Over the past few weeks or so, my Twitter timeline has been filled with anonymous love for bloggers from other bloggers. It has been truly wonderful to see and it is part and parcel of why I really love the blogging community, and my small corner of the Internet. The blogging spirit is at an all time high and I have rekindled my love of blogging – reading blogs, writing blogs, the whole she-bang. I thought that it’d be a good idea to share some of my favourite blogs from 2015, some new and some seasoned favourites, for you to add to your reading lists this year.

  
Up first, the lovely Laura over at Laurzrah. I have never encountered anyone (real life or otherwise) that can enable me quite as much as this girl. It is the first blog I check every morning to see what new beauty products she is ranting and raving about, and then I ultimately end up buying them, immediately. Since religiously reading Laura’s blog, my bank balance has taken quite the hit – her posts are beautifully presented, written and her make up collection is what my dreams are made of. Serious swoon material. 
  
Now this is a blog I have been reading for quite some time so naturally it had to go on to the list. The Sunday Girl is jam packed with detailed and in depth reviews of anything and everything beauty wise. If I ever find myself umm’ing and ahh’ing over a particular product then I’ll instantly head over to this blog to check out Adrienne’s thoughts on the matter. I trust her reviews whole heartedly as we have a very similar skin type and if she says that something is worth purchasing then it most certainly is. No questions asked.
  
Next up we have the lovely Latasha over at The Cosmetic Aesthetic. Her blog is seriously gorgeous and enough to induce serious blogger envy. Her attention to detail is really something else – her photographs are always so crisp, clean and well thought out. This blog is literally the epitome of ‘photography goals’. Not only are her photos such a joy to look at but her content is incredible and a pleasure to read. 
  
This is a relatively new blog to me but one that I now can’t quite live without. It’s a goodun. Vix Meldrew is filled with hilariously funny lifestyle posts, and I have spent hours and hours uncontrollably laughing my way through her blog. Some of the topics she discusses such as online dating are so true to life that you can really relate, and imagine yourself in that situation. It makes it all the more hilarious. I can’t wait to see what material she brings in 2016 – I know it will be a hoot and a half with a decent amount of beauty for good measure.
  
Ahh Zoe Newlove, a fellow Northern lass like myself. Zoe is a make up artist and her make up is ALWAYS on point – I don’t think I’ve ever seen her looking anything but flawless. God damn you woman! I love hearing her expertise about how to apply make up and reading all of her beauty posts. I also enjoy watching her put all of the beauty products to the test as she always makes everything look so beautiful, and so effortless. I do often try (and the keyword here is try) to recreate a lot of the looks that she does myself, but I fail quite miserably most of the time. Everything that she puts on to her face just works. 
What have been your go-to blogs of 2015?

  
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MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in D for Danger – £15.50.

 

This weeks lipstick of the week is one of my favourites of late and I absolutely adore the colour. D for Danger is another lipstick from ‘The Matte Lip’ collection from MAC Cosmetics and it is described as a ‘brick red‘ but I find it to be more of a pink berry red than a brick red. It has cool and slightly pink tinged undertones where as I associate warm and slightly orange undertones with the colour of brick. It is a really great colour that applies completely opaque and smoothy – no tug here thank you very much. For a matte lipstick, I expected it to be quite drying but D for Danger is surprisingly creamy which makes it such a dream to apply. As with most other MAC lipsticks, this one is intensely pigmented and it wears really well on the lips for five hours or more. Pretty impressive eh? Once it starts to wear off, D for Danger settles in to a pretty gorgeous red-pink stain that looks equally as fabulous as the lipstick. This is my shade of choice for a night on the tiles this Winter – I love it. It also leaves your teeth looking super white thanks to the cool undertones.


Isn’t it pretty?? Will you be adding D for Danger to your lipstick collection this Winter?

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm – £39.50 / Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner – £22.50 / Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – £80.00.

 

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never tried any products from Elemis. Does this make me a bad beauty blogger? I feel that it might… I was on Twitter when everyone was ranting and raving about a ‘Today’s Special Value’ offer on QVC for the Elemis Sensational Skin set (either Frangipani Monoi or Sweet Orchid) that contained a variety of Elemis products – bath, body and skincare – for a tiny price of just under £42.00. After a little bit of umm’ing and ahh’ing, I took the plunge and ordered the Frangipani set. Why the hell not, eh? I was actually quite surprised at the genorisity in size of a lot of the products and I got to testing straight away. Since I received the Elemis set, I have been using the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Marine Cream and Apricot Toner religiously and I feel just about ready to share my thoughts with you all.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm:

I adore cleansing balms, I think they are a must have in anyone’s skincare stash. I have since swapped my beloved Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm for Elemis to see how it compares, and to put it through its paces. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is pretty darn good, I must say. It is made of 100% natural oils such as Padina Pavonica, Elderberry Oil, Starflower Oil, Optimega Oil, and Mimosa and Rose Flower waxes to create a gorgeous luxurious feeling balm that dissolves dirt and grime with ease to cleanse deep in to the skin, as well as firming, plumping, hydrating, softening and comforting the skin. It is described as a super cleansing balm and it is pretty super. I only tend to use cleansing balms as a pre-cleanse as they are great at breaking down make up with ease, allowing you to completely remove it altogether afterwards with a cleanser of your choice. I only use cleansing balms in the evening, after a day of wearing make up. The Elemis balm has a very strong scent of natural botanics which I quite like, it smells wonderful. I’m quite wary of products that smell so strongly as I have really sensitive skin but luckily, this balm didn’t break me out and it left my skin feeling pretty fabulous. Will it replace Emma Hardie on my beauty shelf? I’m not so sure just yet, it is definitely up there though so we will see…

Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner:

Elemis’ Soothing Apricot Toner is an incredibly gentle toner which is said to calm the skin and reduce irritation. I can verify those claims quite happily – it is super gentle, gentle enough to use on your eyes which I love, and it does reduce irritation as my skin is normally quite red and it seems relatively calm since using this toner. It contains Sweet Betty Flower which is a natural cleansing and foaming agent, used to replace alcohol which can dry your skin out terribly. I do really like this toner BUT (and this is a big BUT) I cannot stand the scent of it. It is so overpowering that I can wake up in the morning and taste it. How the hell does that even happen? I spray a generous amount on to a cotton pad and ensure that I stay well away from my mouth but no matter what, I can still taste it. Why? I would repurchase this in an instant if it wasn’t so heavily fragranced.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream:

Now this is a pricey one, isn’t it? If I am going to fork out £80.00 on a face cream then you better know that I am expecting miracles. I want angels to sing when I open it. I was pretty excited to get the entire set from QVC for a little over £40.00 just so that I could try this cream alone. I have heard amazing things and read countless rave reviews. Truth be told, I was hoping that I would hate it so that I wouldn’t want to repurchase it when it ran out but no such luck. I really enjoy using this cream – god damn it. My bank balance will hate me but when it comes to skincare, it’s worth the investment if it works. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cream contains Padina Pavonica (also in the cleansing balm) which transforms the skin leaving it feeling soft and supple whilst looking incredibly healthy and radiant. It also promotes cell renewal with the inclusion of collagen. I found that this moisturiser absorbed in to my skin like a dream, leaving it hydrated all day. You only need to use a small amount, as a little really goes a long way to leaving your skin feeling pretty amazing. Oh and it also smells absolutely divine.

Overall, I think my forray in to Elemis has been a pretty good and relatively positive one. Are there any other products from Elemis that I need to try?

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Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation – £29.50.

This is a foundation that I have been trialing on and off for quite some time as I have never been 100% sure on exactly how I feel about it. I was looking for a lightweight, light to medium coverage foundation and a number of people recommended Lancome Teint Miracle so I went out and purchased it. It is heralded as the ‘bare skin’ foundation and every man and his dog seem to love it. I went to Debenhams in the Trafford Centre originally to get matched up, and the lady on the counter matched me to 03 which looked pretty okay in the store but when I left and went in to natural light, it was way too dark. I didn’t actually notice this until I got home so I couldn’t even return it. Disaster! I went to another Debenhams nearer to where I live and was matched to 02, a much lighter shade, which matched pretty near perfect although I do find that this foundation does oxidise a little on the orange side. Teint Miracle feels extremely hydrating and lightweight on the skin, which I really liked. It felt like I didn’t have any make up on at all but as a serial matte foundation lover, I did struggle to adapt to the dewy finish that this foundation gave. My skin felt smooth and well hydrated, even when it was super dry. It was so alien to me that I kept telling myself ‘no Erin, your face doesn’t look sweaty’ and I was blotting every hour or so out of paranoia. My skin type is naturally quite oily but even when it was extremely dry on Roaccutane, it still looked far too dewy for my liking. I’m all about the lit from within glow but probably not to this extent. The foundation was extremely wet and it blended in to the skin effortlessly and really well – this made it really easy to build, allowing me to get the coverage that I wanted. Medium coverage all the way. You only need a really small amount of this foundation to cover your entire face due to the fluidity of it.  I found that Lancome’s Teint Miracle Foundation did have a slight fragrance to it, a little alchol smelling if anything, but nothing that I couldn’t deal with – it wasn’t unbearable. I think that Teint Miracle is a nice foundation for those who really love a dewy finish on their skin and although I did like it and it felt lovely on my skin, I didn’t love it so I probably wouldn’t purchase it again. This isn’t one for the lovers of matte I’m afraid. I much prefer Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation to Teint Miracle.

What are your thoughts on Lancome’s Teint Miracle Foundation?

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