High Street Skincare Haul

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High Street Skincare Haul
I've recently been watching Jade Billington on Youtube and I can't get over how gorgeous her skin is. She has such beautiful clear skin, I needed to find out what she uses! I watched a few of her videos and she mentioned some skincare favourites of hers and immediately I was on the Boots website ordering some goodies. You may know that I've been struggling with my skin for a while now. Since I've got older my skin has got worse. I have moderate acne, scaring and oiliness. I've tried so many different brands of skincare but nothing has really made a difference in my acne. I've tried Origins, Liz Earle, ProActive and many more. I thought I would just give a few high street brands a go.

Chocolate Orange Muffin Recipe

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I've been craving chocolate orange muffins for about a week or so now and couldn't seem to find them anywhere in Tesco, so I thought why don't I bake some! I remember at school they used to have the most delicious chocolate muffins and I was trying to find a recipe similar. I used a recipe from Netmums but tweaked it a little. The recipe is so quick and easy and you get these delicious chocolate orange muffins at the end.

You'll need:
280G of Plain Flour
140G of Caster Sugar
2tsb of Baking Powder
240ml of Milk
2 Eggs
4tsbs of Butter Melted
1/2 a Table Spoon of Vanilla Essence
75 Grams of Chocolate Orange Chunks
1 Orange

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200'C or Gasmark 6. I have a fan oven and preheated it to around 180'c.
2. Whisk all the wet ingredient together. Mix the milk, butter, eggs and vanilla essence. I tweaked this a little by adding in a some juice from one orange, to give the sponge a bit more of a orange flavour! I was a bit worried when I mixed in the butter as I did it whilst it was still hot, I'd suggest waiting until it's cooled down a bit. 
3. Mix in the dry ingredients. The flour, sugar and baking powder. I also added in a zest of an orange to give the muffins more flavour. Don't over work the mixture or make it too smooth.
4. Mix in the orange chocolate chunks!
5. Pour into 12 muffin cases. Or 6 large cases. 
6. Then bake for around 20 minutes.

I found this recipe so easy to follow and the muffins were done before I could even finish the washing up. I really love the orange/vanilla sponge with the orange chocolate it makes them taste so sweet but refreshing at the same time and not too sickly. I did tweak the recipe by adding orange juice and zest and I did find my chocolate sunk a little bit too the bottom on some of the muffins. I'm not sure if this was because I tweaked the recipe or because my chunks were too big. Overall for a first time baking chocolate muffins I found this recipe so simple and the end result delicious!

Have you been baking recently beauties?


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May Beauty Favourites 2018

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May Beauty Favourites 2018 including Clinique, Colourpop & Maybelline
It's been a fair few months since my last favourites post, but this past month I've been using some new products non stop that I absolutely adore. I'm not the kind of person who will just keep churning out favourites post every single month, because honestly I don't switch up my products that often and  I don't want to just give you a rubbish fake favourites post just for the hell of it. I quite like just posting a favourites every few months and show you the beauty products I really have been obsessed with recently.

12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game

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12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game
I for sure have not got my blog photography down (especially the editing side), but one thing I really do enjoy about blog photography is the props! I love adding new little trinkets and additions to photos, they can make all the difference. I want to share with you some of my favourite blog props that can bring your blogging photography game up a level!

Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette

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So it's been a good few weeks since my first Colourpop haul and I've managed to try out some of my new goodies. I only bought one palette and I've been wearing it not stop ever since. Today I want to share with you my Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette.

Base: Matter Of Fact, Crease : Straight Up, Blend: Fortnight
I usually stick to my high end eyeshadow palettes because they're usually amazing quality and so soft and gorgeous to blend. I couldn't help but order a palette though whilst I was making my first Colourpop order, as they are just so gorgeous and also very affordable! The Give It To Me Straight palette is just $16 which works out to just over £11 for 12 shades, which is just insane! I normally expect more affordable eyeshadow palettes to be a bit dry and not really have much colour payoff, but thankfully Colourpop has changed everything!
When I first unboxed the palette I couldn't help but think it was absolutely gorgeous. I'm a sucker for a shimmering warm bronze burgundy shade and this is just what my palette dreams are made off! The warm bronze shades are perfect all year round, at first all I could think about was wearing this in Autumn time with the lovely burnt copper and burgundy's, but of course this is perfect for Spring and Summer too thanks to the warmth! The palette has a great mix of matte and shimmering/foil like shades, I really can't wait to experiment more with the mattes. The colour pay off is amazing, I normally expect high street shadows to be hard work but these are something else! I love blending these shades, because the more you blend the more amazing they look. I was expecting some fall out thanks to the high shimmer, but again was very surprised with the great quality and no fall out! The glitter isn't too chunky, in fact it's more metallic so it's perfect for creating a beautiful multi dimensional look without having full on glitter chunks all over your face. My shadow always stays put and doesn't crease when I wear these shades, it's a perfect all rounder. Although there are some very beautiful stand out burgundy and mauve shades in this palette that are probably more suited to an evening look, this is great for day time too. There are some really lovely warm nudes and light metallics that work really well everyday. I can't really think of an occasion where I wouldn't be able to create a perfect look using this palette.

I'm so impressed with my first Colourpop eyeshadow palette, I really cannot fault the quality!
I'm sure I will be making another Colourpop order soon as I just can't get over how affordable and gorgeous their products are.

What else do I need to try from Colourpop beauties?


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How To Beat Bloggers Block | 15 Blog Post Ideas

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How To Beat Blogger Clock | 15 Blog Post Ideas
When you run a blog it can be difficult to keep churning out high quality, regular content. From time to time you may find yourself in a bit of a blogging rut! I find the best way to try and get of this, is to list as many blog ideas as you can and writing them all down. Here's a list of some of my go to blog post ideas:

1. A favourites post - Grab a few of your most loved things lately and write a post about what you love about them.
2. A haul post - been on a a bit of a shopping spree? Write  post on your new goodies.
3. A review post - Tried out something new recently? Let your readers know about your most recent purchase.
4. What I've been watching - I don't know anyone who doesn't love a good netflix or youtube binge!
5. Shop your stash - Have a look through your makeup collection and bring out some golden oldies.
6. A daily makeup routine - Let us know about your most loved and used daily products.
7. A skincare routine - Tried some lovely new products recently?
8. A life update - Catch your readers up on what's been going on in your life recently.
9. An empties post - What products have you loved that you've used all up?
10. Nails of the week post - What's on your nails this week?
11. What's in your makeup bag - A look at the products in your everyday makeup bag.
12. A Night out look - Your go to evening look.
13.Your holy grail products - Your most loved products that you buy time and time again.
14. High street Vs high end - Your most loved products.
15. A blog post idea post - A list of some of your favourite go to blog post ideas!

I hope this has helped you get of the blogging rut we can all find our self in sometimes. I've really enjoyed this quick little blog post idea and I'd love to do more in future.

How do you beat 'bloggers block' beauties?


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Colourpop Echo Park Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

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Recently I made my first Colourpop order after years of lusting over so many gorgeous products, I finally got round to ordering some for myself! The first thing I new I needed to try was the Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks, so I made sure I picked up a few - you can read my haul post here. I had high hopes for the satin liquid lippies as satin is my go to formula, thanks to the gorgeous semi matte finish but soft creamy formula - usually! Ever since picking up my first Colourpop goodies I've been wearing Echo Park, non stop!

Colourpop's Echo Park Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick is a warm peachy nude,  I feel like it really is one of those shades that's great for all occasions and all year round. The peachy tone makes it a lovely Spring/Summer shade whilst the warm nude touch to it gets me all excited to wear it this Autumn, I love a warm nude to brighten up your look in the Autumn time. It's nude enough to be able to wear it in the day time but also has that pop of warm peach that makes it gorgeous for an evening look too.
The formula is just incredible. The applicator is just so soft and feels so lovely on the lips and the formula instantly feels creamy but so pigmented! After a couple of minutes the satin formula drys a little, leaving you with a velvety soft finish that looks like matte but it's so much more comfortable. This feels so lovely on the lips and not at all drying in the slightest, that's why I normally go for a satin lip! The staying power is sooooo impressive! The first day I wore this I applied it at 8AM, after talking all day, eating and even brushing my teeth (#invisalignlife), the liquid lipstick still looked gorgeous at 5PM and I'm not telling porkies I swear! I honestly can't fault the look, the finish and the feel of this product. I had high expectations and they were exceeded! I think the only slightly negative thing I could say about this was the fact the cute Colourpop logo has rubbed of since having this lippy in my bag for a few weeks!
Colourpop Echo Park AFTER I had eat far too many burgers and hot dogs!

I'm completely obsessed with Colourpop's Echo Park Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick and I'm dying to try more, I did pick a couple of others that I need to try out, but I've been so drawn to Echo Park! I can't believe the value and the quality, I can honestly say that this Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick is the best (and most affordable!) liquid lipstick I have ever tried, I can't fault it! I can't believe they are just $6.50 (around £4.50!). The gorgeous soft satin finish and the high pigmentation makes the custom charges oh so worth it!

What's your favourite Colourpop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick beauties?



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DIY Lash & Brow Tinting with Colorsport

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I've always thought about going to get my eyebrows and lashes done but never really got round to it. I've always been a bit scared that it would go wrong and I wouldn't like it. The thought of spending a lot of money to maybe end up looking like something from a horror film, was something I just was not really prepared to do. The pressure to have perfect brows and lashes is all too real these days, we spend too much extra time perfecting our brows in the morning - I'd rather have ten more minutes in bed! So when Colorsport got in contact asking me to try out their 30 Day Mascara Dye30 Day Brow Tint Kits, I was on board!

 Before                                                                                                                                                  After
As I said I have never got my brows done before I've been too scared I would hate them, but I also would love to shave of some of my precious time in the mornings from my makeup routine. Colorsport's 30 Day Brow Tint promises minimum effort and maximum impact! Of course the thought of having to dye my own brows was a bit nerve racking, I've never done this before - but I was so eager to not have to worry about filling them in every single morning, I couldn't wait to give it a go. I followed the instructions and re watched the tutorials over and over again on the website. The application was very quick and easy. All you need to do is mix up the formula and brush it through your brows with the applicator and wait 2 minutes to wash it off - so simple! My brows are near enough black, so to be honest with you I wasn't sure if the Dark Brown dye was really going to effect my brows at all. Once I removed the dye, I was so thankful the dye wasn't completely over board and bold! My brows looked natural but neater and more defined. The dye has filled in my brows, they no longer have an ashy grey shade to them, they look refreshed and ready to go! The dye didn't make a dramatic change to my brows because they were very dark anyway, but I do feel comfortable enough to go out without filling them in now! Once I had put my makeup on, I looked at my brows and for once, I felt like they just didn't need to be filled in. The dye lasts for around 30 days and the kit costs just £6 from Boots at the moment (normally £8.25). You get enough for up to 16 applications, which makes this mind-blowing value for money! £6 for over a year of perfect brows!
Of course I tried the Colorsport 30 Day Lash Tint in Black a the same time. Again the application was very quick and easy. I watched the tutorial on the website and began the process myself. For this one all you do is apply the solution with a cotton bud onto the lashes and wait for 1 minute, then brush on the colour gel with the brush provided and leave on for a minute, then wash off. The whole process takes around 5 minutes! I love bold dark lashes and I spend so much time applying mascara in the morning to my non existent lashes, I was very excited about this product. Once the process was finished, my lashes looked immediately darker and more defined. I feel so much more comfortable now wearing no makeup, I feel like my lashes still look pretty even without mascara. The dye has really helped frame my eyes and and also make my eyes look a lot brighter and healthier as my lashes are now darker. The dye lasts until your lashes fall out and are replaced by new ones. So again this is incredible value for money, just £6 (normally £8.25) from Boots for around 12 applications! I still love to apply mascara when I go out, because I just love longer and fuller lashes, but this dye has definitely improved the appearance of my lashes and eyes when I'm not wearing makeup. Every girl wants to feel beautiful without applying makeup don't they?

I'm so happy I no longer feel the need to fill in my brows every single morning, they look defined and ready to go. I also feel so much more confident with my natural lashes. You can pick up the Colorsport Lash & Brow kits from Boots for just £6 until the 10th of April (£8.25 normally).

Have you tried at home tinting yet beauties?



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