Crown Brush | A Hit or a Miss?

One thing that I really appreciate as a blogger is the opportunity to discover and play around with new products from brands I would never have heard about otherwise, and one of those brands are Crown Brush. The very first time I had heard of them was back in 2013 I believe, when I first started blogging(I know, it's been such a long time!). I always read such great reviews, but somehow I never really got around to trying anything out from them, until now. 

I'm sure most of you will have heard of Crown Brush by now, but if you haven't, well, here's the lowdown. They first started off manufacturing brushes 35 years ago, but they also have a whole range of other products too, from makeup palettes to base products and even eyelashes too. There seems to be something for everyone. They are neither a high end brand, or drugstore. They sit firmly in the middle. The difference between Crown Brush and many other brands is that they're not only a brand, but a beauty manufacturer too, so the products that you're getting are coming directly from the manufacturer, instead of being distributed out, which means you get top quality products at a reduced price. Now that, I like.

Crown Brush Golden Peach Palette and Pro Rose Gold Brushes

High End Makeup that's Worth the Money

When it comes to makeup, I have quite the mixture of products in my collection, from the drugstore and high end. I am really not fussy, as long as the products are of good quality and do the best job for me. As of late I seem to be reaching towards a lot of high end makeup that I really do love, however my makeup routine doesn't purely consist of just high end. I do have some high street pieces too that I adore. 

I know that buying from the higher end of the beauty market can be quite overwhelming as there's so much to choose from, and of course money is a huge thing too as things can be quite pricey, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite bits that I really truly believe is worth the money. 

High End Makeup that's Worth the Money

Kiko Milano Gold Waves Summer Collection | Gold Waves Blush and Highlighter

A few weeks ago myself, Josh and Alfie, alongside my younger sister took a rare day trip out to Exeter, whilst Harrison spent some quality time with his grandparents. We had a wonderful time! Alfie made his very first Build a Bear and me and my sister shopped until we literally dropped. Retail therapy was exactly what I needed, despite being run off my swollen feet. For the first time I actually had some restraint. I didn't buy as much as I usually would, which not only surprised me, but Josh too.

While I was in Exeter I spotted that there was a brand new Kiko Milano store. I have never tried anything from Kiko before, but they are a brand that I'd wanted to try this year, and alas I have. As soon as I entered the store, I was drawn to the first stand which was full of their brand new Summer Collection called Gold Waves. I pretty much wanted everything but I restrained myself and only bought two products from the collection. 

Kiko Gold Waves Summer Collection

March Beauty Favourites

March wasn't the best month in terms of discovering new favourites. Most of the time I was using the same products. I have a habit of doing so, but I promise I'm trying. I find it so hard to detach myself from them, so don't be too surprised by the lack of makeup favourites compared to previous months. I also found that I was makeup free during the first half of the month too as it was quite a busy time. I just didn't really find the time to do much as I was just rushed off my feet, running errands, looking after the boys and having family time. It was quite a nice change to be barefaced and letting my skin breathe, although I cant really say whether my skin was thankful for it. It's been all over the place lately, and I blame these damn pregnancy hormones.

Anyway, without further ado, let's get into my March Beauty Favourites shall we? 

March Beauty Favourites 2018

New In from Maybelline | Total Temptation Mascara and Brow Definer

Back in February Maybelline launched their latest collection to date, the Total Temptation makeup collection, which consists of three products, the Total Temptation Mascara, Eyeshadow and Highlight Palette and Brow Definers. I have had the pleasure of trying out the Mascara and Brow Definer over the last two months, which has given me more than enough time to gather my thoughts together and report back to you.

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara and Brow Definer

Reviving my Skin with Janjira

I am always switching up my skincare based on how my skin is looking/feeling every couple of weeks. This pregnancy has taken a toll on my skin. It changes all the time. One day my skin would look flawless(or as near to flawless as you can get) and the next day it would be a whole different story. It's so annoying. When my skin is looking tired and dull I like to remedy that with two products from Janjira, the Illuminating Day Cream and Instant Brightening Bubble Mask from their Marine Radiant White skincare range.

Reviving My Skin with Janjira

Shea Moisture Argan Oil and Almond Milk Smooth and Tame Shampoo and Conditioner

I have thin, coloured hair which can be quite unruly at times. It tangles up like no other and the ends of my hair tend to get quite dry and frizzy, especially when using any heat tools(though I tend to avoid them most of the time). In the past I excessively used heat products(straighteners, hairdryer, curling wands etc) and I also dyed my hair multiple times a month. My hair was in quite a nasty state as you can imagine, but luckily it's a lot better than what it was, though not back to it's 'virgin' state. 

Now, as I mentioned, my hair can get quite dry and full of frizz so I am always on the lookout for new hair products that not only adds moisture back into my hair, but also tames any frizziness or flyaways. I've been trying out the Shea Moisture Argan Oil and Almond Milk Smooth and Tame Shampoo and Conditioner in the hope it'll improve my hairs texture and make it that little bit more manageable. 

Shea Moisture Argan Oil and Almond Milk Smooth and Tame Shampoo and Conditioner

Joan Collins First Base Foundation Review

I am a foundation hoarder. I cannot help it, but I am always on the lookout for a new foundation that will make my imperfect skin look, well, perfect. Whilst a foundation cannot get rid of any of my imperfections, it can do a good job at covering them, making me feel so much more confident. Now, as a foundation hoarder I have many different forms of foundation in my stash. There's liquids, creams, powders and even the cushion kind. My favourite formula is a liquid as I find it blends better into my skin compared to the others.

My all time favourite foundation is the Lancome Teint Idole 24hr Ultra Wear Foundation(isn't that a mouthful?), and nothing seems to compare to it, but unfortunately I have ran out of it recently. I have made it my 'mission' to try and test out new foundations since then, and the first I tried is the Joan Collins First Base Foundation(£25). 

Joan Collins First Base Foundation

The Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder | Does it Work?

During this pregnancy my skin has hit a new low thanks thanks to the extra hormones, so I've been into my skincare more than ever, hoping to get it back to it's pre pregnancy state. It's said that during pregnancy you'll get that pregnancy glow, and I can honestly say, there's no such thing. Surely it's just a myth? This so called 'pregnancy glow' was nowhere to be seen with my previous pregnancies, nor this one. My skin seems to look dull, tired, run down and I have had multiple breakouts(though some have thankfully cleared up now).

I've been trying various different products over the last couple of months in order to get my skin looking its very best again, and one of those products is the Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder by Image Skincare(£40).

Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder

February Beauty Favourites

So, back in January I posted my 2017 favourites within different beauty categories and I vowed to bring back monthly favourites after that, and low and behold, here's my February Beauty Favourites. Hopefully I stick to it this time, eh? Yes, I may be a teeny weeny bit late as February ended nearly two weeks ago, but ah well, at least I did it right?

 For Christmas I received a lot of new beauty products and I was so excited to try them out that I delved into them straightaway. I then found myself using the same products almost daily throughout January and February, and before I knew it, my old favourites were being cast aside for them.

February Beauty Favourites

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow Collection

There's one brand that I've surprisingly not talked about much here on the blog, and that is Colourpop. I have tried many different products from them, my favourites being their Liquid Lipsticks and Super Shock Shadows, so it's unsurprising that I've gained quite a collection of them.

Today I'm going to share with you all of the super shock shadows that I currently own. I have 11 in total, two of which are the same shade. I bought my first ever super shock shadow around two years ago now, and the moment I tried it, my obsession escalated very quickly, and I ended up ordering a ton more on my second order.

Four to Try from Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills(or ABH for short) has slowly but surely become a favourite brand of mine over the last couple of years. It first started with their Illuminators, which they sadly don't stock anymore, and overtime I've purchased numerous products from them, all of which have never failed me. It's very rare that I like every single product I try from one brand, but I like that, although it doesn't particularly help the old bank balance.

Now, as I mentioned the first product I fell in love with from ABH was the Illuminator- the Starlight Illuminator to be precise. I was so gutted when they discontinued it as the formula and pigmentation was spot on, plus the shade was absolutely perfect for my fair skin. It's so difficult to find a highlighter that isn't too overly pink, nor too dark to suit my skintone so it's disappointing for me. However at this point in time I have plenty of it left and I've not hit pan on it just yet. My fingers are crossed that they'll bring another highlighter shade like Starlight out soon. Pray for me, seriously...

Aside from that fact, there are four other products that I really recommend anyone to try from ABH. Whether you're new to the brand or want to try something new from them, I can help you out. Here's a rundown of my four favourites from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Four to Try from Anastasia Beverly Hills

An Instant Beauty Fix? | The Lilibeth of New York Brow Shaper

It's always been important for me to keep my brows preened to perfection since I was a teenager. Luckily I never went through the phase of plucking my eyebrows to the extent that they were so thin that they wouldn't grow back. Instead I kept my brows as they were, slightly bushy, albeit sparse in some areas.

I wasn't always happy with my eyebrows though. It wasn't until I was maybe 17 that I started to take pride in my appearance and used tweezers to pluck my eyebrows for the first time. I've always found them super easy to use to shape and define my brows, however sometimes I didn't always get the results I wanted. Hairs would be a little too difficult to grip onto and it was so painful too. As well as that it was a pain to keep on top of the maintenance. They always grew back so quickly, so on I went to try something different.

Lilibeth of New York Brow Shaper

Harrisons Eight Month Update

So, the last time I sat down to update you on Harrison was when he was three months old(see that update here), but now we fast forward a couple of months and he's just turned eight months. How crazy is that? So much has been happening lately. You may have read that I am expecting again this June(read the announcement post here), just 10 days before Harrison's first birthday so it's been rather hectic to say the least. I always said I wanted to post monthly updates to show how he was developing but that obviously never happened. I will not be able to keep up with it now either which is a shame, although I'll make sure to update you every once in a while with how he's getting on. 

A New Makeup Brand | Know Cosmetics

A new brand hit our shores a few months ago, coming all the way from the US called Know Cosmetics. They first launched in Sephora but now they've made their way into our UK stores such as Superdrug and Lloyds Pharmacy. If there's one thing I enjoy more than most about being a blogger, it's discovering and trying out new products from brands I probably would never have heard of before. 

Know Cosmetics is a brand that has the answer to most makeup problems, whether it'd be bleeding lipstick or dark under eye circles.

As far as I'm aware Know Cosmetics have four products available to buy in the UK and I think there are five in the US. I have been trying out all four of the products that we can currently buy right now. Those products in question are the No Bleeding Lips Lip Liner, No Thin Lips Secret Lip Plumper, No Bare Brows 4 in 1 Brow Fix and No Dark Shadows Concealer. 

Know Cosmetics

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Her

Valentines Day can mean different things for many people and you'll probably be celebrating it differently too, whether you're single or in a relationship. If you're in a relationship you may be dining out, going on a romantic walk or spending the day inside, watching netflix with a takeaway and a glass of wine in hand with your loved one. I will most probably be doing the latter, except with a glass of good ol' OJ instead. If you're single though, you could be doing multiple things. Perhaps you'll be enjoying a night out with the girls, dining out, staying in with the family or even going on a date. Whatever you're doing, I hope you have a fabulous day! 

 Now, there is just two days until the big day! I know how difficult it can be to buy a gift for your significant other, no matter what the occasion is, however Valentines Day is so much more difficult than a Birthday or Christmas I find. Christmas was just under two months ago so you're probably thinking, 'What can I get someone that has everything?'. Well, there's always something a girl wants, let's face it. In my case there is anyway. Something will always catch my eye, whether it's a stunning piece of jewellery, a brand new bag or the newest makeup launch. 

I have made it a little bit easier for you if you're struggling to buy a gift for your loved one, or your 'galentine'. I have put together a Valentines Day Gift Guide with a few of my favourite gifts that I'm sure any girl would really appreciate on the day.

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Her

I've Been Keeping a Secret!

So, for the last couple of months I have been leaving some little hints over on my Twitter that I have a little big announcement to make over the coming weeks, and now today is the day to tell you exactly what I have been keeping secret. We are expecting another baby boy! You're probably all thinking, well, didn't you just give birth a few months ago? And while yes, I did, I unexpectedly fell pregnant two months after, and you know what? We couldn't be happier. It was such a huge shock at first as you'd expect, but it's a good shock. 

I am 23 weeks pregnant now so I am quite far along. He is due to be born on the 7th June 2018, 10 days before Harrisons first birthday so there will be just under a year gap between Harrison and my youngest 'boo bear'. I am hoping that it will bring all the boys super close together. Alfie and Harrison are so close at the moment and it's so sweet to see. I'm sure it will be just as lovely once the littlest one is here. 

I've Been Keeping a Secret!

The Best of Beauty 2017 | Body and Fragrance

Well, I expected this post to be up just before January ended but it didn't go according to plan as I got struck down by a cold, again, for like the hundredth time. Not overreacting of course, haha. As I mentioned previously I won't be doing a January favourites as I was super late on the 'Best of Beauty' bandwagon, but I'm determined to stick to monthly favourites this year. I was all over the place last year and only had at least one or two of my monthly favourites posts go live which I'm so disappointed about. They are one of my favourite posts to write, and I like reading other peoples too. In fact, after reading them my wishlist only get's longer. Hopefully I will actually be sticking to it this time, eh?

Anyway, let's get to it shall we? This is my final instalment of the Best in Beauty of 2017, rounding up all of my favourite fragrances and body products. So what was I loving?

The Best of Beauty 2017 Body and Fragrance

The Best of Beauty 2017 | Skincare and Hair

Last year was a good year for new skincare and hair discoveries. I tried and tested a lot but there was only a few products that were standouts for me. Some of them I have used and repurchased numerous times over the last year or so and others were entirely new to me. 

My skin has been an absolute nightmare ever since I hit my teens, and it's still an issue now as I'm entering into my mid 20's. I have had so many problems with scarring, breakouts, enlarged pores. You name it, I probably have it. My skin has never been completely clear, and I've now accepted that it will never be entirely perfect, but thanks to a few skincare products I have noticed improvement and I feel so much more confident in my skin. 

As for my hair, well, I've had blonde balayage for the last two years which I absolutely love. It isn't too hard to maintain. I at least have a refresh once or twice a year, depending how I'm feeling or how it's looking. I tried a few new hair products last year that really impressed me, and now I use them on a daily basis.

The Best of Beauty 2017 Skincare and Hair

The Best of Beauty 2017 | Makeup

I know, I know, we are nearly at the end of January already but I wanted to get my two cents in about the makeup products I well and truly fell for in 2017, so instead of ending this months with my favourites, I'll be talking to you all about The Best in Beauty from 2017 in multiple posts consisting of Makeup, Skincare, Bodycare, Haircare and Fragrance. As there isn't long at all left before January is over I will more or less compile one or two of those categories together. 

Today we are going to start off with Makeup because, well, it's my favourite topic, and I'm sure I have discovered more products within makeup than I have in any other beauty category. So many stood out to me last year. I was using pretty much every single one of these products on the daily and the rest of my makeup collection just got stuck in their drawers. Sorry, not sorry. This year I am determined to switch it up and try out some new brands.

The Best of Beauty 2017 Makeup

The Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

I am a huge fan of Urban Decay as a whole. Not only are they a vegan and cruelty-free brand but their Naked palettes are amongst some of my favourite eyeshadow palettes to use and the Naked Skin Concealer is a staple in my collection. I could go on and on about all of my favourite products from Urban Decay but I won't, there are far too many. I guess you could say they are one of my favourite brands.

Now last year was a good year for them in terms of new releases. The Naked Heat Palette was particularly 'hot' in the beauty community, but then came along their next release, the Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara. Now, I have only ever tried one of their mascaras, the Perversion Mascara and while I enjoyed it, it didn't quite achieve holy grail status so I was intrigued to try the Troublemaker Mascara.

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Range Review

Throughout the colder months my skin can be rather problematic. Not only does my skin breakout a ton but it starts getting drier too. I switch all(or most) of my lightweight moisturisers for something much heavier and richer. For years now, ever since I was a teenager I have always relied on one particular moisturiser to help me out, the Palmers Cocoa Butter Body Lotion. It has always worked a dream for me and I have repurchased it many times since then. I think that goes to show just how much I enjoy it. 

A few months ago I was offered the chance to try out Palmers new range, the Coconut Oil Formula Bodycare range to be precise, and I of course I couldn't turn it down as their Cocoa Butter Body Lotion is a favourite of mine.
 
Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Bodycare Range

The Hylamide Pore Flush Booster

I am totally late to the party in the sense that I have never tried a single product from Deciem. I am sure many of you have at least heard of them before, or perhaps tried a product or two from their many skincare brands. If you're not totally aware of them, Deciem are renowned for being creators of effective but affordable skincare, which you can appreciate, especially if you're not one to splash the cash on high end products.

One of the many brands from Deciem is Hylamide, consisting of three series of skincare products, the Core Series, Booster Series and the Finisher Series. The combination of the three series will create a skincare routine for you which is dedicated to work for your skin type.

Hylamide Pore Flush Booster

What I got for Christmas 2017

Can you believe that we are already two weeks into 2018? I feel like it is going way too quick for my liking, although saying that, I'm looking forward to my birthday next month, but hey, let's not jump too far ahead. It just feels so surreal. I think that may be down to the fact that I've been so busy, it's just whizzed past. We had Christmas with Josh's family and then we spent Boxing Day with my family and then we had Alfie's third birthday just 4 days after Christmas. I haven't really been able to catch my breath. Oh, and just when I was ready to come back to this blog after the New Year,  I was hit with a nasty cold. Urgh, if you know me well, you know something small like that just completely knocks me back. 

With that little setback I wasn't able to share with you what I got for Christmas, until today. Now, I absolutely love reading those posts and watching the videos on YouTube too. I'm just so nosey and I love seeing what other people were gifted, so please bare in mind, I am in no way 'showing off'. I simply love these posts, and I hope you do too, and well, if you don't, god knows why you're here. I have only ever done one 'What I got for Christmas' post, but that goes back four years ago. If you're interested to see what I was bought previously then you can check that out here. I'd like to point out that my photography has changed so much since then, and I'm so proud of it.

What I got for Christmas 2017

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