Bare Minerals Eyeshadow in Nude Beach Review

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and have been enjoying the glorious weather we've been having...I know I have! One thing I love about the beauty community at the moment is that there's so much choice in both high end and high street products, however I think that this sometimes means that amazing products can go unheard of. So today I wanted to talk to you about a product which I've loved for years but never really gets it's time in the spotlight on blogs and youtube, etc. Bare Minerals isn't a brand I've tried much from, as honestly, mineral powder foundation just doesn't seem like it would be for me...however their eyeshadows, now thats something I can get on board with.

I have a couple of the Bare Minerals eyeshadows in my collection, however the real stand out of the lot is Nude Beach. Nude Beach is part of the Glimmer eyeshadow range, meaning that it's a gorgeous sparkling, light-reflecting shade, perfect for adding a bit of glamour to your eye makeup. I'm a big fan of shimmery eyeshadows so it's no surprise that I love this one, but I think Nude Beach really does stand out against the rest of my shimmery eyeshadows due to the formula and the shade.

Bare Minerals describe their Glimmer eyeshadows as the richest shimmer the earth can create, and I'd have to agree....MAC Pigments have nothing on these shadows. The formula is rich and soft making it an absolute dream to blend out and they're also really pigmented. The swatch above was done on my bare arm with no primer and was only two light layers, so you can really see just how pigmented these shadows are, they're seriously impressive. The Glimmer eyeshadows can dry or wet if you're looking for a more intense look, making them really versatile and a valuable addition to your makeup collection. If you're not a fan of loose shadows due to the fallout they create, then I'd definitely recommend using this shadow wet or doing your eye makeup before your foundation, etc as these can kick off a fair bit of fall out.

Apart from the seriously amazing formula, the shade of this eyeshadow is truly stunning. Nude Beach is a gorgeous champagne toned nude however I think there's just something different about this shadow and the swatch just doesn't do it justice. Nude Beach adds a real beachy glow to your eye makeup and is stunning either worn alone (which is what I tend to do) or combined with other shadows to create a more smokey look. I also found that this shadow lasted really well on my lids and didn't crease like I expected it to on my fairly oily lids.

Overall, I love this eyeshadow and I don't think I'll ever be able to do it justice in my descriptions so it's definitely one to go see for yourself. I actually managed to find the glimmer eyeshadows on sale at Look Fantastic here and I honestly can't recommend these enough.

What are your favourite Bare Minerals products?

Lots of Love,

Becky xx 

Finding a Graduate Job - My Tips & Advice

Monday, 29 June 2015

Graduating from University is both an extremely exciting and daunting time, or it certainly was for me. On one had I'd finished the degree which I'd been working towards for the past four years and I'd never have to sit an exam again. However, then comes the realisation that you're on your own now. No more hand outs or mid day's time to get serious and enter the adult world of work. It's no secret that it's really tough out there for graduates right now, and after suffering through the dreaded post-uni job search, I know first hand just how tough it can be. Leaving university, I always knew that I had a difficult few months ahead of me, but I didn't anticipate just how much being unemployed would take out of me emotionally. I know everyone complains about their job and Mondays, etc but trust me, it's so much worse when you're struggling to even find suitable jobs to apply for, let alone securing yourself an interview. After managing to bag myself a job, and a pretty good one at that, I've been reflecting on some of the things I've learnt throughout the whole post-uni job hunt, and thought that now may be a good time to share some of my knowledge. I know that some graduates are still looking for their perfect job so hopefully some of these points will help you out, or you can at least relate to in one way or another...

1. The Early Bird Catches The Worm...

When it comes to job hunting, you really need to strike while the iron's still hot. Starting looking early gives you the time you need to figure out what it is that you really want or don't want out of a job, as sometimes it takes a great or not so great interview to really realise this. Also, a lot of students don't bother looking for employment until they've finished university, however employers looking for graduates are likely to know that they won't be available until at least June time and may be looking early, so applying a few weeks early is always a good idea. If you leave it too late, then you may miss an opportunity which would have been perfect for you, and it will also mean less time spent being completely broke after university - trust me, it ain't all fun and games when those student loans dry up. 

2. Tailor Your CV and Cover Letter To Suit The Company/Job Role...

Large employers receive hundreds, if not thousands of CVs for each job they post, and one way to get ignored immediately is to send in a generic cover letter and CV, as it's probably similar to the other 100 they've just binned, and really won't make you stand out. It's important to read the job description thoroughly, so that a) you can be absolutely sure that it's something you'd be interested in and b) so that you can make sure that your relevant skills stand out on your CV. It's also worth thinking hard about why you want to work for the company - do their values reflect what you believe in or do they have a desirable working environment which would allow you to thrive? If so, mention this in your cover letter as it's it will make you stand out among the generic letters employers receive. 

3. Be Picky, But Not Too Picky...

Don't get me wrong, it's important to know what you want as there's nothing worse than being stuck in a job you hate...but limiting yourself to once specific part of a specific industry on your first 'serious' job post-uni may be seriously limiting your options. For a while I was specifically concentrating on going into social media within the beauty industry and I had my sights completely set on this, which meant that I was missing out on opportunities which would have been perfect for me. Since realising this and expanding my search criteria, a whole host of opportunities opened up to me and I found that I have way more interests that just beauty. However, if you're really interested in a specific part of your field (e.g.: I studied marketing but wanted to do social media) then I recommend sticking with this or something very similar (I also looked at SEO) as it's unlikely that you'll be able to prove yourself and your experience in an interview for something completely different and show that you have the skills to complete the job to the highest standards, and you may just end up being unhappy in your job if its something you're not that interested in. 

4. Preparation Is Key...

You want to be able to show employers either in interviews or even on the application form itself that you're interested in the company and you're the most suitable for the job, so it's worth sitting down and thinking about what skills you can bring to the company and times when you've demonstrated these skills, because without examples it's just your word against everyone else's. Before going to any interviews I always went through questions I thought I may be asked and worked out how my skills and experience were suitable for these types of questions and how I could back this up, it made me a lot less panic stricken in interviews and I was able to communicate my answers without forgetting any major points. It's also worth doing your research on the company - their values, culture, what they've done in the past, what they're doing now, who their main clients are, etc - as all of this will show that you're interested enough in the job and the company to take the time to research their work. 

5. Include Your Blog On Your CV...

My blog is one of the main reasons I was able to get as many interviews as I did and one of the contributing factors to me getting a job. Even if you're not looking to go into any kind of social/writing/markeitng, etc job it's still worth including your CV on your blog as it shows just how hard working and determined you are, and that you can stick to something, specifically if you've been doing it for years. Also, the fact that you've taken the initiative to start a blog shows that you're a passionate self-starter, qualities which are applicable to any job. Apart from that, it's always an interesting conversation to have during interviews, and appears a lot more interesting than your standard hobbies such as 'music, sport, etc' which most people have on their CVs. 

6. Everything Takes Time...

Most students don't walk straight out of University and into an amazing grad job (lucky you if you did!), and the national average for most university students to either find work or go back into further education is 3 months, so its important to stay positive (no matter how hard that may be) and remember that just because you're not living it up in London with what seems like all of the other grads, you're not a failure and something will come up eventually if you keep at it. Giving up is honestly the worst thing you can do, so try and treat the job hunt like a job itself and approach it with the same drive and determination, and youll be just fine. 

7. Use Social Media To Your Advantage...

Many companies now use social media to advertise jobs now either on linked in, or either on twitter, so it’s important that you use this to your adventage, particularly if you’re wanting to go into a social field. I found loads of jobs and even got a handful of interviews off social media, so it’s not one to pass of immediately. 

8. The Importance of Internships...

Nowadays, you need experience to gain experience...after all, how are you supposed to prove your skills if you've never had to use them in a real life working situation? When I went to University I made sure that I was doing a course with a year in industry/placement as I knew that it would improve my employment prospects post-university and not only did it do that, but it's also prepared me more for the real world of work and helped me to land on my feet. Not all internships are unpaid now either, and I managed to get a great internship and fund myself completely living in West London for a year, so they're not something to pass up immediately, as doing an internship for a year could really help you bag your dream job further down the line. Apart from the experience you gain through doing internships, the networking is invaluable. I met people from all different companies and industries whilst on placement, which really helped me to secure some interviews...because it's true what they say, sometimes it's not what you know but who you know. 

9. Make Use Of Your Universities Contacts...

In all honesty, this is something I wish I'd done sooner. Most universities have contacts with a lot of large companies and agencies, and some even have deals where they take X amount of a certain Universities graduates each year, so it's always worth talking to your University to see if they know of anything. Also, your university may be able to put you in touch with the recruitment/HR team at these companies, and you've really nothing to lose in contacting them to see if there are any job vacancies. 

I hope some of these tips have helped you in some way, and good luck with your job hunt if you're looking! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Loving Lately...

Saturday, 27 June 2015

My last favourites post seemed to go down really well, and I also really enjoyed writing it and sharing some of my most loved products/things so I thought I would start to introduce these kinds of posts on my blog a bit more frequently - let me know your thoughts in the comments below! This time I haven't stuck to just strictly beauty items, as I've been shopping for (and loving) a few more home items recently so I thought I would also start to introduce a few more of these kinds of things on my blog. So without further ado, here's what I've been loving this month...

Dune Leopard Print Ballerina Shoes | Link

I've had my eye on these Dune leopard print flats for months now, and as I am in desperate need of a good quality pair of flat shoes, my Mum kindly offered to buy me these for my birthday. My birthday isn't until the 28th July but my Primark shoes were completely falling apart so they're a bit of an early birthday present. I really struggle to find shoes that fit me well and are comfortable to wear, however I never seem to have a problem with Dune shoes so they've become my go-to shop for good quality, fashionable shoes. I've wanted a pair of leopard print flats for ages now just to wear with jeans and a white shirt, or maybe a black dress, etc as I think a printed pair of shoes can really jazz up a simple outfit. What drew me to this particular pair was the 'pony hair' look/feel of the shoes and the pretty little bow, as I think it adds something extra to the design of the shoe.

MAC Lovecloud Blusher | Link

Blusher is one of my most loved beauty products, and in my opinion, you really can't beat a MAC blusher. I've had Lovecloud in my collection for around about a year now and over the winter I didn't really show it too much love, however, now that Summer has rolled around the light pink shade and sheen that the blusher gives is perfect. It's a satin blusher, so it goes some way to illuminate the cheeks and give you a healthy glow. 

Abercrombie '8' Perfume | Link

I know I included perfume in my last 'favourites' style post but what can I say? It's a weakness. This one's actually an old favourite and has been sitting in my perfume collection for years now. I picked it up while I was in America a couple of years back as I loved the fresh and feminine scent, and now that the days are brighter and the suns peeking out, it seems to be the perfect scent. I'm not sure that this is so readily available in the UK (sorry!) but I did manage to find it on Amazon, however like all American things, it costs a little more that it should.

Nars Lipgloss in 'Orgasm' | Link

I first received this mini lipgloss this time last year while I was in America, it was one of those free gifts that you get in Sephora once you've spent so much (lets not dwell on how much I actually spent) and for the rest of my holiday I wore it non stop. It's a really pretty shimmery peach colour, but not so shimmery that you really can't pull it off which is why I love it. It's definitely more of a summer colour though, perfect for all of the sunny weather we've been having in Bournemouth recently! 

Which products are you loving at the moment?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Peony Perfection from Debenhams Flowers & 25% Off!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Being the blogger cliché that I am, peonies are my favourite flowers...even way before they became the 'it' flower to have in your blog photo backgrounds and instagram snaps. So when Debenhams Flowers contacted me to ask whether I'd like to receive a bouquet of their Summer Flowers of course I said yes, as who doesn't love having beautiful, fresh flowers around? Debenhams had a huge selection of beautiful flowers, however with peonies being my favourite flower, I opted for the simple, but stunning, bouquet of pink peonies.

The flowers arrived the next day in beautiful pink packaging adorned with pink ribbon, so basically every girly-girls dream, and I always think it's nice when flowers arrive nicely packaged...god knows we pay enough for them. I've rarely used a flower delivery service by post, so it's worth noting that these flowers were securely packaged and suspended within the box so that none of the flowers could move around or get damaged, if thats something you'd be worried about.

These are currently on my bedside table and really brighten up the room, despite distracting me from my work as I keep stopping to take about 50 photos of them every 10 minutes.

If you're interested in treating yourself, or maybe a special someone in your life, then you're in luck as I have a 25% off discount code for you! When purchasing any of the Debenhams Summer Flowers, enter the code DFBLOG25 at the checkout to receive your 25% discount. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

#BootsBeautyBox Skincare Reviews

Monday, 22 June 2015

This week I had a rather exciting delivery in the form of this (beautifully presented) #BootsBeautyBox so I thought I would share it with you all and do some mini-reviews on the contents now that I've had a few days to test them. These are obviously my first impressions on the products and I'll be doing detailed reviews on the products in due course, when I've had a chance to test them out properly. The box has been designed to promote Boots own brand skincare products and includes seven full size products...and the best part? They're all super purse friendly, so if you fall in love with one of the products, it won't cost you the earth to repurchase it! 

The box also arrived beautifully presented with a gorgeous pink ribbon tied around, and each product was also individually wrapped in pink tissue paper. The inner hoarder inside of me also loves the fact that the box is fairly sturdy and has a magnetic close, perfect for me to re-use as storage and for gift wrap...I know, I have a problem. Anyway, on to the products...

I've mentioned before that for around 10/11 years, I suffered with terrible acne...thankfully it's a lot better now but I do still suffer with spots, so I was happy to receive this product to test out. The product claims to reduce spot size in just two hours, which is a pretty big claim if you ask me. I've tried a lot of these spot treatment gels in my time and often find that they never live up to these outrageous claims, and unfortunately this one was no different. It did reduce the redness a little bit but not really enough to make those kinds of claims as the spot was definitely still there. However, one thing  I really loved about this product was that it didn't sting at all, not even a tingle. I often find that skincare targeted at acne prone/spotty skin is very acidic and hurts like hell when you apply it, but this one was cooling and soothing which makes a nice change from your regular spot zappers. 

Eye cream is something I always really struggle to find. I get very dry and tired eyes throughout the day (mainly due to neglecting my glasses) so need a good eye cream which will hydrate my eye area and sooth it when it gets tired and irritated, however I find that most eye creams are targeted at ageing skin and tend to be quite thick and heavy...resulting in the cream just sitting on top of my skin and not really doing much for my dry eyes problem. However, I actually really like this eye cream. It sinks into my skin straight away and hydrates my eye area, and kind of has a lovely soothing effect on the skin. I'm not sure just how brightening this is, as it's not really a problem I have but it's definitely a lovely eye cream if you're looking for something hydrating but not too heavy. 

I love a good clay mask, and when I saw this in the box I was excited to try it and see how it compares to the likes of REN and Origins. Firstly, this mask smells amazing, as the name would suggest it has a cucumber scent which makes the mask smell so fresh and relaxing - perfect for a pamper night. But how did it perform? Well, when I first applied this it stung like hell, as in I thought it was burning my skin off..but being the trooper that I am, I stuck with it and I am so glad that I did. After about 30 seconds the stinging subsided and since using this a couple of times my skin has cleared up dramatically and has been a lot smoother. I'm not sure it compared to my beloved REN Invisible Pores Mask, but at £1.50 I think I'll definitely be repurchasing this until I can afford the REN one again. 

Much like Simple products, this moisturiser contains no fragrance or artificial colouring, making it a great choice for people with sensitive skin like myself. This is actually a lot like the Simple Hydrating Moisturiser, however I like this one a little bit more as it's slightly thinner, yet just as hydrating. I'd say that this product is probably better for people with normal to dry skin, as it sometimes has the tendency to sit on top of my oily skin. However, I have been enjoying using this on days when my skin has been on the drier side, and it hasn't clogged my pores or broke me out which is always nice. This moisturiser also contains Aloe Vera, which will be ultra soothing for you if you're skin has been a little angry recently (a regular occurrence for us ladies with sensitive skin!). 

Now, I'm not really an advocate of face wipes, and my days of using and abusing them are well in my past, however I think they're always a handy product to have around for days when you're just too tired (we all have them), correcting makeup mistakes or if you're lucky enough to be off to a festival this summer. I always have a pack handy for removing arm swatches too....blogger struggles. If you are going to go down the face wipes route, then these ones are actually pretty nice as they aren't as drying as your regular face wipe, and they're not too expensive either. 

I'm also a big lover of face's like this box was made for me, honestly. The mask contains three key ingredients (which hazel, tea tree and active charcoal) all designed to draw out impurities, unclog pores and leave your skin looking clearer and smoother. What I liked about this scrub was that the grains weren't too rough for my sensitive skin and you could also feel it really working to deep cleanse your pores. I've also really enjoyed using this as a mask as well, so I scrub my face then just leave the charcoal/tea tree mixture on top of my skin and let it really get to work at drawing out impurities and it seems to work really well used in that way. 

I'll obviously have to keep testing this before I give a final opinion, but so far I've been really liking it for keeping my skin smooth and clear...however, the smell is quite strong so if you've got a sensitive nose then you may want to consider that. 

I'm sure you're all familiar with what a micellar solution is by now, however just incase, a micellar solution is basically a cleansing water designed to remove any makeup and impurities and tone the skin all in one simple step. I do like micellar waters as a first cleanse but I'd never just use them on their own, as my skin doesn't feel clean unless I've given it a proper cleanse with some warm water. So far, I've really been liking this micellar solution. After being disappointed in the L'Oreal and Good Things micellar solutions, I didn't have high hopes but this easily removes my makeup and doesn't leave me with that horrible sticky feeling that some cleansing waters can leave behind. 

Like I said, it was like this box was designed for me (although it wasn't) as I've really been enjoying using some of these products over the past week. It just goes to show that you don't always need expensive skincare to see results. Unfortunately this box isn't available to buy as a bundle, however all of the products mentioned are available from Boots either in store, or on their website here

Have you tried anything from the Boots skincare range?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Simple Everyday Makeup

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Although I love to play around with makeup and create new looks, my everyday makeup usually stays pretty much the same - I may change up the brands and types of foundations, etc that I use, but it's basically the same products day in, day out. As my everyday makeup comprises some of my most loved pieces, I thought it would be a nice idea to share these with you. 


My acne has left me with a lot of scars and redness, so naturally this leads me to opt for a more full coverage base. At the moment, I'm using the Bobbi Brown Longwear Foundation as it's great for my oily skin and covers everything I need it to without completely masking my skin. I like to apply this with a beauty blender as, over the summer, I prefer a lighter feeling base which the beauty blender helps me to achieve, without taking away any of my beloved coverage. I try to use as little concealer as possible, again to avoid the 'caked on feeling', however I did use a little of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer under my eyes to hide those pesky dark circles and brighten the whole area up. To finish the base I used a light dusting of the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation (which was sold to me as a setting powder, annoying) to set everything in place and avoid makeup meltdown.  This isn't my favourite powder, mainly as I found out that it was actually a foundation after the sales assistant had put my money through the till, but as I spent a whopping £33 on it, I kind of have to use it up. 


As it's now summer and the sun is starting to show his shy little face here in the UK, bronzer is a must for me. I don't really use it to contour strictly, but I use it on the areas that would naturally tan (if I ever got a tan) to warm my face up and create a slightly more sun kissed look. On my cheeks, I still can't step away from the pink blusher and my usual weapon of choice is Pink Swoon by MAC. It looks pretty frightening in the pan, but when applied it creates the prettiest pink flush and generally adds a bit of life to my face. To finish off my cheeks and add a little bit of a summery glow to my skin, I've also been lightly dusting a little of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige across the tops of my cheek bones. 


To fill in my brows I've been using the Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown lately, or if you're looking for a drugstore option, the Soap & Glory Brow Archery (the one without the felt tip) is an amazing dupe if they have a shade for you. 

For eyeshadow, I'm quite boring on an everyday basis, either opting for a neutral eye or a lilac eye as I find these shades compliment my eye colour (I have murky green eyes - although they regularly change colour). Today I've opted for my trusty old friend, the original Naked palette from Urban Decay. In my crease I've used Sidecar which is my all time favourite eyeshadow and then over the lid I've used Half Baked to create a metallic golden look. I've also been using a dark brown eyeshadow instead of the more traditional black eyeliner to create a softer more 'everyday appropriate' look. 

Then to finish off the eye look I normally just apply a couple of coats of the Clinique High Impact Mascara, however in the photo I am wearing Benefit Rollerlash as I wanted to test it out, unfortunately it just wasn't for me as I found it quite drying on my eyes. 


I don't normally go overboard on my lip product choices and either just wear a lipstick (usually Lovelorn by MAC) or a lipgloss (usually Girl Next Door by theBalm). In the photo I'd opted for Lovelorn by MAC, and I usually just use one light layer of this to achieve a more natural look. 

What do you think of this look?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Makeup Storage Solutions

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Being a complete beauty addict and self confessed beauty hoarder, finding ways of storing my makeup is a constant battle. Every time I think I've got enough storage, along comes another couple of lipsticks and I've ran out of room yet again. I'm well aware that there are a million and one 'makeup storage' type videos on YouTube and pretty much every blogger, myself included, has the IKEA Alex Draw Unit and Muji drawers...however, this can get a little expensive and as a recent graduate, I just don't have the money (or the space) to be forking out for these kinds of storage systems. I do have the IKEA Alex Drawers, and a Glamourcube (clear acrylic cube/drawers) and I'm well aware that you all know what these look like, so today I wanted to focus on some more affordable makeup storage ideas and little DIY pieces which you can add to your storage. 

Acrylic Makeup Organiser - TK Maxx or Home Bargains

I picked up this little makeup organiser around 6 months ago now in my local TK Maxx for around £7 (complete bargain!) so it's always worth checking in your local store just incase they have any cute makeup storage boxes/draws - I know my local store always has a couple of options. However when I was browsing my local Home Bargains the other day, I saw this exact unit in store for a mere £4, making it accessible for anyone's budget. I like to store some of my most used foundations and primers in here, along with my lipsticks and a couple of lip glosses in the back as they're easy to reach for touch ups throughout the day.

Candle Jars

Whenever I reach the end of a candle, I always wash out the jar and make sure I keep it, just incase I need any extra storage. For months before getting my little IKEA pots, I always stored my makeup brushes in old Yankee Candle jars and it worked perfectly well. At the moment I'm storing my beauty sponges inside a Primark candle jar as I really had no idea how to store them/where to keep them. The original candle cost me £2 and now I have a perfectly good glass jar to store sponges in, making these ultra purse friendly. 

Old Birchboxes

Inside my IKEA Alex draws I like to divide up my makeup into sections so that it's easy to find and a little neater than just shoving everything inside. I have a mixture of boxes inside my draws, half of them are acrylic draw dividers from Muji and the other half are just old Birchboxes that I've managed to collect over the months. I do love the Muji draw dividers as they're plain and simple, however they aren't very deep so for products like foundations, primers and powders, they're not great. This is where the old Birchboxes come in. They're the perfect size to fit inside my Alex Draws and I've managed to store up to 12 foundations in one box, making them really practical for makeup hoarders like myself. Much like the candle jars, it seems silly to just throw them away when they could be recycled into something useful!

Brush Storage

I store my brushes in these flower pots from IKEA which I'm sure you've all seen before, however what I wanted to talk to you about was how I make my brushes stand up so they're easy to see and grab in the mornings when I'm doing my makeup. I only do this for my eye brushes, as my face brushes manage to stand up in their own, however I find that when I just leave my eye brushes on their own they all mix together as they're so thin, making the smaller brushes hard to find. I saw on YouTube that a lot of bloggers were using little glass beads to make their brushes stand up, however as these were a little bit trickier to find and more expensive I decided to use rice. My brush holders aren't clear so it doesn't matter what they look like, and rice can just be thrown away when it gets too dusty/unhygienic and it doesn't cost the earth. It may seem like a weird suggestion, but it really does work if you want your brushes to stand up like mine. 

How do you store your makeup?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Some Recent Repurchases

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

It's no secret that I have a lot of beauty products, and I love trying out new brands and products (I'd have nothing to write about if I didn't) but some products have the ability to truly capture my heart. It doesn't happen often but there are some products which I just have to repurchase as soon as I run out, some I love so much that I even keep back ups just incase I *god forbid* run out of my favourites. This month has just been one of those months when everything runs out (does this happen to anyone else?) so I've been doing a lot of repurchasing, and I thought it would be nice to show you the products which I love enough to repurchase - as it really is a testament to how great they are.

1. Bioderma Hydrabio Serum Moisturising Concentrate

I first tried a sample of this way back at the beginning of the year, and fell in love, and pretty soon after the full size product was in my possession. Skip forward a couple of months and I was desperately trying to scrape out every last drop, when I noticed that Escentual were having one of their 1/3 off French Pharmacy products, so it seemed like the perfect time to replace my beloved moisturiser. If you have dehydrated skin like myself, then you seriously need, and I mean need, to pick this up - it's a miracle worker. In the days waiting for my order to arrive, my skin changed dramatically  - it was oilier, breaking out and generally uneven in texture - but since having this wonder product back in my life my skin is now back in it's happy place.

2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

I first tried the Healthy Mix Foundation back in 2014 and although I loved it at the time (despite it breaking me out at first) I never got round to repurchasing it when I ran out, as it's very rare that I repurchase foundations, no matter how much I love them. However, I was looking for a new drugstore foundation to try recently and decided to go back and repurchase the Healthy Mix Foundation. This is actually the 'gel' formula instead of the regular formula, so maybe this isn't strictly a repurchase, as the gel claimed to be more long lasting and seemed more appealing to my skin type. 

3. Benefit 'Puff Off' Cooling Eye Gel 

This product was originally sent to me as a PR sample and although I loved it, I didn't really see it as something that I would repurchase. However, since my routine has involved a lot of early starts and trains to London, I've been going through this stuff like it's going out of fashion and decided that I would have to purchase a new tube. As a girl who lives off very little sleep, this stuff is a life saver. It instantly soothes and cools my eye area in the mornings and leaves me feeling a little more bright eyed and bushy tailed - and it also does a pretty good job at reducing puffiness too if you continue to use it on a regular basis. The product pictured is actually the empty tube I had from before as the one I've ordered is still in the post somewhere (I hate waiting for online orders!) but I wanted to get this post up now so you could all take advantage of the deal on Escentual! 

Which products are you always repurchasing?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Summer Inspired Homeware Picks

Monday, 15 June 2015

1. Storage Cases Oliver Bonas 2. Honeycomb Balls Lily Rose Co 3. Pink Sands Yankee Candle 4. Beach Cushion Etsy 5. Flamingo Glasses IKEA 6. Sofa Oliver Bonas 7. Straws Lily Rose Co 8. Heart Sign Matalan 9. Tumblers Oliver Bonas 10. Salt & Pepper Shakers Flamingo Gifts

Recently I've been getting really into homeware, as I'm hoping to move soon, and with summer around the corner I thought it might be a nice idea to show you some of my 'summer inspired homeware picks'. 

For me, summers have always been about parties and BBQs with friends, so I've included some party pieces and some cute cutlery and glasses perfect for those occasions. Living in the UK, a fond summer memory I have from my childhood is strawberry picking. Every summer we used to go to our local strawberry fields to pick (and eat) the biggest ones ready to eat with some cream in the garden when we got home, and these adorable little strawberry salt and pepper shakers reminded me of just that - so I had to include them really! 

What do you think of my summer inspired picks? I really loved creating this kind of wish list style post, so if you'd like to see more (I'm thinking of maybe doing a fashion or pastel inspired one) then please let me know in the comments below! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Ted Baker 'A Touch Of Luxury' Collection | Pink Beauty Bag

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The new Ted Baker 'A Touch of Luxury' Collection is every pastel lovers dream, and the packaging is just to die for. I've been after a Ted Baker makeup bag for months now, however the price coupled with the fact that I rarely use makeup bags has always stopped me from picking one up - however this new collection from Ted's bath and body range means that I get a beautiful vanity case and three full size products for the same price, at only £25.00. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love anything pastel, you only have to open my wardrobe to see the extent of my obsession, so as you can imagine, I love the packaging of this collection. The bag is a pastel pink colour with this gorgeous floral pattern and neon orange and rose gold details in the form of the little 'T' bow on the front. I've never seen a bath and body collection packaged so beautifully, and I will definitely get some great use out of the bag (which is currently being used to store nail polish). 

Packaging aside, the products are actually really lovely too. The bag comes with three full size products in the form of a Body Soufflé, Body Spray and Body Wash, all in the 'Soft Floral Pink' scent. The Soft Floral Pink scent entwines the soft floral notes of jasmine and neroli, while the base of patchouli, sandalwood and musk complete the scent, creating a beautifully delicate floral scent. I'm not usually a fan of the scents in these kinds of kits, but I actually really love this one and have been keeping the body spray in my handbag for on the go touch ups. 

All of the products within the beauty bag are lovely and luxurious, however the real star of the show for me is the Body Soufflé. I'm not normally a fan of body butters, creams, sorbets or soufflés of any kind, as I find they leave my skin feeling sticky and as I apply my body cream before bed, it means that my bedsheets stick to my skin and it just feels awful. However, this offering from Ted Baker is actually brilliant. It sinks into my skin straight away and it means that I can apply my moisturiser directly before bed and avoid any sticky feelings - it also helps that it's super moisturising and smells lovely too. 

The products in the collection can all be bought separately, and can also be bought in the 'Fruity Floral Mint' scent, which comes with equally gorgeous mint green packaging and would also make the perfect gift for any birthdays you have coming up! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

5 Blogs You Need To Be Reading

Thursday, 11 June 2015

I'm sure it comes as no shock to you that I'm an avid blog reader, being a blogger myself it kind of comes with the territory. So today I thought I would share with you all some of my favourite blogs. These are mainly beauty blogs, however if you'd like to see more of these kinds of posts, I'd be more than happy to share my favourite blogs from other categories - just let me know in the comments! 

1. Sophia Meola

Sophia is my go-to girl for anything high end or luxury (and we all know I'm partial to a bit of luxury beauty!). Her blog is stunningly designed, with beautiful photography and her in-depth reviews mean I leave her blog without a doubt in my mind whether the product being reviewed would be perfect for me (or not). I've made many a purchase based on her recommendations, and I haven't been disappointed yet, so I know that I can really trust her opinion - and it helps that she's such a lovely girl too!

2. The Beauty Vanity

I've been reading Alyson's blog for a little over a year now, and it's safe to say it's one of my all time favourites - I check back pretty much everyday to see if there's a new post for me to read! If you're a fan of eyeshadows or lip products then I highly recommend you check out Alyson's blog, as she's reviewed such a variety that there really is something for everyone. Also, her tutorials are amazing and come with step by step pictorials meaning that it's super easy to recreate the look - what more could you want! 

3. Tea Party Beauty

Hayley is always one to tell it like it is, and it's this fact (amongst other things) that always keeps me coming back for more. Her reviews are honest and informative, and she's also one funny girl, making her posts completely relatable and giggle-worthy. Her 'Wittering Wednesdays' series is a particular favourite of mine, and something which I highly recommend you check out. 

4. Pint Sized Beauty

Lily's blog is a more recent discovery of mine, but definitely one worth checking out. I've picked up some great tips from Lily's blog in the past, and her reviews have opened my eyes to a few new brands and products, some of which have become 'holy grail' items for me. A little birdie also told me that she's planning on doing some interior design posts, which I for one cannot wait to read. 

5. Porcelain Beauty

Again, Heather's blog is more of a recent discovery of mine, but it's definitely become one of my favourites. Her posts are completely relatable and honest, and Heather is another blogger I can trust to tell it like it is. Porcelain Beauty has also had a little makeover recently - so definitely go take a look, even if it is just to enviously stare at the beautiful photography! 

Who are your favourite bloggers?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

A Few Recent Favourites...

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

I briefly mentioned in my last post that I don't often do 'favourites' posts here in Lipgloss & Lashes, which means that some very much loved products don't really get the exposure that they deserve, as they're reviewed once and then never mentioned again. So, in an effort to change that, I thought I would show you all some of my recent favourites...

Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume - The Perfume Shop

Now that the weather has warmed up a little I've been swapping out my fragrances and opting for lighter, more floral scents. Daisy by Marc Jacobs has been a favourite of mine for years now, so it's no surprise that I've been wearing this non stop recently. It's a beautiful light floral scent...and that bottle is just to die for! 

CND Shellac Power Polish Top Coat - Amazon

I am terrible at painting my nails, and even when I do a good job, it's chipped within a matter of hours. So recently I've been using the CND Shellac Power Polish Top Coat to create a 'DIY Shellac Manicure'. I am very aware that you're supposed to use this with all of the other Shellac products to get a proper gel manicure, however I've found that using this over my regular OPI polishes has worked really well. I just paint my nails how I would normally, then apply the top coat and set it under a UV lamp - and voila! I find that this lasts me about 10 days before I need to take it all off and start again, which seems like a lifetime to me as previously my nail polish would last 3 hours tops. 

Benefit Cosmetics 'Big, Beautiful Eyes' Palette - Feel Unique

I'm not usually a fan of 'little palettes' if that makes sense? I much prefer the bigger palettes with 16 shadows and endless eyeshadow possibilities, however there certainly is a place for a much simpler palette in my makeup collection, for those days when you just don't have time to think about your makeup. The palette contains a base shade, and crease shade and a liner shade which all work nicely together to create a eye-opening neutral look, perfect for everyday wear. 

Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts in 'Summer of Love' - Makeup Revolution

As the weather has been so lovely recently, I've been seriously upping my fake tan levels..just incase it's actually warm enough to get my legs out. I'm not usually a fan of shimmery bronzers, however with my darker skin, this bronzer creates the perfect 'golden goddess' look. Obviously, I wouldn't use this to contour, but it works really nicely to brighten up your skin and create a more dewy look. 

What are your current favourites?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

My Top 5 MAC Lipsticks

Monday, 8 June 2015

Hello Beauties! It's been over a year now since I stopped doing 'monthly favourites' posts on here, which means that sometimes my most loved products get shoved into the spotlight once, and then never again - despite me using them on an almost daily basis. I don't really have any plans to re-introduce the 'monthly favourites' posts, as I often found that my favourites were the same pretty much every month, as it takes a lot for me to consider a product a 'favourite' or 'holy grail' item, but instead I want to start showcasing some of my favourite products either by brand, product type, etc. Like most beauty bloggers, a little while ago I went through a phase of buying MAC lipsticks like they were going out of fashion, however there are some definite favourites amongst the lot, so today I thought I would share my most worn shades with you, incase you were looking for any shopping inspiration. There's one or two 'cult classics' in here, but there's also a few shades which I don't think get the attention they deserve in the blogging community, so I've taken it upon myself to show these lipsticks the love they deserve.

(Left to Right: Speed Dial, Girl About Town, Lovelorn, Flamingo and Creme Cup)

1. Lovelorn - Lustre Finish

Lovelorn is probably my most worn lipstick ever. It's the perfect mid pink tone with a slight blue undertone (which helps make your teeth appear whiter!). I love this shade as it's subtle enough to be worn everyday, but also bright enough so you can definitely tell you've taken the time to apply lipstick. It's also a lustre finish, which is one of my favourite finishes. Lustre finishes are slightly sheerer than some of the others and are super moisturising on your lips, however I don't really have a problem with this particular shade being too sheer - I'd say it's about the same pigmentation-wise as the Creamsheen lipsticks.

2. Creme Cup - Creamsheen

Creme Cup was my first every MAC lipstick, so I think it will always have a special place in my heart. I'm sure you've heard about this one before as it's a blogger/YouTube favourite, but I thought I'd add my two cents in just incase you've been living under a rock. Creme Cup is the perfect nude pink in my eyes. It's a gorgeous light pink colour which isn't too 'Barbie' and is just perfect for wearing on an everyday basis. If I'm unsure of what lip colour to go for, 9 times out of 10 I'll go for Creme Cup.

3. Flamingo - Lustre

Flamingo is my most recent MAC lipstick purchase (I say recent, I actually bought this in December), and it's quickly made it into my top 5 most worn lipsticks. This was originally released as part of the 'All About Orange' collection, however all of the lipsticks from that collection have now been released as part of the permanent line - yay. Flamingo is a gorgeous mix of orange and pink, although I don't really want to dub it a 'coral' as I feel that just doesn't do the shade justice, it's much more unique than that. However, if you are a fan of coral lipsticks then I'd definitely recommend this one from MAC.

4. Speed Dial - Cremesheen

Much like Lovelorn, Speed Dial is another blue toned pink. It's slightly darker than Lovelorn but it's definitely still a colour which you could wear on an everyday basis, as its not too bright, in fact, I used to wear this to work all the time. This also differs from Lovelorn as it's a Creamsheen, meaning that it's slightly creamier on your lips, and also slightly more pigmented, so if you prefer a bolder lip then this one may work better for you.

5. Girl About Town - Amplified Creme

Lastly I have Girl About Town. This is the only bright MAC lipstick I own and probably the only bright lipstick I wear regularly, as I'm not usually a fan of statement lips. However, I couldn't not include this as it's just such a pretty shade. Again, this is a blue toned pink so it's sure to make your teeth appear whiter, however Girl About Town is more of a fuchsia pink with hints of purple which I think is just perfect for Summer when you're rocking a tan.

What are your favourite MAC lipsticks?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Birchbox June 2015

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Hello Beauties! I know this is such a blogger cliché but seriously, where has this year gone?! It seems like just yesterday that we were ringing in the new year and excitedly looking forward to what 2015 held for us...and now were half way through the year! Another month means another Birchbox and this month Birchbox have teamed up with the luxury shoe brand, French Sole. This month Birchbox users were allowed to choose the design of their box (and accompanying shoe bag) which I think is a really nice touch, as I always like to keep the boxes for makeup storage, and the prettier boxes definitely look nicer in my draws. Anyway, on to the all important contents of the box...

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle | £14 (sample size)

Beauty Protector are a brand which I've tried through my Birchbox subscription previously, and I actually really liked the hair mask I received a couple of months ago so I was happy to receive this in my box. The Protect & Detangle is a leave in conditioner spray which claims to minimise frizz, detangle and add shine to the hair, definitely something I'm in great need of - anyone with thick, curly hair will understand! It's a fairly small sample however I think I'll get about two or three uses out of this before it runs out, and it will be perfect for any travelling I end up doing over the coming months. 

REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot | £36 (sample size)

REN is a brand which I really love, their skincare is simple yet effective and my skin seems to love it, so I was really happy to receive a sample of one of their products. The sample is the same size as the ones you get when you order from their site so I thought I'd get about 2-3 uses from it, however when I tried to squeeze the product out, it was pretty empty. In fact, there wasn't even enough for one full application of the product, which was really disappointing. 

Pixi By Petra Shea Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry | £8 (full size)

This was another disappointing product for me, not because I hate the product, but because I already own one which I received in a Birchbox a couple of months ago in exactly the same shade - I guess that's a problem you're always going to have with a subscription box which sends different samples to different subscribers though. However, if I hadn't received this previously in another box, I'd be pretty chuffed with it, as it's a full size product and definitely something that a lot of people would get some use out of - you can never have too many tinted lip balms in my opinion!

Cowshed Body Lotion in 'Knackered Cow' | £20 (sample size)

The biggest product in this month's box is the Cowshed Body Lotion in 'Knackered Cow'. Cowshed isn't a brand I've tried before so I was happy to receive this in my box and it's definitely something I can put to good use. The sample size was also quite generous (it's more than you'd get in a travel size) so I think a lot of people would be happy to have received this.

Penhaligon's Iris Prima Perfume | £85 (sample size)

This was, yet again, another disappointing product for me. I hate receiving perfume samples in beauty subscription boxes, mainly because if you go to any department store they will give you a sample if you're interested in trying the perfume, which defeats the point of paying for the subscription box in my opinion. I actually didn't really like the scent either as I found it a little mature for my tastes, so this really wasn't a winner with me.

STYLondon Temporary Tattoos | £7.99 (full size)

This month's box also included a little beauty extra in the form of the SKYLondon Metallic Temporary Tattoos. I've seen these everywhere at the moment and I love the look of them, so I was happy to receive them in this months box. I think these would be great if you're going on holiday or to a festival too.

Birchbox X French Sole Shoe Bag | Lifestyle Extra

As this month's box was in collaboration with French Sole, the lifestyle extra was this super pretty shoe bag perfect for slipping your ballet flats in to if you're travelling or if you just carry a pair with you on the go (I always do when wearing heels!). The pattern of the shoe bag goes with the pattern of the box which you choose - a really nice touch in my opinion.

What did you think of this month's box?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Products c/o Birchbox

Brand Focus: Makeup Atelier Paris

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Hello Beauties! Earlier in the week I posted all about Rodial Makeup and what I thought of the brand, and as I find these posts quite helpful when I'm researching a brand, I thought I would pop another 'Brand Focus' up all about Makeup Atelier Paris.

Makeup Atelier Paris are branded as a 'multi-ethnic' brand and take pride in being able to provide products in multiple textures and shades. The product line is actually home to over 40 different foundation shades and 20 different concealer shades, being one of the few brands which cater equally to African, American, Asian, Caucasian and Hispanic skin tones - pretty impressive. Similarly to MAC, the products are designed for professional use so they're extremely long lasting and waterproof, however they can also be used for personal use, and I've really been enjoying wearing some of the products on an everyday basis. I have quite a bunch to show you, so I'll get started! 

This foundation is one of the stand out products from the brand for me. The Waterproof Liquid foundation comes in a huge range of shades, making it perfect for everyone no matter what your skin tone and shade. I have the shade Clear Apricot (FLW1A) which is the perfect match for me, in fact I don't think I've ever had a foundation match my skin tone so well. There are 26 shades to choose from, each of which come in variations with either a pink, neutral or yellow undertone - so there really is something for everyone. The foundation itself is also pretty impressive. It's very comparable to the MAC Studio Fix Fluid in my opinion, however I slightly prefer this one for a number of reasons. Firstly, the consistency of this foundation is slightly thinner making it easier to work with and more comfortable to wear. The foundation dries to an almost matte finish, so it's matte enough for someone who has very oily skin, like myself, but it's on no way drying and it's also super long lasting. I didn't feel the need to powder once with this foundation - even directly after applying it to set the foundation, which is new for me. 

I don't think I'd wear this foundation everyday, as it is designed for professional use, and I wouldn't want to risk breaking out due to the long wearing/waterproof elements of the foundation as my skin is extremely prone to acne. However, if you're looking for something long-lasting or something similar to the MAC Studio Fix, then this is your guy. 

I also tried out the Airbrush Foundation, which I received in a slightly darker shade. Unfortunately I don't have an airbrush makeup machine, so despite my Dad wanting to try this in the spray tanning machine we have (no words.), I used this as I would a regular foundation and buffed it into my skin. The Airbrush Foundation is very thin and runny in consistency (it has to be to pass through the airbrush machines) but surprisingly offers a really good coverage. I'd say it was more of a medium coverage but it;s definitely something you can build up to more of a full coverage and it managed to easily cover up all of my acne scarring, which is a 'must have' for me in terms of base products. The foundation comes in a teensy little pot compered to a lot of foundations, but you only need one or two drops of this to cover your face if you're applying it with a brush, which is something I really like about the product. It also gives a really lovely natural-dewy finish to the skin and looks virtually seamless once blended in. I'd really recommend this foundation is you like a natural looking finish, and aren't opposed to dewy/glowy skin - and you don't need the machine to apply it. 

You can also order samples of any of the Makeup Atelier foundations from their website for just 75p to get a correct colour match. 

The Makeup Atelier HD Powder is similar to most HD powders on the market really, and it's definitely an exact dupe for the Makeup Forever HD Powder. The microfine powder is white in colour, but applies as translucent to the skin, as long as you don't apply too much. I really like these kinds of powders for touching up throughout the day as, the ultra fine texture of them means I can avoid looking cakey and like I've applied way too much makeup. I also find HD powders work better at mattifying my skin and also seem to be slightly more long lasting than regular powders, so if you suffer with oily skin then these may be a good option for you. 

Makeup Atelier T-Zone Shine Control Gel | £14.00

However, before applying any base products I've recently been using the Makeup Atelier T-Zone Gel which helps to prime and mattify the skin. The T-Zone Gel is a silicone feeling primer, a lot like the Maybelline and Smashbox primers, so it also helps to fill in any pores and blur the appearance of them, making your foundation's job a lot easier. I was really surprised at how well this product worked actually, as many products with similar claims have failed miserably to keep my skin shine free in the past. I only applied a tiny bit of this across my forehead and on my nose and my face was shine free for hours longer than usual - so this has definitely become a makeup bag staple! 

Makeup Atelier Cream Blush | £12.00

I'll start off by saying I normally hate cream blushers - I find them tricky to apply and they seem to move my makeup around my face, so I normally avoid them like the plague. However, I think I may have found the first cream blush that I actually like - Hallelujah! The shade shown above is 'Lolita' which is a gorgeous coral-pink shade which I can see getting a lot of use over the summer months. The blush is fairly pigmented, so I've been using a light hand and a stippling brush to apply this to the apples of my cheeks, which I find gives a gorgeous flushed look to the skin, and nothing too clown like.

Makeup Atelier Eyeshadow Palettes | £25.00 Each

Makeup Atelier also sell a wide range of these dinky little eyeshadow palettes, one of which my Mum has already pinched. The palettes are long and narrow and the packaging is impressively sturdy, making it a great option for makeup artists who just don't have room in their kit for unnecessary packaging - no matter how pretty it may be. Each palette contains 5 highly pigmented and waterproof shades and the palettes come in a very wide range of shades, meaning that there's something for everyone's tastes. I'd say these were a dead ringer for the MAC eyeshadows, and they're also a lot cheaper when you add up the cost of 5 MAC shadows, so if you're looking to expand your eyeshadow collection then I'd highly recommend checking these out.

Makeup Atelier Pearl Powder | £15.50

The Pearl Powder was the only product of the bunch that left me slightly disappointed. The Pearl Powders are supposed to give a pearl like finish and can be applied over any eyeshadow (although they work best with cream) or worn alone. However, I found that mine was slightly more matte than I'd have hoped. I have a very dark black colour and found that it just didn't give me the pearl finish I was after, however I think some of the lighter shades in the range may work better for this purpose.

Makeup Atelier Starlight | £17.00

The prettiest of the lot is definitely the 'Starlight', which I have in the shade 'Diamonds'. Diamonds is a gorgeous white/silver glitter which looks gorgeous applied on top of any eyeshadow look, but I particularly like it with either a smokey eye or a purple eye makeup look. The Starlight is a very fine powder of sparkling mica, which is basically the prettiest glitter you'll ever see - honestly, if I could get away with this on an everyday basis, I would wear it all the time. These can either be applied alone if you mix it with something like MAC Mixing Medium, or applied on top of cream eyeshadows (as it needs something to stick to) and it really is the stuff of girly dreams - I'd highly recommend.
Makeup Atelier Gel Liner | £13.00

Lastly, I've also been putting the Gel Liner in Black to the test. Most of you will know that I'm not really an eyeliner wearer, apart from the odd night out, however when I do wear eyeliner I always opt for a black or brown gel liner. The liner is long wearing, waterproof and smudge proof - which is pretty much everything I look for in an eyeliner as I'm always rubbing my eyes and usually end up resembling a Panda. The formula is also really creamy too so it doesn't drag across your eyelids when you apply it and I find that the creaminess of the liner makes it a lot easier to apply.

Overall, I have been hugely impressed with Makeup Atelier as a brand and some of these products are now firm favourites of mine. If you'd like to purchase any of the Makeup Atelier products (which I highly recommend you do) then all of their products are available on the Makeup Atelier website. Or alternatively, if you're going to IMATs in London this year (you lucky thing!) then Makeup Atelier will be at Booth 511 on the 10th-12th July.

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Products c/o Makeup Atelier Paris
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