Aveeno Positively Radiant Review

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be writing up a little review of a few skincare products that I’ve been using for the past few months.

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Aveeno’s Positively Radiant line is a drugstore skincare line that aims to ‘naturally even skin tone and texture’ as well as ‘leaving your skin looking radiant’. Their products are alcohol free, oil-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic, and use soy extract to deliver the promised benefits. I picked up the toner and daily moisturizer from the line and have been using them for a while so I thought I’d share my opinions on them with you guys!

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Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Toner

I’m going to come straight out and say that I don’t love this toner. I use it every night after taking my makeup off with a cleansing wipe, and I just find that it doesn’t really do much. It just feels like I’m wiping off any remaining dirt or residue from my face with some nicely scented water. I would even say that this toner leaves my skin feeling a little tight after I use it. I also haven’t really noticed any improvements to my skin tone. That being said, I already have fairly good skin, so there isn’t really much to improve on. My skin is normal to dry, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend this toner to people who have dry skin, but it might be more effective for people with combination or oily skin! Either way, I definitely won’t be repurchasing this once I use it up.

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Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

Fortunately I like Aveeno’s moisturizer a lot more than their toner! I’ve been using this as my daily moisturizer since the summer, and I’m quite impressed with it. I picked it out because it had SPF 15 which was important for me as I was working outside a lot and wanted extra sun protection for my face! I find the formula quite lightweight and easy to apply, and it sinks into the skin fairly quickly. It does smell a bit like sunscreen, but I guess that’s to be expected!

The finish it leaves on the skin is quite dewy and I find it does a good job of giving you that healthy, ‘fresh faced’ kind of look. As far as how good of a moisturizer it is, I would give it a thumbs up. I haven’t had any issues with my skin being dry since I’ve started using it, and I don’t usually moisturize in the evenings so it keeps my skin moisturized for about 24 hours. Now, of course, I don’t have particularly dry skin to begin with, and I’m not too sure how well it would work for oily skin, so all I can tell you is that it’s been working well for my skin! Overall I think it’s a good, solid product. It hasn’t done anything magical for my skin, but it does it’s job well! When this bottle runs out (which probably won’t be for a while, as I still have about half!) I will probably want to try a new brand, but I wouldn’t have any reasons to not repurchase it.

I hope these reviews have given you a better idea of whether or not Aveeno’s Positively Radiant line would be something that you might like! If you’ve tried any of the products from the line tell me in the comments below :) Also tell me what your favourite toner is, as I need some ideas for when this one runs out!

XO Simytoe

Fall Fashion Wishlist

Hey guys! Somehow I’ve managed to not buy any clothes since coming to London, but that is soon going to change as I’m going shopping tomorrow! So I thought today I’d do a little bit of brainstorming to figure out what sorts of things I want to pick up. Enjoy!

Fall/Winter Jacket

The only jacket I brought over from Canada is my bright red skating jacket that is too warm to wear outside right now! Also it’s super casual, so I want to pick up a slightly smarter jacket that is light enough to wear when it’s warm outside, but that I can layer stuff under.

Trousers

Shockingly, I’ve never owned a pair of pants(trousers) that weren’t either jeans, sweatpants, leggings, or yoga pants! Partially because everyone in my school dressed very casually, and partially because I have such a tough time finding pants(trousers) that fit my long legs! But hopefully I’ll be able to find some here in London!

Fall Jumpers

Since jumpers are so big and bulky, I didn’t really have any room to bring any in my suitcase! So I want to pick up some nice cosy ones for the upcoming winter :)

Ankle Boots

My beloved ankle boots were another item that sadly had to be left behind in Canada, so I’m looking to pick up a new pair! My old ones were suede, but I’m thinking I should probably pick up something a little more rainy-weather appropriate :P

Fall/Winter Tops

I think I might have been a little sleep deprived or something when I was packing which clothes to bring to England, as I’ve seemingly mostly brought tank tops and tshirts! Which are no good for the upcoming cold months, so I’m going to have to stock up on some longer sleeved tops.

So those are the main things that I’m going to be looking for when I’m out shopping tomorrow! I’m planning on going up to Oxford Street, where there are loaaads of shops, and I’m so excited! I can’t wait to go shopping in Primark, Miss Selfridges, New Look, and all of the other British clothing stores!!!

What are some of your favourite stores to shop at? And what trends / items of clothing are you loving for the fall? Tell me in the comments below!

XO Simytoe

Food Diary

Hey guys! Today I’m going to do something a little bit different, and write about food! A week ago I moved into my apartment in London, and part of settling into my new life has been figuring out what I’m going to eat. I think that moving into a new place is a great time to sort of ‘start fresh’ with your eating habits, as you have to stock up your pantry from scratch. I want to try eating less sugary, packaged foods, and try eating more natural, healthy foods! So to see how I’m getting along with that goal, I thought I’d record what I ate for a day, and share it with you guys too! Enjoy :)

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For breakfast, I like to try getting in some protein as well as some fruits or veggies, to make sure that I have enough energy for the day! Yesterday I had a bagel, with a fried egg on one half, and peanut butter on the other. I then had an apple and some cranberry raspberry juice, and, of course, some tea! You’ll notice that every time I had a cup of tea, I also had a biscuit to go with it, which probably isn’t very healthy. However, I made this little ‘rule’ for myself that I get one biscuit for every cup of tea, but I only get one, because otherwise I will eat the entire packet of biscuits in one go!

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Later on in the morning I was doing some work on my laptop, so I made myself another cup of tea! I like having sugar and cream in my tea, but I’m trying to cut down on the sugar, as I feel like 2 teaspoons of tea in every cup of tea is waaay too much!

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Around lunchtime I was still working and applying for jobs online, so I decided to eat lunch at my desk. For lunch I had half of a delicious ham & cheese quiche that I ate cold because I still don’t really understand how to use my oven! :P I also had a double chocolate muffin that I impulsively bought on my last trip to the grocery store… I always look at the muffin section to see if they have any banana chocolate chip muffins (which are my fav, and still relatively healthy) and then if they don’t have them I just end up buying the much less healthy double chocolate muffins.

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After another few hours of filling out job applications online, I finally moved on to paper applications, so I decided to reward myself with another cup of tea! And some chocolate…

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For dinner, I had planned on cooking myself some pasta and vegetables, but by the time it came to actually preparing dinner, I was too tired and hungry to spend more than 10 minutes on food prep. So instead I went with cereal and an apple with peanut butter. Maybe not the most ‘put together’ of meals, but at least it’s kind of healthy, right?! Since I haven’t had a lot of time to build up a stockpile of different foods, I kind of have to get a bit creative when putting together meals. Hence why I ate 2 apples, and had peanut butter for breakfast and dinner yesterday.

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I then had another cup (or two!) of tea in the evening while watching some youtube videos and catching up on blogs! I just have a weakness for black tea with cream, in case you couldn’t tell :P

So that’s everything that I ate yesterday! Looking back on it, I’ve realized that almost all of the foods that I ate were foods that I could prepare quickly and easily. I think that this ‘habit’ is left over from my two weeks spent living in hostels, where I often didn’t have access to a full kitchen. Also, as I’ve mentioned, I’m still working on filling my fridge and pantry, and haven’t really been buying in bulk because British food is a bit different and strange, and I don’t want to end up buying a huge pack of something only to find that I don’t like it. So I’ve been sticking with simple foods that I know I like, but I’m sure I’ll start branching out soon!

I think it would be interesting to do another one of these posts in a month or two, to compare how my eating habits have changed! What do you guys think of this kind of post? Does it interest you to read what kinds of things I eat? Or would you rather I stick to my regular posts? Tell me below in the comments!

XO Simytoe

Sephora Haul

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Hey guys! Before coming over to England I did a little shopping at Sephora and picked up some things, so I thought I’d do a little haul post today! I was returning/exchanging some products so I even managed to not spend loads of money :P
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First up I picked up my first ever high end lipstick! Since I have really dry and chapped lips, I find that most lipsticks dry out my lips super fast, but I was on a mission to find one that was super hydrating. I ended up trying on about 5-10 before finding one that had a formula that I felt was moisturizing enough for my lips. Plus the colour is absolutely gorgeous! So this is the YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 17. I want to do a more in depth review on this lipstick once I’ve tried it out a bit more, but so far I’m loving it!
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Next I decided to pick up a blush, as I only really have one blush in my collection. This one is from the Sephora Collection, and it’s a cream blush in Golden Spice N*4. I’ve never really used a cream blush before, but I find that it gives a nice subtle finish, and doesn’t go on too heavy. The colour I got is like a reddish pink with a tiny bit of gold shimmer.
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I also picked up two makeup brushes from the Sephora collection. I got the Pro Flawless Powder 40 brush, and the Crease Shadow 73 brush. I haven’t tried the crease brush yet because I don’t usually wear eye shadow, but the bristles feel really soft, and I like the shape of the brush. I’ve used the powder brush a few times, and although it does have really soft bristles, I feel like the handle is a bit too long for my liking, and I kind of want a bigger brush for my powder. I think I’ll probably end up exchanging the powder brush next time I’m in Canada.
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Lastly I picked up a rollerball version of Georgio Armani’s new perfume, Si. After going around smelling all of the rollerball perfumes in Sephora, I decided that I liked the smell of this one the best. It’s a bit of a heavier, richer fragrance, so probably more appropriate for night time, but I just really like the scent. I do find that it doesn’t last super long, and I would have preferred a spray nozzle to a rollerball, but I guess that’s what I get for not wanting to pay for the big bottle ;)

So those are all of the things that I picked up at Sephora when I was back in Canada! Tell me in the comments below if you’ve ever tried any of these products or if you know of any lipsticks that are super hydrating that I might want to check out!

XO Simytoe

So I moved to London…

Hey guys! Two weeks ago I landed in London, and today I want to tell you guys a bit about what my life has been like since then. It’s so weird to think back on my first day – when I stepped off of the plane onto British soil, when I rode the tube for the first time, when I had my first Primark experience – and to realise that two whole weeks have passed since then. It’s crazy to think how much can happen in two weeks. Normally when we think of two weeks, it doesn’t seem very long; after all, what’s two weeks when compared to a year, or 5 years, or a lifetime? But so much has happened and I’ve had so many new experiences in the past two weeks that it’s felt like a lifetime.

First of all: London. I still have moments when I’ll be doing something normal like walking down the street, or eating breakfast, and suddenly it’ll hit me that I’m in London and I’ll have a mini freak out. I’ve never been to London before this trip, and it’s one of those places that I’ve heard about so much on the television or in movies or from other people that it kind of stopped being a real place in my mind. If that makes any sense. London just always seemed so far away and abstract and unobtainable, that it’s taking me a while to wrap my head around the fact that the city I’m in is the same city that people are talking about when they talk about London. Just today Ed Sheeran was tweeting about how he’s doing some shows in London, and it took me a while to realise that he wasn’t referring to some far away city in another country – that he was actually referring to the city that I’m in right now. It kind of blew my mind.

London is also incredibly vast and fascinating and beautiful. You could spend years living in London and still not have explored every part of it. I love that every new area that I go to is so different from everywhere else I’ve been before. Until I moved into my flat yesterday, I’d been staying in hostels in various parts of the city, and I loved getting to discover a new part of the city every few days. First there was Hammersmith, with its abundance of shops, then Caledonian Road with its gorgeous park, and finally Earl’s Court with its rows of incredibly beautiful townhouses. I’ll admit that I haven’t done a ton of sightseeing, but I’ve been down around the Trafalgar Square area and there are just so many large, impressive buildings around there. In Canada we don’t really have that many buildings that are actually old, so it’s really cool to be somewhere that has old buildings everywhere. Also I get a little bit of that ‘pinch me’ kind of feeling every time I see Big Ben or the London Eye because those buildings are in London and oh my goodness I’m in London. Which is slightly insane.

Now that I’ve moved into a flat and finally unpacked my suitcase for the first time in two weeks I’m sure that things will start to be different, but up until now it’s kind of felt like I’m on holiday. I haven’t had to do much cooking or cleaning, I’ve spent far too much money on unhealthy foods (cupcakes, cheesecake, macarons… the list goes on), and I haven’t pressed myself too hard to do anything very productive (this blog being a prime example). I’m not going to lie, it’s been pretty great. Most days I’ve stayed up late and then slept in, I’ve spent a lot of time reading and watching movies, and, for the first time since I was 4, I haven’t had to worry about school. Pretty soon I’m going to have to start worrying about a job though, which might even be less fun than school, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

For now though, I’m going to continue to marvel at the fact that I’m in London, and that I actually live here now. To end off this post I’m going to share with you some of the memorable parts of the past two weeks:

- Starbucks. Is really freaking expensive here. I mean, Starbucks is overpriced to begin with, but the prices are straight up ridiculous here in London. My go-to drink at Starbucks is a tall chai tea latte, which in Canada costs maybe like $2-3. Imagine my surprise when I ordered one in London and it cost £2.75, which is $5. Literally $5 for a small cup of chai tea latte. I think I’m going to have to say goodbye to my Starbucks addiction while I’m living in London. :(

- The London Zoo! A friend and I went up to the zoo in Regents Park the other day, and it was really fun! Despite the weather being a bit rainy and miserable, we still ended up having a good time looking at all of the animals. The monkeys were absolutely adorable, and I saw an aardvark for the first time and wow it was not what I expected it to look like. I don’t really know what I thought aardvarks looked like, but it was definitely nowhere near what they actually look like. If you’ve never seen an aardvark before, I dare you to go google it right now but be warned that they look really, really strange. We then ended the evening by going to Pizza Hut where I ordered a delicious pizza (the stuffed crust is amazing omg) and then couldn’t eat it all so I got to enjoy it’s deliciousness the next morning too. Overall a pretty great day.

- Shopping. Oh my goodness the shopping. I’ve managed to not buy very many things so far (mostly because I didn’t have any extra room in my suitcase) but I don’t think that’s going to last very long. One day I needed to buy a specific piece of clothing (a longsleeved black cotton button down shirt) but no clothing stores seemed to carry them, so I ended up spending about 4-5 hours on Oxford street, going into almost every woman’s clothing store trying to find one. And although many stores didn’t have what I was looking for, they all seemed to have other gorgeous pieces of clothing that I very much want in my closet. I can see my closet soon being populated with clothes from the likes of Topshop, Miss Selfridge, River Island, and Primark.

- Macarons. Somehow, until yesterday, I had not tried macarons. I don’t know how this happened or why, but it was a situation that needed to be fixed. So yesterday when I was meeting up with someone in Covent Garden and we decided to get some tea at the Ladurée café there, I knew that I had to get some macarons. I ended up getting two caramel ones and one chocolate one (all mini sized) and ohmygoodness they were amazing. I can’t even tell you how absolutely delicious they were. I’m getting chills just thinking about it. The only downside of them being so amazing is that now anytime I eat a macaron I’m worried that it won’t live up to how good the ones from Ladurée were. *sigh*

So those are my thoughts on London after being here for two weeks! Thanks so much for reading :)

XO Simytoe

We Were Liars Book Review

Hey guys! Recently I read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and I really really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d do a book review on it! I don’t usually do book reviews because I don’t often have many interesting thoughts or opinions on the books that I read, but I just really wanted to share this book with you guys. Here’s the video:

Thanks for checking out my book review! I hope that the review wasn’t too spoilery, and I think you should definitely read We Were Liars and then tell me what you think!

XO Simytoe

Travel Outfit

Hey guys! I’m in London! It’s been a crazy few days since landing here on Sunday, but I’m absolutely loving it so far! Today I’m going to be showing you all what I wore on my trip over!

My flight was overnight, so my two priorities for my outfit were comfort and layers. I don’t understand how people can sit on a plane for several hours in a dress or jeans or something – I’m always either in sweatpants and leggings! For my top I wore my new favourite tshirt from Brandy Melville, which is loose, super soft, and super comfy, with an oversized cardigan that I found in a thrift shop a few years ago. I then just wore my plain black leggings from Garage, and my trusty converse! As you can see, my hair ended up going through a few different styles – first in a bun for getting through airport security, then into a french braid so I could sleep comfortable on my flight, and when that fell out I just left my hair down!

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this quick post! If you want to see what I brought in my carry on, I wrote a post about it here. Since I’m still settling in here in London, I’m not too sure how often I’ll be able to write new posts, but I’ll try to make time!

XO Simytoe

What’s In My Bag: Travel Carry-On Edition

Hey guys! Today is the day that I leave for London, and I’m so excited! I have an overnight flight tonight, so I’ll be landing in London in the morning, and then my adventure begins! I absolutely love traveling and airports and airplanes and it’s even more exciting because this will be my first time flying alone! Overall the whole thing has gotten me very excited, as you can probably tell :P

For today’s post I’m going to be showing you what I’m bringing in my carry on bag! I might also post a ‘travel outfit’ kind of post, but I’m not sure when I’ll have the time (or the wi-fi!) to post it. Until then, enjoy a little sneak peek into my travel bag :)

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First off I have a magazine to read while I’m waiting in the airport or if I get bored on the plane. I then have a small notepad incase I need to write something down, and a cute little pouch that holds my passport and important documents! Next up is a waterbottle and umbrella, which I obviously won’t need on the plane, but England is known for being rainy, so I want to be prepared! Even though my flight is overnight and I’ll be served breakfast, I think it’s always important to have snacks on hand just in case!

I then have some basic handbag essentials – my wallet, some tissues, my earphones, a little bag with hair elastics and bobby pins, and some pens. My little tan pouch holds a mini-sized deodorant, some tylenol, bandaids, and gum for on the plane! The pink bag has all of my in-flight beauty products, which I’ll show you in detail below. Lastly I have a pair of sunglasses, to wear if it’s sunny in London when I get there!

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In this little pink bag I put all of the beauty products I’ll need while I’m travelling. Since my flight is overnight I’ll want to take off my makeup when I get on the plane, put on a moisturizer during the flight to keep my skin hydrated, and then reapply some makeup for when I land. Going clockwise from the top left, I have: a Nivea hand cream, my Olay eye cream, some Philosophy moisturizer, a rollerball of Giorgio Armani’s Si perfume, my Maybelline the Falsies mascara, my Garnier concealer, some homeopathic pills to help with jet lag, Burt’s Bees cleansing wipes, a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer, and some scope mouthwash! I tried to only pack the very basics, as I don’t want to do a whole beauty routine on the plane or anything.

So there’s everything that I’m bringing in my carry on! Oh, plus my phone, which isn’t in the pictures because I was using my phone to take the pictures ;) I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that it’ll help you out a bit if you’re going travelling anytime soon!

I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to post on here in the next few weeks, as I’ll be pretty busy getting settled in London, and I’m not too sure how often I’ll have a wifi connection. I will try to keep you guys updated on how things are going, but I’m not going to make any promises about uploading frequently!

XO Simytoe

OOTD: cozy & cats

Hey guys! I’ve got another OOTD post today! Well, more like I was messing around with my camera earlier today and I want to share some of the pictures with you guys, so that’s what I’m doing and just saying that it’s an ootd post :P Today I was mostly just hanging around the house, so I wore my pj shorts with a loose, comfy tshirt. Also, my cats were around and I couldn’t help but take some pictures with/of them! Enjoy!

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Shirt: Brandy Melville Bralette: Aerie PJ Shorts: Bluenotes

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XO Simytoe

My Makeup Collection

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be sharing my makeup collection with you! Yes, you read that right – my entire makeup collection. I’ve never been a big makeup wearer or beauty enthusiast, but over the years I amassed quite a large collection as I tried out different ‘looks’ and went through different makeup phases. When I went off to university I sorted through my makeup collection and took only what I actually used… and then ended up buying tons more makeup throughout the year.

But since I made the decision to move to the UK earlier this summer, I’ve been working on paring down my makeup collection. I sorted through all of my makeup and ended up giving away, returning, or throwing out a lot of it. And then I came back to my parents house and did the same with all of the makeup I had left here before going to university. It was a tough process, involving many life-or-death questions (kidding), such as ‘do I really need 6 different concealers?’ and ‘when was the last time I actually wore coloured eyeliner?’ and ‘why do I even own 5 Ardene’s eyeshadow palettes in different colours?!?’. Now many of those products have found better homes with my friends, or in the trash where they should’ve gone ages ago (some of them were pretty gross). And now I’m left with a much smaller makeup collection, mostly filled with products that I actually use. Enjoy:

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Top: eyeliner brush by unknown, concealer brush by Posh, eyeshadow brush by Personelle Bottom: multi task brush by Real Techniques, blush brush by Quo, #24 by Blue, essential foundation brush by Real Techniques

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Brushes

I don’t have a whole lot of brushes because I don’t really need that many. I use the small black brush for eyeliner, the red one for my eyebrows, the silver one for eyeshadow, the 3 face brushes for blush/powder/highlighting/bronzer, and the foundation brush for my bb cream. Two brushes that I don’t have but want to add to my collection are a blending brush for eyeshadow, and a large powder brush specifically to use with powder.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in 125 Very Fair, L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in 810 Fair, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in 001 Transparent, Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circles roller, Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer in Ivory 001.

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Face Products

As you can see, I have a little bit of a thing with concealer. I have really bad dark circles that don’t go away no matter how much sleep I get, so I wear undereye concealer everyday. I mainly only use the Garnier one, which I really like, but I like having the others incase I want to layer on the coverage. I then have a BB cream for if I want to do a full face of makeup (my skin is good enough that I don’t need a full coverage foundation) and a translucent powder for setting my face.

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L’Oreal Lash Out Butterfly mascara in 867 Black, WetNWild H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner in 881.

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in 116 White, Annabelle Smooth Eyeliner in Meteorite, Prestige Eyeliner in E14 Charcoal.

Eye Products

Again I mainly just have the basic eye products – a mascara, a liquid eyeliner, and some pencil eyeliners in different colours. I wear mascara on an everyday basis, but I’m not a huge eyeliner person, so those don’t get as much use.

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Milani Baked Blush in 02 Rose D’Oro, Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Crystalline, Essence Quattro eyeshadow palette in 05 To Die For.

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Blush & Eyeshadows

Missing from these pictures is my ELF natural eyeshadow palette, but even with that it’s obvious that I don’t have very many blushes or eyeshadows. I don’t wear eyeshadow very often, and when I do I go with neutral colours, so my ELF and Essence palettes are all I really need. The Mary Kay eyeshadow  works really well as a highlighter as it’s shimmery in a subtle way. I then only have one blush – this pretty colour from Milani that I’ve been using all summer. I used to have more blushes and bronzers and contour palettes but I didn’t use them or didn’t like them, so I gave them away. I definitely want to add some more blushes to my collection though, as I feel like one isn’t enough!

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Aveda Rehydrating Lip Glaze in 920 Winterberry, Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 135 Provocateur, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 025 Sweetheart, Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in 001 Honey, Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Natasha, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 107, No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner.

 

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Lip Products

As some of you know, I’m kind of a lip product addict. Mostly with lip chaps and lip balms, but I’ve recently been delving into the world of lip crayons and lipsticks. I’m absolutely in love with the Revlon Balm Stains, and when I go for a lipstick, I usually like a bold red colour. I haven’t yet used the Aveda lipgloss, but maybe I will soon as it’s more of a fall/winter colour. The ‘no bleeding lips’ is a product that my mom bought for me and I haven’t really used it enough to know if it works well at keeping lipstick in place.

So there you have it! My entire makeup collection that I’ll be bringing to the UK! I think I’ve done a pretty good job at paring it down and only keeping products that I actually use. If you have any questions feel free to leave them below in the comments!

XO Simytoe