I’ve created a new instagram and twitter just for my blog and for beauty posts as opposed to my regular social media. It’s part of my new start with blogging. If you have Twitter and/or Instagram please follow me and I will follow you back!
I have to be honest. I have no high end make up. The most expensive make up I have brought is from Kiko and Bodyshop, both of which are amazing, but there are so many of brands and products I want to try but I want to know if they are worth it. So pretty please keep reading and help a girl out!
I only started getting properly into makeup late last year. I’ve worn makeup since I was 13 constantly but I just picked anything off the drugstore shelf and went with it. Flash forward nearly nine years and I’m obsessed with the latest crazes, looks and products.
I’m not being stingy when I write this. I’ve worked since I was 16 but always saved the majority. First it was for driving lessons, then for holidays, then I created another account to put a standing order in every payday so I’d always have money aside for Christmas, birthdays, car insurance etc. Then a few years ago a house saving account was added. Don’t get me wrong, it’s so worth it to be organised with your money, we now have a house and i’ve been on wonderful holidays and by not buying the most expensive things or going out all the time I’ve been able to do that. However now I have a mortgage and bills to pay and although I do have money that is mine left over, it’s not loads and I want to make sure whatever I buy is 100% worth it.
So now, I’m going to write a small wishlist of the high end products that I really want. If anyone is indeed reading this an dhas tried any of these products, please answer me the following questions in the comments :
Is it worth the price?
Are there any dupes that you have tried that you would say are just as good?
Would you buy it again?
If anyone does answer this I’ll be enternally grateful!
Urban Decay Naked Heat Pallete
ABH Modern Renaissance Pallete
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Benefit Hoola blusher
ABH Aurora Glow Kit
Two Faced Born This Way foundation
Benefit ‘they’re real’ mascara
Too Faced better than sex mascara
Benefit porefessional Primer
Tarte amazonian clay foundation
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
Huda Beauty Textured Eye Pallete
So I could list so many but these are the main products I have been thinking of at the moment. Any thoughts on these would be sooo appreciated! FYI for the foundation side of things, I have combination skin and had been recommended Estee Lauder Double Wear so I am very tempted to just go and get it but I can’t help but think ‘that money could pay my water bill this month’.
Well I certainly haven’t been on here in a long time!
If you still follow me and you’re reading this thank you very much for staying with me and if you new welcome, I will try not to leave it so long in future!
So basically, so much has happened in the last three months!
I graduated university with a 2:1 which I was over the moon about and loved my graduation ceremony!
I went to the USA and something very exciting happened to me! My boyfriend of four and a half years proposed to me so I am officially engaged! He asked me overlooking the waterfalls of Yellowstone National Park and it was just perfect 😍 expect to see posts about wedding planning eek!
And finally, me and my now fiancé have brought our first house together! It’s in a wonderful little village and I love it! Yet still only a half hour drive to work yes! It was in need of a complete restoration so since we got the keys on 1st July we have been working on it every weekend and most evenings! Just over one month on and two bedrooms, the living room, the hallway, the porch and the downstairs bathroom are complete, with the stairs, landing and master bedroom only waiting on carpet. Bathroom is painted and it only had a bath so we’ve installed a shower cubicle, plumber it all in a now we just have a few more bits and pieces to do. We have made a start on clearing the kitchen ready for our new one. It’s all so exciting and it will be so worth it but I cannot wait until it’s finished! I’ll post before and after photos when it is done!
Also, as a kind of new start for my blog as it’s the start of a new kind of life for me, I’ve changed my domain to ellalouise96.wordpress.com. I’m not making up names there it’s derived from my real name, Michelle. I pronounce it ‘Mee-shell’ rather than ‘mer-shell’, just because my mum has always pronounced it Mee-shell so anything else doesn’t sound right. Most of my friends and family call me Miche for short (‘meesh’) but I also get called Shell and Michey etc. ‘Ella’ comes from the ‘Elle’ bit at the end, so I’m going to use that nickname for my blog. I took the title ‘Tuesday’s Child’ as I am just that – I was born on Tuesday 9th January 1996. Bit of useless information but I do ramble on a lot in real life so just reflects me😂
So anyway, now that there shouldn’t be too much more renovating to do I will try and get back into blogging 🙂
So I haven’t posted in a while, and this is due to the fact that I have been working on my final ever university assignment! I submitted it last night, so it’s all over!
I cannot believe that three years is up. Now to look forward to my graduation ceremony in June and hope that my results are good!
I’ll hopefully have a lot more time to blog now so I’m looking forward to that. I’m also super excited that I fly to the USA on Thursday!
I already have a job – I did temporary agency work around uni and now have been made permanent as a Fleet Coordinator and I absolutely love where I work and all of the peoplr which is always a huge bonus!For now, I can relax.
I cannot believe that it is time for another favorites post already! Where did April go?? It’s literally crazy.
So here are my favorites this month:
These are all very affordable items and I love them all😍 Makeup Remover Cloths from B&M
So I’ve seen lots of praise for the original Makeup Eraser which retails at around £15. I had always used Makeup wipes to take my makeup off but when I saw this 2 Pack of make up remover cloths in my local B&M store for only £1.99 I just had to try them. My verdict: absolutely brilliant! Now obviously I can’t compare this to the original, but from what I’ve seen they look very similar and do pretty much the same job. I wasn’t expecting much but I was amazed at how quickly and easily my makeup came off with this! As it’s quite large I can get four uses out of the same towel by using on half on one side at a time, and then it can be put in the washing machine and reused. Easier to take off make up with than wipes, cheaper in the long run and less waste as you would have with make up wipes. I’m sold!
So I am a huge fan of Baptiste dry shampoos: they are literally my holy grail! As a result I decided to try this dry Conditioner, and I love it! I usually spray it on damp ends to lock in moisture as it dries but do give my hair a quick spray now and then if it’s a bit dry or flat. I don’t find it greasy at all but then I do only spray on the ends, not the roots, just in case.
Schwarzkopf got2be Beach Matt Mermaid Look Texturizing Salt Spray.
Bit of a mouthful there. So I have to be honest, I only bought this because it had ‘mermaid’ in the name.. Judge me. However I’ve found this soo nice! It’s makes your hair feel like you’ve been on holiday and, as someone who has such annoyingly flat hair, I love the texturizing effect! Also helps to keep waves in your hair longer imo. I love the packaging too, all tropical and bright and sunny! Perfect for mermaid hair!
*Sidenote: Confession Time. When I was little I was desperate to be a mermaid when I grew up, Ariel was my inspiration. I cannot explain how gutted I was when my mum had to tell me they were mythical creatures when I was about six, it broke my little heart. So you can imagine how happy I was when the whole mermaid trend thingy started, I WILL be a mermaid! 😂😍
Makeup Revolution Pro-Prime Aqua Priming Base
So I really like this stuff. It’s basically water with a few added extras in it and I love how hydrated and fresh it leaves my skin before I put my make up on, and it is an excellent base. I think it will be good when we have some hot weather to freshen up and cool your skin (that’s IF we have some hot weather, if like me you’re British you’ll know that we wait patiently for summer but only get about four days a year when you can actually wear shorts outside, and then in true British fashion, we complain about it being too humid. We like to complain). I will add though that this does contain a hint of perfume – I really like the subtle scent but I know that isn’t for everyone, especially if you have really sensitive skin.
Accessorize Baked Bronzer in the shade ‘Bermuda’
Now I have had this forever,it was brought for me one Christmas or birthday and as I never used to use bronzer, I never used it at the time. So me. Anyway now that. I use bronzer I finally got round to using it properly and I love it! It’s not overpowering or too orangey (contrary to my awful photo taking skills) and just has a slight subtle hint of shimmer so it’s gorgeous for summer! Not sure if Accessorize still stock this but if they do, I’d definitely recommend!
Make up Revolution Dream Blush Pallete
So I never really used blush before I brought the Makeup Revolution ’12 Days of Christmas’ set and this blush pallete was included. Check that post out here😘. Now though, I rarely leave the house without some blushed cheeks thanks to this gorgeous pallete! As you can see from the above photo, there are a nice mix of subtle and pale shades to brighter, bolder shades. Perfect for night and day!
Makeup Revolution HD Pro Brows Brow Kit.
This item was again included in the 12 Days of Christmas set and I’m so glad! I love this kit! The kit includes: 4x powders, 2x tints, 1x highlighter, 1x strobe balm, 1x brow enhancing wax, 1x brow sealing wax.
Just check out the strobe balm (top) and the highlighter! How gorgeous are these!? Perfect not only for your eyebrow arch but also for your ordinary highlight too! Large pans aswell – Love it!
Please ignore the fact that this photo makes the tints look grimy, it’s honestly the lighting, promise! Anyway, the top four are the powders and the bottom two are the cream tints. I usually use the darkest tint and I love it, it really makes my brows look defined! I use this all the time now!
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Lip Colour in the shade ‘Amen’.
Last but certainly not least! Love this shade, it’s such a nudey-peachy-pinky colour and really works! I also really like how different the lip applicator is, as I find it much easier to glide the colour over the lips than a regular one. I wouldn’t say it’s completely matte but it isn’t glossy either, it’s really creamy and not drying at all which is perfect for me. I definitely want to try some more colours!
So there we have it, April is over (almost). I hope you had a wonderful April, hello May!
So I really wanted to post something tonight but I couldn’t think of anything, and I’m not at home so I can’t do my April favourites or a make up look or anything like that, however there is something that is very much on my mind – today marks two weeks until my holiday! That’s vacation if you are American, which is also where I am going to! My third USA Road trip!! Yay!
So in this post I’m just going to talk about what we’re doing and also where I’ve been before.
So myself and my boyfriend are flying out to Denver, Colorado on Thursday 11th May. We’re heading north via Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park! I’m so excited, we went to Yellowstone last time we went to the USA and it was just absolutely beautiful, but unfortunately I can’t show many photos of that holiday as our SD card got corrupted and we couldn’t rescue the photos, it was just so heartbreaking! 😦 I just have one of the car that we rented. Anyway we’ll be spending a few days in Yellowstone and then we’ll head back down to Denver, probably via South Dakota and Nebraska just so I can say I’ve been over those states lines! Then we will be flying to Georgia where we will be staying with my boyfriend’s USA family in Hiawasee (very north of Georgia), and I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see everyone and we will be exploring Georgia, so if anyone has been to or is from Georgia, long shot I know, please tell me if there’s anywhere that I simply cannot miss!!😘
So it’s not as much of a roadtrip as we usually do but it’s going to be absolutely amazing!! I love the US so much!
So the last time I went to the USA, as I’ve stated above I have very few pictures, we flew to San Francisco, rented a Chevrolet Camero (gorgeous car😍) and headed to Salt Lake City via a number of wonderful locations! This was September 2015.
The road trip consisted of:
Exploring San Francisco, including Alcatraz.
We then went to Yosemite National Park which was absolutely beautiful
Then we did Sequoia National Park which was breathtaking (although unfortunately we were surrounded by forest fires, not close enough to close the park but clear enough to see the smoke in the distance when we were high up and to smell it, such a shame but as I learnt, it can be good for the areas as it makes the soil rich somehow, can’t remember the full details).
We then headed to Las Vegas (via the Barstow, Cali, outlets😍) which I loved! We stayed in the Mirage Hotel on the strip and got a free upgrade which was absolutely awesome, the suite was HUGE! I actually felt like I was rich, right at the top of a sky high building with a gorgeous view of Vegas! Heaven! I could walk that strip forever. There’s always just so much happening! And the mirage also has a Volcano show in the evening which is absolutely brilliant, and the Bellagio hotel has fountain shows which is breathtaking!
Then we headed down to Arizona, my favourite state so far! We went to Sedona which is probably the best place I’ve ever been to. Bright red rock, gorgeous views, and lush little shops and restaurants. I tried bison, rattlesnake and cactus fries which is soo weird but it was actually quite nice! (I get so many funny looks when I tell people that. Possibly the look you’re giving your phone/laptop etc right now).
Then we went to Bearizona. Absolutely amazing place! The enclosures are really large for the animals and you can see they are well looked after. Was very frightening but fabulous to see bears and wolves etc in a safari setting)
Then, Monument Valley! Monument Valley itself was so cool, it was like being in a movie!! But having said that, I wouldn’t go into the park itself again. You can see everything you need to from the road, other than if you have an offroad vehicle, and the staff were very rude. We accidently drove into the wrong bit, but reversed and went round the proper entrance when we realised, but the woman in the kiosk went absolutely ballistic at is even though it was a mistake and we apologied. She went into a massive rant at us about “when you come to the United States of America….” I was like wow. Luckily I knew that American customer service is second to none and this woman was a clear anomaly. Such a shame but maybe this woman just had a bad day and took it out on us. Ah well! I’ve only encountered amazingly nice people other than that, the US citizens are lovely! Kind and welcoming! I love you guys!
Then we headed north through Utah, Idaho and then up to West Yellowstone, Montana. We then spent two days in Yellowstone. It’s simply amazing. The geothermal pools are like nothing I’d ever seen before, the views are gorgeous and the wildlife is mesmerising. It’s just the most wonderful place!
Then we headed back down to Salt Lake City to fly home, but not before we stopped in New York and saw The Lion King live on Broadway 😍 as a huge Disney fan I absolutely loved it!! The actors were brilliant! It was an amazing end to the holiday! 💜
Now the first time we went to the USA! June 2014! We hired a Ford Mustang this time which was awesome! I’d never driven on the right before, never driven an automatic and I’d never driven such a powerful car so it was so scary yet an amazing feeling! (I literally had my first car at the time, a little 1.0 corsa, the difference is immense 😂). I have a few photos of this holiday so I’ll post a few!
We flew to New York first and spent a few days there, we did the bis tour, saw the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, went up the Empire State Building, took a stroll through Central Park.. Loved it!
Then we flew to Vegas! We didn’t stay on the strip at first (as thats how we ended the holiday) but stayed in a La Quinta hotel (never had a bad experience in this chain yet and have stayed in around ten in various states).
Then we set off! We did the Hoover Dam, then headed down to Sedona! As i’ve said above, it’s the best area I’ve been to. I love it! I would definitely recommend a hike in Red Rock State Park, it is amazing!!!
Next, an ambition of mine and Im sure of many other people’s: The Grand Canyon. I cannot describe the feeling when you take your first over into the Canyon. It’s just breathtaking.. Immense. It’s a must do, it really is!
We also stopped by a little town called Seligman, where you can see a little bit of the original Route 66. It’s wonderful! Full of proper ‘wild west’ stores and cafes and the people there are lush, they’ll chatter to you for hours, and I love to talk!! We spoke to a wonderful couple who were doing Route 66 on their bike mad let us take a photo sat on it, it’s brilliant!
We then headed to Barstow to do some shopping in the Tanger Outlets! Hello Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein , Guess, Etc 😍
Then we went to Los Angeles! 😍 hey City of Angels! We did some shooting in LA Gun Club and the staff were so helpful and I really enjoyed it! It’s takes a while to get used to the loud bangs in the range, well it did for me, as everytime someone took a shot I jumped out of my skin! Then we had a stroll through Hollywood (just a casual stroll through one of the most famous places in the world you know). Then we drove around Bevelled Hills and walked down Venice Beach as the sun set😍
Then we went to Death Valley, the place where the hottest ever temperature on earth was recorded in 1921, can’t remember the actual temperature. It was sooo hot yet so awesome! Also we were debating whether to put the roof down on the car when a coyote walked out in front of us – I am SOOO glad that we didn’t put that roof down!
Then we headed back to Vegas and spent our last few nights there before heading home! We stayed in Luxor and then Treasure Island! As i’ve already mentioned it is awesome and there’s so much to do! Including in the day! There’s the Dolphin habitat in the Mirage, museum of mob crime (think Al Capone), plenty of malls, restaurants etc, it’s just awesome. We also has a helicopter ride over Vegas at night and they played ‘Viva Las Vegas ‘ by Elvis as we flew, it was a truly mesmerising moment!
Anyway, I’ll shut up now. If you have read to this point you are absolutely amazing and thank you for continuing to read this waffle! I will probably do a blog post every few days while I’m in the states about what I’m getting up to etc!
Let me know your thoughts if you love the US like I so or if youre from the US let me know where you’re from as it’s super interesting!!
And also, anyone else got exciting holidays /vacations planned? Where are you off to? 😘 whatever the plans, enjoy!!!xxxx
Hi guys! So I know I haven’t posted in quite a while, I’ve been quite busy, hopefully I’ll have time to update a bit more often soon so bear with me!!
Anyway so anyone who has read my previous posts will know that I am a huge Bodyshop fan, and here is a bit of a review of a small number of items that I have recently purchased! (I am going to apologise now for the bad photos, the camera on my phone really isn’t the best unfortunately).
So my first item is the exfoliating hand soap for the Fuji Green Tea range (which you have just got to try out, the scent is just divine). I literally cannot go into Bodyshop or order anything online without adding a bar of soap. I love these soaps because I like to have a bar of soap in the bathroom but many soaps are really drying whereas I dont personally find them that drying at all. Of course, I am the only one who uses this – I’m usually fussy with soap, as I don’t like to use it if someone else has, I’m sure I cant be the only one! And of course many people prefer hand wash but if you do like a good old-fashioned bar of soap definitely give one of these a try!
Now carrying on with my love for the Fuji Green Tea range, here is the exfoliating gel body scrub. I like the fact that this is a gel scrub so it’s not OTT ‘bitty’ if you know what I mean.. I put it on all over before I go in the shower and it leaves my skin really smooth, especially when I go in with the Green Tea body butter. Obviously being a scrub it may not be for everyone – I don’t have really sensitive skin so it worked fine for me but I don’t know what it would be like if you have sensitive skin or any skin conditions, hopefully would be OK though! It is £15 for a 250ml tub but if you find it abit too pricey yet really like it keep an eye on the Bodyshop website – they often have sales, discounts and offers on! Same goes for all of the products in this haul, I actually got this all when they had 35% off. There are often deals and offers in store too!
Now I’d never really used a bb cream before and I don’t have blemished skin but I thought I’d give it a go. However, I’ve found that it is great to cover up my annoying large pores! And I love the smell of tea tree oil too, and the fact that this oil is really good for your skin makes me love it even more! Obviously if you don’t like the tea tree scent then it may not be your cup of tea but the smell isn’t overpowering and you can only smell it when you first put it on, or as I found anyway. I have been using this as a base for foundation but it works well if you just want to wear this – nice and light which is perfect for a hot summer day! (Now we in Britain just need one of those hard to find hot days).
So I’ve only used this once but I found it made my hair really soft and shiny! I haven’t coloured my hair in over a year and to be perfectly honest didn’t realise it was designed for coloured hair -oops – so I can’t say if it helped enhance the colour or not. It smells absolutely gorgeous! It is only 50ml so won’t last very long however as far as I am aware it’s only £3 a pot so really inexpensive!
Now I love the Honeymania hand cream so I thought I’d get some of the lip balm! Absolutely love the scent and it’s not a greasy texture compared to a lot of lip balms so what a bonus! And they are the perfect size to just pop in your handbag too.
Another lipcare product! I actually brought this a while ago but lost it – of course the new one arrived and I found the old one, typical. I just found it quite funky that it’s a roll on! Also I like that it is oil so it isn’t a thick texture and it really moisturises my lips. The only issue I’ve found is if you push it onto your lip too hard the little ball gets pushed into the container so it doesn’t glide as easily, but it isn’t the end of the world!
I am so I love with both of these mists! The Polynesian Island Tiare scent is summery and exotic! And the Peach one is perfect for spring! The glass bottles make them look really classy – definitely something nice to have on your dressing table! They were around £8 for 100ml but the glass bottles make them seem more full, and you only need a very little bit. The scent lasts for a really long time too!
Now for some makeup! These eyeshadows are lush! Super shimmery and really quite pigmented! The colour on the left in ‘Champagne Kisses’ and the colour on the right is ‘Berry Cute’. The champagne shade is an excellent base colour and the pink shade is perfect for spring! There are a few colours to choose from and are around £7 each but again there are often deals on the Bodyshop website.
And last but certainly not least we have the Colour Crush Lipstick in ‘Kiss from a Rose’. This colour is gorgeous and subtle and again perfect for spring. It’s also really creamy and moisturising when you have dry lips like mine! There are also lots of colours to choose from!
Anyway, hope you enjoyed! I’ll try and post a bit more if I can 🙂