Wednesday, 30 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Viva Glam V

I can't believe we are at the end of #AMonthOfMAC already! I've had so much fun doing this series, and it's going to be really weird not having a blog post going up every day anymore - oh well, it's nearly Blogmas! Viva Glam V is my most recent MAC lipstick purchase, so it's appropriate that it's the last one to be shown in my collection.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

Can you believe this was my first ever Viva Glam purchase?! None of the shades had previously taken my fancy, so I'd held back until I saw the promo photos for this lipstick. I'd really wanted to not fall in love with this lipstick - I can't say I'm exactly a fan of Miley Cyrus - but this was just to pretty not to go and buy, and with the proceeds going to charity I felt like I was doing a good thing by making this purchase!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Primark Haul September 2015

This months haul is pretty big. I kind of lost a bit of control when I went on my last trip to Primark, but now that they have well and truly stocked up on their autumn/winter pieces, I couldn't help myself. This is my favourite season for fashion and so I was dying to get a few new pieces for my wardrobe.

#AMonthOfMAC - Vegas Volt

Of all of the lipsticks I own, Vegas Volt is the one that just screams out summer to me. I love wearing this lipstick, whether it be for a day or night look, throughout the warmer months. If you're looking for a nice, vibrant - but not too OTT - lipstick to wear next summer, this is the one to buy.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Slimming World Sunday - September 2015 Update

 Another month, another award! I'm so pleased I've been able to keep this up, and if I carry on at the rate I've been going, I should get to target for Christmas, which would be amazing. Having sat down and worked it out, that is now the aim I am focusing on. September was a good month for me in terms of weight loss, when you look at the month as a whole, but I think it highlighted to me just how important going to group is for keeping me on track.

#AMonthOfMAC - Up The Amp

Purple lipsticks are a very marmite trend. On some people I think that can looks gorgeous. On me? I'm not so sure! I bought this lipstick as I'd seen it look really nice on several people. Unfortunately, I don't think it has the same effect when I apply it myself.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Russian Red

Compared to Ruby Woo, this lipstick is much more of your classic red. It's a lot deeper than the brighter blue tones that Ruby Woo has, but again I think this suits a lot of people. This is definitely my favourite red lipstick that I own.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Payday Wishlist

Today is finally my payday! It seems like forever since the last one - probably because I've spent most of the last month broke! But now I finally have a little bit of cash to spare, it's time to treat myself. Here are a few things I've been lusting after recently.

#AMonthOfMAC - Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo is another MAC lipstick that a put off purchasing for a really long time, this time because of the horror stories I've read and heard about how drying the lipstick was. I'd always thought it was a beautiful colour though, so I eventually bit the bullet and decided to buy it. As it turns out, I don't think it's as bad as people make it out.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Rebel

Ask a group of beauty lovers what their favourite autumn lipstick is and I reckon at least half of them would say MAC Rebel, and I can see why, it's one of my favourites too. I put off buying this lipstick for such a long time, as it looked really scary in the bullet, but with so many people saying how gorgeous it was, I thought I must be missing something, and I'm so glad I finally caved and bought it.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Pure Zen

When I first bought this lipstick it was an instant regret as I really didn't think it went well with my skintone at all, and just looked plain awful. I've since had a little bit of an experiment with it though, and learned to love it teamed with other lip products.

Why I Love Autumn

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So according to my diary, today is the day that autumn officially begins, so of course I had to do an autumn themed post, didn't I?! With the days getting shorter during this time of year, autumn can become a bit of a nightmare for bloggers when in comes to the lighting situation for photos. Despite this, autumn is by far my favourite season, and here are some of the reasons why.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Plumful

I've been waiting all month for this post to come around, as Plumful is my favourite ever MAC lipstick, and I couldn't wait to start raving about it! It's the perfect lipstick shade for this time of year too, so I'll be getting a lot of use out of it over the next few weeks & months.

Monday, 21 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Please Me

Despite not being able to get hold of this lipstick when I originally tried to buy it, I finally got my hands on Please Me a few months later and, although I like it, I've not used it as much as I'd thought I would.

Neutral Nails

Now that summer has well and truly gone, my pastel and bright nail polishes have been tucked away for next year. Whilst I'm not quite ready to embrace the full on dark vampy shades that I usually wear throughout winter, I have really been loving my neutral nail colours recently. Here are some of my favourites from my collection.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Slimming World Sunday - Coming Back From A Gain

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I remember the first ever time I gained weight whilst following Slimming World. It was only half a pound, but I was absolutely devastated! Looking back know, I know it was silly to get so upset about it, but it's not always easy to brush it off and move on. Here are my top tips for getting back on track following a gain.

#AMonthOfMAC - Pink Plaid

Pink Plaid was a bit of an impulse purchase for me. I bought it whilst there was a Debenhams offer on, and I'd initially wanted to buy Please Me. Having seen that was out of stock, along with a lot of other shades I had on my wishlist, I quickly added Pink Plaid to my online basket, as it seemed to be quite similar.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Peach Blossom

Peach Blossom is another of my favourite MAC lipsticks, which was one of my earlier purchases. It's the perfect lipstick for daytime wear during the spring months.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Falling In Love With Blogging Again

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When I took a break from my blog back in spring, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to come back to it. What was meant to be a weeks break turned into three months due to my health, and I'd got used to having so much free time outside of work to do other things, I wasn't sure how I was going to go back to managing my blog again. But there was always that niggling thought in my mind that I really did miss it, I just wasn't sure how I was going to get back into the swing of things. If you're thinking of taking a break, or just not in the right mindset at the moment, here's how I got my blogging mojo back.

#AMonthOfMAC - Patisserie

Patisserie is an extremely popular MAC lipstick, made ever more so by bloggers/vloggers such as Anna (Vivianna Does Makeup) and Lily Pebbles raving about it. I tried forever to get this lipstick but it always seemed to be sold out. I eventually managed to track it down when I went on my mad dash to buy Kelly Yum Yum, and it's become one of my favourite MAC lipsticks since.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Mehr

Poor Mehr! I showed this lipstick to my husband when I bought it. His response when I told him the name was "Meh, that sounds about right!". I think that's pretty unfair! It might not look like much in the bullet, but I think it's a very pretty colour, and great for everyday wear.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Lustering

Lustering is one of those forgotten lipsticks in my collection - I'll be honest I had no idea it was there until I dug all of my MAC lipsticks out for this series! It's one of those colours that looks gorgeous in the bullet, which is probably why I bought it, but is a little bit of the "nothing" shade on the lips.

Splurge Or Save?

I'm sure we'd all love to have a mahoosive collection full of the most luxurious high end makeup that we could indulge ourselves in every single day, but the reality is for the majority of us this is way out of reach! Sometimes though it is nice to treat yourself to the odd luxury product whilst keeping our stash topped up with those drugstore gems. But where's best to invest those hard earned pennies, and where should we be saving our money on the drugstore alternatives? Here's a breakdown of the products I like to both splurge and save my money on.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Kinda Sexy

Wow, I can't believe we are at the halfway point of #AMonthOfMAC already! I hope you're enjoying the series as much as I am! Now, Kinda Sexy is one of those lipsticks that really lives up to its name. When I wear it I do actually feel "kinda sexy" which believe me is something very rare! I'd say until I recently bought Brave, this was my all time favourite nude lipstick.

Monday, 14 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Kelly Yum Yum

I debated whether to include this lipstick in my #AMonthOfMAC series, as it was limited edition and obviously not available anymore, but it was just too pretty for me not to include it, so I hope you don't mind! The Sharon/Kelly Osbourne collection launched last June, whilst I was on my honeymoon. By the time I'd remembered the collection had launched, and managed to get online (the wifi at the hotel wasn't the best!) everything I wanted had sold out. I was still desperate to get my hands on Kelly Yum Yum though so, after landing at 3am a couple of days later, I drove to Milton Keynes (about an hour from home) on minimal sleep in the hope that it was still in their Debenhams store!

Autumn Transitional Makeup

I think it's safe to say that autumn was now hit the UK. In fact, it's felt like it's been here for quite a while! Did we even get a summer?! Before it gets really cold, and I pull out my really intense berry and red shades, I like to break myself into autumn gently with some slightly softer shades that are still season appropriate. After all, you never know if another semi-warm day is just around the corner(!).

Sunday, 13 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Impassioned

You can really tell I went through a phase of loving bright pinks, can't you?! Impassioned is another ones of those lipsticks I picked up after falling in love with the colour but, as it's not much of an "everyday" shade, I've not had much use out of it.

Slimming World Sunday - New Recipe Book

I'll be honest, pretty much every time there's a new Slimming World recipe book out, I'll get really excited and have to buy it straight away, but this time I was even more excited than usual! The title alone "Best Loved Extra Easy Recipes" set my expectations high, as I was looking for it to be jam packed full of recipes I'd want to try. It seemed to be a really popular choice in group too, but luckily I was able to pick up one of the last two left this week.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Hue

Hue is another one of those lipsticks that I absolutely adored and wore to death when I first bought it, but has since had to make way to newer lipsticks in my collection, and hasn't had much love from me recently.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Soap & Glory Body Mists

I have to be honest, I don't think I'd have ever walked into Boots and purchased a Soap & Glory body spray. I'm much more of a perfume sort of girl, but since receiving the Soap & Glory Scent-Sationalism Set as a gift, I've been really impressed with these scents, and they are great for popping in your handbag for a quick refresh throughout the day.

#AMonthOfMAC - Girl About Town

Another fuchsia pink! This alphabetical order has worked out quite well, as this is the second time two similar shades have gone one after the other, and I'm pretty sure it's not the last time it happens in #AMonthOfMAC either!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Flat Out Fabulous

Wow this lipstick is such an amazing shade, The above picture wasn't taken in very great lighting, so I don't think it's doing the colour justice, but since I bought Flat Out Fabulous, it's been one of my top picks for nights out.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Faux

Faux is another one of those gorgeous everyday nudes that I think is one of those must haves in any MAC lovers collection. I bought this at the same time as I bought Brave, which is really quite similar, but different enough to justify buying the two - in my world anyway!

My Favourite Blush Of All Time - Benefit Rockateur

I can't believe how long I've had this blush, and how many times it has featured briefly on my blog, yet it doesn't have it's own blog post dedicated to it...until now! Before Rockateur came out, I could never seem to justify the price of a Benefit blush. I felt like I could get very similar colours on the high street for a fraction of the price, so I didn't really see what all the fuss was about. After seeing swatches of the Rockateur blush though, I swiftly changed my mind. The colour was beautiful and I thought it would suit me nicely, and at the time I couldn't recall seeing anything similar in the high street, so I nabbed it as soon as it was released in my local Debenhams!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Diva

Diva was one of the more daring MAC purchases I've made, and one I ummed & ahhed about for a really long time before biting the bullet and just going for it. It had always looked liked such a beautiful colour on other people, but that didn't stop it from scaring me, and wondering if it would suit me at all.

Monday, 7 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Crosswires

Crosswires is a really beautiful lipstick shades, but for some reason doesn't get much use by me. I guess it's not your typical everyday colour, yet it's not one of the more "out there" shades that I might reach for on a night out, so it's difficult to find it's place within my collection.

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette

I remember when Collection was a relatively unknown brand, but since the blogging world fell in love with their Lasting Perfection concealer, it seems like they've really upped their game, and have launched some really good products recently. I still have a few on my wishlist, but one I did purchase quite a while ago now was their Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze eyeshadow palette. A lot of people had compared these shadows to the likes of Urban Decay, so when they are a fraction of the price, of course I had to pick up one of the palettes to see if they really lived up to that hype.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Slimming World Sunday - Veggie Pasta

A couple of weeks ago, I featured one of my current favourite lunches, veggie quiche. Another veggie dish that I've really been loving recently, both for lunch and dinner, has been pasta. I've tried quite a lot of Slimming World pasta recipes in the past, but nowadays just tend to do my own thing rather than sticking to one set recipe.

#AMonthOfMAC - Creme Cup

Creme Cup is another one of my older MAC lipstick purchases. I used to be completely obsessed with this lipstick, and it was my go to everyday colour for a while, but I feel like I've grown out of love with it recently.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Coral Bliss

Coral Bliss is another really well loved lipstick, which usually I get a lot of use out during the summer months. Though, with the weather the UK has faced over recent weeks, it's not felt like we've really had much of a summer!

Friday, 4 September 2015

L'Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit

It's all about the brows in the beauty world at the moment, and that doesn't look like ending anytime soon. To cash in on the hype, so many drugstore brands have been releasing new brow products. I've been searching for a cheaper alternative to my beloved Benefit Gimme Brow for a while but have been left bitterly disappointed. When it eventually ran out a few weeks ago, I thought perhaps it was time to stop looking for the perfect dupe and try some of the other brow products on the market. L'Oreal's Brow Artist Genius Kit seemed to be getting a lot of praise and looked to be the ideal travel brow compact, so I decided to pick one up.

#AMonthOfMAC - Chatterbox

Chatterbox was the first ever MAC lipstick I bought, so it holds a special place in my heart, but I have to say, it's not one that I tend to reach for very often these days.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - Captive

I'd seen a few swatch comparisons online between Brave & Captive, quite apt then that they should follow on from each other in my #AMonthOfMAC countdown, I'd quite often read that if you have one you don't really need the other, but of course I didn't listen and couldn't resist picking up Captive too!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

20 Signs Beauty Blogging Is Taking Over Your Life

I thought I'd do something a little bit different for today's post, and write something a little more light hearted. I love my blog, and sometimes it can take up quite a lot of my spare time. I've put together a list of the warning signs that you're blog may be beginning to take over your life. Remember, this post is just a little bit of fun and not to be taken seriously at all.

#AMonthOfMAC - Brave

I hope you all enjoyed the first day of #AMonthOfMAC yesterday and will continue to as the month goes on. After yesterday's super vibrant offering, it's time to tone it down a little with a favourite of the neutral lip lovers.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

#AMonthOfMAC - All Fired Up

I'm really excited that this blog post is finally going up! So I think we all know by now that I've got a little bit of an obsession with MAC lipsticks. I didn't realise just how crazy this obsession was until I worked out that I had recently purchased my 30th MAC lipstick!! Yup, I know, it's bad. There's been quite a few new additions recently, so thought an updated collection was in order, but rather than do it in the single blog post format, I thought I'd share with you a different lipstick every day for the month of September - I think it would do my lips good to pace myself too!