The Real Techniques Core Collection is one of the first ‘proper’ makeup brush sets I ever bought. I still use it now, and since Boots had them at half price back in August, I thought I’d pick up another set (mainly so that when they’re filthy I can get away with not washing them for a little bit longer). As I said, I’ve been using these brushes for a while, so I am able to do a full review without having wrecked brushes (is it just me, or are new makeup brushes one of the most wonderful things to hold ever?). I got rid of the carry case straight away because I just don’t like them. As I’ve already had a Core Collection set and a Starter Set, I knew what I was getting myself in for and I knew I’d never use it so there was no point in my taking up precious space with it. They’re useful if the sets are the only brushes you use, but I have so many other brushes that I use regularly that it seems stupid to carry around packs of four or five brushes.

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The other day, I was having a sort through of my purse and whilst binning endless receipts (I hate having to save receipts because I hate seeing how much money I’ve spent), I thought I could make a blog post about it. My purse is a sort of Aladdin’s cave of loyalty cards, many of which have expired, but I always like to see what other people have to see what I’m missing out on. Most of mine are actually loyalty cards to bars, but I swear I don’t have a drink problem!

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Although I’ve put myself on a very strict spending ban at the moment, my trip to America introduced me to a new side of makeup – high end lip products. I’ve never really been that into lipsticks or glosses or anything until the last few months, mainly due to laziness (I could never be bothered to reapply colour throughout the day), but I’ve been slowly getting braver with lip products as this year has progressed. When I was in America, I bought a Sephora Gimme Some Lip Set (which I feel has since been discontinued because I can’t find it online) and I was hooked on high end lip products. Sure, these aren’t the most high end of products, but I need to start slowly. Until I known I’ll wear them, I’m not going mad at a Tom Ford stand.

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Smashbox have brought out their first and only 3-in-1 kit for brows, face and eyes. This is a Christmas gift must-have for any makeup fans, and it’s a great addition to my collection. This post is based solely on my first impressions, but they’re pretty good impressions. This is the definitive palette for shaping your brows, contouring your face and creating the perfect eye look. The matte packaging looks as luxurious as you could hope for, and also comes with a fully functional brow and shadow brush.

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Last week, Robyn posted about her experience with anxiety and it made me think about mine. There is a such a stigma surrounding mental health, even with it being more openly talked about. As mentioned in my post about Accepting Depression, I’ve been dealing with my mental health for about five years. Funnily enough, this post has come at an interesting time as now I’m back at university, my anxiety is through the roof again. I don’t struggle with anxiety when I’m physically ill, I don’t suffer when I’m exposed to new people, and I don’t get caught short when I get lost in a new place. My anxiety is always present, but is brought on worse at times of high emotions. Stress, anger, sadness, frustration, jealously, fear, and even things like happiness and excitement.

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Only three more months until 2015 is over! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. With it being the beginning of October, I have a new favourites post coming at you. I spent the first half of September in America so a few of these products I discovered there and used a lot on my travels, but the other half of the month I was in the UK moving to my new flat and I’ve had the chance to use up bits that I left here.

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