Sunday, 26 July 2015

Cult Beauty Payday Wishlist | July

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This month my top picks for payday are from the great online beauty store Cult Beauty
I recently purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Cream Kit, £39 from Cult Beauty, and I was amazed at how quick the delivery was. From ordering, to it dropping through my letter box it was less than 24 hours. So I knew I would 100% be going back for more purchases.
I'm sort of obsessed with the sea of amazing MUA's from Canada and America, especially Samantha Ravndahl (view her Instagram here) and Sonjdradeluxe (view her Youtube channel here) who frequently use the Anastasia Beverly Hills products and create the most incredible beauty looks. 
So ABH cosmetics are something that I've lusted over for a while, and having a UK site I can buy them from is a great convenience. 


On the wish-list is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Kit, £39 which is the powder version to the cream contour kit I've already bought. The two kits working together seems to give the absolute best results, and to also have the choice between a heavier and lighter contour look is always nice.

Also from ABH is the Dipbrow Pomade, £15, a gel/mouse formula which is smudgeproof, waterproof and effortlessly easy to use. The pomade comes in a full range of colours to match everyone's hair and skin tones, and can be used to create PERFECT brows. Seriously, just go on Pinterest or Youtube and you'll see what I'm talking about! 
Next up, Nudestix Lip and Cheek Pencil, £24. I really, really want to try these pencils. They just seem to have the most beautiful pigments and I am in love with the shade Whisper, a muted nude colour. So many nudes, so little time/money/storage space... 
I did recently buy some nude lipsticks, you can see how to create a Nude Ombré Lip in my tutorial here

I have a bit of a strange relationship with makeup when it comes to texture, in that apart from my lips I'm not a huge fan of anything matt textured. I prefer a more dewy complexion and so tend to shy away from powder products. So this Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher, £15.50 sounds absolutely up my street. I love the look of the Passion and Angel swatches as they lean more towards the peach than pink - pedantic, I know. 

Also on the wish-list, Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm, £9.50. As a real victim of chapped lips throughout the year, this award-winning french product sounds heaven sent to me. It contains Honey and Shea Butter, as well as other plant extracts, that work hard to recuperate dry or damaged lips. £9.50 does seem a lot for a lip balm, but if it's as good as it sounds then I think the price tag can be justified!

And last but not least, Stila Cosmetics Smudge Pots, £13 caught my eye as I was browsing for my next haul. They are multi-use, which is such a bonus for any product, so you can use them as a softer eyeliner gel shade for daytime or blend onto the lid for a smokey eye look. The Bronze in particular caught my eye, I think it's perfect for a bronzed summer look but used a bit heavier would be gorgeous for the autumn too.

Have you been lusting over any of these items? Let me know your thoughts! xx

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Nude Ombré Lip Tutorial #DareToGoBare

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With the recent launch of Rimmel London's new Lasting Finish Lipstick Nude Collection, I (as always) caved to temptation and ordered a couple of shades straight away. The collection is in collaboration with Kate Moss, and it just perfectly embodies her casual, effortless style, as nude lips can be the ultimate accessory for a paired down more natural look.
But with style queen's like Kylie Jenner & Kim Kardashian-West using nude skin tone colours to actually emphasise their features rather than draw attention away from them, I figured I would dabble in the world of the ombré nude lip.


Here's the products I'm using for my Rimmel London nude lip:
Shades 43 & 48 - Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Nude Collection, £5.49 each available from here
Shades Cappuccino & Tiramisu - Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner, £2.99 each available from here
Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil, £3.69 for 4.25g available from here

1) So, firstly, I'm prepping my lips with my lip balm just to make sure they are a nice soft canvas for my lipliner. I love the Burt's Bees lip balms because they have that slightly firm, waxy texture so they tend to last on the lip quite a while. The Pomegranate Oil one tastes really nice too, not synthetic and definitely not chemically! Using lip balms as a pre-step to applying lipstick can be really useful if the products are of a matte texture as it helps the colour glide on and means your lips won't dry out instantly.

The next step is the lipsticks that everyone is talking about at the moment. I picked Shade 43 which is a warm toned nude which would work perfectly with most skin tones, especially as it's a colour that can be built up with more layered application. Shade 48 is a deeper brown tone colour, which would look lovely on darker skin tones.  With the shades they have created there appears to be a nude for everyone, so please go and have a look at the different shades if you feel the one's I've picked aren't quite right for you, I'm almost sure you'll find one you love!

2) Use Shade 43 all over the lips as the base colour, but if you want a more defined ombré you can always skip out the corners in this shade.  
3) Secondly, I've layered Shade 48 lipstick over the corners and blended it onto the lip with a brush, and also used the brush to make my lip line sharp.

 4) You then use the Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner in shade Tiramisu. It's a light brown-with-a-dash-of-red colour and I use this to outline my lips at the cupids bow and most of my top lip.

5) And finally, onto the darker lipliner - Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner in shade Cappuccino. This a gorgeous chocolate brown colour and is perfect for an ombré nude look! This colour goes onto the corners of your lips over Shade 48. This is the step that is going to add a bit more depth to the lip, and can actually be used to make your lips look bigger. Use a brush to blend the colour to soften it. Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner's seem to last a really long time on my lips, and the pigment in them is so gorgeous. Are you a fan?

Just do some last minute blending and you're pretty much done!
It's a good idea to finish up with a concealer around your lip line to make things extra tidy, and if you want a more subtle look you can always mix things up, like forgoing the darker colours and achieving the look with the lighter shades instead. I just love how limitless nude shades can be.

This is the finished product:

What do you think of the new Rimmel London nude colours? Let me know your thoughts on them and also on my first picture tutorial x

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

My First Month of Blogging

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First Month Blogging New Blogger Tips

18th of July marks the end of my first month of blogging! 
Time has just gone so quickly (for me anyway) and I am so glad I started this blog on a random June afternoon after wanting to for so long. 
It's been so interesting and fun to already connect with other bloggers and people with similar interests to me, and I can't believe how large the blogging networks are out there!
In terms of where I would like this blog to go... I have absolutely no idea! I'm just going to keep posting things that interest me and I think you guys will enjoy reading/looking at. 

Some things I've learnt in the past month...

Connecting With Other Bloggers
I think sites such as Bloglovin and IFB are amazing for finding great content and new bloggers - if you haven't signed up for them already I definitely recommend you do. You can have two profiles on Bloglovin - you and your blog. It's not a social network as such, you can't contact other people on it, but that keeps it simple and for it's primary purpose of keeping updated on blogs you like and having people follow your blog too.
IFB is a more social orientated blogger-only site, and allows you to directly message hundreds of bloggers and keep everyone updated on what you're up to. I've already been in contact with so many lovely people, and I feel it's directly influenced my blog traffic and my opportunities in terms of connecting with blog teams about potential posts. 
Do you guys use these sites, or are there others you prefer?

The Importance of Social Networking
I've always had Twitter, etc. but I never really thought about how much of a reach it had before this past month. I've been reading so many great articles about how to represent yourself and your blog on Social Media and how it links you to such a huge potential audience! It's not only about me though, as I've been really fortunate and found some amazing accounts to follow and inspire myself with recently too.
One post I found really helpful on this topic was by CocoChic: How To Promote Your Blog Using Social Media. Stephanie has listed a lot of Twitter Chats that you can join in with throughout the week and connect to so many other people and direct them to your blog. So far, I've joined in with the #bbloggers & #fbloggers chats, they were really fun, fast-paced and only took up a small portion of my night to get involved with. 
Have you guys been a part of the twitter chats before, what did you think?
You can find me on these links (I'm always up for checking out your blog etc. too!)

Time Management
When it comes to time management I've always had issues (just ask my uni tutor!) and having to be organised with this blog has been really useful so far in helping me develop this skill. But I've also learnt it doesn't have to take up all my time to manage my time better! 
You can sign up to Buffer here and download the app too to completely re-organise your twitter account and other social media by scheduling the posts you send. I tend to post around 5 tweets a day via Buffer, and the part I find the most interesting is the statistics page, which shows you how many clicks your link's achieved and the audience you are exposed to. 
If you know of any other great apps/websites for organising your time please let me know, I could always use some help!

And Finally
I just really, really appreciate the support this little blog has received so far.
The comments on posts, followers on various sites and general feedback is all something that makes me feel so happy I finally started doing this, and I will always appreciate it.
So thank you!

So guys, did you find out anything when you started blogging? Do you have anymore recommendations of sites that make life easier? Let me know, especially if you have any tips for new bloggers! xx

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Holiday Bag Beauty Essentials

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I am craving a holiday so badly, and as so many of you are lucky enough to be travelling somewhere a bit more exotic this summer you might be wondering what to take with you in your bag.
When trying to decide there's definitely different factors to think about. For me, I want to be able to take products that are going to look after my hair and skin, especially because I'm a bit of a sun worshipper and love travelling to hot countries! The Sudocrem Skin Care Cream is really great for keeping skin moisturised after a long day in the sun but also for more targeted healing - like keeping your skin clear, especially if you're like me and tend to go makeup free in the sunshine.
Also in my case would be these Liz Earle products - the Botanical Shine Shampoo and the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion. The shampoo is full of ingredients that are really good for your hair and will wash out any sea-salt, leaving your hair smooth and shiny, making it a definite win for me. Also sneaking in here is a travel sized Cleanse & Polish - it's a part of my everyday skincare routine, this includes on holiday. And the Eyebright lotion is great for keeping the skin around my eyes feeling fresh after a long trip or a hot night's sleep. A tip for this one: if you have access to a fridge while on holiday, try storing it in there... it's so, so refreshing. Same tip applies to toner!
I've listed the three Liz Earle products below, and Liz Earle's full selection of travel sized products can be found here.
Not pictured but something I take with me on every holiday is Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Oil Spray SPF 20, £12.60 for 200ml available from Boots. Being 200ml, it's not something you can take in your hand luggage, so for that long weekend away I always have some little plastic containers to decant products into. The oil smells divine, and instantly makes me feel like I really am on holiday. I used this throughout my week in Tenerife last year, and not only did I not burn but I came home the most beautiful brown colour.

Of course though natural tanning can be damaging for the skin, so I would recommend trying a self-tanner if you want to get a tanned look! I personally use Bondi Sands and wrote a post about it a while ago...

Are you off on holiday soon, if so, what products are you packing in your bag? Make me super jealous and leave some comments below xx

Products shown:
Sudocrem Skin Care Cream, £1.99 for 30g available from Boots*
Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo (for all hair types), £5.75 for 50ml
Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion, £6.75 for 50ml
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £6 for 30ml tube + muslin cloth
(Similar to shown) Travel Bottle Set, £3.99 from Superdrug

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Playtime

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I had one of those days where I sat on my bed surrounded by my clothes, and whining that I had nothing to wear, so playsuits happened... (sorry not sorry). I found some gorgeous styles and I'm so happy I bought them!

The playsuit for me is a must-have for my wardrobe - there's tonnes of different styles and you can either dress them up or down depending where you are going. Also, who doesn't love an all-in-one outfit? In the photos I'm wearing the gorgeous Chiffon Plunge Wrap Playsuit, £30 from Missguided, Debbie Tie Dye Criss Cross Playsuit, £15 from Boohooand Striped Bardot Playsuit in White, £25 from Missguided.

As you can see I picked quite a varied bunch, but I wanted different playsuits for different occasions and I love the ones I got. There were so many options and I genuinely could have bought a lot, lot, more - instead though, I've listed my Playsuit Wishlist below.

Tencel Playsuit in Oversized Check, £45 from Asos
Lavish Alice Playsuit with Lace up Sleeve, £58 available from Asos
Lovedrope Plus Size Plunge Neck Embellished Playsuit, £49 available from Asos
Lace Halterneck Drawstring Playsuit in Oxblood, £30 from Missguided

I am also absolutely obsessed with this Paisley Kimono Sleeve Playsuit, £30 from MissguidedIt's so beautiful, if you love it and know how to style a statement piece like this I 100% recommend you buy it! It's on my pay-day list for sure.

Are you a playsuit fan? Love them or hate them, let me know your thoughts xx

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

A Dark Summer

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Contrary to my previous post where I put forward the case for an all-white outfit (see it here) I thought it was time to think about wearing darker colours during the summer months.
I'm wearing the Lauren Lace Up Maxi Dress in Black, £18 from Boohoo which is an absolute steal for the quality vs. price. The material is thick enough to not be see-through, yet lightweight enough to be perfect for the summer months. 
I wear a lot of monochrome colours throughout the year, and summer is no exception. So for me the black maxi is a fantastic addition to any summer wardrobe. To complete this look I paired the dress with these Jowett Two Part Sandal Espadrilles in Gold, £15 from Asos. Another fantastic product for such a good price. This summer is definitely turning out to be a good one for value!

Some more great black maxi dresses:
Kimberly Lace Up Maxi Dress, £15 from Boohoo
Jewel Trim Slinky Maxi Dress by Rare, £49 available from Topshop
Fringe Slip Dress, £48 from Topshop
High Neck Maxi Lace Bodycon Dress in Black, £40 from River Island
Lace Up Bodycon Maxi Dress in Black, £20 from Missguided

This is also my time to debut my new hair! I'm absolutely in love with my new Ombré/Balayage which has transformed my hair for the summer. I will definitely be doing some posts soon centred on Ombré and Balayage hair, so any questions you have or styling tips you want to know leave in the comments below!

So guys, in the battle of Dark vs Light, Black vs White outfits, what one is your pick?
Let me know your thoughts/alternative ideas xx

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Friday, 3 July 2015

"The world is better in black and white... and Red"

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You would have had to work hard to avoid the new season of Orange Is The New Black. Without any spoilers for those of you that didn't binge watch the whole thing in two days (I'm 100% guilty of this...) there was one quote that captured my attention by the wonderful character Red: 
The world is better in black and white... and Red
Oh Red, how right you are. 
The new Kendall Jenner lipstick by Estée Lauder is a dream shade - a poppy red named Restless. I saw it popping up on Twitter and Instagram and I just knew I had to have it, especially because it's a limited edition. Being a bit of a lip liner fan, I've chosen to stick with Estée Lauder and went with the Double Wear Lip Pencil in Coral for that signature Kardashian/Jenner style of full lips.
For the rest of the look I wanted to stay quite casual, so white ripped jeans from Missguided (similar options below), Black Mesh Panel Pointed Heels, £19.99 from New Look, Black V-Neck T-Shirt, £10 from Asos and black Fiorelli bag and gold Michael Kors accessories.

White Ripped Jeans:
Kada White Extreme Rip Jeans, £28 from Pretty Little Thing
MOTO Super Ripped Jamie Jeans in White, £45 from Topshop
Leah Ripped Low Rise Skinny Jeans in White, £25 from Boohoo
Edie Ripped Knee Raw Hem Ankle Grazer Skinny Jeans in White, £30.00 from Missguided
(Plus Size) Alice & You Ripped Jean in White, £35 available from Asos
(Petite) Glamorous Petite Bust Knee Skinny Jeans in White, £35 available from Asos

Hope you like the look guys. 
Have you got the new Kendall Jenner lipstick, or what lipstick shade is your summer go-to?
xx

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