Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

It's actually crazy how long it has taken me to get this post done. I love doing these awards as they're so good for interaction and meeting new people. The lovely Leonie nominated me and I'm sorry it has taken me so long! Here we go!

Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
Answer a few questions about yourself.
Create questions for blogs that you find a joy to read. 
Provide links to these nominated blogs and let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
Include the award logo within your blog post.

What season is your favourite and why?
Without a doubt, my favourite is autumn. I hate summer, I hate winter (yes, moody I know) and autumn has the best of both. I love wearing berry coloured lipstick and drinking hot chocolate and the colour of the leaves and walks and scarves and jumpers. 

Lipstick or lipgloss?
Always lipstick. I don't feel normal without wearing a lipstick when I have a full face of makeup. However, the occasional lipgloss on top of a lipstick is also a winner.

What do you do when you have had a bad day?
Cry, usually haha. I'd like to say something positive and uplifting here but in truth I am a very sensitive, emotional, messy woman and when I have a bad day, I cry about everything. I was born one of life's overthinkers and worriers. I just aim to get into bed and watch something on Netflix with a tea or write it all down or moan to my best friend.

Books or T.V?
My poor heart is torn. I have always loved books and have learned so much and will always want to read something. But on the other hand, I luurve television. I want to work in the television industry. I love the way images can make you feel and the attachment to characters and I binge watch all types of television so yeah, television comes out on top. 

What's your favourite movie?
There's more than one! As I said, I want to work in film and television so I'm going to massively cheat here... 'Cemetery Junction', 'Dirty Dancing', 'The Breakfast Club', 'About Time', 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days', 'Mary Poppins', 'Silver Linings Playbook', 'Shutter Island', 'Saving Mr. Banks', 'Delivery Man', 'Easy A', 'When Harry Met Sally', 'What's Your Number?', '10 Things I Hate About You', 'This Is England', '500 Days of Summer', 'Titanic', 'Hercules'... But yeah 'Cemetery Junction' is my favourite movie.

Why did you start blogging?
Because it was an escape for me. I'm strongly passionate about several things and wanted to express that in a good way. It's also something interesting to look back on.

What are your favourite hobbies?
I like singing but I gave that up a long time ago. I like writing and blogging. I'd say creative things but I'm not too talented in that aspect really.

What would be your perfect night in with the girls?
As long as we have movies, drink and food that would be good enough for me. It really doesn't matter what we're doing but there's quite a few of us so it's always so hard to plan!

Favourite holiday?
I'm not sure if this means like going away on holiday or celebration type holiday so I'll answer both. My favourite holidays have been in Majorca, Son Baulo Hotel. My favourite time of year holiday is probably Christmas.

What is your favourite makeup product and why?
Any Mac lipstick. It can change everything and I feel so much better after buying one! Oops haha.

(Sorry I don't have enough people to nominate...)

What three things are you worrying about most right now?
What is the last thing you ate?
Where is your favourite place?
If you could change one thing about your body what would it be?
How many people would you say you truly trust?
Why and how is your best friend, your best friend?
What is your most worn foundation?
What are you excited for?
If you had £100 right now, what beauty products would you buy with it?
What is one of your biggest regrets?

Thank you again, Leonie. I love doing this kind of thing and hope those nominated do too!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Liz Earle Skincare Haul & Review

It's official, I am in love with the goddess that is Liz Earle. I would like to thank Liz personally, for completely saving my horrible skin. The 'naturally active' ingredients in these products are so gentle and nourishing. Yes, I spent a lot of money on this haul which I haven't yet forgiven myself for but looking at my face now, I have only 5% regret.

Firstly, I ordered the 'Skincare Essentials Set' for Normal/Combination skin. I was in two minds about which to buy. My skin can be sensitive so Dry/Sensitive sounded like a sensible idea, however, I have been getting a lot oilier around my t-zone so decided that I would choose combination to hopefully balance things out. As well as this, I bought the 'Deep Cleansing Mask'.

The legendary 'Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish' was actually a repurchase. I cannot rave about this product more. It has completely revolutionised the way I take my makeup off, the look and feel of my skin and the complete ease of the whole process. For those who haven't heard of this product (most have tried and loved), it's so simple to use. You take a pump of this creamy balm and wipe onto your dry, makeup caked face. You continue to cleanse the face by rubbing the product into the skin and over the lips and eyes. It totally breaks down all your makeup, even the mascaras that cling on for dear life. Then, you wet a muslin cloth in warm water and keep rotating it to wipe your face clean of the product. Not only does it remove all of the build up of the day and make your realise how much you actually put on your face, it polishes and gently exfoliates the skin too, leaving you with a gorgeously clean glow. There is genuinely nothing quite like it. My skin has never looked and felt this clear. I've always hated makeup wipes so this is my holy grail makeup remover; I don't think I'll ever go back.

This is an unexpected love for me. I usually stay clear of face masks because they're time-consuming and messy. I also hate taking face masks off. But the 'Deep Cleansing Mask' is different. The green clay mask uses manuka honey which is a natural antiseptic and healer. Leaving this on for around 10-15 minutes draws all the impurities from the skin and tones down the redness of my spots. You take this one off with the sponges supplied, wetting them and gently wiping away all traces of the mask with one in each hand. I don't use this every day but it really is amazing; skin looks so fresh and alive after using it.

(Me looking hot as ever in the face mask)

The 'Instant Boost Skin Tonic' is a in basic terms a very gentle toner. Adding a natural glow and removing even more makeup you didn't realise was still on your face, this definitely 'revitalises, soothes and tones'. It's so refreshing and subtle but does such a good job at cleansing pores and preventing sebum build-up.

My least favourite but that makes it no less wonderful, the 'Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion' removes any eye makeup that's still clinging on. You never have to look like a panda again. It's also very awakening, not irritant and very helpful in the morning. Improving the look of dark circles and bagginess, this one is brilliant for those with terrible sleep patterns like me. Like the 'Instant Skin Boost Tonic', the bottles have a twist cap which lets you easily dispense a suitable amount of product. I love this idea as it locks into place, so you waste.

Honestly, there were mixed reviews on the 'Skin Repair Moisturiser', so I was very sceptical. For me, it works wonderfully. It sinks in easily and keeps my skin hydrated. It is very soothing and tones down the redness. It does balance out my dryness and oiliness. It's great as a base for makeup too. I have not found a moisturiser anywhere as effective as this. The amount of product you actually need is minimal so the pot lasts forever. It looks pretty much bottomless but even if I empty it, I will be definitely re-purchasing.

In general, my only problems are the insane pricing and that some of the packaging gives you no indication as to how much product is left. I have fallen head over heels with Liz Earle's skincare. I would repurchase all of these products a million times. My skin looks so much smoother, clearer and healthier. My acne is so minimal at the moment and I cannot praise these products anymore than I already have. This is pretty much my current skincare routine and I don't plan to change it anytime soon.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

100 Things That Currently Make Me Happy

1.       Late night walks
2.       Passing my theory driving test
3.       White carnations
4.       Arctic Monkeys
5.       Pay day
6.       Clean makeup brushes
7.       Mexican food
8.       Seeing my best friend after a long time
9.       Compliments on my hair
10.   Clothing and makeup deliveries
11.   Getting out of work on time
12.   ‘Misfits’
13.   My cousins
14.   Scented candles
15.   ‘Taylor Swift’
16.   Finishing school early on a Wednesday
17.   Amazing musical harmonies
18.   80’s movies
19.   Alex Turner’s voice
20.   Having a tidy bedroom
21.   Fresh breath
22.   Disneyland Paris
23.   Going to the cinema
24.   Group chat
25.   Long wearing lipsticks
26.   The Smiths
27.   Being organised
28.   PIZZA
29.   EBay shopping
30.   Laughing when someone trips over (usually me)
31.   Mozzarella sticks
32.   Tumblr
33.   Handing coursework in
34.   ‘Harry Potter’
35.   British films
36.   LUSH bath bombs
37.   The SacconeJolys
38.   Being proud of my friends
39.   Texts from your best friend
40.   Zalfie
41.   Feeling the sun on my skin
42.   Holding someone’s hand
43.   Neil Patrick Harris
44.   Posting on instagram
45.   DVD blooper reels
46.   Feeling wanted
47.   Singing to someone over snapchat
48.   Drawing on my legs in marker
49.   Poetry
50.   ‘Dirty Dancing’
51.   Traffic on your blog
52.   Singing and dancing in your pyjamas
53.   Award ceremonies
54.   Musical theatre
55.   When you can see the stars
56.   Live music
57.   Calling someone late at night
58.   Coffee dates
59.   The airport
60.   Doing favours for a friend
61.   Mojitos
62.   Being in charge of music choice
63.   Fireworks
64.   Telling your Mum everything
65.   Raspberries
66.   Finding a new television show
67.   Seeing old friends
68.   On-point eyeliner
69.   Realising how strong you are
70.   Queueing a blog post
71.   Seeing your grandparents in love
72.   Julie Andrews (Queen of Genovia)
73.   London
74.   ‘Emma Stone’
75.   Celebrity tweets
76.   Crying because you’re happy
77.   Wearing sunglasses
78.   Berry smoothies from Pret A Manger
79.   Knowing the words to an old song
80.   Friendly strangers
81.   Jeans that make your bum look incredible
82.   Movie nights
83.   Taking off a face mask
84.   Climbing into bed on a Friday night
85.   Dinner with friends
86.   iTunes playlists
87.   Uncontrollable smiling
88.   Lyrics that mean something to you
89.   OTP’s being hella cute
90.   Shopping hauls
91.   Duvet days
92.   Buying something you’ve wanted for ages
93.   Having time to read a book
94.   The perfect messy bun
95.   Good hair days
96.   Making new friends
97.   Dad making you tea you didn’t ask for
98.   The Friday feeling
99.   My Mac palette
100. Being body positive

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Ebay & Amazon Beauty Bargains #2: Laroc 120 Eyeshadow Palette

Nope, not the Lorac Pro Palette. Not even a dupe, just a company with a very similar name. The Laroc 120 eyeshadow palette. I saw this on eBay whilst scrolling for cheap makeup brushes to carry around and for £4.99, I had to try it. 

It's impressively pigmented. There are so many colours to choose from and a wide range of finishes from shimmers to mattes and everything in between. Some do show up better than others. Many of the bronzey/brown shades are to die for and blend really nicely, but some of the white/creamy tones are chalky. Fall out is expected, but it's nothing major. 120 eyeshadows for £4.99 isn't too bad at all. The packaging is flimsy and the panels come apart when closed but it'd be great as a gift or just for experimenting with. I have used many of the shades for everyday looks and despite the packaging fault I cannot complain.

Find it here.

Friday, 10 April 2015

LUSH Hand & Nail Care | Lemony Flutter & Helping Hands

I have bitten my nails since I was a tiny child. It's horrible, I know that. Then I had a problem with false nails which I would stick with for a few days then rip off. All in all, my nails were a damaged mess. However, after years of struggle, I have been very good and am very proud of myself because they have reached a substantial length. My brittle nails do break VERY easily though because of the several years worth of damage. So, I popped into LUSH and invested in some fresh, gorgeous smelling hand and nail care. 

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
It's a  bit of a multi-use wonder product, this one. It's amazing at controlling the cuticles, rubs in really easily and moisturises the nail at the same time. It's important to look after your cuticles as they are part of your skin which serves to protect the nail matrix, the part that your nail grows from. Whilst smelling absolutely incredible (think sherbet lemons), it's also great for any dry bits on the body especially elbows and heels. A mixture of natural butters and oils means that the neglected areas will be cared for after just a few applications.

Helping Hands Hand Cream
Designed for nurses and people who are constantly washing their hands, this is the ultimate hand cream from LUSH. It sinks in quickly and rejuvenates dry and cracked hands. It's not too greasy but makes hands look clean and soft. It doesn't have a particular smell but incorporates honey (a natural antiseptic), chamomile (reduces redness), African marigold oil (sore, broken skin), lavender and several butters. It moisturises well into my nails. And always, LUSH doesn't test on animals so that's a brilliant bonus.

I'm hoping they will recover eventually and I dream of long, perfectly maincured nails to show off and paint in pretty colours. Then, and only then, can I upload a nail varnish picture to instagram and use the nail emoji as a caption.