New In: Skincare

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I love skincare! It doesn’t have the same ‘love’ effect as makeup as you can’t always see an immediate result but I love looking after my skin so I can use a lighter foundation/not as much concealer or just go without altogether. Over the last month, I have been so grateful for having looked after my skin as I developed eczema or something in that family around my eyes and have had to go barefaced every. single.day. I don’t usually have a problem with this but I do love wearing makeup and I feel much more put together for date nights or going to work etc. Because I can’t wear makeup I have taken to buying new skincare and I have managed to find some really good products!

I’m going to start with the typical facial skincare; this is a very new product so I don’t have a review as such but the Pixi Retinol Tonic is so far so good. I LOVE the Pixi Glow Tonic and I knew I’d want to give this a try. Yes, I am only 23 but it’s never too early for anti-aging – prevention is better than cure! I use this of an evening and then the Glow Tonic in the morning and as a duo, I would highly recommend!

After toning and a serum, I’ve been using the Lumene Glow Boost Essence to give me a healthy glow – especially when not wearing foundation! This helps early mornings and late nights not look so bad and I think it will really help combat dull winter skin! I was sent a few samples of the new Caudalie Vinopure collection and the serum is so far a stand out for me! I use it on any areas I usually get spots before my Effeclar Duo serum and it’s really lightweight and soothing. It has also been calming down any redness I have which is great!

The final step in my skincare routine is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost which in texture is very similar to one of my all-time faves the Origins GinZing moisturizer. This is cheaper though so I think this is a good alternative. It claims to release hydration throughout the day which is good – I don’t really suffer from dry skin especially not in the summer so I think the true test will come in Winter time when the gel formula might be too light for me but we’ll see!

Although I love my Burts Bees for on the go I’ve recently gone back to an old favorite of mine and as it sees of everyone else’s’ the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm. I use this AM and PM and a bit of a lip mask and it’s really been helping with my dry chapped lips!

Last and by no means least is probably the star of the show the Body Shop Hemp Range. This has been around for years but I’ve recently picked it up to help with eczema and oh my god it helps! This has had the best reaction from my skin out of everything I’ve tried! I bought the hand cream and the Heavy-Duty Face Protector which I’ve been using around my eyes and it hasn’t stung or broke me out! Despite the name, it’s actually quite lightweight on the skin which is perfect for around my eyes!

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Back To Uni Haul

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It’s that time of year again! Everything is about to get colder, darker and way more cozy – hopefully with minimal snow and maximum hot chocolate! There’s something about September I love – everything feels fresh and new! going back to uni although it presents its own stresses provides a routine which I crave! Although I’ve loved having a relaxing summer break I am more than ready to get back to it and crack on.

One of my favorite parts of a new year is obviously all the new stationary you can buy. I almost wish I could start a new bullet journal but that will have to wait until January when everything feels brand new again!

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Accessorize ‘Emily’ Bag

I mean I had to get this bag because it’s called the Emily. I seem to have not quite grown out of the need to have my name on stuff and having a bag with the same name is just too good to pass up on! I also love the colour, I usually go for a black so I can use it all year round but this mustard shade fits into my wardrobe perfectly so I had to get it! And even if it doesn’t quite go one day it’s uni and I highly doubt anyone will notice and/or care!

Alice Scott Pencil Case

I am slightly obsessed with this print at the moment! Maybe I’m clinging onto summer but it’s so cute and I couldn’t help myself! I would have loved for everything to match but that would also look kinda silly so I’ve just bought what I like! This was quite steep at £18 for a pencil case but since I use it every day I thought it was justifiable!

Palm Print Mac Book Pro Cover

I know you don’t need a new cover for a new year but my marble case was cracked and falling apart so I thought I’d include it in this haul! I got this on Amazon and it cost about £15 which is a steal! I wasn’t too sure about the print but as the only palm print case available on prime, I took the risk and it’s actually much nicer in person than it was on the website!

Pukka Pad A4 Project Pad

New year, new book! I used to love getting these when I was in high school and last year I couldn’t help but think how useful it’d be to have the dividers so although it’s not the cutest I bought one for sheer practicality and it does come in a variety of colours but I obviously went for the pink one!

Another Unnecessary Notebook

I obviously had to purchase some completely unnecessary but cute notebooks and I’ve had this one a while but it’s still available in HOme & BArgains and for £2 which is a bargain! I actually find it hard to get my initial on anything as E is so popular but it was there and I was so happy with it!

Obvious Highlighters/Princess Pen

I’ve had these since last year but I thought I’d include them because who doesn’t love pastel highlighters and a gold pen with a crown on the end? Exactly, nobody!

Are you going back to uni or just have a stationery obsession? I think even without uni I’d still be a notebook hoarder just in case I need it one day!

Thank you so much for reading!
xoxo

Shop My Stash Fail!

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For quite a while now I’ve been meaning to do a ‘Shop My Stash’ post. If you haven’t read or seen any posts/videos of this style it’s basically doing your make up with products you have and loved but don’t use anymore. I love these videos and I love finding stuff I’ve forgotten about so it made sense to do one. However, mine turned out awful! As it turns out my taste in makeup has really changed over the last year and I did take some pics but they just don’t look like me so I am keeping them firmly under wraps!

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I am going to talk you through the products I used and why I don’t like them anymore though! Like I said I did love all of these at some point so you may love them!

I am going to start with the things I’ve fallen out of love with, first of all, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 4 Fair. I loved this when I first tried it but now everything that it was good for is why I don’t like it. It is quite full coverage and gives a matte finish. If you’ve read my blog before you know I go for a light/medium dewy coverage so it’s a no-brainer that I wouldn’t like this! I love the Charlotte Tilbury brand though this just isn’t my style! I used the Stila Convertible Colour Dual Lip and Cheek Palette for blush and I think my dislike comes more from the shades as opposed to the product itself as I have two individuals which I use quite often!

The Origins Ginzing Mascara was just underwhelming. I prefer my lashes to give much more volume and this just doesn’t deliver. If you like long not so thick lashes this is definitely for you. I decide to use the Morphe 35OS Eye Palette as its recently come back to CultBeauty which is my favorite place to buy makeup. The colours in this are beautiful however there are no mattes (which is a reason many people buy the palette myself included) but now I definitely prefer a matte shade to blend out my shadows!

Now onto what I did like! I actually wasn’t a fan of this when I first tried it and its the Maybelline Master Drama The Nudes Eyeliner 20 Rose Pearl. I used this to line my waterline and it did give a brighter look. I think I’d use this as an alternative to my usual nude liner for when I want to feel a bit more put together! I have no idea why I stopped using the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 010 Ivory as I was obsessed with it but lately I just haven’t been reaching for it! This will definitely be going back into my everyday stash! I don’t think I ever gave this a proper try but it’s so good its the Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium and the wand is tiny! maybe even smaller than the GLossier BoyBrow but this is just as good and possibly easier to get your hands on if you don’t want to order online!

Finally, this last palette was a love/hate. I actually love the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Pallet – Seductive Beauty, but there are some shades I just don’t get on with! For this look, I only used the bronzer and highlighter as I’ve used the eye shades quite a bit. Whilst the bronzer was lovely – although slightly red-toned but the highlighter was none existent! MAybe I’m used to the Becca highlighters which are so pigmented but I would use this as an all over powder as it gave no pigmentation what so ever!

I can’t believe this failed so badly after I’ve been looking forward to doing it for so long! I am such a makeup hoarder but I know some of my friends will much prefer these products so I should probably give them to them! This is technically my last post of the summer as Sundays post is a ‘Back To Uni Haul’ and then I am back next week so keep checking back for all things Autumn and Winter which I am so excited about!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo

Haul: TK Maxx / Boots Beauty Bits

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I don’t remember the last time I wrote a haul over on my blog but I have three planned for the next few weeks so I hope you like them! I recently found a few bargains in TK Maxx and Boots had a points event on so obviously I’ve been feeling a little spendy! I’ve left out the repurchases as they’re things I’ve spoken about a million times in previous posts and I’ve definitely run out of things to say about them! My TK Maxx finds are what I’m most happy about as they are such bargains and I never find makeup in TK Maxx!

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tarte Tartiest Pro To Go

I couldn’t believe this when I saw it sat there in TK Maxx and nobody had mauled it with stocky fingers which is what had happened to most of the decent products! I’ve been wanting to try Tarte for ages but it’s so hard to get hold of in the UK and I was not paying for shipping from the US! The shades in this are lovely and the burgundy/purple shade is perfect for autumn winter! I love it and can see myself getting a lot of use over the coming months!

Illamasqua Lava Lips Marbled Lipstick – Vixen

I’ve never really been that fussed about Illamasqua to be honest but this shade looked so pretty – like a burnt orange/nude so I had to try it especially when it was £6.99 instead of £20! This is a little bit drying but nothing to major and it looks so pretty on the lips!

By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick – 9. Flesh Award

I am so happy to have finally got my hands on a By Terry Product and at about half price!  This was also a TK Maxx find and cost me £12.99 instead of £24.50 which is insane! I love this as it applies so easily and the pigment is amazing! It’s also hydrating on the lips and I can finally understand the hype over By Terry products!

Burts Bees – Pink Grapefruit

I love Burts Bees lip balm and this one is no different! The taste and smell are exactly that of Pink Grapefruit and it is so hydrating on the lips – its a 10/10 from me!

NYX Eye Brow Powder Pencil – 02 Taupe

I have to admit I am happy with my current brow routine but I recently saw a friend wearing this and her brows looked amazing so I had to give it a try and I was not disappointed! It also takes about a minute to do my brows which is perfect especially with going back to uni in two weeks – I’ll be looking for a lie in at every chance I get.

Elegant Touch Quick Dry Spray

I am so impatient – to the point where I hate waiting for my nails to dry and always end up smudging them. I had a thought the other day that it would be perfect to have a spray to dry nails and a quick google later found this! This does exactly what it says on the tin and dry nails in 60 seconds which is perfect!

Babyliss Quick Blow-Dry Copper Collection Brush

Again I am so impatient and I hate drying my hair! This brush claims to dry hair quicker due to the barrel and vents and it does live up to the claims which is great! Another brilliant product for the dark mornings that are creeping up on us!

Garnier Fresh-Mix Tissue Mask

I love the idea of these! Hydration is a big thing for me so I’m always on the lookout for new products. I am a massive fan of hyaluronic acid and the blue sheet mask contains an entire bottles worth of the stuff which is amazing! I love it! I haven’t used the Glow mask yet but if this one’s anything to go by I won’t be disappointed!

I love reading hauls but my bank account definitely doesn’t! I hope you’ve liked this post as, as I said at the beginning of this post I have a few more planned – a little different to this but still! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you think!

Thanks so much for reading!
xoxo

Switching It Up For Autumn!

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I don’t know whether its the change in the weather or the engraved feeling of starting a new term but September brings me so much joy! I love the thought of wearing cozy clothes and sitting in watching Harry Potter with a hot chocolate on the weekends. I love the thought but by the time the cold weather sets in I’m usually more than ready for summer! Especially with the long winters we get in the north-west! For today’s blog post I thought I’d share a few beauty bits I’m excited to use during the colder months!

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Matte Lips

During the summer I love nothing more than a light peachy pink glossy lip but come winter I do a 360 and it’s matte all the way. I love it. I love the autumnal shades you can’t really get away with in summer – berry, deep red and nude. Okay, they’re all perfect for year-round makeup but I am definitely a pink in the summer gal through and through!

Berry Cheeks

I don’t know what it is about autumn but as soon as the temperature drops I reach for the blush again! Having preferred a bronzed look all summer I don’t think I’ve worn blush more than five times since about April which is mad! I love this berry shade when my skin is paler – it gives such a lovely flush of colour!

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Berry Everything

Okay so my theme for autumn/winter is the most basic bitch of all time but I love berry shades in my makeup and fashion choices! This palette from ZOEVA is perfect with cooler temperatures and the colours really compliment a cozy knit and boots!

Still Glow Though

Always glow! I might add in a thicker moisturiser come winter (I’m already eyeing up a Kheils one!) but for the most part, my skincare stays relatively the same! I love the glowy dewy skin and whilst I might prefer a less dewy base my skin will most definitely be shining through!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I’m so excited for Autumn and Winter posts! I feel like over the past few months I’ve really hit a wall with my blog so I’m excited to mix things up a bit and come up with more ideas over the coming weeks!

Thank you so much for reading!
xoxo

Autumn Fashion Wishlist

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I am so excited for autumn fashion! I love Summer and wearing sandals 24/7 the most but I’m at the point now where I am more than ready for cozy jumpers and boots. That sounds a little weird since there are no boots or jumpers in this wishlist but I don’t think the nicest ones are out yet – it is only just September!

I LOVE these River Island trousers! Khaki is one of my favourite colours to wear and this smart casual mix is right up my street! I feel like these are going to end up selling out by the time I want to buy them which is always my luck!

This leopard jumpsuit is from Zara and I am obsessed! As I’m writing this I am seriously debating ordering is as its new in and Zara is forever selling out! I’m not too sure if this is going to look right with boots and tights in the winter months so I’m holding off buying it but how beautiful is it! r

I always forget about H&M, I’ll pop in when I’m shopping but I forget about looking online and I’m not sure why! I love stripped t-shirts and I have both red and blue versions but this is dark grey and a jumper so it’s completely different right?!

This whole outfit is amazing! I love mustard in the autumn months and this jumpsuit looks so comfortable without being super casual! I really want to start wearing clothes that are smarter but whilst still being suitable for everyday wear and this is perfect!

More leopard? Can you ever have too much leopard? I’m not sure you can. My boyfriend actually hates leopard print clothes but I love it so that’s all that counts! I had a pair of these last year and they ripped my feet to shreds so I sent them back! These are currently out of stock on ASOS but I am definitely going to keep checking back!

I have ordered a top similar to this from TopShop but it’s currently sold out online so I can’t include a pic here but I hope it’s as amazing as I’m imagining in my head! This version is from Newlook!

I love looking back on my Wishlist posts to see what I end up buying as the season goes on. I actually ended up buying a lot of the stuff in my Spring Wishlist post and I can see that happening again here!

Thank you for reading!
xoxo

My August​ Favourites

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Another month has flown by! I cannot believe it is nearly Christmas, I am so excited and my boyfriend thinks I’m a lunatic already planning what decorations will go where but I feel like once I’m back in uni I’ll blink and it’ll be Christmas! Anyway onto the favorites! I  think this is my smallest favourites ever. I’ve had a bad reaction around my eyes and I have no idea what it is so I’ve been avoiding makeup and sticking to what I know as to avoid angering it! I think I’ve finally got it under control which some steroid cream from the doctor so I hope that clears it up! I actually really miss wearing makeup so hopefully, there’ll be some new looks coming as soon as it’s cleared!

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The Ordinary Serum Foundation 2.0 N

This isn’t a new favorite but earlier this month I repurchased this in a darker shade for summer. I love it as always, it’s really lightweight but still has a decent amount of coverage. I usually use one pump but a few weeks back I tried two pumps and it didn’t look cakey or dry on the face. I’d highly recommend.

Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask

I’ve heard so much good stuff about the Lacura range at Aldi but I’ve always missed their Special Buys this month though I managed to snap up three – the mask, hot cloth cleanser and a beautiful fig candle which looks much more expensive than its £9! The mask though is a stand out for me it tightens and brightens the skin but is still gentle and doesn’t break me out. Perfect for a mask if you ask me! I’ve seen a few of these still left in Aldi so you might still be able to get your hands on it!

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Moisturising Lotion

As I said earlier I’ve had quite a bad reaction around my eyes this month and I’m still trying to get it under control. I’ve tried everything! Although this didn’t get rid of it, it’s still a lovely moisturizer and good for soothing really dry and sensitive skin!

Edinburgh Fringe

Earlier this month I took a trip up to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival and it was amazing! I’d never been up to Scotland before and the fringe festival was definitely a baptism of fire but I’d recommend it to everyone! It was one of the highlights of my summer hence why it’s in my favorites! If you want to read more I have a full blog post all about it here!

Book of the Month: This Is Going To Hurt

I’m sure you will have heard about this by now I feel like everyone is falling for it and it definitely lives up to the hype. It’s so funny and so heartwarming at the same time. I feel like this is a book everyone should read especially with the state of the NHS at the moment – it’s really eye-opening to see it from the Junior Doctors perspective and how hard it actually is!

There we go, August is done! I hate how fast this year is going, the time really is going nowhere. I sound so old but it’s true! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – I love reading favourites posts I’ve found some of my favourite products in them!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo

My Filming Face! | TV Advert

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So on Tuesday, I did some filing in Manchester for a TV commercial! As I was an extra I was unsure if the make up artist would be doing my make up or not so I played it safe and done my own anyway! As it turned out there was someone to do my makeup but she said she liked mine anyway and even asked for my recommendations! So I thought for today’s post I would let you in on what I wore and if it holds up all day! 

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

I usually only use one pump of this and that does my whole face but as I was filming I wanted a little more coverage so I went for two pumps and it lasted all day and didn’t go patchy or disappear from my skin!

YSL All Hours Concealer and Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define

I used a combination of both of these and they lasted well and didn’t dry under my eyes which was a big plus for me as I’m currently suffering from eczema around my eyes and I was trying to soothe it as much as possible!

Chanel Tan de Chanel and Becca Endless Glow Bronzers

Was it necessary to use two bronzers? No. Would I do it again? Definitely! I feel like the creamy consistency of the Chanel bronzer gives a more natural ‘I’ve been in the sun’ look whilst the Becca bronzer adds glow and a bit more colour to my face!

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector

As always I used Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector for highlighting my brow bone, inner eye and cheekbones. It left a lovely glowy, dewy look which I was not surprised about as this is probably my all time favorite!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder 

The makeup artist did re-powder me a few times so I wouldn’t recommend this for a big day! It’s nice a light but maybe better for a casual winters day!

Fleur de Force Brow Powder

I don’t know what possessed me but for the first time ever I only used the lighter shade in this duo but I loved it! My brows looked so natural and the coloring was perfect for me – I’ll definitely be doing this again!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette

This needs no explanation but the Make up artist asked me for my recommendations about what I’d used on my eyes so that’s a win!

Bourjious Liner Feuture

This is going to sound a bit mental as I’ve loved this for years and years but I think I’ve finally found whats dropping below my lash line and its this! I always assumed it was my mascara but it’s only ever in the outer corner so I’m guessing it must be this eyeliner which is a shame as its so easy to apply!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

The hype is real! This leaves my lashes so fluttery and pretty whilst not looking to overdone – I love it! This is currently my favorite!

Lancôme L’Absolu Lacquer

I love this, however, I forgot to take it with me to reapply! It did last through the morning though but two meals later and it was gone!

I can’t believe I’m going to be in an advert – yes only as an extra but still it’s so exciting! The day was so long but I was really happy with how my makeup lasted – I only looked semi worse for wear after an 18 hour day!!

As always thank you so much for reading my blog!
xoxo

A Summer Sick Day Pamper Routine

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Who gets sick in August?! I don’t know how I managed it but in the middle of a heatwave I got sick – nothing major just a cold. The exact opposite of a summer illness. Now when I’m sick in the winter I know exactly what to do and I get in bed with candles and a cup of tea and stay there until I’m well again. But I could not imagine putting a candle on in this heat never mind lying under the covers in bed so I did what I know best and went home to my mums for the day.

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I had a full day of girlie pampering which actually managed to cure me – yes I did nearly faint in Primark but it was all in the name of new PJs! To make the most of this sick day me and my mum went shopping for said new PJ’s before watching Mamma Mia 2 (highly recommend) and getting pizza. Pizza cures all, the only downside was not ordering a wine as I could just about taste and nobody wants a wine headache when their sick especially when you can’t even taste the wine!

When we got home I decided to run myself the bath or all baths and have a full pamper routine. I’m talking Lush bath bomb, hair mask, face mask, shaving every inch of your body and Netflix. I managed to finish SAFE on Netflix in two days and it is so good if you haven’t watched it definitely add it to your list!

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For my bath, I used the Lash Intergalactic bath bomb which is my all time fave mermaid-like bath. Whilst in the bath I applied the Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask and Luseta  Coconut Milk Hair Mask. I felt so squeaky clean when I got out of the bath and had my new PJ’s and fluffy socks waiting for me! I then used the Origins Drink Up Intensive and let it soak in before using The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, Kheils Midnight Recovery Eye and Clarins Multi-Active Nuit night cream. These three used together make my skin look really glowing and plump the next morning. I love the Retinol I started on 0.2 but it hasn’t caused any issues with my skin so I’ll definitely try a higher percentage next time!

Maybe it was purely coincidence but when I woke up the next day I felt a million times better! I can’t believe I got sick in August that’s a new one for me!

Thank you so much for reading!
xoxo

 

Empties | 3

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Today’s post was supposed to be a ‘Shop my Stash’ post but I have quite bad eczema around my eyes so I didn’t want to risk angering it! So instead I thought I’d carry on from my Glossier empties and show you some of my other empties I’ve been keeping hold of – there’s quite a few!

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Let’s start with hair! I’ve been using both of these hairsprays intermittently over the past few months and I love them both the Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray is amazing I wish it lasted longer but it’s not as easy to get a hold of as the VO5 Ultimate hold which is also good so I picked up a full-sized VO5 can. However, I do think the Percy & Reed one is my favorite as the VO5 can be a bit sticky but I didn’t have time to order and wait for delivery so the VO5 one will be put to good use!

I have managed to get through quite a few skincare bits lately! I’ve left out the Glossier bits as they have their own post and I have a few more items very near the end ready for the next empties post! I am a massive The Ordinary fan and I’ve already ordered a few bits from ASOS. These empties though are the Buffet Serum and Retinol with Squalene 0.2% and I haven’t reordered either! The reason being is that I’ve gone up a % in the retinol so technically I have repurchased but the Buffet – I just didn’t see the hype. I am more than happy with my Hyaluronic acid by The Ordinary and I think it does a much better job!
I loved the Sand & Sky pink clay mask but when I have gone back to reuse it, it had dried out! I’m not sure whether it’s something I’ve done or if the mask dries out quite quickly but I’m really disappointed I loved using it – and so did my boyfriend on the sly!

I very rarely get through makeup as I’m so fickle but these two are two of my all time faves! Too Faced HangoverX Primer and YSL Touche Eclat. I don’t think either of these needs explaining as they’re both so popular! The primer is actually one of the only ones that don’t flake off of my skin (i don’t know why that happens but it’s a nightmare!) and it is perfect at giving skin a pick me up and moisturizing at the same time. I’m not going to repurchase this as I really want to try the Smashbox Primeriser but if that’s no good I’ll definitely go back to this! I love layering the YSL Touche Eclat under my foundation to brighten my eyes so I will definitely be repurchasing this – most probably once my eyes have sorted themselves out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – I know I only done the Glossier post a few weeks ago but I had no idea what to post once I realized Shop my Stash was out of the question! On that note, if you have any recommendations for eye creams to clear up my eczema I will be forever grateful!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo