Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A Bottle Of Goldđź’•

If a perfume smells nice, then great. But if it has unique packaging, then I'm all about that life. I absolutely adore Calvin Klein perfumes; it's a brand whom I'm always either buying perfumes from, or receiving them as gifts. At Christmas, I received CK One Gold as a gift. I hadn't ever smelt it before, nor did I know that it even existed. But, before I begin talking about the scent, can we admire it's beauty?

CK One Gold is a limited edition unisex fragrance, created by the world famous Calvin Klein. It's a light, sweet and juicy scent which just screams Spring and Summer at me because it's so fresh. It claims to be quite a bold scent, one which provides confidence and energy to people. From looking at it online, the main target audience seems to be the youth, or at least that's how I have interpreted it. I wouldn't necessarily say that it's a young person's scent; to me, I wouldn't say that it has one specific category. It's a beautiful, fruity scent which suits everyone. 

The aesthetics of this bottle are on point. I love how they have incorporated the gold onto the bottle, after all, it is the perfume's name. The dripping effect is really smart and I think it adds to the overall appearance of the bottle. It's shiny so when the light hits the bottle, it looks effective. It's one of those bottles you just need to have out on display because it's simply too beautiful to keep hidden away in a box. With that being said, when you compare the box to the bottle, they near enough have the same packaging/design.

I have the 100ml bottle, and although it's vast in terms of volume, the bottle design is rather sleek and quite thin too. On travelling to Portugal I brought this bottle with me, and it fitted perfectly into my wash bag no problem. It's a perfume which I wear on a daily basis because it's light enough to wear, but also versatile because you can wear it in the evenings too.


Monday, 12 March 2018

Maybelline Total Temptationđź’•*

Oh, how I love a new mascara. I'm honestly terrible at replacing them, I just kind of forget, but then again, I like them more when they go "dry", I feel they work better. Maybelline are forever blessing me with beautifully packaged PR boxes - can we take a minute to appreciate how satisfying the fact is that the tissue paper and products are a similar colour?! If I'm honest, I didn't realise that Maybelline had came out with a new range, so I was excited to give it a try.

Temptation Mascara* || £8.99 - I'm not going to lie, because the tube was pretty thick, I was expecting a larger wand, but I must say, I do like the wand this mascara has. It's a plastic wand full of little legs which are sure to catch onto every last lash. I have came to the conclusion that this mascara helps to lengthen my lashes, but also delivers a whole lot of volume too, and it just generally helps to open my eyes up too. I always curl my right lashes because they grown stubbornly straight, and this mascara helps to hold them in place. I like the formula because it's not too wet nor too dry, doesn't clump nor feel heavy on my lashes.I have noticed that there is a slight scent of coconut; for me, this is a nice added extra but it's not necessarily needed. I've been wearing this mascara every time I wear makeup and I really like it every time I wear it. It doesn't crumble which is always a bonus. I'm not entirely sure how well it works as a waterproof mascara; I haven't cried so I cannot judge, I have worn it in the shower and it hasn't melted down my face. One night, I accidentally fell asleep with it on and I did wake up looking like a panda, so I don't recommend doing so. I don't need to tug too much to remove (I use a micellar water) so all round, it's a good mascara.

Total Temptation Brow Definer* || £7.99 - For someone who sucks at their brows, I sure own quite the collection. I'm forever on the hunt for a product which is A) easy to use and B) makes my brows look decent. Brow pencils are ok, I quite like brow kits but pomades are my favourite. With that being said, I instantly knew I was going to like this brow definer. Why? Because I like that the tip of it is angled. When I first tried it, and realised how creamy it was, I panicked. I was afraid it'd be too messy, and smudge everywhere. Oh, how wrong could I be. It is the simplest brow product ever, I love it. It doesn't look too dark compared to my hair, and I don't have those dreaded "slug brows" either. I like the spoolie which effortlessly brushes my brows into the desired position and blends the product out. It takes hardly any time to fill my brows in, and it leaves them looking fuller yet natural. This product is available in three shades; Blonde, medium brown and deep brown.

I do like this range from Maybelline. Not only the fact it's pink, but the quality is fantastic. For the price, I highly recommend trying out the range because I doubt you'll be disappointed.


*PR Samples

Monday, 5 March 2018

My Latest Buy From Real Techniquesđź’•

Well, technically I didn't need them, but then again, their sale price was an absolute steal. I was in Superdrug a while back where I saw the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Collection reduced to a super low price of £5.99. Of course, at first, I thought this was a misprint, but when the sales assistant reassured me it was the real price, I could not knock it back - it was a fraction of its usual price! Their duo fiber collection is a set which I have eyed up for ages, hoping it would go on sale (it is a lil pricey for 3 brushes I won't lie) so I was glad to finally purchase it. 

It contains three brushes: a contour brush, a face brush and an eye brush. The colour scheme follows the rest of their sets with the recognisable yellow, pink and purple, with the black bottom part too. As they are a duo fiber collection, the bristles are different from the usual brushes - these ones are less dense and are "flimsier" in a way, not to mention very fluffy and soft.

Duo Fiber Contour Brush - This brush is certainly one of those that has multiple uses - the obvious, contour, setting makeup beneath the eyes and perhaps even baking. When I bake, I do find I sometimes need to use a bit more powder than usual as the bristles aren't as dense but this isn't too much of a concern. It could be used for baking beneath the eyes, or along the jawline for definition. I like to use it for bronzing up my skin. After cream contouring, it's your best friend - apply bronzer on top of where you have contoured and the definition is unreal, not to mention that it will set your contour in place!

 Duo Fiber Face Brush - As much as I love using this brush for powdering my face - it's great because it's quite a large head so covers vast areas at once - I've also discovered another use for it; bronzing. It's the ideal shape for bronzing your temples and jawline, meaning bronzing is effortless. With the thinner bristles, it means that there will be no harsh lines or excess wasted product either, and a light but steady hand is all that is required. Sometimes when I wear foundation, I like a light dusting of powder, and this brush just fulfills my requirement - it's perfect!

Duo Fibre Eye Brush - I just love the RT eye brushes (read review here) so I thought that I'd love this brush just as much. Sadly, I didn't. By no means do I dislike the brush, it's just not my first choice. I feel that it's made more for applying shadow into a specific area of the eye as opposed to blending because a) the bristles are quite long and b) the bristles aren't as dense as my preferred eyeshadow brushes, they're finer. If I'm going for a more dramatic and bold eye look, I use this brush for applying shadow into the outer corner of my eye as it applies it to the desired area.

All in all, I do think that these brushes are pretty good. I've heard a mixed response but I'm leaning towards liking them. My favourite brush probably has to be the face brush purely because it's more multi-purpose than the others in my opinion, and just performs the best. Next, I'm after the sculpting set (the one with the fan brush, and they're pink!!)

Have you tried this set? What was your experience?

Monday, 26 February 2018

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Rangeđź’•

If I'm using a lip product, I want it to last a long time on my lips. I want to be able to go out, eat, drink or whatever without it smudging or fading. The last thing I'm wanting to do is reapply my makeup because honestly, I never reapply my makeup once I leave the house. 

Liquid lipsticks have received their fair share of love, and guess what? I'm late to the bandwagon, once again. I just didn't know which brand to opt for and I did think they seemed a tad persnickety. Then one day a few months back, the postman almost broke our letter box (again) as he squeezed through a parcel for me; containing a beautiful package from Maybelline with four of their Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks*.

As you can see, the colours are rather vibrant and out there; I won't lie, they have been rather daunting to use and have intimidated my pale skin, hence why I haven't gotten round to reviewing them for ages. I was afraid that they would wash me out something silly. Once I finally overcame my fear, I gave them a bash, and ensured to use them whilst eating and drinking to put them to the test. One of the main reasons I eventually bit the bullet to try them is because I sell them at my work, and any time I stock up the makeup, the shelf where they are kept is quite empty, making me think they are a good seller.

45 Escapist* || I cannot pinpoint why, but something about this shade instantly attracted me to it. It's dark and mysterious, and rather vampy too. Being as white as snow, I knew it would wash me out but would look quite contrasting too. As it's so dark, you need to be really precise when applying - one wrong move and boom. It's an extremely dark purple, almost black, which is sure to reveal anyone's secret gothic side. It's really quite opaque but I still built it up because I was afraid that it would look streaky. One thing for sure is that it's a bold, daring shade which definitely makes a statement. This was the first shade I tried out, and although the shade is really lovely, I was kind of annoyed that it came off when I was eating; it began to flake away at the centre of my lips, but the rest remained in tack. Removing it was a whole different story - it just wouldn't come off. I must've scrubbed at my lips for a good few minutes, so there's no denying that it has a pretty good lasting power.

30 Romantic* || When I saw this one, I thought great, a shade which I may be able to wear on a daily basis without being too "in your face". I did bother me that it applies a bit brighter than the tube - I love the colour of the packaging so I was really hoping it would match but unfortunately, no. I finally got over this, and accepted it. It's quite a bright, neon pink shade which is out there. It's almost like taking an ordinary pink shade and turning the saturation all the way up, that's the easiest way to describe it. It's one to be worn with subtle makeup as opposed to bold, because it'd clash too much.

25 Heroine* || Typically, orange is a no go for me, it just doesn't suit me whatsoever. I'd say this lipstick is more on the coral side rather than orange. It's quite warm toned and in all honesty, I think it'd be much better to wear in S/S because bright, colourful lips are always on trend then. It's a wacky shade which to me, just screams confidence. I cannot decide if I like it or not, I think I need to experiment with it more in terms of makeup pairing etc.

 35 Creator* || Another purple, this time on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. This one is much lighter yet bright too; kind of resembling a dark lavendar/lilac. I quite like it because it's different to anything else I own, and it's a colour I could see myself trying out more. It's probably the most feminine and girly shade out of the four I have. I could see it being paired with thick winged liner and screaming girl power. I think though that after it dries on the lips, it does appear slightly darker compared to when it's first applied.

I like the formula of these lipsticks. They're creamy and thick, but not so thick that you cannot apply them. They do require a lot of patience however; because they're so vibrant, application needs to be perfect. Credit where credit is due, they are pigmented to the max. They are scented, I'm not sure what of, but it's sweet and I quite like it.

Apart from the fact I don't think I'll get loads of use out of them because of the bright colours, I do like these. They may patch slightly on the centre of my lip whilst eating, and are stubborn as hell to remove, they are quite decent lip products. Their range is vast and there's absolutely a shade available for everyone's skintone. I am aware that they do sell nude/light pink shades, so I might need to give them a whirl to see how they compare.


Monday, 19 February 2018

Wonderland Makeupđź’•

Pretty makeup products will always be the reason I buy them. When Wonderland Makeup contacted me, I looked into them firstly, then had to say yes, because of a) their cute company day and b) the vast range of products available. 

Studio Finish Primer* - If a primer helps my foundation stay on my face, then I'll give it a bash. My current favourite is a primer water, so I was intrigued to using an actual primer again. I must admit, the texture is thinner than I had expected, and has got to be silicone based because it has a slight "greasy" finish to it, which means that a small amount definitely goes a long way. I particularly apply a lot more around my t-zone because it's this area I have most trouble with in terms of my foundation lasting. I love how smooth my skin is left, ready for my base to be applied. It helps it apply evenly and blends so softly too. So, how well does my foundation last? Actually surprisingly well! I always use pressed powder and setting spray to lock it all in too, but it definitely helps to prolong the length of time before needing to "top up".

Lash Lengthening Mascara with Fibres* - I love a good lengthening mascara, but one with fibres? I don't know if I like it; perhaps I'm clumsy but I feel as though I've always got fibres left in my eyeball after use. Maybe I'm paranoid. But that's the one thing that I don't like about this mascara. Apart from that, it's an ok mascara for an every day use - it's not super bold but it's enough to open your eyes. It certainly helps to length your lashes, and it catches every last lash. It's quite a natural mascara but in general, it's not my number one mascara.

I was also sent a glitter powder eyeshadow, which I haven't had time to trial out yet. I intend to feature it in an upcoming future post - watch this space!

For the price, the quality of Wonderland is quite impressive. I am in love with the primer, and it's my current go to. I hadn't heard that much about the brand beforehand, but I really want to share the word! I'm curious to their other products though.

Have you tried this brand?


Monday, 12 February 2018

Kick Off Your Skincare Routine With Bravurađź’•

A strict skincare routine is crucial in my eyes. In order to achieve flawless makeup, you need a beautiful, blank canvas too. I do slack some days where I'm feeling tired and I'm too lazy to actually bother. On the whole, I'm not too bad, and one brand who I rely on to give me perfect results is Bravura London*. A skincare brand who caters all skincare types, are inexpensive and deliver high quality products.

Revitalising Ginseng Toner*; this toner honestly works wonders for my skin because as soon as I stop using this toner, I notice a massive change in my skin. It's so gentle on my skin and I feel as though it leaves it looking fresh and glowing. I love how clean my skin feels after using it. Apparently, it's a dupe for the Pixi Tonic and if there's a dupe, I'll give it a bash. Unfortunately I cannot compare it but I do know they're made with the same ingredients. This toner does have a slight scent but it's nothing too powerful.

Glycolic Acid 10% Peel*; The Bravura chemical peels are brilliant. They work well if you use one that's suitable for your skin type. This one fades any hyperpigmentation as a result of sun damage or acne, reduces appearance of fine lines, helps to exfoliate dry skin and reduces any breakouts. For me, the only thing it would do for me is reduce any breakouts, which I tried on my chin which keeps breaking out. It helped to dry them up which I guess is a bonus in anyone's books. Personally, I feel this is aimed more towards those with dry skin but hey, it's not a bad product!

Salicylic Acid Peel*; I've already got another bottle of this and I do love it. I find it works well with my oily skin as it helps to unblock pores, and I have a lot of this problem specifically around my t-zone area. My skin always feels squeaky clean and smooth afterwards. I also use it on breakouts, and I've found it works quite well. It doesn't sting nor burn which of course is vital.

Both of the chemical peels come with a dropper style packaging. I don't need to use a lot of product per use because a small bit goes a long way where this is concerned.

Azulene Moisturiser*; This is hands down my favourite product of the lot. It's the most beautiful, luxurious moisturiser ever and is just perfect for these cold, Winter months. It's thick but not too thick but isn't too thin either, so for me, it's an ideal consistency. My skin drinks it up and honestly, my skin looks super healthy whenever I use it. I tend to use it in the evenings because I prefer using a thicker moisturiser before I sleep.

I've actually reviewed some products more in-depth in a previous blog post which you can read here.

My love for Bravura hasn't decreased at all since I last used the products, and every time I use them, I fall in love with them even more.

Have you tried Bravura?


Monday, 5 February 2018

A Handy Multipurpose Product♥

Multipurpose products are just brilliant. They are a 2 in 1 which are handy to have - 2 for the price of 1 in some circumstances. One thing I love is highlighters. Wait, let me re-word that. I blooming love highlighters. Shimmer bricks are basically the quad version of eyeshadows as it contains more than one shade in the compact. Two I particularly love are the Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick*, and MeMeMe Shimmer Stack in Gold*.

The idea of shimmer bricks is that they are created with four different varieties of highlighter - you can either use the shades individually or mixed together. Being pale means I can only get away with using the first two, either together or themselves. The first two shades are gorgeous - light but glowy. They are more on the low-key side of highlighters - they are more natural looking as opposed to bright and blinding. Although you know I love my highlight to be striking, sometimes a subtle highlight looks better with certain makeup looks, especially those that are minimal (aka the "no makeup" makeup look). It's definitely more suitable to wear on a daily basis!

The other two shades? Too dark to use as a highlighter on my pale skin, however, this is where it comes in as a multipurpose product. Simply, I use them as an eyeshadow. I love brown and gold eyeshadows, so using these two is a brilliant idea. It looks beautiful as an eyeshadow and you wouldn't ever think it was a highlighter. Even though they are formulated differently to an eyeshadow, they still blend really well. The golden shade (the third one) is beautiful with a tan, so I imagine these two shades looking stunning on darker skin tones!

I actually took this quad with me on holidays because it meant that I had two highlighters to choose from but I also had eyeshadows with me too. No need to complain about room, eh? Not to mention that I've had many compliments using this quad as either eyeshadow or highlight.The texture of these as a highlighter overall has a buttery finish and blends dreamy.

Have you tried this quad? Any other multipurpose products I should try?

Monday, 29 January 2018

Blogging Friendsđź’•

One of my favourite parts about blogging is how supportive and encouraging other bloggers are. Majority of them want to see you do well, are excited for you when you are granted with an exciting opportunity, and are there to help out with any blogging issues you have. Along the way, I have made a few, some of which I am closer to and talk to more often than others, but I know I can message them regardless.

Blogging friends are there to help you. If I'm having an absolute blogging crisis, I know I can pop over a quick message for their assistance. For example, if I can't work HTML (which is indefinite), they can assist me. Having a dilemma between layouts or pictures? They're always willing to help me choose. I love it. Of course, if they were to come to me, I'd help them out just the same. Why? Because that's just what you do. 

It fascinates me how blogging stretches far beyond the UK. People from America, Australia, Europe etc read my blog, and I read theirs. We also communicate with each other which is brilliant. Sure, time zones can be a bit of an issue because sometimes it can be the middle of the day here meanwhile it's nighttime elsewhere. Even with the time difference, I know that they will message me back as soon as they possibly can.

Three of my blogging friends include KirstyHannah and Amie. I don't necessarily talk to them all every day - we can go for a few weeks without messaging and it's as if I only spoke to them yesterday. They listen to me, advise me and we just have a general chit-chat whenever we fancy. I go way back with all three infact, so far back that I forget how I even stumbled upon their blogs. The point I'm making here is that they are fantastic girls, I admire their blogs and they are superb friends.

I often see tweets where other bloggers are saying things along the lines of "Wish I had blogging friends". Honestly, there is nothing stopping you from making some! Enjoyed a blogger's post? Tweet them, or send them a direct message. Some people are shy in terms of speaking to people first (I'm not haha), so sometimes sending them a message can blossom a beautiful friendship - perhaps they feel the exact same way as you! It's amazing what blogging can do.

I am forever grateful for my blogging friends. I do think blogging would probably be lonely without a few friends. The best way to communicate with them is via Twitter, especially by participating in blogger chats - I follow so many people from them chats!

Happy socialising!


Monday, 22 January 2018

Lord and Berry's Creamy Duođź’•*

When it comes to contouring, I'm very picky with my products. I find it very hard to find products that aren't too orange toned nor too grey toned either, especially as I'm so pale things can look "dirty" on my face. Perhaps I haven't quite hit the nail on the head here, but I don't like how powder contour looks. Quite frankly, I don't feel as though it does anything; cream contour is my friend when it comes to contouring. As for blush, well I don't tend to use it, but I'm the opposite to contouring. I tend to use powder blush as opposed to cream blush. I couldn't quite believe it when an email from Lord and Berry landed in my inbox - of course I replied as soon as I saw the email and I was ever so excited, especially because the PR was so lovely!

Lord and Berry Cream Blush* || Shade 8233 Sweet Pink || £20 - Please don't tell me I'm the only girl who finds cream blush impossible to work with at first? I just struggle. This blush is a beautiful pink, almost a bubblegum pink. Personally, I'd say this is a S/S shade because it's brighter pink. A small bit is all that's needed when it comes to this blush as it goes a long way. I've found the easiest way to blend out is with a damp beauty sponge and just blend the heck out of it. It's a really pretty, light and girly blush which looks gorgeous and natural on pale skin tones.

Lord and Berry Cream Bronzer* || Shade 8932 Biscuit || £22 - Cream contours are my jazz, and if I didn't make that clear enough in the first paragraph, then I don't know how I could. At first, I was worried it was going to be far too dark for me because it looked dark in the pan, but I went ahead with it anyways and gave it a bash. It turns out it looks pretty great on my skin and in the blink of an eye, my cheekbones become instantly visible. Although it gives a chizzled look, it still remains natural and I love that. It may be a bronzer, but it works incredibly as a cream contour. Some cream contours can be "dry" but this blends out effortlessly. All I use is a real techniques pointed foundation brush to apply to the areas I wish to contour, then blend out with a damp beauty sponge.

I love the packaging of these products. Although they're simple, they look, and feel, expensive (after all, they are on the pricey side). They do have a slight fragrance I have noticed, but it doesn't bother me whatsoever. I feel that these are a luxury for any beauty lover to have stored in their makeup collection. 

Have you ever tried Lord and Berry? Any products I should try?


Monday, 15 January 2018

University: Is it the be all or end all?đź’•

University. A pretty daunting word, eh? A place that could make or break your future. The stresses of picking a course, and the potential heartache of rejection. How a place of ten letters could determine your future is scary. Spending years attending lectures, stressing over essays and fearing over exams. Sounds fun, am I right? In this modern society, young people feel pressured to go to uni and be successful after they graduate. Do they necessarily enjoy their course? No. Do they regret it? Perhaps. Once they leave school, they are automatically assumed by others that they will go to uni. But, uni is not for everyone.  

It seems these days that people apply for uni and just pick any course they fancy without considering it. Perhaps they feel pressured, or want to go to uni purely to say they go. Some young people feel pushed by their parents to go - it appears that these days, life is a big competition. It’s as though people want to brag about which uni their child, or children, attend, and their course. One thing that gets under my skin is the belief that in order to be successful in life, you must attend uni, despise every moment of it and graduate with a degree. Wrong.

You may be wondering what sort of perspective I’m writing this from, and I can tell you this: I am a young person living in society whereby I’m expected by others to go to uni however I have chosen not to. Uni doesn’t appeal to me. I could’ve got in, but I opted for college instead. These days, colleges are overlooked. They’re discarded. It’s sickening if I’m honest, because you can still do really well in life by attending a college course instead. I haven’t been greeted with half as much stress if I were to have went to uni. I am enjoying myself, and I am happy. Why would I go to uni just to brag about it when the option of going to college instead and I’m enjoying my course? I know what I’d rather.

After saying that, college and uni just aren’t for some people, and that’s totally cool; everyone is different. Some prefer to work full time from the minute they leave school, and there’s absolutely no harm in that whatsoever. Education may not be their thing whereas working is. They could have top grades from school but just don’t want to pursue them, yet they can still be happy in life, not to mention successful - they may start at the bottom, gradually climbing the employment ladder and end up at the top. How exactly do they get there? With four key ingredients; hard work, positivity, ambition and determination.

With that being said, some people know from an early age what they want to do as a career, and uni is the pathway for them to achieve this goal. Out of curiosity, I have looked at uni courses (I like to see the sort of entry requirements specific courses have at varying unis) and I often wonder to myself what job you will find post graduating with the degree. On the flip side, once people have graduated, they realise they wasted their uni years as they didn’t particularly enjoy their course and they don’t use their degree and spend their life doing something else. So when applying, considering the consequences is a crucial stage.

Two perfect examples for this topic are Richard Branson and Alan Sugar. Both are entrepreneurs who left school at sixteen and never went to uni, and to say that the two of them are successful is an understatement. They are a living proof that you don’t need a degree to do well in life; they worked hard and have every right to their millions that they have earned over the years. Sugar started selling electrical goods from the back of a van when he was sixteen, and Branson started up his own magazine, despite being told by his headmaster that he was a failure and wouldn’t get far in life. And where are they now? Living their best lives, minus a degree, yet are successful and making millions.

So, where exactly am I going with this post? It’s simply a reminder that you can be successful without uni and it isn’t the be all or end all. All of your friends may go to uni and you may go to college or work full time, but it doesn’t make them a better person than you. Don’t feel belittled because you don’t go, and don’t feel pressured to go to uni because it’s seen as the “norm” these days, or because everyone else is going. Make decisions based on yourself, for you and for your future. Across social media, I have seen people posting about their uni offers. For some people, this can be quite a crushing time because they’ve may not had any offers, or don’t have the grades to get in. Either way, you shouldn’t let someone else’s offers affect you. You do you, work for yourself and you will get somewhere. Trust me.

By no means am I saying don’t go to uni, of course it’s some people’s dreams to go and that’s fine. All I’m trying to get across is how uni doesn’t always mean success, and that alternative pathways do exist which may be more beneficial for you as an individual. Some people may really want to go to uni yet don’t have the grades to get in, so college is the route from them. Once they pass their course, they may be able to attend uni if they wish. Some go for both, not because they don’t have the grades to go to uni, but purely as a stepping stone, because they may feel there is too big a gap between school and uni.

Do I feel as though I’m missing out by not going to uni? Absolutely not. And I’m certain there are many more individuals out there who feel the same as me. You can be successful and you can do well in life without a degree. Just don’t rush into things because your friends are doing it. Take a gap year if needed. Prioritise you and think what’s best for you. Just because your best friend goes to uni doesn’t mean you’re not successful in life, and don’t ever base your success on someone else’s. We all take time.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Perfect Winter Highlightersđź’•

A change in season means time for a makeup rotation. I absolutely love digging through my makeup and bringing my A/W makeup to the front and putting my S/S items away. Berry lipsticks, darker eyeshadows, I'm calling you. As well as this, I like to change my highlighters. In the S/S, I use warmer toned highlighters but in A/W, I prefer a cooler toned highlight (it matches the weather better hahaha). Whilst rooting around my makeup, I decided to create a blog post with some of my favourite Winter highlighters and have picked out a stick, powder and liquid version.

theBalm Mary Lou || £18 - If the above image doesn't stress how much I love this highlighter, then I don't know what will. It's literally the most beautiful, dreamiest highlight ever which is sure to leave you glowing like a night sky. It's oozes pigmentation and even with the lightest hand, the glow is insane. It's a stunning gold toned highlight which isn't on the warm side at all, and is honestly a pale gal's best friend - it compliments my skintone so well. I could go on for days raving about this highlight, but to save boring you - read more here.

Natural Collection Highlighter Stick in Rose Glow || £2.49 - As you can tell, this highlight is definitely on the cool side and there's no denying it. Believe it or not, this stick delivers quite a glow indeed. Considering the size of the product, there is a lot of pigment in the little stick. It works well with my pale skintone, and is more on the natural side than Mary Lou. I find it a bit tricky to apply because I'm afraid incase it appears "streaky", so after applying, I always ensure to blend it out. If you want to find out more about these highlighter sticks, read here.

Seventeen Skin Wow Highlighter || £5.99 - Whenever I use a liquid highlighter, I tend to use it as a base, followed by a powder highlighter for intensity, however, this highlight is strong enough that this isn't always needed. Less is more with regards to this because the pigmentation is strong enough to blind people, it's incredible. I like to apply two to three dots on my cheekbones, then blend out with a damp beauty sponge. This delivers a more natural look whilst still glows like mad. It can be used as a primer however I would not risk this because a glowy primer and oily skin does not sound like a good combination to me, but it may work for you.

As you can imagine, I own numerous highlighters, but these are my favourite Winter highlighters. And, do tell me about yours!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Resolutions For 2018đź’•

I know I'm not alone when I say it's really satisfying that the 1st January 2018 is a Monday. An ideal time for a fresh start. I don't do this whole "New Year, New Me" thing because if you want to change your life at any point, then you can. I also don't tend to set New Years resolutions because I enjoy setting myself daily, weekly or monthly goals. I have decided that I am going to share a few of my goals which I hope to achieve by this time next year. These are just general because I personally break them down further to achieve them.
1. PHOTOGRAPHY: I feel this is a never ending goal for bloggers in general. I'm forever working on my photography, trying out new techniques to try and improve my photos. You may not know, but I enjoy photography out with my blog (cheeky plug but you can check out my work here and here). As of October 2017, I upgraded my camera to the Canon EOS 1300D (my first ever DSLR!) and I'm loving it so much so far.

2. SAVE: I'm not the biggest spender ever, I'm most definitely a saver, however, I've decided to save even more this year. I have a jar which I used to use to save my £2 coins and it builds up so quickly, and for some bizarre reason, I stopped, but I've changed my mind and decided I'm going to start saving them up again.
3. BLOG: I kind of slacked in the blogging department throughout 2017, it was completely unintentional; sometimes life gets in the way and that's normal. For 2018, I'm going to put in a lot of hard work. Although my blog is predominately beauty, I haven't been into makeup and all that jazz lately (who am I?!) which makes blogging hard - how can I review makeup if I'm not wearing it? I'm going to be steering my blog in a slightly different direction, incorporating more "lifestyle" posts. I'm not going to give too much away right now, I'd rather keep you on your toes! This also means posting more on my Instagram. I suck at that but I need to try more!

4. MOVE ON: 2017 was a pretty positive year for me. A lot of good things happened for me, which caused certain things to change slightly, but life happens. It taught me to move on, and don't look back and dwell. Which is for the best. It's my life so why wait around?
5. WORK ON ME, FOR ME, BY ME: Basically, I just want to work on me as a person. Improve. I find working myself with my own goals and intentions means I'm able to strive myself to achieve my dreams. Hustle guys, and keep going.

6. LANGUAGE: Fun fact, but I can speak French. By no means am I fluent in the language, but I know quite a fair bit. I do like French of course, and I intend to consolidate my vocabulary further, but since the Summer, I have been teaching myself Spanish! It may only be the basics but I'm definitely glad I made the decision to start because I've been enjoying it. Spanish is very similar to French, and I believe that this is why I've been picking it up quite well. Duolingo, you are my favourite app.

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018!

What are your 2018 Resolutions?

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