Ride or Die Make-Up | The Travel Edit


It was only a matter of time before the beauty bloggers’ tag of the moment reached Vivify. Back in July, we spent three weeks on the other side of the globe for our honeymoon with limited baggage. Having to choose one product per category was a real life decision of my holy grail products.

I’m sure anyone who has gone long haul will be familiar with the woes of liquids and air travel. You can’t just chuck your usual makeup bag in your suitcase. The limitations of what you can and can’t take in your hand luggage mean you have to be picky with products. So here’s what made the grade:

Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
A lightweight, natural looking, medium coverage foundation. My skin, but better.

Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner
Waterproof, pigmented and easy to apply; this pen ensures my signature cat eye can face anything.

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational (original)
Yet to try this drugstore favourite of just about every beauty blogger? You should. The curved brush gets every lash and gives a natural lengthening and volumising effect.


Lipstick: Mac Syrup
Nudes are so in right now it hurts, but nothing beats this near perfect match for my natural lips.  I’m not a big lipstick fan, and I’m wary of anything bold, so this was my first move into the world of lip wear!

Eyeshadow Palette: theBalm NUDE ‘tude
This is a compact palette and yet has an array of colours to create a range of looks. It’s not budget but I think palettes are worth the splurge as drugstore equivalents can be chalky.

Brows: Soap and Glory Archery
On a regular day, I tend to leave my brows alone. But when they need a little help, nothing gets the job done like this pencil. There is no need to lug a sharpener around either as the product twists up. Anything that reduces what I need to take on holiday gets the thumbs up from me!

What are you travel essentials? xoxo


L’Oréal Paris Superliner Superstar


If you know me IRL then you’re aware that I rock a cat eye flick on a daily basis. You might even call it my signature look. So to achieve this I need a reliable, pigmented, long-lasting liner.

Is this it? Sort of.

This felt tip liner from L’Oréal is super easy to apply, gliding on in the perfect flick in almost one stroke. What more could you ask for? Well, it does run onto my eyelids in a way that other liners do not. My hooded eyes cannot take all the  blame.

The solution: apply over a powder/kohl liner to make this product linger in all the right places. I find the payoff for ease of application warrants the extra step.

Few people seem to realise the nib is bendable which only makes the application easier. It does take some force though so be brave.

This is a liner which I have and will repurchase. Despite this, the Stila waterproof pen is a worthy investment (albeit double the price). Just be sure to avoid similar offerings from Makeup Revolution and Collection. They made me look like a panda within a minute of leaving the flat.

Reliable. To the point. Affordable. An average liner that sacrifices longevity for ease of application. Recommended, but there are better liners out there.

What are your favourite eyeliners? Do you have any bargains you rave about or do you think quality means a higher price tag?



#DrugstoreWeek: My current highstreet beauty faves/routine!

Bleurghhh. It’s that dark, dank time of year where everyone is sick. Apologies for the lack of posts so far in 2016 as I have been suffering with a bad cold/chest infection/sore throat thing.

But that’s enough about me. It’s drugstore week! And here are my current high-street beauty favourites…


Let’s start with the face. I thoroughly believe in the power of a primer and adore the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer which is £6.99 from Boots. This is very a lightweight primer which absorbs quickly – leaving my face ready for whatever I choose the throw at it.

After this I apply the Collection Perfecting Minerals Foundation (Light To Medium) but this has sadly been discontinued. I include it here because I finishing it up and have yet to find my replacement!

I love the built in brush application and it does not cake onto my fine lines – which are slowly appearing as I quickly approach the big 3-zero. You may still be able to grab this online from places like Amazon/eBay but please help me find the equivalent product! I tried the L’Oreal True Match Powder Foundation but the packaging frustrated me so much by leaving stray powder over my clothes and carpet. Not good. It may work once decanted into an empty jar but until I have one spare I will not touch it.

Moving onto brows I have a product that is technically not drugstore but it is highstreet, so I don’t count this as cheating! If you haven’t checked out the beauty range from H&M then you are really missing out on some top notch products that come at a very reasonable price tag.


This eyebrow pencil  has replaced the trusty Soap & Glory archery as my ultimate brow product and it’s only £2.99! They come in a range of shades and personally I find the colours offered match me better (I use espresso brown) and look more natural than the Soap & Glory archery. I set this using the transparent Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara (£4.99, Boots).

Eyes are pretty straightforward: I start by applying the No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing & Brightening Eye Base (£7, Boots) followed by the Makeup Revolution Eye-Shadow Palette Flawless (£8, Superdrug; pictured at the top of this post). This is excellent value with 32 highly pigmented, versatile shades. I am still exploring my options with this palette so use different shades depending on my mood and the occasion.

I always follow with my signature cat-eye using the Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (£5.29, Boots),  Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil (jet black, £2.99, Boots) and the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara (£10.99 Boots).

For lips I love to moisturise using the Rimmel London Lip Conditioning Balm by Kate (£2.99, Boots) for simple days. I am lucky in that my lips have a nice natural shade for those neutral days and so lip-colour is not a part of my everyday beauty repertoire. If I am feeling a bit more adventurous and am going for some colour, I begin by prepping my lips using this primer from H&M (£7.99) which really acts as a good base.


My current fave is the tinted lip butter from Revlon in the shade Peach Parfait  (£7.99, Boots) as it is a subtle shade that also provides moisture – perfect for the cold, winter months. I also am enjoying Flutter Kisses from NYX in their high voltage range (£5.50, Boots). This is again a subtle shade – your lips but better.

What are your drugstore favourites? Can you recommend any buys for my low-end (but not low-quality) collection?

Wrap up and stay warm people.