Friday, 4 December 2015

21st Birthday in London

So, on Tuesday I finally turned 21! We booked a gorgeous Airbnb apartment in London for a few days. I was completely blown away at just how pretty the apartment was - lots of future home inspiration. The main highlight of our stay was DEFINITELY the underfloor heating. Insanely jealous of anybody who lives with that on a daily basis.

On the first day, we popped off to Liberty in the evening, when all the crowds had died down. It was my first visit, and it made me feel so festive! I was treated to some gorgeous Acne Pistol Boots (which I had been lusting after for quite some time!) and bought myself a lovely grey Mulberry scarf, because Treat Yo' Self!

On my birthday, after a very lovely lie-in, a bubble bath and far too much chocolate.. We wandered around London for a bit, before getting our skates on at Somerset House. The setting couldn't have been any more perfect! Aside from a rather large bruise (yep, I fell over..) we had a wonderful time.

Afterwards, we popped off to The Strand and had some pizza and wine for dinner before heading back to the dreamy apartment to give our legs some well needed rest.
I do wish I'd taken more photos during our stay, but London is so busy, you barely get a chance to breathe! 

On the third day, we sadly packed our bags and headed back home, taking a de-tour to one of my favourite childhood garden centres. (I can't be the only one who loves a good garden centre at christmas, can I?!) Much to my amazement, the two resident goats were still there after all these years! We also met an owl, and *almost* bought a build your own gingerbread village. I kinda regret not taking that to the till now..

All in all, a really lovely couple of days, and I am now thoroughly ready for Christmas! 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Autumn - Gone in a Flash

Is it just me, or did Autumn just fly by this year? I take that back - the whole year has! It's December in just two weeks, and the panic of not yet having any Christmas shopping sorted is beginning to set in already. The John Lewis Christmas advert is out, (yes, I did shed a little tear) and my town's Christmas Market opens tomorrow. (Well worth a visit if you live locally!)
It seems the golden leaves barely spent any time at all on the branches this year. Luckily, a few weeks ago I managed to get out into the middle of the New Forest with a camera whilst they were at their best! Here are a few snaps from our walk.

Autumn is by far my favourite season, and I let out a squeal when I spotted this little toadstool!

I hope you enjoyed this rather short post - I'm off to London for my birthday, so no doubt I'll pop a little something up then as well. I also have a couple of product reviews lined up, so keep your eyes peeled! :)

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The 'Ultra' Perfect Cleansing Duo

I have been completely won over by both of these cleansers, and they work in perfect harmony to give me the cleanest face I think I've ever had, and the most effective double cleanse I've tried. I must admit it took me way too long to realise that these both have 'ultra' in their names!

I begin with Lush's Ultrabland cleanser, which dissolves makeup almost instantly. It's thick creamy texture feels so soothing. It smells a little bit like honey, but it's nothing too overpowering. I have to say, this reminds me slightly of Emma Hardie's Cleansing Balm in the way that it feels and works, but this is a lot thicker, richer and a little harder to remove. 

For this reason I always follow it up with a tiny dollop Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, just to make sure every last scrap of makeup and Ultrabland is removed.
I picked this up earlier on in the month, whilst in London (a bit of an last-minute impulse buy, if I'm honest. You should see my cleanser collection..), and I have used it every day since. I'd been avoiding foamy face washes for quite a while as often I find them too harsh and drying, but I'd missed the way they really make your skin feel 'super clean'.  This cleanser is so gentle, but I do find it does take quite a bit of rinsing as I'm not used to having a bubbly face!

In the mornings, I'll skip Ultrabland and just use the Kiehl's, and I still never feel any dryness or irritation. But if I use just Ultrabland at night, I do occasionally feel like some of the product is left on my face, hence the double cleanse.

My skin looks brighter, clearer and seems to respond better to any serums or treatments I apply afterwards. I really can't see myself changing this little routine anytime soon, I think I've found my ultimate pairing!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

What's On My Face

It's been a while, but let's move on..

Recently, (and thankfully) my skin has been getting clearer by the day, meaning I have more time to experiment with other areas of my makeup, rather than concentrating on getting my base perfect every morning.

I've opted for the YSL Youth Liberator Serum foundation in the lighest shade. I bought this last year, but hadn't been able to really test it out properly as it gives  quite light (but buildable) coverage, and I'd needed something a little more heavy duty.  I find I only need a tiny pump of this, and I buff it into my skin using the Zoeva Silk Finish brush.

I then use a dab of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in 'Chantilly' on any areas which need a little more coverage. I set my base with a very light dusting of MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish in 'Light',  and a bit of 'Lightscapade' across the top of my cheeks as a highlight.

Next up, my favourite discovery this year - Benefit's blush/highlight 'Dandelion'.  This beautiful powder gives a subtle glow to the skin, along with a pinch of colour. It's the perfect thing to brighten up my pale cheeks.

I quickly run Soap & Glory Archery brow pencil in 'Blondeshell' through my brows, before lining my upper lash line with L'Oreal Superliner in Black, and adding a small flick. I've been using this eyeliner for years and years, and I've yet to find one that does a better job, or lasts as long.

I finish by coating my lashes with Benefit's Roller Lash mascara (Note: definitely worth the hype), and popping a bit of Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in '03 My Pink' on my lips. This balm moisturises so well, and this particular colour comes out slightly different on everybody. On me, its a beautiful subtle mid pink. I'm keen to try the others in this range!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I'm glad to be back!

Monday, 12 January 2015

As White As Snow

Fair-skinned, and find it difficult to find a foundation that matches your skin tone?
Stop what you're doing and continue reading!

Say hello to Illamasqua's Skin Base in 01. I no longer need to worry about leaving the house with a mismatched face/neck combo. It works perfectly well with every foundation I've tried it with so far, especially EsteƩ Lauder Double Wear (which I have been reaching for a lot lately, as my skin has taken another turn for the worst!)
I usually mix it on my hand, 1/6 or so with my usual, and find that it lightens it up a shade or two, and doesn't effect the consistency of my foundation either.

I've used a white 'mixer' foundation in the past, (Barry M - many years ago), but I found that it made my foundation almost mask-like, as it was such a thick cream. This one is so much better, I'm not sure how I managed without it!
I'd been meaning to get my hands on it for about a year, and I wish I hadn't waited so long. I will 100% be repurchasing this when it runs out, and am also keen to try it in some actual colours as well, as I'm really impressed with the quality. 

The only foundation I don't feel the need to use it with, is NARS Siberia, as it's the only one I've found to be pale enough straight out of the bottle. However, with such a wide range of foundations in my makeup drawer, it feels like such a waste to turn my back on all of them. Thanks to this, I don't have to!

Have you ever given this foundation a go, or tried mixing your own colour match before?