Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Desk Essentials

1. Keep things lively - Adding some greenery or flowers to your desk can be a great way to add a little something something to your work environment. Also, having some beautiful flowers blooming in the background generally makes you happier and keeps you positive for days you're stuck staring at your screen! If you don't feel like buying real flowers every week and struggle to keep them alive (like me) then opt for fake flowers, they're just as pleasing to the eye and require no maintenance what so ever...perfect!

2. Keep things light - Having a good ol' lamp is obvious when it comes to dressing up a plain old desk and the typical 'desk lamps' have been making a comeback. The one shown here is from IKEA and is channelling the industrial trend that will be hitting out homes coming Autumn and Winter 2014. These have been released in loads of different colours so you'll sure find one to fit your style.

3. Keep things smelling good - Having an area that smells good is always a positive thing and will help you feel happier when working, so, why not add a candle or two? I love the Diptyque candles and the packaging is lovely and doubles up as a great little desk accessory. Another trick with candles is once you've burnt down to the bottom you can wash them out and reuse them to house all your pens and pencils!

4. Keep inspired - There's nothing worse than having a lack of inspiration when trying to pull something together, so adding a motivational quote here and there never hurt nobody. These are great little reminders of what keeps you motivated and in the game and gives you that push you may well need when you're on the brink of a mental breakdown...we've all been there people...we all need motivation...

5. Keep organised - Having a clean space means having a clean mind. Keeping your desk organised means finding things when you need them is no problem at all! I find storage boxes and folders helpful when organising paperwork and make sure you label them up just to ensure you don't end up looking through every folder in the house. Also, use a diary or this chalkboard organiser which you can pick up at Next. These help to keep your days in check and let you know exactly what you need to get done for the day ahead

6 - Keep things colourful and comfortable - There's nothing worse than being uncomfortable when you know you're going to be glued to your desk for the next 6 hours so pick out a pillow to keep back pain at bay! And while you're at it, you might as well make it a colourful one! Colour is another happy injector and will keep you feeling more positive when you're hard at work! 

Friday, 15 August 2014

The August Beauty Bag

This month has been all about, simple lightweight makeup and these are the products that have make it into the everyday makeup bag. The bag itself is from not on the high street, it's extremely well made, and I'm in love with grey and orange detailing! This bag also comes in different sizes so you can tailer it to your needs.
The first thing poking out is my base product I've been using, which is the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser. This one is oil free which is great for summer and for a tinted moisturiser it offers a nice amount of coverage without weighing the skin down. My Sigma flat top kabuki F80 brush is great to use with this tinted moisturiser, if buffs it in seamlessly and leaves a flawless finish, and its super duper soft too! For my cheeks, of course The Body Shop's honey bronzer has not left my side, I love it for giving an bronzy glow to my skin, and I can contour with it too as its matte. I've also been loving the Bourjois 02 cream blush which is a beautiful peach toned pink. I love the cream to power formula of these and they are definitely one of my favourite cream blushers. I've been keeping very simple for eyes with just a bit of eyeliner and mascara and for that I've been reaching for the Daniel Sandler waterproof eyeliner in grey velvet and Benefit's they're real mascara. I've never really tried any waterproof eyeliners and I love this one, it stays on all day and doesn't smudge, also being grey means it gives a softer look which is prefect for day to day use. Then nude for the lips too! MAC's Patisserie lipstick is my all time favourite nude, it's my 'my lips but better' shade and goes with every look!
What products have you been carrying around recently?

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Lets Talk Bronzers

The one thing I love to do when it comes to doing my makeup is playing up my cheeks, and that all starts with a bit (or a lot) of bronzer! For me, I love matte bronzers as they are perfect for contouring and nice just to add a bit of colour to your face. However, in the summer or on holiday I think a bronzer with a bit of shimmer running throughout is lovely to add a nice healthy glow.
Starting off with my favourite day-to-day bronzers, I love my Nars Laguna as you all know. This has a tiny bit of shimmer through it when you look at it in the pan, but on the skin it doesn't translate leaving a matte finish. The shade of this is perfect for people that have light-meduim skin tones as its not too orange, nor too grey toned. If you don't want to splurge on a Nars bronzer, then The Body Shop's Honey Bronzer is for you! Its very similar to Laguna, but just a shade or two lighter, so if you have fair skin this one would be great for you. As both these give a matte finish to the skin, they are the perfect bronzers to contour with!
If you wanted a slightly different finish then the bronzer that comes in the Naked Flushed Palette in Streak would be a great one to try. This one offers a little more shimmer which looks beautiful in the summer months. I tend not to contour with this one, instead just use it with a big fluffy brush to add some colour and glow to my face. Also, if you wanted to fake the 'I just went on holiday look' blend the bronzer onto the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits first, to give a bronzy finish.
If you wanted to be a bit more daring and experimental, why not try a cream bronzer? A little bit harder to work with, but, with a bit of practise, theres nothing we can't do. The Bourjois Bronzing Primer is the bronzer I tend to use if I'm going a bit crey crey with the contouring for a night out. Using this in the hollow of your cheeks, temples and down the sides of your noise (if you really are feeling a bit brave) can give a really nice, chiseled, sculpted look to your face. I tend to go over this with another matte bronzer to blend it out and intensify it, and to also tone down the orange a bit, just as this one can come off a little wotsit-like.
What's your favourite bronzer?

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Fail Proof Brows

So recently my eyebrows haven't been on their best behaviour, and taming them has been making my morning rather long, stressful and problematic. However, after trying out a million different products and techniques, I've finally found a way that makes them look presentable! And before we start I just have to say this is not a Benefit sponsored post...they just rock it when it comes to brows.
Before starting your brow routine it's always important to remember that your brows are sisters, not twins, they aren't meant to look exactly the same, and lets be honest, they won't ever be identical however hard you try!
Plucking can be a dangerous and sometimes addictive road to step on, however sometimes its just necessary. I used to get mine waxed every month or so and then just pluck stray hairs when needed, however, lately I've just been using my good old tweezers! One tip I would pass on to you guys when plucking is, if you are happy with them, stop. Don't pluck anymore. Just stop right there. Theres no going back once you have over plucked and its better to just stop before you end up with extremely thin, unhappy brows.
Moving swiftly on to the saviour products themselves. Firstly I use the Benefit Brow Zings in Light, and as you can tell, mine is very well loved and looks kind of gross. I go in with the wax first and starting from the bottom line of my brows, start filling them in. I love this wax, its not too tacky and stays put all day, the colour is also a great match for brunettes! Next I move on the powder just to set that. I find this powder lovely to use and it gives my brows that HD look that everyone loves.
If you wanted you could just stop there and call it a day, however my final product is one I can't live without and I would recommend everyone picking up as it's fantastic! The Benefit Gimme Brows is a brow setter with a hint of colour so your brows end up looking really 3D, its awesome! The wand is small, allowing you to get a precise application which is great for ensuring you don't get it on your eye lids, forehead, or wherever else. This makes them stay in place all day and is a miracle worker for unruly brows!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mini Body Shop Haul

So, The Body Shop have been on top form lately and if you have one near you it's definitely worth checking out what they have! I went in about a week ago and picked up a couple of things I've heard are meant to be the bees knees, so, as I've been naughty and already tried them out (as you can probably see) I thought I'd give you a little first impressions too!
First up, their Honey Bronzer, I have the shade 02 which is perfect for anyone who has a fair-meduim complexion. For me, this isn't too orange, nor to grey toned which makes it a really good everyday bronzer and as it's also matte you can use this to contour too. I've even been reaching for this more than my Laguna which is really saying something...
The last thing I went for is the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash which is suitable for blemish skin, I personally have combination skin, and at the moment, despite only using it for a week, I really like it. I have been using this as my morning cleanser and find the tea tree to be really cooling and a great wake up call. It says to avoid the eye area and, yes, I would agree as it's not the nicest thing to get in your eyes, in fact its pretty horrible, so please do try to avoid that! As far as long term results on my skin I can't comment yet as I think I'll need to try it out for another week or so, but so far so good!
Let me know what other great products you've found at The Body Shop recently as I will definitely be heading in there again soon.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Liz Earle Signature Foundation

I've recently had a bit of a makeup sort out and found this little gem hiding away in the back of my collection. Liz Earle is a brand that is most famous for their skincare, more specifically their cleanse and polish, so their makeup had kind of taken a back seat, but this is one to be shone in the spotlight. It offers buildable coverage that sits on the skin beautifully, I'd say it's around the medium coverage mark. It's not too thick which makes it easy to buff in and leaves your skin looking natural and not caked in foundation! It covers redness and imperfections well, so your skin looks flawless and polished which I'm sure is the way everyone wants their foundation to look, right?
£21.00 is not a bad price to pay of a good, long-lasting, high end foundation, and compared to some of the more pricier ones on the market this definitely gives them a run for their money.
As this is quickly making it's way back as my favourite foundation, I would recommend everyone giving this a go.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Beauty on a budget #2

We all love to find a good product on the less expensive side, so today I thought I'd share with you some budget buys that I love!
The first is the Bourjois 04 Cream Blush, and as far as blushes go, this is probably one of my favourites. This is cream to powder blush which I love as it lasts the whole day and is very easy to blend. This particular shade is a prefect everyday mauve pink and is my go to blush when I'm not sure what look I want to go for as I find its very complimentary. Moving on to another face product, a concealer that is a good dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat... the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer. This is essentially a highlighting concealer which I love to use under my eyes to bring a bit of light to my face. I don't tend to use powder highlighter so this is a great alternative and it's also a lot more natural! In my opinion I don't feel like you need to splash out on the YSL one as this does the job just as well. For summer, theres nothing better than a bright lip and the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop will sure get those heads turning! This is a beautiful blue toned bright pink which livens up any look and also makes your teeth look extra white. The formula of these is amazing and they're very moisturising which is great. These are very affordable and the colour range is excellent too, so if this doesn't take your fancy, I'm sure you'll find one that does! Last but certainly not least is a product that you guys know I love...the Lush Tea Tree Water...this is my all time favourite skincare product (a big claim I know) I use this both day and night and my skin has been on its best behaviour since incorporating this into my routine. I use this after I cleanse and it helps to keep spots at bay and makes your skin look youthful and radiant. And the smaller size is only £3.95 which is amazing for such a great product.
What are some of your favourite cheap beauty products?