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

Seeing stars? Any products which have a * by their name have been sent to me. See my full disclaimer here...

Find the Perfect Valentine's Day Gift For Him

Saturday, 4 February 2017
Valentine's Day is imminent and here marks the only type of shopping we all resent: shopping for our significant other. Now I've put together a few bits that I think my boyfriend would like, so the list isn't inexhaustible, but it might still help! Obviously if you're not planning anything on the 14th why not treat yourself to something you've had your eye on. You deserve it of course. I've made sure to keep things very affordable as I don't have the money to spend on an £100 keyring, let's be honest!

Valentine's Day Gift For Him

First up is the clothing and fragrance section, all links are numbered below. I've already bought my boyfriend one of the aftershaves for Christmas but I'll never complain that he smells nice. I was thinking about getting him some more Vans because he ruined his red pair and shoes are actually useful!

Valentine's Day Gift For Him

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Valentine's Day Gift For Him

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I hope you don't mind the lack of writing in this post. I didn't want to overload you with my opinions on things that I haven't bought or tried. Though I must say Hotel Chocolat is always a winner for me. Have a happy Valentine's Day, or treat yourself because as I said: you deserve it!

Beth x

Your Valentine's Day Lipstick: Red or Pink?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017
It's only a couple of weeks away before Valentine's Day arrives so I thought it was time for the themed posts. I do something similar to this post every year simply because I believe that we are somewhat divided between whether to go for a bright bold red or a nude style pink for Valentine's!

Valentine's Lipsticks

I chose three of each, ranging from liquid lipstick, to gloss, to balm and to your normal everyday lipstick. The pinks were the easiest to choose for me as I've been using them quite often over the last few weeks, I apologise that two of the three are from NYX but they are a favourite brand of mine. First off in the pinks is the lipgloss, this is the choice for those who want a light colour that isn't going to last through dinner. It's a beautiful bright pink that matches almost every type of eye makeup you could try for your Valentine's look. The second pink is from Urban Decay, Naked. It's definitely a pinky nude rather than a statement pink and I love it. I think that this will be the lipstick I choose to wear. The final pink is probably a marmite product, some people love the NYX soft matte lip creams, and other people really dislike them. As I love them I included the deep pink Prague, for if you want a statement lip that isn't a red. 

Onto the reds and we start with Clinique Lip Pop in Cherry Pop. It's a bright red which is sure to get you noticed, the only worry with this is that it does like to smudge so try a lipliner underneath. (I always use MAC's Brick.)  If you want a bit of colour but your lips aren't feeling the best, perhaps go for the Benefit Benebalm choice. It's hydrating and adds a red tint, you can definitely take it with you and reapply if your lips are feeling dry. My final choice would be the Saturated Cosmetics Lady in Red. It's a deep, blue toned red, perfect for making sure you teeth look whiter than usual, and for adding a touch of glamor.

Valentine's Lipstick Swatches

Those are the swatches above, in the order I wrote about them. I'm torn between wearing Prague and Naked for Valentine's so I'll have to see what makeup I choose on the night. If you've any suggestions for other reds and pinks I should try, I'd love to know!

Beth x

Bright and Beautiful Skin in Winter

Saturday, 28 January 2017
We're in the middle of Winter. My lips are cracked, my hands are dry and my skin? Well, it's just a tad dull. I'm upset there's no snow, I'm almost certain that it's cold enough and I have college deadlines which I would like extended. Sadly, I don't see it snowing so instead I decided to show you which products give me a glow in winter, when my skin needs a little help.

Bright and Beautiful Skin in Winter

I have two primers I will go for depending on the weather. If it's rainy then I'll grab Benefit's That Gal, £22.50, this is a brightening face primer which smells so good, as per usual with Benefit products! The reason this is my go to when it rains is because it brightens rather than glows, and if it's raining I don't want to look any more saturated than I already will be. However, if it's just frosty then L'Oreal's Lumi Magique Primer is my go to, £9.99, as it's basically radiance in a bottle. I love this as you can mix it with foundation, use before foundation or even as a highlighter. Personally I go for before or as a highlighter because most of my foundations are dewy or glowy anyway. For foundation it has to be Rimmel Wake Me Up, £8,99. This has reflective particles running throughout and really does brighten up my face. My only slight problem is that I find it transfers very easily, so don't touch your face unless you want to be sparkly the whole day. Finally is a higlighter from Smashbox, mine came in a travel size set but they're usually £25, which is quite expensive. Hollywood & Highlight is a stunning champagne colour which can look quite subtle once blended out with your finger. Even if I'm not wearing any other makeup a slick of this on the tops of my cheeks gives me an alive glow which at 7:30am is necessary so as not to scare people. 

I'm forever experimenting with different glowy products as I'm just not happy when my skin is dull. I want to light up the room with my highlight even when I'm actually still half asleep and stumbling around. I have my fingers firmly crossed for snow, so here's hoping!

Beth x

Boxing Day Sale Survival in Lush

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Now this was meant to be a collective Boxing Day haul but as the majority of my purchases were from Lush, bar one box of Lego for myself, it became a Lush only haul! I was one of those who decided to brave the shops rather than stick to online shopping. There was a 45 minute queue in my local Lush but the staff were wonderful and entertaining. I decided for fun to check the Lush website when I got back and I was behind over 99,000 people so I'm glad I ventured into town. 

Lush Boxing Day Haul

Compared to some people in the shop my spending was quite reserved. I saw people coming out saying to the people with them that they had spent around £100. I know it's a good deal and whatnot but that's a little excessive even for me! I only got 6 products for me, I also picked up Stardust bath bomb for my little brother and Salt and Peppermint Bark scrub bar for my mum. 

Lush Boxing Day Haul

So here is my rather modest haul. I decided that I really did want to try the Peeping Santa bubble bar. He looked so cute in the shop and smelt really good. I'm not completely sure what the scent is meant to be but for me, I smell cocoa butter as well as strawberry. I can't wait to see what it's like in the bath. Then I got another Father Christmas bath bomb. I think it shares its scent with Snow Fairy but for me it's a little less overpowering than the normal shower gel. The final bath related product was the Golden Wonder bath bomb, this is a cult favourite but this is the first time I will have tried it because it's quite expensive. I'll have to let you know whether it is worth the price tag. I then picked up another Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub, I think I have around three now, but I love the scent so maybe three can be justified!

Jason and the Argan Shampoo

Now this wasn't in the sale but I needed a new shampoo and as I've been loving Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar I picked up another. The first time I tried this was when I received it in August, (I only wrote up the review a few weeks ago!) I would have featured this amazing product in my Lush favourites post not long ago however it wasn't in any shape to be photographed, and by that I mean it was a gloopy mess in the bottom of a large Lush tub. To stop that happening again I invested in one of the Lush tubs, they're £2.50 per tub but they're reusable and I fully intend to get my money's worth. It's the same with the shampoo bar, this one costs £5.95 so is quite expensive for shampoo usually, except this one lasted me almost 5 months which is quite impressive and probably quite cost effective too. It does smell of sweet roses which you might not like but there are plenty of other scents to try, I think I might try a different one next time myself.

If you braved the Lush sale too let me know what you picked up and what your favourite products are. Also I'd love to see any Boxing Day haul posts, I love being nosey!

Beth x

Origins Facemasks: My Quick Fix or Miracle Cure?

Saturday, 21 January 2017
You might remember that all the way back in August I wrote about a BritishBeautyBlogger box containing Origins facemasks. Since then I have tried and tested almost all of the products included and think they all deserve a bit of recognition. Some might even deserve repurchasing. 

Origins Facemask Review

The box itself was an incredible deal at only £20, it even included full size products worth more than the box itself. If you ever see another BBBxLatestInBeauty collaboration I would definitely order it, simply because of the value and then on top of that the amazing products. She's even collaborated with Clinique as you can see here. (Yes, I may have ordered that one too...)

Origins Maskimizer VitaZing By All Greens

Starting with the skincare and also where the full size products are. The Maskimizer seemed somewhat a gimmick to me when I first looked into it. This is £18.50 for a 95ml bottle, so is by no means cheap. The Maskimizer is a facemask primer, it claims to soften, hydrate and optimise the skin's condition. Apparently there is an optimum temperature at which facemasks work and this spray will lower the temperature of the face so it can do just that. It has a pleasant scent, it's very fresh and I personally think minty. I have been using this before facemasks to see if I think it does really make a difference and to be fair it makes probably only a small difference. My skin feels slightly more refreshed if I've used this but it's nothing to write home about. I'm probably going to use this more as an expensive hydrating face spray.

On a more exciting note: I finally found a tinted moisturiser that doesn't turn me orange. VitaZing is not something I would have discovered on my own at a hefty £29. It claims to be energy boosting but I'm not sure how I would measure that on my skin at the moment. This contains SPF 15 which in this kind of product is fundamental; VitaZing slowly tints the skin, letting it glow subtly through the day. It needs SPF as this is not a product that you would use under foundation, it's a standalone summer product for me, one you choose on a lazy day when there are a few errands to run. 

The first mask I'm going to show you is By All Greens, a foam cleansing mask to unclog pores, which retails for £30. I was really surprised by this product, Jane said it was like green juice for the skin and it really is. The first time I applied it I wasn't sure what I was expecting, it looks like a green paste when it's dispensed but then foams up when you massage it into wet skin. I'm trying to use it sparingly as I love it and can't afford the £30 for another bottle!

Origins Facemasks Drink Up Intensive GinZing Original Skin

The fun bit is of course the facemasks! Starting with Drink Up Intensive, £24, which is probably my favourite scent out of all the masks. It's fruity and one for the overnight mask lovers, or dry skin sufferers like myself. You simply have to massage it into the skin and tissue off any excess and fall asleep letting the magic happen. This genuinely does help my dry skin, quenching it's thirst ready for makeup the next day.

GinZing is the ultimate blogger facemask. It's not only copper coloured but it is also visibly metallic! Is this not what dreams are made of? It says it will refine and refresh the skin, its strong orange scent definitely refreshes, I also love the fact it is a peel off mask as they're so much easier to use if you're not planning on having a shower. At £24 it's not necessarily the cheapest mask out there but if you want a copper, metallic facemask this would be the one.

Another one for us dry skin sufferers is Original Skin, £24. It contains rose clay and used jojoba beads to remove dead skin from the surface.When it's on it makes your skin feel quite tight but in a way I like that as it feels like it's working. The exfoliation happens mostly when you remove it as the beads get a chance to rub against the skin, you do find random beads on your face if you don't quite get it all off, but they're hardly noticeable and I just think about it as extra exfoliation! Once I take it off my skin feels ridiculously smooth which makes makeup application dreamy.

Origins Mask Pods

These last three are Facemask Pods, for £2.50 each you can take one of their bestselling masks travelling with you. The pods contain 10ml which is more than enough for around 4 full face coverings. What's even better is that two of these are 10 minute masks so you could apply them while packing for a holiday or eating breakfast. You can get four of their masks in pod form: Drink Up, Clear Improvement, Out of Trouble and Original Skin, I kind of wish GinZing was available in pod form as it is gorgeous.

I'm almost certainly going to repurchase Drink Up Intensive, and I'm not ruling out getting By All Greens and Original Skin but neither are cheap so I'll see if either create magical effects on my skin. Like I said the Maskimizer does seem a little gimmicky but you might find it works wonders. This box was certainly worth the £20 I spent and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if the opportunity arose.

Beth x

Lush Products I Love (And You Need To Try!)

Wednesday, 18 January 2017
We all know that I am a rather large Lush fan, especially around Christmas. So over the course of the last few months I've been testing out some new Lush bits I picked up, as well as some old favourites and non Christmas exclusives. I thought I would let you in on my must have products for you to try this year.

Lush Favourites

First up is the Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub (or any other Lush lip scrub.) I used to own the Bubblegum one which smells like sweets, that was until my little brother got his hands in it, literally. These are amazingly good at getting rid of the dead skin on your lips, the sugar is finely milled but still gives enough of a scrub. While these smell great, Sugar Plum Fairy shares it's scent with the Comforter bubble bar, they also taste good, though I wouldn't recommend eating it all in one go. I don't know of many other brands that do good quality lip scrubs at an affordable price of £5.75, if you think one will benefit you, Lush do other flavours than the Christmas edition Sugar Plum Fairy.

So White Shower Gel is part of the apple scented family which includes Santa's Belly Shower Jelly and So White Bath Bomb. I had to specially order this off the Lush Kitchen as it's not actually a permanent product and it cost a little bit more than a normal shower gel but for the scent it's worth it. Apples completely wake me up so this has now become a must for morning showers, or any showers to be honest.

One product that me and my mum always disagree about is Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. Personally I love the sweet rose smell while she does not. I love using this just after I've performed the arduous task of shaving my legs, it almost makes the task worthwhile as my legs are super smooth. It does feel greasy when you first apply it but once it's rinsed off your skin feels dreamy.

My final favourite is from the Halloween collection: Magic Wand Soap. I'll be honest, I use a hell of a lot more liquid soap than I do bar soap, so you might be wondering why I, not only bought, but also  love it. Let's get real here: makeup brush washing is so boring, I add my Lush soaps to spice it up a bit. By using bar soap you can make you brushes smell amazing and make sure your hands don't become dried up and grubby at the same time!

All in all, I love most products I've tried from Lush, they're rarely a hit and miss brand. I do need to try some of their skincare but it's so expensive and I have a lot already. (Oh and I'm on a spending ban...) If you want to know which product I would say you should try at all costs, that would be a Lush lip scrub, Bubblegum if you can, as Sugar Plum Fairy was a Christmas special.

Beth x

New from EcoTools: Cruelty Free and Recycled

Saturday, 14 January 2017
I don't think I've used my fingers to apply makeup for many years. For my day to day makeup I'm a sponge or brush girl because I don't believe that my fingers do the job anywhere near as well. I understand that some people find that the warmth of your fingertips helps blend product into the skin but I just find that it makes a mess and I don't have time to clear that up in the mornings. Anyway, recently I have been trying some EcoTools brushes as I received them in my LoveMeBeauty subscription and thought I should write about them.

Eco Tools Face, Eye and Lip Brushes

EcoTools is a relatively well known brand but I thought I'd do some research to learn a bit more. It's great to know that their products are cruelty free which means synthetic bristles if you were worrying. They're also made from recycled bamboo, the handles anyway, apparently it's one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, so those pandas won't lose out because of our makeup brush purchasing!

I have a few different sets and also some of the individual brushes. All the sets come packaged in cute little pouches perfect for carrying them around with you or in your handbag if you're going out straight from work. As brushes go, they're also on the more affordable scale; the five piece Starter Kit is £14.99 at Superdrug and the six piece Day to Night kit is £16.99, both of which are more affordable than RealTechniques. The individual brushes themselves retail from £3.99 to £12.99 but they do also come in double ended duos for £6.99.

Eco Tools Face Brushes in makeup pouch

I always take an interest in face brushes as I always worry about my base. I'm quite subconscious about my skin and to me in the mirror it looks anything but smooth so finding my perfect base will take a while, (any suggestions will be greatly received!) I'll start with the individual face brushes, and one of my favourites is the Blending and Bronzing brush (£9.99) it's a very large duo fibre brush. It seems to want you to use it for cream contour and highlight blending, but I think it is much better for buffing in foundation. The duo fibre bristles allow you to really work the foundation into the skin via light stippling, as the brush is large it bounces off the skin making sure you don't end up with patchy coverage. The round brush head also allows you to get in and around all the difficult areas of the face, under the eyes and around the nose. The second brush I have is the Precision Blush Brush (£7.99) and I wanted this as I really don't have many brushes with which to apply blush. I used to use my RealTechniques Stippling Brush until that started shedding so I really did need a new one. The brush is so fluffy and has a rounded top which means you can precisely apply your blush to your cheeks. It also allows you to blend out the blush too in case, like me, you're slightly heavy handed in the mornings.

Now from the Starter Set are two face brushes: the Concealer brush and Blush brush. The Concealer brush is quite a standard design. It's flat and tapered so you can get up close under the eyes, my only problem is that I don't find these types of brushes great at blending in the concealer, you usually have to pat the product in which does take a long time. Next is the Blush brush. Incredibly fluffy and much more suited to powder in my mind, especially as I also own the Precision Blush Brush. It tapers outwards with a rounded top and perhaps may also be a good substitute foundation brush for when all my others are dirty. (Believe me it happens.)

From the Day to Night set comes three face brushes: Pointed Concealer Brush, Angled Face Brush and the Highlighting Fan Brush. Now the Pointed Concealer Brush is good for the days I have problem skin. When spots decide to pop up this lets me cover them instantly and easily. As it tapers into a point it is also good as a crease brush and it's not half bad for blending it out as well. The Angled Face Brush is right on trend for contouring, it's not overly big and fits into the hollows of my cheeks nicely. It doesn't pick up too much product and doesn't create a particularly harsh line when I contour (badly.) The final face brush is the Highlighting Fan Brush, as highlighting is 'in' this is a staple in any makeup collection. It's design is quite thin making sure you're not on full brightness, unless you want to be of course, and also it can double up as a nose contouring brush because desperate times call for all in contouring!

Eco Tools Eye Brushes in makeup pouch with MAC eyeshadows

The range of eye brushes is extensive. First off is the Brow Shaping Set (£6.99) it has two brushes and some really scary brow stencils which I'll come onto later. The set comes with a Lash&Brow Groomer which is much like most others you'll find and there's not much more to say about it. The double ended Brow Filler and Brow Definer on the other hand is pretty special. On the one hand is the Brow Definer, a stiff angled brush ready to outline even the unruliest of brows, so definitely mine. I like to use it with a pomade, my current go to is the NYX Tame &Frame, it's a lot cheaper than the ABH version. The other end is a Brow Filler which I think is a great idea, I always find that the stiffer brushes fill the brow too perfectly and I'm more of a messy plait and yesterday's mascara kind of girl. The shape of the brush is the important factor: it's quite a flat brush but is very fluffy, I feel it's better suited to powder than creams or pomades as it's very easy to pick up too much product.

From the Starter Set comes the Eyeshadow Brush and Angled Eyeliner Brush. Now the Eyeshadow Brush is very, almost too similar to the Concealer Brush in the set just shorter, so there's not much to say there. The Angled Eyeliner Brush is similar to the Brow Definer Brush however, it is longer and less stiff so it allows for movement whilst applying gel liner. I for one prefer a felt tip eyeliner or liquid as I am not skilled enough with gel.

Finally from the Day to Night kit are the Detailed Lip/Liner Brush and the Eye Shadow Brush. The Detailed Lip/Liner Brush is much better as a lip brush in my opinion as it is not stiff enough for liner. Nor is it tapered enough. For lips though it is perfect, the flexibility allows you to cover the and still get a sharp edge without much hassle. The Eyeshadow Brush is a lot fluffier than the one from the Starter Set which makes it a great blending brush. It's rounded which lets it fit into the crease and also under the eye to smoke it all out if you want a more dramatic look.

Eco Tools Accessories Wipes and Stencils

Now unknown to me until a month ago, was the fact that EcoTools do brush related accessories too. I have the Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths (£6.99,) now I think these are ingenious for if you're on the go. They're like a makeup wipe except solely for your brushes, after you use a brush you swirl it on the cloth and the makeup disappears. The other accessory came with the Brow Shaping Set: brow stencils. Now these terrify me as if done badly they will look like sharpied on brows, but each to their own. They came with three styles: glamour, defined for when you want a big night out, delicate, for a more natural look, or classic, think Instagram brows.

Overall I can't deny the fact that EcoTools do some gorgeous brushes at extraordinary low prices. While the stencils scare me the brush cloths and sets are quite impressive. If you were looking for the best set to try I would definitely say to go for the Day to Night kit with six brushes in. 

Beth x