Summer Goals 2014

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So summer is here and i really want to make the most of this summer. As you get older having a really carefree and fun summer isn't always has easy because things like jobs and money get in the way. Despite all this I'm determined to have a great summer and make many memories so i thought I'd set myself some goals:

1. Read at least 5 books
It doesn't sound much but I've really struggled to get into reading lately - so i want to try and spend a couple of hours less on my laptop and spend those reading.

2. Get a Tattoo
I already have three but i really want another two - i have an idea of what it is that i want to get, i just need to go and get them both booked.

3. Do some OOTDS
I don't know how likely i am to do this one because although, i really want to try and incorporate more fashion into my blog - I'm not all that photogenic and I'm not all that fashionable either but we shall see. I definitely want to give it a try at least and maybe aim to get at least one done and who knows, if it works out i might make it a regular thing.

4. Take more photos
Things always happen and i kick myself i didn't take a photo - i love instagram but i don't update it half as much as i wish i did. So I'm determined to take more photos, and update my instagram more (follow me here, if you're interested)

5. Eat More Fruit
A slightly boring goal but as i eat out a lot and not always very healthy choices i want to try and incorporate more fruit into my diet.

6. Have lots of days out
I want to have more days out - even if it's just little adventures to the beach, Southport or slightly more pricey days out like Alton Towers, Chester Zoo etc... I want to try and do more and have more exciting days out.

7. Start including Lifestyle posts
I want to start including more lifestyle posts into my blog - this links into the above goal of taking more photos. I don't often have full busy days with exciting plans especially when I'm working but i definitely want to try and do more, even if it's just a small outing.

So that is my list of goals for summer - they're not all too exciting, just little things and improvements that I'd like to try and do!

Have you set yourself any goals for summer?
Natalie xx

Monthly Favourites | July

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I can never quite believe how quick these posts come around and that fact that we are going to be in August in like 2 days is ridiculous - July seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye. This month has been a bit of a stressful one for me; i have a lot going on in my personal life and so many things that I'm unsure of, all the uncertainty and the lack of answers makes me feel so uneasy and like my head is going to explode. Onto the favourites; I've tried a few new products out this month and I've discovered some really amazing products.

Beauty Favourites:

Studio 10 Visible Lift Face Definer*
This is a contour, blush and highlight palette - so its a handy trio in one but the stand out product for me is the contour, I've always been a bit of a novice when it comes to contouring, lord knows i try but i never quite get the results i want. This contour however, is incredible - it's more of a grey tone than the usual orange tone and i think that's why it works so well as it looks so much more natural. I love wearing this and its become one of my favourite parts of my make up routine.

NYX Single Eyeshadow in Sahara
I don't normally bother with single eyeshadows too much because i find it easier to just reach for eyeshadows in palettes but I've found myself reaching for this a lot this month. It's got good colour pay off, applies smoothly and lasts really well. The shade Sahara is a very simple nude shade and I've been loving wearing it all over the lid and pairing it with a felt tip liner and mascara for a simple day to day look and for evenings, nights out and anytime i want to make an extra effort i pair it with another eyeshadow into the crease, it's also been a great shade to highlight the brow bone and the inner corner too so it's been a great all round eyeshadow to use.

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hollywood
I feel like this is kind of a cheat as I've only been using since i got it last week but I've found myself reaching for it a lot. The shade hollywood is a really beautiful bold pink shade and although i was looking forward to trying it out, i honestly didn't think I'd wear it as much as i have been. It dries matte but feels really nice to wear, it's applies really bold and it's so long lasting that i barely need to touch it up throughout the day - it quite easy to apply but you do have to be careful because it will stain around the lips if you're not careful.

Essence Gel Eyeliner Pencil*
I've been using this since i got it in from the Essence event (post here) and i love it; i use it mostly to tight line as lately I've not been feeling wearing eyeliner on the waterline. It's a really smooth eyeliner and it just glides along so you don't need to worry about it tugging on the skin. It has good colour payoff and lasts pretty well on the eyes - don't get me wrong there is slight smudging but it's definitely not as bad as others I've tried - it's also a twist up pencil so you don't have to worry about sharpening it which i really love about this eyeliner.

Clinique High Impact Mascara
I got this free in a Glamour Magazine; i didn't really need another mascara but i just found myself unable to put it down and walk away. It's actually a brilliant mascara and I've been using it near enough everyday since i picked it up, it's only a sample size but the results its gives is incredible - it separates the lashes really well, it doesn't clump, it holds a curl and it gives me such long lashes. I'm so impressed with this and after I've used up the million and one mascaras that i have in my collection, i definitely want to pick up a full size.

This is also quite a recent purchase of mine but i love it. It's a kind of dupe for the tangle teaser, I've not tried them but i imagine it would be like this only difference is that the Easytease only set me back £1.99. I find brushing my hair so much easier with this; it does hurt and it detangles my hair so much easier. I can understand why people rave about tangle teasers so much and I'm really happy to have found a cheaper dupe for them.

Wilko 'Build Your Look' Powder Brush
I'm a little bit smitten with this powder brush; It's 100% synthetic hair, it's insanely soft and such a bargain too. It's a massive brush and i love using it, this has much finer bristles which give it that much softer feel. I love applying my powder with this, its so quick and easy and it feels so nice to use on the skin!

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Blogger/Youtuber Favourite:
I've been following Gabby or Velvetgh0st for a little while now and i absolutely love her - i found her on youtube at first but lately she's been blogging a lot too. I really enjoy watching her videos as she's so bubbly and fun to watch and i absolutely love her make up tutorials. Her blog is pretty spot on too - i have major photo envy and her simplistic blog design. Gabby is quite well known already in the youtube world so I'm sure you're all following/subscribed to her already but if not i would definitely recommend checking her out!

Links: Blog | Twitter | Youtube | Instagram

Non-Beauty Favourites:

Booked a Holiday
Me and my sister decided to book a holiday and although, it is only next summer that were going I'm looking forward to a nice week away in the sun were i can forget all my troubles and just relax. It's been ages since i last went on a sun and beach kind of holiday so I'm really looking forward to this even though i technically have like a years wait.

Retail Therapy
I'm going to cheat and blame the crappy month I've had for this but i have done a lot of shopping this month - mostly online and i just love it, i love the anticipation of waiting for your order to arrive. I've treated myself to quite a few new items, many of which will be review on the blog at some point and its been really nice to just treat myself for no real reason at all.

One Tree Hill
This month i started rewatching One Tree Hill from the beginning and i honestly forgot just how much i love the show - there so much in there that i forgot happens and i also forgot just amazing the music is too.

Reconnecting with a Friend
For quite a few months of this year myself and a friend haven't been speaking to each other, I'm not going to explain why but we recently overcame our differences and I'm so glad to have her back in my life. Unfortunately, i hold grudges and I'm a really stubborn person so when I'm mad at someone i will not back down - but thankfully we have sorted everything out and I've been loving catching up and going for nights out etc... it just really sucks that she's leaving for Australia next month for six months.

CΛVES at the Cavern
I did a post on this quite recently (post here) i had a really lovely night and i really enjoy watching CΛVES anyways as i think they're really talented and their songs are so catchy, but i also love being able to support my friends too - I'd absolutely love it if you could check out the post i did the other day, comment on it or just check out CΛVES links and give them a listen - i promise you won't be disappointed.

Music Favourite:

Magic - Rude
This is one of those songs that keeps popping up on the radio in work and for a while i had no idea what it was or who it was by but i really enjoyed listening to it. The guy singing has a really nice tone to his voice and its such a good song.

Gavin Degraw - I Don't Wanna Be
Thanks to One Tree Hill, I've rekindled my love for this song. It's one of those songs i just never get sick of hearing and i always find myself singing along to it. I adored it when i very first heard it and it makes me sad that Gavin Degraw doesn't get a great deal of recognition over here in the UK as some of of his music especially this song is really good.

What has been some of your favourites this month?
Natalie xx

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

FOTD | Feat. Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette in Romantic Smoked

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It's been ages since I've done a FOTD post and since i recently reviewed the Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette in Romantic Smoked* (post here) i thought I'd share with you one way to wear it. I went for the more purple tones that i wouldn't normally go for and of course, my dying camera (i seriously need a new one) hasn't picked up the colour on my eyes very well which is really frustrating as i was really happy with how this make up turned out.

Before i used any make up, i brightened up my skin with the Monu Brightening Boost* - i love this especially during this warmer weather as it really brightens up my skin and it gives me a really lovely glow. For my base; i brought out and old favourite in the form of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory, it's a great way to brighten and wake up your skin. I then covered any blemishes and my under eye circles with Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 and set everything in place with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent and i used that with my amazing Wilko 'Build Your Look' Powder Brush - it's insanely soft and I'm loving using it with my powder.

For my eyebrows i haven't really changed up my products as I'm still really loving the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil and Maybelline Brow Drama combination - it's so quick and it gives me nice full yet natural looking brows.

Moving onto the eyes; i primed my eyelids with the Make Up Revolution Focus & Fix Eye Primer* and used my Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette in Romantic Smoked* - I've included a photo and labelled what shades i used and where to show you how i achieved this look. To give the appearance of fuller lashes, i tight lined with Essence Gel Eyeliner Pencil* and used Clinique High Impact Mascara on the lashes - i got this sample size from Glamour Magazine and I'm really loving it as it separates my lashes really well, it holds a curl and it makes my lashes look lovely and long too.

Back to the base; i contoured my cheeks with the Studio 10 Visible Lift Face Definer* which is quite possibly one of the best products i have discovered this year - it's amazing at contouring and i just can't rave about this enough. I added a hint of colour into the cheeks with the Essence Blush Up Powder in Heatwave* and finish the look of with Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo in 803.

I really like how this make up turned out and i really enjoyed wearing it as the eye look was a little different to what I'd normally wear as i always tend to stick to neutrals -nudes and browns etc... so it was nice to branch out and add a slight touch of colour.

What do you think? What make up products have you been using lately?
Natalie xx

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

Review | Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette in Romantic Smoked

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Make Up Revolution are currently taking the beauty world by storm and with their wide range of good quality and affordable products it's no surprise why. Their palettes in particular are proving to be extremely popular and i can understand why, as I'm really enjoying using this Make Up Revolution Redemption Romantic Smoked Palette*

I don't think the packaging is anything too exciting but in this instance it works - the simple black casing with the brand name in gold lettering is simple yet sleek. The casing feels really sturdy and it's a decent size so if you wanted to take it travelling with you it wouldn't take up a great deal of space as it's quite thin too.

Romantic Smoked is a gorgeous array of 12 purple, plum and neutral shades - it has 6 shimmery and 6 matte shades. They do actually remind me a little bit of the MUA Palettes. They're pretty good quality, easy to blend and have good colour pay off. The matte shades require a bit more effort to work with bu i find that's that same with a lot of high street matte eyeshadows - don't get me wrong, you can still create some really lovely eye looks with them. The shimmery shades on the other hand are really smooth and easy to use.

I've really been enjoying using this palette and i just love the mix of shades - i don't have any palettes with this range of shades so it makes a great addition to my make up collection. One think i do dislike though is the lack of names, i prefer it when shades have names and it also makes blogging about the products easier too.

For £4 i really don't think you can go wrong; their really good quality and bank balance friendly too. Have you tried any of the Make Up Revolution Palettes?
Natalie xx

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

Pen Pal Haul #8

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I received a package from my pen pal this weekend; for those of you that don't know i write and exchange packages frequently with a girl in LA - we've been pen pals for almost 3 years and i absolutely love it. Its a great hearing about her life and what things are like in the US. I really enjoy putting packages together and i always love the things she sends me too. As always she sent me some lovely things so i thought you might like to see what she sent me.

Having a pen pal is really great way to try things from other places and one of those things we always include in our packages are sweets and chocolate. In this package she sent me:

- Skittles Dessert Flavoured
- Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Mini
- Snickers Unwrapped Bites
- Kit Kat Mini
- Milky Way Unwrapped Bites

I've tried most of these before and a lot of them are chocolates we have over here but these are ones i really like anyways so I'll definitely enjoy snacking my way through these.

The next things is one of the best things i have ever received - i think it is so pretty and it combines two of my favourite things; tea and Alice in Wonderland. She got me this from a Disney Park and its 'The Official Unbirthday Tea', it has 6 different flavoured teas and i just love it. I can't wait to try them all but at the same time i almost feel a little guilty at using it because it feels like one of those things that is too special to use.

I love getting this packages as she sends me some amazing things and i love trying all the new things. Not only that but it's so nice to have a friend on the other side of the world!

Would you ever consider getting a pen pal?
Natalie xx

Top 5 | Foundations

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I feel like I've really spammed my blog with single product reviews recently so i thought I'd shake things up and re-introduce a series i did on my blog a few years ago. I also thought it'd be quite interesting to bring back the top 5 series and to see how different my products are especially as time as gone on and my collection has grown.

This list is in no particular order - first up in this series is foundations; over the past couple of years I've tried quite a few foundations, ranging from both high end to high street and light to high coverage.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation | Review Here
This is the latest addition to my collection and quite possible my 'holy grail' - it's a waterbased foundation with a very light coverage but its easy to build up and it doesn't leave you cakey looking. I love how flawless this makes my skin look and although, It is quite expensive at £33 but i personally think its worth every penny.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
This is the only foundation that I've actually repurchased (it's quite rare, i fully finish a foundation) It has a light yet buildable coverage and it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. This foundation has an anti-fatigue effect which helps the skin look more awake - this is a great foundation to use on days when you're skin is looking a bit dull and you're feeling tired and want to give the illusion that you're more awake. This foundation is a little more purse friendly at £8.99

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation* | Review Here
This was my go-to foundation throughout last summer! It's very lightweight so it's not very heavy on the skin (hence the name, nearly naked) which is perfect for those days that are really warm but you need a bit of coverage. I'd actually say this is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation except the Revlon foundation actually applies much better. My only main issue with this is the lack of pump as a lot of the product gets wasted when you pour it out. Again, this is purse friendly at £8.99

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation | Review Here
This is the most expensive foundation i own at £37 - which i know is a lot of money but this a seriously beautiful foundation. The packaging for this is absolutely gorgeous and looks beautiful displayed on a dressing table. It's a much higher coverage than what i would normally opt for but i actually really like this, it blends out beautifully and gives such a really nice flawless finish to the skin. I tend to save this more for special occasions or when i want a flawless finish rather than using it day to day. It might be very expensive but i personally think it's worth the money as i just adore the finish it gives to my skin.

Essence All-in-One CC Cream
As this is a CC Cream i don't know if this technically counts in the foundation category but I'm going to include it here anyways. It's a lightweight formula so it's not heavy on the skin - it evens out the complexion and it has a light yet buildable coverage. It actually surprised me at how much i liked this and at £4.00 its the cheapest out of the lot.

So these are my current top 5 foundations - it's quite a diverse range! Have you tried any of these foundations? Whats your favourite foundation?
Natalie xx

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

23-07-14 | CΛVES at the Cavern

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A good friend of mine recently invited me to down the Cavern on Wednesday to check out 'Dave Monks Presents...' as his band CΛVES were headlining. I know music isn't the type of thing that I'd normally post about on here but I've been wanting to incorporate some lifestyle posts into my blog for a while now and i thought this would be a good place to start.

A little disclaimer - the photos were taken on my Iphone and i was a little anxious about taking them because there was quite a few of us and even though a lot of people know about my blog, it makes me feel quite anxious when I'm taking pictures for it - strange, i know. Also, I'm aware that these photos aren't the best quality - they look much better on my phone and I'm really annoyed because had i known they wouldn't be so great i would have made sure to get plenty more but hopefully these are okay.

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I'm sure you are all aware of the The Cavern but if not it's one of the most famous clubs in Liverpool (possibly UK?) due to it's association with The Beatles. Despite living close to Liverpool my entire life, Wednesday was the first time I'd ever been inside and it was pretty much how I'd imagined it to be - dimly lit, great atmosphere and really great music, it was also filled with a lot of different memorabilia and you see tourists swarm in and out to take photos. The only thing i wasn't too crazy about was the heat - as it was underground it was warm anyway but with Wednesday being a warm day it was absolutely roasting in there and because there was quite a few people inside too, it didn't help. 

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Delca Kara
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The Baltic States
Three Bands played overall and i actually really enjoyed all three of them! First up was Delca Kara - an alternative pop band; i really liked these, they had a great stage presence and their songs/sound remind me of a lot like The 1975.

Next up was The Baltic States; think of a cross between Florence and the Machine and London Grammar - their sound was really unusual and not at all what i was expecting but they were really amazing to watch. I love the vocals from the lead singer; i thought she was really talented and her voice was quite mesmerising.

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As i mentioned earlier the headlining act was CΛVES - i have actually mentioned these on my blog before and although, i may be slightly bias as i know the bassist, i genuinely think they're a really talented band. This is only the second time I've seen them play and they didn't disappoint at all. Considering it was roasting and they were moving around the stage a lot they didn't let that stop them from putting on a really great show; they all had a really great energy and presence on stage and they play and sing live really well.

I'm not quite sure how to describe their sounds but they remind me a little bit of The Drums - which i think is one of the reasons i like their music so much because their first album is one of my personal favourites. All band members have different musical background which is what i think contributes to their sound and influences. My personal favourite song by them is 'Swim' - it's really catchy and i often find myself singing along to it as it gets stuck in my head but i also really like 'Low Winter Sun' as it's a bit more slow paced but it still has a good beat to it.

I really hope these guys do well and if they carry on the way they are, I'm sure they really will go far. All my bias-ness (is that a word?) aside they really are an incredibly talented band and i would honestly recommend checking out one of their gigs if you are local to St Helens, Warrington or Liverpool! (Heres hoping i get a free t-shirt for this post -hint, hint!)

CΛVES - Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Soundcloud

I believe these songs will all be played on Radio Merseyside in a few weeks as they were recorded at the Cavern last night so definitely keep a listen out for those!

Have you ever been to the Cavern?
Natalie xx

Review | Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

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This is actually a really hard review for me to write; I'm a massive fan of Benefit but I'm feeling very torn when it comes to this eyeliner.

I'm sure you've all heard about this but if not the Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner is the first gel eye liner pen - it has a custom Accuflex tip that 'hugs your lashline' to get that perfect smooth application. I'm a huge eyeliner fan and I've worn it for years - so when i saw the hype around this eyeliner i just knew i had to get my mitts on it. Now, in theory the concept of this eyeliner is great but to me this product isn't as amazing as every review seems to be making it out to be.

I'm generally pretty good with eyeliner but when it comes to gel eyeliner it's a massive struggle and it always ends up messy so in pen form i thought it'd be much easier for me to use. In fairness, it was definitely a lot easier to use than the gel liner pots but i personally didn't find it all that smooth to apply. Especially when wearing eyeshadow underneath, i found it drags a little and you have to give over it a few times to cover any gaps.

I also found that when it does drag it sometimes crumbles and the product builds up a little (i hope that makes sense) Also, by dragging i don't mean that it tugs at the eye, it's actually very gentle but its just not as smooth nor does it glide the way i expected.

Once it's applied it does actually look really good - as it's a matte black it's so much bolder and it just looks much better too. I've also found that i seem to be able to do a wing my liner a lot easier with this product - i don't really know why. The lasting power on this is pretty incredible; it does not budge at all, so it's great for days/nights when you need your make up to last.

The packaging for this is awesome - Benefit always hit the nail on the head when it comes to packaging and this is no exception as this is really nice and sleek whilst it still keeps Benefits usual quirky vibe. I really like that it's a twist up product and it's a screw on lid - it's so annoying when the lid falls off your liner and it dries it out but there is no need to worry about that with this because the lid is nice and secure and i think that's something more liners should consider doing.

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In terms of removing it - it is very stubborn to get off. The lovely girl who served me also gave me a sample of the new Benefit They're Real Remover as she said i wouldn't get it off otherwise. That's technically not true - I've managed to get it off just as easy with cleansing oils and it does come off with other removers too it just takes a little bit more effort. Saying that though, the remover is really nice to use and it feels really gentle to use on the face.

I'm still really torn over this product because it does look amazing on the eyes but the application just isn't up to scratch nor is it as smooth or as good as I'd expected and I'm just not sure if i think it's worth £18.50.

Have you tried the Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner?
Natalie xx

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Fashion | Primark Cut Out Boots

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Okay, so I'm definitely not the most fashionable person but i do really want to start introducing fashion into my blog so i thought I'd start off easy and show you one of my latest buys.

I saw these in Primark and fell in love and at £18 there was no way i was leaving without them. They had these suede cut out boots and another pair which where patent leather?(not real leather of course)and i almost left with both pairs but the Suede ones just won me over.

Cut out shoes are really on trend at the moment and i love them. I think they're such girly yet edgy shoes and they really give outfits that really grungy look. These shoes are really comfortable and i just love how they look paired with my jeans or with a dress. I'm hoping to start doing some OOTDs so i sure you'll be seeing more of these.

What do you think of my first official fashion post?
Natalie xx

Love Me Beauty | July

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I unsubscribed from Love Me Beauty a little while ago as at the time it was an extra expense i didn't need and i was getting a little tired of constantly getting the same kind of stuff and my drawer(s) was starting to bulge so i decided to stop. However, when i saw the options for this months box there was no way i was missing out! I opted for Edition two.

Lashem | 2ml Sample
This is a lash enchancing serum that claims to nourish and condition the lashes whilst the formula works with your lashes to give you fuller, longer lashes within two weeks. This is a very bold claim and I'm not so sure if i trust lash serums as everyone I've tried has never worked so we shall see if this changes my mind.

Ofra Eyeshadow in Bliss | Full Size
I'm not normally a big fan of single eyeshadows mostly because i tend to reach more for my palettes rather than single eyeshadows but I'm looking forward to trying it out because it's a really beautiful colour and i think it would make a really lovely base colour - i think would look really nice both on it's own and also with another colour in the crease (I'm thinking Mac's Satin Taupe) so I'm looking forward to give this a try.

Ofra Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hollywood | Full Size
This is actually the product that swayed me towards picking edition 2. I love liquid lipsticks and i thought that this was a really lovely pink shade. It says it's creamy and soft in texture, moisturising on the lips and contains Anti oxidants and Vitamin E with colour that lasts perfectly for up to 5 hours - I'm very intrigued to test this out and see how it applies and whether it really lasts for up to 5 hours.

So Susan Flutter Mascara | Full Size
I technically do not need another mascara as i have quite a selection waiting to be used/tested but i can't wait to try this out as it sounds really good - it's formulated with hyaluronic spheres to help you achieve the darkest, curviest lashes and the extra stiff bristles are designed to achieve voluminous, multi dimensional lashes in just one coat. Definitely some big claims, but i really hope that this product is as good as it sounds.

So Susan Dual Brow Powder | Full Size
I don't own many brow products so i always welcome new additions to my collection. I'm a little unsure as to whether the shade of this is going to suit my brows as it looks a little scary in the pan but I'm definitely going to give it a try and see how it goes - I've not used powder on my brows in a while so I'm looking forward to going back to it and trying it out.

The Teashed 4am Tea | Full Size
I always find it really strange to get things like teabags in a beauty box; because it technically it has nothing to do with beauty. However, i do really like that they've give a full pack and not just one odd one like they usually do. This is a white tea that is low in caffeine so you can drink it at a stupid time (such as 4am) and you can still sleep as normal. It actually helps you sleep and it also supposed to be good for your skin too.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion | Full Size
I don't actually know why this is in my beauty box - i don't know whether it's meant to be an extra gift or whether it's an error of some kind as it isn't mention on the little info sheet you get either. I did have a little google of the product and it sounds lovely so I'm looking forward to trying it out.

I'm really impressed with the range of products for this month's Love Me Beauty and i can not wait to get testing them - i will definitely be doing reviews on the products at some point so keep an eye out for those!

What do you think of this month's Love Me Beauty?
Natalie xx