Easter Sunday GRWM

As it’s Easter Sunday today I thought I’d do a get ready with me. I don’t celebrate Easter for religious reasons but my family come over and stuff. I just thought I’d just tell you what skincare I did prior to my makeup as I don’t think I’ve done that before, what I did with my hair and all about the makeup I wore as I really enjoy writing these kind of posts. Whether or not you’re celebrating Easter I hope you have an amazing day and I really hope you enjoy this.

The first thing I did was apply a facemask. I don’t do this all the time but today I just decided that I wanted to. I used the Anne Semonin Mineral Mask and I’ll do a post soon with my opinions on it. I then exfoliated my skin in preparation for makeup. The exfoliator I’m currently using is the St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub which I’ve only just started using. I don’t have a full opinion on it yet but I’ll be sure to let you know when I do. I then moisturised my skin with some E45 Cream to rehydrated my skin and to create a good base for my makeup.

I couldn’t be bothered doing anything with my hair so I just straightened it with the ghd IV Styler. I would highly recommend these straighteners as they are such good quality and I’ve had them for about ten years.

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I’m actually trying out a new foundation at the moment. It’s the Bourjois Air Mat Foundation in ‘Rose Ivory’ which I’ll review as soon as I feel like I’ve used it enough to do so. I love the packaging of this foundation and it’s so travel friendly which is great. I then used the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in ‘Ivory’ which you all know I really like as it is lightweight and natural. I then primed my eyes using the Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion which is amazing and it keeps my eyeshadow on all day with no creasing. I then set my under eyes, eyelids and the rest of my face with my favourite powder ever, the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent.’ I then did my eyebrows with the L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ which is the product I’ve been using and loving for around a year now. I defined my arches with the wax and filled them in with the powder.

I then contoured my cheekbones, jawline and nose with the Benefit Hoola Bronzer which is matte and is the perfect shade for me. They have an even lighter version coming out at the end of May which I’m really excited about. I also used this to bronze up my forehead. I then used my favourite highlighter which is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone.’ It’s the most finely milled and beautiful highlighter and it’s the most gorgeous colour too. I just did a super simple eyeshadow look using my Stila In The Moment Eyeshadow Palette. I just used the shade ‘Wonder’ all over the eyelid and then put the shade ‘Instinct’ in the inner corner. I then used my favourite mascara ever which you’ve all heard me talk about a million times. It’s the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Black’ which is just so volumising and lifting.

Before putting my lipstick on I just put on some lip balm. The one I’m using at the moment is the Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear. I then used my favourite drugstore lip liner which is the MUA Lip Liner in ‘Caramel Nougat’ and I used the MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Crème Cup’ which is probably my favourite lipstick of all time.

Love Sarah x

5 Under £10 #2

About a month ago now I did a blog post called 5 Under £10. When I was writing it I came up with ten different products that I wanted to mention but thought that would be a bit too much to include in one post so I thought I’d split it up into two parts. You can go and check out the first part and you can also check out my post 5 Under £5 if you want. I thought these posts would be quite useful to some people who are on a budget or just want to find some good quality drugstore products. If you have any you want to let me know about, make sure you do! I hope you enjoy this/find it helpful in some way!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, £5.49 – This concealer was hyped over quite a lot back in 2013 or 2014 (I can’t remember exactly) and when I first got this I did not get the hype whatsoever. I continued to use it and grew to love it however everyone that had previously hyped over it seemed to stop using it and I haven’t heard anyone talk about this in the longest time but I can honestly say, it’s my favorite concealer. It has a very lightweight consistency which I really like especially for under my eyes and around my nose so it doesn’t go cakey or crease at all. It has a medium coverage and a natural finish which is perfect for me as I don’t have awful under eye circles and just use it around my nose and in between my brows for a little bit of extra coverage. I don’t use it to cover blemishes as I find it isn’t enough so if you need a concealer for blemishes, maybe don’t use this and if you have awful dark circles I wouldn’t recommend. I believe this has 4 shades (correct me if I’m wrong!) which is shocking – the lightest shade (‘Ivory’) for me only just works, I’d much prefer it too be lighter. I’d highly recommend this if you want a medium coverage concealer with a light consistency.

L’Oréal Super Liner – Perfect Slim/Black Lacquer Waterproof, £6.99/£6.49 – This is kind of two in one but not really because I’m recommending the Super Liner range from L’Oréal as a whole but these are just my two of my favorites. Anyway, a lot of my favorite YouTubers used and still use these eyeliners from L’Oréal and so obviously I had to try them out for myself. First I tried Perfect Slim which is in a pen form and has a slim nib which makes it so easy to liquid eyeliner – it was my first liquid eyeliner and it’s what I used to learn how to do liquid liner so I’d highly recommend it as a first liquid liner or just to someone who isn’t the best at it. It stays on all day and it’s completely smudge proof which is so important. Then I tried Black Lacquer Waterproof which is in a traditional liquid eyeliner form and has a very similar thin nib to the other one. I personally find this just as easy, I don’t favour one over the other but if I had started out with this one I may not have been as good. It has such a black formula and it’s waterproof so it also stays all say without smudging. I love these and I’d highly recommend them.

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No7 BB Lips, £9 – I hated lip gloss until I found this. I have tried so many other drugstore glosses and so many high end glosses and none of them compare to this. I actually took this product from my Mum and I thought I’d give it a try and seriously, it’s the best thing ever. It is non-sticky which is great but it’s also so moisturising which makes it even more comfortable on the lips. It contains anti oxidants and SPF 15 to help prevent UV damage. They have 7 shades and my favorite shade is ‘Ballerina’ which is a gorgeous pale dusky nude/pink shade – the name describes it well. They have a good amount of pigment, not too much that it looks silly but just enough to give you a nice wash of colour to the lips. I also really like the packaging as it is in a squeezy tube meaning it’s a lot more hygienic and if you’re applying it over lipstick it won’t make a mess and get covered in your lip colour. If you need a new lip gloss or want to find the best lipgloss you’ll ever find, I would highly recommend that you give this a try.

L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick, £6.99 – I think it was Emily Canham who raved about these lipsticks and as she’s one of my favorite YouTubers and I know I can always trust her opinion, I thought I’d try them out for myself. They have a great colour range with every colour you’d ever need and so many ranges within it. My favorite shade is probably ‘Julliane’s Nude’ which I’d say is a medium pink with a little hint of nude. They have such a lovely creamy consistency which feel really moisturising on the lips and have a creamy finish – most comparable to a cremesheen finish in terms of MAC I think. They aren’t the most long lasting and they need reapplied half way throughout the day but I find that with most lipsticks anyway. The two different packaging types in this line are both gorgeous, the black is so sleek and classy as is the gold. I will always favour my MAC lipsticks but in terms of affordability these are my favorite and if I’m buying a drugstore lipstick, I’d get these. So if you’re on a budget or just want a good lipstick, I’d highly recommend these.

MUA Intense Colour Lip Liner, £1 – I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone talking about these before, I just bought them to see how good they would be for only a pound. The short way of putting it, as good as one that costs £16. They have quite a few different colours to chose from covering everything you’d ever need. My favorite shade is ‘Caramel Nougat’ which is a medium nude shade (think ‘Velvet Teddy’) that literally goes with every nude lipstick. They apply so well as they have a nice creamy formula but they’re still dry enough that they stay put throughout the whole day. I think the packaging is nice for the price and it’s easy to see the colour as the packaging is all that colour so it’s very convenient. Another reason that they’re so convenient is that on their lids, they have a pencil sharpener. I’m constantly losing my makeup pencil sharpeners so this is the best thing ever. If you need a lip liner I’d highly recommend these especially if you’re on a budget – you just can’t go wrong with these.

Love Sarah x

My Winter Morning Routine 2017

Today I’m going to be sharing my current Winter morning routine. I had never really thought about doing a morning or evening routine before so I really hope you enjoy this. Also please let me know what moisturiser you use and what skin type you have as I’m looking for a new moisturiser. Also let me know what kind of content you’d like to see from me in 2017 and I’ll do my best to do everything.

As I’ve not been having to get up for school I’ve been going to bed a lot later than usual and so I’ve been getting up at about 10am as oppose to 6:40am. When I wake up I’ll usually just lie in bed for half an hour or so on my phone just checking Snapchat, Facebook etc. and then I go and get some breakfast. I’ll usually have some whole wheat cereal with some light Greek yoghurt and a bit of honey. I’ll also have some fruit, which is normally an apple and sometimes some berries. To drink I’ll have two pints of water and a cup of decaf green tea with jasmine.

After I’ve had breakfast I’ll go in the shower and get washed but on this particular day I’ll be washing my hair (I wash my hair once or twice a week). I’m going to be using my favorite shampoo which is the Bleach London Silver Shampoo and I’ll wash my hair with that twice. I really love this shampoo as it is quite strong and it really tones my hair and helps me maintain my natural ashy tone. I then use the conditioner to go with that which is obviously the Bleach London Silver Conditioner which I apply to the mid-lengths and ends of my hair. I keep that in my hair for a couple of minutes while I shave etc. and then before I wash it out of my hair I brush it through with the Tresemme Ceramic Styling Brush which is waterproof just to make sure my hair doesn’t have any knots in it.

Then when I get out of the shower I put on my dressing gown and then I like to brush my teeth before doing my morning skincare routine. The first thing I do is wet my face before I use the Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blackhead Pore Wash which I really do find unblocks my pores and therefor prevents blackheads. Also the fact that it contains salicylic acid makes it perfect for acne prone/oily skin as it removes oil without stripping the skin and prevents breakouts. I then like to apply some Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner which is also great for preventing breakouts. Lastly I like to apply some moisturiser and the one I use is E45 Cream which is prefect for dry skin but as I mentioned I’m looking for a new moisturiser so please leave your recommendations. To finish things off I like to apply a bit of lip balm and at the minute I’ve been obsessed with the Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Mint Candy.’

Now is the time when I like to do my makeup which is my favorite part of my morning routine. I recently did a post on my every day makeup routine so you can click here for that. However there are couple of things that I’m doing differently today. I’ve finally gotten round to repurchasing my favorite powder which is Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Peach Glow’ and my makeup is instantly looking better again – I really don’t recommend the Collection powder I was using as my face powder in that post! I did my eyeshadow exactly as I did in that post but I decided to use the shade ‘Wonder’ from the Stila In The Moment Palette as my lid colour. I also did my lips differently. I used the MUA Lip Liner in ‘Caramel Nougat’ as the lip liner I used in the other post is blunt and I can’t find my sharpener anywhere (they are almost identical anyway). I also used my newest lipstick which is MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Viva Glam II’ which is a medium mauve/nude with a little bit of pink in it – it’s a gorgeous colour.

The final part of my winter morning routine is choosing my outfit which is usually a difficult process and I often get changed quite a few times until I am satisfied with my outfit. Today I’m wearing my Forever 21 Black Crop Jumper which I feel like I wear all the time. I’m also wearing my H&M Black Jeggings and the shoes I’m wearing are my Topshop Leather Chelsea Boots which are my favorite boots ever – I just wear them all the time. I’m wearing my Boohoo Black Cape which my sister got me for Christmas and I also wore my Maya Copenhagen Faux Fur Stole which my sister also got me. The handbag I’m using is my Jasper Conran Leather Black Grab Bag which is the handbag that I use on a daily basis.

Love Sarah x

Christmas Day GRWM

Yesterday it was Christmas Day – I had the best Christmas and I really hope all of you did too. I thought today I would do a Christmas Day GRWM including hair, makeup, outfit. I hope you enjoy this and let me know what your favorite part of Christmas Day was. 

After a quick shower I used some Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter to maintain my Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Light/Medium Tan. I then moved on to my morning skincare routine which is very basic. I like to wash and exfoliate my skin with my Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blackhea Deep Pore Wash to make sure my makeup applies well. I then moisturise my skin using my E45 Cream but I’m looking for a new moisturiser so leave your recommendations please. 

Now moving on to hair. From the night before I had put in my Boots Bendy Rollers. For my hair, I only used 4 which left me with the perfect curls. If you curl your hair alot like me, then these are perfect as they don’t damage your hair. After brushing them through I made sure that I sprayed my hair with some L’Oreal Elvive Satin Normal Strength Hairspray to ensure that they lasted all day as my hair is quite sleek and curls tend to drop out quickly. 

I then did my makeup. I feel like I’m constantly going over my foundation routine so if you’re interested, click HERE to see it. After all of that, I did my eyebrows using the L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ using the wax to define the arch and powder to fill them in (to see my full eyebrow routine, click HERE). I then contoured using the Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit in ‘Medium’ and bronzed my face with the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder in ‘Caribbean Sun.’ I then added some highlighter using the MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in ‘Pink Shimmer’ (please let me know of any good highlighters – I’m stuck on what one to get!). 

I primed my eyes with the Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion and the shade ‘Nooner’ from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I used my contour shade in the crease and then applied the shade ‘Liar’ from the same palette on the eyelid. I used the shade ‘Factory’ under the eye and smudged the shade ‘Blackheart’ along the upper lash line. I added some of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Black’ to my eyelashes – it’s my favorite mascara.
I prepped my lips for lipstick with the Burt’s Bees Original Lip Balm and then lined them with the Model Co Illusion Lip Liner. For lipstick, I decided to go with a mauve/nude shade with a hint of pink so I used MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Viva Glam II.’ 

I wore my Moss Copenhagen Silver Sparkle Skirt which is perfect for the festive season. With that I wore my H&M Black Crop Top which is really plain and simple so it was perfect to pair with the skirt. I had on a pair of black tights as it’s freezing which were either from Primark or Calvin Klein. I just wore my Topshop Keeper Leather Chelsea Boots which are just really easy to wear with anything. The perfume I used was Chanel No5. 

Love Sarah x

My Everyday Makeup – December 2016

I’ve not done an everyday makeup routine in quite a while now so I thought it was about time I did. This is just my current everyday go to makeup look which I’m loving right now. I did a foundation routine recently and you can see that if you click HERE. I hope you enjoy this and let me know what products you’re using at the moment.

In my recent foundation routine I mentioned that I was using a primer but I’ve since stopped using that as I’ve found primer just doesn’t work with my skin at all. It blocks my fairly large pores and my skin just looks awful. I just go straight to foundation and I’m still using Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in ‘Light Porcelain’ which gives a medium and natural coverage. To apply and blend it out I’ve been using my Real Techniques Sculpting Brush which is angled and quite dense. To conceal my undereyes and any slight redness I may have I’ve been using my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in ‘Ivory.’ It is really light weight and has a medium coverage which I like. To cover any blemishes I’ve been using my MUA Hide & Conceal Concealer in ‘Natural.’ It is quite thick and is high coverage so it’s perfect for covering blemishes or imperfections. I then prime my eyelids using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. I then set my undereyes and eyelids using my favorite powder, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent.’ Then to set the rest of my face with the Collection Lasting Perfection Pressed Powder in ‘Fair’ which I don’t really like as it oxidises my foundation but I don’t hate it so I’m just using it up. I apply my powder with my Real Techniques Powder Brush.

Next I do my eyebrows using the L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium.’ I shape them with the wax and then fill them in with the powder making sure not to be too heavy handed. I then like to contour and I use my Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit in ‘Medium.’ I apply this under my cheekbones, on my nose and on my jawline using the Real Technqiues Sculpting Brush. I then like to bronze (eventhough it’s Winter – I’m just obbsessed with bronzer!) using the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder in ‘Caribbean Sun.’ I then highlight the tops of my cheekbones and the tip of my nose using the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in ‘Pink Shimmer.’

Next I do my eyeshadow and I’m still in love with my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I take the shades ‘Limit’ and ‘Nooner’ which are both matte shades on a blending brush and apply them in the crease. It’s literally as simple as that, although sometimes I’ll take a brown like ‘Factory’ under the eye on a pencil brush. Then I apply my favorite mascara which is Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Black.’ It volumises my lashes so much and people sometimes think I’m wearing false lashes – that’s how good it is.

I then apply some lip balm, my usual choice being the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm to moisturise my lips. This step is especially important if I’m going to be doing a matte lip. I then outline my lips with my Model Co Illusion Lip Liner which is a lovley your lips but better nude shade. I usually change my lip colour up everyday but my go to colour recently has been MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Faux.’ It is a stunning and feminine pinky nude which complements my pale beige/neutral skintone well. 

Love Sarah x

Beauty Roundup of the Month #8

As it’s now December I’m going to be sharing with you all of the beauty products I’ve been loving throughout the past month. This is quite short as I’ve mostly been sticking to my usual products. Let me know what you’ve been loving too and I hope you enjoy.

The first thing I’ve been really liking is my MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Faux.’ I’ve had it for quite a few months now but I’ve been really loving it recently. It’s a pink/nude shade which is really grown up and feminine. It really suits ny skin tone and I think it would suit a variety of different skin tones. I love the satin finishes as they are long wearing and opaque but they arn’t drying like some mattes are. I think this is also the perfect nude lipstick for Autumn/Winter.

I don’t really have one particular brush which I love for foundation (if you have any recommendations let me know) so I’ve been trying my different brushes. The one which really stood out to me and applied my foundation really well was the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. It gave a high coverage flawless finish as it is dense and angled. I think I’ll continue to use for my foundation as I really like it.

I did a review on the MUA undress me too palette a week or two ago and when doing that I discoverd the MUA Eyeshadow in ‘Tranquil’ which I had never really used. It has a good amount of pigmentation and has some shimmer in it. It is a nice light golden champagne colour which is really nice with a warm matte shade in the crease like a contour shade. I’ve been using it quite alot recently and I really like it. It also wears well and is good for such a low price.

Love Sarah x

MUA Undress Me Too Eyeshadow Palette Review

Today I wanted to do a review an MUA eyeshadow palette. I have various palettes from them so I thought I’d start by reviewing this one. Let me know what MUA eyeshadows you have and what you think of them. 

MUA Undress Me Too Palette, £4

In this palette you get 12 eyeshadows – soft neutrals, cool greys and gold metallics. Every eyeshadow in this varies quality so I’ll tell you what I think of each of them. 

  • Naked – This is a beige eyeshadow with a little bit of gold shimmer through it. It has a satin finish to it and it isn’t very pigmented. It’s not the best quality and isn’t impressive.
  • Devotion – This is a gold metallic colour which is very pigmented. For the price it is incredible and is comparable to higher end shadows.
  • Shy – Very simmilar to the first shade and is a beige eyeshadow. Again, it isn’t very pigmented and the quality isn’t very good. It is also quite chalky.
  • Fiery – This is a coppery amber metallic colour which is very pigmented; all of the metallics are. The pigments are really good and I like this eyeshadow alot.
  • Lavish – This matte and is quite good quality, exactly what you’d expect from an eyeshadow of that price. It is slightly chalky but it isn’t a huge issue. 
  • Dreamy – This is another metallic eyeshadow and it is a bronze/gold shade. Like the other metallics, great quality. 
  • Tranquil – This is a really nice shimmery champagne colour. It’s one of my favorite shades in this palette and has a nice amount of pigment.
  • Exposed – This is a cool toned grey/brown shade which is shimmery. Like the last one, it has a nice amount of pigment.
  • Reveal – This is a pale cool champagne colour and it has a shimmery finish. It’s pigment isn’t too intense but it’s still really nice.
  • Wink – It’s the last metallic in this palette and is a bronze/brown shade. It is really pigmented and is a nice shade.
  • Obsessed – This is a cool toned dark brown with a slight amount of shimmer. The amount of pigment is what you’d expect for the price but it’s slightly chalky.
  • Corrupt – This is a matte black and it is the worst eyeshadow I’ve ever come across. I don’t understand how it’s possible to make such a bad eyeshadow.

If you want a nice Christmasy eyeshadow palette this would be perfect. Some of the eyeshadows are amazing and I actually do really like this palette.

Love Sarah x