Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Tag!

ITS CHRISTMAS EVE!!! A different day to post however I couldn't go with out posting a tag at my favourite time of year! 

What Is Your Favourite Christmas Film? 
I don't know how anyone has picked a favourite because there are so many good ones! Now I am older The Holiday, but I also love Christmas with The Kranks  and to hold onto my childish side probably the Polar Express  or The Santa Clause Movie but all Christmas films make me feel all happy!

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? 
Christmas morning! Even though I really really really want to open them early due to the overwhelming excitement of my inner child, it wouldn't be christmas without waking up a bit earlier than I usually would to open presents.

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory? 
I just love all Christmases, *cheese alert* any moment with my family I always count as one I keep forever but I just love the small moments such as sitting and watching christmas films together or acting stupid playing games.

Favourite Festive Food? 
I am one of those people who really isn't picky when it comes to food, I love actual Christmas dinner but I also love Yule Log which is similar to swiss roll but has a fudge coating which I have after Christmas Dinner every year without fail. I am also  sucker for anything that is a normal food but changed into christmas themed such as snowmen crisps.

Favourite Christmas Gift? 
I love all the gifts I receive and I am so grateful, so I find it so hard to pick one as I love my camera but also Olly Murs tickets however when I was little, I am not sure if I got it for christmas or not but in terms of presents a Winnie the Pooh teddy bear which I have kept to this day.

Favourite Christmas Scent? 
Cinnamon or mixed spices and oranges, I love the smell and automatically think of Christmas when I smell them.

Do you have any Christmas Eve Traditions? 
I usually help my parents with any last minute preparations and then just watch a LOT of Christmas films and eat twice as much chocolate than I should.

What tops your tree? 
A Star, I have always had one, we use the same one every year and feed lights throughout it so it looks like its shining when the rooms dark.

What is the best part about Christmas for you? 
Spending time with family, its better than the presents, and even the food, because at the end of the day the presents have no meaning without the person behind them. So being with people I love for the few days surrounding Christmas.

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Top 5 Christmas Films

Christmas films have to be one of my favourite things about Christmas, I love just snuggling under a blanket with a hot drink whilst the weather is freezing cold and rainy outside so I have compiled a list of my top 10 that are a must to watch!

Christmas With The Kranks- Another christmas film thats a under rated starring Tim Allen and his on screen wife who want to go on holiday for christmas instead of staying at home as there daughter is away at University, however she suddenly decides to return home and they have to rush to plan a party and perfect christmas day. Its very very funny and I always like to watch this on Christmas Eve night as its such light hearted fun.

The Holiday- This is for people who go for romance over comedy with a handful of amazing actor(esses) including Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. Cameron Diaz swaps houses with Kate Winslet for the Christmas period to get away from there own lives, and they both fall in love. This probably has to be my favourite Christmas film as its so cute.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation- This film I hardly hear anything about and is so underrated but it too me isn't a christmas without it, it follows the story of family christmas and how the dad tries to make a perfect christmas but everything just goes completely wrong and it is hilarious!

Home Alone- One of the most known christmas film, but you just can't love it with young Kevin getting left behind when his family go on holiday and he stops two men burgling his house, if you haven't watched this you need to as even though I have watched this probably more than a hundred times it still makes me laugh

The Santa Clause-  This is probably my favourite childhood film and I love all three however this ones my favourite and I just find it so light hearted and to keep to the tradition I have watched this every Christmas Eve and will do the same this year. The fact it is Walt Disney is also a bonus and proves how good it is because lets be real theres nothing better than Disney plus Christmas.

What's your favourite christmas film?

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Christmas Bakes | Biscuits, Last Minute Christmas Cake and Mince Pies

The run up to christmas is possibly my favourite thing about the festive season and one thing that I always love to do is bake so this year I thought I would share some quick and easy recipes that you could use on your own christmas day.
Shortbread Biscuits, Christmas Cake & Mince Pies
Festive Shortbread
Although shortbread isn't typically festive, I'm pretty sure cutting out little gingerbread men, stockings, stars and christmas trees is! These would be especially good to do with little children as the recipe is simple and the icing is very very fun even for the not so little ones... *cough* me 
You Will Need:
225g Plain Flour
75g Caster Sugar
150g Butter

To start off I creamed the butter and sugar together until it was a pale yellow nearly white colour before adding the flour.
I then mixed in the flour well and created a ball by gathering all the mixture together with my hands.
I then rolled out the biscuits on a floured surface before cutting the shapes with different cutters.
I then placed them on a greased and lined baking tray in an oven of 180 degrees celsius for 15 minutes.

Once cooled its time to ice I used melted white and milk chocolate and piped it onto the biscuits into any design I felt like on each biscuit but you could also use any coloured icing of your preference and maybe add some small sweets too however I just kept mine simple and I thought the end product looked quite good.

Christmas Cake 
I recently have become a huge fan of Christmas Cake however I can never be bothered to make a proper one as they seem incredibly complicated with having to use alcohol and 'feed' it over a long period of time however I really enjoy making this alternative.
You Will Need:
200g Self Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt
1tsp Cinammon
100g Butter
100g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
2tbsp Milk
2oz Glaced Cherries
4oz Mixed Fruit 
Apricot jam
Royal Icing

I started off by creaming together the butter and sugar until pale. Then in a separate bowl sieved together the flour, salt and cinnamon.
I then beat in the egg and milk in the butter and sugar mixture before folding in the flour in parts.
Once this was folded together I added the cherries and fruit mixing until it is all combined.
I then poured this into a square cake tin and put it in an oven of 180 degrees celsius for 1 and a quarter hours.
Once the cake was cooled I rolled out the marzipan to put on the top. To make this stick to the cake I brushed the cake with a layer of apricot jam and then placed the marzipan on the top. The marzipan I used stated to wait 24hrs until i iced so depending on what you use this may or may not apply.
I then rolled out the icing and placed this on to the top of the cake after brushing the marzipan with boiling water to make it stick. 
I then trimmed the edges to make it neat and tidy before cutting into squares. Optionally you could then ice these pieces but I chose not too as icing isn't my particular strong point as shown by the biscuits aha!

Mince Pies
My favourite of the Christmas Treats I made, are Mince Pies, although I don't bother to make my own mince meat and just buy a big jar from Sainsbury's I really enjoying making the pastry and the end taste is delicious.
You will need:
8oz Flour
4oz Butter
8tbsp Water
1oz Sugar + some to sprinkle on top
Jar of Mincemeat

Firstly rub the butter into the flour, then add the sugar.
Next I added the water and combined with a knife then gathered it into a ball with my hands.
I then refrigerated this for about 15 minutes, as pastry is easier to work with cool.
I then rolled out the pastry onto a floured surface and started to cut out circles for the bottoms and stars for the tops.
I then pressed the circles into a muffin tin then filled with a teaspoon of mince meat before placing the star on the top and sprinkling with granulated sugar.
I then cooked these for 12-15 minutes at 200 degrees celsius.

I hope you try out some of these recipes and make sure to tweet or instagram me pictures if you do, or let me know if you have done any christmas recipes as I would love to try them out!


Sunday, 13 December 2015

Christmas Party Makeup | Silver Smokey Eye & Red Lips

I am going to a few christmas parties/events in the coming two weeks and as its christmas I always want to look the best I possibly can so I made this quick easy look that should last all night and I really like it... if i do say so myself.
For the base I started off by applying concealer first as I find that way blemishes stay covered for the longest time possible so I used the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint to conceal my under eye circles and a green concealer from MUA to cover any pesky redness which I have a lot of as my skin seems to be super bad at the minute. I then used Mac Longwear Pro Foundation all over my face as I find this lasts a really long time and I had forgot to prime my face oops! I then dusted my face with a small amount of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Peach Glow.
For Contour I used the Sleek Face form kit in the hollows of my cheeks and then used whatever was left on my brush to bronze around my hairline before using my bare minerals loose blusher on the apples of my cheeks which compliments the red lipstick really well. I then moved back to the Sleek Kit and used the highlighter on the tops of my cheek bones.
Moving onto my favourite part of doing my makeup... eyes. I started off using a light silver shade from MUA Undress Me Palette and then the darker silver shade on the outer corner before using a dark silvery black from another palette in the crease blending it out into the rest of the shadows so it wasn't too harsh. I then went onto my winged eyeliner using my trusty Soap and Glory Supercat Liner, if you have trouble creating a wing then I have done a previous tutorial (link here) you might want to check out. I then finished the eye look off by using a Cliniques Long wearing mascara on my bottom lashes and Lancome Mascara for my top lashes.

To finish off the look I used the Clinique Lipstick in Cherry Pop which is the perfect festive red Lipstick. This also has a built in primer so won't have to disturb your night by having to keep topping it up.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Playlist

One thing that always gets me feeling festive is christmas songs, any chance I get I will play them through the house, or just on my ear phones and I have found that this Christmas playlist has provided a perfect mix of originals and covers including two from Mr Olly Handsome Murs because I couldn't resist! I created this a few months ago now, ready for the festive season however I may have to admit I listened to them possibly as early as November October September... Oops however it was near the end I promise!

I have made this playlist available to listen to and I'm sure you will find it via searching 'Katie Haddock' or just click the little widget that took me ages to put on my blog post so you all better use it! It's the perfect thing to lift the mood and if you aren't feeling festive yet maybe this will get you on your way to feeling as christmassy as me!


Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas Essentials: How to Feel Festive

If you aren't feeling festive, first off you are just incredibly strange  however just in case you aren't I decided to comprise a list of christmas essentials that will help you feel festive at the most wonderful time of year!
Christmas Music: Compile a playlist of all your favourite christmas tunes and blast them throughout the house and if you are like me then this will make you feel incredibly happy, I also find listening to them through headphones automatically just makes me feel happier!

Decorate the Tree: I absolutely love decorating the tree and making the house look all pretty, I usually  play some christmas music whilst doing it and just generally have a happy time during this event why not...

Wear a Christmas Jumper!: These are possibly the cheesiest things out but is it really christmas without them? I love this one from Primark at only £8 (£1.50 also goes to Text Santa, meaning your giving a donation swell as your getting a cosy knit.)  but you don't have to go for a complete novelty one, subtle also can feel super festive. On a similar theme Christmas Pyjamas and Slippers are the way forward in feeling festive and I swear they just make christmas pyjamas extra comfy compared to usual ones.  

Watch a Christmas Film: My personal favourite you will have to find out in an up and coming post very soon however the perfect thing to do is cuddle up under a blanket and watch some cute christmas films that just make you feel all fuzzy and warm.

Read a Christmas Book: I haven't ever done this until this year as I wanted to read the sequel to Billy and Me (Click here for review) which just so happened to be christmassy however I have found it, like christmas films, makes me so excited for the season!

Christmas Shopping: Who doesn't love shopping?! I especially love walking under all the lights, wrapped up warm and pick out gifts for everyone I know.

Wrapping Presents and Writing Cards: I get so excited getting all presents and cards ready for christmas as I just can't wait to see the faces of people when they open them, I usually either watch a christmas film or listen to music and get cracking with a mince pie and a hot chocolate.

Go on a Day Trip: I love going to Christmas events and this year I have been/ going to a lot from turning the lights on, Christmas markets and Ice Skating and I think they are the best way to feel like christmas is just around the corner!

What's your favourite way to start feeling festive?

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Gift Guide for Him

Heres my second gift guide, whether your buying for your Boyfriend, Husband, Dad or Grandad I think I have covered everything so I hope you find something to buy the special men in your life.

The Groomer

I absolutely love the scent of Boss by Hugo Boss and have bought it previously as a gift and I know a lot of men that love it, its around £40 up but I usually buy it on a deal and is a great present as I don't know any men who don't like to smell nice.

I always buy a little wash/ shaving kit for any men I buy for just too bulk up there present as they look good but are also affordable, when looking online on Boots I saw the L'oreal Wash Bag which is £20 but is great for any man whether they like to take somethings to the gym or they go travelling quite often or even just sitting in the bathroom cabinet I am sure any man who takes care of himself or even just doesn't want to smell! would love this.

The Car Lover

A car experience was the first thing that came into my head when I thought of a car lover, as most of the men in my life, love anything that makes a noise and goes fast. A day at a race course driving a fast car is a bit expensive with prices of around £100 it provides a brilliant day out but also is a big surprise to open!

To take a spin on a car lovers gift, I think this Top Gear hair and body wash which I think is a great affordable jokey stocking filler!

The Gadget Obsessed
I haven't ever used a Apple Watch and have no experience of one however I know a lot of men who actually want one leading to me putting into here, I can't give a review however I am pretty sure any gadget lover would love the idea of an Apple Watch. This would be a good gift for maybe a husband as something really special.
For a cheaper option something I think all men would love and even women is a portable charger, especially if they travel a lot or go to places like festivals with no way of charging phones this would be a great gift idea!

The Fashion Conscious
Like women a good pair of shoes wouldn't go a miss, with everyone having to wear them you could either splash out or even find a good pair in a high street shop, also depending on the guy this can be switched from a pair of good trainers to smart shoes.

The Secret Santa
Whether on a small budget or doing a secret santa in school or work and good gift could be a David Beckham set which are £6.99 in Boots however they are half the price in some shops like wilkos and body care. I think any man would appreciate it because lets be real what man wouldn't want to feel like they smelt like David Beckham.

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Gift Guide for Her

ITSSS CHRISTMAS!!! Well nearly, however I have got so excited, I couldn't wait to start my christmas posts so heres the first one...

I always want to find the perfect gift for everyone I want to buy for but sometimes I completely stuck on what to buy, so as I find these posts extremely helpful I thought I would do my own starting with todays as a gift guide for women, splitting it into sections to suit most women. And I am also holding my first giveaway!! so keep reading then see the end for details.

The Makeup Obsessed

I am quite makeup obsessed so for this I just picked things I would add to my christmas list starting with this Soap and Glory Well I'll Be Glammed Gift Set retailing at £40, this set is perfect for any makeup lover, and the packaging is gorgeous. I really rate all soap and glory makeup so would really recommend it for quality, also great for anyone you know just getting into makeup as this includes Thick & Fast  Mascara , Brow Archery , Smoulder Kohl Eyeliner, Supercat Eyeliner Pen and  Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss in Candy Gloss and Plums Up, Love At First Blush Shimmer Powder, Solar Powder  Bronzer, Six Shades of Eye Shadow and a bronzer, blusher and eyeshadow brush. As you can tell even though its pricey you get an awful lot for your money.
Another gift I would recommend giving someone a little bit obsessed with makeup is the Benefit Pump up the Party Set  at £29.50 this is a little bit cheaper than the soap and glory set, however all products are samples and there isn't as many products however it does include the POREfessional, roller lash , high beam, benetint, rockateur with brush, an eyeshadow palette in milk it!, nude swings, it’s complicated, kiss me, I’m tipsy fluff shadow with hard angle brush. Benefit is really good quality, and although smaller I think its a great gift and gives someone a little taste of benefit without having to pay the same for a single products.

The Pamperer
A lot of women love a good pamper but can't go to the spa overtime they feel a bit stressed so why not come to the rescue with a christmas present?! The Body Shop Treats are perfect and affordable at £6 they come in a variety of smells with my favourite probably being the Mango but there are many more such as Japanese Cherry Blossom, Strawberry, Shea, Green Tea and Musk which all contain a shower gel, a cream and Body Puff, or The Body Shop also offers christmas themed treat boxes for £8 with scents such as Cranberry, Frosted Plum and Glazed Apple.
Soap and Glory again does amazing pampering gift sets at christmas so it was nearly impossible for me to pick anything better so my second pick for a pamperer is the Soap and Glory Its The Whole She-Bang which is £60 however again has amazing products! This set includes clean on me Moisture Shower Gel, Sugar Crush Body Buffer, The Righteous Body Butter, Hand Food Hand Cream, Heel Genius Foot Cream, Thick and Fast Mascara , Peaches and Clean  4-in-1 Wash Off Deep Cleansing Milk, Righteous Butter Instant Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion , Motherpucker Lip Gloss in pink shade Rose & Shine and a cosmetics case, perfect for any girly girl. However I wouldn't get this in conjunction with the previous gift due to some products being in both.

The Fashion Conscious
What girl doesn't love a handbag, and my favourite must be the Micheal Kors Totes, they are a bit on the pricey side as many are over £200 however any fashion loving gal would fall in love with this or any designer bag. 
Along with handbags, a girl can't have too many shoes can she?! Kurt Geiger do amazing shoes, I could only wish to have some as I feel I can't buy them for myself however a pair of shoes from any brand whether designer or high street would be loved very much by any fashion lover.

The Jewellery Lover
Pandora! They are obviously known for there charm bracelets but I think the rings are gorgeous with prices ranging £30 up they have something for everyone, I think this would be great for a mum as I know my mom would love it and so would I ;) They are amazing quality and really are a gift for someone to treasure rather than others that can easily be used up.

Mink & Stone do amazing unique jewellery at unbelievably cheap prices, so why not give someone a gift that was made specifically for them that no one else has. you can choose from a variety of beads to create necklaces and bracelets that are gorgeous. 

The Secret Santa

If you have been roped into a secret santa but don't know what to give apart from the usual chocolate, a nail varnish such as the Seventeen Duo's, they are pretty colours and some are perfectly named for christmas with Tinsel and Glitter. As a little gift I am sure any woman would appreciate it and is very affordable at £6.

Ted Baker also do beautiful but cheap sets, with my particular favourite being the Ted Baker Mini Trio Gift Set at £7.50 which has a body lotion, wash and spray. Plus Ted Baker smells gorgeous and this gift will look worth a lot more than you have actually paid perfect if on a budget.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

November Favourites!

What was a better post to finish off my blogposts before I start my Christmas posts than November favourites, so here they are!
Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio: I got this from TK Max a few months ago and just put it in the back of my drawer as I dropped it on the way home on the train leading to all the white shadow smashing however this month I decided to start using it and tried to save as much of the white as possible and it is amazing! Being the first smash box product I have tried I am very impressed, the pigmentation is absolutely amazing and lasts all day. The brown is a perfect crease shade for any look and the red toned copper shadow is a great outer third eye. The white shade is also an brilliant highlight shade so I was disappointed I only have a tiny amount.

Barry M Brow Kit: I featured this in my products I should use more often post a while ago and I have actually started to love it, although the powder is a tiny bit dark, it matches my brows perfectly when mixed with the wax, however the reason is in my favourites is for the highlight shade, which I use to highlight the brow bone and it surprisingly works amazingly, its not to shimmery which I love as I hate to have sparkles under my brow especially with a heavy eye makeup look.

W7 Angled Brush*: I never really used the w7 brushes I received for a while because my RT one did the job perfectly fine however this is slightly thinner and never realised until now that it gives such a better sharper brow so I have used it everyday and I believe it is a fraction of the price of the RT one.

Kate Moss 30: My favourite drugstore lipsticks with absolute amazing pigmentation and longevity however I have discovered a new shade that is just perfect for the past autumn but also the transition into winter. It is a berry colour however more on the purple side rather than red/pink which I think compliments my skin tone but also with the blue under tonnes which make my teeth look white which is always a plus point! 

Elegant Touch False Nails: I absolutely HATE doing my nails, the fact they just chip after like a day just makes me not see the point, especially when I then have the chore of taking it off and reapplying it everyday so instead I have been reaching for fake nails which just seems to make everything that bit easier. I love the already painted ones however I also like to paint them myself which is so much better as they don't chip and last longer so i don't mind the long task.

VO5 Plump It Up Dry Backcombing Spray: I used to rave about this product, in virtually every blogpost I could manage, since getting rid of my fringe I have found the front of my hair is a lot more limp and lifeless so this has just gave it the bounce I have been missing. Its not as good for volume as actually back combing however it is a brilliant alternative as it doesn't damage my hair.

Picnic Chocolate Bar: This is a very random favourite, however after trying this for the first time, I haven't been without one, even though its not the healthiest option and most people include healthy snacks into their blogposts, I have been loving these.

Olly Murs Never Been Better Special Edition: I couldn't not include this, after his single Kiss Me I couldn't wait for this to arrive and I even got a signed copy! My favourite song is probably if i stay or maybe sacrifice or love shouldn't be this hard ... or Stevie Knows. To be honest I just love them all! Its amazing and I really suggest giving it a listen.

On the topic of music I have also been loving Justin Bieber's Love Yourself and Turn the Music Louder by Katy B.

Whats your favourite this month?


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Winged Liner Tutorial

Every time I post a selfie, or makeup look I always get comments on my eyeliner, I can't actually remember the last time I wore makeup without eyeliner I just feel most confident wearing it so I thought I would do a step by step guide so if your having trouble achieving the perfect flick you might get one step closer to achieving, but it really is practise makes perfect.

Step One: Starting at the centre of my eyelid I draw a thin line towards the outer corner of my eye and then optionally also towards the inner corner of my eye but I don't do this on a daily basis only with a heavy eye makeup look.

Step Two: I then draw a line up from the outer corner in a diagonal line towards my brow stopping just after my crease but making sure it doesn't touch my crease as shown in the picture.

Step Three: I then join the top of that line down towards the line I first drew again this line doesn't touch the crease, as this will make the wing look wonky when eye is open, again it may be easier to see the photo.

Step Four: I then fill in the wing and sometimes thicken up the originally drawn line if I am feeling a heavier makeup look.

Step Five: Practise makes perfect


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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Beauty Find! Bare Minerals Blush

Being both the first bareMinerals product and loose blush pigment I have tried I was really excited to try this, it is a beautiful, dusky pinky red hence the name 'dusk' and perfectly suits the up and coming winter season.

I found this takes quite a long time to get used too as the first time i applied it I applied way, way too much however after that I have got used to it and find it gives the perfect flushed look, and matches perfectly with a berry lip which is my current go to but find sometimes a pink blush that I would usually go for sort of clashes, I also think this would suit any skin tone. This is also very long wearing and I still find I have a flush of colour on my cheeks by the time I get in at the end of the day which I love because the last thing I want to during the day is reapply makeup let alone blusher. Overall I really recommend this with the only down side I have found is the price tag.


Sunday, 15 November 2015

What's in my makeup bag?

When thinking what post to do today, I came to realise I don't have a What's in my makeup bag on my blog, I think I wrote one ages ago but I deleted it when I updated my blog so here it is.

L'oreal Infalliable 24hr Matte Foundation: I featured this in one of my recent favourites but I think it may be my all time favourite foundation I love it! Mine's in the shade porcelain, which suits my skin perfectly and I have found lasts all day without touching up which is rare with how oily my skin is.
Seventeen Phwoar Paint Under Eye Concealer: I don't have a regular concealer as the foundation is so high coverage, however I still feel my under eyes need a bit of concealer especially if I haven;t had much sleep the night before but this covers them like I never had them and doesn't cake which I find is always a problem with heavy duty concealers.

Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder: This powder isn't as good as the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder when it comes to using it with other foundations however I have been loving it with the L'oreal Matte Foundation I think because the foundation is matte I haven't need a super mattifying powder so instead this is great and works perfectly to set any concealer under my eyes.

Stila Bronzer: I have been loving bronzer recently but this has to be my favourite, even though it was a bit on the pricey side it has lasted forever and I think my favourite I have tried as many of the drugstore bronzers have a quite orangey undertone which I hate especially as I am pale.

BareMinerals Blush: This is in the shade Dusk, which is a lovely rouge blush perfect for autumn as I find a pink blush doesn't match my much loved dark berry lippies I wear everyday. Again this is a bit pricey however it is so pigmented and compliments my skin tone perfectly.

Technic HighLights: The perfect dupe for benefit's high beam, although it doesn't blend quite so easily I think for the price it is so worth it as it gives the 'highlight is on fleekkk' look.


Barry M Brow Kit: I featured this in my Makeup I should use more often post and since then I have been loving it, I am not too keen on the wax as my brows feel quite hard and a bit unnatural but I don't like much product in my brows however the powder and highlight is great for my brow bone.

Eyeshadows: I thought I would group all my eyeshadows together as I have already wrote about most of them before or are coming up soon so I have the Barry M Dazzle Dust in Gold, Nyx in Taupe, Revlon Eyeshadow Cocoa and Plum and MUA Twelfth Night Palette which gives me enough colours to do my two everyday looks of a purple smokey eye and gold smokey eye.

Collection 24hr Extreme Eyeliner Pen: Well I couldn't be without this could I? I use this to create the my winged eyeliner and its so easy!! Again I have spoke about this so many times but the longevity and pigment is amazing.

L'Oreal Mascara: I have recently been reloving it and have found it perfect for my makeup bag as I use the primer for a night out to have longer and more voluminous lashes or use the black mascara on its own for a day time for a fluttery eye look.

Clinique Lipstick: This was a sample in the December issue of Glamour and it went straight in my makeup bag, its the perfect red for autumn winter and I have had so many compliments when I have worn it plus it lasts a very very long time which I think is due to the built in primer.

Revlon Matte Balm: Usually I have hated that bright pink lipsticks aren't as suitable for Autumn due to not going with my outfits however this has berry undertones so I think i have found the perfect all year round pink, this is also so hydrating despite being matte.

Rimmel Kate: This is in shade 20 and is such a typical autumn berry, its quite dark however the blue undertones suit my pale skin tone and I also find it makes my teeth look whiter whites always a bonus. Kate Lipsticks are probably my favourite drugstore lipsticks, due to pigmentation and the length of time they last.

Rimmel Apocalips: I didn't know whether to include this as I can't find them in my local boots anymore even though they are online, so I hope they haven't stopped selling them as they are amazing liquid lipsticks! This is in Meteoric and again is a typical autumn berry which I am really into at the minute.

What's your makeup bag staple?


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

5 Blogpost Ideas to Increase Traffic

Every blogger goes through the task of working out what blogpost receives the most traffic to try and make sure both you and readers alike are enjoying what you post. I always try to come up with ideas I would personally click on or posts that are currently popular.

Budget Friendly:
Although we all love to look at wonderfully packaged, photogenic high end products, they aren't always affordable for everyone, leading to some people avoiding them and looking at more drugstore, cheap options. Drugstore Dupes is always a good one, having something for both the high end or drugstore girl. I also find a drugstore favourites is also very well received. Having budget friendly posts also saves your own bank account as many bloggers feel pressured to buy the top of the range pricey products to review.

Blogging Tips and Tricks:
These are usually my most well received posts as everyone wants to know the best way to improve both there blog and its traffic. I also find these the most enjoyable to write, sharing bits of knowledge I have found on my way with blogging. Show the best tips and tricks, for increasing traffic, photography tips etc. all are very popular.

Being Nosey:
Everyone loves to nosey around, even if they say they don't. I don't know anyone who wouldn't want a look in someone else's makeup bag or handbag, but obviously we can't just dive our hands in, so Whats in my (makeup) bag is the perfect way to increase views. These are also often searched due to being very popular in the blogging world.

Relatable Posts:
I found that another post that increases my blog traffic is ones that others can relate to,  whether its nostalgic to you early childhood or modern issues that you need to get off your chest, it can really start a discussion and I know I love to read them.

Ironic eh? Lists like these are easier to read, more broke up and more appealing to the eye. A top 5 or top 10 including products, tips and tricks are great quick reads letting people pick up any information they want this is an all round good way to increase blog traffic.

What blogposts do you find yourself clicking on the most?

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Beauty Find! Maybelline Brow Satin

My eyebrows have to be one of the things I have a love- hate relationship with, everything always seems a chore the plucking, the filling in, the maintaining but although this doesn't solve the plucking it definitely has made the rest a lot easier!

Rating: 4/5
Shade: Dark Brown
RRP: £5.99

This eyebrow duo has a pencil on one end and a filling powder in the other, I usually use the filling powder on an every day basis as I find it gives a more natural look but if I am going out or I have a heavier eye makeup I use the pencil previous to the filling powder to give a more defined shape yet this still looks natural. I also find my eyebrows don't fade or wear off at any time during the day which I love as I hate topping up my eyebrows during the day.

When I first found out it was a pencil I was a bit unsure as the reason I always use a eyebrow powder is partly because I just hate sharpening them but this winds up so is a lot easier and also means the whole of the product can be used instead of having to waste some as the pencil is too small after sharpening. Although so far this seems a work of genius the powder application isn't very easy as you have to push the applicator up and down whilst trying to be precise but once I got used to it, it began to get easier each time however it takes a while to build up the amount you need as its not very pigmented.

Overall I think this is definitely worth the money and great for people who love a fuller brow, the shade range is also great and I think there is probably a shade that would fit everyone and will last all day.

What's your must have brow product?


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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Things I Have Learnt After 100 Blogposts


I never thought I would ever keep blogging for this long, and who'd have thought it after a year and a half my little brain has thought of that much to write about! However in celebration I thought I would post about the things I have learnt about myself and blogging in the past 100 posts.

One Post Can Explode Traffic
There are certain posts that will all of a sudden blow up your notifications, usually its something that is in top searches at that moment like posts to do with Autumn during the season or a good one i have found is blogging tips for fellow bloggers. However overall I have found posts I really didn't expect, that didn't take me long to put together blows up my notifications a lot more often.

It Takes Time To Accumulate Viewers
When I first started blogging I was under the impression blog readers came just like that. One post up and I would have hundreds of views however a year later and over 10,000 view (which is insane) I have found that its not the number that matters and it takes time, but the reward for writing blogposts is talking to fellow blogs and people who read my blog.

You Don't Have To Post Everyday
Theoretically posting everyday should increase views shouldn't it? however having a schedule and more meaning and time put into less posts has made blogging more enjoyable and puts a lot less stress. Also if you do have a schedule it doesn't matter if you miss the occasional time slot as life comes first right?

Be Social
Being a blogger, being sociable is a must whether its talking to other bloggers, talking to readers, commenting on other blogs or posting on social medias, its all important and really makes a difference in how my blog has been received, increasing news and I have had a lot more fun because who doesn't love a good chat!

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

October Favourites!

October is over! I cannot believe it, I say it every month but this year has gone unbelievably fast however this month, especially last week, was so jammed pack I barely had time to breath however I have been loving a few products and also have a few random favourites to share.

Bare Minerals Blusher - Dusk
I am a big fan of blusher and I never feel like my makeup is complete without a dusting across my cheeks, as Autumn has come I thought I should move away from the paler and hotter pinks suitable for the spring and summer months so when I spotted this more peachy natural blush I thought it would be the perfect colour. This blush is a loose powder so is harder to apply than a pressed powder as its harder to control and more does get wasted however it is so pigmented, and lasts a long time with a translucent powder over the top.

Barry M Dazzle Dust- 44
I have heard a lot of great reviews of these eyeshadow pigments and love the look it gives to my eyes,   it has become my go to eyeshadow replacing the gold I previously used in my Autumn Makeup Look, I usually spray a eye brush with a make up setting spray and then blend out giving a stunning foiled effect, I have used this blended out with a taupe colour for an everyday look or created a more smokey effect with dark browns for a evening look. However this does have a lot of fall out so I would apply this before finishing off your face makeup.

Eylure Lash Fix Clear Adhesive
I have been really loving wearing false eyelashes when going out and makes my eyes look so much awake however I have become very picky about the glue I use as I really love the Ardell Demi Wispies but absolutely hate the glue however this stuff is brilliant keeping my lashes on all day or night and sets clear which is always a good thing.

Revlon Matte Balm- Passionate
I bought this nearer the end of October as I need a more pinkie berry to match an outfit I was wearing  to a special occasion and I love it. This is a balm so obviously it is moisturising but I love how it gives a matte effect to the lips perfect for this time of year, it also lasts such a long time which I was surprised at due to being a balm however it lasts all day maybe only needing one top up and thats only if I have ate. I can't wait to pick up more colours as its an all round good lip product and affordable!

Barry M Nail Polish - Ballerina
I am not sure if I have mentioned this in a previous post or even a favourites however if I have it just shows how amazing this colour is, I love to put a nude polish on my nails every now and then but have found this dusky pink is a go to when it comes to my nails with the brown undertones being brilliant for Autumn.

Nivea Oil Free Day Cream
I neglect moisturiser a lot, always forgetting to put it on in the morning as I find it makes my skin feel greasy leading to makeup sliding off my face quicker however this seems to be making my skin feel so much smoother and due to being oil free my skin feels a lot more matte with shine reduced.

Billy & Me - Giovanna Fletcher 
I recently wrote a review of this book (see here) so won't go into too much detail however I have been loving reading as a whole, as its perfect for the colder nights, wrapped up in a blanket and drinking hot chocolate has just been perfect. However this book may just be my favourite story I have read in a while. 

On The Road - Olly Murs
This month I also started reading Olly Murs' new book and although I haven't yet finished it, it couldn't not be in my favourites, its about Olly Murs' life on tour and what he gets up to with behind the scene photos and so far it is amazing!

Tartan or plaid clothing especially scarves have been a must for October with thee weather getting colder and it officially being Autumn I don't think I have been without Tartan in any outfit this month.

My music favourites this month has to be Kiss Me by Olly Murs which obviously had to appear as Olly Murs is just bae, Hello by Adele and finally Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd

Whats been your favourite this month?
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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Scary Halloween Doll Makeup

Boo! Its nearly Halloween so it was a must that I did a Makeup Tutorial, sadly I am not going to a Halloween Party this year but that hasn't stopped me dressing up. If you hadn't guessed I am a Doll so this is how to achieve the look.
I tried to look scary here but failed miserably however, I firstly did the base of my makeup using the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer followed by L'oreals 24hr Infalliable Foundation all over my face buffing in as normal - too make this more scary maybe try using a lighter colour foundation but as I am the lightest shade I had to settle for this - I then concealed any problem areas before using Talcum Powder as a setting powder to make my face appear paler. 
I then used an ashy contour in the hollow of my cheeks, nose and beneath my bottom lip as dolls have a very shaped face. I then went for the typical doll look by using a barbie doll pink cream blusher and dabbed it on without blending out to emphasise the cheeks.  Onto the thing I found the most fun in the whole look I used a eyeliner pen and put small dots over my cheeks to give the look of freckles.
For eyes I wanted them to look big and standout, my eyes are already a bright blue so this helped to give the effect of a doll however I then using a NYX eyeshadow in Taupe all over my lid and a darker brown in the crease keeping it basic as a doll doesn't wear  heavy eyes makeup. I then lined my eyelid with the Collection 24hr Eyeliner and applied a coat of mascara onto my top lashes using the Seventeen Va Va Voom Mascara and applied a pair of Ardell Demi Wispy False Eyelashes. I then used Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner and smoked it out before applying a white liner on my waterline and a coat of Clinique mascara on my bottom lashes.

Moving onto the mouth I decided to overdraw my lips with Barry M Red Lipliner and then filled them in with Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang before drawing lines down from my mouth to chin with a pencil eyeliner. For hair I had curled hair from the day before so then just tied to bunches either side to give a 'crazed doll effect'.

So thats my scary. Wait no... trying to be scary Doll Makeup Look!

What are you dressing as for Halloween?