I tried to write an introduction to this that said I do have friends, I just don’t see them. The problem was I just didn’t say it as bluntly as that. I need to work on not over complicating my introductions. Basically, I still have friends I just don’t get to see them as often as I would like…
I moved out of my hometown and into an apartment with my boyfriend in the summer of 2014. We lived about 40 minutes away from my old neighbourhood so I was still able to see people fairly regularly.
However, when Adam and I took the plunge, moved out of our own apartment and moved in with the in-laws (to-be) something I didn’t consider was that for the foreseeable future my boyfriend would be my only physical friend. Don’t get me wrong, I love my boyfriend and we never have a dull moment but our humour, hobbies and needs aren’t always matched 100% and sometimes we both need to be around other people to recalibrate.
Obviously, I still visited all my friends back in Stourbridge, but it’s a three-hour trip and my little car isn’t the best for fuel economy.
The problem with long distance friendships is that you’re always so busy and with age added into the equation your usually just TOO busy to have that hour phone call that you used to have.
So I existed for around two years by hanging out with my boyfriend, his friends and occasionally visiting my hometown to try and cram in a quick coffee and hangs with the old gang.
That was until a certain orange haired girl graced my Instagram feed…
And I jumped at the chance to speak with her!
Jess (@Foxxtailz) has since been one of the sweetest, funniest and most supportive people I think I have ever known. I’m so grateful that we got to meet!
Since knowing her, I have also met ‘The Ultimate Squad’, been to London Edge (and going back in September), travelled to London for some amazing events AND even took a trip up to Manchester to eat cake with her and Kinga (@KingaKurekx). Phew!
She also introduced me to the ultimate manifesting, life lover and absolute babe, Kitty (@KittyCowell). Who as an added bonus doesn’t live a three hour drive away!! (yaaass)
I didn’t expect it to be so easy to just get along with a new group of people almost instantaneously. It’s not like I’m a horrible person and people hate spending time with me or anything like that. I just thought that making new friends as an adult would be tough work.
After all, these are people that should have career goals, mortgages, regular dental appointments and children. How do I fit in with such a bunch of well established put together people?!
The plain and simple truth is that you fit in because you’re not a six year old sharing (and eating) Play-Doh anymore. You appreciate people for who they are as you get older. There are new stories to be shared, new perspectives to learn and new adventures to be had! Adults (anyone over the age of twenty-two) just don’t have the time for dramas.
Let go of your fears, doubts, anxieties and just be unapologetically you. I’m sure you’ll make a tonne of new friends.
As quietly promised a few weeks ago, here is the step by step of my every day make up routine. This is not a sponsored post, nor is it a review. Just a small written guide to my methods.
Step 1: Carve In The Brows!
After the basic skincare regime (See Here), I fill in my brows. I like to do this step first as if I mess them up I’m not removing my whole face to redo them.
Using the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade I follow the top line of my sparse hairs, then I do the same with the bottom line. Once they’re almost touching I colour them in with the brush and add the tail. Depending on how I want them to look, I will either elongate the tail outwards. Alternatively, pulling the tail down to create a more defined brow.
Step 2: Erase Your Mistakes!
Okay, So if you’re anything like me… the first step probably isn’t looking so instagrammable right now. Worry not, you can get rid of any uneven, unwanted bits by covering them with foundation! Taking a small foundation brush with a pea sized amount of the (Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony) Foundation, I carve around the brows and cover up any overspill of brow product. Starting at the bridge of my nose I pull the foundation upwards to define the space between the brows. Then, I outline the top of the brow on both sides, following it round at the tail and finally I go in and carve out the lines beneath the brow. Any remaining product is used to cover up blemishes and dark circles.
Step 3: Build That Foundation.
Maybe my most or least favourite step depending on how rushed I am to get out the door…
I use a damp beauty blender for my foundation as I find brushes are too much effort. Putting around two pumps (EY) of foundation onto the back of my hand, I use the largest part of the Sport FX Beauty Blender to blend out the foundation around my eyebrows before it starts to dry, adding foundation as and when needed. I then cover my chin, cheeks, nose and eyes. If there is any product remaining I will add it to wherever I feel more coverage is needed. As a little side note, this product dried super quickly so you definitely want to work quickly with it.
Step 4: Set That Shit!
I’ve always found that my liquid foundation moves all over my face without a setting powder of some kind. A lot of products are very heavy on my face and end up too cakey but I’ve found this powder to be amazing. I use a basic revlon powder puff and generously shake the powder onto this, then add it to my chin, nose and cheeks first. Once patted out, I then add powder using the same method to the rest of my face (inducing eyes and undereyes).
Step 5: Eyes and Eyeshadow.
Legit my favourite step, I LOVE creating new eye looks. Even if its the same shape with different colours!
I’ll try to make this bit as easy as possible to follow.
I use three brushes, a basic fluff/packing brush and two varied sized blending brushes. Using the packing brush, I take the lightest colour (Usually a white, cream or very light beige shade) and pack the colour all over the oval of my eyelid. Then using the smaller blending brush, I take the second lightest shade (usually a light brown) and follow the corner of my upper eyelid. Then, round the curve of my brow bone and repeat in back and forth motions. I do this until it’s at the intensity that I want. Finally I take the larger blending brush and the darkest shade of eyeshadow and pack it into the hollow of my brow bone and eyelid with large back and forth motions.
Using a clean powder brush, I wipe away any fall out.
Once I’m happy with the look of my eyeshadow, I add a thin line of eyeliner complete with (wonky) cat flick. Following the natural curve of my eyelid with the tip until around 3mm before the end of my eye, then pulling the eyeliner up to create a flick. I do this so that if my eye leaks (which it always does) I don’t end up looking like a panda. Finish off withe good coating of Mascara.
Step 6: That 80’s Cheekbone.
I am obsessed with the 80’s! Ever since I got into make up, it has influenced my style. Honestly, I have probably worn this intense blusher look in varying colours for at least ten years! I know it’s not for everyone but make up is all about expression.
To start with, using a small blusher brush take some of the NYX Mate Bronzer in Medium and create a line along your cheek bone diagonally towards the edge of your mouth. You want the majority of colour to be focused around top of the cheekbone. Next using the MUA Prism Jelly Highlight in Optic take the brown shade and a larger blusher brush and at the top of your cheek bones apply the product. If this is too shimmery for you, add a little more of the bronzer to calm it down a little.
Step 7: Oh Hi Light.
Finally, we’re getting to the end of our make up journey. I SWEAR by the MUA Loose Powder Highlighter.
I usually use an angled blusher brush. Generously dip the flat edge of the brush into the product and apply it to the highest point of my cheek bone. Then i pull it up to my temples. I also add a small dot to the edge of my nose, the bridge of my nose, my philtrum and on my brow bone to lift my eyebrows!
Step 8: Contour!
Not a step that everyone will want to do but it’s definitely something thats changed my make up game! I usually contour my nose, forehead and chin.
Using the same small blusher brush that we used in step 6 and the same bronzer! I create a halo around the top of my head to give a more rounded shape. I do the same around my chin and then follow the natural line of my jaw to give a more defined edge.
Step 9: Additional Extras!
Lashes and Lips!
For red lips I use the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lady Balls. For Nude lips, I use the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade Bedtime Flirt.
Lashes, I only EVER use the Ardell Wispies in style 113.
Make Up Products Mentioned:
Max Factor – Healthy Skin Harmony- Miracle Foundation – Light Ivory 40
L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Mattifying Primer
L’Oreal Paris – True Match Minerals – 1.R/1.C Rose Ivory
L’Oreal Paris – Miss Hippie Mega Volume Mascara – Black
As you know, I’ve been moaning about my uneven skin tone for as long as I’ve had a blog. However, I have never spoken about my own skin care routine or how I altered my skin to be more bright and clear.
I’ve used a few exfoliating products and the occasional moisturiser in the past but never had a solid every day regime. That is until B The Agency sent me a few samples of the Yes To Grapefruit Skincare range.
My skin prior to the treatments was very patchy with red marks and dulling brown patches. I had a few blackheads, white heads and dry skin patches.
After a month (or two) of using these products, I praise the team at YesTo because my skin is incredible. It no longer has red patches, very little dry skin and NO BROWN BITS ANYWHERE! I mean, My nose still has plentiful blackheads and I’m still getting the odd demon spot but for the most part I’ve been fairly clear. I’ve also noticed my pores look smaller, but that could just be wishful thinking!
Using the Daily Facial Scrub, I rub a small (pea sized) amount in circular motions all around my face, then wash off with cold water. Dab face with fluffy towel.
Side Note, for the first week I did use this both morning and night but I found it too harsh for my skin.
Use four drops of the Vitamin C Booster, putting them on my chin, cheeks and forehead then rubbing in until dry.
Finally, Rubbing in a pea sized amount of the Uneven Skin Tone Moisturiser.
Removing the majority of my make up with a make up removal wipe (I use these from Superdrug).
Washing my face with a small amount of soap and luke warm water. Dab again with a fluffy towel.
Every other night use the Vitamin C Booster.
Every Night, use a generous amount of the Pore Perfection Night Treatment.
I was also sent a Mud Mask, which I am usually very dubious of due to an allergic reaction a few years ago. However, in the search for sunkissed skin I braved the application. The formula smelt incredible and definitely left mine (and Adam’s) skin looking noticably more bright.
I am hooked and so is Adam! We both thuroughly enjoy washing our face with the scrub every morning. All the products are heavily lemon and grapefruit scented so it also acts as a mini wake up boost! I will definitely be repurchasing the entire range once it has been emptied.
Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub
Yes To Grapefruit Uneven Skin Tone Moisturiser
Yes To Grapefruit Glow Enhancing Vitamin C Booster
Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Mud Mask
If you’ve read my previous posts you know that I am in no short supply of highlighters at the moment. This does not mean that I haven’t passed up the opportunity to whack these babies on my cheekbones though. As this is from the MUA LUXE range of products, I had high expectations. The previous LUXE product I used provided amazing pigment, coverage and longevity. I did notice a little bit of fading with these throughout the day but the sheen was still hanging in there gone 10 hours in. All three palettes have a silver undertone to the highlight.
Lavish holds its Pink and Lilac pigment very well while Splendour is slightly more subtle with its tone. My favourite of the trio is Majesty (Surprise, Surprise) because the cream highlight looks incredibly warm and feels very lightweight on the skin. Plus who doesn’t love an opportunity to rub gold highlight all over themselves.
I am ALL about the iridescent glow at the moment and this stick just spoke to me. The shimmer from this packs an incredible punch. I actually dabbed a little on my boyfriend so that I could test it on other skin tones and he is now gleaming (which is a good sign). While I am a more yellow tone, he is definitely pink toned and this Make Up Academy miracle stick worked amazingly on both tones.
I love that this stick has such a big surface area. Bigger is better with this baby! I rubbed a large amount in a circular motion onto the tip of my nose and the result was perfect. The finish is quite dewy so I did matte it down with my MUA loose powder. If you’re looking for a more subtle sheen cream highlight, then this should 100% be in your collection! Also, it looks really cute if you rub a little on your ears and wear a messy bun. #NewTrendAlert.
The excitement I felt when these palettes arrived in my post box was unreal. I LOVE eyeshadow, especially brown hues. Au Naturel is my everyday go to palette now, its outshone the Too Fact Sweet Peach Palette. Thats how much I love it. I don’t think there is a shade in here that I won’t use. The pigment is amazing, its creamy and blends out so smoothly. It’s also only £4.00 at the moment from Superdrug so if you’re a lover of brown shades, you MUST own this product. My favourite combination so far has been shade numbers 9 & 10.
Being as I had so much fun with the Au Naturel palette, I have not yet had a chance to delve into the Green Goddess palette. I have never felt able to rock a green eye, unfortunately. That being said, I know my sister loves a good array of shades so she will be happy to read it is being donated to her make up collection. However, If I were to crack it open I know it would be equally as pigmented and beautiful. Shades 9 & 12 are immediately catching my attention. I do believe that these shades will also look amazing as a singular shade blended out. I do find there is quite a lot of fat out with these powders, so I would recommend building colour in small dabs.
Can you guess which one I opened quicker than lightening? If you said Golden Ray, then you go Glen Coco! 100 Points to Gryffindor.
This cream highlight smells insanely good as a little FYI. It also looks stunning. Very shimmery with a golden undertone. Its definitely one I’m going to savour until the summer so I can dab a little on my shoulders as well as my brow bone. The formula is very smooth, rich and creamy. A little goes a long way with this stuff too. I used about a pea sized amount the first time and managed to do both cheeks, brow bone and upper lip groove. This can take about a minute to dry but its well worth the wait.
Flash is a sheer pale pinkish tone. I found it very subtle but beautiful all the same. It is perfect for the inner eye glow that’s popular at the moment. I also feel as though it would be great to add into foundation for a more glowing finish. I wish I had thought of doing that before I wrote this review actually. However, there is always tomorrow to test it out!
A question for you, have you ever found a palette that you have used every shade of? If not, allow me to introduce you to the Rusted Wonders palette! Again, its a variation of brown hues which just screams my name. Make Up Academy is serving me with all the looks this season!
These little pans have upped my eyeshadow game. The formula is very silky and so bendable. You can create a subtle glow with the golds or a sultry smokey eye with the beautiful burgundy shade. The moment this was delivered, it was put in my make up bag. I do not regret that decision AT ALL. Its also a perfect pairing with the Au Naturel palette if you want to use a more muted shade as a base and one of these as a cut crease shade.
Make Up Academy is a brand that constantly provides quality at a low cost. If you haven’t already, please pop in to your local Superdrug store and check them out.
If you only picked one item from this review I would strongly recommend the 6 Shade Palette as the pigment and longevity of these powders is unbeatable. They also come in 8 shades (Listed Below), so you are bound the find the perfect one to match your eyeshadow shade preferences. I’m eyeing up Soft Suedes and Coral Delights for my next payday treats!
A few weeks ago, Kitty (the babe) invited me out for some food and sunny hangs in London. I did actually have plans with my cat that day. However, he said we should start seeing other people because I’m suffocating him. With that, I donned my London comfies and headed out to the train station!
If you’re not from London, the sheer mention of spending a day there is like being told that the all you can eat buffet extends to desserts. It’s just magical, you can always find something fun and exciting to do! The sun was beaming down on us which made the day feel even more perfect.
We met in Southwark and headed to a restaurant called Tibits for the launch of their new summer menu. Kitty is a lifestyle and fashion blogger who finds the best vegan and gluten free eats in cities around the UK so, I trusted her judgement. I can also never, ever turn down free food!
After a quick speech from the chefs about the inspiration behind the new menu. We were asked to sample EVERYTHING and give an honest opinion (Thanks Kitty). All the dishes are Vegetarian and most are also Vegan which Is brilliant. It’s SO important for restaurants (and chains) to acknowledge the intolorences and choices of others nowadays.
I went a little bit crazy but it was totally worth every extra pound I put on.
As mentioned, Kitty is Vegan and GF but as you can see, there was no shortage of food for her to sample!
Kudos to you, Tibits!
Spoiler Alert – I will be running back ASAP with my boyfriend!
The interior was also pretty incredible. I was blown away by the cuteness of the bathroom which had a big industrial vibe. There were succulents everywhere, an indoor/outdoor courtyard area and window seating for those that love to watch the world go by (guilty). Did I mention the succulents? I’m such a sucker for plants so I was in my element!
After filling our stomachs, we headed through southwark to get some ‘Gram photos and then onto Tate Modern to kill a little time and because I’ve never been before. The Bruce Nauman exhibition was pretty incredible and insane all in one go. We also took some awesome photos for the ‘Gram while we were here too. I am such a sucker for a good museum and the Tate Modern is definitely one to revisit when I have a few hours to spare.
Side Note: I REALLY want to visit the London Transport Museum and The British War Museum too!
We finished off the day with an unexpected wander through Borough Market. If you’ve never been, I really really do recommend it even if it’s just a sweeping visit! After grabbing some GF cake for my homegirl and a fruit smoothie each we sat down to enjoy the last bit of sunshine that the day had for us.