Five Budget Makeup Buys (All Under £6.00) Both You & Your Purse Will Love For Spring

Makeup for me is all about experimentation, finding something new and discovering a steal that you want to recommend to all your friends. Although I would always opt to spend more on my foundation and skincare, when it comes to the majority of my makeup bag there’s always room for a bargain. Over the last few weeks a tonne of super shiny and expensive makeup products have landed on my desk, but what’s making me stand up and take notice are the incredibly affordable versions that you don’t even have to wait to treat yourself to – because when they’re less than a coffee and slice of cake, it would be rude not to really. From all the bits and bobs that have made their way to me in the last weeks, these are the five that have all made me go ‘ooooh’… And even better, none of them are more than six quid!

1. Collection Lasting Perfection Colour Correctors (£4.19)
If you’re a fan of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (and I know so many of you are – there was almost a riot when it went out of stock!) then you’ll love these colour correcting additions that help to create an even more flawless base. The same texture and pigment, these are available in either a yellow, lilac or green variant to counteract dullness, sallowness or redness. Creamy and highly saturated, these work really well on the skin on their own (obviously under foundation) or mixed with your usual concealer if you’re not a fan of too many layers. Colour correction may have been a trend in 2016, but it’s actually been a pro secret for years – so don’t dismiss it!

2. Essence Volume Stylist Curl & Hold Mascara (£3.00)
This German brand is frustratingly only available in Wilko, but it is available to buy online. They have so many great little bargains on offer, most of which are only a few pounds – including their mascaras which are generally a bit of a hidden gem. This ‘Volume Stylist Curl & Hold’ features a slightly curved wand (that you can’t see in the pic) and a tonne of bristles, as well as a reservoir to hold an excess of product, which together results in a super lifted and voluminous lash line. Personally I find that Essence mascaras can leave me with Panda eyes if I’m not careful with their removal, but I’m really enjoying the result this provides. It’s a great one to use every day, if you can’t bear to reach for the YSL/Dior/MAC/whatever posh mascara you’re currently loving.

3. Rimmel London Super Gel Nail Polish (£5.99)
I’ve bought Rimmel nail plishes for as long as I’ve been wearing colour on my talons, mainly because they’re incredibly affordable and offer a huge range of colour. The latest launch from the brand is a ‘Super Gel’ alternative to gel nails, which is applied in two stages: the colour followed by the ‘gel effect’ topcoat. Thanks to the super thick brush, application is a doddle and a true-to-bottle colour can be achieved in only two coats (although the first can be a touch streaky, so keep with it!) I’m really impressed with the smoothness of the finish which really covers and conceals any texture imperfections or flaking, as well as the longevity – a couple of days in and it’s still going strong, even if I don’t expect it to stay put for anywhere near the 14 days it promises. My current fave is undoubtedly Purple Splash, but there are over twenty shiny shades to choose from.


4. NYX Vivid Brights Cream Colour (£5.50)
A brand I’m quickly falling head over heels for, NYX just seem to nail affordable beauty while still providing textures and formats that are a little bit different. These Cream Colour pots offer a really strong pigment that can be used in a multitude of ways – either as an eyeshadow, liner or even lip colour or blush if the need arises! Although some shades are richer and creamier than others (generally speaking the pastel shades are harder to work with,) they’re beautiful to blend and would look amazing paired with a flush of bronzer this summer. The creamy texture does take some getting used to if you’re usually just a powder eyeshadow girl, but the beauty is all in the experimentation.


5. Olivia Hale Blush & Bronze (From £1.99)
Part of a whole brand launch into Home Bargains (which seems to be more of an Oop North thing – it’s always my first stop when I visit my mum in Derby!) these may be packaged in slightly cheap and tacky plastic cases, but it’s what’s inside that counts. I’ve tried a whole heap of makeup from the brand and these are definitely my top picks (alongside the glosses and polishes, where you can’t really go wrong) as they’re soft, pigmented and easy to buff into skin. If you don’t want to take your expensive makeup on holiday with you this summer (we’ve all been there when it arrives on the luggage carousel smashed to smithereens,) then these offer a super cheap way to still look hot – no compromise needed. FYI the bronzer is very shimmery though, so proceed with caution if you’re not into a glistening cheekbone…

Have you found any other makeup bargains recently that you think we should all know about?

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You Need to See the Latest Tili Box!

QVC Tili Box Review

Beauty box subscriptions aren’t anything new but loving, using and enjoying every, single item inside is pretty rare. If you have been left feeling a little jaded in regards to such concept in the past, I urge you to try out QVC’s Tili Box: Try it, Love it and trust me you will; with full sized items and luxurious samples from brands you will more than likely want to explore, this may just be the best £20 you have spend this month. Let me show you what is inside the current drop…

QVC Tili Box Review

First of all let’s talk about the physical box – beautifully presented with plenty of tissue paper and stuffing to ensure your newly acquired goodies land on your doorstep in plenty of time, all in a gorgeous coral shade. I should mention that the colour of packaging various each edition (February’s box was green and who knows what August will bring) but the good news is that they are sturdy and lend themselves to re-purposing rather well – a quick Pinterest search should give you ideas galore.

Here is what is inside the fourth edition of the Tili Box:

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Alpha-H Liquid Rose Gold (50ml) – A limited edition version of the cult beauty classic that is Liquid Gold but with a gentler formulation. This glycolic acid base enriched toner features an array of aromatic botanical including: rose, sacred lotus and orchid petals. The idea is that you use this a few times a week to gently exfoliate, brighten and refine the skin – if you enjoyed the original you will love this.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x OPI Fiji Collection Nail Polish (15ml) – You will receive one of eight from the new spring/summer 17 Fiji collection nail polishes in a full sized bottle. I unwrapped the super pretty and ready for Spring shade, OPI Suzi Without a Paddle (pastel blue) and can’t wait for flip-flop season to really make the most of the subtle pastel shade.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Vita Liberata 10 Minute Tan (20ml) – a quick and easy self tanner that is infused with rosehip and neroli extracts and can offer results in just 10 minutes. Great for those in a rush but also those who prefer a golden based tanning product.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Erno Laszlo Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Bar (15ml and 17g) -You’ll receive one of the following kits: Firm: plumps and firms the look of your complexion; or Hydrate: helps to restore moisture to your skin I have the firming duo which contains a duo phased cleansing oil which makes light work of removing even the heaviest of make-up and a nifty cleansing bar for a luxurious yet easy double cleanse method.

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1 x It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (4ml) in Medium – Admittedly the shade won’t suit everyone but you will be blown away by the formula. This glides onto the skin offering moisture, comfort and a great level of coverage – I am obsessed and will be purchasing a full sized bottle. If that’s not enough the formulation is beautifully created with hydrolysed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, B, C and E, to offer more than just a base product.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Julien Farel Vitamin Shampoo (50ml) – a wonderful shampoo that is enriched with hyaluronic acid, panthenol, and vitamins B, C and E to strengthen even the most weakened of hair types.

1 x Julien Farel Vitamin Conditioner (50ml) – the perfect partner to the above shampoo – a great conditioner that deeply nourishes without weight.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Ultrasun Face SPF30 (25ml) – a broad-spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy, once a day formulation that is suitable for sensitive skin and the perfect base for applying make-up on top of. My second favourite product in the box behind the CC Cream.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Benefit Roller Lash (3g) – This mascara needs no introduction, everyone loves it and for good reason: the one of a kind brush both lengthens and curls the lashes in one quick move, allowing you to skip traditional lash curling methods. You need to try this.

QVC Tili Box Review

1 x Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (30ml) complete with a muslin cloth – a cult classic and for good reason, this soft, creamy cleanser that is enriched with rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus and cocoa butter quickly melts off all forms of make-up, dirt and grim as well as exfoliating the skin.Everyone should try this at least once to discover the magic of it for themselves.

There’s no denying that the contents are wonderful and truly a snip for the price of £20 but what further sets the QVC Tili Box apart from others is that it is a subscription free process: you can dip in and out of the boxes whenever you like and are never tied to a rolling subscription plan. This means you will never, ever be stuck with a box you don’t want – pretty great huh? Also each and every product inside any Tili Box can be found in full size on the QVC website, meaning you don’t have to trawl the internet looking for your favourite new find – it couldn’t be easier.

I must warn you that the QVC Tili Boxes sell out pretty quickly so get it while you can via QVC here – link.

This is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions expressed throughout are my own.

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What Fashion Blogging Has Taught Me About Dressing Myself

I’ve always loved fashion. Not the ‘hot of the catwalk’ or ‘must imitate my favourite celebrities’ sense, but in a sense that’s all about expressing who I am through the clothes that I wear. Whether it’s keeping it casual with jeans and a tee, or vamping it up with heels and a boob-enhancing dress, or somewhere in-between when I know a classically cut dress will always do be right, what I adorn my body with is a huge part of who I am. I love to shop and always have, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to invest in classic pieces or quality garments that will last longer than a season, as well as opting for more flattering cuts rather than just what’s hot in the shops right now. Fashion blogging was always the last thing on my mind, but when presented with the opportunity to document some of my favourite outfits (notably when Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch just told me she was going to start taking my photo!) it was hard to say no… Over the last few months I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing some of my looks, but the process has definitely taught me a things about outfit creation that I never realised before.

WHAT LOOKS GOOD IN THE MIRROR DOESN’T ALWAYS TRANSLATE

Have you ever gotten ready of a morning, looked in the mirror feeling fabulous, and then caught a glimpse of yourself in a shop window and wondered what on earth you were thinking? Yeah, imagine that but instead of a shop window it’s 500 photographs. An outfit that I think is super cute at home doesn’t always look good in the real world, and the issue is more times than not that there’s not enough going on. Denim is a firm favourite of mine, but without some bold accessories and a statement coat it can start to channel ‘mum and the school gates’ (nothing wrong with that – it’s just that I was going for ‘hot lady that can still totally rock Topshop’!) Rather than choosing one item I want to wear and throwing on the rest, I’m starting to visualise a whole look instead. Check me!
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The Marc Jacobs Splashes are Back!

Marc Jacobs Splashes Review 2017

Yes ladies and gentlemen, the soft and ever coveted, light fragrances that are Marc Jacobs Splashes are back once again, and I for one couldn’t be more excited.

Marc Jacobs Splashes Review 2017

Hear me out: I live in Scotland, a place not exactly renowned for its tropical climate and as such, I do associate wet weather with the Spring months – we don’t have the term April showers floating around for no good reason but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes dear readers, I enjoy the rain, especially when the showers are light and leave the air smelling fresh with an earthy combination of wet soil and surrounding greenery. It’s a sensation and scent explosion that I find difficult to mimic, well that was until I tested out the Marc Jacobs Splashes for myself. Four, beautifully created scents that evoke the newness of the season in numerous aspects, and offer new yet non-fussy insights into refreshingly (they aren’t called Splashes for no reason), clean ready-to-wear fragrances.

Marc Jacobs Splashes Review 2017

The Marc Jacob Splashes are technically Eau de Toilettes but are intended to be worn fairly generously – think of them as a mature, incarnation of a body mist – spray on generously and enjoy the uplifting, refreshing tonic. As all four options are delicate, you don’t run the risk of ever overdoing it (or suffocating all that is near to you), yet they have the prolonged wear time, that so many of us crave. I deem these to be casual fragrance options: a wardrobe of four softened splashes of notes, that are effortlessly cool and ready for the day – be that work, play or brunch.

What I personally enjoy about the Marc Jacobs Splashes is that each fusion, captures a different aspect of Spring: Cotton – like freshly washed, air dried linen with notes of jasmine, cotton flower, musk and bergamot. For a non- fruity yet bright, sensory choice we have Cucumber – which of course contains a strong presence of cucumber combined with Freesia and musk. The fruity creation of this collection is Pear: bright, bold and not at all tart with hints of Pear, gin and woody accords. Last but not least we have the aquatic yet light, scent of Rain: with freshly cut grass and tropical rain accords, whatever they might be.

Marc Jacobs Splashes Review 2017
This is an old photo from last year, of my first two bottles – they are in storage and I’m not currently able to get to them so please excuse the sudden and dramatic photo quality change.

The wonderful aspect of this small curation of scents is that they are truly adaptable: each can be worn alone, layered with other options within the collection (Cotton and Rain particularly fuse well together) or combined with your current favourite fragrance. Although perhaps not to everyone’s taste (then again what is), I would say that the four Marc Jacobs Splashes are entirely universal (the bottles have been so well designed in this aspect) and are as at home on a female as they are male; Rain in particular has a fairly masculine presence and does happen to be my personal favourite.

At the moment, I can not say with absolute certainty if the Marc Jacobs Splashes are limited edition or are gearing towards a permanent position but they are currently available online in various locations which may suggest the latter?

In the U.K you can find the Marc Jacobs Splashes via Superdrug £38/100ml – link

In the U.S you can find the Marc Jacobs Splashes via Sephora $62/100ml – link

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