Thursday, 31 December 2015

Party Make Up Look

I'm definitely no make up expert but I do find applying and experimenting with make up really fun so thought I'd share this fun and easy look! I'm wearing this subtle but sparkly look this New Years Eve but it would work really well for any party or night out. le And lets face it, if you can't go all out on your make up on new years eve when can you?!
To start with I've used my Maybelline Primer, Bourjois CC Cream and Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush to give a natural but balanced base. All of these products are so affordable but also really make a difference, especially the concealer!
I've then used my Real Techniques Blush brush to apply the pretty pink Bourjois blusher in Jasper Rose to the apple of my cheeks and my make up staple Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer all over my face.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A Trip to London: Covent Garden and The Theatre

London is a pretty magical city all year round, but at Christmas its like everything gets amped up, with sparkly lights, Christmas trees everywhere and so many exciting Christmas additions! Despite only living an hours train ride outside of London, whenever I visit I turn into a massive, massive tourist and am nearly always the one taking an excessive amount of photos on my way-too-big camera and stopping in the middle of a crowded street to look at the lights! I do manage to stand on the right side of the escalators though, so maybe I'm not that bad! Now that I've broken up for the Christmas holidays my university friends have suddenly scattered all over the country so London has become a bit of an in-the-middle meeting point, resulting in my best friend from Essex and I having as many London days out as we can!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Winter Pamper Routine

Sometimes we all just need some time out, and on a cold, dark, rainy evening what better way to relax than to unwind with some pampering at home! I love this because its so relaxing, completely on your terms and can cater to any budget, mine definitely changes from the beginning of my student loan to the end of it! This is my current pamper routine, which I usually turn to when dissertation and exam stresses get a bit too much!
Do some yoga. This might seem like a bit of an unlikely start to a pampered night in, but I really enjoy doing a 20 minute yoga video to get a more relaxed frame of mind. My current favourite is Erin Motz on youtube as her videos are so fun, positive, easy to follow and she's so relatable. She also has loads of beginner videos up, so check out her 30-day challenge for free!
Do a face mask. No pamper night would be truly complete without a face mask! I've used Lush's Cup O' Coffee exfoliating face mask (X)This rich and chocolatey gorgeous face mask leaves my skin feeling so smooth and refreshed and for scent and exfoliating this mask is spot on. Its also so, so long lasting and definitely worth the investment as you can get at least 10 uses out of it for £6.75.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

5 Things My Instagram Doesn't Tell You

Things on social media can sometimes appear so perfect. With the seemingly endless beautiful pictures depicting amazing things, it can be easy to forget that for most of us Instagram is a highlight reel of our daily lives, usually with a carefully chose angle and filter! Whilst the fun night out for cocktails or trip to London will likely feature it's unlikely that the 4am library panic over an essay would. For me, Instagram is a place to share a love for photography mixed with parts of what I'm doing, and while I don't believe my feed is a lie, it definitely does place a positive (and probably Valencia) filter over my life, and I wouldn't want anyone to think that everything in my life is it as it appears on my lovely little grid! So here are 5 things my Instagram doesn't show! 
I constantly panic over graduating university and my grades! Don't get me wrong, I love my subject and feel so, so lucky to be able to study it full time but as it turns out dissertations, coursework and exams are bloody stressful! Add to that the confusion of attempting to figure out what you're going to do for the rest of your life and things definitely aren't as chilled out as my endless flowers, coffee and pretty architecture pictures would appear. 
I do a lot of volunteering. It's not always just the negative parts that don't get added to social media, sometimes there are really big parts of our lives that just don't get mentioned. Personally I don't think this is a huge problem, as I think its natural to some parts of your life separate from others. But honestly, whilst I do love shopping and make-up there's a lot of other things I'm passionate about too, you just wouldn't know it from social media.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Winter Makeup Edit

As a big fan of the natural make up look for day-to-day, mainly because I can't be bothered to get up an extra 10 minutes earlier and do my make up nicely only to sit in the library or a lectures! But after wearing a bit lot more make up on a recent night out I was shocked by just how many new products I've tried recently.. sorry student loan! So here's a mixture of the products I use everyday to some that I'll drop in for a special occasion. 
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (X). Of all of these, this is the one that I wear literally everyday! Considering its massively affordable price I think this is one of the best concealers out there, which is probably why its been absolutely everywhere all year! Its not too heavy or cakey on, but still covers spots and undereye circles fairly well.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (X). I really like this CC cream, its light enough to wear as an everyday base, but is so great at evening out redness and hiding spots and never looks too obvious or thick. However, for me, this is definitely one of those products that I don't find entirely necessary for everyday use, more if I'm going out or having a really bad skin day. Although I do love it when I actually apply it, so if you're looking for a light, good quality colour correcting cream I would definitely recommend this one.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

11 Reasons To Be Happy Winter Is Here

So its currently cold enough to need gloves, raining on a daily basis and while we're still surrounded by gorgeous orange and red falling leaves the change from autumn to winter is becoming increasingly clear. I seem to be permanently wrapped up in my fluffy dressing gown worrying about my dissertation, the heating been switched on and its now socially acceptable to play as much Christmas music as possible, a sure sign we've reached winter! I'll admit the cold early morning to uni followed by emerging to near darkness at 4 pm isn't exactly thrilling, but winter can also be amazing! So here are 11 reasons to be happy that, as Jon Snow so wisely states, Winter Is Coming. 

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