Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Weekly Wishlist: Fitness

Fitness has become a bigger part of my life in recent months. I was one of the many who promised to hit the gum more frequently in order to be a little healthier in the new year, and I am proud to say that I have done pretty well so far. HI have only had one week off (half term) due to having a migraine on and off for a few days and working more than usual, and other than that I have stuck to my plan and I am now 8 weeks in. So I think I can treat myself at this point to some new workout clothes because, as much as I love my Primark ones, I feel like I can justify spending a little more now that I know I will use them. Let's start from the top left and work clockwise.

For my birthday I received a Sweaty Betty voucher from my grandparents and I still haven't spent it. So after browsing their website I found this Sirsha 2 in 1 Vest which could potentially add some colour to my currently all black wardrobe drawer of workout clothes. It is on the pricier side at £60 but it does say that the two tops are detachable so technically you are getting 2 tops there for £60 rather than just one, so it is slightly more justifiable.

Another thing from Sweaty Betty are these Tessellate Luxe Leggings which I think would be quite a cool statement for a usually boring workout outfit. They also look really comfy and they have a waistband which you can turn down and it's bright yellow, another way to infuse a bit of colour into your look.

Since Missguided launched their Active range I have been dying to get my hands on some of their stuff because everything looks so pretty and it is so affordable. These Active Double Layer Gym Shorts in Mint would be perfect for the summer months when it is hopefully a little warmer and I don't want to be wearing workout leggings and although they are relatively simple shorts, they have a mint green under layer which is one of my favourite colours, so these might have to be mine soon!

I really should get a running jacket, not because I am planning to go running in the rain or the cold, but because in the winter when it is really cold, it is really bad for your muscles to go from being really warm to suddenly being cold outside, and this H&M Running Jacket looks perfect to try and prevent that from happening. Hoodies are fine but I would really love something a little more breathable for after a tough workout. This also has a handy little pocket which would be perfect for putting my car keys in so that I don't leave them somewhere during my workout.

Another Missguided choice, the Active Contrast Panel Cropped Gym Leggings in Mint. I love how these are so simple but have a small amount of the mint green in the panels at the side of the leg. These also look super comfy which is exactly what I look for in workout clothes.

Next up is something from the Victoria's Secret's sport range, the Knockout Low-Rise Tight. Another pretty basic pair of leggings with a few side panels of a multicoloured pattern to liven up the monochrome.

Finally on this wishlist is the LEXIE SPORT Anita Leggings. After Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup raved about Fashercise I decided to check it out and there were a lot of really pretty things on there, but one of my favourite items were these leggings, I think because of their amazing pattern and that they are son unique.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Where are your favourite places to buy workout clothes from?


Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites 2015

It's favourites time again and before I go into that, how is it already March? February happened so fast that I can't quite believe we are going into the third month of 2015! This has been quite a busy month and I don't feel like I have had much time to stop with school and having a Saturday job. Blog posts were being put up at random times, unlike in January when I kind of had a schedule, but I just about managed to get all of the posts I had planned up and hopefully this month I can be a bit more organised! Now I will stop rambling and get on with the favourites. 

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation has been a part of my collection for ages, so much so that I still have the old packaging. I stopped using it a while back and I completely forgot about it until this month when I used it when I was getting ready one morning. I forgot what a great foundation this is. It has a medium coverage, so your skin looks perfected but you can still see things like freckles through it, so it still looks like your skin and the finish is a dewy finish, but without making you look oily. What I especially love about it is that it is a relatively quick foundation to apply as it blends into the skin really easily, which is great for when you need to get to school or work (I either use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or the Sephora Multitasker Brush to do this, depending on which one I want to use that day). It also never looks cakey on my skin and looks quite skin like, which is an essential in a foundation for me.

For setting all of my makeup into place I have really like using the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I have a love-hate relationship with this powder, since it is quite mattifying, and usually I prefer a dewier finish to the skin. But recently my skin has been a little oiler come the afternoon so a more mattifying powder is necessary to avoid too much shine. If you apply this with a light hand it isn't too heavy or matte looking on the skin and still allows a little sheen to the skin, making it look a little healthier.

I have been reaching for my MAC palette more than ever this month, especially the shades Satin Taupe, Woodwinked, Sable and Sketch. Although I have used the other shades, these have been my most used this month. My favourite of them all would have to be Satin Taupe because it has such a creamy, buttery texture so it is easy to apply and blend and I love wearing this on its own all over the lid for a simple and quick I look. MAC shadows are definitely worth the splurge and once my pallet is full I will make sure to do a palette tour.

The new Benefit mascara, Roller Lash, has been quite popular within the beauty blogger community and the majority of people have really like it, and I am one of those people. It helps to add length, curl and volume to the lashes and it also separates them, no clumping involved. But what I like most about this is that it doesn't fall off of my lashes during the day and set up camp under my lower lash line like most mascaras do. I will definitely be picking up the full sized version of this very soon.

Finally for this month is the GOSH Foundation Brush which I have been reaching for when I am concealing spots. It is one of the only ways recently that I have managed to successfully cover blemishes. I think this is due to the fact that it makes patting product in that bit easier, as for some reason me and blending product with my fingers doesn't quite work, I am always left with unblended areas.

I hope you enjoyed this post, what products have you been loving recently?


Saturday, 28 February 2015

Review || Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

Review || Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

This Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser was actually a 'gift' from my granny. I say 'gift' because she didn't really buy it for me, it was more like she accidentally bought it thinking it was something else, so she gave it me knowing I would probably give it a good home. I must admit I was very excited to try it as Clarins usually have really good products, I for one love their Self Tanning Instant Gel, so I was more than happy to take it off her hands. 

So let's talk about the product itself first. I originally thought that this product would smell of oranges, since it contains orange extract, a little like the Origins GinZing moisturiser, but it doesn't at all, for me at least. It does have a smell, but I can't quite put my finger to it what that is. In terms of the texture, it is simply a gritty cleanser, the gritty part being what exfoliates the skin and what I especially like about it is that it isn't too harsh feeling on the skin, like some exfoliators are. 

As I said I was very excited to try this product, but unfortunately I don't think it works for my skin. Although I'm not 100% certain that it is the culprit for some of my recent breakouts (some may be hormonal, others related to what I have been eating) I think it has played a part. I seem to get a few small spots around the area that I have used this product the day after use. Although they are usually only small and are barely visible with a dab of concealer, it isn't exactly what I want in a skincare product.

On a more positive note, it does do a good job of exfoliating my skin and getting rid of the dead skin cells. And as I mentioned earlier, it isn't too harsh so it could be used two or three times a week.

So although I am a little disappointed by this, I will continue to use it occasionally to see if it is one of the culprits for my spots and since it is the only exfoliator I own at the moment, I kind of have to use it if I don't want to have dry and flaky skin!


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Some Essie Polishes For This Spring/Summer

Essie Polishes For This Spring/Summer

If I could only use one brand of nail polishes for the rest of my life it would be an easy choice, Essie. If I go shopping the chances of me coming back with one five Essie nail polishes is pretty high! I love their formula, colour range and also lasting power so I thought I would have a look through my growing collection to see which colours would be perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months.

First up is the shade 'Go Ginza' which is a beautiful cherry blossom pink which is almost a pale lilac colour. It is a very simple, understated polish which would look amazing for the spring time when everyone is wearing pastels and pale colours.

Another purple colour, 'Play Date', a brighter colour than 'Go Ginza' but not neon or overly bright. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this throughout the summer since it is will add a nice amount of summer colour to any outfit, which even in the summer, my outfits are usually not very colourful.

For a really classic and simple nail look or for when I want something really subtle I would have to use 'Mademoiselle'. This is one of those all year round colours as it is such a classic shade and I think this would be especially gorgeous during the spring months. It is also one of those shades that isn't too noticeable if it chips which is a bonus for me as I can never be bother to repaint my nails as soon as one chips!

'Fifth Avenue' is the perfect orange-red shade that I think is a more wearable way of wearing a red polish as it isn't so intense. Another bright shade to brighten up rainy summer days (that is, if you live in a country like England where is rains all year round).

'Bikini So Teeny' is possible one of the most well know Essie nail polishes and rightly so. It is a beautiful cornflower blue with a small amount of shimmer/glitter. This was one of my favourite colours last summer and I'm sure I will be wearing it a lot again this summer.

'Mint Candy Apple' is another one of the cult colours in the beauty blogger world and again I can see why. It the perfect mix of mint green and pale blue, so it is relatively unique in comparison to many other similar shades available. Another great offering for the spring months as it goes along with the classic pastel colours associated with this time of the year.

Finally 'Cute as a Button', which is probably one of the brightest Essie shades I own. This isn't necessarily an original or unique shade, but it is perfect for the summer. It is a pinky-coral colour that I would personally wear a lot on a summer beach or pool holiday.

What nail polish colours do you love for the Spring and Summer months?


Sunday, 22 February 2015

The Five Product Face

You know the mornings where it is a toss up between an extra 5 minutes in bed or having nice makeup? Well those mornings are quite often for me with the early mornings for school and work and normally the latter loses and I hit the snooze button. However sometimes I still want to look as if I have made an effort, so for me it is really important that I have a super fast makeup routine which is as minimal as possible. Enter the Five Product Face. This is basically a super condensed version of my Everyday Makeup Routine, so therefore a lot quicker.

The first product I use is concealer, and as much as I love my No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer, it doesn't cover redness or spots so I typically would go for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in a rush. It has the perfect consistency for spots and under the eyes and has amazing coverage.

Next up is bronzer since I am very pale, even more so at this time of the year, and my skin is naturally a little bit red/pink on my cheeks so bronzer is more important for me. Of course I am going to use the NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna to add some warmth and colour to my skin.

One of the steps that I don't like to miss is my brows. I fill them in with a dark brown powder from an old Rimmel palette which helps to add definition and colour to my very fair brows. I don't bother to set them as they are normally relatively good at staying in place after just brushing them through with a spoolie.

The penultimate step is mascara, another thing I don't like to skip. As I have very fair lashes naturally I like to make sure that I have a good coating of mascara on my lashes. Recently I have been using the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and I have really liked it. It adds length, volume, it separates my lashes and the best thing is it doesn't fall off of my lashes half way through the day and leave a black mark underneath my lower lash line. So far so good.

Finally a lip product and for a really quick makeup look, I love using the Nivea Pearly Shine Lip Balm. This adds a subtle sheen to the lips which can be built up to more of an intense shine and the colour is a really pretty pinky nude.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what five products I would apply in a rush. What would you use if you needed a speedy makeup look? 


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Weekly Wishlist: Clothing

Since I'm going shopping tomorrow I thought I would put together a little wishlist of some of the things that I have been wanting recently.
First of all skirts. I really want to get some more skirts as I love wearing them but I don't have many of them. The River Island White Textured A-Line Skirt would be perfect for school whereas the Topshop Scallop Lace Pencil Skirt would be better for night time, especially with a crop top and some heels. 

There is no denying it, I am obsessed with stripes so it is only right that something stripy is featured in this Wishlist. The River Island Cream Stripe Ribbed Racer Crop Top would be perfect for the warmer weather.

The black backpack is the Topshop Soft Perforated Backpack and is exactly what I have been looking for. Last year I really wanted a backpack for travel and general use and I wanted a black, 'leather' one, but most of the ones that I liked were £100 or more. This one is a lot more affordable at £36.

I love wearing heels, and especially love chunky heels because they tend to be more comfortable, or at least more comfortable than a lot of heeled shoes! These Topshop LILITH Suede Chunky Sandals look like they would be relatively comfortable and would go with summer dresses, skirts and shorts. 

Jewellery wise I really like the Accessorize Aura Precious Stone Ring and the Layered Bar and Coin Pendant Necklace. The ring looks cute and dainty and it would add a small pop of colour to my usual monochrome outfits. I also really like simple gold necklaces as they aren't too bold and go with most outfits. 

I hope you enjoyed this wishlist. What do you want to buy at the moment?


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Review || Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner

The Kylie Jenner lip look thing has been pretty big over the last year or so and unless you have been living under a rock you will have seen it all over your social media, other blogs and the many tutorials on YouTube. I personally love to watch these tutorials as I really like her makeup looks so it only follows that I would go out and buy a product that would help me to try and recreate her look. Now I will admit, I am a little late on the bandwagon for this one but the truth is I could never get my hands on the real deal. According to several sources, her sister Kim included, the MAC Soar Lip Pencil is the product Kylie uses to create her fuller lip look, and whenever I went into a MAC store they were so busy I didn't have the energy to battle through the crowds around the lipstick counter, and to be honest it seemed to be out of stock almost everywhere because of the obsession with her look. So I was on the hunt for an alternative. Enter the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob .

I first heard about this product through Amelia Liana and when she compared it to one of her favourite products, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, I knew I had to try it. She always raves about the Lip Cheat, so I thought that the Rimmel one had to be good.

So in terms of what this product is like, it is pretty amazing. I don't know how it compares to the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat as I haven't tried it but I can say that this is a really good lip liner, especially since it is only £3.99. It lasts forever as it has a matte finish so even after food and drink it still looks perfect and therefore doesn't need re-doing after every meal, great for us lazy girls.

The colour is a beautiful pink, that is just slightly darker than my natural lip colour, which is perfect for enhancing my lips and making them look fuller, à la Kylie Jenner.

Over all for £3.99 this product is definitely worth picking up. Have you got any other lip liner recommendations? 


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