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Congrats to Abi for reaching 250 followers!

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So I’ve been blogging since January and I’m so happy to announce that as of last week I now have 250 followers! To me this is such an achievement and I really want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I didn’t think I would get so many followers so quickly, its been a lot of work – but reading your comments everyday makes it more than worth it – and I cant believe how much fun it all is haha! I can’t tell you how much all of your support has meant to me and I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you. As a little way of saying thank you and to celebrate I’m doing a little giveaway. Its not huge since I’m a student and I don’t have a massive budget but I hope whoever wins really enjoys…

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Too Faced…

Nooo I don’t mean a person! I mean the deliciously cute beauty brand! I was meant to be being good with my money but …. Temptation got the better of me! Oops!

              

The other day I was on the hunt for a BB cream as I seem to have fallen out with my foundation at the mo and wanted something that was a little more sheer and a little less mask-like because I always seemed to look washed out. After reading countless reviews on several different BB creams on Debenhams’ website, I settled on Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm with SPF 20 (bonus!) in the shade Vanilla Glow. I chose this because not only was it a light shade, but also someone had commented that it had a yellowy undertone to it which I thought would go perfectly with my own yellowy looking skin lol.



I’d also noticed that Debenhams were selling the Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette. I had been drooling over this for quite some time and discovered that not many places online seemed to be selling it, so for fear of it completely selling out, I bit the bullet and bought that from Debenhams, too. Eek! So I ended up spending a fair bit but boy was it worth it!



Both items arrived today. It was perfect timing as I’d been sent home from work, ill (still have a cold and a cough) so was feeling quite pooey but when the postie handed me these, it really cheered me up!



Sorry about the terrible lighting. My first impressions were that the design BB cream looked posh and fancy and the eyeshadow palette really does smell of chocolate! It smells gorgeous and the shades are all sooo pretty!

I had a brief play with the BB cream and here are the before, during and after pics:



Before: No makeup. I’d prepped my skin with some rose toner to start with.



During: I’d put on my primer and some orange correcting concealer from MAC under and around my eyes.



After: I’d applied the BB cream with my beauty blender. The consistency is more liquidy than I thought it would be (In the past I’ve used Clinique’s which is quite thick in comparison) so it will last quite a while methinks. At first I thought it made me look a little *too* yellow but when I compare the pics it’s lessened the redness in my cheeks, evened out my skin tone and I suppose it’s given me a bit of a glow, too. What do you think? Yay or nay? Oh and please ignore the wonky right eye that constantly looks like I’ve been punched lol. I’m blind in that eye and normally I’d be covering it with my fringe but in this instance I’d put my hair back just so I could apply makeup. Also, ignore my eyebrows. I know they really need doing lol.

I also had a play with the eyeshadows but shall posts pics at a later date once I’ve had more time with them. I will say that I love the colours and so far, they all seem to have really great pigmentation so no need to apply layer upon layer of eyeshadow like I do with my ELF eyeshadow palette. Can’t wait to play around with my chocolate bar palette more! Saturday I’ll be going to the cinema with my sister to see Insurgent (we looooove the books!) so it gives me the perfect excuse!

I was having a browse on the Too Faced site and I fell in love with this eyeshadow palette:



The Sugar Pop eyeshadow palette has some really cute colours that I’d love to try and how sweet is that macaron design on the front of the tin?! Nowhere in the UK is selling it as yet so was gutted to find that Too Faced don’t ship to here. 😔 Fingers crossed it’ll be available over here some time soon, though.

I hope you’re all having a lovely day! Being sent home from work gave me the chance to catch up on Vampire Diaries, 100 and the Gotham double bill.

A bit of primer and mascara go a long way.

I am in no way an expert at the art of applying makeup and most of the time I don’t bother wearing it. However, I do feel a little more human-looking once I’ve put on some primer, mascara and lip balm. I don’t always do it but when I can’t be bothered to put on the full war paint yet still want to make some kind of effort, those are my go-to items. I just feel that the primer smooths out the flaws a little? the mascara brings out the eyes and the lip balm makes your lips smooth and soft.

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(Sorry about the crappy quality of the photo)

Today I used my Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, Avon Supershock mascara in black and another mascara, also in black, which has a ball style brush to help separate and “lengthen” the lashes. It also helps get the lashes in the outer corner of the eye. I love that mascara but can’t for the life of me remember what brand it is as all the writing had come off but it’s red with a black top. The lip balm I used is by Cecily. It’s Banoffee Pie flavoured!

My Make-Up Beauty Haul 💄💋

Ok, so I may have gone on a little splurge at MAC’s and Feel Unique’s websites but in my defence, I did only use the money that was left in my PayPal account from the things I’d sold on eBay so no money has actually left my bank account. Yay me!

What did I splurge on? Well, from Feel Unique I had to repurchase Rimmel’s Stay Matte Primer after finding out that their Fix & Perfect Pro primer was nowhere near as good despite it claiming to be a 5-in-1 and being £1 more. So back to the Stay Matte Primer I go.

Product number 2 from Feel Unique was Urban Decay’s De-slick setting spray. I had heard so many good things about this spray that I thought it time to finally take the plunge and try it myself.

From MAC I bought their Prep & Prime Fix+. Again I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this and how it helps stop foundation from being so cakey, which is my issue a lot of the time so we’ll see how we go.

My last and final product that I got from MAC was their Retro Matte lipstick in Ruby Woo. It’s such a beautiful shade of red! I just really hope it suits me!

Here’s a couple of pics of the products I’ve bought:

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Have you been on a beauty splurge recently? What did you buy? Or have any of you tried any of the products above? What did you think to them? Let me know in the comment box below. 😊

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