Saturday, 30 August 2014

L'Oreal True Match Foundation

I'd been trying to get hold of this foundation for ages before my friend Alison suggested popping to a local retail park after our catch up lunch a few weeks ago. I'd tried so many different Boots stores, Advantage Card points poised to make the purchase, but nowhere seemed to have my shade in stock, so thanks Alison for the suggestion! There have been a lot of good reviews floating around the blogosphere for this foundation, so I've been really curious to see if it really did live up to the high expectations I had.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Graze Box Review

If you've been following my blog for a long time, you may remember that I lost almost 4 and a half stone for my wedding following the Slimming World plan. Well, I have a little confession to make. Since getting married three months ago, I've been a little slack with my healthy eating and a few pounds have crept on. It's nothing drastic, but I'd like to take control of it now so that I don't slip back to my old ways again. Before I joined Slimming World, I had a Graze subscription and really enjoyed receiving my box of snacks each week, but when I realised I was going to have to syn them, I decided I would rather spend my syns on crisps and chocolate each day - looking back I realise this wasn't the healthiest option to take. So this time, I've decided to compromise and will occasionally snack on a little naughty treat, but the rest of the time I will be tucking into my healthier Graze snacks.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Bank Holiday Haul

I am well and truly done with summer! The weather in the UK has been so cold and miserable recently that I can't wait to whip out my jumpers and boots, and vamp up my makeup a little. Unfortunately the clothes stores have not quite caught up with the weather yet, and they're still in that awkward summer/autumn transition phase, so there wasn't a great deal that caught my eye over the weekend when I went to bulk up my autumn/winter wardrobe. Nevertheless, I still came home with a handful of shopping bags.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

What's In My Muji Storage

If you read last Sunday's post you'll know that I have a brand new beauty setup and makeup storage in my spare bedroom. I'm storing the majority of my makeup collection in my Ikea Alex drawers, but I have a set of Muji drawers sat on my dressing table to make current everyday makeup picks easily accessible to me. The idea is that I go through my makeup collection every month or so, and have a switch up of what goes in my Muji drawers, so that I'm getting more use out of my stash and not reaching for the same old things all of the time. Now, I filled these drawers with summer in mind, and with the weather we've been having recently in the UK I'd imagine I'll have to think about reshuffling sooner than I'd planned, but I thought I'd show you what's currently in there anyway!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Brand Top 5 - Bourjois

I kicked off this series a couple of weeks ago with my top 5 Rimmel products and thought I'd continue with a recent drugstore favourite, Bourjois. For the longest time, I had very few Bourjois products in my makeup stash, but over the past year or so I feel like they've really stepped up their game and some of their new releases have become firm favourites of mine.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My Perfume Collection

Now that my makeup storage has had a total revamp, gone are the stacks of Glossyboxes on top of my chest of drawers, so I now have more space to organise my perfume collection. I've had a little sort through, and thrown away any really old perfumes I've had sitting around, and any that I know I'm never going to touch again, so I thought I'd share with you which fragrances have still made the cut in my collection.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

My New Beauty Setup

I'm so excited to be sharing this post with you. For such a long time, my makeup was all stored in my old Glossyboxes, all stacked on top of each other, so if I wanted something from one of the bottom boxes it was a pain to get to. This resulted in me using the same old products over and over again and not really getting the full use out of my collection. Hopefully now my new set up will encourage me to be a little more experimental with different products in my collection. I was also having a massive overflow situation, with not enough boxes to store everything, so it was time to do something about it! I've been imagining what this set up would look like for a long time and, whilst there are a couple of little tweaks I'd still like to make, I'm very happy with how it's turned out.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Birchbox - August 2014

I've been pretty disappointed with my last two Birchboxes and was considering cancelling my subscription after this month's box if things didn't improve. Luckily Birchbox appear to have redeemed themselves a little this month, so they live to see another month on my blog!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets - New Shades

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks have been one of my favourite product launches of the year, with Pink Pong being one of my go-to's for a night out. So, when I saw that there were a few new shades coming out, I was all over them, especially as there was at last going to be a nude added to the range, which was my main grumble from the original shade range.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Beauty Wishlist - August 2014

As you can see, my beauty wishlist is pretty hefty at the moment - and this is just the top of my list I'm showing you! Reading lots of beauty blogs means I get tempted by so many different products, something my bank balance tends to hate me for. Some of these products are quite pricey, so I'd imagine they'll be staying on my wishlist for quite some time. But hey, Christmas is only four months away...

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Brand Top 5 - Rimmel

If you read my "You can only pick one" beauty tag post, you'll know that I chose Rimmel as my favourite drugstore brand. Having sorted through my makeup stash recently, I've realised I have a lot of Rimmel products - I don't think there's one product type I don't have a Rimmel offering of! As I've well and truly tried and tested the brand over the years, I thought I'd share my top five products that Rimmel have to offer.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Some Of My Favourite Blogs

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I've been blogging for around eight months now, and reading blogs for even longer. Along the way I've come across some brilliant bloggers whose content always interests and inspires me. Today, I thought I'd share with you some of my current favourite blogs to read.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Shopping My Stash - The Forgotten Gems

I've recently bought a new dressing table and makeup storage (blog post coming soon!), so I've been having a rifle through my collection trying to decide what I don't need to keep anymore. I'm a bit of a hoarder, so there wasn't really a great deal that ended up in the bin - just a few bits way past their expiration date! I did, however, have great fun rediscovering a few older products which I used to love but eventually got tossed to the side when shiny new things came along, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite finds.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

My New MAC Lipstick Additions

You're all probably well aware that Tuesday was National Lipstick Day and, to celebrate, Debenhams were offering £5 off all the lipsticks on their website. For me, and a lot of people in Wednesday's #bbloggers chat it would seem, this was an offer not to be passed up! There were lots of MAC lipsticks still on my wishlist so I saw this as an opportunity to cross a couple off - unfortunately I went a little overboard and couldn't stop a just a couple! But these four lipsticks did cost less than three normally would, so it's ok, right?!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

July Beauty Favourites

How nice was the weather in the UK in July?! Aside from a few thundery days (I actually like a good thunderstorm, so I wasn't too bothered!), I was really warm and sunny. As I write this, it's actually pouring down with rain, so I guess we won't have such luck in August! Anyway, enough about the weather (how British of me!), here are the products I've been loving throughout July.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Life in July

July has been a bit of a mixed bag for me. It started off really well, with my birthday celebrations taking place on the first weekend of the month, but the end of the month has resulted in a few trips to the doctors, so it hasn't been the most pleasant couple of weeks.