Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 in Photos

2016 is nearly done and dusted! As a photographer, I take hundreds of photographs. My "2016" online album has just under 600 photos in it, not including different photo shoots - and they're just the ones that made it to the editing and uploading process! I take just as many that are either personal and I just keep them to myself, or I'm not happy with. Seeing how photographs are such a central part of my entire existence, I thought it'd be a nice if I broke down my year in pictures. 
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Rose & The Skin

I was looking around my vanity recently and noticed I have a lot of products containing elements of rose, which prompted me to do a little research into what the benefits of the ingredient is, and why my skin loves it so much! I've picked out my top 3 favourite rose-containing products to share with you also.

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Winter Favourites

Back in October, I emulated Jaclyn Hill's Fall Favourites tag in this post. I really enjoyed doing it, so I decided to do another, this time with a Winter twist! 
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

How to Bag Beauty Bargains

I have seen a few posts floating around the 'blogosphere' entitled "how to get cheap makeup" or something to that effect, but they're advertising a specific wholesale, second hand or generally crappy make up (sorry not sorry) website. I'm not going to do that. Here are my tips on how to grab some beauty bargains, that I actually use!

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

NEW Vichy Face Masks Review

I was fortunate enough to win a selection of Vichy skincare goodies from Escentual, and I was able to complete my collection of their new face masks. There are three, and each were made with "rigorously selected minerals to create its [Vichy] first range of face masks charged with Vichy mineralising thermal water, tailored to suit different skin types"*. 
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

November Favourites

As I mentioned in a recent post, my blogging has taken a little bit of a back seat this time of year. Where I'd usually spend my money on new products to review, it's all gone towards Christmas gifts for my family! So I really haven't brought anything new for myself in November, and my favourites are basically what I've been using the most, which is generally whatever is newest (that I've enjoyed, anyway). So please forgive me if this month's favourites are a little lacking. 
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

ThisWorks: With Sleep Comes Beauty REVIEW

With Christmas coming up and all the gift sets being rolled out, why not treat yourself to one? I did: the With Sleep Comes Beauty gift set from ThisWorks. It's a set specifically designed to help - as the name would suggest - with sleep and relaxation. 
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide

Initially, I was hesitant to posting a Gift Guide because so many are floating around the internet this time of year. However, this year is the first year that - now, as a 'proper adult' - I'm really putting a lot of thought and effort into gift giving. So I approached this gift guide as, essentially, online shopping for my nearest and dearest.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Splurge On: Liquid Lipstick

If you've been following my blog, you may have noticed I like to do a few little regular features, such as my monthly favourites and brand brags (you can find the whole list here).  This is the first post in my new 'series': Splurge On. I really like high end make up, and I'm a bit of a makeup collector (cough, junkie...), so I have a lot of it. I'm at a point where my collection is big enough that I feel able to make accurate and thorough comparisons.
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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Photo Shoot: Autumn Portraits

Hi all! First of all I want to apologise for being less active on my blog this month than previously. It's the run up to christmas, so whereas I'd usually be spending my money on things I want to review and feature on here, it's going towards gifts. I don't like to create overtly unoriginal or meaningless content, so I'd rather be more inactive than posting just for the sake of it! Todays post is all about my latest photo shoot. These images are the ones I've dreamed of taking since I first began taking photographs. 
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Friday, 11 November 2016

NEW Ciate X Chloe Morello Beauty Haul Collection


I know it's only November, but I've already started my Christmas shopping. Whilst I was shopping for my family, I heard that voice in the back of my head whisper, "treat yo' self", and I 'accidentally' bought myself the Ciate X Chloe Morello Beauty Haul collection, that's new for Holiday 2016.
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Monday, 7 November 2016

Make Up Storage

Firstly, sorry for my few days absence! I've been a little busy. Anyway, when I asked on Twitter what my readers would prefer to see me post next, the answer was pretty clear: all about my makeup storage. The way I store my products is very important to me, I like to keep them tidy and organised. I like to have everything easily to hand.
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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

October Favourites

Cliche comment about how fast last month went, how it's nearly the end of the year, nearly Christmas, etc etc. On with the important stuff: my October favourites.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Brows

As a long time devotee to Anastasia Beverly Hills, I was a little hesitant to change up the products I use to do my brows. My love of Charlotte Tilbury makeup in general and the similarities between Charlotte's Brow Lift and my trusty Anastasia Brow Definer drew me in. 
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Friday, 21 October 2016

What's new from Jouer

I love Jouer cosmetics, all the products I've tried thus far have been really high quality and the price point is actually quite reasonable. I didn't manage to get my hands on the new powder highlighters, but here's all about the other new pieces! 
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Beauty Repurchases

This is a fairly quick post to let you know a handful of products that I've repurchased recently. I have a tonne of makeup and I keep it all in constant rotation, so for me to have a product that I love enough that I commit to and use all of it, it's really saying something.
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Friday, 14 October 2016

NEW Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel came out with new liquid lipsticks: their Rouge Allure Ink line. As always, when a new beauty launch occurs, I snap up my picks and here I am to share them with you!
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Thursday, 13 October 2016

My Autumn/Winter Wish List

Who'd have thought that even after my enormous splurge in my most recent haul, I still have such a huge wish list? I post my wish lists because I actually really enjoy seeing what beauty goodies others have been lusting after. If you're interested in what I've got my eye on, keep reading!
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

50,000 VIEWS BEAUTY BUNDLE GIVEAWAY!

Here I am, 10 months into blogging, and I've finally hit a major milestone (for me, anyway): 50,000 views! In celebration, I've decided to run a giveaway. To enter, keep reading!
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Monday, 10 October 2016

What's New from Anastasia Beverly Hills?

Believe it or not, even after my huge Autumn haul, I still had room for more new goodies! This time, I got some brand new launches from Anatasia.
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Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Fall Favourites Tag

I am not a regular watcher of Youtube videos, there are only a handful of users I check up on from time to time, one of them being Jaclyn Hill. I remember really loving her Fall Favorites Tag video 2015 because Autumn is my favourite season. At the time, I didn't have my own platform to do it! A year on, I have a blog; I love Autumn; here are my Fall Favourites.
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Saturday, 8 October 2016

NEW Nars Velvet Lip Glide Liquid Lipsticks

Every make up brand has been jumping on the liquid lipstick bandwagon in the last year. That's not a criticism, just an observation, I love a good liquid lip! So you can imagine my excitement when my all time favourite brand came out with their own, entitled their Velvet Lip Glide
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Huge Autumn Beauty Haul

If you've been aware of my blog for a while now you may or may not have noticed I am quite a big fan of hauling products (there's even a separate Haul tag on my blog..).  I am just a go-hard-or-go-hard kind of girl when it comes to shopping. Plus, I order a lot from America and it works out cheaper to pay a big sum of tax on a huge order than lots of medium sums of tax on several small orders. I love reading posts/watching videos on beauty hauls so I always get really excited to share what I've been buying.
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Zoeva Graphic Eyes

I have been really into colour lately; especially eye makeup!  I wanted to show you what I have been loving using: Zoeva's Graphic Eyes eyeliner range.
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Sunday, 2 October 2016

NEW Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand REVIEW

Bobbi Brown recently launched her new Retouching Wand, which aims to touch up your foundation to a "magically flawless finish" in a light weight formula. As a long time fan of Bobbi Brown and her cosmetics line, I bought it the day it came out and have put it to the test!
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Saturday, 1 October 2016

September Favourites

I can't even fathom how it's already October. Where did the whole year go, let alone September? I hate how time seems to speed up as you get older. I won't get into that deep and meaningful business though, this is a beauty blog!  I have a tonne of beauty favourites from September!:
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Friday, 30 September 2016

This Month in Senses: September 2016

Soon we'll be ushering in October, and with the close of another month comes rounding it up according to my five senses. Here we go!
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Brand Brag: Bagsy Beauty

Dubbed "your handbag's new best friend", Bagsy Beauty is all about creating cosmetics that are compact for on-the-go, but are still as high quality as products you put on your face first thing in the morning. 
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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Photo Shoot: September Portraits

This photo shoot wasn't really pre-planned, my model Georgie told me she's back off to uni so I nabbed her while she was still here! For images from this shoot I took with accessories, see this post. This post is all about the other details!

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Fall/Autumn Lip Colours

It gets mid way through September, and all of a sudden my love of nude lipstick disappears out of the window. Pinks? No thanks. Gloss? Give me matte. That's how I know it's Autumn. Beauty trends change from season to season, but what has been consistent in the few years I've been a makeup addict, is the fall lip colours. 
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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Irresistble Me REVIEW

I am always on the look out for beautiful pieces to dress and accessorise my models with for my photo shoots, so when I discovered Irresistible Me, I jumped at the chance to try some of their hair accessories.
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

(Korean) Brand Brag: Elizavecca Milky Piggy

I'm jumping on the Korean beauty bandwagon, with the brand Elizavecca and their Milky Piggy line. It has a tonne of products designed to hydrate, shrink pores and brighten your skin. So, if you're looking to achieve those qualities, why not keep reading?
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick REVIEW

This foundation is definitely on the expensive side at a pretty whopping £42, but I couldn't resist getting my hands on it. I'll tell you right from the start: I am incredibly glad I bought it.

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips SWATCHED

So recently it was my birthday, and what I put my birthday money towards - as well as some wages I've been saving - was the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Wardrobe. Yep - all 12 of the lipsticks in Charlotte's Hot Lips range. 
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

What's new from Urban Decay?

I remember first seeing the new Urban Decay colour correcting fluids over on Sephora quite some time ago, and I desperately wanted them - but they didn't ship to the UK! I was regularly checking Urban Decays UK website after that, to see if they'd launched over here yet. Around 6 months later, here they are, along with a bunch of other new launches, including an eyeshadow palette, foundation and liquid liners.
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Friday, 9 September 2016

What I Got for my 20th Birthday

It was my birthday yesterday!  I think it's really nice to get super excited about receiving gifts, of course it is! So I really wanted to share what I got. I feel like I need to preface this post with a little disclaimer that this is in no way bragging.

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

20 things I've learned in 20 years

I've scheduled this post for my 20th birthday, so when you read this, I'll be 20! I see a lot of people doing this type of post, and to be honest, at first I thought it was just a blogging cliche that I had no intention of joining in on. But once the idea had gotten into my head, I couldn't get it out of there. So here we are: 20 things I've learned in 20 years.
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Monday, 5 September 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation & Contour REVIEW

Recently, Anastasia Beverly Hills released their new foundation stick line, which has a multitude of shades to cater for a huge range of skin tones (my shade isn't even the lightest! - that's saying something!) The line includes a handful of shades purposely for contouring and highlighting, techniques Anastasia is famous products for (as well as brows, of course). 
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Friday, 2 September 2016

Photo Shoot: Golden Hour

This was my very last summer time photo shoot. The only aspect of summer time I really enjoy is the incredible lighting I get for photography, especially in the evenings, aptly named "golden hour". I took these images towards the very end of August, making the most of the beautiful light. 
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Thursday, 1 September 2016

August Favourites

Happy September! Summer is finally coming to an end. I know I'm in a minority when I say I'm happy about that, but I'm just not a fan of the heat. The other day I posted - If you haven't read it already - my month in senses, and now here's my round up of products I've been loving this August in general.
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

This Month in Senses: August

The fact it's the end of August honestly makes me a little queasy. Literally where did the summer go? Not that I'm unhappy - Autumn is by far my favourite season. Plus, it's my birthday at the start of September! Anyway, onto my month in senses: 
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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Brand Brag: Dusty Girls

Dusty Girls is a makeup collection by Moo Goo that I first saw on instagram and was instantly drawn to the packaging.I had to try it, but it was all the way from Australia! Thankfully - I'm convinced it's fate that I found this brand - a local pharmacy stocked it! The only one in my part of the UK, too! How lucky is that?! I headed straight down and grabbed a healthy selection. 
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Friday, 26 August 2016

NEW EDGE PR EXPOSED: IT'S A SCAM!

So a few days ago I received an email from a "PR company" asking if I was interested in collaborating. It turned out to be a scam. Thankfully I didn't fall for it, but it was a little tricky for me to confirm it was fake. Bloggers could all too easily fall for it, especially as there seems to be little to nothing written online about it that reveals it to be a scam. If you're a blogger, I suggest you read on.
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

My Birthday Wish List

My birthday is coming up! I'll be turning 20 at the start of September - the 8th to be exact - and I may  technically be an "adult", but I still make birthday lists. Always have done, probably always will do. I'll be giving out my 90th birthday wish list to my great great grandchildren, guaranteed! 
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

NEW Dior Backstage Pro Fix It Colour REVIEW

I remember first seeing the new Dior Backstage Pro Fix It Colour colour correctors on the Sephora website a little while ago and being really disappointed that it didn't ship to the UK! So here I've been, waiting patiently for them to launch over here. Finally I got my hands on them, and I've been really excited to do this review!
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Monday, 22 August 2016

#VantagePoint

I recently heard about the folks over at Light.co and their #VantagePoint project. Light.co are a company designing a new compact camera, and started the project in order to highlight the importance of equipment when taking a photograph. 
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Friday, 19 August 2016

Chanel Le Rouge Collection NO.1 REVIEW & SWATCHES

When the email came into my inbox with the news of Lucia Pica's Autumn 2016 beauty lineup launch, I was beyond excited. It's red themed, so it's totally fall appropriate with lots of warmth. Most of the collection was actually bought for me as an early birthday present, which makes it that extra bit exciting. 
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

NEW Smashbox Studio Skin Concealer REVIEW

Smashbox recently launched their new Studio Skin Concealer, and of course - being the makeup junkie I am - I snapped it up straight away. This was a couple of weeks ago now, so here I am reporting my findings! 

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Nars Dual Intensity Blush Palette REVIEW

I have been a big fan of the Dual Intensity blushes by Nars ever since they first came out, and I have quite a few in my collection now. So when the e-mail about this new addition to the family - the Nars Dual Intensity Blush Palette - appeared in my inbox, I was really really excited.

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Friday, 12 August 2016

L'Occitane Sublime Perfecting Range REVIEW

I have been loyal to the moisturiser and serum from L'Occitane's Sublime Perfecting range for nearly two years now, and fairly recently L'Occitane added new products to the range. Seeing as how much I loved the original creams I couldn't wait to give them a try! I bought them when they first came out so I've had plenty of time to form an opinion, so here's what I think!
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