Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Changing Face of Blogging

This is not a post I ever thought I'd write, but I feel like I need to post something and empty all the thoughts in my head. As you may have noticed my 'daily' blogging hasn't been so much daily recently. I've lost my passion. I still love make-up, beauty and all things pretty, but the whole blogging thing has become dry for me. 





I started blogging as a 20 year old, studying at Uni and generally enjoying a life of fun. Since then I have grown up a whole lot, I've married my then boyfriend and got a proper job. I'm more mature in my thoughts and actions now and I have other priorities and passions. I still love my smoky eyes and red lips! However these days I'm more passionate about other things such what I eat, all plant based and not processed. If you follow me on Instagram you've probably already caught onto that!

Over the last few months the way I feel about blogging has changed. It doesn't have the same feel to it anymore. It's more intense, you have to take a more professional approach to things. It's not just about writing, but photography, social media, SEO, selling yourself. I have met some truely lovely people through blogging, so I don't want my next sentence to offend anyone. But the blogging world is not what it used to be. It seems to be less about enjoying the love of beauty/make-up together and more about self promotion, getting freebies and even stepping over each other to get to the top. I've stopped joining the Twitter chats for this reason, I used to love getting involved a couple of years ago, it's a shame. 

So I guess this brings me around to the summary of todays post. I won't be daily blogging any more. It's a sap of my time and starting to feel more of a chore than a passion. To be blunt a lot of the time I'd rather be cooking, working out or doing real life things. I'm not going to completely stop my blog as I still do love all things beauty. But it's going to be more casual, so one week you may get daily posts and another perhaps no posts at all. I may also throw in some recipes and posts about what I eat. I just want to take the pressure off of myself and reintegrate into real life - you wouldn't believe how much time daily blogging with a fulltime job takes up!   

It isn't just just the sap on time either, it always feels like I have to buy things and be up to date with the latest products to really have a place in the beauty blogging world. It's got to the point where I have too much and can't enjoy everything as I once used to. I'm on a mission now to reduce my stash enjoying and using everything as I go. I could write a whole post on this, but I think I'm going to leave my rant on the beauty blogging culture here. 

I hope you'll all understand this and respect my decision. It feels weird after daily blogging for almost 4 years! Thank you all for being so supportive 

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review + Swatches: Maybelline Intense Velvet Lip Crayon - Minimalist

Minimalist. Possibly one of the worlds hardest words to say! This is definitely not hard to wear though! I've been hearing lots of talk of this new lip pencil in the beauty word recently, especially of the stunning red shade (which I am half tempted to purchase!). I've also heard that this is a dupe for the NARS Lip Pencils - but as usual I haven't tried the more expensive versions so I can't really comment on whether they are or not! 

As always I've included a summary at the end :)




The Basics

For some reason I think these look a little old school. I think it's because the packaging is simple and not complicated or elaborate. It's a wooden pencil, so yes it does require sharpening. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but it is what it is. The pencil is shorter, yet stubbier than a lip liner, however I can't find any information about how much product you get inside. There is however an impressive 9 shades available, which considering this is a new release, is pretty good! This is priced at £4.99 and available from Boots & Superdrug.






The Formula

If you gravitate more towards the longer lasting products, instead of the ones that although stunning tend to rub off quicker than you can say 'Love My Lipstick', then this is for you. So, you guessed it, this is long-lasting. Well, ish! I find with light eating/drinking this lasts around 4 hours. It has quite a hard and waxy texture to it, which certainly won't be something everyone agrees with. I didn't at first, but once I realised how long it lasts and how light it feels on the lips it grew on me! The scent however hasn't, it does smell waxy!





Colour & Pigmentation

I took the boring route and have gone with a pretty standard and everyday shade. I seem to be wearing more and more natural shades these days. I don't know what's happened to my bright colour loving self - it must be hibernating! Anyway we're getting distracted here, I'm supposed to be telling you what type of shade this is! It's quite a pinky nude pink, with yellowy undertones. It doesn't wash out my pale skin and even includes some teeny tiny silver glitter for the festive feel. It is however mainly matte and not forgiving on dry lips. Pigmentation is also good - although you will need to press more firmly to get the colour payoff. 





The Good - Long lasting - 4+ hours, 9 shades available, reasonably priced, simple & practical packaging, not drying. 



The Not so Good - Smells waxy, texture is a little stiff and waxy, unforgiving on dry lips



Price & Availability - £4.99, BootsSuperdrug.


What do you prefer - a hard/waxy feel but really long lasting or a silky soft hydrating feel that wears off quickly?

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Huge Skincare Haul! Organic Surge, Origins & La Roche-Posay!

I can't remember the last time I bought make-up, it was a good few weeks ago. Which for me must be somewhat of a record, embarrassingly. I've come to the conclusion that I perhaps own too much make-up, yes I did say that. So I'm focusing on enjoying what I have and just purchasing pieces that really intrigue me, not just jumping on anything and everything new. Instead I have turned into a skincare junkie #SorryNotSorry That being said I took my first delve (a big dive!) into Organic Surge!





Organic Surge Surprise Skincare Bundle
Eye Gel 15ml, Kiss and MakeUp Cleansing Wipes 25pcs, Orange Flower Toner 200ml, Blissful Daily Moisturiser 50ml, Skin Perfecting Face Polish 75ml, Gentle Cleansing Lotion 200ml

Having never tried Organic Surge I had no idea which products I liked, would like or to choose. Instead I went lucky dipping! These surprise bundles are complete bargains containing 6 full size items, I greedily picked up the Skincare and Hair Care versions, but they also have a Body Care one, which I managed to not order! Although I've not tried anything yet I'm already impressed at the variety, definitely can't wait to get stuck in!




Organic Surge Surprise Hair Care Bundle
Shine Boost Shampoo 250ml, Shine Boost Conditioner 200ml, Volume Boost Conditioner 200ml, Volume Boost Shampoo 250ml, Moisture Boost Shampoo 250ml, 2 Minute Moisture Mask 150ml

So not quite skincare, but I thought I'd throw this in too seeing as it's Haul time! I never run out of anything beauty/body etc related, ever. But I have about 2 uses of conditioner left. I just don't seem to have caught onto the haircare bug like the rest of you! I generally just wash my hair and put it in a bun, I'm completely clueless. But I decided I could do with a few bits, genuinely this time! So I went lucky dipping again to try a variety of things. Considering one shampoo is £6.50 this has worked out as a pretty awesome deal! I'm also very excited to try the mask!




Organic Surge Glowing With Health Skincare Bundle
Daily Care Face Wash 200ml, Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser 50ml, Overnight Sensation Night Cream 50ml

I didn't actually get this for £25.50, I got it on offer for £9.95 when I purchased other Bundles - which is pretty much the same price as one of the moisturiser. I couldn't resist! However I probably didn't really need to get this, I've got like a years supply of moisturiser here - well maybe a slight exaggeration. I feel like I haven't really gone into much detail on each product, this post would go on for days if I did that! I talk about each individual product in the Video :)




Origins Mask Marvels Gift Set
Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, 
Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask, 
Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Origins is one of those brands that I have always admired from afar, their masks always being something I dreamed of owning. However I was never really willing to drop £23 on one mask. That was until I could get three of the most iconic ones for £23 - super bargain! Unfortunately this Christmas set is no longer on this amazing deal, but it still works out cheaper than buying them all individually. The set includes smaller sizes of - 75ml compared to the 100ml of a fullsize. I haven't had a change to properly try these all out yet, but first impressions are that these are pretty amazing! 





La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System*
Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser* 125ml, Effaclar Clarifying Toner* 200ml, Effaclar Duo +* 40ml

In the past I have raved about how much good the Effclar Duo has done for me. It's one of those products that has really worked for me and for once has been worth the hype! This new set contains a whole routine to cleanse, tone and hydrate the skin, specifically designed for those with blemish prone skin. If you've ever seen any of my videos where I show you my bare face, you'll know this is me! My skin can be a little dry at this time of year, so I'm hoping this won't dry my skin out! 





I hope you can forgive me for not going into detail on all the individual products, this post would have gone on for forever if I'd have done that! If there's anything you wanted to hear more about, do let me know!

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

The Wings of a Butterfly

Sometimes things are so beautiful that you just can't stop staring at them. One of them being butterflies, another being this beautiful new nail polish I picked up - Max Factors Fantasy Fire. I did buy it thinking it would be a beautiful opaque shade, which unfortunately it isn't. However this does mean it's more versatile and I've spent quite a lot of time with various colours and my nail wheel getting excited about how this looks over various shades. I went for blue in the end, complemented by some simple butterfly nail art. 





PRODUCTS USED
Bourjois So Lacque! Nail Enamel - Bleu fabuleux
Max Factor Mini Nail Polish - Fantasy Fire
MUA Nail Polish - Black & White

I've been getting a little more obsessed with Nail Art at the moment - I even bought some nail art brushes from Amazon to help me create some Pinterest worthy nails! Well maybe with a lot of practice! 

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