Monday, 22 December 2014

What's In My Makeup Bag?? | Everyday Essentials

Want to find out what's in my makeup bag? Then this post is for you! Here I have my everyday beauty essentials; products that I use every day to do my makeup and make myself look presentable. Watch my video to hear more about it or read on...

Products Mentioned:
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation 103 True Ivory
Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder 'Golden Bronze'
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder 001 Transparent
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen '1 Light'
MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush 'Peachykeen'
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow 'Himalia' & 'Andromeda'
Lollipops Eye Pencil '701 Goodbye Moon'
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Mascara
Maybelline Baby Lips 'Pink Punch'
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm '105 Demure'
L'Oreal Colour Riche Collectin Prive 'Doutzen's Nude'
MAC Brushes 138 & 224
Ecotools Large Powder & Eyeshadow Brush

What are your makeup bag essentials?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

My Favourite Foundations | Drugstore & High End

What is your favourite foundation? I couldn't choose only one, so here I have my top 6 favourite foundations at the moment. I decided to include both drugstore and high end brands so read on to find out why I love them so much...

The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation is my go-to everyday foundation of choice. I've just been wearing it non-stop because it makes my skin look amazing. It has that perfect medium coverage that hides all imperfections without looking cakey; plus it feels ultra comfortable and hydrating on the skin. I highly recommend this one if you're looking for a new foundation or even if you're just starting out with makeup and want a good affordable foundation. Check out my review!

L'Oreal True Match Foundation (watch my review) was actually recommended to me ages ago and I haven't stopped using it since. It's a great all rounder and another one of those 'easy' foundations that suits all skin types. I say if you're unsure about what foundation to buy, just go for L'Oreal True Match and you won't be disappointed! This has more of a matte finish, which makes it longer lasting and the perfect companion if you want your makeup to stay flawless all day.

My high end pick is the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. How I adore this one! It's the best spring/summer foundation because it is water based and ultra lightweight. If you have good skin naturally then this could be your go-to foundation all year round; but for those of us with a few blemishes/marks here and there, it's best for the warmer months. I love to apply this foundation with my fingers as it melts into the skin and leaves a lovely radiant glow.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Foundation is another one of my absolute favourites. I see this as my 'special occasion' foundation because it has the power to make any skin look amazing. Your skin looks airbrushed yet still natural, plus you have this gorgeous dewy glow. I always use this on my clients when doing weddings, events or photo shoots. It's a little pricey but oh so worth it! 

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (read my review) was my favourite last summer and I would wear it non stop. I actually forgot how much I love this foundation and I'm definitely wearing it tomorrow! This is almost like your drugstore version of the Guerlain Lingerie De Peau. Just like the name suggests, this foundation is an instant pick me up. If you have dull/dry/lacklustre skin then I highly recommend you try this one. It goes on smoothly, has great coverage and lasts all day!

Last but not least is the Revlon Colorstay Foundation. This was one of the first foundations I ever bought and I used to go through bottles of these when I had oily/acne prone skin as a teen. If you want to cover every little mark on your face then this is the foundation for you. It can look a little cakey, so the trick is to work with it quickly and blend blend blend! The formula for Normal/Dry skin is a little more fluid and easier to apply, so I would probably go with that if your skin is in good condition.

What are your favourite foundations? Do you use any of the ones I mentioned?


Friday, 12 December 2014

My Top Diet & Weight Loss Tips | How To Stay Slim Over Christmas!!

The Christmas holidays are almost here! How excited are you? Well despite all the festive spirit, some of us are anxious about putting on weight over the holidays. It isn't that difficult if you think about all the Christmas parties and New Year's Eve coming up. So what can you do? Well here are some tips & tricks on how to stay slim and not pile on the pounds. Of course any of these ideas can be incorporated into your life all year round, but they can be especially useful around birthdays, weddings and Christmas of course!

1. Have a small snack before the main event
If you're ravenous then you will eat everything in sight once you arrive at the Christmas party. Make sure to have a snack or small meal beforehand, that way you will be satisfied and your body won't go crazy at the sight of all that food.
2. Choose one favourite dessert
Make up your mind about your absolute favourite dessert and have just that at the end of the meal. Planning ahead is crucial, as you will be relaxed and ready; so no excuse for trying every sweet thing there is!
3. Buy a smaller dress/outfit
If you splash out on a gorgeous outfit that is a little too small for you, then you will have motivation to stay in shape and not gain weight leading up to the Christmas holidays. I think we all know just how effective this trick is!
4. Get enough sleep
Sleep is essential for repairing your body, so no wonder that sleep deprivation leading up to any major event can stress you out and make you pile on the pounds. Make time for YOU and get as much sleep as you possibly can.
5. Stay away from alcoholic cocktails
It's crazy how many empty calories are hidden in those delicious cocktails. You might as well have a proper meal instead; at least that will fill you up on nutritious food.
6. Use smaller plates
This might not be the easiest thing to do if you're dining out, but at home this really is a great tip. You just can't put as much food on a smaller plate despite it looking full. This is a great way to trick your mind into thinking that you're eating much more than you actually are.
7. Go for a walk
Exercise is important all year round, but especially so after large meals. Going for a walk aids digestion, which is crucial after eating sugary and fatty foods. Let's not forget about the added bonus of burning off extra calories!
8. Choose the foods you love
When you see all the food that is available, just choose the things that appeal to you the most and stick to those. If you try to nibble on every single thing, then the calories will quickly add up without you feeling properly satiated.
9. Drink plenty of water
We all know to drink enough water, but did you know that it's an amazing weight loss aid? Having it before meals will fill up your stomach and stop you overeating. Try it and you will notice yourself eating less!
10. Don't be harsh on yourself
One thing we're all guilty of, is criticising ourselves and being overly harsh when most of the time it really isn't that big of a deal. We should all learn to take it easy and not stress ourselves out, as that will not bring any benefits whatsoever. Take time to get to a point where you're happy with yourself and what you've achieved.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips on staying healthy & slim?