Saturday, 11 August 2012

Holiday Haul: Palma & A Few Pictures! ♥

Hi everyone! Hope you're all well :) I went on a little holiday on Monday to Palma just for three nights with the family which was lovely. There was an amazing little make-up shop there called Essence, I was like a kid in a sweet shop! I wanted to buy everything! They had their own Essence brand that did every kind of make-up and skin care product and then they stocked loads of other make-up brands such as NYX, China Glaze, Real Techniques Brushes, OPI and lots of other cute brands that must be foreign as I hadn't heard of a them but they had such nice products.

Essence Tinted Moisturiser, NYX Cream Blush in Hot Pink, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa and Sinful Colours Nail Varnish in Neon Fuschia.

If you want me to do a review or a post on one of the items in more detail just leave a comment and let me know :)

This is a picture I took of the shop below, it's not that good as you can't see that it goes all the way back with make-up on each side aswell. I was going to take pictures of each beauty stand but it suddenly got really busy in there and people were giving me funny looks! Haha

Some other pictures from the holiday!

Monday, 6 August 2012

July Favourites ♥

L'Oreal Caresse Lipstick in 07 Cheeky Magenta
I have been loving this lipstick for the whole month of July. It's so nice and feels like a lipbalm on your lips, it's really moisturizing but the colour goes on exactly as it looks in the tube which I love. Such a nice hot pink colour. I want to get all of the lipsticks from this line!

Benefit So Hooked on Carmella Perfume
I bought this when I was in Nice at the end of June and it's been the perfume that i've been putting on every time I leave the house. I loooove the smell! It reminds me of cake haha.

Topshop Nail Varnish in Ice Crush
All my friends have this nail varnish and we all love it! It's a sparkly holographic glitter and some bits of glitter are small but then there's chunky bits too and i've been wearing it over pasel colours and it looks so cute. It's also fairly easy to get off considering it's glitter and another thing I like is that it feels smooth on your nails and not gritty like some glitter colours do.

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer
I did a haul post on this when I bought it and I have used it every day since! It's such a nice bronze colour with no shimmer which I like in a bronzer. It's good for contouring too and the packaging is soo cute!

Benefit Coralista Blusher
I've had this for ages but never really used it when I first bought it but i've started using and loving it again. It adds a really nice glow to your cheeks.

Have you tried any of these products?

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Week In Pictures: Nails, Wine & Magazines ♥

1. I ♥ Converse 2. Mango Tango Crush from Boost Juice Bar yummy yummy in my tummy 3. Mint green glitter nails 4. Impress press on manicure that I am going to test out tomorrow and see how long they last! 5. Me and my friend went out last night and had toooo much wine! Her glass was so much posher than mine! 6. Rainy Sunday reading magazines :)

The Liebster Blog Award! ♥

Hi everyone! Well i've not been on my laptop much since my last post so haven't gone through all the comments until this morning and i've noticed that i've been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by There's Something About Beauty and Stacey thank you so much!! :) This has made my morning!

So this tag is basically for new bloggers with less than 200 followers which I think is a great idea!

The Rules
1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer all 11 questions the tagger has set and then create 11 new questions for the people you tag.
3. Choose 11 people and tag them in your post.
4. Comment on their blog and let them know they are tagged.
5. No tag backs.

11 Things About Me
1. I'm an only child.
2. I have 14 cousins.
3. I once got a Birthday card from the beautiful David Beckham!
4. I will always love the Spice Girls and Disney films no matter how old I get.
5. I drive a black Ford KA.
6. I am a fully qualified Nail & Eyebrow/Lash Technician.
7. Even though I am qualified as above, I work in an admin office working with Catering/Events.
8. I once had to go to hospital for getting eyeliner stuck in my eye! Haha
9. New York is my favourite place in the world.
10. Dogs are my favourite animal.
11. I love Summer but Christmas is my favourite time of the year.

Staceys 11 Questions
1. Your on an island and only allowed 3 products what are they?
Sun tan cream because I wouldn't want to burn, mascara and lipstick!
2. What's your favourite piece of clothing?
This is a toughie! I love dresses so probably one of my maxi dresses. I love them because you can dress them up or make them casual.
3. What's your favourite bronzer?
Either Bourjois Chocolate bronzer or The Balms Bahama Mama bronzer which is a recent purchase but I love it.
4. What's your go to look for a night out?
Probably a brown/gold smokey eye and pale pink lips, but sometimes I will match either eyes or lips to what i'm wearing.
5. Favourite holiday destination?
New York! I absolutely love it there. I have been 4 times and it's just amazing. For summer holidays I love Tenerife :)
6. Heels or Flats?
On an every day basis i'm a flats girl. But I always wear heels for nights out.
7. Favourite fast food?
KFC. Yum yum yum.
8. Coffee or Tea?
I don't really drink either of them, but I would go for tea as I do like that occasionally when i'm in the mood.
9. Where do you shop most?
That would probably be H&M.
10. Do you have any pets?
No :( I used to have a little dog. I'm currently trying to persuade my Mum to let me get another dog but it's not working haha
11. If you could live anywhere where would it be?
I'd love to live in California, but i'm a home girl so would miss my family and friends too much and probably won't ever live anywhere other than Manchester!

My 11 Questions
1. What's your favourite blog?
2. If you could have any job, what would it be?
3. Favourite make-up brand?
4. What is your favourite jewellery item?
5. Do you prefer having your hair curly or straight?
6. Favourite music group/band?
7. Why did you start a blog?
8. Favourite film?
9. What is your most prized posession?
10. Summer or Winter?
11. Lipstick or Lipgloss?

And the people I tag are!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Week In Pictures: Babies, Birthdays & Cookies ♥

1. Stopping for a yummy Mango & Passionfruit Fruit Cooler from Costa after a hard days shopping with Mum 2. Me and my best friend Kayleigh went to visit our friends little baby boy how cute is he? :) 3. Me ready for a family party on Saturday night 4. First time ombre'ing my nails, I liked them but think I chose the wrong colours they didn't go that well together! 5. Made a giant cookie for my cousins 21st Birthday/Graduation on Saturday and was very proud with the results! 6. Yummy Oreo Cookie frozen yoghurt yesterday because Sundays should be for treats :)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

My Current Favourite Mascara ♥

I am loving this 17 Va Va Voom Volume Mascara at the moment. My lashes are long but quite straight so it's normally hard to get a good curl on them without using an eyelash curler, but this mascara is amazing. It really volumizes and curls. I like to try out new mascaras all the time so ususally when one runs out, i'll go and buy a completely different one that i've never tried and I never normally repurchase mascaras but this one I will be! Another thing I love is the brush, it's the perfect size and not plastic like alot of mascaras at the moment, i'm really not a fan of plastic bristles.
Have you tried this mascara? What's your favourite mascara? :)

Just the mascara on top lashes

Mascara on top and bottom lashes and eyeliner

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Top 5 Brushes ♥

Hello :) hope you're all having a nice weekend so far! I've just been shopping and bought WAY too much so I might do a haul in a couple of days showing what I got, but for now, seen as my make-up brushes are newly washed and fluffy i'm going to show you my five favourites!

Left to Right ♥

Calvin Klein Brush, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, MAC 187, Elf Blush Brush & MAC 168se
Calvin Klein Powder Brush
Ok so this brush hasn't got an actual name or a number like the others but I would say it's called a Powder Brush or a Large Powder Brush. It's absolutely AMAZING. I've had this brush for ages and I use it to apply my mineral powder to set my liquid foundation and I love it. It's huge and so soft and fluffy but not flimsy at all like some other powder brushes i've tried. I got this in a gift set so i'm not sure where you can get it in the shops but i'm sure you'd be able to find it online, I can't reccomend this enough!

Real Techniques Buffing Brush
It seems like everyone has this brush and with good reason, I love it! It buffs liquid foundation into the skin perfectly and makes your face look flawless. It's part of the Core Collection by YouTuber Make-up Artist Samantha Chapman and in that kit you get 4 brushes. They are all lovely but it's worth getting it just for this one. I got the Core Collection from Boots for £21.99 and honestly I would of paid that just for this one brush so if you're thinking of buying this set then I would say DO IT!

MAC 187 Duo Fibre Stippling Brush
This is another brush that I use for my liquid foundation, but it can also be nice for powder blushes too. Just like the above buffing brush it makes your skin look flawless. I alternate between the two of them so I had to include this one in my top 5 aswell! It's expensive for a brush especially now MAC have upped the price, I think it's somewhere around £30.00 (I got mine in the Airport a few years ago - Yay for Duty Free!) but if you're looking to invest in a good brush this one is great.

ELF Blush Brush
This is the only brush i've used for my blusher for about the last two years (apart from those little ones you get in the Benefit Box Powders) so that shows that I love it. The size is perfect for blusher and it's a total bargain at £3.75!

MAC 168se Mini Angled Contour Brush
I got this in a set last Christmas with other mini versions of some of MACs brushes and it's amazing! I love that it's angled so it's perfect for bronzing and contouring and even though it's mini I think it's the perfect size. You can get the regular size brush for £26.00, I think Elf do an angled brush too so that may be worth a try if the quality of the Elf Blush Brush is anything to go by.

Hope this post was helpful! Do you have any of these brushes? What are you top 5 make-up brushes?

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

MAC Lipstick Dupes ♥

I love lipsticks. They are probably my favourite item of make-up and I have far too many for someone who isn't a make-up artist. Whilst I was rummaging through them all I realised I have a couple of really good MAC dupes! I picked out three sets that are so similar they are almost identical, and may be useful if you're on a budget especially seen as MAC lippies seem to be getting dearer and dearer!

MAC Saint Germain & Collection 2000 Lasting Finish Lipstick in Number 6 'Bubblegum'
These two are crazily similar. The colour and texture are both more or less identical, definitely worth trying if you're a Saint Germain fan.

MAC Snob & Revlon Matte Lipstick in 002 'Pink Pout'
Again, they are very similar, but obviously as it says in the name the Pink Pout is matte. I'm not normally a fan of matte lippies but this one is creamy and not drying. And as you can see the colour is almost identical to Snob.

MAC Angel & Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in 'Pink Mallow'
These are a very similar texture. The Pink Mallow is slightly more pink than the Angel but still a good dupe. :)

Hope this helps if you're looking for some good MAC dupes, i'd definitely reccomend these! :)

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Feel Unique The Balm Haul ♥

Hello :) I made a little purchase from online beauty shop Feel Unique last week and I am loving what I bought! I had been wanting to buy these cute powders by The Balm for ages and decided to treat myself :) I got the Bahama Mama Bronzer and the Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder. And for spending a certain amout on The Balm products I got a free Staniac Hint of Tint Lip and Cheek stain in the colour 'Beauty Queen' worth £10.00 which is really good!

How cute is the packaging for these powders? I love them!

The bronzer is a perfect non-shimmer bronzer and not orange at all and the anti-shine translucent powder is lovely. They are perfect for taking on a night out to top up your make-up as they have a little mirror and can fit in your bag!
 The Staniac stain looks bright red in the tube but is a lovely raspberry pink colour, I don't normally like lip tints but gives such a pretty colour on the lips and cheeks, and for free you can't complain!
You can buy everything here from and the delivery was free and arrived quickly.
The powders are £12.50 each and Staniac is £10.00 and comes in three colours but you can't choose which colour you like when getting this free.

Have you tried any of these products?

Friday, 17 February 2012

First post ♥

Well this is my first post, it's going to be quite boring and just a little introduction of my new blog :)
My name's Lauren, nice to meet you! I'm 23 and from Machester :) I love all things girly and am going to use my blog to post about beauty, fashion and everything else that tickles my fancy - so keep your sparkly eyes peeled for lots of girly goodness!

Will hopefully do a proper more exciting post soon. :)

Love Lauren x