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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Zoeva cocoa blend palette


This Cocoa Blend Zoeva eyeshadow palette has got to be one of the best palettes I have ever purchased and used. I know that this is a big statement to make as there are so many different palettes out there. However, it's a fact.

The quality of the eyeshadows are on point. They are individually beautiful and pigmented. Each creating it's own very special look. The eyeshadow is buttery and long lasting and there is hardly any fall out which is a true sign of a very good palette.

My favourite shades are Pure Ganache, Substitute for love, Freshly toasted, Sweeter End and Subtle Blend. All of which are the warmer shades within Cocoa Blend. I have used this numerous times and there is so much versatility with what looks you can create. It's just so much fun to play around with the colours. Soon I should be able to record some new makeup tutorials for you using this palette - I am just waiting for my dressing room to be finished.

My least favourite shades have got to be Delicate Acidity and Infusion. Both of these are darker more cool tone shades which isn't really what I like to wear. I prefer colours that compliment my skin tone rather than wash me out. I am sure that these would look wonderful on the right person , but unfortunately they are just not right for me.

Another key factor for me was the price of this palette. I spent £15.50 from beautybay.com which to me is actually a bargain. I know it's not your standard high-street price, however, it's very affordable.

The packaging reminds me of the Lorac Pro palette - cardboard - it's  very similar in width and length the only thing that's missing is the mirror. Which I think is a shame because I quite like having a mirror on my eyeshadows just in case I want to apply on the go or if I take it on holiday and there aren't any mirrors available (that have good lighting). The outer casing of the palette was a pain to work with. It comes in a sort of shell packaging which I pulled open because I couldn't get the palette out. It seemed as if the palette was too small for the cardboard case.

Perhaps I bought a faulty one - but I think this is something that Zoeva need to review. Overall, I think Cocoa Blend is beautiful. It's affordable and worth every penny. I would definitely recommend it.
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

10 reasons to love December

This year has flown by... Why is it that we always seem to say those exact words when it comes to December. Yes, it does feel like 2015 has gone by quickly, but just think of all the things you have achieved this year. 

So much has changed in my life, and 2015 has so far been a wonderful year. I know not everyone has experienced the same and my heart goes out to those that have had a really tough year so far. To keep your spirits high and hopefully provide you with something to smile about, here are my 10 reasons to love December...
  1. CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - as you all know I am a BIG fan of the festive season, it just means so much and it's not just about the materialist aspect - yes we all love presents, but it's so much more than that. It's about reflecting on what's important and appreciating those you share it with
  2. Birthdays... I have a few friends who celebrate their birthday in December, so it's all about making there day special
  3. Winter fashion - faux fur, hats, scarfs and gloves and that amazing winter coat 
  4. Winter Wonderland - London's finest winter festivities in one place (Christmas heaven with rides and food)
  5. Snow... well the potential of having snow! Building a snowman and having snowball fights! Some of my favourite memories were building snowmen with my niece... I miss those days
  6. Christmas shopping!!! Okay, this isn't always fun - however, the concept of giving to others is so wonderful
  7. Overload on Christmas films - Home Alone, It's a wonderful life, A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th street... just so many to choose from :)
  8. Gingerbread Latte at Costa Coffee... you make my month
  9. Warm ring doughnuts with toffee sauce! A Roxanne Special!!
  10. New Years Eve... celebrate the year to come with family and friends
What are you looking forward to this December?
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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Christmas advent calendars

Can you believe it's nearly Christmas? It feels like it was only a few months ago that I was writing a similar style post on Sprucenews - The best beauty advent calendars. Time just seems to fly by. 

This year, I am SO excited because I managed to purchase two beauty advent calendars. Therefore, I think it's safe to say you can expect some Christmas vlogs on my channel!

However, last year I didn't have the same luck... get your violins out! 

Unfortunately, by the time I jumped on the bandwagon the advent calendars that I wanted were all sold out. So, I spent my entire December watching with envy as bloggers and people in general posted their goodies online! How sad of me.. I can honestly say I was gutted.

To make sure I was in the know about these things, I started researching early into what brands were bring out advent calendars and the prices so firstly, I didn't miss the launch dates and secondly, so I can make sure that I saved for them because they are not cheap.  

This post was so popular last year that I thought it would be fun to revisit and share with you all what is currently out right now that I think you beauty fanatics would love. 

In no particular order, here are five of the best advent calendars that I have seen so far! *All links are provided* 

Look Fantastic £70
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Sunday, 1 November 2015

10 reasons to love November


I never like to start a blog on a negative note, so please excuse this one. November is potentially one of the harder months for me. It's the month that my niece tragically passed away (three years ago this year) and well I guess I feel that emptiness - that I feel daily - even more than I usually do. They say time is a healer, but there isn't a set time and things just become more manageable as time goes by. However, although there is that sadness, there are still things that I am thankful for and there are many reasons to feel positive. 

Rain, cold weather, windy, darkness... erm.. yes, I know it doesn't exactly scream delightful does it, however, there are some incredible things to love about November and as always, I want to share them with you! 
  1. The revamp of Sprucenews begins! That's right, I am changing my website. I always try to make the reader/user journey smoother and well I think that's just the creative businesswoman in me. I love you guys and I appreciate when you drop by and read my content so this is for you. The launch will not be until 01/01/16 but the work starts now. 
  2. Bonfire night.. if you don't know what this is, Bonfire night is an annual event dedicated to bonfires, fireworks and celebrations. There are many names for this, others call it Guy Fawkes night. 'Remember Remember the 5th of November'.
  3. It's only one month until Christmas!!!!
  4. Autumnal fashion and makeup looks are my all time favourite! This is where style really happens for me.
  5. Fall/autumn weather! I love the crunch of leaves under my boots!
  6. Movember - I'm not 100% sure this is an annual thing... however, it should be. Such a great way to raise money for charity.
  7. This is the last time I will say this.. Sob Sob... The Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2 comes out on November 19th! 
  8. Excuse to drink warm cider.. the Rekorderlig winter cider - apple, cinnamon and vanilla flavour!
  9. Shopping..Shopping... Shopping!!! The perfect excuse to shop, ermm yeah it's for Christmas!
  10. As always, one for my American friends, Thanksgiving!! Great food, appreciation and blessings!
What do you love most about November? 
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Affordable eyeshadow palette


Hunting down the perfect eyeshadow palette can be somewhat difficult. Especially when there is so much variety and let's be honest - price doesn't always match quality. Which is why when every beauty blogger promotes extremely expensive palettes, I am hunting for affordable products that are also good quality. 

Don't get me wrong, I love my Lorac Pro Palette and my Urban Decay Naked 2... but I also love my eBay LOROC 120 eyeshadow palette that cost me £4.99. Maybe I like the challenge, or maybe, just maybe I actually like to get my money's worth. 

I work my ass off 9-5 everyday to buy beauty products that I love to share with you guys. I save and save for what I want and I am realistic, if I can't afford it then... well, that's just life. It's important to me that I can share my experiences with you and I want to be honest and not just throw any brand in front of you because that's what seems to happen these days. 

So, I have been on a mission to find an autumnal eyeshadow palette that holds all the beautiful shades that I love to wear.. and I found it. For £2.99 I purchased this no name eyeshadow palette that holds 15 creamy, good quality shades that are pigmented and long lasting, but best of all affordable. 

I found this on eBay, and although the packaging is simple and well rather ugly, the quality trumps all. It's fantastic and I just had to share it with you. This December I am holding a competition where one lucky winner will win this palette along with some other amazing goodies that I have purchased to say thank you to you guys for being so wonderful and supportive. I will of course let you know closer to the time about this. 

Overall, I would suggest looking around for makeup, sometimes bargains are hidden in the most obvious of places! 
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Those ASOS shoes

I just had to have them. Yes, it's autumn, yes they are not appropriate on a variety of levels because well it's cold and they are no doubt made for summer. However, I will rock them regardless - my poor feet may feel the pain, thank goodness I drive and well I like to think I will look rather fashionable... right? 


If you didn't guess, I recently purchased two pairs of shoes. I am currently loving the variety that ASOS have in stock. There is so much to choose from and numerous styles to fall in love with. In my current collection I am missing colour and suitable styles for work. This is why these shoes caught my attention. They are both smart and classy. I love the patent look and the bright orange style. 


I like to purchase shoes that I know will match my wardrobe. I plan outfits in my mind before I click the buy button. I can't justify wasting money. I have also had issues with their shoes previously and have been cautious about my purchases from their website as the quality isn't always the best. However, these looks wonderful so I cannot wait to receive them and try them.


I will of course keep you posted!!
 
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Morphe Brushes 35N palette


After hunting down where I could buy Morphe Brushes products in the UK, I finally found a website which sold a variety of American beauty products. Watching American YouTubers with envy as they swatch and review so many amazing palettes and makeup, I really wanted to get my hands on some of the products they recommended. 

I came across this particular Morphe Brushes 35N palette and thought it would be perfect. So I went ahead an bought it. At £15 it was a bargain, especially if you compare it to other eyeshadow palettes, such as the Urban Decay Naked Palettes which start at £38. 

I always look for more affordable products and I think £15 for a 35 shade eyeshadow palette definitely ticks the boxes. 


PACKAGING
So the packaging isn't all that attractive - plain black with a red/white logo in the centre. It wasn't the prettiest. However, the plastic casing really does protect the eyeshadows from breaking and they also wrap the eyeshadow case in bubble wrap inside the box which is both clever and designed to protect the eyeshadow too. Lets face it, I didn't buy the eyeshadow to stare at the packaging. It is simple and does the job. 

EYESHADOWS
Just wow!! I have watched review after review and to be honest, you never really know if someone is genuine or being sponsored to provide a good review on YouTube that's is just how it is. In this case, every recommendation has been true to the quality of the product. The eyeshadows are creamy, they are highly pigmented and the colours just pop. I recently purchased some Mac cosmetics fix plus which is great to really bring out the brighter colours. It's a great palette and perfect for my olive skin tone. I love the browns and pink/nudes I also like the mustard colours and oranges. I am not a fan of the cooler tones - meaning the purples, however I think on the right person these would look great. They are just not colours I would use on a daily basis. 

VIDEO
Swatch and review


The only negative is that there is slight fall out when you use them, maybe this is me being too harsh with the brush but each shade is a good size and the fall out isn't huge amounts. Overall, I think it's worth every penny. If you could only afford one palette, I would definitely recommend this one. It has 35 buttery shades that can cater for all seasons if you work them correctly. 
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Friday, 16 October 2015

Morphe Brushes brow8 palette


I never really use product to shape my eyebrows, probably because they are so thick already. I do have eyebrow mascara that is clear which I use on occasion if I get chance in the morning - this is more to mould flyway's back into place or just to buff them out. 

I like to fill my eyebrows in when I am going out, or when I am doing videos because I do like the overall look, I just do not get time on a daily basis to do this. It is time consuming. 

Recently however, I decided to purchase this Morphe Brushes Brow8 palette which cost £11.95. My thinking was that I could use this palette for much more than just my eyebrows. It is essentially another eyeshadow palette or even contour palette. The colours are perfect for A/W and the size and quality is not to be competed with. 

PACKAGING
Okay, so the packaging is simple. It's hasn't been created to look pretty but it holds the shades well and the plastic case protects from any fall out if it is knocked accidentally. Perfect for what it's made for. If they changed the colour that could maybe make it look better, however it really isn't necessary. 

SHADES
The powder shades are huge. This brow palette consists of 6 powder shades and 2 primers. The powders are highly pigmented, creamy and diverse so you can use them for more than just your eyebrows. The cream primers hold the powder into place, and is fantastic quality - these could also be used as eyeshadow primer. I think that there is a shade that caters to all skin tones. 

Overall, I love it. I think it's worth the money, definitely a product I would recommend- especially if you're someone who fills your eyebrows in on a regular basis. It's affordable and excellent quality. 
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Coping with car anxiety



I know there are many people that suffer with anxiety either when driving or being in a car. So, I wanted to share my story. I have never been an anxious person, I have always been confident so it was strange for me when I sat in the driver's seat after so long that started to feel anxious. 

I'm not sharing this story because I want pity or because it seems that every YouTuber suffers from anxiety... I wanted to share the fear I had and my honest experience dealing with this and breaking out of this situation that was holding me back. 

Now, I never use to be an anxious driver. In fact, I used to be very confident and driving never phased me. But after not driving for 5 years and being involved in a car crash on the motorway it really knocked me for six. I just lost my confidence completely. I questioned everything and doubted my ability on the road. 

I would feel nervous just sitting behind the wheel it would panic me and my new car sat on my driveway for over a month before I built up the courage to finally drive the 27 miles to work. 

I think it takes a lot to get over something like this, and I know many drivers probably will think this blog is stupid - but I am not writing it for them. I am writing this for the many people out there who suffer from drivers anxiety. 

You're not alone! The good news is, you can get over it. I did, the more I drove the more confident I felt. I now feel that I can go anywhere and I don't feel nervous or anxious doing so. I also feel much better with passengers in my car. This was something that would make me feel nervous because I put this pressure on my shoulders that there life was in my hands. 

I thought it would be great to share with you my experience and some advice that helped me. 

Here are top tips on how to get over drivers anxiety: 
  1. Understand what your trigger is - whether it's speed, having passengers or the thought of being in traffic and losing control
  2. Go to a secluded place where you can practice - go through your manoeuvres and get more confident with your driving skills
  3. Drive shorter distances first - get use to your area and drive to a friends or to the shops 
  4. Have a passenger who builds your confidence - Gary's mum was my rock when I felt anxious and lost and she essentially helped build my confidence. 
  5. Take a deep breath and tell yourself you can do this! It's all in your mind. Overcome your fear. 
I hope this helps you, if you suffer from anxiety and want someone to chat to about it leave me a comment below or on my channel. :) 
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Autumnal makeup tutorial



I would honestly say that I am more of a beginner when it comes to applying makeup. I think everyone has their own style and ways of applying their own makeup that they find comfortable and right for them. 

I have been trying to create more enticing videos on my 
YouTube channel for you beauty lovers out there, especially for those who are just beginning to explore makeup further. 

The look that I have decided to create in this video is simple and easy to replicate. I hope you enjoy it and make sure you subscribe if you haven't already! 


THE VIDEO


PRODUCTS
Burt's Bees lip balm 
Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional License to blot
Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer
Maybelline NY Dream Bronze BB Cream Dream - Light/Medium
Real Techniques Beauty Blender
MUA Press Powder - transparent
No Brand Concealer
LAROC 120 Shade Eyeshadow Palette 
Body Shop Shimmer Cubes - Honeycomb,Dark Chocolate and Marshmallow
Rimmel Super Volume Curling Mascara
Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer - N02
Benefit Cosmetics High Beam
Bourjois Pot Blush - N022
L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper - Clear
Topshop Lip Liner 
Topshop Lipstick - BeGuilded
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Thursday, 1 October 2015

10 reasons to love October


September always seems to go incredible fast. Now we have reached October - which means we are officially in autumn - the best season of them all! 

As always, I wanted to start the month on a positive note by listing all the things we have to look forward to this month! Here are my 10 reasons to love October..

  1. Pumpkins ... all things pumpkin flavoured, pies, soup and even cupcakes! 
  2. Woolly jumpers - perfect time for fashion forward individuals to start pulling out those fancy autumn clothes
  3. Halloween - Best time for kids, if you have children and of course for adults to dress up and have a laugh! 
  4. The leaves on the trees change colour and fall to the ground.. crunching noise under your shoes! Ahhh delightful
  5. The clocks turn back 1 hour on the 26 October... errrr yes! One extra hour in bed snoozing! 
  6. Makeup change - Yes it's now totally acceptable to rock out that berry lipstick..everyday!
  7. Ankle Boots - If you haven't already bought them September, October is the perfect month.
  8. Hats and Scarves - It's chilly now so get those scarves out the closet!
  9. It's only 85 days until Christmas! Ho Ho Ho!
  10. Boyfriend coats are a must have! I want... I want! 
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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Happy 26th birthday to me


I cannot believe that I am 26 years old. When I was 15 I wished the years away, now I am 26 I am holding on to everyday. It's scary to think that I will be thirty in 4 years... 

Right now I am lying in a hotel room, suffering from a slight hangover from mine and Gary's friends wedding yesterday.. maybe not the best feeling but we are heading out for breakfast and hopefully sloughing out on the sofa. I have never been one to go crazy on a birthday, and today will potentially feel like every other day - I'll let you know!  

Ignoring the hangover headache that comes with drinking too much champagne..I can honestly say that I am in a great place. I have wonderful family and friends, a great job, a beautiful house and a lovely boyfriend. I can list all the things that I don't have or I haven't yet achieved, but I'd rather focus on the best things in life. 

My mentality as I have grown up has definitely changed. The things that were important to me at 18 are very different to my priorities right now. I think of all the wonderful things I have and the things I have achieved and I can say with pride that I did that. 

I have come so far, and I am hoping that life just gets better. I have some goals and things I want to do before I turn the big 30, but right now I am just looking forward to booking a holiday with Gary and taking everyday as it comes. 

Silly worries and concerns are pointless in life. There are more important things to concern yourself with. 

There are many things I have lived and learnt from and if I could offer any advice to teenagers it would be not to wish your life away, enjoy the moment. That boy/girl that you think has broken your heart will be forgotten and you will meet someone better. 

Make sure you work hard, and play hard. Don't focus your time with so called friends that bring you down and do the things you enjoy. 

I would also recommend saving!! I wish I saved when I was younger, things would be so much easier now if I did. 

I am excited for the rest of this year and I definitely want to focus more on what I enjoy and want out of life. You only turn 26 once! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 
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Friday, 11 September 2015

40 ways to stay creative

Creative Photography by Brock Davis

I saw this list online, as someone who at times struggles with staying creative I found it extremely interesting and dare I say.. helpful! If you're looking for inspiration, new ideas or just something to keep your creative mind ticking over, here are 40 ways to stay creative. 
  1. Create an inspiration board
  2. Get out the house more and find inspiration outdoors
  3. Sketch - even if you're not the best at it 
  4. Experiment - learn to say yes more often 
  5. Socialise - go out with friends and family 
  6. Keep up with the latest trends online - and offline!
  7. Learn a new skill... I want to learn French 
  8. Read.. find a new favourite book 
  9. Use sticky notes - you can get colourful ones!
  10. Break your routine - try something new 
  11. Surround yourself with creative minds 
  12. Check out what other people are doing.. maybe they can provide you with inspiration
  13. Visit exhibitions 
  14. Collaborate 
  15. Travel 
  16. Get a new hobby 
  17. Challenge yourself 
  18. Make lists 
  19. Meditate 
  20. Get feedback from peers
  21. Listen to music 
  22. Watch films 
  23. Take risks 
  24. Write down stuff - what's in your mind right now?
  25. Declutter your workspace
  26. Love what you do 
  27. Finish projects
  28. Visit museums 
  29. Keep a dream diary - you could become the next JK Rowling's! 
  30. Get a love life... 
  31. Take naps 
  32. Watch motivational videos 
  33. Go to the theatre 
  34. Practice 
  35. Eat different food 
  36. Stop comparing yourself to others 
  37. Question things 
  38. Turn off distractions 
  39. Let go of your fear 
  40. Be curious 
What things do you do to stay creative? 
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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

£5 eyeshadow palette


As a beauty blogger, I obviously have a great love for all things makeup/beauty related. Whether it's a new lipstick or an eyeshadow palette - I'm interested. 

I have recently started experimenting more with eyeshadows. I would honestly admit that I am more of a beginner when it comes to applying makeup professionally. I haven't had any training and what I do is what I think is right - right for me anyway.

Today I wanted to share with you my bargain for the year!!! I recently went on eBay casually searching for random things and I came across the LARoC Beginners Collection eyeshadow palette. This 120 shade eyeshadow palette offers the biggest selection of eyeshadows I have ever seen. Not only does it have a crazy amount of colours, it also only cost me £4.99 - BARGAIN!

Being olive skinned, I think that some eyeshadows do not show up very well on my skin. So finding the right shade can be difficult! This palette solves that issue for me, it has around 80 shades that work perfect for me. There are some dark berry shades and mustard colours - all perfect for autumn.   

When something is this cheap, I guess you cannot expect the quality to be great, but my initial judgement or should I say expectation of this inexpensive eyeshadow palette was very wrong. Not only are the colours long lasting, they are pigmented. There is so much variety that I can create a million different looks. The only negative - which isn't really a negative because even some of the more expensive palettes do this - is there is some fall out when using it. Apart from that, the shades are quite creamy and very good quality for the money. 

Overall, I am extremely impressed, which is why I did a video on this - If you want to check out the video just click below: 



If you would like me to do some beginners makeup tutorials for you using this palette leave me a comment below! 

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Lorac pro palette

I have heard nothing but rave comments about the Lorac Pro Palette so I decided to order one for myself to try out and review. As a beauty lover this particular palette intrigued me and when I read so many great things about it, I felt I had to test it out for myself.
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

10 reasons to love September


September is here! This is one of my favourite months of the year, mostly because it's my birthday month, but also because you begin to see the seasons change. I think starting the month with #positivevibes - even if you're not feeling too positive right now - will lighten your mood and lift up your spirits! 

See a new month as a fresh start, make any amends you need to, think more positively about the future and smile. 

Here are my 10 reasons to love September:
  1. It's my birthday! 17 September (scary to think that I am turning 26) 
  2. It's mine and Gary's friends wedding!! Cannot wait and Gary is best man! Perfect excuse to buy a new dress and shoes! 
  3. Perfect timing to plan for all those events that are coming up... Halloween, Bonfire night and of course the big one... CHRISTMAS
  4. Summer clothes are out and autumn style is in.. best month for fashion or to buy yourself those new ankle boots you've been eyeing up since July
  5. Best time to start a new TV series!!! Just finished PLL (Pretty little liars)
  6. Time to trim down: September is the perfect time to kick-start your healthy eating plan - I know I am in desperate need of doing this.
  7. Interior decorating and room change - I love a bit of feng shui and decorating, especially when I have been planning for months! It's finally time! 
  8. It's finally acceptable again to wander around your house in your fluffy dressing gown or onesie! 
  9. Baking that Sunday apple crumble is back! I haven't made a delicious apple crumble in months 
  10. NEW COAT NEW COAT NEW COAT... I love Autumn season
What's your favourite thing about September?
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Monday, 31 August 2015

Smashbox on the rocks


I have never been much of a fan of lip glosses as I find them gloopy and I personally hate the texture. It's rare that I purchase lip gloss however, so many people have raved about the Smashbox on the rocks lip gloss collection that I wanted to purchase them to try out and review for you guys. 
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Friday, 21 August 2015

Makeup cheat

I am no expert in makeup and I am sure there are many MUAs out there that will provide more detailed advice on the best ways to apply your makeup. However, I have been using makeup for a long time and have some great tips or cheats for you that have helped me over the years to get the coverage I want and the look that I have been working towards. 

Okay so this sounds all very professional but I am not going to promise that these will work for everyone!! 

FIVE BEAUTY HACKS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  1. FINDING THAT PERFECT FOUNDATION: Sample foundation by using your neck to find your perfect shade - this will always provide you with a better match than what you would find using the back of your hand or wrist.
  2. KEEP YOUR MAKEUP ON FOR LONGER: Use dusting powder after your primer and before you apply your foundation.
  3. MASCARA THE RIGHT WAY: Stroke your mascara towards your eyebrows and not out to the side - this will prevent clumps and will give you those lengthy clean looking lashes you want so badly.
  4. BEAUTYBLENDER HACKS: Soak your beauty blender in water before applying your makeup, this will give you a more dewy finish for longer
  5. NO MAKEUP - MAKEUP LOOK - To get natural rosy looking cheeks, apply a bright pink cream blush underneath your foundation. It will give a more natural flush to your cheeks.
I hope these helped!! Let me know what your beauty cheats are. 
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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

When I feel like giving up



We all have bad days. Those days where we feel uninspired - it's all part of being human. We are all different in many ways, what motivates us can be completely different to someone else. However, I think we all have those days where we work hard and try hard but feel like an epic failure. 

It is almost a human error where we compare ourselves to others. We all do it. I am especially guilty of this and I think you will find that the majority of people you know are exactly the same. We all want more, we all feel low at times and self-criticise. 

If I could offer one piece of advice I would say - don't ever let this stop you from getting to where you want to be. Those dreams you have and those set goals you want to achieve are extremely important. Never let anyone knock you down and make you feel as if they are not a priority - because they are. 

I once read that the happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts, so think positive and keep your dreams alive. 

I thought today I'd share some helpful advice for when you're having a difficult time. Here are a few things I do to keep my spirits up and the blues at bay! 

SHARE YOUR GOALS WITH THOSE AROUND YOU

No, I do not mean every Tom, Dick and Harry that comes along. I mean those around you that provide you with steady guidance, confidence and support. I find that sharing my goals with people who appreciate and love me only strengthen my determination. 

Plus, they can help keep you on track by continuously asking how things are...


WRITE DOWN WHY YOU STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE

We all need a gentle reminder sometimes why we even set ourselves goals. Whether it's something you have always aspired to do or whether it's something you want to change in your life that you are working on. The thing with setting yourself goals is that as human beings we have a tendency to go for the easy way out. Unfortunately, the easy way out consists of giving up. 
This is why giving yourself a gentle reminder as to why you're doing what you're doing is so important. If you feel like throwing in the towel, find a way to remind yourself why you started in the first place. Write them down in a diary alongside what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. So when you're feeling down in the dumps you can read over them and refocus your priorities to keep yourself looking ahead. 


GIVE YOURSELF A PAT ON THE BACK!!

Okay, so I don't mean literally here! But it is important to appreciate your success and celebrate. So giving yourself a little treat every now and again is a good thing!! If you can't appreciate what you do, no one else will!
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

August Glossybox unwrapped


This is the first time in a few months that I have LOVED the contents of my Glossybox. The past three months or so have been disappointing and it was really making me reconsider whether I wanted to keep my subscription.

August box was make or break for me, and to my surprised the box was brilliant!! I love receiving different products each month, but this month really gave me the wow factor in terms of quality products and choice. Everything sent to me I will use the standards have lifted once again which is great.


PRODUCTS
MeMeMe LIPGLIDE IN PLAYFUL PEACH
MANNA KADAR LASH PRIMER
EMITE ARTIST COLOUR POWDER BLUSH
NAOBAY CALMING FACE TONER
SASS PURIFYING CLEANSER

I can honestly say that I am excited to try all of these products. I have been wearing the MeMeMe lipglide and I have had nothing but compliments. The Emite artist colour powder blush is another product I haven't heard of before, this blusher/bronzer hybrid is meant to be stunning on and the texture is silky smooth - I will let you know what it's like. 

I must say that this has restored my faith in GlossyBox and I cannot wait for September!! 

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Topshop lipstick collection

Topshop are definitely at the top of my list when purchasing high-street products. I have always been a fan and when they started their own beauty range I was one of the first to head to store to pick up a few pieces. The best thing about having one of your favourite clothing brands produce good quality makeup is that everything is there in one place. If I wanted to buy a new lipstick to match an outfit I have just purchased - I can.

Over the years I have purchased various bits of makeup from Topshop and some of the more notable items I have picked up are their lipsticks. Although their range is varied and full of colour, I have a taste for nudes and reds which are the main colours that I wear.
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Gym girl

After months and months of saying I will start healthy living and exercise...I have finally started! Don't get me wrong, I don't think I am overweight, but I know I need to exercise and tone. It's important, not just because I want to feel body confident (although there is nothing wrong with wanting this at all) It's more about living longer, being in the best shape I have ever been and feeling healthier. 

There are a number of ways that you can achieve this, however if you add them together it can only do you good. 

My first step for me is to head to the gym at least 5 times a week - Monday - Friday. This seems a lot, however I will have the weekend to relax before starting the week again. After my first gym session in forever I felt exhilarated. I finally got the motivation and the determination to change something in my life that I desperately needed changing. 


PROFILE
AGE: 25
HEIGHT: 5FT 3
WEIGHT: 53KG

GOAL: TONE STOMACH, BUM, THIGHS AND ARMS
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Saturday, 1 August 2015

10 reasons to love August


Can you believe that we are in August?? Okay, so I know it's a little early to say this... but only 4 months until Christmas! Say whattt!!! Anyway, let's not wish the time away. 

As always, lets start the month with #positivevibes.. 
  1. Phantom of the Opera - I cannot wait to see this theatre production, it's meant to be amazing. (I'll let you know)
  2. It's still the summertime, so BBQ seasons is not over just yet! 
  3. Slush puppies are a must have to cool down... whether you're a kid or an adult! 
  4. Ice-cream vans.. I do love a 99 with a flake! Covered in sauce and crushed hazelnuts! OH WOW I want one. 
  5. Gary's niece Ruby turns 8! Which means a big party with lots of cake
  6. There is yet another bank holiday weekend... here in the UK anyway! 
  7. My brother Rhakimme turns 27!! 
  8. Wedding dress shopping!! Not an actual wedding dress, just an outfit for a wedding! Don't jump the gun people :) 
  9. Getting my interior decorator head on.. it's time to start decorating my middle bedroom! SERIOUS BUSINESS
  10. Summer nights film festival!! Get your blankets out and head to Nottingham! 
That's my 10 reasons to love August.. I am sure I could add more to this list. 

What are you looking forward to this August? 
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