2016 Favourites

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In 2016 there were a lot of products I used again and again. Here are a few of my 2016 favourite products.

Spectrum Brushes:
During 2016 I bought quite a few Spectrum Brushes. They are not too expensive, they are very pretty looking, they are very soft and they don’t malt. The brushes are vegan and cruelty registered. I first heard of Spectrum Brushes on Twitter, I noticed a lot of beauty bloggers were using them and recommending them. I also saw celebrities were starting to review and advertise them. I bought my first set in the sale and I couldn’t stop using them. Recently my collection has grown and I now understand why they are always selling out. You can visit Spectrum brushes at: https://www.spectrumcollections.com/

MUA Highlighter:
I am obsessed with highlighters and I think it has to be my favourite make up product to apply. My friend recommended the MUA highlighter to me this year. It is only £3.00, is very pigmented and comes in a lovely pink or white shade. I highly recommend this highlighter because it is great value for money. http://www.superdrug.com/MUA/MUA-Undress-Your-Skin-Highlighting-Powder—Pink-Shimmer/p/633150

MAC Lipstick (Persistence):
I think everyone knows how much I love my MAC lipsticks! A shade I used a lot last year was ‘Persistence’. This is a matte shade and is a nude lipstick. This shade goes with a lot of make up looks and it is quite subtle.

Lazy Days Zoella Candle:
I love candles. I always have to light a candle whilst I am chilling in my room. When I heard that Zoella was bringing out a range of candles I was really excited. My boyfriend bought me ‘Lazy Days’ for our lazy Sundays. It is a calming scent and quite fresh. They are £10.00 from Superdrug.

Instax Mini 8:
I have had my Polaroid for a few years now and I still love it. The film is quite expensive but the Polaroid does capture the cute memories.

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NYX Liquid Lipsticks:
NYX came to my local boots store this year so I have been trying a few of their products. I have tried their liquid lipsticks and they are amazing! They stay on for a really long time, they have lots of different shades and they are only £6.50. They are light on the lips which is great because some liquid lipsticks are very thick.

MAC Air of Style:
I have never tried MAC perfume before but I love MAC Air of Style. It is quite a fruity scent and it stays on for a while. It’s a little pricey for just 30ml, but the smell is gorgeous!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray:
Urban Decay setting spray is the best setting spray you can buy in my opinion. I just couldn’t believe how long my make up stayed on for – especially after a night out. It is about £22 but I do believe it is worth if. I bought mine from Debenhams!

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Sleek I Divine Palette Enchanted Forest:
I have bought from Sleek a highlighter, eyebrow and contour kit but I have never purchased their eyeshadow until last year. I loved the shades in this pallete and they blended nicely. The eyeshadow is pigmented and stays on. I love how I can pop this small pallete into my bag or take it on holiday. I bought mine from Boots: http://www.boots.com/en/Sleek-I-Divine-palette-Enchanted-Forest_1744236/

iPhone 6s:
Another thing I loved last year was my new iPhone 6S. I had the iPhone 5s before which I had for 3 years. It had been dropped a few times, was a little bit scratched, the silent button had broke and the screen didn’t always work. I bought my iPhone 6S in a rose gold because I thought it was so pretty. It is a lot better than my old phone, bigger screen, quicker and the camera is higher quality.

Disney:
There were some great new films which came out last  year. Finding Dory had to be my favourite, new 2016 film. The otters were SO CUTE! If you have watched Finding Dory you will know exactly what I am talking about. My boyfriend bought me baby Finding Dory because she is just adorable. I watched Big Hero 6 for the first time last year and I think it is my all time favourite disney film. It is quite emotional but I think everyone needs a Baymax in their life…and I now have one.

So they are just a few of my favourites from 2016. Please let me know what yours were! I’d love to discover some new products.

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The Liquid Lipsticks Hype

Hey guys,

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I have noticed there has been a huge craze on liquid lipsticks and think this happened when Kylie Jenner brought out hers. I have joined the hype and bought some to see what the craze is all about. So far, so good.

The first two I bought were the NYX Lingerie lipsticks in the colours Lipli12 and Lipli02. I have to say I am impressed! The first time I wore one of these was for a night out and it stayed on all night, I barely had to touch it up. Usually on nights out I have to constantly keep topping up but I didn’t need to for this! They have a range of colours and they are very affordable. I have never bought anything from NYX but when it moved into my local boots it has now become one of my favourite make up brands.

Another one that I purchased was the Borjois liquid lipstick in the colour velvet. This only has a matte finish, so it doesn’t dry completely like the NYX versions. I love this colour as it goes with a lot of my make up looks. However I found that it didn’t stay on for as long as the others.

Due to Autumn coming up, I decided I wanted a more autumnal liquid lipstick, so I went and bought a Sleek one. Now this is more of a matte lip cream but I treat it like the same. I got this in the colour Vino Tinto and it is perfect for Autumn. This stays on for such a long time.

I love liquid lipsticks because they are so easy to apply, last ages and they are not sticky like most lipgloss.

I highly recommend you to try one! Which is your favourite?

Inspired Elegance xxx

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The Power of Makeup

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Whether you feel confident in your makeup or natural complexion, I am sure after reading this blog post and seeing these photos you’ll realise just how powerful makeup can be. 

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I have seen many bloggers and YouTubers talking about ‘The Power of Makeup’ and I was so excited to create it myself. I have a huge interest in makeup and I am always buying a new beauty product, experimenting with different looks and reading reviews and beauty blog posts.

I wanted to create this post for a number of reasons:

  1. To compare how I looked with and without makeup
  2. To show it is okay to wear makeup
  3. To show it is okay to not wear makeup
  4. To show the power of just a few beauty products

I feel like so many girls are judged everyday on how much makeup they wear or how little makeup. I think it is great to love your imperfections and I do let my family, boyfriend and close friends see me bare skinned. But also I feel a lot more confident in myself once I have applied my makeup. I feel pretty and happy.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. I really enjoyed showing ‘The Power of Makeup’. If you have done this post or video please comment your links below; I will look forward to reading them.

Inspired Elegance x  

 

 

 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions 3 Step Review

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Hey!

So I have been getting a lot of spots and redness lately so I treated myself to some Clinique skincare products. My bestfriend recommended this to me and now I am recommended it all to you!

So I have been using this for about a week now every night and I am already noticing the results. My redness isn’t as bad anymore and my spots are slowly starting to clear up.

First you use the Anti Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam. I just squirt a little bit on my hand and rub it into my face.

Then you use the clarifying lotion. I recommend you shaking it before you use it as some of the product settles at the bottom. I pour a little bit of this onto a cotton pad and then dab it onto my face. It is a little strong and you can feel it on your skin but this is to unclog your pores. Then you use the clearing moisturiser and apply it all over your face.

It doesn’t take long to do this routine, it only takes me about 10 minutes. The results are great!

I highly recommend this product and it is at an affordable price of £25.00. You can purchase it here at Boots.

Let me know if you have used this product before and what the results were for you?

Inspired Elegance xxx

 

Favourite things about Christmas

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Hello lovelies,

Christmas is coming up and everyone has those traditional things they love about it every year. One thing I do look forward to once it hits December is advent calendars! I love choosing which one I am going to have and remembering to open it each morning. I know I am starting to get older as sometimes I have to have 2 in one day. This year I chose to have Malteasers and it has jokes in which is cute haha.

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As you know I LOVE penguins, another one of my favourite things is how much penguin merchandise comes out during Christmas. Whether it’s Christmas cards, wrapping paper, stockings, teddies or just jumpers. This means I get to wear my penguin Christmas jumper! I love my Christmas jumper because it is quite subtle and it is cute.

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I also love buying my friends and family presents. I get so creative and I can think of some really thoughtful ideas. I love wrapping them up as well and making them really pretty by adding bows etc. It takes me ages to find gift bags and wrapping paper that I like! I cannot just buy any old wrapping paper, it has to be nice haha!

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I LOVE Christmas parties as well. I love dancing to all the Christmas songs and playing all the traditional games you only really bring out at Christmas! It is just so much fun haha!

What are your favourite things about Christmas?

Inspired Elegance xxx

Autumnal make-up

Hello lovelies,

The leaves are finally turning brown, the air is starting to cool and the days are becoming shorter. Autumn is here. Autumn is my favourite season, I get so excited for it. Maybe too excited…

I love the colours in autumn. I love going on walks as I think that everywhere looks so pretty. I find that I wear nicer clothes in Autumn compared to Summer and Spring and I have no idea why.

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So today I thought I’d blog a few of my make up items that I will be wearing these next few months. I wear a lot of browns and golds with a dark shade of lipstick.

I recently just treated myself to a new Mac lipstick in the colour ‘Sin’. This shade is gorgeous and it is perfect for Autumn. If you are a little nervous of wearing a dark shade,  use a lipstick brush and gently apply it on with the brush instead of using the lipstick straight to your lips. This then makes it a lot lighter and then you can gradually start building the layers up when you feel a little more comfortable.

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I have just bought Tanya Burr’s new eyeshadow quad. I think this is just ideal for autumn as it contains golds and browns. It also has a really cute glitter shade which is nice for if you are going out. I have been loving the sleek contour kit lately and I find that this is such a nice shade. It isn’t too dark for my skin and it blends in so nicely. The highlighter I have been using by Rimmel gives your cheeks that little shine as they can become quite rosey in the autumn time. I find that I use a little more foundation in the Autumn and Winter time as my cheeks and nose get very red, so Rimmel’s 25 hour foundation is really ideal for me. The concealer I have been using lately has been giving me some great coverage under my eyes, it is at such a good price as well!

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Let me know what your favourite Autumnal beauty products are; I look forward to reading them!

Inspired Elegance xxx

My everyday make up routine!

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So I haven’t done a beauty post for a while and I haven’t shared with you yet what my every day make-up look is. So I thought this would be a perfect beauty blog post to do today!

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First I use my Rimmel fix and perfect primer. When I got this it was on offer, you received it for free if you bought any Rimmel foundation therefore I thought I would try it. I apply this all over my face before I apply any make up by just using my fingers.

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Then I apply my Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in the colour 103 True Ivory. I apply my foundation with my Real Techniques expert face brush in a ‘circle’ motion to ensure I blend in all my foundation. I pump a bit of my foundation onto my left hand first and then dab my brush into it and if I need any more foundation I would pump a little bit more.

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Once I have applied all my foundation I then choose what shade of eye shadow I want. Most days I choose a shade from my Naked 2 palette and my most popular shades at the moment are tease, snakebite and suspect. I apply my eye shadow with my Real techniques starter set brushes; the deluxe crease brush and the base shadow brush. I prefer these brushes to the urban decay brush as I find that they blend easier.

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I then apply liquid eyeliner, sometimes I do it quite thick or sometimes thin, and this all depends on how dark my eye shadow is. For my liquid eyeliner I use The collection extreme 24 hour felt tip liner. This is my most used eyeliner at the moment because it has a fine point to it, it’s really dark and it also lasts ages.

I then apply my benefit they’re real mascara. I love this mascara so much as it makes my eyelashes look so much longer and stays on for a long time.

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I then use my Benefit brow zings set for my eyebrows. I find this set amazing! It makes my eyebrows look super natural even though I fill them in. I use the soft wax to put them into shape and then use the powder to fill in any gaps. I always fill in my eyebrows after I have used eye shadow and foundation because you don’t want glitter in them or foundation.

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Once I have done all my make up, I powder. I use the Rimmel stay matte powder in the colour peach glow. I powder with my Real techniques powder brush. It is really important to powder as it sets your foundation and gives your skin a less shiny look. I highly recommend the powder brush as it amazing!

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For the finishing touch I either use lip balm if my lips are in a really bad condition. I have been using EOS a lot lately and sometimes blistex. However mainly I apply lipstick, my favourite lipstick at the moment is my mac lipstick in the colour La Vie En Rouge.

So that is my everyday make up routine, I hope you like it. Comment below to let me know your make up routine or if you have any products you would recommend. Thank you all for following me and for reading my blog posts.

Make up

Rimmel fix and perfect primer: Boots £6.99
Rimmel Match Perfection foundation: Boots £6.99
Urban Decay Naked 2: Debenhams £38.00
The Collection Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner: Superdrug £2.99
Benefit They’re Real mascara: Debenhams £19.50
Benefit Brow zings set: Debenhams £24.50
Stay Matte powder: Superdrug £3.99
Mac lipstick: Debenhams £15.00
Eos lip balm: Amazon £3.49

Brushes

Expert face brush: Boots £9.99
Powder brush: Boots £12.99
Starter set for eyes: Boots £21.99

Inspired Elegance xx