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?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Summer Series - Nails

Ciate Nails

After Christmas I got the Ciate Nail Advent calender and it was a very worthwhile buy, I now have so many mini nail varnishes that I still haven't got through them all but I'm well on my way. These are a few of my favourite colours for summer. First is Hopscotch - a lovely orange colour which is one of my flat mates favourites, next is Ferris Wheel which is a lovely baby blue colour and is so easy to wear. Finally is Play Date, a vibrant bright pink that was a favourite in June. These Ciate nail varnishes are perfect for taking on holiday as they are so small so you could take a couple if you fancied a change mid holiday.

Barry M Nails

I've been a lover of Barry M nail varnishes for years, they have some amazing colours and they have the lasting power too. I love Sour Apple which is a Nail Effects varnish, applied over a pale nude or white is lovely with this one. The Gelly Hi Shine nail varnishes are great for summer because as said in the name they have a lot of shine. My favourite part of these Gelly varnishes is that they are good with just one coat. Here I have Passionfruit and Green Berry.

No7 and 17 Nails

As you can see I love the pinks and corals, here I have No7 Gel-Look Shine in Hotting Up which is similar to Ciate Play Date. 17 Lasting Fix polish in Tropical Island is a bright orange with a slight shimmer in it, I haven't worn this in a while but when I was rummaging through my nail varnish collection I found it and I realised how lovely this colour is. The final nail varnish is No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Cheeky Chops, this is a pale pink that is another easy colour to wear , this is one of my go-to varnishes that if I can't decide what colour to go for it will probably end up being this.

Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite nail polishes for summer?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Summer Series - Holiday Essentials

Holiday

As you're reading this I'll probably be on the plane to Greece or already there so I decided that I would do a Holiday Essentials post about all the very important things that will be in my suitcase. A lot of these things are obvious but I thought I would give you a little insight into what will be in my case. This is going to be the first of my Summer Series which will last whilst I'm on holiday.

Nivea Suncream

First and what I would say is one of the most important things if you're going away to somewhere hot is sun cream. Personally I like Nivea because it works for my sensitive skin, it smells nice and it sinks into my skin so I don't have to walk around with tacky skin all day. I like to take a few different factors of sun cream as when I'm first in the sun I like to wear a high factor - usually 50 but then after a couple of days in the sun I'll lower it to 30 (although if I get burnt, which I always try to avoid but it does happen, I keep it to 50).

Hat, Wipes, Passport
 Keeping up with being safe in the sun is having a wide brimmed hat, I got mine from Dorothy Perkins for £5, hats are good for keeping the sun off your head as well as out of your eyes. They can also top off an outfit and give it that extra touch.

If you're leaving the country you will need your passport, don't forget this or else all the packing will be for nothing. Also, if you're going to somewhere in Europe you will need a European Health Insurance Card, these are free and you can apply for one of these here. On the NHS website it says 'Your EHIC lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care, as long as you're not going abroad to give birth.' So it's well worth getting one of these seeing as they are free.

I like to take some headphones for beside the pool or on the plane as sometimes it's nice to block people out, especially if there are some noisy people by the pool, splashing around and you want to listen to Ed Sheeran's new album.

Facewipes are perfect for on holiday, they can be used to quickly take your makeup off or even to refresh your face when you've got a bit hot.


If you're going near a pool or beach flip flops and a beach towel are perfect, I tend to get a pair of flip flops from Primark and get a cheap pair for £1 as I only ever wear them on holiday. I love bright towels and accessories, there's no room for dull colours in the bright sunshine!

I also love minis, I picked up a Nivea mini set which had the little mini sun cream, a lip balm that has SPF in it (always important, don't forget your lips) as well as some face wipes, deodorant and hand cream. These will all come in useful on holiday for putting in my handbag or taking to the beach.


Talking about minis I found this conditioner that is the perfect size for a week on holiday seeing as I'll be the only one using it. I just think that this is so cute and means I don't have to take a full size bottle.

I bought La Roche-Posay 50+ SPF because I've always worn sun cream on my face but that never really goes with makeup so I thought it was important to take care of my skin and get this. I like how it's so small so it won't take up a lot of room in my luggage, I could even put it in my hand luggage. You can also see a La Roche-Posay Multli Compensating Soothing Moisturiser peeping out which is the best moisturiser I've ever used, my skin feels so soft with barely any dry patches so this one is coming on holiday because the sun dries my skin out.

I know that when you go to some holiday destinations there is a chance that there will be mosquitoes or other insects so it's best to be on the safe side to get some insect repellent to keep the pesky bugs away.

Taking a plug adaptor is another essential for when you want to charge anything so be remember one or two of these depending on how many electrical items you're planning on taking.


Some sun glasses are always going to come in useful, they protect your eyes from the sun's rays and it's important to get a pair that are coated to give protection against the UVA and UVB rays. 

A bikini is something most people will know that they need on a summer holiday, perfect for keeping cool on the beach. I again love having coloured bikinis, I probably clash with my flip flops but I don't care! 

Lastly is something to read, I'm a big reader by the pool and I can get through so many books but a kindle is perfect for on holiday as it's small and light so easily fits into your hand luggage to read on the plane.  

What are your holiday essentials? 

Friday, 11 July 2014

Happy Beauty Day

I won Lyndsey's giveaway of Benefit's Happy Beauty Day from ClockworkBeauty and I so happy! I love trying new things and Benefit has always been a brand that has intrigued me with it's quirky packaging and cute names so when this arrived in the post I couldn't wait to try it all out. Thank you so much Lyndsey! 



Included inside Happy Beauty Day is the Porefessional, the only product I have tried before, also included is a mini version or Posietint which can be used on cheeks and lips as well as BADgal lash which is one of the best mascaras I've tried for giving amazing thick and fluttery lashes. I love how on the back of the packaging is instructions of how to use each product, this is especially useful with the Posietint which I wasn't sure how the best way to apply this was.


This is a great little started kit for when someone who wants to try products from Benefit, these are three very popular products from their range and these give you quite a lot of product seeing as they are just a sample size so you can make up your opinion of whether to buy the full size product.


I have previously written a review of the Porefessional here but the quick version is that I love this primer, it keeps my makeup on a lot longer than without it and it minimizes pores too which is an added bonus for me.


Bad Gal lash is a great mascara when I first apply it, my lashes look long and thick which makes my eyes look bigger than they are. However, this mascara just doesn't have the lasting power like I expected it to have, after coming home from a seven hour shift at work it looks like I've got one coating of a very bad quality mascara on which isn't good enough for me. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong with this mascara but what mistake can you make with mascara? I expected big things from BADgal lash and it let me down, however if I only need to look decent for a short time this will be my mascara of choice but for a long day I'll take my Soap and Glory Thick and Fast.


I'm not sure about Posietint, I'm yet to figure out how to use it to its full potential but I just can't seem to get the hang of it. I'm a powder blush girl so this is a new one for me, however I won't give up, I will keep practising with it and will hopefully get it right soon. I haven't tried Posietint as a lip tint yet, I'm not a baby pink lip kind of person but for the people who suit a baby pink lip I'm guessing that this will be a very long lasting colour.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite Benefit products?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Best of the Long Lasting Lipstick


I have to be in the mood for a bright bold lip but when I am I want it to last and these products should be in every girls makeup stash. From top to bottom is Rimmel Apocalips -Eclipse, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet- Frambourjoise and Peach Club, L'Oreal Paris Colour Infallible - Red Infallible. 

All these lip products really have the lasting power as well as being very bold too, the Rouge Edition Velvets can be made quite sheer by applying them with a lip brush and putting a gloss over but when applied with a thick coat they are on the bold side and can last for hours, the only time I had to top up Peach Club was when I had a pasta dish which I managed to get all over my lips so it faded slightly. However, reapplying once in 12 hours is very good going for me!


The L'Oreal lipgloss is another one that sticks around and has to be removed with a makeup wipe. This one is a little different as it has a clear lip balm on the end of it which keeps the gloss in place. Sometimes I've found that applying can be a bit difficult as it can go a little patchy but I removed it and started again and it was fine, this is the one lip product that can last through meals and still not come off so I don't mind if applying is harder than the others as the end result is worth it.


The final lip lacquer is Apocalips which has an amazing smooth texture. This one lasts the least amount of time but is still worth a buy because of the amazing colour range, the previous two lip products only come with a small colour range but the Apocalips really went to town on colours and I need to pick up some more as it is such a nice product to wear.

Rimmel Apocalips - here
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - here
L'Oreal Colour Infallible -here

Have you tried any of these products? Any other long lasting lip colours that you would recommend?