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!

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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!

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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

 

 

My Trip To New York City.

Hi guys and gals! Hope you are all doing great!

So, not so long ago, me and Michael jetted to New York, USA for a lovely 8 night stay! This place has been on my bucket list for years, and when we finally had the opportunity to go, there was nothing stopping us! This was the first time we’d ever been on US soil, and safe to say it didn’t disappoint! We made a huge go pro video of our time, but here is some of our photos and a run down on our trip!

We went on 31st October, so everything was very ‘Halloween’esk’. We flew with Virgin in Premium Economy and the flight was incredible! The staff were lovely, and the plane was super clean and the seats were super comfy! We had an upgraded food menu which was amazing, because we all know plane food isn’t the best! But this didn’t disappoint! We had free champagne on a arrival aswell and free alcohol throughout. I gave all mine to Mike as I’m not a huge fan of flying (I didn’t mind it, I didn’t want to add alcohol to my system!) So he got slightly drunk on the plane!

Our hotel was lovely! It was right outside Madison Square Garden, and the views from the hotel were beautiful. Sadly from our window was just buildings behind us, but we wasn’t bothered about this, as we wasn’t there enough to care. They only catered for breakfast, and they always had something different everyday, so we never went out for breakfast! I often had waffles and Syrup which was good enough for me!

We done loads of different stuff, so I won’t go into to much detail about every single thing. I spent hundreds of dollars in Sephora (I saved for months!), and Mike brought so many clothes as the price of branded clothing was so much cheaper than here in the UK. The first day we mainly spent doing shopping, just to get our bearings of where we were. We shopped down Soho which is an amazing place to shop! Also all around Times Square is great. I couldn’t believe how many Sephoras are in walking distance of each-other. It was great for me!

We done all the stereotypical ‘touristy’ things! As we went for Michaels 21st birthday, I brought him a 30 minute ride in a helicopter over the city, and it was breath-taking! Not only was it so much fun, seeing New York so high up was unreal. As much as it was expensive, I would never go again without doing it. We then spent the afternoon in Central Park Zoo. A really small zoo but it was really nice to walk around and see the animals! The weather was so nice, so was such a lovely afternoon. We also managed to walk to Wall Street and see the famous Bull!

We also went to the Statue Of Liberty. We climbed all the way to her crown, and iv never climbed so many stairs in my life! Again, the view was so surreal, and the statue itself its so much better than what I imagined it to be! Ellis Island was a flop, and was a little boring so we pretty much walked in and straight out again!

We decided to go up the Empire State Building, instead of Rockefeller. Simply because it was so close to our hotel. The view was unreal. NYC was really foggy that day, and it made the city look so picturesque. We went right up to the 102 floor despite Mikes apprehension, and I am so glad we did! It didn’t look any different, but just to say we did it, is good enough for me!

One evening we went to watch the New York Knicks play basketball at Madison Square Garden, and never have I had so much fun watching a sports game! The atmosphere is so much more than I expected, watching the actual game was so much fun, and when we go to Florida we are 100% going to watch a game!!! Hands down one of the best things we done! I’ve recommended to everyone going to NYC, to go and see a game! Ice Hockey was also on, but by that time, due to being the last night we didn’t have much money left! We also had the best steak meal I will ever eat in my life, at the restaurant under MSG. It was called ‘…’ and if you have some money to spare on the best meal you’ll ever have, go there. You will not be disappointed!

One of the last things we done was go and see the 9/11 memorial. The emotions that run through that whole place is so eery, and its devastating to actually be in the presents of such a tragic event. The museum really shows what people went through. I’m to young to remember 9/11, but you can’t help but feel so much sorrow for the people that lost their lives. A must see, to pay respects. (Sadly I didn’t get many photos of this, as we were taking in our surroundings!)

I really didn’t want to come home, it has to be one of my favourite cities in the whole world, and we didn’t see half of it. I really want to go back for a long weekend soon, you can’t express how amazing it is, until you really see it for yourself!

I cannot wait to go back to the US this year!!

Until next time! Lots of love, Ellie x

My Current Favourite Zoeva Brushes!

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all doing fabulous!

I am a total makeup brush hoarder, and I love buying new brushes to try out! I’ve tried quite a few different brands, but Zoeva seems to stand out to me the most! The quality is always on point, I love the way they look, and they always last me such a long time! I have recently discovered their new ‘Rose Gold’ set, which are not only beautiful, but match my new room in my new house! Will 100% be investing in the whole set soon enough. But these are my current top 6 favourites, that I use almost everyday.

104 / Buffer – I recently spoke about this brush in my ‘Maybelline Super Stay 24hrs Foundation’ review. This is the only foundation I will ever use to buff in my foundation. It is the perfect density, and doesn’t leave streak marks all over your face. It did shed a little when I first used it, but never again since. It also washes really nicely and always keeps its shape! I don’t often use a brush for my foundation, as I prefer the application from a sponge, but this is the one I turn to if I fancy a change.

105 / Luxe Highlighter – This is my most recent purchase from Zoeva. When I saw this colouring I instantly fell in love with them!! They look gorgeous, and look so expensive in my brush pot, it really stands out. This is incredible for highlight, its the right shape for my cheekbones and tip of my nose so it places the product in all the right points! This is the only brush I use for my highlight at the moment. I love it! I am also so desperate to get this whole collection! Its just incredible!

227 / Luxe Soft Definer – This is the brush I use to prime my eyelids if I’m not priming with a cream primer! If I’m lazy, I’ll just put a white base down on my eyes, and this is so soft, and picks up the shadow really well. It disperses the product so well on the lids.

228 / Luxe Crease – My GO TO crease brush! I love this for putting the first transition colour through the crease, and it blends out my shadow beautifully every time. I try every new shadow I get with this brush, as I know it works so well, and can really tell if the eye shadow is a good quality shadow. I’ve used this to death, and I am in desperate need of a new one, but I will carry on using it till that day comes!

223 / Petit Eye Blender – This is great for the lower lash line! It’s the perfect size to blend product into the eye, and makes my shadow look beautiful and smokey every time. It’s just the perfect size. And also super soft, so it doesn’t irritate my eyes.

231 / Luxe Petit Crease – I love this for packing and blending out darker shades on my outer corner. Again, it’s just so soft, so the product looks effortless on my outer corner, and when using dark shades, there is usually fall down, but this holds the product so well. I find when I use this brush, it halves the amount of full down, giving me maximum product.

142 / Concealer Buffer – Now, I don’t actually use this brush to buff in concealer. I actually use it to really set my concealer under my eyes and on my eyelids. It helps to keep creasing at bay, as the application is so precise. If I decide to bake under the eyelids, I will only use this so set on the actual eyelids. I also use this to clean up any shadow on the outer corner, so get a super precise blend.

And that is my favourite Zoeva brushes! I’m 100% going to try new brush brands this year, I really want to try more Morphe and Sigma. When I go to the USA, my list of brushes I want to buy is almost in-human.

Lots of love, Ellie x

Topshop Lipsticks – Review and Swatches.

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all doing fab!

For a long time now, Topshop have had their very own beauty line, starting a trend for most other high street clothing stores. They have a full range of products, with base, eyes and lips!

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A couple of years ago, whilst queuing to buy whatever t-shirt or pair of Jamie jeans caught my eye that day, I swatched a lipstick of theirs called ‘Lovestruck’. It was my go-to lipstick for months, I even brought one for my cousin Ashleigh, whom to this day still loves it (she would tell you, I am an awful influence to her when we go shopping, she comes home with more makeup than me!!). Sadly we are using it sparingly, as they have discontinued our favourite colour! But this sparked a desire to try and find another staple Topshop lipstick for my collection! I tried 6 new shades, all totally different colours, undertones and finishes!

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From left to right – Fast Lane, Mind Your Manners, Dreamy, Beguiled, Inhibition , Rio Rio.

First of all I have to say, they are some of the most comfortable lipsticks I have EVER tried from the high street. DAMN this formula is insane! It is so comfortable on the lips, and the pigmentation for every shade is there. Usually when buying 6 lipsticks at a time, its possible to find a dud… but nope! Not a single one of these shades disappointed me!

Obviously, the more creamier ones are transferable, but you have to expect that from a more glossy type formula! So just be careful with the more darker shades! The two matte ones I picked up, Dreamy and Rio Rio are such beautiful matte lipsticks! They are so easy to wear, and they don’t dry out your lips! Dreamy has now become one of my all time favourite lipsticks ever! It compliments my skin tone beautifully, and I feel like this is such a universal shade aswell. This is also a one of those ‘omg what have you got on your lips?’ colour!

The packaging is almost like… a metal packaging! Which is great and so fab to travel with, but it does start to scratch and rub off over time! But I’m not going let that put these lipsticks down, they are such good quality, you really can’t fault them.

I cannot wait to get my hands on some more of these! They are ALL incredible, and very much a staple in my lipstick collection! And at a price tag of £8.00 you really can’t go wrong. A huge recommendation to you all!

 

Lots of love, Ellie x

Maybelline Super Stay 24hrs Full Coverage Foundation Review!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing really well!

Sorry for being so quiet, I never guessed I would be so busy with daily life so early into 2018! A lot has been going on! (In a good way!!). But I am back with a review of the new ‘Maybelline Super Stay 24hrs Full Coverage’ foundation!

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Maybelline Super Stay All Day 24hrs in the shade ’10 Ivory’

This has been a big topic of conversation in the beauty world, and obviously I was going to jump on the hype train! This claims to be a full coverage, long lasting foundation (hence the 24hrs) that wont budge or transfer all day, and won’t clog your pores. It also claims to be lightweight, and flawless.

First of all, I brought the total wrong shade! This was the lightest shade I could find in my local boots, but I have just been mixing some of the Nip+Fab lightning drops into help lighten this up! This shade will be great for me in summer, but if I don’t lighten this, I end up looking like a big orange mess! So will have to invest in the lightest shade!

Talking of shades, at the moment there are only 16 shades in this foundation. And the shade range isn’t great, and with the current controversy around this topic (and very rightly so) they could have done better. It is 100% not fair, that not all women can just easily walk up to a stand and find their shade. It is a great that as a community, we are standing up against this problem, and brands are finally realising a problem that never should have been a problem in the first place!

I have a few pro’s and con’s to this foundation, so lets get into that!

The packaging is beautiful! Has a lovely glass bottle and a pump which I really like! Makes application so much easier! And even though it is glass, it is super practical!

The coverage of this foundation is great! It is super lightweight as they state, and feels like nothing on your skin. It is easily build-able aswell, so you can get maximum coverage, but it can get slightly cakey if you don’t take the time to work it into your skin! But once on the skin and blended out, it looks flawless. Products layer really nicely on top, and looks effortless once set with powder. BUT this does really oxidise on the skin, like goes almost a shade darker! So just bear that in mind if you do purchase this product! As I have found out!

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Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush

I tried 3 different ways of applying this foundation. I used my Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush, my Beauty Blender, and the Real Techniques sponge. I found the best way to apply was with my Beauty Blender (not pictured as they need a proper good clean!!), as it made the product sit on my skin the best. I felt the other two methods made the product sink into my pores a little more, but regardless, if I was without my Beauty Blender I wouldn’t be offended by the application! Just needs a little more time and love!

Wear time wasn’t 24hrs like it states. (not that I would wear it for 24hrs, wouldn’t recommend that!!) After around 7 hours I was an oil slick! I have combo skin, so it isn’t all that unusual to get oily, but this seem to look more greasy than my skin usually would at this time, and my pores look disgusting! So I would wear this more for a night out, where it wouldn’t be on my face as long as all day wear. I have tried this a couple of times, with different primers and my skin was the same every time at the end of the day. And it transfers after a while aswell, so just beware of that!

Overall, this is a good drugstore foundation, and its a great price! Would just be weary on what shade you get, and that it can get super oily. Set it with a powder, and you’ll be good to go!

Till the next review!!

Lots of love, Ellie x