Review | Cinders Bath Bomb

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Lush products; I love their face masks, their hair products, lip products and particularly anything I can use in the bath. I love having a bath all year round, but especially during the winter, it's just a really nice way to relax and warm up after being out in the cold, so I'm a massive fan of Lush's Christmas range, in particular their Cinders bath bomb.

Beauty Gift Guide: £25 and under

Beauty Gift Guide: £10 and under

A Kylie Jenner Lip for £1

Kylie Jenner seems to have blown up over this past year, no longer are people wanting to know how to get the bronzed look of her sister Kim, instead they're wanting to replicate Kylie's winged liner, fluttery lashes and overdrawn 90's nude lip. I'd even go as far to say that in the past year both the Jenner sisters seem to have become more of a hot topic than the Kardashian sisters. It all seems a bit crazy how much influence a 17 year old can have on women of all ages across the world!

A Kylie Jenner lip liner dupe for MAC's Whirl and Soar

I personally haven't really been too desperate to get that 'Kylie Jenner 90's lip', I think it's a nice colour but I wasn't up for paying £12.50 for MAC's Whirl just for it not to suit me, nor was I willing to go the effort to get that lipliner, it seems to be sold out everywhere that sells MAC. However, I was recently in Wilkinson's and noticed their new Essence stand, so naturally I had to take a look at what they had. I've heard a lot about Essence from American YouTubers, but when I was looking there wasn't really anything that caught my attention other than this lipliner, which I personally think is an amazing dupe for MAC's Whirl or Soar, but for only £1! The lipliner in question is Essence's 06 Satin Mauve. For £1 I wasn't expecting much in terms of quality but I have been completely been proved wrong.

A Kylie Jenner lip liner dupe for MAC's Whirl and Soar

It's creamy and glides on the lips effortlessly, lasting pretty much all day - I put this on my lips around 12pm a few days ago and it was still on my lips at 7pm that night. It has a slight purple undertone to it which I think makes it perfect for the colder months when I find myself gravitating to more deeper tones. I find it suits any kind of look and is the perfect colour to quickly put on in the morning and then throw in your handbag because of how easy it is to apply. I personally have been loving wearing it with Benefit's Rockateur and Urban Decays Toasted with a wing liner, it looks like I've put a lot of effort in to my makeup when really it's taken me about 20 minutes. It's a great 'my lips but better shade' and is a perfect dupe for those wanting to replicate Kylie Jenner's 90's nude look.

A Kylie Jenner lip liner dupe for MAC's Whirl and Soar

I couldn't recommend this enough, for £1 it's amazing and I'm keen now to try some more of Essence's makeup, so if you've any recommendations let me know! I'm thinking some of their lipsticks or blushers maybe? If you've been wanting to try MAC's Whirl or Soar but you're having difficulty getting hold of them I'd check your local Wilkinson's for an Essence stand because for a fraction of the price I'm sure this will suffice!

November Favourites

Okay, I'm going to be a cliche blogger and say I have no idea where this month has gone! October didn't really go that fast, it was just a normal month, but this month seems to have just flown by. I've been caught up in work for university these past couple of weeks so maybe with that preoccupying me I've just not noticed the days passing me by. But, on to the favourites of November.

Free Beauty Blender from Birchbox!

Just a quick post to alert you all to this great offer! If you read my review of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge you'll notice I said I was really keen to try the real Beauty Blender. However I would only try it if Birchbox did another of their amazing offers.

I don't know if it's fate or a pure coincidence but an email has just dropped in to my mailbox from Birchbox with another of their amazing free Beauty Blender offers on.

You have to be a new subscriber to Birchbox and it can be a monthly, six month or 12 month subscription. You also only have 48 hours to claim this! That means you're paying £12.95 for a Birchbox, a Beauty Blender and the Beauty Blender cleaner. 

There is another offer on for those of you who have a Beauty Blender, and you can receive a free Wild About Beauty palette, which does look stunning. 

Review | Duo Striplash Adhesive

If you were to ask most of the girls you know what makeup task they find most difficult I'm pretty certain most of them would say applying false eyelashes - and possibly liquid liner. Which wouldn't surprise me, because for years I've longed to be able to wear false eyelashes but I've just never been able to actually get them on to my eyes. I've been unsure whether it was me, whether it was the eyelashes or whether it was the glue, and I've finally realised it's all in the glue when it comes to false lashes. I had suspected this because the eyelash glue you get with Primark lashes might as well just be water, it does nothing!

Review | Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

When it comes to foundation application the thought of using a sponge used to once disgust me. When I think of foundation sponges I just think of the multi packs you can buy in Poundland or dirty sponges girls in high school would keep in their makeup bag -  and those kind still do disgust me. However, in the past few years the beauty industry has seen the launch of several different foundation sponges, most notably the Beauty Blender. I've never tried the original but I've tried a cheap one off eBay and needless to say, it was rubbish! Around a year ago, Real Techniques, released their own version of the Beauty Blender and with mixed reviews across the board I've always been keen to try it, so on a recent trip to Boots I noticed they had their 3 for 2 offer on and picked one up to try.

Review | Urban Decay Naked Basics 2

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 review with swatches

There's nothing quite like a new Naked palette to create hysteria in the beauty world is there? So when Urban Decay announced they were releasing a new Naked Basics palette, just like a lot of people, I was excited by it. I don't actually own the original because I thought the shades were a bit too warm and basic? Yes they're called Naked Basics, but the original shades just weren't unique or interesting enough for me to get use out of them. When I saw pictures of this version, I was interested and was keen to snap it up.

What I've Bought #2

My latest beauty haul

Firstly, sorry for the not so great picture. Getting natural light to take pictures seems impossible at the moment as the day goes dull around 2pm and I don't get in from university most days until gone 3:30pm. So I had to try and get a picture where there were no visible shadows, with enough light and still being able to see everything. Which didn't work that well.

But anyway, I thought I'd show some of the beauty items I've been buying recently because there's some great offers and some new products out in Boots I was keen to try.

I'll start with the two things I actually got for free, which is the Barry M Showgirl Extra Lengthening Mascara and the Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Backcomb In A Bottle. I recieved these from a goody bag in Boux Avenue, when you spent £45 you got a gift bag with a few beauty products, sweets and a magazine in. I've been keen to try the Umberto Giannini product for a while so I'm glad I got this for free!

Next I've picked up a few more products from Real Techniques. I already have most of their brushes but when Cohorted were doing the Duo Fibre Set for a really great price - it was something crazy like £13 - I couldn't say no, so snapped them up. I also picked up the Miracle Complexion Sponge from Boots, I've already started using this and I absolutely love it. It's great at getting your makeup on quickly and flawlessly!

Whilst I was at Boots I also restocked a few items that I had run out of. The first were my two favourite concealers which are both from Collection. The first being the extremely hyped up Lasting Perfection Concealer, I only ever repurchase this every few months and will sometimes go months without using it, but always go back to it because the coverage is great. The next is also one I always go back to and that's the Illuminating Touch Concealer which I love for under the eyes. It adds a nice glow under the eyes but still provides enough coverage. I also picked up another Maybelline The Falsies, but picked up the wrong one because there's about 4 different variants. Another repurchase was the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+, I've used up two of the original formulas and I can't see this one being that different to the original.

The last makeup item was a L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Cafe St Germain 201, which was actually smashed when I got home. So I'm not very impressed by them, but hopefully I can still make it work.

Finally, the last two products I picked up were Embroylisse Lait Creme Concentre and Duo Striplash Adhesive, and they were both on a bit of a whim and because I was just surprised to see them both in Boots. I have been wanting to try a new moisturiser and have recently been getting in to false eyelashes, so I'm excited to try them both!

Have you bought anything exciting recently?

October Favourites

October Beauty and Makeup Favourites 2014

I feel like with it being the 8th November I'm probably a bit late for doing favourites, but I've had a few products that I've been loving in October so I wanted to get the post up anyway.

Starting with a couple of oldies, I'm back to loving my Revlon Colorstay Foundation in the shade Ivory. I've been using this for just over a year now and started using the Oily/Combination skin formula which I initially loved but I started to notice it separating after a few hours on my skin. I started using Rimmel's Match Perfection for a while, but have recently gone back to this but in the Normal/Dry skin formula and it really is the best. It has medium to buildable coverage, last all day on the skin and although it dries matte it's got a nice glow to it. I love it!

Another oldie is the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner, this is my second one of these and I've recently rediscovered it and rekindled my love for it. It lasts all day without smudging and makes winged eyeliner so quick and easy to do. The best part is that it is only £2.99 and is always in some deal at Boots.

It was inevitable that the Benefit Box O' Blushes Set would end up in my favourites. I did a post on it last month when I first bought it and haven't used any other blushes since! They're creamy, blend easily and last for hours on the skin, the only problem is that I can't carry this around for when I do need to top up because of how big it is. My personal favourite has been Dandelion, it has always been a blush I was drawn to but I was never willing to pay £23.50, so I'm so happy to have it now.

Another product I've done a post on is the No7 Eyeshadow Duo in Iridescent Purple, which is just the most perfect eyeshadow duo for Autumn and Winter. I've already raved about it in that post, but the formula is the best for any budget brand, so I've been loving wearing this with the felt liner.

Finally are two skincare items - lip balm counts as skincare right? The first is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm which I got in a set with the Original Eight Hour Skin Protectant from LookFantastic. I have been loving both but find this one is just easier to apply and easier to travel with, it isn't too heavy on the lips so other lips products apply nicely on top. I think in the coming colder months I'll probably reach for the original balm because it's a bit more nourishing.

Lastly is a product that people have been raving about for months. It's The Body Shop's Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil which I have been using the remove my make up in the evenings. I've never been drawn to The Body Shop, instead I've always preferred Lush or Soap and Glory for body products. But I'll be heading back soon to check out more of their skincare because this is an amazing product! It melts away all of my make up and wipes away on a cloth in one swipe, sometimes if I'm tired I'll just use this and my skin still feels clean and fresh. If you've after a new cleanser I really recommend you give this a try.

Have you tried any of these, and what have you been loving this month?

Zoella Beauty: My Thoughts

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past two years I'm almost certain you'll know who Zoella is. She's appearing all over the place at the moment, has created a beauty line and is releasing a book, so it'd be pretty impossible to escape her.

Like I said, she's recently created her own line of bath and body products exclusive to Superdrug, so out of curiosity and being a massive lover of bath products I decided to go try some out. All of the products are priced between £5 - £8 so they're not going to hurt your bank balance. When I went to look at the products I had the intention of getting the candle, the fizz bar and the bubble bath, however the candle had no scent to it at all, I really wanted it to but I just couldn't smell anything. They didn't have any of the bubble bath in, I knew I didn't need anymore body lotions and I don't really think I'm the target age of the makeup bags, so I decided to try the Fizz Bar and the Blissful Mistful body mist.

To start, both the body mist and the fizz bar have the same light, fresh and slightly floral scent, which honestly smells amazing. I didn't expect it to smell as good as it does and I've become addicted to spraying the body mist all over myself. The fizz bar is priced at £5 for 8 squares, which from using it would get you two baths, and the body mist is £8 for 45ml. So they're both average retail prices in comparison to Lush products or other basic body sprays.

However, whilst the products are inexpensive and probably weren't made with a target audience of 19 year olds in mind, they're not the best products on the market. The fizz bar was okay, I used three squares of it in one bath which left a faint smell in the bath and did make the water feel a bit softer on the skin, but I still had to use bubble bath to get a decent bath. The squares sunk to the bottom of the bath and just didn't do much, for the same price I'd just recommend getting a Lush bath bomb which will do a lot more to the water and to your skin.

The body mist also isn't that great, it really does smell amazing when you first spritz it on but after an hour the smell is completely gone from your body. This means you're going to need to carry the bottle around with you for constant top ups, which really isn't ideal because of how chunky the bottle is. So although the product is fairly inexpensive, for the amount of times you're going to need to top you'd be better of buying a more expensive perfume that will last the day.

I'm still intrigued to try out the body wash because I'm not particularly fussy with body washes, but in short, would I recommend them to somebody my age? No, no matter how good that mist smells, there are much better products out there for the same or a cheaper price. However, like I've said I'm not really the target audience, I can imagine a 10 year old girl would be more excited to get the Zoella Fizz Bar for Christmas as opposed to a Lush bath bomb. That being said, they'll only make a good gift if the person knows of Zoella. The products as a whole aren't exciting, but for her fans I imagine they're at the top of the Christmas list.

Have you tried any Zoella products, or any products from other YouTubers?

Review | No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Duo in Iridescent Purple

Okay so last time I blogged I said I would try my best to keep at it. But it's just hard to get motivated at the moment, I feel like since being back at uni I'm tired 90% of the time. I keep coming up with ideas in my head for blog posts but just never get them started, but I'm hoping I can keep at it this time!

I've got a review of the No7 duo, which is my favourite eyeshadow at the moment and has quickly become my favourite budget eyeshadow. I bought this duo about a month ago when I was on the hunt for the perfect Autumn/Winter eyeshadow, I knew I wanted something slightly pink and berry because I just love them colours on my eyes. I discovered this duo after searching for a dupe for Estee Lauder's Raisin's duo which was popular with Zoella and Tanya Burr last year, but it was around £23 and I couldn't part with that much money for two eyeshadows. I've spent the last year hoping to find it in a blog sale, but after buying this beauty from No7 my craving has been cured.

The duo comes with a warm toned pink shade which has a slight golden undertone to it, making it the perfect all over the eye colour whether it's worn on its own or with other shadows. The second colour is a deep aubergine colour which adds a perfect pop of colour to the eye when applied to the crease and outer corners of the eye. This is perfect for those of you who want some colour on the eyes but still want to stay fairly neutral. The eyeshadows are super creamy so they apply like a dream and have a lasting power with a primer of at least 8 hours, which is the longest I have found for any budget eyeshadow. In my opinion these shadows are comparable to Urban Decay eyeshadows -  some of the best on the market - but for a fraction of the price.

The only problem is that a light hand is needed when applying the purple shade, if too much is added it can cause you to look tired or like you have some eye infection, neither of which are a good look and once too much is applied there's no going back. However when it's done correctly it really can look stunning on the eyes!

I purchased this at the full price of £8.50 which I think it is completely worth! However all beauty products are currently 3 for 2 in Boots and there is always a No7 voucher hanging around, so you could get this for a real bargain if you work the deals. I really recommend this duo and will be looking to pick up some more colours soon, so even if purple isn't your thing I'd check the other colours out just for the great formulation!

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Shop (box o' blushes) Palette

Benefit boxed blusher swatches. Watts Up, Rockateur, Coralista, Bella Bamba, Dandelion, Sugarbomb, hoola
Cheeky Sweet Shop (box o' blushes) - £29.50

It seems pretty crazy for me to be talking about something Christmas related when we're still in September, but for something this amazing it needs to be done.

I noticed this around a week ago in my local Debenhams and for £29.50 I was ready to hand my money over, after missing out on the Nars Guy Bourdin palette last year I didn't want to miss this either. However I knew I had Boots points to spend so decided to wait a few days for Boots to start stocking it and was finally able to pick it up yesterday, and thanks to my Boots card not a single penny of my own money was spent! 

Benefit boxed blusher swatches. Watts Up, Rockateur, Coralista, Bella Bamba, Dandelion, Sugarbomb, hoola

The palette comes with five of their blushes, their bronzer and one of their highlighters, as well as a small version of their boxed blusher brushes. You get 4g of Dandelion, 5g of Hoola, Coralista, Bella Bamba and Rockateur, 6g of Sugarbomb and 1.5g of Watt's Up. Meaning you're getting a full size of Rockateur and more than half of the full size of the other blushes. I've actually worked it out to be worth £102.50, meaning you're saving over £70!

The only downside is the packaging, for something that could have been so compact they've managed to make it huge and bulky by putting it in the shape of a gingerbread house, so there's a lot of unnecessary packaging but for the huge saving it can be overlooked. 

Benefit boxed blusher swatches. Watts Up, Rockateur, Coralista, Bella Bamba, Dandelion, Sugarbomb, hoola

I've not been able to try these yet as I've woken up ill but still I wanted to get the post up to let others know it was out there. I'm not sure if it's limited edition but I can see it selling out fast anyway so if you're interested I'd grab one now! From swatching alone the texture of the blushes feels really buttery and blend-able so I'm really excited to give them all a try!

It's not yet on any website but I think most Benefit stands will have it and I believe all the Boots Xmas stock is coming out officially in the next couple of weeks, so it should pop up on the website soon.

The Matte Lip

My favourite matte lipsticks and formulations

With Autumn and Winter just around the corner I've slowly found myself starting to ditch the glossy and sheer lip products in favour of a more bold and matte lip colour. Matte lips will always be my favourite kind of formula, they last the longest, their pigment is usually better and overall I find I just suit how they look on me. I've picked five lipsticks all from different brands to compare them and see how they differ against each other.

My favourite matte lipsticks and formulations

Rimmel Kate Moss - This is the first matte lipstick that I tried and the one that got me hooked on others. This particular colour is a baby blue toned pink and a lipstick which goes with any look. It's my go to lipstick for days when I'm not sure what to wear, making it one of my most used and favourite lipsticks of all time. Overall it's a really moisturising and easy formula to wear, 107 from this range is also great!

Revlon Matte Balm - There was so much hype around these when they were first released, but this is still the only one I've tried from the brand. It's a slightly deeper mauvey pink, making it slightly hard to wear on very pale skin. I find it can sometimes look a bit one dimensional on the lips, but it is still a great one for day to day use and the formula is super moisturising.

Collection Cream Puff - This is the cheapest of the bunch, so a great one if you want to try matte lips but don't want to spend a lot of money. The formula is really moisturising and easy to wear, the only problem from the two that I've tried is they can be slightly streaky when first applied.

Soap and Glory - This is the latest matte lip in my collection, but I'm already loving it! The packaging and emboss on the lipstick makes it feel like a more high end lipstick, and the lipstick glides on the lips. This is a great one for those wanting to try deep reds or purples but not wanting to go in head first, it's a slightly deep berry and a great pick for this season.

MAC - The most expensive of the bunch and easily the most drying, but along with that it's the most long lasting. This lipstick literally doesn't budge so is a great one for a night out or when you're going out to eat. It looks amazing with just some eyeliner and a contour and makes your teeth look so white because of how deep and blue toned it is. The formula really is drying though so it's best to apply lip balm underneath, but the dry formula is worth sacrificing for the longevity of this one.

My favourite matte lipsticks and formulations

Overall my favourite has to be Rimmel Kate Moss in 101, at £5.49 it's really affordable and is my favourite formulation and colour out of them all. The lasting power of 101 may only be a few hours but their darker shade 107 is even longer. If you're after a matte lipstick to try they're defiantly the one's to go for!

What's your favourite matte lipstick? I'm always on the look out for some more.

Review | Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes

Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes - £3.99 (currently £2.66)

I think it's fair to say I've abandoned this blog in the past few weeks, I was working more and moving back to university so I've not really had as much time as before, and honestly I've been a bit lazy. But I'm going to make an effort to stick to regular blogging like I started. However, enough of the excuses and on to the product. 

Face wipes are somewhat of a taboo in the beauty world, everyone almost looks down their noses at them and people have become afraid to give them a try. I'll admit, I'm one of those people and these are the first face wipes I've tried in about 2 years, but after seeing Lily Pebbles rave about them I thought I would give these a try. 

These wipes are designed to be used as a quick exfoliator for the skin, I'm not sure if this is in the ingredients or the slightly textured cloth, but they're recommended to only be used a few times a week rather than every day. I personally just use them as a quick way to remove makeup when I'm wearing a lot of it or if I'm feeling too tired for a two step cleansing routine, although I do still follow these with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which helps to properly cleanse the pores and soothe the skin. 

After using them a few times I've decided these will defiantly be only for rare occasions. I find they leave a film over my skin giving it a slight tacky and itchy feeling, I also noticed my skin become very red after use and I needed to cleanse straight after to soothe the skin. Honestly, I wouldn't recommended these to anyone, whilst they have an average price point for face wipes there are some much cheaper ones on the market - especially for just removing make up - which I'm sure wouldn't leave your skin as red and inflamed as I found these did.

Review | YSL Rogue Volupte in #13 Peach Passion

A YSL lipstick is something I have always lusted after, the colours are gorgeous, the packaging is stunning and they have such a luxurious look about them that would look amazing amongst any makeup collection, but at £25.00 each I've always been put off by them. However it was recently my birthday so decided to finally get one of the Rogue Volupte's, because I knew it was something I would never justify buying with my own money even if I always want it. This is a shade I've wanted ever since seeing Zoella use it in her everyday makeup, it looked neutral enough for any eye look but had enough colour to brighten up the face.

The shade really is so unique, I had been searching for a dupe ever since seeing Zoella use it, but had no success at all. It is a gorgeous peach shade which translates to almost a pale orange when applied straight to both lips, so I personally prefer to apply it only to one lip, put my lips together so they both get some colour and pat it down, so it's not too orange on my lips. Due to my pale skin I don't suit orange lipsticks or lipsticks with a strong warm undertone, so will never be able to apply this like a proper lipstick, but if anything that means I'll use less of it!

The wear time is a couple of hours, so just because it's got a high price don't be expecting to not need to top up. It has a creamy and hydrating formula which has the feeling of it sliding around the lips, but it glides on to the lips effortlessly. However if you have really dry lips, these are ones to steer clear of because they have a tendency to fall in to the creases of the lips, but this is only if you have really dry lips!

I absolutely love this lipstick and it really does suit any look, whether I'm doing a heavy eye look or something really simple I know this will work with it. I think every girl should own at least one luxurious lipstick, whether to them luxury means MAC, YSL, Chanel or Tom Ford, it is something special I think every girl should have. However, at £25.00 each I still don't know if I will ever justify buying one myself, but further shades are defiantly something to add to my future birthday and Christmas lists!

What's your favourite luxurious lipstick?

University Freshers Tips

With a lot of people getting their results recently and heading off to university in September, I thought I'd do something a bit different to beauty. I'm going in to my second year, so I feel I have somewhat of enough experience to offer some tips I feel could be useful to some people starting their first year of university.

1. Talk to everyone. If you're in a flat and someone new walks in say hi. You're not going to get on with everyone, but unless you speak to everyone how do you know who you do want to be friends with? If they don't like you, it's not harmed you by at least being the one to make an effort and introduce yourself, there's thousands of other students who are willing to be your friend.

2. Don't feel your flatmates have to be your best friends. I was lucky that I lived with three friends from sixth form in my first year of university, but 99% of people won't be that lucky and will be put with complete strangers. I lived with 2 strangers and felt I got on with them well, but if you don't, so what? You've only got to live with them for one year of your entire life, you can make your own friends and so can they. As long as you can be civil that's all that matters.

3. Go to your freshers fairs. Most of the stuff you get given is absolute rubbish but there are some reasons to go. It gives you the chance to sign up to any societies or clubs you want to join and meet members early. There's voucher booklets available, which actually have some pretty good vouchers in, mine last year had vouchers for half price Barburrito's and chinese buffets, free shots and free entry to places. There was also free Dominos, which you could keep going back for, I think that alone is a good enough reason to go.

4. Actually try your hardest. It's true, you do only need 40% to get in to the second year, but is that really the grade you want to tell your family? You've worked hard to get to university, so why stop now? I was on a course I hated for my first year and so for the first semester I didn't show much interest, however for the second semester I feel I put a lot more effort in and came out with a 2:1, so it does pay off. It also benefits your future years of education, if your course does allow you to do a placement year most of them require you to be on target for at least a 2:1, so you don't really want to miss out on a years paid work experience at the cost of a silly first year. Even if work experience isn't part of your course, do you really think your lecturers will recommend you for any work experience that does pop up if you only got a pass? It's unlikely!

5. Don't worry if it isn't what you expected. Like I said, I hated my course and decided that within 3 weeks of being there but didn't speak to anyone until it was too late. It was eventually sorted and I had to stay for a full year on a course I didn't like before I could move on to the second year of a course that I will hopefully love. But if you feel like it's not for you, speak to someone straight away, you don't want to be stuck on a course you don't like for a year like me, nor do you want thousands of pounds worth of debt from a course you quit after the first year. There are people that are more than happy to help you!

6. Don't restrict yourself too much. By this I don't mean going out and buying a new laptop and PS4 as soon as you get your loan in, but spending an extra fiver on the takeaway you really want isn't going to harm anybody. You're going to come out of university with about £40,000 worth of debt, what's an extra Domino's on top of that? Most people are going to need some form of a budget, but if you do go over it it's not the end of the world, you won't notice in ten years time!

7. Pick the best student account for you. There's loads of different accounts for students that it's easy to pick the first one, but look at the different overdrafts and perks each one has. I knew I wouldn't really need one for the overdraft, so I went with Santander to get a free railcard, which over the year has probably saved me close to £100! But if you know you're careless with your money look at banks which offer a big overdraft, only if you know you can afford to pay it back!

Finally, just have fun! This is the last time you're going to be a carefree student who doesn't need to worry about rent, tax and getting a job, so enjoy it whilst you can! It's a time you'll never get back and you don't want your last 3 years of freedom from the real world to be a living hell! Good luck to anyone starting university, I'm sure you'll love it and I hope my tips were of some use to you!

Review | Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar and Apocaliptic

I think it's fair to say I'm late on the bandwagon with this one. The Rimmel Apocalips were released around 18 months ago and although I've been interested to try them, I've just always passed. I've never been a big fan of glossy lips and I'd read reviews that said they can smudge easily which always put me off. Although Rimmel are pretty much my go-to for drugstore lips so I don't really know why I didn't just trust them to create something amazing. However on a recent trip to Poundland I noticed they were selling three different shades and at £1 each I couldn't resist finally trying them and picked up these two shades.

The first shade I decided upon was Apocaliptic, which is a deep berry pink colour, so one perfect for the Autumn and Winter months. A typical 'me' shade, and one I think I'll be getting a lot of use out of in the next few months.

The second shade was Stellar, which is more of a coral toned pink, so defiantly more of a Summer shade. Coral toned colours aren't something which I tend to gravitate towards because I find they make my pale complexion even more washed out and have a tendency to make my teeth look slightly yellow, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway.

The consistency is slightly thick but really creamy and becomes opaque from one layer of product. They first go on glossy but after a few hours eventually dry matte, however it's what I find to be a comfortable matte texture, it doesn't feel too drying and instead feels like there's nothing even on the lips - I was constantly checking it was still there because it felt like it had all gone. The wear time of them is amazing, even through eating a stain is still left on the lips and they don't even budge from drinking. For day to day wear my personal favourite way to wear them is to apply a small amount in the middle of both lips and blend it out with my finger, this method means they dry matte instantly and aren't too dramatic for the day.

The applicator is also a great selling point, it is a doe foot applicator with a slight well in it that holds the perfect amount of product. The shape of it is slightly pointed meaning it fits perfectly to the shape of the lips and helps to get a precise and neat application. It is basically the perfect applicator for cream lip products!

I'm almost regretting not picking these up earlier, because they're some of the best lips products I've tried in a long time! I'm now keen to compare these against Revlon's new gloss stain and see how the two compare.

I'll be defiantly be looking to try more shades of the Apocalips in the future and seriously recommend everyone trying them. Of the two my favourite has to be Apocaliptic, I find it just suits me more and is one I feel I can get use out of all year round, however I do still love Stellar and found it to suit me a lot more than I thought it would. I'd also recommend checking out your nearest Poundland, I always see Revlon and Rimmel nail polishes and Rimmel eyeshadows in mine, so they're worth popping in to!

Luxury Beauty Wishlist

Being someone who regularly reads beauty blogs and watches beauty YouTubers it's easy to amass a huge wishlist of beauty products that I want and unfortunately for me, most of them are highend, so I've compiled some of my favourites in to this post.

The Too Faced Natural Eyes palette seems to be popping up everywhere, except my local Boots. I've had enough points to buy this for a while now but my local Too Faced counter is pretty rubbish and doesn't stock a lot of the palettes in the new packaging and with me just having purchased the Naked 2 I feel this is going to stay a wish for a while. Another product I've thought about spending my Boots points on is the Estee Lauder ANR, it's been around for decades and is a cult classic! I don't know if I can ever bring myself to spend that much on a serum - although a lot of people do say to invest in the serum rather than a moisturiser.

Another cult classic is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, this is meant to be able to solve any dry skin problems and has a multitude of uses. It's usually £26 but I've found this set on Lookfantastic for just under £15, so I might finally buy it this payday. I don't think there's any foundation raved about quite as much as NARS Sheer Glow, everyone loves it, but I'm still yet to try it. I've always just gone for drugstore foundations, but have been wanting to try this for so long!

I don't really need any brushes, but the Zoeva Rose Gold Set is so pretty I might just make an exception. The brushes look so soft and look like they'd make my makeup look so flawless.

Then for two lip products, I swatched MAC's Angel alongside Creme Cup in store but didn't buy either, then found Creme Cup half price in a blog sale so just bought that. But I still think I prefer how Angel looked, it was slightly pinkier and less nude, which I loved! Finally, there's Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk, Amelia Liana has spoken about this so much, and Charlotte Tilbury's work is just gorgeous. I'm not sure yet however if I can justify £16 for a lip liner.

What products are you lusting after at the moment, and which of these do you think I should finally take the plunge on?

I've been nominated for a Liebster Award!

I've seen the Liebster Award popping up on my feed a lot more than usual recently, and I'll be honest, I was pretty jealous of the girls doing it. It seems a great way to find new blogs and for other bloggers to interact more. So when I came online today and saw two people had nominated me, I was so excited that I'm doing it right away!

The two girls to nominate me were Emma from and Dawn from, so be sure to check both of their blogs out! They both did the award slightly different so I'm going to mix the two ways together.

If you're unsure as to what this is, the Liebster Award is something you give to bloggers with less than 200 followers. Then once they've been nominated they give 11 facts about themselves, answer the questions they've been given, pick 11 other questions and nominate 11 other people. You need to ensure you link back to the person who nominated you, and answer all of the questions given. 

The 11 random facts about me
I first started reading blogs when I was in year 11 at high school, about 3 years and a bit years ago.
The first blogger I ever followed was I loved her charity shop buying and vintage style
I've never been outside of the UK
I have four brothers and two sisters
As a teenager I was a massive fan of JLS, and even went to see them three times, including their last tour. Think how some girls are obsessed with One Direction now, that was me!
I've worked at McDonald's for three years, despite thinking I'd have a new job within 3 months of starting.
I'm going in to my second year of university at The University of Salford and I can't wait to live in a proper house with 5 of the best people I know
I'm from a town just outside of Blackpool called Lytham St.Annes, which is pretty much known for it's golf course and nothing else.
I only really started wearing makeup two years ago when I was 17 after discovering Pixiwoo and Tanya Burr on YouTube
I love baking, and during my first year at university I would just bake out of pure boredom when I was left alone for the night.
I'm 5ft 4 and dress size 6

Emma's questions
What is your all time Holy Grail beauty product and why?
I'm not going to pick makeup, and instead pick La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. Whenever my skin is breaking out I put this all over and within a few days it's sorted!
Favourite Nail Polish?
I don't wear nail polish
Why did you start blogging?
I'd been reading blogs for years and wanted to be part of it, and my boyfriend kept telling me to do it and he finally convinced me!
Favourite Clothing Shop?
Primark and TopShop
Heels or Flats?
Flats, I'm too clumsy to wear heels day to day
Beauty product most disappointed with?
Glamglow Youthmud mask, for £39.99 I was expecting miracles, but it really just works like any other face mask
Who is your Style Icon?
I don't really have one, I just wear what I like
Summer Style or Winter Style?
Winter 100%, I like wear jumpers and tights and coats. I'm just no good at summer fashion
False Eyelashes Yes or No?
Yes, if I can get them right! They look amazing on some people, and when do right pretty much always make a look better
Favourite Film?
Titanic or Nowhere Boy
Lipstick or Lipgloss?
Lipstick! I'm trying to get in to lipgloss but it just doesn't stay on the lips long enough

Dawn's questions
What keeps you blogging?
I've only been doing it for two weeks, but I love the comments, it's cool to know people are reading what I'm writing
Who is your inspiration in life?
I don't have one of these either, should I?
If you were an ice cream flavour, what would you be?
Strawberry, I went through a phase as a kid where it was my favourite thing to eat
4. What would be your favourite colour?
Pink, I'm a typical girl
5. Which do you prefer, sing or dance?
Dance, I like to think I can do both, but in reality can't do either
6. What type of sport are you into?
None, I'm the most unathletic person ever
7. Cupcakes or cookies?
8. What's your favourite comedy movie?
I'm not really sure, I don't tend to pick comedies to watch
9. Summer or Winter? Why?
Winter, I prefer the clothes and the makeup, and I'd rather be cold than hot
10. How would your friends describe you? (Tact, friendly, etc.) 
I don't know, I think I'm pretty funny and I think I'm good with new people and starting a conversation. They'd probably just say I'm a bit of a mong though
11. What would be that thing that you can't live without?
Probably my MacBook, it cost too much money to loose. Or does this mean anything including people, and I have to get really cheesy

Who I nominate
Karin from
Philippa from
Marija from
Suzy from
Laura from

My Questions
Either way you have the same budget, would you rather only wear high end or only wear drugstore makeup?
What is your beauty guilty pleasure?
Lipliner, yes or no?
When did you start your blog?
What's the reason behind your blogs name?
Which one luxury product do you wish you had in your collection?
Do you think you could ever make the move to YouTube?
Favourite TV programme?
Who was the first blogger you followed?
Who was the last blogger you followed?
What was the first makeup item you ever bought?