Sunday, 10 May 2015

Two Spring Days // Video!

Today I am feeling very excited as I'm finally going to share my first video, on my new Youtube channel! As I've explained in one of my previous posts, I'm taking more of a creative approach to my content without me talking at a camera as much. I am a fairly shy person, however I'd much rather express myself in this way anyway because as you know, I love photography and anything remotely creative.

My first video is something I filmed a few weeks ago in April. I had two lovely days out with Stef so instead of just taking photos I thought it would be a nice to get some shots together for a video. I would definitely like to make more of these kinds of videos in future as I really enjoyed putting this together, and with practice I'll hopefully get much better at this. I'm also planning on making some other kinds of videos including beauty and lifestyle advice. 

Anyway I hope you like my first video. Thanks for reading x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Current Everyday Base

I'm loving every product in my base routine at the moment, so today I thought I'd share what I'm currently using on the daily. I have combination, blemish ridden skin, so for me a priority is getting a good amount of coverage for my redness, without the product looking cakey and feeling heavy on my skin and this Laura Mercier foundation is perfect for that. I apply it with my favourite Real Techniques brush, which with the foundation formula makes blending in the product so quick and easy.

I've included one of my favourite concealers at the moment, however I don't normally reach for it unless I've not had enough sleep. As it is has a good amount of coverage and adds a subtle glow to brighten the under eyes. I've also gone back to my old favourite powder, as this stuff really is a gem for the price. Because the foundation has a good coverage already, I use the translucent version of the Stay Matte powder and simply apply the product to my t-zone to control any shine. 

What base products are you currently using in your makeup routine?

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Stuffed Courgette Pizza Recipe

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been trying to get a lot healthier recently. I cycle to college now and most shopping trips now involve, mainly buying a variety of fruit and veg. Two months ago I would have laughed at the thought of me living like this, but now I'm feeling more positive then ever and a lot healthier for it. 

On one of my more adventurous shopping trips the other day, I decided to pick up some courgettes to see what I could cook with them. The only memory I can pinpoint where I've had courgette in a meal I've cooked, is back when my Dad used to have a huge allotment and we'd often have barbecues in the summer, where we'd barbecue all kinds of vegetables as well as meats. So I googled "courgette recipes", as one does and nothing really excited me. However I did come across a lot of "stuffed courgette" recipes and it got me thinking about how I could incorporate my love of pizza into something much healthier. I make homemade pizzas all the time and I usually put tuna on them, so today I present my, "tuna stuffed, pizza courgettes". I know it doesn't really have a ring to it, but you can stuff your courgettes however you want using the following recipe, to pizza-fy your healthy courgette meal. 

Stuffed Courgette Pizzas (serves at least one person)
1 Courgette
(for the stuffing it's completely up to you, you could use tuna, mince, rice and with whatever you fancy, but below is what I used)
1 Tin of Tuna
1 Garlic Clove
Half an Onion
Half of a Pepper
Cherry Tomatoes
Passata (or any kind of tomato sauce you would use for pizza)
Cheddar Cheese (parmesan or mozzarella would also be fine)

1. Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and cut your courgette in half and scoop out the inside using a teaspoon.

2. Now dice your veg (except cherry tomatoes) and mix your ingredients for your stuffing together in a bowl (not including the tomato sauce). Make sure to first cook any meat if you are using beef, lamb etc.

3. Apply a layer of passata to your courgettes as if you were making a pizza.  

4. Then put your stuffing into your cougettes and grate your cheese on top.

5. You can now put slices of your cherry tomatoes on top

6. Now place your stuffed courgettes in the oven for around 25 - 30 minutes, and cover with tin foil if they start to brown, as you don't want them to burn. 

7. Voila! Enjoy your healthier alternative to pizza.

Thanks for reading, if you try this recipe out be sure to let me know what you think and any other stuffing suggestions you have for courgettes.

Friday, 24 April 2015

An Evening Bike Ride

Hey folks. Today I wanted to share some snaps I was rather pleased with, from an evening bike ride with my Dad along a canal. The lighting was just perfect and we have some really photogenic industrial buildings here in Sheffield, so I thought I'd share these shots with you.

I've recently started riding my bike again as I do want to get healthier. As you may remember from a body confidence post I did a while back, weight isn't something that I let get to me anymore. I just want to get fitter as I definitely have gotten lazier this winter, with the cold weather and having to stay in and do lots of coursework for college.

I hope you've all had a good week. I have a fair bit of revision to do this weekend but I'm definitely going to make the most of any sunshine we get. 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Spring Snaps

I'm back wooo!
Hello again. I know it's been too long since I've blogged over here but I've finally got all of that coursework I was stressing about out of the way, and have returned with a few spring snaps for you all. Now that the weather is so nice, I've been making an effort to go out more, especially on my bike and I'm now even cycling to college (go slightly healthier me!). 

I don't actually have that many photos to show you ironically, and that is because I'm working on starting a bit of a Youtube channel. Now as exciting as it sounds I've decided to film little personal videos without me talking majorly, or trying to be any kind of Youtube personality. This isn't me knocking people who are brave enough to really put themselves out there on the internet, I'm simply just too shy and would much prefer to make more artistic videos that are more personal to me. So hopefully in the next few weeks you might see some video content from me!

As blogging goes, my whole blog what I like thing is still my intention with this blog. I definitely want to make this more of a personal/lifestyle blog now as I'm also focusing on my photography/art blog. Which (shameless plug) you should also check out if you are a creative like me, or would like to read about the galleries I've visited recently. 

Thanks so much if you're still following this blog and even acknowledge my efforts here. Blogging is something I enjoy so much, it's just a shame that college really gets in the way sometimes, get ready for my summer blogging frenzy xx

Friday, 27 March 2015

Quick + Simple Everyday Makeup Look

I haven't shared a makeup of the day with you all, in what feels like ages. So I thought today I would share a simple look that I've been wearing for college recently. I feel like I've been wearing this makeup for at least a month now, except for lipstick which I change up all the time. For me I like my makeup to be long lasting, have a decent amount of coverage, and not look too much whilst still complimenting my complexion and features. 

For my base I'm still religiously wearing my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, which honestly I can't imagine stopping using for a good while, or at least until I go for more tinted moisturiser type products in the summer. The coverage on this foundation is so good without looking cakey, and lasts all day long. For example I had to leave the house at five in the morning the other day, to go to London with my class and I didn't get back until around ten, and honestly there was still a decent amount of this product left on my face. 

For any extra coverage, which I usually don't bother with, I've been using my Wake Me Up Concealer from Rimmel, which is just a nice dewy concealer, which gives a good amount of coverage and doesn't cling to dry patches. For powder I've also been using my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which I've recently gone back to after being left really unimpressed by the Benefit Stay Flawless Powder. 

When you're in a rush and like me prefer the more natural eyebrow look, I really recommend using a tinted eyebrow gel. Honestly I swear by these products and would generally rather leave the house without mascara on then not defining my brows. I'm currently on my second purchase of the Revlon Brow Fantasy Gel, which I really like, mainly because of the thin shape of the brush which makes shaping the brows seem effortless. 

For a good while I was really conscious about using my Naked 2 Palette, as it is my favourite eyeshadow product and not the cheapest either. This meant I would save it for nights out and special occasions. However the shade Tease, which is a matte light brown shade, is just the most perfect everyday, crease defining shadow, that I've currently been using it everyday in my crease and on the outer half of my lower lash line, to give my eyes some subtle definition. 

For my lashes I'm still using my Benefit They're Real Mascara, which is a personal favourite of mine. On my cheeks I've been applying a little of the Natural Collection Blush in Sweet Cheeks, which honestly I'm not sure if they still sell that shade, but it is one of my favourites and the formulas are so lovely and long lasting. 

And finally for lips, I always switch up my lip colour because this look is so simple that I can pick any lip colour I fancy and it will work quite nicely, even if I say so myself. I've currently been loving the shade Beige Trench from Bourjois which my sister bought me. It's a really cool toned shade that looks really off putting in the tube, but blotted lightly into the lips creates this really lovely, nude sheen, which I've been loving.

I hope this look has inspired your everyday makeup, I know how hard it can be to find a balance that makes you feel comfortable but not overdone. But just do what makes you happy and makes you feel good about yourself. Thanks so much for reading, comment below what makeup you're currently wearing on the daily x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

2 Lush Cleansers

From Left: Let The Good Times Roll // Herbalism
Today I wanted to make a quick note on my current cleansing duo from Lush. I've been trying simplify my skincare routine, in a bid to ease off on my blemish ridden skin and show it more care  rather then attacking it with 5 different products at night. Both of these cleansers have a more gritty texture, which acts a gentle exfoliant for my combination skin. This means I rarely opt for a second exfoliator, as these generally do the job well without irritating my skin.

I use Herbalism in the mornings, as a super fresh product to wake me and my skin up. I used to use this for my acne when I was in my early teens and I could never stand the smell. But Lush have definitely done something to the scent because it doesn't bother me at all anymore. The texture can be really strange at first but once you get used to it, it's fine and is actually quite nice I think. 

I use the Let The Good Times Roll cleanser at night, after I've used my Garnier Micellar Water to remove the majority of my makeup. I use this at night because it has a more buttery texture, which I think helps remove those last traces of makeup really well, I simply apply the product my face with gentle motions and leave it there for about 2 minutes before I rinse it off with water. I should also note that this cleanser smells amazing and just like buttery popcorn, so yes a definitely selling point for me.

Overall I don't know the exact effects of these cleansers on their own, but I have to say my skin has been in much better condition recently, and has been a lot clearer. I've also been using my Aveeno moisturiser in case you're wondering. I've just noticed such a difference with my skin now that I'm using more simple products on it.

What skincare products are you currently using in your skincare routine?