Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lipsticks for Every Occasion

L-R Mac Lustering, Topshop Beguiled, Mac Peach Blossom and Rimmel Kate Moss in 107

This post could also be called my most worn lipsticks because these are worn so often. First up is Mac Lustering in the Lustre finish. I love the colour of this, a really pretty pink that looks lovely in summer. My only problem I ever have with this lipstick is that it doesn't stay around for too long meaning I have to reapply quite a lot, I don't mind too much because I love the colour. The lipstick is quite moisturising which is probably why it doesn't stay on the lips too long but it's one I can wear if my lips are a little dry.

A much darker lip colour is Topshop Beguiled, this is one of my go to colours for a night out. It lasts ages on me even when I'm drinking which is great because even when I'm sober I'm not the best at applying lipstick meaning my drunk lipstick skills are very poor so it's a good job I don't have to reapply too much. Even though this lasts a long time it surprisingly isn't very drying which is great because most of the time my lips are on the dry side.

A natural lipstick that I wear a lot in the day is Mac Peach Blossom in the finish Cremesheen. Again like Lustering this one is one that doesn't last very long on me but because of the colour it's really easy to reapply so I can even do it without a mirror. This is such a pretty natural peachy pink colour that is so well loved, I'm always reaching for this because I know it's guaranteed to look good.

The final lipstick is Rimmel 107, this is my number one go to lipstick for a bolder look. It really compliments pale skin like mine and the lasting power of this is out of this world. It's actually surprising that my two drugstore lipsticks are the ones with the best staying power! This one is quite drying though so I would recommend using a lip balm a while before applying.

What are your favourite lipsticks?

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.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Brand Focus: Maybelline

For me Maybelline is the brand I go to for eyes and the odd other product. I love their mascaras because they're reasonably priced and I find that quite a few of them have the big brushes that I like, I'm not a fan of the thin, plastic brushes. Currently I'm using Lash Sensational which although is a plastic brush it is quite big so gives some really good volume. I like this because it stays in place all day. Although some of the volume is lost towards the end of the day it does stay in place because I have a little trouble getting it off at the end of the day although not too much that it stops me using it. I can't imagine how hard the waterproof one will be to get off! The thing that I really like about Lash Sensational is how it doesn't give me panda eyes after a hot day like a few other mascaras do, this one really stays in place.

I've talked about the Colour Tattoos a few times before, they're the best thing for a quick and easy look. At the moment I have On and On Bronze and Permanent Taupe. On and On Bronze is my go-to colour that I'm always using, if I'm ever going on a trip I'll just take this because I can apply it with my finger and I don't need to take anything else or even a brush, it's so handy to have and it lasts pretty well even on my oily lids. Permanent Taupe is a little darker and a matte shade so I find it a little harder to wear in the day but looks so pretty for in the evening as a base for a smokey eye.

The final eye product from Maybelline that I've been in love with for some time is the Gel liner which comes in a little jar and a brush but I lost that a while ago. I've really been enjoying using this with the Zoeva Wing liner brush for a really natural look. This stuff stays in place all day and is a strong black colour. There's not much more I can say about this, it's all good, thumbs up from me!

Another favourite is the Brow Drama mascara that has been in countless posts on emhasrednails. This is my second tube of this and I think I'll always repurchase this. It's perfect for natural makeup days to add a little touch of colour and keep brows in place or over a wax or shadow for a bolder brow look. Again I can't think of anything bad to say about this!

Finally is the Colour Drama lip pencils. At the moment I only have one of these but I really want to try some more. I love the texture of these and this one lasts a really long time. Because it's matte it does tend to dry my lips out a little but nothing a bit of my 8 hour cream won't fix. I really need to get some more shades of this because it's such an easy product to use, I'm so bad at applying lipsticks because I don't have a steady hand so this is perfect.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Don't Forget to Read the Book

Bridget Jones

I really wish I had the books of these (I've just remembered that I actually do have the first Bridget Jones' book but not the second so I'm just going to forget about that, sorry folks), it just doesn't look the same on the kindle and they're a bit colourless too but I just hope you can get over this fact and enjoy the rest of the post. I'll stop waffling now and get on with it.

Ever since I was old enough I watched and loved the Bridget Jones' Diary films, they have two of my favourite actors in (Colin Firth and Hugh Grant) and they are classic feel good British films that are always on TV and I will always be watching them. However, it was only when I received the first book and read it on holiday last year that I feel in love with the books. They are what I call an easy read, perfect for holidays by the pool.

I loved the books so much that I bought the newer Mad About the Boy whilst reading the second book. However, for some reason that I can't remember I stopped midway through the second one and forgot about it until a few weeks ago when I started again and finished that one and Mad About the Boy in just a couple of days. I'm not going to go into the story lines because I don't want to ruin anything, I think most people will know what happens in Bridget Jones' Diary and The Edge of Reason but I knew little about Mad About the Boy until I read it so no spoilers here.

I'm writing this post to tell you that you really should read the books, don't just watch the films. In the books that have been made into films there are variations, for example Bridget interviews Colin Firth in the book, I'm not sure how they could have done that in the film! I really like how at the start of each day Bridget writes down how many calories, cigarettes and units of alcohol she has drunk that day (as well as a few other amusing countings like how many thoughts he has had about Mark Darcy!).

So next time you see the film on TV you should try and get your hands on the books and read them instead, if you somehow have managed never to see the films then I'll let you off because they really are a must see but then again I think the books are pretty good too!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Summer Face

Bourjois, Soap and Glory, Maybelline Mac

This is the makeup that I've been picking up quite regularly over the past couple of weeks. As much as I love to try out a new product or wear a bolder lipstick I'm that type of girl that will choose the same things to wear each day because I know it works for me and I've got into a quick little routine of putting it on in the morning.

First up and for obvious reasons in the summer heat is the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF. You can read my review of it here. This is a lovely non-sticky SPF that I wear before putting on my Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation which I've really been enjoying because it's light and dewey which is a lovely look for summer. You probably know by now that I will of course be using Mac Pro Longwear concealer because I can't live without this! On the really hot days I've been dusting a little Rimmel Stay Matte powder so I don't get a shiny nose but if it's a little cooler I miss this step out. Finishing off the base I like to use Soap and Glory Solar Powder pretty much all over my face because I'm like a ghost but I do not accept my ghost-like complexion so lots of bronzer is a must for me. I also use this for contouring to make it look like I have cheekbones too.

For my eyes I've been quite lazy and only using the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze, applying it with my finger and blending it out with a fluffy brush, easy peasy. I've really got into using Maybelline Gel liner for my eyes, I've been a fan of this for a few years now and recently I've started using it with my Zoeva 317 Wing Liner brush which is great for a very subtle line, I haven't mastered doing flicks with it yet. Another Maybelline eye product that I've been using is the Lash Sensational mascara which is a cheaper alternative to Benefit Rollerlash, although I prefer Rollerlash I do like the Maybelline version, great for volume and it lasts really well. For my bottom lashes I've been using Eyeko Skinny Mini Brush mascara as it's a teeny little brush that doesn't go under my lower lashes when I apply it. Lastly I've been using Rimmel Brow This Way Sculpting Kit in dark brown, before this I was all for using eyeshadow for filling in my brows but I saw this for a few pounds and thought I would be adventurous and try a wax. I've been really liking this and I haven't gone back to the eyeshadow since I started using it.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Homemade Pizza

This is quite an old post and was written a while ago when I was still revising but I thought I would still share it because I remember it was a tasty pizza.

I decided one day when I was revising that I fancied doing some baking (a regular occurrence) and seeing as it was lunch time I would make some pizza. Forgetting that you need to leave this for an hour to rise as well as a total of 15 mins kneading time, well I didn't get my lunch till going up for 3!

*I think if you used all the dough from this recipe it would make a pizza big enough for two but I halved it and made a small pizza

Ingredients :
70ml hand-hot water (you will probably need some more but this is to start with) 
Pinch of sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried yeast
200g strong white flour (although I used self raising)
1 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
Olive oil for rubbing on the dough

First you need to pour the water in a bowl and whisk in the sugar and yeast, make sure it is all whisked together and then leave somewhere warm for 15 mins until there are bubbles, the above picture on the left is before, the picture on the right is with bubbles after leaving it for 15 mins. 

Meanwhile, sieve (although I'm lazy and never sieve and it usually turns out right for me) the flour into a mixing bowl and add the salt. When bubbles are on top of the yeast mixture pour it into the flour and add the beaten egg, mix this all together. You may need a bit more water but make sure you use water of a similar temperature as the bit you used previously. When you can make it into a ball and there is no other dough on the sides of the bowl bring it onto the working surface and knead it for a good ten minutes, your arms will be hurting half way through this process but you won't need to go to the gym! It helps if you have some really energetic music playing quite loud, The Killers came on when I was kneading which was perfect!

You then need to put the dough back in the bowl (when it's silky smooth and fairly elastic) and rub the surface with oil, then put cling film over the top of the bowl and leave it in a warm place for an hour and it should have doubled in size. You can see that the picture on the left is with oil on before it has had time to rise and the dough in the picture on the right is after it has had time to rise for an hour, I wouldn't say that it has doubled in size but it was a lot bigger. You then need to put it on the working surface and knead for another 5 mins. 

Once you have kneaded it you can put it on a tray and make it into whatever shape you like, I should have made this thinner as I prefer to have a thinner pizza. I then put tomato puree on although salsa is really tasty on pizza too. I also cut up some mozzarella, I should have put some more of that on, I put some parmasan on too but I think that might have made the pizza taste a bit on the salty side. Add a bit of salt and pepper as well as herbs to give some flavour. You could do whatever pizza toppings you like. 

 Cook in the oven on Gas 7/220 degrees C for around ten mins or until it is a nice golden colour and thoroughly cooked.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, leave me some comments about what toppings you like on your pizza and if this recipe worked for you.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summer Nails

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Rose Hip, Revlon Scented Nail Enamel in African Rose Tea, Rimmel Lasting Finish in 602 Keep Calm & Play, No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Duck Egg Blue and Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Fondant.

As you can see I'm loving the pastels this summer. In winter I'm a dark nails kinda gal but in summer I'm all for the pastels and near whites as well as pinks too. I'm currently wearing Revlon's African Rose Tea and next up will be Barry M Rose Hip because I love this colour!

I've been a big fan of Barry M nail varnishes for a long time now, they're amazing quality and are so affordable, I had to resist putting all Barry M nail varnishes in this because I'm such a big fan! I'm also a big fan of No 7 nail varnishes but I have a lot more darker reds and purples in these which as I mentioned are saved for the winter months.

What are your favourite colours for summer?