May favourites

May favourites

This month I’ve been loving a lot of things so it’s been really difficult to narrow it down. First up would definitely have to be Sainsbury’s new marble/rose gold stationery range. If you follow my Instagram you may have seen my story where I was going on about wanting to buy every single thing – and this was no word of a lie. They had so so many pretty notebooks and we all know I am a major notebook hauder. However, I managed to limit myself to just three items (although I will definitely be going back for more after pay day) and I picked up this marble design ‘Things to do’ clipboard, these glittery tapes and this rose gold pen pot which I am using to hold my growing collection of beauty blenders!

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I’ve also really been loving bralettes this month. As the weather has finally got its shit together in England and got warm, I’ve been loving wearing bralettes as they are so comfy. I bought the white one from Tesco this week and I’m just obsessed! These are my favourite three right now, from the plain black is from Topshop and the rose embroidered one is from Primark. You can find my Primark bralette and lots of other purchases from Primar, New Look, H&M etc, in my Huge Holiday Haul post!

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I’ve also been enjoying reading Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I’m only about a third of the way through, but so far I’m enjoying it. I started this book about this time two years ago but so hooked on I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson that I never ended up finishing it. The book is your typical good girl meets bad boy kind of book, but I’m a sucker for that kind of thing in the summer. The book is often compared to the likes of Twilight and Fifty Shades, so if you enjoyed any of those you’ll probably enjoy Beautiful Disaster.

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I decided last week to invest in a selfie ring light. I originally bought the light to use for blog posts, as my bedroom is north facing and so doesn’t get a lot of sun light, taking blog pictures isn’t always easy. Therefore, I thought the light would just brighten up flat lays that little bit – and it does. You may have seen me raving about the light on my Instagram story, because I was just so impressed with how bright and useful the tiny thing is. It was just £5 on Amazon, which I think is great! It also definitely makes a big difference to selfies. So often I go to take picture of a make-up look for Instagram or a blog post and it never looks half decent, but the light really works its magic – I’d definitely recommend.

I finally managed to find a pair of loafers I like on Boohoo a couple of weeks ago, and for the last half of May they are pretty much all I’ve worn. I managed to grab them in a sale for just £15 and although I’ll admit they definitely aren’t the shoes you want to go for a hike in (I spent the day walking around the NEC in Birmingham in them and came back with some lovely blisters) they’re ideal for just going to work in or going out for a meal in. You can find them here if you fancy a look.

Finally, while the weather has been nice the past couple of weeks, I’ve been living in my NYX soft matte lip cream in the shade Athens. It’s a really summery-pinky shade and although it isn’t what I usually go for, I’m loving it.

What have you been loving this May? Let me know in the comments below!

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Thanks for reading! Why not check out my last post- Favourite Five Lipsticks?

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Favourite five lipsticks

Favourite five lipsticks

You may already be aware from my blog that I am a real lipstick lover. You don’t even want to know how many I have. I thought I’d do a ‘favourite five’ for my many many lipsticks. Why not let me know in the comments what your favourite five are? Are any of yours the same as mine?

First up would have to be my Tanya Burr lipstick in the shade pink cocoa. I really love how creamy and moisturising this lipstick feels and at the same time is really long lasting. Not to mention the colour which is just as gorgeous as the packaging.

 

Would I really be a beauty blogger if MAC Velvet Teddy wasn’t in my top five? It has got to come in a close second. Again, it feels really moisturising and the colour is just that kind of shade that I have ten different variations of because I love it so much.

Next up is my Revolution lipstick in the shade chauffeur, which isn’t that different to Velvet Teddy to be honest, just a little pinker. The reason it makes my top five is mainly because it smells like vanilla, which is amazing. Again, the packaging is really pretty too, it’s a pretty rose gold.

My final two of my five favourites are both NYX products. I know that strictly speaking, the NYX soft matte lip creams aren’t lipsticks but I love this lip cream so much I couldn’t not include it. When I ordered the shade Athens I was expecting it to be a lot more nude-like, but it is actually quite a bright pink – a shade I don’t usually go for. However, I’ve ended up really liking it and it easily lasts all day.

Finally, I’ve had my NYX Euro Trash matte lipstick for ages now and it is still a firm favourite. NYX products are all such good value – they’re high quality products and high street prices. This lipstick is a real autumnal lipstick in a dark nude-y pink but I love it so much that I just wear it throughout summer anyway. I’m pretty sure this lipstick was only a fiver, which is a bargain considering it is definitely as good as any MAC lipstick I’ve ever tried.

Make sure you let me know what your favourite lipsticks/lip products are as I’m always on the look out for more to add to my ever-growing collection. Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for a room-tour kind of post tomorrow. In the meantime why not be friends with me over on my social media? Check out my accounts here.

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What I ate Wednesday

What I ate Wednesday

I really want to try and incorporate some more healthy lifestyle posts in to my blog, so I thought I’d try out doing the What I ate Wednesday series. However, as I write my posts at the weekend and schedule them to go up during the week, it will actually be what I ate on Sunday but will go up on Wednesday evenings. Kind of defeats the point of What I ate ‘Wednesday’ I know.. but I just wouldn’t have the time during the week.

So I’m kicking it off with what I ate this Sunday just gone. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick for the last three weeks as it was getting to the point where I was eating out or ordering takeaways almost every night. I’ve been trying to have about 7/8 portions of fruit and veg every day – some days are more like five, others are closer to ten, that’s just how it goes. I’ve also been trying to get a lot more protein in to my diet as I’m not the biggest meat-eater, but I’m not trying to cut lots of sugar or carbs out or anything like that (as you’ll see). Just more fruit/veg and protein! So this is what I ate on Sunday.

For breakfast I made a smoothie – which I’m really trying to have one of everyday. It contains a handful of blueberries and raspberries with about 300ml of soya milk, a scoop of MyProtein protein powder and a teaspoon of flax seeds. I really love smoothies and they’re such a quick and easy way of getting lots of goodness in to you. I buy bags of fresh chopped frozen fruit from Tesco, which means that making the smoothies takes practically no effort at all and you don’t have to worry about using the fruit up quickly before it goes off.

Then mid morning I had a green tea and an Eat Natural cereal bar – this is the ginger, dark chocolate and cranberry one which is really really nice. IMG_7489

I had a bit of a late lunch at 3pm as I just can’t seem to do lunch at the normal time on a Sunday, even if it’s not a roast. I made some fajitas with Quorn fajita strips. I’m not vegetarian, but I fancied trying these fajita tips out as they looked pretty tasty and only took five minutes to cook in the pan. I added some mixed peppers, red onion and spinach and put it all in a gluten-free wrap with some BBQ sauce. Tgey were pretty damn good too. Only problem is I was so quick to scoff them that I didn’t get a picture of the finished product, so I’ll leave it to your imagination. IMG_7347

Then for a snack at six I had a bowl of grapes, apple slices, and bear paws (yes, those things that kids have in their lunch boxes). I also had a glass of cranberry juice, an Actimel yoghurt and a couple of Cadburys Curlywurlys and some Strawbs gummy sweets- because why not?

Overall, it was a pretty healthy day. I’m always healthier at weekends than during the week as I usually come home from work and just want comfort food, like curry or pizza. Let me know what you think of this post and whether you’d like another for next week? I can try and mix them up and squeeze in some cool meal ideas if you fancy it? Let me know in the comments!

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Real talk – voting in the General Election

Real talk – voting in the General Election

(For important links to help you get educated about voting and register to vote in the 2017 General Election skip to the bottom of the post!)

If you are a young person living in the UK then please take the time to read this post.

Before I get into this, I realise that education is messed up – they’re more interested in whether you’re wearing nail varnish or your trousers are to tight than educating you on politics and what a mortgage means and how taxes work. Their priorities are all wrong and as a result, so many people leave school not having a clue about politics. Ultimately, education is to blame, in my opinion, for the amount of people who don’t vote. However, I can’t not put up a post about this as it is important to me and I know young people read my blog and I can’t not say this.

Use your vote

A few years ago I didn’t really understand why so many people get so annoyed about people who don’t vote, I mean in the grand scheme of things is my single vote really going to make that much of a difference? Yes. If everyone thought that way then nobody would vote. Only 64% of people voted in my constituency in the 2015 General Election. Do you realise how much of a difference we could’ve made?

I see all the people in my town ranting about how much they hate Conservatives and how our MP does nothing for us, but if so many people think that way then how did we end up with a Conservative MP again in 2015? I’ll tell you how, not enough of them got out there to vote.

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We have been granted an opportunity for a say by our lords and masters, the politicians, and some of us are literally throwing that a way. This so called ‘democracy’ is incredibly unfair as it is, don’t throw away the one little bit of power that we do have. So many people don’t vote, possibly because they are lazy, or because “I don’t know enough about politics so I won’t vote” or “my one vote won’t make a difference” or even “I don’t like the leader even though I like the policies.” Would you believe I’ve even heard some people say “I knew Conservatives would get back in anyway so I didn’t bother voting” and even worse “I thought Labour were going to get in for sure so I didn’t bother voting.”

Can you see how pathetic all of those arguments are? It takes ten minutes on Google to get some basic knowledge of each party and their manifestos. You don’t even have to get up and go out to your local polling station, register for postal voting – it comes right to your door and you don’t have to lift a finger. Your one vote counts for so many reasons… it shows politicians that we aren’t ignorant and lazy and we care. It also means that more people voting means we can actually get a better outcome. Don’t sit there and complain about the “bloody tories” and then not go out and vote. You do not have the right to complain about anything if you don’t attempt to make a difference.

As for the “I don’t like the leader even though I like the policies,” that is ridiculous. You aren’t voting for Corbyn or May, you’re voting for who you’d like to represent your constituency and what is important to you. I don’t particularly like either Corbyn or May, but I am not going to give up my vote because I don’t like how they dress/their hair style.

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I’m sure even my followers that aren’t English are more than aware of the fact that we will be leaving the EU. Do you know the turn out for England was 73%. What happened to the other 27%? You look at how damn close that referendum was – Leave won by 51.9%. Do you see how that 27% could’ve made a difference when it is so close like that? But, yeah, I’m just using that as an example because I wasn’t happy with the outcome and I wanted to remain, aren’t I? Maybe. It proves my point though.

Right, so if you’ve made it this far – which I really hope you have – I’m going to give you some links to make this all very easy for you.

REGISTER TO VOTE YOU HAVE JUST TWO DAYS LEFT – Click here

SOME BASIC INFO ON THE PARTIES AND THEIR POLICIESClick here

SOME QUIZZES TO HELP YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE  FORQuiz one | Quiz two

Now you have no excuse. It takes five minutes to register, five minutes to read up on the policies, five minutes to do one of those quizzes. Get signed up for postal voting so you don’t even have to pause Netflix to vote. Whatever you do, just do something. You do not have the right to sit and complain about our country if you do not vote. Your one vote DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

God I hope this post changes at least one persons mind.

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MAC vs bareMinerals

MAC vs bareMinerals

You may have seen my review a couple of months ago about MAC‘s Studio Fix Fluid foundation (if not you can check it out here). After two and a half months, it has almost ran out and so I decided to invest in another foundation.

Not that I really had any issues with the Studio Fix – in fact I really liked it – I thought I’d just experiment and see if there was anything better out there.

I’ve heard some really great things about the bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum foundation and the reviews were all raving. At just £3.50 more expensive than the Studio Fix, I thought I’d give it a shot.

Now, the whole idea behind bareSkin is that you feel like your skin is bare. I’ll give it its due, I don’t really feel like I’m wearing any foundation, but the coverage really is really quite light.

Although I will add that it is definitely buildable. But I, personally, don’t really want to be using half a bottle every time I put my foundation on. You can’t have everything though right? I guess that weightless and bare feeling just doesn’t go with high coverage.

That is just my personal preference though, if you’re looking for a light foundation then definitely try bareSkin!

I chose the Bare Porcelain shade, as I am very pale. MAC’s NC10 is just the right shade for me, being the lightest shade available for Studio Fix, and Bare Porcelain was the lightest shade available for bareSkin. However, as you can see in the image, the two colours are kind of different. That is the Studio Fix on the right and that is bareSkin on the left. The bareSkin is really a fair bit darker – not very porcelain.

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However, that isn’t bareMinerals’ fault that I’m as pale as a ghost. The shade isn’t right for me, and that is fine. What is annoying however, is that they call it ‘bare porcelain’ when in my opinion it is far from it. Also, on the website the image of the shade is almost white, yet in real life it is far from it. So I’m pretty disappointed that the name and image is so misleading.

All of that aside though, the foundation itself isn’t at all cakey and gives my skin a nice glowey look – it does what it says on the tin. When used with my Basic Beauty Tools blender (check out my post on their blenders here) it looks flawless and natural. If I could get a lighter shade I’d probably purchase this again as it is a great feeling and looking foundation, but for now it is just a little too dark. If you’re not particularly pale and not looking for a heavy coverage though, this would be a great foundation for you!

Overall I’d give the bareMinerals foundation a good eight out of ten. However, I’m going to give bareMinerals themselves a poor two out of ten for effort with variety of lighter shades and for making the descriptions of the shades so misleading.

Have you got a foundation you could recommend? Especially a super pale one? I’m still on the hunt for good coverage, lightweight and pale foundations (high street or high end), so leave any recommendations in the comments!

Thanks for reading! Look out for a review on the Friction Free Shaving subscription service coming on Friday – it’s an interesting one. Until then, check out my social media links and give my blog a follow if you want to see more from me!

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