Thursday, 27 August 2015

Things to Do When You're Bored

After having three months off and not having a great deal to do in that time when I'm not working, I've definitely had a few moments when I was feeling a little bored. Here are my tip top tips of things to do when you're looking for something to do.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Glowing Skin Without the Shine

Dior Star foundation

As I said in my last post, I have certain products that I will buy high end and others that I'll get from the drugstore.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

A Concealer for All Areas

Clarins Instant Concealer

I think if I'm going to buy one thing that's high end it's going to be concealer (or maybe a foundation but they are pretty similar) to me, if I'm going to spend more money on something it might as well be a product I'm going to use pretty much everyday and that will make a big difference to the look.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

A Day Out In Grassington

 I don't spend that much time with my mum and dad anymore so it was really nice to go out for the day with them to Grassington. It's a really lovely place that has some nice little walks with the cute little shops that I love to wander round. Luckily it was a really beautiful day when we went so I got to try out my new camera and take a few pictures of the day.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Mixing Mascaras

Since forever (slight exaggeration, I probably wasn't bothered when I was five) I've wanted long and thick lashes, naturally I have neither which is a royal pain so I've had to try out a hell of a lot of mascaras from the aisles of Boots.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Back into Running

Running, Puma

Cross country was the only thing I ever enjoyed doing at high school (apart from the time we got to do a self defence course, that was fun although I can't remember any of it

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Watermelon Pink

Mac Lustering

It took me ages to get the right pose, I have countless photos of me posing with this lipstick, I am definitely not made to be a model!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Style is Eternal - Farfetch Competition Entry

Farfetch recently got in touch with me about entering a competition celebrating Yves Saint Laurent's new exhibition called Style is Eternal. I was asked to create a complete outfit around the Iconic Smoking Jacket.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Best Brushes

Real Techniques, Zoeva
L-R, Zoeva 142 Concealer Brush, Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, Zoeva 230 Luxe Pencil, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease.

I purchased the Zoeva Classic Brush set a few months ago and since then some of the brushes have made it into my favourite brush category, however, there are still some of my trusty Real Techniques brushes in that category too.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Feeling Confident

Everyone has their down days, I don't think that anyone, no matter if they're Beyonce, Taylor Swift or the Queen, has never had a down day, we're all human. However, I think that some people are a lot better at getting out of their down moods than others. Here are my ways of getting back into a happier, more confident mood:

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Brush Storage

I'm always interested in how people store their makeup and their makeup brushes. At the moment I haven't perfected the makeup storage yet but I'm relatively happy with how my brushes are kept. I have two separate cups/mugs for the brushes. In the recycled Nutella cup (I'm not like other bloggers with Diptique candles, I'm a nutella cup recycler!) are my face brushes, I'm thinking about doing a post on my favourite brushes soon so keep your eyes peeled for that. At the moment I have quite a few Real Technique brushes and some Zoeva ones too.

 In the mug are my eye brushes (and my rather large Real Techniques Powder brush that won't fit with the other face brushes) I have a mixture of lots of different eye brushes from Real Techniques, Zoeva, Urban Decay and some Boots own brand ones too. I keep my brushes on a shelf that also has my small but slowly growing perfume collection as well as my most used hair and face products.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

The Dry Hand Saviour

Hand Cream

Hand Cream

Ever since I worked on a deli counter four years ago I've had dry hands. I quit two years ago but they've always stayed pretty dry. It got so bad once that I went to the doctors and she told me I had dermatitis and prescribed me some steroid cream and some really thick moisturising cream that I hated using because it felt thick and sticky for a good few hours after using it so I could only really use it before I went to bed as I couldn't do anything with my hands when I had it on.

Since quitting the job at the deli counter where I handled meat and was always washing my hands, I've since has two jobs, one in home care where I had to wear plastic gloves which make my hands dry and the job I have at home now, where I work in a care home. This is probably the worst thing for my hands because I'm either wearing those plastic gloves, or I'm washing my hands very often to keep them sanitised. I haven't once come home from work with my hands not feeling dry, it's such a pain but it's given me the task of finding a hand cream that I can use throughout the day that actually works and sinks into my hands quite quickly. (Sorry for the rather long back story but I thought I would tell you this so you could understand my problem and see how hard it is for me to get my hands to recover because of where I work). 

I think I have finally found the remedy for my dry hand issue in the form of Nivea Express Hydration Hand Lotion. I stumbled across it in Boots one day when my hands were feeling particularly dry and in need of some moisture and the words 'Express Hydration' really called out to me, this was exactly what I was looking for and with the added 'Quick Absorption' claim on the bottom I had to try it, in my already full basket it went and I tried it out as soon as I left the shop. After a couple of minutes my hands felt less dry but they didn't have the horrible tacky feeling that I get after using all the other hand creams. I can't say that my hands have ever felt soft after using this hand cream but I don't think that any hand cream will ever give me that feeling until I leave a job that requires me to constantly wash my hands and use gloves. 

I've been using this constantly now since May and I love it, I've never, ever finished a hand cream before but I'm predicting that this will be the first I ever finish. At £3.49 for 100ml this was an absolute bargain, I use it so often because it absorbs into my skin so quickly which I find is why it works so well, I'm not limited to only using it before bed like previous hand creams that I've found still have residue the morning after, this has sunk in in a matter of minutes and I can get back to doing whatever I want. 

You can purchase the miracle hand cream here and no, this isn't sponsored, I just had to tell you about the cream that has finally worked for me. 

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Films for a Lazy Day

I love watching films, if I'm bored, ill, tired or just in the mood I'll stick a film on and watch to my hearts content, usually with some chocolate next to me that I've finished before I've got half way through the film. Seeing as it's a Sunday and I truly believe Sundays should be spent watching films and eating crisps and chocolate followed by a roast dinner cooked by someone other than me, I thought I would give you my recommendations of what you could watch today.

These are some of my favourite films of all time, the ones I can watch all the time and they all make me smile in some way. About Time and Love Actually are both written and directed by Richard Curtis, he's written some brilliant films but these two are my favourite, I tend to keep Love Actually for Christmas but About Time is well loved all year round, a comedy but be warned, you'll need tissues for the ending, I've watched it countless times but I still cry! But don't be put off, it's a brilliant film about a man who finds out that he can go back in time if he stands in a dark room and thinks about when he wants to go back to. It's probably my favourite out of all these films.

I don't know what I can say about Harry Potter, I love the films nearly as much as the books. The casting of these films is amazing and I think they got every actor or actress right for the character, especially for the character of Luna Lovegood played by Evanna Lynch who you meet in the Order of the Phoenix, she's perfect for the part. The two that are shown, the Philosopher's Stone and the Order of the Phoenix are two of my favourite although I do love them all.

Monsters Inc and Monsters University are two brilliant films, I'm pretty sure I don't need to explain either of them because Monsters Inc is a classic comedy for all ages and the prequel is the same, I love it just as much as my parents and I'm pretty sure that kids love this film too. I love the idea that Mike and Scully met when at University and it shows how they became such good friends.

Despicable Me is similar to Monsters Inc, a genius comedy for all the family and I actually prefer Despicable Me 2, set after the original, Gru has been hired as a spy and is trying to find the bad guy who has stolen a secret formula. A funny twist on the original where Gru was wanting to be a villain, a must see if you loved the first one. Has anyone seen the new Minions film yet? I haven't had a chance to see it but I can imagine that it will be pretty good seeing as the two Despicable Me films are so good.

Finally Maleficent, a different, live action version to Sleeping Beauty which tells the tale of the witch who put the spell on Aurora to sleep. I'm not a huge fan of the older Disney films but I really liked Maleficent and also Cinderella that came out earlier this year. I'm really looking forward to the live action version of Beauty and the Beast.

I'd love to hear your recommendations about what films I should watch.