Liebster Award Tag

Wow it’s been a while!

After being literally knocked down by the flu for about 3 weeks all over Christmas (perfect timing of course) I’ve run out of time to dedicate to my blog. No matter how hard it is to remind yourself that it’s just a hobby and It’s not the end of the world I’ve not created one post a week for the past however many weeks I still somehow end up feeling guilty!

Anyway, it took a nomination from the lovely Louise at Pretty Polly Beauty to get me back by taking part in the Liebster Award Tag, so thank you! If you get a chance be sure to have a look at her blog, or instagram as she’s always posting great stories.

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So, how does it work?

  • Acknowledge the person who nominated you and share their blog.
  • Share 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions that you have been asked.
  • Nominate 11 more bloggers whose blogs you like and would like to send some love out to.
  • Ask 11 questions that you would like your nominees to answer.
  • Inform your nominees that you’ve nominated them!

 

11 little facts about me

  1. My real name is Jennie or Jennie Wren as my parents used to call me, which is where my blog name came from
  2. For my day job I’m a graphic designer, so I love anything design, typography, packaging, photography and websites (yes I’m kind of a nerd who HTML codes)
  3. I’m a sucker for marketing and advertising, if something is new and does something different I’ll buy it, I’ve bought things just for their box before!
  4. I have two massive cats who are my fur babies, honestly they are the size of dogs (I’d say a king Charles size) and sit on command for their dinner
  5. My favourite animals are penguins and flamingos and have been for years way before the hype (just saying)
  6. My favourite colour is yellow, though nothing ever comes nice in yellow other than flowers
  7. Talking of flowers I’m more a lover of plants (last longer) my favourite being the peace lily or Spathiphyllum is its posh name
  8. I’m a big worrier, anything that I could possibly worry about I do

 

11 questions asked

  1. What is your earliest childhood memory?

This is a tough one as my memory is shocking, honestly ask my boyfriend! I think the earliest one I have is sitting on my grandad’s knee when he gave me a little yellow Tamagotchi. Thinking about it thats probably where my favourite colour came from!

Are you a cat person or dog person?

Another hard one! I’m an animal person does that count? I have cats at home with my mum but my dad has a dog so I get the best of both worlds really.

What is your very favourite single make up item and why?

My favourite item is my setting spray from Urban Decay, ooh that rhymed! It’s so nice to spritz your face if your wearing makeup or not gives you an instant boost and refresh not only to your skin but to your confidence as well.

What would be your dream job if you’re not doing it already?!

I’m sort of doing it already! I’ve always wanted to design and create the marketing emails from beauty brands, so all those emails reminding you you’ve left something in your cart or a new product has launched.

Where is your favourite place on the planet? It could be a country, a place or even somewhere you’d like to visit.

My favourite place is the sea, I don’t mind where though obviously the med is a bit better! I love the wildlife and the freedom you feel, I’d love to visit the Barrier Reef one day.

I’ve outed myself with an embarrassing moment, what’s one of yours?

Ha! Erm, I do this a lot, have a major panic that I’ve lost my phone, like get people to call it and all sorts, only to find it’s just on charge!

What was it that encouraged you to start blogging?

I’ve wanted to start one for ages, but it took finding a little quote my great nan left to my mum in a note book to give me the final push, you can find the quote here.

What is your favourite song?

My ultimate favourite song is old school Rihanna – Music of the sun

How many homes have you lived in?

A home is a beautiful and loving place so I would say only one, my family home.

If you could bring one famous person back from the dead, who would it be?

To be honest I’m not really one to keep up with celebs and what not, so I really don’t know.

If you were going out for the evening and could only wear one piece of make up, which would you choose, lipstick or mascara?

Oooohh, I think Mascara as I do often forget my lipstick when I’m off out, but never mascara!

 

Now time to pass it on!

I nominate:

Sorry if you’ve already been nominated!

  1. What’s your favourite post you’ve written?
  2. Name a weird thing that makes you happy
  3. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
  4. If you won the lottery what would be the first thing you would do?
  5. Pink or red lipstick?
  6. Heels or flats?
  7. What’s the most expensive beauty product you’ve bought?
  8. What’s your favourite flower / plant?
  9. One thing couldn’t live without?
  10. What’s your favourite chocolate brand?
  11. What’s your favourite colour?

 

Such a big thank you to Pretty Polly Beauty for the nomination and getting me back! Was such good fun answering and thinking of some questions to ask, feel free to join in!

Come find me on instagram or twitter  too 😀

Xx

Life is Rosy

I think we can all agree that when a beauty product claims to include natural ingredients, our inner green thumb emerges and makes it even more desirable.

I was so excited to receive this beautiful little set in the post from Garnier to celebrate their 96% natural origins Rose Water range. It includes Botanical Day Cream, Soothing Botanical Cleansing Milk and a Maybelline Colour Sensational in Peach Buff. and comes in an adorable little make-up bag with ‘Life is Rosy #clearlynatural’ printed on the front.

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To start off, I tried using the cleansing milk. As a lover of the Garnier Micellar cleansing water, I was keen to try a cleansing milk to compare the two textures. As you’d expect, the milk has a creamier and more soothing feel to it. Combined with the delicate fragrance from the rose water, this product is a real treat for your skin. (And your senses!)

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This little cleanser gently removes the day’s makeup and leaves you feeling calm and refreshed – a perfect way to wash the day away! Made with Rose Water, it’s jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamins to leave your skin feeling firm, floral, and vibrant.

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I love the fact that Garnier sent a beautiful Peach Buff lipstick in their kit too. When you’re achieving soft and supple skin, it’s important not to forget about your sensitive lips. This lipstick is moisturising, but matte a hugely popular finish at the moment. The colour is obviously gorgeous: a beautiful blush pink infused with golden nude pigments to achieve a warm tone.

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Also in the set is the beautiful Botanical Day Cream, again packed with antioxidants to help protect your skin against daily pollutants. This moisturisers is specially formulate to protect and soothe, making your skin smooth and supple again.

Again, the rose scent is subtle rather than overbearing, as some rose-scented products can be. The fragrance is delicate, and feels almost vintage as it was so popular back in the day.

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The range also includes a Soothing Botanical Toner and a 3 in 1 Soothing Rose Botanical Balm that I love the sound of due to its versatility. I might have to add it to my New Year shopping list…

Have you tried any of the Garnier Rose Water range, or a product with rose as the key ingredient?

Let me know in the comments or come find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

Hallelujah Hair

I’m so excited to write this post for you all as it’s my first little collaboration with the beautiful earth loving botanical brand Forest & Shore. They asked me to review their gorgeous hair oil, and I’m instantly in love. (I’m not just saying that!)

My hair has always been something I’m very particular about and don’t tend to skimp on products to keep it clean, fresh and healthy, even sometimes turning to professional salon products.

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A hair oil is something I’ve always considered a must have for your hair routine, I’ve been using the Loreal Professional Mythic Oil at the moment which keeps my ends conditioned and hydrated.

As if by fate my Hallelujah Hair Oil arrived just after I had washed my hair last Saturday Afternoon, perfect timing to add 2-5 drops to my towel dried hair through the ends and mid-lengths. My first impressions of this hair oil was love, the smell is amazing!
A gorgeous blend of Olive, Sesame, Coconut, Arnica, Rosemary and Lavender essential oils this product smells so loving and nourishing with the top notes of Lavender to calm and relax your senses.

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Having used the Hallelujah Hair Oil a few times now after washing my hair throughout the week, I just can’t get enough of the smell and the results are great too. My hair feels so soft I can’t stop playing with it, I do need to be careful though as the last time I think I used a bit too much as my hair does look a bit oily now. (Think I got a bit product happy)

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Being a packaging and design lover (kinda have to be with my job!) I must say this packaging speaks volumes for the brand, I love the delicate feel and slight natural texture to the box, with the added delicate floral and leaf sketched design to the top half gives the product a natural and ethical vibe, which is also great because they are 100% Organic! An organic hair oil that encourages hair growth as well as hydrating, you can’t go wrong at all.

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Price wise this product is mid range at £14.99 on Amazon, but I’m a firm believer in that you pay for what you get, so paying over £10 for a hair oil you know its going to be good and exceed your expectations. It’s also currently a #1 best seller on Amazon!

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So if you’re looking for a hair oil that does everything and more for your hair health as well as smelling great I believe this is the one. It comes in a 100ml bottle too so it will last you ages!

Have you tried a hair oil recently? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

November Empties

This post is dedicated to all you beautiful bloggers out there who have ever done an empties post, these have to be one of my favourites to read. I love finding out what everyone has been loving (or hating) throughout the month, so I decided to keep hold of my empties to do the same.

First empty of the month is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in Grapefruit & Patchouli, I loved this cleanser have honestly been a bit lost without it! I won’t go into too much detail on this first product as I have written a post previously about it, you can find out more here.

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Next up is my hero beauty product, I adore this cleansing water. It’s a product I use religiously every day to either take my makeup off or freshen up in the morning. It’s gentle formula soothes my skin too always leaving it feeling clean and refreshed. Once again you can find out more in one of my previous posts here.

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A new addition to my daily routine the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I really enjoyed using this product as anything thats a two in one product is always a bonus! Saving a little time on preparing your skin for makeup is aways a good start to the day plus it helps if you’re anything like me and usually forget to use primer until half way through foundation application.

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This moisturiser was soft and creamy, almost a yogurt texture, but I cant help but feel a slight silicone texture too. I’m assuming this was the primer part of the double benefit product, which did put me off a little bit as all can imagine is putting plastic or jelly on my face.

Other than the slight jelly texture to the product overall I did enjoy using it, I felt it provided a great makeup base and kept my skin hydrated throughout the day.

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Next is another daily essential for me, my Urban Decay setting spray that is so old but always needed! This is another product I’ve dedicated a post already to so find out more here.

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last up is my favourite perfume ever, to be fair any perfume from Victoria Secret is amazing! This one was a gift from my boyfriend last Christmas so I’ve kept it just for using for best and nights out.

It’s a sweet fragrance which suits me perfectly as this is always the ones I go for. It has a mix of both floral and fruity scents that give it a young and vibrant feel.

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Also this bottle is so sweet with its little black bow on the side, it looks great on your dressing table too.

Have you tried any of my November empties? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

All night long

A setting spray? Why would you need that?

Oh my god, you need this in your life. Like, right now. Honestly, go now and head to feelunique.com. You won’t look back!

Yes, I was sceptical at first. I wasn’t sure why I needed a setting spray – setting spray is for the famous bloggers and MUAs, right? Plus, who knows what it actually is, other than a magical potion to keep your makeup in place all day?

Introducing your new best friend:

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Introducing your new best friend.

Of course, there are loads of other setting sprays out there. But, being a self-confessed Urban Decay fan, I’ve obviously opted for their All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

This is a product you think you can live without until you start using it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a little panic when the spray starts to spit at you at the end of the bottle! With its oil-free formula (win-win for me!) and temperature control technology, it really does leave your skin refreshed when you start the day with a spritz. Don’t ask me how, I don’t know either!

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I want to take a moment to appreciate the packaging of the All Nighter spray. The box and bottle are a soft matte texture that feels gorgeous and makes you want to use it. Rather than a shiny plastic, you’re met with a velvet finish that adds a touch of luxury. You know instantly that the product is going to work, and it’s going to work well.

I’ve only just finished a bottle that I’ve had for about a year. The one featured in my photos is a replacement I got for my birthday back in July, as I was worried my first bottle would run out. How wrong was I?! Now, when you click through to buy the All Nighter Spray, they have a different packaging. Yes – I’ve had mine so long that they’ve changed the packaging!

I totally agree with Urban Decay’s decision to change their packaging from white to a dark grey with pale purple text. (Don’t worry, they’ve kept that beautiful matte finish!) Having read a few articles, it seems that the brand’s founder wanted to revamp the bottle after finding that the white bottle was quickly getting dirty from every day use. Putting my old bottle against a brand new one shows just how dirty it’s gotten!

I think I might have to make a little Instagram post just to prove it!

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Anyway, enough about the box and packaging – that speaks for itself. As for the product, I remember being admittedly doubtful before I’d tried it. Now, having used it for so long, I can safely say that the lightweight formula seals your makeup without feeling like you’ve sprayed your face with glue. It also dries almost instantly, and so doesn’t feel like you’ve sprayed your face with water either!

I’ve used this spray through hot summers and cold winters, and even with watery eyes from the cold it continues to hold your makeup in place. It really is something magical.

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This little spray is also great while applying makeup too. For example, I spray my eyeshadow brushes before applying glitter-based colours as it helps to transfer and hold the glitter, creating a sharper and more sparkly look. This works especially well when teamed with Dust or Buzz from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette. It’s a truly versatile product!

Have you tried a makeup setting spray before? How long did your makeup last? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

Marvellous M.A.C

This week I’ve decided to dedicate my post to my all-time favourite lip look, using two perfectly partnered products. First up is a gorgeous lip liner that I know is everyone’s favourite. If this lip liner was a person, they’d be the most popular in the class!

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Of course, it’s the one and only Soar lip pencil by MAC. It’s incredible – it goes with so many different lipstick shades and even works beautifully on its own!

I have worn the liner only look a few times now, simply because I love the colour. All I needed was a bit of lip balm on top to keep my lips hydrated now that the weather in the UK has gone all cold and miserable!

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MAC always hits the spot with their packaging: simple and sleek, with a little foiling on the logo. (Which, if you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know I love!) It adds a bit of class and a touch of sass to a product, which is never a bad thing!

My go-to perfect partner is the MAC Viva Glam 2, a gorgeous, muted pink-beige that compliments my pale skin tone. Again, I love the packaging of this product. The striking, deep cherry red colour inside contrasts the trademark MAC black. Although it looks slightly matte once applied, the satin coating helps to keep your lips hydrated.

 

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MAC lipsticks are recognised for their long-lasting colour, and this beauty is no exception. Its creamy formula glides on effortlessly and lasts throughout the day, with the occasional top-up to stay hydrated. Using Soar first ensures that no colour bleeding occurs, but I’ve used this lipstick on its own plenty of times without bleeding!

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Have you discovered another perfect lip duo that you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

xx

Roll & Refresh

This week has been a bit hectic to say the least so I am so thankful for this little treat to brighten up my dull dark circles, yes I know I need more sleep but who has time for that! Christmas is coming!

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I’ve been looking for an eye roll on for a while as my eyes get dry end up watering which then leaves the creases of my eyes dry and irritable I’ve tried using some eye creams overnight but they never seemed to help too much. So off I went in search of one with a rollerball with the theory that this would help. (Not sure where I got that from but there we go!)

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After a bit of a search I found a few, one included the Garnier 5-in-1 BB eye roll on, in theory this fitted the bill but I wasnt keen on something tinted around my eye area as I thought this would just add to the irritation and not soothe it. Also if it was to dry out, I would end up with nice cracks around my eyes looking like major crows feet! Not attractive lets say. Have any of you tried it?

So neither the less I was once again attracted by marketing, this time from The Body Shop. I’ve always been a fan of The Body Shop and their values, I’ve even previously worked in my local Lakeside store, so was quite pleased to discover their Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On. I know Pomegranate smells amazing and provides health benefits from eating or drinking it so why would it not be good for your skin?

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Firstly, I do like the simplicity of the packaging, it didn’t come in a box, just a simple clear screw cap, I guess an eye roll on doesn’t really need any explanation, but I do like a nice box.

Anyway, It’s a lovely bright red in colour to reflect the red of the Pomegranate, with the shiny ball roller at the end. The actual product is almost like a serum you simply roll under and around your eye for instant refreshment and with continued use I am starting to feel the skin around my eyes skin firming up.

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I’m definitely going to continue using this roll-on as it has almost certainly helped with my dry eyes especially in the mornings.

Is there anything else you’ve tried to help with dry eyes? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

xx

Boo-tiful Baths

Lush just keeps giving me reasons to love them, they’re cruelty free, Vegetarian friendly and they stay on season without fail!

Lush bath bombs and bubble bars are my all time favourite beauty product, there are so many variations there is undoubtedly something for everyone. Wether you like a more citrus soak or something more floral they honestly have it all.

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My recent visit to Lush did not disappoint with them having their Halloween themed bath bombs on offer, so many cute ones and spooky ones to choose from. I decided to limit myself to just two, (Christmas is coming guys!) and my first purchase was this little beauty, the Pink Pumpkin. I was drawn to this bubble bar due to its pink sparklyness, I mean any girl would be! Being pink in colour, the fragrance also reflects a feminine feel with geranium and bergamot oils as well as a hint of jasmine which is one of my favourite fragrances.

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My second purchase was the cutest little cat bubble bar, Bewitched. Having two of my own furr babies, I’m always drawn to something with a cat on it! Perfect for halloween a little black cat, I’m not sure I’m looking forward to a black bath but I am looking forward to the blackberry fragrance. Again this is a bubble bar so will last for more than one use!

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So looking forward to the Christmas bath bombs to appear now, are there any you’re looking forward to?

 

Come join me on instagram or twitter 😀

Miracle Masks

Can I just start by saying how much I love facemasks, they remind me of girly sleepovers talking about rubbish, eating pizza and painting each others nails in crazy colours… and dots 😉

So in order to put out a massive hint to my best friend that we need to do this again, and to show my love for some of the face masks out there I’ve decided to dedicate my instagram posts and my blog this week to trying them out. #facemaskweek

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First up is a mask that I’ve been wanting to try for ages! I love the idea of a sheet mask with the hope of it being less messy but still with great results. After following the Garnier UK instagram account after posting about the Micellar Water, I noticed them posting a lot about this tissue mask with everyone commenting it had left them with great results.

I applied the mask after cleansing my face from makeup first and whilst relaxing in the bath to try and get the full benefits of a chilled face mask application. With this mask you simply unfold it and lay over your face, I’d recommend a mirror handy to make sure you get the eye holes in the right place. You then peel off the protective blue layer and smooth out the edges to the curves of your face. The tissue mask is covered in a serum with Chamomile extract and hyaluronic acid that intensely hydrates and comforts your skin while you relax.

I loved the texture of this mask, it really felt as though it was ‘doing something’ and made me sit still which was an added bonus. If you do use it while in the bath as I did just be careful not to get too hot as I found having something covering my face and in a hot bath started to overheat a bit and I think I cut the 15 minute time a bit short.

Overall though I loved this sheet mask and will hopefully try some of the others out after payday 😉

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Next I decided to try the clayMask® from Medik8®, this mask has a thick almost clay like consistency which I’m guessing is where its name comes from. I wanted to give this mask a try as it will hopefully help absorb excess oil on my skin and prevent my pores from clogging.

This mask did leave my skin feeling really clean and fresh afterwards, however it was difficult and messy to apply, but that’s half the fun of a facemask right! I also liked the sound of this mask as it’s ingredients include plant extracts like Passionflower and Willow Bark together with Cranberry Fruit, which to me sounds like would be a good cocktail too!

 

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The 7th Heaven masks are the masks of teenage sleepovers all over the UK I can imagine, I know they were a firm favourite of mine, and still are to be honest! I decided to go back to them and try some new ones as well as one of my favourites, the Passion Peel off. I love these masks as not only are they all peel off ones which are so satisfying to peel off once they’ve dried, It’s like that feeling when you used to peel dried glue off your fingers!

I’ve not had a chance to try these all out yet but the one I’m most looking forward to testing out is the Black Seaweed Peel Off, I’ve always been a lover of seaweed as a skincare ingredient mainly due to it reminding me of being by the sea, which always calms me but I know it’s also good for oily prone skin, having used the Body Shop seaweed range previously.

 

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The Passion Peel Off is one of my favourites though, partly due to its fruity smell of Pineapple and Papaya as well as how soft and refreshed it leaves your skin. Once applied you’ll look a bit red and very shiny, but once its all dried up and you peel away the pale pink mask along with all your dead skin cells, you’re left with a completely refreshed complexion, don’t forget to moisturise on top though as this one can dry your skin out a little.

 

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After the success with the Garnier tissue mask I decided to have a little delve into a few more sheet mask’s, having finally scouted out the Soap & Glory sheet masks in boots, (Found them in the third boots I tried!) I decided to try out the Pore-Refining Mask and the Radiance-Boosting Mask. Firstly can I just say how much I love their packaging, I’m not usually a fan of ‘gimic’ packaging or a lot going on design wise, but somehow Soap & Glory manage to make theirs look great I almost don’t want to use them to ruin it!

Again I haven’t had a chance to try these ones out yet, but planning on a little pamper this weekend so keep an eye on my instagram story to find out how I get on!

 

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Still yet to find a face mask that I’m absolutely in love with, so if anyone has any suggestions of their favourites please let me know!!

Come join the #facemaskweek on instagram or twitter 😀

What’s in my bag?

If your anything like me, your always carrying round a load of rubbish in your bag, so I decided to have a little clear out of all the receipts and odd bits of paper or packets. Whilst doing this I remembered all the ‘what’s in my bag’ YouTube videos I’d watched previously and figured why not do a blog post on it? Everyone is a bit nosey right?!  I like to call it curious.

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So here goes, all photographed on my scarf blanket, which I adore! (think will need its own post!)

I carry all my bits and bobs and essentials in my gorgeous Kurt Geiger Saffiano Tote bag which my boyfriend kindly bought for me last Christmas. I love it with its little zip compartment in the middle for all the important stuff, I keep my purse in there all safe and sound. Plus two large main sections either side and then another two thin sections next to that, which are very handy for quick access to say lipstick and mirror. Mine is in one of my favourite colours, grey with little gold detailing, I love the structure of the bag too it holds its shape and sits perfectly on your arm without looking oversized. It comes with a longer strap tucked inside too which is handy to whip out when you need both hands after buying too much shopping!!

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Onto product wise now and first up is my Medik8 Hydr8 B5 hand cream, it has an SPF 25 along with anti-pollution technology which helps protect your hands from the world! Another plus it smells great too, a lovely light lemon scent, a little squidge on your hands and it instantly gets to work, it doesn’t feel greasy or take ages to rub in like some hand creams so no sitting there with fingers spread waiting for it to dry!

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Next is the Perfect Match La Touche Magique from Loreal in the shade Rose Beige, I use this more as a concealer to hide bags under my eyes and any blemishes which decide to appear (loads right now for some reason) it’s lighter than my skin colour so brightens up my colour, teamed with my foundation on top and I’m left with a clear base to start my daily contour. The highlighting concealer comes with a brush attached for easy application and you simply twist the bottom to release the product up into the brush, simple! The brush is nice and soft too which makes application even and quick. This product is also good of outlining your brows, I do use a smaller brush to do this neatly though.

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Next, if your following me on Instagram you may have already seen me mention this little beauty, the compact powder in invisible matte from Clinique. I love using this to touch up my makeup throughout the day, and as its translucent you aren’t left with the caked on look, which nobody loves to be honest. The compact comes with a handy touch up sponge and a large mirror on top, perfect handbag essential!

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An all time favourite of mine, due to both packaging and product! I love the twist up compact design of the CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle eau de toilette. It just attracts you with its pearly white case and gold top, you twist the top half and up pops the gold top to spritz. And the perfume, oh my its gorgeous! I feel like everyone loves this perfume and its no wonder! It is expensive I’ll be honest, but 100% worth it, with the compact kit you get 3x refills along with the on the go casing. Love love love.

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This little one is a relatively new addition to my bag with thanks to my sister, she bought me this MAC lipstick for my birthday back in July. I love the red design and slightly sparkly black packaging, makes it feel that bit more special compared to the regular ones. This one is the Viva Glam 2 a muted pink-beige with shimmer, I love the colour was the perfect choice for my first MAC lipstick!

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Lastly is my handbag essential I can’t be without, I think I have one at work on my desk, one by my bed and one in my bag! Maybe slightly obsessed you could say! It’s the one and only Baby lips from Maybelline in Dr Rescue – Menthol. It’s so caring and hydrating for your lips and has a slight minty fragrance which leaves you feeling fresh and clean. One you definitely need in your handbag!

Other than the obvious keys, phone purse, umbrella and even a notebook are there any beauty essentials you must have in your bag?

 

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