April Favourites

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Bonjour my lovelies,

Seeing as April has come and gone, I think a monthly favourites is in order. At the start of April, I vowed that I would flip my next to nonexistent skincare routine on its head and be a little braver in trying new things, and I did.

Enough ramble Relly, lets go…

Skincare

Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned here are a tad pricey, sorry. I actually got the majority of these in a free gift set. I can’t find the offer online but it was the Holly Fulton for Elizabeth Arden exclusive to Boots.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Eye Cream: After trying countless drugstore brightening creams for my dark under eye circles and nothing really making a difference, I decided to give this a go. I use it morning and night, and it works a dream. My panda eyes look a lot brighter and less bug- eyed. The creamy consistency absorbs nicely into the skin and keeps my eyes feeling hydrated all day. A tad pricey at £26 but you only have to use a tiny bit, so 15g will last months.

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum: This is just a cream serum that claims to ‘give skin a healthy looking glow and renews skin’s clarity and texture.’ After using it just one night before bed, it quickly made its way to my evening routine. My skin feels hydrated, smooth and has a healthy glow to it. Trust me, the only glow I’m used to seeing on my skin is oil. Unlike a lot of other skin serums I’ve tried, this doesn’t break me out at all and it does its job.

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser: I just use this to exfoliate once a week and its kicked my trusty Garnier 3 in 1 in the butt. It’s a really creamy face wash but has very gentle particles in it. It’s not harsh on the skin by any means, its makes my skin feel moisturized, hydrated and best of all it doesn’t aggravate any pesky zits.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum: These came in form of little capsules, and they claim to ‘reinforce your skins natural ceramides and help skin repair itself.’ At first touch, these feel super oily, making me a little apprehensive at first, but I wouldn’t be a very good blogger if I didnt give things a go right 😉 and thank god I did. I use one of these a week before bed, and in the morning my skin looks radiant and the dry patches around my nose etc are healed.

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The last 3 products I mentioned were part of the free gift set, so I only have sample sizes, but they have worked wonders so I will be purchasing the full sizers at some point. Click here for the full size products if you’re interested.

Superdrug Tea Tree Daily Cleaner and Toner: I won’t lie, this was primarily an impulse buy, we all have them right ;). My skin has cleared up soooo much after using this nightly. It leaves my skin all tingly and fresh directly after use, and has managed to keep any looming breakouts at bay. For £2.99 this stuff is a bloody bargain.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: I finally ditched make up wipes, in favour of jumping on the cleaning water hype. This removes all my makeup, including stubborn Mascara whilst gently cleansing my skin. I just pop some on a cotton pad, soak my eyes for a couple of seconds then rub in circular motions across the face. It feels gentle, refreshing doesn’t break me out and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and oily. For only £3.99 for quite a big bottle, this is definitely a purchase worth pennies.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette: I’m sure you’re all aware by now; I’m a sucker for a Naked Palette. This month I’ve tried to wean myself off Naked 2 and 3, and show my latest palette the love. I’ve been loving wearing the mid chocolate brown colour Buck through the crease with a smidge of Darkhorse, a darker brown shade with specks of gold glitter on the outer V, with Naked, the brown toned nude shade all over the lid. 12 shades of great colour pay off, consistency and lasting power, the Naked Palettes are top notch; which I’d say justifies its seemingly high price at £37.

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MAC 224 Brush: I finally did gave in, I got my very first MAC brush oh yeahhhhh! This is a tapered, dome shaped blending brush, which makes the application of eyeshadow to the crease easy peasy. The bristles are made from very soft fibres so it controls the amount of product it picks up and is gentle on the delicate eye area. The only downside is the price, at £25 for one single brush, it just makes me think, woooow I could buy a set of Real Techniques brushes for less than that.

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Oral B Braun Electric Toothbrush: This was a birthday present of my gorgeous significant other. I was still living in the stone ages with my little manual toothbrush scratching my poor gums raw. This has made my oral hygiene routine a breeze, its powerful and the head rotates, leaving my teeth looking and feeling clean and shiny, all I have to do is stand there being lazy. After 2 minutes, the brush gives you a sign to indicate that your recommended brushing time is up. It has around 20 minutes battery life, so you only need to charge it once a week. These are around £30 I think and £10 for a pack of heads which I believe last up to 6 months.

Hope you all enjoyed April, leave me a comment telling me what products have made your April awesome. Until next week, don’t forget to like/ follow/ comment and enjoy yet another Bank Holiday weekend. I’ll see you soon 🙂

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40 Beauty Questions | TAG

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Hope you all had an amazing Easter and I trust everyone ate their weight in chocolate/ saved some for me. Relly’s back with another TAG. This week I’m doing the 40 Beauty Questions TAG. Now 40 is a lot and you know how I like a good ol’ ramble, so I’m just gonna dive straight in.

Skincare

How many times do you wash your face daily?

Twice. Once in the morning before I put on my makeup, and last thing at night before bed.

What skin type do you have? (dry, oily, combo)

Ooooh boy, my skin is oily. In fact you could save money on oil when frying chips if you catch my drift. I’ve found a way to keep it at bay which seems to be working for me though so I won’t complain.

What is your current facial wash?

At the moment I’m using the Clearasil Superfruits Oil and Shine wash, but it changes all the time.

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Do you exfoliate?

Yup, once on a weekend, usually a Saturday morning. I used to exfoliate everyday but that’s baaaad apparently – naughty Relly.

What brand do you use?

I don’t stick to any one brand, I get bored. But I do use a lot of Simple and Garnier products as they don’t seem to break me out at all.

What moisturiser do you use?

I switch this up quite a bit as well, but it’s always an oil balancing one. At the moment its the Boots Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Shine Control Day Moisturiser.

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Do you have freckles?

Yep, very fine ones on my cheeks.

Do you use eye cream?

Ooooh yes indeedy. I always use it before bed and sometimes in the morning. I’m using the Elizabeth Arden Visiable Difference one at the moment and its great, it brightens up my dark circles a treat.

Did you or do you have acne prone skin?

Not really. I get the odd zit here and there and blackheads around my nose. Although I do have a few blemishes left behind from old spots.

Did you ever have to use pro active?

Whaaat? I don’t even know what this is – can some kind person shed some light?

Makeup

What foundation do you use?

I only really use the NARS Tinted Moisturiser, but I do love a bit of NARS Sheer Glow.

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How about concealer?

Under my eyes I use MAC Pro Longwear in NW35. On the odd blemishes around my face I just use the Collection Lasting Perfection in Medium – cheap and cheerful.

Do you know your undertone colour?

Not 100%. The lovely people on the MAC counter say I have pinky undertones but I remain unconvinced. All I know is that when choosing concealer (especially drugstore), a lot of them go an ashy grey colour underneath my eyes.

What do you think of false eyelashes?

I will wear natural ones on very special occasions, but I really don’t like long ones, they resemble spiders to me. Ewwwww

Did you know that you’re supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?

Yes, although I only buy a new one when my old one has run out, if that’s over the 3 months then slap me on the wrist.

What brand of mascara do you use?

Maybelline all the way! I love love love The Falsies, I don’t think I’ve ever found anything I love quite as much.

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Sephora or MAC?

MAC. If we had a Sephora in the UK, maybe I’d be swayed – who knows.

Do you have a MAC pro- card?

Nope. I would love one though.

What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?

Brushes all the way, I’ve never been into sponges, so I don’t see myself jumping on this Beauty Blender hype anytime soon. I use my fingers to work my undereye concelaer in though.

Do you use makeup base/ primer for the eyes.

Not day to day. I love using the Urban Decay Primer Potion though when I need my makeup to last all day.

For the face?

No, I’ve never really tried it. Maybe if I was to try it id be a convert.

What is your favourite eye shadow colour/ shade?

Don’t ask me questions like that, I can’t choose one as I feel mean on the rest. I’m getting a lot of use out of Shale by MAC at the moment, but all the shades in my Naked Palettes are still waaaaay up there.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?

Gel to tight-line and to get my signature flick, but pencil on the lower waterline.

How often do you poke yourself in the eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

How often is all the time!?

What do you think of pigment eye shadow?

They look gorgeous, but waaaay to messy/ time consuming for me.

Do you use mineral makeup?

I’ve never tried it.

What is your favourite lipstick?

Blankety by MAC. I love a nude lip and Blankety is the perfect very cool pink nude shade.

What about lipgloss?

I like Tanya Burr’s lipglosses in Just Peachy and Afternoon Tea, other than that I don’t really wear lipgloss.

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What is your favourite blush to use?

I’m not a big fan of wearing blush at all to be honest.

Do you buy your makeup off ebay?

Nope. I like to go in store and see for myself before buying.

Do you like drugstore makeup?

Yes, you can’t go wrong with a few drugstore goodies.

Do you go to CCO’s? (Cosmetic company outlets)

No, I don’t think there is any near me, but If there was I’d be there in a shot.

Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?

No, I use YouTube for that.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup on?

Not really, I’m quite careful in applying makeup, however I’m a clumsy person so I could drop anything. I mean just look at the state of my powder!

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Name a makeup crime that you hate?

Hmmm, there’s so many that spring to mind. I’m going with harshly drawn on eyebrows, bright you’ve been Tangoed orange foundation and spider lashes.

Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick or eye shadow) or neutral ones?

Neutral. I’m not brave enough to use anything bright.

Which celebrity always has great makeup?

Lana Del Rey. I love her vintage/ modern 60’s style and she rocks tonnes of winged liner.

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If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item, what would it be?

Mascara, at least my eyes would look partially alive and not resemble the Evil Dead.

Could you ever leave the house without makeup on?

Yes. I don’t wear makeup for the gym or just popping to the shop.

Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?

I wouldn’t say I looked good without makeup but I don’t really think I look that bad either. I just prefer looking bright eyed and bushy tailed.

In your opinion what is the BEST makeup line?

Oh dear, another question Relly can’t answer without a ramble. Urban Decay and MAC are my favourite for eye shadows, but NARS has my vote on face makeup.

What do you think of makeup?

I love it. It brightens up the face and makes me feel so much more confident and put together. Having said that, I don’t think we should hide behind tonnes of the stuff and completely change how we look with it, just enhance certain features and work with what your momma gave you.

Phhewwww that was a long ramble, sorry guys. I hope you enjoyed reading it anyway and I TAG all of you who get this far. Dont forget to Like/ Comment and Follow blah blah blah you know the drill. Until Thursday Relly out.

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March Favourites

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Hello there you lovely bunch,

It’s almost April already…whaaaaaat? It doesn’t seem like a month ago since I sat in this exact spot and wrote my February Favourites. My beauty products haven’t switched up too much this month, but there are a few newbies and couple of old favourites that have really stood out, so on with the March favourites.

First up…

MAC eye shadow in Woodwinked: Ooooh baby, this is one of the most hyped MAC eye shadows, and I see why. I would describe Woodwinked as a beautiful golden bronzed shade, it’s highly pigmented and blends like a dream. As you blend it out, the tone of the shadow deepens so it looks like you have taken lots of time putting shadow through your crease – when really you haven’t even bothered. Day to day, I’ve been packing Woodwinked all over my lid, blending it up through my crease with a dark brown shadow on the outer V. With winged liner, mascara and a nude pencil on my lower waterline it’s great for fresh everyday makeup.

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Herbal Essence Bee Strong Range: I picked this up at the beginning of the month because it was on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots, and I absolutely love it. It smells sooo goood. It’s aimed at damaged hair with honey and apricot extracts; and claims to ‘repair the protective outer layer of each strand of hair.’ My hair at the beginning of the month was really dry and brittle because I went through a phase of curling it. This seems to have really helped hydrate my ends. Straight after washing it, my hair feels super soft and healthy; even a friend commented on how healthy it looked. I use both the shampoo and conditioner, and also the intensive masque once a week. The shampoo and conditioner usually retail individullay at around £4 and the Intensive Masque around £5.

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Tanya Burr Lips and Nails: I did a full review YouTuber Tanya Burr’s lipgloss here. I am a little blown away by the quality of this range. The lipglosses are super creamy, pigmented and moisturising, without being a sticky hair magnet, and the nail polishes last all week without chipping. This month I added another lipgloss in Afternoon Tea, which is a gorgeous pinky nude colour to my collection, and 2 nail polishes, in Penguin Chic – a light grey colour, and Riding Hood – a very deep red. The nail polish comes in a little NARS-esque pot so they look really luxurious and the colour range/ pay off is a dream. The lipgloss retails at £6.99 and the nail polish £5.99 – you can get them from Superdrug and Feel Unique.

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NARS Tinted Moisturiser: This is another item I reviewed here a while back. This is seriously the best tinted moisturiser I have tried. It lasts all day on my skin, without turning my face into a big oily mess and doesn’t turn cakey. We’ve seen a few sunny days this month, and normally the oil practically drips off my T Zone when the sun is out, but this keeps my skin matte all day. It doesn’t break me out and gives me the very light coverage I like. It’s a bit pricey at £28, but worth every single penny – I’m in the shade Medium 1 St Mouritz.

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Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner in Nude: I just wear this day to day on my lower waterline, but I love it. It really brightens up my eyes, doesn’t smudge and lasts all day. I usually find drugstore eyeliners quite dry and not pigmented, so I end up really tugging at my eyes, but this is really and creamy uber pigmented so I don’t have to tug – no premature wrinkles allowed here. At £3.99 a pop, it’s a bloody bargain.

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That’s all on my March favourites list, a pretty short one. What products have stood out to you guys this month? Dont forget to like/ comment and follow. I’ll be back next week with another ramble, until then, Happy April people :).

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Liebster Award

This is a very special week for me. Number 1 – tomorrow is the day I landed on earth, it’s my birthday oooh yeah, merry jigs. The other reason this week is kinda special is that I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Kate Dixon. Thank you.
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The Liebster Award is an award for upcoming bloggers with less than 200 followers. Although there is no shiny medal for the mantelpiece, it’s a great way to get to know fellow bloggers.

So lets get started…

The Rules
• Each person must post 11 facts about themselves.
• Answer the questions that the nominator has set for you, and then select 11 questions you nominate people to answer.
• Choose 11 people to nominate and tag them in your post.
• Tell those lucky 11 that you have nominated them.
• Absolutely no tag backs.

My 11 Facts
• I live in Manchester, UK. It’s so rainy and miserable it even has a song…
• “Going back to Manchester, good to see the rain” and that’s all your getting.
• I went to the University of Salford to do Journalism and Broadcasting. I’m now a PR Executive.
• My favourite place in the UK is Huddersfield; it’s a lot more scenic than Manchester. Second to that would be Alton Towers.
• I’m half Ghanaian. I have a lot of family over there and Ghana is my favourite place outside the UK.
• A few years ago I auditioned for Total Wipeout and got through the first round.
• I have a biiig 12 year old goldfish named Gerard (after Gerard Way)…people presume we feed him steroids. We don’t before you call the RSPCA on us.

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“Please dont serve me with chips!”

 • I LOVE sweets…especially the Rowntrees Fizzy Bottles.
• I spent my childhood playing Tomb Raider and still love it to this day.
• Two places I WILL visit someday are Manhattan, NY and Abu Dhabi.
• My favourite animals are Cats including wild cats and Polar Bears.

My Questions Answered…
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Giddy, clumsy and quirky. Everybody close to can tell you a story or 2 on my clumsiness. Falling backwards into a big plant because I was pushed by 4 year old – yes A CHILD! Missing my mouth and pouring coke all the way down myself – on a date… Face palm…you name it, I’ve done it
Why did you start your blog?
I love writing, its part of my job and I love makeup and beauty – a blog is a good way to entwine the two.
What makes you smile?
Seeing the special people in my life smile, Walt Disney Classics, sweets and suprises.
What is one of your talents?
I don’t see as I have any really. Does knowing all the words to songs/ scripts of Walt Disney Classics count as a talent?
What is your favourite season?
Summer without a doubt. Not that we see much of it in UK, but when the sun does come out it’s a merry jig and Rayban occasion.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share?
Be yourself and live your life how you want to.
What is your favourite candy/ chocolate?
Hmmm now there’s a tough one, I love anything sweet; but if I have to choose a favourite chocolate, I’d have to go with Foucher Paris. All thanks there going to the significant other who got me started on them.photoCANFK8MP
What is one of your pet peeves?
Right now? The hens next door – keeping me awake.
What is your favourite book?
Quite a light read but I really enjoyed Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. It’s the follow up to Devil Wears Prada.
What are your top five makeup/ fashion products/ items?
Another tough one. I have lots and I’m always finding more, but the ones that stick out are:
• Urban Decay Naked Palettes – I know that’s 3, but they are essentially the same product and I love them all equally so they’re going as 1. Sorry.
• Maybelline The Falsies mascara – I don’t think I could ever get enough of this stuff, it makes my lashes thick, long and lasts all day.
• NARS tinted moisturiser- You could fry chips on the oil that radiates from my T Zone. A lot of drugstore BB Creams/ Tinted Moisturisers just add to the oil and/ or turn really cakey on my skin. NARS is the only tinted moisturiser that stays put and keeps my shine away.
• MAC Kajal eyeliner in Brownborder – This is one of the unsung heroes in my make up bag. I love wearing lots of eyeliner, but lots of eyeliner looks like a panda after 2 hours. This stuff doesn’t budge so I don’t have to worry about it for a few hours.
• Oil free moisturiser – This is a lifesaver for my oily T Zone, it controls the shine whilst moisturising and makes a great base for my makeup. My favourites are either the Simple one, or the Boots Tea Tree.
What is one thing on your bucket list?
I’m not going to lie, I would probably deafen all of you with my screams, but I would love to do a sky dive. Although I’m quite clumsy so there’s a very good chance ill somehow get tangled in the parachute.

And that’s my lot…

Phwaarrrr that was a looong post! Having said that it was fun to fill you guys in on things you wouldn’t know about me, it’s also a great way to build up your blogging network and find new blogs to read.
Now its your turn, I nominate…
http://thereshhour.wordpress.com
http://boujietee.blogspot.co.uk/
http://madolynblackburn.blogspot.co.uk/
http://kerryjustbeauty.blogspot.co.uk
http://chic-andcheap.blogspot.co.uk/
http://themeredithmatteo.blogspot.co.uk/
http://mykitchensthttp://strawberrysundaesblog.blogspot.co.uk
http://0ldtricks.blogspot.co.uk/
http://almostpriscilla.wordpress.com
http://lizzieworldx.blogspot.co.uk
http://teaandtan.blogspot.co.uk/

And here are your questions:
1. Describe yourself in 3 words?
2. What really annoys you?
3. What is your favourite food?
4. Name 3 places in the world you would like to visit?
5. Name one thing that you would love to do but cant?
6. What is your favourite mythical creature?
7. What are the 5 beauty items in your life you couldn’t live without?
8. Why did you start your blog?
9. What are the 2 pieces of advice you would offer to new bloggers?
10. Do you have a ritual before during or after you blog?
11. If you could change the topic of your blog, what would it be and why?

Thank you for reading this guys and I hope you enjoyed it. I will look forward to reading your responses, if you take part, don’t forget to send me a link so I can have a nosy.

I’ll be back with my usual post on Thursday, you’re lucky enough to get 2 posts this week. For now, you’ll find me feasting on birthday cake. Dont worry I’ll save you some ;).

Ciao for now

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