Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bloggers Around The World - America


The final Bloggers Around The World today, I really hope you've enjoy it, I've loved reading the responses and interacting with some of my favourite bloggers. Thank you to all the amazing bloggers involved and thanks to Camey from La Petite Primp for answering these final questions. 

Where did your love for all things beauty come from?

Believe it or not, my love for beauty pretty much came out of nowhere. I’ve always been low-maintenance and had zero interest in makeup until after I graduated college/university and stumbled across my first YouTube video – Elle Fowler’s Clarisonic review! A few hours down the YouTube rabbit hole later, I was skipping off to Sephora with a list of product recommendations and that was the spontaneous generation of my beauty addiction…

Which is your favorite drugstore to shop at for beauty products?

I love Target. Wide, spacious, well-stocked aisles with some nice backlighting? Hell yeah!


Do you have a favourite blog/s?

Oh, do I…  I love reading blogs as much as I love my beauty products. My favorites are blogs that feel like they’re written by a longtime friend – chatty, honest, relatable, and full of laughs. It’s a lengthy list but these are some that always put a smile on my face –  Life Set Sail, That Grace Girl, Ginger N Roses, The Lovely Prose, Vivianna Does Makeup, Beautures, 9 Out Of Ten, Tiny Paint Pot, Ellalogy, Pale Lily, Qworter Life Crisis, and of course, Beauty Babbles!


Which five beauty products could you not live without?

It’s been a summer or minimal makeup so this list is surprisingly easy to write at the moment. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square (a no brainer), waterproof mascara (my current favorite is the L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly), NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (I can actually see that it’s worked the next morning), and of course, I couldn’t live without the REN Clear Calm 3 Cleanser.

What made you create La Petite Primp?

After being an avid blog reader over the last couple years, I wanted to give blogging a try and created La Petite Primp in March. Not very many of my friends in real life are beauty-obsessed so it’s been amazing to finally have friends who get as excited as I do about lipstick!

Do you see yourself blogging in 5 years?

I love blogging and will keep doing it as long as I love it. I’ll be honest though, being in my mid-twenties, I feel a little “old” on the blogging front sometimes – in five years I’ll be in my thirties! I can already tell that my beauty habits are changing, I seem to be figuring out what works best for me and sticking with the tried and true.

Do you feel there are any downsides to the blogging community?

For the most part I feel like the blogging community is filled with such kind, supportive, and lovely ladies. My boyfriend Adam always sees the comments on my posts and says, “Geeze, everyone is so nice!” It’s true! Social media is a great way to promote your blog and meet other bloggers, but sometimes I get so bummed out when I’m on Twitter and see not-so-subtle jabs at other bloggers or a lot of negativity. Blogging is supposed to be fun and I don't see the point in bringing other people down. 

What are your favorite things to do in San Francisco?

Eat! Seriously. SF has amazing food and there is always something new to try. Some of my favorite things to eat in the city are: crab dumplings from Shanghai Dumpling King, brown butter ice cream from Humphry Slocombe, custard French toast from Nopa, a reuben sandwich from St. Francis Fountain, pizza from Pizzeria Delfina, I could go on and on… Aside from eating, love going for walks in this city, all the neighborhoods have such a distinct character. Finally, I’m super excited because our real summer is just about to start which means that there’s going to be a lot more beach-going in the next two months. I like to head out of the city for that!

So that's it! Maybe I'll do another series like this at some point, I've had so much fun doing this! Thanks again to all the bloggers and if you've missed the last 5 then make sure you head on and find out the others bloggers I interviewed from around the world. 
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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Learning To Spend Less


I go to Uni at the end of September, and as a result I've been scouring websites and trying to improve my spending habits in preparation. So far I've discovered a few helps tips online as well as finding I've created my own tips when out shopping. 

Know When The Offers End 

This may seem strange, but basically if you see an offer in a shop e.g Superdrug that's £4 off your favourite foundation then usually the sign will (in small print) tell you when the offer ends. If it ends after a time when you know you will be in a better monetary position then wait, wait until you know you have the money you can spend rather than impulsively buying 'because it's on offer'. 

Compare

If you're looking to buy your favourite mascara (Max Factor False Lash Effect for me) have a look in Boots, then pop into Superdrug if there's one close by to see if it's any cheaper in there. It may only be a couple of pounds different but in the long run it will save you those extra pennies.

Get All The Loyalty Cards 

I have many many cards which are really great for slowly using up points and then having something to spend either if you're in a pinch with money or if you fancy a bigger treat. Just to name a few I have cards from Boots, Superdrug, The Body Shop, Costa, Waterstones, Nectar Card...

The Repurchase Reminder

This is something Amelia Liana came up with and I think it's a great tip. If you run out of a product, set a reminder on your phone for 1 months time to see if you miss the product. If the reminder pops up and you had forgotten about it, you don't need it.

Do You Really Need It? 

Sometimes it is nice to treat yourself, but think, do you really need another pink lipstick? Or do you really need that eyeshadow when you have at least 3 palettes at home? It is hard to resist the urge of the pretty packaging or a great offer or a new release, but in the long run saving yourself money will mean you can treat yourself to something bigger or have a nice evening out with friends instead.

Just some basic tips, do you have any saving tips? 

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Stila Colour Me Pretty Palette


This palette is something I've been lusting after ever since it came out, however I've held off buying it until now. A couple of weeks ago I missed out when this was being sold for £9.95 on the Stila website but when I was in Norwich last week I saw this in Jarrolds for £14.63 (a really random price I know!). I'm all for getting a bargain and I didn't know when the next time I'd be able to get this at a discounted price so I finally bought this beauty. 

From left to right we've got Kitten, Peony, Gerbera, Rose and Petunia. I've swatched all of the colours and can tell I will get use out of all of them, even Rose which does look scarily bright but once blended out creates a because flush which will be perfect for the fall/winter seasons. I'm sure you will see this palette featured in some more posts as I'm really going to enjoy using it and seeing what other makeup I can pair with each colour. 

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Bloggers Around The World - Hong Kong/Spain


Today's blogger has been to and lived in many places including Hong Kong, Spain, Russia and England and she's also a lovely lovely person and one of the best enablers in the world! (My bank account doesn't always love her so much). 

1. You moved to Hong Kong when you were 8. Do you have any memories about leaving the UK? Were you sad? 

1) To be honest, I was so young that I don't really remember leaving. I remember going through stages of being excited and sad for a few months beforehand, but to be honest, I had no idea where Hong Kong even was! I do actually remember the night I arrived, I had a strange mix of homesickness, jet lag and just pure shock and my Dad came to sleep in my bed to comfort me, but he ended up taking up my entire single bed and I didn't sleep a wink!!

2. How did you get into makeup? 

I'm not really sure actually! Back in 2008/9, I somehow ended up watching some YT videos about beauty by people like JuicyStar07, and I sort of fell in love! My love for beauty continued to grow, and as I loved and always studied art at school - I wasn't bad at it either - so I just kept going!

3. You've lived in the UK, Hong Kong and Spain. Which do you prefer the most?

I've actually lived in Russia as well, but only for 4 months! It's really hard to say because they're all so, so different. England will always be my home, the place where (most of) my family is, and obviously somewhere I will always fit in. Hong Kong also feels like home as I lived there for 10 years, but in a different way? I guess it's like when you move to university, you make a life for yourself there and it feels like home. So, for me, I have 3 homes - London, Bath (where I go to uni) and HK. Spain is amazing, but I've only been here 5 months so it doesn't really compare to the UK/HK when it comes to home comforts, but it is an incredible place, and I think that I will always have a place in my heart for Madrid. 

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

Easy. Concealer (probably NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer), mascara, an eyebrow product (loving the Benefit Gimme Brow), blush and a bronze/brown/taupe lid colour!

5. What inspired you to create your youtube channel? 

I actually started up my YT channel in late 2009 - nearly 5 years ago now - so the scene was a little different back then! Some favourites that really got me into filming were Juicystar07, Allthatglitters21 and Lollipop26 who is no longer on YT, but runs the amazing blog 'Buy now, Blog later.'

6. Who's fashion sense do you wish you could steal? 

I'm quite a simple girl when it comes to style, so although I wish I could pull of the same styles as Kavita from SHE WEARS FASHION, I'm a sucker for Anna's (ViviannaLovesMakeup) chic, sophisticated style. Ah what I would do to have that girls wardrobe!

7. Do you have a 'signature' fragrance that you always wear? 

I'm a bit fickle when it comes to fragrance, but when in doubt I tend to always go back to either Daisy by Marc Jacobs or Rose by Paul Smith - I guess I have a thing for floral scents!

8. What's your favourite thing about being a part of the blogger community?
 
This is very easy to answer - the support is amazing. Although girls will be girls and a bit of drama is known to break out once in a while, the majority of bloggers are absolutely wonderful and I have made so many new friends through it. I know that if I'm feeling upset or unsure, I can go on twitter and have my day brightened in an instant. Everyone is so lovely and always willing to help when they can. In short, it's just a wonderful thing to be a part of - there is so much love and support floating around!

I hope you enjoyed reading Isobel's answers as much as I did, be sure to head over to her blog to read some of her posts, and follow her of course! See you next week. 
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Friday, 22 August 2014

Meet Hydralurons Big Sister - Moisture Jelly


I picked this beauty up after feeling enabled by Jess from Jessica Beautician (that girl is trouble for my bank!) and also after discovering that it was 1/3 off in Boots. As you may know I've been a fan of the Hydraluron serum which really injects some moisture into my normal/dry skin so when I saw Indeed Labs were bringing out a big sister in the form of a moisturiser I was all over it. 

Let's address the packaging first, similarly to the Kate Somerville Goat's Milk Moisturiser this comes with a press down pump which produces the perfect amount of product while keeping the product inside airtight and hygienic. Win, win, win. I also love the simplicity of the tub with the dash of pink. But onto the product inside, it is similar to the consistency of the serum maybe a tiny bit thicker but sinks into the skin really quickly which is why I've been favouring it for use in the morning rather than in the evening when I like to use a thicker cream or facial oil. It also leaves a slightly matte finish on the skin which makes applying foundation over the top a dream! I feel this would be good for many skin types as it's moisturising while leaving a slightly matte finish at the same time.

It's a thumbs up from me! Have you tried this?
What's your favourite moisturiser? 
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What's On My Face #8


Hey guys, I'll be honest this is a face I wore a couple of weeks ago but I really loved how it turned out (side note how amazing is the summer holidays which means you can spend ages trying out new things with your makeup?!) so I thought I'd take a few snaps and share what I slapped on my face. 

As per usual I start everything off by priming my eyes with my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion. I actually put a layer of the Collection Eye Crayon in over the top but didn't like the finish of it so bobbed some of MAC's Naked Lunch Eyeshadow over it which gave a lovely peachy shimmery look. Standard M&S Eyeshadow in Taupe for the crease which is just the best grey/brown matte crease colour. A thin line of Maybelline's Master Precise Liner, MAC's Brule Eyeshadow under the brow bone then lashing of the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara really helps open my eyes and makes me look more awake. I put some of the Smashbox Eyeliner on my tight line to really darken and emphasise my lashes and popped some of the Rimmel Scandleyes Eyeliner in Nude on the water line to cancel out any redness. As a slightly different summery look I got a small angled brush and smudged MAC's Moon Reflection under my lash line which really brings out the colour of my eyes. 

Eyes done by simple summer base this year has been Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory blended in with the fingers followed by a small blob of Collections Highlighting Concealer to hide any it's-the-summer-I've-not-slept-much bags. Soap and Glory's One Heck Of A Blot powder was dusted through my T zone and a new favourite of mine, Stila's Convertible Colour in Peony was blended on and up my cheeks. This is by far the easiest cream blush I've ever used and I must invest in some more at some point! I digress... Everything was finished off with Stila's Lip Glaze in Guava to complete the summery healthy glowy look. I really loved this look and it's been something I've been sporting quite a lot this summer. 

What's your go-to summer makeup look? 

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Pushing The Nail Boat Out - Ombre Nails


Ever get those days where you want to do something a bit more fancy with your nails but can't be bothered getting out the stamping plates or the dotting tools? I do. Which is why when I came across Lily Pebbles simple ombre nails I thought I'd jump on board and headed to my nail polish stash to search for the perfect colours.

I have purposely not shown my thumb as whichever polish I chose didn't flow as well with the others so I shall have to go on the hunt to complete the set but I think the other four look on the same colour scheme. From top to bottom we have the Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Rose Libertine followed by Essie's Cute As A Button. Next I chose the Barry M Nail Paint in Coral and finished everything off with Essie's Fifth Avenue. There's nothing complicated or time consuming with the manicure and it's definitely something I'll be sporting more often now!

Do you ever get fancy with your nails?

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Bloggers Around The World - Australia


We're going down under today to hear from Australian blogger Lena over at Sleep and Water whose blog is so stunning, and she's always a big enabler for me! Make sure you check out her blog after you've heard a bit about her first. 

1. What started your love for makeup? 

It's hard to pinpoint a specific reason or trigger as my interest in makeup was more a slow, gradual process that started intensifying two or three years ago. I'd always enjoyed playing around with makeup but didn't wear too much of it until I graduated from university and began working full-time. There's something fascinating about the power of makeup to transform your appearance right in front of your eyes which I think is a large part of why I'm drawn to it. I also love all things colourful and attractively packaged! 

2. Which brands are unavailable/hard to get hold of in Australia that you wish you could get your hands on? 

I think the main problem with living in Australia is that makeup is relatively expensive compared with the US/UK, rather than extremely difficult to get a hold of. There are brands that I normally have to buy online or when I'm on holidays overseas like Tarte, Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever. 

3. What is your favourite thing to blog about? 

For me, blogging is easiest and most enjoyable when it's on a topic that I'm enthusiastic about (whether it be in a positive or not so positive way). I do like compiling the occasional post about disappointing products, tag posts are always fun to read and participate in if I resonate with the questions, or sometimes I'll simply want to rave about my my latest favourite discovery. 

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

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, NARS Creamy Concealer, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, Benefit Sugarbomb, NARS And God Created the Woman Eye Palette.

5. How did you come to creating your blog? 

It's not a particularly exciting story. Truthfully, I was bored one day and decided creating a blog would be a good way to combine my interests in photography, writing and beauty products. I was just starting to really get into makeup and a few beauty blogs I stumbled upon around that time also inspired me to start my own. 

6. Are you influenced by any other bloggers? If so who? 

I'm more influenced in terms of purchasing hyped products from other bloggers, especially from successful, popular blogs like Essiebutton and ViviannaDoesMakeup, than in terms of the content or organisation of my blog. I do think invariably, most bloggers are influenced to differing degrees by the prevailing preferences and customs of beauty blogging that drive popular content and a larger readership. For that reason, beauty blogs can appear a little "samey", but having said that, I feel as long as content is delivered in a genuine and helpful way, everyone has something unique and valuable to contribute, even if we're talking about the same things.

7. What is your everyday/go to makeup look? 

Neutral eyeshadow, black eyeliner on the upper lashes applied with a felt tip pen, pencil bronze or taupe eyeliner applied to bottom lash line, mascara, light to medium coverage foundation, peachy or pink blush. Sometimes I'll also apply bronzer, highlighter and powder.

8. Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years time?

Hard to say! Hopefully more of an "adult" than I feel right now in terms of my career and personal life. To be honest, I doubt I'll be still beauty blogging in 5 years, but who knows!

Thanks to Lena for answering my questions, I still hope you are enjoying this series! I feel like I've been on holiday to many different places although I've not been anywhere! Tune in next Sunday when we will speak to a blogger who has been to many different countries and recently studied a year abroad so that should be a good one. 

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Eleanor & Park - A Book Review


Ever since I was a child I've loved losing myself in the world of books, with my wild imagination helping me feel all the feelings the characters have. As I openly complained about on my twitter many a time during my English Lit A Level I didn't have time to read the books I wanted to read for pleasure as my time was spend analysing page after page of books for my coursework/exams. So as soon as my summer started I picked up some books I'd been craving to read, one of them being Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I know this post is slightly different to usual but today I'll be giving a review of this book. 

The blurb reads 'Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and her unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black t-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor ... never to Eleanor. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do for the first time, when you're young, and you fe as if you have nothing and everything to lose.' 

Eleanor starts a new school and sits next to Park on the bus. As time progresses their relationship develops with some very interesting twists and turns along the way. This was definitely one of those books you just didn't want to put down, and being written from both Eleanor and Park's perspectives you get an insight into both characters feelings. The only slight qualm with this book for me is I felt the ending felt a bit rushed, everything seemed to happen very quickly and dramatically and the ending was not what I expected, but alas I thoroughly enjoyed the book. 

The characters were not your typical teenage romance with a pretty girl and hot boy falling for each other, and bringing in different ethnicities was really nice and original. This is not suitable for younger readers as there are some graphic words used at some parts of the novel, and the themes may be distressing for some. Eleanors background is not happy clappy but full of uncertainty and worry, which I definitely prefer as it is much more of a realistic background to a character rather than all happy families and perfect lives. This was a great read and I've also picked up Fangirl to read next as I also enjoy Rainbow Rowell's writing style, so if you enjoyed this review please let me know and I'll do one for Fangirl when I finish it. 

Have you read any books recently? Let me know which ones and how you liked them in a comment below! 

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Products I've Used Up Part 2 - Haircare etc


Second part of the mass of products I've used up recently - btw I've collected these used up bits over a good three to four months so I know there's a lot of them! First up I've used yet another Bourjous Magic Nail Polish Remover up, not much to say here but pop you finger in, twist, remove and the nail polish has gone. I'm never without one of these. I have also used up and repurchased another Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot powder, which helps mattify and keep my makeup in place throughout the day. The tall bottle at the back of the photo is mouthwash, pretty boring but with having braces I've been loving using this Alcohol free mouthwash from Dentyl Active (an old Jim Chapman favourite!). 

Two Nivea products, both of which have been repurchased are the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effective Eye Makeup Remover. A fave, and a winner in my books as it's one of the few oil based eye makeup removers that I've used which don't leave a greasy residue behind (niiice). Everyone uses deodorant and I've been loving the Nivea Pearl & Beauty stick, it's like a cream for your underarms and helps keep things smelling fresh ... tmi! 

Finally onto haircare bits the Garnier Blends The Nourishing Repairer Shampoo and Conditioner were both something I sent off for aaaages ago (student beans offers are really great sometimes) and have used them all up. When it comes to haircare I'm not too fussy with what I use but these did make my hair feel nice and soft, they're both paraben free so a thumbs up from me. Last but not least I've used up a Herbal Essences Seductively Straight Conditioner, this was a nice conditioner it comes out pink which was unexpected but nothing amazingly must repurchase quickly kind of product.

What products have you used up recently? 

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Products I've Used Up Part 1 - Skincare


As usual I've been waiting for too long to talk about the products I've used up and so I now have so many that I've split this post in two, the next part will be up on Thursday so make sure you come back to find out the rest of the empty products. But today I shall be telling you about the many many skincare bits I've finished in the last couple of months. 

Starting from the left I've used up my Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner. This has had it's own review in the past (here) and so I shan't babble on about it too much, however I did love the smell of this and although I was sad I used it up I've actually found a cheaper alternative which I've also blogged about (click here). Another tube of Hydraluron has joined the empties pile, I really love this stuff for injecting some serious moisture to my dry/normal skin. Must pick up another tube as Indeed Labs products are 1/3 off at Boots at the moment! My standard daily moisturiser Nivea Soft has been used up, and repurchased. Not much to say about it except that it's cheap, simple and effective. 

Another Clarins product I've used up is my Clarins HydraQuench Cream. I seriously loved this stuff, popped onto the face as the final step at night made my skin feel so smooth and soft. I am yet to purchase this though, as I am considering trying the Origins Make A Difference after getting a sample from Debenhams. One product that I'm super sad is all used up is my Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. An alternative to the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, this has no scent and does wonders for melting down any makeup at the end of the day. I do plan on repurchasing this but the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter has been rumoured as a cheaper dupe. 

Onto the last three now (for this post!). My first cleanse recently has been the L'oreal Micellar Solution, which has had mixed reviews in the beauty community. I've found it gets rid of most of my makeup when used with a large cotton pad (followed by a cleansing balm as a second cleanse) and has not irritated my skin. I shall be repurchasing a Micellar Water, although whether it will be this, the Garnier one or the illustrious Bioderma I'm not quite sure. Finally I've used up The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum and Vitamin E Eye Cream both of which have served me well for making my skin less dry and dehydrated. 

So that's it for now, make sure you come back on Thursday to find out what products I've used up in terms of haircare, makeup etc. 

Sorry for the long post, but let me know have you used anything up recently? 

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Bloggers Around The World - Singapore


I hope you're enjoying this series so far, having been to Canada and the UK it's time to head over to Singapore to hear from the awesome blogger Zazie Bibi from A Little Treat. Make sure you use the hashtag #BATW to let me know your thoughts and share your favourite bloggers from around the world. Anyway, onto the questions!

1. When did you first get into makeup?

Not long ago actually. I think it was only last year, but it was an obsession from the start!

2. Are there any brands you don't have in Singapore that you wish you did?

Rimmel! It's definitely one of my favourite brands so I definitely wish they had it here in Singapore.

3. What are your favourite things to do in Singapore?

Probably go shopping. It's so quick to go into town as it is a city and it's just so different to living in England. You can also go from a quiet jungle to a city road in seconds which I still find incredible. 

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

Ooh I'd have to say Lip Balm (Nuxe Reve de Miel), Concealer (Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer), Eyebase (MAC Painterly Paintpot), Mascara (NYX Le Frou Frou) and a sheer lipstick (Dior Addict Lipstick in Wonderland). Although without brows my face looks pretty much naked - but I am yet to find an eyebrow product I truly love! 

5. What inspired you to create 'A Little Treat' blog?

It actually first started as a baking blog, as that was my "passion" at the start, but once I got into reading beauty blogs I knew I wanted to try it too.

6. Who do you look up to as role models? 

Probably anyone who manages to blog daily, keep up a YouTube channel AND have a social life - geniuses. 

7. Do any of your friends know about your blog? If so how did they react?

My bestie Aerin started a beauty blog a few months before I did, and she was one of the people who encouraged me to start mine. My blog isn't a secret but it's not something I like to flaunt around too much - it's my little place!

8. What are your aspirations in life?

To be happy. I know it sounds cliche, but that's all I really want!

Next week we'll be heading to Australia so make sure you head back for that, there will also be three posts up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday hear on Beauty Babbles. 

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Friday, 8 August 2014

My Summer Style - Dresses



Something I've never done on my blog is shown you a full body shot of myself, but today seems to be the day! *Scared face* This summer I've really got into wearing dresses, and as I like to share things with you I thought I'd share my favourites. They're all very different in cut/design and so nice to mix things up. 

First up on the left we have the dress I wore for my 18th Birthday Garden Party (post on that here) and is from Cath Kidston. I adore the floral print on this, and it's a very easy style to wear as it's a comfy cotton and t-shirt dress like. Only thing to bear in mind with this one is what activities you plan to do, with it being cream I wouldn't recommend going for through a muddy field in this! Next in the middle is the most recent dress edition in the form of the gorgeous and barganious blue floral printed dress from H&M which I wore to my best friends' joint 18th party. It has a low cut back but fits like a glove on me and I think I got it for £12.99. Finally is an old favourite of mine my Jack Wills dress, this has a lower waistline which I think helps to even out my body shape and is like the Cath Kidston one really comfy to wear. It's super bright too and looks lovely paired with sandals and a bright lip (Revlon's Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick is my go-to). 

Are you a dress wearer? 
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Downsizing For Travel


I came back from Croatia just over a week ago, and something I think I mastered was downsizing my skincare/toiletries for travelling. Browsing the isles of Boots a few weeks before and referring back to ViviannaDoesMakeup's travel series from last summer meant I had to time to plan and streamline the products I wanted to take. When it comes to body care it's very easy to pick up a travel size shower gel, I chose this Superdrug Strawberry and Raspberry one. Haircare was very simple for me, shampoo decanted into an old mini shampoo bottle (I actually took the Herbal Essenses Dazzling Shine Shampoo) and picked up a mini Aussie Conditioner in Boots. 

Dentists are great places to stock up on mini toothpastes, my dentists often have a bowl of toothpaste samples so I often help myself to one, or two! When it came to skincare I found this great set in Boots for a couple of pounds which came with two bottles and two pots for decanting various products into. I chose to pop my La Roche Posay Exfoliating Toner in one (making sure it was labelled so no one mistook it for water!!) and a couple of squirts of my Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil into the other. These were two of the biggest products I would have had to take and so that's why they go priority. In the tubs I put in some of my Clinique Cleansing Balm, before it sadly ran out and my Nivea Soft moisturiser in the other. Eye cream and Serum were in small pump bottles anyway so they just came as they were - Body Shop Eye Defence and B.Nourished Night Serum if you're interested. My toiletries bag closed with ease and I felt like I'd packed the perfect amount #winning! 

Do you have any tips for travelling with beauty products? 

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation Review


When it comes to foundation I tend to stick to what I know, I have trouble finding the right shade as I am quite pale. I've used my L'oreal True Match Foundation for ages now, so one day after reading Natalie's (Thunderlove's) review about this foundation I knew it was time to try something new. I have the shade Vanilla which is the perfect match for me, and unlike the L'oreal True Match it is much more dewy and natural finish rather than semi-matte. 

The packaging falls down a little because it doesn't come with a pump, making things a bit messy in terms of application. I've found this is a really easy foundation to apply, if I'm in a rush I can use my fingers and rub it into my skin or if I want a more flawless finish I use my beauty blender, which really needs a good wash!! The photo above is me just wearing the foundation with no other face products so you can see what the coverage and finish is like. I've been reaching for this all the time at the moment and would really recommend it for those looking for a dewy easy fuss free foundation. 

What foundation have you been loving at the moment? 

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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Bloggers Around The World - UK


Another Sunday, another blogger from a different part of the world. This time it's Jessica who blogs over at Jessica Beautician. I've loved Jessica's blog and youtube for a long time and you'll always find me lusting after whatever she talks about! Here are her answers to my questions; 

1. Have you always been interested in makeup? 

Yes, ever since I can remember - there's a photo of me when I was around 3 years old with makeup scrawled all over my face, I think it must have gone from there ;-) 

2. What does being a beauty therapist entail? 

A lot of people think you just sit chatting and painting nails all day, but it's nothing like that. Beauty therapy is physically hard work, massage for example can take up so much of your energy, I used to do 5-6 a day! It's also quite mentally tiring, we got told at college that beauticians double-up as councillors as clients come to you with their personal problems - true say!

3. Are there any tips you would give people who are thinking of starting up their own beauty business? 

Gain as much experience in salons as you can, you'll need it for when you go it alone! Also treat your clients how you'd wish to be treated, at the end of the day if they trust you and like you as a therapist it's their decision and if they want to follow you when you start up your own business then they will.

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

Ooo-er, a toughie! Here goes... Burt's Bees Lip Balm, Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, Perricone MD Moisturiser, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Anastasia Brow Wiz. Phewww.

5. What inspired you to create your blog and start a youtube channel? Which came first? 

I think one day I was Googling DIY beauty treatments, stumbled across Kandee Johnson's videos and plucked up the courage to have a go myself, seeing as beauty is always on the brain! My blog came first though and a few posts later, my YouTube videos followed.

6. Is there anyone who you take makeup inspiration from? 

I've got to say Auntie Lisa Eldridge, wouldn't we all?! Not only is her own makeup is always flawless, her work is extremely inspiring too. So much so, I walked past her down a quiet street in London and just stopped to stare, I couldn't even get any words out of my mouth to say hello. Biggest. Regret. Ever. 

7. When did you start building up a proper skincare routine? Any advice for those starting to venture into the world of skincare? 

I'd say it was when I finished college at 18 years old and started working in salons with big brand names that I really got a taste for, my skincare stash has continued to expand and *looks in direction of collection* is now overflowing. Oops.

8. What are your goals and dreams for the next 10 years? 

Ah I'm rubbish at thinking into the future, but I'd like to think I'd still be at it on my blog, even if not my YouTube videos. I think my main dream in my personal life is to get married and settle down with lots of little Jessica's running around :) 

Head over to Jessica's blog to be sucked into buying every product she talks about just like I am. Next Sunday I'm heading across to the other side of the world so make sure you tune in and I'd love to hear your thoughts on the series so far using the hashtag #BATW on twitter! 
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Friday, 1 August 2014

A Beauty & Books Haul












Just a quick post today to show you some books and beauty bits that I've been buying. I've read Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park which I thoroughly enjoyed and so it only seemed right to buy possibly her most well known book Fangirl. I'm really looking forwards to reading this and falling more in love with Rainbow Rowell. I also picked up this cute little notebook, as who doesn't love random notebook purchases - I don't really have a use for this yet but I'm sure it will come in handy eventually.

Onto the beauty purchases after very sadly running out of my Clinique Cleansing Balm I began my hunt for a cheaper alternative. I had £5 to claim off anything at the Body Shop for my birthday and with my Body Shop card I bagged this for a bargainous price of £6.70! That's about 1/3 of the price of the Clinique one! A purchase very heavily influenced by Jess from Jessica Beautician is the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly which is the newest edition to the Hydraluron family. I love the serum and was on the hunt for a new morning moisturiser so this seemed a natural choice, stay tuned for a in depth review at the end of the month.

Have you bought anything recently?

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