Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The No Makeup Makeup Look


Some days I don't fancy wearing heavy makeup and when I work I like to just wear a bit to make me look alive but most of the time I can't be bothered to do a full face, especially when I'm getting up at 6.30 in the morning.

Sometimes I don't bother with a base but if my skin is looking a little red I've really been liking the Body Shop Teatree Flawless BB Cream which is perfect for adding a little bit of coverage but feels lovely and light on the skin. I really like that this has tea tree in it which calms my skin down on a bad skin day, so really it's doing two good things for my skin. With or without the BB cream I usually always wear a little concealer on blemishes and under the eyes, for this I really love the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, it's not great for under the eyes but I find using a very light layer gives a nice finish. To give my skin a bit of colour I love The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 which for my pale skin gives a really natural looking glow all over.

I keep it very basic with the eyes, I rarely go without eyeliner, at the moment I've been using the Supercat liner for a really quick and easy line followed by the Eyeko Lengthening Skinny Mini Brush Mascara for a very natural look, this is not one that I use when I want a lot of volume but is great for  very natural look. To keep my brows in place and giving them a bit of extra definition I use my well trusted Maybelline Brow Drama, I have quite thick brows so I don't need a lot of help with them and when I don't have much going on with my eyes a heavy brow can look a bit like two slugs on my face, not my best look.

I hope you liked my quick tour of my very light makeup look, this would be perfect for someone going to school who isn't allowed to wear much makekup or for people who like a light makeup look. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Few Days in Edinburgh

Photo heavy post alert, click away now if you don't want to see lots of pictures of Edinburgh!



The Scot Monument which we went up on our last day. 

 Typical tourist picture!


The Scot Monument 







We went up Carlton Hill which is where I took quite a few photos, at first it was really warm and sunny as you can see in the picture above, then a bit later the weather changed and it went really cloudy and rained on us! Typical British weather! 





This was taken a few minutes after it stopped raining, I couldn't resist taking a photo of Edinburgh Castle because it looked stunning in the sun.


Even though it had been raining, Edinburgh still looked gorgeous.


A really filling breakfast, I went for the healthy option and it was so tasty!


These next few photos were taken when we went up The Scot Monument, we had an amazing view when we walked up there (all 287 steps). It cost £4 each to go up, well worth it to get some stunning views. 




As you can see the weather wasn't great when we went to Edinburgh but we still enjoyed ourselves. We went for two nights and really enjoyed ourselves, we managed to do quite a few of the touristy things like walking around both the Old and New Town, going up the Scot Monument and having a look at the castle although we didn't pay to go in because we didn't think it would be worth it. I really like Edinburgh, it's so pretty and a lovely place for anyone to have a wander around. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Eleven Things I'd Tell My Younger Self


I can't really believe that I'm sharing these photos with you, I'm probably going to regret these! 

1. Your dad loves taking photos (and in 10 years you will pick up this hobby) so let him take lots of photos of you because now, when you're looking for pictures of yourself when you were younger, you would be able to find more than the few pictures of you when you were 10!

2. Whatever you do, don't let mum cut your fringe because the wobbly look is not a good one. Also when you were 13 and a few years ago it had taken ages to grow your fringe out, don't get it cut back in, you'll regret it straight away. 

3. Wash your face more and don't use those dreaded face wipes that I now tell everyone off for using, they aren't doing your skin any good. And stop complaining that you have spots, most teenagers have them and yours aren't really that bad, in a few years they'll clear up, I promise.

4. Having a boyfriend is not everything, yes, it would be nice but spend time enjoying yourself with your friends instead of wishing that a boy would like you. 

5. Don't wear concealer as foundation, there's a big difference between the two. There is no need to cover ALL of your face in concealer, it's not a good look.

6. Carry on being a geek because that's one thing you definitely did right, you'll make it into uni, keep up the good work!

7. Think of your poor old mum and dad when you get obsessed with a song, maybe don't ask for it to be played for the seventh time in an hour, I know you think it's the best song ever but mum and dad are getting fed up with it.

8. Don't try and be friends with the 'popular' people, they're not really that great and you have some of the best friends that accept you for your weird little self. You'll still be friends with some of them in the future too.

9. Don't try and fit in and be like everyone else, it might seem important to be like everyone now but that's boring, who wants to be the same as everyone else? Not you, don't copy people because you think it's cool.

10.  You cannot and never will be able to sing a note in tune, yes, you were in a singing concert at school but you were singing with a large group of people who made up for you being out of tune, sooner or later you'll believe your cousin who was the only one who told you the truth that you definitely couldn't sing.

11. When mum tells you that you need to brush your hair, listen to her, do you really want to walk around looking like you've been dragged through a hedge backwards? No I think not, mum loves you, she's telling you that for a reason.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Five Product Face





I'm the type of person to use lots of different products on my face, I don't mean that I like to be caked in makeup though, that's not a good look for me. However, I tried to test myself to see if I could manage with only five products, maybe a test for going on holiday when I'm going to have to cut down on my makeup that I use daily.

The Base:  My first choice is Rimmel Match Perfection, this is quite a heavy coverage for me and I find that if I'm having a reasonably good skin day then I don't need concealer over the top. Next for the base is Soap and Glory's Solar Powder, this has been a favourite for me for quite a while now. This is great for bronzing or contouring, I use the Real Techniques Contour brush for contouring and the Real Techniques Powder brush for bronzer because its a big brush that covers all areas of the face giving it a lovely, warm glow. If I want to be really savvy here I can use Solar Powder as an eyeshadow too.

The Brows:  I couldn't miss doing my brows, my face feels bare if I haven't done them, recently I've been loving my little bargain of a find that comes in the form of Rimmel Brow This Way, this was under £5 and in it you get a really good brow wax which I've made a substantial dent in already after only using it for a few months. You also get a powder which I haven't used yet but again, I could use it as an eyeshadow. Also in this compact little product is a tiny brush and spoolie which I use all the time, it's one of the first times that I've actually used the tools that come with the makeup!

The Eyes:  I had to include an eyeliner and the Maybelline gel liner pot is the one I've been reaching for over the past few weeks and is a firm favourite because of how long lasting it is. I also couldn't not include mascara because it brings the whole eye look together, another favourite has been the Maybelline Lash Sensational because it gives really good volume and lasts quite a long time too which is an added bonus for me in summer because I'm constantly sneezing due to hay fever!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Brand Focus: Rimmel



This is the second in my little series of brand focus posts, this time about Rimmel, you can read my post about Maybelline here. I think it's safe to say that Rimmel is one of those brands, especially in England that is so widely available and very well priced that nearly everyone who wears makeup has something from the brand in their stash. For me I love their lipsticks, the Kate Moss lipsticks are amazing. I've raved and raved about the 107 on the blog for ages and it's always been a favourite with me, the colour suits my skin and the lasting power of it is phenomenal. They're also pretty reasonably priced at £5.49 and are well worth that. I also really like some of the easier to be worn shades like 077 Asia which is on the left of the two lipsticks. I find this to be really easy to wear on a day when I want a little something.

I love Rimmel foundations, not pictured here but a favourite of mine is the Lasting Finish Nude foundation that I very sadly finished a few weeks ago, I really need to pick this up again because it made my skin look so healthy. Pictured here is the Match Perfection in 100 Ivory, I really like this foundation but it isn't something I wear everyday as sometimes it can be a little too much coverage for me and in these summer months I've been favouring the lighter foundations. For when I'm a little shiny I like to add a dusting of the Stay Matte powder in 001 Transparent. This is such a cheap powder that keeps shine at bay but hardly adds coverage and doesn't look cakey.

A newbie for me is the Brow Perfection, a wax and powder in one (although I only like to use the wax) has been a great little find for me. It's so small and compact so it's been perfect when I've been travelling, it has a mini brush and spoolie (how the heck is that word spelt?) that comes with it which has been so travel friendly. I do use these two with it all the time when I'm at home because even though the brush is small and hard to hold, the actual brush is perfectly sized. The wax is a really good colour match for me and as long as I'm not heavy handed it looks pretty natural.

Finally, Rimmel's lip pencils. These are actually the first ever (and still the first) lip liners that I've ever tried, I'd never really seen the point in lip liners as I wasn't a big lipstick wearer but after getting annoyed that my nude lipsticks weren't lasting very long I decided to try a lip liner. I'd heard so many good reviews of Eastend Snob that as soon as I saw it I had to pick it up and see what the hype was about. I also picked up the 1000 kisses lip liner in Indian Pink because it looks very similar to my Mac Lustering lipstick which again doesn't stay in place that long. If I'm wanting a nude lip my go to choice for the past few months has been Eastend snob with Mac Peach Blossom. These two look lovely together and with the lip liner it lasts a lot longer which is exactly what I wanted.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Beginner's Guide to London


I will point out here that I am definitely, 100% not an expert with things to do with London. I've been there quite a few times for various reasons but for the first time last weekend I was in London on my own and I found myself wondering what I should do. I've done the touristy things many times (the picture above is when I went with my mum, grandma and auntie and we were classic tourists) so I didn't fancy looking at Parliament, the London Eye or Buckingham Palace but if you've never been to London you might not realise just how big London is and how easy it is to get lost when you've only been around certain parts of London.

I had till 3pm, when I was getting the train back, to fill my time and I thought that it was going to drag a lot, however, it went really quickly for me. I started my day very early and went into Cafe Nero to have a drink and read my book (I've got back into Harry Potter again so I was on the Chamber of Secrets) for an hour. Around 9.30 I got the tube to Piccadilly Circus and went to Fortnum and Mason to get some of their coffee for my mum for her birthday. I'd only ever been to the ground floor and basement of Fortnum and Mason so to my surprise, I walked up to the higher floors and found a gorgeous selection of beauty and skincare on one of the floors, if you're a beauty lover and have never been up there I would definitely recommend it, if only to browse like me.

After pretending I was rich enough to buy more than coffee for presents from Fortnum and Mason I walked back to Piccadilly Circus and up onto Regent St. I love Regent St, the shops fronts are so impressive and there are so many shop windows to look in that you can really take your time up there. I had a look in & Other Stories, I've never been in there before and I was really impressed with their makeup selection and it was so reasonably priced when compared to the prices of their clothing. I found their fragrance selection and ended up buying a beautiful little spray from there, the Floral Memento Body Mist. I had a look in a few other shops and then went into Kiko. I've liked Kiko since I went in last year and bought a few products, the only place that I can ever find their products is in London so whenever I go I have a little look in. This time I bought 2 pretty eyeshadows which were on sale at £1.40 each, a total bargain.

I walked up Oxford St which is such a long street that you could spend all day browsing. I've been wanting a smaller camera for ages now so I had a look in the big department stores for what I could get (I'm thinking the Panasonic Lumix). I can't be the only one that loves wandering around department stores like John Lewis and Debenhams, there's so much to look at and I start to imagine what I would have in my own home. I ended up at Selfridges (my favourite department store ever!) I wandered round the technology department, there's some very impressive things around there and then around the makeup aisles. Again, there's so many things to look at in Selfridges that you could spend ages in there and probably get lost a few times too!

After all the browsing I walked back to Piccadilly and got the tube back to meet my friend for lunch and surprisingly it was 1pm already. I hadn't spent a lot of money that morning but I'd still had a really nice, relaxing time. Sometimes it's nice walking around London not doing the typically touristy things. I wasn't sure whether I would feel safe being in London on my own but I did, I was fine on the tube on my own, if you're not used to the tube then there are apps that you can download that tell you what tube to get on which really helped me.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty

*I know this picture isn't relevant to the post but I found it from ages ago and I really like it!

1. Greed. What are your most inexpensive and expensive beauty items?

I'm a lover of drugstore makeup, I live in Boots and love finding a bargain, I think my cheapest product was probably the Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner or Collection concealer , you can see reviews for the liner here. I think my most expensive product is my Naked palette, this has been in countless posts and I love it so much, I pick this up pretty much every time I wear makeup so it's been well worth the money for me.

2. Wrath. What products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

This is a tricky one for me, but I think it would be the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner which for me is rather pricy for what it is (I did say that I like finding a bargain). I like this at times because I think it's quite clever in the way that it's applied but it really annoys me that I can never get the right amount out of it and it's definitely not the easiest thing to do a flick with.

3. Gluttony. What are your most delicious makeup products?

I'm not really sure I understand the question with this one, aren't you meant to wear makeup and not eat it!! I like the smell of my Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 107 but I can't really think of anything for this so pass!

4. Sloth. What beauty products do you neglect due to laziness?

I think I'd say lipstick with this one, I love wearing a bold lip but I barely ever do because I can't be bothered to reapply it and I'm always eating so they always wear off! I also always forget to tone in my routine, I always cleanse and moisturise but toning is something that slips my mind.

5. Pride. What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?

Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 107 gives me so much confidence when I wear it, however, that means nothing to me if the rest of my makeup isn't looking good. And I've always got to have eyeliner on too!

6. Lust. What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex? 

Arms! I've always loved muscly arms! I do like someone with a good sense of humour too and they've got to realise when I'm joking and being sarcastic compared to me being serious or they would get offended by me very easily!

7. Envy. What items would you most like you receive as a gift? 

Any eyeshadow palette, I'd love the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette, the Naked 2. I wouldn't complain about receiving any makeup as a gift.