I have a nice selection for you in this month’s favourites, instead of the usual beauty products that I’ve loved during March I’ve also added in a couple of fashion and lifestyle things as well.

As there’s a lot to get through I’ll get straight on with it and give you the rundown of everything I’ve recently loved this month.

W7 Colour Me Nude Eye Colour Palette

It made my day when I found a good replacement for my beloved Urban Decay palette, but for a fraction of the price. I absolutely love this Colour Me Nude eyeshadow palette from W7, it comes with 12 rosey toned shades, including matte and shimmer and is perfect for both day and night. I found the eyeshadows to be highly pigmented and were easy to blend, I’m also pretty impressed at how long they last, as with some budget eyeshadows the colour fades after a few hours. The packaging is a good quality tin and looks more expensive than it is, a great bargain at only £5.99!

Milani Powder Blush in shade Blossomtime Rose

This Milani powder blush is a wonderful new addition to my makeup collection and all I can say is it’s gorgeous! The rose design and the beautiful rose gold packaging make it look so expensive. Blossomtime Rose is a peachy pink shade with a slightly golden highlighter to it. The powder is so soft and applies beautifully on my skin, either a lighter touch for a day time glow or something a bit bolder for an evening out. This beats any other blusher I have ever owned!

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

A little bit of luxury and a special treat was needed for a night out with my friends, so I invested in a Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick. I chose the shade Pillow Talk so it would look just right with the darker eye look I’d gone for and I could also wear it anytime during the day. Yes, ok so it’s another nude and I probably own enough of those to get me through a world lipstick shortage, Pillow Talk is a rosey pinky brown shade which suits my skin and hair tone. It applies beautifully with a square shaped tip so it glides perfectly around the shape of your lips. The matte formula doesn’t make my lips feel dry, it’s also incredibly long lasting but to be honest I really wouldn’t mind having to touch this lipstick up in public with it’s gorgeous rose gold packaging.

Rose Gold Bangle

I hardly ever wear bracelets but saw this gorgeous rose gold one while I was browsing through Lylia Rose as they had a sale on at the time. I couldn’t resist using it to go with some of my spring outfits, it’s so pretty it would also look fabulous worn out in the evening without looking over the top. I love the small white diamante clasp, which adds some extra detail. The bangle feels sturdy but also looks dainty and feminine, I’ve just loved wearing it. I was amazed at the speed of the delivery, it arrived the day after I ordered it!

Boohoo Unicorn Pyjamas

In case you didn’t know, I am obsessed with unicorns and I finally own a pair of pyjamas with them all over! These are flippin amazing, they are made of silky satin material and just so comfortable to wear. I love them so much I almost want to stick on a pair of heels, pop on a blazer, grab a bag and wear them out, I’m sure I’d get some strange looks if I did! They feel so luxurious, especially slipping them on after a warm bath, I’ve not wanted to take them off, but obviously I had to so they could go in the wash.

Pixi Glow Tonic

This has to be my number one skincare favourite, of all time! The Pixi Glow Tonic is super gentle on my sensitive skin and I’ve been using this every evening after cleansing to remove any last traces of dirt and make up before using a serum. It’s definitely worth every penny, if you would like to read my full review you’ll find that here.

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit

I was so excited to get hold of a Barry M Lip Kit, mine’s in the shade Runway, a gorgeous pinky red, it also comes in 2 other shades Go To Nude and Pose. I love everything about it, the shade, the texture and the price, £6.99 for a lip paint and lip liner, bargain! The lip paint applies well, stays on for ages and feels so lovely to wear, the lip liner is soft enough to out line your lips with colour but not to hard that you have too push down much that you almost stab your lips.

Beauty and The Beast

I couldn’t end my favourites post without mention my trip to the cinema to see Beauty and The Beast. This is one of my all time favourite animated Disney Films, so I was excited to see this version. To say I absolutely loved it is a slight understatement, I think I fell in love with all the characters even more, even Beast before he became the Beast (without giving any spoilers away!). I think the cast were fantastic, I love Emma Watson anyway but I think she does an amazing portrayal of Belle. The director and production team have done a fantastic job of bringing this much loved film to life once again. I could quite happily watch it all over again!

What have you been loving this month? Are you excited about Spring and Easter? Let me know in the comments below.

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If you’ve loved the look of the Kylie Lip Kit, but the price tag and cost of international shipping has stopped you rushing out to purchase one, then you’ll be happy to hear that some drugstore brands are bringing out their own lip kits at a more affordable price.

The Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit caught my eye when I was browsing on the internet, as you do, but every time I went to buy one they were out of stock. Finally I managed to get hold of one!

There are three shades to choose from, Go To Nude, Pose and Runway, which all looked beautiful, and each kit comes with a liquid lip paint and a matching lip liner all for the bargain price of £6.99. I was really keen to try these out, as the Kylie Lip Kit looked amazing but I didn’t want to pay out for the shipping costs on a product I may not even like.

I decided to go for the colour Runway (a pinky red) from the Barry M range as I always favour nudes, so thought it would be fun to try something different.

I must say, I’m extremely impressed, it’s incredible! Never having tried the more costly version, I can’t compare it to that, however I can get hold of this one practically on my doorstep, so no waiting for the post to arrive and it’s much more in my price range, hurray!

The lip paint has a super light texture and doesn’t dry out my lips, it was so easy to apply in one swipe of the applicator and it dries on quickly. The colour lasted until late on in the afternoon, and for me that’s pretty good going considering how many drinks I have during the day! I topped it up once and it applied beautifully, the lip paint didn’t go all lumpy like some matte lip products.

The lip pencil is so lovely, it glides on perfectly without dragging the delicate skin on my lips, it’s nice and firm but still soft enough that you don’t have to push down hard to see any colour on your lips.

The lip paints are sold separately from Barry M, they come in five different shades and cost £4.99 each. The lip kits are available from Boots and Superdrug, so for only £2 more you get the lip paint and lip pencil all in one kit, I think that’s such great value!

Barry M have done a fantastic job on this one, my lip kit is going to get a lot of use over the coming months.

Have you tried the Barry M Lip Kit or another drugstore brand? Are you a fan of the Kylie Lip Kits?

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Weekly motivation with my planner, to do list and cup of tea

When I first started my blog just over a year ago, I never realised how much work would actually go into it. I started my blog as a hobby but quickly learnt that if I wanted people to read my posts there was a whole host of other stuff I needed to do as well, not just a few lines and a photo, hit publish and leave it.

It’s hard to stay motivated sometimes, we all have those kinda days where we think “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but I actually enjoy what I do and never want it to feel like writing a blog post feels like a chore.

I decided to use the same tips I have for anything else that’s gone on in my life, such as studying or work, and they have always helped me to stay motivated and achieve the best I possibly can.

Set Yourself Goals

Writing a list of achievable goals will help drive you to carry on, break them down into smaller bite sized chunks to make each one more manageable. I gave up writing a big long list of things I wanted to do in a year as I wasn’t getting much done at all, instead I focus more on realistic monthly goals and plan ahead for anything bigger I’d like or need to get done by the end of the year. I write them down in my diary at the start of each month , then I’ll have my daily and weekly to do lists, which I’ll check regularly, to help me stay on top of things and cross each one off when it’s completed.

Staying Organised

I have always used a normal diary to keep myself organised, what ever the occasion or task I’m aiming to do. I tried doing a bullet journal after watching a YouTube video, but it didn’t work for me, maybe it was too structured. So I use a normal A4 page to view diary with the dates already in it, a monthly planner, a blank page at the start of each month and a huge notes section at the back. I still decorate it with stickers, coloured pens and doodles to make it more personal to me. It helps me keep track of what I’m meant to be doing and where I’m supposed to be on what day, it’s basically my life in a book!

Keeping my desk area tidy also helps me stay organised, a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Having a clutter free space to work in helps clear my mind and keeps me motivated with whatever task I’m doing.

Take Regular Breaks

I have been know to push myself so much to get something completed that I’ve ended up over tired, grouchy and hungry. Making sure I eat regular meals, getting creative in my scrapbook, painting my nails, coffee with a friend, whatever it takes to have time away from the PC or social media so that I come back feeling as fresh as a daisy. If I’ve been stuck in the office for a few days, I find going out to get some fresh air does me the world of good, it lowers my stress levels and I feel like a new person.

Be Proud Of Yourself

You know that wonderful feeling you have when you’ve achieved something your super happy with, a photo you’ve taken, a piece of work you’ve written, well tell yourself how proud your are. It inspires me to aim for something even better next time. Write it down in a notebook or journal, so you can refer back to it when you’re not feeling so positive. Don’t settle for telling yourself “Yeah, that’ll do” when you’ve created something amazing.

Inspiration Is Right In Front Of  You

Things that inspire me really do keep me motivated. Pinterest is a great one for finding ideas on just about anything. Very often though, inspiration is there right in front of you, in magazines, books, stuff you have on your notice board or wall in your room and even that dusty old scrapbook you forgotten you had, Talking to other people in our lives, at home, work or uni, can really inspire us to get motivated and achieve all those goals we’ve set ourselves. I love sitting outside people watching, it’s a great way to gain inspiration, I’ll jot down any ideas in my notebook because you can guarantee I’ll have forgotten it by the time I get home!

Surrounding ourselves with positive people who really inspire us to do better and achieve more of our goals is a fantastic way to stay motivated, I found out the hard way by having controlling and negative people in my life, so moving away was the best thing I ever did.

How do you stay motivated? Can you give me anymore tips?

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I’d seen Pixi Beauty products pop up almost everywhere and I’d read nothing but positive reviews, so I finally caved in and bought something from their range just to see what all the fuss was about.

The one that caught my eye was the Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic as it sounded like it would give a mini at home facial that would reveal perfectly glowing skin by removing dead skin cells. A few days later I was holding the cute little bottle in my hand ready to try it out.

As I wasn’t sure how my skin would react to using the Glow Tonic I purchased the smaller bottle from M&S for £10 and for that you get 100ml, Pixi also do a larger 250ml for £18.

I was expecting it to perform miracles after the first time I used it, but it’s one of those products you need to use for at least a few weeks to see the results you’re after. Toners are designed to use after cleansing to remove any traces of dirt and grime and help clear up any build up on your complexion that maybe hiding your natural glow.

Pixi Glow Tonic is less abrasive and a pleasure to use. I have sensitive skin, but thankfully this beautiful orange liquid didn’t dry my skin out and cause any irritation or redness. Unlike other toners and exfoliants, this one is extremely gentle but still actually works! It is alcohol free and contains Glycolic acid to remove any dead skin cells which can cause your skin to look dull.

After I have cleansed my skin, both morning and night, I pop a small amount of Glow Tonic onto a cotton pad and gently wipe it all over my face to remove any product that’s left behind. At first I thought it would sting and I’d end up giving it to my friend (like I usually do with products that don’t suit me) but she’s not getting her hands on this little beauty!! It is so gentle that it almost feels as though I’ve used water on my face and not a toner, it’s incredible and smells absolutely divine.

The first few times I used it, my skin felt instantly clean and refreshed, but I have been using it for about three weeks now, in the evening before my serum and night cream, and every other morning after I have used my cleanser. My skin is looking radiant and feeling super soft, making it perfect to apply my makeup. On the days I’ve gone bare faced, I’ve noticed a real healthy glow to my complexion. The Pixi Glow tonic contains Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera, so it’s helped clear up a few blemishes that I’d originally got before I’d started using this toner.

Pixi Glow Tonic definitely deserves all the hype it’s been getting, if you’re after something that not only leaves your skin looking brighter but feeling incredibly soft, then this is the one you need.

Yes, it’s a little more expensive than I’d usually spend but honestly, it’s well worth every penny and this little bottle is going to last me for ages. I know for sure, I shall be investing in the 250ml next time and possibly something else from the PIXI range.

Have you tried any of the Pixi Beauty Products?

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I fell out of love with Instagram for a while after some of their annoying updates, but it can be a wonderful source of inspiration for beauty, travel, fashion, photography, almost anything.

My own account has probably moved more towards beauty, I’d like to add in some colourful lifestyle photos, something I haven’t quite got the hang of yet!

There are many fabulous Instagram accounts I love to see pop up in my feed every day, I often miss so many beautiful photos because of Instagram’s algorithm thing that’s still frustrating the hell out of everyone. As much as I would love to feature nearly everyone I follow, I had to narrow it down to just a five for this post. I’m a huge fan of these fantastic bloggers, I absolutely love their use of photography and they never fail to lift my mood whenever I see them.

Jemma from @dorkfaceblog

Jemma has one of the most colourful, adorable Instagram accounts, I’m totally obsessed with scrolling through her beautiful, vibrant photos, full of gorgeous new makeup, stunning selfies and amazing artwork she’s created. No matter what she posts, her photography is simply fabulous. Her feed always leaves me feeling happy and inspired, how could I not want to stalk Jemma’s Instagram every minute, of every day?

Holly from @closingwinter

Holly has a wonderful mix of colourful lifestyle and beauty photos, her feed always looks absolutely stunning. Gorgeous selfies with bright new makeup looks, fab events she’s been to, snippets of her daily life, amazing beauty products to try and of course her adorable cat, Bear. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Holly’s instagram.

Bex from @bubblybex3

I simply adore Bex’s bright, colourful Instagram, she always looks stunning in photos wearing some of the most incredible makeup looks I’ve ever seen and features gorgeous beauty products she’s added to her huge collection. It’s always a rainbow of delight whenever I pop on to Bex’s feed to see what she’s been up to!!

Saira @throughtheglitterglass

Saira’s beautiful white themed flatlays always give me Instagram envy (in a nice way!) and her feed is simply stunning. She features delicious food, gorgeous beauty products and cute outfit of the day photos. I have scrolled through Saira’s dreamy Instagram everyday and added so many items to my ever growing wishlist after seeing them in one of Saira’s beautiful photos!

Katie @xkatiemiddleton

Katie’s photography skills are just fantastic and her feed is just Instagram goals! This is one makeup lovers dream, I absolutely love her bright photos with a beautiful pink theme, and I’m left lusting after every single product she posts. I can’t help but stalk Katie’s Instagram every day!

 

Honestly, all five of these beautiful girls are the loveliest Instagrammers I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Why not head over to their feeds and check them out, I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do.

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