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Liebster Award

I’ve been debating the post I should add to my blog, and luckily I’ve had the decision made for me! The gorgeous Paige of ‘Little P Blog’ has nominated me for the Liebster Award which is so lovely of her, and you should definitely go and check out her blog! Now at first glance I wasn’t quite sure what it was about, but after reading her post I’ve discovered it’s a brilliant way of discovering new blogs to follow, while telling everyone a little more about me in the process!

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Paige has given me some questions to answer, so here they are!

how long have you been blogging for?

I have only been blogging for two months, so not long at all! Even so, I’ve really enjoyed writing and editing the posts I’ve put up so far so long may it continue!!

have you considered uploading to YouTube?

I can’t say I have, maybe something to think about in the future! Never say never!

what do you like to blog about most?

Not sure if anyone’s noticed, but I love posting about beauty! Anything from makeup to skincare to bath bombs, you name it, I’ll blog about it! I think it’s mainly because that’s my industry, being a makeup artist, so I can’t help but be fascinated by it and want to share it with others!

where is your favourite place that you have traveled to?

Now that’s a hard question! I’ve been incredibly lucky with some of the locations I’ve been able to visit so it’s very hard to pick one, but keeping with the theme of this blog I’m going to have to say Milan. Clearly, the shopping capital of the world so I was going to adore it anyway, however this trip allowed me to find new love for products and brands I’d never heard of thanks to their MASSIVE Sephora! We’re not lucky enough to have a Sephora in the UK so shopping there was an absolute dream! Not only that, but the architecture was absolutely incredible. The ‘Duomo Di Milano’ was one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen, it is absolutely massive and so detailed, an amazing place to be able to visit! I’ve attached some pictures below (maybe I’ll do a separate blog post about it??)

what made you start to want blogging?

I started my blog because I had so many products that I absolutely love and wanted to tell others about them! I thought it’d be a good way to get that out there, whilst also being a good way to spend some of my free time!

what is the most frustrating thing about blogging?

I think one of the hardest things about blogging is knowing what to blog about! I have so many ideas for posts but it’s difficult knowing which ones will reach the audience I have in mind for this blog, so that can be quite frustrating sometimes!

favourite series to watch at the moment?

Definitely Stranger Things! I’ve just started to re-watch season one as I want to have a refresher so I can go into season two in the know! I’ve heard really good things about season two so I’m really looking forward to watching it!

what is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Bar far my favourite tradition is putting the angel decoration on the top of the Christmas tree. My siblings and I do it together every year and it’s the sweetest thing!

are you open about your blog? do you tell people you blog?

I don’t see the point of keeping the fact you blog from people, I put a lot of effort into my posts so I’d like as many people to see them as possible!

twitter or instagram?

Definitely instagram! I post nearly every day and it’s a great way to advertise myself and my business! I am on twitter as well but I prefer the layout of instagram for sure!

Now I’d like to nominate a few others for this award! They are:

A Reading Cat

The Beauty Swatcher

All Things Allatt

UniLifeTravel

Tales of Belle

If you’d like to join in, here are my questions for you!

  1. what made you start your blog?
  2. what’s your favourite thing about your blog?
  3. what’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
  4. what’s your favourite book?
  5. what’s your favourite scent of candle?
  6. what mainly inspires your blog posts?
  7. who inspires you the most?
  8. do you prefer giving or receiving presents?
  9. what is your favourite post on your blog?
  10. what is your favourite day of the year?

The rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award, and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.

Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.

Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.

List these rules in your post.

Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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My Top 4 Affordable Makeup Removers!

“Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water”

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (100ml bottle)

This remover is one of my all time favourites, and not just because of the price! This product retails for £4.99 for a 400ml bottle, which is an excellent price point for the amount you get! As I have quite sensitive skin myself I struggle to find a remover that doesn’t irritate my eyes and skin, mainly the skin around my eyelids. This formula has been designed specifically to cater to sensitive skin and I’ve never found it to irritate, even around the most susceptible areas. The formula feels so gentle but still allows you to take off your makeup without the need to really rub the skin or eye area. It is made with micelles which act like tiny magnets which lift the makeup right off your face. Another thing I love about this product is that it doesn’t contain any perfume which helps be even kinder and more gentle to the skin. An absolute must have!

“Simple ‘Kind to Skin’ purifying cleansing lotion”

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I’ve always found Simple to be exactly that – Simple. This product retails for £3.80 for a 200ml bottle. This formula does not contain any harsh chemicals, perfumes, colours or oils making it very kind to the skin. Not having any of these thing, and keeping the formula ‘simple’, really helps to efficiently remove makeup without being harsh or irritating. I find that the formula gently removes makeup without leaving any residue on the skin, leaving my skin feeling fresh and cleansed. The formula also contains vitamin B which helps to smooth and soften the skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and eradicates any feeling of dryness after it is used. A great remover for people that struggle with dry or sensitive skin.

“Nivea daily essentials ‘Double Effect’ makeup remover”

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This remover is an absolute dream as it doesn’t just remove makeup, it also cleanses the skin like a toner. The price point for this product is £3.89 for a 125ml bottle. It has a ‘two phase’ technology that tackles makeup without feeling harsh to the skin. The first is an oil phase which effectively removes makeup from the skin and eyes, even removing waterproof mascara with ease. The second stage is an aqueous stage which protects and cares for your skin, and equally importantly your eyelashes, while removing any oily residue from the first phase. The best part? It’s all combines into one easy to use formula, so you get double the action with half the hassle! Another thing I personally love is the product requires shaking to combine before use, allowing me to take out any stresses I might have from the day before taking off my makeup!

“L’oreal ‘fine flowers’ cleansing milk”

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This formula claims to remove makeup, nourish and cleanse the skin – and it does exactly that! The price point is £5.99 for 500ml, a very reasonable price. It is designed for sensitive and dry skin. The smell of rose and jasmine immediately drew me to this product straight away. The formula is advertised as a ‘milk’ and is very gentle and hydrating, while efficiently removing makeup. It took me two cotton pads of product to remove my full face, which is around the same amount as other products. My only criticism would be that it leaves a slight residue on the skin, however this is probably down to it being very hydrating. I do find myself leaving a toner afterwards to really cleanse my skin, but this isn’t too bad as they provide one in the range for you!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Review!

Anyone who’s ever met me knows that my all time favourite product is the velour liquid lipsticks by Jeffree Star Cosmetics. These lippys are to die for!

There is a wide range of colours with 40+ shades in the collection. There is every colour you could imagine in the collection; from the deepest red, most royal blue, brightest yellow and even multiple shades of green!

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Left to right – “I’m shook”, “Calabasas”, “Gemini”, “Mannequin” and “Nude beach”

The website states that the lipsticks go on opaque and dry down completely matte, which is no word of a lie. The formula does exactly that and it stays on for hours! After eating, drinking and going about daily life these lipsticks aren’t budging. The matte formula isn’t the only one the brand provides, they also have a good range of metallic shades which give the lip a beautiful shine.

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Left to right: “Designer blood”, “Rich blood” and “Checkmate”

I found that both formulas are hydrating and do not leave my lips dry and cracking at the end of the day/night. This is especially so if a decent lip scrub is applied before application which I recommend everyone does. Jeffree Star Cosmetics even caters for this as they have their own range of lip scrubs in some delicious flavours such as; rootbeer, mojito, watermelon, blue raspberry and many more.

What’s more, all the brand’s products are vegan and cruelty free, so anyone and everyone is able to purchase their range.

This product has been a staple in my kit for many years, after discovering the formula I’ve never looked back. So if you’re looking for a long lasting, hydrating, all rounder liquid lipstick with all the shades you could dream of, look no further!

Top Left – “virginity”, Bottom left – “scorpio”, Top middle – “rich blood”, Bottom middle – “i’m shook” and Right – “prom night”

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Illamasqua skin base foundation review

I had heard so many people talking about this foundation I just had to try it out for myself.

I started out by doing some research on the Illamasqua website and discovered they have 33 shades available, including a completely white shade. This range includes a wide selection of colours with varying undertones so finding a match for your skin is pretty easy.

I purchased the shade 6.5 for myself which was a perfect match for my skin, then also purchased shades 01, 02 and 13 for mixing purposes in my kit.

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On first arrival the packaging appeared sleek and lightweight, without looking cheap. The bottles looked a little on the small side however when I started using the foundation I soon discovered that a little goes a LONG way.

On first application the foundation feels soft and lightweight, so I naturally expected very little coverage.. how wrong I was! The website states a medium to full coverage and that’s exactly what you get with this foundation. As it states on the bottle it has a “natural and build-able coverage” which allows you to tailor the amount of coverage to your wants and needs. The layers blend together beautifully, without looking cakey.

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After blending it on my own skin, I decided to mix a few of the shades to see how easy it would be. The formula is just as it’s quoted “easily and effortlessly blend-able” whilst keeping the quality of coverage. Illamasqua are onto a winner with their white shade (01), as it makes mixing formulas to a specific tone even easier.

I’ve found that this foundation really gives the skin a natural looking glow. Although I do love a good glow I was worried with regards to the flashback it may give in photos. I decided to test it on a shoot and all my worries turned out to be for nothing, the foundation gave no flashback and the pictures came out beautifully.

I think you can probably guess the conclusion I’ve come to about this foundation.. I’m in love! It has a lightweight feel with great coverage, is easily mixed into different shades and blending it on the skin is a dream. I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone wanting to try out a new base, great job Illamasqua!