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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Lifestyle | If We Were Having Coffee #weekendcoffeeshare



I've been seeing a lot of 'If We Were Having Coffee' posts recently and I am addicted to reading them! There is something so charming and personal about them and I think they're a lovely way to be able to connect to you so here is my go!




If we were having coffee... we'd either be in Costa or some hipster cafe which is probably ridiculously uncomfortable and over priced but Instagram heaven.

If we were having coffee... I'd probably order a cappuccino or a mocha whilst saying that I try not to drink too much caffeine as it tends to make me pretty anxious and jumpy, such fun we are about to have!

If we were having coffee... I'll probably look a bit fidgety at first as no doubt I've been up for hours deciding what to wear and over thinking what we will talk about. Although, as I relax with you and get comfortable with the environment you'll probably think I'm a confident and talkative gal!

If we were having coffee... I'd tell you multiple times how many days I have left until my birthday. That's 12 if you were wondering....

If we were having coffee... I'd most definitely feel embarrassed when it comes to talking about what I do and the fact that being freelance at the moment means not having regular work. This will then definitely lead to me explaining how unfair working for free is and my desperation to find a Monday- Friday 9am-5pm job.

If we were having coffee... I'd have told you how bad my skin looks numerous times and then I'll probably check with you throughout our catch up if it's gotten any worse and if my makeup is still okay, sorry I know that's annoying!

If we were having coffee... I'd tell you all about my holiday to Greece (I've written this before I've been so I don't even know what it was like yet) and then tell you all about my excitement of going to Scotland to stay with my bestie!




So there is my little go at the 'If We Were Having Coffee' post! I hope you enjoyed finding out a little more about me and I tag all of you to write your own post.


A little more about 'If We Were Having Coffee' posts HERE


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Beauty | The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Moisturiser


A few years ago when primers became a thing that weren't only used by professional make up artists but by the norm, I didn't jump on the bandwagon. I couldn't see how this cream or gel product was any different to a moisturiser, to be honest I still think that it isn't that different, and it just seemed to add another unnecessary step to my makeup routine. Fast forward a few years and I have tried quite a few primers and seen little difference in the overall outcome of my makeup. However, (bet you didn't see this coming), I was given a few products from the Estee Edit collection by Estee Lauder at the Glamour Beauty Festival and one of them was a primer....





Pore Vanishing Moisturiser Matte Hydrating Primer (really rolls off the tongue) - £21 

The Facts

Controls Oil
Blurs Imperfection
Hydrates Skin
Primes for makeup


As usual we'll start with the packaging, it's simple and looks like your bog standard moisturiser, which doesn't bother me in the slightest. It does however get a little dirty in your makeup bag as it's white packaging. It is a high end primer for £21 but you get 50ml and it does last a long time and after using this and comparing the outcome to cheaper primers I can understand what you're paying for, and it's not just the name!

This primer soaks up any excess oil on your skin whilst being an oil free product it also adds hydration to your skin with caffeine. It also contains salicylic acid which helps to prevent future break outs. I do find that this helps immensely to mattify my skin and it feel light and fresh to apply and I've used this alone on no makeup days with a little bit of powder and it takes most of the day for my T-Zone to become shiny. It also creates a smooth base for my foundation but it doesn't enhance the longevity of my makeup for the day which is a shame.

I am really impressed with this product and love using it I just don't know if I could bring myself to re-purchase it due to the price tag, perhaps it's one to ask for as a gift! I've been using it for 3 months and there is still tons left which is fabulous!


I'd love to know if you've tried anything from this range, let me know what you recommend.




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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Lifestyle | What's in my Carry-On/ Hand Luggage Bag for a Flight



I thought I'd stick with the travel theme of my last post and share with you the typical things I pack in my hand luggage bag for a flight. I hope you enjoy my hang luggage packing tips too!





Essentials

Purse
Train Tickets
Phone
Camera
Camera Charger
Phone Charger
Adaptor
Passport
Holiday Documentations


Entertainment

Notebook and Pen
Book
Ear Phones


Extras

Baseball Cap
Sunglasses
Makeup in clear bag



When I was younger I used to carry a crazy amount of stuff in my hand luggage bag, I think part of me was anxious about having my things far away in a suitcase and I also wanted to have tons of things to entertain me on the flight. I now try to keep it to the minimum so that the bag is a lot lighter to carry and I have less to be able to lose! I do keep important things such as medication, chargers, phone/camera and then delicate things like my baseball cap, make-up and sunglasses on me for practical reasons. 

I thought most of you would be most interested in seeing what I keep in that magical clear plastic bag. If you're not aware airports have a strict rule that you have to place all your liquids into a clear plastic bag and they all must be under 100ml.




I like to carry a few skincare/health related items, these are also really good for giving me something to do on the plane if I get a tad bored! First up I love this Nivea Age Defying Q10 hand-cream, it smells amazing and feels like a luxurious moisturising cream. I also shall be bringing the Elizabeth Arden eight Hour Cream, this has a gel consistency and I use this as a lip balm, it's incredibly moisturising so perfect for the plane. I also like to carry some anti-bacterial as I find being on a flight is where I normally pick up a cold etc so anything I can do to prevent that shall be done! Finally I shall be taking with my eye drops as I suffer from really dry eyes and the atmosphere on the plane isn't overly helpful for that!





I don't apply makeup for or on the flight but I like to carry some bits with me as I have quite a few delicate powders and glass bottles which I fear will get broken in my case. The rest of my makeup goes into my suitcase.

In my plastic bag I have


The Body Shop BB Cream
The Body Shop Foundation
The Body Shop Bronzer
Nars Blush
L'Oreal Powder
Soap and Glory Eyebrow Pencil
Benefit Gimme Brow
Marc Jacobs Mascara
Laura Mercier Eyeshadow Stick
Collection Concealer



Tips for packing your hand luggage bag


  1. Choose a bag which has sections so you can find documents etc quickly.
  2. Put a luggage tag onto your hand luggage bag for safety.
  3. Carry with you delicate items such as your phone, camera, ipad etc
  4. Carry with you the correct chargers for each electrical item.
  5. Make sure to pack all your pills, inhaler etc.
  6. Have your liquids ready in a plastic bag as it saves a lot of time and hassle.
  7. Save samples from magazines and goody bags as they're great for taking on the plane.
  8. Make a choice of one reading material to take with and pack another in your suitcase.
  9. In addition to taking currency for the country you're going to, take some for the country you're leaving from for the airport.
  10. Even though I do use a passport case, they always ask me to take my passport out of it which does take more time, so perhaps don't use one!





I hope you enjoyed having a look into what I normally pack in my hand luggage bag!



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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Lifestyle | What's in my Summer Holiday/Vacation Wash Bag



I love to have a little nosy into other peoples bags and there is nothing better than having a cheeky look at friends lotions and potions, So I thought I'd share with you what I'll be packing in my Summer holiday wash bag.  Keep reading until the end for some tips on how to pack the best wash bag for your holiday!





The Sun Protectors

First up is my sun protection and my sun cream of choice is the Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture in 50+. There is a huge misconception about the number on the bottle and that the higher it gets the least likely you are to tan. It's far from the truth, the number on the bottle helps to protect you from UV rays and doesn't limit your tanning! I still tan, even though I don't even sunbathe! I also keep with Nivea for my after sun which helps to keep my skin hydrated. I choose to use a different sun cream on my face as I have very oily and sensitive skin and normal sun cream does tend to make me sweaty and break me out! I was gifted this Ultrasun Face sun cream which is factor 30 and I shall report back via Twitter @sophiepearl421 how I find it!





The Essentials

Of course I pack a toothbrush, normally a new one just for the ease of packing. Then I have a little toothpaste which I received in a goody bag and saved for going away and finally a compressed deodorant so it's a better size for my wash bag.




The Hair 

I am yet to be completely loyal to one brand of shampoo and conditioner so was really happy to receive these travel sized products from OGX from the Glamour Beauty Festival. Coconut isn't a scent I'd normally go for but I think it will be quite nice in the hot weather. They're also a really great size as sometimes the travel sized hair bits can be so tiny, more for one night away. I am also bringing with a hair oil, I use a hair oil on the daily but that's in a huge bottle so this holiday I shall try out this oil by Josh Wood. I received this product in my Marks and Spencer advent calendar and it's a really generous size and will last months! The bottle has a pipette at the top which makes it really easy and kind of fun to use, I've also opened it and had a quick smell and it's a winner so far! I find being in the sun all day and also the chlorine from the swimming pools makes my hair dry and horrible and the oil helps to add moisture and hydration.





The Face & Body

So as you can see I don't really have a strict face/ routine and tend to use as few products as possible, especially when on holiday! I take the St.Ives blemish prone face scrub to use daily, I actually enjoy using this whilst in the shower so I can get it off really well from the power of the shower. I use E45 all the time for any dry patches on my face. I am also packing some Simple makeup wipes to take off eye makeup, I tend to not use them over my entire face as they sometimes irritate my skin and leave it quite red. Then for my body I have Dove deeply nourishing shower gel, which smells calming and is really moisturising. Finally I like to bring with Fairy Dust from Lush, it has a really lovely scent and the powder adds a little bit of shimmer to your skin.



Tips for packing your wash bag.

  1. Categorise your wash bag eg. essentials, sun protection, hair, body etc in order to pack less.
  2. Pack products which can be used in multiple ways.
  3. If travelling in a family/friends see if one of you can bring a toothpaste, another shampoo etc
  4. Use an easy peel tape (washie tape) over all the lids to stop products exploding in your case.
  5. Make sure to pack the tape for when you pack up to travel home!
  6. Save samples from magazines, goody bags etc as they come in so handy!
  7. Don't get sucked into buying all the cute travel sized things as they work out more expensive, just decant your bigger bottles into travel sets. 
  8. Pack pills etc in your carry on bag/hand luggage.
  9. Put your entire wash bag into a plastic bag and then into your suitcase in case of explosions!



I hope you enjoyed having a look into my wash bag and liked my tips for packing a wash bag!



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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Lifestyle | April Favourites - Makeup~Skincare~Hair care~Clothes~Bar~Cafes



There are two months which I get most excited about ending and April is one as my birthday is in May and the other month is November! So here are my many favourites from this month and roll on May!




Makeup

The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream in 01 - I love this beauty! I have wanted to get a really light weight foundation for when it gets a little hotter and this is just perfect as it's filled with good ingredients which are targeting blemishes and redness. It's so light weight on the skin and blends seamlessly. It also smells really fresh and clean.

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in Bora Bora - This is probably the best colour I've found in a foundation, so I am really grateful to the lady who colour matched me in the Covent Garden store. This foundation is really light weight but has a medium build-able coverage. It leaves your skin look dewy and fresh.

NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray - I have very oily skin so like to set my makeup to the max to give it the best chance of surviving the day! This setting spray is great and well priced, it sprays well and doesn't just soak your face and it's also really refreshing! It doesn't completely mattify your face so you will still have a natural glow from your makeup but it does control your T-zone.

Models Own Nail Varnish in 'Tinsel Town' - When I saw this polish I knew it was meant to be on my nails! It's the BEST glitter nail polish I have ever used, It completely covers each nail with glitter and it stays on for around a week.


Skincare


Lush Dream Cream - I am not a massive fan of moisturising, it takes too long and I hate the feeling of being sticky when I want to quickly get dressed or put my PJs on. This Dream Cream is slowly converting me to the moisturising world as it smells amazing because it's made with oats and it's so cooling on my skin and the best part is that it sinks in so fast!


Hair Care


Got2b Schwarzkopf Fresh it Up Dry Shampoo - This is the first dry shampoo which I've actually enjoyed using. It leaves your hair smelling amazing and it also doesn't seem to leave white powder in your roots like most other brands.


Clothes


Adidas - That label is representing my new found love for sport clothing. I have their classic grey T-shirt with the stripes on the sleeves, their Superstar trainers with the silver glitter on the stripes and a pink baseball cap. I love love love this brand and that sportswear is now acceptable as fashion garments. I buy mine in Topshop as they give a student discount and I don't think the actual Adidas store does.


Lifestyle


Cahoots - I popped to this (now not so) secret underground bar at the end of last month and just had to mention it on this post. The bar is Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London and is set as a 1940s underground station. All of the staff are dressed up and from the moment of queuing outside the scene is set. The menu is a newspaper from the period and there is a huge array of cocktails and drinks which are presented really nicely. There is also a small selection of snacks to choose from.

Draughts Board Game Cafe  -  I believe this is the only London based board game cafe and it's definitely worth a visit. You pay £5 per person to play any board games from their extensive library and you can stay for however long as you like. There is also a cafe there serving yummy food and soft, cold, hot and alcoholic drinks. It's a 2 minute walk from Haggerston train station, really easy to find and a funky area to hang out.







I hope you enjoy seeing my many favourites, let me know if you love any of these bits and bobs and send me links to your favourites!




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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Lifestyle | Something I NEVER thought I'd blog about


As a young teen the entire notion of a 'period' made me blush tomato red and unable to make eye contact with anyone around, so I never thought I'd dedicate an entire post to this special lady time! I did actually write a funny post about different names people call their periods so you can check that out HERE if you fancy a giggle! Please excuse the terrible font I used to use! However, today's period related post is more factual and I hope it will actually help a lot of you to save some money!

The news was recently hit with the fact that girls are skipping school because they can't afford to buy sanitary towels, which is just horrible! I can't imagine having to go through that sensitive time of your life and not having the comfort and security a sanitary towel provides. So I went on a little mission to find a sanitary towel which is inexpensive and top notch and here I shall share it with you, in comparison to a higher end brand.





All of these prices are from the Tesco website and are correct as of April 2017



As you can see cost wise the Tesco Ultra Towels are cheaper in both their small pack which has 14 pads and their larger pack which has 28 pads. Their large pack even has 2 more pads in than the leading branded sanitary towel.







Now let's take a look at the packaging, they've both gone for a similar colour way with a subtle design on the packaging. The Tesco ones on the right have been packaged slightly smaller and the plastic around the actual pad is extremely soft and thick. If I was holding them both with my eyes shut I would assume that was the branded one as it feels expensive. The Always pad on the left has been packaged in a much thinner plastic which creates a louder noise when opening the pad. They both have the white sticker for when you're putting the used pad in the bin which is hygienic and just generally a good idea! They also both smell exactly the same and it makes me wonder if they're made in the same factory or at least in the same way and then one gets branded and the price goes up and the other doesn't!






Time to get down to business. The clear difference between the pads is the length, the Always pad (on the left) is 23.5cm long and 7.5cm wide and the Tesco pad (on the right) is 21.7cm long and 7.7cm wide. The other difference is although they both claim to be comfortable to wear the Tesco pad has been created to have a cotton feel which gives a comfortable fit and it doesn't feel like you're wearing a pad, which is a lovely bonus!

The similarities are that both of these pads provide maximum protection as they are highly absorbent, they both eliminate odours, they have wings and they're both dermatology tested so suitable for sensitive skin.

I think it's clear to see that both of these sanitary towels do their job perfectly and are basically the same item, except that I find the Tesco one to actually be comfier! I have now swapped from the branded pads and am only using the Tesco own make pads and I couldn't be happier! They are reasonable and I know everyone has different views on money etc but I think budgeting in to get a £0.70p pack once a month is realistic and a way to ensure that young girls aren't missing out on their education!


Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it and it's helped you save some money!


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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Beauty | The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation DUPE for Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation



After having a clear out of my make-up stash I was in dire need of a new foundation! I wanted to find a light option which still gave me the desired look of flawless and healthy skin and after seeing that The Body Shop had a cheeky 3-4-2 offer, I knew it was time to try out some of their make-up products!





Fresh Nude Foundation in Bora Bora Tiare 012 - £15 - LINK



First up I love the packaging, it's in a glass bottle which makes it feel rather luxurious and the pump lid makes applying it really easy and clean. It has a simple and minimalist design which would look nice out on display and fits well in my Muji acrylic drawers.

I spent awhile pumping out the different shades in the store and frantically blending them in, after doing so many I had lost track of which ones looked good, so I was so grateful that a sale assistant came and colour matched me. This is by far the best colour foundation I've ever found and it blends in really well and doesn't make me look ghostly white. There was a good selection (16 to be precise) of pale to dark skin tone colours to choose from.

I do think this foundation is quite pricey as I see The Body Shop as a drugstore make-up brand. However, since using it and experiencing the quality of the foundation and the amazing colour match, I can understand what I am paying for.






It's a very light weight watery foundation which is probably because it's enriched with rose water and aloe vera, this makes it really hydrating and leaves a fresh feeling on my skin. Having sensitive blemish prone skin the thought of changing my foundation brings me sheer anxiety as I am unsure which products will break me out. This product is just filled with all the good stuff and it's dermatological tested so it agrees with my sensitive skin and it feels like it actually helps the texture of my skin. It has a light but build-able coverage, it doesn't cover spots perfectly but a little addition of some concealer will help that!


The finish of the foundation is semi-matte with a fresh faced glow, which makes you look healthy, young and like you've just taken a walk through the mud (aye aye Pride and Prejudice reference). I am used to wearing completely matte foundations and this finish works so much better for my skin! It lasts all day, which just never happens for me. and it helps combat my shiny T-Zone whilst also being really moisturising on any dry areas. Another fantastic thing is that this foundation has SPF 15 so it adds a little bit of protection to your face.



I'd definitely recommend trying this foundation out and I can tell this is now going to be my 'go to' product.

Thank you for reading my post and I hope you enjoyed it! I'd love to know what products you recommend from The Body Shop.



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