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Brand Focus: Barry M Cosmetics

Posted in brand focus, make up, Uncategorized
on November 6, 2016
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A short while ago I started a Brand Focus feature series where I take a cosmetics brand, and pick out pretty much one of each product that could make up a whole face of makeup, and so today I have been testing out Barry M cosmetics, which is an affordable, highstreet brand which has just grown and grown over the last couple of years, selling a much wider variety of products than ever before.

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Starting with the base, I have been trying the Barry M Original Flawless Primer (£5.99), which is a gel-based primer, with a kind of serum-like feel to it. It does come in other colours which can adjust the tone and colour of your complexion, but I went for the original. The formula is very creamy, and slightly thick, but makes a great base before applying foundation and it is infused with Vitamin E, which is great for the skin.

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 For foundation, I chose the Flawless Finish Matte Foundation (£5.99) which is very affordable and comes in a range of six different shades. I went for Ivory which is perfect for my fair skin, and it comes in a pump applicator bottle, so it is super easy to get out. Coverage wise, it is mid to full, and is easily buildable, and applied to my skin perfectly, with a lovely matte finish. It lasted throughout the day, and didn’t look cakey in the slightest.

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After my foundation, I applied the Flawless Matte Perfecting Powder (£5.99) in the shade Light, which matched the Ivory foundation fabulously. It comes in a compact, which also houses a mirror and a sponge, but I personally prefer to apply my powders with a brush. The texture is light and silky, and I was really impressed with the coverage, and it could easily be used on its own.

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To cover up my dark circles and imperfections, I used the Flawless Light Reflecting Concealer (£4.49) in shade 1, which is the lightest. I always prefer to go as light as possible with a concealer, as you do not need to go up a shade to cover perfections, and a lighter one will give you a much more radiant finish. It is applied using a brush tipped wand which I really liked as it made application super easy, although coverage wise, I personally could have done with something with a fuller coverage, but as a general concealer, it works really well, but I just suffer from VERY dark undereye circles.

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For a touch of warmth to my skin, I applied the rather large compacted Afterglow Light Bronzer (£5.69), the lighter of two shades that Barry M’s bronzers come in. You get a lot of product in this compact, and so it can also be used as a body bronzer. It has been formulated with the most beautiful gold shimmer running throughout it, and it is well pigmented, so ensure you don’t add too much on to your brush at a time. Colourwise, it is quite a warm bronze shade, with a hint of peach/pink and during the winter I wouldn’t be able to use it on my fair skin, but after a little bit of sunshine, this looks great, as it is silk soft and very lightweight to wear.

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I have very sparse, thin brows and so I definitely need to include a brow product in my daily makeup, Barry M has released the Shape & Define Brow Kit (£5.99), and even though I am quite fair-haired I do prefer a darker brow, to match my natural hair colour. This little kit includes a mirror on the inside of the lid, along with a wax, a brow powder, and a highlight powder to go under the brow bone. You also receive some mini tweezers, and a double ended applicator brush. I aren’t overly keen on the colour of the wax, but the powder has really good colour pick-up, and fills my brows in nicely.

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To add a bit of colour to my cheeks I chose the Make Me Blush Cream blusher (£4.49) in Peach Melba. I am not normally a fan of cream blush, but I thought this looked super pretty. You get a good amount of product, and again it has great pigmentation, and so start with a small amount of the blush, and gradually build on it, to save you from looking like Aunt Sally. It blends into the skin beautifully, and doesn’t budge at all.

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I am obsessed with highlighters, and the Illuminating Strobe Cream (£4.49) is all kinds of pretty. It comes in two different colourways and I went for the Frosty Pink shade, as I love pinks, as I find it matches my skin beautifully. It is a cream highlighter and twists up exactly like the Make Me Blush Cream. It is a gentle highlighter, so it isn’t too discoteque, but adds a pretty sheen to the cheekbones, and the formula is super easy to blend into the skin.

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My lashes are extremely short, thin and fair, and so I do have my three favourite mascaras, which I do find hard to compare anything to, but I do love to try other mascaras in the hope of finding something else that works. I picked the Lash Vegas Mascara (£6.49) and the brush itself is a bristle brush, which I tend to prefer over plastic applicator wands, and it does add length and texture to my lashes. It has been formulated with black fibres and adds much-needed volume to the lashes, which I adored.

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I think the Barry M Fine Glitter Dust (£4.59) eyeshadows were one of my first beauty purchases, I was obsessed with them! They are loose powders, which seem to last forever, and this time I opted for a pink shade, now there are SO many shades to choose from, and I think this is shade 7 (?!). Anyhow, if you love a bit of sparkle, this is the eyeshadow for you, they are so, so pigmented, and this gorgeous rosy pink is full of silver glitter and shimmer, and it has made me want to go buy all the other shades!!!! Oh, and be warned, you only need the tiniest bit!

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Lastly, on to lips, and I chose the newly released Satin Super Slick Lip Paint (£4.99) in Truffle Shuffle, a gorgeous everyday semi-matte nude. I love the sleek new packaging, and the formula is soft and creamy, and applies really well, with great coverage. Once applied it looks creamy on the lips without looking shiny or too matte, and is very comfortable to wear.

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When I was buying my Barry M makeup, there was an offer on at the time where you got a free Genie Lip Paint (£4.99), which is probably something I wouldn’t personally have thought of choosing. Possibly down to the fact that it is a very bright and lurid green colour! However, fear not, the formula adapts to the alkaline in your lips, to turn the green shade a pink colour that matches your skin tone! Which was definitely fun to try out and I can’t complain for a freebie, with each and every person’s creating a different shade of pink!

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Overall I was very impressed with the quality of the Barry M products, and I loved the primer and foundation, and loved the fact I was able to reignite my love for their Glitter Dusts. You can head over to Barry M for all their latest releases and offers.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

#TheBloggerTag

Posted in Uncategorized
on November 5, 2016
I was recently tagged by Abbie Chic to take part in #TheBloggerTag and so here are my answers, where you can find out a little more about me! This isn’t something I do very often on my blog, but I love the chance to try something different so here goes!
Question 1: How tall are you?
5 ft 3″ which I don’t mind, although if I were a little taller my weight would maybe spread around a bit more haha!
Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
Hmm, I suppose that’s a hard one. I wouldn’t say I have a talent that no-one has ever known about, but I could sing quite well when I was younger if that counts.
Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
Probably when people don’t realise how much hard work is involved in blogging. So many people assume I ‘get stuff sent for free’. When in fact, I work for it, and I work bloody hard.
Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
100% it is people without manners. It is something that annoys me on a daily basis, and something that is so easy to achieve!
Question 5: What is your favourite song?
I have songs which I will always love, and then I have favourite songs of the here and now. Currently I am loving George Ezra’s old album, but the one song I would put above all others for me personally, is either Like A Rolling Stone or Shelter From The Storm by Bob Dylan.
Question 6: What’s your favourite social media website?
I would say Twitter without a doubt. I used to love Facebook but now it is just full of adverts, stupid videos etc and if I didn’t run a blog then I would totally remove Facebook.
Question 7: What’s your favourite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
I am pretty much always on my own if I am at home, but if it isn’t blogging, then I just love to take a long soak in the bath, plenty of candles, plenty of Chinese food, chocolate and cats! You know the score…
Question 8: What’s your favourite junk food?
I think it would be easier to say what isn’t! I love Chinese, Pizza, Chocolate, Crisps, and you can’t beat a pick and mix!
Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
I absolutely do! I have a black and white cat called Daisy who I got as a kitten 8 years ago from the RSPCA. I lived away from home for a short while and because I missed Daisy so much I ended up getting another black and white kitten who I named Millie. I did end up moving back home though, so now we all live together, and they are my world as sad as that sounds!
Question 10: What are your number one favourite non-fiction and fiction books?
As I am a huge Manchester United fan, and season ticket holder, I recently read Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography which was bloody fantastic, as it was so interesting to see the difference in how he was brought up compared to me as I am only 2 years younger than him. I think the most vivid fiction book I remember reading is PS I Love You, because I remember staying up the whole night to read it, crying my eyes out, and then finished it at 6am and had to ring work to tell them I couldn’t come in! Haha! I love books and always have one on the go.
Question 11: What’s your favourite beauty product or tool?
Well, probably the hardest question to ask a blogger, but one beauty product I rave about is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, I always have a couple of back up tubes in stock should I ever run out!
Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
I think I am past that age where I care too much what people think, but I guess when I have an anxiety attack in public, I know I can’t help it, but the people around me make me feel embarrassed.
Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage besides water for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I am pretty sure I am supposed to say tea or coffee here, but I am not a huge hot drink drinker, and so I have to say Jack Daniels and Diet Coke!
Question 14: What’s your favourite movie?
I definitely don’t have one, I think I have 5 – Princess Diaries, Clueless, Jerry Maguire, PS I Love You, Cocktail, Football Factory and Sweet Home Alabama, okay so maybe 7!
Question 15: What was your favourite lesson in school and why?
Can I say lunchtime because that was the time I went home? I got excellent grades at school and was very well behaved but I hated it. I didn’t fit in with any cliques, and tended to get bullied because I was so painfully shy. It just wasn’t a happy time for me.
Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
This is a hard one for me, for different reasons – I would love to live in Northampton as that is where the majority of my family live, I would love to live in Manchester because then I wouldn’t have to travel so much for football, but I would of course love to live in Orlando, because, well, Sun, Food, Shopping and Bath & Body Works!
Question 17: PC or Mac?
Mac. End of.
Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse? (or kind gesture from a friend)
Well the boyfriend thing is out of the window as I have no luck in that area, but my 7 year old Goddaughter Willow fills my heart with kindness everytime I see her.
Question 19: Favourite celebrity?
Again, there are different categories for this, but I love Zoella, I love David Beckham, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from football, and Bob Dylan from the world of music.
Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
Well Zoella obvs! But I think I would have a laugh and get pissed with Louise Pentland. I recently started talking to Hannah from Hannah Heartss
, and she is so lovely, we have a lot in common and I am super glad I found her.
Question 21: Who is your biggest inspiration?
I don’t tend to aspire to be anyone but myself, because I can’t be anyone but myself.
Question 22: What is your favourite blog to read?
I love to read Really Ree as she was one of the first ever blogs I came across, and I have recently become a contributor to her website which is super exciting.
Question 23: What is your favourite high street shop?
As sad as this sounds I am going with Boots, because you cannot beat a good old beauty haul! Clothing I tend to buy online.
Question 24: Are you in education or do you work?
I work three days a week at a builders merchants in the town I live in. The other days I spend blogging or going to football. I think if I didn’t go to football, then I would love to work in a clothes shop, or Boots, but I can’t work Saturdays haha! I did my A-Levels back in the day, and I also did a BTEC in Beauty Science, but realised I much preferred being pampered to doing the pampering.
Question 25: One thing you are proud of?
I don’t ever think of these things on a daily basis, but on reflection I believe I should be proud of my blog, for the fact I travel all the way to America on my own, and for the fact that though even after losing my Mum, which every single day it hurts me, I still get up in a morning.
How #TheBloggerTag Works
Below I have nominated some fellow bloggers to answer the same questions on their blog. Those Bloggers will then hopefully nominate a selection of bloggers themselves and so on…
The bloggers I nominate are;
I am looking forward to seeing your answers! Thanks for taking part and remember to use the hashtag #TheBloggerTag
Love,
Kathryn xxx

Heart and Home Candles

Posted in Uncategorized
on December 1, 2015

I am absolutely loving candles at the moment, especially Christmas-themed ones and I recently discovered these beauties from Heart and Home and thought I would share them with you.

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Winter Berries Small Jar Candle £4.99

I think the Heart and Home lids are some of the prettiest candle lids I have seen – they show illustrations and photographs that describe the name of each scent. In this case, the Winter Berries fragrance, it has snow coated red berries on the little metal lid which pops off easily to reveal this gorgeously scented soy candle.

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Winter Berries allows you to create a winter wonderland filled with frosted berries and comforting seasonal spices to warm your senses on those cold days. As soon as you remove the lid the scent instantly hits you, which to me is a sign of a quality candle.

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Even though this is their ‘small’ candle it still has a burning time of up to 30 hours! Which for under £5 that is amazing value, as the scent really does linger throughout the house, although the lids are so pretty I don’t want to take them off!

Christmas Cupcake Large Jar Candle £12.99

As soon as I saw the lid to this candle it made me want to eat cupcakes, but then when I opened it it made me NEED to eat cupcakes! The scent reminds me of the way I imagine a traditional kitchen smells after someone has been baking lots of spiced Christmas treats.

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It has the fragrance of warming and welcoming rich vanilla cupcake topped with sweet butter icing and a hint of spice and I love to keep this candle in my kitchen so hopefully any visitors will think I am a pro baker!!

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The Large Jar candles have a burn time of up to 70 hours and with them looking so decorative, they are more ornaments than mere candles. The prices of both of these beautiful candles is much lower than a lot of other brands on the market, but the scents and quality are just as good, if not better than some, and I think they would make great Christmas gifts, without spending a fortune but still giving something amazing.

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You can check out Heart and Home Candles here.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

Quick Catch Up

Posted in Uncategorized
on January 20, 2015

Okayyyyyy so I have been seriously Missing In Action lately and I just wanted to give you a quick update to explain why. Just before Christmas I found out I needed an operation on my foot and so last Wednesday I went into hospital and had the operation, which has left me in lots of pain and a pain-relief-haze. I am just starting to feel myself a little although I will be on crutches for six weeks and so I won’t be that mobile. On the upside though that gives me lots of blogging time and I shall be writing up lots of posts so that as soon as I am a little more mobile I can take some photographs. So you shall be seeing a lot of posts from me in the next 5 weeks or so which will hopefully make up for my lack of posts recently.

Love,

Kathryn xxxx