Thursday, 14 August 2014

Current Beauty Favourites

As it's a little too late to do a July favourites and a little too early to do an August one, I thought I would do a current favourites post to show you a few things I've been loving.

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer-Sunny (£1.99)
I've seen so many American youtubers raving about this bronzer, so when I was checking the NYC counter in Superdrug and spotted this, I was pretty excited! I'm not really someone who uses bronzer a lot, as I haven't really mastered the skill of applying it yet, but for £1.99 you really can't go wrong! It is a lovely matte bronzer and is a nice natural shade, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to try out a bronzer, as this is so cheap but really good.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo-On and On Bronze (£4.99)

I'm all about easy-to use products that cut down the time used to get ready and this is definitely one of them. I love using this all over my lids without having to bother with any other colours and yet it still provides a gorgeous, pigmented colour that makes you look like you put in a lot more effort than you actually did! And who doesn't want that? It also lasts a long time (I've never worn makeup for 24 hours so unfortunately I can't tell you if it lasts that long, but for £4.99, again you can't go wrong.

Bourjois Blush Exclusif (£7.99)

Another quick and easy product to apply is this Bourjois blush. It supposedly adapts to it's own unique colour on your cheeks and I find that the colour it adapts to on my cheeks is a really lovely natural colour. It has a lovely powder finish when applied to the skin, meaning it isn't sticky at all, which I find most cream blushers are. It just gives you a lovely rosy glow and although it is slightly pricey, I would definitely recommend it.

Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner (£4.49)

As I am terrible at liquid eyeliner, I like to put some of this khol eyeliner onto a little angled brush and apply it like a gel eyeliner to my upper lash line. It's very pigmented and creamy so I just smudge it a little bit and it looks very natural and is a lot easier for me to use than a liquid eyeliner. You can also use it on your lower waterline or lash line.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick-Nudist (£8.00)
I'm a complete sucker for lip products, they're my absolute favourite makeup products. I'm in love with this Soap and Glory gloss stick, as it makes your lips so glossy and moisturised, and also uses special ingredients to make your lips look fuller. I adore this colour as it's a very natural brownish pink which I think would look good with any skin tone and it's so easy to apply quickly when you're unsure of what lipstick colour you want to wear. This is also quite pricey for a drugstore product but it is amazing and comes in another 4 gorgeous shades.

Maybelline Electro Babylips-Strike a Rose (£2.99)

Another lip product I've been loving is the new Maybelline Babylips Electro lip balm. I love babylips as they provide moisture to your lips but also add a light wash of colour which is natural and pretty. The new electro range has more neon shades which I think are beautiful and provide a bit more colour than the original ones. Again, they are so quick and easy to apply when you don't want a full lipstick one day. They also come in 3 other shades and for £2.99 you definitely can't go wrong.

Top colour: Maybelline Babylips Electro (Strike a Rose)
Bottom colour: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick (Nudist)

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Portugal 2014

As some of you may already know, if you follow me on Instagram (@trxpicalandrea), I recently went on a two week holiday to Portugal. I go to Portugal with my family every year as it is our favourite holiday destination, it's just perfect in so many ways! I thought I would tell you a little bit about my holiday, if you're perhaps thinking of taking a trip to Portugal some time, or if you're like me and are interested in finding out about people's holidays!

We always go to the Algarve as it's a beautiful region filled with stunning coves and beaches and has breath-taking scenery. We stayed in a small village/town called Carvoeiro which was beautiful and had lots of little cafes, shops and restaurants to visit. I felt it was fairly calm and quiet compared to other, bigger towns I've visited, but at the same time it was still buzzing with people, especially at night in the centre of the town, but it was just right for me!

We stayed in a 4-star hotel called Tivoli which was brilliant. We had a huge room with one of the best views we've had so far, overlooking the sea and pool area.

Just down the road from the hotel, there were lots of cute cafes and restaurants. One of my favourite cafes which I would really recommend visiting was Café Fino. A gorgeous pink (my favourite colour so obviously I loved it!) and white café which serves amazing smoothies, ice creams, waffles, crepes, pizzas and more!

Overall, I would say Carvoeiro is one of the most beautiful places I've visited, as it has such spectacular scenery and gorgeous little streets and cafes, not to mention the array of flowers which I really enjoyed taking photographs of! I would definitely recommend you to visit there and I would love to return some day.
To finish of this post, I will show you a few more pictures I took while there, as even though I just use my phone camera, I adore taking photos. Thank you for reading and please follow me on here and also bloglovin if you would like to.

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