March | Beauty Favourites

March | Beauty Favourites

It's quite insane to think that we are already 1/4 of the way through this year already, it doesnt seem like 5 minutes since New Year. However, i must say that I'm very glad that Spring is finally here as it's one of my favourite seasons. Throughout March, I've discovered and rediscovered some absolute gems and I've found myself sticking to the same products for most of the month.

Mini Boots Haul Feat. Maybelline, L'Oreal and Rimmel

Mini Boots Haul Feat. Maybelline, L'Oreal and Rimmel

It's been a heck of a long time since i did a haul post, I've been trying hard not to splurge on products as often as i once was because i own more than enough to be able to justify constantly buying news products. However, Boots have their 3 for 2 offer on at the moment and I've had a gift card for Boots burning a hole in my purse for about 4 months so i decided to treat myself to a couple new products.

Review | INIKA Face in a Box Starter Kit: Nuture

INIKA Face in a Box Starter Kit: Nuture

INIKA Face in a Box Starter Kit: Nuture

Mineral Make Up is something I've never really ventured in to, it's definitely something I've been curious to try but i didn't really know which brand i should start off with and I'm generally a little sceptical about how a loose powder can compare to the coverage of my trusty liquid foundations. Finally able to ease my curiosity, I've spent the past few weeks testing out the INIKA Face In a Box: Nuture* - the perfect starter kit for novices like myself who don't really know where to start with mineral make up. You might want to get a drink as this is going to be a bit of a long one.

Current Go To Red Lip | Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Red Essential

Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil Red Essential

Red lip products are definitely one of my biggest vices when it comes to make up, despite owning more than enough i can never seem to resist getting one more. I have the perfect excuse for this one though, it was a Christmas present and i didn't actually choose the shade - i mentioned to my sister i was interested in trying the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil and told her the two shades i was interested in most and this turned up under the Christmas tree, what can i say she knows me well

My Mac Eyeshadow Quad

Mac Eyeshadow Quad: Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery

Mac Eyeshadow Quad: Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery
Mac Eyeshadow Quad: Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery
Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery
I've had an empty Mac quad for almost a year, i won it in a lovely giveaway along with the shade Satin Taupe. I've been wanting to create my own perfect little palette that would have any shade i needed to create the perfect eye look whether it be neutral or bold.

I can't tell you how long i agonised over what colours to include in my mac quad; i wanted three colours to compliment Satin Taupe and it took me a heck of a long time to make my decision, i spent a lot of time researching shades and swatches to try and figure out which i liked the most and which would be best. It was not an easy decision and one of the shades i ended up purchasing on a it of a whim but i feel like it paid off - i can not tell you how exciting it was putting all the shades together into the palette. My palette consists of the shades Naked Lunch, Patina, Satin Taupe and Mystery.

Naked Lunch is a shade I've coveted for a heck of a long time. Naked Lunch is a light champagne colour, it's a very versatile shade that can be used as a wash of colour over the lid, as a high light or used as a base colour to compliment other shades too - it's one of those shades that goes with everything and it has a frost finish too so it has a slight shimmer to it.

Patina is the shade i never knew i needed but now i don't think i could ever be without. It's a light taupe shade with a gold shimmer and in some lights i also think it as a slight green tone to it. It's a really gorgeous eyeshadow and like Naked Lunch i love wearing this all over the lid alone as well as pairing it with other shades too. This is also a frost finish.

Satin Taupe is an eyeshadow i absolutely love and have owned for ages. It's a taupe shade with a silver shimmer running through it and it is absolutely gorgeous. I love wearing this as a crease colour, it's so pretty and it compliments lighter colours really well to create a lovely subtle smokey eye.

Mystery is the one eyeshadow that i bought on a bit of a whim. I wanted a darker shade to compliment the rest of the shades in the palette but i wanted a shade that i could work with that wouldn't be too dark so i settle on Mystery. It's a cool muted brown eyeshadow with a slight plummy tone to it and its the perfect shade to go in the crease or outer corner to really define the eye look. It's a satin finish which means it has very subtle sheen or demi-matte appearance - in the pan it does looks like it's a matte shade.

Mac have an enormous range of shades and finishes so you can't really go wrong for choice and they are such good quality too - they last well, blend together well and are so pigmented. They aren't cheap - the single eyeshadow are £13 each and the pan eyeshadows are £10 each which is part of the reason it took me so long to decide which to get because i wanted eyeshadow I'm going to make use of.

I'm really happy with the choices I've made and i absolutely love the quad I've made. I think i choose well with the shades as they work well together and there are so many different looks you can create with it ranging from natural day looks to bold sultry eyes. The palette itself is really great, it's a handy compact size so it won't take up a lot of room and will be perfect to take on holiday or travelling. I also love that i can take the eyeshadows out easily and swap them with different colours if i wanted too.

At some point in the future I'd love to get one of the bigger palettes so i have a whole range of shades - not that i need anymore but I'd love to know what your favourite Mac Eyeshadow shades are?
Natalie xx
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Review | Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo & Redken Iron Shape 11

Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo & Redken Iron Shape 11

I feel like i don't talk about hair products enough on my blog; which is quite odd because i actually love hair products and love trying all the different type of products out there. Redken is a brand that I've never tried out before as their products are on the pricey side but thanks to, you can get them just a little bit cheaper. I've been putting two of their products to the test for the past week and I'd thought I'd share my thoughts.

Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo & Redken Iron Shape 11

First up, is the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender and Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo*- I'm the ultimate lazy girl when it comes to my hair; i hate washing it, i just think it's such a chore to do so i like to keep washing it to a minimum if possible so dry shampoo is one of my favourite products and a big part of hair routine. I'm always willing to give new dry shampoos a try and even though I'll use pretty much any that's available, i do think I'm quite hard to please. I've tried a heck of a lot of different dry shampoos and out of the ones I've tried there is only one that has ever truly blown me away that is until now.

Redken's offering is pretty damn good; it has a fresh fragrant scent to it, it doesn't leave the hair feeling crusty and it really does freshen up the hair and prolong it. I reapply this each day so i can't vouch for it extending the hair for two days but its definitely one of the best dry shampoos I've used in terms of keeping the hair looking fresh, the oil absorbing properties really help prevent it from looking too greasy and it's also really great for adding texture and volume into the hair too.

It is quite pricey for a dry shampoo (£12.60) but i do really like it, so i could possible be swayed into buying it because it's definitely one of the best ones I've ever tried and you can tell that you're paying for a good quality product.

Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo & Redken Iron Shape 11

The second product I've been trying out is the Redken Iron Shape 11 Finishing Thermal Spray* - i think this is one of those products that is quite a novelty to have, i don't think it's a necessity to any routine but its a nice product to use if you do have it. It's basically a spray you use on your hair after you've used heat, so after straightening or curling your hair you spray this all over and it protects and repairs the hair whilst adding a shiny and smooth finish. It's almost like a heat protectant but you use it after instead of before.

I don't think I'd ever go out of my way to buy time and time again but it is nice knowing there is an extra source of protection from heat for my hair because i do use heat a lot. It doesn't leave your hair sticky or anything like that but i imagine if you go a little over board with spraying, that could be an issue and it doesn't have much of scent to it either. Honestly, i don't I'd be willing to go out and pay the price (£12.60) for this product because whilst it is a nice product, it's not nice enough for the price.

Have you tried Redken before? Any recommendations?

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

Top 5 | Perfumes

Top 5 | Perfumes

I've never really been one to treat myself to a perfumes, usually i get them as presents either for my birthday or at Christmas time as i love perfume but id rather spend my money on make up or other things. Although, if you have a B&M near you, definitely check out their perfume cabinet as they have some pretty good bargains when it comes to perfume! Anyways, I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite perfumes with you in today's post.

Disclaimer: I'm not that great at describing scents, so please bear with me.

Christina Aguilera's Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera's Christina Aguilera
I've actually gone through about three bottles of this perfume as i just love it. It has a really lovely floral scent to it enriched with vanilla - id say it has quite a sweet yet musky tone to it, it's not like your typical floral scents. I love the bottle of this; the lace detailed is so pretty and apparently it's supposed to reflect Christina Aguilera's style of emphasising sexuality. I absolutely love this perfume and it smells amazing.

One Direction's Our Moment

One Direction's Our Moment
I quite like One Direction but i genuinely had no intention of every wanting to buy their perfume, that was until i decided to smell it in store on a whim and found that it was actually really nice. This is the one perfume i get the most compliments on and usually the one people find themselves a bit embarrassed at having liked it so much, especially any lads. The bottle is nice but I'm not a fan of the fabric lid, it doesn't really serve much purpose as the spray isn't really covered up by anything. The scent however is really nice, it is quite a typical 'celebrity scent' but I'd honestly say put any opinions of the band aside and go smell it - it's has a fresh fruity/floral scent to it.

Rihanna's Nude

Rihanna's Nude
This is another perfume that i receive quite a few compliments on; it's described as having 'daring and sophisticated qualities, expressing the wearer's true self and confidence'. Not quite sure about that one, but the scent is really nice - it's quite a womanly, almost provocative scent (i feel that's a weird way to describe it) with mostly fruity notes but also hints of floral too, it's quite a darker scent compared to the usual fresh fruity type of scents but it is really lovely and is currently my go to perfume for nights out.

Vivienne Westwood's Naughty Alice

Vivienne Westwood's Naughty Alice
As you can see with this one, there is barely a drop left. I won't let myself use anymore because I'm so sad it's run out, it's quite possible my all time favourite perfume and i need to get my hands on a new one. It's described as being sexy, musky yet comforting whilst enlivening the senses - the floriental (floral oriental) notes gives it that warm, musky scent. It's such a nice scent and this is the one perfume that really makes me feel like a grown woman - if that makes sense, it's such an empowering scent. I also really love the bottle, it did originally come with a bracelet but i lost mine ages ago when i moved out for uni.

Vera Wang's Love Struck

Vera Wang's Love Struck
Firstly, i love the bottle of this - it is a little big which isn't ideal for taking out with you in your handbag but it's one of those bottles that looks great on display. It's described as being sparkling addictive floral scent combined with notes of musk and vanilla to create a passionate and elegant scent. I had no idea that this perfume was designed to capture the feeling of a woman stuck by love and is actually inspired by a modern day twist Romeo & Juliet. It's quite interesting discovering the back story of perfumes and what has inspired them but this truly is a lovely floral scent,

My descriptions are genuinely terrible but all i can suggest is that you take me work and go to your nearest perfume counter and smell them all, they really are lovely scents. I love them all and I'm forever switching between them - I've gained a new found love perfume lately and there are so many others i really want to try out.

What's your favourite perfume? Any recommendations?
Natalie xx
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Why I Started Blogging...

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I've been blogging for over three years now and it has been a heck of a journey. Everyone has their own reasons for starting their blog whether it be a creative outlet, a resource for getting free stuff or like me, you simple have a big passion for all things beauty and you want to share it with everyone.

About 5 or 6 years ago, i remember stumbling onto the beauty community on youtube - i had no idea such a thing existed until a friend told me she always looked to youtube tutorials for everything, especially things beauty related. It was only out of sheer curiosity that i decided to check them out and i stumbled upon Panacea81 aka Lauren Luke and i must have spent hours and hours watching through her videos.

From there i discovered many other youtubers - Fleurdeforce, Gem's Maquillage, Miss Glamorazzi, Bubzbeauty and Michelle Phan. I spent a lot of my spare time watching them, i've learned so much about make up, its uses and all the different ways to apply things. I was so fascinated with this world and community they were involved in that i wanted desperately to be a part of it and it was thanks to my discovery of youtube that i discovered high end brands like Mac and my make up collection started to grow - within the space of 6 months, my silver box of make up grew into small 3 drawer stand. I never did make my youtube debut like I'd wanted as sitting in front of a camera and filming is not something that comes easy to me and still isn't, I've tried filming a few times but i get so embarrassed and delete it; like is my voice seriously that squeaky?!

From youtube, i then discovered the blogs that youtubers ran alongside their channel and at this point i didn't realise so many existed but i felt like blogging was something that i could get on board with and share as much of myself as i was comfortable with without putting myself completely on show. So i started a blog; in fact over the space of two years i made two beauty blogs and failed - i tried to keep them up but i was impatient and was naive enough to expect a response overnight, so i gave up on them before they even had a chance to begin. At this point i kind of gave up with the idea of me ever being involved in this community and instead spent my time reading other blogs and watching way too many youtube videos.

It was only when i moved out for uni and found myself quiet miserable that  i wanted something to do in my spare time that was completely separate to my course - so 'youralmostalice' was born; i didn't take it too serious at first, in fact in the first month of me starting it, i only did a handful of (terrible) posts and it was only when i discovered that a girl on my uni course was also a blogger that i found myself really inspired and putting more effort into my blog. From there, i discovered the #bbloggers twitter feed and i found a whole community of people who like me are obsessed with beauty and want to share their thoughts and opinions and it's amazing to see that community grow more and more each day.

Compared to a lot of other bloggers, the growth of my blog has been quite slow - it's been a long process and I'm still always looking at ways i can improve my blog but i can honestly say i am so proud of what I've achieved. I'm close to reaching 900 followers on bloglovin', i receive lovely comments on my post and to receive emails off brands wanting to work with my blog, honestly blows my mind.

The reason i started blogging and why i keep blogging is because i love sharing my thoughts and opinions on make up products - even if, no-one is reading or no-one is all that interested in what i have to say, it is my own little space where i can say what i like without much judgement. It's a place where i have entire control on it and i honestly couldn't imagine not blogging. I find it incredible that three years have gone by since i started my blog but i genuinely hope i keep blogging for many years to come.

Why did you start blogging?
Natalie xx
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This Week I #3

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Smashed my face powder again, Blogger Mail and Selfie.
I've been in a really crappy mood this week and i can't quite put my finger on why, i think it might be a combination of things that are starting to just really get to me. I've been thinking about my future ablot lately and i think that's one of the main things that's really been getting to me, i know i want things to change and i have an idea of what it is that i want but i just don't know how to go about making the changes and the fear of not being able to do that is making me feel quite anxious and stressed.

I like the job i have now but it's not the one i want to be in forever; i have an idea of what it is that i want to do but it requires doing some courses which I'm more than happy to do but it complicates things because at the moment i can't afford them and i don't know if i can get any help financially. Also, half of the courses I've been looking at are during the week which means i wont be able to work and there's no way i could live without my wage so I'm in a bit of vicious circle. Any advice you have would be much appreciated?

How has your week been?
Natalie xx
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Review | Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3 in 1 Volumising Mascara

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Max Factor is quite quickly becoming one of my favourite high street brands; they've released some absolutely amazing products lately - I'm currently in love with their Creme Puff Blushes (review here). One of the products that Max Factor seem to excel at is their mascara and whilst i didn't think they could beat the Max Factor Excess Volume their latest mascara the Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3 In 1 Volumising Mascara* definitely comes close.

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I've been trying out a lot of different mascaras lately but this one has become my go to for nights out as it's one of the best mascaras I've tried; it gives really thick and long looking lashes, a friend of mine actually thought i was wearing false lashes. (The photo doesn't do the lashes justice) The mascara applicator has been created to ensure tight contact between the wand and lashes, the formula is combined with 'lash extending fibres and the mascara has also been designed so that the wand is evenly and heavily coated in the formula to ensure a transformation with every stroke.

When it comes to mascara i don't like heavy application and i usually only tend to apply a couple of coats because i hate clumpy lashes and even with very few coats on the lashes you still get amazing results. As well as extending and adding length to the lashes, it really separates them leaving you with really thick and full lashes. It lasts all night without smudging, transferring or flaking.

The design of this mascara and the wand are both very similar to their previous mascara release the Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara (review here) I think the packaging at least should be different so it's easier to distinguish but that has no reflection on the quality of the product and despite how similar it looks to the other it's quite impressive how different the results are that you get.

The mascara retails for £10.99 (available here) which is quite pricey for a high street offering but i genuinely believe that you are paying for excellent quality when it comes to this mascara and you really do get the results it promises. I'm seriously impressed and i honestly think Max Factor are on fire with their releases at the moment.

What's mascara are you loving at the moment?
Natalie xx
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*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Currently Loving | Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink

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I seem to be discovering some absolute gems lately and the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush* is no exception. Have you ever tried one of those products that you just can't get enough of? That you get so excited to use and you just want to tell everyone about it - that pretty much sums up my feelings about this blush.

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The blush has a finely milled, baked formula with multi-tonal pigments; it's designed to gave a soft and lightweight feel, whilst the tones compliment and enhance the skin with a buildable natural colour. The blush itself is really pretty and aesthetically pleasing; it's packaged really compactly so it takes up barely any room and the multi-tonal swirled pattern is stunning, they remind me a lot of the Mac Mineralise products - I've not tried those so i can't compare them but visually they look very similar.

Their are six shades available and each one is more suited to a skin tone; i opted for Seductive Pink which is a mid tone rosy pink which is suitable for most skin tones. I'm really glad i opted for this shade as it's so beautiful. The multi tones in the blush adds radiance to the skin and liven up the complexion without being too obvious, it's really nice and so natural looking too.

If you are someone who likes a really heavy blush these won't be for you, but if you are like me and love a natural flush of colour to these cheeks then you need to get your hands on one of these. They are not heavily pigmented, they are really light but you can build them up so easily. I love that i can apply this really quickly and roughly to the face without worrying that I've applied too much.

They retail for £8.99 and are available to buy here. I'm seriously impressed with these blushes and i have my eye on so many of the other colours as they are just beautiful and i love the natural finish that they give, it's so subtle and it adds such a lovely radiance to the skin and i honestly urge you to go and check them out.

What product are you currently loving?
Natalie xx
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*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Introducing | Herbalife Skin

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I've had a bit of trouble with my skincare routine lately - whilst I've been using a lot of products that i enjoy using I've found it difficult to get myself in a set routine and continuously use those products - unfortunately, I'm quite a lazy person so i want a routine that is quick, simple and gives results. I was very kindly sent a range of products from Herbalife and have spent these past few weeks I've been testing them out

"Herbalife SKIN is solution-based skin care nutrition that balances ingredients, botanicals, and extracts with proven science for a luxurious experience and healthier-looking skin every day."

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7 Day Results Kit
Herbalife do a 7 Days Results Kit that has been clinically tested to give you results within 7 days. The kit contains a whole host of products and in my kit i was very kindly sent a couple of the items to try out.

Herbalife Skin Soothing Aloe Cleanser*
This is an aloe vera based cleanser; it removes make up, excess oil and dirt really easily, it's gentle on the skin and lathers up really nicely. This particular cleanser is for normal to dry skin; it leaves the skin feeling really soft and smooth and has a very subtle fresh scent to it also.

Herbalife Firming Eye Gel and Hydrating Eye Cream*
The firming eye gel is used in a morning before moisturising and is a really lovely product - it contains cucumber extract so it is really refreshing and cooling to use under the eyes. It's also supposed to help improve the firmness around the eye area, i can't comment on the last bit as i only had two sachets of the firming eye gel but i really enjoyed using it.

The hydrating eye cream is used in the evening before moisturising and again, i really enjoying using this. It has quite a thick formula which works through the night to add moisture back into the skin. In the morning i woke up and my under eyes were refreshed and hydrating.

I'm actually really gutted I've used up the sachets of both these eye creams as I've genuinely enjoyed using them. Eye cream is a part of my routine i neglect often because I've never found one i like enough but i really enjoyed using both of these. Both eye creams are suitable for all skin types.

Herbalife Skin Daily Glow Moisturiser*
This is a such a lovely moisturiser, it's really lightweight so you don't have to sit around waiting for it to sink into the skin. It hydrates the skin and leaves it really soft and smooth and with a healthy glow too. This is also suitable for all skin types.

Herbalife Skin Replenishing Night Cream*­­
This is very similar to the day cream except it's a little bit thicker in consistency as it works through the night to replenish the skin and double it's moisture. It improves the overall complexion, leaves the skin feel really soft and looking healthier. Also, suitable for all skin types.

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Herbalife Skin Instant Reveal Berry Scrub*
This is another one of my favourites out of the range; it's a really gentle face scrub that exfoliates the skin to reveal a much healthier looking complexion. It's so gentle on the skin and has a really lovely fruity scent to it. Also, suitable for all skin types.

Herbalife Skin Purifying Mint Clay Mask*
This is a really revitalising face mask; as it's spearmint and also has a hint of rosemary to it, it's really refreshing and revitalising on the skin. I've only tried this a handful of times as i tend to only use face masks once a week but each time i use it, I'm left with really soft, smooth skin.

Herbalife is all paraben free and dermatologically tested so you don't need to worry any nasty stuff in the ingredients. All in all, I'm really impressed with this skincare range - my skin feels really incredibly smooth and it appears much more healthy looking and hydrated and for once I'm actually sticking to a routine of sorts.

Have you tried any products from Herbalife Skin?
Natalie xx
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*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

Maybelline Vs Benefit | Gel Liner Pens

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Eyeliner is one of those products that i very rarely go without so the release of gel liner pens made me really rather excited as it seemed like I'd be able to get the same results you do with gel liners but the application would be much easier, at least for me. For today's post, i thought it might be interesting to compare and share my thoughts on two different gel liner pens; Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner and Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner.

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Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner is the more expensive of the two retailing at £18.50, so at that price i personally expect the best results but it definitely has some a few flaws. It has a custom Accuflex tip that's supposed 'hugs your lashline' to get that perfect smooth application. For me gel eyeliner should glide effortlessly along the eye but this drags a bit and requires some effort to get a good line, it sometimes crumbles too which can mess it all up. Once you've managed to apply the liner - it can look amazing and it does not budge at all, to the point it can be quite a pain to remove but whenever I've used this I've found that my winged liner looks amazing.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner is the on the opposite end of the spectrum and is much more affordable at £8.99 - it has a similar angled applicator to the Benefit one but i actually found the Maybelline liner glides really smoothly along the eye, it applies exactly the way i'd expect a gel liner pen to apply - very smooth and with ease, it also doesn't crumble. However, don't be fooled this liner is also flawed, i found that after the application it can be a little smudgy and if you blink whilst waiting for it to dry sometimes it results in the liner transferring onto the lid and near the crease which is not a good look. It's fine once it's dried but it's not good  if you are someone who is in a rush because you will end up with it all over the place.

Usually with a comparison type post there is a clear preference at which is better but in this instance each liner as a quality that the other should have. Benefit is awful to apply but stays and doesn't smudge whereas Maybelline glides perfectly but is a little smudgy - if you combined these products together you would probably have the perfect gel liner pen but both products are equally good and equally flawed.

I feel like this post is insanely rambly but if I'm being completely honest, I'd probably say if you wanted to try one I'd save your money and opt for the cheaper alternative just watch the smudging.

Which do you prefer? I'd love to know your thoughts?

Natalie xx
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Recently Read #4

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It's taken me quite a while to get through these books but I'm also quite proud I've managed to get through some of the ones on my reading list (See here) as I've not had much time and it's normally around this time of year that i fall into a bit of a reading slump and don't get through many books. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads if you'd like to follow my progress or see what I'm currently reading.

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon
Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia. Now working on a picture desk for a magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet her new colleague, who turns out to be all too familiar. Although awkward at first, as Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from when they met, they soon become friends. But as the two get closer, and the wedding day looms, it is clear that Alex and Bronte have unfinished business

I really enjoyed this book; it had me gripped and it was one of those books that i hated having to put down. It's quite a typical romance chick lit type of book but it had me hooked and i couldn't not put it down for wanting to know how it ended - granted, i was a little disappointed in the ended but it was still well worth a read. It's the first book I've read by Paige Toon and i thoroughly enjoyed her writing style.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids, Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

I had quite high expectations of this book after seeing so many good ratings on good reads but I'm a little torn about it. I loved the storyline and seeing how Cath coped without depending on Wren so much but i hated the fan fiction that was featured a lot - i didn't mind the fan fiction element of the book but i didn't want to have to read that as i didn't enjoy the Simon Snow snippets and ended up skipping them sometimes. Other than that i did really enjoy it - the whole Levi situation was a quite predictable but i enjoyed it all the same.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

This book is incredible cheesy but i enjoyed it so much that i was actually gutted when i finished it. The story is predictable and you can see whats going to happen a mile off but despite that i still found it seriously difficult to put it down. I can't wait to get my hands onto the others in the series.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail but they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives. Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job - reading other people's e-mail. When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories. By the time Lincoln realises he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself. What would he say . . . ?

I was quite disappointed in this book to be honest, i found that the story was quite slow and it took me ages to read because it just didn't captivate my attention - it was too slow paced and the ended was so rushed.

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Siobhan Curham
Penny has a secret. Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.

The writing style of this book was a bit childish and sometimes patronising but I did enjoy the story of this book, id be lying if i said i didn't. It was cute and innocent and such an easy book to read.

Let me know if you have any book recommendations, especially romance/chick lit type books!
Natalie xx
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This Week I #2

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Mamma Mia, Pick 'n' Mix and Homemade Bath Bombs

For some reason this week has been really hectic; in between working, hospital visits, seeing friend and trying to keep on top of my blogging i feel like I've not had the chance to catch up with myself.

Monday was possibly my favourite day this week - not a sentence i say often but after work i finally got to go see one of my close friends who has been recovering from spinal surgery and it was so good to see her as I've missed her so much and it'd been way too long since I'd seen her last. So it was really lovely to see her - i feel like I've lost my limb not seeing as much as i normally do, really hoping i get to go see her again soon.

Monday evening, I went to see Mamma Mia at the Liverpool Empire which was incredible - we got really cheap tickets so we was sat in the gods but regardless of that it was still amazing. I absolutely love the theatre and I've got a couple of other shows coming up this year too which I'm really looking forward too!

Thankfully, the hospital visits are over and my relative was allowed home on Friday which I'm absolutely made up about because going the hospital every night was quite exhausting. I'm also really glad he's much better too but there's still a long road ahead. Hopefully, I should have a little bit more spare time and i really want to try and put more effort into my blog because it's definitely not been as up to scratch as I'd like but hopefully that should change.

I've also decided to have a go at posting daily because i have a lot of posts i really want to get up - I'm going to be a lot stricter with the quality of what goes up so I'm not saying there is definitely going to be a post everyday because if I'm not happy with it then it isn't going up but I'm going to give it a try!

How's your week been?
Natalie xx