Friday, 31 October 2014

Lush Autumn/Winter 2014

There are a lot of exciting beauty releases at this time of year, but my favourite of all has to be Lush's seasonal offerings. I would have liked to have hauled a bunch of Christmas bath bombs like I usually would and show you them but my parents have just had the bathroom redone and we now just have a shower, which means no more pamper sessions for me until I get my own house. I did however go into Lush with my friend today, and because I had my camera out to do some street photography one of the lovely people in Lush asked if I'd like to photograph some bath bombs and of course I said yes! She also showed me and my friend around the amazing A/W products so I thought I would share some snaps with you as there are some real gems this year, as well as plenty of old favourites!

Lush Snowman Kit | £5.00

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb | £3.50

This stuff really makes the most colourful bath water I've ever seen! You can also break bits off to make it last a few baths .
Lush Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt | £3.50 

Lush Holly Golightly Bubble Bar | £4.75

I never knew that you can actually blow bubbles by rubbing the watery bubble bar mixture into your hands.

Lush The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar | £3.25

Lush Golden Wonder Bath Bomb | £3.75

Lush Drummers Drumming Reusable Bubble Bar | £5.25

Lush The Melting Snowman Bath Melt | £2.25

Lush Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb | £3.50

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel | £7.50 for 250g

Lush Father Christmas Bath Bomb | £3.50

Lush First Snow Sparkly Dusting Powder | £4.75

AHHH Look at all the Christmas Gift Sets!
What are your favourite A/W Lush products? Are there any you'd like to try?

Monday, 27 October 2014

New Shoes

Asda Block Heel Boots | £20.00

I finally binned my hole and rip covered pairs of Converse yesterday and bought myself some new shoes. I think my family breathed a sigh of relief as I've been wearing them everyday for so long now and they're falling apart. I decided to be practical for once and get some boots that are waterproof. I am honestly the most fussy person when it comes to buying shoes, and after going around Next and Topshop. I came across these boots which are fortunately a lot cheaper than the other ones I'd seen and I already love them. I don't normally talk about style because I don't consider myself to have any but I think these are a great addition to an A/W outfit and are perfect for the wetter weather.

What are your current everyday shoes?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

An Autumn Walk

Once again I have gone up to my Nan's for a few days. This time it is so much different because my Grandad passed away a few weeks ago, I've come up to cheer my nan up though and it's a shame because she's got a really bad chest infection and hasn't been able to go out. My photography coursework at the moment revolves around street photography, so I went out today around the cobbled backstreets where my Nan lives to snap away. It is safe to say street photography doesn't particularly fascinate me, and I really don't like the idea of sticking my camera in people's faces. However I came across some other things on my particularly autumnal walk, so I thought I'd share some of my snaps with you, as per.

Pssst tomorrow I'll be showing you my new shoes!

This cutie was following me for ages
My favourite

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Makeup Routine Staples

Revlon Colourstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin | £12.49

Revlon Colourstay Concealer | £6.99

Real Techniques Stippling Brush | £11.99

Revlon Brow Fantasy | £6.99

Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm | £9.50

It's fair to say that I've not had the most relaxed month or so. With college commitments, I feel like I'm making less effort with beauty and makeup as the time passes. However I do still have my skin concerns and for me personally, leaving the house and putting my makeup on branch together and I do need coverage for my blemish ridden skin. Of course this means I have some essentials that make my makeup routine quicker and definitely more effective from my point of view. So today I thought I would share some makeup routine staples that really save my bacon when rushing out the door. 

First off I have my perfect pair that handle the coverage side of things. The Revlon Colourstay line is a firm favourite of mine, in particular the combination/oily foundation which with a number of repurchases has got me through my very lengthy college career so far, and remains my personal favourite drugstore foundation. The coverage is decent, but not cakey, it also lasts well and keeps shine at bay. The concealer is also lovely and the formula is great. It's actually replaced my obsession with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, which I didn't think was possible at one time.

Next up is my trusty stippling brush from Real Techniques which is just a really affordable, but good quality brush. I would probably like the blending brush too if I owned it and would love to add it to my collection, but this brush is amazing for getting rid of excess foundation and blending everything out to create a smooth canvas, all I do is apply my foundation with my Expert Face Brush and use this baby to sort out the mess.

Next is a new favourite of mine but basically any eyebrow gel is amazing is my book. I am terrible at shaping my brows, eyeliner and anything else in beauty that requires precision so having a product I can brush on is a real lifesaver. I never used to get why people bother doing their brows, but since getting my first brow gel last year I legit cannot leave the house without one on, it makes that much of a difference in my opinion.

Finally I have a cult product that I finally caved and purchased about a month ago. Yes I finally laid my paws on the Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm over a month ago, and may I just say, *stands up to podium*, that it is amazing and completely worth the hype in my opinion. Do you remember back in the day where I used to constantly moan about my Sahara-esk lips at any opportunity? Well no more, my lips have not been chapped once since I started using this, and I'm now wearing lippies whenever the hell I feel like it.

What are your makeup routine staple products?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Quintessential Autumn Red

Today I am talking about a product that I'm certain needs no introduction at this time of year. It has to be said that when I think of autumn and beauty this product quickly comes to mind, yes the Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick in 107 is an autumnal makeup staple in its own right and I've been wearing it non stop at the moment. It's pretty obvious what I think of this product but I thought why not dedicate a post to this lippy as I'm wearing it so much at the moment.

Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick in 107 | £5.49

107 is a matte, dark berry red shade that lasts so well on the lips and doesn't feel drying or uncomfortable, especially if you wear a lip balm underneath. It is the perfect shade for this time of year and such good quality for the price. This is definitely a bold shade, and sometimes I just don't feel like wearing something so daring, so I've also been dabbing a little of this on top of lip balm to create a nice tint. In my opinion this is such a classic shade and a lovely investment for this time of year.

Because of the flash the lipstick does look a little lighter than it actually is
Do you have this lipstick in your collection? What other lipsticks are you loving this autumn?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

A Quick Stop + Coping With Loss | A Little Chat

It's been a strange few days for me, on Thursday my family drove up to Lancashire for my Grandad's funeral the day after. If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I go to my grandparent's a lot, I was close to my Grandad and it didn't seem real being told he'd passed away, and it didn't hit me properly until the morning of the funeral. Unfortunately this wasn't the first time I've coped with loss, as my friend Robyn died over two years ago. We all deal with it differently and it can be hard to talk to people about it because they're being affected by it too. With my Grandad passing I didn't really talk about it properly until the day of the funeral, because I don't live that close to them it wasn't like it was confronted with me, but at the same time I felt awful and couldn't really concentrate at college. But at the funeral when you actually hear people say their name, and remind you of all the good times, that's when it really hit me and I was crying so much because I really loved my Grandad and it seems just so wrong that he''s not around anymore. 

Obviously I am not qualified to talk about coping with loss, but I do have experience like most people and I just wanted to share some things that I think about the subject:

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Autumn Nail Lookbook

You may have noticed that since the beginning of Autumn I have been resisting sharing NOTD posts with you all. As you can probably tell it is because I've been planning this little look book for ages to share all the polishes I'm wearing this autumn with you. I know it may seem a little late for some autumnal nail inspiration, but I wanted to take my photos as I actually wear the products, and I do think these polishes are perfectly suitable for the winter season too so hopefully you can forgive me. So let's get into what nail polishes I'm loving this autumn...