Sunday, January 24, 2016

January Favourites: The MAC Edit

In 2015, I developed a bit of a love affair with MAC Cosmetics and it is showing no signs of waning so far in 2016. I really count on MAC for my lip products and given that they have pretty much every shade you could think of, it's easy to see why my collection just grew... by three.

My first newbie came on Christmas Day when my beautiful little sisters treated me to the Whirl lipstick. I had lusted after this one for some time after seeing some of my favourite bloggers sporting it, so it was a lovely little gift.



Whirl is part of the Matte range and is definitely one of the darker lipsticks I own. I would describe it as a burgundy rose shade, and it follows the renowned Whirl lip liner - an apparent favourite of Miss Kylie Jenner (and so, rarely in stock).

I am quite a pale skinned girl, so while I don't think I could necessarily get away with it on a day to day basis, I really love it for a vampy look in the evening. While it is supposed to have a matte finish, it's a lot creamier than I expected and it is really longlasting - and doesn't bleed at all.



Twig is another lipstick I have had my eye on. I debated this one for some time as I thought it may be a bit too similar to Brave, which I own (and love) already. However, the shop assistant in the store advised it had much less of a pinky tone, and so I bought it - and I'd have to agree.


It's a Satin lipstick, so is much more shimmery and moisturising on the lips - which is especially good news in Winter. It has a browny undertone, but still looks quite rosy against my pale skin tone. I think it's quite a versatile shade which you could rock day or night. I'll definitely be reaching for it for work.



Lipliners were once something I regarded as for the older lady and generally a little uncool. That said, in the last year, I have really come to see how beneficial they are to improving the look and longevity of lipstick. You wouldn't colour in a picture before first drawing the outline, right?

My lipstick to lip liner ratio is still far from equal, but I've been buying shades which I find compliment more than one of my lipsticks (savvy shopper right here!). One of these, is Spice.



In the photo, I've paired it with Twig but I know fellow blogger Lydia Millen wears as a darker base with Honeylove, so it really can work with quite a variety of lipsticks. I've recently purchased some Lipglasses which I think it'll go well with too. 

Spice is really pigmented, and another one of those 90's shades. In my opinion, it's quite a cinnamony colour with a very slight rosy undertone. I would really recommend it and unlike other lip liners I have tried in the past, it blends well and isn't drying. 



That concludes my round up of January MAC favourites. Have you got any shades you think I should be trying? Drop me a comment below...




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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

H&M Beauty Haul

When I discovered that H&M, one of my favourite fashion retailers, was expanding to include beauty products, I was ecstatic and took myself off sharpish to purchase some goodies and after some thorough testing I can finally share my review!

When I got to the store, my obsessive compulsive tendencies were completely satisfied when I saw that all of the eye shadows and nail polishes were neatly laid out in colour order. What's more, for someone like me who has hundreds of nail varnishes, it's really helpful that for each shade there is a little plastic nail with the colour painted on so you don't have to guess from the bottle. In theory, enabling me to ascertain which ones I already have so I stop buying doubles. Like I said, 'in theory'...

There's also hair care, makeup brushes, cleansers, lotions... the list goes on!

So what did I buy...?

Nail Varnish

Miraculously, I actually managed to leave the store with just the one nail varnish, the lovely 'Mauve It On Up'. It's a really nice versatile shade, and to be honest, I quite liked the name.



I was curious about how long it would last given I hadn't tried any of the beauty products before. Honestly, I needn't have questioned it as this lasted better than some of the drugstore polishes that I have used in the past and it had a super shiny finish using just two coats.
Cost: £2.99

Eyeshadow

Keeping up with the mauve theme, I also picked up a shadow. 'Yes Darling' is slightly darker when used for a smokey eye as you can really build up the colour.





 It's not glittery as such, but more shimmery. I think this makes it a bit more muted, so it's a good one for day or nighttime. Office to dancefloor! You know, if you have the energy to actually make it to the dancefloor after a long day at work.
Cost: £4.99

Lipstick Pencil
I swatched a fair few lipsticks and liners before I settled on a lipstick pencil. They come in some really nice colours, and have a really glossy high shine finish. 



I chose 'Saudade', a berry shade, as in my personal opinion you can't really have too many of these. It's super glitzy, and it does last well. 
Cost: £4.99

Makeup blending sponge
I was really in need of one of these, and the ones in H&M are just £1.99 - much cheaper than some others that I have seen. While I liked that it was crisp and white when I bought it, naturally it didn't stay this way for long and the colour just serves to make it more obvious that it needs a good wash frequently.



That aside, it blended my makeup really well which was particularly impressive given how reasonably priced it was.
Cost: £1.99


Overall, I was super impressed with the beauty department. There is an incredible range of products on offer, and not at bank breaking prices! I definitely need to head back and try some more new things. Next up is definitely some haircare as I have already seen other bloggers rating this really highly.



Have you sampled H&M Beauty? What did you purchase? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

THE REBRAND: SAY HELLO TO ABSOLUTELY ELLIE!

If you happen to keep up with my antics on social media, you will be aware I've recently been dealing with a blogging dilema. I came across a company with a name not to disimilar to my own, and lets just say I didn't welcome the association!

After a couple of days debating whether to change my name, a few weeks debating what I would actually call myself and another week or more changing my social media account names and my domains (thank goodness for the Blogger forum)... the relaunch is FINALLY here!

'Amorellie' has become 'Absolutely Ellie'!

To go with my shiny new blog, I now also have a new and improved blogger space to tap out new posts. I have lots to catch up on, given I have completely neglected to do this while plugging away working on my rebrand. 

Stay tuned guys, and you can also find my social media accounts by following the links below!





Love Ellie x
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Friday, January 01, 2016

My goals for 2016!

I've spent many a 31st December creating lists as long as my arm of all of the unrealistic things I will do or change to achieve that 'new year, new me' when the clock chimes midnight.

This year, I decided I no longer wanted to subscribe to that sort of rubbish. I had a great 2015, and it wasn't because I went to the gym seven days a week and stopped eating cake, or because I cut out alcohol or quit spending inordinate amounts of money on makeup. News flash: I did none of these things (and I had some godawful hangovers to prove it) - because I was too busy doing the things that really mattered.

In 2015, I finally moved into my own place with my boyfriend. After two years of working hard, I got a new job that I really enjoy - and a pretty pay rise to boot. I went on my first girls holiday, I ran two races for charity, I reached 10,000 view on this blog...

I'm proud of what I achieved in 2015, and so going into 2016, I am going to try not to concern myself with the superficial crap and unreasonable restrictions and I'm just going to live happily with a few little goals for myself, to improve on last year's successes. 

1. Make the most of that gym membership



How typical, I know. When I joined my newest gym two years ago, I had a posse of gal pals to go with me. I'm now the only one left with an active membership (go me, right?), but with the absence of a good gym buddy sometimes it is hard to force myself to get my butt in gear, lace up my trainers and get down to the treadmill. 

This year, I'm determined to make the effort to get to the gym regularly - even if I am a loner! The fact I've also just bought the most beautiful gym trainers - easily the pinkest things I own - should help get that little bit more motivated.

2. Look after my skin more

It's no secret I don't quite have the youthful skin I once did as a teenager, and now I'm in my twenties it's high time I paid it a little more attention. I find it so easy to forget to do things like moisturise - even though I'm meticulous about taking makeup off and going to bed fresh faced.

This year I'll be striving to give my skin a little bit more TLC, so I am not faced with the desperate reality of plastering ALL of the lotions and potions all over my body on a Sunday night.



3. Improve my photography skills

If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably heard me banging on about that fantastic photography course that I took. It really helped me to get to grips with the controls of my camera, and learn how to get the best shot. My blog photos for one have come on SUCH a long way since, but I still need to get lots of practice in and keep developing my skills. 

This year, I'll be working harder on my personal portfolio, blog snaps and hopefully ensuring that my content is that bit more visually appealing for my followers. You're welcome guys!


I won't be needing a 'new me' in 2016 because I was doing just great last year. My aim is to be a better me, remaining ambitious and goal orientated. So wish me luck guys!




Happy 2016 to all of my lovely readers. Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead.
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