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Autumn Favourites!

Published November 14, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

I HAVE BEEN AWFUL AT POSTING. But the last few months I’ve gotten a lot done.

I completed my AS exams and got all A’s (Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry) and I’ve applied to 5 universites (Warwick, Exeter, Bath, Southampton, Surrey) to do either a Bachelors or Masters in Biomedical science, and I’ve got offers from all! Over the summer I also completed a 100 hour open university course in Human genetics and health issues.

So it’s been busy busy.

But today I got inspired to do a talky post so I thought I’d do an autumn favourites!

 1) LUSH Helping Hands hand cream £7.951126

I picked this up about a month ago, because somehow all my hand creams disappeared. I thought it’d be best get to get a more natural product because in my head I thought it’d be more moisturising. Its very good and sinks in quite quickly. Its the first time in ages that my hands havent felt all dry and crusty.

2) MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Soft & Gentle £24.0011271128

Must say, I’m not a huge fan on the new MAC mineralize packaging, but sacrifices have to be made!

Its a really pretty beigey-champagne, that looks great as an eyeshadow or highlight. I’ve recently been loving highlighting my cupids bow when im wearing lipstick as it makes my lips look more pouty & fierce.

The highlighter is very versatile too, you can get really subtle and really dramatic looks with it. As im not a huge highlighter person I usually only use a bit on my cheeks. Plus you get a butt-tonne of product!

3) MUA Mosaic Blush- English Rose £2.50


This remains one of my cheapest and favourite blushes in my collection, and is actually a recent repurchase (hence it not looking too shabby!). What I love with this blush is that the colour comes off as a natural rosy-pink but when the light hits it it has a lilac sheen which is GORGEOUS.

Even when using some more high-end makeup, I still layer this over the top sometimes. Even with my oily skin, it gives a pearly finish that I can actually tolerate.

At £2.50 you can’t go wrong, and it may even work its way up into your daily makeup routine.

4) Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette- Nude Grey £3.99


My next favourite is this palette from collection. Collection have really reinvented themselves as a brand in the last year, and this palette is no exception.

What particularly makes me happy about this palette is that there’s a matte highlight shade, and a matte black. It really has all the colours I would use for a neutral eyeshadow look. I only bought this because I’ve recently dyed my hair black and thought cool tones might look better, and Im so glad I have this now!

Again, when it’s only £3.99 it’s a steal, and would make a great stocking stuff at christmas too. Yes I’m one of those people with early christmas fever.

5) Eyelure pro-brow dye kit- black £7.50


As I recently dyed my hair black (see above) I needed to dye my eyebrows black too. This was just before I dyed them black, but as you can see they looked a bit out of place with my hair.

And I found this eyebrow dyed was really easy to use, and didn’t dye my skin black when I used it.

I thought i’d never see the day when I dyed my eyebrows…

6) Necklace


I thought i’d just add this in, because I find with autumn/winter, I wear a lot of darker clothes so I tend to bring a bit of brightness with this necklace sometimes.

I got this at a vintage emporium for 99p.  NINETY NINE PENCE OH MY. That’s what i’d clarify as a ‘Bangin’ deal’.


So that’s it for my autumn favourites, What things have you been loving recently?

Thanks for reading!




Summer Beauty Survival Guide!

Published June 14, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So because the UK is actually getting some sun at the moment, I thought i’d do a post about my beauty tips for summer. Personally I’m a bit of a summer Grinch, however as It’s only June it hasn’t fully developed yet!

But in all seriousness, try to stay shielded or atleast protected from the sun when you can. Every summer I get cocky and think ‘ah it wont matter just this one time.’ then I end up with the meanest sunburn;

1) St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse – £3  (At wilkinsons)

I personally prefer fake tan to natural tan, because NO TAN LINES, and besides I view fake tan like a makeup product. Sometimes I want to change my look up by being a bit tan, sometimes I like being very pale, and with fake tan you have that freedom. The colour is also very natural, it isnt orange or even slightly green which most tans are, definately non-oompa-loompa and non-shrek territory.

The tan smells slightly when you put it on, though I think that’s unavoidable with fake tan. It also dries completely within 5-10 minutes so you can just wack on clothes and waddle round the house.

It’s only £3, and it’s the best fake tan I’ve ever tried, I’ve convinced my mum and some friends to start using it this summer too! If permanent tan isn’t your thing they also have a wash off instant tan (which I have but havent used yet!). SAM_8043

2) SUNGLASSES (Extra points if they’re cute too…)

Sunglasses are really great in summer for many reasons. First of all you look like a major badass, and secondly they protect your eyes from UV-a and UV-b rays (ideally get Polaroid sunglasses if you can).

I got my heart ones because I thought they were funky and I like kawaii style accessories. I think I got them from amazon or Tmart for about £3 a pair. I’ve got my eyes set on a red pair at the moment. I’m trying to restrain myself you see. SAM_8049

3) SPF In Your Makeup – 

If you wear makeup most of the time, having spf in your makeup makes the whole ‘being safe in the sun’ thing a lot easier. Most of my favourite foundations like revlon colorstay, estee lauder doublewear and clinque even better have between spf 6 and 15 in them.

Mac do this especially well with their studio finish concealer which has SPF 35! I have the shade nw20, and love it because despite being full coverage, it sits nicely under your eyes and on spots.  SAM_8044SAM_8037

(wearing mac studio fix concealer nw20, and estee lauder double wear maximum cover foundation spf15- 1N3 creamy vanilla)

Another makeup product I love for the summer is the Elf conditioning lip balm SPF 15 (£3.75).

Your lips are the only part of your face that don’t produce their own natural oils, so keeping your lips hydrated is important as the sun can dry your lips out. Furthermore they have SPF15 and provide really opaque colour. The packaging’s a bit chunky but atleast it’s in a pot. Ive had many lipstick melt on me before then they’re a pain to use as the actual product has melted (AHEM MAC CREMESHEEN LIPSTICKS). SAM_8053

(Left to Right: Blissful berry, Nice&natural, Peaceful pink, Romantic rouge)

4) Drink water, LOTS of water…

I always say this to everyone because I genuinely think the biggest reason my skin has cleared up is because I drink SO MUCH water. And as you sweat more in summer, the water needs to be replaced. Homeostasis, yo.

I also discovered this blog post from Oscar Insurance that gets into some of the other ways to get your vitamin D through your food rather than the sun. If you want some information on Oscar your can check them out online for more on their NY or NJ health insurance services.

5) Hair Oils

Many people neglect their hair in the summer, your hair can get damaged by the sun, just as your skin can. Apart from the obvious tips like wearing a hat and not using heat tools, apply an argan oil to the ends of your hair you keep your shiny and healthy.

Thank you for reading.


Get Ready with me – New years eve!

Published December 31, 2013 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

I hope you all had wonderful Christmases! And if you happen to read this before we’re in 2014, then have a jolly good start to the new year!

Its the time to make new years resolutions, that hopefull, last more than 5 days in 2014! My resolutions include:

. To have a healthier lifestyle (and lose lots of poundage whilst im at it!)

. To get my hair in much healthier condition.

. To better myself by learning new skills and learning more and more. It may not seem like it but im a massive geek. Especially with      science. Love the stuff.

. To be a nicer person, and do nice things for people, even strangers.

. Learn how to handle my anxiety better.


What are some of your resolutions? Or are you one of those people who think they’re pointless?

So anyway, lets start this get ready with me with a ‘final result’ photo:Image

Now from the beginning!



I then wore a a short black skirt, burgandy top and a leather jacket. I actually did this about 1pm today and went to watch Frozen with some friends, then to Pizza hut, because Pizza hut is the land of GLORIOUS pizza. And my hair was curled today. I said i wouldnt die it to help it get better, but i put some pink through the ends of my hair, but it just looks slightly red.

Products used:

. revlon colorstay foundation combination/oily- 120 Buff

. Mac pro longwear concealer- Nw20

. Rimmel stay matte powder- Peach glow

. Sleek contour kit- medium

. Mac powder blush- Well dressed

. Natural collection eyeshadow- Crushed Walnut

. Too faced shadow insurance- candlelight

. Benefit creaseless cream eyeshadow- rsvp

. Naked 3 palette (strange,nooner,darkside)

. Mac eyeshadow- freshwater

. MUA pearl eyeshadow- shade 10

. Collection 24 hour liquid eyeliner- black

. Mac eye kohl- smoulder

. Too faced glitter (I couldn’t find it on the website!)

Avon supershock mascara- black

Tmart lashes-

Loreal colour riche lipstick- Cheryl’s nude


Thanks for reading! Have a fabulous new year. Its 11pm as im writing this, so not long now!


Want Luscious lips? – Elf Lip gloss Sticks!

Published August 4, 2013 by majormakeupmadness

Hey Guys,

So I ordered from Elf just over a week ago and have been trying some new products from them. One of which I was particularly impressed by was the Jumbo Lip gloss stick. I have one in the shade ‘Coco Loco’ which is a rosy brown. I actually picked it because the 2 shades I wanted (Pink Umbrellas and Tiki Torches) were out of stock. But Im so glad I ended up with this shade because its so beautiful. Neutral, but never the less beautiful.

This is me wearing it today:


I just absolutely love it. Im not a big fan of lip gloss; I much prefer lipstick. However, these are more like a lipbalm, lipgloss and lipstick had a baby, and this was the result. 🙂

Its smooth, pigmented and doesn’t cling to dry patches – which is always a plus. Heres a swatch: ImageImage

Now this isnt really a review, Just really an update on lip products ive been into recently.

Seriously though, try them. there are 6 shades available (in the UK) and they’re only £2.50. If you havent already, TRY THEM GURL.

So what do you think of the Elf Lip Gloss sticks? Are you loving them like I am or are they a bit of a miss for you?

Thanks for reading!


22p Eyelashes- WHAT?

Published July 31, 2013 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So about a month ago I was on the hunt for some cheap eyelashes. Because despite claims being that you can reuse a pair of eyelashes 10 times, it usually means about 3 times.  Therefore you want to get your moneys worth.

Even the cheap eyelashes in boots or superdrug are atleast £5/£6 for one pair! So I found these lashes on a site called and you can get packs of 10 lashes for around £2! Shamazing! When I first saw them I was curious and thought they’d be terrible but I decided to give them a go and spent £2.22 on 10 pairs.

The site also had free worldwide delivery – Yay!

Heres the eyelashes I bought >

And some pictures: ImageImageImage

They are synthetic lashes, as you can probably tell from the picture and are quite long which is good as you have the option to trim them down if necessary. One thing I did notice when trying them on is that you have to wiggle the band a little to it suits your eye and is more flexible. A downer is that the band is really thick, but it is workable.

Heres me wearing the lashes. This was yesterday and i used the revlon precision lash glue in black. They are on the verge of being to big but I think they can just pass as acceptable. ImageImageSAM_5081

I went out and saw a film in the evening and the lashes still stayed put! 🙂

Overall, these are very good value and will definately be ordering more – how could you not at that price? Ive also got these in the post which im excited to try >

Have you tried Tmart lashes before? If so, let me know which ones you tried and your thoughts on them!

Thanks for reading,


Romantic Summer Nights… -Tutorial!

Published July 21, 2013 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So today I felt like doing a tutorial. My blog used to mainly be tutorials, but I havent done one since 4 or 5 posts ago! . I feel like in the summer in the evening, the makeup you wear will probably be heavier than what it was in the day. So here is a tutorial of summer makeup that is fun without being too heavy.

Let’s get started:

1) First prime yours eyes with an eye primer, and then sweep a pinky-champagne across your eyelid. Image

2) Next apply a bright pink on the out third of your lid, and blend into the champagne colour for a gradient effect. Image

3) Next apply a shimmery brown through your crease. We use a shimmery brown instead of a matte to give a ‘glow’ to your eyes. Image

4) Using a pencil or gel black eyeliner, line your eyes and wing them out (follow the curve of your lower lashline). Be careful to not make the line too thick, otherwise it wont be summery. Also line your lower lashline (outer half). Image

^My eyes look so watery. Im sorry, I rewatched the final Sherlock whilst filming the tutorial. It gets me everytime. 😥

5) Next curl your lashes and apply mascara. Image

6) Now onto lips. Line your lines with a nude lipliner and fill them in (I slightly overdraw my lips here). Then apply a coral lipstick. Gloss can somethings feel too much in the summer, so I just leave it at lipstick.Image

7) Contour your face with a bronzer to warm up your complexion and apply a light pink blush to your cheeks. Heres the finished look! Image

Products used:

.Makeup forever HD foundation- 117

.Mac Studio finish spf35 concealer- NW20

.Ben Nye translucent powder- fair

.Avon Glow bronzer- Medium riveria

.Bourjois blush- 37

.Elf eyelid primer

.L’oreal quad- Disco Smoking

. 17 eyeshadow- statuesque

.Mac eyeshadow- brule

.Elf studio single eyeshadow- Coffee bean

.Mac eye khol- smolder

.Clinique lash doubling- black

.No7 lipliner- Nude

.Loreal carsse lipstick- Dating coral

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed!


Pick Me Up, Pin Up!

Published June 29, 2013 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So Ive always been fascinated with the 50’s pin up look. As It’s gorgeous and is a very classic and sophisticated look.

And this week ive been ill, so I thought a classic look would make me look well… not ill. Which is why the title is ‘Pick me up, pin up’. I think it looks great on everyone, just switch up the red lip according to your skin tone. It also can work on the palest of skins as well as women of colour.

So here is the look I created: ImageImageImage

Ive also noticed that the 50’s look is heavily endorsed by celebrites, AHEM Taylor Swift.

Below ive linked some images of celebs wearing the look. I dont own the images, I just got them from google… Because everyone loves google.

So what do you think of the classic 50’s pin up look? – Comment below!

Thanks for reading, and as always have a beautiful weekend.