Saturday, 8 August 2020
Thursday, 6 August 2020
"It's important to enjoy your own content and have fun. Becoming authentic is key."
"Switching to a pro account was one of the best decisions. It meant I could find out more about my audience in one click."
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
"I managed to learn four new stitches and finish my embroidering kit in 24 hours - It was a success!"
Saturday, 1 August 2020
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
High Street or High End?
Volume or Length?
Thursday, 23 July 2020
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
"Cream products can be worked into the skin using just your fingers, making them a great option for on-the-go application."
Friday, 17 July 2020
One For Everyday...
Just The Right Nude...
The Pink One...
When I first saw the Hot Lips 2 collection featuring the funky new packaging, I knew I had to have one. They're all beautifully packaged, a spin on their usual classic rose gold casing. Dancefloor Princess* was a shade that is more of a traditional light pink in comparison to The Duchess and Pillow Talk, but nevertheless I think the comfortable formula makes for a perfect lipstick for Spring and Summer.
For A Special Occasion...
The Perfect Red...
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Adding Essential Oils
Soaking With Bubbles and Bath Salts
"If you want to make your bath time extra cosy, essentials oils, bath salts and candles are my go-to".
Luxe Feeling Products
Soft Candle Light
Stick On A Playlist
Sunday, 12 July 2020
Easy To Watch/Reality TV
When You Want To Laugh
Friday, 10 July 2020
- If a product is marked with a * it is a PR product, but was sent with no obligation to review. All links in this blog post are affiliate links. -
When Summer comes around, I tend to keep my lips simple; opting for a lightweight formula and easy to wear shade. This could come in the form of a lip plumping gloss, pink lip balm or a nude lipstick, so as I know a few of you would like to know what I'd been using, I thought I would share a handful of my current favourites with you.
First up is the Charlotte Tilbury The Duchess Lipstick* which is the perfect pink shade for everyday wear. It's moisturising formula sits comfortably on the lips and be easily topped up throughout the day. It's been a handbag favourite for a while and if you've tried it, you'd understand why.
Seeing as we've stayed inside for the last few months, I've been trying to focus on getting my skin in tip top condition and that included my lips. The Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Balm* is great as you apply it thinly so that it can get to work throughout the day or if you apply it a little thicker, you can use it like you would a lip mask. The cinnamon scent feels comforting to me in the Summer, whilst the balm to oil texture makes for a super nourishing feel.
Talking of hydrating, the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments are my absolute favourites for when I want to add a little colour to my makeup routine without going OTT. They have a variety of colours, but tulip is the shade I'm currently using as it's brighter than anything else I've tried from them as the fuchsia really stands out when the rest of my makeup is neutral.
Although I'm trying to experiment and use lipsticks again, the Glossier Balm Dot Com's can be worn on their own or underneath lipstick ready for application. I'm currently using the coconut and birthday offering, the latter is great if you want a twist on your normal lip balm. They're simple, but I quite like to just throw it in my handbag.
Lastly I've been using the Nars Good Times Velvet Lip Pencil* which has a nude hue that looks perfect with natural makeup. As it's in lip pencil form, it's easy to line your lips with and then fill it in with the same shade. Despite matte products being a little drying at times, I find that this not only has great staying power, but it also feels comfortable on the lips too.
What lipsticks have you been using lately?
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
"I've had great luck with the Chinese Money Plant and Mother In-Law's Tongue if you want to grow your houseplant collection. "
"I saw a difference in my plant growth as soon as I start using plant fertiliser. "
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Summer Baking | The weather is reaching the mid-thirties and the last thing you want to do is stress over whether or not your cake is going to rise, whilst already sweating from heat exhaustion. Baking in the Summer doesn't always have to be about the oven, make a delicious Eton Mess, homemade smoothie ice lollies or even just a simple lemon cheesecake.
Have A Film Night | When there's a break in the weather, it's feeling stormy and windy, I like to make the most of it by having traditionally cosy evenings in with the fairy lights twinkling, a mug of tea and my favourite TV show or film on. I know during Summer it can be disappointing not to always have the blazing sun, but making the most of the down days definitely helps me (not miss Autumn as much!).
Create A Fort | I've been utilising my washing line a lot recently and not just by getting the washing dried super quickly, but by making dens outside too. We're lucky that our garden gets the sun directly pretty much from noon until early evening, but that also means that we rely on outdoor shades for a bit of sun relief. It feels cosy when you pair it with a book and picnic. In the evening, you can even take it outside bundling lots of blankets to keep the chill off, lighting a citronella candle and playing some soft music to watch the stars.
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
I've kept the Nars Radiance Primer in my collection purely for this blog post when I finally decided to do it. Although it's too old now to use on my skin, it was once one of my favourites. It was lightweight and could be worn underneath a tinted moisturiser or medium coverage foundation for a glow boost perfect for perking up your skin.
Now onto a total throwback, Nars Sheer Glow Foundation*. I first reviewed this when I first start blogging and over the years, my opinion has changed on it. Back in the days when my skin was more on the oily side, I couldn't get enough of it as it offered great coverage and lasted all day. Nowadays, my complexion has changed quite a bit and although I think the Natural Radiant Longwear* pick is now more suited to my dry complexion, Sheer Glow will always be nostalgic to me. I personally struggle a little with Nars foundations as they tend to have pinker undertones to them, whereas I'm more neutral. That being said, the formulas are great, so if you're looking to try them definitely give it a sample before buying.
The Nars Radiant Concealer* has also been around for many years in my collection, I've gone through tubes of the stuff and it still remains one of my favourites. I'm currently using it all over my face; under my eyes, on my blemishes and any redness too. It's great if you like a concealer that has a lightweight formula, but medium coverage as this can be built up if you need, whilst still looking natural too.
Their other offering is the Soft Matte Complete Concealer, which is a quite different as it's in a pot meaning that you need to use either your finger or a sponge to apply. I prefer the latter for application as I find it gives a better finish. This is a great option if you enjoy using a lightweight foundation base, but you want to add a bit more coverage to certain areas.
Although I've no longer got the Nars Copacabana Ilumminator in my collection, I wanted to talk about it nevertheless as through 2016 into 2017 it was one of my go-to highlighters of choice. It added an iridescent sheen to the cheeks perfect for an added luminous look to your makeup.
I remember going into the shop to try their Laguna Bronzer* and I was underwhelmed as under the harsh shop lights, I felt like it was too dark and shimmery for my skin tone. Fast forward a couple of years and I got kindly sent it and I immediately kicked myself for not picking it up sooner. This bronzer is in my top three favourites now, the hue is perfect to lightly contour, whilst adding warmth the complexion - a great allrounder!
The other blushers I have by them is a Portofino The Multiple* which I think is a cream version of Orgasm or atleast it's similar, but despite not using it as much as I should do, it's perfect for hot Summer weather as it dries on the skin matte and sits comfortably. The other one is Dual Intensity Blusher* which is one I used to reach for all the time, but the vibrant pink isn't my colour anymore and I struggle to wear the shade on the left unless it's on the eyes.
There's many Nars discontinued products that people would say they want back, but mine has to be the Rigel Single Eyeshadow. I wouldn't mind it in highlighter form as well as this glowy shadow is a great one sweep wonder on the lids or it can easily be used as an eyebrow illuminator - I've even been known to dust it across my cheeks anyway. Their individual eyeshadows probably not get the hype they deserve because of the expensive price point, but from the colour I've swatched previously, they've got a great selection with the majority have lots of colour payoff.
Although I know there was a few people disappointed in the packaging of the Nars Mini Wanted Palette, but for me, it was what was inside that counts. They don't sell this anymore, but the warm toned eyeshadows make for the perfect smokey eye, but there's also natural tones inside that can be worn on a daily basis too.
The Nars Velvet Matte* and Satin Lip Pencils have been in my collection some time, I have the shades Lodhi, Cruella, Bahama and Good Times. It's the two latter shades I want to talk about first as they are the nudes that I own, Bahama being more of a mauve hue and Good Times being a classic peachy nude. They both are great for wearing on a daily basis, but it's Cruella, a vibrant red shade that I would recommend everyone checking out.
Then it's on to their lipsticks, the Audacious Anita* one being a long time favourite. It's a pink shade that goes with every outfit in every occasion, making it a handbag must have. I actually stopped using it, so that I didn't disrupt the Nars logo on the side of the lipstick being photographing this blog post, but it's a range of lipsticks that I don't believe get enough hype. I do have their Pigalle Lipstick* as well, but I personally don't reach for it at all which is a shame as it's a gorgeous colour, I just find the other lipsticks far more comfier to wear.
What are your favourite Nars products?
Friday, 26 June 2020
Summer is finally here! The sun is blazing and I've dug out my new season wardrobe to make the most of over the next few months. I've been pretty uninspired when it comes to the new-in sections, but I've slowly started saving my favourite pieces to share with you.
First up we have this ASOS Burgundy Broderie Dress which has gorgeous ruffle detailing around the top and skirt area. I feel like this could easily be transitioned into Autumn, but worn with a straw hat and sandals, I'd get a lot of wear out of it now.
I really struggle with finding tops to go with skirts throughout Summer, but I think this Mint Blue Buttoned Up Cardigan would be a great alternative to my usual black slogan tee. It'd go with a variety of my outfits as well as being a great throw on when it gets chillier in the evenings.
In fact, the colour mint and those pastel shades have been a common theme running through my wishlist. As we missed out on most of the joys of Spring, I feel like I'm incorporating those colours into my Summer wardrobe instead. Although I've recently bought a dress similar to this 70's style puffed sleeve dress, the lemon shade is drawing me in and I'm very tempted!
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
This was originally supposed to be a Spring favourites post, but as I've taken a little time away from my blog, I'm now sharing it as an Early Summer one instead. Today I am going to be specifically focusing on the books I've read, the apps I've been using and the homeware picks I've been loving as the past season has been full of homely comforts and great bakes!
I've made it my mission this year to read all the books that have just been sitting in my wishlist or on my bookshelf gathering dust. I started off by re-reading the ACOTAR series and I've enjoyed them even more the second time around. If you haven't read them, they follow a girl called Feyre and it includes everything magical and although it features another world (a great way to escape through a book) it also has a "human realm" so I feel like it's great if you don't want to delve into the fantasy genre head first. The next books I want to read are A Song Below Water and The Worst Best Man, two very different books, but they both look like ones I'd devour on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Two apps that I've been using daily is Planta and Grateful, the former being great for those who want to keep track of their houseplant watering and the latter is perfect for reflection on the day. I've been actively practicing gratefulness and mediation for the last four weeks and I found that the app is a simple, yet effective way on jotting it all down.
Although the weather at the moment is super warm, a couple of weeks back we were having daily rain showers and storms, which meant that I made the most of the cosy evenings and got into a proper evening routine. I've been enjoying fresh showers this Summer with the use of essential oils, but I've been using them in the bath paired with almond oil and bath salts for a relaxing soak.
Last up, I've been trying to update elements of my home or at least start to put mood boards together of the ideas I've been looking at. It's mostly small additional items or replacement pieces, but here's a wishlist of the kind of thing I've been looking at.
What are your current favourites?
Friday, 19 June 2020
I read The Flatshare towards the start of lockdown and really enjoyed how easy it was to get through. At the end of the day, before I go to sleep, I like reading a book that doesn't use a lot of brain power and this scratched the itch. It was a romantic story with loveable characters, but it still had a twist. I would say that Leon's half of the book was a little harder to get through, but all in all I would recommend it to anybody looking for a joyful, quick read.
Next up we have the A Court Of book series, which I've already read a couple of years back, but as I really enjoyed them the first time around, I thought now was a great time to re-read them. The second book, A Court of Mist and Fury is my favourite of the original trilogy and I would go as far to say that you should read the whole series purely for to get pleasure of reading it!
I've had The Couple Next Door on my bookshelf for the longest time, but always picked over books over it. That was until I had a hankering to read a thriller and this was the first one I reached for. Initially I struggled with it as although the plot got off to a great start, enticing me in, the whole book is written in third person, making it hard to get into the mind of the characters. That on top of the unnatural dialogue made it a book I wouldn't recommend, which is a shame as the storyline was pretty decent.
The book I'm currently reading is My Sister, The Serial Killer and from the get-go I was pretty shocked at how easy it was to read and I had to stop myself from devouring it all in one go. If you're looking for a page turner, then look no further as this is the book for you. I've not quite finished it set as I wanted to savour it for as long as I could, so I will give you a final update when I do, but so far I think it's fantastic!
Lastly we have Unnatural Causes, a book I've been lusting after since it got recommended to me because I enjoyed This Is Going To Hurt so much. It's in a similar vein as it's non-fiction, written like an autobiography, but isn't quite as quick and snappy as it's competitor. I'll have to get back to you on this one.
What books have you been reading lately?