Creating a Spring Look with Max Factor

Spring is officially here.

Lighter mornings + evenings. Daffodils. Pastels. Easter. Glowing skin.

I’m ticking all the boxes.

As much as I love the darker evenings, there’s something quite lovely about going into lighter days because after all, that’s more time to take blog photos.

When Max Factor got in touch and asked me to create a Spring look using a selection of their products, I said yes. Not only do I love their range of beauty items, but the girls who work for their PR are seriously lovely.

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Since fashion week in London, New York, Milan and Paris, there are a lot of makeup trends floating around online ready to move from the runaway to the pavement.

I like love my makeup.

I’ve finally found both skincare + makeup brands whose products really work with me.

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The Base

I don’t wear foundation, we all know that.

When I was kindly gifted the Miracle Touch Skin Smoothing Foundation, I knew that not only was it the wrong shade but with a very light application, it kind of worked and allowed my skin to glow.

If I knew what shade I was, I’d most definitely give this another go but right now, I can’t give a full opinion (sorry).

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The Eyeshadow

No matter the time of the year, I always go neutral on the eyes.

Whether it’s my standard MAC eyeshadow or my new favourite Sleek eyeshadow, I like to make sure my eyeshadow is well blended.

The Masterpiece Palette has every shade you could possibly need for Spring.

The soft matte brown shade all over the lid is gorgeous with the deeper brown slimmer blended in the crease. This is more of less my standard go-to makeup look but I love it.

With the months getting lighter, pink is another lovely Spring shade.

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The Eyes

I have one mascara which I use on a day-to-day basis.

I have very small eyelashes (someone help me with that, please) so I need a mascara which not only gives volume but gives them length as well.

I flipping love the 2000 calorie mascara *claps*

It curls my lashes perfectly and despite needing several coats, it does the job.

This is definitely going straight into my makeup bag.

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Don’t be fooled by this gorgeous matte lipstick.

It’s not red.

It’s lighter than you think because in actual fact, it’s a gorgeous deep pink shade.

Love is a shade which I can’t wait to wear, but for me, it’s more for Summer than it is for Spring, especially on date night when you can sit outside and enjoy a cocktail (or two).

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The Blush

I was sent this from Max Factor about one or two years ago and it’s still my absolute favourite blush for Spring and Summer as it allows you to have the loveliest pink cheeks.

Lovely Pink may be a small blush but it truly is perfect.

I can’t wait to continue to wear this throughout April and May.

As well as these products, I also used:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Powder
L’Oréal Liquid Eyeliner
Rimmel Sculpting Palette

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The Sunday Post // Week 13

It’s Saturday morning when I’m writing this.

I’m in bed, with my swollen right knee elevated on a pillow.

How lovely.

The clocks went forward this morning at 1am and in true fashion, people are waking up and posting “what time is it?” on their social media accounts.

Just do what I do: put the news on.

This week has been flipping wonderful…

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The Lake District

If you read last week’s post or follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know that the Mr and I went to the Lake District Sunday to Tuesday. I’ve never been before but he has, so it was more of a chance for me to visit somewhere new but also for Mr to see what has changed.

We stayed in Kendal and travelled to Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside before heading to Blackpool Sea Life on our last day. I need to write up so many different posts about our visit because I took a silly amount of pictures.

I won’t waffle on too much, but we had such a lovely time. The weather wasn’t always on our side but every corner you turned, there was something new and quite frankly, it’s a photographers dream!

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Seeing as the Mr has had a full week of work, we made the most of it and he finally got round to buying his suit for Ladies Day!

We stopped in at Wagamama’s for an early lunch and I tried their fruit juice which is apple, orange and passionfruit.

HOLY DUMBLEDORE.

It is so good.

They need to bottle it and sell it so you can drink it while you shop.

I’ve had a lot of issues with jeans recently because I’m 5ft3 with a Kardashian bum.

Not great as you can imagine.

BUT…

I found the perfect pair in GAP for £27 and they fit like a glove.

I’m sure I’ll do a blog post on those soon.

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What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve got a full book recommendations post coming very soon BUT…

Yesterday morning, I finished reading One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis.

Due to exploring new places and having time with the Mr, I’ve not had a lot of time to read but with my knee being dodgy, it was the perfect excuse to finish it.

Well, that ending was insane.

Review coming some time in April for you all.

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Then. Now. Always. by Isabelle Broom

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Published: 20th April 2017
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 400

Blurb:

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is in Spain with her colleagues for a month to film a documentary and it’s a dream come true. Not at least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and crush). If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameraman) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way. But then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here? For once in her life, can’t Hannah just have one perfect summer, free of any drama? Continue reading

Celebrating Mother’s Day with Venus Flowers

Mother’s Day.

The one day on the year (oh, and their birthday) when we can spoil our Mum’s rotten because they would go to the ends of the earth for us.

My Mum loves flowers.

She spends a lot of time sorting the garden out, planting bulbs, arranging flowers and growing vegetables.

She’s a green fingered lady.

When Venus Flowers got in touch about sending a bouquet of flowers for my Mum, I obviously said yes because she absolutely loves them. Continue reading

The Sunday Post #12

ROAD TRIP!

As you’re reading this, we’re (hopefully) in the car on the way to Kendal in the Lake District for a couple of days, but knowing my luck, the Mr is taking his time..

I wait for him.

He never waits for me.

We decided to take a few days away from work + blogging to spend some time together and explore some places. We’re in Kendal until late afternoon on Monday and then we’re driving to Blackpool for two more days of fun.

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Photo Source: visitcumbria.com/sl/kendal/

I’ve said in previous blog posts that one of my aims for this year is to visit more places in England – whether it’s new areas such as Kendal or places I used to go as a child such as Blackpool.

I’ll be doing blog posts on our little break so stay tuned for those.

Oh, and if you want a sneak peek – keep an eye on my Instagram stories! Continue reading

Look Good, Feel Good with H&M

A few weeks ago, I had a job interview.

I was frantic about what I was going to wear because not only do you need to put all your cards on the table, you also need to look presentable.

That’s where H&M come into play.

Their range of smart office wear is amazing (so is New Look’s by the way) so when I was browsing the shops one late Friday afternoon, I spotted a beautiful dusky pink shirt.

But I had no smart pants to dress it with. Continue reading

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews

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Published: 6th April 2017 (Paperback)
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 448

Blurb:

Christie Chapman is a single mum who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It’s not an easy life but Christie finds comfort in her love of crafting, and spends her spare time working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed cards to personalised gifts, Christie’s flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it’s not long before opportunity comes knocking. Christie can see a future full of hope and possibility for her and Finn – and if the handsome Max is to be believed, one full of love too. It’s all there for the taking. And then, all of sudden, her world is turned upside down. Continue reading

Spruce up your garden this Spring with Fishpools

Spring is around the corner.

I can already feel it in the air.

The mornings + evenings are lighter, the daffodils are popping up everywhere and we can finally get to work on the garden.

Over the Winter, the garden has been neglected simply because it’s too cold to do anything and due to the frost (thankfully we didn’t get any snow), no flowers were able to bloom.

I’ve got a few simple steps on how you can spruce up your garden this Spring…

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