10 July 2018

4 PRODUCTS I'M USING TO GET THE GLOW THIS SUMMER // SUMMER BEAUTY


It takes a while for me to build up any kind of natural tan. I'm naturally pale skinned, weirdly with a warm undertone and even when I do manage to bag myself a bit of bronze colouring, it's only on the tops of my arms, or my nose - Everywhere else stays pretty pale.

This is the reason why, in the summertime, I opt to fake tan to even out my skin tone and look a little less crazy and patchy. I love having a beachy, sunkissed glow and as the oils in my own skin don't want to play ball, I have to call upon an arsenal of beauty products to help me achieve the look I'm going for.

4 products I use to get a glow in the summertime...


Cheeks

I find that a blob (yep, technical term) of Glossier's 'CloudPaint' in the shade 'Dusk' is the perfect colour to mix with my foundation to add a little something-something to my skin tone. I find this gel-based product a little tricky to use straight onto the skin, and whilst Glossier say; "It's hard to apply too much" I really don't think this is the case and I often end up with a patchwork of colours on my face. 'Dusk' is a gorgeous brownish nude that I also like to wear on my eyelids for a 'just come back from sitting in the sun' dewy look.

It's probably no surprise that the Milani 'Stellar Lights' Highlighter Palette has made it into this post because as i've said before it is just so pigmented and long-wearing. The micro-milled powder is really lightweight and easy to apply with just your fingers. I won't go on too much, as I'm sure you already know I love this palette, but a touch of the middle, bronzey/peachy shade just looks divine for a summer evening!



Body

A much-loved favourite for anybody who wants to achieve a flawless glow without the scent of biscuits, patchiness around the elbows or an orange tone. The Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion is a super creamy formula that smells delightfully of chocolate and coconut. Containing vitamin E it's super nourishing, especially if like me you've caught the sun a little on your shoulders. What I like about this gradual tan is that it develops seamlessly overnight and doesn't leave a stinky after scent so you can literally get dressed and go to work the next morning without having to shower it off. The colour payoff is also perfect for my paler skin and develops into a natural tan.

And finally, one of my favourite things to do before I head out into the sunshine (and obviously AFTER adding SPF) is to add a spritz of fragranced, shimmer to my shoulders and arms. My current favourite is the HIGlow High Intensity by Rochelle Humes Shimmer Oil as it just adds an illuminating glow on your skin without being sticky or too glittery!






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2 July 2018

THE JUNE '18 EDIT // MONTHLY BEAUTY FAVOURITES AND POP CULTURE LOVES



June

It really feels that this year, we are being treated to a proper summer, the weather has been glorious and it's been such a joy to sit outside until late into the evening with a glass of wine just enjoying the heat of the day on my skin and the smell of smokey BBQs in the air. 

This month, I helped my gorgeous mum celebrate her 50th birthday (albeit a little early), finished a course of CBT therapy to help the old noggin, and off the back of that, challenged myself to always be true to my heart and fight for what I stand for instead of just rolling over and accepting things. I really am a firm believer that it's SUPER important to be in charge of your own destiny and not let others dictate your journey. Only you know yourself, nobody else and as Dita Von Teese so wisely said: "you could be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world...and you're always going to find someone who doesn't like peaches." Live your life your way, because you only have one shot! 

Watching. Reading.  Listening to and More.

Watching - Love Island on ITV2

I've officially joined the club - The Love Island appreciation club. Having avoided it for two summers, this year I got sucked into the vortex...and I managed to drag Adam in with me. HA! Everyone was right! It is SO good. Obviously, I can't relate to any of them as I'm 24 going on 64, but it's definitely a juicy programme to watch and makes me feel so grateful I'm no longer putting my time into an 'Adam' or 'Wes' type of guy, been there, done that and it' not good for the soul. I think Laura is really underrated, not only is she gorgeous, but she's such a savvy, smart and balanced woman and I think she's my favourite in there. A lot of people say the concept of the programme is just candyfloss, but it's the perfect wind down when you've had a challenging day, just turn itv2 on and watch the dramz unfold.

Watching - Cargo on Netflix

I'm sure I've mentioned before, but I hate films. So when Adam suggested watching a Netflix original film named, Cargo which is centred about a zombie apocalypse, I laughed in his face and said NO! However, once I watched the trailer I realised it wasn't a traditional zombie film, it was an adventure film that appeared to have a lot of intelligence behind it, I was drawn in to give it a whirl.  I have to admit, it's probably one of the best films I've seen all year. It features Martin Freeman and some fantastic child actors, it's tense, it had me RIGHT on the edge of my seat and it had me properly sobbing at the end. Definitely go and watch it, it's not a shitty zombie film.


Listening to - Cosmo Editor, Farrah Storr On The 'Media Masters Podcast'

Farrah Storr is the editor of Cosmo magazine and she featured on the Media Masters podcast talking about how she was tasked with reinventing the super popular women's lifestyle magazine and adding a new lease of life to it in order to keep up with the changing media landscape. Farrah talks candidly about making her writers/contributors famous and keeping their voices, as well as the power of gonzo journalism and axing the outdated 'Striped bare'centrefolds. It was so interesting to listen to and Farrah seems like a really great boss to work under.

Also worth checking out...




Beauty Favourites
Lips

While the weather has been hot AF recently, I've dodged my usual red lip in favour of something a little more forgiving when you're all hot and bothered. I've been opting for a nude/pink lip combo which comprises of the Bourjois Contour Edition Lip Liner in '1 Nude Wave' - a super creamy, dusky pink liner that can be worn on its own, or paired with a lipstick. I like to wear mine with one of the dreamy Makeup Revolution Renaissance lipsticks in 'Prime' - the perfect nude combo and especially sassy for summertime.  

Lashes

It's amazing when a colleague you've worked with in the past goes on to do something seriously sassy. This is what happened with a guy named Ryan that I used to work with, his brother co-founded Tatti Lashes - the false lash specialists creating luxury strip and individual lashes as seen on the likes of Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen. Ryan got in touch with me to see if I'd like to try Tatti Lashes out., of course, I jumped at the chance. I was kindly gifted the TL4 Luxury Mink Lashes as well as the TL3 mink lashes and the TL13 cat eye style strip lashes. They all come with decent glue and are completely reusable. I wore my TL4 lashes (according to Ryan a bestseller) to my mums aforementioned birthday meal i've never felt so glam. Super comfortable to wear and utterly fluttery. Tatti Lashes have made it possible to stock up on professional lashes without paying crazy prices. 

Scent

As I mentioned before, it's been hot, hot hot here in the UK and on one of the hottest days I was cooped up on a delayed train to Manchester. It was whilst I was pressed against the toilet door like a sardine that I got a whiff of my perfume. It was the Jo Malone 'Blackberry and Bay' cologne - my favourite fruity, lightweight fragrance. It was really refreshing to smell and reminded me that it's the perfect summertime scent.







* Post contains gifted items from  Tatti Lashes

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27 June 2018

MY CURRENT MOST REACHED FOR BEAUTY PRODUCTS // INCLUDING MAC, GLOSSIER AND MORE!


I'd like to think that I have an efficient little system when it comes to the time between snoozing my alarm and heading out of the door. And when it comes to ensuring I look somewhat human, this is massively helped by a capsule collection of products that sit on my dressing table that are within easy reach and can be relied on to get the job done!

My current most reached for beauty products...



Glossier - Stretch Concealer

I've been using the Glossier Stretch Concealer for a couple of months now and it really is one of those products that gets better with each use. This super creamy concealer isn't cakey and adds a pop of radiance to an otherwise tired and sallow complexion. It enhances cheeks, brightens under the eyes and with a bit of layering, helps to make blemishes not nearly as noticeable. I use the shade 'Light' which suits my naturally paler complexion and acts as a beaming highlighter when I have a bit more of a tan.


Glossier - Boy Brow

My eyebrows are pretty au-natural atm, which is quite shocking given that for many, many years I was teased for having bushy brows, and then as these things always go, I was teased when I shaved them all off and started again! Girls, you just can't win with year 9 lads. Fast forward 10 years and every morning, I simply comb through my brows with the iconic, Glossier Boy Brow - this product always works better for me after it's been used a few times and the formula has had time to dry out a little. I use the shade 'brown' which is murky and ashy enough to give a groomed, glossy brow without looking OTT.



L'Oreal - Telescopic Mascara

It really is all in the wand. I've loved this particular mascara since I 'borrowed' it from my mum's makeup bag years ago. For people who want extra long, statement lashes without the spidery plumpness, the L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara is insanely good. I have the carbon black variant and it really is an intensely pigmented product so it does take a bit of work with a warm flannel to budget the formulation. If you're looking for that extra level of precision and length when it comes to your lashes, definitely give this a go. I also recommend this mascara for people like myself who prefer thin, plastic applicator wands instead of those insanely bristly numbers. For extra dramatic lashes, use both kinds of wand applicator.


Elizabeth Arden - 8 Hour Cream

The most multi-functional beauty product around. Man, I love this stuff! I don't know whether it's the endearing history, dual-purpose functionality, or the sweet lanolin scent but I baste myself in Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. It's the perfect lip primer for when you've been asleep, got yourself a nice dry mouth and then needed to apply a babein' bold lippy. It also works really nicely as a subtle highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, especially in the summer months. 



MAC - Girl About Town 

A lipstick that brings me sweet, sweet nostalgia! I bought my first tube of this punchy pink lippy when I visited London for the first time with my then boyfriend. In fact, there's a post all about that trip here if you're interested. Awh young love! But anyway, whenever I need a pick me up, I always call upon Girl About Town, it reminds me of being 18 and carefree! The formula is easy to wear, the pigmentation is intense and you're guarenteed to feel like a girl boss when you wear this!



Calvin Klein - Obsession

I talk about this a lot so I won't harp on. Signature scent. Is loud, punchy, the epitome of the 1980s, a decade I wish I was around to experience. It's Calvin Klein 'Obsession' and I am utterly obsessed.





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