Sunday, 31 July 2016

Make Up Must Haves - Your Capsule Make Up Bag

Creating A Capsule Make Up Bag
The make-up industry is at it's peak and brands are launching more and more exciting products every month. This is great news for our faces but bad news for our bank balances and with all the choice, whether your swatching at the drug store or department store, it can be hard to know what you need and what works.

I've put together a capsule make up bag with a few of my personal must-haves. I've picked these by product type and my favourite of that kind. I'd like to think that with this selection of beauty faves, I could conquer any day.
Creating A Capsule Make Up Bag
Concealer A good concealer should be blendable, buildable and have great coverage. One that you can use as little  or as much as you want and it doesn't look cakey. The Maybelline Fit Me concealer is a great dupe for the Nars Creamy concealer and I honestly can't fault it.

Highlighter A beautiful champagne highlighter is a must have in my make up bag. One with a great consistency that doesn't leave any fall down, look glazed on the skin or appear to have flecks of glitter. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is still the best highlighter I've ever used and so affordable.

CC Cream CC Cream is a product I've been using for some time now, especially in summer months. A good find is one that provides a dewy and light coverage while correctly colour problems on your skin. I love the Bourjois 123 CC Cream. Try it, you won't regret it.

Bronzer I was on the hunt for so long for a bronzer that wasn't orange and had no shimmer and I can't believe I hadn't tried Benefits Hoola. It's the most beautiful colour and can be used for both bronzing and contouring - Win. 

Eye Brows I've spent years finding a go-to product to fill in my eyebrows and keep them in place all day. The Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil is just that. I've almost ran out of this one and it's easy to see why. It makes applying the product so easy and with so many shades to choose from, it's easy to find one that matches. 

Tools Now, I don't always believe that you need tools in order to apply your make up but for me, there are some I couldn't live without. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is the first, I use one of these every single day for anything from foundation to eye shadow primer. 

Mascara A good mascara is the key in any make up bag and sometimes I leave the house wearing only that. For me, the mascara needs be the blackest black, not have any clumps or fibers and also have great hold power. Benefit's They're Real has been a staple in my makeup bag ever since it was released.

Moisturiser When choosing a moisturiser for a capsule make up bag rather than everyday, it had to one that could rescue any situation from a flaky forehead to dry lips. This Elizabeth Arden Original Eight Hour Cream does just that. You can use as much or as little as you want and it's definitely worth investing in. 

Primer A primer should minimize the appearance of your pores, mattify your skin and smooth out your skins texture. My personal favourites are Benefit's Porefessional  or Smashbox's Photo Finish. Sometimes I use this all over my face, other times just on and around my nose.

Falsies I think it's great to have a brand of false eyelashes that you reach for time and time again. For me that brand is Eylure and more specifically the Fleur De Force range. My picks are Fleur Loves or the individuals. 

Nude Lipstick A nude lipstick is a must for any make up bag and can look completely effortless no matter what make up look you are wearing. I love the shade 08 from Rimmel Kate, it goes with every look and every outfit so I always keep one in my bag. 

Setting Spray I have normal to combination skin so when it comes to setting my make up I'd rather not use a powder in case it exaggerate my dry skin or clings to make up the wrong way. To combat this I use a setting spray. My go to is Urban Decay's De-Slick.


I'd love you know if you've tried these products and what you think of them. Be sure to share your recommendations in the comments!

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

How To Declutter Your Life

Raise your hand if you have ever flicked through your wardrobe and spent time convincing yourself that you definitely need every item in it. Lets not forget that dress that has never fitted and that jacket that still has the label on 1 year later. We’re humans, it’s inevitable but it has to stop - in my wardrobe at least. 

I didn’t rush out to buy The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, I didn’t need it. I decided all I needed was an Ebay account, discipline and a realistic outlook on things. With this story in mind, I thought I’d share with you my top 5 things to declutter this summer that will definitely make you feel better. 

Wardrobe
  • Anything that is out of season, put it in a bag or a box and store away until that season. 
  • Switch out your summer and winter clothes. I keep all of my bikinis and very summery items in a suitcase under my bed. When the time comes around, I switch them for my winter jumpers. 
  • If an item doesn’t fit you, consider whether you are going to fit into it in the near future. If not, use sites like Ebay and Depop to resell it, give to a friend or toss it away. Make room for that next Asos order!
Handbag
  • Condense your purse down. After watching Lydia Elise Millen’s video I knew a cardholder was the perfect solution to my cluttered purse problem. No more loose change, no more receipts and it fits into any sized bag.
  • Don't fill your bag with rubbish - Empty chewing gum packets and old receipts I'm looking at you.
  • Pack strategically. Only take with you the make-up you are wearing on the day, pick up travel sized lip balms and also think about using a Travelo instead of a full sized perfume bottle.
Make Up
  • Separate your make up into most used, use occasionally and never use. If there's any in the never use category, you know where to put it.
  • Products that you've tested and are sure you don't like, gift them to your friends
  • Any liquids that are out of date, throw them away. They're a breeding ground for bacteria.
Home in General
  • Clear out your fridge each week and your cupboards once a month. Less stress when it comes to putting away your food shop.
  • Don't use any space as a 'shit drawer'/'shit cupboard', you know, the one with the odd tealights and dead batteries. Everything should have it's own place and risking everything toppling out when you open it, stress level 100.
Head
  • With regards to bills, create a spreadsheet or list and itemize everything you have to pay out at the end of the month along with your income. Having it all in front of you will help you plan what to do. 
  • Create to-do lists on your phone/laptop/paper. Less forgetting, more organizing.
  • On the same topic, use a calendar or diary to mark down special days or events you have coming up.

So there you have it, these are just some of the things I do to help me declutter my head, home and life in general. What are your tips and tricks?




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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Choosing Our Summer Holiday

Now, I know I’m not the only one who dreams of jetting off to somewhere hot when it rains in the UK and on one wet and windy Thursday back in May, I knew it was time to start looking. I looked on what felt like every single travel and holiday website and just couldn’t find anything that suited. I knew I wanted to go to somewhere in Greece and that it needed to be in September. That was it.

I ruled out Santorini pretty early on (sob) as it wasn’t really in my price range after splurging on Las Vegas back in March - Goodbye Instagram worthy photos. I ruled out Kavos in fear of it being Magaluf's twin sister and also ruled out Zante for the same reasons - I went to Magaluf back when I was 18. Most unrelaxing holiday ever.

So, after searching and searching and you guessed more searching I knew in the back of my mind that the old faithful Thomson would eventually come through. Besides Las Vegas, I’ve used Thomson for holidays for 3 or 4 years now. Their holidays, for me, are great value, the booking and traveling process is simple and the service they provide both in the UK and abroad is great! High five Thomson.

As soon as I saw this hotel I knew that was where we were going to go. The white buildings, location and blue waters sold me - not to mention the all inclusive!
Now that the countdown is into real numbers, I’m getting really excited. I’ve picked up a few gorgeous beach dresses and sandals from Asos and I’m looking for some good swimsuits - any excuse to not have to non-flaunt it in a bikini. I’m picturing my breakfast filled with mimosas and Greek Yogurts. What could possibly be better?

Have you ever been to Kos or on any beach holiday for that matter? I’d love to hear recommendations of places to go and things to see and do. Let me know!

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

How can we stop procrastination?



You know, the other day I put up a photo frame that had been sitting on the same chair for 7 weeks. I saw it every single day and I said to myself 'I've definitely got to put that up later'. 

Of course, later never came and it was soon 'I should really put that photo frame up.. next weekend'. Do you see where this is going? Well I didn't.

I continued day after day, putting off hanging the photo frame. It didn't even need to be hung, I bought Command Strips. How lazy right?

My point is, when I lie in bed at night - or get a minute in the day to think - I get annoyed with myself for putting the smallest things..

  • Hang the photo frame
  • Try out the Charlotte Crosby DVD I bought in April
  • Replace the batteries in the Sky remote
  • Put the make up wipes that I've used in the bin - Gross I know

And the more I think about it, the more I realise there's a never ending list of such things that I am putting off..

  • Make more time for breakfast 
  • Get my 7 hours sleep
  • Sort out the cardboard recycling

I really envy the people in life that just get stuff done. I need to be one of those people. How do they do it?

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