I received my first Mac lipstick for my 18th birthday when I didn’t understand what it was, or how to even apply it. I don’t know what shade it was, or what happened to it but I’ve worked up a little collection since then. I’ve also turned into one of those girls who stand staring at 10 swatches that all look the same, and end up buying two of them because ‘they’re totally different’, but we all know they’re not…

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Sin | Retro | Mehr | Velvet Teddy | Fanfare | Vegas Volt | Costa Chic

Sin (matte) | described as a ‘deep dark blue red’, it’s the perfect winter lip. Be careful with dry lips or it’ll look like you’ve been at the red wine all night as it sticks to your dry patches. 

Retro (matte) |  described as ‘muted peachy-pinky brown’.  This is one of my favourite shades as it adds a bit more colour without being overpowering. I feel like it could be Velvet Teddy’s older, darker, deeper sister.

Mehr (matte) | described as ‘dirty blue pink, it’s a lovely every day pink.

Velvet Teddy (matte) | everyone knows the drill about it now, it’s described as a ‘deep-tone beige’ which basically means it the perfect nude and lasts forever. I had to re-buy this as I lost my first one, although I’m hoping it will resurface in a bag one day. 

Fanfare (cremesheen) | described as a ‘mid-tone yellow pink’, it’s another nice everyday pinky with a slight shine to it, which gives it a more natural look. 

Vegas Volt (amplified creme) | the perfect summer orange, it’s described as a ‘full power coral’. It’s also a really nice creamy formula. 

Costa Chic (frost) | described as a ‘frosty light coral’, a lighter, shinier, younger sister of Vegas Volt. I also spoke about them both in an older post here.

If you have any recommendations for me let me know as I feel like I’m missing a red..

JMB xx


Seeing as the world of beauty has just gotten over going mad for brows, I though I would put together a little post on how I tame mine on a daily basis. My instagram is filled with perfect brows on a daily basis, so here’s my attempt of getting my brows on fleek (do we even know what that means yet?).2 3 1Sleek Brow Kit | Benefit Gimme Brow Gel | Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow PomadeBarry M Angled Brush | Avon Spoolie Brush

1 | I usually start my brows after my base, just because I can’t do the rest of my face without any brows on! I first brush them into the right direction with this spoolie brush from Avon which was super cheap and cheerful (Avon is a catalogue ‘shop’ for those of you who don’t know, although I think they might be online now too!).

2 | With my Barry M angled brush, I then lightly cover both sides of it in the gel, then powder of the Sleek Brow Kit, before wiping off the excess on the side of it (which explains why it looks like a disguising mess!). In the past I’ve used the Benefit Brow Zings but I much prefer this, which a quarter of the price! I tend not to start at the front of my brow, but about a quarter of the way in which makes it look a bit more natural. Using short lines, I outline my brows from the bottom, and fill the rest of it in by brushing upwards, and then finally lining the arch and tail.

3 | If I have a bit more time on my hands, or I’m going out I will then take some Dipbrow onto my brush, wiping the excess off on the edge of the pot then paint it onto my hand. Doing this makes a lot easier to use, and stops it from going on too thick- although you are left with a brow patch on your hand.. I usually just use this on the arch and tail of my brow, to make them more defined.

4 | Gimme Brow has the most perfect little wand to set the brows into place. I wipe off the excess onto the top of the tube, then starting at the front, brush upwards then follow the brow round in the direction of the brow. Using this just sets it into place, and makes them look more natural, as it sticks to individual hairs. This is my third tube of it now, and I sadly haven’t found a cheaper alternative…

It’s probably a bit crazy that I spend so much time, money and products on my brows, but there’s no way your make up will look good when you’re having a bad brow day!

JMB xx


I know I’m basically a season behind with this post as we’re sadly saying goodbye to Summer but I thought I would share with you what I’ve been reaching for this Summer to paint my lips with..

Looking at the top two photos, it makes me feel really uneasy at how similar they all are. I’m sure every girl is guilty with ‘needing’ a new lipstick which is practically identical to another one (or five) she already owns. However, hopefully you can see they are all different, and most definitely all ‘needed’ in the swatches photo.


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MAC- Fanfare  | Soap and Glory- Man Trap | New Look- Deep Pink | MAC – Costa Rica| MAC- Vegas Volt | Rimmel- In Love With Ginger (660) | Topshop- Rio Rio

 Fanfare, MAC (Cremesheen) | This is a creamy pretty pink which is really wearable. Because it’s so moisturising it does stay a bit sticky but it lasts for ages. I usually grab this when I want more of a subtle lip. It also smells amazing (alike all the other MAC lipsticks) which is an added bonus.

Man Trap, Soap and Glory | This is a deeper, darker pink but its definitely not too dark for daytime. It sits really nicely on your lips, giving off the nicest smell and it lasts all day. One thing I like about it is that it’s thick enough to not need a lip liner, and it doesn’t bleed out like some other lipsticks do.

Deep Pink, New Look | I bought this lipstick, along with a lip liner to go with it on a whim. I had no knowledge that New Look even had a make up line, let along what it was going to be like so I was pleasantly surprised. I would describe it as a ‘your lips but better’ but with a tiny hint of mauve. Unlike the others, it doesn’t really have a smell which is good for those who don’t like a sent to their makeup. It’s long lasting and thick but creamy which makes a lovely formula. It’s definitely worth having a little swatch at these lipsticks whenever you’re next in store. It’s probably also the cheapest from this list, and with student discount, what’s not to love?

Costa Rica, Mac (Frost) | I bought this last year when I left Costa Coffee as a sort of goodbye to it (although I have no doubt that I’ll end up working there again). I’m really into orange lips which I’m sure you can tell. It’s in a Frost finish which supposedly is shimmery but I don’t think I agree with that. I’ve really gone off this but I thought I would still include it as it was a staple of mine last year. I would say the colour is a mixture of light orange and light pink. I remember it sticking to my lips a lot so I would say use a good lip scrub before applying this one. This is another one with no sent at all.

Vegas Volt, Mac (Amplified) | I picked this one up in duty free this year and it was my holiday staple lip. I found it really wearable and creamy and not drying at all. I would say this was an orange with a hint of red, but at the same time it isn’t particularity bright/noticeable (if that makes sense?).  Again, it has no scent. I would definitely recommend this colour and finish.

In Love With Ginger, Rimmel | I loooove this colour, and writing this post has reminded me about it so I’m going to try and get some wear out of it before the sun has disappeared. It’s definitely my brightest orange, again with a hint of red. It has a very subtle scent, which isn’t overpowering at all. It’s not as moisturising as the others so I would recommend a good lip scrub before just to be safe!

Rio Rio, Topshop | I was given this lipstick a few months ago. It was tipped as Alexa Chung’s red and I can confirm it is a pretty prefect red. If you’re not totally sold on the colour I’m sure it’s beautiful white and gold packaging would win you over. I think the packaging was a special edition for Topshop Beauty’s birthday but I’m sure you can still get your hands on this shade. It’s really wearable with a subtle shade. With a lot of the other Topshop lipsticks, they wear off fairly easy but on the bright side it doesn’t stick to your lips and dry them out!

This was a bit of a long, and very word heavy post but I hope you enjoyed it and that I have inspired/enabled you to go shopping! I’m planning on doing an Autumnal themed lip post in a few weeks, so look out for that!

JMB xx


The changing in the weather never ends well when it comes to your skin. From leaving a warm house, to walking through the cold, wet wind and then again being blasted with hot air con in the office. And all of that again for your journey home! I found that my skin got terrible and I couldn’t work out why so I thought it was time to repurchase some old favourites.1

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water  | This cleansing water has been a firm favourite of mine ever since I first bought it months and months ago. On the bottle it claims it lasts 200 uses and I can definitely vouch for that as I have only ran to the shops to repurchase it once! It’s amazing for taking everything off of your face including eyebrows and eye make up that wont budge! I actually find it’s better than wipes now, although it might take a few cotton pads to get everything off. Although I have never tried it, it’s a well know fact that it’s a great dupe for the Bioderma water so it’s something to look into if you’re a fan of that..

 La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I Targeted Breakout Corrector |  A few months ago a friend gave me a practically new tube of hers as she didn’t get on with it and ever since it has been my savior. It recently ran out and I noticed I was overcome by lots of spots then I realised it was because this was missing from my life! Ever since buying it again it has slowly but surely helped clear my skin!  I’ve also heard great things about all the other La Roche-Possay products so I might have to look into some!

Maybeline Baby Lips | I have lost count of how many of these I have owned (and it turn lost in bags and coats) but I have always come back to it. They’re so affordable and hydrating and easy to pop on throughout the day. I find Vaseline too greasy but this sinks into your lips quickly, letting you eat without showing everyone what you ate.

Nivea Express Hydration Primer | I’m a massive fan of Porefessional (Benefit) and more recently InsaBlur (The Body Shop) but I found that by the afternoon my makeup had just dried into my skin because of the cold weather and air con at work so I thought it was time to bring my old friend back. This primer was my first ever primer and has never let me down! You can read my primer battle here.