03 September 2016

Ultimate Contouring with Beauty UK

Contouring has to be one of the most popular things in the world of beauty right now. Every brand from drugstore to high end seems to be releasing their own specific contouring products, so whether you like creams or powders, there's something out there for every budget and style. 

Beauty UK have released the Ultimate Contour Chubby Sticks which are available in four totally unique shades so you can really achieve your desired contouring goals. Contouring chubby sticks are very well known in the beauty world these days so its lovely to see a great brand like Beauty UK putting their own spin on the product. The chubby sticks are identical to the Sweet Cheeks Blush Sticks which I absolutely adore and reviewed earlier this year, so I had nothing but high hopes for the new contouring set. 


29 August 2016

Changing My Lifestyle

I was always the person who hated the gym and vegetables, I would skip PE at school and avoid walking where possible, in summary I was pretty lazy. Over the past year I have completely changed my lifestyle for the better and I feel incredible. I have come to realise that being fit and healthy is so important both physically and mentally and it is now something I am truly passionate about and I wanted to share this with you.

Eating a balanced and nutritional diet is now part of my daily routine and I love it, I enjoy food so much more since eating things that are good for me and give me energy. I look forward to all of my meals and particularly enjoy eating vegetables, I find myself with a plate full every evening and there are so many to choose from, the variety is endless. I found that I lost weight when I cut down on consumption of carbohydrates and sugar, I would previously eat far too much of things like chips, rice, bread, chocolate and crisps which in reality weren't doing my body any good, just making me feel bloated and lethargic. Being healthy and happy is all about balance and I can still treat myself to my favourite things, I mean what girl doesn't love a cheeky piece of Dairy Milk Oreo?!

In terms of exercise, I have never been interested in attending a standard gym so I decided to look into gym classes which is when I discovered Clubbercise, an hour of fun cardio dance workout to the latest chart hits. I absolutely love going to Clubbercise and I now go to two or three classes a week, it's become one of my hobbies and it doesn't even feel like you're going to do a workout. I also go to gym classes such as Piloxing which is a combination of pilates, boxing and dance as well as Boogie Bounce, a cardio workout performed on a mini trampoline.

I also invested in a Fitbit last year and I hands down have to say its one of the best things I have ever purchased. I wear the Fitbit Charge HR which has the heart rate sensor that makes your data more accurate and specific to you. Although it's not the prettiest of arm candy it's worth its waiting gold and it keeps me motivated to be up, about and moving instead of sitting around, it's actually slightly addictive and the challenges you can have against friends and family make it really fun.

Since changing my lifestyle I am such a happier and more confident person, I can wear clothes that I feel good in and I can even run up the stairs without becoming short of breath!

How do you stay fit and healthy?

08 August 2016

Look Incredible Deluxe Beauty Box

I have tried a fair few different beauty box subscriptions since being a beauty blogger, some that have been absolutely wonderful and others that weren't so great. Look Incredible is a brand that offer different variations on their beauty boxes, I've previously reviewed their standard beauty box but today I will be taking a look at their deluxe edition. The Look Incredible Standard Beauty Box retails for £18.99 and the Look Incredible Deluxe Beauty Box* retails a little higher at £35.00. 

The deluxe edition, as expected, is a complete luxury and contains five full size products from well known and reputable brands that you will love. The standard beauty box still contains some amazing products but if you're looking for high end, luxury brands then you'll definitely want to try this edition. Inside this months box I discovered the following lovely products and brands... 


06 August 2016

Things That Make Me Happy

I'm going to be honest in that last week was a bit of a different week with highs and definite lows, my kitty was quite poorly and it was really heartbreaking and tough to see her in such a way. Thankfully Tiggy is now on the road to recovery but after reflecting, I have realised how important it is to be happy, positive and motivated to get through the tough times. We all experience rubbish days, weeks and even months and thats perfectly normal but its so important to understand the things that really make you happy, to keep yourself positive and maintain your mental health. So today I am turning to this post to reflect on the things that make me happy.


24 July 2016

Introducing Technic Cosmetics

I was recently contacted by the lovely team at Technic Cosmetics who offered to send me a selection of their products to try, I've heard of the brand briefly before but had never tried anything to date. I'm always very keen to try new products especially when its from new brands that I've not experienced before, the team were lovely and sent me an amazing package of goodies I just had to share. You can find Technic Cosmetics on websites such as Love Thy Makeup and Fragrance Direct, they are a super affordable brand and offer a huge selection of wonderful items, I would say they are comparable to brands such as Collection Cosmetics and Makeup Revolution. I am very keen and excited to share my first impressions of the brand with you and tell you more about some of their wonderful products.


22 July 2016

July Cohorted Beauty Box

Receiving the lovely Cohorted Beauty Box every month is such a treat especially when you know it will contain some exciting new products to try. I've been receiving the subscription beauty box for a good few months now and my thoughts are always positive and I'm always very impressed with the contents each month. 

The Cohorted Beauty Box will set you back just £35 per month and in return you'll receive a beautifully packaged box of beauty goodness, with a total value of around £80-£100. The box has previously contained brands such as NARS, Mac, TooFaced and Chanel as well as other brands that are less established. Lets find out exactly whats inside the July edition of the beauty box.


16 July 2016

Things Blogging Has Taught Me

Being a blogger is amazing but can also be pretty hard work, I've been writing on my space on the internet for a good while now and I have certainly realised some pretty awesome and some not so awesome things. It's time to discuss the things blogging has taught me over the past couple of years...


13 July 2016

NEW IN: Natural Collection Cosmetics

I really enjoy drugstore makeup and I also really like good quality cosmetics with a budget friendly price therefore the brand Natural Collection, exclusive to Boots, is one of my all time favourites. I was scrolling through Instagram a few days ago and spotted the brand were about to announce some new products, very exciting, and when I popped into my local Boots store that afternoon, the products were already on the shelves ready and waiting for me! Of course I had to pick up the majority and tell you all about them. 


09 July 2016

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette

When I spotted two for £10 on Sleek in Superdrug a couple of weeks ago I jumped for joy slightly, this has to be the best offer when it comes to Sleek and I, of course, came away with some goodies. I've had my eye on the highlighting palettes for a little while, they looked beautiful and I am a little bit of a sucker when it comes to highlighters, I definitely have too many!


06 July 2016

Superdrug Vitamin E Skincare

Finding a skincare range that works for you can be a challenge especially as products are becoming more expensive and there are so many different things on the market. I have been an avid lover of the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop for months now and I swore I'd never use anything else, until I discovered the Vitamin E range from Superdrug. When I spotted the range in my local Superdrug I was quickly drawn in by the similarity in products to The Body Shop and I also liked the much lower price tag. I decided to bite the bullet and pick up a few things to try in hope that they'd work wonders for my dry, sensitive skin.


24 June 2016

Brows with NYX Cosmetics

Since NYX Cosmetics became more readily available in the UK I have been testing out quite a few of their products and absolutely loving the results. Over the past few weeks I have discovered that the brand have some very nice eyebrow products, there is a huge selection of different products to choose from and I have found three that I really quite like.


22 June 2016

Starting a YouTube Channel

I have had my YouTube channel for a pretty long time now, I started both YouTube and blogging back in 2013 and can I just say that I would never go back or change a thing. Over the past few months I feel like I have found such a love for my channel and it seems to be growing into something I am so proud of. Starting a YouTube channel can be very daunting and there are now so many people doing it, there is a lot of competition and challenge to get yourself out there. Throughout my experience so far I have learnt a lot of little things that may help you if you're interested in getting into the world of YouTube.


13 June 2016

Look Incredible Beauty Box

I've not heard of Look Incredible before but when I realised that they offered a monthly beauty box containing five full size products, I was immediately interested. Look Incredible is a website that sells beauty products, fragrances, skincare and more as well as their monthly beauty box. The beauty box costs £18.99 per month but there is an additional £2.50 delivery charge, not a huge cost for delivery but it would be nice to see the delivery cost included. Today I am going to show you the contents of the June edition and tell you my thoughts on the subscription service.


05 June 2016

Blogging With a Full Time Job

Blogging has always been a part-time hobby for me and I have always had a full time job ever since I started my little space on the internet. It is definitely time to admit how much of a challenge it is to actually find time to blog, whilst also holding down a full time job. In an ideal scenario I'd love to have a part-time career and also blog part-time, perhaps the future will allow this but for now I have to make do. I absolutely love blogging and if I could do it every day I really would, I find those bloggers who post daily so inspirational and motivating. Lately I have found it a struggle to fit blogging in and so I have come up with a few simple solutions that may help you if you're like me.


30 May 2016

Contouring With Crown Brush

Crown Brush have been a firm favourite brand of mine ever since I discovered them a couple of years ago, their brushes are fantastic quality and such good value for money, it was definitely time I tried some of their makeup products. Contouring is amazing if you can get it right, it's amazing what you can do with the right product and tools.


23 May 2016

Cohorted May Beauty Box Review

It's always a good day when a new monthly beauty box lands on your doorstep and last week I received the lovely May edition of the Cohorted Beauty Box. The Cohorted Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service that costs £35 and in return you'll receive a box full of different beauty goodies each month.

I've always been pretty impressed by the Cohorted Beauty Box in previous months and I had no hesitations that May would be just as good. The total value of the May edition is £80 and inside you will find the following...


08 May 2016

The Balm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette

Nude Tude by The Balm is a palette I have had my eye on for a very long time, it has always been such a staple palette in the beauty world and every time it popped up in a YouTube video, I wanted it. If you watch my YouTube channel you'll know that a few weeks ago I managed to snap the palette up in TK Maxx for just £14.99, total bargain if I do say so myself. I immediately started to use the beautiful shades and I think I have found a new favourite palette in my collection.


30 April 2016

CaseApp Custom iPhone Case

I must admit that having a pretty case for my iPhone is a bit of a must, I mean realistically who doesn't want their iPhone to look pretty?! The lovely people at CaseApp recently contacted me to see if I'd like to design my own iPhone case, hell yes. I normally just use a silicone case on my iPhone as I am terrified of smashing the thing but I thought I would take a risk and upgrade to a personalised plastic case.

I had already seen a design I liked made by the lovely Robyn from Phases of Robyn who designed her own iPhone case recently this year. I took inspiration from Robyn's design and changed it slightly by adding the marble effect to the bottom section instead of plain white. The layout for this was super easy to make on Photoshop and the uploading process was easy and fool proof, allowing me to see the design on the iPhone before I hit the order button.


15 April 2016

Matte Eyes

It is a known fact that if I'm wearing makeup, I will be wearing eye shadow because I love the stuff and I feel like my look is never complete without just that little something. Over the past few weeks I have discovered a new found love for matte eye shadow and I have been experimenting with several different products from the drugstore to really change up  my makeup on a daily basis. Today I am going to share just a few of my current favourite products that I've been using to create that matte eye look.


09 April 2016

Things To Do When You're Feeling Stressed

Stress hits everyone, whether it comes in small does or large, we all experience it in some way or another, sometimes on a daily basis. It's important in life to stay positive, receive yourself from any stress and enjoy every day as it comes, life is far too short to worry about the little things. Lately I will admit that I have had days where I have felt awful, stressed and seriously down and so I have come up with a little list of twenty things to do when you're feeling like this, and they have all been tried and tested by me!


07 April 2016

Collection Gorgeous Glow

Collection is quickly becoming one of my favouite drugstore brands, their products are affordable, great quality and they are constantly launching new and innovative things. I picked up these Gorgeous Glow Bronzing and Blushing Blocks a few weeks ago whilst having a browse in Boots, I hadn't seen them before and they looked like such good dupes for many high end shimmer bricks that are out there.


27 March 2016

Easter Cupcakes

Easier is the perfect opportunity to do some baking and since I found a new delicious eggless cake recipe this year I thought I would make something cute and delicious for the Easter weekend. I went with the pretty standard chocolate cupcakes topped with mini eggs as they just scream Easter and look so lovely!

Cupcake Ingredients
85g Butter
2 tbsp Golden Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
300g Self Raising Flour
100g Caster Sugar
25g Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

Buttercream Ingredients
300g Icing Sugar
150g Unsalted Butter
1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 tbsp Milk

Follow this method to make the delicious cupcakes! 


06 March 2016

Getting Your Blogging Mojo Back

I absolutely love blogging, its my own personal space on the internet where I can talk about whatever I like and really let my personality run free. As much as I love my hobby, it can be hard work sometimes and with a full-time job, blog and youtube channel I will admit I struggle to keep up at times, but thats perfectly normal and okay. Recently I've really got out of the swing of things in terms of my blog, I've been really focused on my youtube channel meaning my content has taken a bit of a back seat, I guess you could say I sorta lost my blogging mojo. 

Today I thought I would share with you a few tips that I have found really useful to get that mojo back, to re-inspire myself and get back to it with my blog. 


24 February 2016

BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend 10 Piece Brush Set

I stumbled across the BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend 10 Piece Brush Set back in 2015 whilst browsing the aisles of my local TK Maxx, which is of course one of my favourite things to do! I tend to find a load of rubbish most of the time and end up walking away tempted handed but on this occasion it was slightly different. BH Cosmetics is a brand I have heard about a lot in the beauty community and I have wanted to try their eyeshadows in particular for a long time. When I spotted this brush set for just £14.99 I knew I had to give it a go, although I definitely didn't need any more brushes!


16 February 2016

New from Soap & Glory

Soap and Glory have recently announced some exciting new products that they are adding to their makeup line which of course pleased me a lot because their products are fab. I was really surprised when I popped to my local Boots this weekend to find the brand fully stocked with new things so I picked up just a couple to try. 


08 February 2016

Dollibox January

I've been stepping out of my comfort zone a lot lately, experimenting with new products, brands and techniques. I was contacted by the lovely team at Dollibox who asked me if I would like to receive one of their monthly subscription beauty boxes to try. Dollibox is a monthly subscription service that costs only £10.00 plus P&P of £3.90, you receive 6 fantastic products which can total the value of nearly £60.00. The beauty box is delivered directly to your front door, giving you the chance to try brands that you may not of heard of yet, as well as containing some well known brands in there too. 

I was lucky enough to receive the January edition of Dollibox which has a total value of £70.00 and the products inside are some really fab ones, I am excited to see what the future months boxes contain now!


05 February 2016

January Favourites

Hello February! Where on earth did January go?! It feels like Christmas was just yesterday but we are already into the second month of 2016, crazy. January wasn't the best start of the year, with ups and downs, a complete lack of motivation and far too much chocolate, I am eager to make February a much better month. Im going to kick start February with my first favourites post of the year, there are some really good products I have discovered and have been really enjoying so lets get started.


01 February 2016

Beauty UK Sweet Cheeks | Review & Swatches

When I hear that a brand is launching new products to their range I do get a little bit excited, especially when its a brand I really like or trust. Beauty UK is a brand I have used for years, they are well known for their cream contour kit and beautiful baked blushes. New on the market are the Sweet Cheeks Cream Blush Sticks, fabulous cream stick blushers to bring colour and radiance to your complexion. The range includes six different shades, each of which is totally unique and different. 


15 January 2016

Top Quality Brushes on a Budget

When it comes to makeup brushes there are a lot of brands out there to choose from, some are budget friendly and some are more of a luxury splurge but personally I recently discovered a set of five makeup brushes, identical to Real Techniques for just over a fiver. 

I thoroughly enjoy a spot of browsing on eBay from time to time and a few weeks ago I landed on a set of five makeup brushes that looked identical to Real Techniques and came in a variation of different colours. What surprised me the most was the price, I popped a purple set into my basket and a few days later they arrived in the post, in total the set cost me just £5.90 with free delivery. 


08 January 2016

Drugstore Beauty Haul

It has been a while since I have posted a haul on my blog and I was very lucky this year to receive a few little beauty bits for Christmas so I thought I would share these with you. I also popped to Wilko over the weekend and treated myself to a few more Essence eyeshadows which I have also included in this post, they are really beautiful shades. 


02 January 2016

New Year Beauty Wish List

Happy New Year! I really can't believe we are now in 2016, it feels so crazy, I have no idea where last year went. I realise that we have only just experienced Christmas and the Boxing Day sales but I actually have a New Year Wish List already, full of things I'd like to pick up over the next few weeks or months. I thought seeing as everything on my list is beauty related, I would show you guys the things I am lusting over. 

Alice May Snell