02/12/2015

Hello. It's Me.


Hello there, it's been a while. Over a month has passed since my last post and whilst I've been wanting to update you guys for a while, it's only now at 3am that I've actually felt like writing something down.

First up, I went on holiday. For the majority of November I was in a different continent and although I had originally planned to schedule blog posts to go up whilst I was away, life got the better of me and that didn't end up happening. I also considered blogging whilst out in The States but I really just wanted to take some time off and try relax (although that didn't actually happen, haha).

So now I've been back for over a week and still haven't felt like blogging until now. It wasn't until I read Lucy's post that I realised how much I could relate and how I guess, I've fallen out of love with blogging. I've never been one to post to a strict schedule but I've always been an avid reader of other people's blogs and felt very much in the community until a few months ago.

I suppose it probably didn't help that my depression worsened significantly and I didn't have any interest in anything, let alone blogging, but I just stopped going on Bloglovin' and Blogger and even lessened the amount I was posting on Instagram and Twitter. Seeing other bloggers posting quality content that once upon a time would've inspired me, left me feeling inadequate and wanting to hide away forever.

One of the golden rules, in not only blogging but life as a whole, is to never compare yourself to others and I think this has been one of the main reasons for my lack of posting. I get an amazing idea and take photos but then it comes to editing and writing it up and I would just think - what is the point? There are bigger and better bloggers out there writing better content but so what?
Yes, it's true that I don't have a massive audience but if I feel passionate about a subject or find an amazing product I want to share, why shouldn't I? Just because it won't reach as many people doesn't mean it's any less worthy of being written. And that's what I need to remember when I'm feeling disheartened.
So basically, in a nutshell, I need to stop sweating the small stuff and just blog for myself and that is what I plan on doing.
I know this post is very incoherent but I just needed to lay it all out on the table before I resume my regular posts. Thanks for sticking with me through this. Have you guys ever been through a blogging slump? Any advice is much appreciated!

25/10/2015

What To Watch On Netflix Now


If I'm not sleeping, working or at the gym, you can bet your ass I'm watching Netflix. There's nothing I love more than cuddling up in front of some quality TV, especially when it starts to get into the colder, darker months.
I love browsing through Netflix as my taste in films is so varied but there's times when I just can't make my mind up on what to watch. Anyone else feel like they have too much choice sometimes?
That's why I thought this post would be a good idea for if you're ever stuck in the same position and cant decide on something to watch.

If you're looking for a new series to watch, my first pick is sitcom The League. At first I was a bit hesitant considering it's about a fantasy football league and I know absolutely nothing about American football, but after my friend Matt raved about it I decided to give it a chance. He actually said it was better than The Office which is a bold claim in my opinion and although I don't agree with that, I still think it's pretty high up there. You don't actually need to know a thing about fantasy football to find this hilarious, it's really just a sitcom about a group of friends going about their everyday lives. They'll do anything to win their trophy, the Shiva Bowl, and it's so funny to see how far they'll go to get one up on their friends in the league.

Next up is a documentary that really opened my eyes and I cannot urge you enough to watch this if you haven't already. Blackfish, a film about SeaWorld and one of their orca's, Tilikum, was very controversial when it first came out but it's changed so many people's minds in the past two years and hopefully will continue to do so until SeaWorld is closed down. As someone who visited SeaWorld on family holidays when I was a child, this documentary really hit close to home and I'm so glad to see it is having an effect on SeaWorld who showed an 84% decline in profits in the past year. Even if you're not an animal lover, this is still a must see as it's truly enlightening.

Based on a true story, my next choice is the harrowing drama Fruitvale Station which tells the story of Oscar Grant III. With the more recent deaths of Sandra Bland and Michael Brown, it's clear that racism and police brutality are still relevant and serious issues in 2015 and this film addresses these problems perfectly. Be prepared to have all the feels whilst watching this and maybe shed a few tears too if you're a crier like myself.

There's nothing I love more than a good documentary, something which always seems to surprise people, but I think it's because I'm quite a curious person. Well I say curious, a more accurate word would be nosy. Being such a big fan of documentaries, I love that Netflix has such a wide range on offer but sometimes it's nice to stick with the King of Documentaries AKA Louis Theroux. His self titled series covers a variety of subjects so there's sure to be something that floats your boat but a few of my personal favourites were Extreme Love - Autism, Behind Bars & Under The Knife.

My final recommendation is Soul Surfer, again a film based on a true story but this one is about teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. If you're having a bad day and need to be inspired or you just want to bawl your eyes out, this is the perfect film for you. It follows Bethany's life as she tries to overcome a tragic accident and in doing so, becomes an inspiration to people all over the world. Definitely remember to have tissues to hand or a puppy to cuddle if you're watching this one.

Hopefully one of these has caught your eye as the perfect Sunday night entertainment or maybe just a film to get you through the week? If you have your own recommendations you've been loving recently let me know, I'm always on the hunt for a TV series to binge watch.

17/10/2015

My Favourite Person


This week I saw the film Miss You Already at the cinema and without spoiling it for any of you guys it was an emotion filled story about two best friends, one of whom ends up getting Cancer. I was welling up constantly throughout the film and would recommend it to anyone, just make sure you wear waterproof mascara and take tissues! 
Anyway, it got me thinking about how amazing my friends are and without sounding too selfish, how much I want to be the first one to die so I don't have to live without them. 
Slightly morbid thoughts aside, my friends have been so wonderful especially these past four or so months when things have gotten really tough. My mental and physical health took a massive decline but luckily I have a great support network and I'm feeling back to my old self more and more each day. 

One friend in particular though has been there for me, not only these past four months, but the past 8 or so years. My beautiful best friend Alice has been there through thick and thin, always messaging me to check in and recently has been my main source of motivation. Even when she lived 500 miles away in Paris working full time or when she had her finals to revise for, she always had time for me.

Whether that be something as simple as getting me out of bed or when I've thought about taking my own life, this girl would drop anything to make sure I'm okay. She's been there for me through all my break ups and cheering me through all my achievements. She's the reason I had the guts to quit the job where I was discriminated against for my gender and illness. She's the reason I went on my first ever holiday away from my parents. She's the reason I stood up to my father and stopped letting him control my life decisions. She's basically the reason I'm here today and for that I owe her so much. 

My bestie, my bae, my cheerleader, my perfect Perfs, my main gal, my fellow Kesha fan, my ride or die - whatever I choose to call her, she will always be my best friend. There's a handful of people I know I'll always be friends with and she is for sure one of them. We've done some amazing things together and also some pretty stupid things but hey, it's all a learning curve and the important part is that we were there together for it all. I'm scared for the future and what it'll bring but knowing she'll be there along the way supporting me makes it a hell of a lot easier. 

If one of your friends suffers from anxiety or depression, take it from me, messaging them a simple 'how are you' makes the whole world of difference. Even if they don't reply, it means so much to know that someone is thinking of you when you feel totally alone. 
Or if you've drifted from your bestie or you've just been too busy to talk, message them now and tell them how much they mean cos life's too short to let them slip away. 

Much love to you all and Alice, if you're reading this, I'm sorry for posting these old photos for every one to see. Sorry not sorry. We look fabulous. 

29/09/2015

The Hydrating Face Mask You NEED To Try


For as long as I remember the only type of face mask I've ever seen, bought and used has been the liquid type either in a sachet or tub so when I saw sheet masks making their way into the Western beauty world I was itching to pick one up.
Although they're still not the easiest to get hold of, I managed to find this Deep Hydrating Facial Mask in Urban Outfitters. At £4 for a single use, it's certainly not the cheapest mask I've ever bought but as a once in a while treat, I'd say it's worth it.

If you haven't given a sheet mask a try before, it's literally a cellulose mask that is applied to the face as one sheet with a somewhat slimy consistency. It's drenched in skin loving ingredients, in this case aloe vera, trehalose & hyaluronic acid, to help moisturise & hydrate the skin.

Once applied it should be left for 20 minutes so longer than most masks I've used before and after a while it does start to feel a bit tingly. After the 20 minutes is up, you simply remove the mask and massage any of the left over product into the skin.

Afterwards my skin felt refreshed, plump & incredibly soft and it brought my usually dull complexion to life. Normally my skin is very rough, so for it to feel soft to the touch is no easy feat and the softness lasted for a good few days. The Skin Lounge recommend using this 2-3 times a week which in an ideal world I definitely would but sadly, my bank balance can't take that kind of spending.
If you're having a pamper night and want to make it special or just want a luxurious product to try, hands down you should try this. You can thank me later.

24/09/2015

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - Worth The Hype?

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If you've been a long time follower of my blog, you may have noticed I'm a bit of a sucker for a cult product. Whether it's Nars' Laguna or Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer, I can't seem to resist trying out products everyone raves about. I guess when you're on a budget it's less risky to try something if you know the majority of people have loved it! With that in mind, I'm surprised it took me so long to try the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser but it's finally in my possession and I couldn't be happier.

This starter pack comes with two muslin cloths, a 100ml bottle of the cleanser & a handy how-to guide all for a reasonable price of £15.50. It's a pump dispenser which makes for an easy application as one pump is all you need, plus it keeps mess to a minimum which is always a bonus with me.
It comes out as a white, thick cream which is then massaged into the face and wiped off with the muslin cloth & warm water. It seems like a lot of effort at first but once into the routine of it, I actually started to find it quite relaxing. It's like a mini facial every time I use it!

Packed with skin loving ingredients, this cleanser makes taking off my makeup a dream. It's gentle on my skin and doesn't leave it feeling irritated like most products do, especially round my eye area. It removes all my makeup easily, including my mascara, and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean without stripping it completely. It has a subtle fresh, slightly herbal scent to it and I really can't fault it.

Obviously it's not the cheapest product on the shelves but at £14 for the cleanser alone, it's not extortionate either. As you only need one pump and I only wear makeup a couple of times a week, it's going to last me a fair while but you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to the quality of the cleanser.

So final verdict - is it worth the hype it receives? 
I'd have to say a resounding yes on this one. Definitely one everyone should try at some point, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Have you guys tried this before? What were your thoughts on it?

18/09/2015

Makeup Masterclass with Nars

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Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to a beauty event held by Nars at the Manchester Selfridges store. After being a long time admirer of Nars Cosmetics, I finally took the plunge last year and treated myself to a few of their well known products and have been in love with them ever since. As you can imagine, I was over the moon to be going to a makeup masterclass with two of their makeup artists from the Selfridges counter - Stephanie & Paige.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with drinks & cakes and Stephanie started to apply one of their Autumn looks on a fellow blogger whilst Paige talked through the products she was using. They'd chosen to do a bold look with a smokey eye and a dark lip and kept the makeup tones warm throughout to keep the look polished and stick with the Autumn theme.




As a beauty blogger & self confessed makeup addict, I'm surprisingly bad at beating my face so it was really helpful to hear from an MUA on the techniques they use and I'll definitely be trying out some of their tips & tricks on my next night out.
Although this look is a little heavy for me to pull off, I'll be taking inspiration from the warm vibes & recreating something similar this season that's a little more wearable.

After they finished the look, we all chatted about the products & tried a few for ourselves. I have a list as long as my arm of products I'm coveting but as I'm going to the US soon, I resisted buying them as they'll be cheaper across the pond! They shade matched me to the infamous Sheer Glow and of course, I was the lightest shade. Ghost girl for life.

All in all, it was a wonderful evening and very informative. I made some lovely blogger friends who hopefully I'll see again soon and picked up some helpful tips and some new products to add to my wish list. I also received a lovely goody bag including their cult classic 'Orgasm' blush (which I annoyingly already own) and a beautiful, bright pink lipgloss in the shade 'Priscilla' which I can't wait to try.

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13/09/2015

A Timeless Classic | The LBD

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luxemme dress lbd outfit



Jacket - Miss Selfridge (similar here)
Lace Up Heels - Out From Under (similar here)
Rings - Primark
Earrings - New Look

Recently I've been feeling a tad poopy about my body due to gaining some weight as I haven't been able to exercise (boo to health issues) so when the lovely Lisa from Luxemme got in contact and asked if I'd like to style one of their pieces I wasn't too sure. I've not exactly been filled with confidence lately but after browsing through their site, I came across the Macey dress and immediately fell in love. 
Definitely not one for the faint hearted with a deep plunge neckline and a very high side split, I thought bugger it. If anything is going to make me feel fab again, it's this dress. You can never go wrong with a little black dress. Especially not this one - it hugs me in all the right places and skims over my problem areas. It's a timeless classic with a bit of a twist to make it more on trend.

As the dress is rather daring, I thought I'd keep the rest of the outfit quite simple, pairing it with my trusty Miss Selfridge biker jacket and my current favourite heels. As these heels cost me £65, I was rather annoyed to see that Primark had brought out an identical pair for only £16 recently - if you like the look of these then definitely pop into your nearest Primark store for a bargain dupe! 

Outfit posts are certainly new to me but let me know what you think? I'd love to do more in the future! Also massive thank you to my wonderful friend Maria for taking these photos and putting up with me being a demanding diva. Just call me Mariah *insert sassy hand emoji here*

28/08/2015

Summer Beauty Favourites

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First up I'd like to apologise for how awful these photos are, I'm currently at my parents house and never before realised just how bad the lighting is until trying to take blog photos. All being well, I should finally be moving into my new place next week woohoooo so please bear with me until then.

So if you're new here, this is a regular post I like to do at the end of every season to show you what products I've been loving over the past few months. I haven't been wearing a whole lot of makeup recently, maybe once a week, if that, so I wasn't too sure I'd have anything new to talk about but upon opening my makeup bags I did find a few freshies I'd been really into throughout Summer.

Better Than Sex Mascara £19 - Too Faced - After hearing a few beauty bloggers raving about this mascara, I decided to try it for myself and it definitely lives up to the hype. My downward turned, short stumps are sorry excuse for eyelashes but this really makes the most of my bad genes. It's unique hourglass shaped wand is something I haven't come across before but it makes it so easy to get all of my lashes coated quickly which is great for when I'm in a rush (basically every time I apply makeup). It gives voluminous lashes and holds a curl all day, it's just a great all rounder.
You can definitely get similar results from the drugstore but if you feel like treating yourself I wouldn't hesitate to get this! Plus it's cheaper than the much coveted Benefit mascaras.

Supercat Eyeliner Pen £6 - Soap & Glory - Ever since I started wearing eyeliner several years ago, I've never been able to apply it other than to do a basic straight line. Recently I decided that I was going to try do a decent flick every time I wore makeup to practice and this product has been a godsend. It's a felt tip liner that goes on super black and dries fairly quickly to limit smudging. Although I still haven't got the hang of the cat eye look, this has made it a lot easier to attempt compared to my gel eyeliner & brush combo I used to use. It does tend to transfer onto my upper lid if I'm wearing it for long periods of time due to my hooded, oily lids (cheers for that, genes) but other than that I can't fault it.

Photo Finish Foundation Primer £25.50 - Smashbox - I'd been hunting for a primer that would help keep my face on for longer for many months when I finally gave in and purchased this Smashbox cult classic. It may seem pricey but you only need a pea sized amount so it's gonna last you a long time and is a great investment purchase. It has a gel consistency, that once applied to the face leaves the skin feeling velvety soft. My base products apply like a dream and stay on so much longer with this primer, I don't know how I coped without it.

Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Don't Pink Of It £8.99 - Bourjois - Liquid lipsticks are something I hadn't really ventured into before but after getting fed up of how my normal lipsticks were clinging to my dry patches, I thought I'd try this out. It applies so easily, much like a lipgloss with a doe foot applicator, but dries to a truly matte finish just like your standard lipstick. I have this in two shades but Don't Pink Of It is my go to everyday colour. It's a super flattering brown toned pink that's great for all occasions. The only gripe I have with these lipsticks is that the shade variety isn't that great but other than that, they're perfect and I really want to splurge on the whole range.

Dallas Face Powder £23.50 - Benefit Cosmetics - One of the first high end products I ever used was Dallas powder as my sister let me borrow hers and it was love at first sight. From that moment, I basically claimed it as my own and used it constantly for a good couple of years. As my makeup collection grew, my fave Dallas got pushed to the side to make way for my newer purchases. Until now. Whilst moving out of my old flat in June, I rediscovered this and have fallen back in love with it. I picked up a new one as my (sister's) old one wasn't looking too hot but it's worth every penny. It's a deep toned plum shade that gives a really natural looking glow to the skin. I've been loving using this as a more natural, glowing alternative to contour for the summer months and will probably continue using it throughout Autumn as well.

#22 Fan Brush £14.50 - Smashbox - As most of you will know, my favourite product by far is highlighter and this brush is amazing for applying powder highlighters. It picks up just the right amount of product and is the perfect shape for applying powder to the tops of the cheekbones and along the brow bone. It's also super soft and washes really well with no shedding so far so hopefully it'll last for a while.

I'm so ready for cosy nights in watching Netflix & dark purple lipstick now but hope you all had a great summer. What have been some of your favourite products?

20/08/2015

Interiors Wishlist

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As you may or may not know, I'm about to move into my new place next week which has led to me scrolling through many homeware sites and swooning over all their beautiful decor. I moved out of my parents place a couple of years ago and have somehow managed to accumulate a ridiculous amount of things but hey, why not add some more to my collection of accessories I don't really need... 
Here are a few of my favourite finds so far and as you've probably already realised, it is quite pug heavy. I didn't choose the pug life, the pug life chose me! 


I absolutely adore all these pieces but I really love the two pug prints as I think they're so unique and would look perfect in my home alongside my real puggy. I've also been a little obsessed with H&M's home section recently and I'm really hoping they bring it into stores nationwide soon. Their metallic & marble pieces are very on trend at the moment and are calling out to me! 
Speaking of metallic pieces, I've been seeing these wire initials all over the internet and finally found some on Not On The High Street, a brilliant store for Pinterest inspired purchases, although at £20 a letter I may have to wait until my first pay check for that splurge. 
Do you guys have any favourite home stores you love to browse? I'm always on the hunt for more decor to lust after. 

13/08/2015

The Single Life

                     
Is it just me, or are all bloggers in relationships?
I definitely feel in the minority as a single blogger, almost as if it's a bit of a taboo subject (although this most certainly extends further than the blogging community and into general life). 
In all my years of reading blogs and the past year of writing one (or at least attempting to), I haven't once seen anyone blog about being single yet I have seen countless blog posts on relationship advice. So why is it that single people never talk about being single? 

Personally for me, I feel like there is a little bit of shame in being on your lonesome. Generally as a society, we are taught from a young age that what you should be aiming to achieve in life is to get married and have kids. Growing up, I would never have imagined my adult life without a partner in the picture. I always longed for someone and felt insanely jealous when my friends started getting into relationships. 
I have always been 'the single one'. All throughout high school my friends would be constantly in and out of relationships, always gossiping about their boyfs whilst I sat wondering why the hell nobody wanted to be with me. Even up to present day when 99% of my girlfriend's are in relationships, I am still known as Bridget (yes, as in Jones). 
However, as shocking as it may seem, for the past few years I have been perfectly happy being alone. Yes being alone can be lonely at times and it's a pain in the ass when you want to take ootd photos but the majority of the time, I really love it. And I feel like that isn't said often enough. 
Why is it shameful to like being by myself?

I think one of the main reasons I love being a single pringle is because it's taught me that I am enough. Whilst having a partner can be truly rewarding and I have nothing against people in relationships, I think sometimes you become lost in that couple and forget that you are your own person. You alone are enough and you shouldn't have to depend on someone else to provide your happiness, it should come from within. 
It may have taken me a few years but this is one of the greatest life lessons I've learnt so far and I really wanted to share that with you.
If you've recently been through a break up or just feel like you aren't complete without someone by your side, I hope you remember this post next time you're feeling down. It's okay to be alone and not only is it okay, it's actually pretty bloody awesome! 

Speaking as a single gal, I can't tell you how annoying it is going to an event/family gathering and constantly  getting asked how my love life is or why I don't have a boyfriend so next time you're with 'the single one' of your friends, maybe instead of asking these questions with a pitying look on your face, you can instead accept that they are perfectly happy being single and ask them something different instead!
I know this post is rather random and doesn't really have a point to it but I hope you've enjoyed it nonetheless whether you are in a relationship or not!

10/08/2015

Massive The Body Shop Haul & First Impressions



As I'm currently house sitting for my wonderful best friend and her Mamma back in Leeds, I brought the bare minimum of makeup/skincare with me (still ended up being 3 makeup bags, whoops) which means I'm limited to what I can post but luckily I stumbled upon these pictures from a couple of months back just sitting in my computer files so let's just pretend these are from today...
In a way it's a blessing in disguise as I've now tried out the majority of these products so I can give you a first impressions/mini review rather than the standard haul post I would've originally done. As you can see I went a little crazy in The Body Shop (not all in one trip) but most of it I got at a blogger event where they had 30% off everything so it wasn't as catastrophic to my bank balance as it may seem although it was still pretty bad. Let's crack on as there's a lot to get through...

First up I got two items from the Seaweed range as the shop assistant who gave me a skin consultation said this would be ideal for my Oily/Combination skin type.
Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator (£11) - I've been using this every two to three days in my morning shower and I love it. It has a lovely fresh scent and really wakes up my skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and smooth. It seemed like quite a small tube but it's actually lasting me really well and isn't too rough either. All round winner!
Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash (£9.50) - After I've used the Facial Exfoliator, I then go in with this face wash to really get a deep clean. It has the same fresh scent and definitely leaves me feeling squeaky clean without stripping my face completely. It's also soap and oil free so good for keeping your skins natural balance.
The only qualm I have with both these products is that the lids on them are very hard to open and close and when you're using them every other day that does get a tad frustrating!

Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask (£24) - This may seem pricey for a mask, especially from The Body Shop, but you only need the tiniest amount as a little goes a long way. It is super hydrating, I apply this before going to sleep and wake up with lovely plump skin. It feels so soothing and luxurious and sinks in quickly. I'm not sure if it has any major impact on my skin as I didn't use anything before this to compare it to but if you feel like treating yourself I would definitely recommend this.

Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate (£19) - I have to admit, I'm not completely blown over by this  product. I haven't been using it daily but when I have tried it out I haven't noticed a huge difference in the lines around my eyes or in my eye bags. It does however have a really soothing, cooling sensation when applying it which is nice but it leaves my eye area feeling slightly sticky as it doesn't sink in that well. I'm going to persevere a bit more with it once we're reunited but so far I'm not too impressed.

Vitamin E Moisture Cream (£12 for 50ml) - This is an old favourite of mine that I like to use on my hands when they're feeling drier than usual so I thought I'd stock up whilst it was on offer. It has the most amazing smell and sinks into the skin nicely whilst still getting the job done of making my hands more human and less reptile-like. Side note - I actually got the 100ml size of this but I can't seem to find that on the website so if my pot looks a little bigger, that's why!

Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel (£7.50) - I'm always on the look out for a good hydrating eye product so when I got this as a freebie for spending over £25 I was over the moon. It feels really soothing on my eyes and has made it into my daily moisturising routine so I'll definitely be repurchasing this.

Double Ended Blackhead Remover (£4) - This is a handy little tool made to extract blackheads. I thought it seemed a little gimmicky but decided to try it anyway as it was on offer and it actually works quite well. Just make sure to heat the face beforehand so that your pores are opened and be careful if using it on sensitive areas of skin.

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£13) - I have fallen completely in love with this product. It's amazing at removing makeup without irritating the skin and helps hydrate at the same time. I honestly can't stop raving about this product so expect a full review soon.

Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser (£16) - After seeing countless Youtubers & Bloggers rave about this, I had to try it out for myself and I was definitely left underwhelmed. It claims to leave skin with a healthy glow and fight signs of fatigue but I found neither of these to be true and really, it's just a bog standard moisturiser.

Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer (£15) - Another product that I was really excited to try but left a lot to be desired was this glow enhancer serum. Meant to be used like a primer to add a radiance to the skin before applying makeup, I found it literally added nothing to my appearance. Have any of you tried this before? I'd be interested to see what other people made of it.



Included in the freebie bag were three products from the Mango range which were as follows:
Mango Body Sorbet (£8) - Perfect for the warmer months, this is a lighter moisturiser that absorbs quickly into the skin whilst still leaving it moisturised and smooth. It also smells amazing but isn't overpowering like some body butters can be.

Mango Beautifying Oil (£10) - Having only used this once I can't say too much but it's supposed to be a multi-purpose oil for the face, hair & body. I ran a few drops through my hair and it left it feeling silky smooth and smelling great so I'm looking forward to using this more once I've finished my current hair oil.

Mango Lip Butter (£4) - This is a buttery lip balm which I haven't got round to using as I'm currently making my way through a Burt's Bees lip balm but if it tastes of mango I'm probably going to love it!

All-In-One Cheek Colour in Macaroon (£8) - After hearing EmTalks rave about this blush, I simply had to try it out. A wonderful, warm peachy-coral shade that gives a very natural looking flush to the cheeks and applies beautifully. I really think it complements my skin tone well and I'm so glad I purchased this.

All-In-One BB Cream in 00 (£12) - Another product that I'd heard good things about so thought I'd pick up, it's a white BB Cream which transforms colour as it's applied to adapt to your skin tone. It gives a light coverage for days when I don't want to wear a full face but still want something to combat my uneven skin tone. I haven't used it enough to give my final verdict on it but so far it seems to do the trick nicely.

All-In-One Instablur Universal (£14) - Finally, my last purchase was the Instablur face primer. It's a clear gel that's applied before foundation to extend makeup wear time and control shine. This product can also be used alone as it helps 'blur' the face of any imperfections such as pores and blemishes.

Phew! I feel like this post was never ending but I hope you made it through all 16 items, I tried to make it as concise as possible whilst still being informative so fingers crossed you found it helpful.
I'd not tried that much from The Body Shop before but I've discovered quite a few products that have made it into my regular routine so I'm really happy with my purchases overall!
Do you have any favourite products from The Body Shop? I can't wait to try more, especially their Mojito range which smells like heaven.

07/08/2015

Songs To Make You Feel Good

If you follow me on Twitter (@catandpugs), then you'll have seen me tweet at the weekend that I wanted to try something new on my blog and here it is - Music. Groundbreaking, I know. Music is a big passion of mine though and something that I want to start sharing with you so if all goes well, this could become a regular feature on my blog.
Not to worry if you prefer my beauty posts though, I will still be continuing as normal but just throwing in a few music posts on top of all my usual hauls and such!

So now that's out of the way, on to the playlist. This came about for two reasons - firstly I am obsessed with the song Easy Love by Sigala as it has been my most played song all summer (closely followed by Kendrick's King Kunta) and secondly, I am a little bit in love with Tom Misch.
Basically I love a feel good song, especially in summer, and these are my top picks to help you forget all your worries and get up and dance!




1. Sigala - Easy Love
2. Tom Misch - Sunshine
3. Closed Paradise - Planets (Brame & Hamo Remix)
4. Blonde - All Cried Out (Oliver Nelson Remix)
5. Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
6. John Newman - Come And Get It
7. Sam Feldt ft. Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love
8. Lakim - Butterfly
9. Amy Winehouse - Rehab (Tom Misch Remix)
10. Major Lazer - Powerful (Michael Calfan Remix)
11. Michael Calfan - Mercy

So here it is, a few upbeat tracks and a couple more chilled out ones but hopefully they all put you in a good mood.
Let me know if you give it a listen and if you'd be interested in more music related posts. What are your favourite feel good songs? I'm always on the hunt for new songs to listen to!

19/07/2015

Topshop 5 Years of Beauty Collection



I'm going to start this post with an apology as it's been far too long since my last post. I'm not normally one to make up excuses but between me and my puppy being ill, moving home and having no internet, it's been pretty damn hard to blog so I hope you'll forgive me. This post was originally meant to go up over a month ago (yikes!) so I'm sorry if this collection is old news to you now but I'm sure there's a few left who haven't heard about it. I think that's enough rambling now so on with the actual post...

Topshop Beauty celebrated it's fifth birthday this year and for the occasion they released some of their most loved products in a limited edition rose gold packaging. Me being me, I got completely sucked in and bought most of the collection. The only things I didn't buy were mostly products I already owned, and I still had to convince myself not to get them again.
I've been a long time lover of Topshop's beauty line and I still remember purchasing my first lipstick from there after Zoella raved about it countless times (the shade Infared, if you're wondering) which I actually wore to my prom so it holds a bit of sentimental value for me as well.
They have such an amazing range of products, not only in terms of colour choice but their formulas are always spot on and it's affordable too.

From top to bottom - Rio Rio, Nevada, Head Over Heels, Polished.

Nails in Boy Next Door.

As you can probably tell from the above photos, I bought four of the five nail polishes available. As this post has been so long in the making, I've actually have a chance to try all of the colours out. 
Boy Next Door is a beautiful mint green, Adrenalin is a multicoloured glitter polish, Parma Violet is a lilac and Heart of Gold is a shimmery gold. They all wear really well, don't chip too quick and apply really smooth. Such good value for money at only £6 a pop!

The two lipsticks I bought were Rio Rio and Nevada. The former being a matte tomato red shade and the latter an orange nude colour. As well as these I also purchased the Glow Pot in Polished, a cream highlighter and the Cream Blush in Head Over Heels which is a coral pink cream to powder blush. 

Sorry this post is a little all over the place but I've been working on it for so bloody long that I really just want to get it published! Hope you all understand, all being well there should be some more posts soon as I get back into the routine of things. July has kind of been a write off so bring on August! 

Have you guys picked up anything from this collection? What are your thoughts on Topshop Beauty? 

01/07/2015

LookFantastic Beauty Haul




There's nothing I love more than surprise post and a while back I received some beauty goodies from Lookfantastic that did not disappoint. Firstly, I received their latest Beauty Box which was particularly exciting as it's the first beauty box I've ever tried.

The Lookfantastic Beauty Box retails at £15 but contains over £45 worth of products. The May box which I received included one full size product and five sample size products, all of which were a variety of beauty items such as hair care & skin care.

First up in the box was this set of Eylure Pre Glued Lashes in 190. I've loved Eylure as a brand for many years and they are pretty much the only falsies I ever wear so as you can imagine I was pretty excited to see these in the box. However saying that, I've never actually tried any from the pre-glued range before so I'll definitely be giving these a go next time I'm getting ready in a rush as I'm sure it'll save some time not having to fiddle about with their adhesive. I was also impressed with the style I got as it's quite natural looking which is what I tend to go for anyway so no complaints there!

Next up in the box was a sample of the Erno Laszlo Transphuse Night Serum. I was pretty thrilled that this box has three skin care products as I seem to be having a bit of a moment with skin care recently but I haven't actually got round to trying this yet. I'm looking forward to testing it out though as it's over £100 for 15ml so I'm hoping for good things for that price.

Another product I haven't actually tested yet is the Tanworx Self Tanning Lotion. I only fake tanned for the first time ever a couple of weeks ago so this is something completely foreign to me but as I'm not set on using a particular brand yet, I'll be more than happy to give this a go. It seems like a decent size for a sample so hopefully I'll get a couple of uses out of it.

After that we have the award winning Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm which when I first saw it I was a little disappointed with the size but a little goes a really long way. I've used this a good few times and there's still a load left. The full 50ml retails at £46 but it will last you a really long time however for that price you can find cheaper products that take off your makeup just as well. It's a really gentle cleanser that leaves skin hydrated but still removes every inch of makeup.

The penultimate product was the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse which is a multi purpose luxury dry oil. This oil can be used to soften and illuminate your face, body and hair. I think I'm going to save this to take on holiday as it has a bit of shimmer in it but these kind of oils are so big right now so I'm excited to try one!

Saving the best until last, my favourite product from this beauty box was the Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask. As my hair is bleached, it needs all the TLC it can get and this mask makes it feel so luscious and soft. It contains pure prickly pear seed oil (try saying that five times fast!) which is great for repairing damaged hair like mine. It's definitely an investment with a 250ml tub coming in at a mighty £50 but a little goes a long way so it will last well. I've been using mine once or twice a week for about a month and I'm only halfway through the tub!

As well as the Lookfantastic Beauty Box, they also sent me a few other bits to try. I got a sample of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel which I've been using in the shower and I absolutely love it. It has a lovely fresh scent and it leaves my skin spotlessly clean without irritating it. They also sent me a full size Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish. This is a good scrub and I've loved using this along with my exfoliator gloves to get rid of all my dead skin in the shower. Lovely image for you there...
And last but not least I received TWO Nudestix products. Yes that's right, two! The first was a Lip & Cheek Pencil in Soul. This is a peachy toned nude which I absolutely love as I have no other colour like it in my collection. The formula is very pigmented and creamy and lasts really well. The second Nudestix was the Lip Pen in Bitten which is a deep red shade in a matte finish.  This is a twistable lip product which again is super pigmented and isn't too drying on the lips either. The pencil came with a sharpener which is always a nice bonus and the packaging is very sleek and high end.

I'm honestly still in shock at how generous the wonderful people at Lookfantastic were with all these goodies they sent me and I can't wait to get fully stuck into them all.


-This post contains PR samples however it was my choice to feature these products on my blog and all opinions are my own. - 

26/06/2015

Fashion | High Street Palm Print Lookbook


For Summer I cannot get enough off this tropical palm tree print. I keep seeing it all over Instagram in people's holiday snaps and although I'm not going on my jolly's until November (so far away!!), I figured I should pick up some holiday pieces now whilst they are still in store. Here's my top picks from the high street including some sale items, perfect if you're on a budget.

Dress £20 - New Look
Bikini Top £18 Bottoms £16 - Warehouse
Jumpsuit £42 - Topshop
Runner Shorts £8 - Missguided
Denim Shorts £22 - Motel
Shorts £8 - Missguided
Bag £10 - Pull&Bear 
Trousers £18 - New Look
Crop Top £9 - New Look

Hope this gave you guys some inspiration. What trends have you been loving this summer?

25/06/2015

Festival Packing Essentials & Tips




With Glasto just around the corner I thought I'd make a quick post on my packing essentials for both day festivals and camping ones and throw in a few tips as well. I actually meant to post this after I attended Parklife but as always, I seem to have neglected my poor little blog once again!
After attending Leeds Festival for the weekend four years running and going last year for the day as well as Parklife, I feel I'm a pretty experienced festival goer and have all the essentials nailed down to a tee. So here's my list of things to remember:

For The Day -

  • Hand Gel
  • Tissues
  • Cash (If there are ATM machines in the festival you'll be charged a bomb to withdraw from them)
  • Print Out Timetable
  • Lip Balm
  • Rain Coat
  • Sunglasses (Even if it's rainy they'll help keep the rain from ruining your eye makeup)
  • Wet Wipes
  • Lighter (Even if you don't smoke, you will get asked for a light at least 20 times)
Only For The Weekend - 
  • Backpack/Bumbag
  • Disposable Camera (You don't want to be lugging around a heavy, expensive camera so if you want some memories these are a good option)
  • Deck of Cards (Great for drinking games and getting to know your camping neighbours)
  • Bin Bag/Camping Chair (If you want to go lightweight just take a bin bag to sit on)
  • Deodorant (Lots of it!!)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Perfume Sample (You don't need to take a full size just for the weekend)
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Medication (Plasters for blisters, paracetamol for hangovers & any period related pills)
  • Makeup Wipes (So much more practical than micellar waters)
  • Moisturiser (Preferably with an SPF)
  • Sun Protection
  • Compact Mirror
If you're camping, take as much food and drink with you as you can especially if you're drinking alcohol. Food & drink is seriously overpriced inside festivals so take something small such as cereal/protein bars to fill you up. Most camping festivals let you take alcohol as long as it's not in glass bottles so if you want to be drinking wine you'll have to decant it into a plastic bottle before you go! 

Take more money than you think you'll need. Trust me, it's far better to come home with money left over than to run out on the second day. 

If you can find timetables online beforehand, print them off as they always charge a ridiculous amount for them inside the arena and you don't want to miss your favourite act. 

Give up your dream now of seeing all the bands you want to see. I know you've paid a lot of money but it's best to just have a couple acts you must see and then go with the flow for the rest of the weekend. There's always a few clashes so be prepared to have to compromise. 

Only take a few basic makeup bits. I know this can be hard to whittle down but the truth is, you'll end up sweating off all your makeup anyway so you might as well save a bit of space in your backpack! You don't need to be contouring at a festival, unless you really want to in which case go for it. 

If you buy a bottle of water, save the bottle as most festivals provide clean, drinking water at various sites so you can just refill that for free rather than shelling out time after time for more bottles. 

So I think those are all the tips I have or at least the only ones I can think of. Other than that, just enjoy yourself and embrace the filth and mud! It's a once in a lifetime experience so make the most of it. If you're at Glastonbury this weekend then I hope you have an amazing time! Any other festivals people are looking forward to?

17/06/2015

An Ode To Mac's 217

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I will happily admit that when it comes to makeup application, I haven't the foggiest clue what I'm doing. After many years of watching Youtube tutorials, I'm no closer to getting that sculpted Kardashian contour, the perfect winged liner or a smoky eye that doesn't look like someone has just punched me in the face. However saying that, there is one makeup tool that makes me feel like I actually somewhat know what I'm doing and that is the Mac 217 Blending Brush.

At £19 it's hardly a bargain buy but I think the fact I own three of the exact same brush shows how worthy it is. Well, it might also show just how much I hate cleaning my brushes but that's not the point of this post so let's just ignore that, shall we?

This is the blending brush of dreams. It's so unbelievably soft on the eyes which is something that I find drugstore equivalents just can't match. It blends my eye makeup both effortlessly and seamlessly and is wonderful for blending out colour in the crease and the outer corner of the eye. The quality of these is superb as I've had my original one for many years and it's still as good as new after many washes (okay, not that many) and a lot of wear and tear. 

The next time you're wanting to treat yo'self to something high end, let this brush be what you pick. If you're looking for a sign, permission or an enabler - here I am and I say buy it! Hell, why not buy three at once. It really is that good.

Who knew you could be smitten with a makeup brush, eh? Lovers come and go but this makeup brush right here, this is for life. I'm writing my vows right after I finish this post. 

Do you guys have any products or tools that you're absolutely in love with?

26/05/2015

Budget Beauty | Best Products Under £5

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Recently, I've been finding myself reaching (please tell me you all read that to the tune of McFly) for high street brands when I'm applying my makeup as they really do have some amazing hidden gems that genuinely compete with the pricier products in my stash. I've never come across anyone who doesn't love a good bargain and with that in mind I thought I'd share my top beauty products for under a fiver.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint £3.99 - These two are in the shades Rose Hip which is a lovely pastel pink and Huckleberry which is a powder blue but they have an absolutely massive range of colours to choose from. The formula for these is amazing, it's smooth to apply and is super glossy once on. They last quite well if you use a top coat and rival some of the more expensive brands such as Butter London & Essie.

Essence Blush Up! Powder Blush £3.50 - Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this brand but this blush is seriously good. It's very pigmented and lasts all day! It applies evenly to the cheeks and goes on really nice. Since picking it up a few weeks ago, it's been the only blush I've been reaching for and it's the perfect shade for summer. If you're on a budget, you should definitely pick this up cos you'll get so much wear out of it in the next few months. At least I know I will! Stay tuned cos this product may be featuring in my first giveaway very soon...

Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm £3.69 - This lip balm has been a life saver for me recently. It contains Kokum Butter which is really hydrating and is 100% natural. It's not the nicest in terms of taste due to being a completely natural product but what it lacks in flavour, it makes up for in hydration. If you're looking for something yummy tasting though, Burt's Bees have a wide range of balms including Pomegranate and Blueberry so there's something for everyone.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19 - This product won't be news to any of you but I couldn't leave it out of this post as it is one of my all time favourite makeup products. I have the shade 1- Fair and it is the perfect match for my skin tone. It covers all my blemishes and redness to near perfection and lasts all day.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner £3.99 - I have this in the colour Eastend Snob and it's a perfect brown toned nude which is very on trend at the moment. It's a beautiful creamy consistency that isn't drying on the lips but it's still a true matte finish. It's got a really easy to use twist up applicator as well so no annoying sharpening with this liner. If you're looking for Kylie Jenner lips on a budget, you should pick this up for sure.

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder £3 - A beautiful highlighter that leaves the skin with a really natural, healthy glow. I'm loving baked powders at the minute and this is such a bargain at only £3. It's very similar in colour to the Body Shop Highlighter that I mentioned in my Everyday Spring Makeup post but at a fraction of the price. It gives a lovely, radiant sun-kissed shimmer to the face that is so nice for the warmer months ahead, especially if you're going on holiday.

Maybelline Color Drama Lipstick £4.99 - These lip pencils come in quite a wide variety of shades of which I own Love My Pink & Fab Orange. The formula of these is spot on. At it's in a pencil form, you might expect it to be drying on the lips but they are so creamy and comfortable to wear. They are well pigmented and have a pretty matte finish that has some serious staying power. All the shades in the range are super wearable and I'm definitely going to be picking up some more soon, if only they were ever in stock!

Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks £1.99 - The cheapest of the products I've shown but I've probably left the best until last. The two blushers I have from the range are Peach Melba & Pink Cloud and they're both matte finishes. They are highly pigmented and both such flattering shades. I've had these for the longest time and I always find myself going back to them!

Did anything catch your eye that you haven't seen before? Do you have your own high street hidden gems? As much as I love the luxury packaging of YSL, you can't beat the feeling of finding a truly amazing product for under a fiver.

24/05/2015

Things Only Beauty Bloggers Understand

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All images except bottom right - weheartit

After blogging for a whole year (I can't quite believe how quick it's gone), I've realised there are certain aspects to it that my friends and family in real life just don't understand, especially when it comes to the beauty side of things.
I'll often get looks of horror when people ask me how much I spent on a beauty product or a look of bemusement when they see how many lipsticks I own in the same nude shade. I thought it'd be fun to jot down some of the things I've picked up on as only being acceptable in the blogging world and I hope some of you fellow beauty junkies out there agree with me!

  • Having a ridiculous amount of makeup but forever feeling like you need more.
  • Constantly justifying buying new products because you can use them as blog content.
  • Owning 10 blushers that look exactly the same (but are obviously totally different when applied...)
  • Always referring to products as holy grail items.
  • Being able to list all of Mac's current collections from memory (Wash & Dry, anyone?)
  • Referring to beauty bloggers as if they're your close friends. I mean they totally are. I have Essiebutton on snapchat so we're basically BFFs.
  • Trusting other beauty bloggers opinions more than your best friends (only when it comes to beauty though!!)
  • Having your ears prick up every time someone mentions the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Yes, I have all five and yes, I need all five. Don't judge me.
  • Getting really giddy when one of your friends asks you a beauty question like you actually know what you're doing. I don't, just for the record.
  • Having at least 10 #'s on all your Instagram photos. It's good exposure OKAY.
  • The pain of always having Collection concealer and S&G Archery out of stock in your local Boots.
  • But then the joy you feel when you actually find one in your shade of a product that's always out of stock. Happy days!
  • Immediately looking for an asterisk when reading a review. I know all opinions are still your own but I have to know, okay?!
  • Reading countless reviews of the same product before taking the plunge and buying it, especially if it's high end.
  • Rushing to buy new beauty releases and getting sad when they're already sold out. I didn't leave my dog home alone to come out empty handed.
  • Having product knowledge that rivals the staff at your favourite brands.
  • Having shop assistants try to recommend you a product to which you always reply 'I already have it'. Literally every time I browse the Benefit counter, whoops!
  • Reading reviews of products you already own... There really is no way to justify this. I just like reading posts about beauty.
  • Getting super excited every time Boots have a triple points event or a 3 for 2 offer on. Basically love any excuse to go crazy in there.
  • Wanting to buy pretty knick knacks and fresh flowers simply so you can have cute props in your blog photos. It's a legitimate reason, don't question it.
  • Thinking £25 is a perfectly normal price for a blush but having to have a serious think before you spend that on a top. Unless you're a fashion blogger of course!
  • Day dreaming of having a pipdig layout. Serious blog goals.
  • Or having a pipdig layout and feeling really smug about it. Or at least that's what I imagine you'd feel. I wouldn't know *sobbing*
  • Thinking about how much your makeup collection is actually worth and feeling a little bit ill at the thought of how much money you've spent on Essie nail polishes. Totally worth it though. Who needs to eat when you have pretty nails?
  • Having up to 10 lip products in your bag at any one time.
  • Always turning to makeup when you need a pick me up or want to treat yourself. It's a known fact that sales of lipsticks go up when the economy isn't doing well!
  • Worrying that someone's going to steal your makeup. Not your laptop or your phone or your purse. Just your makeup.
  • Laughing whenever anyone asks 'don't you have enough makeup?' NEVER. Never is the answer.


Hope you enjoyed reading this and that a few were familiar to you. Please tell me I'm not alone! Any situations where you've felt like it's something only a beauty addict would understand? Let me know in the comments, I'm sure I'll have missed some out. And remember, we're all in this addiction together! Stay strong. Peace, love & lipstick.




13/05/2015

My Everyday Spring Makeup



During my time in the blogging community, I have read many, many posts and have come to the conclusion that almost all beauty bloggers can be put into one of the two following categories: those that constantly try out new products and those that find a product they love and stick with it. I, myself, fall under the latter category so it actually surprised me how many new products I've discovered recently.
However, as the weather started to get warmer I found myself branching out for some new make up to go with the new season and thought I'd share with you my everyday Spring makeup look.



Base - Starting things off with my base makeup, I feel like a mini celebration is in order as I've finally found a primer that works for me. Hooray! The Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer smooths out my wrinkles, giving me a smooth base to apply my makeup and helping keep it in place for longer. I've then been using the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory as a lighter alternative to my usual foundation. This covers all the major redness on the face and evens out my skin tone but for the blemishes and scarring that need a little extra coverage I've been using my old faithful Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair. To brighten up my under eye area, Ive been loving the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light to cancel out any darkness and make me look a little more alert (having a puppy is very exhausting!!). Then to finish off, I apply a light dusting of the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot powder to keep my shine at bay.

Contour & Highlight - The two contouring products I've been using non stop since January are the Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna and the Nars Matte Multiple in Altai which I actually did a full post on here - Contouring 101 with Nars Cosmetics if you were wanting more detail but basically they're both amazing, especially for pale skin tones.
A recent discovery of mine which I've been using for highlighting is The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter. It's a liquid consistency in the most beautiful champagne pink colour which leaves a lovely sheer glow on the cheeks. Perfect for a fresh, Spring look.

Brows - I've been favouring a strong brow lately and to achieve this look I've been using three products, two of which are from the Anastasia Beverly Hills range. Firstly I've been using the DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown to outline the shape of my brows and then the Brow Wiz in Medium Brown to fill them in. I've been setting them with my Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Blond which isn't photographed as my mischievous little dog decided he wanted to use it as a chew toy. If you'd like to see what it looks like I actually featured it in my Drugstore Beauty Dupes post before it got massacred. The joys of owning dogs...



Blush - After getting the Nars Orgasm blush for Christmas, I didn't think I'd ever use another blush again but after hearing a few bloggers talk about the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush I picked it up and I've been using it ever since. It gives a natural, dewy flush to the cheeks which is just what I needed to perk up my makeup routine for the new season.

Eyes - For my eyes, I've been keeping it really simple and just going for a subtle, matte look. As a base, I've been loving the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly. This nude cream eye colour gives my eyeshadow something to stick to and keeps it from creasing all day.
For my eyeshadow, I've been using the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette to create a neutral, matte eye look. On an average day, I usually take the lightest shade, Skimp, along my brow bone and in the inner corner of my eye. I then use Frisk all over the lid and put Cover and Primal in the outer corner of the lid in a V shape and blend out. If I want a more defined eye, I'll line my upper lash line with the shade Undone using an angled liner brush.
I then top off the look by curling my eyelashes with my trusty Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and applying some of my favourite new mascara, Maybelline Lash Sensational.

Lips - Depending on how my lips are holding up, I'll either stick to applying some of my Burt's Bees Hydrating Lip Balm or if they're in good enough condition I'll apply one of my current favourite lipsticks - either the Topshop Lipstick in Innocent or in Devotion. Both are pretty pink nudes that are great for everyday wear.

And there you have it, my current everyday makeup routine. If you're like me and don't venture into new makeup territory often enough, go ahead and try some new bits out cos you might find something you can't believe you ever used to live without!