Wednesday, 29 June 2016

June Loves


There hasn't been a whole lot going on this month in terms of favourites but I thought I'd share a handful of things that I've been enjoying this month in a post as usual. I watched Lily Pebbles 'June Favourites' video earlier on this month and it did make me think that monthly favourites have become a kind of tradition that bloggers have fallen into - and as much as I love sharing them, it's not always what you might want to read. Also, lots of monthly favourites posts are posted around the same time, so we all end up getting a months fill of so many different things! Please do let me know if you enjoy reading these sorts of posts in the comments as I'd love to know if I should keep doing them or switch things up a bit.

Anyway, thought rambling over, the first little gem I've discovered this month is the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette. It's the most luxurious cream eyeshadow I've ever used, with a souffle like texture and incredible pigmentation. It's very easy to apply (like any cream eyeshadow), it doesn't crease, gives a gorgeous summer bronze around the eye - not to mention very easy to wear with a little bit of mascara for the perfect daytime look. Speaking of mascara, Charlotte recently launched her Legendary Lashes which I reviewed in full here. Although I'm usually much more of a drugstore mascara kind of gal, I'm obsessed. This one has literally changed my makeup game for good. 

I've been relying on my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer all of this month. My skin has been wreaking havoc for the past few weeks - it's got me so upset as everything had been going so well since my course of Roaccutane. I'm still trying to figure out what went wrong and I'm on the hunt for something to fix it, but in the mean time, this concealer has helped hide the damage as much as possible. Also, with the summer months well underway, I've become a bit of a gloss girl. My favourite is definitely the NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu ever since I saw it on Lily in her Spring Drugstore Makeup Tutorial. I want to get hold of the lipliner she pairs it with as well, it just looks so darn good. It's not sticky and it lasts quite well for a gloss, I must pick up some more shades. Any recommendations?   


There has been a TV favourite this month - none other than The CW's Reign. I've been binge-watching it on Netflix ever since my exams ended and I'm totally hooked. I won't give any spoilers but I'm all for a historical period drama and this fits the bill perfectly. Lots of eye candy, glitzy costumes and music - not to mention my sudden obsession with Scotland by The Lumineers

In terms of nibbles, I'm in love with this new chocolate, cranberry & pistachio yoghurt bark. It's such a delicious little snack for when I'm craving something rich and sweet but with a lot less guilt! I posted a recipe all about how to make it earlier on this month - there's ways to make the recipe vegan too if you're worried about using yoghurt. The one batch I made for my recipe blog post earlier this month has been seeing me all through June. It's amazing. Try making it and tweet me photos!

What have been your favourites this month?
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Monday, 27 June 2016

Feeling The Pressure


I think this is probably the first time I've sat down and spewed my thoughts into a post. It's definitely not something I've done a lot (if ever) but it probably is something I would like to start doing. I see this blog as a little space on the internet for me to share the things I love and I always want to keep it that way. But recently, I've been feeling a lot of pressure when it comes to coming up with good posts - and I know it's not just me. I've definitely read posts where other bloggers have shared their experience with feeling this way as well.

As much as people might think, blogging isn't as easy as it may look from the outside. Coming up with ideas and content that people love and will take time to read doesn't always come easily - and that's where the pressure comes in. I've got into the routine of posting three times a week - every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Over the past month or so, I feel like my content has gone down and so the quality of my blog has also gone down, as have my statistics. All of this at once has made me feel quite glum. It's not so much the numbers that bother me. It's when I'm not 100% proud of my content - that's what gets me down. And the hardest bit is - it's not that I haven't been trying. The ideas just haven't been coming. I've fallen into the dangerous trap of comparing myself to other blogs, more experienced bloggers who seem to have everything just right. And here I am, majorly lacking in inspiration - and very worried of the next Monday, Wednesday or Friday approaching for fear of not having something scheduled to post.

I'm hoping this is just a phase. Just a moment of bloggers block that will pass as soon as July comes around. I'm taking active steps to help overcome this as I definitely want to keep at it - after all, I love blogging, that's the whole reason I started this. I know today's post isn't my usual sort of upload, but I hope it keeps things real. Bloggers block definitely does exist, and it can be difficult. Thank you to all of you that leave comments on my posts and follow my blog - it absolutely makes my day to read through and reply to you. Here's to the end of June and the start of a (hopefully) much better July!

Lots of love to you all,

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Broderie Anglaise & Washed Denim


A white shirt has always been thought of as a classic - in fact, I think it's hard to find anything more chic than a fresh white top paired with well fitted jeans and a pair of heels! But I've recently been intrigued by a newer trend emerging amongst the fashion industry - none other than the ultra feminine broderie anglaise. This trend is all about the choice of fabric, with open embroidery on lighter materials such as cotton or linen. It's not too daring or difficult to style - whether on a dress, a blouse or even a skirt, there's something oh-so-summery about it, making it the perfect trend to try out this summer. 

I've been obsessed with high necklines since last fall and I just can't seem to get enough of them. They feel quite modern, particularly when featured on a more vintage piece. I chose this top from Zara and paired it with my favourite ASOS mid wash ankle grazer jeans. The detailing on the top is what I felt captured the broderie anglaise trend the best - there's open embroidery around the neckline which comes quite high, keeping the piece quite current. The sleeves are three quarter in length and the fabric is linen so it's super lightweight and comfortable for the warmer months. The back also ties the 'pretty' theme together with mother of pearl buttons running down it - it's quickly become a total wardrobe favourite!


To accessorise, there's nothing better than a gorgeous pair of sunglasses for the warmer months ahead. I chose a pair I found on ASOS which have a little bit of a cat-eye shape, keeping the outfit quite feminine. For jewellery, it's all about the gold details. A golden geometric anklet to add a little bling below the ankle grazers, and a pretty circle hair brooch - again, keeping things modern. For my bag, I found this beautiful camel Chloe-esque number also from Zara (seriously, love at first sight does exist). I absolutely adore this look for the summer, and it's definitely one I'll be reaching for a lot! 

What are your favourite wardrobe trends for the summer?
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Quick Fix Confidence Boosters


There's always those days where you're not always feeling your best. I know I have them, and I'm pretty sure we all do. Whether it's that time of the month, or you've just had a late start to the morning, your appearance can have a massive effect on how you're feeling. Saying that, there are several things that you can do as little pick-me-ups to feel a little bit better when everything seems to be going wrong. Here are some of the things I like to do on those not-so-great days:

Shoes.
For me, it's always a pair of heels. Wearing a pair of gorgeous shoes can really pick up your mood. The height which heels give make them my perfect confidence boosting choice - a good pair of wedges in the summer or some sparkly stilettos in the winter, I just love how tall and slimming they are! You can never go wrong with a good pair of black heels - mine are a faux suede pair from Kurt Geiger. I can't  walk in heels too high so these are just perfect for that little bit of height and a quick confidence boost.

Fragrance.
I always find that a little splash of my favourite perfume is really uplifting, whether I'm having a bad day or a good one. I'm loving Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf for the summertime, but Alien by Thierry Mugler has been a firm favourite for a few years now. A quick spritz and I instantly feel refreshed and ready to tackle the tasks of the day. 


Lipstick.
There's a reason the quote "Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together" is such a famous one. Elizabeth Taylor always seemed to ooze confidence and she was never too far away from her favourite lipstick either! Confidence doesn't always  mean a bold red - a pretty pink or even a little lipgloss can do the trick just as well in giving you that quick-fix boost.

Sunglasses.
There's something oh-so-chic about a nice large pair of sunglasses. Paired with the lipstick, it looks so put together and effortlessly chic that your confidence will skyrocket. This trick works so well that it's Victoria Beckham's signature look - I have a feeling that her gorgeous collection of sunglasses play a big part in how well she portrays herself as such a strong and confident woman!

Nailpolish.
A manicure always seems to better my mood - and I don't mean forking out and going to a salon (unless you want to, of course). Spending fifteen minutes filing your nails and painting them a pretty colour does just the trick. Picking a bright red or a gorgeous nude are instantly chic options, but a shade of your favourite colour will be just as uplifting too. Same goes for your toes - taking out a little time to pamper them makes you feel a whole lot more put together than you might be feeling!

What are your favourite ways to instantly feel more confident?
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Monday, 20 June 2016

My Latest Mascara Must-Have

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

After watching several YouTube videos (including the one on Charlotte Tilbury's channel herself), I knew I needed to try this hot new mascara that everyone was raving about. I'm all about buying a mascara that 'does-it-all' with extreme length, definition and buildable volume to give a whole lotta lash. This mascara claims to do just that - and from the various reviews and videos I had seen, it looked just perfect. If you've read my top five luxury beauty products worth the splurge earlier this month, you would have got a sneak peek of this mascara. It's SO good that it quickly became a holy grail product for me - in just two weeks! I keep reaching for it over and over again, and I just can't seem to even look at my other mascaras the same way. 

First up, the packaging is gorgeous in true Tilbury style. It's a gorgeous shade of rose gold with an illustration of winking eyes down the side of the tube. You get 8mls of product which is standard size for a mascara, for £25. The price point is what pinches a bit - but honestly, I've found it's worth it for what this little gem does. At first look, the brush looks very dense with bristles. I'm usually more of a plastic brush sort of gal but I get along with this wand exceptionally well. You get a lot of product distributed across the bristles which helps coat each lash evenly, achieving a really long voluminous effect. I find that in just two strokes I get a really lovely lengthened lash, the second coat amps it up and the third coat gives serious false lash drama. I love it! 

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

The one thing I would say about this mascara is that the scent is very strong. It smells like hair conditioner, which is fitting with the ingredients being ones to help condition the lashes. This can be both a good thing (you feel like it's working) and a bad thing (you can still smell it by the end of the day and it is quite strong). So if you're not a fan of scented products then perhaps sample this first before buying the full size.

The ingredients are gorgeous - marine glycogen to stimulate the growth of each hair follicle, tamanu oil to nourish and strengthen your eyelashes and a special blend of waxes to give the mascara an elastic texture which coats each lash. It claims to achieve 13x more volume which I can't confirm but I do know that it's the most voluminous mascara I have ever used. It's very black and so removing it takes a little patience as well but I find it's well worth it for the results. All in all, a stand-out product in my makeup collection! 


Have you tried CT Legendary Lashes?
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Friday, 17 June 2016

How To Save Money When You're Beauty Obsessed


There's nothing quite like walking into a department store and seeing all the beauty counters with their shining new displays... lipsticks waiting to be tested, eyeshadows ready to be swatched. With blogging being my incentive, I find every excuse to get my hands on the new bits that come into stores, from both drugstore and luxury brands - and as much as I love a good beauty haul, it can definitely get very expensive! So today I thought I'd share some of the ways I lessen the pinch - with ways to save a little bit of cash when you're beauty obsessed:

Loyalty Cards.
Both department stores and drugstores have them and these are one of the best ways to spend and save at the same time. Different stores have different systems, some with points and others with a set percentage off your purchase. I use my Superdrug Beauty Card and Boots Advantage Card religiously every time I shop there - they each collect points with my purchases and I can use these points as money off my next purchase. Even though I don't live in a country where there's a Sephora (seriously, the UK are lacking here), I did sign up for a Beauty Insider card. It means that I get free beauty gifts and mini makeovers every time I do visit a country with a store, so well worth it! 

Coupons.
I know that the US is more coupon crazy than the UK which means you're probably going to be saving a lot more on cosmetics if you live there (lucky you!). However, there are coupons which you can find for certain stores in the UK as well. I like collecting coupons from the back of the Health & Beauty Magazine at Boots, which is free for loyalty card holders. Each copy has about eight to ten coupons which either boost your points, get money off your purchase or offer free products with a purchase - so you definitely get more for your money that way.

Email Subscriptions.
Only do this for the companies that you're really devoted to otherwise your inbox will be overflowing with promotional emails that you won't be able to keep on top of. However, subscribing to a few select stores or websites that you shop from means you can stay up to date with the latest deals (as well as the new beauty launches). For instance, I do love a good email from House of Fraser telling me that they have an 'up to 30% off Beauty Sale' - it means I can pick up more luxury launches like this, and review them for you! 

Online.
Be sure to link up your loyalty cards online as well. If you're an online shopper like me, this will be more useful than ever - you'll end up collecting your points without needing to scan your card at a store. Also, take time to check for voucher codes online before checking out with your basket - there are often codes posted by others which can be used to help you save as well. A way to actually make money (I know right? I couldn't believe it at first either) through your shop is by using sites such as Swagbucks which you give you money back through your purchases at different online stores. All you have to do is shop as you would normally do, and they will give you a certain number of points which you can redeem as gift cards. Genius!

Unidays.
This one is only for students but if you're a student and you haven't signed up for Unidays - go do it! It gives you discounts to hundreds of different stores and brands (not just beauty but fashion, technology and food as well) and there are days where the discount is boosted which saves you even more money. I've got so used to using my Unidays app whenever I shop that it will definitely feel weird not having it anymore when I leave university next year!

Have you  got any top tips for saving money on beauty?
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Healthy Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bark



I'm a lover of all things chocolate, but we all know that it's not always the healthiest choice. But that's ok - because there are lots of healthier chocolate recipes out there, that give you the same chocolate-y taste but with a lot less calories. In today's blog post, I thought I'd share a new recipe I've been trying out as an alternative to Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut - it's got the same rich taste and flavour but it's quite a bit healthier. The recipe does use natural yoghurt so it's not vegan, but this can be switched for a yoghurt alternative such as soy yoghurt to make this a vegan friendly recipe.

You will need: 
  • 2 cups natural greek yoghurt
  • 3-4 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tbsp of agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pistachios

Healthy Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bark

Making it is really simple: 
Line a tray with greaseproof paper - the size of the tray depends on how thick you want the bark to be. The smaller the tray, the thicker the bark and vice versa. In a bowl, mix two cups of plain greek yoghurt with 3-4 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder and 2-3  tbsp of agave nectar (depending on desired sweetness) until completely combined.

Add a quarter cup of dried cranberries into the mixture and then pour onto the tray. Spread out the mixture so it evenly covers the surface of the tray. Sprinkle a handful of dried cranberries on the top, along with a handful of chopped pistachios to garnish. You can add extra toppings like desiccated coconut or chocolate chips for a double chocolate kick but I left mine as is. 

Pop the tray in the freezer for at least 3 hours (or better still, overnight) and take out in the morning. Cut the bark into shards and consume immediately. If you want to keep them for later, divide into freezer bags and keep frozen. They keep for up to two months and are perfect as a chocoholics breakfast or a guilt free dessert! I absolutely love how versatile this recipe is - you can literally add anything you want to it. 

Let me know if you'd like to see some more variants - and of course let me know if you decide to try making this yourself! 
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Monday, 13 June 2016

Five Beauty Products Worth The Splurge

Being beauty obsessed, I'm always looking for the next big beauty investment as well as the less spendy drugstore dupes. But it just so happens that beauty companies know exactly how to make their products look fantastic through advertising - so good that many of us get completely sucked in and are willing to part with our pennies, whatever the cost. There has been many a time where the product just doesn't match the price I paid for it, and this doesn't just happen with the cheaper beauty finds at the drugstore - luxury brands get it wrong as well which makes the fact that we spent so much that much more bitter. However, saying that, there are definitely lots of products which are worth every penny - that I'd repurchase again and again without feeling the pinch of the heftier price tag. They're my holy grail beauty bits - and I'm going to share five of them with you today: 

I've mentioned this total star the-best-foundation-ever product several times on my blog, most recently on my top foundations for blemished skin post. This is such a cult product for a reason - it's amazing for dry or combination skin types (I wouldn't recommend this for oilier skin), it's buildable coverage with a super lightweight formula. It leaves such a gorgeous glow when blended into the skin which makes it my go-to base product for the summertime. Totally worth every penny. 

It's always handy to have a does-it-all eyeshadow palette on hand and my favourite has to be the Lorac Pro Palette. The shadows are buttery, blendable and smooth. They're also some of the most pigmented shadows that I've ever come across. This palette is perfect for those of you that travel a lot because it's also the slimmest palette I own. I've written in depth blog posts with swatches on both the original Pro Palette and the Pro 2 - take a look if you're interested in those!  

In terms of beauty tools, my makeup is never complete without curling my lashes. There are lots of great lash curlers out there but my long term favourite has to be a trusty pair from Shieseido. These gently curl the lashes - and they work really well with every mascara in holding the curl in place all day. Pricier than the average eyelash curler, but definitely worth it when it comes to making the most of your lashes.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara - £25
I only purchased this two weeks ago but it has quickly become my absolute favourite mascara of all time. It adds volume, length, curl and definition, an absolute must have for anyone with trouble lashes. I'm lucky enough to have naturally long eyelashes but this mascara works wonders on me as well. I will have an in-depth review of this mascara with more pictures posted up soon so keep an eye out for that post if you're interested. 

When you ask people what their beauty staple is, many of them are probably going to have a red lipstick on the list somewhere. I totally agree - a red lipstick is a classic makeup must have and so investing in a good one is important. I've come across a few good ones over the years but my favourite has to be Chanel Pirate. It's a classic blue-toned red with amazing lasting power and a super lightweight feel on the lips. I wrote a full post on it here if you're looking for a swatch! 


What are your favourite luxury beauty items which are worth the splurge?

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Friday, 10 June 2016

My Summer Homeware Wishlist

Like nearly every other lifestyle blogger out there, I'm obsessed with all things homeware. I love the idea of never fully completing a space, and changing it up every season - just as if it were your wardrobe. There are some amazing homeware stores, both luxury and affordable, bringing some gorgeous pieces which had me heart eye emoji-ing all over my laptop screen. For today's post, I thought I'd put some of my most favourite bits together, as a source of inspiration for anyone looking to add some instagram worthy pieces into their home this season:


Let me know what your favourite piece is!
What homeware trends have you been loving lately?


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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Four Foundations for Blemished Skin


With June being Acne Awareness month, I thought I'd write a few blog posts over the next few weeks dedicated to help those of us struggling with not-so-perfect skin (myself very much included). Acne is something I have struggled with for years, and if I'm honest, there was a point where I was so embarrassed to even admit that it was something I suffered from. Not that I could hide it - growing up was all about seeing how well makeup could mask my skin rather than a way to give me confidence and enhance the features that I actually am proud of. I went through phases of caked makeup, piling foundation with heavy dustings of powder and layering three different concealers - anything that would help cover up those unsightly blemishes appearing on my cheeks, jawline and forehead. 

Over the years I've found different foundations which helped cover the blemishes without further clogging my pores and aggravating more breakouts. From my experience, blemished skin isn't a skin type on its own - rather it falls into the skin types we hear about all the time: dry skin, combination skin or oily skin. It was news to me as well. I thought that acne prone skin meant that it was definitely oily, but that is definitely not the case. As foundation is the base of all makeup, it's absolutely essential to get it right and buy one which is suitable for your skin type. That's why I've picked out my top four foundations for blemished skin with formulas for each skin type. So whether you have dry skin, combination skin or oily skin - I've got you covered (excuse the pun).

DRY SKIN:

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - this is possibly my holy grail foundation as I suffer from very dry skin. The coverage is medium but buildable and you can really work up to a flawless coverage, particularly with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer on areas which need it. It's just as the name suggests - very glowy - so it gives the hydrated healthy skin look that any dry skin type needs whilst still providing decent coverage for blemished skin.

COMBINATION SKIN:

Vichy Dermablend Foundation* - this is a very liquid-y foundation which gives an unexpectedly high amount of coverage for such a lightweight formula. I find that this would work for both dry and oily skin types in giving very high coverage without looking (or feeling) heavy.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - you probably all know that Charlotte Tilbury is one of my all time favourite makeup brands and I was very excited when this foundation was first released. I had heard mixed reviews about it but I actually quite like it - I think it's medium buildable coverage with a heavier texture than the NARS Sheer Glow and Vichy Dermablend - definitely good for the combination/oilier skin types.

OILY SKIN:

Dior Skin Forever  Foundation - I wrote a whole review on this foundation here, but this one is a gorgeous option for oilier skin. It has a lovely satin finish which helps keep shine at bay with very good coverage. It's long lasting (as the name suggests) and lightweight. I find it to be a great all-year-round base as it works well across the seasons, both in the summer and winter. 

You might have noticed that all four of the foundations that I've featured in this post are on the luxury side but I've found that the higher priced foundations tend to have better ingredients and so better results. However, if you'd like to see a drugstore version then please let me know in the comments! 


Have you got any high coverage foundation recommendations?
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Monday, 6 June 2016

Eight Beauty Blog Post Ideas


I know the feeling all too well - being stuck in a blogging rut, where everything begins to look the same and nothing seems to inspire anymore. It's at these times that I look for these sorts of posts to get a little nudge in the right direction - to get back on track with some 'stock' post ideas which help overcome the blogging hurdle. So today I thought I'd share some beauty themed posts which I like to fall back on during those times where I'm lacking inspiration (let me know if you'd like a similar post for lifestyle ideas): 

1. A Product Review - I'm always trying new beauty bits and so there's always something lying around in my makeup draws that I could feature in a post of it's own. Take a look in your collection and see if any products stick out for a stand alone post.

2. Monthly Favourites - these posts are a classic and also a great way of rounding up lots of good things you've been enjoying lately. This style o f post doesn't have to stop at beauty but it can extend to food and lifestyle favourites too!

3. FOTD -  do you have a particular makeup look that you're really enjoying lately? Share how you achieve it in a post.

4. Makeup Dupes - I know I'm always on the hunt for an affordable alternative to luxury makeup which get the job done at a fraction of the price! These make for a great blog post, particularly with side by side comparisons of the products.

5. Beauty Hacks - are there any tips/tricks that you've learnt through your love of beauty that you're ready to share? Write them all down in a post! 

6. 'Top Five' - if you have a vast collection of makeup, this one is really easy. Pick out your 'top five' of a certain category - for example, your top five red lipsticks or drugstore foundations. You can make this sort of post for just about everything in the beauty world and they seem to be really popular amongst readers as well!

7. Makeup Storage Ideas - people store their makeup in so many different ways and it's so interesting to see how different people do it! I know I'm always looking for new ways to organize my makeup so this sort of post is right up my street.

8. Seasonal Makeup/Skincare Routine - makeup and skincare shifts across the seasons so why not share the products/regime that you've been enjoying lately?

Have you got any beauty blog post ideas to share?
What kinds of beauty posts do you enjoy reading?

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Friday, 3 June 2016

The Lorac Pro 2 Palette

The Lorac Pro 2 Palette Review

You might remember my obsession with the Lorac Pro Palette at the end of last year (and believe me, it's not over - I still love that palette to death). But I've since got my hands on a second palette filled with sixteen beautiful shadows, none other than the Lorac Pro 2 (only to hear that the Lorac Pro 3 palette is being released later this month). I literally squealed when I clapped eyes on this. It's near impossible to get hold of an authentic one in the UK so this had to be shipped all the way from the US which was incredibly expensive with a hefty customs charge, but if you're in the US already (lucky you), you can get your hands on this very easily at Ulta. 

Lorac have never failed to disappoint in terms of pigmentation and this palette is no exception. The shadows are buttery soft and extremely well pigmented, in a gorgeous array of colours. However, their softness does mean the palette gets just as messy as the original Lorac Pro. There's quite a bit of product kickoff which hangs around the side of the pans and gets mixed with other shades, so that can be really annoying. I always find myself running a clean tissue between the pans and finding it completely streaked with colour by the time I'm done. However, negative aside, this is a truly beautiful palette, particularly for someone whose after a basic palette which still has some fun options to play with.

The palette is definitely for cool toned shadow lovers, it works especially well with those with blue, green or hazel eyes. Saying that, my eyes are dark brown, and I've found this palette just as easy to use and create gorgeous eyeshadow looks. As with the original Lorac Palette, the top row is all matte and the bottom row is packed full of shimmery goodness. I've swatched them all for you below:

The Lorac Pro 2 Palette Swatches

The Lorac Pro 2 Palette Swatches

As you can tell, there is an endless possibility of different looks you could come up with. There are your classic neutrals (my favourites being light brown, cool gray, rose and mocha), and then some stunning (and perhaps more fun) options like navy, jade and silver. All in all, I love this palette just as much as the first - and I think if you're stuck between the two, decide whether you love warmer shadows or cooler shadows. I've found that to be the best way in differentiating the two because in terms of performance, they are very much equal.

Have you tried the Lorac Pro 2 Palette?
Who is excited for Lorac Pro 3? (*little squeal*)

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

June Goals


It's hard to believe that we're already half way through 2016, and that summer is well on its way. I feel like June is that month where exams are finally over, the weather is finally warming up and it's time to start looking forward to lazy summer days and delicious BBQs outside in the sunshine. Of course, that means it's also the month we work out extra hard and eat super clean to get in shape for the summer months (definitely one of my goals - it's been a long time coming). I did this style of post back in April and it's still one of my most popular posts, so I thought I'd do another for June!

1. To cleanse my diet as much as possible.
I sort of covered this one in the introduction to this post but I definitely want to detoxify my system by eating as clean as I possibly can this month. I want to make this into a habit so that I can combat the spiral I fell into throughout exams season with ready meals and fast food. Now that exams are (thankfully) over, I'm in need of a good cleanse - and there's no better way to do it than replacing all the processed junk in my diet with healthy whole foods that are full of nutrients for my body. I'm hoping this change will boost my energy levels again, as that was a huge side effect from my bad eating habits throughout May.

2. To write for Acne Awareness Month.
I've been wanting to write about the subject of acne for some time, but when I found out that June was the annual Acne Awareness Month, I thought there was no better time to do it than over the next four weeks. Throughout the month, I will write a few posts where I share my experience with acne, treatments that I've tried and ways I've helped improve it (to this day). I think this whole topic is often overlooked, and it's important to recognize that so many people suffer from it, even beyond their teenage years. If there is any kind of post that you're particularly interested in related to acne, please let me know in the comments - I have a few ideas, but I'd love to hear what you'd like to read.

3. To read for leisure.
It's been a long time since I've been able to read outside of my degree - I rarely do it, and it's bad. I love reading, I used to read all the time. There is honestly no excuse not to read, even if it's just for fifteen minutes at the end of the day. I want to use the summer (and the end of my second year at uni) as a way of reading more, and stepping back into the worlds of both fiction and non fiction. Any reccomendations? On a side note, I want to reread all of the Harry Potter books this summer as I don't think I've touched them since I was 15 - they've just been sitting on my bookshelf, and it's time they were read again. I remember how much I used to love them as a child and it would be good to revisit that this month.

4. To move back to London.
As I mentioned earlier, I've finished my second year of university and so a big thing for this month is to move back to London for the summer. I want to use the process of moving back as a de-cluttering process as well - a much needed downsizing of everything I own! Although I'm moving back at the start of the month, the process of downsizing will probably take all month - I'm going to do it the Marie Kondo style. Again, let me know if you'd like a post or two on how I do this! 

5. To create new and exciting content for my blog.
This is definitely one of my most important goals - as a blogger, I'm constantly striving to create enjoyable content and find my own style. I've noticed a huge improvement over the past couple of months and working on this is something I will continue to do. I also really want to engage with my readers and connect with more bloggers - so please keep leaving your links in the comments. I do check every single one of them, and I appreciate the time you all take to comment - it means a lot to me! Thank you to everyone who follows as well, I hope I can keep bringing you content that you love. 


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