Sunday, 29 November 2015

The 1975 Gig

 The photos this week were taken on my phone unfortunately so the quality isn't quite as good. However I really wanted to share this on here to kind of document it. I went to see The 1975 on Friday night! It was an amazing experience so I thought I'd share a few photos with you.

My friend and I were so lucky to get as close as we were - we were practically at the barrier. We waited outside in the pouring rain for an hour to get in which really wasn't fun and I was honestly starting to freeze. We thought we were near the back but then more people started queueing up and it turned out were weren't. The venue was like a school gym hall, I think its used for basketball games usually. It was pretty full by the time The 1975 came on stage. Ratboy was the support act and to be honest they were really good. We waited a good two hours for The 1975 to come on though. But they started with their new song 'Love Me' and it was crazy. Their new aesthetic is amazing, so bright and colourful. They put on the best show and its something I will never forget. 

Whats the best concert you've ever been to?

Lucy x

Friday, 27 November 2015

November Favourites

I haven't done a favourites post in such a long time - but there are so many new things I've been loving this month. Also, how are we nearly at the end of the year...its gone way too fast for my liking.

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream | £1.99
This product has been my saviour this month, my skin hasn't been cooperating and has really needed some help. I get terrible under the skin spots - those ones that you can't actually pop but are all red and irritated (ew). Anyway, I've been popping a bit of this on those spots before I go to bed and it reduces the redness and puffiness of the spot. Amazing.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Soothing Moisturiser | £9.50
So this is slightly ironic as this product was actually in one of my disappointing skincare posts a while back. But I dug this out of the back of my skincare cupboard and gave it another go. I have to say I don't really know why I found it disappointing first time round. It really helps the dry areas around my nose and really hydrates my skin. Loving this right now!

Collection Fast Stroke Eye Liner | £2.99
I really struggle with eyeliner and it takes a lot for me to find one that really works and that I love. Well I picked this one up as I'd heard so much hype around it and it was hardly going to break the bank was it? I have to say I'm so impressed - I wasn't sure I'd like it as I'm used to using liquid liner pens. But the formula is amazing, it lasts all day and is a really intense black.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist | £3.50
I have recently put a post up about this bad boy, you can read it here. I love this because its such a subtle nude that doesn't make me look like I have foundation lips or something. It sits nicely and is really glossy. I'd recommend picking this up - you can't go wrong with that price either!

Original Source Skin Quench Pineapple Shower Gel | £2.80
I really needed a new shower gel and I was browsing through Boots when I saw this. I remembered Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup mentioning this not too long ago, so I popped it in my basket. I love this because its just really simple and smells lovely. Who knew pineapple and coconut went so well together? Its also really cheap which is a bonus, and also vegan! Whats not to love?

What have you been loving this month?

Lucy x 


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Body Shop Mango Set

I don't own too much from The Body Shop - but Christmas is coming up so I thought I'd share one of their sets that'd be great as a gift and also smells insane!

So in the set you get a shower gel, a body scrub, a body butter, bar of soap and a bath lily. The scent is truly amazing, if you like citrus scents or even mango for that matter, you'll really enjoy this! It all smells so good. 

First off the shower gel. Probably not my favourite of the bunch, it kind of makes me feel itchy? Weird I know, but nonetheless its really lovely. It lathers up well and leaves you with that fresh mango scent hanging about for a while. Second up is the body scrub. Now I love a good body scrub and this is no exception. Again the scent is a complete bonus, but its a fine sugar scrub so its not too harsh on the skin, like a salt scrub. It gently exfoliates and my skin feels really soft afterwards. I'd definitely think about getting the full sized version of this - such a good one! Next the body butter. The Body Shop are known for their body butters, they have such a variety. Its so moisturising (obviously) and feels so nice on the skin, and soaks in really quickly. Again my favourite thing about this, is the smell lingers. Overall, this is such a lovely set and if you're thinking of Christmas presents for someone, this would be perfect!

Have you ever tried the mango range from TBS?

Lucy x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

For ages I've been on the hunt for a eyeshadow primer, I do suffer with pretty oily eyelids meaning no eyeshadow lasts all day, which really sucks. I saw the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on sale and had to snap it up!

I opted for the original version, because to be honest I wasn't that sure what the difference was from the others they have to offer. It comes in a reasonably sized tube, and has a doe foot applicator to apply onto the eyelids. So far I've been impressed with this - I used it before applying my Naked Smoky palette. I felt like my eyeshadow applied a lot better as well, no patchiness and was easier to blend into the crease. Since I've never tried any other eyeshadow primer I can't exactly compare it to anything, but so far so good. My eyeshadow definitely lasted longer, okay so maybe not ALL day but it was still clinging on until I came to take of my makeup at the end of the day. 

Overall I'm actually really enjoying this product - it keeps my eyeshadow in place for long periods of time which is what I was looking for. It is a lot of money however - but thats Urban Decay for you! I'd recommend picking this up if you suffer with oily eyelids, or just want something to keep your eyeshadow in place.

Have you ever tried the UD Eyeshadow Primer?

Lucy x

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

My Go-To Nude Shades

I used to avoid nude shades previously because I thought my complexion was just too pale for them. However I've been loving these two lip colours recently so I thought I'd share them!

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist | £3.50
I first heard about this when Gabby (Velvetgh0st) spoke about it in one of her videos a while back. I believe the packaging has been changed for these, and they've been made smaller and cheaper as a result. I'm so pleased I picked this up, because its the perfect everyday go-to nude. Its extremely subtle, and gives the loveliest shine to the lips. My only slight issue is that its a bit sticky, but you soon get used to it and it becomes unnoticeable on the lips.

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob | £3.99
I love this lip liner so much. Its very different to the Soap & Glory offering, in the fact its matte and has a very waxy/creamy formula. Its a darker nude as well, and leans more to the pink end of the spectrum. I love this to line my lips before putting on any natural lip colour, or just filling in my lips fully with this. Again there is only one bad thing, it snaps off very easily. You just have to be careful when twisting it up that you don't do it too much. Overall I think its the perfect everyday darker nude!

What are your go-to nude shades?

Lucy x


Sunday, 15 November 2015

The Happiness List #1

I think finding little things that make your day better and make you a little happier is pretty important. Heres a little list of things that make me feel a little bit happier in the autumn/winter time!

01. Waking up to sunshine on a winters day
02. All day shopping trips
03. Going on a long walk in the winter time and coming home to a hot drink
04. Warm apple crumble
05. Chilling in a cafe with one of your closest friends
06. Fluffy socks
07. Taking your makeup off after the longest day
08. A Sunday lie in 
09. Snuggling up to watch your all time favourite movie
10. The Starbucks and Costa Christmas drinks

What makes you happy in the a/w time?

Lucy x

Friday, 13 November 2015

Neutral Cream Moisture Gloss

I tend to stick to more neutral tones when it comes to lip products, or a nice plummy shade. But I have something slightly outside my comfort zone to talk about...and I actually really like it.

When Born Pretty got in contact with me asking to pick a few things out I knew I really wanted to try out a lipstick of some sort. I was browsing through and saw the Matt Sense Lip Stick Neutral Cream Moisture Gloss* (longest name I know). I was a bit confused as to whether these were matte lipsticks or creamy ones but I picked the shade 06 anyway as it looked like a lovely pinky/plum shade; something I wouldn't always go for. When it arrived I was a little surprised to see how bright the shade looked in the bullet. I tried it on, and I was pleasantly surprised to see it wasn't a matte formula but a creamy sheer one instead. The shade comes out as a very pinky purple shade on the lips, but doesn't look overpowering at all, it actually is a very subtle bold lip if that were ever a thing, haha! 

This lipstick is so super creamy which I really love, it doesn't go patchy on the lips either which is always a bonus! It also has fabulous lasting power - I actually swatched this on my hand at first and it took me forever to get it off! I haven't worn this for a full day as of yet but I was impressed with the lasting power after a few hours of having it on my lips. A small top up after a bite to eat or drink and you're good to go. I'm going to a concert in a few weeks and I think I'm going to wear this there due to its subtlety yet vampy vibe. Also another thing to add - the packaging is so sturdy! I was really impressed with the quality for the price of the product! There are 12 shades to pick from in this range, from reds to dark plums! You can also get 10% off at Born Pretty with the discount code HEYH10. 

What do you think of this lipstick?

Lucy x

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Little Tube Of Wonder | Sudocrem

I'm pretty sure everybody has heard of Sudocrem before, a multi purpose cream that a lot of people think is mainly used on babies. Well you'll be pleased to hear it can actually do wonders for your skin!

Not until very long ago, I thought Sudocrem* just came in a tub and was a multi purpose cream, used on babies, rashes etc. I was wrong however, you can actually buy a tube of Sudocrem in Boots for about £1.99. I believe this little tube of goodness is actually targeted at just skincare problems. One thing I really love about this is how you can travel with it - like it says 'ideal for use at home or away'. Perfect if you travel a lot.

So, onto what I think of the product. I have actually used Sudocrem previously, when I was a bit younger and I'm not sure why I ever stopped using it. I have had a few troublesome spots recently, including a very nasty under the skin one on my neck. After doing my usual skincare routine, I covered the blemish in Sudocrem before I went to bed. I didn't rub it in, I just left it as it was covering the area of concern. I was so pleased to see by the morning it had gone down considerable amounts! Not completely gone, but it was much less irritated and also less noticeable. I was so pleased, that I don't think I'll ever use anything else to get rid of those horrible under the skin spots. If you want a quick fix, then I'd highly recommend using Sudocrem! Its so easy to use, and works very quickly on any concern you have. I'm really impressed by this and shall carry on using it for a very long time!

Have you ever tried Sudocrem?

Lucy x

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Fuel For Your Day

I've always been told ever since I was tiny that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It fuels you for the day, gets you going. However it only really gives you fuel for the day if it isn't a bowl full of sugar. Thats why I've started trying and testing porridge. Also this is a kind of mental note to myself to eat more porridge and stop with that chocolate crunchy nut haha!

So first of all, what are the health benefits of porridge itself? According to Harvard University, eating whole grains such as oats is key to living longer. Porridge is a slow energy release 'meal' which means you won't be craving a chocolate bar about an hour after eating it. Alongside this, it helps to boost your energy levels and keeps you going for a longer period of time. There are many other benefits that come along with porridge, such as immunity boosting, muscle recovery etc. So whats not to love?

The porridge I use is from a packet, you empty the oats into a bowl, add milk and microwave for 2 minutes. Which is really quick and easy. Its plain porridge because flavoured ones can contain high amounts of sugar, which defeats the object. I don't really like it on its own, bit boring. So I add in quite a lot of cinnamon and mix it in. After I cut up a whole (small) banana and add that on top. Banana tastes so good with porridge, trust me! To top it off I add some almonds on top of that, because they're very good for you. And voila, you have a super healthy breakfast that will keep you full for a good few hours! I can also say this does taste really good, even if its appearance doesn't look the best haha!

Have you tried porridge?

Lucy x

Friday, 6 November 2015

Top 3 Contouring Brushes

Contouring is something thats grown rapidly over the past year or so, and I guess you could say I've jumped on the bandwagon. Its great if like me, you have no sign of cheek bones what so ever! So here are three of the brushes I use to give the best looking contour I can.

First up we have a brush that I'm hugely impressed with. It looks pretty huge, and well it is. But it really gets into the hallows of your cheeks to give you a definite contour. This brush is from BornPretty, its their Flat Contour Brush*. I can't explain just how soft this brush is as well, ridiculously soft which makes contouring even more worth it. I like to dab the brush into my Hoola Bronzer and sweep this into where my cheek bones would appear. It really helps to give you that hallowed cheekbone affect, such a good brush to use if you want to really give your face some definition. If you want to get 10% of on BornPretty then use my code HEYH10!

Second up is a pretty classic contouring brush. The Real Techniques Contour Brush. This comes in the core collection and it a really great little brush. At first when I wasn't so into makeup I thought this brush would be neglected and useless to me. Nonetheless, its had a lot of use out of it. I apologise that it hasn't been washed may I add...maybe that emphasises the use I get out of haha. Anyway this is great brush to give a strong contour and really lift those cheekbones again, this brush is the middle ground I'd say between the previous brush I showed and the one I'm about to talk about!

Finally we have a (very dirty may I add) Real Techniques Blush Brush. I know this is meant for blush, but do people really use brushes for their fit purpose? I certainly don't anyway, but this is great for a subtle contour/bronzed look. Its a well loved brush of mine and probably the one I use most for an all over bronzed look. If contour scares you a bit I'd say try this brush out first because it really works for a subtle bronzy glow.

Whats your favourite brush for contouring?

Lucy x

Thursday, 5 November 2015

A Change In The Weather

Surprise post today since I don't usually post on a Thursday but I took some photos of this evenings sky and lit a Jo Malone candle (okay so its my Mums candle). But anyway I really want to get into posting more of my photography which is what I really love, still expect beauty posts though. I thought what better time to start with these types of posts than now?

Today's weather was particularly disgusting - grey and gloomy. My least favourite type of weather, I'm just not a fan. I suppose I don't mind so much if I'm in the safety of my own home with a candle burning and have the heating on. However todays gross weather turned into some pretty cool photo opportunities. The sky turned a very off yellow colour then into this very odd pinky/purple shade. Yes the photo is unedited and the sky genuinely looked like that - which is pretty cool if you ask me. So despite winter being my least favourite season of them all, turns out it can produce some pretty cool photos. I hope the weather perks up soon though, its a mood killer. A girl needs her sunshine haha! I hope you enjoyed this type of post, expect more coming in the near future!

Lucy x

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A Mini Ikea Haul

About a week ago I took a trip to Ikea mainly for some new furniture. I got a little carried away and picked up a few other things for my room.

First of all I picked up a Skurar Candle Holder - I'm sure loads of people have seen these before. I do actually own one already to hold my makeup brushes but I just had to pick up another one. I'm using this one to hold my little metal fairy lights which actually aren't from Ikea, but from Wilko. They were such a bargain! I think this looks really pretty. Second up is a Sinnlig, which obviously is a candle. This does actually have a scent and its heavenly. It doesn't specifically say what the scent is but I believe is something like sea salt. At only 85p its a win win situation. Lastly we have a Fejka and Socker. Probably my favourite things in this little haul. The grass is artificial so thats good for me since I've managed to kill one of my cacti already..who does that?! I think this is going to add a little pop of colour into my very white and grey room. I also love the pot I bought to put it in - fitting in with my grey colour scheme. 

Have you bought anything from Ikea lately?

Lucy x

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Nails Inc For Glamour

I do believe that this is Octobers Glamour edition - however I just had to blog about the collaboration with Nails Inc. Look how gorgeous that pink shade is!

There were four shades available to collect in this months Glamour, I think they were a pink, red, black or an off white. I opted for the pink because I don't own anything this bright in my collection. I've never actually had a nail polish from Nails Inc. Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup always rave about them - so I jumped at the chance when I saw they were featured in Glamour. I can see why they rave about them so much, they apply so well and don't require too many coats. To me this is a unique pink shade - a very hot pink. I love it and I've warmly welcomed it into my nail polish collection! Short and sweet post today folks - just wanted to give this lovely nail polish a mention.

Have you tried Nails Inc before?

Lucy x
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