Wednesday, 27 May 2015

GETTING READY FOR SUMMER

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Although it still feels like winter in England and you can't step outside without the risk of being caught in a rain shower, I've pulled out a few products and pieces ready for Summer. Autumn and winter will always be my favourite seasons but I'm looking forward to ice cold smoothies, watermelon, long walks on the beach (that sea-air!) and wearing floaty summer dresses.

My Lomography camera is now a permanent resident in my bag so that I can finally finish the film roll. With the longer days, hazy summer evenings and perfect lighting, I'll hopefully be able to capture some of the beauty of summer on film.

I've also been looking forward to lounging around the home in my pretty pink and lace shorts from primark, it's still been too cold to even consider bare legs at the moment but these are so comfortable and I can't wait to spend lazy summer weekends at home wearing them.
I've worn my sunglasses (also Primark!) non stop recently, I've spotted this acrylic case from Muji on a few blogs/youtube channels recently and think it looks like the perfect storage for sunglasses!

And a few summery beauty products..

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream: With notes of blackberry, blue wisteria, jasmine, pear and coconut water, it's such a pretty scent that's perfect for the warmer months. I've been wearing this all throughout spring and will definitely be carrying this through with me to summer too.

Essie Peach Daiquiri: For a bold, bright summer nail polish, this peachy pink offering works so well on fingers and toes. It's a beautiful hot pink with a hint of coral that is opaque in just 1-2 coats and works well with bright lips and gold midi rings.

Revlon Sultry Samba Lipstick: This matte, cool toned fuchsia pink lipstick lasts well on the lips and feels soft and creamy in texture. I love wearing this on rainy summer days with a cosy grey jumper and my hair thrown up in a ponytail. It's quite similar to Chanel La Diva and so is a great affordable alternative, see comparisons here.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul: Great for adding a warm glow to your skin on gloomy days, this pretty blusher helps to give you that Victoria's Secret glow. It's a beautiful beige pink blusher with golden shimmer running through it which gives radiance to the complexion. See me wearing it here.

Are you getting ready for Summer yet?
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Sunday, 24 May 2015

WONDER PRODUCTS

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I can always count on these products to work wonders for me, whether its good quality, pigmented make up, oils that brighten my complexion or balms that soothe my lips, they're all products that I absolutely love and can see myself repurchasing for a long time.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow PaletteThis palette has the perfect mix of pigmented shimmery tones and matte browns to create a variety of looks. The buttery smooth texture of the eyeshadows in this palette makes them so easy to work with and blend and every single shadow in this palette is beautiful.

Sleek Rose Gold Blusher: This dreamy peach pink blusher has golden flecks running through it which catch the light and give a beautiful glow as you move. The soft, pigmented formula blends so seamlessly, you only need a light dusting brushed over your cheeks to brighten the complexion and give you a glow similar to Nars Orgasm. See it swatched here.

Sanctuary Therapists Secret Facial Oil: This 99% Organic, lightweight oil is rich in hydrating vitamin e, soothing frankincense and strengthening rosehip oil. You just need a few drops to leave you with soft, nourished skin that's radiant and glowing.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm: Dab a small amount of this sweet citrus and honey scented lip balm onto your lips to eliminate dryness and keep your lips feeling plump and smooth. It contains honey, sweet almond oil, calendula and shea butter which help to tackle dryness and leave your lips looking and feeling soft and nourished.

MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle: Swept over the top of your cheekbones and onto the brow bone, this golden champagne highlighter gives such beautiful, luminous glow to the skin. It blends so seamlessly and leaves your skin looking radiant and illuminated. See me wearing it here.
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Friday, 22 May 2015

5 THINGS I'VE BEEN WATCHING

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So the inveitable happened, I finally signed up to Netflix. I've waved goodbye to my social life for the next month and spent hours binge watching TV series, documentaries and films. Here are 5 things that I've been watching:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: After hearing so many good things about this light-hearted series, I decided to give it a watch. I'm only a few episodes in but I'm already hooked, it's easy watching and really quite funny. It's part created by Tina Fey and tells the story of Kimmy, a girl who's rescued after living for 15 years underground in a bunker as part of a doomsday cult, she restarts her life in NYC with a very positive and enthusiastic outlook on life. Alex said that it reminded him of Elf a little (although slightly more grown up version and minus the Christmas factor!) and I can really see what he means!

The Originals: The Vampire Diaries is one of my favourite TV shows and so I was so happy to see the first season of The Originals on Netflix. Full of werewolves, vampires, witches and hybrids the Originals is a gripping series that keeps you entertained.

Monsters Inc: Monsters Mike Wazowski & James Sullivan work for Monsters Incorporated at the Scare factory where they collect screams from children. Mike and Sully are such a hilarious duo, it's such great viewing from Disney Pixar and the ultimate Sunday afternoon film.

Gossip Girl: I've been wanting to rewatch this for a while now and I'm so happy that Netflix has all 6 seasons available for me to work my way through. Aside from the fact that Blake Lively and Leighton Meester play two of the main characters, the story of Manhattans upper east side socialites is captivating and enjoyable.

Better Call Saul: I've only just started this series but it's already filling my Breaking Bad hole. It shows the challenging path that Saul Goodman aka Walter White's attorney took to become the top 'criminal' attorney he was in Breaking Bad. It has the same feel as breaking bad and is full of wit, guts and humour.

I already have OITNB, Suits and Once Upon a Time on my list to watch next, what are your favourite shows on Netflix?

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

LITTLE HOME THINGS #2

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Lately I've been making small changes to my flat in an attempt to make it feel a little more homely and welcoming. During the warmer months I love having flowers around the home but it can get quite expensive buying fresh flowers so often! My landlady popped round with this beautiful potted plant last weekend, it was so thoughtful of her, the perfect solution and a great way to display flowers!

If you're following me on twitter or snapchat, you probably know that I've been spending a lot of my weekends at Ikea browsing the aisles (and indulging in a few cinnamon rolls!). I picked up this soft, squishy cushion, this beautiful candle holder that I'm planning on using to store all of my Lush products in and the Billy Bookcase after seeing it on Kate's lovely blog (finally some shelves to style!).

I spotted this cute Pineapple Plate in Paperchase, I thought that it would be perfect for storing jewellery or beauty products on. It's the perfect size to fit on my bedside table, or to style onto my new shelves.

Following on from my Copper Home Wishlist I picked up this dreamy Copper Lamp, I also fell in love with this Soft Mint Desk Lamp, it's such a pretty shade and would be the perfect light for my desk!

Lastly, I love these little copper cookie cutters, mine are from Sainsbury's but they don't seem to be available in every store, you can find similar ones here. I'm planning on using them to make cinnamon spiced shortbread or gingerbread biscuits (which are amazing when dipped into hot chocolate!).

Have you bought anything for the home recently?
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Sunday, 17 May 2015

LIPSTICKS CURRENTLY ON ROTATION #4

As the days are (very) slowly starting to get warmer, I've been switching up my lipsticks ready for summer, favouring corals, oranges and cool toned pinks. These are currently on rotation in my make up bag:

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in La Diva - The perfect flamingo pink lipstick to brighten up this rainy May, I've been reaching for Chanel La Diva to make the most of the stormy days we've been having. It's a beautiful matte cool toned pink that's long lasting and looks so pretty on the lips, see it swatched here.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash - A bright fuchsia pink lipstick and a great alternative to Chanel La Diva, Maybelline's offering is so similar in shade at just a fraction of the price. Although not as long lasting as the Chanel lipstick, the texture is creamy, hydrating and has a satin finish. See comparisons here.

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti - This lightly moisturising and spring-worthy shade translates to a skin brightening sheer orange on the lips (swatched here). It's a hybrid between a lipstick and balm and is so easy to pop in your bag for application on the go.

Sleek Matte Me in Party Pink*: These liquid lipsticks last for hours on me and dry to a velvet matte finish on the lips. Party Pink is the perfect spring shade, a dreamy coral pink that I can imagine wearing throughout Summer with denim shorts and floral crowns!

Relvon Matte Balm in Unapologetic: Despite being a matte shade, Revlon unapologetic feels creamy on the lips, it's a bright, flattering warm coral pink (swatched here) that looks so pretty with shimmery champagne eyeshadows and pink gold blushers.

Which lipsticks are currently on rotation in your make up bag?
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