One of my favourite shops to splurge in is definitely Lush. I like to call it 'guilt free' shopping, as the products are made naturally and they are completely against testing on animals, as well as making you smell absolutely delicious!

I recently went into Lush and bought a few goodies that I thought I would share with you:

Big Bang -
This is a bubble bar, and I typically get around 3 baths out of this. It smells of grapefruit and lemon, and leaves your skin deliciously smooth.

Pink Flamingo -
This is a reusable bubble bar. Lush describe this as being a cocktail inspired scent, it's fruity with a touch of sexy. You literally swirl this around in your bath, and once you have the perfect amount of bubbles you can put it to the side ready for your next bath.

Intergalactic Bath Bomb -
This bath bomb contains peppermint, and is so refreshing, especially after a week of working hard! With bath bombs, you just drop them into the water and watch them work their magic.

Mother of Dragons Egg Bath Bomb -
Once you drop this into the bath, your nose will immediately be filled with the scent of lemons. It's such an invigorating scent, and it really refreshes your nose.

Fizzbanger Bath Bomb -
Apple & cinnamon = Christmas in a bath bomb. This one I love to just lie down and listen to, it contains popping candy and reminds me of sitting by the fire at Christmas.

Floating Island Bath Oil -
With the scent of vanilla (and it containing a vanilla pod in each bath oil), and with the softening effects of shea butter - imagine rising out of the bath as though you have just returned from a luxurious and relaxing island holiday.

Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Oil -
SNOW FAIRY SCENT - need I say more?! As the name suggests, it does contain marshmallow which is soothing on the skin.

Razzle Dazzle Bath Oil -
Raspberry, Bergamot and Lime mix together to create a gorgeous scent, whilst your bath turns into mermaids tears - neon pink and glittery.

The Comforter Shower Gel -
One of my all time favourite products from Lush, it's the Comforter bubble bar in liquid form. It smells delicious, just like blackcurrants, and leaves your skin smelling this way for hours!

Now I'm counting down the days until pay day so I can make a cheeky Halloween purchase from Lush! Let me know your favourite Lush product, I'll be sure to check it out when I'm next in there!


Primark Beauty Haul | Mini Review

Recently I decided to have a little BIG shopping trip at Primark, and among my purchases were some of their beauty products. I did share these in a video on YouTube but wanted to show a close up of these products, plus a few additional ones so you can see closely what they look like, the swatches/colours of the products, and to have a place to jot down my overall thoughts.

Among the products are their matte liquid lipsticks, aren't these bang on trend at the moment. There are so many brands that are now making these, but when it comes to the drugstore we are pretty limited in what we can get our hands on. 
Coming in at £2 per lipstick, how can we say no. They are out of stock a lot, so if you see them I suggest grabbing them!

I also picked up their 'strobing' palette, however, looking at it I have to admit it isn't a pretty sight and doesn't look like it would do much. It comes with three shades, Luminous Light, Radiance Light and Glowing Light. 
Once you swatch these though, let me tell you, you will be blown away! The finish is beautiful, and coming in at £4 you can't complain really can you.

I'm really impressed with this strobing kit, it's inexpensive coming in at £4.00 for three shades. As there are three shades in there, it provides colours that would suit different skin tones. The powder is finely milled so that you can't see it sat on the skin, and it looks like a natural glow.

And finally, I picked up their brushes. I was really excited for these, and made multiple trips to Primark to try and get my hands on them. I was successful on my third trip, and couldn't wait to use them.

Unfortunately I'm pretty disappointed, the shape of the brush doesn't make applying your makeup easy and if I'm honest the thin part of the handle feels pretty weak (although it hasn't snapped). I've used this brush on multiple occasions and have felt that after one use the brush needs washing as it starts to store the product in the centre of the brush, and the next time you go to use it, it leaves smear marks on your face. However, this might be for all oval brushes and not just the Primark range.

So there are my thoughts, what do you think? Have you tried Primark beauty?


How to Conceal your Under Eyes

Are you always looking for the best products to make it look like you definitely get 8 hours sleep every night? Me too. I'm such a night owl that I constantly find myself working hard late at night (its actually 10.30pm right now!). Although I'm most productive at these hours, when it comes to waking up in the morning I feel like I have weights on my eyelashes.

My solution to combat those tired eyes? Makeup of course.

Once I have finished my foundation I love to pair two products together to give me a flawless underage. Unfortunately they are both higher end products, so will cost a few more pennies that most of us (including myself) would like to part with.

The first step is to apply Urban Decay's Naked Skin concealer, I use the shade Fair Neutral which is the lightest, and apply that in a triangle shape under my eyes like the below picture. I then blend this in with my beauty blender, I've tried many tools to blend this in but find that the beauty blender helps to disperse the product and stop it looking cakey.

Once this has been blended out, I will take my Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder, and I apply that in excessive amounts over the top of that concealer. Before you allow the powder to dust the skin and disappear, leave it on the skin for a minimum of 1 minute to allow it to 'bake' (if you want to know what baking is then check out this blog post).

Et viola, your under eyes are concealed thanks to the amazing concealer, and then the powder will hold that in place all day, so even if you do start falling asleep you will look like Sleeping Beauty in the process.


What is baking anyway? The top makeup tip!

I really wanted to create a post detailing the art of baking, now I know the Great British Bake Off is back on TV now but I'm actually referring to makeup rather than cakes.

Baking is something that has been put in our face, not only by our favourite makeup celebrities (see Kim K), but also by our favourite YouTubers, I'm even partial to it myself! It's definitely a step for the makeup devotee's out there.

Makeup Artists and Drag Queens have used this technique for such a long time, that it's not actually as new as it seems. However, it is something that is new to the blogger and youtuber world, which is probably what has led you here.

What is this technique?

Once you have applied your foundation as normal, apply your concealer to the normal areas that you would want to highlight (see the picture below if you're not sure). Blend this out as you normally would, I recommend using a beauty blender to help with this.

Then take your loose translucent powder (see my next blog post for the products I love to use!) and apply it heavily over the top of the concealer you have just blended out. You then leave this powder in place for a long amount of time, if I'm in a rush I will apply it for 60 second, but sometimes this can be left for up to 30 minutes depending on the effect you want.

Once you are happy, just dust the powder away and finish your makeup as usual.

How does it work?

The powder uses the warmth of your skin to set the concealer, this helps to hide any fine lines under the eyes and stops your makeup melting away and revealing your hidden secrets underneath!

Have you tried baking? How do you feel about these makeup trends?


My go to Summer Fragrances

Ok, so I know summer is pretty much over, especially for us in the UK, however, I really wanted to share my favourite summer fragrances with you - and they can take you into autumn too!

Summer reminds me of berries, coconuts and sweet scents, and this is what I tend to reach for in the warmer months. Lets get into the breakdown of these perfumes:

1. Marc Jacobs 'Daisy'
This is the original Daisy scent, which has top notes of strawberry and grapefruit but base notes of musk and vanilla. This provides a sweet yet sophisticated scent that can be worn during the day and night.

2. Estee Lauder 'Bronze Goddess'
One of my favourite scents is orange, like the fruit. I'm not sure what it is about it, but it just screams summer to me, and this fragrance has notes of Bergamot, Lemon and Mandarin Orange. Needless to say, you will be left smelling like a goddess after spritzing this on yourself.

3. Victorias Secret 'Passion Struck' Body Spray
With a blend of apples and vanilla, the sweet light scent leaves you smelling fruity fresh. The only downside? The scent doesn't last very long - cue top ups throughout the day.

4.Viktor and Rolf 'Bon Bon'
This is described as 'Caramel characterizes the scent's evolution. From inception to completion, the caramel notes mature from a sharp, edible top note to softer and milkier in the middle then darkening to add depth to the base note.' This is definitely a more sophisticated, sweet scent, I'd recommend this if you are in your later teens.

5. Viktor and Rolf 'Flowerbomb'
Viktor and Rolf are making another appearance, I can't resist their perfumes (although the price tag can be off putting!). Described as 'a thousand flowers in a bottle', this perfume hits the nail on the head with the floral notes, which makes it perfect for Summer.

6.Marc Jacobs 'Daisy Eau So Fresh'
With fruity top notes of pear, raspberry and grapefruit, this fragrance enhances the feminine side of the original Daisy perfume. It's a lighter take on the classic, but the fragrance still lasts all day.

So there you have it, let me know your favourite summer perfume, and I'm sure I will have to buy it for blogging purposes, right?!
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