Thursday, 3 September 2015

7 Things You Need In Your Closet This Spring

Spring has finally arrived and in the spirit of spring cleaning I'm going to be giving my wardrobe a massive overhaul (a post on that will be up soon). While I'm going to be clearing out a lot of things there are some bits that definitely need adding into my wardrobe and I've been loving the warmer weather offering from Sportsgirl at the moment. Here are seven of my favourite pieces that I think deserve a spot in a spring wardrobe:

As you can see I'm a fan of the 70's colour palettes and trends that are making their way back and I'm definitely keen to mix it up and move away from the usual florals and pastels for Spring.

What's on your spring fashion shopping list?

Monday, 31 August 2015

August Favourites | 2015

It's the last day of August and while it was a great month I couldn't be more excited for September. It's my birthday month and I'm so keen for some spring weather. I can't wait to lose the layers of clothes and piles of blankets and get into some dresses and sandals. But before then I must share with you which beauty products I loved in August!

Manicare Daily Nail Hardener - This stuff is amazing. One application had my nails growing faster and stronger. Now if I can kick the habit of picking at them I'll have a nice set to paint.
Chi Chi Cosmetics Classics Palette - The three matte shades on the left side of this palette are perfect for creating my ideal every day neutral eye and if I'm feeling lazy the second colour from the left is great for an all over the lid colour.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barley Branded - I've had one of these before but after I had to toss it I didn't repurchase a new one right away. Now that I have one I don't know how I was doing without it. I like the taupe colour but this shade is so much more versatile. It's definitely a makeup bag staple.
Crop Natural Skin Care Eyebrow Pencil - This pencil is so impressive. It's pigmented and soft, giving full but natural looking brows with a few quick strokes. It gives the same look as if I'd used wax and powder with about half the effort. I can see myself repurchasing this again and again.
Crop Natural Skin Care Natural Pressed Mineral Bronzer - A quick swirl with the kabuki brush and a sweep around the face instantly warms the complexion. I love this bronzer because it isn't dark or orange toned so I don't have to be overly careful with application if I don't feel like wearing blush, adding a little to the apples of the cheeks gives a touch of bronzy glow.
Colgate Optic White Mouth Wash - A little boring but it works so well! I have actually noticed a difference in the whiteness of my teeth and using it keeps my mouth cleaner and fresher for much longer.
Rosehip Plus Rosehip Oil Roll On - Rosehip oil is fabulous in all forms but especially handy in this roll on. This will be my go to for taking rosehip oil on my travels but this month it has been helpful for a strange dry patch that has been plaguing my brow bone. The area is too small and close to the eye to apply product right on the spot so this little guy has been my go to.

What was your favourite product this month?

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Brush Free Make Up Bag

When I'm packing makeup I find that the most annoying thing to fit into my bag is makeup brushes. They can be bulky and make other packaging messy with left over product. So if I'm only going away for one night or I'll be needing to redo my makeup somewhere during the day, a brush free makeup bag is in order. Today I'll be sharing what I pack to create a quick, easy brush free makeup look*.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer - The lotion like formula applies quickly and easily with fingers and keeps your makeup in place for hours.
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick in 120 - Super travel/makeup bag friendly and very blendable using just your fingertips.
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick in 330 - If you like to bronze up the face a little a stick foundation in a darker shade is perfect. This one is much darker than my skin tone so I start off lightly and build up the colour as I blend it in.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light - The plastic tube makes this an ideal in handbag companion and it provides a great amount of coverage for both blemishes and the under eye area.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer - If you need something to really brighten this is another great on the go tube. I love my Maybelline Age Rewind but the cap isn't very secure like these twist top tubes.
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Hot Pink - I don't often use cream blush but this one is so pretty and despite it's brightness in the pan if you go easy it can make for a nice parred down, more natural look.
Crop Natural Skincare Eyebrow Pencil - This brow pencil is quickly becoming my new favourite. It has a small comb on the end to brush through brows and is extremely pigmented but gives very soft looking brows.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - Can't go wrong with this one. A few extra coats will give you some more volume for a night out or a quick swipe is perfect for everyday.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in Trespassing Taupe For eyeshadows I'll take any of the ones mentioned in my 3 Swipe And Go Eyeshadows post. I like this one because sticks are much less hassle than a pot and the formula is so creamy that you have a finished look with a quick fingertip blend. If you have any colour recommendations for these sticks let me know!
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Rose - I like to pack a more neutral lip colour that will go with any outfit. This pinky nude is great for that and it goes nicely with the cream blush.

*If I'm being totally honest I always have a powder compact and a teeny brush in my hand bag so I'm cheating a little but if you don't have skin like mind that MUST be powdered you'll be able to go 100% brush free!

How do you make on the go makeup easier?

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Currently Consuming #4

August has been shaping up to be quite the busy month so far and I'm loving it. Being busy means down time is extra important so these are the things I've been filling my spare moments with!

I made a couple of versions of this healthy banana bread recipe to get it right before I posted the recipe so I've had to do lots of taste testing in the process. It's definitely been my choice of snack with a coffee or tea this month.
The Dilmah Rose Tea with French Vanilla has been my go to winter warmer tea lately. The sweet vanilla rose scent makes me feel so cozy and its a nice step up from an ordinary black tea.
So, I said I wasn't going to watch The Bachelor this year but here we are with me watching every Wednesday and Thursday night. I prefer the US seasons but my love for trashy reality tv has got me suckered in. I can't say I have a favourite yet so if you've been watching let me know who you are backing!
The Proposal was on TV a week or two ago and now I'm having a Sandra Bullock moment and re-watching my old faves like Miss Congeniality.
I've been doing my best to get back into meditation recently and it was time to switch up my guided mediation tracks so I'm trying out My Mediation Station and My Thought Coach. Both podcasts have a bunch of different episodes to use in different situations. They are pretty short too which is great for beginners or people that are time poor. And to top it all off, they are free.
This time I have a different kind of book to share with you. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give the Dream Cities Colouring for Mindfulness a go. As I mentioned above I'm trying to get back into meditating regularly but sometimes if you are very highly strung or having a particularly stressful time its easier to do an activity than trying to be still. Colouring is enough of a creative outlet without requiring your brain to generate any creative ideas. Very relaxing and definitely something i'll be keeping up!
Lately I've been enjoying the content on From Roses. Rebecca has a great variety of posts covering beauty, organisation and more personal topics which keeps her site interesting particularly as she blogs daily. Pairing great written content with stunning photos, she's got me visiting every day.

What have you been enjoying doing in your spare time lately?