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The Winter Boot

New Look Casual Heeled BootsNew Look Heeled Casual Winter Boots

New Look Heeled Casual Winter Boots

It’s that time of year again where you are on the hunt for a nice pair of winter boots but sadly for me, I can’t quite afford of a pair of Kurt Geieger’s so I had to look elsewhere. New Look have recently been offering 20% for students so I decided to utilise this offer and had a rummage through the shoe department. Lo and behold I came across these lace up boots with a small heel and I’m so glad I did. With the discount they only cost me around £23 (bargain!) and are really comfy to wear, the rubber heel means you can wear them in the daytime and they give you some extra height which is always a plus!

Where have you been shopping for your winter boots this year?

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Zoeva Makeup Brushes Review

Zoeva Makeup Brushes Review

Zoeva Makeup Brushes Review

Zoeva Makeup Brushes Review

First of all, hello again!

I know this is really late to jump on the Zoeva brush bandwagon but after reading plenty of reviews about them I decided to add them to my Christmas list and I absolutely love them!

I ordered this set from Love Makeup and this is the Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set which includes:

– 106 Powder Brush
– 102 Silk Finish Brush
– 110 Face Shape Brush
– 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush
– 142 Concealer Buffer
– 227 Soft Definer
– 231 Petite Crease Brush
– 317 Wing Liner Brush

Not only are these brushes really affordable at £56.95, averaging at around £8 per brush, they are really good for blending and you aren’t left with excess hairs on your face. The kit also comes with both, natural hair and synthetic taklon bristles, so it can be used with cream and powder based products. My favourite brush from the set is the Silk Finish Brush, I use it for blending both my foundation and concealer and it gives a really nice, even finish. I also love the Face Shape Brush which is perfect for contouring and the angled Sheer Cheek Brush works really well with applying blusher and bronzer.

Plus- they look so pretty on your dressing table, how can you say no!?

Have you tried the Zoeva brushes yet?

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer

First of all I’d like to apologise for my lack of blog posts recently, this has been due to the sheer amount of uni assignments I’ve had in recent weeks which has (sadly) left me little time to work on my blog. But to make up for this, I have a number of new fashion and beauty purchases that I will be sharing and reviewing in the next few weeks so keep an eye out. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer

When I realised I’d saved up enough Boots points to buy something nice, I decided to try out Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer. Having always used Boi-ing and more recently, Rimmel’s Wake Me Up concealer, I wanted to try out the much raved about Double Wear range to see what all the fuss was about. Since the weather has become colder, my skin doesn’t get as much Vitamin D as it did in the summer and this has definitely had an effect on my skin so a longer lasting concealer was in need anyway.

Before trying this concealer I was worried that it might be slightly drying on my skin or make it feel quite cloggy, but I haven’t found either of these to be a problem. I apply Double Wear over my foundation and blend it in using a concealer brush and for me this really works. I find that it does last all day and is fairly lightweight on my skin so I don’t feel like I have a face full of makeup. That said, I don’t think you could wear this concealer on it’s own without any foundation underneath because it is quite a thick consistency and may not blend into the skin very well on its own. For those of you who are looking for a concealer to wear without a foundation, I would recommend the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer which I have reviewed here.

I bought Estee Lauder’s concealer in a shade 02 (light/medium) but it is also available in eight other shades, so there is a match for all types of skin tones. It also has an SPF of 10 and is oil-free as well as being water, perspiration and humidity-resistant. If you are interested in buying this concealer then pop to your closest Estee Lauder counter for someone to match the perfect colour to your skin tone.

Have you tried any of the Double Wear range?

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September Favourites

Can you believe that it’s nearly October – where did the summer go? I must admit that I’m pretty excited because I love this time of year. I love Autumn clothes, hot chocolates and of course, Halloween, but more on that later on in the month.

For now, I’m going to write about my September Favourites. I always love reading monthly favourite posts but have never written one myself so I’ve decided to make this a monthly feature on my blog that will include lots of things I am loving from makeup and fashion to food.

1)H&M

I can’t believe how impressed I was when I went into H&M the other week, I literally wanted to buy the whole store. I did buy quite a few things so be sure to look out for my H&M Haul on Wednesday. I love the fact everything is affordable (all students will agree with me here) but you don’t compromise on the quality. I will definitely be returning when my student loan hits my bank account.

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The Green Juice

After a summer of drinking too many cocktails and eating far too many BBQ’s, I decided to a bit of research into juicing. Juicing is popular trend (especially amongst celebrities) where you live off different types of fruit/vegetable juices for a week or so in a bid to loose weight quickly and cleanse your body. But after reading up on juice diets, I realised this was unsustainable and probably not good for your body anyway. I then came across Gwyneth Paltrow’s juice recipes and became intrigued by the good reviews. I didn’t want to live off juices for a week but I wanted to try one of her recipes as I replacement for my toast or Shreddies in the morning. This juice is called ‘The Green Juice’ and although it may not be the nicest drink you will ever taste, it also isn’t the worst and is full of good nutrients that your body needs. I try to have this juice atleast once a week for my breakfast and it definitely gives you a wake up boost so you can ditch that morning coffee you so desperately need.

To make the juice you will need:

Ingrediants for Juicing

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Barry M Nail Polishes

Barry M Nail PolishWith Autumn on it’s way I’ve decided to ditch the pastel nail colours and move onto slightly darker shades. I invested in two Barry M nail polishes as they were on offer in Boots and having always used Nails Inc I wanted to try out a different brand.

I love having gels on my nails and as I have my own kit at home I like to do them on myself but this takes up quite a bit of time . When I saw Barry M do their own Gelly High Shine range I got really excited and picked one up in the shade Blue Grape. I was pleasantly surprised, it definitely has the ‘gelly’ effect as promised and the colour is just as bright as it looks in the bottle and only takes a few coats to build up. I did find that it chipped quite quickly compared to Nails Inc but it only took me a few minutes to tidy my nails up so they looked freshly painted.

I’ve heard lots of people talk about Barry M’s Matte range and to be honest, I never really saw the attraction to having matte nails. But after giving this a go, I really like it. It gives off an edgy vibe and looks great with lots of rings and bracelets. Again, it only takes a few coats to build up and this has lasted slightly longer than the Gelly High Shine nail paint.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with Barry M. Have you tried out these nail polishes?

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My Everyday Makeup

I’ve seen quite a few posts about makeup people use on a daily basis and seeing as I love reading them, I thought I would do my own. I own lots of different makeup brands that I like to use certain items from. Every once in a while I mix things up a bit as I get bored of certain products and like to try out new ones. In the summer I like to go for a natural look using a browny/gold palette on my eyes and a nude lipstick.

My Everyday Makeup

My Everyday Makeup

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