November 23, 2016
This week I wanted to share with you all the make up related items i've been loving recently. My make up collection is quite small (if I had too much i'd never use half of it!) So without further ado just keep on reading if you'd like to know what is in my make up bag! I've not mentioned lip products though, as I've got another post coming up where I talk about some new ones i've been trying out - stay tuned for that!
ConcealersI have gone through so many tubes of the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye Concealer due to the fact it blends in so well and is one of those products that you can wear easily without foundation. I'm not one for anything Ant-ageing (yet!) at the mere age of 23, but this concealer is just a must in my makeup bag and is also really good for covering up redness too. I tend to use this one on my face compared to the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer. It is a two in one concealer and highlighter so this means it is more illuminating and conceals signs of tiredness really well (it's a life saver during early mornings!) so I tend to use this more under the eye area.
The foundation that I wore for ages was the Estee Lauder Double wear and I absolutely loved it for its amazing staying power and coverage (back in the days when I had quite bad acne). Now by skin has improved, I was thrilled when they introduced Double wear Light. It works just as well as the original one, but is no where near as heavy but still gives great coverage during times when I need it. Another two i've also been wearing is the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder. I tend to wear Laura Mercier more in the summer months, as it gives me coverage and stops by skin getting oily due to the heat, but i still keep it in the makeup bag. Rimmel Match Perfection is a great budget foundation, it's really easy to apply but i'd say it's light to medium coverage and had good staying power! I'd say it is great to wear throughout the day and it also has SPF 20 - win!
I tend to not go high end when it comes to powders, this is partly because I haven't tried many but also because I've been so impressed with the budget ones. First on the list is the No 7 perfectly bronzed dual bronzer, I like this one as it gives you the option of two shades but I tend to mix them together to get the perfect bronzed glow. It also sits on top of foundation really well and doesn't feel too heavy. A second favourite of mine in the bronzer department is the Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer. This is a lighter shade compared to the No 7 one, so if I'm going for more of a natural look, then I'll definitely pick this one. It blends in really nicely with the foundation and has a nice sheen to it also to give your skin a subtle glow. When I'm not wearing bronzer then I'll always go back to the trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, it completely does the job and is so worth the money (it's only £3.99!). Lastly, I use just a no 7 blusher. I'm not a fan of blushers really and this is the only one in my make up bag. However, this product does give my cheeks a nice rosy colour and also stays on very well, so can't complain really! The only thing i'd say really is that it's quite pigmented so I wouldn't use a lot, a little goes a long way.
I'm very hit and miss when it comes to eye make up as I do have quite oily eye lids, therefore, I always have the problem of it smudging or wearing off after a few hours. There's still quite a few products i'd like to try but these ones have never failed me. Even though I love the Benefit Brow Zings brow shaping kit, the L'Oreal Brow Artiste Genius kit is amazing for a fraction of the price! It makes filling in my eyebrows really easy and is just the perfect colour for me. A massive thumbs up!
When it comes to eyeliners, there are three on the menu. For a good, every day eye liner that stays on then the Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner is the best of the bunch. I have the worlds most oily eyelids so not many eyeliners stay on, but this one does and it's so inexpensive! If I wear eyeliner under my eyes for a a party or dinner out, then I'll also wear the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner. This products has highly concentrated pigments and claims to be smudge-proof/waterproof for 24 hours. For the £7.99 price tag, it completely lives up to its expectations and is a great gel liner. Thirdly, the Estee Lauder Little Black Liner is a great one to have and is an excellent eyeliner. It goes on really well and is amazing if you like the cat eye flick. It also has two different applications so you can go from a daytime to evening eye look in just one product. This one is perfect to have in your handbag if you're rushing to a dinner or event after a busy day at work.
I'm a bit hit and miss when it comes to mascaras - i've tried high end and low end ones but i've always seemed to get bored of mascaras really easily. The one i'm giving a go at the moment is the Maybelline Lash Sesentional Lash Multiplying Mascara and so far I am actually quite impressed with it. It definitely lengthens your lashes and gives them volume. However, when I purchased this I thought it was waterproof so I'm looking forward to testing that version out. When it comes to eye makeup, it seems to run off so easily on me, so anything waterproof is top of my list.
Have you tried any of these? What make up products can't you live without? any recommendations?
November 08, 2016
As I sit here with my thick jumper on, bed socks and cup of tea it's made me realise how bitterly cold it has got the last few weeks. Can you believe it's November already? to be honest, this time of year is always my favourite. I love the crisp cold air, warm fires, cups of hot chocolate and all the other cliche things that Autumn has to offer. I'm not a massive fan of really hot weather, so it's really lovely to enjoy some good, old British sunshine in temperatures of about eleven/twelve degrees, am I mad? probably.
I'm quite sad that this year is drawing to a close as I've had a lot of amazing experiences and opportunities. I'm excited to see what 2017 will bring, and of course what the last few months of 2016 has for me. I don't want to start using the 'Christmas' word too much yet (says the person who is already writing her Christmas shopping list..). As much as I love the festive season, it just doesn't feel right to talk about it or play cheesy Christmas songs until December 1st. Who agrees? Although, I will be spending this month buying gifts as I hopefully will be attending a few christmas fairs - it's never too early to be prepared!
Anyway I thought i'd talk about the month ahead. My goals, aspirations and what i'm up to. This month is fairly quiet and I haven't really got a lot going on..but i'm using this as a time to get myself ready for a busy December!
One: commit to uploading a blog post at least once a week
After finishing my degree, I took a few months off blogging. This was just to re-charge my batteries and to help find my love for writing again after producing a 8,000 word dissertation (never again..). Now I have some extra time on my hands, I want to be able to produce a blog post at least once a week and hopefully upload on the same day and time. Lets see if this happens.
Two: eating better and drinking more water
My eating habits have been a bit rubbish the last few weeks. I think I just got sucked back into a 'bad habit' routine. I'm not really that unhealthy when it comes to food as I still eat three meals a day and I don't snack that often, I think it is just a case of paying a bit more attention about what goes into my body. I do get a bit lazy sometimes and don't realise how many calories are actually in certain foods (oops!) Secondly, I need to drink more water which I've tried and failed so many times but I'm determined to get there! I've gone from fizzy drinks to sparkling water now which is a start but hopefully I can wean myself off that so I drink more still water. Fingers crossed.
Three: set myself a challenge
When I say 'challenge' this could be learning something new or just generally getting better at anything. I guess trying to commit to one blog post a week is a challenge.. i'd like to say that blogging everyday during December could be a challenge but we will see. Maybe i'll up how many blog posts I write a week or something. I've also got my eye on quite a few 'blogging' books which I feel may give me some motivation or inspiration when it comes to running a blog that bit more seriously.
Four: turning my blog in a more 'lifestyle' direction
As much as i'd still like to write about beauty and fashion, my primary aim is to concentrate on more lifestyle topics, just because I feel that path is maybe more suited to me. When i started this blog a few years ago, my interests were a lot different. Now i'm getting older, there is a lot more I want to say and feel comfortable talking about and i'd like that to eventually show on here.
What are you plans for November?
October 18, 2016
Hey and welcome back to my blog!
I'm so sorry i've been gone for literally months but i've had so much happen that've had no time to even think let alone write a blog post. However, there is no excuse and I hope to be back again for good this time. I've got so much to catch you guys up on so please feel free to grab a cup of whatever you fancy and i'll let you all know what's been going on.
It is with great sadness...
So, i'd be lying if I sat here and said I had the greatest few months because it wasn't like that before the summer. Near the end of my third year at university, one of old school friends passed away from cancer. Normally I don't really like to tell people the not so nice things that happen but things happen in life and it's best to show you that life is not a bunch of roses one hundred percent of the time. I can't thank the university enough for allowing me to come home early as well as to have an extension on my dissertation. This meant I was able to complete my degree as well as deal with what had happened and to celebrate his life with everyone who knew and shared his life with him.
I have a new blog design!
On a lighter note, I finally did the one thing I've been wanting to do for ages and get my blog re-designed! Now, the whole process is a blog post in itself and I definitely underestimated how much you need to considered when having your blog re-done. If you want to know more about this I will definitely answer your questions but I don't want this blog post to be the length of a book (ha!). So, how did I come up with the design? well the lovely and amazing talented Giada from Miel Cafe Design completely worked her magic and created this page into a work of art, after countless emails and me changing my mind every five minutes (that girl has the patience of a saint!). If you are looking for a website/blog designer I highly recommend them and her so please go and check them out here.
Nobody likes you when you're 23...
Yes, that's right - I turned a year older, another year wiser (kind of!) and I celebrated it with a lot of food and drink, you know as you should do. During the day I went to Daylesford Organic Farm and then I went to Zizzi in the evening. I don't really have a lot to say about this really, apart from I got extremely spoilt and I ate a lot of food, just celebrating the right way. I'm also currently burning the candle that I got on my birthday, which is great as I'll always have a scent that reminds me of my 23rd birthday. Here's to the next year of my life.
Promotion at work
During my time at university, I used to work for LUSH during the holidays. After I finished university a few months ago, I decided to go back there and I got promoted to supervisor at the end of August. I was so happy about this as it gave me the chance to take on more responsibility and to be more involved within the company. Obviously with a new job comes a lot of new stuff to learn but I think i'm picking it up quite quickly!
Lots of love,
At the beginning of September, I watched my friend get married which made me feel all kinds of emotions. I was mainly so happy as i've been friends with her for 7 years (and her and her now husband have been together the whole time i've known her) but I was also scared by the fact my friends are NOW getting married which makes me feel a bit old, to be honest (ha!). Anyway, the wedding was so pretty and magical - I wish I could of attended the whole thing though!
I graduated from Falmouth University with a 2:1 in Journalism which I was so happy about. I haven't actually decided what I am going to do now I have degree but in the future I think I want to go into digital marketing or public relations but i'll see, not in a rush to find that job yet. The day though was the most amazing experience except it went so quickly *sob* and only lasted a few hours, but being able to wear a cap and gown for even half a day was so worth it.
Phew, that's all for now. What have you been doing?
May 23, 2016
Having an excellent skincare routine to suit you is very important. Throughout the years, I have gone through a 'trail and error' with many different products, especially as my skin is Acne prone. I've had the privilege of seeing a dermatologist about my skin this year, who has offered me a lot of help and advice on what to look for (and not..), what foods and liquids I should add to my diet and just general lifestyle changes. However, the one thing that made the whole experience worthwhile has definitely having some great skincare in my bathroom cupboard and a routine that works for me. I've teamed up with Farfetch to share my top four skincare tips for when the weather gets warmer and the days get longer (Yayyy!)
Wear your SPF
I can not stress this enough; sun protection is SO important this time of year. However, I believe you should wear it all year round, regardless of the weather. A SPF moisturiser is always a good item to have in your skincare draw, I don't have the fairest skin but I always use 50+ on my face regardless. Even if you are fully clothed, your face has the most contact with the sun, so I believe that a high sun protection is a must. Also, just because your skin doesn't look sun damaged does not mean it isn't. So, make sure you wear it! I'd recommend the Skinesis Dynamic Defence by Sarah Chapman, it has an SPF 15 and is perfect as a daily moisturiser for this time of year. It has both UVA and UVB, look for products that have both! If you were looking for something cheaper, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50 is great too; it leaves a matte finish so it's perfect for oilier skin as it sinks in easily. It's also has a light consistency and is un-fragranced which makes it perfect for even the most sensitive skin.
Due to the hotter weather, my skin tends to get slightly oiler as well as generally getting all sweaty (nice..). To make sure my skin stays its best, I like to deeply cleanse with a face mask. I swear by these; there is nothing more relaxing than chilling with one on your face. BLISS. I tend to do this twice a week and leave it for about 15 minutes. Personally, I've left mine on for way longer than that and it has actually benefited my skin - it's entirely up to you what you'd like to do though. A High End mask I recommend is the Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Rose Mask, it's great for reducing inflammation and hydrating dull and dehydrated skin. It's also great for all skin types, even sensitive. A great, cheaper version is the Super Facialist Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask, this one is great for hydrate, replenishing your skin and giving it a bit of a plump. If you want a bit of radiance in your life, try this one!
Probably a really obvious one, but I am definitely one to not have my 2 litres of water a day! Water does wonders for your skin. According to WebMD drinking plenty of water can stop your skin looking dry and wrinkled; which is what you start to get if you are dehydrated. If you don't really like the taste of water (it can be a bit bland..) why not add some slices of lemon? mint? cucumber? the possibilities are endless but it will make sure you get your intake and your skin will look naturally brighter and healthier!
Use a Serum/Oil over a moisturiser
I always find moisturisers a bit too heavy on my skin during the summer months, so I opt for either a serum or an oil instead as these will re-hydrate your skin but will feel lighter on your face. I really love the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil - this one helps improve the appearance of your skin and is especially good for correcting any damage from the sun, air or pollution. If you are out a lot during the summer, this is a great one to use before going to bed. It also calms, soothes and gives your skin radiance. However, I think Lush Full of Grace Serum works amazingly and is far cheaper if you're on a budget. It has a blend of essential oils and mixed Portobello mushrooms for their skin-protecting properties as well as chamomile blue oil and calamine powder to calm your skin and helps redness, it also controls oils too!
Thank you to FarFetch for giving me the challenge of figuring out my ultimate skincare secrets. I really hope you enjoy the post as much as I enjoyed writing it. FarFetch launched their beauty section at the beginning of this year; if you are looking for some high end skincare for your summer skincare cupboard; definitely check them out!
What are your skincare tips for summer? I'd love to know!
This post is in collaboration with Farfech, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!
This post is in collaboration with Farfech, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!