What’s In My Makeup Bag!

This is going to be my first attempt at creating a beauty post about my makeup. We’ll see how it goes, I have high hopes! This is my makeup on those days where I’m not feeling heavy eye makeup and winged eyeliner. More of a natural look and attempt to ctreate a look that’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I naturally wake up like this!’ (insert Beyonce lyrics here).

Now, my makeup bag is going to be drastically different to other bloggers and youtubers who show their make up bag, as mine is not full of MAC products and Urban Decay. One reason is because I simply can’t afford it, two I like these brands and find most of their products amazing for their price and three, I use brands that I know don’t test on animals. Therefore, I am pretty sure that my make-up bag is cruelty free (if you know of brands throughout that do test on animals, please let me know!). Also, I set this blog up as a way for people to realise you don’t have to pay high prices to get good quality clothes, makeup, whatever. So that is what I am doing here! So lets get straight into it!

Base makeup

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Products used:

  • MUA Skin Define Matte Perfect Foundation in Ivory
  • Essence All About Matte High Covering Concealer in 05 Ivory
  • Essence Mattifying Compact Powder in Pastel Beige

As you can see I have to use all the lightest shades, thanks pale skin! To start with, I put one-two pumps of the MUA Skin Define foundation on the back of my hand and mix with moisturiser, usually Soap and Glory body butter. The issue is with this foundation is that it is super thick and noticeably darker than my skin tone; therefore I found mixing it with moisturiser allowed it to apply with ease and more evenly! It still gives a great coverage as well so its smiles all around! I apply this with my foundation brush that I got from Superdrug for £4, I think that’s what I paid for it anyway! I then apply my Essence All About Matte concealer underneath my eyes, the edges of my nose and any other problem areas that I have, usually my chin! I use my ring finger to blend this in as I just find it to create a better coverage and put the product exactly where I want it! Finally I finish my base off with  my Mattifying powder from Essence again and this allows all the shiny areas on my face to be hidden and give a great base for my blusher and highlight!

Blusher and highlight

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Products used:

  • Sleek Contour Palette in Light
  • Essence Silky Touch Blush 

Its no lie that I obsess over Sleek’s makeup! All of their products are brilliantly made and of such good quality, all for good prices! One of my all time favorite products is their contour palette. The bronzer and blush are perfect for my skin tone, as well as the highlight being subtle yet make me feel like a glowing fairy! I apply the bronzer just above my cheekbones to define them that bit more. As I have a round head shape, I find applying the bronzer above my cheekbones makes my face look thinner. I then apply my new Essence Silky Touch blush on the apples of my cheeks to give a fresh-faced glow. Finally, I apply the highlight above my cheekbones just above my bronzer, and bring it down just above the apple of my cheeks. I also apply it on the bridge of my nose, by my septum and cupids bow to define them just a little more!

DSCF0075     If I’m feeling bold and want a tad more definition in my highlight, I use my other Sleek palette which is the Precious Metals to get the ultimate ‘I want to be in Neverland and chill with Tinkerbell’ feel.

Eyes

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Products Used:

  • Sleek Volumising Mascara in Black 
  • Essence I Love Nude eyeshadow 
  • Essence Eyebrow Designer in Dark Brown 

This is my favorite part of my makeup bag- eyes! This is what I use for my natural simple days where winged eyeliner doesn’t do it for me. As a base, I apply my Essence eyeshadow which is the prettiest shade I have ever seen! With a subtle shimmer and a pale finish, this eyeshadow makes a perfect standalone colour for if you want to just glide a colour over your eyelids to give yourself a fresh faced looks! With this eyeshadow, you could also use it as a highlight! Alongside this I apply some of the highlight previously mentioned from the Sleek contour palette in the inner corners of my eyes to make them pop and appear more awake (quite frankly I could sleep at all times of the day!). Filling my eyebrows is something I have only recently started doing, but I am so glad I have. Through having dark hair and light eyebrows, it was only time that I should start filling them in. I bought a cheap eyebrow pencil as I didn’t want to spend too much just in-case I wasn’t going to use it! But since purchasing it I have used it everyday and I’ve noticed such a difference! I complete my eyes with my Sleek Volumising mascara which makes your lashes 10 times longer which is what I need!


That is what is in my makeup bag for those natural days, and I hope I did okay on my first beauty post! I will keep reading up on others’ and get more experienced with writing these type of posts, but I hope I did okay on my first attempt!

I hope I did okay and thanks for reading! xxx

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The Little Things

I would like to take a little moment to apologise for my lack of posts! Exam season is finally done and after months of revision, rehearsals and stress, I am completely done with sixth form! So I am back and here to stay, doing what I truly enjoy which is writing blog posts, reading books and listening to new music!


Now I have done my explaining, the idea behind this blog post is inspired by youtuber/instagrammer Simply_Kenna. If you’re not sure who she is, I will link her Youtube page and instagram here and here. Her personality and lifestyle is truly inspirational through her beliefs and ideals, not to mention her instagram feed (it is pretty much life-changing how perfect it is!). If you’re interested, check out her sites!

Besides all this, through following her on social media for a while, her posts have made me realise how important it is to focus on the little things in life, as this can be what makes our lives happy! So, I sat down with a pen and paper and jotted down all the little things in life that make me unbelievably happy. I know that these are pretty accurate, as when I was writing them I was getting all excited and giddy about them! Here are my little things in life that create my ultimate happiness!

Early morning walks and bike rides
Whether this be sunny and warm with a slight breeze or a cold, grey and rainy morning, I absolutely adore early morning walks no matter what the season or weather. When the paths and roads are quiet and all you can hear is the birds tweeting from the trees, the crunch of leaves in the autumn from people getting their morning papers, this is when I feel most at ease and feel as if the world is at peace no matter what disruption is occurring in the world. It gives me calming feelings throughout the whole day.

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Drinking alone in a coffee shop
I am a complete people watcher. Watching people go about their daily business’, wondering what their lives are like, whether they are happy, whether its their birthday soon, anything! I will look at a person and think about how they are doing and what they are like. Try it, you see anybody in the street, begin to wonder what their past may have been like, how their future is looking. It makes you feel like its not just you existing in this world and everybody walking around you actually do exist and just like you, have feelings and emotions.

The smell of books
There is just something absolutely magical about the smell of old and new books. The comfort they bring when you’re snuggling into your reading space, ready to explore a world that isn’t your own. Escaping the daily schedule and hustle and bustle that is your life. I sometimes feel that just the smell and feel of a book in your hands can be more calming then actually reading it!

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Rain in a conservatory
Now, I am not sure whether you have ever experienced a storm in a glass conservatory, but getting cosy with the TV on, a cup of coffee or tea in your hand with a blanket draping you like a cape is one of the best feelings in the world. It is like experiencing everything that comes with the rain, but being in the comfort of your home and watching the raindrops link together and race each other down the window. The crashing of the rain on the roof getting harder and then softer as the rain slows down is my favorite on rainy days.

Listening to an artist/band for the first time
The feeling of listening to a song and getting halfway through and just thinking ‘this song is actually amazing and will be the theme tune for the rest of my life’ is one of my favorite. After this feeling I usually go ahead and listen to all of their albums, create a Spotify playlist of them and listen to them everyday for three months until I realise I have become slightly obsessed and need to calm down.

Finding ‘that’ quote
Its that one quote that you want tattooed on your entire body and never want to forget. At the moment, I have a few quotes that are like that to me. Currently, my favorite quote is ‘Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience’- Ralph Waldo Emerson. To me, this quote simply means there is no need to rush anything, and that anything meant to be good/perfect (although I believe nothing is perfect), will take its time.

Seeing that one person after ‘one of those days’
Now I don’t intend this to be cheesy, but seeing my boyfriend after a rough day at sixth form was my absolute favorite thing. Seeing his car just gave me a sense of relief and knowledge that everything is going to be okay and everything is only temporary (which indeed it was). In moments of arguments and my silly moods, he would always go along with it and actually put up with me, and its finding those types of people in your life that really makes everything worth it.

Long car journeys
People find it strange that I enjoy sitting in a car or coach for hours, daydreaming out the window, listening to music, but I love the feeling of traveling to an entirely new destination and experience new things. For example, on my trip to Disneyland Paris, I was stuck on a coach for 14 hours, maybe longer, but I could easily do it all over again. My favorite thing to also go alongside long car journeys is travel stations. I love getting a coffee and seeing so many people all in a place going in different directions, across the country and possibly across the world!

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So there were my little things in life that create my ultimate happiness! I really recommend trying this, because it will make you realise just how much the little things can impact on your life and make everything that little brighter when you feel like everything is wrong!

Thanks for reading! xxx