Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Monday, 21 March 2016
I usually mix up my makeup routine quite often but lately, I have stuck to a certain routine and I am happy with it. It's great for daily makeup but allows me a bit of leeway for going out and getting fancy. I haven't put any of my skincare routine on because I might do a separate post on that. So settle in ladies, this is gonna be a long one! Also, apologies about how messy my makeup is, I am the laziest beauty blogger that there ever will be.
I've been using the Nivea Post Shave Balm (£3.52 here at the mo) as my primer. I usually put this on, go and wash my hands and put my contacts in. This allows it to sink in and get all smooth. I usually put a lot of this on my face as it works best with loads and it's so refreshing to do first thing.
Rimmel Lasting Finish in Light Porcelain and Ivory (£7.99) is my go to foundation at the moment. I've not been having any problems with it and I love it for a medium to high coverage depending on whether I'm going out or what. I go through so much foundation that I'd rather go drugstore with it. I use both shades as Porcelain makes me look like a ghost and Ivory is too dark, so I mix them together. I usually blob it onto my face and then use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99) the blend it all in.
I've been loving the LA Girl Concealer in Porcelain (£2.99 here) for under my eyes, but I don't use this one on my blemishes because it can appear quite light. I love this and it doesn't crease at all. I then set my under eye concealer with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (£3.99) which will forever be a favourite. I again use the Real Technique Sponge to set this. I have two, one that I dampen for my foundation and a dry one for my powder. I usually "bake" this for around 10 minutes while I do my eyes and then sweep off the excess with a big fluffy concealer brush. In winter, I don't really use powder all over my face because I'm not oily and it can make me look cakey, so I've only been using this for under my eyes but normally I would then use the powder to set all of my foundation. I really want to get a loose powder for setting under my eyes, so if you have any suggestions I would love to know!
Sleek Contour Kit in Light (£6.49) is my holy grail budget contour kit. I adore it and it's perfect for me. I do a light contour every day because I haven't really been wearing blush because I've lost my blush brush and I'm too lazy to buy a new one. I use this to brighten up my face and contour my cheeks. I've also been using the highlighted bit of it daily, to combat the lack of blush. This is a very intense highlight and you do have to use it sparingly or you will look like a disco ball all day.
To start my eye look I use the Urban Decay Primer Potion (£16) to prime my eyes and this is my all time favourite. I was using the Freedom Makeup one for everyday use but then I just had to go back to my all time fave. I've then been using my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette (£40) for my eyeshadow like every single day, I love it. The two shades I've been using the most are Zone for the crease and Bathwater for the lid. It's a really bright but simple everyday look that I can pull off for work or going out.
I then use the Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Liner (£2.99) which again, is an all time fave. If it ain't broke, don't fix it right? I really like this one although I do find the actual applicator a bit funny sometimes as it makes it very easy to make mistakes with your eyeliner. I get very frustrated when the line isn't smooth and looks wiggly. That being said, this shit will last all day and is so pigmented, it will also probably last you years I swear it's bottomless. I then finish the look with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£17) which is perfect for making lashes longer and fuller and doesn't go all smudgy on the bottom lid. I do find that this can be a bit flakey, but it is still my favourite mascara of the moment.
I've been using the Rimmel Brow This Way (£3.99) for my eyebrows, using some random 99p brush I got from eBay. I get my eyebrows dyed and waxed every four weeks so I just need a little something-something to make them pop. I use this to fill them in and shape them and it works perfectly. I was using the Rimmel Brow This Way Gel and then using the brush to work it around a bit but I got bored with it and went back to powder. I like to mix it up with my eyebrows but I do think that powder, in general, is my favourite. Although I'm dying to try the ABH Dip Brow (but who isn't right?)
To finish off I usually mix it up with my lips. Because my eye look is so neutral I tend to get away with a variety of lip colours. Lately, I've been loving using the Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Spice (£2.99) paired with either Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick in Nude Perfection (£4.99) or Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993 (£15.50). I've also really been loving Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in 08 (£5.49) which is such a perfect my lips but better shade and so flattering. I'm all about the nudes lately for my daily face.
That is what has been on my face for the past couple of months. If I'm going on a night out I'll pair it with my Urban Decay Setting Spray (£22) and some Red Cherry Lashes but for my daily face, this is all that goes on there. It does look like a lot now that I've written it down but I can be up and out of my house in an hour, with time for breakfast so I have my routine down. Whew, now I'm going to go and give my fingers a break! Do you use any of these products and have you got any recommendations for me?
Friday, 18 March 2016
I'm an angry person and I find that instead of going ape in real life, writing down my frustrations and thoughts can really prevent me from murdering someone in day to day life. So, these are the things that have really annoyed me this week and what I have to rant about before I punch a wall or you know, throw a mug.
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Granny Smith Apple - Apples and sweets are what this is described as on their website. It has a really authentic apple smell to it which I really love. This will be a great kitchen scent.
Blue Hydrangea - Sunkissed hydrangeas and balmy breezes are sure to bring a big of summer inside every day. I don't really like fake floral scents but this one is actually quite realistic. It's really fresh and not at all sickly. I like hydrangeas and I think they've got the scent of this down.
For only £11 a month, this is a great deal as you get 9 melts which work out as around £1.22 a melt and they're usually £2 a melt on Candle Belle's website. They gurantee that you won't get a repeat in fragrance for the first 3 months and they have 55 melts to offer, which is huge. Shipping is also included in the £11 and you can find it on the Candle Belle website. Which would be your favourite scent?
Monday, 14 March 2016
My life is shit at the moment. Not in the sense that I'm about to become bankrupt, homeless and possibly murdered but the type of mentally shit that makes me want to curl up in a ball and never leave, only occasionally for food and the next book to read. There is a lot going on in my life that I can't control and I physically can't bring myself to do a lot of things even when I know I need to.
I've never really had mental health issues in life. My mum suffers terribly with anxiety and depression, but I'm always seen as the "tough cookie", the one in the family who is brave and deals with all the crap like nothing touches my icy heart. But, I've come to the point now when it really is affecting me and I think I've let things stab my icy heart and it feels like it takes all the pain and hurt and fucked up things and just encased them in the ice so they can't get out. All the pain and anger and sadness is in my heart and it can't fucking get out no matter how much I want to cry and how much I try, it just won't.
Now, it feels pretty helpless not knowing what you want or what you feel. Why can't I bring myself to do any work? Is it because I'm lazy and worthless, or is it because my mental health is literally swimming down the drain. I sit at my computer sometimes and think, I want to go home and cry. Then I finish work and sit on my bed and think, I just want to go back to work and forget everything. Those instances where my mind isn't letting me cry and my mind isn't letting me work is just piling the shit on top of the pile of already overflowing shit and I'm at breaking point.
When you're mental health is fucked you start to question a lot in life. Why am I with this person? Would it be better if I were alone? Maybe I should run away, nobody would miss me, right? So what if my friends are going out, I'm better off alone. I'm in that deep, dark pit of despair where all I want to be is alone. Alone with my thoughts and feelings and I honestly think that would help me. Would it help me to be alone? I don't think so, probably not but it's what I want.
I don't want my family, I don't want my boyfriend, I don't want my friends. I just want myself and my blog. My blog is all I enjoy. I don't laugh at my boyfriends jokes, I don't smile when my friend sends me a funny text even if I text back "lol". It's like I'm looking at my life from afar and an alien has taken over my body. Why isn't she laughing at that, he's hilarious? She put lol, but she isn't smiling. Her mum made her a nice tea and she didn't even say thank you, how rude. Her dad comes and asks her to go watch tv with them and she brushes him off, can't she see he's trying to help? She's starting talking to another bloke, why is she doing that when she has a boyfriend who loves her?
I'm watching my life slip by and there's nothing I can do to slow it down. I want to shake myself, but I can't because it's like there's a war going on in my head. If I push people away maybe they'll leave me alone, maybe I'll be happy then. Then I want to shake myself and say no, people aren't happy alone they're lonely! It's so hard and I'm drowning.
I never thought I'd be someone who suffers from their mental health, hell I even questioned my mum when she would say she can't talk to anyone about it but now I know how she feels. I can't tell people I don't want them around, that would hurt them, they wouldn't understand. I've accepted in my head that I probably have something wrong with me, but something is stopping me doing anything about it.
I'm sorry for this, I never thought this type of post would go on my blog. But, writing is so therapeutic. It's letting me pour everything out while not sobbing into my quilt. It's letting me ramble and actually put into words what I'm feeling, that is a hell of a lot more articulate than it would've been if spoken to a real life being. This is my piece of the internet where I can ramble and scream and I'm going to take advantage of it.
Friday, 11 March 2016
While I was quite disappointed with the box for February, I was definitely not disappointed with the box for March. March has a lot in it this month with Mother's Day and Easter and so I was hoping that there would a lot about that. I wasn't wrong.
Spring Break - If there was one thing I hope they start to include for this it would be a description of the scents. Oh yeah, this totally smells like underage drinking and sex, that's spring break, right? Nope, it smells floral and fruity. What fruit and what flowers you ask? I don't know because it doesn't tell me and is a Melt Crowd Preview so isn't even bloody available on their website yet!
Ylang Yland & Bergamot Essential Oils: This is part of their new B.A.R.E. range and I had a bad experience with one of the other ones where it made me choke, but the other one smelt like Lush, so I was apprehensive about smelling this one. The best way I could describe it is if you go into a "crystal/herbal" shop where they sell like sage and things to heal your aura. It smells like that.
Spearmint: This will always be my favourite smell. Spearmint reminds me of spearmint chews and it is just such a nice scent. This is subtle and I can't wait to burn it. I also want to go and get some spearmint chews right about now (funk soul brother).
Bunny Kisses - This one is actually available on their website and it is their Easter scent. It is described as "juicy rhubarb and creamy caramel vanilla custard" which it definitely smells like. I love rhubarb but I find this one is quite overwhelmed by the vanilla and the rhubarb doesn't come through enough. Hopefully, it will come through more once it is burned.
French Lime Blossom - This must be a new one too. It's fruity and citrussy with the lime but also quite floral. I like it, but it's not my favourite.
Mango & Dragonfruit - What does dragonfruit smell like? It's nice and fruity though and the mango comes through quite strong.
Easter Egg - Pure chocolate. This just smells like pure chocolate and although that might be alright for some, it's sickly to me. This is definitely the designated Sam melt of the box.
Very Vanilla - This smells exactly like the Vanilla Cupcake wax melt from Yankee Candle which isn't something I normally like but after getting Christmas Cookie for Christmas, I've been obsessed with sweet vanilla scents. This one was strong & the only one I've burnt so far from the box. I cut it in half and put it in a burner upstairs and one downstairs and damn my house smelt sweet. Again, another sickly one!
Candy Floss - I don't know why this one was included in my box, but it was just chucked in there. It doesn't smell exactly like candyfloss, which is basically just sugar but it is sweet and sugary, so there you go. There isn't much to say about this one as it just doesn't have a strong smell at all. Perfect for those who like sweet smells, but don't like as sweet as Very Vanilla.
What would be your favourite scent? You can subscribe to The Melt Crowd for £10 a month.
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Wednesday, 9 March 2016
I don't have many favourites this month because I've been on kind of a spending ban and so just wanting to use products up that I already have and that have been neglected. I haven't been adventurous this month as I hate February and I think it's a gloomy month. Bonus, though, I've been given a pay rise at work so I'll probably have plenty of hauls coming from pay day!
I really like this and it's simple to use, excuse the pun. It's cheap & I've found over the last month or so that pairing it with argan oil has left my skin feeling great and clear.
Finally, I've been using my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette non-stop since Christmas! I haven't done a review on it because there are about a million out there at the moment, but I'm thinking I might do a "3 months on" sort of thing because I've got to grips with it and found out which ones I really love.
What I like about this palette is how versatile it is. It's easy to create a casual look for work, or a smokey eye for going out or a bright look to draw attention. I've been going between Bathwater and Pop for the lid and then Zone in the crease. I like Pop but I find it's the worse shade for the fallout. If you'd like me to do an in-depth review for this then I will, but I can definitely say that I'd recommend this and do a public apology to my other palettes that have been seriously neglected since I got this!
One thing I've really been loving this month is Wattpad. If you've never heard of it, it's an online community where people post their books and you can read them for free. I used to use Wattpad a lot when I was younger but found as I got older some of the stories weren't exactly fitting my reading style. Lately, I've found some really good books and while most of them are aimed mainly at teenagers, they've been easy to read when I want to relax at work on my dinner break or at home and don't want anything complicated to read.
Omerta - Scarlett moves into her new apartment with the mentality that she will start fresh and rule her own life, but when she overhears a murder next door, her life takes a turn for the worst, and she finds herself on the Italian Mafia's radar.
Storm & Silence - "It is your choice," he said, stepping so close to me that our lips were almost touching. "Either do what I say - or get another job." My heart stood still as I gazed up into his deep, dark, dangerous eyes... In a world where women's only role in life is to sit at home and look pretty, Lilly is determined to fight for her freedom. There's only one problem: a powerful man blocking her way.
I liked this one, although it ends on such a cliffhanger and the sequel is still ongoing. It's different than anything I've read before. The author, Robert Thier should seriously think about getting properly published because he is a great writer. Which is why the next one is another of his.
The Robber Knight - When you are fighting for the freedom of your people, falling in love with your enemy is not a great idea. Or is it? Ayla has to defend her castle and her people all on her own, with nobody to help her but a dark warrior she hates with all her heart.
I really like the characters in this one and it's so unique. All of these are set in old times which isn't something I usually read, but this one is addictive & there's currently three of the books so something you can definitely sink your teeth into!
That's it for my favourites this month, hopefully I'll have more to talk about next month!
Til' next time! XOXO
Monday, 7 March 2016
I am often dubious when I see things on eBay a lot cheaper than what other sellers are selling said item at. Even though I'm often hesitant, I still end up buying it because I am a cheapskate who is always after a bargain.
Lately, I've been trying to up my blogger game (and failing) by buying more props and backgrounds and things that will make my blog photos just look better than they have been. So, after reading a few blog posts about bloggers saying what they use to photos on their iPhone, I decided to go and buy an iPhone tripod. I've been after a tripod for ages and just kept forgetting, so when I saw this one for £2.98 I couldn't help but buy it. Even if it was rubbish I was only losing £3, right?
It's an ideal size as it's quite dinky and so easy to just put on the shelf of my bedside table once I'm done with it. Overall, I'm super happy with it and it makes messing around with a tripod for your first time easy and cheap. No, it's not the best you're going to get on the market but if you're trying to blog on a budget then go for it! It's also adjustable so if I suddenly got rid of my iPhone for a Samsung, it would still fit into it. I've also found this one for £1.78 if you're after an even bigger bargain!
Friday, 4 March 2016
There are many American beauty brands that are so hard to get a hold of in the UK and all of them I want to try. One of the products I've heard so much about is the LA Girl Pro Concealer which is an inexpensive, high coverage concealer that comes in a very wide range of colours. In America, it's around $5 which is very inexpensive when you convert that to pounds (around £3.70) and cheaper than the much raved about Collection Lasting Perfection concealer which has recently gone up to £4.15.
So, imagine my delight when I stumbled across this concealer for £2.99 on eBay. I know, I know, eBay isn't the most reliable when it comes to buying makeup from as it can often be counterfeit or an imitation. But, I don't think this one is. I thought I'd first try out a normal shade and see how I liked the formula and then maybe try out some of the corrector shades or get some darker shades for contouring.
This is the perfect under eye concealer, in my opinion, it appears very light when first applied but once blended down it becomes a nice bright shade that makes me appear very awake when all I want to do is crawl back into bed and sleep.
I do like the brush as it's really flexible and soft against skin meaning that you can get into nooks and crannies but it won't irritate sensitive skin.
I have also tried this on blemishes and found it can be a bit chalky in that instance and if your skin is dry, this will not pair well with dry patches. I don't have dry patches under my eyes but putting this near dry patches on my skin made it appear slightly flaky and emphasises the dry spots.
I do love it as an under eye concealer and I will definitely be purchasing some darker shades for contouring and maybe the green corrector shade to help target redness on my nose. If you're looking for a reasonably priced under eye concealer I would highly recommend this and definitely, if you're wanting to experiment with cream contouring on a budget this would be a great option. Find it here for £2.99. Have you ever tried this concealer before?
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
When I saw an opportunity to collab with PetShop.co.uk over at The Blogger Programme I got very excited, mainly because I like to treat my animals and I also like to find new things to feed them. As someone who has worked in a pet shop, I love PetShop.co.uk as even when I had 20% discount at said pet shop, it was still the cheaper option for me to get my dogs food from. They have a great bottomless bowl programme where you can choose how often you get products delivered and it seriously takes a weight off your shoulders knowing that you'll always be getting your food on time for your animals.
I have two giant American bulldogs and they go through a lot of food and so get very grumpy if they run out, I get two 15kg bags of food delivered a month for them and it's such a good way to keep them getting the right food but at a great price. It's definitely cheap compared to most places and high-quality brands such as James Wellbeloved and Eukanuba is at a great discount compared to most stores in the UK.
PetShop.co.uk were kind enough to send my dogs and bunnies some treats. I like how they have products for all animals and I'm going to start getting my rabbit food with the bottomless bowl deal as again it's cheaper than the pet shop I worked at including if I had my 20% discount!
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