Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Current/August favourites

It is insane to me that we are now in September. I mean we are in the last third of the year like whattttt, soon it will be Christmas! too soon? I bloody love autumn, gone are the days of dying in the heat and a big hello to the days of wearing scarfs and boots. I'm going to Paris at the end of October and I bet it will be stunning in autumnal colours, I'm rather excited as it is somewhere I have always always always wanted to go, second on my 'things to do before I die' list and I have had it booked since March so I've been waiting a while hah.

These few products have been key over the last couple of months and I'll tell you for why! The Soap & Glory on heck of a blot powder is all kinds of awesome. When I have turned into sweaty betty it has kept my face looking matte without looking like I have just caked myself in powder which is precisely what I would have just done. It's smooth, comes in sturdy packaging and I've even converted my Twin and she never usually spends over £3.99 (rimmel stay matte where you at) on powder. This stuff is 100% worth it!

The Lancome Hypnose drama mascara has been a long standing favourite of mine, it sucks it's so expensive but it really does make my lashes look amazing and you don't need layers and layers of the stuff  'cause when I have to do my make-up in my car 'cause I'm running that late, I don't have time for that! There is something about the curve in the wand and the formula that just lengthens my lashes, separates them and gives amazing volume, it is a frickin' magician.

The Bourjois 1 second nail varnish remover is a godsend. I have tried the £1 Primark version but it really isn't the same, the sponge breaks up and it doesn't smell as good as the Bourjois one so I am happy to pay extra just for the smell alone. It smells kinda fruity which is a massive improvement as nail varnish remover generally just stinks of chemicals. It works super quick and makes taking your nail varnish off less like a chore and there is no cotton wool mess at the end, win win!

The YSL rouge volupté shine in beige instinct is my new fave lippy. It doesn't look so great in the bullet, shimmery brown no thank you BUT on the lips it is the perfect browny nude and because it is from the sheerer line the colour is a lot more subtle and it looks super pretty. The shimmer isn't noticeable on the lips at all so there are no frosty lips in sight, it just makes your lips appear fuller in a nice way. I am obsessed with this, when I'm running late I will always grab this to take with me as it just finishes off any make-up look perfectly, it's a no fuss application because of the sheerer formula you don't need to use a lip liner and it just makes me feel more 'done.'

Finally my last favourite has to be come dine with me abroad. I didn't realise it was on again as it was on in the middle of the day so I have had all of series two and three to catch up on. The narrator is hilarious and I am just fascinated by how people interact with each other and their personality traits and then when you find an episode with a huge fight it is really entertaining! Lets be honest come dine with me is really about how interesting the people are, not the food.

So those are my faves, what have you been loving this month? Are you as happy about autumn as me? - Amy x

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A fresh start

The picture above looks rather like a lovely summers day but in actual fact it was taken in the middle of February and it had absolutely pissed it down the day before. I guess with this picture, what I'm trying to say is things may appear all rosey on the outside but inside could be a different matter which explains my absence from the blogging world quite well I think and where I am at in general. Basically I suffer with depression and over the last few months it has been the worst it's ever been, hence my absence but this isn't a pity party. I know that so many people suffer with the bastard that is depression and for me personally its been an on going issue for many years and something that I really don't like to talk about and am able to put my a very convincing front most of the time, but recently I've started to open up, a little, so I thought hey why not be honest here. So I've found medication along with other healthy coping mechanisms that are currently working and I'm trying my best to get my motivation back and stay on track so that's all I'll say about that, I may talk about it more in the future but right now I'm in the thick of it and each day brings new challenges so right now is not the time.

So! I have a new header, I brought a wacom bamboo tablet at Uni and thought I may aswell get some use out of it so it is in fact my hand writing! I have new simpler pages so it is hopefully easier to navigate to what you are interested in reading about rather than 10,000,000 different pages. I have kept my search bar but I just wanted to say, I know a lot of blogs have product directories but if you just search a certain brand or product in the bar, any post I have included it in will come up and if not, I haven't talked about it. I have a 'currently loving' slideshow which I'm really happy with as although I tend to do monthly favourites it's just a nice thing to have and shows you the things I rate. I have made my 'subscribe' section simpler and added my pinterest deets because I am obsessed, the quote boards YAS. Basically everything is laid out more simply, I've stuck to black and greys so that my images 'sing' as I am going to put a lot more effort into them, since I am a photography graduate I shouldn't be so lazy hey!

There you have it, that's my story and hopefully I'll be around my little corner of the interwebs a lot more frequently from now on! Speaking of which I better crack on with my August faves post! - Amy x

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Hello all!

Long time, no blog, here's a sad picture hah, honestly though I am very sorry! I haven't jacked it in, I am just in the process of tweaking and wanting to relaunch so please excuse me if certain links don't work ect. I shall post when the process is all done but I am aiming for 01/09/15 so hopefully you'll continue to stick with me and I can get back to loving my little space on the internet and have more varied posts ect and have more of my personality come across. I've also been struggling personally which is why I initially stopped posting but I'm ready to start again so I do hope you'll stick with me, if not I'll be more than content rambling to myself haha.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever your up to and if you are working, I feel ya!

Keep smiling, Amy x

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

REVIEW: Essence nude lipsticks in 03 & 05

Essence is a brand that has fond memories for me as I first found it on a trip to Berlin which was my first trip without my parents and I just remember being amazed by the huge display and how cheap everything was, I was like a kid in a sweet shop. Fast forward a couple of years and Essence finally became available in wilko in the UK and ever since then my collection has grown.

My latest purchase and by latest I mean probably a couple of months a go now, I just hadn't got round to typing up this post and lets be honest I have been pretty slack on the blog front. This brings me to a shout out I wanna give to Zoe London and a particular post shes just written about how she feels about blogging and although blogging isn't my job I still feel pressure to post more than I realistically have time for and I could really relate to how she felt about the blogging culture. Even in the last two years since I started my blog I have noticed a huge change in blogging as it once felt like it had such a strong community spirit so I wholeheartedly suggest you give her latest post a read and her whole blog because she is a very clever, thoughtful lady. She also has some great posts on her trip to New York which got me super excited for mine early next year!

Okay onto the lipsticks which can I just say I love. I picked up 05 cool nude and 03 come naturally. These are perfect everyday shades. 05 has a brown vibe with a hint of dusty rose where as 03 has a slight mauvey tint mixed in with brown and is cooler in tone. They are the perfect shades if you are worried about nudes looking too light on you if you have a fair complexion like me. The wear time is pretty good considering they are only £2.30 each! They feel comfortable on the lips and I would say they have a semi-matte finish which looks really nice. Essence have a few more shades in their nude collection and I love how the packaging matches the shade as it is so much easier to pick out what lip shade you wanna wear that way cause you can clearly see the shade.

For £2.30 you can't go wrong, Essence has some lovely shades in their long lasting lipstick range so if you haven't already definitely give them a try but especially these two shades if you are searching for a much cheaper alternative to those high-end nude lipsticks everyone is obsessed with. - Amy x

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

An insomniacs guide to insomnia

Look at them bad ass blues brother lookin' sheep, anyways haha. I've had insomnia on and off for the last 9 years so I thought I'd share my advice/tips on the subject as I'm a bit of a pro at this not sleeping lark. The images above are ones I found on instagram from a late night hashtag search as you do when you can't sleep.

  • If someone else is trying to give you advice and they haven't experienced insomnia, ignore them, they do not know your pain! Things like have you actually tried to sleep or just go to bed do not help.
  • Don't lay in bed for hours. If sleep isn't happening within 30 minutes go and watch some boring TV, read a book, write a blog post, whatever you fancy doing and try again in a little while. Laying in bed will only make you more annoyed at your lack of sleep and make it harder.
  • Meditation can at least relax you so your body and mind are more open top the idea of sleeping. An app called calm has been amazing for me, there are various things on youtube and Paul Mckenna's CD that goes with his book 'I can make you sleep' works well for me. You have to have an open mind though, if you start thinking this will be a waste of time, then it will be. Focus on just relaxing to start with. Any rest is good rest.
  • Write down every thought whizzing around in your head. If you find yourself thinking about a certain issue for example you may have an exam the next day, write down all the things you are concerned about, write down possible solutions, write down what the worst outcome could be and how you'd over come it, e.g you can retake the exam and the best outcome and then the worry is no longer taking up head space and your mind is happy you've found a solution for it. This is something that really works for me as I'm a worrier and I also find writing to do lists for the next day helps so I'm not worrying about forgetting anything. Put problems into perspective on paper. 

The worst that can happen is that you'll be tried, just remember that the more you stress the worse it is so just try and keep things in perspective. It's only sleep and eventually you will crash anyways so try not to let one aspect of your life consume you. Also remember that there are plenty of people that have sleep issues so it isn't just you going through this torment and hopefully you can gain some comfort from that and imagine everyone else that is still awake with you! - Amy x

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

May favourites!

The moment has arrived! its monthly favourites time, all be it slightly later than planned but hey it's only the 4th! Seems like only yesterday I was thinking may the fourth be with you (get it), le sigh, where does the time go?

Time leads me nicely into my first favourite of the month which is my new watch. A stunning simplistic offering from DKNY with rose gold toned hardware and a white leather strap which gets filthy but I'll forgive it that. I kept dreaming of a Micheal Kors watch and then I thought actually you hate wearing chunky jewellery what makes you think you'd ever wear it so from that moment I started my quest to find my own perfect designer watch. I love how it isn't too big or too small, it feels light around my wrist, you can't see from the picture really but it has a rose gold tinted clock face which matches perfectly with the dials and surround ect and although the white leather strap is incredibly easy to get dirty it really makes the rose gold stand out and just looks classic. At £89.99 compared to a Micheal Kors I don't think its a bad price either. link.

You can clearly tell I love my watch, all that rambling though! On to the next fave which is a combined favourite really. Its the Makeup revolution the one foundation in shade 1 which is the white one mixed with the estée lauder double wear foundation. Basically I was in a rush and I picked up a shade that was slightly too dark for me 'cause I thought it was the lightest one and it wasn't yada yada and the formula is also really heavy but I like how it looks. Anyways I got a little bottle, mixed the two together and I basically have my dream foundation in colour and formula. The coverage is amazing, it is light weight as the MUR foundation has a water like consistency which makes the double wear less thick and the colour is spot on, one very happy Amy indeed.

Next up is the Illamasqua gel sculpt in silhouette which I've already raved about here so you can check that post out for a full review but basically I have been using it every time I put makeup on, even when I am in a rush, it is just so easy and fool proof to use.

I have fallen back in love with my L'Oréal la palette nude rose all over again. It is what I have been reaching for most days over everything else. My fave combo is the shade 5th in from the left all over the lid which is a taupey bronze shade with a hint of purple and second in from the right as a transition shade and to blend it all out and into the crease which is a coppery taupey shade with a kinda dusty rose vibe. I am so rubbish at describing shades but hopefully you get what I mean!

Onto things that aren't pictured. I got a Netflix trial and so far I have been loving it, especially reliving my youth and watching the film Madeleine which is basically about a boarding school that is being sold and how the girls try to stop it, along with Madeleine who is an orphan, the main characters many adventures, but there are lots of other stories intertwined, it really is a heart warming film.

Another favourite is the fact I have two holidays booked to my two dream destinations. I am going to Paris in October and New York in March. I am so bloody excited although they are ages away it gives me plenty of time to save up spending money and pay them both off with out getting stressed as New York is not cheap but I decided whilst I am happy in my job why not travel to the two places I have always dreamed of going before I really have to settle properly in a job and start saving up for a mortgage. I have now become obsessed with travel mini's and there is still a long time to go haha.

My last favourite is my clothing rack. I got rid of my chest of drawers and got a clothing rack instead and I'm so glad I did. It doesn't impose on my small room, I can actually see all the clothes I have so don't forget what I've got and it is just really nice being able to hang my clothes up instead of having to cram them into drawers.

I've been a bit of a debbie downer about my blog lately, kinda thinking whats the point when really it is only a hobby for me, I need to stop wasting time and get my head out of the clouds ect but I've decided you know what, I love writing, other peoples hobbies take up time, mine just happens to involve being comfy in my bed writing about beauty products. I also love taking pictures, I mean I have completed a photography degree and although I may have no bloody clue about what career path I want to go down at least I am still involved in taking photographs and sharing them all be it in quite a different style and way than I did at Uni as I am generally into landscapes and used to see taking blog pictures as something that was just whatever but you still need to set up the shot, get the lighting right ect and that is something I still enjoy doing. ohhhhhhhhkay quite the rambling post today! Basically I'm gunna stop being a debbie downer, stop feeling rubbish for not posting all the time and just do me!

Leave me links to your favourites posts if you have done one 'cause they are my favourites ;) to read! Also do your cheesiest grin and if you weren't truly smiling before you will be now at how silly you are and how silly you probably look! - Amy x

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

The new must have contour product on the block

Above is the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette and I have fallen in love. I got this about a month ago and it is the only contour product I've used since and it is so easy to apply I use it every day. It is a gel formula so applies beautifully, is satisfyingly cool on my skin and doesn't take my base off with it when I apply it direct.

I apply this straight from the packaging and then blend with a brush but it would work just as well with fingers or using a brush to pick up product then apply. It looks so natural which is surprising considering how dark it looks in the packaging but that is the beauty of a gel formula. Illamasqua has swatches on various skin tones on their website here so you can see how it's gunna look and it is an incredibly versatile shade.

I loved using hollow from my multi facet palettes but this just blows it out of the water. If you are a contouring noob you need this and even if you have mastered it I seriously don't think there is a better product on the market than this. It has amazing lasting power and blends seamlessly to look really natural but still gives you that definition. I'm not gunna lie, after I apply it I think dang that looks good haha. It can easily built up if you prefer a really strong contour but because the shade looks so natural it will still look nice and not over done.

I brought this on a whim and at £22.00 it isn't cheap but it is bloody amazing. I can see it lasting me a long time, I've barely put a dent in it and I've been using it for a month. You can have a natural seamlessly blended contour in seconds, what's not to love? A tip on the Illamasqua website is to dab a bit on your lips to deepen your natural lip colour, I'm definitely going to give that a go tomorrow morning!

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts? - Amy x

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