Friday, 29 September 2017

September Loves.

With the seasons slowly changing from Summer to Autumn, I've been really excited to start switching up a few of my summer favourites for some fresh fall-time essentials. Here are some of my absolute must haves that I've been enjoying month:

A pop of pink blush.
The Estee Edit blush in Purr Pink has been on my cheeks nearly every day this month - it's such a beautiful, light wash of pink with a hint of sheen. What makes it such a favourite is definitely how healthy it makes my skin look, and how much life it brings on days when I'm feeling a little less glow.

Metallic gold details.
I've also been all about the metallics this month, with little jewellery or accessory additions here and there. My favourite is definitely gold, with my horn necklace from H&M and Annie Haak bracelets* being on me at all times! I've even added a little metallic on my shoes, with these totally gorgeous ballerina flats from Zara.

A crisp fragrance.
I think my favourite ever summer-to-autumn fragrance has to be the Jo Malone Cologne in English Pear & Freesia. I love wearing this when the weather is as crisp as the scent - it's one of the most invigorating fragrances I've ever used. Definitely an investment - but I'd even go as far to say that it's my favourite from the entire Jo Malone range.

A touch of blush suede.
You might have seen my new Zara bag on Instagram recently, and I'm totally smitten. Blush pink has been around for a while, and I've been looking for the perfect pink bag - this one is definitely it! It has a little suede detail and the rest is grainy leather which makes it very durable - especially with the road trip across Canada. The bag is spacious enough to hold all my essentials but not too big that I carry too much. I also love how structured it is, it will keep it's shape forever.

Tortoiseshell frames.
A good pair of sunnies have taken up permanent residence in my new bag this month, because despite the breeze, it's still been bright. I love the tortoiseshell frames these days - they feel lighter than the traditional black and more feminine too. My favourites are these from Cheap Monday - they're quirky and fun, but they go with everything too! They're out of stock now, but these are some similar ones that I've found.

What have been your favourites this month?

Friday, 22 September 2017

How I Edit My Blog Photography.

One of the most popular questions I'm asked on social media and when people read my blog is how I take and edit my photographs. Whilst my photographs are by no means perfect, they do take a lot of time and effort to take and upload, so I thought I'd share some of the tips and tricks I have learnt over the past two years about editing. I've tried to include some examples of photography that I've taken recently and uploaded to my blog or my Instagram. Hopefully these help give you a better idea of what the original images look like, and how much of a difference editing can make!

These are just some of the ways I like to edit my own photos, and as everyone has different tastes and styles, of course there's no 'one way fits all' with how to edit blog images. 

Find a good editing software.
This is definitely something that I've found to be essential when it comes to blog photography. The kind of editing software you choose is really important because how you edit a photo can reflect the vibe of your overall blog. I like to keep pictures bright and airy, with pops of colour and an overall crisp appearance. Saying that, it doesn't mean that you have to spend a fortune on finding the right editing software. I actually use iPiccy - it's online and it's free. 

Crisp, light & bright.
This is just my personal preference when it comes to blog photography but a good editing software gives you a lot of freedom when it comes to editing. I usually like to turn up the brightness and adjust the colours using the 'curves' feature. I love turning up the clarity and sharpness of an image so any text on products becomes a little clearer. The warmth of an image is something worth playing around with too - I like to turn up the warmth of a photo when the light has turned out too harsh in order to soften an image a little. 

Keep photographs tall.
This is particularly useful for Pinterest, but taking your images vertically really makes a difference. Longer images seem to fit better on screens and they follow the natural scrolling process when reading through a post, which balances out the text and the images. I make sure that the images I take stay as long and tall as possible when I'm cropping them (if I crop them at all), so that they really take up room in the blog post. This might be because I'm a visual person and I always like to see images as well as text on my screen. I made the switch from horizontal to vertical images at the start of the year and I've never looked back. 

Try not to over-edit.
I've definitely fallen into the trap of over editing my blog photography in the past. More recently, I've tried to only take photos when the light is right, so that minimal editing is needed. I always find that over editing leaves images looking harsh and grainy which is the opposite of the look I'm going for. Although editing is an important part of creating a blog post, balancing the colours and brightness are really important to me.

What are your top tips for editing blog photos?

Sunday, 17 September 2017

A Soft, Autumn Glow.

I love glowy skin all year round but I find that around this time of year, I tend to dial back my makeup and opt for brightening, glow-boosting products to keep my face looking fresh and youthful after being in the sun. I wanted to share some miracle cheek products which work together to give the most luminous, dewy glow for September:

For super natural days, I love using my new Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone. It's a subtle, glossy sheen that works brilliantly on no-makeup days as well as over makeup. I apply some of this onto the high points of my face and blend it in with my fingers (it works best this way). It's subtle and pretty - perfect for the girl who love a little complexion boost, but not too much.

On days when I want to put in a bit more effort, the perfect cheek combination is definitely my Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat and the Cover FX Enhance Click Highlighter in Bubbly. All of the Hourglass blushes give the smoothest application and last so well throughout the day - I honestly want to own them all! Paired with the more champagne toned highlight, the colour just seems to pop in the most beautiful way. Definitely a go-to combination for me this month.

When I first tried Beauty Pie last year, I was incredibly impressed with the Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer for a gorgeous overall glow. This works really well over primer and underneath foundation for a little healthy boost that takes your makeup base to the next level. It's not sticky or greasy looking, and it's probably the most natural-looking product that I've mentioned. A little goes a long way with this one - it still looks like the jar is really full and I've been using it for a while!

What are your favourite products for a soft, autumn glow?

Monday, 11 September 2017

Standout Skincare From Pixi.

I first tried Pixi at the beginning of last year, and I've been obsessed with their skincare ever since. It's much more affordable than a lot of other quality skincare brands, but it still delivers. Earlier this year, I was added to their PR list, so I'm lucky enough to try lots of their products and see which ones I love the most. With so many to choose from, sometimes finding the right products can become a little overwhelming, so I thought I'd share some of my standout favourites in this post:

Of course, I couldn't go through a post about Pixi products without mentioning the Pixi Glow Tonic*! This was the first ever product I tried from the brand back in the day and I loved it after first use. It leaves my skin feeling tingly clean and fresh, boosting my complexion with an overall glow. I usually complete this step between cleanser and serum in my nighttime skincare routine, or between cleanser and moisturiser in my morning routine. 

The Pixi Peel & Polish* is something I've had for a while but I only really 'discovered' it a couple of months back just before the wedding. I decided to try it after looking through my skincare collection for a new facial scrub and this one is definitely 'the one'. It has fine grains and a very creamy texture so it doesn't scratch or strip the skin of natural oils. I love the spa-like scent, and how easy it is to use. After using this, I find my skin is super soft and radiant, perfect for following up with all the other skincare goodies I like to apply. 

When I first tried the Pixi Nourishing Rose Facial Oil*, I was a little unsure. I usually steer clear of products containing rose because I can find the scent a little overpowering and overly floral, but this oil was surprisingly not the case. It has the subtlest hint of rose, and it's such a lightweight, easy-to-use facial oil that really sinks into the skin. I love applying this in the morning and again under my foundation for an extra glow boost when my skin is feeling extra dry. In fact, this product is probably my favourite from the four I'm mentioning.

Pixi also offers a whole line of makeup products which I've been trying out more recently. With summer having just passed, I found myself reaching for the Pixi Lip Lift in Petal Ice* for that glossy summer pout. The extra special touch to this lip gloss is it's peptide infused formula which helps keep lips plump and hydrated - a bit like a fancy moisturiser for you lips. The colour is very sheer so I find I can wear this both with and without makeup. 

Have you tried anything from Pixi? 
If so, what are your favourite products from the brand?
*gifted products

Friday, 8 September 2017

Autumn Wardrobe Wishlist.

This has got to be one of my favourite times of the year because I finally get to choose some new pieces for my Autumn wardrobe! Autumn has always been my favourite season, and I love that now it's possible to layer different pieces together and start wearing cosier knits again because the weather is cooling down. I've had so much fun putting together today's post because it's my seasonal wishlist, with some transitional pieces, and some warmer pieces, to take my wardrobe from September to November. 

I started with some tshirts because it's still relatively warm where I am, and the selection of tshirts available at Topshop* are just too adorable! Motifs and embroidery have been filling up the highstreet stores and I'm totally loving it, and this little striped number is something I've had my eye on for a month. Speaking of Topshop this chunky knit is a total winner, and I know it's going to be my next purchase. The mustard colour is a love/hate sorta thing, but I adore it and I think it would really work with some washed denim pieces.

I'm also all about knee high boots and Whistles is my go-to highstreet favourite for a good pair of them. I bought this velvet pair earlier on in the year, but I recently purchased the same pair in burgundy which I absolutely love. I feel like they're the perfect piece to style with some skinny jeans and a ruffled blouse for a real Spencer Hastings kinda look. 

For accessories, I'm keeping an eye out for a good quality pom pom key ring because mine is falling apart. This one looks like a gorgeous replacement. I'm also in love with the idea of investing in a more luxury bag this season, and although it's only an initial idea (and it will require a lot of saving), the Gucci Marmont Blue Velvet Bag* looks like the perfect one to carry me through the next few years! I've wanted it for a while now, I think it's about time I put together a fund and started saving up for it.

Here are the rest of my wishlist picks:

What's on your Autumn wishlist?
*inspired link

Saturday, 2 September 2017

September Goals.

Can you believe that it's already September?! 
This is the first year of my life that I'm not getting ready to go to school or university this month, so it's definitely a huge change for me. Here are some of the goals I've set myself for the next few weeks:

1. Move to Ottawa.
This is definitely the biggest goal for this month, and probably the most stressful. My entire 2017 has pretty much entirely consisted of me moving from place to place, and I'm hoping that - come the end of September - I won't be moving again for a while. I'm heading to the capital of Canada, though it's definitely smaller in population than a lot of other cities in this country. We're driving across Canada from one side to the other and we have a week to get there before closing - it's going to be a very long drive!

2. Set up in the new house.
The house is gorgeous, not in the midst of all the hustle bustle but not too far away from the action either. I can't wait to share snippets with you on Instagram (you can follow me here) and Twitter (follow here). I don't want to say too much yet but I have big plans for how I'd like to decorate the place when we get there!

3. Get my hands on the Essie Fall 2017 collection.
I have been loving the Essie collections this year, and the fall collection is no different. The colours are really different to usual, with lots of emphasis on purples and blues. I'm particularly smitten with Girly Grunge which looks stunning for some metallic shine throughout Autumn. It's described as 'a soft silvery metallic with a light purple shine' and the swatches look so dreamy!

4. Find some gorgeous homeware.
I'm probably most excited about this goal. With the move, we're having to stick to a pretty strict budget so I'm definitely going to be looking for more affordable smaller pieces to make the house feel homely. It's a lot larger than the house that I'm moving from so I know that there will be a lot of empty spaces to fill. I do have some ideas of how I'm going to do this but it will require a little shopping here and there, plus some DIYs and crafty projects. Let me know if you'd like to see a blog post or two on this!

5. Organise some Autumnal blog posts.
My blog has taken a little bit of a back seat for these past two months because of the wedding and the move to Canada. I do want to start posting more regularly again because I really do miss it! I've got a few days this week where I can really sit down and type up some blog posts, and then I'll shoot as many photographs as I can over the weekend. I have some really exciting ideas for posts over the next little while and I can't wait to get started on creating them.

What are your goals for September?

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