18 June 2014

Raining Pink

I thought I'd share these photo's with you guys because you all know just how much I love nature, especially when I don't expect to come across something so pretty! I came across these beautiful trees a little while ago on a walk through the park, and it was just after the flowers had blossomed and had started to fall - I couldn't help but put tennis on hold and stop to take some pictures. It was pretty much perfect until my phone tried to make it as difficult as it possibly could by dying 6 times whilst almost fully charged, brilliant eh. That aside, I'm so glad it sorted itself out in the end so I could show you guys - it's so nice to know that you don't have to travel too far to find beautiful places, don't you think?

Have you come across any nice places recently? Let me know in the comments if you've put up a similar post as I'd love to have a look! 

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25 March 2014

Review | L'oréal Miss Manga Mascara


When it comes to mascara, I've never really found 'the one' and although I have been satisfied with a fair few, it doesn't stop me from trying out loads of others just in case. There have been a lot of mixed reviews about this offering from L'oréal, so I thought I'd share my opinion on it now that i've used it for a few weeks.

At £8.99 Miss Manga is in keeping with the range of the majority of drugstore mascara's, and less than the Volume Million Lashes which I had tried previously. It promises some serious volume and a wide-eyed barbie doll look. It does make my lashes look pretty voluminous, and it's pretty easy to distribute the product evenly along all of the lashes without it getting clumpy - but it is so easy to get carried away with this one, and it can all turn into a big mess very quickly (thinking back to the morning where things got very stressful and I had to start all over again). Used sparingly, the volume is a big plus for me, however I feel as though it doesn't really give me much length, and although it's not really designed to lengthen, I usually hope that a mascara will do that to some extent.

The wand bends to 360 degrees, and although this is intended to make things easier, I would have preferred it to be a solid wand because I find that sometimes it can bend too far and mascara ends up on my eyelids. The packaging is black and pink which I think looks quite pretty but it does get scratched pretty easily after a while of living in a hectic makeup bag.

Overall it is a decent mascara which i'd use on a day where the eye makeup is more casual, where I like some volume but not feeling the need for super swishy long lashes. For the price, it is reasonable quality but doesn't trump the Maybelline Falsies as my favourite drugstore mascara.

What's your favourite drugstore mascara? 


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26 January 2014

Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick | Guest Post by Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

I have such an amazing guest post for you guys today from  Charlotte of Makeup By Candlelight.  If you haven't been over to her blog, then you are seriously missing out on some amazing posts, Charlotte has reviewed so many beauty treasures I can't even count! As well as this, she throws in some lovely lifestyle and fashion bits too which I know you would all love. It is genuinely one of my favourite blogs that I check out every day, because there is always something new. Over to you Charlotte! 

If there's one product that can dramatically change your look from casual to elegant or from girly to vampy - it's a lipstick! Every time I browse the beauty counters, it's without fail a lipstick that draws me in since I'm always on the hunt for that perfect peach or pink, and I'm always happy to make room for a new addition to my lipstick collection. When The Body Shop launched their The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick* range (£10) last autumn with an amazing 26 different shades to choose from, I was in lipstick heaven and after a severe attack of shopping catatonia I did eventually manage to decide which shade to get and I ended up with the delicious 205 Passionate Pink.


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11 January 2014

Pretty in Pink Makeup


I think this is such a pretty, youthful look using just six or seven products, and it's pretty much a go-to for daytime. Full on eyeliner and contouring everyday isn't always necessary, so I try to keep it minimal on days when I'm just popping out somewhere. You would think these would be enough to fit the criteria of 'what I need in my makeup bag' but is it heck, let's just say I had trouble zipping up my makeup bag this morning. It really makes me wonder what on earth I do with it all.

Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser is oil free and provides a beautiful even look with a hint of coverage as to give a natural finish rather than a full face - gotta let your skin breathe a little gals. I follow this with Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer which is lovely, non creasing and provides enough coverage to hide anything that may resemble a panda eye - don't really need to opt for my beloved full coverage Collection Concealer with this look. Next up brush the unruly brows into shape and give them some definition, I love the L'oreal Brow Artiste for this as it has everything you need in one clever little product - a must if your makeup bag isn't very...roomy, let's say. Coat the lashes with your favourite mascara and I skip the eyeliner for this look, its all about the cheeks and lips. To get the rosy posy cheeks I grab the trusty Contour Brush by Real Techniques, I know you know how much I love it, and the entire core collection for that matter, but lets not get me started on that right now because I'm sure you don't have all day. I use the brush to sweep the Body Shop All in One Blusher in Flushed just over the apples of the cheeks. I searched for absolutely ages trying to find the right colour that was also inexpensive, as the high end blushers I own are all a bit more bold so I wanted a purse friendly, lighter alternative as well. Another product that won't break the bank and an alternative to the Clinique chubby stick is the Bourjois Colourboost Lip Crayon in Fuschia Libre (I love that name, or anything french for that matter), which is such a beautiful pink and makes lips stand out perfectly for this look. Finally finish off with a bit of powder, and again I've chosen a drugstore alternative to the Chanel which I also like - No7 Perfect Light Powder, just to touch up any areas that can get a lil' shiny. Voila! Pretty in Pink. 

P.S. - Thank you so much to those of you who followed me as I'm now up to 250 on Bloglovin' and it honestly makes me so happy to know you like reading my posts. Keep tuned for a giveaway in the next week my lovelies - it's a good'un. 

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