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WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS 2017

I cannot believe it's all over again for another year, the past few days have flew by, but they've been brilliant - and finally, after several Photoshop issues my what I got for Christmas post for 2017 is complete. I know a small percentage of people don't like these - and that's cool, just don't read it! But, I know a lot of people love to see these posts and I personally love reading them myself because I'm nosey as hell. I obviously haven't photographed everything because we'd be here all day, and quite frankly I couldn't be bothered to keep stacking things up. But just because they aren't photographed, doesn't mean I don't love them! Especially things like the money to pay off my credit card debt! 
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THE CHEAPEST SUMMER HOLIDAY YOU'LL FIND

butter bronzer uk physicians formula bronzer review
If you’re looking for the perfect bronzer for pale skin, I’ve got you. Say hello to the summer holiday in a compact, with a drugstore price tag - the Physicans Formula Butter Bronzer is my new favourite getaway. It really delivers the full experience, and sits way above some of my high end bronzers in my mental charts. Now I understand why every British beauty lover rushes to the drugstore when they hit America to hunt this down or to stock up for their fix. Physicians Formula also just released Butter Highlighters to go alongside this cult favourite - I have one shade and I can confirm they’re as equally gorgeous. 

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THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE? FEEL BETTER, TO LOOK BETTER

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So many of us struggle with our appearance. If you clicked on this post then you’re probably in that category. It’s no wonder that we all feel this way when we’re bombarded with so many images on social media that make it confusing for us to work out how we’re supposed to look. That’s because there is no ideal image. All that matters is how you feel about your appearance. As we’ll discuss throughout this article, confidence and healthiness are the two components that matter when it comes to beauty. The better care you take of your body and mind, the better you’ll look as a result. Let’s talk through some improvements you could make to yourself in order to feel and look better.
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LAST MINUTE SECRET SANTA IDEAS (£5 AND UNDER!)

Secret Santa ideas five pounds
Honestly one of my favourite things about Christmas is buying and giving gifts, but on a tight budget I'm just no good. I always worry I haven't got enough/spent enough and end up going overboard. Anyone else? Luckily I don't have the dreaded task of buying for work colleagues or friendship groups, or any Secret Santa arrangements with £5 or £10 budgets. But, if you have been summoned to take part in a Secret Santa, I've got your back. I've picked up a great selection of gift ideas from B&M Bargains Stores, and I'm pretty sure everything I got was under five pounds. Sorted. These are things I would personally absolutely love to receive as a Secret Santa gift or stocking filler - it's very heavily food/sweet based because lets be honest, who doesn't want that at Christmas time? 
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IT'S NOT JUST SKIN DEEP - HOW TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL

Every single one of us at some point ends up feeling anxious about our own features. But what if the key to feeling beautiful was about working from the inside out? Amazingly, there are many ways you can trick your brain into a sense of happiness, which as a result will help us all feel that bit more special, and sexy. Here are a few ways to help address these anxieties.

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WORTH THE HYPE? STILA MAGNIFICENT METALS GLITTER & GLOW LIQUID SHADOWS

STILA MAGNIFICENT METALS REVIEW LIQUID GLITTER EYESHADOW GLITTER AND GLOW
Guys, I finally got one. I've been seeing these beauties all over my Bloglovin' feed for months (and adding them to my online baskets every week,) but I finally committed. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I'm all about glittery eyeshadow and creating dramatic glam looks on the daily - but we all know using loose glitter is messy, a little tricky and sometimes really goes down badly with your eyes. So, if you can get the same amazing glitter crazy look - without the hassle and  stinging, watering eyes - well you just would, wouldn't you? Well at least that's what the fifty plus blog posts I've read about these told me anyway. 

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HUDA BEAUTY SMOKEY OBSESSIONS PALETTE REVIEW + SWATCHES

HUDA BEAUTY SMOKY OBSESSIONS PALETTE REVIEW
You bet I was on the Cult Beauty website the minute the new Huda Beauty Obsessions Eye Palettes launched, so if you're looking for a multi toned eyeshadow palette that can literally create any type of look your heart desires - look no further.  We all know by now I love everything I've tried from Huda, and I religiously wear her false lashes on a daily basis (In the style Scarlett, here. Incase you ever wondered.) These new compact palettes come in four colour ways, such as vibrant brights, warms and mauves - you can check them all out hereI opted for the Smokey palette, (for now anyway.) I wear a dark smokey eye quite regularly, and it's certainly not something I save for special occasions or parties, this girl just likes full beat on the daily. 
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GET INSTA READY FOR CHRISTMAS

ZARA BLACK STRAPPY POINTED TOE HEELS
As Christmas approaches the invites for meals out with work, friends and family come rolling in, and we all love to take a picture or two looking our best and having fun to commemorate the occasion. Winter is a great time to indulge in richer fabrics, deeper colours and sumptuous layers. Where at any other point of the year you might shy away from glitter and sequins, at Christmas time it’s not just accepted; it’s encouraged. So get those phones ready and party on. 
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FOUR WAYS TO BOOST YOUR SELF ESTEEM

how to boost your self esteem
There is a lot that can be said for our mental health and wellbeing. We all take for granted a little too much in regards to how we feel and often this sort of behaviour can lead on to us feeling less confident and struggling with things like anxiety and low self-esteem. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. If you find yourself struggling at the moment then look no further. Below I have four ways to help you to boost your self-esteem, and it is as easy as making a few habits changes and starting right now. Interested? Read on to find out more.
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HUDA BEAUTY FAUX FILTER FOUNDATION AND PRIMER REVIEW

HUDA BEAUTY FAUX FILTER FOUNDATION REVIEW
Say hello to my new favourite foundation. Yep, that's right. This new release from Huda has knocked out my holy Marc Jacobs Re(Marcable) Full Cover Concentrate that I swear by, I never thought I'd be saying this, wow it's the end of an era. 

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR HER

Gift Guide for her christmas 2017 luxury under 100 pound for mum for grandma
Moving on from my Stocking Fillers For Her, now we have the big dogs. Here are some gifts I've selected, perfect for the women in your life. All of these picks have a really luxury and special feeling, but aren't going to break the bank. I've actually purchased several of these items myself for the special women in my life, because for me it's always quality over quantity.
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MY LAST HAUL OF 2017 - CULT BEAUTY

Beauty Blender Midas touch
When they say 'treat your self,' I don't think they quite mean spend 100 on makeup every week...but someone let me have a credit card, (why?) so this happened. How do I justify this? It's for the blog, It's always for the blog. I wish I could say the same for the seventy pounds I've spent on Domino's this week, is yolo still a thing? (Damn those new Chocca-Locca-Pizzas are my new guilty pleasure.)

I genuinely needed a new Beauty Blender anyway, so I was really happy to see Cult Beauty had their Christmas Midas Touch Bauble, which is great value. Not only do you get your Beauty Blender in a pretty Christmas bauble, but you also get a Pure Solid Cleanser all for £18. The cleanser is such a simple and quick way to deeply clean your blender, and I could never justify paying for it alone so I'm really glad to have it back. 

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17 STOCKING FILLER IDEAS FOR HER - ASOS FINDS


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THE FOUNDATION STICK BREAKING ALL THE RULES

Nars Velvet Matte Foundation Stick Review
I finally ventured into the world of foundation sticks, I've been eyeing up the likes of the Make Up Forever HD stick for years but it just didn't excite me enough to pay the price. But, when one of your favourite brands releases a new product, it looks great, sounds perfect, you know your perfect shade? That excited me. It's very unlike me to not read a lot of reviews before buying a product, and I've had my fair share of hyped product disappointments but thankfully this 'aint one of them.

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NARS X MAN RAY DOUBLETAKE OVEREXPOSED HIGHLIGHTER (LIMITED EDITION)


NARS X Man Ray Double Take Overexposed Highlighter Review

In case you've been living under a rock, NARS just launched another limited edition collaboration collection for Holiday 2017. This year it's the gorgeous Man Ray collection, consisting of many collectors sets, an eyeshadow palette, and most importantly this highlighter. I'm so glad NARS have finally released a proper powder highlighter, in their main line they only have liquid and cream illuminators which really aren't for me and really aren't current enough in my opinion. Everyone wants a blinding highlight nowadays and NARS seem to be the only brand not to have released any. (Until now...)
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A PAINFULLY HONEST GLOSSIER REVIEW (MUST READ BEFORE BUYING)

Honest Glossier Skincare and makeup bad Review
If you saw my Glossier Haul Post, you'll know how excited I was about the brand finally being available in the UK. I spent a lot of money and nearly spent more, I had massively high hopes because the brand and the products I bought in particular are very hyped and have a cult like following.

I hate to admit it and I really didn't want to believe it myself, but I am so disappointed in the products. More disappointed than I've ever been in any brand, the question everyone is asking is 'is it worth the hype?' No, it's certainly not and I recommend you really do your research before purchasing. I did not at all expect to be writing a negative review because I was expecting to adore everything and want to repurchase. If you want to know what went wrong, what was okay, and what was awful, read on...

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URBAN DECAY TROUBLEMAKER MASCARA REVIEW

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara Review
I finally got my paws on the hottest mascara on the block, after it being sold out everywhere since its release! It's very unlike me to buy a product without reading any reviews on it first, but I couldn't resist the packaging of the new Troublemaker Mascara - and I've never tried an Urban Decay product and not liked it. I've tried two mascaras from Urban Decay already and they were two of the best. So, if that was anything to go by - I was safe going in blind buying this newbie. 
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GLOSSIER IN THE UK! MY FIRST HAUL

Finally, I've waited so long for Glossier to come to the UK. I've spent countless hours lusting over everything on the site and debating shipping it over from the US. So when my boxes arrived at my door very early this morning, you bet I was so excited I was physically shaking. I know a lot of avid beauty lovers were excited for this, but this morning was like Christmas Day in my bedroom. I spent around £90 in total, but used a reps link so I got 20% off! (Highly recommend doing that, guys.) I really had to restrain myself, I was 'this close' to buying almost everything at once. So, another haul is inevitable of course. Be prepared for a lot of photographs and millennial pink...
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THE END OF 2017: MY MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY PROGRESS

Newcastle Vodka Revolution Cocktails
I can't remember the last time I did a mental health post, I always seem to put them off because they really get me thinking and that's something I've learnt to avoid. However I now feel like I'm in a secure enough place to overthink sensibly and rationally, and be able to control my emotions after.
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RIMMEL X RITA ORA | SHADES OF BLACK

RIMMEL X RITA ORA SHADES OF BLACK REVIEW
Just in time for Halloween, say hello to the new Shades Of Black collection* by Rimmel in collaboration with Rita Ora. A small but bold collection made up of gloss, polish and mascara to take you through from early Autumn to October 31st. (And the rest of the year if you're brave enough with your 'out there' looks.) 

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TOO FACED PRIMED & PORELESS POWDER REVIEW

Too Faced Primed And Poreless Pressed Powder Review
Being a combination skin gal, I find that I'm always on the hunt for the perfect setting powder. It needs to check everything on my list to make the cut: pore blurring, mattifying, translucent, not drying, not cakey, finely milled, and of course just good at keeping my foundation in place. 

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SOPHDOESNAILS X MAKEUP REV HIGHLIGHTERS & SWATCHES

SOPHDOESNAILS X MAKEUP REVOLUTION HIGHLIGHTERS & SWATCHES
It's not often I buy drugstore make up, but when I do it's because its super hyped up. In this case, it's because one of my favourite YouTubers, SophDoesNails has collaborated with Makeup Revolution to produce two gorgeous palettes. 

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THE NEW SKINCARE BRAND YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: FORMULA 10.0.6

Formula 10.0.6 Skincare Review
Say hello to the new skincare brand on the block, Formula 10.0.6 - this brand is supposedly packed with natural ingredients that are designed to tackle troublesome skin. I've been testing out a few of their products recently which I admit did scare me a little at first because my skin is very sensitive, but so far I've really enjoyed them so here's the run down...

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NEW IN: DRUGSTORE SKINCARE + REVIEWS

Drugstore skincare routine for combination skin
I used to spend a lot of money splashing out on high end skincare, I refused to use 'drugstore' products- so a bit of a skincare snob. But recently I've been buying pretty much every step of my skincare routine from the drugstore, I really think cheaper brands have stepped up their game majorly recently. The only high end product in my skincare routine now is my cleanser, which of course is my trustee Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm which I wouldn't be without.

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6 REASONS WHY YOU NEED THE TOO FACED HANGOVER 3-IN-1 SPRAY

Too Faced Hangover Primer Spray Review 3-in-1 Setting Spray
Fans of the Too Faced Hangover Primer, gals with dry skin, dehydrated daisys, make up lovers, mums, grandmas, cats dogs, girls and boys everywhere, listen up. I've found your new best friend. 
Despite loving the Hangover Primer, I didn't have any interest in this product until I found it in store and actually saw it in the flesh and had a spritz, and then suddenly I 'needed' it. 

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REVIEW: TOO FACED LOVE LIGHTER - YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE

Too Faced You Light Up My Life Highlighter Review Gold
I remember a long while ago now I was very excited about Too Faced finally adding more highlighters to their product line up, and when I first saw the sneak peaks of these Love Light Prismatic Highlighters and how insanely gorgeous they looked, I was pretty prepared to buy all three shades immediately. But, the reviews started circling and the overall opinion was very negative, which was extremely disappointing and surprising, because Too Faced rarely disappoint. 

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ZOELLA BEAUTY 'SNOWELLA' - 2017 GIFTING COLLECTION REVIEW

Zoella Beauty 2017 Christmas Gifting Bath Teabags Brew Me A Bath Bath Milk Powder
Oops, I did it again. I couldn't resist yet another new release from the Zoella beauty brand, I recently reviewed the Jelly and Gelato range (read that here.) I vowed I wouldn't spend more money on Zoella products because I feel too old, but when I saw the packaging of the Christmas gifting collection for this year- I couldn't deny myself the aesthetic pleasure. (And now I want the entire collection.) It isn't 'officially,' out on the shelves yet, but I found that on the Superdrug site if you search for a specific product you can actually buy them all, I've linked all of the products at the bottom of this post.
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A CREAM TO FIX INSOMNIA?

Lush Sleepy Cream Review Good Review
Can smothering on this body lotion before bed really help you fall asleep quicker and better? Yes, yes it can. Hard to believe right? I was sceptical too. Fellow insomniacs, worriers, and late night shoppers - listen up!

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ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SUBCULTURE + SWATCHES | OH MY GOD?!

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SUBCULTURE + SWATCHES
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SUBCULTURE + SWATCHES
I got it, the palette that set the makeup community on fire and danced in the flames. I hated myself for clicking 'complete checkout' a week ago, was I crazy to buy a palette for over £40 that was supposedly "unacceptable," and "the worst formula?" I really wanted to have my two cents in the whole thing, so I got it thinking wow- I might of just paid £42 for a blog post.

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LUSH JELLY FACE MASKS? GREAT OR GIMMICK?

Lush Jelly Face Mask Review The Birth Of Venus
I'm a big fan of Lush's skincare offerings, so when I heard that they had released four new face masks in the form of jelly? I was sold, I can't say I've ever tried a jelly face mask so this is something real new and exciting. I was very sceptical about these masks, do they actually work or are they just a fun gimmick?

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THREE PERFUME PICKS

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If you've ever wondered what I smell like, (as I'm sure you all do) then your dreams have come true- today I'm talking my top three perfumes. I love buying fragrance, and falling in love with new ones, but there is definitely a hierarchy within my collection. Fragrance is something I always invest in because I personally judge a person so much by their smell, and one of my worst fears is smelling really bad in public - I'm a self confessed perfume snob.
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7 BRUSHES YOU NEED

Best make up brushes
It's been over 2 year since I last updated my top brush picks, and since then I've also grown quite a collection, I've nailed it down to my top 7. You need every one...

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MADOTTA MARBLE - A BLOGGERS WET DREAM

Black and gold marble iPhone 7 plus case madotta
If there's one thing I know bloggers love, it's marble. It's such a cliche that we're all a little guilty of, from peonies to copper, there's always something that's major blogger aesthetic. 

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SIX BLOGGERS THAT INSPIRE ME

It's been a very long time since I shared the love for my favourite fellow bloggers, I could make an endless list of blogs and bloggers I love- but I've managed to narrow it down to a top six. If you don't already, go and follow all of these amazing girls and enjoy their content. 

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MY FIRST TIME TRYING ZOELLA BEAUTY - FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Zoella Jelly And Gelato Review and Haul Blogger
Shock horror - I'm a blogger that's never tried Zoella Beauty, until now. I'm sure you've all seen the new 'Jelly and Gelato' range, you can't really miss it, it's gorgeous. I promise I'm 20, not 12. This range promises to 'brighten, moisturise, smooth and tone.' Sounds good to me.

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7 TIPS TO TACKLE THE INSTAGRAM ALGORITHM

GIRL YOU ARE THE BOSS TSHIRT
Everyone is struggling with Instagram engagement and growth recently, and yesterday it was revealed that they're actually taking 30-40% of your audience, unless you pay to promote your posts, of course. Big thanks to Facebook for fucking my favourite social media platform up, nice one guys. 

The Algorithm means we're seeing posts from a week ago, and not in chronological order- meaning sometimes we never see posts on our feed from the people we're actually following. Unless you're prepared to cash out, it's a loosing battle. However, there are a few things you can do to help things along and ensure you're making the most of your audience, without paying a penny!
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SUPERDRUG SOLAIT £4.99 FAKE TAN VS MY £15 BONDI SANDS

Superdrug Solait Dark Lotion Review
I recently raved about the miracle tanning product that was only £3 from Superdrug in this post. So of course I had to go back to Superdrug and try out some more products from their Solait range, which has recently been re-packaged and it looks incredibly aesthetically pleasing. I wouldn't of ever purchased anything from this range without this packaging luring me in, so credit to you Superdrug. Good move.

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LIFE LATELY...

Best Krispy Kreme
Hitting you with something a little different for today, but this is something I just really wanted to write and I really want to start adding more lifestyle/mental health posts back into my schedule. I just wanted to share with you things that have been going on recently, what I've been up to, y'know? I love interacting with you guys and I want you to all feel like you know me as a person, and not just as a girl reviewing an eyeshadow palette. (There is more to me, believe it or not.)

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MOISTURE OF THE MOMENT

L'oreal Hydra Genius Review
It's the moisturiser every blogger and their nan is talking about, and I hate to jump on bandwagons but this was released very conveniently in time when my cream had ran out- and on its introductory price, which for the amount of product you get, was a very good offer. I've seen really mixed reviews so far, it seems to be very much love it or hate it. Here's my verdict.

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NARS LIMITED EDITION BORD DE PLAGE PALETTE + SWATCHES

NARS Bord De Plage Palette
NARS Bord De Plage Palette Review
You've clicked on this post because the palette pictured above is absolutely gorgeous, right? Right. Knew it. Behold, my first born, Bord De Plage - me and Nars are over the moon with our baby girl.

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NEW IN: JULY + FIRST IMPRESSIONS

July Beauty Haul, Nars, NYX, L'oreal
Don’t know about you, but I still love a good old beauty haul! I’ve recently rekindled my love for buying make up, which me and my blog love, but my bank account and overflowing make up drawer don’t so much appreciate. (Honestly I think you would all die if you saw my current make up storage situation.) The next few months are gonna be really tight with money, I have to start paying my own phone contract next month and me and my fiancé really want to book up a mini break for Summer- so there’ll not be any new products in my stash anytime soon. Adulting is hitting me hard, I do not like direct debits.

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JOUER SKINNY DIP EYESHADOW PALETTE REVIEW + SWATCHES

Jouer Skinny Dip Collection Ultra Foil Eyeshadow Palette Review
Say hello to what is probably my most favourite and loved make up purchase this year - in fact, I don't think I've ever swooned so much over a palette ever, and that's a big statement coming from a girl with enough eyeshadow to makeover a small country. I've never tried Jouer make up, but as you can imagine I now want to try everything, this palette has given me the best first impression. When Jouer announced their 'Skinny Dip' collection, I wasn't really fussed- I took a look on Cult Beauty at the line during my 'I don't even like make up anymore,' phase, that I was stuck in for about four months. (Dark times guys, dark times.) But, then I saw this eye palette being swatched on a bloggers Instagram stories and my mind instantly changed, I needed this palette.

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THE ULTIMATE ONE STOP LASH DESTINATION

Unicorn Lashes Mink Rebel Smoke
If you're a go hard or go home kinda gal like me, and by that I mean either full face beat with false lashes or, oversized sunglasses, then you're gonna love the one stop lash destination that is falseeyelashes.co.uk. I used to order from this site on a weekly basis, back in the day when I swore by Eyelure 212 and 202.

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URBAN DECAY - THE VELVETIZER

Urban Decay The Velvetizer Review
If you're a gal with combination/normal skin looking for a new finishing/setting powder, I've found your new best friend. Say Hola to this new release from Urban Decay, you probably haven't heard about it, or seen it, and I have no idea why. This is the ultimate dark horse of new releases, and I wouldn't of found it if I didn't check UD's new in page. Thank God for 3AM browsing. Urban Decay have been killing it recently with their prep and finishing products, they recently released their new primers and setting sprays- both of which I love by the way. I'm currently obsessed with their 'Self Adjusting' primer and Quick Fix spray.

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JUNE MAKE UP HAUL

Cult Beauty Haul Review
I used to buy make up every week, but I'm at a point where I have a lot of products that are three years old and still only half used (disgusting, I know.) And then for a while I lost interest in make up and didn't really want to wear it, but I need to wear it because, well, genetics. I begrudge buying products like Beauty Blenders and eyebrow pencils, y'know, like the stuff you actually need and use daily? I only get joy from buying things I just want because they're new or they're pretty, so I put off repurchasing for as long as possible. 
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IF YOU FAKE TAN, YOU NEED THESE...

Superdrug Solait Tan Wipes Review
You know when you go into Superdrug for one thing and end up coming out with an entire haul? Yeah, that happened...

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