Sunday, 17 April 2016

Highlighting in Spring: My Picks

In the winter my highlighter of choice tends to be my The Balm Mary Lou Manizer because it has a slightly whiter glow to it, but as soon as the sun comes out I sway towards my more goldy tones. 

For a subtle, day time glow I highly recommend Kevin Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candle Light. When I was trying to buy this it took me literally months to track down from Space NK, but I think it's pretty readily available now. When on the skin, it's the whiter of the bunch and the most subtle but  adds a lovely subtle glow. (It looks a lot more beigey in the picture below than in real life).

In my opinion my most recent purchase is the star of the show. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter In Champagne Pop had a lot of hype around it's release, but in my opinion it was well deserved. Beautiful and golden, this is definitely one for a day when you want a heavier glow & I can't wait to get this out in the summer with more of a tan!

The next two are liquid highlighters, which I fell in love with using last summer. If like me you tend not to wear foundation when your face gets tanned/you're on holiday, I find powder highlighters don't sit right. Dabbing a bit of liquid highlighter on the top of my cheekbones, down my nose and under my brow bone in the evenings gave such a healthy glow to my skin and made me look even more sun kissed.

The Kevin Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting in Candlelight (same as above but in liquid form) is much glower than the previous one so is better for a more tanned skin and can be layered dependant on how statement you want your makeup to be. (I also love using this under foundation or tinted moisturiser for a more glowy/dewy look.)

I've also included the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal (liquid version) as an alternative - my bottle I got in a gift with purchase from Space NK and both are great.

In the below picture the only products on my skin are the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Vail in Tropical Days and a mixture of the above 2 liquid highlighters. I. Love. It.
Let me know what you think and if you have any faves I don't know about!

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Sunday, 3 April 2016

The Edit

My style definitely centres around comfort. I spent far too many years wearing clothes to try and achieve a look, rather than wearing what felt right. More recently I've started wearing what makes me feel good and managed to achieve a far more organic look that i'm really happy with.

I've pulled together a few of my favourite pieces at the moment & linked them all below. I guarantee comfort with all, and they're such nice quality that I definitely see myself owning and loving them for years to come. At the moment I'm much preferring to invest in more staple, mid-market range peices from brands like Cos & Whistles, as I found that previously every season I was spending like crazy on clothes that got one wear and ended up in the charity shop pile or misshapen/with a hole in. Each to their own, but it's working for me at the moment!





As you can tell i'm very much into straight cuts, layering and oversized fits. Again, it's not for everyone but i find it easiest to dress up and down whilst staying comfortable. I feel like, lucky for me, this look is also having it's moment right now so I hope you enjoy shopping my key pieces, i have plenty more where that came from if anyones interested!
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Monday, 4 January 2016

Time.

I had a really weird 2015.

I spent majority of the year accomplishing a lot of great things, and I was expecting it to finish on a huge high. I graduated, I went on my dream holiday, and I landed my first big girl job for a brand I love.

A really small period of time right at the end of the year threw a number of really unfortunate events my way and that was it, in a matter of weeks what had the potential to be the best year of my life transformed into the worst just like that.

The outcome? I'm terrified that I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. I'm scared that any happiness I feel is going to be short lived, and in a sense I want to get any of the potential pain that I'm aware I may experience in the future out of the way quickly so that I can stop worrying. But I've come to realise that with that thought I'm doing nothing but wishing away time. Time that is so valuable and precious and has the potential to hold great moments as well as bad.

I realised another thing about time recently, it doesn't stop when you want it to, for bad times nor good. To savour, to ponder, or to allow you to gather your thoughts, it selfishly keeps going. There was a short while when I wanted nothing more than to stay in bed for what felt like forever, but I didn't have forever, I had a couple short days then life resumed again. With that on my mind I face two paths. I can sit, wallow, and worry about life, or I can savour every little thing that makes me happy.

So, yes, I'm very, very scared of time. But I'm also much more aware of it, and the fact that it goes really, really fast. What will happen this year is out of my hands, all I can do is try my best to savour the good situations and not to fear the bad.

I feel like I'm coming across as an emotional wreck, I'm not I promise. My head is too full for me to handle at the moment so I'm finding that writing what I'm thinking is a useful way of processing what's going on, and keeping me sane. This whole blog thing is still relatively new to me, but I'm enjoying using it as an outlet to share my thoughts. If you choose to read them, thank you x






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