foundation-free fridays: vamp

 I started this series on the blog last June when I was a lot less experienced at blogging and didn’t have a good camera. I still really like the ethos though.

Firstly because it’s important to let your skin breathe and some base makeup products don’t do that. Secondly, it’s about learning to love your skin even if it has what might be considered ‘imperfections’. After the recent response to’s poorly thought out advert, I thought it would be nice to revive foundation-free Fridays, especially as I’m majorly focusing on my skin and skincare at the moment.

Previously my looks have been what I would call ‘everyday wear’ for me and so I wanted to create a look that you could try on a night out. I must admit I do tend to wear much more makeup than this when I go out and I usually opt for foundation! I do really like this ‘vamp’ look though and I think it draws the attention away from any blemishes/discoloration on my skin.


The foundation-free look: ‘Vamp’

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The products I used were a little more expensive and have been gifts from Josh, friends and family so I tend to keep them for special occasions. This look felt really sexy and vampy because of the contrast with my hair. You can just about see my freckles now the sun is out too!

Brows: Collection Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in Birdy Song // Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Brow Kit Bold is Best
Eyes: ‘Verve’ and ‘Blackout’ from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette // Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in Gold Glitter // Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black // Seventeen High Drama Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 04


Do you like/own any of these products?
Do you take foundation-free days?



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Unicorns Unite Lipstick Collection by Makeup Revolution – I vlogged swatches and tried on these magical lip colours!
Rimmel Lasting Finish for an Autumn Lip Look – I used the same lipstick for a fab Autumn makeup look…


FOTD: Smashbox Art, Love, Colour Bestsellers Kit

So I was lucky enough to win a fabulous giveaway over on Jemma’s beautiful blog, Floral Etiquette. Jemma is a deputy editor, blogger and fellow purple-haired lady and her blog photography is just perfect. She loves pastels (just like me) and has some really aesthetically-pleasing posts about homeware and makeup, as well as some more thoughtful lifestyle content.


Click the image to visit Floral Etiquette!

Jemma’s giveaway prize was this gorgeous Smashbox Art, Love, Colour Bestsellers Kit – how could I not try my chances?


I love Smashbox as a brand. Their makeup is top-quality and the price isn’t too arguable for how far it goes. Josh buys me the Jet Set gel eyeliner every year for Christmas or my birthday and if you buy directly from the site, they throw in a free gift too. Because of this, I’ve got the Photo Finish Primer and the Full Exposure Mascara already but I’m glad to have increased my supply with this kit!


I thought I’d do a basic day-to-day look using the products in the kit to show what they look like together and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Here’s my FOTD (face of the day):


The primer goes a really long way and is perfect for long days or nights out as your foundation (and your eyebrows if you draw them on like me!) will not budge. The shades in the little eyeshadow set compliment each other perfectly and I find brown makes blue eyes really pop!

I wasn’t too sure about the colour of the lipgloss on me… Although it says it was the ‘Pink Lady’ shade, I think they’d put the wrong one in the box as this was a creamy beige colour and I found it to be a little orangey on me, even on top of foundation.



Brows: Collection Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in Birdy Song // Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Brow Kit Bold is Best
Base: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer  (oil-free) // Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain 
Little Touches: Collection Cover Up Stick Concealer in Light/Translucent // Collection Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory
Eyes: Smashbox  Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Filter // Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black // Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Black
Lips: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipgloss (not sure of shade?)

Do you own any Smashbox products?
Are you taking part in or hosting a giveaway?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.



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tag: boyfriend does my makeup – Josh and I try a very funny tag where he makes me look… interesting
foundation-free fridays series – something I’ll be reviving very soon – looks that let your skin breathe

rimmel lasting finish for an autumn lip look


I am only now beginning to experiment with lipsticks, in particular darker shades. I already own a Lasting Finish lipstick (shade 01) and so I’m aware of their staying power and high quality. I had also recently purchased an ‘Amazing Lipliner’ from Makeup Revolution in ‘Vamp’ so I thought that I would try combining the two to create a warm autumn lip.


(Apologies for the image quality, I am getting a camera for my birthday next week so no more crappy phone pictures!)

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipliner Vamp (£1.00, currently out of stock)

Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 04  (£5.49, Boots)

Unfortunately I have struggled to find this exact shade of the lipstick (04) still being sold in UK stores as mine was a gift from a friend. However, after a good hunt I have found ONE left on Amazon at a hefty £9.99. Regardless of the colour, the lipstick stays pretty well despite eating and drinking, lasting just shy of three hours before the need to reapply. It doesn’t feel very heavy on your lip either.

I would recommend trying any of the current shades of Lasting Finish lipstick by Kate Moss – they’re great quality for a decent price.



Here’s the finished look, perfect for day wear or a night out!

What do you think of Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipsticks?

Do you have a favourite Autumn lip product?


Let me know and leave me links in the comments below!



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I won chapterandcircle blog’s first giveaway!

One of my favourite bloggers Rhiân over at chapterandcircle ran her first ever giveaway last month and I was the lucky winner!

I love Rhiân’s blog because it is just like a scrapbook. Whether you’re an adventurous soul looking to read about travelling tips or a fashion and beauty guru eyeing up some wonderful wishlists, her posts have something for every reader and always give you something to think about too.


A sneak peek at

I simply had to share my adorable prizes with you lovely lot, especially as she was sweet enough to buy all of them with her own money!

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Wrapping them carefully in coloured tissue paper and a cute handwritten card were a really nice touch! Bloggers that personalise their messages to you are the best.


Here’s what I won:

– An embossed notebook/diary

– A Russian doll pen

– Rimmel nail varnish

– Yankee votive candle in Vanilla Honey

– H&M fruits make up bag 

– H&M necklace

– Paperchase postcards 

– 2x cute patterned pens

– Penguin pencil sharpener

– Novelty duck paperclips  


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Have you won a giveaway before?



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