Drugstore Makeup I Love

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I want to tell you what some of my favourite drugstore makeup products are because a lot of people are on a budget and I wanted to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get an amazing product. These products I’m going to mention are products that I would purchase over high end products so these are seriously amazing. Even if you do have the budget to spend a little bit more, I’d still recommend that you try these out. I’ll be giving a review of each of these products and if you want to see a full review on anything mentioned, let me know. I’m not going to talk about one thing from each category because honestly, I’ve not found things that I love in all categories; I’m only recommending things I love. I think I’ll do a high end version of this in a couple of weeks and in the mean time, let me know what drugstore products you love.

L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit – £9.99 – This is the best product brow product that I’ve ever tried and that is a bold statement to make. It has a wax and a powder in it and I use both of them and I think they’re both great. I’ve used this on a near daily basis for the past 14 months and I’ve not even ran out yet so it’s amazing value for money and unlike a brow pencil, you don’t need to repurchase another in a month or so. It comes in two different shades, ‘light/medium’ (which I use) and ‘medium/dark.’ They are both quite cool/neutral toned and I find that not a lot of drugstore brow products are cool/neutral toned so if that’s what you’re looking for, try this out. I use an angled liner brush with the wax and an angled brow brush with the powder which works well for me. One of the best things about this product is that you can make this look really natural on the brows or you could make your brows look quite bold so it’s very versatile. I love this product, I’d highly recommend it and I don’t think it could be easily replaced.

L’Oréal Super Liner Black Lacquer Waterproof – £6.50 – Everyone wants an easy to use, intense black liquid liner that is going to stay all day, even if you have a little cry. This is that eyeliner. You need this in your life. And when it says waterproof it means waterproof but it’s not difficult to get off by any means – it’s like magic, I’m telling you. You can do really thin liner with this but it’s also really easy to build it up and It’s really easy to do a wing. It is literally the easiest thing to use and it would even be the perfect first liquid eyeliner (I think it was my second). It also never dries out. Obviously you should only keep liquid eyeliners for six months max. but I’ve had mine for a year and a half and it hasn’t dried out and I have not yet had an eye infection but I will get a new one soon. This is amazing and I seriously do not think anything could ever live up to this especially considering the price.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – £8.99 – This mascara is my everything. It lengthens, volumises, separates and does not budge at all even if the tears are flowing. The wand is like nothing else I’ve ever seen, it’s curved and is the perfect size for my eyes. You can make your lashes look so natural or so dramatic with this mascara and that’s why it’s so good. I love the normal black one because it’s actually black, not grey or brown and the intense black one is also amazing and is just slightly more dramatic. And as I mentioned, even though these aren’t waterproof, they don’t smudge and they don’t run if I cry a little bit. The waterproof one is very waterproof and you end up pulling half of your eyelashes out trying to get it of so I wouldn’t recommend that one but the normal ones are incredible. I have got so many compliments on my lashes when wearing this mascara and some people have even thought I was wearing falsies. It is just amazing and I really don’t feel the need to try any other mascaras as I love it so much. If you haven’t tried it, you most definitely should.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – £6 – These are matte liquid lipsticks but they feel like silky velvet on the lips – they’re so comfortable and aren’t drying in the slightest. They last for ages and you can eat with them on but they obviously don’t last quite as long as a normal liquid lipstick and they do fade slightly as they aren’t drying. I just put a bit more on or I just let them fade because they fade evenly and they don’t go patchy which is amazing. The shade range is amazing and there is a nude for everyone, a pink for everyone, a red for everyone – basically they’ve got you covered, whatever you need. I actually only have two shades, ‘Abu Dhabi’ which is a gorgeous medium warm nude and ‘Tokyo’ which is a bubble gum pink, so I really need to try some more as they are so amazing. I don’t think any other liquid lipsticks will beat these for me as they are so comfortable and easy to wear. I would recommend these to everyone and I think it would definitely be worth picking one of these up next time your at your drugstore because they are so affordable for what they are.

NYX Butter Gloss – £5.50 – These lip glosses are by far the best (yet cheapest) lip glosses I have ever tried and that is saying something because I have tried a lot of drugstore and a lot of high end lip glosses. They are so creamy and they feel and look amazing on the lips. They are pigmented and give a lovely, glossy colour on the lips. They stay on the lips for a fairly long time for a lip gloss but inevitably, they need reapplying after eating. There are so many shades of this as well which is amazing. My favourite shade is ‘Fortune Cookie’ which is a pretty pale pinky nude which is a beautiful everyday wear-alone gloss and is also great for applying over lipstick. When I apply this around others I always make them try it and they’re always like, “omg, this is amazing!” I don’t think I’ll ever buy another lip gloss considering this is by far my favourite gloss and it is also the most affordable by far. I love these and I would highly recommend this to everyone; even those who aren’t a fan of glosses as this will make you love them.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99 – I have gone on and on about this powder to everyone that will listen for the past three years. It is amazing. This sets my makeup into place really well and at the end of the day my makeup still looks alright. I have the oiliest skin and this powder keeps me fairly matte for a good while before I feel the need to re-powder. If you find your foundation looking a bit rubbish by the middle of the day, this gives it a new lease of life. I don’t understand why you would ever buy an expensive powder when you could just buy this. I once saw Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist using this on her so… There are six shades available, a transparent one which I usually use and there are five other shades. This is amazing and I will never shut up about how amazing it is. Even though I have learnt to love my natural glow, I still need and love this so much. Please go and buy this. Please. You need this in your life!

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Healthy What I Eat In A Day #2

I’m going to do another what I eat in a day because I really enjoyed writing the last one. I love this kind of post/video for finding inspiration for new healthy meals and snacks. Let me know what you want to see next and let me know what you eat in a day. To see my last what I eat in a day, click here.

Breakfast
I had breakfast at around 9:30am because I had a lie in as I went to bed quite late last night. I had porridge with seeds today as the only bananas were too ripe for my liking. To make this I used 30-40g (a bit more than usual to make up for the banana) of porridge oats which I soak in unsweetened soya milk. I then put that in the microwave for 1 minute and add a teaspoonful of honey, a couple of teaspoonful’s of chia seeds, a couple of teaspoonful’s of flaxseeds, some pumpkin seeds, some sunflower seeds and some goji berries.

Lunch
I had my lunch around 12:30pm and I had some homemade soup which contained carrots, courgettebutternut squashtomatoessweetcorn and peppers. I also had a wholemeal rolls.

Snack
I had a snack at around 3pm and I had some watermelon. I had around an eighth of a whole watermelon.

Dinner
I had my dinner at about 5pm and I had the same homemade soup that I had for lunch. As I said, it contained carrots, courgette, butternut squash, tomatoes, sweetcorn and peppers.

Snack
I had another snack around 9pm and I had some more watermelon, and again, I had around an eighth of it. I also had two carrots.

Drinks
Throughout the day I drank around 5000ml of water. I also had a cup of green tea after my breakfast and after the last snack that I had.

YouTube Made Me Want It

I watch a lot of YouTube and a lot of it is people talking about makeup, generally makeup that they love. This obviously makes me want these things too. If that mascara makes them look like they’re wearing false eyelashes, then I want it (never works as well for me though). But anyway, I thought I would share with you some of the things that YouTube has made me want which I have not yet purchase. This way I thought you could get some ideas and if you’ve tried any of these products please let me know if they’re actually good.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (£41) – This has been massively hyped over in the beauty community for a while now and I’ve still not bought it. But I think I will buy it because it is one of the most beautiful eyeshadow palettes, it has five star reviews and everyone who has this seems to love it. The colours in the palette are stunning and really on trend and you could create endless looks with it. I think this will be the next thing I buy for myself…

Maybelline Matte & Poreless Foundation (£6.99) – This foundation has been spoken about by quite a few different people that I watch on YouTube and they’ve said it is the best drugstore foundation that they’ve ever tried. It is also ideal for oily skin which sounds great for me because my skin is really oily but apparently it’s not drying which is amazing. It appears that there is a great shade range and it looks like there will be shades pale enough for me. This will be the next foundation that I try.

Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray (£23.50) – The Urban Decay setting sprays are probably the most spoken about and hyped over setting sprays. They are given so much praise and people seem to say amazing things about them. Everyone speaks about them in a way that makes me feel like I need one of them and that it would benefit me and the way my makeup lasts. The de-slick one looks like it would work best for me and I think I’ll eventually have to buy it.

Benefit Galifornia Blusher (£24.50) – Blushers have just never appealed to me but ever since this blusher was released a few months back I’ve wanted it. It has had so much hype in the beauty community, particularly on YouTube, everyone seems to love it and I’ve not heard a bad thing about it. It looks amazing on others, the colour looks gorgeous and the packaging is so cute too. I don’t know if I need this but I think I’ll end up buying it anyway.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ (£15.50) – This is essentially an anti-blemish cream but from what I’ve heard from so many different YouTubers, this is amazing. I have blemish prone skin so I think this would be a really good thing to buy and I know from other La Roche-Posay products I’ve tried, that it’s an amazing brand. I don’t know why I’ve not tried this yet and I’ll make sure I pick it up from Boots soon.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (£16) – I’ve only heard two people talking about this on YouTube but from what they’ve said about it, it’s made me feel like I need this in my life and it also has amazing reviews. You apply it to your blemishes and it dries them out and clears up your skin. It’s made with calamine and salicylic acid (which works well for my skin). I need to order this soon as I think it will benefit my skin.

 

Things Introverts Will Understand

As I’ve mentioned before, I am most definitely an introvert. About 85% of the time I’d rather be enjoying my own company and socialising with people who I’m not that close with is a chore. I used to think it was weird that half the time I’d rather sit in silence when I’m around others but now I’ve accepted it as a part of who I am. And I’ve come to realise, it’s a part of a lot of others too. Even though at times it may be easier to enjoy socialising, I really love being an introvert and I wouldn’t change it for the world and I know the majority of other introverts feel the same way. I thought I would make a post that my fellow introverts will be able to relate to and please, if you do relate or want to say anything, leave a comment or privately contact me.

You’d rather be alone than with your friends the majority of the time. And it’s not because you don’t love your friends, it’s nothing to do with them specifically, it’s everyone, everyone that’s not you. You just need alone time to recharge and enjoy your own company and that is totally okay!

You’re a pro at getting out of social events and you know all of the excuses… I have a dentist appointment, my grandparents are visiting from Sweden, I feel sick (and will feel sick for the next two weeks). Even just the thought of having to socialise for hours on end, probably encountering that auntie who always asks you super personal questions is sometimes just to much. Or maybe you’d rather just sit at home all day, eating ice cream and watching Netflix.

You need your extroverted best friend with you at all times if you’re out at a party so they can carry the conversation and you can chip in here and there when you feel like it without seeming too rude (you’re still labelled as a rude bitch though). The pressure of having to have a one on one conversation with someone you’re only acquaintances with is enough to make you stay at home alone.

You’re labelled as a bitch because you don’t talk to people and they think that you think you’re better than them and you’re too good to talk to them – and that’s not the case at all. Most of the time you’re just in your own little world thinking about something else or you’ve already socialised too much. But then sometimes it is because they are the single most annoying human being you’ve ever met.

By the end of the school year you can’t cope with anyone and if you don’t get a break from everyone soon you feel like you’ll just crash… Then a number of weeks later when you have to go back to school, you’ve barely recharged at all and still won’t be able to cope with anyone.

You feel like a bad friend because you cancel plans a lot just because the thought of spending the day alone is so much more appealing. And if they knew that the reason you’d given wasn’t a reason, only an excuse, you feel like they’d be mad at you. But you know if you hadn’t cancelled, you would’ve been bad company because you wouldn’t have spoken.

You need alone time to recharge after leaving the house for a few hours just because you’ve been surrounded by other humans. It’s like their energy just drains yours. It’s like being mentally tierd. Extroverts will just never understand.

You’ve been called shy by literally everyone and it’s the most annoying thing ever (whether you are or not). Some introverts are shy (and that’s totally okay!) and some, like me, are not. Yes we enjoy our own company a lot, yes we love spending time alone and no we don’t need to be around people constantly. There is a difference between being an introvert and being shy. Some introverts are shy and some are not.

And you’ve been called socially awkward too. If you are socially awkward, you would not like to be called socially awkward and if you’re not it’s just annoying.

Meeting someone new is a bit too much. Having to make conversation with someone who you don’t know is a little bit awkward and because you’re not enthusiastic and having nothing to say or ask, it will seem like you don’t like them and they, like everyone else, will either lable you as rude or as a bitch because it seems like you think you’re too good to talk to them.

Phone calls are just out of the question whether it’s with a friend (a closer friend is a different story) or someone who you don’t know at all. That feeling you get when the phone rings is awful, but more so when you have to make the phone call. And the worst is when you have to phone that auntie who you never talk to for the birthday present that you didn’t even like.

The Highlighter & Brush You Need In Your Life!

One of the biggest trends we’ve seen in terms of beauty in the last couple of years is highlighter. With new highlighters from all different brands all the time there are now so many out there on the market and it’s to know what one to go for. It may take time to find your perfect highlighter but a great place to start is with the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter. And if you start with this, it will also be the end. It’s amazing and you’ll never want to use another highlighter.

But, what I’ve found is that it’s not all in the actual highlighter. To get the perfect highlight, you need the perfect brush. Just as brands are bringing out loads of highlighters, a lot of brands are bringing out highlighter brushes and again, they are all different so it’s hard to know what the right one for you is. I think a great highlighting brush to start with is the Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight Brush. It applies highlighter so beautifully and I think everyone will love it.

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter (£32) is a gorgeous buttery highlighter that beautifully illuminates your features and gives you a lit from within kind of glow. It gives a gorgeous ‘wow!’ kind of look yet it looks natural and doesn’t look glittery at all. There are seven different shades available so you can choose the perfect shade to compliment your skin colour and tone (I use ‘Moonstone’).

The Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight Brush (£13) is a such a luxurious feeling and looking brush. The soft bristles apply your highlighter flawlessly giving a beautiful finish and letting you get the most out of your product. The tapered brush head allows precise highlight application to areas such as the nose and the cupids bow. A gorgeous, high performance brush like this for an affordable price isn’t often heard of.

I use the highlighter brush to apply the highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones, my brow bones, the tip of my nose, my cupids bow, the inner corners of my eyes and my décolletage. It gives a gorgeous, flawless finish every time.

 

How To Look & Feel Amazing Without Makeup

Makeup is one of my favourite things – I love it so much. However, I only wear it 1-3 times a week and I almost always go to school wearing absolutely no makeup at all. I am really confident without makeup (even though I know I look better with it) but this time last year, I wouldn’t have been seen dead without makeup and I wore a full face every day, even if I was only going to the shops. I’ve built up a lot of confidence and some of that confidence has come from doing things to make myself look and feel just as put together without makeup. I thought I’d share my tips with you so that if you want to start feeling confident without makeup and looking your best, you can.

  • Getting a decent amount of sleep every night is very important. I would say around 7-9 hours of sleep each night is good. This is important because when you’re asleep your skin heals and the next day it will look more radiant and you might also notice less breakouts.
  • Drinking at least 2 litres of water each day is so important for your general health but it will also make your skin feel hydrated and again, look more radiant.
  • Make your hair look really nice by straightening it, curling it, wearing it in pleats, any hair style you think looks best on you. Also, remember to brush your hair as this will make it look more shiny.
  • Make sure your eyebrows are well groomed and in shape. If you find your eyebrows need a bit more shape, you can always use some brow gel (cheating with the no makeup think a little, I know) or some transparent soap on a spoolie.
  • Establish a good skincare routine and find products and ingredients that work well on your skin. Whether you’re trying to combat acne or dry skin, find a skincare routine that works for you (do you want me to share my holy grail skincare products?). Over time, this will give you healthier and better looking skin.
  • Having a nice smile is essential. This may seem a bit silly, me having to say this, but just remember to brush your teeth twice a day (and floss if you can be bothered – I can’t). You can even use a whitening toothpaste if you want whiter teeth.
  • Wear a lip balm to keep your lips looking and feeling healthy and hydrated. You can even use a plumping gloss if you’d like plumper lips.
  • Wear an SPF (I wear SPF 50) everyday to protect your skin from the sun which will keep it looking healthier, prevent wrinkles and in the long term, prevent serious illnesses.

Healthy Vegan Granola Bars – Quick & Easy

I want to start sharing with you some of my favourite healthy recipes and I thought the best one to start with would be healthy vegan granola bars as they taste amazing and really indulgent but they are healthy and vegan – they make the perfect snack or breakfast alternative.

These are really filling and satisfy that sweet craving due to the natural sweeteners from the dates. They also give you those essential healthy fats and also fibre. There are minimal ingredients involved which makes this really easy to make and you don’t have to bake them either (I prefer to though).

Ingredients

220g of dates (pitted and chopped into small pieces)
85g of agave nectar (or maple syrup or honey if not vegan)
65g of smooth peanut butter (or any smooth nut (or seed) butter)
135g of oats

Optional Ingredients

A splash of unsweetened soya milk (or any plant based milk alternative) to hold mixture together
Dried cranberries and/or raisins (and/or any other dried fruits)
Pumpkin seeds and/or sunflower seeds (and/or any other seeds)
Cashew nuts and/or almonds (and/or any other nuts)

Method

  1. Chop dates into small pieces and pit them if not already pitted. You could alternatively blend them in a food processor.
  2. Put the oats, dates, agave nectar and smooth peanut butter into a bowl and mix. If necessary, add a splash of soya milk to hold mixture together.
  3. Add any other ingredients you want to add (e.g. dried fruit, seeds, nuts) and mix.
  4. Pour mixture into a lined baking tray and press firmly using a metal spoon or glass to make them hold together.
  5. Optional step: Put in the oven at 180c for 15 minutes.
  6. Put in the freezer for 15-25 minutes until firm.
  7. Leave to lie for a while until they have hardened.
  8. Chop into whatever size of bar you want and keep them in an airtight container either in a cupboard or in the fridge to keep them fresher.