Summer Makeup Look

Summer is here! I love doing seasons makeup looks for you guys and now the time has come for my summer makeup look. 

During summer I love a very natural, bronzed look. I don’t use a lot of blushes or highlight at all either. Everything is very soft and neutral which I love for this time of year. 

I never want to feel like I’m wearing loads of makeup when I’m in the heat. I find that it melts off my face and makes me feel more hot and sweaty than I feel necessary. I hope you like this look, enjoy!

Base: 

Firstly, I started with the Revlon ColourStay Foundation and mixed it with the Stilla Aqua glow perfecting bronzer. I did this to darken the foundation because it was too light for me. 

For concealer I used the Maybelline Fit Me for any blemishes and then the Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer under my eyes to highlight.  Then I set all of this using the Maybelline Super Stay power but only in the places I’ve concealed so I still have that nice glow coming through. 

I used only one palette for the rest of my base, the Tanya Burr Rosy Cheek Palette. I bronzed my forehead, cheeks and under my jaw line with this bronzer and added more than usual to look extra summery and tan. I lightly put the blush from the palette on the apples of my cheek (very light, it’s super pigmented) and then dusted the highlight on the high points of my face. I used my beauty sponge to buff everything out and look flawless. 

For eyes I only used the bronzer shade from the Tanya Burr palette. I started in the crease and then dusted it all over my lid. I used the highlight for my inner corner and finished with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

For my brows I went in with the BBrowbar eyebrow pencil in Indian Chocolate and only filled in the areas that needed doing. 

Lips: 

I lined my lips with the L’Oreal lip pencil in 302 and buffed it out with fingers. I then filled in my lips with the YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in 218. 

There you have it! My finished look. I hope you enjoyed. Check out my social media: 

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With love, Beth x 

May Favourites

May is over.. Summer is near and this will be my final monthly favourites until my return this September and I’ll upload a September favourites in October. I’ve had a really chill month, I finished my degree and I went home for a few days and I’ve really just enjoyed relaxing. I think that’s what I’ve loved most about May, the time I’ve had to just enjoy my achievements. 

Throughout the month I’ve had some pretty exciting things happen. The biggest being, I submitted my dissertation and I’ve finally finished my degree! It’s been an eventful 3 years but I’ve loved my time in Aberystwyth and I’m sure I’ll continue to love it when I return in a  few months time. I also went to an awards ceremony for the societies in Aberystwyth University and I received 3rd place for Societies Personality of the Year as well as receiving my Full Colours which are both wonderful and incredible achievements. 

However, the things I’ve mostly loved this month are actually a few beauty/makeup related things. Firstly, DEWY SKIN! I’ve brought it back and I love it. I’ve been using less power and embracing a bit of a more dewy and fresh look instead of matte and I’ve loved it. I feel so summery and just a bit more glowing. It’s really pretty and flatters my skin a lot. I’ll probably be doing this for the rest of the summer. 

The Too Faced Sweet Peach palette has been my go-to palette since I received it on my birthday last month. Matts parents bought me it and I love it. It’s the ideal palette for summer/spring and has the most gorgeous pink tones which I love. I use this non-stop and I’m very happy with it. 

I’ve been using the L’Oreal True Match foundation and I forgot how good it really is. It’s beautiful on the skin and I use this product to create my dewy looks and I cant fault it. The formula is outstanding and it doesn’t even look drugstore at all. Totally recommend! 

I also purchased a liquid highlight and I’m still testing it out, it’s the Maybelline Master Strobing liquid in light. I use it on the high points of my face and the pink tones just make my skin look beautiful. I like that it’s not sticky too! 

I’ve been testing out cream contour and although I can’t say I’ve mastered it I do like the look it gives. My makeup looks totally natural when I cream contour but the best bit is that it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. 

Also on this list, the Freedom Brow Pomade. THIS STUFF. For only £5 it’s an absolute bargain, I wouldn’t know as I’ve never tried to ABH brow pomade but apparently it’s a dupe but for the fraction of the price.  

I’ve also been loving my minimal/no makeup days. Since I haven’t been going many places I haven’t seen the need to put a full face of makeup on. So if I’m just popping to the supermarket or to sit on the beach, I’ll basically just use skincare and the L’Oreal Lumi Maqiue primer and my skin just tools really fresh and glowy. 

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With love, Beth x 

The Body Shop Seaweed Exfoliant

During Christmas I purchased The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliant as I was looking for new skincare. I think The Body Shop do fantastic skincare products and they are a go to brand for me. Their products are super affordable and really lovely to work with and since I tried their cleansing balm I was excited to try more of their different ranges.

The seaweed range is ideal for combination to oily skin, which is pretty much what my skin is. Certain days I can be completely oil free or I’ll look like a grease ball, there is no inbetween. I’ve used the seaweed moisturiser and loved it, it definitely helped to combat the oiliness in my skin so I had high hopes for this exfoliant. I’ve been using this product for over two months now around once a week for a good scrubin’ and I can definitely see benefits.

It really helped to reduce the oiliness in my t-zone which was a high plus for me. I use it once a week and doing this has helped my makeup to sit better and also my skin feels cleaner and a healthier condition. However, as good as it feels and how well it helps to make my skin look cleaner, it does no totally unclog pores which is what I wanted it for. I was looking for a product that would help to unclog and minimise my pores but I don’t feel like it does it enough for me. This is probably because I do have quite a lot of pores around my nose and chin area. For those who don’t have as much troubling skin as I do, I am sure this is ideal for you. If you’re interested take a look here to buy.

If you have any recommendations for skin care, let me know! Also be sure to take a look at my social media:

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With love, B x

A Small Beauty Declutter

I recently went ahead and had a little clean out of my makeup collection. I think it’s so refreshing to remove any unwanted or unused products to make room for new releases and to also ensure that you’re not using products that are out of their expiry date. It’s so important that makeup users are aware of the expiry date that is set on each product, you don’t want to be using a mascara on your lashes if it is out of date as it can cause possible infections. This is the same case for face products too, they can cause a rash, acne and infections also.  I will say, I didn’t throw massive amounts away and a lot of it I actually gave to people because the quality was good and I did at some point enjoy the product but I simply no longer use them and didn’t want to see them go to waste. 

Whilst going through my clear out I thought I would with you guys what I would re-purchase from the items that I threw away and whether they’re worth having. Admittedly, not all of these products were out of date I simply threw them away or gave them away because I didn’t like them or they weren’t very good for my skin. 

I did give away or throw some products that were totally disappointing, for example the Urban Decay Illuminating Trio was the biggest waste of money I have ever purchased. Along with the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion. Both of these products were awful and especially the illuminating trio. The trio were supposed to be highlighters but they had very little to no pigment to them. They were pretty much just shimmer and looked as if I had thrown small glitter pieces at my face. They weren’t even long wearing either. The primer potion just felt totally unnecessary and I feel that concealer works just as well than paying a fortune for the primer potion. 

Another products that I was disappointed to be throwing away was the Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Old Hollywood. If you don’t know already, I love these liquid lipsticks by Sleek. The formula is incredible, the pigment is outstanding and they’re not drying at all. However, this shade was awful. It was so patchy, it cakes up and literally would lay in ever single crease on my lips (yes, I do use a lip balm before applying them). I was shocked to dislike this product simply because I love the shades Birthday Suit and Velvet Slipper. 

Finally, a product that was also really disappointed with was the Maybelline Sculpting Stick (I’ve totally forgotten the name). It is a cream contour and highlight stick and I think this was the most awful cream contour I’ve ever used. It just didn’t blend well and when it didn’t I found that the pigment was awful and just didn’t show at all. It was a total waste of money and I wouldn’t ever repurchase this. 

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Makeup Look Using Products under £10

I love makeup just like many, but am I willing to sell my organs and limbs to afford a high end £50 foundation? uh no not even sorry. The drugstore have released some incredible products this year and along the way I’ve found some older products that I’ve never used too. So, I decided to to do a makeup look using products that cost under £10 and I tell you.. some of them have become my absolute favourite go to products and I’m super excited to share them with you! So I headed to my makeup collection and found some of my favourite drug store products under £10 and then finished by going to Superdrug and basically finding anything I don’t have to create this glowy bronze and mauve eye look. 

Base 

I started by using the Rimmel Insta Fix and Go 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray (£6.99). This stuff, ugh incredible. I then wait for it to settle into my skin before applying the L.A Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation (£9) in the shade fair and buff in using a beauty sponge. After buffing in I use the L.A Girl Pro Conceal in porcelain (£5) and added it to my under eyes, bridge of my nose, cupids bow and the centre of my forehead. I used the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Longwear Matte Powder (£6.99) in 10 ivory and set my whole face. 

To complete the rest of my base makeup I used the Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro palette (£8) and used the 3rd shade from the left to bronze my cheeks, forehead and neck. I also like to bring my bronzer across my nose as this is definitely where I look most tanned when it’s natural. For blush I used a little bit of the Essence Matt Touch Blush in Berry Me Up (This is £1 and the pigment is bloody awesome. If you want to read more about these look here). For highlight I used the Revolution highlighter in golden lights (£3). To finish the base I then add more of the Rimmel setting spray to make my skin look glowy and for it to fix it all day. 

EYES 

For eyes I went with the Revolution palette in Iconic 3  (£4) and used the 1st shade (white) all over my eyes then put the 7th shade which is a deep mauve shade in the crease, continuing to add and blend until it looks dark on the outer eye and transitions lightly into the inner corner. I then used the 4th shade slightly lower than my crease to make it look slightly ombre and then used the 2nd and 3rd shade on the inner part of my eye and inner corner. I then used the 7th shade back until my eyes lightly to add a small amount of colour. For liner I used the Maybelline Master Piece Liquid liner (£5.99) to create a flick before adding the L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes (£9.99) on my bottom and top lashes. To make my eyes more alive I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes (£3.99) eyeliner in nude along the bottom water line and the Bourjois Kohl and Contour (£4.99) eyeliner in Black on the upper water line. 

For eyebrows I used only the Maybelline Brow Drama (£4.99) in the shade Medium Brown all over to just set them in place and add a light colour. 

Lips 

For lips I went with the Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick (£4.99) in Birthday Suit and then used the Tanya Burr Lipgloss (£5.99) in Lunch Date on top to make it more glossy. 

There we have it! My finished look using products under £10! I love all of the products that I have used in this makeup look and totally recommend them. My favourite out of all of them has to be the eyeliner as it’s got the best fine tip which makes it so much easier for a better more precise line. 

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Book Review: Hollow City

Last month I reviewed the debut novel by Ransom Riggs called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and now this month, I’m reviewing the second novel to this collection called Hollow City. Now, I’ve you have watched the film before reading this book then I will say that this book has nothing to do with the film at all, not even a little bit.

In fact, the film is totally different to the ending of the first novel and all of the second. Admittedly, I’ve not read the third novel but I have every single intention of it since I’m so interested to see what the ending is like for the peculiar children. As I said in my first review, these books are incredibly imaginative and creative. They feel so real that it wouldn’t surprise me if Ransom Riggs had been alive and experienced the second world war himself. It’s written with so much history and life to it that it literally makes you feel like you’re experiencing or have experienced it. When reading this novel I felt even more involved than the first which is probably because they’re travelling through loops and through 1940.

After escaping from the hollows on their little island of wales the peculiar children and Jacob Portman travel to London in hopes of finding a cure for their beloved Miss Peregrine. However, along the way Jacob’s peculiarity begins to form and Jacob is struggling to find his place within the group especially when Enoch makes things so difficult for him. His relationship with Emma is blossoming, but his biggest fear is that he may never be able to save his friends and Miss Peregrine and make his way back to his normal life but that depends on whether he actually wants to go back. The hollows continue to look for them and everybody knows what will happen if they do find them.

This book was even better than the first in my eyes. It was so indepth with the war and the history behind it and whilst reading it I felt that I was reading it from the view of an actual peculiar children. I stated in my first review that the random pictures throughout the book irritated me and this is something that continues, I would much rather than being in a big section throughout the book however I do understand why they are placed where they are. The pictures are incredbile and I think it’s even better that they’re pictures of real life people which makes this book even more worth reading.

If you’re interested in a book with all different genre’s in it then this one is exactly for you! In fact the whole collection will be, remember to read the first novel of this collection first to fully understand the story.

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Favourite Drugstore Brands

Hi guys! 

Today we’re talking about some of my favourite drugstore brands. The drugstore have some amazing brands to offer these days and some that I will forever go back to more than I would with high end products. The variety they have to offer is outstanding and drugstore brands are really trying to bring out an affordable priced product with high end formulas and I’ve found some brands do really well with this. So, keep reading to find out my favourite drugstore brands and why I love them. 

Number 1: Revlon

I’ve been using revlon products for around a year now and I’ve definitely found some killer products that are brilliant and can definitely be mistaken for high end products. The variety of makeup Revlon offer is outstanding and the formula’s are brilliant. Admittedly, as with most brands they do have some hit and misses but overall I genuinely recommend Revlon. My favourite Revlon products is the Colourstay foundation and the Photoready powder. The Colourstay foundation at one stage was the only foundation I would ever use, it’s got such a high coverage and it glides on perfectly. Generally I use my beauty sponge to buff it in and it leaves such a flawless base and they also have a large variety of colour selection to choose from. The Photoready powder is another win for me, it’s fantastic. I’ve not been using this for as long as the foundation but it’s become a must have product for me. I couldn’t live without it. It sits on my face perfectly and doesn’t cake up at all, it’s so lightweight and feels so soft. It also sets my undereye area so well that it doesn’t crease at all throughout the day. 

Number 2: Rimmel 

Rimmel have been a long time love of mine. I bought my first ever makeup product from Rimmel and have loved them ever since. My first foundation was the Wake Me Up foundation and I often go back to it, I’ve been wearing makeup for around 5 years now and this foundation has been one I always return to. However, this is not why I love them. Rimmel is super affordable and the selection has definitely expanded brilliantly. My favourite products from the range are the Kate Moss lipsticks, their beautiful creamy formula, for me is the best in the drugstore and I always head to their range to look for new lipsticks. They last all day and don’t bleed at all, my favourite colours are the 107 for the Autumn/Winter season and 38 for the Spring/Summer season. I’ve never been a fan of their eyeshadow selections at all and some of their mascaras really don’t do it for me but their nail varnishes are also brilliant and as I said above, their foundations really are brilliant quality for such an affordable price. They’re the ideal first foundation for any person new to makeup.

Number 3: Bourjois 

Bourjois have been a recent new love of mine, having been curious to test their products out I finally done it at the end of 2016 and I will never look back. I’ve not tried out everything that I would like to with this brand but I’ve definitely found some amazing products whilst using them. My favourite, go to product from Bourjois is the Radiance Concealer which was my first ever product from them and my go to concealer. It’s amazing, the coverage is outstanding but the best thing is that it’s so brightening under the eyes and super longwearing. I use it to highlight my under eye area, bridge of my nose, chin, cupid’s bow and centre of my forehead and it leaves such an amazing glow to the face. I also love the Black Kohl eyeliner, it’s so good and so easy to blend. It’s actually my favourite pencil liner that I’ve ever used. It’s really longwearing and doesn’t run throughout the day at all. I love to line my upper waterline with this and run it along my lash line and blend it out to create a smokey look.

Number 4: Revolution

If i’m ever looking for a new eyeshadow palette from the drugstore, I always head straight to the revolution stand in Superdrug. They’re the best in the drugstore and are ideal for makeup beginners. They offer such affordable dupes of high end palettes like the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette, as well as the Urban Decay Naked palettes. They’re fantastic, so blendable and buildable. Really buttery and smooth on the eyelid. I love them. I also think the Iconic Lights and Contour Pro palette is outstanding and an excellent dupe for the Nyx contour palette. For £8 an identical dupe to the nyx palette for such a great price. Their contour shades are my go to and I think they’re fantastic for all skin tones. 

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