#FAVES – BUT I’M ON YOUTUBE!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and festive period with your loved ones, and of course, ate sooo much food!

Over the Christmas period I went back up to Newcastle for a bit and visited my friend Yasmin, together we filmed a VERY chatty Best Of 2016 vlog for her YouTube Channel. I’ve never done a YouTube video before but this was so much fun to film! We go through our faves of 2016 and use the products as we go, it’s full of tricks and techniques too. Make a cup of tea and watch the video here! If you like it, please subscribe to Yasmin’s channel, she’s just set it up and is equally as passionate about make up as I am.

Stay tuned for January, I have lots of exciting posts and content planned! 2017 is deffo going to be a good year for my blog, I’ve got good vibes for this year. Make sure you never miss a post by adding your email for updates, or follow me on my social media channels.

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Can we just take a sec to admire Yasmin’s highlight…..

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#HAUL – BLACK FRIDAY TREATS

Okay this is like a mix of Black Friday treats and just repurchasing things I needed! FeelUnique.com had some amazing offers over the 3 days, Selfridges had 10% off beauty and MAC had freebies when you spend over £40 online. Here’s what I picked up.

SELFRIDGES 

10% off beauty isn’t a lot but it doesn’t happen often so best to make the most of it when it happens! It still amazes me that they only offer up to 10% when cosmetics are the money maker for luxury brands because they’re so cheap to produce therefore so profitable. They can deffo afford to give us 20% off!

Anyway I picked up a new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation as I hadn’t repurchased mine since it ran out and I couldn’t find anything else that I LOVED as much because I remember fully raving about it. I also copped the concealer to match as I’d seen it on my social media. I have such good memories of this foundation and I remember loving it but this time around I just don’t like it as much? I don’t know why, it just isn’t sitting on my face right. If I do a full heavy face of make up it works well but when I try to do a natural day at uni look it just doesn’t blend and sits on my face weirdly? I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been using the Boujous foundation mixed with the YSL one I’ve just got used to the texture of it. The concealer, I haven’t used it enough times yet as the lady gave me the total wrong shade (I asked for a shade lighter and got a strong 2 shades darker) so I had to go back and exchange it. I’ve recently been blending my concealer with a brush and not a beauty blender but this concealer I can tell will look better with a beauty blender not a brush.

FEEL UNIQUE

I ran out of my gorgeous Kerestase shampoo and then moved flat so just didn’t have time to pick up a new one so I’ve been using L’Oréal for the past 2 months and my hair hates me for it. I didn’t realise how nice Kerestase was until I stopped using it. L’Oréal is absolutely rammed full of sulphites and nastys and I could just feel them clogging up in my hair. After once wash of Kerestase my hair feels BEAUT.

I also got a new Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and Cocoa Brown Tough Scrub. I’d just ran out and needed these both!

MAC

So Mac brought back their discontinued whisper of guilt highlighter for their holiday collection! I saw this in Mac Carnaby street and it was in stock but I just didn’t think at all to buy it! Then next thing I knew it was sold out everywhere. Even when I went to Rome I tried Stanstead airport and the 2 MACs in Rome but still had NO luck. I just kept refreshing the website twice a day everyday to see when it would come back in stock. I managed to grab it straight away! I haven’t even tried it yet as I’ve been waiting for a day to do a full face of glam. But for £29 you get a highlight and blush compact and I think that’s pretty well priced.


I saw they had a new lipstick called ‘Strip Me Down’ and both my friend and me thought it was to match stripdown the lip liner so I bought it to make my shopping basket £40 so I could get a free liquid liner. It’s deffo a lot warmer than stripdown it’s kind of simailr to Twig too. I’m not sure how to describe it really.


So free with my order I got 2 free mascara samples and a full size black liquid liner. I remember this eyeliner being amazing so I can’t wait to use it!

So that’s pretty much my payday beauty treats 💋

#HAUL – PAYDAY PURCHASES

I did a big Beauty Bay order when I got paid and it was the best order I’ve ever place. I also bought some bits from Beauty Mart and believe it or not, Amazon too.

Let’s start with the Makeup Geek shadows as I just don’t understand why it took me so long to try Makeup Geek?! These shadows are just tooooo good I can’t get over how good they are. I bought Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Coco Bear, Frappe, Peach Melba, Cherry Cola and 2 foiled ones which I can’t remember but you can see on the photo. I bought a Morphe palette to pop them in just cause I preferred this to the Z Palettes. The shadows are just so pigmented its crazy, if these were £15 a piece I would still fully justify buying them. The foiled ones are incredible. I usually spray Mac Fix+ onto my brush first but for these you don’t even need to do that. I’m 100% buying more next payday.

Bought from Beauty Bay here

Okay so I bought another morphe palette, I probably didn’t need it but I did. I really think everyone should own at least one morphe palette as there such amazing value. I went for the 35K as I needed a really smokey palette and this was a perf alternative to the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette. Once again the pigment just exceeds itself and the foiled shadows are in a league of their own. The empty palette is also perfect for pan eyeshadows, my Makeup Geek shadows fit in perfectly.

Bought from Beauty Bay here and the empty palette here.

Milani blush was next on my list as I saw these in a Jaclyn Hill video waaaay back. I couldn’t decide what shade to do so I went for romantic rose as it was vegan even though I’m not vegan lol. I was just curious to see how vegan make up was as I’ve never used it knowingly! Such a gorgeous everyday blush which goes on well, I think I’m going to buy more of these as you get so much product for your money.

Bought from Beauty Bay here. 

I added a Gerad Cosmetics lippy to my basket and I’m unsure why, I think I was just going CRAY cause it’s cheap and I thought I was Jaclyn Hill. It’s nice but nothing major.

Bought from Beauty Bay here.

I HAD to try the EX1 foundation as people are going so mad for it I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I bought it in shades 100 and 300 as I tan a lot so needed to vary and mix up my shade when needed. However I wish I got 200 and 100 as 300 is actually really dark, well darker than I expected. EX1 is based around olive skin tones and the Arab women love it. But it just really reminds me of MAC Studio Fix Fluid, but for half the price. It has good days and bad days, if you know then you know. The texture is pretty similar too. I’ll still reach for it on my days off work but I do think the Too Faced Born This Way has my heart.

Bought from BeautyMart here.


I’m starting to get into the Korean skincare hype. BeautyMart were selling the TONY MOLY face masks and I was just intrigued by the randomness of the ingredients, like red wine face mask???? But for £6 a shot I was like nah. I found them on amazon, yes Amazon, for £11 for 11 masks (basically the whole set). So I popped them in my basket. I haven’t tried all of them yet but I don’t think I like them more than the Sephora ones. The pore control broke me out into really bad acne again, which some things do then it clears up but a week later and the spots aren’t shifting. However he radiance ones are nice. Cute for a pamper night.

Bought from Amazon here.

#FAVES – JUNE & JULY

I didn’t do a favourites for June just because there wasn’t really anything I was truly like WOW about. So thought I’d do a combined one instead!


SLEEK I DIVINE PALETTE

Okay, I don’t actually mean the whole palette, there’s just this one shade which is absolute holy grail! The bottom right cooper shade is just absolutely to die for. All the other shades are good but this one is in a league of its own. This month I’ve loved copper shades because they really bring out the blue in my eyes. I just use my favourite base colour MAC – Malt, and a few of my usual shades from theBalm Voyage pallete and then pat this copper shade onto my kid with my finger. It’s so beaut.

Bought from Boots here.


KYLIE COSMETICS METAL MATTE 

I bought this in the shade Reign and I mean despite the fact it arrived less than half empty (see Instagram) it’s actually the coolest colour. Whenever I wear this I get so many compliments. Obviously it doesn’t last as long as her liquid mattes do, but it really does stay on well. The only negative, also besides it arriving empty, is that the applicator is awful and makes it harder for you to apply smoothly on your lip. But the colour is banging. I know that NYX have really good metallic dupes so I’m going to give those a try instead of purchasing more of the Kylie metals as they’re so god damn expensive.

Bought from Kylie Cosmetics here.

MAC MINERIZLE POWDER

I used to use this when I was a die hard MAC gurl and then when off it when I started using other brands. But I was sorting out my make up and forgot I had it so started using it again and forgot how amazing it was as an everyday powder. During this absolute mega heatwave it really has helped keep my make up on and covered up my blemishes. I use this in shade Medium.

Bought from MAC here.

GERAD COSMETICS LIPGLOSS

Another one I forgot about! Jaclyn Hill used to rave about these when she started doing YouTube and I bought them but wasn’t really a gloss kinda gal at the time. Since trying the Kylie Cosmetics ones and just not really feeling it I decided to give these a go and really forgot how good they were! I can use them without any colour underneath cause the pigment is great, and they really have a nice shine to them. However, they are sticky so watch your hair.

Bought from Beauty Bay here.

#LIFE – BISH TURNED 20


Not gonna lie, 20 isn’t even old but I was dreading my birthday. I just wanted to stay in my teens forever! You can just get away with more stuff, and like 20 sounds really close to 30.

I love birthdays and I’ve always been one to long mine out for as long as I can. But this year I just wanted to spend time with my friends and family, those closest to me. Since I moved to uni everyone said that your uni friends are you friends for like. Now as much as I don’t even like labelling them as ‘uni friends’ cause really they’re all my bloody friends all the end of the day, I realised that there really is nothing better than home friends! I think because we’re all doing our own thing it’s so nice to come together and catch up on each others lives and see how well we’re all doing. #Slay.

 


I traveled back to Newcastle with my bestie Yasmin, we stank of fake tan in prep for Saturday night. We sipped on processco and nibbled on some strawberrys. The journey from London to Newcastle is a good 3 hours so traveling with someone really made a difference!


I wore a Missguided playsuit from their Peace & Love collection. I had a 35% off code from them so got this playsuit for £30 instead of £45. I’m always hesitant to order from Missguided as the quality is very questionable. I thought the Peace & Love collection was more premium, but deffo not. The playsuit was like a thin satin material and wasn’t even lined! Id much rather pay a bit extra and have something nicer from Topshop.

We went out in Newcastle to our faaaveeeee club, Tup Tup Palace. So much Beyonce is was banging.

NOW FOR THE BEST PART


I went to see Beyonce!!

I had such a good time, I’d never seen Beyonce before. I didn’t get there at a crazy time or anything. In fact I got there at 8pm when she was supposed to be coming on stage. I thought I’d be right at the back but I somehow ended up just to the side of the golden circle. Winning.

When I was there I had the time of me life and took so many drunk snapchats, even if it was raining.


Since seeing other UK shows I noticed that she did more songs at other venues compared to Sunderland. Partition had a whole dance routine and set to it and she didn’t perform it, I was devvo’d because that’s one of my favourite songs. Same for the 50 shades of grey version of crazy in love. Just seems a bit unfair when we’ve paid hella money to see her ! End of the day I still had a banging birthday. #BibisBirthdayBender

Glam post to follow x

 

#FASHUN – PYJAMAS BUT NOT PYJAMAS

Ive been loving pyjama style shirts recently! I think they look great paired with some mom jeans for that casual slouchy look.


Top & Bottoms: H&M


Top: Topshop

Bralet: ASOS

Belt: ASOS

Jeans: Vintage Levis


Top: (as before)

Belt: Topshop

Jeans: Topshop Jamie

Boots: Old old Topshop, style is called Ava, I’ve seen them knocking about on Depop.


Top: Topshop

Everything else as before

#GETTHELOOK – 7AM GET UP

Early start, early finish. The 7am shift is my fave cause you open up and get shit done then before you know it your finished and you still have the rest of your day. But it’s tidieous when it comes to make up, cause you want something quick and easy to do but you don’t want to look like you’ve just rolled out of bed and arrived at work. Plus, if you’ve got plans after work then you need a look which can do both….. Although nobody probably thinks about make up in this much detail, just me? Okay cool.

FACE: I went for a subtle contour and more of a highlight as I wanted to brighten up my face. I’d fake tanned the night before (I used Bondi Sands) so my face was quite bronzed. I used my usual Sephora foundation (although I really need to find a new foundation as this is running out, any suggestions?), Sephora creamy concealer and Make Up Forever HD translucent powder to set everything in place. Then I used Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk and the NYX contour palette to give a light contour. I went HARD with highlight, I used the Topshop Glow Pot in Polished, and both Topshop Highlighters in Sunbeam and Crescent Moon. Love a glow. I used them above my cheekbones, on my nose and on my Cupid’s bow.

EYES: I used The Balm Voyage palette in shades Bienvenue, Tervetuloa and a little bit of Valkommen to do a light warm brown smokey eye. I then used Topshop gel liner to do some eyeliner flicks. Im so bad at eyeliner I have to use sticky tape to line my eyes so my ticks are even!  For my brows I used my ultimate fave Topshop brow gel in Form.

LIPS: I used both Topshop Lip Contours to do my lips, I used Frame to out line my lips and Outline in the centre to do a nude matte ombré. I dust a bit of contour powder under my bottom lip, I learnt this trick on Kylie Jenners app and it really makes so much difference! Also works really well with these lip liners.

HAIR: I got me some extensions, blog post to follow! I styled my hair with Balmain sea salt spray to create a beachy texture.

So overall, my face is pretty much Topshop! I do fully recommend all the products mentioned. The Balm palette I bagged in TK Maxx for £8, RRP £37.50!!

#FAVES – APRIL

This post is waaaaay over due cause I’ve been so busy with uni. But here it is, my April favourites!


LUMEE SELFIE LIGHT PHONE CASE 

I’ve wanted one of these for so long but just never got round to purchasing as you have to order them from America and the shipping is weeelllll expensive. You can get snide ones on eBay and stuff but I wanted the real deal, so I could get my selfie game as strong as Kim Kardashians. If you didn’t know, she has one of these. I ordered from the Lumee website and including shipping and everything it cost me £50, which yeah is ridic for a phone case. BUT ITS SO GOOD. Okay yeah it does make your phone look like an absolute brick, but the selfies are banging. It’s so good for drunk snapchats on a night out too. You can alter the strength of the light to suit you. It’s so perf. I fully recommend that everyone has one of these in their lives.


NYX SETTING SPRAY 

I usually use Urban Decay setting spray but I felt like it wasn’t doing much on my face for everyday use, but for nights out its somehow amazing. I use setting sprays everyday so I don’t have to touch up on my make up throughout the day. I saw this and it’s so cheap I thought I may aswell give it a go. ITS SO GOOD. If not better than the Urban Decay one, serious. If you have oily skin then avoid this and opt for the Matte finish version instead.


TOPSHOP BRONZER IN MOHAWKE

I love the feeling of going back to a product and it being amazing and you just forgot about how amazing it was. Cause that’s what happened with this. It’s matte so there’s no shimmer in this, so if you prefer shimmery bronzers then this ain’t the one for you. Since I’ve been loving highlight recently, this works perfectly as its matte so I don’t end up with a completely shimmery face. I use it on my cheekbones to help blend my contour and on the temples of my forehead. It really gives me a glow so my face matches with my orange fake tanned body.


TOPSHOP BROW GEL 

For real this stuff is so good. As you may know, I’ve used Maybelline Brow Drama for years now, but this has officially taken its place. I bought it in the darker shade but it’s actually really really dark so I have to apply it lightly so I don’t end up looking like Mr Bean. At first I was a bit worried about the brush size as its so small, but it’s perfect because it gets every detail so you can really accurately shape your brows. If you’re someone who has to fill in their brows (with pencil or gel) then use this over the top to hold the hairs in place.


GARNIER MICELLAR WATER WITH OIL

I love love love the normal (the one in the pink bottle) Garnier Micellar water, when I saw this in Boots I was like ooooh I need to try this. Must admit if you have oily skin then just skip this, this is your worst nightmare. This is 100% for dry skin. It doesn’t leave your skin greasy at all, it really does hydrate your face and give it a bit of a glow. Make sure you shake the bottle well before use though!

#HAUL – PAYDAY PURCHASES


PAYDAY PAYDAY PAYDAY! It was a 5 week month and it was a struggle, but I did have a lil help from my student loan obvs. Usually on payday I go hard and then by Monday I’m completely broke again, but I was good this time round. I just bought some treats from Topshop.


Topshop Highlight in Crescent Moon

You know the amazing holy saviour glow pot from Topshop? Well this is it but now in powder form! YES BISHES. Super excited to try this. Also, glow pot is sold out (not discontinued according to some bloggers), it’s back in stock later this month. I work better with powders than I do creams so I was super excited when I saw this. If you LOVE highlight then this will look gorgeous when used with the glow pot.

 

 

 

 

DHC Moisture Strips

These are one of my favourite skincare products of all time. They went out of stock for about 3 months and when they came back in stock the other day I stocked up and bought 3 boxes so I never have to go without them again. When I was suffering withdraw symptoms from these, I used Sephroa eye masks which are also amazing. I prefer the DHC ones because they contain aloe vera and soy.

I suffer from eczema under my eyes when I’m stressed, but whenever I feel like my eyes are going a bit dry I pop one of these on overnight and in the morning my eyes are moisturised and the signs of eczema are gone.

Topshop Brow Gel

FINALLY! This product is just slightly over due. I’ve used Maybelline Brow Drama for about 2 years now and swear by it. When this came out I was so eager to try it, it comes in 2 shades and I went for the darker shade as I have dark statement brows and the lighter shade wouldn’t do much for them. Only thing I’m a bit unsure about is the brush size, it’s so small for my big brows!

 

 

 

Topshop Lip Contour Lip Liners

I don’t really know where to start with these really. They’re just the absolute shit. One thing that annoys me is that they’re called lip contour, like no let’s not complicate our contouring routine Im still trying to get my head around my cheekbones let alone lips. These are lip LINERS. Comparing them to MAC as per, they’re basically the cream stick liner, same texture, same mechanical pencil and same (if not better) pigment. But only priced at £6.50, amazing.

 

 

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetThey come in 2 shades, Frame and Outline. Frame is the darker one out of the two, similar to Whirl/Spice/Deverish lip liners by MAC and Outline is on the same level as Honey Love… if it was to be a lip liner. Frame is also very very similar to Candy K from Kylie Jenner. Such a good dupe. Click here to read my review on the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit.

From top to bottom: 

Koko K – Kylie Jenner, Frame – Topshop, Outline – Topshop and Candy K- Kylie Jenner.

 

 

#SKINCARE101 – MY NEW ROUTINE

If you read my post about my new skincare products from Lush, you’ll see what I tried ‘n’ tested. But about a month or so later my skin was just as spotty as what it was when I bought the products Although, I do love the Tea Tree Water, I do rate that. Just read that post and you’ll understand what I’m banging on about. So basically, nothing from lush really worked on my skin so I went on another search for perf skin… and here’s what I found.

Night Time Routine:

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Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

This is holy grail best make up remover on the market RN. Removing make up is SO important. I NEVER use make up wipes, they’re an absolute no go for my skin. Some people can get away with them but they’re so bad for you, they just drag the make up around your face. I used The Ultimelt by Soap & Glory for about 3 years as a cheaper Liz Earle dupe but I had to use it twice to remove all of the make up from my face, probably didn’t help that I was wearing MAC Studio Fix Fluid all day either. I ran out of S&G and for some reason just didn’t bother repurchasing it as I think I was just bored of it. I used a Garnier cleanser for a while which was actually really good and moisturising but I just ended up going through cotton wool pads like there’s no tomorrow. My student loan had came in and I just thought, f*ck it I’m pushing the boat out and getting Liz Earle. For some reason I thought it was really expensive, but at £14 it was only £4 more than S&G and I ordered from Feel Unique so I had 20% student discount off it! It costs slightly more if you buy it with the muslin cloths, but I had loads from the S&G days so purchased without.

It removes my make up in one go and leaves my skin looking calm and refreshed, no mascara panda eyes or red irritated patches on my skin. Just make sure you thoroughly rinse the muslin cloth so you’re not trapping any dirt.

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System

La Roche had been recommended to me by a few people and I’d noticed that in Boots they had a set targeted towards acne prone skin. I was just a bit reluctant to try it as me and face wash don’t get on and I was sceptical if the toner would be too harsh on my face. But I thought it would be better than going to the doctors and prescribing to acne medication, and for £33 plus 20% student discount I thought I would give it a go, and I’m SO glad I did. I  only use this as part of my night time skincare routine. I didn’t want to over clean my face and I wasn’t sure how the products would sit under my make up. I take my make up off with the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, swipe over my face with Garnier Micellar Water and then shower. NEVER wash your face in the shower! In London especially. The power of the water is too hard on your face causing redness, and think about the temperature of your shower compared to washing your face.

Firstly I wash my face with the face wash, this was what I was sceptical about incase it ripped my face of natural oils causing spots and redness as my face is quite sensitive. It gently foams on your face and you can see the cleanliness straight away, it leaves your skin so soft, there’s no need to scrub with this product. I haven’t experienced any extra spots whatsoever from this, really rate it. I then follow with the toner which just helps remove any excess dirt off my face and tighten pores, you can kind of feel it tighten your skin after. Finally, I moisturise with the Effaclar Duo+. Just apply a thin layer on the face, you really don’t need a lot of this product. My skin feels baby bum smooth afterwards.

I’ve been using this for just over a week now and I just can’t express enough how much this works. I’m surprised that after a week I can see so much difference. My acne has visibly reduced and my skin is more even and smooth. I’m going to do a before and after review when I’ve been using this everyday for a month so you can see the difference.

Morning Routine:

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Garnier Moisture Match – Ultra Hydrating

My friend used one of these when on holiday and really rated them, so I added the hydrating one to my basket on Feel Unique as it was only £2.49. When I opened it to test it on my hand, it had the same smoothing texture as my Sephora primer so I thought this would be perfect to use as my morning moisturiser under my make up. I usually use MAC Comfort Cream but was getting bored of it and it was so expensive for a moisturiser.

So in the morning I shower, then swipe a cotton wool pad of Garnier Micellar Water on my face, then again with Lush Tea Tree Water and then gently apply this moisturiser on my face and neck. I always wait a minimum of 5 minutes for my skin to absorb the moisturiser before I apply make up, so I go off and make breakfast or dry my hair in this time. If I apply make up straight away, I find that my foundation doesn’t sit right.

When I sat down to do my make up, I noticed that the moisturiser had given my face a blurring effect just like my primer usually does. So I thought I’d give my primer a miss and try this out. OMG, 10.30pm when I’d finished work, my make up was still in place. I got home and checked out the ingredients and realised that glycerin was the second ingredient. If you don’t know what glycerin (aka, glycerine or glycerol) is, It’s basically what sticks product to your face. Although, when I put it like that it sounds kinda grim. But anyway, even as a moisturiser this product is great. I don’t get any dry patches when wearing foundation and my skin looks glowy and moisturised. However, if you have oily skin I would avoid.