Tuesday, 28 July 2015

OOTD #5 - outfit of the day!

new look summer outfit of the day
new look summer outfit of the day
new look summer outfit of the day

Playsuits are one of my favourite things to wear in the Summer, even if I only own two of them due to my own fussiness. I love how easy and light they are to wear.

The one above is one I recently purchased from New Look for £22.99. It is navy coloured with a flower design and lace detailed in key areas. The material is very light and one I thought would need ironing after every wash - this isn't the case at all. The playsuit comes out the wash ready to wear immediately.

I paired the playsuit with a pair of small heeled sandals also from New Look. I chose these as I am quite small so I like to give myself a bit of extra height. I love the simple design, and being white they will match with pretty much most Summer clothes. They cost £17.99.

What is your favourite outfit to wear in the Summer?
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Sunday, 26 July 2015

What's in my holiday makeup bag?

holiday makeup bag 2015

Considering I recently said you should limit how much makeup you pack in my 10 tips to help you pack less post I may have gone a bit overboard myself. I have definitely taken less makeup items than last year - but still way too many if I am honest.

I brought along my Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid as my chosen SPF base. It matches the sun protection I use on my body, smells amazing and creates a smooth base, I don't think I could ask for more. I have also brought along a mini Benefit The Porefessional Primer as a primer just in case I need one.

I have also brought along my favourite base of the moment, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue - an amazing lightweight Summer base that also contains SPF. As I am paranoid about this one running out I decided to pop my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in as well, my second favourite foundation.

For the eyebrows I took my Collection Eye Definer and Essence Brow Gel. I also popped in a couple of eyeshadows in case I want to dress up my makeup in the evening. I went for my Clinique Pink Chocolate Eyeshadow Quad and a single shade from Urban Decay (Sin). For the lashes I went for two from L'Oreal, the waterproof False Lash Architect and also the False Lash Flutters mascara.

To keep any shine at bay I brought along the MUA pro-base prime and conceal powder and a mini Benefit Licence to Blot

As much as I am unlikely to be wearing much on my cheeks I couldn't resist bringing along my favourite cheek products of all time, you know, just in case. This meant the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour, the Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick and Nars Highlighting Powder came along. 

Lastly I couldn't resist leaving all my lipsticks at home so brought along three, a neutral, pink, and a red shade. L'Oreal Eva's Nude Lipstick, The Body Shops Colour Shine Lipstick (shade 17) and the Clinique Pop lip colour and primer in Cherry Pop came along.

How much makeup do you tend to take on holiday? Are you better than me at resisting bringing too much makeup?

Friday, 24 July 2015

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy review.

first aid beauty eye duty review
first aid beauty eye cream review
first aid beauty eye duty review

I have loved the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Eye Cream ever since I first purchased the product; I have even accidentally included it in two mid-month favourites. So, today I am going to share with you a full review on the amazing product.

It is described as being a "high performance eye treatment which instantly smoothes and brightens the eye area." It is also said that it "helps to deminish dark eye circles" and has "advanced anti-ageing effects."

On first use I immediately spotted the salmon coloured solution and the silver spoon like applicator. On use the applicator is extremely cooling as it is metal and helps reduce any puffiness very quickly.

The eye treatment itself is amazing, I honestly can't believe how good it is. It does everything it is said to do, my dark eye circles are gone within seconds. I normally leave it for a minute before continuing with the rest of my routine. When I look in the mirror after this time I always notice how much brighter my eyes look, and this is coming from someone who suffers badly from dark circles.

Unfortunately I can't comment on the anti-ageing effects but it wouldn't surprise me if it does help as it has surpassed my expectations in every other way.

I am so glad I ordered this product on a whim when I saw a tutorial involving the product on YouTube. It is one eye cream well worth the hype and worth investing in. It is also on offer at Beauty Bay currently with a discount of just over £4.

Have you given the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy a go? What was your thoughts?

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

10 tips to help you pack less!

10 tips help you pack less

When packing for holiday I always seem to pack too much, and not only that I never even use half of the items I bring. That being said I thought I would share with you 10 tips to help you pack less.

1) Limit how much makeup you bring - do you really need half of your collection? I don't know about you but I know when I am going on holiday I barely wear any makeup at all, just some concealer, mascara and of course I slightly define my eyebrows. I might dress my makeup up in the evening, but even that isn't likely to be every night.

2) How many days are you going away for? Take that amount of outfits plus one more dressy one. Even that is probably too many but any more than this guide, take another look, and remember you are only likely to be wearing one outfit per day, you honestly don't need more.

3) Limit your shoes to three pairs - a pair of flipflops, a pair of sandals and a pair of heels is more than enough shoes for a holiday.

4) Decanter, decanter, decanter - do you really need a full sized day cream that lasts you more than a month to be taking up any more space than it needs to? Decantering can help save you some space for those precious holiday souvenirs.

5) Only take a beach towel - I know it is nice to have your own towel but hotels provide you with towels daily for a reason. And it saves you space whilst helping you pack less.

6) Take minis - there the best thing to buy before a holiday and most of the time you are going to finish the product up whilst you are away so minis also mean less to pack when you are coming home.
7) Make sure you only take one handbag - again do you really need two handbags? Scrap that, you don't need to even pack a bag, take one with your hand luggage. Even if you are taking a large hand luggage holdall you can still bring a handbag on top of that without breaking any airport regulation rules.

8) Leave your straighteners at home - this one is especially crucial if you are going on a beach holiday. You are likely to be in and out of the water all day, if you do bother to straighten your hair it is only going to get destroyed once you go back in the water.

9) Take a mini hair-dryer - I am sure you can live without your full power hair-dryer that may not even be full power where you are going. A mini one means that if the hotel doesn't have one for any reason then you are covered without wasting suitcase space. Besides, if you don't take a hair-dryer at all beach hair is amazing.

10) Use a smaller suitcase - it sounds obvious, but if you use a smaller suitcase then you have to pack light so you are going to be more picky and only take what's most important. If it doesn't make the most important list is it something you really need?

What would be your tips to help you pack less? Have any of my tips helped you?

Monday, 20 July 2015

Mid-month beauty favourites July 2015.

I may be a bit late this month but it is once again time for my mid-month favourites for the month, ps you are reading this post whilst I am in Turkey sunning it right now.

First up is a product I brought forever ago, and really didn't love it at the time but this month I can't stop using it. It is the L'Oreal Studio Line Texture Styling Spray. I love the smell of this stuff but also the fact it seems to be making my hair last longer between washes - I have no idea why but it really does. After washing I have been using this on my fresh hair, and it adds texture to my hair in turn adding volume. 

The Stila Colour Me Pretty Convertible Lip & Cheek Palette was something I picked up last month and have been loving since owning. I love using cream blushes in the summer. These ones add a gorgeous glow and last really really well. I love the fact the palette covers all shades you really need in a blush as well, there is even a highlighting shade included.

The Soap & Glory Hand Food has been a product I have not stopped using this last month. I tend to get quite dry hands and this keeps any dryness at bay. It also smells amazing as well. 

Up next is the base I have been using every single day, and I am now scared to run out of considering I am on a spending ban - the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I love everything about this one, from the finish to the formula to the lasting time, it is amazing. If you haven't picked one up yet then you are missing out is all I am saying. 

Now that is getting warmer not only are my freckles doubling by the day but the sun cream has also come back out. My all-time favourite sun cream has to be the Piz Buin Tan & Protect Accelerating Oil Spray. The smell of it is divine, reminding me of summer holidays. It is also the sun cream I used last year and helped me actually obtain a tan.

The last product I have been loving over the last five weeks it the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Cream, a product I can't believe I only recently discovered. This product is a miracle and the only product I have ever found to actually cover up my dark circles all day (I swear they are improving too). I love the metal applicator as well to help with any puffiness, something anyone with hayfever will understand haha.

Well that's the end of this month's mid-month favourites, what have you been loving lately? Have you tried any of the products I have mentioned?

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Travel Tech Wishlist.

When you go on holiday do you like to have certain pieces of technology with you?

I am going on holiday tomorrow and there has been a few tech products I have been lusting after so today I thought I would share with you a wishlist showing you some of these products. 

1) Helsinki Selfie Stick - Going on holiday a selfie stick is the perfect way to take pictures when no-one is around to take one for you, but the one thing my current selfie stick is lacking is a capture button. I love the idea of being able to take photos exactly when I am ready, rather than using a timer.

2) A Panasonic bridge camera - My old Fujifilm XF1 camera broke a while back and I have wanted a new camera ever since. I have always loved the idea of having the ability of a DSLR and have thought bridge cameras would be the perfect inbetween. I love the look of the Panasonic DMC-FZ72; it has a super-wide angle and an amazing 60x zoom. It is also very well spec'ed for being priced at around £200.

3) Waterproof phone case - I've just brought a brand new phone and I'm so scared I am going to break it on my holiday, especially by the beach so I figured a waterproof case would be perfect for this. I also have a tendency to drop my phone 10x a day so I'm sure the extra protection will do my phone good. I don't like how bulky it would make my phone but I am sure it is worth it for the protection, even if only for the holiday period. 

4) Cube Talk 9x tablet - This is one I don't necessarily need for holiday but I have wanted a new tablet for a while now. I love the large retina screen and even though it isn't made by a UK brand the reviews seem to rate it highly enough that it is worth the risk for what I want, and it also saves me paying more than triple the price.

5) Fujifilm Waterproof Single Use camera - I haven't worked out quite why I want a waterproof camera so much but the idea of being able to take photos underwater without a worry sounds great. As it is not something I am likely to be using regularly I thought a disposable one would be the perfect starter one.

Is there any items you have at the top of your travel tech wishlist? Have you ever tried using a waterproof/underwater camera?

Friday, 17 July 2015

25 films you have to watch!

Do you ever sit down wondering what film to watch next? Well today I have 25 films for you that I really believe you have to watch at least once.
1) Forest Gump
2) Dirty Dancing
3) In Time
4) Friends with Benefits
5) The Lion King
6) The Holiday
7) Underworld Awakening
8) The Proposal
9) Bring It On
10) Shawshank Redemption

11) Mean Girls
12) Flight
13) Taken
14) Pretty Woman
15) Fast and Furious

16) 21 Jump Street
17) American Pie: The Reunion
18) Ghost
19) John Wick
20) Inception

21) Matilda
22) Cool Runnings
23) Avatar
24) Kick-Ass
25) The Inbetweeners Movie

Are any of these films your favourites? What shall I watch next? Let me know in the comments below.