Sunday, 13 April 2014

A Little Life Update

Things have been rather quiet on the blog over the past few months, though my life recently has been a lot more hectic. At the beginning of April, I finally moved into my own apartment, overflowing suitcase and boyfriend in tow. After weeks of Ikea trips, home hauls and flat pack furniture building, things are finally beginning to resemble normal. We're still waiting eagerly for the sofa to be delivered and internet installed, but other than that we are pretty much up and running.

I bought the above keyring from Edinburgh last year but haven't used it until now. It's the perfect addition to my new keys. I love having my own space to decorate and really make my own. In a way, it feels like my own little castle.

Hopefully things will be looking a little bit more lively on the blog again. I might have been covered head to toe in paint for the past few weeks, but I've still managed to accumulate several bits and pieces that I can't wait to share. 

Thursday, 20 March 2014


A couple of weeks ago, another little Space NK parcel arrived on my doorstep. An irresistible pre-order of the Hourglass Ambient lighting blush quickly led to a few more lust-worthy items being added to my basket...oops.

The Oribe Dry Texturising Spray has been on my wish list for quite a while now. I've been a bit reluctant to part with the pennies for something that I wasn't sure would work for me, but after falling in love with Bumble and Bumbles Dry Spun Finish, I decided to give it a whirl. A few spritzes into the roots of my hair adds an amazing oomph of much needed volume and texture without looking or feeling at all gritty or sticky. I would definitely be willing to splurge on the bigger bottle once this little can is used up.

As soon as I heard about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes I knew I wouldn't be able to resist - they are simply stunning. I chose Luminous Flush a pink toned coral with gold veining. The finish is so natural and radiant, it's quite different to anything else I've tried. I've also found this shade to have quite good pigmentation when built up. 

The final item added to my basket had to be the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. This is without a doubt my favorite brow pencil. The consistency is perfect - easily buildable for either a natural or defined brow and waxy enough to keep everything in place. The colour dark brunette is also the perfect match for me and the spoolie on the other end is a winner. 

What have you been buying lately?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

February Favourites

Seriously, where does time go?! It's almost mid March and I've only just made it round to combining my most loved products of February. At this rate I should start getting ready for Christmas now!

After squeezing out the last dollop of my Phyto Clarifying Detox Shampoo, I decided to give Bb's clarifying offering a go. This stuff is highly raved about in the beauty world and I can really see why. It washes away any build up of oil and chemicals that have accumulated throughout the week (yuk!) whilst leaving hair feeling soft and nourished. It's perfect for a Sunday afternoon detox - or any day really, I just can't help but use it on a Sunday because of its name...

February was the month the new Hourglass Blushes launched, and boy are they beauts. I have the shade Luminous Flush, a gorgeous pink toned coral with golden veining that is pigmented enough to inject a healthy rosy glow without looking too powdery or shimmery. Like most Hourglass products, the packaging is also divine. I'm not sure if I can resist adding another shade to my collection!

I'm really not much of a lip gloss girl. I just can't be doing with the whole sticky mess and 'hair stuck to your lips' thing. But upon hearing nothing but good things about this Maybelline gloss, I decided to give it a whirl (It was also 3 for 2 at Boots, the perfect enabler!) Let me start by saying that this is one of the best, non-sticky glosses I've ever used. Other than the slightly strange scent, I can't fault it. The shade Cashmere Rose, a nude pink, is also gorgeous and looks great worn both alone and over lipstick. If I thought I would use them I would run out and buy several more colours, but to be honest, one is probably enough for now!

I've fallen in love with white nail polish. Naturally, I have the Essie formula (obsessed much?!) but there are cheaper alternatives if you're still a bit unsure! I know some liken it to tippex, but I just love how clean and crisp it looks on the nails. This is definitely going to be one of my spring and summer staples. 

What have you been loving lately?

Thursday, 20 February 2014

The Sick Day Essentials

Paracetamol, tissues, vapor rub and an endless supply of orange juice are the usual bedside culprits for when your feeling a bit under the weather. After being confined to bed with flu for the majority of last week, i'm rather familiar with all these, however, there are a few other products that I quickly became dependent upon to ensure I felt less like a zombie, and a little bit more like a human.

First on the list was the Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oil in Support Breath (I have the little one from one of the Christmas sets but larger sizes are available). A few drops of this in bath water really helped to clear the senses when combined with the steam. Its so strong I could even smell it through my blocked nose! 

I find that when i'm ill, my skin becomes much drier than usual, so I like to make sure I keep it hydrated. For my face, Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenation Treatment kept any flaky patches and redness under control, especially around my nose. Ideally, I could have benefited from something a little bit richer but since I was in no state to leave the house, I settled for this. To be honest it pretty much did the job and didn't irritate any of the tender skin around my nose either. A few spritzes of the Evian facial spray also helped to refresh and hydrate my skin whilst Nuxe's Reve de Miel lip balm ensured my lips were kept in perfect condition. For some reason, my hands also tend to feel quite dry when i'm cooped up in bed so having a hand cream in reach is essential. The Laura Mercier Creme Brulee hand cream moisturises without feeling greasy, and it also smells good enough to eat.

I find that little things like this (as well as a stack of magazines and multiple One Tree Hill box sets) really help to make being ill a whole lot more bearable. Do you have an essential items for when your feeling under the weather?

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Date Night

As it's Valentines Day tomorrow, I thought it would be appropriate to label this post 'Date Night', though really, this is the makeup I reach for on any occasion that I simply want to look my best. As this look combines all of my favourite products at the moment, it is the one I reach for most days, and consequently, is one I've mastered down to a fine art. Ten minutes you say? No problem.

For the closest thing to a flawless base, I start by buffing one pumps worth of Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation into my skin (full rave here), before patting in some of the Collection 2000 illuminating touch concealer under my eyes to hide any dark circles. To set everything in place I then dust on some of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light with a large kabuki. This eliminates shine without looking at all heavy or dull on the skin, but actually adds a gorgeous subtle glow. 

Moving onto eyes, I start by using the Mac eyebrow pencil in Spiked to fill in any sparse areas and define my brows. Before applying eyeshadow, I always reach for my Nars pro-prime smudge proof eyeshadow base (not pictured because somebody forgot *points to self*) to ensure my shadow lasts longer and appears more vibrant. At the moment i'm in love with the Nars And God Created the Woman palette so I've been using this most days. If i'm going out anywhere like a date or even just a meal with friends, I start by using one of the top three colours over my entire lid, then buff one of the darker shades into my crease and outer corner of my eye. If I want some extra definition, I then use the darkest shadow to line my upper lash line. Last for the eyes, a few layers of YSL's Effect Faux Cils Shocking mascara in black ensures my lashes are looking long, curled and voluminous. 

To finish the look, I then sweep a light dusting of Laura Mercier's Second Skin Cheek Colour in Lotus Pink over my cheeks for a healthy flush. Finally, a swipe of Clarins Instant Light lip Natural Perfecter in 02 Apricot shimmer adds a hint of non-sticky gloss and colour that keeps my lips hydrated. 

I'd love to say that this is the look I'll be sporting tomorrow night, though unfortunately i'm confined to bed with flu. Looks like a night of rom-coms and a box of chocolate for one. Have you got any plans for Valentines?