There are no shortage of beauty related challenges and ‘tags’ for us bloggers and vloggers to try out. I first saw this £20 challenge years ago and now I’m finally getting into making videos I was desperate to give it a shot.

The aim of the challenge is, yes you’ve guessed it, to do your whole face of makeup with products that collectively cost £20 or less. I personally decided to exclude makeup brushes and tools so I could really give this a proper go and try out some new drugstore products. Here’s how I got on…

Here are all the products I picked up for the grand total of £18.99:

  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – £7.99 (2 for £10)
  • MUA Eyebrow Pencil – £1.00
  • Rimmel, Kate Moss, Sculpting Palette – £6.99 (2 for £10)
  • MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner in Jet Black – £1.00
  • Collection, Volumising Mascara in Ultra Black – £3.99
  • Makeup Revolution, Focus & Fix Concealer – £2.00
  • MUA Lipstick in shade 7 – £1.00

So what do you think? Did I do well for my money? I’d definitely say it was a mixed bag so let me know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoyed the video.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Bullet Journalling is my new ‘project’ for 2017. I’m seeing it as a way for me to merge my list writing, paper diary and habit tracking in one neat, creatively decorated notebook. If you’re new to Bullet Journalling, I’d recommend having a watch of this – it does a far better job at explaining the ‘system’ than I ever could.

After hours of research on YouTube and Pinterest, I ordered myself a Moleskin A5 dotted notebook and, thanks to Amazon Prime, managed to put pen to paper the very next day. A few weeks in, here’s how my Bullet Journal is looking:

I’m still very new to this Bullet Journal ‘thing’ so I’d love your thoughts and feedback. I’ll definitely film another one of these flip-through videos in a few months and show you how things have moved on!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Morphe is a makeup brand I’ve followed on Instagram for a little while. They garner a great deal of attention and hype online and whilst I was already a big fan of their brushes, I was hesitant to try their eyeshadow palettes. Could a palette of 35 eyeshadows really justify that level of hype, and only cost £21?!

One thing is for sure, even though I was sceptical it didn’t seem like many others were; the Morphe palettes were constantly in and out of stock but after a few weeks of stalking the Beauty Bay website, I became the proud owner of the Morphe 350M palette.

The 350M palette includes 35 matte ‘nature glow’ eyeshadows ranging from flesh coloured blending shadows, cold and warm browns, through to burnt reds and orange toned options. It’s the sister palette to the sell-out 35M which has both matte and shimmery options.

The eyeshadows don’t have individual names but here are all 35 swatches, from the top row of the palette to the bottom, left to right:

What I love

  • 35 shadows. 35! At most I use 4 shadows each time I do my eye makeup. This palette has a serious amount of eyeshadow and a lot of colour options. They’re all in the same colour family so you can mix and match, try different combinations and play around as much as you like.
  • In the current beauty-world, it seems a palette needs to be super pigmented to be considered ‘good’. This palette definitely has pigmented colours (check the swatches!) but there are definitely a few that are buildable and give less initially, and I actually really like that. You don’t want every colour to be bold and hyper pigmented because then there’s no depth to your eye look. This palette has the balance right.

What I really love

  • This palette is ridiculously affordable – each pan of shadow works out at 60p!!! That math alone says it all.
  • The shades in the 350M definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. I can honestly say I wore my first ever orange/red smokey eye as a result of this palette and I’ll definitely do the look again. Having so many colours at your fingertips definitely gets your creative makeup juices flowing – it reinforces the fun of makeup.

What I don’t love

  • Some shadows are more blendable than others. I definitely have my favourites within the palette that I know work with other products too – a bit of trial and error is needed as some are definitely more movable and easier to work with than others but it’s not a huge issue.
  • There’s no mirror. I know I’m getting a lot of product for my money but I’d happily pay an extra few quid for one to be included. It’s a really large palette so it’s just a shame for one to be missing.
  • The sparkly glamour isn’t really there. This is probably my fault for choosing an all matte palette but I didn’t realise how much I’d miss the sparkles until I noticed myself constantly going for a shimmery shadow to finish off the looks I was creating. Bare that in mind when you’re picking your Morphe palette!

If you’re into eye makeup, you definitely need to try out a Morphe palette but unless you’re super into matte looks, I’d probably advise going for one with a little more ‘wow’ factor. Ultimately I’m glad I took the plunge and gave these a go but I do wish I’d gone for the 35M as my first delve into the Morphe range. There’s no denying the incredible value of the product, and I can see this being a staple in my collection for those warmer eye looks but this palette does have limitations – on it’s own it’s not quite the palette of dreams I was expecting.

Have you tried any Morphe palettes? Which are your favourites? Let me know if you agree with my thoughts about the 350M. If you have any other recommendations of great eyeshadow palettes please do leave those down below in the comments too!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I had so much fun compiling my ‘Beauty Favourites of 2016’ that I’ve decided to dip my toe into the world of monthly favourites. I love watching and reading all about the products people are loving, so each month I’ll be rounding up my favourite five things and sharing them with you lovely lot. All of my faves this month happen to be makeup and skincare related but I’m sure there’ll be some variety in the months to come. Enjoy the video! 

As promised, here are the five products I mention if you want to check them out:

Let me know what you think of my picks and whether you’ve tried them. What have been your favourites of the month?

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I love The Body Shop. The products are fab, ethically they have their heads screwed on and the shopping experience is always delightful. I had twenty minutes to kill recently so I headed to The Body Shop to check out their January sale and let’s just say, if you haven’t been and had a look yet, run don’t walk to your nearest store. Needless to say, my wicker basket wasn’t empty for long. Here’s what I picked up:

Camomile Cleansing Balm £10.00 (3 for 2) – This cleansing balm has been on my wishlist for what seems like forever, and I’m so pleased I finally picked it up. I am committed cleansing balm fan so I can’t wait to give this a proper go. The Body Shop say this is suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers, and I like that the camomile extract comes from Norfolk too.

Vitamin E Face Mist – £9.50 (3 for 2) – I’m in such a big rosewater phase at the moment which may be why I liked the look of this product but I didn’t know much about this Vitamin E face mist before picking it up. Face mists make great immediate skin refreshers, and the vitamin E and wheatgerm oil in this mean it should be fabulously moisturising. I also like the size of the bottle – it’s handbag friendly for an on-the-go spritz.

Honeymania Body Scrub – £2.50 – I don’t buy many body scrubs but I picked up a small pot of this to give it a test. At £2.50 you can’t really go wrong and it’s always fab to try new products, and this will be my first honey product from The Body Shop so I’m definitely glad to be giving it a go – I’ll report back soon. 

Frosted Berries Shower Gel – £2.50 – I saw so many Instagram posts about this range over Christmas and I totally get the hype – this smells incredible! The gel is enriched with cranberry seed oil and the scent is made up of white flowers and berries. If you’re yet to try the ‘Frosted Berries’ range, go and snap up what’s left in the sale.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Wash – £5.50 (3 for 2) – Tea tree is a bit of a love/hate scent but it really reminds me of my childhood so I’m firmly in the ‘love’ camp. I’ve sampled The Body Shop’s tea tree range before so I didn’t think twice about giving this a try. I’m prone to hormonal breakouts on my chin so I’m looking forward to popping this in my routine as and when I need it. 

Facial Massager – £6.00 – Now this is a bit of a curve ball product; half of you will think this is a total fad and the other half (I hope) will be totally on board with it. Facial massage is something I try to do each night with a cleansing balm but after seeing so many of my fave bloggers raving about the Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller, I’ve been intrigued by these types of tools. When I spotted this, it was kind of a ‘sure, why not?’ purchase, so I’ll definitely report back once I’ve had a play with it.

As you can tell by the prices, I got an awfully good amount of product for my money and managed to pick all of these goodies up for the grand total of £30.50. Have you had a splurge at The Body Shop so far this year? Let me know what you’ve been buying!

Sincerely, Sarah xx