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Weekend Makeup

Weekend Makeup

It’s pretty clear by now that I am a makeup junkie. I love buying makeup, I love getting all glammed up but I also love turning it down a notch.
On Sundays, I normally go for a simple and quick look. I like to look well rested but not too overly done.

Glossier Brow Boy

As a base, I love using easy and quick products I can apply with my hands. My favourite one and the moment is the Sarah Chapman skin insurance. It helps even out the skin tone, acts as a moisturiser and has SPF 30. It’s basically a 3 in 1 product.

For those areas where I would like a bit of coverage, I use the glossier stretch concealer. This concealer is light and dewy, and doesn’t look too heavy when used with a light base. Don’t expect it to cover spots completely, but it does cover redness quite well.

ysl tatuage couture matte stain 23

On the eyes I always use the Marc Jacobs Velvet noir mascara. This is not a natural mascara, this is a full-on volume and length mascara. Even on lazy Sundays I want my lashes to pop. I also love adding a bit of definition using the Charlotte Tilbury eye pencil in Audrey. I normally apply in under the waterline a smudge it with a pencil brush.

For blush it has to be the Glossier cloud paint in Dusk, it´s easy to apply, lasts a fair amount of time and looks very natural.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

For lips I either go for a lip balm or the glossier Generation G lipsticks as they have alight pigmentation. For those days that I want a bit more on the lips I use the YSL tatuage couture matte stain in number 23. The formula feels very light on the lips and although it dries to a near matte, it doesn’t feel drying or heavy. It basically feels like you have nothing on.

Then I finish everything off with the Glossier brown boy, keeps those brows in place and slightly fills in any sparse areas, easy yet effective. Done!

Sarah Chapman skin insurance

Let me know what products you use when doing and easy natural look!
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Powerful hydration combo for winter skin

Powerful hydration combo for winter skin

My skin is being quite inconsistent this winter. I normally have oily to combination skin but at the moment it´s dry and only rarely a bit oily.
I have been trying different products to give my skin what it needs and I have finally found the perfect combination.

Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil

Lately, I have been introducing the Dr Sebagh Serum Repair Hyaluronic Acid as the first step in my morning skincare routine.
Hyaluronic acid is known for its hydration benefits. It acts like a sponge capturing water and maintaining a high hydration level on the skin, it basically draws water into the skin to keep it hydrated.
I was quite amazed at how rapidly this product sinks into the skin until it feels like you have nothing on. After applying, my skin feels instantly smoother and softer. If you suffer from dry skin I would advise using products with hyaluronic acid or using a hyaluronic acid serum.

Dr Sebagh Serum Repair Hyaluronic Acid

At night time I have started using the Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil.  It´s an intensive overnight boosting treatment that works in tandem with the skin´s overnight repair systems, so it basically helps repair your skin whilst you sleep.
It feels lovely and luxurious on the skin, it contains a blend of Neroli, Lavender, Rose and Mandarin which is known to encourage sleep. I love how glowy and soft it leaves my skin the morning after. And I also wanted to mention that Aurelia is a cruelty-free brand.

Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil

Are you having issues with your skin this winter? Let me know what products you are using!

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Bullet journalling to ease anxiety

Bullet journalling to ease anxiety

bullet journal ideas

Bullet journaling has really kicked off in the past few years. It’s a very flexible way of organising your life and keeping track of things that are important to you. If you are not really into diaries or planners as they don’t really suit your lifestyle, bullet journaling can be a great option.

bullet journal mood tracker

I don’t really use a bullet journal for this reason, I prefer planners were everything is set up and ready but I also have a bullet journal.
I have been using my bullet journal since July 2017, I started using it because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I ended up realising that it wasn’t for me but I did enjoy the setting up process and the doodling.

bullet journal habit tracker

Back in July I was going through an extremely hard case of anxiety, and I found that coming back from work and picking up a pen and the bullet journal really helped me escape from my thoughts and made life a bit bearable for a little while. And that’s what I wanted to bring to your attention today. If like me you suffer from anxiety and you need something to help you cope, taking up a hobby or simply locking yourself in your room with a piece of paper and a pencil can help.

Bullet journal year at a glance

I am not an artistic person, and when I bought the notebook I had no idea where to start. So I got myself on Pinterest and Youtube and made screenshots of all the lovely designs and spreads I liked and just copied them. All the spreads pictured are either copied or inspired by people I found on the internet. I will try to link them all bellow.

bullet journal growth tracker

That process of choosing designs and doodling requires so much concentration that your mind can only focus on that task for a while and your anxiety is temporarily moved to the back of your mind.
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Best in Beauty 2017

Best in Beauty 2017

Best beauty products 2017

You have made it through the first week of the year, congratulations!
I thought now was the perfect opportunity to go through my makeup collection and share with you my favourite beauty products of 2017. All of these products are absolute staples for me and have been repurchased several times.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara. It isn’t the first time I talk about this mascara in SL, it’s the only mascara I wear as it makes my lashes look incredible. It gives volume and length without clumping and that is something quite difficult to achieve. I even purchase mini sizes of the mascara when I go on holiday.

marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette. This palette only launched in October (I bought it in the pre-sale) and since then it has become the only palette I ever use. I have said many times before that the eye shadows from CT are my favourite. The formula is spot on, not to chalky or powdery with amazing pigmentation and staying power. The great thing about this palette, aside from the packaging, is the amazing selection of shades. You practically have a shadow collection for each occasion making it super versatile. If you only want one eyeshadow palette this is the one to have.

Charlotte Tilbury instant eye palette

Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat in pillow talk. I don’t even know how many of these I have gone through. Its just the perfect shade if you like wearing nude, mauve or pink lipsticks. It also helps the lipstick last longer, I am never without it.

The Glossier Boy Brow is one of the best brow gels out there. I don’t have sparse eyebrows and I’m quite happy with their natural shape therefore the brow boy is perfect for me as it adds a bit of colour and keeps my hairs in place. The reason why this product stands out from the rest is because its formula is more like a pomade than a gel, it doesn’t leave your brows feeling crispy but keeps them in place.

Glossier Brow Boy

2017 was the year I discovered cushion products and totally fell in love with them. I have tried many, but the two that stood out were the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Touch foundation and the Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil.

Chanel les beiges healthy glow touch foundation

The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Touch foundation is an absolute staple, it’s the only foundation I wear. It’s a foundation that actually looks like skin but slightly better. It doesn’t cake, or sit on top of the skin. It blends like a dream leaving a subtle glow and leaving your face feeling great. If your into light to medium coverage foundations, I could not recommend this one enough.

Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil in 032 splash corail. I like my blush to look natural and this is the best one I have found. It’s the perfect shade for my skin tone and it actually lasts longer than powder blushes.

I have to say I have the worst dark circles in the world it doesn’t matter how much I sleep or how much water I drink they are always there. To this day I still haven’t found a concealer or corrector that can hide them. But the best one I have tried is definitely the Bobbi Brown corrector in light to medium bisque. It has amazing coverage and when used with a beauty sponge does not cake.

Best skincare discovery of the year has to be Sarah Chapman, I still haven’t tried a product from the range that I haven’t liked. If I had to choose a single product that would be the Skinesis Overnight Facial, it doesn’t have the best smell but you get used to it in the end. I love how nice my skin feels the morning after, hate how pricey it is thought.

Bobbi Brown corrector

Best lipstick has to go to the Nars Audatious lipstick in Anita, purely based on the fact that I love how it looks whenever I see pictures of myself wearing it. Its not the most long lasting lipstick but the shade is so nice that I don’t mind reapplying.

And to end this incredibly long post I wanted to mention the YSL Black Opium perfume as my favourite perfume of 2017. I have to say I am particularly weird when it comes to perfumes, I hate most of them. Love how they smell on others but hate when their on me. When I find a perfume I love I am absolutely faithful to it. The last perfume I used I had been using for a bit under 10 years exclusively.

Yves Saint Lauren Black Opium

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My Year in Pictures

My Year in Pictures

By chance on Christmas day, whilst looking for some board games we found our old photo albums. It felt so nice to look back at pictures and reminisce about the good old days. Having the pictures in my hands made me realise that in this new era of technology I never print out photos. I usually end up saving my pictures on hard drives that break with time or USB sticks that I ultimately loose, and all those memories are gone with them.

I don’t like the idea of loosing these images that capture precious moments in my life, so I thought that I would start printing out pictures. I chose 30 pictures that summarised my 2017. To print them I used the website Printiki which has many different styles and finishes you can choose from. You can even create a photo wall which I thought was very cool.  You can always check out their Instagram account if you need inspiration.

I chose the retro style in a matte finish and decided to add some text and I´m so happy how they turned out. There is something about having physical pictures that just get me reminiscing. I´ll probably end up sticking them all in a scrapbook and cherish for years to come.

Hope you have had a lovely start to the year and hope you create many happy memories this year!

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