Monday, 1 December 2014

Long time no see...

Well hasn't it been a while! I can't quite believe we are in December already and that I haven't posted since September. Having started sixth form and learning how to drive in September and then starting a new Saturday job in October I haven't really had a moment to think about writing a blog post! I have missed sitting down and writing posts but somehow Theology essays and French and Spanish vocab tests have taken over my life!

I'm hoping to post as much as I can over this month, I'm not going to say how much because I don't want to pressure myself, as blogging is one of my hobbies and as I still have two weeks of school left I could be pretty busy finishing off work and homework before the Christmas break. However I would like to post more often than I have over the last couple of months and throw in a few festive themed posts for good measure.

Of course now that December is here I am officially excited for Christmas. The songs, the decorations and the food are only some of the things I love about this time of year and knowing that there is a three week break from school around the corner does make me very happy! 

I'm just going to finish this post with a quote I saw today that really inspired me; 'You have one month to finish the book of 2014. Make the last chapter a perfect one'.

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Review || NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

There is no doubting that I have a bit of a thing for NARS face products and so it was only right that this little guy made his way into my makeup collection.

Being pale means that a lot of drugstore concealers are not light enough for me as they do not offer a very good colour range. However the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has an amazing shade range which goes light enough for even the palest of people like me. I was colour matched to the shade Chantilly which is the lightest shade available and it is a perfect match for me.

The formula of this product is really lovely. Not too thick meaning that is doesn't crease or become cakey under the eye but not to sheer that is doesn't cover blemishes, an all round winner. On really bad blemishes I find I have to do a few layers of it but in fairness that does lead to a more natural finish on the skin so it isn't a totally bad thing.

At £22 it isn't cheap but if you are prepared to splurge on a concealer then I would definitely recommend picking this up and since there is such a good shade range there should be a shade for everyone.

What is your favourite concealer?

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Why I'm Looking Forward To Winter

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It is now officially autumn meaning winter is just around the corner and I'm not going to lie I am pretty excited about it this year. So I thought I would put together some of the things I am most excited about for this year's winter months.

1. The Clothes
I am really looking forward to wrapping up in woolly jumpers, scarves and fluffy socks and I have to say I have missed wearing my winter coat. I have spent a lot of time recently looking on ASOS, Topshop and Zara at their new winter clothes and have seen a lot of really gorgeous items of clothing. And the fact that I can finally wear my winter boots means that I no longer have to worry about whether my toe nails are painted because they are going to be in boots and closed toe shoes for a while. Stress over.

2. Evenings in front of the fire
We recently had a fire place fitted in our living room and I can't wait to watch Christmas movies whilst drinking hot chocolate by the fire. 

3. Christmas
Do I really need to explain this one? The run up to Christmas is probably my favourite time of the year. Decorating the house, seeing Christmas lights in every town and being woken up by your radio alarm to hear Christmas songs is a pretty good way to start the day. And then there is Christmas itself. Do I need to say more?

4. The food
As much as I love summer barbecues nothing quite beats a Sunday roast for me, and although we have had a few over the summer I am really looking forward to them becoming a weekly thing again and enjoying Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes every week sounds like a good idea to me!

5. Saturday night TV is back
So Strictly Come Dancing started yesterday and X Factor started a few weeks back so it means we are officially on the run up to Christmas. This means that Saturday's will not be spent wondering what to watch in the evenings.

What do you love most about the winter months?

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Nail Wishlist

I have been a little bit obsessed with nail polish recently. Not just applying it often but also buying it. A haul will be coming later on in the week which will prove my new obsession to you all, however today I thought I would put together a little(ish) wishlist of some of the nail related things I really want to get my hands on.

This gorgeous Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Cleopatra in New York, is something I first spotted on Anna's Instagram quite a while ago now and I fell in love with how unique and pretty it is. I can't say I have ever seen a polish like this, black with gold flecks in it. I  think it would be the perfect A/W shade, and I would get a lot of use out of it particularly running up to Christmas!

The Essie Fall 2014 collection looks amazing and after having a look at it in store I regret not picking any of the shades up. The 5 pictured are the ones that I think I would wear, there is another shade that really didn't appeal to me. I love the shades at this time of year, dark, reds, blues and greens and this collection really fits that well. Some of these might be making their way into my Boots basket some time soon...

After talking to Emily on Twitter a couple of weeks back about nail polish top coats, she recommended the Nicole for O.P.I Nail Lacquer Treatment Quick Dry Top Coat. I am very impatient when it comes to waiting for my nail polish to dry so something with 'Quick Dry' in the name sounds very appealing to me and since I really need a new top coat this might be the next one I try. 

These House of Holland nails are amazing! There is something Kardashian-esque about the shape of these nails and as someone who spends far too much time watching them on TV I can at least have their nails right? There are a lot of amazing designs in the House of Holland nails collection but the Ghetto Gold design look like one of the most simple and perhaps wearable designs out of all of them.

Finally is another Anna inspired one, Nails Inc Porchester Square Gel Effect Polish. A very simple, natural-ish shade with a gel formula, what else is there to love? I am always chipping my nail polish so 1. if it has a slight gel formula it is less likely to chip and 2. it is so pale it probably wouldn't be too obvious if it did chip. An all round winner in my eyes.

What nail products are on your wishlist at the moment?

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Review || Indeed Labs Hydraluron Serum

I've mentioned quite a few times now on here that my skin is dry and dehydrated so I won't go on about that for too long and bore you however I will tell you about one of my current favourite skincare products. I really needed something to inject some hydration into my skin (not literally though!) so I looked around for some thing that would really pack a punch. Enter Hydraluron.

This serum from Indeed Labs contains hyaluronic acid which can hold up to 1000 times it's weight in water, pretty impressive really, increasing the hydration levels of you skin. This seems like the perfect product for dehydrated skin or for someone who wants to make their skin look more plump, healthy and glowing.

Each time I use it I use about a pea-sized amount for my whole face and neck and generally this is enough. However since it absorbs really quickly into my skin there isn't a lot of blending time so you have to act fast. I don't really like the texture on my skin after it has been absorbed, its not something I can describe, it's just a little weird, but once I have applied my moisturiser it goes away, so it is really a very minor part I dislike.

In terms of the actual hydrating factor of it I really think it has helped my skin. The first time I used it I woke up in the morning with really glowing skin, which I haven't had before and my skin felt really smooth and full of hydration. After using it every night for a week I realized that I could probably just use it every other night, which has been working really well for me.

The only major downside for it is the price. It is relatively cheap compared to a lot of serums but at £24.99 it isn't cheap.  I think if you don't mind spending that much money on a serum it is definitely worth picking up.

Have you tried this product before?

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Monday, 8 September 2014

NOTD: Essie Stylenomics

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I have wanted a dark green nail polish for about two years now and every one I have found has had a bit of a metallic look to them, which I didn't want. I had almost given up my search until I came across this one from Essie, Stylenomics. This is exactly what I was looking for, a solid, non-metallic dark green, it basically ticked all of the boxes.

This is a really good Autumn/Winter shade and is also a great time saver in terms of nail painting goes as it is a one coat job, only two is you apply the first coat very lightly. Even with one coat it is very dark, almost a black green and in some lights it is definitely green, others it is more black.

Have you tried this colour before?

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Eye Makeup Remover Round-up

In terms of finding a decent eye makeup remover, it isn't exactly easy. They all claim to remove even waterproof mascara when in reality you will be left with pretty much the same amount of makeup on your eye as you started with. So I thought I would put together a little round-up of some of the eye makeup removers that I have been using recently.

If you don't wear heavy or waterproof makeup...this one from the Waitrose Pure range will be perfect for you. I have never come across this range before so I got it on a bit of a whim and I was pleasantly surprised. It is very gentle on the eye and doesn't sting and removes light or non waterproof makeup really well. Since it is fragrance free and natural it is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin and it is only £1.99 for 200ml of product, bargain!

If you want one that can remove your whole face of makeup...The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is the on to go for. This is probably the most luxurious one of the lot since you have to gently massage it into your skin so it can break down your makeup and it feels very nourishing on the skin and not drying at all. Since it is oil based it can remove waterproof makeup but it doesn't leave an oily film on the skin once rinsed off with water.

If you need something to remove waterproof makeup...The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover is the way to go. I first heard of this one through a review on Lily Pebbles' Blog. She compared it to the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover, which is one I had my eye on getting but the £18 price tag put me off whereas The Body Shop one is only £8 which is much more reasonable. It is one of those products that is a bi-phase formula which are typically really good for waterproof mascara removal because of the oil in it and this one if no different. 

Have you got any other recommendations for eye makeup removers? 

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