Friday, 22 May 2015

My Travel Makeup Bag

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This weekend I'm heading off to Glasgow for a long weekend (but more on that in an upcoming post) and it's safe to say I'm a little excited. I'd like to think I'm a relatively organised person - you know the sort that writes to-do lists about writing to-do lists - so one of the best bits of the holiday for me is the packing. Yes, that's right, I love to pack. And since I love a blog post where you can be a bit nosey, I thought I'd share a little insight into my travel makeup bag.

Base
Personally, I think getting your base right is the most important part when applying makeup for a long day. If I'm not happy with my base, I'll not be happy with my general appearance and vice versa, so I tend to spend more time (and more products) getting that just how I like it. When I'm on holiday, re-applying my makeup throughout the day isn't a priority of mine, meaning a good primer is an essential for me. I was recently sent the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (c/o Blow Ltd) and after wanting to give it a go for a while, have to say I was not at all disappointed. Now I wouldn't say this gives your base a glow which is something I prefer, but it does the job of helping keep my makeup in place and I know it'll not slide down my face within a few hours. Foundation-wise, I've been really enjoying using the L'Oreal Infallible Foundation in Porcelain with it's long-lasting satin finish ticking all the right boxes for me. Concealer is an absolute must for me, and one I've found myself reaching for time and time again recently is the SEVENTEEN Stay Time Concealer in Extra Fair. I'd say it has a very creamy formula with medium coverage and is perfect for concealing any dark circles and blemishes. To add some much needed shape and life into my skin, I've been really enjoying The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 recently. I'm always a little weary that bronzers will look orange on my pale skin, but this shade is very suitable for my skin tone and it's matte finish leaves my skin looking naturally sun-kissed. And of course to finish it off, a light dusting of MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Lightscapade is my new favourite thing to make my skin look super healthy.

Eyes

Eyes-wise, it took much deliberation but I've decided to stick to this versatile MAC eyeshadow quad of mine. It's made up of Brule (a matte vanilla shade), Naked Lunch (a satin nude), Satin Taupe (as the name says, a satin taupe) and Folie (a matte reddish brown) and I find the shades perfect for making up any day to night makeup look I might want to go for. Now I'm going to admit this now, Benefit Roller Lash is quite possibly the first Benefit product that I've tried. I know, I know but I love the look of this mascara and it's travel size makes it incredibly handy for a few days away. Not forgetting my brows, the Rimmel Brow This Way is one of those products that does the hard work for you - a quick brush through my brows and I'm good to go.

Lips

Much like everyone else, I've been really enjoying the brown/pink nudes that MAC are renowned for. I've always avoided nude shades, thinking they wouldn't suit me, but it's safe to say these browner shades are definitely my sort of thing and to my surprise, really flatter my skin colouring. Of course I just had to give the infamous MAC Spice lipliner and it really is as great as everyone says. And lipstick-wise, I picked up MAC Lipstick in Twig the other week and it's already my most worn lipstick of all time. It's my perfect day to day shade and goes with any makeup look, I can't not have it with me at all times!

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Which products are in your travel makeup bag? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Lakeside

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Outfit Details: Shirt - ASOS, Dress - ASOS, Coat - H&M, Hat - Primark, Sunglasses - Primark
Shoes - Primark

These photographs were shot over Easter time, which seems like an age away now, but I thought I'd pop up this outfit post which got a little lost along the way. I'd never really planned to shoot this outfit, but when out on a Sunday afternoon walk with my family, it was sunny, relatively quiet and a pretty wonderful location - I just couldn't resist. In hindsight, this outfit wasn't the most practical of outfits, but I'm not much of a practical dresser - #fashionbloggerproblems!

Now it's no secret that one of my style icons is a certain Miss Chung who can do no wrong in the fashion stakes. And when I think of her style a few things spring to mind; denim, smock dresses and white shirts - all which inspired this outfit of mine. I've had this white shirt a long time now, as it's scalloped collar is the cutest and it's a nice staple piece to have. This denim smock was definitely one of those impulse purchases. We all know I have a thing for denim right now, so when I saw this in the ASOS sale and I had a voucher that just needed spending, I couldn't resist. My only bug bare with this is that it's quite long, which is strange considering it's meant to be petite (and I'm on the tall side of supposed petite sizes) so it's a tad odd. But nevertheless, I love how unflatteringly wonderful and comfortable it is on lazy days - it's definitely one of those throw it on and go numbers! And you're probably all a little bit sick of these shoes, but I'm kind of a little tad bit obsessed. As in, I'm already deliberating whether to buy myself a back up pair, they're just that good.

In other news, I've spent the last few days planning out my next month's worth of blog posts - as I have quite a few exciting projects and collaborations going live in the coming weeks. I have plenty of outfit posts planned that just need photographing, but is there anything else you'd like to see? Do people like my beauty or lifestyle posts? Maybe you'd like some photography posts?
Please do let me know!

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Monday, 18 May 2015

My Favourite Pinterest Accounts

Favourite Pinterest Accounts

I'd be lying if I said I spent the past weekend being productive, when in reality, I've been spending a whole lot of my time on Pinterest pinning away my life. Well what can I say, I am obsessed. Not even a little bit, like 5+ hour long sessions obsessed. It's become my go-to site (soz Twitter) and I've been finding it really fun compiling together everything that I find inspiring; from interiors to outfits to beauty looks and even stationery that I'm swooning over. Everything and anything pretty much. So I thought it would be nice to put together a little list of the Pinterest boards that I've found myself browsing time and time again. There's a mix of fashion, beauty, lifestyle so there's something for everyone - but I'd love to know your favourites too!


And of course, if you fancy - make sure you check out my Pinterest! 

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