Results Day: I Actually Got my Top Choice!?

Thursday, 17 August 2017
It was results day today, as you could probably tell by the fact the hashtag #alevelresults was trending on Twitter from around 7am. I'll be honest I was nervous last night, sleep wasn't exactly coming easy and I was up most of the evening on TheStudentRoom looking at stories of people getting in to their chosen universities with low grades. I applied for English Language and Linguistics at Southampton in the end... and I got in!

Getting into a Russel group with low grades

My New Fragrance from YSL

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
I've never actually bought myself a proper perfume before. Sure I've got a Hollister spray or two, and a perfume I put on my Christmas list, but I'd never purchased one myself. This had to change of course and last week as an 18th birthday present to myself I finally settled on a perfume and I went and bought it.

Formula 10.0.6 Skincare - The Best Smelling Ever!?*

Tuesday, 15 August 2017
You've probably seen the brand Formula 10.0.6 pop up on Instagram lately as almost everyone seems to be trying it out. After commenting on a few photos from bloggers of the skincare, I noticed I had a message request asking if I would like to try a few bits - being the avid skincare enthusiast I am, I jumped at the opportunity!

Formula 10.0.6 Skincare

The Skincare Brand of the Moment: The Ordinary

Saturday, 12 August 2017
The Ordinary is big right now; everyone and their dog seems to be raving about them. As usual I gave into the hype, I was less restrained than I have been with previous hyped up products due to the very affordable price tag.

The Ordinary Skincare Haul

Best Birthday Ever? I Fed a Giraffe!!

Thursday, 10 August 2017
I turned 18 last week which was rather exciting, more exciting was that my dad and stepmum had a surprise lined up. I'm usually quite impatient when it comes to surprises but this one was definitely worth the wait.

Giraffe Feeding at Chessington

The Products I 'Needed' From Lush

Wednesday, 9 August 2017
If you weren't aware already, Lush are doing their yearly discontinuation of products (full list here) to make way for new ones. Which is all well and good, but it does mean those of us who love the products being discontinued have to make a mercy dash to stock up - like I did. There was a lot of uproar as fan favourite The Comforter shower cream is off, however I wasn't too worried about that one as I wasn't its biggest fan, but there was one that I couldn't miss out on. So I decided to show you what I ended up buying!

Lush Haul, Strawberry Feels Forever, Eau Roma Water, The Birth Of Venus

My GlamGlow Collection: Is It Worth The Hype?*

Friday, 4 August 2017
If you haven't seen GlamGlow pop up on blogs, social media or online, I'd be rather surprised. I managed to keep away from the hype for a while but then GlamGlow contacted me over Instagram after seeing that I'd tried a sample of their SuperMud to see if I'd like a tube to try out. Obviously I couldn't turn down that offer and since my collection has grown - but is GlamGlow worth the hype it's given?

It's My Birthday and I'm Finally 18!

Thursday, 3 August 2017
The day is finally here, I'm actually 18 and let's be honest I don't feel any different. I've always been one of the young ones, everyone was on holiday for my parties. The only good thing about a summer birthday, is when you're 18 - everyone else is too and you can all go out and get drunk. (Not that I'm actually too into drinking, though I am partial to the occasional mango vodka and lemonade.) And yes, I did spend ages arranging little stars to make a good blog photo!

18th Birthday

Hello Gorgeous: It's The Perfect Lush Gift!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017
As you might know, it's my birthday tomorrow and today I thought I would share with you one of the gifts I received from some old family friends - I know I opened it early but we had a little get together so it seemed rude not to. While you might have seen this set pop up on my wish list, they say they never saw it which makes for a very happy coincidence really!

The MAC Lipstick I Repurchased

Tuesday, 1 August 2017
It's very rare as a beauty blogger that you will find me repurchasing anything, let alone a lipstick. This is usually because of two reasons: one being that I have so many others and two because I rarely fall in love with a product enough to want another. But obviously there are exceptions, and this MAC lipstick is certainly one of those.


Are You Ready for 18 Post August?

Saturday, 29 July 2017
I've got some exciting news about August, as you might be able to tell from the title! I hope you're ready for some extra posts, and my birthday of course.

18 Post August

It's my Birthday! Here's my Wishlist!

Saturday, 22 July 2017
Well, it's getting towards that time of year again... my birthday! Although this year it's a big one as I'm going to be the grand old age of 18. So I'll be able to go out and drink, and most importantly: I'm able to vote! As you can imagine my lack of vote in the latest election was infuriating. Anyway, today I thought I would share my birthday wishlist which has a mix of beauty, fashion and also some Lego just for fun!

Birthday Wishlist

My Makeup Obsession Palette

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this palette pop up a couple of times because I do rather like it and it photographs well. The selection of shades are all my own thanks to the fact that this palette allows you to DIY a palette to include only shades you want. I wrote previously in the year about the first three shades I had added to my Makeup Obsession palette and now I've finished it I thought I might as well bring you up to speed.

Makeup Obsession Palette

Should I Go Back To Glossybox?

Saturday, 15 July 2017
Now this isn't necessarily a proper review, mainly because if you're eagle eyed you may notice that this is June's Glossybox and it is now July. Instead this post is more around the idea of whether Glossybox is worth the £13.95 a month they are asking.

My Latest Purchases: Benefit, MAC and Glamglow

Wednesday, 12 July 2017
As you might be able to tell from the title of this post, I've been a little spendy lately. What with finishing exams and a few other not so positive occurrences I thought I deserved a few treats. There will definitely be some follow up posts letting you know what I think of some of my purchases as I want to try them out fully first.

Colourpop: Was it Worth the Wait?

Saturday, 8 July 2017
This post has been a long time coming. I have been wanting to try Colourpop for the longest time but I have always been put off by the thought of customs fees. I finally got the chance to pick up a few bits when Colourpop had free international shipping on all orders, and I'm pretty surprised that I only picked up six bits. Believe me I was tempted to get so much more!

Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks and Supershock Shadows

My New (and Improved) Skincare Routine

Wednesday, 5 July 2017
It's no secret that I have been stressed over the last few weeks and my skin has happily shown it's stress via the medium of as many breakouts as humanly possible. During this time I have decided to shake up my skincare a bit, hoping to counteract the craters on my face. Since I've been using this combination of products I've definitely been noticing a change for the better so I thought I would talk you through it. 

New Skincare Routine for Teenage Skin

CLOSED - I'm Back, Exams are Over and GIVEAWAY!

Sunday, 2 July 2017
Well, it has certainly been a while since I've sat down to write a post. If I remember rightly my last post was the 29th of April which was a while ago and even that was was written a few weeks before.

NYX Giveaway

Stressed Skin? Show it Some Love with Newtons Labs*

Saturday, 29 April 2017
I imagine you're sick to death of hearing about me moan on about the fact I'm doing exams, but here's another post, slightly less moany you'll be happy to hear. Instead today's post is going to be about some skincare from Newtons Labs I have been testing!

Newton Labs Skincare Review

Not A Fan of Blush? Have You Seen This One!?

Saturday, 22 April 2017
I'm a bad beauty blogger when it comes to blush, because I just don't wear it. That's a cardinal beauty sin surely? Anyway I've decided to turn over a new beauty leaf and try with my blush because let's be honest there are some beautiful choices out there. 

Benefit Dandelion Blush

Exam Organisation: Study Won't Get You Down

Saturday, 15 April 2017
Scarily when this publishes I will have less than two months till exams. In fact in two months time I will have already completed three and be getting ready to sit down to do a forth, which is rather terrifying really! Anyway I've been trying to work out how not to get myself completely worked up over study because even though it is important so is not stressing out. While I'm no pro at exam organisation I am 100x better than I was last year!

ALevel Revision Tips

If I Could go to Sephora Wishlist...

Saturday, 8 April 2017
Around exam time I always collate a few wish lists and then precede to order myself bits over the course of exams, sort of like a 'you can do it' gift, from me to me. Does anyone else do this at stressful times? I thought I would collate a Sephora wish list, even thought there are no Sephora's in the UK *cries* I hope you enjoy my list!

Sephora Wishlist

How to Survive a Spending Ban (ish)

Saturday, 1 April 2017
Let's be honest we all hate spending bans, even though in theory you'll save money in the long run. I went on one after a rather indulgent Christmas sale period and I should be finishing very soon, just in time to treat myself during and after my dreaded exams! So I thought I would share some tips I use to help with my spending ban in hope that they help you.

Under the Mistletoe With Lush

Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Again I have to apologise as it is the end of March and here I am writing about a Christmas gift set. I'm quite far behind on posts, as you can probably tell, which is why in the build up to exams I am limiting myself to one post a week (maybe two if I'm on top of everything!)

Lush Under the Mistletoe

Pick 'n' Mix Your Makeup With Feel Unique

Saturday, 25 March 2017
I love the normal kind of pick 'n' mix, I fill my bag with all the goodies I can, I also do the same with FeelUnique's version. Instead of sweets they offer beauty samples for £3.95 a month which isn't half bad really. I subscribed a few months back first and then somehow forgot about the service, but here I am back with five goodies to show you from some pretty good brands!

FeelUnique Pick 'n' Mix

Taking A Leap of Delight with MAC

Wednesday, 22 March 2017
A purple lipstick Beth!? Have you gone mad? That's a little out of your comfort zone don't you think? Honestly, yes it is out of my comfort zone, but I actually really love the colour.

Just after Christmas, MAC had their clear out of festive products and I made a sneaky order because a MAC lipstick for £11 is not to be sniffed at. First off I have to mention the gorgeous packaging; the matte purple of the bullet and pink of the cap go beautifully together and is some of the favourite packaging I have ever owned. The lipstick itself is quite similar to the matte purple packaging. On me it's a medium purple with a slight berry hue, it's a satin finish which is very comfortable to wear. It doesn't go on patchy, nor does it cling to my many dry patches which is always a bonus in winter. I doubt I will get much use out of it in summer as it's not a very summery colour but come autumn this will be on my lips all the time! I won't let this get lost at the back of my draw as maybe there will be a few more chances to wear it before spring is in full swing.

Would you have taken a Leap of Delight and bought this lipstick or do you prefer more neutral tones? I'm on the fence, I'm quite liking stepping out of my comfort zone, but maybe I won't bring out the bright orange summer lipsticks just yet!

Beth x

LoveMeBeauty: Perricone MD, Omorovicza, UltraSun

Saturday, 18 March 2017
It's that time again: LoveMeBeauty time which this month featured brands which included Perricone MD, Omorovicza, UltraSun. While these brands are quite interesting I feel there was a slight lack of choice, it was all very skincare based which isn't a bad thing but makeup will always be my number one!

This month I decided on the Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment, as it looks rather space age and it's quite expensive usually, the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish, also quite expensive and finally the UltraSun Shimmering Sun Lotion, though I've tried this before. 

The Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment really does look like aliens blood or something similar. However this 59ml bottle is worth around £17 which is quite an impressive sample size and worth. Also it is the best packaged sample size product I have ever come across. The bottle is frosted glass, it would've been so much cheaper I imagine to send out samples in plastic bottles but they didn't which really shows the quality of the brand itself. 

The Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish was an easy choice as I have enjoyed using the other Omorovicza products from LoveMeBeauty. The brands scent is not one I would usually go for, but I genuinely enjoying the scent. As of yet I haven't started using this as I have a backlog of skincare to get through at the moment.

Finally I chose the UltraSun Shimmering Sun Lotion as I had 20 credits left and wasn't sure what to choose. I will probably end up giving this to a friend as I have already tried it before.

Overall, for the skincare lovers this edit was definitely a good one. I am intrigued to see what difference Blue Plasma makes to my cleansing routine though!

Beth x

Relaxing with the LUSH Home For Christmas Giftset

Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Firstly, yes I know Christmas was around 3 months ago and this post is really rather late and I apologise for that, but I really wanted to post about it regardless of the date as you can still get some of the products I think. Secondly, this was a gift from my boyfriend. Which means the poor soul dragged himself into Lush, chose a gift he liked the smell of and lived to tell the tale! So I am very proud of him because that's no easy feat for a guy and he managed to pick a gift with products I really like too!

LUSH Home For Christmas Giftset

Home for Christmas features three of Lush's most calming products, in my opinion. A shower gel, a body lotion and a bar of soap. I don't tend to use bars of soap for washing myself as I have a huge collection of shower gels that I need to get through. Instead I use bars of soap to clean my brushes with as Lush soaps don't seem to dry out my hands and they clean my brushes really thoroughly.

LUSH Home For Christmas Giftset

First up in the box was a new product for Christmas 2016 which was the Sleepy body lotion. If I remember rightly this shares its scent with the Twilight family, so it's a calming lavender apparently designed to help you sleep. I haven't started using it yet as I have about 4 different body lotions/butters on the go so I'm trying to be good. Rose Jam is usually a Christmas exclusive, however it can be found year round in the Rosie gift set. It smells like Turkish delight in my opinion rather than some rose products which smell like grandmas. (If you know what I mean.) Finally is Serendipity soap which also follows the relaxing lavender theme, just this time with chamomile too. This does make my brushes smell amazing, it's an inoffensive smell as you can imagine but it is definitely calming.

Let's be honest, Will did a good job didn't he? Though I might find myself having to share Rose Jam as I know he quite likes the smell!

Beth x

A Benefit Giftset Worth the Money: Pinky Galore

Saturday, 11 March 2017
I'll be honest, this wasn't a purchase I was expecting to make just after Christmas when I had no money. However, I made an exception due to its outstanding contents and my lack of self restraint. This is only a short post but I'm sure there will be reviews on the way soon!

Benefit Pinky Galore Giftset

To me the tin is a little strange but it is quite large and will fit quite a few cotton pads in, don't you think. Now it wasn't the cheapest of gift sets but that didn't stop me; it was on sale for £39.50, which is quite steep but I had a discount code which took off 20%. So I actually paid £31.60 which is pretty good for the products that were in the set. Two are full size and two samples but sadly don't think that this is on sale anymore.

Benefit Pinky Galore Giftset

As you can see the set included a FULL SIZE!! Dandelion Blush and POREfessional as well as deluxe samples of Roller Lash and Benetint. POREfessional on it's own is £26 and Dandelion is £24.50 so the set is good value for money, even without the discount. You may have seen a similar set in Girls Gone WOW! which was the same price and this came with full size POREfessional, They're Real and then some other minis but I decided not to go for that one. I rarely wear blush, but Dandelion is my go to so it had to be Pinky Galore, also I had so many mascaras on the go I didn't need to start another. (See, there's sensible Beth kicking in!)

Overall, this kit was definitely the best fit for me simply because of Dandelion, also POREfessional is a fan favourite which I do indeed love as well. I can't say I'm a fan of Benetint as I don't find tints work for me, however Roller Lash is going into my sample size draw ready for a sunny holiday (which I probably won't be going on *sad Beth* someone take me away??) Anyway let me know your favourites from Benefit and bits I should try ASAP!

Beth x

Origins Superstar Giftset; Want to Try Before You Buy?

Wednesday, 8 March 2017
I've been going a little skincare crazy lately. I've been trying loads of bits that I have in drawers or that have come in beauty boxes etc. For Christmas I asked for the Origins Superstar gift set and my auntie (another makeup/skincare lover,) kindly gifted it to me, and it is amazing.

Origins Superstar Giftset
The kit itself comes with seven origins minis, none of which I have tried before which made it all the better. As I write this the Modern Friction face scrub has sadly gone walkabout in my room somewhere, however, it is a wonderfully gentle way of exfoliating. If you have sensitive skin this is definitely the scrub for you. I'll be honest I was most excited to try the much loved Clear Improvement charcoal face mask. I get rather a large amount of breakouts during a certain time of the month and I'm not a particular fan, I've tried many treatments to sort this and so far I think this is one of the best. I find it reduces redness and after a few days the breakouts have reduced or have completely disappeared. I quite enjoy multi-masking with this, I put it around my tzone and then I use the Drink Up Intensive mask over the rest of my face. The mini Make a Difference hand cream is the perfect size for me to take to work, if I've been washing up this completely replenishes the moisture in my hands and stops them feeling dry and horrible.
Origins Superstar Giftset
Checks and Balances is a minty orange smelling face wash, because of its size it is the perfect face wash to take travelling. It lathers up nicely and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. The GinZing eye cream is amazing, I rarely use an eye cream as I forget and also I'm lazy but this is converting me. It has a slight iridescence to it which works to brighten the under eye and it depuffs them a little. It has the same scent as the GinZing energy boosting moisturiser which completely hydrates my face, now it's not as hydrating as Clinique Moisture Surge which feels like I've thrown water at my face, but it's up there. Side note, if you can, try the GinZing tinted moisturiser too because that is one of my favourite summer products. Finally the High Potency Night-A-Mins cream is a mineral enriched night cream which shares the same orangey smell of most of the other products. I'll be honest, I rarely use a night cream I just grab my day cream and apply a bit more on overnight and it hasn't been working badly, but I do really think that a night cream makes a difference. It seems a lot more nourishing which works for me as I hate my dry flaky skin!

Overall, this kit is an excellent way to try out Origins skincare, more skincare brands need to offer sets like this, and not just at Christmas either. My favourites from the set have to be the Clear Improvement mask and also the GinZing eye cream, I'm going to be hard pushed not to repurchase the mask as it is clearing my breakouts very well. I'll be testing this out further and may write a post on the products I'm planning to repurchase, because by then I'll know if they've reached holy grail status or not!

Beth x

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Saturday, 4 March 2017
If you think back to around a month ago on my blog, you will remember that I did a Valentine's Day Gift Guide for him. Today is similar except it is for Mother's Day (which is on the 26th of March this year!) I've compiled a list of 23 gift ideas including: food, home, beauty and fragrance ideas. They're quite an inexpensive list of bits with a few exceptions so I hope my picks inspire you!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

I've already bought my mum's mother's day present, though I might pop to Lush and grab her (and me,) a few bits of the collection because we deserve it. 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

I hope I've given you few ideas for Mother's Day and maybe also reminded you it was coming up soon. Let me know what you go for!

Beth x

NUXE Lip Balm Review

Wednesday, 1 March 2017
It's not usual for a lip balm to blow me away, mainly because I try so many and I suffer from extremely dry lips. I've tried everyone's suggestion of Vaseline but I don't feel it hydrates, if anything it just creates a barrier than doesn't let moisture in or out. Maybelline's Baby Lips are, let's be honest, gimmicky and while Lanolips isn't bad I don't feel the moisture lasts too long. Luckily my LoveMeBeauty subscription allowed me to try the NUXE Reve De Miel lip balm which has been recommended to me so many times!

NUXE Lipbalm Review
It might seem like a quite expensive at £9.50 for a lip balm. It does contain 15ml of product and so far I have used it solidly for around 2 weeks and I have barely scratched the surface. It's not a traditional balm in my eyes, for me it is a lot creamier and a lot more moisturising than any balm I've tried. You need the smallest amount on your finger and it covers and moisturises for a hell of a lot longer than any other. I find it works well as a nighttime lip treatment: I apply double the amount I would put on during the day, after using a lip scrub. I then leave it to soak in overnight and my lips feel hydrated come the morning unlike usual when they feel tight and flaky. 

Obviously, trying to justify a lip balm just under £10 isn't easy which is why I suggest trying to get it when it's on offer. FeelUnique often have good discounts on NUXE so definitely take a look there.  The only thing I wish I could change about this balm is that it's in a tub which isn't the most hygienic way to apply, if they did a stick version of this exact formula I would already have bought backups. Overall, if you have stupidly dry lips, like myself, this is a genuine god send. I no longer have to deal with applying lip balms which half do the job 100 times a day!

Beth x

The Blogger Tag

Saturday, 25 February 2017
I'll be honest, I don't do tags too often and I'm not sure I've done one for months so when I was tagged by the lovely Cassie from ZombieGoddess (check her blog out,) I had to do it as I loved the questions. So I hope you enjoy the change on the blog, back to the usual makeuppy business next post!

The Blogger Tag

1. When did you start your blog?
I started my blog all the way back in 2012 because I loved YouTube. You might be wondering why I didn't start YT, that's because I didn't have a good enough camera nor did I have the thick enough skin to deal with my classmates jibes. 

2. Why did you start blogging?
Really it's because I loved YT tutorials but couldn't start YT so I did the next best thing in my opinion and started my blog.

3. Where did your blog name come from?
I really loved MsBudgetBeauty at the time and knew I wanted to focus on makeup and synonyms took me to cosmetics. And here we are!

4. What do you blog about?
Makeup! My first love, mainly makeup anyway. You'll see a few other features from time to time a bit of lifestyle, rarely fashion though as I can't pose for anything.

5. What is the first blog you started following?
Probably MissBudgetBeauty, as I found her on YT to start with and ended up discovering the world of blogging.

6. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love the community, the new friends you make and finding a common interest that no one else I know really shares.

7. What do you find is the toughest thing about blogging?
Comparing yourself to others definitely. When I first started hardly anyone was blogging as a full time job so stats didn't matter. Then as my blog progressed I started to notice a change where people were getting PR samples etc and began comparing myself. This year however, I've turned a new leaf and I have removed my stats from visible view so they don't affect me as much.

8. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
Fake bloggers (you know the type: 400 accounts and fake trips) and also people who think blogging is easy. I'd love them to try writing one post and seeing how much work it actually is.

9. What camera and photo editing software do you use?
I used my Canon 700d and edit photos on PicMonkey, the free version.

10. What is you dream campaign?
That's a difficult one, probably Benefit or a brand like Tarte who I have been unable to try anything from as of yet.

11.  How do you come up with posts ideas?
I work on the basis that if I'd want to read it then I'll write it. Swatch posts, reviews etc, they're my favourites.

12. How do you stay motivated to keep writing?
I just think about the fact that I could be helping people decide whether to get a product and that I love blogging so I motivate myself.

13. What are your blogging goals for the next year?
I would like to branch out into YT, and feature my face on the blog more. Not to mention up my photography, it's so much harder than you'd expect.

14. What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Don't give up... Ever! Stats mean nothing, you should blog because you love it, anything else is just a bonus.

15. Lastly, Recommend 5 Bloggers for anyone reading this to check out. 
I'm going to have to say Amy from Salt and Chic, Cole from ColeoftheBall, Charlene (who also runs BeeChat), Chloe from Chloehxx and finally Rhianna from Robowecop.

I hope you enjoyed the tag, if you decide to recreate it leave me a link!

Beth x

Shopping My Sample Stash!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017
I have quite a substantial number of sample size products, many that I don't use and say I'm keeping for a rainy day or holiday away. As a holiday away seems pretty unlikely at the moment, in today's post I decided that I would try to do a whole face only using sample sized products.

Sample Size Face of Makeup

Above you can see all of the samples I used for a full face. First up I decided I would use the Benefit Triple Emulsion moisturiser to prepare my face for makeup, it creates a lovely base especially when my skin is t its driest. I thought I'd use the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer because sometimes it is good to glow. Now that small Lancome tub actually contains a sample of the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in 0.5, the lady at my counter didn't have an Urban Decay pot. But anyway I used a beauty blender to apply this and I've found you have to be careful which primer you use as it did not sit well with Benefit's POREfessional, if I remember rightly she said the foundation is water based so can slip off. My brows only needed a small amount of taming which Benefit's Gimmie Brow did perfectly, I finally got round to plucking my brows so brow mascaras are now my best friends! A quick flick of the Kat von D Ink Liner in Trooper, (I say quick, we all know it takes about five attempts and clean ups,) and a slick of Eyeko's Black Magic Mascara. I dusted the rather cute Too Faced blush over my cheeks using my RealTechniques blush brush and added Highbeam on my nose, cheekbones and brow bone, (I was certainly glowing!) To finish I used NARS' Orgasm lip gloss to add a little sheen. 

Overall, the finished look was quite glowy I'll admit. However, I did like it and it was definitely more travel friendly than my usual routine. I would definitely consider taking a selection like this if I was travelling, I just like my home comforts, (aka massively long makeup routine!)

Beth x

Create a Makeup Palette (Without the MAC Price Tag!)

Saturday, 18 February 2017
I love my MAC palette, however I do not love its price: £10 a shadow is not particularly friendly to your bank balance. My quad is currently sat with only three shades but I can't currently justify buying another! Luckily though, there is a solution to this in the form of Makeup Obsession, a budget friendly, customisable palette system.

Makeup Obsession Palette

The way this works is you first buy a palette to fill. They come in numerous finishes and capacities, I chose a 6 as otherwise I could just keep spending more and more on the shade range. Currently you can choose to fill your palette with eyeshadows, cream and powder highlighters, contour and blush shades. I have seen on their Instagram that there may be some brow powders and lipsticks on the way which is quite exciting. The eyeshadow pans are a lovely £2 which you can definitely justify when you see how they swatch. The contour, blush and highlight shades are slightly more at £3 a piece but it's not going to hurt your bank balance particularly much. 

Makeup Obsession Palette

My palette so far cost me £8 for shades and £6 for the palette. I chose the highlighter in Bare as I love bright inner corner shades to really open my eyes. It also will definitely work as a cheekbone highlight as it glows especially on pale skin. The stunning purple shade you see was definitely an impulse buy... I mean just look at it! It's called New York and I don't have another purple like it. Apparently purple shadows are notoriously difficult to formulate but Makeup Obsession were right on the money with this one. Finally after my fun colours I wanted something sensible, a classic transitioning matte brown so I chose Bourbon Brown, it isn't as fun as New York but it's definitely functional.

Just look at the pigmentation in those shades, especially that highlighter. It's just dreamy really and it is going to be used to death, I might have to pick up a backup so I can always have it with me! There's no doubt that I'll be back to finish this palette and then create another face and brows one, I might even do a giveaway with one as they're just amazing really. Let me know if you have any favourite shades as I just don't know which to get yet!

Beth x

LoveMeBeauty: Kat von D, Charlotte Tilbury, Nuxe

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
It is beauty subscription time again on the blog today and it's a good one. LoveMeBeauty went all out on the Valentine's Day edit, they called in the big guns: Kat von D, Charlotte Tilbury (!!) and Nuxe. I was overwhelmed with the selection and if you can still get your hands on it do it now!

The offering from Kat von D included two shades of their Studded Kiss lipsticks: Mercy and Underage Red, their much loved Tattoo Liner in Trooper and three shades of the Lock it Concealer (which I didn't get as I was to undecided on which shade to get.) Charlotte Tilbury offered up a selection of 6 Kiss Pockets in the Hot Lips, K.I.S.S.I.N.G and Matte Revolution. Each came with 3 different shades which are perfect for testing a *very* expensive lipstick before you buy. The Nuxe selection included the Reve de Miel lip balm, the cleanser as well as a hand cream and detox gel. All in all it was the best selection I have ever seen from the subscription and the bag is adorable!

Now what did I go for. If you've read my blog for any amount of time at all you will almost certainly have heard me complain about my dry lips, so of course I chose the FULL SIZE Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm and it is heavenly. At first I wasn't a fan of the scent but because of the results I am able to look past it because it is actually helping my lips. It has a thick consistency which actually moisturises them; get ready for an individual review soon.

From Kat von D I thought I had to try the Tattoo Liner because I love my eyeliner a hell of a lot and felt tip liners are the easiest for me to work with. I'm not going to use it yet though as I still have the Kat von D Ink Liner from a previous LoveMeBeauty Edit. I also went for another Studded Kiss lipstick and I decided on the vampy looking Mercy, which in the bullet looks quite purple.

Finally, I went for something from Charlotte Tilbury. I suppose a part of me was hoping for a mini lipstick but alas the Kiss Pockets had to do and I chose the Matte Revolution set which had the shades Amazing Grace, Very Victoria and Red Carpet Red. I don't think these will feature in a post of their own but maybe I'll do a best products to take travelling? 

LoveMeBeauty has retained the best subscription ever status, mainly because you choose what you want so there are no disappointing surprises or a perfume vial (we've all been there.) Don't forget, always check Groupon for amazing deals on subscriptions to LoveMeBeauty. It will help you justify such a great service.

Beth x

What I Got From The LUSH Valentine's Day Collection

Saturday, 11 February 2017
I'll be honest I wasn't too overwhelmed by the range this year at Lush, however I did manage to pick out two bits which I think are worth a mention. Now, you might remember me saying that I was on a spending ban, luckily I didn't break it as I won some money on a scratch card which allowed me a small Lush haul!

Lush Valentines

So here are the two bits I picked up. The standout product without a doubt for me was the Kiss Me Quick Business Wash Card. It is, as it suggests, the size of a business card which makes it perfect. In college there will always be toilets that run out of soap so now I simply break a bit of this off and use it like soap, plus this is made with apple so it smells so good. The second product I chose was the Over And Over bath bomb which was rather expensive even for a Lush bath bomb at £4.25. I'm pretty sure the orange bit is a bath melt so it's a two in one almost. I'm definitely saving this for a special occasion.

I know this has been a pretty short post, but what can I say, I was underwhelmed sadly. The emoji bubble bar caught my eye, however I wasn't a fan of the smell, nor was I a fan of the bath melt hearts which is a shame. Never mind though, roll on Mother's Day collection!

Beth x

My Valentine's Day Makeup feat: ShadowSwitch*

Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Brace yourself because for this post there's actually going to be pictures of my face on this blog! I know, it's a rare occurrence so be prepared, don't get scared. The reason my face will be appearing as I decided I'd do a Valentine's Day makeup look using the ShadowSwitch*. As Valentine's is on the awkward day of Tuesday this year I wanted to create a look which used as fewer brushes as possible and the ShadowSwitch* really does help. 

Valentine's Day Makeup Idea

Don't worry if you're not a fan of the overly bold lips, I made sure to try the look with a couple of different lipsticks but I personally loved this one. I started off by using my Clinique Superprimer, applying it with my fingers to create a nice base, and to hopefully hide any dry skin that was lurking that day. I used my NARS Sheer Glow for my base as it's my go to foundation when I need to look flawless. I used my miracle complexion sponge as usual to make sure it was all blended in, no distinct foundation lines. For concealer I went for the NYX HD concealer as let's be honest not many concealers actually suit my skin but luckily porcelain does. Now the eyes are where I usually use quite a few brushes though for this look I only used one. I first used my KIKO Shadow Stick in Golden Beige to create a base, I also took it up into the inner corner as it worked as a highlight too. On the outer corner I used my NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Rust and blended it in with my finger to keep the intense colour. Now onto one of the only brushes I used, a flat quite thin one, and I used it to apply Punk from my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette in the crease and blended it out, I used what was left on the brush to add colour to my lower lashline. 


I used the ShadowSwitch* to then clean the brush, which FYI it does magnificently. You swoosh it round a little bit and it's clean, no mess, no water, no hassle but a clean brush. I then packed on some Bathwater from the same palette and packed it onto the inner third of my eyelid as well as my inner corner to add some brightness. I lined my eyes with a small flick of Kat von D's ink liner and added some Soap&Glory Thick&Fast mascara (my current favourite.) For brows I used Benefit's Goof Proof as it's travel friendly and I have the travel mini. Then my trusty MakeupRevolution Ultra Contour kit helped me add some definition into my almost non existent cheekbones, while Benefit's Dandelion added some colour to my cheeks. I powdered my t-zone with some of the Vichy Translucent Powder. Before I finished with my lipstick I sprayed my face with my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to decake (is that a thing?) any potential cakey areas. Then the fun bit: lipstick. Now the top photo I'm wearing MAC's Leap of Delight, a gorgeous deep purple which I managed to get in the sale. If you can no longer purchase Leap of Delight, NARS' Train Bleu matte lip pencil is a close match. 

Valentine's Day Makeup Idea

In this slightly awkward pose you can see me wearing the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo. I love this if you want a bold lip but still very wearable lip. It turns into a lovely hot pink stain once it wears off.

And in this final awkward pose I'm wearing another NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague! One of my favourites at the moment.

I hope you like the look I created, let me know what makeup ideas you have for your Valentine's Day look.

Beth x

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