Tuesday, 6 October 2015

What's your favourite highlighting product?


Who would have thought it would be so hard to find the perfect highlighter? Too glittery? Not pigmented enough? This post is for me to give some mini reviews on some of my own highlighters in the hope that some of you can give me some recommendations aswell.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish 'Centre of Attention' - Every girl loves a bit of sparkle don't they? This product definitely has a lot of that. It's not one of the most natural looking highlighters; unlike a lot of the liquid products out there. But it does look very pretty. I used it on a daily basis in the summer as it can look very subtle if you apply it gently, you can also build it up which I like to do if I'm going on a night out. However, I dont feel like this product looks as good in the winter when my skin is paler because of the amount of gold, it's just not the same when there's no sun out. Even though it's mostly pink in the packaging, the gold pigment is over powering so don't be fooled. I really loved it in the summer, but won't be wearing it as much now. Can anyone recommend a pretty powder highlighter?

Topshop glow - this has a very creamy consistency and I like to apply it by rubbing it in and then blending it out. I wasn't sure that this was going to suit me because it looks very white, but when I rub it in it actually looks surprisingly natural and has a nice champagne shimmer to it. It is more pigmented than the Nars Illuminator but the glow doesn't look quite so natural.

Nars Illuminator 'Hot Sand' - My personal favourite is definitely this. I know the shade 'Copacabana' is a favourite among many, but I opted for this shade because I thought it would go better with my skin tone. I have quite tanned skin and I think it's the perfect shade. The consistency is quite watery which makes it easy to blend and look natural on the skin. I apply it using my fingers and then blend it out slightly using the Real Techniques sponge so that there are no harsh lines. I think it gives a really natural sheen and healthy glow which is what I was hoping for when I bought the product. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for the same results as me.

Please let me know your favourites in the comments, thanks for reading :)

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Busy life & making the most of our spare time.

Ever feel like you have a million things to do with no time to fit it all in? I do. Most of the time I end up stressing myself out and then taking it out on everyone else around me. Getting a full time job is the best option I could have picked, but working 37 hours a week, still wanting a social life and finding the time to relax can be a difficult thing to balance. I've come up with a list below to look at for when my life is feeling jam packed and I need to destress; hopefully it can help some of you to.

1. Treat yourself - I spend most of my money on driving lessons and trying to save up for car insurance etc. Eventhough saving is important for the future if you're hoping to move out, but if we work hard all week why shouldn't we treat ourself to a new outfit or to a more luxurious lipstick? It's important that we feel good about ourself which leads onto my next tip.

2. Look after yourself - I don't mean we should be going to the salon every single week to get our hair done. I mean the little things. If you are a girl who used to always have immaculate nails, don't let that slip just because you're tired or busy. I'm a hypocrite for this one. I always feel too lazy to mousturise by the time I'm ready for bed. But in the long run having better skin and nicer nails enhances our confidence so it's definitely worth the time.

3. Spend time with loved ones - This is one of the most important. Sometimes our families can be the ones to stress us out the most. The constant nagging to tidy your room or the arguments with siblings. However, they're the ones who care for us the most. It's important not to take them for granted and to make the effort to watch a film together or go out for lunch or dinner. They know us the best and will cheer us up or give the best advice when feeling down.

4. Don't lose contact with your friends - If you have a boyfriend like myself, it's natural to want to spend all your spare time with him. But you shouldn't lose contact with your friends. It's difficult when you all have different work patterns and lead busy lives, but we do all need some girl company. Even if it's just a half hour coffee catch up, it's better than nothing at all. We all need friends after all.

4. Do things you enjoy - Don't forget what your hobbies are. When you're busy meeting up with friends and going to your boyfriends house all the time it's easy to forget about the things you enjoy doing alone. It's always good to be surrounded by your love ones, but we all need some time to ourselves. Pick up a book that your forgot you had, catch up on YouTube videos or listen to your old favourite album.

5. Exercise/going outside - My final tip is to make the most of the outdoors. It sounds a bit silly, but I think it's important to go outside and get some fresh air and take a step away from phones and computers. I'm not one for exercising all the time because i don't have the money for the gym at the moment and I haven't found an exercise I enjoy which doesn't take up all my time. (If anyone has any fun exercise routines please let me know.) I sit at a desk all day so in my lunch hour I do try to take a walk to the shops, just to let my mind have a rest from work. I also like taking my boyfriends dogs for walks up the hill and having a run around with them, after doing this it actually makes me feel like I've done something productive with my day.


I hope these tips have helped. What do you guys like doing with your spare time? What's the best way to help you feel relaxed? Please let me know in the comments.