Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Shop This Week's Instagram Outfits

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Creating content for Instagram is an area of my job that I really enjoy doing especially the putting together outfits part. Over the year that I've been sharing my style on my Instagram (follow me at Pint Sized Photo if you haven't already!), I've gained a lot more confidence and I now wear a lot more daring outfits than I used to. I get asked quite a lot about where everything is from, so I thought I'd put them all in one place. 

This week we went to the lavender fields and shot content there and although initially I went there to get some sunflower cuttings, I just knew I wanted to get a snap there. Finding different locations to shoot in is also one of my other favourite parts of the job and although it can be a little stressful at times when things don't go to plan with things you can't control like crowds or the weather, it feels great when you get the photo you have pictured in your head! 

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Do you like how I've styled this week's outfits? 

Sunday, 14 July 2019

New In Summer Beauty

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Summer is officially here! The sunshine is blazing hot and I'm ready to switch up my beauty for this season. I've been dabbling in cream formulas, glowy makeup and a fresh spritz of floral perfume for a while now, but today I wanted to share with you my favourite new-in Summer beauty picks.  

If there's one scent that reminds me of sunny days and beaches, it's the highly coveted Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess which gets released every Summer. This delicious fragrance with notes of coconut milk, vanilla and mandarin lingers on the skin for hours whilst not being too overpowering, but scenting the body just the right amount. I can't believe I've never owned this perfume before, so I'm very glad I spotted it on Fragrance Direct's new in page. 

As someone who has dehydrated skin, I suffer with dry patches and an irritated complexion all year around, so I rely on lots of lotions and potions to keep my skin feeling softer and looking smoother. I'm excited to give the bareMinerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer a go because I've heard lots of good things about it over the years. From the first few uses it gives off a silky finish without feeling drying or pilling on the skin, instead it's lightweight, minimises texture by being slightly hydrating and also makes my foundation go on super smooth. 
The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation isn't a new in product for me as I've been using and loving it for years, but it is new on Fragrance Direct (so snap it up!). It's the perfect Summer base if you want to offer a good amount of coverage, whilst still looking natural and glowy. During the warm weather I always worry about my foundation slipping and sliding, but when set with a powder of choice I find this stays put and looks flawless for hours. 

Another repurchase of mine is the Sleek Rose Gold Blusher which was a cult high street classic many years ago, but is one that has been said to be a dupe for Nars Orgasm. It's got a neutral pink hue with gold flecks running through it that compliments my complexion during the Summertime as well as acting as a slight highlighter if I don't want to go full on with my makeup. 

To round off my everyday Summer makeup, I like to opt for a nude or pink lip as I find this can be reapplied easily and go from day to night too. The Nars Pigalle Lipstick is absolutely gorgeous and if you're an Autumn baby at heart like myself, then I think you'll love this even more as it has slight brown undertones to it that can easily be transitioned from this season to the next. 

What are your current favourite Summer beauty picks? 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Three From IT Cosmetics

It cosmetics Brand Review
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I absolutely love trying new products from brands that I've never used before, so when this trio of best selling IT Cosmetics products arrived from Cult Beauty, I couldn't wait to give them a try. I'm sure you're dying to know my thoughts, so I'll jump right in with my review. 

First up is the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream* which I've heard lots about and to me, is the stand out product from what I got. I thought that this would be on the thicker side, but it's super easy to blend and looks natural on the skin. If you've got oily skin or you don't like your base on the dewier side, then maybe consider trying out the Oil-Free Matte version as this is very radiant and even though I've got a dry complexion, I still had to powder this one down. It offers a good amount of coverage and can be built up to conceal any redness or blemishes you have. When I first swatched my Fair shade I was worried that it was going to be far too light, but it oxidises slightly on skin over the first hour you've applied it and once I applied my bronzer and blusher, it ended up being a good match. 

When looking for an under eye concealer, I like something lighter than my foundation shade to ensure that it not only conceals any discolouring I have, but to brighten too. I thought that the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer* would be the perfect offering for this, but we have to talk about the shade range too. The shade I got which is the lightest one is super light (like it's nearly white), however upon inspecting the swatches online, the next shade up which is Medium would have been far too dark - that's something to note. This concealer offers an amazing amount of full coverage, you only need a small amount to cover everything and it's by far the thickest concealer I've ever used. 
It cosmetics Brand Review
I love trying a cult favourite mascara, but as I'm super fussy, I always wonder how much I'll actually enjoy it. I've just cracked open the IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara* and from first application, I was impressed. It lengthened, added volume and holds a curl, the only down fall is that the longevity isn't great, but it has to be mentioned this could be down to the super hot weather we're having in the UK. The brush is a lot thinner than what I'm used to, so the precision is great. The scent of the mascara is quite potent, so those with sensitive eyes may need to be aware of this when applying and removing as I've found that my eyes have started to get sore and irritated whenever I used it. 

On the whole, I have been impressed with IT cosmetics and would continue to try out more of their products in the future. Their simple, yet sleek packaging is aesthetically pleasing, but the CC cream has been a firm favourite this Summer. 

What are your favourite products from IT Cosmetics? 

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

A Summer Fashion Wishlist

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The weather is now consistently warmer now (hurray!), so I've been on the look out for new Summer clothes to celebrate the occasion. I'm on the look out for the perfect white dress, a jumpsuit and a few new accessories too. 

My favourite denim skirt vanished a fair few months now and despite my best efforts to find it, I seemed like it had been well and truly lost - then I found it! That hasn't stopped me eyeing up this new Missguided Ripped A-Line Pick which I think would look cute throughout the Summer, but can easily be worn for the Autumn too, but I also think I could create something similar with my old one myself. 

Missguided in general have had some lovely pieces in at the moment and from my experience with them, once I get something I like from their it does last me quite a long time. This Blue Porcelain Milkmaid Bodycon Dress is seriously on trend right now and I think it looks so cute with the slightly puffed sleeves and Summer print. 

If it's midi, it tends to be on my wishlist, but at 5ft3 I can't always find the right length. This ASOS Pink Floral Offering is so dreamy with it's flowy material which I think would be cooling in the warmer months. If pink isn't your colour then this ASOS Daisy Print Bias one would be a great alternative. 

What's on your Summer fashion wishlist? 

Sunday, 7 July 2019

A Nude Makeup Look

Nude Makeup Picks
Nude Makeup Picks
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Nude makeup is one of my favourite looks to create; I love how it can softly define my features and be worn from day to night. Here are some of my top nude makeup picks: 

I prep my face using the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Serum* to hydrate and soften the skin before makeup and I spritz the Urban Decay Summer Solstice Spray* after to ensure that my foundation gets locked in once I apply it. For primer, I apply a healthy dose of the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow* to help perk up my complexion, adding a soft glow to help illuminate the areas I want it to. 

Picking a foundation isn't the most important as long as it's one that I love and will do what I want it to do that day. The Ciaté Extraordinary Foundation, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation* and the IT Cosmetics CC Cream* are all in the running when putting together this look. 

I personally feed like blusher, bronzer and highlighter really pull this kind of look together, so picking the perfect products is vital. As someone who likes both cream and powder products I'm not opposed to mixing them together. The Milk Makeup Baked Bronzer is ultra creamy and blends into the complexion seamlessly, whilst my liquid blusher of choice would be the Glossier Dusk Cloud Paint as it's brown undertones work well with the rest of my nude makeup. 

If I want a powder alternative, I use the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow* followed by the Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Blusher*. This mauve offering is perfect if you find brown toned blushers wash you out and you want to keep with the nude theme whilst adding just a tiny amount of colour. 

For my eyes, I like to keep them as bare as possible, only allowing for a soft wash of one colour over the lids. Usually this is in the form of whatever bronzer I've used that day, brightening up the inner eye with a highlighter too. The illuminator of choice for all over my face is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy* which adds just the right amount of glow without being too overpowering or un-nautral looking. 

There's a new nude lipstick around here and it's the Charlotte Tilbury Dancefloor Princess* which is part of the new Hot Lips 2 collection. World Duty Free are now stocking Charlotte Tilbury at London Heathrow at Terminal 5. 

What are your favourite nude makeup picks? 

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Five Favourites Moisturisers

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As someone with very dehydrated, lacklustre skin, I rely on moisturiser all year around to keep my face not only feeling softer, but looking smoother too. I've gone through quite the fair share of moisturisers over the years, so I feel like I'm a connoisseur when it comes to finding the right one for a dry complexion. 

It has to be mentioned that there are three stand out products missing from this line up, so I'm going to immediately take this post from five moisturisers to try to eight! The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream is an OG in my collection, but one that I need an excuse at the moment to repurchase. It's lightweight and sinks in quickly, but that doesn't stop it from being incredible nourishing. The Clinique Moisture Surge works in a similar way, but with more of a silky feel so this one is perfect to apply underneath makeup as it doubles up as a primer - I miss it everyday and I seriously need to grab myself another pot. The last one is the Origins Ginzing offering, a pick loved by everyone in my household. It brightens, it hydrates and it keeps the skin looking (and feeling!) ultra-soft all day long. 

Next in this line up and one that I have back ups of already is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream*, a product that reminds me of the classic moisturisers you used to get as it has a thicker texture to the others I've mentioned in this post. It's luxurious and feels like a treat as soon as you apply it - a preferred product for the evening after a deep double cleanse. 

Another product that works in a similar way is the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Cream which I've had multiple tubs of and for a very good reason too. It's thick formula sinks into the skin quickly and leaves my skin feeling softer within minutes. If my complexion is feeling dehydrated and I need an instant fix that I know will work every time, this is the product I reach for. 

If you're looking for more of a lightweight pick then I'd recommend the Clinique Dramatically Different Jelly*, a product that straddles being both a moisturiser and a serum. I feels like water on the skin when you apply it making it cooling and soothing at the same time. The Sunday Riley Tidal Cream* is next up and this has a similar gel-like consistency that feels silky on the skin and is a great all rounder for both day and night.

Last up is the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate*, a product I've been using for years now and one that I rely on especially in the Winter months when my skin needs some serious TLC. I find that this works well around my nose and mouth area in particular when my complexion needs a drink! 

What are your favourite moisturisers? 

Friday, 5 July 2019

Adding A Pop of Colour To Your Makeup

Adding A Pop of Colour To Your Makeup
Adding A Pop of Colour To Your Makeup
Adding A Pop of Colour To Your Makeup
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When the weather is warm and sunny, I like keep my base makeup glowy, whilst adding a pop of colour on the lips, eyes or cheeks. I like to keep a lot of my makeup nude during this time of the year, but adding a perky pink blusher or a vibrant fuchsia to the lips can help bring a makeup look from day to night with ease. 

First up I have to talk about the product that inspired this whole post and that's the Charlotte Tilbury The Queen Lipstick*. It's a shade that I always get complimented on and despite wearing it a lot throughout Winter and the festive season, this intense matte pink offering looks beautiful with extra highlighter on your cheekbones and a glossy lid too. 

For the cheeks, I have the Glossier Haze Cloud Paint which is a cream formula that sets down on the skin after you've blended it in. I've used this a lot blended out to look more subtle, but you can build it up for more of a pop of colour. I feel like this paired with a clearly gloss on the lips and a slight sparkle in your eyeshadow too! 

If you're not into cream products then the Nars Orgasm Blusher* in my next favourite as with a light hand you can add the perfect flush, but with a few applications you can really build it up. I don't like purchasing too many products like blushers that can only be used one way if they're too intense as I like to use them all year around, so this one is perfect for creating this kind of makeup look. 

Just like I mentioned, I'm into a lot of nude shades and I don't like owning too many products that are too intense for me to use on a regular basis, so when it comes to adding a pop of colour to my eyes i tend to reach for the warm tones and pinks. The Hourglass Reflect Scattered Lights Eyeshadow is great when you want something super easy for the evening as this can be used as just one wash of colour on the lids. It's a shimmering gold, pink shade that isn't for the faint hearted, but I love it. 

The other option I like is the Nars Mini Wanted Palette* and more specifically the two shades on the right which have a coppery, red tone to them that can be used with a soft matte brown for a super rich smokey eye. 

Lastly is my favourite part and that's rainbow nails - the recent trend that I'm absolutely loving. You don't need to just go with reds, blues and greens, you can make them variants of the same colour making for an ombre-like effect. I've been scouring the Essie aisles a lot recently, Cute As A Button being a regular feature in my manicures. 

How do you like adding a pop of colour to your routine? 

Monday, 1 July 2019

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

5 Things I've Added To My July To-Do List
I can't quite believe that it's July already; before we know it it'll be 2020! I wish this season would slow down a bit though, but with the recent spate of 34 degree weather, I think it's going to stay warm for a while. Here are five things I've added to my July to-do list.

Plan Lots of Outfit Shots | Our local poppy, lavender and sunflower fields are slowly, but surely coming out, so I've got to plan some time to do a photoshoot in each of these locations. I love photographing in the Summer because we have such long evenings, so I can get lots done without having to think I've got to wrap it all up by 4pm. Think flowing white dresses, straw hats and culottes! 

Book An European Trip | We want to go on our next European trip in September, so thought this month would be best to put everything in motion; planning where we want to go first followed up by how we're going to get there and where we'll be staying. I'm thinking Romania, Amsterdam city and Luxembourg at the moment! 

Enjoy The Sunshine | I think it's easy to overestimate how long this lovely weather will stick around for and if you're anything like me, I find it even easier to moan about how too hot it is. I was to make it my mission to make the most of the sunshine, 

Read More | I've got it in my head that I want to make my way through my TRP this Summer, so I can get some fresh books in the Autumn. I convince myself I can't find time, but I think taking even half an hour before bed to settle down with a read will help me get through one in no time at all. 

Do HIIT Workouts | I ride my bike during the warmer months atleast four times a week, but I love to challenge myself in my own at-home workouts too. I think it's a great way to lift my mood if I'm feeling sluggish and it works all my muscles too. 

What's on your July to-do list? 

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The Cutest Palette Ever? The Nars Mini Wanted Palette Review

The Nars Mini Wanted Palette Review
The Nars Mini Wanted Palette Review
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When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, I'm like a magpie with something shiny; I can't help, but want it! When each full sized Nars palette is released I always talk myself out of needing it, but when I spotted that they'd released a Nars Mini Wanted Eyeshadow Palette* it instantly went onto my wishlist.  

Of course it goes without saying that above everything else, it's the shades and their formulas that are the most important element of the palette. These 6 shades compliment each other perfectly if you want to make a look using all of them, but they can all be used in different pairings to make a variety of looks. I've got oily lids in the Spring and Summertime, so trying this out when the weather was warm was definitely a risk, but I'm happy to report that they offer great pigmentation and longevity. 

The lightest matte shade on the top left is usually the hue that I'm left disappointed by, but this one actually offers something up. The one on the right of this shade is perfectly velvety, delivering a rose gold hue that compliments the shade on the bottom left, another shimmering offering that adds a pop of glitter to the lids. The two red hues make for a dreamy warm toned smokey eye, but the one I'm getting the most use out of is the central brown shade called Shadowhill which blends into the crease seamlessly and works to add definition to my eye. 

The size of the palette has to be noted as this is very small, dinky in fact. Length wise it's the same as the Nars Laguna Bronzer and then half it's width, just so you have some reference as to what you're getting. Even thought it's tiny, it's great for travelling as it's palm sized so doesn't take up much room and if you're not a big user of eyeshadow then this will be for you as this will mean that you'll make your way through this palette. 

Have you tried the new Nars Mini Wanted Palette? 


Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Three Summer Books To Read

Three Summer Books To Read
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I've got to admit I've got a shameful amount of boots still in my to-read pile as I've taken a  bit of time out since I last finished a novel in full. I feel like Summer is the perfect time to start up my daily routine of reading a chapter or two, so I've got three books I've pulled out that I want to read this season. 

First up is Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes, another book in the Walsh Family series. I absolutely loved Rachel's Holiday, so I can't believe it's taken me this long to pick this one up as I'm half way through this book and I've already started looking out for my next read from MK. It's great if you like a light hearted, funny at times read that still offers a strong storyline that you can get your teeth stuck into. 

I'm a sucker for a thriller and I find them really hard to put down, so I've taken The Couple Next Door on holiday with me in the hope that I'll have a spare few hours here and there to start reading this. I'm hoping that it'll be similar to that of After Anna, Gone Girl and Girl On The Train as I love something that'll have me hooked! 

If I'm honest looking back I'm not completely sure why I bought The Keeper of Lost Things because I don't tend to pick up anything that runs the risk of making me sad, but after reading lots of great reviews it's now made it's way onto my Summer to-read list. 

Although these are the three books I've already bought and therefore is on my TRP, I've got quite a few books on my wishlist and that I've been lusting after picking up. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, This is Going To Hurt and Normal People are three that I've heard lots about. 

What's on your to-read pile this Summer? 

Monday, 24 June 2019

A Staycation Travel Beauty Bag

Travel Beauty Bag
Travel Beauty Bag
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I feel like it's become a tradition now to share my travel beauty bag whenever I'm off on holiday and when it comes to staying in the UK, it's very easy to overpack and not consider how many products you're actually taking. Here is how I like to pack everything I need into two neat (and not over stuffed!) bags. 

First up is makeup and I like to keep everything simple when it comes to the base. I choose the classic IT Cosmetics CC Cream* because this can be adapted to both day and night looks depending on what concealer I use and I of course pack my Hourglass palette which has all the powder, bronzer and blusher I need. Saying this, I do like to make sure I have a couple of different colour ways, so the Nars Orgasm Blusher* is coming with me along with a red lipstick and a pink offering like the Charlotte Tilbury The Duchess* too. 

I'm a sucker for anything miniature, so the Milk Makeup Werk Cheek and Lip Stick is coming along as this can be used in multiple places around the face and it hardly takes up any room at all in the makeup bag. The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is also a firm favourite in my daily makeup routine anyway, so it would be rude not to bring this along as well. 

When it comes to skincare, I like to keep things concise as it's easy to get carried away, I bring a double cleanse including the Origins Original Skin Makeup Removing Jelly and a micellar water to get rid of any stubborn makeup. Packing a nourishing moisturiser is essential to keep any dry patches at bay and my Glossier Invisible Shield SPF will help keep my skin protected during the day when we're out exploring. For a luxe treat, I like to pack a hydrating lip treatment and a face mask for any evening when I've got a spare 10 minutes and my complexion is in dire need of some TLC. 

Shampoo and conditioner is where I struggle as I tend to have huge bottles of the stuff dotted around my bathroom, so I have to decant them into smaller containers to fit into my travel beauty bag. I also like to pack the Living Proof Dry Shampoo* as it's the perfect size for a week away along side my IGK Beach Club Spray which keeps my locks volumised and styled. 

What do you pack in your travel beauty bag? 

Sunday, 23 June 2019

New Beauty Favourites

New Beauty Favourites
New Beauty Favourites
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I've had lots of new products on rotation in my makeup bag recently and therefore I've discovered some great new favourites that I thought I ought to share with you. I've got a go-to skincare product, a nourishing lip oil oil and a product that surprised me, so read on if you want to know this season's favourites. 

I've been wanting to try the It Cosmetics CC Cream* for sometime now, but felt like I had no place in my collection for it, but the raving about how good it was definitely tempted me. When it arrived, I was worried that the shade wasn't for me, as I went for the fairest, but felt like it could have been too light which is something I've learnt from. The formula is lightweight, offers SPF50 coverage and delivers a dewy, natural finish that can easily be worn day-to-day. If you've got a dry complexion like myself then I think you'll absolutely love this, but if you're more on the oily side then maybe it'd would be best to check out the Matte Version

When it comes to liquid eyeliners I'm very fussy; I want a nib that is thin enough to get a precise application, with an intense black finish and long lasting qualities. The Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick* ticks all my boxes and it surprised me as I wasn't sure what to expect when I first gave this a go. It's easy to remove, but has some serious staying power as this stayed put throughout quite a lot of weather changes in one day! 

I think I've found the ultimate luxe lip balm - the Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm*, a multi-use product that promises to nourish any dry patches you have on your skin, lips, cuticles and feet. I've never heard of this brand before, but their packaging is absolutely dreamy and this is no exception. It's glass bottle with rose gold lid makes for a very chic look in your makeup bag, but it's what's inside that counts as the solid balm transforms into a hydrating oil that works to intensely nourish any areas you apply it. 

The Origins Original Skin Makeup Removing Jelly has been a product I've been using daily since I got it and it's so good at dissolving any makeup I have on my face, whilst making my skin feel smooth and soft in the process too. It's great if you like a cleansing oil, but you don't like dipping your fingers in the pot as this squeezy tube makes it super easy to use. 

A re-discovery of mine has been the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum*, a product from one of my favourite ever skincare ranges - the Fresh Rose Collection. As you probably know by now their moisturiser, mask and toner are some of my must haves if you're looking to invest a little more into your skincare routine, but now I've added the serum to that list too. I think this works even better than I first thought now that I've started using it underneath my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream* and on it's own before my makeup in the morning. This latter is great as it adds a silky effect that acts almost like a primer that makes my base smoother to apply, whilst not sacrificing any hydration. 

What are your current beauty favourites? 

Saturday, 22 June 2019

A Summer To-Do List

A Summer To-Do List
A Summer To-Do List
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Summer is officially here! The new season actually started yesterday, so I thought that there was no better time than to share my Summer to-do list. I've got lots of things planned for the next few months and I'd love it if it inspired others too! 

Go To A Lavender Field | Ahh, yes! My yearly tradition of going to a lavender field. I visited long before I was attracted to taking some lilac themed snaps here and I'm hoping to go back this year too. I fill up a bag full of lavender trimmings to take home and share amongst others to help keep flies out the kitchen and to make lavender bags for your drawers. 

Fruit Picking | One of my favourite Summer activities is going to pick fruit. I love to get lots of strawberries and raspberries if I'm lucky to eat fresh or freeze for later. Often PYO's don't just offer fruit either, but you can sometimes pick up sweetcorn, broad beans and even sunflowers! 

Lots of Picnics | A Summer wouldn't be the same without a picnic, even if it is just one in our garden. I like to do the full spread at least once, so it has olives, tasty focaccia, dips, crisps and even Pimms. Of course, it all has to go in my trusty picnic basket that I got a few years back and I may even pack some music to accompany the occasion too. 

Find The Perfect Summer Dress | I own quite a few dresses, but I've not yet found the "perfect one". About seven years ago now I found a white broderie dress in the sale from Topshop on a total whim, but a few years later it looked a bit too shabby to continue being worn and ever since I've been lusting after a dress that's similar. This year I want to find my go-to dress for those warm, Summer days; maybe this ASOS White Broderie one will be the one. 

Food Festival | I am aware that most of this post consist of Summer food goals for this year, but going to street food stalls is one of my favourite things to do as you get to sample all the treats and tasty snacks on offer. It's a great way to try out new cuisines and it's easy to spend a full day at a food festival at the weekend especially if it's followed up by evening entertainment like a well timed music gig, comedy or even just a stroll in a park as the sunsets. 

What's on your Summer to-do list? 

Friday, 21 June 2019

Four Non-Makeup Products To Try

Four Non-Makeup Products To Try
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I often share my favourite makeup products, but rarely make time for just dedicating a post to the skincare and haircare I've been loving too. Today I am sharing with you four products that I think are worth a try and that I have been using a lot recently. 

I've been excited to try the Kristin Ess Bubble Mask for the longest time, so it had a lot to live up to. It was going to be a make or break whether or not I would invest more into the brand, so I was pleased when I was happy with the results. It's cooling and soothing on the scalp, all whilst removing product build up making for a much more effective shampooing experience in my opinion. The only note I have is to not follow the instructions on the back, but instead section the hair into four sections (or as many as you like) and spray directly to the roots. Applying a dollop to your hands and massaging it in just didn't work out for me, so they best way to go is to apply it as close as you can get. 

My hair has been quite frizzy now that the weather is slowly getting warmer, so I've been relying on the Umberto Giannini Miracle Styling Milk to help smooth my locks after washing. It's great when applied to damp hair, so that it keeps everything under control. I try and not wash my hair too often, so instead of it getting greasy, it starts to get dehydrated first. I apply this product to the ends and it keeps my hair feeling soft, smooth and nourished in-between washes! 

The sun is now shining and although I use SPF all year around, the Glossier Invisible Shield is my favourite. It's invisible so it doesn't leave a white cast and has a nourishing feel so it sits well under makeup without disrupting foundation, all whilst not smelling of the typical SPF scent. 

I am an avid user of physical body exfoliators and I try and use them multiple times a week to rid the body of any dry patches I have, all whilst making the skin looking brighter. The REN AHA Smart Renewal Serum* is a great alternative when I want something easy and quick to use as it helps with uneven skin tone and has cleared up any blemishes I have over my body!  

What are your current non-makeup favourites? 

Thursday, 20 June 2019

What I've Been Reading, Watching and Listening To This Spring

It's been a while since I shared with you what I've been reading, watching and listening, but I know that I find these sorts of posts interesting, so want to make them a regular feature on my blog again. As it's been a whole season since a catch up, there's a lot to get through! 

Watch | Probably my favourite find and one that I keep recommending to anybody that'll listen is Jailbirds on Netflix. It had me hooked and honestly I hope they renew it for another season because it was unlike any prison documentary I've seen before. 

If you've already watched this and want something else to binge watch then I'd recommend the second season of Killing Eve and if you haven't watched the first series yet then definitely go now - fast! It's funny, whilst also being incredibly dark, but Villainelle and Jodie Comer who plays her is absolutely amazing and it's worth a watch. 

Then new season of Black Mirror has to be mentioned too as I really enjoyed this one, in particular the episode called Smithereens. I won't give much away, but it definitely lives up to some of the earlier episodes. Another dystopian programme I've been delving into again is the Handmaid's Tail, it's a hard watch, but definitely watch it as it's easy to get through a few episodes a night! 

On my to-watch list is The Act, a TV show on Hulu that tells the real tale of Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy and if you know anything about what really went on then you'll be jumping at the chance to watch this. Another one has to be Chernobyl which I've heard lots about, but maybe I'll wait until we have lots of time to watch this one.
Reading | I've got back into reading recently, more specifically picking up from where I left off with the Marian Keyes' Walsh Family series whereby I'm on 'Anybody Out There'. They're always good because although being written in a light hearted and funny way, they still offer a great storyline that will have you turning pages. Other than that, I'm looking for a few new reads as well, so please let me know if you have any recommendations. 

Listening | I'm still lusting after a new podcast, but I'm currently listening to My Dad Wrote A Porno again as it never fails to make me laugh when I'm working away on my computer. 

In terms of music I tend to listen to the same music on rotation until I find something new in approximately 6 months and then I end up back to listening to the same music again. That being said, if you do want to know what my Spotify consists of then I've left a playlist below. 

What are you currently watching, reading and listening to? 

Sunday, 16 June 2019

A Bedroom Makeover Plan

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You many notice from the photographs throughout this post that part of my bedroom has had a bit of a makeover, but the area is still looking pretty bare and unfinished. Rather than waiting til the end to show you the finished result, I thought I would showcase what it's currently looks like whilst I'm in the midst of deciding what needs adding or moving about. 

As you can probably see I have a hanging planter that needs filling and I personally love the way it looks hanging from the side of our very oversized mirror. I think once a plant has been placed there (I'm thinking string of pearls!), I think it'll fill the area nicely, but I'm still tempted to add even more house plants to this area in the form of a Wall Mount Terrarium. This gold pick is perfect and doesn't break the bank either, I think it'd be a very cute and welcomed addition. 

Another piece from UO that I've been eying up is the Phases of The Moon Wall Hanging which is brass and looks like it would fill the empty space below my shelf and above my macrame nicely - if I move it. The Pressed Flower A4 Frame is honestly beautiful and is something a little bit different to a usual print as we already have a mini gallery wall up in our bedroom above where we sleep. 

Talking of our bed, I've switched most of the cushions that were on it and put them downstairs instead which means there's now space for some new picks. Due to the theme of natural rattan and mustard, I'm thinking of going along that colour palette for our scatter cushions too. I've got to admit these Posh Totty Velvet Round Cushions are tickling my fancy at the moment!

Here are a few of my other ideas: 

Do you like my bedroom makeover so far? 

Friday, 14 June 2019

A Daily Everyday Makeup Routine

A Daily Everyday Makeup Routine
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I've been using switching up my makeup a lot recently, changing my lipstick colours, trying out new base products and enjoying a new eyeshadow palette. Today I thought I'd share with you my current daily everyday makeup routine that I've been wearing towards the end of the Spring season. 

I've got the new Urban Decay All Nighter Summer Solstice Spray* to play around with and I knew what I was getting involved with as their original offering is one of my all-time favourite makeup products and most repurchased too. It helps to prolong the wear of your base especially as I spritz it after using a moisturiser, but before my primer. 

Talking of primer, it's the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow* that I've been using on a daily basis. It's thin formula sits underneath your base without disturbing it whilst adding just the right amount of glow. I like pairing this with the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream*, a buildable coverage foundation that helps to cover any redness or uneven skin tone you have whilst sitting comfortably on the skin. This is my ultimate day-to-day base as it means I don't have to wear a concealer if I don't want to as well as being easy to blend into your complexion. 

As I don't powder down my base as much on the daily, I've been using the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand straight after my foundation as this cream formula can be built up as well as blended out to get the bronzed look that you want. 

I tend to reach for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette regularly as if I need to decrease any shine on my t-zone, top up my bronzer or add a little highlighter to my cheeks, I always reach for it. Although the blushers inside are amazing, my go-to at the moment is the Nars Orgasm* as the pink hue with gold flecks running through it is very fitting for the season. 
Nars Mini Wanted Palette
The other day the Nars Mini Wanted Eyeshadow Palette* was sent to me and it immediately made it's way into my makeup bag. I've been using it for the last couple of days and I can see myself making my way through this. This is because it's TINY as in really dinky, but this does mean it fit into anywhere with ease and I can still get a fluffy brush in each shade which I was initially worried about. The quality of each shadow lives up to their other formulas and each shade blends together beautifully meaning you don't need to think too much about what to wear - I tend to stick to the left four for everyday wear though and I kind of wish that the full size was in stock! It has to be mentioned that despite the absolutely dreamy hues, the lid is made partly of cardboard so it might be more prone to wear and tear. 

I've been using a variety of liquid eyeliners so I can't just narrow it down to one, but the mascara I've been reaching for has been the Too Faced Better Than Sex. This helps to lengthen and add volume to my lashes which I definitely need at the moment! I feel like mascara helps to finish off the whole look and along with my usual eyebrow routine of the ABH Dipbrow Pomade* my whole eye look is complete. 

My lip colour changes all the time, but I've been loving the Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm* to help nourish my lips daily, but I also like it when I want to transform a lip liner into a full on lip shade. It's balm to oil formula leaves the lips looking hydrated and juicy! 

What products are you currently using in your makeup routine? 
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