Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Brand Focus | Sundried

Sundried was not a brand I was familiar with until very recently when I was kindly contacted by them, as soon as I read into the brand a little more I knew that it was something I wanted to get behind and share with you guys. Founded by a lone surfer on a beach in Peru whilst waiting for the sun to rise to dry his body after an epic surf, the name came to him - Sundried. Since then the brand has gone from strength to strength providing products for the beach, bar, street, swell and even the skatepark.

The thing I love most about Sundried is that they really care about charity work and the environment. Not only do they support local surfers, bars, shops and schools but they also sponsor Surfers Against Sewage - an environmental charity protecting UK waves, oceans and beaches. Coming from a seaside town this is really important to me and I'm sure so many other people. They also help people out who are just starting out in outdoor activities and encourage people to get in touch with them if they do require that help. 

On top of all of this the clothing and accessories are pretty damn sweet - you really get a feel for the organic process within which the brand was born. I love the outdoors so Sundried really speaks out to me but it goes without saying that you don't have to be into skating or surfing to wear their clothing. I just think it's amazing that a brand share so much of their success by helping people and creating success for others - it's a rarity and I can't praise them enough. 

You can pick up some free stickers from their website too if you want to share the love - I've picked some up for my longboard which I can't wait to show off! I hope you all take a minute to check out this awesome brand and enjoy them as much as I do. Seriously, how nice are those sunglasses?!

Monday, 17 March 2014

What's On My Face | Spring Edition

The sun has finally made an appearance in the UK and it's beginning to feel like Spring at last. My routine doesn't change a great deal with the differing seasons, I'm pretty boring all year round with my make up but I do have a few new additions which have made their way into my make up bag. 

My current base is the Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation, this is a super lightweight water-based foundation, similar in texture to the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation but with much less coverage. I would probably go as far as to put this in the tinted moisturiser category. The finish is fresh and luminous and just the all round perfect spring base. The only problem I have with this is the smell - it's not something I can really describe but I just find it strange. I'm now on my second tube of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and I'm running out fast. This is extremely anti-fatigue as the name might suggest and really does brighten and lift the under eye, it's also brilliant for concealing any redness. 

On a weekday I don't tend to wear any eyeshadow or eyeliners simply because I'm too lazy and I'm at work all day so I really don't care. On the rare occasion that I do make an effort I will always go for a bronzey brown messy lived in type of thaaaanng. This chick ain't got no time for smokey eyes. My go to products for this are; MAC's Soba (left in the quad), Elf Shimmering Eyeliner Pencil in Boldly Bronze and the GOSH Intense Eyeliner Pen in Brown. This lovely little trio creates a pretty bronzed goddess type of eye look, you can find swatches for all of them online. My current favourite mascara has to be the Origins Ginzing Mascara, not only is this mascara lengthening and lifting but it's also good for your lashes! It's not the most voluminous of mascara's but for everyday use I really love it. 

I picked up the Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Power in the shade 03 Medium Matte around a month ago after hearing Estee from Essie Button rave about it. Boy was she right! This is by far the best bronzer I have ever tried, it's matte and extremely natural so gives you a beautiful sun kissed look. For lips I've been using my all time favourite lipstick, MAC Myth. I know so many lipsticks are claimed to be the 'perfect nude' but this really really is the perfect nude. It's so creamy and the prettiest milky pink nude shade, I urge you to look out for this when you are next at a MAC counter. What are your make up picks for Spring?

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Wishlist | February


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Can we start by admiring how crazy beautiful the Jens Pirate Booty Tunic is.. I've definitely mentioned this brand before and they will be featured fully in one of my upcoming brand focus posts *watch this space* but honestly they just kill it every time. If you're a lover of bohemian fashion then I demand that you go to their website immediately. Be assured, you will weep. 

Billabong also seem to be nailing it in the dress department recently. I love the 4th and Bleeker collection and in particular the white sweetest sea dress, it's so simple yet so beautiful. It really wouldn't be a wishlist if I didn't include some Free People bits and as usual I want everyyyttthiinnnggg, especially that beautiful feather hair halo. Another thing I realised I didn't own but desperately needed is a fedora style hat. I found this one on eBay for under a tenner so I'm fairly pleased with myself.

I'm also clearly loving the colour orange, someone's dreaming of summer...

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Bedroom Decor | Inspiration

I'm decorating my bedroom this weekend and I thought I would share with you my inspiration for it. I love the ethnic bohemian style and I really wanted to incorporate that into my bedroom. All of the pictures are sourced from Pinterest which by the way I spend way to much time browsing. You can follow me here if you like. I will be sharing pictures on my Instagram if you're interested in seeing the finished result.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Morning After | Hangover Face

So it's the morning after the night before. Your hair looks like you slept in a tree - you have remnants of kebab/chilli sauce all over the clothes that you slept in and your face looks like you haven't washed it in a decade. We've all been here right? Admittedly I'm quite obsessive about washing my face and I do usually manage to get the majority of my make up off even in a drunken stupor. Clean face or not - I still manage to wake up looking like the back end of a horse. Thanks alcohol. 

If I have to leave the house the next day (somewhere further than Burger King) then I try to keep my make up minimal and easy but with maximum effect. I'm in love with the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint - I bought a sample of four from Cult Beauty to try out before I picked up the full size and I have to say it's one of the loveliest bases I've tried in a long time. I wouldn't place it in the tinted moisturiser category but somewhere in between a light to medium coverage foundation without actually looking like a foundation. As the name suggests it's super luminizing and really lifts your face when it's not looking it's brightest. For those pesky dark circles I've really been loving the Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Brightening Concealer in the shade Light 1. This is probably the most brightening concealer I own which also provides a high amount of coverage. I also use this on the tops of my cheekbones for a subtle highlight. If I want something a bit more shimmery I tend to use my MAC Cream Colour Base in the shade Pearl. 

When it comes to eyes and in particular eyes that are looking tired, I would always recommend staying away from anything heavy or full on. My eye routine is simple - I use my eyelash curlers to open up the eyes and then apply lashings and lashings of Benefit They're Real! Mascara. Say hello to awakened eyes ladies.

My current favourite blusher has to be the B.Cheeky Blusher in the shade Sherbet. Unfortunately the lighting really doesn't do this shade justice but be assured that it is the prettiest peachy pink with tiny flecks of silver and gold shimmer running through it. For me the most important element of this look is the bold lip. It makes you look like you've made a real effort and brightens up your skin and face in an instant. The Rimmel Apocolips are brilliant because they take less than 30 seconds to apply and last really well throughout the day. The shade I have here is Stellar. It really doesn't matter what products you use but just keep to the 'minimal effort - maximum effect' rule and you won't go wrong. Less is definitely more when you're suffering from hangover face and yes that is a technical term. Happy partying! 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wishlist | January

Wishlist 15/01/2014
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I think the only way to start is by expressing my undying love for Free People. It's my favourite brand in the whole wide world and I honestly think I would sell a family member to own some of their stuff. If your a fan of the boho/gypsy look then be prepared to fall in love... and cry... because your poor like me. The shoes are actually a collaboration with Jeffrey Campbell and I'm literally counting down the days until I get paid so I can snap these babies up. I'm also developing an unhealthy obsession with Jacquie Aiche jewellery, in particular the double horn necklace I've featured here. OH and did I mention it costs thousands. Marvy.  

I had no intention of including so many pastel shaded products in this post but I think it's a natural step for me after winter to want something a bit different and so I look to spring shades. I really wanted to pick up the Nars Highlighter in Adelaide from the Final Cut Collection but I'm fairly sure it's sold out - I'm still keeping my eyes peeled though, just in case. I think everyone in the world wants to try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - I think the price is pretty outrageous but I'm a sucker for the hype so I'm bound to end up buying it. Ah the perils of a poor beauty blogger*

*poor because I spend my money on all of the above. Damn it. 

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Skincare Routine | Updated

For so long I've wanted to do a skincare routine post - the problem was I never really had a good enough selection of products that I could honestly say worked for me. Times have changed and now I can. I'm not saying that I've packed my bags and surrendered to the world of skincare because a) I'm a beauty blogger and will forever be trying to find better products and b) I'm a girl that likes to shop. What I am saying is that I've finally found products that work for me and that I can rely on when skincare times are bad. 

Lets kick things off in the morning. To cleanse I always use my trusty Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser with a muslin cloth to really get my skin feeling clean and fresh for the day. I've used this cleanser for over two years now and I haven't looked back, it doesn't break me out and although it's pretty basic, it just really gets the job done. My next step is toner and for this I flit in between two products, the first is the Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster and I prefer to use this in mornings to ya know... wake up my skin. I'm using a sample at the minute but I will definitely be repurchasing a full size bottle. I'm ashamed to say I bought the Caudalie Beauty Elixr because of the hype surrounding it. To be honest it hasn't done anything life changing for my skin but I do like to use this when my skin is having an angry day to really calm it down. I also keep this in my bag to freshen up my make up throughout the day. Next up is the Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser. I have combination oily skin so I look for something which is lightweight yet still hydrating and this one ticks all the boxes. I like the gel consistency and the fact that it's oil-free but my favourite thing about this moisturiser has to be the finish. It's semi-matte but still looks glowy and healthy, it basically allows you to look like you've had a full nights sleep when in reality you were up all night watching YouTube beauty videos, doh. The partner in crime to this little pot of happiness is the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream which is undoubtedly the best eye cream I've ever used. The cream itself is a pretty iridescent shade that instantly brightens and brings light to the eyes. 

On an evening my skincare routine is pretty much the same bar a couple of products. Before I start my usual cleansing routine I use the Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution to completely remove my make up. I use it with the Boots Extra Large Cotton Wool Pads as they are twice the size of normal make up remover pads and they last me twice as long. You can finally pick up Bioderma in the UK now too - I get mine from Escentual. I usually cleanse in the same way with my hot cloth cleanser but sometimes if my skin needs it I use the RMK Cleansing Balm. This is one of those oil based cleansers that melts into your skin upon application, I haven't tried any other cleansing balms but I'd really like to get into them. The one thing I don't like about this cleanser is that it smells really strongly of rose so I'd be aware of that if you are sensitive to scents. I use the same moisturiser and eye cream on the night time with the only addition being the Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil. I use it around 3-4 times a week after I've cleansed my skin and I wake up with skin that looks one hundred per cent better than it did the night before. I bought this after watching Amelia from Liana Beauty rave about this and oh my god it really is incredible skin in a bottle. I will be doing a full review on this oil so keep an eye out for that if you're interested. 

The final two products are things that I don't use on a daily basis but still deserve an honourable mention in this post. First up is the Origins Super Spot Remover and if you hadn't worked it out already, this gets rid of spots. When I first starting using this I really didn't get on with it, I actually thought it was giving me spots but it turned out that I was applying way to much of it. It's a really good overnight treatment for spots and I would definitely recommend giving this a go if you suffer with the occasional breakout. My final and favourite product is the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. Another hugely hyped product in the blogging world but this one deserves all the hype it gets. I like to call it the 'new face in a bottle' mask because it literally gives you just that. I use this once a week - usually on a Sunday and I wake up looking like I've drank ten thousand gallons of Icelandic spring water and ate nothing but unicorns and fruit. In short it's bloody amazing. I know this has been super long and if you've not fell asleep whilst reading this then well done you. Make sure you leave any skincare recommendations down below!