Thursday, 26 December 2013

What I Got For Christmas 2013 xx

Hey guys,
Today I thought I would show you what I got for Christmas. I love reading other people posts and watching their videos about what they got, so I thought I would join in. I am so grateful for everything I got and am in no way, shape or form bragging, ( Just had to get that out of the way.) These presents were from both family and friends, so lets get into it!

 Lush goodies :)

  • Snowman invasion gift set
  • Dragons egg bath ballistic
  • Bombardino bath ballistic
  • Cinders bath ballistic
  • Melting snowman bath melt
  • Santa's lip scrub

You won't be able to get me out the bath! 

  •  Honey by Marc Jacobs perfume gift set

 Selection of Montagne Jeunesse face masks:

  • Break out mask
  • Mud Pac
  • T-Zone peel off
  • Shine control mask
  • Blemish mud mask

Drugstore makeup products:
  • Revlon Colourstay for combination/ oily skin in ivory
  • Garnier oil free BB cream in light
  • Rimmel: The max bold curve mascara
  • Maybelline baby lips- Pink Punch, Peach Kiss and Cherry me
  • Sleek face form contouring and blush palette in light

  • Real techniques miracle complexion sponge
  • Real techniques lash-brow groomer
  • Real techniques core collection
I had been wanting the core collection brush set for absolutely ages, I am so happy I got it.

  • Smashbox try it kit

  • Fraulien: Eyeshadow colour palette (Ebay)

  • Monsters inc goodies: (Not that I'm obsessed..pfftt)

  •  Yankee Candle - Christmas Cookie
This smells AMAZING! I think this is is my new favorite candle.

  • Canon 600D DSLR camera

 I still cannot believe that I got this. This will mean that my posts will be in much better quality....and I will be able to start YouTube! I am so grateful that my Mum and Dad bought this for me, I wasn't expecting to actually get it!

  •  And to go with the camera I got the Canon DSLR camera case, it is the perfect size to store the lenses, wires, camera and manual.

  • LeoBancroft- Radiant Blonde gift set

Saturday, 21 December 2013

My skincare routine - For oily/acne prone skin

I recently went out and bought several skincare products to add to my routine. I am really determined to get clear skin, so I am religiously following my new routine. I used to just take my makeup off with a wipe before I went to bed and that was that, but now I know that probably didn't help with my spots.

I can already see that my skin is clearing up and my blemishes are becoming less visible, after just 2 weeks. All of these products are extremely cheap and are included in 3 for 2 offers in Boots and Superdrug. When I bought mine they all had a couple of pounds knocked of the original price.

First of all I take off my eye makeup with the Simple kind to skin facial wipes, then I push my hair out of my face and wet my face with hot water using a flannel. Next I cleanse my skin with the Garnier - PureActive anti-imperfection cleansing gel, massaging it into my skin in small circular motions.

Then I will cleanse my skin again but with the Seaweed purifying facial cleanser from the Body Shop. You just need to apply this using your fingers onto a dry face then remove using a cotton ball. This leaves my skin with a matte finish and makes my skin feel soft. In the mornings I skip this step and just move straight onto the toner, as I don't have much time before school.

Then I tone my skin with the Garnier - PureActive intensive spot purifying toner, this has 2% salicylic acid which helps with acne and it is specifically designed for oily acne prone skin. I pour the liquid onto a cotton ball and wipe over my face, paying close attention to the oilier areas of my skin. I feel like this product is already making a difference to my skin and you can almost feel it "working" as you wipe it over your skin.

For my moisturiser I always find it hard to find the right one, as I have oily skin so most make my skin feel greasy and look shiny. I recently found the Garnier - long lasting shine control moisturiser, this is by far the best I have tried. It is super fast drying and instantly gives your skin a matte finish, which is exactly what I want, this is caused by the clay extract. This is an absolute bargain at only £4.05 and at the moment it is on sale at £2.67 at Superdrug.

Finally, If I have any blemishes (which is basically everyday) I will apply some of the Witch naturally clear blemish stick to the areas I want to target. This works really well at reducing the redness. If I have any spots which are under the skin and haven't broken through yet, a dab of Sudocrem works well at stopping the spot getting any worse.

Thanks for reading, If you have used any of these products before, leave a comment below! x

Friday, 20 December 2013

Cheeky little MAC haul

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Harrods with my mum. We did a lot of window shopping and there were so many beautiful things. Whilst I was there I bought some bits from Mac, some is from Harrods and some is from Harvey Nichols. I told myself that it was a gift for myself, which is kind of true, but nether the less I still spent a bit of my money which was supposed to be spent on other people. I need more self control.

Firstly I got the Mac studio careblend pressed powder in the shade Light Plus. This was recommended to me by one of the Mac artists and cost me £20. The formula is smooth and not at all chalky, I find it glides on the skin easily and doesn't stick to dry patches. It gives a nice natural matte finish that doesn't look cakey. Although having oily skin means that although it is long lasting it doesn't last all day and I do have to re-apply after 3-4 hours. But comparing to other powders I have used this lasts the longest.

The next product I picked up was the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 which costs £15.50. I had been wanting this for a while now as I need a decent coverage concealer to cover my blemishes. This concealer has a good coverage, blends well and comes in a convenient pump. However the pump is very sensitive so I seem to always get more than I need, which wastes the product.

Finally I got a Mac Powder Blush in the shade Cubic, costing £18. At first I was only planning on getting a powder and a concealer, but the Mac artist put some blush on me and I loved it (I am easily persuaded) I love the colour, it is muted pinky peach satin blush and is very wearable. The colour lasts all day and the pigmentation is great!

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

NOTD - Glitter gradient & bow

Today I thought I would post a quick NOTD! This look is super cheap and easy and cost me under £2, all I had to buy was the bows and the fake nails. Yes - they are fake, I have a bad habit of biting my nails, although in the new year I am going to try to avoid the temptation.

This look requires almost no work as the fake nails already have the glitter gradient on them (I know it's cheating.) I buy all my false nails from Primark as they are the perfect length, have lots of different designs and cost only £1! They come with nail glue which I find to last between 4 days to 1 week and for £1 I think that is pretty good! The 3D nail  bows are from Poundland and come with 3 different pairs of designs, which works out just over 30p per pair. I love the way the bows look and they definitely make my nails look much
more exciting.

1. Glue on Primark false nails
2. Apply a top coat if you want
3. Apply glue to the back of the nail bow, position on nail and press down until stuck
4. To keep the bow sturdy I also put a drip of glue underneath both sides of the nail to prevent it falling off.

PS. I am so sorry for not posting in over a month, my camera broke, so I was unable to take any photos for my posts. I have managed to get it to work now but I am currently saving up for a good DSLR, so maybe I might start Youtube! xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Elf Cosmetics haul!

I recently ordered some things from Elf because they had a 30% sale. Although, I was gutted because a few days before I made my order, it was 50% off to celebrate getting 100,000 followers on twitter. In total I think I spent around £20 and saved about £10, which Is still a pretty good deal. So enough with me rambling on lets get into what I bought, (I have had these products for a few days so they are slightly used)

First of all I picked up the Elf contouring blush & bronzer powder in the shade Antigua. This duo consists of a lovely shimmery bronzer and a bright pink shimmer blush. I have been trying these out over the last couple of days and am very happy with the product, although the blush seems to have glitter instead of shimmer in it. They are only small pieces but there is a risk of you cheeks being very..well glittery, but for only 3.75 it is worth buying it just for the bronzer.

I also bought two brushes from the studio line. I got the blush brush and the powder brush, each costing only 3.75 each, which is an absolute bargain! I had seen Missbudgetbeauty recommend the powder brush for applying foundation so I thought I would give it a go. It is a very good brush as it is quite solid and compact so you can really blend the foundation well and it gives good coverage, I love it! Both these brushes are super soft and just generally good all round.

The next product is raved about a lot in the blogging community and this is Elf Eyelid primer, which I bought in Sheer. This is one of Elf's number one bestsellers and is normally always sold out, it was only £1.50 so I decided to try it. I have very oily skin, including my eyelids so eye shadow tend to only last about 4 hours without creasing, with this product however I have seen that my eye shadow stays put for the whole school day (6 hours) I don't think I would say this a miracle product but however, if you have normal to dry eyelids this would probably keep your eye shadow on all day- Crease free!

I needed a new eyeliner as my old one had run out. As i was ordering of of elf I just picked up some black eyeliner. I must say this is one of the best I have tried, you can create precise lines and it lasts all day. It's a bargain at £1.50

I also needed a new eyebrow kit as the shade of my current pencil was not really correct for my hair colour. I got the elf eyebrow kit in light, when I ordered I wasn't sure if it was going to be too dark as it is not the lightest shade and I am blonde. However I do have dark eyebrows and when It arrived I was surprised at how well it matched my brows. I am in love with this product! It comes with a coloured gel and a setting powder which helps your brows stay put. Once again this cost £3.75

Besides from the blush/bronzer duo I also bought a blush in the colour tickled pink which is nice light pinky coral, perfect for everyday wear. This shade is really pretty and looks natural. (£3.75

Finally I bought a single eye shadow in Wild Wheat, which is a shimmery natural nude/beige and a lipstick in the shade captivating. I thought I was buying a light pinky coral but when I put it on it turned out to be a bright orange! If this was in a different shade this lipstick would be perfect as it is SUPER pigmented and glides on nicely. This is why you should never trust the photo.

Thank you for reading and don't forget to follow me! Sorry for not posting in the last few days, I had a french assessment I needed to revise for. xx

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Liebster Blog Award 2013

I was so excited when I got a comment on my blog post by the gorgeous Rosalind (, (Check out her blog) saying that I had been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award 2013, I had never heard of this before so I found out more about it:

I think this is  a really good way to get blogs with under 200 followers noticed and get the followers they deserve. So basically I checked out Rosalind's blog and found out what you have to do to get the award;

  • Nominate 11 blogs with under 200 subscribers
  • Tell 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator has provided
Its as simple as that! Once you have posted all of that onto your blog, feel free to add the Liebster Blog Award logo onto your blog!

11 Random Facts about me (I literally mean random)

  1. I love Marmite, wait lets change that, I have a Marmite addiction. I literally eat it on everything from toast to crackers to just by its self (Yes I know, I think I need mental help)
  2. I sometimes wish there was a zombie apocalypse just for one day, so I can test all I have learnt from watching zombie films. I LOVE ZOMBIE MOVIES.
  3. I own almost 100 nail polishes and went through a stage of painting them a different colour every single day.
  4. My first ever makeup item was the Bourjois eye shadow in 92 gris. Yes I didn't opt for the traditional mascara or concealer, I decided to go full out and buy a dark gray glitter eyeshadow. I think I only wore it about once then thought to my self why did i ever buy this and it cost me £6.99 which is a lot of money for a 10 year old who still watched Disney channel every morning before school. I had issues.
  5. Oh yeah...I forgot to mention, I'm 14 years old and I'm British (If you couldn't already tell)
  6. I am love Union J, I am a major fan girl and have met the boys 3 times!
  7. I did ballet from the age of 4-8 but one of the girls at ballet told me I needed to have an injection to go to the dance show and knowing me because I hate injections I quit. I was such a gullible child.
  8. I really want a dog, preferably a pug.
  9. I love the taste of strawberry Calpol, sometimes when I was little I used to pretend to be ill so I could have some. Looking back it's made me realize that surely wasn't good for me...
  10. At one point I wanted to be a nurse, but then realized that's a nurse looks at cuts and uses injections, I changed my mind.
  11. Monsters inc is my absolute favorite animated movie, I bought Monsters university cereal one time, I have a bubble bath scream canister and even my onesie is sulley!

Blogs I nominate:


  1. Do you have a favorite make-up brand? 
  2. What is your favorite quote?
  3. What would be your dream holiday?
  4. Who/what Inspired you to start blogging?
  5. Really weird fact about yourself?
  6. Favorite food?
  7. If you could be anyone for a day who would you be?
  8. What do you see yourself doing in the next 5-10 years?
  9. Advice to anyone starting a blog?
  10. Best budget beauty buy?
  11. If you could only use on makeup product for the rest of your life what would it be?

Answers to Rosalind's Questions

1. What's the story behind your blog name?
    Well, my blog name doesn't actually have a story, once I decided to start a blog, I thought of a few different names, but then decided on beauty&katie because It was simple and easy to remember.

2. What's the best thing that has ever happened to you?
Probably the times when I met Union J (yes, I'm a Fangirl) I met them at a book signing a few months ago, then I trekked to London to see if I could meet them outside Capital Radio. It didn't help that it was pouring down with rain and we had no shelter, but it was definitely worth it and most recently I won a competition to go to their album launch party! Finding out I won that was probably the best thing that has ever happened to me xx

3. Do you have any pets?
Not currently but in the past I have had, fishes, rabbits and hamsters xx

4. How is life for you at the moment?
My life is actually pretty good, but school is a bit stressful with all our assessments and exams

5. If you could pick one movie that you were able to star as the lead role in which movie would it be?
Hmmm...This is actually quite hard but I will have to pick Titanic just because I would be with leonardo dicaprio, imagine that...

6. You're stuck on a deserted island with a handsome fellow and you're only allowed to take one piece of makeup with you, which do you take?
I would have to say mascara, no look is complete without mascara, I would choose either the Rimmel London Scandal eyes mascara or benefit they're real.

7. What is your all time favorite colour?
My favorite colour if definitely green, not dark green, lime green.  Kind of like this, 

8. Favorite nail varnish colour for winter?
I am a nail polish addict, but I never tend to match my nail polish colours to the seasons, I just pick and choose colours whenever. But at the moment I am loving Rimmel London, 842 Too cool to tango, which is a lovely baby blue and O.P.I You're such a budapest, which is a nice lilac.

 9. What's the reason you started a blog?
I had been watching youtube one day, when I came across Zoella and started to watch her videos, this is when I discovered the world of beauty blogging, I soon moved onto other bloggers and everyday I used to read blogs and watch videos. I had been thinking of starting a blog for a couple of months now but I thought no-one would want to read it. Then I finally decided to start a blog to share my love of beauty and fashion. x

10. What did you last eat?
A happy hippo, you know those cute hippo shaped wafer biscuits filled with the hazelnut icing. I used to love them when I was little and the other day I opened the snack cupboard to find a box of them...#awkward

11. What phone do you have?
A blackberry curve 9320, which I absolutely hate, If you are buying a new phone, never buy a blackberry. The new touchscreen ones might be good but most of the keypad ones are slow and always freeze. I am currently saving up for an iphone 5C x

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

This or that beauty tag x

I have watched many youtubers do this tag before and I thought it looked fun to do it is!


Blush or bronzer 
Definitely blush because I wear it every day but I don't wear bronzer as often
Lip gloss or lipstick  
Lipstick because you can get more colour with it
Eye liner or mascara 
I do love eyeliner and wear it everyday but I will have to go with mascara as no look is complete without it
Foundation or concealer
Foundation because I can layer it to cover blemishes anyway 
Neutral or color eye shadow 
Neutral, I really don't suite coloured eyeshadow
Pressed or loose eye shadows 
Pressed, loose pigments are too messy
Brushes or sponges 
Brushes because there are more to choose from


OPI or china glaze 
OPI, I actually don't own a single China Glaze
Long or short 
Long...but unfortunately I have short nails
Acrylic or natural 
Acrylic..(I bite my nails)
Brights or darks 
Flower or no flower 
Depends what mood I'm in

*Wishing I had nails this long*


Perfume or body splash 
Lotion or body butter 
Body wash or soap 
Well if its Lush soap then soap, but otherwise body wash
Lush or other bath company 


Jeans or sweat pants Jeans

Long sleeve of short 
Dresses or skirts 
Stripes or plaid 
Flip flops or sandals 
This is a hard one....I'm going to have to say both
Scarves or hats 
Scarves...Hats on!
Studs or dangly earrings 
Necklaces or bracelets 
Heels or flats 
Flats, I don't want to make me any taller than I am already (I'm 5,7)
Cowboy boots or riding boots 
Arent they the same thing?
Jacket or hoodie 
Hoodie, I like to be snugly and warm :)


Curly or straight
I have my hair straight more often but prefer curly hair  

Bun or ponytail 
Bobby pins or butterfly clips 
Aww I used to love butterfly clips, but bobby pins
Hair spray or gel 
Hair spray
Long or short
Long, I am trying to grow mine at the moment 

Give me hair like this please?

Light or dark 
Dark, I'm fed up with having blonde hair, I want to dye it light brown
Side sweep bangs or full bangs 
Side sweep bands
Up or down 
Down, I hardly ever have my hair up


Rain or shine 
Summer or winter 
Winter, I love snuggling up with a hot chocolate
Fall or spring 
Fall, spring is an awkward season.

Chocolate or vanilla 
Chocolate x

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