Introducing the Illamasqua Christmas Collection

If you have a makeup lover that you need to buy fir this Christmas then you may want to check out the latest collection from Illamasqua.

Their Beyond collection is full of glamour & opulence. It features an array of gifting bundles to suit all budgets that will certainly add some sparkle this Christmas.

From a beautiful new eyeshadow palette & a trio of lip polishes, to gifts that include their most wanted OMG highlighter in either powder or liquid form. This collection is a sight to behold!

So many products have caught my eye & I would definitely be happy to receive any of these items in my Christmas stocking.

If you’re purchasing from Illamasqua for that special someone or treating yourself, I have just the thing.

I have an incredible discount offer for you.
For a limited time only you can get £10 OFF when you spend £45 or more by using my unique referral code LEANNE-R3 at checkout or by clicking this link below

Let me know what you purchase, I’d love to hear what your favourite Illamasqua products are xxx

Disclaimer: The above code is a referral code which means that whenever it’s used I’ll earn money off my future purchases.


Welcome to the doll house…

Another look that I wanted to do for Halloween was a doll.

I’m not good at all the sfx makeup & I’m not super talented at illusion makeup either, so I decided to go with what I know & I used regular makeup.

Here’s a list of all the products I used

P.Louise Makeup Academy Base 2

Illamasqua Skin Base 06, Tonic Colour Veil, Daze Beyond Liquid highlighter, Elemental Artistry palette, Alluring Iconic Chrome, Infinity Precision Gel liner & Funberry Sheer Veil lipstick

Doll Beauty Gimme Sun medium

Eldora False Eyelashes style H120

Creepy Doll Makeup

This look I did especially for a collab post in the Travel Tuesdays group I’m a part of over on Instagram. You can see the full collab here

I only have 1 more look that I want to do before Halloween now & I’m hoping to do it tomorrow so I can post it on my Instagram on Saturday.

Fingers crossed it all goes to plan, I hope you all enjoy your Halloween celebrations this year, even though things are very different xxx

What makes you tick?

I’m determined to shake off this slump I’m in & start falling in love with makeup artistry all over again.

I need to get creating as this is what I’ve known & loved doing for so long.
It’s always been a way for me to let loose & forget the stresses of everyday life.
I want my brushes to be my escape & let them guide me like they used to.

So I’m going to try my best to find myself again & trust in the process.
Makeup artistry has been part of my life for so long & I don’t ever want to lose my passion for it, if I ever gave it up it would be like losing part of my soul!

I’m making a pact with myself to continue to do what I love despite everything that I’m struggling with health wise.

Doing all my Halloween looks has made me realise just how much I miss doing makeup on a regular basis, especially pushing myself to try new things. I’m going to try & set aside some regular time where I can be creative & relax.

I managed to find time today & did this gothic bat wing liner look. I love this style of makeup & used to do my makeup a bit like this when I was in my teens. It definitely brought back some memories.

What makes you tick?

Full details of the products I used can be found here on my Instagram

The best £4.99 I have ever spent!

This is a little out of character to what I usually blog about, but as a parent of a child with ASD I really wanted to share this amazing book with you all.

My son is 13 & I have tried so many times to teach him how to tie his own shoes, but every attempt has been met with meltdowns & me then feeling like I’ve failed him as a parent.

This is something that a lot of us can do in multiple ways that we were either taught to do or just kind of taught ourselves to do, usually before we were 8years old.

This however, is no easy thing to master when you have problems with motor skills, you easily get overloaded with information & have cognitive issues. So after almost 8years of attempting to teach my son how to tie his own shoes, I had almost given up & even resorted to getting those rubbery fake lace things as an alternative.

Then, whilst out doing some Christmas shopping in Smyths Toy shop I came across this book. I immediately picked it up to get a better look & it sparked a tiny bit of hope that it may just be the saving grace that I had needed all along. It was only £4.99 so if it didn’t work out then it wasn’t going to break the bank.

Well, it turned out to be the best £4.99 I have ever spent!

Before trying it out with my son I decided to test it out on my 8year old daughter. She has some sensory issues but over all her motor skills are great. With a little help she was able to tie her shoes & it only took around 30minutes of reading the book & practicing with the two tone lace & following the Teddy Bear instructions. She did it & then spent the rest of the day showing us all how to make bunny ears & tieing up all the shoes with laces she could find.

So far this book was great, next I decided to try it out with my son. At first he just looked at me & was unconvinced that it was going to work but he loved the look of the Teddy Bears & the colourfulness of the book.

We sat down together, he opened it up & seemed to get a little more excited. The 1st section is all about learning how to do Crisscross lacing which he loved as the instructions are colour coded along with the lace, he learnt how to do that & this made him want to keep going.

Now I’m not going to lie, after attempting to do the next page that showed the Bunny Ear Bow method & struggling, it looked like we were about to enter meltown city! But I managed to persuade him to try the next page instead as “There’s more than 1 way to tie your shoes”, this seemed to instill a bit of hope back into him so he didn’t want to give up. This next page was the Loop Bow method & to my suprise the detailed instructions & step by step pictures he found easy to follow.

The problem with motor skills is that he finds very difficult to focus on 2 things & to grasp & hold multiple things at the same time. This is why he found the Loop Bow method easier, although this did take us almost all day to practice until he felt confident enough to move onto the next page which was learning the double knot.

I felt like such a proud parent that not only my daughter did it but my son finally learnt to tie his own laces at 13 years old despite his ASD challenges! This is a huge achievement for us & something that we thought may never have been possible.

Inside at the back of the book there is even a cardboard shoe that you can pop out & make so they can practice everything they’ve learnt but my two wanted to keep the book intact so just used there own shoes (& everyone elses). I wish I had found this book sooner as it has helped us so much & they both really enjoyed it.

I honestly can’t recommend this book enough, if you have children with additional needs or not, this is a great way of getting them to engage in learning as the characters are really fun to look at & the two tone lace & colour coded pictures make the instructions easy to follow along. It’s also a robust book with sturdy pages which also made it easier for my son to use too.

How To… Tie your Shoes is available to purchase from Smyths, if you’d like to learn more just click the link

Disclaimer: I was not asked to review this book, I am genuinely impressed with how it helped my children & wanted to share it as I feel it could help many parents in my position, especially those with additional needs children. All opinions are my own & I am not gaining anything from writing this review.

Glam Clown Halloween Makeup

It’s that time of year where all things spooky light up our lives & our Instagram feeds become full of scary makeup looks & gothic fashion. I love October so much as I love being creative with makeup & it’s a chance for me to get back in touch with my inner Witch.

My Glam Clown look from 2018

I decided to have a go at re-creating this glam clown look that I did a few years ago & I think I’ve improved it loads. I also had way too much fun taking pictures of this look, it’s not often I get to show my crazy side.

My glam clown look 2020

I used these Illamasqua products: Beyond foundation LG3
Ambition powder blusher
OMG powder highlighter
Daemon & Obsidian eyeshadows
Blondie Jewel Vinyl
Reign Loaded Lip polish

If you’d like to purchase any of the above mentioned products I do have a discount code that will get you £15 off when you spend £45 or more at just enter LEANNE-R3 at checkout

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post but if you do use my discount code I will receive money off my next purchase too.

My little clown hat I borrowed from my daughter’s Halloween costume & my jumper is from Primark xxx

My skin needs help 😩

I think this time of year our skin benefits greatly from having some extra care & replenishment.
My skin was doing so well but with the added layer of wearing a face mask I’m finding it’s crying out for help & I’m having an awful time with breakouts, dryness & friction from the masks causing irritation. At 34 this is not something that I expected to be dealing with, especially after I’d worked so hard to get my skin looking good.

It is however, the perfect excuse to try out some new skincare products & give them a go to see if they’ll help.
So yesterday I went to my local Superdrug & I bought these 2 Revolution Skincare products & I’m going to give them a go.

Revolution Skincare

The Jake Jamie Feed Your Face cocoa & oat moisturising face mask that will moisturise & gently exfoliate the skin & the Superfruit Extract antioxidant rich serum & primer which helps protect against dryness caused by environmental damage. Both of these products are cruelty free & vegan too.

I’ve created a quick little video of these new products in action which includes my 1st impressions which can be viewed here on my Instagram @Lei86_mua I’m going to be giving them a good go over the next few weeks along with using my usual skincare products, I’ll let you all know how I get on.

If you’d like to check out more of the Revolution Skincare range you can visit their website by clicking this link Revolution Beauty

Disclaimer: I have not been asked to write this review & all opinions mentioned here & in my video are my own.

The newest member of the Illamasqua Family, introducing Beyond Foundation

I had been looking for a lightweight foundation as an alternative to my usual medium-full coverage one for a while now, so when Illamasqua announced the launch of their new Beyond Foundation I was intrigued as I’ve been using their Skin Base foundation for ages now & I love it, so I really wanted to give this 1 a try, so I made a little purchase.

Beyond Foundation is a lightweight sheer coverage & has a dewy finish.
It’s infused with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E which provides skin with hydration & will keep you looking fresh & radiant throughout the day.
The formula is also Vegan & Cruelty Free & comes in 25 shades.

I’ve only tried it a couple of times so far as I’ve not been wearing makeup much lately & I really like how the new Beyond Foundation looks & feels on my skin.

My skin is more on the dry side so having the benefit of a hydrating formula is a must for me & I love the dewy finish, it gives me a radiant but still natural glow & my skin remained this way throughout the day with no need for touch ups.

Although Beyond Foundation is a sheer coverage formula I was still able to build it up a little bit & it felt really comfortable to wear.
I usually wear shade 06 in Skin Base foundation so I purchased the shade LG3 & I think its a great match for me.
Who knows, this may become my new favourite foundation.

If you’re wondering what your colour match would be there are plenty of great shade selecting tips on the Illamasqua website here

Currently you can use my Referral Code LEANNE-R3 to get £15 off your purchase when you spend £45 or more at Illamasqua or you can just click this link

Let me know if you purchase the new Beyond Foundation as I’d love to hear your thoughts on it too.

I’ll also be doing lots of makeup looks using it, so if you head to my instagram you’ll be able to see them all there as always thanks for reading xxx

Hair Mask fun with the littlest one

Last week I picked up these Bear Fruits Hair Masks from Superdrug, they both come with a hair mask & a cap & were £3.99 each, they were 1/3 off so normally priced at £5.99each.
I bought the Avocado Repair & Nourish 1 for myself & the Strawberry Detangle & Shine 1 for my daughter so we can have some pamper time.

They have a few other ones in the range that looked great too, there are 6 different hair masks in total & they all come in these cute packs that include a matching hair cap. I’m hoping they’ll start to sell the hair mask product individually as the hair caps are re-useable so once you’ve got it re-purcgasing another pack with a cap doesn’t really make sense & it’s wasteful just throwing it away after 1 use when it can easily be rinsed out & used again.

The cute picture diagram on the back of the pack to go with instructions is also a lovely touch & the product description is fun & very much sticks to the brands theme. I already knew from reading them we were in for a treat.

Myself & my daughter had great fun using them & she especially loved her Strawberry hair cap. Everytime she saw herself in the mirror she’d start laughing. The Strawberry hair mask was a really lovely consistency too, making it easy to distribute through her hair, it didn’t drip & it smelled amazing. After using the mask her hair was easy to brush, had no tangles & it looked lovely & shiny.

My hair was in desperate need of this Avocado repair & nourish mask, especially as it was coloured & highlighted recently. The Avocado mask is much thicker than the other 1 but it still applied easily, my daughter applied it to my hair & had lots of fun doing it. Afterwards my ends no longer felt dry & I could see that it looked healthier. It also felt softer, fuller & thicker & also had a lovely shine to it.

I will definitely be purchasing these Bear Fruits mask & hair cap again & I will also try the other masks in the range too. Hopefully in the future the hair mask itself will be available to buy separately. I think the offer price of £3.99 for the mask & hair cap is a great price & I really like the branding too, so I’ll definitely get a few whilst they’re on offer. We both really enjoyed using them & the cap is also comfy to wear & I know we’ll use them again.

I hope you enjoyed this little review, let me know if you’ve tried these or if there are any hair masks out there that you love.

As always I just want to let you know that this isn’t a sponsored post & that all opinions are my own. If you do want to take a look at the Bear Fruits hair mask & cap range here’s the link

Taking care of my skin

It’s safe to say I’ve had a love hate relationship when it comes to my skincare. It’s so hard sifting through all of the products that are out there to find ones that will genuinely make a difference. It’s very much a trial & error process.

I made a promise to myself this year that I was going to make sure I took better care of my skin & make more of an effort to look after myself & thankfully it’s paying off.

I started using these Elemis products in January after I purchased them as a birthday treat for myself & by using them as part of a regular routine, within a few short weeks my breakouts improved & my skin looked & felt better. I’m now into month 7 of using some of them & I love them!

Would you believe it if I told you I’m not wearing any foundation at all in this picture!
I love how fresh & glowing my skin looks & it’s all thanks to these amazing products!

At 34 I’m now classed as having more mature skin, so the products I used to use in my 20s no longer work as well because my skin concerns have changed. Finding the right products to target my skin concerns was so important & I feel like I’ve finally found which ones currently work for me.

I love the Peptide4 range from Elemis & 1 of my favourite products that I use is the Adaptive Day Cream. It’s packed full of amazing ingredients from Swiss Botanical extracts such as Butterfly Bush, Thyme & Mallow which help to maintain the skins natural defenses against the environment. Congestion from pollutants was 1 of the biggest factors causing my breakouts & since using this I rarely get them any more. The Peptide4 Adaptive Day Cream also balances my skins natural oils which keeps my complexion looking smooth & feeling hydrated throughout the day which makes this product great to use before makeup application as it’s also a great primer.

Here’s what I used to create my flawless natural looking makeup look

@garnieruk Eye Sheet Mask Hyluronic Acid & Coconut Water

@elemis Peptide4 Adaptive Day Cream

@smashboxcosmetics Vitamin Glow Primer

@plouise_makeup_academy Mochaccino Oh So Browtiful & Latte single eyeshadow

@urbandecaycosmetics Naked Skin Concealer shade Fair Neutral

@illamasqua OMG Beyond Liquid highlighter & Tonic Colour Veil

@benefitcosmeticsuk Hula Bronzer & Bad Gal Bang mascara

@maccosmeticsuk Velvet Teddy lipstick

If you’d like to see more of my looks & keep up to date with the products I’m using, head on over to my Instagram page & give me a follow

Half way through July already!

I can’t believe 6 months of this year has already gone by & we’re half wY through July ready! Anyone else feel like this year is disappearing way too fast?
All the more reason to stay focussed on those goals & push harder to acheive them.

I’ve learnt alot about myself in the last 6months, the main thing being that I am more capable now of achieving what I want in life than I ever was before.
Why? I hear you ask…
Because I believe I am worthy enough to have nice things, I no longer feel guilty about taking care of myself & my own needs & I know that it’s OK to want more from life.
You don’t have to just accept your circumstances & make do, you have the power to change things & live a better life.

Its taken me huge steps & a diagnosis of a disability to get to this point, but its made me realise;
1) I need to take better care of myself.
2) I am not my disability.
3) My goals are still worth reaching for.

So, with all of this in mind I have a plan in place for this month & I am going to be taking action in order to start ticking more of my goals off of my list. I’ve already achieved some of them in the last 6 months & some of those were pretty big, like moving house for example.
I already know that if I fight for something hard enough I am going to acheive it, so I’m going all out to acheive these next goals!

I’ve decided to be more proactive in my approach by setting myself weekly goals, breaking each of them down & planning out the steps I need to take to reach each of them. This way I have a time frame, so basically a plan of action. I can then tick each step off as I work my way through them which in turn will provide me with more motivation to keep going.

Staying motivated & consistent is key.
This is something I’ve always struggled with in the past but I have finally realised that achieving my goals is not impossible. It just takes time, energy & the drive to succeed, along with the belief that I can acheive anything.

I’ve also learnt not to put things off too, especially as my disability has me living the spoonie life.
I never quite know when my energy reserves are going to get low, so for me procrastinating is not an option. When that happens, (which is often) I can be out of action for a while but I still try & get the small things done if my body allows. Everything counts towards hitting those goals, no matter how small. So if you’re a fellow spoonie just know that its ok to go at your own pace.
Don’t put yourself down because you can’t always work at full speed, success is not a race. Unfortunately our minds & bodies don’t always want to work & taking time out to re-charge is important, so please look after yourself & don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s.
Remain focussed on your own goals, take your own path & enjoy a safe journey.

So, have an amazing Monday everyone & remember to “goal get them” because anything is possible when you trust in yourself & the process.

Let me know what goals you’re working on in the comments & let’s see if we can acheive some of them together x❤x