Monday, 4 May 2015

A Brief Festival Checklist

Festival seasons is right around the corner and for all of you who will be of attendance, I thought I would throw together a few must haves! The makeup bits aren't essential but everything else I would highly recommend you throwing in your backpack.

Lets start off with body. Deodorant is of course an extremely essential item. You're going to be dancing, sweating, surrounded by a tonne of people in crowds, so you want to make sure you keep any smell at bay - only good smells allowed here. The Mitchum 48hr is my favourite as it keeps your underarms fresher for longer and it has a nice smell too, not soapy like I find others can be.
Face wipes can be very multi use at festivals. Whether you use them on your face to remove makeup, or to freshen up your body if the showers don't seem inviting, these are a must. I would recommend picking up the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes which are super cheap and, as the name would suggest, kind to the skin. Not often will I recommend face wipes, but for festivals they are acceptable.

A quick hair recommendation would of course be dry shampoo. Its very likely your hair won't be washed for at about 3-4 days so triple check that the dry shampoo is packed. My favourite at the moment are the Colab dry Shampoos which come in loads of lovely scents and you can also get these in a travel size which is perfect. You can also use these on first and second day hair to add a bit of volume.

Face mists are another thing I would carry around. These can freshen up the face and give your skin a bit of a boost when you've been raving all day and all night. Loads of brands make these but I love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir for it's fresh and almost minty scent, and the way it leaves my face feeling.

A bit of makeup now and for a base I would recommend going light and preferably something with SPF. The one I'm sharing today unfortunately doesn't have SPF so make sure you apply one before hand if you bring this along. The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue is a lovely tinted moisturiser type product. I find it more moisturising than some of my other lighter bases which is why I love it as it can double up as both. Of course you can use foundation if you'd prefer, but in the summer you'll be sweating it off anyways so this way you don't have to worry about it fading awkwardly or having foundation streaks down your face... not a very classy look people. To add a bit of colour, go for coloured eyeliners. These are a huge hit a festivals and is your chance to try something a bit new and wild. The Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil in 409 is a lovely petrol blue shade. It's got some green in there and some grey and I think would compliment any eye colour. These are very inexpensive so you can pick up a few shades and create some really cool looks. Lips, again, I say go bright, but make sure it stays as you probably won't be touching it up throughout the day. If you know it'll fade then opt for a nude or a sheer shade so it's not as noticeable and you don't get those awkward lines of colour around your lips. I love the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balms as they contain SPF 15 (crucial in the summer) and they have some lovely shades. I have the shade Cherry which is a beautiful sheer and moisturising red.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Sunday Post: A Health and Fitness Ramble

Health and fitness is always something I'm trying to improve, whether that be exercising more or eating more nutritious food and not so much chocolate - not quite at that point just yet however - but there is always something that can be worked on I find.

Food wise, I'm not into crazy diets, I love food way to much for any of those, and would rather make healthier choices overall - she said eating a cadburys chocolate bar - than stop eating most of the foods known to man. Things like, eating more fruit, white meat over dark, cooking from scratch and using vegetable substitutes where I can, is kind of how I like to go about things. Of course I have the odd dominoes here and there, and when I eat out I don't really think too much about what I'm ordering, but having a little naughty meal once in a while isn't going to show if the rest of time you remain healthy. Fresh smoothies and juices are also great, especially if you're short on time as you can throw a few things into a blender and be out the door. And make sure you keep hydrated with water, something I'm definitely trying to improve and something you all know anyway.

A few of my favourite healthy recipes: 

1. Deliciously Ella - The Healthiest Chocolate Mousse
2. Deliciously Ella - Green Coconut Smoothie 
3. A Couple Cooks - Roasted Nourish Bowl 
4. Sprouted Kitchen - Peanut Butter Granola Bars 
5. Hemsley + Hemsley - Courgetti with Red Pesto

Some good cookbooks to try out: 

1. Deliciously Ella
2. The Art of Eating Well
3. The Natural Food Kitchen
4. Eat. Nourish. Glow.
5. Honestly Healthy

A bit of fitness for you now. A simple breakdown of what I do to keep fit and get toned; swimming 3-4 times a week, yoga most days, walking, and simple work outs at home.
Swimming is great exercise and I love to do it. It helps to build stamina, it's a great form of cardio and helps to get a flat belly..bonus after a indulgent weekend.
Yoga is really great to improve flexibility and strengthen your body through balancing practices and strong poses. I've done a whole post dedicated to my love for yoga so I'll link that here.
Walking, again, just good cardio really, and something everyone can do!
Other work outs I do at home include a variation of squats, lunges, planks, tricep dips, push ups, crunches, to help tone my muscles. I tend to do these every other day (if I feel up to it..). I don't always feel motivated enough to do everything all the time but I try my best to stick this kind of routine weekly. I feel better, healthier and more confident when I work out and I do it to feel good in myself, not because I feel pressured into doing so. I've also just started going to the gym more frequently and hoping to widen my gym horizons and try out some weights ect, so let me know if you have any gym workouts you love to do as I will be reading up on those.

Health and fitness Youtube channels you should be subscribed to: 

1. Yoga With Adrienne 
2. The Lean Machines
3. Carly Rowena
4. Blogilates
5. Tone It Up

Shop some of my favourite workout looks

Friday, 1 May 2015

April Beauty Favorites

I love beauty when it comes to the spring, and this past month there are loads of things that I have been loving to get me in the mood for summer. Everything is so much lighter and fresher and I love pastels and muted shades so here's a run down of a few products that tick those boxes. 

Body first, and I've been all about the fake tan, very surprising for me. I have never been a fake tan kind of gal, I've always opted for the gradual choices from Dove ect, but I wanted to branch out and go for something a bit more immediate. The St Tropez Express tan has me wanting to tan all the god damn time. It doesn't have that biscuity smell, the colour is customisable and non orange, it doesn't streak (if you apply with a mitt) and its converted me. If you are just starting out with fake tan, try this one! 

For my skin I'm a sucker for a good face mist, especially when the weather starts to heat up. Recently I've been reaching for the Caudalie Beauty Elixir which is super fresh and cooling when spritzed on the face. I can find some facial waters sit on the skin and feel wet and horrible, this however sinks in beautifully and has a lovely spa like scent. It also comes in a mini size which is perfect for travel. Another travel friendly item is a dry shampoo. Never did I think a dry shampoo would make it into my favourites but this one is fab. Of course it's the Colab dry shampoo. I tested out the extreme volume version and wasn't a fan, however the original is really really good. It doesn't leave that chalky whiteness I find some of my others ones tend to do and it gives volume but without weighing your hair down, I'm not sure how is does it but I'm not going to question. The scent I have is Rio which is a fruity and perfect for summer, I also love the green pattern on the bottle!

Makeup wise, there hasn't been a tonne of products I haven't been able to put down, but there is one which deserves a little mention. I'm new on the Kiko bandwagon, and boy am I pleased I got on board. I went in and had a little mooch and ending up finding (another) coral lipstick. The shade is 806 and it's part of their ultra glossy lipstick line, which contains SPF 15, amazing! Its more sheer and glossy than some other corals I own, but I love how moisturising it is and the colour pay off is actually really beautiful. The price of Kiko products is amazing and the quality is even better so definitely a brand to try out if you haven't already.

An old fav now, the Nails Inc Royal Botanical Gardens polish. I loved this all spring and summer last year so it's no surprise I've come back to it. It's a pretty blue-green shade, which is slightly darker than the pastels I opt for but still a lovely pick. The formula of these are really lovely as well. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Spring/Summer Blush Edit

Spring and summer are definitely the seasons where I go a bit blush crazy. I love a coral blush and coral lip or pink cheek and lip ect ect. Cream formulas are definitely my favourite for this kind of year, but I have some powders too incase creams aren't really your thing.

I love corals and when it starts hotting up I instantly get very excited as it means I can crack out all my favourite shades. A cream I love is the Bobbi Brown Lip and Cheek in Cabo Coral. This isn't a cream to powder formula, nor is it super tacky, it sits somewhere in the middle. The pigmentation is great, it lasts well, it's easy to blend and the colour itself if really beautiful. I find this kind of coral shade looks great with a tan, or paired with a bronzy look. My next coral pick is more on the shimmery side of things. The Laura Mercier Blush in Lush Nectarine is such a stunner and one I love and will always go back to. It seems like it would be very shimmery from the way it looks in the pan, but actually it doesn't show up as blocks of shimmer, instead gives you a healthy glow-y sheen to the skin which I think is very flattering. I don't feel like I need to go in with a highlighter after applying this as it kind of doubles up as both.

The next three are all some sort of pink shade, another colour I think looks lovely for this time of year. Lets get the cream one out of the way first. This one is a bit tackier than the Bobbi Brown, but does last a bit longer. Stila's Gerbera Colour Convertible is a light pink shade which can also be used on the lips, same for the Bobbi Brown if I didn't mention that earlier. I really love this in the summer. It's a nice shade to build on so if you want a subtle flush you can achieve that, but if you want something more prominent then that can be done too.
A blush I had to mention is my new fav, the MAX Factor Cream Puff Blush in Lovely Pink, and it really is a lovely pink. These are great if you want to add some glow and shimmer but without the need to highlight or look like a disco ball. The sheen they give is very natural and pretty, the shade range is also lovely. I think MAX Factor have done very well with these. And last but not least, the brightest of the bunch, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface. This really is a bight pink in the pan and you do have to have a light hand when applying it. This looks so stunning with minimal makeup and can really perk up the skin. It also contains a little bit of shimmer, but not too much so don't be alarmed. If you build this up too much you may look slightly clown like - I can talk from experience - but a light flush, and you'll be good to go.

Friday, 24 April 2015

A Morning Skincare Compilation

I really like doing my skincare routine in the morning (when I have time of course) and I feel like it makes such a difference to the way my skin looks and feels pre makeup. I've been using a couple of new products which I have been enjoying as well as loving some I've used for a while.

First I have to wash my face and attempt to get all the sleep that gathers up in your eyes, out. Not sure if "sleep" is the technical term, but we'll role with it for now. The Oskia Rennasance Cleansing Gel is my favourite to use at the moment. It's a lovely constancy which feels creamy on the skin and scent is rosy and fresh but not too sickly or overwhelming for the morning. This also does an excellent job at taking off any makeup residue that I may have missed the night before.
Then I will go in with some kind of spray or toner to wake up my face. These aren't 100% necessary I have to say, but they do feel lovely on the skin. I have been using the Avene Thermal Water Spray which doesn't have much of scent but I love the way it makes my skin feel. It takes a while to sink in though so bare that in mind.

Serum and moisturiser is next on the list. I was never fussed about using a serum in the morning, I would always go straight on to moisturiser, but since trying out the Origins Original Skin Serum it's a step I can't skip. Its a creamy, gel formula which sinks in quickly and leaves your skin looking more even and plump. It also gives a nice natural glow to skin which we all know I love. For moisturiser I've gone back to using the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser which is an old favourite of mine. It's a very simple product to use in the morning and does the job well. It doesn't have much of scent which I like and it makes a really good base for makeup. These come in a few variations to suit different skin types, so you'll be sure to find one that will work for you.
I've also been using a new eye cream. I received this little sample of the Origins GinZing Eye Cream in a set and I love it. I'm a big fan of the moisturiser and had wanted to give it a go for a while. It has almost like a tinted element to it to help counteract dark circles and it's not too heavy so a perfect option for the morning. If you like products that will help make you look more awake then I think you would really get on with this.