Monthly Archives: July 2016
I was actually really impressed with the mascara. I’m not a fan of waterproof mascaras in general as I find they can be drying on my lashes. This one by essence isn’t like that at all and I loved it’s petite size and the effect it had on my lashes after just two coats. A complete bargain at only £2!
Skin wise I didn’t actually test the foundation as the shade was far too dark for me (being the English Rose that I am) but if it’s anything like previous essence foundations I’ve tried then it will live up to it’s long lasting hype. The lipliner and lipstick lasted a full six hours on me which is pretty good given that I’m constantly drinking a cup of something and had lunch and snacks in that time as well. The lipsticks are very reasonable at £2.30 each…I have several from essence and they’ve all impressed me.
Whilst I’m here I thought I’d throw in a bonus couple of tips if you are heading to a festival for the first time this year…
1. Don’t forget a mirror! I did this the first time I ever went and ended up begging a compact off of a friend which was interesting to do a full face in! Even if there are mirrors in the toilets you really don’t want to be hanging round in those longer than necessary!
2. Face wipes are you friend. A quick and easy way to freshen up during the day and to take makeup off a night. Not ideal as a long term solution but perfect for a weekend in a field!
3. Pack hard workers. Unless you’re taking a gazebo to sleep in space will be limited. 2 in 1 products and travel sizes are your best friends, as are products that don’t require an army of brushes to apply.
4. Relax. Festivals are all about having fun, you really don’t need to pack your full contour kit and high end foundation…no one will be looking at your face and by the time it’s rained for six hours straight and you’re covered in mud no one will see your makeup anyway!
I’ll preface things by saying this post isn’t some sideways means of announcing that I’m expecting, but I am at that age (29, eek) where a lot of my friends are doing awfully grown up things like getting married, buying houses and having babies! Although it’s hard to imagine any of these things happening for me in my immediate future it is an exciting time and gets my brain whirring at times.
Baby showers are a fairly new “thing” in the UK and for a long time I wasn’t really sure on what I made of them. On one hand they can seem grabby or an extravagance but on the other hand I think it’s really nice way to get together with the expectant mum and share a bit of social time before the little one arrives. It also doesn’t have to cost the earth, and on that train of thought I’ve popped together this post with my ideas on how a low-key but lovely baby shower could be done.
It’s tempting to stock up on travel sized toiletries for your trip but if you look carefully you’ll see you are paying a massive premium for the luxury. Instead pick up some cheap empty containers from the pound shop and decant your regular size products in to those. You can also pack along free samples of various products in magazines or on websites sites like WOW FreeStuff. Sample products come in sachets and single use form which makes them perfect for traveling. You’ll also find plenty of discounts and vouchers when you search online.
There are a lot of daily-use products that can be used not only for their intended purpose but for a surprising number of things. For example toothpaste can not only help you keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh throughout the day but it can also be used to soothe mosquito bites. You can use tea which is usually offered for free at various hotels as an after-sun to soothe the redness (apply it cold!). You can also apply petroleum jelly on minor skin burns and can also use it for removing makeup.
Books always turn out to be a great companion on long journeys and as a beach companion. If you like reading it is highly unlikely that you wouldn’t want to pack some for your vacations. Buying new books is always thrilling for book-reading enthusiasts but moving onto e-books can save you a lot of money and space in your suitcase. You can read an e-book anywhere you like with much ease thanks to an e-reader, smartphone or a tablet. You can pick up daily bargains on books from sites like Amazon as well as a plethora of free reading material. If you don’t like the idea of staring at a screen for the sake of reading a lot of hotels feature free libraries compiled by the books left by their previous guests same taste in vacation spot means you’re very likely to find a book of your taste as well as the chance to discover something new.
Elephant pendant c/o Henryka
Whilst all of the stone choices were stunning for some reason rose quartz has always been something I am drawn to, rumoured to lower stress and tension in the heart, allowing repair of the damage caused my negative emotions (an also known as the romance stone as it’s believed it can also attract love) this was always the stone I picked when taken to various fossil and crystal shops on Devon holidays as a child.
The detailing on the Indian elephant is just beautiful and it hangs like a dream from it’s 16.5″ chain. It seems to be, the perfect summer silver accessory and as such I’ve been wearing it non-stop.
I got a distinct 90s vibe from this outfit. I don’t know if it was the plaits that tipped the balance, the flatform sandals or just the “mom jeans” style but I felt transported back a couple of decades. Which is no bad thing in my eyes as long as there is a resurgence of shell suits any time soon.