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liz earle cleanse and polish

Now while these are in no particular order, this has got to be up there in my top three. I discovered this via Josie in January and it's honestly just wonderful. I even use it when coming in rather worse for wear at 2am, it's that easy to use. It smells amazing and has entirely sold me on Liz Earle as a brand too!

glossier boy brow

An absolute staple in what I believe should be everyone's make up bags, but Glossier Boy Brow is just so bloody good. I have the shade brown, and use it on top of my

ABH brow pomade

to make my brows a bit fuller and bushier at the top.

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 tilbury magic cream

Another 2018 discovery and one that won't be going anywhere soon.

This cream

has a wonderfully thick consistency without being greasy on the skin, but enough to actually make you feel like your skin is moisturised and absorbing something. I have very dry skin, especially throughout the winter and I just find that using this before my make up gives my skin something to smile about. Plus it smells f-a-b.

nars sheer glow foundation

Now this foundation has long been a favourite of mine, and will probably never be replaced. Whilst I do like to switch it up from time to time, I always make sure I have a bottle of this handy. I wear the shade Deauville if you're interested and it matches my skin perfectly.

bareminerals bare pro foundation

A recent discovery, but all the while worthy of it's place here. I find this very similar to my beloved Nars base, but with a tiny bit more coverage so it's perfect on those days where you really need a bit of a boost. I'm also shade 2 in this which stuns me, so definitely worth getting matched in real life!

aerin hibiscus palm fragrance

Another gift from Josie, but honestly so lovely. The scent of this really reminds me of my childhood, and I'm not sure why. I think it smells similar to something that my late Nanna used to wear and throws me back entirely. It's really sweet and floral which isn't something I usually go for but there's just something pretty and nostalgic about it.

drunk elephant t.l.c framboos glycol night serum

Possibly the most recent discovery on my list, and one you really need to persevere with but having stuck it out for a month or so I can safely say it's fabulous. This one really stings when you first start using it, like

really

. I audibly screamed the first time I used it - BUT stick it out and it's amazing. My skin is more balanced, less red and a lot smoother. A total winner.

bareminerals oil cleanser

Finding this product made my life harder as it meant I had to choose whether to use this or my Cleanse and Polish in the evening, it's that good. I've never used an oil cleanser before this one but Gina at bareMinerals had me sold when she used it on me in store. It takes my make up off so wonderfully whilst not drying it out due to the oil, perfect for skin like mine!

it cosmetics superhero mascara

THIS IS SO GOOD, YOU NEED IT. The end (yes, I wear it every day and I often get asked if my lashes are extensions)

bobbi brown bronzer 

Finally, rounding off the year with a new bronzer. I love this particular one as like my other favourite, Benefit Hoola, it's matte and not muddy on the skin. It's perfect for adding a little bit of a glow and I honestly feel like it entirely changes my face when I apply it. Totally recommend!

Honorable mentions;

Benefit Hoola

,

The Ordinary Serum foundation

,

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow

,

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

,

The Wet Brush

,

Pixi Glow Tonic

and

Origins Night-a-Mins moisturiser

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how to be savvy on Black Friday and my picks



So Black Friday - it's on lads. I try and use it for useful purposes, which I'm going to explain in this post for ya, as well as show you a few of my favourite pieces! I've also strewn a few little shoppable banners throughout the post so go wild!

Hover over the above edit to shop, or see the widgets throughout the post.


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1. Only buy what you would full price
It's entirely not a bargain if you wouldn't have thought about purchasing it in the first place. Think carefully before you impulse buy and make sure you'll get your wear out of it. I like to see if it would go with at least four outfits before I purchase.

2. Use it for Christmas presents!
Black Friday is great for treating yourself, but also fab for sorting those Christmas presents (fairly) early! I always buy for my sisters, as well as my Mum as they're pretty hard to buy for full price and it's nicer to be able to get a bit more for your money!

3. It's great to get furniture/bigger items you've been saving for
Perfect if you've just moved etc, but with retailers such as MADE offering discounts - why wait?! Items such as furniture don't often get reduced as they're not seasonal so consider buying whilst the discount is high.

4. See if any luxury items on your wishlist are reduced
Again, make sure you wanted it in the first place but BF is a great time to make that big purchase you've been saving for. A new handbag, or a pair of shoes might have a couple of hundred pounds off, which is a huge saving for anyone!

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how i get my blonde
Hair Hair Hair Hair Hair Hair
I often get asked about my hair, so I thought I'd pop it all into a nice blog post for you to read.

C O L O U R
Firstly, the colour. I get my colour done at Blue Tit in Peckham with the OG babe, Harriet. I get a fully head of 'flamboyage' which is Blue Tit's version of balayage which leaves it really multi tonal and 'natural' - as far as bleached hair can look. I then have a toner popped over the end, followed by Olaplex to keep it in the best condition possible. The flamboyage means I don't get harsh roots like highlights leave, which is how I manage to go 3-5 months between colour sessions. It grows through super naturally and as though I've meant to let it do so - definitely a saver for anyone else who's as lazy as I am.

C U T
When it comes to a cut, I'm pretty awful at getting it done regularly. Recently I've been having it trimmed at Blue Tit either by Yeison or Jackson - usually getting the ends slightly shorter to give it some health back and then a little bit of a fringe cut in. I've been umming and aahing with going a fair bit shorter again but I really can't decide. What do you reckon?

U P K E E P
Naturally being a faux blonde, my hair pulls through super warm after a few weeks of being done so I use a purple toning shampoo throughout the week. I'm currently using a Pro:Voke one (you totally know the one I mean) but I also like the Fudge one, and have heard great things about Redken's toning range.
With regard to other shampoo and conditioner, I'm not fussy and tend to use whatever I have. 
S T Y L I N G
I'm so awfully lazy with my hair, and I really wish I wasn't. It's naturally poker straight so I usually just let it dry naturally or loosely blow dry it and go. I always pop a little bit of Bumble and Bumble's Invisible Oil on, or Shu Uemera Essence Absolue which I find amazing and really nourishing! I also try to use the at-home Olaplex treatment monthly.
When I can be bothered, I curl my whole head using an Enrapture Totem styler on 3-3-3 for a loose curl, and then use Ouai texturising spray to break it up a little. I actually prefer it slept on so the curls have turned into a really loose wave.

So that's a little in sight into how I do my hair, or what I have done. Let me know if you have any Q's or if you go to Blue Tit - they're my fave!

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two ways to wear glitter
NYX x Boots


You might assume that I'm not one for glitter, let alone glitter eyeshadow, but secretly I'm sold on anything pink and or glittery... I just tend not to put it on my face - so when Boots approached me with creating some glitter eye looks using NYX products, I really thought about how I could make them more wearable for someone like me. And well, these are the results!

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Look One:
For this look I really wanted to try and make something I could wear during the day but would translate well on those days where I have to go straight to an event etc. For this I really honed in on my usual make up look, but with a subtle edge somewhere which made it totally appropriate for a night out. To achieve this:
  1. Apply your usual base - I opted for a medium coverage foundation with my usual contour and highlight routine.
  2. I then used the NYX smokey palette to give my eyes a little bit of depth. I used the light cream all over, then compacted a bit of gold shimmer in the middle.
  3. I tend to wear a cat eye daily so I used my usual NYX epic liner to create a thick line, and then used a small brush to create a line of the glitter primer glue just underneath the outer flick.
  4. Using the same brush, I patted on a mixed coloured glitter to follow the line of my flick on each side - making sure it was really heavily packed on - and then patting it gently under my lower lashes.
  5. I finished the look with a matte pink lip - really easy to wear from day to night.

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Look Two:
As you can see from my moodboard - I really liked the 'messy' and undone look with a rose gold/pink toned glitter loosely applied so I gave this a go. I used the NYX glitter which is honestly insane - a really finely ground glitter with lots of colours running through it. So, to achieve this look this is what I did:
  1. Applied my normal base make up, with a subtle contour and highlight
  2. Primed my eyelids in the NYX glitter primer glue (this stuff is AMAZING) and used my finger to blend up towards my eyebrows
  3. Curled my lashes twice, really lifting them!
  4. Used a blending brush to gently pat on the rose gold glitter, concentrating on the lid and then blending out to become more sparse around the eye
  5. Two coats of the NYX worth the hype mascara and then a slick of the amazing plum coloured NYX mega shine lipgloss to give it more of an evening edge. P.S I was super impressed with the lip colour, it goes on really opaque and yet has an amazing sheen.
Eyes

Post in collaboration with Boots, but as per, love of glitter is all my own.

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christmas: gifting fragrance
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CHLOÉ signature eau de parfum and BOSS bottled tonic eau de toilette*

It's time guys, it's nearly Christmas and time to be inundated with gift guides! I'm particularly unbothered by the festive season this year, which is extremely unlike me but alas I do have people that I need to buy for. Cue Fragrance Direct getting in touch re:their gift edit and of course I jumped at the chance to work on the project - who doesn't like a new fragrance to try and it's potentially the perfect gift for everyone, ever.

I am hard to please when it comes to a new scent, so I rarely choose one without testing it or knowing someone that wears it. That being said, a lot of the fragrance's in FD's gift edit are classics and you'll no doubt know someone who wore it, or it'll be nostalgic for another reason and therefore a great present idea. I'm thinking to pop Marc Jacobs' Daisy on my Christmas list too as it's so timeless.

I decided to pick up Chloe's signature scent as a gift for myself as I remembered my Mum wearing it when I was little, plus the bottle and box are beautiful. It's really feminine and floral, and a very nice addition to my fragrance collection.

Gifting myself aside, I decided that a new scent would be a great gift for my Dad this year. He's been away for the past seven years so I've not had to buy him a Christmas present so I'm a bit out of practice! That and he's so not your typical socks/tie Dad. He's a cool Dad (hi, I know you'll be reading). I know that he's a fan of Boss fragrance in general so I opted for the Bottled Tonic as the sound of citrus notes sold me. It genuinely smells lovely, I'm not going to try and explain it because that'll be hilarious but either way - it's fresh and manly. Two things you probably want in a men's fragrance.

Essentially, and sorry if you're reading family, but they're all going to be getting fragrance this year. I've always been a bit of a sceptic re:buying scent as it's such a personal thing but with how descriptive the information on the site is, as well as the fact some are just so classic, you can't go wrong. Plus, it's nice to try something new once in a while!
Post in collaboration with Fragrance Direct, but fragrance love and picks are all mine!

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the glossier hype
Glossier
Openly admitting, I'm the first to dive headfirst onto any kind of looming bandwagon. Yes, I bloody love to know what everyone's talking about and have my own opinion on it. So, naturally when I was in NYC in September I HAD to get my mitts on some Glossier products. $90 later, and I think I can pipe up and tell you my thoughts. You are *so* welcome for the 2948745th Glossier post you've read today.

Ok, so what do I not like?
I'm going to straight up say that I didn't like the Generation G lipstick. I got it in the shade 'cake' and to be honest, it's so transparent and sheer it just feels like a shitty lip balm. This might just be due to the colour of my lips etc, but I'm definitely more of a matte kind of girl. I'm also going to hold my hands hella high and say that I don't like the Stretch Concealer. I'm trying to like it, but it's not for me. Firstly, these bags need industrial strength - which this is not. Secondly, ya girl is pretty lazy and this requires some effort. A) it creases and doesn't stay where you put it. It's fairly sticky and unless you set with powder (which ruins the 'no make up' vibe?) then it's pretty pants. B) it's too bloody sheer. I  know it's supposed to be for those flawless gals who get 8 hours sleep a night and maybe I'm just not one of them, but sadly it's just sunk to the bottom of my make up bag to be forgotten about.

Pity party over, here's what I LOVE:
Straight up, obsessed with the Priming Moisuriser. Not only can I skip a step in my make up routine (lazy, see) but also it's the perfect viscosity for me - even though I have drier skin. My make up sits perfectly on top (I've been using IT cosmetics CC cream lately) and it just feels like my skin is loving it. I really want to try the heavier version during the colder months too.
I'm also pretty smack bang in love with the balm dotcom. I picked up the coconut one and it's fab. I put it on every morning when doing my make up, and it's like an older, wiser sister to Vaseline. It knows not to be so sticky and gross, and not to smell like a nappy and it's just good at it's job.
My new favourite thing is the Milky Cleanser. Like, get out and buy yourself one. I'm notoriously bad at skincare, but this just feels like I want to do it. I genuinely wake up the next morning with baby soft skin - it's so non abrasive and gentle, I just feel like all it does is what it says - bloody clean your skin and put all the nastiness of London in the bin at the end of the day. 10/10 recommend, and conveniently my three favourite things come in the Phase 1 set together.
Lastly, my never leastly - bloody Boy Brow. OB-SESSED. I didn't care for it the first time I used it, but combined with Anastasia Brow Wiz (medium brown for me FYI) it's amazing. I can get naturally bushy, full brows that don't look plastered on and perfect within an inch of their life. I also feel it gives the Brow Wiz a bit more staying power too - literally the dream combo. Go and get it already.

As with everyone ever, use this link (or http://bff.glossier.com/gIB5A) to get 10% off your purchase, and I'll get a cheeky reward too. Win win.


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preparing for summer
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I'm back guys, yay! I've finally finished uni, but more of that in my next post.

I'm hitting you up with a little post on how I've been preparing for this ridiculous (and great) heatwave that we've been having in the UK over the past week, with a little help from Fragrance Direct.

Products helping me out:

1. Nars dual intensity blush : I'm not usually one to wear blush, especially in the summer when I'm permanently pink anyway but this duo can be worn much more subtly than it looks in the pan, plus it doubles as an amazing eyeshadow pair!

2. Korres peeling mask : I've not really ventured far into Korres before, but this mask might have converted me. It left my skin feeling super smooth and really hydrated, which is something I struggle with as I have particularly dry skin. I also think it's important to make sure you're treating your skin after a long day of wearing sun-creams etc!

3. Lancaster face SPF : I've always been one to use drugstore sun-creams, but you can really see the difference with this Lancaster babe. It's only SPF 10, which isn't ideal but it's good for those cloudy days in the UK, plus it's so super smooth and weightless that I've been able to layer my SPF 25 foundation over the top.

4. Nars all day weightless foundation : I try to go for a lighter coverage in the summer, mainly as I'll likely sweat it off anyway but also because when you're tanned, you usually don't need too much anyway. This Nars foundation is fairly matte but very lightweight and buildable so it's perfect for a day spent on and off the tube.

5. Clarins instant smooth self tanner : Finally, for said face tan, I'd rather fake it than burn my eyelids to a crisp so this Clarins tanner has been a godsend. My mum has actually tried to pinch it it's that good.

So they are a few products that are helping me to get prepped for this very welcome Summer we're having! Do you have any go-to products?


Post in collaboration with Fragrance Direct, but all words love for nice things my own.



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the ordinary skincare
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THE ORDINARY niacinamide, high spreadability primer, caffeine solution, hyaluronic acid, vitamin c suspension, cold pressed rose hip oil

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently went to an event with ASOS beauty for the brand Deciem and more specifically, their brand The Ordinary.

I'm just going to throw it straight out there that this isn't sponsored, I just LOVE this brand. I had actually bought two or three products before I went to the event - just sayin'.

So, on to the products. At the event we were lucky enough to meet and hear the co-founder chat about the items and how to use them. They're great as they're stackable and so so affordable. Most of the things I've featured are £5-6, and all below £10. Can I get a hell-yeah?

My favourite of all has to be the hyaluronic acid. I use it morning and night, before my moisturiser and after using the caffeine solution on my under-eyes. The acid just helps to puff your skin back up and leaves my skin feeling glossy and moisturised (but absolutely not greasy).
Following the acid, my next favourite has to be between the caffeine solution which is used on under eyes to help curb darkness or potentially the vitamin c suspension moisturiser which is just so lovely and thick but not in any way heavy when on the skin.

I also totally reccomend the high-spreadability primer as it gives your make up an insane, smooth base to sit on and also the rose-hip oil for use at night. It's a little bit greasy feeling but by the time you wake up in the morning your skin legit feels GREAT.

So yes, a little bit on my latest favourite brand. Let me know if you've tried anything before!

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ouai haircare
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OUAI texturising spray and wave spray

Hi all, sorry I've been a little MIA of late - uni is super hectic and this weather makes me want to hibernate on my days off, not prance around on a street in heels somewhere. I'll be getting back to it ASAP of course.

Anyway, today I thought I'd give you a little run through of some of the Ouai products that I picked up whilst in LA/Vegas a few months ago.
I'd really fancied trying them (mainly due to kinda loving the Kardashians) and when I saw them literally being placed on the shelves in Sephora I couldn't resist. I picked up both the wave spray and texturising hair spray, both of which I've come to love.

So, firstly the wave spray: I've got the most limp and straight hair ever so I was hoping this would give the worlds laziest girl a little skip in her step. I use it on my wet hair and either quickly rough dry or leave to air dry and I must say that it does give me some waves. Not super cool Cali waves, but some kind of movement which is something I'm all about. It doesn't leave my hair crispy like some of my other beloved Bumble products do, and you pretty much can't remember you've used it - aside from the occasional waft of it's delightful smell. Overall a total win, and a complete yes from me.

Secondly (and lastly), the texturising hair spray. This ones a bit of an odd one for me, as the limp hair probs rise again. This is a like a dry shampoo/hair spray hybrid and works best to give my hair a bit of texture and oomph when I've just washed it. I tend to never go more than every other day without washing my hair, so it's never mega greasy but I don't think I'd reach for this as a dry shampoo as it's a teeny bit heavy in the hair. Not uncomfortable, but you know when you're aware it's there?
Either way, it's great for what it says it actually does - giving your hair a little bit of texture, and works in my fine hair for pre-styling (or after) to give it a bit more of a matte texture as well as a little bit of life/lift. Overall a yes, as I'd totally repurchase.

So yes, that's my two cents on a couple of Ouai products. I've not done a beauty review for yonks, how did I do? Will you try any of them?

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