Beauty Guide: Step Up Your Look

Are you looking to try some new products and up your makeup skills? Want to experiment with new styles but don’t know where to start? Would you like to be more creative?

If so, I have the answers! These products are great for stepping up your makeup skills, as they allow you to be more creative. There is a mix of more affordable products, as well as higher end items. Just try a few at once and see what works for you! Also, you can try similar versions of the products if you can’t find the exact same ones.

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To start, try a slightly more upscale moisturiser. This is because using heavier or new makeup can affect the skin so invest in a moisturiser that works for you. I use the Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme and the Lancome Hydra Zen.

Next is the L.A Girl Pro Conceal. This is an amazing concealer and eye base, and can really give you a flawless look. It’s also more hydrating than other concealers which will keep your makeup looking fresh!

Now onto some NYX products. The Glitter Glue is a must have to make shimmers intense and to keep them in place all day. The White Liner is perfect for artistic looks, you can create amazing highlights and details with this. You can also try the Vivid Brights for an intense look!

Also pictured is the Juvias Place Masquerade Palette. This one is perfect because you can create a huge range of eye looks. You can do a perfect brown smokey eye or an intense colourful look!

I would also recommend investing in a foundation that works well for your skin. I use the Smashbox Studio Skin which creates a flawless base.

Lastly, I would recommend a blinding highlighter! This one by Wet n Wild in the shade Blossom Glow is affordable and so beautiful!

You can find most of these products HERE

I hope you enjoyed this post!

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November Favourites 2018

I’m back with my first favourites post in ages! I haven’t done one of these in such a long time, as I was quite consistent with my YouTube Monthly Favourites instead. But as I have been too busy for YouTube recently, I decided to try and post about my favourite products here.

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So first up I want to talk about the Obsession x Belle Jorden palette. This is only £10 and it is AMAZING! I don’t know much about Belle Jorden but she did an amazing job with the colour combinations in this palette. They also blend perfectly!

Next is the Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme moisturiser. A friend gave me this to try out and I love it. It plumps and hydrates my dry skin and has helped with my winter problem skin.

The Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base is great for use under makeup. I find this works better for me in winter as opposed to summer. It smooths the skin creating a great base for foundation.

The lipstick I’ve been loving is the Collection lip cream in Caramel! This is only £2.99 and so similar to the NYX version. It’s very forgiving and doesn’t dry lips out whilst still being pretty long wearing.

Next is the Maybelline Lash Sensational! Not too much to say on this one, but people have been asking if I’m wearing false lashes!! So definitely a great mascara.

Lastly is the Smashbox Pearl highlighter palette. This is perfect year round due to the 3 flattering colours. I’ve been using the lightest one for winter!

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Empties #6

Sooo I have another product empties today! I also have loads more to come so I’m going to split them up into multiple posts. These are all items I’ve collected recently after a few clear outs of my makeup and skincare. I will rate each item out of 10 and mention if I would buy the item again, or if I have already.

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Freedom Brow Pomade in Medium Brown: I love this but sadly Freedom has been discontinued! 8/10
Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define in C1: Love this, already have a new one! 9/10
Tarte Lip Paint in Rose: Liked this but a bit drying! 7/10
Benefit Roller Lash: One of my favourites! I love this mascara, I already have a new one. 9/10
MAC Soft Ochre: I love this, and want to try it again. 8/10
Lancome Plume Liner: My favourite liner! I love it 9/10

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Laura Geller Powder in Porcelain: I like this a lot, but sadly broke it! I would like to try it again. 8/10
Urban Decay Primer in Eden: I didn’t get on with this very well, it was just too thick for my preference. It did improve longevity, however. 5/10
Topshop Gel Liner: They don’t even make this anymore! It was ok. 6/10
Collection Lasting Perfection Powder in Fair: I like this a lot! Very affordable but not the most durable packaging. 8/10
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair: Love it, I have loads of these. 8/10
Soph x Revolution lipstick in Cake: I LOVE this so much. I have a new one already as this one melted. 9/10
Bare Minerals Powder Veil: Liked this, not sure if they still make it. 8/10
MAC Fix+: I love this, need a new one. Holds makeup in place all day. 10/10

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OOTD: Pumpkin Picking

Hey! Today I have an outfit post to share with you. I’m wearing some of my favourite clothing items here and they’re great for autumn weather. I will be linking any available items for you so feel free to check them out if you’re interested. No affiliate links I just love these items!

This was soooooo fun! I had a great time pumpkin picking at a local farm and on such a lovely day! I’m wearing a big fluffy faux fur jacket, in a classic black colour. This is perfect for days like this and I was actually super cosy! I’m also wearing a grey henley style longsleeve top and black jeans. Below are some details.

I’m also wearing this cute Ouija necklace from Wish and some basic Puma trainers. I’m also wearing the Soph x Makeup Revolution lipstick in Cake! (I love this one for autumn it’s PERFECT!)

Jacket: DollsKill x Honey Punch (SOLD OUT) Similar at Zara.
Top: Brandy Melville 
Jeans: Hollister Super Skinny
Necklace: Wish
Shoes: Puma

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September Makeup Haul (06/10/2018)

So I have some new products to share with you today! I picked these up over the weekend after I went to a vintage fair. I didn’t buy ANYTHING at the fair which was a shame so I decided to get some makeup instead. Some of these are favourites and some are new! I will also be giving a brief review of these products.

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So I have 2 NYX products here, as in the Boots in town they finally stock their products! I purchased the Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown. Last time I used this I used the shade Taupe but it was a bit too light and I used it up quite quickly because of this. Hopefully this colour is better! I also purchased the Suede lip Pencil in Los Angeles. This is a great colour but the Pencil is very soft and broke the first time I used it annoyingly so go careful. I also bought the Lancôme Teint Idole in 005 which came with two free gifts! A primer and a brush, and I actually like them both! The foundation is one of my favourites ever, it’s so lovely and lasts ages. Lastly I bought the Benefot Bad Gal Bang Mascara which is a new favourite of mine. It creates amazing volume and length! I hope you enjoyed this haul!

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Empties #5

I’m back with a HUGE empties post! These are some products I’ve used up over the past 6 months or so, and I have even more empties to go through still. But let’s get started with the ones I have here. I will rate each item out of 10 and mention if I would buy the item again, or if I have already. I love these posts as they are an easy and simple way to read and write reviews! Here goes:

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From top to bottom/left to right:
Lush Breath of Fresh Air toner: My second one, think I need to try again now my skin has calmed down. 8/10
Urban Decay All Nighter: Not sure how much this worked, felt like it helped but not LOADS at keeping makeup on. May try again. 8/10
The Body Shop Frosted Berries shower gel: AMAZING scent, so beautiful. Limited edition but I have two of this type thankfully. 10/10
Tony Moly Banana Hand Cream: I love this, the scent is great and I love the texture. I used to use this on my forehead and it helped a lot with dryness. 9/10
Tarte Rainforest Mist: Love this product, so fresh and smells amazing. Definitely helps makeup last. 9/10
Nicki Minaj perfume: Love this product, so reasonable and a lovely coconut/sex on the beach scent. 9/10
M&S Pure Daily Cream: Very nice and thick, did enjoy but not sure if I would buy again! 8/10
MAC Prep and Prime Skin Enhancer: Not sure if this still exists! I haven’t bought from MAC in a long time to be honest. 7/10
Balance Me Instant Lift Primer: I liked this, worked well with my skin. Maybe I would buy if not too expensive. 8/10

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Laura Geller Glam Lash: This was a really beautiful mascara and it created amazing volume, I’d love to try it again! 9/10
No7 Brown Mascara: Nice for natural days, lightweight and pretty. Don’t need a new one currently! 7/10
Tarte Lash Paint mascara: A really nice one, great for length! 9/10
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes: Amazing volume, and I love the packaging as it’s so unique. 9/10
NARS Radiant Concealer shade Chantilly: A beautiful concealer, I’d love to try it again. Very smoothing. 8/10
Laura Mercier primer: Quite nice but pricey. 7/10
Collection Cool Rose primer: Good for the low price, and great for dark circles and blue tones in the skin. 7/10
Lancome Teinte Idole: Tried 2 shades and bought the full size! Amazing product, 9/10.

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Hiatus

Hello! Long time no post. I have honestly had a very strange year. I’ve had a death in my family, a breakdown of many friendships,  and a lot of arguments. I’ve also gained skill with makeup, started working for a small business, become freelance, gained photography experience and much more. I have changed more this year than I have in the past 3 years combined. So much has happened, good and bad and I really want to do the things I enjoy. I used to LOVE writing my blog, I would write it every spare second of the day. I have started reading more recently, and I also want to start writing more. I want to create as much content as possible. I hope you are excited for new things to come! Please follow my Instagram and like my Facebook page for more!’

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NEW Affordable Mermaid Brushes!

Here’s a little update to let you know about something cool I found in my local Home Bargains! This is a UK shop with a rotation of products at affordable prices. C1A74C84-1F11-4E13-8CBE-7E11ED778A40The small brush was £1 and the bigger one was £1.50 I believe! They are actually really heavy and nicely designed, as well as being a soft synthetic bristle style. They’re really interesting because I love cheap brushes so much, expensive ones don’t seem worth it to me most of the time! These are great and I would definitely say they’re worth it!

Madi x

My Palette Collection!

Hey everyone! So today I wanted to do a chatty post about makeup collections. I recently went through and counted and sorted my palettes, with plans to declutter soon. I’ve been itching to do more declutter videos of both makeup and clothing on my channel, and I have a denim declutter coming soon! I counted and I have 42 palettes!! I never thought I had so many.

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Thanks for reading!

Madi x