Weekend Haul | EG

Hiya everyone! I’m so sorry that I haven’t blogged for two weeks, but I’ve had a lot of work to do recently, and I’ve finally gotten chance to sit down and write a post for all of you!

This week I’m going to show you what I’ve bought recently, which is quite a lot more than I usually would do as I got paid and thought I’d treat myself ( a lot )


The Shirt Dress.

The first thing I picked up was this gorgeous shirt dress, which was £19.99 from New Look. I’ve been staring at this dress for so long now, and have tried it on atleast three times. This time I tried it on, and new I had to buy it. The pattern is so gorgeous, and as grey is one of my favourite colours to wear I knew I had to get it. It was actually my friend that persuaded me to buy this, as is the case with most of these items.

Cactus.

Today I went into ikea, and as I walked down to the tills, I saw these three cactus sitting together and thought they were so adorable! Yet again, my friend told me to buy them and here I am adoring them. They look so cute all together on my dressing table, and for just £4.50 for all three, you can’t go wrong.

Makeup.

The first makeup piece I bought was the MUA moisturising primer. I have a love for primers, and thought a moisturising one would be so good as a two in one kind of product. The packaging is so simple and looks lovely in my makeup organiser and I can’t wait to use this product and test it out!

The second product I bought was the Freedom Pro Studio fixing spray. Sadly, the matte spray had ran out, which was the one I was looking for. However, at around £5 I thought I might as well try this. My makeup seems to come off easier as I have oily skin, so I thought I would try a fixing spray to see if all of the rave reviews are right.

Have you guys bought anything you love recently?

Are there any blog posts you would like to see?

Have a lovely day,

Grace X 

Sleek vs Nyx : Matte Lips | EG

Ever since the Kylie Lip Kits have been released, the popularity of matte lipsticks has exploded. A matte lip is an easy everyday go to and suits everyone. Most colours are a ‘your lips but better’ shade, but some are bright pops of colour! Recently in the Boots near me, a nyx counter opened up. It’s safe to say I ran to it. Yes, I did literally run to the makeup. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I’d completely forgotten that nyx was coming to Boots. I managed to get to the counter and pick up a Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes. Also, from the same Boots, I finally managed to get a Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit. This has been crowned as one of the best dupes for Kylie Jenners ‘ dolce k ‘.

Today I have a review for you guys! I’ve decided to give you the lowdown on two of the biggest dupes of the moment.

  
First off is the packaging. I think that the nyx packaging is really cute. That’s a strange way to describe it but I just think that the shape and materials used work so well together. I love the little heart on it to. The Sleek packaging is a lot easier when taking photos, as the nyx lip cream rolls everywhere! ( not good for someone who needs a neat Instagram theme ) . The packaging is quite similar in colouring, apart from with the Sleek product, you can see the lip cream whereas the nyx bottle is the colour that is inside.

  
Next is the applicators. Both are a fluffy sponge and very soft. However, the Sleek applicator is a lot longer and thinner, which can be hard when applying the product in the lips as it can be messy. However, you can use the tip to get a precise line. The nyx applicator is much like any other lip applicator. It is short and easy to control, and covers my lips in a few swipes.

  
Obviously, the part you’ve all been waiting for: swatches. These colours look so similar from the packaging, yet are actually very different. The nyx lip cream is a lot more red-toned meaning it dries as more of a red-pink colour. On the other hand, the Sleek lip cream is more cool toned, and dries as a lovely mauve colour.

  
As you can see the Sleek lip cream dries a lot darker than the nyx one. It also clings to every line on my skin, and it also does this with your lips, so be sure to exfoliate them before!

The consistency of the nyx lip cream is a lot more moisturising than the Sleek lip cream. Although I do still apply lip balm before, it comes out a lot creamier, whereas the Sleek lip cream is quite thin, although extremely pigmented. Also, another nice thing about the nyx lip cream is that it smells of vanilla! This is one of my favourite scents so this is definately a positive for me!

The price of the Sleek lip cream is £4.99, which is extremely good for what you get. The sleek lip cream lasts all day! I’ve been wearing it today and I put it on around 11:30, went to the park and had an ice cream, then came back and had dinner and it is still on! For £4.99 you can’t miss out!

The price of the nyx lip cream is £5.50 which is also really affordable. The range of colours is a lot wider from nyx, and they go from pinks to reds to purples! I am yet to wear it for a whole day, but I will definately report back when I do!

Which lip cream is your favourite? Do you have any favourite brands?

Also, what posts would you like to see? Comment below!

Have a lovely day!

Grace X

March Beauty Favourites | EG

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening everyone! First of all, I’d like to apolgise for not posting for two weeks. I’ve been away on holiday and took a complete break from everything. Now I’m back and ready to blog again!

I will post again during midweek to make up for lost posts! This week I have my March beauty favourites for you guys, and March was a good month for me!

  
The first thing I’ve been loving is the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. I’ve only bought this recently but it has completely replaced my rimmel one. This mascara gives serious volume and lift, especially for me, someone who has to curl their lashes before and after mascara and they still drop! This has a curved wand which means it grabs everyone lash and gives it a lovely coat of mascara. It is build able and not excessive spider leg looking, which I’m sure we all want to avoid!

The second thing is the Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit. I’ve been in so many boots stores desperately looking for a sleek counter, and when I found this, it was the last one! I picked this up on the basis of a beauty rumour I heard that it is a dupe for Dolce K by Kylie Jenner. I heard this from Mostly Meg on YouTube, and her channel is amazing, you should definately check her out! I bought this for around £4.99 and it lasts all day even through eating! I actually wore this when I went on a 12 mile bike ride and it lasted from 11:30am to around 5pm ( even with eating and cycling! )

Every blogger knows about Micellar Cleansing Water. This is so good for taking makeup off and literally gets every last bit off my skin. I bought a travel one for my holiday and it was the perfect size to pop in my bag. I actually own the biggest one too which I have nearly finished as I use it every day. It leaves my skin feeling clean and I like that it has no scent of colour because it makes it feel easier to use.

I showed this primer in my latest haul post and it is now my favourite! I would really recommend this as my makeup stays on all day, with no sign of redness! I recently went to my second Vamps concert ( it was the best night of my life ever )  and I was standing, where it obviously gets really hot. I asked my friend if I looked red and she said I was fine! If that isn’t enough to convince you, I don’t know what is. I personally have quite red, uneven skin and this primer really helps that.

The last thing, which is basically featured in every post is the Barry M Natural Glow Palette 2. This is honestly my favourite eyeshadow palette as it has a variety of colours including matte and shimmer shades. I actually use the shimmer shade as a highlighter and I’ve been complimented on it many times. It works really well as it is buildable and blend able. 

What have been your guys favourite things this month? Are there any products you’d recommend?

Also do you have any posts you would like me to do?

Have a lovely day!

Grace X 

Wish List | EG

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all have a lovely day! Today I have my wish list for you, which I’m excited to show you because there are some really lovely things in there.

                
Tarte Amazonian Clay Palette

First of all, I saw this gorgeous eyeshadow palette from tarte. I’m not sure where I first saw this palette, but when I did I fell in love with it. The colours are really versatile and there are so many you could match together. The price of this palette depends on where you buy it from. On QVC it is around £32.

Topshop Moto Cord Jacket

This jacket is gorgeous! It’s a champagne kind of colour, which is good because it’s neautral and would go with so many outfits. This is actually in the sale for £10!! Yes that is true! Sadly, this is out of stock so I’m scouring the Internet to find one!

Topshop Mom Jeans

When I went to Outfit recently I tried these jeans on and they were so comfortable and flattering. They are meant to be cropped, so I would get them in a longer length. Usually I would be leg 34, but I would get leg 36 so they would be longer. These jeans would be great for summer because they are not super tight, and would look great with a cropped top or a halterneck.

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Chihuahua

This lipstick is so pretty! I’ve seen these floating around Instagram so many times and I love this shade. It is a pinky brown colour and would look great with a neutral eyeshadow. For £16, I do think you’re getting a good product and I think it is a reasonable price for a too faced product, especially one with such great reviews.

Have you guys got any wishes?

Have a lovely day! ( and Easter! )

Grace X 

My Three Favourite Palettes | EG

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a lovely day! Recently, I’ve realised that I’ve been doi a lot of posts about makeup, and now I have another one! This week, I’m going to show you my three favourite drugstore eyeshadow palettes. All of these are great for everyday use, or even for going out.

My first favourite is the Ted Baker Rose Gold Trio. This came in a gift set at Christmas so the only place I can find it is on eBay. There are many people selling these, mostly because they were exclusive to this set.

  
This trio is absolutely gorgeous! It includes three shades, which don’t have names, but I would say they are all kind of a sunset colour. They aren’t matte, but they don’t have that super glittery look, making them very subtle. These are the most pigmented eye shadows I own. They blend really nice, especially with other matte shades.

My favourite thing about this trio is the packaging. I mean look at it! Rose gold, a bloggers dream. It also has a big mirror on the lid, which is really useful for on the go. The packaging is metal, which is really sturdy and great to put in your bag.

              
My next favourite is the W7 In The Nude palette. During December last year, I went to the clothes show, and all of the w7’s products were 3 for £10. I was luckily enough to pick up this palette, In The Buff and The Cheeky Trio. I love the packaging of this as it is durable and very neautral.

My favourite shades are the matte ones, especially since having green eyes, pink makes them really stand out. I find that the shadows aren’t very pigmented, but are quite build able. Also, this palette is a dupe for the Naked 3 palette!

               
This is my favourite eyeshadow palette. This is the Barry M Natural Glow Palette 2. It has 6 shadows and a primer. The primer, I have to admit, is terrible. It’s flakey and doesn’t blend at all. But the rest of the palette, oh my gosh! The colours are so pretty and blend able. I use the shimmery colour as a highlight on my cheekbones and have had so many compliments. I love to use the third shade and blend it with the grey. Then I use the lightest colour to define my brows. This palette is very versatile, and extremely affordable.

I really enjoy using Barry Ms products because they are cruelty free. Many brands aren’t, and I’m really trying to use cruelty free brands as I don’t see any need for animal testing.

This palette is very compact and also has a mirror on the lid. This would also be great for travelling and topping up either your highlight, eyeshadow or defining your brows.

Have you guys got a favourite palette?

Have a lovely day!

Grace x

Mini Haul | EG

Recently I went into town with some of my friends and bought a few things. After not blogging for a week or two I thought it was about time I wrote something up for you guys.

These are just the bits of makeup that I bought from a few places.  

After seeing that primark have a huge new make up range, I decided to try their new bb cream. I prefer using bb cream to foundation because it sits nicer on my face and gives my skin a more even look.

  
I got one of lightest ones because im quite pale and I definitely didn’t want the dreaded orange line along my jaw. From the picture, you can see that it matches my skin nicely and is not cakes. Of course, I only did a swatch and didn’t rub it in as I would on my face.

Personally, I really like this product. It smells slightly like cucumber which is really refreshing and it is also very moisturising. However it isn’t extremely pigmented, but when it’s priced at only £2.50 I’m not going to complain that it isn’t Mac quality.

The next thing I bought was a concealer. In the T.J Hughes in my city centre they sell all of the w7 range and loads of nice makeup. I decided to pick up the ‘go’ concealer as it seems pretty similar to my benefit ‘boi-ing’ concealer and I don’t want to run out of it.

                   
The ‘go’ concealer is extremely similar to the benefit concealer because it has the same consistency and colour. I actually got a lighter colour in the w7 concealer so it will lighten my under eyes. I like using a wax concealer because I find that it lasts alt longer than liquid. I got this for just £2.99 which I think is great considering how similar it is to the benefit concealer.

The next thing I got was another mascara. I currently use the waterproof max volume flash by rimmel. This is the best mascara I’ve ever used, I find that it looks even nicer on my lashes than the ‘they’re real’ by benefit. This isn’t on sale anymore, so I picked one up in T.J Hughes for just £3.99.

The last thing I bought is definitely my favourite. Primark have also started doing lip crayons and when I saw this one I fell in love with it.

  

It’s a velvet matte lip crayon and was just £2! It feels really lovely to apply and doesn’t dry my lips. It is quite a cool toned brown-pink colour. Combined with a lighter pnik nude colour it looks really nice with some shadows from the w7 in the nude palette.

Have you guys bought any new things you love?

Have a lovely day!

Grace X 

current wishes | EG♡

Today I have my list of current wishes! This is kind of like a ‘ yes please ‘post except there’s a lot more things and they cost a bit more.

  
vans – office £29.99

birkenstocks – asos £49.50

play suit – missguided £35

bralet – missguided £10

astor buckle bangle – Michael kors £95

This is a pretty big wish list! I love all of the things on here, even though I definitely don’t have enough money to buy them all!

I’ve been wanting some slip on vans for ageeeesss and these are in the sale at office.com! They only have a few sizes left but hopefully I can get some. You guys know how much I wear my topshop skater shoes and they are pretty worn out so I might treat myself to these.

Birkenstocks are kind of like marmite I guess. Some people hate them ; others love them. I can’t figure if I do love them or not yet, but I feel like I could pull them off with certain outfits ( and a lot of carelessness ) but I always wear white shoes and I quite like the simplicity of these.

This playsuit is exactly the same as the one from eBay I featured in a post ages ago! I actually bought the one from eBay but it was horrible! The quality was terrible and it looked really bad. This one is a halterneck and is clearly a much better material. It’s so pretty I just want to buy it right now. It would look quite cute with the Birkenstocks now I think about it.

This bralet would go perfect with my floral playsuit from h and m as it has criss cross straps. It would look really pretty underneath and for £10 you can’t go wrong! I will probably buy this and hopefully feature in a future post! They also have it in grey in the sale for £5!

This last wish is huge! I mean huge! I just think this is such a pretty bracelet, especially in the rose gold. There’s another one I like in the sale which is rose gold with little diamonds in it. Bangles are hard to find because I have such tiny wrists it’s hard to get one that fits me! However, they’re my favourite piece of jewellery so it’s kind of a catch 22. 

Have a lovely day! 

Do you have any wishes?

Grace x