Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February Loves

I mentioned the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Face Mask in my hydration heroes post earlier on this month. I've been using it twice a week and loving the results - I just wish I had tried it sooner! It's very soothing on sensitive skin and nourishing for dry skin types like mine, I can see it being a skincare staple of mine throughout my course of Accutane. 

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard is something I always keep coming back to. It's definitely my all time favourite concealer and I just purchased a fresh tube which I've been using all month. The name of the product is exactly what is inside - a really creamy, yet still high coverage concealer. It doesn't cake or crease on me (another reason why I love it), and it wears all day long without fading. 

I've also mentioned the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette on both my Instagram account and my blog over the past few weeks - isn't it beautiful? It's definitely taken the top spot on the eyeshadows that I've been reaching for lately. They shadows in this palette are a mix of matte and shimmer and work as the perfect shades for any neutral eye look. I've spoken a lot more about how beautiful this product is in the review I posted a couple of weeks ago so I'll link that here.

To apply these shadows, I've been using my new Zoeva Rose Golden Eye Brush Set - I wrote a whole review on how beautiful these are which I'll link here. To sum up, they're soft, easy to use and make the whole experience of applying eyeshadow a dream. They also look stunning on your vanity which is always a bonus! I've particularly been reaching for the petite crease brush, the luxe soft definer brush and the brow line brush for a soft smoky neutral eye.

I couldn't not include the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk in my favourites this month - I've been wearing it nearly every single day! It's such a wearable nude lipstick shade that's got intense pigment and a soft matte finish. I think it's just one of those shades that would suit every skin tone, it works well with so many outfits and the kind of colour that belongs in every makeup collection.

With this gorgeous lipstick, I've been pairing my trusty Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Addiction. This has been quite a popular drugstore shade for a while because it's a great pink nude that works with lots of other nude lipstick shades. It's quite waxy in texture which means it really helps extend the life of your lipstick as well as keeping it all in place. The only thing about it that I'm not a fan of is the crayon-type scent, but for the price, I can overlook that as it's not something which lingers.

In terms of fashion favourites, I've been wearing my ASOS Crushed Pink Velvet Mini Robe a lot this month. It's not too heavy like a fleecy dressing gown would be, but not too light either. It's super soft, and feels so luxurious on - and its a beautiful rich pink shade which caught my eye when I  first bought it. I think this exact one is out of stock at the moment but ASOS have a few crushed velvet gowns to choose from and they all look lovely!

One jewellery favourite this month is this H&M Golden Horn Necklace which I picked up after seeing Kate La Vie's Instagram post featuring it. It's such a beautiful dupe for some pricier versions out there and it's lovely quality for the amount I paid for it. I'd say it's in between a necklace and a pendant in length - and it definitely looks a lot more than it costs! I love it. 

What were your Febraury favourites?



Sunday, 26 February 2017

How I Take Photos For Instagram

I've been really hesitant to put a post like this up because I'm far from a professional when it comes to blog photography. However, I've had several questions about how I take and edit my photos recently so I thought I would finally sit down and share some ideas:

I only take photographs when there is good lighting.
Like many other bloggers, I like to keep my feed as bright as possible which means only taking pictures when there's enough light to keep the photos looking natural and airy. To help with this I often use my reflector which diffuses light across the image and reduces the amount of shadow picked up by the camera. 

I edit, but as little as possible.
One of the best things about Instagram is the wide selection of edits you can apply to a photo before posting it. However, when I'm editing my photos, I tend to stick to the same filter (if any), and the same tweaks, so that they work with the rest of my feed. I like to keep everything looking as bright as possible, but also as natural as possible, so the brightness and contrast are taking up only a little. I like to sharpen the image and occasionally turn down the warmth so that any yellow tones are cancelled out. That's usually it!

I like to try out different ways to style the same photo. 
By this, I mean rearranging props and experimenting with them on different backgrounds and colours. Sometimes one particular shade of lipstick won't work in a photo so I switch it out for another. Or on the other hand, a photo might be missing a pop of colour, in which case I'll add some flowers or a pretty book cover. It's all about working with what you have and figuring out a way to arrange them that compliments your photo. If you'd like a more detailed post on flatlays and blog post images, with my top tips for styling them, let me know in the comments. Again, I'm not an expert, but I've definitely picked up a few useful habits along the way which I'd be happy to share!

I try to stick to a colour theme within the photo. 
This usually helps tie the image together so that nothing oddly sticks out. I choose the focus of the image to be the colour I opt for and then choose to build around that. For instance, when I was photographing a cup of coffee for my Ways To Unwind post, the main colour was gold on the coffee cup. This meant that I stuck to gold accented and neutral props so that the photo tied together and looked organized.

I use UNUM before uploading a photo.
I downloaded this app back in January and it has totally changed my Instagram game. It's an app that allows you to pop pictures onto your Instagram account page without uploading them so that you can see how they would look on your feed. It really helps keep your feed looking polished, especially when you want to figure out how to organize your photos in a way that looks neat and pretty. Also - it's free! 

How do you style your Instagram photos?


Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Zoeva Rose Golden Volume II Eye Brush Set

So... I caved. I finally bought this little set from Cult Beauty after months of lusting over the gorgeous rose gold glory. The justification I presented my bank account with was that I had a 15% off code so technically, it was a great deal. The Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set was one of the first beauty purchases that I ever reviewed on my blog and I use those brushes almost everyday til this day. They are some of the most long lasting (and beautiful) brushes I have ever owned. A couple of months back, I came to the conclusion that I didn't have enough eye brushes for the looks I wanted to create, and I wanted an all round set that had the right brushes for all the little details. I knew that I loved the Zoeva brushes that I had already tried so I saved the Rose Golden Complete Eye Brush Set in my wishlist until I was ready for the splurge. 

The Zoeva packaging never fails to make me gasp every time I open it. This set came in a beautiful black box embossed with foiled gold lettering, and inside was a beautiful rose gold pouch containing all the brushes. Each brush was individually wrapped and protected with little brush covers, beautifully organised and presented in such a stunning way. This would definitely make a beautiful gift for a makeup lover or as a treat for yourself.   

It's the little details that make a set like this even more special; the pretty peach-pink coloured wood, the rose gold ferrules, the little engraved Zoeva logo and brush name on each individual handle... everything is so well crafted that it makes the experience of opening them and enjoying them so much better. The quality of the brushes is also incredible. They consist of soft, sturdy, dense bristles which really pack pigment and colour onto your lid with as little fallout as possible. What is more - there are twelve brushes - a brush in for every single need you might have:

142 Concealer Buffer; to apply and blend under eye concealer.

221 Luxe Soft Crease; a beautiful blending brush.

227 Luxe Soft Definer; a slightly smaller blending brush.

228 Luxe Crease; perfect for transitional blending in the crease.

230 Luxe Pencil; applies and blends soft kohl.

231 Luxe Petit Crease; accentuates shadows in the crease.

232 Luxe Classic Shader; perfect for packing eyeshadow on the lid.

235 Contour Shader; emphasizes eye contours around the lid.

238 Luxe Precise Shader; precise eyeshadow application.

310 Spot Liner; applies eyeshadow against lashline precisely for thicker looking lashes.

322 Brow Line; applies eyebrow products for perfect brows. 

325 Luxe Brow Light; perfect for brow bone highlight.

These brushes retail for £65 but with my discount, I managed to get them for £55.75 which worked out at about £4.64 per brush (and a beautiful pouch for free!). I thought that was incredibly good value as generally you'd end up paying a lot more for eye brushes individually and these are brushes of really lovely quality which will last for years to come. All in all, I'm excited to get lots of use out of them, and I'm sure they'll be in lots of blog posts in the future!

Have you tried the Zoeva eye brushes?


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

My Favourite Ways To Unwind

With it being the final semester of my degree, things are definitely getting intense, with the pressure of multiple deadlines and assessments looming like a dark shadow over my head. This means I really like to plan out my day to be as effective and productive as possible, so that I have time at the end of each day to do an activity that I really enjoy as a way to unwind. I've found several different rituals that really help me relax, so I thought I'd share them with you today:

1. Make a warm drink.
For me it's tea. I love my coffee but I try not to drink it after 3pm, otherwise I tend to stay awake longer which disrupts my sleep. I've never been the kind of girl who likes flavoured tea, but a large mug of peppermint or chamomile tea is such a soothing drink after a long day.

2. Think about blog ideas.
The reason I started a blog was simply because I was excited to create a space on the internet where I could share what I love (hence the name of my blog). To this day, blogging is still something which excites me just as much as it did when I started, if not more so. I never really find it a chore, and though it can be a little more stressful at times, I like to have a bunch of new ideas on hand for days when I'm stuck. 

3. Create a soothing playlist.
Everyone has a bunch of songs that they find relaxing and they never get tired of hearing. I love compiling my favourites into a playlist and having it play (either in my ears or out loud whilst I work). A couple of my favourites are Young & Beautiful by Lana Del Rey and more recently, the soundtrack from La La Land - of course. 

4. Turn down the lights.
When the sun is down I like to completely shut my curtains and create lighting which helps me cozy up for the evening. This means lots of candles and fairy lights - it creates a soft, pretty lighting as well as a beautiful fragranced space for me to relax in. 

5. Catch up on any reading.
Whether it's magazines, blogs or books, reading is the perfect low stress activity to help unwind after a long day. I love browsing through all the blog posts I've missed throughout the day and leaving comments. The evening is definitely the time of day where I'm most engaged with the blogging side of my life because this whole community is such a positive and lovely one - it definitely helps you feel relaxed after a busy day!

6. Have a beauty routine.
I've made it a rule for myself to take off every scrap of makeup and moisturize well before bed but because beauty is something I really enjoy, I like to make a routine out of it. Sometimes I'll add in a face mask, or a long soak in a bubble bath, or a fresh manicure - there are so many beauty pampering treats out there and I like to make the most of them. 

What are your favourite ways to relax after a long day?

Sunday, 19 February 2017

How To Keep Your Makeup Collection Organized

With an ever-growing makeup collection, it can sometimes become quite a challenge to keep on top of it all and make sure that everything stays organised. It's so easy to store makeup away and then forget about it, and only rediscover it again when it's well past expiration date! I used to only have a handful of makeup products which I kept in a little gold glittery makeup bag as a teenager, but for the past few years my collection has grown vastly. This meant I had to figure out a system which helped keep all my makeup tidy but still used - I didn't want anything to be forgotten or left behind. It's taken a while to get there but I think I've finally got it, and I've worked out a way to keep products on rotation and easy to find. I thought I'd share some of my top tips for organizing your makeup collection in this post:

Invest in good storage.
Whether it's acrylic containers or wooden drawers, a good quality and sturdy storage system really helps when organizing a larger collection of makeup. I like to use storage with some sort of dividing system so that I can separate products by category, and then further divisions so I can line them up by colour, brand or formula. 

Befriend a label maker.
These are so incredibly useful, especially if your collection is overwhelming at times. Having a consistent way of marking up the drawers or boxes which separate your products keeps things looking clean and tidy, whilst also speeding up the process of finding particular products or shades. For instance, labeling a drawer by the products inside it or the back of a Z Palette with the shade names of each pan depotted into it. It just makes locating what you're looking for a lot easier, trust me!

Have an 'everyday' makeup station.
I like to keep a couple of smaller acrylic drawers filled with products that I rotate regularly so that I'm getting good use out of everything I've bought. There's a bit of everything in this little station, a bit like a makeup bag on display. I usually store a couple of different blush options, a selection of single eyeshadows and a handful of lipsticks which I've been reaching for most at the time - these are the products that I switch up most during the week so that's what I like to keep on hand. 

Use jars for storing brushes.
Lots of the brush sets I buy come in pouches which I do still keep (they are useful for travelling), but I prefer having all of my brushes, no matter what brand they're from, all in the same place. This is where jars and pots are really useful, they store brushes upright and together whilst also looking really pretty. I love to upcycle candle jars which I've dedicated a whole post to here. If that's not up your street, there are lovely tumblers and pots you can find at all different price points - some of my favourites are from H&M Home and Anthropologie.

Throw out anything you don't reach for.
A simple rule of thumb that I use is: if I haven't reached for it in over six months, it needs to go. That keeps my makeup collection as tidy as possible with only the products that I actually enjoy using. It also keeps room open for lots of new beauty bits that I want to try (added bonus!).

What are your top tips for keeping your makeup organized?

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette

When this beauty came for me in the mail, my face was a real life copy of the heart eye emoji. I'd seen so many pictures and blog posts of the Tartelette in Bloom Palette but having it in my hands was just something else. I can honestly say that this is the most beautiful palette I have owned, or ever seen for that matter! I had heard mixed reviews about the original Tartelette palette but I've only ever ever heard good things about the Bloom palette, so that's why I finally decided to make the investment. 

I featured it on my Instagram Stories a couple of weeks ago, but now that I've had the chance to play around with some of the shadows, I think I'm ready to write up a full review. First off, it smells like chocolate. Specifically Kinder Eggs. I've never owned the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette but I can imagine this smells quite similar. It's not so heavy that you can smell it whilst the shadows are on your eyes (which would get annoying), but it's a light fragrance that makes applying them that much more special. 

Onto the important stuff - the eyeshadows themselves. The palette comes with sixteen different shadows, all in neutral, wearable tones. There is a variety of shimmer and matte shades, with thirteen matte shades and three intense shimmer shades. This is the first palette that I can look at and say that I'd 100% wear every single shade inside. There are so many looks that can be achieved with the selection in the Bloom palette that I'm pretty sure you wouldn't need any other palette if you're a neutral eye look lover. It's the perfect palette for everyone, no matter what their age - for young to old, for beginners to pros. This is such a versatile little number. 

My favourite eyeshadow shades are Funny Girl (a beautiful champagne sparkle), Smarty Pants (the perfect transitional matte tan) and Rebel (the ultimate  chestnut brown crease shade). I've been wearing them the most, either on their own (the sparkle) or blended across the lid and crease (the mattes) for super wearable and easy daytime looks. If you wanted to transform your eye look into something more evening appropriate, adding a smudge of Activist (a rich, dark brown) or Smoke Show (even darker black brown) along the lash line would be perfect. 

The wear time of these is excellent. I managed to wear a whole eye look from 8am-6.30pm without creasing, with just a dab of primer beneath the shadows. The pigmentation is strong and most of the shadows are very smooth (the exception being Flower Child, I found that to be a bit chalkier). They blend really easily with any good blending brush - my favourite are the Zoeva Eye Brushes.

As I mentioned before, the packaging is stunning. I can see this being the perfect Mother's Day gift, Anniversary gift or birthday present for any makeup lover. If you're just starting out, this is a really beautiful investment to make and I am pretty certain that you won't be disappointed. It's definitely a purchase that I'm glad I made, even though it's certainly more up there in price. This palette retails for £42.50 on QVC (and as far as I'm aware, this is the only place that this palette is available for purchase in the UK - correct me if I'm wrong!). 

Have you tried the Tartelette in Bloom Palette?


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Fifteen Ways To Practice Self Love

With it being Valentine's Day today, there's lots of love talk floating around - from online shopping sites, to window displays, to restaurants, to social media. It's everywhere, and it's hard to escape from unless you shut yourself in and switch off all your tech (which I'm not advising)! My point here is, that it can be really difficult when you're feeling alone and there's all of this talk surrounding you. I wanted to step away from beauty and lifestyle today and talk about something more personal - and as cheesy as it may sound, it's about loving (and making time for) yourself.

It can be so easy to get so caught up with helping everybody else around you that you forget to make time for you. Work, friends, family and other essential commitments get in the way - and by the end of it all, you're drained. This got me thinking, what better time to practice some self love than Valentine's Day? In today's post, I'm sharing some of my favourite ways to do this:

1. Make a list. I find that organizing my thoughts into a list, whether it's tangible tasks to do, pretty things I want to buy or just positive thoughts that cross my mind - I write the, down in my book of lists. There's something so satisfying about seeing a list on paper!

2. Buy yourself some fresh flowers. My favourites are peonies (I know it's cliche but they're just so pretty) and gerberas.

3. Do something you're good at. Anything you enjoy doing and that you know you do well. Having that sense of satisfaction of completing a task is a really great way to build positive energy.

4. Wear your favourite lipstick...just because. Don't wait for a special occasion. You love it, so wear it (and own it). Right now, I'm loving Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk - who isn't?!

5. Bake something. If you don't like baking, cook your favourite meal. Just spend some time making food that you love and enjoy - and then take the time to savour it afterwards!

6. Get some exercise. It takes a lot of effort to get myself up and running but when the workout is over, nothing can replace that burst of energy and positivity. I'm really going to try and increase this for myself this month.

7. Give yourself a pamper. I love an evening filled with bubble baths, hydrating face masks, painting my nails and watching some Netflix with a cup of tea.

8. Step away from social media. Switch off and take some time out, maybe read or go for a walk. Anything that doesn't involve staring at a screen. I wrote a post on how to reduce screen time which has some of my top tips on how to make this easier and I'll link that here

9. Start a gratitude journal. If anything, it's an excuse to buy a pretty notebook and write fill it up with positive thoughts. 

10. Make sleep a priority. Even if it means going to bed later, getting eight hours of solid sleep makes all the difference. I know how much it has changed my routine since I started doing this in January!

11. Give yourself a compliment. It sounds crazy I know, but it feels so good to hand them out, and also to receive them. So give yourself one.

12. Self affirmations are the way forward. This one draws on from my last point. Realizing your own worth is something that can be difficult to do, I know I've struggled and I still do. But it's definitely something worth working on.

13. Meditate. This has become more and more popular over the years but meditation isn't just sitting on the floor with your legs crossed and eyes shut. Although that's certainly one way to do it, meditation is different for everyone. I just like taking some time to think whilst doing mediocre tasks and that works well for me. Just clear your head space... it works a treat.

14. Stop comparing. I'm guilty of this one, especially when it comes to blogging. I'm making an active effort to stop because it's a downward spiral of negativity, so the best way forward is to get rid of the urge to compare.

15. Treat Yo Self. I compiled a whole Valentine's Wishlist of the things that I've been eyeing up this month... and I fully intend to treat myself to a couple (if not more) of those things!

How do you like to practice self love?


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Three Hydration Heroes

I've mentioned a few times that I started Accutane for a second course of treatment back in December of last year - and with a treatment as harsh as that (along with the wintry weather), my skin is needing all the hydration it can get! This means finding face masks, treatments, serums and moisturizers which really help combat the awfully tight and dry skin that comes with taking the medication. I thought that putting together a post with my top three favourite hydration masks might be useful for lots of you, as I know that I'll be reaching for these a lot throughout winters to come. They're just really great products for moisture-lacking skin, regardless of whether you're on Accutane or not. 

It's probably no surprise to you that I'm including the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask in this post - I've been using it on and off for years and I usually whip it out throughout the winter months to use most nights. I love how it does exactly what it claims to, and my skin definitely does drink this up! It smells quite pleasant, and although it's on the stickier side, I can look past that because it works so well.

For breakout prone skin, I highly recommend the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I've been trying it out for the past few weeks and I'm thoroughly impressed. I've been suffering from dry skin and really awful breakouts for years and I haven't found many hydrating face masks that soothe the skin without clogging pores and causing more spots. This one not only soothes, but it also reduces any anger or aggravation that might be going on - and with Accutane, that's quite a lot. I'm on month two and that means a lot of itchiness, peeling skin and flaking patches. This face mask gives my skin a shot of moisture and really helps in minimizing the side effects of the treatment.   

The Body Shop Rose Fresh Plumping Mask has been my absolute go-to for a quick boost of hydration throughout the winter months. It smells gorgeous and it works a treat at plumping up dry skin without any irritation or tingly feeling. There's an instant cooling effect when it touches the skin, I always like to use this when I have twenty minutes to spare and I want something quick to calm down any itchy redness or dry patches that I get from taking Accutane. 

What are your favourite hydrating face masks?


Thursday, 9 February 2017

My Valentine's Wishlist

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and there are so many beautiful new releases and themed treats out! I spent so much time browsing through them, so I thought it would be a cute idea to put some together as last minute gift inspiration or even as ideas of how to treat yourself this month.

Some of my all time favourite picks are definitely the Diptyque Rosamundi Candle, I mean, just look at how pretty the jar is! The colours and print are beautiful, and it's definitely one of my favourite mentions on the wishlist. If you follow my Instagram, you might have seen me mention the new Urban Outfitters Pink Pom Pom Throw I bought, and although that has sold out, there's a really similar one in Matalan at the moment which I've popped on the wishlist below. It's a gorgeous grey shade and a lot less pricey too which is always a bonus! I'm also loving these ASOS Valentines Pyjamas, the combination of white and red roses feels so princess-y - the pattern kind of reminds me of Beauty & the Beast. Is that just me?

These Agate Bookends from Oliver Bonas have been on my wishlist for a long time but I just can't justify spending £60 on a pair of bookends for myself. They would make an stunning gift for someone who loves to read - or even just someone who loves books (I know I love having lots on display!). Speaking of stunning, I fell in love with this Anthropologie Golden Plume Barrette when I saw it on their website the other day. It's the kind of pretty accessory that you'll always get compliments on and I think I might actually treat myself to it once payday comes my way! 

Beauty gifts are always welcome and so I've included a couple of my favourite gift sets that have been released recently. The NARS Survival of the Chicest Gift Set is an adorable little kit with a palette, lipgloss and mascara. I posted a whole review on Charlotte Tilbury's new lipstick Pillow Talk, but she's also created Quick & Easy Makeup Kits of several different varieties, each with different products in them, which are really lovely as gifts. 

I've featured a couple of products which are a little more practical too - like this beautiful Le Cord Rose Gold Charging Cable and this gold and blue Goals Journal from Kikki K. I'm always excited by diaries and cute looking tech - we all need them so it's nice to get pretty ones when there's the option to! 

What have you got on your wishlist recently?


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

A Little Luxury Lovin'

I've been trying out and rediscovering so many new bits in my makeup collection that I really wanted to put together a post on the pieces that I feel back in love with all over again. A couple of the products are new, but I've been using them so much that I thought I'd mention them anyway because they've quickly become firm favourites! If you read my February Goals, you'll know that I'm trying my best not to spend this month as my bank account took quite a hit in January... but that means I get all of February to really enjoy and appreciate what I bought and write up several posts with my thoughts, swatches and mini reviews. 

I spoke about the Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser in a recent post and I stand by the fact that it's only for those that feel comfortable with spending more on brush shampoo. I was never one of those people, but I do like to be time efficient, especially when it comes to chores! I'm sure most people don't enjoy washing their brushes and this really does seem to cut the job in half for me, and for that reason, I can justify purchasing it for myself. 

I recently re-discovered my love for the Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder. I have very dry skin right now and so I don't like powdering too much but a light sweep of this on my forehead, nose and chin gives a beautiful sheer-matte finish without caking or looking heavy, whilst also setting my makeup in place. The tub is massive so it lasts forever which is also a bonus! Speaking of powders, I have been using my Mac Soft & Gentle Highlighter a lot over the past few weeks. I'm sure you've all heard about how beautiful it is because it's been around for ages and every blogger and vlogger has raved about it for years. It really is just a gorgeous glowing highlight option that suits so many skin tones.

Another glow favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Moonbeach. This one is a must have for busy morning people who need multi purpose products for quick and easy makeup! This double up as a lovely highlight and blush for a gorgeous luminous flush to the cheeks. It's super creamy and blendable which is perfect for dry skin. Charlotte Tilbury has released multiple shades but this one is by far my favourite, its so pretty... I mean, the name itself just sums up the shade!   

Last but by no means least, the Chanel Hydra Beauty Lip Balm has been featured on my blog several times ever since I bought it last year. It's the most hydrating lip balm I have ever tried and that's exactly what I need right now whilst being on Accutane. It's very thick, almost like a mask, so if you don't like heavier balms then this one isn't for you. However, I find that the heavier the balm, the more nourishing and hydrating it is - and there's just something so luxurious about this one. Definitely up there in price but not quite as steep as lip balms like La Mer or By Terry, so it's definitely a good option for a luxury balm for really dry lips.

What are your favourite splurge items?


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution Lipstick: Pillow Talk

The Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk has been all over the beauty blogging world lately and it honestly made me wonder whether or not I should even write up this post because so many bloggers have written one. Then again, I'm so excited about this launch that I really wanted to share it with you and spread the word about this gorgeous lipstick that Charlotte Tilbury has released for Valentine's Day. There's also another shade that has been released as well as Pillow Talk - that one is aptly named Valentine, and it is part of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick range rather than the Matte Revolution line. 

If you're already familiar with the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution formula, this lipstick is no different. It's creamy enough that it's not too drying on the lips but it still has an overall matte effect which wears beautifully throughout the day. The shade itself is in between nude and pink, and it pairs perfectly with a day time or night time look. On the website, there are swatches of this shade on every skin tone and I honestly think it's the kind of shade that looks stunning on everybody. It doesn't wash out any skin tones as some nude pink lipsticks can do which I find makes this a really unique shade. 

The application is incredibly smooth and pigmented. You need very little touch up once it's applied and it works great with the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lipliner in the same shade. I don't think I even need to mention how beautiful the packaging is - Charlotte Tilbury is known for her stunning rose gold, vintage Hollywood inspired lipstick bullets! As with the other shades in the range, this lipstick retails for £24 online and at Charlotte Tilbury counters across the country.

Have you tried either of the new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick launches?  


Thursday, 2 February 2017

February Goals

Wow, January flew by! I always find that February is a bit of a strange month, the motivation from the new year dwindles a bit (but I wrote a post on how I'm going to tackle that here). As I mention in that post, I like setting small goals each month, so here's what I have planned for February:

1. Make a strong & steady start on my dissertation.
With this term being my last term at university (I can't believe how quickly three years has gone), I've got a lot of hard work ahead of me. I'm aiming high and that comes with a lot of pressure, so I want to make use of the fact that I'm an organised person and get my dissertation underway as early as possible. This means lots of research, lots of reading and a good chunk of writing. I have a presentation coming up as well which is a significant portion of my mark so there's lot to do. 

2. Create some holiday themed content.
Of course one of the first things that usually springs to mind when I think of February is Valentines Day, and although that's very special when you have loved ones, I'm going to focus a lot on self-love as well. I have some ideas for the kind of posts I'll be putting up around then so keep an eye out for them and make sure you're following me on Bloglovin' so you know when they're up! If you have any posts you'd like to see, please feel free to comment down below and let me know. 

3. Meal plan every week.
I'm trying to make this one as measurable as possible here. I want to use Sunday evenings to plan out my meals so that I'm not caught out with nothing cooked one night. That often results in Dominos and I really want to quit the habit of ordering food in. I have a meal planner stuck to my fridge, I just need to get into the habit of using it more and sticking to it once I've written something down. Meal prepping also comes into this goal, I'm going to cook in advance and put food in containers so I have something to eat for when I'm too tired to cook after a day of working. 

4. Incorporate some form of physical activity into my day. 
I have been trying really hard to get more active and this month I'm going to try and get my heart rate up every single day. Even if it's just for a short while. I love how I feel after a bit of exercise, it really gets me motivated to work harder and get more done. This, paired with the meal planning, should hopefully result in a very healthy month. Let's hope I can stick to it!

5. Save some money.
I've been spending a lot recently. I know I have a lot of beauty related bits on the way which I will be posting about throughout February so I'm going to go on a bit of a spending ban this month and give my bank balance some time to rest! I wrote a post last year of staying financially fit whilst at university, let me know if you'd like an updated one. I can always write one that can apply to anyone (not just students) because there's lots of tips and tricks I've learnt to help save up! 

What are your goals for February?

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