Friday, 31 July 2015

Dewy Makeup Look For Oily Skin

I am a sufferer of oily skin, and I believed for a very long time that I would not be able to pull of a 'dewy face' look, well I was wrong. Heres my take on a dewy face for oily skinned people out there.

01. L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation | £7.99 
I know what you're thinking, this is a matte foundation? Well I think if you have oily skin, starting off with a mattifying foundation is key. This foundation isn't incredibly matte either, even though it states it is. So don't be alarmed. Its a wonderful product and gives a medium to high coverage and I find really helps to control the oils around my T-Zone, especially my nose. 

02. Soap & Glory Solar Powder | £11
One of my favourite bronzers. One side of this is a bronzer and the other a powder/highlight shade. This is perfect for oily skin, because its a powder so won't make you look shiny at all. By swirling this two colours together on a big fluffy brush, you should get the perfect glowy bronzed look. Just sweep this up your cheekbones, and voila!

03. Benefit High Beam | £19.50
This is where the dewy look really takes form. I love this highlighter because you can make it as subtle or as bold as you feel and in no way does it make you look shiny and oily. Just dab this across the tops of your cheekbones; where you'd normally highlight and then use your ring finger to pat it and blend it in. Also you can take this down the centre of your nose if you want too. 

This look really works well for me and I do suffer with very oily skin. I hope this is helpful to some, and I'd love to know if anyone gives it a go!

Do you have any tips for dewy looking skin?

Lucy x

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Mac Tailor Grey Paint Pot Review

When I visited Gunwharf Quays, I took a trip into The Cosmetic Company which sells discounted premium brands, such as Mac. I picked this gem up and have fallen in love.

The only trouble with this product, is I think it may have been discontinued at Mac. However, The Cosmetics Company have a website and I'm sure there are other places you can pick this up. Plus there are similar dupes, such as Groundwork.

I love the Mac Paint Pots, I think they're some of the best cream 'pot' eyeshadows on the market. Its easy to get the product out onto your finger, so then easy apply onto the eyes. The colour of this is just so beautiful, a browny mauve colour. One of my favourites. Its also completely matte, which works well as a base so you can add any powder eyeshadow on top of that to create a lovely eye look.

This is incredibly pigmented. You don't need too much, however if you want it really dark you can build this up to make a really smokey look. Definitely a great one if you want to go for a darker eye look for the evening.

The texture is incredibly creamy, which of course is a great thing. It isn't drying on the eyes, its easy to blend since the texture is so super creamy. I think thats one of the best things about this product, its so easy to work with.

Wow, the longevity of this product is incredible. I've worn this for a good 10 hours I'd say, and its only worn off the slightest bit. It lasts for such a long time, and honestly when I swatched this it was so difficult to get off my hand, it took a few scrubs!

This is so easy to apply, I like to apply it with my ring finger and then blend it out with a fluffy brush. I also put some on a very small brush and run it under my bottom lash line, which also works really well.

Overall, this is such an amazing product and I'm such a fan of the Mac Paint Pots, this colour in particular. I'm sorry if you can't get hold of this, but I know for sure Groundwork is very similar. Or ask at the counter if they have a colour similar to 'Tailor Grey', and they might guide you from there. I bought this for £12, but usually they're £15.50. You should also check out The Cosmetics Company if you get the chance, because they have some great discounts.

Whats your favourite Mac Paint Pot shade?

Lucy x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

My Travel Bucketlist

There are so many amazing places in the world I'd love to visit. I decided to make this travel bucket list in the hope that one day I can look back and say I've visited them all.

01. America
My number one dream, is to travel across the whole of America. Doesn't matter how long it takes, I'd love to visit as many states as it is possible. I have never experienced American culture, and I know it varies slightly throughout the different states. New York is a must, it looks like such a beautiful city with so much to do and see. On the other hand California looks insanely beautiful, and I wouldn't mind spending my days there. The main things I'd love to see is the Empire State building, Golden Gate Bridge and The Grand Canyon, such wonders of the world.

02. The Maldives 
As you may know, The Maldives are disappearing quite fast due to global warming etc. It looks like such a tranquil, peaceful place where you wouldn't even have to think about your life back home. I'd love to be able to get away from everything to a little place like this, where not many people live and where its not too busy. I think it'd be a great way to find peace and go to a place that might not actually exist in 100 years time.

03. Sweden 
A country that is very unfamiliar to me and I know little about. I'm so interested in the culture in Scandinavia, and Sweden in particular looks extremely beautiful. Another reason I'd love to visit Sweden, is to get a glimpse at The Northern Lights. Something you don't get to see much in your lifetime, and I think this would be the perfect country to experience that in. The town's look pretty, and everything seems clean. Hopefully I'll get to visit this wonderful country some day. 

04. Australia 
The Great Barrier Reef, in particular. It just looks incredible, all the colourful fish and the colours of the sea bed would be a magical thing to be able  to see. I think ever since I was little and saw Finding Nemo, I wanted to go diving in The Great Barrier Reef, haha. Alongside this, I'd love to swim with dolphins as well, and see all the crazy and cool animals Australia have to offer. Australia seems like such a big adventure, and I'd love to witness it all for myself.

05. France
This is Paris in particular. Its very clique I know, but it does look pretty. The eiffel tower is well known around the world, and really we don't live terribly far from it. There is also Disneyland Paris to visit, which of course is on my bucket list of places to go, I love Disney. You can visit the warmer parts of France, or the very coldest and that's what I find cool about it. Definitely a place I'd love to see.

What countries are on your travel bucket list?

Lucy x

Friday, 24 July 2015

Miracle Complexion Sponge: Uses & Review

Another product I'm so late on the bandwagon with, but I'd seen so much hype over the beauty blender and sponges in general I decided it was time to try one out for myself.

I must admit, I thought the whole sponge thing was a bit of a gimmick at first. I think I was frightened to give them a go, due to the horrors of the days where everyone would apply makeup with a flat sponge and look like they just came out of Willy Wonkas chocolate factory. That aside, I realised this wasn't going to be the case if I used it correctly. As stated, its a very versatile product that can be used to apply foundation, concealer even bronzer and blusher. Apparently using it to apply foundation can give you a higher coverage, however you can also use it to blend out your foundation after applying with your fingers. As I've also heard its great for blending out concealer under your eyes too, and make sure you get the full amount coverage you need. I believe this is best for cream bronzers/blushers, and again you can really work to blend it out to give you a nice subtle yet lovely looking finish.

I first used this damp, as thats what I'd heard works best when using this type of product to apply your makeup. I'd already put my foundation on with my fingers, and slightly blended it out. I then went in with the sponge and just dabbed it around to blend it out even more. I found this didn't give me a higher coverage at all, and almost sheered out the foundation a bit; which I was not expecting. For foundation, I think I'm definitely going to be sticking to my buffing brush as I prefer the finish it gives. Secondly, I tried blending my concealer in with it. This worked a lot better, and helped to really cover the dark circles. Again, I just dabbed and blended the concealer out. I think I'll be using this sponge for concealer purposes and also for a bit of extra blending out where needed. Overall its a good product to use, but personally I didn't like the overall look it gave when applying foundation.

Have you ever tried the Miracle Complexion Sponge?

Lucy x

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Creating Memories

A bit of a deeper note on here today; I want to talk about memories. Creating them, looking back on them etc. So here it goes.

I am a very sentimental, nostalgic person. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. I love to look back on good memories I've had and wish I had a time machine that could sweep me back to those times. It also makes me very upset and sad to look back on good memories, because I sit there and ask myself, 'Why isn't it like that now?'. I think I've come to the conclusion that you grow up. People change. But it also crosses my mind that, only you can make these good memories happen. You are living in the now, the present. You need to get up and go and make those memories, so in years to come you can look back and go 'Those were the days', and feel happy that you made those memories. 

I believe taking pictures is one of the best ways to capture memories. No I don't mean instagramming everything possible, I mean taking your camera out and capturing the special moments. Where you can put them on your laptop, tuck them away in a little album and then go through them when you want to go back to those times. You can also see how you've grown and changed, for the better usually. Polaroids are coming back around, and I think that they're such a lovely way to capture a memory. However, digital photography is just as amazing. You can capture people in their natural state, you can capture raw memories. They're the best type of photos in my opinion. 

Diaries, and journals are another way to collect your memories. These aren't always your best memories, and sometimes involve you pouring your heart out onto a page when you're feeling your worst. Sometimes not the nicest memories to visit, but they're real. I write in my Q&A a day, every day answering the question they give me. I'm so excited to look back in years to come and see how my answers develop. That's the wonderful thing about them, you can compare how you felt then, to how you feel now and feel grateful. 

I guess what I'm trying to say, is you must make the most of now. You're living in the present, you're alive and free to do whatever you want. Think when you're 80 years old, sitting looking back on old photos, journals etc and feeling so happy you did what you did. I look back on memories I made two years ago, and I'm so happy I did what I did. I must admit I miss those times, the summer of 2013 was definitely one of the best I've had in my life so far. Anyhow, this is why I'm making this post to say live in the now, the present. Don't miss an opportunity to capture good times, you'll thank yourself in years to come.

Lucy x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Come Along To: Gunwharf Quays

Back on Friday, I took a trip down to Gunwharf Quays. Its basically a shopping outlet, with designer brands and other little shops. I brought my camera along so I could share it all over on here! 

Most of the photos I took were down the further, quieter end of Gunwharf. This is where Jamie's Italian was, and they had the cutest little vintage ice cream van as you can see from the first picture. Unfortunately we didn't get one, but they looked so yummy. There were hundreds of bikes just parked up, which made for a very 'Amsterdam-esq' picture. However, as much as I could have stayed in this little area I did some shopping too. Obviously Boots was on the list, and I managed to pick up a few things I'd wanted. Also in Gunwharf they have The Cosmetic Company, which has discounted Mac, Smashbox, Clinique etc. So I picked up a gorgeous Mac paint pot which was down to £12. Alongside the shopping, we also went up the Spinnaker tower. Luckily I'm not afraid of heights, as its pretty high up and everybody looks like an ant. Its a lovely place to visit and I'd recommend it, as there's lots to do, eat and see!

Have you ever been to Gunwharf Quays?

Lucy x

Friday, 17 July 2015

Whats In My Bag?

I've wanted to do this post for such a long time, but I didn't like the handbag I had and everything in it was a mess. Anyway I think I've got it up to standard now and found a bag I love!

First of all my black fringe bag is from New Look, and I'm so in love. Its the perfect size and is so perfect for summer. So lets start off with the random bits and bobs that usually end up scattered at the bottom of my bag. First of all, you can see my purse. I got this as a complete bargain in the TK Maxx sale a few weeks ago. It was only £5, and its such a good size. Hanging off my purse, I have my fluffy keychain thing. This was from H&M and was only £2.99, its so adorable I love it. I have to keep my inhaler in my bag just in case, as I used to suffer with asthma (sorry not that interesting). I keep a pocket mirror in there too, which was a gift from my Grandparents, and it has the cutest butterfly on the front. I always have hand sanitizer to hand, especially after going shopping or something. This ones from Boots. I also keep some Rescue Remedy in my bag, because I'm an extremely anxious person and in times of need this can be really helpful. Lastly, a mini Ted Baker spray, which I picked up in Boots a while back, it smells really nice and is very handbag friendly.

Now onto the small make up section of my bag. The little pouch I keep it in is from H&M, and its adorable. First of all I keep my Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer, which is my all time favourite. I keep my Bourjois Healthy Balance powder, because I do suffer with quite oily skin so this helps to keep my skin matte. To apply that I just have a very travel/handbag friendly makeup brush by Ruby & Millie. I've had this a long time, but it fits so nicely into my bag and works well. I also have some tweezers from Boots, because there's always that annoying eyebrow hair somewhere, am I right ladies? Then my mini Roller Lash, in case I need a top up of mascara. And finally my Nivea Fruity Shine in watermelon, its so hydrating and gives such a nice shine to the lips. 

What are your handbag essentials? 

Lucy x

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette

I'm a bit late on the bandwagon with this one, but I got round to purchasing theBalm Nude Tude eyeshadow palette, and I couldn't resist talking about it!

This is a predominantly nude palette, hence the name 'Nude Tude'. The shades range from a white all the way to black. All the in between shades are gorgeous, with a mix match of shimmers and mattes. The formula of these eyeshadows are quite creamy, not chalky at all and seem to blend really well. This retails for £26, which I think is quite good since you get 12 lovely shades. I'd never tried anything from theBalm before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, to say the least I am pleasantly surprised. 

From left to right the shades are: Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated, Sexy and Serious. This is the top line of the palette. You can't see the second shade (Stubborn), very well as its quite a pale peachy colour. Apart from that the rest of the shades are all stunning and easy to work with.

From left to right the shades are: Snobby, Stand-Offish, Sultry, Seductive, Silly and Sleek. And this is the bottom line of the palette. Again its hard to see the second colour as its a pale champagne shimmer shade, but still beautiful. My favourite out of the whole palette has to be Sultry, as its the perfect crease colour as its a subtle darkish brown matte. My only concern with this palette is the packaging, its cardboard and slightly flimsy. I'd be scared to take it when travelling incase it gets bashed and broken. However it does have a magnetic close, which I do like. Apart from the cardboard packaging, I really love how it's all laid out and the colour range it provides. 

Have you ever tried anything from theBalm?

Lucy x

Sunday, 12 July 2015

How I Edit My Instagram Photos

I'm always so intrigued to see how other people edit their instagram photos, so I thought it'd be a good idea to share how I edit mine!

So first of all, I have a small folder on my phone named 'Photography'. Obviously this is where I store my photo editing apps. I have three, which are VSCOcam, Aviary and Afterlight. I only use VSCOcam for my instagram photos now, but in the past I used to use the other two. Aviary is great for touching up your photos and in Afterlight you can create white boarders around your photos which I know some people like to have. So anyway, here is how I edit my photos! 

I'd chosen my picture, which I'd already taken in square ready for instagram. However if your photo isn't in square then you can always crop it. Anyway, I use the effect C1 on VSCOcam, which is quite a vibrant effect, but I then put it down to about +8 to make it a bit more subtle. After that I go to exposure, and depending on how dark the image is I will bump it up to however high I want it; in this picture I put it up to a +3 because the lighting was quite dark. 

After those two steps, I move onto sharpness of the image. Again, this varies depending if the picture was a bit shaky or blurry etc. I put the sharpness of this image to a +4 which is about what I'd usually do I guess. It just makes the picture look a bit more crisp. After that, we're done! That is the final image on the right, it doesn't show up too clearly on my camera but I promise it looks better, haha. So that concludes how I edit my Instagram photos. Pretty quick and simple if you ask me!

What do you use to edit your instagram pictures?
ps - thankyou so much for 100 Bloglovin' followers.

Lucy x


Friday, 10 July 2015

My Hair Styling Routine

I recently cut off a lot of my hair, to shoulder length to be exact. Which means its harder to get that volume up, so here I have my current hair styling routine. 

First of all, after washing my hair I use the TRESemme Smooth Salon Serum and run that through the ends of my hair, as it makes it feel a lot softer and silkier once its been blow dried. Then moving on to heat; I usually curl my hair now its shorter because I feel it looks a lot more volumized when curly. To protect my hair from the heat I use the TRESemme Protect Heat Defence Styling Spray. I really love this, because its not a sticky heat defence spray and it actually leaves your hair smelling quite nice! After I've done all my curling, to give it that extra volume I use my Colab Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo in the New York scent, (which smells incredible by the way) and spray that into the roots of my hair then play around with it until its how I want it.

On a side note, I tend to wash my hair every three days if I can help it. To keep my hair looking less greasy and half decent, I use the Batiste Dry Shampoo in the floral scent. This just keeps my hair looking a lot fresher, and if it weren't for this I definitely wouldn't wash my hair every three days! It also gives a slight bit of volume which really helps too.

What products do you use to style your hair?

Lucy x

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Books To Read This Summer

I don't know about anyone else but summer seems to be the time where I find myself with a book in my hand the most. I've chosen some of my favourite books that I think are perfect reads for summer!

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart 
This may be one of my favourite books ever, let alone a summer read. Its written so well, I wouldn't say its an easy read because you really have to concentrate. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but you may find yourself shocked, happy or even crying throughout this book. Its a truly amazing read and I recommend this to everyone.

Looking For Alaska - John Green
Who doesn't love a bit of John Green? Looking For Alaska is definitely my favourite book I've read of his, its easy to read and quite lighthearted in places. Again, I think you'll feel mixed emotions throughout this book, I certainly did and got quite attached to certain characters. Definitely a lovely summer read.

Ketchup Clouds - Annabel Pitcher
This is quite a twisted tale, I found I couldn't put this down. It grips you, as you just want to know more, a real page turner. Not a typical love story, however there is a girl and boys...involved. Quite a quick and easy read, perfect for the summer.

13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher
I enjoyed the format of this book, and how as you read it the mystery would unfold. Makes it quite a page turner. This is a boy loves girl story, but definitely not cliche as you will find out when you read, actually its very different. Its easy to read and fun to unfold the mysteries each page at a time!

What are some of your favourite books?

Lucy x


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Beauty Tips I'd Tell My Younger Self

There are so many things I wish I knew a few years back, to save me the trouble of embarrassment. Here are the beauty tips I would have given my younger self!

01. Clear mascara doesn't do anything. I used to own a clear mascara that I got from Avon, and back in the day I thought it was just the bomb. However, it wasn't. I should have saved myself the trouble and either purchased an actual mascara or just gone without! 

02. Don't go and pick a foundation on your own. I somehow thought it'd be a good idea to go with my friends into the local boots and just pick up a random foundation from Natural Collection, which clearly was way too orange for my complexion. I should have asked someone to help, or just gone without because I definitely didn't need foundation at the age of like 13. 

03. Don't attempt eyeliner for everyday schoolwear. I seemed to think it was a good idea to (badly) apply gel eyeliner for school everyday at an age where I didn't need it. This isn't the worst, I just looked quite ridiculous!

04. Stay away from that blush girl. I really packed on the bright pink blusher just onto the apples of my cheeks, they were just pink circles that were rubbed on my face. I really should have learnt how to apply it before taking endless pictures of myself with vibrant bright cheeks.

05. Finally, the bright eyeshadows. I didn't even know a smokey eye existed, or neutral eyeshadows. So blue or pink it was for me. I suppose you live and learn to be fair, so its kind of good I went through this phase. But honestly, those bright colours really weren't working for me, haha.

What would you tell your younger self?

Lucy x


Friday, 3 July 2015

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee

A couple of weeks ago I purchased the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee. Such a mouthful of a name, I know. So I thought I'd share my thoughts and views on it!

First of all, can we appreciate how pretty the packaging and product really is. I love it. This retails for £32, which is definitely on the higher end of spectrum. But we're talking about Estee Lauder here. Its described, 'This seductive all-over highlighter is endless summer. Smooth it on for a soft, sun-kissed sheen. Build to a luminous pearl highlight.' I agree that it gives you a gorgeous sun kissed sheen to the skin. Its a very warm highlighter, which gives you the sun kissed look it claims. When applying to the skin it feels soft and almost creamy, even though it is a powder. It definitely isn't a chalky highlighter, like some. 

I apply this with a small fluffy blush, usually to the tops of my cheeks across the top of my forehead and down my nose. If I want this built up a bit more I will use my fingers to apply it. What I love about this, is its not overly shimmery but not completely matte either. Which makes it just perfect for the summer time as it gives you the loveliest glow. Over all its a super pretty highlighter for the summer, with gorgeous packaging. I'm not sure if its completely worth the £32, but I definitely am really enjoying using this, and will continue to throughout the summer. 

What are your favourite Estee Lauder products?

Lucy x

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

OOTD: High Neck Top & Denim Shorts

 The weather is getting so much warmer in the UK, and I've definitely taken advantage of that. I recently visited an art gallery and there was the prettiest tea room, obviously I had to take some photos of that too along with my outfit.

What I'm wearing

Top - New Look
Mom Shorts - Topshop
Shoes - Matalan 
Rings - Pandora
Sunglasses - Primark

What are your summer fashion picks?

Lucy x
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