Spring Clean: Makeup Bag Edition

With Spring fast approaching, now is the perfect time to change up your makeup wardrobe. Clear out the old products you reach for in winter and give your makeup bag a freshen up for this season. Here’s the products I’ll be using to fake a glow and brighten my skin even if the weather hasn’t quite got the memo yet…

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Spring for me is all about a glowing completion and fresh looking skin. My favourite primer all year round is the Smashbox Hydrating Primer as it stops my dry skin becoming uncomfortable. If I want a serious glow, I apply a drop of the Sleek Barekiss Illuminator in Monaco over the top of the primer to add a touch of luminosity, or mix it in with my foundation. My go to glowy foundation is Nars Sheer Glow. I seriously cannot get enough of this and have ran through numerous bottles over the years. Finally, I have been loving the Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer under my eyes to brighten and illuminate after a few too many late nights. I have also been trying out the Soap & Glory range of concealer and colour correcting products and so far I LOVE them. A review will be coming soon!

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FACE:

In Spring, I love swapping my usual pink blush for more peach tones. My holy grail in the warmer months is Soap & Glory Peach Party blush brick. This looks gorgeous on all skin tones and you can swirl your brush in all the colours or pick out the more bronze/peach tones dependant on your preference. For bronzer, I love using Makeup Revolution Baked Bronzer in Golden Days to warm up my whole face. It’s not to warm, not too cool and has just a slight sheen to it to make the skin look so healthy. Seriously, if you are fairer skinned you need this in your life. Lastly, MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish is such a beautiful highlighter sweeped over the tops of the cheekbones.

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EYES:

For brows, I’m swapping in the Soap & Glory Archery pencil for soft defined brows, and the shade dark chocolate is a perfect match for me. I’m continuing to use my favourite Maybelline falsies mascara and Urban Decay Naked Palette as I love wearing more warm/gold tones in the lighter months. The original palette is definitely my most used for daytime.

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My lip changes on a day to day basic depending on my outfit or mood. Recently I’ve been loving my Kylie lip kit in Candy K and my old fave Velvet Teddy by MAC.

I definitely recommend rummaging through your makeup collection and have a makeup bag reshuffle, you’re guaranteed to find something you used to love!

What products will you be swapping into your makeup bag this Spring?

C x

 

* Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

Let’s Chat: January Roundup

The first month of a new year always has this weird atmosphere around it. Everyone is trying so hard to make a positive start and push their new year goals (myself included) that it almost feels wrong to admit if things just aren’t going right. Things get shitty, and that’s okay to admit from January right through to December.

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January 2017 has been a complete blink and you’ll miss it month. I had exams at the start of the month which were a complete knock back to reality after an amazing festive period, and started back university for my second semester of third year. With the talk of March/April/May exams already rife I can just tell this semester is going to be a stressful one!

I travelled down to London for my amazing Soap & Glory digital ambassador training day which you can read all about here. I have never travelled further than Glasgow alone by myself, so setting myself the challenge of travelling and arriving in one piece in London was a scary mission, but I did it! It really was an amazing day and gave me such an insight more into marketing, social media and PR work. As a journalism student, these are all avenues I could explore when I graduate so it was fantastic to see how it all worked.

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January was the month I tried to make myself be more organised. I’ve found having a week to view planner a great way of setting all my tasks out. Juggling uni work/actual part-time work/blogging/exercising/socialising/sleeping has not been easy so by giving myself set goals each day has helped lots.

I watched Bridget Jones’ Baby this month and absolutely loved it. There’s a running joke between my friends and I that I will be Bridget when I’m older because a) I’m a journalist b) I love a good pair of Spanx and c) I’m ridiculously unlucky in love. I laughed as much at the third instalment as the first two, a definite recommended film for a girly night in. Jojo Vibe has been my most played song on Spotify this month, I absolutely LOVE her new album.

I bought the Two Faced Sweet Peach palette and the Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection this month, both of which are all forms of heart eye emojis. I’m trying to put myself on a makeup spending ban for February as I did go a tiny bit overboard over the festive period…. Lets see how that one lasts!

I got an iPhone 7 towards the end of the month, so my aim is get as many great pictures as I can this month.

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So here’s to February 2017, let’s see what you have in store for me.

What are your February 2017 goals?

C x

Review: Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition

Soap & Glory have taken things up a notch for Galentines, giving their award winning The Righteous Butter a shimmering twist as we enter Spring.

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I have been a long time devotee to the original Righteous Butter formula. I have particularly dry, eczema prone skin which cries out for moisture especially in the winter months. My skin reacts to heavy fragrances but I can safely say none of the Soap and Glory fragrance houses have caused any angry skin so that’s a definite plus point! As it is a butter, I like to apply it in in the evening after I shower to allow it to sink it overnight. The original pink fragrance of rose and bergamot is super relaxing and definitely one of my favourites from the range. The butter is particularly good prior to fake tanning on the knees, elbows and ankles to stop any unsightly clinging.

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The new Diamond Edition is the exact same formula, with the exception being the “pearlescent shimmer mica powders” which give the product its diamond namesake. With highlights and illuminators taking Instagram and social media by storm, I was so eager to try the butter and see if it helped fake that much needed glow to my lack-lustre skin. It applied just like my holy grail Righteous Butter and sunk in leaving my skin so soft, however left a shimmery base on my skin. See the product in action in my little boomerang video here.

The finish of the butter was more shimmery than I was first expecting, however I did actually really like it. I think the butter would love amazing with a tan on holiday to really illuminate and hydrate the skin , or for an evening out on the legs and decollatiage for an instant lift and youthfulness. Personally, I wouldn’t wear the Diamond Edition on a daily basis and will stick to the original formula (or Sugarcrush, my other absolute fave) however will be keeping it stocked up for when the sunnier weather arrives. I hope the butter isn’t a temporary thing because I can definitely see myself re-buying this for the holiday season.

You can buy The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition here for £10.

What’s your favourite S&G body product?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

Review: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipgloss

Soap & Glory are famous for their fun, tongue in cheek product names, and Sexy Mother Pucker is no exception. I’ve never been the biggest fan of lipgloss, however have repurchased or been gifted SMP many times over the years. The shade Candy Queen holds a slight nostalgia to me as I used to wear it non-stop as a teenager. They are unique on the market as they contain “superfill” technology, and are infused with natural plant oil to plump your lips and give you a super glossy pout.

There are 7 individual shades currently available from the range, however different collections/combinations are always released around Christmas time.

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Once applied with the doe foot applicator, they begin to tingle on the lips almost like pins and needles. I don’t find it uncomfortable at all, but it is certainly a strange sensation the first time it is applied. However if you’re feeling brave, try their XXL plump – the tingle is real with that one! The tingle dies down shortly after application and you’re left with lovely glossy lips.

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The colour range on the glosses is great, with a selection of more opaque colours and shimmers. I personally love layering the glosses over my existing lipsticks to give a fuller looking pout, in particular Bare Enough which is a lovely pinky nude. Nudestar looks amazing over a brown-toned nude (think Mac Velvet Teddy) for glossy lips Khloe Kardashian would be proud of. If a more natural look is what you like, try Candy Queen or Doughnut for a more subtle wash of colour and shine.

These glosses are a handbag favourite of mines as they are just so easy to apply and instantly make you feel put together.

You can buy Sexy Mother Pucker here for £9 from Boots.

What is your favourite shade of Sexy Mother Pucker?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

Why Your University Friends Are Friends For Life

You get many things coming out of University: an education, a love for fast food and mainly a chunk of debt. But with Galen-tines day just around the corner (yes, a whole day to celebrate your friends) we need to appreciate the amazing friendships we make along the way.

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  1. You’ve seen each other at your best…

From acing assignments which you’ve slaved over together to spending all your student loans on dresses which make you look 10/10, you’ll be there for each other every step of the way to that big graduation.

  1. And your worst

They’ve probably held your hair back as you ran to the toilet after one too many Jagerbombs, and saw you in a sea of leftover Dominoes boxes and greasy hair as you fight your way through revision. But that’s okay, because they’re equally as minging.

  1. Surviving the hangovers (and the lectures)

Ah yes, where there’s a university, there’s always an abundance of bars and clubs close by for you to “just have a few” because you’ve a 9AM lecture in the morning. Fast forward a few hours, you and your friends are knee-deep in shots and declaring your love for each other.

  1. You’ve “grown up” together

University is a time of huge changes, from moving away from home to making new friends, it’s the time to discover who you really are. The windy path from teenager to mini-adult involves a lot of bills and responsibilities and c’mon, what bond is stronger than the joint crying over that?

  1. They never judge you for your procrastination

Mainly because they are too. Who knew re-watching an entire One Tree Hill boxset was more valuable than writing that essay?

  1. You talk about the real things

And I don’t just mean boys and makeup. I mean your five year plan, planning the dream job and aspirations, questioning how the hell you’ll ever afford your own mortgage(?!). The future is scary, but you’ll always be there cheering each other on.

  1. They know far too much

You’ve let them in all on all the juicy details of your life so you couldn’t possibly let them go. And let’s be honest, you’ve already picked out your bridesmaid dresses.

How will you be celebrating Galen-tines day?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory

Soap & Glory Digital Glambassador Role

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As I spoke about in my previous post, Soap & Glory were recruiting a new set of digital ambassadors for their brand from universities up and down the country. And, I’m so excited to say that I’m the very first digital “Glambassador” for Glasgow Caledonian!

I travelled down to London last Wednesday to visit their head offices at Kings Cross, something which was hugely exciting for a little country bumpkin like myself. After a 5 and a half hour train journey, I was submersed in a sea of their signature cosmetics and skin care products as I learned all about the brand and the work I would be doing. The team of girls on board were so welcoming and informative about what they wanted from us and really gave us all we needed to know about our roles and the brand itself. Their passion for their roles and love for the brand really shone through making me even more excited to be part of the team. The other digital ambassadors from across the UK were absolutely lovely too and I loved spending time with them. It was my first solo trip to London and it certainly didn’t disappoint (I mean c’mon, LOOK at that amazing sunset from the S&G offices?!).

Over the next few months, I will be blogging for Soap & Glory on A Tartan Rose, something which I feel like I need to pinch myself after even just writing it. As a loyal fan for many years, I can’t wait to get started on this amazing opportunity.

What are your favourite Soap & Glory products?

C x

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£30 of free Makeup Revolution Products

Budget make-up, for the most part, is a complete hit or miss. Cheaper priced items tend to have lower pigmentation, chalky formulations and poor colour matches leaving shoppers to reach for the higher priced equivalents. However, one brand that is completely changing the face of budget make-up is Makeup Revolution and one I am a huge fan of.

They are currently running a fantastic offer online where if you spend £30, you receive £30 in makeup absolutely free. One product I’ve been lusting after since its release is their “Neutral vs New-trauls” palette, which is supposed to be a fantastic dupe for the LimeCrime Vice palette. Khila’s post here includes swatches of the colours and show how pigmented it is so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to place this order and get a few gifts for others too.

The products included are: 3 single eyeshadows in Go!, U Know U Want To and Envy.

Eye dust in Etiquette

Intense lip laquer in Nothing Like You and I

The One Blush Stick in Malibu (a matte bronze) and Pink

                            Pro Looks eyeshadow Palette in EatSleepMakeupRepeat with 15 individual shades

                       Salvation eyeshadow palette in Welcome to the Pleasuredome with 18 individual shades

I heart Makeup eyeshadow primer in Wow

The single eyeshadows and the eye shadow palettes have incredible pigmentation for the price and are something I would highly recommend to anyone looking to expand their collection or for makeup newbies. If the bold colours in the EatSleepRaveRepeat palette aren’t for you, they would be fantastic for Halloween/fancy dress looks or to gift to a friend. All of the products are very versatile and wearable, and could even be put away as birthday or Christmas gifts (yes, I know its September but it’s never too early to start planning!)

Offer is valid until the 1st of October and can be purchased from the Makeup Revolution website here.

Will you be placing a Makeup Revolution order, or have you tried any of their products?

Save £10 on Urban Decay Naked Smoky with Feel Unique

Another day, another Feel Unique discount code but this one is definitely worth a look at.

Thanks to one of my favourite money saving sites Money Saving Expert, you can save a massive £10 on any order over £30 on the website until 11.59pm on 7th August. Use voucher code “10mse30” at checkout. (Valid on full price items only and with the exception of Dior, GHD, Moroccanoil and Tom Ford)

The new Urban Decay Naked Smoky has just launched in the UK and has already sold out on Debenhams and Urban Decays own website this morning at full price. The fourth palette in the award winning range has 12 sultry smokey neutral shades to allow you to perfect that elusive sought after eye look. With the discount code, the palette comes to £28 instead of £38 (around £2 per eyeshadow – and you get a double ended brush included!). The palette is rumoured to be limited edition so the discount is even more fantastic.

The palettes are my favourites due to the quality, pigmentation and in general they are just oh-so-pretty to look at. If Smokey doesn’t take your fancy, I really recommend any of the other Naked palettes. The original Naked palette is packed with bronze-hued shadows which are perfect for day or evening. My personal favourite is Naked 2, which has the perfect mixtures of the popular bronze tones mixed with silver hues and a gorgeous deep purple shade. Naked 3 is, admittedly, my least used of the three but is gorgeous never the least which an array of pink and rose-hued neutrals.

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Naked, Naked 2 & Naked 3.

Naked, Naked 3 &; Naked 2.

If you don’t fancy getting Naked (sorry, I had to) then there’s a huge selection of fragrance, beauty, skin care and hair care to chose from on the site to take advantage of the deal! You can visit the site here.

Will you be grabbing the Naked Smokey palette or any items from Feel Unique?

FeelUnique Skin Care Savings

I make no attempt to hide the fact that I am a huge lover of all things beauty. Whether it be make-up, skincare or fragrance, it could definitely be said I have an ever growing collection. FeelUnique is a fantastic website that I use regularly to feed my habit as it always has fantastic prices and a huge variety of both low cost and high end brands such a Decleor and Urban Decay.

They are currently running a “specialist skincare event” with up to 1/3 off best selling brands such a Vichy and La Roche-Posay, alongside 3 for 2 offers and free gifts. What’s even better is that you can get a further 15% off using code STYLE2015 (this is valid on all products on the website) meaning huge savings to be had! They also offer free worldwide delivery on all orders over £10.

I placed an order for my holy grail skin care of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light and Rich creams, which already had a fantastic 33% saving at £12 each and then a further 15% off taking the order down to just £20.40 in total (from £36 normally). I highly recommend the moisturisers if like me you suffer from dry and dehydrated skin.

The skin care event ends midnight Tuesday 30th June, and you can visit the site here.

Will you be placing a FeelUnique order?

No7 Money Off Vouchers

no71Whilst stocking up on some essentials from my local Boots, I was handed a No7 money off voucher. These usually do the rounds in Boots around 4 times a year and every time I grab the opportunity to buy some of my favourite products from the No7 range.

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All you need to do to obtain a voucher is spend £4 on anything from your Boots store. However, if you keep your eyes peeled at a self scanner you’ll often find loads lying around that people simply haven’t picked up. They offer £5 off any No7 skincare and £3 off No7 make up.

My recommendations

No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser – £9.95 // £4.95 with voucher

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I swear by this cleanser and have purchased numerous bottles of it over the years. I myself struggle heavily with dry skin and eczema and it works just as well for a friend with oily skin therefore fantastic for all skin types. It removes all traces of makeup and leaves my skin just feeling very clean and soft.

No7 Beautiful Skin Face Wipes – £7 // £2 with voucher

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These are for the nights when I arrive home late, and the thought of crawling to the bathroom to remove my makeup is just too much (admit it, we’ve all been there). You get 30 wipes per packet, and if stored and sealed correctly these will last forever if not used every day. Once again, these are a repurchase of mine.

No7 Natural Blush Tint Power in Soft Damson – £8 // £5 with voucher

Natural Tint Blush in Soft Damson

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Moving onto makeup, the No7 blushes are some of my favourites which I own. I find them very pigmented so they are build able, but also look very natural on the skin.

No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter – £9.95 // £6.95 with voucher

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It’s rare to find a good highlighter in the drugstore but after discovering this gem I have been hooked. It comes in both a champagne shade and a bronze shade so perfect for every skintone.

What are your top No7 products?