Sunday, 31 July 2016

My Makeup Story

I wanted to do this tag after seeing the wonderful Courtney doing, as I loved reading through hers and thought I'd share my makeup story with you from over the years...

How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
The first time I ever started experimenting with makeup I must have been 12 or 13. I remember picking up a blue mascara from Primark one time with my friends (what was I thinking), and wearing that a few times. I also had a clear mascara that my Mum bought me from Avon, and a Rimmel Stay Matte powder that I used to cover my face in. I also remember being about 13 and having the Maybelline Matte Mousse, which was just a complete disaster (I'm sure you'll all remember).

How did you get into makeup?
I remember just getting to an age where I became interested in my appearance for the first time, and used makeup to experiment with that. Most of my friends were wearing foundation and stuff as well and I wanted to join the club. Since then my love for makeup has just grown!

What are some of your favourite brands?
I like quite a variety of brands to be honest, a good mixture of drugstore and high end. I think my favourite drugstore brands have to be Soap & Glory and NYX. I'm so happy that NYX made their way over to the UK as I love absolutely I own by them. Soap & Glory never fail to deliver as well. High end wise, I do love Urban Decay but who doesn't? Also I'm slowly discovering NARS, so probably them too.

What does makeup mean to you?
It just makes me happy to be honest, I just like owning it. I always enjoy putting it on in the morning and I actually like to take some pride in it haha. Its helped me to hide blemishes that I don't want people to see, and get rid of those stupid dark circles I have (shout out to you concealer). 

If you could only wear four products on your face, what would they be?
Seventeen Stay Time Concealer, holy grail concealer to be honest and I couldn't live without it. Soap & Glory Solar Powder, such a brilliant bronzer to warm up my super pale face. Benefit Roller Lash mascara because that stuff is just the bomb. And right now it'd have to be my Tanya Burr Enchanted Dream palette.

What is your favourite thing about makeup?
Its just so enjoyable to apply, I always take my time (when I'm not late) and its just a fun process really. I also just love owning it and talking about it on my blog. I guess its a good 'hobby' to have, at least I'm collecting makeup and not doing drugs or something haha.

What do you think of drugstore vs high end makeup?
High end makeup does tend to be better, BUT not always. I started using drugstore makeup and I still love it to this day. Most the makeup I own/use is from Boots so it must be half decent. If you look in the right places, you can find some real gems in the drugstore.

What is the one makeup trend you've never understood?
I understand them all to be honest, but extreme contouring doesn't quite suit me so I've never tried it and keep it subtle. But apart from that, go wild do what ya like!

I tag everyone to do this as it was just so much fun!

- Lucy

Friday, 29 July 2016

A Trip To Brighton | Photo Diary

I hope you enjoyed these photos of my lil trip to the dreamland that is Brighton...

On Tuesday me and my boyfriend went down to Brighton for the day. Its about an hour and a half trip from where I live which isn't too bad, even if the trains are a bit temperamental. We went to the pier as soon as we got there, which is just so pretty. You can see the old pier from the new one, which I find so fascinating and beautiful. We then took a walk down to the lanes, which I was desperate to visit. They're so colourful with gorgeous graffiti work down side streets etc. I also got my nose pierced there at 'Punk-Tured' which is a super cool piercing studio, shout out to the lady who pierced me, she was amazing! There was so many vintage/second hand shops too, which I could have spent all day in. I love vintage grunge type clothing so I was in my element. Oh and how could I forget, we went to Franco Manca for lunch and the pizza I had was to die for! The one photographed was actually my boyfriends (I didn't have any meat on mine). Thank you Brighton for an amazing day, and I will be back very soon!

Have you ever visited Brighton?

- Lucy


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Pretty Designs With CaseApp + Giveaway

I'm obsessed with phone cases, I own at least 7 now and I don't think anybody needs that many. So when CaseApp got in touch I was very happy to pick out a case and a laptop skin...

The first thing I picked out was this amazing Hawaii Dreams Phone Case*. I've been on the hunt for a leaf print phone case for the longest time and I finally have one, yay. Its a matte texture, so I feel like it won't scratch too easily, bonus. Its very sturdy, and wraps around your phone nicely so if you were to drop it it'd give good protection. Overall I'm just in love with this case and I think its going to be sticking around on my phone for a long time.

The second thing I picked up was this White Classic Marbel Macbook Skin*. Which blogger wouldn't love this? Marble has become a very popular trend and to have it on the back of my laptop is amazing haha. It looks so chic, and it went on really easily as well. This is also going to prevent your laptop from getting scratched or marked which is fab. I can't stop looking at the back of my laptop, I'm obsessed with this!

Although CaseApp do some amazing ready made designs like I picked out, you can also make custom cases/skins too. Which I think I'll be doing in the near future, as it'll be your own unique design! If you'd like to do this I have a 20% discount code for you, just enter 'FOREVERSEPTEMBER20' when purchasing and its valid until August 14th 2016. 

The lovely people at CaseApp have also let me run a giveaway which is SO exciting! You can win a CaseApp product worth £22, by filling out the Rafflecopter down below. The terms and conditions are:
- You must enter all the mandatory options on the Rafflecopter 
- This giveaway is open internationally 
- The winner will be picked at random via Rafflecopter
- There will only be one winner
- The giveaway will run for 3 weeks (27th July 2016 - 17th August 2016)

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Good luck!

- Lucy
Items included in this post were sent for review, however opinions are 100% my own*

Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Sunday Chatter #12

Its been a long time since my last Sunday chatter, but alas I am here with a bit of a life update and what I've been enjoying lately...

First of all would you look at that sky?! I took this about two/three weeks ago now and I'm so in love with the beautiful pinks and purples, looks magical. But anyway, I'm FINALLY on my summer holidays (thank god)! I'm so happy to be off of college for the next month and hopefully get a lot of rest. 

I'm off to Brighton on Tuesday which I am SO excited about, I've never been before but it looks dreamy. I'd love some recommendations of where to eat, what to see and do etc. Expect to see a blog post from my day there anyway haha! I'm also off to Centre Parc's in August with my family, which I'm also quite excited about. Me and my Mum have a spa morning booked in, which is so needed right now.

Now onto what I've been loving recently..

Helen Andersons vlogs - I'm obsessed with Helen, I find her so cool and watching her vlogs makes me so happy. Plus her dogs are literally soo adorable!

The Makeup Directory - I loove Sally's blog so much, she writes beautifully and her photography is so lovely. She's recently become a full time blogger and I think she deserves all the love she can get. Definitely go and check her blog out if you haven't already!

Depop - I've been loving using Depop recently, I've put up a few summer bits on there (my username is '@itsluce' if you want to check it out). And I've bought a few new bits and I just think its a great little app if you're looking for unique bits and bobs.

Thats that really, I can't wait for my little trip to Brighton and to share it with you all. What have you been up to recently?

- Lucy

Friday, 22 July 2016

July Favourites

Not quite the end of July yet but close enough, so here we have my July favourites...

I haven't done a favourites posts in seems like forever, so I thought it was time I popped one up. I've actually been enjoying a few new things throughout July which I'm excited to share (or already have shared)! 

I raved about this in a recent post, but I've just been LOVING this product. I do love a good gloss because they always feel more comfortable than matte formulas to me. Well for an everyday basis anyway. I have the shade Angel Food Cake and its the most gorgeous dusky pink, a your lips but better shade. For a daily basis I think this is stunning, and don't find the formula sticky at all. Winner for me!

New Look Silver Hoop Earrings | £2
It was actually £2 for a pack of two I believe, it came with silver and gold but I'm much more of a silver jewellery person. I've just really been enjoying wearing these, I used to find large hoop earrings quite 'chavy' buuuut they've come back into fashion and I just think they're really cool.

I also did a review of this recently, but I've been using it pretty much everyday since I purchased it. This is from Tanya Burr's new soft luxe range, and its soo pretty. I've been using the champagne highlight shade all over the lid with the lighter brown shade through the crease. Its so good for an everyday eye look, and isn't overly pigmented so just works really well on a daily basis.

I picked this up recently, so I haven't been using it the whole of July but I've still been enjoying it nevertheless. Straight up, I'm crap at eyeliner. I just can't do it, I always mess it up and my wing looks ridiculous every time. But I'm not one for giving up (sometimes) so I picked up a new eyeliner. I picked this up in dark brown, because I figured it'd look more natural than black and I was right. This eyeliner is so easy to apply as the tip is fairly thin and I can just about do a wing, a very tiny wing but still its a step forward haha.

I've seen these belts everywhere recently, but I picked this up at the beginning of June but have been really loving it this month. Since we've had some seriously hot days this past week, I've been wearing my black mom shorts from Topshop, with this wrapped around. I love the two paired together and just think it gives such a grungy look, definitely my style.

What have you been loving this month?

- Lucy

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Current Favourite Eyebrow Products

Eyebrow products are something I'm still learning about & discovering...

I've done one of these posts before, about a year ago actually. If you want to have a look at what products I was previously using on my brows you can look here. I have quite 'bushy' eyebrows that are pretty dark, but these products seem to really work with the shape and colour of my brows.

I've never tried a pomade before, but I was intregued by the Anastasia offering but wasn't willing to spend that much money on it. So when I saw this from NYX I knew I had to give it a go. I opted for the shade 'Espresso' which is the second to darkest shade, its basically a deep brown shade. I use this with my angled RT brush and just apply a small amount along the lengths of my brows. This works so well and I love how natural it keeps your brows looking! It fills in any sparse areas well and just gives your brows a bolder look. Would highly recommend this for the price it is!

I've been using this brow gel for quite a while now and have really been enjoying it. I have this in the shade medium/dark but it also comes in light/medium and transparent. When I want a more natural look or I'm in a hurry I'll use this on its own, as it tames your brows but gives them a really lovely tint. This works well on top of the NYX pomade as well to just set the brows into place. Unlike other brow gels I've tried this doesn't make your eyebrows crispy, bonus! I'd really recommend this if you're looking out for a good budget tinted brow gel!

What are your favourite brow products?

- Lucy


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Film Photography | Olympus OM20

Photography is one of my favourite things...

Sooo, I wanted to incorporate more photography style posts onto my blog because I love it just as much as I love makeup. I recently subscribed to 'Negative Feedback' on YouTube (Estée's recommendation). George, who is the content creator, reviews and goes around taking photos of beautiful places on film cameras. I'm obsessed with the videos he puts out, they're amazing so it inspired me to pick up my own film camera and give it a go.

I thought I'd do a little round up review of this beauty, incase any of you were interested or thinking about getting a film camera yourself. So first off, I got this off of eBay for about £30. I think I paid a good price for it to be honest, as its an 80s SLR camera. It comes with a 50mm kit lens, which is awesome because I love my 50mm for my Canon 70D. You can use it manually or automatically like on a regular modern SLR. Although its very different because you have to make sure the lighting is absolutely spot on before taking the picture because otherwise it may be ruined when it comes to having the film developed. When you look through the view finder, on the left hand side are little green numbers that go up and down when you turn the lens and having it on 60 or 125 is the best as you should get that nice crisp image.

The manual for this camera is great and pretty much tells you everything you need to know in simple terms, like how to put in the film for example. I struggled with this a lot because its quite fiddly and if you've never used a film camera before it can be quite a task. Once you get the hang of it its alright, but it does worry me that I've done it wrong and I'll use up a whole film roll and it'll come out black. But oh well, I guess thats the beauty of film photography. I've only used black & white film in this camera so far, but the images came out wonderfully. They're really crisp and clear, which I think is down to the 50mm lens that it comes with. I've currently got some colour film in there and I will definitely be sharing the photos when I get them developed. 

There we have it, I can't wait to start sharing the images I get from this! If you have any other questions about it feel free to ask, I enjoy writing about photography/cameras so I hope to do more in the future!

- Lucy

Friday, 15 July 2016

Lets Talk About Animal Testing & Cruelty

This time last year the topic of animal testing/cruelty had hardly phased me...

This post is simply to gather my thoughts on animal testing/cruelty and how I feel about it at this point in my life. Its quite a 'hot topic' right now, and veganism itself has become a popular phenomenon in the recent years. I'm in no place to comment on the matter as I'm not a vegan myself but recently have been making some conscious decisions to change my diet & looking at the beauty products I buy.

A month or so ago I picked up one of Lush's 'Fighting Animal Testing' tote bags. Not every product I use is cruelty free unfortunately, which makes me quite sad. I can't bring myself to get rid of these products because I mean, they cost a lot of damn money (shoutout to you MAC). Since buying the tote bag I haven't (I don't think) made any beauty purchases from brands that test on animals. And I would quite like to keep it that way. Its such a shame that brands like MAC, Estée Lauder, Benefit, Bumble & Bumble etc test on animals. Such popular brands, that make some amazing products test on these poor little animals. 

Being a beauty blogger I don't want to miss out on these products everybody seems to be raving about, but then again I can't help but think of the animal cruelty that is so pointless and uncalled for. I can't really decide right now at this point in time whether I'll carry on making the decision to go cruelty please don't hold me for that one! I'll try my best but who knows, I'd love to know your thoughts, opinions etc on the whole beauty product matter!

Diet wise, the only REAL change I've properly made is swapping normal milk for almond milk. This is 1) because almond milk tastes 10x better than normal milk and 2) the way milk is produced. I didn't know up until about six months ago how milk was made/produced. I (naively) believed that cows produced milk no matter what, thats just what they do right? Wrong. Female cows are impregnated in order for them to produce milk all the time. Thats nasty, why do they have to do that? Many people would argue that thats the way it is, get over it, we need milk so just be quiet. Well I can't really deal with the fact that those cows have to go through that all the time to produce milk for us. So almond or soya milk it is for me! I'm still yet to make the switch for cheese and other milk based products but I sure will once I've left home (I'm still too young to have my own house haha).

So thats basically my thoughts on animal testing & cruelty, but I'd be so interested to hear your opinions on the matter as I think its such an important and relevant topic right now!

- Lucy

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Getting My Glow On

Since we haven't been getting a huge amount of sunshine in the UK recently, I've resorted to giving myself the tan I need...

I said recently that fake tan wasn't really my thing, and its not to be honest. I'm extremely pale though and in the summer I look a little out of place and I just feel as though I need a bit of a bronze.

This stuff is pretty damn cheap for the quality of the product. I was previously using the St Tropez In Shower Tan but I wanted something a little more instant than a gradual tan. This has been really great to be honest, it smells like peaches when you're applying it which is amazing! Its a little scary when first applied as its quite dark but thats just so you know when to apply and it helps to avoid streaks and patches. You can leave this for up to 3 hours for a dark tan or 1 hour for a bronzed look. I left it on for an hour and it really worked for me. It gave me a lovely bronzy glow which wasn't orange either (bonus), nor was it patchy or streaky. If you're looking for a cheap fake tan I'd highly recommend this!

Before tanning its a really good idea to scrub away any dry/dead skin. I saw this in Sainsbury's believe it or not, and it was cheap soo I picked it up. I wasn't expecting much from this but its brilliant. Its not too gentle but not overly harsh on the skin so its easy to scrub off any dry skin. The smell reminds me of Harribo Tangfastics as well which is a bonus!

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster | £19
I've never tried anything from Clarins before but so many bloggers rave about the brand that I didn't mind spending almost £20 on these little drops. This is a fake tan for your face essentially, I could just use my regular fake tan on my face but I'm too scared. You pop 2-3 drops of this in your moisturiser and massage it into your face as usual. The next morning you should wake up with a lovely bronze glow on your face. I do enjoy using this product and I think its much more efficient than just slapping regular fake tan on your face, and I assume its better for your skin.

What are your go-to fake tanning products?

- Lucy

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Tanya Burr Soft Luxe Collection Eyeshadow Palettes

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The day these little palettes were launched I knew I had to try them out...

I mean look how lovely the shades of those eyeshadows are, as an eyeshadow junkie I couldn't resist. I've only ever tried Tanya Burr's nail varnishes before but quite liked them so I was willing to give some more of her collection a go. These are both from her new Soft Luxe Collection, I plan on picking up the gorgeous nail varnishes and matte liquid lipsticks too.

Lets start off with my favourite of the two, the Enchanted Dream palette. I love every shade in this palette and have already got wear out of them all. The packaging on both of the palettes are cardboard which is quite cheap, but you can't complain as the price is really good. Berry Soufflé is my favourite shade from the bunch, its a lovely taupe brown shade and all over the lid this looks gorgeous. I then add a bit of Cocoa Plum to the centre of my lid and this is a lovely shimmery brown. Magic Carpet then goes through the crease as its a deep chocolate brown shade and finally Moonlit Walk is gorgeous in the inner corners of the eyes to make the whole look pop. The shadows aren't the most pigmented I've ever used but you can really pack them on to give a more opaque colour, and when blended together they look great.

The second palette is Birthday Suit. This has two nude shades and two more browny nude shades. I must say I'm not as impressed with this palette as the Enchanted Dream. Marzipan is probably my favourite shade as its a lovely champagne shimmery nude, lovely for all over the lid or on the inner corners. One shade which is a huge let down in this palette is Cocoa Sugar (the bottom left shade). It has rather large chunks of glitter in it instead of it being nice a shimmery, which I'm not a fan of as it gives a lot of fallout. It looks pretty but the glitter chunks are a bit too much for me. Toast and Soft Truffle are pretty nevertheless, and are great for a simple eyeshadow look.

Overall I like both of the palettes bar one shade. Its a great mix of mattes and shimmers with fairly good pigmentation for the price. I'll definitely be continuing to use these as they can give a really pretty look. 

Have you ever tried anything from Tanya Burr Cosmetics?

- Lucy 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Revisiting My 2016 Goals

I can't quite believe we're six months into the year already...

Seriously how is it July, its going to be Christmas again before we know it! Anyway, I thought it'd be a fun idea to revisit the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year to see how far I've got with them all.

01. Get over my phobias - Okay so I haven't got particularly far with this. I still have both the needle phobia and emetophobia. I suppose I can manage to deal with both a little bit better, but not much. This is something that is going to take more than six months and probably more than a year, but I'll get there!

02. Get more piercings - I've got one more piercing since writing that post so I've gone a step in the right direction. That piercing was my tragus and I love it, plus it didn't hurt getting it either. I still plan on getting my nose pierced by the end of the year but I've still got six months to do that haha!

03. Explore new places - Hmm, again I haven't really done well with this one. To be fair I'm still at college so haven't had a massive amount of time to do so. Summer holidays start this month so hopefully by December I will have managed to achieve this goal!

04. Pass my driving test - I'm well on the way with this one, I have my test booked and its approaching fast. Fingers crossed I pass first time because then this goal will have been achieved and I'll be a very happy girl!

05. Make better blog content - I'm actually pretty proud of my blog and the content right now. About a month ago I had a bit of a struggle with photography and I kept hating everything I was putting up. But now I think I've found a way of photography that suits my style and I'm actually happy with the way Forever September is heading.

06. Create a photo album - This excites me still. I've nearly finished up a whole disposable camera and I'm very excited to get the film developed. I've also just purchased a film camera (Olympus OM20 with a 50mm lens), so I'll get snapping for the next six months and hopefully by Christmas time I'll have a photo album of my 2016 moments.

07. Do a 10K run for charity - This one has been an epic fail and it probably won't be achieved by the end of the year either. I planned on doing the Bognor 10K run with my Dad for an anxiety charity but I just wasn't fit enough and it just ended up never happening. Maybe next year though, I'd like to at some point in my life anyway!

Have you achieved any of your 2016 goals yet?

- Lucy

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Summer Shower Picks

Now we're in July I feel like I can officially call it summer...

Well I mean as summery as Britain can get haha. I like to switch things up a little bit for summer or include things I wouldn't really use in the winter months. First up we've got the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moisture. Aussie products always remind me of summer for some reason, I think its something to do with the scent. Anyway, this is such a fab treatment for your hair whether it be summer or winter. I feel like my hair becomes more dry in the heat so using this every so often really helps to keep the moisture in and it leaves my hair feeling super soft.

Secondly, the Imperial Leather Marshmallow Shower Cream. Literally love this stuffffff. Sweet scents and summer go hand in hand don't they, and this is no exception. This is a lovely (and cheap) shower cream that is just enjoyable to use, because I mean who wouldn't want to lather themselves in something that smells like marshmallows? But if marshmallows aren't your thing they have a fruit salad one as well which is equally as good! Finally the St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion. I'm not a fake tan lover myself to be honest, although you'd think I'd be all over the stuff considering how pale I am. However thats where this comes into the equation. This is great if you're a bit scared of fake tan and you wanna go slow with it. Simply rub this all over yourself in the shower, wait a few minutes and wash off again, voila. It does have a biscuit scent to it unfortunately but I'm willing to over look that. I'd recommend this if you want a light tan or you're using fake tan for the first time!

What are your summer shower essentials?

- Lucy

Friday, 1 July 2016

Dusky Pink Lips With NYX

I have fallen head over heals in love with NYX...

I'm pretty sure everybody knows by now that NYX has landed in Boots and its like the best thing ever. Every time I go to Boots I seem to pick up something new, its like a mini treat to myself. I recently picked up two gorgeous dusky pink shades that I've been lusting over for a while now. 

First up is the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade Bedtime Flirt. As soon as I saw this I knew it had to be mine. The Lip Lingeries are a series of liquid lipsticks NYX bought out not too long ago, and I think they look pretty similar to the Kylie lip kits. As I've mentioned, this is a lovely dusky pink shade and looks very natural on the lips. It does dry matte so it can be kind of drying, but as long as you've applied a good amount of lip balm before hand you'll be good to go. It also doesn't leave an awkward line like a lot of liquid lipsticks do, so all in all I love this shade.

If you prefer something less matte then the NYX Butter Glosses are for you. I picked up the shade Angel Food Cake. Lets take a moment to appreciate this, ugh its so gorgeous. This is probably more of a dusky mauve but I'm obsessed with that. The butter glosses are so moisturising and not at all sticky, which is such a bonus because sticky lip gloss is a no go. It applies so nicely and leaves a gorgeous shine to the lips. I'd really recommend this for every day wear, and if you like your glosses then this is the one for you!

What is your favourite NYX lip product?

- Lucy
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