How to Style Emerald May’s Birthstone!

Birthstone Series: Emerald, May's Birthstone

After the less than inspiring transparency of diamonds last month I was looking forward to the vibrant and lush shades of green that make up May’s birthstone Emerald! Emerald can range from a bright green to a forest green, and even slightly darker. As we’ve got Peridot coming up in a few months (August) I had to be super careful not to overlap so I’ve stuck to deep greens of a cooler shade, forest greens and very few khaki greens. The pinterest board features items and colour palettes that cover all these shades, as well as gold, peach, navy and purple.

The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.

 

Emerald Jewellery

  1. Emerald Necklace and Earring set by MarvelousHandmades.
  2. Raw Emerald Bracelets by CrystalFireBird.
  3. 18ct Gold Plated Silver Emerald Diamond Earrings from Argos.
  4. 9ct White Gold Emerald and 0.10ct Diamond Bracelet from Argos.
  5. Kagem Zambian Emerald (Ovl) Solitaire Ring in Platinum Overlay Sterling Silver from TJC.
  6. Silver & 9ct Yellow Gold Created Emerald & Diamond Earrings from H.Samuel.

 

Emerald Dupes

Emeralds are gorgeous, but sometimes a little too expensive so here you’ll find a selection of jewellery using green crystals and glass gems.

 

  1. Mint Green Rope Charm Necklace from TK Maxx.
  2. Black Velvet Choker by MidnightVision.
  3. Green Stone Set Ring from Dorothy Perkins.
  4. Swarovski Crystal Earrings and Necklace set by Silvercrystalscouk.
  5. Savannah Disco Bracelets Pack from Accessorize.
  6. Tassel Pendant Necklace from Forever 21.

 

Colour Palettes

 

  1. Blue Buds. View it here on Pinterest.
  2. Teacup Colours. View it here on Pinterest.
  3. Saffron. View it here on Pinterest.
  4. White Narcissus. View it here on Pinterest.
  5. Emerald Hues. View it here on Pinterest.
  6. Branching Colour. View it here on Pinterest.

Fashion

 

  1. Poplin Bow Shorts from George at Asda.
  2. Tailored Suit Jacket from Topshop.
  3. Satin Zip-Front Blouse from Forever 21.
  4. Floral Satin Souvenir Jacket from Forever 21.
  5. Boden Green Alba Top from Next.
  6. Gothic Sweetheart Corset by CurvyGirlsClothes.

Dresses

 

  1. Emerald Draped One Shoulder Dress from  TK Maxx.
  2. Jeseme Green Sequin Front Bodycon Dress from Pretty Little Thing.
  3. Short Floral Dress from La Redoute.
  4. Emerald Silk Cocktail Dress – Made to Order by alexandrakingdesign.
  5. Phase Eight Collection 8 Shannon Layered Full Length Dress from Next.
  6. Nola Shorter Length Parrot Maxi Dress from Monsoon.

 

 

Shoes

 

  1. Lost Ink Maci Green Mid Heeled Sandals from ASOS.
  2. Daisy Street Green Snake Print Heeled Ankle Boots from ASOS.
  3. Mint Floral Platform Court Heels from TK Maxx.
  4. Reebok Black & Green LX8500 Trainers from TK Maxx.
  5. Boden Green Angelica T-Bar Heel from Next.
  6. Emerald Dragon Heels by TheElusiveRabbit.

 

Accessories

 

  1. Hair Clip with Emerald Beads by CopperStreetStudios.
  2. Emerald green, white and gold flower hair piece by FernandAvery.
  3. Faux Leather Ribbon Floppy Hat from Forever 21.
  4. Cactus Faux Leather Crossbody bag from Forever 21.
  5. Green Oversized Square Sunglasses from TK Maxx.
  6. Green Rucksack from Next.

 

Nails

 

 

  1. Emerald Nails by Polilish.
  2. Cuprum Texture Nail Art by Manicurity.
  3. Fir Coat Nail Polish by ilnpbrand.
  4. May Birthstone Emerald Nail Polish by Jackschula.
  5. Nails Short Square Deep Green from Superdrug.
  6. NCLA Blue Exotica Nail Wraps from Pretty Little Thing.

 

Make Up

  1. Butter London Eyeshadow Duo Palm Paradise from Beauty Bay.
  2. Coloured Rain Eyeshadow from Beauty Bay.
  3. Pressed eyeshadow palette – May Birthstone – Emerald by BreakingBeautyShop.
  4. Barry M Dazzle Dust Bright Emerald 72 from Superdrug.
  5. Emerald Green Matte Liquid Lipstick by Aromi.
  6. Concrete Minerals Living Dead  Mineral Eyeshadow from Pretty Little Thing.

 

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Emerald and Copper Notebook by Elisabeth Fredriksson.
  2. Birthstone Collection: Emerald Notebook by Portico Designs.
  3. Deep Emerald Green in Flight 3D Wall Butterflies by MyButterflyLove.
  4. Emerald Green Mouse Mittens by evefashion.
  5. Parker Urban Premium green fountain pen from Paperchase.
  6. Queen of Green plant pot from Paperchase.

 

What do you think; is emerald a birthstone you think you could style? Is emerald a bit too vibrant for you, or do you prefer the lushness of the colour?

I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!

 

 

 

 

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How to style April’s birthstone Diamond!

Birthstones - Diamond (April)

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? For some people yes, for others diamonds just aren’t that exciting. Add in the fact that they are super expensive, and the dupe diamantés can sometimes look too fake, and styling for April’s birthstone Diamond is no easy task. As a transparent gemstone selecting colours was tricky, and I didn’t want to end  up with a board full of greys and white. So for this colour scheme I took some inspiration from the rarer pink diamonds (did you know diamonds actually come in a wide range of colours?) and created a palette of white, silver, greys, hushed pink and nude tones.

The Birthstone series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.

 

 

Diamond Jewellery

 

  1. 9ct gold Diamond Wing Pendant from Simply Be.
  2. Rough Diamond Bracelet by AbizaJewelry.
  3. Sterling Silver Diamond Heart Locket Pendant from Argos.
  4. 9ct White Gold 0.25ct Diamond Cluster Earrings from Argos.
  5. Rose Gold Infinity and Heart Intertwined Necklace by GemsJeweleryStore.
  6. Sterling Silver Diamond Heart Bangle from H. Samuel.

Diamond Dupes

With the price tag associated with diamonds, diamond dupes are a necessity. Here you’ll find a selection of jewellery using cubic zircona, clear crystals and diamantés.

 

 

  1. Embellished Arrow Wrap Ring  from Express.com
  2. Sterling silver earrings from H&M.
  3. White PU Charm Collar from Quiz.
  4. Earrings with Glass Beads from H&M.
  5. Sterling Silver and Cubic Zircona Ring Set from Simply Be.
  6. Dreamcatcher Pendant from Simply Be.

 

Colour Palettes

  1. Beaded Tones, view it on pinterest.
  2. Comfort Tones, view it on pinterest.
  3. Colour Palette – Ivory, Dove Grey, Blush and Rose Gold, view it on pinterest.
  4. Raw Diamond, view it on pinterest.
  5. Reindeer Tones, view it on pinterest.
  6. Colour Dew, view it on pinterest.

Fashion

 

  1. Joe Browns Dashing Beaded Top from Freemans.
  2. Buffalo London Sequinned Beach Top from Freemans.
  3. Crazy Diamond T-Shirt by Luciaduenasbsas.
  4. Pink Chiffon Flower Applique Bardot Top from Quiz.
  5. Nude Glitter Diamond Print Ruched Top from Quiz.
  6. Super Strip Smart Shirt from  Joe Browns.

 

Dresses

  1. Little Mistress Floral Print Maxi Dress from Freemans.
  2. Heine Cocktail Dress from Freemans.
  3. Curve Pink Lace Skater Dress from Quiz.
  4. Grey Slinky Wrap Over Bodycon Dress from Quiz.
  5. Cheryl Fitted Glam Vintage Dress from Dolly & Dotty.
  6. Cindy Sassy Swing Vintage Dress from Dolly & Dotty.

 

 

Shoes

 

  1. Leda Diamante Sparkle Sandals from Monsoon.
  2. Jeffrey Campbell Lindsay Sandals from Shopbop.
  3. Stud embellished lace-up heeled sandal from Express.com.
  4. White Lace Diamante Trim Pumps from Quiz.
  5. Mustang Lace-Up Shoes from Freemans.
  6. Mustang Shoes Lace-Up Boots from Freemans.

 

 

Accessories

 

  1. J. Jays Suede belt from Freemans.
  2. Modern rose gold geometric Phone Case by InvoArts.
  3. Silver diamante owl keyring by customengravedgifts.
  4. Silver Diagonal Jewel Front Bag from Quiz.
  5. Block-coloured Shawl from H&M.
  6. Free spirit brow bar sunglasses from Express.com.

 

 

Nails

  1. Silver glitter and light pink nails by We Are Ladies.net.
  2. Gold accent with complimentary colours by Nail Salon Sou Sou.
  3. Rose Gold French Tip Nails by Mon Cheri Bridals.
  4. Pastel Marble Nails by Lulus.
  5.  Quilted Nail with Rhinestones by Noemihk.
  6. Bridal Nails by Ithinity Beauty.

 

Make Up

 

  1. Eye Shadow in Cuveè Rose from H&M.
  2. Eye Shadow Pencil in Heavy Metal from H&M.
  3. Ice Queen Diamond Highlighter by CheriCosmetics.
  4. Frosty Pink Lip Gloss by CheriCosmetics.
  5. Lipstick in Time to Shine by MAC.
  6. Barry M Fine Glitter Dust Silver from Superdrug.

 

 

Stationery

 

 

  1. Moleskin Volant in Magenta from W.H.Smith.
  2. Laura Ashley Grace Gold Magnetic Memo Pad Set from W.H.Smith.
  3. Sorbet Pink Document Box from W.H.Smith.
  4. Rose Gold Crystal Pens by DottyMooShop.
  5. Crazy Diamond Hardcover Journal by Emilyg22.
  6. Geometric Rocks by Butlersemporium.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

  1. Flower and Diamante Mirror from Monsoon.
  2. Rose Gold Geometric Heart Pillow by peggieprints.
  3. April Birthstone and Flower Print by RococcoLA.
  4. Soap Diamonds by PommeDorGiftIdeas.
  5. Crystal Tealight Holders from Perry Maison.
  6. Necklace with USB Stick from H&M.

 

 

What do you think; is diamond a birthstone you think you could style? Were you a fan of diamonds before this post, or like me, did you find them a bit bland?

I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!

 
 

6 Incredible Make-Up Artists to Follow!

6 incredible make-up artists to follow

Make up is one of my passions, and I love when people combine it with art and design. There are some incredibly talented artists out there and I wanted to share with you a few of my favourites for this week’s Sharing Saturday!

Please note: All images belong to the artists mentioned in this post. If you like their work please take the time to visit them and follow them on social media!

 

Tal Peleg

Deviant Art  |  Instagram  |  FacebookTwitter

Tal Peleg makes incredible scenes using eyes and eye shadows, and these are just a few examples. You really do need to view her entire gallery to see the breadth of her skill. I love how varied her designs are, and how quirky too. There’s plenty of Disney, some art inspired like the Dali eye featured here, and some childhood favourites too.

 

 

Svenja Jödicke

Deviant Art  |  Etsy

Svenja is an artist that uses her eyes and make-up as a canvas, and what I really love about her work is the use of items as well as paint and make-up. This adds a 3D element, and also means that some of her work is more about symbolism and colours. For example, the first design featured here is her interpretation of The Little Mermaid, as part of her Disney series. Her butterfly and insect series’ are awe-inspiring and if you’re ok with seeing insects then they are worth a browse.

 

Katie Alves

Website  |  Deviant Art  |  Instagram  |  FacebookTwitter  |  Youtube  | Tumblr

 

Katie is a pretty well known face on the web and you’ve quite possibly seen her work before. She takes make-up art to the next level, using a variety of different products and skills to create amazing looks. She did a fantastic series called 31 days of Halloween and included tutorials on her youtube channels for the looks she created. She has covered a variety of themes, and plays around with glow in the dark paint to create some stunning effects.

 

Ithinity Beauty

Website  |  Google +  |  Instagram  |  FacebookTwitter

Ithi at Ithinity Beauty has an extraordinary talent for painting nails freehand, and these are just a few of her incredible designs. She posts new ones every couple of days and they range from freehand, to swatches and using different nail art products. When I’m not drooling over her beautiful designs, I love reading her blog and learning about the new products she’s tried out. She often takes part in themes and challenges which has resulted in some fantastic ideas and creations.

 

Makeup For Glasses

Website  |  Instagram  |  YouTube  |  Twitter

Samaries focuses on creating beautiful eye make-up designs for glasses wearers. As one herself she knows the challenges ladies with glasses face and lists herself as someone who is “breaking the rules when it comes to wearing makeup and glasses”. She offers tips and product reviews, as well as detailing the products she uses to obtain her stunning eye make-up. While Samaries’ work is not as fantastical as the other artists featured in this blog post, I wanted to include her because of how important it is for glasses wearers to have someone like her doing this. While glasses themselves have become fashionable in recent years, not many people actually experience the struggles of creating make-up looks with bad eye sight or that stand out behind glasses.

 

 

Eva Senín Pernas

Deviant Art  |  Tumblr  |  FacebookTwitter

Eva’s work includes full face make-up designs, as well as focusing on individual areas like her crime scene lips featured in the first image. I love the versitility of her work, and how she includes full special effects like her Kerrigan look (second photo) as well as creating themed pieces. There’s a vibrance and ingenuity to her work that really draws you in.

 

 

Are you familar with any of these artists? Any new or different ones to recommend? Are you a make up artist? Let me know in the comments and don’t be share to drop me a link to your work! <3

 

 

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How to style March’s Birthstone Aquamarine!

Birthstone Series - Aquamarine [March]

This week I’m introducing a new monthly edition of Sharing Saturday – The Birthstone Series! This series will be exploring the world of birth stones and creating a pinterest mood board filled with style ideas related to that month’s birthstone and related colours. There will be women’s fashion, jewellery, make up, accessories, colour palettes and some home decor items thrown in too. This series will be posted on the third Saturday of every month.

To start off the series I’ve been looking at March’s birthstone. I based this board around the birthstone aquamarine and the colours aqua, teal and turquoise. You can view the full board below, and keep reading to see my best picks for how to style the birthstone aquamarine.
 

 

 

 

Aquamarine Jewellery

  1. Raw Aquamarine Pendant by CatchingWildflowers.
  2. Aquamarine white gold earrings at Ice.com.
  3. Sterling Silver Genuine Aquamarine Filigree Ring by Sparkle & Jade.
  4. Raw Aquamarine Ring by LittleSycamore.
  5. Aquamarine Pendant, wire wrapped in Silver by Sandrasgems4u.
  6. Aquamarine Chip Bracelet by AngelinaStarCreation.

 

 

Aquamarine Dupes

It would be nice to always be able to deck yourself out in top class gemstones, however, that isn’t always the case. That doesn’t mean you can’t embrace your aquamarine style!  Check out these dupes for aquamarine:

  1. Aqua cubic zircona studs at Argos.
  2. Lola Rose Marylebone Aqua Dyed Quartzite And Gold Tone Bead Bracelet at F Hinds.
  3. Chamilia Sterling Silver & Aqua Swarovski Rondelle Bead at H. Samuels.
  4. Mint Owl Necklace at Claires.
  5. Aqua Tree of Life Necklace by AimeezArtz.
  6. Yes You Glam Necklace in Sky at Modcloth.

 

 

Colour Palettes

  1. Light Blue Wedding Colours, view it on Pinterest.
  2. Crystal Colours, view it on Pinterest.
  3. Crystal Clear, view it on Pinterest.
  4. Colour Current, view it on Pinterest.
  5. Summer Beach Wedding Colours, view it on Pinterest.
  6. Basket Blues, view it on Pinterest.

 

 

 

Fashion

Embrace aquamarine by adding some pieces to your collection that feature pale blue, aqua and teal.

  1. Windsmoor Aqua Lace Top at Debenhams.
  2. Pale Blue Off the Shoulder Top at New Look.
  3. Mela Pale Blue Jumpsuit at New Look.
  4. Dream of the Crop Cardigan in Buttermint at Modcloth.
  5. Aqua Blue Basic Hoodie at Debenhams.
  6. Aquamarine Gemstone Dreams by Leah Flores.

Dresses

The beauty shades of aquamarine, teal and pale blue are perfect for spring. Enjoy the warmer weather in these gorgeous dresses.

 
 

 

  1. Windsmoor Printed Aqua Dress at Debenhams.
  2. Phase Eight Pale Blue Cody Maxi Dress at Next.
  3. Mela Pale Blue Daisy Embossed Dress at New Look.
  4. Lola Stylish 50’s Retro Swing Dress in Aqua at Dolly & Dotty.
  5. Little Mistress Embellished Maxi Dress at Simply Be.
  6. Agatha Dress at Monsoon.

 

 

Shoes

  1. Floral Embroidered Ballet Shoes at George Asda.
  2. Strut in the World in Aqua at Modcloth.
  3. Magrit Aqua Suede With Lace And Bow Detail at Walk in Style.
  4.  Pale Blue Snakeskin Texture Trainers at New Look.
  5. Blue Metallic Sandals at New Look.
  6. Pale Blue Suedette Tie Up Heeled Sandals at New Look.

 

 

 

Accessories

  1. Popband London ‘Denim’ Hair Ties Multi Pack at Feel Unique.
  2. Blue floral print skinny scarf at River Island.

  3. Atomic Starburst Compact Mirror by Inkabilly.

 

 

Nails

  1. Kintsugi nails by Lady Crappo.
  2. Mint and Lace nail art by Betty’s Beauty.
  3. Ocean Ombre at Beauty Lish.
  4. Aria – Sky Blue Ultra Holo Nail Polish by ilnpbrand.
  5. Spell Polish ~Radiant Rabbit~ antique aqua holo nail polish by SpellPolish.
  6. Essie Absolutely Shore by Pshiiit.

 

 

 

Make Up

  1. Aqua Green Lipstick in shade Plutonium by LexGableCosmetix.
  2. Pearl Eye Shadow in Seafoam by VendomeBeaute.
  3. Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in Jade at Feel Unique.
  4. Technic Fashionista Glitter Eyeshadow Palette Blues & Greens at Feel Unique.
  5. Dior ‘Rouge Gradient’ 4 colours eyeshadow palette in Blue 001 at Debenhams.
  6. NYX Professional Makeup Macaron Lippie in Pistachio at Feel Unique.

 

 

 

Home

  1. Zoella Candle – Seaside Stroll at Superdrug.
  2. Bud Vase with Fish by KarenKeirStrawsilk.
  3. March Birthstone: Aquamarine Candle & Bath Bomb Set by Fragrant Jewels.
  4. Premier Housewares Bird Bookends in Turquoise at Argos.
  5. Windmill Aqua Cushion Cover by CoupleHome.
  6. Archipelago Botanicals Home Collection Jasmine Diffuser at Fragrance Direct.

 
 

Stationery

  1. Teal floral and butterfly print five drawer unit at Debenhams.
  2. Aquamarine Sticker Kit by ThoseSillyStars.
  3. Constellation March Aries Aquamarine Notebook by rosescreation.
  4. March Aquamarine Horse Notebook by Anila Tac.
  5. Aquamarine watercolour sticker by Catherine Herold.
  6. Cross Green botanica daylily ball pen at Debenhams.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Arohk Gaming Mouse at Argos
  2. Teal Furbie at Argos.
  3. Aqua Mermaid Bookmark by IrishShells.
  4. Aquamarine Emotional Attunment set by Sage Goddess.
  5. Dino for a Fact Night Light in Diplodocus at Modcloth.
  6. Blue Wolf Winder Earbuds at Claires.

 

 

Whether your birthstone is Aquamarine, or you just love the stone or the colours. I hope you’ve found something you like in this post, and if not there’s plenty more on the pinterest board! I’ll be adding a few more things to the board from time to time so don’t forget to follow it. If you have something you think I should add, especially if it’s something you’ve created let me know!

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The Birthstones Series - Aquamarine March Birthstone

Spring 2017 Beauty Products I want to Try

spring beauty products 2017

As someone who loves trying new beauty products I always keep one eye on the new products being rolled out for the season. Usually there’s a few I’m curious about, and the rest look good but don’t quite catch my fancy. Spring 2017 is doing the total opposite and I’ve had so many great products catch my attention that it’s time to compile a list! ((All images are credited to the product page linked for each item.))

 

Rimmel

Rimmel - Easy Does It Lipstick

 

There’s not much information about Rimmel’s new products for Spring 2017 which makes me wonder if there’s an announcement coming up later. However, they have launched their new lipstick ‘The Only 1‘ which claims to be “A no compromise ALL IN ONE lipstick Long-lasting colour, comfort, moisture and wear”. I’ve been a fan of Rimmel and their lipsticks for a long time now so I’m really curious to see what this new incarnation is like and see if it does what it claims to do.

 

 

 

 

Benefit

 

Benefit is one of those brands I’ve been eyeing up for a while and not quite managed to get my hands on just yet. They’re a bit on the pricey side for me currently, but I have to say I am a wee bit fascinated by a few of their new products. Their ‘They’re Real’ collection has two products that I’m really wanting to try:

 

Benefit - They're Real Double the Lip Hero

 

Double the lip is a 2-in-1 lipstick and lipliner and the reviews have been really positive so far. I love lippies, but lip liners? A whole different ball game for me. Maybe it’s the struggle to have a steady hand for the application or the lack of decent eyesight to be able to actually see where I’m applying it. Or both.This lipstick takes both those issues a way and gives you a liner and lipstick look in one application, and the shades look gorgeous too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Likewise, Benefit have gone for the 2-in-1 approach for the Duo Benefit - They're Real Duo EyeshadowEyeshadow Blender. It’s a two shade eyeshadow which has a darker shade at the bottom and a lighter at the top, so when you swipe along with the brush you get a liner and shadow effect. Personally, I live for blending different eyeshadows for a unique look, but I can totally see this being a life saver for quick application. I spend more time on my eyes than I do else where when getting ready to go out, and being able to just go swish, done! in one application sounds useful. My only complaint? The lack of colour variety. They are all very nude, and I can see this looking amazing in some more vibrant shades like purple, blue and green.

 

 

MAC

MAC - Colour Rocker Lipstick

 

Another brand I have looked at from afar, I have one product and it’s a lipstick that I love. So naturally I’m drawn to the rest of their lippies now. I love purple, so when I spotted their new Colour Rocker lipsticks I was instantly drawn to their two purple shades; Flatter me Fierce (a blue lavender matte – pictured here) and Evening Buzz (a grey lavender matte). There’s loads of bright alternative shades including some magical greens, blues and aquas. I might not wear it all the time, but I damn well need at least one of these in my collection!

 

 

Essence

One of my favourite places to shop for decent products at low prices is Wilko, and one of the beauty brands they stock is Essence. I recently grabbed a bunch of products from the Essence range and have been really happy with them. So I had to check out their new Spring Collection coming at the end of March 2017.

 

Essence - Out of Space Stories Nail Polish

 

One of the things I tried out was a bunch of their nail care range, and so I’m really excited about their nail products coming out. Look at this gorgeous space shade which is just one of their 7 new shades in the out of space stories nail polish collection.

 

 

 

Essence - Colour Correcting Liquid

 

 

After trying out Technic’s colour correction palette (as seen in my favourite 2016 beauty products), I’ve been keeping an eye out for other products like this. Essence’s high quality and low price means that their new colour concealer liquid instantly popped up on my radar.

 

 

 

 

L’Oreal

As someone who suffers from various issues with my skin (acne, scarring, blackheads, dermatillomania ), L’Oreal’s new Infallible Total Cover range didn’t just appear on my radar, it lit it up like a Christmas Tree. The fact that they included an acne sufferer in their advertising makes me feel confident that a brand has actually considered the issues faced by acne sufferers.  Not just said ‘it covers, here you go’. I’ve honestly never seen a skin range that has made me want to buy the whole thing ASAP. There’s a skin primer, a foundation and a colour correction palette; everything you need if you suffer from skin issues like mine.

 

loreal total cover foundation

 

 

Finding a foundation that actually covers properly when you have uneven skin is an ongoing problem for me. I’m gradually getting closer to perfect skin, but honestly it depends on the condition of my skin on the day. If I’ve had a bad dermatillomania flare up then my skin is far from smooth no matter how many products I use. So I am really curious to see if the Total Cover foundation is the one I’ve been waiting for, one that smooths and covers and doesn’t leave me looking like I have 20 layers on my face.

 

 

 

loreal total cover concealer palette

 

Like I said; I lover correction palettes. So grabbing the one in this range is a no brainer for me. I like that it has both colour correctors and concealer shades so you can get the ideal finish from the one palette.

 

 

 

 

Barry M

I have fond memories of being a teenager standing in front of Barry M displays and staring in awe at the range of colours. I still love Barry M so of course they made this list.

 

Barry M - Frosted Cupcakes Nail Polish

 

 

I’ve always been attracted to Barry M’s nail polishes because they’re high quality and have so many more shades than most brands. I’m a massive fan of their effect/shimmery polishes as they always come out looking great even if you’re not perfect when applying. So when they came out with their new Frosted Cupcake range in such cute shades I was immediately interested!

 

 

Barry M - Coconut Infusion

 

 

 

Coconut has become a massive trend in the world of beauty, and while I’ve jumped on board with some of it, I don’t always seek it out. However, it’s the combination of healthy coconut, shades and Barry M’s quality that has been desperate to try their Coconut Infused nail polishes. These have been out for a while, and there’s new shades out for Spring.

 

 

 

Barry M - Matte Me Lips

 

 

Lastly, they’ve just launched their own version of lip kits with their new matte lip range Matte Me Up. The lip kits are limited edition from Superdrug and Boots only, however, the individual matte lips are here to stay. Again, it’s knowing that I’m getting a quality product that attracts me to this product, as well as the affordable price!

 

 

 

 

Essie

As a colour and nail polish addict, Essie’s polishes have a tendency to make me drool. I’ve been following them on instagram and I’m especially in love with some of their new 2017 ranges:

 

 

Essie - treat love & colour

 

 

I LOVE the idea of being able to nurture my nails with colour rather than having to have multiple layers of different products. Essie’s Treat Love and Colour range currently comes in three sheer shades, and naturally, I’m obsessing over this pretty lavender shade.

 

 

 

 

Nudes

 

 

 

I keep seeing these on their instagram and love how they turn out. The Ballet Nudes collection comes in pale and nude shades which look so pretty and chic.

 

 

 

 

 

The Body Shop

Body Shop - Almond Milk & Honey

 

Another firm favourite of mine is The Body Shop and I’ve been using their products since my teens. I keep an eye out for their new collections and this year they’ve launched their Almond, Milk and Honey range. It’s designed for sensitive and dry skin and is aimed at your whole body not just your face (I suffer from very dry skin on my body) and I love these two ingredients. The shower gel is something I’m seriously wanting to try out, as is exfoliating cream scrub. What I like about it is that it comes in a handy pack (see featured picture) which means you can try out a bunch of the products before buying a full sized version.

 

 

 

 

What do you think of my list? Are any of these already on your spring wish lists, or have I just given you a serious craving for something? 😉 Let me know in the comments!

 

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