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BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm

Thursday, March 09, 2017

I recently picked up this EOS Coconut Milk lip balm from TK Maxx for £3.99. I've previously had an EOS Lip Balm and I really enjoyed using it. 

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about EOS lip balms as you do. We always have makeup and beauty product chats. I did miss having one of these and then TK Maxx had rakes of them. I love it when you chat about something and then it's almost as if it's meant to be. I knew I wasn't leaving the shop without one. 

BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm from TK Maxx

Recently I've grown to love coconut flavours after previously shying away from them and not really enjoying the scent. It does have a very creamy and coconut flavour and scent to it. 

Initially, I was going get the vanilla mint but my last EOS was sweet mint which I loved so I decided to try something different and I'm glad that I did. 

BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm from TK Maxx

I've been using this in the evenings before I get in bed and I find it very moisturising. 

Another thing I like about the EOS lip balms is the packaging, I like the quirky egg-shaped packaging. 

For me, there are two downsides one is the RRP as at £6.50 I think this is too much but I did manage to justify the TK Maxx price.

BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm from TK Maxx

The second is the base of the previous EOS lip balm was like a bicycle spoke and towards the end of the product, I pushed a bit too hard as I applied it and the remaining product fell through the spokes and I essentially lost a good chunk of the product. For the price, I'd have either expected the full base to have product in or a flat base so all the product could be used. I know I will be more careful with this one knowing the base isn't solid. 

BEAUTY | EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm from TK Maxx

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Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Over this winter I've felt my skin has needed a bit more care. I've done a post in January about my winter skin care routine. 

I class my skin as combination as it is oily and has dry patches. However my dry patches are in the oily areas. I find it a bit odd but I think other people have this as well. 

One of my skin saviours this winter has been the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. I've been a fan of tissue masks for a couple of years and usually buy superdrugs own brand ones. 


Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
This is the only product from this range that I've tried but my mum is a huge fan of the range and picked up a gift set in the sale and it contained one of these masks. 

She let me try the mask after I'd mentioned I had been looking for one and had been unsuccessful.

I instantly fell in love with this product. It feels cool and refreshing and makes my skin feel hydrated and smooth.  

Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

One of the things that I don't understand about the product is, it has two layers. A white tissue mask and a blue over layer which you remove once the mask is in place. I don't see the need for this. I can only assume it is to help put the mask in place but I think it a little bit of a waste and don't think there would be any difference without this layer. 

The mask is also very wet and sometimes it feels a little odd when it's first applied but this is more about me than the mask. 

You leave the mask on for 15 minutes and once the mask has been removed there is always some product left on the skin. As I usually use the mask while I have a bath. I tend to run the product in then wash my face in the shower (I always have a shower right after the bath to wash my hair and face - shower is in the bath. TMI, maybe?) 

I was initially using this once a week. However, I've been using other face masks and I've reduced to once or twice a month. 
Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

Beauty | Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask


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GOALS | Update 4 - End of February 2017: The Month of Pinterest

Sunday, March 05, 2017

If you’ve been following me since the start of the year you will already know that I’ve set myself goals rather than resolutions this year.

my 2017 blog goals update 4 End of Feb / beginning of March

As the months go on I’m going to be amending and tweaking things as they still don’t feel perfect but I’ve split my goals into 4 areas Blog, YouTube, Social Media, and Life. I’m also having one blog or social media focus point each month.

Blog

Under the blog header I had three main things that I wanted to focus on and they are detailed below. I just wanted to talk about what I have been doing blog wise this month. 

It felt like time for a new blog template. Do you like it? I do, it's not perfect but it was free and I like it better that what I had. I spent a lot of time looking at paid for templates but I couldn't find one I really liked. 

Some of my mini goals for this month included the new template, posting better pictures which I think I have achieved. 

Fixing broken links. I spent days removing 4 years worth of broken links from my blog. It was mostly old social media links of my own from before I had my custom URL which was even more annoying. 

I've been running a weekly check and new links appear all the time as URLs expire, people change or delete things. My plan is to only run it monthly going forward. 

Below is the update on each of the yearly goals for my blog:


§  Consistency – I’ve cut down to blogging twice a month rather than trying to blog as frequently as possible. I decided to aim for twice a week and I have been meeting this every week. By cutting down I feel like I’ve been putting up better content. We’ll ignore my spelling and grammar for now but I think my photography has improved. I’m adding alt tags to pictures. Making sure I add a description to blog posts and I’ve got into a good routine with this which I hope will continue.

§  Engagement – How do you measure engagement? I’m getting more comments but I haven’t looked at google analytics figures. To be honest I don’t care about bounce rate and exit page information or all the other delightful info you can obtain via Google Analytics. Maybe I should care more.

§   Readership ­­– My visitor numbers are still very low and that can be quite disheartening, especially when I feel like I’m taking more time and effort over my posts.

YouTube
I started off quite strong posting three times a week, then towards the middle of the month. I lost all motivation and haven't filmed any videos. I also think If I had I wouldn't have had the motivation to edit them. 

If you can give me a bit of motivation and inspiration, at the start of the year I had three specific things to focus on and I've put my update below;

§   Replying to Comments – Fail! I’ve become a little dishearten by my YouTube channel. I got a bit of a fly comment a few weeks ago, and normally comments like that roll off me but this one stung. I’ve had some lovely comments and I’ve just ignored them all. Apologies to everyone who has left a comment

§   Build my audience – Surprisingly my subscribers has grown. I know in part to joining in with Facebook groups. I’m just grateful that despite not posting my subscribers has increased.

§   Reduction in posting – Achievement unlocked! I started off well. I was initially posting three times a week and this was against my better judgement. I had decided to post twice weekly but as I had videos ready I uploaded them. I wish I’d rationed them out


LLife

LLife is a funny old thing, it's a real mix of being extremely good and terrible at the moment. This is aall a bit melodramatic but I don't really know how to explain how i'm feeling recently. 

My aims for my life this year are below: 

§  See my friends more – I have managed to meet up with friends about 3 times this month. I’ve been out for breakfast, and had 2 nights out. One even included us missing the last tram home.

Go back to the gym – Nope, Nada, Nope. I tried but didn’t have my wrist band to get in. meaning I couldn’t access the gym itself.

§New Job – No real change. I have updated my CV, I have googled a couple of jobs and reactivated my linked in account.

§  Read more – I’ve read one book. Miss Peregrines School for peculiar children.

§  Start a 2nd blog – I did start this in December but I haven’t updated it this month.

Social Media
§  Growth – At the start of the year I set some social media target for myself. In my 3rd update I explained how I worked these out. As a quick recap. I looked back at my past 2 years’ growth and then rounded up. My aim over all is to grow. Not excessively, I just want to move forward rather than being stagnant which is how I feel most of my social media platforms were in 2016.


Social media spreadsheet targets


I’ll talk about Pinterest further down in the post but as you can see I grew on all platforms apart from Youtube and my SW Instagram.

I’m fine with this as I didn’t upload much on either of these platforms. As you can see my monthly targets are not huge.

§  Google Plus – My attention has been elsewhere really this month. I have still been using it and I do like it. However, they have changed the layout and won’t let us change back to the classic layout which was much more appealing and easier to use in my opinion.

§  Interaction – This is a tough one as I do feel like I have been interacting more but as I’ve fall out with twitter again I don’t feel like I’m seeing the interaction as much but I know it’s there.

Social Media focus February – Pinterest.

If you’ve looked at the above picture and you will see that my monthly target was 694. This was based on getting to a year end target of 750. I decided to focus on Pinterest and gave myself the aim of getting to that 750 by the end of February. I did manage to reach this by 7th February and surprised myself.

I have been making more of an effort to make Pinterest friendly images for my blog. I have also re-named all my boards to be more descriptive, as well as giving all my boards descriptions and I have moved pins to the relevant boards.

Looking at facebook I saw a few people mention group boards and I have joined three, but I haven’t really used these much. Another thing I have been doing is following more people. I don’t check to see if these people follow back but I’m sure some do follow back but I’m enjoying seeing a wider mix of pins in my news feed.

Facebook has groups for pretty much every social media platform going and I have also joined a few but I’ve been quite sporadic about joining in threads and tend to just use one or two of them.

Once I hit the 750 target, I did carry on pinning and following people rather than just sitting back and leaving it be. I also tried to set up rich pins but Pinterest seem to be having issues for a lot of people.

I have also made sure that I’ve been scheduling tweets about my Pinterest account and sharing boards.
  
I also installed a Pinterest widget on my blog, I don't know if this helps but I like how it looks. 


Next Month’s Social Media Focus

In March I want to focus on Google Plus and my Facebook page. I’ve never really spent much time on either of these platforms. My overall aim for the year was to spend time on Google Plus and I haven’t been using it as much as I would have liked so I want to include in as part of a monthly goal.

As of this moment I don’t really have any specific plans of what I will be doing with / on either of these platforms. If you have any tips on using them for general use or blog promotion or getting interaction.

Blog / YouTube Schedule
Here goes nothing, I’m planning on blogging three times a week. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

My YouTube will have videos once a week on a Sunday. 3 times a week was too much and I’ve lost my mojo a little bit. If I have more content I will put it up but my goal is for one video a week.

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Food| Inside Innside Bloggers Lunch

Thursday, March 02, 2017

When it comes to lunch options in Manchester you aren't short of options in the city centre but for those of us who work on the edge of the city a quick and filling lunch is slightly more limited without taking a bit of a walk. 

The Innside by Meliá hotel on First Street has opened up it's lunch time buffet to offer workers two options. I was invited to join a number of bloggers to sample the lunch options available and I headed over on my lunch break to see what they had to offer. 

Innside by Melia Manchester Lunch

They offer a hot lunch which has a different theme each weekday. I visited on a Friday and the hot food option was a choice of Thai Green and Thai Red curry. I think they may need to rename Friday to "Asian" Just a thought. I'm not a fan of either of these so I headed to the cold buffet options. 

I do plan to go back on a Wednesday to see what the Spanish options are. I also like that there is a variety of options and that you can get a hot meal at lunchtime. 

Innside by Melia Manchester Lunch  Menu

The buffet is beautifully presented, with a wide variety of choices. Including salad. Humus, cous cous, cooked meat & cheese as well as bread rolls and fresh fruit. 


Innside by Melia Manchester Lunch Buffet


The mirror above the food has the names of the food rather than little card propped up by each plate. I didn't spot this initially as I was trying to decide what everything was but I do like this.


Innside by Melia Manchester Lunch options

I picked a lot of different things to try a bit of everything. The tuna and sweetcorn, olives and the choice of bread were my favourites. Everything was fresh and tasty and I loved that there was a wide choice of fresh food to choose from. 

Innside by Melia Manchester My Lunch

The hot lunch is priced at £6.50 and the salad box option is £4.50 for me this is good value for the quality of the produce available. 

I was invited as part of a blogger lunch event to sample the lunch menu and didn't pay for the lunch but all opinions are my own and I will use this lunch option in the future. Can some remind me I want to go on a Wednesday to try the Spanish menu. 

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Beauty| Boots Essentials - Fragrance Free & Cucumber Range

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It's time to start mixing up my skin care and make the break into spring. (It's on it's way there is no denying it) 

I've used up most of the products that featured in my winter skin care post and I decided to check out the Boots essentials line. I had some Boots advantage card vouchers which included one for extra points when I spent £7 on boots branded skin care. 

Boots Essentials Fragrance Free

The Boots Essentials range is one that I've used a number of times in the past and I've always like it. It is the budget line and most products are £1.50 each with and offer of 3 for £3.00. 

Moisturising Cream 

This is a very thick cream and I haven't used it yet, It seems like it will work best as a night cream. 

Facial Toner

A nice refreshing toner, this seems quite gentle and is very refreshing. I've only used this a couple of times at the moment. 

Eye Make Up Remover Lotion

I don't think I have used a product like this for a long time. The consistency of the product is quite thick and worked well to remove all my eye make up quickly. It's not my preferred type of eye make up remover. 


Boots Essentials Fragrance Free

Boots Essentials Cucumber

Initially, this is the only range I was going to buy from as I've heard really good things about it. When I looked at the range of items I realised I didn't need one of everything from the range and it seemed like a good idea to buy from both ranges to test them out. 

Eye Make Up Remover Gel

Again I haven't use a product like this before and I love the idea of it. It is really cooling and I love how it feel on my eyes. It doesn't remove my make up as effectively as I would have liked. I do think this would be good to keep in the fridge to cool tired eyes especially in the summer months. 

Eye Gel 

This is my favourite product in the essentials range. It's cooling and soothing and I'm really enjoying using this. 

Facial Toner

Another gentle and soothing toner. My skin feels nice and refreshed after using it and I think like all the other products in the cucumber range it would be great kept in the fridge. 

Boots Essentials Cucumber


I would be happy to buy these again and I think they would be good to take away on holiday where you didn't want to take expensive products and for the price I know I wouldn't mind leaving these behind to save weight. 

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Primark Fripperies| Bedroom Accessories and Faux Plants

Saturday, February 25, 2017

My room was redecorated about two years ago now, but I'm still trying to get it perfect.

I have an issue of too many things. I own too many clothes, I own too many beauty and make up items. 

I also buy too many fripperies and I can't stop myself. I have been buying more and I'm extremely happy with what I've picked up in my latest haul. 

FriYay

The think Primark are so good at it is, quickly getting on board with current trends. FriYay has been all over the internet and I rejoice at getting to every Friday. It might be wishing my life away but now I have a plaque to celebrate with. 

I'm wondering how often I can get away with sharing this on Instagram? Best of all it was reduced to 50p. 


Primark FriYay hanging plaque pink

Hanging Heart

I subconsciously collect hearts. I hadn't really thought about this until after I got home from my recent shopping trip and now realise I have a good number of hearts in various sizes (I almost said shapes and sizes but they are all heart shaped) 

The cut out detail of this is very cute and it was also 50p.  

Primark cut out white heart hanging plaque

Oh Look Another Heart

For £1 I couldn't leave this heart photo frame behind. I also like the quote inside and I think I will leave this as it is for now. 

The photo hasn't picked it up, but the scalloped detail is gold paint and I like that little touch. 

Primark white heart hanging plaque to glam to give a damn!

Faux Succulents 

I have been looking at getting some real succulents and while in theory they are easy to keep, I know that they wouldn't survive in my care. 

There is quite a lot of choice in Primark at the moment and each of these were £2.50. 

I think I will be picking up a couple more of these in the next week or so. 

Primark Faux Succulents  Cactus

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Use 7 By Spring 2017 | Update One - February 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


In January I started a new panning challenge.  Use 7 by Spring - 2017. I picked out 7 products that I like, rather than products I want to get rid of. This may be a little different to a lot of other panning challenges that I've done. 

I have so many products and I have made the decision not to save things for best. 

My seven items are: 
  • Seascape – Soothe Body Butter RRP of approx. £20.00 for 175ml
  • V05 – Smoothly Does It RRP Approx. £4.00 for 100ml
  • Revlon – Lip Butter 035 Candy Apple RRP £7.99 for 2.55g
  • Soap & Glory – Heel Genius RRP £5.50 for 125ml
  • Essie – Grow Stronger RRP £8.99 for 13.5ml.
  • L’Oréal – Pure Clay Glow Mask RRP £7.99 for 50ml.
  • Balm Balm – Lip Balm RRP £5.50 7ml.
Bonus Item- I'm taking the full year on this one:
  • Maybelline – Colour Tattoo in Crème de Rose RRP £4.99

Empties

I'm pleased to say I have finished two of the products in February and I have use all of the products at least once. 

The two products that are now empty are Balm Balm, lip balm and L'Oréal Pure Clay Glow mask. 

Balm Balm – Lip Balm RRP £5.50 7ml.

Empty - February 2017. It is not just a lip balm and can be used as a multipurpose balm. I have used it a few times on my elbows and around my cuticles. I wasn't keen on the scent which is rose and geranium. They are some of my least favourites and together it would usually be a no go situation. As I received this in a goodie bag I decided to try it, knowing I could pass it to a friend if I didn't get on with it and I did like it. Would I buy it again? No, however, if I got one in a beauty box I would use it. I'm not sure why I took the completed picture with the lid on, but trust me this is totally empty. 

Use 7 by spring panning challenge Balm Balm Lip Balm

L’Oréal – Pure Clay Glow Mask RRP £7.99 for 50ml.

Empty - February 2017. I enjoyed using this mask. I have previously said it is my least favourite of the three in this range and I do stand by that. It is a lovely product, for me, I would have preferred it to be smooth and not have the gritty exfoliating properties. That may have taken away from it's "Glow" quality. My skin felt soft, clean and fresh after I'd used it. 

I used the max between one and two times a week and didn't notice a difference in my skin depending on how often I used it. I would happily buy this again if it was on offer at around £5/6 but I don't think I would buy it full priced. I would also prefer it to be in a tube rather than the glass container. I found it quite messy to apply and I did drop the safety seal lid on my bed when I first got it and I did stain. I was also worried about dropping the glass pot in the skin or bath and smashing them (sink, bath or pot). I will admit I'm clumsy and this may not be an issue for most but while it may look nice out on a dressing table. I'd prefer practicality over style. 

L'Oréal Pure Clay Glow Mask


I'm pleased to have completely used two products. I think the difference has been, I'm using products I like. Products I want to use rather than products I want to get rid of.  

No Progress 

I have been consistently using all the products I picked for this challenge apart from one. It will be no surprise to anyone to discover the product I haven't used it the Soap & Glory Heel Genius. It sits by my bed. I don't even have an excuse why I haven't used it. 

Some Progress

The Essie Grow Stronger Nail Strengthener has been used a number of times but there didn't seem to be very much progress between the original photo and now so I haven't included it but I'm hoping there will be a decent change by the final next month. 

The other product with no viable difference is the Maybelline Colour Tatoo. This is a year long item. 

Visible Progress

The remaining three items do all have visible progress, this make me happy and I wanted to give an update on how I like these products. 

Seascape – Soothe Body Butter RRP of approx. £20.00 for 175ml

Body Butter is a product I rarely use, I have lots of it and this is a beautiful product and I have no reason not to use it. 

I have managed to remember to use this almost every time I've had a bath or shower and it doesn't take as much effort as I think it does. 

This product has a lovely fresh scent and does smell exactly like the lavender plant outside my house. The product is very thick and the texture reminds me of sudacream. It does take a bit of effort to work the product into the skin but it is worth the effort and it is nice to use before bed as the lavender scent is very relaxing. 

I'm just under halfway through this product and I'm confident I will have used it by the end of the project. 


seascape body butter


V05 – Smoothly Does It RRP Approx. £4.00 for 100ml

I've made some really good progress on this product. I have used it every time I've washed my hair and while I don't always (Rarely to never is more accurate) use a hair dryer to dry my hair. I have noticed a difference and I think I will miss this product once it's gone. 

It's a medium thick cream that you put into, towel dried hair and I have had this for a long time. It is time to use it up and I will be looking for something similar in the coming weeks. 

V05 Smoothly does it frizz free creme

Revlon – Lip Butter 035 Candy Apple RRP £7.99 for 2.55g

A product that follows me round. This was in last years Use 16 in 2016 Pan Challenge and I didn't manage to use as much as I would have liked. 

I have been suffering from a cold sore which has stopped me from using this. I can see some progress. 

I've worn this at work and at weekend. The formula of this is beautifully soft and it is easy to layer the colour and build it up into a more intense colour. 




Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple



All Product

I wanted to show all the products together, so I have something to benchmark against at the end. 

I've enjoyed seeing progress of products that I like and I'm confident that I will used 2 or 3 more of these by the end of the challenge and have good progress on 1 or 2 more. 

All the products i'm using in my use 7 by spring challenge

My overall aim of this isn't to run through products quickly. It is to use products I like rather than saving them and them going to waste. It is also to find products that don't work for me.


All the products i'm using in my use 7 by spring challenge

Beauty

What's in my Makeup Bag | February 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Weekly Makeup bag

This year instead of doing a year-long pan challenge I’m planning to change the items in my “on the go makeup bag” every few weeks.

I theory I should have time to do my makeup at home before work and I did start doing my makeup took box series on YouTube. However, over the past few weeks, I’ve been finding sleep is winning and I’ve gone back to on the commute makeup session.

The Bag

My makeup back is from Primark and it was £3, I love the rose gold glitter look, but what I like even more is that the glitter is enclosed in plastic so there is no trail left behind. What sold this to me was the star on the zip closure. I also like the shape of the bag and it holds more than I expected.

Face Products

Primer – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer  



One of my favourite primers, it makes my skin feel nice and helps keep my foundation in place all day. It’s not a cheap option and I’ve been lucky to have had a few from beauty boxes. I am tempted buy it full priced but there are so many other things to try.

Foundation – Collection Lasting Perfection


I’ve almost decluttered this about 3 times, but every time I decide to give it another chance I start to like it again. It’s one I will only use for a couple of weeks at a time to prevent boredom. I do think I’m close to finishing this. It is quite full coverage and blends but the colour match isn’t quite there. Say that this is the third one of these I’ve bought and I would buy it again in the future.

Concealer - Maybelline  The Eye Eraser



This is a favourite under eye concealer. It’s one I go back to repeatedly. The downside of this product is that it only comes in two shades Light and Nude but it is one I would recommend to try if you have a similar skin colour to myself. It has a sponge applicator built in and I use this to draw a triangle then use a dry blending sponge to well blend it in.


 Powder – L’Oréal BB Nude Magique



I have been using this consistently since October and I'm not a huge fan of it. It's not a bad product by any stretch of the imagination. There just isn't that much about it. It's not that I dislike it but I don't feel that it does all that much for me. 

Bronzer – Milani Hermosa Rose illuminating face powder


This is my lazy girl’s ideal product as it is essentially bronzer, blusher and highlighter all in one and I don’t have to carry multiple products with me. This might be one of the most beautiful looking products I own or it was when it was new. It almost makes me sad that all the flowers have almost rubbed out. 

Eye Products

Eye Shadow - Maybelline Colour Tatto in 91 Cremé Du Rose



This makes a great base before adding eye shadow, I find it helps keep my shadow on longer. 

I have been using it as an eyeshadow and I like how it looks by itself. It also means I feel like I've made more of an effort than I have. 

Mascara - Bare Minerals, Lash Domination



This was one of my Love Me Beauty picks, a couple of months ago and I'm really glad I picked this up. The tube is very small, but the brush is full sized. I was very surprised the first time I opened the tube as on first look, it didn't look like the brush came from the same tube. 

The twisted shape of the brush worked well to apply the product and it lasted really well but wasn't difficult to remove. (I use an oil based / duo-phase eye makeup remover) 

My only negative for this sample is the size of the handle made it hard to hold and I did drop it a couple of times. This wouldn't be an issue with the full size and I am very tempted to get a full-size product. 

Eyebrow Pencil - NXY Micro Brow Pencil


My all time favourite brow product and I have used a few over the years. The pencil is very thin (Micro you might say) and because of this, it is very easy to get a natural looking brow. The pencil also comes with a spooly on the opposite end which makes it a handy product for on the go makeup application. 

Eyeliners: 

Collection Extreme Pen Eyeliner

I have struggled over the years to apply liquid eyeliner and I find this pen is easy to work with and it lasts well on me. 

Kiko Gel Eyeliner Pencil

This is a fairly new product to me and I like it but I find it can be messy to apply (That may just be me) and I feel like I need to take my time but it does have the smudger which comes in handy. 

Seventeen Kohl Pencil

I like the Kohl type pencils the best and as eye pencils go, this works well for me. It's a good affordable option if you're looking for a drug store black eyeliner. 

Lip Products

Lipstick - Revlon Lip Butter, Candy Apple


I only picked out one lip product to use this time as I'm trying to pan this lipstick before the end of March. Sadly I've developed a cold sore and I haven't been able to use it. 

This is a beautiful lipstick, it has a light formula but I find I can build the colour up into a more opaque look if I want to. 


I love knowing what products people enjoy using. Do we have any of the same products or what do you think of the products I've picked out to use? 


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