Saturday, November 22, 2014

Charmed

I've always been a fan of charm bracelets - I think they're a lovely way to piece together different memories, and it's amazing when the combined bracelet has been made up of charms from different people because it will always remind you of them. I only have one charm bracelet which is from Thomas Sabo, and I absolutely adore it, so today I thought I'd walk you through what makes up my charm bracelet and what all of the individual pieces mean to me.

The Bracelet (£29.95):
If I recall correctly, this gorgeous black bracelet was given to me for my 17th birthday by my best friend at the time. Thomas Sabo has a wide variety of bracelets to adorn your favourite charms with, but the classic black had always been my favourite by far. 

'Te Quiero' (discontinued, but similar linked):
The 'te quiero' ('I love you' in Spanish) charm was the first part of this ensemble that I actually received - at least two or three years before I had the bracelet itself. My eldest sister Lauren got it for me for Christmas one year, and said that she chose it because she knew how much I loved learning Spanish (and she was right!) I've actually never seen this one anywhere else before, so I'm so glad she got it for me as it really represents a large part of who I am.

The Dog (£50):
This gorgeous little dog was gifted to me by my younger sister, Evie, on my 18th birthday. It means an incredible amount to me because - although I think it's a Scottie dog - it looks incredibly like a miniature Schnauzer. She got this for me because sadly, a week before my birthday our little miniature Schnauzer had passed away, so this is so that I never forget his mischievous little self. 

The Chinese Knot (£19.95):
Last but not least we have the Chinese Knot, which was part of my 21st birthday present from both of my sisters. I have to say that I did have a part in choosing this because they asked me for gift ideas, but the reason I wanted this was to represent the ten years of my life living in Hong Kong, and that although I'm British by birth and blood, part of my heart will always lie in Asia. 

Are you guys big fans of charms? Do you have any meaningful ones? Do share!
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Budget 'Kylie Jenner' Pout

Kylie Jenner's 'miraculous lip development' (... shall we call it?) has really brought around a new hype in the beauty business - the return of the overdrawn lips. Bloggers and makeup artists alike have been searching left and right for the 'perfect' lip liner to do the job - from MAC 'Soar' to the oh-so-gorgeous 'Pillow Talk' by Charlotte Tilbury, but let's face it, 'ain't nobody got time to be spending £15+ to achieve that extra pouty pout - especially when I've stubbled across the perfect drugstore dupe. Enter Rimmel's Exaggerate Lip Liner in 'Eastend Snob', the answer to all of your oversized cravings, and for the incredibly bargain-ous price of £3.99 - less than a quarter of the price of its high-end competitors. You're welcome. 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Blog Post That Changed Everything

I'll tell you a little secret. Before I read this marvellous post by Gwen over at This Fashion is Mine, my blog organisation started and ended in the 'drafts' and 'scheduled' folders of my Blogger dashboard. I mainly blogged day to day, having one or two post planned ahead of me if I was lucky, because I couldn't really find a way to organise my ideas in one place. That was until Gwen introduced Google Calendar to me - something I'd heard of, but had never really looked into or utilised. Gwen's idea was an extreme one - that with the right tools and approach to things, you could quite easily plan a years worth of blog posts. That's right - a year. It isn't really realistic for any blogger to plan a year in advance as new releases show up, and you have new ideas all the time, but the idea was that it's entirely possible if you know how. As soon as I have an idea, I slot it into my calendar where it sits waiting to be moved/adjusted/developed until it's ready to be published, and really it's as simple as that. Earlier this month I decided to take a screen shot of my calendar (which has now changed quite a bit) just so you can get an idea of how I use it...


Key: Ideas, Started, Completed + Scheduled, Series

What I like about Google Calendar is that I can colour code events, move them around as I please, and I can access it anywhere. In fact, you can even set it up to email you however many days before a post to remind you to have it ready which can be great if you're super busy or a tad scatter-brained. This is only one part of my 'blogging process' (more of which I'll talk about in a week or so...) but it's become an invaluable tool for a busy blogger like me.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

What I've Been Loving #34

When I saw that they were releasing this beauty a few months back, I knew for a fact that it would be mine, even if it meant eating soup for a month. Like everything I have ever bought from NARS, this certainly has not disappointed and has earned it spot in the 'everyday' section of my stash next to my NARS concealer and my MAC F&B foundation.

This colour is seriously gorgeous guys. It was my first dabble into Sally Hansen polishes, and boy do they live up to the hype. The colour is stunning, it lasted for the best part of the week, and the micro glitter in the polish was extremely easy to remove. I may be heading over to the Sally Hansen stand again quite soon...

Real Techniques Duo Fibre Powder Brush (Part of Nic's Picks Collection - £29.99):
As I'm writing this I realising that I have mentioned this brush far too many times on this blog - perhaps an ode to how good it really is. I actually have two of them - one I use for my everyday powder, and the other for highlighters, bronzers and blushes. The duo fibre nature of this brush makes it perfect for light application and great at blending out colour. A huge thumbs up from me!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

The Post-Shower Lineup


I am not a morning shower kinda' gal. Never have been. I've mentioned how much I enjoy my sleep before, and aint' nothing gonna get in the way of my lie-in. Instead, I opt for a nice late night relaxing shower followed by a mini pamper session that gets me in the mood to snuggle right into bed. In accordance with my overly-organised personality, I like to line up the products I'm going to use in the order I'm going to use them in before I hop in the shower, so I'm all ready to go when I'm out. As with any skincare 'regime', this line-up changes pretty much every time according to my needs, but here's an example of what usually goes down post-shower...

Initial cleanse/clean: Even though I've just washed my face in the shower, I usually like to give it a once-over with a bit of Bioderma to remove and makeup left from the day or any products left on accidentally from the shower. This preps the skin nicely for cleansing and any treatments I plan to use.

Deodorant: This step can be inserted anywhere in the process, but I thought I'd just add it in here. For the last year or so I've been a huge fan of these Dove Maximum Protection ones - my favourites being 'Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena' and 'Original Clean'. They smell amazing and do the job just splendidly!

Exfoliator: If I haven't already use Origins Modern Friction in the shower, then I turn to my favourite chemical exfoliator - the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. Having dry skin means that this is a huge part of my skincare regime, and used once or twice a week means that it keeps any flakiness at bay.

Toner: If there is one area of skincare that I tend to slack on, it's toner. I'm not a huge believer in the effects of many of them (apart from the aforementioned Clarins Exfoliating Toner) but when I found the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer, I thought I'd give it a go.

Oil/Treatment: According to my skincare needs and any particular problems I might be having, this tends to switch and change quite a lot. However, when my skin is more or less behaving, I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil which not only boots my skin's moisture levels, but also helps to brighten it and keep any nasties at bay.

Night cream: For about a year now, I've been pretty loyal to the wonder that is the Origins High Potency Night-a-Mins Cream. I've talked about it more in depth in this post, but it's a phenomenal night cream (which I previously didn't really believe existed!) that deserves more recognition than it gets.

Do you guys have any post-shower rituals? Let me know!
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