Saturday, 31 December 2016

1 Year of blogging: How i've progressed

Soon my blog will have its 1 year anniversary and as we're coming into the new year i thought it would be a good time to take a look back and see how my blog has changed over the course of the year.


Friday, 30 December 2016

2016 Beauty favourites

For me 2016 was a year of great beauty purchases, having started my blog this year my eyes were opened to a whole new world of beauty products. This isn't just a monthly faves or things that i might fall out of love with once a few months have passed, this is a yearly faves: things that were discovered in 2016 and are here to stay. 


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

What i got for Christmas 2016

Whats a better way to show appreciation for my christmas presents than photographing and making a blog post out of them? 

Friday, 23 December 2016

The ultimate NYE dress edit

Yeah i know christmas hasn't happened yet but once it has all of a sudden its new years eve, the group chat is panicking because nobody made any plans and you have nothing to wear.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

My 10 favourite Christmas songs

For me nothing says christmas like the best christmas songs playing on repeat; instantly when one of my favourite festive songs starts playing i'm put into a christmassy mood, so for those of you who are trying to get into the festive spirit here are my top 10 christmas songs!


Saturday, 17 December 2016

Lets talk about it: buying followers

Yep i'm going there, today we're talking about the practices which I've seen going on on social media recently: the spam comments, the mass following, suspended accounts and all around fakery. Its going to be a long one, I've got a lot to say.
Instagram fakery is on the rise and I'm starting to see bloggers i would've considered my internet friends using spam tactics to grow their follower numbers. 
I want to bring light to the other side of social media, the side which i was ignorant to before becoming a blogger that has become increasingly relevant in the past weeks and months.


Friday, 16 December 2016

Monday, 12 December 2016

My 5 favourite christmas films

Nothing puts me in a better mood than sitting down and watching a christmas film, particularly the ones i watch year in year out and never seem to get bored of. Here are my favourites to give you some inspiration on what to watch this christmas!


Saturday, 10 December 2016

Winter lookbook!

In summer time I'm the least fashion conscious person around, as long as sweating is kept at a minimum i couldn't care less about what I'm wearing; however in winter I'm a different person, take a look at my go to outfits for this season.. 

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

FDC Young Designer Awards

On Saturday i was invited to the FDC Young designer awards at the Pullman St Pancras hotel to interview and view collections created by this years young designers, read on to see all of my photos of the event..


Friday, 2 December 2016

How i take and edit my photos

Many months ago i did a post around taking photos when you don't have a camera and it quickly became my most popular post; more recently I've had a few requests to do a post on how i take and edit my photos and which camera i use so i thought i'd compile all of that into todays post!


Thursday, 1 December 2016

A day in Paris

On Tuesday my best friend and i hopped on the Eurostar for a day trip to Paris; when i say hopped i do mean got up at 4 AM and wrapped myself in a blanket scarf until we were firmly in the departure lounge but none the less there was at least some hopping involved. Like i've done with other cities and counties i've visited, today i've compiled all of my favourite photos together in one big visual post.
However for those of you who prefer video i've also filmed my day in paris for my youtube channel; click below to watch!


Monday, 28 November 2016

Doing Christmas on a budget

I'm used to getting the same christmas decorations out of the cupboard every year, they're always there and they seem to always have been. But what about those who are having christmas away from home for the first time or those who want to celebrate it but don't have the cash to spare?  How would you even begin to start the collection of christmas decorations that every house seems to have? Especially if you're short of cash...

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Walking in a winter wonderland

Yesterday i headed to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for some festive goodness and some great photo opportunities...

Friday, 25 November 2016

The christmas jumper edit

For some the perfect christmas jumper is a muted grey cashmere with the tiniest hint of christmas, for others they'll expect nothing less than a light up snow man that sings when you pinch the nose. What type of jumper will you choose from my christmas jumper edit?


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Festive fashion for every festive occasion!

You can't avoid buying new clothes for christmas; whether you've got one engagement or ten theres always an office party, a family meal or a night out with friends. I've put together key pieces i'd use for casual occasions, slightly smarter occasions and full on festive glamour.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Mid range christmas gift guide #5

 This Gift guide is my main gift guide, not as expensive as the luxury gift guide but slightly more mid range than the £10 and under gifts.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Luxury Gift Guide #4

For those of you who may have won the lottery or are in line for millions this gift guide is for you, or for those of you who like me love to dream about being able to buy things like this. This is my ultimate Luxury Gift Guide.


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Christmas Gift guide for him #3

Wondering what to get the man in your life for christmas? I've hand picked some perfect gifts for men so you don't have to, with prices from £14.95 - £314.95.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Zoeva caramel melange palette review and swatches!

I didn't think it was possible to love a palette more than i love Zoeva cocoa blend but that was before i bought the new caramel melange palette.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Under £10 gift guide #2

If you're cutting back this season, trying to find the perfect secret santa gift or a thoughtful stocking filler then i've got you covered! Look no further with these gifts all under £10.


Monday, 14 November 2016

The ultimate beauty christmas gift guide #1

Kicking off the festive season with my picks for beauty gift giving, if you've got someone to buy for who is beauty obsessed then look no further with gifts from £6.50 - £230!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Winter skincare saviours

I know we're not technically in "winter" yet but lately my skin has been demonstrating typical traits of "winter skin" so i've changed up my skincare routine as we come into the colder months!


Monday, 7 November 2016

Free things to do in London

London may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but if you're visiting and on a budget theres still loads of free things to do in the city. 


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The best of the drugstore

Although a lot of the makeup i wear does stray to the high end "end" of the makeup spectrum there are a few products from the drugstore which i would never replace with a high end alternative.

Monday, 31 October 2016

How i stay organised as a blogger

Right now you could ask me what posts i'm going to be uploading in the last week of December and i would be able to tell you, but i haven't always been like this; i used to be a serial photographer,writer and uploading on the same day-er.

Friday, 28 October 2016

I became a college dropout

I've been massively putting off writing this but i feel like i need to write about this chapter of my life, i'd feel like i was lying to you in a way if i never wrote about this on my blog.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Monday, 24 October 2016

Zoella lifestyle review

Usually when Zoe releases things i'm the first on the bandwagon but i've waited until now to get my hands on the new Zoella Lifestyle range, i'm proud of myself for resting buying for this long but i had to give in.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Why i'm not buying into the subscription box trend

I can already tell this is going to be an unpopular blogger option however.. Its almost impossible to scroll through a beauty blog without seeing a monthly subscription box review but i've never subscribed to one and don't really plan on it, heres why: 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Bantry Candles

Nothing says transitioning into colder weather than an abundance of scented candles, so when Bantry candles* asked me if i wanted to try some of their vegan soy wax candles of course i was excited.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Pumpkining around

Carrying on with the theme of Autumnal posts i seem to have started, i wanted to do an outfit post with some of my new bits from Stradivarius that have become my go to autumn pieces. I also bought a sparkly pumpkin, so there we go. Autumn.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Rekindling my love for literature

For the last three years of my life i've read non fiction politics books and although i do love a book that states everything thats gone wrong in the UK being the fault of Thatcher, i got bored. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Autumnal wardrobe wishlist

One of my favourite things about autumn is the clothes, unlike my 13 year old self now the idea of buying a good quality coat is as exciting as the PSL being brought back to Starbucks. Here are a few of the items i'm dying to get my hands on this season, lets be honest i'll probably place an order half way through writing this post.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Autumn makeup staples

You can't tell me its too early anymore, we're officially in mid October and my go to daily makeup has had a warm toned revamp. 

Monday, 10 October 2016

Why blogger events make me anxious

I love it when i'm invited to an event, i feel really privileged that i get to go to often really special and well thought out occasions, however theres always a little pang of anxiety when i get that email in my inbox. 


Friday, 7 October 2016

September favourites

I can't start another monthly favourites post with oh my god how are we already in *insert month* can i?? 

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

High end trends high street alternatives

Fashion even "ready to wear" fashion isn't always realistic, be it for everyday life or for your bank balance. I set myself the task of going over A/W16's trends and working out how to integrate hints of the catwalk into our wardrobes using high street alternatives. Kind of like a get the look, not trying to find exact pieces but how to translate trends into your own style, making them suitable for everyday life.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Things i've learnt working in retail

As i write this i've just completed a year of working in retail, i can safely say it was the best experience of my life and i picked up a few things along the way..

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Blog photography: Props

About a month ago i did a post on taking blog photography when you don't have a camera, since then its become my most "engaged with" post. Its not my most read post but every time i tweet a link to it i receive several replies; i'm so happy with how many people its helped but it has sparked a lot of questions about blog props in my mentions. So i thought i'd dedicate a whole post to adding props to your blog photography! 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

By Terry Rouge Expert Click Stick

Another pinky nude lipstick? Yeah.. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

The versatile blogger award

I was nominated by the lovely Jess Ann from whosthatjessann.com for the versatile blogger award! 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The highlighter edition

Theres nothing like highlighter to give your skin a natural (or completely unnatural but amazing) healthy glow. 

Monday, 12 September 2016

Mini Uni haul

Its about time i acknowledged the fact i am moving to university at the end of the month and my gap year of working and blogging is coming to an end. I won't be able to devote days upon days to blogging anymore; but the blog won't end as uni starts, i'm going to try and balance both because i love blogging way too much to ever even consider stopping. 

I thought the best way to transition into my new life would be to buy pretty things because thats just my solution to everything, a sort of bury my head in the sand and take my card details type of thing. 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Zoeva cocoa blend palette

I feel like Charlie in Charlie and the chocolate factory, except my name is Maria and this is about eyeshadow. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Transitioning into A/W trends

Hello everyone! As its now officially September and i'm officially allowed to talk about autumn winter i wanted to share with you one key piece i'm using to transition into the season. 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Eden perfumes Brighton

Want a vegan alternative to some of the most high end popular fragrances around? Read on..

Monday, 5 September 2016

Blog photography on iPhone

Its a common misconception that all bloggers have the best equipment: ring lights, DSLRs and marble table tops. However thats not always the case, especially if you're new to blogging! Last week i ran a poll on twitter, wondering if it would be helpful to create a post centred around talking photos for your blog when you don't have a camera. 90% of you said yes so, heres my tips for taking blog photos with your mobile phone. 

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Zoella Beauty Christmas Collection

I know its September, but even if Zoella beauty released something christmas scented in June i'd still be excited. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Birthday beside the sea

When the weather is good in Britain everyone flocks to their nearest coastline, me and my best friend did just that on the 30th August for a late birthday treat. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Taking a gap year

I never really do much lifestyle on my blog but today i'm going to talk to you about the last year of my life, my gap year. I thought it was fitting to do this now, not only because its around the time that most people consider taking a gap year but also because mine is coming to an end. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Birthday wishlist

Its that time of the year again! No not christmas (yet) its my birthday on the 29th of August so even though I've never done a wishlist list before i thought now its the perfect time to do my first!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

W7 Hollywood Bronze and Glow

While i was in a drugstore in Spain i stumbled across a little bargain shelf and one thing caught my eye, this rather familiar looking bronzing and highlighting palette. Dupe alert? 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Nerja in pictures

Looking for some travel inspiration? Look no further. For the last week i've been in Nerja, Spain and as i have done in the past with holidays i wanted to put all my pictures into a roundup post to illustrate my trip.


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Post ideas for bloggers block

Bloggers block, we've all been there: you think you've covered everything you could ever write about, swatched every single one of your favourite liquid lipsticks and are plagued by the little voice in your head reminding you that you haven't posted in 5 days. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

Beautyuk new launch and reviews

This week beautyuk approached me on twitter and asked if i wanted to tryout some of their products, one of which is not even on the market yet so you're hearing all about it on beauty matters first! 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

First impressions: The Body Shop skincare

A couple of weeks ago i was scrolling down my twitter timeline and i saw that The Body Shop have repackaged / re branded their products. I'm a sucker for packaging, if something looks nice i'm 19 x more likely to buy it - scientific fact. 

Monday, 1 August 2016

July Favourites

I don't have many favourites this month, but seen as i didn't actually do a June faves post i thought i should include the few items that I've added in to my daily life in July. I only noticed when i sat down to write this that 3/5 items come from Soap and glory and are all things i didn't even buy in July but just started using again! 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Farfetch blogger event

On Thursday the lovely people at Farfetch invited me to an evening at the London makeup school, to celebrate the launch of their beauty section and to showcase some of the SS/16 trends from the catwalks.

Monday, 25 July 2016

My 5 top lipsticks

Before March this year i didn't even wear lipstick, i thought no shade would suit me. Only a few months later i have an ever growing lipstick collection, they're now the makeup item i buy the most so today i thought i'd show you my top 5 lipsticks in my collection.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Beat the heat makeup

This week we've actually had some heat in London and while a lot of it has been humidity we've also had some sun; while good weather is always appreciated its not always the best for keeping makeup intact and many of us still end up like a melting mess by the end of the day. So i'm going to talk you through the products i use which work to keep my makeup on my face in the summer months. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Kylie Lip Kit review

Oh yeah i did it, i jumped on the bandwagon and paid like £40 for a lipstick and liner. Am i glad i did? Of course. 


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

My current brow routine

Even in the eyebrow obsessed time we live in i've never been someone who really did their brows, however with a bunch of benefit brow products being given away in magazines after their new launch and a package from Technic cosmetics i've changed my neglectful attitude to eyebrows.  


Monday, 11 July 2016

10,000 views giveaway!

ooooo this is an exciting one isn't it? A couple of weeks ago i reached 10,000 views, that isn't a lot to some but considering over 5000 of these views came in June it came around pretty quickly! So much so that now i'm at around 12,000 views in the time its taken me to organise my giveaway, read on to find out how you can win the goodies!


Jo Browne Solid Perfumes*

Hello everyone, last week i was sent some eco friendly hand made solid perfumes from Jo Browne and have been testing them for the past week, so i'm now ready to share them with you guys!


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Notonthehighstreet.com Christmas press event

Christmas?? In July?? Thats exactly what the event was called. It seems crazy that we're talking about Christmas already but July is the time when PR happens for the Christmas season; so i was invited to attend the not on the high street Christmas in July press event showcasing the products for 2016 Christmas. 


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Liebster award

Hi everyone! i've never done a post like this so its something a little different for you guys to read today, I've been notimated by Kim from kimberkat and Kellie from kellieneeblog for the liebster award!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Is micellar water enough?

Although Micellar waters have been around for years its only in the last year or so did micellar water become a staple part of my skincare routine, but is a micellar cleanse enough when it comes to removing makeup and caring for you skin? 


Monday, 27 June 2016

Liz Earle cleanse and polish review

Only a couple of weeks after i posted my updated skincare routine its changed again! A couple of months ago Liz Earle kindly sent me some of their muslin cloths and they quickly became a irreplaceable part of my skincare routine, so when my cleanser ran out i knew i wanted to give cleanse and polish a try. 


Friday, 24 June 2016

The makeup eraser review

As someone with an extensive skincare routine especially when it comes to properly removing makeup, the makeup eraser which claims to remove makeup with just water intrigued me. Can it stand up to its claims?


Monday, 20 June 2016

Daily face: my everyday makeup routine

I'm the first person to admit i'm a creature of habit, once i've found a combination of eye shadows i really like i'll wear them everyday for a month. Its kind of like the beauty blogger alternative to playing a song on repeat all day, until you can't stand it anymore (i do that as well). Today i'm going to talk though the products i wear on my face daily, some of which i never change and some which are switched every week. 


Monday, 13 June 2016

The blogger made me buy it

Does anyone buy anything without reading a review anymore? I know i don't. In the current climate of beauty bloggers there are products which constantly get the best reviews, i'm the first to admit i've bought into the reviews to be either amazed or left wondering why everyone was amazed. I'm going to talk through a few of the raved about products i've bought and whether they we're actually worth the hype. 


Thursday, 9 June 2016

Budget Beauty : Amazon brushes

At the beginning of last month i did a post on Ebay copies of branded makeup brushes like Mac and Real Techniques, if you read that post you'll know i was left a little disappointed. My first ever makeup brushes were from Amazon and were great for the price, i knew it was possible to find good brushes for cheap so thats what i set out to do.


Monday, 6 June 2016

My fragrance for summer

Its official its British summer time, my mind fills with images of beer gardens and rose tinted instagrams; its the time of the year where everyone changes their perfume because the one they're wearing is "just not for summer". 


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Zoella beauty:Sweet Inspirations

When you think of beauty bloggers you think of Zoe Sugg, in inevitable. What was also inevitable was that after seeing the reveal of Sweet Inspirations, i wouldn't be able to resist the French patisserie style packaging a had to try them for myself.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

On Friday i visited the Charlotte Tilbury store in Covent Garden, its possibly the most beautiful store in London and while i was there i had to pick up the new Legendary Lashes mascara.


Friday, 27 May 2016

May Favourites

I cannot believe its the end of may; with no favourites post in April it seems like forever since I've written one but it means I've had more time to fall in love with the products I'm about to share with you. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Skincare Routine For Summer

My first ever post was my skincare routine but as its something i've been changing up a lot recently i thought i'd update you guys with my current routine for summer; this came at a perfect time just as luxury online boutique farfetch asked me to show you guys my routine and tips in honour of their new beauty selection. 

Monday, 16 May 2016

What's in my bag?

I really am that person, the one who's answer is always yes when someone asks if anyone has a charging cable or gum. The other day someone at work asked me "Maria what do you actually keep in there?" referencing to my bag, before i could reply another person said "everything, she has EVERYTHING in her bag". So this inspired me to show you guys what i keep in my handbag on a day to day basis; from essentials to emergency's I've got it all.


Monday, 9 May 2016

Makeup and brush storage.

Hi again everyone! Last week i did a post on some ebay makeup brushes, so this week i thought i'd show you how i store all of my brushes and makeup. In the current age of bloggers and YouTubers makeup collections are massively expanding but if you don't find some ways to store things it can end up in one huge mess like mine was before i got organised. 


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Ebay brush dupes???

My first ever makeup brushes were bought from Amazon for £3.99, they even came with a carry case and i still use some of the brushes today. Even though its probably hugely unsanitary to use brushes from 2012 the point is they're still good; they wash up perfectly and i've never experienced any bristles falling out. Although i own my fair share of real techniques and mid range brushes i'm always drawn to the cheaper brushes because i've found so many amazing quality ones in the past. So i wanted to see if duplicate brushes from brands like RT and Mac could stand as competitors for the real thing. 


Friday, 29 April 2016

The difference between men and women's skincare.

Today i wanted to talk about the difference between men and womens skincare and why there are different isles dedicated to each one.


Monday, 25 April 2016

Spring OOTD

Hey guys just a quick one for today; i had a day off work so i thought i'd make use of not wearing my uniform and show you guys the outfit i wore to meet my bestfriend.


Saturday, 23 April 2016

New York Beauty Haul

American drugstores are much bigger than i ever dreamed of; can you imagine going into boots and being able to buy a 6 pack of beers, pick up your prescription and buy a bucket and spade? You can in walgreens. On the other hand sephora is much smaller than i thought, i imagined it to be like a department store devoted to makeup and skincare but that didn't stop it still being incredibly pretty. Today i'm going to show you guys the makeup and skincare i bought in New York, starting with the makeup.

Friday, 15 April 2016

New York in pictures

Hello there everyone, i'm back in London and still slightly confused about what day it is. However even though i'm only on my first full day back the guilt of not posting in over a week is getting to me so, i thought i would do a little picture round up post of my trip to NYC to update you guys. In photography terms my trip was a little bit of a failure: one incident being just getting on the staten island ferry and my camera running out of battery. My phone space was so limited so i was deleting photos left right and centre but i did manage to get a good few photos from each thing we did and saw.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Monthly Favourites: March

March has been a busy month for me in terms of blogging; the majority of it being taken up by my weekly travelling series, although those posts seem like they were written ages ago now. I tried to stop my self from buying this month, so my favourites have mainly been things i already own that i've been using more frequently or things that i had forgotten about and started loving again.


Monday, 28 March 2016

Spring Makeup Picks

The clocks have gone forward, we're officially in British summer time and even though it doesn't really feel that 'springy' yet i have made a few changes to my every day makeup to coincide with the changing season. So i wanted to make a post to show you guys the products which have made their way into my everyday makeup for spring, some of which are brand new products for spring 2016.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Battle of the drugstore eyeliners

As i read the title of this post back to myself i think of that 'ding ding!' you get before a boxing match except the boxers are eyeliners... Moment of insanity aside eyeliner changes your whole look; when i don't wear it people think i've got hardly any makeup on when really i've just skipped my wing. Its a product that every single brand has and have multiple versions of. Today we're sticking to 7 liquid and pens to find out which one out preforms the rest from the drugstore.


Monday, 14 March 2016

Travelling series:Travel organisation tips.

Ever since i was about 9 i would organise our holidays, that sounds ridiculous but its true. When booking our yearly family holiday i would sit at the desktop computer and google flight times and prices and write them down for my mum and dad; even when it came to paying i would put in the card details (I think this is why i'm slightly addicted to online shopping). So with literally years of experience i've come to be very organised when it comes to travel, so today i'm going to share some of my tips with you to make everything before you get on the plane go to plan.


Monday, 7 March 2016

Travelling series:In flight beauty routine.

Hi everyone, it's the second week of march now so its time for the second part of my march travelling series which is my in flight beauty routine. I've watched and read a lot of these recently and i have to admit mine isn't as intensive as some. My main focus on a long haul flight is to remove my makeup as soon as possible and get my face clean and then to keep it clean and hydrated. So my in flight beauty routine isn't one that involves sheet masks and eye patches which to be honest i think is a lot more realistic for those of us who are sitting in economy.


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Travelling series:Carry on essentials.

Hi everyone, like i said in my last post the month of March will be my travelling series full of organisational tips and ideas to do with long haul travelling. I'm that person that is almost more excited for the journey than the holiday so today's post will be my carry on essentials that i will be bringing on the plane with me on my trip to NY.


Sunday, 28 February 2016

Monthly favourities:February

ah February the month that i can't really spell that is meant to be filled with love. For me February was filled with love, not with another human being but with the products i've discovered (i tell myself i prefer it that way). Although February felt like a really short month in comparison to January, it didn't stop me trying and falling in love with a few new products.


Thursday, 18 February 2016

Skincare tips for acne skin.

I don't really know what to call this post, yes its tips for acne skin but they're all tips that go against what is usually thrown in your face when you walk down the skincare isle. Its something that i've noticed recently, that all the things marketed towards people with acne/oily skin are truthfully things that will make skin worse. The biggest problem here is that the majority of products in the low end market contains or do the things that will make skin worse so when drugstore skincare shopping its important to know the areas to avoid - and there's a lot of them.


Monday, 8 February 2016

Moisturisers for oily/ combination skin.

I mentioned in my January favourites that recently I've been finding my usually oily skin was getting dry in places so i set out on finding a good drugstore moisturiser that wouldn't clog my pores or clause blemishes while keeping my skin hydrated. In the past i used to be tempted to skip moisturiser altogether in fear of making my oily skin worse, but its so important to keep even oily skin hydrated because skipping this step can cause over production of oils making your skin even more oily.


Monday, 1 February 2016

January Favourites

January is a weird month isn't it? Everyones torn between turning their life around for the year ahead while being broke at the same time. The month has now come to an end and that means two things: 1) endless emails from shops you're subscribed to trying to get you to spend your long awaited january pay check and 2) FAVES!!!!
I've changed up a lot of things in january mainly in my skincare regime and i've also started loving a few new random things, lets start with the beauty stuff..


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Smashbox photo finish primer DUPE

Hi everyone! Just a quick one today; recently i received the smashbox photo finish primer and thought i was in love and really i was. Except i wasn't in love with the price tag and seen as i go a bit over board with primer i would probably use the bottle within a month; however i did decide i would most likely purchase the primer after i finished by tube because i hadn't ever been so impressed with a primer until i discovered this...


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Makeup Basics Series: face makeup

I had a request to do a post on makeup for beginners and i really wanted to do it, but there is so much to makeup that i don't think i can even fit the most basic of outlines into one post. So i've decided to do a makeup basics series split into a few posts and today we'll start with face makeup; i'm going to try and split it into categories, highlight what things to consider when questioning what products you want to try and recommend some products.


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Masque Bar Review

I think everyone, like me, has been seeing sheet masks everywhere recently so i thought i should jump on the sheet mask bandwagon and give them a try myself. I picked up two different masks from Masque Bar: the brightening sheet mask and the luminizing charcoal peel off mask (so actually only one of these is a sheet mask but still) they have 7 in the range some of which i will be definitely trying after i use up all the masks.


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Soap&Glory makeup haul and review


If you follow me on twitter you may have noticed that recently i’ve developed a bit of an obsession with the soap and glory body products and now i’ve decided to give their makeup a try. Every product pictured above is available to buy in the “well i’ll be glammed” set from boots which from today onwards is at 70% off (if you can get your hands on it) and also all available separately. i was even more drawn to reviewing soap and glory makeup as from this week the products are available online for European countries at international boots and i think are also already available in the US. 

I’m going to start with the only makeup product from s&g that i’ve owned before and that’s thesupercat felt tip liner. This was actually the first eyeliner i ever bought back in 2011 but since then moved onto liquid eyeliner so i haven’t owned it in a while. Usually i don’t like felt tip liners but if i’m going to purchase one it will always be this; its very black, lasts all day and above all is so easy to apply. Not a bad word to say.

Now for everything else that i’ve never used before until today starting with the thing i was most excited about (mainly because it LOOKED SO GOOD I WANTED TO EAT IT) 

See what i mean? This product is like all my makeup dreams came true, its the ‘love at first blush’ blusher. Now although this is a blusher i think the mix of colours make the result quite shimmery which i love as it means it can also be used as a subtle highlight. The finish is such a pretty pink but here comes the warning: if you’re like me and you see something like this and want to cover your brush and face in it beware, a tiny amount of this product goes along way. i used a blusher brush to apply a small amount to my cheeks and to dust it slightly over my cheekbones.
Moving onto something that i also gravitated to because of how it looked is the ‘solar powder’ bronzer. Being incredibly pale bronzer is something that always quite scares me because i’m afraid of looking like an idiot but this has a shade pale enough for me to use for contour that doesn’t terrify me. Again, i’m using the slightly angled smaller brush to apply this to the hollows of my cheekbones, it blends well and there isn’t any fall out with it which i’ve noticed with some other bronzers.

Mascara is something that i’m always so skeptical about after using the benefit roller lash and falling in love and since never being impressed with a mascara but…. the drought is over i’m impressed. I got their thick and fast collagen mascara and pleasantly surprised, although i didn’t see much volume it really did separate and lengthen my lashes after just one coat. (and its over £10 cheaper than roller lash shhh). 

On the subject of eyes i also got the ‘lid stuff’ mini eyeshadow pallet, when i looked at this images of the naked 3 pallet popped into my mind, also once again the product just looks so nice. 

In terms of the shadows themselves my swatches don’t do justice, they are really pigmented, really creamy and blendable and as long as you tap off the excess there is no fall out. As soon as i saw these colours i knew i would use every single one and i’m so excited to explore more about their eye shadows.

Finishing off with eyes finally i got their smoulder kohl liner; i don’t really ever use a kohl liner but i do like to have a good one stored away and this is just that, a good one. Super black, really pigmented and it just glides on with no dragging, once again well done s&g.

Plumping is something soap and glory seem to be obsessed with and its something i’ve never really delved into so i decided to try two of their sexy mother-pucker glosses in candy queen and plumsup. My initial impression is that they really tingle, the more gloss you apply the more tingle you get. My favourite shade would have to be plumsup i really like that its a darker colour which isn’t too loud and i think will become something i will wear quite frequently. My only drawback to these is that i feel like they are slightly drying so they’re not something i would wear on a daily basis but i still do like them.

The s&g brow archery is something that some of my favourite bloggers have raved about for a while so i was so excited to finally try it but this was the only product i bought that i was slightly underwhelmed by. My initial impression was that the thin shaper end really didn’t do anything and the tint end was okay but took a while to get going. I think this product would be good for people with really thin brows or people who prefer a look where you can tell they’ve filled in their brows. As for me i’ll stick to my collections £3.99 eyebrow powders. 

Overall i was really impressed by the soap and glory makeup, especially for a brand who started out just doing body care things like shower creams etc. Its quickly become one of my favourite brands and i look forward to trying more of their makeup in the future.
Maria x

High coverage easy drugstore foundation routine

Todays post is going to be on how i cover up my acne, marks and redness. There are thousands of tutorials like this on the internet so you’re probably wondering why i thought this was even necessary. The reason i’m doing this is because the method i use to cover up my marks is much simpler than the majority of tutorials i’ve ever watched and read; also my main product i use here is one that i’ve never seen written or talked about yet it’s amazing so i wanted to tell people about that particular foundation which i love. 
i’m going to talk through it in a series of steps, now i did attempt to gif some things but thats a long story so you’ll have to use your imagination for some bits. ((i’m sure most of you are aware of the process of bouncing a beauty blender off your face a number of times so i think we’re good.))
Before we begin i’d like to mention you can get all these products from a drugstore or if you’re in the uk like me, boots or superdrug, It’s likely most of you haven’t heard of the foundation is use and thats because it’s a boots own brand but you can get this in the US. i know for sure no7 is stocked in walgreens because walgreens own boots and it is available at some target stores.


Skincare Routine for acne/ oily skin.

For my first blog post i’m going to talk about one of the beauty subjects i am most knowledgeable on: skincare for problem skin. I’ve had ‘problem skin’ since i was 10, having my worst acne at around 14 which has left me now aged 18 with some quite bad marks on both of my cheeks.
i still do get regular breakouts however, which means my skincare routine fits well with people who are still in the acne stage or those with oily skin. I’ve dealt with this problem for an incredibly long time which means I’ve had the opportunity to test an abundance of products; in this post i’m going to do a basic overview of my skincare routine and the products I know and love.
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