Wednesday, 1 July 2015

June Favourites

It feels like the past month has flown by and I honestly couldn't tell you where the time has gone, but never the less things are looking up for me anyway and i'm finally starting to feel more content and i'm really ready to get back into blogging as i've been here and there for the past month or so. 
Even though this month has gone by pretty fast, i've actually managed to try out some new products and really just enjoy it, as I was in a bit of a beauty rut at the beginning of the month but i'm fully out of that funk now and i've been enjoying pampering myself a lot more.

Over the past few months i've really been making my way through my bath products, especially my shower gels and the one i'm currently using I have been loving. The Body Shop have recently brought out some lovely new fresh scents and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel (£6). I'm not a huge fan of green tea, although I do love lipton iced green tea but you can't get that here in the UK, slightly off topic but when I first gave this scent a sniff I just knew i'd love it. As i'd previously really enjoyed the Christmas shower gels I thought i'd give this one a go and it is so refreshing, especially with the hot days we're having at the moment. I also really want to try the mojito range they've brought out, let me know if it's any good!

Another body product i've been loving this month is the Xen-Tan Transform Luxe* (£24.99), which is a daily gradual tan that just gives you a lovely golden glow. I've been using this for the past two weeks now and I am obsessed! I've used many gradual tanners over the years, but this is by far the best i've come by. It doesn't ever streak, it has a lovely vanilla scent to it, so no biscuity smells and it lasts really well as I can go a good 2-3 days in between topping it up. I'd definitely recommend trying this tan a go, especially if you're not a fan of instant tans. Keeping with the tan the next product i've been loving is the Rimmel Matte BB Cream (£6.99), which I got in a little goodie bag from The Clothes Show but it has actually been a lovely foundation to use as the shade matches really well with the tan and the coverage is great but also light at the same time. Definitely going to pick up a full size when this runs out!

These last two products are just a couple of random products that i've been reaching for over the past week or so. As the weather is so lovely i've pulled out one of my favourite nails polish shades that I wear to death during the summer months. Essie 'Bikini So Teeny' Polish (£7.99) is the perfect pastel blue that I find works great with all skin tones, put it especially pops with a tan and I just love this shade! Lastly is a new lip colour that I am literally obsessed with as it is my perfect summery pinky purple shade, as i've been loving a more purple lip over the past few months. The Born Pretty Velvet Finish Lip Colour* (£2.80) may look quite similar to some pretty well know lipsticks, yes Topshop lipsticks but the formula and shade range is completely different. I've got the shade 07, which looks quite scary in the bullet but when applied it is a lot more sheer than you first imagine and it has a lovely pink undertone that I really like. The finish is also lovely and it lasts quite well, which is always a bonus. I will be doing a more in depth review soon, so keep a look out for that!

What products have you been loving this month?

Saturday, 27 June 2015

My Summer Skincare Must Haves

Now that we're moving into summer, the first thing i'm thinking about is how i'm going to be switching up certain products especially my skincare as my skin always changes as we move into the summer months. I thought today i'd talk about a few products that i'm going to be loving going forward into the warmer months and also a few products that i'd really recommend trying.
It's safe to say that I love The Body Shop's skincare, for me it is the best as it is completely natural, it's really affordable and you just know that you're going to get some really good results from these products, so the majority of products i'm talking about today are from The Body Shop.

When it comes to serums, i'm always wanting one that will give me a lovely boost of hydration, but that will also keep my sensitive skin happy. The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum is a favourite of mine and i'm actually gutted that this has been discontinued because it works wonders on my skin. It really helps to not only give my skin a lovely boost but it also calms my skin when the sensitivity is acting up. During the summer my skin sort of goes a bit mental and the heat can often make my skin quite dry and if I burn then i'm screwed haha! 

Although the previous product has been discontinued, this next product is sort of a replacement that is available and I really love to us. The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel (£8.50) is a gel like serum that performs in a similar way to the Aloe Protective Serum. It's really light on the skin and soaks in so quickly, almost instantly giving my skin a nice glow. It is also amazing at calming down my sensitive skin and I find myself reaching for this a lot at the moment, especially when i'm in a rush as it sinks in right away. I'd highly recommend trying out the Aloe range, especially if you suffer with sensitive skin.

As I mentioned, if I burn my especially my face my skin can be a right mess so I always make sure that i'm wearing some sort of SPF. Most foundations do contain SPF, but as we all know our makeup does disappear throughout the day, and for me I need a bit of a back up. I haven't really found a face SPF that works for me yet, but i've been using the Benefit Facial Emulsion (£22.50). This product contains SPF 15, which is a high enough SPF to use on my face on most days and the product itself is really lightweight. What is also great is that it performs in more than one way, as I also find this product to be really moisturising on the skin and it smells lovely.

Lastly is a product that i've been loving for a few months now and is one I know my skin will be loving over the warmer months is The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (£12). It is a beautiful whipped like moisturiser that is like none that i've used before. It's so lightweight, feels so velvety soft on the skin and leaves my skin feeling so lovely. Again it's great because it doesn't irritate my skin at all and it gives my skin that boost that it needs. I use this mainly as a day moisturiser as it so light that it sinks in quickly enough, especially on a busy day!

What skincare products are you turning to this summer?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

My Everyday Easy Work Makeup Look

I thought it had been sometime since I spoke about the products that i've been using recently, but also when it comes down to it I really don't wear that many products on a day to day basis. However I thought i'd still share the products that I trust enough to make me look somewhat human on a day to day basis.
When it comes to my everyday makeup look, less is more in my case. I only leave myself around half an hour to get ready and out the door most days, so i've really whittled down my everyday makeup look but these products I really do trust and do a pretty good job of making me look not only human but also awake most mornings. 

For my current base i've been loving the combination of these two products. The Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) is my favourite, go to concealer for hiding any dark circles, brightening up my under eyes and also just doing a good job at hiding any blemishes. As for foundation the Claudia Louch Mousse Foundation* (£52.50) has been my current go to, especially with the weather being so hot, a lightweight foundation has been a must. This foundation has a lovely whipped like texture that leaves the skin feeling so smooth and light that you don't really feel like you're wearing any foundation, but the coverage is just lovely. What is also great is that it keeps me shine free throughout the day, which is a must with the hot weather.

When it comes to cheeks products, I can't not give my cheeks a little bit of colour as i'd look half dead otherwise. For bronzer i've been using a old favourite, The Body Shop Honey Bronzer (£13) as the shade is just lovely and gives me just a good amount of colour to look alive. It's also great for a subtle contour, which I do from time to time but just an overall bronze is enough for me at the moment. For blusher I tend to switch it up a little more, but i'm still loving the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush (£8.99) and I really need to get my hands on a few more of these as they are just beautiful.

Onto the finishing touches, and right now my brows aren't in need of that much maintenance as i've recently tinted them so a quick sweep of the Benefit Gimme Brow (£18.50) to set them in place and they are set for the day. Lastly for eyes i've been keeping it very simple and I can't remember that last time I wore liquid eyeliner but the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (£17.50) has been working wonders to make my lashes look absolutely killer. The length and curve that this gives is unreal and I highly recommend trying this one out.

So those are the products that I use on a daily basis for a very easy and effortless work makeup look!

What products do you turn to for a daily basis?

Monday, 22 June 2015

It's Okay To Not Be Okay & How To Cheer Yourself Up

You've probably all noticed that not only my myself, but my blog also has kind of been all over the place for around a month or so. Lack of posts, lack of enthusiasm and just a general lack in happiness, so I thought today i'd take the opportunity to sit and address why i've not been okay, but also tips on how i'm dealing with it, and how you can too.
I'm not usually one to really talk that openly on my blog, just because I do like to keep certain elements private, especially if they are negative elements but something that I never expected to happen anytime soon happened. My boyfriend and I have gone our separate ways, it was mainly his decision, he wasn't happy anymore and there was nothing I could do to fix it. It was just too late for us and if i'm honest i'm completely and utterly gutted. He was my first real boyfriend and was my best friend for two years prior to our year and half relationship, so as you can probably imagine i've been a bit of a mess. I still can't really comprehend the whole thing because it just doesn't feel real, but it is real and i've now got to move on with my life, although i've lost what was my entire world.

Having said all of that, i'm okay, i'm doing okay. I've been throwing myself into work and just trying to stay as busy as I can but as everyone has told me, i've had my bad days. Just remembering all of the good times and all the promises we made each other, and how i'm never going to hold him again just breaks me. But i'm okay. We're okay, we're on somewhat friendly terms, which i'm actually quite glad about but I know it's going to take a lot of time to be happy without him.

Anyway enough about me, I feel like i've shared enough, a bit too much but getting it out of my system feels really good. I thought i'd also try to lend a helping hand, as i'm sure i'm not the only one going through a tough time and I thought i'd share some ways in which you can cheer yourself up as these have definitely worked really well for me.

Give yourself a good pamper - Run yourself a bubble bath, pop in a Lush bath bomb or two and give yourself a good old pamper. Give your nails a fresh lick of colour and whack on a face mask.

Take a break - If you can, get away for a few days. Book a last minute trip or visit friends/family who you haven't seen in a while. Getting some space is always the best method (one I wish i'd given a  go).

Surround yourself with people you love - Spending as much time with people who you know genuinely care about will just boost your mood. Whether it be family or friends, surrounding yourself with positive energy will always make you feel better.

Enjoy the things you love - Throw yourself into the things that make you happy. Whether it be going to gigs, blogging or going to the gym. Doing things that make you happy will automatically boost your mood.

Try not to dwell on things - I know, easier said than done but it's so true. The less you think about the negativity the more down you're going to feel. I'm not saying blocking things out is healthy, but constantly dwelling doesn't do anything for your health and mind either.

Don't be too hard on yourself - This is something i've learnt the hard way, but don't be too hard on yourself. When things don't work out in life don't go blaming yourself for something that wasn't your fault, it's not healthy. 

So those are a few things that i've been doing recently to try and cheer myself up. Hopefully my blog will slowly get back on track, but it's going to a slow process as my job is also another reason for letting it slip over the past few months. I'm sure i'm not the only one who finds it difficult juggling a full time job and blogging on top of everything else that goes on in life but my blog and you wonderful readers really do keep me going, so thank you for sticking by me.

What do you do to cheer yourself up?

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