Tuesday, 23 May 2017

3 Ways To Exfoliate

Pixi Peel and Polish, The Ordinary Skincare, Glycolic Acid, Face scrub
Now I'm no skincare expert, but over the years that I've been following a regular skincare routine I have learned a lot about the different ways you can cleanse, tone and exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating is one of my favourite steps in any routine as it makes my complexion appear brighter, clearer and less dehydrated. Today I am sharing with you three ways I like to exfoliate and the different products I use. 

Use A Face Scrub | When I think of exfoliating, my mind always wanders to face scrubs. They're perfect for when you want a quick fix; scrubbing away any dry patches and promoting a radiant, glowing complexion. The Pixi Peel and Polish is the perfect hybrid between scrub and mask as the enzyme peel can be left on for a more intense treatment if the scrub doesn't quite cut it. Too much scrubbing can can cause skin problems if used too frequently, so if you want a gentler option then I would recommend using a muslin cloth with a cleanser to lightly scrub away dead skin and patches. 

Using Glycolic Acid | Although I love a good face scrub to instantly make my skin feel soft, smooth and glowing, I do reach for a glycolic acid to lightly exfoliate and brighten the complexion on a day-to-day basis, especially when I don't want tor each for anything too abrasive. I love using The Ordinary's Glycolic Acid Solution; a simple formula that does the job and is comparable to Pixi's Glow Tonic. However, having used both, I have noticed that the latter treats blemishes a bit better; probably to do with the witch hazel ingredient. Now, I've got sensitive skin and I've never had a problem with using chemical exfoliant besides making my skin tingle, but it's important to note that acids can make your skin sensitive and more prone to sunburn, so steer clear of these if you know you're going to be in the sun all day. 

An Exfoliating Face Mask | I have quite a well established skincare routine which is perfectly tailored to all my skin's needs and I feel like it serves me well. Every once in a while, I opt for a face mask to either inject a boost of hydration to the skin, to promote radiance or just to prep my skin ready for makeup. An exfoliating face mask can do my skin all sorts of wonders in a matter of ten minutes. I've been using The Ordinary's Peeling Solution, a liquid that resembles blood both in consistency and colour, but after just one use my skin was transformed. It's one of my favourite ways to use a mask as the lightweight formula gets to work quickly and in the next 24 hours after use, my spots were brought to the surface and my skin appeared brighter. If a scrub style mask floats your boat, I really enjoy using the Origins Original Skin Mask*

What are your favourite ways to exfoliate? 

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

5 Brands I Love and Want To Try More Of

Since clearing out my makeup stash I've started to make myself a wishlist of all the products I currently have my eye on. After noticing that the majority of them were from brands I already use and love, I thought I'd share them with you today. 

For me, NYX is a brand that has had me smitten during the last year. From their Soft Matte Lip Creams to their Illuminators, every product I've tried has never failed to impress me. Although, I've tried a fair few out, it doesn't stop me from wanting to try more and I can see myself picking up more of the Ombre Blush shades and maybe even trying out their Individual Eyeshadows

I actually made it my mission to start trying more Nars base products out and after the success of the Radiance Primer I'm very glad I did. Their Deep Throat and Bumpy Ride Blusher are still very much on my wishlist. The perky pink hue of the latter is unlike anything in my collection at the moment and Deep Throat is such a classic, I feel like I should own it by now. 

A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to live near a Topshop that sold makeup, but since moving away, I rarely get to visit a stand. Saying that, I have started scouring the internet for new products to try and so far I have my eye on Smoke Sticks and Aircushion Skin Perfector, which look like they'll be similar to the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleons and my beloved L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

H&M makeup seems to never make an appearance on blogs anymore, but this underrated brand is actually one I reach for often. I dug out their Cream Velvet Blush not too long ago and have been loving the natural flush of colour on my cheeks for Spring. Their blushers are some of my favourite, super affordable and highly pigmented, but I would love to try their Halo Champagne Gold Illuminiser which swatches look super dreamy! 

When you think of Hourglass, you mind probably wanders to their Ambient Lighting Blushers and for a very good reason too. I've got my fair share of their powders, but I'm after some of their other products including their Girl Lip Stylos which I have been seeing a lot of lately. 
What brands would you like to try more of? 

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Styling Simple, Yet Enticing Blog Photographs

Although I've been blogging for two and half years now, it's only been since the new year that I've really started to like and take pride in my photographs. I've shared many blog photography tips on my blog, but I wanted to go into a little more detail about how I create simple photographs that can be used to build your own stock images to use on when you're stuck for inspiration. 

Start Small | The easiest photographs to take are the ones that only require two or three elements. Although simple, there's nothing quite as aesthetically pleasing as a coffee shot from birds eye view either with a blanket underneath or holding it between your hands. These images are perfect for Sunday Instagram's or when you're looking for a photograph for a lifestyle post. 
Likewise, a makeup flatlay that has complimentary colours and the perfect amount of props. 

Beauty Stock Photographs are Doable | When it comes to creating your own stock images, I've got to admit that styling beauty ones are the most difficult. When you have an idea for a blog post in your head, the products go along with it, but when you're creating an image purely for aesthetic reasons, it can be difficult to know which products you should feature. I'm going to be honest here and say I usually opt for the most pretty, reaching for golds, brass and complimentary pinks to work together perfectly. These images are great to have just in case you want to write a post on your favourite beauty tips or a makeup wishlist. 

Using laid down flowers or placing them in the corner to create a blurred effect is a great way to add colour and depth to a simple flatlay. I find the more products you add, the harder it is for the photograph to not look sporadic, so if you're a beginner in beauty focused stock photos, start with two or three products and work up. Lay them down on a blanket or coloured card if the natural lighting isn't in your favour, or place upright with a mirror behind them for a simple, yet arty shot. 

The Corners Are Key | I'm actually really envious of those people who can just pile products in the middle of a flatlay and make it look good, but for me, I like to add either my MacBook, a cute dainty dish or a textured blanket to a corner, just to add a little something to the photograph. Glasses, eyelash curlers, ribbon or a makeup bag work well too just to frame the image more if you have a problem setting your photograph up the way you like. 

Books, Flowers and Candles | These three are probably my most regularly featured props when styling a simple image. For books, I like to either stack them up to show their spines or  opened up to show their contents either on it's own, along the edge of an image or paired with a candle. Flowers are a great addition to a photograph as they can easily add colour, whether they're on their own, used to create a dreamy blurred background or spread out besides beauty products. 

What are your favourite blog photography tips for styling simple images?

Friday, 19 May 2017

Everyday Mauve Favourites

Mauve is one of my favourite colours, being the perfect variation on the typical nude shades. It's more purple in tone, but still matches a variety of makeup looks and can be easily worn on a day-to-day basis. From blushers to lipsticks, today I am sharing with you my top mauve picks. 

The NYX Mauve Me Ombre Blush is perfect for a soft flush of colour on the cheeks when I want something a little more neutral. The lighter nude hue and darker mauve shade work together to create a beautiful subtle, matte offering. 

Although the Jouer Dulce De Leche* looks rather pink in the tube, it actually pulls a little mauvey on my lips. This liquid lipstick compliments any makeup look, lasts throughout the day and is easy to top up without flaking or being overly drying. 

Another lipstick pick is MAC Twig, which has a slight berry undertone so it is perfect in the Autumn if you're not the biggest fan of bold lipsticks. It lasts on the lips and sits comfortably too due to the satin formula, making it one of my most used MAC lipsticks ever. Nars Bahama is similar in tone and finish to Twig, but the stick application makes it a little easier to apply - A great handbag must have! 

Essie's Ladylike is my favourite of the bunch as the mauve shade is understated on the nails, easy to wear all year round and lasts a long time too. In the Autumn, it looks lovely paired with a simple, black outfit, whereas during the Summer it looks great with an all white dress. 

What are your mauve must haves? 

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

What I've Been Loving Lately

As the blossoms are slowly falling to the ground and the weekends are gradually filling up with pub gardens and BBQ's, we are officially transitioning into Summer. Don't get me wrong; I love the peachy makeup hues, the ability to wear less layers and spending evenings in the garden watching the sun go down, but as Summer is my least favourite season, I have been taking time out to think about all the things I've been loving lately. 

The Moody, Gloomy Weather | As an Autumn girl through and through, I am secretly enjoying the moody, stormy weather as it's perfect for snuggling in with blankets and films. I've gone through a phase recently of wanting it to be Halloween, Fireworks Night and Christmas, so have been cracking out my favourite episodes of TV shows I love that feature all of the festive goodness! 

Peonies | I'm quite early this year for peonies, but I'm making the most of them and having them in every photograph I can on my blog. They help to improve my mood and the fresh blooms look great throughout my house too. 

Exciting Plans | We've been really enjoying going out on our bikes, so we've booked a couple of holidays to Wales and Scotland to explore up there too. The other day, Tom also surprised me by booking a trip away to Paris in August - I'm so excited as I've never been there before (and of course Sephora too!) 

Cooking Up New Recipes | As a fussy eater, I have been determined to find new recipes that I love. We're currently trying out a new mushroom bhaji recipe and I've scoured Deliciously Ella With Friends to find some exciting new recipes to try like Aloo Gobi and sweet potato falafels.  

Blogs | I've got to admit that I don't read blogs as often as I should, but when I do there are many that I go to instantly. Francisca May has blog photography to die for, as do Gemma Louise, A Girl Obsessed and Makeup Savvy. I have loved nothing more than settling down to read a handful of blogs in the evening, but I'm always on the look out for new reads. 

What have you been loving lately? 

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Five Makeup Picks

With the change of season upon us, I have been ticking items off my wishlist and trialling new products. Today I want to share with you what I've been wearing on my face recently and my thoughts. 

For some reason, I had accumulated many Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow samples through the orders I've made, and as I have been loving dewy, glowy bases and primers recently, I thought I'd give it a try. It's particularly nice under the eyes to illuminate them before foundation, but I like to apply it all over too for a soft glow. So far so good and I'm actually really tempted to buy a full size version soon. 

As soon as I set eyes on the Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder, I knew that I had to have it. But after some debating with my myself as to whether I needed it, Tom secretly bought it for me! I've only had it a little while, but already I'm super impressed... and it's huge! When applied to the tops of my cheekbones it perks up my complexion and gives it a lit-from-within glow. This can be easily be built up, starting out with a subtle shimmer, but then can be layered for an intense glow. I can't wait to see what else I can do with this (it looks beautiful in the inner corners of my eyes!) and I've already added a few other Illamasqua bits to my wishlist including this Maiden Powder Glitter Eyeshadow

Another highlighter I have been wearing recently is the NYX Sunbeam Liquid Illuminator, a cheaper alternative to the Nars Copacabana offering. It applies super easy, blends in with my base without taking it off, and gives a understated sheen to wherever it is applied. Although slightly different in feel and intensity, once built up the shade and finish is uncannily like the Nars pick. 

Fun fact for you all, but I've loved the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray* since before this blog was created. As someone who has suffered with oily, combination and dry skin throughout the years, this has remained a firm favourite. I've gone through bottles of this stuff, but having it back in my routine just in time for the warmer weather was a delight. I personally like to spritz it on my skin after my primer as I find that it keeps my makeup on all day long, then I apply a little bit after I apply my makeup if I need some extra assurance. 

The Nars Kalahari Duo has been a must have of mine recently as I've rekindled the love with this copper pick. With just a few moves, you can have a quick, easy eye look done in minutes - Perfect when you're in a rush. 

What have you been wearing on your face recently?

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Three Bases For The Warmer Weather

Throughout the warmer months I tend to reach for lightweight, dewy foundations that cover my imperfections with ease, but still allow my natural skin to shine through. Although I haven't tried any new releases yet, I have dug out three of my old base favourites that will no doubt carry me through the Summer season. 

First up is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, which is one of- if not the best- base product I've ever used. It works perfectly in sync with my dehydrated, lacklustre complexion to smooth over any dry patches and give a medium coverage. When paired with a beauty blender, it can be applied easily with an even, natural finish - perfect when you want a "barely there" foundation that lasts all day! 

I first used the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue two years ago and since then I've been through tubes of the stuff. Back then I had combination skin, so I'm delighted that it still works just as great on a dry complexion too. It's the lightest coverage base in this line up, but it's great if you want fresh looking skin in an instant. 

Lastly, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation had to be given a mention and although it's not as lightweight and Summer appropriate as the others, it definitely works wonders in the warmer evenings when you want something with a little bit more coverage, that still looks natural to wear. The demi-matte finish doesn't sink into pores, but instead smoothes off blemishes and imperfections. 

What are your favourite foundations for Spring and Summer? 

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Spring Lipsticks

Although I wear nude and pink lipsticks all year round, I can't help but incorporate them more frequently into my makeup routine when the weather starts to get warmer. The blush blooms of Spring certainly have an effect on the lip shades I reach for, so today I am sharing with you the my current top picks. 

Nourishing lipsticks are a must in the Spring as they tend to have a glossier finish and the hydrating formula helps with my dry lips. The YSL Nude In Private offering is perfect as the colour is light and can easily be applied on the go. With a watermelon scent it's almost good enough to eat too! 

For a liquid lipstick option, the Jouer Dulce De Leche* pick is great for a long wearing, matte option that fades beautifully and doesn't dry out the lips too much. The mauve hue compliments my skin tone and can be used with a variety of makeup looks. 

The classic Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick had to make an appearance in this line up; it's a great option for if you're going out for the evening and you want something that can be easily reapplied. It makes the lips appear fuller and more plump in an instant as the nude shade is perfect to wear on a day-to-day basis. 

Lastly, the L'Oreal Eva's Nude lipstick has been on my lips since the new year, but it is finally getting a lot of use during the warmer days. The nourishing option is great for a glossy, pink lip that's easy to wear daily without any fuss. 

What lipsticks have you been wearing this Spring? 

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

A Muji Makeup Storage Overhaul

After neglecting makeup organisation throughout Winter, I've switched products around, filled the drawers up with the products I've recently picked up and removed any items I no longer get use out of to either sell or donate. 

I've always used my four drawers to store away the makeup I am currently rotating, depending on the season. As it's now Spring and we're quickly heading towards Summer, I've started to switch out my matte offerings in favour of nourishing, plumping picks for the warmer months. Saying this, I like to keep a few of my favourite matte liquid lipsticks to hand for nights out, so the Jouer Lip Crème's and NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are two of my favourites at the moment. The top drawer usually enables me to get the most out of all my lipsticks by selecting a few for that month for easy reach. 

As you can probably see in my photographs, my muji drawers are currently storing a wide variety of radiance boosting, glow inducing products that I enjoy incorporating into my daily makeup routine. From primers to highlighters, I like to keep them to hand for easy application. My top two picks are currently the Bourjois Poudre Java Powder; a divine makeup setting powder, and The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer; a honey hued highlighter.  

For perfume, I like to make sure I have a few favourites on top of my storage for an easy spritz in the morning. I've finally began using the Aerin Lilac Path offering daily as the lightweight, floral scent is perfect for Summer. 

I've accumulated my fair share of face powders and blushers over the past year, but as someone who has only got one face, I can't justify filling my makeup bag with more than one. Depending on the occasion, I like to swap and switch up the colours and the formulas I wear, so the Muji drawers are great at being able to select one with ease. 
How do you store your makeup? 

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Five Products I've Bought Lately

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid, Pixi Peel and Polish, NYX illuminator
Slowly but surely, my makeup and skincare wishlist has begun to grow and grow. After finally convincing myself that I need to treat myself, I decided to pick up some of my most coveted items and I thought I'd share what I bought with you today. 

As an Essie enthusiast I'm always on the look out for new shades to try, but after moving house ruined the majority of them, I've had to slowly start building up my collection again. Ladylike and Spin The Bottle are two repurchases of mine and their neutral hues are perfect for the warmer months. 

I'm slowly running out of my Nars Copacabana Highlighter, so I decided to pick up it's alleged dupe, the NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator. I've been smitten with using a liquid highlighter after a radiance boosting primer -but before my foundation- for an added glow. Although more subtle than the Nars offering, this is gorgeous on the cheekbones for an understated sheen. 

On the top of my list was the Pixi Peel and Polish as I was in desperate need of a new exfoliator and I've been meaning to try more of their skincare for a while now. Although glycolic exfoliators are all the rage at the moment, I do love a course scrub to instantly get rid of dry patches and promote radiant skin. Although I've only been trialling this for a little while and I can't yet give a full review, I have been loving the way it makes my skin look and feel. 

I've been seeing the Ordinary's Glycolic Acid Toning Solution everywhere at the moment and after tracking the much coveted item online, I finally got my hands on it. An initially comparable product to the Pixi Glow Tonic, I thought it would be good for reducing blemishes and midly exfoliating the skin. So far so good, but at the moment it's too early to see whether it's made any long term changes to my complexion. 

Another The Ordinary purchase of mine is the AHA 30% Peeling Solution, a hybrid of an exfoliator and mask that works to improve your skin's texture and brighten the complexion too. At £6.50, I was skeptical, but after using it once, I was pleasantly surprised by the instant results. Obviously I can't give it a review yet, but the thought of putting an acid solution on your skin was far more scary than the reality. 

What have you been buying lately? 

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Friday, 12 May 2017

25 Easy To Do Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas

Slowly but surely I'm getting more into lifestyle posts on my blog; from sharing my interior tips to telling you little better. I know how hard it is to think of ideas when you're in a rut, so after the success of my 40 beauty blog post ideas, I thought I would compile a lifestyle list too. 

- What I've been loving lately 
- Netflix TV shows to watch in one sitting 
- Three recipes to try
- Stationery must haves 
- Things to do on a sunny Summer's day
- A fitness routine 
- Share your favourite Instagram accounts 
- DIY's you want to try 
- Books to read this Summer
- Childhood favourites (Books, films etc) 
- Adding greenery to your room 
- Home accessories tour 
- Sharing your day in photographs 
- A new season wishlist 
- Share your top blogging tips 
- Making your house feel like a home 
- Your Spring playlist 
- Favourite cook books
- 24 hours in a city/your home town
- A bedroom tour
- A monthly do-to list
- Your favourite hobbies
- Ways to relax and de-stress
- Your go-to homeware shops 
- Half year goals  

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Everyday Shimmer and Sparkle Picks

Adding sparkle, shimmer and glitter to my everyday makeup routine is one of life's little pleasures at the moment, as the iridescent picks brighten my mood and make me feel somewhat magical every time I wear them. After seeing A Girl Obsessed's post, I was inspired to do my own post all about my top shimmery and sparkly picks. 

Although glitter and shimmer on the eyes are usually associated with the festive period, I have started to embrace it all year round. The MAC Tan Pigment is great at adding a shimmery copper hue to the eye as it can be worked into an everyday smoky eye with ease and the Nars Rigel Eyeshadow is a dreamy, champagne shade that looks perfect in the inner corners of the eyes too. 

Highlighter is obviously one of the easiest way to get shimmer and sparkle into your makeup routine, but it doesn't always have to be able the ones you apply to the tops of your cheekbones. The Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java Powder is perfect if you want an understated glow and radiance to your complexion - Adding longevity to your base too! If you're after a subtle sheen to the cheeks then I would recommend the highlighter from the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow Palette, but if you're after something a little more intense then theBalm's Mary Lou Manizer and Sleek Solstice Palette are the perfect picks. 

Metallics are still all the rage, but as someone who tends to steer clear of anything too glittery in terms of lipsticks, I never thought I'd be able to incorporate them into my routine. When I got my hands on the Jouer Citronade Rose*, I was skeptical, but once I wore it as a lipstick topper I was converted. It's matte, so it doesn't come off too bold, but the shimmer makes your lips appear fuller and plumper. 

Lastly, I couldn't not give Essie a mention, as they're my go-to for sparkly nail vanishes and Summit Of Style, a gold glitter is a must have all year round. 

What are your favourite glittery makeup picks? 

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wonder Skincare Products

I've been suffering with a bad spate of hay fever recently and with the weather being increasingly temperamental (the warmer days are nowhere to be seen!), my skin has been feeling super dehydrated and irritated. I'm currently in the midst of trialling some new skincare products, but here are my top skincare picks that work wonders. 

Due to it's added SPF and plant extract that promotes glowing skin, the dreamy Nars Radiance Primer bridges the gap between makeup and skincare and it had to feature in this line up. I like to use this after my moisturiser in the mornings for an added boost of radiance. 

If you've got blemish-prone skin like myself, then the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is a must have. Whenever I get a painful spot, I dab a bit of this onto it, leave it overnight and in the morning it has been dramatically reduced and can be easier to cover using concealer. It stings ever so slightly, but this wonder product takes pride of place in my skincare routine when I've got a problematic complexion. 

Lush body care and skincare products never fail to deliver and with the broad range of items to choose from, there really is something for everybody. Aside from their body conditioners and lotions, I am smitten with their fresh face masks. Mask Of Magnaminty is one of my go-to's for the Summer as it feels tingly and fresh on my complexion, promotes clear skin and gently cools - great for the hotter days ahead! 

As someone who suffers with lacklustre, dehydrated skin all year round, oils are a must have for me. They can help prevent blemishes and nourish the complexion with ease, plus when paired with a lightweight moisturiser, they can feel like almost nothing on the skin. The Aesop Fabulous Face Oil is another wonder product that I reach for more as it soothes irritated skin and helps to reduce the size of any blemishes I have. 

What are your favourite wonder skincare products?

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A May Makeup Bag

Although it's still officially Spring until late June, I actually find myself altering my makeup bag during May to suit the warmer months ahead. Fresh lighter bases and subtle coral hues fill my makeup routine and today I'm sharing with you the contents of my makeup bag. 

I have been sporting a dewy makeup base courtesy of the L'Oreal Cushion Foundation and Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue duo, which work together to conceal any blemishes and give a luminous glow to the skin. I can't see myself switching these out anytime soon, but I have been experimenting with highlighters; adding more liquid and cream offerings into my routine. 

The Clarins Bronzing and Blush Compact* has made it's way into my makeup bag lately and for a very good reason too. It adds a healthy sun-kissed glow to the skin and looks gorgeous dusted over my temples and cheekbones. 

A few weeks back, I mentioned that I've never had much success with cream blushers, but as I was rifling through my collection, I noticed one blusher I haven't worn in a while and decided to rekindle the love. The H&M Dusty Rose Cream Blusher has been a favourite of mine recently as it looks super natural, whilst being easy to work into the skin so I want to use it more during May. 

I have been reaching for lighter lipsticks and perkier shades to compliment my dewy makeup and the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments are the perfect pick. They're nourishing, come in an array of shades and I tend to bring them out every Summer. 

Another old favourite of mine is the Nars Lodhi Lip Pencil, a coral hue that works well with minimalist makeup and is great on lips that tend to get a little drier in the Summer months. 

What products are currently in your makeup bag? 

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

5 Ways To Relax This Sunday

Despite Summer being just around the corner, the days are still rather chilly and the sun hasn't made an appearance in a while. I find this sort of weather perfect for snuggling under a duvet, binge watching my favourite TV show and delving into a book on a Sunday. 

Get Outside | On a Sunday, I never want to tackle the shops or the hustle and bustle of crowds, so I like to take myself outside for a long walk or bike ride to get fresh air. This is easier in the warmer months and I love taking my camera out for a spin around our local gardens and lavender fields. 

Bake Yourself Some Treats | I've always found baking to be one of my favourite ways to relax, and getting to eat them after makes it even better. Lemon drizzle cake is a Summertime must have of mine, but I've been loving baking some raspberry oat bars too - Perfect for an easy breakfast (recipe coming soon!). 

Re-Create A Cosy Autumnal Day In | Although I enjoy the warmer weather with the fresh Spring blooms and the ability to wear less layers when leaving the house, I am an Autumnal girl through and through. Whilst bundling yourself under a duvet may not be the best when it's mild outside, open the windows, snuggling under blankets, lighting candles and watching Harry Potter is the perfect way to recreate an Autumnal day in. 

Take Up A Hobby | Whether it's colouring in, cross stitch or drawing, Sunday's are the best time to take up a new hobby. I often have several hours free in the afternoon whilst dinner is on the go, so I like to spend this time to myself away from my phone and laptop. 

Have A Bath | Now, I'm not talking about just a bath with a few bubbles, I'm talking about a candle lit bath with a book, bubbles up to your ears and adding a bath bomb  for good measure too! After going away last weekend and spending an excessive time in the huge hotel tub, I've decided I want to recreate the experience at home and spend a little bit more time preening myself in the bath. 

What ways do you like to relax on a Sunday?

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Fresh, Rosy Cheeks and Lips

The warmer months bring around rosy pinks and perky peach shades to match the blossoming flowers and compliment the sunny, blue skies. I've been reaching for these hues more often lately and I thought I'd share with you my top cheek and lip picks. 

Blusher has taken pride of place in my makeup bag at the moment, meaning I have a few rosy top picks to chose from. The Becca Split Pan is great as the two shades when paired together add a perky hue and delicate glow to the cheeks - very fitting for the Spring and Summer months. 

I have also been smitten with the Milani Rose Blusher, not only because of the dreamy exterior, but because the matte hue compliments my skin tone beautifully.  

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher and Nars Copacabana Illuminator are my go-to's when I want glowing skin that's easy to wear on a daily basis. Despite the Hourglass offering having enough radiance swirled in it to be worn on its own, when doubled up with the liquid highlighter it creates a beautiful, dewy finish great for the Summer season. 

Obviously the other way you can easily add fresh, rosy hues into your makeup routine is via lipsticks. The YSL Nude In Private offering is the perfect pick if I want a flush of colour as the nourishing formula sits comfortably on my lips and can easily be reapplied - The watermelon scent doesn't hurt either! 

Another option are the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments which I tend to bring out every Summer when I am more in favour of a quick, subtle coloured lip. They have a balm-like formula that's moisturising and, just like the YSL lipstick, they are great for on the go application. They add a slight shine to the lips which is great when paired with rosy cheeks. 

What are your favourite products for rosy cheeks and lips? 

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Budget Beauty Picks

Although I love treating myself every now and again, there are many high street gems that cannot be beaten both in terms of price and quality. It can hard to find them in the aisles through all the hustle and bustle of the high street, but today I thought I'd give you a short but sweet round up of my top current budget picks. 

NYX is one of my favourite brands on the high street as I've never been disappointed by one of their products yet. The Ombre Mauve Me Blusher is no exception and is made up of two shades to add a neutral hue to the cheeks - perfect when you would like to add a soft flush to your face. 

As someone who loves illuminated, radiant skin, the Bourjois Java Rice Powder is a great find as it highlights in just the right places, whilst minimising the appearance of pores and setting my makeup to make it last longer. 

I've recently rekindled the love with Topshop makeup; an old favourite of mine that has a range of lipsticks, blushers and highlighters to tickle your fancy. Their Glow Highlighter is super creamy and dewy looking, whilst their Powder Blushers are incredibly pigmented and easy to use. 

The Sleek Face Form Palette was the first product I reviewed on my blog and since then it has remained in my collection, being one of my long term favourites. With the rose gold blusher in with the contour and highlighter powders, this nifty palette is great at suiting all of your sculpting needs. 

I couldn't not mention the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in this round up, as their creamy formula and comfortable, matte finish make them one of, if not my favourite lip pick from the high street. With an array of colours, they've got shades for every occasion, but London is my current top offering at the moment. 

What is your favourite high street brand? 

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

5 Blog Photography Tips That Anyone Can Use

When it comes to blogging, photography is a huge part of the process for me. I love experimenting with different angles, props and backgrounds to find a set up that's right for me. I get quite a lot of questions regarding how I create my flatlays, so today I thought I would compile a list of my top photography tips that anyone can use.

A Good Set Up | One of the main aspects of photography I like to consider when blogging is making sure that any similar photographs are spaced out over a few weeks. The biggest tip and "photography hack" I have is setting up an image with the perfect blog props and background, adding your beauty products and then swapping them out for a different set of products with a few setup alterations. This means that you can create a variety of blog snaps in a short period of time that, when set out over the month, no one will know that they were taken on the same day with an almost identical set up. 

Pick A Colour Scheme | Of course it goes without saying that there are no rules when it comes to blog photography, but when I'm in a rut I like to collect all the products with the same colour palette to photograph. Whether they're monochrome, all green or gold, a colour scheme can help you focus on the photo you're trying to take, helping you pick complimentary props and even give you ideas to match. For example Rose Gold Favourites and Monochrome Must Haves. 

A Fail Safe Background | You've probably noticed that most of my photographs have been on a marble background recently. This was done deliberately, not just because it's aesthetically pleasing, but because I find marble backgrounds easier to edit. Coloured backgrounds like card or a pink blanket can work well too as you're not thriving for the perfect white, shadow free background. 

Cloudy Days Are Your Friend | I know that cloudy days aren't popular amongst bloggers as the majority prefer sunny, blue skies, but hear me out on this one. Taking photographs on cloudy, white days can work in your favour as the clouds work as a giant soft box helping to minimise shadows, so photographs can be easier to edit afterwards. I find that I have to battle less with colour correction and, with the brightening curves tool on Photoshop, I've got a blog ready photograph in a matter of minutes. 

When In Doubt, Fill The Space | I could go on and on about my love for blog props, but I'll be here all day, so I'll keep it short and sweet. When working with makeup, I like to keep the photograph busy, especially when playing around with temperamental lighting and shadows because blankets, candles and flowers can all help to disguise a multitude of sins. Don't get me wrong, I love a good blank space at times, especially when I want one particular product to stand out. However, when working with makeup I love to use complimentary ornaments, eyelash curlers and makeup bags to help frame the photograph. 

What are your photography top tips? 

Monday, 1 May 2017

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

As the last of the cherry blossom falls, the weather is slowly getting warmer and the daylight hours are getting longer, so I think it's safe to say that Summer is now officially on it's way. May is the month that Spring comes to an end, but I've added five things to my May to-do list to get through the month. 

Tick One Thing Off My Bucket List | During April, me and Tom compiled a list of things we would like to do before 2017 is over. Whether it's getting out on our bikes or going fruit picking, I want to tick off at least one thing of that list this month. 

Go To The Local Lavender Field | Visiting the Lavender last year was one of the highlighters of my Summer. Watching the bees buzzing around and photographing the lilac coloured fields are a must do this year too and with the local lavender fields opening at the end of May, I want to visit them as soon as I get the chance. 

Healthy Alternatives | If you follow me on Twitter, you may know that I've been trying to steer clear of chocolate and salt lately (Despite having a caramel brownie last night!). So far I'm actually enjoying trying out new foods and although breaking the salt addiction was hard, I'm actually doing quite well. I've got a few breakfast recipes coming up on my blog and I'm looking to try making a mushroom curry for myself and Tom this month too. 

Add More Plants To My Home | Although I'm still lusting after cosy autumnal nights in, I've been embracing the Spring blooms and fresh greenery that comes with the warmer months. With peonies slowly but surely coming into season, I've already seen a few in shops and I'm making it my mission to pick up a bunch before May is over. On top of this, I want to add more cacti and falling plants to my house, dotting them around the room to compliment my white walls and brass accents nicely. 

Buy New Makeup | After having a Spring clean of my makeup, throwing out products that were unsalvageable, giving away any that didn't suit me and selling the rest, I've now made space for some new makeup additions for the Summer months. I've got my eye on a few new releases and am lusting after some items that have been on my wishlist for some time now. 

What is on your May to-do list? 
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