Looking For a Great Liquid Liner Pen? Look No Further.

Every single year I’ll go through different stages with how I like my eye makeup. One month I’ll like kohl liner in my waterline, one month I’ll only want lashes and this month.. I’m all about the liner.

Now I love my Blacktrack Fluid Line from Mac (£16.50, MAC Cosmetics), but I do find that gel liner never seems to be quite as black as I want it to be. So off I went to find myself a deep black liquid liner for my current eye makeup stage.

I did end up going Marks and Spencers beauty hall, I love all the different brands there and I knew there’d be a great selection for me to choose from.

After doing much swatching, I ended up going with the Pixi Lash Line Ink in Black Silk (£12, Marks and Spencers). Not only was it super black, but the point of the pen meant you’re able to go from thick to thin easily. Alongside this, the tip isn’t hard meaning you can create any shape or line you wish.

Applying this product is so easy, the length of the brush pen tip means you can lay it flat on your eye to create a thin line across the lashes. The pigment is super black from the moment that you draw it onto the skin, however one thing I have noticed is that if you go over the same part a couple of times the pigment seems to come away and become patchy.

Overall though, the liner is exactly what I was looking for and it stays so well throughout the day. I’ve worn it about five times now and I haven’t found it’s transferred or flaked at all throughout the day.

The only thing that did happen is that I’d been wearing the makeup all day at work, and as happens to most of us throughout the day is that our skin becomes oily. On my way home I’d  rubbed my eyes without even thinking about it and when I looked in a mirror, thank god I hadn’t gone anywhere, the liner had smudged all over my eyes and around my face – my bad.

I would definitely recommend this liner, there was a good range of colours, and providing that you don’t need to keep changing the shape of your line and you don’t rub your eyes after a long day – it’s gonna stay perfect all day long.

Love, always.


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My Ultimate No Makeup Makeup

Now don’t be fooled, when I say no makeup makeup, I don’t mean no mascara or brows – that would be unheard of. I mean, looking like your skin is fresh with nothing on it – with a lick of mascara and a taming of the brows.

As the saying goes, ‘you always want what you don’t have’, and for me that’s freckles. I think freckles are the ultimate in your skin looking undone – if they can be seen, it suggests there’s no foundation on the face. If you have freckles naturally, I’m jealous! They’re beautiful and I hope you love them! I use a couple of products to draw them on and I try and make them look as natural as is possible.

For this makeup look, I only actually use SIX products and it takes 10 minutes max. I added a berry pink lip to this look to add a pop of colour – and if you have a more important day, it makes you look even more put together and fresh than you already do.

It’s a perfect makeup look if you want to save time and look put together to go to the pub, enjoy the sun, have a family day out – the possibilities are endless.


WunderBrow 1 Step Brow Gel in Brown/Black (£19.95, Boots)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown (£15, Beauty Bay)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light (£5.99, Boots)
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronze Universal (£32, Boots)
NYX Doll Eye Waterproof Mascara in Black (£8, Boots)
(Additional) MAC Lipstick in Embrace Me (no longer available) mixed with Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick in 107 (£5.49, Boots)

I firstly did my eyebrows using WunderBrow and the Zoeva Brow Line brush (£8, Beauty Bay). WunderBrow is a great product as once it’s on, it’s on. It doesn’t stay put for days on end, but it definitely leaves a good tint on your brows meaning the day after all you have to do is fill in where it’s worn off rather than completely do your brows again.

I then took my Maybelline concealer and using my fingers I placed this under my eyes and on my eyelids to even out the discolouration.

I then take my Anastasia Dipbrow and a fine brush from the Morphe 12 piece set (£14, Beauty Bay) to draw freckles in the centre of my face. I mainly focus them around the sides of my nose upto where you would put your highlight. I ensure they’re very sporadic and also if I have any blemishes, I’ll cover them with the dipbrow to make a freckle.

The next step is to bronze up my face. As I only self tan my body, my face is a different colour completely. To make everything match up I take the Chanel on a Real Techniques Buffing brush (4 piece Core Collection Set, £22.99, Superdrug) and bronze the whole face, focusing on the high points of the face where you naturally bronze. As it’s a cream product, it leaves the skin looking naturally glowy and doesn’t have enough coverage to make the skin look cakey. It also lets the freckles peak through and look even more natural.

Finally, I’ll apply my mascara to make my eyes look nice and awake.

A finishing touch – which you don’t have to do, you could just apply a lip balm – is to apply lipstick. With a look like this, I love a bold lip, because it literally looks like you’ve just applied mascara and lipstick and headed out the door.

I love berry lips and I think they go stunning against bronzed neutral skin, but you could really go for any colour. A lipgloss would also look amazing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look, and let me know your tips for a natural makeup look.

Love, always.


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Another Essentials Haul – This Time.. Boots

My hauls these days aren’t the most exciting I know. Bring back the days of Beauty Bay’s Biggest Fan Right Here.. Another Haul and So I went into Boots.. Another Haul.

Unfortunately, a spending ban is still currently enforced and this means having to make a compromise when doing any form of beauty shopping.

When I do get my little essentials shops in however, I often find that a couple of things do sneak in the basket.. by accident of course. But this is what makes my essentials trip so exciting.

This time, I was off to Boots to stock up on cotton pads, razors and Real Techniques beauty sponges. So let’s see what I actually came back with..

Cosmetic Super Soft Pleat (£1.45, Boots)

My cotton wool pads are running out, and they’re an essential part of my cleansing routine at night. After using my Clarisonic, I like to ensure that all of my makeup has been removed by using a cotton pad drenched in micellar water. Although I usually get the cotton wool pads, I was drawn in by this pleat. Hopefully it all works out.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge 2 pack (£9.99, Boots)

In the past two weeks my current Real Techniques sponge seems to have taken a turn for the worse. I clean my sponges at least once every two weeks, I know it should be more but I have better things to do.. like watch Netflix, but after the last cleanse it seemed to become very gritty textured. As these sponges are so reasonably priced, I decided to go for a two pack so I have a backup for when this one starts going funny. And I’m making a little pact with myself to wash this one at least once a week. Let’s see how that goes.

Gillette Venus Embrace 4 Razor Blade Refills (£12.99, Boots)

The best thing I ever did was buy a Gillette Venus razor. It’s so convenient to keep purchasing good quality blades rather than consistently buying new disposable razors monthly. I personally don’t have a preference when it comes to the blades on offer. I tend to go for anything on offer, and the more blades the better. I find that the quality of Gillette Venus is so much better than the cheap tesco or Bic ones that you get for half the price. They create a smoother shave, less nicks and they last a hell of a lot longer. When it comes to razors I truly believe you get what you pay for.

Scunci Invisible No Slip Grip Jaw Clips 5 pack (£3.50, Boots)

When the weather gets warmer, I get more and more annoyed with my hair. As it gets more humid my hair will stick to my face and I want it out of my face! These clips looked great to just pop in your handbag, or have beside your bed, for a fast and easy way of getting that hair out of your face. Also – no bobbles means no kinks.

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Overnight Self Tan Serum (£14.99, Boots)

I’ve been seeing a lot of good reviews about this tan and when I saw it in Boots, I was immediately drawn to it. I looked at the back of the bottle and saw that it claims that you’ll wake up with a golden glow that will last up to 2 weeks. I mean, that’s a big claim! There’s also a daytime version of this tan, but the nighttime one said it provides hydration as when we sleep we lose the moisture in our skin. As I always feel tan applies and stays better on moisturised skin, this felt like a no-brainer. I’m excited to try this!

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Lip Plumping Gloss (£10, Boots)

At the moment I’m having a bit of a lip gloss/creamy lipstick phase. Don’t get me wrong, I live by a good matte lip but recently I’ve just been loving the look of a glossy pout. When I recently went to Dublin, I picked up a Victoria Secrets lip gloss – review coming soon – and since that trip I’ve been regretting not getting the plumping gloss which they had on offer. As soon as I saw this Soap & Glory gloss, I knew I had to have it. By the time I was in my car, I’d already bust open the packet and put it on and wow – it says it will tingle and it does – but I actually liked the sensation. So much that I put even more on when I got home. I’ll be sure to do a review on this and take before and after pictures to see if it really plumps the lips, but I can assure you already that the gloss is absolutely gorgeous.

Would you like a review on any of the products mentioned in this post? If so, please let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to take it on board.

Love, always.


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Neon Orange Glitter Nails – Perfect for Summer

As we’ve recently had a spell of lovely hot, not a cloud in sight, days in the UK. It’s got me craving everything neon, fruity and bright.

What better place to start feeling the summer love than on my nails.

It was time to bring out the neons.

To create this nail look I’ve put down a base of the Bluesky Neon 22 – Burlesque/Luminous Orange Gel polish (£6.50, Bluesky).

I applied around 4 thin coats of this to ensure an even and opaque finish to the nail.

I then took Nails Inc Special Effects nail varnish in Knightsbridge (no longer available, but very similar to Diamond Arcade (£15, Nails Inc)) and created a glitter fade from the bottom of my index finger, middle finger and thumb.

The holographic and silver glitter in the polish makes the neon orange pop even more than when worn alone, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want glitter on their nails all year round?

Overall this look was super simple to achieve, I love adding normal polishes to my gel manicure – just be sure to cleanse the base gel colour before applying the varnish and then make sure that the varnish is fully dry before applying your final gel top coat.

Now I just need to decide, what neon colour next…

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Clarisonic Aria – is it More Than Just a Face Brush?

For months and months I’d been toying with the idea of getting myself a Clarisonic. You see so many bloggers, YouTubers and even friends that have the device and swear by it in their skin routines. My skin’s never been awful and I do count my blessings for that, but I’m prone to a lot of blemishes and those spots that stick around for weeks on end and no matter how much skincare I try, nothing seems to shift it, so I decided that maybe it wasn’t the actual skincare that needed to change… Hello Clarisonic.

I did a lot of research into the different types of Clarisonics you can get and honestly, there’s not a big different between them all. Some have more speed settings, others having different timer settings but overall, they’re all going to get the same job done.

Clarisonics are different to most other face brushes out there. They use sonic frequency to cleanse the skin, which allows the products you’re using to absorb more effectively into the skin. The brush doesn’t rotate and therefore it provides a smoother and more radiant look to the skin.

I purchased the Clarisonic Aria (£155, Clarisonic) about a month ago now. I’m going to be completely honest with you, I didn’t purchase mine directly from Clarisonic, I ordered mine from eBay and I can assure you that it’s the real deal. You can get in on there for only £64.99!

It comes with two brush heads – sensitive and deep cleanse -, a charger, a drying stand and also a sample size of a foaming cleanser.

I was a bit nervous about using the Clarisonic as many people say it can break you out for a couple of weeks and it’s providing your face with a deeper cleanse than it is used to.

I use the sensitive brush head on the universal setting – this times your cleansing routine to 20 seconds for the forehead, 20 seconds for your nose and chin and then 10 seconds for each cheek. It signals the time periods with beeps and I find this allows me to give my face an even cleanse all over with no focus on one area over another.

You can change these settings, as can be seen on the Clarisonic website, but I decided to start off simple before getting into deep cleanses and using different settings or heads.

I use the device both morning and at night. In the morning I use it with the B. Revealed Glycolic Cleanser (£7.99, Superdrug) and in the evening with the Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Face Wash Mask (£4.99, Superdrug) – I’ll first do a cleanse using my hands and gently removing my eye make up and then rinse this off before applying the product to my face and using the Clarisonic.

My first couple of weeks were definitely plagued with breakouts – I noticed my skin was bumpier than usual and I was getting more spots around my face than I’d gotten in a long time.

After each use, I was sure to thoroughly clean the bristles using an antibacterial soap and then leave it to dry overnight or throughout the day on the drying stand.

Many reviews said this could happen, so I didn’t let it get my down and I powered through!

By week three a lot of the bumps were gone leaving my skin smoother and the blemishes were less red than before I used the device. However, I then got the strangest cluster of about 15 spots near my hairline on one side of my face. I was very self-conscious about them and unfortunately I was away at the time so I didn’t take a picture, but within 4 days, the breakout was pretty much unnoticeable.

It’s now been four weeks and touch wood, my skin hasn’t broken out since the other week. I definitely think my skin it a lot smoother and my blemishes, although still there aren’t as red as they have been.

I’ve really enjoyed using the Clarisonic, it cleanses my face more thoroughly than rotating face brushes that I’ve used in the past and once I’ve completed my face cleanse with it and take some micellar water on a cotton pad, there’s pretty much no makeup residue left – which is amazing.

I’m going to continue using my device and if I try any new brushes or I have even better results in a few months time, I’ll be sure to give you an update.

Do any of you have any tips or tricks for using the Clarisonic? I’d love to know.

Love, always.


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SourcedBox Sunday: May Edition

I get so excited each month when my Sourcedbox arrives! It’s a great way of eating healthy snacks without having to hunt for them in the supermarket or health food shop. Over 10 snacks each month straight to your door for only £18.95 (SourcedBox). What more could you ask for?

For those who haven’t seen my previous posts, I’ll quickly recap that the majority of the snacks in SourcedBox are vegan, dairy free and natural. To see my previous boxes, see below;

Sourcedbox Sunday – March Edition
SourcedBox Sunday: April Edition

I’m going to be completely honest, I’ve been faced with so many snacks last month, especially with it being Easter as well, that I haven’t even started the majority of my April snacks.

The Ginger Teatox bar in the box though was literally like eating a yummy, melt in your mouth ginger cake it was DELICIOUS. My other favourite was the Banana Rolls – they looked like some weird dog chew – but my goodness they were so creamy and delicious it was insane. 

So what was in the box this month?

Elderflower Matcha Drink – Teapigs
This super power matcha green tea has been mixed with spring water and elderflower juice to create a light and refereshing floral drink.

Salt & Pepper Popped Lotus Seeds – Nuto
A healthy and nutritious snack made from popped lotus seeds, flavoured with Himalayan salt and cracked pepper.

Salted Caramel Crumble Granola – The Department of Breakfast
A raw, gluten-free salted caramel crumble built on the base of sprouted buckwheat, combined with Lucuma and pink Himalayan salt.

Wild Blueberry Chocolate – Goodio
A unique combination of raw chocolate and wild blueberries gathered from the Finnish wilderness to create a truly irresistible bar of cocoa goodness.

Strawberry Scrummies – Clearly Scrumptious
Strawberry flavoured juicy cranberries and succulent raisins, just like your favourite childhood sweet but refined sugar-free and 1 of your 5 a day!

Clean & Green Tea – Teapigs
Perfect over ice in the summer, this tea is a super combination of green tea, lemongrass, ginger, coconut and cleansing dandelion leaves.

Curry Crunch Seeds – The Toasted Seed Company
Curry crunch is a slightly toasted mix of sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds that perfectly brings out the spicy aroma alongside a mild yet exotic taste.

Cocao & Almond Rawcha Bar – The Pretty Smart Food Co.
A lush blend of matcha, almonds, raw cocao, chia seeds, spirulina and chlorella. Vitamin E, fibre, antioxidants and 100% guilt free yumminess, all in one bite.

Choco Rocket Raw Cookies – Iraw Healthy Habits
Who doesn’t like a bit of chocolate?! Enjoy the flavour of cocao and carob with the richness of maple syrup.

Chilli & Oregano Olives – Oloves
Big juicy olives with a little cheeky chilli, garlic and oregano. Unlikely to knock your socks off, but will certainly tingle your taste buds!

Which snack in this box are you most excited about? I’d love to know.

Love, always.


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A Nude for Every Occassion 

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect nude, one that goes with glam looks, day looks, isn’t too warm and isn’t too cool toned. I always seem to go for one that’s either too cool toned or too pink, there’s never been that perfect in the middle shade… until now.

I recently went to Dublin and upon my return there was no option but to spend all my well earned cash at duty free (of course)!

I went to the MAC counter, I was browsing and swatching numerous nudes preferably looking for a matte finish when a lovely, and may I add stunning lady, asked if I needed any help.

I told her that I was after a matte nude with a warm undertone and she showed me Yash (£16.50, MAC Cosmetics) which is described as a deep neutral. As soon as she swatched it on my hand I knew I had to have it. 

It’s the perfect nude, that she amazingly demonstrated could be worn with many different lip liners to change the overall look.

This lipstick is the same as all the other MAC lipsticks I own, the gorgeous vanilla scent and the smooth feeling when applying the product to the lips. There’s no drag and the pigment is flawless, it gives full coverage in one swipe.

Even though it’s a matte finish, it’s very creamy and lasts so well throughout the day. Even after my eight hour shift at work, there was still a sheer wash of the product remaining and the added bonus was that my lips hadn’t dried out. 

This colour is absolutely perfect and I’d highly recommend this shade to anyone who’s after a more warm toned neutral nude. It goes with everything and hasn’t disappointed me in the slightest.

Also big shout out to the girl who served me on Monday 8th May at Dublin airport terminal 1 around 3pm – you were amazing!

Love, always. 


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Turn Around, Bright Eyes – This Highlight Will Blind – And Only £6!!

If you’ve been waiting for the most insane, wet-looking, all skin tones covered kinda highlight palette. Well, look no further my friends. The quest is complete. I bring you the Freedom Pro Highlight Palette (£6, Superdrug).

This gorgeous highlight cream and powder palette houses six cream highlights, three cool toned and three warm toned and two powders to really set them off, one cool and one warm.

Let’s start with the balms.

Now the cool three are going to be absolutely flawless if you want to blind someone. Shades 1 & 2 are very much wet looking highlights with a gorgeous sheen to them. They’re both ever so slightly duo chromatic and my god, they look amazing.

Shade 3 is a slightly different story – this shade is very glittery and silver. Not just a subtle silver highlight – I mean, this shade is alien like silver. I can imagine it would look amazing as an inner corner highlight or even an eyeshadow, but on its own I personally wouldn’t wear it on the cheeks.

Let’s go across to the warmer side of the palette. Now these shades have all got a peachy, golden undertone to them. They’ll look great on those with darker skin and they’re gonna look absolutely stunning if you’re after a beach bronzed goddess kinda look. Shade 5 is my personal favourite, not only does it have that stunning peachy hue, but it’s packed with pigment and it just makes the cheeks, nose and upper lip look wet. Everything you want in a highlight, right?

Overall the balms are gorgeous, they aren’t at all sticky and so far they haven’t interrupted any of my powder makeup underneath them. I haven’t had any dry skin in my highlight areas, but I would imagine that if you did, the balm may cling to it – but this isn’t a big deal because don’t forget you have two amazing powder highlights to play with too.

So, the powders are highly pigmented and flawless. The powder is finely milled and creamy to touch; it goes onto the high points of your face like a dream and beams light from it!

The powders most insane power however is their ability to make the balm go from shade your eyes to omg I’m going blind.

I highly, highly recommend topping off any of the balms with the corresponding balms and don’t be afraid to mix it up, putting the cool toned powder over the gold balm will create a gorgeous icy bronze glow that everyone will need to put their sunglasses on for!

If you haven’t already, I highly suggest you all check out the Freedom range at Superdrug. This palette has impressed me so much and I’m excited to see what else the brand has to offer.

Love, always.


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Cream Base Golden Makeup Look – Tutorial

As the days get warmer and brighter, I crave a more natural look. Don’t get me wrong I loooooooove a bright lip in the warmer months, but in terms of the face and eyes, they’re definitely more neutral, shimmery and golden.

My favourite way to look more natural is to use numerous cream products and less powders for my base. The products used in this tutorial are my favourite for a cream base, they give my face a gorgeous glow.

The Urban Decay Naked palette is great go-to palette for creating this kind of look, and it doesn’t matter what Naked palette they’re on these days.. 4? The original is always the best, just like film series. You can never get better than the first.

Using my favourite shades from the palette, I’ve created this gorgeous golden makeup look. I hope you enjoy!

Lush Dream Cream (£13.50, Lush)
Gosh Lumi Drops in Bronze (£7.99, Superdrug) all over the face as a primer.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 (£18, MAC Cosmetics)
Applied to pin point conceal with the smallest brush from the Models Own 5 piece set (£10, ASOS)
L.A. Girl Pro Face Powder in Classic Ivory (£6, Beauty Bay)
Pushed onto the concealer areas using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99, Superdrug)
MAC Studio Face & Body in C4 (£29.50, MAC Cosmetics)
Applied with an unbranded duo fibre brush
NYX HD Concealer in Glow (£6, ASOS) under the eyes and to highlight the centre of the face
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronze Universal (£32, Boots)
Applied with RT sponge around the perimetres of the face
Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder (£5, Superdrug)
Applied with RT sponge to set the highlighted areas

MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot (£16, MAC Cosmetics)
Applied with fingers over whole eye
Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palette (£39.50, Debenhams)
Naked all over lid and into the crease using Zoeva Soft Definer brush (£9, Beauty Bay)
On the same brush, taking Buck into the outer corner
Packing Half Baked onto the lid using the Zoeva Smoky Shader brush (£9, Beauty Bay)
Using the same brush, using a mixture of Buck and Half Baked on the lower lash line
On the Morphe Sponge Tip applicator from the 12 piece set (£14, Beauty Bay) to place Virgin on the inner corner
NYX Doll Eye Waterproof mascara (£8, Boots)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown (£15, Beauty Bay)
Applied with the Zoeva Brow Line brush (£8, Beauty Bay)

Rosie for Autograph Cream Blusher in Camisole (£14, Marks & Spencers)
Applied with Real Techniques Stippling brush (£10.99, Superdrug), further blended with the RT sponge
Topshop Glow Pot in Polished (£10, Topshop)
Applied with fingers onto the high points of the face


Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob (£3.99, Superdrug)
Soap&Glory Gloss Stick in Nudeist (£3.50, Boots)

*All prices correct at the time of posting

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Nails Inc Floral Effects Nails

When shopping for a suitcase recently, I ended up in the beauty outlet. It’s really weird how these things happen I know. I was pleasantly surprised to see a whole wall, yes a whole wall, full of nail varnishes. Upon further inspection there were so many brands, from W7 to O.P.I, from Sinful Colours to Sally Hensen and as I’ve sure you’ve guessed from the title.. Nails Inc.

These varnishes were only £3.99. Yes, Nails Inc for under £4, can you believe it!

Now, I have a gel nail kit so I was more interested in the effects polishes that I could place over my gel colours, rather than the colours themselves.

I found this gorgeous, to die for, floral effect polish. Not only is the packaging completely eye-catching and cute – it looks like the perfect topper for a nude nail. It’s the Nails Inc Floral Street Mews and you can get one yourself on Amazon (£11.75, Amazon UK)

I applied a Bluesky gel polish in nude and over the top I placed this gorgeous polish.

It’s got hues of baby blue, pink, nude and white. It’s perfect for all year round and would look great over the top of so many different colours.

How did it apply?

If you’re after a nail topper with a bit of a difference from your usual glitter, I’d definitely recommend giving this a try.

Love, always.


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