Monday, 26 February 2018

My Go-To Minimal Make Up Products.

I've stripped back my once timely, product full makeup routine. I'm enjoying keeping things simple with more minimal make.  It saves precious time, plus a natural look can be more than enough.

Of course, it helps that I seem to have come across some products which really work for me. I find pleasure in using these quick and easy items, and with the finished result I feel put together and fresh - without using 4 different eyeshadow palettes, and spending a good 20 minutes blending.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream: It will come as no surprise this is still my favourite base products, I've raved about it so much. It really lives up to the name 'You Skin but Better'

Maybelline Eye Erase Concealer: I'll be honest, this isn't my favourite concealer, but it's doing the job for now. I find the package a little too messy. Although the shade is perfect, and it looks on application, I find through the day it goes a tad cakey. If you have any concealer recommendations, please send them my way!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Contour Stick in Medium/Light: I really love the formula of this product, it's so creamy and blendable making it quick and easy to apply. I wish there were more shade available as I find the light/medium is a tad orange toned for me. It creates more of a sunkissed look which a bronzer would create, rather than the shadows more of a grey tone would create. It's great as a bronzer/contour hybrid but if you like a more intense contour, this may not be the one for you.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk: Again, I've banged on about this so much, that I won't ramble on for too long. I love this as a way to give my cheeks a quick flush of colour. It's easy to apply and just makes you look healthy. I can see a few of the other shades entering my make up bag soon.

Marc Jacobs Glowstick in Spotlight: This cream highlight is so underrated. The shade iridescent shade sits somewhere between a gold and silver tone, meaning it's suitable for any skin tone and offers a colour which other highlighters don't. It's so creamy and easy to apply and blend out. Your highlight pops while still giving a somewhat natural glow. The shape of the packaging also makes it really easy to apply.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light: I've finally hit pan on this, and I feel like I need to repurchase ASAP. This fine powder is great for setting your make up if you like a glowy look. It's got some glitter in it, but it's subtly beautiful on the skin.

Benefit BrowZing in 2: I've sworn by this brow product since long before it had fancy silver packaging. The combination of the wax and powder products are perfect for filling in brows.

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown: This gives the brows the most incredible texture if you like them too look a little hairy this is the one to go for.

Surratt Eye Lash Curler: They are the most life-changing eyelash curlers ever, it gives my lashes volume I didn't know they had.

IT Cosmetics SuperHero Mascara: The product actually gives a bit of thickness, and length to my fine, unimpressive eyelashes.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Selfie Last Mascara: The mascara grabs each little hair and defines it. It stays in place too which is always a bonus.

I also filmed a full, Get Ready with Me using these products, so if you want to see them in action, and listening to me have a little chat you can find that on my Youtube Channel... or you can watch it below!

Let me know your favourite go to quick and easy products! These are really tickling my fancy, but I'm always open to trying more (whether my bank account agrees or not!)


Monday, 19 February 2018

Little Things Count.

I've recently entered a familiar realm of sadness, and while I think it's important to ride it out, allow myself to feel. I also think it's just as important to control it before it spiralling. So here are some little things I'm doing to ensure my sadness in shortlived.

1) Reaching out to friends: I've recognised I've been feeling a sense of loneliness and isolation, so rather than dwell on that, and feeding my paranoia, by mentally listing all the reason I could believe that my friends don't actually like me and are attempting to ghost me, I'm simply texting to ask if they want to hang out.

2) Unfollowing: I'm terrible when it comes to following. I see a picture I like, or one tweet I relate to and immediately hit that follow button. I guess because there's no limit on who you can follow. However recently, I was on a friends twitter and noticed she only follow 80 odd people, and I thought to myself with envy "her twitter must be a nice place to be", and then I realised I follow thousands of people which make my social media feeds just as loud as my brain. So not to be that dick who unfollows but I'm going to be doing some unfollowing, for my own sake.

3) Facemask - My once completely clear skin which would cause me to brag how I never get spots, is cluttered with angry blemishes. I think stress has caused my skin to have a bad time. Rather than dwell on the fact my skin isn't looking great, I'm taking it as an excuse to do some facemask, give it that extra bit of love it's looking for.

4) Eating Healthy - The temptation to binge when I'm feeling down is high, but I'm trying my best to shake my head no to the overload of snack that I want and eat well because it just makes me feel a little nicer

5) Exercise - I mean, I'm yet to put this one into practice if I'm completely honest, but I'm trying my best to incorporate exercise into my life again because I know what good things it does for the mind. I want to try out Yoga, considering I've never met someone less flexible than me, it could be interesting.

6) Meditate - As well as moving your body, I think it's just important to be still, and alone with your thoughts. I'm going to get back into meditating, if you've been reading my blog a while, you'll know used to be obsessed with the Headspace apps, it's time to start using it again.

7) Delete the social media app which I mindlessly scroll on - I recently deleted my Facebook app from my phone, I don't miss it, and I don't waste time scrolling, or meeting with the devil of comparison. Snapchat will be going next.

8) Clean - It's not only therapeutic, but it creates a more inviting environment. I was having a terrible day yesterday, I walked into my bedroom, and was reminded I changed my bedding earlier that day and just one thing was slightly nice, and sometimes the smallest things, really count. I know clean bedding's not going to change the world, but it makes it the tiniest bit brighter.

9) Tweet less, blog more - I find it far too easy to tweet out a few words which poorly describe how I'm feeling which might not always come across how I intend and can make space feel quite negative. I'm going to try to take to blogging more when I've got something to say, so that I can talk about how I'm feeling in a longer form, that way I can hopefully understand it, and explain it better.

10) Write in my Diary - I'm trying to get back into the habit of writing down my thoughts each day, taking the time to explore my thoughts and pour my heart out into words on a page, just for me. I find this helps understand how I'm feeling, and gain a sense of control over it, plus it encourages me to practise my writing for no one other than myself.

Photography: Madeleine Grace

Outfit Details
Dress: ASOS 
Jacket:  H&M (old, similar linked)
Shoes: DMs (similar)
Bag: Zara (old, similar linked)
Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 37 L'Exubérante

I will do a full write up on this outfit soon, because, I mean, how cute that dress?!

I hope you found this post useful, I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Friday, 9 February 2018

My Most Worn Fragrances.

Something I often get asked about and complimented on is my choice in perfume, and 95% of the time the answer receives the reply "I've never heard of that" so I have come to the conclusion some of the favourite scents,  are kept a little too secret. They smell great, and deserve to be talked about more - so I thought I'd do a full blog post on some of my most worn fragrances. I am also a fan of mixing scents, to create something unique. So often, I'll be wearing more than one when asked, which tends to come as a surprise, but I think it's fun to experiment and see what works together. 

As I've mentioned before, I am truly awful at describing scents and doing them justice, so I'm going to include some notes from various websites to give some idea of what they are actually are like.
 Of course, if you like the sound of something I'd definitely recommend heading to a store where you can give it a whiff.

Dior Hypnotic Poison 

 Perhaps one of the more known of my selection. I wear this fragrance when I really want to feel special when I've got something nice planned. Every time I catch a whiff of myself when I wear this, I fall in love with it all over again

 Notes from Dior website: The mystery of Dior’s legendary forbidden fruit lives on in a magical, modern philter that blends femininity with boldness. 

Four contrasting facets 
– intoxicating bitter almond and carvi, opulent Sambac jasmine, mysterious Jacarandra and sensuous vanilla and musk 
– make for a compelling, bewitching fragrance fusion. Intoxicating and extravagant

Molecule 01 by Eccentric Molecules

This is by far one of my favourite fragrance, for a few reasons, it's supposed to smell different on each person who wears it, it's great for mixing, I always get asked what I'm wearing after I've sprayed this, and it only has one ingredient. The only downside is, I don't love the bottle, and why doesn't it have a lid?

Notes from the Harvey Nichols website: Molecule 01 contains only the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, which, on its own, is less of a fragrance than an effect. The wearer may notice a subtle, velvety, woody note which will vanish, then re-surface after some time. More than this, she or he will notice the impact the fragrance has on other people, because Molecule 01 lends an indefinable allure to the wearer. In fact, its effect is almost pheromonic.

Ambre Passion by Laura Mercier 

I think this scent gets the most compliments. My Mum, my Sister and I have all became hooked on it since we discovered it. As you can see, it's well loved.

Notes from the Space NK website: Splash on a little Laura Mercier Ambre Passion for an aromatic explosion of different scents.
At the centre of this perfume is the fragrant amber scent, a mix of feminine sweetness and the masculine musky, woodsy aroma. Combined with the soft, sweet smell of vanilla and the pungent aroma of sandalwood, musk and cedar wood, this fragrance is a pleasant contradiction in aromas. In addition to these aromas, patchouli’s sharp, earthy fragrance adds a sexy, sensual and velvety quality to the scent. Both soft and subtle while musky and earthy, the amber and the softer vanilla help balance out the strong and calmer scents that make up the olfactory explosion.

 Jimmy Choo

 This is another one the whole family seemed to invest in once we smelt it.

Notes from the Jimmy Choo website: Imagine femininity, luxury and style…bottled: introducing Jimmy Choo, the original fragrance.

A fragrance enveloping the woman with sensuality and seduction, with warm, rich and woody depths. Inspired by modern women - strong, empowered, beautiful, seductive and alluring with a mysterious sense of confident sensuality.

Angel by Thierry Mugler

This fragrance I've had a long relationship with, from remembering my sister wearing it as a teenager, and thinking it smelt disgusting, to falling in love with the scent as an adult.

Notes from the Perfume Shop website:
Angel is a mouth-watering delicious and sensual fragrance, a delicate blend of sweet Red Fruits, Soft Caramel, Honey and Praline combined with the captivating power of Patchouli and Vanilla. Angel is a luxurious, chic and timeless fragrance with a seductive edge.

Vanillé Eau Gourmande by Laura Mercier

It seems Laura Mercier has an underrated perfume selection - as two have now made my favourites. The scent is slighter sweeter and lighter than that rest.

Notes from the Laura Mercier website: Captures the essence of vanilla orchid & vanilla liqueur, vanilla musk, heliotrope, daylily, bourbon vanilla, sandalwood & amber.

Please let me know some of your go-to fragrances, I'd love to discover more!


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

What's the occasion? Life.

As I do every year, just before my birthday, I went to buy something special to wear. 

When my Mum held up this dress in a busy Zara to show me, I immediately fell in love with it. The fabric was so luxurious, the colours suit me, and I felt great when I tried it on.

I went for a meal with my friends and felt joyful as they compliment my outfit, although it was simply a high street find, it completely fit the 'special' brief. I felt confident and wonderful. 

And then, the evening with over, so my 'special' dress was hung in the darkness of my wardrobe for a while.

It was too 'dressy', you see.  I needed an occasion to wear it. It was just a bit OTT for day to day.  Then something I read in Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams came to mind. I didn't need an occasion. Every day is an occasion, every day is special.

And I remembered, I liked how I felt wearing the 'special birthday dress', and I knew I wanted to feel like that again.

So I vowed to show my pretty dress the light of day more. I vowed to let a garment make me feel special whenever I wanted it to.

I paired it with a cropped jumper, to go for coffee, I wore it with heels to dance in a nightclub and Doctor Martens to take myself shopping. 

I span in my garden one Tuesday because it felt nice.

Don't save your best, for best - you deserve to feel nice every day. 

Make the most out of the things that make you feel wonderful. 

Dress for you. 

Put the things on your body which make you want to spin with happiness. 

Every day can is an occasion if you make it one.

Your life is an occasion, don't forget to dress for it.Given the choice, why would you choose not to feel special?

What makes you feel special? Make sure you give it the attention it deserves, the attention that you deserve. Dress for the day you want to have.

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