Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Nourishing dull, dry or dehydrated skin

My skin is pretty dull and dehydrated most of the year, so i can definitely relate to those of you struggling to deal with the dryness that comes with the change in weather. This has brought me to compile an edit of my favourite products to tackle these problems. 

Dehydration //
Dryness and dehydration are very different things, and people with oily skin often forget to keep their skin hydrated. For dehydration a serum can never go a miss, and lately i've been loving the REN max moisture concentrate as it's light and absorbs easily, but keeps my skin feeling plump and hydrated all day. Its a similar kind of concept to the much loved hydraluron but i seem to prefer it. Another great pre-moisturiser product for the skin is a hydrating toner. I love to use the Liz earle instant boost skin tonic if my skin is feeling tight, irritated or dull as it instantly soothes, hydrates and perks up the skin. The spritzer version is also really refreshing to spray on throughout the day. If you're a little worried about your skin getting annoyed with all these layers(although i highly doubt it would!) then a night time hydrating mask once a week is a great way to go. The Origins drink up intensive overnight mask  is great for both dryness and dehydration, but can be used on any skin type to give your skin a huge dose of moisture and radiance. 

Dryness //
Dry skin is something slightly harder to tackle than dehydration, as you want to make sure you have no flaky patches which will show up when make up is applied. A good chemical exfoliator such as the Kiehls overnight biological peel should do the trick at removing dead skin cells and dry patches, whilst also making the skin look less dull. In terms of moisture, for the day i love the Darphin hydraskin rich cream, which is specially formulated for dry skin. Its a thick white cream with barely any scent which instantly soothes and plumps up the skin, whilst keeping it hydrated all day long. If you don't suffer with dryness too much then this would be a great night time option. When it comes to night time i like to throw something heavier on to make sure my skin will be nourished all night long. An oil night cream sandwhich is what i tend to go for. Oils make all the difference to your skin and are great to use on any skin type, but i'd highly recommend them if you suffer from dryness. My favourites are the Clarins blue orchid face treatment oil and the Nude progenius treatment oil. The latter is a little thicker and does more for the skin than the clarins, but both aim to hydrate the skin, whilst giving you an amazing glow and also helping to decongest. Finally an eye cream is an essential for me to use at least once a day, and the Malin+Goetz rice bran eye moisturiser is the best i've ever tried. It turns my eyes from being dry, red and irritated to smooth, hydrated and also much brighter. Finally for night cream, one which i love is the Origins make a difference + ultra rich rejuvenating cream. It's a thick cream which takes quite a while to sink in so i really know it's working. The sent is lovely and zingy but not overwhelming, and it leaves my skin hydrated and glowing come morning. The whole make a difference line is amazing so i'd definitely recommend it. 

Dulless //
Finally for dullness and this is an area which i'm constantly seeking out new products to help tackle it. A cleanser which i've been loving lately is the Oskia renaissance cleansing gel. It sits somewhere between a gel and a balm, with its light consistency which turns into an oil on contact with skin. It thoroughly cleanses skin whilst keeping it hydrated and also working to gently exfoliate away dead skin to leave skin looking brighter. This cleanser is lovely to use morning and night, but it's especially a great one to use in the morning if your skins on the dehydrated/dry side as it not stripping. Another new discovery is the Jurlique antioxidant gel mask, A gooey gel textured mask which aims to detoxify the skin, whilst hydrating and brightening at the same time. It does exactly what it says on the tin, and although its majorly expensive, i definitely think its worth it if you have dull or congested skin. 

And there we have it, my product picks for tackling dull, dry or dehydrated skin. Your welcome.

Monday, 27 January 2014

A mac eyeshadow re-jig

I've had my mac eyeshadows lying around for quite a while now, and whilst i use my quad on a weekly basis, my 15-pan palette was always left untouched. I'm very lazy when it comes to make up, i like to know things are going to work together. I think this is why i neglect my mac eyeshadows so much, as in my large palette i don't have any specific combinations that i know work. Hence, the re-jig. As i'm on a mission to be less wasteful and much less of a hoarder, this weekend i went out and bought myself 3 shiny new mac quads, ready to fill up with my existing mac eyeshadows. I'm pretty happy with the combinations i've created, but it's left me realising that i think my problem is that i have far too many 'one wash' colours, and not enough which work well together. And too many warm warm copper eyeshadows, nearly two quads full! Feel free to give me some mac eyeshadow recommendations to fill up these quads and make them much more usable and travel friendly. The top quad is the one i've had for the longest and i definitely use those shadows the most (it's satin taupe, brun, wedge and woodwinked fyi), so if you're looking for somewhere to start, i think its a great combination to go for. Check out my mac eyeshadow collection post here for more deets on the shadows etc!

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Nars Narsissist palette, I love you.

I was umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether to get this palette, and well eventually... i caved. It was love at first sight as soon as i opened the box. 

The NARS Narsissist palette is part of Nars' spring 2014 gifting collection, and is limited edition along with a cheek palette. It contains 15 shades which are meant to be their bestsellers, with every shade being wearable and relatively neutral, with some slightly more smokey and unique colours in there too. This palette includes basically every neautral eyeshadow you could ever need - mattes, shimmers, glitters, warm tones, cool tones and pinky tones. Its pretty much like all three naked palettes rounded up into one travel friendly palette, except i find the colours to be much more unique. 

Overall, the quality of this palette is amazing, although some of the shadows take more to achieve opaque colour and can be a little stiff. I always use an eyeshadow base, and if you do then i don't imagine this would really be a problem as the eyeshadows would stick much better. The palette costs £55 which really does make my purse weep, but considering one Nars duo would set you back £25, its really worth picking up if you're lusting over more than a handful of their shades. Besides, i don't think you'd really need to buy any more neutral palettes once you have it (Although who can resist ey...)

So, there we have it, me declaring my love for this pretty new release. I'll be following up this post with another featuring three looks created with this palette, so keep an eye out for that sometime this week. The Narsissist eye palette is currently sold out on the Nars website, but will be released onto Nars counters on the 1st February, so i suggest you grab one then before they disappear! 

Friday, 24 January 2014

The 'in a rush' edit

The concept is simple. That feeling where you wake up, turn of your alarm and snooze for an extra half an hour, thus leaving yourself a mere 15 minutes to get ready and be out the door. No time for a shower, to fix up your know the one. What do you prioritise? Here I've outlined my favourite and most trustworthy 'in a rush' products to leave me prepped for the day ahead and looking like I've spent hours getting ready.

Multi-use products are a life saviour in these situations, and the Origins VitaZing moisturiser is my favourite base to use when short of time. It works as your moisturiser, your SPF and your base. Wow. It's not the most covering of products, but its hydrating and gives you a tint to cover any redness or pigmentation, whilst imparting a gorgeous glow. For any areas which need extra coverage eg. dark circles and blemishes, the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer is an easy to apply and blend concealer which works well on both blemishes and under the eyes. To finish off the base, apply a dusting of the MAC mineralize skinfinish in lightscapade to set everything in place and give you a subtle glow. 

To perk up tired eyes, mascara is key. I love wearing the Revlon grow luscious mascara day to day as it adds length and a bit of volume in one coat. Brows are another absolute essential to me, so if you're the same, add the Hourglass brow sculpting pencil to your collection, you wont regret it. A waxy easy to use pencil which fills in brows effortlessly whilst not looking overdone, and it keeps them in place too. Perfect. If you have time, a swipe of the Clinique chubby stick for eyes in 'fuller fudge' will add a bit of definition and make you look like you've spent ages getting ready. The gorgeous bronze shade compliments all eye colours, whilst the easy to blend formula means you don't even need a brush. To add some colour back into your complexion, i love using the Stila convertible colour in camellia. Not a colour you hear too much about, but its a gorgeous peachy brown shade which acts as a bronzer and blush in one, and also works well on the lips where it's more of a peachy nude colour. Chuck it in your bag for touch ups.

Finally, spray a spritz of the Dove refresh + care dry shampoo to freshen things up and give you a bit of volume, fluff, and go. 


Thursday, 23 January 2014

The drugstore version of bioderma

Back at the beginning of 2013 i jumped on the bioderma bandwagon and purchased two 250ml bottles off ebay. At around 15 pounds for the pair they weren't cheap and after running out of one bottle, i decided to try and find a cheaper alternative. After seeing the L'oreal skin perfection micellar solution crop up on a number of blogs, i decided i'd give it a go. And i've never looked back.

The concept is the same as bioderma, a solution as gentle as water, which dissolves all makeup without leaving behind any residue on the skin. I find that it manages to dissolve all of my base makeup with ease, and on lighter eye make up days it does the job there too. On heavier eye makeup days it can struggle slightly with the last bit of mascara, but seeing as i always double cleanse anyway it doesn't bother me at all.
I do find however that this stings my eyes slightly more than bioderma if i get any in them, but thats me being over generous with product...That being said, it's suitable for sensitive skin and never ever stings sore or dry patches, rather it soothes the skin. 

All in all, i'd definitely recommend getting this over bioderma as it's much more affordable and does the exact same job.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Working to banish chapped winter lips

Dry, flaky lips isn't the most glamorous of topics, but its one that i'm sure everyone is looking to fix! Since around september time I've been battling awfully dry lips along with some kind of eczema on my upper lip skin which has been the biggest pain, especially as i think its due to a lipstick allergy! I've relied on a heavy ointment from the doctors to keep things in check, but the huge pot isn't the most handbag friendly, so in came lanolips. 

Lanolips is an ointment which can be used as a multipurpose balm anywhere on the body. I tend to use it solely on my lips, but it would be great to use on dry elbows, cuticles and eyelids. The balm is very rich and thick, it's oily texture isn't the most luxurious to use, but once warmed and massaged into lips, it leaves them feeling soft and moisturised, with a protective barrier to block out the cold harsh winds. I also find it helps to soften dry skin, so that it can easily be exfoliated away without damaging the rest of your skin. I find it leaves a shiny film over the area if you use a large amount, so you may want to be aware of that if your not using it as a lip balm.

Lanolips contains 100% pure Ultra Medical Grade Lanolin which is 100% natural and fragrance free, making it suitable for the most sensitive and irritated of skins. I'd definitely recommend this if you suffer from awfully dry lips, eczema or irritated skin.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Malin + Goetz rice bran eye moisturizer

Eye creams are something i'm not all that clued up about nor bothered about. I simply look for something moisturising, which possibly also helps to counteract dark circles and possible puffiness or lines. The Rice Bran Eye moisturiser from Malin+Goetz includes natural rice bran and soja protein-amino acid, which help to promote capillary circulation to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. The cream also aims to intensely hydrate, repair and replenish. I've been using this eye cream for a couple of months now, and it's really helped to control my often dry eyes. It also seems to have really improved my dark circles, which i never even thought were bad, but i have noticed a significant difference which has meant i've needed to use less concealer. I find it also helps my concealer to blend in a lot easier, and means its less likely to crease. I'm glad i've found this eye cream, and although it's not cheap, i'll definitely continue to repurchase (unless i find something better). Overall i do think it's slightly overpriced, but if your looking for a no fuss eye cream which works well for both day and night, and will help tackle minor eye concerns, then i'd definitely recommend it. 


Friday, 17 January 2014

Oribe Volumista spray

I've recently really got into haircare, with my hair now being in great condition. It needs much more washing, and can handle a lot more products. I've been trialing the Oribe Volumista spray for a month or so now, as my hair has been lacking a lot of volume lately, and so far it's impressed me. The volumista spray is a weightless, mane-plumping mist which gives lift to the roots by swelling each hair strand to give a load of body, whilst also creating shine with its nourishing plant extracts. When sprayed into the roots i find it makes my hair look a lot more full, whilst still looking natural. It improves the overall shape of my hair, which can often look a little limp and lifeless and thus difficult to work with. I love using this product as it is completely weightless so once dry, you cannot feel it in your hair in the slightest. I'd describe it as a more natural version of the maximista spray which is often raved on about, and i'd recommend it more to thin and limp hair. I do love this product and i will continue to use it, but when i have the funds i will be purchasing the maximista spray as i don't find this is great for using all over my hair as it's quite thick. It's great for when i just want a little more volume to my hair, but cannot be bothered with styling it too much. Paired with the Oribe dry texturising spray its great for all over volume, but sometimes you just want to be able to skip a step, especially with them both being so expensive!

Ps. the lid broke, cry.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Sweater weather

Jumpers are one thing which i can never stop buying, even in the summer, if i see a jumper i truly love, i'll buy it in preparation for the colder months to come. Although this seems a little extreme, a cosy jumper to snuggle up in is one thing you cannot give a miss during winter, and with a fair few new additions to the gang and some which i now can't live without, i thought i'd round up my favourites.

The pastel knits // topshop, £29
Pastels are usually a thing kept strictly to summer, but this one breaks the rules and fits into my winter wardrobe perfectly. This fuzzy little number from topshop works so well to brighten up an all black outfit in the colder months. It's a very dull pastel, which means that it goes with almost anything. I love the texture of this one, as playing with different textures is something i'm loving at the moment. I love it paired with a pair of black skinnies, a dark red lip and my topshop black and white textured jacket.

Keeping it simple // topshop (old), primark £10, zara £35.99
Winter to me means that i want to spend as little time as possible faffing about with what to wear but somehow still manage to look effortlessly chic, so a simple cosy knit is an essential for days when i want to look nice, without all the effort. This simple black jumper is one of my favourites from last year, as its got a very simple yet chunky knit, which gives it a bit of texture and makes it that little bit more cosy, along gives it a slight grunge feel. A black jumper is an essential to any wardrobe, as it literally goes with anything i choose to throw on with it. I actually purchased this in two other colours as i love it so much, so i'm well stocked on oversized knitwear. This primark number is very different from all the other jumpers that i own, in that it looks a lot more structured, but its still just as comfy. The slight turtle neck makes it look quite chic and the subtle cropped style makes it great to pair with things such as skorts or leather look trousers as it doesn't completely cover them up. I also love the textured and turned up edges as it makes it that little bit less casual and is a slight statement in its self. I couldn't resist and bought it in grey too...The last one is the newest of the bunch, but has worked its way up to be my favourite already. This jumper from zara is the softest jumper i own, and i literally cannot stop wearing it. I got a size up so that it would be oversized, and it just fits so nicely and is perfect to snuggle into. The neckline is quite high but not stiff, and the soft fabric means it hangs a lot nicer than most chunky jumpers. It's the perfect shade of grey and looks amazing paired with tartan.

Is it a top or is it a jumper? // primark £10
Since spying the cropped fluffy t shirt jumpers topshop brought out i knew i had to have one, but i could not justify the price. When primark brought out a perfect dupe i bought one immediately, and its surprising how often i actually wear it. its warm and cosy like a jumper, but as its a t shirt style with short sleeves it means its great for layering. I love it paired with american apparel riding pants, a black jacket, fur gilet and tartan scarf!

If you don't own a cosy jumper already, i suggest you pick one up, right away...My top spots are topshop, zara, asos and missguided. Zara being my favourite, but then again, it is the most expensive!

Winter, i'm ready for you.


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Kiehl's Over-night Biological Peel

Kiehl's is a brand that seems to impress me with everything i try, and this one follows that trend. The Kiehl's Over-night Biological Peel is an oil-free, gentle chemical overnight exfoliator which exfoliates away dead surface skin cells and other impurities. It also aims to help reduce the overall appearance and size of pores, so that you're left with softer, more even and vibrant skin, along with the texture of your skin vastly improving with continuous use.
I've been using the peel for a few months now, and i can say its definitely my favourite exfoliating product I've tried. Every time i use this product it leaves my skin feeling smooth, less congested and radiant come morning. Paired with an oil, the results are the best, with the same smoothness, but with an added dose of radiance and hydration. It's also meant to help with scars and pigmentation, but luckily i don't suffer with either of those things too much so i can't really comment. I can say though that it definitely helps to clear up the faint scars left behind from blemishes much quicker.
When used a couple times a week, I can really notice the texture of my skin improving, and it definitely looks much more radiant, which in general makes me look more awake and healthy. I rely on this to keep my skin in check, and i can definitely notice a difference if i don't use it for a while. I much prefer this to the likes of liquid gold, as its a gel like texture which can be massaged into the skin with your fingers to get the full benefits. If you have dull, lackluster skin or congested skin then i definitely suggest you try out this product.


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Whats on my face #5

Lazy sunday makeup. I love this look as it looks like i've made an effort, but the products are so quick to use and minimal. I have no idea why my lipstick looks patchy, its actually a sheer brownish dark red colour which is lovely for the winter. I'm loving dark warmer tones all over the face at the minute! This foundation from bobbi brown was one of my stocking fillers, and i love it! I wasn't sure at first, but when applied with fingers it leaves the most beautiful natural finish which covers most flaws. I don't like the results so much with a brush, but hey ho!

FACE: Bobbi Brown skin foundation, Bobbi Brown corrector, Nars radiant creamy concealer, Rimmel stay matte powder

CHEEKS: Kevyn aucion sculpting powder, Nars liberté blush, Jouer highlighter

EYES: MAC eclair paint pot, Maybelline one by one mascara, Hourglass brow sculpting pencil, Elf wet gloss lash and brow clear mascara

LIPS: Mac 'spice it up' lipstick

Monday, 13 January 2014

Operation use things up

I, Dannii, solemnly swear not to buy any new products during the month of January.

So, I've decided to go on a bit of a spending ban this month. I haven't bought anything so far and I've been really enjoying using the products i already have and experimenting a lot more, so I thought why not keep it up for the rest of the month and save myself a bit of money in the meantime? This links with my new years resolutions which you can view here. I've also vowed to use up a lot of my products which stand half/nearly empty and products coming up to their expiry time. I HATE wasting products i love so rather than using a bunch of different products at once i'm going to stick to these and try and use them up over January and February. I'll post an empties post at the end of February or sooner so you can see how much i'I've used up! Using less products also means i'll be able to write better reviews for you guys, so it's a win win situation really. Wish me luck!

Clarins pure melt cleansing gel // Soap & Glory sugar crush body wash // Redken extreme shampoo & conditioner // Ren invisible pores detox mask // Ren glycolatic radiance renewal mask // Wei chinese rose foaming cleanser // Origins high-potency Night-a-mins // Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener // Origins GinZing // Clarins daily energizer cream // Nuxe reve de miel lip balm // Soap and Glory the righteous butter

Origins VitaZing Energy Boosting moisturiser

A hydrating, glow giving moisturiser and a lighter base are the things i generally opt for on a daily basis. The Origins VitaZing energy boosting moisturiser covers both of these stops with it being a lightweight yet hydrating moisturiser with a sheer tint. VitaZing includes the antioxidant rich ingredient mangosteen which helps to refresh and energize the skin, leaving you looking awake and fresh. The moisturiser also gives the skin an amazing lit from within glow which is not at all shiny and adds to the wide awake look. Overall this is a really great moisturiser to use even with those properties, but the tint adds to its greatness. The sheer tint it gives helps to really even out the skin, covering redness and reducing my need to use foundation. I generally only apply a little concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes when i use this, and my base is perfected enough for day to day antics. I stopped using this for a while over the summer, but during the winter i have found this a life saver as it gives you such an amazing glow which is hard to achieve in summer. I use this every day for college as it saves so much time as i can literally use this after cleansing and my normal/dehydrated skin feels hydrated all day. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone as i can see it working on all skin types, except the most oily who may need to powder afterwards.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm

The Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm is something I've been meaning to review since i got it, but just never got round to it. The moringa cleansing balm aims to remove all traces of face and eye makeup, whilst the silky smooth formula uses plant extracts and vitamin E to balance, refine, and give a daily boost to dull, dry and mature skin. Its a lovely thick texture which melts with the heat of your hands and turns into a luxurious oil which dissolves all traces of make-up. I absolutely love using this cleanser in the evenings as a second cleanse, as i find my skin is left extremely clean, whilst still being left soft, plump and truly radiant. Even with a prior cleanse with a mi-cellar water, a significant amount of makeup comes off when removed, which still surprises me very time! I've had this pot for about 8 months and its still not empty, so i'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a luxurious balm cleanser which removes all makeup and leaves skin feeling hydrated and radiant.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Essie chocolate cake - A perfect alternative to a 'blackened red'

Another one of my christmas presents to myself is this essie polish in 'chocolate cake'. Chocolate cake is a deep reddish brown shade, which appears much deeper on the nails then in the bottle. I've been wanting a blackened red for a long time, but this brown toned red is much more flattering on my skin tone. It's opaque in two coats, but even one coat creates a nice wash of colour which is not streaky at all. My nails are prone to chipping, and seche vite doesnt seem to help with that and makes them chip much quicker, but i found this polish lasted about 3-4 days before i needed to repaint. Overall i love this colour and essie polishes are such great quality, that i'd recommend this to everyone looking for an alternative to a dark red.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

A highlighter you can't ignore

Now, the title may seem a little exaggerated to you, but no, ever since i first heard of the jouer cream highlighter i knew i had to have it in my grasps. i purchased it about a 2 months or so ago in the end, and i couldn't be happier with it. Jouer is a brand i'I've heard so many good things about and having tried a couple products myself now i can happily say that they don't disappoint, and you'll be pleased with almost anything you try from them.
This highlighter is definitely one of the best cream highlighters I've tried, as its just so creamy. I find that some can be a little tacky when you apply them, but this one glides over the skin like a dream and blends into my other makeup seamlessly, making it look much more natural. It gives your skin a lovely sheeny glow, and although it is by no means subtle, it's not shimmery or glittery. The colour is a true champagne colour, it's not cool or warm, its somewhere in the middle which means it will suit most skin tones and depths. I love to use this on the tops of my cheekbones, on the inner corners and on my cupids bow to give me a healthy glow and some dimension to my face. It's quite small, and priced at £16 you don't get an awful lot for your money, but i'd definitely day its worth it due to the sheer quality, and the fact you don't need all that much to get the desired effect.

I can see this being my holy grail highlighter for many many months to come!

Ps. i have no idea why, but my hair seems to be going this awful shade of grey each time i upload the second picture, odd!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Whats on my face #4

Winter sunlight is extremely annoying when trying to take photos! Close the blinds, its pitch black. Open them, i'm blinded. Half open, annoying lines on my face. But this will have to do! I'm trying to still to daily or every other day blogging and so far so good, so i thought a good thing to do once a week would be 'whats on my face' posts. 1. so i can see how my tastes change, and 2. so i can see how my appearance in general changes! A lot of these products featured in my 2013 favourites video which you can find here. This is a look i used to wear an awful lot last year but stopped wearing for some reason, except i've now incorporated a lot of new products. I'm loving mac uniterrupted eyeshadow at the minute, its a lovely warm ochre brown colour which is very different to anything I've seen before and makes the look a lot more grungy. I think matte eyeshadow is something i'll be sporting a lot more this year!

FACE: Laura mercier protect primer, Kevyn aucoin the sensual skin tinted balm, Nars radiant creamy concealer, Hourglass ambient lighting powder luminous light

CHEEKS: Kevyn aucoin sculpting powder, Nars gina blush, Jouer highlight

EYES: Hourglass arch brow sculpting pencil, Elf wet gloss lash and brow clear mascara, Urban decay Naked basic palette, Mac 'uniterrupted' pro longwear eyeshadow, Maybelline one by one mascara

LIPS: Mac 'taupe' lipstick


Monday, 6 January 2014

Hidden gem: M&S tartan bag

Bag: M&S // cropped jumper: Primark // Trousers: American Apparel riding pants

I'm sure you can all relate to the fact that whilst Christmas shopping, at least one thing is purchased for yourself. While i may have ended up with one more gift for myself being added to the basket, this is one of my favourites. Whilst browsing the jewellery in M&S i noticed this interesting little bag and immediately went to look at it. It's so different from anything I've even seen sold in Marks and Spencer! Its a gorgeous small square shape with a unique style zip which runs around three sides of the front tartan panel. The leather(not sure if it's real) is sturdy and it comes fit with a small structured handle and also a long strap. This bag is surprisingly roomy and manages to fit in everything i need on a daily basis - umbrella and all. I love the contrast of the gold hardware against the black leather and i especially love the front tartan panel which is in a lovely soft flannel material. It really adds something to a monochrome outfit which i'm often found sporting. This bag is part of the limited edition collection Marks and Spencer recently brought out so i'd go buy it before its sold out if i were you, you will not regret it! It's become my daily handbag and it's actually really refreshing to not carry around the kitchen sink with me every day. At £35 i think this bag is a steal considering it's such high quality, and i'm so happy i found it.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

New years resolutions

It's now a few days into 2014, and to kick things off i thought i'd share with you my new years resolutions! Writing them down may help me stick to them, or it might just make me a little ashamed if i break them...I usually put way too much pressure on myself so I've only come up with things i think i will actually stick to, so anyway, here they are!
  1. One in, one out rule - This applies to makeup and skincare. I've built up quite the collection of both over the past year and found some products i really love, which have ended up getting neglected as i try out new things. In a bid to save money and waste less products, I've decided to introduce a one in, one out policy. Whether it be using up an item or selling it, I'm going to try my best to only buy a new one of something when i get rid of its equivalent.
  2. Wash my makeup brushes every two weeks and spot clean after every use - I'm pretty good when it comes to keeping my brushes clean, but i must say i probably don't do it as much as i should. My eyeshadow brushes are constantly dirty, and due to the fact i don't wear make up every day i neglect washing my face brushes most of the time. My skin is in a pretty good state, but keeping them clean can only improve things!
  3. Up my blogging game - Blogging is something i love, but sometimes my lack of organisation means i don't have time to post or end up rushing posts/videos in order to get them up which is no fun. I'm aiming to post a video on youtube two or three times a week, and on my blog every other day. I would love to post on here every day, but i just don't think it's something i could stick to! If you have any post/video suggestions, let me know :)
  4. Put more work into my clothing line, 'cryptic cult'. Since recent bouts with my health and college I've found myself putting less and less time into my clothing line, and i want it to be something i really love and enjoy doing rather than just a 'job'. In 2014 i bid to spend way more time creating new designs and interacting much more! 
  5. Downsize my wardrobe and makeup collection - This links with my first resolution of trying to use things up and just have less unnecessary stuff. My wardrobe is currently overflowing to the point where i cannot actually fit everything on my two rails, two shelves and drawer, and considering the fact i only use about 40% i don't really need all the clutter. I hope to streamline my wardrobe to fit everything in comfortably with one rail solely for my most used pieces. With my makeup collection, i'm going to sort it out every three months, and if i haven't used a product in that three months, then its gone. 
  6. Eat better! - I used to be really good at eating healthily most of the time, but since it started getting cold i've really slacked. I'm hoping in 2014 i'll be able to get back on track and eat healthily about 70% of the time, so i don't feel bad if i have a takeaway or two!
  7. Pamper myself more often! - This last one is something that i really want to be able to fit into my routine. I'm so lazy when it comes to painting my nails, properly doing my hair, moisturising etc. I want to find the time to fit these all in as most of the time i don't bother due to being lazy!
What are your new years resolutions?
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