New Max Factor Mascara

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

I must say that I got more than a little excited when Max Factor let me in on the fact that they are soon to be releasing a new mascara to their ever-growing collection of products...and then, just as I was getting over that wave of enthusiasm, I got even more animated when they asked if I would like to try one! I have never tried a Max Factor Mascara before, but have always been incredibly intrigued by their particular range of items, and have always wondered if they do in fact live up to the rather fantastic reviews that they so often get...

Therefore, I obviously jumped at the chance to finally try out one of said new mascaras...the mascara in question actually being the False Lash Epic, which I have to say is actually a very interesting product indeed, and one that I just couldn't wait to try out! Due to arrive in most drugstores (and generally all other places that stock Max Factor) in October, the False Lash Epic is part of the already rather well-known 'False Lash' collection, and is a mascara that heavily focuses on 'No Lash Being Left Unseen'!

As somewhat of a mascara fanatic (I do pretty much own a mascara from most brands now), I really couldn't wait to see how this one compared... As soon as I opened up my package though, and had a good look at my new makeup edition, I just knew that this product was going to be something pretty special - it's lovely gold bottle stands out a mile off, and gives the look of something really out of the ordinary. Plus, when I unscrewed the bottle and had a little peek at the brush itself, I was again very pleasantly surprised, due to the unique shape of this mascara's wand (it's actually separated into a couple of different sections; with a body brush to get to the main lashes, and also a zoom-action tip to reach all those smaller, finer lashes too), which you can get a better look at in the images below.

Recently Watched Movies...

Sunday, 25 September 2016

I just love a good movie, and lately have found myself watching a fair few new ones (as well as old favourites), as I continue with my film obsession and desire to watch as many movies as insanely possible. When it comes to picking the right movie to watch though, I love to have a read of other peoples favourites and also their recommendations - therefore, upon watching quite a few good ones recently, I thought I would compile a bit of a summary of several of them here today, to try and provide some inspiration for any of you on the lookout for a decent film to watch!


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After reading the rather fantastic book of the same name by Colm Tóibín over the summer, when this movie appeared on Netflix a few weeks ago, I have to admit that I got very excited indeed and simply couldn't wait to watch it. Set in New York in the 1950's, I was a little apprehensive that this movie wouldn't be all that great compared to the amazing book (I read it in about 3 days, due to the fact that I simply couldn't put it down!), but luckily the main character Eilis' trip to the Big Apple from a small town in Ireland, was just as enthralling as I had hoped....

Full of ups and downs just like the original book version of this tale, the film of Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan was actually rather magnificent and is definitely one that I would watch over and over again. It really captures New York life in a very beautiful way, and the costumes used throughout are simply gorgeous and really help to transport you back to, and help you envisage, what such a city must have been like so many years ago.

Short Term 12

I hadn't really heard of Short Term 12 until recently, and then only really thought to watch it due to the fact that Oscar winning actress Brie Larson takes the lead role in it. A couple of weeks ago, I watched this movie and also her other, more famous one, Room in short succession of each other, and whilst I did enjoy watching Room after also reading the book a few months back, I have to admit that Short Term 12 was probably my favourite of the two.

This movie is really rather emotional, yet touching at the same time due to it's look at a group of troubled teenagers and the adults who care for them in their group home. It really doesn't hold back where story is concerned, and intertwines the tales of many people in the home, whilst especially focusing on Brie's character's relationship with a new arrival. In all honesty, a few months ago, I never would have thought to even watch this movie, but after doing so, I felt pleasantly surprised with what I saw and definitely recommend everyone to have a watch of this not-so-well-known movie at some point in the future.

Review - Loreal True Match Foundation

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

For quite some time now, I have been after a new foundation. It isn't that all my other foundations aren't any good, or that they have all ran out or are in the process of doing, definitely's just that as a hoarder of all things beauty, I am pretty much always on the lookout for new things to add to my collection. So, seeing as I felt a little light on foundations, I decided that the next makeup item that I wanted to look out for, was exactly that.

I did all the research. I questioned Twitter over which foundation I should get. Yet, I still couldn't make my mind up - queries about shade, price and suitability to my skin were all whirring round my mind and it seemed that no matter how long I spent scouring Feel Unique, I would never be able to make a decision.

Then...whilst I was watching TV one night, I saw an advert for a Loreal Foundation (that foundation, of course, being the True Match) and after hearing about its endless shade range and coverage capabilities, I decided that this was most likely the foundation that I was going to get. Into Boots I went a few days later, and after trying a couple of the many shades (out of the 23 that are available) I decided that my skin tone was most similar to 1W (Golden Ivory), and upon seeing that said foundation was priced at only £7.99 (in some places the price does vary though), I almost immediately got it firmly implanted into my head that I was going to invest in this lovely little bottle of foundation rather soon.

Autumn/Winter Loving...

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Recently, I have come to the conclusion that I realistically cannot decide which season of the year is in fact my favourite, as yet again now that Autumn and Winter are on the horizon (okay, so Autumn is actually more or less here) I have found myself feeling the all too familiar excitement that I felt only a few months ago when Spring and Summer were on the way...

I'm pretty sure that I wrote a post very similar to this last year, detailing all the things that I love and look forward to when Autumn and Winter come around. However, upon looking through my photos from last year, and feeling the pang of memories and anticipation for what this year's seasons will bring, I decided to just go ahead and write another post about my Favourite Autumn/Winter Things...

New in from Urban Decay...

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

I, for some reason, spent the last few weeks of my summer holidays wanting to buy new makeup, yet for the whole time felt completely undecided on what on Earth to get myself. Did I need anything specific? Foundation, Primer, Bronzer, Blusher? No (well, I do actually need a new primer now, but I'm sure that will be another story for another day), although to be honest, I never really do desperately need any of the makeup items that I buy, I just get them because...well you know, they look nice (etc etc).

In times like those, I always find myself scouring the never ending masses of makeup on sites like FeelUnique and BeautyBay, as I just know that on either of those sites, there must be something that will catch my eye (and if not, there is definitely something very wrong indeed). Luckily, this time I was right. With a sale happening on FeelUnique at that particular time, I actually felt seriously spoilt for choice...and when I saw the discounted prices of most of their Urban Decay stock, I in fact, got very excited indeed.

Baking Cupcakes...

Sunday, 11 September 2016

As you all probably (well...definitely) know, I really do love baking and for that reason, the other day I went ahead and whipped up another creation. Said creation was in fact some Raspberry and Cocount Cupcakes (I actually also wrote about a Raspberry, Coconut and Almond Traybake recently, but I can assure you that whilst the names of that cake and these sound the same, my latest cupcakes really are quite different!) which I found on the BBC Good Food site.

As after making these cupcakes, I found myself feeling pretty happy with what I had achieved (I'm normally terrible at making buttercream, decorating cakes, and generally making them look pretty... but this attempt actually worked out for some reason), and therefore though it would be nice to share my take on the recipe with you all today...

About My Spectrum Brushes...

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

If you follow me on twitter, then you may well know of my constant yearning to own a set of the gorgeous Spectrum beautiful they always looked on many a blog and Instagram post, that I just knew that I had to get my own set at some point, and for that reason these much loved brushes had been right at the top of my Beauty Wishlist for quite some time!

Then, by some incredible stroke of look Spectrum actually sent me a set of their Brushes (namely the 10 Piece Essentials Set that I had been crushing on for the best part of forever), and since the day they arrived I have been incredibly excited to write up this post, and tell you all about them...

When I found out that I would be receiving my amazing set of brushes, I must admit that I was very happy indeed (I definitely let out a little squeal of joy), and just couldn't wait to try out each and every brush and find out what they were actually like. I knew from a quick read of previous reviews that all of the Spectrum Brushes were meant to be rather fabulous in terms of both looks and quality, but whilst I was awaiting my delivery I also noticed in Cosmopolitan magazine that said set were actually featured in their must-have beauty items- another reason to add to the list of why I was so excited to own some Spectrum brushes.

A Weekend In Liverpool

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Last weekend I was able to visit one of my favourite cities in the UK (that city of course being Liverpool), and despite the fact that it was Bank Holiday Monday on the day that I went, the weather actually held up and was rather glorious...because of that, I managed to snap some photos of my trip, and decided to compile them here today and also talk a little about what I got up to in the lovely city itself.

I had wanted to make the journey up to Liverpool again for some time (I have actually been a couple of times before), as not only do I love the shops there and the general sights that make up the city, I also wanted to visit The Beatles Museum (as a fan of the band, I just knew I had to have a good old look around, and buy many a souvenir too). After consulting my parents on the matter, we arranged to go up to Liverpool for the Bank Holiday Weekend and spend a day there on the Monday (we also went to Cheshire Oaks the day before, which, if you haven't heard of before, is a shopping outlet about 30 minutes from Liverpool where you can find many high street and high end products at discounted prices).

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