BeautyBabbles

Friday, 7 July 2017

LIGHT SUMMER MAKEUP


It actually feels like summer in England at the moment! It's hot and sweaty and the last thing I want to do is put lots of makeup on in the morning. This makeup has actually transferred from my holiday makeup, it's perfect for a quick bit of something without looking or feeling too heavy on the skin. Plus, I actually managed to get a bit of a tan while in Cyprus meaning my pale face needs a bit of bronzing up to match the rest of my body. I can do this makeup in around 5 minutes, leaving me fresh faced and ready to face the day. 

I always do my eyes first when it comes to makeup. I've been skipping out the eyeshadow as for every day-to-day wear I just can't be bothered! Instead I just curl my lashes to the max and use the Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara to give me lashes some oomph. I have super straight down eyelashes so this step is always a must for me. Next I comb through my brows with the Benefit Gimme Brow. This is again a quick and easy product to give your eyebrows a bit of colour while helping them stay in place all day. I had my HD brows done just before holiday so they're on top form at the moment. 

Onto the face, and I begin by priming with the Too Faced Hangover Primer. This is so beautifully moisturising and makes my skin lovely and smooth ready for some foundation. I just take about a pump and spread it all over my face. For foundation I've been using the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder in 2 Fair. When I first bought this the shade was a tad too dark for my winter (aka pale) skin. However come these warmer months and this provides a lovely bit of bronze to my skin without having a disastrous orange face white neck situation! With SPF 15 and a really light coverage it's not the foundation for big events with photography, however for summer days it's perfect. I use the Real Techniques Sponge to press this into the skin, mainly starting in the centre of my face and working outwards. This foundation gives the perfect summer glowy look without being too sweaty looking. I find it also stays on my skin really well (sandwiched between primer and setting spray). 

The rest of my face is also kept simple, Urban Decay Naked Concealer in Fair is used to brighten the inner corner of my eyes and conceal any little red spots. This isn't too high coverage but still helps to brighten and cover. A little dusting of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent just through my T-zone to keep the shine at bay. Then I use some of the Benefit Hoola Bronzer to sculpt out my non-existent cheek bones a little and add a bit more bronze around my skin. This is gorgeous matte bronzer which helps to amp up the sun-kissed look. A quick spritz of the Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray and voila! Quick, easy, and perfect for summer! 

What are your go to products for this warm weather?
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

LIFE UPDATE


Wow, long time now speak! Amazingly I've not actually posted since 2016 *shocked face emoji*. I've always struggled to keep up with blogging while at university but believe me there was no chance I had time to post after christmas! January to March I was on my final placement for my degree. It was a wonderful experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it, however I was driving for about 2 hours a day, and so evenings involved preparation work and early nights! Also throughout placement I was helping to organise my uni's showchoir annual showcase. This is something I've been involved in for all three years I've been at uni, and it was such an amazing experience. I was very lucky that my boyfriend and dad were able to come and watch the show. There were a lot of tears shed when it was over, and a lot of celebrating the following weekend! 

Then it was onto the easter holidays, which seemed to fly by. I managed to spend time with my family which was nice. To be honest, I spent a couple of days in easter completely relaxing, colouring my adult colouring books and updating my bullet journal (which I may do a post on soon!). I also made a good start on my dissertation over easter. 

Getting back to university after the easter holidays has involved working on my dissertation pretty much everyday! Thankfully it's now been submitted *yay* which is a big relief. I actually really enjoyed having one large project to focus on, and am very proud of the end result. In the time that I've not been typing away, I've been getting into a good fitness regime (including a personal trainer!). I'm going on holiday in a few weeks so I've been trying to tone up from my podgy pizza figure. I must admit I've seen so many good changes in my body over the past few weeks, I generally have more energy throughout the day, and things aren't as jiggly anymore! I still have a long way to go towards being fully happy in my body, but for the time being things are heading in the right direction. I'm thinking of popping up a few recipes that I've discovered recently that are super tasty and also nice and healthy! 

Life for the next few weeks is going to be strange, I have a couple of lectures left at uni, a couple of PT sessions booked in, and a big move ahead! During early May I was offered my first job upon graduation, which is so exciting! I will officially be a Speech and Language Therapist. It's worked out quite well as I'm going to be moving in with my boyfriend and his parents, which is both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Although I have discovered my new found hobby of building IKEA furniture, so that's all fun. I'm hoping these next few weeks I'll have the time to get some photos and posts up on this blog, which will be 6 years old in June!!!! And thanks to my new Pipdig theme, I'm ready and raring to go. So I hope to speak to you all very soon. 

Photo cc: From Roses 
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Friday, 28 October 2016

NORWICHBLOGGERS COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS







A few weeks ago I met up with the lovely NorwichBloggers at Warwick Street Social to take part in a cocktail masterclass! This is something I've always wanted to do, so I was so so excited! The aim of the evening was to choose a cocktail as our welcome cocktail for the christmas meal. We made 5 cocktails in total, a classic mojito, a bramble, a candy cane, a pumpkin spiced one and a gingerbread cocktail! It was so fun learning how to make each of the cocktails, although I can't remember all the recipes off the top of my head now!! (Should have made notes). I love the way each of them was so different, with such different flavours and presentations for each one. 

Each of the cocktails was explained to us and then we got the chance to make one in pairs. I made the bramble cocktail with christie, which was going really well under the bartender smashed the glass while trying to get it out of the shaker! So we got 2 attempts at making it!! The whole evening definitely gave me lots of ideas of my little pinterest cocktail cart that I'd like in my house one day. Also, the cocktails on the menu of Warwick Street Social (specifically the Lemon Meringue) were divine. I really need to take my boyfriend there next time he comes to visit. 

We were in our own separate part of the pub, with a mini bar presenting all the alcohol and ingredients needed to make the cocktails. Personally my favourite was a tie between the Bramble and Candy Cane. I do love a sweet cocktail so this is probably why I liked these the best. We also got some chips to nibble on throughout the evening, which were super delicious! After a long day at uni, this was definitely a really enjoyable evening, and I'm looking forwards to seeing the lovely norwich bloggers at the christmas meal in a few weeks time! Have you ever been to a cocktail making class? 

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