August Favourites.

I think monthly favourite posts may well be up there as my most-read. Discovering new, beautiful products to try, and, potentially, add to my daily routine.


Charlotte Tilbury Makeover at Manchester Selfridges.

charlotte tilbury makeover review manchester

Living in a small village, there's not much that goes on when it comes to the beauty world. Shocking, I know. 



Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette

In terms of beauty palettes, there's one brand that continuously know how to impress. You know the score, it is of course, Urban Decay.



Megan Ellaby's Manchester Charity Clothes Sale.

megan ellaby manchester charity clothes sale

On Sunday, Matt and myself headed to Manchester (a.k.a my favourite City on the planet) for what I could only describe as one seriously incredible event.



Two nights in Edinburgh.

When it comes to spare time, there's nothing I love more than seeing the great outdoors, exploring new locations and sampling what's on offer in terms of local cuisine, bars and shops.



Latest in Beauty Subscription Box.

Latest in Beauty subscription

I've never really been one for beauty boxes. I love the concept of trying new products, discovering 'holy grails' to add to my routine, but paying £20 or so a month for surprise items you might not get along with has always put me off.


Pixi by Petra #PixiPretties Collection.

Ah, Pixi, the brand that never fails to impress. Whether it's their cult Glow Tonic (read my review here!) or their Book of Beauty Palettes, they seriously kill it when it comes to beauty launches. 

A little while back I was greeted with one rather sizeable package, and was thrilled when I realised it was from one of my all time favourites. #PixiPretties, housed in this rather impressive box, is a collaboration with four well known industry influencers; Caroline Hirons, Aspyn Novard, Judy Travis and Maryam Maquillage.

With a little help from the Pixi team, the four were asked to create their 'dream product/s', and boy oh boy, they delivered. This 10 piece collection is certainly dreamy.

Everyone loves a good palette, and Judy whipped up not one, but two, for both the eyes and the lips. Made up of twelve shades, the eyeshadow palette is a good'n for all skin tones and can be used to create looks come day or night. 

With a mix of matte and shimmery neutrals, the texture is everything one could want; buttery soft with a strong pigment. 

Again, with twelve to choose from, the lip palette boasts everything from flattering nudes to bold reds. I haven't actually owned a lip palette since my youth, but the convenience of having so many beautiful shades in one place I'm making me really asking myself why.

Shop both palettes, here.

When it comes to Aspyn's collection, it's all about that glowy, natural look. I love me a good highlighter, so I was very happy to see two in the #PixiPretties box. The blush is also a treat to use, and isn't that dissimilar in tone to the famed, Nars Orgasm. Finally, to bring the look together, Aspyn included a clear brow tamer and lower lash mascara. I'm forever getting black smudges below my eyes so this is definitely something I'm happy to have in my stash. 

You can shop Aspyn's range, here.

A gal can never have too many brushes, right? Right. Maryam has designed the brush of dreams for all your highlight and contour needs, which sits nicely alongside her two sculpting palettes. Like Judy's creations, the shade range is great for all skin tones, and with us heading in the right direction of Summer, they're something I'm going to be reaching for on a very regular basis.

Snap up the products, here.

Finally, we have the release from the skincare guru that is Carolyn Hirons.

I'm 99% certain you'll be familiar with Carolyn, but if not, just think of her as the go-to woman when it comes to knowing the 411 of skin.

Her double cleanse was probably the product I most excited about trying. I'm actually pretty good at sticking to the whole regime already, but with the initial step being micellar water, it's not all that hydrating for my dry complexion. This, however, is a cocktail of a solid oil and a cream in one magical pot, and is basically the answer to all skincare junkies' prayers. Collectively designed to get rid of every single scrap of makeup, not even waterproof mascara stands a chance with this bad boy.

But don't just take my word for it, snap up your tub of double cleanse, here.

So there we have it, yet another incredible launch from Pixi by Petra. Which products have caught your eye? I'd love to know any recommendations you have from the brand!

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Is It Really Worth The Hype?

It's a funny one, powder. Getting the balance between cakey overload and 'this does absolutely nothing',  can prove to be a bit of a struggle. In my personal experience, having skin that's on the drier side of things,  99% of the magical makeup prolongers I've tried don't quite give me the results I'm looking for.

But I think the hunt is over. Finally, a powder that's finely milled but does the job, and does it well. Enter the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I mean, with all the hype it receives, why didn't I think of snapping up this baby earlier?

Described as ''an extremely lightweight, sheer and silky setting powder'', its oil-free, light-reflecting formula can be applied in a number of ways without any concern over it highlighting fine lines or imperfections. 

Laura Mercier recommend purchasing the accompanying powder puff from the range, however I find using a big fluffy brush allows for a little more control when it comes to the application process. I've also seen the product team up with a damp beauty blender for a lighter coverage under the eye area, so it's pretty diverse!

Whilst the powder may have a price tag of £29, a little seriously goes a long way. I can see this lasting me a good few years, so frankly, when you consider the quality, it's undoubtedly worth it.

But the killer question... does it set your makeup in place for the long-haul? In short, yes.

On a day-to-day basis, I apply my makeup at around 6:30am, and at the earliest, return home at 6pm, so a fair amount of time. Obviously by that point my makeup's not looking quite as fresh, but all in all, it's a lot more evident than it would be without the powder in place.

You can definitely top-up throughout the day should you wish, but it would probably be a little more well received on those with oilier skin types, as I find I can start to look a little too matte.

Another serious perk of the product happens to be the fact that it's translucent. So no matter your skintone, it'll blend perfectly all year round!

If you're in the market for a new setting powder (or like me, struggle due to dry skin), I would highly recommend snapping up a pot for yourself!

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3 Base Products You Need In Your Life.

Ah, the mighty base. The canvas to a makeup look, one could say. Being fair skinned, I've certainly dabbled with a fair few products over the years, and recently (yep, I think I'm gonna go ahead and say it...), I've found three that tick allll the boxes for pale peeps of the world.

For starters, and to keep things in place, the Becca Backlighting Priming Filter. This is basically just all kinds of awesome. Glow? Check. Blurred imperfections? Check. Longevity? Check. The primer pretty much does it all. Though, yes, it has a slight warm undertone in the bottle, when blended into the skin, said warmth is traceless and you're simply left with radiant, diffused skin. It's a yes from me.

At long last. I can hardly believe I'm typing this, but I've finally found a foundation that actually matches my complexion. No orange, no nothin'. The seemingly impossible beauty battle is over. That's right, the Illamasqua Skin Base is in my stash and it's here to stay. With a whopping 26 shades to choose from, I was optimistic, and rightly so. After a visit to the Leeds Victoria Quarter store, the amazing Drew spent a good 10/15 minutes matching me up to my perfect shade, which happened to be 4.5. My skin is on the drier side of things, however I find I can build up this gem without any concern over the finish. It's lightweight, SPF free (buh-bye ghost face in flash photography) and a little seriously goes a long way. So yeah, in case you couldn't tell, I'm sold. 

To conceal, it's all about the Bare Minerals BareSkin® Complete Coverage Serum Concealer. This is one I'd heard a whole lot about in the blogging world, so naturally after finishing up my last, I just had to snap one up. Again, concealer can be something I can struggle with. Many are either too cakey, too drying or just a little 'meh' (you know the drill). But this combined with a slightly damp beauty blender ticks all the boxes. A concealer and serum hybrid, it works its magic on dark circles and blemishes, brightening the complexion in the process whilst boasting a long-wearing formula. Oh, and with 6 shades available, Bare Minerals have quite literally got you covered. 

Have you tried out any of the above? I'd love to know your thoughts and any base product recommendations you can throw my way!

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