What I’d wear to Cheltenham Races Ladies Day

The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse is this week, and Ladies Day is always the most exciting part for me because of the fashion. This year they are holding a fantastic competition #colourmemarch to bring a rainbow of colours to the races. All you need to do is go to The Festival website and share a bright outfit you would wear to Ladies Day and you could win some amazing prizes – including £2000 worth of diamonds!

So as I am feeling lucky, I have decided to put my outfit of choice forward. I am a huge fan of colour and most of my outfits contain a pop of colour, whether it is just the handbag, or the whole outfit. But seeing as #colourmemarch is all about being bright and bold, I have gone for a splash of orange with complementary sky blue.

The dress is from Miss Selfridge and is such a beautiful shade of orange I think it would look amazing on holiday with a tan. I really like the sweetheart neckline and the cutout details. I have chosen to pair it with some pretty New Look heels. The chunky heels will stop you from sinking into the grass and the platform will make them a bit comfier as it is always a long day of standing at the races,

As for accessories, a pop of bright blue nail varnish would tie the look together and keep everything super bright and a matching fascinator is a must. The necklace needs to be simple because the rest of the outfit is very bold, so a simple gold chain will work well with the orange tones and also sit nicely with the sweetheart neckline.

If you want to be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes, be sure to submit a photo of the outfit you would wear to Ladies day on The Festival website or tweet it including #colourmemarch

Good luck!

What to get your mum for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner now, so if you have left it to the last minute to buy your mum a special something, then here are a few ideas to get you going!

1. Pink Grapefruit Large Yankee Candle Jar from Yankee Candle, £19.99

I treated myself to a medium sized jar of this flavour candle in January, and I have to say it is absolutely delicious smelling! I really love the fruity scents and I think that they are a good choice for mums as it isn’t too sickly and sweet. My mum hates floral scented things, especially lavender, so a fruity smelling candle would be right up her street. With so many different flavours on offer, it would be easy to find one that is suited to your mum’s taste too.

2. Blackberry Cake Stand from Marks and Spencer, £29.50

The Great British Bake Off has been back recently with special celebrity episodes for Comic Relief and every time the show is on our screens it seems that everyone is inspired to get baking. This cake stand is really pretty and if your mum doesn’t yet own one, perhaps now is the perfect time! You could treat her even more this Mother’s Day by getting your bake on and making an array of cute cupcakes to display on it.

3. Carrie Statement Pearl Earrings from Accessorize, £17

Mums love a bit of jewellery, and the best part is these Accessorize beauties wont break the bank. I love the pearl accents as they look really classy for statement earrings. These would be perfect for your mum to pair with pastels this spring, but would also look great with an LBD.

4. Dark Willow Picnic Hamper from John Lewis, £85

This picnic basket is absolutely divine! I honestly think this is a fantastic gift to buy for your mum if she doesn’t have one already. The Dark Willow Picnic Hamper caters for four people which is ideal for a little family jaunt to a park or the beach (obvs when the weather is better!) Plus there is even room for wine and you get a corkscrew included too – perfect!

5. Shea Butter Hand Cream from L’Occitane, £19

All woman love hand cream and in my opinion, L’Occitane make some cracking ones.Shea butter is one of my favourite body care ingredients as it treats all sorts of skin issues including dry, cracked and sore skin – so it is the perfect treat for mum’s hands.

6. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum from Feel Unique, £35.10

If in doubt, perfume is always a good choice. I love this Jimmy Choo scent, and it is also one of my mum’s top picks. It smells amazing with a fruity and feminine base and woody depths, it is utterly lovely and I highly recommend it.

I hope this gives you a little bit of inspiration for your Mother’s Day shopping. I’ve got my present, just need to sort the card out now!

What gift would your mum prefer? What gift ideas do you have for mums?

The only lip liner you will ever need…

 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil
It has been a while since I have posted any reviews here on Must Have Girl. I have been really busy at work and sometimes the last thing you feel like doing after a long day at work is planning blog posts and writing reviews. But now I am back and I will try to post as regularly as I can so I can get a bit of “me time” back into my life! So without further ado, today I am reviewing the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in the shade Ozone.

I am (like most of you I’m sure) a lover of lipstick. I love bright and bold colours the most and throughout autumn and winter I like to wear darker colours such as MAC Rebel. I find that these darker shades often feathers around my lip line – not good. I’d much rather have a crisp line of colour and the way to achieve this is with lip liner to prevent the colour bleeding. However, owning enough lip liners to match with every shade of lippy I own would kill off my bank balance rapidly, so I went in search of a solution.
When I found out that clear lip liners were a real thing I swear I could have jumped for joy. One lip liner that does it all? It has to be too good to be true right? So I decided I would have to test it out for myself, so I quickly ordered the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil and hovered by the letterbox for the postie to deliver it!.
 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil

The pencil glides on really smoothly with no tugging however I did find that it was slightly drying when applied to my whole lips. Even though it was quite drying, it did stop my lipstick from settling in the lines on my lips as much as it usually would which is great. The majority of times I use the pencil, I just use it on the outline of my lips to prevent feathering. I have tried it with several shades of lippy and it has worked wonders for all of them my lipstick has stayed on in a crisp line all day

The only thing that I don’t really like about this product is that you have to sharpen it. I much prefer twist up liners as it is faster, more convenient and less messy, but I like the formula so much it wouldn’t stop me from buying this liner again.

If you want to try out a clear liner too, you can get the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Ozone from Feel Unique for just £12.

Have you ever tried a clear lip liner? Which brand would you recommend?

Holidays are coming…

Christmas wishlist
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This weekend the TV has been awash with a flurry of Christmas adverts ranging from the famous Coca Cola advert to the new John Lewis advert featuring Monty and Mabel (if you haven’t seen it yet get on it now!) so I have been getting very excited for Christmas. This will be our first Christmas in the flat, so we are starting to think about how we are going to transform it into a winter wonderland! So for anyone else who is thinking about buying some lovely items ready to decorate for Christmas here are a few of my favourite Christmas decorations that are on my wishlist.

1. Spiced Orange Large Yankee Candle Jar from Yankee Candle, £19.99 
One of the best things about Christmas is the lovely smells that come with it! We love to burn Yankee Candles and this is one of our favourites. It smells so orangey and is like Christmas in a jar!
2. 3D Resin Stag from Marks and Spencer, £12
I have definitely inherited a stag/deer obsession when it comes to Christmas decorations from my mum who has a few different ones she displays every Christmas. This little gold stag is very cute and would be perfect on a mantelpiece or sideboard if you have a gold colour scheme. 
This candle is absolutely gorgeous, it looks so pretty that I would be reluctant to burn it! The scent of the candle is beautiful and reminds me of mulled wine.
Whilst I am not really a fan of tinsel (sorry!) I adore baubles! I could honestly wander the Christmas displays for hours looking at all the different baubles on offer – so pretty! I like the damask pattern on this bauble and it is so cheap!
5. Christmas Past Berry Wreath from John Lewis, £35
This wreath is absolutely gorgeous! The red is so vibrant and bold I much prefer it to the traditional green holly or fir wreaths. It’s just a same that we aren’t allowed to hang this on our flat door…
6. Linea Gold Textured Bauble from House of Fraser, £5.60
This bauble is just a little bit special! I love the textured effect and I think it would reflect twinkly Christmas lights beautifully. This is probably my favourite item on this wish list, and the best thing is, it is currently in the sale!
What is on your Christmas decor wishlist? What colour scheme are you going for this year?

5 reasons you should go back to basics with your cleanser

Lush Ultrabland cleanser

If you are up to date with my posts you will know that I often suffer from troublesome skin and I have tried all sorts of wonderful products in my battle to combat those pesky spots. But recently I have found myself wanting to strip my skincare routine right back to basics. I was previously using a micellar water, an eye make up remover and an astringent lotion to remove my make up and cleanse my skin but I found this process to be too time consuming, too many products and actually not very good. So when I was in Lush about a month ago I started speaking to one of the lovely girls who worked there about what I needed from a skincare product and she recommended that I try the Ultrabland Facial Cleanser.

What really sold me with this product it the fact that Lush founders have declared this their “number one desert island product”. The cleanser is very mild and feels like a thick almost buttery cream which melts down into an oily consistency. It is very rich and it feels so nourishing. Now I know we all love Lush for their amazing smelling bath bombs, soaps and shower gels however this is a very different product. I’ve read some negative reviews where people say it stink…it really doesn’t Personally I think the name is very apt because the scent is ultra bland. It is barely there, if anything it smells slightly of beeswax but it is really no noticeable of offensive. It is just very pure and not chemically or artificial smelling like a lot of cleansers

The product is typical of Lush, very natural based with no nasties in there to cause flare ups for those with sensitive skin. Ingredients include almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey which are perfect for soothing and hydrating your skin. Although I have oily skin, I actually love oil based cleansers more than anything. They are amazing at removing heavy make up including waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and Ultrabland does not disappoint.

I apply a small amount of cream to dry skin and gently rub in to my skin in small circles. When I get to my eyes, I very gently smooth my fingertips in a downwards motion to coat the lids and lashes with the products and slide the liner and mascara away from my eyes. I like to look in the mirror at this point because you look like a scary ghost with big black panda eyes/face (depending on how crazy you get with the sliding technique) Sometimes if I’m feeling silly I will hide and try to scare him because I look ridiculous and I’m childish :) When I am done clowning around I dampen my hands slightly and rub over the product as it slightly emulsifies the oil and helps to lift grime and make up from your face. Then using a damp face cloth I wipe away the product gently and voila I am clean and have a naked face once more.

So here are my five reasons you should go back to basics with your cleanser:

  1. It is fantastic at removing all traces of make up, not matter how heavy it its.
  2. Ultrabland is so gentle and it has never irritated my skin. If you are prone to allergic reasons or sensitivities to skincare products I really recommend you try his out.
  3. The antibacterial properties of this cleanser have really helped keep breakouts at bay.
  4. Thanks to the almond oil and honey it is a very moisturising cleanser and it leaves my skin feeling plump and soft after cleansing.
  5. Aside from preservatives, the cleanser is made with natural ingredients that have been selected for their fantastic properties so you avoid slathering chemicals all your face.
If you are persuaded to go back to basics with your cleansing routine, you can pick up the Ultrabland Facial Cleanser from Lush. It is available in two sizes, 45g for £7.25 and 100g for £11.50.
Are you convinced to strip back to basics? What Lush skincare products do you rate?

The budget eye liners that are making my peepers pop

Rimmel eyeliners

So I was wondering around my local boots a couple of weeks ago and I just so happened to find myself standing in front of the Rimmel stand. I wanted to pick up a cheap liquid liner as I had just used up the last of my Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner sample. Of course I couldn’t just walk away with one teeny eye liner…so I got three (oops!) I treated myself to the waterproof Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner, Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl liner in Nude and the Exaggerate Automatic Waterproof Eye Definer in Emerald Sparkle.

I tested out the Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner first, I really like the felt applicator. It has a tapered tip so is perfect whether you want a thin natural line or a thicker flick (see photo below). I found the liner easy to apply, but it was strange as I have been using gel liner for years so I found it very wet in comparison! I was able to create a reasonably accurate wing and it was fairly black. I did have to go over my line slightly in places but I am just quite fussy! Overall for the price, it is a pretty nifty little thing and I would pick it up again for that price. So if you are after a budget eyeliner this may well be perfect for you.

Next I tried out the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner. I picked this up in the shade Nude, because I read a sneaky top tip that using a little bit of nude liner on your waterline brightens your eyes when you are tired and makes them look larger without being over the top. I had heard this tip before as a teenager, but with white eyeliner – this is seriously not a good look , it is far too obvious and doesn’t look natural! The product is very creamy and glides on beautifully. I really love the formula and I would definitely pick up other shades.

Lastly I tried out the Exaggerate Automatic Waterproof Eye Definer in Emerald Sparkle last weekend. I applied it to my upper lash line and then used the smudger to blend the colour upwards and outwards slightly to make my look slightly less dramatic. I love the effect and it was perfect to add a little bit of colour to a miserable autumn day.

Rimmel eyeliners swatches

These three Rimmel eyeliners have done the job for me and I would be more than happy to repurchase all of them. My favourite of the three is the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner purely because the formula is so creamy and fab. I think I will be adding a couple more shades to my wishlist! So if you are looking for some budget eyeliners to add to your collection, I recommend these little beauties. You can buy all three from Boots for £4.99 for the pencils and £5.29 for the liquid liner – bargain!

Have you tried these Rimmel eye liners? What are your favourite budget liners?  

How Vichy Dermablend foundation has improved my confidence

Vichy Dermablend foundation

I am usually quite reluctant to try out new foundations, I have been using MAC Studio Fix Fluid for years now as I love the buildable coverage. However I do find that for me, it can slightly exacerbate oil production and I regularly have to blot to avoid looking greasier than a chip pan. Whilst I have found some products that help reduce this, namely La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat moisturiser – I felt like an improvement could be made. So after reading lots of reviews I decided to try out Vichy Dermablend foundation.

Vichy Dermablend foundation

I know that I am a MAC NC15 so I used Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix to work out which shade I needed. If you have not used this tool before it is amazing. You can find hundreds of products on there so it really makes changing foundation easy as pie. So relying on the matrix I went with shade 15 Opal and I was pretty worried that it would be too dark. When I opened the tube I squeezed a tiny amount on the back of my hand and I was a little scared I’d look tangoed, but once I applied it to my face it blended in seamlessly and it is truly the perfect shade for me! I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to buff in the foundation and I have to say it applies like a dream.

I worked in thin layers and built up the product on areas that needed a little more attention. I found that it was so high coverage that I could use it like a concealer. I switched to my Royal and Langnickel concealer brush and applied a small amount around my eye area and it really improved the appearance of my awful dark circles. The product is quite creamy but has quite a matte finish – I felt like I didn’t need to use as much powder to set it.

If you have read some of my other reviews, you will know that I have previously suffered from bad skin, whilst my complexion has improved a lot over the last six months or so, I still struggle sometimes with my chin area. So the real test for this foundation was if it could conceal the redness and blemishes that I suffer from. I decided the best way to do this was to take before and after photos to see if the coverage is really all it has been cracked up to be. Now I feel a bit self-conscious about these photos as it is not something that I really want the world to see, but if it helps someone else with skin that isn’t perfect then that’s fine by me.


No Make up - blemishes and redness on chin area
Please excuse the towel!!


Vichy Dermablend foundation after photo

As you can see in the after photo, the redness, pores and blemishes are much less visible and my skin tone looks even. I was thrilled with the result and I think that the level of coverage is great. I have worn this almost every day now since I bought it and my make up still looks good after a long say of work, my skin is less oily that it was before and I feel more confident. So in my books this is a winner and I will definitely repurchase when I run out.

If you are tempted to give Vichy Dermablend foundation a try, you can purchase it from Boots for £16 or from Feel Unique for £17.

Have you tried Vichy Dermablend before? What foundations to you recommend for high coverage?

W7 Showing Out Mascara review

W7 Showing Out Mascara
Last month my sister and I were wondering around our local outlet centre and one of the shops sells a wide range of discounted beauty products from brands such as W7, NYX, Butter London, YSL and lots more. So whenever we go shopping there we always pop in and treat ourselves to something new. The W7 stand really caught my eye and seeing as I hadn’t tried anything from there before I decided to pick up the Showing Out Mascara. I cant remember exactly how much I paid, but it was just a few pounds so I thought I’d give it a go.

W7 Showing Out Mascara close up
I like the packaging very much, the bright orange tube is great because it stands out when I am rummaging around in my make up bag whilst half asleep in the morning! The brush is  nice and thick and specially designed with a sphere of bristles on the end which is meant to help you reach the smaller, harder to reach lashes. Personally, I hate this shape, I found it quite clumsy to use and too big for reaching the tiny hairs in the corner of my eyes. 
The first time I opened the bottle, this ball of bristles caused a huge glob of mascara to fly out of the bottle and land on the carpet…not cool W7. Pretty much ruined my day and the carpet – thankfully this was at my parents house and they were replacing the carpet with wooden floorboards anyway (phew!). Unlike most mascaras, there isn’t really a mechanism that removes the excess mascara from the wand. So every time I remove the wand far too much mascara accumulates on the wand that must be wiped off before it can be applied. To me, this is a huge waste of product and if I had paid a lot more I’d be pretty annoyed! For a few pounds though I guess you can’t really complain too much.

W7 Showing Out Mascara wand close up

The formula itself is ok – my lashes looked thicker and longer than than the would be sans mascara but equally it is not the best mascara I have ever tried, my lashes didn’t look amazing, they just looked alight. I’d say this is the type of mascara I’d pick up for a festival to prevent a high end mascara being nicked from my tent, but to be honest, the messy globules of mascara flying everywhere wouldn’t be practical at all. So unfortunately, this isn’t something that I’d buy again, but I will probably use the remaining product occasionally to coat my lashes before nipping to the shops, or going to the gym.

If you do fancy trying W7’s Showing Out Mascara (please let me know how you get on if you do!), you can buy it from W7 for £4.95.

Would you recommend any W7 products? Have you tried the Showing Out mascara? What is the best mascara you have ever used?

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blogger Award

Woohoo! I have been nominated by the lovely Miranda
from Miranda Loves for the One Lovely Blog Award. Miranda has a gorgeous
blog layout and she posts regularly with wishlists, hauls and reviews, so you
should all check her blog out. I love these tags as it is quite a nice way to
share a little bit more about my self for those readers who are interested. But
it is actually really hard to think up facts about yourself!

So, here are the rules for the award:
 1) You must display the award logo at the
top of the post!
2) You must thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog
in your post
3) You must add this set of rules to your post so that your nominees will know
what to do
4) You must add 7 facts about yourself into the post
5) You must nominate 15 other blogs and leave links to each of them in your
6) You must let the people who you have nominated know that they’ve been
7) You must follow back the person who nominated you on GFC and Bloglovin

Seven Facts about myself:

  1. As a child I believed that the hazard lights button
    in the car was a turbo button.
  2. I’m pretty terrible at looking after houseplants. We
    have been in the flat for a month and I have killed all the herbs in the window
    box and the pot plant my mum bought us has severely wilted… oops!
  3. I once met Jonathan Ross on holiday in Florida and
    he was wearing tartan trousers…
  4. I only own one blusher which I think in the beauty
    blogging world is pretty much a sin…don’t worry though I plan to invest in a
    couple more!
  5. I love dogs and we are so desperate to get a puppy
    but we work long hours so it isn’t the right time for us yet – boo!
  6. I studied English at university so I adore reading.
    I always carry my kindle in my handbag because you never know when you will
    have five minutes to quickly read a few pages.
  7. I do my own Shellac gel mani and pedis! My mum
    bought me the kit for my birthday last year and I taught myself how to properly apply them. 

Blogs I’m nominating
I have recently followed all of the bloggers above
after enjoying reading their blogs so I really recommend that you check them
bloggers would you nominate?

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes review

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes front cover

Sali Hughes is one of my favourite beauty writers, so when I heard that she was writing Pretty Honest, I was very excited. On the day of release I traipsed around town looking in book shops for a copy to no avail! I eventually managed to track down a copy in a small WHSmith store. It was the last copy left and it has a scuff on the mirror handle on the front cover, some black marks on the edges and some indentations to the pages. But it doesn’t matter because I got the last one!

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes Brows

I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but the cover of Pretty Honest is beautifully simple. This is the type of book that was made to be displayed proudly on a coffee table. At the beginning of every chapter you will find a related photograph and quote which I have absolutely loved – The Jack Black quote above is probably my favourite!

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes Basic Kit

The book is perfect for any woman, no matter what stage in life you are, you will find a whole host of topics including advice about acne, botox, wedding makeup and post-baby beauty. While not every chapter is relevant to me right now, this is something that I will refer to later in life.

Whenever Sali is discussing a type of product, she makes recommendations of a range of brands who offer wonderful products for every skin type and need. She also includes a mixture of high end and budget brands so the advice really caters for everyone.

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes Beauty Icons

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it has been in my handbag every day so that I can have a quick read whilst on the bus or during my lunch hour. Several of my colleagues at work have asked me about the book as my nose was buried in it every lunchtime for a week and now they are buying copies too.

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes Beauty Resources

Whether you are brand new to skincare and makeup, or you are a pro beauty blogger, I think there is a lot to learn from this book. I have discovered exactly what I need for my skin type and colouring and what products I can chuck in the bin or save my money on – toner and eye cream, I’m looking at you! This is a wonderful and informative read and best of all because of Sali’s reputation as a beauty writer, I know that her advice is reliable and honest (hence the title!), so I cannot recommend this enough. You can get your copy from WHSmith or Waterstones for £22.