Spring Favourites

Hey guys! I haven’t done a favourites post since November of last year, a huge 7 months ago, as this year I decided that I’d do my ‘Snippets’ videos instead of monthly favourites posts. So since it has been so long, I thought I’d share some of my favourites that I’ve been loving throughout Spring.IMG_7712Maybelline’s Colour Show Nail Polish in ‘Dusty Rose’ | When Maybelline released their ‘Blushed Nudes’ collection, I knew that I was going to love almost the entirety of the nail polishes, because I’ve been adoring lighter and more muted tones on my nails lately. The brushes of these polishes are a good size, not quite as big as Rimmel’s, but not thin and difficult to use. I love this colour in particular because it’s so pretty, goes with any colour outfit, and perfectly matches my new LYDC bag!

Rimmel’s Brow This Way Brow Gel | At the start of this year I decided to step up my brow game, as I occasionally filled them in, but they never stayed looking how I wanted them to throughout the day, so I decided to try out a brow gel, and with this product, I enjoy doing my brows every. single. day. This product has also inspired me to keep on top of my brow game by shaping them, so that when I use this gel, they look exactly as I want them to. This gel keeps them put all day long, and is slightly tinted so I don’t even need to pencil them in before using this product.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara | I know I’ve spoken about this mascara before, but I’ve been loving it again this year because it’s affordable, but really elongates and curls the lashes.IMG_7715Katy Perry’s Mad Potion Perfume | I recently got this perfume, and I’ve been wearing it every day since. I really feel like it’s light enough to be worn as a perfect Spring daytime perfume, but also sultry and deep enough to wear in the evenings. It’s a really unique but sweet scent, with the main accords of vanilla and peony.

MAC Lipstick in ‘Please Me’ | I had actually seen someone with similar colouring to myself wearing this lipstick, and it looked amazing, so naturally I decided to buy it. It’s a matte formula, but not like most matte lipsticks where it turns crumbly and just makes you want to lather your lips in lip balm. It’s surprisingly creamy, and a gorgeous medium pink shade, I’d recommend it to anyone with a fair to medium skin tone, as it’s not a distracting and overboard pink, it’s just really pretty and adds a touch of colour.IMG_7717Garnier’s Micellar Water | As I’ve been gradually growing my makeup collection, and therefore the amount of makeup I’ve been wearing daily, I often get to bed at the end of the day and can’t really motivate myself to get up and carry out my usual skincare routine, so I’ve been incredibly grateful to having this product (alongside a stack of cotton wool pads) right next to my bed. I can be half asleep, but I’ll always remember to take my makeup off with this handy and quick micellar water.

Rituals Miracle Balm | I’ve only just talked about this product to you guys, see that post HERE, but I’ve been loving this hand balm for a little while now, as it’s everything I’ve been looking for in a hand lotion, but haven’t found before.

John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Touch Up Creme | With dyeing my hair a fair few times this year already, I have seen something of a change in the condition of my hair, so I recently decided to improve my haircare routine, see a post on that HERE, but this product in particular has really been saving my hair on days when it is determined to be frizzy and kinky. This product acts as a leave in conditioner that you apply to dry and styled hair, working as a sort of moisturiser for the ends of your hair. I love applying it to my hair after blow drying it.


Those are all of the things that I’ve been loving this Spring, I hope you enjoyed this post!

What products & things have you been loving throughout this half of the year?

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The Mascara Edit

I think mascara is one of the first things people tend to experiment with when it comes to makeup, but we often fall into the habit of always just repurchasing the same mascara that we always use, never knowing the effects of endless other mascaras! So today I thought it’d be interesting for me to talk you guys through the mascaras that I have tried, and let you know how well they work, if they last all day, and if they do everything that they claim to.

IMG_2243Rimmel’s Wonderfull Waterproof

I was initially drawn to this mascara because I’d had a real problem with my mascara transferring onto my eyelids and underneath my eyes throughout the day, so I thought a waterproof one was just what I needed to combat this happening. This was also one of the first plastic applicators that I’d ever had, and I was keen to see how that affected the application. The brush itself is big enough to catch all of your lashes in one go, so it’s a lot easier to build it up into a couple of coats, and I can confirm that this mascara will only budge when you properly remove it at the end of the day!

Makeup Revolution’s The Viper

I briefly spoke about this mascara in my Makeup Revolution Focus post that went up a couple of months ago, and like I said then, I was quite disappointed with this product. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Makeup Revolution, their highlighters, palettes, lipsticks and lip lacquers are absolutely perfect. But I think the combination of this mascara being a bristle brush applicator, with a ‘snake-like’ shape, makes it difficult to apply properly. I found that it can give reasonable volume, but no real length or lift.

Avon’s Super Shock

I was really impressed by just how long the applicator for this mascara was! The bristles are short, and really condensed, so you catch a lot more of your lashes when applying this mascara. I’ve found that this product is quite affordable and effective, but it definitely works much better if you’ve curled your lashes first, as the straight brush does make it tough for you to get a nice lift and curve to your lashes.

IMG_2245Benefit’s They’re Real

This mascara is as famous as it is, because it truly is amazing. Just one coat of this and it really gives you an effortless ‘false-lash’ effect. The varying length of the bristles means that it catches long and short lashes all in one swift swipe. The only con I can think of when it comes to this product is that it’s incredibly difficult to apply to the lower lash line, because it’s almost too good at lengthening the lashes, that it can leave them looking spidery and transfer onto underneath your eye.

Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash

The formula of this mascara is incredible, as it never flakes or crumbles throughout the day. The black colour is one of the most intense I’ve known when it comes to mascaras, and Benefit tackle the one issue I have with “They’re Real” with this mascara; it’s really difficult for applying to the lower lash line. I think it’s because the applicator isn’t plastic, so it holds onto the product, meaning you don’t over-apply the product. It’s also one of my favourites because the brush is twice the length of any other I’ve previously used.

IMG_2247Soap & Glory’s Thick & Fast

As I’ve gone through so many various types of mascaras, I never thought I’d find the perfect hybrid of all of these, until I saw Soap & Glory’s 7 sided super mascara! I’ve found that this mascara does wonders for curling your lashes up, but only really adds noticeable length and volume after a couple of coats.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational

Everyone’s favourite drugstore mascara, and I can completely understand why! Whether you only apply one coat, or you prefer to build it up, this mascara is always noticeable and adds everything you’d like to add to your lashes, curl, length, and volume, all while remaining pretty and not spidery. It’s even the perfect formula and brush for applying to your bottom lashes. This is by far, my favourite mascara, because it does the job so well, and it’s affordable.


That’s it for all of the mascaras I’ve tried! Do you have a favourite that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!

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!

Brand Focus: Benefit

I recently realised that I showed you guys my beauty advent calendars at the start of December, but I never gave you guys an update of the products that were included!

So today I thought I’d do another brand focus post, and talk you through the products that I received, and review everything!IMG_1771Total Moisture Facial Cream | This face cream is actually a lot better than I expected it to be. I thought that it’d have a really strong scent, and that as soon as I applied it, it would maybe sting my sensitive skin, and make it so red that I couldn’t use this product. But instead I was pleasantly surprised by a light scent of mango butter, a natural plant-based emollient known to provide moisture, so I didn’t hesitate to put it on my skin, because I knew it would be gentle on it. It left my skin feeling instantly refreshed and highly moisturised.IMG_1772Rockateur Cheek Powder | This cheek powder is a fabulous alternative to both blush and bronzer, because it has both bronzing and peach undertones. You only need a very light swipe of this across the apples of your cheeks, and your complexion is instantly lifted and given a really worthwhile warmth. Benefit describe this product as perfect for giving your skin “a fresh-off-the-stage glow.” Your skin can’t look better than that!

IMG_1774Highlighters

Watts Up! | This highlighter is in my favourite packaging, because I find it so much easier to apply in this twist-up chapstick-style format. The colour itself is a really gorgeous golden champagne, with a lot of shimmer and shine (obviously!). The only thing I found with this particular product (the travel size) is that it takes an awful lot of blending at the edges, to look right. This difficulty obviously doesn’t exist with the full size product because it comes with a proper ‘smudger’ on the other end of the product.

High Beam | This highlighter is my favourite shade of all of Benefits highlighters, because it has a really cool pink undertone, and I find that that shade suits my skin tone best. It is a liquid, so I would recommend using this sparingly, and then blending it out, and gradually applying more if you want a more obvious highlighted look.

Ooh La Lift | This is actually an ‘under-eye brightening’ highlighter, so it’s like a wonderful mix of a concealer and a highlight. As it says itself, its perfect for putting underneath your and in the inner corners of your eyes to really brighten them up and cover any other dark areas you may have, without being overly ‘highlighted’.IMG_1779The Porefessional Primer | I think this is one of Benefits most well known products, it was definitely the first product of theirs that I ever heard about, so I was really excited to give it a try! It’s tinted, but the colour really dissipates once you’ve properly applied it, and I’m really glad to be able to say it’s actually one of the best primers I’ve ever tried. I’ve found that it increases the staying power of both eyeshadows and foundation/concealer for all-day wear. It’s also quite unique because you can apply it under or over your makeup, and I think that’s perfect for those (like me!) that can sometimes forget to apply a base before putting on your makeup.

They’re Real! Remover | I was confused at first by the name of this product, because I was so used to associating this name to the famous mascara, but this is the perfectly formulated remover for that mascara! All you need to do is apply a small amount of this to a cotton pad, and swipe it across your eyes, and it removes all waterproof makeup.IMG_1781Lollitint Lip & Cheek Tint | I have been blown away by the pigment and staying power of this product. When I first tested it, it had the formulation of a lipgloss, so I suspected that when I swiped it away, that it would disappear entirely. But after it had dried and I tried to wipe it off of my hand, it had done just what I least expected, and it had stained my skin a highly pigmented deep pink. I really like this product because it starts out with a consistency similar to a lipgloss, you have some time to apply and play around with it (especially when applying to your cheeks) before it actually settles and stains the skin.

Sugarbomb Lipgloss | Benefit have done it. They have found the perfect formula for a lipgloss that means it’s still a lipgloss, but it’s not sticky, so that’s already an insane pro to this product. This particular lipgloss actually contains some plumping qualities, so at first it does leave a tingly sensation on your lips, but after that, it is a really subtle pink-toned nude lipgloss.

Hoola Lipgloss | This lipgloss is similar to Sugarbomb, but it’s not plumping, and it’s a slightly darker nude shade, which makes it so much more suitable for all skin tones. Again, it’s not sticky, so it’s really nice to wear.

IMG_1786Mascaras

Bad Gal Lash | I really like this mascara for when I’m applying it to both my top and botton lashes, because of the brush applicator, it’s easily buildable and it does take a few coats to get a really exaggerated lash look. So it’s perfect for building up the length and volume of your top lashes, while keeping it pretty and natural on the bottom.

They’re Real! | Possibly one of the most famous mascaras on the market, and I completely understand why. With just one coat, you’ve got an immediate false-lash effect. I don’t like applying this mascara to my lower lashes because the plastic applicator means it can tend to make them look spidery and transfer onto the underneath of my eyes, but other than that, this mascara is perfect for a quick false-lash look.


And that’s it for what was included in Benefit’s advent calendar, I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Have you tried any products from Benefit before? What’s your fave?

Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

We’ve all got them, our ‘go-tos’, our ‘staples’, well today I’m calling them ‘Beauty products I can’t live without’ (simply because “Beauty Products That I Really Adore But Could Probably Live Without But I Would Rather Not Imagine That Existence” isn’t the catchiest of titles, so here we are.) and I’m sharing my most used and favourite products with you all!

IMG_1734Basics

Obviously a primer is a a sensible staple for everyone, because without a good base, your makeup just isn’t going to last. I consider this particular primer from Makeup Revolution a staple because it’s light, does the job for your entire face, and it’s incredibly affordable.

This Stay Matte pressed powder has also become a staple for me, because it’s perfect for matte-ifying any foundation or concealer, and it works wonders for oily areas, keeping them matte for up to 12 hours!

Collection’s Illuminating Touch Concealer is the only concealer for me, it’s so easy to use, and it has the perfect amount of coverage for me, it’s definitely a medium coverage, but it can be built up or worn very sparingly.

I also can’t imagine applying my makeup with anything but a beauty blender now. I know a lot of people rave about them, and there is this insane amount of hype around them, but they really do live up to it all. Whether you like to use it wet or dry, applying your foundation with this tool makes your base look so much more flawless and ‘airbrushed’.

If I could only use one tool and absolutely no makeup, I would choose an eyelash curler, without question. I think that if you’re having a lazy day or you just don’t want to do your makeup, just curling your lashes really adds something to your eyes, making you feel and look fluttery and gorgeous.

IMG_1737Hair & Body

For my hair my holy grail products are this Salon Professional hairspray, and Vitapointe leave-in conditioner. This hairspray is a perfect mix between being lightweight and still having an incredible hold, and it actually smells really nice, which is rare to find in hairsprays. I also really like this leave-in conditioner because it’s perfect for smoothing dry ends and adding a sleekness and shine to straightened hair.

I’ve spoken about this body butter very recently, and it definitely lives up to the hype behind it. It’s softening and light, so it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. Perfect for all over your entire body.

I also really like using any and all Babylips chapsticks, not only because they are highly moisturising and keep chapped lips at bay, but there are so many tinted options available now, that the possibilities are endless!

 

IMG_1740Lips

I thought I’d just quickly share my ‘go-to’ red and pink lip, because I feel like I’ve finally found my all time favourites. Rimmel’s Kate Moss 107 is is a perfect dark red shade, that I’ve found is suitable for all skin tones, and you know that it suits you well enough for you to wear it with confidence. I also really love this shade from Chanel, and I know it’s a lot pricier than your average drugstore lipstick, but this lipstick is definitely worth investing in because the formula is really moisturising and creamy, so it feels really nice to wear, but also, this particular shade ‘432’ is a beautiful and natural looking pink, so again it’s highly wearable.

 

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I’ve mentioned all three of these products before, so we all already know that I love them and find myself reaching for them constantly, so I’ll quickly run through them all. Collection’s Extreme 24 hour felt liner is my favourite liner on the market. The fact that I know its name without having to read it off of the product itself is telling of how often I not only use it, but talk about it. It’s everything anyone looks for in an eyeliner, and it’s only £2.99, foolproof. Maybelline’s Lash Sensational, I’ve been using this mascara for a long time now, and even recently I’ve been getting comments on how it looks like I’m wearing false eyelashes, only for me to emphasise to everyone that I really don’t have time/can’t be bothered with applying false eyelashes daily, and my look is entirely down to this mascara, I’d recommend it to everyone.

Finally, there’s the Estee Lauder All Over Face Compact, I use this compact in most of my makeup looks, because it contains everything that I need to put a look together, with a nicely pigmented bronzer, and three varying shades of blush, no matter what tone of look I’m going for, I can incorporate this palette.


That’s it for my beauty staples, let me know in the comments what makeup items/tools you can’t live without!

Brand Focus: Makeup Revolution

After finishing my beauty advent calendars, I realised that I now have a hearty collection of all things Makeup Revolution, so today I’m talking you guys through a selection of their products, with reviews of everything, now there is a lot, so let’s get through this!

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Primer | This primer is perfect for either all-over-face makeup, or just as an eyeshadow primer. It’s incredibly light and soft, and not sticky at all. I was impressed with this primer, as it made my makeup last a few hours longer than usual in the day. The only downside to it being as light as it is, is that you tend to use a little bit more than you would with other primers because you aren’t aware of it being on your face.

Highlight | These highlighters are insane. They are beautiful, and one of my favourite drugstore highlighters. My favourite is the ‘Pink Lights’ as I find that it suits my skintone the best. All you need is a very light dusting across your cheeks and you’re set for the whole day (or night!) They are nicely pigmented, so you don’t need to go overboard when applying.

Blush | I think the blushes are a bit of a miss, but this might just be because they aren’t well suited for my skintone. As you can see in my swatches, ‘Treat’ is much too similar to my skintone to be a blush, ‘Wow’ is a bit too barbie-pink for it to be wearable daily for me. The best blush for me would be ‘Now’, but I find it too orange-based for a blush, I’d be much more confident wearing this as an eyeshadow.

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Highlighters Swatches
Pressed Highlighters: ‘Pink Lights’ ‘Golden Lights’ ‘Hidden Lights’
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Pressed Blushes: ‘Now’ ‘Wow’ ‘Treat’

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Palettes | If I was forced to pick only one product from Makeup Revolution, it’d definitely be a palette. The palettes combine a huge amount of perfectly blendable creamy shades. I was surprised at the amount of shades in the palettes, as they are so affordable! My favourite palette of them all is the ‘Beyond Flawless’ as it has everything you need to create basic eye looks, more complicated looks, rose gold inspired looks and a dark smoky eye. So many of the shades in this palette remind me of those in the Naked 3, and it’s only £8! I also really like that Makeup Revolution have more unusual palettes, as a lot of palettes available nowadays are quite basic nudes.

Mono Eyeshadows | I have never known such creamy and well pigmented mono eyeshadows. My favourite shade is ‘Mountains of Gold’, because it’s a beautiful gold colour, but with a shimmer that I’ve never seen before. (It also really reminds me of my favourite shade from Urban Decay’s Naked 3, ‘Trick’!)

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Swatches
Mono Eyeshadows: ‘Mountains of Gold’ ‘Base!’ ‘Delicious’

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Lip Lacquer | I picked up this lip lacquer just before Halloween last year, and my only wish is that I could wear it more often! As it says, it goes on as a liquid, and dries matte. The Salvation Lip Lacquers are really gorgeous colours, but they are usually not ones that you can wear daily. I also found that you need to reapply quite frequently as they do break up after roughly an hour.

Intense Lipgloss | Now as you can see, I could only swatch the red lipgloss, and that’s because the doe foot applicator for the pink shade is stuck at the bottom of the lipgloss. I was really disappointed as this shade looks like a lipgloss that I’d actually enjoy wearing! The lipglosses themselves aren’t particularly sticky, but as you can also see, the really deep red actually comes out as more of a pink, so they aren’t as pigmented as they appear in the packaging.

Sheer Lipgloss | The sheer lipglosses are a lot stickier than the Intense Lipglosses, but they are available in really gorgeous colours. The first one is a very subdued gloss, adding just a touch of shimmer to your lips, and the second one is a very wearable medium-nude pink

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Lip Lacquer (#2): ‘Velvet Vamp’

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The Viper | This is one of the only things that has disappointed me. The wand is shaped just like the head of a cobra, which I understand is inkeeping with the name of the mascara, but it makes it quite difficult to apply, and once you have applied it, is doesn’t really do much to elongate, curl or volumise lashes. This mascara is one of the only things I wouldn’t repurchase.Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Mascara The Viper Wand

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Lipsticks | Another one of my favourite things from Makeup Revolution! These lipsticks are creamy, well pigmented, and highly wearable! When I saw some of these colours I was quite intimidated by them, but I’ve found myself even wearing the orange shade! They are reasonably long lasting, but I would recommend reapplying roughly halfway through the day. I can’t believe how much I really like these lipsticks, again, considering how affordable they are.Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Lipsticks Swatches

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Nail Polishes | I like  there is a wider variety of polishes, and they’re not exclusively bright or pastels. They dry quite quickly, usually in just over a minute. For the colour to be true to that of the bottle, you do have to apply a a couple of coats, and they last around 5-6 days.


That’s it for today, do you have any favourite products from Makeup Revolution, or have you never tried any of their stuff?

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!

BLOGMAS Day 17 // Festive Makeup Look

Hey guys! Can you believe that today is exactly a week until Christmas eve?!

So today I thought I’d show you guys one of my favourite makeup looks for the festive season, with a little video!

I really love seeing everyone’s favourite festive looks, so that’s why I shared mine with you today, I hope you enjoyed it!

Drop me a little comment on the video if you did enjoy it, and let me know what kinds of videos you’d like to see from me in the coming year!


What are your go-to products/looks when it comes to the party season?

Victoria Secret-Inspired Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! As it’s Halloween tomorrow, I thought it would be only fitting to squeeze one last Halloween themed makeup post in!

So I went for a look that I have been wanting to do for a long time now, a Victoria Secret Angel-inspired makeup look.Fotor0103019358Check out my video below to see how I achieved this look!


And that’s it for my Halloween themed posts for this year! I hope you guys enjoyed this series, let me know if you did in the comments, and if you’d like more themed series’ in the future. (For example, Blogmas anyone?)

Makeup Bag Staples

For those of us that like to wear makeup, we can quickly see that there are certain products we like to keep at hand throughout the day. So today I’m sharing with you guys my favourite makeup bag staples.Fotor0819173550

First things first, obviously a compact is a really handy thing to have in your makeup bag, otherwise carrying any additional products is entirely useless. I like to have a double compact, meaning there is a regular mirror and a magnified side.

The next staple is a moisturiser. If you suffer from dry skin, then it really helps to improve it if you regularly moisturise throughout the day. It also helps your makeup sit better on your skin, and give it a much higher lasting power.

For me, I also like to always have a pair of tweezers on me, if not for any last minute brow checks for yourself, then it’s always handy to lend to a friend if they are in need.

Naturally after tweezers, the next product is whatever you use for filling in your brows. I use a brow pencil, as it’s handy and easily portable.DSCN1993 (2)

A further product that I can’t even imagine leaving the house without is a chapstick. I’ve been obsessed with Babylips since I first picked up one to try out. Lately I picked up this lightly tinted one to add a little bit of colour to the lips, while also moisturising them.

Next I also like to have a natural lip look ready in my makeup bag, so I like to carry a pink lipliner along with a corresponding lipstick. My favourites are Rimmel’s Exagerrate lipliner in ‘Eastend Snob’ and Lancôme’s L’absolu Rouge in #06 ‘Rose Nu’ which I have previously spoken about in my favourites.

Finally, for the eyes I also like to always have a neutral eye look handy in my makeup bag, so I’ll always have a neutral toned eyeshadow palette on me, lately I’ve been loving Makeup Academy’s Heaven & Earth eyeshadow palette, as it covers a lot of neutral and pretty looks.DSCN1992 (2)

I can’t leave out eyeliner, so I’ve always got a felt liner on me, and once again recently I stumbled upon Collection’s Extreme 24 hour eyeliner, and it hasn’t left my side since. I also like to have my mascara on me just in case I need to touch it up during the day.

Obviously there are certain other tools that are always good to have handy, for me it’s an eyelash curler, travel brush, a hair tie and some bobby pins.


That’s it for today! What products can you guys not leave the house without? Let me know in the comments!