This Or That tag?

Here we are again, with another post no one tagged me in! I just wanted to do it, soooo here we are! This tag looks really fun and a bit different, so I thought it would be fun to share my answers with you. If you feel like doing this tag, go ahead, and let me know so I can read it!

Beauty

Blush or Bronzer?
I would have to go with bronzer! I don’t wear blush very often as not many colours suit my pale skin tone, but I love to contour!

Lipgloss or Lipstick?
Definitely lipsticks!

Eyeliner or Mascara?
Would have to be mascara, I think it makes the biggest difference!

Foundation or Concealer?
I’m a foundation junkie, I love trying them out!

Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow?
I think I’d honestly have to say colour, as burgundy/reds are my favourite.

Pressed or loose eyeshadow?
I would say pressed, but I love loose pigments when I’m making an effort!

Nails

OPI or China Glaze?
China Glaze!

Long or Short Nails?
I like mine long, when they actually grow!

Acrylic or Natural?
I would love to try acrylic nails, but I think natural is a lot easier.

Bright or Dark?
Dark red is my favourite nail colour.

Flower or no flower?
Depends, but I think simple nail art is cute!

Body

Perfume or Body Spray?
I love a luxurious perfume!

Lotion or Body Butter?
Lotion, as body butter is just too thick usually.

Body Wash or Soap?
Body wash for me, soap for my makeup brushes!

LUSH or Other bath companies?
I love all bath products, but Lush is probably my favourite!

Fashion

Jeans or Sweat Pants?
Definitely jeans, I wear them all the time.

Long or short sleeves?
I like both, but I probably wear short sleeves more.

Dresses or skirts?
Hmmm, I like both, skirts probably!

Stripes or Plaid?
Striped tops and skirts, and plaid shirts!

Flip Flops or Sandals?
Flip Flops

Scarves or hats?
Hmm, I like both!

Studs or dangly earrings?
DEFINITELY dangly!

Necklaces or Bracelets?
Necklaces for sure, I love them!

Jackets or Hoodies?
Probably jackets, but I do love a big cosy hoodie!

Hair

Curly or Straight?
I love to curl my hair, when I have the time!

Bun or ponytail?
Neither!

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips?
Probably bobby pins but I rarely use them!

Hair Spray or Hair Gel?
Hair spray for sure!

Long or Short hair?
Long, I haven’t had short hair since I was a child!

Light or dark?
Light probably, or bright!

Side sweep or Full on bangs (fringe)?
Side sweep, not big on fringes.

Up or Down?
Down!

Random

Rain or Shine?
I kind of like a sunny day but not too warm!

Summer or Winter?
I used to hate summer but I love it now!

Autumn or Spring?
AUTUMN!

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla, my favourite!

Thanks for reading!

Back from my break!

Dear my lovely followers,

It has been a really long time since I posted on here, and I have definitely missed WordPress. I would love to get back into blogging, and I now have a YouTube channel. Most of my content will now be video based but I would love if I could come on here to post swatches etc, and have chats with all of you. If you have any requested posts please let me know!

Also, today is the day of the Manchester attacks. My heart goes out to anyone involved, please stay safe.

Thank You for reading, and if you have an idea of how to re-kick-start my blog let me know down below.

YouTube Channel

Insta: @madithemermaid

 

Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you so much to Cleia Beauty for nominating me! I love posts like this, and I think they’re a lot of fun. I’ve never heard of this one, and it’s definitely unique. If you have time, check out my NEW YouTube channel! You can have a look HERE

Also, you can see some recent posts here: My Anniversary Trip to Paris!/January Birchbox 2017/Product Empties NO.4

awardHow my blog started:

This blog was started in January 2016, after being told by my friends and family to start one! Initially, I used Blogspot, but I found I didn’t engage with much of a community. After starting on WordPress, I’ve spoken to so many great bloggers and readers. I started with lots of mini reviews, and started makeup tutorials later. I would like to do more mini reviews soon, as they are fun to read and write.

Advice #1

Find something you love, something you’re passionate about. Focus on that and you’ll never be bored. You can express your passion in many different ways, and there will always be people who will love to read about it.

Advice #2

Engage with the community, and leave comments! One of the best things about social media is meeting and interacting with others who share your passion. Utilise Instagram, YouTube, whatever you like. Have fun chatting and collaborating on new ideas!

So here are my nominees! I don’t have 15 as quite a few people I know have already done this. If I missed you out, do it anyway and tag me in the post!

Positivity And Beauty
The Fashion Huntress
Amythest Rose Beauty

Shopaholic Blogs
Blush Stops Here
Her Shimmering Pages

A Beautiful Thing
Mrs Strawberry Blonde
Alifya Lifestyle

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My Anniversary Trip to Paris!

On the 13th of January, I took an amazing trip to Paris with my boyfriend for our 3 year anniversary. It was an amazing trip and I would love to share some photos and details with you! It was a great trip, and this year I’m so lucky to be travelling more. I usually don’t get to have even one holiday a year, but this year I’m having two. This one, and then Cuba in the summer. I’ve definitely developed a taste for travelling after my cruise last year! If you have time please check out my YouTube channel! 

We stayed at a Best Western hotel that was super close to metro stops and the shops! Even though the Sephora nearby seemed to have next to nothing I wanted in it! Our room had a balcony with a view down the street, and despite the rainy weather that weekend, it was nice to open the doors for some fresh air.I loved our room, it was so peaceful considering the busy streets we had to navigate. It was definitely great to relax there!

We didn’t have time to much on the Friday, but we explored our area a bit! On the Saturday we visited the Louvre, The Notre Dame and The Eiffel Tower. I love art, and I really enjoyed seeing the Mona Lisa IN PERSON! Truly AMAZING! The decorated ceilings were so beautiful, and I also saw The Last Supper. Which is like, taller than my house in person!

 

We travelled further in via the metro, and stopped in a cute little cafe on a street corner. Had the French version of a cheese toastie and chips! Then, we went to the Notre Dame which was stunning. The garden area was beautiful, and the architecture? Just wow. This was when the weather was a bit better! I loved this, just wish we had more time.

By the time we got to the Eiffel Tower it was rather cold and drizzling. This sucked, but the view was incredible.I wish I’d been able to take some better photos, but it was so overcast.It was freezing when we got up there, so we didn’t stay ages! I still enjoyed it, and it was amazing to be up there.

Overall, this was an amazing trip. Once in a lifetime because of all the experiences I had, and the great company! Thank you so much to my boyfriend Chris ❤

I hope you enjoyed this post!

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January Birchbox 2017

Hey everyone, here is a quick post on last month’s Birchbox. This is super late, so it’s going to be a very quick overview. The new one is already here, I completely forgot to talk about last month’s. I hope you enjoyed this box, I think it was great. The Feburary one is just SLIGHTLY better, and I’ll be sharing that with you soon. If you get a chance please subscribe to my YouTube or check out my videos HERE!

I was happy to receive a new hair product, and John Freida makes some great ones.I doubt I’ll get much use out of the Lord and Berry concealer, as I’m not a fan of this style. The NUXE oil reminds me of the Tom Ford one, I’ll probably save this for my holiday.

PRODUCTS:
MERCI Hand Cream: £4.90
Lord & Berry Concealer Stick: £12.00
John Freida Deep Conditioner: £6.99
Monu Reviving Mist: £19.95
NUXE Multi-Use Shimmer Oil: £34.00

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Product Empties NO.4

Hey everyone! Long time no post right? I’m back with an empties post, and I would like to remind you to check out my YouTube! (madithemermaid) Hopefully, I will have something new on there very soon. I hope you’re all having a great year so far, and if you have any tips on how I can get back into blogging please let me know. As the summer comes around I should have more free time! This is a hugeeeeee post, so enjoy!

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Starting from the top, and going left to right!

Nivea Face Cream:  Pretty good, great in the winter! 8/10
Lush Charity Pot: Had this a few times, a favourite! 8/10
Body Shop Coconut body butter: Took this on holiday, and quite enjoyed using it. 7/10
Caudalie Serum: Love it but quite expensive in the full size. May buy again! 9/10
Benefit Moisturiser: Like it, but ran out very quickly, not the best packaging. 7/10
Elemis Hydra Boost Day Cream: Pretty good, but expensive. Probably wouldn’t buy again 8/10
Vasanti Exfoliator: Really loved this one, expensive but may buy! 9/10
Vichy Skin Sleep: Nice to use, would buy again. 8/10
Vichy Night Cream: Nice night cream, would use again. 8/10
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: Okay, not sure how I felt about it. 6/10
Polaar Nuit Cream: Amazing product, I loved it! 10/10
Lush Breath of Fresh Air toner: I love this one, great for dry skin. Already repurchased 10/10

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Batiste Dry Shampoo: Great, the best dry shampoo ever! 10/10
Peter Thomas Roth shower gel: Smells amazing, I need to try more of these products! 9/10
Soap and Glory shower foam: THE BEST scent ever, so lovely! Ran out too quick! 10/10
MAC Select Moisture cover concealer: Hydrating, and great coverage. Good for summer, would repurchase in a few months. 9/10
MAC Satin lipstick in shade Faux: A lovely colour, great for everyday! 9/10
Urban Decay Perversion mascara: Great for length, can smudge a bit. Probably wouldn’t buy again. 7/10
Random eyeliner?: No idea where this is from? All dried up now haha! 6/10
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat: Amazing concealer, has lasted me years! Would definitely repurchase! 10/10
Stila Eyeliner in Stingray: Quite good, I already have another one of these! 7.5/10

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Xmas Haul Part One: Beauty!

This post will feature the makeup and beauty items I received for Christmas! I’m thinking I’ll do a part two on bodycare/shower items, as I have quite a few to share. These products were mostly things I asked for, with a few surprises! Thank you so much to my family for always spoiling me! Christmas was great for me, despite working quite a lot. I’m glad I got to spend time with my family and try and relax a bit before my second semester of University starts. Anyway, here we go!

The biggest item I received was the Kat Von D Metal Matte eyeshadow palette! What a beautiful product this is, such a stunning range of colours! This is a perfect all in one palette with some gorgeous unique colours. I’ve never used Kat Von D shadows, and I still haven’t even swatched this palette. I’m thinking of doing a first impressions post, maybe with a video?

Just above the Metal Matte is my little Z palette with 3 Makeup Geek shadows. I wanted a smaller Z Palette than the one I have from My Kit Co for travel purposes! The colours are Chickadee, Mango Tango and one from their fall line, Sidekick!

Here are the shadows close up! The swatches show finger swipes and brush swipes, I’ll be doing a full review soon. These shadows are gorgeous. I do find they are pressed quite hard in the pan, and I think the mattes are better. I will get a few more of these and do a full, in depth review.

Next onto lip items! I got the coveted Lolita from Kat von D, and the Studded Kiss Lipstick in Mercy also. Then I also received the Jouer Lip Creme in Terra (I asked for this because of NikkieTutorials haha!) and the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in Leo. Leo is my star sign so how could I say no?

Lastly, I received this nude makeup kit! It contains a brow gel which I’m super excited to try. It also has a gorgeous neutral nail polish colour! I also got some more of The Creme Shop’s face masks, these are the zebra ones, so cute!

I hope you enjoyed this haul post, more will be coming soon! Let me know what you got for Christmas, and what you think of the above products if you have them. Much love x

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New Years Eve Makeup Look/Tutorial

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I love you all! Today I have a mini tutorial on the makeup look I wore last night to a New Year’s Eve party! This look is very much a classic for me, and I’m using some of my all time favourite products. This is a warm toned look, but you could always switch up the crease or lip colour. I will also be doing an Xmas haul post soon, as I got some really interesting new products!

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  1. Fill in your brows normally, or try something new! Apply 2 primers. One to reduce pores and another to add glow, I use Collection 2000 Pore Minimising and Pur Cosmetics.
  2. Next apply a perfecting foundation, I went for the Dior Airflash, which has got to be my all time favourite!
  3. Cream contour and highlight, I used the Sleek contour kit!
  4. Prime the eyes with MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, or a shade that matches your skin tone.
  5. Using the Modern Renaissance palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, use Tempera all over the brow and crease area. Use Burnt Orange and Warm Sienna in the crease, or a colour slightly darker than your skin tone. Then add the shade Love Letter on top and softly blend.
  6. Using BarryM Dazzle Dust in Gold Iridescent, pack this on the lid with a flat brush. Add some to the inner corners.
  7. Using your favourite liquid liner (I used Kat Von D Tattoo Liner) apply a wing if desired! Add mascara, I used Benefit Roller Lash!
  8. Apply highlight to the cheekbones, I used the Mary-Loumanizer!
  9. Apply a neutral lip, this is Jouer’s lipstick in Terra! I love it so much!
  10. Setting spray, and you’re done!

 

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