Five More Beauty Hacks That You Should Know

Since my last beauty hacks post went down so well, I thought it would make sense to hit you up with another one. 

1. Don't know where to store your beauty blender when you're on the go? Trying squishing it into the plastic part of a Kinder egg. It works an absolute treat I promise!

2. Apply mascara to your bottom lashes before the top ones to stop that annoying print on your eyelid.

3. Nails taking too long to dry? Just fill up your sink with cold water and ice and plunge your hands in, keep them there for a few minutes and ta da... dry nails!

4. Heat your eyelash curlers with a hairdryer and then use them to make your lashes hold their shape longer.

5. You should always brush your hair starting at the ends, not the roots. I know this is difficult to get into the swing of but it will get knots out without pulling your hair out of the follicle.

Help a sister out and leave your own beauty hacks in the comments or just tweet them to me, I love to find out some more!

Keeping Your Car Healthy

After saving for months, I've finally bought my first car. 63 plate, sky blue, Fiat 500 lounge and I absolutely love it. It's not strictly my first car as I've already been driving a Fiat 500 around for the last two years but it's the first one I've bought with my own money.

With a new car comes new responsibilities and the list is endless. Not only do you have to worry about insurance, MOTs, warranty and the essentials like what air freshener you're going to get or what music you'll play, but also getting your car serviced.

I for one, have never broken down and don't plan on it! One way I'm avoiding this is by keeping on top of car servicing and proactively going to the garage to get it sorted.

So why is it important to have your car serviced?

For starters, it will save you money in the long term with a longer life expectancy for your car and when you think about it, you'd rather pay the money to get your car checked that end up spending double to fix it if you don't wouldn't' you?

The most invaluable thing you can gain though from getting your car serviced is that you'll be safe. Any small problems with your car can be identified and fixed before they become a lot worse.

It can also impact your insurance claims if you go long periods of time without a service and then something happens to your car so you need to speak to your insurance company, if the car is declared a total loss and they take the service history into account when calculating its pre-accident value, then you could be a few quid short when you don't get as much for your car.

By keeping track of your service history, it also means that you'll maintain the value of your car and when you eventually come to selling it, you'll be able to sell it at a good price and who doesn't want more money?

If you forget to get it serviced, or think there are more important things to do then you run the risk of breaking down unexpectedly and no one wants that do they? This servicing could be the difference between having a fuel efficient, smooth running car or a car that doesn't work which will cost a bomb! There are a number of places where you can get your car serviced anywhere from your local garage to a larger autocentre like Halfords or Kwik Fit so it should be no problem finding somewhere!

Even though it can be a pain and you might have to go a few hours without your car, servicing is something we all have to do and it's completely worth it to keep your car fit and healthy! Also, bear in mind that how often you should service your car will depend on its manufacturer, age and mileage so it won't be the same for everyone!

As well as servicing, you can get your car battery checked which is something you can do with Fife Autocentre. It only takes five minutes and will give you a quick indication of the condition of your battery!



What's In My Makeup Bag?

Even though I did vow to be more myself on my blog a few months ago and bin the mundane favourites and outfit posts, here I am writing a 'what's in my makeup bag' post. Hypocrite? Maybe.

The truth is though, I really love most of my everyday makeup and I want to shout about it. So I will. Cue the shouting...

What's In My Makeup Bag
What's In My Makeup Bag
What's In My Makeup Bag

MAC Prep + Prime Fix +
This spray will change your whole makeup routine, I swear. A quick spritz before and after will refresh and hydrate your skin and somehow make your base look flawless. It's also great to spray onto a beauty blender before using it to dampen it before blending foundation or concealer. It's just an absolute essential in my routine from now on.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin
A more recent addition to my makeup collection but definitely one that's here to stay. It's had a noticeable effect on how long my makeup actually lasts and goes hand in hand with the Fix + spray.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (review)
I think I've harked on about this foundation enough in the past few years but as every other beauty blogger says, it really is the best drugstore foundation out there especially for neutral and yellow skin tones.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Zoella's favourite concealer. I say no more.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
This goes hand in hand with the foundation and leaves a matte finish on your skin without looking cakey or powdery. A dusting of this on your T-zone will stop your makeup from budging, I can assure you.

Body Shop Honey Bronzer
It was only the other week I was watching Lily Pebbles declare her love for this bronzer. For starters, it's from the high street, it's matte and for once there's no horrible orangey undertone which I find common in cheaper bronzers.

Stila Baked Cheek Duo in 'Pink Glow' (review)
I've been wearing this non-stop for about two years now and even though it's such a pretty shade, I think you could definitely find cheaper alternatives.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle' (review)
What can I say about this highlighter that hasn't already been said before? Apart from occasionally using my 3ina one for more natural makeup days, I think this is the only highlighter I will ever use. 

Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner
I'm not going to lie, there are definitely better eyeliners in the world but this is just the one I'm using at the moment. The thing I love about this one though is how it doesn't transfer even without primer.

Maybelline Push Up Mascara (review)
This is hand on heart the only mascara I have used since buying it back in March. I'm completely obsessed with it. In fact, I'm going to make a mental note that I need to buy another one!

Soap and Glory Brow Archery
With Soap and Glory's brow products being compared to the likes of Anastasia's, I don't really need to waffle too much about their Archery range. Only bug bear I have is that I find the pencil snaps quite easily which is a pain.

Maybelline Brow Satin (review)
So the deal with my eyebrows is that I'll faintly draw an outline with my Brow Archery pencil then colour them in with the spongey end of the Brow Satin and it works a treat for me. I also find that the colour of this really lasts and matches my eyebrows perfectly.

What are your makeup bag essentials? I'm in the mood for trying out some more foundations so if you have any recommendations then jot them below!

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