Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Is GlamGlow worth your money? Trying out the £40 ThirstyMud mask + honest thoughts!


Hello, loves! I am super excited for today's post, as we will be talking about something that I've been wanting to try for years! I've always heard such amazing things about GlamGlow (although I've also heard that it's completely overpriced), and I've always wanted to get my hands on it to see what all the fuss is really about. Now, I am not the sort of person that likes to spend a lot of money on skincare - my entire skincare collection is probably worth less than the cost of just one GlamGlow mask. However, I also believe that good skincare is worth investing in, especially considering that my skin has been in a very sorry state lately. I decided to finally take the plunge and buy the GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment mask (£40, Boots), which seemed to fit my skin's needs the most. Today, I'd like to share with you my honest experience with this face mask. Hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

I Love Cute Stationery! + Mini Collection


Hello, loves! Today, I want to talk to you about something a little different, and not beauty-related. If you have been visiting my blog for a while, you might know that I am completely obsessed with cute stationery! I absolutely love collecting notebooks, journals, stickers and colourful pens. I feel that in this day and age where everything is digitalized, the art of handwriting and printed media in general are becoming less and less relevant, and that makes me feel a little sad! I love keeping journals and just writing my thoughts down on paper - something about it feels very relaxing, and more meaningful than typing things up on a computer. Today, I would like to show you my collection (it isn't big, but it is very special!), and share a few of my favourite stationery finds. Hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Budget Glow with the Sleek 'Cleopatra's Kiss' Highlighting Palette (Review + Swatches!)


Hello there, my loves! Today, I am very excited to talk to you about this beautiful Cleopatra's Kiss highlighting palette by Sleek MakeUP (£9.99, Boots). If you have been visiting my blog for a while, you might know that I'm not typically into highlighters; mostly because my oily skin just doesn't agree with them. Any highlight on my face usually blends with the natural shine of my skin, which isn't really a good look! Having said that, I still enjoy a little highlight with a good matte foundation from time to time (Estee Lauder's Double Wear always does the job!), and lately I have been exploring some budget-friendly options to see if I can find any hidden gems. Cleopatra's Kiss caught my eye right away - the beautiful packaging, the shades and even the exotic name make for a very promising palette! Hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A Lazy Girl's Guide To A Great Evening In


Hello, loves! Today, I'd like to talk to you about something a little different, and not really beauty-related. A lot of you have said that you enjoy my chatty lifestyle posts (thank you!), and I'd definitely like to start featuring them more often on my blog. Today, I'd like to talk to you a little bit about the importance of taking time out for yourself, as well as share a few of my favourite tips for creating that perfect, relaxing evening in. I'd also like to thank today's sponsor, Panasonic, for giving me the inspiration for this post. Catching up on your favourite TV show is an essential part of a great evening in, and watching it on one of their beautiful Panasonic 4K TVs will make the experience even better! Panasonic offer a wide range of 4K TVs for any budget (I actually have one at home myself), and I'd wholeheartedly recommend that check them out, lovelies. Hope you enjoy today's post!

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Juicy Couture 'Viva La Juicy Rosé' Perfume Unboxing!


Hello, my loves! Today, I am very excited to be bringing you a brand new unboxing and first impressions post. We will be talking about the gorgeous Viva La Juicy Rosé by Juicy Couture (£36 for 30ml, FeelUnique). This one was a complete blind buy for me, which isn't something I like to do very often, but I couldn't find a sample anywhere! I had no idea what to expect from this perfume, but I was completely drawn to the gorgeous, girly bottle design. Today, I will be sharing with you some of my initial thoughts on this scent. Hope you enjoy!
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Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Algarve Diaries! Ocean, Beaches And Dolphin Watching!


Hello there, my loves! Today, I am incredibly excited to finally talk to you about our anniversary trip to Portugal. Me and my better-half went there at the end of May to celebrate our eight years together, and it was honestly the most amazing trip we've ever had! Do you know how sometimes when you go on holiday, you enjoy your time but at the end of the day, you are somewhat happy to return home? Well, Portugal was the first place we ever went to that genuinely left me thinking 'I could live here!', and just being there made me feel so happy. We stayed in a small town called Alvor, located on the beautiful coast of the Algarve. Today, I am excited to tell you a little bit more about our trip, and share some photos - hope you enjoy!

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Monday, 5 June 2017

A Fragrance Gift Guide For Men!


Hello, my loves! It feels great to be back in the blogging world. We had a wonderful time in Portugal - it is such a beautiful, welcoming country, and I will be sure to tell you all about it in a separate post! For now, I am struggling with the post-holiday blues, but I do feel excited about being able to post more regularly again. Today, I would like to talk to you a little bit about men's fragrances. We've covered quite a few different perfume recommendations here on Shoes and Glitter, but I have only ever focused on feminine scents. Today, I'd like to share with you some of my favourite masculine fragrances, which might be useful especially if you're planning to purchase a scented gift for the upcoming Father's Day! I would also like to thank today's sponsor, L'Occitane, who gave me the inspiration for this post. L'Occitane have mastered the craft of capturing natural scents not only in perfumes, but also everyday products like this lovely shaving cream, enriched with the cade essential oil. I'd wholeheartedly recommend that you check them out, loves! Hope you enjoy today's post!

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick Review + Win Your Own! (International Giveaway)


Hello, my loves! Today, I am very excited to be bringing you a brand new review of the Dior Lacquer Stick in the shade Lazy (£26.50, Boots). I have always been a huge fan of Dior lipstick formulas, and when I saw that they introduced a new range, I simply couldn't resist! I mentioned this one in my spring makeup favourites, and today, we're going to talk about it in a little more detail. There is also a little giveaway for you at the end of this post, where you can enter to win a Dior lipstick of your choice

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Spring Favourites! Peaches, Makeup & Unicorn Mugs


Hello, my loves! Today, I am very excited to be sharing with you my spring favourites and this time, we will be talking about a lot more than just beauty products. Spring is by far my favourite season - I love the sunshine, blossoming flowers, and watching the whole world come to life after those gloomy, cold winter months. Spring is also the season when me and my better-half celebrate our anniversary, and we always make sure to do something really special for it. This year, we will relaxing on the sunny beaches of the Algarve in Portugal, and I honestly couldn't be more excited! It's going to be my first 'proper' beach holiday, so expect a lot of photos! Anyway, onto the favourites - I hope you enjoy them, in a slightly new format!

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Why I Lost Interest In Blogging & How To Get It Back


Hello there, my beauties! It's been a little while since my last post; and if you follow me on Twitter, you might know that it's because I decided to take a short break from both blogging and social media. For anyone that's been blogging for a while, you are probably familiar with the feeling of burning out, and hitting a 'creative wall' with your content. This is something that I have been experiencing quite a lot, especially in the recent months. Blogging can be so awesome - it's a passion, a labour of love; but sometimes you get a little tired of it, and it becomes a chore. Maybe you aren't getting the traffic you want, or maybe you are struggling to come up with fresh ideas for your content (this is definitely something I am guilty of). At the same time, you don't just want to abandon it all because of all the time, energy and love that you have put into it. It can be disheartening, especially when you feel like it's all going nowhere. This is why I decided to take a little break from the virtual world, and try to figure out some ways to rekindle my love for blogging. A week of soul-searching later, and I feel a lot more positive about it all, which is what I want to talk to you about today. So, the question of the day is - how to fall in love with your blog again?

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Friday, 31 March 2017

A New Modern Classic? Guerlain 'Mon Guerlain' Perfume Review + First Impressions!


Hello there, my beauties! It's been a long while since my last 'Unboxing and First Impressions' post, mostly because so far this year, I haven't actually bought a single perfume! I am quite happy with my collection as it is now, and I promised myself to only purchase a new fragrance if I really love it. Mon Guerlain is the most recent launch by one of my all-time favourite, classic designers - Guerlain. I have talked about their perfumes quite a lot in my  prettiest bottles post and  various fragrance recommendations. I was really excited for this new launch, and my wonderful boyfriend was kind enough to buy it for me as a surprise gift! Today, I will be sharing with you my honest thoughts on this fragrance. Hope you enjoy! 
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Recent Skincare Discoveries + Mini Reviews!


Hello, lovelies! Today, I wanted to share with you some of my latest skincare discoveries. It's quite rare for me to feature skincare reviews on my blog, mainly because I don't consider myself to be that knowledgeable in the subject. I love reading about skincare on other blogs, but when it comes to my own product choices, I kind of just go with whatever seems good (or has cute packaging!). Today, I thought I'd share with you some general thoughts on my recent skincare acquisitions. Hope you enjoy!

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Friday, 17 March 2017

I Heart Spring Tag!


Hello there, my lovelies! Spring is just around the corner now, and I decided to celebrate it with a little spring-themed tag! This 'I Heart Spring' tag was originally created by Ingrid Nilsen on YouTube, and it includes all sorts of interesting beauty, fashion and lifestyle related questions. I have really enjoyed reading this tag on other blogs, and thought that it could be a fun way to welcome the upcoming season. Hope you enjoy!

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Spring Perfume Recommendations 2017!


Hello there, my lovelies! Spring is just around the corner, and I honestly couldn't be happier! British winters aren't very exciting - the days are cold and gloomy, and we don't ever get any real snow (just a lot of rain). Spring is probably my favourite season - I think that there are just so many things to love about it! Longer days, more sunshine, blossoming flowers and fluffy ducklings...  Aside from finally ditching the heavy winter boots, one of the main things I look forward to the most is changing up my perfume wardrobe. Whilst winter is perfect for fragrances that are quite intense, bold and sweet; spring is all about floral, light and refreshing scents. Today, I'd like to share with you a few of my top picks for springs. Hope you enjoy!

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Modern Renaissance' Detailed Review + Swatches!


Hello, jelly beans! Today, I am very excited to be bringing you another makeup review. If you have been visiting Shoes and Glitter for a while, you might know that eyeshadow palettes are my biggest weakness when it comes to makeup. I already have way more than I could ever need, but I simply cannot resist a pretty palette! Anastasia Beverly Hills' Modern Renaissance (£40, BeautyBay) has been incredibly popular in the blogosphere, and also on my radar ever since I found out about it. I was immediately drawn to the warm, rich tonality of this palette, inspired by the vibrant colours of the Renaissance - berry reds, pinks and rich taupes. Today, I am very excited to share with you my honest thoughts on this palette - hope you enjoy!

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Rose Matter - Review + Swatches!


Hello there, my sweet muffins! It's been a little while since my last post, and I do apologise for being so quiet lately. I have some exciting new posts coming up for you soon, and I will be sure to catch up with all your lovely blogs this weekend! Today, I am bringing you a review of this gorgeous Velour liquid lipstick by Jeffree Star in the shade Rose Matter (£16.00, BeautyBay). Now, if you have been visiting my blog for a while, you might know about my troubled relationship with liquid lipsticks. I love how they look, but I tend to stay away from them as they are always so uncomfortable to wear. Even the most popular and renowned liquid lipsticks (for example, the ones by NYX) would end up drying my lips like there's no tomorrow! Still, I've heard amazing things about Jeffree's Velour range, so I decided to take the plunge and try one, hoping to finally find a perfect liquid lipstick that works for me. Hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

How To Be A Successful Blogger When You're Socially Anxious?


Hello there, my lovelies! Today's post is going to be a little different - I want to talk to you about something that I think is very important, but also difficult to open up about. In recent years, there has been a lot more open and honest talk about mental health, which I think is absolutely wonderful. We should not be afraid to talk about our mental issues; we shouldn't feel ashamed or like we're destined to fight our battles alone. Anxiety is something that affects many people - myself included - and it can be incredibly crippling. A lot of people online tell me that I always come across as open, friendly and bubbly. Honestly, if you were to meet me in person, you'd probably be surprised by how shy and awkward I can be! Even the most basic human interactions used to be a struggle for me, and to this day, I find it difficult to open up to others and make friends. Blogging is something that has definitely helped me with these struggles, which is what I'd like to talk to you about today.

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Friday, 10 February 2017

From Best To Worst Of Affordable Perfumes! Lipsy Trio Perfume Set Review


Hello there, my sweet muffins! Today, I am very excited to talk to you about this lovely perfume set by Lipsy, which contains three of their signature scents - the original Lipsy, Glam and Love. This set (exclusive to Superdrug) caught my eye mostly because of the low price tag - for £20, you get three full-sized perfumes (30ml each), which is pretty good value for money! Today, I will be sharing with you my honest thoughts on each one of these fragrances. Hope you enjoy!

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Friday, 3 February 2017

The Most Random Things I've Been Loving!


Hey there, my lovelies! How's your 2017 going so far? Have you achieved any of your New Year's resolutions yet? Personally, I've had a little bit of a rough start this year, but I'm trying to stay positive and looking forward to the upcoming months! I have some really exciting things coming up, including an anniversary trip to Portugal with my boyfriend, which I will be vlogging! Today, I have a brand new video for you, which I'm very excited about. It's a little like a favourites video, except we're not going to talk about the usual beauty picks. Today, I want to share with you some of the cutest, most random things that I have been loving. I hope you enjoy!

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Decorating My Home with PosterLounge prints! Honest Review


Hello there, my beauties! Today's post is going to be a little different, which makes me all the more excited about it. I have lots of makeup posts and videos scheduled for you over the next few weeks (my very first makeup tutorial ever is coming soon!), but today, I want to focus a little bit on lifestyle and all the different ways which can make your house feel more like a home. I was recently contacted by the lovely Stephanie from PosterLounge - an online store which offers all kinds of wall art. They kindly offered to send me a few of their products, which I will be reviewing for you today. Hope you enjoy!

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Bubble tea for your face?! Etude's House Bubble Tea sleeping packs review!


Hello, my beauties! Today, I am very excited to talk to you about something that I've mentioned quite a lot on the blog already - these lovely Bubble Tea sleeping packs by Etude House! I have talked about these in my Korean beauty haul, and today, I am bringing you a more in-depth review. It's fair to say that Korean beauty products have completely transformed my skincare routine; and these cute, edible-looking sleeping packs are amongst my all-time favourites. Hope you enjoy!

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Top Drugstore Makeup Picks!


Hello, my lovelies! Today, I am very excited to share with you some of my favourite, affordable makeup picks. I think that in this day and age, drugstore makeup is often just as good as high-end makeup (sometimes, even better!), and the price tag doesn't really define the quality of a product. Personally, I love both luxurious and drugstore makeup, and I think that there are always hits and misses, no matter the brand. Today, I'd like to focus on more affordable makeup picks, and share with you some of my top recommendations. Hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette Review + Swatches!


Hello there, my lovelies! Today, I am very excited to talk to you about this gorgeous Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette by NYX (£15, Boots). If you've been visiting my blog for a while, you might know that I tend to avoid highlighters because of my oily skin. I could never get into the whole strobing trend - any highlight on my face usually blends with the natural shine of my skin, which doesn't look good at all! I thought that I had completely given up on highlighters, that is, until I spotted this little NYX palette in my local Boots. The lovely selection of shades caught my eye right away, and I decided to give highlighters another chance. Today, I'm excited to share with you my honest thoughts on this palette. Hope you enjoy!

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Winter Perfume Recommendations (2017)!


Hello there, my beauties! It's that time of the year again, when I share with you some of my favourite winter fragrances. January is probably the coldest month here in England, and I find myself reaching for warm, sugary perfumes more and more often. I think that there is something incredibly comforting about a cosy, sweet scent on a cold winter evening - a little like wrapping yourself up in your favourite blanket, with a cup of delicious hot chocolate. Today, I am very excited to share with you some of my favourite winter picks. I hope you enjoy! 
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Sunday, 1 January 2017

2016 Beauty Favourites! The Best Makeup, Skincare + Perfumes of the Year


Hello everyone, and happy new year! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was quiet, but lovely - I'm still recovering from the Christmas food coma! It's always difficult getting back into the daily grind after a long Christmas break, but I'm excited to see what the new year has in store for us. 2016 was a weird year, and honestly, I'm quite happy to leave it behind. I hope that the next twelve months are brighter, happier and more peaceful for everyone in the world. Today, I'd like to take one last look back at 2016, and re-visit some of my most used makeup, perfumes and skincare products. Despite everything, 2016 was a wonderful year for new beauty discoveries, and I'm excited to share a few of my favourites. Hope you enjoy!

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