What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag? – Tenerife

As you may know, I recently got back from Tenerife and I thought it would be quite nice to share with you what was in my travel makeup bag. I really enjoy reading this type of post as I find them really helpful for discovering new products and for travelling too. I also enjoy writing them so I thought it would be worth doing. I thought it would be a good idea to go through each product, tell you about it, why it’s in there etc. just so you know whether you’ll like them or not. I also tried to take a small amount of products as I was taking hand luggage only. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this and let me know if you’ve tried any of these makeup products.

The Makeup Bag – I’m taking my Ted Baker Katient Small Bow Makeup Bag which fits everything minus the eyeshadow palette and the cream contour kit. It’s the pale pink one with the grey bow which is such good quality and definitely worth the price.

The Summer Bronzer – So, the first thing is the L’Oréal Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder in ‘Caribbean Sun.’ This is my favourite bronzer for bronzing the face and obviously on holiday I want to look as bronze as possible. It has a very, very slight shimmer to it which is lovely for Summer and it’s also the perfect shade for my skin.

The Stunning Highlighter – Next I have one of my all time favourite products, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone.’ You’ve probably heard everyone talking about these highlighters and it’s for a good reason (see my full review here). It is the most finely milled highlighter ever and this shade is perfect. It’s great for adding a natural glow to the skin which is what I want on holiday and in Summer.

The Waterproof Liquid Liner – I don’t wear liquid liner a lot but I need to take it in case I want to put some on. My favourites are from L’Oréal as they are easy to apply and don’t smudge or transfer and the one I’m taking is the L’Oréal Super Liner Black Lacquer Waterproof as it is waterproof perfect for humidity and hot weather.

The Lightweight Concealer – I love lightweight and natural concealers and my favourite is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in ‘Ivory.’ It gives a medium coverage and a radiant finish which I personally love and is great in warmer weather.

The Perfect Powder – As I have oily skin and the weather is hotter which will make it even more oily, powder is 100% necessary. My all time favourite is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’ which sets my makeup into place all day and it is just as great as any high end powder.

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The Best Brow Kit – The brow product which I use all the time and have done for a year is the L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ which has a powder and a wax. I can do natural brows for when I have no other makeup on and I can do full brows for when I’m wearing a full face. I couldn’t go a day without this.

The Contour Shade – For contour I actually use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. It is the perfect shade for my paler skin (however, I am excited for the lighter version in May!, it’s matte and it’s so natural… I just love it! (read my full review here) It has khaki undertones but it’s also great for bronzing up the face too.

The Smudge Proof Mascara – My favourite mascara ever is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Black’. It is volumising, lengthening and even though it’s not waterproof it’s completely smudge proof. If you are looking for a waterproof mascara, the waterproof version of this is so waterproof you won’t be able to get it off.

The Matte Foundation – I’m currently trying out the Bourjois Air Mat Foundation in ‘Rose Ivory’ which I will do a full review on soon. It is a matte foundation and it keeps my oily skin shine free for a number of hours.  It’s important in hot weather for me to wear a matte foundation or it wouldn’t be on my face after half an hour.

The Perfect Palette – The Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette is my go to eyeshadow palette as it has some stunning pink shades, an array of brown shades, a matte white and also a black. The quality of these is very good, the packaging is very sturdy so it’s perfect for travelling and there is also a good mirror which is great.

The Matte Eye Primer – I think eyeshadow primer is such a necessary step as it keeps my eyeshadow on for so much longer without fading, smudging or creasing. My favourite is the Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion as it’s completely matte so works with ever look.

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The Contour Kit – I don’t often use my Sleek Cream Contour Kit in ‘Medium’ as it’s too dark for me usually and I find contouring with powder easier. However I thought it would be perfect now as it has darker shades and I’m going to be fake tanning, I can use it to darken my foundation and it also has a large mirror which I’ll use for doing my makeup.

The Nude Lip – My current favourite nude lipstick is MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Viva Glam II’ as it is a medium nude shade with a bit of pink in it. It has a satin finish so it’s comfortable on the lips yet it is very opaque and long lasting.

The Liquid Lipstick – I wanted to take a liquid lipstick and a true nude shade with no undertone so I’m taking my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Abu Dhabi.’ It is a medium nude with no undertones and it is so comfortable on the lips you can barely feel it.

The Bright Lip – As I already had two nudes I thought I would take a bright lip as they look great with a tan. I decided on the Stila Color Balm Lipstick in ‘Avery’ as it’s a stunning coral pink shade and it has the nicest lip balm like formula yet is so opaque and long lasting.

The Versatile Lip Liner – As I’m taking three quite different lip options I wanted to take a lip liner that works well with all of them. I chose the Model Co Illusion Lip Liner as its a ‘your lips but better’ shade and it seems to work with anything.

Love Sarah x

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

Beauty Bay Wish List!

I thought it would be a good idea to do a Beauty Bay wish list. Firstly because I spend ages on Beauty Bay and wishing that I had everything and secondly because everyone loves a wish list. I love writing them, you all seem to love reading them so I really hope you enjoy this! I’ve narrowed it down to only six things which was difficult but I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about them soon from me as I’ll probably by a few of the things. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and let me know what you thought of them.

Alpha-H Limited Edition Supersize Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ 100ml, £36 – Everyone needs an SPF 50 moisturiser especially if you have pale skin like myself, so when you can get a good quality one for amazing value for money, it’s simply just a must have. I’ve not actually heard anything about this moisturiser so I’d be interested to know if you have or if you have tried it. It’s ‘a deeply hydrating and nourishing cream’ and is apparently perfect for all skin types. It claims to be sweat and water-resistant so it’s perfect for the Summer months. It contains vitamin-e, aloe vera, beeswax, silica and SPF 50 which are all amazing for the skin. This size is limited edition so if you want it get it as soon as possible but there is a permanent version which is £26 for 50ml. Not as good value for money as the limited edition version but still a lot better than other SPF 50’s on the market.

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Stila Color Balm Lipstick in ‘Evangeline,’ £16 – I can actually give opinions on the formula of this lipstick as I already have one in the shade ‘Avery’ which I really love. It is a very pigmented lipstick but it is very moisturising on the lips and I find that combination very hard to find. It also contains peppermint oil which is an ingredient that I personally really like for helping irritated lips. It has a gorgeous satin finish which we all know is my favorite lipstick formula. I believe there are 19 shades in which range from pale nudes to deep berry colours. The particular colour on my wish list is a beautiful dusty rose shade which I think will really suit me and most people for that matter. It also looks like the perfect colour for late Winter going into Spring – just the perfect shade for the transition between all seasons actually. I think this will be in my makeup collection soon…

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Morphe R3 Precision Pointed Contour Brush, £10.50 – This is going to shock some of you, but I’ve never tried a Morphe brush… yes, really! I have a list of Morphe brushes I’d like to try in the back of my planner (which is ridiculous) and this is one that is probably one of the first I’ll get because I’m looking to get a new contour brush (if you have any other recommendations, let me know!). All of the Morphe brushes I want are from the rose gold collection as they look so beautiful and this is one of them. It has a precision tapered tip which makes it perfect for more precise contour but because it’s densely packed with bristles it will be perfect for blending and therefor making your contour look more natural. I’ll probably need to get this soon as the Morphe brushes are constantly going out of stock!

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Illamasqua Lip Lure in ‘Bloom,’ £19.50 – I’m sure these are a fairly recent release from Illamasqua and I haven’t really heard too much about them but they look really nice. They are pigmented liquid lipsticks with ‘a fade resistant finish’ which is always good and they have a high shine finish. They’re also comfortable to wear and are hydrating on the lips which is really important for me as I don’t want something on my lips that is drying. I believe the have ten shades which range from nudes to bright oranges to dark purples so they have something for everyone. The particular shade which I’d like is ‘bloom’ which is a pink toned nude which looks perfect for everyday wear and would look really pretty on a lot of people with a wide variety of skin tones.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette, £41 – I don’t even think I need to explain why I need this eyeshadow palette in my life… just look at the colours! The colours in the palette are all beautiful. There are 14 shades in the palette which include neutral matte shades which are perfect for transition shades, there are gorgeous pink and burgundy shades which are beautiful and are the reason why everyone loves this palette so much. I’ve never tried any Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows but apparently they’re really pigmented and are really creamy which would make them really easy to work with and blend. It also comes with a double ended eyeshadow brush which is amazing. I’d love this palette but I’m not sure I can buy it right now as I’ve bought so much recently.

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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

Autumn/Fall Makeup Must Haves

I’m going to be sharing with you what some of my Autumn makeup must haves are. Generally the lips get less pink, the eye colours get warmer and I love black liquid eye liner. Let me know what some of your Autumnal makeup must haves are.

​Face:
I think it’s the shimmer and the not too Summery looking bronze colour that makes Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in ‘Pink Glow’ one of my go to products through out Autumn. And I also feel like Autumn is the most appropriate season for blusher, and I love Collection Blush in ‘Bashful’ because of it’s dusky rose pink colour.

Eyes:
As I said, I love black liquid liner kn the Autumn and my favorite has to be L’Oreal Super Liner Black Laquer Waterproof because it is so easy to use. I also love adding a bit of colour sometimes with my AVON Glimmerstick Diamonds Eye Liner in ‘Emerald Glow’ which is so easy to blend if you want. I love the colours in the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (‘Factory’ & ‘Mugshot’ specifically); it’s my go to. In addition to that, the Stila In The Moment Palette (‘Wonder’ & ‘Whim’ are especially Autumnal) are perfect. 

Lips:
A colour I’ve not worn in ages because of it’s not so Summery vibe is Clinique Colour Pop Lipstick in ‘Nude Pop’ however it’s great for Autumn. One I’ve been waiting for Autumn to get use out of is NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Abu Dhabi’ and I’m excited to be using MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Honeylove’ more often. My only non-nude lip product (sorry!) is Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in ‘Raplumzel’ which is a beautiful purple. And lastly my new and probably all time favorite gloss, No7 BB Lips Beauty Balm in ‘Ballerina.’

Nails
Barry M Hi-Shine Gelly Nail Paint in ‘Chai’ is one of my favorite greys. I also can’t wait to start wearing reds again and two of my favorites are Revlon Nail Enamel in ‘Revlon Red,’ which is a classic red, and also Revlon Nail Enamel in ‘Raven Red’ which is slightly darker and more purple in tone. I also love Ciaté Paint Pots in ‘Gold Digga’ for a gold metalic and for something more natural I love Ciaté Paint Pots in ‘Golden Sands.’

Fragrance:
I love Chanel No5 Eau De Toilette and to me it smells alot more appropriate for Autumn and Winter. Another favorite of mine is Vera Wang Lovestruck Eau De Parfum which is a little more day time appropriate and less strong than Chanel No5.

Love Sarah x

Beauty Roundup of the Month #5

It’s finally time for the 5th beauty roundup of the month and I’m so excited as I love writing these! Basically, I’ll be showing you everything beauty related that I’ve loved over the past month. Let me know a couple of your recent favorite things, beauty related or not.

​Like many people, I’ve been loving matte lips. They are a huge trend which I personally love alot. This is pretty much down to my love for the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in ‘Tokyo’ & ‘Abu Dhabi.’ Tokyo is a bubblegum pink and Abu Dhabi is a deep rose beige – both beautiful. The formula of these is lovley; they’re so comfortable on the lips and last a long time.

During the Summer especially, everyone has amazing tans. I don’t tan in the sun so any natural fake tan is perfect. I’ve been loving Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Fair to Medium Skin Body Lotion as it is so natural and easy to use. It gives amazing results and lasts well.

I have been loving doing a not so natural inner corner highlight. For this, I find that Stila Eyeshadow in ‘Instinct’ is perfect for that. It is a super shimmery white which I love. And I’ve also been loving a not so natural brow bone highlight and for that I’ve been using Urban Decay Eyeshadow in ‘Strange’ which is a matte white.

And I’ve kind of been loving blusher – I never thought I’d say that! Blusher usually really doesn’t suit me but I’ve been using Collection Blush in ‘Bashful’ which is a really natural rose pink.

Love Sarah x

Highend Vs Drugstore – Dupes

Today I wanted to share some drugstore dupes for highend products that are actually as good as eachother. I’ll be giving my opinions on everything about each of the products which I have tried. If you have any good dupes, be sure to let me know!

Highend: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (colour ‘Mugshot’), £38.50
Drugstore: Collection Little Mix All About The Eyes Palette (colour ‘Dazzling Brown’), £2.99
Price Difference: £35.51

The two palettes have simmilar colours and quality to the eyeshadows. The specific ones which look most simmilar are ‘Mugshot’ from the Urban Decay palette, and ‘Dazzling Brown’ from the Collection palette. Each of them have a simmilar finish and amount of shimmer to them, so they’re almost an exact match. The Collection eyeshadows are slightly chalkier but not when on the eyes. They are both as easy to blend. The Urban Decay ones are slightly more long wearing as you would expect for the price. I don’t prefer one over the other but I do prefer the colours in the Naked 3. 

Highend: Stila In The Moment Palette (colour ‘Captivate’), £25
Drugstore: MUA Undress Me Too Palette (colour ‘Obsessed’), £4
Price Difference: £21

The quality of the Stila palette is much better but the four metalics in the MUA palette are just as good, however the other eight in the palette arn’t. The shade ‘Obsessed’ from the MUA palette is a metalic so is as good as it’s color match, ‘Captivate,’ from the Stila palette. All of the different finishes from the Stila palette are amazing. However from the MUA one, the mattes and shimmers are good for the price, but the metalics are on par with Stila. I prefer the Stila palette as a whole, but the MUA one is still great if your on a budget.

Highend: Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl Eye Liner in ‘Noir,’ £17
Drugstore: Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in ‘Jet Black,’ £2.99
Price Difference: £14.01

These two eye liners are practically the exact same which is unbelievable for the price. They are both as pigmented as eachother and have the same pay off; they also have an identical texture. The Rimmel eye liner is slightly blacker which is good for a more intense or night time look. The Rimmel one is slightly easier to blend which is great if you want a smokey eye, but it means the Lancôme liner is less likley to smudge. They both have great lasting power and I use and love them both equally.

Highend: Model Co Illusion Lip Liner, £16
Drugstore: MUA Intense Colour Lip Liner in ‘Caramel Nougat,’ £1
Price Difference: £15

I honestly could barely tell these lip liners apart! Both of these are a beautiful salmon nude/pink colour, however the MUA one is slightly more pink. They have the same amount of pigmentation and texture, and both line the lips perfectly. Both have amazing staying power and I love and use both of them equally. 

Highend: MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Snob,’ £15.50
Drugstore: Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in ‘Natural Beauty,’ £2.30
Price Difference: £13.20

These lipsticks are an exact colour match, both feminine pinky nudes which are super classy and chic. Both are just as pigmented as eachother which is increadible considering the price difference. The MAC lipstick has a satin finish and the Essence lipstick is creamy so they have a different finish. Both are long lasting, however the MAC lipstick does wear for slightly longer. I love both of them and use either one depending on which finish I want. They are almost identical apart from the finish so I do get a bit more use from the MAC lipstick.

Love Sarah x