Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Falling For Red

 Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene
 Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencil in Light It Up
Topshop Rio Rio Lipstick

The winter approaches, and with it brings the urge to pull out the red lip products. This year I've been loving reds more than before, and I've also found I've collected a range of finishes which have been gracing my lips. First up is a glossy red lip, now some may not be a fan of this but I love the deep red berry shade of the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene. I am a massive lover of Revlon lip products, this is no exception. It stains the lips really well, and applies nice and smoothly to the lips. 

Next up is a more satin finish red which comes in the form of Maybelline's Color Drama Lip Pencil in Light It Up. These have been compared to the NARS Lip Pencils but I've not tried those so I cannot comment on that. This also glides onto the lips really well, and is nice and creamy which is lovely for a pencil. The colour is more of a true red as opposed to the more berry tones of the first. 

Last but not least is a matte red that I've loved and used for years now. Topshop's Rio Rio lipstick was the first makeup product I purchased when the Topshop makeup range came out. Even though it has a matte finish it is not at all drying, and has more of an orange red tone. This lipstick makes your teeth look lovely and white, and when applied in thin layers stays on the lips for absolutely ages, even through eating and drinking! So those are my three reds which I've been loving this year. 

Are you a red lip fan? 


Sunday, 28 December 2014

14 Amazing Moments from 2014

  1. Getting into my top choice university 
  2. Going to Croatia on a music tour 
  3. Reaching 496 followers on my blog - I love you all!
  4. Meeting one of my favourite bloggers Jess (Jessica Beautician
  5. Going to the McBusted tour, and reliving my childhood 
  6. Settling into uni much quicker than I thought I would 
  7. Seeing my cat again after being away at uni for the first term 
  8. Staying in a building with no electricity or running water with my family 
  9. Meeting some incredible people at university
  10. Finishing my first term at uni, and managing to sit my first exam
  11. Winning a trophy from my high school for my A Level achievement 
  12. Passing my driving test (even if it was the 2nd attempt!)
  13. Getting to see and meet the amazing Lauren Aquilina in concert
  14. Making it through A Levels, the hardest months of my life so far
I cannot believe how fast this year has gone. When I look back, so much has changed since January. I no longer live at home with my parents but in halls of residence at a university a long way from home. I'm studying to become a Speech and Language Therapist. There has been so many brilliant parts of 2014, which is why I wanted to put this post together. Here's to 2015 being just as amazing!! 

What are your highlights of 2014? 


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas Nails

It's got to that time of year again when I have my go-to stash of nail polishes which I pull out in the christmas season. It does mainly consist of glitter, but there are occasional plainer colours I like to go for. Last year I was obsessed with the Barry M Textured Effect Nail Polishes, and this year has been no different. The colours Lady (the white) and Duchess (bronzy pink) have been gems for me, they apply so easily and obviously look super christmasy due to their sparkly texture. Along the glitter lines the Rimmel Precious Stones Polish in Diamond Dust is actually something my amazing penpal and fellow blogger Sophie (from Sophie Said) sent me a while ago. This is more of a grey with some blue flecks of glitter in, super pretty. 

I did make a sneaky Essie purchase a while ago, which will have a blog post of it's own soon. I bought the duo called Twinkle Twinkle Little Star which comes with Bobbing for Baubles and Set in Stone. They look really nice on their own, or layered for something a little different. On the topic of layering polishes, one of my favourite combinations is Barry M's Lychee Polish underneath Maybelline's Brocades Polish. This makes a really shiny fairy lights look on the nails, and is beyond perfect for this holiday season. Finally sometimes I strip it all back and go for a simple red, something like Butter London's Come To Bed Red which is a lovely pillar-box red. 

What are your christmas nail picks? 


Sunday, 21 December 2014

What I've Learnt From The First Term of Uni

First term at university done! Crazy times. I thought I'd just put a little post together to tell you just a few things that I've learnt from my time at uni so far. I may not have masses of experience, but I've certainly learnt a lot during the last 12 weeks. 

1. Freshers flu is inevitable 
When I went to uni, I was determined that if I took vitamins and ate lots of fruit I would manage to avoid the infamous 'freshers flu'. No chance. Every person I met at uni in the first two weeks had freshers flu, with all the new germs and bacteria floating around from all over the country (and world) your body will become ill to become immune to all the nasties. Deal with the fact you will get it. 

2. Get involved and you will meet some amazing people
I was worried about meeting new people and finding friends at uni, but I'm so happy I joined so many societies. Some of my friends I've met through being in the uni choir and being part of the badminton society. Societies are a great way to meet similar people to you as well as introduce you to a range of different people without clinging to your flatmates. 

3. Don't let people change you, but at the same time discover who you are
Since being at uni I feel like I've discovered a bit more about myself. I've definitely become more confident, going to societies on my own for the first time forces you to throw yourself in at the deep end and talk to people you've never met before. I'm not a big drinker, and I'd like to think I've not lost that part of me. But at the same time I've learnt to enjoy going out more, and it doesn't stress me out as much nowadays. 

4. Southern people have a lot of slang words which take a while to understand 
Even though I was born down south, I moved up north when I was 5. This means I am not overly used to the many different amusing words and phrases which I've been exposed to in the last term. Although you may look silly not knowing what they mean at first, they'll soon become normal to you (even though they might still be a bit strange!). Just to name a few; 'peak' 'butters' 'kekkers'...

5. Evernote is the best app for note taking in lectures 
I started off taking paper based notes, however I've since changed to using Evernote to take notes in lectures electronically and writing them up as part of revision later. You can import powerpoints and then make notes underneath so everything is all in one place. Another bonus of the app is that you can create notebooks, which helps keep different subjects/topics in separate places along with their relevant notes. Also, it's free - what is there not to love?! 

It has definitely been one of the fastest, biggest, most amazing 12 weeks of my life. I hope this post was some-what interesting, I thought it might be nice for those who are anxiously checking their UCAS applications or those who want to relive some first year first term uni memories. The first term may be over, but boy am I excited about the rest to come! 

Have you started uni/been/applying? 


Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Necklace With Options

H&M has become one of my favourite shops in the last few months, mainly because the one in my uni town is waaaaay bigger than the one back home which means much more choice. In terms of my jewellery tastes I tend to go for quite simple things, so when I spotted this gorgeous necklace I was already in love. When I discovered it came with 8 changeable options I was sold. This comes with 8 different coloured circles which can be switched out really easily to create many different combinations, whether you have a favourite colour or change it depending on the outfit you're wearing. 

The colours are really pretty, you can see in the photo above it comes with a black, gold, dark blue, light blue, maroon, white, green and pink charm so I now never have a problem with finding the right necklace to go with my outfit. As someone who does like to have some sort of theme to my outfits I've been having so much fun deciding which to pair with things each day, and it's quickly become my most work piece of jewellery. 

Do you think this is a good idea? Would you buy something similar? 


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Why Do I Blog? My Blogging Journey

A couple of days ago I read a post by an amazing fellow blogger Thunderlove (check out her post here) in which she spoke about the mass amount of 'blogging advice' that is thrown around the internet. PR companies, increasing traffic, and generally how to have a successful blog seem to be the big advice areas at the moment. This got me thinking about the reason I blog, and why started a blog in the first place.

I started my blog originally as MacLoverGirl96, as a side step to go along with my youtube channel (which has taken the very back seat nowadays). It seemed an obvious move, as most youtubers had a blog in which they could write posts instead of filming a video. From June 2011 up until late April 2013 my blog stayed as MacLoverGirl96, when I decided it was time for a change. Beauty Babbles was a name that popped into my head at about 11pm one night when I was in bed, and I fell in love with my blog all over again. 

Beauty Babbles has always been designed by me, and each time I redesign it I love it more and more. I find myself giving my blog a revamp when I'm feeling uninspired with it, or when I feel like it just doesn't reflect who I am anymore. There's no doubt I've changed over the past 3 years of blogging, but why I blog still remains the same. I blog because I love it. I love taking the photos for posts, and my photography skills have improved dramatically as a result. I love interacting with other bloggers, whether this is through twitter, blog comments, letters or even in real life! I love writing the posts, making sure I get my message across. I love seeing the post come together, with all its parts. I love feeling like I'm talking to a friend, whether it's about beauty or some of my advice posts (Like my moving out post here). 

Blogging has never been about making money, or having a massive audience - each new follower I get I simply appreciate that they want to read what I've created, just like when someone buys an inventors product. I'm proud of my blog, and I really hope that other bloggers feel the same way as me. The blogging community inevitably will change in the coming years, but the hopeless romantic in me will always pray that at the bottom of the blogs is passion and love for what is produced, rather than the need for money and success. 

Why do you blog/read blogs? 


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Healthy Student Food

Being an independent student for the first time, away from home with meals being ready on the table can lead to a downwards spiral of unhealthy eating. I'll hold my hands up and admit that the first couple of weeks I was at uni, my eating habits weren't great - mainly pasta/pizza as they were quick and easy. But as the days have progressed I've moved away from the carbs, trying really hard to eat healthier. To give you an idea of what I've been making I've been taking snaps of my breakfast, lunch and tea/dinner so that you can see what a putting a bit more effort into meals can result in. 

Day One 

Breakfast - Porridge with berries and honey 
Such a simple filling breakfast, porridge is really nice to have in the colder months and the berries help towards getting in your 5 a day. 

Lunch - Tuna and refined bean quesadillas 
This was my first time trying to make quesadillas but I was so pleased with how they turned out. The tuna in these is a great source of protein as well as having many other health benefits. I also threw in some spinach, getting more veg incorporated into my daily diet.  

Tea/Dinner - Chicken and courgette cous cous salad
I absolutely adore cous cous. Again with this dish I added many different vegetables; spinach, courgettes, tomatoes .... Chicken is a much less fatty meat than red meat, and without the skin reduces the fat levels even more. 

Day Two 

Breakfast - Greek yoghurt fruit bowl and nutella toast
Yes I am still trying to be healthy, but this in no way means I can't have a tiny bit of chocolate spread on a slice of brown bread. I love having yoghurt and fruit for breakfast, it really helps start my day right and obviously the more fruits you use the more health benefits you'll get. 

Lunch - Pepper and spinach omelette 
Omelettes are ridiculously easy and quick to make, and so easy to mix the recipe up with different ingredients. For this omelette I used 2 eggs, peppers, spinach and onion. 

Tea/Dinner - Pasta with sausage meatballs and broccoli 
Pasta will always be one of my favourite meals, and broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables so I was so happy when I came across this recipe. The sausage meatballs were simply made by taking the skin off the sausages then rolling the meat into little balls. 

Not only has this healthy eating kick inspired me to try new recipes and be more inventive with my cooking, but I've really felt a difference in how I feel. No more after carb-heavy lunch lulls and I generally feel more active, meaning studying is easier! In no way do I think we should cut out carbs such as pasta all together, as you can see I'm still eating it - but just doing so in a way that combines veg and other nutrients needed in a balanced diet. If you'd like to hear any of the recipes/ways I made these please let me know in a comment below. 

Have you made anything foodie recently that you want to share?


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Moving Out

A few days before I moved out of my parents home and into my university accommodation I was a nervous wreck. I'd done my big ikea shop, I'd planned out which clothes I was taking and yet I still couldn't actually imagine not living at home anymore. This post is going to be about my experience moving out and how I've coped. 

Being an only child means I'm really close to my parents, and my cat. I moved to a university about 5 hours away from home which meant I knew I wasn't going to be going home every weekend to see them. One thing that has helped me not miss home was taking some of my special memories from my room to bring to uni. My penguin ornament as well as some plastic caps both came off my shelves at home and onto my shelves at uni. I also made sure I bought plenty of pictures and my polaroids on my walls and notice board so that my friends and family are always just a glance away. 

Cooking for myself has not been too bad, I don't think my cooking skills are too shabby but sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to cook a proper meal at the end of a busy day. Making sure I have enough fruit and veg in my diet has been really hard but I always feel so much better for it. Mainly I have been eating rice or cous cous with some kind of meat for tea/dinner or pasta for more lazy days. Laundry has also been interesting to conquer, but definitely a skill that has made me much more aware of fabrics and colours and what shouldn't be washed with what. It's been a month since I moved out from home and yet I call my uni halls my home now, because I'm happy and settled which is a blessing for both me and my parents. To anyone moving out either from their parents or to a new home I wish you luck, I understand how it feels and I hope all goes smoothly as it did for me. 


Sunday, 19 October 2014

What's On My Face #9

It's been a long time since I've done one of these! But today I will be showing you what's on my face. I didn't really have a set look in mind when doing this but it turned out slightly autumnal. 

I always start with my eyes, so I made sure they were primed for shadow with Urban Decay's Primer Potion before applying M&S's eyeshadow in Taupe all over the lids. This is such a simple easy colour to wear all over the lids everyday. I then blended a tiny amount of the Maybelline Mono Eyeshadow in Chocolate Chic in the outer corners for a bit of definition. No surprise which mascara ended up on my lashes as it's the only one I buy these days, that being the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara. I did pop a bit of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude on the lower lash line to cancel out any redness. 

Generally a pretty simple face look, I took one pump of the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain and did some blending work with my fingers to even out my complexion. Bit of powder through the t-zone using Soap and Glory's One Heck Of A Blot and the Real Techniques Powder Brush. Still have an ongoing love affair with my Stila Colour Me Pretty Palette, as the eyes were quite neutral I added the end shade Petunia for a brighter pop of colour of the cheeks. Finally I finished everything off by swiping on the Revlon Matte Balm Stain in Elusive which is a gorgeous neutral but slightly darker pink and is a great way to transition into the really dark fall lip colours. 

Have you tried any of these products?


A Staple Stripe

Another rare fashion post here on Beauty Babbles today, showing you one of the staple prints that's always in my wardrobe. Stripes are a classic and are so easy to pair with jeans, skirts, coats, scarves, need I go on?! 

The three staple stripes that have made their way into my wardrobe this fall are this blue and white stripe long sleeved top from H&M. This is perfect for days when the sun is out but it's not quite t-shirt weather, those awkward times where you want to be covered up but not full on coat times. I love the soft material of this and my go-to outfit is simply this and black jeans. Easy, done. 

Next up is another H&M buy, something a bit more smart. Although on the picture this looks black and white it's actually navy and white striped and has gold buttons on the shoulders. You really can't go wrong with a simple stripe tee like this, and it's great for days when you want to look a bit more on the smart side without going full shirt and blazer. 

Finally a lovely cozy stripe jumper in the form of this grey and white top from Gap. I love the ribbed sleeves of this, and the thickness just makes you feel so nice and warm for the much colder days. Gap are so underrated I think as a shop and I find I often manage to bag some great bits from there. I can't wait to where this when the temperature drops and feel all toasty. 

Do you have a staple in your wardrobe? 


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Brands That Bring It: Lips

Today I'm going to be starting a new series called 'Brands That Bring It'. The series is going to be split into different categories e.g Lips, Face, Cheeks, Eyes etc. I'm not sure when the next post will go up as these posts require quite a lot of trial and error with products however today I am going to be having a good old rave about a brand I think bring it to the makeup world in terms of lips. 

When the Revlon Lip Butters finally came to the UK years ago I went a bit crazy for them, and overtime have managed to acquire 6 - Peach Parfait, Candy Apple, Macaroon, Sweet Tart, Juicy Papaya and Berry Smoothie. The reason I love these so much is because they really pack a punch in terms of the brighter colours yet still manage to be moisturising on the lips. The packaging of these is also super cute and they do look rather nice lined up in my makeup collection. The only downside to these is that in the hotter months they do have a tendency to make themselves into a melted mess (juicy papaya has paid numerous visits to the fridge to reform!). 

Another one of my Revlon loves comes in the form of their Balm Stains. I bought Crush which is one of the original formula Kissable Balm Stains when I was feeling adventurous about trying a dark lip, and was so impressed that Lollipop soon made it's way home with me. These really show their strengths when you have to wear them for a long time, and they even last through eating and drinking which is incredible. The original formula start off fairly shiny on the lips but slowly disappear leaving a long-lasting stain on the lips. For example, if I wear Lollipop on a night out even after a proper makeup removal the colour will still be there in the morning. I recently picked up one of the Matte Balms in the colour Elusive which is a gorgeous everyday colour and again functions like the original formula apart from applies and dries matte, but still doesn't feel drying on the lips. 

The most recent release from Revlon in terms of lips is the Colorstay Moisture Stains. I picked up the colours Cannes Crush and New York Scene. These have a similar applicator to the YSL and L'oreal Stains with the product in a slight dip in the middle. The colour choices for these are amazing and they really dispense plenty of colour onto the lips. I've not really had a chance to test these for wear time but the colour and finish of them are great from what I've seen so far. I apologise for the length of this post, I suppose I really do have a deep love for Revlon lip products! 

Have you tried any of these?


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Autumn Nail Polish Picks

First of all let me apologise for the random assortment of posting days over the last few weeks, you know the drill, first couple of weeks of uni = very busy with work, socialising and generally life seems quite hectic at the moment hence why posts have been popping up a bit oddly. It will probably be like this for the next couple of weeks until I settle into a routine with my studies and find out when I can slot blogging in. Please don't think I don't enjoy blogging anymore because boy I still do a lot! 

Anyway, onto the actual post! When coming to uni I knew I didn't want to bring my whole nail polish collection (which is way too excessive anyway) so I decided to pick out some colours that I gravitate towards in the autumn/cooler months. If you couldn't tell already my two favourite brands of nail polish are Essie and Barry M. The brushes of the Essie polishes make application so easy due to the wide brush and the colours I've picked for this season are Shearling Darling, Toggle To The Top, Parka Perfect, Blanc, Tea & Crumpets, Cute As A Button, Fifth Avenue as well as adding in my Essie Cuticle Oil and Top Coat. For Base Coat I use the Revlon Colorstay Gel Smooth Base Coat

Barry M polishes are on the cheaper end of the nail polish spectrum but have an amazing colour range and the formula lasts really well on me. The packaging is simple but cute and the gelly shine polishes especially leave a gel-like finish which looks so professional. I also threw in the Maybelline Brocades polish which is great to layer over plain colours. On the Barry M front I chose Duchess, Lady, Lychee, Rose Hip, Greenberry, Blueberry, and Blue Grape. Another lovely blue colour is the Bourjois Nail Polish in 18. This has a funky angled brush which does take a while to get used to but once you get your head around it this is a lovely neutral blue with some slight shimmer in. 

What will be gracing your nails this autumn?


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Five Product Face

As much as I love wearing and experimenting with makeup this five product face is my go to on days I want to look presentable without having to spend ages deciding which lip product to pair with the blush I'm wearing etc. This has also been the makeup of choice for my part time work in the summer as it's nothing OTT. 

I start my makeup with eyes and then move onto my face so a quick curl of the lashes then some of my all time favourite mascara the Max Factor False Lash Effect really helps to open my eyes and instantly awakens my face. Then I take one pump of the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and rub all over my face, I reviewed/compared this foundation to others I own in my 'Foundation Rotation' post so you can check that out here. Once any redness is covered I make myself look less ghostly by applying a dab of the Stila Convertible Colour in Peony to the apples of my cheeks and blending (which btw is a dream to blend!). Bit o' powder through the T zone, with my trusty Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot, then finish everything off with the Maybelline Colour Sensational Shine Gloss in Glorious Grapefruit. Beaut colour and smells like candy, what more could you ask for in a lipgloss?! 

What's your simple go-to face?


Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Little Life Update

The last week has been one of the best and crazy weeks of my entire life. I moved to uni last Saturday and could not be more happy. My flatmates are so lovely and even though it's been induction week for my course I've still really enjoyed it. It has also been freshers week, which has meant some very late evenings and early mornings however I've definitely embraced the student lifestyle as much as I can (still not a heavy drinker at all!). 

Food wise we had a flat Dominoes on the Saturday we all arrived which was nice to get to know everyone, plus who doesn't love pizza?! Sunday evening me and the three other girls in my flat went into town and had an amazing meal at Gourmet Burger Kitchen - I had a pesterella chicken burger with skinny fries and it was seriously one of the best meals I've ever eaten in my life. Most of the meals I've made for myself have been pasta as it's so quick and easy however I did do a food shop the other day so hopefully I'll be getting more inventive. 

Societies wise I've joined a sign language one, the glee showchoir, a charity and badminton. The latter had a taster session on Friday which I really enjoyed as I'd forgotten how much I loved playing. I used to play in a local club years ago but left when I started GCSE's. It'll be great to stay active and have some stress release time. 

What have you been up to lately?


Thursday, 25 September 2014

September Favourites

The end of the month has been crazy busy for me, moving to uni and getting settled in but some products have still been my go to products for everyday use. First up I've been loving the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (which I don't think was the cause of my breakouts!) as it gives a light/medium coverage so it's perfect for everyday wear. Also face wise I've been loving the Stila Convertible Colour in Peony which is a mini size as it came in a set for my birthday, which feels like ages ago now. I'm in love with the formula of these, they're so smooth and easy to blend in. I love the formula so much that I bought the Stila Convertible Colour Palette which contains Peony and four other shades. 

I've not really worn much in terms of eyes this month but when I have I've simply been using my finger to apply some of the No7 Eyeshadow in Mink just on my lids to add a bit of colour without being much effort. It's a pretty light taupe colour, and I've enjoyed using a brand other than my usuals. Seen as I did such a big lip haul a few weeks ago it was inevitable that I was going to love some of the products, and it turns out that the Maybelline Colour Elixir in Rose Redefined has come out as one of the top. These feel so smooth on the lips and the colour is again a really nice easy wearable colour for everyday (can you see a pattern emerging in the type of things I go for?!). Finally I picked up a Revlon Colourburst Matte Lip Satin in Elusive which is slightly more bright but a nice colour to wear for something a little bit more special. 

What have you been loving this month? 


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Evening Skincare Routine

I spoke about my morning skincare routine here so it was only right that I told you what my evening skincare entails. Similarly to my morning routine things are kept pretty simple but the hydration levels are stepped up a notch as well as adding in some exfoliation. 

Cleansing wise I use a micellar water to remove the majority of my face makeup, I'm currently using the L'oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water however I do have the Garnier one lined up for after this one has been used up. Eye makeup wise things get removed with the Nivea Daily Essentials Makeup Remover which is a bi-phase eye makeup remover that works wonders, even on my waterproof mascara. Then I head to the bathroom where my cleansing routine continues. The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter is my choice of thicker deeper cleanser, it's one I'd highly recommend if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm. Rubbed onto the face this turns into a thick oil then I simply remove with a warm flannel. 

Back to my skincare stash I go and grab my La Roche-Posay Micro Exfoliating Toner, another cheaper alternative I've found while sorting my skincare - this time to the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner. This is a bit more stingy but helps to make my skin clear and clean. A quick first layer of hydrating comes in the form of the Avene Eau Thermale Spray followed by the same eye cream as the morning, The Body Shop Aloe Eye Defence. As I have dry/normal skin I like to add a boost of moisture to work its magic overnight and boy does the Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil deliver. I use three drops of this and although this bottle is on it's way out I already have a backup raring to go. Then I simply hop into bed and go to sleep spend ages on social media! 

What does your evening routine look like? 


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bye Bye Braces!

So I never really spoke about having braces on my blog, it's something I just wanted to get over with and so I was extremely happy when the orthodontist told me I could have my braces off a few weeks ago. The reason I needed them in the first place was because I had a overly-attached-baby-tooth who didn't want to come out naturally and so had to be forced out. The braces meant they pulled the adult tooth down quicker and made sure it didn't buge any of the others out of the way in the process. 

My experience was pretty good, I got them on last October and off beginning of September. The first couple of weeks were hard eating as my teeth were very sensitive, and I will definitely not miss constantly getting food stuck in between the wires (niiice, I know!). My lovely friends were really nice about my braces and said they suit me but I'm certainly a lot more confident in my smile and when I'm laughing, which happens a fair bit when I'm around the girls. To anyone who is going to get braces, suck it up and get on with it, it's worth the wait. 

Did you have braces? Or do you know if you'll have to have them?

P.S To find out the makeup I'm wearing in this post make sure you check back in October! 


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Morning Skincare Routine

When it comes to my morning skincare things are kept pretty simple, this is something my skin agrees with and means I don't have to worry about too much time consuming application! After I wake up I go straight to the bathroom and wash my face with the Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel which is a lovely simple gel that cleans the skin while not leaving it feeling stripped or dry. Nothing fancy here, apply product to face, splash with water and rub then remove with a warm damp facecloth. Then I head back into my room and spray my face with the Avene Eau Thermale Water which adds a first layer of moisture to my dry skin and is also nice and awakening when I'm a bit dreary eyed in the morning! 

Only two more steps, my eyes get a dab of the Body Shop Aloe Eye Defence cream which comes in a super hyiencic and easy to use pump bottle, I pop this on my ring finger and apply under my eyes. This is lovely and cooling under the eyes and makes any makeup I apply later glide on smoothly without flaking or sinking into any lines. Final step is also a winner on packaging and something I've reviewed here a pump of indeedLabs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly to add moisture to my normal/dry skin. Another plus point of this product is it sinks into the skin quickly, another time reducing tip for my mornings. 

What's your morning skincare like? 


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Beauty Bloggers Excuses To Buy

The post 2 weeks ago today was about Learning To Spend Less (see here) so this Thursday I thought it would be interesting to hear some excuses that some of my favourite beauty bloggers use when buying beauty products. I'm definitely heavily influenced by offers on products and also new releases are very tempting to see what they're all about. Here's what the others had to say: 

Emma // @girlwithmakeup // girlwithmakeup.com
'My train of thought is usually "hmm I do have a lipstick/blusher/bronzer that's similar to this but this one is slightly different... therefore I need it!'

Rachel // @rachelclaireful // claireful.blogspot.co.uk
'I don't spend a lot of money going out or smoking or drinking a lot so I feel that justifies it !' 

Sophie // @sophieetc // sophieetc.com
'I definitely use my blog as an excuse "it's for review purposes!". Payday and treating myself is also an excuse for me too.'

Beth // @thegingernroses // gingernroses.co.uk
'If I have a special occasion coming up ... the "I know I have 8 different red lipsticks but this can be my cousin's wedding red."

Sophie // @sophiesaid // sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk
'I like to convince myself I need new products for each new season.'

Leigh // @lilpbeauty // littlepieceofbeauty.com
'In a few weeks we will be heading into Autumn which definitely an excuse for new beauty buys.' 

Sophie // @sophienoz // sophieclare.blogspot.co.uk
'I like to justify buying beauty products if I've been working hard as a little treat to myself!'

Sophie // @bellechaton // bellechaton.co.uk
'Packaging plays a major part, if I see a product with cute packaging of course I need that!' 

I hope you find this post interesting! Make sure you check out the bloggers in this post as I love them all and their blogs. 
What are your excuses to buy? 

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