Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I want you back for good


Whilst shopping my stash the other week I came across some old favourites of mine that had been hidden under a stack of newer make up. Myself and other beauty bloggers would agree that we don't need any new make up but a little voice inside your head always says "you might as well, it is 3 for 2" so then the collection gets larger and larger. So I decided to swap everything over to give them a bit of limelight and boy was it worth it as I had forgotten how good some of these were.

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara- is one of those mascaras that need to dry out slightly before they get really good. And this one certainly turns good. Because the wand is skinny it makes it so easy to get close to the base of the lashes and also not awkward to hold. It says that it shouldn't flake however I do experience a little but wouldn't stop me using it. It's a very intense jet black and quite a liquidy consistency  Nice as a day time mascara which gives a nice natural look and hold. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour lip protector-the super handy chuck in your bag lip balm that sorts out dry lips in a day of constant application. Having only had this since Christmas it's not really an old favourite. Being a bit funny about germs and sticking your finger into a pot I love the fact you apply this just like a lipstick. It's so soft and nourishing on your lips and is handy for holidays as it has an SPF 15!

MAC Mineralize skinfinish Redhead- was bought when I had bright red hair as it was advertised for people with red hair in a special collection they had going. However through the red, brown and now blonde hair it still looks great and can honestly be used no matter what hair colour you have. It gives a lovely highlight/shimmer effect to the cheeks whilst at the same time add a natural bronzed glow. So really its a blusher and highlight in one. Such a beautiful product that needs to be viewed in person to understand the beauty. 

MAC Pressed Pigment Warming Heart- I love wearing when I use the MAC blusher as they look great together. Its a pressed pigment and can take a couple of layers depending on what brush I use, but once built up it can look very opaque and incredibly bronzed. I like using this as one colour all over the lid but also sometimes as a loose, light dusting of shimmer over another shadow. Perfect if you want to transform your day time look to evening. 

Sleek lipstick Candy Cane- is quite possibly a perfect coral lipstick. The formula of these lipsticks are great and super smooth and creamy. They last well and are easy to apply straight from the bullet. Looks gorgeous with a tan and seems to enhance the darkness of your tan some how. They are so affordable and do a wide range of shades. 

YSL Touche Eclat-is mostly used on my under eye bags. It really helps to counteract the darkness and brighten it right up. The lasting power is quite good and gives such a nice natural highlight which is nice all year round. I do have to say that there are very similar ones in the high street that do a good enough job, but these YSL ones seem to last forever on the skin and forever as a product. I have them for ages before I need to buy another!

Is it time you shopped your stash and gave the old favourites a bit of love?

xoxo

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunday round up -14 -



They longest day of year has passed and now we're officially in summer. I for one am a winter lover but obviously appreciate the sunshine and the festival season. For us teachers we're so close to summer (3 weeks and counting) and can't wait to go and do things in my break, including a holiday. Recently I was contacted for what sounds like such an awesome event and can't go because of work and was truly gutted and am hoping for other opportunities to fall in summer break. I'm also really interested in a bit of a bloggers meet up in London so if you know of any please comment below.

Anyway onto what I did last week......

1- A Tray of Empties that have been lurking in the back of my bathroom cabinet waiting to be thrown out. Tony doesn't get it and always shouting "why do we have so many empty things in ere?". This lovely group of empties consist of quite a few holy grail products of mine. Check out the post for more detail.

2- Stop the Yulin festival petition was all over social media and made me cry just reading out it, I couldn't bring myself to look at any images or videos. As an avid animal lover I was straight onto the internet faster than you can say woof and signed the petition. I had never heard of it before and was so shocked that something like this is an actual thing.

3- Cafe des Amis is the best place in Canterbury for mexican food and good enough for Orlando Bloom who is a regular in there when visiting his parents. It has such a lively authentic vibe which Tequila everywhere. A great place if you want tasty mexican and can't recommend the fajitas enough. For the intolerant of us they are good for catering for gluten free and are fast and passing over an allergy menu. Some would say it's on the pricy side but this doesn't bother me when its good quality food. 

4- A little treat from Birchbox was waiting for me last week sometime and really did cheer me up. I've used the bliss products a couple of times so far and a post will be up this week! I love a good pamper and without giving much away these eye gels are amaze (I could go one but I'll save it for a detailed post). Am so grateful to the lovelies over at Birchbox for giving me a reason to pamper, and lets face it us girlies like a pamper. 

5- Summertime nails are in and my dark berry red polish is back in the box (wipes tears away) and the pastels are out. I do think that Essie do some of the prettiest pastel colours in the drug store and have my eye on one in particular thats new. I am partial to a coral in the summer and tend to bust it out whilst on holiday as it helps to give the illusion of a darker tan, which in my case is a lobster red tan. 

6- Yoga on a Wednesday night is something I very much look forward to. Hump day is always a busy one for me as my timetable is chocker and barely have time to pee, so by the time I get to Yoga I'm ready for complete relaxation. I've recently put up a post all about my Yoga journey (click HERE). 

7- Whistles cracked silver clutch is my new out out sidekick. Being my third Whistles clutch I feel I have a slight addiction to them. Good quality, a fab range of colours and practical these clutches are a girls best friend. I'm that friend that has anything and everything in their bag, prepared for any disaster and have been known for carrying my umbrella in a medium sized Whistles clutch. If you don't have one....what are you waiting for?

8- My healthy food hot spot (Kitch) serves the tastiest avocado on toast I've ever had.....ever! They serve fresh, homemade food with no refined sugar full of goodness. If you go you must try out their veg juice, it's just so scrummy. Being one of those annoying people that can't eat much (sister being another of those people) this place is great as it caters for GF/DF/Vegan/NF the lot. The staff are very friendly and happiness is everywhere. The only slight downfall is the wait for the food but its only a small place with only a couple of chefs. All you have to do is have a yummy juice and a bit of a natter and tahdah your food will be in front of you. 

9- A mugshot to just say hi to all my lovely new followers and the even lovelier followers who have stuck by my side for ages. I love you all!

Hope you've had a lovely week

xoxo

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Yoga journey

I've always been a pretty active person, dancing from a very young age and just generally active. About a year an a half ago I was so a bit too into the gym and all I cared about what getting there and spending two and a half hours lifting weights. I was very strict with my food and was very regimented with my gym days splitting them with arm days and leg days etc. I have to admit I was happy then, eating clean and feeling healthy yes I was happy. But I didn't have much spare time to see family or friends because I was so obsessed (yep I said it) I knew something had to change. I started going to the gym less and running instead and wanted to do a 10k in my local area. Just the thought of running a 10k now makes me feel exhausted.

Over the past year I have been in and out of the doctors, hospital, signed off work due to health reasons and being under investigation for this that and the other. Over time my fitness levels has deteriorated and after 4 months of laying on the sofa my doctor advised me to take some Yoga/Pilates classes to help with getting some exercise back into my routine and also to help with general wellbeing. 

Since my first class I've not looked back, and am even doing yoga at home too (Yoga with Adriene on YouTube). I enjoy it so much and feel like I've thoroughly missed out not taking part in this sort of exercise before. I understand that I should do more cardio but right now this is enough for me. Yoga & Pilates allows me to really connect with myself and wash away the day or prepare me for the day. Having danced my whole life my body is more bendy than normal and this kind of exercise allows me to keep that suppleness. I go twice a week to an open class, Yoga on Wednesdays and Pilates on Saturday mornings. In between these classes like I've already said I like to do some Yoga at home on my own with a nice smelling candle and some flowers by my side. 

What I would like to do more than anything is to go to a Yoga retreat. I've heard so much about them and how beautiful the experience was. Recently Boohoo took a hand full of bloggers to a retreat in Ibiza which looks absolutely beautiful! I'm desperate to do the  sunrise Yoga at the top of the shard in London. I'm still going down my Yoga journey and am loving every lesson or session I take part in. And lastly triyoga in London sounds and looks like such a lovely place to take classes, so I'm hoping to make my way there in the summer holidays.

To some people it will sound silly but I do feel like Yoga helps with a lot of my symptoms I have to live with on a daily basis now which the hardcore weight lifting wouldn't help with. My body has changed so much that I have such a different way of life which Yoga works well alongside. 

Do you practice Yoga/Pilates? Have you ever thought about taking part? Comment below so we can geek out together!! 

Thanks for reading
xoxo



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A mid week mani


I'm constantly changing up my nail varnish, I'd say every two or three days and right now its between this little group. I like to take time painting my nails and see it as a bit of me   pamper time. After a nice soak in the bath, or a relaxing long shower and a nice warm green tea I'm ready to get my nail bar on. 

It might sound gross but I like to use the Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover as mine tend to grow quite fast. Putting this along the cuticles for a minute or so and pushing them down with a wooden nail tool and they come straight off, like they've been dissolved. It really is fab and much easier than what some nail shops do and cut them off with teeny tiny scissors. Thats the only prep I do before painting my nails. Simple quick and no fuss.

Acrylic nails for seven months hasn't done my real nails any good and their now paying for it so I'm having to use the Essie ridge filling base coat to try and get them back into good shape. It helps to hide the terrible state that my nails are in and help to smooth out the surface of them so when polish is on it looks more or less smooth and normal. It's always such a hard decision to make choosing what colour to paint my nails with. I have favourites which I always go back to but recently I've been working my way round this little group from left to right:

Nails Inc Westbourne Grove which is great for adding a bright pop of colour but needs a few coats to get a complete opaque finish. 
Essie Bikini so Tiny is a lovely pastel blue with a hint of shimmer. Its very pretty but find that it can come out uneven. 
Ciate Pepperminty is my alternative to Essie Mint Candy Apple and is I would say one of my most used pastel polishes. 
Rimmel Coralicious such a perfect orangey red and looks even nicer on tanned skin (perfect holiday polish). It also has the benefit of a 60 second dry which everyone can appreciate.
Barry M Prickly Pear confuses me as it's not the colour of a pear but hey ho it's super pretty, girly and a lovely lilac pastel. It's high shine and has such a lovely finish.

To complete my little pamper nail sesh I always end it with my Seche Vite which is (in my opinion) the best top coat ever. It drys so quite, drys with a high shine and helps to make my polish last a lot better than when I don't use it.

Do you own any of these polishes? Do you have any to recommend? 

Happy nail painting!

xoxo

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Products I've used up


Completely using up a product doesn't happen every day, but when it does you are either loving it and you swear it has the x factor or you're feeling the meh factor. I'm always reading bloggers empties posts as you can really get their thoughts about products from day one to the end and can give you a good indication of whether to bother buying it or not. 

The empty suspects:

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish: Grapefruit and Patchouli- This was so nice to use. The Cleanse and Polish Original is lovely however this had a nice fresh smell that was an absolute delight to use, especially in the morning. It didn't have any different benefits but was just nice to have the fresh fruity scent.

Blistex Intensive Moisturiser- My night time lip product has gone and I already want it back , I want it back for good *recently saw Take That so I apologise. I really enjoy slapping a thick layer of this on just before bed as when you awaken you had lips that are plump and ready for a heavy duty lippy. It is very thick and can still be on the lips in the morning so you may need to sort that out before applying another product.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- This cult concealer is literally in everyones make up collection. It's a great all round concealer perfect for under the eyes and over your face. If I have a pesky spot or dark circles, this concealer can handle it all. It comes with a lovely cheap price tag and have gone through so many I can't imagine how many I've used. 

Garnier Micellar water- I will always have a bottle of this in my office as well as the other Micellar waters I seem to have collected over time. There is only one thing I'm not a fan of with this and thats how it can make your skin feel quite wet and takes a while to sink in and feel absorbed. It does a good job at removing any make up whether thats waterproof mascara or your brow gel. 

Rimmel London Just Let It Go- Whilst I had this I enjoyed using it. Having said that I haven't rushed out and re-purchased. I feel this is mostly down to the vast collection of Micellar waters I have. Yes it is very good at taking off waterproof mascara and does it quite quickly but that is still achievable with Micellar and adds just a few more cotton pads to the task. If I'm honest, I'm not sure I will go for this again because of how the job can be done with products I already have.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray- A new bottle arrived just the other day which I can't tell you how excited I was when I ripped open the packaging. I have to admit that I do feel so what dependent on this. If I'm not overly sleepy i find it so hard to fall asleep especially if I'm round someone's house. I use this every night without fail and can see myself re-purchasing this for years to come *note to This Works- Please don't discontinue this!!! 

Mac Fix+- My greasy face loves this stuff! It manages to keep my face under control and I use about 5 sprays on a night out to really lock all my hard work in. My make up looks fresh through out the night when I'be used this and honestly stays put all the way till the early hours of the morning. I've only really used this fix spray and no branched to any other brands. Having gone through quite a few bottles shows why I haven't branched off. 

Soap and Glory Archery- A product that seems to have become a new cult brow product and too right. This really does enable you to create a natural looking brow. The only downside is the lack of shade choice (only two) but if you can managed to work with that your lucky. I get the dark shade and once brushed out and set actually looks pretty natural with a good clean arch. It will take a lot of hard work for another brow product to push this out of my make up bag. 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cream- A great Glossybox sample has come and gone. I used this at night as my last step in my routine. It make my skin feel very moisturised and smooth and was a nice product to use. I was pleasantly surprised at how long this sample lasted actually as a little product goes a long way. I can't comment on noticing any reductions in wrinkles etc but my skin was considerably softer whilst I was using this cream. When something has a larger price tag than what I would normally go for I really have to LOVE it to go ahead hand my hard earned cash over. Yes I did love using this but I don't think enough for me to hand over the dolla and I can't seem to put my finger on why.

A nice mixture of loves and not sure if I'd bother again products. Have I included any products you've recently emptied? Or have you had the reverse response to a product?

Let me know :)

xoxo

Sunday, June 14, 2015

NARS smudge proof eyeshadow base


Having greasy eyelids means one thing, eyeshadow never stays put. I find myself constantly on the hunt for a product which will allow my shadow to stay for at least a night out. I used to use the Urban Decay Primer Potion which is honestly amazing and would recommend it to anyone who has the same problem as me as it just completely mattified the area and glued any shadow onto my lid. However would never last an entire day on my eyelids. 

I got the idea of moving onto the NARS Smudge Proof because of the volume of love it receives and also I fancied a change. Let's face it, in true beauty blogger style you have at least a hand full of the same product, just different brands. 

Whats it like: It has a dofa applicator and the consistency of the actual product reminds me of a thick moisturiser or thick serum. When rubbed into your skin it almost instantly sinks in to create a rough feel ready for product to be put on top of it. 

Does it work: YES! It actually does work. The first day I used this I had it on from 6:30am - 7:30pm and yes I still had shadow on my eyelid. I will admit that it wasn't as vibrant as it was to begin with, however I had no creases (which is a win in my book). 

Compared to Urban Decay:
I feel like I can't compare this to the Urban Decay, just because it's been so long since I've used it. From what I remember of using it I do think I prefer NARS. Purely down to how long the NARS works on my eyelids. The Urban Decay was always really good but never did it last 13 hours in the way that the NARS one did. 

Do you use this product? Or do you have another favourite you could share with me?
xoxo

Friday, June 12, 2015

Lumie desklamp review - preventing SAD


I don't know about you but in the evening I spend quite a bit of time at my desk either blogging, writing to do lists, working through my skincare routine or playing around with make up. What ever I'm doing it's generally dark outside and need to switch on the main room light to be able to see. I'd never thought about using a desklamp like this before until Lumie contacted me with the opportunity to try one out and share my thoughts with you guys.

Who is Lumie?

They're a company that create lights to help treat SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) and offer quite a wide range of styles and types to suit a variety of lifestyles. As well as helping to treat SAD they help out with falling asleep, waking up, and productivity.


* Stylish with an almost futuristic look
* Adjustable neck to help with reading or more intricate work
* Has four different light settings (soft light through to bright strong light)
* Touch control
* White LEDS, blue-enriched in the part of the spectrum known for regulating body clock







My opinion:

I literally can't stop using this lamp. If I need to go in my office I simply touch the lamp and its on, no need for waiting for my energy saving bulb to warm up (story of how my life used to be). I've noticed I tend to spend more time in the office since I got the lamp which must be down to how relaxed and happy it makes me feel. I'm also so much more productive whilst working next to this lamp and actually enjoy using it. A bold statement to make but honestly, I couldn't be without it now. It's definitely worth the £120 price tag for the long term benefits. If I could afford it I would have one at work, in my spare room at home, for my parents. The list is endless! 



Conclusion:

If you have the money to invest in a lamp that will last you ages and give you long term health benefits, I would highly suggest this as an option and yes helping your mood is a health benefit. I use it every day without fail and can feel a drastic difference in mood and productivity, and evenings are so much nicer working alongside this. I even find myself being told to finish what I'm doing and get to bed I spend that long in there. I just enjoy being in the office working, just me and my Lumie lamp. 

What do you think? Are you interested? Do you know anyone that would benefit from one?

xoxo

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Another Micellar water: The Nivea edition


I cringe at the thought of people using face wipes in order to get their make up off and to cleanse their skin. They're not the best thing to use on your skin at all with some added ingredients that your skin will not thank you for. Even the simple act of rubbing your skin in the motion you do with wipes will prematurely age your skin. If your someone who is a fan of how quick and easy face wipes are then simply swap to micellar water and a cotton pad and you will thank me later. 

Brand after brand are bringing out their own Micellar waters as they are becoming incredibly popular. The Nivea 3 in 1 claims to deeply cleanse, remove make up and also moisturise the skin all in one step. I've used quite a few different waters and this seems to be the last one for me to test out.

So what did I think?.......... Literally one swoop of a cotton pad and I felt like I was washing my face with water from the tap. It feels so soothing and takes my make up off without the aggressive backwards and forewords rubbing motion we don't want. It leaves your skin feeling quite fresh and soft where as some I've tried has left my skin feeling wet instead of moisturised. I feel it's actually helped my dry patches as they are not as common on my face as they used to be. To get my waterproof mascara off I just held down the cotton pad and gave it a little wiggle and my stubborn mascara was slowly dissolving. If you haven't tried it yet then you definitely need to. I can't believe I left this so long before I tried it. I'm so happy to have a few bottles of it as I will be sticking to this for a while now. 

It's on offer for £1.99 in Tesco at the moment so go stock up!

Do you use Micellar Water? What one? 

xoxo

Monday, June 8, 2015

Lush Oxford Street haul


Not long ago I tool a trip with my mum and sister to London and had all of five minutes to explore the new beautiful Lush store on Oxford Street. With the small amount of time I had I literally ran in, grabbed what caught my eye, paid, and left. I will go back soon and have a real look around as there's like 200 products specifically for the Oxford Street store (keep a look out for future haul). Before you start reading, I'm some what a novice with scent explanation.

Comforter shower cream- you can guess from the name that this is a liquid version of the Comforter bubble bar. It smells absolutely divine and feels great on the skin. The colour is light highlighter pink and I have to be really careful using it in a white bathroom! Being a fan of Ribena I love the scent of the comforter as the blackcurrant smell is so strong. 

Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream- smells pretty much the same as Bubbleroon and is a super strong scent. It feels lovely and moisturising on the skin and stays bright yellow until you wash it off (I admit I did think it was going to stain my skin its that bright). 

Sacred Lotus bath bomb- to me this looks like a dragons foot or and egg... which is nothing like the name. This will be used after a long day at work as it is supposed to help uplift your mood. The smell is very sweet with a bit of a floral hint. 

Intergalactic bath bomb- obviously the bright colours attracted me to this initially. The smell is very strong peppermint and reminds me of peppermint polos. Not sure how I feel about this smell as a bath bomb but I will use it and report back.

Cyanide Pill bath bomb- this bath bomb smells very almondy but with a bit of marzipan too. Apparently this scent is a Gorilla perfume scent that they didn't use which is pretty cool it's now in a bath bomb. 

The Experimenter bath bomb- to me this smell is very similar to those old school sweets parma violets. I managed to spot a worker demonstrating this bath bomb and it looks crazy cool in the bath and I can't wait to use it.

Have you gone to the Oxford Street store yet? I'm certainly going to pop in there agin when I have more time and no doubt spend too much money. 

Have you used any of these products before? What ones were your favourite? 

xoxo

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fashion Friday - ASOS


Won Hundred co-ord : I recently saw an article I think in Look magazine all on the pyjama looking co-ords that are hitting the high street. Later that day I was scrolling through ASOS and spotted this and instantly fell in love. I mean how comfy does this look?! Just imagine this, a nice pair of comfy trainers and your good to go.

ASOS Hold it mules : Oh how I love a good mule and these babies are looking like a great summer heel. I especially love the see-through panel and chunky heel. I need them in my life. 


ASOS Petite cropped cold shoulder cami : Yes I've included this into quite a few of my fashion wish lists and still am yet to order it. Such a cute and flattering cami and a great in-between season piece for this time of year. If your out and about with boots and jeans and the sun comes out, just having your shoulders out and the floaty neck line makes it feel and look a lot more spring/summer. 


ASOS Tunic top with high neck : Not really sure if this would suit me but the model looks great in it. The colour and just how it hangs is so flattering. I love a high neck and as this is baggy I think would look lovely on a night out with some jeans and heels.

ASOS Unlined Leather shopper bag : Big bags come in handy, and when your like me and like to take everything including the kitchen sink into town with you they're great. As this is leather it will age well and you would like to think it would last a while. I really am thinking of getting this (or something similar) as I'm missing a good old Mary Poppins bag in my collection. 

River Island Stripe Palazzo  : Continuing from the whole pyjama vibe the palazzo pants are hitting the shops. Again super comfy (can you sense a theme) and would look great with a crop or a long tunic and some wedges. A great piece that you can bring out every year and being black and white you can't go wrong.

Whats on your ASOS wish list? Do you like any of the above? 

xoxo

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A little about me


Pretty sure every blogger has done a post letting their readers in on some little facts about themselves, so I thought I would join the club and share a little bit about me. I like posts like this because the people you follow become real and instantly you feel like you know them. So, want to know more about me?


What is your middle name?: Christina.
What was favourite subject at school?: PE and History.
What is your favourite drink?: A green tea or the Pina Colada juice from M&S.
What is your favourite song at the moment?: Bills by LunchMoney Lewis.
What is your favourite food?: Chips (white potato and sweet).
What is the last thing you bought?: Soap and Glory Archery replacement.
Favourite book of all time?: Shopaholic but anything by Sophie Kinsella
Favourite Colour?: Grey.
Do you have any pets?: I have a cat called Sammy who is 1 and a half.
Favourite Perfume?: Of all time has to be.... YSL Parisienne 
Favourite Holiday?: When my family went Skiing in Val Thorens it was the best! Any holiday with my family is the best though.
Are you married?: No.
Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: Yes and too many to count.
Do you speak any other language?: I would love to be fluent in another language. I like to kid myself but only know a few phrases in Japanese and Spanish.
How many siblings do you have?: I have one sister.
What is your favourite shop?: Would have to say a few, Whistles, COS and ASOS (does that count).
Favourite restaurant?: If we're on about chains I enjoy a Wagamamas but if I had to pick one it would have to be Wahaca
When was the last time you cried?: The other day when my sister got chosen for Graduate Fashion week.
Favourite Blogs?: I think I check out We Are Twinset on a daily basis and also Beautycrush.
Favourite Movie?: I have so many favourites! An ultimate fav is Drop Dead Fred.
Favourite TV show?: Pretty Little Liars, Peep Show.
PC or Mac?: Mac
What phone do you have?: Gold Iphone 6 which is currently sporting a smashed screen.
How tall are you?: 5ft 5in.
Can you cook?: I guess I'm ok at cooking, like to bake too.

Thats my little get to know me tag complete. I hope you enjoyed being a little nosey and finding out little things about me.
If you've done an about me tag please link up below, and have a great Wednesday!
xoxo