Sunday, 31 August 2014

Tips for Applying Cream Highlighters

Today I’m going to talk about a really great technique I use to apply cream highlighter. Up until this winter I was a bit of a highlighter noob, I lusted after the subtle glow it offered but I found it quite hard to apply it properly. One morning I was watching a video by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge she was giving a tutorial on applying cream highlighter and her tips have really made all the difference.

The two cream highlighters I own are Watts up by Benefit and the number seven highlighter, both of which I have blogged about here and both are great products. Both of these highlighters come in a stick form which I usually apply straight to the face. In Lisa’s video she emphasised how the highlighter should blend seamlessly with your foundation, and to achieve this she uses her foundation brush and applies it straight after the foundation has gone on. I usually apply my foundation with my real techniques buffing brush and once it’s in place highlighter is next on my list. I put a small amount on my cheeks and then blend using my foundation brush which will still have a small amount of foundation on it. It seems so obvious now but applying my cream highlighter this way has made me so much more confident to wear it and it gives you such a nice finish on your cheeks.

Here’s the link to the video to see it in action.

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wishlist - Home Sweet Home

At the beginning of this year my boyfriend and I decided to buy a house. It was a hard decision to make, however I was fed up of renting a house which I felt I had no control over. We were both very lucky that we have some money saved up and the area that we live in the house prices aren't too high. We found a house we loved in April and from then on it was all go, the contract for our rented house finished in June so since then we’ve been living here and there like nomads. 

This summer I will have lived in four different places, and my skincare and makeup routine has seriously suffered. It’s a reason why the  blogging has been a bit sparse, I haven't felt like I’ve had the space or time to take photos and write in these temporary houses. We’ve been living out of suitcases since June, however fingers crossed we will get to move into our new house in September (So excited!)

Despite the process being a bit hectic I’ve been keeping myself happy by planning the pretty things I’m going to be buying when we move in. For the past four years I’ve been at university and moving around a lot so I am so looking forward to being able to decorate my own house! Plus we don't have anything going into this new house so we get to start from scratch, here’s a wishlist of a few bits I love the look of.

1. Glass Candle Holders - Wilkinson
2. Perfume Bottle - Homebase 
3. Peony Chain - Wilkinson
4. Sewing Box - Homebase
5. Neom Candle - John Lewis
6. De'Longhi Kettle - John Lewis

I definitely know I'm getting old because my favourite item on the list is the kettle, it is a very beautiful kettle! I know I'm a loser but I just can't wait to get a new toaster and kettle.

Any suggestions for things I should buy? I've never really bought anythin for a house before so any reccomendations are welcome!

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Summer Update

Graduation Ball / Making Sandcastles / Cornwall / Pet Cows in Ireland / Sandhurst Commissioning /  Graduation 

This summer has been a bit of a whirlwind so far, I started July thinking that my last long summer holiday was going to be spent lazing around, blogging and reading books, how wrong I was!
As soon as exams were over my uni friends and I spent a week in Cornwall to celebrate finishing, we rented a gorgeous little cottage and had a lovely week. As I am originally from the Kent coast it never made sense for me to travel to the other side of the country to go to a beach, and therefore I had never been to Cornwall before. I am so glad I finally got round to visiting as that part of the country is just stunning.  Whilst there we went to some gorgeous beaches, a zoo and just spent some quality time together before we all go our separate ways.

This summer has been full of ups and downs for me, Cornwall was an up but I arrived home to some very upsetting news. Sadly my Nan had suddenly passed away while I was travelling back, I was devastated and still am. I live very far away from my family for the majority of the year and it really hit home how isolated I was by being so far away. The silver lining of this was that I got to go home for a long weekend and spend some lovely time with my family. The weather was gorgeous for the funeral and I was able to see my cousins who I hadn’t seen for such a long time. Due to the nice weather Rob and I went to the beach near my house, we made sandcastles, swam in the sea and had a nice break from the busy city.

The week we got home was my graduation ball, my chemistry friends and I got all dressed up and celebrated the end of our degrees. I was a great night, it was held at a beautiful hotel with a massive marquee in the grounds. We spent the night dancing in the marquee but my favourite part was the silent disco, my first ever one, needless to say the next day was a bit painful.

Shortly after I started my month long summer placement at a chemical company in Nottingham, I decided that I didn’t want to spend my summer in the lab so I opted for a marketing placement, I even got to write some blog posts for them! (Living the dream).

Part way through my placement was my graduation ceremony, four long years had paid off and I was finally able to hold in my hands my official certificate. I was so nervous walking across the stage in my heels but thankfully I was able to make it across smoothly. It was such a happy day with a really positive atmosphere and by the end I didn’t want to give my robes back!

Once my placement had finished I went on holiday to Ireland with my boyfriend and his family, they have a house on a little island off the coast of Ireland. I’ve blogged about it before here, but it’s just such a tranquil place to be and very welcome after the busy summer that we’ve had so far. There’s a little beach at the bottom of his garden and we took his little cousin to look for crabs.

Last week one of my best friends commissioned from Sandhurst as an officer in the army and all of my university friends met up to celebrate his achievement. It was an amazing night and it was so nice to all be together again, we’ve all lived together for the past four years and it’s going to be pretty weird to be living apart. There was copious amounts of celebratory champagne and we all had a perfect night dancing. The next day we cured our hangovers with a well-deserved Nandos and the Inbetweeners 2, a film I would definitely recommend.

I was so sure that I was going to spend this summer blogging and I cannot believe this is the first time I have managed to sit down and write a post. I hope this post gives you a little update about what I’ve been doing and why I’ve been absent for a while.

I Hope you’ve all had a great summer and lots to look forward to as it’s not over yet!!

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