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? 
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