Friday, 29 July 2016

July Loves

So, it's that time of the month again where I round up some of my most loved items from July and share them with you all. I have tried a good handful of things this month but this lot are the stars of them all:

I tried a sample of the Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser with a Sephora order about a year ago and it was love at first application, so of course I went and purchased the full size. It's on the pricey side, but it's totally gorgeous if your skin is as dry as mine. They have and even more intense version but the original works well enough for me. It's a light gel texture, tinted a very pretty baby pink, and it smells gorgeous. A total skincare treat. 

You've probably seen the Chanel Hydra Beauty Lip Balm in a few of my blog posts this month but I've been using it non stop. It gives the perfect hydrated base for lipstick application without making my lips feel greasy or sticky. It is a heavier balm, but it actually works and my lips seem to drink up the moisture. It's colourless so my lips feel lovely and plump with a subtle shine after application. 

Another beauty buy that has been cropping up a lot in my posts recently has been the Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer. I wrote about it in a lot more detail in my Makeup Musings post and my Four Favourites for Sunkissed Skin if you're interested in a more in-depth review. It's been on my face all month long for some added glow. 

The Tarte Tipsy Blusher is probably my most treasured blush right now. It's a beautiful shade of coral pink which is perfect for the summer. Tarte blushes have been a long term favourite but this shade is possibly the best of the bunch. It's also the most long wearing blush that I've ever come across, and stays in place without becoming blotchy all day long. 

To apply my new blush, the MAC 129 Blusher Brush has quickly become my favourite beauty tool. It places the perfect amount of product onto the apples of the cheeks and is incredibly soft and easy to use. The handle is extra long too which means you have more control and can sweep product as lightly or as heavily as you want.

Another for lips is the MAC Whirl Lipliner. I haven't really tried lipliners before but after this one I'm a total convert - I can't seem to apply lipstick without it! I love pairing this with MAC Velvet Teddy or NYX Tiramisu Butter Gloss which featured in my June Favourites last month. It's the prettiest summery nude lip. 

What were your favourites for July?


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A Life Update

I've never done this sort of post before but I thought it was time that I did. Some of my favourite posts to read on other blogs are little life updates or positive things that they've been experiencing and want to share (I guess that just means I'm nosy, but aren't we all?!). So today I'm sharing five things that have been going on in my life - aside from blogging, of course!

1. I had to defer two assignments for my course at university to do over the summer so the next few weeks are packed full of researching and essay writing for me! This means that my grand plan to blog every day of August isn't possible (something I was genuinely so excited about, I'm gutted). I do want to try and do a 'blog every day of the month' challenge at some point this year though, so I'll keep you updated on that.

2. I'm having a love/hate relationship with the weather lately. It's either so hot that I can't breathe or so grey and dull that my mood drops. My new copper fan has been a bit of a life saver though - I shared it in my homeware haul earlier this month which you can read here

3. I've been getting up earlier in the morning and trying to fit in my workout at the beginning of the day. This is something I never thought I would be doing in a million years. I'm the sort of girl that finds it incredibly difficult to find motivation for working out, let alone waking up early for it! But so far, it's a refreshing change, and there are definitely tips and tricks to make it easier. Once it becomes a habit, I'm sure I'll love it even more. 

4. I placed an order for Fleur's new book, The Luxe Life, and I can't wait until it arrives. I ordered a signed edition which makes it just that extra bit more special - and of course I'm planning to do a book review early next month. From what I've seen, it looks totally up my street!

5. I've done a lot of shopping in the sales that have been cropping up lately, from Zara to Accessorize to Topshop. I love all my new finds but I don't know whether to do a haul post or not because a lot of the things are low stock if not gone already, so I wouldn't be able to link them for you. Let me know if you'd like to see them anyway though.

What have you been up to lately?
I'd love to know, so please tell me in the comments! 

Monday, 25 July 2016

My Summer ASOS Wishlist

If I'm honest, the idea behind today's blog post came solely from the fact that I was procrastinating on ASOS instead of getting on with my to-do list! I've seen lots of other bloggers share what they are lusting for on their ASOS loves list so today I thought I'd share mine. I've picked nine different pieces that I've been eyeing up for the summer months:

Swarovski Crystal Mini Wing Earrings - My eye has always been drawn to anything that's remotely sparkly but these are just incredible! I love the geometric shapes, and how it's statement but still super wearable for the daytime. They're on sale as well, so I'm definitely tempted.

Pala Maha Cat Eye Sunglasses - You can't get through summer without a good pair of sunglasses and these once are especially gorgeous. I'm really into the large cat eye shape these days - I never thought I could pull it off but for some reason, it's working. I like the fact that these are brown and not black - it's a lot less harsh on the face, especially for the warmer months. 

Vila Laser Cut Work Blouse - If you read my post of the Broderie Anglaise trend that's been floating around on the catwalks, then you'll know that I love me a good white blouse. This one is particularly pretty with it's cut work design - it's got just enough femininity without being over the top.

ASOS Farleigh Slim Mom Jeans -  These would be the perfect jeans to pair the blouse with. It can be really hard to find the right boyfriend jeans that don't swap you, especially if you're petite - these ones look just right as they're slim fit, yet still loose enough to not be skinny jeans! I've always found ASOS jeans to be incredibly comfortable and true to size.    

ASOS Suede Patchwork Bag - I'm not usually one for large slouchy bags as they can look too oversized on me. But I do really like the pattern on this one - there's something about the dove grey and baby pink that just gets me, you know? And I know I'm back at it with the geometric shapes again. *blushing emoji*

ASOS Wide Leg Trousers in Linen - Wide trousers are another piece that have made a massive comeback and I never thought I could pull them off. However, I was pleasantly surprised - they are incredibly flattering, forgiving and even slimming, so I'm a total convert. These are linen as well, so they're incredibly light for the summertime.

ASOS Petite Long Line Lace Tshirt - Lace is another super feminine favourite of mine, particularly on tops and blouses. I love how basic this tshirt is, but the lace makes it look like you've put a whole lot more effort in than you actually have!

Pixi Glowtion Day Dew - I couldn't have an ASOS wishlist without at least one beauty product in it! I've been seeing Pixi products on so many blogs lately and I'm really keen to try this moisturiser - I've heard so many good things about it. Plus, it sounds perfect for a bit of extra glow throughout August.

River Island Block Heel Ballet Shoe - Shoes are one of my favourite things to shop for, and I have far too many. But these metallic ballet pumps... well, don't they speak for themselves? Utterly gorgeous. And of course, they're rose gold. We all love that.

What's on your summer wishlist?

Friday, 22 July 2016

Travel Friendly Beauty Picks

With us being in the middle of holiday season, I thought what better way to end the week than with some of my favourite holiday favourites?! I've picked a handful of the best beauty products I've tried and I'm sharing them all in today's post - they're all light and travel friendly, or they're in cute little mini sizes (I mean, nothing makes me happier), so they're perfect for the summer season. 

First up is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. This is one of the best masks that I've ever come across for dry skin and I love how easy it is to use. You put a thin layer all over your face and neck (it dries clear) and keep it on overnight. When washed off in the morning, your skin will literally feel like it's had a huge drink of water and there's no sticky residue! I love taking the mini size on any long haul flights because I like to take my makeup off and rest - this mask is perfect to combat the dry atmosphere inside a plane. A total travel essential.

For body care, The Body Shop Body Butters are my go to option. I'm obsessed with these, particularly in the Virgin Mojito scent. They have so many to choose from and each one is available in a 50ml travel size option as well. They're super affordable, and you can often pick them up for even less over Christmas. 

I've talked about the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows to death on my blog but they really are fantastic. They come in so many shimmery colours and are incredibly buttery with seriously intense pigmentation. The shade Golden Peach is gorgeous for the summertime and gives a really pretty wash of rose glow on the eyelids. They come in single pans which are super lightweight and easy to travel with.

I always keep a travel friendly mascara on hand for makeup on the go - I've been loving the Benefit Roller Lash recently. It's perfect for a really defined lash look with a bright bold lip - quick and easy to pop on in the morning for a pulled together look that takes literally five minutes! Benefit are really great at coming out with mini versions of their mascaras in little kits or even as separate products which is so useful for when you're prepping for a getaway.

For lips, if I'm not opting for a bolder colour, the Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Rose is the prettiest summer option for plump hydrated lips whilst travelling. You can get them in adorable mini travel sizes in the isle of financial doom when queuing up for the checkouts at Sephora! They're definitely some of the best lip balms I've ever used, and although they're pricey, they are definitely worth it. The pigmentation is generous too but you can tone it down by applying the product with your finger instead.

I also love the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray to keep my makeup in place despite the heat. If there is one setting spray that can take it - it's this one! I keep a mini in my bag and top it up so that I always have a travel friendly bottle with me. The one photographed is a baby one I got as a deluxe sample, but there is a slightly bigger one which is still slim enough for on the go that I've linked above. 

What are your favourite travel beauty picks?

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Fabulous & Fuzz Free with Wilkinson Sword

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini 2 in 1 Razor and Trimmer

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Wilkinson Sword to try out their new Hydro Silk Bikini 2 in 1 Razor and Trimmer* and see how I liked it. When it arrived in the mail, I was surprised, as it was not like any other razor I had ever seen before. It's bulkier than the traditional razors that I'm used to using, but it works as a dual ended shaving tool with a five blade razor on one side and a waterproof bikini trimmer on the other. 

The razor end is what really makes this product a good one. It has a water activated moisturising serum which is infused with marine extracts and shea butter. This means  silky smooth legs without the risk of razor burns or dryness from shaving. There are skin guards which surround the blades to help prevent the skin from getting caught, so the razor is incredibly user friendly and perfect for when you're in a hurry too, as there is literally no way you can mess up! 

What really got me with this razor was how close the shave was - my legs were smooth for longer and I found that my legs didn't feel as dry after shaving. Instead of reaching for my usual thicker moisturisers, I opted for the Hawaiian Tropic Continuous Spray Protective Dry Oil* which was incredibly easy to spray on a rub in without creating a sticky mess. It smells like a summer holiday as well - scented like coconut and mango, so it's perfect to use this time of year.

On the other hand, the trimmer was a bit of a disappointment. I don't find it to be that effective and it makes the razor unnecessarily bulky but I guess it's okay just in case you might need it. The pack comes with a battery so you're good to go once purchased so that's a positive. The razor is a really good one though so I wouldn't rule out repurchasing this just because the trimmer didn't wow me. 

The razor retails at £14.99 but it's currently on sale for £7.49 at Boots so pick it up whilst you can! 

What are your favourite fuzz free products for the summer?

*PR samples

Monday, 18 July 2016

Six Quotes for Monday Motivation

I'm always looking for new ways to get inspired every time a new week rolls around - and what better way to feel motivated than a good old Pinterest marathon? It's my favourite way to spend a Sunday evening just before bed, so I can go to sleep feeling a pepped up for the next morning. One of my favourite things to look through are quotes - I find they serve as perfect little reminders of what we can do. I thought I'd share a few of my recent favourites in today's post and spread some inspiration:

Spread love wherever you go, let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. 
~ Mother Teresa

Elegance is the only beauty that doesn't fade.
~ Audrey Hepburn

Never do tomorrow what can be done today. Procrastination is the thief of time!
~ Charles Dickens

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
~ Oprah Winfrey

If we all did the things we were capable of, we would astound ourselves.
~ Thomas Edison

Though she be but little, she is fierce.
~ William Shakespeare

What are your favourite quotes that motivate or inspire you?
Tell me in the comments - I'd love to read them! 

Friday, 15 July 2016

Ten Things To Do This Weekend

Feeling like I've had a productive weekend always puts me in a better mood for the week that follows. I wrote a post with my top five tips on how to be productive a couple of months ago, so I thought I'd do a follow up post today with some ideas on what you can do to make this weekend a good one. These are some of this things that I'm planning to spend my weekend doing:

1. Sorting out admin.
I often find that lots of little tasks build up throughout the week and that spending an hour or so at the weekend to get them done instantly helps me feel like I've achieved a lot more than I actually have. That feeling spurs me on to tackle the larger goals on my to-do list without feeling too overwhelmed.

2. Trying out a new recipe.
I've been browsing Pinterest to my hearts content this week and pinning lots of new recipes that I'd love to try. I've been eyeing up this delicious pesto zucchini noodle recipe which I need to try making soon. (Shameless plug: you can follow me on Pinterest here).

3. Giving myself a manicure.
I posted my top picks for perfectly polished nails earlier this week - it's good to give yourself some TLC and treat yourself to a summer manicure, either at home or at the salon. I know I will be!

4. Reading something new.
Be it a magazine, a new book or blogs, there is so much to read out there. I always feel so inspired after reading new material, so it always counts as being productive in my book (pun wasn't intended, I promise).

5. Scheduling a shoot day (our couple of hours).
I like to take an hour or two out of my weekend to shoot blog photographs for the week. That means that I only have to make time to write up the blog posts during the week which tends to be a lot busier. 

6. Washing my makeup brushes.
I definitely need to do this and it's going to be one hellava task. I'm bracing myself for wrinkly prune fingers by the time I'm finished tomorrow.

7. Going for a run.
It's no secret that exercise is always a really good way to boost your productivity. I love to organise a playlist and get moving, even if it's just for half an hour - it takes my mind off everything for a while and always makes me feel refreshed when I get back to work.

8. Watching some Netflix.
This always makes me feel better and it's perfect way to unwind at the end of the day. It doesn't have to be Netflix, just any comfort TV and a cheeky snack for some self lovin' before bed. I've started Suits up again now that I've finished Reign. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit. 

9. Cleaning out my closet.
This is something I actually did a few weekends ago and it's something I do seasonally. Having a capsule wardrobe is a recent discovery of mine, and it's the best thing that's ever happened to my closet. Taking out one afternoon to organise what you want to keep, throw or donate is super productive, and it can be so much fun too.

10. Treating myself.
Be it a shopping spree (Beauty Bay are having an online sale right now which I keep checking in on), or a facial, or even just a sinfully indulgent dessert, find a way to treat yourself this weekend. Weekends are for resting, so make sure you fit that part of it in! 

What are your plans for this weekend?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Four Favourites for Sunkissed Skin

The weather is being annoyingly temperamental these days but that doesn't mean we can't fake the glow and have luminous sunkissed skin! In fact, in today's post, I've put together four of my favourites which help me achieve a summer worthy base, perfect for pairing with your favourite makeup look:

The Lush Million Dollar Moisturiser is perfect as a quick and easy way to achieve a radiant and healthy glow both on makeup and no-makeup days. It's incredibly moisturising and (as the name suggests), it feels super luxurious as it sinks into the skin. It does take a while for my skin to drink it up though so I usually wait about half an hour before applying 
anything else, otherwise I risk slide city all over my face. Side note: it's also one of the highest SPF facial moisturisers I've ever seen from Lush being factor 30. Definitely a bonus, particularly for when the sun does decide to come out.

I mentioned the Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer in my Makeup Musings post earlier this month, and how it makes my skin looks and feels radiant underneath my foundation. It wears beautifully throughout the day and works well for every skin tone. There are two different shades, Pink Glow (which is the one I have) and Peach Glow. I love using this over a well moisturised base and underneath my favourite Nars Sheer Glow for some serious sun kissed luminosity.

For a bit o' extra glow, I'm sure you've all heard about the cult favourite Becca Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector. I'm a huge fan of the shade Moonstone, which I like to either mix in with my foundation or dab a little on over top of it for a bit of creamy highlight. I purchased the smaller travel size version of this product and it's literally lasting forever so this one is definitely well worth it. They have the same shades in pan versions (which I adore as well), but for the warmer seasons I always find myself opting for lighter, creamier formulas. This most certainly ticks all the right boxes.

Speaking of Becca pans, the one pan product that I'm all about for the summer months is Champagne Pop. I wrote a whole review on this beauty earlier this year, but if you haven't heard the beauty blogging world raving about this over the past year then where have you been?! It's  super intense so not for the faint hearted, but totally swoon worthy. 

What are your favourite products for a sunkissed summer glow?


Monday, 11 July 2016

Perfectly Polished For Summer

I've been stuck in a bit of a nail rut recently, either sporting the gorgeous Greige from Perfect Formula that I love so much, or not wearing nail varnish at all. With the weather getting warmer, I thought it was time to go through my nail varnishes and find a handful that I wanted to start wearing for the summer. Bright colours seem to be what it's all about in the beauty world at the moment, with neon pinks and tomato reds taking centre stage - so in today's post I thought I'd share the new shades that I'll be using to switch up my manicure over the next couple of months. 

Nails Inc has been one of my favourite nail varnish brands from as long as I can remember. Their shades are so pigmented, extremely long wearing and very glossy. I was so excited when they repackaged their formula into a gorgeous new square bottle and released some beautiful new colours. Hampstead Grove is a rich tomato red which looks so fresh and summery, especially with a tan - definitely a must have holiday shade!

I found two standout summer colours from Dior: Rouge 999 is the iconic vampy red which is perfect for those of you that love a classic option when it comes to your manicure. The second is Bonheur 661 which is a stunning shocking pink - I'm not really a pink nails kind of girl but this one looks absolutely beautiful, particularly if you don't tan as easily and want to add a little colour to paler hands.

Last on the luxury front, I wrote a post dedicated to my finds from Smith & Cult a couple of months ago. Cut The Mullet is a beautiful cyan blue which seems to compliment every skin tone that I've seen wearing it. One thing I would say though, is that although the colour screams 'holiday', the packaging isn't very travel friendly. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful bottle. Just very heavy and bulky so not ideal for packing in a travel bag.

Essie never fail for gorgeous nails on a budget. I think lilac is such a pretty option, especially throughout the Spring and Summer, and Sittin' Pretty has been a long term favourite of mine. Again, it's very long wearing, and the only drawback is that I've found I need about 2-3 coats for an opaque finish.

My final find was one from Kiko. I'm quite new to this brand, I only placed my first order from them back in late March. However, their nailvarnish is one that I cannot fault. It took about five days for me to even notice a chip! The shade I've picked out is 338, a bright cornflower blue, elegant yet still super summery. 

What are your favourite nail picks for the summer?

Friday, 8 July 2016

A Mini Summer Homeware Haul

Last month I wrote a post sharing my Summer Homeware Wishlist with ways I wanted to switch up my space for the summer. Shortly after, I was contacted by Ocean Loans asking if I wanted to team up and take part in their Homeware Haul Project - and of course, I said yes! The project is designed to celebrate our homes and give them a mini makeover for the summertime. I was asked to pick out some homeware bits that I loved and felt would update my living space for this season - so in today's post I thought I'd share some of the things I picked up as part of this project. Of course, there's a real theme with the pieces I picked out - namely, a copper & marble sort-of-thang (how very blogger of me). But I hope you enjoy! 

I did a little spot of shopping on Typo and a few things in their 30% off sale which I was absolutely thrilled about! It was my first time shopping on the site - it's a very easy website to use and the company offers super fast delivery (which was free as my order was over £25). However, a few of the things I purchased won't be featured in this haul because the quality was quite poor or they arrived broken. Saying that, I did pick up three things which I was happy with - one was as an adorable little rose gold sharpener in the shape of a gem. I also purchased three little pastel dishes - I thought they would look perfect in photographs and flatlays for the summer. Lastly, a stunning marble print which is one of my favourite pieces from this haul - I mean, isn't it gorgeous?!  I will definitely be purchasing some more of those. Overall, I found my experience with Typo to be a bit hit and miss - it's worth taking a look at their site though as they have a fair returns policy and great customer service.

You might be familiar with my obsession with all things rose gold and copper, so this mule mug is no surprise. I had seen on several blogs lately and immediately decided that I needed it too, and I'm currently using it to house my most used makeup brushes. My final find was this stunning desk fan from Tesco. I was in dire need of a new fan for the warmer months but I didn't want the white plasticky sort of fan that I used to have before - they always seem to break on me. So when I saw these stylish little number online, I snapped it up immediately. It was only £20 and they have it in gold and silver as well!

I was really confused on how to photograph the fan all prettily so it's literally just a picture of the fan, but trust me - it is stunning in real life. I'm so happy with the bits I've found and I hope you love them as much as I do. I'd love to see how you switch up your living space for the summer and some of the pieces that you choose! What are your favourite pieces from this haul?

*Thank you to Ocean Loans for offering me the opportunity to take part in such a wonderful project.  

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Seven Shadows For Beautifully Bronzed Eyes

I think my favourite makeup look of all time is definitely a golden bronze eye with a glossy nude lip. There's something so elegant and chic about how that looks, yet almost goddess like as well. Paired with dewy skin and a strong highlight, I can see it being my go-to makeup choice for the whole of summer! Over the years, I've found some real hits and misses when it comes to high performance eye shadows, varying from more natural shimmers to some seriously intense golden glitz. So of course, in today's post I'm going to share my top seven golden shadows that I'll be using throughout the holiday season for perfectly bronzed eyes. I've got a mix of drugstore and luxury choices, so whatever your budget, I've got you covered.

First up is from the high street - in fact, I posted a whole review about how gorgeous this entire range was in this post. The NYX Prismatic Shadows are real gems in my collection, super pigmented and buttery soft without giving too much fallout. The two shades I've pictured are Liquid Gold (the perfect pure gold lid shade) and Bedroom Eyes (more dusky and sultry, perfect for a smoky eye). At £5 each, they are super affordable and some of the best wearing eyeshadows that I've found.

Another drugstore find has been a cult favourite amongst bloggers for years - it's the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze. This is my second pot of this. I remember a phase where I literally would not use anything else on my eyes two years ago - this works phenomenally. I know that Maybelline have released a few different formulas of their colour tattoos but nothing has quite beat this one for me. Again, this is £5 and it works a treat, especially if you're in a rush and need something quick to pop on and go.

Speaking of cream eyeshadows, my favourite luxury find has to be the Charlotte Tilbury (I'm sure something of hers being featured in pretty much every post on my blog recently, she's just so awesome) Eyes To Mesmerise in Bette. It's so easy to apply and has a very mousse like texture which blends like a dream. It's definitely a splurge at £22, but well worth it for the perfect molten gold.

The last three I've chosen are all from MAC. I was never really a huge MAC eyeshadow fan but I've recently been getting into them. I do think there are better formulas out there when it comes to eyeshadow but the thing with MAC is that their shades are incredibly unique. The three I've pictures are Woodwinked, Tempting and Mulch. Aren't they so gorgeous? The three of them work so well together as a highlight, lid and crease shades to create the perfect bronzed up eye look. You definitely need a bit more time though to blend them really well and the price is a bit steeper with the refill pans being £10 a piece.

What are your favourite golden bronze eyeshadows for the summer?

Monday, 4 July 2016

Makeup Musings #4

I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who commented congratulations on my previous post - I can't believe I've been consistently blogging for over half a year now, the time has honestly flown! It feels like I haven't done one of these posts in a while but to be honest, I wasn't really trying anything new. I think I got stuck in a bit of a beauty rut throughout June (and I sort of had to with the havoc my skin was playing)! But recently things have been better, so I've been trying out a handful of new beauty bits which I thought I'd share with you in today's post. There are four new standout products that I'm sharing so it makes sense for me to do a mini review for each in this post - but let me know if you'd like to see more in-depth posts about any of them.  

As I just mentioned, my skin was flaring up out of nowhere last month - I'm not sure what it was but I definitely needed something to calm it down. I have been trying out the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Clay Skin Mask once a week and my skin has been loving it. Even at it's worst, the redness died down instantly after using this mask - my skin felt smoother, softer and firmer almost instantly. It's a quick 20 minute mask so it's great for a pamper session, and super light and fresh so it's also perfect for the summer months. Priced at £45 for 75ml, it definitely isn't cheap though. I haven't found a cheaper alternative to it either. But when it comes to skincare, I find that the extra splurge is always worth it for the results.

Keeping with the skincare theme, I had been eyeing up the Chanel Hydra Beauty Lip Balm for quite some time as the reviews seem to be unreal. It's incredibly hydrating and smoothing on the lips - but it is also quite sticky. I think it works more like a mask, so great for applying before bed. I really like it - but if you're not a fan of really rich formulas, you may not like this one. The results are seriously good though, if you can look past that. Again, price wise it's definitely one of the more expensive lip balms that I've tried: £30 for 10g. The pot is weighty and the product is incredible (which I guess makes it worth it?). No, actually, I don't think I can quite justify that price tag.

With the summer months approaching, I purchased the Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer in the hope of finding a lovely radiance boosting primer for under my foundation. This was my first Tom Ford purchase and definitely one that required a lot of thought - spending that much for it not to be a wow product can definitely hurt. But the reviews were right! It's a really light texture and it makes my makeup last well throughout the day - the part that makes it stand out though is definitely the gorgeous glow I get after using it. It's like my skin has had a huge drink of water and is (excuse the cliche) lit from within. I think the £54 price tag is around the average for any Tom Ford beauty product, but I know that this is going to last a long time, and that I really do love it. 

The last product I'm going to mention is one of my favourite blushes of all time. I've only been using this shade for a week and I'm in love but I've been a long term fan of Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes. I remember hearing Estee rave about them back in the day and she mentioned her love for the shade Tipsy. I totally agree. It's the most pretty coral pink, long wearing and perfect for the summer months. It's hard to find in the UK but I've heard Bobbi Brown's Pink Coral is a pretty good match. I'm definitely going to be picking up more Tarte shades in my next Sephora haul though. Without a doubt. 

What new beauty bits have you been enjoying recently?

Friday, 1 July 2016

Six Lessons Learnt From Six Months of Blogging

1. Blogging is NOT a piece of cake.
There are tears. There is frustration. There is an incredible amount of potential stress hiding around the corners when you can't find inspiration. But it's also a wonderful hobby that makes all of the negatives worth it. Like most hobbies - blogging requires a serious level of commitment. I treat it like a part time job, even though my blog is small, it literally takes that much time. Never look at blogging as an easy way to get followers, free products and money because it most certainly is not like that at all - at least not for a very long time, maybe even never. You have to do it solely and purely because you love it. 

2. Scheduling is everything. As is being organised. 
I have only just come back into this habit. After having a bit of an erratic and emotional June, I fell back on my usual blog organisation and it wrecked havoc on my stress levels when it came to this blog. Just a simple notebook is enough, a calendar too - I love writing out and planning my posts well in advance so that I'm not under pressure the night before. This is a habit that can take time to get used to (it's so time consuming) but in the long run, it definitely helps both you and your blog.

3. Editing your photos makes a world of difference. 
I don't mean hundreds of filters so pictures become grainy and you can't see the contents of them anymore - I just mean turning up the brightness, and a little bit of contrast to keep it looking fresh and crisp. Here is a copy of the original photograph from this particular blog post to give you an idea:

I feel like the photos explain this point well enough on their own. 

4. Reading and commenting on other blogs is great, but comparing your own blog to others is not.
I still fall into this trap from time to time, the most recent being literally only two weeks ago. It's so easy to start comparing your blog to other bloggers and finding faults in your own work when you're so impressed by theirs. You have to remember that often, those bloggers have years of experience and have found their feet and personality which is reflected through their blog. Getting to that same place is definitely something that takes time. My blog is still far from what I want it to be but I'm working towards it - and that's what is most important.

5. Interacting with your readers is one of the most rewarding experiences as a blogger.
I love reading all your comments and replying to them all - it's honestly one of the most enjoyable parts of my day. Knowing that someone has taken the time to read my post and then tell me that is very rewarding. It's also a great way of finding new blogs to read through the links left in the comments - I always love to click every link and leave a (meaningful) comment on the blog posts that I come across.

6. Being yourself is the best thing you can be for your blog.
I learnt this more recently in my Feeling The Pressure post, but keeping things real with your readers is so important if you want to feel truly proud of your blog. Creating good content is all well and good but your readers really need to be able to identify that it's you speaking behind what you've typed. Having a fun personality which shines through your posts is what will draw people to your blog, make them want to follow you and appreciate the content you create. At the end of the day, being yourself means that you'll be able to upload posts that you'll be proud of. And that's one of the most important lessons I've learnt from the bunch.

I'd love to know what you've found from your experiences of blogging/reading blogs. Do let me know in the comments! 
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