Autumn Nails by Essie!

Hi everyone! How are you all?

This is a new kind of post for me as I’ve never blogged about a nail varnish before (mainly because my previous job never allowed me to wear nail varnish!?). So to make the most of my new freedom with being able to wear it, I thought I would blog about a beautiful Autumn shade called Jump On My Jumpsuit by Essie.

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This shade was hard to photograph and looks more pink in this photo, however, it is definitely more of a deeper red, which is portrayed better in the photo below.

There are many reasons why I love Essie nail varnishes;

  • The drying time is fantastic, and doesn’t seem to cause marks in the nails if you do it too close to bedtime like a lot of other brands!
  • The shade ranges are just incredible.
  • They are pigmented so only require one to two coats and don’t go streaky.
  • They last a fairly long time on the nails.

Essie nail varnishes are priced at £7.99 in Superdrug, which is more than your average drugstore varnish price, however you can get good deals when buy one get one half price is on!

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I have been wearing this shade for four days now and the first chip has only just appeared. For me, this is extremely good as my nails usually chip on the second day!

This picture shows the true colour of the nails, which I’m sure you will agree is very appropriate for this time of year 🙂

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What do you think of Essie nail varnishes? Do you have a favourite shade? Let me know your thoughts below in the comments!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Little Miss Makeup x

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What I do to Relax after a Stressful Day!

We all have those days where you just want to get home, put some pyjamas on, have a glass of wine and just forget about everything that’s going on. When this happens to me, I have a few things that I like to do to relax, destress and just make myself feel better!

Read a Book – Nothing relaxes me more then reading a book. It actually makes me fall to sleep sometimes! I know not everyone likes reading books, but it’s definitely something that can help you to escape a stressful situation or something in your life that maybe just isn’t making you think very positively right now. Authors I love are Lindsey Kelk, Katie Price (I know, I know, but her books are VERY addictive!), Gillian Flynn and Sylvia Day.

Pampering – I don’t mean spending a fortune on going to a spa, or even going to a salon for treatments. You can pamper yourself on a budget very easily from home! I do this by running a bath, adding some sea salts and a Lush bath bomb to it, putting on a face mask and using a body scrub to massage. When I’ve come out I like to use Johnsons Baby Oil to make my skin lovely and smooth and then paint my nails.

Colour Therapy – This is something fairly new to me, and I know it won’t be everyones cup of tea but if you are creative person who loves stationary then this is definitely something you should try! You can grab yourself a colouring book and pens for a reasonable price and just spend the day colouring in and creating some beautiful pictures. It is SO relaxing!

Netflix – When I have a whole day to spend relaxing, I love getting into a new series! Netflix is great for binge series watching. Ones Im loving at the moment are Pretty Little Liars, Suits and Grey’s Anatomy! Disney films are also a great way to relax I find!

Exercise – It’s not always the first thing I turn to when I’m stressed but I find that when I exercise I completely relax and stop thinking about whatever it is that is stressing me out. Yoga and pilates are great for this, but I love just doing a high-intensity work out where I can just focus on the exercise and then it tires me out afterwards.

Music – I just love to put on a pair of headphones and discover new music on Spotify. My favourite albums at the moment are Selena Gomez Revival and Disclosure Caracal.

How do you de-stress? I’d love to hear your tips!

Thank you for reading,

Little Miss Makeup x

Glow from Within Makeup Look – Trying out New Products!

Hi guys – Hope you’re all well! I know my blog has been a bit quiet lately, and that is mainly due to getting a new job up in London which I am absolutely loving! I am now in the crazy/interesting/fascinating world of advertising and marketing for a brilliant company and I am just so happy. Now that I’m getting settled with the daily commute and have sorted out a schedule for my blog, there will be regular posts! I will be aiming for two a week 🙂

So today’s makeup tutorial isn’t one of my regular ones – This is more of a review as most products I have used are first impressions. I just thought it would be fun to create a look at the same time, which I hope you enjoy!

The look I wanted to create was a really brightening, dewey look. One that makes you look like you are ‘glowing from within’.

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Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur Primer (Warm Apricot) – I really enjoyed this primer. It’s more of a moisturising primer but just makes your skin feel incredibly soft and it smells lovely, which is a bonus!

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Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation –  If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will know this is one of my most used foundations. It gives a beautiful natural look and suited the look brilliantly.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer – This is a bloggers’ favourite. I had been meaning to try this out for god knows how long, and I finally got around to it! I couldn’t recommend this enough – It’s pigmented, easy to blend and comes in extremely practical packaging for application and travel.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – Another of my ‘holy grails’ – I never really venture away from this powder as I know it works and it’s affordable! I only applied this on my t zone as I wanted my cheeks to glow.

Smashbox Shape Matters Palette – I recently purchased this palette for half price (£30) in Boots as it was their Star Gift, and boy am I pleased I did! This product has multiple uses; brows, face and eyes. I used the ‘Taupe’ shade for my eyebrows, as well as the bronzer, contour and highlight for my face. It is extremely pigmented – I would highly recommend, especially if you can find it for a bargain like I did!

Stila In The Garden Palette – This palette is very unique; it consists of a mixture of shimmers and mattes, in shades such as olive tones, bronze tones, and more dramatic shades such as a purple and a blue. I started with the shade Chinois (Matte white) all over the eye, followed by Nectar (matte beige) in the crease to help with blending. I then applied Honey (Shimmery gold/copper) onto the lid, and Sage (light shimmery green) through the crease. Lastly, I finished with Moss (Dark shimmery olive green) through the crease and also on the bottom lash line. This palette really did impress me with it’s beautiful easy to blend shades which looked stunning on the eyes.

Benefit Rollerlash – I actually ended up having to use this mascara as it was annoyingly the only one I brought with me on holiday! It is one of my most used but I wished I could have tried a new mascara for this look.

Nivea Lip Balm – I didn’t want to take the focus away from the dramatic eyes and due to being on holiday my lips were fairly dry, so therefore I just applied some of my Nivea Lip Balm in Raspberry.

And here is the final look!

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Have you tried any of these products? Or have you used any new products lately that you’d love to share with others? Please comment down below 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Speak to you all soon ❤

Little Miss Makeup x