As the months get colder, my skin gets drier. Though every year I know this is going to happen, I still haven't found the perfect moisturiser. As much as I love my Origins Overnight Intensive Mask, it was time to try something new. I had a quick search of my favourite blogs and came across this beauty. Oilatum is a brand I'd heard of before, but never would it have crossed my mind when thinking of buying a new moisturiser. I picked it up from Boots for around £5 and thought it was worth a try. Well, well, well, how very glad I am! Since using this moisturiser I've noticed that my skin feels plumper and looks more glowy, a far cry from all those days my skin felt tight and sore. Don't get me wrong, I do still get drier patches at the end of the day, but no where near the state it used to be in. I've also noticed that my skin feels 'repaired', as the name suggets. The redness and blemishes have decreased and overall my skin just looks healthy! I can't believe the Oilatum Natural Repair Moisturiser has been right under my nose all this time!
Monday, 14 September 2015
A couple of weeks ago I decided that it was about time that I tried out a few things from Makeup Revolution after hearing so many positive things about it. When I say a few things, really I mean that I went a little crazy. I'd be wanting to try out the Ultra Contour Palette for a long time after hearing about the good quality and high pigmentation so this was a must. Similarly, Iconic 1 has been well raved about around the blogosphere, with comparisons to Naked 1 so I had to get my hands on it. I've been after some new makeup brushes for a while now but I just can't decide which to buy, so I decided to pick up a couple from Makeup Revolution to satisfy my makeup brush craving for a while longer.I picked up the 105 Contour Brush, the 102 Eyeshadow Contour Brush and the 103 Eyeshadow Blending Brush. I've actually heard off an MUA friend that their brushes are actually really good quality and are amazing at applying makeup! As much as I love my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, I'm always on the hunt for the next must have brow product, so I decided to pick up the Brow Dual Ultra Brow Arch & Shape in the shade medium. With a crayon style tip at one end, and a felt tip style at the other, it looked like a really interesting product! I also chose a Mono Eyeshadow in the shade Pure, as it looked like the perfect all over lid or crease shade. To keep all my new lovely eyeshadows in place, I picked up the Focus & Fix Eye Primer Original. I decided to try out the Pro Fix Makeup Fixing Spray too after hearing how much people rave about fixing sprays! If you know me personally, you'll know how much I love liquid eyeliner, so it was a no brainer that I bought the Awesome Double Flick Thick and Thin. WIll it be a rival for my beloved L'Oreal liner?! I also picked up two of the All Day and Night Eyeliners in Dangerous Games and Channeling My Inner; I'm so excited to start creating some looks with these, I haven't used coloured eyelines in a while!
Along with these beauty gems, Makeup Revolution also had an amazing offer: spend £30 and receive £30 worth of products free! I received two more of their coveted eyeshadow palettes, a much loved The One Blush Stick, a couple of their ultra creamy I Love Makeup lipsticks, a lip cream and a couple more eyeshadows. I can't wait to start using it all! What are your must have Makeup Revolution products?
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Lately I've been really into learning how to improve my life and wellbeing, not only physically but mentally too. Along with my planned health and fitness overhaul, I want to make my mental health and state better too. That's when I came across Robin Sharma, an international bestselling author who specialises in leadership. Now I know that might sound a little different to what I was actually looking for, but it's there that I found out about the 5am club. Basically, you wake up at 5am and use that hour before most other people wake up to be super productive, be it exercise, planning or learning. Now 5am sounds hella early, and I cringe at the thought of rolling out of bed at that time, but I do want to start training myself to get up earlier and without the effort it takes now. So, I looked into how to become a morning person and here are my favourite tips!
1. Get enough sleep. Pretty obvious huh? Suprising that most of us don't then. Seven to nine hours of sleep are recommended each night, and without that we're missing out on all the fab benefits of sleep! A good sleep is linked to improved memory, a better metabolism and weight, heightened mood and concentration and even lower blood pressure and stress levels. So after all that, why wouldn't you get a good kip?
2. Keep your evenings clear. It's hard to refrain from crossing those last few bits off your to-do list, but if they aren't super duper important, then just don't. Take an hour out of your day in the evenings to just be and wind down. During this time you can create a routine to help prepare your mind and body to understand that evening is time to get ready to sleep.
3. Get prepared. Lay out your clothes, sort your bag out and make your lunches the night before so that in the morning you're good to go. That way, you also don't forget anything! Feeling rushed in the morning is the worst thing and can set you up for a funny old day.
4. Eat yourself awake. Ok so that sounds a little weird... but stick with me. As you've heard off your parents and grandparents probably your whole life, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's important to kickstart your day and your metabolism with a healthy breakfast and some water. Up the protein in the mornings and reap the benefits all day long.
5. Invite light indoors. Your brain is pretty sensitive to the light and to temperature, which means that even on those lazy days where you're feeling desperate for some sleep, it can be pretty difficult to get a good sleep in the middle of the day. With light being one of the most powerful things to force your body awake. it's a must in your morning routine to help you wake up easier. Sleep with no blinds on your window, or with sheer curtains, or if you don't like that idea you can invest in a special Wake Up Light.
6. Get energized. Once you're awake, get moving straight away. Lounging in bed for those few extra minutes might feel precious, but you're just letting that groggy feeling sink in. Get some music on, walk into another room, brush your teeth, dance if you have to, just do something!
7. Hydrate. You know that dry mouth feeling? Your body feels it too. After a long night's sleep, your body can be dehydrated. Sleep with some water next to your bed and take a big gulp as soon as you get up to help wake up your muscles and organs.
8. Stretch. You've been lying down all night, in a pretty sedentary position. Take a few minutes to do some stretches in the morning to help prepare your body for the day ahead. Add a bit of meditation in there for a truly powerful morning routine.
9. Have a positive outlook. Start your morning with a motivational quote or a positive affirmation. Even saying "today is a great day" to yourself will kick start your day in a positive way and will help you feel much more motivated and ready to take on whatever the day may bring.
10. Reward yourself. I know how tough that struggle can be when your alarm starts screeching in the mornings, but you've done it! You're up and out of bed. Now it's time to reward yourself. Take advantage of the extra time you now have and read that chapter of that book you're struggling to put down, do some exercise, meditate, induldge in a good cup of coffee, whatver it is that you love to do it, spend your spare time doing it.
I hope these tips are of some use to you, and I'll definitely be putting these in place to help me on my journey to joining the 5am club! How do you make your mornings that bit easier?
Monday, 7 September 2015
I try to resist buying things that I really don't need, or those that I want purely because everybody else is talking about them, but Naked Smoky was different. I uhhmed and ahhed for a week or so after it's release debating should I/shouldn't I, but I just couldn't not buy it! While Naked is too warm for me, and I don't think the shades in Naked 3 would suit me, Naked 2 was my go to palette. I prefer darker, smokier colours and so of course, it made perfect sense to get my hands on Naked Smoky.
The packaging is made out of a study plastic which, while I can't comment on Naked or Naked 3, it definitely feels more durable than Naked 2. It also features a smoky swirl design which makes for a very distinctive look. The palette also comes with a small step by step guide on how to create a couple of looks which is really handy if you're a bit if a smokey eye novice like me! The brush included in the palette is also super soft and useful for once; not like those daft little spongy applicators circa 2003!
The palette is packed with 12 sultry and smoky neutrals, from mattes and satins to shimmers, including nine never before seen shades and three that are exclusive to the palette. Shades, left to right, include: High (cream shimmer with micro-glitter), Dirtysweet (medium bronze), Radar (metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter), Armor (metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle), Slanted (light metallic grey), Dagger (medium charcoal with micro-shimmer), Black Market (jet black satin), Smolder (deep plum-taupe), Password (cool taupe matte), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Combust (soft pink taupe) and Thirteen (light begie satin). You can always rely on Urban Decay shadows to be nice and buttery and for them to blend seamlessly onto your lids. While some of the mattes are a little chalky, the quality is just as you'd expect. The colour payoff is immense, with very minimal fallout from a couple of the darker shades. While I don't particularly enjoy wearing warmer colours, I do like that Naked Smoky encompasses both cool and warm, something that has divided previous palettes. so I can choose to try out a couple of the warmer shades if I feel like it.
Please excuse the sorry state of Naked 2, but I love him and use him everyday so I'm sure I can be forgiven! I just thought I'd do a little comparison shot for those of you who can't quite decide which palette to buy. Now, unfortunately this probably isn't much help as really, they're both pretty different! While some of the shades are a little similar, I can definitely justify owning both.
£38 does sound like quite a bit of money for an eyeshadow palette, but it is such a good investment and actually works out at just over £3 per eyeshadow. Who can resist? I can deifnitely see Naked Smoky fast becoming my favourite eyeshadow palette (sorry Naked 2 and Basics!) and am looking forward to trying out all the different looks this palette has to offer!
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
As much I enjoy shopping for makeup and clothes, sometimes I love taking a break from it all and spending some time in the countryside. This weekend, me and my boyfriend decided to drive up to Hyde in Manchester for a Country Walk, walking routes created in the countryside nearby to Chef & Brewer pubs. I came across these after a friend shared a post online and I knew that it was the perfect way for me and George to spend some time together while getting in some (much needed in my case) exercise and then ruining it all with some good pub grub.
After getting a little lost at first, because Google Maps is never quite accurate, we pulled up in the car park and I immediately noticed the views. The walk starts off overlooking Cheshire as you make your way down through fields and small valleys. Luckily, we went on a fairly nice day so the views were beautiful. I often forget how close I live to the countryside, after spending so much time in the city!
After working up an appetite, we made our way back to the Hare and Hounds pub, which even from just the outside I knew I was going to love. The interior was a combination of a traditional farmhouse feel with exposed beams and other old-fashioned ornaments, and modern day chic. The wine bottles with Christmas hats got a huge thumbs up from me - it's September now, surely the countdown to Christmas is on?! There was lots of food to choose from, including a 1940s inspired menu! I went for the Cod Finger Sandwich while George opted for the good old pie. I loved the cosy and comfy feel of the Hare and Hounds, and the little extra touches which made it that bit more than just another pub.
I really enjoyed doing something different with my weekend (though inevitably, I did end up shopping...) and would definitely like to try out a few more of the Country Walks. This post ins't sponsored, I genuinely enjoyed myself and thought I'd share this with you all in case any of you fancied a nice walk this weekend! There are lots of Chef & Brewer pubs around the UK that are part of the Country Walk programme so check them out here. Where are your favourite places to spend your weekend?