Staying Positive

This post is going to be a little different to what I normally post and if I’m honest, I’m feeling quite scared and vulnerable as I type. But, I’ve been on a bit of a journey over the past month to six weeks and it’s still ongoing however I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings over a topic that is still quite sensitive and a way of trying to over come it, without brushing it under the carpet or failing to acknowledge it at all.

About six weeks ago, after over a month of not being able to bring myself to go in to work I decided to see my doctor. I don’t know where it came from but one day I experienced a huge panic attack on the way to work leaving me too scared to go in. I would never wish a panic attack on anyone. This happened for the following four days until I gave up trying to go in. I still can’t figure out what triggered this, and it’s something I’m working on still. After pouring my heart out to my doctor, she prescribed me anti-anxiety/depressant medication for anxiety and stress. (Hearts pounding as I type still).

I’ve always been really outgoing and I didn’t want to let this beat me and that is what has inspired this post. I know I can’t ignore it, so why not learn to stop letting anxiety beat me and change me as a person? That’s what I’m trying to do and tonight’s post is about 5 things you can do to stay positive (or what helps me anyway). If anyone would like a post explaining my anxiety battle in more detail, let me know. It’s not something to be ashamed of and more people should be able to feel like they can speak up.

1. Talk to someone – your friends, family, partner… they love you and care about you. If you’re struggling, they will help you. After seeing my doctor, I still felt a heavy weight on my shoulders because I was trying to battle this alone. Find someone you trust, tell them everything, make them understand and let them help. My boyfriend has been my rock without patronising me and making me feel silly and I feel so much better knowing if I’m having a not so great day, he will be there with ice cream, my favourite film and a hand to hold until I’m feeling better. We all need someone to help us when we need it the most.

2. Live day by day – before seeing a doctor, I believe my panic attacks got so bad because I was panicking about them before they’d even happened. I was playing scenarios over in my head before I’d even left the house, even the night before. Now, I’ve started to take each day as they come. One bad day will not define the rest of my week, not unless I allow it to. I’m trying to take each day as it comes, dealing with obstacles as and when they approach me, rather than panicking about scenarios that may never even happen. Anxiety doesn’t go away over night, if even at all, but if these small things can ease it, surely it’s worth a try?

3. Have some you time – We all need time to ourselves, to unwind and relax. Find your comforts and use them, at least twice a week. For me it’s a bubble bath, a good book and a chilled out playlist on Spotify with a face mask on. Just that half an hour allows me to unwind and escape a busy day. I can relax and get lost in what I’m reading and I find some of the Spotify playlists so soothing. I’ve also found blogging really helps. My brain is so consumed with ideas and being creative that there isn’t room to fit many more thoughts in there! Finding a hobby is always an amazing thing.

4. Exercise – If I’m having a day where I don’t feel particularly great, this is something I have to really push myself to do, especially if I’m going to the gym at busy times. However I have to admit, I always feel so much better when I leave. Exercise is a way of relieving stress and the endorphin’s released leave me feeling accomplished and much happier. Even if you want to stay at home to exercise, get yourself some weights or a fitness DVD and you’re sorted!

5. Don’t give up – Anxiety will not disappear overnight. It won’t disappear in a week. I’d be a liar if I said these tips have gotten rid of it for me. They haven’t, but they’re helping me to deal with it and understand it a lot better than I was doing. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself; your best is good enough. Think of one thing at the end of each day that’s made you smile or made you proud and hold on to that rather than focusing on the negatives. It’s okay to have bad days, don’t be disappointed by it. But, it’s the way we recover after those bad days that help us along.

My heart is still pounding knowing I’m posting this any minute! I’m by no means claiming I’m cured, or that everyone should follow these tips. But I want to be open and as honest as possible on my blog and I believe this is a topic we shouldn’t hide away from. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and there will be a new post coming Thursday! X

 

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MYPROTEIN: Does it work?

I mentioned in my monthly favourites post that I had been loving the MYPROTEIN Impact Diet Whey over the past month or so. I purchased a weightloss bundle which included the whey, and so I thought I’d share my thoughts on the whole bundle with you guys. I’ve had a look online, and I can’t find the weightbloss bundle as of now (sad face) however there are so many other great bundles and single products on offer! I was super sceptical about weightloss/diet/muscle building products as many of them are promoted by celebrities who really don’t need to be using them and you know there is money behind their promoting: that said, they may be completely honest reviews, but I’ve always been a little cautious.

It wasn’t until my gym started selling MYPROTEIN products and I spoke to one of the instructors that I was informed there could be some massive benefits for me trying out the products. I also just want to say on this post, we should all love who we are and be happy in our own skin. The reason I wanted to lose weight, was purely for health benefits after speaking to my knee consultant. I’d been a little heavier than I’d wanted to be, and felt going to the gym and taking the correct supplements would help to build muscle, tone my body and all around improve my health and wellbeing!

Impact Diet Whey & Shaker

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I did touch upon the whey powder in my last blog post, however, I thought I’d speak about it in a little more detail in this post. I love that in the bundle, you receive the shaker as I didn’t have anything like this at home already and needed something to take my shake with me on the go. I don’t use the shaker when actually making my protein shake, I prefer to use my NutriBullet as it blends the powder and milk perfectly so I can’t taste any little bits. The recommended amount of powder to be added to the 250ml of milk (or water) is 2-3 scoops, however I found this to be way to much for me personally and so I add 1 and a 1/2 scoops to my milk. I got the Vanilla Cookie flavour which is so yummy. The powder contains protein which helps contribute to building healthy muscle in your body and also contains green tea extracts and CLA which help to aid healthy weightloss. I have my shake either about half an hour before I go to the gym, or as soon as I get home. It’s filling too, so I will have a banana or some berries along with the shake! For a 1kg pouch the powder is £16.99 which I think is great for the amount you get!

Vitamins and Supplements

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My weightloss bundle also contained four supplements/vitamins and these can all be purchased separately too. There are also vegan/vegetarian options for some of the supplements too which I think is great! There are guidelines on the recommended amount of times for these to be taken each day and when; and definitely research on if they’re going to be beneficial to you!

Thermopure: These capsules cost £14.99 on their own for 90 capsules however there are always discount codes on the MYPROTEIN website. I took 2-3 of these capsules about an hour before my workout with a glass of water. These capsules contain vitamins such as B12 and B6 which help your immune system to function properly as well as fighting against tiredness to help make you more alert, energetic and focused. I definitely noticed the difference in my dedication and workouts at the gym once I started taking these capsules. They really helped combat my fatigue which is something I often struggle with as I have a Vitamin D deficiency that makes me really sleepy. I’ve just placed my next order!

CLA: 60 capsules of CLA costs £7.99 which I think is a really great price and MYPROTEIN always deliver super quick which is an added bonus. CLA is an acid that we aren’t able to naturally produce in our body, however we consume it through our diet as it gives us Omega-6 which is key for our everyday health. It naturally occurs in dairy and meat products but not all enjoy these foods or want to add the extra calories on to their diet and so this supplement is a great alternative. I took one capsule with every meal (not including snacks) and although I can’t say it’s given me any noticeable changes, if it’s providing my body with what it needs, then that’s great!

Omega 3: I have a memory of my Dad always having Omega 3 vitamins and I never really understood why or saw the point in it. Maybe I should have listened to him! The Omega 3 costs £4.99 for 90 capsules and admittedly, you can purchase these from a drug store or large grocery store. I would have one of these tablets every morning with my food. Omega 3 contains to acids that again our bodies don’t naturally produce however, it’s very effective in maintaining the normal function of your heart. Although I may be too young to be worrying about something like that (or not), I hate the thumping feeling I get in my chest when my heart is beating so fast from a workout. And whether it’s everything mixed together, or simply me getting fitter, that has stopped significantly. Omega 3 is also great for people who don’t have enough fish in their diet!

Daily Vitamins: For 180 vitamins, it’s £7.99 which some of you may be able to find cheaper elsewhere, however I’m really happy with these vitamins! I take one tablet every morning to start my day and enjoy these as they contain Vitamins A, D and E as well as other vitamins that our body needs. They basically help to balance out the normal functions of your body such as; the nervous system, your heart and your metabolism. They also help you to feel less tired which along with the Thermopure, I think this has definitely worked for me and I have slowly grown fitter, and more confident when at the gym!

I’d definitely recommend taking a look at the MYPROTEIN website if anyone is interested in getting fit, toning up or building some muscle! It’s not all supplements and protein powder; there are pancakes mixtures and even nutritional alternatives to some of your favourite snacks like cookies! But as I said at the beginning of my post; we should all love the skin we are in and feel confident just as we are! However, anything you do that makes you feel better in your own skin, that’s always amazing! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if there are any other fitness brands you’ve been loving!

Monthly Favourites: November

Hi angels! Even before I started blogging, I liked to buy myself new products each month to try out; something new that I hadn’t used before and thought would be great to give a go. (That’s how I justify spending all of my money anyway!) A lot of YouTubers and bloggers do posts like this and so I thought I’d join in the hype and let you know what I’ve been loving during November!

Bath, Body and Bouncy Hair

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Over the summer, I love a really fruity, sweet scent to use as bubble bath as those are the smells I associate with summer, (even though it mainly rains in the UK). As winter approaches, I prefer a more subtle cosy scent and so when I saw this Radox bubble bath, it had to go in my basket! It smells like shea butter and ginger which together makes such a subtle yet calming and relaxing scent. I love Radox for creating the perfect bubble bath!

What a shock, another Liz Earle product has crept in to my blog! I am in love with this scent and have purchased the hand and body cream too! This body wash is part of the Rosemary & Rock Rose Botanical range and I’m obsessed. I love the Botanical range for your body, it always leaves my skin feeling super smooth and refreshed; and this added scent is a bonus. I’m not normally one for floral scents and this is definitely on that scale, however it’s so subtle. Throughout the day you just get a hint of the scent, it’s heavenly.

I admit, I’m very late to the dry shampoo hype; but I’m so glad this Herbal Essences dry shampoo has brought me in to the game! First of all, it has a citrus fragrance, it doesn’t have the typical dry shampoo scent which is something I wasn’t always a fan of! The product also gives your hair some body and volume (not that I don’t have enough already), but it’s perfect for bringing your hair back to life, and you’d never know it’s dry shampoo once it’s massaged in! Definitely a must have for me for those rushed mornings when your hair isn’t looking too great!

Face, Make up and Skincare

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Tarte will always be one of my favourite brands and again, I feel like I was a little late to the game in purchasing the Amazonian Clay foundation. The foundation claims to last 12 hours which I think is a permanently reasonable time for foundation and although I never keep mine on for that long; I can apply in the morning and be out and about for the day and come home at tea time and my make up still looks flawless. It hasn’t creased anywhere for me, or started to shine in areas where I’m oily. It’s a full coverage foundation too, so I’ve loved using this on bad skin days but I really enjoy that it doesn’t feel cakey as some full coverage foundations can do.

I always hear amazing things about Mario Badescu as a brand and so I was super excited to try out this Drying Lotion. The bottle may look tiny, however you really don’t need a lot of product! I apply this product using a cotton swab to my problem areas (nasty blemishes) and leave it to dry over night about twice a week and on these nights I won’t use my over night moisturiser. The purpose of the product is to dry out blemishes which it definitely does. It also works to balance the natural oils in your skin and from using this, I have noticed I do have less breakouts and oily patches! Also, I will link everything I have spoke about at the bottom of the post in case anyone wants to check the products out!

Random

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For the past few months, I have been really trying to lead a healthier lifestyle and look after my body a lot more. After lots of research on different supplement companies I decided to purchase the weightloss bundle from MYPROTEIN. In the bundle was the Impact Diet Whey and I selected the vanilla cookie flavour. I really enjoy this product and add a scoop and a half of the powder to 250ml of milk and have this either about 45 minutes before or straight after my workout at the gym as this helps to increase your protein intake, which is beneficial when keeping fit and also trying to attain a toned, healthy figure. I’m going to do a blog post on the whole bundle this weekend and share my thoughts!

I am a big reader; always have been. However, I am so fussy when it comes to reading a book. I have to find the perfect one, that will hold my interest and keep my brain ticking. I literally purchased this book called I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh two days ago, and I haven’t been able to put it down. The book is fiction and explains the events after a terrible accident that kills a 6 year old boy. I didn’t understand what the huge plot twist was going to be in the book until reaching the end of the first section and after that, I didn’t stop reading! It’s a great read, with a shocking twist and shows how perceptions we make can instantly be deceiving.

I hope you guys have enjoyed my monthly favourites, I’d love to know what you guys have been loving this month! I will link everything below and don’t be shy, check out my instagram @amylouisecurls to follow me around! I hope everyone is having a brilliant week!

Radox Bubble Bath

Liz Earle Botanical Range

Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

MYPROTEIN Impact Diet Whey

I Let You Go can be purchased on Audible or most book stores such as Waterstones if you’re in the UK!

Get To Know Me!

Hi everyone! I wasn’t planning on posting today, however I’ve woken up with a terrible sore throat and a cold and have spent the day in bed; (we all deserve a duvet day every once in a while, right?) So, I thought a spur of the moment blog post would be a good idea and that I’d do a kind of ‘get to know me’ tag! I found these specific questions on lucyrachaelx.com so go and check her post out, and her blog too!

1. What is your middle name? 

Louise, I feel like 90% of the female population share the same middle name!

2. What is your favourite colour?

Hmmm, possibly purple! But last week it was green, it changes!

3. Who was your first best friend?

A family friend called Sam who was born a week before me. All of my childhood pictures from being a baby and a toddler are with him!

4. How tall are you?

Around 5’6, 5’7! All legs, small body… Can I be a model yet?

5. Cats or dogs?

Both?! But if I was getting a pet for myself I’d choose a dog. I love cats too though, they’re sassy.

6. Funniest moment throughout school?

There are too many to choose from! Year 11 chats in the English area, German karaoke lessons. I’d probably choose when me and my best friend had Food Technology together; we had to be separated every lesson because we couldn’t follow instructions and whatever we made turned out to be a disaster!

7. How many countries have you visited?

I’ve been to sooo many places in Spain I’ve lost count, Portugal, France (school trip to Lordes which is a holy city, crazy experience), Wales (I had to Google to make sure) and America; I went to New York, it’s breaktaking. So, that would make 5!

8. Are you in/gone to college?

I did 3 years in college; first year A-Levels taking Psychology, Sociology, Theology and English Literature (I hated A-Levels). Then 2 years studying Health & Social Care and then I studied Adult Nursing for a year at university.

9. What was your favourite/worst subject in high school?

I loved English, always have done and always will! Worst had to be either P.E, did anyone else do the dreaded bleep test?! Or Maths, too many confusing words for too many confusing problem solving questions; hats off to people who understand it!

10. What is your favourite drink?

I genuinely enjoy drinking water, and it helps my skin out so much! Or I love Vimto or pure orange juice (no bits though). Alcoholic drink would have to be a Long Island Iced Tea if I was at a cocktail bar or vodka, soda and lime!

11. What is your favourite animal?

Sloths. If I ever met a sloth, I would go in to shock from sheer happiness! Or Pandas, they’re adorable.

12. What is your favourite perfume?

It has to be Daisy by Marc Jacobs. It was my first ‘grown up’ perfume and I’ve loved it ever since.

13. Tea of coffee?

Coffee, although I try not to drink it too much. I do get random cravings for a cup of tea but not often.

14. What would you (or have you) name your children?

I have no idea; I’m a few years away from planning to have little mini me’s running around my feet yet!

15. What sports do you play/have you played?

I swam from about the age of 4 to around 14 and used to swim competitively. I used to do cross country, netball and rounders at school too! I wish I was that active now, (I say this, looking in my nibbles draw for chocolate).

16. What is your favourite book?

This is a tricky one. Perhaps ‘the five people you meet in Heaven’ by Mitch Albom or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, it’s a classic.

17. Who are some of your favourite Bloggers/Youtubers?

I really enjoy Lydia Elise Millen’s blog, her Youtube is great too but I think she has a great writing style. Anyone I follow on here, I really enjoy their blogs… too many to name! As for Youtubers, I enjoy Niomi Smart, Imogenation (Imogen Hudson) and Holly Boon, she has some crazy make up skills.

18. What is your favourite movie?

I may be 23 but my favourite movie will always be Anastasia as it’s one of the first films I saw when I was little! I’m a sucker for Disney movies.

19. Are you single or taken?

I am taken! (Smiling to myself right now).

20. What’s your current hair colour?

Same as it always has been, ginger! Although it’s slowly getting darker as the years go on, it’s so strange!

21. What is your favourite season?

Even though we don’t have much of one, I love Summer! Also this time of year, when everyone is getting in to the Christmas spirit and I can have cosy nights in.

22. Favourite memory from childhood?

I have so many! I don’t know if I could possibly choose. Probably the simple memories like family days out on a Saturday and being excited to go to BlockBuster to pick a film to watch with a duvet on the couch at the night time. It’s the little things! (Also, who remembers BlockBuster?!)

23. Do you speak any different languages and how well?

I know very little German, I can just about form a sentence so maybe it will come in handy some day!

24. Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I’m the eldest and then I have my younger sister and brother!

25. How would you describe your fashion sense?

‘Trying to be stylish and pulling it off the best I can, whilst wanting to wear minimal colour and also be really comfy at the same time’… Hows that?

26. What is your favourite restaurant?

I love Akbars in Manchester, or Zest as they make the best curries and the naan bread is just wow. I will eat anywhere though, I’m always hungry.

27. What are some of your favourite TV shows?

Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Power, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, How to Get Away with Murder… Those are just a few! I’ve just started The Sinner on Netflix, I’m excited to see what happens! I also love any kind of crime/murder documentary and seeing how different minds work or how police solve the cases.

28. PC or Mac?

I’m saving for a Mac… But I will vote for my trusty Toshiba laptop at the minute, don’t want to hurt it’s feelings!

29. What phone do you have? (iOS V Android)

I have an iPhone 7Plus in matte black, so iOS it is!

30. Tell us one of your bad habits?

My Mum would class this as a bad habit; I leave my shoes lying around everywhere and wake up every morning to a pile at the bottom of my stairs. I pick at my nails when I’m nervous too which I wish I didn’t, I want lovely nails!

I hope this gave you guys a bit of info about me, and allowed you to get to know me better! Thanks for all the love! X

 

 

Laura Geller Product Review

Another product review! Since returning to my blog, I’ve had a none stop list in my head that keeps on growing of everything I want to share, and I have soooo many products I want to talk about! Laura Geller has been at the top of my list. From the research I’ve done, Laura Geller is more of a popular cosmetics line over in the US however it is stocked in online retailers in the UK and also features on QVC (great prices remember) on a regular basis. I thought I’d share my thoughts on some of the products I have tried out, in case anyone needed an honest review before purchasing. I am such a rambler, so as always, grab a brew and some goodies and enjoy!

Baked Balance-N-Brighten Colour Correcting Foundation

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First of all, I was very impressed with the size of this product when I received it; the compact is the size of my palm, it’s huge! I struggled to find this exact size online, however I’d still recommend the 9g compact as a little goes a long way. I’m not a huge fan of powder foundations, and I’ll admit, I wouldn’t use this as a foundation either. I think it you have a naturally smooth and quite flawless complexion, you’d be good to go as using this for a go to foundation. However, if you have problem skin like me, I couldn’t use this alone. But I do really enjoy using this product. The multi-coloured liquid pigments which cause the marble affect self-adjust to you skin evening out the colours, where you may have redness or dark circles. It’s super lightweight so I don’t mind applying this after my foundation and it makes my skin look a lot more luminous, which is great as most of my foundations have a very matte finish. It brings a healthy glow to my skin, and who doesn’t want that?!

Baked Balance-N-Brighten Blush (Cherry Truffle)

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I’m not too adventurous when it comes to blushes. I love pretty much every blush that Benefit have released and so I don’t stray away from them. My limited knowledge on blushes was shown when I chose the shade I wanted for this blush. Cherry Truffle is gorgeous, and so pigmented. Sadly, it really doesn’t suit my skin tone and on the numerous occasions I tried to make it work, I ended up looking like a porcelain doll with enthusiastically pink cheeks! That isn’t to say I don’t love the product, I will definitely re-purchase, just in a lighter more subtle shade. I now use this as an alternate for eyeshadow, as the glowy tint of the product looks wonderful on the lid. It’s longwearing and you don’t lose half of the colour throughout the day. The formula is super smooth too, and almost feels creamy upon application. Moral of the story; don’t just choose any old colour, find what suits you! On the Laura Geller website, the product retails for £24.50 however I’m sure it’s cheaper on online retailers such as Beauty Bay.

Laura Geller Eyeshadow Minis, (Matte and Shimmer)

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I received two mini eyeshadow palettes in my Laura Geller order as I order sets rather than individual products and so unfortunately, I can’t find these minis individually anywhere. I am very impressed with the shimmer shades (I’ll come to those shortly), however I did feel slightly let down by the matte palette. I will always give a 100% honest review on products I try, even if I don’t particularly love some of them. These are my opinions however, and some people may have had a completely different experience with the same product!

I really hyped myself up for the eyeshadow palettes as I feel that Laura Geller is becoming well known for having amazing pigmentation in her products. That, I still totally agree with. The matte palette contained 6 shades, all of which were very neutral and quite cool toned colours I felt. All shades, except the two darkest were so easy to apply, easy to blend out and build-able if I wanted a more intense look. Although they’re a powder, they were so creamy, I really liked the formula. However, the two darker shades, I didn’t get along with so well. From the swatches, you can see that they don’t sit on the skin the same as the other shades and they looked quite chalky upon application. I struggled to blend these shades out and they didn’t have the same texture as the other shades. I’d still definitely try more matte palettes from Laura Geller, I know you can’t absolutely love every palette and I have had a totally different experience with the shimmer palette!

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I have really enjoyed using this shimmer palette and I’m on the hunt for another palette by Laura Geller as we speak so I can try more! The pigmentation and the colour payout of these products is stunning and so long lasting. I always worry about fallout when applying a shimmer shade, however there is absolutely none with this product. Again, the shadows are so creamy, making them super easy to blend out and build colour. The lightest shimmer is definitely my favourite and is perfect for the inner corner of your eye for an extra bit of highlight. It can also be used as a highlight, I’ve found it looks lovely on my cheek bones! I am just obsessed.

Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator (Gilded Honey)

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If any UK bloggers have heard of Laura Geller before, I feel like it will definitely be because of this product as it’s a staple item in lots of my make-up artists friends kits! Again, look at the pigmentation in this product. It literally looks like I’ve dipped part of my skin in gold! The name is super cute too; who doesn’t wanted a product with the words ‘Baked Gelato’ in it? I usually tend to go for highlighters that have a champagne or more pink/pearl undertone too them and this highlighter reminds me more of a golden caramel shade. However, I can’t stop using it. The product feels creamy upon application although it applies just like a powder and I don’t need much to give myself a golden glow on my cheekbones. It also looks super cute as an inner corner of the eye highlight and on the cupids bow. If it’s not in your make up bag already, it needs to be!

Thank you so much for the love on my posts recently! Check out my Instagram and my newly set up Twitter to where I also post lots! Both are @anonymousablog

I’ll link all the products I have spoken about below for you guys to check out!

Baked Balance-N-Brighten Foundation

Baked Balance-N-Brighten Blush

Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Eyeshadow Palettes

 

I Heart Tarte

Okay, is anyone else like me, and when you’re treating yourself to some new make up (more than you actually need should I add), you prefer to actually be able to try the product out first. Either swatching a lipstick or an eyeshadow colour on your hand, just so you know it’s perfect? From MAC to Urban Decay, I’m always able to sniff out a store that stocks their products. Unfortunately, I have never come across anywhere in the UK that sells Tarte Cosmetics products. Even though I’d heard great things about the brand, if I couldn’t try it first, there was no way I’d buy it,

My Mum kindly purchased the Rainforest of the Sea set from Tarte Cosmetics off the QVC app (definitely worth downloading FYI) and although I was excited, I immediately felt nervous in case I hated everything in the set. I will never judge make up like that again! Step out of your comfort zone, and just go for it. I’ve broadened my knowledge of so many more amazing brands now I’m not afraid to order online and make my decision upon receiving the products! Tarte, I judged you… and I’m sorry!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

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I really didn’t know what to expect from this foundation. I prefer a high coverage foundation and so always strayed away from anything water based. How can a product that’s made up from 20% water give your skin amazing coverage? Now, I am in love with this foundation! I got the shade light neutral and it is perfect for my skin tone as I am somewhat pale being a redhead, and always struggle to find a foundation that doesn’t give me that awful make up line! Rather than a pump, this foundation has a pipette, which I love because I never use more than I need. The coverage is brilliant, and easily masks the redness on my cheeks and any spots I may have, but it doesn’t look like I am caked in a 100 layers. It’s super lightweight too, so my skin doesn’t feel heavy or clogged up.

What I love about Tarte is the different concepts they use for their various ranges. The Rainforest of the Sea collection uses a blend of algae and marine flower extracts in the foundation that help to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of any fine lines! I’m on to a winner with this one!

Maneater Voluptuous Mascara

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I feel like mascara is a product that once people have found the one they don’t dare to stray from it and that mascara becomes their holy grail product until the end of time. I was definitely like that until trying this mascara recently. Benefit BadGal lash was my ultimate favourite and in my mind, nothing could top it. Firstly, the packaging is stunning, and I’m a sucker for anything that’s nice to look at! The mascara claims to make lashes 23x longer (how do they work that out?) and I can definitely vouch for the fact it makes my lashes super long without looking clumpy or fake. The wand is a soft-flex brush with hundreds of bristles, so you’re guaranteed to coat every lash and it’s flexible, so you’re able to get in the corners of your lashes that are often tough to reach. The pigment of the product is great, super black and, it gives me super lashes!

Rainforest of the Sea, Cheek and Eye Palette

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I have searched high and low on the internet to find this palette and I cannot find it anywhere, however there is a very similiar palette on the Tarte website if anyone is interested in purchasing a palette! I’ve always struggled with eyeshadows, I like MAC eyeshadows and the Urban Decay Naked palettes, but I don’t love them. My swatches (shocking I know) don’t do the shades of this palette justice. Although one of the shades looks like a shimmer, it is matte, there are four of these in the palette. Two of which are perfect transition colours and another which is great for darkening the outer corner of your eyelid. The shimmery eyeshadow is gorgeous and there is no fallout from any of the shades which I love. It’s the perfect palette if you want any every day simple eye look, or you can spruce it up with the shimmer shades to add some night time glam!

Maneater Eye Palette

 

 

 

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Once again, my swatches don’t do this palette enough justice! (Blame bad lighting and a learner photographer, i.e me!) Out of the Tarte palettes I own, this is definitely my favourite. I feel like the pigmentation and formula of the products is absolutely spot on. This has been my go to palette as it’s got colder here in the UK, the palette is warm toned and perfect for wintery/Christmas eye looks. Like the previous palette, there is no fall our when applying the shadows and they’re super easy to blend out without feeling like you’ve lost half of the product on the brush! The shimmers are gorgeous and the matte shades are gorgeous warm tones, perfect for using for transition colours and then building up darker shades for a more intense look. Hats off to Tarte, you’ve made me fall in love with eyeshadow!

Make up Brushes

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We have reached the end! Firstly, I did my make up right before taking these photos, and so I apologise for the dirty brushes. However, they’re my go to brushes at the moment and I can’t go a day without using them! With the sets I have received from Tarte, there are always make up brushes included. I didn’t know what to expect as some brands throw in a brush with products, and they’re not that great. Once again, I was wrong about Tarte. Both foundation brushes are so soft on my skin and buff the product in beautifully, I’m always left with an airbrushed, flawless base that makes applying the rest of my make up so much easier! I love their dual ended eyeshadow brush too, it’s great for putting in my make up brush rather than carrying several. One end is great for packing on the shadow and the other side blends the product out, its so easy to create a natural brown smokey eye, just using the one brush!

I’ve realised, I am a rambler! I hope you enjoyed the read and you are now wanting to try out some Tarte products for yourself. What brands are you loving at the moment?

Thank you for the likes and support on my previous post, it means so much! Xx

 

 

 

I’m Back… With New Skincare Faves

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Okay, I’ve been gone for too long – but I’m back, and feeling better than ever! I’ve taken some time away to have some self-reflection and thought what better start for a new blog post, than a new skincare routine to go with my newer self! Other than the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (I will always be in love with it), I’ve completely shaken up my skincare products, and I’m loving it! So grab a cuppa, and enjoy the read!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (LIMITED EDITION)

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So, anyone that has read my previous must have products will know I have nothing but amazing things to say about this product, and Liz Earle in general, so really this isn’t a new product. BUT, a) look at the packaging of this limited edition cleanser, it’s stunning to look at and b) it has new ingredients (rose oil and cedrat extracts) which give the product a gorgeous fragrant smell. Just like the original Cleanse & Polish, this is the only product my skin doesn’t become tired of and gives amazing results when used religiously. As far as I’m aware, this edition is no longer being sold. However, I’ll always recommend the original!

Pixi Glow Tonic

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I’ve heard great things about Pixi skincare products and their glow tonic was definitely top of the list to try. When I found this mini travel size bottle in Marks & Spencer, I had to have it! I love trying new products from travel size/tester versions first before buying the full sized product and this toner is definitely going on my shopping list! It has a lovely subtle scent when applied with a cotton pad however it isn’t too over powering. I love that it’s an exfoliating toner, as scrubs can be too harsh on my skin and I don’t want to apply a face mask every night to remove dead skin, cells and yucky stuff! The toner definitely leaves my skin feeling softer and my pores are noticeably smaller so I feel I’m having less angry breakouts which is amazing!

The travel sized toner cost me £10.00, however the full size retails for around £18.00.

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser (SPF50+)

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I’m a huge fan of the Alpha-H Moisture Mist and so I was super excited to try out their moisturiser when I stumbled across yet another travel sized version in M&S! It’s 30ml and cost around £10-£12.00 compared to the 50ml tube which retails at £29.00 on LookFantastic. I’m really impressed with the results so far! I’m always afraid to test new moisturisers as my T-zone gets super oily and some moisturisers leave my skin looking wet however Alpha-H have got this formula just right. The moisturiser has an impressive SPF50+ to protect your skin (not that it’s sunny much in Manchester) and although I’ve found it to give my face the perfect amount of moisture, the product dries matte, and so my skin doesn’t look super oily! I think I’m on to a winner!!

Garnier Miracle Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Cream

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I’m only 23, but it’s never too soon to want to keep your skin looking young! This sleeping cream was £12.99 from Boots – bargain! I purchased the cream as I really wanted to test a product that would repair my skin overnight after I’ve cleansed and toned, to act as a night time replacement for my daytime moisturiser. AND I’VE FOUND IT! The cream combines 7 ingredients including Jojoba oil to stimulate and speed up skin cell renewal and increase hydration whilst you sleep which is when the skin is most receptive, cool eh? It has definitely worked wonders on my skin. I wake up and feel like my skin looks refreshed and hydrated and a lot healthier, even under my eyes where I usually have the darkest of circles! Thank you Garnier!

L’Oreal Paris Fine Flowers Cleansing Cream

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L’Oreal, I would like to thank you for bringing this make up remover game changer in to my life. I am obsessed! Although I don’t have dry skin (which made me a little wary of trying this), I do have sensitive skin, especially when it comes to removing make up. I find most products are too harsh on my skin, often leaving it sore and very red. However, this product has been a life saver! At £7.99 for 200ml, I admit, I wasn’t expecting much, I thought it would be an okay product. I am sorry for judging! The product is so creamy and the rose extracts make it so soothing on the skin. On my make up wearing days, the moment I massage this in to my skin, I can feel my make up melting off and it’s visible to see on my face! A few swipes with a cotton pad, and I’m ready to cleanse without the fear of another layer of make up rinsing off. I was so pleasantly surprised at how smooth this product left my skin, it wasn’t sore, it wasn’t red – and it did the job spot on!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my new fave skincare products, let me know what you’ve been loving! I’ll be back with a new post on Saturday! Take care x