30 September 2014

September Overview

September Overview
Once again it's time to say goodbye to September for another year. It's been swell but I really cannot wait to move into October where there are new challenges ahead for me along with the coming festive season. So many shops are now starting to put out the Christmas gifts as well as introducing festive decorations here and there; I truly cannot wait for the next few months ahead.

Highlighting a few posts from September I have chosen a few of my favourites therefore here is a chance to catch up on them if like me you found yourself falling behind on that bloglovin feed once again.

The Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick post I published at the beginning of the month was quite the hit with all of you. Hitting the beauty scene recently this make up line has been quite literally been at the forefront of all things beauty from what I have seen so far of which I'm sure that this will continue into the new year. Speaking of heading into the new year we first have to get through autumn whereby I have to say I felt quite overwhelmed with how many of you liked the image in my Autumn Nail Polishes post; thank you all so much for such lovely feedback. I'll have to go picking leaves and berries out of my garden more often!

In the middle of September I attended the Selfridges Beauty Event whereby I was very lucky and picked up a sample of the Tom Ford lipstick in Cherry Lush. Of course I had to blog about this little gem and share with you my thoughts on this most luxurious brand. Throughout the month I also found myself guest posting on three other blogs by which if you missed them then here is a quick rundown. Over on Sandra's blog I posted all about my autumn picks in Autumn Ambience whereby I also had a similar theme over on Michelle's blog where I shared with you my Transitional Beauty Items for autumn. Last but not least I also hopped on over to Stacey's blog where I discussed all things skincare with my Skincare Staples.

Finally I'm rounding off this post with my Perfecting Beauty Event and Haul post. This was an expensive evening out for me there is no denying it therefore as of now I'm strictly avoiding all make up counters until after Christmas. You heard that here first.

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28 September 2014

Blogs I read #6

Blogs I read #6
It was back in May when I last posted in this little series that I have running wherefore I have to say I feel a little bad for it taking so long to put up another. I read so many blogs each week that it doesn't hurt to give a little recognition here and there, a little thank you to those that are producing great content for me to read whilst having a cup of tea and one too many biscuits.

Sophia's blog is a fairly new one to me whereby I discovered her blog after clicking her link in one of the comments she had left me. From all the way across the pond where she is studying in San Francisco she has created a beautiful blog that I have really being enjoying reading. Her recent autumn lips post has been one of my favourite posts that I have read this week with the clear images of her choices and gorgeous demonstrations to boot.

The beautiful Latasha has to be one of my favourite bloggers within this community that I feel so blessed to be part of. She's so friendly and approachable and has a stunning blog to match her truly beautiful personality. Her photography is clearly thought out and is one of the first things that jumps out me when I visit her blog. This girl clearly loves her make up and has a wide variety of make up reviews that will have you quite literally creating a wish list right there on the spot. Her recent Charlotte Tilbury post was another favourite of mine in the last few days and has ever since made me want to pick up the lip liner in pillow talk.

Mimmi has a lifestyle and fashion orientated blog with quite literally superb photography. She has recently moved to the UK to start her studies so pop on over and say hello to her and make her feel welcome. Her recent posts all about Glasgow have made me want to catch the next train up from New Street; it looks like such a gorgeous city to explore!

Finally we have Chaitra's blog which is a long term read of mine now and continues to be one of my favourites to browse when I get home from work. Her posts are clear and informative and are a joy to read whereby I clearly remember reading her Colour Crush Overload post and thinking I wanted nothing more than to hold onto summer as much as I possibly could, even though I adore autumn. Her recent DIY post is also worth checking out if you like your white backgrounds for blog photographs.

Let me know if you follow any of these gorgeous girls in the comments below.

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27 September 2014

September Favourites

September Favourites
Well it's almost here, my first day of my GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) is looming; I start on Monday. Quickly putting aside my fear and nerves I'm returning back to talking about something that I'm much more confident about; beauty favourites! September was a bit humble for me in terms of make up products as I haven't been experimenting too much at all despite making a few new purchases.

One of my favourite products so far this year let alone in September is the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray which I first heard about from Fleur quite a while back. This is something I have being using a lot to help provide my limp hair with some life. I find that it holds reasonably well for me and adds much needed texture to my hair without feeling sticky or crispy. Using this honestly makes me feel less self-conscious because as far as I'm concerned limp and flat hair does nothing for the old self esteem. 

A recent purchase has been the Rimmel Brow This Way brow gel which I picked up whilst on offer about two weeks ago for under £3. Now I have included this because I think it does a very good job at holding the brows in place and of course providing a tint to areas that are sparse. Having said that for me I find that you have to be super careful as I do find that far too much product comes out on the brush which can quickly lead to caterpillar brows. So far I have being using a separate little angled brush to take some product away from the original brush and applying it that way. I have to say that method is working pretty well for me so far and is only a minor inconvenience that can be easily overlooked considering how much I paid for it. It's one worth trying if you're looking for a brow product on a budget.

The REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser* is a product I have returned to in a bid to use up some skincare products. My thoughts on this cleanser still remain the same as to when I initially reviewed it therefore I've found myself really enjoying using this once again as a first or even second cleanse. 

Essie Ballet Slippers has been on my nails a lot recently as I have being trying to grow them for what must be the millionth time in my life. I find that having my nails painted really does help with this rather gross habit however anything darker than a polish such as this just looks ridiculous on short nails like mine therefore I have to wear something very neutral. It is in itself a beautiful polish that looks gorgeous on, I absolutely love it and can see why it was very popular upon its release.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette* was sent to me as part of a festival style post in collaboration with Folli Follie last month. It has since that day been quite literally the palette I have turned to every morning, it's simply incredible. I have to be honest and admit that for quite a long time I dismissed this palette because I just wasn't too keen on the way it looked. I have always been such a loyal fan of shimmer eye shadows that I was very quick to disregard this particular palette however boy was I wrong! If you're looking for an easy go to no fuss palette for every day then this could be the one for you. Like all Urban Decay eye shadows the products are super pigmented, blend like a dream and last really well once applied; I simply cannot fault this product.

Once again the dry brush has made an appearance of which since I made the commitment of looking after my body better as well as my skin I have found that this has become a staple item within my bathroom. Using this in circular motions it really helps to remove any dead skin cells and to get the blood flowing within the skin.

What are your favourite items from September?

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25 September 2014

We're all the boss!

We're all the boss

Being the boss; are you? I'm not referring to the boss in the work place, I'm talking about being the boss of you, your life and where it's heading. In the last year my life and where I thought it was heading took a drastic U-turn whereby I was left feeling quite frankly abandoned, alone and empty inside. An envisaged short stay at home after graduating turned into returning home for the long term, whereby living back at home with your mum and other siblings after three years of living away at university was something rather difficult to get used to.

The reason I'm getting a bit deep and personal on here with this post today is because I was recently approached to write about being your own boss to coincide with the latest campaign from Giff Gaff. There's a pretty energetic and inspiring video to go along with the campaign which can be viewed here. The campaign is all about young adults who live at home with their parents whether it be for financial, educational or for other reasons; for me it's an interesting little campaign as I personally can relate to it.

Whilst living away from home on your own you do have responsibilities, for example you have to ensure that your weekly shop is done, clothes washed and bathroom cleaned as nobody will be doing it for you. For me personally I relished living away as being that bit older than most people starting university I was already very much in that mind set of looking after myself. For me the real gain was in areas such as privacy and I guess freedom as up until university I had always had to share a bedroom.

Therefore being back at home for the long term I found that privacy all but gone. Along with this my way of doing things and effectively living my life for the past three years had to change because the people around me simply didn't live the way I had been doing and do you know what, that's ok however it is something I've had to re-adapt to. When I sit back and observe my living habits I realise that I'm quite a fussy person, I like things done my way and when I say however living back at home with your parent or parents you know that ultimately it's not your place anymore; loosing that authority in your own home I guess is sometimes a bit hard to take.

Being at home with mum can be hard work on occasion as we do have different opinions on a lot of things however ultimately we are best of friends therefore if I'm honest I've never found it particularly difficult to live with her; my brother on another hand is a whole different kettle of fish!

For me I'm still fifty fifty on the idea of whether you can really be your own boss whilst living at home with parents yet that is just simply from my own personal experience in my own individual circumstances. Having said that where I do feel that you can take control and be your own boss all whilst still living at home with mum and dad. Right at this very moment sitting here writing this I can honestly say that I feel like I'm my own boss, I'm starting a new path in my life this very next week whereby I'll be taking on a brand new challenge that I know will be hard work but worthwhile. Whilst doing this I'm also going to be heading into my third year of writing A Little Boat Sailing which is a rather strange feeling I must say.

Writing my blog has allowed me to be my own boss in a way, of course not officially as this isn't my job however it's something that I work hard at and feel quite proud of. It's my own little thing that I've built from scratch whereby I'm able to put my own voice out there as small as it may be. It's a place where I have complete control of the content, what the images look like and ultimately what is said on here for you to read. That may sound like something minor to most but for me it means a lot.

Ultimately writing this post has led me to a few conclusions. Whilst living at home for me has been quite a challenge since last year I honestly now wouldn't have had it any other way. My mum has been like a rock to me as she has been quite literally the boss for me when I haven't had the courage to be for myself. Living at home with your parents is never easy, especially as you get older and want to venture off on your own (financial circumstances don't always allow this, especially these days), however for me personally it has allowed me to get better and find myself once again. I now feel more like the boss of my own life than I ever have done before rather than being left feeling like a bystander watching it go by. Living at home isn't too bad you know.

Do you live at home with your parents or have recent experience in doing so? Do you find it tough being your own boss within the parent environment?

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23 September 2014

Autumn Nail Polishes

Autumn Polishes Autumn Nail Polishes

Well with verification from Google that today is the first day of autumn it seemed only fitting that this post should go live tonight. As we have already established over the last few weeks autumn is my favourite season therefore I've a few polishes that would fit the bill nicely however I decided to choose my current favourite five that I'll have on rotation in the not so distant future.

First up I've picked out Barry M Red Black which my sister picked up for me after I saw it mentioned on Sophie's blog last year. In the image above it looks a lot lighter than it does on the nails whereby in fact it really is quite an inky black which if in the right light you are able to see the red coming through. Keeping with Barry M for the moment my all-time favourite polish sneaks in. Raspberry is such a beautiful deep toned red that looks stunning at this time of year.

Models Own rarely features on my blog however their shade Purple Grey was one that caught my eye last year and if I'm honest is one that I had forgotten about until I was rooting through my nail polish box a few days ago. I'm not entirely sure why this polish had slipped my mind as it really is lovely on and has a fantastic formula to boot.

A few months ago there was a free Nails Inc polish within InStyle magazine so naturally I picked it up. Sao Paulo Streets is a beautiful creamy off white shade that looks stunning on the nails, it is however not very forgiving and highlights any scruffiness around the nails therefore it's one I save for good nail days.

Back to Barry M their Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Plum has been a favourite of mine ever since I picked it up. For me this formula works generally very well on my nails although I'm aware that some do struggle with it. It's hard to beat a genuine deep purple toned nail polish in autumn, it's a classic.

Of course nail polishes from an array of different brands work on everybody differently, I only have to think of Essie here as a prime example. These polishes are generally all quite good for me in terms of longevity with Barry M for me being some of the best out there.

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21 September 2014

Check it out

Monochrome Monochrome Check Skirt Clarks Ankle Boots Clarks Ankle Boots

Top: Primark, Skirt: Topshop, Ankle Boots: c/o Clarks


Autumn has me excited, so incredibly excited! The change in the season brings with it beautiful colours ranging from reds, oranges and warm browns and also gives me a perfect excuse for wearing my scarves at any given opportunity without any questions asked. Speaking of colour you won't find me sporting much of it, don't get too excited however what you will see here are some rather awesome ankle boots that I picked up from Clarks very recently.

Boots and me have a bit of an awkward relationship because I fall in love with so many yet struggle to actually find a pair that feel comfortable, that are not too high and which more importantly provide me some form of grip for walking on soggy wet leaves. Clarks has always been a store I have turned to purely because they do half sizes and because I know that I'll be getting a good quality pair of shoes. When it comes to clothing I'll always spend more on a good coat and decent footwear, everything else within reason can be skimped out on. With two zips one being for decoration I think that these are pretty fantastic and that they will see me through autumn paired up with skinny black jeans in particular.

I had being waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear this skirt from Topshop which was really popular last year. Luckily for me I snapped this up in the sale at the beginning of the year and waited patiently to bring it out for this autumn and winter. Paired up with a simple black top and the Macay Halle Black Leather Ankle Boots I think I may just have found my first autumn outfit of the year whereby there is no scarf in sight. Who am I kidding; I'll be hunting down a dogtooth scarf asap, oh how I love a clash of print!



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20 September 2014

My Blogging Relationship.

My Blogging Relationship.
Lately I've being feeling pretty dejected when it comes to writing here across my humble little space on the internet. For the last two and a half years (oh how times flies) I have never felt this way before because blogging for me up until now has been something that I have quite literally fallen in love with. Starting my blog back in March 2012 I was still at university in my second year and never really anticipated just how much I would enjoy it and just how much of a role it would play in the next few years of my life. 

Over the last two years and more I have had some brilliant opportunities and have spoken to some seriously amazing ladies both in person and online. There truly are some incredible and inspiring blogs out there that I look up to, in particular those that are able to convey their thoughts in writing as before I started to tackle this post today I knew I would struggle. This won't be another post giving advice for fellow bloggers; I'm in no position to do so as I just don't feel comfortable in doing so. Readers of my blog will know that I very rarely write posts like this, in fact I can't even remember if I ever have.

For me blogging has changed considerably in such a short period of time however I guess that was only to be expected. The internet is an extremely fast paced place whereby new people are popping up left right and centre and of course where that materialises competition naturally occurs. Call it survival of the fittest, a natural instinct who knows however whilst I can accept that I think it's also so incredibly important that we all remember why we started off in the first place. I started off because I love make up, end of.

The blogging community in recent months has been a bit up and down whereby the negativity at times has greatly overshadowed the truly fantastic people that are present within the community. I think because of the sheer nature of blogging and social media words can be taken out of context much more easily therefore my general approach is think before you speak, or in this case type. Overall the community is fantastic, there is so much support out there and so many wonderful people to speak to; believe me when I say that I feel really lucky to have been a part of that for so long. 

Blogging for me is not my job, I make very little from my blog with just a few opportunities that arise every now and then therefore for me it has never been a case of wanting to make money, to receive products to review or to gain 'fame' within the blogging community. That will never be me. I'm the girl that shies away from so many opportunities in life because in all honesty I'm an incredibly shy and rather anxious person deep down. Some of you reading this may have met me before and may think that I do not come across that way (I hope), which I can assure you is some sort of front that I put up, fake confidence if it were. Deep down I'm just not that comfortable around people for some reason, especially new people. I guess before I start talking about that lonely issue I should save it for another post as I could end up being here all night.

At the moment my life is taking a bit of a turn as I'm heading back into education to peruse a career in law. Of course with making such decisions sacrifices have to be made whereby my blog is going to have to be one of them. Blogging for me at the moment takes up a lot of my time, especially as I'm also working a job completely unrelated to this. Since working more my blogging enjoyment has taken a nose dive and hasn't really surfaced properly since, it's sad but true and has made me question at times why I'm continuing. The course I'm starting will be incredibly rewarding in the long term yet it is going to mean a lot of hard work, that will and has to come first because after all my blog does not pay my bills.

Besides from changing my life in terms of a future career I've also grown up, my habits have changed and my interests have changed. As much as I enjoy writing about make up and skincare and of course buying new things I have now reached a point where I just can't do it any more, at least not as frequently anyway. Not least because of the financial strain of sacrificing work hours to start my course but also because more importantly it doesn't actually make me happy. It's exciting at first but then a few days later I question why I purchased that lipstick, I didn't need it and the money would certainly be better off in my account than the full to brim till at the latest make up counter. I do realise that I've made myself out to be some crazy spendaholic whereby trust me I'm not, I've cut back a lot despite my recent spend at Selfridges of which I will add it was the last of my birthday money from my family. You see even there in that very last sentence I feel as though I need to justify to you and indeed myself the reason for my purchase, I shouldn't feel that way. By no means is this a 'dig' at anybody as it is how I personally feel about my habits in the past. As a person I'm changing, I'll always love make up and you will continue to see make up on this blog for as long as I continue to write.

Overall I just feel a bit lost at the moment in where this space is heading. I would love nothing more than to write lifestyle posts such as this but I just don't think I have the nack to it. The last twelve months have been some of the best times for me and quite literally some of the worst, I've experienced great highs and incredible lows therefore I feel as though I have experience in some areas of life to talk to you guys yet I just don't think I can get it down on paper.

Has this blog post really conveyed my message as to why I feel dejected? I can't help but wonder if it really has, I've certainly gone off on a tangent more than once; no wonder my GCSE Literature teacher told me I waffled.

P.S The image above by the way was from a recent trip to my local AONB whereby standing under those trees was pretty magical I have to say, you should all try it! I recommend finding the tallest ones you can.
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19 September 2014

Faith in Nature Hair Care

Faith In Nature Hair Care
Sticking along with the theme of my previous post a few days ago I today would like to share with you my opinions on the Faith in Nature Grapefruit and Orange Shampoo* and Conditioner*. Hair care is actually the one thing that rarely receives a mention on here as in all honesty I'm just not good with hair, I just tend to wash it in whatever I have picked up that was on offer at the local supermarket at the time and hope for the best. Therefore when I was originally offered the chance to try these I was a bit hesitant seeing as hair care really isn't my forte however I'm so glad I accepted the opportunity as these products have worked so well for me since I have being testing them out. 

Faith in Nature is a brand that likes to use organic ingredients where they can across the various different ranges of products that they produce. From hair care, skin care, baby care and even home care they have a wide variety of products that would suit the more ethical consumer. Faith in Nature products are free from quite a few ingredients such as SLS, synthetics, fragrances and many more and are of course cruelty free. There is a wide variety of different scented shampoos and conditioners such as chocolate, aloe vera, tea tree and many more however why would I break a habit of a century and not choose a citrus scented shampoo and corresponding conditioner; you all know that these are one of my favourite types of scents.

Upon use of these I find that the scent does not disappoint at all however I would say that the grapefruit scent is a lot stronger than the orange, it is however in my opinion not over powering in the slightest. At the moment I'm testing out the reverse shampoo theory to see if it works whereby I have to say I think it does therefore I shall start off with the conditioner first. The conditioner isn't too thick which I think works well for my hair type as I do tend to be on the greasier side of things (attractive), therefore the lighter the better in my case. I have found that it leaves my hair feeling really soft and remaining soft even once I have washed my hair with the shampoo afterwards.

Combined with the shampoo my hair is left feeling really clean and refreshed without feeling stripped as grapefruit and orange do have cleansing properties which I find really do help to remove any build up that has gathered from dry shampoo and hair spray. Due to the fact that SLS are not present within this I did worry that it wouldn't 'foam' up enough for me to really feel that typical shampoo experience however I was pleasantly surprised as I didn't really notice that much of a difference. In terms of how long my hair remains feeling this way I can honestly say that I have noticed a bit of a difference in terms of how long it is before I feel the need to wash my hair again. I feel more confident that my hair does not look as greasy as quickly which can surely only be a good thing.

Overall I really couldn't recommend trying these out more. I really do hope that one day we see them in places such as Boots and Superdrug as I have thoroughly enjoyed using them and would really like to see the products more widely available.

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17 September 2014

Organic September | Beauty

Organic Beauty As you may be already aware September is Organic Month whereby this is a time where we can celebrate and indeed promote all things organic. Organic products don't just refer to some of the things we eat at our table as food, clothing and of course beauty products can all fit within this category.

I'm in no way shape or form an expert when it comes to organic products as in all honesty I'm a bit fifty fifty when it comes to shopping for new beauty products as it isn't something I automatically look for. That's not to say I don't look for them as I have increasingly become more interested in what is on offer to us, I've also noticed that there are more organic brands around than I was aware of which makes shopping for organic beauty much more interesting.

Not all companies that claim to offer organic products are certified by official bodies such as the Soil Association and EcoCert however from what I can tell this doesn't mean that they're not organic; they're just not officially certified. Overall I think that in those situations it is generally down to the consumer if they want to buy it or not, having said that it is nice to have the confidence that accreditation with those bodies provides. Independent certification from these bodies helps to provide confidence to customers so that they know that the products that they are purchasing are made with high levels of organic ingredients that are free from synthetic ingredients that are strictly prohibited within certified organic products.

Unfortunately there are companies which can label their products organic even if they have used as little as 1% organic ingredients, so this is something to bear in mind if indeed you are wanting to be more select in your beauty purchases. The reason they can do is that there are currently no legal standards set in motion which determine whether a product is organic or contains enough organic ingredients to be able to be marketed as so.

Due to this the Cosmetics Organic Standard (COSMOS) has been set up which is internationally recognised for setting a standard for organic and natural cosmetics. Digging around for this information had me slightly confused at one point however in a nut shell there are two types of beauty product, those being products that contain over 95% organic ingredients and those that contain 70-95%. A product can only be called organic within the product name if it contains 95% or more organic ingredients of which water is excluded. Of course there are products out there that require higher quantities of preservatives which do reduce the organic content within a product. In that case if a product contains at least 70% organic ingredients where water once again is excluded then they will be certified however they are not allowed to use organic within the product name and must also state the percentage of organic ingredients used.

Choosing organic products therefore can be a bit tricky and does somewhat remind me of my hunt for cruelty free options two years ago. My personal view of both of those matters really boils down to how you as an individual interpret organic and indeed cruelty free, they are subjects to read around and then decide for yourself.

Useful sites are mentioned above whereby there is considerably more in depth information that is explained much better than I could ever do. To me this is an extremely interesting topic to research considering what my educational background is therefore I hope you enjoyed it and learnt a little more about organic products.

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15 September 2014

My Exfoliation Story Part One

Physical Exfoliation
Exfoliation these days is a lot different to how it used to be, well, it is as far as I'm concerned. Upon reflection my skincare habits have changed drastically ever since I started running this blog where of course I have learnt a few do's and don'ts along with a few tips on the way.

Whilst physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation are quite topical at the moment I have therefore decided to split this post into two as I do use both methods each week within my skincare routine. There are as you will find some products that I prefer over others whereby it's worth remembering that what may work for me may not necessarily work for you and visa verca.

Physical exfoliation was for me all I was aware of when it came down to buffing those dead skin cells away each week. Those rather gritty products may have felt as though they were working a treat at the time and yet it is only now that I have become more aware as to how harsh they really can be on our skin. 

One of the products that immediately jumped to my mind when I thought about physical exfoliation was the St Ives Apricot Scrub which I purchased over a year ago. This was a product that I had read a lot about before I tried it therefore I had purchased it with high hopes. Upon using this scrub however I immediately felt the rather large and almost sharp shell pieces which at the time made me think I was giving my skin a really good clean when in fact I was just using a product that was far too harsh for my delicate skin. I remember using this and afterwards seeing a bright red face in the mirror, needless to say I have only used this twice in my life whereby I'm sorry to say I won't be using it again. In truth I had kept this under the bathroom cupboard for some of my family members to try yet it has only been by reading more information on exfoliation in particular that I have decided to get rid of this completely.

A much more gentle option comes in the form of the Good Things Deep Clean Blackhead Exfoliator which for me used to provide me with a light exfoliation without being harsh on my skin. There isn't a huge amount I can say about this product in particular as I think it's a nice affordable option to include within your skincare routine once a week or so. I have found myself moving onto other things since trying out Good Things briefly in the past however I do remember really enjoying their creamy cleanser which I do believe was aimed at younger skin than my own at the time although it did the job well.

Moving on to my favourite of the three I have featured is the REN Rosa Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser* which to this day remains my first choice when it comes to physical exfoliation. As the name would suggest this is a gentle cleanser with a really fresh minty scent to it (thumbs up) which for me makes it an extremely pleasant product to use once or twice a week. Out of the three this one has received a dedicated review to it in the past whereby you can read that here if you desire. 

For me I have realised that exfoliation doesn't have to be so harsh on your skin as for some reason when I was younger I was under the mind-set that the rougher the product was the better the results would be. All you're aiming to do is to carefully remove that dead layer of skin cells; you don't need to go at your face with a cheese grater. 

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13 September 2014

Tom Ford Cherry Lush Lipstick

Tom Ford Cherry Lush Tom Ford Cherry Lush Lipstick
Just over two weeks ago I attended the Perfecting Beauty Event at Selfridges Birmingham whereby after a pure stroke of luck I found myself coming away with a sample of the Tom Ford Lipstick in the shade Cherry Lush. This was for me like finding the sack of money at the end of a rainbow as whilst I had being gazing at the beautiful products at the Tom Ford counter I did feel as though they were out of my price range, therefore on the night I didn't go for anything despite so many things catching my eye.

I'll start off with the price of this lipstick which is for me more often than not the determining factor in whether I end up buying something or sadly putting it back. At £37 these are the most expensive lipsticks that I have personally ever come across. They are without a doubt something that I would have to think long and hard about and then some before I handed over my cash. Quickly getting over that painful fact let's move onto the lipstick itself where as you can see the packaging and shade is pretty divine. A black case with gold outlining detail along with an embossed TF on the top of the lid makes this certainly stand out against my other lipsticks. 

When you initially look at this in the bullet it does come across as quite a vampire red (if that makes sense) however on the lips it really does have more of a cherry tone to it as the name suggests. There are pink tones coming through this quite strongly when applied onto my lips which makes it very unique to the other red shades that I have within my collection; of course lipsticks can and do tend to look different on everyone so it's always worth trying out in store, particularly if you're thinking of buying an expensive product.

I can quite categorically say that this transfers onto cups very easily and doesn't seem to hold up well against chocolate spread on toast, however in the defence of the lipstick I wasn't very patient as I had my toast within ten minutes of applying this. After around three hours on me the intensity of the shade does wear down however wear is very even and it still looks really nice if I do say so myself. Pigmentation as you would expect with such a product is truly incredible and application is nothing short of a dream. The creamy texture enhanced by soja seed extract, chamomillia flower oil and Brazilian murumuru butter makes this one of the nicest textures that I have tried thus far.

Overall I have to say that yes I'm now hooked on this lipstick, but as to whether I would go out and spend just shy of £40 on one that is still left to be said. There is no denying that it is beautiful and makes me feel oh so special when I use it yet I know deep down that I don't think I can justify it just yet, especially when my lipstick stash is already somewhat out of control.


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11 September 2014

The Secrets of Blogging Tag

The secrets of blogging tag Tags are generally something I like to do every now and then as they make me feel like I did when I first started out blogging. Who else got super excited when they had been tagged in something? I know I did. The beautiful Claudia from Beauty and the Chic tagged me to take part in The Secrets of Blogging Tag of which you will find my answers below; thank you Claudia!

When did you start blogging and why?

It's funny to think that come next March I will have been blogging for three whole years whereby I can safely say it has been one of the best things that I have done. I started blogging because from others that I had stumbled upon I had gained a real sense of passion and interest by those that were writing about skincare and make up. Don't get me wrong I had only read a few at the time over one evening yet all I could think about the next day whilst at work was creating my own when I got home that night.

I guess deep down I wanted my own little space on the internet where I too could share my interests with others. If somebody had told me that I would be sitting here over two years later still writing it I truly wouldn't have believed them.

How many people in real life know about your blog?

At first I did keep it to myself other than from a few friends at university and then eventually showed my mum a few months later. To be honest it wasn't until last month when I finally mentioned it on my own personal Facebook page where my friends and the rest of my family would be able to see it and hear about it straight from the horse's mouth. It's only after two years (and more) that I can finally say that most people now know about my blog however it did take me a while to pluck up the courage and make it known to them.

What are your favourite posts to read?

In general I don't have a favourite type of post to read as I enjoy a variety of content to delve into depending on my mood at that particular time. Hauls are always fun however I do really enjoy reading individual product reviews, especially if it is on a product that has been hyped up in the past as I like to know people's opinions on them and if indeed they are worth the hype.

List a blog you discovered recently?

One of the most recent blogs I have discovered is Lipsticks with Some Sunshine which is written by Tamira. In truth I have no idea why I'm so late to the game in discovering her blog however I'm so glad I finally have. Being a huge fan of monochrome I couldn't help but be pulled into the content being produced on her blog; it's pretty fantastic and worth checking out if you have a spare moment,

Which posts are you most proud of?

I find this a hard question to answer as I'm not entirely sure which posts I could choose for this. After all I rarely delve into my personal life and find it a bit hard to feel overly proud about a beauty post, despite the effort I put into them. For me after delving back into the archives I would have to say that one of my proudest posts would be 'In the Spotlight' where my blog and I were featured within Blogosphere Magazine. That for me was quite a surreal moment and one which to this day still amazes me that I was given such a wonderful opportunity.

Which advice would you give future bloggers?

In all honesty blogging is a working progress where I even now after two and a half years find myself learning new things every single day. The only real advice I could give would be to blog about what you find interesting whether it is beauty products, travelling, fitness or even woodwork if that floats your boat. The readers will come in time so don't worry about the numbers, just focus on your enjoyment.

I tag Megan, Amy, Chaitra and Latasha

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9 September 2014

Nourish Skin Care

Nourish Skincare
Readers over here on A Little Boat Sailing will know that as much as I love my make up and fall in love rather quickly with pretty packaging it will always be skincare that comes as a priority to me.  After all your make up will always look ten times better if it is applied to skin that is looked after well. A little while a go now I was kindly sent the Nourish Balance Starter Beauty Collection* which is a starter set aimed at those with a combination skin type. Nourish has been a brand that I have stumbled upon more than once before whilst looking for more natural and organic skincare, therefore if this is something that interests you it may be worth having a look at too.

The brand uses biodegradable ingredients and plant extracts that are obtained through organic farming. Being certified through the Vegan Society as well as being cruelty free and organic it is most certainly a brand that clearly focuses on its ethics. Within the starter set there are four products of which you will find the Balance Detoxifying Cleanser, Balance Refining Toning Mist, Balance Nutritious Peptide Serum and the Balance Essential Moisturiser. The whole range smells like apples and pears to me which is really nice and is quite the contrast to the more citrus scents that I tend to go for as these are much more soothing in my personal opinion.

First up the Balance Detoxifying Cleanser is a light weight cleanser which can be used to gently remove make up and offer that first cleanse to the skin. Personally I'm generally not a fan of milk cleansers as I tend to like something a bit more heavy duty however this was quite a nice change to my usual routine and provided quite a nice experience overall. I would recommend a dedicated eye make up remover with this though as I did find that it struggled to remove my eye make up in comparison to foundation for example. You could of course use this as a second cleanse therefore it's up to you how you use it. According to the directions you should use this with a cotton pad however that's something I never do, I'm a water and cleanser kind of gal.

The Balance Refining Toning Mist for me was probably the stand out product here as I found this so incredibly refreshing and light on the skin. I would use this after I had cleansed whereby its aim would be to balance the skin pH and also close the pores all whilst preparing the skin for the next stage in the skincare routine. I can't really comment if it helped to close my pores as I didn't really see a visual difference, it did however feel really nice and smelt lovely too.

For me the Balance Nutritious Peptide Serum was a bit of a let-down as whilst it did leave my skin looking quite healthy and balanced I found that it made my skin really quite sticky. To be honest I really couldn't cope with that feeling as it just didn't feel very nice sadly and made applying the moisturiser really hard because it just didn't want to sink into my skin at all. I felt as though the moisturiser was left sitting on top of the serum not doing much at all leaving my skin feeling a bit wet.

Eventually I did decide to leave out the serum and use the moisturiser alone which made a world of a difference in terms of experience. The moisturiser was able to sink into my skin a lot better leaving it soft and hydrated without feeling too greasy. I did find that a little does go quite a long way with this moisturiser so you won't need as much as you initially do think.

My first experience with Nourish has been a bit hit and miss although I would say I'm leaning towards quite a positive review as three out of the four products worked really well for me. 

Nourish skincare and of course other exciting brands can be purchased from Liv.


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8 September 2014

I've been featured round 2

Transitional Beauty
Well what do you know I've somehow found myself guest posting over on one of my favourite blogs a few days ago. The gorgeous Michelle from Daisy Butter kindly got in touch with me to see if I'd like to guest post for her whilst she went off to Hong Kong on holiday which was quite the honour I have to say. For the post I decided to put a few of my favourite products together that I like to use to coincide with the transition into autumn from summer. Head on over to Daisy Butter to have a read if you fancy, I hope you all like it.


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7 September 2014

Perfecting Beauty Event and Haul

Perfecting Beauty Event and Haul Perfecting Beauty Event and Haul
Last Thursday evening I attended the Perfecting Beauty event held at Selfridges in Birmingham with fellow bloggers Aimee, Sarah, Kirsty and Vanessa. Starting at 5pm we were welcomed with proseco and some other rather odd drinks (chilli lemonade anyone?). Wrists decorated with our beauty event bracelets off we went to see what was happening.

Across the Selfridges Beauty Hall there are a variety of well-known brands such as Illamasqua, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Dior, Urban Decay and many more. There are also quite a few brands that I've never myself experienced before such as Suqqu, Show Beauty and HC LuxSpa. At the various counters there were a number of demonstrations, talks and gift with purchases available therefore it was a great opportunity to learn new tips and tricks as well as to try new products out.

Knowing that I was attending the event a few weeks prior I decided that I would put the last of my birthday money to good use and purchase a Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shadow Palette. The tickets for the event cost £10 however these were redeemable against any purchase on the night which I thought was such a good idea. I initially had two options in mind for my choice of palette, The Uptown Girl or The Golden Goddess. However after asking for advice off Aimee and Sarah I ended up coming away with The Dolce Vita which truly is incredible and quite different to any colours shades that I already own yet still of course completely wearable for day and night time.

In all honesty my evening was all about Charlotte Tilbury after I experienced a mini make over at the counter. The truly beautiful MUA made me feel like a brand new woman whereby I have to say it was so surreal to see my make up done professionally compared to my poor attempts in the past. I left the counter purse considerably lighter yet confidence blooming; the Charlotte Tilbury quote on the make up bag " give a woman the right make up and she can conquer the world" had never felt more true, even if it was just for that evening.

The image at the top shows you what I picked up on the night whereby I purchased The Dolce Vita Eye Shadow Palette, The Filmstar Bronze and Glow Face Sculpt and Highlight and The Retoucher Concealer and Treat Stick. From Illamasqua I also picked up an Eyebrow Cake in 'thunder' after discussing my eyebrow woes with the MUA. He picked out the shade for me and did my brows for me which was really nice as I'm quite honestly shocking when it comes to my eyebrows. Before I even got to the event I also nipped into The Body Shop as I really wanted to pick up the Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Face Wash after hearing Estée mention this a few times in her videos.

On the night if you spent over £75 collectively across the beauty hall you could take part in the pic n mix which was full of luxury sized samples of a number of products for free. This was incredibly exciting as it was full of products that I really wanted to try therefore I chose the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer along with the Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser and the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.

Speaking of Dermalogica I along with the girls had mini skin consultations where we came away with samples to try of the skincare routine selected for us. We were also given complementary samples of the Daily Microexfoliant which sounds like a really unique product and one that I'm looking forward to trying very soon.

One of the most exciting things of the night was at Tom Ford where I witnessed Aimee and Sarah have their make up done with some of the new limited edition releases; they both looked stunning! The girls at the counter were equally as beautiful and so kind as they gave me two mini lipsticks in the shades Pink Dusk and Cherry Lush along with a sample of the new Tom Ford Velvet Orchid fragrance which smells so good, particularly for this upcoming autumn/winter.

Sali Hughes was also at the event which was fantastic as I felt as though I learnt so many things in regards to make up application and general make up knowledge. She also had incredible heels on that evening that I couldn't take my eyes off for a good while; Louboutins are truly incredible.

Overall I really cannot recommend popping along to the next event or even just the beauty hall on your next visit to Birmingham. It really is a fantastic experience and one that all make up enthusiasts should experience at least once or twice.
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