Dainty Alice

A pretty little LUSH, Beauty & Lifestyle blog.

Budget-Friendly Makeup Brushes

Fluffy, cream-coloured brushes with white and copper handles are the sort of thing every beauty blogger dreams about. Whether using them to apply daily makeup, or as a fabulous flat lay accessory, brushes like these are coveted in the blogging community. Usually incredibly expensive, I instead found the perfect makeup brushes suited to any blogger's budget. Talk about some serious Instagram #goals.

What I Got For Christmas

I have been well and truly spoiled this year! Today has been an amazing day filled loads of good food, gin, family antics and lots of presents. I love seeing what my fellow bloggers received at this wonderful time of year, so I decided I would write my own Christmas present round-up post.

Review: LUSH American Pie Shower Jelly

LUSH's American Cream conditioner is my favourite scent in the entire world. If I was left alone with a bottle and no adult supervision, I'd probably eat it, that's how delicious it is. So when I saw the LUSH Kitchen had created a batch of shower jellies with the same gorgeous scent, I had to snap one up ASAP.

Review: Lime Crime GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Collection

Having few outgoings last month, I decided to splash out on Lime Crime's newest Velvetines set - the GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS collection. 

Described as a set of 'power neutrals', I couldn't resist snapping them up only the day after they went live on the Lime Crime website because yaaaaass give me all the nudes.

Review: Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette

I finally found time to photograph and write about my Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette, which I actually bought wayyy back in August. Just look how pretty and shimmery it is.

The Chocolate Bon Bons palette is the third palette in Too Faced's line of cocoa powder infused eyeshadow palettes and is my personal favourite, so I can't believe how long it's taken me to get round to reviewing it.

A Little Bedroom Tour

Recently I have been really into prettying up my bedroom. Since having some money, I have invested in a new bed, blogging workstation and loads of little pieces of décor to make my room really lovely and Instagram worthy.

I thought I would take the time to type up this little post on some of the pieces I have bought and share some aspects of my bedroom itself.

Review: Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool

Tangle Teezer and LUSH conditioner for frizzy hairMy hair has seen a lot of damage in its life. Since I was 16 I have been bleaching my strawberry-blonde hair to an almost white shade of pale blonde, resulting in a fluffy, matted mess of frizz every time my hair got wet. Luckily, all that changed when I discovered this fabulous, frizz-fighting brush from Tangle Teezer.

What I Got For My 19th Birthday

It's been a busy couple of weeks, but I've finally found time to type up this little post on what I got for my birthday this year! 

It has genuinely been one of the best birthdays I have ever had as I spent it with some amazing people and received loads of absolutely gorgeous presents.

3 Budget Skincare Products For Dry Skin

One of my favourite things about myself is my skin and complexion. It's peachy, soft and I hardly ever get any spots with minimal effort. I can go for days without cleansing it properly, and I'm a repeat offender of going to bed without taking my makeup off.

So as you can imagine, I was horrified when I woke up one morning and realised that weeks of abuse had turned my near perfect skin into a dry, cracked and rubbery mess. 

Review: Candy K Kylie Lip Kit

Okay, I'll admit it, I succumbed to the hype that is the Kylie Jenner lip kits. My younger sister absolutely worships Kylie, so when I saw last Wednesday that there was a $5 international shipping deal, I decided to take the plunge and order her a lip kit, along with one for myself.

The lip kit I chose for myself is in the shade Candy K, which is described as a soft, warm-toned pinky brown, quite honestly my perfect shade. But what did I think to this super-hyped celebrity lipstick?

*Ended* 100k Birthday Giveaway!

We did it! My little blog got to 100,000 all time views just in time for my 19th birthday, and so to celebrate both these things I'm finally hosting the giveaway I hinted at in my previous Too Faced post.

The giveaway prize is the winner's choice of a Too Faced chocolate eyeshadow palette, which includes the Chocolate Bar, Chocolate Bon-Bons and Semi-Sweet palettes! Yay!

Very Superstitious - LUSH Halloween 2016

On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the #MiracleOnFargate Christmas event at LUSH Sheffield. Whilst the event was to showcase the new Christmas range, we also were also given demos of the lovely Halloween goodies which were also released recently. Due to this, I have decided to split up the details of the event into two posts, with this first post being a look at the spooktacular Halloween treats that LUSH has in store for us this year.

Review: LUSH American Cream Conditioner

Conditioner is something I've never really been fussy about, mainly using whatever my mum had bought that week. However since I've had my hair cut shorter, keeping it in good, soft condition has become my top priority. 

When I did my awesome LUSH haul, I decided treating myself to some good conditioner would definitely be worth my while. The conditioner I chose was American Cream - a milkshake thick, sweet smelling delight that quickly became my favourite LUSH product ever.

Review: LUSH Hair Custard

I recently did a huge £45 LUSH haul, with Hair Custard being the product voted for on Twitter to have the first, full review. I'm actually really glad this product was chosen first, as I have some things to say about it which I felt were better to just get out of the way rather than leave until the last review.

Hair Custard is described as an "eggs-clusive Oxford Street hair dressing for fighting static and adding moisture and shine" with an absolutely dreamy scent. But in this case, is the proof really in the pudding? *cringe*

A £45 LUSH Haul

Oops, I did it again. I slipped and accidentally splurged £45 on some lovely LUSH goodies. I didn't even have a legit reason to in all honesty (my last big haul was due to my fabulous A Level results) but that's never stopped me before *wink*.

This time I was simply looking to buy some more solid shampoo and ended up being enticed in by the rest of the website. I did manage to order the solid shampoo I was after, but also topped up my basket with conditioner, hair 'custard' (whaaa?) solid deodorant and some dusting powder. Bang tidy.

Review: LUSH Cup O' Coffee Face & Body Mask

It's about time I reviewed LUSH's cult classic Cup O' Coffee face and body mask as it's a product I've come to use more and more regularly since first purchasing it back in May.

Before I start on the review, can we all just appreciate how the above picture is absolute LUSH porn. Just look at that little bubble. It looks so good, it makes me want to scoop it out and cover my face with it. Luckily that's what you're supposed to do, so I don't seem too weird for saying that.

How To Be The Perfect Blogger

I got my nails done as a treat for myself on Saturday after a semi-hectic week at work, and it actually made me giggle how having nude pink nails made me feel like a 'real' blogger, despite not really being able to even type with them.

It got me thinking about what other blogging stereotypes there is, something I first touched on in my 'I drank coffee, am I a real blogger yet?' post wayyyyy back in March, so I came up with this post poking fun at all the blogger stereotypes out there.

Review: High-End Skincare With Dr Botanicals

I'm a huge skincare junkie, so I was really excited when I received a parcel of skincare goodies* from Dr Botanicals. Tearing open the paper, I was surprised to find myself with two, full-sized pots of daily moisturiser and night cream. They were certainly not sample sizes.

I checked their website and was almost dumbstruck to see the pots were over £100 each, so do you know what I did? (And no, I didn't stick them on eBay)

Review: Too Faced Born This Way Concealer in 'Very Fair'

Yay! It's time for the third review from my £100 Too Faced Haul, and this time you've voted for the Born This Way concealer to be reviewed and swatched in full. 

This concealer is a relatively new product which was only released in June this year and is something I was dying to order as soon as I could.

Review: Too Faced 'Totally Cute' Palette

This is a post I was really excited to write, so I'm so glad you guys voted for it to be the second to be reviewed from my £100 Too Faced Haul, the first being my Melted Chocolate Milkshake lipstick. I also have an exciting announcement at the end of this post, so keep your eyes peeled!

So YAAAAASSS I got my hands on Too Faced's newest limited edition palette, the Totally Cute eyeshadow palette and it is probably the most adorable thing I have ever owned.

Review: Too Faced Melted Lipstick in 'Chocolate Milkshake'

As promised, a full review and swatches of my Too Faced Melted Chocolate Milkshake lipstick, as first mentioned in my £100 Too Faced Haul post. This post was voted for on Twitter as the first part of my haul you'd like to see!

The Too Faced Melted Chocolate range was released this past Spring as a spin-off to their classic Melted liquid lipsticks line. Infused with real cocoa powder, I couldn't resist ordering Chocolate Milkshake after I swatched it in-store. 

A £100 Too Faced Haul

Sometimes, we just gotta drop some dollar. Not my own money (Jesus, no) but the money my parents gave me for my A Level results. I got an A* and two B's, equalling a saucy £200 from El Parente. So what did I do? I blew that bitch on a cheeky £100 Too Faced haul. YAAAAAAAASS FELICIA.

The products I bought were an eyeshadow palette, primer, concealer and a lipstick. Let's take a look, shall we?

A £3 'They're Real!' Mascara Dupe? Get Real...

As I've said before,  I don't really believe in dupes. Something may be the same colour and packaging, but that doesn't mean that the quality and finish is the same and it's very rare that I come across a true dupe.

W7 is a brand well-known for "dupes", a brand a personally loathe (what can I say, I'm a makeup snob LOL), but when my little sister convinced me to buy their £3 mascara as it just looked "soooooo similar", to my beloved Benefit's 'They're Real!', I gave in and purchased it anyway.

Let's chat... Budget VS. Blow-Out Beauty

I'm a big fan of three sayings - 'You Get What You Pay For', 'Quality over Quantity' and 'Go Big or Go Home' (especially when regarding shopping sprees and eyeliner flicks) and I live my life and spending habits via these key phrases.

However, in the beauty world us makeup addicts are frowned upon for two things; buying really expensive makeup... and buying really cheap makeup. Both of which cancel out the other. Amidst a sea of 'dupes' and alternatives, is it true that you really do get what you pay for? Or shall we just forget about the price tag *cue Jessie J music.*

My Lime Crime Customer Care Experience

So you all know I am a massive Lime Crime fan and I have spoke about and reviewed them on this blog several times, most recently defending all the controversy surrounding them in my post 'Why I support Lime Crime.'

I have never before had a problem with one of my orders, however when my Faded Velvetine arrived watery and patchy I decided this was an excellent opportunity to see their customer service for myself.

Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts - Blusher, Bronzer & Highlighter Swatches

I'm supposed to be on a spending ban until after my holiday, but after spotting these babies in Superdrug for £4.99 each, I totally couldn't resist picking them up. I know, I'm a bad girl.

I chose a blusher, bronzer and highlighter and all three of them are totally beautiful. Let's see some swatches!

10 Things Every Girl Knows About Shopping In Primark

Ah, Primark. The one place you can get a Topshop replica skirt for a fiver and lose yourself in an array of £1 patterned knickers, all whilst getting up close and personal with almost every other person in the store.

It's fabulous. It's brutal. It's cheap. But we wouldn't have it any other way. Here's 10 things every girl knows from shopping in Primark.

Why I'm Happy To Wear "Too Much Makeup"

My boyfriend said to me again recently, as he does almost every other day when I'm whining that my foundation didn't come out right; "Babe, you don't need makeup." As usual, I laugh at him and roll my eyes, turning back to the mirror. He doesn't understand, bless him.

I don't wear makeup because I feel I need it. I wear it because I love it. Makeup is fun, it can turn me into a totally different person from one day to the next. But in a world where girls and women are shamed for wearing "too much makeup", it seems a lot of people just don't understand our reasons for piling on the slap.

DIY Perfectly Pale Foundation

I myself am as fair as they come, a pale princess, meaning I can literally never find a foundation shade to match my skin tone. Because of this, I've started creating my own foundation.

It's incredibly easy, and this little post will show you exactly how to rock your pretty pale complexion to the fullest with this simple DIY.

July 2016 Instagram Round-Up

I've been pretty active on Instagram this past month and so thought it would be fun to do my first Instagram round-up. I tend to post more about my life outside blogging on my Instagram than I do on my blog or Twitter, so I feel explaining the moments behind the photos would be a great way for you all to get to know me better.

What's In My Holiday Bag?

It's finally come around! I go on holiday with my family and Sam on Saturday and I am seriously so excited, we've been planning this holiday since this time last year and it's going to be amazing to have some time away from everything.

As there's five of us going, I only have limited space to pack my things in, meaning I'm going to have to stick to the bare minimum makeup wise *cry*. So read on to see what's definitely going in my holiday bag!

10 Things I've Learned From Working Full-Time

I've been at my new job for just over a month now and it's such a huge leap from school, what with the massively increased hours and a totally new environment.

Despite being a challenge, these past few weeks I've learned loads of new things, which I've managed to whittle down to 10 things I've learned from working full-time.

I Try The Make Up For Ever 'Artist Rouge' Collection*

Being a beauty blogger has some amazing perks, one of them being that I was able to try the brand-new Make Up For Ever 'Artist Rouge' lipstick collection a whole week and a half before they were released in stores! It feels like I've finally carved my place in the beauty blogging world, no matter how teeny my blog may currently be.

I was lucky enough to receive not one, not two, but three gorgeous lipsticks in some seriously drool-worthy shades.

Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave Palette

A better photo for this post would be an image of me chasing after a bandwagon, trying to jump on it but being a little too late and falling over, because here's me reviewing the Makeup Revolution 'Fortune Favours The Brave' palette months after everyone else... oops.

But seriously, just LOOK AT IT. Look how pretty it is! How can I not be totally obsessed? It's beaaauuuutiiiful.

How To Have The Perfect Girly Pamper Night

I'm writing this in the bath during my own pampering sesh, after being hit with inspiration over how simply divine it is. 

Now that I'm working full time, it's so important that I make the effort to have some time to myself to just relax, so what better way to do it than with the ultimate pamper night?

£6.50 MAC Velvet Teddy Dupe

I only bought the cult-classic MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick on Friday (you may have seen my excited tweets), but before I even had time to write a review on it, I accidentally bought a dupe for it on Sunday. 

I'm pretty sure this means I need to venture out of my comfort zone when it comes to lipstick shades as I seem to be drawn to the same ones every time, but at least it makes for an awesome dupe blog post!

Illamasqua #VeganBeautyMasterclass Blogger Event

Last Wednesday myself and Miya were lucky enough to be invited to the Illamasqua Vegan Beauty Masterclass in Meadowhall. Always eager at the chance to play with makeup and meet up with fellow bloggers, we jumped at the opportunity.

I've been interested in Vegan beauty for a few months now and I have already begun phasing non-cruelty free skincare and shower products from my routine, however makeup is something I've not yet branched into.

Review: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Foundation in 'Believe In Me Ivory'

Blimey, what a mouthful of a title! Benefit are known for their fun and quirky product names (Dew The Hoola, anyone?) and Hello Flawless is no exception. This is Benefit's first liquid foundation, which was created in 2012 and somehow has taken me four years to get round to finally trying.

I acquired this foundation after I had a little bit of a disaster when being colour-matched by another brand. I ran straight to a Benefit stand and begged the Benebabe to fix my face - I'm so glad she did as I fell in love with this foundation from the moment she applied it.

July Beauty Tryouts

My first sassy bag spill photo - I think I pulled it off quite nicely!

Today's post is something I've been wanting to do for a while after seeing it on several other blogs, primarily A Girl Obsessed, who is my biggest idol and inspiration. I buy so much makeup but most of it I never actually write about, so a tryouts post is a great idea and a way of organising which products I need to do full reviews on!

Review: Lime Crime Venus II Palette


Phew, after my first week at my full time job I've finally got round to rescuing my little abandoned blog (yay!)

What better to start off with than a review of Lime Crime's fabulous Venus II palette, following on from my review of Venus: The Grunge Palette from a few weeks ago.

Benefit Cosmetics #AbracadaBROW Blogger Event

Yesterday I was insanely lucky enough to be invited to the Benefit #AbracadaBROW blogger's event at John Lewis in Sheffield. Two hours dedicated solely to brows? Yes please!

My eyebrows have always been something I've pretty much ignored during my beauty routine, so it was absolutely amazing to be taught how to define them properly into signature Benefit WOW Brows.

Why I Buy From Lime Crime, Despite All The Controversy

After a question I received from a friend about yesterday's review, I decided to write this post. Reading through my blog, you'll know that Lime Crime is my favourite brand. It's pretty obvious via my posts and my Instagram feed that I basically worship their products.

However,  I am aware that Lime Crime is a controversial company for many reasons, and I would like to explain my reasons why I still choose to buy from them.

Review: Lime Crime Venus Palette

*SCREAMS* Look what arrived! I have been wanting to get my hands on this palette for so long, and I finally took the plunge last weekend and ordered both the Venus and the Venus II palette from the Lime Crime website. I am so insanely glad that I did, because - spoiler alert -  it is probably the best palette I have ever bought, which is coming from the girl who owns a Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly palette...

How I Gained THOUSANDS Of Page Views In Just One Month

Before I start this post, let me throw some numbers at you...

In December 2015, I managed a total of 600 monthly page views. 
However in January 2016, I had 6,500 monthly views.

That was more than ten times the views of the previous month. Crazy right? So what's my secret?

How To Keep Your Brushes Clean And Fluffy

A few years ago, when I was 16, I wondered why I kept getting spots even though I kept my skin really clean. The culprit? My absolutely filthy makeup brushes. All my careful cleansing was being wasted from using dirty brushes on my skin. Yeah. Ew. 

Since then I have been pretty vigilant with keeping my brushes clean, especially since I invested in some gorgeous Spectrum brushes a couple of months ago.

Review: Too Faced 'Justify My Love' Love Flush Blush

When I first hit pan on my Benefit Dandelion powder, I was devastated. But I quickly cheered up when I realised it meant I had no choice but to purchase another blusher, cue my excitement at buying the gorgeous Justify My Love Love Flush blush from Too Faced.

These beautiful blushes have been an Instagram favourite since about July last year, sweetening up flat-lays with a pretty pop of pink. The colour I went for was Justify My Love, a bright bubblegum pink with gold sparkle.

Review: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

I'm a stickler for a good deal, so when I got an email from Benefit detailing how their new Goof Proof brow pencil was available as a free gift with this month's ELLE magazine, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it.

Goof Proof is part of Benefit's fabulous new brows range which is in store from the 24th of this month, so it felt pretty cool to be able to try it early.

Review: Lime Crime Teddy Bear Velvetine

I am obsessed with Melanie Martinez. I own her album, a set of pin badges and have two huge posters hanging in my room. Her music is constantly on whenever I'm in the car and I ache to be as adorable and delicate as her.

I am also totally obsessed with Lime Crime, so imagine how excited I was when I saw Lime Crime were collaborating with her for a limited edition Velvetine, based on her song 'Teddy Bear.'

Lime Crime 2 Moods Duo Review & Swatches

If you're following me on Twitter you'll know I have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of my latest beauty buy - the Lime Crime 2 Moods Velvetine duo. The duo is a combination of two gorgeous colours, a pretty pink, and a sultry dark purple, perfectly suited to me and my best friend.

Well yesterday it arrived and I could not be more excited to write this post!

LUSH Ethics #HappyAndHandmade Blogger Event

Last night was a huge first for me - I went to my first ever blog event! To make it even better it was with my absolute favourite skincare brand, LUSH.

I was so excited when I received an invite to the event at the LUSH store in Sheffield, and rightly so, I had an amazing time.