Wednesday, 26 April 2017

My Summer Goals

April has been my favourite month of the year so far - the days are getting longer, I got to catch up with friends and it feels like the wedding really is just around the corner now with less than a year to go.

Last month my main goal was to cut out chocolate, I lasted 10 days then caved after becoming welcomed home from a long day at work with a pack of mini eggs. I've been looking back over the goals that I keep setting myself each month and to be honest I'm not doing very well... I really don't believe in setting goals that aren't attainable, so with that in mind I've decided instead of setting goals for every single month I'm going to do it by season instead.


Take more outfit pictures 

I'm pretty proud that I've plunked up the courage to start sharing more outfit pictures. Over the past few months I've had a bit of a change in heart, I'm becoming less and less bothered about what people think of me which is really helping me step out of my comfort zone. I remember hearing the quote 'Lions never loose sleep over the opinions of sheep' and I try to remember that any time I have doubt about doing something, just because I think people might judge me for it. I'm heading to Barcelona in less than 2 weeks and I'm hoping to take a far few outfit shots while I'm there - all credit to my other half, he's a good'un! 

Film my first YouTube video/ vlog

This is something I've wanted to do for years! For the aforementioned reasons I finally feel like I'm at a place where I could possibly do it. I'm going to start by vlogging my trip to Barcelona and then just see where that takes me. I know when I'm older it will be one of those things that I kick myself for not doing.

Learn how to use photoshop more

I know the basics of photoshop, but I would love to know how to do more detailed and specific things. I have a book which has been collecting dust for nearly a year now so it's definitely about time I made a start.

Try Yoga

Yoga is something I used to enjoy, I did Yoga With Adriene's 30 day challenge and loved it but I haven't practised it in a while now, I just can't bring myself to start again! Luckily I've just discovered that my local gym has a class every Monday so fingers crossed I'll be able to get a space and it will help me get back into it.


Bag - Dune
Dress - Dorothy Perkins
Trainers - Vans
Watch - Timex

How do you feel about monthly goals, do you set yourself goals each month?

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Spring/ Summer Beauty Wishlist

There isn't ever a time when I don't have an endless amount of things on my beauty wishlist! I mentioned a few beauty bits on my radar in this post but I wanted to go into more detail about the beauty items I plan on picking up this spring/ summer.

First up I'll go through some skincare. I've heard so many people rave about the Pixi and Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse collaboration, I love the idea of using an oil then going onto a cream cleanser and with it being Caroline that's released it, it's a no brainer that I need it really. When it comes to moisturiser L'Occtaine seem to get it right! I've had my eye on their Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream after trying a sample, it's beautifully rich and hydrating without feeling oily or too heavy which will be perfect for the warmer months, I definitely need to purchase a full sized version.

I'm thinking of picking up a few things whilst I'm in duty free before my holiday, one of those being the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I've wanted to try it for ages but the price tag always put me off, so it seems like a bargain to pick it up when I can get 20% off. There's also an Urban Decay stand at duty free, I must have repurchased the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray 6/7 times now, I always notice a different in how long my makeup lasts so it's become an essential part of my routine. However, since hearing about the Quick Fix Hydra Charged Complexion Prep Spray I've decided to pick that up instead as it can be used as a primer and a setting spray, plus I noticed Emmy from EmmysBeautyCave rave about it and that sealed the deal for me.

If you're a regular reader you'll know I've recently become highlighter obsessed, and although I already have a pretty big collection I feel like I need to add the Jouer Highlighter in Rose Quartz into the mix after seeing Gemma mention it the other week, it just looks too beautiful to miss! I can't go through summer without picking up a new scent, my holy grail is without a doubt Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede and to go with that I want to purchase the Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne, the two mix perfectly and smell amazing worn alone too.

What's on your radar this Summer?

*This post is in collaboration with L'Occitane* 
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Wedding Update #2

Only a year to go... Roll on April 2018. If you missed my previous wedding update you can catch that here, quite a lot has happened since and thankfully my other half has been on the ball and we've managed to get some of the big things booked.

First of all, we have a photographer! Photography was something we really weren't prepared to scrimp and save on and luckily it was pretty easy to find the person for us. We met Tom Calton at the National Wedding Show in Birmingham last year, as soon as we got chatting to him and saw his work we knew we really liked him. His style is very relaxed and the un-staged, documentary style images he takes are just perfect. We're both so pleased to have him booked! I would really recommend going to a National Wedding Show, there are hundreds of suppliers there often with discounts and it's a great way to meet people face to face.

Another exciting update is that I now have bridesmaids! I think dress shopping won't be for another few months, but there is definitely a lot to look forward to, and I'm so glad that the girls finally know. Unfortunatly we've had our first set back. One of my top tips when looking for suppliers is to ask whether their prices include VAT, otherwise you could be stung! From the catering company we thought we were going with we were told a quote without VAT which added on a considerable amount to the overall price which we just weren't willing to pay. Now the hunt begins for a more reasonable catering company - in all honesty, I'm happy to leave the food to Jay to sort!

I'm starting to get super excited about all the little things that need to be planned. I already know who I want to design our invitations and I have some ideas about the flowers, the next big thing is finding me a dress to wear...

If you want to see the kind of style we are going for then I have a pretty big Pinterest board here which sums it up quite nicely.

Over the next year I'm hoping to do even more wedding related content, so if you have anything you are interested in then please feel free to let me know! I feel like from now the countdown really does begin

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Affordable Concealer Round Up

I've done a round up of the high end concealers in my collection before, so I thought it was about time I went through the more affordable options in my collection too... If you fancy a concealer bargain then stick around, I would say some of these are just as good as my high end faves!

I apply all concealer under/ around my eyes with a damp beauty blender and I tend to set them all in place with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (my holy grail powder), when mentioning how long any of these concealers last on the skin it will be after they have been set with this. I would really recommend using a loose powder to set any concealer, it definitely reduces creasing and improves longevity on the skin.

Everyone knows just how brilliant the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is, so I won't spend too long on it. The hype seems to have died down over the last year or so but this is definitely a concealer I will continue to repurchase. It's pigmented, creamy and lightweight managing to cover both blemishes and around my eyes really well lasting atleast 7/8 hours. I feel lucky that shade 1 works well for brightening around the eyes and shade 2 is a good match for any blemishes I have, otherwise the shade range is pretty pants! A recent concealer rediscovery has been the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint, possibly the most underrated concealer I own. This is so soft and pigmented and does the best job at covering the darkness in the corners of my eyes and keeping them covered all day/ night long. I tend to warm this up with my finger then gently pat it over the problem area and it covers so well, I don't put this directly under my eyes as I prefer something a little more creamy for that. Again, I have issues with the shade range but fair does seem to work well for me as it has a yellow undertone counteracting the dark blue bags.

A complete dupe for the beloved Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This matches the Nars offering if not beating it for me, it's pigmented, heavy duty yet not quite as drying as the Nars Radiant Creamy making it even better for the under eyes. Annoyingly, I have to say it again, the colour range is shocking and the lightest shade is just about light enough for my under eyes, such a shame because the formulation is perfect. Also this does have a habit of getting stupidly messy around the top of the tube. The packaging and shade range are the only factors that make this obviously a more affordable product. A concealer from Maybelline I don't like quite as much is the Age Rewind Concealer. I think for anyone with dry under eyes needing something a little less heavy duty this will be lovely, however I just don't find it conceals enough for my liking and I don't really understand the sponge applicator. I keep this for the good skin/ had an amazing nights sleep days.

Lastly is the L'Oreal True Match Concealer, for me this is similar to the Maybelline Age Rewind and I don't tend to reach for it as much as it doesn't conceal enough, although layered over the top of the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint it adds radiance to my under eyes and feels lovely and hydrating, a good pick for anyone with a dry skin type and little to cover under the eyes.


Do you have an affordable concealer favourite?

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