Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July Favourites

I don't have many favourites this month because I've been trying to keep my spending down and because I've been on holiday and it's been hot weather it's meant that I haven't been wearing as much makeup. However I have got a few little gems to show you.

La Roche Posay SPF is one of the best I've tried, most importantly it has an SPF of 50+ which is so important as this is the main reason I'm wearing this. It has a slight tacky texture when first applied but after being left a minute or two I can barely tell I have it on. I also haven't noticed a change in how long my makeup stays on which is important as I wouldn't be impressed with that!

I've got a slight tan now so I've had to use a different concealer to my usual Collection concealer so I've found my Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer and I've realised how good it is. It has a beautiful thick, creamy texture that blends well with my Real Techniques foundation brush. I wish it matched my skin when I was paler as it's great to cover up spots.

I've been wearing more eyeshadow this past month so the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion has been essential for me, it prevents creases (which are all too regular with me) I also find that my eyeshadow stays a lot longer on my lids with this too.

Every girl is on the hunt for that 'perfect' foundation and I think I'm getting pretty close with Benefit's Hello Flawless. I will admit that this was more than I usually spend on a foundation so it should be good but I've managed to get a near perfect match for my skin tone, it blends in so I can hardly tell it's there but my skin does look flawless and with a slight dusting of powder on my t-zone I have a lovely dewy finish on my face.

Lastly is my Kindle, I've had this for a few years and I don't use it enough, I haven't been reading much this year because of uni but I've got back into it this past month and the kindle is great. I do love a book, the feel and the smell, yeah I love the smell of books but the kindle is a good alternative, that small, bag-sized item can hold a lot of books. Sometimes I get bored of one book and like to start another and flick between the two and the kindle is perfect for this with another book only being a touch away! At the moment I'm reading Bridget Jones's Diary: The Edge of Reason as well as Divergent. I'm off to London at the weekend for my birthday so I will be reading both of these on the train. Last time I went I forgot headphones and had nothing to read so I have to download a book on my phone which I finished on the journey back.

What has been in your July Favourites?

Monday, 28 July 2014

A Little Purchase on the Plane

I love having a little look on the plane at what products they are selling in the little booklet and nothing really interested me until I spotted the Stila In The Light palette. I said to my boyfriend "oooh I really like this" hoping he would confirm my feelings and say "get it, you're on holiday, treat yourself!" but as I knew he would say he told me I already had enough makeup so I tried to forget about it and concentrated on not panicking when we started to take off.  

Then one of the stewardesses announced that they would be coming round with all the duty free products and I was back into the tempted zone. I obviously ended up getting it, I told myself that it was cheaper than I could get it and I'd never really seen it in the shops around where I live but I had seen a few mentions of it on Youtube and it has the most gorgeous colours so I couldn't resist. I even did the maths of how much each shadow cost - £2 each with a free eye liner and I thought this seemed pretty cheap so out came my card and a little box was handed to me.

I couldn't resist opening it on the plane to see my beautiful new palette and had to stop myself swatching all the shadows so I would't get too many funny looks. I couldn't wait to try it out that night when we went out for a meal and I can confirm that the shadows are amazing, I find them really buttery and lovely to work with, there is even a little booklet with the palette giving mini tutorials for different looks.

I also love the Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner that is included in the palette, it's in the shade Damsel which is a dark brown. This is very waterproof, it takes a lot of effort to get this off your eyes and lasted all day in the sun including going in the pool (I only did this one day as I wanted to see how long it would last).

Have you ever been tempted to buy anything on the plane? Have you tried the Stila In The Light palette?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Holiday Reading

Before exams came into my life I used to read all the time but I find after doing loads of reading for uni I never want to read for enjoyment. However I can settle back into my old reading ways when I'm on holiday. I received both of these books for Christmas and it took me seven months for me to get round to reading them (and only six days to read them)

I would recommend both of these books to someone going on holiday but they are good books that I think most women would enjoy reading anytime, they are easy reads which is why I think they're perfect for when you're relaxing by the pool and they are relatively small so don't take up too much room.

I knew what would happen in Bridget Jones's Diary because I've seen the films, who hasn't? But like in any book-to-film there were a few differences, nothing massive but I did find it funny when Bridget was talking about Colin Firth, I'm sure people will know which part I mean if you have read the book. I wasn't sure if I would like how this was written as it is a diary as sometimes that can get really annoying but I was hooked straight away, at the start of each day she notes her weight and what she has eaten as well as a few other details, this sounds boring but it was something I never missed to read.

My mum bought me Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts for Christmas and I've come back telling her she has to read it too. I'm not a dog person so I wasn't sure how I would feel about this but it turns out that the main protagonist Rachel thinks she isn't a dog person either. I like this book as it's from three different people's perspectives, it's slightly like Love Actually where they all end up interlinking. I even made my boyfriend wait before we went to tea because I really wanted to read an exciting part and I wouldn't let us leave the beach a few times because I was so hooked on the book.

I managed to chose two really good books for on holiday and I couldn't tell you which one I preferred, I even had that feeling that when I wasn't reading the book I wanted to get back to it (I hope that's not just me that gets this feeling)

What are your holiday reads?

Friday, 25 July 2014

Things I learnt on Holiday

1. Not taking my DSLR was the worst idea I've ever had. Before I went on holiday I thought that I wouldn't use it and it was too big to take on holiday, I was so wrong, I saw loads of people who had cameras similar to mine and by the end of the holiday everytime I saw someone with a Canon camera I got so annoyed with myself because I could have taken so many beautiful pictures of Parga. I managed to get some half decent photos which you can see here

2. I can't cope without the internet. I was thinking I would have a holiday where the only time I would use my phone would be to take pictures and listen to music, as soon as we got to the hotel I was desperate for the wifi password to check up on Twitter and Facebook then I ended up getting blogging withdrawls so I got onto Bloglovin' and caught up on everything. There wasn't a day that went by without me going on the internet although I did feel better when I saw other people by the pool on their phones.

3. I'm not very popular. After having airplane mode on my phone throughout the holiday I was sure I would have a load of texts waiting for me when I turned airplaine mode off, however I had one text off my mum checking to see if we had landed. Well didn't I feel loved. My excuse for this is that I had told (bragged to) everyone I knew that I was going on holiday so no one would bother to text as I wouldn't reply (this is what I'm hoping anyway)

4. I'm quite good with money. This isn't something I ever thought I would say, I love to spend - however there weren't any Boots in Greece so no makeup was purchased. I put myself in control of the money, I knew one of us had to, I found it worked quite well to divide up the money into how many days we had and then made sure most days we spent under that amount (are you following this) it obviously worked out quite well because we came back with 6 Euros.

5. I'm an overpacker. I might have made up this term but it suits me well, I'm that person that chucks (well I fold and roll) everything into the case forgetting that I'm only going for seven days and bring enough dresses for three weeks, ooops maybe that's why our case was slightly over when we weighed them although I'm happy to report that we didn't get charged for this! I also had to wear my wedges when checking in as they were too heavy to put in the case (I did take a pair of lighter sandals in my hand luggage to change into as soon as our bags had been weighed, I'm not THAT bothered about looking good)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Greece in Pictures

This is going to be a very photo heavy post with lots of photos of the sea, I'm warning you now! I also apologise that my photos aren't great quality, I was debating whether to take my DSLR and decided against it, I now wish I'd taken it as Parga in Greece is gorgeous!

Parga in the evening is stunning, all the lights come on and light up the streets. Outside each restaurant is someone trying to get you to come and eat in their place, at first it was hard to say no but then we got used to just looking at the menu for what they have to offer and then not feeling pressured to go in if we didn't fancy it. However it did feel a bit like we were celebrities as we don't have anything like that in England.

The two photos above are taken from a similar spot but the first around 7pm, the second at midday, I loved the colour of the sky with the coloured houses in this one, we ventured up to the little castle which you might be able to spot between the trees on the hill, it doesn't look like much of a climb but in over 30 degree heat it was hard work! Well worth it for the view though!

You can see how the castle was lit up in the evening so having this as a view whilst eating in a restaurant wasn't a bad view at all.

This was overlooking Valtos Beach which was a short (steep) walk from Parga, we spent a day on this beach taking dips in the sea and catching a bit of sun. It rained whilst we were on this beach but luckily we had a parasol which we could shelter under until it passed, some people went into the sea when it rained which I wish I had done as I bet it would have been so refreshing.

These were some mini doughnuts covered in nutella sauce, tastiest doughnuts I've ever had, we shared these after a meal as we were already full but couldn't resist these, I wish we could get something like these in England but then again I would get them everyday so maybe not!
 I went to get something out of the rucksack whilst having a drink and then spotted something green on it and nearly screamed when I realised what it was! I've never seen a grasshopper (we think that's what it was) close up and in real life and I didn't realise how big they are! I ended up making us change seats as I was a scardy-cat and didn't want it to jump on me!

This was a little island that had two churches on it. Everyday we saw people swimming to it from the beach as it wasn't very far, I would have loved to have done it but I wasn't too sure about leaving our stuff alone on the beach, if we had been in a bigger group I think I would have done, it's a good excuse to go back again!

I have to give my boyfriend credit for some of these pictures as I didn't take them all, this one is one of his because it was his first time on a plane so went a bit photo happy. I really liked this one as it shows Greece and the amazing blue sea.

I had an amazing time on holiday and really didn't want to come back although in less than two weeks I'm off to London for my birthday so I can't complain!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Summer Series - Chubby Sticks

I've just realised that these look wonky... great photography skills Emma! Anyway, on with the post, I only got into liking chubby sticks this year and they're so easy to wear as well as use. Having them as easy to use might sound a bit odd but I've always struggled with lipsticks with putting them on, I know with practise I will get better but at the moment it never looks perfect! However with most of these (apart from Unapologetic) I can apply them without a mirror either for topping it up or if I'm feeling like a pop of colour which is why I tend to keep a couple of these in my handbag. 

Chubby sticks are perfect for summer because of how sheer they are but still give your lips a nice subtle hint of colour, I never want something too bold and heavy in the summer months because I like to tone down my makeup when it's hot. 

 Left to right (and top to bottom) - Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Raplumzel, Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey and No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Delicate Pink. I haven't yet been in a daring mood to wear unapologetic on its own, I tend to lightly apply it and then apply a gloss over the top so it isn't as bold. \One day I will feel daring enough to wear a bold pink lip but today is not that day.

As the swatches above show, each chubby stick is quite sheer with a hint of colour which is what makes them so wearable and perfect for summer. I love how they have a nice shine to them and they are surprisingly hydrating. Although the Revlon Matte Lip Balm is matte on the lips it isn't drying on the lips which is always good as no one likes dry lips.

Have you tried any Chubby sticks? Any others that I should try?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer Series- Holiday Makeup

I know this looks like a lot of makeup for a week away but it covers all the basics, with a few extras in because a girl needs some choice. I've tried to include a few minis to save space and I did only bring one palette so I haven't gone too overboard.

Benefit's Hello Flawless is a lovely light foundation that has a natural finish so will be perfect for a night when I want some coverage but nothing too heavy in the heat. It's an added bonus that it's in a plastic tube and not glass so it will be okay for travelling. I have the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion sample from the Naked palette which is a cute size and keeps my eyeshadow on longer. The Naked Palette is the only big palette I own and because I want the most choice on holiday but taking up the least space I brought this one because I can do so many different looks with the Naked palette.

I included two blushes because the Revlon blush is quite bright but the Sleek blush is much more subtle, it all depends on my mood. Again dependent on the mood or the situation is lips, I've gone with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Peach Party for when I want a brighter lip but I have a gloss from Natural Collection for when I want to add a little colour. A staple product for me is the Collection Lasting Perfect Concealer, it is quite heavy coverage so covers any blemishes and lasts for ages! If you don't already have this go and get it!

One Heck of A Blot is my best friend when the weather gets warmer as it stops me looking too shiny, I also love The Body Shop bronzer in 01 because I have pale skin so this gives me a lovely glow without me looking orange and it's perfect for contouring to highlight my hidden cheekbones! I also had to bring The Body Shop Instablur with me because it keeps my makeup in place, even when I get hot, it also ever so slightly mattifies the face so I find this is wearable on it's own with a little powder . 

I love my eyeliner and I couldn't decide whether to take my new Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner or my Eyeko liner so I had to bring both, I like each one but I find that the Eyeko liner is slightly easier to use so if I don't have much time I'll use that but I do like the finish of the Benefit Push Up Liner when I can get it right. 

What make-up would you take on holiday?