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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Brighton | Weekend Away

This Easter weekend my boyfriend and I took a trip down to Brighton. I have wanted to visit Brighton for many years now and It didn't fail to disappoint me. The weather started out rainy on our first day however it got better gradually, and we ended up getting some photos in the sun. I am so glad that I managed to take lots of photos so that I can remember what a brilliant time we had together, and I thought It would be nice to select a few and share them in a blogpost for you.

Brighton really does have everything you would ever need! The stunning beach, the pier, the lanes with so many independent and quirky shops, the array of restaurants and the shopping centre with all your high street stores.
We travelled to Brighton by train and on our first day we had a walk around to discover how easy it is to get lost. Brighton isn't very big but can get confusing at times. We had a lovely Italian meal that evening and then got a good nights sleep ready for the next day of adventures.
The next morning we went out for a big breakfast to prepare ourselves for a day of shopping. We ended up walking over 40,000 steps in two days so we certainly burnt off all the delicious food we had been eating.
The following day we ventured up the i360 which was a breathtaking and wonderful experience. The views of Brighton were simply stunning and I’m certainly glad we made time to do that. Finally, that evening we couldn’t decide where to eat- so, we went to three different restaurants for each course of our meal. We live a crazy life!
Overall, we had a wonderful time in Brighton and look forward to visiting again in the future.



With love, 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Back to Blogging

It has been nearly a year since my last blog post and I’m at a place in my life where I am ready to open the laptop back up and update you on what’s been happening.
As you know I am a student and have been in my third year training as a beauty therapist. I knew this final year of studies would be difficult and I wanted to focus all of my down time on revision instead of blogging, which is exactly what I have been doing. I have gone through many note books and pens studying for my course. We had 9 new treatments to learn with all new machines, as well as all the theory and anatomy and physiology behind it all. I now only have five exams left and a couple of practical assessments and then I will be all signed off and looking for work in a salon. These past three years have been life changing for me, I have learnt a large amount and have grown so much as a person. If you would like to see a post on my experience studying Beauty Therapy then let me know in the comments, as i feel it could be very beneficial for the aspiring beauticians out there. 

This year i have put down the makeup and developed my passion for skincare. My college course includes electrical facial treatments and I have found studying the skin and the benefits these treatments have extremely interesting. I have trained with Eve Taylor skincare through my college and that opened up my eyes to the world of skincare, aromatherapy and body care.
I am still working in the bakery part time however this year I have gained work experience in a salon. During my work experience I answered phone calls, booked appointments and was also able to demonstrate a handful of treatments on the manager to gain feedback. Working in this salon only made me more excited to begin my career as a beauty therapist and to train in as many treatments as possible. In the future I am wanting to extend my treatment list and specialise as a esthetician. I would also love to learn more spa treatments as my course doesnt provide that. For example, Body wraps, Hot stones and Indian head massage are all treatments I would love to train in. Overall, I am looking forward to the upcoming years so I can find my feet in the industry and start the rest of my life as a beauty therapist.

In other news, this year i have met my boyfriend. He and I have been to together for almost a year now and he has improved my life for the better. He makes me laugh, he has improved my confidence and makes me want to be a better person. We have been on many trips together this year, we have visited; Ambleside, Norfolk, Sherwood Forest, Brighton and we have just booked a holiday to Gran Canaria this summer. We met back in May 2017 and have been inseparable ever since. I have always had plans to open my own business in the future and it just so happens that he studies International Business at Loughborough University so i now have my business and life partner.

With all that being said, I have truly missed blogging and can't wait to begin writing again. In terms of blog posts I have many ideas of what I wish to speak about however your suggestions are always welcome in the comments below. I want to thank you all for reading this post and for sticking with me during this break I have taken. Here's to a new start!

With Love,

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Let's Talk: Foundations

A question I always get asked is "What foundation are you wearing" or "What's the best foundation" but unfortunately there is no quick answer. When it comes to collecting makeup foundations are a category that has quickly become out of hand. I love buying and testing new foundations which means I certainly have a large collection of them. However today I've decided to discuss with you my most worn and ultimate favourite bases; Bare in mind that everyone's skin is different and a product that works wonders on myself may not be the perfect match on you. I have a normal skin with a tendency to become oily in the TZone therefore I typically prefer a liquid or stick foundation with a matte finish and a medium to full coverage.  But without further a do, if you would like to know my top 7 foundations then keep on reading...

Nars Sheer Glow

For those girls with dry or dehydrated skin this is the perfect foundation for you due to its luminous and dewy finish, however I feel as though it could work on most skin types. It has great coverage and gives a flawless finish even with any large pores, texture, dry patches or blemishes. My prefered method of application is with a beauty blender and a little goes a long way with this foundation which is a good thing since it lasts a very long time. I have it in the shade 'Mont Blanc' which is a great match and I dont find it to oxidise throughout the day. Once set with powder it's longwearing and makes my skin look simply perfect. I have purchased this foundation 3 times now which suggests it's a favourite; my only complaint would be the separate purchase for the pump that i feel should be included since it's a fairly expensive product. 

Mac Studio Fix

This product has been a trusty makeup companion for years and has been repurchased countless times. It's my go-to foundation that has a medium, buildable coverage that is also fairly matte, so it helps to combat my oily areas. I wouldn't recommend this foundation to those with a dry skin as I feel it could cling to dry patches nonetheless in my opinion it would work perfectly for oily/combination skin types. As a very pale person, I wear NC15 which i find to be a great colour match. I choose to either apply this with a dampened beauty blender or my Artis brush and I am able to achieve a perfect finish. Again this foundation doesnt come with the pump and you have to purchase it separately but it's such a minor setback to how much I love this product.

Too Faced Born This Way

This is a great foundation for those with combination/dry skin due to it's moisturising factors and it is also fragrance free making it a great option for anyone with sensitive skin.It works well to cover uneven skin tone with its medium to full coverage and I love the packaging of this product which luckily comes with a pump. I like to apply this with a dampened beauty blender and I am left with a beautiful dewy looking base that once powdered stays put for hours. I have it in the shade 'Snow' which I find to be the perfect colour match for me. 

Loreal True Match

This is my favourite drugstore foundation that I find compares to my more expensive bases. It is drugstore which suggests it's very reasonably priced so if you're on a budget and are looking for a product that performs like a high end foundation for half the price this could be the one for you. Again, this would be the perfect foundation for those with combination skin. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone with overly dry or extremely oily skin as it feel it might not suit you. I find this to be an incredibly smooth foundation with a satin finish and brilliant coverage. The texture is so silky when applied to the skin with a beauty blender and it really blends so easily. This is the best budget foundation I've found for lasting power, once set it can wear for hours.

Estee Lauder Double Wear

This is the foundation I will wear when I know I'm having a long day and I want my makeup to still be intact by the evening. This is hands down the best product for staying power and it's a great medium to full coverage foundation that is suitable for oily, combination or normal skin. For those with a more dry skin types I would perhaps suggest using the hydrating primer or thick moisturiser before using as I think It could possibly cling to any dry areas you may have present. A little goes a long way with this and I enjoy applying it with either a beauty blender or my Artis brush in order to get a flawless finish. In terms of finish I wouldn't say it's either matte or dewy and i dont find it to oxidise throughout the day. The packaging is very classic and beautiful but it doesnt come with a pump so I actually use a Mac pump on this foundation!

Makeup Forever HD Foundation Stick

For those days when I want a quick and easy makeup look this is my go-to foundation. When applied with the Zoeva Buffer brush it takes a matter of seconds to apply the stick foundation straight onto the face and buff it into the skin. It's very creamy and is simply a dream to blend, without effort you are able to get a medium coverage with a satin finish that looks smooth and flawless. This foundation works great on my combination skin although I can imagine it would stick to dry patches so be aware if you have dry skin that you will need to use a hydrating primer beforehand. I was worried that this might enhance or settle into my pores although it actually glides over them making my complexion look perfect. It definitely needs setting with a powder to ensure it doesnt slip around the skin or separate after a few hours but once set it lasts for a good 7 hours.

Mac Studio Sculpt

This is a very creamy foundation with a medium buildable coverage which is hydrating and claims to be water resistant also. It 's a great foundation for dry to combination skin however if you are overly oily i'm not sure this would work for you. It's the perfect colour match and i find it to look natural whilst still providing great coverage and hiding any imperfections and redness. It's easy to apply with a beauty blender however the consistency of the foundation is quite thick and sticky so it definitely needs setting with a powder. You also only need a small amount of product so it's certainly going to last you a long time. 

I really hope that you have enjoyed this post and It's perhaps helped you to find your perfect foundation. Is there a foundation that you think I would absolutely love, let me know in the comments as I'm always willing to try more. 

With love, 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libra | Review

Today I decided to bring you a mini review on this Chanel Powder which I have been testing for the past few weeks. Before trying this I was using the RCMA no colour powder however the packaging soon became an annoyance and I'd been on the lookout for a new loose powder to replace that one. I then came across the Chanel Poudre Universelle Libra Loose Powder and figured I would give it a try. So, without further a do here are my thoughts on this product. 

First of all, it goes without saying that the packaging is simply stunning as all Chanel products are, It's most certainly a dressing table decor piece. My prefered method of application is with a beauty blender (although it does come with a Chanel Powder Puff); I like to press it into the skin as I find it ensures I stay matte all day and it keeps my makeup in place for absolute hours. The product itself is very finely milled which allows for a smooth finish without looking cakey, thick or dry. It has a natural finish that is light and weightless although i find it very mattifying without looking flat. Any other powder products i apply on top always blend seamlessly and I never have to re-touch throughout the day. I have it in the shade 20 Clair and it's a great match for my NC15 skin tone.The package itself is quite large, containing what seems to be an inexhaustible amount of product which I doubt I'll be using up anytime soon; It has a subtle scent that isn't noticeable upon application. 

The first day that i tried this foundation I wore it with my Makeup Forever HD foundation stick and after being at work all day in the heat I got home and my base was still flawless. This for me is a true test of a powder as it's very important for my base to stay matte and to ensure the oil is kept at bay especially on my T Zone. It works wonderfully to set my concealer ensuring that it doesnt crease and looks impeccable. Because of that I would most certainly recommend this powder despite the fact it's pricey I for sure think it's worth it. This product has now taken place of the RCMA and Laura Mercier powders as I honestly think it's the best! 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you've tried this powder let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Would you like me to continue doing posts and mini reviews on products as It's something I could definitely do. 

With Love,