101 Things in 1,001 Days | Update #6

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I'm quite of myself that I've managed to complete 60 things off my 101 Things list (here, if you are interested) I do sometimes change the goals because every so often when i read over it, i realise that some of them are things i no longer want to do so i change them to something else - i know some people may see this as cheating but I'm still aiming to complete those goals so i don't see it that way. Anyways, I've completed another 10 off my list so i figured it's time to do another update.

51. Make a list of 100 things that make me happy
I posted these on my blog in 10 separate posts over the past year - generally I'm a bit of a pessimist ; i always expect disappointment and assume the worst so for change i wanted to try and focus on some of the little things that make me happy. I really enjoyed posting these and they seemed to go down well too.

Links to posts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

52. Try a completely new drink at Starbucks
I don't have a Starbucks local to me so whenever i do go i tend to stick to what i know - either a Caramel Hot Chocolate or a Gingerbread Latte but i decided i wanted to branch out and try something new and in doing so i have found a new favourite - Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, it is absolutely delicious and writing this is making me really crave one.

53. Take photos more of anything and everything - document memories!
This is still kind of an ongoing one but I've definitely started taking more photos of things - especially since i got my iphone and instagram (follow me here?), I've found that having those makes it so much easier to take photos on the go.

54. See another artist/comedian or band live
I went watching Bruno Mars back in November (post here) it was a fantastic evening and Bruno Mars was incredible to watch live. He really put on a show and i honestly couldn't recommend his shows enough.

55. Have my Nails done at a Salon
I was lucky enough to win on a voucher for a local beauty salon on a raffle so i took full advantage and got my nails done. Ive never had my nails done professionally before so it was a lovely treat and i loved how my nails looked after it.

56. 365 Challenge: Blog everyday for 1 year
If you've been following my blog for a while you'll know about this one. I decided to challenge myself to blog everyday for a year and throughout 2013 that is exactly what i did. It was a heck of a lot of work and i don't quite know how the heck i managed to do it as I'm now finding it hard to maintain a few posts a week but I'm really proud of myself for being so organised and completing it. 

57. Fill a jar with good memories for 1 year, read them at the end
Like the '100 things that make me happy' list i wanted to do a memory jar so that at the end of the year id be able to look over all the great things over that had happened over the year - even really small things that might seem silly to others but any moment that made me smile as i thought it would be a really nice thing to read at the end of the year and a great way to remember all the good things rather than the bad. I loved this and I've decided to do another one for 2014

58. Change My Hair
At the beginning of this year i decided to chop off my long hair and go short. I was really glad i did it at the time as i just felt like my hair just really needed a good cut. Three months later, i am really missing my long hair but cutting it was what i wanted at the time so I'm glad i did it.

59. Watch 150 movies i’ve never seen before.
I love watching movies so i thought having a goal like this would be really fun to have, as i love finding random films and some that aren't so well known. Ive discovered some really good films through this and I've really enjoyed the many movie days i had.

60. Win a Pub Quiz
Technically, we came joint first but I'm still counting that as a win. We've been coming second for a few weeks in a row so it was really nice to finally win - well joint win. Fingers crossed we win again next time!

So that is the next 10 things off my list; i know some of these are quite minor but they are things i wanted to do nonetheless. I'm really looking forward to crossing off some more!

Are you doing the 101 things in 1,001 days challenge?
Natalie xx

Review | Cosmetics A La Carte Mascara

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This mascara is a pretty pricey one and retails for £23 - to have such a high price tag can only mean that it's an amazing mascara, right?

I got this in my Love Me Beauty Box a couple of months ago and i was so excited i didn't even care about what else came in the box i just wanted to get my hands on this mascara. Now maybe, i was wrong to have such high expectations but this mascara let me down and was more average than awesome.

My lashes actually don't look so bad in the photo but whenever i apply this it leaves me with clumpy lashes, even when i only apply one coat they clump together and i have to try and brush them out to separate them. The very first time i used it, i thought the clumping might have been due to it being quite a wet formula but it's happened every time i use it.

I also think the brush on this isn't that great either; it picks up a lot of product which i think is part of the clumping issue but the bristles on it are insanely short - I've never noticed if any other mascaras i own have bristles this short but I'm wondering if that might be part of the problem with distributing the product causing it to clump. I'm rather disappointed with this mascara; i know I'm partly to blame because i expected to much but i really wanted this mascara to be amazing and it was so far from it. I've been wearing it quite consistently in the hopes that it'll get better with time but so far it's just reinforcing the disappointment.

It's not all doom and gloom for this mascara though; the packaging of this is great, the silver casing makes it look luxurious which considering the price tag I'd expect. It doesn't smudge around the eyes or anything and it's also a long lasting mascara; some of the days that I've been testing this out on I've worn it all day I'm talking like 7:30am til 5ish, if not later so it's lasting power is quite impressive especially considering i normally only apply one coat.

So there are some good things about the mascara but for me personally they don't outweigh the negative. I dislike clumpy lashes and it's not a look id want to get from any mascara let alone one that retails for £23 so i won't be going buying this anytime soon. Obviously, my experience with this mascara may differ to someone else's but i was left feeling disappointed and i know I've got much cheaper mascaras that give me much better results.

Have you tried the Cosmetics A La Carte Mascara?
Natalie xx

Monthly Favourites | March

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This month I've spent a lot of my time wondering what the heck I'm doing with my life; i feel like at the age of 22 i should know what i want to do and be heading firmly in that direction but i am in fact feeling the complete opposite all i know is that despite how much i enjoy my job it's not where i want to be for the rest of my life. Life thoughts aside, March has treated me quite well and it scares me a little at how quickly is has gone past - anyways, onto my monthly favourites...

Beauty Favourites:

Benefit Bella Bamba
This was one of the first high end beauty products i ever bought myself and i was obsessed with it, since my collection has started to grow it got neglected and pushed aside until recently when i rediscovered it in my drawer and i forgot just how much i love this blush. In the pan it looks really bright; it does apply quite a bright pink but it's a lot more subtle looking than you'd expect and i personally think this colour compliments me quite well. It is shimmery blush as it has a added highlight in it which works really well with the blush to add definition the cheeks. I absolutely adore this blush, I've really been loving using it and im definitely not going to let it be neglected fo so long again!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I've not used this bronzer in so long as id been testing out the many others id found myself with when i went through my little phase of loving bronzer and i forgot just how great this bronzer is. It's actually perfect for contouring and i love wearing this on the many nights out i found myself out on in the last month, I'm quite pale and i found this bronzer works great on me even though it looks really dark in the pan, It's blend out really nicely and it doesn't look muddy on the skin or anything. It really is a great product and my favourite option for contouring.

Two Faced Naked Eye Palette
I completely neglected this palette since i got my UD Naked palettes and i rediscovered it when i did my Perfect Palette Tag (post here) and I've been using it since then and i honestly forgot how much i love this palette - it's has a really lovely selection of neutral shades and it even comes with some little cards that tell you how to create different looks with all the different shades, so its a perfect palette for beginners too and it's really great quality - I'm actually considering doing a separate post on this palette as i don't think I've ever really mentioned it on my blog before so do let me know if that is something you'd like to see.

Max Factor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner*
This eyeliner is amazing; i wear it mostly for tightlining to make my lashes look much fuller and this just stays in place all evening. I've tightlined with eyeliners in the past and they've ended up around my eye and also underneath it leaving me with the panda look but this one doesn't do that, in fact this eyeliner barely leaves any smudging. It's very pigmented and creamy and applies really easily too, and it's a twist up pencil so you don't need to fuss around with sharpening which is great. This is probably a product i never would have gone out and picked up on my own as i don't often shop at the Max Factor stand but this eyeliner is fast becoming a firm favourite in my collection.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart
This is another rediscovery this month - the good thing about a make up ban is that it encourages you to go through your existing collection and rediscover products! This was the very first lip butter i bought from Revlon and although i loved the colour and the formula and everything about it, it was never a product I'd reach for often as i just felt a little alien wearing it. However, i picked it out recently and decided to give it another try and found that with a lighter application it creates a much softer tone of pink and one that i have found myself wearing alot, especially on the evenings.

Lush Brightside Bubble Bar
I love the bubble bars from Lush as they smell amazing, leave your skin feeling soft and they always turn your water a different colour - I also love that the bubbles are really easy to get rid of when you've finished, i know that may sound odd but its such a chore having to rinse all the bubbles out after a bubble bath but i find with these that it's always really easy to do. My go to bubble bar has always been the 'Comforter' and although i still love it, i think i might just have a new favourite in 'Brightside'. This smells incredible; it smells quite fruity and almost citrus-y and the scent really fills up the room nicely, its not too overpowering or anything. I think this one might be a limited edition for Mothers Day or Easter as I've never seen it in store before so I'm quite sad that ill only be able to get it every so often but i guess it'll make it much more enjoyable when i do get it.

Youtube or Blogger Favourite:

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My blogger/youtuber favourite this month is Fran from The Francesca Diaries; her content varies between fashion, beauty and lifestyle so she posts a really nice mix of things - I've met Fran twice and she's so lovely, she's just as genuine as she comes across in both her blog and her youtube channel. Her channel is something I've only discovered quite recently and I've really been enjoying watching her videos, i literally spent the other day just watching all the older ones that I'd missed - I'd definitely recommend checking out her links below if you aren't already following her!

Links: Blog | Blog Lovin' | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Non-Beauty Favourites:

North West Bloggers Liverpool Event
 I attended the first ever North West Blogger event at the beginning of the month and it was such a great event; i got to meet up with some really lovely bloggers which was really nice especially because they were all bloggers I've been following for a while. I actually considered not going to this event because i didn't want to be on my own but I'm so glad/proud of myself for going as i had a really lovely time, not to mention we was spoilt rotten with the goody bag and the raffle they had.

Sunny Days
Spring is slowly trying to push its way through and I've really been enjoying seeing the sun shine a lot more - I'm normally a autumn/winter person and i complain at the sight of sun but a couple of weeks ago when it was a really nice day me and my lovely friend Gemma went for a stroll and chill out round a local park and it was just such a lovely day and sitting on the grass whilst the sun was shining was so nice and it's made me really excited for summer and hopefully more days like that!

Lord Alan Sugar
As i was leaving work the other week; i checked my phone too see i had a mention on twitter and it turned out to be none other than Lord Alan Sugar tweeting about my blog and a review i had done on the Stylfile - it really made my day and it made me so proud of my blog, so much so i even spoke about it on facebook which is something id normally avoid doing. I still can't believe he tweeted about it and it was a really proud moment for me and my blog.

FABB Events
The second event i attended this month was FABB Events as they finally made their way to Liverpool; it was lovely event and it was nice to see the bloggers id met at the previous event as well as meet some new ones, especially Vicky from Let's Talk Beauty as I've followed her blog for a while so it was so nice to finally meet her in person! It was a really lovely afternoon and we were really spoiled by some of the brands there and the goody bag they'd put together.

Decorating has Commenced
 It feels like I've been talking about decorating my room for so long and I'm so glad that i have finally made a start - i have thee smallest room and a heck of a lot of stuff so it's quite cramped and i was so sick of not being able to move in it and it always being a mess that i decided i wanted to change it all and get some new furniture and i really wanted it to become somewhere i could really relax and chill in so I'm insanely happy that i have finally made a start - fingers crossed it will be a quick process.

Music Favourite:

Christina Perri - Human
This song has been playing a lot on the radio in work and i find myself really liking it the more i listen to it. Definitely go give it a listen if you haven't already (link here) I really like songs like this; that are quite meaningful and can evoke some kind of emotion in you and i think these lyrics are quite relatable too.

What is some of your favourite for the March?
Natalie xx

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

Make Up | Stepping Into Spring

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As the season starts to change; i like to switch up my make up, so I've had a gander through my collection and pulled out some products I'll be wearing throughout Spring.

For spring; the base I've decided to go for is Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation as it's a super light foundation but it really does brighten up the skin and for spring i really want to go for that glowy kind of look, I've been loving using my Benefit Hoola Bronzer but for spring I've decided to switch to my Bourjois Bronzing Primer to give a really natural hint of colour to the skin, for me this product is perfect for spring/summer even the scent reminds me of summer too. For days when i want to add a highlight to the make up look, I've opted for Nars Orgasm Illuminator as it's such a beautiful yet subtle hightlighter.

I've opted for two blushes so that i can switch up the make up looks; first is Topshop Blush in Flush, a cream blush that will add a pop of colour to the cheeks, i love the finish of topshop blushes because even though they apply like a cream blush they dry into a powder formula and they are so flattering on the skin. The second blush is Beauty UK Blush in Upper East Side which is a really subtle blush with shimmer - i think this will look really lovely on an evening and the shimmer will give a really lovely glowy/highlighted look to the face.

Lately I've found myself not loving my usual black eyeliner look so i decided to keep the eye products quite natural with Elizabeth Arden Brown Gel Eyeliner, as it'll be much more natural. I'm not sure how long I'll stick with the choices of eyeshadow as they are quite different to what i normally go for but i really want to try these out; Benefit World Famous Nudes in Sexiest Nudes Ever* which are more purple nude shades so a little more out there than normal but ill think these will be lovely for evenings out and also LA Colours Eyeshadow Trio in Sunset which are bronze/copper type shades which will be lovely to wear assuming we have some lovely sunny days.

I probably will switch up these lip products a lot because the shade i wear differs depending on my mood but for spring i have pulled out a couple of my favourites; Maybelline Babylips in Cherry Me and Pink Punch these are great every day lip products which work great to add a hint of colour to the lips. My other favourite lip product to wear in spring is Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch, I'm not someone who normally suits an orange shade but this has quite a sheer application and it applies more of a coral-orange shade and it's really flattering so i know this will definitely be well loved throughout spring.

So those are some of my make up picks for Spring; I've opted for products that are quite subtle and will add a pop of colour to my make up, a lot of the products I've picked are also nice and light and natural.

What products will you be wearing for spring?
Natalie xx

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

Love Me Beauty (Edition Three ) | March

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I'm actually quite late with posting about this months Love Me Beauty box as i did received this almost two weeks ago but I've had so many posts I've wanted to do first that I've just pushed this back further and further and i did consider not posting it all but it'd feel odd not doing it. When choosing this months box i wasn't all that blown away at first but then when i started reading about each of the products there was a couple of items that spiked my interest and i actually found it difficult to choose a box but in the end i opted for Edition Three.

Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask | 7.5 Sample Size (Full Size RRP £25)
I find myself quite drawn to 'exfoliating' products; i love the feeling of using a scrub and feeling like you've removed a layer of skin and your left feeling really fresh faced so i was really intrigued by this exfoliating mask - It claims to revitalise and free the skin from dull dry surface cells and trapped impurities. I'm really interested to see what the quality is like considering this mask retails for £25 and also how it compares to my Along Came Betty Detox Mask which has little exfoliating beads in so I'm very interested to try this out and see what it does for my skin.

BlanX White Shock Toothpaste | 15ml Sample Size (Full Size RRP £7.50)
I've been wanting to try Blanx for ages now in particular the one that has the LED light with it to help whiten teeth. This toothpaste claims that it reacts to the light to whiten you teeth naturally, so the more you smile the whiter your teeth will be. I'm really interested in seeing whether this actually works or not as like most people id love to have whiter teeth and to be able to get it naturally from smiling and it requires minimal effort on my behalf except for smiling (although, i don't do that often)

Nip+Fab Viper Venom Eye Fix | Full Size (RRP £14.95)
This is definitely one of the products that caught my eye when choosing a box; it's a cooling roll on applicator that has wrinkle minimising liftonin & syn-ake to smooth fine line and wrinkles around the eye. I don't personally have any wrinkles around their just yet but no harm in starting early. I love eye products like these as they are really refreshing and cooling to apply around the eye area; I've used this a few times already and I'm really enjoying using it as it feels really nice to apply the roll on around the eye, especially when you want to feel a little bit more awake the cooling feeling off this helps perk up the eyes a little.

Deep Steep Foot Stick in Candy Mint | Full Size (RRP £3.60)
I don't know why but i find this item quite strange, it's almost like a giant lip balm for your feet - i am interested in trying it out as i have awful feet and this claims to 'restore your feet back to their soft beginnings' it contains a lot of essential oils to refresh the feet and shea and cocoa butters to moisturise them. However, one thing id love to know is why do all foot product have minty scents?

Quintessentially English Bath Salts in 'Vintage Bouquet' | 50g Sample Size (RRP £4.25)
This is probably my least favourite product in the box; i don't really like bath salts as they don't really serve much of a purpose and i never feel like they do anything so i might consider giving this to someone - although, these do actually smell really good, looking at them i kind of assumed they'd be quite 'old lady, strong floral' kind of scent but the mix of jasmine, bergamot and geranium blend really nicely together and the scent is lovely.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company 'Gracie' False Lashes | Full Size ( RRP £6)
I don't wear false eyelashes as much as i used to these days because although i really love them, as i constantly wear glasses it can be a bit annoying especially because when they are long they just hit the lenses. I do still wear them occasionally though depending on the size and style of them and i think these 'Gracie' lashes are stunning they have a bit oomph to them but this are still quite natural looking and i really like that the band is invisible so it'll blend into the lashes a lot more naturally. Also, the packaging of these wins me over instantly as its all floral and vintage looking and i love it.

I don't know if this is a mistake or a mix up or whether love me beauty were just being very generous but my box had an extra product in it this month;

Melvita Rose Extraordinary Water | 28ml Sample (Full Size RRP £17.00)
I don't know a great deal about this product - it apparently has a unique gel texture that melts into the skin and it helps firm the skin. I think this is one of those product you can use before and after make up or generally whenever you feel like you need it. It's one of those 'universal multi use' products that you can find many different ways to use it; I'm gonna read up on a it little more and find out some more about it but I'm definitely intrigued to try it and see what its like.

What do you think of this months box?
Natalie xx

Review | Crown Brush 'C433 Pro Blending Fluff Brush'

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I've been wanting to try some Crown Brushes for quite some time as I'm always hearing them being mentioned on blogs so when i saw the Crown Pro Blending Fluff Brush in my goody bag from the North West Bloggers Meet i was super excited to try it out. Firstly, the fact that its a blending brush made me really happy as they are probably my favourite kind of make up brush as i think a blending brush can really make a difference to the eye look. I personally think that's it the blending brush that ties the eye look together because it blends all the shades and removes harsh lines.

So far I'm really enjoying using this brush; its not the biggest blending brush i own but its still quite a reasonable size, it's a really soft brush and i find it works really well for blending out eyeshadow. It's a synthetic brush made from white goat hair and after having a little browse on the website I've discovered that this is actually an really versatile brush because it says it's also perfect for contouring and highlighting which is interesting. I've never really thought about using a smaller brush for contouring but it does have quite a tapered tip so I'm definitely intrigued to try that out and see how it looks.

This brush is really great quality; so far I've not noticed any shedding and even after a deep cleanse it keeps it's shape really well and if that hasn't already got you hooked it's really affordable too as it retails for £6.09! (available here)

I definitely want to try more Crown Brushes as this is excellent quality and they are so bank balance friendly. I'm really loving this brush and it's a brush I'm using most days in my routine and I'm looking forward to trying out the other ways have been suggested you can use it.

Have you tried Crown Brushes? Any Recommendations?
Natalie xx

Review | Elemis Fresh Skin Skinglow Exfoliating Face Wash

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I first used the Elemis Fresh Skin Skinglow Exfoliating Face Wash when i got back from Rome last year, my skin ended up being in awful condition due to the travelling and the airplane and i was in need of a good face scrub, as i felt like i needed to just wash away a layer. My sister gave me a sample of this and within the week my skin was back to its old self and i was quite honestly smitten with it as my skin felt amazing after it and so healthy. It's taken me quite a while but I've finally gotten round to purchasing the full size version of the product and I'm so glad to have it back in my routine. For the record my skin type is normal with the occasional dry patches - so i don't know how well this will work with other skin types but i find this works really well for me personally.

It's a very creamy cleanser; its almost a multi purpose product as it's a face wash, exfoliator and a deep pore cleanser all in one but i personally opt to use it every couple of days as my face scrub and i also sometimes use it whenever i feel like my skin needs it. It's an extremely gentle scrub and it has jojoba beads that polish your skin and it leaves mine feeling really soft and smooth, the product has a really lovely fresh and almost fruity scent to it as well which i really like.

This scrub retails for around £12 so it's definitely on the more expensive side but id happily pay that for it as i really like the effect this has on my skin, it leaves my skin feeling really fresh, smooth and i feel like it keeps my skin feeling really good.

Have you tried the Elemis Fresh Skin Skinglow Exfoliating Face Wash?
Natalie xx

FABB Events | Liverpool

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On Saturday, i made my way to Liverpool to go to FABB Events Liverpool - i was very intriqued by this event as FABB have been hosting events all over the place and they always looks really great so i was so glad to hear they'd finally decided to do one in Liverpool. I met up with Callie Rose, Fran, Vicki and Jess at the train station and we headed over to the Pan American Bar over on the Albert Docks. I thought it was a really lovely bar and it had a really cosy atmosphere to it but it was a lot smaller than I'd imagined it would be but it was a lovely venue nonetheless.

These photos have turned out pretty bad, which I'm quite disappointed with. The room was very dimly lit which made it hard to get good photos anyway but these just seem to have come out in quite shoddy quality so I'm sorry about that.

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The room was filled with some lovely brands and it was really nice to see the products, hear about new brands and also being able to talk to the brands too. The first stand we went to was ESPA; they had brought along some kits and were giving each blogger one that was personalised to their skin type which i thought was a really nice touch. My skin type has always been normal but with some dry patches - the lady at the stand asked me to smell two products (i believe they were cleansers? i may be wrong) and she mentioned something about the scent that you are more drawn to is what you skin needs - she did explain it to me but i don't know enough to explain how she said it works - however, apparently i was drawn to the one that indicated oily/combination skin. We even did it twice and i choose the same one both times so i don't know how convinced i am about it all but we shall give it a go and see. We also very kindly got given a little goody box along with the skincare in exchange for an email which was lovely.

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As well as Espa there was other stands there such as Lush, Crystal Clear, Ark Clothing and Tropic Skincare. There was many demonstrations going on such as a hand massage from Lush or you could have a demo of the Crystal Clear 'Lift Away the Years' which was quite interesting to see as you could see the difference there and then.

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There was also a stand from Derma V10; I've used a few Derma V10 products before they are a really affordable brand (they're available in Pound Shops and Home Bargains) but they are really good quality so it was nice to see some of the other products they had. They also very kindly let us choose 6 products to take away with use as well an extra product they'd already put into the bag which was really generous. The products i opted for was the Innovations Night Cream, Deep Cleansing Nose Strips, Coconut Body Butter, Reviving Foot Wipes, Self Tan Applicator Mitt and a Hand and Nail Cream and they gave us a set of lip care products. So I'm looking forward to giving these a try.

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We also received a lovely goody bag which was filled with all sorts of goodies - there is a few I've forgotten to include in this photo and their was some pop chips in there too but i ate those when i got home last night. I'm really looking forward to giving everything a try and i will definitely do some reviews on some of the products.

Overall, i had a lovely day and it was really nice to meet new bloggers and also see others again.
A massive thank you to FABB Events for hosting such a lovely event in Liverpool.

Did you attend FABB Events?
Natalie xx

My Current Base Make Up Routine

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For today's post i thought I'd share with you my base make up routine - i do switch this up quite frequently depending on my mood and also if I'm wanting to test any new products out but I'm quite happy with this routine and the product i using at the moment.

After I've done my morning skincare routine; i like to take my Monu Calming Cream and apply this to any redness, i mostly get redness on my chin and nose area but i find this calming cream really helps to tone it down.

After the calming cream has sunk into the skin i like to apply a face primer; I'm currently using the MUA Matte Perfect Primer, I'm mostly just using this primer at the moment to use it up. It helps to create a lovely smooth base ready for the foundation however, i wouldn't say this is a 'matte' primer.

I'm currently switching between two foundations depending on what I'm after; for general day to say use I've been wearing Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 Vanilla but for nights out or special occasions I've been opting for YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation in B30 as it as a heavier coverage and the lack of SPF in it makes it perfect for photos. Sometimes on nights out i add a bit of the Bourjois Healthy Mix into the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation as together they create a lovely flawless finish.

I then use my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory to brighten up my under eye area and cover any blemishes or imperfections that need a bit of extra coverage. I really enjoy using this concealer as it has illuminating properties that help to brighten up the skin and help make you look more awake.

This isn't a step i do every time i apply my base make up but if I'm wanting to add a little bronzer into the face or to contour I've been reaching for Benefit Hoola - I've had this for a little while but its only lately I've grown to love it, it blends out really well and gives a really nice sun kissed look to the skin without being muddy.

The next product i apply is blush and I've rediscovered Benefit Bella Bamba and I've fallen back in love with it, i was obsessed with this blush for months when i first bought it and I'm loving using it again. It's such a beautiful blush and it has a added highlight into it which really helps to give definition to the cheeks and it looks so pretty on and it's become a staple in my routine again.

To finish off my base i apply Benefit Get Even Face Powder, i like to use this to set my base in place. I also apply my powder last as i find it really helps to blend out my blush or bronzer and tone it down if I've applied it a little too heavy.

So that is my base make up routine - I'm really happy with my base make up routine at the moment, it gives me plenty of coverage, a really nice finish and a healthy glow to. I may do a Face of the Day in the next couple of weeks so you can see how it looks when worn!

What products do you use in your base make up routine?
Natalie xx

Review | Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

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This is the third and final foundation that i picked up from Fragrance Direct just after Christmas - i believe that this one is an older version of the Bourjois Healthy Mix as the packaging is now completely different but i managed to pick this one up for about £2.99, this foundation is very much loved in the blogger world so i couldn't pass up on trying it out for such a small price.

I've been testing this out for the past few weeks and so far it's definitely winning me over; id say this foundation has a medium coverage, which is just perfect because it's enough to cover any blemishes and imperfections i have but its still very natural looking too, the foundation is definitely buildable. It has quite a thin consistency but it's not quite watery, however once it's all blended out and starts to sink into the skin it looks really nice and gives a really healthy glow. I wouldn't quite say it's as long lasting as 16 hours but i don't really wear foundation for that long anyway - it's hard to give a rough idea of how long it lasts on me because i always wear primers underneath my foundation and powders on top so its possible they prolong the wear of it too.

I'm glad they've now changed the packaging because i think the packaging of this isn't very nice to look at and it makes it look quite cheap however, it has a pump so that automatically puts it in my good books as you all know how much it annoys me when foundations don't have one. To be honest, my opinion on the packaging in this instance is quite irrelevant because it has now changed into one that is much better.

I picked this up in the shade 52. Vanilla which suits my skintone very well; I'm not sure on what the shade range of this foundation is like - it's no longer available on Fragrance Direct but i had a look on the Boots website and the 'newer' version has quite a weak range of shades, it doesn't seem to cater enough towards darker skin tones (unless the boots swatches aren't giving a good enough reference)

I do really like this foundation and i like the healthy and natural finish it gives to my skin. I also really like mixing a bit of this foundation in with my YSL Youth Liberator Foundation on nights out, as I've found that they work really well together and give me quite a flawless finish.

I'm quite intrigued now to try the 'newly' packaged ones and also the Serum version to see how they differ and which i prefer out of them but overall, i do like this foundation and i can understand why it gets as much attention as it does!

Have you tried the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation?
Natalie xx