Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Making A Statement

Generally, on a day to day basis, I like to keep my makeup quite simple. Although it's not minimal, I tend to only wear basics. After all, who has time to apply a smoky eye and all that jazz at 6am on a Monday morning (#notme). But every so often I like to reach for something that makes more of a statement. Even when making a statement I like to keep it simple, by wearing a brighter lipstick or adding winged liner. It's very rare that you'd get me doing something that requires much effort, I'm a fuss free kinda gal, so here are my statement beauty essentials for the lazy girl.
Lipstick // Lipstick is one of the easiest ways to make a statement, and with so many brands to choose from, there is a shade and a formula to suit everyone. Personally I think the best statement making formula to opt for is matte. It doesn't matter about the shade, but there is something classic about a matte lipstick. Mattes are making a comeback and there are so many formulations, so even if you think you can't wear matte - there is one out there somewhere. If your lips are on the drier side, try out a products along the lines of the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams or the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks. 

Eyes // Again, it is super easy to make a statement through eye makeup. There are so many options - eyeliner, eyeshadow, false eyelashes, mascara etc. I've written this before on my blog, but I hate (and I mean hate) false eyelashes. I just can't apply them properly, and although I can apply them to a decent standard, I just don't find them comfortable. My go-to eye look when making a bit more effort than usual, is a shimmery brown eyeshadow, built up on top of another shimmery brown eyeshadow, complete with winged liner and enough coats of mascara to make even an eskimo sweat. 

Cheeks // I have a rather new found love for throwing a bit of blush, bronzer, and highlighter on my cheeks. It just helps you put a bit more put together, and is such an easy way to make a bit of a statement without being too cliché. My current favourite blush is the Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in 'Shade 3' - it is such a gorgeous pink shade and is perfect for summer! In terms of bronzer and highlighter, my obsession with the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Go duo still continues and I highly recommend for all those fellow pasty faced girls. 

Nails // You don't have to paint your nails bright red in order to make a statement. Even a simple nude polish can make a statement in it's own way. Dusky pinks, greys, mauves are my go to for standard day to day wear, and if I'm completely honest I can't always be bothered to repaint them just to make a statement. When I can be bothered and really want to make a little more of a statement I will go for a classic red or some non-descript berry shade. My favourite polishes for all occasions come from Essie and my current go-tos include 'Eternal Optimist', 'In Stitches', and 'Maximillian Strasse Her'. 

How do you like to make a statement?

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Spotify Playlists For Every Mood

Music. The one thing that has the power to change even the foulest of moods. I love music, I mean who doesn't? I've always been driven by music, and it has affected my life in many different ways over the years. Learning to play different instruments, touring Europe with a full band and choir, playing the triangle in primary school christmas concerts (very well I might add), blasting the radio in the car, etc - it's always been a part of me, and it always will. Now I've always been told that I have a great taste in music (except for when my family complains when I blast The Smiths at 8am on a Sunday morning). In college, we were always allowed to listen to music during art, and almost every single day my iPod was hooked up to the classroom speakers. Anyways (I was starting to go off on a bit of a tangent soz), over the last year or two I've really been getting into Spotify. I've always used it, but I was never addicted to it. But now I've been contemplating upgrading to Spotify Premium (do I do it? Do I? Help!) because I have been listening to it virtually non-stop for months. So I thought I'd share some of my favourite playlists with you!

Radio 1 Playlist (BBC) // Honest to God this is my most played playlist ever. I nearly always listen to BBC Radio 1 when I am driving around, but for times when I'm not chauffeuring my friends and family around I like to pop my headphones and listen to this playlist on shuffle. I love that it's updated on a weekly basis, because it gives the opportunity to discover new artists whilst being able to nosey at what's currently in the charts. 

Songs to Sing in The Shower // I flippin' love this playlist, and not just for when I'm in the shower. It is jam packed full of hits and one of those playlists where you know every single word to every single song. With the likes of the Spice Girls, NSYNC, and ABBA how could you not want to murder these songs in the shower. 

Dance Workout // This is probably the only playlist I listen to when working out. I used to make my own playlists (which I occasionally still listen to), but the effort of regularly updating the list made me want to cry. I love this because it's full of upbeat songs that get you excited to workout (yes I actually just said that - AND I MEANT IT).

Hits From The Movies // If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm a massive fan of musicals. So obviously I had to include a movie based playlist in my little roundup. There is something about a big musical number that can automatically put you in a good mood. So this is my playlist for when I'm in a bad mood. 

Sweet Soul Sunday // This is my go to Sunday morning playlist - the one that I listen to whilst rustling up some breakfast in a big cosy dressing gown. It is just the perfect feel good, easy listening playlist. It really does set me up for a great Sunday!

All Out 90's // Can you even say that you're 90s baby if you don't include a 90s playlist in your roundup? HELL NO. Music from my youth is my guilty pleasure, it takes me back to living it large at school discos, sipping on Panda Pops, and trying to dress like the Olsen twins. Plus a playlist with TLC on it is my kinda playlist #justsaying

What is your favourite playlist?

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Finding The Right Diary

As all of my fellow organisational freaks will know, it's extrememly hard to find a diary that completely works for you. After years of hunting down the perfect planner, I finally found it last year. The design wasn't pretty, but the inside was perfect and was the best practical choice for what I wanted to use it for. This year, I got there earlier and managed to get my hands on the same diary, with a much prettier design. For those wanting to get your hands on this particular diary (I mean come on, it's gorgeous) it's the Busy B Academic Diary. They have a couple of different designs, and even have family diaries and planners (amongst much more) if you're in the market for any of those.  
For many, diaries are a life saving tool when it comes to making sure we have everything done, or getting ourselves to the right place at the right time. Whether it's handing in assignments, remembering doctors appointments, or even just for seeing when someone's birthday is coming up - a diary can play a fundamental part in the running of day to day life. I love this particular diary as it cleverly has each week printed twice over adjacent pages, allowing you to combine two different schedules, and manage your life more effectively. Personally, I use one for side for university and the other side for life in general (appointments, birthdays, etc). Being able to balance two lives at once is an absolute lifesaver, and means I know exactly what needs to be done and when. I especially love how there is a memo section down the side of each page, so you can write a mini to-do list of all the things you want to achieve over the space of the week. The Busy B diary runs from August-August (13 months) so is perfect for students and those looking for a more academic diary. 

Between rushing to lectures, making sure assignments are submitted on time, and managing everyday tasks, it can be easy to forget something (usually to eat, breath, sleep etc.). But I find a mid-year diary incredibly useful for keeping on top of the academic year. Many of them are slim and lightweight making them perfect for traipsing all over in your bag. In this particular diary, there is a handy little storage pocket after every quarter, for you to put receipts, reminders are whatever you want in. There are even blank timetables, contact pages, and a calendar where you can view the whole year. And what's more it has a beautiful floral patterned cover (there's also a blue spotty one if flowers aren't your thing!) and an elastic closure to keep everything secure! 

What do you look for in a diary?

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