Friday, 25 November 2016

My Top 5 Drugstore Highlighters

Like many beauty bloggers, I am obsessed with highlighters. Like...obsessed. I want ALL the shine. All of the year.

As part of my addiction, I've collected quite the range of highlighters, many of them from the drugstore so here are my top 5.

Top 5 drugstore highlighters

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Pit Smokehouse - Culcheth

I recently ate at the The Pit Smokehouse in Culcheth which, as  the name suggests, is a smokehouse serving American style cuisine. I knew all of this before I visited...what I didn't expect was the style of the place! You don't get places this stylish in my local area normally...although things are improving and the Pit Smokehouse is leading the way!

The Pit Smokehouse Culcheth

The Pit Smokehouse Culcheth

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Easy Red Nail Art Ideas

Now, I am NO nail artist but I do love nail art so I decided to use some nail wheels to test out some easy nail art designs.

These were all made using a simple red nail varnish - OPI Big Apple Red which costs £9.95 from Beauty Bay but which I got in a Love Me Beauty box. I then tweaked each nail to make different designs which could be used as an accent nail or all over!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

What's new in my makeup bag

I've been collecting a few new items for my makeup bag recently, including some that I've wanted for the longest time!


I went to Leeds for my birthday weekend and stumbled across a KIKO shop directly next to a shop suitable for The Boy so I managed to persuade him that this was the ideal opportunity for me AND him to enjoy our shopping trip. 

While I was in there, I took a look at their famous water eyeshadow in 208 (supposedly a dupe for Laura Geller Gilded Honey highlighter) and picked up a few bits as well.

I picked up one of the water eyeshadows in shade 228 Taupe which is a gorgeous mauve/taupe/mushroom highly shimmering eyeshadow. You can use this wet or dry. I've only used it dry because the pigmentation is so much anyway.

I also grabbed a standard eyeshadow. This was a black sparkly shade (number 178 MacroPearly Black)which is SO pigmented it's untrue. It really took me by surprise. The glitter, although really obvious in the pan, doesn't come across quite so well on the eye.

Kiko always seem to have a sale section and I often grab a couple of items from there, this time a shimmery bronze eyeliner which I thought would look great smudged underneath the eye. It's quite hard and needs warming up before you use it. (Shade 802 Dark Amethyst)

Swatches top to bottom: Eyeliner, Water Eyeshadow, Black eyeshadow

Finally, I was completely sucked in by this Gossamer Emotion Creamy lipstick, mainly because of the click packaging..I'm such a sucker for a novelty! I'm actually in love with the lipstick too. I chose a really pale peachy nude (Shade 101 Natural Rose) to wear with my new blacker than black smokey eyeshadow. But mainly...I bought it for the packaging. Haha!

Laura Geller Gilded Honey

I have wanted this highlighter for the longest time!!! (See my Summer Essentials post) and when I saw the Laura Geller counter in Leeds, my dreams came true. I swatched the highlighter. I admired it for a long time. I talked about it with one of the girls who worked there. Then I walked away! 

The whole way around Leeds, I couldn't stop thinking about it - the gold, the shimmer, the pigmentation! So The Boy told me to go back and buy it as a birthday present from him. I could have beaten Usain Bolt getting back to that shop! And a good job too! As soon as I walked in, the sales assistant I'd been talking to came straight back over and understood immediately why I was there. She said she was glad I'd come back as they were down to their last box of Gilded Honey and it was really hard to get hold of. 

I used it that night for my birthday makeup and my cheeks glowed like they never have before. It's quite deceptive - it looks like there's almost nothing on your face...until the light catches it, then your glow SLAYS! It's definitely my new favourite highlighter!

What's new in your makeup bag?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx


Saturday, 5 November 2016

How I did my makeup in high school and beyond

I've loved watching these makeup videos on YouTube so thought I'd have a go at my own makeup from high school...and beyond!

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