My Updated Make Up Bag…


A little while ago I posted about my make up bag-and, to be blunt, it seemed to be overly stuffed, and quite cumbersome in size. Since then, I’ve whittled it down to just a few essentials, as you can see above. And I’m going to take you through it! (Please note: Benecos products included in this post were sent to me, in order for a review. However, in spite of the fact that they are a PR sample, I do use them!)

  • Tangle Tamer. This is essential to me, because my hair is fairly horrible. I can’t style it, and it just wraps itself up in notes. Anyway, I keep this with me to look just a little bit professional-otherwise, it would look awful!
  • Benecos Natural Eyeshadow Matt. To highlight my eyes! There’ll be a tutorial up soon…it also hides the fact that I may be tired..
  • Deodorant. Because no one willingly wishes to stink, do they?!
  • Topshop magic liner. I love eyeliner, and I think, firstly, anyone who attempts a cat flick is brave, and it virtually suits anyone. What’s not to love? Anyway, I wear it as I wish to feel positive about my eyes, which have horrible vision.
  • Gimme Brow by Benefit. To tame the unruly eyebrows!
  • The two brushes: The larger one is for applying the eyeshadow, the smaller for the lipstick. However, if I’m in a rush, or cannot be finicky about it, I just go for a swipe. Better coverage that way!
  • Lipstick by Benecos in Peach. Because my lips can become very chapped, but this colour is a nice hue, and is not to over powering. It also smells really nice.
  • Instant crush spray by Superdrug: because…yeah…
  • Wonderstruck perfume by Taylor Swift: a quick spritz of this, and I’m ready. I really love this perfume-I have some memories attached to it-and many people ask me what perfume I’m wearing, which is a good conversational starter.

What is in your make up bag?




I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.


Get the natural look; a tutorial.

Good morning!

I’ve never attempted a beauty tutorial before-and would I?-but I wish to encourage a more ‘nature’ look that’s lightweight, as well as being something that emphasises your own features. Here we go!

And before I begin, I would just like to recommend that you use products relative to your own skin tone. Also: do you preparation before! This differs for everyone-if they mosturise, by cream, etc-but since I know not a lot about this, I thought it was best to leave out. Also, remove any make up, and make sure your face is clean. Also, please note that the Benecos products were sent to me, however I did review these honestly, hence why they are appearing here again.

Products used:

  • Tangle tamer.
  • Natural eyeshadow in Matt from Benecos.
  • Eye brush from Benecos.
  • Gimme brow from Benefit.
  • Magic Liner from Topshop.
  • Lipstick in peach from Benecos.


Firstly, after you’ve mosturized your face-as refer to in my aside above-start to work your way inward. I have very curly hair, and it can become very knotted. Generally speaking, I like to tease it out into big waves, almost Hollywood-esque style. (But I’ll need to brush later if walking in the wind.)

Next, I start from the top of my face. I use the Benefit gimme brow to tame eyebrows-because, to be totally honest, they are not at all tidy. (This is because I’m alternately lazy, and am too busy to be really fussed about it.) Anyway, brush outwards to do the same.

Now, eyes. I use the eyeshadow in Matt, alongside its own brush, to highlight my eye-so, I brush over the lid, and a little bit into the crease and socket, as well as slightly underneath. This edits out any tired lines-my eyes are red underneath if I’m tired-and they help to draw attention away from this.

After, I outline my eyes using the liner only slightly. (No Big cat flicks here!) The eyeshadow is a good base, and the eyeliner should sit atop this. (And I feel it emphasises my eyes, which have glasses. Ugghhh!)

Next, finish up with a peachy shade!

What do you think-would you try this look?





I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.


Friendly soap review; so good, smells nice, and a free from cruelty brand!

Disclaimer: Having been sent some Friendly Soap in my Little Known Box, I wished to work directly with the brand. This post contains a PR sample, yet is my honest review, having requested to review the product directly.

Part of any hygiene routine involves some form of soap; literally, just to get rid of dirt. So, I was very happy to be reviewing Friendly’s soap-and was quite overwhelmed with how generous they were with me.


I was impressed with the packaging, in that part of the branding is to note that each soap is free from cruelty, and is natural as well as handmade. As a brand, I feel that this is far more responsible than some consumer products; it also acts as an incentive to buy it! We need to be kind in our consumerism, after all.

Similarly , the packaging is also very brightly coloured for the soap-although not for some of the other bars as the above photo shows. I feel this is a bonus; after all, why would anyone want to buy a product that is the antithesis of this? This instantly screams to me good quality, confidence in themselves, and therefore a good brand.


Firstly, I think it’s important to note that I could smell the soap through the parcel packaging. However, it wasn’t really overpowering; rather, I was curious about using the soap. This was in addition to the fact that they have flavours-or should it be smells?-that I regard as being more than just conventional.

Once you get the actual soap out of the packaging, it’s a really chunky size. Like, really chunky. And it’s far too big for me to hold in just one hand. (Bigger than your average soap bar!) You’ll receive more for your money, however the shape is a bit cumbersome. (Two hands is what I suggest-just to prevent it slipping away from you.) Bit the ingredients are nice enough, meaning that I could wash inflamed, itchy skin-which has now settled as well.

I have yet to use all of these, but will do so in good time.

What do you think about Soap?




I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.


Benecos Cosmetics Package Review.

Disclaimer: this was sent to me to review at my own request. What follows is my honest opinion. Thank you to Ingrid Hume at Pravera!

Imagine this; it’s a rainy day, you’ve been drenched, and drive home in a bit of  a sullen mood. You start to blog, seemingly in a miserable mood, but then the postman arrives. (He’s more drenched than you, by the way.) But he has a package for you!

That was me on a Wednesday afternoon.

Benecos is a brand that I read about over at Kimberly Jessica; I also really liked its USP, in having certified organic and natural cosmetics. (After all, our skin does have to breath, and it doesn’t always benefit it, coating it on make up that has been lumped on.) Needless to say, that was something that I was sold on instantly.

I received….

  • Natural eyeshadow in Matt.
  • Lip brush.
  • Eye shadow brush.
  • Natural concealer perfect coverage, light.
  • Lipstick, peach.

You can see all of these products together as above.


Fistula, for the two brushes, I felt that the packaging was a little bit excessive. Quite simply, it dwarfed the actual product, and whilst opening the lip and eye brushes, I was at risk of mangling the bristles a little bit. (You open up the package from beneath, which expands the plastic pocketing the brush is in.) To be honest though, this was my only real criticism.


For me, things have to be functional, as well as pleasing to the eye. The products fit the bill in this respect; I live the feel of the brushes, they are very soft. They are also shaped well enough to be twirled about etc., when applying make up. The eyeshadow also has a really nice case, meaning that any excess powder can be caught. The casing for the lipstick is also pretty. The concealer was the only one which could be adapted slightly; the brush is not as flexible, meaning that blending the coverage is not really as possible as it could be. (I used my fingers in the end-not that I advise you to-but it is a good product.

See….just look at this brush!!

I’ll get to the product part of the review in a minute, I promise. Bit a brand that promises to be natural and organic, as well as having a pretty design, is what I love best. Because, well, who wouldn’t?!

But they are jeer than the averge , relatively cheap brush as well. When applying the eyeshadow, the brush really does glide well. And in terms of cosmetics, that’s needed, in order to get a very smooth application, surely? It worked for me.

Although isn’t matte spelt like matte, not Matt? (I’m not sure, that’s a genuine question. Any answers I’d love for you to leave in the comments below.)


I’ll go by each product, one at a time, for this section, because I can be more logical, as well as chronological, in that order:

  • Natural Eyeshadow Matt.

Now, as somebody who is very shortsighted, I do have trouble applying eye make up, or anything related. But this eyeshadow is soooo nice! Glides on easily, highlights my eyes, and generally stays put. I love it, quite simply. And I think that any blog reader would love it also.

  • Lip brush.

I’m not really sure what to make of this, really. It feels nice, and the lipstick glides on, but it doesn’t seem to pick up much pigment. And it also needs to be really cleaned after.

  • Eyeshadow brush.

I love this brush! It works really well with the eyeshadow, and is designed well enough, meaning that it can be used effectively.

  • Concealer.

The brush in this is not flexible at all, meaning that you can’t actually really blend any of the liquid. This is a pity, because although it looks very orange at first, it blends really well, and is quite light on my skin. I’ll definitely use this for any acne breakout!

  • Lipstick.

I live this product best of all! It smells good, has a thick and creamy texture, and lasts reasonably well.

What do you think of these products? Click here to find out more about the brand involved, and maybe purchase a few.




I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

Beauty Blogger Tag (From Chloe-Rose!)

I was conversing with Chloe-Rose, over at What Chloe Wrote. Having read her Beauty Blogger Tag post, and admired it, she encouraged me to answer her set questions. Here goes! (I copied her questions, which aren’t mine, and will be answering them.) And don’t forget to visit her blog-click here to view

What make up product can’t you live without?

Gotta be my Topshop Magic Liner-it truly is magic! I also love it, because as somebody who is very shortsighted, it seems to be designed as to not stab me. Always a bonus!

Favourite hair care product?

Probably T-gel.

Favourite perfume?

See, this is quite a hard question, since I don’t really wear a lot of perfume. I have a Coco Mademoiselle knock-off, though. (Going with the blog name, I liked the smell regardless!) Probably Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift.

Why did you start blogging?

I saw an editorial in Shout Magazine, way back in 2012. Therefore, I simply wanted to join in.

What do you love most about blogging?

The people. Always the people. Whether it’s another blogger, a reader, a PR, publicist, etc, they always make my day-because I love to work with them, and they all leave me lovely comments at times. They are also so kind on Twitter. 

Favourite celebrity style?

Hmmm…I don’t really follow Celebrity style 😂 I prefer my own-or people from history, such as Jacqueline Kennedy. 

Must follow on instagram?

@AnastaciaMusic. I love her red touring jacket.

Lipstick or lipgloss?

Lipstick, always! 

My questions are:

  • Where do you see your blog in five years?
  • Who is your style icon?
  • Top three lip products?
  • What do you love about beauty best of all?
  • Heels or flats?
  • Opinion about Celebrity perfumes?
  • Last impulse buy?
  • Favorite lipstick?

I nominate Kimberly Jessica, Lauren at This Stuff Is Golden, Country Katie UK, New York Cliche, and Calli.

Post to you soon,



My student make up bag. (Update!)

As a college student, there’s a lot I have to juggle all at once; blogging, revision (sort of), homework, lectures, a non existent social life, etc. As part of an effort to scale back some things-including just how much I carry daily-I’ve also realigned my ‘student’ make up bag. In order to be minimal, I only have very few products now..let’s have a look inside!

Firstly, the make up bag was a Christmas present, and is actually part of a bigger make up bag from Lady Dinah’s. (Yes, the cat cafe-because apparently I’m the crazy cat lady.) My favourite product is…

The Topshop magic liner. I reviewed this a little while ago, and it is magic, for somebody as short sighted as me-so soft, and yet it is flexible enough as not to stab yourself in the eye. (A.ways a bonus considering my lack of vision!) I like eyeliner also, because it draws attention to my eyes-making the much hated glasses a positive.

Next up…

This is a mascara from Medusa’s Make Up, which I received as a sample with Little Known Box, when I reviewed them a little while ago. The wand is flexible enough, in that it’s curved, in order to reach all lashes. And although it does clump at times, again for anyone shortsighted like me, this is a lifesaver!

A beautiful shade of red as a subscriber freebie!

Again, this is a sample that I received in conjunction with Little Known Box. My lips can get very chapped at times-considering the rainy weather we typically have-so I keep it with me. I also really like the mango smell, in spite of the fact that Imusually dislike the fruit. 😆

You rub this around your face apparently, although I’m not convinced..

As a confidence boost, I sometimes really need to feel colourful-be it through what I wear, my make up, etc. This is a flowery lipstick that was featured in Grazia last year; a jelly lipstick that changes colour dependent on your mood. This is in the shade of flame red, so it fits the job, to be honest. And it has a flower trapped in it!

A nail buffer thing from The Body Shop..

 And finally….handcream!

What do you keep in your student make up bag?



Topshop magic liner review.

Good morning!

I think, after a long time searching, that I have found one of the best eyeliners around: Topshop magic liner. Retailing at six pounds fifty, it is cheap, and quite easy to stash in your handbag. And, as somebody with glasses, it is quite easy to apply. Nice!


To be totally honest, this was my one only real complaint. Once I bought the liner, I found that the packaging was air tight-enough so, that if I used scissors, it may well have damaged the product.

As you can see by the picture on the left, I was desperate enough to use this eyeliner that I used it whilst still entangled in the packaging. Not a good idea. At all. The nib of the actual liner can get a little bit stuck, particularly on first use. This is indicated by the black markings at the base of the nip, that rubbed off afterward.

(And yes, before anyone asks, this is a picture t of my hand-not that I would count it as a ‘Hand reveal’!)

Needless to say, I was very impressed by the application of this eyeliner-just don’t ask me what’s magic about it. As somebody who has glasses, I have to take them off, apply, put them on again-a dull rigmarole at best, a great annoyance at worst. Because of my vision, I can’t see very far, meaning I need to stand close to a mirror. I’m not sure what it’s about, but this liner works for me in that I don’t stab myself every time I use it. Lovely!

As you can see, the consistency is great-quite bold, and it has good durability also. What more could anyone possibly want?!

Click here to buy this great eyeliner.