Monday, 17 November 2014

Ramblings: Is volunteering the answer to my problems?

I have always wanted to volunteer once I finished uni. Somewhere overseas in a complete foreign culture. I have always believed that it may be my calling. But now that the time has come to start planning, I feel very overwhelmed with all the places that I could go, that it is hard to choose where might be best. It has made me doubt whether volunteering is right for me. I worry that I won't fit in, and that I won't connect with people. But then maybe it is exactly what I need to find my niche, and to truly connect with other people. I am in no means worried about the work being too taxing, I enjoy doing things that help others, things that have a purpose. I guess I'm just scared that I will be terribly lonely. But in my mind I know that I won't be satisfied unless I at least give it a go.

Sometimes it's good to ramble away, to loosen and untie some of the knots in your mind.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Palma Violets

I am loving this band at the moment! I don't even know how to describe them. They are just so cool! Step Up For The Cool Cats is the best. Have a listen.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Glowing Skin -Three Products

I thought this day would never come, but here it is...I now love to glow!
I used to have such an aversion to glowing skin because it just made me feel greasy and dirty! I could never achieve the 'lit from within' look. But now due to a series of events (my skin has changed, I have upped the anti on skincare and I now wear a lot less foundation), I find myself loving a natural glow a lot more. It can make you feel more relaxed, and I find myself worrying less about how my makeup wears throughout the day and just sort of go with it. I touch up with powder, but not nearly as much as I used to back in my uni days.

Products I rely on to enhance the glow:

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. I love this moisturiser! It is so nourishing and moisturising but never seems to look greasy on the skin. I use out pretty much daily at the moment because my skin gets terribly dehydrated! It also creates a great base for makeup to go onto and acts as a nice subtle primer. 

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. Now i know that the name says matte... but I find this product to go on matte, but actually wear beautifully throughout the day into a natural finish. I apply this straight on top of my Embriolisse moisturiser and use a Real Techniques Buffing Brush to work it the product into my skin. I use a light dusting of powder on the T-zone, but only very little!! It stays put pretty much all day, with only a small amount of wear that I could touch up, but it doesn't really bother me.

Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polish. This in the cherry on top of my makeup routine...and the name says it all! It's like a pearly champagne colour and looks amazingly subtle on the cheekbones. I usually apply this across the tops of my cheekbones with my fingers, and buff in with my buffing brush to create a more natural finish.

So these are the products I rely on to create a lovely and natural glow, which I find to be beautiful all year round! What products do you rely on for maximum glow factor?


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Different Blogs I'm loving

These blogs are my most frequented of late. They sort of fit into three categories; fashion, beauty and health.

The fashion bloggers:

Man Repeller. Wit, humour and fashion.This blog takes a very tounge in cheek approach to all things fashion and I love it! I also love the diet section where Leandra and Amelia subject their bodies to some very extreme diets such as the sugar diet, tequila diet and most recently, the Bastille Day Diet, which actually looks quite tasty! Always an entertaining read.

The Coveteur and IntotheGloss. I've paired these two blogs together because I find that they have a fairly similar structure. They both do awesome interviews with interesting people and take a look into their wardrobes and beauty regimes. My favourite reads  from The Coveteur are about the closets of Karli Kloss and Lisa Eldridge. IntotheGloss focuses more on the Top Shelf, by delving through the contents of peoples' bathrooms. My favourite Top Shelf has to be Lea Seydoux's, because I am absolutely obsessed with her!

The beauty gurus:

Viviannadoesmakeup and LilyPebbles. These are my trusty guides for all things beauty. A mix of high end and drug store products, these blogs are great if you're looking for something new but not sure whether or not to buy it. The reviews are honest, regardless of sponsoring, and the makeup menus are actually quite inspiring, especially because Anna and Lily are not makeup artists, and have just as much luck of perfecting winged liner as I do! I also love the weekly vlogs that both Anna and Lily do, especially because their vlogs often overlap.

The health girls:

DeliciouslyElla. I have loved this blog for a while now. It was the first raw vegan blog that I was actually inspired by, and gave me the kick that I needed to health up my diet! I always make the superfood bread, and even my brother is obsessed with it! The smoothies are also awesome and there are so many different flavours to choose from. It's a great blog if you're just starting out with changing your diet as there's so many tasty recipes to choose from!

NaturallySassy. I just discovered this blog about a week ago and since then I have made so many of the recipes! Being vegan and plant based this blog is perfect for me! I felt like I had been in a bit of a rut lately with cooking tasty meals that were also healthy and vegan, and out of luck and chance I came across this blog!

So these are my favourite blogs at the moment!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

I need fun in my life -weekly rants

1. "The less you own the more freedom you have, so I went home and I threw it all away!"

2. Eyebrows are an addictive habit. So is nail polish. However, my actual brows and nails are never well groomed...

3. Sometimes chopping your own hair can feel really good! *Cue photo of a scruffy fringe*

4. It is perfectly acceptable to drink beers alone in a bar if... 1. the beer is tasty, 2. you are reading Kerouac, 3. it is daylight outside, and 4. the chairs are comfy!

5. I may or may not be in love with Daniel Radcliffe.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint

I bought this about a week ago from Cult Beauty and have been wearing it all week! I have been leaning towards lighter coverage foundations, because my skin has really improved lately.  I can get away with wearing this with only a bit of concealer under the eyes and around my nose. It leaves such a natural finish on the  skin, and wears well throughout the day. I get quite an oily t-zone throughout the day but this leaves my skin with a lovely glow which doesn't look greasy.

The colour match is spot on for me. I got the shade Porcelain which is their lightest shade. It can be quite difficult finding a good shade because most turn out too pink or orange. Even though I have fair skin, in the summertime I can get quite an olive tan if I'm in the sun long enough.

The coverage is so subtle that sometimes I skip the blush, and it doesn't make me look washed out like most foundations do when I don't wear blush. But then its still able to blur imperfections, without looking like I have any products on my skin.

My favourite way to apply it is roughly with my fingers and then I buff it in with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and finish off with a light dusting of powder.

I was drawn to this product after reading reviews from thedauphine and essiebutton about it, and I have been lusting over it ever since! It's probably the most low maintenance tinted moisturiser/foundation I have ever tried. I feel like this is most definitely going to turn into an everyday HG for me!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Nars Sheer Glow -Unhappy Opinions

I wanted to love this foundation, but unfortunately I just couldn't. I have tried all different ways of applying it; with a primer, fingers, different brushes, but nothing seemed to work. It would go on alright, however if there was even a touch of dryness to my skin it would cling and emphasise the dryness. It also would not build up enough coverage in the areas I needed it, that being my nose and chin, but it would look too heavy on my cheeks. It wore badly throughout the day, slipping and sinking into my pores, especially on my cheeks and around my nose. But I know this is a cult product, which so many people love, unfortunately it just doesn't work for me. No matter how much I wanted it to! Next on my list to try is the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint and the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. Hopefully I have better luck with these products!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

New Obsessions, Old Obsessions: Music

I thought I would start a series of New Obsessions, Old Obsessions posts where I talk about things that I have been obsessing over more frequently. I'm going to start off with music, because that's what inspired this mini post series, but I'll also do some posts on beauty, fashion, food and everything else I seem to be finding myself obsess over.

New Obsession: Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time. I just got into this album when I heard the song Boys, and I instantly fell in love with it, which led to me streaming the whole album, and getting caught up in a fantasy of the world in which Sky Ferreira would possibly live in.

Old Obsession: Radiohead. No particular album here, just Radiohead in general. I've been getting all nostalgic on my iTunes lately. Certain songs that have been hitting the repeat button more frequently, including Just, Last Flowers, Let Down and Lurgee.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Style Muse: Matthew Hitt

I admire when people have their own style, and they stick to their guns. As a Drowners fan I find myself scrolling through tumblr looking at photos of Matt Hitt, and admiring not just his amazingly good looks, but also his own personal style. Skinny jeans, leather jacket, band T-shirt, and some form of casual footwear need it be chucks or doc martins. And of course a cloud of smoke coming from a lit cigarette held in his hand, like an extension of his own person. He's just effortlessly cool.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Untaming My Locks

I have curly hair. And I learned to embrace my curls in my late teens. However, I never really embraced them to their full extent. It would always be my curls, just a little softer, and a little more tame. Since reading this piece on Intothegloss, I decided to take a different approach to my curls. This had been coming for quite some time, but this article really kickstarted it. But first, a bit about my curly haired past:

I had lovely ringlets as a child, and my curls kept tight through primary and high school. They were super curly, but easy enough to manage with the aid of my sister's hair straighteners. I went to an all girls high school with a strict uniform, and part of that uniform was having to have your hair tied up. So for seven years my hair was tied back in low ponytails, messy buns and top knots, leaving little room for learning to style my curly hair. But once I left school and went to university I was able to experiment with my hair, as well as makeup and clothes. I would wear my hair out, chop off the length, grow it long, dye it darker, get a fringe, grow out that fringe. Pretty much anything. Some days my hair was pink, others purple, blonde or brown. But the usual texture of my hair was a blown out curl. I learned to master the hair dryer into making my curls nice and reasonably manageable. Compared to my straight haired friends my hair still seemed unruly and big, but to me it was well controlled. And apart from the occasional day, or when the weather was against me, my hair would stay like this.

I few months ago I went to my hairdresser with bed head. It was early, there was no point in styling my hair before the appointment so I just tied it up. When he let it out he loved it, loved the texture and all that stuff that hair dressers love. So at the end of the appointment when he was about to style my hair, he suggested that instead of the usual soft wave that most hair dressers seemed to do, he suggested leaving my hair in its natural state. So that's what we did, and I was really surprised at how curly my hair could become. He used the diffuser on the hair dryer, twisting and scrunching my hair to a near dry but not quite state, using Davines curl oil and salt spray. I loved it, but I still went back to styling my hair as usual. Until now.

It's only been a week of me wearing my hair in its more natural state, so it's too early for a verdict, especially as I've just changed up my hair washing routine. But for the time being, I am most definitely enjoying walking in the rain without having to worry about the frizz, because really I have a whole head of frizz to embrace!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

International Women's Day

'There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.' -Kofi Annan

If I were to be categorised as any thing, I would be a liberal. I believe in equality, freedom of speech, natural rights, human rights, and I believe that nobody has the right to take away another's natural rights, no matter what gender, race, religion or social class that person is. Respect should be judged on a person's character and their actions, not their gender. I am a feminist, because I believe that even in today's society where I live in a First World Western country, women can still be subjugated to discrimination that previous decades faced. Especially when it comes to sexuality. Music videos, blurred lines, full female nudity on so many television programmes, and the claimed push for gender equality which provides a mask over the fact that there are social customs that are so ingrained in human behaviour through tradition, education and a lack of respect. 

When I celebrate International Women's Day I have been asked why there isn't an International Men's Day. The people that ask this are men, well boys actually, the ones that make kitchen and sandwich jokes, of which neither are funny. And to that I ask if any of those men have ever felt afraid walking past a female stranger on an empty street, even in broad daylight, for fear of sexual harassment. I ask if they have ever been degraded on more than one occasion by catcalls from cars when walking down a street, who yell 'slut' and 'whore', even though you are dressed modestly in jeans and a jumper. The blatant ogling at breasts, bums, and the rape and abuse argument that 'she must have been asking for it'.
I know that some of these acts of degradation and slight that I have experienced are in no means remotely comparable to what many women suffer all around the world in places that seem so foreign to me, where they are not given a voice, and have very different rights. All I know is that if we cannot address the gender inequality in our own countries, let alone our own friendship groups, how is society meant to understand and make a difference in places where women do not have the liberations that we have.

Knowledge is power. The human brain is the most dangerous weapon in the world. But it is also the most effective at promoting change. Happy International Women's Day! xx

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Frankie, Nostalgia, and Fashion Blasphemy.

There is only one magazine that I have bought religiously for years, and it is Frankie. I love it because it's not just about fashion and beauty, but there is a lot of lifestyle and travel in the mix as well, and some very witty articles about the strangest of things. It's an Australian magazine that comes out every two months. It is fully paper, not a glossy page in site, and there is always a free poster and monthly calendar included. For a while the walls in my room were covered with these posters! But since repainting my room all I have on my walls now is the Frankie 2014 wall planner I got with the last issue, and an old poster of John Lennon.

If I was to pick the sections that I read most fondly, it will have to be travel, diy, and usually the homebody section. Some of my favourites from these sections are the mulled wine recipe, how to grow your own succulents, and any of the travel and homebody features. I love seeing how other people live, and Frankie has a knack or finding quirky and interesting people to write about.

There is a male version called Smith Journal, which I sometimes find myself reading when my brother buys it, but Frankie is just the best. Just the right amount of girly with a mix of more stimulating articles. I hate myself for saying this, but sometimes Vogue just doesn't cut it for me. I know...I feel like I will be eating my own words next time my favourite celebrity decides to grace the pages of Vogue.

My mum and I have even got a routine for reading Frankie. I scan through all the pages reading the articles that really stick out to me. Then mum will flick through and have a good read of the more homey sections. After she''s done, I'll spend about a week going through the issue with a fine-tooth comb, devouring every page with my eyes twice over. So Frankie has created some very fond memories for me.

Last summer in their 50th issue they included a section of recipes of cakes and slices which are all absolutely delicious! My favourite was a chocolate cake which had black coffee in it and the most delicious sour cream icing, and it was surprisingly easy and reasonably foolproof to make. So last summer is filled with memories of chocolate cakes for birthdays, weekends, really just whenever I felt like making one. And my family definitely did not complain. That was until they felt that dreaded pinch of clothes slightly too small! Now whenever I make this cake I feel a sense of nostalgia for times passed.

So Frankie, I love you. I only wish you came around more often.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Fashion Week Beauty

I always get excited for fashion week, because it means new inspiration for makeup. I'm constantly checking out the Vogue UK website and scrolling through all the beauty looks whenever it is that time of season. These are some of my favourites I have spotted so far. 

Rag & Bone. I love how the eyeliner has been lifted away from the lash line, creating a more modern and interesting approach to the classic kitten flick. I love a black eyeliner, but sometimes I find I can get in a bit of a makeup rut with how I wear my eye makeup. Hopefully this will become a way to jazz up my looks a bit more.

Rodarte. Bronzed, Romantic and sultry. I am a big fan of a wash of colour all over the lid, and Rodarte have taken theirs all the way into the brows, creating a haze of warm rusty tones. The lips add that extra bit of wow; the extra sultriness. It makes me think of the Romantic Period and Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and other Romantic composers of that calibre.

Marc by Marc Jacobs. I love this eyeliner. I have loved the makeup they do for their fashion shows for a few seasons now, how there always seems to be an element of 60s style in there somewhere.

Marc Jacobs. The crease. What could be a harsh look, seems so pared back with the soft browns blended into a half moon in the crease and along the lash line. The rest of the face is kept very bare, however this look is not for the faint hearted, especially with the bleached eyebrows.

Burberry Prorsum. This is another brand whose runway beauty has had me lust after their collections for a while now. I absolutely loved last season's pink hues on the eyes, and to follow suit, this season the makeup is all very similar, except instead of pink, aubergine is the colour of choice. And I love it. Possibly my favourite look of fashion week.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

I Met God, She's Black

I saw a photo of this jumper on tumblr and loved it immediately. So I scoured the web to see where it was from and ordered myself one from their website for $40USD. It's designed by RooftopsNYC in New York, so it's being shipped to me as I type!

I showed a picture of it to my mum and she hated it, saying that it was blasphemous. I couldn't disagree more. I love how it challenges the social norms with both race and gender equality in one. I don't see it as being blaphemous, because I was always taught that God is everything, neither black or white, neither male nor female. But in today's culture, the image of God is usually always portrayed as white and male, and this is considered okay. So I love this jumper for challenging these social ideals with such a simple yet effective slogan. I am looking forward to the odd looks and possibly comments that I will get wearing this around town.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

What I'm Listening To

George Ezra, Benjamin Twine. I came across this song when I was watching a Burberry commercial. I love how they always have up and coming British artists. this was how I also discovered Tom Odell and Jake Bugg.

Arctic Monkeys, You're So Dark. I love Arctic Monkeys, I love how their sound has progressed and changed so much. This song is dark and sultry, and the thought of Alex Turner singing it to me is just swoon-worthy.

Drowners, A Button On Your Blouse. I've already gushed about this band here, and this is their new single. I love everything about this song and this video. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Books I Read Over Again

 Every year I make a new list of books to get through in the coming year. I usually add to this list throughout the year and cross some books off. Some of the time books get half read and forgotten. Most of the time I find myself going back to the same four books.

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare. I absolutely love this play. I take it with me whenever I travel. I have always had a thing for cryptic words and the way that the most simplest of scenarios can be formed into something much more beautiful. I guess that's why I'm such a big fan of older books. Because the social cues and the way words are written can seem so foreign, yet we're all still speaking the same language. Baz Luhrman's adaptation is one of my favourites. I love the modern twist, yet the way it is spoken is so old school. Sometimes I open it to my favourite acts, other times I will read it start to finish.

Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger. When I first finished this book I loved it. It's filled with teenage angst and stress and all the emotions in between. It frustrates you and you really start to understand the character, and I see myself in this character when I read the book. The pages are not yet dog eared and the spine is not completely worn out, but I know this is a book I'm going to read and read again.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. When I first read the book I envied Gatsby, and was frustrated at how the book ends. The second time I read it I began to pity Gatsby and it made me so upset the way his friends treat him. Once you get past the whole lavishness and abundance of wealth that can overwhelm you when you first read this book, you start to see the characters in a whole new perspective. Again, Baz Luhrman's adaptation is one I love. The luxuriousness of Gatsby's wealth, making him so hard to place, and so riddled with rumours, that nobody really knows what to believe, yet nobody really believes the truth.

The Bellwether Revivals, Benjamin Wood. This is a fairly modern book by my standards. It starts with a foreshadowing, so the whole time you read it, you find yourself trying to decipher the characters in a way that you can only do when you know what the outcome is going to be. It's set at Oxford, and the story is cast through the eyes of a young man and how he views the new friends that he has made.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Becca Songbird Soft Touch Blush

Becca Soft Touch Blush in Songbird, Stila Blush Brush 24a

I bought this on a whim because I had never tried the Becca Blushers before and it was on sale at a bargain price. I'm a huge fan of their lip and check tints and their face powders.
When I first tried this I absolutely hated it. It is really pigmented and I was definitely overzealous with my application! I had previously been using NARS Douceur which is the subtlest of flushes. So I threw it into my makeup bag and completely forgot about it for a few months.

I decided to give it another try recently. This time however I  approached my technique differently. I swished my brush around the pan and then took most of the product off on the back of my hand. This made it a lot easier to build. I applied it to the backs and tops of my cheekbones, making sure not to come too far into the centre of my face (that's a personal preference of mine. I find it the most flattering way to wear blush on my face.) I then took a big fluffy brush with no product on it and blended the edges.

Colour wise this blush is a peachy coral. I think it would be hard to wear with a lot of red lipsticks if there isn't an orange undertone, but when worn right, it is gorgeous.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

My Relationship With Coffee

I first got into drinking coffee in my last year of high school. I would stop by the little French Cafe up the road from school and order a trim flat white. Fast forward a year and I was at University, guzzling it back by the galleon. At my University, people seemed to fall into two categories when it came to the warm liquidy goodness. They were either addicts, where there was always a coffee cup in sight, and it would ooze out of their pores, or they woudn't touch the stuff because it apparently tasted gross and made them jitter. I was most definitely on of the former. It would be a given that no matter what time my lecture was, there would be a warm cup in my hand. I would be writing notes with my left hand, holding the coffee in my right, and jiggling my foot under my desk all simultaneously. Maybe the jitters did get to me a bit...

Over the years my tastes evolved and I went from the milky smooth lattes and flat whites, into what I considered to be the hard stuff of machiattos and long blacks. With this evolution, also came the evolution of my pallet. The different beans I preferred and also the different ways I liked to brew coffee changed over the years.

My brother and I shared this fascination and borderline obsession of coffee. At home it was strictly plunger coffee in my house. But then we acquired a Chemex, which had its spot in the limelight until I became too impatient waiting for my coffee to brew. At cafes we would try V60s, Syphons, Cold Brews and all that exciting stuff, and it was amazing how different the taste could be. We also acquired different tastes for beans. I preferred a more caramel and richer depth in my coffee, whereas my brother preferred the fruitier and sharper tastes. It was a great way for us to bond, when I was at Uni and he was working, and there wasn't much to talk about, we could always rely on coffee.

I am in no way a coffee expert, and I feel like there is so much more I need to learn about the stuff, but it is something that I am absolutely obsessed with. However, no matter what scientific ways they come up with next for brewing coffee, I'll always be a plunger gal at heart.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

What's On My Wishlist

NARSissist Palette. This thing looks amazing. I feel like wherever I turn, there's a new amazing neutral palette to fawn over. It's definitely their time in the limelight, and I am not complaining! From Blush palletes to Eyes, I feel like my makeup stash in looking very inadequate without these beauties in it!  Most definitely on my wish list!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I've heard so many great reviews about this product so the other day I tried it on in store and I loved it. It took away my dark circles and had good coverage without looking cakey. Sometimes I find that concealers sit on top of my skin and can enhance my eye bags, but this one didn't. Hence why it's on my wishlist. I'm currently using the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer which I also love, so once I finish that I'll be making my way to the NARS counter to in pursuit of their Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Dr Libby Beauty from the Inside I recently cut back on the amount of refined sugars in my diet, and my friend recommended that I should read this book. So in an attempt to become a lot healthier, this book is on my wishlist. It looks at food in a very scientific way, as opposed in an emotional way, and explains why our body needs certain foods. Dr Libby also has two cookbooks along the same line as this book.

Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder. This was another product I tried in the store and fell in love with. It carves out my otherwise non existent cheekbones amazingly without the dreaded orange tinge that a lot of bronzers seem to have on my fairly pale complexion.

Monday, 3 February 2014


When it comes to skirt inspiration, I usually look no further than Laura Bailey and Alexa Chung. These Brits have this fashion down to a T. Just to be clear, I'm talking about inbetweeners of the skirt world. Neither short nor long. These are the ones that teen magazines tell impressionable girls to stay away from, because they either make your calves look huge, or your legs look stumpy. But screw those magazines! If worn well, this length can look amazing. It shows off just the right amount of leg whilst still looking elegant sexy. I love pairing inbetweener skirts with comfy jumpers, for the whole slouchy effortless look, without looking scruffy.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

January Favorites

This is a list of all the things that seem to have been gracing my face and body most frequently throughout January. It's quite a small list of favourites because I've been on holiday for most of January, so the makeup has been reasonably minimal.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit. This stays on amazingly. Along with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze, these are my favourite eyeshadows to use at the moment. The Benefit one is a lot creamier and you have more playtime with it, but once it sets it's there to last. I love the colour because it is natural with just a hit of shimmer to it. It defines the eye and the crease well and on lazy makeup days I just smudge this all over my eye and leave my eyeshadow there. The Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad To the Bronze does not budge once set. I use it all over the lid with my fingers and then smudge a bit underneath the eye too. It creates a nice shadow in the crease for a slightly worn-in look.

MAC Pattiserie lipstick is one of my favourites for everyday as well as nights out. It's most definitely a multitasking lipstick that you can get away with wearing anywhere. It's a nude pink brown with a bit of shimmer to it which seems to just enhance my lip colour perfectly without looking too girly and pink.

Butter London nail polish in Sloane Ranger. This is my favourite colour to wear on my nails at the moment. It's a grey olive colour. I love the colour range of butter nail polishes because you can get some really unique colours. The formula of these polishes is good and they're free of all the nasties that a lot of nail polishes have in them. And if you apply them well with a top coat they don't chip easily.

Kokonati Pure Ceylon Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I love this stuff. I use it on my hair, face, nails, elbows. Anywhere that needs a bit of nurture I use this stuff. I've already done a post about coconut oil here, so I wont rant on too much about it. All I'll say is that it can really give your skin a glow from within. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Ditching the Mascara

I have a good relationship with my eyelashes. They are dark and reasonably long and curled, without being too sparse. The look a lot fuller, longer and sultrier with mascara on, but I'm still fine to embrace a lack of mascara on my lashes. And in the right circumstances, I like it. When the dreaded question 'if you were on a desert island and you could only take one beauty product what would it be?' comes up, my answer is never mascara. It's usually concealer or lipstick.

I love the effect a soft wash of brown or taupe has on the lid and underneath the eye. I find it can make a casual day look seem even sexier than if you have applied lashings of mascara and eyeliner. It's youthful and seems effortless.

I pair this look with a very light base, usually concealer and a touch of foundation if needed, then a swipe of blusher and a balm for the lips. Sometimes I jazz it up a bit with a red lipgloss or lip stain. It's a good way to wear a red lip during the day without seeming too overdone.

Whatever you're preferences or the state of your lashes, try it out. You might like it. Even if you hate it, at least you wont be worrying whether your mascara has flaked!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Resolutions That Have Stuck

January is coming to an end so what better time to review what resolutions have managed to stick around, and which I have completely forgotten about. I have never been a huge fan of making resolutions. I feel that they're usually cloaked in failure. Last year I made one to keep a journal and write in it everyday. It lasted the first few months but eventually resulted in me overanalysing everything! So this year I stuck to three that I wanted to become lifestyle changes, instead of just another fad. And two of those three have managed to stick around for the whole of January.

1. Eat less sugar. This one was motivated my Sam from Pixiwoo's video here, as well as a Vogue beauty post here. This resolution was one I had doubts about sticking to, but has surprisingly been my easiest task. I decided to cut out all unnatural and refined sugars, only eating fruit to satisfy my sweet tooth. It stopped the cravings for chocolate and icecream and has improved my skin greatly, and it's only been a month. Definitely one I want to pursue and turn into a lifestyle change.

2. Get into a running groove. I envy those runners you see that can go on for hours without so much as a grimace on their faces. I on the other hand huff and puff for half an hour in uncomfortable pain, returning home resembling a sweaty beetroot. But I decided that to overcome this by running more often. So far I have managed this, and have even started to enjoy my runs. My goal is to look like I'm having as much fun as Charlotte York running through Central Park smiling from ear to ear in the first Sex and the City movie (minus the heavily pregnant stomach).

3. Stop grinding my teeth. This one has been a fail. On January 1st I caught myself mid grind. I'm not sure why I grind my teeth so much, but I think it may have to do with me being a very fidgety person. Even when I'm sat still, I'll be tapping my foot and drumming my fingers on the desk. I like to think that my molars don't serve any purpose anyways, as I am a vegetarian, therefore a lack of tough chewy food goes into my body.

So here are my resolutions. Two are going strong, one is a fail. Which is surprisingly successful for me. Now lets see if they continue well into February.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Outfit of the Day

Today I was dressed pretty casual just running around town doing odd jobs. So my outfit was comfy and laid back

Blue skinny jeans. I love skinny jeans. It's impossible to get my out of them no matter what the season. Except for maybe one month in summer, but then I usually just stand somewhere with a cool breeze. These are just a cheap pair, I bought after ripping my Dr Denims in a not so ideal place. I bought them just to serve me until I found a better quality pair, but to my surprise they have actually been a good investment. Thirty dollars well spent.

Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers in Mushroom. These are the comfiest sneakers I've ever owned. I used to be a Chucks girl, owning a pair of bedraggled black hightops that have served me well for seven years (yes I've counted). But once I bought my Supergas there was no going back. They seem to have more support, are comfy, and come in some awesome colours. The rubber is cream not white, which means they don't look dorky clean when you first wear them.

Navy jumper. This is another staple in my wardrobe alongside my jeans. I never used to own a navy jumper, until after seeing countless pictures of Alexa Chung looking gorgeous in her navy jumper. I thought it was time for me to buy my own, and ever since I have hardly stopped wearing it.

Ksubi Sunglasses, Rana. These are my favourite sunglasses at the moment. They seem to go with everything. The shape of them with the pointed tips, I find to be cool, modern and super flattering.

Suede bag. I made this not to long ago and soon enough it became my go-to bag for running out the door. It's perfect for holding my keys, wallet, sunnies, and essential makeup, without having to lug around a huge tote.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

What to do on a rainy day

Yesterday was a miserable dreary day because it was raining. However for me this is my favourite sort of day, especially when it lands on a weekend. I am definitely a winter gal. I love walking in the rain, being rugged up by the fireplace, and everything else associated with rainy day activities. So here are some ideas for what to do on a rainy day, especially if you're the type of person that is usually sat inside longing for the sun to return.

1. Embrace the rain. Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than going outside on a rainy day (preferably in warm and waterproof clothes). Go to a park with your other half. Chances are there will be nobody around, which I find to be a bit of a blessing, and is also a bonus if you have a dog.

2. Watch a movie. Blankets and hot cocoa are a must for this activity. Every winter I look forward to rainy weekends, especially thunderstorms. Lying on the couch, watching a movie and sipping on a large mug of hot cocoa is possibly my favourite type of day. Much preferred than hot sunny days lying on the beach (for some reason all I can ever think about is wrinkly skin and skin cancer). My brother makes the best hot cocoa. He uses cream, milk chocolate, cinnamon and sometimes a bit of chilli. He heats it all up on the stove and then gives it a quick whisk before pouring it into a cup to make it light and frothy. It doesn't just warm the stomach but the soul as well.

3. Bake a cake. The smell of a cake in the oven I find to be on the same level as hot cocoa when it comes to warming your soul. Paired with a hot cocoa, this is the ultimate rainy day snack. Now you just need to rent out your movie, find a big snuggly blanket and relax on the couch.

4. Have a sleep-in. The sound of rain pattering on the roof. Need I say more?