Saturday, 17 August 2019

Four Cleansers On Trial

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Pixi Vitamin C Cleanser, Ark Skincare, Glow Recipe
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It goes without saying that cleansers are a staple and one of the most important elements of your skincare routine, so it's important to get it right. They're of course personal to what you want to get out of your skincare as well as your skin type, but here are four cleansers I've been trialling at the moment. 

First up is the ARK Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser*, a pick from a brand I've never tried before, but I'm impressed by so far. It's formulated to be used by those in their teens and twenties, to not only keep your complexion free of blemishes, but to help maintain a healthy oil balance and nourish your skin too. It doesn't leave any residue, but it can be used as a first or second cleanse depending on how you like to establish a skincare routine. 

Another product I've been using a lot is the Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser* which promises to brighten, soothe and smooth your skin. It's got a similar formula to a micellar water, so it's super lightweight and cleanses the skin simply. I've been using this a lot in the evening when I want a super fresh feeling to my skin before bed or in the morning when I was a pick-me-up. 
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Pixi Vitamin C Cleanser, Ark Skincare, Glow Recipe
There's quite the story behind the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish* as I first tried it in my mid-teens after asking for it for Christmas due to the lots of positives reviews I'd seen YouTubers do. Unfortunately my oily and very sensitive skin back then didn't like it, but I wanted to give it another go! It's thick, creamy texture removes makeup with ease and the muslin cloths that it comes with helps to exfoliate and leave the skin with 0 residue. I have been using this when I've had thick make up on as I like to save this for best, but the hydrating formula would be great once the weather starts the get colder. 

A favourite that I've been using for a while now is the Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Cleanser* which is great allrounder. It can remove makeup or simply just leave your complexion feeling a lot cleaner, all whilst nourishing and softening. The unique is similar to a gel, but it's a lot thicker so it feels luxurious to use - plus it smells delicious! 

What cleansers have you been enjoying using later? 
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Friday, 16 August 2019

NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation Review

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The NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation* is here! Their highly sought-after and coveted new in product has landed in the UK and I've had the pleasure of trying it out for the past week. I wanted to share with you my first impressions and a little bit more information on ABH's first ever liquid foundation. 

With a waterproof, long wearing formula this promises to never clog your pores due to it being oil-free and it won't give you flashback if you're taking photographs in it. As for the coverage, this ticks the medium box nicely, but it's easy to sheer it out using a beauty blender or build up by applying another layer depending on if you want to cover any blemishes or an uneven skin tone. It's got a natural finish, that gives a soft glow which isn't what I was expecting as despite the name implying that it'd be luminous, I still thought it'd be more on the demi-matte side. This finish is right up my street though! 
Personally I'm very impressed with the shade range, with 50 different shades, ranging from fair to deep and lots of undertones to choose from, I think there's something for everybody. I got sent 140N and 150W, the latter being the shade I go for on a day to day basis as I find that it matches me slightly better. Despite being made for those who have beige undertones, it doesn't go pink or orange which I struggle with when I'm opting for a higher coverage foundation. If you're more a pink undertone, then I'm not sure if this range of shades would be for you as they all tend to teeter on the neutral side, but as you all know I absolutely love when this happens because it means I can find a match. 

The price of the foundation has to be mentioned because at £43 it's certainly on the steeper side and if you've got the money to buy it - I'd say it's definitely worth it. If you need an excuse to treat yourself, I'd say that you'll only need a small amount each day you use it, so unlike other foundations that can easily be used up in 6-8 weeks, I have a feeling this will last for more a couple months more. 

Shop this new foundation here.

Will you be trying the NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation? 
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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

A Day In The Life of A Blogger

After rekindling my love for watching vlogs on YouTube, especially the ones that are either of their working day or at home chilling out, I thought I would give my take on it myself. I get asked quite a lot about what it's like working from home and being your own motivator, so here I am sharing with you my typical day as a blogger/freelance social media manager when I'm at home on a 'laptop day'. 

8:30am - I start my day at around the same time everyday, getting up at 8am and getting to work half an hour later, Now for many I think the idea of being fully functioning when you've barely opened your eyes seems daunting, but to me, although I'm not an early riser, I do wake up super quickly. I either eat breakfast as I start opening up documents on my laptop and checking social media or I wait until a little later. 

9am - After checking my emails, scouring my Instagram and making sure everything has happened the way it should do with the blog post that I would have published at 8am that day, I promote my post on Pinterest and then settle down to start properly working. A large chunk of my day will be taken out by writing and photographing for my blog, but I actually am a freelance social media manager on the side, dabbling in freelance writing and copywriting as well. To keep on top of everything for the day, I always have to make a to-do list to check off as I go. 

9:30am - This is the time of the day when I start writing up some of the blog post ideas I have in my drafts. Depending on my mood, I can sometimes get a full blog post done in 45 minutes, but other times I have to come back to it a few times before adding links and scheduling a date. 

10:15am - Start my freelance social media job. I work throughout the day on my social media jobs as they require a lot on live posting, but this the chunk of the day I like to schedule posts as much as I can and work on planning future content too. I spend a lot of my time studying analytics and making sure any ADs we have set up are working correctly as well as keeping track of engagement and views. I juggle content creating with social media and video editing too, so this is the time to really crack on with some work. 

11:30am - Run errands. The next step in my routine is usually taking photographs, so in the late morning I like to run my errands. Whether that's picking up new props that are needs for shooting purposes or just popping to the Post Office to post parcels. Getting out at this time often boosts my productivity too as I like to listen to music or a podcast on my quick break too. 

12pm - This is when I like to photograph during the Summer as I find the lighting is just right. During the Autumn and Winter, this time gets earlier as I tend to make sure I'm done photographing by 12pm at the latest whereas in the Summer I'm far more inconsistent when shooting flatlays and beauty content as there's still good lighting up until 5/6pm, but I like to have it done and dusted pretty early on in the day. 
1pm - Lunch time! I'm the worst when it comes to taking an actual lunch break and getting away from my screen, but at the moment I'm trying to give myself 30 minutes to grab lunch from the shop or whip something tasty up in the kitchen. 

1:30pm - Back to my social media job now, where I'm sorting out any freelance writing or social media jobs I have, as well as keeping on top of what's coming in. I answer any calls that need to be taken,  check my emails for both my business and blog then I get back to work. I do a bit more of what I've been doing before, scheduling and posting live updates to the companies I manage on social media as well as keeping up with any updating I have to do for my blog too and finishing off any video editing or content that I have in the pipeline. 

2:30pm - I don't do this everyday, but I like to give myself a chunk of time to check out any latest opportunities whether that be on blogging apps for new work coming in or on People Per Hour/Upwork for freelance purposes. Doing this has helped me earn a lot more and I have gained a lot of experience and new contacts whilst doing so. 

3pm - This is when I get back to writing any blog posts that need to be finished, set a date and scheduled on Twitter - I use Tweetdeck for reference. Putting aside some time to concentrate on any blog posts that need finishing definitely helps me stay inspired as this is my favourite part of the day. 

4:30pm - It's number crunching time. Admittedly I don't do this daily, but I like to go through my finances and invoices making sure that everything is getting paid on time and updating my spreadsheet. This takes longer than you'd expect because as well as prepping your own invoicing, I am emailing and updating all at the same time as the replies come in. I tend to do this once or twice a week depending on how much needs to get paid and if there are any late payments. 

5pm - 6pm - Then I'm slowly finishing up, but this is usually my panic hour as I like to get everything on my do-to list ticked off. During the day, I like to find time to clean up the house and some time to do a workout, so depending on when this can be fitted in, the last hour of my day is dedicated to doing everything I might have forgotten to do. I don't go to many blogging events and on the weekend I shoot a lot of my fashion content for my Instagram, so this time can be used to plan outfits, locations and edit any photographs I have. 

Have you enjoyed this insight into a freelance and social media managers working day? 
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Saturday, 10 August 2019

20 Favourite Ways To Unwind + De Stress

Favourite Ways To Unwind + De Stress
I think it's safe to say I haven't had the most relaxing couple of weeks, but I've been trying to incorporate more relaxing techniques to help me unwind. Here are my 20 favourite ways to de-stress: 

ASMR | I've been watching and listening to ASMR for a while now, but I've decided to make it a regular part of my night-time routine after I've been struggling with drifting off at night. My favourite videos are from Gibi ASMR in particular, the sleep triggers are worth checking out. 

Exercise | When I'm feeling under the weather or I haven't had lots of sleep, I really struggle to motivate myself to exercise, but it's one of my favourite ways to de-stress and take my mind of things for a couple of hours. 

YouTube | I've been rewatching some of my favourite vlogs (big up Zoella' autumn content) as well as other videos and podcasts on there too. They're a great way to not think about anything for 20 minutes or so, I particularly like ones that are just generally chatting in the background. 

Do Something You Loved As A Kid | This is niche, but doing something that you loved as a kid is an easy way to put a smile on your face. Whether it's watching a film you used to love, making a playlist of your favourite songs or just simply colouring in using adult colouring in books - every little thing helps! 

Bath + Candles | This is a surprise to be on the list as it's just a great way to start your pamper routine off especially if you have lots of bubbles, a couple of Bath and Body works candle alight as well as some snacks or a drink if you're in there for a while. 

  • Pamper + Face Mask
  • Listen To A Podcast
  • Read A Book
  • Write About Your Day
  • Learn New Breathing Technique
  • Start A Conversation With A Friend
  • Re-Arrange Your Room
  • Visit A Lake, River or Beach
  • Spend The Evening Away From Your Phone
  • Receive or Give Yourself A Massage 
Favourite Ways To Unwind + De Stress
Walk In Nature | I honestly don't do this enough, but I want to make it a habit in the upcoming weeks to take more walks on the weekend in particular. We've got amazing woods to walk in not very far from our house, but we don't make the most of it as much as we should. 

Retail Therapy | As someone who loves to shop online, I rarely ever go into a shop anymore to just have a look. Sometimes it's exactly what I need, whether it's just simply shopping for cleaning products or looking to pick up an item for your home. 

Cook Up A Meal | Baking a cake or cookies can be a great pass time if you want to take some time out to do something for yourself, but cooking up a whole meal can just be as rewarding. 

Yoga and Meditation | I get asked a lot about what yoga routine I follow, but I actually make my own up from moves that I learnt when I did yoga lessons a few years back. You can find easy routines to follow on YouTube and Pinterest too, plus adding relaxing music that I found from Spotify is a great way to take some time out for yourself at the beginning or end of the day. 

Lavender Scented Products | A simple one, but for me, I find I relax the most when the area around me has a nice scent. I particularly like using Lush's Sleepy Lotion after the bath because it helps me drift off to sleep, but I find lavender in general whether it be in a spray or candle form can help me at night time. 

What are your favourite ways to unwind? 
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Friday, 9 August 2019

Shop This Week's Instagram + Wishlist

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I want to make this type of post a regular feature on my blog as I get asked regularly about where my clothes that I feature on my Instagram are from. As I said last month when I did a post like this, creating fashion content is one of my favourite parts of my job alongside challenging myself to find the perfect locations near where I live too. 

I picked up a pair of these Missguided Polka Dot Culottes because I wanted something that were easy to style and wear day to day. I know the colour is very vibrant and won't be too easy to transition during the September/October time, but I think these will last me for a few more years to come too! Another item I picked up from Missguided is this highly coveted Blue Broderie Dress which everyone on Instagram seems to own, the front of it has a tie up detail so I wouldn't wear this everyday, but for a special occasion I think this will be gorgeous. 


I've had a few mishaps when it comes to wardorbe recently what with dying items pink, bugs making holes in them on the washing line and then smoke damage the other week, I've been scouring the internet for some new pieces to replace them. Although the Summer is far from over, I've been trying to consider the fact that I need to get wear out of whatever I can buy. 

If you want to save a few pennies, my top tip would be to grab any jackets or coats you see on your favourite shopping sites because I've seen some great deals. This Nasty Gal Mac Coat offering is down to £18 from £60(!) and I know that staples like this go super quickly once the weather starts to get chillier. If that isn't your type, then this ASOS Borg Jacket is another great pick as it comes in at nearly half the price. 

What have you been loving to wear recently? 
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Thursday, 8 August 2019

Summer Makeup

Summer Beauty 2019
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When it comes to Summer makeup, I like to rely on setting sprays and primers to keep my base from slipping off and peach tones make a regular appearance too. As it's one of my favourite looks I've created, I wanted to share my favourite products with you today. 

After prepping my skin with a hydrating serum, I spritz the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray* all over my face and then smooth over the Bare Minerals Prime Time* to diminish my pores and make my foundation go on evenly. Talking of my go-to base, I switch between quite a few which I featured in my recent everyday Summer foundation post if you fancy a read of that. 

Depending on if I have any blemishes or extra redness to cover, I either go with or without concealer, but I always set my foundation with the Huda Beauty Easy Bake Powder* even if I use a light dusting, it just takes away any sheen I have on my t-zone and makes it last a bit longer too. This powder works well with cream products too, so I can use it before (if I've got a light hand) or after my Milk Makeup Baked Matte Bronzer* which adds definition and warmth to my complexion. 

I then apply the Glossier Dusk Cloud Paint to my cheeks as it adds just the right of amount of colour, followed by the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand which I always rave about, but seriously it's great for a glow! 

For eyes, I've been going for something quite simple like the Charlotte Tilbury Amber Daze Colour Chameleon* which I smudge along with my lash line and if I want something a little bit more intense, then I add some golden sparkle as well. To finish I apply my mascara of choice, the Too Faced Better Than Sex

When it comes to lips, I've been switching between a lightweight pick like the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in whatever shade I'm feeling to keeps my lips looking great and feeling nourished or it's my other favourite, another Charlotte Tilbury pick, the Dance Floor Princess Lipstick*
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Saturday, 3 August 2019

5 Favourite Primers

Favourite Primer Review
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After spotting a similar post on From Roses blog, I thought that sharing my own favourite primers would be a great next instalment in my series. Primers are easy products to miss out and although you don't always need them, they're great to add to your routine if you want to prolong wear and smooth your complexion before you apply your base. 

First up is the Bare Minerals Prime Time Original* which is hydrating and smooths the skin with it's silicone formula, but unlike other products I've tried that's similar, this one doesn't feel greasy at all. 

I tried to narrow it down to just one Charlotte Tilbury primer, but I just couldn't! The Wonder Glow* is the perfect pick if you want something to perk up your lacklustre complexion, adding a subtle radiance that works well underneath your foundation. If you need something that packs more of a punch, then the Hollywood Flawless Filter* will be your best bet. It works as both a primer and a highlighter over your base if needs be. It blurs your pores and the added sheen takes your eye away from any blemishes you have. 

A long time favourite of mine is the Too Faced Hangover Primer which I need to repurchase soon. It's extremely nourishing, making the skin look supple and healthy with each use. It's great to use all year around and the fresh feeling makes my want to use it every morning. 

If silicone, radiant and hydrating primers aren't your thing, then the Urban Decay All Nighter Summer Solstice* will be. Although setting sprays are traditionally used after your makeup, I prefer to use them as a primer as it really locks everything in place. Sometimes I use this as an extra step on top of another primer to ensure that my base stays all day. 

What are your favourite primers? 
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Thursday, 1 August 2019

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

August To Do List
September last year feels like it was only three months ago, but with the sudden realisation that it's actually next month this has made me panic and want to make the most of Summer whilst it's here. The recent warm weather hasn't done much for my productivity, but here are five things I've added to my August to-do list. 

Plan A Bit More | Don't worry I won't be mentioning the A word too often, but with transitional Autumn period on the horizon, I want to make the most of the rest of Summer and plan upcoming posts more. My notepad is currently full of ideas that I want to put into action, but I would like to get a little bit more organised in general too. 

Book Our September Trip | We still haven't booked our September trip we have taken time off for, but I'm all for a last minute deal if we spot one. We still need to figure out if we're 100% sure where we want to go, but a European city break for a couple of days sounds like the perfect plan! 

Tick Off Everything On My Summer To-Do List | I've got a few things left on my Summer to-do list that I want to tick off in the next month like visiting our local sunflower fields (and obviously photographing in them), going to the beach and going fruit picking too. 

Think About Saving | I always like to start thinking about saving money up for Christmas around this time of the year as although it may seem early, it does make it a lot easier when you get the time. Alongside expensive Christmas, Tom has a big birthday this year which I need to buy a present and we're going away for a few days too. 

Continue Doing Yoga | Throughout July I have been practising yoga multiple times a week and it's seriously helped with my flexibility as well as my aches and pains. I follow a routine that I learnt a few years back and I want to continue to practice my moves into the next season too. 

What's on your August to-do list? 
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