matte lipstick in the shade Kinda Sexy, it's like a dark, pink-ish nude and is deffo one of my faves, along with Velvet Teddy, of course. Although they are quite pricey, at £16.50, they're worth every penny as they're super pigmented and last hours on the lips.

I'm sure you've all seen me talk about the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer countless times, but after a while of not using this concealer as much as normal, throughout December I became obsessed again!! I love how it's just so creamy and easily to blend, has good coverage but also isn't cakey, so it works as the perfect concealer for the under eyes as well as covering spots and impurities. This is deffo is one of the best concealers from the drugstore, in my opinion.

My last favourite from December is the Benefit Shy Beam which is a liquid highlighter. I've always had a love, hate relationship with liquid highlighters as I feel that they can remove any products that were underneath them, but this one doesn't seem to do that. This is a pink highlighter that gives you a healthy rose-y glow, and it works best if used underneath a powder highlight, to bring out the pigment in it and give it something to stick to.

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