Feature Favourites: May

Firstly I apologise for missing a few posts over the last 10 days, I’ve been away on a road trip with my friends and so, as a result, my blogging has suffered. I have included some holiday snaps to make up for it! 😀

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This month I have been super busy and June doesn’t seem like it will be any quieter at this rate!

So, without further a do, lets talk favourites!

Nescafe Instant Caramel Coffee
Now it may seem really pricey, but when you work out how many drinks it’ll make you, it’s so worth it. This coffee smells amazing and tastes so much better than a regular coffee. If caramel isn’t your thing, fear not! There are lots of different flavours within the range.

Revlon Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
Now, there isn’t no denying I agree with majority when I say the finish isn’t matte. However it is such a lovely formula and it smells so nice as well! It lasts for a long time, fades well and reapplies beautifully. The packaging is also very sleek. I have the most nude shade Seduction but there are plenty of bold colours to choose from as well.

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Cath Kidston Wash/Make Up Bag
I found that I was running out of space for my make up when I travelled using a regular make up bag, so on one of my recent trips to Edinburgh (because we don’t have a CK where I live *sob*) I bought myself this beautiful bag. I can now fit everything in and it is just so pretty!

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Becca & Jaclyn Hill Highlight in Champagne Pop
This is undeniably the most heavenly of all highlighters. It provides a truly beautiful shimmery glow. All the while, still maintaining a natural look! I cannot recommend it enough, it’s worth the splurge.

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TK Maxx Trio of Drawers
I am a sucker for TK Maxx, as most of you will already know. When I saw these cute little drawers I popped them straight into my basket. I am currently using them to store my individual blushes but I am yet to decide what the other drawers are for. Yes, I know, impulse buy. But it makes me happy when I see it, so it’s all good, right? 😉

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
I didn’t think I would ever sway from UD’s Concealer however I fancied a change when I got to the end of the bottle. NARS have not disappointed. I got the shade Vanilla which is the perfect shade for me. It doesn’t crease, or go clumpy or look drying over time. It’s brill!

As promised some holiday snaps for you, to make up for my late post!

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National Museum of Scotland

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Bluebell woods

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The Royal Mile

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Afternoon Tea for Two

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A-Z of Reasons to be Happy!

As the year goes on I’m feeling happier with each week that passes. I’m blessed to have a great family, lovely friends and adventures lined up throughout the year. I want to share with you some of the things contributing to my new found happiness ❤
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A – Adventures Lots planned for the year, can’t wait.
B – Blogging!
C – My Car Gets me from A-B 🚗
D – Documentaries Usually medical/animal ones!
E – Edinburgh A truly beautiful city
F – My Family & Friends can’t live without them ❤
G – Gnocci A lovely new discovery
H – Hairdressers I’ve started going more often and actually enjoying the experience!
I – Ice cream The weather is warmer, so why not!
J – My Job (Medical receptionist in case you wondered) 🏥
K – Knitwear love a nice jumper
L – Lazy Days
M – Make up 💄
N – Novels I don’t read as often as I should but I love a good book!
O – The Outdoors 🌳
P – Taking Photographs
Q – Quiche My dad makes a legendary quiche!
R – Rabbits
S – Sunshine 🌞
T – Travelling
U – Umbrellas A pretty Cath Kidston one please for this great British weather.
V – VHS Tapes family videos are the best way to spend a rainy day 📼
W – WordPress!
X – Xylophone (I can’t think of any other X words…)
Y – Yellow Always a happy colour
Z – Zebrugge A ferry ride away for me, to access a whole new world like Bruge & Paris ❤
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Thing about the things that make you happy… Can you make an A-Z of happiness?

Eyeshadow Revolution: Colourpop

I’ve been trying to choose a favourite and I just can’t. I love them all!
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Colourpop eyeshadows are affordable long lasting shadows in a variety of different colours and finishes. They are somewhere in between a mousse and a cream, probably more on the mousse side which make them a dream to apply and they stay put all day. They work well with other shadows and can be used alone or to finish off a look. So versatile!

They’re an American brand who don’t yet ship to the UK however you can pick them up in the UK from Depop (from a seller named India Golding – @indiagolding) for the sum of £9 each, although if you buy more than one she may offer them at a reduced price. This is way better than paying customs and import fees yourself!

I have Wattles, La La, Nillionaire and Kathleen Lights and this is just the beginning, I can’t wait to add to my collection.
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What should I try next? Have you tried any of these, what did you think?

Beauty & Hayfever

You know those days when you have time to enjoy putting your make up on and everything seems to be going so well. Even your winged liner is perfect. Then you step outside, the wind blows, your eyes itch and water, and you look like you’ve been sobbing your heart out for half an hour. Yeah, that.

Hayfever is something that affects so many people these days. It is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. Do you know which type you have?

There are around 30 types of pollen that could cause your hay fever. The pollen that causes hay fever can come from a number of sources, including:

Grass – in the UK, about 9 out of 10 (90%) of people with hay fever are allergic to Timothy and Rye grass pollen

Trees – about 1 in 4 (25%) of people with hay fever in the UK are allergic to pollen from trees, including oak, ash, cedar and birch (people with an allergy to birch often also experience an allergic reaction to apples, peaches, plums and cherries because these types of fruit contain a similar protein to birch pollen)

Weeds – such as dock, mugwort and nettles; being allergic to weeds is less common and tends to occur during the autumn 

Different trees and plants produce their pollen at different times of the year. Depending on which type of pollen you’re allergic to, you may experience hay fever symptoms at different times.

Tree Pollen – late March to mid-May
Grass Pollen – mid-May to July
Weed Pollen – end of June to September

So, how can us beauty lovers fight the effects of hayfever?

1. Try not to itch your eyes.
It may seem a simple thing to say but we all touch our faces over 100 times a day introducing new bacteria. If your eyes are already sore, they’re not going to appreciate being prodded and poked.

2. Take an antihistamine every day
There are different types on tablets so speak to your doctor to make sure you’re on the most effective dose but make sure you take on every day to build up your immune system.

3. Waterproof your eyes
Try using a waterproof mascara and avoid excessive eyeshadow or liner. The less that can go wrong, the better! Also, set your under eye with powder so of your eyes do run, hopefully there won’t be an avalanche of foundation going with it!

4. Cooling Eye Masks
Before bed try using a cooling eye mask to reduce puffy eyes caused from your hayfever. Origins do a great one called ‘No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes’.

5. Eat Local Honey
Try to source some local honey and have a teaspoon a day. Not only does it taste amazing, it’ll also help you in the hayfever department.

6. Remember, you’re not the only one
There are more than 10million people in England who suffer with hayfever so don’t worry if you smudge your make up or need to sniff. Chances are you’ll get sympathy rather than a funny look!

I hope this has helped my fellow hayfever sufferers. We’ll get through it together!

Depop: The Lowdown

Depop. It will be the death of my bank balance.

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If you’re familiar with sites like eBay, you’re already halfway there.

In a nutshell Depop is a buying app for anything and everything from pottery to beauty products. It’s also a selling app for those unwanted dust collectors you haven’t got round to taking to the charity shop.

Buying
•Always check sellers feedback before jumping into the deep end – especially if you are buying branded items – Depop and other sites are notorious for fake goods.
•You can make your purchase through the app using you bank card, or through a link to PayPal. Using this option ensures that you are protected in case there are any issues with the product, delivery, or with the seller. Buying through the app does incur a charge for the seller, so sometimes they will ask you to pay through f&f. What does this mean? It’s using the ‘friends and family’ option directly through PayPal, sending the money using their email address. This avoids the charges from their end but means you won’t be covered if anything goes wrong.
•If you’re looking for something specific, use the search function or browse the categories. It is a great place for finding a gem, and I’ve bought so many things already!

Here are a few bargains I have picked up…

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Purchased from Depop for £40. RRP £85. Hardly worn

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Purchased from Depop, hardly used. £25

Selling
•You can sell pretty much anything at a price that you choose. Depop will take a cut of the profit so remember this when pricing up your products.
•It is so simple to do, just snap a few photographs, write a short description using keywords, set your price and postage and you are done!
•Do ensure that you are charging enough to cover your postage costs as remember small parcels are now £2.85 each within the UK!
•Try to take honest and clear photographs – if there is a fault – mention it! You might still get some interest, and its much better being upfront about it than dealing with the hassle and bad feedback afterwards!
•Once you’ve sold something make sure to post it as soon as you can to make sure your buyer gives you good feedback.
•Something to note is that Depop hold any money made for 14 days before you can ‘withdraw’ it from the app straight into your bank account – presumably this is incase there are any problems with the transaction!

There are rules for using Depop such as not selling used make up products, which is frequently ignored and violated by users. It depends what you are after, but sometimes you can pick up an amazing bargain!

If you’d like to follow me, and see what I’m selling, my username is @alishamaccy

Use discretion and common sense and you’ll be fine! Happy shopping.