Sunday, 31 January 2016

January favourites

January is one of those weird months that seems to go so quickly, yet it feels like months since Christmas. Despite the slight lull after the festive season, I really love starting fresh in January and enjoying the cosy winter nights.

There's been some quite chilly weather this month so L'Occitane's Cherry Blossom hand cream has been my dry hand saviour. As I walk to and from work, my hands are rather exposed to the elements and can end up a bit worse for wear. A couple of blobs of this stuff has been keeping the cracks at bay and it smells pretty divine too.

As it has been so cold recently, I've been loving indulging in a lush filled bath once in a while/most days. Lush's bubble bar, the comforter, is one of my favourites for creating a pink and bubbly tub of goodness. Lush's Rose Jam shower gel has also been making my bath time a little more special as it smells so sweet and heavenly. I probably should have stocked up in the Christmas sale as I have a feeling this is limited edition.

I've never been one to care much for highlighter but this month I've become obsessed with the stuff. I've been using Mac's Soft and Gentle Mineralise Skinfinish on a daily basis across my cheeks and brow bone for a soft glow that brightens up my pale winter complexion. I think I've had this highlighter for quite a few years now as I had to dig it out of the very depths of my collection, so it's probably about time I pick up an alternative - any recommendations?

My current Essie shade of choice is this beautiful pinky beige in Spin the Bottle. I love how it literally goes with everything, it's just so easy to wear. If I'm feeling adventurous I've been adding a light coat of gold shimmer over the top.

I was so excited to finally receive Deliciously Ella's new book which I had on pre-order for what seemed like years! I loved her first book but this one is perhaps even better. There are so many delicious recipes and inspiration that I want to cook everything at once!

My final favourite this month is Booja Booja's hazelnut chocolate truffles. These are completely dairy and gluten free but they taste amazing - I dare say even better than normal chocolate. They are quite expensive but if you're dairy free or just trying to cut down and look for a healthier alternative then I couldn't recommend these enough.

I hope you've all had a great start to the year so far! What have you been enjoying this month?

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Five new things

I've been a lot more restrained with my make-up purchases over the past few months, but i've still managed to treat myself to the occasional thing...

As much as I love my Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof mascara, I've been on the hunt for something a little more affordable and easy to get hold of. I'd heard nothing but good things about Maybelline's Lash Sensational Mascara and priced at only £7.99 it seemed the perfect candidate. When I first started using this I think I went in a bit heavy handed, leaving me with not so appealing thick and clumpy lashes that smudged onto my brow bone throughout the day. However, after a little bit of persistence I've found that with a light hand and not too much product on the brush, it does create beautiful lashes that look thick and long and come quite close to resembling fake lashes. The more it dries out the more I seem to like it - I think I was just a bit too much of an eager beaver to begin with!

As I'd also recently ran out of my Revlon ColourStay Liquid eyeliner I decided to try something different. Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner has quickly become my new favourite. The thin tip makes it easy to create more of a precise line for a natural look or you can easily build it up for a more intense line and flick. It's the lasting power though that really has me hooked - it definitely lives up to its name!

The L'Occitane Cherry Blossom hand cream is an old favourite that I couldn't resist repurchasing. The scent is so fresh and lingers on your hands for ages. It's also a beautifully rich cream that sinks into your hands without leaving that annoying 'can't touch anything for ages' sticky residue.

Kiko's Water Eyeshadow in colour 200 is perhaps one of the most gorgeous champagne metallic shimmers I think i've ever seen, so I was over the moon when they finally had it in stock. It looks amazing used either across the whole lid or as more of a highlight. The water eyeshadows can also be used wet for a more intense and metallic colour but I haven't given this a go yet as it looks so pretty when used dry. Considering there's so much shimmer in it, I haven't experienced a problem with fallout and find with a little bit of primer underneath, it stays in place throughout the day.

And of course, my Essie obsession is still going strong so it was about time I picked up another pale/pastel/neutral shade...right?! This one is called Spin The Bottle and i've pretty much worn it every day for the past month. It's the most versatile pinky beige colour that just goes with everything.

Have you added anything new to your beauty stash recently?

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Falling in love with Sunday

For years, I hated Sundays. I use to spend the entire day dreading whatever was in store for me on Monday morning and let what could have been a great day slip by.

In more recent years however, Sunday has become my most favourite day of the week. Rather than spend the whole day worrying about something out of my control, I'm learning to appreciate the moment more. Sunday's are now time for me to relax and do things that I love before the week begins again. I thought i'd take the time to list some of my favourite things to do just incase you're looking for some Sunday inspiration:

I love reading - so much so that I studied Literature at University, however, I never seem to find much time during the week to read more than a few pages. Lazy Sunday's at home with a book, blanket and mug of hot chocolate are my favourite.

Most Sunday evenings I find the time to take a huge bubble bath (usually filled with numerous Lush goodies) and give myself a bit of a pamper. I've found this is also the perfect chance to crack out the body scrubs and hair masques and paint my nails.

Weather permitting, I love going for a scenic country walk, especially when it's cold outside as nothing feels better than getting warmed up and snug again once you get home. It also helps me feel refreshed and energised for the rest of the day.

Sunday's are a great day for a little bit of indulgence so whipping up a fresh batch of cookies or cupcakes makes the perfect treat. I also like to use the time to experiment with new recipes and make the things I wouldn't normally have time to during the week.

I love spending an hour on a Sunday morning cleaning and tidying the apartment and putting on fresh bedding. If I have a little bit longer to spare then there's also something really therapeutic about reorganising my wardrobe...or desk...or make-up storage...or even my kitchen utensils. You get the picture...

As I work full time during the week, Sunday finally gives me a chance to blog and catch up on whatever has been going on in the internet world. If there's enough sunlight during the day, it's also an opportunity to take photos for my posts.

What are your favourite things to do on a Sunday?

Monday, 11 January 2016

A few favourites from 2015

With 2015 almost a distant memory (seriously, how quick does time fly!) I though i'd round up a few of my favourite things from the year:

I discovered this scent in autumn last year and i've been addicted ever since. To be honest, I love all of The White Company's candles and fragrances, but there's something about this one that I just can't get enough of. I'm already on my second candle and I have also acquired the room spray and diffuser to ensure there's always a whiff of fig around!

I've always had a love for cute and quirky stationary - even as a child the prospect of a new pencil case or pack of scented gel pens was quite possibly the most exciting thing. I might be many years older but things haven't really changed as I still love buying new stationary - even if it means I end up with more notebooks than I could ever possibly use! My favourite brand at the moment is Rifle Paper Co and i'm pretty sure i'm close to owning their entire shop!

This is another fragrance that I became obsessed with last year. It’s quite possibly the first perfume that I have ever completely used up. I think this justifies replacing it with the larger sized bottle this year right?! I also have the bath oil and candle – both of which smell amazing and feel luxurious to use.

In January last year I made the decision to start living a healthier lifestyle. I was never super unhealthy before, but I knew my diet could be a lot better. A year on and I’m still gradually making healthier changes but I’m really happy with my progress so far. Deliciously Ella has been one of my favourite inspirations (I already have her second book on pre-order!) and all of the recipes i've tried have tasted amazing. I still eat unhealthy/junk food at times but in the main my daily diet is a lot healthier than it use to be and I feel a hell of a lot better for it.

I was lucky enough to receive the rose gold Zoeva brush set for my birthday last year and have used them everyday since. The quality is amazing and the fact that they're rose gold attracts me like a magpie. 

I have used this palette pretty much every day throughout 2015. The hourglass blushers are one of the best formulas I have ever tried. They create a wash of colour that looks radiant and natural with minimum effort. This palette was from the 2014 Christmas release but you can buy the shades individually as well. There are a few more colours that I have my eye on…

This was perhaps my most indulgent make-up purchase in 2015 (or ever!), but I think it was well worth the splurge. Not only is the packaging beyond dreamy but the lipstick is the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade for effortless everyday wear.

I finally got my hands on this mascara at the beginning of 2015 and it lived up to all of my expectations. I was initially lured in by the cute packaging but the mascara itself if even better than its casing! It makes lashes look amazing without any smudging or flaking (even in summer when things get a little sweaty!). I ran out a couple of months ago and decided to try a few other mascaras rather than repurchase straight away but nothing has come close since. I think I’m in need of a Cult Beauty splurge pretty soon…

This is one of those shadows that does everything you could ever want from a taupe/golden brown toned shade that looks beautiful washed over the entire lid and finished off with a coat of mascara. As someone who is always in a rush in the morning, this is usually the shadow I reach for as it’s so quick and easy to use.

If I wasn’t wearing Burberry’s Pale Barley in 2015 then I was probably wearing this Nars duo instead. The two shades look amazing either used alone or together. They are also some of the nicest to apply as they blend effortlessly and stick around throughout the day.

2015 was a great year for finding new loves but I’m also excited to see what’s waiting in 2016 to be discovered. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good year.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Sale Finds

I'm not really the biggest fan of sales. Don't get me wrong, I would never say no to a discounted price, but I rarely find anything I like and if i do, it's normally out of stock in my size. I'm usually that person that goes sales shopping and returns home with nothing but full priced stock. This time however, (by some unknown miracle), I'm rather chuffed with my finds. 

As the owner of teeny weenie size 2/3 feet, shoe shopping is never the most pleasant experience. I've been lusting over tan shoes like these for ages but never managed to find a pair that fit me well. I spotted these in Topshop last week and not only were they half price but they were my size. I can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive so I can start wearing them.

I've also been eyeing up the beautiful copper Moscow Mule mugs recently so I was beyond excited to find them in the sale at Urban Outfitters. Though intended for alcoholic beverages, i'm sure it will work just as well filled with hot chocolate and marshmallows (and perhaps a swirl of cream for good measure).

And finally, but definitely not least by any means, is the Lush sale. With all the amazing Christmas stock half price, I went a little wild. I'm a massive lush fan, especially where bath bombs and bubble bars are concerned, so it almost felt like a second Christmas! In addition to the photo, I also purchased a couple of body scrub bars, rose jam and snow fairy shower gel, and a few more bath bombs...

Did you find any gems in the sale this year?