Saturday, 14 November 2015

3rd Year Problems...

Hi guys!

OMG, it has been AGES! Way way too long since I have posted! Guys I am so sorry for being so MIA, honestly, I can't explain how hectic it has been. Even before I went back to uni, I never found the time to do anything, I was so busy! And since starting uni, the stress is unreal. It really is one thing after another. I just never have the chance to do anything right now. I'm in my final year now which means this is the last hurdle and I need to just stay focused on what I need to achieve. So I do apologise in advance guys, I may not be able to post as much as I want to right now. But I will never neglect my blog, no way. I have a lot of ideas for my blog and want to keep doing what I do, but right now, it's just really stressful. So bare with me, whenever I do have the chance to post, I will for sure :)

Currently writing this whilst in bed munching on some Oreos and sipping on my coffee. I don't feel so good today. The weather has been awful! Journey's to uni in this weather is horrible! I'm taking a break day today from work even though I do have another assignment due next month - surprise surprise. But I'm contemplating whether to sit in bed and catch up on this season's Originals or do some research for my assignment....

I thought I'd update you guys anyway and let you know what's going on :) I have to write up a dissertation too which is due in March but our proposals/ethics forms have been sent off on Thursday so fingers crossed, they get approved! I will do a post soon on what I will be doing for my dissertation as well and what I hope to do in the future so it will be different to the posts I've done before :D so stay tuned guys!

Zozzy x

Sunday, 23 August 2015

June/July Favourites

Hi guys!

I am so so so sorry for being MIA, I have had a very busy 2 months after Ramadan finished and I've been meaning to post for so long but I've never had the chance *sigh* I wanna make the most out of these holidays before uni starts again 'coz I know this third year will leave me with no life. *walks away...but comes back 'coz has a blog post to do*
I missed out June Favourites like a fool so I've merged the two months together :)

1. (Makeup Revolution) I ♡ Makeup - I Heart Chocolate Palette - This palette is a dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and I absolutely LOVEEE this palette! The colours are wicked and they're so easy to use and blend. It's mainly full of neutral colours so it's perfect for that neutral eye or a warm smokey eye. The shades I tend to use a lot (as you can tell from the dents in the shades lol) are "Thank Friday", "Pleasure Girl" and "More !" - my favourite shades for my go-to eye look!
2. Gerard Cosmetics "Rodeo Drive" - My friend had got me this as Gerard Cosmetics had an offer going on. Probably one of the best everyday colours I have - the formula is so creamy and glides on so smoothly. It's not completely matte, it has some sheen to it but I don't mind it. It's one of those where when you're in a hurry or when you're stuck on what lipstick to wear, it's perfect. It's not a washed out nude, it doesn't give my lips heaps of colour, but it's like "my lips but better". I always have to have something on my lips, even if I'm going on a quick trip to ASDA, I just slap this on and boom, I'm out. 
3. MAC Lipstick "Brick-O-La" - I absolutely loveeeeee this colour so much! It's one of my favourite MAC lippies for sure - it's that perfect warm reddish brown. It doesn't come out too dark on me, it's just the perfect warm brown and looks so beautiful paired with brown smokey eyes - my fave.
4. Beauty Blender - I don't know where my life was before I got the Beauty Blender. This is just everything you need for a flawless base - it blends your foundation and concealer out perfectly to a smooth, flawless finish. You can use this for anything; foundation, concealer, cream contouring, cream blush, etc. I haven't used any brushes for my foundation and concealer since I got this. I do think it's slightly overpriced for a sponge but make up lovers tend to look past the price because...make up. 
5. John Varvatos "Vintage" Perfume - The best man's scent ever. I'm not even joking, this is that smell that you want every guy smelling of, it's so heavenly. It has that spicy kind of scent...but I'm into men's scents too and as soon as I smelt this, I fell in love. When I'm dressed like a boy, I always spray this on myself to finish the "boy look" hahaha. Something you'd expect Christian Grey to wear...
6. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Gloss and Shine Mist - Whenever I used to curl/straighten my hair, my curls used to look dry and they needed some shine to them to look more...healthy I guess. I brought this mist from Amazon and it's so good! It does the job of making my hair look glossy. You don't need a lot 'coz then it can make your hair look oily/greasy, just 2/3 sprays of this is enough - brings some life back to your hair. And it's around £4 which is very affordable as I didn't want to spend loads on a shine mist. 
7. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil - Makeupamor on IG suggested this for scarring on the face caused by spots and she said it worked for her so I thought I'd go and try it coz I have a few annoying scars that have been left behind from spots as well - the struggle of life. This actually has helped so much along with my Dermaroller (I'll do a separate post on my skincare). I use this twice a day (morning and night time) and if I remember during the day, then I apply it then. But I'm glad Palmer's came out with this as I know cocoa butter is good for scarring and stretch marks so it's great that there's one that can be used on the face. And rosehip oil I've heard is also great to reduce scarring so this a great product But this isn't just for scars, it can be used for fine lines, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, etc. I suppose, compared to other skincare products, this is pretty inexpensive (retails at £9.99 in Superdrugs, if you're a student then, hoo-ray)'s not a huge bottle either (150ml) so some may think it's slightly expensive. It worked for me and I've seen an improvement in my scars and it hasn't clogged any of my pores either like some oils do. The consistency is thin so it just absorbs into the skin. 
8. Jessup Brushes - I don't think I've done a post on these brushes but I will definitely be doing one 'coz these brushes are definitely worth talking about. I purchased some Jessup face brushes a while ago from eBay and there were four in the pack. They were dupes for the Sigma brushes which we know are quite pricey...I only purchased one and have stopped at that for now. The quality of the brushes were really good, I only used one as I don't use kabuki brushes for the face. I saw a beauty blogger post about these new Jessup pro brushes and the packaging is different too - the brushes are now labelled...I love labelled brushes. They're a 15 piece set and come with both face and eye brushes. The brushes are soooo soft and don't feel harsh on the skin at all. I haven't experienced shedding with these yet either but I've washed them once tbh (today will be the second). I picked out the ones I've been using the most for now and they consist of; large powder brush, tapered highlighter brush and the tapered face brush. I use this all the time whenever I'm doing my face. The large powder brush I use to apply my bronzer (on the cheeks, around the forehead, temples and under the jawline). It's a big brush so it's great to add a bit of colour on the face without too much precision. The tapered highlighter is my favourite - I have been wanting a thin tapered brush to apply my highlighter with and I could never find one. It's perfect for highlighter as it fits nicely on the tops of your cheekbones for precise highlighter application. The tapered face brush I use to apply my blush and the size of it is fit for the cheeks and applies evenly on the skin too. I LOVEEE these brushes, they are so worth the money (£11-£12) - like one brush is the price of £12 so to get 15 brushes which are of amazing quality for around £12 is wicked. Do I sound like a chav when I say wicked? 
9. Red Cherry Lashes in #523 - Such a beautiful pair of lashes - these remind me a bit of the Ardell Wispies but to me, these look a bit more fuller. These are foolproof, they'll go with anything, they're what you call the "safe bet" lashes as they're not overly dramatic and add a bit of "umph" to your lashes. They're fluttery and very natural compared to some lashes. They retail at around £4 which is a bargain! I love Red Cherry lashes, I think they're so affordable and of great quality and they can be used quite a number of times. I've been wearing these for every occasion I've had and they just look gorgeous on - need to stock up!
10. Collection Little Mix Rock It Liner (Jesy) - I used this liner on Eid to do a double wing and it looked super glam! This liner is so pigmented and so metallic, it looks stunning on the eyes! Adds that perfect pop of colour to any look! The brush is nice and thin so you can get a precise wing with it. Collection liners are generally really good quality and ones that are like this (metallic/glitter) are great for special occasions when you want to add a bit of glam to your look. 
11. Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil "Keep It Classy" - Maybelline did an amazing thing by bringing out these lip pencils. I mean, they are my favourites from everything from Maybelline. So creamy, so pigmented, so smooth. I rediscovered this colour a while ago and realised how much of a beautiful everyday shade it is. It's a mauve shade with hints of plum - stunning for the fall. You don't really need a lip liner for these pencils are they kinda do both jobs of a lip liner and lipstick at the same time. I have 3 of these and love all the shades - for £4.99, you are balling guys. I think these are meant to be the dupes for the NARS velvet lip pencils so if you compare the price of them to these, you'll know which ones to go for 'coz the quality of these lip pencils are fab - long-lasting and leave a dem-matte finish which is perfect as they're not drying on the lips. 
12. Maybelline Dream Touch Concealer "Ivory" - I was on the hunt for a highlighting concealer as the ones I owned were near enough my colour as I don't do stark white highlighting under the eyes. But I wanted one to mix in with my other concealers so it gives a hint of brightness under the eyes. I chose the shade ivory as I felt like the other shades were too light and looked ashy on my skin. This concealer mixed with my Maybelline Fit Me is a dream team! I blend it out with my Beauty Blender and it leaves a smooth, highlighted and concealed under eye. But you can use this on its own as it is a concealer and highlighter but 'coz I don't want white undereyes, I mix mine and I love it! It's a twist up pen with a brush applicator which is easy to apply and the consistency is thick but creamy so it gives that coverage too. 
13. Highlighter in "Oura" - I came across this girl who makes her own highlighters and as I am a big lover of highlighters, I didn't turn away from these. I found her on Depop (her name is 'XIVIX' on there and on IG she is called 'beautyby.nk'). I got the shade Oura which is a gold, goddess-like shade. By the way, she has soooo many amazing highlighters, ranging from different shades that are great for all skin tones. I have got to say, this is one of my favourite highlighters I have used. It is insanely pigmented and isn't chalky at all! It leaves that beautiful gold glow which I was looking for! Definitely will be purchasing more highlighters from her - check her page out, she's amazing! Below is what it looks like...highlight on fleek. Fo' sure.
Hi Jasmine. 
Pree the highlight.

That's my monthly favourites done guys, hope you enjoyed the read! I have some posts lined up and I will deffo try to get them up - I always have things going on and it just eats up my time but I'm going to plan out my posts and have them up for you guys :D
Love ya x

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Little Bit of Class

Top: TK Maxx. Leggings: Select. Skirt: Boohoo. Duster: Boohoo. Heels: Select. Belt: Primark. Necklace: Primark.Sunglasses: eBay.

Hi guys! I thought I'd do a quick outfit post, I have some reviews coming up too but I haven't done an outfit post in agessss! Ramadhan has officially started (month of fasting for Muslims) so I'll have some free time here and there to post if I'm not busy :)

I went out with my best friend for a pre-Ramadhan meal and drinks. We went Salt and Pepper which was yummy and then Cloud 23 for drinks, it was lovely! As we were going Cloud 23, I packed these heels 'coz it was really sunny so I wanted to wear some colour on feet and they also matched the orange part in my top! I wore flats during the rest of the time I was out because although these heels are beautiful, they are painful. Painful. I opted for a more "smarter" look than what I usually wear which is usually trainers and jeans haha - still will always choose trainers over heels. 
And we all know I love my bright lippies so I opted for Mac's Heroine for that extra pop of colour - this has to be one of my favourite looks ever!

Mine was the beef steak obviously... Beef > Chicken

 I forgot to tuck my belt in here...

Hope my fellow Muslims have a blessed Ramadhan! I will be makeup-free this month. One thing I love Ramadhan is that although I don't go out, my skin gets to breathe without no make up products and it's given that time to heal and be flawless, ready for Eid. :)
Reviews will be coming up guys! x

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Stila One Step Correct Primer - Review

A primer is a seen as an essential base to prep the skin before the foundation and for the foundation to  sit on and last longer on the skin. Some may not use primers as they may not deem it to be an important step in their make-up routine. I know I never used to wear primers, not until I started uni and I had the money to buy one! But at that time, make up hadn't become a big big thing for me as it is now and back then I just used to slap my foundation on, flick on my uneven eyeliner and walk out with my brows looking sad. (inside joke guys...)
I've used a couple of primers, from Bourjois, Laura Mercier, L'Oreal, etc. This Stila One Step Correct Primer I came across when Danielle who works at Stila was doing my make up and when she used this primer, it made my face look so bright and it basically just looked like a blank canvas. 

The description on the packaging is as follows:

"Swirl your way to perfect skin in one step!
This innovative triple-swirled helix serum instantly color corrects, brightens, primes and nourishes the skin. One step correct immediately improves skin tone tone, evens out your complexion and helps smooth fine lines. 
Green - minimizes redness
Lavender - counteracts sallow undertones
Peach - brightens, illuminates and helps diminish the appearance of sun spots

Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
Minimizes pores
Hydrates and balances
Controls oil"

There's a whole range of primers that can be purchased and they all differ in textures, for certain skin types, what they do, etc. The Stila one is a colour correcting primer. As you can see in the bottle, it's (described at the back of the bottle, my way of describing this would be a total fail) a "triple-swirled helix serum" made up of three different colours; green, peach and lavender. Each have their own job; the green cancelling out redness, the lavender eliminates any unwanted yellow undertones in the skin and adds a beautiful glow to the face and peach diminishes any areas of darkness/deep discolouration and brightens the area. 

The packaging is quite simple, it's a plastic cylinder container which comes with a pump which is great as you can control how much you product you want. And the bottle is see through so you can see what the product looks like and what colour correctors are in the product. It somewhat resembles coloured pasta...

I apply this after I have applied my moisturiser as you always need to prep the skin with moisturiser, no matter what skin type you are. The consistency of this is a serum, it's quite smooth on the smooth and glides on easily and the blends well into the skin. As you can see from the pictures above, when mixed together, all three colours become this really off-white colour with a tint of green. It probably looks a bit scary at first, especially on slightly darker skintones like mine but if you can see when the primer is blended in, it doesn't leave behind a stark white mask. It basically just brightens up your face.

On my face, I don't have a lot of redness, only little bits on my nose and my cheek but it's nothing major so one thing for me is that I couldn't see the green minimising the redness as I don't have a lot of it. It would be interesting to see how it would correct on people with more redness in their skin. However, if I have any "fresh" spots and they have any redness, it does help to conceal that and look less red. I don't have any unwanted yellow undertones either so the lavender colour corrector wasn't much of a use. The peach corrector is one that I need as I have a couple of spot scars on my cheek and peach is the corrector that cancels out the darkness and I can say it does the job of doing that but not majorly. Is that even a word?
It's extremely hydrating so I would say it is great for those with dry skin but as it says it controls oil, it can be for those with more of a combination skin I'd say, not fully oily. As those with oily skin may feel like they look too greasy. I do find this to control oil in skin, mostly in my t-zone as that's where I get slightly more oily.

However, thankfully I don't really have wrinkles and fine lines and one of the jobs of this primer is to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Again, I didn't see this and maybe those that do have wrinkles and fine lines may want to try this to see the difference. It does look to minimise my pores but I've been using quite a few products such as my toner, my Glam Glow mask and my clay mask that do help in minimising pores so I'm unsure if it is the primer as my pores are much more minimised.

All in all, this primer is great! Apart from spot scars that are still in the process of being vanished, I don't have much discolouration in my face for this to show a hugeeee difference. But, it certainly hydrates, brightens up my face and leaves a glowing, blank canvas to work on. I think it is worth its money of £24 (which I think is a tad bit dear but I think all high-end products are dear but some are definitely worth it), I haven't experienced any breakouts with this primer either guys.

Hope you enjoyed the review guys! I'm gonna be doing more reviews soon, think the Stila Stay All Day foundation is next on the list!

Just wanna say how I love Stila products, like this is my honest opinion. I feel like they're a bit underrated, their products are of great quality and worth the money, better than some of the products that are hyped about way too much! If you travel around Manchester, they do Stila in Harvey Nichols, the ladies who work there, Danielle and Danielle are so helpful as well! So lovely and welcoming! :) x

Sunday, 31 May 2015

April/May Favourites

Hi guysssss!! Omg it has been a while for sure! I have been super busy with exams and finally they had finished on Tuesday *crazily dances* - I still don't feel relaxed until I don't get my results...pray 4 me guys, pls. I thought I had done an April Favourites but it turns out I didn't...*walking emoji*. So again, I've had to put both months in but literally for both months, I've been using some of these products anyway for the past two months and been lovinggg them. I'll give a swatch of some of the products too, on some I'm gonna do a review on them (Stila One Step Correct Primer, GlamGlow Mud Mask, etc) so I won't include swatches for them as I'll include them in the reviews :D

1. Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner - For the past month or so, my face has become slightly oily which has been bugging me sooooo much. And with my cleansing routine, I'm very consistent with it but I always forget toner...either because I'm lazy or I feel like it doesn't make that much of a difference. But now since I've been using this, I've realised that toner is soooo important for your skin. This toner is perfect, it doesn't irritate my skin, it smooths it out and moisturises it as well. I put it on with a cotton pad straight after I've cleansed my face. I let it dry and then apply my serum/moisturiser. I also use this to remove excess turmeric off my face when I do a turmeric face mask, it just removes the yellow stain that gets left behind.
2. Stila All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten - When I went to get my makeover done from Stila in Manchester (picture on my Instagram) by Danielle (who is amazing!), she used this all over my face for that subtle glow and I can't express how much I fell in love with it. It's not chalky/too heavy on the face, it's so subtle and leaves you with that "glow within" look. I either use this on the highest points of my face with a big fluffy brush to give a glow on my face or if I just want to be glowy in specific areas, I just put it on my cheekbones, cupid's bow and tip of my nose with my fan brush, such a beautiful product. Also works great for the inner corners of the eyes for that inner corner highlight!
3. Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 52 - This product gets raved about a lot, I see a lot of people loving this. I decided to give it a try and OMG, I LOVE THIS. Firstly, it's not a matte bronzer, it has the tiniest hint of shimmer in it so I wouldn't recommend it as a contour product on it's own, I mean...the shimmer isn't crazily noticeable so you could probably get away with it. It smells amazing, it has perfume-y smell and the texture is soooo soft but it isn't heavily pigmented which I like as you can control how much product you pick up and apply. I use this with my fluffy brush in the areas I would usually tan and it gives me that beautiful sun-kissed glow. It's warm-toned as well which is why it's perfect for a bronzer and not so much for contouring.
4. EX1 Foundation Invisiwear Liquid Foundation in F300 - I was on the hunt for a foundation I could wear for everyday and I did a lot on research on this one in particular and the reviews I had read were pretty positive. I was soooo confused on the shade I should get as there is only 5 shades and to make it easier for people to buy it, they give the MAC foundation equivalent. I'm a NC40/NC42 so I went for F300 which is perfect for me (thank god) as with only 5 shades, there could be the problem of it being too light/too dark. This foundation is meant to be great for olive skintones! It's soooo lightweight but it has great coverage. I wear about two thin layers and anything else that needs covering, I just use concealer on top. If I wanna go for a slightly more fuller-coverage look, I mix this with a tiny bit of my Stila Stay All Day foundation and it looks amazing! The finish of this foundation isn't complete matte, but it isn't too dewy either, I feel like it's a really nice finish. I powder on top anyway as I get slightly oily in my can never run away from an oily t-zone. But I'm going to do an in-depth review on this foundation soon!
5. Stila One-Step Correct Primer - This primer was also used on me when Danielle was doing my make-up at Stila and it is one of the best primers I've used! It has 3 different coloured serums which basically prime your face but correct any discolouration on the face. It gives a beautiful canvas to work on and I don't find it drying either as some primers can sometimes dry out the face. Again, in-depth tutorial on this coming soon!
6. City Color Timeless Beauty: Highlight and Bronzer Quad - I have been LOVING City Color products so much ever since I've been watching Desi Perkin's tutorials! I came across this on Amazon and as we're in the season of summer...well some can's all about the bronzed, sun-kissed glow. These are perfect! They're so pigmented, not chalky at all and true to their colour. There's one highlight shade and three bronzing shades. And it's perfect to take when you're travelling!
7. GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment - I got the sample kit for the GlamGlow masks and I must say, I did love them. This is an amazing mask, I use (well try to use, I get lazy...don't judge me, I'm only human) this about twice a week. It's great for many reasons such as problematic skin, correcting imperfections, reducing spots, minimising pores, etc. I love it, I've been using this for about 3 weeks now and my face goes unbelievably soft after I use this. I will definitely be doing a review on this in a couple of weeks, I'm trying to be consistent with it to see results, if it's still effective, etc. I do think it's a bit too pricey though...
8. H&M Eyebrow Fix - Now I've been debating whether or not to get the Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Gel to keep my brows in place but then I moved away from that idea and just continued with this one. It's actually good, it does the job, you just brush it over your brows and it keeps them in place!'s cheaper, hellaaaaaaa' cheaper!
9. City Color Bronzer in Mojave Desert - Can you tell I went bronzer crazy? I just love bronzers, you can just get that beautiful glow without damaging your beautiful face. The power of makeup, huh? Anyway, this was too beautiful to use. It's a warm-toned bronzer but the palm tree is a champagne-y coloured highlight so when you dip your big fluffy inside, both products get mixed which give you a stunning, sun-kissed glow. I've even tried the "highlight" colour on it's own as a cheekbone highlight and it's fab! Basically the highlight colour kind of disappears as soon as you swipe it so it's basically just a warm-toned bronzer (if you can see in the picture). I think they should have kept that as a highlight shade but hey-ho, still a great product! Btw - City Color are an affordable brand so if you want to try some great products like this, check them out! (No I'm not sponsored...*walking emoji*)
10. Primark Stippling Brush - I first saw Onika Beauty (check her out on Instagram) and she loved them and people I know were also buying these. I'm not a huge fan of stippling brushes, I wasn't even a fan of the Real Techniques Stippling Brush as opposed to their other brushes but the Primark ones are hella good! And for £1...YES £1!!! They're multi-purpose so they can be used for different things, I have two which I use for concealer and liquid contouring. Super soft, not rough on the skin and blends out the product easily.
11. GOSH Lipliner in Antique Rose - This is one of my favourite mauve coloured lip liners. It's always out of stock so when Superdrugs had the 3 for 2 offer on, I got another one as backup LOL. That's how I roll. It's super creamy and glides onto the lips like a dream, it can be worn on its own or with a lipstick/lipgloss. It is slightly drying as it is a lipliner so I would suggest moisturising the lips well and then applying this. It compliments sooo many skintones, deffo' one of my favourites and will be trying out more colours!

Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 52

City Color Bronzer in Mojave Desert

City Color Timeless Beauty: Highlight and Bronzer Quad

GOSH Lipliner in Antique Rose

Stila All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten

Hope you enjoyed the read guys, now that I have more time than before, I will be posting reviews on some products I have lined up...if you would like to see anything, let me know! You can message me on any social media I have linked on here :) Love ya! x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

February and March Favourites

Hi guys!

I apologise for these delayed posts, I've been extremely busy with uni - you know all the assignments and upcoming exams! It's taking over my life and I have so many posts I wanna do but I'm just finding it hard to take some time out to post :( butttt, we are currently on Easter break and this is my last week of the holidays - I don't know if I'm sad about that or happy. Actually, I'm happy that they're coming to an end. I am so damn bored at home, all I've been doing are my assignments which I have started in advance, I am so proud of myself. But I miss my friends and I wanna be out of the house now!
Currently in the middle of doing my research poster for one of my modules and I thought I'd do this post - I know, I missed out February Favourites...oops. I was soooooo busy last month, but some of these products above, I had loved in February as well as last month so...nothing has changed. Anyways...

1. MUA Pro-Base Prime and Conceal - One of my friends had recommended this so I thought I'd go and buy it to see what it's like. It is a drugstore item and retails at £4 which is a bargainnnn. I don't really own any correcting products as I don't have major pigmentation and dark circles and all that stuff on my face. But these cream corrects/concealers are really creamy and not stiff like some products can be. They apply easily on the face and you don't really need a huge amount of product - after I've primed my face, I take a dab of either the green corrector or the orange corrector and dab it onto the skin, I never rub as this removes the products you've applied and doesn't conceal as well. I always dab this on so the product is 'secured' onto the area.
2. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - This has been raved about so so SO much. And I can see why to be honest. I LOVE this concealer, it's one of my go to's. I got the shade 35 as I'm not into the whole stark white highlighting look. And this looks so natural as it's close enough to my skin tone. It is hella' creamy and it's not too thick where it looks cakey either. I use the tiniest amount and it covers up any dark areas under my eyes and blends out like a dream. Another drugstore item, retailing at £5.99 - YAASSSSS FOR DRUGSTORE.
3. MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast - One of my fave' highlighting products, nothing too heavy or dramatic, just nice and subtle that brings light to your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and your brow bone. Again, this is a subtle, natural shade for me and doesn't look too overly 'highlighty'. I just love making my own words up.
4. Kiko Eyeshadow in 208 - I don't think I can love a highlighter as much as I love this. One of the most beautiful, gold-toned highlight I have. It is soooo pigmented and can be layered to your preferred intensity. It is perfect for the summer, it adds the right amount of glow to your face without looking too chunky, I just loveeeeee. Also looks amazing in the inner corner of the eyes - gotta get me some more Kiko eyeshadows, they are bomb.
5. Garnier Moisture Match - Matte Moisturiser - I was on the hunt for a mattifying moisturiser as it's getting to summer and that's the time we tend to get more oily due to it being hot. So I was looking online and I know the best ones to mattify the skin are gel-based moisturisers but most of them are so overly priced, it's ridiculous. So I opted for this one which was around £4/£5. I've got to say I do like this, I only need a small-ish blob and I rub that all over my face, avoiding the eye area. I do still love my Cetaphil moisturiser but it's too hydrating for me at the moment. My skin is just totally weird, some days it's super dry and some days, it is just like annoyingly oily.
6. Maybelline Master Drama Chromatics Eyeliner in Turquoise - One of the creamiest, pigmented, easy-to-glide-on eyeliners I have ever used. I am going to upload a picture of this below - I applied this on my lips and I fell in love with this on my lips more than on my eyes. These eyeliners are absolutely amazing, some coloured eyeliners are too dry and don't glide on as easily but this applies like a dream. I am definitely going to more of these! Love this in the inner corners for a pop of colour too, that's how I've been wearing mine as well as in the water line.

Can we just take a minute to admire that PIGMENTATION?!

7. Gosh Prime 'n' Set Powder - My MAC translucent powder had finished so I needed a new setting powder. I liked my MAC one but I didn't want to spend too much on a primer and it wasn't absolutely amazing if I am honest. I got recommended this and had read some reviews which said it was a really good product and did as it said. Basically, it's a powder in two. So before you apply your foundation, your brush this all over your face to soak up any oils and mattify the skin. And it also acts as a setting powder which you use after you have applied your foundation. Now I know the rule is not to apply liquid on top of powder but this honestly works. It doesn't disrupt the application of your foundation at all, it applies as smooth as always. But with the powder underneath, it really helps in order to keep the skin matte and oil-free. I only have to touch up here and there during the day but I can say this has saved my life. Such an amazing product, will be purchasing more from GOSH.
8. Topshop Glow Stick in Spotlight - When I don't fancy a gold-toned highlight, I go for this. This is a beautiful highlight, it's like a cream version of Nars' Orgasm blush. You know the rose tones with hints of gold? I love that in the summer...well I love it anytime round to be honest. It's super creamy and blends out easily with your finger tips! This can be used a blush too, either applied with your fingertips or a brush to give your cheeks that beautiful glow!
9. Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara - I think I mentioned in my 2014 Favourites that I'm not a fan of fat mascara brushes that make my lashes clumpy. I've only ever loved two mascaras and that's because of their spikey brush. This has exactly that and it separates my lashes, which means NO CLUMPS, YAY.
10. Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Glow - This is one of my favourite bronzers of all time. When applied, it gives you that gorgeous sun-kissed look, like you've just come off holiday. And we all know we want to look like we've just come off holiday. Looking super hot and tanned. But yes, this is a great product for adding the correct amount of warmth to your skin, I love it! I use this pretty much throughout the whole year! Another drugstore product, retailing at £5.99.
11. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Nude-ist - Probably the most nude-mauve shade lipstick I've come across. This is super creamy and super smooth, it doesn't dry out your lips even though it dries matte. I'd say it dries semi-matte, not super matte. But I love applying this on top of loads of different lipsticks to make my own colour and because it's a natural shade, it tones down even the brightest of colours. Love love LOVE this, amazing product! More colours to be purchased, YAS. However, I am not keen on the smell of these lipsticks. They smell really...odd.
12. Kardashian Beauty - Lip Plumping Gloss in Pumped Up Pink - You know those annoying sticky glosses that attract your hair to them when it's super windy? Yeah this isn't one of them. My favourite gloss to wear either on it's own or on top of a lipstick. This has a plumping element in it to give your lips a fuller look without looking 'overly massive'. It looks beautiful on the lips, super glossy with little specs of shimmer in it so it's not too sparkly on the lips either. As much as I love a matte lip, I do love a bit o' gloss in the summer.
13. Lord&Berry Ultimate Lipstick in Aubergine - I have been loving grey coloured lipsticks recently and I came across this on eBay (£2 guys, can we just take a moment) and when I got it, I was like 'Woah, this totally just brings out the edge'. It's not super grey, I'd say it's grey with that tint of aubergine to it, hence the name 'Aubergine'. These Lord&Berry lipsticks are really good! Pigmented, non-drying...amazing for the price you pay! I mix this with MAC's Heroine to add that hint of purple underneath but this alone or paired with a grey-nude lipliner is perfect for that ghoulish look that is trending.

So that's all my favourites for now guys! I will for sure try to post as much as I can - I have exams next month, oh the joys. I swear work is never ending. *walking away emoji*
Hope you enjoyed the read! x

Friday, 3 April 2015

When Sporty Met Chic

Top: Zara. Joggers: Zara. Watch: Next. Shoes: Kurt Geiger.