Thursday, 5 March 2015

Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask Review!

Hey Beauts,

I know that I am so late on this bandwagon, but a mask for dry skin coming in at £23 for 100ml, I really couldn't justify the price, especially whilst being a poor University student struggling along in life to make ends meet. But just before Christmas Boots had an amazing deal on Origins masks which meant that I managed to pick up this and two other Origins mask (all 75ml) for £23. Bargain!


There is a lot that I wasn't expecting with the product. As soon as you start applying this to your face, the aroma will fill your nose with a lovely fruity, almost tropical scent. I can't quite put my finger on the scent exactly, almost peachy, apricot, mango or pineapple scented. Whatever it is, it really does smell mouth-wateringly good. Then when you apply it to your skin, it is super soft and feels really smooth to apply. It glides on really easy, and applies clear despite coming out of the tube a milky white shade. I usually apply a little more than moisturiser and then tie my hair back to stop the strays sticking to my face. After the majority has soaked in, I will climb into bed, read a good book and fall asleep. The next morning everything will have soaked in and my skin will feel so soft and super-hydrated.

I don't exactly have dry skin, but I imagine this would be the perfect pick me up for those driest of dry skin days. Over the Winter months, this has been the perfect pick me up for little dry spots around my nose and between my eyebrows. However, even when I have oily skin days, this doesn't leave my skin oily. It almost balances out my skin which I really love. I would love to try this product out on a long haul flight as I think it would be perfect do combat the drying effects of a planes air con, but haven't yet had the opportunity to try this out. I can guarantee this mask will be coming with me on the way to Florida this September and I am sure I will report back to you late September.

I really have been enjoying this mask and I strongly suggest you bite the bullet and purchase it if you haven't yet but have been wanting too. It really is lovely and your skin will love you for it. However if you have tried this before, what were your thoughts? Did you get on with it? Did you enjoy the scent? Are there any other masks like this that you enjoy that I should try? Leave a comment down below and let me know, I'd love to hear your opinions. If you haven't already and would like to, you can follow on GFC and BlogLovin' so you don't miss out on any future posts. 

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Monday, 2 March 2015

Old Friends... - Magical Mondays!

Hey Beauts,

I don't know about you, but I am most definatly one of those people that lives for friends. I love making friends, I love spending time with friends, I love conversations with friends and I love seeing how people repay you for your friendships and react to friendships. It is just really interesting to watch. Saying that, It is common to fall out with friends and slowly lose touch with people that you absolutely love and lately I have just been getting fed up of losing friends over petty arguments or just being busy in general and not having enough time to talk to one another. Because of this, I have set myself a goal to have a conversation with at least 4 people a day (new or old) in an attempt to remind my friends that I do love them, but people just get busy.


One of my favourite sayings is 'The best type of friends are the ones where when you don't talk for ages and then when you talk again, it is like nothing has ever changed'.  Whilst I do agree with this to a certain point, I feel as though friends still need to feel appreciated in that time in between. By little conversations and wanting to spend time with each other. Being busy sometimes doesn't cut it. What I have learnt lately is by not communicating with friends, it leaves room for falseness to form. That is why it is good to talk to people.

Another thing I have been noticing a lot is the fact that technology is over taking the world. Do you remember going out and spending time with your friends? Going round a knocking on their door to see if they are free? Where technology makes it a lot easier to talk to one another, it takes away the idea of spending time together, and seeing each others smiles and happy faces while they are spending time in your company. That to me, is one of the best parts of friendship! So go and organise a meal out or a trip to the park.

I don't know, this is just what I have been thinking a lot about lately and I'm sorry if this kind of post doesn't appeal to you all that much, but friends are what makes the world go round! Do you have any tips in making friends? And are you one of those people that follows the same motto I do or do you try and talk to people as much as you can? Quite simply, what are your thoughts on this post? If you enjoyed this post and aren't already, you can follow on BlogLovin' and GFC so you don't miss out on any future posts. I hope you have a magical Monday.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Nails of the Day - 24/02/2015!

Hey Beauts,

Lately I have really been getting back into painting my nails and I think that is due to the fact that I will be starting back at work in a couple of weeks and we are not allowed to wear nail polish (Very boring, I know). So today I thought I would share with you beauts my favourite creation lately. 


This look was really simple to create, even though it doesn't look like it. I just painted all of my nails with a base coat then a nude colour, then went over my ring finger with a gold nail polish and then two different gold glitters, one fine, one chunky - just to really make that nail sparkle. I then used a dotting tool on my little and index fingers just to add a little accent dot in gold near to the nail beds. The flowers were created by dotting five white dots in a circular fashion using the dotting tool. I then added a gold dot in the center of the flowers and in the nude spaces I added little white dots. Lastly I went over all the nails with a top coat. If you don't own dotting tools, cotton buds are a great alternative. 

These are my nails at the moment, but what are your nails currently looking like? What colours do you usually paint your nails? I never use nude colours but I am really enjoying this shade! If you aren't already and don't want to miss out on future posts you can follow on GFC and BlogLovin'.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Underdog!

Hey Beauts,

When hearing about MAC red lipsticks Russian Red and Ruby Woo are shouted about here, there and everywhere! But one lipstick I have never once heard being spoken about is Brave Red - My most favourite MAC lipstick. Let me tell you why...


As I am sure you can see from the above images, I have used this lipstick to nearly the end of it's life. The colour is fantastic. Who doesn't love a great red? The pigmentation is beautiful, but comes off a little lighter than in the tube (which I appreciate) and leaves my teeth looking really white. The formula is a cremesheen and so packs a lot of moisture. Never once has it left my lips feeling dry and chapped, It even leaves my lips looking slightly glossy and healthy. However because of the moisture filled properties, it isn't the best at staying put - especially after eating a meal.

At £15.50 MAC lipsticks are getting more and more expensive, but as soon as I get to a MAC counter, I will most definatly be repurchasing this, just to have a back-up. Have you ever tried Brave Red? Which is your favourite MAC red? Or do you have another brand red lipstick that you're in love with? I would love to know so leave a comment down below letting me know! If you liked this post remember to follow on BlogLovin' and GFC so you don't miss out on any future posts.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Barry M Nail Pens!

Hey Beauts,

One of my favourite things to do is just walk around Boots and look at all the products. When I come across something new, its always exciting to see what it claims to do or what novelty it has to pull people in to buy them. We all know how much I love nail polish and nail art and so this product was very interesting to me and right up my street, Nail Art Pens. 


I picked up the standard black and white as I thought they would be the most useful and versatile, however they also came in Pink, blue and Silver. At £4.99 it is still quite cheap, but more on the expensive end as far as Barry M is concerned. As you can see above, I had a little fun playing around with these pens, seeing how well they worked, what the opacity was like, the thickness of the pens and whatnot. It was definatly enjoyable and I loved playing around with the novelty factor with these pens - I definatly didn't have enough fingers on my hands! 

So as with the majority of nail polishes, one stroke of this could not achieve full opacity (no matter how much I tried) even though the black did do a better job than the white pen. When trying to achieve lovely details, I feel as though this would be an issue, especially when trying to achieve a thin line as the more you would go over the line, the thicker the line would become. One thing I did love about these pens was the fact that curved lines were really easy to do and the pens were really easy to control. On top of that, the formula came out a lot better than I was expecting and I have to say that I am very pleasantly surprised by these pens!

I will have to try out some actual nail art looks with these pens and post the results on here for you to see sometime in the future as I cannot wait to play some more with the pens! Have you ever tried these out or do you own any of the other colours? Are their formulas as nice as the black and white pens? Let me know your thoughts below in the comments. If you aren't already and do not want to miss out on future posts, remember to follow on GFC and BlogLovin' to join in on all the fun.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Girl Online - My Thoughts!

Hey Beauts,

Zoella - one of the most subscribed youtubers there is. It is only natural for a girl with a following to this extent and that lives off the income to explore other forms of media to live off as lets face it, YouTube isn't going to last forever. Since being released, this book has received such a backlash (that I personally don't think it deserved) because of it having a ghost writer. And what? Did it stop you enjoying the story? I didn't think so.


Girl Online was great, I really enjoyed it. Especially when I had guessed what was coming next, but hadn't guessed the unexpected twists that came with it. Although parts of it were somewhat cheesy (DUH! Its a teen read), other parts took me by complete surprise. The book contained some amazing pieces of advice for not only health, but life aswell. It made me swoon, it made me grin, it even made me cry when I didn't expect too (only having ten pages left!). I just really cannot put into words how much I enjoyed reading the book! It's currently 4am writing this because I felt compelled to blog about the book, and I have just spent 4 hours in the bath reading the final 50% of the book and getting completely lost in the story.

So the book wasn't life-changing, but what do you expect from someone who isn't an author? And although the book was ghost-written, it was just a really enjoyable read. One of the lessons in the book is why say bad things about people online? You don't know their story, you probably don't even know the full story because the media has no-doubtedly manipulated the story in some way or form. So having read the book, It really puzzles me as to why so many people are annoyed and speaking out about their annoyance because of the book being ghost written. Did they even read the book? I even had a friend come round once, and pick the book up off the counter and say 'why are you reading this? It's sounds so cheesy.' and I just replied because I want to. I can't wait to tell her that I actually enjoyed it!

Anyway, I thought it was a lovely story of a girl named Penny and her life when anything she seems to do goes wrong. She learns how to get over panic attacks, how to mature beautifully and most of all - how to have confidence. Of course romance is thrown in for good measure - its a teen girl read. And some loving friends and family, but I recommend this book to anyone who just wants to read something enjoyable.

So have any of you read this book? What were your thoughts? Have you said anything bad and are now thinking twice about what you've written online? I'd love to know so let me know in the comments below. As ever, If you're loving what you're reading you can follow on GFC or BlogLovin' so you don't miss out on future posts. 

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

My First INGLOT Palette and Review!

Hey Beauts,

Many of you probably didn't know that last year (It feels weird saying that now) I went to IMATS. Whilst I never posted a haul and its a bit late to now, I can still post about some of the amazing things I picked up there. I went not really knowing too much or what to expect, I was mainly going to support my friend who is just starting off as a make-up artist. I had a blast though and discovered some amazing products including this palette. I have fell in love though and it is now my go-to palette on a daily basis. I even have to force myself to use other palettes. This is my INGLOT palette.

383 - 102 
608 - 405 - 07

Let me start off by saying the only reason I purchased this palette is because the colour range in the freedom system is outstanding and I really wanted to get stuck in to the fun of creating my own palette. I thought it was going to be a bit of a novelty product to be honest and definatly did not expect much. I picked up these five shades and although they are like the rest of my palettes, I tried to get more orange and copper shades in there to really make my blue eyes pop. The palette itself cost £8, the three shade pan cost £6.50 and the single shades cost £5 each. In total this palette cost £34.50 but was actually a lot cheaper at IMATS, at around £22. The shadows themselves are a really decent size, and although I use these A LOT, I still haven't really made a dent in any of the shades (Except where my nail went in), so they last for ages.

These shadows are incredibly pigmented and a little bit definatly goes a long way. The colours are stunning! I love them. Then again, I should, I picked them myself. I find the shadows to be really creamy and they glide on the eyes with ease and blend beautifully. I highly recommend these shadows for someone just getting into make-up purely because they are so easy to use. Sometimes I am just really lazy and don't even prime my eyes and the pigmentation is still stunning. None of the swatches above are done with primer and you can really see the pigmentation with one swipe. It annoys me slightly that they don't come up with better names for such an amazing product. For example golden sunset for 405 or melted toffee for 608. The only other issue I have is it is difficult to get the pans out once they are in, but I don't need to change them out so it doesn't bother me that much to hate the palette.

I am in love with this palette (did I mention that) and just cannot stop using it! Have you ever tried INGLOT eye shadows? Have you ever had fun picking out shades with the Freedom System? Isn't it great? What did you think of the eyeshadows themselves? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear if you love them as much as me! If not, what are your favourite palettes? Remember if you aren't already and don't want to miss out on future posts to follow on GFC and BlogLovin' and I will speak to you again soon.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Boxing day sale purchases!

Hey beauts,

OH NO! I've done it again! I've been shopping! Don't judge me! Okay, well maybe you can. But in all fairness, I overcame a fear. I usually get really agitated in very busy shopping environments, to the point where I have just stood there and cried before, but I decided to go into the boxing day sales. I'm not sure if it was just not busy, or if I was just brave - but it wasn't that bad and I had a blast!

Mulch - Embarked - Antiqued

First stop - Boots, to see if they had any good offers on Ghost Cherish (A perfume which I am running out of) and they did, this gift set was originally £25 but I paid £16.66. Winner! I then had an absolute field day in LUSH! Mainly because when I lived at home, I wasn't allowed to use bath products as they stained the bath. However now I have moved out - that problem isn't there anymore! As ever LUSH had an amzing 50% off anything Christmassy turning my bill for all of this from £95.55 to a nicer £47.74. Next up HMV. I don't think this was on sale at £49.99, but I've never seen it before. For the past two Christmas' I have asked for the complete box set of Desperate Housewives and have never received it. Following this, I had a £25 gift voucher for MAC - that obviously was not going to last long. I picked up three eye shadows (from left to right) Mulch - Embarked - Antiqued. All such stunning shades, especially if you love bronze and deep cranberry shades.

Lastly I picked up this gorgeous Ted Baker hand bag. My first ever big girl grown up hand bag (and I am nearly 22). It was £101 down from £169 AND I LOVE IT! This inside has a beautiful black and white floral detail and is stunning. Finally we put a deposit down on Florida 2015 as it was 10% off and we keep putting it off. Eep! I am super excited though and cannot wait as I have never been before.

So what did you pick up in the sale? What was your first grown up hand bag? And have you ever been to Florida?! Do you have any tips and tricks for me? I can't wait to hear, so don't forget to comment down below and tell me! If you aren't already and would like to be, remember to follow on GFC and BlogLovin' so you don't miss out on any future posts.

Be happyBe beautiful and Be YOU!
Ellie, xx