January Favourites

Sunday, 31 January 2016


   
Like a lot of people, I hate January, it's cold and miserable and I suffer from post Christmas blues. So January always seems to drag on and this year it's no different so I'm actually really glad that we're at the end of it. However, despite this miserable month, I have had some favourites to share with you.

I received this for Christmas from my brother and have absolutely fallen in love with it. I have worn it throughout January for both daytime and evening. I don't own many bold lipsticks and really wanted to try one, hence why I asked for it for Christmas, I wasn't sure if it would suit me, but I think it does and have loved wearing it. Like many MAC lipsticks, it's really long lasting, even after food and drink, but it doesn't dry your lips out, so it's the perfect combination!

Staying with MAC, another favourite this month is this lip liner. Like most other bloggers / beauty lovers, I adore the 'Rebel' lipstick from MAC. However, I find it really hard to apply because it's such a bold colour any smudges are easily noticeable and it doesn't take much to end up looking like a 4 year old who has raided her mum's lipstick collection! I hadn't tried a lip liner before, but decided to take the plunge and invest in this one. I'm so glad I did because it has made it so much easier to apply the lipstick and applies so easily. I don't want to go into too much detail as I have a post about lip liners coming from soon!

This month has really been about lip products for me it seems! I received this from my lovely friend Sarah for Christmas and having read a lot about the Urban Decay Lip glosses I was super keen to try it. I must admit, it's not necessarily a colour I would have picked for myself as I'm scared of the more brown toned lip products, but I am soooo glad that Sarah picked it because it's absolutely gorgeous, I've had so many compliments every time I've worn it, it's really long lasting and keeps my lips moisturised - what more could you want?

I have absolutely fallen in love with this palette and I have worn it constantly throughout January. I won't ramble on too much about it because I wrote a full review of it here. Again, this was another Christmas present (there's a definite theme this month!), but this time from my boyfriend. I was so excited when I opened it and it hasn't disappointed, I love every shadow and the shades are so versatile that I use this palette for both day and night. A definite make up essential for all beauty lovers!

5./Orphan Black 
Now for the random favourite - 'Orphan Black'. Emil and I had finished our latest Netflix series and were scrolling through to decide what to watch next. He spotted this and said that he'd heard good things about it, so we decided to give it a go. I found the first few episodes so intense that I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to sit through two seasons, but I got so emotionally involved that I couldn't give up. I would really recommend it. Essentially it's about a girl, Sarah, who watches a lady commit suicide and decides to adopt her identity, but in doing so, it opens up a whole new world to Sarah and several story lines follow. It really is so gripping and it's so easy to get through the episodes!

I hope you've all had a lovely month. Let me know you've been loving this January in the comments below.

The Body Shop | Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream Review

Tuesday, 26 January 2016




I was recommended the Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream by fellow blogger Alice (The Velvet Black) and as an avid fan of The Body Shop I couldn't resist, so I decided to treat myself to it whilst Christmas shopping and I think I may finally have found a BB cream that I absolutely love.

1./Coverage
The coverage on this isn't great, if you're looking for something that is high coverage then this isn't for you. However, for me it's fine for an everyday BB cream for work as I don't want anything to thick on my face anyway. It smooths my uneven skin tone and covers any redness well. Any other blemishes that I have, I cover up with concealer. 

2./Staying Power
I never wear this product with a primer as for work I find its too much. However, I don't find that a primer is really needed anyway, it lasts well throughout the day. By the end of the day it has oxidised a bit, but it doesn't leave me looking patchy like some other BB creams have in the past. I definitely think it's the most long lasting BB cream I've tried.

3./Consistency 
This is quite a light BB cream, I don't feel like it's clogging up my pores when I blend it into my skin which is always a plus! It's really lightweight so I don't even notice that it is on my skin, which is something that really puts me off wearing foundation everyday.

4./Price
At £8.50 I think this is a really good BB cream, it does exactly what it says on the tin and it doesn't break the bank, so you can't go far wrong!

5./Fragrance 
I must admit this is the one thing I'm not a massive fan of with this BB cream as it has quite a strong scent which could be the tea tree, personally, I can look past it, but others might not be able to.

The Body Shop offers three shades of this BB cream and I wear 01 light which is prefect for my skin tone, however, I can imagine with only three shades, some people may struggle to find a shade that suits them. Having said that, I'm loving this BB cream and can definitely see my repurchasing it very soon, I really do recommend it!




5 beauty tips I couldn't live without

Tuesday, 19 January 2016




I love reading other people's beauty tips that help make life that bit easier so I thought I'd share a few of mine with you. I've used these 5 for a long time now and have found them to be super useful and effective.

1./Baby oil as eye make up remover
I've been using baby oil as an eye make up remover for as long as I can remember. I'm not sure why I first started using it, but it's such a cheap way of removing make up. A large bottle lasts me ages and whilst I was worried about it leaving my skin feeling oily, it really doesn't. I use a small drop on a piece of cotton wool, wipe off my eye make up and then wash it with water followed by a cleanser. It's a lot more gentle than some make up removers as many of those contain harsher chemicals and it's definitely a lot cheaper!

2./Bio Oil as a scar remover
An old friend once recommended this to me. She had suffered from bad acne and was left with a lot of scars, but since using bio oil it had cleared up a lot of her blemishes. My skin was generally okay when I was growing up, although I had a lot of spots as a teenager, I never had severe acne, but I was left with a few scars, so I used to use this at night by applying it with a bit of cotton wool. It does leave your face feeling rather oily and did make my fringe a little greasy, but it definitely cleared up most of my scars. I stopped using it for a while as my skin really cleared up, however, recently I've started to suffer with a few breakouts and although the spot comes and goes, I do scar really easily and am left with a reminder of the blemish. Now, I just put a small drop on my finger and apply it it to the affected area before bed. I don't use it on my whole face like I used to as there's no need, so my face isn't left feeling greasy and I don't have greasy hair. As you can see, I need to go out and buy another bottle as I've been loving it lately, but I really do recommend using this to remove reminders of spots!

3./Sudocrem as spot treatment.
I wrote a full blog post on this here so I won't go into too much detail, but essentially, I have found this to be the best spot treatment. It helps clear the spot up really quickly, prevents it from lingering and best of all it's really cheap and long lasting!

4./Baby Shampoo to wash make up brushes
This is probably a more commonly known one and one that my beauty therapist cousin taught me - using baby shampoo to clean brushes is really good as it's a really gentle formula so doesn't strip the brushes as they are so sensitive. I tend to wet the brush, put a bit of shampoo in the palm of my hand and then wipe this over the brush under water until the water runs clear. It leaves them feeling so soft and fresh smelling.

5./Tin foil to remove glittery nail polish
I think I may have mentioned this briefly in a post before, but couldn't find it so apologies if I end up repeating myself. I love painting my nails and especially love using glitter nail polishes as I find them to be so effective and think they look really pretty. However, I was always put off using them because it was always such a mission to try and get the glitter off my nails - that is until I read about this super handy trick. Place a spot of nail polish remover on a bit of cotton wool and place this on your nail and then wrap it in tin foil, repeat this for all your nails, wait about 10 minutes, unwrap the foil and cotton wool and voilĂ  - the glitter nail polish is removed! This is probably the handiest tip I've ever discovered!

Do you have any beauty tips? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.

A Trip to the Sky Garden

Thursday, 14 January 2016



  








 




Since the Sky Garden opened in 20 Fenchchurch street (or more commonly known as the Walkie Talkie building), I've been desperate to go, however tickets get booked up ridiculously in advance so I've never actually got round to going. However, Emil discovered that you could get walk in tickets between 10.30 and 11.30, as we both took annual leave between Christmas and New Year, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try our luck and see if we could get in. We joined the queue just before 10.30 and were very lucky to be let in. After having gone through tight security checks, we made it to the 35th floor, aka the Sky Garden. I had been expecting a really exclusive looking bar with lots of greenery. However, whilst there was a bar in the middle, it had more of a 'cafe' feel to it, but this may have been because we went so early in the day, it may be different at night. Having said that, the 360 views of London are beautiful and there are two staircases leading up either side of the bar in which the 'gardens' can be found, which is really pretty and allowed for the perfect photo opportunities! After admiring the views, we got the tube to Oxford Circus and wondered through the back streets to this lovely brunch restaurant called 'The Riding House Cafe' where Emil had booked us a table. I had the most amazing avocado benedict and Emil had eggs benedict, it wasn't too pricey and the service and atmosphere was excellent, I'd definitely recommend it. 


Urban Decay | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Sunday, 10 January 2016



 
 

This palette is one of Urban Decay's newest releases and as soon as I saw that it was being released, I was eager to get my hands on it. I was very lucky to receive this from Emil for Christmas so thought I'd share with you a quick run down of my thoughts on it.

1./Packaging 
I absolutely LOVE the packaging. It's very different to Urban Decay's statement Naked palettes, it's a lot more bold, heavier and best of all the mirror is so much bigger! The simple black and white polka dot design is so simple, yet so photogenic! It's also more square than the Naked palettes which means it fits in my make up bag well for when I'm away for a few nights, whereas I find the Naked palettes a bit too long.

2./Shade Range
I love the range of shades in this palette as unlike the Naked palettes they don't all fall on the same spectrum. There's a mixture of both shimmer and matte shades ranging from a shimmery cream, to bright pink, bright blue and black. There's definitely a colour for every occasion and so it's great for travelling as there's lighter colours for the daytime and then darker, bolder colours for nights out. My favourite is 'Baby' to use across my whole lid and then my favourite to blend in the corner and through the crease is 'Punk'.

3./Pigmentation
Some of the lighter colours aren't as pigmented as I would have liked. This may just be me and my lighter skin tone, however, I must admit the darker shades are definitely very pigmented and are rather bold if not blended properly! 

4./Long Lasting
I have found that these eye shadows do last well on my eyes for most of the day. I tend to wear eye shadows with a primer, but even without they are rather last longing.

My one criticism of this palette is that they  are really 'dusty' eye shadows, when I go to apply some with a brush, I find a lot of fallout lands on the palette as well as my cheek once I apply it to my eye. It's only a small criticism because it's easily blended away, but it does become annoying at times. 

I've heard the Gwen Stefani did have a lot of input in the design of these eye shadows which is so nice to hear, rather than it just being another celebrity endorsed product that isn't actually that good. I think some of the more bold shadows reflect Gwen's personality and that's so refreshing to see in this kind of product. Overall, I am a huge fan of this eye shadow palette and it has quickly found its way into my everyday make up routine. 

Have you tried the Gwen Stefani palette from Urban Decay? Let me know in the comments below.



Goals for 2016

Monday, 4 January 2016


For the last 5 years or so I have set myself a set of goals that I want to achieve by the end of the year (click here to see how I got on with the goals I set myself in 2015). So what do I have in store for myself this year? 

1./Move Out
Seeing as I didn't achieve this one last year, I am determined to move out this year. I now have a steady income and a wonderful boyfriend to move in with, so there's no excuse anymore. I'm craving independence! 

2./Get Promoted at Work
This is a little ambitious considering I've only been in the job 4 months, but there's definitely opportunity for me to get up  to the next level this year and I'm determined to do so. 

3./Eat More Healthily
I'm sure this is everyone's New Years resolution which is soon forgotten by the end of January, but I really do want to continue this throughout the year. I've always had a bad relationship with food and have always been irregular with what and when I eat. However, now that I spend 70% of my time sat at a computer it's more important than ever that I maintain healthy eating, otherwise the pounds will pile on,

4./Develop an Exercise Routine 
Following on from the last point, I want to ensure I establish an exercise routine that I stick to to compliment the healthy eating. One of last years goals was to be more consistent with exercising which I sort of achieved, so this year I want to take it to the next level and actually get into a strict routine. 

5./Read more
I'm one of those people who loves reading and I always had a book on the go  however, this last year, I have barely read any books because I've been so busy and with doing a lot of reading for my masters, the last thing I wanted to do in my free time was yet more reading. However. this year I'm determined to get much more into reading again, so if anyone wants to recommend me any good books, let me know!

I'm so excited for 2016 and am feeling so positive for it. I finally have a career path, my cousin is getting married and I'm going to be a bridesmaid for the first time for one of my newest, but closest friends, Gemma and I can't wait! 

What are your new year resolutions / goals for 2016? Let me know in the comments below. 


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