20 Questions Tag!!!

Hello you beautiful people, I have stolen (cheeky) this tag from the lovely Jen. Hopefully by the end of this tag you will get to know me a little better ūüôā Ohh and tag, you’re it!!!

Do you remember your first makeup item? 
Being make up obsessed, it’s a shock (and I am a little ashamed) that I can’t remember my first make up item… sorry!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications? 
My eyelashes are long, but go straight out, so my perfect mascara would be one that thickens and can hold a curl better.

What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation? 
I am not going to lie, I want to cover those scars and pimples, I am a medium to full coverage kinda girl!!!!!

Favourite high end brand? 
I like Urban Decay and Mac

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 
YSL

Favourite drugstore brand? 
Tooooooooooooooooo many to choose from. I love MUA, Make up Revolution, Soap & Glory, W7 and Rimmel.

Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
I am RUBBISH with fake eyelashes, I only wear them on special occasions.

Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? 
Surprisingly, I do often go out without make up on. But I think you can always look more ‘put together’ with a little brow grooming and a dash of under eye concealer.

What is your most cherished beauty product? 
Probably foundation… nothing beats a flawless canvas.

How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? 
Too often! Its becoming a problem!

Do you have a ‚Äúbeauty budget‚ÄĚ or you spend freely?¬†
I try to stick to a budget, trying to save for a house an all, but if I really want something I find a way to justify buying it (oops)

What type of product do you buy the most of?
Concealer… it’s an issue!

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates? 
I really should pay more attention to this sort of thing because it may cause breakouts but I don’t!

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? 
Boots and bigger department stores like House of Fraser or Debenhams.

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 
I stick with what I know…

Favourite bath and body brand? 
Soap&Glory allllllll the way. Lush is great too!!!

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 
I would actually say that I don’t really own any multifunctional make-up products.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 
Sometimes, I can be very sloppy. Especially if its 6:30am and I am rushing to get to work.

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 
I would love to, I have never been to one. However there are so many great YouTubers out there that teach me so much… for free ūüėČ

What do you love about makeup? 
It’s like art I suppose, it allows you to be creative and what better way to show off your artwork on your face.

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It’s Prime Time | W7 Prime Magic Camera Ready Primer

Everyday I will prime, no matter how much make up I apply. It is as an essential part of my beauty routine as moisturising. ¬†I have naturally oily skin, so therefore I take every step I can to prevent my face looking like an oily mess within in a few hours of wearing make up. Honestly, some days my skin looks so oily I wonder if I could actually fry chips on it. Nasty image I know but its true! I’ve tried a bunch of primers, high end to more affordable and the ones I tend to reach for on a daily basis are the W7 Prime Magic primers. IMG_5580 I always buy my W7 make up products (I have one of their palettes – which is also very good) on Amazon here¬†

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The Original

The original primer was my first purchase and over the years I may have repurchased this beauty around five times. It doesn’t dry out my skin, it leaves my skin feeling silky and allows my foundation to glide on smoothly. It does hold my foundation into place really well but I am sure there are primers out there that do a better job. It is an amazing product for the price, but take note, ‘for the price’. It’s a very cheap product so I don’t ever expect miracles. I think its worth more than its price but I wouldn’t be willing to pay more than ¬£10 for this individually. If you’re in the market for a cheaper primer or something you can use on an everyday basis because its more affordable, than you should give this a try. If you have a look on Amazon, this product has 4 1/5 stars from 709 reviews, which is pretty outstanding. It isn’t fantastic at shrinking pores, but it doesn’t make them look bigger, which some primers have done!!

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Anti-Dullness

This primer is supposed to combat anti-dull skin, which I get from time to time. Skin that doesn’t have that beautiful, youthful glow which everyone and their mother is dying to have. I can’t say I have noticed a massive difference when I use this primer, but it does help a little. Don’t freak out over the colour, it blends in so well that you don’t get a purple residual left over. I also haven’t noticed it altering the colour of my foundation either, so prime away! I would suggest that this isn’t as good as Benefits That Gal, but then its a lot lot cheaper!

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Anti-Redness

This primer really surprised me, it does exactly what it says on the label. I suffer from a little¬†redness around my nose, and acne scarring so can leave my skin looking a little redder than I would prefer. On good days, I will use the original primer, but I am on the tail end of a break out then I opt for the anti-redness primer. Again, this doesn’t change the colour of your foundation so don’t worry about that.

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I would have to say overall, that these are pretty good primers, I would even pay a little more money to purchase the original and the anti-redness. For best results, let these primers sink into your skin after application for about five-ten minutes and then apply your foundation.

If you have ever tried one of these primers, or any of the W7 let me know what you think.

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Favourite Youtubers!!!

Since I was about 13 years old I started to watch Elle (allthatglitters21) and Blair (juicystar07) Fowler, beauty blogging and youtubing sisters who have rocketed to fame. They’ve been shortly followed by many others… and these are my favourites.

CASEY HOLMES

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Casey Holmes is seriously one of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen and possibility one of the most talented eye shadow blenders ever! She specialises in smoky eyes and has taught me so so much!

GOSSMAKEUPARTIST

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Gossmakeupartist, or Wayne, is a ultra talented and hilariously honest make up artist. If you want to know what you’re spending your money on is worth the hype, then check out Wayne’s channel, his honesty is so refreshing. It also strips things bare and goes right back to basics when it comes to giving make up tips.

TENI PANOSIAN

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She’s stunning and down to earth. What more is there to say, she has a clean¬†and classic style that’s easy to recreate and great for the girls who like to keep it simple.

SONA GASPARIAN

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I found Sona by watching a video of her doing Teni’s makeup for a ‘bridal look’ – which had me astounded. Teni looks beautiful whenever, but the make up that Sona did was flawless. She has continued to wow me with gorgeous looks.

INGRID NILSEN

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I feel if I knew Ingrid personally we would be best friends. She is fun and energetic whilst always maintaining a youthful look. Her no fuss looks are great for beginners.

LAUREN CURTIS

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I watch Lauren’s videos when I want a more dramatic look, she is undeniably stunning and really knows how to emphasise her assets. If you want to know how to master the flawless canvas then check her channel out now!!!

FLEUR DEFORCE

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A fellow brit and makeup lover like myself, Fleur has great style and great make up tips too!

TATI 

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Tati has been around for a while yet I have only just stumbled across her videos – she really goes into depth with her tutorials you really feel as though she is helping you every step of the way.

CARLI BYBEL

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I would have to say Carli may steal the spotlight for my favourite youtuber! She is stunning, kind and caring. Her videos are varied, helpful and refreshing. She has great style and posts fashion tips too!

Go and check out these channels – you could learn soooo much! Do you like these youtubers? Are there any others?

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Make Up Collection Part 1 | Face Drawer

Firstly, a bit of admin to attend to… please do not take this post as ‘bragging’, most of my collection is from the drugstore. I am simply sharing with you my collection. If you’re going to be offended, then don’t read!

MY MAKE UP COLLECTION

I am doing a four-parter here, where I delve into the darkest corners my make-up collection. Today, I am sharing with you my face drawer, this is made up of: highlighters, foundations, concealers, pressed powders, bronzers and blushers!

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This is where I hold most of my makeup. Its a standard 3 tiered, white set of drawers. Nothing fancy, nothing particularly pretty. It does the job… it holds my makeup! I got this baby from Argos about 3 years ago and its still going strong, its not like it has gone through a battle or anything but I do open and shut the drawers quite often ;)!! The top drawer is my ‘face’ makeup drawer, the middle is my eyes and the bottom is lips!

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Due to the constant opening and shutting of the drawers, as best I try, they can get a little messy! I know, I need to work on that but for the most part its pretty organised!

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Foundation:¬†I wouldn’t say I have a large collection of foundations but a nice handful. From left to right: Beautifully matte by No7, True Match by Loreal, HD foundation by Make Up Forever, Eau de Teint by Loreal, Wake me up by Rimmel and Teint Idole Ulta by Lancome. The foundations I tend to reach for more is the Teint Idole Ulta and HD if I want to make an extra effort but everyday I like Beautifully Matte.

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PRIMER:¬†I don’t dare apply a foundation without a primer first. It makes a MASSIVE difference to not only the staying power of my makeup but its appearance too! I beg beg BEG you to try out the W7 primers (shown at the top of the photo). They are literally amazing and so so so cheap. I rarely use anything else!!!! At the bottom of the photo you can see studio secrets by Loreal ¬†(left) and Porefessional by Benefit (right) – this are two really good primers too, they’re just more expensive!!

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CONCEALER / HIGHLIGHTER:¬†Now I don’t really conceal if I am honest, I find that my foundation does a great job of covering up spots and red marks that I don’t need to add extra product. What I do use these concealers for is highlighting around my centre of my face, a little on my chin and forehead too! My favourites are Mac prep and prime (top centre), Mac Pro Longwear (top left) and the Lasting perfection concealer from Collection (bottom left). Highlighting is my thing, I am obsessed with trying new ones out, but I love what I love and always find I go back to the Mac and Collection concealers.

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SETTING POWDERS: For a little extra coverage and really to set everything in place, I use either one of these three beauties. I use Stay Matte by Rimmel on a daily basis (left), The Porefessional Agent Zero Shine by Benefit (middle) when I need to combat those pesky pores. Hello Flawless by Benefit (right) is great to set makeup for longer periods of time.

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BLUSHER: ¬†I like myself a blusher, and when you can pick up MUA and Makeup Revolution blushers for a ¬£1 a pop, you can resist picking up five at a time… obviously I can’t! For a dramatic look I like Flushed by Sleek, for everyday I love to use any one of the Fashionista blushes (in the small square black boxes)

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BLUSHER PALETTES:¬†They can be sold individually or in a palette, if its a blusher… I’ll want it. On the left I have 28 blush palette from Beautify and on the left is BH cosmetics 10 blush palette. Palette’s are a fantastic way to bulk up your blusher collection and they’re perfect for travelling too!

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BRONZERS & CONTOURERS:¬†People often get confused when it comes to bronzers and contourers and the difference between them. I will do a post on that soon so I’ll explain evvvvvvverything then! For now, here are my bronzers and contourers. My all time favourite bronzer is Hoola by Benefit which can be used as a contourer if you’re careful, but to contour with I normally go for my Contour face kit by Sleek.

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POWDER HIGHLIGHTERS:¬†In comparison to my blusher collection, my highlighter collection is very tiny but its all I need. I don’t tend to highlight on an everyday basis, I like to leave it to the times I really want to take my makeup to the next level. My favourite has to be Soft and Gentle by Mac.

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Goodbye January, Hello February | January Favourites

If you’re familiar with the youtube beauty world, then undoubtedly you’ll have watched atleast one favourites videos. For those who aren’t familiary, it’s a segment where bloggers will talk about the beauty products they’ve been loving for that month. I’ll be telling you the products I’ve been reaching for frequently throughout the weeks. Now, January seems to have passed rather quickly for me, being really busy at work and not getting to be able to try a lot of new products. I will give a quick review of each product, but if you would like a full review just comment below.

Lets get started…

The Original Beauty Blender

Price: £19.00

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This has been a cult classic for a while now… and rightly so! This sponge is amazing, you can use it for both your concealer or applying your entire foundation. Dampen the sponge to bring to life its blending abilities and you won’t be disappointed. It does take a little longer, in my opinion, than using a brush when applying foundation and you do have to make sure you blend effectively. If you can spend that extra time perfecting the blend of your foundation, then using the sponge is the way to go. I buy my online from Amazon and always buy the duo pack. Some people have mentioned they are a little dubious because of the price and sanitary aspects, however the beauty blender is well worth every penny! I’ve personally bought about 6 so that shows you something. If you are unsure how to clean your beauty blender, or any sponges you own – let me know and I can make a tutorial for you.

Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush

Price: £16.00

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This is the first Sigma brush I have purchased, and boy am I pleased! I haven’t used it for long and yet it still makes it into my favourites of January. I cannot express how soft this brush is, and how beautifully it apply any foundation I have. No matter if the foundation is matte, dewy, full or low coverage… it still applies like a dream. I use this brush to apply my foundation and then blend my concealer with the beauty blender and I am really pleased with the flawless results it gives.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Price: £8.00

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I love myself a body scrub and I love myself a Soap & Glory product. Combine these two loves together and you’re always going to get a winner in my books. This is a fresh, zesty smell perfect for the morning time. The scent and act of scrubbing down your body really awakens you. Its a physical scrub, meaning that there are sugars and ‘bits’ that actually scrub away at your dead skin. The ‘bits’ are coated in a creamy gel and oil that will nourish your skin after it has been rubbed. You can find this product in boots where they sell the rest of the sugar crush range.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment

Price: £4.99

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I am constantly battling frizzy, knotted hair. The 3 minute miracle treatment has really helped de-tangle those knots and give it an extra shine. I don’t really have a hair style at the moment if I am honest, its just very long and brown… nothing exciting! I am actually going through a transitional phase, where I would like a change but I am not sure what to do. Instead of acting upon this, I am just stuck in a rut! I will wash my hair at night, condition it with the aussie product and then leave it to dry naturally. I have always loved Aussie conditioners, but this one is my favourite. It really delivers on its name, and the smell is unbelievable.

Naissance Almond Sweet Oil

Price: £2.99

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I have already blogged about the wonders of this product, so I won’t continue to rave about it too much. I will say however, that I have been using this as a cleanser and moisturiser for night time and having been completely shocked by the results. Check out this blog to read more about the oil.

Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette

Price: £8.00

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Again, I have already blogged briefly about this product and a full review and a couple of tutorials will be posted soon. So I will only go on to say that I have been reaching for this product ever since I got my hands on it. I have the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but have been skipping over this to use this, it is great to create unique natural eye looks perfect for work. To review the brief review, click here.

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

Price: £13.50

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I only tend to wear matte foundations in the summer and spring time to combat my oily-ness. However I have been really loving this foundation for the past couple of weeks, it has been a constant in my collection for a couple of years now. It isn’t too expensive, provides buildable coverage and lasts all day. No7 isn’t a brand I would normally gravitate towards, but this foundation is definitely worth a try and it also provides sun protection with SPF 15. I am not an expert on No7 but I believe it is a Boots makeup line, so check it out here. This is also the foundation I wore in my ‘Fresh Makeup’ blog.

That is it for my January favourites this month, I apologise that I haven’t been able to look into uncharted territory but I promise I will be doing a lot more reviews for February. So, if there are any products that you would like me to test out, leave a comment and I will get round to it.

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