My Smelly Products Tag

Leanne Talks Beauty  tagged me in her My Smelly Products Tag last week and I thought it’d be fun to do, so here are my favourite smelling products.


Fudge Urban Seasalt spray – This smells wonderful, it actually smells like Malibu and when my hair catches the wind and I get a fresh whiff of it I’m transported back to holidays.

Soap & Glory  IFoam Body Wash – This smells like peaches and cream, it’s delicious, I actually just want to eat it but it probably doesn’t taste so good! It also washed really well and the scent does stick around for a good while after.

Original Source  Raspberry and Vanilla Milk – This is probably my favourite, it smells incredibly, do you remember those Campino sweets that smelt amazing? This smells like that only better because it’s raspberry not strawberry.

Avon  Rivera Goddess Body Spritz – I Love this budget scent, it lasts ages and smells really summery.

Ghost Perfume – This is my husbands favourite perfume of mine, it has an elegant floral scent and it now holds plenty of memories for me.

Superdrug Hand & Nail Cream – My colleagues love when I start dishing this out, it smells sweet and beautiful, it’s also actually a pretty good hand and nail cream.

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter – This has got to be another of my top ones, I love fruity smells as you’ve probably gathered by now, this one is sweet and definitely smells like mango!

L’Occitane Hydration Cream – This smells quite natural and earthy, it’s quite subtle actually but both my husband and I adore the smell.

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I enjoyed doing this one, hope you guys do too!


The Versatile Blogger


A huge thank you to Beauty & Makeup and Intraordinary for their nominations for The Versatile Blogger award this weekend, I decided to do them in one post due to timing and I hope nobody minds too much!

How it works

1. Display the Award Certificate on your blog
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.
3. Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award.
4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.
5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

 15 Deserving Blogger Nominations,,,,,,,

7 Interesting things about me

  1. I had half a set of extra teeth which had to be removed when I was a teenager, weirdly gross but interesting none the less!
  2. I like to run until I feel sick, that’s when you know you’ve worked hard.
  3. I volunteer on a youth bus in my area which is a lot of fun.
  4. I love M&M’s more than life itself.
  5. I also have a Christian blog, but I don’t update that so often and it’s more personal.
  6. Matilda says I’m the best colleague in the whole wide world… I won’t tell you how much I paid her to say that.
  7. I love my job, mostly. It gets quite stressful at times!

I look forward to seeing all your interesting things!

MUA (Makeup Academy) Lipstick in Shade 14 ‘Bare’ Review

1Reviewed by Tams

I love MUA products right now, for the very low price they are amazing quality. I’ve been wanting a nude lipstick for a while now, it’s a trend I’m loving but I wasn’t sure it’d suit me as I’m so pale. Rather than splash out on an expensive one I decided to give the MUA one a go to see if it suited.

I love the packaging of this lipstick, it’s sleek and stylish. It also has a handy little pot of the lipstick at the base of the lipstick that can be used with a lipstick brush. The colour comes out really well and it lasts well for a light coloured lipstick. It doesn’t dry my lips out and it easily gives the effect of a more expensive version.


In this photo I was in a rush so didn’t even bother with lip liner and under those circumstances it still came out quite nicely I feel. I do also love the shade, it is a beautiful shade that looks barely there and it is bang on trend. Think this may be my new favourite everyday lipstick. I’m also definitely going to try some more. I already have it in Shade 1 awaiting trial so I’ll let you know what that one is like soon!



Try it: £1.. yup that’s right, less than a bottle of 7up!

MUA (Makeup Academy) Undress Your Skin – Flawless Skin Primer Review


This baby proves that makeup primers do not have to cost a fortune. I wanted one that I could use every day as I prefer to keep my expensive ones for special occasions so that they last longer. After dropping a white one all down my black skinny jeans whilst testing out a few in my local drugstore I decided to go with a clear one. My favourite more expensive one is also clear and has served me well.

I have not had any problems with any MUA products as yet so it seemed the ideal purse-friendly choice to go with. This is one of their new ones and as yet it didn’t have a tester so I went in blind. At just £5 I was never going to lose a great deal if it was no good. Fortunately, it rivals every single primer I’ve tried.

I like the clear ones, often primers come in restricted shades and it’s so difficult to get one that matches your skin and really why do they need a shade anyway? This one comes out like a gel and is fairly thick. It is amazing at blurring out imperfections. It felt smooth and silky on the skin and it wasn’t heavy either. It also has a handy pump which stops you dispensing too much.

My foundation glided on a dream after using this and it stayed there, it turned out to be a very late night and so I must confess I was awful and didn’t remove my makeup last night, this morning it was all still there in perfect condition except for the lipstick.

It is also good to wear alone. I was only nipping to the shops this afternoon so after my bath I just used this to disguise the imperfections and still left feeling confident. So far my skin has remained healthy and moisturised, my skin in way better shape than it usually as after a night of wearing so much makeup.  This photo shows how my makeup looked over the primer, my skin looks pretty darn flawless I think so it definitely does what it says on the packet!


Try it: £5,

Liebster Award


The lovely Christine at dolls house blog kindly nominated me for the Liebster award yesterday. It’s very exciting to have been tagged in this, its a great way to discover new blogs and be seen. This award exists to help new up and coming bloggers and is open to new bloggers with under 200 followers.

In order to participate the following rules must be followed:

  1. Nominees must answer 11 questions asked by the blogger that nominated them.
  2. You need to choose 11 blogs with under 200 followers to pass the award onto and let them know you have nominated them by commenting on their blog.
  3. Come up with 11 new questions for them to answer.

Christine’s questions

  1. What is your favourite high street store? Tricky one! I use New Look a lot as it’s so close to work but I love Miss Selfridge. 
  2. What is the most expensive piece of clothing / accessory you have bought? My wedding dress! It was a Chanticleer dress that retails at £1640, it was worth it! 
  3. Why did you first start blogging? I love to write and I love all things beauty so I decided to combine my passions!
  4. In 5 years time where do you see yourself? Still blogging, working higher up in the same company I work for now and another child.  Got to stay busy right?
  5. Flats or heels? Flats, I wear heels like twice a year even though I own around 30 pairs of heels, they look pretty sitting there! 
  6. What is your favourite era of fashion and why? ’50s because it was elegant yet fun. 
  7. What is your go to brand for beauty? Benefit – they’ve never let me down! 
  8. What is your favourite season for fashion – Spring / Summer or Autumn / Winter and why? Autumn/Winter – Cosy jumpers and lovely knits make me very happy indeed! 
  9. What is your favourite quote? “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
  10. Which city do you think is the most fashion forward? London
  11. Describe yourself in 3 words – Passionate, determined, stubborn

The 11 blogs I nominate are as follows:

The questions for my nominees to answer are:

  1. If you were an animal what would you be and why?
  2. What is your go-to beauty product?
  3. What is best hair colour you’ve rocked?
  4. Bags or shoes?
  5. What is your favourite perfume?
  6. Chinese or Indian takeaway?
  7. What is your favourite book?
  8. What song acts as your ‘Mr Motivator’?
  9. What was the first music single you bought?
  10. What is your best beauty tip?
  11. Who is your style icon?

Hope you all enjoy doing this as much as I did!

Tams xx


10 Festival Beauty Essentials


With less than 2 weeks until I head to V Festival at Hylands Park with one of my favourite people my attention has turned to what I need to take with me. So here’s my list of the 10 essentials that I’ll definitely have with me!

1 – Antibacterial Hand Gel – With the toilet facilities lacking and being out in the open for 2 whole days (even though I’m heading home and not camping) this is the thing I could never attend a festival without.

2 – Sleek Pout Paint – This is a festival favourite, it can be used for cheeks and lips but for me it will be used to create pretty designs, perhaps flowers for a cute festival makeup.

3 – Water – If you want to keep your skin in top condition and not be the one passed out under a tree by 3pm then you need to stay hydrated! Most festivals only allow you to take a small bottle of water into the arena with you but have taps to refill, make use of this and drink plenty of nature;s good stuff!

4 – Sunscreen – You’re outside all day, even those of us who tan are at risk in those conditions, keep your sunscreen topped up and head for shaded areas when possible.

5 – BB Cream – Save space and take a BB Cream in place of a foundation and moisturiser, a BB Cream will double up as both and stop your skin from drying out. The Body Shop All-in_one BB Cream is my favourite!

6 – Fudge Urban Sea Salt Spray – With shower facilities limited and the expectation if rain at some point there’s no point in paying out to have your hair straightened while you’re there, instead spritz in some sea salt spray for a gorgeous boho, festival look, you could add some flowers to your hair too!¬

7 – Figs & Rouge Lip Balm – The is hygienic and easy to use without a mirror, it can also be used as a cheek stain and eye shimmer. Multi-taskers are the way forward when at a festival!

8 – The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Spritz – Ideal for a quick freshen up and to keep your skin looking radiant throughout the whole weekend!

9 – Makeup wipes/ wet wipes – Don’t forget to remove your makeup in the evening and wipe your face in the morning, also a good idea for a quick wet wipe bath to stay smelling a little fresh at least!

10 – Sunglasses – Protect your eyes whilst out in the sunshine, I swear half the time you site with the sun in your eyes! Plus sunglasses will always make you look that little bit cooler. Why not select a new fun pair just for this occasion?

I hope this quick guide has been of some use to you. What are your festival must-haves?

It’s in the Bag!


1Tonight I’m looking into our reviewer and photography student Maisie’s makeup bag.

I was excited when I first caught a glimpse of this kit, I’ve already spotted some old favourites and some that I’m now eager to try! Maisie has a beautiful natural look that I often envy, she looks effortless but from a first look at everything she uses it’s clear that time goes into her flawless appearance.

There’s a really good range of budget and department store brands in Maisie’s kit, everything from Benefit to L’Oreal.  In no particular order, tonight I’m going to look at her top 3.

3First up is the Thick & Fast Mascara by Soap and Glory. Maisie confesses that she’s tried out a lot of mascaras but this is by far one of the best. The reasons behind this are numerous, starting with how easily it builds up without any sign of clumping. It also creates long lashes in no time at all. Maisie uses it along side They’re Real mascara for greater definition.


Next up is a product I’m not dying to try – Soap & Glory Hocus Focus Instant Visual Flaw-Softening Lotion. This is an interesting product in that it does so many different things and can be used in several different ways. It can be used as a cheekbone highlighter, mixed with moisturiser to brighten skin or mixed in with foundation for an on-trend flawless dewy look.

Maisie loves that this product softens fine lines and reduces the size of pores without any shimmer added into the mix. It creates a lovely matte finish which suits he overall look. Maisie applies it over Porefessional but under her foundation for an effortless flawless result.


Last up is a foundation that I myself have struggled with but having read Maisie’s prep I may give it a go again using the products she uses as a base first. Maisie adores this foundation, she achieves a an even airbrushed result every time, especially after using Hocus Focus first! This again doesn’t contain any shimmer that Maisie isn’t a fan off so it’s utterly perfect for her.

I’ve really enjoyed tonight’s snoop and want to say a huge thank you to Maisie for her time tonight. Next week we look into a local makeup artists professional kit, I’ve just had everything over for it and it’s going to be a good one!