Friday, 23 January 2015

The Naked On The Run Palette

Here's a spotlight on a palette that has caught my eye had my full attention since it's release. Naked On The Run is the 'do everything' palette - the ultimate travel palette that gives you the works to complete your look. 

Crammed into this palette you get a Perversion mascara, 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Stag, Naked lipgloss in Sesso, six brand new eyeshadow shades in dive, fix, resist, dare, stun and 5050 (which is extra large), a bronzer and a blusher. This is quite some feat for a travel palette. 

And the packaging certainly deserves a mention. Metallic rose gold packaging with an intricate feather-like design, plus a huge mirror.    

I've been putting off using this palette as it's so beautiful, but I just need to take the plunge. The eyeshadows are just my taste, especially the four brown shades. Also, I've never tried any face products from Urban Decay so I'm looking forward to seeing how the bronzer and blush turn out. 

Oh, and this is limited edition so get your hands on it while you still can!

Let me know in the comments if you'd like to see a make-up look created from this palette!


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness

1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything. 

6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small. 

8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything. 

15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.

Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness - Emma Elsworthy 

Something a little different today but when I was small, I loved to write and it made me happy. Somewhere along the way, that feeling has evaporated. I've begun to write this post multiple times, but deleted it and started again. I retouch and edit every aspect of my writing. I'm constantly comparing my writing to the bloggers who inspire me and find I'm falling short. 

Today has been a gradual collection of moments which have made me want to focus on my writing, something which I thought would come naturally to me when I began my blog. One of these moments was finding the above piece of writing by Emma Elsworthy about taking small steps to happiness. Writing can be one of these small steps to happiness for me if I simply shift my perspective on it. 

This was further reinforced when I came across a post by Frassy (here), who spoke of people blogging to put across an enviable life whereas she prefers real women who write with integrity and and passion and heart. The reason I admire the blogs I do is because they write that way, they have a personal writing style and they do all this with conviction. That is the kind of writer I want to be. 


Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Advent Calendar

This post comes a little later than it should considering the Christmas connotations, however, I couldn't help wanting to talk about something which made me excited to get up for 24 days of December. I was more than lucky to be gifted this for my birthday in November as my mum had heard me talk about my want need for a beauty advent calendar.

While I did miss out on chocolate for breakfast like the rest of the country, it was definitely worth it for the gems which I received each morning. The box itself was £49.95 and contains over £240 worth of products from brands such as Liz Earle, Laura Mercier, Aromatherapy Associates, Benefit and Essie. 

Essie 'On a Silver Platter' Nail Varnish (not pictured)

The plethora of products which had gathered by the end of December has fuelled me to focus on the things I already have in my collection and using them up rather than looking at more and more things to do. I'd like to dedicate a couple of evenings a week to having a nice lush bath and pampering time afterwards. I'd also like to set aside more time in the mornings so I don't find myself rushing through my make-up routine, skipping products and sticking to the same look day after day.

I'd definitely recommend bearing this advent calendar in mind towards the end of 2015. It's a excellent way to try out a ton brands and holy grail products without splashing out, especially if you're just out of university like me!

Also note the change in my photos as I was extremely fortunate to receive a Canon DSLR for Christmas. I could not be more grateful for such an amazing gift so look forward to plenty of high quality photos in the future!

Do you have any beauty new year resolutions? Let me know yours in the comments!