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What's Made Me Happy This Month? March 2015


I'd be the first to say that eyelash curlers are an essential in my make up routine, they make such a difference to your lashes and give you that wide awake look, even on the sleepiest of mornings. However, I'm also reluctant to spend an absolute fortune for a pair of them. So, when I found this sleek, black pair in Boots for only £4.50, I was delighted. A good find, right?


Well, no, actually. They say you get what you pay for, and while I don't always believe this is always true (you can find some wonderful budget brands on the high street), it's certainly applicable in this case. These barely made a difference to my lashes, as you can see from the photographs below.

L-R: No mascara; mascara/no eyelash curlers; mascara/eyelash curlers. I used one coat of Urban Decay's Perversion Mascara.

I don't want my quest to save money becoming one big lesson in irony, with me spending a fortune trying to find the cheapest, most effective pair of eyelashes curlers. So, fellow beauty lovers, please help me out: what are the best low-cost eyelash curlers you know of?

Have you ever been disappointed by a budget product? Do you believe that you get what you pay for? Let me know in the comments! 

Boots Eyelash Curlers

I'd be the first to say that eyelash curlers are an essential in my make up routine, they make such a difference to your lashes and give you that wide awake look, even on the sleepiest of mornings. However, I'm also reluctant to spend an absolute fortune for a pair of them. So, when I found this sleek, black pair in Boots for only £4.50, I was delighted. A good find, right?


Well, no, actually. They say you get what you pay for, and while I don't always believe this is always true (you can find some wonderful budget brands on the high street), it's certainly applicable in this case. These barely made a difference to my lashes, as you can see from the photographs below.

L-R: No mascara; mascara/no eyelash curlers; mascara/eyelash curlers. I used one coat of Urban Decay's Perversion Mascara.

I don't want my quest to save money becoming one big lesson in irony, with me spending a fortune trying to find the cheapest, most effective pair of eyelashes curlers. So, fellow beauty lovers, please help me out: what are the best low-cost eyelash curlers you know of?

Have you ever been disappointed by a budget product? Do you believe that you get what you pay for? Let me know in the comments! 
When I was about eleven, twenty one seemed like such a grown up age. I thought that by the time I reached it, I'd be in the first few years of what was sure to be a glittering career, I'd have met the man of my dreams, and I'd be living in a small but beautifully-furnished flat that I could call my own. Ha! There's something so adorable and yet so infuriating about my naivety back then. I want to go back in time and shake some sense into eleven-year-old Beth.

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Turning 21

When I was about eleven, twenty one seemed like such a grown up age. I thought that by the time I reached it, I'd be in the first few years of what was sure to be a glittering career, I'd have met the man of my dreams, and I'd be living in a small but beautifully-furnished flat that I could call my own. Ha! There's something so adorable and yet so infuriating about my naivety back then. I want to go back in time and shake some sense into eleven-year-old Beth.

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Time for the second edition of My Make Up Habits! This time I'm talking to Giulia, one of my housemates at uni. It's weird, last year we barely saw each other but this year we've become a lot closer, and I'm very happy about that. Recently we went shopping for beauty products, so when we stopped for lunch (sushi!) I hit her with the usual questions. Read on to find out about the worst moisturiser ever, why waterproof mascara can be a nightmare, and how to get the prettiest eyelashes.



Beth: What make up do you wear on a daily basis?
Giulia: Right, erm, mascara, eyebrow pencil, lip salve, foundation, and blusher, and that's about it. Oh, I sometimes use corrector under my eyes!

B: Do you have a skincare routine?

G: No. I just use moisturiser, and I use micellar water to remove my make up. Sometimes I rinse my face with warm water.

B: What's your favourite skincare product?

G: Clinique's Moisture Surge, I like the gel texture. It's the best thing for my skin, I think.  

B: What do you wear on special occasions?

G: Everything I said before, but I add eyeshadow or eyeliner. And lipstick. I use a nude one from e.l.f. Or, I have a light blue eyeliner with glitter.

B: Do you have a signature scent?

G: I used to, it was Jimmy Choo.

B: Which products, if any, do you never use? And what's the worst product you have used?

G: I don't use soap, and I don't use a scrub  I can't be bothered. I used L'oreal face moisturiser when I was younger, when I was thirteen, but I may have been allergic to it, coz it made all my skin dry up. I couldn't smile — it was that bad. I had to go to the doctor's for that. [Ouch!]

B: Any beauty regrets?

G: I used to have a Rimmel mascara, and if I think about that now, it's not good mascara. I used to wear the waterproof one, and when I used to wash it off it wouldn't budge, so my eyelashes would stick together. Worst make up ever.

B: Finally, do you have any tips or tricks?

G: The less mascara you use, the better your eyelashes look. If I wanted to look natural, I would just use a tiny little bit. It's better to build it up in thin layers. [I can vouch for this, she has the most amazing, fluttery lashes.]

Both Giulia and my mum have had allergic reactions to products, and it's got me wondering: what's the worst product you've ever used? Let me know in the comments, and if there are any questions you think I should ask my interviewees then please feel free to make suggestions! 


The next installment of My Make Up Habits will be posted in May.

My Make Up Habits: An Interview with Giulia

Time for the second edition of My Make Up Habits! This time I'm talking to Giulia, one of my housemates at uni. It's weird, last year we barely saw each other but this year we've become a lot closer, and I'm very happy about that. Recently we went shopping for beauty products, so when we stopped for lunch (sushi!) I hit her with the usual questions. Read on to find out about the worst moisturiser ever, why waterproof mascara can be a nightmare, and how to get the prettiest eyelashes.



Beth: What make up do you wear on a daily basis?
Giulia: Right, erm, mascara, eyebrow pencil, lip salve, foundation, and blusher, and that's about it. Oh, I sometimes use corrector under my eyes!

B: Do you have a skincare routine?

G: No. I just use moisturiser, and I use micellar water to remove my make up. Sometimes I rinse my face with warm water.

B: What's your favourite skincare product?

G: Clinique's Moisture Surge, I like the gel texture. It's the best thing for my skin, I think.  

B: What do you wear on special occasions?

G: Everything I said before, but I add eyeshadow or eyeliner. And lipstick. I use a nude one from e.l.f. Or, I have a light blue eyeliner with glitter.

B: Do you have a signature scent?

G: I used to, it was Jimmy Choo.

B: Which products, if any, do you never use? And what's the worst product you have used?

G: I don't use soap, and I don't use a scrub  I can't be bothered. I used L'oreal face moisturiser when I was younger, when I was thirteen, but I may have been allergic to it, coz it made all my skin dry up. I couldn't smile — it was that bad. I had to go to the doctor's for that. [Ouch!]

B: Any beauty regrets?

G: I used to have a Rimmel mascara, and if I think about that now, it's not good mascara. I used to wear the waterproof one, and when I used to wash it off it wouldn't budge, so my eyelashes would stick together. Worst make up ever.

B: Finally, do you have any tips or tricks?

G: The less mascara you use, the better your eyelashes look. If I wanted to look natural, I would just use a tiny little bit. It's better to build it up in thin layers. [I can vouch for this, she has the most amazing, fluttery lashes.]

Both Giulia and my mum have had allergic reactions to products, and it's got me wondering: what's the worst product you've ever used? Let me know in the comments, and if there are any questions you think I should ask my interviewees then please feel free to make suggestions! 


The next installment of My Make Up Habits will be posted in May.
Sometimes, you come across a product that quickly becomes a staple in your make up bag. Wild About Beauty's Nutrilips Lipstick in Violet is one such item.

Wild About Beauty Nutrilips in Violet

Wild About Beauty Nutrilips in Violet

Sometimes, you come across a product that quickly becomes a staple in your make up bag. Wild About Beauty's Nutrilips Lipstick in Violet is one such item.

Wild About Beauty Nutrilips in Violet

There was a lot of buzz about COLAB when it was first being sold in Superdrug and I finally gave in to the temptation. I picked up the Paris version, which is said to have a floral fragrance.

COLAB Dry Shampoo in Paris


First Impressions: COLAB Dry Shampoo in Paris

There was a lot of buzz about COLAB when it was first being sold in Superdrug and I finally gave in to the temptation. I picked up the Paris version, which is said to have a floral fragrance.

COLAB Dry Shampoo in Paris




Clockwise from top left: Lush Ultabland Facial Cleanser (product); Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Rose Hip; Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes 2 Palette; Botanics Ultra Calm Night Cream; e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Celebrity; Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser (packaging)

It's been a whole a year since I decided to only buy beauty products if they were cruelty free. It's been... interesting, and it's not always easy. Sometimes I feel left out, particularly when non-cruelty free brands bring out new products and everyone in the blogosphere is raving about them, but that feeling passes, and half the time it's something I probably wouldn't have bought anyway. It's a small price to pay for making an effort to live by my belief that animals should not be tested on for the sake of making cosmetics.

I thought I'd celebrate this milestone by listing some of my favourite cruelty free brands, so here are my top five:


Top 5 Cruelty-Free High Street Brands



Clockwise from top left: Lush Ultabland Facial Cleanser (product); Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Rose Hip; Makeup Revolution Essential Mattes 2 Palette; Botanics Ultra Calm Night Cream; e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Celebrity; Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser (packaging)

It's been a whole a year since I decided to only buy beauty products if they were cruelty free. It's been... interesting, and it's not always easy. Sometimes I feel left out, particularly when non-cruelty free brands bring out new products and everyone in the blogosphere is raving about them, but that feeling passes, and half the time it's something I probably wouldn't have bought anyway. It's a small price to pay for making an effort to live by my belief that animals should not be tested on for the sake of making cosmetics.

I thought I'd celebrate this milestone by listing some of my favourite cruelty free brands, so here are my top five:


Shop My Favourites


Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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