My Christmas Makeup

Friday, 26 December 2014

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So yesterday was Christmas Day, the only day a year that everyone is a morning person! I hope you all had an amazing day, spent loads of time with your family, got some lovely presents and obviously doubled your weight in food and drinks! I'm currently snuggled up in a onesie with some disaronno to my left, so I should probably write this post before that hits me. Anyway, Christmas is a time that I love to do my makeup, even if no one in my family ever takes any notice, it just makes me feel a lot better and happier.

I always go for a red lip. Always. Without fail. Well for the past two years anyway, I wasn't really into makeup before then. Last year I think I wore a Rimmel shade, I can't exactly remember, but this is definitely going to be my Christmas tradition from now on! I hadn't really planned what else I'd be using on the day so I just picked at my makeup collection in the morning!

My base consisted of Smashbox's Photofinish Primer, I have a sample of this and I am desperate to get the full size, it's amazing! Then I used Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation, it's a low coverage light foundation but it does cling to dry patches a little which is annoying, but it's the only foundation pale enough for me at the moment. For concealer I used Rimmel's Wake Me Up Concealer, which is too dark for me so I mixed it a little with a lighter concealer from MUA. Still too dark but oh well.

Moving on to eyes; I put MAC's Bare Study Paintpot all over the lid as a base, to make my eye makeup last all day and into the evening. For shadows, I used a mixture of two palettes from Makeup Revolution, the Essential Shimmers and the Iconic 1, the one pictured above is the Essential Shimmers. From this I applied the third shade from the top all over the lid on top of Bare Study. The second shade from the bottom was run through my crease and outer V. The fifth shade from the bottom was run along my lower lash line, to add more definition to the look. I then applied a gold shade from the Iconic 1 on the outer side of my lid, to add a golden shimmer and just more glitter! I topped off the look with a coat of my Benefit They're Real Mascara.

I used the Naked Basics 2 to fill in my eyebrows, using the shade Frisk. I also used this palette for my highlight too, using Skimp on top of my cheekbones, in the inner corner of my eye, down the bridge of my nose and in my cupid's bow. To contour I used my Elf Contouring Blush duo, and applied it in the hollows of my cheeks. I used Rimmel's Stay Matte powder to keep all my makeup in place and achieve a matte finish.

The last thing I had to do was lips obviously, this year I chose MAC's Russian Red, it's literally the perfect red, especially for Christmas.

What makeup did you wear on Christmas Day?

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MAC Russian Red

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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MAC Russian Red Matte

I may have got another MAC lipstick, but I won this in a giveaway so it's ok, right?  I have bought a few MAC lipsticks over the past few weeks, and my bank balance now hates me, so winning this was a pleasant surprise! I entered Cat's giveaway over on Je Suis Cat, and then had the choice to pick a lipstick, I've been wanting a nice red lipstick for a while, so of course I had to go for Russian Red. 

I seem to have every colour in a MAC lipstick, except red, so I was happy to finally complete a collection. At first I thought I'd kind of have a horrible Snow White look from this lipstick, as I'm so pale, I just thought it would clash awfully making me look as pale as a white sheet. Surprisingly, Russian Red is a blue toned red which is perfect for my pale complexion; the cool tones really make the lipstick stand out against my skin. It has a matte finish, which prolongs the wear time and creates an opaque look instantly, definitely making it my favourite MAC finish. Even though it has a matte finish, it isn't drying on the lips at all, it has a creamy formula which applies easily, and stays put on the lips. This lipstick lasts through eating, drinking and general day to day stuff, meaning I can wear it without wondering where my lipstick has drifted off to. 

MAC Russian Red Matte Swatch

This red is such a versatile shade, I don't think I've ever seen someone that it doesn't suit. Red is difficult to find a perfect shade for you, but this is just amazing on anyone. It is one of my favourite red lipsticks now, it's that true perfect red. It is 100% going to be my Christmas lipstick. 

Also, who doesn't love MAC packaging? I cannot wait to buy a lipstick holder to sit on my desk just so I can display my MAC beauties, and some of my other lipsticks. You really get your moneys worth with MAC, and even though they keep putting up their prices, we all keep running back don't we? It's a naughty habit, but we love it! I think an orange toned red is next on my list, for the spring..

What MAC lipstick should I pick up next?




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All I Want For Christmas is Beauty, and a Football Shirt?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Some of you are probably looking at this wishlist thinking 'what the hell, why does a beauty blogger want a football shirt?'. If you didn't know, I'm probably one of the most obsessed football fans, much to a lot of people's surprise. I've been to pretty much every home game this season, only missing one for a blog event. So yeah I'm not your average cliche beauty blogger, oops! I support Southampton FC, always have, always will. Their 2014/15 Season Home Shirt would be a dream Christmas present for me. If you follow me on twitter, you'll probably be sick of my football spam, but last week was the most amazing week ever and with more to come over the next two weeks, I'll be posting about it all soon.

Now onto the beauty side! A Marc Jacobs Perfume has been something I've wanted for ages, and the Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs is just a perfect scent. I spray it every time I go into Debenhams or Boots and it just gets better everytime. I'm awful with smells so I won't even try and describe it. Next up is Illamasqua's Cream Pigment in Hollow, everyone says this is the holy grail contour product for pale skin, just what I'm looking for as everything else I've tried has been way too orange. I also like the fact that it's a cream product because I think it will blend better than a powder contour.

If you're not eyeing up the NARS Virtual Domination Palette, I think there is something seriously wrong with you. It's such great value for money, the packaging is beautiful and it's NARS. With two limited edition shades, the well known Laguna Bronzer and two other blush shades, who could say no? The Body Shop's Christmas collections always wow me, this year they didn't so much as I only really like one of the scents, but I truly love it so I guess it's all ok. It obviously had to be the Vanilla Brulee scent, and this Vanilla Brulee Tube of Treasures is the best gift. It contains shower gel, body butter, body polish and a crinkle lily, all for £15. It has really nice packaging too, so there's no need to wrap, just pop in a cute bag!

The last thing on my Christmas list, is a huge list of Makeup Revolution products! They've released so many amazing products over the past month or so, and I'm dying to try some, my favourites are; Radiant Light (all 3 shades), Essential Mattes 2 Palette, Mermaids vs Unicorns Palette, Blush and Contour Palette in Golden Sugar and the All About Bronze Palette.

Whats on your Christmas Wishlist?


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Nanshy Blending Brush

Sunday, 14 December 2014

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Whilst looking through the products I recieved in my #sotonoctmeetup goody bag, I spotted a familiar bag! A gorgeous Nanshy Brushes bag caught my eye instantly and I was so excited to see what was inside. Nanshy brushes are something that I've wanted to try for ages, as the only makeup brushes I use are by Real Techniques, and although they're amazing, I really want to try out some new brands and expand my brush collection. Such a typical blogger I know. 

I got a Nanshy Blending Brush* which made me so happy, as eye makeup is definitely my favourite part of my makeup routine. I just love creating new looks. I've been using this brush for a few weeks now and I'm so impressed. It applies eyeshadow evenly and blends effortlessly. This brush has made eye makeup a lot easier, as the brush I was using to blend before just didn't do the job properly at all which I've definitely realised now. I also like to use it to run colours through my crease, it's the perfect shape and size.

The brush itself is very appealing to look at, the handle is a shimmery white colour. The head of the brush is super soft, I couldn't stop feeling it when I first got it. Even after a few washes, it's still in exactly the same condition. I don't think a brush has ever worked so well for me. I'm definitely going to be expanding my collection now to include more Nanshy brushes. 

Have you tried any Nanshy brushes? What are your favourites?

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The Only Shimmers You'll Ever Need

Saturday, 13 December 2014

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As you probably know by now, I have fallen head over heels in love with a new makeup brand ever since they finally got a stand in my local superdrug. That new makeup brand is obviously Makeup Revolution. This brand have hit the bloggersphere like no other, I think their bargain prices and amazing quality have shocked us all. I bought their Essential Shimmers palette in November, in my Autumn Beauty Haul, which you can find here. I was actually shocked that I picked this palette over the Essential Mattes palette, because I am 100% more of a matte kind of girl, but it really stood out to me. 



After a few days of playing with the shades, this palette quickly made it's way into my everyday makeup products. I was so impressed with the range of shades, it's full of coppery brown shades, which are perfect for this time of year. Although a lot of the colours look quite similar, they are either completely different to what you expect, or the compliment another colour in the palette really well. This has led to me being able to create looks effortlessly, as I find it so easy to pick colours that work well together just by looking at them. My favourite combination at the moment is the two shades that are the 5th shade in from the left and right. The lighter shade works well across the lid, and the darker shade is perfect to run through the crease to darken the look, but keep it natural and not over dramatic.



As you can see from the swatches, all of the shades have very high pigmentation. I'm writing this blogpost wearing these eyeshadows; its 1:30am and I've had them on since 4pm, they're still intact. That's insane quality, better than most high end brands actually! The size of the palette is a lot bigger than I expected it to be when I first saw them online, but they're still great for travelling etc. Retailing at £4 for 12 shades, this palette is such a steal. I'd recommend picking up any of the Makeup Revolution palettes, for £4 you can't say no really. 

What's your favourite Makeup Revolution palette?
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Faking Those Rosy Cheeks

Friday, 12 December 2014

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You're probably getting sick of seeing this blush on my blog, it's featured in two posts already, but I thought I'd do a full review of it for you, to show you how pretty it really is! If you've read my previous posts, you'll know that I actually have no idea what shade this is as ELF don't put shade names on their blushes, which really annoys me. I have 5 ELF blushes and some of them are quite similar, so I can't match them to swatches/photos on the site, which sucks really. ELF please start putting shade names on products!

Other than that, this blush is one of my all time favourite blushes, so I guess knowing what shade it is would help me. It's a lovely deep pink toned blush, with a little shimmer to it, but not so much that it's completely noticeable. A sweep of this on the apples of your cheeks leaves a perfect winter rosy glow, if you can't have the natural blushed look, fake it til you make it. 

Seeing as this blush retails at £3.50, I wasn't expecting anything special really, maybe a bit of colour that lasted a few hours. I was so wrong, this blush is so pigmented, you have to be careful whilst applying otherwise you can be left to look like a bit of a clown. I usually swipe my brush across the blush in the pan, and then across my hand before applying lightly to the face. A light hand is key here. The blush applies evenly, and is so easily blended into the skin to achieve the look you want. On to weartime, I'm truly shocked. I wear this blush to college, and sometimes my days are 8+ hours, and although it made fade a tiny bit during the day, there's still a gorgeous flush of colour on my cheeks at the end of the day. 

Top: Swatched
Bottom: Blended Swatch
If anyone wants to take a guess at what shade this is, feel free and please let me know! I just can't work it out, there's two I can't chose between. All ELF blushes are of the same quality for the same bargain price, so I'd recommend picking up any of them.

Have you tried anything from ELF?
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Julianne's Red

Thursday, 11 December 2014

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I've never been a red kind of girl. I'm either nude or the darkest available. Red is a shade that has never worked for me, ever. I've never been able to pick up a red shade and say wow this really suits me. Well that was the case until a few weeks ago, when as a spur of the moment thing I picked up a lipstick from the Pure Reds Collection by L'Oreal.


I chose the shade Julianne's Red, this was because they didn't have Blake's Red, and I think the other's were out of stock too. I'm actually quite glad they were though, as I've always felt comfortable enough to wear a dark red, but never a bright red. Julianne's Red is a bright oranged toned lipstick, and when I bought it I actually thought I'd never wear it, but as soon as I put it on I was so surprised. I actually found a bright red that suits me.


The L'Oreal Pure Reds Collection was released as a follow up of their Nudes Collection, from which I own Cheyrl's Nude. The formulation of the two collections is very different though, I found the nude collection to be very sheer and didn't last very long on the lips at all. However, Julianne's Red has a gorgeous creamy satin texture, which applies to the lips evenly and smoothly, and the staying power is great. I can wear this lipstick without worrying about it being all over the place, but it can sometimes bleed into the lip line, so a lip liner definitely helps the staying power.


The lipstick is very highly pigmented, and it only takes one swipe to achieve an opaque lip colour. I would compare these lipsticks to MAC lipsticks easily, they're a bargain at less than half the price, retailing at £6.99. I can't wait to complete the collection by picking up the other 3 reds, especially Blake's Red. Maybe I'll look as gorgeous as her then, please? 

Have you tried any of the Pure Reds Collection?








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Are Pomegranates Really Metallic?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

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Maybelline Colour Tattoos are simple one of the easiest makeup items ever. They're perfect for that 5 minute makeup, or for a quick swipe of colour across the lids. They're so creamy and blend effortlessly. I'd recommend them to anyone, complete beginners in makeup to the top makeup artists, they're just so easy and look flawless all the time.

Today I'm writing about one of my favourite shades that I recently picked up. Metallic Pomegranate has been on my wishlist since they came out, but everytime I went to buy it, it was completely out of stock everywhere. When I saw it in stock in my local Boots and noticed it was the last one left, I knew I had to buy it or I never would. I needed a berry colour for my eyes for the winter season, as all I owned at the time was berry lipsticks, since then my collection has expanded and you can see my top berry picks here.

This shade is a shimmery dark pink purple toned shade. It's like nothing I've ever seen before really, it appears to be different in each different angle the light hits it. It's just so unique. The formula is the same as described before, creamy and blendable. I actually love to apply this all over the lid and run it through the crease, and then apply a lighter shade on top all over the lid. It creates a base for the eyeshadow, and means you don't have to fuss about just putting it through your crease, which can be hassle sometimes.

The weartime of this colour tattoo is incredible, I can wear this to college all day which can be 8 hours+ and I'll come out at the end of the day with it all still intact, no creasing, there may be minimal fading, but I do have incredibly oily eyelids, and it isn't noticeable. I love that this is a shimmery shade, but it's not like someone's chucked glitter onto your eyelid, it's subtle and it reflects light nicely bringing more attention to your eyes. As you can see from the swatch below, this shade is very pigmented, so you don't have to use a lot of product to give an even base.


Do you own any Maybelline Colour Tattoos?
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Rub Rub Rub

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

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It seems like a long time since I wrote a Lush post, a few weeks maybe, I'm addicted. I think I need to go to Lush Rehab, is that a thing? Today I'm here to talk to you about another one of Lush's scrubs, and it's another positive post, are you surprised? My love for Lush is like some people's love for food, it's something I need everyday. I don't think there's been a day in the past month where I haven't used a Lush products at least once a day. Does that make me madly, truly, deeply in love with Lush?

Anyway, back to the scrub! This is Lush's Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub. How have I only just noticed how catchy the name is? I can't stop saying it now. Rub Rub Rub is a bright blue scrub, a bit like the ocean, which links to it being a sea salt scrub. It has a citrus scent, which isn't overpowering, with hints of jasmine creating a blossom scent. I really like the scent as I find it really refreshing, which I love as it's like it's refreshing your skin too. It's described as a hair and body scrub, and although I've only used it on my skin, I can see it giving your hair a hell of a lot of volume and make it shiny as lemon juice is great for that too. 

The amount of product you get in the pot is very generous for the price. It retails at £8.75 for 330g, which doesn't seem like a lot in the pot, but when you start to use it you realise that it's actually a very good amount. I've used this scrub a lot in the past two months, and I'm not even half way through it. I can see this lasting me a while. You don't need to use loads of product, as it goes a long way. I find this scrub really exfoliates the skin, leaving it smooth as all dry patches are removed, which is perfect for the winter season as my skin gets so dry. 

If you're looking for that perfect all round scrub, this is the product for you. It can be used on the body or face to exfoliate and remove dry skin, or in your hair to add volume and shine. I am definitely going to be trying this in my hair soon as it's so flat and dead due to being dyed way too many times, oops! I'm nearly au natural now, I promise!

What's your favourite all rounder scrub?

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How to Spend A Cold Dark Evening..

Monday, 8 December 2014

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Now that it's officially winter, the night's are drawing in and it's getting a lot colder. The dark weather puts me in such an awful mood, I hate it being dark and cold for many reasons, but it just shortens the day completely and I always feel like there just isn't enough time for anything. This usually leads to me stressing out about everything completely, and wanting to hibernate until the days get lighter. 

Dark cold evenings can obviously only mean one thing to me, especially after a long stressful day, which is a pamper evening. I love my winter pamper evenings and I try to have them at least once a week to relieve all the stress and worry, and to stop me being such a moody cow. Anyone else?

My perfect pamper evening consists of a bath, facemasks, chocolates, full skincare routine, fake tan, candles and anything else I can find to lengthen the relaxing time. 

After a long day, my favourite thing ever is to come home and jump straight into the bath, but when I have a pamper evening I change my routine slightly. First of all, I take off my makeup using my Garnier Micellar Water, this is the easiest way I've found to take my makeup off. It's just so quick and easy. After taking my makeup off, I'll exfoliate my face using my Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub as my no. 1 choice. Then I'll apply a facemask, I have a few favourites, but they're all from Lush, so I'd recommend any facemask from Lush, especially Catastrophe Cosmetic. 

This post seems to be very Lush themed, I'm sorry but I'm just obsessed, oops. Continuing the Lush theme, I run myself a bath, on a pamper evening I will always use a bath bomb/bubble bar from Lush to make my bath pretty and softening on my skin. A few of my favourites are The Comforter Bubble Bar and Lush Luxury Pud Bath Bomb. This is where I open the chocolate, light a candle and relax. My recommendations on candles is endless, but any from Yankee Candle are amazing, especially Cherry Vanilla and Cranberry Ice.

When I eventually remove myself from the bath, this could be hours after I lose track of time so easily, I always moisturise my skin to keep it healthy and to remove any dry patches, or to prepare myself for fake tan. My go to fake tan products at the moment are from Cocoa Brown Tan. I've recently been using the 1 Hour Tan, and it applies smoothly and doesn't dry streaky at all. It gives such a flawless tan, and you can leave it on for 1, 2 or 3 hours depending on what shade you want your tan. I couldn't fake tan before I used Cocoa Brown products, now I love it. The perfect way to finish a pamper evening too, bronzed and glowing.
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500 Follower Giveaway!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

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Recently I reached 500 followers on Bloglovin, which was a massive achievement for me seeing as I never thought anyone would actually want to read my blog! This year has been a rollercoaster, and although I neglected my blog a lot in the first 6 months of starting it, I've finally got into the swing of things and my blog is one of the things keeping me sane. I love writing my blog, and it just takes me out of the situation I'm in, and makes me feel like a part of a massive community which is just amazing. I've made so many amazing friends through blogging, and I really don't know what I'd do without them. I just wanted to give something back to you guys for being awesome and helping me grow my blog to what it is today.

The prize contents:
Glo & Ray Shimmer Shimmer Lipstick Set (3 lipsticks)
Makeup Revolution Hard Day Palette
Smooch Bronzer
Smooch Eyeshadow Duo - Trophy Wife
W7 Loads of Lashes
W7 Full Time Lip Colour
W7 Porefection Primer
Lush Ocean Salt Scrub

I'd also like to say thankyou to all the amazing companies involved;
Glo & Ray
W7 Makeup
Smooch Cosmetics
Lush Southampton
Makeup Revolution

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November Favourites

Saturday, 6 December 2014

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I'm still in shock that we're nearly a week into December, where has this year gone?! I'm not complaining though, this year has been a massive roller coaster and I cannot wait for it to end. It's safe to say 2014 was never meant to be my year; breakups, a fallen apart family and an injury that prevents me from playing sport for at least a year, should I go on? Hopefully 2015 will be a better year for me all round. 

Anyway, onto my favourite things from the month of November! First up is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer*, I got a sample of this at the Southampton Smashbox Bloggers Event, and it's definitely my most loved product this month. It creates such a flawless base to apply makeup, I couldn't ask for more, a full review is coming very soon! The L'oreal Julianne's Red Lipstick has been on my lips so much this month, seeing as I picked this lipstick up thinking it wouldn't suit me and it would probably sit in my makeup collection for a while before being used, I'm actually shocked. This is the perfect bright orange toned red. I cannot get enough of it, and I'll definitely be going back to purchase the rest of the reds collection. 

A Makeup Revolution product was destined to make it's way into my favourites, but my most used was definitely the Essential Shimmers palette, I've been using this everyday. The colours are so versatile and you can create so many looks from the 12 shades, they compliment each other so well and look amazing on the eyes, and that's coming from a matte kind of girl. Lush's Bubblegum Lipscrub has been a lifesaver for me, I recently run out of my Popcorn Lipscrub, and only had a Bubblegum one left which I never used to be a fan of, but this month has changed my mind. I love the taste of this product now, it's been my sweet fix for the month, and I may have eaten a little too much of it, oops! 

 I've finally come out of my Real Techniques comfort zone and tried something different. This Nanshy Blending Brush* has completely changed my view on makeup brushes, and now I can't wait to pick up more from Nanshy. It's such a soft brush, that applies and blends perfectly. I really couldn't ask for more from this brush. It's pretty too; typical blogger. Lastly is a non-beauty favourite for once! My love for Yankee Candles is insane, I'm surprised they haven't featured on my blog before, but as the nights get colder and darker I light my candles a lot more. My favourite scents have been Cranberry Ice and Cherry Vanilla. I'm such a food scent person. 

What were your November Favourites?
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Rocket Volume Lashes

Friday, 5 December 2014

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After recently running out of my favourite mascara, Benefit's They're Real, I wanted to try out some of the other mascara's in my stash, so I didn't have to spend £19 when I had about 5 mascaras that I hardly use. I picked out Maybelline's Rocket Volume Express Mascara first, I think I'd only used this mascara a few times before, and I was never really wowed by it. Over the past two months or so, I've been using this mascara everyday, it has completely replaced my Benefit mascara. It does exactly the same job, for a fraction of the price!

Retailing at £7.99, it's less than half the price of They're Real. This mascara lengthens lashes to the max, and does add volume; hence the name Rocket Volume. It really does live up to my expectations that I had when I first tried it!


As you can see, the brush is plastic; which a lot of people have hassle with, but I really couldn't use a mascara without a plastic brush. I just think it really aids in application, lengthening and preventing clumping. Saying that, they're very very painful when you accidentally stab yourself in the eye and cry making your makeup run. Very frustrating. 

This is now my favourite mascara, and I'll be repurchasing it again and again. It just beats all the other mascaras I've used, but I still love my Benefit They're Real for the nights where I want to feel a little bit special. I'm a sucker for anything high end.  Just me? 

What's your favourite mascara at the moment?
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Age Preparing Skincare

Thursday, 4 December 2014

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I've never been one for skincare at all, I'm just too lazy and never find the time. When I was sent this set of samples by Ark Skincare that all changed, I've actually stuck to a skincare routine for the past few weeks and my skin is feeling amazing. I completely understand the point of a skincare routine now, my skin constantly feels fresh and it's such a dream to apply my makeup.  They have different ranges of skincare, tailored to your age and what your skin really needs at that age. I received the age prepare set, which is great for teens and early 30's! 

This Age Prepare Set by Ark Skincare* contains a cleanser, exfoliator, skin purifying masque and a moisturiser. All the products are sampled sized, but they've got a reasonable amount in them and you really get your moneys worth. This set is just a perfect way to try out the products, and make sure they work for you, before splurging out, as everyone hates buying something that really doesn't work for them, don't they?After trying all the products out, I was actually surprised how much of a difference it made to my skin. Like I said, I'm not a massive skincare person, but now I'm really interested in looking after my skin after seeing the results from this set. I have a cleanse, exfoliate, masque then moisturise routine, which seemed to work perfectly. 

The cleanser removes the last traces of makeup and dirt from the skin, and leaves it feeling fresh. The only problem I had with this cleanser was that I found it didn't lather at all like it said it would, but it still left my skin clean, I was just a bit confused by it not lathering. The exfoiliater is one of my favourite skincare products ever, the exfoliating pieces are a great size, and you can really feel them disappear as you massage it into your skin, which is something I've never found before. It removes dead skin from the face, and leaves it feeling smooth. Next up is the masque, I didn't use this everytime I completed the routine, I probably used it twice a week to give an extra deep clean. At first, I thought this mask wouldn't do a lot as it applies quite thin, but after applying it hardens on the skin and really gets to work. I usually washed it off after about 10 minutes, and I don't think my skin has ever felt so clean. It really impressed me, and I'm dreading the day I run out of it. The moisturiser was a product that didn't really wow me, it was just like my usual moisturiser. It has a thick consistency, which I don't really like when I'm applying it to my face, as I feel thin moisturisers soak in a lot quicker and easier. 

Overall, this set is worth the money, but I don't think I'd buy the cleanser and moisturiser alone. The set retails at £28.00, making it £7 per product, you can purchase it here, or check out the whole Ark Skincare website here.

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Winter in the Drugstore

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

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As Christmas is approaching, my bank balance is looking rather poor, actually it does all year round, but you know now especially. I've been trying to save my money, rather than splurging so this found me looking for some drugstore makeup bargains for the winter season, and I found some beauties. Some of these products I already owned, but they're too good not to share.

First up is eyes; both of these products are Maybelline Colour Tattoos which retail at £4.99 each. I have 6 shades, but these two are especially great for the winter as they're darker colours. The left shade is Metallic Pomegranate, which you may have seen in my Autumn Beauty Haul here. The other shade is On and On Bronze, which is a shade I've been loving since summer, it's so versatile and I find it looks completely different depending on what makeup you pair it with, so you can create so many looks with it. Metallic Pomegranate is a gorgeous shimmery purple shade, which looks gorgeous all over the lid, but I prefer to run it through the crease or under my lower lash line, to add some colour to a look. 

Next up is my all time favourite blush for this time of year; this is an ELF Blush, and unfortunately I have no idea what shade it is because ELF don't label their blushes with what shade they are. But it's one of the darker ones on the website, and all their blush colours are gorgeous, so they're a great product. They retail at £3.50, what a bargain. 

Lastly, the lip products! My favourite thing to mix up in winter; I love berry shades, but I also love a classic red lip. My top picks start off with Makeup Revolution's Reckless Lipstick*, you'll never guess how cheap this lipstick was, it was £1! Can a lipstick get any better?! The formulation is insane for the price too, it applies evenly to the lips and only takes one or two swipes to get an opaque colour. Reckless is a burgundy shade that I just love. Second on my list is L'oreal Paris Julianne's Red, I never ever thought this lipstick would make it's way into my life as it's a very bright red, and I just don't do bright reds. This lipstick completely changed my mind though, I think I'm actually starting to prefer them to my darker reds! Retailing at £6.99, it's a slightly more expensive choice, but it's so worth it. Last up is a more natural shade coming in the form of Kate Moss by Rimmel's 05, it's a lovely dark pink lipstick which I like for days where I want to have a more nude look, or when I'm wearing some crazy eye makeup that I'm not confident enough to pair with a dark or bold lip. It's a great everyday winter shade, retailing at £5.49.

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Kate Moss by Rimmel 05
L'oreal Julianne's Red
Makeup Revolution Reckless
ELF Blush
Maybelline Colour Tattoo On and On Bronze
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Metallic Pomegranate 
What are your top winter drugstore picks?
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New Look Winter Wishlist

Monday, 1 December 2014

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Now that it's December 1st, it's now 100% winter, and the weather is truly proving that. It's absolutely freezing at the moment. I have now realised that I don't actually own winter clothes. I have 3 coats but they all smell like horses and my most worn shoes are converses which aren't the warmest shoes in the world. This realisation made me browse the internet for a few hours to pick out some items that I'm dying to get. You're probably looking at the items thinking some of them don't look very warm and snuggly, but I've gotta dress for the festive season too!

My main item of need is definitely a new coat. As I said, I have coats, but they've all been worn to the horses and you can never get rid of that smell. The first two coats are the same, but in different colours, this is something I do a lot. I'll like a style and buy it in so many colours and hardly every wear all of them, but oh well. The burgundy version is so on trend right now, everything burgundy is making it's way onto my wishlist. The black version is just so practical and easy to style, it had to be here. The next coat just screams winter, it's fluffy and looks so warm. I just need it. 

Tartan is something that always crops up in winter for me, but I've never bought anything. This year I'm planning to take the plunge and buy a few items as they're so wearable. Capes are the bomb at the moment, everyone has one, expect me so obviously this one made it onto my list. The chiffon shirt is perfect to just throw over a simple top to add an extra layer, as I don't really do shirts at all on their own. The two monochrome tartan styles are kind of my transition to tartan I'd say, they're easy to wear and will help me decide whether the trend will suit or not. Also the dress is perfect for the days when I want to dress up a bit but the cold is screaming at me.

The playsuit is probably the most unpractical item ever, but I love playsuits and the festive season is approaching us very soon, so I thought they'd be perfect to dress up with some strappy heels, a nice jacket, some jewellery and a pretty clutch. They can also be dressed down in the day with some tights and a pair of chelsea boots. Perfectly transitional between day and night.

As nights are getting colder, we all want something to snuggle up in with a hot chocolate. When I spotted this dressing gown, I almost screamed. It's so cute, and it's got ears, like want more can you want? I'm a sucker for anything animal like, I think I own about 8 animal onesies, and I just bought a fluffy sheep one, I need help. Lastly, I was looking for some new winter boots as I have a few pairs but they're all quite high heeled, which isn't practical when it's slippy. I saw this burgundy pair and I kept going back to look at them, and I really like them. They're not something I'd usually go for as all my shoes are black, literally, but I'm completely won over by this pair.



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Glo & Ray Mariposa Golden Dunes Palette

Friday, 21 November 2014

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Glo & Ray Mariposa Golden Dunes Palette

I've got so many amazing palettes over the past few weeks, and I just can't stop buying! When this Glo & Ray Mariposa Palette in Golden Dunes* landed on my doorstep, I was so excited to use it. Glo & Ray are a brand that deserve so much more recognition, they're products are truly amazing and so affordable too. First of all, I love how sleek the packaging is, it's simple but looks very luxury, it's hardwearing and you get that really satisfying clicking noise when you close it. Is that just me that loves that noise? Maybe.

Glo & Ray Mariposa Golden Dunes Palette

This palette is so convenient for travelling, it's got enough shades that work well together to make a few different eye looks. The mirror is actually quite big so makes it super practical to apply makeup or just touch up on the go! The mix of shades are quite unique actually, they're all shades I've seen before, but never in a palette together. 

Glo & Ray Mariposa Golden Dunes Palette Swatch

The pigmentation of these shades is great. They're shimmery shades, but they're not full of glitter so not in your face, or all over your face by the end of the day. They're creamy, easy to apply and blend well. The lasting power of these eye shadows is great, I can wear them all day without them creasing. My favourite look at the moment is the lighter gold shade all across the lid, the darker coppery shade running through the crease and the white shade as a highlight on the brow bone and in the inner corner. I haven't actually used the silver shade yet, but it's a colour I'm quite wary of, so hopefully I'll use it soon.

Have you tried Glo & Ray products?


*PR Sample sent for review. 

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Berry On Trend

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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Berry colours are always on trend at this time of year. I can't remember the last time over the past few months where a berry colour hasn't  featured in my makeup look or on my nails. It'd be pretty much impossible seeing as this is the only colour I wear on my nails anymore because I just love how it looks. I think berry shades are just so autumn winter. They're shades I wouldn't reach for in the summer season, I just find they're too dark, but they're perfect for the dark days and nights at the moment. They really reflect the season well, and I just love reaching for them everyday now. I'll be sad when they're put away for spring and the lighter shades reappear!

After going through my makeup stash I realised I actually own a lot of darker shades of makeup, which is odd because I always used to be a natural type of girl, not venturing out of the nude shades often. It was hard to pick a few favourites but my top picks at the moment are; Glo & Ray Skybreaker Eyeliner in Burgundy*, this is such a gorgeous wearable shade, I love sweeping this across my lower lash line to darken up a look, or just add some colour to a more natural look. Next is a Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate, I cannot stop wearing this, even though it looks a lot different on than it does in the pot, I love it so much and it's just so pretty. 

My favourite autumn lipstick of all time is MAC's Rebel, this lipstick is so scary in the bullet, it's a colour I'd never even look at, but when you apply it the colour is so different, a lot more wearable. My autumn blush actually annoys me because I don't have a clue what shade it is! It's an ELF Powder Blush, I bought it a while ago and only recently started using it, but they don't have shade names on them! I'm taking a guess that it might be Blushing Rose, but don't hold me to that! Lastly, is obviously a nail varnish to finish the look, this is Barry M's Berry Cosmo. It is my all time favourite nail polish, I literally wear this all year round. Oops. Bad blogger.

Are you rocking the berry trend, what are your favourite products?

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Makeup Revolution Iconic 1

Monday, 17 November 2014

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Makeup Revolution products have been on my wishlist for quite a while, but I never really knew what to pick up first! When I spotted them in my local Superdrug I was over the moon and picked up some products immediately, featured in my Autumn Beauty Haul here. The first palette I picked up was the Iconic 1, I really wanted the whole Iconic collection but they only had this one, so I'll have to pick the rest up another time.


At first I expected the packaging to be flimsy and break easily, and also get very dirty. I was surprised as the packaging is hard-wearing and doesn't get dirty at all, which is good if you have to keep all your makeup clean like me. For £4 I wasn't really sure what to expect with the product itself, but I'm so glad I picked this palette up. It's full of 12 very wearable shades that apply evenly and don't crease at all during the day, with the aid of a primer. 


The pigmentation of this palette is incredible, I'd say it's definitely a great alternative to the Naked palette by Urban Decay. All the shadows are easy to blend and although the shimmers have some fallout, I always expect this from a shimmer eye shadow. I love that this palette is a mix of shimmers and mattes, as a lot of the palettes I find like this are all shimmer and I'm more of a matte kind of girl. My favourite shade in this palette so far is definitely the gold shade, it's perfect for the Golden Eyes, Berry Lips trend. 

Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution palettes?

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Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

Saturday, 15 November 2014

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Ever since I got this, Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, I've been using it so much. This has become my main face scrub, I'm not really sure what I was using before this but whatever it was, nothing lives up to this. It isn't a smooth scrub, it is quite tough on the skin as the pieces of sea salt that exfoliate the skin are quite big, but I actually really like this as it is obvious when the pieces have dissolved and your face is scrubbed clean and the dead skin is gone.

As the winter months are upon us, this scrub will be a statement in my routine as my skin is currently so dry and flaky. This scrub restores my skin to a healthy and smooth state, which makes my makeup apply more flawlessly as the dry patches my foundation normally cling to are reduced and barely noticeable at all. I love the smell of this scrub so much, it's so refreshing, as it smells like ocean salt, hence the name I guess. The scrub contains sea salt, lime and avocado butter as the main ingredients, and they really work so well together. You can definitely feel the difference in your skin after using this, the avocado butter works so well at softening the skin after the scrub. This is something that I find most scrubs lack.

It does state that is it a body scrub too, but I'm yet to use it on my body and I use the Lush Rub Rub Rub scrub as my body scrub seeing as the pot is a lot larger and it goes further. The Ocean Salt Scrub has lasted me a long time, and it's definitely worth every penny.

Have you tried any of the Lush scrubs?
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W7 All About Eyes

Friday, 14 November 2014

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Recently I was sent a package by W7 to create an eye look. To create this look I used; Lastastic False Lashes Mascara*, Yummy Baked Eyeshadow in Gold Dust*, Super Colour Shadow in Sugar Sugar*, Super Duo Eyeliner*, Magic Gel Eyeliner*, Skin Fresh Concealer in Fair* and Lip Paint in Queen of Hearts*.


After experimenting with the products for a while, I realised that both eyeshadows didn't add much colour, they just added glitter to your eyes, so I used Gold Dust all over the lid to create a subtle shimmery look, and popped a tiny bit of Sugar Sugar in the inner corner to brighten the eyes. In all honesty, I wouldn't recommend Sugar Sugar, I just couldn't find any pigmentation from it at all, just glitter. Gold Dust is more of a shimmery bronze which looks lovely all over the lid. 

I attempted to use the liquid eyeliner, but I am not a liquid eyeliner girl at all, I find it almost impossible to apply and I just thought the brush was a little to fiddly for me to work with to achieve the perfect liner. I'm more of a gel liner girl personally so I always struggle with liquid eyeliners. On the other hand, the mascara and gel eyeliner pencil are incredible. The mascara worked wonders on my lashes and really lengethened them, and gave volume, which gives that false lash impression. I applied the eyeliner along the lower lash line, it applied very smoothly as it is a creamy eyeliner and just darkened the look nicely, making the eyes stand out.

I am never ever a pink lip girl. Ever. I'm always wearing a nude shade or a red or darker. Never inbetween, so when this arrived I was a little wary of it. After the first application I was so shocked, it's a pink lip I don't feel ridiculous wearing! This lip paint is a gorgeous bright pink, but it's not too in your face either. It's a lovely texture on the lips and isn't sticky at all.

W7 All About Eyes Makeup Look using Lashtastic Lip Paint Yummy Eyes Gold Dust Super Colour Sugar Sugar Magic Gel Eye Liner Skin Fresh Concealer

P.s. The reason I'm looking slightly patchy orange is because the Skin Fresh Concealer I used was slightly to dark for my skin!
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Autumn Beauty Haul

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

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Autumn Beauty Haul featuring Makeup Revolution Palettes Maybelline Colour Tattoos L'oreal Pure Reds Collection Exclusive

At the moment, Boots and Superdrug both have 3 for 2 offers on, or they did last week anyway! I obviously had to take advantage of this and spend some money. I've been wanting to pick up these items for a while but I've been avoiding all shops to prevent myself from spending money, but let's admit it. I'm pretty much failing that as my bank balance is £3.42 at the moment. Oh well, who needs money when you have makeup? 

Makeup Revolution Palettes Essential Shimmers Mattes Ionic 1
Top: Essential Shimmers
Bottom: Ionic 1

First off I picked up two of the Makeup Revolution palettes in Superdrug. I originally wanted all three of the Ionic palettes, but they only had the Ionic 1 in stock! So I picked up the Ionic 1 and the Essential Shimmers palettes. £4 for 12 shades is such a bargain, I just wish my local Superdrug had more of them in stock so I could've picked up a few more.

Maybelline Colour Tattoos Creamy Beige Metallic Pomegranate Permanent Taupe
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Creamy Beige
Metallic Pomegranate
Permanent Taupe

I have been loving Maybelline Colour Tattoos over the past few months, but it was definitely time to pick up some new shades! I wanted some more autumnal colours, as the shades I have are all quite light and shimmery summer colours. I picked up one shimmery shade and two matte shades; Creamy Beige, a matte 'leather effect' beige, Metallic Pomegranate, a gorgeous purpley pink shade and Permanent Taupe; a matte taupe brown shade. I cannot wait to start using these properly, as you can see I've already used the middle shade, I couldn't resist. I'm a bad blogger I know!

L'oreal Pure Reds Collection Exclusive Juliannes Red
L'oreal Pure Reds - Julianne's Red

When L'oreal first released the Collection Exclusive Pure Reds, I wasn't that fussed about picking them up as I wasn't completely wowed by the Nudes Collection. I saw this in Boots and thought I'd swatch them, and my mind changed instantly! The Reds Collection is so pigmented and they apply so creamily, I just love the shade selection. After swatching them all, I decided to get Julianne's Red but I will definitely be picking up the other three shades. 

What products have you been picking up lately? 
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Glo & Ray 'First Impressions'

Sunday, 9 November 2014

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After seeing Glo & Ray on twitter about a month ago, I was dying to see what all the fuss was about and try some of their products! When they sent me an email asking if I'd like to try some, I was over the moon! I chose the Mariposa Quartet Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Dunes* and the Sky Breaker Eyeliner in Burgundy*. I've been using these products for about a week now and I can truly say I'm so impressed. I love the shades the products I got, the palette contains some gorgeous golden, coppery shades which is my staple look for autumn, you can create so many looks with this little palette. I've started wearing the eyeliner along the lower lash line to give a pop of colour, and it lasts for ages and doesn't budge.

I will be reviewing both products fully with swatches after I've used them more, I just wanted to do a 'first impressions' type post to let you know about the brand as not many people do, and the quality is too good to miss out on! I can see these two products becoming some of my favourites very soon.


*PR Sample sent for review.

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November Beauty Wishlist

Friday, 7 November 2014

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As Christmas is nearing, companies are putting all their holiday collections and limited edition items up for sale, which makes my bank balance cry a little bit but I just can't help lusting over all the pretty products. This wishlist is a mix of some new releases, and some products that have been on my wishlist since forever but never actually picked up.

First up is the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette, this caught my eye since the day Urban Decay posted preview photos, and seeing people's blog posts on it is just making me want this palette so much more. There is a perfect mix of colours, and strangely for me, this is a palette that isn't just neutral colours. Next is the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, you're probably all thinking, Ami do you really need another neutral palette? I'm a little obsessed really but yes I do. I just love the mix of mattes and shimmers in this palette, and the pigmentation is amazing. Another palette from Smashbox made it's way onto my wishlist, but just look at it. This is the On The Rocks Palette from their 2014 Holiday Collection, and I am in love. The purples in this palette stand out massively to me, and they're perfect colours for autumn/winter. 

Next up is the L'oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Pure Reds Set, I want all of them. They're four gorgeous red shades, and I don't actually own many true red lipsticks, so I just need them all. Another palette on this wishlist oops! This is the L'oreal Paris La Palette Nude, this is a gorgeous rose gold toned palette, and has been named to be a Naked 3 palette dupe, and for £15, who could say no? Last on my list is that one item I've been dying to buy forever and as my makeup brushes are on the way out, I need some new ones. The Rose Gold Zoeva Brush Set. I love anything rose gold. They're so pretty. Enough said.

What's on your November beauty wishlist?

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October Favourites

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

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It's November, where did October go?! This year is going way too quickly. Over the month of October I pulled out some old favourites and also found a new love for some products!

First up is the Naked Basics 2, it's safe to say I love this palette. I'm so glad I bought it and I've used it pretty much everyday since. I won't ramble on, but if you want to know more I posted a review here. Next is the Maybelline Rocket Mascara, this is an amazing mascara, it beats the They're Real Mascara for me, which is saying a lot. The Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze is such an easy product to use, and a perfect autumnal colour, I love to just swipe this all across the lid with winged eye liner for a simple look. Barry M's Berry Cosmo is the perfect autumn nail polish, this is definitely my most used and I'm so close to needing to repurchase which nevers happens with me. MAC Diva is an old favourite of mine, it's the perfect burgundy matte shade, I've been wearing it constantly, I'm wearing it as I type this. I'm obsessed. Last up is a skincare product; Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. As the winter approaches, my skin dries out like hell and it generally looks awful. This product removes all my dry and flaky skin and makes it look healthy again, it can be used all over the body too, but this is my main face scrub.

What were your October favourites?
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Lush Lipscrubs

Monday, 3 November 2014

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Lush Popcorn and Bubblegum Lipscrubs

Another Lush post, yes I'm obsessed! It's come to that time of year, when your lips are forever chapped and nothing will prevent it from happening. It's the most annoying time of year because when you go to apply a matte lipstick, or most lipsticks actually, they cling to the dead pieces of skin and just make everything look awful. 

Lush Popcorn and Bubblegum Lipscrubs

I've found something to help this situation though, these Lush lipscrubs are perfect for removing all the dead skin on your lips and make them soft and smooth. I have two out of the four lipscrubs available in Lush, and they're definitely better than other lipscrubs I've tried, like The Body Shop one.

I'm 100% more keen on the Popcorn one rather than the Bubblegum one, which some people will be shocked at! The bubblegum one is a little too sweet for me and the smell is quite overpowering, I don't not like it but I'd rather have one of the other ones. The popcorn one tastes amazing, so I may have eaten rather a lot of it, oops, but they're definitely edible!

Lush Popcorn and Bubblegum Lipscrubs

To use these lipscrubs, just apply to the lips and exfoliate the lips to remove any dry skin and make the lips in tip top condition again, then simply lick your lips or wipe away! It's up to you what you do, as some people think eating the dry skin is kinda gross, but I just love the taste of the scrubs so I'm not fussed. To prolong the effect of these lipscrubs it's best to apply a lip balm after to moisturise them and prevent them from drying out again quickly.

What's your favourite lipscrub?

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