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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Beauty | What's Inside My Eyebrow Make-up Drawer



I've had a sort out of all my make-up and now have got what I like to think of as the essentials. The drawer I couldn't live without is definitely the one containing my eyebrow products as even on no make up days I'll still pop my brows on, I don't want to scare people! So here is my drawer of eyebrow products!






First up I have one Brow growing serum which I can't tell if it's working too well to be honest with you! Then I have a brow styling gel and a clear brow mascara to keep my brows in shape all day long. I bought the Rimmel styling gel after having used the Benefit Gimme Brow and unfortunately it's not half as good as it's so runny it creates a very gloppy messy look.









My most used products are definitely the pencils, they're just so easy to use and create the most natural looking brows. Most of these have a pencil or wax finish, however the Soap and Glory one also has a felt tip edge and the Maybelline one has a smudging edge which has a powder in.









I have three powder palettes which get used for more dramatic make-up looks or when I have a little bit more time to do my make-up! I am still trying to master using a powder to create a natural brow look, so any tips are welcome.








Finally, I have some tweezers and brow stencils which I use every now and then. 



So there we are that all my bits and bobs in my  eyebrow make-up drawer! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I like to use and perhaps you now have a wish list! Let me know if there is anything you recommend I give a try.




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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Beauty | NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face DUO



I've been wanting to find an easy to use contour and highlight product which would create a subtle finish with minimal effort and hey presto I've found a winner!









The product looks like your average concealer with a wand application, which makes it so easy to use! The wand means you can have more control on where you're placing the product and allows you to slowly build up your contour or highlight.







I got the lightest shade (Taupe/Ivory) and it's really perfect for my pale skin! The contour blends really nicely and creates a warm shadow and the highlight brightens up under my eyes perfectly! It creates a really lovely subtle contoured look and could easily make a more dramatic finish if applied heavier.



I think it's really good for the price as it's definitely going to last ages and it's just so easy to use that I have begun introducing this extra step into my makeup routine without any hassle!



Have you used this sculpt and highlight product before? 


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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Beauty | Nail-Aid Nail Varnish



I've always enjoyed having a good old pamper and taking care of my nails as making them look nice is rather important to me! I used to be really into nail art etc but now I am really focused on improving the strength and condition of my nails to help them grow. 






I picked up these three nail-aid beauties from TKMAXX in the aim of improving my nails and here's the 411.





Keratin 3 Day Growth - This was the polish I was most excited to try as I am desperate for my nails to grow! The Keratin amino acid absorbs into weak nails to help them stop peeling and chipping. You apply two coats of this and then apply another every 3 days. This can be used as a base and top coat with nail polish colour. I have to be honest and say I haven't noticed my nails have grown at all and they are still splitting so this definitely didn't work for me in 3 days, however I am hopeful that it will look eventually!


8 in 1 Nude Manicure - This polish also has keratin which shall help to grow your nails whilst having the addition of a sheer pink colour. This creates a really pretty pink natural manicure.


Gel Xtreme Shine Top Coat - This chip free top coat creates a really shiny gel like finish. It dries incredibly quickly and makes any brand nail varnish look like a professional manicure!







I'd love to know if you've used any of their products before and which you recommend for helping nails grow!




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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Lifestyle | The Happiness Planner Review



I have always been an avid list maker and I love a good old cheeky survey so I am a huge fan of this happiness planner! If you haven't seen this before let me introduce you..... lovely follower say hi to the planner which will change your well being and day to day life!


  
The Happiness Planner - £20.00 LINK (3 for £49)
Liberty London - £24.95 LINK



The Happiness Planner is an undated journal where you can focus on your happiness instead of just listing what arrangements you have each day. The journal gives you a chance to look to the future and think about the positive experiences you'll be having and also allows you to reflect on your day and week. This planner has 100 days to fill in and trains your mind to think positively for the future days. As it's undated you could always buy the same journal again and re-answer your questions and see how you have changed.






 Blurry on purpose to hide my answers but this is how the question pages are set out.



The first section of the diary asks questions about yourself,  your personality, strengths and weaknesses, what makes you happy or unhappy and also looks to the future and where you see yourself. It asks all of those difficult questions which out loud would be near impossible to tackle, but sat alone in the comfort of your room are relaxing to answer.






The second part of the journal is the 'diary' section. Here you plan out your week and then you take each day as it comes and think about what you're most excited about, any main tasks you need to complete, exercise you did, food you ate and what you were most grateful for. I find myself enjoying each day more and more because I am taking time in the day to think about the little things which make me happy. Sometimes I would have one bad thing happen to me in a day and I'd overthink it and allow it to ruin my entire day, now I of course still have bad moments but I'll focus on the nice meal I had, the magazine I bought, the book I finished, the lift I got home from the station etc and it out weighs the negative. The result I have unintentionally trained my brain to highlight the happy moments in the day which has maximised my well being.


The planner is available in pink, lavender, black, aqua blue, navy blue, blush rose and sage, which gives you lots of choice and also means you could buy another for the next 100 days and see your progress.


I'd love to know about your experience with your happiness planner and I hope you enjoyed this post!



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Monday, 4 September 2017

Beauty | Revolution Ghost Finish Luxury Baking Powder - AD



I was very kindly sent this Ghost Finish baking powder by Make Up Revolution and have been using it for the past month so it's about time I share it with you! Following on from the hype and success of the banana powder, Make Up Revolution have kindly brought out a powder more suitable for us paler gals.






The packaging is compact which means it's great to pop in my make up bag, however due to it being small the lid is so tiny which makes it difficult to sprinkle the powder into and then be able to dip my brush in and finally apply to my face. I think puffing some of this magically mattifying stuff on the back of your hand would work a treat though.






I have been using this powder daily to set my foundation and concealer in place, I simply put a little amount of product on a big brush and swish it over my T-zone. The powder has no scent and is very smooth on the skin. 

I have also baked (after watching many a Youtube tutorial) with this product and whilst it definitely leaves my under eyes looking bright, it does leave me looking incredibly pale, even when I've swept all the excess product away. It creates a very dramatic, flawless and contoured look when left on for 5-10 minutes and the dramatic nature of it works well for a night out.

They now also stock this baking powder in different skin tone shades and 'Lace' looks like a really lovely pale pink tone which would create a subtle finish.




Ghost Finish Luxury Baking Powder - £5.00 LINK




I'd love to know if you've given this baking powder a chance and what you think about it!!




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Monday, 14 August 2017

Lifestyle | Disney Land Paris Bucket List



I am booked to go to Disney Land Paris in March 2018 and I can't wait! I have been once before when I was around 8/9 I believe and unfortunately I don't remember much of it, so this does feel like my first visit to the Paris park. I am so excited to visit and have the most magical week ever. We managed to take advantage of their offer and are going for 4 nights and 5 days and only paying for 2 nights and 3 days! So due to my sheer excitement I have made a little list of things I really want to do  /see / eat whilst there.



All pictures taken in Disney World Florida



Characters


  • Jessie & Woody
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Minnie & Mickey
  • Donald
  • Goofy
  • Pluto
  • Moana
  • Cinderella
  • Ariel
  • Elsa & Anna & Olaf


Food

  • 'Pomme d'Amour' Toffee Apple. My only memory of  DLP is struggling to eat a toffee apple      whilst watching the parade and this time round I am all ready to devour one!
  • Star Wars Churros. I've heard of these on the grapevine from Disney Land California and they're just churros but one is covered in blue sugar and the other in red and I'm sure the force will be strong with these edible light sabers! If we manage to find them I am sure Tom will love to have them!
  • Drink a Glowtini Cocktail. Basically a light up cocktail thanks to magic, faith and fairy dust.
  • Bistro Che Remy. Our plan is to grab light lunches in the park at the snack bars and then have a few more special suppers. This one is the Ratatouille restaurant and we both just watched the film and loved it so are definitely wanting to book to go here. It's definitely not cheap as you have to choose from the few three course set meals available but apparently it's really delicious and the setting for the area and restaurant is really fun as all the props are over sized so you feel like you're one of the rats! Fingers crossed it's humans cooking here.
  • Cookie Kitchen. This yummy bakery looks amazing and Tom is definitely going to want their donuts. Here you can also get really lovely souvenir cups and straws.
  • Planet Hollywood. We have both eaten here before but we want to go in Disney Land for sure!




Shows

  • Buffalo Bills Wild West Dinner Show. We have booked into this show for the second seating, the times you could choose were 6:30pm or 9:30pm. You get a three course meal of cornbread, Texan skillet, cattleman's chili, old-style potato wedges and a yummy warm apple dessert with vanilla ice cream. They also advertise if you need a vegetarian or pork free meal to request one when you check in. The drink options are bottomless water, beer and soft drinks and you can pay a supplement for wine. In addition to real animals and cowboys, Mickey and friends make an appearance and there is a photo opportunity with Cowboy Mickey.
  • Season of the Force. I believe this is a parade and basically anything Star Wars themed will be being done!
  • St. Patricks Day. We shall be in Disney over St. Patricks day and they always celebrate it in style. I am really looking forward to joining in the celebrating, possible a cheeky face paint, watching the show with river dancing and seeing Irish Mickey and Minnie.
  • Light Show / Fireworks / Parades. I am unsure what the shows will be in March 2018 but we both want to see them all!!!

Rides


  • It's a Small World
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Phantom Manor
  • Disney Land Railroad
  • Peter Pan Ride
  • Buzz Lightyear Ride
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Star Tours
  • Tower of Terror
  • Crush Coaster
  • Everything in the Toy Story section!




Shopping


  • Visit the Disney Village. 
  • Wish List. Sweatshirt, Pins & Minnie Ears.
  • La Valle Village. A shopping village outside of Disney which has your 'normal' shops eg Sephora! As we are staying in a Disney Hotel we can get a free shuttle bus to and from the centre.


Miscellaneous

  • Pictures by the castle is a must! I think DLP has the prettiest castle and it's one of my favourite things about the park.
  • Magic Hours. I really want to arrive in the park really early at least once so I can get some good pictures without tons of crowds!




I am sure once we are there and see everything there is to do, see and eat a lot more will be added to my list as I just basically want to do it all as I don't think I'll be going back for a long time! I'd really love to know what you recommend to do!



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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Beauty | My Skincare Routine - La Roche-Posay Effaclar



Hey there! Sorry that it has been so long since my last post. I've started a new job which has replaced the time I used to use to write blog posts! I am still here though and am always reading all of yours, I just need to get used to using my time well and getting posts written! 


I started my journey in discovering beauty products by diving straight into the world of make-up, however I am definitely very interested in skincare now and thought I'd update you on my new skincare regime which I've been using for 2 months.




I did my research into different skincare brands and decided to try La Roche-Posay as all the magazines and many bloggers rave about it and I am yet to give it a chance! I bought all of these products in Boots when they had a 20% off and I had a lovely Boots gifts card to spend and I am very pleased that I chose them. It was really easy to choose which products I wanted to buy as the shelves were labelled clearly explaining which skin types should use each product and I have been using their Effaclar range.


'Effaclar is a complete skincare solution adapted for all types of imperfection-prone skin. Naturally hyperactive sebaceous glands produce an excess amount of sebum. The skin tends to become shiny. Under the influence of environmental variations, sebum can oxidise and stimulate sebaceous glands even more. The pores get blocked and imperfections may appear.'



Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Sensitive Skin - 400ml - £15   LINK

I have been using this twice daily  as my face wash and I love it! At first I found the scent a little strange, a little floral almost, but now I am used to it I don't even notice it. It contains no soap so it isn't drying on the skin. It's made my skin feel a lot smoother and reduced the oil level.

Effaclar Un-clogging Purifying Sebo-Controlling Mask Anti-Shine - 100ml - £11 - LINK

Twice a week I apply this face mask on my T-Zone. It contains Kaolin which helps to unblock the pores and mattify your skin over time. It also contains Panthenol B5 which helps to soothe the skin. Finally the Argilla ensures that the mask isn't drying and stops pores becoming inflamed. I remove the mask after 5 minutes with a warm water and a soft flannel. 

Effaclar Duo Anti-Imperfections - 40ml - £16.50 LINK (Now with SPF 30)

I finish off my routine with this anti-marks lotion which is clinically proved to reduce the size and redness of spots in 4 weeks, whilst preventing future break outs. 


I am very interested in adding their toner into my daily skincare routine LINK but other than that I am very happy with how all of these products are working and shall be continuing using them. I do think they're on the pricier end of the drugstore spectrum but as my skin is agreeing with them all I am happy to continue buying them.






Let me know if you use anything from La Roche-Posay and what you think of it!



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