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August Roundup!

31 August 2014
It's crazy to think that August is almost over and Autumns practically here! Autumns one of my favourite times if year so I'm happy about it but still a little sad that we probably won't see the sun again until next Spring...

This post is a bit of a new one for me, it's basically a round up of all the posts I've been writing throughout August, I tried to post every two days - Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the exception of weekends and I think this is the routine I'm going to stick to so keep an eye out for posts on these days - I might add a random post on a Tuesday as well depending on how I feel that day but I did end up with a lot more posts this month that I expected so I'm proud of myself, if you fancy a read, the links are all below :) 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
Oh and don't forget to pop up on twitter etc and say hi, I love talking to readers :)

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August Beauty Favourites

Although I'm upset about summer coming to an end & all that, I can't help but be excited for the Autumn months right around the corner, one of my favourite times of year! It seems crazy that another month has flew in again but after posting my non beauty favourites throughout the week (link here) I realised that I hadn't posted my beauty favourites - probably the more important of the two, so here's my august beauty favourites! 

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, The Body Shop Honey Bronzer, Kate Moss Lipstick, 17 Phwoarr Paint, Collection Eyeliner, Maybelline Brow Drama, Natural Collection Bronzing Balls

My all time favourite this month has to be my MAC studio fix, now I know I'm seriously late to the party with this one but now I'm hooked. I usually tend to wear more drugstore foundations on a day to day basis because let's face it, there a lot easier to replace but with the studio fix I can't help myself, I look at all my foundations to choose one and this still comes up top. I'm also posting a review about this next week (that's why I'm trying not to go into too much detail). With any foundation you need a good concealer and for this month I've been using my 17 phwoarrr paint, so much so that I've hit pan! It's much easier to use in the summer months because the heat melts it slightly and makes it easier to apply, compared to normal when to you have to melt it yourself.

During summer everyone has the bronzed and glowing look (whether it be real or fake) and so bronzers are a girls best friend. I've been alternating between two depending on whether I want a subtle or more noticeable look. The first bronzer is The Body Shops Honey Bronzer in the shade light, for once I'm not the lightest shade! And it's wonderful, I love the packaging, the detail on the bronzer itself and of course the product - it provides a very natural bronzed look to my cheeks, just what I need for days I don't feel awake yet. The second bronzer was one that had been lying in the back of my makeup drawer, the Natural Collection Bronzing Pearls but I've found that these act as a bronzer/highlighter in one and a light swirl of this just finishes off my look perfectly.

As you know I've an on/off relationship with the Maybelline Brow Drama but this month we've been getting along and instead of stressing over what way my eyebrows look I've just been using this and I don't have that worry - it sorts them right out. I also repurchased my Collection felt eyeliner and because I can apply it without looking like a panda I've been opting for this a lot on my eyes as it makes them look bigger and more awake. Lastly I've been loving my Kate Moss lipstick in 03, I'm not usually a nude lip sort of person but this lipstick is just a really nice colour and I don't have to panic about it going anywhere through the day - amazing! So that's my beauty favourites done, hope you enjoyed it :) 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
P.s What've you been loving throughout August? 

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August Non-Beauty Favourites

29 August 2014
The Summer has dissappeared? With it being the end of August and September right around the corner I think its safe to say Autumn is on its way and I'm both happy and sad about it. Although we haven't had too much sun, its been nice to have no routine & simply relax before we all get back to the boring 9 to 5. Anyways less ranting, more favourites. This is my non beauty favourites because nine times out of ten I enjoy writing these more as there less common & it lets you know more about me and my interests and such so here we go. 

Not too long ago I was looking lusting over mid year diaries and planners in Paperchase for writing down all my blogging thoughts in for the next year and a half, I thought I would upgrade from planning on my iPad but walked away without one. Then I stepped into Poundland, not quite the same but they had a bunch of mid year diaries for you guessed it, a £1 and I thought why not. It can easily just be chucked in my bag, its a bit dull (I'm having a monochrome moment) and small but it does all I need it to do and honestly its made blogging, planning and organising so much easier having it all down on paper. 

As for skincare bits and pieces, I'm not sure if these should be in the beauty favourites or not but skincare is a bit different from makeup so they're here for now. I'm loving The Body Shop at the minute and have been raving all month about their cleansing butter, if you read my review here (link) and their seaweed mask. I'm a face mask addict, I think. They're the skincare item that I can't seem to stop buying but this tops all of them - I'll be doing a review soon on this but oh my goodness I'm in love and between these two my skin has been (touch wood) far clearer than normal. 

I always try and include an album or tv programme in my monthly favourites and although Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf are amaazing, I started watching Scandal this month and I'm already halfway through the second season. I love law programmes, murder mystery that sort of thing, and this is definitely more on the law side of things. It follows around Olivia Pope, her team and the drama in their personal lives as well, making it more light hearted and I can't wait to catch up enough to watch the third series. I just can't recommend it enough! Also Taylor Swift released a new song, Shake It Off which has been stuck in my head for the past two weeks and although I much prefer her older music this is unbelievably catchy and I love the message behind it! 

Lastly I purchased new sunglasses in the sale, I was hoping for sun and I love the design - when it comes to sunglasses the bigger the better and I'm going through a tortoise shell phase too so the first chance of sun we have in September (we all know its sunny when everyone's back to school) these will be my go to. I think that's all of my non beauty favourites for this month, I hope you enjoyed it :) 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s what non beauty things have you been loving throughout August? 

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28 August 2014
A nails of the day post I haven't done in a while & lately I've been moving out of my comfort zone, since its so gloomy, I mean summery outside, I thought I'd go for a much brighter option than usual but still nude. For years I never even thought about white nail polish because if I'm honest it just reminded me of secondary school whenever everyone painted Tipp Ex on their nails and that trend just shouldn't be repeated so I avoided it at all costs. 

We all know dodgy hand selfies aren't my forte so sorry :) 

I was looking through my collection for something that wasn't bright pink or green or coral or blue  (you get the picture) but a nude colour and I came across Easy Going - its from the Sinful Colours nail polish collection and I'd forgotten all about it. The most annoying thing about lighter coloured nail polish is that they require so many coats and are usually a pain to get off but this time I just thought why not try it. It only takes two coats to become opaque (although I used three for good measure) and the brush is really easy to apply with. Its not a white polish as such but a muted pinky creme (more pink) and I was surprised that I actually really liked it. 

Now the Sinful Colour nail polishes are wonderful and I've raved about my favourite colour Vacation Time for ages, it was probably one of my first posts on my blog and for good reason. I haven't came across a colour that has disappointed me from the range, all of them having great staying power, not chipping in the slightest and for £1.99 they're the cheapest nail polishes I own and probably my favourite. Theres no point in spending more money and breaking the bank when these tick all the boxes for me and have a fantastic colour range. If you haven't tried any of the Sinful Colour nail polishes, you should definitely have a look next time you're in Boots.

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s what do you think of white or light nail polish, yay or nay?

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The End of Summer FOTD;

27 August 2014
Whilst I've been blogging, I've haven't actually posted many photos of makeup on my face when I'm reviewing or FOTD's as I'm quite forgetful & usually remember once I've taken it all off or else I don't think the way the makeup shows up is right although I'm trying to change this. Since my last fotd post was back in January (link here) I thought it was about time I did another, this is the way I've been wearing my makeup a lot of the time throughout the summer, very natural and glowy. I'm also trying to mix up the products I'm reaching for to use them all up & of course buy replacements so this'll include a bit of everything! .

I much prefer landscape to portrait photos but hey! :)

Considering summer brings warm weather supposedly, I thought a matte foundation would keep the shine at bay, the one I've been trying is the No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation from Boots in the lightest shade Calico which is more of a medium coverage, SPF 15 (always a bonus in the summer) and its hypo-allergenic so its shouldn't even be a bother to sensitive skin. Since this is a matte foundation I haven't been using powder, only a light swirl of the MUA mosaic blush in English Rose on the apples of my cheeks and then a light dusting of the Natural Collection Bronzing Pearls in Tropical Tan as a contour and that's my base done in three steps, easy peasy!

As for eyes I've been trying to add a bit of colour so I used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold as a base and then my Wet 'n Wild Sweet As Candy eyeshadow Palette to build up the colour all over my eyelids. I then used my Collection Extreme liner to add a little definition to my eyes, my Clinque high impact mascara for my bottom lashes and then the Rimmel Scandal Eyes volume flash mascara on my top lashes. If you've ready my most recent post on mascaras (link here) you'll know I didn't really get on with the Rimmel mascara but I'm determined not to waste it.

Lastly (my favourite part of the look) I'm wearing my Wet 'n Wild lipstick in Mauve Outta Here, I bought this when I was in Dublin without swatching it and upon trying it back home I was pleasantly surprised to see its a pinky/purple lipstick (more purple) and nothing like anything I own so I'm definitely going to have to use it a few more times before the summer season ends. Hope you enjoyed this face of the day :)

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
 P.s let me know, would you prefer to see more face of the day posts or photos in reviews?

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26 August 2014
If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I did the Liebster Award way back when I had like 100 followers and I was just starting out and it was amazing to be nominated, so I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane and do it all over again. The lovely Steph from Beauty Heart and Tessa from Tessa Rose Chiari  both nominated me recently so I thought I'd give it a go again, knowing it'll probably be my last time. 

The rules are to, post 11 facts about myself, nominate other blogs to take part, link your nominees in the post, then create 11 questions for my own nominees and let your nominees know that you've tagged them, just in case!

Facts About Me: 
1. I have a younger brother 
2. I love One Direction, always have, probably always will. 
3. My cat is actually older than me, she's 21 in our years and thats pretty old impressive!  
4. I'm a massive bookworm, I love reading new books but once I've read them I can't read them again - I already remember whats happened from last time I've read it and ruin it for myself. 
5. I've only been blogging since January but only the past couple of months have I been able to get on track and post more regularly. 
6. I really love travelling and want to travel to at least Italy (again) America and Australia in my lifetime. 
7. I'm a massive chocaholic, like seriously massive, if I could eat it for breakfast I would.
8.  I love music and going to concerts, last year alone I went to well over 8 oops. 
9. I'm incredibly small petite and its both a blessing and a curse (depending on how I'm feeling that day) 
10.  I learnt French at GCSE and thought it was so cool to know a language but I can't remember a thing now. 
11. I'm born in June so really I should have been in the year below at school and I'm forever the baby in my friends group. 

And now on to the questions Steph asked me: 

1. What was your 'dream job' when you were younger? 
I'd have to say an architect or interior designer, more the first, I wasn't entirely set on it but Grands Designs was a bit of an inspiration and I was forever designing my dream home, ambitious right? Turns out I'm terrible at Maths so it was a no go. 
2. What is your all time favourite food? 
A traditional Sunday dinner always goes down well, it would have to be that or else basically pub food or a massive bowl of pasta with garlic bread, carbs, carbs & more carbs! 
3. If you had all the money in the world and could buy only one item what would it be? 
I'd be pretty happy with a house, I mean what else you spend that amount of money on. 
4. What is your favourite song of all time? 
I don't have an all time favourite but at the minute I'm really loving Taylor Swifts new song, Shake it off. 
5. What is your biggest fear? 
This is a hard one, I'm not scared of heights or anything but maybe spiders, a massive one was in my bedroom the other day and I somehow ended up on my bed and far away from it. 
6. What do you see yourself in 20 years? 
Well, I'll be pretty old by then so I'd like to think settled down with a family, a job I enjoy and just making the most out of life and opportunities.  
7. What was the last photo you took on your phone? 
I don't really use my phone to take photos (anyone who has or had a Blackberry will understand why) but the last photo taken on my ipad was of my cat. 
8. What famous person do people say you most resemble? 
I don't think I have any famous look a like, lucky me. 
9. What is your heritage? 
My heritage, as in where I was born or my family history or? 
10. What is your favourite season? 
I don't think its common but I love both Summer, Autumn and Winter equally, probably the last two more though. 
11. If you joined the circus what would you be? 
Um, I would be useless in a circus I'm pretty sure. 

And the lovely questions asked by Tessa:

1. Can you play an instrument? 
I've always wanted to learn but no, unless we count recorder and I play that really badly. 
2. Where do you prefer buying your make-up? 
Considering I love a lot of high street makeup I'd have to say either Boots or Superdrug. 
3. What do you prefer about blogging: writing or taking photos? 
I love taking photos (and often take too many) but they wouldn't mean anything without writing beside them so a little bit of both. 
4. If you had unlimited money, would there be a brand where you would buy every single item of? 
I can't think of any brands that I'd buy everything of, theres always hits and misses
5. Best movie and why? 
Can I be a typical girl and say the Notebook, the Holiday and the Proposal - all three are great pick me ups for all year round, I'm pretty sure everyone knows how amazing these are.
6. Best mascara?
To date my favourite is probably Maybelline The Falsies, I really need to expand my collection though.
7. Are you a pro at eyeliner or do you give up halfway through and just go out as a panda instead? ;) 
Absolutely terrible, I wouldn't exactly rock the panda look but I'm not a pro in the slightest.
8. Favourite smell?
Just fresh and floral (but not too floral), I love the smell of books too and freshly cut grass. 
9. Would you rather never wear foundation again or never wear eye makeup again? (including mascara) 
Just because it says no mascara and I couldn't get away without it I'd rather never wear foundation, lets hope that day never comes. 
10. Favourite book? 
Oh goodness, I couldn't pick one to save my life, I have too many favourites!
11.  How old were you when you started using make-up? 
Not too young, not too old, I think somewhere around the 15/16 marks and it was only on the weekends, now I don't leave the house without at least concealer and mascara on - oh how things change! 

And these are the questions for my nominees: 

1. Do you have an ideal job? 
2. Whats your favourite quote? 
3. Do you have a holy grail skincare product?
4. What is your favourite song/album or artist? 
5. What are you most excited about in the next few months? 
6. Whats your all time favourite lip product? 
7. Whats your favourite tv series? 
8. IF you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
9. Can you speak a different language? 
10. Why did you start blogging and what have you enjoyed the most about it? 
11. Favourite Autumn styling tip or trend? 

I haven't nominated anyone in particular because I'm still not 100% sure whether its meant to be for blogs with under 200 followers or not but if you've read this post, I nominate you to give this a go yourself! If you do, please leave me a link so I can read your answers :) 

(If you're still with me after all that) Thanks for reading, Jenny xo

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The Body Shops Camomile Cleansing Butter

25 August 2014
About a month ago or so The Body Shop had some offers on that even I couldn't refuse, apart from the odd product of theirs like the Honey Bronzer & a few lip butters I didn't actually own anything from their skincare range - something I needed to check off my to do list. With a £40 basket of products (am I the only one that can't stop filling the blooming basket?) & a code for £20 off I was excited and couldn't wait for it all to be delivered to my doorstop! 

 One of these things was the The Body Shops Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, something I'd heard a fair bit about but hadn't actually given a go until now. When I first opened it, it just looked like a candle without the wick (oh how wrong are first impressions) and it smelt wonderfully fresh and a little like tan (but a nice fake tan, not those horrid smelling ones), a bit of a weird mix I know but I actually like it. The whole idea of the cleansing butter is to use it to take your makeup off at the end of the day and as I'm so used to my usual micellar water, cotton pads and good old soap and water I was a little bit hesitant.

It felt so odd at first to be putting this on my fingers and then rubbing at the makeup on my face but I kept going and without a few minutes the makeup was melting off and making a right mess of my face, this time in a good way. I simply washed this off with a flannel or muslin cloth and patted my face dry and oh my goodness, I have been converted to cleansers. For the rest of the night I couldn't stop touching my face, it was that soft and above all, makeup free! Since then I've used it every single night and I don't know what I'd do without it now. I love the way it makes my skin feel so fresh and soft and a little definitely goes a long way. If you're looking to try a new cleansing balm and don't want to fork out for the higher end ones at the minute, this is definitely one to try!

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s Have you tried or loved any cleansing balms lately?

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Drugstore Mascara Edit:

22 August 2014
Mascara is one of those products that even in the drugstore its still pretty darn expensive, something that annoys me to no end, mascara is one of those everyday necessities for most girls so in most cases it should be cheaper not the opposite! I'm actually a one type of mascara person, I'll buy one, use it until its done and then replace it (usually with a different one), the end but somehow over the past couple of months I've ended up with a few that I just haven't been able to finish so I thought I'd do a bit of a review/comparison post. 

Drugstore Mascara photos and reviews, L'Oreal miss manga mascara, Collection longer lash mascara, rimmel scandal eyes mascara, maybelline the falsies mascara
Drugstore or Highstreet mascara edit, L'Oreal miss manga mascara, rimmel scandal eyes mascara, collection longer lash mascara, maybelline the falsies mascara, photos and reviews
Drugstore/High street mascara edit, collection longer lash mascara, rimmel scandal eyes mascara, maybelline the falsies mascara, photo, review, swatches
Mascara Wands, left to right: Collection Longer Lash, Rimmel Scandal Eyes and Maybelline the Falsies.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara: This mascara I featured in my most recent favourites (link here) and for good reason - it doesn't make my eyes look clumpy, it doesn't smudge and can be built up for wearing at night. Throughout the month this is what I've been wearing on a daily basis as it gives volume and length and makes my eyes look nice and defined - such a winner. It just makes me want to try more L'Oreal mascaras now. 

Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express Mascara: this needs absolutely no introductions, everyone I'm pretty sure has heard of or has owned this and with good reason - its such a lovely everyday mascara. I like the purple and blue colour theme going on (not being influenced by packaging at all) and the mascara brush itself with its curved shape is one of the easiest I've used. Its impossible for this to make your eyes clumpy and instead gives a nice length and volume, nothing too extreme. One of my all time favourites! 

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Lycra Flex Mascara and the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Volume Flash Mascara: I've kind of just combined these two because they're so similar, whilst shopping these were part of a free gift offer and I thought I might as well try them while I had them. Unfortunately we just didn't get on at all, they were really clumpy and I just didn't like the mascara once applied. I didn't want to waste them so now they're being used as a topcoat mascara for when my eyes need to be layered up or darkened a little bit more. 

Collection Longer Lash Waterproof Mascara: I don't even remember buying this one, it was probably a three for two offer or maybe just because I wanted a cheap waterproof mascara which works (and this surprisingly does). This one is very simplistic with a small and straight brush and a Halloween colour theme. Its a bit of an awkward one to apply, the brush it quite stiff and the bristles are really close together and it leaves my lashes looking thin and not that much longer than usual - its more of a eyelash tint for me, not really what I wanted but if you're looking for a really natural, cheap and waterproof mascara it might be worth checking out. 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
P.s what are your favourite mascaras from the drugstore?

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Skincare Wishlist #1

20 August 2014
Skincare is something that I always tend to neglect, I mean I just don't know where to start, what would work, what brands to go to, the lot. It's all a little overwhelming and if I'm honest a simple moisturiser, the odd spot cream and frequent face masks seems to keep my skin in good condition although I know thats probably the worst attitude to take oops. Skincare is something I'd love to get in to & so I made a skincare wishlist (bar one or two odd ones) from a range of brands below.

origins drink up intensive mask, origins clear improvement charcoal mask, origins GinZing energy boosting moisturiser, the body shop camomile cleansing butter, emma hardie cleansing balm, clinque take the day off cleansing balm, dr jart+ bb cream, nuxe reiv de miel, the body shop body butters, bioderma, la roche possay effaclair duo+, liz earle cleanse & polish, indeed labs hydraluron, review, pictures, wishlist, skincare

I've heard nothing but great things about Origins as a whole, but especially their face masks so I'd like to try a few such as the Drink Up Intensive Mask, the Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask & of course the GinZing Energy boosting moisturiser as heading into the winter months I think I'll need a few more face masks for my collection. Also recently I bought The Body Shops Cleansing Butter (stay tuned for a review) but for ages (read: months) I've wanted to try a few higher end alternatives too such as the famous Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm and the Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. 

Although the summers nearly through I've been quite liking BB creams and this Dr Jart+ BB cream sounds wonderful, that and the Nuxe Reiv de Miel are the more makeup/skincare items on my wishlist as a good lip balm is absolutely essential in the colder autumn and winter months - no one likes dry lips! The body shop body butters are also something that I haven't got round to trying as of yet so I'd really like to try them out too. 

Now micellar waters have been having a moment over the past few months or so but somehow I haven't got round to trying the original micellar water, Bioderma, which I really should have by now! The La Roche Possay Effaclair Duo+, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and Indeed Labs Hydraluron are also on my to buy list. These are all beauty bloggers favourites and with nothing but positive reviews I think its about time I got round to trying a few of them out for myself. 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
 P.s whats your favourite skincare product or on your own skincare wishlist at the minute?  

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Lush: Bloomin' Beautiful

18 August 2014
Although I'm an avid Lush lover, I don't actually own that much from the brand and more surprisingly I've never featured anything Lush-ish on my blog, crazy I know! This Lush Blooming Beautiful box was something I was bought for my birthday & honestly it had been forgotten about until I had a right old drawer sort out the other day when I found it & knew it had to be used! The packaging is beyond cute - these little boxes from Lush are perfect for gifts since they're so nicely decorated, just all round girly and they smell amazing.

Lush Blooming Beautiful Gift Box
Lush Bloomin Beautiful Gift Box

Lush Pop In The Bath Bubble Bar Review and Image
Lush think pink bath ballistic review and picture
lush think pink bath ballistic review and picture

So I may have went a tad overboard with photos but how could I not? They look amazing! The Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar got bashed around a little in the box despite being filled to the brim with polystyrene (talk about alliteration - did I say enough words beginning with B?) One of its petals has broken off a little bit but its not really noticeable and still usable so I'm happy! Both of these bath bombs smell incredible and I actually kept the box open overnight by accident - I just couldn't fit everything back in again and was pleasantly surprised to wake up to a very nice smelling bedroom - a mix of citrus and vanilla.   

The second bath bomb, the Think Pink Bath Ballistic is my favourite of the two and I just had to take a close up of the flowers on the top - they're so pretty and its a little sad to think they're just going to disintegrate in the bath, it almost makes me want to keep them on show in my room, almost. Aside from looking pretty and smelling great I can't wait to actually use both of these, whenever I've used Lush bath bombs in the past they've left my skin feeling refreshed and ever so soft so I'm hoping these will be the same. I really need to start venturing into my local Lush store from now on as I always forget to so feel free to leave me recommendations to check out or just let me know what your favourite bits and pieces are from Lush? 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo

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The Perfect Foundation for Pale Skin

15 August 2014
Over the past, well probably since just before Christmas I've joined the MAC bandwagon and can't seem to get enough of their products, the only downside to this being there is only one stand in the whole of Northern Ireland & its always packed to the rafters so instead of standing around waiting to be colour matched I've managed to live without their foundation and concealer. MAC open another counter, please! 

However when I went to Dublin there was a MAC shop, a rare sight to see so I took advantage and got myself matched. The girl who I was talking to was nothing but friendly and asked me about all of my preferences etc and then instead of just matching colours on my neck which I thought was the case she sat me down on one of the stools, took all my makeup off, tested two different foundations and then redid my makeup for me. It was a bit of a nuisance (I was having a good makeup day and it all had to go) but the MAC Studio Fix made my skin look flawless so I could live with it. 

Now I know I'm pale with pink undertones so I'm NW in MAC but I wasn't sure which NW, ages ago I was tempted to buy a foundation online, I think NW15 without getting matched but now I'm so glad that I didn't - it would have made me look orange I'm sure! She tried both NW10 and NW13 and the second was a smidge too dark so yes I'm the palest of pale NW10 and it matches my skin tone perfectly so lets hope they don't discontinue this one. 

This seems to be the closest match I've ever found to my skin tone apart from the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in shade 010 Light Porcelain but its a little to shear in coverage for my liking so I'll definitely give a review of this foundation in a few weeks once I've used it a few times more :)

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s if anyone knows of any pale foundations, please let me know? They're impossible to find! Also what do you think of the bright, magazine background, is it nicer than a plain one?

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TAG: 7 Deadly Sins

13 August 2014
Another tag I thought it'd be fun to give a whirl is the 7 deadly sins tag but the beauty version. Its basically answering questions based on the deadly sins but in relation to makeup goodies. A whole bunch of fun & who doesn't love a tag post? 

1. Greed: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive? 
The most inexpensive would probably be something from the brand MUA, I haven't found anything cheaper and they have some wonderful proudcts, my favourite being their blonde eyebrow pencil - its the perfect shade for me. As for expensive it would probably be my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation or else my Naked Palette - a bit pricey (the foundation especially) but seriously worth it!

2. Wrath: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get? 
Eyeliner is such a tricky one, when its sitting right (and not massively noticeable on one side more than the other) I love it but if its not I just feel like wanting to take all my makeup off and start again. So annoying when you've little time! The hardest product to get my hands on was the Sleek Face Form Palette in Light, my local Superdrug was terrible at getting new stock and when it did it flew off the shelves again and it took ages for me to find it.

3. Gluttony: What are your most delicious beauty products? 
My most 'delicious' beauty products, not that I eat them would have to be my minty smelling Revlon lip balms, the Body Shop born lippy pot in strawberry (which reminds me of Rowntrees Jelly so much!) and lastly the Maybelline Babylips in Cherry Me. All of them smell amazing, if I could eat them I would. In terms of looks though my YSL lipstick would have to be the most delicious beauty product, the packaging is soooo luxurious. 

4. Sloth: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness? 
I'll be honest primer is something although I know I should, I just don't use all that much - it doesn't seem to make a difference to my skin but who knows maybe I'm trying the wrong primers. Its also another layer in the mornings and a little time consuming so more often than not its just left. I also neglect my eyelash curlers, instead of taking the time to use them I'll reach straight for the mascara instead oops. 

5. Pride: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence? 
Concealer is a given, and usually forgotten about, it does wonders to conceal pesky little blemishes and makes me feel much more confident knowing that they're hidden. Another beauty product that gives me a boost in confidence is mascara and eyeliner, this duo enhances my eyes and makes them pop all the more.

6. Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex? 
Physically, eyes and nine times out of ten they're bright blue and for personality, the ability to make me laugh, caring and well just acting gentleman-ly.  

7. Envy: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?
This would probably be something from a high end brand that I couldn't justify purchasing myself because we all know its not quite so bad if someone else does! It would probably be something from Chanel, Yves St Laurent or Nars. All three have the most amazing beauty products and again the packaging is drool worthy.

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s if you've done this tag, leave the link in the comments. I'd love to have a read :)

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Wet 'n Wild Bits and Pieces

11 August 2014
Ever since starting blogging I've had a shopping list as long as my arm to buy if I ever end up in America or Canada or such, very unlikely that it'll happen anytime soon but I can hope! There's so many brands I'd love to try such as Nyx, Wet 'n Wild and Covergirl etc and strangely enough when I was in Dublin of all places the other day I came across a Wet 'n Wild stand, surprised was not the word and I of course picked up a few things so I thought I'd haul them and mini review. 

The ever so famous Walking On Eggshells palette was top on my to get list but unfortuntely it was the only one that they didn't have, talk about popular and so instead I opted for the Sweet As Candy palette or trio. I also love the fact that these eyeshadows have the letters embellished in them telling you where to apply e.g browbone and crease. The first browbone eyeshadow is a lovely shimmery champage highlight, the second is a pinky shade for all over the lid, normally I steer well clear of pinks but I thought I could mix things up a little and the crease colour is a mid toned brown - not too light not too dark so I can't wait to try them out. 

The second and third things that I picked up were two of their lipsticks, I'll be honest I just liked the colours and they were less than £2 (euro conversion rates can be confusing) so with prices like that I wasn't exactly breaking the bank. The two I bought were 'Mauve Outta Here' and 'Rose-bud', Mauve is more of a pinky purple colour (I'm definitely not brave enough to wear bright purple lipstick) and Rosebud is just a pinky red and I'm sure they'll both be getting much use in the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to try them out for real and when I do I'll fill you in :) 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
P.s have you tried anything from Wet 'n Wild?  

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Dublin & the Temple Bar

9 August 2014
If you keep up to date with me on Twitter you'll know yesterday I was abruptly woken at 8:15 & given an hour to get ready and leave the house - that is if I wanted to go to Dublin for the day & of course that was a yes! I love city atmospheres and although I live in Belfast 'the capital city' it still isn't big enough for me, that's why when I get the chance of heading to a bigger city like Dublin, London and Glasgow I jump at it. I'm a city girl at heart, can't you tell?

I've lost count how many bridges are along the river bank, I must have walked over at least four that I thought were the same.

Everywhere I looked there were gorgeous and colourful hanging flowers which honestly brightened up the streets so much. I also loved the cobbled streets, it gives so much character to the place.   

I of course had to take a standard photo drinking - I swear its not mine ;) in the Temple Bar, my mum took this photo and the lighting is terrible and I look whiter than white #palegirlproblems but what can you do. 

This was one of the five or six shopping centres that I ventured into but it was definitely the most unique. It looked like a massive greenhouse and the white and green pastel colour scheme was right up my street. I also quite liked the massive clock in the centre of the mall and just how light and airy it is. 

We also found a cute park right in the centre of Dublin, ponds, swans, ducks, the lot and it was a nice place to stop and rest our feet for a bit in between shops and exploring. I thought this picture was adorable too, the ducks are so so tiny!  

I'm so jealous that they have trams going through the city centre, they're such a fun way to travel around the place and so easy to just jump on and off as you please. 

Dublin is definitely the closest 'big city' to me (about 2 hours by train/coach) and dare I say it I'm becoming quite a regular. These are the few snaps that I took throughout the day, it was a mild day weather wise but I just wish it had of been a bit sunnier - it would have made all the difference in the pictures. I love the whole exploring new places and I took a whole variety of photo to look back on. It just shows late minute plans are sometimes the best! 

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
P.s have any of you been travelling lately or fallen in love with any new places?

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& My Days Been Made

8 August 2014
I wasn't planning on posting today, its a little bit of a curve ball but once this email popped up in my inbox earlier I knew I wouldn't be able to stop myself. Its pretty easy to click on to the daily mass of emails, have a read, see if something catches your eye & then leave them again but this afternoon Bloglovin' sent me a lovely message saying that my blog had just reached 400 followers and I knew I'd have to say a big thank you

That may not seem like a lot to a lot of people but it feels like yesterday that I was over the moon & writing my thank you for 200 followers post - a number I thought was impossible, in fact I didn't even think I'd have 50 people wanting to listen to my little rambles but hey here we are seven, no eight months later with double the amount #crazy. It just shows you that if you stick to something & put time and effort into it, it all pays off :) And that maybe, just maybe I'm doing something right in terms of posting, sort of regularly and keeping organised. 

I'm nowhere near finished with the design and content of my blog, I'm just getting started really and I'm hoping it'll grow as I learn new things and grow myself. I've already starting incorporating more lifestyle posts onto my blog such as my summer playlist post [link here], home hauls and general life posts and they've received nothing but positive reviews so the odd post like that surely won't hurt in the future instead of sticking all of my eggs in one basket, what'd you think? This post actually turned out a lot longer than I thought it would be but I needed to get a lot of my chest, I guess. Please feel free to ask questions or talk to me on twitter link here, I don't bite :)  

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo 
P.s let me know, would you prefer more lifestyle posts on my blog or just beauty?

Summer Playlist

5 August 2014
This is a bit of a switch up of quite a regular post 'what I've been listening to' aka loving and since it's Summer 'supposedly' I thought I'd do a specific playlist instead. Usually as soon as the suns out I've the iPod on and spend my time blaring usually upbeat music - its just warm weather protocol and these are some of the tunes that have been stuck on repeat... a lot! 

Paramore // Lucy Hale // 5 Seconds of Summer // One Direction // Coldplay // Cheryl Cole // Neon Jungle // Ed Sheeran // The Vamps

I've loved Paramore for years and the song Ain't It Fun is ever so catchy, definitely my favourite of their newer album and I can't help but sing along when I hear it on the radio! Now if you read my blog regularly you'll know I'm a massive fan of Pretty Little Liars, read: its my favourite show and recently Lucy Hale who plays Aria one of the main characters released her first album so I knew I'd have to give it a listen. I was sort of expecting it to be typical pop songs but the album has more of a country vibe, think Taylor Swift circa 2007 but only more country and surprisingly I love it.

Ever since seeing 5 Seconds of Summer last spring supporting One Direction its been amazing to see them spiral grow in popularity so much - they deserve it. They recently released their new album and I'm loving the studio versions of their songs such as Heartbreak Girl, Greenlight and Amnesia as well as their more well known singles. One Directions Midnight Memories album will always be top of my playlist as I love the rockier sound and well I think we all know my love for the band. Another song that I've been liking recently is Coldplays a sky full of stars and I'm not usually the biggest Coldplay fan but its such a nice song and the video is quite cute as well.

Its nice to see Cheryl Cole again and I can't wait for her to start back on the X-factor but her new song is sooo good! Even if you don't want to like it, it will end up in your head for the rest of the day! Neon Jungle are fairly new to the music scene but I really like their newest song louder - its a bit different to their previous singles but nonetheless still good. The Vamps however I've loved for a while now, think of the youtube days and whenever I heard their album for the first time, somebody to you was definitely one of my favourites - now they're singing with Demi and when I thought it couldn't have gotten any better it has.

Lastly I've been loving Ed Sheeran's new album X or Multiply - he's one of my all time favourite artists without a doubt and theres not a song of his that I don't enjoy! I would like to say I have my favourites off the album but thats not the case. This is the one album if you haven't had a listen to, you need to, now!

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo
P.s what music/songs have you been loving lately?

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Higher End Haul

4 August 2014
For the past month or so I've been trying to avoid going shopping in town & reel in my spending a little, saying that theres nothing like online shopping and there have been some wonderful offers that I just couldn't ignore resulting in a largeish haul. Most of these thing were on offer so they weren't bought full price and the odd one or two were presents so I most definitely didn't rob a bank to buy it all but most of the beauty items had been on my wishlist for agesss so I could justify the splurge!

The first item, my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation I bought from a blog sale about a month ago and as I'd heard so many good things about it and it was £20 including p&p I just knew I had to have it and so far I absolutely love it. I'm actually writing a post including it and a mini review soon so keep an eye out for that one.

The second thing, was the YSL rouge volupté shine lipstick - for I don't know how long I've wanted to own a YSL lippy, they look gorgeous and ever so luxurious but I could never justify the £25 price tag, in fact I was deciding whether or not to get one with my Boots points but then Feel Unique had an amazing offer, £10 off if you spend over £25 so I snapped one up & technically this only cost me £15 #bargain and has now taken pride of place on my dresser.    

The third order was again using the Feel Unique code and I purchased the Urban Decay Basics Palette and an Urban Decay Revolution lipstick totalling £27, now I'm not the best at maths but £5 for an UD lipstick sounded pretty good to me. I chose the colour 'turn on', a lovely pinky shade and on a side note the lipsticks individual names are amazing, I hate the whole number instead of a name thing.

When I went to Glasgow there was a Benefit stand on the boat and as I hadn't owned anything from there I just had a look around and my dad kindly bought me the Benefit bad gal duo - I know theres a lot of hype about the Benefit they're real mascara but this one not so much so I'll let you know if I get on with it or not. 

Lastly Debenhams had a £5 off all lipsticks for National Lipstick Day and I might not have been quick enough to get the shades that I wanted before they sold out, bear in mind it was two in the afternoon but I did manage to pick up 2 M.A.C lipsticks for my collection, Crosswires and the famous Rebel (which is being set aside for the autumn months) and then a Urban Decay lipstick in Bang because I own no red lipsticks - which is crazy. It was basically a 3 for 2, since two lipsticks came to the price of three and I love a good bargain. 

Since buying all of this I'm now putting myself on a spending ban for a bit, I think I need one lol! Let me know if you've tried any of these things or bought any nice things lately?

Thanks for reading, Jenny xo

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