Lip Products | AW14

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

As we are now well and truly into Autumn and fast approaching Winter, I am putting my Summer make up away and bringing out the products that I love for this time of year. I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite lipsticks/lipglosses for the coming months.

1./Tanya Burr Cosmetics - Afternoon Tea
I have been loving this lip gloss for ages now and have worn it throughout Summer and despite it being quite a light/pastel shade, I am not ready to let it go for the Winter months. Sometimes, during Autumn/Winter I like to wear slightly darker eye make up, when I do, I don't like to wear a heavy lipstick too as I find that the make up look is 'too much'. Therefore, this lip gloss is perfect to compliment darker eye make up with it's soft, subtle tones.

2./Clinique - Candy Pink
This lipstick is so old, that I don't think it's even available form Clinique any more. It is such a lovely deep shade that is perfect for the coming months. As I have quite a fair complexion, I find that dark lispsticks wash me out too much. However, this is the perfect shade as it's dark enough for Winter, but not too dark for my fair skin.

3./MAC - Odyessy
This is similar to the Clinique Candy Pink, in that it is a lovely dark colour, but doesn't make me look silly with my pale skin. I love MAC lipsticks in general as they are so long lasting and are really nicely pigmented.

4./Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stain - Cherish
I am always a bit sceptical about lip stains because they look lovely when first applied, but as the day goes on, it can be drying on the lips and the colour left behind isn't as nice as that which was applied. However, I love the ColourBurst range from Revlon as they smell really lovely and are very long lasting without drying the lips.

5./Rimmel Apocalips - Celestial
I'm always a lot more comfortable wearing lip glosses rather than lip sticks as I feel that they suit me more and am not always feeling bold enough for a statement lipstick, this is why the Apocalips range from Rimmel is perfect for me. This particular shade, Celestial, is so lovely for Winter. Whilst the colour is relatively long lasting, the gloss wears off after a while. However, it's still one of my favourites because the colour is just so lovely.

What lip products do you love for the Autumn and Winter months? Let me know in the comments below.

Mark Hill Volume Shampoo and Conditioner | Review

Sunday, 26 October 2014

I'm always going on about how flat and lifeless my hair is and whilst I've tried salt sprays and texturising sprays, I thought it was about time that I look for a volumizing  shampoo and conditioner to compliment the sprays. I looked along the shelves in Boots and the Mark Hill 'Big It Up!' Shampoo and the 'Big Is Better' Conditioner really stood out to me, I loved the brightly coloured bottles. I know you should never judge a book by it's front cover, but I really was dragged in by the prettiness of the bottles. Having never used any Mark Hill products before, I thought I would give them a try.

They really do what they say on the tin, my hair definitely has more volume in it after I have used both the shampoo and the conditioner. My only criticism (and this may be down to my hair type) is that with the volume comes added frizz. I have tried an anti frizz spray which does seem to help, but I am willing to settle for the added frizz in order to have hair that has more volume and life to it. I am definitely going to look at buying more Mark Hill products as I'm very impressed with this latest purchase!

Have you got any volumizing shampoos or conditioners that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below. 

Apologies and a Few Things to Remember

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Firstly, I need to start with an apology. Sorry I haven't blogged at all this last week, I had a family bereavement and didn't feel in the right place to be posting any blog posts. However, I had been thinking about writing this post for a while and this past week, I have had a lot of thinking time and time to reflect. I've had lots of changes in my life over these past few months; graduating from university, moving back home, getting a new job, starting a masters degree, getting into a new relationship, to name but a few. Whilst a lot of people don't like change, it's something I find particularly hard to deal with. Also, it's the first time in my life where I don't have a natural progression onto the next stage of my life, it's always been simple; from finishing school, to going to sixth form and then onto university, but now I have no natural pathway. I'm at university 3 days a week which involves an hour and 15 minute drive each way and then work the other 2 days with the weekends filled with seeing my boyfriend or a catch up with friends. Lately, it has all become a bit too much for me, have I made the right decision to do a masters degree? Am I going to have enough time to get all the work done? Will I cope with all the work? What will I do once I finish the masters? However, it has made me realise some really important points that can apply to lots of people in lots of different situations and so, I thought I would share them with you:

1./It's okay to not be okay
I'm often referred to as 'the one who is always happy' and I like that, I like to be an optimist and bring happiness into people's lives, however, it means that when I'm struggling with something, I don't like to show how I feel because I don't like the idea of letting people down and not being 'the happy one'. However, I've come to realise that this isn't a healthy way of thinking and that everyone has their 'down days' and you just have to go with it until you feel better again. 

2./Having 'me' time is important
Lately, I've been so busy as I explained earlier and so, I rarely get time to chill. However, I've noticed how much better I've felt after a lazy evening, catching up with TV and drinking a mug of green tea, socialising can be exhausting and as much as I love it, we all need that 'down time'. 

3./Things have a habit of working out for the best
This is a famous quote from my mum, whenever I'm going through a bad patch she always reminds me of this. It kind of ties in with a moto that I really believe in which is that 'everything happens for a reason'. There's been moments in my life where I have seen no way of things getting better or working out well, but every time, I've seen at a later date how much better things are.

4./You can't control the future so there's no point worrying about it
This is one that I am having to constantly remind myself of at the moment. I am a massive worrier in any case, but lately I have been particularly worrying about the future as I am so unsure about what I want to do. Lots of my friends have their lives sorted, are in comfortable jobs beginning their careers and I'm spending £7000 on a course that I may not even use. However, as I have learnt before in the past, you can't dictate what happens in the future and even if you do plan for it, you never know what might happen and your plans could change dramatically in any case.

5./Be yourself and nothing less
Sometimes we're so hung up on impressing people and being the best, that we lose sight of who we really are. I'm so worried that I'm not clever enough for this masters or that I'm not good enough at my job that I sometimes forget who I am and what I've achieved. It's important to remember how well you've done to get to where you are today and that you wouldn't have done that without being the person that you are. Also, if other people don't think you're good enough, that's their problem not yours. 

So these are a few points that I've been trying to convince myself of these past couple of weeks. I know it's a slightly different post to what I normally write and I am sorry for rambling, but I hope it's been of help to at least a few people. Let me know what you think of this style of post in the comments and let me know if you have any tips to add.

A Day Out To Canterbury

Sunday, 12 October 2014

As many of you will know, I have recently started my masters at the University of Kent, in Canterbury. A couple of weekends ago, I had to go down and register. As this only took about an hour, Emil and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to explore the city of Canterbury. I'm living at home still, so won't be spending much time in the city, but having heard how beautiful it is, I couldn't help but explore it with my camera. We had a lovely day walking through the cobbled streets and stopped for lunch at a really cute, hipster cafe. After lunch, we did a bit of shopping and then found ourselves in another hipster cafe, eating red velvet cake. Can you tell that my favourite thing at the moment is cute, little, independent cafes? (Hence my obsession with Cafe No.33 in Norwich). After eating the most delicious cake, we headed home. I really do love Canterbury and it's such a shame that I won't have much time this year to explore it a bit more, having to commute 3 days a week means that I don't really have the energy to make the commute again at the weekend. 

What I'm Wearing | Autumn OOTD

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Dress - Topshop
Denim Jacket - Topshop
Boots  - Bank
Necklace - Primark
Earrings - Vintage
Watch - Michael Kors

Autumn is probably my favorite season as the weather is never too hot or cold and you can accessorize outfits with scarves etc without having to hide it all under a winter coat. I am absolutely in love with my Denim Borg Western Jacket from Topshop and I have been wearing it with lots of different outfits lately. It's ideal for Autumn because it has the faux wool lining for when it's slightly cooler, but it's not too thick for the rare days of warmer weather. In these photos I wore it with a black dress from Topshop which is perfect for the day or can be dressed up with a pair of heels for a night out. I teamed this outfit with my cut out boots which I'm also loving at the moment as the weather is getting cooler.

Make Up Essentials | Night Out

Sunday, 5 October 2014

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about my Make Up Must Haves, but I focused on my everyday make up and having had lots of positive feedback about it, I thought it was about time that I write a post about my night out make up essentials as they differ quite a lot.

1./Mac- Skin Base Visage
Firstly, I apply this primer to help my make up stay in place for the night.

2./Maybelline - Dream Matte Mousse
I like this foundation a lot because I find it provides a really good coverage and stays on my face all night. It's really lightweight and doesn't feel thick on the skin. 

3./Collection - Lasting Perfection Concealer
I know it seems like every blogger has this concealer, but it really is as good as it's made out to be. It provides excellent coverage and is a nice creamy texture without clogging up the pores.

4./Rimmel - Stay Matte Powder
I've used this powder for years now, I used to use it on it's own, but now I use it to set my foundation and prevent the shine that foundation can sometimes bring.

5./Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder
I use this to contour my cheekbones and provide more definition along my jaw line and along the top of my forehead.

6./YSL - Touche Eclat
I absolutely love this product, I've previously reviewed it in one of my earlier blog posts and I'm still loving it. I use it as a highlighter across the top of my cheekbones and it really makes them stand out more.

7./MAC - Eyeshadow, White Frost
I use this eyeshadow as my base, if I'm going to do a smokey eye look, then I find by using this shadow first it makes the look more soft and not so harsh against my pale skin.

8./MAC - Eyeshadow, Print
Next, I take this eyeshdow and place it on the edge of my eyelid and blend it through the crease to add definition to the lid.

9./Urban Decay - Naked Palette, Creep
This is a really dark eyeshadow so I do not use much of it, but I just use it on the outer corner of my eyelid and blend it in through the crease to create a smokey eye look.

10./L'Oreal - Super Liner, Black Lacquer
I love this eyeliner a lot, it is so easy to apply and is perfect for providing the winged look that I love for nights out.

11./Maybelline - 24hr Colour Tattoos - Eternal Gold
I use a very small accent brush to apply this colour tattoo to the inner corner of my eye to open the eye up and to add a bit of colour to contrast with the grey smokey look on the eyelid.

12./MAC - Eye Kohl, Smoulder
Having tried numerous eye pencils, this is by far my favourite, I run it along the waterline to add definition to my eye.

13./MAC - Mascara, Haute & Naughty
The final step on my eyes is mascara. I love this mascara for night out, I find it too heavy for everyday use, but for a night out, it is provides the perfect amount of volume.

14./MAC -Powder Blush, Style 
The final step in my make up routine is to apply blusher. I love this blusher as it's the perfect pigmentation for my skin tone.

So that's my make up routine for a night out. I haven't included a Lipstick  because I'm yet to find one that I absolutely love and use on a regular basis. I know it seems like a lot of effort and a lot of make up, but it really doesn't take me too long and doesn't end up being a heavy look. Let me know in the comments of any make up products you love for a night out, I'm always on the look out for new products to try.

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