What Makes A Good Makeup Brush?

Most of you reading this like to wear makeup, and it may come as no surprise to you to learn that I too, like wearing makeup. But you can feel disheartened if even after endless hours of scrolling through blogs, and watching countless hours of YouTube videos, that your makeup still isn’t looking the way that you want it to.

Of course this can be down to the products that you are using, if they are not the same, or at least very good dupes for the products that the tutorial requires, then the final outcome can look quite different. It can even be down to pure practice, no one comes out of the womb knowing how to perfectly blend eyeshadow, or with the stability to conquer a winged eye.

But if you’ve been practising for a long time, and you have invested in high quality products, but your makeup is still not looking the exact way you want it to, the problem can be as simple as changing your makeup brushes. So today I’m talking you through some tips to help you choose better makeup brushes, in order to achieve perfect makeup looks!IMG_7833You Get What You Pay For | Like most makeup products, makeup brushes are no exception to the fact that you get what you pay for. If you’re just starting out with makeup, then it is completely understandable that you might not want to invest in 3 makeup brushes for £20. But if you’re more invested in wearing makeup, then even with applying higher end makeup with cheaper brushes, you aren’t going to get as high a quality with your blending and application.

Density | A good makeup brush is dense. If you can, when buying brushes that you haven’t tried before, try feeling whether the bristles are tightly packed, or if there are only a few of them. If the brush is dense, the product will sit on top of it, and apply easily to your face, meaning you require less product. Whereas with loose brushes, when you swirl the brush in the product, a lot of the product will be lost in between the bristles, and fall into the brush, meaning you use more product to actually get it onto your face.

Fallout | If, as I mentioned in the point above, you are able to feel the brushes before you buy them, try lightly pulling at the bristles. If any of the bristles fall away from the brush itself in your hands, then it is not a brush worth your time.

Fame | If a particular company are well known for making makeup brushes, then you can be pretty sure that their brushes are going to be of a high quality. However if you’re trying out new makeup brushes from a company that are well known for making lipsticks, you might have to expect, not getting a high quality brush.

Those are my top tips for choosing new makeup brushes, I hope they helped you out! Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you’ve had any bad experiences with a particular brand, or if a brand has surprised you with incredibly affordable brushes!

Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Event

Recently myself and a friend were invited to attend Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass tea party, and makeup master class, so I thought I’d bring you guys along, and let you know how it went!

When we arrived, we saw that the usual Urban Decay counter was decorated aptly, in a tea party, Alice in Wonderland theme. There was fake moss, cake stands (with cakes of course, Urban Decay knows the ways to our hearts!) along with their limited edition makeup items displayed in cute tea cups and tree stumps. IMG_2334There was also a makeup tutorial that featured most of the products. The makeup artist talked us through a half ‘natural’ daytime look, and half ‘edgy’ night-time look.

The daytime look featured the ‘Alice‘ shades from the limited edition palette, with their new ‘Beached‘ bronzer, and the lipstick in the shade ‘Alice‘ from the limited edition lipsticks in tribute to the film.

The night-time look featured a mix of some of the ‘Iracebeth‘ and ‘Time‘ shades, to create a really deep and smoky eye, along with the lipstick in the shade ‘Time‘ on the lips.IMG_2324I personally really loved the formula of the lipsticks, like most Urban Decay lipsticks, they are creamy and feel lovely on the lips, and I was actually really tempted by the colour ‘Mirana‘, but I stopped myself from buying it because I realised that the reason I loved it so much was that it reminded me of MAC’s Ariana Grande Viva Glam lipstick, (it’s matte too!), which I already own.

The other lipsticks really are quite unique and pretty, ‘Alice‘ is a beautifully shimmery pale nude, ‘Mad Hatter‘ is a heavenly pigmented shimmery purple, ‘Time‘ is an unusual and metallic-looking blue, and ‘Iracebeth‘ is a pinky-red matte fused shade.

Unfortunately all of the lipsticks are now sold out, and I don’t know if they are going to be restocked or if that’s it because they are limited edition, but you can keep an eye on them on Urban Decay’s site.IMG_2328I knew as soon as I was invited to this event that I wanted the eyeshadow palette. There was no doubt in my mind that even before I had seen it in the flesh, that I wanted it. When we first got to see it though, I was sold, purely by the shades ‘Gone Mad’, ‘Paradox’ and ‘Dream On’. I’ve really been loving orange eyeshadow shades lately, as they really compliment my eyes and skin tone, and the rest of the palette is just so unique, and insanely pigmented.

I won’t go too into detail on the palette because I do have a separate post going up after this one, so be sure to look out for that one!


That’s it for Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Event, I really enjoyed the event, and was so happy to be invited. I loved the makeup tips that we were taught, and I can’t wait to attend more makeup and blogger events.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve got any of the lipsticks, or if like me, you couldn’t wait to get the palette!

7 Deadly Sins Beauty Tag

Hey guys! I wanted to share a tag with you today, but I wasn’t sure which one to do. So I spent some time searching through the Internet, and I found this one. I thought it seemed quite unheard of and unique, so I’m going to give it a go! Hope you enjoy!

GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

Most inexpensive would be my Collection Extreme 24 hour Felt Liner (my favourite) and my most expensive item would be my Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette.

WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? 

My most love/hate relationship with any makeup item is just attempting to put any eyeliner in my waterline. No matter how good the product is, it just never seems to stay, yet I would love to wear it. (BONUS: Matte lipsticks. They are gorgeous but why do they have to be so drying? I mean, I know why, but still.)

GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

My eyeshadow palettes smell good enough to eat, but MAC lipsticks are deceptively delicious smelling and tasty on the lips…

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SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

Lipsticks, if I could put it on once and it’d stay all day I would, but reapplying is such a pain.

PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self-confidence?

Just about any felt liner, because I live for WINGED EYELINER.

LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Sense of humour, kindness

ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

I just always like trying out new things, so literally anything I don’t already have, ha!


That’s it for the 7 Deadly Sin Beauty Sins Tag, I hope you guys enjoyed it!

Pick 2 of your favourite questions and let me know your answers!

My Eyeshadow Palette Collection

I don’t know how it happened.

One day I woke up, and the entirety of my desk was hidden.

Hidden underneath a sea of eyeshadow palettes.

So in order for them to give me my desk back, I bargained with them. They wanted their own post, so here it is.

I’m going to talk you through 80% of my eyeshadow palette collection.

IMG_2353Soap & Glory’s Perfect 10

I did all I could to get my hands on this palette. As soon as I saw it online, I tried to order it, and it was out of stock. I thought I was out of luck because it was limited edition, so I checked every Boots that I could, and none of them stocked it in-store. Just as I was about to give up, a very helpful Boots employee ordered in to be delivered to my local Boots for me.

I’m so glad I got this palette because I hadn’t tried any Soap & Glory makeup before (I know, I was missing out!) and I had heard great things. I was very surprised at how affordable this palette was, especially considering that it was limited edition. I love the shades, as a lot of my eyeshadow palettes are quite similar, but the shades ‘Damsel‘ and ‘Plumtious‘ are unlike anything else I own, and ‘Toasty‘ is a perfect all over lid or focussed crease matte.

Urban Decay’s Naked 3

Purchasing this palette was my first ever makeup splurge, and I had never felt such excitement over buying an item of makeup. The Naked 3 had been my favourite of all of Urban Decay’s palettes, and I felt that the others were quite plain and reasonably monotone, but this rose-gold infused shimmering and matte goldmine had me looking like the emoji with hearts for eyes.

You don’t need me to tell you that this palette is incredible, but I’ll quickly do it anyway. The formula of every damn shade is so creamy (yes even the matte shades!) and every colour can be blended together seamlessly. This palette gives you everything you need to simply brighten your eyes, create a shimmery pink eye, or a dark smokey eye with glints of rose-gold.

IMG_2349Makeup Academy’s Heaven & Earth

This was one of the first eyeshadow palettes that I had. I actually really loved it because it reminded me of some of the shades in the Naked 3, but at a much more affordable price. Again, every shade can be blended together to make an endless amount of smokey eye looks. With this palette, all of the shades are surprisingly creamy (I expected them to be powdery, but they’re really not.) and leave practically no fall out at all when applied to the lids.

Collection’s Little Mix

Before I had decided to make the commitment to the Naked 3, I had stalked it for ages, and realised that my favourite shade was ‘Trick’, and this insanely affordable palette from Collection featured 2 shades that were so similar to ‘Trick’ that I couldn’t pass it up. I was also impressed by just how dark the black shade was in this palette, as many drugstore palettes can lack intense pigmentation, but this one proves true one the eyes, to how they look in the palette.

Barry M’s Natural Glow 2

Another one of my first ever palettes, I’ve actually held onto this one because these shades are well pigmented, and when used together, can give a really light and bright, almost dreamy look to the eyes. I also really like that it includes a concealer shade, so once you’ve created your eye look, you can clean it up and make it super crisp.

IMG_2356Makeup Revolution’s Fortune Favours The Brave

I AM SO GLAD I FINALLY GOT THIS PALETTE. Apologise to everyone in Tavistock, yes I did take the last one, soz. Just look at these shades, do you blame me for lusting after this palette for as long as I did? Do you blame me for grabbing this and running to the till before anyone else in the store saw it? This palette really is so unique, I’ve never seen beautiful peach shades, fade into magnificent blues, to browns, pastel pinks and then purples.

So many of these shades remind me of planets, or just beautifully blended cocktails of eyeshadow dreams. I even love the packaging of this palette, it’s matte and feels so lovely. The shades are again, nicely creamy, easy to blend and compliment each other really well. I’m not crazy, this palette is a dream.

Makeup Revolution’s Beyond Flawless

Exactly my type of palette. Rose-gold tones? Yup. Blendable and complimentary neutrals suitable for daytime and nighttime wear? Yup. This was one of my first purchases from Makeup Revolution, as I didn’t want to go too bold with the shades, but I couldn’t argue with the price, as it included 32 gorgeous shades.

Makeup Revolution’s Eyes Like Angels

Once my eyeshadow collection had just started taking over half of my desk, I realised that I wanted some really vibrant and unique shades, as opposed to the usual rose-gold, pink and brown neutrals that I already had. And therefore I grabbed this palette. Once more I was really happy with the amount of shades you get for your money, alongside me already being impressed by the creamy formulation of Makeup Revolution’s eyeshadows.

Makeup Revolution’s Advent Palette

I’ve searched the entire Internet for this particular palette, but I can’t find it. I assume it was a special palette for the Makeup Revolution Christmas advent calendar last December, because no other palettes have this particular combination of shades. Once more these shades are really creamy and easy to blend. I also really like that the pigmentation of this particular palette can be built up, which I think is perfect for palettes like this that include slightly more ‘unnatural’ shades, like bright pink and green, which is perfect if you’d like to experiment with these shades, but for them to not be overdone and harsh.

IMG_2342Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass

The palette that everyone has been talking about, and lusting after. And I completely understand why. I’m not going to give you a review right now (I’m teasing, I know) because you’re getting an entire post dedicated to this palette next week!


There you have it (almost) every eyeshadow palette I own. I purposely left some out so that I can talk about them with you sometime in the near future, so I hope in the meantime you enjoyed reading about these ones!

What is your absolute favourite eyeshadow palette?

Superdrug Haul

I’ve only ever shared Lush hauls on my blog, so today I wanted to share a little haul from a different shop, and what’s better right now than Superdrug, with their incredible 3 for 2 offer across all cosmetics!?

I recently picked up some handbag essentials, alongside some other beauty treats for myself, so here’s what I picked up!IMG_2208Essentials

Maybelline Baby Lips Chap Stick | I’ve just ran out of all of my various lip balms, so I did need to pick another one up. I’ve definitely found that Baby Lips are by far the best to use, because they keep your lips moisturised for so much longer than any other lip balm. I decided this time to pick up an unscented and colour-free one because they are much more versatile, so I can wear this with anything.

Cuticura Antibacterial Hand Gel | In order to take full advantage of the 3 for 2 offer at Superdrug, I thought I’d pick up this because it is always so handy to have in your bag, and it can keep you from getting unwell! This particular one is ‘Fresh and Fruity’ and it does smell quite nice, still like an anti-bacterial hand gel, but nice.

Halo Hand Wipes | Similarly to the hand gel, I’ve found that hand wipes are so perfect to keep in your bag (especially if you’re a beauty blogger and you can’t go into any Boots, Superdrug, or any shop that sells makeup without swatching lipsticks, highlights, eye shadows, blushes etc all over your hands, only to step out of the shop looking insane and running the risk of staining your clothes.)

Dual Pencil Sharpener | Recently I’ve also bought some new lip liners and waterline eyeliners, and I realised that while they are perfect right now, at some point I am going to need to sharpen them! So this was another obvious essential for me. I also like that as a dual sharpener, you can sharpen bigger things too, like eyeshadow pencils.

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Maybelline Colour Show Blushed Nudes Varnish | Maybelline have just released their Blushed Nudes collection, so when I saw this particular colour ‘Dusty Rose’ I really liked it, as it seemed like another perfect neutral colour for me to wear.

Maybelline Colour Show 60 Seconds Clear Shine | I’m currently running a test to find the best top coat/gel coat for avid nail varnish wearers, so I thought this particular top coat sounded like a promising contender. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know how it goes and which ones comes out best!

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B. Blending Sponge | I recently had my eyes opened with makeup sponges. I found that no matter how much or how regularly I cleaned my makeup sponges, I could never remove what appeared to be tiny black dots, speckled in random places on the sponge. Like most people who own these sponges, I assumed it was just waterproof makeup that maybe I couldn’t remove. But it turns out, it’s actually mould. Doesn’t that freak you out?! So obviously, as soon as I found that out, I threw my sponges away, hence the new sponge.

Collection Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner | I’ve loved wearing winged liner for so many years now, and I’ve used liquid liner, pencils, and felt pens, but never a gel eyeliner. So because of it’s incredibly affordable price, followed by Superdrug’s amazing 3 for 2 offer, I thought I’d pick up a gel eyeliner, and see how I get on!

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Makeup Setting Spray | Just like the gel liner, I have heard lots of things, both good and bad, about makeup setting sprays, so I thought it’d be a good idea to test out a drugstore one, and if I like it, I might try out one of the Urban Decay ones.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer | I’ll always be a sucker for various shades of pink lipsticks, so after swatching a fair few shades from Makeup Revolution, I decided that this shade, ‘What I Believe’, was a lot more vibrant than any shades I already own, and I really like it, especially for Spring and Summer looks.

Collection Colour Lash Colour Mascara | One of my very fabulous best pals (sneaky shoutout, you know who you are) told me that she actually uses a clear mascara to keep her brows tame throughout the day, and I thought this was a freaking genius idea! I know that you can buy clear brow gels, but this mascara is 3 times as big as those, so I thought this is definitely a better value for money.


That’s everything for my Superdrug haul! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that you take advantage of the 3 for 2 deal that Superdrug are currently holding, it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss!

Is there anything I’ve talked about that you’ve tried? Let me know how you got on with it!

Ultimate Guide To Nail Care

Since I found a love for nail art, I also discovered how important it is to have a proper nail care routine, because with applying varnishes to your nails on a regular basis, it can make them weaker and prone to breaking, if you’re not giving them the proper care that they need.

A huge part of doing your nails is obviously removing the varnishes once they begin to chip, or just when you want to change the colour. This is where a lot of the damage can occur to your nails, because nail varnish removers contain alcohol, and this strips your nail of its natural oils, and therefore leaves your nails dry, brittle and highly prone to breaking.

So after a few years of trial and error, I’ve finally found a perfect formula for keeping your nails strong and healthy, even if you regularly paint them.Healthy Nails 2Cuticle Oil | Over time, I’ve learned of the importance of replacing any oils lost both on and near your nails through repeatedly subjecting them to varnishes and nail varnish remover. If you go to a nail salon, you’ll notice that after you’ve had your nails reshaped, and the polish removed, you have something called a cuticle oil painted across your unpainted nails, and massaged into your cuticles, and base of your nail. This step is essential for keeping your nails hydrated as they grow out, and it also helps keep your cuticles healthy and moisturised.

Nail Primer | This next step is another essential if you like your nail varnish to last. By using a proper nail primer, it can extend the length of your varnish by roughly a week! Most people like to use a base coat, which is helpful for keeping colours put, but they add a shine to your nails, which can mean that after a couple of days, the varnish can begin to peel away, as the combination of a base and top coat acts as a double-sided layer that essentially ‘traps’ the varnish, and results in it peeling away from your nail. The difference with a nail primer is that it goes on like a regular base coat, but it then dries matte, meaning that whatever colour you apply on top of it is absorbed by this layer, and it’s held by the nail, instead of being suspended on top of it.

2 in 1 Varnish | If you can’t find a nail primer, and you find that your base or top coat isn’t enough to keep your nail varnish put, it might simply be that they aren’t compatible. Instead I would also recommend using a 2 in 1 varnish because it works as both a base coat and a top coat, so it keeps your varnish from budging.

Nail Hardener | If you find that even with all of these recommendations, your nails are still quite prone to breaking, it could be down to your diet, so while trying to pinpoint how to improve your nails, a quick fix is to use a trustworthy nail strengthener, and paint that onto your nails before and after applying a colour.


Those are my top products for improving the condition and longevity after painting your nails. I hope you guys enjoyed it, and it’ll help you out!

Do you find painting your nails to be more of a chore, or a relaxing treat?

Makeup Revolution Blush & Contour Palette

Hey guys! As you may have seen, there’s a major love for Makeup Revolutions palettes among the blogging community, and who can blame us, look at how gorgeous they are!

I’ve had the ‘Golden Sugar Blush & Contour’ palette for quite a while now, and I’ve been really impressed with it, so today I’m going to talk you through why I really like this product.IMG_1939Firstly, there’s the formulation of this product. As Makeup Revolution describe this palette, “we explore the most amazing collection of bronzers, merged blushers, baked bronzer and 2 merged baked highlighters.” Each colour is incredibly creamy, particularly the baked highlighters and blushers.

Makeup Revolution actually are my favourite brand (apart from Urban Decay’s Naked Illuminated) for highlighters, as they are so beautifully pigmented and the shimmer makes everyone that wears them look like sparkling, radiant beings.

I was also highly impressed with the variations of shades within this palette. If you’re a Makeup Revolution fan, you’ll know that they have quite a wide collection of highlighters, bronzers, and blush palettes, but usually they conform to a particular shade, and include slight variations of that shade. Whereas this palette covers a much cooler variation of shades, which I think makes this palette perfect for many more variations of skin tone.

Overall, my favourite thing about this palette is the fact that it pretty much covers your entire base. With highlighters, blushers and bronzers, it’s perfect for including in a travel makeup bag, since it contains everything but your base.


That’s everything I can think to mention about this palette, I would definitely recommend picking it up and giving it a try for yourself, especially because just like all Makeup Revolution products, it’s highly affordable.

Have you tried this product? Let me know how you found it in the comments!

Guide To Face Masks

I love a good face mask, who doesn’t? But if you’ve got, like me, sensitive skin, you can be quite wary about putting anything onto your face, especially as many face masks can be quite strong and end up burning your skin.

So today I’m going to give you guys a run down to the face masks that I really like, that are also suitable for sensitive skin!backgrounder (2)IMG_1029My 7th Heaven | These are the face masks that we will all have tried, they are some of the cheapest on the market, and they have a huge  and diverse range available. Every pack has a guide in the top right corner as to what skin type they are most suitable for, but they are all so gentle, that from my experience they are all suitable for use on all skin types, but if you want a particular one geared for dry skin, or congested skin, just look for one with that in the corner. Like I said, they aren’t particularly strong, so I would recommend giving any of these a try as you’ve got so many options, from mud masks to honey peel off ones!IMG_1030Soap & Glory’s Scrub Your Nose In It| This mask is another one of my favourites because it comes in a tube, so you’ve got a lot more masks for your money, but it does contain a much stronger formula than most drugstore face masks, so I only like to use this one if my skin is completely clear, otherwise it can tend to sting, and no, that is NOT what face masks are supposed to do! As it is a bit stronger, it means that it does leave your skin feeling really new and refreshed, but I wouldn’t use it if you suffer from acne or any other skin issues.IMG_1031Azure Spa’s Collagen Woven Facial Mask | These face masks are my second-favourite to use, because they are woven, so you don’t need to worry about correctly applying them, or using too much or too little, you just open the pack and place it on your face. I find that these are much better for soothing the skin, because you’re not rubbing at it to apply the mask.IMG_1036Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask | These masks are my absolute favourite, because they are unbelievably cheap, and with my experience, you can get two face masks from one pack, because the formula is so thick. So I’d recommend using these with friends, because you can’t really re-seal the pack once you’ve opened it, and it is a bit too much to use in one go.


That’s it for all of my face masks, I hope this little guide has helped you guys out! I did also talk about an entire brand of face masks that I recently discovered HERE, if you’d like to check those out too. Do you like using face masks? Let me know what your favourite brand is in the comments!

What’s In My Travel Bag? (Featuring LYDC Bags)

what's in my travel bag (1)Hey guys, as some of you may have already seen, about a month ago, I won a bag from LYDC! The competition was comprised of 10 random bags daily, so you don’t know which one exactly you’re winning. So when it arrived, I was so surprised at how big (and pretty) it was!

So since it was this bag that prompted me to write this post, I’ll give you guys a little run down of the bag itself. It is the ‘Hoppen Quilted Shoulder Bag’ in the colour wine by LYDC. It’s also available in navy and black. For me, it’s the perfect travel bag, because it’s got tonnes of space, and can be carried or worn as a shoulder bag!

So here we go with what’s in my travel bag!IMG_0848what's in my travel bag (2)My Makeup | Obviously I’m not going to go particularly far without everything I use to paint my face fabulously on the daily. I also recently got this Ted Baker zip bag that I’m using as my new makeup bag, isn’t it just too beautiful?!what's in my travel bag (5)Tech | My phone and headphones are again, obvious go-tos. But I like to pack both my in-ear headphones and my overhead ones because I like to switch between them during long journeys, and then whenever I’m on my phone or laptop because using one particular pair for an extended amount of time can really hurt my ears.

For longer journeys/stays I also like to bring my tablet, because I like to read and play games on a bigger screen. And my camera (fun fact, I actually pack my Canon Sx610 when I’m going away, but I couldn’t picture it because I haven’t charged my Nikon, so they had to switch places, top job Corinne.)what's in my travel bag (4)Essentials | I always pack makeup remover because just because I’m not at home, doesn’t mean I can leave my makeup on overnight like a crazy person. A roll-on deodorant is my preferred choice of deodorant, I actually really like this one because it’s cucumber and green tea scented, so it smells really clean and fresh. I like to also take a hand cream with me because my hands can get dry during the colder months, and keeping them hydrated is always a good idea. Finally, I also like to keep a pack of gum on me and any kind of hair care treatment, most recently it’s V05’s ‘Smoothly Does It’ because it can be applied to wet hair as a heat protectant, or dry hair to smooth out frizz.


That’s it for what’s in my travel bag, have I missed out anything that would be the first thing you would pack? Let me know in the comments!

2015 Highlights

Hello everyone! It’s the start of a new year, so that of course means I’m going to talk about my favourites from the last year!

I’ve included random favourites as well as beauty favourites, but I have limited myself, because if I was going to talk about everything I loved from this past year, we’d be here until Halloween.

So here we go with my 2015 (almagamated) favourites!IMG_0496BEAUTY

Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette | Yes, as this past year was the year I started my blog, I thus opened my eyes to the world of Urban Decay, and naturally, the famous Naked 3. I am so glad I invested in this palette because it has everything you could need in a palette, whether you’re new to makeup, or much more confident in it. These rose-gold hues really do live up to the hype, and the lasting power (when used in conjunction with Urban Decay’s primer) is unreal.

Estée Lauder All Over Face Compact | This compact is another great all-occasions-product. The bronzer is my favourite bronzer to use for contouriing and adding some dimension and colour to a base, and the variations of blusher colour are great to adapt to different looks.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara | I tried this mascara out reasonably early in the year, and I haven’t bought another one since. It creates a false-lash look, without the mess/hassle of applying falsies!

Collection’s 24 Hour Extreme Felt Liner | As if I haven’t already spoken enough about this eyeliner. It’s my lifetime favourite, not just from 2015. You can hear plenty more about it HERE, HERE and HERE.

Rimmel Lipstick in #700 ‘Naughty Nude’ | I’ve always been after a nude colour to suit my skin tone, and holy heck have Rimmel found it. So if you are also looking for the perfect nude, and we have similar colouring, definitely check out the ‘Only 1’ range.

Maybelline Baby Lips | The best chapstick on the market. I also really like that they are available in different colours, so you can have a slight tint to your lips without having to use a lipstick as well as a chapstick.

Makeup Revolution Highlighter in ‘Pink Lights’ | This is one of the prettiest and most affordable drugstore highlighters. It looks beautiful, and you only need a light swipe of it for it to really shine.

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Dead Sea Mud Masks | I picked these up one day because they are really cheap, and you get 2 masks in a pack, so I thought I’d try them out. In fact, you can generously get 4 masks out of these 2 packs, so it’s even better value for money! These masks are perfect for a pamper night while you’re in the bath, or just a quick mask before bed. They’re very refreshing and cooling, so also suitable for all skin types.

Lush’s ‘Shoot For The Stars’ Bath Bomb | Again, perfect for a pamper night. I think my love for the sea means I have a deeper love for blue bath bombs, because it turns your bath into a gorgeous clear-blue sea colour. An the added sparkle just makes the whole thing a dream, come on.

Bluetooth Speaker | These speakers are amazing. I know they’re nothing new, but I am now old enough to be fascinated by the fact that the music is being transported through the air from my phone/laptop to this speaker. It’s also surprisingly loud in comparison to it’s size!

Nivea Sensitive Day Moisturiser | Once I’d realised the error of my ways with using Nivea’s ordinary moisturiser in my regular skincare routine (clogged pores, greasiness, makeup sliding!) I wanted to find a much lighter and gentler moisturiser to use daily. And this moisturiser is the ideal one! It’s light enough to be used regularly, and not clog your pores.

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Sparkly Shoes | 2015 was the year I widened my shoe-horizon and discovered a world outside of dolly shoes and heels, and by far, these sparkly flats are my new favourite type of shoes. They are insanely comfortable, and look fabulous, let’s not deny that.

Makeup Brushes | What with starting my blog, I saw the taboo of using the makeup sponges that come with almost every eyeshadow palette, and discovered the world of makeup brushes. This set came with 15 brushes, everything you’d need to start out with makeup, from Amazon!IMG_0707Scarf | This scarf is amazing. It keeps you ridiculously warm when you need it, but also doubles as a blanket during lectures. So that’s all very good, and much more than you expect from a scarf, for sure.

Backpack | My little backpack is definitely my favourite bag from 2015. It’s practical and cute. All of the compartments and pockets means that even the contents of my bag are sorted into categories, how exciting!

Space Flask | Again, perfect for when you’ve got 10am lectures and your brain likes to come through at roughly 11am. I really like this design from Paperchase, and it’s available in multiple products, I’ve actually got a matching poster because I like to rep space, it’s pretty cool after all.


THAT’S IT! Phew, well done everyone for making it through that, it was certainly a recount of an entire year if ever there was one. Again, I’m going to soppily thank you all for reading this lil site, it means a lot to me. At the end of this month, Organicbynerve is going to be turning 1, and I can’t wait to celebrate that with every one of you!