Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Bank Holiday minmizing

Hallelujah I managed to find a bit of time to get a blog post up today :) 
This month and next are definetly the dreaded deadline months but hopefully it will be worth it soon !
I mentioned in my last post that I went away to Center Parcs for the Easter bank holiday and although it's not the most glamourous destanation I thought I'd share with you what make up I took and how I 'minmized'.
Saying that I'm now thinking theres a lot I took that I really didn't need but hey a girl needs choices!

Base - 

For foundation I opted for the Rimmel Match perfection in the shade Ivory. I really like this because it gives a nice ammount of coverage while giving the skin a lovely healthy glow. I'm really impressed with this and I've been reaching for it over my usual more high end foundations. I also chucked in the Mac face and body(C2), this is such an odd foundation and its certainly one thats best suited to the summer but hey I'm trying to get on with it a bit more.
I also popped the Smashbox Photo finish oil - free primer in my bag , just because it's the best primer I'v used but if I'm honest the peaceful countryside didn't require a primer.
For concealor it had to be my favourite combination of the Collection lasting perfection and the Rimmel wake me up Concealor . 

Cheeks and lips -

Of course the Laura Mercier colour-to-go palette had to come on my jolly travels, it's just perfect, you've got everything in this teeny little container.
I've got my eye on a full size of the bronzer come payday and maybe another of the Lip glace if only for the smell.... OH MY GAWD!!! beautiful.
I also packed the Balm frat boy blush because it's a lovely natural blush that enhances that natural countryside glow.
So lipswise I really over packed and had every option well and truly covered.
I wore all the nude shades but to be honest the Hourglass Opaque Rouge(Muse) was a little excessive but hey you never know when you need a red lip.
I also took Mac shy Girl , Clarins instant light , Maybelline colour sensesational shine gloss in the shade glorious grapefruit and my current favourite the Smashbox Be legendary lipstick (posy pink) which is just the most perfect spring time pink.


As for eyes I kept it all very simple and didn't stray too far from my everyday favourites I popped along the Naked 1 palette - I've still not caved and bought the naked 3, my Sister has it and everytime I look at it I think I just wouldn't use it. I do however have my beady eye on the Smashbox full exposure palette .
I also took along the Nars Kalahari duo, Bobbi Brown eye brow pencil,Topshop magic liner and Mascara's from Maybelline and Chanel.

So there you have it what I took on my bank holiday weekend.
There's a real mixed bag of everything and I'm trying to use bit more of a mix between drugstore and highstreet make up.
Hope you enjoyed this ,didn't find it too long maybe it's given you some inspiration for the next bank holiday. Another reason to love this time of year?

So girls and maybe some boys I'd love to hear your'e suggestions for some up and coming blog posts ? What do you guys wanna see or hear about?
You can comment below or tweet me it's all good in the hood

Monday, 14 April 2014

Skincare newbies from Kiehl's

If your a regular to these parts then my love for Kiehl's will come as no suprise, in fact I'd even go as far as saying Kiehl's is my favourite skincare brand (well at the momment anyway.)

I've yet to be disappointed by anything I've bought, I had a fondness for the no fuss packaging and I rather like the skeleton and white coats when you go instore.
It's also worth noting that I've always found the staff in Kiehl's too be lovely - never too pushy but yet happy to offer guidance. Last time I went to the Nottingham Kiehl's I had a lovely chat with the assistant about the Origins drink up mask in comparison to the Ultra facial hydrating Overnight masque.

Gushing about the brand aside lets move onto my latest purchases....

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream £24.00 for 50ml 

Does any one else find it's easier to find a night cream then morning? I was very happy with what I had been using but just fancied something a little bit different - I get bored easily and felt my skin still needed a little more moisture.

The Ultra Facial cream is slightly heavier than the Ultra Facial moisture but still holds many of the same traits. It claims to give the skin up to 24hr of ultra hydration,reduces moisture loss whilst helping with water replenishment. With these traits it's easy to see how this is an ideal night cream.
I really love this cream it's a pleasure to apply and I wake up with soft youthful looking skin. Can I just say that on at least 4 accounts this week I have been mistaken for been on school work experience. Something must be working?

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser £8.00 for 75ml 

This cheeky little cleanser caught my eye just as I was paying (hence it's the travel sized one). I've actually being bowled over by this cleanser. Although it's a liquid formula it doesn't foam too much and it definatly doesn't dry the skin. Instead it gently cleanses the skin of excess oils,dirt and debris. It smells really fresh too which is always a plus I'm definatly going to buy the full sized one next.

Another thing I love about Khiels is that they do a number of travel sized products which are perfect if you want to test a product or if you know your travelling!

So there we have it a little ode to two of my new favourites... next on my list from this range is the ultra facial toner.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Gifts from NYC

This week I returned way back up North to do some PR work experience while I was working away my sister was taking in the delights of New York City on a school trip.
Yes you read that as a school trip lucky hey?
I probably could have written her an extensive list of all the make-up bits I wanted but I've been so busy recently that I only had the one request but you know I am over the moon with what she returned with !

Firstly she brought back these two Mac shadows in the shades Grain and Folie which are right up my ally . Ones a dark brown with red hints with a satin finish , I think this will be lovely in the crease. Next up is Grain a golden champagne hue which is great as either a highlighter or a simple no fuss eye.
I'm going to do a post all about my Mac palette soon and why I love these shadows so much .

She also picked up the Sephora Collection pro angled blush brush , these types of brushes are great for contouring as they get right into the hallows of the cheeks. For first glance's I'm very excited about this brush it feels lovely and has a nice little protection hat . I'll let you know how I get on.
I'm half considering doing a Sephora US order to get some more but then again I'm going to Seville in the summer. Seville has three Sephora's !

Sorry this is a bit of a slap dash post but I thought I'd just show you a few bits and well I've been a little absent recently due to Uni, Work and well I'm a little lazy !
Can we just take 5 minutes to marvel at the amount of 'candy' she brought back , I absolutly love Jolly Rancher's and the peppermint patties aren't too bad either.
Hope everyone's doing well

Monday, 7 April 2014

A spring OOTD

I've not done an OOTD post for a while now so I thought I'd share this skirt that I picked up last week whilst in Nottingham. 
I'm really enjoying skirts at the momment and love this floral Jacquard style mini skirt.
I like that it's really very verstitaile you can either dress it up to look very smart and formal or you can chuck on a pair of flats and a chunky knit perfect?
A definate Spring staple, if only it would warm up enough to whip off those black tights . 

This particular outfit was one I wore for dinner with two of my old housemates.
I decided to pair the skirt was a loose thin Topshop knit and chunky ankle boots. 
I did chuck on my favourite coat of the moment cos it was a little chilly but you know I'm rather happy with this little OOTD. 

These types of skirts seem to be every where at the momment and for a good reason.
If you fancy picking up one for yourself head over to New Look