BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE BLOG

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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