29 July 2014

July Favourites

July Favourites
I'm going to jump straight into my July Favourites post today whereby after much thought and consideration I decided to choose only four things. At the moment I'm on a bit of a drive to use up some things that I already have instead of buying any more which I have to say it is going rather well indeed. 

The first two items are both products which I picked up right at the beginning of June, both the LUSH Big Sea Salt Shampoo and the MAC 217 were products that had been on my little list for quite a while therefore after putting some money aside I decided to finally treat myself to them. 

Starting off with the LUSH Big Sea Salt Shampoo I realise that hair care is something I never really speak about that much on here. The reason for this is quite simply because I'm so bad with hair, right down from the colour, style and general day to day maintenance I just can't seem to get the hang of it. Having heard so much about this particular shampoo I found myself buying it due to all of the positive feedback. I think the novelty of it being sea salt also really intrigued me; I'm a sucker for something a bit different. First of all my general opinion of this is that it is quite simply superb! It cleans my hair so well and leaves it feeling fresh and incredibly soft. The smell of this to me is a huge pull factor as it smells so fresh and clean, it's a hard one to describe but if you get the chance to look at this in store then do so even for just the scent alone.

The MAC 217 was a brush that I really wanted to add to my humble collection; so many bloggers recommended this to me and said it was well worth investing in. I'm not going to lie I almost cried at the thought of purchasing this, as by no means is this cheap for a make up brush however now I have had time to get used to it I can honestly say I'm glad I bit the bullet and picked it up. I've always been pretty shoddy at creating that beautiful blended smoky eye yet this brush just somehow makes it much easier; it's almost like magic.

My Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in the shade 'Hip Hop' was a purchase last year that was very heavily influenced by Anna, which after using it again just last week on my toes for an evening out I found that purchase completely justified. It is such a gorgeous orange toned red which is perfect, I mean truly perfect for this time of year.

Lastly I'm no stranger to a notebook or two however I wanted a new notebook for my blog, a place to store ideas, draft posts and schedules all in one place. The most recent addition to my ever growing stationary collection (it's a problem) is this mint green Nu Era notebook which I picked up from Wilkinson for just £5. I'm really happy with it and have already started filling it with various notes and to do lists, of which now this post is written I can happily tick one post off that rather long list.

27 July 2014

The Lone Ranger

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Over the last two years my friend here has made a couple of appearances on my blog yet I've never really discussed what it is like to live with a cat. I should imagine living with a friendly, affectionate cat is pretty darn good however my cat is no ordinary cat, he's rather anti-social to say the least yet he has an incredibly gorgeous face to make up for it. 

Oliver or more often known as 'Ollie' or 'Little One' has just turned 14 so he's getting on a bit now, in cat years this makes him 73 according to an online calculator; he's a fragile old boy. I've had Oliver ever since I was 11 years old and still to this day remember going to fetch him with my mum. He was a tiny bundle of fluff with baby blue eyes, a white nose, soft grey fur and his white paws which still to this day look like he is wearing socks.

Being young myself when we had Oliver I think it was only natural to want to play with him and cuddle him at any given opportunity however me and my family swiftly learnt that that he just wasn't going to be that type of family pet. Don't get me wrong he certainly has his affectionate side however for the first nine years or so these were few and far between. It has only been the last five years I would say where he has finally mellowed and will come and sleep on your lap for an hour or two or will let you fuss him on the lawn in the sunshine; he knows and has always known where his bread is buttered.

Living with quite an anti-social cat has been all I've ever known, he's the type of cat that comes in and eats his dinner and hops back outside to lick his paws for a good ten minutes. Oliver is most certainly an outdoor cat, in fact he absolutely adores being outdoors and loves nothing more than lying down and having a snooze or two under his favourite spot in the garden. Being a boy he's naturally very territorial and despite being neutered when he was younger he has always remained very protective of his territory, aka our garden. Of course with him being so protective of his patch this does not come without injury as he has got into so many tussles with neighbourhood cats over time that I have now lost count. From minor cuts which I've treated myself to more damaging injuries such as a broken tooth or general illnesses such as cystitis which he suffered from a few years ago (he was so poorly), it certainly goes without saying that cat insurance is vital; those vet bills can and do mount up rather quickly.

I realise that I've made him out to be a bit of a brute which in truth he has been in the past however he has changed so much over time and now has become quite a friendly boy when he wants to be. He's wary of strangers and always will be I think which isn't necessarily a bad thing yet he knows where home is and where his family are. His latest habit is jumping onto my lap whilst I'm trying to write blog posts at my pc, and proceeding to nudge my hands out the way of the keyboard. This to me is not even remotely annoying as I just adore this softer side to him which was vacant for so many years. He means so much to me he really does whereby I guess if you don't have pets yourself you may struggle to understand those types of feelings however if you do then I'm sure you can relate.

Having a cat in my life has been fantastic despite his awkward nature and I wouldn't change him for the world. Meeting other people's cats over time leaves me at the conclusion that Oliver is quite unique in his attitude however I'm sure there are more out there like him somewhere.

What is living with your cat like? By the way Oliver's neck doesn't always look like that, he recently had to go under to have some teeth removed so they vets had to shave some fur from his neck and front paw.

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26 July 2014

A Tuscan Evening

Great Plains Tuscany Skirt Great Plains Skirt Skirt Tuscany Skirt White Asos Sandals

Top: Primark, Skirt: c/o Great Plains, Sandals: Asos, Watch: Olivia Burton, Bracelet: Camilia

Whilst I'm not going to be one to complain about the hot weather (we never see the sun here in the UK) I will be one to say that I always prefer summer evenings compared to the roasting daytime sun. I'm a bit like my dad in that respect, I can't stand being too hot and immediately find myself seeking even the remotest spot of shade going. Before I ramble on too much about my incapability to deal with the heat I thought I'd show you the latest skirt I've being pottering around in since it arrived.

The Great Plains Tuscany Linen-Blend Skirt is so beautiful; it's in the sale at the moment and is available in two different colours. If you look closely there are some little houses dotted amongst the floral pattern resembling the houses that can of course be found in Tuscany. I think I was drawn to this particular item because of my now rather watered down Italian routes however it's still quite an awesome fact to know. With the skirt being made of linen it is super light making it perfect for the warm weather at the moment, I need all the help I can get from my garments.

My Olivia Burton watch also made a sneaky appearance into this outfit as I'm finding every opportunity to wear it at the moment.


24 July 2014

Balance Me 'Beauty Voyage'

Balance Me Facial Oil

Balance Me has been just one of the wonderful brands that I have discovered since I started writing about beauty just over two years ago. Their cleansing balm is to date one of my favourite skincare products whilst I have in the process fully converted my mum to the brand; she's a huge fan of the moisture rich facial cream which she got in her You Beauty Box last year.

To shed a little bit of spotlight onto the brand I wanted to highlight to you the current Beauty Voyage competition which Balance Me is holding throughout July and August across Twitter and Facebook. So if you want to stand the chance at winning some Balance Me goodies all you have to do is snap a picture of your favourite Balance Me product on its voyage whether you're at home or on holiday. Simply use the hash tag #balancemehome or #balancemeaway depending on where about you are in the world and ensure that you share it to the Balance Me social media pages @balancemebeauty.

Sadly this year I'm not going on holiday however the gorgeous weather in the UK at the moment makes me feel like I'm almost there! All I'm missing is the sea and the sand but let's not knock it, this is a good summer for us folks in the UK. Of course taking advantage of the lovely weather I got snapping my Balance Me Extra Care Radiance Facial Oil* which I must admit fell out of these flowers more often than I would care to admit. This is quite a new product for me so I've a bit of road testing to do for this one however I have heard and read such good things about this product.

So there we have it, good luck and have fun taking some pictures! 


23 July 2014

Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream

Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream
The brand Simple and I have often had a bit of a up and down relationship in the past as I've struggled with their light hydrating moisturiser which I found to make my skin feel quite oily after a short period of time. Due to this I found myself looking at other brands to try which of course made me a little bit oblivious to many new releases from the brand over time. One of these new releases was the Kind To Skin Illuminating Radiance Cream* which is a product I have being testing out over the last few months. 

Initially I was a bit concerned that I would have the same problem with this moisturiser as I'd with the former however I can happily report back that this didn't exacerbate my combination to oily skin type. First and foremost this was the primary thing I was looking for and it passed with flying colours. With an UVA/UVB SPF 15 this is a nice moisturiser to have on hand although I must admit I'd prefer a higher SPF, particularly during the summer. Having said that I think that during the winter where most people would possibly neglect an SPF this would be handy as there will always be some protection there for your skin. 

Speaking of winter I do think that this will be a moisturiser I turn to more during the colder months as although it didn't make my skin feel greasy I can't help wonder if it is a little too heavy for me with all the warm weather we are having at the moment, especially when I compare it to some lighter textures that I'm now using. Overall as moisturisers go I really like this and have most certainly changed my opinion on Simple. I now know that since using this that I definitely want to explore the range again to see what else has been released since I last checked it out. Since writing this post I have indeed done that and now firmly have my eye on the cleansing face mask which sounds rather good!

My only real issue with this moisturiser is the fact that it is marketed as an illuminating radiance cream as in all honesty for me I haven't seen any real difference. On my face I cannot see this coming through my foundation although there are hints of illuminating light reflecting minerals to be seen if you look closely with no foundation on. Sadly for me it does fall down a little bit there but I personally wouldn't let that one factor put you off a rather nice every day moisturiser.

Priced at £7.99 and quite often found on offer I think it's well worth the money, a little goes a long way, there's an added factor of SPF and it works well on my relatively sensitive skin too.

Have you tried Simple?


21 July 2014

Recently Recycled #1

Recently Recycled #1
Remember those monthly empties I used to do for the last two years? Those posts have been gone for a while now as to be honest with you all I just lost a little bit of interest in writing them. I also found that I quite simply couldn't manage to use up enough products within a month which would justify dedicating an entire post to them therefore for a while I decided to put those types of posts to the back of my mind. Fast forward a few months I now have a few skincare items which I have worked my way through therefore I thought it would be nice to do a quick summary of each of them before they finally make it into the recycling bin.

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water has been one of my favourite products over the last few months or so with it being quite simply a cheaper alternative to the rather popular Bioderma Micellar Water. I can't really say that much about this other than I use it to remove my eye make up of an evening whereby it works pretty darn well. Water based make up removers such as these are perfect for me when it comes to removing my eye make up as creams and balms around the eye area make me feel a little funny.

It has been a while since I mentioned the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm* which was kindly sent to me roughly one year ago. This was my first experience in using a balm type cleanser and at first I was unsure just how well it would work for me considering my skin type can be prone to oiliness however my concerns were easily put to bed as this cleanser worked perfectly. I found this to be a perfect pre-cleanse whereby it would lift the bulk of my make up from my face as well as providing mild ex-foliation. If you're looking for a nice gentle cleansing balm then I really couldn't recommend the Balance Me offering enough, it is lovely!

I've finished off a Soap and Glory Girligo Body Moisturising Mist before but seemed to have another one floating around. Again my general view of this particular product hasn't really changed from my original thoughts back in December a few years ago therefore I'm quite glad that this has finally been finished off despite it being an OK product. I just hope that there isn't another one lurking around somewhere.

Hydraluron is a rather odd product in that I know plenty of people have seen no results after using this at all however for myself I have to say that I do notice a difference when I use this, despite that difference not being on a whole dramatic. It is a product that I have since repurchased although I'm probably going to be saving this for later on in the year when my skin becomes a lot more dehydrated.

The final product that I have finished up is the Ali Mac Camellia Cleansing Melt* which I reviewed back in July last year. First and foremost I'm actually a little sad to have used this cleansing balm up as it turned out to be a product that I really enjoyed using. My reason for this is that it was so incredibly soft to use on my skin as it melted so quickly and smelt incredible all whilst removing my make up perfectly! If you're not a fan of citrus scents then you should probably skip this however I personally love them which is just one factor that made this product so incredibly enjoyable to use.

What have you used up recently? Don't forget to recycle!

*PR Samples.


20 July 2014

Music Covers

Pink Guitar
 My rather neglected guitar.

Music is so very personal to each and every single one of us. What band one person may adore another will easily dismiss therefore for me I've always found it to be somewhat of a 'taboo' subject. Will people quickly click off my little blog here if they see a band they can't stand or if they think my taste is a little bit odd? I've come to the realisation however that this is a little bit daft as after all my first sentence of this post says it all. 

Up until now I've only ever posted a few music posts which in all honesty have never really gone down that well. Surely you guys are music fans too? There is more to life than our lipsticks and skincare I'm rather certain which is a feeling that is striking me far too often these days. I'm feeling a little disengaged with the whole 'beauty blogging' thing at the moment, I want to tweet my feelings about it but fear I may be taken the wrong way. If I'm honest with you I feel I've become a bit too materialistic and it is a feeling that I do not like, not one bit. I'm trying to find myself again as I'm a girl that loves the countryside, animals, painting and singing albeit not that well, where has Amy disappeared to? This is becoming far too deep for this rather light hearted music covers post today, maybe I'll save it for another time.

Moving swiftly on to the topic today I found that whilst browsing through my iPod the other day I stumbled across a couple of songs which are covers. These are original songs that have a different artist performing them to the original which gives them a unique and individual twist. Personally I love things like this which is why I adore the BBC Live Lounge on Radio 1. Seeing as music is a big part of my life I decided I'd do a little post today on some of my favourite music covers. I've added in the links below to the various YouTube pages so you can have a listen to them yourselves. Please do let me know what you think and of course please leave me further recommendations in the comments below.

P.S I still adore the original Kate Bush version!

Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (The Knife Cover)


19 July 2014

Olivia Burton

Olivia Burton Bee Watch Olivia Burton Moulded Bee Watch
A few weeks ago I turned the grand old age of 25 and was kindly given some money to treat myself to something nice from a few of my family members. Instead of spending it on bits of make up (which I do not need) I decided to buy something a little bit special, something that would last me a long time and something that I well and truly would love.

Olivia Burton watches for a long time now have intrigued me and have held me captivated with a variety of the most beautiful vintage designs filled with femininity, elegance and beauty. I'm quite the fan of bumble bees so naturally when I saw the Moulded Bee Watch in Navy and Rose Gold from Olivia Burton I knew that this would be the one I would purchase for my birthday. Priced at £125 on the Olivia Burton website it was always going to be an expensive purchase, one that I was more than willing to make, however I managed to find it priced up on The Dressing Room for £75 so immediately rushed online to order it. Ordering from The Dressing Room was a pleasure and their customer service was incredibly helpful after I ended up accidentally ordering two of these watches by mistake; they swiftly sorted my order out for me which was a relief. 

After a couple of days my order was soon at my doorstep where I couldn't have been any happier with my very own Olivia Burton watch. The watch is even more beautiful than the pictures could ever depict making me incredibly happy with my first choice. The watch face is quite large on my rather thin wrists whereby if you're inclined to you can see an image of this on my instagram however for some reason this is always what I have preferred when it comes down to watches; I've never been a fan of small watch faces which is the complete opposite to my mum.

I've never had a leather watch before so I think it will take a little getting used to. I find that it isn't as flexible as say my previous watches which have either been stainless steel or the rubber type texture that comes with a Swatch watch however overtime the leather will soften up. Overall I'm so happy with my first purchase from Olivia Burton and already find myself looking at the other truly stunning designs that are available.

Do you like Olivia Burton watches?


17 July 2014

An Ode To Una

Una Brennan Super Facialist Skincare
I've a little thing for the Una Brennan Super Facialist skincare brand as you may or may not have noticed from reading my blog over the last year or so. Every now and then this brand will pop up and you'll hear me tell you just how good I think it is therefore I decided to do a post dedicated to the products and indeed the brand entirely. 

Una Brennan is a skincare specialist and facialist based in London whereby she has created a range of skincare products that are accessible and more importantly affordable. There are a number of different products which are suitable for various skin types of all ages which tackle various skin concerns that range from dehydration, sensitivity, oily and dry as well as anti-ageing and brightening therefore ultimately there is something for everyone. Exclusive to Boots the brand can be obtained in most cities as well as it also being available online so it's obtainable for most people. In my opinion it's also pretty well priced especially considering 3 for 2's often crop up in store as well as specific brand promotions so I more often than not always wait for those to grab an even better bargain.

For a while now I have being using the Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask which I think is pretty fantastic for a high street mask. Quite simply I tend to use this once or twice a week depending on how congested my skin looks, paying particular attention to the dreaded t-zone. I find that this mask leaves my skin feeling and looking a lot clearer and brighter than before, it is for me most certainly one of those masks where I can see a visible difference in my skin after use. More frequently I find myself using the Tea Flower Deep Clean Purifying Cleansing Wash on both morning and evening as I find this to be rather refreshing for the morning use but nice and light for the evening after I have used a cream or balm cleanser.

My first re-purchase from the line has been the Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil which first of all smells incredible and second of all feels wonderful on the skin, not to mention it also takes off my make up wonderfully. I was actually very lucky with this re-purchase as it was reduced in my local Boots to just £4, yes you read that correctly. On a sad note though this is because the whole range has been removed from my local store to make way for a different brand therefore I have to go slightly further afield or order online now to shop the brand.

Sticking with the hydrate range I have also found myself picking up the Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask which again smells really nice and proceeds to do a fairly good job of hydrating my skin. Due to my oily/combination skin type I try not to overload my skin with lots of different hydrating products, I know hydration is key but too much can send it a little bit crazy. My general use for this mask tends to crop up once I have used my clay mask because clay masks can tend to be a little drying therefore I like to pop some moisture back into my skin afterwards.  This is a mask which can be washed off after just ten minutes so it isn't an overnight fix, personally I do like it though and have enjoyed using it once again as it had been a little forgotten until recently.

Overall this has to be one of my favourite skincare brands to date; everything so far simply works for me. If you had to get one thing from the brand I would go for the clay mask, it's superb for the price!

Have you tried Superfacialist?

14 July 2014

Lancôme Blogger Event

Lancome Lancôme Event Bag Lancôme Blogger Event
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a small blogger event at the Lancôme counter in Selfridges situated in the Birmingham Bullring. Being new to Lancôme myself I was rather excited as I thoroughly enjoy trying out new brands and of course learning about the products, particularly the skincare that is on offer. I attended the event with a few of my favourite bloggers; Aimee, Vanessa and Paige who are a fantastic bunch of ladies who I met back at the beginning of June at my first blogger event.

Upon arrival we were greeted by Lydia who is the Selfridges Lancôme Business Manager who provided for us drink and nibbles whilst we had a little talk about Lancôme. She also demonstrated some products on Paige who looked truly stunning afterwards; I'm still eyeing up the lip gloss that Lydia used on her as it was so beautiful on. 

Of course I couldn't leave empty handed after attending such a lovely event therefore I picked up the Lancôme La Base Paupiéres Pro which is a long wear eye shadow base, this type of product was one that I was missing in my collection after I lost my Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer a while back. I had being considering buying a Mac Paint Pot for the sole purpose of preventing eye shadow creasing however seeing as I was already at the Lancôme event I thought I would give that one a try whereby I have to say that since I have being using it I'm super impressed. Seeing as there was also a free gift with purchase when you purchased two products I also picked up the Hypnose Classic Mascara Duo which as the name would suggest was two mascaras, one for me and one for my mum. Lydia also very kindly put some Swarovski crystals on each of my purchases which was really kind of her and made my purchases that extra bit special.

Overall I had such a fantastic evening. It was a pleasure to hang out with the girls again and do something a little bit different on my evening after work. Learning about Lancôme and of course trying out some new products was really exciting therefore I'd certainly recommend everybody to stop by their local counter and have a look as to what is on offer. 

Before I finish I'd like to say a huge thank you to the girls for making the evening so enjoyable and of course to Lydia for being a fabulous host! I'd also like to thank Vanessa for the invite and Aimee for letting me use her three pictures from the event, she's got a great little camera which I should definitely invest in myself.

Have you tried anything from Lancôme?


13 July 2014

Here comes the summer sun!

RedLabel A Little Boat Sailing Red Label A Little Boat Sailing
Two Piece c/o Red Label, Sandals: Asos 

Boy oh boy when my mum first saw me in this I think she was rather taken back to say the least. This is so far from what I would normally wear that even I find myself looking at these pictures questioning if that is indeed me. This two piece yellow print cord immediately caught my eye on the Red Label website a few days ago, I've always liked cords but have never until now tried one. Mine is a size 10 which truthfully I think runs to size as it was a little tight on me when it came to the skirt, damn those hips! I think I have to admit to myself that all that birthday chocolate has done me no favours what so ever; I had best hit up those blogilates videos I keep watching on YouTube pronto!

Paired up with my white Asos sandals I think this went together quite nicely in the end, what do you think?


12 July 2014

Birthday Treats

Birthday Treats Last Sunday I turned the ripe old age of 25 whereby I spent the day with my family enjoying good food and a bit too much chocolate. On my birthday I received some lovely presents off my family and my friend therefore I thought I'd share with you a couple of the things I got on the day. I know I always enjoy these types of posts on other blogs that I read so I hope you all like this one.

First of all I received off my friend two OPI Nail Polishes which I'm really excited to try having never tried the brand before, the blue shade called 'I don't give a Rotterdam' in particular looks really nice whereas the khaki ' uh-oh roll down the window' I'm sure will be gracing my nails pretty rapidly as we head into the autumn months. She also treated me to the Stila All Over Shimmer Duo in the shade 'kitten' which is stunning! A gift from LUSH is always well received therefore I found myself really excited to be given two bath bombs; sex bomb and dragon's egg. Both of these are ones that I have wanted to try for ages so these have made me incredibly happy, dragon's egg in particular smells incredible! I'm going through a mini phase of LUSH products at the moment as I'm finding myself wanting to try everything.

My mum knows that I'm a huge fan of the Rifle Paper & Co stationary therefore she surprised me with the third journal in the range that I have being collecting. She also treated me to some pamper goodies from the brand Love & Toast which is one I have heard of before but have never tried. This was a lovely gift to receive although I'm beginning to wonder if I smell or something having received lots of bathing goodies! Jokes aside I really enjoy receiving these types of gifts as of course being a beauty blogger I enjoy trying out new products. Mum also got me a cute little money box as I'm forever leaving bits of change hanging around on my desk.

Lana Del Rey is one of my favourite artists at the moment, I adore her style and of course her music. Her first album is one that I have played over and over so to hear that she was releasing a new one earlier on this year excited me to no end. Off my dad and other relatives I received some money which I used to buy my very own Olivia Burton watch that I'd had my eye on ever since I saw that it was being released. After ordering it from The Dressing Room it arrived just yesterday afternoon of which if you follow me on instagram you would have seen me post a picture of it. I'll definitely be writing a post all about that watch as it is without doubt the most beautiful thing I own, it's simply stunning.

My birthday was a really nice day despite being one year older! I had some lovely things off my family and had overall a really nice day indeed, thank you to everyone that made my day special. Of course I'd like to mention here a thank you to all the birthday wishes I received off you guys on twitter and instagram, you're all such a lovely bunch! The only downside to my day was Kimi crashing in the first lap at the Silverstone Grand Prix, drat!


10 July 2014

Everyday Make Up

Everyday Makeup
My everyday makeup routine these days is rather consistent as I rarely break away from the norm on a weekday when the only place I'm going is to work. Looking back through my blog archives it has been a while since I did a post similar therefore I thought I'd share with you all what I have being reaching for on a daily basis.

I'll skip out primer here as to be honest I don't always use it, I find that it really depends on what foundation I'm using or which moisturiser I have applied. My current moisturiser is from the brand Bee Good, which I find works pretty well as a makeup base, if you're lucky you can win one too in my giveaway so make sure you enter if you fancy trying it.

When it comes to bases my favourite all around base has to be the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, which despite the downside that it has no pump I can't help but adore this foundation. I use the shade Vanilla which for some reason is hard to find, only bigger Boots seem to stock this particular shade in my experience. As much as I'd like to wear a full coverage foundation that covers every imperfection I find that they are simply too heavy for me on a day to day basis. The Revlon Naked Foundation for me is light enough for my skin to breathe yet still provides adequate coverage for what I'm personally looking for. It's super affordable and holds up nicely throughout the day, plus the shade is a good match for me.

Sticking with coverage I have over the last few weeks being using the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer Pen, which I use to brighten up the outer corner of my eye area. This product is fabulous that's all I have to say on the matter, quite simply if you haven't yet tried it then you need to. I have to say the same applies to the 17 Stay Time Concealer; this has so far been a new favourite product of mine this year. Once my base is finished I like to put a light layer of the Bourjois Java Rice Powder on with my brush in order to set everything in place for the day. I do like this powder however I'm still on the hunt for something better.

For my eyes I tend to go relatively simple by using the Maybelline 24Hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze which has to be my all-time favourite cream eye shadow to date. Being such a huge fan of liner it is rare that I will be seen without it, whether it is liquid, gel or pencil there will always be something there to help define my eyes. My current liner of choice is the L'Oreal Perfect Slim which is working quite well for me at the moment although I have to say I'm really tempted to try the new Maybelline Lasting Drama Liner which is said to be a bit of a dupe for the new Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner. To finish off my eyes I don my lashes with a few swipes of the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara which is my favourite mascara from the high street.

For a nice hint of colour to my cheeks I've being using my Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels. This is a super fun shade which can either be quite vibrant or blended out to be really soft and subtle; obviously I go for the latter. For the lips I'm normally wearing just a bit of lip balm for work although I'm quite partial to putting on my Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in the shade Candy Shimmer for a nice soft pink finish to the whole look.

So there we have it, my make up essentials for every day. What are yours?


Jungle Cat

Jungle Cat

Meet Ollie who despite being rude, grumpy, and quite frankly a user most of the time he is without doubt my best friend. This little guy has been with me a very long time, fifteen years to be precise and I love him dearly. It's funny how attached we become to our pets isn't it. 

This wasn't supposed to be my post for today hence the slight oddness of this post however my picture for today just wasn't cutting it last night during editing therefore it'll be up tomorrow morning once I've had time to re-take it. I'm sadly not one of those incredibly organised bloggers, I have notepads coming out of my ears but sometimes life just gets a little too busy even for those. I'm sure you'll all like this picture of Ollie though who is doing his best Jungle Book impression. Watch out Bagheera! 


8 July 2014

HealGel Intensive

HealGel Intensive

HealGel and me get on very well, to the point of being where I can say without doubt these products have been so far the best I have tried when it comes to how a product feels once applied. HealGel Intensive* is an aqueous gel which aims to soothe and repair troublesome skin. I started using using HealGel Intensive back in May but have until now fell a little bit behind in sharing my thoughts with you. 

With this being a gel this immediately gets my vote as gel textures are my favourite types of textures to work with due to my skin type, particularly at this time of year when it starts to get a little warmer. I've so far being inclined to use this in the morning time after I have cleansed and toned whereby I haven't being moisturising on top although I'm sure you could if you wanted to as it leaves my skin feeling relatively matte. There is a light fragrance to this which I really like, it isn't too strong at all and remains only very lightly on the skin afterwards.

HealGel Intensive has been developed to form a protective layer on top of the skin so that the ingredients can work away beneath the skin. Initially I was using this as a moisturiser for my whole face but upon reflection and indeed reading more about it I switched my method and began using it on troubled areas only such as blemishes around my nose and on my cheeks. Over the time I have being using I have noticed that it for one works as a nice primer which is always handy but two, it really does help to calm those troublesome areas down. Those areas of redness that I can often wake up with in the morning are soothed and definitely calm down quicker using this than if I were to leave them alone.

A little bit of HealGel Intensive is all that is required as it really does go quite a long way which I guess does help to remedy against the fact that it is a little bit pricey. At £37.50 HealGel Intensive isn't budget friendly however there are now quite a few online stores that stock this of which there are always various promotions and discounts being offered so it is worth keeping an eye out if this interests you.

*PR Sample.


6 July 2014

Sunday #1


Sundays more often than not consist of a lot of blogging, catching up with bits of sport that I follow and trying to get through my mountains of books on my 'to read' list. This Sunday will be no different, I'm planning on watching the British Grand Prix and also the Wimbledon Final, who will you be cheering for? Personally I'd LOVE Kimi Raikkonen to win the race however he stands as much chance as I do in winning a Nobel Prize therefore I'm going to root for Lewis! As for Wimbledon I'm praying for a Federer win, he is a legend on the tennis court and I'd be thrilled to see him take another Wimbledon title; I do worry though that Djokovic may just have a bit more endurance than him if it goes to five sets.

Aside from that I will also be celebrating my 25th birthday, it'll be a quiet affair but I like it that way nine times out of ten. I'm hoping to be able to take some nice pictures tomorrow if the weather holds up although I have heard it is going to rain spontaneously throughout the day so we shall see. Speaking of photography I'm still getting used to my camera and more often than not I still just point and shoot so when nice photographs actually do turn up I'm left rather pleased with myself. The bumble bee above was my model for today's picture (my obsession continues) which I'm rather quite proud of as it has turned out to be quite nice.

If you're still reading this then kudos to you because in all honesty lifestyle type posts are still quite foreign to me. I feel rather challenged in writing one that will hopefully keep you entertained for more than five seconds. I'd like to add a quick message here to say a big thank you for all the continued support both on here and on twitter as I know I've been a bit miserable lately.

So, there is my Sunday in a nut shell. What are you up to?


5 July 2014

Embellished Beauty Tools

Embellished Tools
Back when I was around about ten or eleven I went off on holiday to Newquay in Cornwall. Amongst the many stores full of intricate jewellery made from seashells and silver, the infamous Fat Willy's Surf Shack and numerous beach side shops full of buckets and spades there was always going to be a novelty item coming home with us that summer. Mine that year was a hairbrush funnily enough; both me and my sister had one with our names inscribed on in some form of sparkly glitter and I cherished it more than you know. The reason I'm sharing this random memory with you is because when I was contacted by Mont Bleu asking if I would like to take a look at their products it was the first thing that jumped into my mind.

Mont Bleu produce glass nail files primarily along with a few other beauty accessories such as compact mirrors, hair brushes and manicure kits, all of which if you choose are embellished with Swarovski crystals. I was kindly sent two glass nail files* and a hairbrush* from the brand which I think are actually really nice, they've added a little bit of bling to my life which I'm not going to complain about. The hairbrush is made from selected boar bristles and can be used on any type of hair, it's light weight and easy to clean making it a welcome addition to my small collection of hair brushes; I personally think these would make a nice little gift for young girls as at that age we all like sparkly things. 

Moving swiftly onto the crystal nail files I have to say that these are fantastic and work really well to keep my nails in good condition; they also last a really long time too in my experience. In my opinion glass nail files are the best type of nail file I have ever used, therefore I'd most certainly never revert back to any other type of nail file now. It's nice to have a couple more as I'm forever misplacing my only one.

Of course if embellished beauty tools such as these are not your cup of tea then Mont Bleu do these items without any embellishments at all so they are definitely worth checking out, especially if it's about time you threw away that old hair brush!

*PR Samples.

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