If I Could Only Have 5 Things In My Makeup Bag

Garnier BB Cream 

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 This mattifying BB cream gives great coverage and blends seamlessly, it also contains salicylic acid which is perfect for spot prone skin!

It retails for around £9.99

Benefit Posie Tint

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Benefits ‘posie tint’ leaves a natural looking flush which lasts all day and can be used on lips and cheeks – a makeup bag must have!

It retails for around £24.50

Eyelash Curler

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A good eyelash curler is a necessity for my limp straight lashes, i’ve had this one for years so I’m not sure where its from but you can find them pretty much everywhere.

Kiko Ultra Tech Curve Mascara

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This is honestly the best mascara that i’ve ever used, it is also one of Kiko’s best selling and I can definitely see why! It leaves my lashes looking thick and volumised without being clumpy and can be built up for an amazing dramatic look or you can apply less for every day wear.

It retails for around £7.20

Benefit ‘gimme brow’
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The best brow product i’ve ever used, it holds your brows in place whilst filling in any sparse areas and lasts all day long.

It retails at around £18.50

What would be in your makeup bag?

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My Top 5 Favourite Products For Summer

1. Kiehl’s rare earth deep pore daily cleanser.

This is honestly the best cleanser I have ever used. It gently exfoliates my skin without being irritating and helps to keep oiliness and blemishes at bay. It is a little pricey at around £18 a bottle, but it lasts a few months and works brilliantly – so its worth it!

2.  Soap and Glory ‘girligo’ body moisturising mist.

This moisturizing mist not only smells fantastic, but it absorbs really quickly too, perfect for when you’re in a hurry or don’t feel like using a heavy moisturizer on a hot summer day.

3. Dove summer glow

This gradual tanner gives my skin a natural, glowing tan without the awful smell. It also goes on smoothly, does not go streaky and can be applied just like a normal moisturizer with your hands (as long as you give them a wash afterwards!)

I find that the shade ‘light to medium’ works best on my skin tone.

4. Aussie aussome volume dry shampoo

This is honestly one of the best dry shampoo’s that I have ever used. It doesn’t leave any sort of white cast even on dark hair and gives my hair fantastic volume which lasts all day.

It also smells fantastic, which is a bonus.

5. Kiehl’s ultra facial oil free lotion

This cream keeps my skin feeling soft whilst looking matte and doesn’t cause me to break out. It also sinks into the skin really quickly so you don’t have to wait around before putting on your makeup

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Top 5 Lip Products Of All Time

I absolutely love trying out new lip sticks, balms and glosses but always come back to these five products.

#1
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in ‘Peach Parfait’

This product is extremely hydrating and lasts for a long time on my lips. It is very buildable and can leave either an extremely sheer hint of colour or can be layered up and look extremely bold.

This retails at around £8.00

#2
Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss in ‘Punch Bowl’

These lip glosses are amazing, they last hours on my lips and give amazing colour. They also plump up your lips which is a bonus!

They retail at around £9.00

#3
Balmi Lip Balm

This is the most moisturizing lip balm I’ve ever used and it smells amazing too. The packaging is also very convenient as you don’t need to put your finger into the tub you can apply it straight to the lips.

Retails at around £4.99

#4
The Body Shop Lip And Cheek Stain

I got this product out of a magazine and didn’t really expect much of it, however after trying it out I realized just how great it is. It looks extremely bright when first applied to the lips, but after blotting it looks amazing! It gives a subtle red tint of colour which lasts for hours, and looks great with lip gloss on top too.

Retails at around £10.00

#5
Vaseline

I love the rose and almond oil Vaseline, it softens and soothes dry lips whilst giving a subtle red tint.

Retails at around £1.99

What are your favourite lip products?

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Top 5 Mascaras

I absolutely love trying out new mascaras and have tested so many over the years that I thought it would be a  good idea to share with you my top 5 favorites of all time. So whether you’re looking to buy a new mascara because your running out or  just go a bit crazy testing them out like me, keep reading!

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#1 – Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless

This has to be the best mascara I’ve ever used, it makes your lashes extremely long and thick and doesn’t clump what so ever. It’s also great for achieving any look, from natural to an almost false effect depending on the amount you apply and holds up amazing throughout the day – no signs smudging or flaking at all!

Retails at around £7.99

#2 – Maybelline The Falsies

This mascara is great for giving extremely thick looking lashes as its specially designed curved brush coats every lash giving a fuller, more dramatic look.

Retails at around £7.99

#3 – 17 Blow Out Mascara

Read review on this mascara here: http://youniquechic.com/2012/08/

Retails at around £4.00

#4 – Avon Super Extend Mascara

This mascara is amazing for a more natural look as it gives lashes length but not much volume. Perfect for daily wear and holds a curl really well.

Retails at around £10

#5 – Soap And Glory Thick&Fast

The huge brush on this mascara helps to thicken the lashes whilst giving a lot of volume and curl. My only issue is that it works amazing for the first few weeks but seems to dry up quickly.

Retails at around £10

What’s your favourite mascara?

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My Top 5 Summer Clothing Items

With the recent hot weather we’ve been having in Britain lately I’ve had the chance to get some use out of the summer clothes I usually only get to wear abroad. So I thought I would share with you my favourite pieces this season.

1.Crop Tops

I’ve been loving wearing crop tops with high waisted shorts/pants/skirts, showing about an inch of my midriff. I think this is extremely flattering and is a lot more subtle if you aren’t someone who could walk around with their whole stomach on show. My favourite crop top is my white lace one from Topshop.

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2. Coloured Jeans

I absolutely love coloured jeans, they’re a great way to change up your entire style for the summer months without having to make too much effort. They also come in various styles and colours so there’s a pair to suit everyone. My favourite jeans are these coral skinny ones from Marks and Spencer.

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3. Casual dresses

I’ve been loving cotton dresses this season as they’re cool, comfortable and easy to throw on when you don’t know what to wear. They also go just as well with sandals as they do with converse, making them extremely versatile. My favourite is this floral one from Primark.

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4. Playsuits

Playsuits are a great alternative to a dress or shorts in the summertime and come in a variety of styles. My favorites are my floral one from Republic and my khaki one from Tkmaxx.

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5. Eyelet detail

Eyelet detail looks great on tops and dresses and is extremely girly and delicate. My favourite top with this effect is my white one from Tkmaxx.

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What are your top five clothing pieces?

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Easy Hairstyles In Under 5 Minutes

I’m going to share with you my top five hairstyles for those mornings when you don’t have enough time to style your hair and need to get ready and out of the door fast.

All you will need is:

A few bobbles
Clips
Elastic bands (optional)
Hairspray (optional)

#1 Low twisted bun

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Twist the front sections of your hair away from your face, adding in a little more each time and secure at the back of your head. Gather your hair into a low ponytail and twist until a bun forms, then secure with a few clips and spritz with hairspray.

#2 Messy ballerina bun

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Gather all of your hair into a ponytail as high as you like (i find flipping my hair over helps) and secure it in place with a bobble, only pulling the ponytail half through the last time. Then fan out the hair around the bobble and clip down random sections until you get your desired look. Then pull out a few hairs/your fringe to frame your face.

#3 Textured Braid

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Gather your hair into three sections and braid one of them. Then braid the three sections together and secure with an elastic. Pull it gently to loosen and make it look thicker.

#4 Classic French Braid

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Brush back all of your hair and put it into a loose french braid. Then pull out a few sections around the front for a soft, girly vibe.

#5 Voluminous High Ponytail

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You can either back comb your hair or add in a texturising powder such as ‘Osis Dust it’ to give the hair slight volume. Then gather into a ponytail in the middle of your head and secure into place. You can then hide the bobble by wrapping some of the hair around it to give a more chic vibe.

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Top 5 Tips For Clearing Out Your Wardrobe

It’s vital to sort out your wardrobe every so often to ensure that you aren’t hanging on to clothes you wont wear again; and to make way for new pieces too! I’m going to share with you my 5 top tips for clearing out your wardrobe.
1. Clear out your wardrobe a section at a time.
Emptying your wardrobe into a huge pile can be extremely overwhelming, so instead do it in smaller sections such as pants first then t-shirts.

2. Donate anything that doesn’t fit.
Don’t hold on to items you don’t fit in to in the hope that you one day will – its not worth it. Get rid of those ill fitting clothes and make way for some gorgeous new pieces!

3. Donate any items you haven’t worn in the past year.
Chances are if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in the past year, you wont wear it again.

4. Get rid of anything damaged.
It’s hard to part with your favourite top, but if its stained or covered in holes it’s not worth holding on to. Throw out any items too damaged to wear in public.

5. Get rid of anything that doesn’t suit your body shape
Not all trends suit every body shape, so throw away anything that isn’t flattering. Alternatively, you could modify the clothes to suit your shape in many ways such changing the length.

I hope that I’ve helped you out.
Do any of you have any tips on clearing out your wardrobe?

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Top 5 Summer Essentials

I’m going to share with you 5 of my absolute essential skin and hair care items for these hot summer months.

Lipbalm

My lips always get extremely dry and cracked during the summer, so I always make sure that I use a good quality lip balm with SPF in it to not only stop them getting chapped, but to protect them from the sun too.

One of my favourites at the moment is Carmex cherry lip balm as it lasts for ages on my lips, smells amazing and has SPF 15.

Sunscreen

It’s also extremely important to protect your skin from the sun, so I use Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock.

I’ve got a review of this here.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is absolutely brilliant. It can be used as a hair mask twice a week to help promote healthy growth and leaves your hair feeling so soft! All you do is apply it from root to tip, then leave it for at least half an hour and wash it out. It’s also a brilliant moisturiser to use on those drier areas such as your elbows and knees.

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Light Moisturiser

Having oily skin in the summertime is awful, it just seems to look ten times worse. However, changing my moisturiser during the summer to Neutrogena’s visibly clear oil free moisturiser helps to stop my skin getting as shiny throughout the day. The extremely light formula also helps to prevent breakouts.

BB cream

BB cream is a great alternative to foundation during the summer as it covers up any imperfections whilst still being extremely lightweight and natural looking. I use Garnier’s BB cream, you can find a review here.

I hope i’ve given you some tips or ideas.

What are your summer essentials?

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