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Cream Eye shadows are my new best friend

A new love of mine which I have discovered over the last few weeks are cream eye shadows. I know I am really late to the party but I was still in my 'eye shadow isn't for me' phase until a month ago. I had two of these pots in my make up collections since last year probably and they had never been used. They was collecting dust in my draw until one day when I randomly thought 'I'm going to put that under my eye shadow' and like they say the rest was history. Since then I have either wore a cream eye shadow everyday by its myself or with powder eye shadows on top.
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The main reasons why I now love cream eye shadows are;
  • They look much more natural then powder shadows 
  • They keep your powder shadow in place all day like a primer 
  • They last all day themselves 
  • The colour payoff is really good because they are creamy and rich
  • They are easy to blend and easy to get rid of if your make a mistake 
  • They are much easier to pop on your lids in no time at all
  • You only need a little bit of product so these pots can last for months
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Two of these pots I already had in my collection from a birchbox and boots (which I don't remember buying) and then this week I went to Superdrug and made use of their 3for2 offer to get three more. Here are the cream eye shadows I now own...

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow - This was sent to me in a Birchbox so long ago I don't even remember if it was this year or not and to be honest when I first got it I didn't know what it was. Then one day I thought 'hey I've never used you before' and so put it on before I put my powder shadows on. It is amazing at keeping your eye shadow in place and still looking untouched all day and I love the colour of this cream shadow as it is basically the colour of my eye lid but a flawless version so if I have any veins or discoloration on my lids it covers it up. I also like to wear this by itself on them lazy make up days where I don't want to look all done up but I want my eye lids to pop. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Leather Effect in Creamy Beige 98 - This is the other cream eye shadow which I had in my collection and never used. It is a great base taupe/beige colour which I like to use as a base/primer for when I do a smokey eye effect. I like to put this all over my lid so that this base colour can be seen under the other eye shadows I will be putting on. I then take a darker shade and cover my outer half of my eye with before I take my darkest colour and blend it into my crease. This shadow is really long lasting at it feels like it dries on the lid so it will last all day (without being flakey or horrible) but it isnt as creamy as the Benefit cream eye shadow. Its more of a harder product to pick up on your finger and work into the lid but this may be because I have had it for so long, and it does help it last longer. 
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Max Factor Excess Shimmer Pot in Bronze 25 - This is the first of the three pots I purchased this week in Superdrug. This first one by Max Factor is the most amazing golden metallic shimmery bronze colour which I thought would really suit my brown eyes and look amazing for a Christmas party look.  I have yet to try this pot and I hope it works as well as the Maybelline pots which I am now a huge fan of. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Eternal Gold 05 - This gorgeous gold glittery shade again I thought would be great for Christmas as a base underneath golden eyes. It has hints of yellow in it but the gold wins the colour battle. This colour is so gorgeous in the pot I don't particularly want to touch it and ruin the top but I can't wait to use it. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate 70 - This is my last purchase and maybe my favourite. It is a great burgundy pomegranate shade which I think is so beautiful. I have used this shade already underneath Purple/burgundy shades in my palettes. 

I can see myself growing my cream shadow till I have every shade that is made, which I won't be complaing about! Let me know what you think of the cream eye shadows, do you love them or hate them? 

Lush Skincare | My Collection

Ever since I first discovered Lush as a brand properly last year my collection has just doubled and doubled. Half of all my skincare/body and hair care collections now include Lush products and today I am talking about all my favourite Lush skincare products.

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Starting with the product that I have been using the longest the Ultrabland Facial Cleanser has been a firm favourite of mine for so long now. I love this cleaner to take off my make up it makes removing my makeup so easy. I just cover my face in the cleanser and work the product into my eye area which leaves me looking like a panda. I then use a flannel to clean off the cleanser and the makeup and my face is left super clean, even my mascara is completely off. Some people have said they don't get on with this product because they feel like the product is left on their face after wards but my flannel removes all the product.

The next product is the Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash which is much thicker than any other facial wash I have ever used. In the tub it looks more like a balm but once it is mixed with water on your face it turns into a normal wash consistency. I really like this facial wash as it leaves my skin so soft afterwards and cleanses your skin at the same time as washing it.

A new edition to my skincare collection is the Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub which I am still testing out right now. You can guess by the name that this scrub has extracts of the ocean in it so every time I use it I always get sea salt in my mouth which is the worse taste in the world! I must subconsciously open my month when I wash my face... haha. Anywhoo I really like this scrub to use after I have took off my makeup before I go to bed, so my face is fresh before bed.

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My next skincare pot is the Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask which I have owned and loved for most of the year now. This mask is so refreshing and great to use first thing in the morning to wake yourself up. I am a sucker for staying in bed all day on my day off because I am too tired to do anything but when I use this mask I feel much more awake and ready for the day. It is great at getting rid of them pesky spots that wont go away. Plus it smells of mint yummy

My last pot is the Dark Angels Cleaners which I absolutely love! It looks scary in the pot as it is black but don't let that scare you! It can be used with either a little bit of water or a lot of water depending on how thick you want the cleanser to be or how you want to use it. I like to use the cleanser as a mask so let the cleanser dry on my skin and go hard before I wash it off. It makes my skin feel so soft and smooth and clean. It is really good to freshen up the skin after I have just cleared a spot or blemish.

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Lastly I have two skincare bottles that I am a big fan off. The first is the Grease Lightning Spot Treatment which was one of the first products I purchased from Lush. It leaves a layer of the treatment on my spot overnight and by the morning the spot is either dried out or ready to pop so I can get rid out it. I choose between this and my trusty Sudo Cream to deal with spots.

My last product of the day is the Enchanted Eye Cream which is my favourite product to use on my eye area. The moisturiser is so light it is perfect to put on under your makeup and sets your concealer like a primer. My eyes definitely look more awake and more alive when I use this eye cream.

And finally... that is all my Lush skincare products. Lush plays a big part in my skincare routine and I recommend their products to all my friends and family and now I am recommending them to you.

Revolution Affirmation Palette

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I mentioned in my October Loves Post that I had started wearing eye shadows for the very first time. This may sound strange since I have been wearing make up for god knows how many years but before then I had never wore eye shadow before, mainly because I didn't think that they suited my face and I didn't know how to apply them properly. 

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Since then I have watched loads of YouTube tutorials and Get Ready With Me's so I think I definitely have a good idea of how to do some basic looks on myself. I have also invested in some palettes thanks to Make Up Revolution which are amazing. The first palette the Redemption Essential Mattes 2 Palette I have spoke about in my October Favourites post which you can have a read of here. 

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The second palette the Affirmation Ultra Eyeshadows Palette is my second eye purchase and definitely my favourite out of the two. Although I love the Redemption palette for its list of nudes to choose from, the Affirmation palette has more shades to choose from (32 to be exact) as well as 12 shimmer shades to make some really pretty looks with. A favorite shade of mine to use is the Disclose shade to draw a little flick on my eye lid. I like to use eye shadow to draw wings as it looks much more subtle and is less hard to mess up. I also love the two shimmer shades Accept and Oath which I can't wait to use to create some Christmas make up.  

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I love the packaging of this eye shadow palette as you get this huge mirror to use which is perfect for taking with you when you travel anywhere, plus it is also nice to look at with its sleek black case. For just £8 the palette is an absolute bargain for all these gorgeous shades. Its currently out of stock online but I have seen some in Superdrug stores so if you want to try this palette have a good hunt round the shops! 

I might write some posts on make up looks I make with this palette if that is something you would want to see, let me know and I'll plan some for you! 

Must Haves Items During Autumn

During the start of Autumn there are a few items that get dug out of peoples draws and cupboards and get dusted off ready for the colder months. You see them all over Pinterest and Tumbler and now your gonna see them on my blog too, because I am one of them people who goes crazy for them when November comes around.

Hot chocolate - with lots of marshmellows!!

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Joggers - A must have item for when your have a lazy day/evening/life at home when its cold

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Fairy Lights - Absolutely everywhere

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Lots of pillows - I don't know why but autumn makes me think of beds covered in pillows

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Throws - Bed ones with lots of fur

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Slippers - Pillows for your feet!

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Onesies - Preferably an animal or super cute pattern

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Dressing gowns - A furry one for when your just too hot in your onesie

*Imagine a photo of some really cute fluffy furry dressing gown!
(Trying to find a photograph of a dressing gown that doesn't look like it is meant to be in a catalog is really card!)

What are you Autumn essentials? 

October Loving

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It is finally November!
I have already decorated my room in Christmas decorations and got half my Christmas presents. I am so prepared this year! I have been loving quite a few make up products this month and for once, I have a hefty list of favourites to go through. Yassss

My first favourite is the Revolution Makeup Redemption Essential Mattes 2 Palette. For the first time in 21 years I am wearing eye shadow and it feels so good. I have always hid away from eye shadows because I didn't know how to apply them properly and I had always thought my eye area was too small to do anything fancy. That was until my sister convinced me to purchase this palette that she swore by. It has a mixture of soft nudes and dark browns and taupes to choose from and they are all matte. I have already used this palette for my Halloween make up and on a daily basis and I love it so far. Watch this space for more eye shadows to make an appearance! 

Something that I have owned for a long while and not used before is this Real Techniques eye shadow brush which worked amazing when I done some smokey eyes for my Halloween look. The brush fibres are super soft and make blending the easiest thing to do. The size and shape of the brush is also great at fitting into my super small eye lids. It is definitely a brush that I would keep in my make up bag for everyday. 

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Sticking with the eye theme, my next favourite is the W7 Absolute Lashes which is widely known as the Benefit They're Real dupe. I have wrote a post on the mascara already comparing the two mascaras. Roll on two months and I am still obsessed with the product. After curling my eye lashes this mascara is perfect at making my lashes look super long and spread out. I find it lasts all day and the most important thing is... it is easy to take off at the end of the night with micellar water. That is the dream! It is a bargain at £3.99! 

My fourth favourite is the MUA Power Brow Shape and Highlight pencil in dark brown. It is the perfect colour for my eye brow hair and has a nifty little highlighter on the opposite end. I have never been a big fan of brow pencils before now, I have always opted for powders but now I am converted. I love doing my eye brows everyday now!

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My last two makeup favoruites are things that I have been using together and they work so well together. The bronzer I have spoke about so many times before and I am still using it everyday over all my other bronzer. It is the famous Benefit Hoola Bronzer which everyone and their mother loves. I have been using this W7 angled contour brush to apply it and it is the best contour brush I have ever used. The fibers are super soft and the shape of the brush makes contouring sooooo much easier, it is the perfect brush for beginners. Plus at just £5 it is a bargain too! 

My last favourite is a bit random but none the less I have been crazy for them all October. They are my Newlook Joggers, really really random I know but they are so super comfy and fit perfectly even though I am half the size of a normal human. I have a grey and a black pair and I have wore them to death this month. As soon as I get home I put them on, on my days off I wear them at home, I even wear them to bed when its really cold. It must be love!

Let me know what you have been loving this month! I need some new things to try :)

3 Autumn Reds

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As much as Callum hates it when I wear bright colors on my lips, I love a bold lip. My signature colour is red, mainly because I am too un-adventurous to experiment with more brighter or bolder colours! So since Autumn is now upon us I thought I would take you through my three favourite red shades, the shades I tend to reach for the most. 

Avon Chilli
I loooove this shade for many reasons. The formula is really moisturising and I feel like it acts like a balm while on my lips too which is great for someone like me who has bitty lips. The shade is a gorgeous dark dirty red and it is so easy to wear which my skin tone. It isn't the longest lasting lipsticks mainly because it is so moisturising on the lips but I still like the wear it and don't mind re-applying it.  It also have Avon indented in the lipstick which I think is a great touch.

Rimmel 22
Everyone loves Rimmel lipsticks for many different reasons and I love this red Rimmel shade in number 22, It is red shade with a twinge of pink to it and this comes through when you apply it to your lips. It isn't a matte formula but does apply matte like on my lips which I like. It is super long lasting -come on it is Rimmel- and applies really smooth. It is quite a bold look so I tend to sport this look when I am going out for the evening and plan to dress up. It definitely isn't a shade you pop on to nip down the shops...

Revolution Who We Are 
This red shade is a fairly new addition to my red lipstick collection and out of all three lipsticks, it is the truest shade of red. When you think of bog standard red lipsticks with no other twinges to it, this is the shade you would think of, a classic red we'll call it. It is less bold then the Rimmel 22 and might lighter then the Avon Chilli but a firm favourite when I want to channel my inner Taylor Swift. It applies really smoothly and is nourishing on my lips which helps hold the colour. It lasts a fairly long time if your not eating or drinking, like most high street lipsticks. 

This is just a needle worth of my red lipsticks because I am a bit of a horder, if you would like to see my full red lips collection then let me know, you might be hear for a while! 
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