Friday, 30 August 2013

Summer Highlights

A slightly different post for you today, but seeing as summer is nearly over I thought I would share some of my highlights from the last few months with you. Due to now having a full time job, summer wasn't quite the same as it used to be in school where I'd have literally nothing to do for 6 whole weeks. But nonetheless it was lovely to have my friends back from uni as well as my sister. So here are a few photos of what I've been up to recently... (Warning, very photo heavy post!)

Before our friends from uni came home us 'Home Gals' took a trip to Minehead in Somerset where my family owns a flat for the weekend. We spent the weekend chilling on the beach, took a walk up North Hill for a BBQ and went for a cream tea, all very english!

A couple of days later, after our uni friends had returned, I turned 19, so we had a night out in Grotty Watty to celebrate.

The first excursion my family made was to Dorset. We stayed in an absolutely beautiful house with an amazing garden and views! It was a lovely week and definitely the best weather we've ever had on an English holiday!

 Becca having a ball on Granpa's old person walker...

I then went away with my whole family for the weekend to stay in some 'yurts'. This weekend was lovely but completely mad and back to nature. Cooking on an open fire,  no showers and compost toilets... (#bbloggerhell) So I took the bare essentials with me, 2 liters vodka, some straws, and a cocktail shaker, and somehow made it through the weekend.
Next best thing to a flower crown...

I also went to Reading with my sis and some pals which was so so good! Im still suffering from Reading Flu now, but it was defo worth it! My favourite bands were Chase and Status, Kodaline and 

 Cheeky bit of advertising;)

So that was a preeeeeetty long post, well done for sticking with me if your still here and didn't get bored half way through! I hope you all had as good of a summer as I did. Thanks for reading!

Monday, 19 August 2013

My Top 5 Real Techniques Brushes

Today I thought I would share with you my collection of Real Techniques  brushes and what I use them for. Some would say I have an fairly extensive collection and believe they are genuinely the best brushes out there at the moment.
As I'm sure most of you know they were launched by Samantha Chapman, one of the Pixiwoo sisters and she did a bloody good job!
Their super good quality, wash well and don't shed, and they are also really reasonably priced!
I don't use them all on an everyday basis (I'd have to have about 5 faces to do so) and tend to get into a routine with a certain selection of them.
Instead of talking about all 15 of them, I thought I'd share my top 5 with you.

So the first one I'm loving at the moment is the Expert Face Brush. I use this to buff in my foundation, its similar to the Buffing Brush but more dense and smaller making it easier to work with.  It gives a really nice natural finish to the skin as well.
Sticking with face brushes, the next one I've been using a lot recently is the Buffing Brush. This comes in the core collection along with 3 other face brushes. I find this is so good for blending blushes. It works well with cream and powder and is really good for building up colour.
The third one in my top 5 is the Powder Brush. This is the best powder brush I think I've ever used. It's a fab size, really big which is definately my favourite thing about it. Also just like all of the Real Technique brushes its so so soft and not in the least bit scratchy.
Next is the Duo Fiber Contour Brush. I use this for contouring (suprise suprise). It fits perfectly in the hollows of my cheeks so is ideal for creating the illusion of cheekbones. I also love the look of this brush, with the white handles and pink writing on it. The duo fiber collection is limited edition but currently still avaliable.
Lastly in my top 5 is the Duluxe Crease Brush. This came in the eye brush set along with 4 others. This is my go to brush for blending eyeshadows. It's pretty dense and fits well in the crease making it the perfect size.
Have you tried any of the Real Techniques brushes? Which is your fave?

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


I recently realised that I have a very bad habbit of buying lipsticks in colour's I already own. However to make the most of this I have decided to start a 'series' where I explore my collection and show you some of the dupes I own for some of my slightly higher end lipsticks. 
 YSL Rouge Volupte Perle, Sparkling Fuschia (114)-£23.50

So today I have some dupes for the YSL Rouge Volupte Perle in the colour Sparkling Fuschia (114). I absolutely love this lippy, it goes on so smooth, is a lovely colour and has decent staying power. However I'm not such a fan of the price tag... £23.50. So here are a couple of cheaper alternatives

The first dupe for this is the Bourjois Shine Edition lipstick in no. 22. This is really nice and moisturising and beside the fact it hasnt got a shimmer to it, its a perfect dupe for the YSL. Its also only £7.99 so alot cheaper! The whole shine edition range from Bourjois is lovely, and if you're in the market for a new lippy (or two) I suggest you go check them out!
 Bourjois Shine Edition in no.22-£7.99

L-R; No.22, Sparkling Fuschia

The second dupe I have is MAC's 'Lickable'. Its slightly more expensive at £15 but is still a very good colour match to the YSL lippy, the only slight differences are a lack of shimmer and that the shade is ever so slightly darker.. This is a cremesheen finish so is very moisturising and fairly pigmented. Again like the YSL it has a good staying power but has a slightly sheerer finish.
 MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Lickable-£15

L-R; No.22, Sparkling Fuschia, Lickable

I hope this post has been helpful, and as always, thanks for reading:) 

Sunday, 4 August 2013

The Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you so much to the lovely Ellie at According to Ellie who nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! I had heard of it before but didn't know all that much about it. However since reading Ellie's post I have learnt that it is to allow blogs with fewer than 200 followers a bit of recognition, which I think is fab!


The Rules:
1) You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2) You must answer the 11 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3) You must pick 11 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers for the award.
4) You must come up with 11 questions for your noominees to answer.
5) You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.


So here are my answers to the 11 questions Ellie has set...

1) What is you favourite thing about blogging?
I think my favourite thing about blogging is being able to write what you want in your own little space of the internet. I love trying and reviewing new products, and its nice to put down my opinions and thoughts without being judged. If I sat all my friends down and rambled on about a new lippie I'd tried they'd think I was mad, however in the beauty bloggersphere its like a little community where everyone's passionate about the same thing.

2) What 3 words best describe yourself?
Haha, oh blimey... Probably loud, clumsy and friendly. 

3) If you could star in any film, what would it be?
I've been told on countless occasions I'm very similar to Miranda and Bridget Jones but I'd love to star in a sequel to Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, or something with a cast similar to my age as I reckon it would be such a laugh to film!

4) Who would you be most curious to spend a day in the life of?
Hmmmm, probably someone who knows me like one of my friends or family as I'd love to see what I'm like from another persons point of view!

5) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I was in Thailand for a month and a bit earlier this year and would love to live on Koh Samui. Its so lovely there! Gorgeous beaches, lovely weather and the locals are all so nice! The island has a more relaxed side as well as a slightly more party side to it, so you get the best of both worlds.

6) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I literally have no idea. Hopefully in a career that I love, and with an exciting future ahead of me. At the moment I'm stuck in a rut a bit about what I want to do with my life as I literally have no idea, but fingers crossed in 10 years I'll have worked it out!

7) What is your favourite beauty products at the moment?
Ooooh, probably my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I only bought it the other day and I'm not quite sure how I lived without it... It completley blown all other foundation applicators I own out of the water!

8) What was the last piece of clothing you bought?
It was a black cardigan, pretty boring to be honest. But it was replacing one I left in TGI's last week. I phoned up to try get it back but annoyingly they didn't have it :(

9) Tea or Coffee?

10) Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
Hazza P!

11) High street or designer?
High street


So without further ado, here are my nominees and questions!

1) Why did you start blogging?
2) What's your holy grail product?
3) What's the most disappointing product you own?
4) What's your best beauty tip?
5) What 5 things would you take to a desert island with you?
6) What is your most prized posession?
7) If you could, what 1 thing would you change in your life?
8) What is your favourite thing about yourself?
9) What 3 things do you look for in a fella?
10) What is your no.1 make up disaster?
11) What is your favourite high street brand and why?

Once again thanks to Ellie for nominating me! Sorry if any of my nominees have already been nominated by someone else, and I hope you enjoy taking part!