Friday, 23 September 2016

A Few New Makeup Favourites

In the last few months or so, I've acquired a few new makeup products that have become staples in my routine, so today I thought I'd share those with you. I'm not one for huge makeup hauls, as I tend to use a lot of the same products on a day to day basis but I'm really enjoying these five products this month!


Clinique Superbalanced Silk Foundation* - When it comes to foundation, I tend to reach for drugstore versions (purely because this girl is on a budget) but after using this Clinique foundation for a few weeks I've been converted! I wasn't too sure what to expect as it describes itself as having a matte foundation, and I normally go for dewy finishes but I absolutely love how natural this foundation looks. The shade (silk porcelain) is perfect for me and it's medium coverage perfectly balances some unbalance colouring in my skin, which I'm really happy about. I'm not a big fan of the bottle itself (damn is this stuff tricky to get out of the bottle) but thankfully a little goes a long way and paired with a beauty blender, I'm sure I'm going to be using this for a while.

Lorac Pro 3 Palette - I already own the Lorac Pro 1 and 2 Palettes and they're my favourite eyeshadow palettes to use, so of course, I jumped at the chance at getting my hands on the third palette (thanks to Lucy picking it up in America for me!). Like the previous palettes, there is 8 matte and 8 satin eyeshadows in this one, and I can honestly say they're all colours that I'm able to use on a daily basis. Apart from the shade medallion, which is particularly gritty, the rest of the eyeshadows are super soft and blend out beautifully. I'm really looking forward to getting more use out of the cranberry-type shade once the autumn rolls in, it's such a wonderful shade!

Collection Face Palette - When it comes to buying makeup, I'm always drawn to eye and lip products rather than face products (mainly because they're prettier...) but when looking for some new drugstore makeup to give a go, I thought I'd try out this Collection palette. It has two blushes, one peachy and one slightly duskier, as well as a bronzer and a highlighter - all which are pigmented and perfect for my pale complexion. The bronzer is slightly on the warmer side, but after a little blending it suits me fine and the highlighter is a great for everyday use. I'm certainly going to be trying out more of their products next time I'm in Boots!

Benefit Watt's Up* - One brand I've never really delved into when it comes to makeup, is Benefit. It's always been slightly out of my price range, but I was recently kindly gifted this and you can imagine my excitement when it arrived in the post! Probably a product I'm going to get more use from in the warmer months, I've been wearing this cream highlighter almost daily across the tops of my cheekbones and under the brow bone blended out. Whilst it's slightly too warm-toned again for me (yay for being wonderfully pale) after some blending I'm good to go.

Ciate Wonderwand Mascara* - Mascara is one of those things for me that I'll either love or hate. I tend to wear a lot of mascara on a daily basis, so there's a few things I look for when I'm trialling new mascaras; that they add some length/volume, that they look the same by the end of the day, and that they don't smudge throughout the day (which 99% of the ones I've tried unfortunately do!). But thankfully, this mascara ticks all of the boxes and even after only a week's use, I can safely say I'll be picking up another once this tube runs out! Plus I love the packaging, so that's cool too.

So what are your current makeup favourites? Anything you think I should try out? (My student loan is due in a few days so I'm allowed to feel spendy..! ; ))

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

My Updated Haircare Routine 2016

Having finally perfected my daily skincare routine, I thought it was about time that I got my daily haircare routine in check too. I've always found it quite bamboozling, and with hair that has a tendency to fall out and look really thin time to time, have tended to step away from the products which is a bit silly really. Thankfully, I've been introduced to some new haircare in recent months that have totally changed the way I see haircare so I thought I'd share them with you!

Marula Oil Shampoo & Conditioner* - I'm one of those lucky people who is blessed with hair that needs washing every other day (note the sarcasm) so for me, it's crucial I find a shampoo and conditioner combination that doesn't feel too heavy on my fine hair. I've recently started using the Marula Oil Shampoo and Conditioner combo on my hair every few washes, and I've already noticed a huge difference in how my hair both looks and feels. Washing my hair as often as I do, it can leave my hair feeling quite (very) frizzy but this combination keeps my hair much softer and manageable without it looking flat which I'm a huge fan of!

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash* - As I've mentioned, my hair has a tendency to fall out (and it's not for any medical reason I've checked) so for me, I try to brush my hair as little as I can get away. Thankfully my hair isn't prone to knots, but just to ensure it's looking its best, I like to use my Tangle Teezer in the shower to comb through my conditioner. It's the only brush that doesn't pull on my hair too much like a lot of others do.

L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil - Once my hair has been washed and towel-dried, I've got into the habit of applying a little oil into the ends to try and hold back any other frizz. I use hair straighteners almost every day, so I try to avoid using a hair dryer and instead let my hair dry naturally. Using just  two or so drops of hair oil, I rub it through my hands before combing it through my hair and it makes a bucket of difference in how my hair dries. Not only does it seem to dry quicker (yeah I don't get it either) but it keeps any knots at bay and leaves it looking ready to style too.

Paul Mitchell Dry Wash* - If I'm feeling a little lazy, then chances are I'll find myself reaching for the dry shampoo. It's always been something I've disliked, that horrible gritty feeling it gives your hair, but since trying this Paul Mitchell one - I've been completely converted! So much so, that this is actually my second bottle of the stuff, it's that good. I spray a little into the roots when it's looking worse for wear, and without making my hair feel really sticky like most drugstore dry shampoos, this gives my hair a total refresh - I love it! Oh and it's a total life saver when it comes to rescuing my fringe. Seriously.

Toni & Guy Style Spray Wax - When it comes to styling, I'll admit I'm a bit rubbish with it. I'll either straighten it or curl it with the straighteners and that's about as far as I'll go. With the weather being as unpredictable as it is, more often than not the curls in my hair will drop out as soon as I lock my front door - however, I've been using this spray wax and now it lasts most of the day! I'm really enjoying that whole slightly messy, slightly grungy hair with lots of volume, so a few sprays of this and some scrunching into the ends of my hair and I'm totally good to go. It doesn't leave my hair feeling stuck like hairspray, nor does it leave it sticky, but it gives it a little extra grit which really suits my personal style right now!

So what are your favourite haircare products? I'm always looking out for new ones to try!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Scalloped Detailing & A Denim Midi Skirt


Striped Top - Zara (link similar)

Cami - ASOS

Skirt - Miss Selfridge (link similar)

Hat - H&M

Shoes - New Look (link similar)

Bag - c/o New Look

Growing up as the smallest in my friendship group, I've always been really conscious of looking short especially when it comes to clothing. So for a long time midi-skirt were a thing I never in a million years thought I'd find myself loving - until now! A couple of months back now, I had some time to kill and whilst browsing my local Miss Selfridge store, spotted this denim midi amongst the sale racks. It's totally different to what I'd normally wear, but something about it caught my eye and with there only being one available in my size, I thought I'd give it a go. Boy am I happy I did, because it's quickly become one of my favourite pieces of the moment! With the weather being hot and sunny one minute and cold and windy the other (thanks England), this skirt is proving to be the perfect transitional piece! It just goes to prove that stepping outside of your personal style comfort zone often pays off eh? I'm currently eyeing myself up a metallic midi pleated skirt next..!

Having spent a lot of time over on Pinterest recently, I couldn't help but try out this stripes and cami-top layering combination that's all over my boards at the moment. Now I'm definitely not *cool* enough for a wardrobe of perfectly matched basics (those who do - tell me all your secrets!), but having spotted this ASOS cami brand new with tags in a charity shop for a few pounds, I couldn't resist. I mean, look at how darn cute the scalloped detailing is?! I love how it adds a laid-back vibe to my outfit, and I'm sure I'll be wearing this combo a lot over this coming season. It's a great way of updating an outfit on a budget if you're like me and own an abundance of striped tops!

Are there any pieces out of your comfort zone that you've recently started to love? Or any you're wanting to try? I'd love to hear about them!