Last week I was tagged by Sarah from Writing Rambling to do The Beauty Blogger Tag. I’ve not done a beauty tag before and it’s one I’d love to do, all you have to do is answer the questions. So I won’t waffle on too much and get straight to it.

What’s your favourite perfume and what do you think it says about you?
Miss Dior Cherie is my all time favourite. It was the first perfume I bought myself, it says I can be quite independent but also I’m a hopeless romantic.

Contour or Strobe?
Definitely contour!

What’s your night-time skincare routine?
I cleanse with micellar water, if I’ve worn a lot of makeup that day I’ll give it an extra cleanse with a gel-cleanser. I then apply a serum and night cream followed by an eye serum. I also use a hand cream and lip balm before going to bed.

Favourite lip colour shade?
Nude, which probably comes as no surprise!

Favourite eyeshadow palette?
I’m obssessed with my Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette, all the colours I need for everyday.

What’s your number one makeup tip?
Always take your makeup off before going to bed at night. No matter how tired (or drunk!) I am I still make sure I do this and I never use wipes.

What’s your favourite store for cosmetics?
It’s got to be either Boots or Superdrug, so many makeup brands under one roof and I can collect my loyalty points for extra treats.

What’s a high-end makeup item you’d love to own?
Anything from Hourglass or Illamasque.

Which celeb do you feel nails it, makeup wise?
Adele for her amazing eye makeup

You have an hour to pack for a surprise weekend, which all-rounder palette and lipstick would you choose to take with you?
I don’t actually own an all-rounder palette, so I’d probably be in a real flap about what to take. I suppose I could improvise and take my ELF Eyes 100 Eyeshadow palette, which has every colour for eyeshadows plus I could use the pinks, neutrals and creams for blushers and highlighters (well you did say I only had an hour!). The lipstick I’d take would be whichever my favourite happened to be at the time, so most probably one from NYX or MUA.

Thanks for reading and if you fancy doing this tag be sure to let me know. I’d love to read your answers!

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette
I thought it was high time I got a new blusher as this is one thing I don’t seem to have enough of, so while I was in town a few weeks ago I popped into Superdrug to check out what they’d got. I’m already a fan of Makeup Revolution as I have a few of their eyeshadow palettes, which I absolutely love, and I’d been wanting to try a few more of their products for a while so of course I was immediately drawn to the Makeup Revelution section first. I’d decided on getting a powder palette and I’m not particularly a fan of cream blushers, or maybe I just need more practice! I was expecting to purchase one or two single blushers but this stunning Sugar and Spice colour palette caught my eye immediately as I think the pretty pink tones seem to suit my skin tone and hair colouring.

First of all I must say about the price, it was only £6 so an absolute bargain considering how many shades you get. I also love the shiny black packaging which I think looks quite chic and a lot more expensive than it actually is. It also has a large mirror which is great for travelling if you can’t be bothered to pack a separate one.
There are 8 gorgeous colours to choose from all in one palette with a mix of powder blushers. highlighters and contour colours. It has 2 neutral shades which are perfect for contouring, a pinky nude and a peachy pink which are both great for an everyday look, 2 brighter pink shades for something a little bolder plus 2 shimmery pink shades which I found were wonderful for highlighting. You also get a decent amount of product for each colour option too. There really is something for every makeup look I’d want to do.
Each colour was incredibly pigmented so I only needed to use a small amount on a brush and for the highlighter shades I found it best to use a fan brush. The colours gave a lovely creamy, satin finish and blended in really nicely. The colour lasted well and still looked good at the end of the day, which I was so happy about especially as we are going into summer and warmer weather.
So far I’ve been using more of the pinky nude colours and lighter one of the highlighters for a natural glowy look for everyday and I can’t wait to use the raspberry pink blusher again for an evening party makeup look or even just for something a bit bolder during the day.
This blusher palette really is adorable, I think it’s the best one I’ve ever owned (is it wrong to get this excited about a product?) and at this price I may well go back and get the cream blusher palette next month!

Have you got a favourite blusher palette?

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Well what an exciting month May has been. I’ve been out and about with my husband for those long walks that we both really love and find so relaxing. I’ve been on a few lunch dates with friends who I haven’t seen for ages, plus I went for a coffee date with another friend who I’d not seen in 5 years as she’d moved away but we’ve kept in touch, so while she was down this way visiting her family we thought it would be a great idea to have a catch up. To end the month off I went to a friend’s daughter’s 1st birthday party where I ate far too much food and even attempted to sing Happy Birthday!
So Monthly Favourites time again, yes I know, it does come round so quickly!
I’ve been trying a few new products this month and these are the ones I’ve enjoyed using the most.

Imperial Leather Nourishing Shower Creme
This was the first time I’d tried this brand of shower creme as I wasn’t sure if it would be suitable for my sensitive skin. It was on offer for £1 in Boots so I thought i’d give it a try. I chose the Vanilla and Almond Milk fragrance and it has such a beautiful smell that’s not too over powering. It made my skin feel really soft after my shower and didn’t bring me out in a rash. It also lathers up lovely on my shower scrunchy. I loved it so much that while they were still on offer I went back and bought the Uplifting Sherbet Lemon one!

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat
As per usual my local store was out of stock of the quick dry top coat I normally have so I picked this one up instead. I am so impatient when it comes to painting my nails that I end up smudging them before they are dry. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one but it was really lovely to use. I applied it as I would a normal top coat and my nail varnish was dry in about 5 minutes. I even love it more than the one I’ve been using for years, so that says something about how good I found it.

Revlon ColorStay Foundation in shade Sand Beige
I’d seen this being used in a couple of YouTube tutorials and it looked as though it gave really good coverage. As Revlon was on a 3 for 2 offer when I bought the top coat I decided to pick this up as well. Most of my foundations have a light to medium coverage so I was a bit dubious about this at first in case it made me feel as though I was wearing a mask but I love that this one gives a beautiful satin finish without being too heavy. I applied it using my foundation brush and it blended in easily and then I dabbed a damp makeup sponge over the top to make sure there wasn’t any streaky lines left behind. The foundation gave me a lovely even looking complexion which lasted all day and it didn’t dry my skin out either. This has to be my favourite foundation so far.

Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer in shade Nude
Fab, amazing, perfect. What more can I say. I’m sure you’ve seen enough people going on about this product for the past 100 years but I had never tried it. I know, I’m a bit behind! So I thought I’d give this a try to see if it was a good as some people say it is. Well for a budget concealer I was pleasantly surprised. The sponge tip applicator made it easy to apply the concealer just where I needed it and it completely covered up my horrible dark circles. Again it blended in easily and wasn’t too drying. Definitely a winner!

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm
I’ve seen this balm recommended by other bloggers so I really wanted to give it a try. I wasn’t too sure how I’d get on with it as it’s called a Matte Balm and I’d normally go for moisturising lipsticks, but it’s amazing. The lip stain pencil is easy to apply and the colour is so pigmented that I was able to apply either a light layer for a softer look or go on heavier for something more intense. It’s a creamy moisturising formula which didn’t dry out my lips as much as I thought, so I was really pleased about that.  I absolutely love this pinky shade. I’d definitely be tempted to buy another shade as they are so easy to use and carry around in my handbag.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner in shade Princess Pink
I already own the Max Factor Matte lipstick in shade Rosewood, which I also love despite it being a matte one, but I found I needed to use a lip liner as well. This colour lip pencil matched perfectly with the lipstick and lasted nearly all day. It was so easy to apply and as it’s a lovely soft creamy texture I found it didn’t drag the skin on my lips.

Well that’s everything in my beauty favourites post this month. Thank you for reading and I hoped you enjoyed seeing what I’ve recently loved using.

What products have you been loving this month?

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I was having a huge Spring clean a few weeks back and one of the things I did was sort through all of my nail polishes. I seem to have built up quite a large collection, actually I think it’s probably an addiction alongside nude lipsticks as I can’t seem to go too long without buying one or the other and I really don’t need anymore. Maybe I should write a list of goals for the rest of the year and number one should be “Must not buy anymore nail polishes”! Ha, ha! Now that really would be a challenge.

One of the things I love about Summer is being able to paint my toes nails in a lovely bright colour and have them on show wearing a pair of summer sandles. Let’s hope the weather stays nice enough for me to do this.
I am rubbish at being able to grow my finger nails though. I manage to get them to a certain length and then they either brake or I end up filing them down. I did try having gels for a while last year but I found they completely ruined my nails, maybe I kept having them for too long without a break in-between.

Well, with Summer not that far off now it was time to put away the darker colours for winter and dig out some brighter colours. I thought it would be nice to write a post and show you some of my favourite nail polishes for this time of year.

Seventeen Lasting Fix Nail Polish in shade Fairy Cake is a lovely opaque baby pink colour. It’s actually from last summer but it was one of my most worn nail polishes and I’ve used it so much I need to replace it now.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in shade Happy Evie After is a super bright orange colour and this is my favourite colour for wearing on my toe nails. I love the Rimmel nail polishes as they are really long lasting and so easy to apply with a large brush that vertually paints your nail in one sweep.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in shade Soul Session is a beige nude rather than a pinky nude and I love wearing this colour as it goes with absolutely everyhing and looks pretty chic too. Perfect for those days when I haven’t got time to sit and attempt to do a full manicure and paint a bright colour on my nails.

No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in shade Pink Grapefruit is a gorgeous pinky coral colour. It just shouts out summer to me and reminds me of holidays. I wear a lot of white clothes in the summer and this colour goes perfectly with those outfits. This is another long lasting nail polish which is great if you are going away for a few days.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in shade Grape Sorbet is a pretty soft shimmery lilac colour and I love wearing this when I’m having an in-between day, nothing too bright or a nude. In other words, I can’t make my my mind up!

I’ve also recently bought a L’Oreal nail polish in shade Nymphea which you can read all about in my post What’s In My Spring Makeup Bag

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. What’s your favourite nail polish for Spring/Summer?

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Like everyone , I have my absolute favourite makeup products that I seem to reach for everyday. This year I have made a concious effort to play around with colour a bit more and there are some beautiful pastel nail polishes and lipsticks in the shops at the moment. There are some days when I just want to wear a light, natural look or maybe brighten it up with a lovely bold pink lipstick. If I’m not doing much at the weekend then I tend to wear just a tinted moisturiser, mascara and a lip gloss or if I’m pushed for time then I will keep it to the bare minium. Usually though as the weather warms up I will swap my heavier makeup colours for lighter tones and try out a few new season products. So after having a good sort out of my makeup collection I thought I’d show you a few favourite items in my Spring makeup bag.

BASE

Bobbi BrownTinted Moisturizer SPF-15
This is a perfect light base for those days when I don’t want to wear a heavy foundation but feel I need a little coverage. This is a real favourite of mine because it’s a lovely lightweight moisturiser that gives just enough colour to reduce any redness and conceal any slight imperfections. It gives my skin a lovely dewy effect and I love that it has SPF 15.

No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer
Another favourite of mine for concealing those dark under eye circles. The creamy consistency gives a lovely coverage that blends easily and lasts all day.

Barry M After Glow Bronzer
This is a new addition to my makeup collection and I must say I absolutely love it. I sweep it across my cheekbones, my forehead and a little on my chin to give my face a hint of colour with a natural looking glow.

EYES

Makeup Revolution Ultra 32 Shade Eyeshadow Palette
Another new product for my makeup kit this spring is this super eyeshadow palette (as if I needed any more!). I saw this whilst actually looking for something else and thought I’d give it a try as I’d seen so many good reviews about their products. It has all of my favourite shades in one palette and the colours have high pigmentation which last all day. It covers just about every neutral toned eyeshadow look I want to do and instead of using an eyeliner I use the darker eyeshadows to line my eyes, which gives a softer look plus it even has a large mirror which is great for travelling. Such a bargain at £8!

Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara
Now I still love my Eyeko mascara but when I want to do a more natural look I use this Clarins mascara. I still like to have full lashes but not as thick and intense. This one gives my lashes enough volume without being clumpy or spidery.

LIPS & NAILS

No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick
I’ve been a bit bold here and gone for a brighter colour than normal as I tend to stick to nudes and pale pinks. I’m currently using the shade Soft Ruby, it’s the most gorgeous colour and I love using it, especially if I’ve done a lighter colour eyeshadow. The lipstick is very hydrating and has a nice creamy texture. I find this ones lasts most of the day before I have to reapply it. Instead of using a lip pencil, I use the lip brush dipped into the lipstick to trace the outline of my lips first as I find this gives it a softer look.

Maybelline Elixir Lipgloss
Ok, there had to be a nude in here somewhere, didn’t there! For those days when I don’t want to wear too much makeup but still want to use something other than lip balm I’ve been using this lovely Maybelline lip gloss in shade 720. It’s not sticky and is very moisterising but still adds a lovely glossy colour to my lips.

L’Oreal Nail Polish
No Spring makeup bag would be complete without a new nail polish and I love wearing bright colours on my nails. I’d seen quite a few blog posts about these new ones from L’Oreal, so when I’d popped into Boots to pick up a few other things and saw these on the shelf I ended up buying shade Nymphea which is a beautiful bright pink colour. There are 22 shades to choose from and so it was really hard to decide which one to get. It has such intense colour pigment and I had lovely glossy nails which lasted for about 5 days.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed what’s inside my Spring makeup bag. Have you bought any new products this season or do you have favourites that you reach for time and time again?

You can also see my last outfit post HERE

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