January Highlights

The other day I wasn't feeling 100% (woe is me and all that) and when you feel crap you start thinking negatively, which was against my 2016 Life Goals. So to take myself out of this mindset I started thinking of all the good things going on in my life or what has happened recently and instantly felt better. Feeling and thinking positively makes such a difference, so I thought to make this blog more positive I will start doing monthly highlights, mainly as something I can look back on after time to remind myself of the little things that made me happy which I may have forgotten as time goes on.

Review // Lush: Mask Of Magnaminty

Fun Fact: Whilst I'm writing this I am actually sat with this mask on my face and I look fabulous.

"A multi-purpose mask with a mixture of gentle yet effective ingredients to clean, calm and clear the skin. Easily smoothed over the skin, this mask is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin; evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate as you remove it. You can use this mask anywhere."

What I'm Watching #3

Time for another What I'm Watching post. I've been really itching to write this post as there are so many things that I've been watching at the moment and that I've been loving too! January is such a great time for TV as so many series start up again for the New Year. I have 5 shows I want to share with you today so I should probably get on with it!

5 Happy Things

As a New Year begins it can bring a lot of positivity but it can also bring a lot of negativity in my experience. One horrible thing goes wrong in the first couple of days/weeks of the New Year and people are like 'well that's my year ruined' or '2017 will be my year because this year definitely isn't'. Now I'm not going to shame these people because, to be honest, I've done this before in past years. But as I said in my 2016 Life Goals I want to be more positive this year and that's exactly what I'm going to do today with a list of 5 Happy Things in my life at the moment.

Review // OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco

OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Haircare
"Indulge your senses and your hair. This renewing formula helps strengthen and soften all at once, smoothing your locks into their silkiest potential."

After my other OGX shampoo and conditioner ran out I knew I wanted to try more things from the brand but was intrigued by the different ranges they had available. I had previously tried the Moroccan Argan Creme range and had loved it (post all about those here) so I knew I still wanted to use something with argan oil in it and there were still lots of different types to try, in the end I opted for this range.

The Love / Hate Tag

I've seen this tag floating around for quite a while and its been on my 'blog post ideas' list for quite a while and I thought it was time I ought to put my edition out there. Basically, if you don't know the just is to name ten things that you love and ten things you hate. It's a lot harder than it first sounds!

Beauty Blogger 'Get To Know Me' Tag

It's the New Year and as I have gained quite a few new followers recently I thought I should share more about the person behind the blog and do the Beauty Blogger 'Get To Know Me' Tag. I had fun doing this tag and love sharing little bits of me with all of you too!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is naturally wavy/curly but it never looks right when I let it dry naturally so I have to straighten it or blow-dry it straight!

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon? 
If I do dye my hair, which is rare nowadays, I do it myself, well I say myself but I really mean that my mum does it for me as she was once a trained hairdresser. She also dyes my sisters hair and has even done a few of my friends hair too!

3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it? 
It's pretty much always straight and down but on the odd day or for work I rock a half up/half down do but I do want to become more adventurous with my hairstyles.

4. How long does it take for you to put on makeup? 
If I am going out and am having a full evening getting ready I probably spend about an hour and really take my time and enjoy putting it on (I do other things whilst getting ready as well) but on an everyday basis I can do a full face of make up in 20 minutes.

5. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
Always the face, I do my main base, so foundation and concealer, then my eyes, then go back to my face to do the whole bronzer, contour, blush etc.

6. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it? 
I often buy just what I need, but a girl needs to have variety, right!? I do have more than the average girl needs but the way I'm looking at is that I could be spending my money on a lot more worse things plus at this moment in time theres nothing I really need to be saving for so my money is my own to spend it on whatever I like and that just happens to be make up.

7. How often do you wear false eyelashes? 
Never. I have naturally long, straight lashes and have never found the need to wear false lashes plus with the right mascara I've often gotten comments from people thinking that I was wearing false lashes.

8. What are your current everyday staples? 
As I'm home from university for the Christmas break I have a limited make up stash so my current everyday staples are the Soap & Glory One Heck of A Blot Powder as well as the No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation for a flawless base and then I mix it up for what's on my eyes and cheeks.

9. Do you wear makeup when you're home alone or with family? 
Depends on how I'm feeling or if I want to experiment with new make up looks. Most of the time though I won't and if I have to go into town for a couple of things I don't feel the need to apply any make up, which a couple of years ago wouldn't have happened.

10. How many high-end products do you have? 
I have a few, but not too many, most of which is eyeshadows. I really would love to have more high end products but some are just ridiculously expensive!

11. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you're getting dressed? 
I decide in the morning once I've done everything else. Unless I have a special occasion I very rarely plan what I'm going to wear before the morning.

12. How often do you change your handbag? 
Whenever the old one is worn out. I do like to have a big bag and small bag, anyone else? I am actually on the look out for a new main bag so any recommendations or ideas will be greatly appreciated!

13. How often or when do you workout? 
I should work out more often but now I'm home I go swimming two or three times a week which I love and would love to be able to keep it up when I go back to university.

14. Left handed or right handed? 
Right handed.

15. How tall are you? 
I think I'm 5'3" but I'm not too sure.

16. Do you speak any foreign languages? 
I did Spanish at GCSE but I can only remember bits and pieces of it.

17. Sweet or savoury? 
I have a huge sweet tooth so would happily just eat sweets and chocolate and nothing else all day but I do love savoury foods too as I've got older especially anything with pasta and pizza, basically just carbs.

18. What's your favourite perfume? 
Chanel Mademoiselle by Chanel is my all time favourite and has been for about three years now.

19. How many pets do you have?
Two dogs both Cocker Spaniels and both girls. One who is 10 this year and is chocolate brown in colour called Lucky and another who is 8 this year and is black with white features called Roxy.

20. Do you read comments posted on blogs? 
I read every single comment left on my blog which at the moment isn't many and I do try and go back to posts which I've commented on to read the replies but that's becoming difficult as I comment on so many nowadays.

21. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts? 
I keep a mental list but if it's something I really want to try I will add it to a list I keep on my phone.

22. How did you come up with your blog name? 
I changed my blog name actually, which a lot of people wouldn't know. I started out being called "paige laura" (my first and middle name) but I changed it within a month to "beauty and me", I would want to change it to be something more related to my name but I have no idea what! I have no idea how I ever came up with "beauty and me" though to be honest!

23. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs? 
I use an old Samsung camera, which I seriously need to update, for my blog photos and just use my iPhone 6 for my Instagram photo

24. What's your favourite colour? 
Grey, sounds quite morbid but there are so many different shades of grey and it is so timeless and classic I just love it.

25. Do you swear? 
Yes, I really shouldn't but I do, I'm human.

26. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Well it's currently 4.50pm as I'm writing this so I'm planning on having dinner, which smells amazing! I think I may be going swimming this evening with my mum if not I'll be having a mini pamper evening and maybe a Netflix binge.

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Review // Soap & Glory One Heck of A Blot Primer

 If you've read my recent post on my 2015 Beauty Favourites (if you haven't you can check it out here) you will see that this product featured in those favourites. I haven't owned this for that long probably just over two months but thought as it has become such a staple in my collection that I should do a whole post dedicated to just this. The product I'm talking about of course is the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer, they have also released the foundation to go with this, which I am still yet to try but if it's as good as the primer you are definitely on to a winner!

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Collection

I have become a recent lover of painting my nails, it is a rare occasion when there isn't some sort of colour on my nails. In becoming a fan of painting my nails I have become obsessed with nail polish and have quickly become a fan of the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine range and have picked up a range of shades that I thought I would share with you today.

What To Expect in 2016

Despite writing two posts dedicated to my 2016 goals (you can read my life one here and my blogging one here) I thought I should do an overall update post to let you all know what is going to be featuring on Beauty and Me throughout the next year and maybe beyond but let's not get ahead of ourselves yet.

2015 Beauty Favourites

I've never done one of these posts before and it wasn't until I was participating in the weekly #bbloggers chat that I realised how popular they actually were and how many people were interested in such posts. Don't get me wrong I love reading and watching videos on these but never thought to do it myself. Well New Year, New Blog Content and so here I am writing my 2015 Beauty Favourites. Surprisingly this was so easy to write as I had so many products that came to mind as soon as I started planning this post. Okay enough rambling for one post, let's get to what you're all here for my:
2015 Beauty Favourites.

2016 Blogging Goals

Welcome to the first of many posts of 2016! I can't believe its 2016 already but I'm excited to see what it brings for both myself and Beauty and Me. I've already done my life/personal goals for 2016 (which you can read here) and thought that this year I should do a blogging related one too as I have a lot of plans and things I want to achieve through my little aspect of the internet.