Wednesday, 24 September 2014

I Dont Even Own That Many MAC Lipsticks...

I've seen so many MAC lipstick collection posts in the past and always thought "I'd love to join in but I don't actually own many MAC lipsticks." I bought a lipstick holder off of Amazon a couple of months ago and it seemed to encourage me to buy more lipsticks. It's already full and about 60% of the products in it are MAC. So, without further adieu, here is my MAC Lipstick Collection!

Top Row: Sweet Experience, Toying Around, Viva Glam IV, Dreaming Dahlia, Maleficent. Bottom Row: New York Apple, Hue, Angel, Lickable

Sweet Experience and Toying Around (Playland Collection)
It had been a while since I'd been excited for a Limited Edition Collection, but this year MAC has been really nailing it, especially with the Simpsons Collection! On the day Playland launched, I sped down to MAC as early as possible so that I wouldn't miss out. Sweet Experience is a light, pigmented pink, which I do like, although it's not a colour I'm used to wearing so I tend to shy away from it. Toying Around however spends most of it's life in my handbag. It's a bright coral pink and I've been all about the coral colours this summer!

Viva Glam IV
Until the Rihanna Viva Glam (which I do own, but left at my boyfriends so haven't photographed) I wasn't actually aware of what Viva Glam was. 100% of the proceeds go to the MAC Aids Fund, helping those living with AIDS and HIV all around the world. So far over $300,000 has been raised, how amazing is that?! Anyway, I was gifted this lipstick for Secret Santa a few years ago and I'm almost at the bottom of the bullet. It's a frosted plum that looks really similar to my natural lip colour.

Dreaming Dahlia (A Fantasy Of Flowers)
I wasn't actually aware that Dreaming Dahlia was a limited edition when I bought it, so I'm a little sad that I won't be able to replace it when it's finished. Although that doesn't stop me wearing it, as it's a soft coral and as I mentioned, I'm all over that!

True Loves Kiss (Maleficent Collection)
As a massive Disney fan- who isn't?! - I had to have at least one item from the Maleficent range. At the time I was going through a phase of not wearing any eyeshadows so I sadly didn't go for the quad as well as the lipstick. As expected it's a deep red, giving the perfect vampy pout. I can't help feeling a little sassy when I wear it!

New York Apple
This is probably the lipstick I wear least out of all of my MAC options. It was my first Back 2 MAC lipstick, but since the colour is quite close to Viva Glam IV it kind of gets forgotten about!

Hue and Angel
I've never really worn nude lipsticks, so when I decided to bite the bullet I couldn't resist picking up two. I chose Hue as it's quite a sheer nude so it doesn't make me feel weird when I look in the mirror and don't see a bright lip colour. Angel has a stronger, pink tone to it which I absolutely love. It's my everyday lipstick and also spends a lot of it's life in my handbag.

The last lipstick in my MAC collection is Lickable. I went through a phase of only wearing raspberry pink lipstick so it's been used a good few times at the start of the year. Now that my summer coral addiction is nearing an end, I'm feeling a little bit trendy with a love for plum toned ombre lips. Lickable has been making an appearance again, teamed up with a purple lip liner for a killer pout. I don't think I've ever had as many compliments as I do with an ombre lip!

Top Row: Sweet Experience, Toying Around, Viva Glam IV, Dreaming Dahlia, Maleficent. Bottom Row: New York Apple, Hue, Angel, Lickable
Do you have a particular brand you always end up buying from? Maybe you're a MAC lipstick addict too!



Monday, 22 September 2014

Update: New Make Up Storage

IKEA Alex Drawers

Back in May posted about my first storage drawers for my make up kit here. It was pretty full already and after a trip to IKEA in July, both my mum and myself were set on the ALEX drawers as a new home for my kit. One of our family friends was buying from IKEA last month, so they kindly ordered the drawers at the same time. Since they are massively bigger than the small set of drawers I had, there is still a lot of room, which is perfect as I'm addicted to buying for my kit! All I need now it more containers/seperaters and LOTS OF PRODUCTS :D

Ikea Alex Drawers Make Up Storage

I decided to put the drawers in order of how I would use them. In the first drawer we have skincare and cotton pads. I mainly use aloe as it works for all skin types and won't irritate the skin. Cleansing wipes are great for shows, as they're so quick and easy use to remove any make up that models might have turned up with. I normally have miceller water in my kit as well, but I already decanted it into a travel bottle to save room.

Ikea Alex Drawers Make Up Storage

The next drawer is something I want to start to expand on. I don't really feel clued up on primers or BB creams/tinted moisturisers, but they're definitely something I will be researching and purchasing in the future!

Ikea Alex Drawers Make Up Storage

Next we have foundations and concealers. I think in a month or so I'll need to switch the foundations to one of the bottom drawers, so that I can stand the bottles up and create more room. I still use 10ml bottles to transport my foundations, as it makes it much easier and saves a tonne of room. As you can see, my favourite Collection 2000 concealer is at the forefront of my kit. I really don't believe that a make up kit has to be full of super expensive products to be good! I mean, isn't it Rimmel that is the number one make up authority in the UK?? (I actually think I heard it's the number one in the world, but I'm not 100% sure.)

Ikea Alex Drawers Make Up Storage
The next drawer is another one that I need to research a little more on. I have a small collection of blushers and bronzers, along with a few different textures, but I feel like I could learn more, especially about colours for different skin tones!
Ikea Alex Drawers Make Up Storage

My eye drawer probably has the widest variety of products in it. There are a few more products and palettes that I use myself day to day, so this drawer would probably be pretty full if I added them in. I think with the palettes I have almost every kind of eyeshadow you could imagine, but I'm always looking for more!

Ikea Alex Drawers Make Up Storage

The last area of the face is of course, the lips! All of the lipsticks I use are melted into palettes to make it easier to carry around. If you want to know how I did this, see here. I have a few lipsticks that need to be melted in, so they're currently chilling with lip glosses and lacquers. Again, a lot of my lip pencils and my paw paw lip balm have been, ahem, pinched for my own person use.

Ikea Alex Drawers Make Up Storage

The last 3 drawers aren't the most interesting. I took a picture of this one, as it has a lot of my tools and a buttload of lashes. In the back we have mascara wands and the 10ml dropper bottles for foundations and to the side we have bottles for alcohol, water, hand sanitiser etc. Then, we have a tub of tools, including mixing palettes, a mini mirror, spatulas, lash curlers and Vaseline. The drawers underneath this just have set bags, gowns and boring things in them so I didn't bother taking photos!

So there we have it, my new and improved make up storage! Where do you store your make up? How big is your personal make up? I've moved mine into my old storage drawers, but I always end up borrowing from my kit!

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Empties #1

The Body Shop Rainforest Shampoo//The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Gel//La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo//T Zone Nose Pore Strips//

I've been meaning to make an Empties post since about the start of the year, but I'm so forgetful that I've only just managed to get a collection of items that are empty. It did include of having to dive in to my bin to save items once I remembered I was meant to be keeping them, but I managed to save enough items to make a post!

The item I've probably been using the most is The Body Shops Rainforest Balance Shampoo. I've mentioned this on a previous post here and will probably repurchase this, but in the Shine version.

Another item I love from The Body Shop is the Brazil Nut Shower Gel. It's a limited edition, so I stocked up on a few when they were in the Sale nearer the start of the year. I've gotten through two bottles already, so I'm hoping to find some more at the next sale!

Most of you blogger-savvy readers will probably remember the massive hype over La Roche  Posay Effaclar Duo at the start of the year. After seeing reviews of people who had been using it for months, with before and after pictures that showed a massive improvement I decided it was worth a shot. For over a year my skin had been really bad with constant breakouts of blemishes and spots over my cheeks and chin (see an example in my first ever post here.) I used Effaclar Duo for about 2 months before abandoning it and completely forgetting I had it as it didn't seem to show much of a difference. I hadn't noticed as I've been so busy, but I recently met up with a friend who commented that my skin is looking much clearer. I can't really pinpoint what changed, as I've been through college, a make up course, a change of jobs and a change of almost all the products I used, but whatever caused my blemishes seems to have gone, with no help from any particular product! Sorry, that was a bit of a tangent! Basically I didn't find that Effaclar Duo did anything for my skin, so I won't be purchasing it again.

The last product in my empties is the T Zone Nose Pore Strips. I bought these as Savers didn't have my beloved Bioré strips, so I picked up these for £1. They're not bad for such a small price, but my pores get so clogged that I definitely need the strength that Bioré gives!

I can't believe how long it's taken my to get together items for an Empties post! I'll try and be more savvy when I finish with more products and hopefully I can write another empties post in a few months. What are the products you run out of fast? Do you always repurchase the same items?


Monday, 15 September 2014

August Favourites

Is it just me or has September brought a sudden influx of Christmas stock to shops? Not that I'm complaining, I will almost definitely be buying the cute little gingerbread men candle holders from Yankee Candle! This months favourites is all about items that make my make up routine that little bit easier, mainly on the brush side of things.

Zoeva E40//MAC 132//Hobbycraft Brush

The three brushes I have added to my daily routine make for a quick and easy application. The first brush is a fluffy blending brush, almost like my beloved MAC 217, but with longer, softer bristles. It's perfect for a light wash of colour all over the lids and for a gentle application of crease colour. It can also be wiped on a tissue and dipped straight into concealer or powder to get right into the under eye area. I got this with my make up course, but a good dupe is linked above. Next, we have my new favourite foundation brush, the MAC 132 Duo Fibre Foundation. It's like most duo fibre brushes, except it has a more traditional foundation brush shape, just slightly smaller. It blends foundation quickly without leaving any lines, so it's a no brainer really! The last brush I've added to my daily routine is actually a paintbrush from Hobbycraft. I use it in my kit for a precise application of gel eyeliner, which I recently got for myself.

Paw Paw Moisturising Balm//Illamasqua ESP

The next item in my monthly favourites was a saviour not just for me, but for my two female friends at Leeds Festival. We all constantly put lip balm on as it is, so Paw Paw's moisturising balm was the perfect intense boost of moisture for the long days in the sun. Ok, so the sun wasn't out that much, but the lip balm still helped! I've also found myself wearing Illamasqua's lipstick in ESP. It's a beautiful deep matte purple, with great lasting power. It's a really velvety texture and the bullet has a really pointed top, making application a lot easier. Although it's matte, it has a slight pearlescent shine to it that I really like.

So there we have it! No doubt next month will have a few Christmassy items sneaking in, so I apologise in advance. What have you been loving this month?


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

How To Survive A Music Festival

Banana Beauty How To Survive A Music Festical Wristband

I've been to Leeds both this year and last, as well as to Download in 2009 and I seriously think festivals are my natural habitat. I'm an anxious person but there's something about standing in the middle of a crowd, singing my heart out to a band that makes me feel like I've stepped into another world. Those feelings aside, I've made some really stupid mistakes that easily could have been avoided with a little common sense. So, just in case any of you decide to throw away your common sense for a festival, here are a few tips from auntie Hannah!

Don't substitute warm clothing for fashion

It sounds silly, but when you're trying to decide which clothes you can fit into a backpack, it can be tempting to forget about how cold the nights get. Both this year and last I spent a lot of time freezing at night because I didn't think to bring fuzzy jammies, or a blanket.

Bigger is better
Banana Beauty Hpw To Survive A Music Festival Tent
Aweez if you see this, sarrynatsarry.
When it comes to a tent, to cheap out on a small 2 or 4 man tent. If it rains you'll be soaked and it's really just not as fun. This year we took a 9 man tent and a 1 man pop up tent, meaning we all had a compartment to ourselves and a communal area in the middle. There was plenty of room to sleep so we didn't touch the sides and get wet when it rained, plus it wasn't difficult to put up!

Sometimes sanitiser isn't enough

As someone with terrible eyesight, glasses or contact lenses are a must. At a festival I want to wear contacts as much as possible in case of rain, or getting my glasses accidentally knocked about. I carry hand sanitiser around with me so that I can take my contact lenses out on the move, but last year I didn't quite realise just how dirty my hands would get. On the walk back to the tent one night my eyes were aching and I decided to stop and take my lenses out. Within minutes my eyes were itching and starting to stream. By the time I had walked to the campsite caravan to get a marshal, my eyes were so swollen I could barely see. So off to the medical tent I went, where I sat for a couple of hours, surrounded by drunk festival goers who had somehow managed to break arms, legs and all sorts. After the 45 minute walk back to the campsite, it was pretty awkward to sit and chill out with the friends we had made with my puffy eyes! I also couldn't wear much make up all weekend and certainly couldn't wear contact lenses. Moral of the story? As annoying as it is, take the short walk to your campsite water trough if you plan on touching your eye area!

Don't forget to eat

Again, this seems silly, but in such a busy atmosphere, even when you're surrounded by food stalls, it can be easy to forget to stop and eat. By the time you've stood in a massive queue to get an overpriced drink and made your way to the next band, standing in another queue to get food can be the last thing on your mind. As it's pretty much all fast food, it can also be easy to convince yourself that you don't need to eat more food. But, if like me you're drinking for a solid 12 hours (I'm so hardcore, right?!) having 3 meals is pretty darn important!


Monday, 8 September 2014

Proud Of Me Tag

The past few months have been a bit shitty for me, which has really taken a toll on my motivation, especially for blogging. I've found myself skipping out on reading blogs more often, not commenting as much and barley tweeting. But I made changes for the better, including getting a new job which happens to be pretty much my dream job! I've spent a week away training and was at Leeds Festival the week before, so I decided to take a mini break from the blogging world until I was a bit more settled.

I think we can all be far too harsh on ourselves and put up with too much unnecessary stress, so I wanted to make a little feel good tag for everyone to join in on and really appreciate some of your personal achievements!

1. Getting a new job

I had been considering getting a new job since February, but after applying for one I was convinced I would get and getting knocked back, I started putting it off more and more. Eventually, after a lot of changed happening at my job, I bit the bullet and re applied for the job I really wanted. After quite a few nerve wracking weeks and even scarier interviews, I'm happy to say I got the job!

2. Going out of my comfort zone

I get extremely stressed and panicky when I have to be in charge of my own travel, especially if I don't have 100% of the journey planned out. For my new jobs training I had to get a flight on my own to a city I've never been to. Then, I had to get a train to the city centre from the airport and make my way to a hotel. THEN, I had to spend a week training with people I didn't know and share a room with one of them. For most people this is probably easy, but for me, a disaster waiting to happen. Where do I get the train? How do I know it's the right one? How much will I need for it? Where do I buy tickets? There are the questions that go through my head and get my extremely stressed out. I'm now used to travelling to and from Glasgow for freelance work, but going to a whole new city in a different country was pretty scary. I'm so proud that I made it though the week with minimum panic and no tears. Pat on the back for me!

3. Following My Dream

When I was 14, we had a careers fayre and I somehow decided I wanted to be a make up artist. I researched a little and decided to do hairdressing first and then decide if I still wanted to do make up. 3 years later I applied for a HNC in make up and had an interview, but never heard back. I did a year of beauty instead but it didn't make me any happier, so I decided to take a huge risk and learn at an independent school. It was the best thing I could of done and certainly wouldn't ever look back! 

4. My Blog!

I only started to follow blogs a little over a year ago, which lead to me starting this little representation of my crazy mind. It may not be the most successful blog, but having 200 people that chose to follow my blog is extremely heart warming and to be honest, I just like having such a cushtie little hobby that reflects my interests! I used to love writing and having a blog has brought back that love. Plus, it's fun to learn new skills, like photography and HTML (I feel like a Sim, levelling up on my skills!)

Now that I've gotten the ball rolling, I can think of many little things I'm proud of myself for. But, let's leave that for another day! Please join in with this tag and send me links if you do! Let's all take a few moments to be positive about ourselves and really look at what we've achieved.

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