Friday, August 28, 2015

Liked photos on Instagram #2



Who doesn't have Instagram nowadays? I'm putting it out there, it's my favourite social media platform. I love photography and being nosey and you put the two together and hey presto you have Instagram. A similar post went up on my blog a while ago which all of you loved and focused on the last group of pictures I had liked on my account to do with beauty. This time I'm branching out and sharing with you the last 10 photos (even if they're not related to beauty).

Links to all of the above profiles which you need to follow!

Makeup Slaves Mac haul
justcwtch GLAMGLOW
vitacocouk The Big Feastival
cultbeauty The Box
asos_gamze Poolside
prettysickly Topshop girlfriend jeans
benefitcosmetics Ultra Radiance
lush_lakeside sprinkleofglitr re-gram
megsboutique_ Urban Decay
sarahashcroft Godiva chocolate strawberries 

Something a little different for a Friday. Who do you recommend I follow on Instagram? 
xoxo

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Addicted to beauty


"You have too much" or "Do you really need that" are said to me frequently and some see my hobby somewhat unnecessary. I can't go into town or any shop for that matter (including supermarkets) without taking a detour down the beauty isles. I'm drawn to it all and am addicted to trying as many products as I can. I can't describe it as anything other than an addiction to all things beauty. 

I have a Cath Kidston beauty travel bag which is always full of new products I'm yet to try. Once I've bought something I bring it home and they go straight into the bag. I slowly introduce a few items at a time into my main beauty draw and take pictures of the products and keep a note book close by. If I'm kindly sent products they're photographed immediately and over take items that I have bought myself as I always want to test PR samples out and upload my post in a good amount of time. 

Around two years ago now I took a year out of my blog having been swamped by teacher training and even then my passion didn't disappear. I would still continuously purchase the NEW products at the end of the Boots isle and visit the big department stores swatching high end beauty products I'd seen on blogs. I would sit in front of my mirror and play with my skincare and makeup trying different techniques or new products and still pass the time like that today. It got to a point where I felt I was going to explode having gone for so long without sharing my thoughts, excitements etc online. I get so excited about all aspects of beauty and could talk about it all day every day. I envy make up artists, dermatologists and full time beauty bloggers. Don't get me wrong I love teaching the youth of today but a major passion and part of me is beauty and anyone who knows me will vouch for that. I do hope that one day an opportunity will come along where my hobby can be taken to that next step. 

Do you think being addicted to beauty is a bad thing? 

xoxo

Monday, August 24, 2015

Why They're Real is worth it



I seem to always be on a mission to find the perfect mascara. Having stubborn lashes I tend to go for waterproof as I find they hold a curl better, but to be honest the Kevin Aucoin eyelash curler is a godsend helping with that issue out.  Years ago I thought I'd found THE perfect one being Loreal Telescopic Waterproof however it was discontinued last year and had to find a replacement. I wont lie to you guys, I literally didn't know what to do with myself. Since then I've been on a mission testing out too many mascaras and feel I have finally discovered one that is the closest to the Loreal I can find. 

Plastic wands have never been my favourite as I find it quite uncomfortable when applying it. Benefits They're Real has a plastic wand but like no other. It has very fine bristles and some on the very end making a type of ball effect on the end which is great at getting the pesky small lashes in the corners and outer edges of your eyes. The formula is very gloopy to begin with and can be a little awkward to use in the early days, but stay in there friends as it gets better. After a week or so of consistently using They're Real it becomes such an easy to use, great result product which I find hard to swap with other mascaras now. 

Personally I feel that mascara is an item in your make up bag that is very personal to you. For instance I'm claiming my undying love for this yet others might despise it. I do have to urge you to try this out. My lashes have never looked so full, fluttery and long since my last bottle of Loreal telescopic ran out *sobs. I will always have a bottle of this on the go and a stash of others that I test out. The fact they now do the blue and the brown versions excites me to my core and need them in my life. 

Do you use They're Real? Would you like to?

xoxo

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fashion Friday - My obsession with ASOS is real



Being a premier ASOS customer and having the app on my phone is totally dangerous. I find myself just passing the time by adding things to my basket, adding items to my favourites and saving them for later and before I know it I've got £500 worth in my favoured section....Saying this I am quite choosy when it comes to ordering online and will only order something if i REALLY need or want it. I thought I'd share with you what is currently in my favoured section on the app. 

All of the items I feel could be taken through Autumn as well as wearing them now (even though it seems our summer has already disappeared). Short dresses can be worn with nice thick tights, tunics and cropped tops with jeans and boots. They are all transitional which definitely means I should get them all right? 

Links to my favourites:











Is there anything here that's made it onto your fashion Friday wishlist?

xoxo





Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A blemish stage and stubborn eye make up



The summer has certainly been a turn around for my skin. Looking back to the end of July my skin started to become quite spotty and prone to breakouts and needed some help in the make up removal step. 

Taking off stubborn eye make up was a step that I am not fond of. I am inpatient and can't stand sitting at my desk holding cotton pads on my eyes for ages. Then I found this beautiful product from Nivea that is just a powerful as my old Clarins make up remover but cheaper! I just soak a cotton pad in the remover and hold for about ten seconds and give them a slight and light rub and move around and the majority comes off and the bottle lasts ages. 

I started by kicking the processed sugar (well as much as possible) as I found myself eating and drinking a fair amount which certainly wasn't helping matters. I also dug out my Clarisonic Mia having not used it for a little while I thought my skin would love a good scrub and re-fresh. I don't use it every day, more like twice a week to really work my cleanser into my skin and leaves my skin so super soft. 

My spots and the size of my pores were getting my down and went straight to the La Roche-Posay stand in my local Boots as they have always been great with my skin problems. I first picked up the Serozinc toner which I've really been enjoying using. It's quick and since I started to use it my skin has certainly cleared up a lot and finding my skin is less oily. I couldn't walk away from the stand just with one product so also grabbed the Anti-imperfections Effaclar Duo which was clinically proven to help correct the appearance of blemishes and I have seen a great change in my blemishes and skin in general. It feels lovely on the skin, very smooth and seems to disappear in the skin very quickly.

Now being mid August my skin has gone back to normal and my oil control is much better. I'm really happy with all of these products being in my skincare routine and am quite happy for the time being. If you have any suggestions for oily blemish prone skin holla!

xoxo

Monday, August 17, 2015

For the love of coconuts


Coconut water some think of as a marmite thing, you either love it or hate it. I for one absolutely love it and use it in so many different ways. Last month I was kindly sent this amazing package from Vita Coco* (which I was over the moon with) and thought I'd share with you the different ways I like to use coconut water as well as just drinking it straight from the carton. It's taken me a while to create this post as I wanted to test out various recipes over time to give you a more than accurate post.

Myself and Tony love a good morning smoothie or juice in our house and use coconut water as the liquid base for them. I don't really follow any recipes but chuck random stuff in and hope for the best (which sometimes fails). Our favourite recipe out of them all is the one pictured below:

Green smoothie- Coconut water, avocado, spinach, frozen mango, a teaspoon of honey and one banana.



I do really enjoy drinking Vita Coco water on its own straight from the carton. It's great for hot sunny days as it helps to hydrate you and makes you feel quite refreshed. Being low in fat, good for your skin, helps digestion, rich in nutrients and helps reduce blood pressure this drink is a godsend. 




Welcome to our fridge, constantly stocked up with coconut water and have branched into the flavoured ones too (Lemonade one being my ultimate favourite). 

I also like to use the original *Vita Coco coconut water in my porridge as it makes it quite light to eat and a bit more easy to digest. It's nice to top it with Deliciously Ella granola and some fruit which makes it such a lovely wholesome breakfast. 


Another way you can use Coconut water is when making pancakes. I use gluten free flour as I have a slight intolerance to it and also my sister can eat them too so pass the recipes on. Again the coconut water helps to make the pancakes light and gives a slight tropical taste which prevents them being too stodgy and heavy. I use the coconut oil to grease the pan when cooking and also as a face mask and tooth whitener (let me know if you would like to see a post on this). 




There are many reason as to why its good to drink Coconut water and many ways in which you could include it into your daily/weekly routine without you even noticing you've used it. 

Are you a Vita Coco fan? Do you enjoy drinking Coconut water? 

xoxo

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hand luggage only?


Choosing to not have any hold luggage is nice and a quicker overall process. Your not waiting ages for the luggage to come off the plane and worrying whether it got 'lost' or not. This summer I'm going away on two holidays both flying with easyJet and I've chosen to just take hand luggage away with me on both of my trips.  I take a small suitcase that fits into the overhead lockers and also a small under arm bag. For a beauty obsessive this is hard as your limited to the amount of liquid you can take. It's cut throat and not everything makes the cut, so heres how I get around it.

Of course the usual items make the cut to help get through the flight which include my Kindle (which is the old one but still going strong). I tend to purchase a magazine whilst in airport too. My phone is will obviously come along with me and just incase I over use it or my Kindle I have my PNY power bank which gives one full charge (perfect for a short flight). Lastly my RayBan sunglasses ready for landing as I suffer with a lot of head aches from squinting too much. 

Now on to the beauty:

The only product I will actually actively use whilst on the plane is the Dr PawPaw balm. My lips tend to get really chapped whilst around air con so need to keep them nourished. It's really great as it's multi purpose and can be used on dry skin, lips and even a hair smoother. 

Every item you take on board thats a liquid has to be 100ml or less and must fit in the clear bag the airport provide. This makes it hard to take everything I use on a daily basis, so cut right back and don't take things like serums and masks. Miniatures are your best friend and get everything from skincare to shower stuff in a miniature size. This bag of liquids has to go through the scanner on its own and out of your suitcase and must be able to do up. 



Everything else that you can't spray or pour can remain in your suitcase and doesn't need inspection. In this bag I have things like lipsticks, emergency face wipes and eyeshadows (I'll add brushes and tools to this nearer the time after washing them). 



I obviously would love to take more so I had stuff to choose from however this is what I have chosen to work with. It's not as bad as people think and I do manage a week on this just fine. 

Next time you go away think about whether you actually need to have hold luggage and whether you could make your journey easier by just having hand luggage?

Have you done this before?

xoxo