Monday, 29 September 2014

What Is In My Makeup Bag?

If you are all just as nosey as I am, then you LOVE posts like these. Ones where you get to delve into peoples makeup bags and see what items they use on a daily basis. I thought I would share what is in my makeup bag..I hope you enjoy :)

My make up bag is from Harrods as you may be able to see (durr). I bought this around a year ago and I am still very much in love with it, though I am not too sure if it is still in stores. The best thing about it, is that it has on it every stereotypical London "thing" you can think of. :)

Let's get onto the makeup. The first few things I have in my bag is of course mascara...a staple in every girl's makeup bag. This particular one is one of my favouirtes. It is Maybelline's falsies volume express mascara, it lengthens and thickens lashes just as you would want and doesn't cost a fortune. I also have my l'oreal liquid super liner eyeliner pen. I love eyeliner pens recently, I feel you get more precision especially if you aren't too good at applying eyeliner on the upper lids. Other than upper lid eyeliner, I have normal liner that I use in the waterline. This is Rimmel's exaggerate eyeliner. I prefer roll up eyeliner to ones you have to sharpen yourself as I feel it is just too messy and they break more easily too.

Onto the face bits and bobs! :) One thing I cannot live without is my Elizabeth Arden, 8 hour cream. I have nearly ran out this and it has been going strong for over a year now. I mainly use it on my lips as an alternative to a regular lipbalm as this one is much more moisturising. The great thing about this cream is that you can use it for dry patches on your body and even on burns. The next product is one I live by. This is Dior's BB creme. I have been through 4 bottles of the stuff within a year and a bit and I really can't find anything better. I'm not a massive fan of full coverage makeup as I don't like the feel of it on my face but this is perfect for giving a light coverage and colour correcting too. I LAV IT! Rimmel's stay matte powder is a staple of mine and has been for years now. I have tried so many different powders and for the price of this one, you cannot go wrong!!

As for concealers, I have two that will always be in my makeup bag. MAC Studio finish concealer has amazing coverage and is great for brightening up the area around the eyes, however I feel it can get a little cakey. I think this is personally a great concealer for blemishes! My other concealer is slightly darker and nearer to my skin tone. This is Benefit's Boi-ing concealer. This also has brilliant coverage, if not better than the MAC one. This concealer is also antibactieral so it makes you feel less guilty about wearing makeup on a very bad and very spotty skin day.

I do have my favourite eyeshadow palettes but they can be a right nightmare carrying around all the time, so they stay away from my everyday makeup bag. Maybellines Color Tattoo's are just simply amazing products. You can use them as a primer for eyeshadows such as the Rimmel one pictured below, but you can also apply them on their own as a wash of colour on the lids. I also use the shade Permanent Taupe for my eyebrows...try it! :P

I also have regular eyeshadow primer, this one by Urban Decay is amazing. It makes eyeshadow last all day and you don't even have to use that much of it. This one bottle has lasted me over a year and a half! I also have MAC harmony, which I use for contouring. This one I feel is slightly too dark for me now though  (sad times). I finally have a duo eyeshadow palette. I won't go into too much detail on this baby as I have written a blog post on this a couple months back, which you can read here

So that is basically what is in my makeup bag and items I reach for day to day. I hope you enjoyed reading! What item of makeup do you reach for on a daily basis?

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Bullet Journal..

Hello guys!

So it has come to that time of the year where most students are heading back to school or starting uni and everything can get a little too hectic, especially if you have a load of things to do..deadlines, shopping lists etc. Some people like myself, tend to write lists and notes in many different books and it can be hard to follow all of them and still get everything done. I had been browsing the interwebs (pinterest) and found many people use this "Bullet Journal" method, where everything can be easily written down in your own layout in just one little book. 

As said on the website which you can view here, it is simply rapid logging. A technique that can help you easily identify what is important and weed out the stuff that just isn't. It's the difference between being busy and being productive. 

First off is the monthly calendar. This is where you write down every day of the week and next to it you can write down important events or dates such as birthdays. On the next page I have written down just things I need to get done in that month. This could be washing the car or just reminders of little things you need to do. You can also change the way you bullet each thing. If it is a task add a box of which you can tick once you have completed it. If it is an event use a circle. If you need to look something up on the internet for school use an eye bullet. If something is of high priority add an asterix next to it. This way you can distinguish each task. On the page after you can use a daily calendar, of which you write down things you need to get done that day, writing them as ideas come. Sometimes it can be nice to read your bullet journal before you go sleep, this way it will keep you organised and prepared for the morning after. 

Then you can write individual lists such as shopping lists etc, this is called collections. I have collections such as blog ideas, and for uni I have portfolio skills. This just keeps me up to date with other important things I need to sort out. Keeping them all in one place is so much easier!

I feel this has really changed the way I organise all my work and I find other daily planners to be a bit hard to stick with. With the bullet journal you can adapt everything to be how you want it to be and you just have a lot more freedom with it. It is taking a while for me to get used to it but it is such an easier concept. Also, this doesn't just have to be for students!

If you are interested in starting your own bullet journal and want more information on how to do it you can here.

My journal is the squared paper moleskine A5 notebook from Amazon if anyone is wondering! :) 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Lee Evans- Monster Tour NIA Birmingham

Hello guys!

Last Friday was one of the best nights I have had in a very long time. This was obviously because I had tickets to see Lee Evans! I bought these tickets over a year ago and when the day finally came along, I was too darn excited. He is one of my favourite comedians of all time, with his slapstick humour that is just brilliant to watch. Through out the whole night my face ached from all the laughter and the atmosphere was amazing. To think how supportive every one was of him and yet how nervous he still got, shows you he is still a human being!! But then again, he was filming this show for his upcoming DVD (comes out Nov)..MUST GET! As the show was being recorded, I wasn't allowed to record any videos or take any photos whilst he was performing but I did get some good ones of the stadium and the stage on my new iPhone 6 before hand. OOH! 

Other than being extremely hilarious, he is also very musically talented too. His song dedicated to his wife at the end was a real "aw" moment and it was simply a beautiful note to end the show on. 

What a night! Who is your favourite comedian?