Holiday Favourites

Sunday, 14 September 2014

While I was away, I missed my August favourites post so after coming back off holiday, I thought I'd put together a holiday favourites post featuring the products I used each day while I was on holiday.

Jemma Kidd Mineral Skin Tint | I picked this up in my local bargain shop for around £6 and so far I've been really impressed with it, it's more of a BB cream style base, a bit thicker than your average tinted moisturisers but what I love about this product is the glow it gives the skin. While I was on holiday I did worry about the type of glow I'd get, there's a fine line between sweat and a healthy sheen but this gives the right amount of the latter. The coverage of this is light and buildable, and lasts around 6 hours before needing a touch up.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara | I picked this up in duty free at the airport after being desperate for a mascara for months! Being in duty free is paradise but when you've got an hour to spare, stand after stand full of beauty and not enough time to get round them all, it becomes tense. A nice lady at the Estee Lauder counter helped me pick out this mascara and I'm so pleased with it. At home and on holiday, my previous mascaras would run and end up transferring onto my brow bone or below my eyes and it would drive me mad, the Double Wear mascara stays in place for 16 hours without any transfers and helps separate and define lashes. The brush is what's my favourite, it's a slim brush with bristles that are all one length, the overall shape of the brush is quite narrow meaning it works wonders for building up volume at the root of the lashes, getting into the lashes on the inner corner and coating the bottom lashes without a smudge in sight.

Mac Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sun | I know I've featured this on my blog so many times but if I thought I loved it when I was pale, I love it even more now I have a tan. When my skin has some colour, this blush really emphasises my tan giving me a sunkissed glow that lots of people have complimented me on. The colour really suits any skin tone whether you're pale, it gives you some colour or with a tan it really enhances your bronzed glow. This burnt orange colour looks so stark in the pan but dusted over the cheeks it really transforms the face, I've used this to replace my beloved Nars Laguna bronzer.

Kiehl's Creme De Corps | This year I didn't take after sun, I'm a bit dubious about after sun really and whether it works so I stuck to a trusty moisturiser that really packs in the hydration. When I go abroad my skin gets so tight and dehydrated so after every shower, I would apply this and let it sink in, and it let my skin so soft and intensely hydrated. The packaging isn't the most travel friendly but in comparison to big pots of after sun, I'd rather make room for this. What I love about this product is the consistency, it's a thick butter texture which means you're not fighting a battle with creams slipping out of your hand and all over the floor. The scent is to die for and smells like holidays in itself.

Apart from these, the actual holiday was a huge favourite for me too and I'm now facing serious holiday blues!

What products have you been loving lately?

Holiday to Skiathos

Monday, 8 September 2014

Excuse the bad photo quality and the photo spam but I just thought I'd share some of my holiday snaps, I took my old camera but it was rubbish and every photo I took ended up blurry so I ended up using my Iphone for my photos and that did the job. I would of taken my DSLR if my brother wasn't using it, but nevermind, next holiday I'll take it. I had a wonderful week full of sun, beautiful food and total relaxation. It was great to have a break, relax and read a book and just live life very simply while there. I love Greece and it was my first time to Skiathos, the island is only 10 miles long but it's full of beautiful beaches, friendly locals and some wonderful eateries. It's a place I'd love to return to, my heart definitely lies in Greece. I've come back with a fairly decent tan which is impressive for a Caspar like myself, the average temperature there was 26-28 degrees and glorious sun apart from one thunderstorm on a Tuesday afternoon which lasted around an hour and a half. Now back to reality and I've serious holiday blues going on so I'm currently planning next years holiday and the possibility of saving up and going travelling because I feel so strongly that it's something I need to do.

I've had time to relax and enjoy myself and I'm hoping to make a full return to blogging ASAP, I'd love to start some more lifestyle posts on my blog, although I love beauty, I realised how much I love lifestyle blogs. There will be lots of posts coming up soon so stay tuned!

Monthy Favourites: July

Sunday, 3 August 2014

In terms of July, I've been a pretty shoddy blogger. I've had a lot of stress on me at the moment; learning we have to move house, deciding what to do with my life career wise and generally just figuring out a place in my life... Woah, deep I know. But all in all, July has been a month where I've tried to spend as little time on the internet as possible. I spend all day in front of a computer screen, sometimes it's nice to switch off the internet and actually live in the real world, whether that's taking a bath and reading a good book or spending the day with loved ones. It's easy to forget to live life and spend time with those you love and really appreciate it without having a electronic device attached to you.

I feel that July has been a month where I've tried to better myself, I'm trying to have a more positive outlook and live life without worrying, just taking one day at a time. As well as that, I've been aiming to lose weight and overall eat more healthy. I've recently bought myself a juice blender so on a morning I will opt for a fruit smoothie instead of a trip to my local Costa and I can already see the difference in myself, getting the essential vitamins and minerals makes me feel 100% better in a morning and I have more get up and go. I'm hoping once I've got to grips with what smoothies I like and what ingredients I use, there will be some smoothie posts up on my blog.

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
I've written about this foundation numerous times but if you're looking for medium coverage, a foundation that stays all day and a semi matte coverage then this is the one for you. In comparison to Estee Lauder Double Wear, it's not cakey, doesn't set into lines and isn't drying on the skin. I remember back when I used Double Wear and even after cleansing I still had it on my skin, it was a total nightmare! With this MAC offering, I can cleanse my skin and all traces of foundation are removed. Hurrah!

MAC Mineralize Concealer
July has been an absolute scorcher and the last thing I want to do is cake my face in make up, I've been loving a tinted moisturiser for especially hot days and when I needed a bit of concealer, I've used this one by MAC. It's lightweight and doesn't cake around my eyes or nose, it's a creamy semi thick consistency that blends easily and stays put - in this weather, that's an essential.

Make Up Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette
I love this, I put off buying the Naked 3 palette because I thought I wouldn't like pink eyeshadows, turns out I do and I love this dupe so I've got a high street alternative and it's as good as the high end counterpart. I love creating pink smokey eyes with this and using a different palette of colours aside from browns and bronzes really is a breath of fresh air sometimes. Who knew I could stray from my gold smokey eye?!

Make Up Revolution Focus and Fix Eyeshadow Primer
I featured this in last months favourites but I just can't get enough, all the tens of pounds I've spent on eyeshadow primer in the past and this was only £4 I think and it's as good as any I've used previously. I can't go without an eyeshadow primer and with this I don't have to. If you're in need of one, pick this up ladies and you won't be disappointed.

I hope you like this style of monthly favourites, I've really missed blogging and I found it quite laborious writing in the same style about the same things so I'm mixing up my writing style and hoping to add some lifestyle features into my blog. I love beauty but sometimes I feel like I've exhausted it and it's nice to try something different. So stay tuned for more posts and something new, I hope you'll enjoy it!

MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sun

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

4 posts in July, it really isn't on is it? I don't even know how to explain myself, I was doing well and posting, really enjoying blogging then I hit a bad patch and every time I signed onto Blogger, I just couldn't come up with what to write. Anyway, I hope that's in the past and I'm about to mention one of my favourite products in July.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was a bit of a payday millionaire and had a little splurge in my local MAC, in my defence I did so well and worked so hard, I thought I deserved it. Yeah yeah Beth, spenders lies. I'd been looking for a new bronzer, trying to find a good one that suited me (yada yada yada) or hand over the cash and be handed back a Nars Laguna but something just put me off having to trial new bronzers and I do have a Nars Laguna at home that's not completely empty so y'know... I saw a girl pick this up and put it back down and it caught my eye, so I swatched and then fell in love.

The MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sun looks like a burnt orange in the pan but when swatched, the colour is a bronze with a hint of golden shimmer running through it, I use a light dusting of this over my cheekbones and on my temples to give my skin some colour. The pigmentation of this blush is fantastic and the powder is very finely milled so my Real Techniques Blush Brush does pick up a lot of product, you just need to softly dab the brush in the pan to pick up enough product for application on one cheek. In terms of long wear, I can safely say come 5.30pm in 25 degree heat, the blusher is still in place and looking as good as ever. Maybe this will be the product to give my beloved Nars Laguna a run for it's money...