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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Raiding a Friend's Makeup Bag: Hannah's Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone!
Today I'm sat with my friend Hannah, who is also a make-up junkie/lover. When we see each other we love to have a big old sleepover and catch up and compare what product's we've both been loving. I asked Hannah to pick out her favourite 'must have' products from her make-up collection, and thought this would make a nice blog post. This is what she chose...
Left to right: L'Oreal Superliner in black, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, Benefit's They're Real, Mac Lipstick in 'Chatterbox', Benefit's Porefessional Primer, Burts Bees Lipbalm + Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. 
The lovely Hannah Bourne!
So as you can see, a lot of these products are well used, but hopefully this just shows they're loved. A lot of these products are also cult classics and favourites of many bloggers and readers, so I won't go into too much detail- just a brief summary of why she loves them.

L'Oreal Super Liner. This liquid eyeliner is a favourite of both of ours actually, even though Hannah wasn't sure about it at first. She was used to using a pen-liner before but now she loves the precision you can get with this (and I agree). It's not a flimsy nib like many other liquid eyeliners. It's only around the £6.99 mark which is so much cheaper than the 'They're Real Push Up' liner which Benefit have released. I do really want to try that liner, but am yet to decide if it's worth the hype because at £18.50, it's super expensive, and plus I can't see how I'd love it more than this! I don't go a day without wearing it and am obsessed with winged eyeliner on the top lid.

Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer. You all know about this concealer. Light and creamy and amazing for undereye circles at only around the £4 mark, it's an absolute bargain and has been beauty bloggers favourite for years. It's said to be a dupe of the Nars concealer (which I reeeally want to try!)
I don't think this does stay on for the promised '16 hours' but it does cover our under eye bags and provides some luminosity. 

Benefit They're Real Mascara.This mascara is our absolute favourite, but at £19.50 a tube it's also not cheap at all, and we both find it dries out so quickly! 
However, a little trick I have discovered with any drying mascara is to run a sink full of hot/very warm water and put your mascaras in it for a while. I'm not sure how long you probably need to leave it but long enough for the water to warm up the inside of the mascara tube and moisten it up again. This really works and adds life to this mascara!

MAC 'Chatterbox' Amplified lipstick is Hannah's go-to lipstick, and she says she wears this pretty much every night out but also sometimes in the day too. It's a lovely strong pink colour which looks amazing both with a tan and without. It's chic and barbie-esque which looks amazing for spring/summer paired with navy colours especially. I'm definitely going to be borrowing this when we go out together next!


The Lush lip scrub is amazing to use before you apply lipstick to make your lips really soft and 'prime' them 'ensuring your makeup glides on and stays on'. It also tastes great too, as does the Mint version Lush sell. According to Hannah, the Burt's Bees is the best lipbalm she's ever come across, with it leaving her lips soft and hydrated for ages (much better than Vaseline). Together she calls them the 'dream team'. 

Benefit Porefessional Primer. Finally we have this primer and Hannah swears by. I do like this product but don't know if it's better than other cheaper alternatives on the market, as it is £24.50. Hannah insists it keeps her makeup on longer than any other primer and it doesn't break either of us out though (which is very important- *cough Body Shop Instablur*) and is a lovely consistency.I have 'normal/combination' skin and Hannah has oily skin and this works great on both of us so I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't tied down on a budget! I'm going to try and get her to get the Body Shop Tea Tree primer next time as I think this would be perfect for oily skin and I've heard so many good things. 

So thanks for reading and hope you found this informative! I love all these products too. My upcoming blogposts will involve disappointing products and ones to avoid in my opinion, I'll be going through my current favourite items, and I'm going to do a 'what's in my make-up bag' (although that will be a very long one ha!) Let me know if there's anything you guys want to particularly see, and remember to please subscribe on Bloglovin to not miss a post! 

Raiding a Friend's Makeup Bag: Hannah's Beauty Favourites

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Saturday, 1 March 2014

An Insight Into My Blogging Inspiration.


Ahhh I actually have some nerves writing this blog post- feels like the start of a very addictive hobby! Probably safe to say I have spent the last 2 days trying to make my very own blog header and re-learn html (used to know all about it in the Bebo days *cringe* haha) but it really made me appreciate the blogging community even more than I already do. So, I took a look back on loads of my favourite blogs to their very first posts. Most of them had jumped straight in with a haul or a monthly favourites, but I decided before I did aaaany of that, I'd like to share the my blogging inspirations and give anyone reading an idea as to why I started this blog...

www.buynowbloglater.com

1) Let's go back to...2007? Youtube lead me to discover Laura, going under the name Lollipop26. She was like a cool beauty-guru older sister, and the first video I ever watched of hers was about the fake tan, St Moriz. This 14 year old was hooked, as I chucked my arguably more 'age-appropriate' Dove Summer Glow out the window. Now blogging under buynowbloglater, she is still one of my favourites and get really inspired by her- especially her choice of GREAT handbags.


www.theglamandglitter.com
2) Tamara from glamandglitter. This girl who has been called a 'Fashionista'  is literally my fashion idol. When I am no longer on a student budget and have 'proper' job, I need to steal some of her pieces! Bags, coats, shoes...whatever she puts together looks flawless and chic which is the style I'll always aim for. Her blog is so great with such a wide variety of looks, you can't not be inspired. 

www.prettypleaseblog.co.uk
3) Emily from prettyplease. I actually am friends with Emily, and we were in the same year at school. I remember back in sixth form chatting to her about makeup tips and beauty things in the common room at lunch time, and this girl knows everything about makeup- she's read the books, got the t-shirt and knows all the theory behind it, she's a very smart cookie! When I started reading her blog it made me want to start up my own too: her dedication, natural beauty and range of beauty/lifestyle blog topics inspires me.  

www.dizzybrunette3.com
4) Corrie aka DizzyBrunette3 is a successful youtuber and blogger. I started watching Corrie about a year ago and loved how we both share a passion for Cheryl Cole! She comes across really warm and personable, and as I think we have similar hair colour eye colour and skin tone I often buy what she says she's loving and suits her. I know that she started her blog as a university student like I am now and I've watched her blog evolve. She has really cute style too- oh, and just give me her hair please?!


www.emtalks.co.uk
5) Lastly, we have Em Sheldon from emtalks.co.uk. I'd say reading her blog was what really made it 'click' in my head that I'd love to do this. Firstly, she's from Leeds and goes to Leeds Uni (yay), and without sounding like an absolute stalker (I have told her about this) I've seen her a few times around campus and always think her style is lovely, even asked her where her gorgeous baby blue coat was from (Topshop). She seems like a really genuine, lovely and down to earth person deserving every success her blog has lead her to- winning Cosmopolitans Newcomer Award in 2012 and covering the Baftas being amongst many admirable achievements. A really big inspiration to me and an example of what hard work and dedicated blogging can achieve, I'd love to interview her myself one day!


*All images from each bloggers website*

An Insight Into My Blogging Inspiration.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

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