Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2015 goals

Get fitter and eat healthier. Don't eat skittles for breakfast (i'm pretending this didn't happen)
I definitely want to carry on working out and improve my diet. I do exercise quite frequently so I just want to carry on with that when I can and make sure I eat a lot healthier than I have done over the Christmas period (oooppss).

Travel as much as possible
 I need to stop spending money on clothes or 10 foundations and save for travelling. I want to cut back on the amount of money I spend on makeup so I can save up to go travelling! I am planning on going to America in summer so need to save for that. I would also LOVE to go to New York in 2016 for my 21st so need to save for that!

Have fun
I feel like I don't have as much fun as I should have and compared to others that I know, I want to visit more places and do as many things that I haven't done before.

Blog more
This year has been difficult, I have two jobs and university full time so it has been hard to juggle them all! But next year will include better content and photography, I promise!

Take more photos and buy a Polaroid camera.
I want to take even more photos than I already do and get a poloroid camera so that I have more photos that I can keep and have to scrapbook.

What are your New Years goals?


Monday, 22 December 2014

Mello Juices

I was super excited when I was contacted by Mello and asked whether I wanted to try their Melon and Cantaloupe juices, firstly watermelon is my all time favourite flavour, I love it. I was also really impressed with all the benefits that the juices offer, the Watermelon juice is great for rehydrating as it has a high water content and is packed with antioxidants! It also aids weight loss and helps the metabolism work quicker and cleanses and detoxifies the body! These juices are perfect to have before or after a workout, they are rich in natural sugars so help boost your energy, they can prevent muscle cramps and soreness (something I ALWAYS get when I workout) and helps the removal of lactic acid in the muscles which builds up as you workout. 
The Cantaloupe juice is one that is great if you want glowing, healthy looking skin. It contains vitamin A and C so is brilliant for your immune system and will make your skin look healthier, like the Watermelon juice it is also fabulous for your metabolism and weight loss! The reason it is brilliant for your skin is because it is very high in vitamin A and something called Beta-Carotine which is found in many topical acne medicines and makes your skin look rejuvenated and very youthful! The juices are high in fibre and more filling than other juices and contain very few calories and zero fat! Score!

They retail for £2.49 (Ocado currently have them on offer for 2 for £4!) which I think is very reasonable for the 250ml bottles, especially considering how many benefits there are to drinking the juices. I really love how both of them taste, they are so refreshing and sweet. I think these are great even if you don't workout as they are tasty and sweet but still good for you! 

You can check out their website here or purchase online here. You can also purchase from Harvey Nichols, Whole Foods and Planet Organic. 


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Birchbox Gift-with-Gift

Birchbox gift-with-gift*

Birchbox are currently offering a gift-with-gift pack when you buy a subscription as a gift! This makes their christmas present even more special as they receive this cute Birchbox makeup/washbag and some extra goodies too! The bag is super cute and perfect for a travel makeup or wash-bag as it can fit so many products in it. In the bag you also get a full size Models Own Nail Polish, I love this wintery deep berry colour, it is perfect for the festive season! Also included is the Pixi Shea Butter Lipbalm in Honey Nectar, I already have this in another shade and I love it so I was so excited to receive it. This shade is a natural nude pink and is so pretty, the reason I love the Pixi Lipbalms is that they are so moisturising on my incredibly dry lips! Finally you receive another full sized item, the Benefit face lotion. Benefit skincare is relatively new to me but I recently got a few of their products so am excited to try them out! I think this gift-with-gift is just an extra reason to purchase a Birchbox subscription for someone, I am always so impressed with Birchbox's and so to get a few extra treats on top is brilliant! 

Check out the Birchbox website here to check out the subscriptions!



Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Perfect Party Makeup With BlanxUK

It's Christmas party season so I thought I would do a post on the perfect party makeup, this post is in collaboration with BlanxUK on how to achieve a beautiful makeup look for any events you have! Blanx have teamed up with makeup artist Cassie Lomas to create a number of youtube videos to help achieve whiter teeth. There's videos on how to change your makeup from night to day, enhance the whiteness in your teeth and the most recent, party season beauty tips!

I thought I would share a few of the products I would use to create my makeup look great when I'm going out. For foundation Nars Sheer Glow is the perfect choice, it makes skin look healthy and contains no SPF so is perfect if there will be flash photography, you could also mix it with Nars Illuminator to get an even more radiant complexion which looks lovely in photographs. You can also highlight with the Nars Illuminator, as Cassie says in the video, applying it to the forehead and cheekbones gives your skin a very glowy and radiant look. Soleil Tan de Chanel is my favourite bronzer, it is very natural looking on the skin and can be used either before or after foundation, I love using the mousse formula rather than powder bronzers as I find it works a lot better on my slightly dryer skin. When I apply it before foundation, I use the Sephora Mineral Powder Brush and apply it to areas that the sun would usually hit, to get natural, bronzed skin. For brows, Anastasia Dipbrow is perfect for getting statement brows that still look natural, I absolutely love this product as I find it so difficult to find brow shades to match my fair hair! For eyes, the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette is a great choice for party eyes, particularly the bottom left shade, which is perfect! This palette is lovely for a smokey eyes and it worked amazingly at making my bluey/green eyes stand out! When I'm going out anywhere I love to do winged eyeliner, my favourite gel eyeliner is the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner. After mascara, the perfect lashes are the Ardell Demi Wispies, they are my favourite lashes and are perfect when going out, they are the perfect mix or volume and length. Finally, for lips, the YSL Fuchsia in Rage lipstick which is my favourite for when I'm going out anywhere. The formula is SO moisturising which helps as I have very dry lips, the shade is a beautiful blue toned berry shade which as Cassie says in the video, is perfect for making your teeth look whiter.

If you want any more party season beauty tips, check out this video on the BlanxUK Youtube channel with makeup artist Cassie Lomas. She shares her top tips on how to look your best for the party season and also how to make your teeth look whiter using makeup! She has some great tips so definitely check out the video below!

*This is a sponsored post


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Current Makeup

I've started using a lot of new products recently so thought I would do a "What's on my face" style post as I haven't done one in a while, well, I haven't blogged regularly for ages but we'll skim past that.. My new favourite foundation is Mac Studio Fix Fluid, I have done a full review here so you can read my thoughts on it in full. I absolutely love this foundation, it checks every box in terms of the perfect foundation for me: High coverage, long lasting, good range of shades and covers redness/scarring/blemishes. I have the shade NC15 which matches my skin exactly, this is a very rare occurrence when it comes to foundations as they NEVER match my skin and I always end up with an obvious foundation line. Under my eyes I use the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, this stuff just doesn't seem to finish, I've had it for so long! As the name suggests, it's so creamy and not drying under the eyes, it covers all my dark circles but doesn't crease or look heavy. For blemishes I use the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, when it's in stock I also use the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer but I can never get hold of my shade! The Collection one is brilliant and so so affordable! For powder I've been using the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, I bought a few things from Charlotte Tilbury and this was probably my favourite, (if I'm being honest, I was slightly disappointed with the items I purchased. Reviews coming soon..) it is very finely milled so it is a really lovely powder, although very very very very expensive. I then set my makeup by spritzing Mac Fix+ all over my face, this smells lovely and it's such a brilliant product! 

For my brows, Anastasia Beverly Hills is the queen. I would recommend both Brow Wiz and Dip Brow Pomade as they are both amazing products and by far the best products for brows, in my opinion. I currently use the Dip Brow with the Large Synthetic Brush (number 12 I think) also from Anastasia. On my eyes, I have recently started using my Mac eyeshadows again, I still think Mac eyeshadows are my favourite, I start with All That Glitters over the lid, Omega in my crease and a mixture of Mulch and Woodwinked on the outer corner, those all together are so pretty! I then apply the Soap and Glory Supercat Liquid Liner and finish with the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara which is very good, although it has dried out very quickly!


Monday, 8 December 2014

Mac Studio Fix Fluid and Fix+

I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect foundation, I have had issues with my skin for about six years now so having a perfect base is very important to me as I need to cover up uneven skin tone, blemishes and acne scarring! I have wanted to try Mac's Studio Fix Fluid foundation for a while now, the only things that put me off were that I had heard it wasn't good at all for dry skin and that it breaks a lot of people out. I have very sensitive skin so I was pretty much determined that it would break me out badly, luckily it didn't! As for how it fairs on dry skin, it wasn't bad at all! Yes, it would work better on oilier skin and I need to moisturise well and apply the Fix Plus, but it doesn't look dry! When I don't powder, my skin just looks naturally healthy and glowy, which I wasn't expecting, I thought it would be very dry and matte. I bought the shade NC15 which is perfect for my fair skin, I love Mac shades as I think they have a shade for every undertone and have fair and darker shades. I personally find it very difficult to find a foundation that isn't too orange or too pink and doesn't leave me with an obvious foundation line between my face and neck! The way that I like to apply this is with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and it blends in really well, the coverage is medium to full (more on the full side). As I said, I have a lot of acne scarring so I need a foundation to cover up redness which this definitely does.

A lot of people compare this foundation to Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, personally I prefer this one. The shade range is SO much better, it lasts longer and it works better on dry skin. The consistency is very very similar to Estee Lauder and the two foundations are almost identical, I just prefer the coverage and finish of the Mac one a bit more! The smell is something that people always mention, as I said, I've used Estee Lauder Double Wear which also has a strong smell and Revlon Colourstay. However this foundation smells exactly like children's paint! Genuinely, the paint that you used in pre-school for finger painting. It was strange at first but after a while, I got used to it, strong smells in makeup don't really bother me but if you're more sensitive then it may bother you! Personally, I find £21.50 in the mid point in terms of price, as I have used Estee Lauder, Nars, Giorgio Armani and Laura Mercier foundations which retail for a lot more! I think it may be slightly pricey for some but I am happy to pay this for a foundation, especially as I love it as much as I do.

 Mac Fix+ is a Mac product I have always wanted to try, I have been using this after moisturiser and before foundation, as well as after I have powdered (I also just spray it on my face randomly as I love the smell). I really love using it, it is very refreshing and sets makeup really well. I have used it instead of powder a few times (in the above photo I only have the foundation and fix+ on) and my skin looks lovely! As I said, I adore the smell of this, Mac really need to bring out a perfume like this! It's not an overpowering scent but just fresh and lovely!

What are your favourite Mac products?


Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: For Her

This year I really struggled to find gifts for my friends and family so I thought I would do a little gift guide of presents you could get!

Thomas Sabo Glam and Soul Ring £135 
I found Thomas Sabo rings last week and now want them all! They are so pretty, especially this Glam and Soul ring, it comes in three different colours, I absolutely love the rose gold and pink colour. 

Every Christmas and birthday I ask for a Pandora ring as I love them! I think this one is a really simple pretty one.

This is actually on my christmas list, I have seen Olivia Burton watches around for a while, particularly on Instagram and love them! I think this one is really pretty and simple, they have lots of different designs and colours! 

I think this is a great gift, especially for someone who travels a lot. This kit contains shower gel, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, a 2-in1 shampoo and conditioner and some soap. They all contain Rosemary and Mint, the mint makes it very fresh and refreshing and the body lotion is lovely and makes the skin feel so soft! 

I have bought this set for one of my friends, I think the Benefit gift sets are really great one as the packaging is so pretty and christmassy! This one is really affordable too and John Lewis currently have 10% off too! 

This is another gift I have bought someone, in person it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is! There are a lot of different designs and they have necklaces as well as bracelets, I have my eye on the sausage dog one! 


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

November Birchbox

November's Birchbox contains a great selection of products as well as a full sized one! There is one particular product I am in love with in this box and I think the fact that you get a full sized item makes the box worth the money!

Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash £8.95
I love receiving body washes and shower gels as I use them all the time! This one is pomegranate scented which is one of my favourite scents!

Beauty Protector Protect and Treat Hair Mask £16
This is a hair mask which has argan oil, honey, amber and crushed pearls! I normally use masks on wet hair, leave it on for about five minute while in the shower and then rinse off, because I have oily hair, I usually apply this on the end of my hair so from my ears downwards!

LipGlam Lip Balm £9.99
I am 100% in love with this lip balm! I always find that lip balms either dry my lips out even more, or I end up with a white residue! This is a lovely product that really moisturises my lips for ages!

Lord and Berry Bronzer £19
Many bronzers are very orange which leaves them looking unnatural, as our skin goes more red toned when we naturally tan, you need a bronzer that had red tones in it. This bronzer is red toned so it looks very natural on the skin! 

Dr Jart+ Skin Mist £18
This is a full sized product, yay! It's a face mist which you can apply after you've cleansed. I generally apply this before I go to bed, it's very cool and refreshing on the skin and it's especially lovely as I have dry skin! 

Montezuma Milk Chocolate 
I consumed this almost immediately after taking this photo, oops! It's chocolate so what's not to love?



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