Thursday, 31 December 2015

2016 Resolutions

Make my blog bigger and better
In the past few months I've been trying my best to improve my blog, working on photography, posting more often, thinking of more creative content and improving my social media, in particular instagram to create more of a 'brand.' This year I want to continue to do this and to make my blog bigger and better than 2015. 

I think I spoke about happiness in my goals for 2015. This year I want to think of myself more, think of my own happiness and spend time on me. A selfish one, yes. However I think making sure you're happy and enjoying yourself is such an important factor because if you're happy, it's much easier to make everyone around you happy too.

Keep exercising
I did exercise in 2015 more regularly than previously and in the past month or so I have got back into a sort of routine in terms of working out. So I would like to continue this throughout the year!

Who doesn't like to travel more? This year, I am hopefully going to New York for my 21st birthday and my best friend and I are hopefully going on a little weekend away somewhere, perhaps Edinburgh. As my last summer before I head into the 'real world' I would love to explore more places!

I am definitely not a 'social butterfly.' I much prefer my own company and staying home rather than going out. However this year I would love to challenge myself and try and go out more, meet new people and just generally be slightly more social than I currently am!

What are your resolutions for 2016?
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Monday, 28 December 2015

Top 10 of 2015

There's been quite a few new products which made their way into my everyday makeup routine and some old favourites which stuck around and became holy grail! I thought I would share my top ten all time favourite products from this year, the foundation I can always rely on is the Mac Studio Fix Fluid; this never lets me down! The coverage of this is brilliant and lasts all throughout the day, covering redness brilliantly and just making my skin look a lot better than it actually is!  The concealer I have stuck with this year is my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, this stuff is brilliant, as I have said many times! It covers both under eye circles and red, angry blemishes beautifully! While I tend to prefer healthy, glowy makeup I did buy a powder which became a firm favourite; the Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Cameo. This works brilliantly to set my makeup and keep it looking flawless and poreless all day. A recent addition to my makeup is The Body Shop Shade Adjuster, I haven't had this long however it is absolutely brilliant! There is a full review here but in short, if you have a foundation which is a couple of shades too dark, this makes it match your skin while still keeping the nice textures of your foundations. 

This year I stuck with the trusted Anastasia Beverley Hills brow products, I use the Brow Wiz and Dip Brow. If I had to choose one I would pick Dip Brow as I find it much quicker to use and creates the perfect brow shape. I find Brow Wiz better for a more natural looking brow if you just want to add a bit of colour and definition to your brows. The Urban Decay Naked Palettes are my favourites as I pretty much only wear neutral, nude eyeshadows. This year I bought the Naked 2 because, why not? It's definitely my favourite of the three, the shades are more cool toned which I love and I just find it a really useful palette to own! My trusted makeup tool this year has to be my Beauty Blender! I put off buying one of these for so long however earlier this year, I finally took the plunge. I use this for every foundation I own and it works so much better on my dry skin in comparison to using brushes and buffing the foundation in, definitely a tool I would recommend. For lips, two of my favourite products have been the YSL Rouge Volupte in Nude Beige and the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm. These are both constantly in my handbag as I reach for them the most out of all my lip products! The YSL lipstick is so moisturising and great for throwing on if I'm in a rush while the NYX Lip Cream takes slightly more precision however once it's on it stays on all day!

Which products were your favourite this year?

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Winter Skin Saviours

I have dry skin all year round, however when the weather gets colder and we turn on the heating; it get's 100x drier. Whenever my skin gets dry or feels dehydrated I always reach for the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, this is incredible. I pop it on at night and immediately my skin feels so hydrated. When I wake up in the morning, it makes applying foundation so much easier as it prevents dry patches on my skin. Another mask I love is the Lush Mask of Magnaminty, I actually use this all year round as it's amazing at getting rid of blemishes and reducing redness on my skin, I tend to get more breakouts in winter so I use this much more often to calm them down. I need a moisturiser which is going to allow my foundation to look great on my skin and prevent my skin feeling like a desert throughout the day, I have wanted to try the Embryolisse Lait Cream Concentrate for ages and this month I received it in my Birchbox which I was very happy about. It sinks into the skin really quickly which I love, however it also hydrates my skin amazingly. It's a definite thumbs up for this! As I've said, making my foundation look good on my skin can be tricky, I've been reaching for the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation lately. This is incredible if you have dry skin, I have no issues with it looking cakey or clinging to any dryness, I can apply it with my fingers/Beauty Blender/a brush and it looks lovely either way!

Which products do you love to use in the winter?
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

December Birchbox

Benefit Ultimate Party Kit
ModelCo Long Lasting Lipstick in Smitten
Ciate Paint Pot 
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
Rituals Foaming Shower Gel
Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Eau de Parfum

This month's Birchbox, or Birch-BAG is super exciting as you also get a really cute clutch bag! It's a beautiful green suede, with leather and glitter details. The perfect accessory for a Christmas party! This months package is a good one, I have wanted to try the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre for ages so I was really happy to receive it this month. This is amazing for dry skin and prepping the skin for foundation without making it cling to dry patches! Also in the bag is a ModelCo lipstick in a stunning deep red shade, these are my favourite kinds of red lipsticks to wear as they tend to suit me more. I also love getting Benefit goodies in my Birchbox and this month, you get TWO! You get the Puff Off and They're Real Liner!

What do you think of this months box (bag)?
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

My go-to Lip products

Today, I thought I would share the lip colours I reach for the most. These are generally in my handbag 24/7, I don't carry makeup with me generally but lip products are always somewhere at the bottom of my bag. All three of these are quite neutral shades which makes them super easy to throw on when I'm out and about. The first is the YSL Rouge Volupte in Nude Beige (see swatch here) I adore the consistency of these lipsticks as they're so smooth and creamy, therefore so easy to apply if I'm out and without a mirror. This shade goes with any makeup look which is why it's one I constantly keep in my bag. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are a new addition to my makeup collection, Stockholm is definitely my favourite out of the three I bought. It's an orangey nude shade (see swatch here) which I like to throw on if I fancy something slightly bolder than a nude or a pink shade. I really like the packaging of these and the consistency doesn't dry my lips out but still leaves a lovely matte finish on the lips. Finally is Mac Creme Cup (see swatch here) which is such a wearable pale pink, again the consistency is lovely and moisturising and it's definitely one of my go-to nude shades!

Which lip products do you carry with you?
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

What's in my bag?

The majority of the time, I carry a massive bag around with me and stuff it full of things I *may* but never actually do need. When I do have to carry a smaller one, I jam it full of the 'essentials' which I thought I would share with you! The smaller bag I generally reach for is this one from Monsoon which I bought in the summer, it slightly resembles the famous Chloe Drew bag which I am obsessed with but obviously at a fraction of the cost! I always carry my Iphone with me, even though I'm absolutely rubbish at answering my phone or replying to texts. I also keep my car and house keys in my bag as I'm usually travelling around in my little Fiat! If I'm carrying a smaller bag like this, I swap my bulky Kate Spade purse for a tinier one, the mint green one I have here is from Accessorize and it's super handy as it has slots for cards, meaning you don't lose them and they are easy to just grab! 

I'm not one to carry much makeup in my bag, even when I take my bigger bags, I keep makeup to the minimum as I rarely need to top my makeup up. I always carry some kind of lip balm, at the moment I'm finding plain old Vaseline to be the best for my dry lips. It works so much better than any of the more expensive lip balms! I also carry a neutral shade of lipstick, this one is YSL Nude Beige and it's one that I carry around with me as it's so easy to throw on due to the buttery consistency and the fact the colour can be worn with pretty much any makeup look! Finally I carry a tube of my all time favourite concealer, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, just in case I need to conceal any pesky spots throughout the day!

Which items do you carry around with you?
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