I don’t know about you but with all the Valentine’s posts going around at the moment I have been feeling quite girly all of a sudden. With Spring around the corner, which means that we can all start feeling a bit cheerful and colourful again, I have put together some of my favourite girly beauty products, which just so happen to follow a pink theme.

Some are old favourites, some are newer, all of them are very lovely.

 


This delicate pink blush is from the Bare Minerals compact range and is in the shade ‘The One’. I love this colour because it looks amazing on everyone and can be worn as a very natural every day look, as well as being vamped up for a more striking look for evening time. The colour gives a really nice dewy finish with a slight highlight in it.

 

Next I’ve got my go-to mascara at the moment which is the Maybelline Sensational Volume Effect Mascara. This mascara is amazing as it’s huge brush gives you massive volume and really gives that false lash effect. The brush is also slightly curved to make it easier to catch every lash! I love Maybelline’s mascaras and this is my current favourite.

 

The iconic “perfect nude/pink” shade that made MAC famous, Angel has been a favourite of mine since I bought it for my bridal look last year. It’s honestly the most wearable everyday lipstick I’ve ever had, being the perfect mix of natural and pretty but at the same time having enough colour pigment to make your lips stand out. For an everyday, girly look Angel is perfect.

 

This Ted Baker body soufflé is as gorgeous as the packaging looks from the outside. When you open it up you are hit with this delicious pink cream which is the girliest, most floral, sweet smelling thing I’ve ever come across. It’s like they mixed fairies and unicorns to make it! I don’t wear it every day but for a special occasion it’s the kind of smell that I really like. The packaging is super cute too.

 

Once you’ve tried a Liz Earle fragrance it’s difficult to go back to anything else every again! And that is definitely the case with me. It’s fair to say I’ve been going on about this fragrance A LOT recently, featuring it on my bridal makeup and hair blog as well as my January favourites video, but what can I say?! It’s the best. No. 20 is my favourite because it’s everything I look for in a fragrance: made from natural ingredients, fresh and light, floral and girly and it reminds me of summertime, however all of Liz’s fragrances are stunning and there is definitely a smell to suit everyone.

 

I have been a big fan of the Molton Brown body & bath ranges, particularly the body washes, for a while now but I have recently switched from my all time favourite (Gingerlily) to try out the Pink Pepperpod range! It’s still got the exotic ginger smell but it’s much more fiery and the fragrance really fills up your whole bathroom in the morning – I love it! They do the entire range in this scent from body washes and creams to fragrance diffusers.

What are your favourite ‘girly’ products?

      

DIY wedding makeup. *Screams of horror*. I know, I know, my friends were horrified too. But I’ll let you into a secret..

Unless you want perfectly blended smokey eyes with Kardashian style contouring which needs a professional – you can do it!

And it will be fine!

I wanted a natural, glowy and summery makeup look for my wedding. I have little makeup experience and hardly wear any on a day to day basis. With a few makeup lessons with Bare Minerals and Laura Mercier, a few YouTube tutorials and some good quality makeup products; I did this:

 I am so happy with how it turned out. The best decision that I made was to invest a lot of effort (which means money) in preparing for my wedding day. I had mechanical facials every four weeks for 6 months prior to the big day. Manual facials are lovely but I feel having a mechanical or ‘electrical’ facial gives the skin an extra kick and can really help give you that ‘glow from within’. I alternated the microdermabrasion facials (removal of the dead skin cells for deep exfoliation) with the oxygen facials oxygen is pushed into the skin for a pumped up and refreshed look) and I found this to be a winning combination. The only important thing to remember is to have your last microderm no less than 4 weeks before the wedding as it can leave the skin slightly irritated and pink.

Teeth wise I didn’t bother with the expensive teeth whitening that many brides do. I used Oral B Luxe White (Glamorous) toothpaste and mouthwash for 4 weeks proceeding the wedding and it did the job! I didn’t have too much discoloration to begin with so didn’t need anything heavy duty but it certainly worked and I was surprised how white my teeth looked in the pictures!

I also invested in having an LVL Lash Lift. This was honestly the best thing I did regarding my bridal beauty and I would recommend it to any bride who doesn’t want the faff of falsies. I have long lashes but they are dead straight and the lash lift curls the lashes from the root and basically makes them curly, giving your eyes a much more open and doll eyed-look.  I’m really pleased with how they look in the pictures.  I’m not going to lie – the process is not a picnic. It takes about 40 minutes with your eyes shut and various liquids being put on your lashes but it’s well worth it.

Finally, I splashed out and got my brows threaded at Blink Brow Bar, London. They are on the pricey side as far as threading goes but they do an amaaaazing shape and, once done, my perfect brows lasted 3 weeks and didn’t need any filling in or makeup on the day.

The key to perfecting a DIY look is practice and planning. I went for makeup lessons at several counters; MAC (for eyes), Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Bare Minerals and Lancome. I was never 100% happy with any of the completed looks (which reinforced the fact I was right to do my own – I’m fussy!!) but I liked elements and took bits from all of them to come up with completed look. I didn’t scrimp on the products and bought a few a month until I had everything I wanted and then I practiced, practiced, practiced at home.

The makeup I used to achieve this look:

FACE

  • Bare Minerals Prime Time primer; Original.
  • Bare Minerals mineral foundation; Fairly Medium.
  • Benefit bronzer; Hoola.
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin concealer; Medium.
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil setting powder.
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage face concealer.
  • Bare Minerals compact blusher; The One.
  • Bare Minerals compact highlight; READY Luminizor Duo.

EYES

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basic; Flax.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Dazzlelight.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; A Natural Flirt.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Corduroy.
  • Lancôme Hypnose Mascara  (waterproof!)

I used the 3 MAC eye-shadows with a MAC blending brush and blended them all out to create a dewy, soft pink look with a subtle shimmer.  I had been toying with wearing a chocolate brown eyeliner but with the lifted lashes I felt I didn’t really need it.

LIPS

  • MAC Lipstick; Angel.

I would encourage any bride thinking about DIY to go for it. You really don’t necessarily need a makeup artist, with the right products, practice and the ability to remain calm on the day (!!!) you can certainly do it yourself 🙂

Any other DIY brides out there?

xox

Okay, I admit it. I have expensive taste in body wash! I love, love, loveeeee Molton Brown (all their products) and have a particular soft spot for their shower gels. The flavours are so yummy, they all smell amazing, lather up so much and are such gorgeous colours. Generally all round amazing products.

They arn’t cheap as far as body wash goes and since I’m a student I wouldn’t usually splash out on such a thing. However, my lovely mum has got this cute little thing where she always buys me a set of their minis for my birthday or Christmas because she knows how much I love them! I like to have lots of different ones so I can chop and change and the mini sets usually have about 12 small bottles of gel which lasts me a fair amount of time! Basically, I’m sorted for shower gels!

I recieved this set for my birthday and I wanted to tell you about my favourites.

How cute do they look lined up in colour order by the way?? Amazing decoration for my bathroom if nothing else!

Pink Pepperpod

Obviously I have a soft spot for this one because it is bright pink and I think it looks sassy as! It’s also a really lovely fruity smell and it gives off a really tropical aroma. The blend of fiery pink pepper and ginger make it kind of spicy which is really refreshing in a body wash. Great for waking you up in the morning.

Coco & Sandalwood

Coconut anything is my absolute favourite. I love it. The smell remind me of holiday so much it transports me in my head to a beach with a cocktail in hand. Plus, coconut has so many amazing properties to keep skin soft and moisturised. Soothing on the skin and nice for a relaxing bath.

Gingerlily

My all time favourite Molton Brown product is the Gingerlily. I adore the smell so much I have also purchased the body cream. It just smells divine – of lilies obviously so it’s quite a flowery smell but I don’t find it over powering. It’s an exotic flowery product with a hint of spicy ginger. 

Do you like Molton Brown or any other luxury bath products? What’s your favourite?

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I am in love with French/Dutch braids. Unfortunately, I really can’t do them on myself! I trawl Pinterest and pin to my hearts content but when I try in front of the mirror – it just doesn’t happen. My fingers don’t bend that way!

Because I’ve got long hair which is quite thick I’m lucky in the sense that some of my more-able friends like to practice styles on me! I can’t take credit for any of these, they were all done by an incredibly talented work friend, but these are all me and I wanted to share the styles because some of them are soooo pretty.

Braid across the front, side and into a bun. I like this one because it’s a nice up do and looks kind of ‘little house on the prairie’. It’s one braid starting at the front of the head and crossing over round the side.

Festival plaits. Classic! Great for the gym or festivals, make you look kind of cool.

My favourite! This was a backwards French braid (starting at the bottom of the head) which is done with the model (me) with their head upside down the whole time. It looks amaaaazing from the back.

Side braid. Or Katnis braid! Love it.

Another favourite – a simple everyday look with one fat braid across the front. So pretty!

Can you do any exotic braid styles? Can you teach me??

xox

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So, I have a bit of a confession. I’ve already admitted to being super low maintenance chick (read my post here) but it’s time to CONFESS beauty bloggers that I only own 7 lipsticks.

Whaaaaaaaaat.

I know, I know, BUT hear me out. I don’t like waste, clutter or spending money and each of these lip colours has a very specific purpose and place in life. I use all of them. And I love all of them. And honestly, I don’t need anymore

So here is what has made the cut to join my very exclusive club which is; my lipstick collection:

MY EVERYDAY NUDE 

This is a lovely, neutral pinky brown which is really good for everyday/ work or a natural makeup look. I love the consistency because it’s really moisturising and has a fairly decent staying power – although does fade off a bit after a few hours.

MY HOLIDAY LIPSTICK

Ola senorita! This cute coral is perfect for holidays and looks gorge with a bit of a tan (or bronzer). As with all MAC lippys it’s good quality and lasts for ages.

MY BRIDAL LIPSTICK / 2ND CHOICE NUDE

I bought this for my bridal makeup and I’ve fallen in love with it and now alternate it as a second choice for my everyday nude. Although it is so similar in name it’s actually quite different to Angelic; much more pink and girly. I love it.

MY FEELING A BIT JAZZY LIPSTICK

As you can see, this lipstick has been well used and well worn at the bottom of my clutch bag. So well worn in fact the name has rubbed off and I don’t know the same of it! Anyway, it’s a baby pink lipstick which I usually layer up with a bit of gloss when it’s paaaarttyyyy time.

MY FEELING VERY JAZZY LIPSTICK

Only used with caution. This is very bright. I classify it as a lipstick because the colour is so strong but it comes in a sort of gloss format. You apply it and it dries matte and really, really strong. It looks fab when wanting to make a lip statement on a night out.

MY RED ONE

Everyone’s got to have a bright red lippy right?! I don’t wear it much, but I do love this one. It’s a really deep red but the best thing is that it stays put all night and doesn’t smudge at all! Perfect red lips every time.

So, as you can see, they all know their place! And I don’t need too much space in my makeup drawer for them. Generally, I don’t like to have too much choice in term of makeup colours, knowing where I stand with my special few is much more up my street. Plus, they are tried and tested and I love them all – so why deviate?!

How many lipsticks do you own?

xox