I would say my most read blogs and watched youtube videos revolve around makeup and tutorials. Like every girl, I have a slight obsession with the wondrous world that is makeup, and for me personally I like to mix up the products I use on my face on a regular basis. In my makeup bag (or box I should say) I have a mixture of budget and expensive brands, ranging from £2 to probably around £40. The products I’m going to list are ones that I have gone out and purchased after reading reviews/blogs/recommendations, and some are ones that I have stumbled across myself. Hope you enjoy 🙂 (oh and for the record, I felt as though taking pictures of my foundation laden/mascara encrusted makeup bag wouldn’t look as good as linking the products!)

1) L’oreal True Match Foundation

As a girl on the rather pale end of the spectrum, I sometimes find it hard to match up my complexion with a good, long-lasting foundation. I went through the MAC Studio Fix stage, but even the lightest shade still ended up making me look like I was caked in makeup that was far darker than my skin. I also tried Estee Lauder Double Wear, but again I felt as though this was too heavy and didn’t really compliment my lighter tones. After a few years of trying different brands on the hight-street, I found the ‘true match’ line by L’oreal. It must have been around the time that this foundation was launched as I have been using it for a few years, and I’ve never looked back. As my skin has a reddy, freckly undertones, the best shade for me was ‘Rose Ivory’ as it matched my complexion better than the other paler shades. I would say that the coverage is medium, but buildable, and for around £10, it’s a great investment.

2) Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara

I have always been a believer that high-street brands are as good if not better than their more expensive counterparts. I have tried all different mascaras from Benefit’s Roller Lash to Bobbi Brown’s Everything Mascara, and each time I have gone back to my trusty Rimmel favourite. For me I prefer a thicker applicator brush as I have quite long lashes (don’t hate me!) and I always want to make sure that they’re all fully coated and as black as can be. Most of the time after I have curled my lashes, I will separate them with a older tube of Scandaleyes which has almost run out, and then go over them with a newer one – possibly quite time-consuming and unnecessary, but hey, it works for me! I usually pick this mascara up from boots, and it’s around the £7 mark, which I think is a great price.

3) Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

I absolutely love this shimmer brick. I use it for contouring, highlighting and simply just on it’s own when I’m in a rush, and I’ve never been disappointed. There are others on the high-street which are cheaper, but for me, this is a long-lasting favourite. I would say that it takes me over a year to get through one, so for me, that’s a good investment. It is priced a little higher than some others I have tried (£33 from Debenhams) but I would fully recommend it. I have always gone for the ‘Rose’ shade, but next time I am in duty free I think I am going to try out the ‘Pink Quartz’ or ‘Beige Shimmer’ as I think these will give an all round peachy, bronzy glow for summer.

4) Rimmel Kate Moss 107

Ok, ok maybe not a ‘daily’ essential and how cliche of me… but this red lipstick blows all other red lipsticks out of the water. I’ll be honest and say I am not the biggest lipstick wearer, but when I do fancy a bit of a statement lip, this is definitely one I go for. It’s the perfect reddy, plummy matte shade, and for a blue eyed girl like myself it manages to pull my whole makeup look together without making me look washed out, or ill, which lets face it is a bonus in itself. I did try this after watching various youtubers rave on about it, but it’s one of those shades that you can wear whatever the season. And it’s a bargain compared to other lipsticks out there (£5.50).

5) Seventeen Skin WOW Primer

I bought this last summer after reading a few decent reviews, and it has become a sure staple in my daily makeup routine. I was using an old Topshop primer I had bought a few years ago (in order to quality for free delivery on an order, LOL) but it wasn’t anything special. After trying this primer though, I feel like I don’t need to try any more, ever. It is so lightweight and dewy and gives you an overall glowy base to apply your foundation. AND not only is it a primer, it can also be used as a highlighter (I must admit I have rarely done this) or mixed with foundation if you want a lighter coverage on a hot summers day. For only £5.99 as well, what’s not to like?

6) Natural Collection Loose Powder

Another example of a high-street brand being as good as the rest is Boot’s Natural Collection range. For a powder that I use on a daily basis, how can you not go wrong with the £1.99 price tag. I’ve tried the Rimmel Translucent powder and the Gosh setting powder, and neither I thought were as good as this. I used to use the pressed version, but I found in pictures especially, it didn’t give me an even coverage so I opted for the lose powder instead. I will admit that it’s slightly messier as you have to pour it into the lid, but it’s a price worth paying. Since I have been using the loose version, I feel as though my makeup still has that dewy finish we all yearn for, and it is a good base to apply blush/bronze/contour to.

7) Maybelline Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder

I’m not the biggest brozer-wearer out there, but when the makeup world went crazy for contouring and y’know giving us some sort of bone structure, I thought I better jump on board. Being the pale shade that I am, I figured I couldn’t really go for your usual bog standard bronzer firstly as I wanted it to be able to blend nicely with my skin, and make it look as though I’m not a decedent of the moon, and secondly because there is nothing worse than a pale girl being too orange for her own good. For me, this Maybelline one is a good in-between colour as it looks as though I might have got some colour after being on holiday for a few weeks, but also its good for contouring and giving me an all-over healthy glow. Weirdly Boots don’t sell this (or at least it’s not online) but Superdrug to the rescue!

8) Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher

As blusher has been one of the things that has never left my makeup bag since I was 14, I feel as though I have quite a good grasp as to what a ‘good’  blusher is. I go through stages of blushers, and at any one time I have about 3 or 4 on the go. In winter I tend to go for a darker pinker shade, or even a coral, and in summer I opt for a more shimmy tone. The one that I would class as my favourite however, would have to be the Bourjois ‘Little round pot’ blusher in 34 Rose D’or. It is super pigmented, and gives you an overall shimmery finish, and it blends amazingly as well. I use this on the apples of my cheeks after I have bronzed and used my shimmer brick. It’s about £7.99, which is pricier than other brands, but for the minimal amount you use, it’ll last a long time.

9) Benefit Brow Zings

I’m not one of those girls who uses an eyeshadow for their brows, but instead I use my trusty favourite, the Brow Zings palette. When I was growing up, eyebrows weren’t a massive deal, but after the sordid scouse brow came about I thought I better step up my game. I’ve never been a fan of eyebrow pencils for a number of reasons (mainly as I have a scar in the middle of my right eyebrow and I feel they just extenuate it). This palette comes with an eyebrow wax (which I only use on nights out) and the powder (which I use daily). I don’t tend to use the mini applicator brush that comes with it, as I have an angled brow brush which I feel works better for me. The palette is a little on the pricey side (around £23.50 from Debenhams) but I have been using this for over 3 years, and have only had 2, so they’re doing something right!

10) Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I’ve mentioned before that I have an issue with my under eye dark circles and finding a concealer which covers them up can be a bit of a nightmare. In the last few years I’ve been through a fair few different brands/coverages/colours, you name it, but I’ve found that this one works really well at concealing dark circles, but also highlighting your under eyes. For years I was using a liquid MAC studio fix one, but even that does not compare to this Collection one. It’s a favourite to beauty bloggers and vloggers, and I can see why. It’s easily applied over foundation and blends effortlessly. It’s also great for blemishes and any redness around your face. For only £3.99 as well, whats stopping you really??

11) Urban Decay Naked 2 Eye Shadow Palette

For Christmas, I was lucky enough to get all three Naked Palettes by Urban Decay, and although I love them all, my favourite has to be Naked 2. As a wearer of mainly gold and bronzy eye shadow, this one is the perfect mixture of shimmery and matte colours, and really suits my skin tone. The Naked palettes aren’t cheap (from £38) but if you want to invest in an eyeshadow palette with numerous different gold shades, then this is the one for you. They blend really well also, or can be worn by themselves, which is just what you want when you’re running out of time in the morning! And there’s so many shades to chose from that you’re unlikely to get bored.

12) MAC Studio Finish Concealer

Although I mentioned before that the Collection concealer can also be used on blemishes, I find that this one is my go to concealer of choice. As I tend to break out more on my chin that anywhere else, I feel like I need a long lasting coverage which this one gives. I tend to use this after my foundation but before I use powder, and although it is a slightly darker shade (NC15) than my true match foundation, it blends really well, covering up and red patches or spots – it’s really been put to the test over the winter months. It’s usually around £15.50, but again one of the ones that you use such a small amount of, so it last for months.

13) Vaseline Rosy Lips

Although not technically makeup, I apply vaseline in the mornings when I am applying my face for the day, and I use it daily. If I’m not in the mood for wearing lipsticks, or I don’t have time to apply one properly, I will just grab the ‘rose and almond’ oil vaseline for a shiny, pink finish. For the occasions where I have a little bit more time to make an effort, or on a lipstick wearing day, I always use vaseline straight after moisturising so my lips are ready for application when I get round to it (which is usually last!) You can get this from anywhere, and it doesn’t cost more than £2.

14) Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

I’ll be the first to admit that I am still a bit of a novice when it comes to applying liquid eyeliner, and if I can get away without applying it, I will. But for the days and nights where I want a bit more definition to my eyes, I will use my Eyeko liquid eyeliner. I find this one much easier to use than the little pots and applicator wands and it comes out inky black and doesn’t smudge at all. It applies really easily, and usually I only need one coat which is a massive bonus when you’re like me and lose your patience too easily. Like I say, I only tend to use this when I’m going out for dinner, or on a night out, but as far as I’m aware it’s pretty long-lasting, to the point where I usually wake up with it still on! There are probably cheaper alternatives out there, but for someone who doesn’t enjoy doing liquid eyeliner, I would recommend this hands down. I’ve never seen this brand in the shops, but you can buy it online for around £12.

15) Topshop Glow Highlighter

Last but not least, something else that is found in my makeup bag is this Topshop glow highlighter in the colour polish. I love using this when I have done my makeup on my brow bone, cheekbones and cupids bow for a cheeky highlight here and there. I sometimes also use it as a base or primer for my eyeshadow, and it works a treat. I haven’t found anything similar on the high-street, but to be honest I haven’t really looked as I have been really impressed by this. I’ve had it now for over 2 years I would say, and I have barely even made a dent in it. It’s only £9 as well, which I think is worth it to really pull your makeup look together.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about all the things I rely on, on a day to day basis! Obviously my makeup changes from time to time, and I love trying new products, but I would say these are my core few 🙂

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I’ve been sort of thinking about how different girls these days, teenage girls in particular, are to girls back in my day (I don’t think I’ve ever felt as old as I do now saying ‘my day’) Anyway… I tweeted the other day that school would have been so different if we had had whatsapp groups to talk to your friends when you’re not in lessons, Facebook for events instead of having to rely on the ‘house party host’ getting in touch with the 30 people in your friendship group and Instagramming the sandwiches your mum made you, or the crusty bit of pizza you got from the school canteen. *Dreamy*

There’s no denying that social media has had a massive impact on our lives in the last few years, but what if these sites were around during our vulnerable, hormonal teenage days? Would we know more about fashion, beauty and skincare because we are so used to watching tutorials, splashing the cash on urban decay palettes, and asking for the latest Liz Earle cleanser for Christmas, instead of y’know jungle pants and a mesh top? (No, just me?)

Or would we be expected to take part in the ‘Kylie Jenner Did She/Didn’t She Get Lip Injections’ revolution and weigh 8 stone and wear high waisted Topshop jeans and a crop top in the style as your best friend? And would we be so used to wearing boots and heels and going out dresses on the weekend, that when we eventually reach the bold age of 18 when we can *legally* drink, we’ve already mastered the ‘I woke up like this and rolled into a bodycon dress and sort of did my hair, and spent ages contouring my face and giving my teenage bone structure a good highlighting’ look?

Track back to when I was 14. I was in a dysfunctional relationship where I thought it was fine for my boyfriend to cheat on me, I had dyed blondey/browny/pink hair extensiony hair, drank straight vodka, and didn’t have the faintest idea of fashion or beauty. I don’t even think a contouring palette existed, but if it did, I was none the wiser.

And nowadays teenagers literally look as though they’ve walked straight out of a glossy magazine… actually, magazines are dying out… Maybe more of that they’ve come straight off a runway? Or have their very own makeup artists with them 24/7? I don’t even know how they know to look so damn good, all the damn time.

It’s like when the girl Tyga was texting became an internet sensation because she was 14, and looked like she did. Ok so she might be a model in real life, but still, 14? Even telling people she was 17 was a bit of a stretch, but either way she was absolutely stunning… that bone structure!! I would have killed for that at her age. Maybe she just knows how to edit photos real good?

It’s not surprising that girls of that age are putting way more effort into what they look like vs. what we did at that age. Look at who they have to idolise – the Jenner sisters, Elle Fanning, Gigi Hadid, ok she’s not a teenager but you catch my drift. (Oh on checking, Kendal Jenner is also 20. My bad…) when we grew up in the time where trash TV was just starting, Mean Girls was the film of choice (who am I kidding though, it still is) the Hilton sisters were all over the internet, Bring it On made us want to take up cheerleading and Britney Spears was having her famous 2007 year.

It’s almost a shame that teenagers these days are so old for their age that they’ll never experience clip in extensions, or sitting in parks drinking underage, or Von Dutch caps or fake tan mishaps or taking selfies on your webcam or band t-shirts and posters all over their rooms. But hey, they have snapchat whilst they’re learning. Whose the real winner?

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It’s coming up to three years since I finished university and my life is completely different now.

No more are the lazy days or casual 3-hour lunches, looking ‘busy’ in the library or midday cocktails… The more I think about it, the more I miss the student life too.

1. Time passes quickly, really quickly, and no one warns you…

2. You will always look tired no matter how much makeup you are wearing or how much sleep you’ve had.

3. You will still eat shit.

4. You will have no time to do anything

5. TGIF becomes the real deal

6. Emailing your friends becomes the norm

7. Going to bed before 10 is acceptable

8. Staying in is more appealing than going out

9. Budgeting becomes a reality 🙁

10. Yet, you will always have no money

11. But always enough to shop 🙂

However;

12. You will have no time to shop

13. Weekday drinking will be a distant memory

14. But, so will weekday hangovers 🙂

15. Sunday is reserved for doing nothing and eating roasts

16. Saturday is reserved for running errands – proper grown up style!

17. You will crave fruit. This is odd but one I have found is true :/

18. You will no longer socially drink coffee. You will crave it.

19. Vitamin tablets are your friend

20. Morning TV is just terrible… (although you probably already knew this one)

21. Your diary rules your life

22. Going to the gym is still a chore

23. The weekend goes crazily quickly

24. You will spend most of your wages within a week

25. You will constantly question what you are doing with your life/degree

There’s probably many more, so if I think of them, I’m sure you’ll hear from me again!

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1. Surely…? No…? It can’t be my alarm? Already? Really? But I’ve been asleep for 5 minutes?

2. Maybe I’ll just quit and Instagram pictures for a living. That would make more sense than having to get out of bed right now.

3. I haven’t woken up in the dark for a while. This feels weird. I’m 99% sure it’s still night-time.

4. Pretty sure I didn’t have to function at this level of sleep depravity before the break.

5. I can’t even see my makeup right now. Do I even dare do liquid eyeliner in this blurry-eyed state?

6. I should probably get rid of this festive nail varnish. Or can I get away with it for one more week? Maybe?…

7. I wonder how many people will ask me how my Christmas was.

8. Do I even remember how my Christmas was?

9. Driving this tired should be illegal.

10. I sort of remember how to do my job. Definitely going to be a bit touch and go today.

11. And maybe tomorrow…

12. Was my seat always this uncomfortable?

13. Shock. My computer needs 10,000 updates.

14. God oh god oh god, going to have loadssss of emails that my head just won’t deal with right now

15. Oh hey, that’s not too bad. I guess I’ll only have to spare 30 minutes of my day to sort through them.

16. Oh. 60% are from Groupon. Great.

17. Still though… maybe an hour will suffice? Wouldn’t want to miss any deals now

18. Was the kettle always this slow?

19. Remember when we all said we would detox in the New Year? LOLZ good one!

20. The office looks so bare without the Christmas decorations. I’m going to have to say that to everyone that passes my desk this morning and we can all join together in a post-festivity hatred. Aww team bonding.

21. Oh great. I forgot my lunch. I never had to deal with this waking up at 11. *sigh*

22. How is it not even 11 yet? Time is passing far too slowly.

23. If one more person asks me how my Christmas was I think I might cry

24. Is it too early to book in all my holidays for this year?

25. Oh another Groupon email. Do I want to book a romantic break in the Lake District? A part of me thinks I do?

26. When will I stop writing 2015? That was like 10 million years ago

27. Maybe I’ll online shop at lunch to make myself feel better

28. Why are people selling summery clothes already when I’m sat here in a scarf and coat?

29. Can I stop saying Happy New Year now every time I answer the phone

30. I can’t believe there are 51 more weeks until Christmas… *cry*

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year, got everything they could have wished for and spent the festive season with friends and family, which is exactly what I did. Although Christmas is officially over for another yearm I am wholeheartedly excited for what 2016 will bring, and here are the resolutions I hope to stick to.

I’m not normally one for resolutions, so maybe I will call these goals? Let me know yours for the year too.

1. Make time for myself – I’ve been told a number of times that I tend to put other people first, and no thats not me trying to toot my own horn, I promise! I think it might come down to suffering from anxiety and having to know that the people that are around you are feeling happy and complacent in order for you to be able to get on with your day and be comfortable in your surrounding. However in 2016 I am going to try and focus more on putting myself first, which may sound a bit selfish, but I think it will help overall and help me to feel less anxious in certain situations.

2. Look after myself more – this one is quite similar to the first one, but I sort of mean my physical wellbeing. For example, take time for a nice pamper evening, or treat myself to a massage or facial every once in a while, and maybe not skimp on spending a bit more on skin and haircare. I feel as though if I can have a little luxury every now and again, my body will thank me for it, and lets face it, we’re in it for the long run together!

3. Eat better – ah the twenty-something’s cliche! I don’t think I have a bad diet overall, but I mean eat less carbohydrates, food with additives, takeaways etc. and eat more vegetables, fruit, proteins, and basically all the good stuff that my body craves. Oh and use my Nutri-bullet and slow cooker more!

4. Be more adventurous – whether it’s travelling, fashion or makeup, I feel as though I’ve reached my mid twenties and I really shouldn’t care what other people think! I’ve already had a massive craving to go to cities I have never been before, reach for clothes I may not usually go for, and try out new makeup looks, so watch this space!

5. Make time for the people I love – maybe an obvious one… but as my family are so spread across the globe, it would be lovely to be able to spend some quality time with them this year. Not only that but my friends who live in different cities, that maybe I don’t get to see as much as I would like, I’m coming for you this year!

6. Take time out for blogging – I love writing. I think I’ve made that clear time and time again on here 🙂 but sometimes my mind becomes clouded with my job, friends, family, going out, staying in, my cat, my boyfriend (not in any order I should add!) and I actually miss sitting down with my laptop, and letting my thoughts take over. Plus I have so many ideas of blog posts, new designs and regular updates… So yeah, I want that to happen again please!!

7. Buy a house – again more of a goal, but hey ho! Maybe the resolution could be save more money? But anyway, get me on that property ladder!

What are your resolutions for 2016?

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