Spring is right around the corner as the first official day of Spring is the 20th of March, well that's what it said anyways when I Googled it. The days are (hopefully!) be going to get hotter and therefore my makeup routine has changed. My skin is starting to become really oily and we tend to sweat more, so I've started to use new products, still affordable though, to combat the changing weather and I'm going to be sharing them with you! I love you all to pluto and beyond. I mean it from the bottom of my heart! xx

I also want to say that this a collab with one of my good blogger friends, Sanjana from Peridot Cove. She's doing a post on her Spring Essentials so you guys should definitely go check it out and send her some love!
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The Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser Primer is my all-time favourite primer. It's perfect for oily skin like mine and I really feel like my makeup sticks well to it. It's a silicon based primer that I like to use on my nose and then smooth it out around the rest of my face. It makes your skin feel SOOO smooth and soft.

I like to go for a BB Cream around this time of the year because it just feels more comfortable on the skin and it doesn't feel cake-y at the end of the day in my opinion. However, I've recently discovered the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation in the shade "335-" (I swear this post isn't sponsored by Maybelline. I just love their products!). I like to use just a bit of this and then sheer it out with my Primark Oval Brush to give that look and feel of a BB Cream. I usually do mix in a bit of a lighter foundation because this shade is too dark for me (I never thought I'd say that!). Here I'm just using the Essence Stay All Day 16h in the shade "30". As for powder, I stick with my favourite Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder. It just does the best job of keeping me matt for the longest. I haven't found another powder that does a job like this one so a lotta love for it. If you have more normal to dry skin, then I would recommend the Catrice Sun Glow Mineral Bronzer because it isn't too shimmery so it gives a nice overall glow to your face.


I've been getting more into contouring recently and the one I've been using it the darkest shade in the Primark Contour Kit. They recently came out with some new, darker colours so I picked it up and I've been using it frequently since. It is slightly shimmery but doesn't really look that obvious on the skin. For blush, I use the Essence My Must Haves blushes and I've been alternating between the three colours I have. When I feel like a more shimmery blush, I've been going for the I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts blush in the shade "Candy Queen of Hearts".

As for highlighter, I'm actually going to be sharing a bit of a different product with you guys. It's the Essence Prismatic Rainbow Glow Highlighter in the shade "10-be a unicorn" and it's a trend that was popular on the Youtube and Blogosphere a while back. I was pleasantly surprised actually. When I saw people raving about it, I just didn't understand what the craze was because it honestly seemed weird to put a multi-colour highlighter on your face. But it actually give a beautiful, holographic glow to the face and looks gorgeous both on the cheek bones and on the nose. If I don't go for that highlighter, then I've been loving the Jeffree Star Skin Frost in the shade "Dark Horse". I received this for my birthday and I've been using it almost everyday since.

For Mascara, I'm still using the same combination; the Avon Lengthening Mascara and the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Waterproof and both are black. 


Today's post is a really exciting one because it's the first time that I'm taking part in a Link-Up. It's hosted by my lovely blogger and friend, Guilianna Marie. You can check out her post and the other blogger's posts over HERE

PS: I'm aware that all of these products except one are from either Essence or Catrice. That is just because I really like their products and they're really affordable. I'm not sponsored by them. 

I have a mixture of cream, shimmery, satin and matte eyeshadows. I love the cream eyeshadow and eyeliner sticks from Essence because they're so easy to use on the go. The purple eyeshadow stick from H&M is also one of my favourites, even though I don't get a chance to use it that often. I did wear it on my birthday with the light purple shade and the browny-purpleish shade from the Essence My Must Haves Palette. 

The Essence My Must Haves Palettes are new from Essence and they're basically a customizable palette. You can choose from the shades they have and then just slot them into the palette that you can buy separately. I love this so much because it's great to see affordable brands duping high-end brands like MAC. 

The All About Roses Eyeshadow Palette has all shimmery shades and one or two satin shades. It's perfect to use over a matte colour from the Nude Blossom Palette. The same goes for the Essence Metals single eyeshadow which I've finally got my hands on. It's so pigmented and gorgeous; I would definitely recommend! If you don't like metallic eyeshadows, then I would suggest the Catrice single eyeshadow that has a more satin finish. It looks beautiful on the eyelids. 

All these colours complement each other so well and they're so pigmented and easy to use for on the go. 

What are your favourite spring/summer eyeshadows?


Hey guys! As you may or may not know, it was my birthday on Wednesday and I turned 16! OMG I still can't believe it! The time has passed by so quickly and I know, I know that's a such a cliche and cheesy thing to say but it's true. In honour of my birthday, I wanted to answer 16 questions from you guys; one for every year I've been alive. I asked you guys on Twitter and a lot of you emailed me with some questions so I'm going to be answering them today as well as some other FAQs.

1. Why do you say "I love you all to pluto and beyond. I mean it from the bottom of my heart! xx" at the end of all your posts?

I truly mean it when I say it and it's just a way to show my appreciation for anyone who takes time out of their day to read my blog posts.

2. What subjects are you doing at GCSE?

I've actually got this on my About Me+FAQ page but I'm doing Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English Literature and Language and French. For my choices, I'm doing Geography, History, Computer Science and Design Technology.

3. What subjects are you going to be doing at A-level or IB? I'm not sure which one your school offers. And if you're doing IB can you say which ones will be at HL and which ones at SL? Thank you! And I have another question. Can you please do an update once you're done with your GCSEs, like a review on everything and your advice because I'm going to be going into Year 10 soon and I want to know what you recommend and why you chose those specific subjects.

I'm going to be doing IB and the subjects that I've chosen are English Lit (HL), French B (HL), Geography (HL), Economics (SL), Maths Studies (SL) and Biology (SL). And I can definitely do an update/review if you guys want to see that but that will obviously only be something that I can do after I get my results. If you have any more questions, you can always email me with them and I'll get back to you ASAP! :)

4. How did you come up with the name for your blog and why did you select that?

Well, Jasmine is a name that I've always loved and I maybe one day, I'll make it my middle name. And I just tacked on Loves at the end because I share everything that I love. Nothing too special.

5. What in your opinion, is the best part about blogging?

I think the best part is meeting new people; bloggers and readers. It's so much fun interacting with everyone who reads my blog and also talking to fellow bloggers. It's crazy to think about this amazing world of friends that I haven't ever met, but I feel like I know them. That's the beauty of blogging!

6. What blogs do you like to read?

I have a whole page dedicated to all the blogs I like to read with links to all of them over here.

7. Do you have any family traditions for birthdays? And how did you celebrate your birthday this year?

We don't have any specific family traditions but we go out to dinner at a place of their choice and cut a birthday cake. This year, I'm going to be having a birthday lunch with my friends.

8. How do you edit your Instagram photos? They always look so nice!

I don't edit my Instagram posts at all! I only turn up the brightness a bit if they're looking a bit dull but that's all. Thank you though! x

9. Who are your current favourite Youtubers?

It's just so hard to pick. I watch SO many Youtubers, so I'll split them into small, medium and bigger Youtubers. I'm sure there are many more but these are just the people that I can remember off the top of my head. Who are your favourites? Comment them down below so that I can check them out!

Small: Eve Bennett, Molly (Beauty Spectrum), Fabulous Hannah
Medium: Mel Joy, Saffron Barker (main channel and vlogs), Hannah Renee, James Charles
Big: Jeffree Star, Manny MUA, Nikki Tutorials, MissRemiAshten (main channel and vlogs)

10. What's a new makeup discovery that you've been living for?

I've just discovered the Primark Oval Face makeup brushes and I am OBSESSED! The finish, the feel on your skin, the way they blend out the product; it's just un-real. They're so affordable as well so I definitely recommend that you pick them up if you can. You won't regret it!

11. Who is a blogger that you think deserves more recognition?

Two bloggers come to mind immediately and they are Guilianna from Guilianna Marie and Steph from Social Spying. They're both amazing girls with equally great blogs and I love reading their posts so go check them out and tell them that I sent you!

12. Who is a Youtuber that you love and want to shout out?

Zoe Louise is a Youtuber who I know in person and she is one of the most genuine and nice people you will ever meet. I know that because of exams, she's not been posting recently but please do go check her out and send her some love. You can also check out her blog here.

13. How do you deal with the disappointment when you've put a lot of effort into a post and then you don't get a response or very few views/likes? PS Can you follow me on Instagram please?

When you work really hard on a post and you don't get the feedback you expect, it can be really disappointing. I try not to focus on it too much and move on to work on my next post. I've never been one that's all about the numbers and I try to stay that way. It encourages me to put out better content and work harder on my posts. Be positive and move forward. PS: Check Instagram! :)

14. What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

This is quite a hard question but I think that I most like the chatty posts. I think it feels more real and personal. Don't get me wrong, I love blogging about makeup but doing some personal posts now and then

15. What is your favourite makeup brand?

I'm not a person who likes brands, but I'm more focused on individual products. Overall, I think Essence or Maybelline are really good brands. I have a ton of products from Essence so I guess I would choose them .

16. What is your current favourite TV/Netflix show?

I haven't had time to watch much Netflix recently but I've been enjoying Riverdale (hello, Cole Sprouse!) and Jane the Virgin. What are your favourite TV shows?

Bonus Question: Favourite candy?

Easy! Haribo Tangfastics or Haribo Pasta Frutta





Some of the products mentioned in this post were kindly sent to me for consideration for review. These products have been marked with an asterisk. The other products have been bought with my own money. As usual, my opinions are 100% honest. I would never support a brand that doesn't fit in with my blog and I would never lie about my opinions. For more information, you can visit my 
Disclosure/PR page.

Catrice is a makeup brand that I've been using for a while and over time, I've gathered quite a few of their products. Today, I'll be giving you a rundown of all the products that I have and telling you whether they're worth the buy or not. These are obviously my opinions. You might have tried some of the products and loved them, and that's completely fine. This is just what worked for me and what didn't. If you have any products from Catrice that you've tried and loved, then let me know. I love you all to pluto and beyond. I mean it from the bottom of my heart! xx

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Prime and Fine Pore Refining & Anti-Shine Base//Euros 4.59*

I'm quite disappointed with this primer. I had heard such good things about it, but it really didn't seem that amazing. It feels just like a moisturizer, it's really thin and I can't tell any difference when applying my makeup. It promises to visibly refine pores but I can't see that at all. The only thing it does it hydrate, and it minimize some shine. Although, if you have dry skin, then I think you'll like this. I will finish this but will not repurchasing. I would prefer my Maybelline primer any day. I've heard that the primer in the pot is a lot better so maybe I'll pick that one up and try it out.

Sun Glow Mineral Bronzing Powder (Shade: 010-Golden Light)//Euros 3.99*

This bronzer has the typical see-through lid packaging and quite a large pan. This is actually a baked bronzer with a light shimmer through it. It obviously doesn't work as a bronzer for me so I used it on top of the powder to add some colour back into my face. I lightly dusted this all over my face and it gave me a really nice glowy look. Although I've never tried the Ambient Lighting Powders, I've heard a lot about them, and this might be an affordable dupe. The powder itself isn't chalky, it's very smooth and applies nicely. Unfortunately, I can't tell whether it would be good as a bronzer but it seems like it will be and it could be a nice highlighter for paler skin people.

High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder (Shade: 010-Light Infusion)//Euros 4.99*

This has the same packaging as the bronzer and the pan is quite large. I immeditely noticed that the powder was a bit chalky but it still felt smooth and has AMAZING pigment to it. The shade is a pearly colour with a golden undertone. The glitter isn't chunky, it's fine and it's a shade that would suit every skin tone. The shade can be intense so use a light hand and since the powder is a bit dry, there might be some fallout so I suggest tapping the excess product off your brush before applying it to your face. It's very buildable; you can easily use it for a day to night look. I would definitely recommend this because it's so pigmented, easy to work with, affordable and you get lots of product!

Deluxe Glow Highlighter (Shade: 010-The Glowrious Three)//Euros 4.59*

I am so disappointed with this. I was really looking forward to trying this out because I haven't seen affordable brands come out with highlighting trios like this. The first shade is the nicest one, but only for a very subtle glow. In fact, I could even get away with using the darkest shade as a face powder. They have a hint of shimmer but that's not very evident when applied to the face. I think this would be really nice if you have pale skin but for slightly darker skin, not worth it.



Longlasting Eye Pencil Waterproof (Shades: 110-Rendez Blue, 100-Pearly Bird*, 090-Petrol and the Wolf, 050-Brown Town Girl*, 040-Karate with Bronze Lee*)

The blue eyeliners are my all time favourites so I could not wait to try the others out. The brown colours are nicely pigmented and are good for a natural look. I do think that they're not as pigmented as the blue ones but they would probably look better if you have lighter skin as they tend to blend in with my skin colour. The bronze shade is nice for a day when you want your eyes to seem wider and more awake. The same goes for the pearly shade. I actually really like this. I'm not big on light eyeliner because they can sometimes look weird with my skin but this one actually looks really nice and made me look much more awake than I actually was. The pigmentation and creaminess seems to vary depending on the colour so I recommend that you swatch them before purchasing to see if you like the consistency.



Multi Matt Blush (Shade: 020-La-Lavender)//Euros 3.99*

I've been loving matte blushes recently, so I was really excited to try this out. The wavy design on the blush itself it super pretty and it's compact so I can easily travel with this. I like to mix the shades together when using this, but you do get a lot of fallout in the pan because although the blush is smooth, it is also a bit powdery. It has a beautiful colour but you have to build it up because it isn't the most pigmented blush. It has four shades in it: a dark mauvy shades, a dark pink, a light pink and a very pale, baby pink. This blush comes in two shades and the other shade is slightly more pinky-orange, so if you prefer those kinds of shades, then I would suggest that one. It's not that good for dark skin; you really do have to build it up but I like to use this for a very natural everyday look. It's not something that I'm obsessed with but I think it would better on lighter skin tones.


Volumizing Lip Booster (Shade: 040-Nuts about Mary)//Euros 3.59

This tingles on your lips when you apply it. I honestly don't know whether this makes my lips bigger (because my lips are on the larger side naturally), but the feeling of this on the lips is so oddly nice that I want to keep applying it on my lips. The colour is super pretty and natural. It has an okay lasting power but like other lipglosses, comes off when you eat but I don't mind reapplying it so I can have that feeling in my lips again. It's actually so satisfying.

Ultimate Colour Lipstick (Shade: 420- Plum Fiction)//Euros 3.99*

This lipstick is my new favourite. It's creamy, applies beautifully and smoothly, it's nicely pigmented and it doesn't feel heavy at all on the lips. The colour payoff is great; one swipe and you're ready. The only problem with a lipstick being as creamy as this one, is that is wears of really quickly and the shade that I have is a dark reddish-pink colour so it just stains the sides of your mouth as well. You probably won't have such a problem with this if you use a lighter colour so I'm still open to trying out new shades. The packaging is really nice for such an affordable brand. I love the formula but this just isn't a colour that you could wear regularly, so I would like to try out some of the lighter colours soon.






I've been wanting to test out H&M Makeup for a while now but it's not that easily available here so when I saw there was a store with the range whilst out on a shopping trip, I couldn't resist picking up a few bits. They have some gorgeous things in their beauty range and I wanted to try everything. (Hopefully soon!) I love you all to pluto and beyond. I mean it from the bottom of my heart! xx

P.S. Comment any requests you have for posts because I want to do more posts that you guys want to see.
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Starting off with the packaging, I think H&M have got the perfect minimalist and geometric design that runs through their range. I'd much rather have minimalistic packaging than something tacky or too over-the-top. I'm a huge fan of gold and black as a combination; it's just effortless and classic so it appeals to lots of people. I will say that it's not the most sturdy because in the end, it is plastic. The lid on my eyeliner is loose so I won't be able to take it with me when I travel which is a shame. But the dip eyeliner pot is made of a glass material which is obviously better so I think it just depends on the product.

Selection-wise, they have a LOT of products to choose from. Eyeshadows for example: There are tons of eyeshadow shades that range from neutrals, to pinks, to more colourful shades. It really depends on what you're looking for. I had a quick count on the website and I think I counted about 60 different, single eyshadow shades plus they also have their eyeshadow palettes. I'm definitely giving the product/colour selection a big thumbs up!

Molten Fusion Eye Pencil (Shade: Pennine Way)//Euros

I like to use this as an eye pencil. It has amazing pigment and glides on the lower lash line. On the lash line, the colour pigment isn't as vibrant as it is if you were to use it on your eyelids but it still looks really beautiful and has a luxe metallic finish.

This is currently available in some H&M stores but if you want to pick it up, then you'll need to hurry because this was limited edition and it won't come back once the stocks have run out.

UPDATE: I've looked online for this everywhere and I can't seem to find it but I did find some other colours in their standard beauty range which are equally as beautiful.

Cream Blush (Shade: Dusty Rose)//Euros 7.99

This is the first cream blush I've tried but I really like the consistency and the feel. It's creamy, easy to blend and has a nice finish. I like to use this underneath a powder blush because it lasts longer. Unfortunately, I think that this shade, although really pretty and natural, is a bit light for my skin tone. It looks a bit pale and honestly, kind of out of place is I don't put a powder on top. I like to apply this with my fingers but you can easily use a brush. It can be a bit dry looking sometimes.

Gel Eyeliner (Shade: Deep Charcoal)//Euros

This is the first time that I've tried a gel eyeliner and I'm definitely not disappointed. It's really easy to apply because it's smooth and creamy, even for a beginner. It dries matte and doesn't smudge after it dries. The shade that I have originally seemed like a true black to me but it's more of a grey-black shade. I thought that I wouldn't like it but I've actually grown to like the colour quite a bit.




Eyebrow and Eyelash Brush//Euros 5.99

Since I've been getting into doing my eyebrows more recently, I decided to pick up a spoolie (I think that's what it's called). I find it a bit hard to brush product through my brows sometimes especially when using a powder because the powder seems to settle in the middle of my brows. So far, I've really been enjoying using this even when I'm not doing my brows just to brush them into place. It's also an oddly satisfying feeling to brush through my brows...just me? Okay probably.

Overall I'm really impressed but I don't think that I can make a judgement on the whole range until I've tried more of the H&M products. I'm really glad that I got my hands on the eye pencil before they got rid of it. If you have any products from H&M that you've tried and loved, then let me know so I can try them too! x





Today I'm going to be sharing a makeup look that's inspired by Valentine's day. As you all know, Valentine's day is known for it's red and pink colours so I decided to do a red-bronzey eye look and a glossy pink lip. Obviously, you can tailor it to suit what colours you like and the palettes you have. I won't be reviewing all the products because it is a makeup look and not a review but if you would like reviews of these products, then I'll link some posts where I have reviewed them or you can comment and I'll be sure to review them for you (P.S. How many times have I said review already aha?). I love you all to pluto and beyond. I mean it from the bottom of my heart! xx

EYES

I like to start with eyes first so that I can clean up any fall-out when I put on my face makeup. Starting off with my Essence I Heart Stage Eyeshadow Base, I'm putting a bit of this on both my lids to prime them and make the colour stand out more. Next, I'm going to take my Nude Tude Palette by the Balm and mixing the shades Sultry and Sleek, and applying this all over my lid as a base colour. For the overall lid shade, I'll be taking the shade Sexy from the same palette and putting is in the centre third and outer third of my eye, focusing it especially in the outer third and all through the crease. Moving onto the I Heart Makeup Golden Bar Palette, I'm applying a bit of Wrapped to the outer third, Cocoa all over the lid, Golden in the centre third towards the inner corner and finally, Foiled in the inner corners of my eyes. I'm then going to blend everything out lightly so that everything flows well together. We don't want any harsh lines or streaks.

For pencil liner, I'm going to use the Essence 2 in 1 Eyeshadow and Liner (Shade: 01- Go Bro'nze) and put this on my lower lash line to add some dimension. I'm also going to be taking a bit of the shade Cocoa and bringing that into my lower lash line as well.

For eyebrows, I'm going to be using my holy grail, Essence Eyebrow Gel: Colour and Shape (Shade: 01- Brown) with my eyebrow brush and setting that with the Essence Make Me Brow (Shade: 02-Browny Brows).

For eyeliner, I'm going to take my new favourite H&M Dip Eyeliner (Shade: Deep Charcoal) on my Essence Eyeliner Brush and drawing a line on my eyelids. I'm going to flick it out but I'm not going to do a cat eye because they don't really suit me. If you prefer a cat eye, then you go for it girl!

I'm going to curl my lashes with my NYC Eyelash Curler and apply 2-3 coats of the Essence I Heart Extreme Volume Mascara to my upper lashes. I'm not going to do anything to my lower lashes.

Left to Right: I HEART MAKEUP PALETTE: Foiled, Golden, Wrapped, Cocoa
NUDE TUDE PALETTE: Sexy, Mix of Sultry and Sleek
FACE

Girl, we're going to need to prime because the base that I'm going to be using is HEA-VY. As usual, I'll be using my trusty Mayeblline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer. Okay, so for the base, I'm actually going to be using a product that I've never talked about before and that is the Lakme Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse (Shade: 04- Golden Light) and the reason being that it's REALLY full coverage in my opinion and I just don't have the need to wear something that heavy on a day-to-day basis. A little bit of this goes a long way, so I'm going to take the smallest amount, about the size of a pea and blending that all over my face with my hands. I feel like using your hands is the best way for this product, but it works well with a beauty sponge as well. I would stay away from a brush because it can look streaky. Another note: this does oxidise so I would suggest going 1-2 shades lighter than you need. Mine's about 2 shades lighter. I'm going to set this all with the Avon MagiX HD Finishing Powder.

This mousse can leave your face looking really flat, so to add dimension, I'm going to use the Catrice Sun Glow Mineral Bronzing Powder (Shade: 010-Golden Light) which makes you look glowy and more alive if you have darker skin. Blush-wise, the I Heart Makeup Triple Baked Blusher (Shade: Candy Queen of Hearts) is the one I'm going to use. I'm just swirling all the colours together and putting a bit of this on the apples of my cheeks.

Time for my favourite part, Highlighter! I really wanted this look to be glowy so the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder (Shade: 010-Light Infusion) is the highlighter I'm going to use. I'm going to apply this to my cheekbones and working it up a bit and also on the tip of my nose.

LIPS

Finally for lips, I wanted it to be more natural because the eye and face makeup is so heavy. I'm going to use the Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow (Shade: Cherry Me). This is a tinted lipbalm type-thing and it's very moisturizing. For lipgloss, I'm going to put a bit of the Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss (Shade: 15-True Love) in the centre of my lips. Of course, this is optional; you can skip it out if you like.
Hey guys! I'm going to be turning 16 soon and there are a few things that I want to ask for. I thought I'd share my wishlist with you because maybe it could give you some ideas about what you would like to ask for, for your birthday or even Christmas. There are mostly makeup bits here but I have included some other items. I understand that most of these things are really expensive but even if I just get one of these things, then I would be happy. And even if I don't get anything, or I get something that's not on this list, I will definitely love it equally as much, if not more because I REALLY appreciate gifts which people have put thought into. All of my friends know how much I love sweatshirts/hoodies, fluffy things and of course Pugs, but these are specific things that I could think of. I love you to pluto and beyond. I mean it from the bottom of my heart! xx


My 16th Birthday Wishlist

1. Primark PS Pro Oval Makeup Brushes (different sizes)
2. The Balm Cosmetics Betty-Lou Manizer (available at Di for my Belgian readers)
3. Pandora Bracelet + Charms (This is the thing that I want the most! I'm going to be asking my parents for this)
4. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost- King Tut
5. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost- Dark Horse
6. Nanshy Fan Brush (or any other Fan Brush)
7. Makeup Revolution ICONIC 3 Eyeshadow Palette (available at Di for my Belgian readers)
8. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and Concealer
9. Morphe 35P Eyeshadow Palette
10. Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush Set (available at Di for my Belgian readers)
11. Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set (available at Di for my Belgian readers)
12. Doug the Pug Book
13. White Marble Notebook (I want a new notebook to make my blog notes)
14. The Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Butter
15. The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation (Shade: 075-Caribbean Mahogany)
16. Lauren Conrad Beauty Book
17. Sleek Highlighting Palette (Shade: Cleopatra's Kiss) (available at Di for my Belgian readers)
18. L'Oreal Infallible 24hr Pro Matte Foundation
19. Hair Brush Hair Straightener
20. MUA Eyeshadow Palette (Shade: Undress Me Too)
21. Essence the Metals Single Eyeshadows (Shade: 06-Rose Razzle-Dazzle)
22. 16 Balloons (I've wanted to have these balloons for ages ever since I saw them at HEMA)
23. Pug Plushie

I've tried to link everything that I could find (none are affiliate) so that you could get them too if you like.



Essence is a brand that I've loved ever since I had started wearing makeup. I've been playing with some new products for a bit and I thought that I would do something a little different. I'll be showing you how to create a full face makeup look with products from just one brand. If you guys want me to do more posts like this, then let me know because I personally think that's it's more interesting than a normal review. I love you all to pluto and beyond. I mean it from the bottom of my heart! xx

Today we're going to be going for a bronzy-brown look. It's fairly natural but it's slightly on the smokier side. I also don't have a primer or a highlighter because I couldn't find one. I've also included all the prices because you guys asked me to. All the brushes I used are listed at the end of the post.
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FOUNDATION: Stay All Day 16h Long-Lasting Makeup (Shade: 30-Soft Sand)//Euros 3.89

This Foundation feels light on the skin and has a medium, but buildable coverage. It has a pump dispenser so it's easy to apply and it blends nicely. It also doesn't have any smell to it. I usually don't go for Foundations because BB Creams are more appropriate for school, but I will definitely wear this when I go to any events. It lasts all day. The only complaint I have with this is that there are only four shades in the range and this is the darkest one. I have to use my Body Shop Darkening Drops (review) with this to make it the right colour. I still have to test this with flashback so I'll update you when I do.

I'm just applying a thin layer of this because I want the look to be natural and blending it out with the makeup and concealer sponges. I used about 1 pump to 1.5 pumps.

CONCEALER: Stay Natural Concealer (Shade: 04-Soft Honey)//Euros 1.99

Let me just start off by telling you what a pain it was trying to get the product out of this. I was twisting this for so long and nothing was coming out. I even went to other blogs to find out if that was the case for them as well, but it seemed to me that only I had that problem. I finally had to use pliers and do a bit of playing around but the good news is that it works now! It's definitely an under the eye, highlighting concealer. You could use it on spots but it's not very good for that. It's easy to apply and it's creamy but I want to test it out a bit more. I don't know how long it's going to last because I haven't worn it all through the day so I'll test that out and let you know.

I'm putting a bit of this under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose and a little bit on my forehead to brighten up those areas.

POWDER: All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder//Euros 2.99

This powder is translucent and it's the pressed version. It's available in the loose version as well. This powder is really good. It keeps me matt for most of the day and it's easy to throw in your bag for touch-ups. If you have dry skin, then I wouldn't recommend this because it really dries up the face. You might get away with it if you use a very good moisturizer and a hydrating primer. It's quite finely milled. It even works well for dark skin like mine; there's no white layer left on the skin. It's easy to throw into your bag for on the go as well.

I'm just putting a thin layer of this all over my face and neck because a little of this is enough for your whole face.

EYESHADOW BASE: I Heart/Love Stage Eyeshadow Base (Shade: 01-Beige)//Euros 2.59

I used this on NYE when I did my eyeshadow for a party I was going to -This is so good. It's creamy in texture and makes sure that your eyeshadow doesn't crease. It blurs out any veins, and for darker skin, the colour I got was a bit light so it worked well for intensifying the colours, although it may not be as good if the shade is the same as your skin colour. It has a doe-foot applicator which makes it easy to apply, and then can be spread with your fingers. It doesn't cast a white film onto the eyes and blends into a matte finish. It lasted on me for about 8-9 hours.

I'm just going to be applying a small amount of this onto my eyes. The amount of product that you get out in the first time is enough for both eyes because it blends out like a dream.

EYESHADOW BASE COLOUR: 2 in 1 Eyeshadow and Liner (Shade: 01-Go Bro'nze)//Euros 2.89

For a simple base, I'm going to be using this crayon. This is a nice bronzy shade (duh as it says in the name) and all I can say is that I need to go get the rest of the colours. This is amazing. The range of colours to start off: there are 6 shades and I have 2 of them. The packaging is sturdy as I already dropped it and there was no damage. It's creamy, feels smooth on the lid and although not extremely pigmented, it gives a nice subtle hint of colour, probably more evident on paler skin. The best part of this, IT DOES NOT BUDGE AT ALL. I couldn't get it off when I did my swatches, with makeup wipes and even with micellar water. No smudging throughout the day. If you can get your hands on this, then I would definitely recommend it. The only problem that I can think of is that once the crayon loses it's pointed shape, it will become difficult to line your eyes with it (it's a twisty-up pencil and not a sharpening one).

EYESHADOW: All about Bronze Eyeshadow Palette (Shade: 01-Bronze)//Euros 3.99

This is a gorgeous palette with all shimmer shades. I love shimmer shades but as an overall palette, I wish it had even one matte shade just to use as a base and a transition shade. But since I love shimmery shades, I will definitely be using this palette a lot. It's got good pigmentation and the shades blend well. The darker shades are more pigmented than the lighter ones; I find the lighter ones to be a bit chalky/powdery. There is a bit of fall out when you put it on so I would recommend tapping the excess product off and doing your eye makeup before your face makeup if you're still worried. They blend easily with your finger and/or a brush.

I'm going to be using the darkest two shades in my crease and outer third and mixing the second and third shade on the bottom row for the rest of the lid. I'm then adding a bit of the first shade on the top row in the inner corners as a highlight.




SINGLE EYSHADOW: Mono Eyeshadow (Shade: 23-Newtella)

There looks to be a lot of shimmer in the colour in the pan, but when applying it to the lid, it isn't that evident; it gives a nice sheen. The colour doesn't crease at all, at most it fades a bit throughout the day. It's really easy to blend out and feels creamy and soft on the eyelid. You don't have to add this but I just wanted to test it out.

I'm applying a bit of this onto the centre of my eyelid to add some extra shimmer and darken up the look a bit.

EYELINER: Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen (Shade: 01-Deep Black)//Euros 2.59

This has quickly become my holy grail eyeliner. The tip is so fine, the liquid is so black and it makes applying eyeliner so easy. I'm horrible at eyeliner, especially because I don't wear it regularly but you better know that I'll be reaching for this everytime!

EYEBROW GEL POMMADE: Essence Colour and Shape Gel (Shade: Brown)//Euros 2.99

I'm not one to fill in my brows but ever since I tried it once, I fell in love. Filling in my brows makes me feel like a completely different person. I spoke a about this gel in my recent Drugstore Makeup Haul and First Impressions so I won't go on about it. I find it a lot easier now to fill in now that the first layer has been used. It's a easier to pick up the product. Although I don't do this regularly, I do like to fill them in now and then if there's an occasion.

I like to fill them in darker at the ends and lighter towards the front, for a natural look. I apply the product to the middle of my brows and blend it out to the ends and to the front.

EYEBROW SETTING GEL: Essence Make Me Brow (Shade: 02-Browny Brows)//Euros 2.59

I've heard that this is a dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow but I haven't tested that out myself. I can see why people say that though. It's got a perfect size applicator that fits exactly in the brows. It's easy to use and the doesn't add a lot of colour, but it's perfect for setting the gel in place. You can quickly apply it to your brows and not make any mistakes and if you have naturally full brows, then you can just use this on it's own. I'll be buying a new one when this one runs out!

I'm just lighting brushing this through my brows and combing towards the ends of my brows. Just one or two coats of this and I'm done with my brows. (yes I know I said brows like 10 times in this one part but let's ignore it please)

PENCIL LINER: Long Lasting Eye Pencil (Shade: 02-Hot Chocolate)//Euros 1.59

I'm going to be honest, I'm not a fan of these liners at all. I have them in a few shades and none of them work for me. The liner looks beautiful and creamy when you swatch it, but when you go to apply it to your eyes, it's barely visible. I find that this is a problem with a lot of drugstore liner. The pigmentation just disappoints and it's a shame because they've got so many colours like silver for example, that I haven't really seen anywhere else where it's this affordable. I actually found it a bit painful applying this to my waterline. It smudges everywhere below my eyes and flakes off throughout the day. (I end up looking like I have raccoon eyes) I really wanted to love these because SO MANY people did but I just can't bring myself to. I think I'm going to give it a break and give it another shot.

MASCARA: I Heart/Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara (Shade: Black)//Euros 2.89

Essence mascaras are usually hit and miss. I'm still on the fence about this one; I definitely do like it but I don't know just yet if I love it. The wand is plastic and flexible which makes applying the product really easy. It feels light on the lashes however it doesn't work that well on lower lashes and if you apply more than 2 coats it gets a bit clumpy so you need to work quickly. It's also not waterproof but I know that there's a waterproof version available. I do prefer my Maybelline one but this is a lot more affordable.


BLUSH: Matt Touch Blush (20-Berry Me Up!)//Euros 2.59 and Mosaic Blush (Shade: 40-The Berry Connection)//Euros 2.99

The first one is my holy grail blush and the second one is another that I use all the time. I've just recently spoken about them over HERE, so I'm not going to go on about them. They're really soft and feel silky on the skin. They last well and together, they're the perfect combination for a natural but glowy look.

I'm going to lightly apply this to my cheekbones to add some colour to my face, but not too much because we don't want to overpower the eyes.

HIGHLIGHTER: 2 in 1 Eyeshadow and Liner (02-Peach Perfect)//Euros 2.89

Since I don't have a highlighter, I'm going to be using the same product that I used as an eyeshadow base colour but in a lighter shade. These are really creamy so they can work well as highlighters as well. I'm just lightly applying this to the tops of my cheekbones and blending it out. I'm also going to be putting a bit of this under my brow bone to highlight there as well. Although this is an eyeshadow stick, it also makes a killer highlight. I think that it would look amazing on every skin tone.

LIPLINER: Long Lasting Lipliner (Shade: 07-Plum Cake)//Euros 1.59

The lipliner is creamy and applies smoothly on the lips. It's very pigmented and don't dry out your lips. I like to use it on it's own or under a lipstick, both work well. It's not that good if you eat or drink but if you apply a lipstick on top, then it should be fine. The liner is a twisty-up one so no need for any sharpening. This comes in 9 shades so I'll definitely be picking up a few more. For the price, you honestly can't complain.

LIPSTICK: Long Lasting Lipstick (Shade: 28-Time for a Toffee Break?)//Euros 2.39

Okay these are my new favourite lipsticks. This is the second one I have and they're so affordable that I won't even feel ashamed buying more. They're so creamy and feel moisturizing on the lips. This is a great colour for everyday. It's a brownish shade, like 'a your lips but better' kind of look. They last through eating although I did feel like I had to reapply when I used the red shade that I own (which I actually wore on NYE). It doesn't have a matte finish, it's got a sheen to it but I don't mind that because it makes it perfect for an everyday, natural look. These come in 18 shades and hopefully I'll have the full collection!

Left to Right: 2 in 1 Eye Pencils, Single Eyeshadow-Newtella, Lipliner, Long Lasting Lipstick
LIPGLOSS: XXXL Shine Lipgloss (Shade: )//Euros 1.89

I've owned this for a while now but I've not really used it that much. It's really shiny to it and some people might find it sticky but I think a bit of stickiness is natural for a lipgloss. It does need to be reapplied throughout the day. It glides onto the lips and I find it nice to reapply this, I don't know why. It's nice to wear over a lipstick as well as on its own.

BRUSHES: Powder Brush//Euros 2.99, Blush Brush//Euros 2.89, Eyebrow Brush//Euros 2.50 and Eyeshadow Brush//Euros 1.59, Essence Makeup and Concealer Sponges//Euros 1.99

"Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan"

One of my goals for this year was to try and post at least once a week. I know that it can be difficult sometimes especially when you're juggling school work, friendships and extra-curricular activities and sometimes, you just can't be bothered. You'd rather sit on the sofa, binge watch a TV show (Mine's defo Gilmore Girls or RPDG) and eat a load of junk food. I've been there. But I decided to put together a little list of tips that could help you possibly get more organized so you won't be rushing last minute and you'll probably be more proud of the content you create. I love you all to pluto and beyond. I mean it from the bottom of my heart! x

1//BE COMFORTABLE

Sit, stand, lay down but do whatever feels more comfortable to you. I like to sit on the couch when actually writing but sometimes I will sit in my bed as well. It depends on my mood. Find your spot.

2//PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME

When I know I'm going to be busy, I prepare posts earlier to make sure that I put something up every week that I'm proud of. For example, I knew that I was going to be busy during my mocks so I had pre-scheduled some posts to go up. I would also recommend taking photos in bulk so that you don't have to worry about taking them later.

3//SNACK UP!

Eating snacks always encourages me to blog (even though it might not be the best thing for my body). I like to also get some water to keep myself hydrated.

4//USE A PLANNER

I have a planner that I like to jot down some things into and I also have a blog notebook that I use to make do to lists, plan out posts and write down any ideas I may have. It helps when you're unsure of what to post because you always have some ideas and a planner just helps you to organize everything that's going on in your life. You won't feel as rushed when it comes down to the day when your're posting.

5//IT SHOULDN'T FEEL LIKE A CHORE

When blogging starts to feel like a chore, then don't do it. That doesn't mean that you can't come back to it but I suggest taking a break. For me, I really do want to reach my goal of posting once a week but I'd rather not put out a horrible quality post, with messy photos. I'd wait and then get back up better than ever.

6//MAKE EVERYTHING YOUR INSPO

If you're stuck for inspiration, then maybe take a walk outside and have a breather. I find that going out helps clear your mind and makes you more focused. You can get inspiration from almost anything and I think the nature is a huge source of inspiration for me. I come home and sometimes write stuff that's inspired by my day at school. If you're really in a rut, then you can always take inspiration from other blogs, but this is something you have to be careful about.

7//WRITE WHEN YOU FEEL IT

Sometimes, you may feel the urge to write something all of a sudden. It might be that you've come up with an amazing idea or you just feel in the flow after an event that left you with ideas. Write them down! More likely than not, people are interested in your opinions on things and your reflections on something you saw during the day. You might be thinking, how does this link to sticking to my schedule? Well, on a day when you feel uninspired to write, you'll have that post that you wrote on a whim. A few small tweaks if you feel it, or you can just leave it as is.



Recently I've picked up some new Avon products. I think Avon is such an underrated brand and they really have a huge variety of makeup, especially if you have pale-olive skin tones. I only have very few products but I'll share what I thought of all of them. If there are any products that you've tried and you swear by them, then please comment them so I can try them out as well. I've been trying these products out for the past month or so and I have a good idea about what I think about these products. Overall, I'm very impressed with them.

I also wanted to say that I've just finished doing my mocks, so hopefully I will have more time to focus on blogging. Leave any requests you have in the comments. But I do want you to understand that as I'll be receiving feedback very soon, I may be a bit on and off. I'm really proud of myself for still posting every weekend so please bear with me while I figure out what works best for me. I love you all to pluto and beyond. I mean it from the bottom of my heart! xx

MagiX HD Finishing Powder (Translucent)

I've never had a translucent powder before and I was really looking forward to trying this. It took me a while to get used to getting the right amount of powder out because I either got nothing out or too much. But the powder itself is really nice. I like using it when I wear BB cream because then my makeup look doesn't too cakey and heavy. It feels very light on the skin and it has a good wear time. To be honest, I feel like I can't give a very good review on this because I haven't tried any other translucent powder so I can't compare it to anything. But I think it gives a nice finish to any look. Next step: Trying to bake!

True Colour Glimmersticks Eye Liner (Shade: Majestic Plum)

I'm very picky with my pencil liners. I was actually quite pleased with this liner. The colour payoff was alright and it lasted all day when I wore it to school. But it doesn't come up as a purple colour on my eyes, it's more of a brown shade. I was really excited to try out a purple liner, so I was disappointed by the colour. But overall, it goes on smoothly and has a creamy consistency. It doesn't feel itchy or dry on the eyes. I sure that this would be a product that I reach for a lot if the colour was what was promised. I'll try this out a bit more and feedback to you guys again.

True Colour Super Lengthening Mascara (Shade: Black)

Mascara's are very easy to get wrong and since so many drugstore brands have tons of options, like Essence for example, it's hard to find which ones are actually any good. But this one has to be one of my new favourite mascaras. It's not good for volumizing but it's give your lashes so much length and it seperates them really well. It does exactly what it promises to which is very rare to find nowadays. I like to use this and then my Maybelline one on top for the volume and I've just been loving how my lashes look recently. Definitely a thumbs up for this one!

ColorTrend BB Cream All in One Beauty Balm (Shade: Medium Deep)

This BB Cream is lightweight and provides a sheer coverage. It's the perfect BB Cream for an everyday look and it looks really nice with the translucent powder. I don't necessarily have anything bad to say about this product but I want to mention a few things. This is the darkest shade that Avon has, which is a unfortunate because it's not accessible to people with darker skin. I'm not sure if it even matches my skin tone. It may be a bit light for me but I think I can get away with it during the Winter months. Another thing is, when I ordered it, the tube looked a lot bigger than it actually was in real life. It wasn't expensive but I was expecting a larger tube. But other than those small things, I would recommend that you give this a try especially if you like the Maybelline BB Cream because the consistency is quite similar.