Monday, 31 October 2016

October '17 Favourites


Firstly, Happy Halloween guys! I'm so excited to get dressed up tonight and go out, I love that I can go crazy with makeup and not be judged. 

October has been a pretty dull month, as the only thing that's really happened is starting back at University, which simply means less time for blogging, and more work to be done. However, since the drop of Student Finance I have discovered a few new favourites for this month, and I thought I would share them with you. 


1) Morphe 9B Blush Palette
Morphe is absolutely slayin' in the palette department at the moment, and this blush palette is no exception. There are a wide variety of shades, with some being more pink toned and some more coral, and then there is the random red shade which I cannot see myself ever wearing. Some of the blush shades are matte and some have a slight shimmer to them, and honestly aside from the red I love them all! They blend seamlessly into the skin and look super natural. I am hoping to get a post up about this palette ASAP, with lots of swatches for you guys.

2) Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush
I ordered two brushes from Sigma one night when I was a little merry, and I do not have buyers regret one bit! This is the brush I always see Jaclyn Hill use and her eyeshadow is as perfect as it gets, so I ordered it in hopes my makeup will one day be as perfect as hers. It is honestly the best blending brush I have ever used, and makes my eyeshadow so flawless. I love using it to apply my transition shade!

3) Colourpop Ultra Matte in Limbo
90's brown lip anyone? This is my absolute favourite lip colour of the month. Its super autumnal with a proper old school vibe and I love it. I don't find the Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks to be too drying either so this is perfect. Check out the swatch I did in this post. It's also an amazing dupe for Kylie's True Brown K, but at a much more affordable price.

4) Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Game Face
Who doesn't love a burnt copper eyeshadow with hella sparkle?! It's my favourite autumn colour for eyeshadow and these Colourpop shadows are the most pigmented and super blendable eyeshadows I have ever used in my life. They glide on the eyes and stay there for so long! To check out a swatch click here.

5) Body Shop Vitamin E Face Oil
My skin went through a really dry patch at the end of summer and it's now super glowy and moisturised, and I put it all down to this bad boy. I apply it before I go to bed under my normal moisturiser and when I wake up in the morning my skin is so soft, and my makeup applies so much nicer. I seriously recommend buying this for those of you who have dry skin, as it replenishes your skin and just makes it look super healthy. You can get 40% off orders until tomorrow with the code 14672!

6) My Protein CLA Capsules
If you'd have told me two years ago that I'd have been making an order on My Protein I literally would have laughed in your face. But I've got so into health and fitness recently (still partial to a whole 36 pack of Jaffa Cakes though don't worry!) and was researching good supplements to take to increase your metabolism. I have a super slow metabolism and suffer really badly from bloating, and CLA appeared to be the answer to both of those problems. Firstly I tried the CLA Capsules from Cute Nutrition,  which I got on so well with, but they charge so much for delivery so I decided to try the My Protein ones this time. They really do stop me from feeling so bloated after eating, I cannot comment on whether they have sped up my metabolism yet, but just for the fact I am not bloating so much I will continue to take these. 

Let me know in the comments what you have been loving this month!
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Friday, 21 October 2016

Places I Want To Visit By The End of 2017


I always find that if I write things in a blog post I am ten times more likely to do them, and that's why I am sharing with you guys 5 places I really want to visit by the end of 2017. (Here's to saving up more money than I could ever earn in a year...)

1) Budapest
Almost all of my Uni friends have been to Budapest and have said how beautiful and how cheap it is. I'm keen to visit the thermal baths and also see the castle at night as it looks stunning. If anyone has any blog posts on their trip to Budapest please link me up, inspiration would be lovely so I can plan how much money I need to save.

2) Amsterdam
Amsterdam is just somewhere you need to visit once in your life, and I think going when I'm 21 is the perfect time. I genuinely am interested in going to Anne Frank's house, and there's something about strolling along the canal in Spring that is really appealing to me. I'm not a massive cyclist, but I think Amsterdam would, be a perfect place to explore by bike, and this is something I am super keen to do. 

3) New York
I've always wanted to live in New York, I think it's from the Ugly Betty days...it just looked like such a fun place to live - a better version of London if you will. I refuse to go to New York when I have no money so perhaps I'll have to save this trip for when I've finished my studies. 

4) Disneyland Paris
Can we all appreciate that my first email address was "disneylover_daena", and I have never been to Disneyland?! Madness. I'm not a fan of rides, but I just want to go to meet the characters and I just think the whole experience will be magical so I'm determined to go for my 21st. If anyone has any recommendations or tips on how to make the trip slightly cheaper please holla at me because it's looking like £300 for three nights which kills me a little inside...

5) Edinburgh
For somewhere a little closer to home I really want to visit Edinburgh. It's just one of those cities that really appeals to me, from the shops to the scenery and the history, I just want to see it all. It's surprisingly expensive though so I think this trip will have to be pushed behind Disney.

Where would you love to visit?! Let me know in the comments! 

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Lip Colours I Reach For On A Night Out

Choosing a lip colour is a task in itself for me because I've built up quite the lipstick collection and have more than any human could possibly need. However, there are four that I reach for on a night out, and I thought I would share them with you incase you needed any inspiration!


Whirl, Sephora, Lingering Kiss, Chilly Chili

1) MAC Whirl
A pinky-brown toned nude with a matte finish. Perfect paired with a smokey eye, or even just flawless skin and falsies for a more natural look.

2) Sephora Matte Lip Cream - 01
A bold classic red with a matte finish. A beautiful statement lip colour, and as it is a liquid lipstick it lasts well during a night on the town.

3) MAC Lingering Kiss
A dark berry colour with a matte finish. Another statement lip colour which makes any night-out look a little more edgy. Also dark enough to leave behind a beautiful stain.

4) Colourpop Ultra Matte in Chilly Chili
This is such a unique, bold colour which really makes a statement. I love using this with a more minimal look to make the lips the centre of attention. It's more of an Autumn/Winter shade, but paired with the right outfit can look beautiful. 

What colours do you reach for when you go 'out-out'? 
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Friday, 14 October 2016

Cute Nutrition Shake & CLA Review

Cute Nutrition is exploding on Social Media right now as probably the first health/supplement online store aimed at young girls. I heard about them through Sarah Ashcrofts blog, and since she has the most insane body I thought it was worth checking out this brand! I was um-ing and ah-ing for a good month or so deciding whether to order anything, but when a 20% off offer was floating around the website, and my current shake running very low, I couldn't resist.


I eventually took the plunge and ordered the Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake, which I regretted at first. I don't want to be a negative nancy but it really didn't taste fabulous the first time I had it. I mixed mine with Almond Milk, as I hate cows milk, but the taste just wasn't right with Almond Milk. With Oat Milk it was much nicer however! On the website it does say you can mix it with Water too. My friends have tried the Vanilla flavour and swear by it, so perhaps I made the wrong choice. I'll definitely be ordering the Vanilla flavour on PayDay to try it out! The shake itself is only 130 calories, and has 10.5g of protein per serving, which is a lot less than I was used to as my PHD Nutrition one had around 20g per serving. I don't find it keeps me as full as my PHD shake did, but it keeps me going till lunchtime at least. Sidenote, as far as I am aware these aren't vegan friendly.


Along with the Meal Replacement Shake I ordered some of the CLA capsules, which I was a bit sceptical of as I just don't understand how a tablet can boost your metabolism and lower your body fat. After taking these for a month I have actually noticed reduced bloating. I wouldn't say I have lost weight (although the scales say I have lost 4lbs??) or lost body fat, but it has done something to my stomach. I hadn't changed my diet at all except for incorporating in these capsules along with swapping out my PHD Nutrition Meal Replacement Shake for the Cute Nutrition one. If you do suffer from a lot of bloating like myself, I would recommend trying these capsules, as for only £9.95 they aren't too much of a loss!

Have you tried Cute Nutrition? What are your thoughts on the products?


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Monday, 3 October 2016

Colourpop Haul + GIVEAWAY

Hello, hello, I apologise for my absence last week but I went back home for the week and left my camera in Essex...well done Daena! Also, welcome to the new website. I decided to leave 'daenabe' to one side and begin a new era with 'daenalouise', which is my name so I figured I won't regret it in years to come.

Today I'm coming at you with a cheeky Colourpop Haul which I was super excited about. I have been lusting after a tonne of Colourpop items for the past year or so, after trying one of the Ultra Matte's, and I finally took the plunge and ordered some things. I'll also be giving away my favourite of the Ultra Matte Lipsticks as I ordered two! Details will be at the bottom of the post, but let's start with what I bought.

  


The first things I new I wanted more of was the Ultra Matte Lipstick's, and I ordered the shades Tulle and Limbo. Tulle is a dark berry toned nude...I really don't know how to describe it as it is such a unique colour, but it is the most perfect colour for this time of year. It's definitely my new favourite Autumn colour! As for Limbo its a very dark chocolatey brown, which I ordered because I have been lusting after Kylie's Lip Kit in True Brown, and this shade is pretty similar but at around £4, it's far cheaper. The formula of these is super thin but highly pigmented at the same time, and definitely not too drying on the lips. I do find that after eating they can smudge around a little, but reapplying after eating is natural anyway, right?!

Tulle, Limbo & Frick N' Frack
L to R: Tulle, Limbo, Frick N' Frack
I also wanted to try out one of the Ultra Satin Lipstick's, and I ordered the shade Frick N' Frack, which is my perfect dark nude shade. It is more on the pinky-brown/terracotta side of nudes rather than the more natural side, but I adore it. It's super comfortable on the lips and dries down to a satin finish *duh*. 




I'd heard so many amazing things about the Super Shock Shadows, so I picked up three! The first was Kathleen Lights, which is a beautiful bright copper shade with a pearlised finish. I also grabbed Game Face which is a slightly darker version of Kathleen lights really, with a more metallic finish. It's the perfect Autumn eye colour (I am in LOVE). I couldn't resist buying the shade Rex, which is not my usual eyeshadow colour, but since it has the same name as my beloved doggy, I had to buy it. It's a gorgeous black with multiple glitters running though it, which appear blue and purple. I think it'll be gorgeous on a night out with a pale nude lip. I absolutely adore the texture of these shadows, and upon first swatch I was extremely impressed, as not only are they super pigmented, but they have a strange crème powder formula which means that you don't get as much fall out, and the shadows are super buttery. 


Game Face
Kathleen Lights
Rex 
Rex, Game Face, Kathleen Lights
The final two things I picked up were the Brow Gel in Black N' Brown and the Ultra Shock Highlighter in Wisp. I have been after a dupe for my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade for a while now as it is slightly pricey, and I thought I'd give this a go. It is a little bit more creamy which may mean it's a little harsher on the brows, but I am dying to give this a go and I will report back! As for Wisp, it is gorgeous. It's intense, buttery, blends easily, and is decently pigmented. What more do you want from your highlighter?!



Below is the entry form for the giveaway, where I will be giving one of you guys an Ultra Matte Lipstick in Tulle! I ordered two so thought that rather saving it for my stash I'd let one of you guys have it, since it isn't the easiest thing to get hold of in the UK. The only essential requirement to enter the giveaway is that you follow me on Twitter, and this is to ensure I can contact you if you win. If you want extra entries you can follow me on Bloglovin' and Instagram! The winner will be chosen at random and contacted when the competition closes on Monday 10th October. Good Luck guys! UK ONLY!



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Saturday, 1 October 2016

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