Sunday, 21 September 2014

Hello Autumn.

Here we are on the first day of autumn. Summer seemed to disappear ages ago and did so practically overnight, only to return again with some glorious sunny days. Even so, I'm already embracing the season. With the recent purchase of a few autumn essentials, I'm good to go. As much as I love summer, the autumn brings some of my favourite things - slippers, roast dinners, scarves, deep bubble baths, cosy PJs and chunky knits.

But this year I have a new obsession that comes in the form of lipstick and blush. I've never really used either of these things on a daily basis but having become ever so slightly addicted to beauty channels on YouTube I'm becoming increasingly drawn to blushed cheeks and pretty pouts.

Lisa Eldridge is my favourite channel. I hold her fully responsible for the large majority of my recent skincare and beauty products purchases, of which there have been many.

For the first time ever I wore bronzer this summer but I'm popping that away for the foreseeable future and embracing my pale skin. Instead I'll be relying on blush to give my pale complexion a boost.

I bagged this Rimmel Stay Blushed! cream blusher, after seeing Lisa Eldridge use it on Alexa Chung in her Alexa Chung tutorial. Sadly, this blush is the only thing that Alexa and I have in common *sigh* but it is a pretty colour (Sunkissed Cherry) and great for teaming with an nude or orange lip. It has a slightly thicker consistency than other cream blushers I've tried but it melts into the skin on contact and blends easily.

I've also picked up some tips on how to make your lippy last longer, it's a pet hate of mine to leave it on the rim of your coffee cup (why can't it just stay put?). It's stopped me bothering with lippy for years but, thanks to another of Lisa's videos, I now think I've cracked it (seriously this girl crush has got to stop!).

My Autumn look will most certainly feature a stained berry lip. I treated myself to two berry colours to see me through the cooler months ahead. I picked up Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish no.30 and Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry, both are so beautiful I couldn't decide between them. And thanks to One Lipstick, Many Ways to Wear it Tutorial! I've been using this on my cheeks too.

Wearing Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry

Having gone a little overboard in the lipstick department over the summer I was looking to expand my blush collection, so doubling up lippy as a blusher will save me a small fortune. It also means my lips and cheeks will compliment each other perfectly #win.

How are you ringing the changes for Autumn?


Friday, 12 September 2014

Wedding Guest Make Up

Is it just me or do you tone down your make up, the more dressed up you get? I have a wedding to go to soon and although I'm still pondering what to wear, I know I'll be going for a subtle make up look to keep me from feeling too 'done'.

I've had doubts about my chosen outfit and panic bought four dresses from ASOS. All of them are knee length with full skirts in either a bold colour or a floral pattern so, no matter what I end up wearing, I feel that subtle make up is the way to go.

Recently, I've been using (and loving) this Glo-Minerals 3-in-1 Colour Stick on my cheeks but, as the name suggests, it can be used on lips and eyes too. It's perfect for recreating this Lisa Eldridge Fast and Fresh day Look in Minutes tutorial, in which just three products are used.

subtle make up with nothing but foundation, 3-in-1 colour stick and mascara

This will be the basis for my make up on the day of the wedding, with a few tweaks for a little more definition. I'll probably add eye liner, some gloss over the top on my lips and I'll define my brows.

The colour stick is limited edition and only comes in one shade, Dollface, which is a pretty coral with a hint of pink. I apply this directly to my skin and blend it with my fingers. It's not a colour that I would normally wear on my eyes but I'm loving it, I have an inkling that it'll be my go-to day look for Autumn.

Do you use any multi-tasking beauty products? If so please share, room in my make up bag is in short supply!


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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

My Day in Teas

I recently entered a Twitter competition with Howkapow and Teapigs, I was lucky enough to win and received a set of four Janson Co mugs in gorgeous pink hues, and a selection of delicious teas.

Take a sneaky peek at the Howkapow website - it's all kinds of gorgeous.

The combination of the postman being really early and Andy leaving for work slightly later than usual meant that Andy hand delivered these to me in bed, which made it all the more exciting. Nothing feels more like Christmas than opening presents sat up in bed.

My first brew of the day was an obvious choice. It was the energy brew Yerba Mate, the packaging tells me that it's origins are in South America where it's been drunk for general health and wellbeing for centuries. I liked the mild taste, it's described as a smokey green tea. In fact I liked this so much I had three more cups before lunch. The whole packet lasted only four days.

The second tea I tried was the sweet treat Liquorice and Peppermint. I love peppermint tea anyway and liquorice is a frequent indulgence, so this intrigued me. At first I noticed the liquorice and the peppermint came as quite a sweet aftertaste, which I rather liked. I also inadvertently matched my nails, mug and teabags. How's that for accessorising?

A serving suggestion was to add lemon and lime which was really nice, the citrus tang took away a little of the sweetness - great if you don't want such a sweet aftertaste and really nice after a meal.

After lunch I tried the Chocolate Flake Tea which was lovely, it felt a little creamy in texture, even when made with just water. It wasn't overly chocolatey but was comforting in a way I can't quite put my finger on. It's very nice for a pre-bedtime drink.

The Popcorn Tea was also a hit! It's a green tea with popcorn pieces, the taste and smell was very much like popcorn. I gulped this down without taking much notice, but having realised that I really enjoyed it, I made another myself cup. This time it was accompanied by a pack of my favourite Propercorn popcorn - afternoon tea-break perfection.

The Janson Co mugs are a little smaller than normal sized mugs but I have to say I quite like them - they're enough to be refreshing but not too filling. I drink a lot of tea so I'm no stranger to that stomach-full-of-liquid 'sloshing' feeling but these help me to avoid that. They also feel delicate to drink from, like a cup and saucer (only without the saucer).

Next up was the Rooibos Creme Caramel tea. This is the only one I made with milk (not being a fan of red bush tea normally I thought that this would soften the flavour - it did) which made it perfect for my last cuppa of the day. These teabags (or temples as they're affectionately known) can contain chunks of caramel but they can't guarantee a chunk in each teabag, so I was chuffed to find two in one of mine. Caramel jackpot!

The only one I didn't try was the Chilli Chai, on the back it said that it wasn't for the person who orders korma and plain naan in their local curry house, which is, erm, me. Maybe I'll try it another day, but for now I have plenty of tempting teas to keep me occupied. And I might have just spied a few more varieties on the website that tickle my fancy...

Have you discovered Teapigs yet? I'm well and truly converted, I haven't had a normal tea in six days.


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