Sunday, 30 October 2016

October Beauty Favourites!

I cannot believe it is almost the end of October, Halloween in tomorrow and that means that it is soon Christmas! As always today I am going to be sharing with you some of the beauty products I have loved throughout October.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer - I recently dug this up and started using it again and I forgot how good it was. I love to mix this with my Collection concealer and they make the perfect combination for under your eyes. I have almost ran out of this so I think I will need to buy a new one soon.

LA Girl Pro Conceal - You might be able to tell by the picture but this is definitely not one I would conceal with, I actually love to use this for cream contouring. The concealer blends like a dream and the shade is perfect for contouring. I would definitely recommend this if you need a good cream contour, and they are so affordable. I also love the applicator of this product because it makes it really easy to mark out your contour and be precise with it.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed - I forgot how much I loved the bronzer in this, not so much the blush because it isn't really my colour and the highlighter is a little too pinky for me but the bronzer is beautiful. The shade of it really suits my skin and it gives me the perfect glow. I also love the compact design and the big mirror that comes with it but if you were to get this, I would say make sure you would use all three parts of the palette.

Mac Velvet Teddy - For me, it's autumn when velvet teddy comes out. I love this lipstick for autumn, it is a dark nude that goes with everything. I have been wearing this none stop and I will continue to do so until spring. It's matte which isn't very "me" because I love a glossy lip but something about this formula makes me love the finish. 

Gujhui Brushes - I recently did a review of these brushes (linked here) so if you want a full in depth review you can go and check that out. But these brushes are great, they blend my makeup beautifully and they also look great in blog photos. These are from NurBesten so the link to them will be here.

Nivea Creme - This is my new favorite moisturizer, at first I thought it was crazy thick but when you blend it, it turns into a very thin consistency but it is still super moisturizing. I would definitely recommend this if you are having troubles with dry skin. I don't use it everyday but every once in a while, it does a great job at deeply moisturizing my skin.

Lush Snow Fairy - Since Christmas is only a two months away, what better time is it to get out the snow fairy. I love this shower gel, it smells beautiful, super sweet and bubblegum like, and the formula is lovely. The product lathers up really nicely on my skin and the scent lingers for quite a while, which I love and find rare in shower gels. If you can get your hands on snow fairy this year, I highly suggest you buy one, it's a Christmas classic.

Hairband (Linked here) - Bit of a random one but I would still class it as beauty. This has been a life saver for me this month because whenever I take my makeup off with my cleanser, I always seem to get my hair soaked. This headband has allowed me to get all of my hair out of my face so that it doesn't go all horrible with cleanser in it. If you have the same problem as me, I highly suggest you get one of these.

What have you been loving this month?
Grace xx






Saturday, 29 October 2016

10 Simple Halloween Makeup Ideas!

Sadly, this year I am not doing anything for Halloween but I thought I would still share with you some really quick and easy costume ideas. When I do go out for Halloween, I usually put all of the effort into my hair and makeup and just wear an all black outfit, and all the the costume ideas I am sharing with you today, could easily be paired with a super basic outfit.
*I got all of these pictures off Pinterest, I did not take them myself!*

Vampire - You could choose any kind of vampire but I think the ones from The Vampire Diaries represent the costume idea the best. For your makeup, give yourself a pale base, deep and dark chiseled features, dark eye shadow, red lipstick and some veins/ cracks going down under your eyes. You could have your hair however you want for this and for your outfit, all black is great and maybe a cape.
Cat - I went as this last year so I will link the blog post here where I talked about my hair makeup and outfit. A cat is quite self explanatory, give yourself and black nose, cat flick liner and some whiskers. You can wear some cat ears (or make them out of your hair like I did) and wear an all black outfit, maybe with a tail. This is probably one of the easiest and it is super easy.
Harley Quinn - I feel like this will be a super popular look this year and it's super easy. On one side of your face add pops of blue to the eyes and do the same on the other side but with some red and draw a black heart on your cheek. For your hair you can wear it in some messy bunches and if you want to go that little bit further, dye the ends of your hair to the corresponding colour on the side of your face.
Doll - Depending on whether you want to look scary or glam this is completely up to you. You can wear a flawless base with white liner in your water line to open up you eyes, big fluffy lashes, some barbie pink lipstick, and if you want to look scary you could always add some cracks to your face to make you look like a broken doll. You could wear your hair however you want with this look and for your outfit, keep it super girly and colourful.
Day of the Dead - This is all about the face, a super plain outfit and basic hair will really emphasis the face. There are endless designs for you to recreate for this look but all you will really need to some black, white and maybe red face paint. You can look at the pictures below to see which one takes your fancy and they will all give the same effect.
Mermaid - There is a very handy life hack going round on how to achieve "scales" on your cheek bones and that is with fishnet tights. For your makeup you can just give yourself a flawless base, pop the fishnet tights over your head, take some coloured eye shadow (any colour, but blue and purple are most common) and apply them as if it was bronzer or contour, on your cheekbones and temples. Take the fishnet tights off and finish off the look with some highlighter (everywhere) and a nude glossy lip. You can give you hair some super loose curls, very beachy, and keep your outfit plain.
Dark Angel - This one is super easy and quite similar to the vampire one. Keep your base very pale, go with a dark smokey eye, black lip and some dramatic, dark contour. Keep your hair how you want it and for you outfit, all black with maybe some black wings or a halo.
Pop Art - I think this one is super cute and you can change up to suit you style. You will need some white, blue, yellow, red and black liner. You can do whatever design you like but make sure white dots cover your whole face and everything is outlined in black. Maybe the photo will help you inspiration.
Stitched Mouth - I think this one is probably the hardest but the effect it gives is totally worth it! You can do what ever you want on the eyes and face but on the lips you will need some black and red shadows and some white or black liner. There are loads of ways of interpreting this so you could do it with some actual thread and glue or just with liner. You can keep the rest of the look very plain as everyone will be focused on the mouth.
Galaxy - I love this one, it's super pretty and colourful. You will need some blue, pink and purple eye shadows and a white liner. The design and where you put it is completely up to you but I think it looks quite nice when they are acting like freckles. You could do this design all over you face for a more intense look or make it quite subtle on just a certain part of your face. For your hair you could dye it a colour that corresponds to the colours you have chosen to do on your face of you could just leave it how it is.

Comment below what your going as for Halloween!
Grace xx

Friday, 28 October 2016

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag - Glam Edition

I am going for a weekend away in London tomorrow and so I thought I would share with you what makeup I am bringing. Usually on a weekend away I will bring very minimal makeup (usually just lip balm) but while I am in London I still want to look sort of "glam" so I thought this would be great for some of you who are going away for an event or something.

Makeup:
- Collection Primed and Ready Primer
- L'Oreal True Match Foundation
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
- Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana Powder
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Vanilla Powder
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Hervana Powder
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Fawn Powder
- Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
- Kiko Provocative Pink Blusher
- The Balm Mary Loo Maziner Highlighter
- Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze
- NYX Single Eye Shadow in Whipped Cream
- Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara
- Freedom Duo Brow Powder
- Primark Clear Brow Gel
- Kiko Lip Oil
- Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

Brushes:
- Real Techniques Buffing Brush
- Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (Not in photo)
- Real Techniques Contour Brush
- Real Techniques Multi Task Brush
- Rucci Professional Stippling Brush
- Primark Eyebrow Brush
- Primark Concealer and Eye Shadow Brush
- Primark Eyelash Curlers (Not in photo)

What are your bare essential makeup products?
Grace xx

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Crazy Affordable Makeup Brushes - Review!

I don't know about you, but for me makeup brushes are just as beautiful and important as makeup itself. I am constantly on the look out for some affordable makeup brushes, and today I think I might have just found some new ones. If you are looking for some new brushes, keep on reading.

You all know I love the company NurBesten, I did a previous blog post with them a month ago (linked here) and you all seemed to really like it, but if you haven't read that post and you want a little more back story on the brand then you can just go and read that post. The brushes I am talking about today are from NurBesten so if you do order them they will take up to 3 weeks but you get free shipping and the brushes themselves are super affordable, I also have a ten percent off code which you can use (GRSD10) and that will help you save even more. 

*I did get these brushes sent to me for free but I wouldn't talk about them in a post unless I genuinely wanted to*

These brushes come in a set, including 8 portable bamboo handled brushes, you get four eye brushes and four face brushes, all for £16.00, that's like £2 per brushes which is insane to me. Again the shipping is free worldwide but it is better to order them sooner rather than later because they can take a while to come. 


Firstly, I love the packaging! The bamboo and gold print on the handles gives the product a very luxurious and sophisticated look. I love colour of the bristles, camel going to brown at the tips, because it is easier for you to tell when the brush it dirty.

Talking about each individual brush you get an,
- Angled flat top face brush
This brush I love for foundation, it reaches every area of my face, like my nose, which is sometimes difficult for some of my other brushes. The brush head is a little small so it can take a while to blend my foundation but the overall finish is beautiful.
- Small angled fluffy powder brush
I think out of all of the brushes, this is the one I would use the least but if I did use it, I would use it for blush or bronzer. I think the problem with it is that it is quite small but since it is small I think this is a good brush I can chuck in my bag and use to touch up some powder.
- Short handled flat contour brush
I was so excited that this brush cam in the set because I have always wanted a flat contour brush but I love this one because it is not to dense. You can blend contour with this beautifully an it will look super natural which I love.
- Small tapered tulip brush
I have been on the hunt for a good highlighter brush for a while and I think I have just found it. this brush fits perfectly on the tops of my cheekbones and it distributes the product really nicely as well.
- Angled eyeliner brush
Usually I am not one for gel or liquid liner so I actually use this for smudging black eye shadow near my lash line and I love the finish of it. I guess you could use it for your eyebrows but for me it hasn't got enough of an angle on it.
- Fluffy blending brush
You can never have enough blending brushes in my opinion so I loved this addition to my collection because it isn't like any of my others. It is very big for the crease but when I want and eye look that is super well blended and beautiful, this is the brush for the job.
- Smaller blending brush
I love this brush for either the lid or for more precise crease colours. For both jobs it works really well. I didn't think I would like it for the lid but because it is quite dense it picks up a lot of product, making the shadow more pigmented.
- Large dense round top eye brush
You could use this for concealer if you wanted to but I love using this to apply my cream shadow. It does a great job at distributing the product evenly and you could even use it to set powder over it as well. I think this brush is super multi purpose and everyone should have one in their collection.
All of these I would use in my everyday makeup routine and you definitely get a good range of brushes because none of them are the same.

When it came to applying my makeup with them, I found that they picked up the product really well, with some of the more dense ones like the angled flat top face brush, which I use for foundation, the product would settle near the bottom of the bristles, but I find that quite unavoidable in a lot of brushes. They all applied really nicely to the skin, not shedding or making the product look patchy.

I cleaned them for the first time the other day and they worked just like my other brushes. They cleaned super easily, none of them shed a bristle and the product came off them like a dream.

My favourites in the set are definitely the flat contour brush, tapered tulip brush and the fluffy blending brush but I use them all frequently.

Overall I would highly recommend these brushes. They are great if your starting out with makeup because you get a wide range of unique brushes that all have their own individual use or even if you want to develop your collection, these are great. I also love these brushes because you can't just pick them up in you local Superdrug, so they are quite unique and "one of a kind" if you like. These would make a great gift for a makeup lover and you are not going to break the bank. I would genuinely buy this for myself or friends with my own money!

Do you like reviews?
Grace xx

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Go-To Makeup Routine Autumn 2016!

As promised earlier this month, I am going to share with you my go to makeup look for autumn. I have switched up a few products so I hope you like it. This is going to be a chatty post, so grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

Starting off with base, I am priming with the Collection Primed and Ready Illuminating Primer in Warm Apricot, this is a new purchase of mine and I am currently testing it out. In the colder seasons I love super glowy skin and so I chose to test this primer, I will let you know my final thoughts soon.
For foundation, I have been mixing two, the Rimmel Match Perfection and my beloved L'Oreal True Match, this just creates the perfect custom colour and it gives my skin a really luminous finish.
For concealer I am mixing two, Rimmel Wake Me Up and Collection Lasting Perfection, I will apply both on the areas I want to highlight and just the Collection one on any blemishes. These two concealers mixed give the perfect highlighted but high coverage effect.
As always, I am setting that with my Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit and the ABH Pressed Powder in Banana, you all know I love this combo, it keeps my concealer in place all day, while giving it even more coverage.
I will then cream contour with the LA Girl Pro Conceal in Toast, this gives a lot of definition to my face while still making it look natural.
For face powder, I am using the Freedom Pressed Powder to lightly set all creams in place. I don't like a matte face in Autumn as I want my skin to look very glowy and moisturized.
I will bronze with the bronzer shade out of my Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette and this just makes my skin look super bronzed and healthy.
To contour I will use the ABH Pressed Powder in Fawn just to help further define my cheekbones and nose, this really helps to enhance the cream contour I applied earlier.
For blush I am using a Makeup Revolution Blush in the shade Now! This is a very out there colour for me as it is quite cool toned and it has some shimmer in it, but since it is autumn, I wanted to try something a little different, and I actually love the way it looks on my skin.
To highlight my face, I am going in with the Mary Loo Manizer on my cheekbones, brow bone, cupids bow and the tip of my nose, I love this highlight as it is quite golden and makes my cheekbones look poppin'.
On my eyes I am going to prime with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in the shade On and On Bronze. This just gives a beautiful pop of colour on eyes and it looks like I have spent loads of on my eyes but it actually just takes ten seconds. I will apply this all over the lid and then blend up to the crease.
You could always stop there but I like to go back in with my bronzer from the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette just to deepen up the crease a little more, I will also take that bonzer shade on my lower lash line.
For the inner corner I will just take my Mary Loo Manizer once again and put the on my inner corner, bringing it up to my inner lid as well, just to tie the look together.
Finishing it off with some mascara, I am using my favourite Maybelline the Colossal Go Extreme Waterproof mascara on my top and bottom lashes.
For my eyebrows I am just going to fill them in with my ABH Dip Brow Pomade and blend it well so they still look natural.
To make sure they stay in place all day I am going to use my Primark Clear brow gel to set them.
Finally for lips I am going to use Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy all over. Sometimes I would add a gloss but at the moment I am quite enjoying the matte lip.

What's your everyday makeup routine for autumn?
Grace xx

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

New Music Releases I am Obsessed With!

I love it when artists release new music that's different and fresh. The charts are getting a little boring at the moment but these new releases have spiced it up a little. I have been listening to these songs since they have been released and I am obsessed with them all!

That's My Girl - Fifth Harmony
Any feminist will love this song it is super upbeat, inspirational and empowering. Fifth harmony are a great band and I love a lot of their music but this has to be one of my favourites, you should definitely give it a listen. I know this is a song post but give the music video a watch to because they look amazing!

24K Magic - Bruno Mars
I love Bruno Mars and since he hasn't released his own song in four years, I was beyond excited for this. 24K magic is a very bouncy song that just makes you want to dance. It is very different to what he usually does and you either love it or hate it but I am totally head over heels in love with it. This has gotten me super excited for his album!

Shoutout To My Ex - Little Mix
This is my most recent addition to this list as it was only released a few days ago but it is such a great song. It is very sassy and catchy, the vocals in it are amazing and I think it is a song everyone will love.

Grow Up - Olly Murs
You all know I love Olly a hell of a lot so it is no lie I was going to love his new song. This is 2nd single he has released leading up to his album (24 hours) which I am super excited for. The song is a little more slow than the others I have mentioned but I love it. The lyrics are beautiful and I love the beat throughout the song, definitely one to listen to.

Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
Since James first auditioned on the XFactor, I loved him, I bought his winners album and I have followed him throughout his journey. I think the charts have been missing an artist like James for quite a while and now he has made another appearance I couldn't love him anymore. His new song is very emotional, the lyrics are beautifully written and the song will definitely make you feel something. The video has me balling my eyes out for a few minutes because it really does touch a soft spot. 

Kiss The Sky - Jason Derulo
I have spoken to a lot of people about this song and no one has heard it, it is recent but I just think not a lot of people know about it. If you do listen to it, you will be obsessed! This song just makes you want to dance and it never fails to put me in a good mood.

Let me know what new music releases you have been loving, I would love to know!
Grace xx

Monday, 24 October 2016

My Favorite Youtuber Products: Beauty

Youtube is getting bigger and bigger by the day and there are so many youtuber out there doing amazing things. One of which is beauty ranges and so I wanted to share my favorite youtuber's beauty products in today's post. I have never seen anyone do a post like this before so let me know whether you like it.

One of the most popular makeup brush brands, Real Techniques, was created by two youtubers. Sam and Nic Chapman started a Youtube channel called Pixiwoo and soon after there brush brand was released. Their brushes are sold in Boots, Superdrug and FeelUnique, all at super affordable prices. The quality is amazing and for such a small price, their brushes have taken over the beauty world and will continue to do so. My favourites are the core collection, miracle complexion sponge and the multitask brush.

Zoella or Zoe Sugg is one of the most successful youtubers there is, and near the end of 2014 she launched her beauty range, Zoella Beauty. Her beauty brand sells products from makeup bags to bath products to body moisturizers. Since then, her beauty range has made a total of 3 collections, 2 Christmas collections, all of which have been incredibly successful. Her brand is sold in Boots, Superdrug and FeelUnique, all of her products are affordable, photogenic and great quality. My favourites from her 5 collections are the lip balm duo (sadly limited edition), the body scrub and the hand cream.

A makeup brand exclusive to Superdrug and FeelUnique is Tanya Burr Cosmetics. Tanya Burr Cosmetics first launched in early 2014, it then relaunched in 2015 and it is continuously expanding. Her products range from lip glosses to eye shadows to lashes. All products are super affordable and are super luxurious. Her most recent additions have been her soft luxe range, including matte liquid lips and matte nail polishes, lipsticks, cheek sticks and illuminators. My favourites have always been the eye shadows, especially the one in Hollywood.

Finally I have COLAB. This brand was created by Ruth Crilly in late 2014 and it is a range of dry shampoos. Her formula is sheer and light which was new to the drugstore because we all remember the white residue we got when we used Batiste. COLAB now has three ranges, sheer and invisible, extreme volume and luxe shine. My favourite will always be the sheer and invisible mainly because of all the different scents they offer. This is my favourite brand of dry shampoo and it is so affordable.

Have a great day!
Grace xx

Sunday, 23 October 2016

On Those Dry Days...

I don't know about you, but I love winter, my skin, not so much. Normally I am greasy mess you see in summer, but when it's winter, my skin flips upside down. I guess what I am trying to say is that, these six products keep me hydrated throughout the winter months.

If we are talking all things hair, there is one product in particular that keeps my ends looking as shiny as possible and that is hair oil. This probably comes as no surprise to a lot of you because I always talk about it. I have a few favourites but the one I have been loving at the moment is the Pantene dry oil. I pump a little bit of this into the palms of my hand and just work it into the ends of my hair when it's wet.

My hands always get dry in winter and I think most people will be able to relate. As much as I complain about how dry they get, I constantly forget to moisturize them, but when I do remember the Zoella Wonder Hand is my go to. It smells beautiful and it is super thick so it keeps my hands nourished all day.

When it comes to moisturizing my body, I get super lazy. I moisturize my body around three times a week but I guess I should it more often. Body lotions are not really my thing, they don't really do the best job for me so I tend to stick to a thick body butter. Most of you will know, my favourite is the Soap and Glory Righteous Butter, it is so thick and it doesn't have an overwhelming scent. When I can be bothered to moisturize I do a super thick layer and so I go through these body butters like water.

Like I said before, I am usually an oily one but in winter my skin goes super dry and so I switch my daily moisturizer to something more hydrating. At the moment I have been loving the Nivea Creme, when I first bought it I didn't actually like it, but now I have found a way to use it, I love it. You will definitely be seeing this in my October favourites.

My lips get dry all year round, they go through phases of loving me and hating me. In winter, there are mostly hating me. I use to use lip balm to hydrate them but recently I have discovered lip oils and they do an even better job. My favourite one is the Kiko lip oil, it keeps my lips super hydrated and soft.

On a particular occasion when my skin is extra dry, I will whip out this certain product. The Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream is a God send. It is a gel consistency but it is insanely hydrating. Sometimes I will use it as a lip balm or mix it in with my moisturizer and it just adds that extra bit of hydration.

Have a great day!
Grace xx

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Autumn OOTD: Checks and Rips

I mean, as you can see from the pictures above, I am no model but I really wanted to get some "professional" fashion photos taken for my blog. This outfit I think it very autumnal with the neutral colours and layers so I hope you enjoy. Finally this post is an extra special one because it is in collaboration with Penny, who very nicely took these photos, she has a youtube channel and she will be uploading an autumn lookbook. You should all definitely go and check it out, the links will all be at the end of this post!

Vest - Boohoo
Check Shirt - Topshop
Jeans - Boohoo
Shoes - Timberlands
Necklace - H&M
Bag - ASOS
( if you are curious as to what makeup I am wearing, it will be coming in the next few weeks, so you will have to wait and see)
 
Thanks again to Penny for helping me with this post! If you liked this post, let me know in the comments!

Go and check out Penny's links:
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/pennyellice/

Grace xx

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Products I Have Hit Pan On!

It's no lie that I am makeup obsessed but to find a product I have hit pan on is very rare. I am constantly buying and switching my everyday makeup, so I never really come close to finishing a product, mainly powders. Saying that, there are four products I have hit pan on and so I wanted to celebrate each product in a post.

The first product I am going to mention is the only (yes only!) eye shadow I have ever hit pan on. That is the shade Nougat out of the Sleek Au Natural Eye Shadow Palette. I remember this being one of the very first makeup products I ever bought, there was something that made me cave in. When I had this, I was no expert on eye shadow, but I loved to set my cream shadows in place with the matte white shade, and now I cannot wear eye makeup without a matte white eye shadow, don't ask me why, it is just one of my makeup laws and it all began with Nougat. A matte white shadow can be used for anything, highlight, setting creams, lid shade, anything. As you can see, I have hit pan quite a lot on this but I probably won't need to repurchase this just for the shade, since most of my eye shadow palettes have a matte white shade in them.

Next up is a bronzer that I don't think I have mentioned much on my blog actually, bit weird. Again this was one of my very first makeup products and it is the Collection Bronze Glow Matte Bronzer. Before I had my blog, I used this all the time, not because I knew how to but just because the product fascinated me. To be honest, I don't really know how I hit pan on it because it is crazy pigmented and you don't need a lot, but I guess uneducated Grace, just swirled a massive brush in the whole pan until the brush looked like an Umpa Lumpa. I would wear this on my eyes and cheekbones all of the time, I don't reach for it like I use to but it is quite a sentimental product.

Next up will be no surprise to you, it is my beloved Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit. I am not going to babble on for too long because you already know how much I love it. As you can see from the photo, I have hit pan greatly on the matte highlight shade. I use this everyday I wear makeup to set my under eyes, on it's own or mixed in with another, going back to the matte white eye shadow situation, this highlight shade works really well for that too. I have only had this since January this year, and I have used it almost everyday since so I guess that shows just how much I love it. I don't really know what I am going to do when all of this is gone, because I have a few other matte white highlighting powders but none of them compare to this, so we will have to cross that bridge when we come to it.

Finally we have a drugstore classic, the Rimmel Stay Matte. Everyone at some point has owned this powder, you might not think this is brilliant but it does the job. I have had this for quite a while but it is lasting me so long. Powder is one of those things, for me, that is super easy to get right, they don't have to be fab but as long as they take care of my oily skin. This powder is great, I wouldn't say I have a favorite powder, but this is my most used one. I would repurchase this if I ran out mainly because it is so affordable and great for a daily basis.

Let me know in the comments products you have hit pan on, I would love to know. I hope you have all had an amazing day as always and are looking forward to another blog post coming on Sunday at 10am.
Grace xx

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Autumn Evening GRWM - Makeup and 2 Outfit Ideas

Hi everyone,
I asked on instagram a few weeks ago whether you wanted to see a GRWM and you all said yes, so that is what I am going to be doing today. I have also chosen to share two outfits which are both definitely autumn appropriate. Enjoy!

Makeup:
Primer - Freedom Pro Fixing Spray
Foundation - L'Oreal True Match
Concealer - Rimmel Wake Me Up and Collection Lasting Perfection (AKA. Best combo ever!)
Under eye powder - ABH Banana and Seventeen Define and Conquer, highlighting power
Face powder - Rimmel Stay Matte
Bronzer and Blush - LA Girl Glow, blush palette
Highlighter - The Balm Mary Loo Manizer
Eye primer - Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Eye shadow - Sleek Au Natural, eye shadow palette
Eyeliner - Seventeen Soft Smudge, eye pencil
Mascara - Maybelline Colassal Go Extreme and Lash Sensational Lucious
Brows - ABH Brow Pomade
Brow gel - Primark Clear brow gel
Lip Liner - MUA Caramel Nougat
Lipstick - Mac Velvet Teddy

Outfits
Left - 
Top - H&M
Jeans - Topshop (Jamie)
Jacket - Topshop
Shoes - River Island
Watch - Michael Kors

Right - 
Top - Pull & Bear
Jeans - Topshop (Jamie)
Shoes - Timberland

I hope you enjoyed this post, I didn't include a hairstyle just because it was super basic but there maybe a whole hair dedicated blog post coming soon, you never know! Have a great day!
Grace xx

Friday, 7 October 2016

Just A Ramble - Makeup Has No Rules

Hi everyone,
I haven't done a super chatty blog post in a while, so I thought I would upload a bonus post today. When I did an advice post on why I wear makeup (link here) you all really seemed to love it, so today I thought I would do another makeup ramble.

You could be very confused by the title of this post but let me explain. Makeup is whatever you want it to be a distraction, a canvas, a mask. When I see someone get criticized about the way they have done their makeup, it really makes me scream inside. You might see someone walking down the street wearing a foundation five shades darker then their natural skin, or their brows are too warm to match the rest of their hair, or they have contoured with a bronzer that's way to warm for them, you see what I mean? But who are you to tell them they have done it wrong. If someone loves the way they have done their makeup, who are you to tell them it's wrong, or looks bad, let them do them and you do you. Sure I see people walking down the street that I think "God what happened there?!" but I don't tell them they are wrong, if they are wearing it with confidence then there is no crime. I hope you can all understand where I am coming from, and maybe you agree with me or maybe you don't but makeup is creative, individual and has no rules. Makeup to me means something completely different to what it means to my friends, family, anyone.

I really hope you enjoyed that post, I have just had a weight lifted off my shoulders so thank you for spending the time to read my ramble. Do let me know if you have any other topics you want me to cover. Have a great day!
Grace xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Transitioning into Autumn Makeup

Hi everyone,
Today I am going to be sharing with you some products I have switched into my autumn makeup bag. I did one of these for summer and you all seemed to really like it, so I hope you like this one!

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm - You all know about how much I love this as a primer, but in the summer months I have been leaning towards move mattifying primers to ensure my oily skin stays at bay. Now that it is Autumn and my skin tends to be a little more on the dry side, I look for a very luminous primer. This is very lightweight and gives my skin a beautiful glow that really shines through my foundation.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I have added this back in to my makeup bag mainly because in summer I like to keep my base very light and fresh but now it's a little bit colder, I love something a little heavier. In autumn and winter I like a more full coverage because there is actually a chance that it might stay on my face and not sweat off like it would in summer. The Collection concealer is my favorite for a very high coverage, it covers my blemishes, dark eyes and discoloration. 
Maybelline Master Contour Stick - Recently I haven't been about that contour life because it just took that little bit longer and I just stuck to bronzer. Even though I still can't be bothered with contouring I thought a cream bronzer might be a great option. Cream contour I find is so much faster and it lasts a lot longer. I love to use creams in autumn because they look super natural on the skin and I just prefer them over powder.
Elf Blush and Bronzer Duo in St. Lucia - I bought this while I was in America and not going to lie, I haven't used it at all. Both the blush and bronzer are shimmery which I think is what is scaring me because I like matte blushes and bronzers. Saying that, they are both beautiful and I am going to really try and use them because every time I have used them, they have turned out to be really beautiful.
Freedom Secret Rose Eye Shadow Palette - This has to be one of my all time favorite shadow palettes. I love how it is super affordable and that it has half matte and half shimmer all of which are in super gorgeous shades. This palette has a range of warms and cools, mauve, browns, golds and a plum which are all super autumn appropriate. I would highly recommend this palette for autumn.
Seventeen Soft Smudge Eye Liner - Not going to lie, liner is not my thing, I am not about those cat flicks but a bit of black in the tight line I can bare with. I like this one because it is super easy to smudge which is what I tend to do. A little on the upper lash line and then softened up with a dense eye brush, this just adds a bit of depth to any eye look.
New Look Pure Colour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Sadly, this doesn't have a shade but it is a dark pink with some purple undertones to it, which makes it a great autumn nude shade. Matte lips are something I am not the biggest fan of (don't kill me!) but during autumn I use them a lot more. These lip pencils are super creamy and they are extremely moisturizing for a matte lipstick.
Maybelline Lipstick in Iced Caramel - Every year I whip this lippie out, you know I love it. This is just my perfect autumn nude lip, it had got a brown tone to it but it is not too cool which I really like. The formula is very creamy and it dries to a satin finish so I can powder it down to make it look matte, or add a gloss to give it some shine.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what you are switching in to your autumn makeup bag, I would love to know! Have a great day!
Grace xx

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Top 10 Under £10 - Makeup!

Hi everyone,
Today I wanted to do a post that I cannot believe I haven't already done. It is no lie that I love affordable makeup and so I have dedicated this post to some affordable products I cannot live without. Please let me know in the comments if you want to see a skincare or hair care version of this. Enjoy!

L'Oreal True Match Foundation (£9.99) - This is honestly my all time favorite foundation, it is just under £10 but it is worth every penny. The consistency and formula is so luxurious and I love the way it makes my skin look. I have oily skin but I don't like my face to look flat and this gives a beautiful satin finish that lasts all day. It has a light to medium coverage, which I like because it is light on the skin and is just enough to even out my skin tone.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) - Who doesn't love this concealer? I recommend this concealer to everyone and they all tell me how much they love it, you just can't beat it. The formula is thick and high coverage which is great paired with a light foundation (like the True Match). It is a high coverage but isn't heavy on the skin, it is very blendable and it still makes your skin look like skin.

Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit (£5.99) - This is a contour kit that includes a matte highlighter and a matte contour shade which I use as a bronzer as it is a little too warm. I mainly love this so much for it's matte highlighter, it is just a white powder that is beautiful to set under the eyes. Both powders are very pigmented, buttery and blendable. The compact packaging makes it ideal for travelling as it also comes with a mirror. I also like both shades on the eyes which is great because it makes them multi purpose.

Seventeen Cheeks Brush (£2.99) - This brush is so affordable and I think could potentially be better then Real Techniques ones. The brush is very unique as it is a very fluffy, small, powder brush. I really like this for any powder product, blush, highlighter, bronzer, contour, anything. The fibers are super soft and they pick up product really easily.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (£5.00) - I know NYX are very new to the UK but this product is less than £10 and it is there famous eye pencils. The formula of these are very creamy which I find very rare in drugstore liners, they don't tug on my eyes, they just glide. They have a great colour range but the white is my favorite. These pencils can be used as liner or eye bases which I think is great because you get two in one. The only downside to these is that you have to sharpen them but I don't really mind.

Sleek Eye Shadow Palette (£8.99) - Sleek eye shadows will always be my favorite from the drugstore. They are very high quality for such an affordable price, they are creamy, pigmented, blendable and there are endless palettes to suit everyone. I really love the compact packaging, it is very compact, thin and has a great mirror in it.

Primark Eyelash Curlers (£1.00) - I cannot do my makeup without using these. I have tried a few lash curlers but none of them compare to these. They just curl my lashes so well and they stay like that for a super long time. The price tag is so small that you can't say no!

Maybelline Colassal Go Extreme Waterproof Mascara (£6.99) - After trying lots of high end and drugstore mascaras I can confidentially call this my all time favorite. The waterproof formula allows it to last all day and hold a curl. This gives my lashes a lot of volume and length without making them super clumpy. I am just in love with this mascara and I will continue the repurchase it until I find a better one.

Victoria Secret Lip Glosses (£9.09) - I know that these could be quite hard to get hold of but if you can get your hands on hem, they are totally worth it. Currently I am liking glossy lips over matte and these glosses are my go-to. The formula is very thick and intense which all comes down to preference but I love it. I have to admit, they are sticky but I can get over that because on the lips they are beautiful. The colour pay off is good, not too pigmented, not to sheer and they have a great range of shades to choose from.

Barry M Nail Polishes (£3.99) - You all probably know this by know, I love love love these nail polishes. Barry M will always be my favorite brand of nail polish, I have loved every range of theirs but my favorite must be their Gelly Hi Shine or the Speedy Quick Dry. They have an endless shades and finishes to suit everyone but their formula lasts so long and their pigment is out of this world.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them. Have a great day!
Grace xx