Feature Favourites: February

February has been a good month. It started well with my trip to Leeds with my sister, where I spent the majority of my wages on all things make up related. Since then I’ve been at work, caught up with friends and had myself some chill time too. I also got my hair done again, nothing as drastic as last month, just my roots topped up and a slightly different cut, look out for a picture on Instagram!

I can’t believe how fast time flies. It’s so true what people say,  time goes quicker the older you get. The school holidays seemed to last forever when I was younger (I’m sure it felt like forever for my parents and grandparents!) Now the weeks zoom by. I am so happy it’s nearly spring, I love seeing all the flowers sprouting up and driving home from work whilst it’s still light!

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Enough of my ramblings, let us get down to business. Here are my favourites and where I got them:

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Umbrella Notebook: TK Maxx
This little leather bound gem was all alone on the shelf in TK Maxx. I don’t know why, because I loved it straight away. Maybe people didn’t like the price tag? I think the fact it’s lovely soft leather makes it even more appealing. Anyways,  I shall be getting lots of use out of it!

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Pixi by Petra Book of Beauty – Contour Creator: Marks and Spencer
Whilst in Leeds I picked up this stunning little contour palette. I had been looking for one but hadn’t expected to find this beauty! At £24 it wasn’t cheap, but considering you get 6 pans in it, that only works out at £4 each, which is fab. I use all the colour, 3 different contours, a pinky highlight, a white highlight which is ideal for blending out your contour, and finally a yellowy powder which is good to set your undereye. I definitely recommend this palette!

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Osprey Leather Purse: TK Maxx
The RRP tag said £85, and this was in the reduced section for a mere £18. It is safe to say it hopped into my basket fairly swiftly. I am really picky with purses and bags, but I loved this one straight away, plus who doesn’t like a bargain?!

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Bodyshop Colour Crush Eyeshadow in Oh, Honey: Bodyshop
I recently got to pick some freebies from Bodyshop and I needed a good base eyeshadow in a neutral colour. After a fair bit of deliberation, I chose this one. I have used it a few times now and love it! It lasts all day, doesn’t crease and is well pigmented and shimmery. Thumbs up from me.

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L’Oréal Infallible Mattfying Primer: Boots
I don’t know what their magic formula has that other primers doesn’t. But man, do L’Oréal know how to make a mattifying primer! I get no shine, my foundation glides on like a dream and it moisturises my skin! Cannot recommend it enough if you struggle with shine.

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Cluse Watch: Cluse website
I came across an advertisement whilst browsing and loved this watch straight away. It is similar to Daniel Wellington watches but is a much more reasonable price. The strap is grey leather and is interchangeable if you fancy a different colour! After not wearing a watch for years, I feel a little lost without it now!

Thanks for reading my February Favourites, hope you enjoyed it 🙂

Have you tried any of my favourites? What have been your go-to items this February?

Liebster Award

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Thank you so much to Bella Bee & Everything’s Looking Rosie for nominating me for the Liebster Award, very kind of you both.

Here are the rules:

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Questions from Everything’s Looking Rosie:

1. How did you pick your blog’s name?
My name is Alisha and I talk a lot.

2. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Listen to your parents advice, they do know best. Also, ditch the bad liquid eyeliner.

3. What are three makeup items you could not live without?
Lip balm, foundation and finishing powder

4. Describe yourself in three words.
Content. Optimistic. Determined.

5. What is your guilty pleasure?
Foundations. I keep buying new ones.

6. What’s your favorite post that you’ve written?
Hmmm… The Tilbury Test. Again, it’s about foundation.

7. What’s your favourite makeup brand?
I use many but I’m never disappointed with Maybelline and I use a few of their products.

8. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Canada.

9. What’s your signature dish? (Even if it is just beans on toast).
Pasta bake!

10. What’s your favourite quote?
Think happy. Be happy.

11. Your biggest pet peeve?
Hmmm…drivers who drive wayyy below the speed limit for no reason.

11 Random Facts About Myself

1. I don’t like being the centre of attention

2. I like love shopping

3. I enjoy reading but don’t do it enough

4. My family keep me sane and are the most important people in my life

5. I’m a dab hand at wallpapering (thanks mum!)

6. I never used to be fussed with make up, and now I love it (thanks Rosie!)

7. I love to travel and see new places

8. I have watched Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning and still love it 12 seasons later

9. I like my own company

10. My favourite season is Autumn

11. I hate being chased

Questions for my nominees:

What is your first memory as a child?

What happened on the best day of your life so far?

What are you scared of?

What is your dream job?

Describe yourself in 3 words.

What is one thing you would change about yourself?

What is one thing you like about yourself?

What is your favourite colour?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What’s your favourite savoury food?

How long have you been blogging?

My Nominees

Everything’s Looking Rosie
With All My Affection
Samanthaesque
The Awkward Chic
Laura Living Life
My Small Corner
Phoebida
Daniella Sparkles
A Blog By Charlie
Blue Muffins and Roses
Beauty Marked Minds

Thank you for reading and once again thank you for my nomination, Bella Bee and Everything’s Looking Rosie. I think it’s a great way of discovering new blogs! ❤

Double Wear Light: The Review

Now I aren’t going to lie. Foundations are my weakness. Having purchased 3 premium brand foundations in the last two months, I can’t really deny it anymore!

This is my latest splurge, the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light foundation, in the shade 0.5.
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Let’s remind ourselves what this foundation claims to do:

To be as light as air on your skin
Long wearing (up to 15 hours)
Controls oil
Smudge resistant – won’t melt off!

Let’s start with the light as air texture. Now on first glance the foundation seems the same consistency of my Charlotte Tilbury foundation, however once I start applying it, it is a sheer coverage, which is as advertised. I use my Real Techniques sponge to apply it.

Once set, it leaves a matte medium coverage, which is easily buildable in places that need a little more touching up. It looks natural and the shade is exactly right for my skin tone. It feels like I aren’t wearing anything! Light as air = tick!

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Estée Lauder offers a good range of shades, their lightest shade is a great match for me. People with even lighter skin may struggle – my sister and fellow blogger Everything’s Looking Rosie gave it a try and she’s a shade lighter than me usually, and she found it to be slightly too dark, unfortunately. Saying that though, I found it great and I know many others do, I guess you can’t please everyone!

I found that this foundation controls oil really well. I wore it on my longest day at work to give it the ultimate test and it went from 7am to 2pm without needing to touch up my nose and chin. Even then, I was nowhere near as shiny as some foundations leave me. It then lasted all day right through till 7pm. Mark me impressed. Long wearing = tick! Controls oil = tick!

I love that this foundation manages to look natural and last all day and control my shiny prone face. I have normal/combo skin and I can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for a natural looking, medium coverage foundation!

Have you tried double wear light? What did you think?

Stila: The Review

Stila’s Stay All Day HD Beauty Balm claims to offer 10 in 1 benefits to your skin, so I thought I’d put it to the test!

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Whilst out shopping the other day I happened to pop into TK Maxx (no surprise there then!) I picked up a few beauty products, one of which was Stila’s 10 in 1 HD Beauty Balm, or whatever it calls itself, crazy long titled product.

This little tube retails at a whopping £26 and was in TK Maxx for £3.99! So obviously I threw it straight in my basket.

It claims to simplify your skincare and beauty regime by being a moisturiser, anti aging serum, sheer foundation/primer all in one.

It has a very velvety feel to it and is quite a thick consistency, thicker than I was expecting anyway! It has a beige tint to it, so you can easily wear it by itself, or as a primer. Personally I like a more medium coverage so I wouldn’t wear it on its own.
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I found it reduced redness on my cheeks and smoothed me out. Now, I am still youthful so I don’t have wrinkles yet, but I was really happy with it as a base product, my skin looked really smooth and not oily to start with. It left me with a smooth blank canvas to start applying the rest of my make up and I found my foundation went on easier after using the balm.

The beige tint is good so long as you’re a light – medium skin tone, you don’t want it to be too different to your natural colour so be aware those who are paler than me or who have a lot warmer skin tone, it’s probably not for you.

The only downside I came across is that despite initially keeping my T-Zone looking oil free, as the day went on the oil control lessened and I did find myself having to touch up my chin and nose after looking a bit shiny!

Overall I am impressed with the Beauty Balm, I’m not convinced it’s actually 10 in 1 things but I’ll definitely use it as a primer. I wouldn’t go as far as paying £26 for a tube because I don’t think you get enough product to make it worthwhile, but if you see it in TK Maxx, then definitely treat yourself!

I give it 8/10

Have you tried this Beauty Balm? What did you think?

Beauty Haul: The Review

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This is a little update on my recent purchases, including the Too Faced Ross & Rachel and Carrie & Big Bronzer that I picked up at TK Maxx last weekend, and a couple of other newbies to my collection.

This is a compilation of more pricy premium brands, but don’t worry if they are a little out of your price bracket, I will be doing a drugstore, affordable brand review soon!

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Ross & Rachel

Too Faced Ross and Rachel Bronzer Blush
I initially thought this bronzer might be a little dark for my pale complexion, but when TK Maxx are selling it for £9.99, I am willing to take that risk! I’ve tried it a few times now, and think it’s a beautiful product. Using a light hand when applying makes the bronzer intensity lessen and gives me a natural glow. It lasts all day and would suit people of any skin tone. I’ll definitely be using this regularly! 8/10

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Carrie & Big

Too Faced Carrie & Big Bronzer Blush
This bronzer has peachy undertones and is lighter in shade the the Ross & Rachel one. I think this suits my skin tone a bit better and gives it a lovely peachy glow. I can’t say I have a favourite between the two, it just depends on what look I’m going for! 8/10

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Spirit

MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit
I was, until recently, a MAC lipstick virgin. I know, I will hang my head in shame. I have had plenty of products from MAC over the years, and really don’t know why a lipstick wasn’t one of them. Now, I did my research before deciding on this colour, I wanted brown undertones and a ‘my lips but better’ shade. It’s exactly what I got. I love the colour and creamy consistency, it’s last a very long time without having to reapply and I’ve had lots of compliments when wearing it. 9/10

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Walkyrie

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie
This lip pencil is one item I didn’t do loads of research on before buying it, I went on a recommendation instead. I think at £20 it was a little overpriced for what you get. I love the colour, but the texture and application pulls a little on the lip when applying. I think I need to try it a few more times before I fully judge it, but I didn’t find myself reaching for it, I favoured the more moisturising lipsticks as I tend to get dry lips. 6.5/10

And finally…

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Luminous Flush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
I picked this lovely blusher up from a blog sale (Thanks Lucy Earnshaw!). I had read the reviews, swooned over the Hourglass website and planned eventually purchasing one, and then I was able to get this one at a reduced price, bonus! I love it so much. It makes you look radiant all day long, and due to the quality of the product, you don’t need to use much of it. Cannot wait to get one or two of the other shades! It loses one point for being so pricy! 9/10

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?