Upping my skincare game.

skincare routine

Skincare is an area I have always been incredibly lazy with. I tend to go through phases where I'm really good at following a routine, but this soon seems to disappear into simply micellar water and moisturiser. However, at the end of March I decided I really needed to up my game, and provide my skin with the love it should have and stick to a routine.

With this in mind I purchased a few bits at the end of March, and I have now been solidly using all products continuously, so today I thought I would share with you my current skincare routine and current thoughts.

An outfit of the day at the National Trust Mottisfont.

Mottisfont national trust
Mottisfont Abbey

A couple of weeks ago me and the other half decided to make the most of a sunny day and headed to the National Trust Mottisfont. It actually rained on our journey there, but luckily it brightened up again by the time we arrived. 

Mottisfont Abbey is a beautiful large country house set in gorgeous river side gardens full of blooming flowers, ancient trees, and extremely large areas of lawn. 

Colourpop haul and swatches.

Colourpop haul
colourpop international haul

Ever since Colourpop was formed roughly three years ago I have been wanting to try their products, but I have always resisted the urge. About a month ago I gave in and placed an order of around £40 with free shipping. 

5 products you need for that glowy look.

5 products glowy look

I may be writing this as it pours down with rain outside but it is technically Spring, so as far as I am concerned it is time for all your glowy products to come out. Although, I personally quite like quite a glowy look all year round. So, enough rambling from me, today I have put together a group of 5 products that I think you need to give a try to get that glowy look. 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation review.

maybelline fit me matte and poreless

You may have seen me mention the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in my recent favourites post here, but as I have been enjoying the foundation so much I couldn't not write a full review on it and share my thoughts. 

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation is said to mattify and refine pores with blurring micro-powders for poreless looking skin, leaving a natural, seamless finish. 

Primark Sunflower Eye Patches Vs. Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask.

sephora vs primark eye masks

As somebody who suffers from really bad dark eye circles, an eye mask is something I like to treat myself to every now and then. My favourite has always been the Sephora Pomegranate eye mask, but unfortunately that's not the easiest one to get hold of here in the UK. 

A little while ago I spotted Primark had started selling eye patches, so of course I had to give them a try. Today I thought I would share with you a comparison of the eye patches and eye mask.

A spendy high-end haul.

high end haul

Yes, yes, I may have gone a bit spendy the last couple of months so I am now on a spending ban, well other than Colourpop having free international shipping so a few small orders to avoid customs may have been made... Hmm. It was my birthday in March... Anyways, enough of my ramblings, today I'm here to share with you the new high-end bits I have picked up over the last couple of months.

urban decay electric palette

The first product was actually one I managed to persuade my boyfriend to pick me up, as I spotted that we could get it for just over £20, and is the Urban Decay Electric palette. I've been really enjoying creating brighter looks lately so thought this would be the perfect addition. It has such good reviews and it is so pigmented, I can't wait to play around with this some more. 

too faced natural eyes matte palette

The Too Faced 'Natural Eyes' palette in matte was the next thing I picked up, the complete opposite, but something which has been on my wishlist for a while now. The only matte eyeshadows I really had weren't all that pigmented so a matte palette is something I have been after for a while, and I'm so glad I got this one. My favourite shades so far are strapless and honey butter.

mac fruity juicy fruit a la la

I also picked up one more palette (I have a problem) because I couldn't resist the packaging of the new MAC limited edition Fruity Juicy line. I went for the eyeshadow palette in Fruit A La La, a very pink toned palette with a couple of lighter shades thrown in too. I haven't played around with this one too much yet but the swatches really impressed me.

anastasis beverly hills glow kit sundipped nars illuminator

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sundipped is another beauty product I have been lusting after for a while now. For some reason I don't own that many highlighters and I really wanted something a little more intense so I thought this would be a great product to give a go. The only shade I can't get away with using as a highlighter is bronzed, but I think this would be great as an eyeshadow. The pigmentation is incredibly impressive, and on first impressions I have been seriously loving this. 

Keeping on the glowy side of things I also picked up an old favourite of mine, the NARS Liquid Illuminator in the shade orgasm. I love mixing this one in with my foundation to add a more glowy, slightly bronzed look. It is too dark to use as a highlighter for my extremely pale skin but I'm not planning on using it for that so I'm okay with that.

estee lauder double wear light MAC melba

A foundation that I have been tempted by since its release is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, of which I got a sample a couple of months back and fell in love with and had to purchase the full size. I've always liked the sound of the original foundation but I tend to go for lighter foundations so this one is perfect for me, medium coverage and long-lasting. I talked about it in my monthly favourites here.

Along with the palette at the beginning of this post I also picked up a MAC Powder Blusher in the shade melba, a gorgeous soft coral with peach tones to it. This is a matte finish that lasts incredibly well and just adds that perfect flush of colour to the skin. It is the first blusher I have tried from MAC, but I am seriously impressed. 

jour lip topper mac stila

The last three, or technically 7 things, I picked up involve 6 lip products. I couldn't resist the Jouer Limited Edition Lip Topper in the shade rose gold. This is a gorgeous rose gold lip topper, as the name suggests, which you can apply on its own or on top of your lip colour. I find this really plumps up my lips and just transforms my lips into something a little different. I love it. 

As you may have already seen, I also picked up the MAC Look in a Box Kit in Be Sensational. This kit contains 5 mini lipsticks in a variety of shades and finishes, and also includes the famous velvet teddy. I don't own too many MAC lipsticks so thought this would be a great way to try a few more.

The last product I picked up was another glitter one, it is the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow (yes, the name is really that long), in the shade bronzed bell. I picked this up with 20% off, but I would happily pay full price as the product is amazing. The liquid eyeshadow blends with ease, and again just adds that something extra to your look. It lasts incredibly well too.

And that's the end of my high-end haul, I can't wait to play around with everything some more. What have you picked up recently? Have you tried anything from I picked up?

April favourites.

april 2017 beauty favourites

I haven't written a favourites post in such a long time, but now I've got back to blogging regularly again I wanted to share with you all my April favourites. I can't believe we are now in May, how crazy is that? Anyway, let's get onto the favourites.