Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas


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Today is Christmas day and I think I have done a total of 5 posts in the last two months. It is not for the lack of love for blogging it's simply that I want to produce high quality content. I have been taking photos and they just never seem good enough. However I just want you to know that I am still around and I have big plans and ideas moving into the new year.

As you may have read in my previous post I was meant to be in Austria with my family but unfortunately that didn't pan out and I'm at home celebrating with my husband and cat. My family are now coming to the UK on boxing day and I cannot wait! I will be taking some lifestyle photos of their stay and will be posting them up on here so please check that out!

I wish you all an amazing and safe Christmas! xx

Saturday, 5 December 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas


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It's that time of the year again when we put up our trees, eat and drink more than we should and spend money we don't necessary have yet we all have the best time doing it. I am very blessed this year and will be spending Christmas with my family (who are flying over from New Zealand) in Austria. My husband and I leave on the 19th of December which sadly means there is no point in putting up a Christmas Tree as we don't return until the 2nd of January. We also haven't been going crazy on the Christmas present front, in fact my husband and I have a pack that we are not buying each other presents this year and we are keeping other family members presents very simple (aka cheap).

I know there is more to Christmas than presents and decorations but I do believe it plays impact in your festive cheer. Due to chopping these things out I just haven't been getting into the Christmas cheer which is completely out of character for me. In a desperate state to get into the festive mood I have changed up my make up to fit the theme.

You all know by now my absolute love for Charlotte Tilbury make up and Red Carpet red has been non-stop on my lips. Teaming the lipstick with the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette screams Christmas! On days when I want to wear a nude lip I have been using the Rimmel Kate Rose Gold Eye Shadow Stick and I really can't get enough of this. The shadow is super creamy and easy to blend out so you can get away wearing it during the day. OPI Danke-Shiny Red is everything that I love in a red nail polish. It is a deep red with an amazing subtle glitter running through it. Everytime I wear this I get so many compliments.

I have been really getting into reading books and I have never read a Christmas book before so this year I want to give it a go! I haven't read any of it yet so I will let you know my thoughts when I've finished. While I'm curled up reading my Christmas book I love to smell nice and my favourite perfume at the moment is YSL Black Opium. It is a warm vanilla scent which some people find very sweet but I absolutely adore it!

What are your favourite things to do for Christmas?

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Make-up Haul


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I am pleased to say that after 3 months I finally have the internet! I have missed blogging and reading other people's blogs so much. It's amazing how disconnected I felt without the internet but I have been filling up my time with other things that I really missed doing like reading books and spending more time with family and friends. However I have to admit my favourite hobby is definitely blogging and while I've been 'offline' I have still been taking photos and planning posts. I have so much content to post on here and I can't wait for you all to see it!

What better way to celebrate the return of the internet than with a Make-up Haul!

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I went into Topshop to find the Sunbeam highlighter because I have read many blog posts that rave about this product so I couldn't resist checking it out myself. I have a few Topshop makeup bits and have been really impressed with it all and this highlighter in Sunbeam (£10.00) is no exception. It is a stunning gold highlight which is very pigmented and is jam packed with shine. It will be perfect for the summer with a tan,

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I went to Selfridges a few weeks back and they have the most beautiful Christmas decorations. They also have the most amazing Christmas gift sets that I think I'll be getting all my Christmas shopping done there! As you can see I also went a teeny tiny bit crazy at the Charlotte Tilbury stand. If you don't know Charlotte Tilbury is my all time favourite make-up brand. Everything I have purchased I've been so impressed with so when I heard that she had launched a new foundation I knew I had to get my hands on it! I got the Magic Foundation (£29.50) in the shade 2 fair (which might be a little pale for me but I just use bronzer to warm my face up). It is very light in texture and I would say it has a light-medium coverage rather than full coverage finish as advertised on the website. When first applied I wasn't impressed. It just sat on top of my skin, you could see the brush (which I also got for £45.00) lines and it just wasn't a good look. However you have to give the foundation time to settle on the skin. After 5 mins the foundation blurred with my skin and the brush lines were gone. It gave my skin a lovely semi matte finish and while it covered redness and scarring it didn't quite cover any spots I had so I would have to use concealer to cover those (Charlotte Tilbury claims that it will cover spots but it didn't work for me). I am disappointed to say that while it is a good foundation it's not my favourite.

While I was at the stand I couldn't walk away without picking up a lipstick. I love the formula of the matte revolution lipsticks and I am slowly collecting them all. I got Red Carpet Red (£23.00) as with all the Christmas around the corner I thought this would be a good pick. Just like the other colours I have this lipstick did not disappoint! Its a rich red that I am happy to wear during the day as well as at night.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Trick or Treat | Halloween Special


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Halloween is a bit of a love or hate holiday. I have heard all the arguments against it and for it but I approach the day like Christmas or Easter - it's just a little bit of fun! I was raised a Catholic but now I don't really follow any religion (not out of spite but just pure laziness (if I'm being totally honest)). I had so much fun carving my pumpkins this year. I did the pumpkin with the toothpicks as teeth and my husband did the pumpkin with the big evil grin. From a distance the spiders on the cobwebs actually look alive which scared me a few times when I was arranging the display!

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I didn't have any amazing plans for Halloween as I was more excited this year having trick or treaters come to my door. The outfits the kids had where amazing! I had witches, zombies and even Harry Potter! I got so many trick or treaters I had ruffle in my cupboard for something to give the kids as I had run out of supplies! I also wanted to join the fun and dressed up as a not-so-scary Halloween cat with my glittery ears I bought a few years ago from New Look. I am sad to say that one of the ears has now fallen off as it got caught in my hair *sniff*

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We stopped having visitors to our door at about 8:30pm and decided to put a horror movie on. We watched Poltergeist and I am a real chicken when it comes to movies but this film just made me laugh.

I hope you all had an amazing Halloween! It's now definitely one step closer to Christmas now!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Autumn Makeup


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I like to keep my make up very seasonal so I have now ditched the bright pink lipsticks and coral blushes for smoky eyes and dramatic eyeliner. For the skin I love contouring in the colder months as I tend to ditch the bronzer. The Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow is the best make up product I have ever invested in to contour with. I also like wearing a very matte foundation so I have pulled out my much loved Laura Mercia Silk Creme Foundation (it has now been re-formulated which I am yet to try) and team it with the primer which is so light weight so it leaves the skin feeling like it can still breathe. Sometimes I feel like my skin can look grey and lifeless so as a added boost of glow I've been mixing the Burberry Fresh Glow in with my foundation to lift everything up.

My favourite look in the autumn and winter months is having a blush that makes your cheeks looks like you have just come into a warm cafe from being outside in the icy cold air. Stay Blushed by Rimmel in sun kissed cherry is a great transitional shade to achieve this. It's a creme formula which makes for easy application if you want to create a very subtle look.

I cannot express my love in words how much I love a great smoky eye. I love using warm chocolate and chestnut browns and the Nars 'And God Created the Woman' has been perfect for this (I got this as a Christmas present last year from a good friend of mine- I hope they bring it out again for this year!).

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It's all about berry lips, in all textures for me at the moment. The Maybelline Color Drama in Keep it Classy is stunning for a day time look and when I really want to stand out I wear Dior Mysterious Shock which was a Christmas limited edition product last year.

If you are going to be wearing a lot of smoky eyes this season I would highly recommend putting an eye primer like the Urban Decay Potion Primer underneath so the shadow doesn't crease or move out of place. When I'm going out I also like to finish my eye look with a bold liner and lashes of mascara. Rimmel Exaggerate liner is super easy to use and dries fast so it doesn't smear.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Supercurler Mascara | Rimmel London


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I have never been a big lover of mascara as I have never really noticed a huge difference between any two. However when I was looking at the "new in" section of the Rimmel stand I couldn't help but notice this mascara calling out to me. I don't know if it's the purple packaging or the fact that it claimed to give an 24 hour curl that made me pick this little guy up but I was totally gravitated to it. The price point is budget friendly at £6.99 from Boots.

Rimmel pitches this product to be a: revolution in lash curling – mascara and lash curler in one! Formula with Lash Curling Power gives an instant 90° curve which holds for 24 hours. (Don't you love it when products claim to do amazing things like "give an instant 90° curve" - really makes me want to prove them otherwise!)

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This Supercurler is everything I have ever looked and hoped for in a mascara. Firstly I love how the brush is a eye-shaped curve because it fits perfectly into the shape of the eye. It makes for easy, mistake-proof application which I'm completely stunned about as I always get mascara on my eyelid. The bristles get right into each lash and it coats each individual lash without any clumping. The Supercurler doesn't give much volume but the curl and length results are so extra-ordinary I don't care about the volume.

For the first time a mascara has actually made me go "oo" and "ahh" when I have applied it. It seriously gives you an full curl and it holds! I haven't worn it for 24 hours but it does stand up to a whole day which, to be honest, didn't think could exist. I don't use my eyelash curlers at all since I started using this mascara- hooray!

I have not experienced any panda eyes and taking it off in the evening is an absolute dream as a couple of light swipes with my make up remover clears the product right off. If you are looking for a new mascara I seriously recommend trying this one but even if you aren't looking for a new mascara I also recommend just ditching your current one and trying this one anyway (yup I seriously think it's that good).

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee | Book Review


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I remember in school having to read To Kill a Mockingbird and it completely opened my eyes and inspired me to be a lawyer. I wanted to fight for justice, to change the world and stand up for what is right. Go Set A Watchman fast forwards us to Scout moving into adulthood. She is confused why her hometown sees black people being subhuman and beneath white people. She is confused and angered at how society in the South of America is structured as she does not see why white people are dumbing down black people. From Scout's point of view from the things she saw as a child in To Kill a Mockingbird that people are just people and that there is no split in society. In Go Set A Watchman, Scout is faced with big reality checks which completely takes her off guard. She is faced with seeing loved ones in a completely new light. It made me reflect on the changes I equally went through- growing from a child into an adult.

This book made me reflect on how I saw the world. Taking into account when Harper Lee wrote this story to how society has changed today is disgusting. We are still fighting the same issues, still fighting for equality yet there still isn't any change in society. Will society ever be equal is the question? And if not, is the fight worth it? I believe that equality is unlikely to ever happen but we have to continue to bring good in the world as we need to be better than our "survivorship" instincts of having to put other people down to better ourselves. We don't need to be like that and if we can stop it we should.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

My Lipstick Handbag Stash


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The other day my friend had asked me whether I had a spare lipstick as she had forgotten to wear one that day. As I was trolling through my handbag and showing her the options I had it dawned on me that I stash a unhealthy amount of lipsticks in my bag. You could say I'm the "crazy lipstick lady" that carries 9 lipsticks around with her. There is noway that I need 9 lipsticks in my bag but it is what it is and I enjoy the safety of having options and being able to cater to any occasion.

I really do think the drug store does an amazing job on their lip products so much so that I feel that high end lipsticks are unjustified if it wasn't for the luxurious packaging. My most loved colours are definitely reds and berries. There is nothing which makes me more confident in myself than when I apply a beautiful red lipstick. One of my favourites the Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang. Also with autumn now upon us I love wearing the forever loved Kate Rimmel 107 and Charlotte Tilbury in Love Liberty. I always get compliments when I wear either of these colours. In the summer I really enjoy wearing bright pinks like Maybelline Colour Drama in Fuchsia Desire but I don't get so much wear out of these around these colder months.

But I'm going to be completely honest, I am passionate about all my lipstick colours. I love how your can really make a statement with lipstick or it works as a helping hand with a dramatic eye makeup look. There is an art to makeup and I just really appreciate how it can enhance or draw attention away from anything you want on your face.

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I don't think I will ever stop carrying around at least 10 different lipstick colours in different textures and finishes nor will I stop buying lipstick. Some people collect stamps, I collect lipsticks.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

No. 7 Deep Pore Purifier | Review


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You all know by now that I absolutely love the No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser so I thought I would try a few more No.7 skincare products. The Deep Pore Purifier is a targeted cleanser to deeply clean and purify pores around the nose, forehead and chin. The innovative scrub tip gently exfoliates and unblocks pores by dissolving and lifting pore clogging dirt that can cause blackheads. It works to instantly tighten pores, remove excess oils and leave skin feeling incredibly clean. The advanced Poreless complex helps to visibly reduce pore size and regulate sebum production to reveal beautiful clear and healthy looking skin.

This sounds perfect for a deep cleanse as I do suffer with black heads on my nose and I have noticed that I get a few blocked pores on my chin. It also is at a good price point of £12.00 and at the time I purchased this I got 3 for 2 at Boots.

The head of the product really interested me. It is flat headed with small bumps which you use to exfoliate your skin. You can twist the head to stop the product coming out of which is handy for travelling. The cleanser is a gel like texture which is clear and very light weight. It can be hard to see/feel whether you have applied any of the cleanser to your face.

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Overall I was a little disappointed in the product. The gel didn't really do anything for my skin and I had to use a lot in order to cover my whole face. The bumps on the flat head were really harsh on the skin and it felt sore afterwards. I have been using this for a month now and haven't noticed a change in my pores sadly. I give this product a thumbs down so I may just stick to my No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Primark Autumn Hat


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Anyone watch the England vs Australia rugby game last night? So disappointing England got knocked out! I'm not usually one for rugby but since moving to the UK from New Zealand I'm immensely proud that little old New Zealand has the best team in the world. I have been watching all the All Black games and because my husband is English I equally have been watching the England games as well. Who will be in the finals will be interesting! However rugby isn't the focus of this post but rather all things Autumn! While I like summer I do miss wearing berry lipsticks, boots with cute socks, hot chocolates, seamy baths, cosy slippers and furry coats. I have noticed all the shops have started bringing in all their Autumn/Winter collections and it looks amazing. I am a little apprehensive about the 70's trend but having seen the high street putting a modern edge to it I can really see myself branching out and purchasing a burnt orange mini skirt! While doing my research into the new trends I stepped into my local Primark and saw these two super adorable hats. I know Topshop did a similar style last year but the shape didn't really suit me and found it tight around my head (plus it was triple the price of the Primark ones!). I love the knit pattern on this hat and it's so easy to just throw it on. It is not loose or tight on the head and I have noticed it doesn't give me crazy hat hair either which is an amazing bonus!

There are only two colours in my Primark store which was a beige and grey however I really couldn't pick between the two so I obviously got both. These hats don't break the bank either being only £3.00 each-bargin! The bobble on the top of the hat doesn't malt which is great as it has really kept it's fluffy shape.

If you like the look of these I would quickly head down to Primark as soon as you can because there weren't many left when I got mine!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

September Favourites


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This has been a totally crazy month for me which meant my blogging took a back seat while I tried to organise my life. Moving from a two bed apartment to a three bedroom house it is going to take as a long time to get things looking how I want them (mainly because furniture is so expensive!) but it's super exciting to see the house transform. Even though I wasn't blogging a lot I still have products I used this month which really stood out to me.

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These two products are a little strange to be kicking off my favourites but honestly these have been my ultimate favourites! Mitchum deodorant is the best I have ever used! It keeps you totally dry throughout a tough workout (which totally shocked me!) and during a full day. It doesn't stain my clothes and I choose the unscented bottle so it doesn't clash with any perfume I'm wearing. If you haven't tried Mitchum before I would seriously recommended this to anyone!

I have never tried nose Pore Strips before and while I was browsing in the supermarket I thought I would give T-Zone a try (mainly because they were the cheapest option!). I have really enjoyed using these. When I showed my husband the amount of dirt coming off my nose he also wanted to give it a go. It's really interesting seeing how much rubbish sits in our pores. I don't recommend doing these all the time as it's not gentle on the skin but once every few weeks is always good!

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My favourite make up look at the moment is a dark smoky eye teamed with Charlotte Tilbury's Miss Kensington limited edition lipstick. This lipstick is so amazing. It doesn't wash me out, has a lovely creamy matte texture that doesn't cake and stay's on the lips for several hours! I have also been loving using Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Leather Effect as a base for my smoky eye. It matte so it great as a transition colour but it also helps any eye shadows from creasing. Finally I really cannot live without the Maybelline Instant Anti-Eye Eye Easer. This is perfect for waking up the under eye area and covering any dark circles! I also love how easy it is to apply with the sponge applicator!

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As the whether begins to change to autumn I have been clinging onto summer for as long as I can. My Jimmy Choo perfume Blossom smells like summer in a bottle. The floral fragrance opens with bright and sparkling top notes of red berries blended with a citrus cocktail. A delicate heart of sweet pea and rose complements rich and sensual base notes of white musk and sandalwood. Jimmy Choo does market this fragrance to be a evening scent but I think it's also fine during the day as it is not too heavy. If you are by a counter I would recommend giving this a try!

Last month I found out I needed glasses. I was skeptical whether I would find any that I liked as I had spent almost 40 minutes in Specsavers trying to find the perfect frame. Then I stumbled across the very tiny MaxMara stand and I feel in love with this pink pair. The front of the glasses is a dark berry and the sides have an amazing pink turtleshell effect. I get so many compliments when I wear these as they are very eye catching!

I just cannot believe how fast this year is going! It's almost hard to believe that there is only 3 months till Christmas and all the stores are slowly bring out their Christmas stock. I hope you have all had a lovely September and I will definitely be blogging again more frequently now I have the internet back!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Lush Haul


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Since the flagship store in Oxford street opened up I have been dying to try all the new products. One weekend I was causally in my local lush store and saw they had some of them! I may have spent more than I wanted to in the store but all the products are so lovely plus it's now autumn so it is definitely bath season again!

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This bath bomb really caught my eye with it's bright colours and the usual shape. When I dropped this into the bath it gives me quite a show as all the colours swirl in the bath giving an amazing rainbow effect and lush have also put popping candy in this bath bomb which instantly made me smile. The scent has a smoothing floral note which frankly just smells exactly like the lush shop.

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To be honest I got this bath bomb purely for the name as I'm a huge lover of the film! It has a very fresh scent so when I closed my eyes in the bath I felt like I was sitting in a hot tub up in the snowy mountains. When I placed this bath bomb into the water it simply fizzed away to and left my bath a beautiful winter blue.

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Milky Bath (left)

I love the lush bubble bars! Unlike the bath bombs these can cut these into smaller pieces so you can use them for many baths. Milky Bath contains uplifting orange oil and skimmed milk to treat your skin to a dose of happiness. I haven't used this one yet but it sounds perfect after a long day at work to really relax before bed as it will calm the mind and soften the skin-plus it's super cute!

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Lush have recently reformulated a few of their permanent bubble bars. I recall Karma used to be a oval shape and orange. This bubble bar is the the best to help me relax with it's lavender scent but still up lifting with the orange zest.

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This is my favourite scented product. I love how it smells like coconut and shea butter. I can see this being perfect for cold, rainy winter day as it will just make me feel instantly warm inside. Again this is a bubble bar so you can easily split this in half (or more!).

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This bath bomb has a orange scent which reminds me of Christmas (too early?!). I read online that when you place this in the bath it turns the bath water from a orange to a purple and finally a turquoise- I can't wait to try this!

I am totally loving the new products! I'm equally excited for the Halloween and Christmas collection which will be coming very soon!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Origins Trio


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I haven't been the best with skincare. I never used skin products as a teenager and when I started wearing makeup I only used face wipes (I hear a lot of you gasp!). I do get get spots every now and again but I wouldn't say I have ever had an acne problem. However now I am 25 and I want to start taking better care of my skin. For Christmas I asked for this Origins Trio set and it really has helped improve my complexion more than I ever dreamed of. I have no idea what kind of skin type I have but I will make an educated guess that it is dry-normal. I get really dry cheeks and forehead but during the day I notice a little bit of a shine on my nose and chin but it's nothing that a little powder can't fix.

You might remember My Evening Skin Care Routine post where I gravitated towards cheaper brands. In terms of purchasing facials I thought I would try something a little higher end because I only use them once a week thus feeling like better value for money. I like to target each area of my face with each of the facials and I have found this has given me the best results.

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I love the smell of the Out of Trouble mask. It is a thick cream that smells strongly of eucalypts. When putting the facial on problem areas it gives a tingly feeling like it's killing off all the bacteria under the spot. I only apply a thin layer on my chin because this is the area I break out the most. The bottle suggests you keep it on for 10 minutes however I tend to leave it on about 5 minutes longer just to allow the product to sink into the skin more. Once I have removed the facial it really does leave the area feeling incredibly clean and I have noticed it clears up blemishes faster.

For the rest of my face I use Clear Improvement which claims to clear pores. It is a dark grey colour and a thin water like texture. I apply a good layer of this all over my nose, cheeks and forehead. When drying you can feel the mask tightening on the skin but the feeling isn't uncomfortable. It does require a lot of effort taking the mask off but I suppose its due to the mask really getting into your pores. The skin afterwards feels like it has been deeply cleansed but you need to follow up with a thick moisturiser as the facial is drying.

To help bring back some moisture I follow up with the Drink Up-Intensive mask. It is a completely clear mask and you are meant to leave it on your skin over night. It's not like a moisturiser where it melts into the skin instead it leaves the skin feeling tacky and sticky so if you hate this feeling I wouldn't recommended leaving it on over night. However if you do leave it on over night in the morning you can really feel your skin is a lot more plump, soft and fresh. I do like to cleanse in the morning just to make sure I don't have any product left over on my skin.

While this set was released for Christmas you can get the Origins Essentials Only set from boots. I'm hoping they release another Christmas set as I have really been enjoying using this.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

My Travel Makeup Bag


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I have not blogged in what seems like forever. Moving house is amazing but it has it's set backs. The biggest issue I have at the moment is having absolutely no internet. I am lucky enough that today I have visited my in laws so I can get a cheeky post up for you. I am still not sure when the internet will be connected in the house but I hope you enjoy this post in the meantime!

Along with the having no internet, I was living out of a suit case for the first few weeks. I had the difficult task of narrowing a few essentials into a make up bag while the rest of my collection went into boxes (my heart broke when I had to box it all up). I am aware that I forgot to add a lipstick to the photo because I usually leave them in my handbag whoops but here is what I have been putting on my face everyday for the pass few weeks.

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I narrowed down my brushes to four. My Zoeva buffer brush for foundation, two Zoeva eye brushes - one for packing on the shadow and the other for blending out the cease and a RT powder brush. I have also been loving my sample of the Laura Mercier primer that I apply on my chin and nose before foundation and my Urban Decay potion primer to keep my shadow crease free throughout the day.

My Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye from Maybelline has been a dream these past few weeks. It just brightens up everything under the eye. However I wished I did put a heavy concealer in my make up bag as well for days where I have really dark circles as this doesn't completely cover those.

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I've been trying to use up my Chanel bronzer but I have equally been really enjoying the finish of it as it leaves a lovely matte warm effect on the skin. To keep the shine away I have been using the Soap and Glory- one heck of a bloat powder which is finely milled so it's super light on the skin and doesn't cake at all. I have been loving my mascara combo of the Max Factor False Lash Effect to add volume and L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes to add length. The two together give a extremely full and long lash effect. My go to blush is the Max Factor creme blush in seductive pink that is a soft subtle shade of pink on the cheeks.

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Since buying the Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow palette it's the only thing I have been using on my eye lids. There are so many looks you can do with this from soft day time looks to extreme smoky looks for night time. It's simply amazing! I also have been using my favourite foundation- Urban Decay Naked Foundation in shade 3.5 which is the most perfect match of foundation I have ever owned. It's really light on the skin, has a matte finish and provides loads of coverage so you don't need a concealer.

It's amazing how little make up you need but in saying that I have been really missing having my choices. Can't wait to get my vanity table all set up again in the new house!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Fleur De Force By Eylure | Couture Fleur


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Bloggers across the UK have been doing amazing things lately. I have to admit I haven't been interested in any of the products they bring out (mainly their book releases) however when I found out Fleur De Force was releasing an eyelash range this sparked my attention. Fleur is one of the main bloggers I can relate to. Perhaps it's because she's a similar age to me and we have similar interests and tastes - nevertheless her reviews and opinions on products I completely trust. She, in my mind, is a genuine blogger who doesn't stray from her true opinions. I knew her lashes will be high quality plus she teamed up with Eylure - what a perfect combo! I decided to try the Couture Fleur as I thought these would be perfect for the daytime and especially for work. They retail at £6.95 which is amazing value because you can get so many uses out of these.

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I have never worn individual eye lashes before and it took a few goes before I could get them on. I found it easier to start in the middle of your lash line and work your way outwards from there. The lashes come with glue and lash remover. The glue is clear and actually really good! I have worn my lashes for three days now and they still look perfect. I really do think they will last a month if you take care of them by not rubbing your eyes, wearing no eye makeup (getting ready in the morning is so much faster now!) and avoiding oil based make up remover. They also look really natural which is what I like in lashes but you can build them out for a more dramatic look if you want as well.

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Here I'm wearing four medium clusters and a small one towards the inner part of my eye. If you look closely you can see I'm wearing falses but considering I didn't get them put on professionally I think they look really nice!

I would love to try Fleur Loves Lashes next as these would look amazing for a night out!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Adult Colouring Book


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I usually post on a Tuesday, Friday and Sunday but I completely forgot to post on Friday so you have a Saturday post instead. I have been completely out of routine as of late and I absolutely hate it. I am a creature of habit so when I don't keep to a weekly schedule it freaks me out. As you may know I am moving house. We should of completed two weeks ago but things have been dragging out. With this means I have been living in a small space surrounded by boxes. Sadly I also packed away my gym clothes so I haven't been to the gym in two weeks either (when you have an office job the gym really helps keep the body feeling good). So things aren't the way I like them at the moment. I am really hoping we move next week. I have so many ideas for the new house and I really just want to get started! So with all my things packed away in boxes I found myself being bored in the weekends and evenings. I have recently seen a lot of people getting into 'adult colouring books' and I just had to jump onto the band wagon. If you don't know, I am cat obsessed so when I saw a cat themed colouring book I knew I just had to get it. You can get loads of styles and themes from any bookshop but I found Sainsbury's had the best range. Mine cost £4.99 which is a little steep in my opinion (some are £10 which is a little crazy!) but the paper is really thick and the designs are really detailed so it's way more interesting than the colouring books I remember doing as a kid.

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I have found that it really has helped with stress. When I get in from work I like to pull this out while watching TV and I just find that it soothes the stresses of the day and makes me happy seeing all the colours together. I find my mind just relaxes and I can sleep a lot better at night when I have done some colouring before bed. I have become addictive to it. As I said before the pages are really thick so if you are using felt tip pens it doesn't show on the other side. I would consider picking your colouring tools wisely as some of the designs require a really thin nib pen otherwise it's impossible to stay in the lines.

I'm not the best at colouring but it's not about how skilled you are. It's just fun to take yourself back to childhood sometimes and not have to think about anything other than trying to stay in the lines. There are so many different kinds of colouring books out there I'm sure you will find one that interests you.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Urban Decay | Smoky Palette


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I going to start this post with a big statement- this palette is my absolute favourite Urban Decay palette! I was one of those crazy people who at the crack of 9am on the online release day was hastily refreshing the website so I can get my hands on this palette. It was so worth it though! Firstly the packaging is the best out of the four. It is so mysterious with the 'smoky' effects yet it is not tacky in the slightest. Like all the other palette's it retails for £38.00 but you get 12 shades which is amazing value for money. It was shipped to me in really good packaging so the shadows didn't crack or break at all.

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In the palette you have five shimmer shades (left to right) - High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor and Slanted, three satin shades - Dagger, Black Market, Smolder and four matte shades - Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen. I have to say I will absolutely use all the shades in the palette. I even love the blue and purple ones as they are totally wearable. I can see myself doing a blue and purple smoky look in the winter.

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I have done a few looks with the palette and what is even more helpful is that they provide you instructions on a few looks you can do but I'm sure YouTube will be over run with make up tutorial using this shortly.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Charlotte Tilbury | limited edition | Norman Parkinson lipsticks


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I am so weak when it comes to lipsticks, especially Charlotte Tilbury matte revolution lipsticks. I have had my eye on the new limited edition Norman Parkinson collection for awhile. At first I talked myself out of getting anything but having now owned two matte revolution lipsticks from her core collection and discovering how much I love them I knew I would kick myself if the two limited edition ones went out of stock - that thought panicked me! So I hastily made a Selfridge's online order, paid the next day delivery (because I am super impatient) and these beautiful things arrived on my door step. Firstly, the packaging is the same as her core range apart from the sticker on the bottom of the lipstick is white with rose gold font rather than her signature brown. It smells the same as as her other matte revolution lipsticks which is a subtle vanilla scent and the product is in her classic rose gold bullet.

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1975 Red £23.00

I wasn't sure if this was going to suit me initially but I'm glad I went with my gut because it is stunning. The mix of red and orange tones is perfect. It is a lovely sophisticated orange-red which can be applied directly from the bullet. It doesn't bleed and the lasting power is incredible! I had applied it at 7:30am and I didn't touch it up once until after lunch and it was still evenly on my lips! It didn't fade in the liner lip nor did it gather weirdly around my mouth. I was so surprised as I have this issue with a lot of other lipsticks in my collection.

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Miss Kensington £23.00

I have been hunting for the perfect nude and I think the hunt is over. This is amazing, again like 1795 it doesn't fade weirdly or gather weirdly. It has a creamy texture but a matte finish (like all her matte revolution lipsticks). It doesn't last as long as 1795 but that is expected from a nude. The pink tones in it are not too pink yet it isn't too nude either as it doesn't wash me out and looks so great with a smoky eye.

I am so glad I got my hands on these two lipsticks. I can't wait to pick up more shades from her range because I so absolutely hooked!

Friday, 14 August 2015

The Body Shop | The Banana Shampoo and Conditioner


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I am on a mission- a mission to find the perfect shampoo and conditioner for my long, thick, dry and fizzy hair which is prone to dandruff. Some of you may remember my Empties Part One post where I did a mini review on the Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo. I would continue to buy anti dandruff shampoos but to be honest there isn't a lot of choice out there. I haven't even really noticed a huge difference when I use a anti dandruff shampoo to when I don't use one either so I like to keep an open mind to all ranges of hair products.

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The Body Shop Banana range has always been something I wanted to try as a few years ago there was a huge hype around it. People raved about the smell but I'm not so keen on the shampoo as it doesn't really smell like bananas to me but the conditioner has a really strong banana smell.

The actual shampoo is a thick yellow texture which reflects the 'banana' notion. I looked at the ingredients and there is banana in it but it doesn't specify how much but if anyone knows please share! It doesn't lather the best but enough to be able to work the product into the hair. It feels really soothing on the scalp and it did help my dry skin quite well considering it wasn't a anti dandruff shampoo. However I am going to contradict myself and say it did dry my actual hair out because found my hair to be more frizzy than normal. But I can cure the fizzy factor with a good conditioner so that doesn't bother me. However due to the size of the bottle I think I will need to re-purchase it to truly test out whether it will keep my dandruff at bay.

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The conditioner, like the shampoo, is a banana colour which is thick in texture. It smells so strong of sweet fake banana but I actually quite like it. I needed to use a lot of this stuff in order to feel like there was any conditioner in my hair and sadly didn't find it gave me the moisture I need anyway to combat my long, thick hair. It also made my hair smell strongly like bananas for a few days afterwards which isn't awful but not great when trying to wear perfume. This wasn't my favourite conditioner I have used and it is unlikely I will re-puchase as you don't get a lot of product in the bottle and you need a lot to feel like it's doing something.

What shampoo and conditioner recommendations do you have?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

My thoughts on sharing my life on the internet


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As I was preparing posts for this month I had dedicated this week to "wedding week" where I wanted to discuss how I planned my wedding to what I wore and how my ceremony and reception looked. I uploaded key wedding photos and had the posts ready to go but I was hesitant. How much do I really want to share on the internet? My wedding day is one of the most important and special days of my life and putting it up on the internet made me think I am giving strangers a chance to judge my wedding. There are so many lovely, amazing people on the internet but with that there are equally nasty, mean trolls who pick apart everything you put out there. This is a scary place we love so much! We tell kids to be careful but are we, as bloggers, careful enough?

Would I pour my heart out as freely to a stranger on the street than I would over the internet- unlikely not. Yet blogging and sharing my thoughts and aspirations is amazing because it means I am meeting the best people who have all the same interests as me and I don't think I would of been able to do so the real world

I have a self titled blog so you can guess privacy isn't a huge issue with me but I do have my limits and posting about my wedding just was something I couldn't bring myself to do. How much information do you feel comfortable sharing on the internet?

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Book Review: The Hundred Year Old Man by Jones Jonasson | Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell


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Next week is a really exciting week for me as we are moving into our first house! I'm not sure how the internet situation is going to be for the next few weeks so I may not have any content up but I'm going to try but if not thats why! Along with moving excitement I have been really loving reading and I am so happy now that university is over I can start getting back into books. I've also seen that a lot of bloggers have been doing book reviews which inspired me to write this one.

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The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jones Jonasson

I picked this book up when I was doing the GDL which is a year and a half ago. I read a part of it, got busy with exams and never returned to it. When I picked it up again about a month ago I had forgotten how much I loved reading this! The main character Allan Karlsson is a hundred year old man whose life is just full of adventures. I pictured him to be exactly like my Grandfather (who is funnily called Allan as well) which made reading this so much more pleasurable.

The author, Jones Jonasson, writes chapters in the present day as well as chapters in Allan's past. He takes us through historical moments like when the Amercian's created the atomic bomb, China being ruled by Mao Tse-tung and Stalin ruling Russia but in a quirky way. He does not turn these events into jokes but just takes a playful approach on them by using Allan Karlsson.

Once you learn more about Allan's life the more you understand why he climbed out of this window in the old people's home and decided to go on another adventure. The whole book is a journey that comes together nicely at the end which makes you feel so good when you turn that last page. If you want a good, light hearted read with a few giggles I would consider picking up this book. It is also a movie now (which I haven't seen yet) so there is that option as well.

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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Don't get put off by the fact this book is from George Orwell! It's completely different from 1984 (which I personally hated) and Animal Farm (which I thought was better than 1984) but still has a dark undertone. The main character reflects the time in George Orwell's life when he was a young writer struggling financially. He writes about true struggles of poverty when he lived in London and in Paris. There is an interesting chapter in the book where he reflects his time as a plongeur - dishwasher where he just worked and slept and questions the point of life when this is all of your life. You really do feel sorry for the guy as he is educated but just hasn't gotten lucky with work.

When the narrator moves to London (his homeland) you feel hopeful for him but alas things don't go well either and it almost seems as worse as when he was in Paris. He also discusses ways to break the tramp system which is also interesting as in this era have done similar things he suggested for the disadvantaged. But the whole story reminded me how lucky I was to be living in 2015 and to have a roof over my head and food in my belly. It makes me put everything into perspective that things could have been a lot worse and I should reflect more on the things I have rather than I things I don't have.

I love how reading can make you think and feel different things. I'm really looking forward to starting my next book! What have you been reading?
 

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