BEAUTY: What's in my Makeup Bag?

Leanne Marie Daily makeup bag blogger
Recently I’ve been keeping it fairly straight forward when it comes to my daily makeup. Reaching for a few new products and some old favourites. Don’t get me wrong I like to mix things up now and again but the following products are currently working best for me so I don’t think I’ll be switching it up any time soon.  
As mentioned in a previous post I have been loving the YSLTouche Eclat foundation that I purchased back in April. I won’t dwell too much on it as you can read my thoughts in this post, but it’s a firm favourite for the time being, a bit on the pricey side when it comes to a base product but worth it in my opinion. For a bit of light contouring and bronzing I have been trying Benefit Hoola. Can you believe I had never used this before. It’s such a cult product! I ended up buying a mini version from Boots for less than £10, which I think is reasonable if you want to give it a try. I use a Real Techniques Settingbrush to apply it – Totally breaking the rules there but it’s what is working for me to get in and create some cheekbones! I can see why this is such a raved about product. The colouring is perfect & it blends really well.  My daily look wouldn’t be complete without a bit of highlight, for this I’ve gone back to an old favourite; MAC Soft &gentle MSF. Despite having lots of other highlighters in my collection I always go back to this one. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a new highlighter. It lasts absolutely ages and just looks stunning on your skin.  A favourite among many a beauty blogger!

When it comes to Eyes I have kept it relatively simple with MAC’s groundworkpaintpot providing me with a little bit of colour to my lids. Yes If i apply too much of this I do end up looking like I’ve got a bit of a black eye. Less is more! However it’s quick and easy for me to apply in the mornings. If I’m going for eyeliner I will use the Illamasqua Precision Ink liner which I got in my Latest in beauty Spring beauty box. It’s the blackest eyeliner I have ever used! I love it. A definite repurchase when it runs out , that’s for sure! I’ve got a selection of sample mascaras floating around my dresser at the moment, for now I am using the Lancome Hypnose mascara which I am really enjoying. I’ve used it before in the past so I knew I would like it. When this runs out I will just move onto one of the other samples I have. I’m quite indifferent with mascaras I’m happy to just swap between brands unless I find one that I really dislike then I will just completely avoid... Sorry Revlon!  I have realised that I forgot to photograph the brow product I like to use. I will not leave the house without my brows done! I feel naked if they aren’t sorted! I like to use the Soap & Glory Archery pencil in Hot Chocolate. For £8 it doesn’t break the bank and does the job, so i will always use this until something better comes along!
What are your daily  makeup essentials?
Much love,

BEAUTY: The Back to MAC recycling scheme.

Back to Mac Recycling Scheme UK
Do you want to help the environment. Are you a fan of makeup? Did you answer yes to both of these questions? Well in that case, have you heard of the Back to MAC program MAC Cosmetics run? For those who have a few products from MAC, and those who have a whole collection full, this is a  scheme that is worth getting involved in. 1. Because you are doing something good to help the environment and 2. Your efforts will be rewarded in the form of new makeup!

The Back to MAC program requires you to return 6 primary packaged products when you are finished with them. Primary packaging can include the following to name a few; Eyeshadow, blush, MSF, Powder, Fix+, Lipsticks.... I have heard you can also return the packaging for the makeup wipes too.  If you aren’t sure, gather up your empties and take them to store, someone working at the counter will be able to confirm which they accept. Alternatively if you purchase something from a MAC counter you could ask there and then if it is part of the scheme.  
After returning 6 empty products you can choose 1 lipstick for free as a ‘thank you’ from MAC for recycling. I believe that if you go to a stand alone store rather than a counter within a larger shop then you may be able to get a free eyeshadow or Lipgloss instead. It varies.  But if you go to somewhere like Debenhams or House of Fraser you will only be offered a lipstick for your empties. I guess it depends what you have your heart set on. I know I’d be happy with a free lippy! When it comes to choosing what lipstick to get, you can have any of them apart from those in the Viva Glam line, as the full sale of these go to charity.
I currently have 3 empty products sat in my dresser draw, ready to go back to MAC. I don’t own that many products from MAC in the first place so it may be a while until I am able to get my free lippy! Despite taking a while, I will still persevere and get those illusive 6 empty products to try out the scheme as I think it’s such a great idea. Other makeup brands should do something similar in my opinion!
Had you heard of the back to Mac Scheme? Have you ever tried it?
Much love

FASHION: Spring ASOS Wishlist.

This weekend, when I was powering through all my washing and ironing I realised that I really do own a lot of black clothes. I mean I knew the majority of my wardrobe was black. But when you wash it all at the same time, iron it all and hang it up, that is when it hits you. You are in fact Wednesday Adams. Black is a safe choice for me, however as I pointed out in my spring essentials post, I do need to attempt to inject some colour into my wardrobe. So with payday looming I decided to get my butt on good ol' ASOS and start browsing for some new pieces, and I wouldn't be a good blogger if I didn't share my picks with you and throw my enabling hat on would I! So without further adoo, here are my picks after a pretty hefty browsing session..... All images are clickable - Click on them to take you to the relevant page on ASOS to order ;-)

As you can see, I like the idea of getting a few pretty blouses, rather than opting for the usual plain Tshirt I tend to go for usually. I know I'd probably feel a little more put together with a blouse, it makes you look like you have made more of an effort! I mainly wear black jeans, and all of these would work well paired with them. There's a definite colour scheme going on here too, but nothing is black, so that is okay!

Again with dresses there's a bit of a theme going on here... but to me blue and white = Spring and summer! I've picked a selection of different styles that would work well for a multitude of ocassions. Like I've said previously I'm not that great on buying clothes for warmer weather therefore I picked a few styles that would work well here in the UK with our 'summer weather' and abroad where it is a bit hotter!

When it comes to my  bottom half I pretty much live in a denim or black pair of skinny jeans. However when warmer weather arrives I can get a bit hot in those. I've only picked out a few things from ASOS that have caught my eye as I know ultimately if I can get away with wearing my skinnies then I will! - Also I find shopping for things for the bottom half of my body tough because I'm so out of proportion!

I like to wear my converse a lot. But sometimes the occasion may call for a pretty shoe, or something more weather appropriate. I've selected a mix of comfortable flats, and smaller heeled shoes. This girl cannot do massive heels anymore, I look ridiculous trying to walk in them. Despite being 4ft 11, I will never be tall even with heels. I just cant do it! With a smarter shoe I can make a simple jeans and Tshirt outfit look a bit more polished and put together!

Now that I have had a good browse of the site, I really am counting down the days till payday so I can at least treat myself to 1 or 2 or 3,4,5..6... items from this list. The bonus with ASOS is that their returns process is really easy, so if I do go crazy and place a big order, I wont have to worry too much about having to send anything back if it ends up not fitting correctly! - More of a reason to slurge no?

What takes your fancy from my picks? Have you bought anything from ASOS recently? It's nice to have a bit of retail therapy from time to time!

Much love,