Friday Faves | 2

Beauty

I’m back with another Friday Faves post this week, I’ve gathered up a small selection of things I’ve been loving over the past couple of weeks.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

For the past 3 months this has been my go to palette, I just love the shades and don’t seem to be picking up any other palette!

Glossier Haloscope Quartz

This highlighter is a god send, I’m so over using powder highlighters, cream highlighters look so much more natural and create the glowing from within effect. This highlighter looks better and better as the day goes on and creates he perfect glow!

Glossier Balmdotcom Rose

I recently just went a little crazy and bought 4 of these, I decided to try rose and coconut as I hadn’t had them before. Rose has more flavour and smell to it that coconut, but that does mean that I do find I lick my lips loads just so I can taste it! These balms last for such a long on your lips!

Lush Aqua Marina

I decided to pick up a new cleanser from Lush recently and opted for one which I had not heard a lot about. Initially I think the smell can be a little off putting as it’s very strong and smells like seaweed, but the it feels refreshing especially when you use it in the mornings to wash your face.

Glossier Solution

Ofcourse this bad boy has to make it into a favourites post, I have only been using it a week so far but I can already notice a difference! I will be doing a whole post on this shortly if you want to read more about it then come back soon!

Adexe Petite Sistine Rose Gold Watch

This is my favourite accessory at the moment, everytime I get dressed up this watch gets a day out too! I absolutely love the style and the colour, it makes it the perfect chic accessory which goes with any outfit!

Illamasqua Sculpting Gel

I’ve had this in my makeup collection for a over a year but only just tried it out using a brush to blend it and OMG, it is amazing! It creates the perfect, natural contour shade!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Selfie Sculpt

I’m a huge fan of Tanya Burr Cosmetics and this brow pencil is one of my favourite products from her, I love how it creates really simple soft looking brows but create a natural define looked without looking like I’ve filled them in. Plus as it comes with a spooley brush which is always a plus so you don’t have to rummage through your make up bag trying to find one!

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Beauty

Hello and welcome back, today’s post is all the about the beauty that is the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette!
I finally received this for Christmas after wanting it since it was released and I have been obsessed with it ever since and it is easy to see why.

Just looking at this palette makes me smile, it has every shade you could ever want and need for the perfect eye look. These shades are personally my favourites as they really compliment my skin tone. I also love that you can create multitudes of looks just from one palette and it is easy to use it for simple day time looks and more intense evening looks.

The packaging is super sleek and really does give off the same vibes as the shades inside which is great.

As with every Urban Decay palette you really are paying for the quality of the shadows, they blend really easily, have a ton of pigment just from one swipe and they last a long time.

My favourite shade to use in my crease is Low Blow as this is the perfect warm brown along with Scorched on my lid to add a pop of shimmer.

Even though this palette contains very autumnal shades, I will 100% be wearing the shades all year round as I can’t get enough of the fiery red tones. I also own Naked 2 and Naked 3, but Heat has to be my favourite one quite simply because of the warm tones and how versatile it is when it comes to creating many different looks

Urban Decay is definitely one of my favourite eye shadow brands, for £39.50 they are on the more expensive side, but I truly do believe you are investing in a quality product which is going to last you a long time. The best time to buy these palettes is when Debenhams has 15/20% off which can save you around £5!

What do you think of the Naked Heat palette? Are you still lusting after it?

Victoria xx

Bourjois Influenster Box

Beauty

When this little box turned up on my doorstep I was rather excited, this is the second box I have revived free from Influenster. Influenster is a website (app) where you can review your favourite products and you can get picked to review brands by receiving the products free. This box contains some rather lovely Bourjois goodies which all look amazing!

When I opened the box I really did not expect to see this many products! I have only ever tried on concealer from Bourjois and that was it, now I have had a full chance to try loads! The box contained a foundation, concealer, blusher, mascara and 3 metallic lip creams.

The foundation has been on my list to try for quite a while, but I’m always hesitant about trying new foundations because I need them to last and hold up throughout the day. I was so presently surprised after trying this one out!

It has really good coverage and blends lovely, it doesn’t even look like you have foundation on which I really like. The bottle says it lasts for 16 hours, but I have only tried it for about 10 hours and I’m pretty impressed with it. I have been wearing it every day for work since receiving it instead of my trusty Mac foundation and don’t plan on switching back any time soon.

They also sent the matching concealer which once again I am really impressed with. I already own the Radiance Reveal concealer and love that, this one lives up to the same high standards!

This mascara is my go to right now, it’s the only one I’ve been using for about 3 weeks! It gives so much volume and length and makes your lashes look like supermodels!

The eye shadow palette is really pretty and I love concept of only have a few shades but I tend to stay away from cool tones, that being said I have worn this once so far and I didn’t totally hate it on me. With a little bit of a warm toned brown added I can make it work for me!

The metallic lip creams are less up my street, I would have much preferred the lipsticks instead because I just won’t get the wear out of these. I may wear the pink one over Christmas but dont hold me to it!

The product itself is really soft and they glide on really easy making for great application.

Have you tried anything from Bourjois?

Victoria xx

What’s in my make up bag | week 1

Beauty

Starting this week I have decided to do a blogpost dedicated to my make up that I’ve worn the week before hand and share my thoughts on the products.

Base

My go to primer for many weeks has been from The Ordinary. I love The Ordinary products so I was intrigued to see how this Primer works compared to my other go to’s. As you can see I am nearly at the end of this tube, but have no fear, I have two more back ups! I love the way this Primer feels, it really reminds me of the Benefit Porefessional but way cheaper! 

I have not switched up my foundation in ages, and to be honest I don’t really want to! I’ve found a good primer and foundation and they work well for me, so why change? I use the shade NC15 in Mac Studio Fix Fluid during the winter months when I’m not tanned and it’s the perfect match! 

As for under eye concealer my go to the past week has been Rimmel Wake Me Up. This is really hydrating and brightening and I need waking up as we still have another week to go until October half term! 

Cream Contour has been my go to favourite thing to do, I just love adding extra colour and shoe back into my face. My go to the past week has been from Seventeen, you can see it’s well loved (I have a back up, don’t worry!). 

Powders

I always set my face using Rimmel Stay Matte but I never include that in my routines as it’s not very interesting. For my bronzer and blush I have been using the Steven Klein Palette from Nars. The bronzer is in the shade Laguna and the blush is in the shade Dolce Vita. These are really warm shades and perfect for fall. And for highlight I’ve been using Champagne Sorbet by Tanya Burr Cosmetics as it gives a really natural golden glow. 

Eyes & Brows

For mascara I have been using the one and only Loreal Paradise Exatic Mascara which is the best mascara I own! It is so easy to use and build up volume and length without going clumpy! 

And finally for my brows I really love using powders as I find them much easier to work with and they create a more natural look. My chosen one for last week was from the ELF Brow kit in the shade medium. I then set my brows with Loreal Brow Plumper, I’ve used a few brows over the past few weeks but this is the only one which actually keeps my brows groomed!

Come back next week for the second part of what’s I my make up bag! 

Victoria xx  

Autumnal eye shadow picks 

Beauty

Today is all the perfect autumnal eye shadows, a couple of these were new purchases this autumn but the majority are old ones. So here are my go to shades/palettes for the autumn months.

First up I have chosen four individual eye shadows, the two smaller ones are from Colourpop. These are in the shades LALA and Game Face, these two of my favourite all time shadows and tend to be my go to for traveling as their really small and easy to pack. 

The next two are from MUA Cosmetics in the shades Copper and Bronze, these are the cheapest eye shadows I own but they are still really good quality so you can even tell! 

The MUA Cosmetics Rusted Wonders palette is the perfect shimmer palette for autumn. The red has been my most worn shade so far, but these are all so pigmented and really easy to blend! Considering this was £3.50 I don’t think you can go wrong with it! 

The beautiful MAC Burgundy X 9 palette which is a couple of years old now, I havnt really got much wear out of this as it is very seasonal. That being said I will put it in my make up bag so I can remind myself to use it more! 

The top two are the Colourpop shadows (top Game Face bottom LALA). These two are my most worn pretty much all year but they are perfect for autumn, they are really long wearing I find it’s best to apply them with my finger so I get the most out the colour. 

The bottom two are by MUA Cosmetics (top bronze bottom copper). Out of these two I think I will be wearing Copper the most as it is as really rich warm coppery shade and incredibly pigmented considering how cheap these were!

The top four are from the MAC palette and the bottom four are from the MUA Cosmetics palette. Considering the huge difference in price I would say the quality of the shadows is near enough the same, although I think I will get more wear out of the MUA palette as they are perfect lid shades! 

What are your favourite shadows for autumn? 

Victoria xx 

What’s in my travel make up bag | 1 night in Geneva 

Beauty

In October half term I am heading to Geneva for 1 night to see the sites and explore, so I thought I would share with you what I’m planning on packing in my make up bag. 

For my base I am taking Benefit Porefessional Primer as I know this works amazingly well with the Mac Studio Fix foundation. These two together are really long lasting and still look exactly the same at the end of the day. Concealer wise I am taking the Bourjois Radiance Reveal because this gives great coverage and is also really brightening. Then too add some definition to my face I will be using the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Contour Stick in the shade dark as this gives a really natural contoured look. 

To bronze my face I will be using Hoola by Benefit follows by a Nip + Fab blush and the shade Champagne Sorbet from Tanya Burr Cosmetics to highlight. 

My absolute go to mascara at the minute is Loreal Paradise Exactic, it’s so quick and easy to use and build up volume and length that it makes it perfect to use when your short on time. For my eye shadow I wanted to create a really autumnal look so I’ve picked out an eye shadow from MUA Cosmetics in the shade Copper, this is a really pigmented copper shade and I will be using this over my lid. In my crease I will using the shade Soft Truffle from Tanya Burr Cosmetics palette Birthday Suit to build up the intensity. 

And finally for my brows I have chosen the brow kit from ElF, I have really been loving using powders so this one is perfect. And then to set my brows I will be using Loreal Brow Sculpt. 


And ofcourse no makeup bag is complete without lipstick, or many lipsticks! I may only be going away 2 days but I do like to have options! To keep my lips soft and hydrated I’m taking the Tanya Burr Cosmetics lip balm in Blackberry Coulis. As this has a tint aswell it’s really easy to just add on the go and not worry about the application. I then have packed two Mac lipsticks, the first shade is Amourous and the second is Russian Red. And the beautiful deep berry lipstick from Nars is in the shade Charlotte, this is the lipstick I plan on wearing the most! And then when I don’t want a dark or bright lip I have packed Tanya Burr Cosmetics Martha Moo liquid lipstick which is a nudey pink shade and is really long lansting. 

Fall Makeup Routine 

Beauty

Today’s post is all about my fall makeup routine that I have been doing for the past couple of weeks. 

My fall makeup routine starts off with my favourite primer from The Ordinary, I just love the way this feels on my skin and how long it makes my make up last! For my foundation I have gone a shade lighter so I’m now in the shade NC15 which is a perfect match. I then conceal under my eyes using the Rimmel Wale Me Up Concealer. This is brightening and so it’s perfect for those dull autumn days. And then to add a bit of colour into my face and some shape I use the cream bronzer from Seventeen. I use this on my forehead and on my cheeks. 

On my cheeks I have been using Nars Laguna Bronzer which adds the slightest bit of shimmer to brighten your face up followed by the blush Dolce Vita which is a deeper toned blush perfect for autumn days. Finally on my cheeks I have been using a dusting of the Peonies Please from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. This is super pigmented and so you only need one swipe along your cheek bones. 

On my eye lashes I have been using Loreal Lash Superstar which is a double ended Mascara so you can build up loads of volume and length. 

As for the eyes, I wanted something really autumnal and bold so I picked the red shimmer shade from the MUA Cosmetics palette. It’s really pigmented, long lasting and looks great on! I then used a Colour Pop shadow in the shade Cornelius in the outer corner to blend it all together. 

And for my brows I have been loving using the powder from the Elf Brow kit, it’s the perfect shade for me (medium) and it’s really easy to work with to create natural look brows. Then of course I set using Loreal Brow Plumper. 

Finally, lips! To add a little bit of colour I like to use the Blackberry Coulis lip balm from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. And then to add even more colour the shade Amourous by Mac is a great shade for autumn! 

What’s your go to make up for autumn? 

Victoria 

What’s in the box? Look Fantastic Indulge Me Box 

Beauty

A new Look Fantastic Beauty Box arrived this week and this weeks theme of indulgence couldn’t be any more perfect for me! 

This months box is super sleek and beautiful with the hint of rose gold edges making it perfect for everyone that is obsessed with rose gold. I always find beauty boxes a little hot or miss, you can never really love everything they put in them, can you? Well, this month I think is pretty near perfect for me as it’s pamper products.

Box Contents

  • Bean Body Body Scrub
  • Model Co Concealer
  • Monu Skin Toning Facial Oil 
  • Skimono Hand Mask
  • Ciate Mascara 
  • Lancer Face Polish 

Highlights 

I am really intrigued to try out the coffee scrub from Bean Body, however I feel like it’s a bit of a waste using it in winter when I don’t really have any skin out. But we will see, maybe on a pamper night it will be a staple for me. 

The Lancer Face Polish will be coming with me on my next trip as it is the perfect size for hang luggage so I’m sure we’ll be seeing a bit of that soon! 

Also, the Monu Skin toning facial oil will be coming on my next trip as it’s the smallest oil I have so it will be great for squeezing in my little plastic bag for he air plane! 

Did you get a #lfbeautybox as well? What did you think to the products inside? 

Victoria xx 

Goals for October 

Beauty


October is in full swing now and I have decided to do my first ever monthly goals post and set myself some goals to achieve for the next 31 days! To be honest I don’t really have a clue what my goals should be, but here goes…

  • Publish a blog post daily for the whole month of October
  • Plan & create blogposts for November and sort out a publishing schedule for the rest of the year
  • Think of ideas for December blog posts
  • Aim to go on one walk a week 
  • Walk to work atleast 3 times a week 
  • Reach 4000 followers on Instagram by the end of the month

And that is it, I’m mainly focusing around my blog this month as I really need to motivate myself to post more and ofcourse walking is healthy!

What are your goals for the month? 

Victoria xx

Top 10 under £10

Beauty

NYC Bronzer Sunny 

This was probably one of the first bronzers I ever bought, this is the most perfect bronzing shade its quite a light warm shade which makes it perfect for us pale girls out here.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Contour Stick 

This is a new staple to my collection, I ummed and ahhed about buying it because I’m not a big contour person, but I actually use it as a cream bronzer. The shade I chose was dark/medium because I like my bronzer to be seen. That being said I think the light shade would be too light for me!

Maybelline Colossal Mascara 

The colossal mascara is my newest mascara purchase and I’m obsessed! It creates really black long defined lashes.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer 

If you have not tried this concealer out, then where have you been. I bought this on a whim after seeing Zoella rave about it and boy, is it good! I use this to cover any spots on my face, I use this under my foundation to get extra coverage and it works amazingly!

MUA Burning Embers Eye Shadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette from MUA is a staple for me, it has every colour you could need and  they are really good quality shadows considering the palette was only £8.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation 

This foundation is my dupe for MAC Studio Fix Fluid, I wear this when I am not wearing my make up for long but I still want a flawless matte look. It has a really nice consistency which is mousse like and blends really easy so it doesn’t look cakey.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder 

I think everyone has tried this powder at some point in their life, for me it has been my go to setting powder since I was 15. It just works wonders at keeping your face matte and in place throughout the day!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lipstick Wild Safari 

Tanya Burr Cosmetics has become my favourite drugstore brand over the summer, everything that she releases is just flawless! The lipstick that i was obsessed with the past few months is in the shade Wild Safari, it is a bright orange red matte lipstick in beautiful YSL inspired packaging.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Highlighter Warm Bronze 

I bought this highlighter and when it arrived I thought it was too dark, however while I was on holiday I wore it so much. I didn’t stop wearing it when i got home, it just adds a beautiful bronze glow to your face and doesn’t look to over powering.

Nivea Post Shave Balm 

And finally, the biggest discovery for me to date, the Nivea Post Shave balm as a primer. I was pretty late on the bandwagon, i was really sceptical about how could this be better than the ones i had already. But it was, it works so well at making your foundation last, it doesn’t go patchy throughout the day like some primers do.

What are your favourite make up products under £10, let me know in the comments.

Victoria xx

New in: Beauty / Superdrug Haul

Beauty

Superdrug is my go to website for buying all my make up, it’s even better when it’s 3 for 2 making everything you bought justifiable, right? With the summer quickly drawing to the end I was decided I would pick up some every autumnal inspired bits, and now I’m so ready for autumn!

I finally got around to buying one of the new Tanya Burr Cosmetics lip balms, I opted for the shade Blackberry Coulis simply because it screamed autumn! Plus this smells amazing too! 

I thought I would try this little conceal and correct palette from the Insta Rimmel Range as I loved the look of it and heard so many good things out it. The Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer is my go to so I’m hoping these will be just as good. 

I then picked up some autumnal eye shadows, 2 were individual shades from MUA in the shades copper and bronze and I also bought the Rusted Wonders palette from MUA as it looks so beautiful. 


I picked up two Miss Sport nail polishes in the shades I have no idea because there are no shades actually on them! The pink one is a dusty rose, and the other one is a blue toned grey. I then also picked up a Barry M Molten Metal in the shade Copper Mine, this one is my favourite and I think this will totally be perfect for autumn and winter! 

I then picked up the brand new liquid highlighter from Makeup Revolution in the shade Luminous Gold. 

And finally the most talked about mascara of the summer, Paradise Exactic from Loreal! 

So there you have it, a few more bits added to my collection! 

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these or if their on your wish list.

Victoria xx 

Make Up I’m Currently Loving

Beauty

Today is all about the make up I have been loving recently! 

For primer I have been obsessively using the Nivea Postshave Balm whilst I am at home (as it’s so heavy it’s not great for travelling). I really love how this is a skincare product but double acts as a primer, on an everyday basis this is the only primer which actually keeps my make up in tip top condition. On top of the primer one of my favourite foundations is MAC Studio Fix Fluid, when I first bought this I didn’t think the shade was for me, but now it’s summer it’s the perfect shade. I love how full coverage this is yet it doesn’t get cakey. But as it’s the summer I have been tanning and my little saviour has been The Body Shop foundation drops which make your foundation darker. These have been great, because it has meant I don’t need my favourite foundation in a variety of shades. Next is my favourite cream bronzer, as you can see this one from Seventeen is well loved as I have used it daily for the past couple of months! This creates a really nice natural sunkissed effect when I apply it to my forehead. On the days where I have been having skin nightmares, the Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer comes into play. This is a really thick creamy Concealer that I apple before my foundation so I can maximise the results!

On my cheeks I have been loving using Benefit Galifornia as it’s the perfect coral pink for the summer and looks really natural (plus it smells amazing!). For my bronzer I have been using Soap & Glory Solar Power as this is a cool toned bronzer which isn’t too over powering and looks really natural. And lastly on my cheeks my go to highlighter at the moment, the shade Warm Bronze from Tanya Burr Cosmetics! This is the perfect bronze shimmer for when you want that sunkissed tanned look! 

For mascara I have been loving two and these are my most recent purchases, the double ended Loreal Superstar creates really thick defined black lashes and the Maybelline Collossal creates lots of volume. I do sometimes wear these two together as the Maybelline one can thin out any clumps of the Loreal one. I recently became obsessed with the Tanya Burr Contour Stick in the shade medium/dark, this is now my back up for when I run out of the Seventeen Bronzer as it creates the same effect. For highlighters I have been loving two mini samples from Benefit, I have been wearing them near enough daily for the past two months. Benefit High Beam and Watts Up. High beam is definelty a lot more pigmented and intense and really adds a little sometimhing extra to your make up. For concealer under my eyes I have been using the Bourjois Radiance Reveal, this is super hydrating and brightening and looks ever better when you have a tan! And my second favourite primer is Benefit Porefessional, this is my go to when I’m travelling as it’s a lot smaller and easier to pack. This also works really well the Studio Fix foundation from MAC. And last but not least, YSL Rouge Couture 201 lipstick, this shade just screams summer to me! It’s a beautiful red Matte perfect for long summer nights and days out in the sun! 

So there you have it, my favourite makeup at the moment! What are you favourites for the summer? 

Victoria xx