26 February 2015

February Snaps

I always feel the beginning of the year is quite simplistic as you tend to be saving and aiming to complete your resolutions, throughout February I have definitely been trying to stick to my resolutions. Blogging better was a massive goal for this year and I've been doing well this month, I'm quite proud of myself. I've even been taking parts in blog chats on Twitter so I am able to find new bloggers, gather new tips and share my own thoughts with others. I definitely think purchasing my new DSLR camera made a difference as It's given me more enthusiasm,

I've also been trying hard at improving my health and fitness, I rode my bike for the first time in months and even put on an exercise DVD! I've also been aiming to drink more water and eat less sugary food, which I haven't succeeded at too well but at least the thought is there.

Away from resolutions was of course Valentines day! After work my boyfriend turned up with a dozen red roses and a cute card from paperchase, the next morning I copked us breakfast and it was rather lovely. Let's not forget we've also had pancake day, I may be the fussiest eater in the world but I do love a pancake.. or five.

I hope February has been a lovely month for you!


24 February 2015

Loving Lauren Conrad Beauty

Lauren Conrad is no one new, and her books are nothing new either - it's just taken me a very long time to catch on. I was quite happily wasting hours of my life on Amazon when I came across Lauren Conrad Beauty. In all honesty I did not even read the description, I just clicked it into my basket and days later it was in my hands. 

I assumed the book was going to be full of Lauren's love for beauty with a small range of make-up based tips, but that was a poor judgement. I'm pretty sure every beauty tip that exists is in this book, whether it is what food to eat, why you shouldn't pick spots or just what brush to use for powder. It has absolutely everything you need to know beauty wise with those personal touches, short stories and of course pretty pictures.

Other than loving the contents of the book, I am very pleased with how it's presented. I find it uneasy to read large paragraphs when they're not a story, this is precisely what puts me off  a lot of blogs. This book is perfect for someone like me, the content is completely spread out with bold sub headings, diagrams and lots of short paragraphs - yay!! Not only does this make it easier to read, but it makes it easier to find the sections you're interested in without scouring the content and pages.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in beauty, if you want to learn a bit more or interested in owning a good beauty bible!

Do you like Lauren Conrad? Do you own this book?


22 February 2015

Try. Care. Succeed.


"At least you tried!" 

Sometimes you don't need an amazing outcome to know you've put effort and thought into something. There are many things we try our best with and often in the end it didn't work out very well and we regret even trying, though in most cases it's the trying that truly counts.  

You can expect more posts like these when I feel inspired by quotes I've found as these have replaced my four quotes posts. Think this is a better idea?


20 February 2015

My Favourite Coat

Yes, you are reading a fashion post and yes it does include actual outfit photos, I'm in shock too! This rare post was completely spontaneous, the log pile intrigued me to take some nice photos of well.. the logs, and out of no where I decided they would make a good background for outfit shots. Though the sun was setting quickly and let's just say teaching my boyfriend how to manually focus when it's dark turned out to be a task, so I apologise for the bad/lack of photographs.

I bought this black boyfriend coat from New Look in Autumn last year as I was eager to purchase a coat that was a bit more 'grown up' in comparison to my usual oversized parkas. I browsed through many high street shops but had little luck into finding something I liked and although I'm not a fan for  New Look's choices it seemed I was in luck. I was all smiles when I picked up this coat and tried it on, there was just two left and just my luck, one was my size.

The silver detailing and zips give it a little definition and the material makes it very warm for the colder months. I was however worried about purchasing a coat without a hood as it's unusual for me and the weather in the UK often includes rain, but it's easy to layer a thick hooded sweatshirt underneath when the skies are looking a little grey. On a day to day basis I tend to style it with a cosy jumper, black leggings and my brogues - who needs colour? 

I'm sure every girl has a favourite coat and this is mine.

Would you like to see more outfit posts in the future?


18 February 2015

Making Organisation Your Best Friend

Whether I've given advice to someone else or read it on a blog, I've began to notice the key to blogging seems to always come back to organisation. Although being organised seems like a pain in the backside, you can make it your best friend and I'm here to explain how and why.

Ask any blogger and they will tell you that planning is one of the most important parts of blogging, especially if you frequently feel unmotivated and uninspired. Writing blog ideas down in a notebook, on sticky notes or even on your phone can make all the difference, especially when you feel unmotivated. Whenever you're stuck for a blog post you have a whole range to choose from. It's also a good idea to write down your post ideas if you're a forgetful person like myself as there's nothing worse than forgetting a good post idea.

Scheduling means you'll be spending hours writing a weeks worth of posts, instead of days. Being able to wake up with a new post live on your page is rather relaxing. This also goes with scheduling messages on your social networks, I use Hoot Suite but there are plenty of other platforms that allow you to schedule posts to all of your social platforms with a few small clicks. It's perfect for those of you who forget to share your posts regularly or genuinely can't be bothered.

Setting yourself goals is something a lot of bloggers suggest, this could be a goal to post three times a week, use a different photo background, or take part in more Twitter chats. It doesn't matter what the goal is, as long as it's something realistic that you believe will help you improve your blog or improve your mentality to blogging.

So imagine you've got a pages of ideas, a memory card of pictures and a handful of goals. Don't you feel better already?

What are your favourite tips for being organised?

16 February 2015

Make Up Look: Day To Day

I've only ever shown two make up looks on my blog: back to basics and one brush one palette. So I thought it was about time I showed you my day to day look. It's very simple and takes me about 20-30 minutes to complete and is perfect for school and work.

I start by applying my Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer as this gives me a smooth even base and helps to ensure the make up stays put throughout the day. I then use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to blend the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in, I use a mixture of Porcelain 10 and Classic Ivory 101 as it creates the perfect shade for my skin tone. After foundation is of course time for concealer, I use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade fair as it gives a high coverage without drying out. I apply this to all the needed areas and use the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush out of the Core Collection to blend it into the skin.

Onto eyes I start with my eyebrows, I use the spooley on my Anastasia Duo Brow Brush to brush the hairs into shape and then fill them in lightly with the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in dark brown just filling in the gaps and attempting to make both brows symmetrical. Once the brows are finished with 

I use the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in Permanent Taupe over the lid and on the lower lash line using my index finger, this gives my lid a nice base before applying powdered shadows. I then go on to my most loved Naked 2 Palette, first applying 'tease' over the entire lid blending completely into the crease using my MAC 217 brush, I then apply 'pistol' to the outter corner and work it in towards the centre of my lid using the Angled Shadow Brush out of the Nic's Pics collection and then using the MAC 217 brush again I apply a tiny amount of the 'busted' shade to the very outer corner blending it slightly into the crease and on the lower lash line. I then use the Base Shadow Brush out of the Real Technqiues Nic's Pics collection to apply the 'verve' shade on the inner corner. To complete the eye look I apply the Benefit They're Real Mascara to my top lashes and the  Maybelline Falsies Mascara in waterproof black on the lower lashes so they aren't as lengthened as my top lashes.

It's then time to finish up by applying my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in transparent using the Real Techniques Powder Brush, then using the Contour Brush out of the Core Collection I apply my Bourjois Bronzing Powder to the forehead, jaw line and cheekbones to add colour and to contour a little. It's then time for blush, I'm currently loving the new Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in the shade Nude Mauve  and I apply this to the apples of my cheeks using the MAC 116 Blush Brush. Last but not least is time for the lips and at the moment I'm using Maybelline Colorstay Nude Lipstick in Coffee Craze as it's a love nude with a hint of pink.

I hope you liked this make up look, it would been much better as a YouTube tutorial but for now it shall be done in blog posts!

What looks would you like me to do?


14 February 2015

The Beauty Tag

I spotted this beauty tag on EffStar Beauty and I couldn't resist doing it, so if you dislike tag posts then look away now.

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?
Not specifically, thought it was likely a lip gloss.

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
Black and waterproof that's easy to hold, looks pretty and has a brush that lengthens lashes with a minimum amount of coats and no clumps. It would also be fantastic if it was easy to remove off carpet and clothes too! Though I don't think a mascara this perfect exists!

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?
Full coverage!

4. Favourite high end brand?
Urban Decay

5. What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven't? 
YSL, Chanel, Dior, Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford and Sephora.

6. Favourite drugstore brand?

7. Do you wear false eyelashes?
On special occasions that I can be bothered.

8. Is there any type of makeup that you can't leave the house without?
(Assuming this means in your bag not on your face) Concealer and lip balm.

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?
My Urban Decay Naked 2 palette - It was my first Naked palette and is my most used.

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or or get lots of goodies at once?
I tend to pick up items here and there, though sometimes I'll purchase a few at once especially in drug stores as there's lots of offers.

11. Do you have a "beauty budget" or do you spend freely?
I'd say I spend freely but I'll never spend excessively, I'd only purchase what I use or need.

12. Do you utilize coupons, reward cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
My Superdrug and Boots points cards are very utilized! I'm not fussed about sales unless it's a really good offer.

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?

14. Is there a brand you absolutely can't stand?
Not yet!

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulphates?

16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?
Superdrug because it's cheap and easy.

17. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you have a certain routine?
Yes, though I don't think I could change from my Liz Earle cleanser!

18. Favourite bath and body brand?

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
 Charlotte Tilbury

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Lucy Hale.

22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?
I'm part of a new Blog Helpers group on Facebook and that's about it.

23. 5 favourite beauty gurus.
Vegas Nay, Samantha Ravndahl and the Pixiwoo sisters. Not quite five.. sorry!

24. Do you like multinational products like lip and cheek stains?
I like the idea of them though I'm rarely good at using them.

25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I'm clumsy in general! With make up it's usually mascara that I dot everywhere.

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for eyes?
Yes, I frequently use the Maybelline Tattoo in Permanent Taupe.

27. How many hair products do you use on a daily basis?
None as I don't use hair products daily, just when needed. 

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
Foundation unless I have an extremely dark blemish.

29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?
Yes, especially as I have a DFMA Make up Academy down the road from me.

30. What do you love about makeup?
There is so much you can do with it, it can be used as art or just so you can feel more confident.

Want to do this tag? Go ahead!

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