A Perfect Mix of Beauty Basics

I thought that I would take advantage of the last day of Boots' 3 for 2 offer and pick up a few of my essential beauty products that I had just about run out of. This time I thought that I would mix it up a little and try a different brand rather than sticking to the ones I know.

Firstly, there is a lot of hype from beauty bloggers surrounding the drugstore Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, and every time I head into Boots I always walk past the counter and pick up Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer as it is a product I get on with very well. There was only three shades to choose from which I think isn't a good variation however the Cool Medium 2 was the perfect shade for me luckily. It is quite a thick substance, quite creamy and once rubbed in it is quite heavy (is that even the correct phrase?!) I have only used this a couple of times but on first impressions I really like it and it covers up my blemishes really well and last pretty much the whole day without having to reapply, something I do an awful lot.

The next product I picked up was the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, I have actually used this mascara before, many years ago and quite liked it. I am on quite a tight budget this month so I wanted something cheap and cheerful but does a good job and I knew that this product would not let me down. The brush is quite big and spaced out which I find is perfect to make my lashes look a lot longer than normal. The liquid is quite wet however, it does not clog up the brush something that I found with the No.7 mascara, so it goes on quite evenly and your not left with your lashes sticking to one another.

For a while now I have been debating on what eye liner to go for, whether it is a pen, or brush which dips into a pot of liquid (liquid liner). I recently discovered my Collection Extreme felt tip liner at the bottom of my make up bag the other month and I realised how easy it is to create the perfect line and flick with this product. Unfortunately, it had been drying out for a good few weeks so it was time to look for something new, after watching one of Sprinkle Of Glitter's YouTube videos where she used Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen I really wanted to try this out. It has an ever so slightly narrower nib than the Collection pen which does make a difference when applying it to the eye, and I also feel it creates quite a dainty little line which is really cute, plus it can be built up to the thickness you like.

Overall I am really pleased with my purchases and I am getting braver and more interested in trying out different products and brands than what I am used to. Have you tried any of these products before? I would love to hear what you think of them.

Series: Festival Look Book 1

Festival season is fast approaching, so I thought it would be quite fun to make a little series of posts with different outfit looks if your struggling what to buy/pack/wear. These will be posted every Wednesday at 3pm so keep your eyes peeled for the next installment.

A couple of years ago I went to my first ever festival at Leeds Fest and I was absolutely clueless of what to pack, especially if you are like me and not a light packer in the slightest. The biggest issue to keep in mind is the British weather, it could be 28 degrees one day or a storm the next, so I believe that packing layers is the best thing to do!!

T-shirts, hoodies and thin jackets are probably the best items you could pack, that way they fold quite small into a bag or you can tie them around your waist if you get too warm or you can layer them up bit my bit if it gets a little cold, especially in the evenings and you don't want to walk miles and miles to your tent just to get a massive coat. 

I absolutely love this first look, Kimonos are beautiful statement pieces, you can really find such incredible patterns and designs in silk fabric through to cotton. This is perfect to either stop yourself from burning or keeping you a little bit warmer if there is a slight breeze, it is lightweight and will not annoy you by making you ridiculously hot if you are stuck in the middle of the crowd.

Teaming it with either a crop top if your brave and adventurous, if not with a plain t-shirt and some little denim shorts rather than a pair of jeans. Shorts are pretty much what everyone wears at a festival, they are cool, you don't have to worry about them getting muddy or wet at the bottom, and they just look summery. Wear with thick socks above your wellies for that quirkier look but will also keep your feet warmer and dryer.

Finally, the best thing that I found at a festival was wearing a bum bag, yes they are not fashionable, but, they are very practical. You don't want to be messing around with a massive bag in such a crowd, also you are at a very high risk of pick pocketers, so a bag over your shoulder is not ideal. A bum bag is always in your sight, and is very tricky for someone to try and steal your possessions without you noticing. Plus, they are small enough to be worn under your clothes so people can be unaware that your actually wearing one!

I hope that this was helpful, and you enjoyed reading the post. If you have any questions feel free to ask, and I would love to know what you think.