Wednesday, 24 August 2016

How To Entertain Yourself When You're A Homebody

About six months ago I confirmed to myself that, in fact, I was a homebody. I enjoy my own company and the comfort of my own home. Entertaining myself for hours on end is something that I have perfected, so today I thought I would share with you the activities I enjoy the most. 

Reading | I go through a few books a week now, so getting a good reading wishlist together is an essential of mine for entertaining myself. I love nothing more than going to Waterstones and browsing the aisles looking for books that I want to read or making the most of the 3 for £10 offer on Amazon. I have been enjoying reading Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe and have recently finished After Anna; a serious page turner who those who like mystery reads. 

Get Crafty | Cross stitch, working with wool and colouring in are great ways to let your imagination run wild and entertain yourself for hours in the process. This Make Arcade Cactus Cross Stitch is the reason why I've become obsessed and now I'm lusting for this Avocado DIY Kit to build upon my collection. 

The Little Things | Whether it's buying yourself a fresh bunch of flowers or having a long scroll through Pinterest, taking pleasure in the little things is a great way to entertain yourself. I often go online shopping and fill my basket up with all the new Autumnal knits and clothes I've been lusting after just to remove them all an hour later. 

Baking | GBBO starts today which means one thing - I'm going to pretend I'm Mary Berry for the next two months. I've recently bought a few new baking accessories so I can't wait to try out this vegan triple chocolate salted caramel brownies or delve into these chocolate chips muffins. Aside from the cupcakes and cookies, I have been cooking up a range of different foods such as these sweet potato and chickpea burgers and one pot lemon chicken and rice

At Home Cinema | Making a blanket fort, lighting a few candles and popping on a bunch of your favourite films will not only entertain you for hours, but it'll probably put you in a good mood too. I have been loving re-watching the Harry Potter's, exploring The Hobbit series and various comedies like 22 Jump Street. 

Pampering | There's nothing I love more than having a long bath alongside my favourite Lush pamper picks. As I'm getting increasingly excited for Autumn, I have dug out my favourite Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Honey Bath, a skin softening bubble bath that creates piles of sweet bubbles. To follow I like to treat my hands to the Lush Lemon Flutter and follow it up with several layers of my Essie Nail Vanish of choice. It doesn't matter how my skin is feeling; whether it be dry, sensitive or blemish prone, a face mask always helps me to relax. I have been loving the Avene Tolerance Extreme Mask* to hydrate my dehydrated skin during this transitional period. 

Are you a homebody? 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A Lazy Girl's Eyeshadow Edit

Don't get me wrong, I love experimenting with new palettes and creating various eye looks, but when I want an extra five minutes in bed, it's eyeshadow that tends to go. Today I am sharing with you a handful of my favourite fuss-free products to creates an effortless look in minimal time. 

Cream eyeshadow sticks are the perfect way to add instant colour to your eyes with no fuss as they can be easily blended out using your fingers or a quick swipe of a brush. The By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock is one of my go-to options as the lilac-brown hue can be used under other eyeshadow as a base, it doesn't budge and can be used on it's own to add definition to the eyes. Another shadow stick favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet and these two once paired create a long lasting, fool-proof eye look. 

Probably the most underrated eyeshadows on the market, the H&M High Impact Eyeshadows are amazing single eyeshadows that come in a range of highly pigmented colours ranging from soft shimmers to matte browns. Paradise Lost is the perfect all over lid colour that brightens the eye area and highlights where necessary. 

Okay, so the MAC Loose Pigmented in Tan isn't the most convenient to use if you're on the go, but it is one that- once mastered- can be an easy way to spruce up a dull looking eye look. This intense shimmer can be applied using a wet brush to give off the best pigment and, applied to the centre of your lid, can make for an effortless statement eye.  

Aside from single eyeshadows, eyeshadow duos and quads are a great way to create an easy eye look as all the shades have already been picked out to compliment each other. The Nars Kalahari Duo is no doubt one of the most gorgeous palettes I own as the two shades work together to create a soft, bronzed copper look that compliments my dark blue eyes. A new favourite of mine has been the Clarins 4 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Nude* which at first wasn't my go-to, but the soft pink and dark brown combo is perfect for the transitional period between Summer and Autumn. 

What are your fail-safe eyeshadows? 
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