Barry M – Matte Me Up, Liquid Lipstick Review.

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing great!

So, I know these Barry M Liquid Lipsticks have been around for a little while now, but I have only recently decided to pick these up! I’ve only seen a couple of reviews floating around, so I thought I would give some of them a go, and do a little review of how I feel these lipsticks perform!

They don’t have a huge colour range yet, so I picked up 3 for now, just to give them a try! The colour runway came in a lip kit, and I brought the other two as singles. The lip liner was okay, but I wanted to focus on the actual lipstick as you can buy this colour as a single aswell!

From left to right – Embellish, Minimalist, Runway (comes as a lipkit).

All three colours I picked up are really lovely. I feel like their really comfortable on the lips, and are all super opaque! They all are really long lasting, but after a long time they do start to ball up on your lips, so just be careful of that. Also, make sure you moisturise your lips, because these don’t sit overly well on dry lips, but 9/10 liquid lipsticks don’t look great on dry lips anyway! So just put a good lip balm on before application, or give your lips a nice scrub!

My favourite colour out of all of these, is Minimalist. It is a really nice, peachy tone nude colour. It also suits my skin tone really well, and I can wear it with any eye look! I also feel like the formula of this particular colour is the best, it lasts a little longer than the darker colours!

These overall are brilliant for the value, and Barry M released a really great product here! I 100% want to try more of the shades that are on offer!! I have only ever brought a couple of things from Barry M, so I would also love to dabble and try new things from this brands! Very intrigued!

Lots of love, Ellie x


Just A Mini Haul!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all fabulous!

Me and my bestie Danielle (@ddlovesx) had a bff date last weekend, and I just thought I would share some of the beauty related items I picked up! I picked up quite a few ‘homey’ things for the new house, but that is an upcoming post! We had a lovely, chilled out day, but also spent a decent amount of money after a long awaited pay day! There isn’t to much here, but no matter the size, I love a good haul!


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, £22.00 – This is a re-purchase for me! I love this as a ‘before foundation, after primer’ product! I can’t use it on its own, as I don’t feel like it primes my face how I like it, but it almost locks in any primer I have already set down on my face! I can always tell the difference when I haven’t used this. My makeup isn’t as long lasting, and I feel it gets more oily. Will always purchase!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, £23.50 – My all time favourite foundation! I currently have the shade NW20 which was perfect throughout the summer! Now I am back to my ‘like a sheet of paper’ pasty skin, I had to get a lighter shade to see me through winter! I am now wearing NW10 which is one of the lightest shades, but a pretty much perfect match for me!

MAC Lip Duo, £29.50 – Danielle convinced me to buy this kit, as it is one of her all time favourite lipsticks. MAC had a couple of different sets on stand, and she just MADE me buy it! It comes with the Body Bare lip pencil which is a great neutral shade! They had loads of different colour schemes, but this was my favourite!

Maybelline Super Stay 24hrs Foundation, £9.99 – I already had this shade, that I have now kindly donated.. to who you ask? Yeah Danielle haha! Sadly it was way to dark for me, so I have now brought one of the lightest shades in hope it works better for me!

Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara, £7.99 – I saw a review on this a couple of weeks ago, sadly I can’t remember who wrote it BUT her lashes look incredible, so I thought I would pick this up and see how it goes! I love trying out new mascaras!

L’Oréal X Fiber Xtreme Resist Waterproof Mascara,  £10.99 – This has been flying around the internet! I have never used a fiber mascara before, and I thought this would be a really good place to start!

Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, £1.99 – One of my favourite masks! Makes my skin super hydrated and feel extra soft and plump! So cheap aswell! Makes my makeup look a lot better after using this!

Superdrugs Own Cleansing Facial Wipes, 99p – I to this day will NEVER use makeup wipes to take the makeup off my face, for years they dried my skin out and I could never figure out what it was! But I love them for removing makeup from the back of my hand, or from my arm where I have done swatches for a video!

I do love a good haul!! Until next time!!

Lots of love, Ellie x



Workout Motivation – What Works For Me.

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing great.

I’m writing this blog post, as for a long time I have really struggled with finding the motivation to get fit. I am really unhappy with how I look at the moment. Growing into a women is a really hard thing, and a lot of people struggle with it! And coming to terms with the fact I’m not as small as I used to be, was quite hard to accept. Even though I feel like I’m not the best version of myself, I still struggled to find motivation.

This year, I am going to Florida in July. I am dreading even wearing shorts at the moment, let alone even wearing bikinis! I spent hours on the internet, pinterest mainly, to find something to help my brain click into workout mode! Not only that, I needed help to just stop eating pizza.. and Mac cheese.. and cake! Being a proper foodie, it’s getting so difficult. BUT I remembered something… I am the only thing holding me back. I am the one who would rather lay in bed watching Netflix, or eat junk food, rather than working out and eating good.

So, really.. I am holding myself back. I found 7 simple steps I am starting to follow, and it is helping a lot. I felt the need to share, as I love reading other people tips, and what has really helped them. SO! This is what I am going to stick to, no matter what.

1, Start slow and set yourself goals. This one is a big one. If you go in to hard at the beginning, and you really struggle, it couldn’t be less of a motivator if it tried. You will feel like you cannot do it, even though you really can. This is why goals are so good! I set myself a monthly goal, weight and workout wise. I am looking to lose 2 stone by July! So I’m looking to achieve this in the next 4/5 months really. To lose around 1 stone every 2 months! I feel like this is a goal I can really achieve. It is also really good to find a routine that works for you! It can be a specific work out, or time of the day! Even good food you like! It will make this time much more enjoyable!

2. Put your workout gear on, and find yourself a decent workout playlist! Putting on my workout gear really helped me to get motivated to go out running. I went home from work, and without sitting down straight away put my running stuff on. This will really help, never let yourself get distracted. If you leave it to long, I find myself making excuses and then end up not going out. Although, one of the best things for you to do is exercise when you don’t feel like it. It will give you an amazing uplift once you’ve done it! Tell yourself to keep going! I find getting a cracking playlist helps, something really upbeat, and has a good rhythm to it! You almost run with the music!

3. Always think positive, and never listen to anyone with a negative attitude. This is kind of a given, never think you can’t do it. And NEVER listen to a single person who tells you that you can’t/won’t do it. You have nothing to prove to those people, but take it as a ‘FU, I’ve got this’. Also, who needs that negativity? I don’t! Do not let these people get to you, what do they know? They don’t know you? You go gal! NEVER give up because someone told you to. EVER. 

4. Don’t give up when you don’t see instant results. This was one of the things that was really standing in my way. I didn’t see results straight away, and in my head I thought ‘Why am I bothering, nothing is happening?’. This isn’t true! You just won’t see it for a long time. Think about it, you see yourself every single day, and so do the people that are around you most. But one of the best feelings, is when you see someone you may not have seen for a little while, and they look at you and go ‘Wow, you look great!’. Also, I have taken a ‘before’ picture, so I can refer back when I feel like I haven’t made any improvement to myself.

5. Reward, and love yourself. I am not someone who can just be really tough, so I let myself have one treat day a week. It is usually a Saturday night, as this is when temptation is at an all high. I think of this as a ‘Reward’. I don’t punish myself, as I find this much harder. Cutting out every single thing you love is total crap, and I feel myself totally caving in after a while. And most importantly love yourself. No matter what you look like, or feel like, never think you aren’t good enough. Because you really are, and don’t ever forget that!

Lets see if in 6 months, I can stick to my own rules, and I am so ready for this.

Lots of love, Ellie x