Beautyblender Review

This little pink egg is probably one of the most hyped up products in the blogosphere- lots of beauty bloggers and YouTube 'gurus' swear by this but for the longest time I thought that it couldn't be that great because let's face it, it's just a sponge! Oh how wrong I was. I received this in a Birchbox and probably wouldn't pay full price for it but it gives my foundation the most beautiful finish!
You probably know how to use this because everyone has talked about it, but just in case you don't: you wet this little miracle sponge, it expands and almost doubles in size (am I the only one who giggles when reading that?) and then you just stipple your foundation on with it. I like to dot the foundation on my face and then blend it by bouncing the beauty blender around, but you could also apply the foundation directly to the sponge.
It does take a little longer than using a buffing brush and the whole having to go to the bathroom, wet it, and coming back to do your makeup thing is quite annoying, so I don't use this on an everyday basis but when I do, I am left with the most flawless airbrushed finish. The beauty blender makes my skin look healthy and dewy and not at all caky! I absolutely love this product and I recommend you try it out if you can find it on offer or in a beauty box!

Have you ever tried the beauty blender?

Get your legs summer ready!

Summer is finally upon us and now it's time to get those legs out! I've been relying on a few products to make my legs look good this summer, so I thought I'd share them with you today.
I've finally ventured into the land of fake tans and I have to say, I'm converted. I was really afraid of getting streaky results that fade to patchy looking skin but with the Sunkissed Self Tan Mousse in Medium* I've been getting really good natural looking results that fade so well! There's no patchiness or anything, it the tan just slowly disappears...
To keep my legs moisturised I've been using the Soap and Glory Orangeasm Body Butter which smells heavenly and fresh (like oranges... surprise surprise!) and during the day I use the Piz Buin SPF 30 Moisturising Sun Lotion to keep my skin protected- because fake tan does not protect you from the sun!
If I really want to go all out and bronze up my legs and even them out, I use the Cocoa Brown Lovely Legs Spray. I spray this on a mitt (don't apply this with your hands, you will regret it!) and then just work it into my legs. It looks very scary and orange at first but fear not, it blends out really nicely and just washes off in the shower. It is quite orange toned though, so I probably wouldn't recommend it if you're super pale because it may look quite strange! 

What are your essentials for summer legs?

A weekend in Cornwall

Last weekend my friends and I went on a little trip to Cornwall, which was quite exciting for me because I'd never been (I haven't been to many places in the UK which is a bit shameful since I've lived here for four years now)! We drove there on Friday night and got horribly lost in a field, which was really quite amusing, and then finally arrived at the campsite at around midnight. The picture above is the view from the campsite, which was just amazing! We drove past Stonehenge on the way there so I was in full tourist mode and took lots of pictures!
On Saturday morning we went surfing, which I had never done before and as it turns out I'm not very good at it but it was so much fun and I definitely want to do it again! We then just chilled on the beach for the rest of the day and had a lovely barbecue in the evening. The next day it was quite cold and windy and we tried to take out my friends' inflatable kayaks but unfortunately one of them broke and there were a lot of waves so I didn't go because I was too scared and I can't swim very well (again, shameful).
We left on Sunday evening and got greeted by a massive thunderstorm in Brighton, but I had an amazing weekend and I would definitely recommend it! It was a very budget friendly holiday because we split the petrol cost and the campsite wasn't too expensive as well. I actually ended up not taking many photos unfortunately but here's some that I did take:

What's on my nails #8- The one with the professional

Last week I was kindly invited to an event by So...? for the launch of their Christmas gift sets, and at the event the amazing Cherrie Snow did my nails. I only ever had a professional manicure once and loved it, so getting my nails done was a great experience. It may seem silly but there's just something so glamorous about having perfectly manicured nails and I wish I could do it on a regular basis!
I got my nails painted in red (we used OPI 'Big Apple Red') and then she did some lovely nail art on my ring finger. It's such a simple design but I absolutely love it because it's just so cute! I also love the way she shaped my nails, which is something I'm terrible at- they look so much better now! Overall it just inspired me to take better care of my nails, buy a cuticle oil and take more time to paint them because having perfectly manicured nails makes such a difference to how I feel.

Have you ever gotten your nails done professionally?

The Mattifiers

I have extremely oily skin and especially during the summer when it's hot and humid I find it really hard to keep my face from turning into an oil slick. I've finally found three products now that keep my face matte(ish) all day, even in this 'heat wave' we've been having in England!
First off I use the S├ębium Mat moisturiser by Bioderma in the mornings, which I picked up on my recent trip to Paris. It's moisturising yet mattifies my skin without feeling drying at all. Next I apply my sunscreen, which is a must in the summer! I use the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine sunscreen in SPF 50+. It provides UVA and UVB protection and doesn't feel heavy on my skin, although it does tend to leave a little bit of a white cast, but nothing I can't live with! I like to let this sink in for five minutes while I do my hair or get dressed and then I just apply my foundation on top of it!
Lastly I just had to mention my new holy grail product- the MAC blot powder. Ever since Miss Budget Beauty mentioned this and said it was amazing for oil control I've wanted it and I finally picked it up on my IMATS trip a few weeks ago. It's really finely milled, doesn't make me look cakey and it controls oil like no other! I have the shade medium/dark for some strange reason (it's neither medium nor dark, it's rather light actually!) so the shade range clearly isn't great, but it doesn't add much coverage at all so I don't think the shade you get matters too much. It also has a little mirror and a powder puff in the compact so it's perfect for on the go touch ups!

I hope this post was helpful, do you have any mattifying products you swear by?

teapigs Matcha Kit and Drinks Review + GIVEAWAY

A while ago, teapigs were kind enough to send me one of their modern matcha kits as well as some of their new matcha green tea drinks to try out. I'm currently trying to be healthier so I was really excited to give these a try. If you don't know what matcha is, it's basically green tea powder so you get all the benefits you would get from drinking green tea, but because it's concentrated matcha is much stronger. It is meant to help with weight loss and healthy skin and if that doesn't get you excited then you're probably reading the wrong blog...
I've been trying out matcha for a few weeks now and I definitely think it's helped keep my appetite under control! I also feel much more energised and just generally great. I could also see a definite change in my skin when I stopped using it for a week while I was on holiday!
So how do you drink matcha? Well that's the great thing, you can put it in pretty much everything! I know many people don't like the taste of green tea and if you're one of them then matcha is perfect for you because you can barely taste it. I like to put mine in my morning coffee or have it in a juice or smoothie during the day. You can also make a matcha shot by just mixing it with some water but I personally find it easier to just mix it in with my normal drinks. teapigs have quite a few ideas for how to drink your matcha on their website, so make sure you check them out.
For drinking on the go, I really liked the matcha green tea drink, which comes in three flavours- apple, grapefruit and elderflower. They are just juice, spring water and matcha so there's no nasty stuff in there and they're just so easy to chuck in your bag! My favourite flavour was definitely grapefruit but I also really liked the other two.

teapigs were kind enough to send me an extra matcha kit with 30g of matcha powder, a shotglass, a matcha badge and a handheld  electric wisk (I love that thing) as well as three of their matcha drinks to give away to you! This is an awesome prize so make sure you enter through rafflecopter below!
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Magnifibres Review

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I've never had the longest lashes so when I got this Magnifibres fibre mascara in my Latest in Beauty Glamour box, I was really intrigued and excited to try it out! It's basically just fibres that are meant to make your lashes up to 5mm longer... sounds crazy, I know. It's quite easy to use, you apply one coat of mascara and while that's still wet you apply the fibres. They suggest only applying them to the tips of your lashes for length, or apply them all over for more volume. After applying the fibres you just apply another coat of mascara and tadaa- you're done.
It sounds like quite a hassle but it's actually quite a quick process so it's something that I would do on an everyday basis. I don't think the final result is that impressive, my lashes don't look super long, but it does give my lashes a bit more oomph and it looks really natural!
The first time I used this I used the Clinique High Impact mascara and then got caught in the rain so the mascara was running down my face and I got some fibres in my eyes, which was rather painful, so I would definitely suggest using this with a waterproof mascara- just in case!
In terms of removal it wasn't bad at all, since you just use it with your normal mascara. A little cleansing oil and it all came off easily, which is always a plus for me because I hate scrubbing at my eyes for ages! Below are some pictures of the final result, with a very close up picture of my eyes!

Have you ever tried a fibre mascara? What did you think?

Budget Travel- Advice for renting apartments

This picture was taken in the tiny little elevator at our apartment in Paris

When you're travelling on a budget, I think that renting an apartment is definitely the best way to go. It's often cheaper than hostels, you get to live in exciting areas and you can save so much money on food because you have your own kitchen and don't have to eat out all the time. I've had some good and bad experiences with apartments, with the last one in Paris being bad, so I wanted to share some tips with you!

1. Read the reviews
Duh- I know. For the last apartment we rented in Paris we were so excited by the fact that it was opposite Chanel that we completely forgot to read the reviews and guess what- there were none. Pictures and descriptions are almost always misleading so make sure you make use of the reviews to make sure that it really is as good as it sounds.

2. Location location location
I think that location is the most important thing when it comes to renting an apartment. After all, you won't be spending too much time in the apartment because you will be exploring the city, so you don't want to be far away from everything! Make use of the little google maps widget that most websites have and check that you're close to public transport, tourist attractions (if you want) and a supermarket (trust me you don't want to carry your food shopping on the metro).

3. Look for hidden costs
When we arrived in our apartment we were promptly presented with 105 Euros worth of extra costs. A 25 Euro cleaning fee, 20 Euros late check in and 5 Euros city tax per person per night (which is a massive rip off by the way). Always make sure to check for extra costs and if in doubt ask what is included in the price per night and what isn't to avoid unpleasant surprises when you get there!

4. Always assume the apartment is smaller than you're told
If it says that the apartment is fine for four people, assume that you want no more than three people in there. Pictures are always taken with an extremely wide angle (sometimes almost a fisheye!) and capacity is almost always exaggerated so keep that in mind! The apartment will most likely be a lot smaller than you think and 'double sofa beds' are most of the time very, very small doubles.

I hope these tips were helpful! Have you had any bad experiences with renting holiday apartments?

You can only pick one TAG

Rebecca from Autumn Leaves made up this tag and I thought it was awesome because as a beauty blogger you have so many product and so many favourites that it's interesting to see what people would pick if they could one pick one! So here are my picks...

Low end brand
I would go with Revlon for this because I like their foundations as well as their lip products and nail polishes- they just do most things really well! I haven't tried their eyeshadows yet but I got my mum a little quad which seemed great.

High end brand
This is really difficult because I don't own much high end makeup, so I would probably go with MAC, simply because they have such a massive selection of products and shades! 

Rimmel Stay Matte primer all the way- this helps smooth over my pores etc. and keeps my face looking less shiny throughout the day. And it's super affordable!

Foundation/BB cream/tinted moisturiser
L'Oreal True Match all the way! I love the large variety of shades (even though they're extremely confusing), the finish, the lasting power,... This foundation is definitely my favourite and it makes my skin look so lovely even on days when I look in the mirror and thing "oh god, how do I fix this??".

It's no secret that I love the MAC Pro Longwear concealer. A little goes a long way, the coverage it great and it blends really nicely with a matte finish. Now they only need to sort out the pump on this...

I love my Sleek Contour Kit, mainly for the bronzer, because it's the perfect balance of warm and cool tones, it's matte, and it can be used for both contouring and just generally bronzing up the face. Plus the packaging is really cute and NARS-esque.

My all time favourite blush is Dallas by Benefit, which may seem like a strange pick to some people, but I absolutely love it. I'm not one for the whole rosy cheeks look, I don't think it suits me very much, and this gives more of a natural look for my colouring.

This has actually changed since I took this picture (oops), because I finally purchased the MAC blot powder. That stuff keeps me matte, it's crazy! It doesn't make me look cakey but it controls oil like nothing else I've tried! Although the shades are very strange, I'm a Medium/Dark so I wonder what people with actual dark skin are meant to do...

Setting Spray
I don't use a setting spray very often but when I do, it's the Urban Decay DeSlick, because as you all know I'm all about the oil control! I don't think that this massively helps but I like to use it anyway when I need to make my makeup last that little bit longer.

Eyebrow Product
I'm not too fussy with my eyebrow products but at the moment I love the Revlon Brow Fantasy, mainly because the tinted gel is great and gives my ashy brows a warmer tint, which makes them look better with my hair!

As much as I love my Inglot palette, the Urban Decay Naked 2 is still the winner on this one. I love every single colour in there and you can just achieve so many looks with it! The quality of the shadows is amazing as well and they're the only eyeshadows which have not creased on me, which is just a miracle.

Another one that has changed since taking this picture (I'm blaming IMATS). I used the Maybelline Gel Liner for over a year and I still love it, but I've recently started using the Inglot AMC gel liner and I'm in love with it. Not just because AMC are my initials, but also because it's so incredibly creamy and goes on so smoothly but then it sets and does not budge. 17 hours in 30 degree heat in Disneyland and it was still perfectly intact. There were tears and rollercoasters and it didn't go anywhere. I should probably write a separate post about it!

Benefit's They're Real mascara is a cult product and I love it, it gives amazing volume and length without sticking my lashes together, which is the main problem I have with mascaras. It is quite pricy, I bought it once at duty free and have been living off samples that I got in beauty boxes etc since that ran out!

Lipstick/Lipgloss/Lip balm
I'm going to go with a lip balm here, because I have the driest lips known to mankind and I cannot survive without one. I have tried about a million and one lip balms but nothing comes close to the Nuxe Reve de Miel. I bought a jar months ago and I'm not even half way through but I picked up a new one at City Pharma in Paris just in case! I also converted my friends Emma (Cheekysmiles101) and Lauren to it!

Nail polish
As much as I love Essie, the nail polish that works best for me is the Maybelline Forever Strong formula. It's the most long lasting nail polish I've ever used, the colours are gorgeous and the brush is lovely and wide and makes painting your nails so easy!

Beauty tool
This one is easy- I simply cannot live without my eyelash curlers. I have the Tweezerman ones, which I love, although I would love to try the Shu Uemura ones at some point.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
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Tips for maintaining a low carb diet

I've struggled with my weight all my life, so trust me- I know a thing or two about diets. The main thing I know about diets is that they suck and they just make you want the thing that you can't have even more. So when I talk about a low carb 'diet' I mean a low carb way of eating because this is not a temporary thing- if you do it temporarily then you will just gain weight again after you stop! There's lots of diets around but I found that eating low carb was the best way for me to maintain a healthy weight. I also need to do it for medical reasons, which is why although I've tried and failed at it a few times, I always come back to it. I recently started eating low carb again and this time I'm finding it a lot easier, so I thought I would share some tips with you!

1. It's low carb, not 'no carb'
Sometimes people tend to go overboard with the whole low carb thing- I know I did. You want to do it right so you deny yourself everything that has carbs in it. Unfortunately, that isn't sustainable unless you have ridiculous amounts of willpower and your body actually needs carbs to function, so especially if you exercise a lot, you will need to eat some carbs!

2. Learn about carbs!
I have to maintain a low carb diet for medical reason, and my mum likes to chase me up on it. Unfortunately, my mum doesn't know much about carbs (sorry mum), so she's said things like "oh I'll just make it with rice instead of potatoes so it's low carb" and "just eat lots of fruit!". Rice= carbs. Fruit=sugar= aaallll the carbs. Carbs also tend to be 'hidden' in things such as canned soups, so do some research and check the labels!

3. Make substitutions
The hardest thing for me (and the thing that made me fail many times) was giving up pasta. As a student, my diet consists mainly of pasta, pizza and beer, so having to deny myself those things was really hard. However, since I've discovered courgette pasta, my low carb diet has been going a lot better! Find out what your weakness is and find a substitution for it. If your weakness is pizza for example, try making your own cauliflower pizza base- it's actually really yummy!

4. Fill up on meat, vegetables and cheese
I've found that it's actually quite easy to replace the carb portion of your meal with something low carb. Say I was going to have some chicken and rice for dinner- the low carb option would be to just replace the rice with lots and lots of vegetables (I love frozen mixed vegetables as a quick and affordable option). I also like to eat a lot of cheese, which I know is very fatty, but if I denied myself cheese AND carbs, I would go absolutely crazy.

5. Make some exceptions
Now I'm not saying that your exception should be "it's Friday night and I can't be bothered to cook so I'm going to order myself a large pizza", but don't deny yourself food all the time. My general rule is that when I'm with friends, I can eat what I want. I don't want to be that girl at a barbecue who just eats a salad. Last time my friends and I had a barbecue, I had one hot dog and then some chicken. Don't be too strict with your diet or you (and your friends) will end up hating it, but make sensible choices. If you order a salad at the restaurant and all your friends have pasta then you're just going to get grumpy and binge later on (one of the few things I learned in my Psychology degree). Which brings me to my next point...

6. Just don't buy carb heavy things
This may sound obvious, but it has helped me so much. I used to have pasta in the house because you know, maybe I'll need a quick meal and won't have time to cook properly. That situation quickly turns into 'I can't be bothered to cook so I'll just have pasta' and then eventually 'screw it, I like pasta and I don't want to do this low carb thing anymore'. Now I just don't buy pasta anymore and guess what- I don't crave it because I don't see it. It really is that simple.

7. Find healthy snacks
I like to always have a few boiled eggs around as a snack (is it just me or does anyone else just love boiled eggs?), as well as some nuts. I've also recently discovered a lovely little edamame bean salad at Sainsbury's, which is a great snack when you want something that feels a little more like a meal. Anything to keep you away from those crisps!

8. Don't be too hard on yourself
Changing your lifestyle is hard, so every once in a while you will slip. But just because you gave in and ordered that pizza doesn't mean that you should give up and eat that tub of Ben&Jerry's too! Don't fall into the old 'I'll start again tomorrow' trap because 90% of the time you won't. It's okay to eat that pizza, don't feel guilty and enjoy it, but then get back on track immediately. Put down the ice cream spoon!

I hope you found this helpful, and if you have any tips and tricks then please do leave them in the comments! Also let me know if you want to see some recipe posts for my favourite low carb meals.

Amsterdam Photos and Vlog

Hey guys! First off, I want to apologize for the lack of posts recently- I've been feeling really uninspired lately and even though I have about a million posts planned, I just can't write them properly and I don't want to give you half-hearted content so I sort of took a bit of a break. But I'm trying to get back into it now so expect some new content coming up soon!
As you probably know, I went on a trip to Paris and Amsterdam with my friends Emma and Lauren. I did videos about both Disneyland and Paris but in Amsterdam I did a bit more of a proper talking vlog. I finally got around to editing and uploading it, so I linked it at the bottom! I hope you enjoy! I had an amazing time in Amsterdam, it really is a beautiful city and despite our slight cycling issues we all survived. I was also there during the World Cup semi final and watched it at the hotel we were staying at with lots of other Germans, which was just the perfect ending to our trip! So here's some photos and a vlog for you!

Things I want when I'm a grown-up- a luxury wishlist

I'm sure we've all been there- you walk along an expensive shopping street past shops like Chanel and say things like "When I'm older and successful I will buy this and I will wear these shoes and this handbag" (please tell me I'm not alone here!). So today I thought I'd do a little post on the things that I plan on buying when I'm a successful(ish) PR/Marketing/whatever I'm gonna do- person. 

The shoes
Since I first saw them, I've wanted a pair of Louboutins. They are the most beautiful, classic and luxurious shoes and they just add a little something to an outfit. Everyone knows that they're Louboutins without them having a massive logo on them- you just turn around, people see the red sole and they instantly know you're fancy. Or something like that.

The bag
Now this is a bag that I actually plan on purchasing in the near future- I love my cheaper bags but I think that for things like interviews it would be nice to have something a little more fancy. I absolutely love Michael Kors bags and think that they're amazing and quite affordable for designer bags and I really love this tote style because I could fit a lot in it!

The other bag
Let's face it, a girl needs more than one bag! My ultimate luxury dream bag is the Chanel Boy- I do like the classic flap style but the Boy feels more 'me' as it's a little more edgy. Now I only need a really well-paid job and/or a rich husband...

The dress
I used to walk past Anne Fontaine with my mum when I was younger and always admired their beautiful blouses and told myself that one day I would own one! When I was browsing their website for this post I found this stunning dress/blouse that is just so me in ten years time and I love it and I need to own it!

The coat
The Burberry trenchcoat is such a classic and let's face it, I can't wear leather jackets forever! I used to be a massive fan of trenchcoats back in my preppy phase and I think when I'm a little older and have to look less shabby chic and more respectable, this would be the perfect coat for me. In black, of course.

The accessory
I love everything Alexander McQueen and his skull scarves are just such a classic McQueen piece! You can wear it as an actual scarf or tie it around your bag or do whatever you want with it, it's just so awesome! Again, it's designer yet edgy and it's definitely on my wish list, although I would buy it at an outlet because £165 for a scarf is pretty steep, as amazing as it may be!

What are your dream luxury purchases?

How I get beach babe hair

Everyone loves that tousled 'beach babe' hair in the summer so today I'm sharing with you my favourite product for achieving that look! I have quite naturally wavy hair and I am lucky enough to live by the sea, which actually makes a massive difference to my hair, believe it or not! I can see a visible difference in my curls when I'm in Brighton to when I'm at home in Germany, even when I don't go anywhere near the beach...
Anyway, I still need some help to get that "I just came out of the sea in a Victora's Secret model fashion" look, and this salt spray is my secret weapon. I wrote about my favourite got2b products here, and mentioned that the Beach Matt Mermaid Look Texturising Salt Spray (what is it with brands and ridiculously long names??) is my favourite of the bunch. I liberally spray it in my damp hair and then let it air dry while scrunching it every once in a while and then I spray it into my dry hair every once in a while just to refresh it. If you need a bit more help in the curl department I'd suggest twisting sections of your hair while it dries, which gives you some lovely texture. Of course you could also use a diffuser but I'm staying away from heat as much as possible because it's evil and I'm trying to grow my hair!
Another thing I do is that I don't brush my hair very much. I brush it once in the morning (and sometimes in the evening) but for the rest of the day I just leave it be and cover it in salt spray. Wind? Perfect! Make my hair messier! When someone is taking a picture and all the girls smooth out their hair, I'm that girl who just shakes it upside down. I love me some messy volume! Also, if your hair is on the thinner side (or you just love lots of volume like me), I totally recommend the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray- it's one of my holy grail products and I've had my bottle for months now and even with daily use I haven't used it up yet!

What are your favourite ways of achieving tousled beach babe locks?

Living life in more Docs- Dr Martens Wishlist

I don't think it's necessary to explain just how much I love boots, especially Dr Martens- I mean it's literally in my blog name. And just when you thought that I couldn't possibly need any more boots (check out my boots collection video here and you'll see what I mean), I came up with a list of new boots that I absolutely NEED in my life. Yes, need. You can never have too many boots. So I went a bit crazy on the Dr Martens website and came up with these six beauties that I will hopefully be adding to my collection at some point in the future (mum, if you're reading this, don't worry I didn't actually buy any of them...yet). So here we go:

Clemency Boot
This one is a pretty classic Dr Martens boot but I like the slight heel and the worn look. The colour is described as black but to me it looks more like a worn vintage brown, which would look awesome with the all black outfits that I tend to wear.

1461 Shoe
I'm starting to get more into shoes, even though I do still think that ankle boots are the most flattering for my legs, so this boot-shoe hybrid seems like the perfect way to ease myself into wearing normal shoes! It's also a good option for the summer when I want to wear boots but it's really hot.

Sadie Boot
Chunky heeled boot goodness! You guys know I love my chunky heels and I can imagine that these would be super comfortable and great for when you want that extra height but don't want to sacrifice the comfort!

Alodie Boot
I love these ones because they've got the biker vibe, which I just love. Again, they've got the slight heel and I think that they'd actually be quite good shoes for actually riding a motorbike!

Emilyann Boot
These boots were just love at first sight! I've been seeing lots of people in strappy heels recently (especially ones from Zara but I don't think they have them anymore) but wouldn't personally wear them because I just don't like wearing painful heels! These ones look like they would be really comfortable and the height of the heel is great and they just look amazing in my opinion! Dressed up yet still edgy.

Candice Boot
I've been eyeing these boots up for a while because they're just so damn pretty! I can't decide if I prefer these or the Emilyann, I just love them both! I really want some slightly more dressed up but still edgy heels that are comfortable and that I can wear all day for things like blogger events when you want to be a bit more dressed up and I feel like these may be the ones... We shall see!

That's it for my Dr Martens wishlist- which ones are your favourite?

I went to Disneyland!

If you follow me on any of my social media, you will know that last Thursday I went to Disneyland Paris! I went last year just before exams and this year my friends and I decided to go again- it may become a yearly tradition! The weather was absolutely glorious with sunshine and over 30 degrees and I had the best day! We got there at 10am when the park opened and left around midnight- 14 hours of Disney goodness! We spent a lot of time queueing (especially since two rides broke while we were in the queue- we waited an hour and a half for Indiana Jones!) but it was definitely worth it! After we did all the fun rollercoaster rides we also went on the rides aimed at smaller children, like Pinocchio, Peter Pan and Snow White, which were equally as fun (there's a photo of me on the Teacups below, which adequately shows my levels of excitement)! We also stayed for the fireworks this time, which were potentially one of the happiest moments of my life, I nearly cried! The only thing they were missing was a Frozen song, that would have definitely sent me over the edge. I had an absolutely amazing day so here's some photos and a video I made!

My Most Used Brushes

I love brushes- I think that you can have the best, most expensive makeup but it won't look good if you don't have the right tools to apply it with. So today, I'm going to show you my favourite and most used brushes!

I don't actually use this brush for contouring, although it is fabulous for that! I tend to use it to blend out my concealer because it gives a lovely finish, and also to set my undereye concealer with powder. It's also a great brush for applying highlighter!

NARS Ita 21
This is the best contouring brush I have ever used. It's super flat so I literally place it underneath my cheekbones, wiggle it a bit and tadaa- you have the perfect contour! 

I use this brush for blush (duh) and sometimes bronzer and I really like it. It's the perfect size for brush application and it picks up a really good amount of product- not too much and not too little.

I don't think I need to say much about this brush because pretty much all beauty bloggers love it. It's great for buffing in foundation and leaving a flawless finish and also good for buffing over blush, bronzer, etc. when you've applied a little bit too much. All my Real Techniques brushes wash really well as well and haven't shed at all, and they dry really fast which is a bonus!

I use this to apply and blend cream shadows, as the synthetic bristles are better for working with cream products than for example a MAC 217. The brush is really easy to work with and it's the perfect size for applying and blending eyeshadows!

Probably the most cult eyeshadow brush out there- it's perfect for packing on colour as well as blending and if I could only have one eyeshadow brush then this would be it!

This is just a simple pencil brush that I use to smudge out eyeliner or apply eyeshadow along my lower lashline. It works really well but I do find that because it's so dense it's a little bit scratchy sometimes and doesn't feel great on the eye so if you know of a softer pencil brush please let me know in the comments!

What are your most used brushes?

(This is a scheduled post as I am currently enjoying life in Paris and Amsterdam so I won't be replying to comments, sorry!

My first time fake tanning and Sunkissed Self Tan Mousse Review

Fake tan is a funny thing. Before I became a beauty blogger, I associated fake tan with orange, patchy skin- like I have realised most men do. The thing about a good fake tan is that people don't realise it's fake! All this time I thought that those girls with beautifully tanned skin just went to the beach a lot, only to then find out that fake tan can look natural and their tan came out of a bottle all along! Mind: blown.
Anyway, I digress. With summer comes the fake tanning craze here in the blogosphere so I got curious and decided to try it out for myself. I did my research (Vivianna does Makeup and Lauren Curtis are the ones to go to for this) and when I felt prepared(ish) I finally gave fake tanning a go. My weapon of choice was the Sunkissed Self Tan Mousse in Medium Bronze* with the Sunkissed application mitt*, as one of the main things fake tan users tell you is to use a mitt!
Admittedly, the first application didn't go so well. I applied the mousse and it was all quite simple and easy (apart from doing my back- how do girls without fake tanning slaves boyfriends do this??) and then I sat down to write some blog posts while waiting for my tan to develop. Unfortunately my room gets super hot in the summer so I was sweating and fake tan started to settle in lines and I panicked and washed it off after an hour. That didn't go so well. But I wasn't giving up that easily! The next time I waited until it was nighttime and it had cooled down to apply my fake tan and left it on overnight- much better. I woke up the next morning looking rather dark, which was a bit of a shock, but then I showered and the guide colour came off and I was left with a lovely golden glow. It looked really natural and so far no one has realised that it isn't a real tan, which I'm pretty impressed with!
So after you've heard the story of my fake tanning adventures, let's actually get into this review! The Sunkissed Self-Tan Mousse is (as the name suggests) a self-tanning mousse, which I've heard are the easiest to apply, although some people dislike them because they are drying on the skin. I don't have very dry skin so this didn't put me off and I haven't had any problems with the tan drying out my skin at all (it does also say it has a 'moisture boost' so that may be why!). It contains no parabens and alcohol and here's the best part- it smells of coconut! One of the things I heard a lot during my research was that all fake tan smells of biscuits and it's horrible, etc. Well this one doesn't smell of biscuits and I actually really enjoyed the scent! During the night I got a whiff of it every once in a while and it was really lovely and coconutty, it was a bit like I had a scented candle burning, but I was the scented candle! (That analogy doesn't really work very well but let's roll with it).
So what are the results like? You don't go super dark, which I like because I want people to think that this is a natural tan, but if you do like to go darker, there is a dark version of this tan too. It's not patchy at all and so far it's been wearing off really nicely as well and I've had it on for three days. I don't actually think the colour has worn off too much and you could probably get away with just doing this once a week. 
One of the main things that had been putting me off trying fake tan is the amount of effort that goes into maintaining it but it's not actually too bad! You shower and scrub, put it on, which takes about 15 minutes, go to sleep, wake up, shower again and tadaa- you're beautifully tanned. Not much effort if you ask me!
Oh and for the financial part of the fake tanning which I imagine can very easily get very expensive- the Sunkissed Self-Tan Mousse is only £5 for a massive 200ml bottle and you can get it at Superdrug!

Mascaras- Loves and Leaves

If you couldn't tell from the title, today's post is going to be all about mascaras! I have four loves and one leave to share with you today, so let's get started!

First off we have Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara- probably one of the most hyped up mascaras in the beauty world! I purchased this mascara about a year ago and have been using random samples that I got of it recently and I'm so in love with it. It gives me lovely volume and length without looking clumpy, which is the main thing I want from a mascara! The only thing that bugs me about this is that it's so difficult to remove but I find that the Camomile Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop does a pretty good job, and Benefit have just come out with a They're Real remover so I'm tempted to try that out!

Second up we have a drugstore mascara that is also a favourite amongst beauty bloggers! The Rocket mascara by Maybelline is a love and a leave for me... I love the waterproof version but hate the normal one! I find that while the initial result is similar for both, the non-waterproof formula just doesn't hold a curl at all and smudges on me during the day. The waterproof formula however is perfect for minimal makeup days in the summer because it gives very natural looking length and definition- nothing dramatic here- and it stays on all day until you (quite forcefully) remove it in the evening.

The Clinique Bottom Lash mascara is quite a controversial product- when I first saw Tanya Burr using it I thought that it was absolutely ridiculous and I didn't need it but then I caved and purchased it and I love it! The small wand makes it so easy to get all those fine bottom lashes without stabbing yourself in the eye or smudging mascara all over your carefully applied makeup, and it's really long wearing! Mine has unfortunately dried out now but I will definitely be repurchasing this soon!

Last but not least we have the mascara that wins the prize for the most funky-looking wand- the L'Oreal False Lash Butterfly mascara. This is meant to give your lashes a very winged out look and while I wasn't sure about the wand at first, it definitely works! The shape of the wand works perfectly to really grip those lashes in the outer corner and accentuate them, winging out your eyes. This is probably my second favourite mascara at the moment because it gives me really dramatic, long lashes and it's actually quite easy to remove, while not smudging during the day. The only reason I prefer the They're Real over this is because the False Lash Butterfly doesn't hold the curl of my lashes quite as well- but maybe the waterproof version would be better at that? I may have to investigate...

What is your favourite mascara?