2017 Beauty Favourites – Skin Care & Body Care

As I love watching peoples annual favourites, I thought I’d do one myself. This is my skin care and body care favourites, but I’ve already done one about makeup and next week I’ll do one on my favourite hair products, nail stuff and fragrance. Let me know what your favourites from 2017 were and also let me know what you want to see from me this year.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine SPF 50+ (£16.50) – This is the only product that claims to be anti-shine that I actually find to be anti-shine – if you have oily skin, you need this in your life. And the fact that it has SPF 50 in it is an added bonus. I wear this when I don’t have makeup on and I also mix it with my foundation sometimes.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (£16) – I use a cotton bud to apply this to my blemishes at night and it dries them up and makes them go away faster. It’s had a lot of hype but it’s worth it and if you have acne prone skin, you need to get this product.

L’Oréal Pure Clay Detox Mask (£7.99) – This is a great face mask, especially for the price. I use it once a week, usually on a Sunday or just whenever I feel like my skin needs it. I feel like it draws impurities out of my skin and prevents blemishes from forming and also clears up my skin a little bit. I really like this face mask, I think it’s great.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (£4.99) – I really like this for taking off my makeup or for just refreshing my skin a bit. It does a great job of taking off my makeup or any excess makeup I still have left on my skin. This is really well priced and I don’t think there is any need in buying a more expensive micellar water when you can just buy this.

Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream (£5.50) – This is a really good affordable hand cream that is really hydrating. It helps the eczema on my hand and stops it from itching which shows that it’s a good hand cream.

St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub (£4.19) – This is a great exfoliator and I find that it gets all the dry patches off my skin and makes my makeup go on really well afterwards. It also does fight blemishes which is a great added bonus for me.

Holland & Barrett Aloe Vera Gel (£7.49) – I’ve been using this on my skin all year before my moisturiser in hopes that it would prevent breakouts etc. It has and I think my skin is noticeably better now so if you suffer with breakouts to any degree, you need to try this out.

E45 Cream (£8) – I love this for my face and for dry patches on my body where I have mild eczema. It’s so moisturising and because it’s got no fragrance or anything, it’s not irritating at all. I’ve got oily, dehydrated skin so this is great as it isn’t oily but it’s hydrating. It’s also great value for money.

Kocostar Foot Peeling Pack (£8) – This is everything I hoped it would be – it literally made all of the skin on my feet peel off (it was SO satisfying). It left my feet feeling so soft and almost brand new. If you have hard skin on the bottoms of your feet, this will get it off. I urge everyone to trying this.

Lush Twilight Bath Bomb (£3.95) – This is probably my favourite Lush bath bomb of all time so I just had to mention it. It is so relaxing and has great ingredients in it. Next time you’re in Lush please pick this up. It’s not the most exciting but it’s my favourite.

St Moriz Self Tan Mousse in Medium (£4.99) – I really like this fake tan and despite the price, it is amazing. It doesn’t go patchy, it isn’t orange at all and it looks like a natural tan. It requires minimal effort to apply and to maintain so I recommend it to everyone.

Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Gradual Self Tan in Light/Medium (£7.79) – If I want an even more natural looking tan that is even easier to apply and even easier to maintain, this is great. It is really natural, buildable and it’s great for a Summer glow.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life (£7) – I love this scrub for fake tan prep as it exfoliates all of my dead skin cells off and makes my knees and elbows smoother for better application. It’s a really nice and affordable scrub which I really enjoy using.

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2017 Beauty Favourites – Makeup

Happy new year everyone! I can’t get over the fact that it’s 2018, it just feels like 2017 went so fast. Anyway, I love watching peoples annual favourites so I thought I’d do one myself. This one is just makeup, then I’ll do another talking about my favourite skin care and body care and another for my favourite hair products, nail stuff and fragrance.

I hope you all enjoy this and let me know what some of your favourite products or general favourite things from 2017 are!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£6.49) – I’ve been using this concealer for years now and I think it’s a great drugstore concealer for the under eyes. It brightens and gives a decent amount of coverage, but it doesn’t look cakey at all and still looks like your skin. The shade range is decent for the drugstore, it doesn’t cake and crease throughout the day.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (£3.99) – This is the best powder ever – nothing beats it. It sets my makeup into place really well and doesn’t make it look cakey. It also keeps my shine at bay quite well considering I have oily skin. There are six shades, including transparent and I think you need to try this out if you haven’t already.

Urban Decay Original Eye Shadow Primer (£17) – I love this eye shadow primer potion so much. It makes my eye shadow apply so much better, blend so much better, last so much longer and stop it from creasing. I love this and think it’s worth the price but I will try looking for some cheaper alternatives. I do really recommend it though.

Urban Decay Sin Eye Shadow Primer (£17) – Just like the other Urban Decay eye shadow primer potion, this makes my eye shadow apply better, blend better, last a lot longer and stop it from creasing. But this one has a gorgeous shimmery colour to it so you don’t have do to anything else with your eyes.

L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit (£9.99) – I’ve used this for my eyebrows for over a year and a half and I’ve loved it so much since I started using it. It has a wax and a powder in it and I use both of them everyday and I’ve still got some product left so it’s lasted me ages. It’s cool toned which is great for me and you don’t often find that in drugstore brow products so I’d recommend this if you’re looking a new brow product.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£24.50) – I love this bronzer so much as it’s the perfect colour and tone for my skin. It’s a medium bronze shade and it has the perfect balance of ashy tones and warm tones. I use it every time I wear makeup just to bronze my face up and it looks so natural and pretty.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in ‘Moonstone’ (£32) – This highlighter is so finely milled so it gives such a gorgeous glow that makes you look ‘lit from within’ rather than glittery which I personally prefer. You can use a bit for a natural look or build it up for a more dramatic highlight.

Collection Blush in ‘Bashful’ (£2.99) – This blush is a beautiful rosy pink shade with a slight shimmer to it which gives such a natural blushing look which I think looks really pretty. It’s just got the right amount of pigmentation and shimmer and the colour is perfect.

L’Oréal Super Liner Black Lacquer Waterproof (£6.49) – L’Oréal eyeliners are my favourites and this one is just amazing. It’s so easy to use, it’s very black colour, it doesn’t dry out and it’s waterproof so doesn’t budge but it is fairly easy to remove. The nib is thin so it allows precise application for a thinner line but it’s easy to make it thicker.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (£8.99) – This mascara is incredible, especially for the price. It thickens and lengthens my lashes but never makes them clumpy. The wand is so unique and what makes it so good. It doesn’t smudge at all and doesn’t come off if I cry.

MUA Lip Liner in ‘Caramel Nougat’ (£1) – This is my favourite lip liner and I can’t believe the price! It applies to my lips so nicely and I can easily over line them with this which is great and makes them look so much fuller. The colour is perfect for me as I love dark nude lip liners.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Crème Cup (£16.50) – This is my favourite lipstick of all time as the formula is so creamy and comfortable to wear but it still lasts quite well. The colour is a gorgeous light blue pink which I think really suits me. I can also wear it with any makeup look which is great.

NYX Butter Gloss in ‘Fortune Cookie’ (£5.50) – This is the best lip gloss ever. It has the perfect formula which doesn’t feel sticky at all (it actually feels comfortable) but it stays on for a decent amount of time. It is a light nude so it looks good alone or with most lip shades that I wear.

Real Techniques Multi Tasking Brush (£10.67 for set) – I had to mention this brush because it is so useful and everyone needs at least one. I use this for powder, bronzer and blusher but you can also use it for foundation. Real Techniques brushes are such good quality especially for the price.

Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight Brush (£13) – This brush is one of my favourite brushes ever. I use it for highlighter and it makes my highlight look insane. It is deffiently better than other highlighter brushes and Zoeva brushes are incredible quality; deffiently the best brushes and they are fairly affordable.

Girl Talk: Get To Know Me Q&A

Today is new years eve and the last day of 2017. This year has gone so fast and a lot has happened. I feel like I’ve changed a lot over the past year, mostly for the better, and just matured quite a bit. Overall it’s been a really good year and I’m excited for 2018. Happy new year to all of you and I really hope that 2018 brings you all the best. Thank you for supporting me throughout 2017 and I hope you continue to do so next year.

I’m starting a series called ‘Girl Talk.’ A lot of people do this and I’ve been inspired by others to do this. Even though so many others do it, I feel like everyone has different advice as we’ve all experienced different things and we all talk about different things. If you have a topic/question you’d like me to talk about/answer in my next girl talk, please let me know! I thought I’d start it off by doing a Q&A so you can all get to know me a bit better. I found these questions online and they’re from the ’25 New Get To Know Me Tag.’

Also, if you want me to start doing story times, please let me know as I have a few that might be quite funny to share and then a few not so funny, but you might still enjoy reading for various reasons. Give me suggestions too and have an amazing new year however you spend it!

  1. Are you named after anyone?
    No, I’m not. My mum just always liked my name and it was the only one my dad agreed to call me.
  2. When was the last time you cried?
    I’m a very emotional person and when I feel any emotion very strongly, good or bad, I cry. So I cry quite a lot because I think it’s healthy to get your emotions out. I also cry when I laugh a lot. But I think the last time I cried was yesterday when I was walking to the train station because I have shin splints because the day before I decided to run on concrete for 20 minutes in heeled boots.
  3. Do you have kids?
    No! I’m only a teenager, I’m in high school. I don’t want to have kids until I’m about 30.
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
    I’ve actually thought about this before and I’m really not sure. I’d like to think I would be. I think I’d either be best friends with myself, or be my worst enemy.
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
    I’m a naturally very sarcastic person. My sister says me and my brother are the most sarcastic people she’s ever met. I think me and my family generally are quite sarcastic and sometimes I have a sarcastic sense of humour.
  6. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
    I actually don’t know what the first thing I notice is but I tend to quickly observe peoples hair colour, height and accent.
  7. What is your eye colour?
    My eyes are light blue.
  8. Scary movie or happy endings?
    I’m not the biggest fan of either. I’m not that into movies to be honest. I’d much rather spend my time doing something else.
  9. Favourite smells?
    This is so typical but I love autumnal/winter scents like cinnamon.
  10. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
    Around 3,700 miles or 6,000 kilometres. So not that far really.
  11. Do you have any special talents?
    The short answer is no. I’m not talented at all which I kind of wish I was. It would nice to be better than other people at something.
  12. Where were you born?
    One of the most beautiful cities in the world. It does come somewhere on this list if you’re really that interested.
  13. What are your hobbies?
    I don’t really have any of the typical hobbies like dancing or gymnastics – I’m pretty awful at them to be honest. So I guess this is. I do really enjoy writing posts and I think I’m going to love doing this girl talk series.
  14. Do you have any pets?
    Yes I have a black and white cat. She’s the most adorable little thing ever!
  15. Do you have any siblings?
    Yes. I have an older brother and an older sister, so I’m the youngest.
  16. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    I have absolutely no idea. I’m young and I have plenty of time to figure it out. If you have no idea what you want to do either, no matter what age you are, it’s totally okay, you have all the time in the world to figure it out and you will eventually.
  17. Who was your first best friend?
    Well, I’m not going to share her name, but we’ve been friends for ever and I’m still really good friends with her to this day. We don’t get to see each other a lot as we live in different cities now but we talk a lot and now that we’re old enough to travel to other cities alone, I think we’ll start seeing each other more. I think we’ve managed to stay friends for so long because we share similar interests and our personalities match quite well.
  18. How tall are you?
    I’m 5’7″ or 171cm, so I’m fairly tall but I love it.
  19. Funniest moment throughout school?
    Honestly, I have so many. And I’m still in school and funny things happen all the time. I’ll probably think of some hilarious things and do story times on them so look out for them. I feel like things me and my friends do that we think are funny, no one else will. But I will get back to you for that question.
  20. How many countries have you visited?
    I’ve visited 6 countries and I’ll be visiting a new country next year which I’m so excited about.
  21. What was your favourite/worst subject in High School?
    I’m in high school right now and my favourite subjects are biology and geography and my least favourites were/are PE, modern studies, art and home economics (I’ve dropped all of them apart from PE).
  22. What is your favourite drink? Animal? Perfume?
    I drink water all the time but if we’re talking alcoholic drinks, my favourite is just straight vodka. My favourite animal is a cat and my favorite perfume is Chanel No5.
  23. What would you (or have you) name your children?
    I have a few names even though I don’t want children until I’m 30. One of my favourite names for a girl is Emilia and one of my favourites for a boy is Daniel.
  24. What sports do you play/have you played?
    I’m awful at sports so I don’t play any and I haven’t ever played any. Unless you count skiing as a sport. I used to do that and I was quite good at it.
  25. Who are some of your favourite YouTubers?
    I could do a whole post on this if any of you would like me to but a few that I love just off the top of my head are Imogenation (Imogen Hudson), Simplynessa15 (Vanessa Martinez) and Hannah Witton.
  26. How many girlfriends/boyfriends have you had?
    I’ve had a boyfriend but I don’t know if I’d even class it as a proper relationship. We were together for about three months but I think I’ll do a whole story time on our relationship because some ridiculous things happened and I did some pretty stupid things.
  27. Favourite memory from childhood?
    I hate questions like this because I can’t just pick one memory! Not one specific thing comes to mind.
  28. How would you describe your fashion sense?
    Black.
  29. What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?)
    I have an android. I just don’t care what phone I have, it’s just a phone.
  30. Tell us one of your bad habits!
    I’m getting into a habit of swearing, I always forget peoples names, talking in class, losing focus, twisting my hair round my fingers… I seem to have a lot!

Happy new year guys!

Festive Makeup Look – GRWM

Today is Christmas Eve, so merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas however you celebrate it and if you don’t celebrate it, I hope you have a wonderful day nevertheless. I’ve not done a beauty post in the over a month I think, so I thought I’d do one today as I’ve missed writing them. I wanted to do a festive makeup look/GRWM so you can use this look for Christmas day, boxing day, new years eve or any parties/get togethers if you have no ideas for makeup and you like the sound of this. Again, I hope you all have a great Christmas and I also hope you enjoy this post!

First I’m going to use the Bourjois Air Mat Foundation and I’ll be blending that with my Beautyblender Royal Sponge. This foundation gives a natural matte finish with a medium buildable coverage and it’s longwearing. Even though it’s matte it’s still suitable for dry skin as it’s not drying in the slightest. I love applying my foundation with a damp Beautyblender as I find it blends it out so easily and flawlessly. For concealer I’m using the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer which is lightweight, gives a more awake look to the under eye area and has a decent amount of coverage. I like to blend my concealer out with the same Beautyblender I used for my foundation. I then set under my eyes using the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder on a Real Techniques Setting Brush which fits perfectly under the eye. I set the rest of my face using the same powder, which is my favourite face powder but using the Real Techniques Powder Brush.

I then fill in my eyebrows using the L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit, using the wax to define the arch and the powder to fill them in. Next I apply my eye primer (I know I apply my makeup in a slightly weird order) and I’m currently using and loving the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in ‘Sin.’ I love Urban Decay’s eye primers in general as they make the wear and look of the eyeshadow a lot better, but ‘Sin’ has a gorgeous light golden/brown shimmery colour to it, which is stunning. On top of that I  use the shade ‘Trick’ from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I apply that with a Real Techniques Bold Metals Oval Shadow Brush and then I blend some of my bronzer into the crease for some definition and onto my lower lash line. This gives such a lovely warm coppery look to the eyes which I think is really festive.

I then like to contour using an eyeshadow, again, from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette and it’s the shade ‘Nooner’ which is a cool toned brown. I contour my cheekbones, jaw line and nose and the brush I use to do this is the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. I then use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer to bronze my cheeks and forehead a bit and I use the Real Techniques Bold Metals Arched Powder Brush. Then I apply my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’ with my Zoeva Luxe Highlight Brush to the tops of my cheekbones, the end of my nose, my cupids bow, eyebrow bones and inner corners. This highlighter gives the most gorgeous glow to my skin and the brush is amazing (I wrote this post about them if you want to know more). I apply a little bit of the Collection Blush in ‘Bashful’ to the apples of my cheeks using my bronzer brush.

I decided to apply a little bit of eyeliner close to my upper lash line and the eyeliner I used was the L’Oréal Super Liner Black Lacquer Waterproof. This eyeliner is so easy to use and is probably my favourite. And for my mascara, I’m using my favourite, the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Intense Black’ which has such a unique wand which I think is why it’s so good. The lip liner I used was the MUA Lip Liner in ‘Caramel Nougat’ which I over line my lips with. I then used my MAC Amplified Crème Lipstick in ‘Blankety’ and then my favourite lip gloss, the NYX Butter Gloss in ‘Fortune Cookie.’

Merry Christmas everyone!

My Deepest Fear

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my biggest fear, and in that I mentioned that I had an even deeper fear that I had never spoken about before because it’s so terrifying to me and maybe more rational and real than my fear of fire which I spoke about in my other post. This fear has developed over the past couple of years and it has gradually worsened. Unlike my fear of fire, I have no idea where this has stemmed from, I think it’s the kind of fear that a lot of people have naturally but to a lesser degree than mine – I’d like to know your thoughts.

So, my deepest fear is death. Not me dying though (although I am becoming gradually more scared of that), my family and friends dying, and the fear is most intense in terms of my parents and siblings dying. It’s not even just death though, it’s them becoming ill or injured in some way. I guess just them not being in a good state of health.

My problem is that I always think the worst. If my dad goes for a shower and he takes ages, my mind will go straight to him dying in the shower rather than a more rational explanation. If my brother hasn’t been home in a few days with no contact (which is a common thing), I think he’s dead. If my mum has gone to the shops and taken longer than I expected, I think she’s been in some kind of accident rather than a more rational explanation like that she’s gone to visit a friend (again, quite a common thing). In my head, I’m convinced that I’ll hear the doorbell in a second and the police will be there to tell me what’s happened.

And when things do happen, which they do, because that’s life and I have to find a way to accept and cope with it, I totally freak out. And I don’t react to bad situations very well in an emotional sense. I get really angry, show no sadness, just extreme anger. After I’ve coped with the anger, then I get upset.

My mum works a job slightly more risky and unpredictable than a normal job (yet not as dangerous as some, she’s done worse in the past) and has done for around three years now. She herself hasn’t been badly injured at all, the worst think that’s happened to her is a broken finger, but her colleagues have sustained slightly more serious injuries. As I said though, it’s unpredictable, anything could happen, and it’s always been a little bit worrying for me, especially when it’s ‘a bad time’ – if she’s saying it is, then it is.

Last year there was a situation which I’m not going to go into any detail about at all but it was quite bad. The person going through it really downplayed it and was very calm about it but my mum freaked out about it and it really took a toll on her and I could really see how upset she was about it. I would have usually been really worried about a situation like that but I wasn’t at all – I was very calm about it all. It did sometimes play on my mind a bit but I didn’t think the worst at all, I just kept telling myself it was fine. I think this was due to both the fact that the person going through it was so calm about it and also the fact that my mum was freaked out and worried. She never is, or never shows it at least, so I was just keeping it together for her so she wouldn’t be so worried and to maybe make her think it was going to be fine – it isn’t nice seeing your mum like that. Looking back, I’m surprised at how well I handled the situation actuallyAs I think I mentioned, I never used to have this fear. This is probably due to the fact that as a young teenager, you’re more naïve and have an underdeveloped awareness (I think) to how bad things are. But the thing is, I never even worried about things at all and I always saw things from the best perspective. And now, I always fear the worst.

I think a certain amount of fear is healthy because at the end of the day, bad things do happen and if you’re aware that they could happen then it won’t hit so hard. But a lot of fear isn’t healthy because stressing and worrying is so bad for you and it doesn’t change the end result at all.

This post might have been a bit ranty, pointless and a bit all over the place (so thanks for reading it!) but it was more for me to actually get this out because as I mentioned, I’ve never actually voiced any of this (and still technically haven’t but I’ve written it). I always think it helps to get things out in any kind of situation because bottling things up isn’t helping you at all. If you have something you need to get out, tell someone you trust, write it down, tell me by privately contacting me (you can trust me), just get it out and you’ll feel better. If there is anything you’d like me to talk about and I mean anything, let me know and I will!

My Favourite Songs – Christmas

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite Christmas songs as it’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas. I hope you like this short post and let me know what your all time favourite Christmas song is.

  1. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl
  2. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid 30
  3. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon, Yoko Ono
  4. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Glee Cast
  5. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Glee Cast
  6. Christmas Wrapping – Glee Cast
  7. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  8. Last Christmas – Wham!
  9. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  10. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

My Favourite Songs – December 2017

I wanted to share with you my current favourite songs. I love music so much and I listen to it all the time. I obviously have my all time favourite songs but these are just ten that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. Some of these are newer and some of these are quite old – I listen to all kinds of music. I hope you enjoy this quick post and maybe find some songs you love. Let me know what songs you’re loving at the moment.

  1. Big For Your Boots – Stormzy
  2. When Ur Sober – Taya, Yxng Bane
  3. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
  4. I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
  5. Remember Every Scar – Escape The Fate
  6. I Want To Break Free – Queen
  7. Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston
  8. Spotlight – Jennifer Hudson
  9. Attention – Charlie Puth
  10. Fetish – Selena Gomez, Gucci Mane