Monday, 30 September 2013

It's been one of those days...

Sometimes you have a day where you feel like the worlds against you. Everything around you seems to be falling apart, your luck is terrible and you feel miserable. Today was one of those days for me.

I must state here that I am a generally very optimistic and cheerful person. On reflection that may be why it seems that when I do have an awful day it is particularly bad for me. I am a firm believer of talking out your emotions and not keeping it all inside, but I am not going to go into why I was feeling particularly horrible this day over the internet. Instead I am going to dedicate this post to cheering one selves up after a particularly hellish day. 

Okay so here goes everyone, lets start emulating positivity and here is a few ideas of things that I find make me feel better. 

Have a cup of tea.
Take twice as long on your evening skin care routine. A clean face is a clean mind... or something.
Text your best friend for morale support.
Hug your best friend for morale support. 
If its the start of the day, rock a bright lipstick it will give you a surge of confidence.
Have a long bath.
Watch an old film. Breakfast at Tiffany's and High Society are my favourites.
Online shop... with caution... maybe.
Eat chocolate covered popcorn from M&S.
Listen to Justin Timberlake.
Take a long walk and clear your head.
Buy some magazines and take a whole entire to just sit down, chill out & flick through those glossy pages.

I have also decided to include some quotes that I love and I like to look over on a bad day. It is kind of like getting a mini pep talk from pinterest or tumblr, also these photos I have taken from those website and are not my own. 

On a final note, just remember that tomorrow is a new day and things always seem better in the morning. Be happy :)

Friday, 27 September 2013

My Fashion Picks Autumn 2013 | ASOS,Topshop & River Island

My picks Autumn 13
This is my picks of all the best of Autumn fashion and accessories from Topshop, ASOS & River Island. I love each of these pieces and think this sort of collection is the basic items you need for Autumn/Winter. I particularly love the River Island cover up and the ASOS doctors bag. Links are bellow to all the clothes which are available in store now.

Topshop dress

Topshop dress

River Island sweater
$64 -

Unique sweater

Topshop top

River Island black cover up
$96 -

River Island jeans
$40 -

River Island brown trousers
$56 -

River Island black cut out boots
$72 -

River Island dark green shoes
$45 -

ASOS felt purse

Topshop earrings

Topshop ring

Topshop necklace

River Island tassel scarve
$40 -

Low Key Autumn Smokey Eye | My Makeup Look Today #2

It is the beginning of Autumn and I have just done a rearrange of my everyday make-up. I have packed away all my pastel nail polishes and bright coloured lipstick and blushes and brought out my dark mauves and maroons to match my Autumn wardrobe. Today I was going to work and then had a meeting in town, so I didn't want to go to heavy with my make-up but I still wanted to look like I had made an effort. 

I decided to go with my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation as a base, because it is really hydrating and illuminating which is great for my dry skin. I then applied my beloved Vichy Derma blend as a concealer as I have had a few blemishes recently. I filled in my brows with my usual Mac Charcoal Brown eye shadow and applied some brow gel too. 

I applied some Mac Painterly as an eyelid base for my eye shadow to stick to then used a mix of the lovely bronze shades in my ELF palette across the lid with a darker colour in the crease. I very thinly lined my upper lash line with Maybelline Gel Liner, and added lashings of YSL Shocking Mascara. 

I added some ELF bronzer to my cheeks and anywhere the sun hit to warm up my complexion and also added a little Mac Soft & Gentle highlighter to my cheeky bones, brown bone and cupids bow. To top the look off I used Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Honey.

I have added a few photos of the finished look bellow, I really like this look its quick and easy but it does look life you have made a real effort. I also think you could easily add a bit more gel liner and smoke the shadow underneath your eye to amp it for an evening look. 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Empties/Products I Have Used Up #1

This month is one of the first where I have actually remembered to save up all my empty products to discuss and review for you guys. I have actually had such a good product month and have loved nearly everything I have finished. I think in this kind of post the real information you want to hear is would you repurchase and that is what I am going to concentrate on in this post. 

Garnier Body Lotions
I tend to have very dry skin no matter the season so a nourishing body lotion is essential to my after shower routine. I have been using this Garnier lotion for quite a while and I really love this product. It sinks in to the skin really quickly, and depending on which variety of the body lotion you use it smells gorgeous. I tend to use the lotions directed at dry skin but you can get the lotion that helps with firming, sensitive skin etc. It is really hydrating on the skin and for the price is genuinely a fab product.

Would I repurchase? YES

Simple Cleansing Lotion
I am always trying out different skin care to find the best cleanser, moisturisers and toners for my skin type. I have dry and sensitive skin so I decided to try the simple skin care range as it's formulation is directed to sensitive skin. I liked this product but I wouldn't say it was an outstanding cleanser, it did the job but wasn't anything special. If you are looking for a bargain with no chemicals or nasty stuff in it then go for this product!

Would I repurchase? Probably not

Redken Blonde Glam Shampoo & Conditioner
I have been on the lookout for a stand out amazing shampoo and conditioner duo to use everyday so have been trying lots of things out. I liked these products they where luxiourous and felt nice in my hair, leaving it soft and smooth after blowdrying. I found the shampoo didn't lather up that well though and the conditioner was a little bit hard to wash out my hair. I liked these products but I don't think they were right for my hair type to be honest.

Would I repurchase? Redken? YES This product! No

Various Makeup Wipes
I know, I know! In the words of Caroline Hirons "Fannys, Flights and Festivals!" Lets face it we are all a bit lazy at times and I do find myself reaching for facewipes when I am tired. There is nothing that overwhelming about face wipes  I like them nice and wet and also unscented so they don't sting my eyes. I have here the simple variety and the boots own variety, both do the job and don't dry my skin out to much.

Would I repurchase? Yes, Sorry Caroline!

It's A 10 Miracle Leave In Product

I originally bought this product in Miami last year and have been using it super spairingly because I don't think it is very readily available in the UK. I have heard rumours of people purchasing it in TK Maxx but haven't been succesful myself. Please let me know if you can find this product. I LOVE this product, my hair is crazy tangled when I get out the shower even if I use a great conditioner. I spritz my hair with this leave in product and it instantly detangles my knotted hair. It is truely a miracle product and I could not recommend it enough.

Would I repurchase? YES YES YES If I can find it!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I have recently fallen in love with Caudalie skin care. I particularly love this product which is a favorutie among celebrities and make-up aritists. A few spritz on my face instantly freshens and hydrates my skin clearing any redness and making me feel more awake. I am not entirely sure what this product is supposed to do but I love the smell of it and do find it wakens up my skin and makes me feel better.

Would I repurchase? Maybe

Aveeno Intensive Cream
This product I have used for years as I have suffered with eczeema. I love it so much, it is amazing for dry and iritated skin and I actually have a full review of this product here if you are interested in hearing more about this product.

Would I repurchase? Yes again and again.

Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream
I seem to have used a lot of moisturisers this month haha! I picked this up from a friend to try out. I know I am mad because I'm only 21 but prevention is important when it comes to wrinkles. I didn't find this product blew me away but it was hydrating and didn't irritate my skin. I liked this product under my make-up as my foundation stuck to it well. I didn't really like the smell of the product though. To be honest it wasn't amazing but wasn't bad.

Would I repurchase? Probably not!

Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream
Another moisturiser, this one being my all time favourite my go to moisturiser. I have been using this product for as long as I can remember. It is very moisturising and hydrating and keeps my skin soft and smooth. It has a gorgeous clean smell and doesn't irritate my skin by being overly perfumed. For a cheap but quality moisturiser for under your make-up I would highly recommend this cream!

Would I repurchase? Yes!

Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster
I got a little tester of this when I purchased a few other Clarins products. I like to use this in the morning to clean off any muck that may have got on my skin while I was asleep. It really gives my skin a little kick and my skin feels super clean after I use it. I feel like my skin feels nice and smooth and prepped for the day. 

Would I repurchase/buy full size? Yes I want to use it more!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Photo Project #2

Rebel Rebel!

The second look Chelsea and I decide do for our Photo Project was a grungier look which was inspired by a lot of photos we saw on tumblr and pinterest. We found an amazing abandoned house that looked burned out that was next to a deserted building site. So with caution of course we decided to take the photos there which we thought fitted in nicely with rebel/punk styling.

The photos above we did at the end of the day and needed editing because of the light we used. I also wanted to add that neither Chelsea or I are trying to glamorize smoking it was just a creative choice for the style of photos. We are both non smokers and aren't looking to offend anybody again it was just a creative choice for the photo project.

Again special thanks to Chels! This photo shoot was pretty physically draining for her haha! Chelsea is an amazing singer and has a YouTube channel that I will link here and she also has twitter which I will link here be sure to check her covers out!