July Favourites

I feel like July was a reallllllllly long month but I don’t feel like I have many favourites at all! But the few things I was loving this month, very super amazing!

 

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NYX / Contour and Highlight Palette

I’d had my eye on this contour kit for so long and when I was in Milan, I bit the bullet and treated myself. I wasn’t sure how effective it would be on my skin as it’s a powder kit but I was so pleasantly surprised. There are different contour shades, some lighter and some darker which is great for different skin tones. I personally use the lighter tones as I’m quite pale. The highlights are just amazing! Again, there are four shades, and my favourite is the first shimmery one. When I wear it I feel like my face has been carved by angels. I love this product so much and what is great is that it is refillable and completely affordable at only £18.

NYX / Butter Lipstick / Mary Janes

I absolutely adore NYX lip products. And when I seen this absolutely gorgeous red shade, I had to have it. I’ve been obsessing over red lips recently, even though I can’t pull it off like Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale. Honestly, make up goals. I love this shade by NYX and it applies so smoothly. It can get a bit messy if you’re drinking coffee etc but it does last pretty long.

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Bellapierre / Cosmetic Banana Setting Powder

This product honestly sets my make up so well. I tip some onto my skin and leave it for a bit then brush the product over my face. I don’t use powders on my face anymore as it feels too heavy and it feels like it’s clogging my skin but honestly, this powder is so lightweight so I have been using it every day to set my makeup!

 

Love Island

I’ve been a Love Island loyal since season 1 and rooted so much for Hannah and Jon and in season 2, Kara and Nathan. Now season 3 has come to an end, I am lost. I haven’t really backed a couple from the beginning this season but I absolutely love love love both Camilla and Jamie. I was so chuffed for Amber and Kem winning cos they proved so many people wrong. Now I have Love Island blues.

 

Wilde Like Me

Wilde Like Me / Louise Pentland

Meet Robin Wilde! You’ll make a friend for life and she’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget …Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back. But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel … grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with – someone who’s always on her team. After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life. Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin’s way … Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime …What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?

Ahh, I had pre-ordered this and was so so excited when it arrived! I absolutely love Louise and just knew it would be a great read. It was so so funny at parts and I laughed out loud quite a few times!

And I think that’s it for this month! What have you been loving?

Much love,

louise-x

May Favourites

Another month, another bunch of great products, telly and music! Here’s what I was loving throughout May.

 

 

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Barry M / Matte Me Up / Liquid Lip Paint

I was going to try out one of the Barry M lip kits but there were none in stock when I hit Superdrug. So I went for the next best thing and bought the lip paint itself. I didn’t expect much from it but oh my, it’s one of my favourites to wear. It’s so light when applied which I really appreciate in a lip paint as I hate when they feel very heavy on your lips.

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Estee Lauder / Double Wear Stay in Place /Foundation

I have been so reluctant to buy this for ages because of the price. Like, what if I spend £30 and don’t like it after a couple of uses? I bit the bullet at the end of last month and bought it. I LOVE IT SO MUCHHH. I have oily skin so the chalky, dryness when the foundation is on you works a treat. It honestly lasts all day. Double wear is full coverage which I need to cover my uneven skin. It’s easy enough to put a little less on if you don’t want as much as a build up. I’m using the shade 1N1 and it honestly matches my skin perfectly. I honestly couldn’t recommend this foundation enough, it’s definitely worth the money. The only thing that’s frustrating is that it doesn’t have a pump so I often find myself poring out too much.

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Too Faced / Better Than Sex / Mascara

This mascara has been on my wish list for months now. My friend Sophie was kind enough to get it for my birthday and I absolutely love it. If there’s one thing I’m picky about, it’s mascara so I was scared that it wouldn’t live up to the hype surrounding the product. I really like the brush in this mascara and it both curls and lengthens them. I’m somebody who layers their mascara and with this one, I don’t need to as much. I still use it along with Soap and Glory’s Thick and Fast mascara to darken my lashes.

 

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Lush / Beautiful / Shower Gel

I absolutely love this shower gel. It’s such a beautful, fresh, summery scent and leaves me feeling so refreshed in the mornings. The bottle comes with such a lovely caption and I think that’s why I love it so much: ‘You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face.’

 

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Primark / Pink Embroidered Sandles

I seen these on my Instagram feed and knew I had to get them for my holiday. When I seen they were from Primark I doubted that Stirling Primark would sell them as there is much less of a range. However, to my surprise they had them in stock and at only £6 as well! I absolutely love these and I think they can dress up an outfit so much. I’m definitely looking forward to wearing them!

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Born To Kill / Channel 4

Four-part drama about an apparently model teenager with hidden psychological issues. A haunting exploration of the mind of Sam, a teenager who’s on the verge of acting out hidden psychopathic desires.

Somebody at work had mentioned this was on telly and I just had to watch it. I absolutely love any psychological thriller and this was no different. The plot was absolutely incredible. I would warn you though that it is quite a disturbing program and there are a lot of very gory scenes.

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Harry Styles / Harry Styles

I’m not gonna lie, when Sign of the Times entered the charts I wasn’t impressed at all. The first few plays didn’t do much for me at all so I wasn’t fussed at all about the album coming out. I thought I’d give it a chance though when I was doing my house work one day. I was far too quick to judge by the one single that had been released because the album is absolutely AMAZING. It is just so relaxed and chilled out. If you haven’t given it a listen, I urge you to do so. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

What have you been loving this month?

Much love,

louise-x

 

February Favourites

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It is March! That means almost Spring time. The lighter evenings are just lovely and I’m excited for the next few months. I don’t have too many favourites this month but I thought I’d share with you the things I’ve been loving!

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Makeup Revolution / Love the Revolution Palette / £8

I got this palette free with my purchases in Superdrug and my oh my, it is fantastic! I have never tried any of the Makeup Revolution palettes before but I will definitely be buying more in the future! The pigmentation in this palette is pretty good and you don’t need much to cover your lids. I was unsure on the shades at first but I have grown to adore them. I have used this palette the most this month and it is definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. I used the red shade for a couple of nights out around about Valentine’s day and it was just gorgeous!

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Makeup Revolution / Retro Luxe Lip Kit Matte / Glory / £6

I was absolutely ecstatic when I seen there was two of these lip kits left in Superdrug when I popped in. I was looking for a darker colour to wear on my lips that night so it was just my luck when it was the shade Glory that was left. Now, I absolutely loved this product to begin with. I had seen a lot online about how it was a great dupe for Kylie lip kits so I was desperate to try. The product dries pretty fact which is great. The product seemed to stay on my lips pretty well that night until I started drinking. That’s the only down side of this lip kit I would say, that it flakes off pretty easily when you’re drinking. I’m going to test out another shade of it as it might be because its such a dark shade. I absolutely love this product though, especially when I’m wearing it during the day as it stays on for ages.

Anastasia Beverly Hills / Dipbrow Pomade / Blonde / £15

No words. Absolutely no words can describe how INCREDIBLE this product is. People have been recommending me this product for ages now but I kept putting off buying it for some unknown reason. I was in Sephora in Paris and I kept going back to the ABH counter. The woman matched me with the shade ‘blonde’ which I thought would be far too light but it is absolutely perfect. This product is just incredible, it glides on your eyebrows so easily but then does not move all day. For someone with an incredibly oily forehead this is fab. It means that half way through the day I don’t find any eyebrow product needing to be wiped off my forehead. And that happens a lot with me. I just can’t get over how great dipbrow is. Sorry Benefit Browzings, it’s time to step over. It’s been a good haul.

Milly Johnson / The Birds and The Bees

Milly Johnson is probably my favourite author. None of her work ever disappoints me. This is definitely my favourite books of hers that I have read. I absolutely love it! What I love most about it is that everything isn’t perfect and happy from the get go. It is pretty realistic, which I feel you can relate to more. To anybody who loves a good chic-lit which will give you all the feels, then I definitely recommend giving this a read!

Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go to her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous new friend Jo MacLean. It feels like history repeating itself for Stevie, but this time she is determined to win back her man. She isn’t going to act as he might expect. She isn’t going to wail and dig her heels in, she is simply going to pretend to let him go whilst she pursues a mad course of dieting, exercising and self-improvement.

And it feels like history is repeating itself for Adam MacLean too, who is also determined to win his lady, Jo, back with the same basic psychological tactics. Then he is going to initiate his master plan: Getting together with Stevie to drive Jo wild with jealousy.

So, like the Scottish country jig ‘The Birds and the Bees’, the couples all change partners and learn some revealing truths about each other along the way. But what happens when Adam’s master plan actually starts to work? And just who will Stevie be dancing with when the music stops?

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Apple Tree Yard / BBC One

Two of my colleagues recommended this four part British thriller to me. If you haven’t watched this, I definitely recommend it! It is absolutely fantastic and the ending is not predictable at all! 

Apple Tree Yard is a British television thriller, adapted from the novel of the same name by Louise Doughty. The four-part series was commissioned in 2016 and the first episode had its premiere on BBC One on 22 January, 2017.Emily Watson stars as the novel’s original lead, Dr Yvonne Carmichael, with Ben Chaplin portraying the role of her lover, Mark Costley. Apple Tree Yard follows the story of Carmichael, an unhappily married forty-something scientist, who begins a secret affair with Costley whilst being completely unaware of his true identity.

And that’s about it for this month. I’ve just done a massive book order so I’m excited to share with you next month what my favourites from that were!

Much love,

louise-x

January Favourites

It’s February already! Mental. January was good, to find out  how my month was check out my most recent post. I’m going to continue my monthly favourites on my blog as it lets me share everything that I’ve been loving!

 

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Zoeva // Rose Golden Palette // £18

I got this palette for Christmas and AHHHHHH it’s so beautiful. I thought I wouldn’t be too fussed with it but honestly, it’s pretty much the only palette I’ve been using recently. My favourite shade is Copper is King and I would never have seen myself wearing such a bold shade before but oh my, I absolutely adore it. I will definitely be look at buying some more Zoeva palettes.

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SEVENTEEN // Stay Time Foundation // £6.49

I seen so many people talking about how this foundation is a great dupe for MAC Pro Longwear and I was rather sceptical. Oh my goodness. This is going to be my go to foundation from now on. This product is high coverage and it is absolutely excellent. It stays on ALL day and despite my oily skin, it actually stays in place. The only thing I would say is the range of shades isn’t very good, with hardly any. I usually wear the lightest shade with most brands however, I had to go for the fourth lightest! Which means that if you have very pale skin then this foundation is definitely worth a try!

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Illamasqua //  Lipstick // Shard // £19.50

I managed to get these lipsticks at an extremely reduced price in the Illamasqua sale! I bought two different shade however, I have completely abandoned one to use this shade shard, the shade on the left. To be honest, I thought the shade was going to be a lot darker purple but when it goes on, it is rather bright. I still absolutely love it though! You do need to continuously apply it but apart from that, I am in love.

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Line of Duty

On Sunday night I finished season two of Line of Duty. My oh my. If you love a crime drama then you definitely need to give this a watch. Season one was absolutely fantastic as was season two, although it was slightly more complicated. It was given an 8.4/10 on IMDb and I completely understand why! Absolutely excellent!

Following one multi-stranded investigation over five hours, Line of Duty sees Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott transferred to AC-12, an anti-corruption unit, after a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation. Alongside Detective Constable Kate Fleming , they are assigned to lead an investigation into the alleged corruption by a popular and successful officer, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates. While Gates cleverly manipulates his unit’s figures, DS Arnott questions whether Gates is being made a scapegoat for a culture of institutionalized spin, or is guilty of darker corruption.

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We Were on a Break // Lindsey Kelk

This book was absolutely fantastic. I absolutely love a chic lit and oh boy, this one really didn’t disappoint. I got all the feels with this book and I think Liv is one of my favourite female characters ever. I don’t want to give much away because you must read this! So I’ll leave you with the blurb:

Is it a break? Or is it a blip?

‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’
‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’

There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.

Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.

But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?

 

What were you loving this month? I’d love to hear!

Much love,

louise-x

December favourites 

I promised myself I was going to have more structure to my blog this year and that Monthly Favourites would be part of that! It’s the 9th of January already and I’d normally aim to have a favourites post up by the 7th but it was Christmas right? So here’s what I was loving last month!

 

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Makeup Revolution | Highlighter | Golden Lights| £3.00

Uhhhh, this highlighter is honestly incredible. This product is highly pigmented and let me tell you, a little goes a long way! I use the tiniest amount and it looks incredible. I don’t think I’ll ever run out.

NYX | Professional Makeup Concealer Jar | Medium |£5.50

I mentioned a few months ago how I find it so difficult to cover my humongous dark circles under my eyes. So many people I know absolutely swear by Collection Lasting Perfection concealer but it just doesn’t do anything for my eye bags at all. It’s too thin and just wipes away too easily. So I thought I’d try a concealer pot from NYX. I went for a slightly darker shade than I normally would, as at a recent consultation, I was told I’ve been wearing a shade too light to cover the darkness.

This NYC concealer is so creamy and actually works for me covering the dark circles. The thickness of this concealer fills in my bags and acts like a cement. I use a concealer brush to apply it under my eyes, dabbing gently to blend. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who struggles with deep and dark eye bags on a daily basis.

 

 

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NYX | Professional Makeup Intense Butter Gloss | Cranberry Pie |£5.50

My lip product collection just seems to grow ever month and this month is no exception. I got a coral shade of this NYX gloss last year and absolutely loved it, but it’s more of a summery colour. So I thought I’d get myself one that I can wear during this time of year. I went for the red colour and I absolutely love it. It’s so bright and makes your lips stand out so much. It is quite messy once it’s on your lips as it is not a matte product so it does come off a bit too easily, but apart from that I love it!

 

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Sleek MakeUP | Matte Me | Shabby Chic | £4.99

This is my favourite lip product I have ever ever owned. I absolutely adore it. Karina got me it for Christmas and I have worn it everyday since. It is amazing! It’s so easy to apply and refuses to leave your lips! Which is absolutely perfect for me because I drink so much coffee and never have the time to reapply. I don’t know what else I can say about this except from, you need to get yourself to Superdrug and get yourself at least one. I can’t wait to go and get more shades.

 

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Sleek MakeUP |Eye shadow Palette | All Night Long I-Divine | £8.99

I also got this for Christmas from Karina and I absolutely adore it! The pigmentation is incredible and the colours are just amazing. It’s not too dusty either so you don’t have to clean your face up after applying it as not much falls off your lids. The shade Prosecco is my favourite and is absolutely perfect for this time of year!

 

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The Fall | British Crime Drama | 8.2/10 IMDb

The psychological thriller examines the lives of two hunters — one is a serial killer who preys on victims in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the other is a female detective drafted from the London Metropolitan Police to catch him. The local authorities have no suspects and no experience with cases involving sexually motivated serial killers; DSI Stella Gibson has. She heads a task force dedicated to solving the crime spree, with a simple motto: Anyone not part of the solution is part of the problem. The killer? He’s Paul Spector, a father and a husband leading a double life, as viewers learn from the outset. He’s hiding in plain sight, the protagonist in a cat and mouse game that is every police officer’s worst nightmare.

Ahhh this is an amazing series. I’ve not watched season three yet but watched the first two during December and I absolutely love it. It’s one of the most gripping series I’ve ever watched and man, it’s SO good. It is definitely one of my favourite series I have ever watched and if you love a crime drama then this definitely for you!

 

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Cafe Andaluz | Glasgow

I’d heard so many people talk about Cafe Andaluz but I’d never been myself so when I was in Glasgow last month I just had to have lunch there. I wasn’t too sure on how my tummy would react to all the different flavours but it was absolutely fine. We got 6 dishes between the two of us and couldn’t finish them. I ALWAYS finish food. The flavours were so delicious and I’ll definitely be going back.  The 6 dishes we got included the following:

  • Albóndigas – iced pork and beef meatballs in a rich tomato sauce
  • Patatas Gratinadas – Layers of sliced potato baked with garlic cream and Manchego cheese
  • Croquetas De Jamón Y Queso – Crisp croquettes stuffed with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese
  • Pollo Rebozado Con Miel – Chicken fillets in a light crispy batter drizzled with a honey and grain mustard dressing
  • Chorizo Y Butifarra Negra – Sautéed chorizo sausage and black pudding in a spicy tomato sauce
  • Carne De Res Picante -Spicy strips of beef on a bed of rocket with Manchego cheese and chorizo oil.

 

What were your favourites last month? Let me know in the comments.

Much love,

louise-x

October favourites

I know everybody is saying it but honestly, how is it November already? I can’t believe that Halloween has been and gone so quickly! Now I am so excited as next month it is Christmas!!! And, next month, I’m going to do Blogmas. Ah. Nervous but excited. Anyway, as quickly as the month went, I managed to spoil myself as per usual (must stop doing this) and found new favourites.

 

 

 

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Morphe Brushes / 35T palette / Eyeshadow Palette / £21.75

I got this palette at the very beginning of the month so have had plenty of time to come up with an opinion on it. I AM SO IN LOVE. Absolutely love this palette. I wanted the 35O palette but was getting extremely bored on the waiting list so I decided, sod it, I’m gonna try the 35T. It is INCREDIBLE. So beautiful. Definitely worth the hype. The pigmentation of each shade is so so good. My favourite thing about this palette is that the shadow doesn’t fall all over your face when you’re applying it. I am in love. Like, times 100. I have used so many of the colours in the palette already which is saying something, because I’m one of these people who will have a palette and probably only use about 2 of the colours. I think my next purchase is going to be the Morphe 35F palette.

 

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I really don’t suit a dark berry lip at all. Or any sort of dark lip to be honest. It’s so hard seeing my Instagram feed covered in absolutely gorgeous dark lipsticks and I really really want to own them all! So I thought to heck with it, I’m gonna give it a go. I didn’t want to buy a high-end lipstick (or even high street one)  and decide it really wasn’t for me, so I went for the cheapest option possible – Primark.

The first shade is X  which is completely out my comfort zone but I love it! I’ve only worn it a couple of times but it is so good for a statement lip.

X is more of a brown-y colour which really compliments a lot of my autumn/winter clothing. Again, this shade is not something I would normally wear but I’m beginning to get more brave when trying new products.

Also, these Primark lipsticks smell absolutely incredible! I have a thing about lipsticks smelling good and boy, these do not disappoint.

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Rimmel London // The Only One // Shade 810// £6.99

Okay, so, a little bit later in the month I thought I would bite the bullet and just buy a couple of berry lipsticks. All over the internet I have seen people ranting and raving about Rimmel London’s ‘The Only One’ in shade 810. Okay okay okay. I completely understand why it is called The Only One – it literally is the only one you need in your life. I am in love.I have already bought other shades and without a doubt some of them will become my go to products in November. They smell so good!! The matte effect honestly makes the colour last all day on your lips, and I mean all day! I only need to reapply at lunchtime, and that’s with me constantly having my lips around a cup of tea!

 

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System Professional // Smoothen Conditioner // Daily Detangling Conditioner //  £20.95

The last time I was in the hairdressers I picked up this conditioner to try and help maintain my hair. UHHHHH it smells so good. Honestly, I love it so much. I use this conditioner about once a week in my hair to try and keep it in good condition. I wash my hair and condition it with my normal shampoo and conditioner first and then I use this. This conditioner only needs to be in your hair for about 1 minute to do its job. It honestly leaves my hair so soft and means I can actually get a brush through my hair.

 

I honestly recommend every one of these products! It’s only the 3rd of November and I already have favourites from the three days of this month. Terrrible, I know.

Until next time.

Much love,

Louise

September Favourites

It’s finally AUTUMN! YAY to red lips, wooly scarves and cosy nights in. I’ve been SO SO busy this month on weekends away visiting friends and have hardly had any time for shopping which upsets me. I can’t wait until this weekend to finally get into town! Although, I have still managed to fit in some shopping for essentials. I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite purchases from the past month. Excuse my shittttty photography skills.


Soap and Glory / Thick n Fast / Mascara / £10.50

When it comes to mascara I am so so fussy and a bit of a snob. I am obsessed with my eyelashes, they are my babies. They have to be long, dark and thick. I don’t get extensions or anything, I just rely on mascara which is really such a godsend. I got this mascara in a Soap and Glory gift set from my best gal Karina for Christmas last year however, I had never even opened it until this month. Well, that was very silly of me. This mascara changes lives. I swear to god it is incredible. I’m always so sceptical about new mascaras but I was running out of my every day one so I thought I’d give this one a chance. Honestly, it lengthens your lashes so much and is a jet black colour which makes your lashes look so much thicker. I use an old mascara brush to separate my lashes after I’ve applied this mascara as occasionally it can clump them together (which can be a little annoying.) Once I’ve separated them I’m good to go! I’d definitely recommend this mascara to anyone!

 


Lush /American Cream / Conditioner / £9.95

OHMYLORD. I am in love. My flatmate surprised me with this one weekend because he’s adorable and remembered that I had been going on about wanting to try out a Lush conditioner for ages. I’m honestly not too fussy when it comes to hair products but it has to smell good. However, my scalp doesn’t like a lot of shampoos and conditioners. It’s my own fault though, because I have the most horrible habit and when I’m anxious I pick and scratch my scalp. Disgusting, I know. Anyways, doing this makes my head really stingy and within two weeks I need to use a new product. American Cream makes my hair so so soft! I love it. I actually feel like my hair is in a better condition since using it! It smells like strawberry and vanilla milkshake *so YUMMEH.*

MAC /Studio Finish SPF / Concealer / £16

I’m one of these people who have still not found the perfect concealer. So every time I run out, I buy a different make. I really struggle with dark circles under my eyes and my bags are so so hellish, even when I have a good nights sleep. I thought I would give MAC a go as I have never used one of their concealers. This concealer is actually really good and I would definitely recommend it to people who like me, have the most unfortunate eye bags. It’s a slightly creamy texture but still quite solid so it doesn’t leave creases when it’s been applied which is an absolute godsend. Creases are just the worst. I would definitely buy this concealer again, although in a lighter shade than I purchased it in.

 

Technic / Get Gorgeous / Highlighter / £1.50

SOOOO Cheap. I have never used a highlighter before so I wanted to start simple and pick up a cheap one just in case it didn’t suit me. But, I love it. I am converted. I didn’t expect much from this because it was so so cheap but it is actually really good and lasts most of the day! I now know that I love highlighter so might splash out and buy myself one that might last a bit longer!

 

Nivea / Visage 2 in 1 / Cleanser&Toner / £3.59

I really needed a good cleanser to fit into my daily routine. I usually don’t really like Nivea products as the moisturisers often make my skin come out in rashes. But I thought I would give this a try. It’s actually so so refreshing. I absolutely love it! It makes my face feel super clean which I have been longing for a good while! It hasn’t irritated my face whatsoever and I’ve been using it now for three weeks so I think I have been successful! YAY.

 

Lets hope my October favourites is going to be a lot more exciting! Does anyone have a good highlighter they would recommend?

 

Much love,

Louise