Sunday, 28 June 2015

Making big decisions, my top 3 tips..

So this is a bit of a different post for me which isn't make up related (I hope that's okay?!) but I just felt I needed to talk about the past week with you and maybe share a few tips on how to make a big decision in your life.

So on Wednesday I was offered a new job. I hadn't applied for it nor had I expected it. It was a big shock to me and something that required a lot of thinking. Here's a few things I did/ realised that helped me make my decision.

A cup of tea and a list.

So I did what I do when making all life decisions these days, I poured myself a cup of tea and got out one of many note pads and made a list of pros and cons. I find this is the best way to have a clear thought process and make the most informed decision. I wrote down the salary, hours, days, and flexibility of each job role, and then what is expected of me in both my current position and the new position offered to me. This may seem to some people a time consuming idea but for me personally, I like to have my thoughts where I can see them in order to be able to have a clear mindset and a balanced thought process for both. And yes, I did eat these spaceships to enhance my thinking!

Bowl from Oliver Bonas

Act like you're advising a friend.

So this point sounds a little crazy but works wonders when put into practice. I asked myself a lot of questions, most of them starting with 'what if..' And answered them as if it wasn't my life that would impact from it. As we all know we try to give the most well rounded and supportive advice possible to our friends, so this was kind of nice because I was in a way, allowing myself to choose which option made me happiest. I answered a lot of the questions with, 'yes I will be happier not working as late' 'yes it would be good to spend more time blogging because of the hours of the new job'. I would recommend this trick to anyone because I think it gives a lot of self realisation that ultimately you need to make a decision based on how you will be happiest.

It's not the end of the world.

So finally, and this isn't really a tip as much as it is a fact. After all the pros and cons, what ifs, and cups of tea. It suddenly dawned on me. This decision is not the end of the world. Whichever option I choose, if it doesn't work out, can be changed. If you decide not to take the job and you regret it, apply for a similar one. If you take the job and regret it, look for a different one. It isn't life or death and it definitely isn't a decision to lose sleep over.

This is a canvas in my bedroom from Next

A member of my family always tells me, don't worry about tomorrow. What he means is you cannot be scared of what you don't know, so there is no point worrying about it. So in the end I took the new job. I start in two weeks and I am very excited. Onwards and upwards!

Do you have any tips on making big decisions? Please share any tips with us below, the more the merrier!

Thanks for reading x

Saturday, 27 June 2015

My nudest nude yet...

Nope no rudeys, just one hella fierce lipstick. Yep that's definitely the first time I've ever said hella fierce haha. I know I already posted about a lipstick last week but, in my defence, this is more my go to night time shade.

Myth with no liner

I've never been one to love the 'foundation lips' look, but there's something so subtle and bare about this lipstick that really makes a difference to my face when I'm going out of an evening. It's very, Kim K I would say. This is Myth from Mac. A really pale toned nude shade from the Satin range. If you read my blog you'll know I bang on about nudes and pinks all the time, but this has to be my nudest nude so far. I feel as though it completes my face for an evening event, kind of like when you throw a pair of heels on, you automatically feel dressier. Know what I mean?

Myth over Spice lip liner from Mac

I've been wearing this lipstick over Spice lip liner so it does have more brown tones showing through to create a 90s lip, but it can be worn on it's own. I'd maybe recommend it on it's own if you're more dark skin toned than pale because it is so nude I think it would wash out your face if you have really light skin. I'm pale underneath my NW18 Studio Fix face haha.

Just a quick one today, what's everyone's thoughts on this lipstick? Too nude?

Thanks for reading x

Thursday, 25 June 2015

In a Mermaid's World..

I'm not going to lie, I've been so excited to write this post! Not only because I love mermaids (and unicorns, just for the record) but because all of these things are just so pretty. There seems to be a subtle trend this summer of mermaid inspired fashion, whether that be bikinis, bags and now even these make up brushes. I thought I would give you a quick run down of my favourites and hopefully you will leave this post loving mermaid style just as much as me.

So firstly, this bag from River Island. Ah I love this bag so much! It's a holographic clutch bag with a scale effect to it too resembling a mermaids tail. The holographic scales make the colours of the bag change depending on how it hits the light. The main colours are silver aqua and lilac which is perfect for summer. This clutch would look amazing with a pastel coloured outfit, but also with an all black outfit to really make it stand out.

Next we have my absolute hair essential, my Tangle Teezer. These hair brushes are designed to detangle knots in the hair with the least amount of damage possible. The bristles are all plastic making them perfect for wet or dry hair. I have a few different types but my favourite has to be this lilac and baby pink one. You can buy these in your local Boots and they're usually around ten pounds. I would highly recommend one of these if you're trying to get your hair in better condition because it's really helping me to grow mine.

And finally, I had to save the best until last. LOOK AT THESE BRUSHES!! I literally cannot even describe how much I love these. I know it's sad because surely you can't love brushes, but I do. They're just so pretty! This is the Glam Clam from the Atlantis Collection at Spectrum Collections. Yes that's a mouthful, but such a beautiful one at that haha. This set consists of face, eye and lip brushes, 10 brushes in total to help you create the perfect flawless face. My favourites have to be the flat top buffer brush, perfect for really blending foundation in nicely, and the flat top of this brush enables you to really work the foundation into the skin to avoid any inconsistency for a perfect finish. I also love the angled brow brush because it's similar to the Mac 266. This is perfect teamed with Illamasqua Brow Cake or ABH dip brow. All of the brushes come in the limited edition mint green colour, with a lilac to pink ombré on the brush hairs, and a Rose gold finish. This collection comes compact in a Lilac faux leather shell clutch bag, which I'll definitely be using as more than a make up bag!

Spectrum Collections pride themselves on these brushes being made cruelty free, so even more jusitifcation to purchase them!

If you know of any other mermaid inspired fashion that's around lately please let me know in the comments because as you can probably tell I'm obsessed!

Thanks for reading x

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

My Birthday Shoes..

Yep, that's right. I hate to admit it, but I turned 24 last week. It feels so weird, I literally still feel as though I am 19. I don't want to be one of those annoying people who say they're having a midlife crisis when technically I still have the whole world ahead of me, but. And that's a big BUT. I feel so weird about it! It's such a confusing age I feel, because I'm no longer 21 where it is acceptable to juggle work life and hangovers and be commended for it as though it is a skill, but I'm not quite ready to settle at where I am in life. That's a whole other post though (possibly coming soon) so anyway, I did what every girl does when she feels slightly agitated about an upcoming event, and I bought myself some shoes. Yep, I got me some lace ups. 

Excuse my toes, but these bad boys are from Public Desire and I LOVE them. I really do. They are so comfy because they look a lot higher than they actually are, so I felt as though I was wearing a similar sized heel to a heeled ankle boot. Winner. I think the snakeskin (fake obviously) teamed with the laces gives them more of a sexy feel, they certainly felt sexier than other heels I own. I would definitely recommend these for a date night, but turning 24 with my boyfriend being away at work meant one thing, the birthday shoes were going dancing. 

Quick picture summing up my night, cocktails, food and blurriness haha. 

I stupidly forgot to take a #ootn picture but I wore the shoes with white topshop Leighjeans and a long khaki split side vest, glammed up with a bit of jewellery. For £30 I thought they were an absolute bargain, so much so that I ordered them in black too. My bad. Although it was my birthday, I suppose. 

Have you bought any new heels lately? Thoughts on lace ups girls/boys?

Thanks for reading x


Sunday, 21 June 2015

My new favourite summer lip!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Thought I would write a quick post and share with you my 'go to' lipstick that I'm loving recently. Although the weather is picking and choosing when it wants to give us a little sunshine in the UK at the moment, I'm still using June as an excuse to get summery with my make up. I've mentioned in previous posts how I tend to stick to pinky nude shades, and I suppose this can be added to this list, but it just feels so much more bright than my usual Velvet Teddy look.

This lipstick I've been picking up all the time lately is Mac's (obviously) Peach Blossom. It is a Cremesheen lipstick so it is super creamy and moisturising on the lips. I have been using Soar lip liner from Mac underneath the lipstick for that added pop of pink. The shiny gloss of Peach Blossom stays put for a pretty impressive amount of time, but I do like to keep topping up every now and again just purely because it feels so rich and smooth on my lips.

This is Peach Blossom lipstick with Soar liner underneath

Other lip liners by Mac I think would look nice under this are Boldly Bare, Whirl and, surprisingly enough I have tried Currant which is a deep purple, but it gave me this amazing fuschia pink with Peach Blossom over it! It looked lovely, a really unique colour compared to the usual pinks. The colour is so girly though, it could be thrown on quickly before you leave the house to really brighten your make up look.

What is your summer lip? Have you tried Peach Blossom? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading x

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Anastasia Beverley Hills - Dip Brow..

Okay, so I may be a little late to the party on this one. But in my defence, it has been so hard to get hold of this here in the UK without paying a bomb in shipping costs. Yep that's right, it's the Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip brow Promade. After reading about this everywhere and seeing the difference it makes I just had to see what the fuss was about. It's safe to say it lives up to the hype. I like the packaging on this it reminds me of a Mac paint pot, a glass bottom with a screw top.

 I suppose before actually using the product I was expecting something similar to the wax in the Benefit Browzings palette, but it's not at all, it's much more soft. It kind of has a creamy texture to it, making it easy to glide a brush through and pick up just enough product. I found that a little goes a long way with this so it will last me ages I suspect. Oh, and just in case anybody is wondering, I use a Mac 266 angled brush to apply. I found it tamed my brows as well as tinted them. I opted for medium brown because I like them darker than my hair which is blonde with low lights. The 266 helps me to create the perfect tail for my brow, and push any strays back into place.

Has anyone else tried this? Do you know any other brushes that are good to use? Let me know!

Thanks for reading x

Monday, 8 June 2015

The Wake Me Up Collection..

Hi again, for those of you who read my blog regularly, you may have noticed my posts have been slightly inconsistent the past couple of months or so. This is because I have recently moved house with my boyfriend and our internet has been delayed until July (sob) so until then I haven to keep buying more 3G, writing blog posts on the notes on my iPhone and then uploading them to blogger when 3G wants to be my friend. So thank you for baring with me haha.

Anyway, I've recently decided I need to dabble more into drugstore makeup rather than always  splurging in Selfridges, so I went to Boots yesterday and picked up a few bits from the Rimmel Wake Me Up range. Now this is more of a first impressions post rather than a full review as I've only used the products a couple of times, and I like to use them for about a week before I fully determine whether or not I like them.

Firstly, the concealer. LOVE. No really, I actually love it. I suffer from dark under eye circles and redness around my nose and chin so these are my main areas for concealing, and this definitely does the job. Today I used the concealer under my foundation in these areas, applied my foundation and then used a little bit more over my foundation just under my eyes for extra brightness. I applied them with a Beauty Blender which I dampened with Mac Fix+ spray. The product concealed my dark circles making me look fresher and brighter. It really gave my makeup a boost and a more radiant look, perfect for a Monday morning!

The foundation, in all honesty, I struggled with at first. Again like I said I've only used it a couple of times, and I think I only struggled because I'm so used to a really full coverage foundation (studio fix) so this to me felt quite watery and transparent. I'm going to keep using it, and maybe try to layer it subtly because it does seem as though it will be buildable. I shall let you know how I get on.

And finally, the mascara. Now in my opinion, the key to looking awake is all about the eyes. The skin can look fresh as a daisy but if you've got tired eyes, the skin will still look dull. The eyes don't Lyell lies! This mascara is perfect for really spreading the lashes whilst still adding length and volume, helping to really open up the eyes. The wand is curved to a number 8 shape to enable it to reach the inner corners in sequence with adding a cat eye flick to the outer lashes. This paired with the under eye concealer is the perfect work day cheat to looking like you had an extra hour in bed.

That's my first impressions of the products, I shall keep you posted on the foundation as I hope for my bank accounts sake that I can warm to it! Let me know if you've tried any products from this range and what you think of them.

Thanks for reading x


Thursday, 4 June 2015

Zoeva Lip Crayons

Well well well... Whoever said Zoeva was only good for brushes and not make up was so wrong! Okay, so nobody actually said that, it's just I hadn't quite discovered their make up range yet. That was, until these chubby little sticks of pink flashed up on my screen (heart eye emoji). I wasn't actually looking for them when I stumbled across them online, but for £5.95 each I couldn't not try them.

We all know Zoeva are up there with some of the best quality brushes, so I was confident these lip crayons would be the same. With them being called lip crayons I imagined them to be quite drying and rough on the lips like a Topshop one I had a while ago, but they were, in fact, the opposite. These crayons are so rich and creamy, they go on like a lipstick but feel kind of like a gloss. The pigmentation in them is perfect, being pink shades I was scared they'd be too pigmented and look like i'd let my 5 year old cousin draw on me but in fact they give just the right amount of colour to make your lips pop, without looking over the top (yeah, that's right I'm a poet and I know it).
The two shades I got are Silly Love and Tender Rose. Silly Love is more of a coral toned pinky red shade (good description Hayley) and Tender Rose is more of a dusty pale pink. Both crayons can easily be thrown on, I've been keeping one in my handbag because they don't need to be really precisely drawn into the lips. I will say the longevity isn't the best, but that's outshone by the pigmentation and for £5.95 each I'm quite happy to keep topping up.

Above Silly Love - Underneath Tender Rose

Have you tried any of the Zoeva lip crayons?

Thanks for reading x
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