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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.


Things Only Beauty Bloggers Understand

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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.


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!


Do Blondes Have More Fun?

Top Row - Kristen Bell, Cameron Diaz, Ashley Benson, Brittany Snow
Bottom Row - Kate Hudson, Candice Swanepoel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Blake Lively

If you've followed my blog from the very start (well done you for sticking around!) then you'll have seen my hair change to all shades of the colour spectrum. The most recent shade being bleach blonde. If you'd have asked me this time last year if I'd ever go blonde, I would most probably have laughed in your face but now that I'm a blondie I can't imagine being anything else? Weird that.

So after dubiously buying a groupon voucher for a local hair salon, I decided to look online for some hair inspiration and these were my top 8 blonde babes. I thought I would share with you guys in case you're in need of some hair inspiration yourself. I definitely prefer a more natural, honey blonde than full on peroxide bleach but my hairdresser said I'd have to gradually go more natural over time. I also had very damaged ends that were darker than the rest of my hair so I ended up taking the plunge and getting a good 5 inches cut off. A lot shorter than I'm used to but luckily my hair grows pretty fast so should be the length I want soon enough. 
Out of all these beautiful fair haired ladies, Ashley Benson (top row; second from right) is the one I really wanted to look like. If I could also have her face and wardrobe, that'd be great too... 

As you can see from the photo above, I don't think it's too far off her hair although it's certainly shorter (sob, sob). Fortunately my holiday this year isn't until November so it should, fingers crossed, be how I want it by then. But hey, knowing me I'll have probably decided I hate blonde by then! Talk about first world problems...

Which celeb's hair do you lust after? Who's your hair inspiration? Let me know in the comments!