Friday, 25 September 2015

Beauty Haul: Drugstore

Its been a while since i graced the shelves of boots with my well earned penny's but i was in town the other day and needed to pop into boots so i had a little nosey round the shelves whilst i was in there. I have been having a little bit of trouble with my skin lately post holiday, it is super sensitive and irritable. I decided to try out the Simple Skincare Range as it is targeted specifically for sensitive skin and has a good reputation, so while it was on 3 for 2 i thought why the hell not.

I have been trying them out for a week now and i have to say its a big thumbs up so far. My skin has really cleared up, the texture has improved and i find the moisturiser really helps my makeup stay looking fresh throughout the day. The illuminting radiance cream is on the left and the night cream on the right. The textures are both very nice, the night cream is slightly thicker but absorbs super quickly and leaves the skin feeling plump and refreshed. 

However, i do not really rate the face wipes. I know i know, face wipes are bad for you but you cant deny after a long day we are partial to using the odd face wipe. These feel like a scouring pad, very rough on the skin and irritate my face so much. 

I have had my eyes on the Barry M Daylight Curing nail polish for some time now, and also their Gelly Hi Shine Lipsticks; and as they where also on 3 for 2 i thought it was the perfect time as i got a free product. I LOVE the Gelly Hi Shine Lipsticks and will 100% buying more. They are so glossy, non sticky and moisturising and last on the lips for a really long time. 

I am also super impressed with the Daylight Curing Nail Polish, It turns any nail polish into a gel polish and gives the finish and feel of a shellac manicure. Ok, so it is not salon quality but for £4.99 it stops chipping and gives your nails a much more sleek finish for at least 7-10 days. I also picked up their nail polish in 273 Raspberry as my free gift. I had this colour last autumn and used the whole bottle up so i just knew i had to purchase it again this year. Last year i put a matte topcoat on top and it completely changed the appearance of the polish, It is so versatile an perfect for the cooler months.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

What I'm Loving: My Favourite App's

Ok, i hold my hands up i am a self obsessed technology junkie. I can honestly sit for hours just binge watching 'what's on my iphone/ipad' video's on youtube and i can play around for forever in the app store. However it all got a little kray kray recently and i decided to have a clear out of all my old app's so i can keep up to date with the new loves in my life.

I am very picky when it comes to the backgrounds of my iphone/ipad, there is a full list of criteria the images have to meet before i even consider them options. 1. They have to match 2. They have to be bright and vibrant 3. They need to make me feel happy 4. Look cute. So i just got this background from the new love in my life pintrest; holding onto summer or what aimee. 

So this is my home screen, i am very untidy when it comes to app organisation as i like to see what i have and i dont think much of the folders, but i am getting better. I have an extras folder that i just store all the apps that come with the ipad/iphone in as i dont tend to use them and they just clutter your home screen.

Social media, Love and hate relationship. I am defiantly an instagram girl, its my favourite app and the one i spend the most time on. In saying that i have recently broadened my horizons and created a twitter and pintrest account *happy dances*. I have a new love in my life with pintrest, only bad thing is i can loose hours at a time on that app. Twitter is ok, i think i still have a lot to learn and i get really confused with the app, although i have really enjoyed stalking Shay Mitchell on twitter *self proclaimed Shay Mitchell stalker*.  

I just love pintrest. I spend hours and hours planning new home decor, organising my wedding and making myself wish i could cook on this app. Although im a newbie i love how this app works, it is so easy to use and it comes in useful when you have time on the train to uni *mehhh* 

Am i the only person who takes pictures purposely for instagram because i know i have a filter that will make it look super pretty? I have been trying to stick to a theme on instagram recently, it was all fun and games for about two weeks and now i'm flagging. I want to keep my them bright colours and white as the main features but as you can see, not really working well for me. If anyone has any tips on how to maintain an instagram feed please let me know. 

Youtube. Everyone loves youtube. I swear i do not even watch TV anymore as i only watch Youtube and Netflix  *winner*. I can spend hours in bed at night just watching daily vloggers and movies on netflix. This may be the most likely cause of my insomnia? My current netflix favourites are PLL, OITNB, Fresh Meat and Monsters University to embrace my inner child. 

And for when i cant sleep because ive been on Youtube & Netfix for hours at a time i turn to my Take A Break App. It is basically just a meditation app full of relaxing sounds that help you sleep; there is also a relaxation feature which someone talks you through your relaxation and helps relieve stress and anxiety. My favourite sounds are the campfire and rain, i just find them so relaxing as they help to soothe me off the sleep, relieve stress, anxiety, and tension. 
Friday, 18 September 2015

Ribblesdale Park: A Week In A Log Cabin

So this past week i have been living the life of luxury in a silent, beautiful, hot tubbed log cabin and it has been a dream. Myself and my family took a five day trip to a log cabin for a little getaway and a chance to recharge our batterys; with the stresses from uni, work and general day to day life it is so liberating to just switch off from the outside world, relax, discover new things about yourself. We stayed at Ribblesdale Park Cabins in Clitheroe, who knew there was a quite secluded resort just off the A59? The wifi in the cabin was terrible but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the silence of notification dings and emails was such a calming feeling. 

We spent our five days indulging in tasty food and drink, taking long walks up the hills and river with puppy before taking a long soak in the hot tub with a class of presecco. The week was perfect although now i am paying the price catching up with dreaded uni work and deadlines fastly approaching. Talk about crashing back to the ground with a boom. Ozzy loved his little log cabin break. He spent the five days frolicking in the fields, making friends with other dogs and sleeping his life away on the patio. 

I feel so incredible lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful people who can make memories like this so special. Fancy cabins, champagne and great memories are all wonderful, but its love behind it that makes me the happiest. 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Instagram Diary #2 | Last Weeks of Summer

Hello my beautiful angels,

I know, i know.. i've been a bad blogger; but i am back and more ready than ever. 

Recently i have been loving mac pro-longwear foundation and concealer; I honestly don't think i could live without these products in my makeup collection now. I put my makeup on in the morning and it still looks perfect even after 14 hours of wear on long shifts running around hot hospital wards. It photographs beautifly too and really smooths out any imperfections. A+!!

I have never been a flower girl but these past few months i have become obsessed with them. I am that crazy girl who walks down the street taking close up photos of flowers i pass in the street just to post on my instagram (giving away all of my secrets).

I have been having a crappy time lately and after feeling down these past few months i decided enough was enough and i initiated a girls shopping day. We had a lovely wander round Liverpool, went for lunch and stopped for a cheeky ice cream; naughty. I felt so guilty... for approximately 3 seconds. 

I have recently been discovering new and exciting places to take my puppy, Ozzy, on walks these past few weeks. We visited an old park a small drive from my house last week and he loved running round all the fields and exploring in the woodland area. He was so happy to be in a new environment and even stopped in front of the flowers so i could get a cheeky snap. Well done Ozzy!

As previously mentioned i have had a rough few months lately and i am trying so hard to get back on track and be happy again. I saw this picture on instagram a few days ago and i love it so much. I think this day in age we compare our own beauty against other people, celebrities or ideals of typical beauty. It needs to stop! We are all beautiful, flaws and all!

During a catch up with one of my old and dearest friends last week we stopped off at Cheshire Oaks for some retail therapy. He is a gooden as he never complains when i wander round the makeup stores for hours at a time, although this is a bad thing too as he is such an enabler. Im not complaining though.

What have you guys been up to the past few weeks?

Friday, 6 February 2015

The Perfect Neutral | Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow & Longwear Shadow

I have not really tried much from Bobbi Brown before, i have no idea why but after watching Gabby Lindley's channel for sometime and idolising this particular shade of eye shadow, i ran out and purchased it as soon as i knew what it was. Bobbi Brown's Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement is stunning, the colour is so unique; my dream neutral shade. 

The consistency of this eyeshadow is so lovely; such a buttery and creamy formula despite the reflex glitters running through it. These eye shadows are really build-able and look beautiful either with a simple wash of colour or as part of a smokey eye. They have great longevity, i really wanted to test out the lasting power of these products so i used the Bobbi Brown Longwear Shadow Stick a my primer and i have to say, i'm impressed. The Shadow Stick and Sparkle Shadow did not budge all day.  

As for the Longwear Shadow Stick in Sunlight Gold; this is the smoothest and most luxurious feeling cream shadow i have ever laid my eyes on. They do set quite quickly so you don't have a lot of time to play with the placement off them once they have touched the skin, however this is too be expected with long wear products. This colour is a stunning base for any neutral eye, it gives any neutral the perfect touch of glamour; although i also think this would be stunning in the inner corner of the eye to really brighten the eyes and lift the face. 

The Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow & Longwear Shadow Sticks can be found here... 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Review & Swatches | Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Hello lovely's. Today i wanted to share my opinion on the much talked about Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I think everyone and their mothers have heard about the very successful Naked Line from Urban Decay, so much in fact that many other major makeup brands are attempting to recreate this wonderful palette. However, Naked 3 is quite different to many of the other brands because of its beautiful pinky/rose tones; so its nice to see UD expanding to meet everybody's criteria.  

The packaging of the Naked 3 Palette is very similar to that of the Naked 2 Palette, a sturdy metal case that snaps shut and is very easy to clean and keep all pretty on your vanity. That's the one thing that gets me about the Naked Line; Why is the Naked 1 Palette packaging awful?

Strange: A very light matte pink shade with slight beige undetones
Dust: Very shimmery peachy pink with silver reflex glitters
Burnout: Satin brown/pink shade
Limit: Matte brown shade with very pink undertones

Buzz: Satin Rose with brown undertones, very tiny microglitters
Trick: Copper pink with silver microglitters
Nooner: Matte taupe
Liar: Satin pinky mauve

Factory: Satin brown with very warm undertones
Mugshot: Gold taupe with a satin finish
Darkside: Satin taupe with plum undertones
Blackheart: Matte coal black with copper/pink glitters

Overall i love this palette. I love how versatile it is from very neutrals to a smokey eye and it is something different from the typical everyday brown shades. All the shadows in the palette swatch beautifully with the exception of dust due to its high glitter content but i found with a spray of Mac's Fix+ it leaves a lot less fall out. My favourite shades in this palette are Buzz, Trick and Limit. 

I hesitated purchasing this palette for a while as i was unsure weather i wold be able to pull off such pink toned shadows without looking like i had been balling my eyes out to an episode of hollyoaks. But i actually found it to be very flattering and a nice change to the staple brown shades i reach for on a daily basis. 

Naked 3 is available in all major department stores, i got mine at here (£38) 

Do you love pinky neutrals? Will you be trying this palette out? Let me know. 


Friday, 14 November 2014

Would You Rather? | Beauty Edition!

I am suffering with a severe form of writers block right now. I have so many planned posts to write but every time i sit down at my computer, every word disappears out of my head. Hopefully a fun and light hearted beauty blogger tag will relieve some of the stress and get me back into my flow. 

1. Would you rather loose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lip glosses or loose all of your palettes and eye shadows?

100% I would rather loose all of my palettes and eye shadows. Only reason being without mascara i resemble somewhat of a bald eagle, and who wants to look like a bald eagle on a daily basis?

2. Would you rather chop all of your hair off or never be able to cut it again?

I would never chop my hair again. I am such a baby when it comes to my hair, i get really anxious when i get it trimmed even though my sister in law is a hairdresser and is more than capable. My hair is like my little comfort blanket, it would be staying. 

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

I think i would rather have a pink cheek. I tend to stick to darker pink blushes on a daily basis and slightly shimmery pinks when im feeling a little more glam bam. I never tend to reach for a coral. 

4. If you have £1000 to spend would your rather spend it on clothes or makeup?

MAKEUP! £1000 is alot of money to spend on makeup so i would be indulging in my guilty pleasures i cannot justify buying. Hello chanel!

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lipstick?

Hmmm, that is a tough one. I think it would have to be eye liner as lipstick because a glossy or creamy lipstick would not be comfortable to wear on the eyes. I dont even want to picture that haha!

6. Would you rather only shop at mac or sephora?

We dont have sephora in the UK, sadly! So i would say mac. But sephora, if your reading this, i would really appreciate a store in the uk to spend my hard earned money on ;)

7. Would you rather use only one eye shadow colour or one lipstick colour for the rest of your life? 

That is tricky. But i think i would have to say wear the same eye shadow for the rest of my life, purely because i love rocking a red lip in the winter and bright pinks and corals in summer. I am a huge fan of a statement lip. 

8. Would you rather wear summer clothes in winter or winter clothes in summer?

Winter clothes in summer. I am not a good person to be around when i am cold. My boyfriend always laughs at me because i constantly complain about being cold regardless of how warm it is. In my defence, i do live in england. 

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

I sat and thought about this question for far too long. I love dark nails in the winter, i always feel they give you that sexy vampy feel. But bright nail polish in the spring and summer makes me so happy and there are sooo many colours to choose from. I am going to go for bright but i do really love dark nail polish. 

10. Would you rather give up your favourite lip product or favourite eye product?

I would give up my favourite lip product because i love my mascara and eye liners. I do not feel complete if i haven't got lashing of mascara gracing my lashes. 

11. Would you rather be only to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

I would prefer to wear my hair in a messy bun. Just because you can tweak it a little more and play around with cool styles. Being a student nurse i spend the majority of my life wearing my hair in a bun so i have became very used to it. 

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never wear lip gloss?

I would rather never wear lip gloss. I hardly wear lip gloss as i find it fiddly and annoying. Plus I am a huge nail art addict.

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows off and have none at all or have to sharpie them in everyday?

I think i would rather sharpie them in everyday. I could rock a scouse brow like i intended to make them look like that. 

14. Would you rather live without nail polish or makeup?

Is that even a question. MAKEUP. False nails dont count as nail polish right?


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