My first published article

Hello lovelies, I thought I would share with you my first published article! It can be found here and it's on a website called If you're an aspiring journalist you should definitely get involved because it looks great on your CV and gives you some real-life experience.

Please read it and let me know what you think. :)



L'oreal Colour Riche Collection Privee

I'm sure most of you have heard about the limited edition lipsticks from L'oreal as they're all around the bloggersphere (did I just make that word up?...) at the moment. If you haven't tried them then go go go!

The lipsticks are custom made by six L'oreal spokespersons: Doutzen Kroes, Julienne Moore, Eva Longoria, Freida Pinto, Cheryl Cole and Liya Kebede. There are six shades in this collection and there's one to suit everybody - every hair colour and every skin colour.There are six shades in this collection and they are all nudes. They range from pink nudes to peach nudes and brown nudes. The packaging is lovely, it's so simplistic but it looks so expensive.

I picked up Julianne Moore's lipstick: Barely Peach. It's a gorgeous pink/peachy nude and it's perfect for my pale-skinned pink undertone complexion. The shade is a bit pinker than my actual lips but it looks so so natural and it's perfect for an everyday lipstick. It's a crème finish and the super moisturising so they don't dry out your lips.

If you haven't tried them I definitely recommend you go to your local superdrug and snap up the perfect nude for you.

What's your favourite lipstick from the collection?



MUA Blushers and Swatches

If you're looking for a blusher and you're on a tight budget then read on, because I've found the perfect blusher for you. Make Up Academy blushers are only £1, yes just £1! Amazing right?!

I picked up a Make Up Academy blusher because I wanted to see just how good the quality it for so little money. I'm pleasantly surprised! They're very pigmented, come in a range of colours and they last all day.

I went back to Superdrug to buy another one and now I have two. The only problem is that my local Superdrug never has all of them in stock at once, if they did I think I would have bought them all! If you don't live in the UK or you can't find any in your local Superdrug you can buy them online here.

The packaging is so sleek and perfect to fit in your handbag. The colours range from pink to orange so there's something for everyone.

MUA Blusher

I have Cupcake (peachy one) and Candyfloss (pink one). Cupcake is a matte blusher and perfect for everyday wear, it creates a natural finish which looks really subtle. Cupcake is a shimmery blush, perfect for a flush of colour but not too shimmery so you can still have a natural finish.

Candyfloss (top) & Cupcake (bottom)

Have you tried any MUA blushers?



My Student Style

I've started writing for My Student Style, I'll mainly be writing beauty articles over there and I'd love if you would check them out!

My Student Style help aspiring journalists with getting references for work experience, it's also a good place to start getting published. 

If you're interested you can check out their website here and if you want to get involved click here.

My profile is also here if you wanted to check that out!



Maybelline Baby Skin

Hello lovelies, sorry this blogpost is late, I’ve been busy with Uni revising for exams but phew, they’re over for now!

So today I’m reviewing Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser and I must admit I was quite excited to try this as its arrival was hugely anticipated here in the UK. At first when I went to buy this it was out of stock in both Superdrug and Boots but the day after it was finally in stock and I couldn’t wait to buy it!

First off let’s start with the packaging. It’s a super cute tube with pink writing and a green background, the colours work well together and it looks appealing to the eye. I like that Maybelline have chosen to put this product in a tube because it’s easy to squirt it out and not a lot of product comes out at once so you never use too much.

Maybelline's Baby Skin Primer

Maybelline state that: “Pores appear instantly erased for smooth-looking skin”. I agree with this mostly but I was expecting for my pores to be gone completely and they are at most so that’s a plus. The best part of this product is definitely the formula. It’s a clear gel that adds no colour to the skin and can be applied in layers to minimize your pores almost completely. The gel glides over the skin blocking up the pores so no foundation can sink into it, it does give you baby smooth skin and it does make my foundation last all day.
I definitely recommend this product as it is really good and it’s only £7/8 so if you don’t want to splurge out on the Benefit’s Porefessional then this one is definitely worth a try! I'm contemplating buying Benefit’s porefessional as I haven’t tried any Benefit cosmetics.

Gel formula

Do you recommend Porefessional or any other primers?


January make-up haul

Hello lovelies, I can't blog everyday as I'm a full-time University student. So I plan to blog every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and maybe a few other days if I can fit that in.

Back to the post! So I've been spending quite a lot lately so I've acquired quite a few new things... (I bought all of this myself with my own money)

I've bought the Real Techniques Blush Brush (which you can read about here), Borjous Healthy Mix Serum, two MUA blushers, L'Oreal  La Touche Magique Illuminating Concealer, Revlon Colourstay Foundation, MUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist, Revlon Lash Potion and Revlon Lip butters. I've also bought (that is not pictured) Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, MUA Highlighter, a MAC blusher and a MAC lipstick.

I've spent quite a lot on all of this but some of it is so so good! I'll be posting reviews about each thing over the past few weeks.

What beauty products have you bought lately?


Real Techniques Blush Brush

I adore Real Techniques brushes, they're such high quality and a reasonable price compared to other brushes like the MAC ones.

After purchasing the Core Collection (you can read that post here) with my Christmas money I fell in love with these brushes. They're so soft and give such a flawless, pixel-perfect complexion.

Then I purchased three more brushes, the stippling brush, the expert face brush (blogs will be coming soon about these) and finally, the brush blush.

Real Techniques Blush Brush

From the Core Collection I was using the contour brush to apply my blusher but it isn't big enough for blush so I went to Boots and bought the blush brush for £9.99. It is worth every penny, it's the perfect size for your cheeks, it's so so soft and it applies the blusher so evenly and flawlessly. It's quite a big brush and the handle is a gorgeous metallic pink so it looks great in my brush pot.

I can find no faults with the blusher brush so if you don't have one I would definitely recommend this one!

What's your favourite blush brush?


MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

Hello lovelies. Sorry there hasn't been a blog post in a while but I've been super busy doing Uni work and revising for exams. But over the next few days I plan to blog mostly every day.

So a few weeks ago my lovely boyfriend bought me the Studio Fix Foundation from MAC, it is the first high-end product I've tried and I love love love it! It's the best foundation I've ever used and I have tried quite a few!

This foundation gives an all-day flawless finish, it lasts all day and it covers up uneven skin tone, blemishes and redness. It glides over dry patches and keeps the oil at bay so it's pretty perfect for my combination skin. I recommend it for any skin type as it is so so good!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

It's priced at £21.50 and I know that is expensive for a foundation but the quality and lasting power is amazing. It is definitely worth every penny.

The most amazing thing is the shades of the foundation, there are so many shades to choose from! From light to dark and anything in between, so you're going to find the perfect shade for you. As I'm super pale I expected their lightest shade to be too dark for me but it's a perfect match! I got NW10 which stands for "not warm" so it's for cooler tones like pink and NC is "not cool" so it's for warmer tones like yellow. I believe that MAC do their shades backwards with the "not cool" and "not warm" but if you're confused you can go and ask the lovely women of MAC and they will help you find the perfect foundation for yourself.

NW 10

As you can see it's a lovely light shade

The only negative that I have for this foundation is the fact that it doesn't come with a pump, but the pumps can be purchased for an extra £4 (which is a bit expensive, but you only need to get a pimp once) but if you were good at measuring your foundation out there wouldn't be a need to buy one.

I only use my MAC foundation on the days I have a few more breakouts than usual and on special occasions as I don't want it to run out so soon. I'll definitely be purchasing this again though, or maybe try another foundation from the MAC range.

What's your favourite foundation?


High-end wishlist

I love high-street products because they're affordable and good quality. But after recently purchasing MAC's Studio Fix Fluid Foundation I'm warming up to the idea of purchasing more expensive make-up because of how luxurious it is. Here are a few things that I would like to try:

MAC lipstick. I've been wanting a MAC lipstick for a while now and I've heard so many good things about it. From what I've read and what my friends have told me is that these lipsticks last near enough all day, sounds pretty perfect to me! I hate having to reapply my lipstick throughout the day and I especially hate lipstick marks on my food/drink. If MAC lipsticks are this good I can definitely justify spending £15 on one. As I'm pale with blonde hair normally pinky/red shades suit me, is there any MAC colours that you would recommend ? I'm hoping to buy one (or maybe two, I could get carried away!) in a few days when I go to Newcastle as Sunderland doesn't have a MAC (I cried inside a little when I found this out).

Urban Decay Naked Pallet 3. I'm sure most of you are wanting this/have already got it and I can see why, the colours are amazing! I'm a big fan of neutral shades because it's a big everyday look and I normally wear white/browns/pinks on my eyes as it definitely works for everyday wear. The packaging, the shades, the brush, it's just so luxurious. The only thing that puts me off is the price tag, at £37 it's a bit steep but when you look at the product you can see why! I'm hoping to get this, I just need to do a bit of saving up first. What's your favourite shade in the Naked 3 pallet? I'm torn between burnout and mugshot.

Is there any thing on your high-end wishlist or anything that you recommend?

Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes

After seeing these brushes all over Instagram and my favourite celebs (Mille Mackintosh, she's perfect) use these brushes I wanted to try them. For applying make-up I'd just use my fingers or a cheap brush from Amazon or Wilkinsons but from hearing so many good things about the Real Techniques brushes I decided to buy them and try them for myself.

They are amazing and so so so soft! They're my prize possession at the moment, I didn't know how important good brushes were to give you that flawless pixel perfect look.

The Real Techniques Core collection brushes are a set of four. A contour brush, a foundation brush, a buffing brush and detailer brush. I got my brushes from Amazon for £15.74, this was the cheapest place that I could find them and they're worth every penny.

The contour brush is used for contouring with highlighter but I use mine to apply my blusher as it's perfect for that too. I use my detailer brush for applying concealer on my imperfections and under my eyes but it can also be used as a lipstick brush. The buffing brush is my favourite brush as it applies powder perfectly as you work it in to the skin so it doesn't sit in fine lines. I also use it to buff my blusher in after I've applied it as it gives a more natural look. Lastly, the foundation brush can be used to build coverage but it's my least favourite as I feel that it isn't big enough to be a foundation brush.

Not only are the brushes amazing they come with a case that's perfect to take on the move and it even stands up so you can display them.

In a few days (when I get my student loan) I'm going to buy the expert face brush as it's great for applying liquid foundation to create a flawless base. If you haven't already got these brushes you should definitely invest!

What's your favourite real techniques brush?

How much is my face worth?

I've seen few of my favourite blogs do this post so I thought I would give it a try!. As I mainly use drug-store make-up I'm interested into how much I actually spend on my daily face routine.

Current skincare is;
 - Skinology Tea Tree Face Wash - 99p
 - Skinology Tea Tree Blackhead cleanser - 99p
 - Avon Care Light Moisture Refreshing Face Gel Cream - £3.50

Current make-up is;

MaxFactor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation - £11.99
StarGazer White Foundation - £3.99
MaxFactor Pan Stick - £6.99
LOREAL Nude Magique BB Powder - £6.99
Elf healthy glow bronzing powder - £1.50
Elf Baked Blush - £3.75
Elf Duo Eye Shadow Cream - £1.50
Natural Collection Duo Eyeshadow - £1.99
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner - £5.29
Rimmel Scandeleyes Volume Flash Mascara - £6.99
MaxFactor Lipfinity - £10.99

The total comes to £67.45 and that's quite good for all the make-up I'm using. I thought it would be more so it was a pleasant surprise. If you've done this tag then comment below, I'd love to know how much your face is worth.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

When I walk past a Lush store I'm always so tempted to go in and buy their amazing smelling products, walking past a Lush is a treat for my nose. But the only thing that stops me is the prices of their products, it all just seems too expensive for what you get.

I still think their products are expensive but the quality is amazing. My first Lush purchase was the Bubblegum Lip Scrub, it's just over £5 and I purchased it with my Christmas money so I don't feel too guilty in splurging out.

Firstly, it smells amazing! It smells so yummy and the best part is that you get to lick it off once you've scrubbed your lips. It's so simple to use, you get a bit of the scrub on your finger and then you scrub your lips until you feel like the dead skin has come off. It's great for this winter weather and it leaves your lips feeling extremely soft and smelling of sweet bubblegum. I'd definitely recommend.

What's your favourite Lush product?

The blog begins

Welcome to my blog! I've been meaning to set up a blog for a while now but being a full-time University student it seems like there's hardly any time in the day. But here I am at last!

First of all, please excuse the design of my blog, I'm new to all this HTML stuff and it's quite confusing, but I'll get there soon enough (I hope, aha).

A little about me: I'm a twenty-year-old Magazine Journalism student at the University of Sunderland and I am (like most females) addicted to all things make-up and beauty. I'm an aspiring journalist and there's no better practice than rambling on about all the beauty buys I make.

What I will be posting: I will mainly be posting about drug-store make-up as my student budget isn't allowing me to splurge on high-end beauty products. I'll be taking my own photographs of the products I review and all the photographs on my blog will be mine unless stated otherwise.

Feel free to leave comments and your blog URL's as I would love to check them out!