Friday, 18 August 2017

What A Year Of Daily Blogging Has Taught Me

It's now been twelve months since I started my daily blogging journey and I can't believe that it's come around that quickly. I've had ups and downs as I slowly learnt what worked well and what didn't, what inspires me to write and how I motivate myself to finding new ideas. Here is what a year of daily blogging has taught me:

You Get More Ideas, Not Less | The most common misconception of daily blogging is that you run out of ideas super quickly and although I've had a few spates of writers block, I've never had as many ideas as I have since daily blogging. Saying this, I can't count the amount of times I've sat down to write a blog post and then realised I've actually already wrote it before.

You'll Have Your Favourite Topics and Seasons | Hands down Autumn and Christmas are my favourite months to create content, I always get inspired and motivated to write blog posts and I rarely feel like I'm churning out content. During the Summer especially towards to end, I end up getting into a bit of a slump, but that's okay, as I soon snap out of it.

My Blog Has Grown and That's Okay | I used to be ashamed to congratulate myself on my blog successes, whether that would be in page views or a brand collaboration I'm super proud of. In the first month of daily blogging, the amount of people reading my blog almost doubled and has continued to grow with each month ..and you know what? I'm proud. I'm proud of my hard work and that people are enjoying it too, but I get quite a lot of people telling me that they blogged daily and saw little to no difference, so I do think it's differs from one person to the next.

Scheduling Helps You Take Time Off | From scheduling your tweets to your blog posts, scheduling has encouraged me to take time off and although it's taken a while, I'm slowly getting into a "normal" work routine where I don't work 7.30am - 11pm 7 days a week and instead I've replaced it with shorter hours and given myself time off at the weekend too. I feel more revived and inspired to get writing come Monday, but it wasn't easy to get that work/life balance.

To-Do Lists Are Your Best Friend | I thought I could last doing the same thing I was doing when I was posting every other day, but soon began to realise that I needed help from calendars and to-do lists too. They help me to keep everything in one place, plan posts in advance and generally feel more organised.

Do you daily blog? Would you consider it?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Only Eyeliner I've Been Wearing

Eyeliners are one of those products I always have to have in my makeup bag, but when it comes down to replacing them, I never get adventurous and instead stick to the same one. When I first set eyes on the Clarins Graphik Ink Liner* I didn't think I'd like it, let alone do a whole blog post dedicated to it, but it is truly one of the best gems I've found this year.

The felt tip liner has a nib applicator that's slightly fatter than other one's I've used, but it can still create precise lines and a flawless cat eye. On first swatch, I thought that it would bleed into lines too much and not give the pigmented, black finish that I crave. I was totally wrong as it's long lasting and super intense when applied, meaning I get a sharp winged eyeliner every time. This has lasted through rain, exercising and humid weather without transferring onto the upper lid or wearing out on the outer edge of the wing, so it's safe to say that this has extreme lasting power.

Although it's more expensive than other eyeliners I've been using over the past years, I'm not sure if I could go back to them and this offering is now a firm favourite in my makeup bag.

Have you tried this eyeliner yet?

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Evening Double Cleanse

In the evening, I like nothing more than to spend a little time removing the day's makeup, cleansing the skin and nourishing it with lotions and potions. I've recently discovered a couple of cleansers that have switched up my evening skincare routine; two dreamy offerings that have transformed the way my skin has felt.

The Nourish Skin Renew Cleanser* is a lotion that works more like a cleansing oil at dissolving any traces of makeup without stinging the eyes or irritating the skin. Enriched with a variety of ingredients such as Rosehip oil which nourishes and Kale, an anti-oxidant which claims to keep the skin supple. It's works in a similar way to that of the Oskia Renisannce Cleansing Gel but doesn't lather up on the skin like the Oskia one does.

After removing the majority of my makeup with the first cleanse, I go onto my second. The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is a fairly new addition to my routine, but one that I'm already smitten with purely because of it's scent and very unique formula. When applied, it looks like it'll lather up just like I thought the Nourish one would because of it's almost clear consistency, but instead it doesn't. It's refreshing and makes a bit of change to the usual cleansers on the market. Once I run out of this, which won't be a while yet because I haven't even made a dent yet, I will definitely repurchase it.

What are your favourite cleansers for your evening skincare routine?

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A Becca Round Up

Over the course of the past year or so my Becca collection has expanded, going from just one highlighter to owning a palette, a primer and a few illuminators too. I thought it was about time I shared a brand focus post.

The Backlight Priming Filter* was on my wishlist for some time before I received it and I'm so glad that it's a member of my makeup bag now. This helps to illuminate the complexion- perfect for dull, lacklustre skin- and it never fails to make the foundation I apply on top of it to look perfectly radiant. When applied alongside the Glossier Priming Moisturiser it creates an even base that prolongs the wear of my foundation and plumps the skin too.

I've gone through different phases with the Champagne Pop Highlighter as although its a gorgeous colour, it doesn't always suit the makeup look I'm going for and can sometimes be a little unwearable if I've not fake tanned. When I first tried this and up until recently, I really enjoyed it but slowly it's been making its way to the back of my makeup collection - Maybe I need to rekindle the love again?

A highlighter than completely took me by surprise was the Light Chaser Rose Quartz* offering as the pink hued pink is unlike anything I have in my makeup bag at the moment. It's pink, but also has a gold shift that makes it looks far more natural on the skin than I once thought. It easily brightens the inner corner of my eyes up and can be used heavily on the cheekbones for more of a striking, intense look.

Lastly the highlighters in the Jaclyn Hill Split Pan which has Pamplemousse blusher and Prosecco Pop highlighter; this duo is a great addition to any travel makeup bag and it's shame that they are no longer sold. Prosecco Pop is slightly lighter than it's Champagne cousin which means it does get more use.

The Sunchaser Palette is the newest addition to my Becca collection after I won it in a giveaway and I'm so glad I did as the Opal hue has quickly become a favourite of mine already,;so much so that I can't see how I didn't pick that one out in the first place. It adds a subtle glow that can easily be sheered out or built up for an intense look. The Apricot Blossom blusher is the perfect peachy, pink shade that adds just the right amount of colour to the cheeks, whilst the Ipanema Sunset Sunlit Bronzer is a few shades darker than my other Becca bronzer, but still works great with my skin tone.

Talking of the other Sunlit Bronzer* I own, I have the shade Capri Coast; a shimmering, subtle bronzer that looks absolutely divine with applied on bare skin or with minimal makeup. It's powder formula is still slightly creamy in texture and the finish is very natural, making it great for everyday use.

What are your Becca top picks?

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Keeping Your Blog Photography Interesting: Styling and Composition

Back in the new year I did a blog post all about keeping your blog photography interesting with the use of props and backgrounds. Today I thought I would add to this series by sharing my top tips on how switching up composition and styling your photography can keep your blog images alluring. I've spotted a few of these lately from Gemma Louise and The Beauty Sanctuary, so I thought I'd share my top tips and tricks too.

Flatlays vs From The Side | I love a healthy balance between flatlays and blurry background shots ,as I find that it switches up my blog photography a bit more and enables me to experiment more with props. The angle in my main photograph in this blog post isn't from the side nor a flatlay, so it's important to consider different angles and options when wanting to get the perfect shot.

The Product Can Decide How You Style A Photo | If a product has a reflective surface, is transparent or just hard to photograph, I like to avoid doing flatlays as I get too frustrated too quickly. Contrasting the product with a coloured backgroundsor shooting from the side with the product in the foreground and some other products in the background are possible ways to make it stand out.

A Set Up Can Be Used Multiple Times | If you look back through my photographs, you may find a few sets up that are fairly similar to each other and this is done on purpose. When a particular set up works, I like to chop and change products in and snap away, getting a few images to use throughout the month for different blog posts. This is also a time hack as it can easily help to keep you organised and save time too.

Composition Can Change Everything | This is particularly important when styling flatlays as if you're shooting multiple products, I don't find it very helpful to have them all in the centre of the photograph, so instead  I prefer to strategically place them around the image. A fail safe way of mine is to put a blush pink blanket at the bottom, flowers in the corner and use a few products in the centre and some half out of the frame too. Using lids, makeup brushes and other beauty related items can help a flatlay look more natural and well composed.

What are your top tips on styling and composing your blog photographs?


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Simple Blusher Tips For Beginners

It's only been in the recent years that I've started to wear blusher on a daily basis, as previously I never saw the point in wearing colour on my already flushed cheeks, so instead I wanted to spend my money elsewhere. Recently I've been super smitten with it, so I thought I'd share a lazy girl's guide to it, including some of my own tips.

Cream Products Are More Forgiving | I've got to admit that it's only been this Summer that I've really got into it cream blushers, but the H&M Dusty Rose offering and Glossier Dusk Cloud Paint are two of my favourites. Not only for their dreamy hues, but for how they sit and can be easily applied to the cheeks. If you're a beginner to makeup or you just want a more natural look, then cream products are far more forgiving, especially when blended out using a beauty blender.

Start Small | If you're new to blusher or you've just got that one shade in your collection which you can't bring yourself to wear because you deem it too bright, I'd recommend grabbing a blusher blush, swirling it around, tap off the excess and apply it super lightly to begin with. To avoid too much, you can even apply it to the back of your hand before applying it to the cheeks to make sure you have as little as product on there as possible.

Different Techniques For Different Face Shapes | Of course it goes without saying that makeup is there to be experimented with and therefore you can apply it wherever you please, but I found that since learning where to apply blusher to compliment my own face shape, I've been wearing it much more. Brydie has a great guide to anybody wanting to learn more, but quite simply, I like to avoid the apples of my cheeks as I have a pretty round face.

What Shades Do I Start With? | Once again, I think that Elle will be able to explain it better than I can, but quite simply depending on your skin tone and undertones, different shades will suit you. Of course this is a guide and won't work for everybody, but as someone who is quite pale, I like to steer clear of anything too bright, sticking to neutral pinks.

Some Favourites To Check Out | As I've previously mentioned, the Glossier Dusk Cloud Paint is currently my most worn blusher, I've been wearing it everyday since I got it. The Hourglass Ambient Light Blushers are a long serving favourite of mine, but for a budget option Milani do some amazing picks too.

What are your favourite blushers?

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Five Lifestyle Favourites

I feel like I always share my makeup and skincare top picks, so I thought I would go out of my comfort zone and share my current lifestyle favourites instead.

Shortlisted For Best Beauty Blog | Can you believe that I have been nominated for best beauty blog in the Bloggers Blog Awards? I certainly can't! I have been so overwhelmed with all of your lovely comments and reasons why you've been voting for me. It means so much to know that people still enjoy reading my blog, so if you would like to vote for me then you can HERE.

Game Of Thrones | I've got to admit I was apprehensive about the new Game Of Thrones series, but I've been pleasantly surprised so far. The most recent episode was one of my favourites and I'm really enjoying seeing the shift in characters and everything slowly coming to a conclusion - I'm sure we've got a few more dragons to see yet!

Having A Break | As you're reading this, I'm currently on a mini break and I'm so grateful that I have the ability to take nearly two weeks off from work to relax, explore and take a well earned break. It couldn't come at a better time as I feel in a bit of a lull, what with the weather being all over the place and feeling like Autumn, but expecting the Summer heat wave to return late August anyway. I'm hoping the break will mean that I will feel refreshed and ready to get organised upon my return.

Starting To Introduce Warmer Clothes | Talking of the weather, I've recently bought a blush pink rain coat that I'm super excited to wear as it was an absolute bargain and I'm sure it'll add a well needed pop of colour to my Autumnal wardrobe. In anticipation of the upcoming colder weather, I've stopped myself from picking up Summer clothes and instead am looking at pieces that can be layered and transitioned with ease.

All The Vegetables | I couldn't do a lifestyle favourites post without mentioning my current favourite foods. Baked sweet potato topped with either a pile of cheese or a spicy chickpea curry are two of my go-to's at the moment as it's filling, warming and super tasty. I've had to stop eating parsnips as I can't seem to find any in good condition, so I'm already dreaming of tucking into them come December.

What are your current lifestyle favourites?

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Travel Makeup Bag: City Break Edition

I feel like I'm going to be living out of a makeup bag for the next couple of weeks on and off, due to having two holidays booked back to back. Although I'm getting better at packing, my extensive makeup collection makes it hard to pack a makeup bag that is varied enough for a variety of looks, yet doesn't mean I have to take another suitcase with me.

I've been really into priming my skin before foundation, so it was hard to decide which one I would take. Although the Glossier Priming Moisturiser with the Becca Back Light Priming Filter* is my current favourite duo, I think that havening two in my small makeup bag would be pushing it for space, so instead I have opted for the Nars Radiance Primer. It's still super nourishing, but helps to perk up the complexion and extend the longevity of my base.

The newest addition to my makeup bag is the Becca Sunchaser Palette which I won in India's giveaway so I thought I'd give it a good try whilst on holiday. It's got a warm bronzer, a matte perky peach and then Opal, the highlighter from Becca I've been meaning to try for the longest time. Already the stand out shade to me is the highlighter, but it's so handy having a powder blusher and bronzer in one palette meaning I don't have to take separate ones - the big mirror is super handy too.

I was tempted to pack my Hourglass Surreal Light Palette, but instead settled on bringing the Bourjois Java Rice Powder. When travelling, I like to take as few powders as possible to reduce the risk of any smashing, so bringing a loose powder is the perfect alternative. When lightly applied across the face, it illuminates al the right places, whilst still keeping your makeup in place, plus if you start to build it up it can mattify too.

As I've previously mentioned, I'm trying to avoid too many powder products to avoid any accidents. I'm pretty certain that I won't want to wear eyeshadow anyway as it's due to be quite hot, but I thought I'd pack some cream eyeshadow offerings to create an easy, soft smoky eye if needs be. The 3ina Cream Eyeshadow* is the one I'm currently trialling.

I've packed my usual mascara, eyeliner and eyebrow products as these are the items that rarely ever change, although I've got my eye on a few new products that I'm going to pick up from Sephora, so my makeup bag might be a bit of a squeeze on the way home.

What are your travel makeup essentials?

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Battling Stressed Out Skin

I'm not sure if it's been the stress of my laptop being broken or the late nights I've been having, but my skin is no longer looking it's best. Every now and again, I get a bad case of blemished, lacklustre skin.

Although the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is a new addition to my skincare routine, it's one that has really helped me get my skin back on track after it's recent flare up of dry patches. It's not only great at melting away makeup, the delicate rose scent means its a dream to use and is super simple, yet calming on the skin.

Exfoliators -chemical or not- are instant pick me ups for the skin too. The Pixi Peel and Polish works great at battling blemishes, dry patches and dullness. With a quick scrub, my skin looks a little bit more awake and makes it easier to wear foundation if I choose to.

To battle under eye circles and generally just perk up my complexion, I reach for The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution* and Moisturising Factors* to help replenish my skin and delver a boost of hydration.

Masks are one of my favourite ways to quickly make my skin appear plumper and more hydrated. The Clarins SOS Hydra* is a new favourite of mine and works in a similar way to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask as within twenty minutes, my skin always looks much better. Not only is it nourishing, it helps to refresh my complexion too and genuinely perks me up if used in the morning.

For a more clarifying option, I always reach for the the Aesop Primrose Facial Masque* as it really helps to draw out any impurities and clear the skin. It can be a little drying, so I always make sure that I'm using a nourishing cleanser and hydrating moisturiser before and after use.

How do you battle stressed out skin?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Creating A Light Space Without Comprimising Cosiness

As an interior enthusiast, I'm forever switching up my homeware and lusting after new pieces, but I do have a consistent style; light and cosy. These two don't often go together when it comes to interior, but I feel like I've finally found a good balance between the two and I thought that I would share my top tips on creating your own space too.

Lightweight Blankets Are Your Friend | As a constantly cold person, I always keep a few blankets to hand, just to make sure I can wrap myself up in them. Blush pinks and light greys are great colours to work with as they easily to incorporate themselves in to any room, but I do find that the more lightweight they are, the easier it is to drape them over the side of the sofa or fold them up to go into a blanket basket which avoids cluttering.

Keep It Simple | Rather than having a flourescent sofa or a statement rug, I often leave it to my homeware accessories to do the talking. Don't get me wrong, I would love a vibrant pink sofa, but for me, I prefer to add texure in the smaller ways through the use of fluffy cushions and decorative flower vases as this reduces the risk of colour clashes, clutter and wasting of money.

A Healthy Dose Of Greenery | The easiest way to make a space feel light and airy is through the use of plants. Whether it's using air plants as an ornament on the wall, having a big cacti in a pretty planter or simply just dotting around succulents. All of these can help make your house feel cosy too, plus with a quick switch up from a weekly bright bunch of flowers to a garland of pine cones, it can be easily adaptable from Summer to Autumn with ease.

Negative Space Can Work In Your Favour | I'm an avid believer that crisp, white walls can help to transform a space, but leaving some negative spaces can work just as well. I think it's super easy to assume that adding more prints to a wall or filling every empty floor space with a rug is key to making your home feel cosy, but in fact it can feel rather cluttered instead. I find that switching around current ornaments, testing out new spaces and really thinking through what homeware I need helps makes sure that I still leave space to move.

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Glossy Skin and Red Lips

Glossy and red were never two words I thought I'd put in one sentence- especially not during the Summertime- but I've really enjoyed wearing this pairing a lot recently. I like to use glow inducing highlighters to help add a healthy radiance to my complexion, whilst a bold matte red lipstick adds colour to my skin too. I saw a similar post on Beauty By Kelsey, so I thought I would share with you my current top picks:

I've been using a lighter hand when it comes to bronzer, making sure that my makeup look concentrates on the cheek highlighter and lip colour. I find that glossy skins starts with a nourishing base and the Glossier Priming Moisturiser is the perfect example of this. Used before your foundation of choice, this helps to calm, plump and prep the skin.

When I first used the 3ina Highlighter* I didn't think that I'd like it; the texture was dry and I didn't think it would work well with dehydrated skin. This on top of the NYX Sunbeam Illuminator helps to create a luminous finish that is still super natural on the skin, making it one of my favourite dreamy teams at the moment.

Cream highlighters are my favourite way to add a glossy sheen to the cheeks with ease and nothing has worked better for a super natural glow than the Glossier Quartz Haloscope. I particularly like to apply this after I've warmed it up with my fingers, then dab onto the face until I build up the glow I'm after.

There's something about red lipsticks that reminds me of Autumn and Christmas, meaning I don't often reach for them as much as I should for the rest of the year. I'm not sure if it's because I'm looking forward to the colder seasons ahead, but I've been loving red lipstick once again, particularly my beloved Mellow Madness Lipstick shade. It's bright, bold and long lasting on the lips - Everything you need in a matte red lip.

A new addition is the 3ina 500 Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick*, which is pretty much everything is says on the tin. It's matte, easy to use and doesn't budge even after eating. I'm really impressed with this at the moment as it doesn't dry down instantly as soon as you apply it ,meaning you can really get a good shape with the applicator.

I couldn't not give a quick mention to the Nars Cruella Lip Pencil; a long serving favourite of mine and one which I reach for whenever I need a fool proof red lip that can be easily reapplied throughout the day. I will definitely bring this one away with me on holiday, as it's great for an evening going out look.

Do you like the glossy skin and red lip look?

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

A Summer Pamper Routine

In the Summer, the warm weather often puts me off taking some time out of my day to pamper, preen and perform some of my favourite self-care activities. Lightweight oils instead of thick creams and hydrating masks to battle my skin's dehydration are just a few things that I like switch up in my pamper routine come Summer. 

An absolute pamper staple, whether rain or shine, is an Essie manicure. I've been torn between a true red hue, a muted mauve shade or a vivid coral, so I tend to switch them up every week or so.

I tend to take more showers in the Summertime as they're great to refresh myself quickly, but that doesn't mean I don't take a bath every now and again. The new Zoella Jelly and Gelato Bath Frosting is great as the scent is uplifting and works well when the bath temperature isn't scorching hot.

I like to concentrate on boosting hydration when it comes to skincare, the Clarins SOS Hydra Mask* being a new favourite of mine for when my dehydrated complexion needs to be nourished. To ensure that my under eye area remains supple and soft, I apply half a drop of The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution* before my moisturiser.

The Zoella Shower Shake has been a welcomed addition into my routine as it helps to deliver a boost of hydration all over the body, whilst for the legs it doubles up as a shaving cream. Although this is great for lazy days, I like to use this in the shower before hopping out and slathering on The Body Shop Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil*, a nourishing treatment that sinks into the skin, leaving it feeling firm, smooth and soft.

I've really upped my haircare routine and during the Summer I like to make sure it's targeted towards dry ends and irritable scalp. The Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticiser* and After-Sun Scalp Mask* are a favourite duo of mine as they replenish my dry, damaged locks which makes them feel super soft and healthy.

What are your top Summer pamper picks?

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

I recently decided to purchase some Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows to try and curb my cravings for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette*, but before they arrived,  the Urban Decay palette got delivered to me completely by surprise. It's all that I've been wearing on my eyes since I received it, so I thought I could give you my first impressions on the new palette that's been the talk of the town.

Although I've seen lots of people create stunning looks with this palette, I wasn't too sure how I would get use out of this on a daily basis. I couldn't have been more wron,g as you can easily create everything from a subtle brown smokey eye to something with a little bit more red in it. With twelve eyeshadows ranging from a matte cream hue perfect for under the brow to an intense shimmery copper, this palette definitely fulfils my needs for warm toned eyeshadows.

My favourite shadow of the bunch to begin with was Scorched; a metallic deep red/copper that looked perfect no matter how I wore it, but quickly the two end shades, Ember and Ashes have become two more favourites (purely because they remind me of Autumn too!). The lighter shades, unlike many other palettes, still have an intense pigmentation and can be used under the brow, in the inner corner of the eye or across the lid. Low Blow and Sauced are two great matte shades for the creases, whereas She Devil, a burnt red matte, is lovely for the outer corners. No two hues are the same and with different combinations, you can create a real variety of looks with ease.

Although I haven't been trialling it for too long and my love for the Naked 3 Palette is still rife, I would go as far as saying this could be my new Urban Decay favourite. It just compliments my complexion perfectly, the quality of each shadow is immaculate and they're super easy to blend. 

Are you tempted by the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette?

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(By the way I have been shortlisted for Best Beauty Blog in the Bloggers Blog Awards. If you would like to vote for me, you can here)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

5 Things I've Added To My August To-Do List

Does anyone else feel like July just whizzed by? Actually, scrap that... does anyone else feel like this year has gone by super fast? Don't get me wrong; as an Autumn enthusiast I'm looking forward to the crispy leaves, layers of clothing and the ability to get really cosy in the evenings. But as it's still only August, I want to make sure I'm making the most of the last of the Summer. Here are five things I've added to my August to-do list:

Get Ready For Paris | I'm going to Paris this month and to say that I'm excited is a huge understatement. I need to compile a list of the places I want to visit, the sights I want to see and the products I want to buy from Sephora. I've got to start working extra hard to make sure everything is planned for my time off as I'm away a bit before I go to Paris too, so August is definitely a busy month. Be prepared for lots of Parisian-themed posts including what I'm packing, where I've been on my trip and a maybe a haul too. 

The Last Of Summer | I'm already predicting that this month will go pretty fast and although secretly I can't wait for the transitional period between seasons when the leaves start browning and there's a slight chill to the air, I want to make the most of the last of Summer. We've got an outdoor cinema planned at the start of September, but I think fruit picking, going to the beach and spending as much time on our bikes as possible are on the agenda.

Hit Those Fitness Goals | I was really focused on my fitness throughout July and I want to make it my mission to hit some of my other fitness goals in August too. I've got a few new moves I'd like to perfect and as someone who already cycles three times a week, I'd love to keep that up as much as I can, maybe even upping it to four times a week if I fancy it.

Get Over My End Of Season Lull | I'm having a bit of an issue at the moment with not feeling particularly inspired. This isn't a surprise as I usually end up in a bit of a lull when the season slowly starts coming to an end. As the weather is slightly cooler, I think my brain has gone into Autumn mode, but I already predict that I'll be feeling a little unmotivated towards the end of the month if we have a second heat wave as soon as I start planning my transitional blog content.

Start Saving | As I've previously said, we've got quite a few upcoming trips planned, so I've been saving where and when I can and with Autumn- the busiest season in my family for birthdays- just around the corner, I think it's time to start prepping to save for that and Christmas too! I recently bought a blush pink rain coat, but I've stopped myself from buying anything new for a while.

What is on your August to-do list?

Monday, 31 July 2017

A Glossier Haul

After the news that Glossier was finally coming to the UK, I made it my mission to track down some of their most coveted items to add to my collection. I knew that I wanted to try some of their cult favourites, so today I am sharing with you my Glossier haul. 

First up is the Milky Jelly Cleanser, a purchase I made on a whim, but one I definitely don't regret. With a slight rose scent and delicate formula, it's gentle on my skin whilst still being effective at removing my makeup and making my skin feel super clean. Despite having a creamy-gel formula, this doesn't lather up at all; instead it feels similar to more of a cleansing balm when massaged in. Although it's not super -ourishing on my dehydrated skin, you can't fault how gentle it feels on your eyes. I can't wait to give this a proper try out and come back to you with with the results. 

If there's one product you need to try from this haul it's the Dusk Cloud Paint, a cream blush that has a lightweight, buildable formula that is super easy to use, is flattering on the cheeks and gives off the most perfect peachy bronzed hue. You could price this at twice the price and I still think I'd repurchase it, even though I'm pretty sure that this tub (despite being quite tiny on appearance) will last me a very long time. This paired with an illuminating base is perfect for an easy, natural dewy finish. 

When I first picked the Priming Moisturiser up, I wasn't too sure if I would like it as I've heard others say that it's a little too light for dehydrated skin, but as soon as I applied it, I knew it was love. There hasn't been a day since I got it that I haven't applied it underneath my makeup because the way it makes my skin look is amazing. My complexion appears calm and dewier, creating the perfect moisturised base for my makeup that glows through your foundation and actually makes a difference to the way my skin looks. 

The Haloscope Quartz Face Highlighter purchase was completely influenced by other bloggers and their love for this glow inducing offering. It's a natural highlighter unlike any other one in my collection and it works well with any cream products. The only way I could describe it is as a "sweaty look" highlighter that adds the dreamiest, natural glow. I was worried as it doesn't dry down like other cream products, but on me, it doesn't stay sticky so I can't complain. Although I can see why some wouldn't like it, I'm looking forward to wearing this over the upcoming weeks.  

Have you tried Glossier? What would you recommend I try next? 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Banishing Blemishes With T-Zone

- This content is sponsored by T-Zone, but all my thoughts are my own - 

When I first set eyes on the T-Zone Charcoal and Bamboo range, I think my inner teenage self screamed with delight because this was a brand I relied on for years to help banish blemishes. An an avid skincare hoarder and tester, I was excited to see how this range would compare to what I was used to trying from budget ranges, plus how it could deliver clearer, spot free skin. 

One of the biggest tests was trying the Ultra Purifying Face Wash and Deep Cleansing Face Scrub whilst on my period. I knew that this would be the ultimate test as I always get quite a few painful spots around my chin. Despite a few spots rearing their ugly heads throughout the week, the Face Scrub was great at keeping my skin smooth and clear. Sometimes a physical exfoliator was exactly what I needed before makeup application and to make sure my skin was left feeling smooth and soft. 

The Face Wash was a great alternative to my usual cleanser in my morning routine as the scent is super fresh (please give it a sniff - it's divine!) and it wasn't so nourishing that my makeup then slips off, nor was it too stripping for my skin either. 

Nose Pore Strips are another nostalgic product for me, I remember spending my time peeling off the strips from my nose and investigating what was left on there (Yuk!). I haven't used any in years and I can confirm that what came off my nose wasn't a pleasant sight, but it definitely did the job. I've used these quite a few times now and with every use, I've seen an improvement with how many blackheads are on my nose.

The Black Peel Off Mask works in a similar way to Pore Strips, but the satisfaction of pulling this off is even better. It leaves the skin a little red and tight after you've removed it, but it's nothing that can't be solved with a little bit of a hydrating moisturiser or serum. It makes my skin feel super soft and squeaky clean; perfect for when I want to refresh my complexion after a long day in the sun. 

I feel like face wipes have got a bit of bad press in recent years, but I always like to keep a packet to hand for makeup mistakes or when I've gone makeup free and I just want a quick refresh during the day - perfect for when it's hot and sweaty outside in the Summer. Although the No Shine Papers take some beating, I'd have to say the Black Cleansing Wipes are my favourite of the whole range. 

Talking of the No Shine Papers, these are little black papers that you can press on the skin throughout the day to help keep oil at bay without removing your makeup or having to apply any more powder. I've got dehydrated skin, so I don't tend to get too oily, but I've already made my way through these due to the weather being so hot and muggy. 

The only product I really didn't get along with in this range is the Self Heating Mask and I think that's purely down to the fact that my skin is quite sensitive. It's supposed to draw out impurities and unclog pores, which I've heard from other people that it does exactly that, but for me it was a little to harsh to use on my cheek area. 

Have you tried the T-Zone Charcoal and Bamboo Range? 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Rediscovering Old Style Favourites and Finding New Additions

As someone who never has that much of a personal attachment to an item of clothing, I tend to be pretty good when it comes to sorting items out. Saying this, I've let my wardrobe become a bit of a mess recently, so I decided to have a rummage through to see if I can find any old gems. To my surprise, there were items in there that I've now fallen back in love with. I've done a bit of shopping already, so I thought today I could share with your my top tips on re-discoveirng old style favourites and working them in with new pieces.

Monochrome | I've been wearing this ASOS Black Ruffle Jumper non-stop recently, so much so that I'm thinking of getting a back up whilst they're still in the sale. Paired with a pair of jeans and boots, this is the perfect outfit when you want to look like you've made a bit of an effort without doing anything whatsoever. Then I re-discovered this ASOS Mono Jacquard A-Line Skirt that I think I must have bought way back when and by a miracle it's still in stock in one size on ASOS. It's great tucked into the jumper, but I think it'll look lovely paired with tights, dainty pumps and a plain black cami come Autumn. 

Monochrome items and everyday pieces if still in good condition are always handy to keep as they can be easy basics to wear with other statement items like this Warehouse Leather Look Pink Biker Jacket which I need in my wardrobe (it's the jacket of dreams!). 

Spruce Up Old Jeans | I'm an avid black jean wearer, but a few ways you can spruce up on old outfit is by adding in colour, whether it's getting creative with iron on patches or slightly bleached for an even more worn in effect. Ripping old worn out jeans at the knees is a great way to save pennies buying them in store and you can tailor them to where you want the slits to sit. 

Embroidery | Embroidery is a new addition to my wardrobe and my favourite way of incorporating it into the outfits I already wear is by wearing embroidered bags or shoes, as they can easily add colour without looking too OTT. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I got these ASOS June Embroidered Espadrilles the other day and I'm so happy with them as they look great paired with a variety of outfits. My embroidered bag is a firm favourite of mine and one that I've worn pretty much daily throughout the Spring and Summer months too. 
Going For Basics | As I previously mentioned, I love keeping basics in my wardrobe for pairing with statement pieces, but ultimately it's because monochrome items are where I feel the most comfortable, so therefore I get the most wear out of them. At the moment, pink is a colour that has been trickling into my wardrobe along with Burgundy and Plums. I'm also trying to stop myself buying anything that I know I will only wear a few times, instead opting for items that can easily be transitioned from one season to the next or one's that I know I will continue to wear the following year. 

Here are a few of the items I'm currently lusting after: 

Do you ever fall back in love with old style favourites? 

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Friday, 28 July 2017

A Makeup Mess

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, Glossier, Haloscope, Cloud Paint, Colourpop Lippie Stix
As much as I love themed makeup posts and new beauty round ups, sometimes I just want to sit down and have a chat about the makeup I've been wearing and trying out. With the new Urban Decay palette release being a hot topic, I wanted to give my initial thoughts, along with a sneak peak at my Glossier haul. 

First up is Glossier, who's it's release in the Autumn is highly anticipated for all of us UK residents. I managed to get my hands on a few of their cult favourites including the Quartz Haloscope, Milky Jelly Cleanser and the Priming Moisturiser. Although it's too soon to know whether I like some of them, so far so good, in fact I'd probably say I'm on my way to being a Glossier convert. 

If you've been reading my blog for a little while, then you'll probably know just how much I'm smitten with Essie nail vanish, in fact it's hard to use anything else once you start. I've been spoilt for choice with what shade to pick ever since my Essie haul at the end of Spring. Russian Roulette, a true red and Ladylike, a muted mauve have been two of my most worn shades as I'm trying to steer clear of the Autumnal hues.. for now. 

The Becca Rose Quartz Light Chaser Highlighter* mixed with the Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder are my top two picks for dewy, highlighted skin, but my recent discovery is if I apply these on top of the Haloscope it makes the most dreamy ethereal glow. This isn't the only dream team I've been pairing up lately as I've taken to mixing primers, blushers and even lipsticks to find the perfect new shades. 

I feel like everybody is talking about the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette* and don't worry I'll be putting my pennies worth in with a blog post soon enough, but I just wanted to share with you my initial thoughts. Each shade, including the lighter hues, are all pigmented, buttery and easy to blend. Despite being known as a Summer palette, I can see myself getting lots of use out of it come Autumn (it could even become my favourite Naked palette!) as the warm shades compliment my skin tone perfectly. 

What makeup have you been wearing lately? 

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Lipsticks I've Been Regularly Reaching For

Alongside blushers, I've been having a bit of a moment lately with lipsticks. From soft corals to everyday nudes, I've been re-discovering old favourites and wearing new discoveries. Here are the lipsticks I've been reaching for regularly: 

If there was a lipstick that summed up the Spring and Summer it would have to be Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk; although not a typical coral or pink pick, the nude hue looks great on my complexion and never fails to match any makeup look I'm going for. It's matte formula means that it sticks on the lips for hours and it always makes my lips look fuller even without the use of a lip pencil. 

As I previously mentioned, I usually reach for corals come Summer because they compliment my dewy (sometimes sweaty) complexion, the Nars Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil being one of my go-to's at the moment. It's bright, it's bold, but the comfortable finish means it can be worn with ease. 

The newest discovery of mine is the Colourpop Lippie Stix, but more importantly the shade Aquarius. This subtle nude shade is comfortable, pigmented and long wearing too; three properties that don't often work together. Despite putting it through it's paces with eating popcorn at the cinema and wearing it for hours on end, this does stick around and only needs to be topped up semi-regularly, which for a lipstick that is so nourishing is good going. 

The L'Oreal Eva's Nude is another neutral shade I am loving as it's so easy to put on and go. It's a consistent resident in my handbag as it looks juicy, perks up my complexion with it's pinkish hue and can be worn over the top of any lipsticks you've previously worn. 

For a bold look, I have been reaching for the NYX Ibiza Soft Matte Lip Cream, a vivid pink that makes a statement instantly, but still can be worn on a daily basis. I've been particularly liking this in the evenings with an all black outfit, but I loved wearing this with a simple, floaty dress in the heatwave we had. 

Lastly, the Jouer Creme Brûlée Lip Creme* needed a mention as other than the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams these have been my most loved liquid lipsticks. In the Summer time I tend to steer clear of anything too matte as I love easy to wear, nourishing picks, but the Jouer offering is so comfortable that you can't really feel its there. 

What are your favourite lipsticks at the moment? 

If a product is marked with a * it is a PR sample. This post contains affiliates. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Summer Peach Favourites

When I think of Summer, my mind always wanders to the peach and coral hues of my makeup collection. Blushers and lipsticks are the perfect way to get these shades into my routine with ease, so here are a handful of my top picks. 

The Hourglass Strobe Lighting Palette -or more specifically the shade Incandescent Eletra (the shade on the left)- is one of my current favourites as, although it's pigmented, it still looks natural upon the skin, perks up the cheeks and adds a subtle glow at the same time. 

Although the Tarte True Love Amazonian Clay Blush is a pink at first glance, it' has coral undertones so adds a peachy hue to the cheeks when applied. It's matte, long wearing and very suitable for a Summer makeup look.

When I first saw swatches of the Glossier Dusk Cloud Paint online, in some lights it looked like a true brown whereas in other photographs it looked like a soft mauve, but once I got my hands on it, I would label as more of a rosy pink/brown with undertones of peach running through it. Although it's not a Beam sort of a coral which is intense, this still has a slight pay off of peach (The Beauty Look Book's swatch of it is pretty spot on). The almost-mousse cream formula makes this super easy to wear with or without foundation, as it blends effortlessly into the skin and there's never a harsh line in sight. 

Every year, I always bring the Nars Lodhi Lip Pencil out once the weather starts to get warmer; it looks great paired with tanned skin and the formula makes it super easy to apply due to it's creaminess. 

If you're looking for a bright coral then look no further, as the Clarins Joli Rouge Bright Coral* has been a long serving favourite of mine come Summer. It's vivid, it's pigmented, but it's still comfortable to wear on a day to day basis. If you want something a little more toned down that still adds a bit of colour then the Fresh Coral Sugar Lip Treatment is a great alternative. 

Another peachy favourite of mine is the Clinique Melon Pop Lip Colour, a nourishing pick that has been in my collection for several Summers now. If you're new to coral lipsticks then this is a great one to begin with as it can easily be worn every day with ease. 

What are your top coral and peachy picks? 

If a product is marked with a * it is a PR sample. This post contains affiliates.
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