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?

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