Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Favourites - Beauty & Lifestyle


It's been a heck of a long time since I did a favourites post on my blog, but seen as I've been really loving some new products this month I thought I'd share them with you. July has been my first full month no longer being in school which has meant time to apply and test out new makeup as well as spend a few too many hours finding new apps on my phone... 

First on the beauty side of things I've manage to find a new foundation (other than my H.G L'oreal True Match) which has been my foundation of choice now that the weather is finally brightening up. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation shall have it's own review coming soon but for now I'll say it's lightweight and has a beautiful dewy finish making it perfect for summer. Also from Revlon I've loved wearing the Revlon Parfumerie Apricot Nectar nail polish, which graced my nails when I was in Croatia last week. My friends got me two more of the EOS lip balms for my birthday, including the EOS Tangerine which has been attached to me at all times recently. Also for my birthday I received a Stila kit from my Auntie which I've really loved using as I've always wanted to try Stila but never had the chance. The mini Stila Convertible Colour in Peony gives the most natural dewy flush to the cheeks and the Stila Lip Glaze in Guava is a lovely coral pink colour, a perfect pairing with the blush. 

Switching things up and throwing some lifestyle favourites in, as it's the summer I've finally got back into reading for pleasure again and loved reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green in July. I cried twice, about 1/3rd in and 2/3rds in, and will be heading to see the film at some point in the near future. Along the books line I've been using the app Goodreads to track the books I've read, reading, and want to read. Feel free to follow me (there's a button in my sidebar). Jewelery wise I've been releasing my inner child by making and wearing loom bands which are so entertaining, and customisable! On a more grown up level I've actually been wearing earrings again and always going for my little pink dice from a small jewellery shop in Croatia. Simple but pretty. Finally I've been burning my mini Mango Peach Salsa Yankee Candle which makes my room smell like a fruit smoothie. 

What have you loved in July?

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Summer Playlist


When it gets to the summer holidays, my day's mostly consist of either working or at home chilling/blogging. Either way I spend most of the time listening to music whether I'm on the bus or blasting it through my speakers. I love to create a playlist which I can just turn on and listen to every song without having to skip any, so today I thought I'd share my Summer Playlist with you. 

Classic - MKTO // Summer - Calvin Harris // Wasted - Tiesto 

Ghost - Ella Henderson // Boom Clap - Charli XCX // Rude - MAGIC!

Neon Lights - Demi Lovato // Chandelier - Sia // Wicked Games - The Weeknd 

Crazy Stupid Love - Cheryl Cole // Sing & Don't - Ed Sheeran // Ain't It Fun - Paramore 

 Please let me know what songs you've been playing so far this summer in a comment below, I know most of the songs you'll have probably heard of as they're in the charts but this has been what I've been playing. 
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Bloggers Around The World - Canada


The very exciting series I've been tweeting about is finally here! I had an idea a while ago to bring you some of my favourite bloggers from all around the world. Six bloggers will be taking part, each having a post on a Sunday where I've asked them some questions, almost like a mini interview so that you, and I can get to know them a bit better. Today's post will focus on Brittany from Life, Set Sail so without further ado let's get on with the questions. 

1. Has makeup/beauty always been a passion of yours? 

Oh yah, big time! My mom studied fashion design in LA when I was little and I would always fawn over her fashion illustrations and get into her markers. Inspired by her, I grew up drawing a lot, crafting together my own make-shift clothes, making over my friends and even modelled for my mom whenever she needed me (for a time she ran a hat company, and now sells vintage clothes online). Needless to say, I've always been inspired by the beauty world and the creativity that goes along with it. 


2. Living in Canada are there any brands that you can't/hard to get hold of that you wish you could? 

One word, Charlotte Tilbury...okay, so that's two words. I just adore her line! Another blogger sent me one of CT's lip glosses and I've been enamoured with it ever since. I really hope they'll start shipping to North America soon because I need (yes need) to get my hands on more!


3. What are three things you recommend someone visiting Canada to do? 

As an island girl I would have to say, go to the West Coast in the Summer, particularly Victoria and Salt Spring Island (my hometown). You will experience life on the island that is truly one of a kind and it is just absolutely stunning in the Summer...actually don't even bother coming to Canada at any other time unless you enjoy freezing to death or constantly getting rained on. If you go to Victoria, stay at the Fairmont Empress and make a reservation for afternoon tea with your best gal pal. While you're on the West Coast you will definitely want to try some candied salmon which is seriously the best thing ever and available at most (all) fisheries. If you're on Salt Spring go to Barb's Bakery and Bistro which is owned by my husbands cousins and a favourite stop for the locals to get their bread and morning coffee. I also used to manage the cafe there, so lah dee dah! 

4. Which five beauty products could you not live without?

A great concealer (NARS or Origins), a bright peach blush (like MAC Fleur Power), lengthening mascara (Benefit They're Real), a lightweight tinted moisturizer (NARS), and any lipstick by Bobbi Brown.


5. When did you create your blog and why? 

I created Life, Set Sail in January of 2012 because I wanted to better my photography skills and thought a blog would encourage me to regularly take and share my photos. I had a couple of other blogs in the past, but this one is where I decided to create all original content including photos, graphics, and design. I just love making things beautiful and my blog provides the perfect creative outlet for that need!


6. What do you enjoy the most about being a part of the blogger community? 

I love interacting with other bloggers and hearing their feedback on what I post. It's so encouraging to hear what people have to say and I love leaving my input on their blogs as well! It's a really lovely community and I am so happy to be a part of it.

7. Do you see yourself still blogging in 10 years? 

I certainly do! I really hope to be blogging full time by then. I know a lot of people have this goal, but I know it's not just a phase for me. I truly love blogging and all the opportunities that come from it. It's so cool to be a part of something that hasn't even reached it's peak yet and it's amazing watching it grow!


8. If you could design and brand a lipstick what would it be like? 

Off the top of my head, I feel like it would be a mix of Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, and YSL. I love feminine and classic packaging, maybe something sleek and rose gold in a classic lipstick bullet with initials or a houndstooth pattern carved into the top. I would want it to look and feel luxurious but still be affordable. The formula would focus on easy, wearable colours that you could apply without a mirror and not have to fuss with throughout the day.



Make sure you head over to lifesetsail.com and check out Brittany's amazing blog. Stay tuned next Sunday for the next instalment of Bloggers Around The World.
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Summer Approved Lips and Tips


When summer comes around there's mainly two things that change in my beauty routine. The colour of my lips, and the colour of my tips (nails!). These are the two things that to me really scream summer is here, and enabling me to bring out the bright pinks and corals for the lips; such as Revlon's Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick or the Revlon Juicy Papaya Lip Butter as can be see in the photo above. I'm definitley not a matte girl in the summer, I prefer the juicy look as if I've just been eating some scrumptious watermelon (although it's more likely to have been a white magnum). 

Tips wise the colour that represents summer the most is the ever-so well known Essie Mint Candy Apple. Every year when the sun comes out to play I'm just drawn to wearing this shade, maybe it's because it's very bright or maybe it's because it makes even pale girls like me look like they have a slight tan. I get on really well with the formula of Essie polishes, especially the Boots diffusion line with the wider brushes. 

What do you wear on your lips and tips in the summer? 

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Share The Love


Hello there, just a quick Sunday post to tell you some of the blogs I've been loving recently and that you should check out. Please feel free to leave your link as well as your favourite blogs in the comments down below, and let me know if any of my loves are yours too. 

Alexandra // www.theastyleblog.com
Brittany // www.lifesetsail.com



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Friday, 18 July 2014

My 18th Birthday


As I mentioned briefly on twitter (@beautybabbles) it was my 18th birthday on Wednesday, and I'm not the type of person who was going to go out and get drunk so instead I had 9 of my friends round for a garden party. Obvisouly I spent months planning it and stalking pinterest for ideas, so I thought I'd just post a few pictures to show you what everything looked like. 

I knew I wanted a blue theme as blue is my favourite colour and I came across a lot of the stuff in Sainsburys (they have loads of party stuff at the moment!). The napkins, plates, cups, straws, and table cloths were all from Sainsburys, the whole lot came together to look very pinterest and as my friends described 'very me'! I got some blue and silver 18 table sprinkles as well as some star sprinkles from Hobbycraft which added a bit of something-something to the plain tablecloths. Food wise we got some from a local deli who made delicious sandwiches, salads etc. We put fairy lights all around the edge of the gazebo which looked so cute when it got dark, and we also had tea lights in paper bags from Habitat which provided more light. 

Present wise I didn't ask for anything so I had a lot of surprises including chocolate, a new crossbody bag and some more EOS lip balms (I now only have one more left to complete my set!). So yay I'm now the big one-eight and 'officially' classed as an adult, though you won't see a change in my child at heart nature! 

When's your birthday and what are you doing/did to celebrate?

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

An Ode To The Body Shop


The Body Shop is a brand I've been loving for the past few years, so today I thought I'd tell you about the products I use and my favourites. The Body Shop have a range of products from skincare, to bodycare and even makeup. My best friend Sarah bought me the Strawberry Body Butter for my birthday years ago and the love affair began. Super thick, creamy formula means super soft post shaved legs and great before tanning to remove any dry skin.  I now own the Strawberry one (a different pot to the one my friend bought me years ago) and the Vanilla Bliss one which was limited edition at christmas. I use the Strawberry when I'm looking for something sweet and the vanilla when I want something with more of a fresh scent. There's never not one of these in my makeup corner! 

Another side of the Body Shop that I love is their skincare, specifically their Vitamin E range. The Serum-in-Oil was a launch that really caught my attention as I was looking to add a facial oil to my skincare stash. I'd describe it as quite a light oil, and it's done wonders for my normal/dry skin. Three drops in the palm at night then patted all over equals a glowing smooth complexion the next morning. My only qualm is that you can't see how much you have left, but the product inside is incredible. While searching for a cheaper hydrating serum I came across the Vitamin E Moisture Serum, which I've compared to Hydarluron here. It's much lighter than hydraluron and less gel like making it perfect for morning when you need your skincare to sink in quickly before running out of the door - maybe that's just me! I've tried two eye creams from T.B.S the Vitamin E Eye Cream and the Aloe Eye Defence Cream. The latter of the two is a more recent purchase but it's a love-at-first-use. I love the fact it comes with a pump, it makes it easy to get the right amount of product and it super sanitary. The Vitamin E Eye Cream is slightly thicker but lovely for a super moisturise of those peepers. 

Finally the only makeup item I own is the Body Shop Honey Bronzer. The second Essiebutton spoke about this I knew I needed it, and as T.B.S have sales on a lot I managed to bag this for £6.50 online. I use this everyday I use foundation/CC Cream as a contour shade to try and give my chubby face some sculpting. The colour is really natural, and easy to blend - I've had a full rave about it here

Have you tried anything from The Body Shop? What are your must-haves? 

*This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Embracing The Matte



 Matte lips are not often something I sport, but recently I've been trying to embrace the matte lips. There are two products I've been gravitating towards, the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 20 and the Collection (formerly Collection 2000) Creme Puff in Fairy Cake. The latter of the two is a peachy pink colour that comes with a doe foot applicator which makes things really easy to apply and manage. Wear isn't amazing on this one, but the colour is gorgeous and the formula is smooth meaning that this isn't drying on the lips. 

The Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 20 is a bright vibrant pink colour, which is a super summer colour. This comes in a traditional lipstick form and the formula is so creamy it glides onto the lips. I find that layering this lipstick makes for the longest wear, adding a layer, blotting, then reapplying and repeating the process again. This lipstick is a confidence colour, I always feel so happy and colourful when wearing this. Both of these are really nice colours, am I completely in love with the matte lips? Not really, I love the colours but sometimes the formula can irritate me slightly. It could be the fact I'm not using to wearing matte lipsticks but I just feel they're much more maintenance than say a gloss. Maybe it's just me, maybe I've not found 'the one' yet, but for now, I'll just stick to what I know. 

Are you a matte or glossy lover? 

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Polaroid Loving


Bit of a different post today, I just wanted to tell you about one of my favourite products at the moment. I saved up for this during exams as I really wanted to have some physical pictures of my prom and other events I had coming up. Sometimes I feel it's nice to have a memory that you can hold and keep hold of forever rather than taking loads of photos on your phone which could disappear into thin air. 

Out of the many choices of polaroid/instant cameras I chose the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera which I have heard many bloggers rave about, and obviously being my favourite colour I chose the blue. This came with two packs of film which each contain 10 photos. It takes a bit of getting used to how to position the lens and how far to hold it etc but it's honestly so good. I used this on the last day of school as well as my prom the other week. There's four different lighting settings which can be altered depending on how light you want the photo but I tend to just leave it as it is. In summary if you're looking for a instant camera that is easy to use and the photos look adorable then I'd recommend this. 

Do you prefer physical photos to digital? 

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Reading List #1


I did English Literature for A Level which although was throughly enjoyable it was also sad because I felt like I had to read to read not read for fun. As a fond watcher of ItsWayPastMyBedtime I was introduced to Goodreads which I started to use to build a list of the books I'd wanted to read. Today I thought I'd bring to you some of the books I plan to read this summer. 

1. And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini 
My favourite book ever is 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' and so obviously I really want to read Hosseini's next book. I actually got my Dad this for christmas and now I've borrowed it to read, although my Dad did say it was more confusing than the previous two books. 

2. Roundabout - Rhiannon Lassiter 
This is a book I don't know much about but my Mum bought it ages ago for me so I think I should finally get round to reading it. 

3. Before I Die - Jenny Downham 
I'm trying to read books that make me look at the world differently, I have read this book before but not in as much depth or detail as I wanted to. I'm a slow reader as I like to read every little bit which I don't feel like I did last time I read this. 

4. The Time of My Life - Cecelia Ahem 
I've started to read this book twice. Once when I was on holiday in Barcelona and once the other month but for some reason I never get fully into it. This book has great reviews and I really am going to perservere and finish it off. 

5. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green 
This is the book I'm currently reading, the great thing about goodreads is you can update which page you're on and give your thoughts so far. I knew the film was coming out and I'm always a book before film kind of girl so obvisouly I had to read this. One thing I love about this book is the writing style, it's so hard to explain but seriously - just. read. it! 

6. Please, Daddy, No - Stuart Howarth 
I picked this book up for £1 in WHSmith ages ago and haven't got round to reading it yet. It's about a boy who is abused by his father and although I'm usually a romantic chick lit reader this sounds really interesting. 

So that's it, if you want to follow me on Goodreads as track my progress click here. I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post and let me know of any books you are wanting to read or recommendations for me. 

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

La Roche-Posay Exfoliating Toner Review


Hello there, long time no speak! If you follow me on twitter (@beautybabbles) you'll know I've been doing A levels which have kind-of taken over my life. But now I'm back and going to talk to you about a new exfoliating toner that I've been using. Very sadly my Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner ran out and I went without for a couple of weeks which made my skin feel clogged up. I read a review on Beauty Atheistic about this toner, which being half the price of the Clarins one attracted my attention. 

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Astringent Micro-Exfoliating Toner (long enough name?!) gives more of a tingly sensation when applied to the skin, it is definitely less gentle than the Clarins alternative. This makes me skin feel very smooth and hasn't broken me out at all. I use this every evening post-cleanse, pre-serum on a cotton pad all over the face. Personally I find that exfoliating toners really help my skin stay clear, smooth and soft although I do know some who prefer the traditional manual beaded exfoliators. For £11.00 this is a great drugstore alternative and it's great to see the drugstore bringing out alternatives to the more expensive exfoliating toners which have become a staple in my skincare routine now. 

Have you joined the exfoliating toner hype? 

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