When I first purchased my nail varnish stand, I decided it was going to be an Essie haven. I became highly obsessed with having all those pretty white topped bottles in colour order, and anything that didn’t fit the bill went in a box under the bed. Last month I came to the realisation that I was never going to achieve my goal, mostly because half of my Essie varnishes were so old they needed chucking, so I decided to change things up and embrace a more colourful and varied nail varnish stand. Now I keep my most loved and cherished bottles in the stand, and other shades (even Essie ones) I don’t use that much under the bed. It’s a better system and a lot of nasty varnishes were chucked in the process. I won’t go through every shade but have got some favourite formulas to share.
Every month I share Whats In My Makeup Bag and My Monthly Favourites, and whilst I feel these give a good indication about what I’m trialling and loving, I realised it has been a while since I shared what I actually use on a day to day basis. These are the products that are my “go to’s”, they might not be my fanciest products but they’re reliable and get the job done at making me look more human in the morning.
There is something that has been bothering me for a while now, and I feel it is an issue that hasn’t really been spoken about before. I’m not naming any names, because this post isn’t directed at anyone particularly, it’s about a feeling within the blogging community that “blogging isn’t what it used to be”. Although I’ve had my blog for a fair few years now, I still feel like a relatively new blogger. I didn’t start in the so called “golden age” of blogging, I came along much later when big blogs were already a thing. Even when I started people were saying it was over-saturated – a term which drives me up the wall. I constantly see tweets from people saying they feel like they’ve been “left behind” in blogging and it used to be so much better. Yes blogging isn’t what it used to be, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
For years it felt like a good quality matte eyeshadow was like finding a needle in a haystack. Palettes were full to the brim of the most beautifully pigmented shimmer shades, and we had to settle for a few dud matte shades for the crease. Nowadays, brands are paying much more attention to those mattes, and fully matte palettes are very much a thing – which I’m totally down with. I’ve been on the search for one of my own for a while now so when the Blank Canvas Master Series, Palette One was gifted to me, let’s just say I was a very happy lady. I’ve been trialling it out for a couple weeks now so I thought it was time to report back.
It’s my birthday at the end of the month, 25th for anyone particularly curious, and you know what that means – makeup shopping! By complete tradition of birthdays and Christmas, every year my dad and I head to Oxford Street and hit all the department stores, with a few Space NK’s here and there, and pick up a few coveted makeup bits for my present. This year is absolutely no exception and we will be heading there in a few days, so I decided to get a little wish list down. Now as always, this will no doubt change on the day. I go there, swatch things, and have a total change of heart, then pick up other things that are completely unintended! But I do like to have some sort of idea otherwise I would feel a little overwhelmed. As always let me know if you have any must-have suggestions!
When my affiliation with eyeshadow started I was all about the large palettes, and don’t get me wrong I still love a palette, but in the last year or so I’ve developed a new affection for the quad, the trio and the duo – the smaller things in life. I feel fairly alone on this love though, when new ten pan plus palettes get launched there is always so much hype, but the small ones get a little abandoned. So I thought today I’d share just why I love the quad (and the trio and duo) along with some of my favourites.
For months I heard the term bullet journal going round and to be honest I didn’t really pay it much attention. I had got to a place where my entire life’s calendar was sorted online, going back to notebooks felt like going backwards, especially one you have to fill out yourself, what the hell?! But then something clicked. I went through a binge at the end of January of bullet journal videos and I was a convert, I knew I needed one. I started at the beginning of February and I’m well into it now. This post is only going to teeter on the edge of the whole system because I have so much to say, and depending on how this one goes down I’ll do more in the future going into more depth! But for now enjoy my tips on how to use a bullet journal!
We all know that when I do a giveaway I like to give away products that I really love personally, so when the NARS lip pencil range expanded I just knew it had to be these this time round. I absolutely adore these, the matte lip pencils are ridiculously long lasting and comfortable on the lips, whilst my new satin lip pencil has become an instant favourite with its high shine finish. I’m still yet to meet anyone who’s tried one of these and hasn’t liked it, so I’m sure it’ll be a welcome edition to your makeup collection. Simply enter my international giveaway below by Monday 20th March at midnight!