Friday, 3 July 2015

Summer Makeup

Summer Makeup

With the very hot weather we have been having recently here in the UK my makeup wearing has been kept to a minimum. Any heavy makeup would just melt off of my face, which is never a good look, so my makeup has to be lightweight and very simple. With that in mind I thought that today I could tell you about some of my favourite products to wear if I really feel like wearing makeup on a hot summers day.

Summer Makeup
In this summer weather foundation and even tinted moisturisers can be too heavy so I have liked to just conceal under my eyes and then move onto the rest of my makeup. For concealer I have been using the No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer as it is really lightweight and doesn't crease under my eyes or melt off of my face. Powder is very important for me in this weather as I don't want to look like a greasy mess, however I also don't want to look completely matte. The perfect powder for this is the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder as it gets rid of any oil without flattening your skin and making it appear really matte. I also like to add a bit of blush and bronzer just to make my complexion appear more healthy. I really like using the NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna and the Bourjois Cream Blush in Rose Tender

For eyes I love using cream products in the summer months and two of my favourites are the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Birthday Suit and the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock. Both of these shades are perfect for both day and night and can be worn alone or with each other to create a gorgeous shimmery look. I don't have a waterproof mascara at the moment so any suggestions would be very useful.

For brows I am still following my usually routine but if I am having a very minimal makeup day then the Maybelline Brow Drama as it adds a little bit of colour to the brows and sets them in place.

Finally for lips, two of my favourites are the Bourjois Colour Boost in Peach on the Beach and the Maybelline Colour Sensational Shine Gloss in Glorious Grapefruit. Both peachy pinks and both glossy so perfect for the warmer weather.

What are your favourite products for the summer?


Thursday, 2 July 2015

NOTD: Essie Go Ginza

Essie Go Ginza

Ahh, another Essie NOTD, surprise, surprise... After finally getting around to redoing my very chipped nails I decided to use another one of my Essie polishes because, you know, it has been a while! I decided on Go Ginza as the summer weather has been here recently in the UK and it is one of the more summery colours that I have from Essie.

Essie Go Ginza
Go Ginza is a gorgeous pinky-lilac shade that I wasn't sure would suit me, however after I applied the first coat I decided that, actually I did like the colour. I even think that this might be my favourite Essie shade that I own and I know that I will get a lot of wear out of this over the next few months.

Essie Go Ginza

Like many of the other Essie shades that I own, the colour hasn't chipped yet and I have had this on for 3 or 4 days now, which for me is pretty good.

Have you got this shade from Essie? What other Essie shades do you love for this time of the year?


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

June Favourites 2015

Another month has been and gone and now we are officially half way through the year (scary). This coming month I am *planning* to post every weekday. Whether I can keep up with this or not is another matter, but I would like to at least try to post more often than I currently do. Anyway, onto the favourites for the month of June.

This is an old favourite of mine that was also one of the first products I reviewed on my blog. I am a big fan of dewy skin, especially during the summer, but I do like to set everything into place with some form of setting powder. There are a few other powders I do like to use but the Bourjois one is definitely my favourite. It sets everything and gets rid of the look of oily skin without removing all of the dewiness that some bases give. Definitely worth trying if you, like me, like a glowing finish to the skin but don't want to look oily.

After finally getting a chance to visit a Space NK store to spend my gift voucher I faced the difficult decision of what to buy with it (first world problems or what!). I decided to give the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock a go and I am so glad that I did. I wore it to prom last week and it lasted the whole evening without smudging, creasing or fading. The colour is a gorgeous purpley-bronzey-neutral colour but looks different on different people and in different lights. It can be worn alone or with other shadows, for example the next favourite, so it is very versatile.

I have had this for ages (so long that I still have the old packaging!!). It is a gorgeous product that can be used as a base product or on its own for a really simple eye look. It also lasts really well and is creaseless which is especially great in the hot weather. The colour is perfect for everyday and has a beautiful shimmery finish which I love. Definitely need to pick up some more shades of this.

I love nude lip colours but recently I have liked wearing more of a pink shade as it is a little bit more summery. The Topshop Lipstick in Pillow Talk is the perfect way for someone who doesn't wear much colour on the lips to branch slightly out of their comfort zones. It has a velvet finish so the pigmentation can be reduced, but can also be intensified by adding more layers. For me this is the perfect summer lipstick.

My T-Zone has become slightly oilier recently and my usually moisturiser was too heavy for my oilier skin. I dusted off my Gin Zing moisturiser as it is oil-free. Within a few days of using it my skin had cleared up a bit on my forehead (less spots and less oily) and it felt a lot healthier. I also love how luxurious  it feels on the skin and the smell is an orange scent, which is lovely and summery.  

I used this sunscreen last year whilst I was in Italy and when I was in California and I didn't burn once, which proves it is a good sunscreen as I am as pale as a ghost. What I like most about this is that it is an all day sun lotion so you don't have to worry about forgetting to reapply it and then burning and it isn't a thick product like many other all-day sun creams. It isn't sticky or difficult to blend into the skin so I don't mind applying it in the morning.

What were your favourites from this month?


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Weekly Wishlist: Beauty Edition

I haven't done a Weekly Wishlist for quite a while now so I thought that today I could let you see what products are at the top of my wishlist (also known as, next time I go shopping some of these might be coming home with me).

Firstly the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion sounds like a great summer product. From what I have heard it is a relatively quick and easy way to get a bit of a summer glow which is essential for me to save me from looking like a ghost. The Max Factor Creme Puff Blush looks like a good alternative to the highly raved about Hourglass blushes. I haven't tried the Hourglass blushes but I think I would want to try these first before I splash out on the Hourglass version. After watching many of Hello October's tutorials I think I need to pick up the Collection Fast Stroke Liner as I have loved doing a cat eye recently and she makes it look very easy with this product. And it is only £2.99, bargain. With summer weather being promised this week SPF will be an essential and incorporating it into your skincare routine is a very easy way to ensure your skin is protected from the sun's harmful rays. The Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Defence has SPF 50 which is pretty high for a moisturiser and I have heard that it isn't too heavy on the skin like some SPF products. The Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo has been on my wishlist for so long. It is a shampoo that is meant to detox your hair and remove any left over products or pollutants that you don't want in your hair. Sounds like a good way to make your hair look and feel healthier. My skin is usually pretty clear but from time to time it is troublesome and it looks dehydrated and there are a few spots on my forehead. Sometimes I need to use a clay mask in order to help clear my pores and help my skin feel really clean but for the most part clay masks are very stripping and drying. The Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask promises to help clear the skin whilst at the same time hydrating it to help it look more dewy and radiant. Sounds like it might be worth the splurge. Finally the Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick is something I would really like to try. I feel like anyone who loves makeup should have at least one Chanel lipstick in their life and since I currently do not own a Chanel lipstick, I think I need to make a purchase of one soon! Any shade recommendation would be very useful!

What things are currently on your wishlist?


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Review || Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush

The Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Iced Lotus has been a favourite of mine ever since I got it and I have mentioned it many times over here in favourites and makeup look posts. It only occurred to me the other day that I hadn't actually dedicated an entire post to reviewing this blush before, so that is what I am going to do today.

Firstly the packaging is gorgeous (although mine is a little different as I think it was a sample in one of Clinique's goody bags that you get when you spend over a certain amount). But both mine and the actual packaging is mirrored and looks very sleek. It also has a decent sized mirror on the inside, which is great for checking your makeup and for when you apply it originally. The full sized version also comes with a brush and from experience these brushes are really soft and pretty good considering they are a brush that comes with a product.

The product itself is so buttery that it is really pigmented and easy to apply and blend into the skin to add a flushed appearance to the skin. The colour I have, Iced Lotus is a gorgeous blue pink with a hint of shimmer, but nothing to glittery that you look too disco glitter ball! The pigmentation is so amazing that you really don't need a lot of product to have a blushed look to the cheeks, meaning that this product should last for ages.

My only criticism of this product is that because the powder is so buttery it is very fragile. I have two of these (the other one is in the shade Smouldering Plum and is a small sample size) and both of them have broken in some shape of form. So even though this is one of my favourite blush products I don't take it with me on holiday if I am travelling by plane because I don't want to risk breaking them any more!

Overall I think this is an amazing product and there is a wide variety of colours from pinks to corals to plums shades, so there should be a shade for everyone.

Have you ever tried this blush before? What did you think of it?


Sunday, 21 June 2015

How to Avoid Overpacking

Image source. Edited by me

Firstly, before we begin I am a major overpacker and any family or friends reading this will probably be laughing and thinking I should take a leaf out of my own book blog but I have done my research and I am hoping to put these things into practise over the summer months. 

Over packing is really easy and so many people do it. I am one of those people who is a 'what if I need insert name of clothing, makeup item, furniture etc etc. I am also one of those people who will buy new clothes for their holiday, buy way to many for the 5 day trip I am taking and then feel I have to take everything with me otherwise I might regret it later, only me? So after thinking about this and researching I have found a few tips to help us avoid overpacking.

Plan, plan, plan
Write lists, and refer to things like the weather forecast so that you don't take unnecessary clothing with you. If the whole time you are away it is going to be sunny and 30 degrees I don't think you need to pack your winter jumpers and fluffy socks. Equally if it is going to be snowing and -10 degrees don't pack your summer clothes, just in case there is suddenly a heatwave. If you do you will only result in having to pay extra for your overweight bag.

Take multi-purpose products
This is especially useful if you are taking carry-on only as you can only take a certain amount of toiletries with you in your carry-on bag. Products I think are great for this are cream blushes. They can be used on your cheeks and your lips and come in one tiny little pot. Also think about what you will be doing when you are on holiday. If you are going on a beach or pool holiday and plan to spend your days relaxing in the sun you are probably not going to need much makeup, especially not your heaviest coverage foundation, so instead take something like a tinted moisturiser which you could apply an extra layer of over any blemishes. Only take products your either will need or already use on an everyday basis (so put down that 5th black eyeliner, you don't need it!)

Pack clothing you love to wear and that is versatile
This way you know you will wear it and that you like to wear it and if it is versatile you can mix and match it throughout your stay. Stick to a colour scheme (mine is usually monochrome) as then you know most things will look good with the rest of the the things you pack. For example the kimono that looks great as a cover up at the beach but also looks amazing with that dress you want to wear to dinner, pack it as you can get multiple uses out of it and it won't take up too much room.

Pack in Advance
Last minute packing usually results in you throwing everything into your bag and getting to your destination and realising that nothing goes together and you have packed for the wrong climate. You will take too much stuff that if you had planned in advance wouldn't be with you on your trip. Leave yourself plenty of time to be able to plan and be able to narrow your choices down, otherwise you will have to sit on your bag to shut it,

I hope this post is useful. How do you avoid over packing?


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Things I Want To Do This Summer

Since summer should be here right now, although as I type this I am wrapped up in a winter jumper looking out at a very grey and cloudy day, I thought it would be nice to write about some of the things I would like to do this summer. It is about 3 or 4 weeks until I am officially on my summer break and I am very excited for a summer of relaxing, blogging, seeing my friends and a little bit of travel thrown in for good measure. There are a few things I would love to do over the summer months and today I thought I would share some of them with you.

Image source. Edited by me.

Go to Brighton
After seeing Brighton in vlogs and on blogs like Hello October I would really love to spend a day in Brighton. I live about an hour and a half away from the beach town so it won't be too much of a trek to get down there and on a sunny day I can imagine it would be lovely to stroll down the Lanes and visit the pier. I might also need to try some of the doughnuts from the pier as they look amazing!

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This summer I have two trips planned and I am very excited for both of them. Firstly Amsterdam and then Spain. Both are with my family and I am equally excited for both of them. I have never been to Amsterdam before and am keen to visit some iconic places like Anne Frank's house and maybe go on a canal trip (I have a few blog posts planned for after my trip, something a little like my Californian one from last year). I am also looking forward to going to Spain as I have been most years for the past 7 or 8 years and since I am currently studying Spanish it might be useful to practice speaking the language while I'm out there!

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I love reading and so far this year I have managed a book a month, but over the summer I would like to read more. I don't have a set goal but I do I have quite a lot of books at home waiting to be read. I really want to read the rest of the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella as I absolutely adore those books (or anything by her for that matter) and I would also love to read the Lindsey Kelk I Heart series, as I have heard some pretty good things about them. Can you spot a common theme with the types of books I like to read?!

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Visit new places
Now that both me and my best friend are able to drive I would love to visit more places nearer to wear we live that I have never really been to before. I am not sure where exactly yet, but I don't think travelling to other countries is the only way to discover new things and visit new places. And it should be slightly cheaper than going on a holiday abroad which requires going on a plane and booking hotels! 

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So far this year I have been a lot more organised with my blog and more motivated to write than I have in previous years. This summer I would love to spend more time writing posts, learning how to use my camera and improve my photography. I also plan to have a new post up every weekday (5 posts a week, am I mad?!). It will be hard work but I really want to try and post more regularly throughout July and August.

So there are some of the things I want to do this summer. What are some of the things you would like to do?


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