September Purchases

Ahhh September; the month I used to hate so much as a child!

We’re half way through September (give or take a few days) so I thought I’d share with you my purchases so far this month.

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Nivea Daily Essentials, Express Hydration Primer. For Dry and Sensitive Skin. £4.99

Ever since I first heard about this Primer I have been on a never ending search for it. Every time I popped into any Boots or Superdrug store it was out of stock. But after almost giving in, I finally found it; to my surprise in a tiny local Boots store. I’m glad I never gave in because I think I have found my favourite primer!

I struggle with Primers, I either feel that it is not doing anything or arggh it’s clogging up my pores. However this product that works like a moisturiser as well; gives me a nice smooth base for my foundation and is suitable for my dry skin.

If you can find it, I highly recommend it.

Overall: 9.5/10 (I’m too mean for 10 out of 10!)

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BarryM Nail Polish in Limited Edition Lime Green and Gelly Blue Grape. £3.99

I’m like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to Barry M nail polishes; I could buy them all. I hadn’t tried any of the gelly range yet and I loved this blue colour so I couldn’t resist. I also couldn’t resist the brightness of the green (it is much brighter than it looks in the picture, I promise!) Also I’m a sucker for buying anything limited edition!

Overall: 8/10

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Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch and Cherry Me. £2.99

These lip balms are all over the beauty blogging world and so when they arrived in the UK I couldn’t wait to try them. When I first bought them at the beginning of the month my lips were in a horrible condition; really dry and chapped and I absolutely hated these lip balms. They did nothing for my lips but emphasize that my lips were looking bad. However recently I decided to bring them out again and actually I really like them. I don’t believe they hydrate your lips for 8 hours, but they are nice and leave a subtle colour.

Overall: 7/10

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Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 103 True Ivory.

I received this as a part of a product trial, but decided to include it in here. I’m never usually a fan of matte foundations, I have dry skin and I feel that these kind of foundations just emphasize this. I did quite like this however. I do prefer dewy foundations, but if you like Matte Foundations then I’d give it a go.

Overall: 6/10

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MUA and Fashionista Collection

I was quite dubious when I first saw the MUA products in Superdrug. I couldn’t believe that something so reasonable could be any good. How wrong I was, and I can’t resist picking some products up whenever I’m in a Superdrug store.

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MUA The Artiste Collection. Multi-Use Palette. £6

The palette I wanted was out of stock, so I picked this one up instead and I really like it. It comes with 6 marbeled eyeshadows, 2 blushers, 1 bronzer and a highlighter. I haven’t really tested the blushers, but I really like the other colours. The eyeshadows aren’t as pigmented as some others, but really for the price you can’t go wrong.

Overall 7/10

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Fashionista Ready To Wear Brush On Concealer in Light. £6 and MUA Cover and Conceal Wand in Natural. £1.50

These are pretty good concealers and do exactly as you expect. The Cover and Conceal one is a little bit too drying but nothing too bad, but I do really like the Brush On one and have been using it every day so far.

Overall Cover and Conceal: 6/10           Overall Brush On Concealer: 7.5/10

MUA Flawless Primer. £5 and MUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist. £5

I decided to put these items together as I was so disappointed in them. As I said before this was one of the primers that felt like it wasn’t doing anything and made no difference. I bought the fixing mist as I have a very high neck collar jacket that I always end up having foundation all over. This did not work, but felt like I was just spraying perfumed water on my face.

Overall 2/10 for both.

As you may have noticed I also had ISEREE Sensitive Facial Wipes for Dry and Sensitive skin from Lidl. I picked these up in a rush when I really needed some makeup wipes and didn’t expect a lot. They are however really good and I always go and pick these up!

Hope you’re enjoying September so far!

Erin

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First OOTD

I am undecided as to whether to make this a regular thing. However it is long overdue for my first OOTD.

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My dog seems to get in all my posts!

My dog seems to get in all my posts!

I’m wearing:

Leopard print Crop Top: River Island

Burgundy/Wine Midi skirt: Primark £5

 Black Ballet Shoes: Primark

Handbag: Next £25.

Shall I do more OOTD’s ? Or what else would you like to see?

Erin

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STYLIGHT review

I really struggle to put outfits together, most of the time clothes, shoes, handbags and jewellery is left thrown across my bedroom floor when I’m deciding what to wear. So any website or App that can help me put an outfit together seems like a great thing to me (and saves me tidying up later.) So today I want to talk about a recent discovery I made, a website that will save my clothes from being left on the floor called Stylight.

Stylight is an online fashion community where you can put together ‘looks’ or mood boards to create an outfit. You can see other peoples looks, what’s trending and also add things from their database to create an altogether look.

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It’s easy to use and I love that I can use it for a bit of inspiration when I’m struggling to plan an outfit.  You can even add quotes and music to your looks which I think is a really good idea.  You can even add your own photos too.

A thing I also like about the site is as your browsing products you can ‘heart’ products and they appear on your profile. It’s so easy to do and it’s quite addictive.

Here is a look I put together:

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I need to have a bit more of a play around with it, but I definitely think it’s a good idea so far.

Do you use Stylight? What do you think?

A-Levels.

It’s that time of year again were thousands of teenagers are biting their nails in anticipation for their A-Level results. Therefore I thought I’d post something slightly different; my A-Level results day horror. Not to scare you, but to hopefully show you that if it doesn’t seem to go to plan, it’ll all be ok in the end.

Three years ago today I collected my A level results already knowing that my frantic searching and refreshing of the UCAS website had shown me that I hadn’t got into my first choice University, but I had a place in a University I did not want to go to. Yes silly me putting my second choice University as somewhere I didn’t want to go but I had my heart set on Sheffield so I thought that the rest didn’t matter.

I had already shouted, sobbed and screamed so when I picked up that envelope and found out that I had failed my English Literature exam, the only emotion I had left in me was despair. How had this happened? I argued with everyone and said bluntly that if I wasn’t going to Sheffield I wasn’t going to University. I was a nightmare to live with at the time.

I however asked to get my paper re-marked as I seemed to grasp onto my hope of going to Uni where I wanted.

Weeks later as freshers week was getting ever closer I still had no idea what I was going to do. Then 10 days before the start of term I got the news I had been hoping for; my English paper had been re-marked and I had got the grade needed for Sheffield. I couldn’t believe it, I however hadn’t bought anything to go to Uni with, didn’t have a confirmed place or anywhere to live. This brings me onto clearing.

Even though I had the grades I still ended up having to go through clearing and I got a place at Sheffield Hallam University and with days to go found accommodation in halls of residence. With a mad dash to the shops I was set and off I went.

I spent the next three years of my life having the most amazing time. I met some great people and loved my course. Not giving up on my dream of University was the best decision of my life and here I am now feeling sad that I am no longer a student.

Basically what I want to say is not to give up, I really believe things happen for a reason.

Good Luck to all collecting their results today and I promise I will be back to my usual posts next week.

Erin

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Top 3 under £10 foundations.

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There are many great foundations out there on the market, but I am a firm believer that you don’t have to necessarily spend a lot to get a great foundation. The amount of amazing foundations out there on the high street under £10 is incredible; but here are my favourite three, all of which I would highly recommend.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation: £9.99

I have raved about this before but this is still one of my favourite foundations out there. I have dry skin with the odd occasional oily patch but this foundation seems to glide on and stay put and I absolutely adore the smell of it. The only downside to this foundation is that the coverage is quite light, it is however very easy to build up. If you too have dry skin I would highly, highly recommend.

Bourjois Healthy Mix in No. 53 Beige Clair

Bourjois Healthy Mix in No. 53 Beige Clair

Maybelline SuperStay 24Hr Foundation: £9.19

This foundation really does stay put. I wear this foundation when I know I’ll have a long busy day with no time to fix my makeup. I don’t think it would last 24 hours, but I don’t see the need for this.  You only need a small amount at a time and so it lasts for ages. I’ve had this one for quite a while (as you can tell from the condition of the packaging.) The coverage is good, but the smell isn’t as appealing as the other two.

Maybelline Superstay 24hr in 010 Ivory

Maybelline Superstay 24hr in 010 Ivory

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation £8.99

I saw many beauty bloggers rave about this item, but it took me a while to get on the bandwagon. A foundation with glittery bits in was a bit off-putting. I however took the plunge and gave it a go and I am so pleased I did. It gives you a nice dewy finish and a nice glow. It smells lovely too; not as fruity as the bourjois, but still very pleasant. The only thing that lets this foundation down is the poor choice of colours. There’s only six to choose from and they’re not the best selection.  I’ve being wishing Rimmel would bring out some more colours for ages!

Wake Me Up in 103 True Ivory

Wake Me Up in 103 True Ivory

I am always on the lookout for great foundations to try, so I’d love to hear what are your favourite under £10 foundations?

The Liebster Award

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So I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award and I am really excited about this. Thank you to Sincerely, Snow for the nomination. The award aims to make people more aware of the wonderful blogs out there with fewer than 200 followers. The basics of the award are that you get nominated by a blogger and then nominate a further 11 bloggers which deserve some more love.

The rules..

1 You must link back to the person that nominated you.

2 You must answer the 11 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.

3 You must pick 11 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers.

4 You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

Keri’s questions..

1) What is one thing you wish you were brave (or rich) enough to try?

I would love to go travelling the world on my own and I always wish I’d gone on a gap year before I went to University. Unfortunately I’m a wuss and I need someone to come and hold my hand on planes. Hopefully one day!

2) Who was your first celebrity crush?

I’m not sure whether this was my first crush as my memory is terrible, but I had a crush on Lil’ Chris when I was about 14. How embarrassing. Anyone, remember him? Wonder what he’s doing now.

 3) If you could rewrite a film/book ending what would you chose and what would you change?

I’ve never seen the film for this but the ending of the book ‘One Day’ really annoyed me and therefore why I’ve still not seen the film. I think I’m the only person who didn’t like it, but I wanted them to live happily ever after at the end and they really didn’t. So all I’d do is not have Emma die, they get married; have babies and live happily ever after.

 4) What is your favourite decade and why?

I really wish I was around in the 80’s, simply just for the music and strangely for the hair styles. My hair naturally looks like I’ve had a perm so I suppose that would save me a lot of time if I was around then.

 5) Who is your style icon? 

Pixie Lott, but that is mainly just because I want her hair!

 6) In honour of The Beauty Belle, who is your celebrity girl crush?

Lucy Mecklenburgh. Not gonna lie, I am really jealous of her.

7) What is your number one guilty pleasure?

Watching awful trash T.V. on a lazy pj day.

 8) Would you rather meet your ancestors or your great great great grandchildren? 

My ancestors. I’d love to know if we are alike personality and looks wise. I think meeting my great great great grandchildren when I’m only 21 would scare me a little bit.

 9) What beauty skill do you wish you were better at? (i.e. liquid eyeliner)

The example liquid eyeliner is definitely something I wish I was better at. It takes me about 200 attempts to get it right or I blink and get it everywhere or get it in my eyes. If anyone can give me any tips on this I would be hugely grateful.

 10) If you could go to lunch with anyone in the world who would you pick?

Will Ferrell, although I would probably just sit there and quote his films at him. I’d get on his nerves.

 11) Would you rather a £5,000 shopping spree or a 5 night luxury vacation?

Definitely shopping spree. I have a long list of things I would love to buy but cannot afford. Also I’d love to go out and treat my family and friends to a shopping spree on me.

My 11 blog nominations are:

MissSophieRose

TeenDiary

WhatEmLoves

TheApricotsBlog

CostelloBeautyReviews

FrecklesandFlawsBeautyBlog

LittleSwirlsNiftyNotes

PeachesandCream

ColeoftheBall

BeautyTalkwithKymmy

VictoriaIvy

Sorry if you’ve already been nominated, but I thought you deserved another nomination!

My 11 questions are..

1) What one thing would you tell your younger self?

2) Favourite ever beauty item?

3) If you had one superpower for the day, what would it be and why?

4) Favourite film?

5) The one place you’d love to visit?

6) What job did you want to have as a child?

7) Your number one beauty tip?

8) If you could meet one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

9) Who is your ‘weird’ celebrity crush?

10) What is your favourite high street store?

11) What is your favourite drug store/high street makeup brand and why?

I look forward to reading your answers!

Erin

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Oh dear.

I’ve had a disaster, a hair related disaster. Now I know I shouldn’t be so vain; there are worse things to class as a disaster, but when your blonde locks are no longer blonde and are yellow (actual yellow) and the top of your head looks like you’ve tried to recreate tiger print; something is wrong. Very wrong.

I get bored really quickly with my hair and instead of getting it all chopped off again or going brunette, I decided that I wanted platinum blonde hair. Big mistake.

So now I am the owner of yellow hair. I’ve decided that instead of trying to start a trend of yellow hair I am going to go back to my old blonde; never will I get bored of you again (I promise.) Yellow is a nice colour for summer, but not when it’s your hair.

I was going to add a picture of my hair to show you, but I cannot bring myself to show the internet world my hair. Sorry guys.

I’ve had many hair disasters in my time including a 90’s boyband fringe in 2006 of which I kept for over a year. I still have no idea what I was thinking!

So I’d love to know your hair disasters and also what is the worst hairstyle you’ve ever had?

Erin
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