What is in my makeup storage

I am one nosey little pickle so I love seeing what other people have in their make up collection, I will be honest I do have more lip products in my handbag but I want to do a ‘real-life’ whats in my bag and I know if I take all the lip products out, it will be empty. Not that exciting though I am a lip balm girl!

First of this is my Muji draws that I have had forever, I love my Muji, they were a total youtube inspired buy… including my Alex (which I really want the 9 draw version of!)

On top I have my brushes that, these are my staple brushes and I love the RT buffing brush. In the little white pot are my eye brushes, they kept getting lost in with my bigger brushes so thought I should separate them. In the pink holder are my RT sponges, I love these and use them when I remember to wet them first haha!

Top draw – these are my foundations, concealers, powder, primer and tinted moisturiser… as you can see I have a modest collection!! The L’Oreal primer gets bought into play when I need my make up to stay put for longer than 6 hours. I love the Tropic Skin tint for the Summer mainly, when I am having a good skin day and just need a little something. The Ordinary Coverage foundation is my daily go to, its so good and super cheap. Mac Studio Fix fluid, this is a staple foundation and I have the shades NC15 for my super pale days, and NC20 for my fake tanned skin…and mix the two together when I am in the middle. The concealers I have are the Mac Studio Fix NC20, Pro Longwear in NC15 and NC20 and the Bourjois healthy mix… I use the Healthy mix one every day, its so easy to use, blends nicely and quickly. Again the one powder I have is in the Rimmel 24 lasting one, I use this again when my make up needs to stay, I trusted it on my wedding day and it did me well!

Second draw down – I have my blushers, bronzers, highlighters and lip products.. Nars Laguna, shocker I know but still the only one I will use, the Benefit box blushers are my favourite, and I have Rocketeur for Autumn/Winter and Coralista for Spring/Summer. The Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter is perfect for high impact!! Love it!! I have a the Benefit Benetint that I love for a no make up makeup look, on the cheeks and lips and done and dusted kippers and custard. The liquid highlight I have I use mainly in Summer for a subtle glint as hate using powders when its super hot. Lip products in here currently are the Benebalm, Mac Creme Cup, Soap and Glory sexy Mother Pucker gloss in Plumsip and a LAQA & Co Matte lip in Daydream. A new addition to this draw though is the Alicia cream blush! It’s so lovely and looks natural.

Third draw down – Eyeshadow palettes, mascara, eyeliners and brows. I have been using the Pixi brow gel now for as long as I can remember, and the Ardell brow pomade is my bitch… I love it. The mascara currently on rotation is the Ciglione which is ok… nothing special but does the job. I have a lord and berry black eyeliner and a Rimmel nude one too. The eyeshadow palettes I have are the UD Naked palette, Too Faced Peaches and Too Faced Naturals palette. The individual ones I have are UD Half baked, Naked and Sin… my most used from the UD palette. Also a Mac Paint pot in bare study that I use as a base for eyeshadow.

In the bottom draw are my contact lenses… need those bad boys in easy reach haha.

I do have more make up but in different places but this is my daily go to bunch! I know it is pretty modest – especially to how it used to be haha. Do you think you own too much make up? XO

No7 Hydration Mask

I got a set in the Boots sale, it came with the limited edition rose gold no7 cleansing brush, as you know the lovely Debra Bow gifted me the original No7 brush so this set was a no brainer for me!! It came with the No7 gel cleanser which is great and have used on and off for a long time. But today I want to talk about the hydration mask.

I was quite skeptical, it is like a gel and for me I usually love more of a creamy texture in a hydration type mask. However, this mask surprised me. As you can see in the bottle it is a mixture of a few textures and these blend together. I cleanse and pat my face dry and apply a generous amount of this mask. It doesn’t smell over the top or anything which is nice and its lovely to massage in after leaving it on for 15 minutes, I then wash it off with a face cloth.

My skin is so super soft after using this, I do sometimes apply a mud mask to my t zone and then this mask around my face. I have used it 4 times now and I have really noticed the difference in my skin, in Winter I usually feel quite tight around the chin and nose but nope… zilch!

Have you tried this mask? What did you think? XO

2018

Well here we are… 2018… Monday 1st January feels all kinds of cleansing and fresh that it instantly makes me feel positive about sticking to some “resolutions” I didn’t do toooooo bad at last years… I didn’t do too great either but achieved so much in 2017 and had some massive changes! Positive ones though of course.. like going self employed! I still can’t believe that I was brave enough to leave my “safe” job.

Anyway this is no time for reflection on the last year this is all about the future and the positive vibes I intend to take into the new year.

So here goes my modest list of resolutions that I hope to make easy enough to stick to… although I’ll probably fail by the time I’ve hit publish haha!

  1. Drink more water blah blah blah (I don’t do too bad but could do with more)
  2. Meditate/breathe for at least 3 minutes a day.
  3. Read a book a month…. A MONTH!
  4. Push my nails a bit more and work harder in all things beauty.
  5. Complete at least one more beauty course before December.
  6. Save for next Christmas.
  7. Budget a bit better and not buy things I really don’t need.
  8. Have more family outings.
  9. Spend less time on my phone and only do blog related shiz on my laptop.
  10. Eat healthier in general, not cut anything out but make better choices.

So please wish me luck, I think I am going to need it! What are your New Years resolutions for 2018? XO

Happy New Year from us xoxo

Merry Christmas

If you’re not into soppy posts I would probably click off if I was you haha.

I just wanted to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, also a massive thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog this year, to take the time to like and comment, I have not taken my little space on the internet for granted once. I know I am not a massive blogger or big in any way so I do appreciate every view.

This year has probably been the most up and down year of my life. Lots of weddings, including my own, and if you’ve been around here you’ll know the saddest part of my year. I now plan to look forward.. only forward. 2018 I am determined to make a positive one, I have a lot planned and although January will be testing in more ways than one I know I am strong enough to get through anything because I have my family and friends right by my side, my parents are always there whenever I need anything and I love them so much and of course my amazing lad to keep that smile firmly on my face.

Talking of my friends, I would like to say a special thank you to the Archie girls. I love you girls so much. The daily what’s apps, laughter and the support we have is irreplaceable, not to mention my rants regarding a certain subject haha (inside joke there kids)

So here is to a very Merry Christmas, an amazing new year and a happy, healthy and positive 2018. I will be back here in January, back to schedule. XO

Top 5 Christmassy Films

This is going to be one of those really cliche posts but I love love LOVE Christmas films and thought why not do a post all about the ones I love?!

These are a few of my favourites and I am sure everyone has heard of them…

1. Elf… I love everything about this film, it’s funny… and a little bit sad if I’m honest… and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I still can’t imagine Buddy having a baby.. he seems too innocent to be getting jiggy haha.

2. Polar Express… I hadn’t seen this film until this year and it’s one of my favourites already, Jake loves it too which makes me love it even more. Also the little boy that doesn’t get Christmas usually… totes made me cry. I have this recorded on my Virgin Box but really want the dvd!

3. Frozen… I know this isn’t really a Christmas film but it makes me feel so festive. I love snuggling up with Jake and James on the sofa and giggling away. Olaf is a little cutie!

4. The Holiday… Jude Law… does anyone watch this film for any other reason? I mean he’s such a babe and so sweet. The film gives me such feels!

5. Bridget Jones… the first one. The one film that literally makes me belly laugh so much. I have some lovely memories of seeing this film at the cinema (yes I’m that old!) I pop it on whenever I feel like I need a giggle. It also gives me the bug to start journaling and narrating my life! I don’t because that’s weird…

What is your all time favourite Christmas film? I would love to know so I can watch them! XO

Festive Make Up

I thought I would share with you the make up I will be wearing on Christmas Day! I am so excited for this Christmas. My parents are coming here this year and it’ll be the first time we have spent the WHOLE day at home. Which will be amazing as won’t have to drag all of Jakes presents out. Woohoo.

Christmas Day starts off with me staying in my Christmas pjs and opening presents with my boys and family, we then go get ready for the day before breakfast. I always like to wear a Christmas jumper or a nice dress so it’s only normal I want my face to look semi human in case of photos etc.

Although it’s not over the top it’s more than normal for me…

The Ordinary Coverage foundation. I love this foundation so much. It covers what I need it to and doesn’t feel heavy or cakey. Healthy mix by Bourjois concealer on my bags and spots… and blend that in with my RT buffing brush.

As standard my Nars Laguna goes on my cheek bones and temples and under my chin.. and some Benetint on my cheekbones and lips. You know.. for that healthy look haha.

I have been loving this Ardell Brow Promade in Blonde. It’s so super to use and a perfect shade for me. I will be using my Urban Decay Naked palette this year… with Naked and Buck in the crease with Half Baked on my lid and lower lash line. With L’Oreal babydoll mascara…. seriously still obsessed with this mascara.

To finish my face off I will be using the Benefit Benebalm, it’s such a perfect colour and not over the top for me. I am not brave enough for a full on red lip so this balm is perfect for me! Festive but still in my comfort zone!

Once all done I will spritz my face with the Urban Decay setting spray (which is incredible FYI)

What are you staple festive make up looks? XO

My Favourite Christmas Jumpers

I did share some of my Christmas jumpers last year but these are this years favourites… yes some same as last year but whatevs…. I love a Christmas jumper and if I’m honest I would wear one all year round, or perhaps a Christmas dress in summer because it’s hot but you get the idea… I love them.

Anywho here they are….

Some of these I’ve had for year and some are new additions!! My favourite has to be the Avocado one which is from H&M, I have loved avocados forever… even before they were “cool” shocking huh?

I would love to have some more Christmas jumpers, where is your favourite place to buy them? XO