120. I don't know where i belong in this city...

Normally at the end of the month, i dedicate the post to the 'Little Things' I've enjoyed throughout that specific month but I'm not going to do those anymore simply because they don't seem to be enjoyed as much as they used to and i don't get many comments on them either and to be honest, i just don't want to do them anymore, if i have anything big to share with you ill do a post on it anyways.

This post however i guess is a little cry for help.

I have a serious passion for blogging and that is something that isn't about to change but at the moment I'm just feeling a little uninspired and a little stuck. I feel like what I'm doing isn't good enough anymore and i don't know if that is down to me comparing my blog to others or if its because I'm under a lot of pressure and stress with my uni deadline and keeping up with the 365 challenge on my blog.

I don't for exact what it is but i know its something because i feel like you guys aren't enjoying it as much lately - as my page views and comments have been a little low lately compared to normal so i need to regain that spring in my step.

I won't be away for too long but obviously ive been working non stop with my uni deadline so i feel i need to take a couple of days to myself, now I'm not giving up on my 365 blog every day challenge but what i am going to do is to schedule a bunch of posts to cover for a little bit (two weeks maybe) just to give me sometime to get my uni work done and to give myself a little break in the process to regenerate (is that the right word?) and to get my blogging mojo back and hopefully come back with a bang.

So yeah, any tips you have on how you get your inspiration back would be extremely helpful!

I hope you enjoy the posts i schedule for the next few weeks & I'll see y'all soon!
Natalie xx

119. Monthly Favourites | April

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Hello my dears,
I have quiet a few favourites this month - honestly, i would include more if i could because I've been testing out a lot of products this month (if you've seen my big Rome Beauty Haul, you'll know why) and I've just been loving lots of them which makes me really happy but I've tried to narrow it down to as few products as possibly which has been quite hard because so many things have impressed me this month.

This is such a brilliant concealer, its so hydrating and long lasting and covers my dark circles better than any concealer I've tried. I've also been loving the shade 'Deep' in this product as a contour - it does sound strange but it works so well! I'm so impressed with these items!

H&M Spring Flower Blush
This blush is just stunning - i love the design of it, and the different shades of pink and peach means you can get so many colour combinations from it. I personally love to swirl them all together as it creates such a gorgeous pinky peach colour - its perfect for spring/summer and I'm loving this blush so much and its such a bargain as well.

Elemis Fresh Skin Loving Lips Quenching Lip Balm
I got this in Cosmopolitan whilst i was at the airport and it's been an absolute godsend -whilst i was away and the travelling there and back my lips have been really dry and this balm has really hydrated and softened them - it smells a bit like After Eights.

Rimmel London Apocalips in Celestial
I was really late onto the bandwagon with the Rimmel Apocalips and i really like them, out of the two i bought this is the shade I've worn the most - it's a mauve-y pink and I've really been enjoying wearing it. It has quite a distinct scent to it but i actually kinda like it - these have had such a huge hype around them and i can completely understand why.

MUA Every Lash Mascara
For such a cheap mascara, I'm really impressed with it. It lengthens my lashes really nicely, the brush  is very similar to the design of Benefit They're Real so it has the little sphere detail on the end to helps separate out the lashes more. 

So...Kiss Me? Bodyspray
This is such a nostalgic scent to me and it literally takes me right back to my high school years. Bodycare were selling off a bodyspray and a 10ml perfume of this for £1.49 so i just couldn't resist, i took this to Rome with me and i wore it the whole time i was there - its smells really nice, its a very fruity scent and I've really been enjoying wearing it lately.

Topshop Magic Liner in Engraved
Normally, i just stick with my Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner but i picked this up when i had some vouchers for Topshop and its such a good liner. The nib of the felt tip is long and narrow buts its not too thin, i find its perfect size for me. Its so easy to apply but i do prefer felt tip liners as i think you can have more control over the application and I'm really liking using this one. This liner is super pigmented too; its a true black none of this fade to a dull grey business and its really long lasting - i wear my makeup from day to night and it hasn't faded on me during the entire time I've worn it. I think this liner is a winner.

B. Pure Micellar Water
This is such a good product - I've never tried Micellar water before and i really wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I'm starting to understand why everyone is raving over it at the moment. I use this after I've removed my make-up but it helps get rid of any bits that are left over and this really does cleanse my face.

L'Oreal Caresse Lipstick in Rebel Red
I bought this after seeing Essiebutton feature it in one of her videos and i immediately wanted it, so whilst i was shopping for my beauty swap i decided to pick it up - it reminds me a lot of the Revlon Lip Butters and i really like it, its such a wearable red and i have no problem wearing this shade during the day. It feels really nice and moisturising on the lips and i really like the packaging of this too!

Strawberry Flyers
Not quite a beauty favourite, but these little bad boys are delicious - its basically red liquorice that has a sherbet filling inside and oh my, i can't get enough of these. So good!

What products have you been loving this month?
Natalie xx

118. Review | MUA Undress Me Too Palette

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Naked, Devotion, Shy, Fiery, Lavish and Dreamy
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Tranquil, Exposed, Reveal, Wink, Obsessed and Corrupt
I'm having a bad day today; i woke up early to venture to my local car boot sale - I've not been in ages so i was looking forward to a nice little browse, i only got one thing but i didn't mind so much. In fact i was having a lovely morning until i went to the cash machine and the little sod swallowed my card, this is one of those things that I've always dreaded happening to me and today it happened - i have that many issues with Halifax that i had the number in my phone from a previous issue so i was able to phone them straight away and they're cancelling that card and sending me a new one. I'm really annoyed that this has happened - its always me that these kind of things happen to and I'm just tired of my crappy luck. Other little thing have been happening all day - nothing major but little things like laddering my tights, my printer not working, dropping things, smudging my nails and its just making my mood even worse.

Anyways, rant aside - here is my review of the MUA Undress Me Too Palette.

It's my last MUA palette to review - can you believe it? I still have a couple of other palettes that need reviewing though (i think i might have a few palettes too many) I won the MUA Undress Me Too Palette in the same giveaway i won the MUA Undressed palette and have been really looking forward to trying it out as it's been named the dupe to the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and i didn't own that palette at the time i received this. Now i still haven't tried my UD Naked 2 palette out yet as I've been testing this palette out so i can't actually confirm if it is a good dupe for it or not - but there are many existing reviews that I'm sure will tell you!

I personally think this palette is a bit of a let down compared to all the other MUA palettes I've tried - it has a really nice range of shades but i found the pigmentation isn't as strong, some shade are really pigmented (mostly the shimmery shades) but then others like the very first shade barely have any. I will still get use out of this because they are still of a decent quality and its only the pigmentation of some shades that let it down - i noticed it was more the lighter shades that had a weaker pigment to them. However, one really good thing about this palette is that MUA have finally given their eyeshadow shades names!

One thing that i really don't like about this palette is that packaging, i really think they should have stuck with the black casing as i think the white really cheapens it. With other products in the Undress Your Skin range the white looks really nice and sleek but on this palette i personally just don't like it, i much prefer the black packaging.

I'm a little bit in between on this palette; its still a decent palette to have as they're are some good shades and it is usable but i just think compared to the other palettes that MUA do,  this palette lets the range down.

This palette retails for £4 and is available online or in Superdrug.
Now it's back to the uni work!
Natalie xx

117. Previews | Dixi: Woodstock & Luxe Bohemia Jewellery Collections

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A collection 'Coming Soon'

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Vintage Collection

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The New Packaging
Dixi are about to launch a fantastic new website featuring over 100 new jewellery items, they rebranded their already wonderful store to create the ultimate safe haven for jewellery lovers; stocking both vintage and modern jewellery there'll be something to suit everyones taste. If that's not enough of treat for us, they've also completely changed the packaging into these gorgeous black boxes with silver type detailing - Making your order and your jewellery feel extra special.

So what is the purpose of this post i hear you shout, well the lovely people over at Dixi have very kindly sent me some previews of their brand new collections to share with you guys, that are due to hit the store on Sunday 28th April 2013 - so save the date, and be sure to head on over and check them out!

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'Woodstock Collection'

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'Luxe Bohemia Collection'

Just looking at these images is making me super excited they're releasing some stunning pieces and i love varied they all are - there are some bold statement pieces to really dress up and accessorise your outfits - like the teal blue bracelet in the 'Luxe Bohemia' Collection, i can visualise that paired with a simple maxi dress or maxi skirt, really eye catching for Spring and Summer. There's also more elegant and simple pieces for people who prefer more subtle accessories.

These pieces are just beautiful and the use of colour in them make them the perfect accessories for the spring and summer months, im super excited for the launch of the website and will definately be heading over on 28th April 2013 to check it out (& maybe make a cheeky order) Ive already got my eye on a couple of these items.

So if they haven't already spoiled you enough with a sneaky peek at the collections Dixi are also offering you lovely readers a 10% discount with the code BLOGGER10 to use on any purchase for 7 days starting the 28th April and ending on the 6th May 2013 - so be sure to head on over to the website!

Be sure to follow them on Twitter too, if you don't already!
What do you think of the collections?
Will you be heading over to website on Sunday?
Natalie xx

116. Review | Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover Up

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This is another one of the fabulous Benefit product that we were given in our goody bags at the Benefit Event i attended back in March, since then I've been testing out the 'Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover Up! Powder is a product i use a lot of but I'm not one of those people who owns a variety of powders from lots of different brands with powders I'm usually very loyal, i buy one and stick with until its completely used up (unless its a naff powder, then I'm likely to stray)

I've never tried a high end powder before, so as soon as we got this i shoved the powder i was using aside and immediately started wearing this one - i was matched to the shade 'Gee, I'm Swell! Ivory!' I use it mostly to set my foundation rather than to wear alone but I personally do find this offers me a flawless finish, it doesn't cling to the skin, removes shine and its not obvious that you wearing it either which is a big plus to me - theres is nothing that annoys me more when i feel cakey or when it looks like the make up as just been piled on me. I've also read other reviews where people have said they've worn this alone on days they didn't quite feel like wearing foundation which i think is really good and its adds versatility to the product - I've not actually tried this myself so can't confirm how well it works or looks alone.

I also quite like the packaging of this, its simple, sleek and fun. It has a lift up compartment which holds both a brush and sponge, which i really liked - although i prefer to use my own powder brush i thought it was clever that they provided both options, besides these are great to keep in the compact if I'm travelling or want to take this powder with me on the go.

I really like this powder, it's a little expensive at £25.50 and if I'm honest, I'm not sure if i would spend that much on a powder mostly because although i use powder a lot its not a product i love to buy, its just a step i have in my routine (if that makes sense?) but this is a fantastic powder and I'm really glad i got the chance to try it out. If you are someone who is happy to pay more for powder then i would definitely recommend checking out this one.

Its available to buy online or at Benefit make-up counters.

Natalie xx
*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

115. Review | MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

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Highlighters aren't something i have a lot of in my collection but they are products that i really like the idea of. I originally had the intention to buy a Topshop highlight after being recommended it but I decided to pick this up the MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter. At a fraction of the price it was worth trying out, that way if i wouldn't have wasted a large amount of money should it have been a disappointing product - not to mention, how gorgeous is that swirled detailing.

I've been enjoying including this in my make up routine and wear it mostly along the tops of my cheekbones and sometimes down the bridge or my nose and under the brow depending on the type of look I'm going for. I like that this highlighter is more pink toned, as i feel it suits me better and looks a little more natural on me, another thing that i really like  about this highlighter is that, although it is shimmery its not over the top and it doesn't leave your face resembling a glitter ball - it has just the right amount of shimmer.

This highlighter isn't strongly pigmented but i actually don't mind that because i prefer the more subtle highlight on my face than it being too over the top, so i don't think that's a negative issue with this if anything it works more in my favour. 

I really like this highlighter and for £3, i really don't think you can go wrong - it's a great product and its bank balance friendly!

What's your favourite highlighter?
Natalie xx

114. Review | Mac Paint Pot in Painterly

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I've had my eye on the Mac Paint Pots for a while but just never got round to purchasing one, that was until a little while ago when i was lucky enough to win Clare's giveaway and won a Mac Paint Pot of my choice - i opted for Painterly, as that is the one I'd heard most about and the shade i felt id get most use out of.

The paint pots are really versatile products and can be used in a multitude of ways; as a base to intensify the shade and prolong the wear of the eyeshadow you apply above it or they can also be worn alone as an individual wash of colour on the lids. I've also read that depending on the shade you get you can also use it as an eyeliner or highlighter - personally I've only used this on my eyes so i can't comment on how well it works acting as an eyeliner or highlighter.

I opted for Painterly as i thought it would be the easiest shade to wear under a wide variety of eyeshadow shades but also because it'd be the ideal shade to even out and brighten up my eyelids. I actually really like this paint pot - it really is a great eyeshadow base, it intensifies the eyeshadow colour and helps make the eyeshadow last longer. As well as being an amazing base, I've really been enjoying wearing it alone on the days i just can't be bothered fussing with eyeshadow or i just want a really simple eye.

Painterly is a flesh toned shade and has a matte formula - which is another thing i really liked about it! I really like the packaging of these, they're a little screw top jars but its really sleek and simple! I'm so happy i finally got to try a paint pot out and i really think i picked the best shade for me, I've been using it non stop since i got it and think it will remain a staple item in my make-up bag for many years to come.

I definitely want to branch out and try more of the Mac Paint Pot shades - they retail for £14.50 and are available to buy online.

Have you tried any of the Mac Paint Pots?
Natalie xx

113. Share the Love | Through Chelsea's Eyes

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This months share the love post is dedicated to the lovely Chelsea from Through Chelsea's Eyes - her blog is fantastic and it's definitely a firm favourite of mine! She has such a great blog and i really admire everything about it from the layout, the photos and the content - which consists mostly of beauty and fashion but she does include some lifestyle posts too!

I think she has a really nice writing style to her posts - its really informative but it also really chatty and friendly, it's almost like having a conversation with a friend although you may not be directly involved in the conversation they way that she says somethings really makes it feel like you are - i hope that makes sense?!

Along with her blog, Chelsea also has a youtube channel - i enjoy watching her videos as her personality really shines through and matches perfectly with the persona she puts across in her blog. I had the opportunity to meet Chelsea at the Benefit Event last month and i can confirm that she's such a lovely girl, and is exactly how she comes across in her videos and her blog! :)

If you haven't already, id recommend checking out her blog and her youtube - i promise you will not be disappointed!

What blog's have you been loving reading lately?
Natalie xx

112. Out With The Old, In With The New

So if you've followed my blog or even my twitter for a while, you'll know that i hate going to the hairdressers. It used to be an experience i really enjoyed up until about 4/5 years when i went to my usual hair salon - this was one id gone to for years and i always loved how they'd do my hair, everytime id leave really happy with the results, until this one time i went in and the hair dresser did not listen to a single word id said, she cut way more off my length than id asked for (id been growing my hair out and finally got it to a good length) and she shaped my layers so badly (the top of my head resembled a mushroom) that i sobbed all the way home - i was so upset with how she'd done my hair that i never went back to that particular salon and since then i could probably count how many times I've had my hair cut on one hand.

It might seem a little over dramatic to some people, but since then I've always been very wary of hair dresser and avoid going for as long as i possibly can - ever since that one experience, I've never been happy with how an hair dresser has done my hair either, as maybe I'm just being over critical but i feel like they just don't listen to me - i tell them i want no more than an inch or two off my hair and they take four to five, i understand that sometimes when I've been there my hair has been in awful condition and usually the ends need more of a trim than usual but the way i see it, they should consult me first before they take those extra inches and not just do it anyway. Another one of those rare occasions i went to have a cut, they washed my hair and then left me sitting at the mirror/station(?) for a good 20 minutes before one of them remember what i was there for - which did not impress me. I've just learned to loathe the experience and await for them to ruin my hair - it doesn't help either that i have to take my glasses off until they're finished so i can't even see the destruction until its complete.

So recently, i had been debating whether or not to go and get a cut because my ends were look really bad and damaged and my hair was in bad need of a cut. I took the plunge and its probably the first time in five years that I've left a hairdressers feeling more positive. The lady who cut my hair was really nice, extremely talkative but really put me at ease - she asked me how long id been after my haircut (i got a bit of a re-style) and i explained to her that i don't like going to the hairdressers so she was really nice and consulted me every step of the way with my hair.

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& this is the new hair, I've been pining over a full fringe for a while and decided to get one. I'm still getting used to it and find it weird when i catch my reflection but for the most part I'm actually pretty happy with it, and it makes such a nice change from never being satisfied with how they do it - don't get me wrong, this hasn't made me love going the hair dressers again but it has given me a little faith in them again.

So what'dya think?
Natalie xx

111. Review | MUA Every Lash Mascara

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I bought this when MUA did the big 50% off discount a while ago but it's taken me ages to get around to testing and reviewing it. I picked this up because id heard Shona from Freshbeauty rave about it and with the offer as well i just through why not?

I wasn't expecting a lot from this mascara but i have to say i was really pleasantly surprised by it. The mascara claims to be a volume & lengthening mascara - whilst it does add a really nice length to the lashes, i think its a bit of a stretch to say one of its skills is volume as i personally didn't notice all that much difference but regardless of that it's a good mascara.

I love the mascara wand of this - the brush is very similar to Benefit's They're Real with the added sphere shape on the end - it really helps to coat and separate the lashes, and it works a treat to get into the more awkward areas like the inner corner and bottom lashes too! Just to clarify i wouldn't say this was a dupe of the Benefit They're Real Mascara exactly, they just have similar brushes.

I found this mascara to be quite long lasting and it doesn't smudge throughout the day either, which is good because who there's nothing worse than getting panda eyes gradually throughout the day, the only time this smudged on me was during application, it would go onto my eyelids which is a bit annoying but it doesn't happen every time so that could be more my fault than the mascara.

I've read that a lot of people think this mascara has an apple scent but i didn't really notice that so much - even when i deliberately smelled it, i didn't think it was a very distinct scent to it either but I'm not so fussed about my mascara having a scent as long as it does a good job on my eyelashes.

I'm not crazy about the packaging of this mascara; its not exactly awful but its nothing special either but i guess for £3 you get what you pay for packaging wise. In all honestly, for £3 i think this is a brilliant mascara - i don't think its quite replaced Benefit's They're Real as my favourite one but it's definitely one i would repurchase again and recommend to others.

MUA Every Lash is available to buy online or in Superdrug and retails for £3

Whats you're favourite mascara? Have you tried this one?
Natalie xx

110. Tag | My Make Up History

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Q1: How long have you been wearing make-up?
I've been wearing make-up for as along as i can remember - it something I've always loved doing, getting all dressed up and playing make-up with friends. As an everyday kind of thing, it was about year 7/8 - so when i was about 11/12 but that was just eyeliner and mascara.

Q2: What was your favourite make-up product in the beginning?
It used to be liquid eyeliner.

Q3: What is your favourite make-up product now?
It's still eyeliner but now I'm more of a felt tip liner kind of gal. I'm also loving blushers more and lipsticks. Ahh too many.

Q4: What were some of your favourite brands in the beginning?
I honestly don't remember, but it would have been the more cheaper brands,

Q5: What are some of your favourite brands now?
I love Benefit, Mac, Rimmel, MUA - i love loads of brands for different products.

Q6: How would you describe your make-up style?
Id say its fairly natural?

Q7: What is your everyday make-up like?
It depends what kind of mood I'm in but i tend to keep it fairly natural - usually a neutral eye, liner and mascara, lip colour depends on my mood but most of the time is a nude/pink shade.

Q8: What is your going out make-up like?
Again, it depends on my mood but usually on nights out, ill go for a more bolder lip and keeps my eyes simple - or ill do the opposite.

Q9: What make-up look are you known for?
I don't know? I guess the only thing i can really say is my eyeliner because its something I've worn constantly throughout the years but whether I'm 'known' for that i honestly don't know.

Q10: What is the worst beauty crime you have commited?
Err, i don't know - i probably did commit some kind of beauty crime but off the top of my head i can't think of anything.

Q11: What is the worst beauty crime you are proud to have not commited?
Id probably say the orange skin, when i was at school i never piled it on so much that my face was about 5 shades darker than my neck and i resembled a wotsit - there was so many girls who did this and I'm so proud i wasn't one of them.

Q12: What is a trend you were part of but now aren't a fan of?
Black pencil line all in the waterliner/tightline, i wouldn't say I'm not a fan of it anymore but its something i don't find myself wearing as often as i used to.

Q13: What is one trend you are proud to say you were never a part of?
Its probably not really a trend but fake tan, when i was at school some girls used to pile it on and they'd come in school the next day and have really streaky legs and it'd stain their hands and it was bloody awful.

Q14: What is one look you will never ever go for?
Drawn on eyebrows, I'm all for filling them in and shaping them a little but when people completely draw on their eyebrows and its looks so unnatural and blatantly obvious whats been done i just don't like it, especially when people make them full on black and they clearly don't have black hair - i just don't get it.

Q15: If you were brave enough to wear any look, what would it be?
Bright lipsticks during the day, I'm more braver at wearing them now than i used to be but i wish i could just wear them all the time but i still get a little scared about wearing them.

Q16: An old Holy Grail product of yours?
This is hard to think of because I've chopped and change products so much over the years that i can't think of any specific products that I've stuck too throughout the time.

Q17: A new Holy Grail product of yours?
At the moment id probably say Benefit 'Fake Up' Concealer!

I Tag:
anyone who would like to do this tag!
Natalie xx

109. Review | MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette

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The Undressed palette is probably one of MUA's most popular and well known - i was lucky enough to win it in a giveaway a few weeks ago.

One of the reasons this palette is so popular is that its famed for being the perfect dupe for Urban Decay's Naked Palette. I'm not going to do all the comparison swatches of the two palettes because so many bloggers have already done it, and no doubt you've all seen it before but just looking at the ranges of shades in each palette it's so easy to see the similarity of the two. I personally would pick my UD Naked Palette over this one any day but the MUA Undressed really is the perfect dupe for people on a budget or for people who just don't quite feel like forking out the money for the Naked Palette.

Despite preferring my UD Naked Palette, i still really enjoyed using this palette; it's good quality, the eyeshadows are long lasting - i always wear a primer on my eyes, so i can't comment on what it's like without and the majority of shades are really pigmented - i say majority because there are a couple that have a weaker pigmentation than others, I've noticed its more the lighter matte shades however they are buildable so i can't deal with that The shadows blend together nicely and the variety of nude shades makes it so versatile and can create looks for both day and night and there is a mixture of both matte and shimmery textures so there is something for everyone - my favourite shade out of this palette is Number 2 - it reminds me a lot of Sin which is an Urban Decay eyeshadow and it's possibly my all-time favourite eyeshadow, i wouldn't say its identical but it is fairly similar to it. The only thing that i didn't enjoy about this palette is that there was a lot of fallout from some of the shades and i noticed it more in this palette that any of the others I've reviewed - however, that is just a small thing and its easy to wipe away.

This really is a great alternative to the Urban Decay Naked palette especially for people who are on a budget. If you're a big fan of neutrals then this palette is definitely one worth having in your collection, its such a bargain at £4 and really great quality, I myself love neutral shades so this palette is something i will definitely get a lot of use out of. These palettes are available to buy online or in Superdrug.

What's your favourite MUA Palette?
Natalie xx

108. Pinterest | Nails

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I've got another pinterest post you today, I'm really liking doing these type of posts because i love browsing pinterest there are so many amazing things that people put up onto there. If you'd like to follow my pinterest, here is the link (please excluse the cheeky self plug)

This time this post is all about nails - i adore nail art, its not something I'm great at but I'm always willing to give it a good go, sometimes I've pleasantly surprised myself other times it wasn't too pretty, but everyone loves a tryer right? - is tryer a real word, now I've written it, it looks weird? Pinterest is one of those places were its just over flowing with incredible nail designs and inspiration so i thought id share some of my favourites with you!

Do you like to do nail art?
Natalie xx
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107. Book Review | Pretty Things/Guitar Girl

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It's been absolutely ages since I've done a book review, i still have a couple of reviews left to do but I've just not got round to them yet. I mentioned at the started of this year that i was determined to read more and I've set myself a challenge to read 50 books this year, unfortunately I've barely had time to read lately so its pretty much taken a back burner which is really annoying because i have a few books I'm dying to sink my teeth into but I've got a lot of uni work to do, and in between keeping up with my 365 blog challenge and then general life i just don't have time to fit it in. However, i only have about 4 weeks left of uni (Scary!!!) so after that, ill be free to read and blog to my hearts content.

I read these books back in Jan/Feb time - these are very much aimed at young teenagers, i remember reading a book series by Sarra Manning and it was incredible so when i saw these in a local charity shopped i picked them up. It's been years since reading that book series, so when i read these two i kind of felt my age.

Pretty Things
Brie is in love with Lanc├┤me Juicy Tubes, Louis Vuitton accessories, and her gay best friend Charlie, who is in love with 1960s pop art, 1980s teen movies, and serial heartbreaker Walker, who has ever only been in love with his VW Bug, until he meets Daisy . . . who is too busy hating everyone to know what love is. Set in London, this girl-loves-boy-loves-boy-loves-girl romp is set against a theatrical production of The Taming of the Shrew, and features enough on- and off-stage drama to satisfy teens looking for a beach read—or a read all year round

Guitar Girl
Seventeen-year-old Molly Montgomery never planned on becoming famous. Molly's band, The Hormones, was just supposed to be about mucking around with her best mates, Jane and Tara, and having fun. But when the deliciously dangerous Dean and his friend T join the band, things start happening fast. Soon The Hormones are front-page news, and their debut album is rocketing up the charts. Molly is the force behind the band, but the hazards of fame, first love, screaming fans, and sleazy managers are forcing the newly crowned teen queen of grrl angst close to the edge. Fame never comes for free, and Molly's about to find out what it costs.

These were both very easy reads, they were enjoyable  but like i mentioned they did make me feel a little old when reading, i guess i kind of forget that id grown up in the time that i first read the series by Sarra Manning til finding these and assumed id enjoy these just as much. If you're still fairly young (you'd think i was about to turn 40 the way I'm going on) i think you'd like these - like ages 13-17 maybe? So yeah, these are both easy books to read and fairly enjoyable but aimed more at a younger audience than me (BOOO)

Also, i did mention this like ages ago but I'm wanting to get rid of some books i have and I'm curious as to whether people would be interested if i did a book blog sale kind of thing?

What books have you been reading lately?
Natalie xx

106. Review | Benefit 'Fake Up' Concealer

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As I'm sure many of you are aware already, myself and many other bloggers attended the Benefit Fake Up launches that have been taking place all around the country, at the event we were very kindly give all three shades of the product to take home with us.

So what is it? Fake Up is a a new Hydrating concealer that aims to hydrate, brighten and conceal those pesky dark circles under the eyes and also your blemishes. The creamy concealer itself is surrounded by a hydrating ring which locks the moisture in to the skin, it also contains Vitamin E and apple seed extract to help hydrate the skin and to stop your concealer from creasing throughout the day.

The packaging of this is just stunning - it's almost like a lipstick bullet, which i usually avoid concealers that are like that as i just don't get along with those but with this it really works. The shiny silver packaging with the pink embellished detailing really makes this product look super sleek and i just think its really pretty.

Concealer is a item that I'm forever on the search for that 'holy grail' concealer because i have dark circles and never seem to find an a concealer that can cover it to my satisfaction - however, i think Fake Up may possibly take that holy grail title. Ive been testing out this concealer for a good few weeks now and so far i am seriously impressed with it. Its so hydrating on the skin and it blends out really nice without leaving being heavy or looking cakey. The best bit? It covers my dark circles and it stays put without creasing.

The Fake Up Concealer retails for £18.50, which may seem a little expensive but i personally think this concealer is worth every penny. Its the only concealer i have come across that can really cover my dark circles without looking like I've just piled on the make-up. The best thing about this product is that its really versatile, you can apply a little to the brow bone to add a little highlight and a tip Benefit Head of Make Up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon gave us at the event was that the shade 'Deep' could be used to contour the face, which is something I've really been enjoying wearing - just apply it in a line along where your natural shadow should fall (suck in your cheeks, it'll help you locate it) and blend it out, i like to blend it out with my foundation brush so there are no harsh lines and it blends in to form a natural contour.

I'm so happy with this product and I'm so grateful to have been given all three shades at the event, it's a product i will definitely be repurchasing in the future and one i would highly recommend to anyone who is on the look out for a new hydrating concealer that will cover your dark circles and brighten your under eyes.

Have you tried the Benefit 'Fake Up' Concealer?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.