Saturday, 21 February 2015

Memory Jar

Ok I know I am so late with this, but I was out shopping the other day and spotted this jar so I finally decided to start a little memory jar for 2015. I bought this food jar from George for £1.50, which really makes this little DIY so easy and inexpensive to do. I've been seeing these ideas on Pinterest for so long now and they seem like such a lovely thing to have, especially when you're having a down day and you can look at all your happy memories from the current year. I know I have quite a bit of catching up to do but I thought to inspire any of you who have started or would like to start a memory/happy jar, I would list some of the things I will be putting into my own memory jar...

- Tickets
- Funny moments or happy memories written down
- Little printed photos (PicMonkey has a Polaroid effect that I want to use for mine)
- Objects from your travels (such as the pinecone I picked up from a beautiful hike in the snow)
- Lyrics or quotes that inspire or have helped you
- Packaging from anything amazing you tried
- A record of an achievement you've made (even if you just write it down)
- Compliments from anyone that really made your day

Let me know if you have already started or created a jar of some kind, and let me know anything else you put in yours!

Friday, 20 February 2015

A Little Storage Idea

Today I have something a little bit different for you all. I'd love to do more lifestyle posts here on the blog so I thought I would share a little storage solution that sits on top of my dresser next to my makeup mirror. I use it to store a few beauty tools and other bits and bobs, so I thought I'd share it as a little bit of inspiration as I am constantly trying out DIYs and different room decor ideas.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Winter Makeup Bag

Time for my seasonal makeup bag update and I have to say my makeup bag has never looked so empty. I think with the stresses of college which I always seem to go on about, I've just stopped caring as much about makeup. However I do still wear the stuff every friggin day and these are some things that are just essential in my opinion. 

What products are currently in your makeup bag?

Monday, 26 January 2015

A Snowy NOTD

Rimmel Lycra Pro Nail Polish in Blue Vogue

While out and about in the snow the other day, I decided to snap away at a wintery nail look that is currently on my nails and I am loving right now. It's kind of random, and is the combination of me not wanting to let go of my dark polishes just yet, and wanting to try out some of my glitter polishes that are gathering dust at the back of my collection. I have to apologise for not being able to find a link for the lovely dark blue shade as I got it from Atkinson's and their nail products tend to be random and unavailable anywhere else. Anyhow, as I've discovered dark blue and glitter go beautifully to create what I liken to a wintery night sky. I really like this look and figured it might inspire some of you who like me have copious amounts of glitter polishes they never touch.

Do you like my NOTD? What is your favourite nail look right now?

Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Walk In The Snow

I'm currently doing a landscape project in photography which means I've had to drag myself out of bed in the cold and go out taking photographs all day. Last Sunday me and my Mum went out into the Peak District and had such a nice walk in the snow. There wasn't any snow where I live so it was amazing to go out there and see the white icing the hills. I took an abundance of photos as everywhere looked so beautiful, and of course I picked some of my favourites to share with you all. 

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Real Techniques Core Collection

Real Techniques Core Collection | £21.99

It seems like so long since I've sat down and just reviewed a beauty product, so today I thought I would review one of my Christmas presents for you all. I've wanted the Real Techniques Core Collection for so long now and literally just because I've wanted the buffing brush which every beauty person seems to adore, so when my Mum asked for some little beauty product suggestions for Christmas presents, this set quickly came to mind. 

The Real Techniques Core Collection contains four coverage brushes created by Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo over on Youtube. I personally love these brushes and with or without Samantha's name being on the packaging, these brushes are undeniably of great quality and well worth the price tag. 

The set comes with this case/stand for your brushes which is ok but personally I didn't need this to come with the products as I just put them in a pot with the rest of my brushes, and I genuinely have no idea where this case even is in my bedroom right now (small bedroom problems right there). 

I figured for those of you really interested in the contents of this collection I would show you all each brush individually and quickly give my thoughts on them. The above brush is the detailer brush and I have a feeling this brush is intended for precisely applying concealer to blemishes but I have been using it to line my eyes with black eyeshadow and this brush is just perfect for that. The brush itself is just perfectly small and thin while being dense enough to line my eyes more precisely. I don't think you can get any of the brushes in this set separately but I would say this is a lovely little bonus to getting a more base focused set of brushes as it really is great for little details.

The next brush is the pointed foundation brush which is the only brush in this set that I don't really use. I just have better brushes for applying foundation with to be honest and I think this is just a little too small and flat for me to bother using. 

This little soft dome shaped brush is the contour brush which I just think is the most versatile little thing. It's great for lightly setting powder around the t-zone, contouring, apply highlighter and blush and I do use this every day, but I generally use it for highlighter because it is so and small and light. 

I thought I would save the best till last as the buffing brush has quickly become my favourite thing for applying and blending my foundation. It is a dense but soft and fluffy brush that lightly blends out everything so quickly and I honestly can't imagine going back to my old brushes, although I do still use my stippling brush quickly to make sure everything is blended perfectly, but seriously the buffing brush is just where it's at for me now. 

Overall I think considering most of the Real Techniques brushes are around ten pounds each this set is great value for money and I do think some of the brushes in this set are real gems and totally worth getting your mitts on. So yes, lengthy review over I really recommend this set.

What are your current favourite makeup brushes?

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Where's Your Sense of Adventure?

I was chatting to a friend the other night and she was asking me some really random questions like, what's the craziest thing you've ever done? And have you ever been really drunk? And it kind of made me feel alienated to a certain extent because I have always been very much an old soul and I just haven't done a lot of out there kinds of things that most people my age have experienced. My parents have always told me how mature I am and I really do take myself seriously most of the time. I'm also very introverted which means I don't really put myself out there to any great extent and I also do really struggle to identify and socialise with a lot of people my age.

Sometimes being this way does make me feel really boring and as if I'm missing out on exciting things but I've gotten to an age now where I just do what makes me happy and to be honest does anything outside of that really matter? Personally my aspirations in life are to master my passions and do things that I love to do, and if comparing myself to others and how they live their lives is going to make me feel crap about myself then I just need to stop doing that.

Excitement to me isn't being in a loud crowded place or daring to do something that scares me. Going to beautiful places and seeing new and interesting things is what genuinely excites me in life, doing something different and challenging myself to build myself as a person. I don't have a problem with people who like to go out drinking and do crazy things or what have you, that's just not what excites me in life and I'm not going to be any less happy without doing those kinds of things

I wanted to have a little chat about this today because it does get to me sometimes when people decide to comment on my life choices and what I do in my free time such as going out for walks and taking photos and I just feel I need to express that there are no set standards on how you should live your life and to never compare yourself to others.

So that is my not so little rant over. I was inspired to write all this after going out on Wednesday on the train to Derbyshire in the freezing cold to go walking. One of my friends was like, why would you want to spend you're day doing that? And I guess this post is my response. Anyhow I did have a lovely day out in the Peak District taking some landscape photos and it had even snowed a little so it looked beautiful. Here are some of the photos I took.