Friday, 21 July 2017

A Colourpop Haul

A Colourpop Haul Review

Colourpop Muse, La La, Brady Super Shock Lumiere, Aquarius Lippie Stix
Colourpop is a brand which I've always wanted to try, but as it's pretty much impossible to get it over in the UK, I thought I would scour Depop to see if anyone was selling any items. Luckily, I came across a girl who was selling genuine, brand new products, so I decided to snap up a few and I thought I would share my initial thoughts and a haul with you today. 

The Super Shock Eyeshadows have been on my wishlist for a long time now, but with such a broad range of shades, it was always hard to narrow it down. As I've been lusting after the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance and Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette I thought I'd pick the shades that looked similar to ones in those palettes. In the end I settled on La La, Muse and Brady, three hues that work in sync with each other to create a pink smokey eye (It isn't as scary as it sounds). On reflection, I would have liked a darker colour, but as I've already decided to make another order, I'm sure one will slip into my basket. 

All three of them are incredibly pigmented, but Brady is a little harder to blend than the other two and I think that's because it's a matte finish. Muse is a beautiful dark pink/burgundy hue, whilst La La is a copper that can be blended out for a soft wash of colour or built up to contrast perfectly with a smokey eye. 

I wasn't too sure what Lippie Stix shades I wanted to try, but ended up going for the Lumiere and Aquarius. On the first swatch, I wasn't too sure if I would like them as they both seem to be a little drying in formula, but as soon as I applied them to my lips the colour pay off was dreamy and the finish was super comfortable too. Both of these are easy everyday nudes, Lumiere being more suited for Autumn as it's got a mauve/purple undertone and Aquarius being a juicy nude hue that looks lovely all year round. 

What would you recommend trying from Colourpop? 

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

5 Habits I'm Trying To Adopt

After having had a very busy few weeks, I started to look back at the routines I've fallen into, the habits I've developed and the changes I want to make in the future. I've been trying to practice self care more, drink two litres of water a day and make purchases that are more thought out. Here are five other habits I've been trying to adopt recently: 

Vary My Weekly Menu More | I've been feeling impressed with myself on how often I've been trying out new recipes and not sticking to the same meals through the month. I've got soups, stews and curries to try once the weather starts getting colder, but for now, it's all about vegetarian paella and noodle recipes. 

Get A Daily Working Routine Again | I've always been pretty good when it comes to working from home as I get up early, but recently I've slipped into old habits of working well into the evening and running myself into the ground a little. I want to get back into the habit of splitting up my days into categories, including blogging and freelance work, as well as starting my day at 8am and finishing at 5pm. 

At Home Workout | As I previously mentioned, I've been working through all of my breaks and lunches, meaning I've had little time to myself. Although I workout quite a lot after work- usually for two hours at a time, several times a week- I really miss doing a light yoga session in the morning or quick fifteen minute kettlebell routine on my lunch break.

Give Myself A Break | This is a general one, but I think that it probably speaks to a lot of people. As someone who works from home, I usually feel guilty if I want to give myself a few days off or to pencil in watching Harry Potter in the afternoon as not everyone else gets that luxury. I usually do end up working outside of my usual hours (as I have been recently) so I'm really trying to adopt the habit of stopping giving myself a hard time. This also relates to not being able to juggle work life, a social life and house life all the time and letting one slip from time to time. 

Read A Book A Week | I've really fallen off the reading bandwagon at the moment, I seem to be going to bed late meaning I don't have time to spend my usual half an hour flicking through the pages of my current read and at the weekends, I've been prioritising other activities over an afternoon in. I really want to get back into the habitat of getting through a book a week if it's gripping, but genuinely just reading a little bit every day without fail. 

What habits do you want to adopt? 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Makeup I Reach For When I Want To Make A Statement

As someone who has stayed loyal to my subtle pinks and everyday nudes, statement lipsticks haven't had much of a look in lately. During the cold months, I do tend to reach for the berries and reds, but I've been trying to incorporate more of those brighter, bolder shades into my Summer routine too. 

The NYX Ibiza Soft Matte Lip Cream, a vivid pink shade, wasn't one that I thought I'd get that much wear out of because not only is it bright, but it's extremely pink too. It works perfectly with a nude eye look and a minimal base - The formula is super creamy and comfortable as well. 

You probably wouldn't expect to see a nude offering in this line up, but the Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl is the perfect example of a dark red/brown lip that can make a statement on pale skin. It's looks perfect paired with a simple eye look and bare cheeks. 

A classic red never goes amiss when you want to add a statement colour to your makeup, the Nars Cruella Lip Pencil is divine, not only with it's intense pigmentation, but with it's long wearing formula and finish too. 

Eyeshadows are one of my favourite ways to make a statement as they're super easy to wash over the lids for instant colour. The MAC Tan Pigment is great at adding not only sparkle, but a healthy dose of copper to the eyes; perfect when paired with a soft, brown smokey eye. The Zoeva Rose Gold Palette* is a great way of creating a striking eye look without having to go heavy on the black eyeshadow, instead swapping it for rose golds, matte browns and burnt orange hues. 

A strong, bold cheek colour isn't something I wear very often, but a dreamy highlighter is always a good choice. A statement doesn't have to include colour and the Becca Procesco Pop is great at adding that pop of sheen to your cheekbones with ease. 

What are your favourite statement colours? 

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Rotating My Makeup For Summer

To try and snap me out of lusting after Autumn, I decided to clear out my makeup collection, sell any makeup that doesn't get used anymore, rekindle the love with old favourites and purchase some new pieces to try out. I'm sure you're all aware by now how much I love to rotate my makeup and switch it up depending on the season, so I thought I'd share with you what I'm reshuffling. 

I've got a really bad habit of hoarding duplicate products, so I've decided to sell any that I know I won't get through. It's a great way of not only decluttering, but also making a few extra pennies to spend on new products. As I previously mentioned, I'm rekindling the love with many of my products, the Hourglass Surreal Light Palette being one of them, as it has been put it back in my makeup bag, making it easier to reach for on a daily basis. 

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you'll know that I recently went and bought a few new things from Colourpop. After spending the last two months not really lusting after anything, I decided I wanted to treat myself. I spent Friday testing out my new things and so far so good - In fact I am tempted to make another order.

When I moved house, many of you will know by now that a few Essie nail vanishes got ruined. So over the past couple of months, I have been slowly replacing some of my favourites and building up my collection once again. I've finally got around to throwing out the shades that I desperately didn't want to part with and I've moved the Summery shades to the front to ensure I get lots of use out of them in the last six weeks of Summer. 

It isn't just makeup that I've been rotating, I've been reaching for more lightweight moisturisers, nourishing serums and cleansers that promote clearer, dewier skin. I've been sent quite a few pieces from the new The Body Shop Spa At Home range* including a body oil and exfoliator, which are both ideal for the warmer days when I want to prep my legs a little bit more. 

The Nourish Skin Renew Cleanser* is a new favourite of mine, I've been using it everyday without fail (although I've got a few new ones to try now!) as it's just perfect for melting away my makeup, making my skin feel super smooth and nourishing my complexion too. 

Do you rotate your makeup depending on the season? 

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Dreamy Scented Products

After spotting a similar post on From Roses' blog, I thought I would do one of my own, showing some of my top picks too (although I tried hard not to pick any perfumes, bath bombs or candles in this line up). From my Lush staples to a yummy fragranced face mask, here are my favourites: 

There aren't many makeup products which smell nice that I can use; I have to steer clear due to them being a little bit too harsh for my skin. Saying this, Too Faced always hits the nail on the head with their scents. The Chocolate Soleil Bronzer* is a new pick that I'm currently trying out, and although it's too soon to give the final verdict, I couldn't leave this chocolate scented product out of this line up - I heard that their peach range smells lovely too! 

The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments smell good enough to eat, as the vanilla/sugary fragrance makes my mouth water every time. The YSL Rouge Volute Shine is not only juicy in finish, but with a watermelon scent, these are almost good enough to eat.  

Hand cream is one of the easiest way to get great smelling products into your routine, but I've recently been using the Patisserie De Bain Sugared Violet Hand Cream*, a sweet scented offering that makes your hands smell like parma violets. Although I wasn't sure how moisturising it would be at first, it's a lovely pick to throw into your handbag and is especially great at masking the scent of hand sanitiser if you use it. 

As for skincare, Origins do some of the best scented products including the Ginzing Moisturiser and Drink Up Intensive Mask which both work together to tackle dehydrated, lacklustre skin.

The Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée range has to be one of the the dreamiest smelling products ever and they will be a forever re-pruchase of mine. The Honey Bath is perfect for creating an abundance of bubbles, whilst the Souffle Body Creme is great for nourishing the body. Speaking of bath products, this line up wouldn't be complete without a quick mention to Lush, a brand that I keep coming back to purely for their divine formulas and lovely scents. 

The Dove Derma Spa Goodness3 Body Oil* smells like an actual spa and is always so beautiful to use too. I swear I could go on about how dreamy this applies and how great it is for anyone who fake tans and wants to perk up their pins with a little natural shimmer. 

What products do you think smell good? 

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

New Base Additions

I've been trialling and testing out a variety of new products (with some more base makeup on the way!), so I thought it was about time that I shared with you some of the picks I've been wearing and my first impressions. 

I don't believe that The Ordinary's Azelaic Acid Suspension* was designed to be a primer, but for me it has the texture and finish of one. I haven't been using this for very long, but I wanted to mention it because it is a new base addition of mine. The gel-cream hybrid is a little thicker than I had anticipated, but it does sink in quickly. It is supposed to deliver radiance and target acne scars- both of which I need- but I would say this mattifies the face rather than add a dewy glow. I reckon this will be great for high coverage, long lasting finish or for oily skin. 

The Becca Backlight Primer* is another primer I'm trialling and I've been testing this out for a good few weeks now. This is the perfect glowy, radiant pick that never fails to perk up my complexion and make my foundation look flawless. It's a cult favourite for a reason because I'm smitten - plus I'm pretty sure the bottle will last for ages because you only need a small bit of product with each application. 

A repurchase of mine is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, a dewy, natural base that conceals any imperfections, whilst still allowing your skin to show through. It's absolutely perfect for everyday wear and as you can tell by my empty five tubs of it, it's a forever favourite of mine too. 

Most of the bronzers I use at the moment have got some form of shimmer in them and I think that's because this Summer, my dehydrated skin just works better with a radiance boosting formula. Saying this, I wanted a new matte one and when I set eyes on the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer*, I knew that I was in for a treat. It's buttery formula blends the colour in seamlessly and the shade is perfect for my fair skin. The matte hue has had me smitten as it allows me to go for a shimmery blusher without running the risk of turning into a disco ball. 

Another repurchase of mine is the Sleek Rose Gold Blusher and although I think it is probably pushing it to call this a base product, I couldn't not mention it in this line up. This offering looks like a great dupe for Nars Orgasm as it is a soft pink with gold undertones which perks up the skin and adds a subtle wash of colour. 

What makeup are you trying out at the moment? 

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Summer Makeup Picks

The weather is always temperamental in the UK, but on the whole I think it's safe to say that it's now officially Summer. I've been switching up my makeup, bringing out the bright lipsticks, dewy bases and creamy eyeshadows. I've been discovering lots of new makeup and today, I wanted to share with you my current Summer makeup picks. 

Primers are having a bit of a feature in my makeup routine at the moment. The Becca Backlight Priming Filter* and the Nars Radiance Primer are currently battling it out for top illuminating base, as they both make my skin appear brighter and prolong the wear of my foundation. 

Although I love dewy skin and a dreamy highlighter for Summer, I find myself reaching for more matte blushers to counteract the shimmer. The Milani Romantic Rose Blusher is a long term favourite of mine as it adds just the right amount of colour to my cheeks and goes with a variety of Summer looks. 

For eyeshadow, I've been trying to shop within my stash a little more rather than picking up new picks that have caught my eye. The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette still remains one of my most used, and during the warmer months, it's great at adding a subtle wash of colour to the lid or for creating a soft, smoky eye. Another palette I reach for a lot is the Tanya Burr Birthday Suit offering, a quad that has all the colours you need for an easy eye look. 

Cream eyeshadows have been a regular in my routine recently, the Sigma Brilliant Shimmer Cream* being an absolute dream to wear as the pink champagne shade looks great all over the lid, blended with the Charlotte Tilbury Bette Davis offering and then set with a slightly shimmery eyeshadow to make it last all day. 

I decided that I wanted to pick up a few more NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream because I was seriously lacking in Summery shades. Ibiza is a top pick of mine, which came as a surprise as it's quite a vivid pink hue, but the strong shade compliments my complexion perfectly. It's got a slight coral undertone to it when worn on the lips which makes it quite easy to wear with a soft champagne eye and fluttery lashes. 

There have been many other lipsticks that have been on the Summer menu recently too, including the Clinique Pop Lip Colours, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments and L'Oreal Eva's Nude, all of these being super hydrating, comfortable lipsticks that add a slight, natural colour to the lips. 

What are your favourite Summer products? 

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Highlighters That Make You Look Like A Freshly Glazed Doughnut

Highlighters have been a big part of my makeup routine for some time now, but with so many on the market it can be hard to figure out which one to go for. I didn't know what to call this post originally, but went for the first thing that sprung to mind. 

First up is the creme de la creme; the Sleek Solstice Palette, a much loved and talked about palette. All four shades are dreamy, but it's the bottom two that are my most used as they add a vibrant sheen to wherever they are applied and can be built up to an intense glow. 

The Becca Rose Quartz Light Chaser* is the newest addition to my collection and is unlike anything else I own. It's the prettiest highlighter I have and although intense due to it's unique shift, if applied lightly it can look really natural on the skin.

Next is the Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder, a stunning highlighter that can look sheer if applied with a light hand, but if built up or used wet, it can create a blinding finish. There's something about that it that reminds me of The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer, another long time favourite of mine which is one of, if not my most used highlighter ever. It's honey hued, long lasting on the skin and compliments my skin tone beautifully. 

I've got to admit that I probably don't use the Becca Champagne Pop as much as I should do, but I have found a new use for it that will get me to wear it more. When paired with another highlighter like the other Rose Quartz or Prosecco Pop it can look gorgeous on the cheekbones and it intensifies any product it is applied over. 

What are your favourite intense highlighters? 

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

A List Of My Blogging Essentials

Everybody's blogging essentials are different; mine have certainly changed over the years. I've gone from little to no editing on my photographs to being pretty skilled on the Photoshop front and I've upgraded my laptop a few times since I first started. Today, I thought I'd share with you my blogging tools, from what camera I use to how I plan my blog posts. 

Laptop | Up until my old laptop broke last year, I wanted a MacBook for the longest time. So when it was -unexpectedly- time for an upgrade, the Air was top of my list. For me, it's perfect because it doesn't exactly what I want, is fast and easy to use - Plus it weighs absolutely nothing making it great for travelling. 

Camera | The camera in the main photograph isn't actually the one I use (sorry!), but what I use to take my photographs is one of the questions I am often asked. I currently use the Canon 600D with 50mm lens and it's great for me. I've thought about switching up my lens, but the 50mm is perfect for the blurry background shots as well as being easy to use for flatlays too. I've had the Canon body for over four years now and -touch wood- it's still going strong. 

Blogger, Wordpress or Squarespace? | I've actually tried all three in different lines of work, but for my own blog, Blogger wins hands down. For me, I like being able to write in a place without having to think too much about it and Blogger is the perfect platform to do that. Aside from the few troubles I've had with it not autosaving, everything has run smoothly. I do get asked if I would ever move over to Wordpress for more creative control, but at the moment I'm happy with keeping it simple. 

A Proof Reader | I try and proof read my work as well as I can, making sure I leave a couple of days between writing and re-reading. Saying this, I sometimes need a little extra help and that is where Tom steps in. I'm sure my blog would be full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors if it wasn't for him. A proof reader doesn't have to be an essential for everybody as there are some really great tools on the internet for spell checking and as I previously mentioned, you can be a great proof reader of your own work too. 

Editing Software | Investing in Photoshop was one of the best things I've done, but I didn't originally get it for blogging, it was for my personal photography. For blogging it isn't necessary, but if you're as picky about curves, colour correcting and erasing any bits of fluff as I am, then it is certainly a treat. 

Lighting | Another photography based question I get asked is about what lighting I use and the answer is it's all natural. When I lived in my old flat, I was fortunate to have top to floor open windows that lit the room up, but when we moved to our cottage, I had to make do with a bay window to let in light. It was a struggle to begin with, but in the end it was a blessing in disguise as it's stopped me from overexposing my images and concentrating more on editing and making my camera do the work for me. 

Stationery, All The Stationery | Notepads, diaries and any pretty stationery pieces are my biggest vice, I can't leave the shop without one. Rifle Paper Co remains one of my favourite brands for dreamy looking stationery and that's where I keep a notepad full of blog post ideas or noting down important details for future collaborations/dates. 

Props | Aside from some confetti and copper bells, all of the props I use for my photographs are items I have around the house. The blankets are from my sofa, the washi tape is used for my scrapbook and the ornaments are usually scattered amongst my homeware. My marble background is actually a £4 self adhesive film from Wilkos, the white background I use is my coffee table and the faux white wooden flooring is something that Tom made up for me many years ago now (it needs another lick of paint!). 

A Digital Calendar | I love writing everything down and keeping a paper diary, but when it comes to planning blog posts, nothing beats a calendar on your laptop or computer. It enables you to switch around your blog titles, making sure all of your upcoming posts are in an order that you're happy with. 

What are your blogging essentials? 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Bare Faced Beauty

Whether it's because my skin is looking clear or that the weather is too hot to wear any foundation, I have a routine for a bare faced beauty look that requires minimal eye makeup, no base and a strong brow. 

Finding a bronzer that can be used on bare skin and still look natural was much harder than I anticipated, but the Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Captri Coast* is the perfect pick. It blends into the skin seamlessly and adds a warmth to the complexion that perks it up instantly. Although pigmented, it can built up lightly to sculpt the face and add colour with ease. 

If I was to pick a colour for a natural look it would be the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers as they add a subtle flush of colour without being too overpowering, however I have been smitten with the Milani Hermosa Rose* offering. It's a bronzed blush that works as a subtle highlighter too as it has shimmer running through it, making it incredibly natural looking on the skin and perfect for a bare faced beauty look. 

Although I skip on highlighter when going a little bare faced- instead opting for warming up the complexion with bronzer and illuminating blushers- I can't leave my eyes without a little pick me up. The Nars Rigel Eyeshadow is great in the inner corners or a light dusting underneath the eyebrows for a more wide awake look. The NYX Wonder Pencil is great along the waterline or if you need an extra brightener in the inner corners too. I finish with a few lashings of my favourite mascara to pull it all together. 

I find the key to a bare faced look is eyebrows as they frame my face easily without looking too unnatural in the process. The Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade and Benefit Gimme Brow* is the perfect pairing when I want a strong and defined brow in a few quick steps. 

For lips, I usually scrub away my dry lips using a Lush Lip Scrub and then finish with a nourishing lip balm to keep them hydrated throughout the day. When going for a bare look, I like to keep my lips as bare as they can be or with a slight nude tint. 

What are your favourite bare faced picks? 

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Friday, 7 July 2017

5 Ways I've Updated My Home This Season

We've been in our house now for eight months now and although we've added our own spin to the space by decking out the fire place, adding in shelves and other ornaments, the Summer season has really inspired me to get a few of the last rooms finished and updated. I'm forever switching out my homeware, putting books on different shelves and moving my home decorations around, so today I thought I'd share with you some of the updates I've made and what I plan to do too. 

Ladder Shelves | I've been on the look out for the perfect set of ladder shelves for some time now and stumbled across the Matalan ones one day on the internet and was instantly smitten. They're great at storing all of your pretty ornaments, but they also work well at having just that little bit extra space of storage to stack up books, store away candles or makeup products. I got them when I had an empty space to fill in my living room and paired with my oversized lamp from Ikea, it's the perfect pairing. 

Greenery | I think you're all aware by now how much I adore anything green and fresh looking. Plants are super easy as they perk up my white walls, add colour in all the right places and genuinely make me feel a bit better. I'm really into hanging plants that can be draped over the corner of shelves and planters that are great for standing in a large cactus for a statement feature.  

Books | As I previously mentioned, books have become quite a big part of my interior lately and not just because it gives me an excuse to buy more pretty bookends. I feel like they add a bit of character to a room and I always have people peeping at my book collection whenever they come around too. I like to stack the pretty ones on my ladder shelves and then line up the others on my book case in the alcove. 

Textures | I've put my blankets and throws away into a wire basket for now whilst the weather remains warm, but I've been on the look out for a new rug. We've already got a long runner one to go underneath our coffee table, but as our living room is long and quite large, I really want another one to split up the space and add texture. This John Lewis Rhombus Berber one is the perfect pick as it fits with my colour scheme, but still adds a little something (Plus it's in the sale too!). 

Cushions are another thing that I've been updating this season, swapping out any worn out covers for new, plush ones. These H&M Jacquard Weave ones are absolutely gorgeous and quite understated meaning I think I can get away with having one or two paired with some fluffy grey cushions on my sofa. 

Ornaments | Okay, so a big framed long length mirror isn't exactly delicate, but I had to mention my love for mirrors and their ability to make a room look bigger, whilst tying everything together. A long length mirror was exactly what our bedroom needed, propped up against the wall it can be both practical and pretty. 

Next up is delicate ornaments and the West Elm Brass Hello offering is the best example of this as it adds colour and fills a blank space with ease. Although my love for copper is still very strong, I've got to admit that I'm more drawn to brass and blush pink at the moment to add colour to a room. 

Here are a few of the pieces I love or am lusting after: 

Have you updated your homeware recently?

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Products That Add A Little Autumn To Your Summer

The crisp leaves, snuggly jumpers and berry hues are all things I associate with the colder weather of Autumn. Although we're in the midst of Summer, I've been feeling rather Autumnal and festive lately (which I'm trying to stop), but in the mean time I've been painting my nails with burgundy shades, reading books under a bundle of blankets and rewatching all my favourite Halloween episodes of my TV shows. 

I feel like warm eyeshadow palettes are coming out left, right and centre, making me even more excited for the soft, smokey eyes that come along with the colder months. This hasn't stopped me embracing a copper-brown eye in July, the Sigma Warm Neutrals Palette* being a go-to of mine. If you would like an alternative, the NYX palette by the same name looks incredibly similar and is on my wishlist to buy in September already! 

If there's one product I  associate with Autumn, it's the NYX Copenhagen Soft Matte Lip Cream. As it's been on the cooler side recently, I've been switching up my strong vivid pink lip for this burgundy hue, adding a little bit of Autumn to my evening. 

The easiest way to add the muted mauve hues to your routine is via the cheeks as they can add a soft colour, which even in the heat of Summer can be complimentary. They match my usual dewy skin perfectly and can go with a variety of lip colours too. 

As soon as the season changes, so does my nail vanish, so to add a little bit of Autumn to my Summer days, I like to wear Essie's Sole Mate and Angora Cardi, two of my favourites which remind me of Halloween, hot chocolate and cosy evenings in. 

Are you a Summer or an Autumn person? 

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

A Summer Haircare Routine

I don't talk much about my hair care routine because- if I'm honest- unless it's a switch up of hair oil or a repurchase of my favourite shampoo, the products I use rarely ever change. I'm a creature of habit when it comes to caring for my dehydrated, damaged locks, but recently I've been trialling and testing out new products and I thought I would share with you my thoughts. 

The Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo is the perfect pick for product build up or if your hair is feeling a little weighed down. It clarifies and leaves your tresses feeling fresh, meaning that I can go longer between washes. As someone who has dyed hair, I try and not use this one every wash as it can strip the colour too quickly, but for every now and again it's perfect!

I've been using the Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticiser* for a couple of weeks now, but even after the first use I knew it was love. It left my hair feeling incredibly lightweight, nourished and not at all greasy, which can sometimes happen after I've used a hair mask. This particular treatment goes on before your shampoo, making it super easy to use and wash out. Although it's too early to see the long term benefits, my locks feel so swishy and hydrated. 

Another Philip Kingsley product I've been loving is the After-Sun Scalp Mask* which can be used in conjunction with the Elasticiser for ease. As someone who dyes their hair regularly my scalp can sometimes be left feeling a little sore and sensitive, especially when staying out in the sun the whole day. I'm going to be honest and say I didn't expect to like this; I thought it would leave me with greasy roots or I wouldn't notice any difference, but I really have. Although the Elasticiser is great for the ends and lengths, this really soothes my irritated scalp. 

Although I love treating myself and my hair to high end products, Schwarzkopf still remains one of my favourite affordable haircare brands, especially when it comes to hair oils and hair sprays. Their Insta-Shine* offering is great at holding my locks in place without making them crispy - perfect for spritzing every day as it holds just the right amount. 

What products are part of your Summer haircare routine?

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Four Lush Favourites That Aren't Bath Bombs

Lush continues to be one of my favourite places for body care and skincare, but I know it can be hard to navigate around their dreamy smelling bath bombs and their delicious bubble bars. Of course, I love nothing more than sinking into a bath full of luscious bubbles, but their body lotions, face masks and moisturisers all need a mention too, so today I am sharing my Lush tub favourites. 

I don't want to blow my own trumpet, but I do like to think that my tweet back in March persuaded Lush to make their Sleepy Body Lotion permanent. It's my top body moisturiser pick for the evening, when I want something luxurious feeling that will help me drift off too. It's purple, it's lavender scented and it reminds me of being tucked up in bed with a book in Autumn. 

Lemony Flutter still remains one of my manicure must haves, nourishing my dehydrated cuticles and making sure that my brittle nails are kept in tip-top condition. Lush's hand and foot products tend to be rather underrated, so I'd definitely look into checking out Salted Coconut and Volcano too. 

Not only does the new packaging of Lush's self preserving product look swoon worthy, but the contents inside are pretty good too. Mask Of Magnaminty is one of my favourites, being a product I use whenever my skin is in need of a pick me up, or needs a thorough cleanse and exfoliate. 

The Lush body conditioners- no matter what scent- are some of my favourite products, purely down to their convenience as they moisturise the skin without even having to get out of the shower. Ro's Argan is my top pick as the rose fragrance soothes me and makes me feel super relaxed. 

Lastly, I couldn't not mention The Comforter Shower Gel in this line up as the blackcurrant scent never fails to lift my mood and it lathers up beautifully in the shower for a real treat. It's great at moisturising the skin too which is lovely considering some shower gels can strip the skin and make it feel dehydrated. 

What are your favourite Lush products? 

Monday, 3 July 2017

The Products I Love To Buy vs The One's I Don't

Do you run out a foundation and dread having to buy another one? Or can you never stop yourself from buying just one more highlighter?  Of course, if I'm particularly excited about a product or new release then there are exceptions, but today's post is all about the products I love to buy and the one's I'm not keen on splurging on.

Products I Love To Buy

If you take a look into my makeup collection, you'll probably be hit by the never ending amount of nude lipsticks. I own loads, all in varying colours, but for some reason I will always enjoy buying more whilst on a mission to find the perfect one. 

Blushers are one of my biggest vices, I can't help but get drawn to their shimmering formulas and dreamy shades. This has only been an obsession in the recent year or so as before I was never bothered by them; the Nars blushers and Hourglass offerings are two of my favourites, but it doesn't stop there as NYX have quickly become a favourite of mine from the high street - a perfect treat with your Boots advantage card! 

Out of everything, there's one item I can't stop buying and that's highlighters. Bronzed, champagne or pearly pink, I have a variety of them in a range of colours to suit all occasions. 

I'm pretty certain everyone knows that Essie is hands down my favourite nail vanish brand and whenever I am scouring the aisles of Boots, I can't leave empty handed. They always have 3 for 2 deals on, meaning that my collection is ever growing and I tend to pick up a few new nail vanishes every season to match the changing weather. 

Products I Don't Like Buying

I can probably count the primers I would repurchase on one hand as they have never been a part of my makeup routine that I have been experimental with. This one is more about the product I used to hate buying as when I was younger I never understand the purpose of primers, then I started using ones that didn't suit my skin type. As time has passed I've really seen the benefit of them and I can't go a day without using them. 

Foundations have never been something I enjoy buying as I find formula hunting and shade matching a little stressful. I always follow my top tips, but when it comes down to it, once I find a foundation I love, I tend to repurchase it over and over instead of trying a new one. Not just this, but I have to cut open the packaging and squeeze every last piece out. The L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion offering and Bourjois Healthy Mix are two bases I come back to. 

Skin care is a hard one for me, as I love buying certain aspects of it like moisturisers, toners and oils and once I do purchase them, I always wonder what I did without it. But when it comes to repurchasing micellar waters or cleansers, I have to get every last drop out before splurging. Unlike many other aspects of my makeup and body care routine, I can actually stop myself from cracking open a second tub or tube before the first one is finished. 

What products do you love and hate to buy? 

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Ultimate Summer Wishlist

Although I'm trying to be good and save as much as I can, I always have a wishlist on the go full of the products I want to try, the new additions I want to add to my wardrobe and the swoon-worthy home decor I've been lusting after. 

Beauty | I've really scaled down my beauty wishlist recently and although I tend to lust after new releases as soon as I see them, after some thought the majority of them don't make it onto my official makeup wishlist. The Ciate Glow-To Highlighter and Blusher are two products that I'm really considering purchasing because they look like they'll be gorgeous for Summer and to carry me through the Autumn and the festive season too. 

There are so many brands I want to try more of, Fresh being one of them and the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner is something I need to get my hands on - although all of their skincare sounds absolutely divine! 

Style | Blush pink and embroidered detailing is still making its way it's my usually monochrome wardrobe. I've been meaning to update some of my staples and add new pieces for a while, so the new season is the perfect excuse. (The below wishlist pretty much says everything). This Mango Bird and Stripe Woven Tee looks like it'll be great for the warmer weather, but will also transition nicely into the Autumn too. 

PJ's are forever on my wishlist, but I am in serious need of some loungewear as my current pairs are looking a little bit worse for wear. The ASOS Oatmeal Pom Pom Set looks like it'll be making it's way into my basket very soon. 

Homeware | If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you're probably aware that Tom surprised me with a set of ladder shelves that I've been lusting after for a while. Although I've got a fair few nic-nacs lying about to style them up, I have been looking at a new radio, some of the Clothbound Classics (which have dreamy covers!) and any ornaments to fill up the empty spaces. 

I'm also lusting after a new rug for our living room and a full length mirror for our bedroom. Although we've been in here since October, I wasn't too sure how to work the different rooms, but I've finally got my mojo back and am ready to spruce our homeware up.

What have you been lusting after lately? 

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