Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Product I Could Never Live Without...

I have lots of holy grail products that I use everyday and absolutely love. However there is just one product that I can't ever imagine going without- Nars' Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

To most people an eyeshadow primer tends to be an optional extra, however for those of you like me who have been blessed with oily eyelids (I know it sounds gross), it is an essential! Without primer I will be lucky if my eye makeup lasts longer than half an hour without creasing. But this primer is like a trusty best friend that has always got your back, it's never let me down.

To use the product I just swipe the doe-foot applicator across each of my eyelids and blend it all over and up to my brow bone using my finger. It is white with a mousse like texture but blends out to be clear. And straight on top I apply eyeshadow, you don't even really need to wait for it to dry. Just like that everything's set for god knows how long! For a guideline of how long it lasts- lets just say I've fallen asleep with my eye makeup on and woken up the next morning with it still nicely in place (don't judge)!

The packaging is just as sturdy as the stuff inside. Simple and sleek, the monochrome tube has a sort of rubbery finish which adds that bit of luxury. The pictures haven't picked it up, but mine is super grubby! So it doesn't stay white but that just shows how much I love it.

Now at £19.50 this isn't the cheapest option for an eyeshadow primer, but it's guaranteed to work. If you struggle making your eyeshadow last I recommend biting the bullet as it's really worth it. You need a tiny bit each use, and mine's lasted over a year with product still left in the tube. I tried loads of alternatives before turning to Nars: cream eyeshadow bases, drugstore primers, other high-end primers, but none of them did the job for me, so I first purchased this just before my prom!
So although an eyeshadow primer seems to be such an insignificant makeup item, I genuinely could never live without my Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
Thanks for reading xxx

Monday, 10 August 2015

A Day In Hyde Park

Last week I spent the day in Hyde Park with two of my best friends, and it was such a lovely day. I've been to Hyde Park a few times including on my London Scavenger Hunt last year, but I've never spent a whole day there and I've always wanted to go on The Serpentine's pedalo's! So we jumped on a train and found our way to one of the parks many entrances.

We wandered along the paths and past some of the beautiful fountains and statues before finding a spot on the grass to set up camp. We got an ice-cream from the stand in the park and they were delicious, I went for double chocolate and caramel honeycomb.

After a bit of sunbathing we decided we better grab some lunch. We packed up our things and went back to Victoria. After a bit of debate we had Zizzi's (I didn't want Wagamama's, much to Becca's disgust).

Next up was the main aim of the day... the pedalo's!!!

Photo Credit to Becca

Photo Credit to Becca

Photo Credit to Juliet

It did not disappoint and was really fun, despite being quite hard work! It even gave us the opportunity to take some cute pictures. We literally took hundreds so these are just a few of my favourites. Also shout out to the ticket man who gave us 10 minutes extra free!

Photo Credit to Becca

Once we'd got back onto dry land we went on the search of scones, because we're THAT English ;)

Photo Credit to Becca

And we were successful! The Serpentine CafĂ© and Restaurant served scones with clotted cream and jam, alongside a lovely view  of The Serpentine.

After we lay on the grass enjoying the lovely evening (we were very lucky with the weather)! We must of chatted for ages before wandering back to the station to catch a jam-packed train home. It was one of my favourite days of the summer so far and hopefully we can return next year with the rest of our group of friends!
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Friday, 7 August 2015

Wicked The Musical

On Wednesday my mum and I headed up to London to go and see Wicked. I've already seen it however my mum hasn't and she doesn't get to go to see lots of West End shows like I do, so it was a nice treat!

We made it a proper day out with lunch and shopping before going to the Apollo Theatre for the show. Considering we only bought our tickets a few days before, our seats were really good- near the front of the dress circle.

A blurry pic of the stage!
I love the story of Wicked so much because it has lovely themes within it such as friendship, and it is portrayed so magically. The costumes, the lighting and of course the music! Everything together makes it an experience to remember. I loved the show more than I remembered and my mum said it was brilliant and she really enjoyed it! Once you've seen the show you can understand why it is so hyped and has won so many awards- it really does deserve it! I don't want to say too much about the storyline of Wicked in case anyone hasn't seen it yet, but I'm sure almost everyone has.

So if you're one of the people that haven't seen Wicked... I really recommend it! We got our tickets from this site, and when we were looking there were lots of cheap tickets available at late notice for a range of shows.

Thanks for reading xxx

Monday, 3 August 2015

Favourite Lip Combo

Today I'm going to share with you the lip combo I've been loving recently. It's a lovely pinky nude, that actually has a subtle brown undertone that hasn't picked up that well on camera.

So I like to prep my lips using the Hourglass Lip Oil and the Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub. I use the lip oil daily to keep my lips moisturized and soft because I can't stand having chapped lips! If you struggle with dry lips I really recommend this product, it's expensive but worth the investment if you're lips get very dry.

I don't use the lip scrub all the time because I don't always feel the need to, but if I'm going out or wearing a bold lip I will put in the extra effort. Again I really recommend this if you have dry lips because it gets the job done, but personally I don't find this to be an absolute necessity.

L-R: Eastend Snob, Faux, Parfait

For the actual lip combo I like to use three products. Firstly I line my lips with the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob. This lip liner is really soft so you can blend out the edges, which I do as it's slightly too dark for this particular lipstick. And apparently this is a good dupe for Miss Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, so if you're not willing to bite the bullet and invest in that, why not give this one a go?!

Next I apply Mac's Faux, which is a gorgeous brown tone nude. It's very creamy, with a satin finish. It is quite a deep shade, so if I'm going out quite often I'll leave the look here. Also I must add that Faux doesn't really require a lip liner, quite often I'll just throw it on but I prefer it looking a little more put together.

I like to top of this look by applying a little bit of Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in Parfait to the centre of my lips. I do this for two reasons: 1) it lightens up Faux for an everyday look and 2) it adds a bit of extra moisture to my lips, as sometimes just the liner and lipstick can dry my lips ever so slightly.

And that is my favourite lip combination! Like I mentioned, I do chop and change the products e.g. for school I just use Faux and Parfait. I really love all these products together because they look very natural but you still appear to have put a bit of effort into your makeup!

Thanks for reading xxx