Friday, 18 August 2017

How I Try To Stay Productive & Motivated // Tips & Advice




Hi lovelies, I hope you're all having a great day so far, happy Friday! Missguided had a 50% off flash sale yesterday so of course I had to take advantage of that, I'm so excited to start buying for AW17 now. 



Today I thought i'd share my top tips and advice for staying productive and motivated, granted sometimes I do just love to laze around and have 'chill' days, but I always manage to get everything I need to done it's just finding that crucial balance.







1.

On the days you're feeling productive, take full advantage of it! This takes the pressure off those days when you're feeling a little bit sluggish, or maybe not feeling too great.  For instance, if you're in the mood to take blog photos, take a few stock photos too, that way on a day when you have nothing planned and you're feeling like you don't want to take photos, you'll have some to use. 


2.

Make lots of lists, or have a planner. It's important to write down or take note of the jobs which need doing. I like to make lists for different things, so for instance, I have a cleaning list (lol) and a blogging list so I can keep track of what i've done and when, and what still needs doing. I find that having a list where you can tick things off or cross things out makes you get that little boost of productivity and encourages you do to more. 





3.

Watch or read something that inspires you. This could be watching your favourite youtuber, or reading some inspirational quotes, but I always find that by doing this I feel that little bit more motivated to do what I love.



4.

Set yourself some goals. This could be as simple as getting out of bed and showering. By achieving these small goals you'll feel so much better in yourself, and these small achievements make a massive difference on your motivation levels. I like to split my goals up into short term goals and long term goals.


5.

Stop making excuses and focus on your long term goals. This is something I see quite a lot of, which is quite sad, but so many people make excuses for not being able to do something. In my opinion, if you want something badly enough, you'll find a way to make it happen. Even if this means getting up a little bit earlier in the morning to do something, or spending your day off completing tasks, it all makes such a difference and you'll be one step closer to achieving your dreams. 







I hope these 5 little tips have helped you out, let me know if you have any advice on staying motivated and productive! Have a lovely weekend everyone!






Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Summer Skin Tips




Hi everyone! I hope you're all having an amazing day, i've been craving chocolate so badly I think i'm going to have to give in and go and get some. 



Today I thought that i'd give you some tips on how to keep your skin looking fresh, dewy and healthy throughout Summer. As the seasons and weather change I find that my skin care and make up regime changes too and I need to do different things to keep my skin happy and healthy.





SUN PROTECTION // SPF


Using sun protection, such as sun cream, is so important during these hotter months and it's something which people often forget about. The skin on your face is really sensitive, especially around your eyes so using suncream on your face protects those vulnerable areas from sun damage. If you can, try to get a foundation with SPF already in it.



PRIMER

I feel like I talk about Primer quite a lot however using a primer in the warmer months will help keep your foundation and base products in place for longer. You won't have your makeup slipping down your face and you wont have to keep topping up your concealer/foundation as often. 








KEEP HYDRATED // MOISTURISE 

During the sunnier seasons the sun and heat will drain all the moisture from your face, so it's important that you keep hydrated, not only through drinking water but also keep your face moisturised and nourished so that it doesn't dry out. Keeping it hydrated will help maintain that healthy, dewy look and keep your makeup looking flawless!




AFTERSUN

This kind of ties in with the moisturising and sun protection, but if you've spent a long day outside or a long time in the sun, before bed put on some aftersun cream and let it soak in. As I said before, sun protection is really important to keep your skin healthy and to avoid sun damage. 



EXFOLIATE

Another important one, but as the hotter weather dries out your skin it's important to keep on top of exfoliating and getting rid of all that dead skin. Not only will this keep your skin healthy, it will also make your makeup easier to apply and looking on top form.








Let me know if you have any tips of keeping your skin in good condition during the Summer months!
















Monday, 14 August 2017

NARS // NARSissist Palette Review



Hiya everyone, I hope you've all had a fabulous weekend! I had a pretty chill one (as usual) and today I've just been running some errands. I absolutely love being in Leeds as there's so much to see and it makes a change as Lincoln is so small in comparison.


Anyway, today's post is one which I actually wasn't going to do, mainly because NARS has been at the centre of controversy recently with their decision to sell to mainland China (meaning that they will no longer be cruelty free!) However, I wanted to do a review of this palette as I see so many people wondering whether they should get it or not, I thought this might be helpful.











First of all, this palette is pretty pricey at a whopping £55.00 it's by far the most expensive palette I own, and if the price makes you dubious about buying it, I don't blame you as it is a huge amount to splash out on. You can buy it from quite a few places online which do offer discount codes from time to time like ASOS, Space NK and Feel Unique. I managed to get it from ASOS when they had a 20% off everything offer. 







One of the main things that I'm not a fan of is this chrome-like packaging. It does get so dirty and it usually ends up covered in finger prints and make up, however, it is super easy to clean so it's not like the germs and dirt are stored there forever.


Another thing i've noticed about this palette is that there's a bit of fall out with some of the shades. I wouldn't say the fall out is a huge issue though, because as i've expanded my palette collection I have noticed that some of the better shades do have a bit of fallout, it generally means that they're more pigmented and easier to blend. 


So now that i've told you what I dislike about this palette, which to be honest isn't a lot, i'll tell you what I love about it too. I love that all the shades are super pigmented and easy to blend, I've used them all and so far there's been no problem with any of them. I also love that the shimmer shades are really shimmery, yet pigmented and I also love the fact that you can create so many different looks from this palette, it's so versatile and you don't really have to think too hard about using it, if that makes sense.








I do like that the shade names are printed on the back of the palette, it makes it easy to see what you're using and makes your favourite shades easy to identify. 




Shades bottom to top: Newbury Street, Windsor, Privilege & Dover




Shades bottom to top: Foix, Castille, Alnwick & Beaumaris




Shades bottom to top: Splendor, Versailles, Montaillou & Reale 






Honestly, I've got so much use out of this palette that I don't even think twice now about how much it cost. Initially it is a big investment, although you really do get the use out of it, especially if you love warm tones as much as I do. When I bought the Modern Renaissance palette I did worry that this one would get neglected, but I do keep coming back to it because the formula is so amazing.


Have you ever tried any NARS products? I'd love to know what you think of this brand! 






Thursday, 10 August 2017

Anatomicals Face Masks // Worth The Hype?




Hey everyone, I hope you're all having a fab week! 


So today I thought i'd give you my honest opinion on the Anatomicals face masks and let you know what I really think of them.


As you all know, or maybe don't, I absolute looove a good face mask. My favourite ones at the minute are definitely sheet masks, but that doesn't mean I don't love a good clay mask from time-to-time. Nothing beats that feeling when it's ready to come off and your face feels all tight and cleansed.













On a first impression, Anatomicals seem like a really cool brand. They are cruelty free and they're definitely a quirky company, everything from their packaging to the information available on their website.



If you're ordering from their website from the UK you must be aware that because it's an international company, shipping fees can add up alongside a customs charge. There are some UK stockists though like ASOS, Superdrug, Urban Outfitters and Harvey Nichols. Prices do vary from store-to-store, however they tend to average at about £1-£1.50 per mask, very reasonable i'd say!






I haven't tried all of these yet as I don't like to do face masks too often, I feel like it ruins your skin a bit putting too much on it (from my experience!)



I tried the tropical hydrating face mask which you can purchase here and to be honest I was super excited because my skin has been quite dry recently and it just needs that extra bit of love. Also, the packaging is super cute and fun, I feel like these would make really lovely gifts if you're on a budget and just want to put a few things together for someone!










If i'm being totally honest, I wasn't overwhelmed by this face mask. Yes, it was soothing and it smelt absolutely amazing, a mixture of mango, holidays and suncream, however, it didn't really hydrate my skin like I was expecting it to. It did however, leave my skin less red and blotchy though which was quite nice.


I do love the consistency and formula of these masks though, they're very creamy and soothing rather than being too thick. Considering these face masks are pretty cheap, I think they do an okay job! I can imagine if you have reeaally sensitive skin these are a good face mask rather than the 'harder', more clay based ones. 


There's so many amazing face masks available at the minute, and these are perfect if you just want a nice, skin-soothing pamper session. Like I said earlier, these are also great gift ideas because they're really affordable.








Have you tried out any new face masks recently? What do you think of the Anatomicals ones?






Tuesday, 8 August 2017





Hey everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend, I'm back in Leeds so I have lots of different posts planned for the rest of the month! 


It's an awkward time of year really for blog posts, in my opinion. I'm not going on holiday this Summer or else those holiday-type posts would be my go-to! And with being on a budget it's often hard to stop myself from buying new releases to review. I'm excited for Autumn/Winter as I have so many fun ideas for blog posts, however recently i've just been a bit stuck.


I thought i'd compile a little list, for if you're ever in a similar situation like me, on a budget and a little bit lost on what to post. (And also for me to look at in the future!)



1. Monthly favourites

2. A recipe post (baking, healthy snacks etc...)

3. Wish lists (homeware, clothes, makeup etc...)

4. Current skin care routine

5. Ways you unwind/relax

6. Brand focus post 

7. Favourite go-to outfit/wardrobe staples post

8. Favourite make up products

9. Best/worst beauty products you own

10. Product review (makeup palette, electrical product etc...)

11. Find a free event near you and review it

12. Favourite decor items in your home

13.  Current favourite bloggers/content creators 

14. Q&A post

15.  Favourite current film/playlist list

16. Makeup/Skin care tips and advice

17. Favourite fragrances post (candles, perfume etc...)

18. Travel bucket list 

19. Favourite/most used apps

20. What I eat in a day 




I hope these have been somewhat helpful, they're just a handful of ideas if you're ever having a time where you're a bit stuck on what to post and if you're on a budget! I wish that I could go out and buy new products to review and try every week but alas, I can't! 




I know this post is quite short and sweet but let me know in the comments if you have any more blog post ideas to add! 






Friday, 4 August 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills // Modern Renaissance Palette Review




Hiya everyone I hope you're all having a fab week so far! Myself and my Mum hosted a Macmillan coffee day yesterday and it went so well, we managed to raise just over £300, so I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of support we received. 


I've been torn for a while over whether or not I should buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, all the reviews seem extremely positive and the colours are so dreamy. So, I thought i'd bite the bullet and just buy it. Subculture, the sister palette to this, has just come out I was interested in that one too however it was unfortunately sold out.


I bought this palette from Beauty Bay, a UK stockist of ABH products and it cost £41.00 with free next day delivery. 









I'm a huuuge fan of warm toned palettes so the colours in this just speak to me.


I tried the brush in the palette however I found it quite stiff and scratchy so maybe after a wash it will soften up a little bit. 


I have to say all of these shades are extremely pigmented, they blend absolutely wonderfully and you can create so many looks from it. I love the fact that with a bit of primer, these shadows stay on for the longest time and don't slip around if that makes sense.


This palette is cruelty free which is absolutely amazing. You also get 0.02 oz of product in each of the shades (approx 0.6 grams for £3 worth of product). In the ABH single eye shadows you get 16.7 grams of product for £10. So really, the ABH single eye shadows are better value for the amount of product you actually get, however there are a lot of amazing limited colours in this palette which you can't buy as singles. 











I have to say though, one of my only negative comments about this palette is that if you're using a fluffy brush and dip into a colour, there is a tonne of fall out. If i'm being honest though for me that's not too much of a problem as they're super pigmented and easy to blend, so if you're a bit careful it's fine.


Even if you're using a variety of different palettes, there's some absolutely gorgeous shades in here for things like transition colours. So you are able to dip into multiple palettes you don't just have to stick with this to create one look!


The only other thing i'm not particularly keen on is the texture of the palette. It's almost like a fury box which definitely looks luxe when you first get it, although you have to be really careful if you have makeup on your hands when touching it as it can get dirty very quickly. This isn't really a problem for some people but the texture is definitely a germ hoarder. Also the reflective, black inside design isn't really my cup of tea, but that's just me being fussy I guess!









Top row, left to right

TEMPERA: A gorgeous light beige, matte finish
GOLDEN OCHRE: Yellow toned golden colour, matte finish
VERMEER: The cutest shimmery iridescent pink
BUON FRESCO: Pretty matte lilac 
ANTIQUE BRONZE: Shimmery brown with a purple/berry toned tint to it
LOVE LETTER: Bright cranberry pink 
CYPRUS UMBER: Dark chocolate brown


Bottom row, left to right

RAW SIENNA: Sandy brown with a slight burnt orange tint to it
BURNT ORANGE: A darker, less brown version of Raw Sienna 
PRIMAVERA: The most gorgeous shimmery gold/champagne colour
RED OCHRE: A deep, dark red 
VENETIAN RED: Deep, rich cranberry colour with shimmer
WARM TAUPE: Soft caramel, light beige colour
REALGAR: The most beautiful burnt orange matte



To be honest I definitely think this palette lives up to the hype, it does take a bit of practice to use the deeper, brighter colours at first if you're not that used to palettes which are this pigmented, but after a couple of tries you'll be fine! I love that this palette is amazing for pros, but also just for makeup lovers like myself. It's a great palette for if you're travelling as it's got such a variety of shades in there. 



I would highly recommend Modern Renaissance, however, I feel like there are a lot of decent dupes out there so if all the colours don't appeal to you there's definitely other options out there for you.

















Let me know if you've tried any of the Anastasia Beverly Hills products and what you thought about them! 







Monday, 31 July 2017

Escape With Palmer's // First Impressions 




Hiya everyone, I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I honestly love those weekends where you just laze around and do whatever you feel like! 


I've definitely been getting way too excited for Christmas, yes, I'm well aware it's mid-Summer but I just can't help myself! But this little package definitely got me in a Summery mood.


When I think of Summer the smell of coconut is definitely a scent which I think about, so I was so excited to try out these products to get me in that Summery mood. I've also been on the hunt for some good hair care products, as I have super thick and long hair it's a struggle to find good products to tame it. 













I've been on the hunt for aggges for some really good conditioner and I have finally found it! My hair is naturally long and super thick, so it's hard to find hair products which leave it feeling nourished and soft rather than making it seem thicker. 


I've used these products a few times now, to be honest I hardly ever wash my hair nowadays and I have absolutely no shame in that. My hair is hardly ever greasy and that way I don't have to use too much heat constantly drying it.




REPAIRING CONDITIONER


This product is quite thick, a little goes a long way. It's definitely helped to hydrate my hair and leave it feeling super silky and clean. I love that Palmer's use no added 'stuff' and it's not filled with hundreds of chemicals as sometimes that can ruin a product. Honestly, this leaves my hair smelling divine! The smell of coconut lasts for ages and it just gives it that little extra boost my hair needs. 



LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER


I wasn't sure what to expect of this product as I've used a lot of 'leave in' hair products and to be honest they usually leave my hair feeling thicker than usual and a bit greasy. However, this has completely changed my hair care routine and I can see this being a new holy grail of mine. Not only does it have an amazing coconut smell, but it's texture is so good! It's basically just a spray, that way you don't use too much and it's very easy to 'blend' all into your hair, if that makes sense. This leaves my hair feeling super soft and conditioned rather than greasy and heavy, laaav it! 












COCONUT OIL BODY LOTION


I actually am realllyyy bad when it comes to moisturising my body, usually I hate that icky feeling you get once you've done it however this one sinks in straight away. It's almost like your skin just eats it up, so you don't get left with that horrible sticky feeling. It smells absolutely incredible and lasts for such a long time. My skin often gets super dry in the summer so this is the perfect product to keep my skin hydrated and glowing. 











Overall, I'm completely over the moon with the results from these products. Not only have I found two amazing hair products but also an amazing skincare product. I love the instant gratification from these products, you don't have to be using them for ages to see the results!



Let me know if you've ever used anything from Palmer's before!