Thursday, 27 December 2018

best of beauty 2018

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liz earle cleanse and polish
Now while these are in no particular order, this has got to be up there in my top three. I discovered this via Josie in January and it's honestly just wonderful. I even use it when coming in rather worse for wear at 2am, it's that easy to use. It smells amazing and has entirely sold me on Liz Earle as a brand too!

glossier boy brow
An absolute staple in what I believe should be everyone's make up bags, but Glossier Boy Brow is just so bloody good. I have the shade brown, and use it on top of my ABH brow pomade to make my brows a bit fuller and bushier at the top.

charlotte tilbury magic cream
Another 2018 discovery and one that won't be going anywhere soon. This cream has a wonderfully thick consistency without being greasy on the skin, but enough to actually make you feel like your skin is moisturised and absorbing something. I have very dry skin, especially throughout the winter and I just find that using this before my make up gives my skin something to smile about. Plus it smells f-a-b.

nars sheer glow foundation
Now this foundation has long been a favourite of mine, and will probably never be replaced. Whilst I do like to switch it up from time to time, I always make sure I have a bottle of this handy. I wear the shade Deauville if you're interested and it matches my skin perfectly.

bareminerals bare pro foundation
A recent discovery, but all the while worthy of it's place here. I find this very similar to my beloved Nars base, but with a tiny bit more coverage so it's perfect on those days where you really need a bit of a boost. I'm also shade 2 in this which stuns me, so definitely worth getting matched in real life!

aerin hibiscus palm fragrance
Another gift from Josie, but honestly so lovely. The scent of this really reminds me of my childhood, and I'm not sure why. I think it smells similar to something that my late Nanna used to wear and throws me back entirely. It's really sweet and floral which isn't something I usually go for but there's just something pretty and nostalgic about it.

drunk elephant t.l.c framboos glycol night serum
Possibly the most recent discovery on my list, and one you really need to persevere with but having stuck it out for a month or so I can safely say it's fabulous. This one really stings when you first start using it, like really. I audibly screamed the first time I used it - BUT stick it out and it's amazing. My skin is more balanced, less red and a lot smoother. A total winner.

bareminerals oil cleanser
Finding this product made my life harder as it meant I had to choose whether to use this or my Cleanse and Polish in the evening, it's that good. I've never used an oil cleanser before this one but Gina at bareMinerals had me sold when she used it on me in store. It takes my make up off so wonderfully whilst not drying it out due to the oil, perfect for skin like mine!it cosmetics superhero mascara
THIS IS SO GOOD, YOU NEED IT. The end (yes, I wear it every day and I often get asked if my lashes are extensions)

bobbi brown bronzer 
Finally, rounding off the year with a new bronzer. I love this particular one as like my other favourite, Benefit Hoola, it's matte and not muddy on the skin. It's perfect for adding a little bit of a glow and I honestly feel like it entirely changes my face when I apply it. Totally recommend!
Honorable mentions; Benefit Hoola, The Ordinary Serum foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, The Wet Brush, Pixi Glow Tonic and Origins Night-a-Mins moisturiser

What were your favourites this year?

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

just an outfit

Outfits Outfits

I promised I'd do another outfit post soon, so here I am, before the year is out. I get pretty sad because I often feel like there's no place for blog any more, and few people take the time out to read them now. I really miss both blogging and finding the time to read more, so if you have any faves please do send them my way.

In other news, this outfit was a few weeks ago when it wasn't positively arctic - hence the lack of coat. I'm struggling to find a place for these satin skirts now it's so chilly. I don't think they suit tights or taller boots so I'm at a bit of a loss, any ideas?

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Monday, 10 December 2018

getting a puppy

Pepe x Petplan
Following on from Bear's five minutes of fame, I thought it was only fair that Pepe got his chance to shine too. When Petplan got in touch and asked if I'd be interested sharing my #Pethoodstory, naturally I jumped at the chance to talk about my newest furry son.

I thought the best way to go about it (without just sitting here gushing about how great he is) was to talk about the highs and lows of getting a puppy, as well as a few things to note if you're thinking of doing the same.

So, a bit of a back story; I'd wanted a pug for what felt like forever, but in 2013 I stumbled upon Tako on Instagram and knew I needed one of these funny faced little friends first. I spent years planning, but with being at uni and living in rented housing, I could never take the plunge. Low and behold, whilst doing my weekly rounds on websites for Brussels Griffons, I found two lil lads in need of a new home. I rang my mum, flapping and of course was told not to be so ridiculous. Three weeks later, Pepe was in the back of my car on the way back to London. 
*I'm going to pop in here that I was comfortably self employed at this point!

It all sounds pretty romantic, and to be honest it was. I've grown up with dogs so knew what to expect, and obviously I have had Bear for five years so was used to some responsibility, but then the reality of suddenly having a tiny furry puppy that needed constant love and affection hit. Having a dog is very different to a cat, it's a lot more work, a lot more walks and a fair amount more poop (sorry). 
Things to consider when thinking if a puppy is right, right now:
  • Can you be with him/her a lot? Puppies get separation anxiety if left alone a lot and need to build a routine. Usually not possible without a dog walker, or someone to look after them if you're employed full time.
  • Are you ready to commit 10-20 years of your life? Nothing bothers me more than people getting pets for vanity reasons, and then later rehoming them or worse, abandoning them. They're a tiny member of the family and should be treated as such. As much as I'd like to have got rid of my sister, the premise is the same.
  • Can you afford to insure, feed and pay for all the miscellaneous costs that come with a puppy? They're definitely not cheap! Insurance is a must in my opinion, as well as picking good food based on their size and requirements etc.
They're a few things to think about if you're about to take the plunge, and they're all totally worth it for the endless love and accidents on the carpet, promise! Pepe is an absolute joy, and honestly just seeing the smile he puts on everyone's faces is so worth it. I can't take him anywhere without someone stopping us to say hello, even if he does often woof in their face.

Now onto the fun stuff! Petplan have given me the chance to giveaway a £150 Amazon voucher (lots of good dog things on there) to one of you guys! They're asking you to share your Pethood Stories and fill in the below form. 
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This post is in collaboration but all love for small animals and views are my own!

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