Monday, 23 October 2017

Skincare I'm Currently Trialling

Jasmine Talks Beauty has a great series all about the skincare she's currently trying out and I thought I would do something similar. I'm having a bit of a moment with skincare recently; I can't stop trying out new items and buying new products that I don't necessarily need. In the past week or two, I've received lots of new picks, but as it's too early to give my final verdict, I thought I'd share with you what I've been trying out. 

Fresh kindly sent me an amazing package a couple of weeks ago and everything sounded right up my street. I've used the Rose Face Mask* every day since I got it and I can already tell this is doing something great to my skin. It's expensive for the big tub, but you can get one's in smaller sizes to trial if you're not sure if it's right for you. It contains real rose petals and I can't help but put my newly hydrated, radiant looking skin down to this. I just leave it on for 5 minutes every night and it's gentle enough to not irritate my skin. I can't wait to see what difference it has on my skin in a couple of weeks time. 

The Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream* is another one I'm having a great experience with lately as it's been great at soothing my skin when it's on the parched side. Although thick, it doesn't feel heavy and it sinks in quite quickly considering. You only need a little amount to cover your face and neck, so I reckon this tub will last for a long time. Tom has currently adopted it, but I will no doubt re-house this on my bedside table once I can sneak it past him.  

The Caolion Cleansing Stick* is the newest edition to my skincare routine and it pretty much does what it says on the tin. It isn't that great with removing eye makeup, but works great at lightly exfoliating and making my skin feel clean. It's a unique product as the formula goes from a balm in stick form, to an oil, and then to a foam to make my skin feel clean. I've particularly liked using this in the morning as it really refreshes my skin and makes it feel prepped for makeup, but I'm worried that it could be a little stripping on my dry skin if I'm not careful. 

Another face mask I've been trialling is the Bioderma Hydrabio Mask*, a moisturising option that works more like a thick moisturiser. I'm still unsure about this one as I've found more effective offerings, as although it feels nice on my skin, I'm not sure if it's actually doing anything in the long run. 

What skincare are you currently trialling? 

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Matte Not Flat Base

I'm an advocate user of radiance boosting, glow inducing products and I always want my skin to look as healthy as I can, but recently I've been wanting to reduce how much shine I have by using mattifying products. I think this is due to the colder weather and wanting my makeup to last a little longer. I prefer products that offer a matte finish, without appearing flat on the skin, so here are my top picks: 

The ultimate matte not flat foundation is the Too Faced Born This Way as it's super natural, almost undetectable on the skin and although it's between a demi-matte and satin finish, it still appears luminous. 

To set my base, I have been using the Glossier Wowder Powder and have been loving it. It's super long lasting, I would probably even go as far as saying it is the best face powder for longevity and looking natural. Although it mattifies and diminishes the appearances of pores, it never looks unnatural or too cakey, it's the perfect balance of everything I want from a powder. 

A blusher that I have been loving is the Glossier Cloud Paint as they're the perfect example of a matte cream blusher that doesn't look flat on my complexion, like the majority of them do. Whenever I use a matte offering, I always run the risk of making my face look dull and lacklustre, but the cloud paints are perfectly creamy and blend effortlessly into my skin. 

I tend to have a similarly problem when it comes to bronzer because although matte offerings are great for contouring they can look muddy if you aren't careful. The Becca Sunlit Capri Coast Bronzer* is a great pick as even though it's not 100% matte, it does appear like that on the skin without being too unnatural. 

I've been using the Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector* at the moment just over my base to add a healthy sheen to the skin. It acts as a sort of blusher, highlighter hybrid as it's a little dark on my skin tone, but I think it'd look beautiful on those with darker skin tones than me too. Another highlighter that I have been loving is the left side of Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighting Duo as it's super natural and has a radiant finish, without being sparkly. 

What are your favourite matte not flat picks? 

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

What To Read and Watch This Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and at this time of year, I love nothing more than sitting down and watching a scary film or two. If films aren't your thing, then I have a few book favourites and TV must watches to share with you too. 

Films | The classics always go down a treat on Halloween; the new IT has made me watch the original and I'm always scouring the Halloween section on Netflix too. I don't always fancy watching something too scary, so opt for a thriller instead. What Happened To Monday had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through, but some of my other favourite horror films include Paranormal Activity, Miss Peregrines School For Peculiar Children and The Fourth Kind. 

TV Programmes | I've got quite a few TV programmes still left on my to-watch list including Vampire Diaries, Once Upon A Time (a re watch of mine) and Riverdale, but I have a few favourites that I want refresh myself on too. Stranger Things 2 comes out very soon and I can't wait, we were going to save up all the episodes to watch in one go, but I think we're going to be too impatient. 

TV programmes don't always have to be the ones that make you want to hide behind a blanket, so thrillers are great too. Luther can get pretty scary at times with all the masks, so that's definitely a recommendation if you're not into scary programmes (although I can't promise it won't make you jump). 

If you'd like something funny to watch then Scream Queens is a great pick. I started to rewatch them from the beginning last year, so I want to do the same this time round too. 

Books | The Night Circus is one of my favourite Halloween reads as it's super magical and is a great page turner. If you're fan of the Harry Potter's, but you want something a little bit more "grown up" then I think you'd really enjoy it. 

Talking of Harry Potter, they have to be hands down my must-reads when it starts to get chilly and nothing says Halloween more to me than reading about death eaters and magic.  I say grab yourself a bundle of blankets and sink your teeth into them. 

What are you going to be reading and watching this Halloween? 
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Autumn Eyeshadows

I'm having a bit of a moment when it comes to eyeshadow lately and I've been smitten with anything warm in tone. I wanted to share with you a few of my current favourite eyeshadow picks, so here they are: 

As soon as the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette* was released, I knew that it was going to be an autumn favourite of mine. This palette is made up of warm toned eyeshadows including a matte dark burgundy and burnt coppery reds. They can be blended together easily and I have been reaching for this palette ever since I got it. 

Another Urban Decay palette I've been obsessed with is the Original* offering, which actually works great with Heat too. This one has an array of twelve shades that are more golden brown in tone than any palette I've owned, but it's one that's great to use on a day to day basis or when you want a simple, understated look. 

It seems like it's around this time of year that I start to rekindle the love for the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette, as the quad is great at creating a smokey eye look in an instant and it's so easy as the four shades are already picked out for you. The burgundy hue is my favourite out of the four, but each eyeshadow has a buttery formula that's easy to blend and perfectly pigmented. 

The eyeshadow palette that took me most by surprise was the NYX Cool Neutrals* pick which has a selection of sixteen shades ranging from matte mauves to deep purples. It's the mauve hues that have wowed me in this if I'm honest, as they make for a simple eye when I just want to use the bare minimum amount of eyeshadows, whilst still making it look polished and well put together. 

What are your favourite Autumn eyeshadows? 

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Maybelline Tattoo Brow Tint

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Tint
Eyebrows have always been a big insecurity of mine, mainly due to dying my hair and feeling like they're never quite full enough. When I spotted the newly released Maybelline Tattoo Brow Tint in Boots, I quickly snapped it up as I'd heard great things about it and I was keen to give it a try for myself. 

I took the risk before my birthday meal of using this with no prior experience. Luckily for me, it turned out perfect; I left it on for 30 minutes and I couldn't believe how defined, full and natural my brows looked. I was initially worried that they would look too blocky, but I couldn't have been more wrong. That night, I carefully removed my makeup, making sure not to rub at my eyebrows as I wanted to see how long the Tattoo Brow would last. 

For the next 3 days, my brows were fading ever so slightly, but all I needed to do was run a brow gel through them to make them look tamed and natural. When I wanted to add a little more definition to my brows, I would neaten them up with a bit of brow pomade. I have to note that they did start to go a little gingery on the second day, which for me, as a dark red-head didn't look too out of place, but for others using the Medium Brown shade, it's one to note as it may not be for you. 

The wand it provides you with is good if you have thicker brows, but I preferred using a separate angled brow brush to get the precision I want and it was easier to achieve a lighter middle to the brows, an almost featured effect. 

I honestly didn't want to like this product as much as I do, but as I do a lot of exercising this is going to be perfect for the no makeup looks I often sport. I have been reaching for it to reapply, which is definitely saying something and I think it'll be one I'll use up. 

Have you tried the Maybelline Tattoo Brow? 

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Monday, 16 October 2017

4 Things I Look For In A Blog Post

Although I've been running Pint Sized Beauty for nearly three years now (where has the time gone?), I've been writing and reading blogs for much longer. Over the years, my taste in blog posts has changed, but I wanted to share with you four things I look for in a blog post and how I adapt that into my own blog posts too. 

Good, Clear Photography | Remember the days when people wouldn't make their images the biggest they could be on their blog? I was guilty, only going as far as medium. Now, I want big, clear photographs so everybody can see the details. They don't have to be perfectly composed, but as long as I can see the product without it being too over or under exposed, then I'm happy. 

Affiliate Links | I'm somebody who goes searching for affiliate links on my favourite bloggers websites before I purchase anything. They're often easiest found when they're in bold within the text or on ads on the side of their blogs. It's one of my favourite ways to give back, even if it's just a few pennies here and there. It doesn't mean a product is any more expensive for me, it just means they get a little thank you for recommending me the product too. 

Personal Opinion | Once I find a blog I'm smitten with, I'm a consistent reader, so it's essential for me to feel like I know the writer. It doesn't mean I have to know their date of birth or anything personal, but trusting their opinion when it comes to product recommendations is a must have for me. 

The Ability To Share It Everywhere | Similarly to the point above, when I like a blog, I want to share it on every possible social media platform. Although I know not everyone likes Facebook and some may decide to stay off Instagram, but I love repinning people's dreamy photographs on Pinterest and giving them a retweet to ensure other people find their blog too. 

What do you look for when you read a blog post?  

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

An ASOS Haul

An ASOS Haul
As someone who is picky when it comes to clothes, I tend to pick up a t-shirt here and a pair of jeans there. For my birthday, I got given an ASOS voucher, so I knew that I wanted to purchase some of the items I had in my saved section, before I knew it I had made my biggest ASOS order yet. To my frustration, I liked every single one of the items which never, ever happens. 

First up is the star of the show, the Pimkie Chelsea Boots, a last minute add to my basket, but one that I imagine I will get a lot of wear out of. The only boots I have at the moment are a pair of heeled ones from Primark which are about 5 years old now and they barely look like they've been worn, even though they have been to death. I wanted a new pair that were a little more suitable for just popping on and walking to the shops, so the Pimkie offerings are perfect. One of the main reasons I got these was because I found this Spot Shirred Waist Dress for my birthday and I wanted to make sure I could wear it in the day with a pair of tights and a long coat with ease. 

I was skeptical about trying the ASOS Farleigh Mom Jeans as I've only ever worn Topshop Jamie and Joni Jeans because they fit me well, but as the price of those are going up and I wanted to add to my collection, I picked the Farleigh's up. They're pretty true to size, but do feel a little snug when you put them on, though I'm sure that they'll loosen over time. Being a slimmer fit, they're more flattering on my legs than the traditional mom jeans and they really accentuate my waist and bum. They get the thumbs up from me and being reasonably priced, I can see myself venturing into buying more ASOS jeans in the future. 

The whole reason this haul started was because of the Adidas Burgundy Three Stripe T-Shirt and it's probably the item I'm most on the fence about. It's a lot thicker material than I was anticipating and comes up quite small, so I'd definitely say to size up unless you want it snug. I adore the colour of it and I can imagine myself wearing it on a relaxed Sunday, but I'm not 100% sure yet. 

If you're not a stripe enthusiast like myself then look away now, because I picked up two pieces. I picked up the Boohoo Contrast Collar Stripe T-Shirt purely on a whim and even though the material feels quite cheap, it does what it says on the tin and would be a great one for layering. Don't expect much in terms of quality, but if you're looking for a stretchy, comfortable t-shirt then this may be your best bet. 

Another on a whim purchase of mine was the Brave Soul Nautical Stripe Jumper as it was in the sale and I couldn't resist the stripes. It looked like it would be quite nice to just throw on with a pair of jeans and the boots whenever I'm not sure what to wear. It's a little on the big size for me, so I would say to size down in this one. 
Have you got your eye on anything from ASOS?

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Dreamy Diptyque Scent

Diptyque Do Son Eau De Toilette
If there's something I like to splurge on and treat myself to, it's perfume, but unfortunately, I tend to go through bottles like there's no tomorrow. The newest addition to my collection is the Diptyque Do Son Eau De Toilette, a scent that for me has a long story behind it and a reason it took me until my 21st birthday to buy it. 

A couple of years back, I feel in love with this fragrance whilst I was scouring the aisles of Space NK, but by the time I got back to the car, I had already forgotten the name. This situation happened time and time again, until we went to Paris back in August and I noted down all the scents that I wanted to get. Do Son was at the top of my wishlist for some time, so when my birthday rolled around and the Space NK offer was still on (£15 off £60 was very dangerous), I quickly put this in my basket and checked out. 

The main reason I fell in love with this fragrance besides the actual scent, was the longevity. One quick spritz fills the air and covers my body in the dreamy floral, yet fresh scent, lasting on the skin all day. One of the main reasons why I like spending a little more on perfume is I tend to need less  frequent spritzes, thus meaning the bottle lasts longer. 

I have to mention that the exterior of this fragrance definitely attracted me to begin with; the simple design looks elegant on my dressing table, but it really was the scent that had me hooked. I like to wear a floral scent all year, but Do Son is perfect for the Autumn and Winter season because it has slight warming undertones to it, whilst still remaining fresh (No headaches for me!). 

What's your current favourite perfume? 

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Friday, 13 October 2017

A Glossier Makeup Haul



Over the past couple of months, I have been collecting some Glossier cult favourites in anticipation of the UK release. As soon as they went live on Monday, I knew I had to make another order (or two!). What I was most drawn to was the makeup, although I have ordered the moon mask and priming moisturiser rich too. Here is what I picked up: 

Although I adore pressed powders that help to illuminate my complexion, I'm far more likely to reach for a loose powder as I think they work better on the whole with my skin type. The Wowder Powder has been on my wishlist since it's release not too long ago and I'm so glad I picked it up. As a dewy skin lover, I try and keep my face powder as natural as possible, still allowing my skin's glow to shine through. I've only tried this once, but so far so good as it doesn't make my face look two dimensional and it does work great with the stretch concealer - I even tested it for two hours bike riding outside and it didn't budge. 

I didn't go in with the intention of buying the Phase 2 Set, but I was drawn in by Boy Brow and the Stretch Concealer, both of which I've heard great things about. I wasn't too sure about getting a Generation G Lipstick because none of the colours had ever spoken to me until I clocked Jam. From then, I've been noticing a variety of other shades I'd like to pick up and give a try if I like the formula of Jam. I've got to admit I wasn't impressed with the first or even second application, I felt like the colour was great, but it needed lots of warming up until you got the colour pay off you wanted. It's matte and currently I'm using a lip balm underneath it which turns it a bit glossier (ay), but I'm determined to persist purely because the colour is perfect for Autumn - We shall see.  

I'm really hoping that the Boy Brow, which I got in the shade brown, will rival my love for the Benefit Gimme Brow, a product I have repurchased multiple times. At first application, it seemed too gloopy and runny, but once it had dried, I've got to admit I was impressed. I'm not sure if I was just having a good brow day, but my brows did look thicker and fuller, so I can't wait to continue using this as they weren't flakey nor did they feel like they had a lot of product in. 

I was skeptical about picking up the Stretch Concealer because I wasn't too sure if the shade would be the right match for me (the lightest shade isn't too light), but the appeal of a lightweight offering that can be worn with ease on a bare face got the better of me. I wanted it because although I adore my Kat Von D Lock It Concealer, I wanted something a little lighter for when I want to wear as little makeup as possible. Although waxy at first glance, the formula is much creamier than expected, so I think it works great with a beauty blender. I used this sort of all over my face and it can be layered up for more coverage without caking, or can be applied lightly for all over coverage. I haven't used this with a foundation underneath yet, but when paired with Wowder, it does make my skin look lovely and the powder takes away the slight sheen the concealer has. 

After the success of Dusk Cloud Paint, I knew that the other shades would be at the top of my list to get. I ended up getting the duo because you save a little bit of money getting it that way, but I was unsure on the two shades that I should get. In the end I settled for Haze and Puff, but I already know I'll be getting the last one of the collection, Beam. Dusk was hands down one of my favourite blusher formulas as it was super creamy, blend into the skin like a dream and I'm so glad the other two shades are as gorgeous and the same formula. I like that you can mix them to create different colours too, as this is definitely something I'll be doing to get creative. 

Did you pick anything up from Glossier? 

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

A Halloween To-Do List

I feel like halloween events and parties are getting earlier this year, but I'm all for cracking out the decorations early too. Up until last year, I was never really a Halloween fan, but now I feel like I make it into a month's worth of wearing darker, vampier makeup, watching spooky films and contemplating going to a Pumpkin patch. 

Have A Netflix TV Binge | Stranger Things 2 comes out towards the end of the month, so what better excuse to re-watch the first series that had us all hooked? I'm super looking forward to spending evenings huddled underneath a blanket hiding my eyes because I predict the new series is going to be way scarier. If you want some other, more non-scary options, I can recommend "What Happened To Monday" and "Orphan Black". 

Bake All Of The Harry Potter Themed Treats | Think Pumpkin pasties or homemade butter beer. The perfect reason to snack, maybe even watching the films themselves, or you can save them for the Great British Bake Off. If Harry Potter treats don't tickle your fancy, then I'm sure the array of tasty Halloween themed snacks in the supermarket will. 

Go To A Pumpkin Patch | This has been on my to-do list for the longest time now and we're planning to go on Tom's birthday next week. I want to pick up a reasonable sized one, but no doubt will try and convince Tom we need a 30kg option too... 

Have A Lush Bath | I adore Lush all year around, but from October to December, their Halloween and Christmas range means I spend an awful lot of time scrolling aimlessly on their site. I love popping in a bath bomb, sitting back and relaxing whilst the candles crackle away. 

Go To Homesense | Homesense is the dream if you're into Halloween decorations as much as I am. It'll make you want to deck your house out in floating ghosts, skeleton bowls and endless garlands before you know it - So go in with caution. 

What is on your Halloween to-do list? 
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Skincare and My Priorities

It's only been in recent years that I have really gotten into skincare. Previously, as a teenager with problematic skin, it took me a while to understand my own needs, what works for my skin and what doesn't. In the last twelve months or so, I've really considered every skincare purchase I made and every product I put on my face to ensure that it's right for my skin type and complexion. 

A Good Makeup Remover | I can't tell you how many cleansers I've been through that require scrubbing just to get my makeup off. The one's I swear by are the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil*, Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and Nourish Skin Renew Cleanser* as all three of these do not strip the skin, but melt away makeup perfectly. I try and have two cleansers to hand to ensure that I double cleanse and it's been a priority of mine for some time now. 

Glow Inducing | It took me a while to realise that skincare can change the way your skin looks, not just removing makeup or reducing the size of blemishes. Glycolic Acid was where it changed for me and I now try and incorporate this in to my routine where I can, but mostly it tends to be in toners including Pixi Glow Tonic and The Ordinary Glycolic Toner. Glow inducing products can also be the ones that help to fight blemishes too, so I love killing two birds with one stone. 

Eye Cream | Although I'm only in my early twenties, eye cream has always been a priority; less about wrinkles and more about how dehydrated my under eye area gets. I've tried my fair share, but my two favourites have got to be Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream, which has a thick consistency that blends into the skin like a dream and The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution* which is more on the lightweight side that sits perfectly underneath makeup. 

Hydration | As I previously mentioned, I try and use products that sooth and hydrate my dry complexion. My favourite way to do this is by layering up oils and moisturiser. The problem with this is that it can make my skin a little sore if I use too many treatments on it at once, so I like to make sure they work well in conjunction with each other and that they're not too thick for my skin. 

A Micellar Water | Although similar to a makeup remover, I find micellar waters great for when you have little to no time to remove your makeup, you've only worn a minimal look that day or when you've smudged your mascara accidentally. Bioderma remains my favourite micellar water hands down from the one's I've tried (although I'm open to try out anybody's recommendations). The Original Sensibo and Hydrabio H20 Moisturising* version are my two essentials as they work effectively, get every last bit of makeup off my skin and don't leave my skin feeling parched at all. 

What do you look for in your skincare? 

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

My 5 Period Essentials

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When that time of the month rolls around, I often whip out my cosiest pyjamas, grab a duvet and hibernate for a week. I've had my period for quite some time now, so I thought I would share with you five of my top essentials (including a discussion about sharing your own period experience.)

TV Shows | I love nothing more when I'm on my period than snuggling down with a blanket and a book, but sometimes I just want to do as little as possible and put on a TV Show which I can binge watch. My current obsession is Don't Tell The Bride (how it took me that long to watch it I have no idea) and Gossip Girl. They're easy to watch shows that put a smile on my face in an instant. Other favourites include: Bad Education, Drifters, and Gilmore Girls. 

An Emergency Kit | I always put together a kit of emergency spares from tablets to a comfy pair of knickers. I like putting them into a little zip up bag and popping it in my bag so that I know it's there whenever I need it. 

Comfort Food | I know you're probably expecting me to mention some sort of chocolate, but for me, comfort food is general makes me feel better. A steaming hot jacket potato with extra cheese or even toast, my absolute favourite when I need a snack. I love stocking up on crisps, pasta and lots of veggies during my period. 

A Few Of Your Favourite Things | You've probably realised that one of this post pretty much involved having a bit of anything you fancy whilst on your period. I like feeling comfortable, so my hair usually goes up in a high bun and I love to wear loose, baggy bottoms - My favourites are currently a pair of Primark Harry Potter ones! I also love to delve into a great page turning, buy myself a bunch of flowers or give myself an afternoon to pamper and paint my nails. 

Bodyform | Bodyform was the first brand I ever used when I started my period, so I can't help but be drawn to them. One of my essentials is towels, especially during the first one or two days as to me, they feel more comfortable to wear. Being quick and easy to use too, I would recommend popping one into your emergency kit too. 

Bodyform are currently running a campaign to encourage women to share their experiences and break the period taboo. For me, I used to struggle with having my period as I often felt embarrassed especially during the school day and as a 9 in 10 girls say they have gone to great lengths to hide their periods, I must have not been alone in this struggle.  As someone who started their period young, I struggled initially with trying to be discreet and wanting to make as little sound as possibly when in the toilet. If I could go back, I would tell my younger self to talk to peers and those who I trust about my questions and concerns because it would have made me more comfortable with having my period. Have you ever tried to hide your period? 
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Monday, 9 October 2017

October Makeup Bag

October Makeup Bag
I've really fallen back in love with makeup recently, and therefore my makeup bag seems to be full to the brim with old favourites and new products. I wanted to give you an update on what the content of my makeup bag looks like, so here are my top picks: 

I've been reaching for the NYX Cool Neutrals*, Urban Decay Naked Heat* and Original Naked Palette* a lot recently as I've been getting into eyeshadow palettes much more lately. I've even been contemplating treating myself to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Glossier are coming to the UK today and I'm beyond excited, so of course I've put most of their products I already own into my makeup bag including a new addition, the Birthday Balm Dot Com. Although I was skeptical this was just going to be overpriced vaseline, I actually find it makes my lips look a little fuller thanks to the shimmer particles and the thick formula is nourishing too. 

My base has pretty much stayed the same over the past few months, the Kat Von D Lock It Concealer and Too Faced Born This Way Foundation being the duo that I've been smitten with. It creates a flawless base that is undetectable and easy to wear on a daily basis. 

I've been trying a lot of different bronzers at the moment, but it's the Becca Sunlit Capri Coast Bronzer* which has currently got top space in my makeup bag. It's super natural and looks great paired with my Fenty Beauty Amber Match Stix too. It's bronzes up the skin nicely and is the perfect hue for my skin tone. 

Talking of Fenty Beauty, the Match Stix Trio and Killawatt Duo Highlighter are new additions to my makeup bag and one's that have been welcomed with open arms. The latter is perfect for creating a striking glow, whereas the Match Stix, especially in Amber as I previously mentioned, is great at creating chiselled cheekbones. 

What have you got in your October makeup bag? 

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

10 Ways To Add A Little Magic To Your Autumn

After doing a couple of these type of posts over the past few months, I thought that I would add to the series, showing you ten ways I like to add a little magic to my Autumn. From pumpkin patches to simply feeling the bitter cold air on your cheeks in the morning, here are the one's that made it to my top 10 list: 

Feel The Leaves Crunching Under Your Feet | There's something about being huddled under an umbrella or wrapped up in layers of clothing that makes hearing the crunching of leave underneath your feet even more enjoyable. 

Put Your Dressing Gown On The Radiator | I've definitely mentioned this before, but putting my PJ's or dressing gown on the radiator before I get into them is one of those little delights. I get awfully cold in the Autumn/Winter, so I love doing this on a regular basis. 

Head To A Pumpkin Patch | This is on every to-do list I have for October as I really want to pick my own pumpkin to carve for Halloween. I suspect that it'll be very instagrammable too! 

Bake All The Sweet Treats | Whether it's pumpkin themed biscuits or a cupcake topped with candy corn, baking up batches of your favourite treats is a great way to feel cosy in the Autumn. 

Spend A Whole Day Inside Watching Films | Harry Potter is my first choice which comes as no surprise and as it's now October, I fully aim to watch them all back to back at some point this month. There's nothing quite like switching off from your phone, reaching for all the blankets you own (maybe even a duvet) and snuggling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate - Bliss. 

Make The Most Of The Cold, Clear Nights | Although it can be a little chillier when there's a clear sky out, I can't help but make the most of seeing the shooting stars and clear moon in the sky. When it starts to get darker earlier it makes it even more magical and I start thinking of Christmas early. 

Go On A Walk In The Rain | Whenever I go for a walk in the rain, I get excited about getting all cosy when I get in. Collecting conkers and scavenging for pine cones are just a few of my favourite things to do on a walk. 

Have A Candle Lit Bath | Bath and Body Works have completely stolen my heart this year, especially with their new camp winter collection. My favourite way to unwind and pamper myself this time of the year is to light some candles around the bath, pop on a face mask and let my troubles float away. 

See The Christmas Lights | Although some may try and deny it, Christmas is just around the corner, or more importantly Christmas lights. Depending on where you live they can start popping up some time soon and seeing them being turned on is always a magical moment for me. 

Go To The Harry Potter Studios | One of my favourite things about the A/W season is that it's acceptable to watch Harry Potter as many times as possible and the studios, which I went to twice before, are one of the most magical places to go in my opinion. It's nice to see the sets and props, it makes for a great afternoon's entertainment. 

How do you like to add a little magic to your Autumn? 

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

A Fenty Beauty Haul

A Fenty Beauty Haul

A Fenty Beauty Haul

A Fenty Beauty Haul
As soon as Fenty beauty was released, I knew that I wanted to get my hands on a few bits. After lusting after it for some time- but resisting- I was surprised to find out that Tom had bought me the bits I wanted for my birthday, so here are the products that I'm currently trialling: 

One of the first items that went on my wishlist was the Amber Match Stix because it looked like it would be the perfect contouring hue for my skin tone. Whilst looking through the shades, I noticed that I was being drawn to the Starstruck Shimmer Match Stix as well, which meant that it was better value to get the Match Stix Trio than it was to buy only the two. 

Linen is the concealer shade in the lightest set and it was the item I was most nervous about, as my skin doesn't work well with a lot of thicker stick concealers. I've tried it out and at first I thought it'd be too chalky for me, but it's a lot smoother and easier to blend once on the face. The only problem I have with it at the moment is that it's not very light even when I don't have fake tan on, so it's not great at illuminating the undereye area as much as I like. I'm still uncertain as to whether it's a little too dry in formula for my skin type, but I'm planning on giving it a more thorough try. 

Next up is Amber, the contour hue from the trio and one that I was so impressed by just from the first application. I used this on my birthday evening and this gave me the best chiselled cheekbones without looking too ashy, which I was worried about. It's natural, easy to blend and I actually find that it's a little different in formula to the other two stix's in the trio. It's a dream to work with and I can't wait to try it out even more so that I can give my final verdict. 

The Starstruck Shimmer Stix was a product I'd had my eye on since the release, but when I swatched it, I was slightly concerned with the 'gritty' texture of it. Luckily, when applied it blends seamlessly into the skin, doesn't irritate my cheeks due to the 'rough glitter' and just gives a sheen to my complexion. It reminds me of a stick version of the Nars Copacabana Illuminator, which is a much treasured product of mine, so I can't wait to see if this will become a cult favourite too. 

The Kilawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo was another product on my wishlist and I'm already so smitten with it. It's made up of two highlighters, one more subtle in tone and one that can be used for an intense glow. They're creamy in formula, have a blendable finish and look great on the skin. Paired with the Starstruck Shimmer Stix, this lasted throughout my birthday meal and I'm looking forward to wearing them again. 

Have you tried anything from Fenty beauty? 
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Friday, 6 October 2017

The Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara
I've been trying out the newly released Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara*; a mascara that claims to create super fat, super long and 'sex-proof' lashes. I've been putting it to the test over the past week and although I'm still uncertain, I thought I'd share with you my first impressions of it. 

It goes without saying that I'm pretty fussy when it comes to mascaras, so the fact that I've been wearing this daily says a lot. My eyes are quite sensitive to formulas, so I was glad that I didn't get any reaction. As someone who has remained faithful to budget mascaras up until recently, a mascara has to impress me a lot if I was to buy it again, especially so if it's more than I'd usually spend. 

Although the formula is drier than others that I have tried, it still can be layered up with ease without clumping or flaking. The wand is slim and synthetic which I like, although it could be a little too harsh on the more sensitive eyes as the bristles are quite "spiky". The reason I like the wand is that it coats each and every lash perfectly, meaning that you get a fluttery looking lash that is both lengthened and volumised. 

I put it to the ultimate test by wearing this out exercising and even between sweating and the temperamental weather it didn't flake off. Of course, it goes without saying that when I rubbed my eye it did come off a little bit on my fingers and it certainly isn't tear proof as it went all over my face, which is weird considering how great it lasted me without a few tears. Longevity of a mascara is important to me as I want something that will withstand wear and tear and although it did last all day on me, it certainly can't claim to be waterproof. 

I don't particularly have straight looking lashes, but I do struggle with them looking at little bit worse for wear at the end of the day. This held a curl perfectly, keeping them looking fluttery and lengthened too. On the whole it's a great mascara and one that is perfect if you're looking for a long wearing mascara, but it's important to consider that if you spend a lot of time outside in the rain or if you're feeling tearful on a particular day, then this may run down your cheeks. 

Will you give this mascara a try? 

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Birthday Makeup

It's my birthday - Hurray! I've not done a blog post about birthday makeup in the recent years, but as it's my 21st I thought I would share with you the special effort I will be making. 

Obviously, my first goal is to create a flawless, radiant looking base which I feel starts with a good skincare routine. Exfoliation before makeup application is becoming a regular occurrence as I just can't beat how well it picks up my complexion and makes my foundation go on smoother. I like to apply a moisturiser and face oil combination a few hours before my makeup to ensure that my face is hydrated and there's no risk of my base slipping off my face. 

To ensure that my base is set and primed, I'm going to be using the Glossier Priming Moisturiser and then a few spritzes of the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray as I like to use it underneath my foundation to ensure that it stays put. 

Then, I go in with the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation which covers and conceals, making for a flawless, yet natural looking base. It's super buildable and when blended in using a beauty blender, it can be super high coverage if you would like it to be, yet without caking. A perfect addition to my base routine is the Kat Von D Lock It Concealer, a medium to high coverage offering which helps to conceal any blemishes or imperfections with a quick swipe. 

As for cheeks, I'm going to do a full contouring routine, but instead of trying out anything new, I want to stick to my trusty Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow Palette to chisel my cheekbones and add all the right shadows, in all the right places. Highlighter is important to me to give a dewy look, but I don't want anything that can look too glittery. I'm opting for two, starting with a pat of the Glossier Quartz Haloscope and setting it using the Too Faced Love Lights Highlighter

To add colour to my cheeks, I'm keeping it fairly neutral, opting for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush which is super natural and goes with a variety of looks. I want something that isn't too glittery as I'll be under restaurant lights, but I want something I feel comfortable in. 

For eyes, I have been debating whether to pull out an old favourite, but in the end I'm going for my trusty Urban Decay Naked Palette*. I don't want anything too dramatic, but I feel like the bronze shades are complimentary to the rest of my makeup. I am also tempted to go for the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette as it's great at dressing up a makeup look and making my eyes look smokey, but without running the risk of colours clashing. 

I've had a tough time picking out my lipstick because although I wanted to pick out a red offering, it won't be practical when we're going out for a meal and I know I'll be consuming all of the food. I've decided to prep my lips using the Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com to ensure that my lips are hydrated and then opt for the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk for colour, a luxurious pick that I don't mind topping up throughout the night. 

I'm planning on wearing false eyelashes to dress up my look even more, but I want to keep it natural by using a pair of Eylure Fleur Loves Lashes that are great at adding a little bit of volume and length. 

What do you think of my birthday makeup? 

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

How I Last A Week Without Washing My Hair

How I Last A Week Without Washing My Hair
I did a poll on Twitter last week asking if you'd like to see a post on how I go one to two weeks without washing my hair and the majority of you said you'd like to see it. Of course, everyone's hair type is different; some have more oily roots whereas others can naturally go days without shampoo. I've always had dry lengths due to it's curly nature and as I've dyed it for over ten years now, it's quite damaged throughout too. I go cycling outside several times a week for a couple of hours, so I do work out using these tips too. 

Start Small | If you're somebody who washes their hair daily or every other day, then you won't feel comfortable going straight to two weeks without washing it. When I first started, I was lucky as I could go at least four days without needing to reach for the shampoo and over time I've managed to train myself to leave it longer each time. If you wash your hair every day, try and make it every other day for a month and then take it up to once every 3 days. Building it up that way will make it seem less daunting and help you get used to it. 

Getting A Blow Dry/Hair Dye Will Help | Not the kindest thing to do to your hair, but if you're a regular hair dyer like myself then you'll probably already know that when you dye your hair, you can leave it longer without washes. Likewise, if you give yourself or go to a hair dressers for a professional blow dry, I find that this enables me to go without washing for longer too. Don't start dying or blow drying your hair if you don't already as this can be counterproductive, but it's one to remember if you're off on holiday or you need to prolong it for a work trip. 

Excess Products | We've all been there, used a hair mask and as you hop out the shower to notice the you've still go half of it left in your hair and no matter how many times you wash it, you can't seem to get rid of it. Well, I now try and avoid excess hair products and although I'm not opposed to a hair oil or two (the ends of my hair gets dry due to being curly), I try and reduce my hair care routine down as much as I can.

Tie Your Hair Up | The more you touch your hair, the more likely your scalp will produce oil. To avoid this, I only leave my hair down when I absolutely need to, but as soon as I'm indoors, exercising or just fancy sporting an up-do, I always tie it up as it prolongs the time between washes. Tom made a good point about wanting to wash your hair more if you work in an office, but I promise that sticking your hair up in a fancy bun can help you to not wash your hair more. 

Keeping your hair out of your face helps your skin too as I do find that the oil my hair produces can affect how my skin looks. Obviously I have a rigorous skincare routine in place, but making sure that I take extra care once my hair begins to get oily is very important too, otherwise you can experience some spots around your forehead.

It Gets Better | Don't hold me to this as I'm not a scientist, but over time the amount of oil my scalp produces has lessened as time has gone on. I can now get a good week out of washing before my hair starts to look shinier at the roots, but I try and power through for a couple more days when this happens by tying my hair up as over time, it gets better the longer you leave it. 
How long do you leave your hair in between washes? 

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Keeping Your Blog Photography Interesting: Adding Colour

Keeping Your Blog Photography Interesting
I used to struggle with adding colour to my photographs, then I went through a phase of over exposing and not using the right colours for me. I finally got into the swing of things, picking a colour scheme that worked for me and now I am constantly chopping and changing the tones depending on the season and how creative I am feeling. As I'm always working on improving my photography, I wanted to add to my "keeping your blog photography interesting" series, making the next instalment all about adding colour to your images with a few simple tips.

Complimentary Colours | When picking out my props, I like to make sure that they compliment the shades or packaging of the products I've picked out. For instance, pink works great in conjunction with green like the leading photograph in this post, whereby the rose quartz on the lid is striking against the leafy greens. Working with the colour wheel in front of you can help you if you're stuck on which colours work together the best. 

A Piece Of Card | I haven't used this tip yet, but The Makeup Directory and Rhianna Olivia are really good at this. Using multiple different cards from a craft shop can help to add colour and make your photographs pop. 

Pick A Colour You Like | It may sound super simple, but it took me a while to actually use colour schemes that I enjoy rather than what I thought would work. Pinks, brass and green's all work great for me, but wooden textures and burgundy's are perfect too, especially during the Autumn season. If you don't pick a colour you actually enjoy using, the photograph just won't work. For me, I struggle with using yellows and oranges, so I tend to steer clear. 

Work With Textures Too | This is particularly good when using textured backgrounds, a marble offering or a scrunched up blanket. Colours doesn't always have to be flat, so adding multiple layers of pink throws can help to add shadows and definition. 

Flowers and Cacti | One of my favourite ways of adding colours to a photograph is through the use of flowers and succulents. Whether it's green leaves or blush rose petals, they can look great scattered across a background to fill space or can be used to create a blurred foreground effect. 

What are your best tips on adding colour to your photographs? 
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