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.

Friday, 16 January 2015

2015 Goals

So I'm finally getting back to you all on my little bucket list for 2014. I started the year on a little bit of a low so it's taken me a while to get into the whole new year new me groove, that and as per usual college work is taking priority and even right now I'm procrastinating from doing some coursework, so you're welcome. However instead of one or two crazily big resolutions to achieve this year I've decided to create a more achievable list of goals to keep me motivated throughout 2015. So without further a do this year I want to...

1. Master a new recipe each month
2. Save up and buy a decent lens for my camera
3. Take my camera with me as much as I can and take more photos
4. Master my analogue camera
5. Go out on my bike 5 days a week during the summer
6. Completely redecorate my bedroom
7. Figure out what I want to do in the future and apply to Uni!
8. Improve my confidence
9. Produce blog content I am proud of
10. Go walking once a week

I'm really excited to see what this year brings. Yes college is super stressful at the moment as you can imagine but in July me and my family have an exciting holiday in Spain and maybe Portugal lined up and honestly I just have a good feeling about this year. I feel like I'm so much closer to finally deciding the direction to take with my future and I'm certain I will be applying for university this year!

Thanks so much for reading as always, I hope you're as optimistic about the year ahead as I am and be sure to let me know what resolutions you've set yourselves!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Reaching for Grey Polishes

Now that the Christmas season is behind us (cries to self) I tend to put aside my red products and go for some more cooler shades as winter just seems like it's about cold weather now. I love a good skin toned nude shade but in winter I do like opting for grey shades instead as a perfect neutral shade. 

I had a bit of a clear out of my chaotic nail polish collection last week throwing away all my old nail polishes and now these are the only grey shades I have left. Both minis, and as you may imagine I'm not crazy for the MUA one in terms of application and longevity and I just wanted to try out the formula to be honest which dissapointed me but for £1 you can't complain. 

My mini Ciate shade however that I got in their advent calender last year is a gem. It has a lilacy tone to it which I love and the formula is lovely. 

What nail polishes are you loving at the moment?

Apologies for the lack of posting at the moment, my laptop has broke and I'm having to type this up at college in between work, thanks so much for reading xx

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

I've not had a lot of time to spare between family festivities over the past few weeks but I thought I would log on to wish you all Happy New Year! This of course not only signifies the passing of 2014 but the beginning of a new year which means resolutions, the start of a new you and all that stuff. Despite my age I have a tendency to be cynical about these kinds of things but weirdly I always get this excited feeling in setting myself some goals for the coming year and what lies ahead.

This morning I woke up and decided to have a big tidy of my room. So far I've filled 4 bin bags with clothes and things I don't need any more. It's small thing to do but it feels like a good start to get rid of all these excess things I don't need any more. I got a calendar diary for Christmas which I'm planning on making full use of as I am determined to get more organised this year. I don't have any massive new years resolutions as I think we all know how hard they can be to stick to, and instead I just want to seize each day more and I'm planning on creating an achievable bucket list for 2015 filled with personal goals to keep me motivated this year which I will be sharing once I've created it.

I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas season and have a great 2015! Your support over the past year means so much and I cannot wait to see what this year brings x