Natural Makeup Look

I thought I would share my everyday natural makeup routine with you, to hopefully give you some tips or advice on any products I use, and how to achieve a more subtle makeup look ūüôā

Before I apply any makeup, I use the Garnier Micellar Water to cleanse my face and remove any impurities from my skin.

Using the Ecotools Eye Perfecting brush, place the Natural Collection concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes on the skin.

Blend the Rimmel Long Lasing foundation into the skin, with the Ecotools Skin Perfecting brush. Then place an additional layer of concealer under the eyes in the shade Light, to brighten up the eyes.

Set your foundation and concealer with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, using the Ecotools Mattifying finish brush. I use this powder in the shade 003 Peach Glow, as it adds a little colour and glow to the powder.

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Apply the bronzer from the Collection Contour Kit with the Spectrum Collections D01 brush. Use this to sculpt your cheekbones, and to add colour and dimension to the forehead and jawline.

Using the same brush, place the Natural Collection Blusher in the shade Pink Cloud on the apples of your cheeks, to add a pretty pop of colour to your makeup look.

Then, one of my favourite steps,¬†to finish off your coverage, place the highlighter from the Collection Contour kit on the top of your cheekbones and in your T-Zone. To do this, I use the angled brush from Primark’s Ps… range.

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Moving onto eyes, use the Barry M Natural Glow eyeshadow palette, place the lightest shade all of the eye as a base. Use the matte dusty pink shade in the outer corners of the eye and blend in using the Ecotools Full Eyeshadow Brush. Finally, for a touch of shimmer blend in the dusty pink shimmer shade to this base.

You can then use the Natural Collection eyeliner pencil in Black along your waterline. Pair this with the Collection felt eyeliner pen along the top of your eyeline, to subtly accentuate your eyes.

I then finish off my eyes by curling my eyelashes and applying the Model Co Black Mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

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I then use the Natural Collection Brow Pencil in the shade Dark Brown to fill in my brows. After brushing out your natural eyebrows, lightly fill them in to give them a more defined shape. I like to keep them quite light and natural looking, but of course it’s down to personal preference.

To finish off my makeup look, I use the Soap and Glory Lipstick in the shade The Missing Pink, which is a lovely, nude shade. You can then use the Tanya Burr Champagne Toast Lipgloss alongside this, depending on how Natural you want to keep the look.

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– – ‘Live, Laugh, Love’

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10 Things I’m Grateful For

I was recently nominated by Sophie Samantha¬†to do the 10 things I’m grateful for tag. I think this post idea is so cute, as it allows me to express my appreciation for the things that mean the most to me. It also gives bloggers a chance to get to know one another a little better and connect to them on a much more personal level. So here are 10 things I am grateful for.

  1. My Family:¬†My family honestly mean so much to me and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for them. I can’t thank them enough for all that they do for me and how happy they make me.
  2. Dance: Dance is my passion and its one of the main things that defines who I am. When I dance, I forget about everything, let my heart take over my head and know that I can be exactly who I want to be.
  3. My Friends:¬†I’m so grateful for my best friends, because it means a lot to know that I have people who are always going to be there to share memories¬†with and ma10things tagke me smile.
  4. Blogging:¬†I recently took a break from blogging because I was caught up with school work and therefore had a lack of motivation and ideas. But since I have returned, it has honestly made me so happy to post content and connect with my fellow bloggers ūüôā
  5. Special Memories: I have so many amazing memories with my family and my friends that I know I will be able to cherish forever.
  6. Books:¬†I’ve nearly always got my head in a book because I just love the idea of escaping to another world; becoming somebody else and living their story, even if just for a moment.
  7. My Inspirations:¬†¬†I’ve met so many amazing people that have had such a huge impact on my day to day life. They have helped me to believe in myself just that little bit more and I am honestly so grateful for¬†each and every one of them.
  8. The Little Things:¬†I think it’s so important to treasure the little things in life that put a smile on your face; like taking a bubble bath, inside jokes and lighted candles.
  9. Being Accepted: There’s no greater feeling than being accepted for who I really am, by people who appreciate what makes me¬†me.
  10. Every Opportunity that I get:¬†It’s so important to treasure each and every opportunity that’s given to you and to be accepting of new challenges and adventures that help you to become both stronger¬†and happier.

  1. My Nominations for this tag are:

– – ‘Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is’

July Birchbox Review

So recently I’d seen a lot of posts about beauty box subscription packages and thought that they were such a good idea. So, this month I subscribed to Birchbox. For those of you who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription package where, each month, you receive five beauty products which are tailored to your online beauty profile. I also used their 2FOR1 offer, so I received their June box this month too. So I thought I would share with you the products in the July box and my initial thoughts on them.

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The Box: This month, Birchbox collaborated with Millie Mackintosh to create the theme of the Never Ending Summer. And I think the design of the box is so pretty! Their boxes are really useful for keeping your own beauty products inside and definitely look super cute. The products also came in this adorable Best Day Ever bag, which can also be kept and used to take cosmetics or toiletries on holidays, perhaps.

Millie Mackintosh Lip Crayon:¬†In addition to this box design, Millie also created this gorgeous lip crayon in the shade Bohemian Rose; a Birchbox special. It’s a pretty in pink shade which both colours and nourishes the lips, so I think that Birchbox’s collaboration with Millie this month was perfect.

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Spectrum Collection Make Up Brush:¬†Before now, I’d never tried any of Spectrum Collection’s make up brushes. However, this brush is really soft on this skin and can be used to apply any powder products. I’m really happy that Birchbox included this full size product, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying more of Spectrum’s brushes now!

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Nails Inc Nail Varnish:¬†So everyone who got this nail polish in their boxes receieved a different shade and I was so happy to get this bright and vibrant coral/pink colour. I think it suits my skin tone well and is the perfect shade for the summer months. I’ve heard great things about Nails Inc’s products, so I’m certainly excited to give this one a try.

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Indeed Labs hydraluron moisture boosting mask:¬†This is a completely innovative product by Indeed Labs, as these face masks release hyaluronic acid slowly into the skin for longer lasting relief from dry skin. Because it’s such a new and different product, I think this is possibly the one I’m most excited to use, to see how their unique formula and idea compares to other face masks I’ve used before.

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume In-Shower Treatment:¬†With this month’s box, Birchbox gave you the opportunity to choose between two full-size John Frieda products. I chose the 7 day volume treatment, which acts as a way to give extra boost and volume to your hair. I know that John Frieda is such a trustworthy brand, so I’m looking forward to seeing the results of this product!

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So I think that July’s Birchbox was spot on for Summer. It’s also really great value for money, as many of these products are full size, so paying just ¬£10 for the box is a really great way to try out new beauty products. I would highly reccommend a Birchbox subsciption to anyone wanting to do the same, or even as a gift for family or friends!

Visit the Birchbox UK website here.

– – ‘Next time you think of beautiful things don’t forget to count yourself in’

Picture Perfect

They¬†say¬†that¬†a¬†picture¬†speaks¬†a¬†thousand¬†words¬†and¬†can¬†instantly¬†tell¬†a¬†story.¬†And¬†I think¬†that‚Äôs¬†what¬†fascinates¬†me¬†so¬†much¬†about¬†photography.¬†The¬†way¬†you¬†can¬†take¬†a picture¬†and¬†the¬†snapshot¬†can¬†remain¬†perfect¬†forever. Therefore, I’ve recently¬†been experimenting¬†with¬†different¬†ways¬†to¬†capture¬†a¬†memory¬†and¬†make¬†an¬†idyllic¬†photograph from¬†it. So, I thought I’d share them with you right here on my little blog …



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Bournemouth Beach Huts

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–¬†–¬†‚ÄúPhotography¬†is¬†an¬†art¬†of¬†observation.¬†It¬†has¬†little¬†to¬†do¬†with¬†the¬†things¬†you¬†see¬†and everything¬†to¬†do¬†with¬†the¬†way¬†you¬†see¬†them‚ÄĚ