MUA Pallettes!

MUA Pallettes!


 
Recently when getting samples sent for the Birmingham Bloggers Meet up, MUA were super lovely and with sending lots of products for the girls attending the meet up they also left me a note saying we've included a palette for you to try, which I thought was so nice! Each colour has little specs of another colour in, I have been using it every day since I received it. I'm not sure how much it actually costs as it was a free sample, but it is really good quality like all MUA products are! My favorite colour from this palette is the purple and the blue they are really pretty and look amazing on my eyes as I have dark brown eyes, it does look really good and proves you can get lovely eye shadow without spending an arm and a leg. I would rate this palette a 8/10 as some of the colours on the bottom aren't as good as the ones on the top! Other than this my dream palette right here!
 If you are yet to try any MUA or an eye shadow palette by them I would recommend you do so as they are great quality products at amazingly low prices.
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MUA Matte Lipsticks!

MUA Matte Lipsticks!


Make-up academy, also known as MUA, are one my favourite brands around, for two reasons, one is the fact that their products are high quality the second reason is the fact they offer a huge range of products for £1, I was searching on superdrug and came across the brand and had to go out and try a lipstick as you can imagine they sold out but luckily for me I managed to snap a couple up and after that I was hooked. Recently I found out that they have made their own matte lipsticks, I decided to order these online as they never seem to have them in stores. As you can see they are gorgeous, I got the lipsticks in the shades Scarlett Siren and Pouty Pink. Scarlett Siren is the red, and it is a classic red, perfect for going all out to impress, whereas the pouty pink is what I refer to as a Barbie pink, I love the pink though I think it is great for wearing in the day and I think it'll be even better when spring comes around with those floral nails! I don't really have anything bad to say on the lipsticks considering they are only a pound and for that pound it is money well spent!




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Miss Manga Mascara

Miss Manga Mascara


So I finally spent the remainders of my boots gift cards, but I bought some beauties, the first was this Miss Manga Mascara By L'oreal Paris, I've seen advertised on TV so many times, the advert is a little bit strange but that didn't put me off. The product itself caught my eye, the brush moves in any direction making it easier to get those stray lashes, so did it live up to what it claims. I would say yes it does, firstly because it does make my lashes look a lot fuller, which is what I love and I managed to get the same full look without using 3 different mascaras! *Thumbs up* Secondly the bottom lashes are usually a big problem I always end up getting the mascara under my eye lashes then smudging it, and it's a huge disaster (bit of an overreaction!)  but you get my point, the advert also says it'll make the lashes on the bottom as full as the top. For once I actually agree, I was brave and bought the mascara without a curved brush but I am super duper happy with the result! You can buy this product for £8.99 and I think it's totally worth the hype.



(apologies for the picture of me looking weird!)
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Valentines day if you're single!

Valentines day if you're single!


It sucks being single on valentines day, we've all been there! Your friends being swept of their feet by their partners for a slap up meal with roses you get the jist. It sucks even more if you've recently been through a break up, seeing displays of PDA left right and centre even worse if you have to see it all day long. Flowers being delivered to the office, couples kissing on the tube, restaurants filled with couples and what's worse is the pitying look they give you, but who needs to feel sorry for themselves this valentines day, not you! I've complied a list of fun things to do valentines day and guess what? You don't need a relationship!



1. A day filled with comedy films or your favourite comedy box set (bring on the friends marathon!) If you have a single friend even better, crack open the wine and enjoy the day in your PJ's watching something hilarious, you must have chocolate too. This is essential.

2. Shopping, Shopping and more Shopping!
Got to admit this isn't the best one for your bank balance, but why not treat yourself to that lipstick you've been lusting after for ages, after all you don't have to fork out for dinner and presents you deserve a treat don't you.

3. If you've got a group of friends who are single have a little we hate valentines day party, yes I am referring to film valentines day when I say this! You can host it at home, cook a meal and play some I hate valentines day games with a bottle of wine or even go out as a group, who says you can't have a nice on valentines day and a slap up meal!

4. Spend the day blasting tunes and doing some baking! I love baking it always makes me happy and licking the bowl is even better! Make yourself a happy upbeat playlist and dance around the house, like a crazy lady but why not it's fun!

5. Spend the day like any other.
After all it is only another normal day, just about with your normal day to day activities.

Who needs a date this valentines day when you can have this much fun? 


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Top 5 Lipsticks Under £5



This is a series of posts I've wanted to write for you guys for a while now, just haven't got round to writing them up but I finally have and I decided to a bit of a bargain hunt for these posts and put together a post on my favourites under a fiver- starting with lipstick. In my opinion these lipsticks are great for their price tag, and there is nothing wrong with make-up on a lower budget! Just to let you know I will be doing the post on the lipsticks themselves not the shades.

Seventeen Stay Pout: This is one of my all time favourite lipsticks, for £4.49 I can't believe how good quality the lipsticks are they come up there with the best, the lipsticks are glossy and have a long time coverage which is a winner when I am looking for a lipstick! If you've never tried seventeen go down to your local boots and pick one of these up now.

Collection: Little Mix Lipsticks:
Collection has always been a go to brand for me as it's been around all the time I've worn make-up and when you're 14 you are on a small budget for your make-up, so collection has always been a winner with me, I recently read about the little mix lipsticks and I had more hope for them than the one direction make-up as it might actual of have had some input by little mix. They cost £2.49 and for a lipstick that is a fabulous price, they are definitely worth the money, some people may not buy them due to the little mix label.

Barry M Lip Paint:
So everyone has heard of Barry M, it's mostly known for it's bright nail varnishes, which I will be talking about in my nail varnish post, I'm not sure when they made their own lipsticks, but I bought myself one when buying some for my lovely American friend Ami, and I was pleasantly surprised. The lip paints are £4.49 and well worth every penny they have so many shades to choose from, they don't last as long as some lipsticks but the colour is vibrant!

Miss Sporty Perfect Colour: 
Another lipstick for £2.59 and this is the miss sporty perfect colour lipstick, there are less shades to choose from than the others and most of them are quite neutral, but it is still a fab lipstick once again can't argue with the price, they don't last as long as other lipsticks but once again the colour is a good colour and they are glossy and leave your lips feeling moisturised!

Collection Deluxe Lipstick: 
This lipstick is great because it is enriched with Shea butter and vitamin E which makes it a great moisturiser as well as a lipstick, these lipsticks come in great colours so many bright and vibrant shades to choose from and it has a long lasting power *hurrah* and the price tag makes it all that better at £2.99 a great price for a lipstick on a budget!

Would you buy any of the lipsticks I've wrote about in my post?





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Winter to Spring!

Winter to Spring!





Hello everyone! I'm Kayla from Microscope Beauty and am really excited to be guest posting for Jess! If the UK is anything like Michigan right now, it's downright cold. However spring is just around the corner! Here are a few polishes that will work well during that transitional period from winter to spring.

Essie's "Damsel in a Dress" ($8.50) is your classic deep plum shade that's perfect for the winter months, but as the weather gets warmer I still can see myself wearing it as it's just a lovely, attention-getting color. On the other end of the spectrum is Sally Hansen's "Jaded" ($7.99), your typical spring pastel shade. I for one love wearing colors like soft light blues in the winter as it makes me feel like a snow queen or one with the weather. It'll be a great color to welcome in warmer days. Rimmel's "Steel Grey" ($3.99) touches on the cooler tones of winter but also has lovely lilac notes that promise spring is just around the corner. This is my personal favorite of the bunch as it's an amazing formula with a nice brush. 

Next up is China Glaze's "Re-Fresh Mint" ($7.50). I'm a sucker for mint. I'd find a way to wear it all year round if I had to. It's on the cooler side which makes it a perfect contender for the winter months, but will transition easily into the early spring months. Finally, Essie's "Vested Interest" ($8.50) reminds me of denim shorts and showing some skin after a bundled up winter. It still has my go-to cool blue tone that I gravitate towards in the winter though. The perfect transition shades.

What nail polishes do you wear during the transition period from winter to spring?

Be sure to stop by my blog and say hi!

xoxo Kayla


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Products I need to use more!

Products I need to use more!


I saw this post on Beths blog and I decided I would make my own version on photoshop! I do own all of the products in the picture, I just fancied a change from taking pictures and decided to edit one instead!


The products in this post are:
Eyes lips face Matte Lipstick 
Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara
Barry M Nail Varnish 
Benefit Porefessional
Lady Gaga Fame Perfume
Collection Pressed Powder
Apocalips

All of the products in the picture above have been used only once or a few times which is shocking considering how many there is in the picture! Firstly I haven't used the E.L.F lipstick much because I own so many bright and bold ones and this is more of a plain pink shade, nothing to do with the lipstick itself! The Rocket Mascara, is simply the fact it doesn't make my lashes as big as I like them to be, I have to use 3 or 4 mascaras on top to make it work at all! Barry M Nail Paint, all of the shades I own are pastel colours which aren't suitable for this time of year, so they will come into use more than just on my toes around spring! Benefit porefessional, I've found a better product on the similar lines it's a lot cheaper and I actually feel works a lot better so this one has been sidelined a little, do need to use it once my other runs out! Lady Gaga Fame, I do own so many perfumes and I really need to use this one more it smells so gorgeous and I love it, but with all of the new perfumes I keep getting and the samples from my advent calender I pretty much forget about this one! Collection pressed powder for some reason I have three of these, but they all seem to be unused, I am not sure why this is but I used one the other day and it is really good, so I need to start using it and get through all of the pressed powder! Finally the apocalips, I own two of these I do love both the of the colours but I've found that it doesn't really stay on my lips and with so many other products that I have it just doesn't seem worth it! 



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