Hello everyone! I'm back with a new post for you, which is my five favourite makeup items that cost less than £10. I know that a lot of people who read my blog are teenagers, like myself, so I thought that this would be really helpful and will show you cheaper makeup items that are still really good quality. I kept all of the items over £5, as I already shown you my favourite items from that price range, which you can check out here. Anyway, on with the post!

Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer and Blusher
This is a really pretty bronzer and blusher that I've raved about quite a few times on my blog, and rightfully so as it's up there on my list of favourite products. This two-in-one cheek compact gives a natural, glowing tan and a vibrant pop of colour to the cheeks. The bronzer, in particular, is the perfect match for my skin tone and I find it really easy to wear, especially as it's matte and really buildable. The blusher is gorgeous and quite pigmented, creating a gorgeous flush. At £6.49, I'd definitely recommend giving this product a try. A review of it can be found here.

Bourjois Cream Blusher in 03
When I started blogging, this was by far my favourite cheek product and I used it on a daily basis. Bourjois are well-known for their powder blushers, but I often feel like these beautiful cream blushers don't receive enough praise at only £7.99. It has a cream to powder formulation which makes the application smooth and even, but it is still long lasting. It's quite pigmented, but can definitely be built up and blended out to create the desired look. There's a slight bit of shimmer running through the product which looks really nice when the light hits it. I own this in the shade 03 and it's a gorgeous colour, being really similar to my natural blush.

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks
I've been using these lip crayons all the time since I received them, so I knew that I had to feature them in this post. Upon application, they give quite a sheer wash of colour, but this can be intensified to create a really bold look. After a few layers, the colour is bold and opaque like a lipstick, but they still feel light and silky on the lips, much like a lipgloss. They are really easy to apply, wearable and even the smell of these is lovely. I really like the colour range of these products and find myself reaching for bashful, a perfect everyday pink, the most out of the ones I own. These products are £8 each and definitely worth purchasing. A review of these can be found here.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick
I don't talk about this lipstick as much as I should, since it's definitely one that I love wearing and I think it is really pretty. I own it in the shade pashmina, which is a neutral brown with hints of pink shimmer running through it. I think that this is a really sophisticated colour that I love to wear with more of a dressy, evening look. It's incredibly creamy and not at all drying on the lips, yet is still really pigmented. It lasts for quite a long time when applied and looks gorgeous paired with a statement eye. For £7.99, I'd recommend you check out this lipstick.

Barry M Natural Glow Palette
My final item on the list is this gorgeous palette, which I've definitely fallen in love with recently. It has all of the colours required for any eye look, whether you want something neutral, daytime appropriate or bolder. The eyeshadows have a really creamy formulation and are really pigmented, especially the metallics which are perfect for in the crease. The blusher included also works well as a highlighter, making this palette a multi-purpose one that is good for travel. I'd definitely take a look at this £6.49 palette, especially if you are new to makeup. A review of this product can be found here.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you like the products I've featured! If there are any products you think I've left out or should've included, let me know down in the comments as I'd be more than happy to hear. I'll see you on Sunday with a new post, so bye for now!

Love from Daisy x
Today, I thought I'd bring you another product review, this time of the Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer and Blusher. I've been using this regularly for a couple of months now and have completely fallen in love with it, which you might have seen from a few of my other blog posts. I thought it was about time to produce a full review of this product, so I hope you like it.

This item is one of my favourites at the moment, and I've been using almost every day, particularly the bronzer. It is a two-in-one product that claims to give a natural looking tan accompanied by a pop of fresh blusher. It comes in two different shades, with Golden Tropics being the lighter of the two that is perfect for anyone with paler skin like myself.

This product comes in plastic packaging, which I find can be quite sturdy and protects it from being damaged. The writing one the lid is in a bright bronze, but I find that this starts to scratch away after a while. The actual makeup item itself is compact and saves a lot of space, opposed to a blush and bronzer palette, which makes it handy for travelling and carrying in your makeup bag. However, this could be improved by adding a mirror to the lid, making on-the-go touchups a lot easier. The only negative is that, when I tip the product upside down, the pan falls out of the container, so I have to be incredibly careful that it doesn't accidentally break.

The bronzer creates a gorgeous yet natural look and is a perfect match for my skin tone, which is why I'm in love with it and use it all the time. It is a golden toned brown that is matte but has a slight sheen to it. I like this as it doesn't look too shimmery or unnatural on the skin and allows you to create a more subtle look if you want to. It isn't extremely pigmented, but can be built up to reach the desired colour. I like this as you can't go overboard with the colour but are still able to create a natural tan that isn't dark or muddy looking on the skin. For this reason, I'd recommend this if you're new to using bronzer or just want to try another one.

This blusher is a beautiful bright pink with slight peachy tones to it that is a great addition to this product. Like the bronzer, it is quite pigmented and can be built up, but is still blendable. It's matte, which I like as I find that this looks much more natural and realistic on this skin. The colour is brightening and flattering, as it's similar to my natural flush. My only fault is that I'd like there to be a bit more of the blusher included.

Overall, I love both the blusher and the bronzer and think that they have a lot of potential, which is why I've been consistently reaching for this item over the past few months. The combination of the bronzer and blusher is gorgeous, and they work well together, creating a fresh, glowing look that is perfect for the summer months. I'd highly recommend this product, costing £6.94 from the drugstore, as it's a great item that is definitely worth buying.

Thanks for reading this post and I hope you liked hearing about one of my new favourite products. I'd love to write more reviews in the future, so make sure you let me know if there are any particular items you'd like to see featured on my blog. That's all from me, so I'll see you on Wednesday with a new post.

Love from Daisy x
Hello, everyone! I'm back today with another product review, this time of the Barry M Natural Glow Eyeshadow Palette. This used to be one of my favourite palettes when I first bought it and I've featured it in a number of posts, yet never got around to reviewing it until now. It's honestly a lovely palette that I think you'd all like, so I hope you enjoy reading this post.

This vegan and cruelty-free eyeshadow palette is a drugstore bargain that I used to resort to on a regular basis. It will only set you back £6.49, which is great considering it contains two matte eyeshadows, four shimmery eyeshadows and a blusher. They are all very neutral based complimentary colours that can be used to create a variety of different eye looks. 

The eyeshadows are presented in pale beige cardboard packaging with bronze lettering, which reminds me a lot of the presentation of the Stila palettes. It is slim and compact, but not very sturdy, yet it is suitable for travel as it fits easily inside my makeup bag. Inside, there is a decent sized mirror and some sponge-tip applicators, which aren't photographed as I don't tend to use these.

The first shade in the palette, and probably the most disappointing if I'm honest, is a pale rose colour that has a hint of silver shimmer running through it. I love the colour of it and think that it's fairly similar to the shade Limit from the Naked 3 palette by Urban Decay.It looks beautiful in the pan but it's actually really sheer and barely shows up on the lid. This eyeshadow has quite a chalky and crumbly texture, which means there's a bit of fallout.

The next eyeshadow in the palette is a matte white, which I think is a nice addition to the eyeshadow palette that can often be overlooked. This is particularly great as a highlighter either on the brow bone or inner corners and can also be applied over any eyeshadow to lighten it up. It isn't the most pigmented of eyeshadows but it's still a very nice colour to have.

A matte brown is always extremely handy to have in an eyeshadow palette, and this one is definitely useful. I find that the formulation of this eyeshadow is a lot nicer than the previous and it is a lot creamier. It is quite pigmented and is perfect for adding a wash of colour all over the lid or for a bit of definition in the crease. This could also be used as an eyebrow powder, but it's too light for me.

The next three eyeshadows in this palette are my favourites and I probably get the most use out of them. There is a metallic silvery grey, a dark bronze and a deep plum-toned brown, all of which look beautiful when applied. They are extremely pigmented and buildable but blend really easily. All of these look gorgeous in the crease and are perfect for creating dark, smokey evening looks.

I'm not a huge fan of the baby pink blusher in this palette, as I find that it's too pale for my skin tone and doesn't suit me. When swatched, it comes out very light is almost invisible on my skin, leaving behind a subtle shimmer. Personally, I think this works best as a highlighter and actually looks quite pretty used in this way, but it just doesn't work as a blusher for me.

Overall, I think that this palette is really nice and a great one to have in your collection, aside from a couple of issues that I have with it. It is versatile and you can create any look, from a subtle eye with a hint of definition to a bold, nighttime appropriate look. There are definitely some dupes for the Naked palettes amongst it, but this is a much more budget friendly alternative. I'd definitely recommend this if you're new to makeup, as it has all of the essential colours you'll need.

I hope you enjoyed reading this product review and if there are any other items that you'd like to see me write about in the future, make sure you let me know. Thank you for reading and I'll be back on Sunday with a new post, so I'll see you then!

Love from Daisy x
I like to ensure that my blog is a positive and upbeat place, which is why I haven't brought you a negative post before. I write quite a lot of book reviews and report back with my favourites, but I never share the books that I didn't like as much as others. Today I thought I'd do just that, but I'd add a positive spin by sharing a similar book that you should read instead.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
This might be a bit of a surprise, as it's a highly acclaimed book that a lot of people enjoyed, but it just wasn't anything special for me. I found the storyline really upsetting and the whole concept of the book to be emotional, but the writing didn't connect with me and add to these feelings at all. The characters and events could be cheesy at times and lacked in realism. I would instead recommend Looking for Alaska, which is also by John Green. The story line follows a similar path, but it is much more intriguing, gripping and not at all predictable.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner 
This is another popular book that I didn't enjoy, probably because I couldn't get into it. After reading the blurb, I was drawn in by the concept of this book and thought that it'd be a great dystopian book, which is a genre that I love. Despite this, the book was slow, full of characters that made me confused and it lacked in excitement, making it hard to read and stopped me from finishing it. Instead, you should read Divergent by Veronica Roth, which is also a dystopian book about teenagers that is packed with adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy and action. The plot is fast paced and incredibly hard to put down, which is why I really enjoyed it.

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedwick
The main character of this book, Laureth, is blind, which is a new idea that I thought would be innovative, but instead proved to be unrealistic and not portrayed how I expected. The book was also centred around the idea of coincidences existing but in the end the characters decided that they didn't, contradicting everything said and making a lot of the events pointless. Instead, you should read Wonder by R J Palacio. The main character also has a physical disability, but it is much more realistic and gripping, in my opinion. It is fun, follows both exciting and emotional events and has a perfect conclusion.

Overall, I was disappointed with these three books and probably wouldn't highly recommend them. This isn't because they're bad but because they weren't what I was expecting or didn't compare to other novels that I'd read. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and some people might love these books, which I'm also fine with. Thank you for reading this post and I'll see you on Sunday!

Love from Daisy x

If you read any of my posts towards the start of April, you'll know that I was on holiday in Spain. I had a great time and wasn't quite ready to return home, so I thought I'd keep myself in the holiday mood by writing a blog post about it! Today, I will be showing you what was in my makeup bag for my trip abroad, so I hope you like it.

I don't like wearing a lot of makeup, especially when I'm on holiday, so I only packed the necessities to create a pretty face look. I wanted my skin to look as close to flawless as possible, which I knew called for a high coverage and long lasting concealer. Everything else was quite natural, making my skin look glowing and fresh.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Foundation might be too heavy on your skin if you're in the sun, so you should opt for a concealer instead. Whether it's for covering up blemishes, hiding a bit of sunburn or to even out your skin tone, I'd recommend packing a high coverage product like this.
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Powder - I packed this product as I've been using it a lot recently but I didn't find myself reaching for it during the holiday. I wanted my makeup to look quite dewy and glowing, so I didn't feel like a powder was necessary.
Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer and Blusher - This bronzer allowed me to add a bit of colour to my face before I caught the sun and really suits my complexion. It's also quite sheer, meaning you can't go overboard but are still able to warm up your face and add colour. The blusher is a bright pink that looks beautiful and natural when applied.
Bourjois Cream Blusher in 03 - This is a gorgeous cream blusher that is foolproof and looks lovely on the skin. It is compact and the perfect size for travelling, as well as being a great way to add a hint of colour and shimmer into your cheeks.
MUA Powder Blusher in Lolly - I wanted to ensure that I had a coral blusher with me as well as two pink ones, and this was my first choice. Despite being from a budget brand, it's of an amazing quality and gives a beautiful flush. It's matte, has great pigmentation and definitely worth £1!

I wanted to pick products that were quite versatile and had a lot of uses for this section of my makeup, as I hoped to create a variety of eye looks with only a few products. Some of these were firm favourites that I couldn't do without and others were chosen because they're more practical for travelling or products that I wanted to get more use out of.
Avon Eye Primer - This ensured that my eyeshadow lasted all night, staying in place for as long as required. It also cancelled out some of the imperfections on my eyelids. Although I don't know how long this made my eye makeup last for, as I removed it after a few hours, it's still a great product.
MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette - I picked this palette to take on holiday with me as it's the most versatile and has a variety of different eyeshadows - both matte and shimmery. This meant that I could create a lot of beautiful looks, all from one palette that's slim and easy to travel with.
Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Bikini-Tini - Some days, I opted for this as an eyeshadow base, since it's a lovely colour and compliments my eyes really well. It's easy to apply and looks gorgeous either on its own or paired with other eyeshadows.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in 05 Nude - As you can tell from my March Favourites post, I've been loving this eyeliner recently. I applied it in the waterline and it quickly brightened and opened my eyes. It has a creamy texture, applies incredibly easily and is incredibly long-lasting.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - I use this mascara all the time as it's very quick and easy to use. One layer creates a natural effect, but after curling my eyelashes and applying some more, they are a lot longer and more dramatic. This mascara never smudges and isn't at all clumpy.

I tried to limit the number of lip products I packed as much as possible, but it was hard as you never know what colour will suit your outfit or the rest of your makeup. I felt that the best way to go was to have a neutral colour, a bright colour and some lipglosses, as this ensured I could create a few looks that would go with almost any makeup look.

No7 Perfect Lips Pencil - I don't know what shade this is in, but it's a lovely neutral pink that is really close to my lip colour. I like to use this to outline my lips and make them look plumper, or just as an all-over colour which is subtle but gorgeous on the lips.
Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Pashmina - This is quite a neutral lipstick with hints of pink shimmer in it. I find it to be quite a sophisticated colour - perfect for getting dressed up of an evening. It is creamy and long lasting on the lips, looking especially nice paired with a statement eye look.
Models Own Lip Stix Crayon in Beauty Blush - I wanted to take a bright pink lipstick with me but settled on this lip crayon instead. It's matte but a lot more creamy and not as harsh as a lipstick. The colour can be really intense or blended out for a sheer wash of pink, making it quite easy to wear.
Miss Sporty Miss Cocktail Lipgloss in Jacuzzi Break - I threw this in my makeup bag but didn't end up using it, despite it being one of my favourite lipglosses. Although it's supposed to be a pale pink, to me it's a clear, shimmery lipgloss that makes my lips look plumper and finishes off a lip look.
Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel - I've loved this lipgloss since I first got it and found that it is perfect with the Models Own lip crayon that I mentioned earlier. It is very glossy but not at all sticky and has a lot of pigmentation to it. It also lasts for quite a long time on the lips.

Looking back, I think it's safe to say that I packed a bit too much makeup and probably didn't need to take all of that with me. I hope you liked seeing what was in my holiday makeup bag and make sure you let me know if you want detailed product reviews on any of those mentioned above, as I'd be more than happy to write them. Thanks for reading and I'll see you soon!

Love from Daisy x
I often review various makeup items here on my blog, but never have I told you about a nail varnish that I've tried. In all honesty, I don't usually wear them as my school doesn't allow it, but I decided to have my nails painted over Easter and settled on this beautiful one by Barry M. I'd heard many people rave about this line, saying how the colours were great and that they had an amazing formulation, so I knew I needed to try it. I had mixed opinions on this product, so I thought I'd share them with you.
Barry M are well known for their amazing drugstore nail varnishes that are low in price but are of a great quality. So many people recommend them, so I was surprised when I realised that I hadn't tried one before. I went for the shade 'Eat My Dust', which I've heard quite a few people talk about, such as Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup. It appears to be a gorgeous pastel cornflower blue that has a hint of lilac in it, which I think is lovely and definitely stands out on the nails. I love this colour and there are many others in the range that I think are perfect for spring.

After applying the first coat of this nail varnish, quite a sheer amount of colour is distributed on the nails and it definitely needs building up. Barry M claim that this nail varnish only needs two coats, but I found that it can still be a bit patchy and not at its full potential. After three coats, I was left with an opaque layer of colour on my nails that was really bold and eye-catching.

One of the things I love about this nail varnish is that it dries really quickly. I wouldn't normally be pleased about having to apply three coats, but this wasn't a huge issue with this product. By the time you've painted all of your nails, the one that you started with is dry and ready for the next layer, which is great as this reduces the amount of time you have to wait between coats.

So far so good, right? My main problem with this nail varnish occurred about 24 hours after I applied it. I looked at my nails and noticed that one was missing, which was peculiar. I thought nothing off it, but about 15 minutes later, I witnessed the nail varnish peel off a different nail, much like a sticker. This was really disappointing, especially as I'd heard so many good reviews of these nail varnishes. The rest came off within the next few days, which was a shame as I really hoped that this nail varnish would live up to my expectations.

Overall, I love the colour of this nail varnish and think it's great how it dries really quickly, but I probably won't be using it again due to the fact that they peeled off of my nails not long after application. This was a shame and it has definitely put me off Barry M nail varnishes a bit. I know a few people who said that the same thing happened to them, but there are also people who love this nail varnish and have no issues with it, so it's up to you whether you want to take the risk.

Thanks for reading and I hope you like this post. If there are any particular products that you'd like to see me review then make sure you let me know as I'd be more than happy to write one for you. Thanks for reading and I'll be back on Sunday with a new post, so I'll see you then!

Love from Daisy x
Hello everyone! First of all, I'm sorry that I haven't posted in a couple of weeks, but I've been incredibly busy with school. I'm back now and I thought I'd bring you another 'Ask Daisy' post, since I enjoy writing them and I get asked quite a few questions. Here are those that I picked, so I hope you like them and enjoy reading this post!

What is one of your current favourite makeup items?
The first item that instantly springs to mind is the Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer and Blusher. I've been using this product since the start of April and I've completely fell in love with it. I've always struggled to wear bronzer as it can look too dark and muddy on my skin, but this one is perfect and really suits me. It's quite sheer, but adds a hint of colour that warms up my face and can be easily built up. The blusher is a vibrant pink that has great pigmentation and lasts all day, looking gorgeous on my cheeks.

Will you ever host a giveaway?
This is something that I've never thought about doing, but I wouldn't say no to the idea just yet. A lot of bloggers do giveaways when they reach milestones and I think it's a great way of thanking your followers. Although I love the concept, I'd honestly be scared that no-one would want to enter or like the prizes. I guess it's a possibility, but probably not for the near future.

What is your favourite book at the moment?
I mentioned Pretty Little Liars back in my March Favourites and since then I've decided to read the first book, which was really good! Although it only covered the events from the first half of season 1, I found it to be incredibly detailed and helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the characters and events. If you're a PLL fan like myself, I'd definitely urge you to try is book as it was easy to read and very enjoyable. I'm thinking about uploading a review of this book, so let me know if you'd like to see more about it.

Favourite blogger at the moment?
I'm constantly scrolling through Bloglovin and finding new bloggers to obsess over, so it was hard for me to choose just one of my favourites. At the moment, I've been reading a lot of posts from Becky Derbyshire, who has the blog Lipgloss and Lashes. I have to say that I love everything about her blog: the cute pastel design, the detailed yet relatable posts and her amazing photography. Every post that she writes is outstanding and doesn't fail to amaze me. If you haven't already, you should check out her blog, which you can find here.

What apps do you use to manage your blog?
The main app that I use for managing my blog is the Blogger app. Although it doesn't have all the features of the desktop version, it allows me to write and edit posts whenever I want to, which is really handy when inspiration strikes and I'm nowhere near my laptop. Crowdfire is an app which I use for the social side of my blog, and it allows me to track my statistics, schedule things and see who follows and unfollows me, which is helpful and saves a lot of time.

I hope you liked this post and make sure you send me any questions if you'd like more in the future. Thank you for reading and I'll be back soon with a new post, so I'll see you then.

Love from Daisy x