Favourite Products of 2014

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This year has been a great year for me, makeup wise. It is the year where I have really got into makeup a lot more and have started trying out loads of different products and brands. In August of this year, I also started this blog, which I love writing. 

As this year is coming to a close, I thought that it would be the perfect time to write about some of my favourite products from 2014. Some of them I bought this year, but some are ones that I have used for a while, but especially loved this year.

The first favourite from this year is the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation. It is very well priced at £8.99 and is one of the best drugstore foundations that I have used. The packaging promises better feeling skin in 3 weeks and I wasn't disappointed, after it made a noticeable difference very quickly. It has good coverage and feels light rather than cakey. The range also includes lots of different shades, which is good if you struggle to find foundations that perfectly match your skin. I ran out of this a little while back and have been meaning to pick up some more, because I love it a lot.


My favourite concealer from this year, would have to be Boiing by Benefit. Although I used plenty of different concealers throughout the year, Boiing was a winner for me. It is a more high end concealer, but wasn't overbearingly expensive at £17.50, as it has lasted for around 8 months which I think is amazing. I also bought it Duty Free, so it only cost me around £14. Mine is in Shade 01, which is the palest of them all. In total, there are 5 different shades to choose from. I find it brightens up my eyes a lot when I use it and it also covers spots and blemishes in no time.


I think it is fair to say that most people love the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and I am one of these people. With its lost-lasting matte finish and great price, you can't go wrong. I have been buying this over and over again and I'm pretty sure I will continue to for a long time. The only thing that isn't so great about it is that you have to be careful about how much you use, because if you apply to much, it can look cakey.


My next favourite from this year is the MAC Powder Blush in the colour Fleur Power. I bought this earlier on this year and it was the first MAC Blush that I have ever purchased. I love the colour because it looks bright in the pot but still looks subtle and natural on your cheeks. The pigmentation is good, along with the lasting-power. These are quite pricey at £18, but I think it will last for a long time.


During this year, I haven't had just one mascara that I love and repurchase over and over again. There are many that I love, but this year I have just been shopping around and trying out different brands and formulas. One that has stood out to me, however, is Maybelline's The Falsies. When I first started using this, I have to admit, I wasn't too sure about it. I stuck with it and quickly began to love it. The formula was very wet at first but in a couple of weeks, it dried up a little, which made it easier to apply. The wand of this mascara is amazing and is curved, which makes the mascara so much easier to apply. It lasts all day and holds a curl for a long time and I just really like it.


Before this year, I had never really been much of a lipstick person. I used to just stick to lip glosses or  coloured lip balms, that would just give a hint of colour. During this year, I have gotten a lot more into wearing lipsticks. I have been loving Rimmel's Lasting Finish Lipsticks by Kate Moss. They have been mentioned in quite a few of my posts, because I wear them very often. The two shades that I have are 01 (a very bright red) and 05 (a more pinky colour). They are very long lasting and have a lovely formula and finish.


My last favourite is a skincare product, instead of makeup. It is the Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturiser. I have always suffered with certain dry patches on my face, mainly around my eyes. When I attended London Fashion Week 2013, I was given a goodie bag which included a little sample of this moisturiser. I couldn't believe how amazing it was and how quickly it sorted out my dry skin. Sadly, sample sized don't last for ever . When I looked at buying a full size bottle online, they were around £8, plus postage and packing, which I was too tight to pay. A couple of weeks later I was walking around my local supermarket and I came across a full sized bottle of this moisturiser in the clearance section for about £2... RESULT! It is perfect for dry skin and heals it so quickly. As it is a very oily moisturiser, I try to avoid places on my face which tend to get oily or shiny, as this just makes it worse.


What are your favourite products from this year? Have you tried any of these?

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MERRY CHRISTMAS || Blogmas Day 25

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
I know you will probably all be enjoying a day of eating and spending time with friends and family, so I will make this quick.
I would just like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you are all having a lovely day and have everything that you wished for.
I would like to thank those of you who read my blog and leave really lovely comments, because it means a lot.
Enjoy the rest of your Christmas!
Ruth
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Christmas Nail Art Inspiration || Blogmas Day 24

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Happy Christmas Eve!
I love looking at and trying out different nail art. I especially love it at Christmas. I have recently been looking through Google Images at different Christmas nail art designs and these are some of my favourites that I found.









All Pictures are from Google Images.

Which of these is your favourite design?

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DIY Lemon Hand Scrub For Dry Hands || Blogmas Day 23

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Your hands can easily get dry and sore during the winter. Here is an easy DIY Hand Scrub that is especially good for dry hands.
 
You will need:
 
3/4 cup of sugar (I ended up needing a little more than this)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
 
 
All you need to do is place all of the ingredients into a container, (I used a glass jar) and mix them together with a teaspoon. If your hand scrub appears too oily, just add a little bit more sugar. In the same way, if it appears to dry, add a little more oil or lemon juice.
 
 
This is a great scrub to have by the sink, so that when you wash your hands you can use it. Even after using this just once, you can tell a difference and your hands are a lot softer.
 
If you try this out, let me know.
 
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DIY Lip Scrub For Dry Lip || Blogmas Day 22

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During the winter, your lips can get dry so easily, because of the weather. Here is an easy DIY Lip Scrub, that will help to heal and prevent dry lips. Also, it is made with ingredients that you are likely to have in your kitchen.
 
You will need:
 
A small pot
2-3 teaspoons of sugar
1-2 teaspoons of honey
A tiny drop of warm water



 
 
It is very simple. All you have to do is put all of these ingredients into your container. I just used an empty pot, which previously had a Lush Lip Scrub in it. After you have put the honey and sugar into the pot, add the tiniest little drop of warm water and mix it together (I used the end of a makeup brush to do this).
 
I have only used the lip scrub a couple of times so far, but it definitely makes a noticable difference and it is so easy to make.

Tomorrow, my post will be a DIY Hand Scrub for Dry Hands.
 
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Natural Glow Palette Review || Blogmas Day 21

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I bought the Barry M Natural Glow Palette a few months ago and so far, I have got a lot of use out of it. It includes six different eyeshaddows, which are mixtures of shimmery and matte shades and also a blusher, which I haven't really used yet.


 
I really love the packaging of this palette and the colours. It is extremely light weight and pretty small and thin, which means that it can be easily transported around. The price was also very good, as it only costs around £7. Inside the palette there is a decent sized mirror, which is good quality, unlike some of the rubbish ones you sometimes get. It also includes two sponge applicators that I haven't used at all, just because I find it easier to use normal brushes.

There is more than one type of this palette, and they all have different colour themes. I just went for the neutral one because it's the one I am most likely to use. Although the colours are all neutral, there are still a range, meaning that many different looks can be created using just this palette. The pigmentation of these eyshaddows are good, along with the amount of time they stay on for.

My favourite colours in this palette are probably the matte brown and the dark shimmery brown, which are both shades that I often blend into the crease of my eye. The white looks really lovely in the palette, but when you apply it, it doesn't show up particularly well.

If you have tried this palette, let me know what you think of it.

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Battle of the Blushers || Blogmas Day 20

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There are a lot of Blushers that I love. During the winter, I tend to use them more to add a bit of rosiness and colour to my cheeks. I am going to compare a few blushers that I have been using recently. They are a mixture of drugstore and higher end blushers also, so the price varies.
 
The four different blushers are:
 
NARS- Deep Throat
MUA- Shade 4
MAC Powder Blush- Fleur Power
Maybelline Dream Touch Blush- Shade 06
 
The NARS blusher that I have is a mini. I seem to have so many mini products, but they are a great way to try products out without spending too much. I love the packaging of this product. It is the same packaging as the full sized version, but just smaller and still has a mirror inside. This is more of a high end product and the full sized product is around £21.50, depending on where you buy it from. As for colour, it is a very natural and subtle pink colour which is slightly shimmery, but you can't tell when you apply it. It is a great blusher to add a tiny bit of colour to your cheeks without it looking to bright. It has good lasting power with a nice formula.
 
 
The next blusher is from MUA. It is very cheap at only £1. When paying just £1 for a blusher, it is obviously not going to be perfect. I don't think that this is an awful product but it is not one that I would reach for if I had the choice. I keep this in my emergency make up kit, so I don't use it very often. It is a nice colour, but is quite dark so applying a lot of it is not a good idea. It is completely matte, which I prefer than shimmery because it looks a lot more natural. Sometimes, it appears quite cakey if you use too much at once. It doesn't last for great lengths of time, but it is the kind of product they I would use every once in a while.

 
MAC products are often know for their good quality and this blush does not disappoint. First of all, I really love the packaging because it is simple but still looks sleek and pretty. This cost £18, so it's at the higher end of the scale, but not as expensive as the NARS Blush. It is one that I use on a daily basis and really love. It is very natural but still brings a lot of colour to your face. Again this is matte, with no shimmer. It has a lovely formula and I love using it and the way it looks.
 
 
The final one is the Maybelline Dream Touch Blush, which is a bit different because it is a cream blush. I have had this for a while, but if I'm honest I still don't know what to think about it. It is not my favourite colour because it is quite dark, meaning that you have to use the tiniest amout to make it look natural. This also does mean, though, that the product will last for a long time. As it is a cream blush, it is also quite hard to blend out and can sometimes appear a little bit cakey. This is also pretty cheap at around £5. I am not in love with this but I don't mind using it every once in a while.
 
 
My favourite out of all of these is the MAC blush, as it is such good quality and has a lovely colour.
 
What is your favourite blush?
 
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They're Real Mascara First Impressions || Blogmas Day 19

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I know that I am so late jumping onto the They're Real Mascara bandwagon. I always wanted to try it, but just never got round to buying it. If you have read my post about the Best of Benefit Gift Set I recently bought, you will know that it included the They're Real Mascara in a mini version. Here is my first impressions of this mascara.


 
 
As this is a mini product, the packaging is not the same as the full sized mascara, but I still like it. The first thing that I noticed when I used it, was the wand shape. Unlike a lot of other mascaras, the bristles on the wand are also on the end of it. This prevents clumping and also makes it easier to apply to the inner and outer corners of your eyes. This helps to separate the lashes a lot more evenly, too.
 
I also have noticed that it holds a curl quite well. I think this is because it is quite a wet formula, but dries fast. The mascara is very long-lasting, looking almost as perfect at the end of the day as it does when you apply it.
 
I haven't use this loads yet, but enough to get an idea of what it is like.
 
If you have tried it, what do you think of this mascara?
 
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Boohoo Winter Wishlist || Blogmas 18

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If you read my blog a lot, you'll know that I love a good wishlist. It's not so much about wishing for everything on this list, but picking out my favourite bits from certain shops and sharing them with you.
 
At Boohoo, at the moment, there are not too many things that catch my eye, but I have picked out a few that I love the look of for the winter time.
 
 
 
I really love the look of this leather jacket. The fur collar just adds an extra texture to the outfit and makes it a lot warmer and cosier for the cold weather.

 
 
Okay so I know this doesn't really count as a winter item but I still love it because it is oversized and slouchy.

 
 
This dress is simple but still so beautiful. It would be great for a Christmas event or a New Years Eve party.
 

 
 
I have something very similar to this already, but I just think that the Rudolph on the front is so cute. Also, oversized night shirts are super comfortable.

 
 
Beanies are perfect during cold weather and I thought that this one would add a splash of colour to your outfit.

 
 
I really like grey oversided jumpers. They look so lovely and can be easily paired with black jeans or leggings.
 
 
 
What would a Winter Wishlist be without a Christmas Jumper? I also think it is very well priced.
 

 
 
This style of trousers have been very popular for a while now, but I still haven't got myself a pair. They look great paired with Chelsea Boots too.
 
 
 
 
Clutch bags are a great idea if you don't have much to take out with you. They also add a lot to an outfit.
 
What is your favourite item from this post?
 
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NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner || Blogmas Day 17

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I got this eye-liner a few months ago, but only recently just started using it a lot. It is a sample size but it still includes a lot of product and looks like it will last me a long time.
 
So far I have been loving it. It stays on your eyes for the whole day, which I hope it would as the box says 'Long-Wear Eyeliner'. It is by far one of the most long-lasting of any eyeliners I have ever used.
 
I usually just apply it to my upper lash line. If I use it along the bottom, I like to smudge it out with a brush, otherwise it looks too heavy and full on. You have to twist is up to use it, so it is not easy to sharpen. This means that it has gone a bit blunt and there is not much I can do about it. It just applies in a thicker line.
 
I find it very easy to apply, as it goes on smoothly. It dries extremely fast, but it is also easy to smudge out if you want to go for a smokey eye (as long as you smudge it before it dries).
 
Overall, I really love this and use it most days.
 
What is your favourite eyeliner?
 
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Top 5 Winter Nail Polishes || Blogmas Day 16

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I love painting my nails and finding new formulas or colours.
During the winter, I don't have a certain colour scheme that I stick to on my nails, but I usually wear colours that I would associate with this time of year.
 
Here are my Top 5 Winter Nail Polishes for this year.
 
1. Barry M Nail Paint- 303 Bright Purple
2. Nails Inc London- Kensington Palace (Part of a set)
3. Seventeen Nail Colour- Navy Glint
4. Barry M Silk- 403 Mist
5. Nails Inc- Vodaphone
 

 
 
I love Barry M nail polishes because they are great quality but still budget friendly. The purple is a very vibrant colour. They don't last for record breaking amounts of time but they stay on for quite a while, bearing in mind the price. The formula is also great, making it easy to apply and meaning that only one or two coats are needed. The Silk Nail Polish is amazing and actually does have a silky texture and finish. However the purple is running out so it is becoming at bit thick and gloopy.
 
Last Christmas, I got a set of about 9 different Seventeen Nail Polishes, of various colours. The lasting power isn't fantastic, but it is so easy to apply and fast drying that I don't mind repainting them more often. The blue-glittery colour is perfect for Christmas parties.
 
Two of my Top 5 are Nails Inc. I love the formula of their polishes and the lasting power is great. They are a little bit more pricey than the others on my list, but still not too bad at around £11 a bottle. The stoney purple colour is a mini one, which I think either came in a set or as a free addition with another purchase. The Vodaphone Red is such an amazing colour. I got it free at 2013's London Fashion Week, as my Mum is a Vodaphone customer. I am not sure if this is still available or whether it was limited addition, but it is by far my favourite of all these 5 nail polishes.
 
What are you favourite nail polishes this winter?
 
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Best of Benefit Gift Set || Blogmas Day 15

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I recently purchased the Best of Benefit Gift Set from Boots. I loved the look of it and I am not disappointed.
 
It includes many of their best selling products, most of which I haven't tried before but I have wanted to. I find gift sets with mini products the best way to sample makeup that is otherwise pretty expensive.
 
This gist set includes:
Porefessional Primer
Benetint Cheek Stain
High Beam Highlighter
Boiing Concealer (in both Shades 1 and 2)
Hoola Bronzer
They're Real Push-Up Liner
They're Real Mascara
 
I have tried both the Boiing Concealer and the They're Real Push-Up Liner before and love them. I am dangerously running out of the concealer so I am glad that I now have a new one. I have wanted to try few of the others for a while now, such as the Porefessional Primer, the Hoola Bronzer and the They're Real Mascara.
 
The gift set is extremely good value for money, as I bought it for £24.50 when it is retailed at £54. It would make a great Christmas present for a Benefit or maekup lover.
 
The packaging for the gift set is so beautiful and I love the colours and the way it is set out like a house. I'm pretty sure this is now sold out on the Boots website, but it may be available in Boots shops or from other stores.
 
I will let you know what I think of some of these products in the near future.
 
If you have tried any out, let me know what you think of them.
 
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DIY Snowflake Makeup Brush Holder || Blogmas Day 14

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I saw this DIY on Youtube last Christmas and loved the idea. When I was thinking about how to decorate my room this year, I instantly remembered this.

It is such a good way to add a Christmassy touch to you room, but it is very subtle and suitable for all year round.

So, here is how you make a Snowflake Makeup Brush Holder.

You will need:
An empty candle jar
Sandpaper
White Spray Paint
3D Puffy Paint (I got some from Amazon)
Snowflakes drawn on paper (or pattern of choice)
Bluetack or tape



The first thing that you will need to do is use sandpaper to make sure that the glass isn't completely smooth, otherwise the paint will just slip off of it.


Next, you will need spray a very light coating of the white spray paint onto the glass.



After this you will need to stick the snowflakes that you have drawn on the inside of your glass and trace the shapes with your Puffy Paint. I found that it is better to do small layers and build them up, otherwise the paint will run and you will not be able to see the pattern.




Leave this to dry. It will take about 4 hours to properly dry so you will need to be patient (which is something I am not good at).

To finish it off you will need to apply another coat of the white spray paint. You will see that the snowflake pattern will stand out. This is the perfect way to store makeup brushes.



I hope you enjoyed reading about this and if you try it please let me know!

To see where I found this idea click here.

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