Recently Read: Chapter One

Monday, 25 August 2014

I'm a massive book worm, so lets talk about a few good reads on this dreary bank holiday.
Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl - Growing up Roald Dahl was my all time favourite author, and Kiss Kiss is his imaginative and engaging writing in a totally different light. A collection of slightly twisted short stories were the perfect bedtime stories.
It Felt Like a Kiss by Sarra Manning - Sarra Manning is my all time favourite author for a girly read. It felt like a kiss follows prim Ellie as her life gets turned upside down. Manning's books are always relatable, funny and heart warming.
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - One of the most honest and funny books I've ever read, ballsy and frank whilst being thought provoking this is a book every woman needs to read.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling - The title of this totally drew me in, a tiny bit autobiographical Mindy runs through every concern or whim you could think off whilst making you laugh.
What books have you read and loved recently?

Festival Essentials

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

If any of you are headed off to Reading or Leeds, firstly I am very jealous, secondly the Arctic Monkeys are a must see live.
So I thought I do a little rundown of things to take to a festival which in my eyes are as essential as wellies, tents and vodka.
Disposable Camera's - These are guranteed, to produce some of the most horrendous, blurry but the most hilarious photos you've ever seen.
Mouthwash - Obviously a full dental hygiene routine is recommended, but mouthwash is super handy to have to hand when you wake up in the morning feeling as if something has curled up and died in your mouth. You feel fresher and morning breath will be banished.
Skincare - Just give in to face wipes! They're so easy to use when your the wrong side of tipsy, and no one wants to be messing around with bottles of toner in the early hours of the morning, Soap and Glory Off Your Face wipes were great a quickly remove mascara and don't contain too many nasties.
One thing which I forgot to take was a face SPF which left me with a sore flaky nose - nicee. My favourite SPF being Soap and Glory Feel Good Factor.
Beauty- Makeup wise it's best to keep it simple, a smoky liner, lashings of mascara with a bit of cream blush and a kick ass concealer, notable mentions go to ELF Maximum Coverage Concealer and Urban Decay 24/7 Kohl both pigmented as hell and long lasting. In all honesty if you look like a functioning member of society half way through your doing just fine, whilst UV Paint and Glitter are your best friends. Scent wise keep it non-offensive and long lasting.
Do you have any festival essentials?

When In Doubt

Monday, 18 August 2014

So here's a little story for you. I come home on Friday night after a long day at work and set my mind on getting ready for the biggest 21st of the year, I have no clue what I'm wearing and my hairs a greasy mess. After I've hopped out the shower I'm told I have 45 minutes to blow dry my hair, sort out my face and find something to wear - the whole shebang.
So I turned to the products that when come out when in doubt, makeup auto pilot if you will.
Base- When I go out or to a big party I want my base to be three things, flawless, natural and low maintenance. A dusting of Bare Minerals Original Mineral Viel  to somewhat prime and keep oil at bay, Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer on imperfections, and as many layers of L'oreal True Match as required. To chisel on cheekbones I use the super natural MAC Omega and then MAC Archie Girls Flatter Me gives a super healthy glow, then all set in place with the Mineral Viel again. 
Eyes- To keep things in place is a dab of MAC Painterly, with a combination of shades from Naked 2 on the eyes with Blackout adding defintion. Lashings of They're Real as their was no time for false lashes, and Omega filling in the brows.
Lips- For the lips, if the ensemble needs a bit of oomph I'll use Revlon Matte Balm in Standout for an old hollywood red. And for a super easy option the non sticky peachy perfect Coralista.
Are their any products you rely on in a rush?

All Aboard the Bandwagon

Monday, 11 August 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nudist
It doesn't take much to sell a lip product to me, chuck in the phrases "Matte" and "Longlasting" and I've practically bought it.
Although I managed to resist the Rouge Edition Velvets for quite a while, due to the fact that the original Rouge Edition lipsticks left me less than impressed.
But boy have Bourjois upped their game, I went with the shade Nudist because who doesn't want a long lasting Kylie Jenner-esque everyday shade?
Although the shade is far darker on the lips than expected, it'll be a perfect for autumn and once its faded a bit its perfect.
The formula will definitely keep me coming back for more. Creamy and soft on the lips when first applies it takes a couple of minutes to dry down to a super comfortable and light matte which didn't transfer through multiple cups of tea and a Sunday roast, however unlike the reviews of the bolder shades I find Nudist comes off easily with some elbow grease and some Bioderma.
Have you fallen for the hype?

So Nice I Bought it Twice

It's fair to say that my beauty stash is larger than your average, so using up a product is a pretty rare occasion paired with the fact that I can be really careful with my money if I don't love the product it doesn't come back, so here are the few which have been repeat purchased more times than my bank account would like to think about.
Rimmel Moisture Renew Notting Hill Nude - I never really understood the whole nude lip thing most blogger favourites left me looking like I'd smeared foundation over my lips. This Rimmel offering isn't your average nude, its pinker with a hint of peach, blotted down it's perfect for every day and layered up it teams perfectly with a smokey eye.
Essie Ridge Filler - Again base coats never really clicked until this, it smoothes down rough cuticles if you don't have the time to push them back and the white tinge makes nail colours appear more vivid while making them last longer.
Benefit Ring My Bella - While I adore Marc Jacobs scents, Ring My Bella was one of my first ever perfume purchases and a scent that I've been wearing for special occasions for three years. Not only is it memories in a quirky little bottle, in my opinion its still the perfect scent; it's fruity enough to be unique and flirty while the floral top notes help keep it from being too young. 
Are their any products you like to purchase again and again?

Life Lately

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Hello strangers, you haven't heard me ramble on in a while.
In my absence I have just about survived a festival so a festival tips guide will be up just in time for any of you lucky enough to go to Reading.
I went on a family jaunt to Scotland explored Duart castle (the view from the top pictured above) watched the athletics final of the Common Wealth games and discovered that I am most definitely not a happy camper.
I've also managed to acquire two jobs so, I'm currently working three so the absence is due to work and trying to slog my way through coursework. So when I get back from one job tomorrow I'm going to take plenty of photos before I have to go to the other.
Expect plenty of rambling as well as hauls, books and me generally annoying you thorough the internet.
What have you been up to?

Soap and Glory POW-ders

Monday, 14 July 2014

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that I'm a massive Soap and Glory fan, take a peak round my bathroom and you'll see pink packaged products with witty names everywhere. But more recently Soap and Glory have been really impressing me with their powder products, hence the terribly cheesy post title.
Solar Powder - Half bronze half gold, this warms the face beautifully without any harsh glitter or muddy tones, this has been actually depotted from a Christmas giftset as I love it so much and use it regularly. If your a person who's scared of bronzer this is a great one to try as it makes you look naturally tanned.
Kick Ass Instant Retouch - (Can we just appreciate the name?) Not your typical run of the mill translucent powder it can also be used as a primer and its almost silicone texture glides and fills in pores, photoshopped skin in a pan.
One Heck of a Blot - The one which started the love affair and damn is it good, a translucent powder which mattifys and sets makeup in place. This helps me keep on the right side of glowy (note sweaty) during this temperamental weather.
Glow All Out - This is probably the most natural highlighter I've ever come across. The pink tones makes the skin look naturally radiant and not at all glittery it also is very similar to my all time favourite highlighter Flatter Me.
Although Soap and Glory powders are more expensive than some of the drugstore offerings at around the ten pound mark they are superb quality, every one is finally milled and blends seamlessly.