Today I went to work without make-up on

Today I went to work without make-up on, even though I’m going through a bizarre amount of breakouts so my skin isn’t looking its best. Me going to work without makeup isn’t an unusual thing. But this is the first time in a while that I’ve just not worn it because I felt like it. One reason is because I want to give my skin a break. For once it’s not because I’m so physically exhausted I can’t face getting up and doing it and I haven’t been feeling a twinge of guilt that I should be wearing at least a little. I have gotten into the habit of waiting a full face – foundation etc most days, and when I last stopped wearing it, I was really really down and pretty much didn’t care anymore. I couldn’t bring myself to try and make myself look presentable, not to mention I was crying a fair bit so any make up would have smudged.

To a point, I now kind of see me wearing make-up as a symbol that I’m doing better – that I want to make the effort in the morning. But that’s not a healthy way to look at it either really. I think I do to an extent wear it as a mask. Well, mainly foundation but once I’ve started on foundation I get into a roll and do my whole face.

My aim for 2017 is to take care of my skin and improve the quality of it. But I also need to work out how to embrace it, no matter what it looks like. I felt a little of that today, a little glimpse of it. Because this is my face, flaws and all. And today I really haven’t felt self-conscious about not wearing makeup, which I hope is a good sign.  I don’t want to stop wearing make-up, I really don’t. But I don’t want to keep relying on it either.

This was quite a spur of the moment post. I may unpack this in the future, write a real post at some point. But here are just some things I’ve been thinking about today.

 

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Nourishing Hair Masks That Transform Your Hair!

 

Today I have a hair mask review for you. I’ve been trying out the Manuka Doctor and Shea Moisture masks – two masks designed to hydrate the hair, which is something I’m certainly in need of!

I’m going to include the link to the review here, check it out if you’re interested.
It’s on the Wow Beauty website.

Extra note:

This image isn’t posted on the Wow Beauty page – but I’ve got a little example of how these masks have improved the quality of my hair, you can see it looks a little sleeker and more moisturised. The pink was a semi-permanent dye but I have bleached the ends, which caused some damage. What do you think?  16251466_10211980588171178_1592100023_o

 

Okay. I’m back

I have been thinking about starting this up again for a while. Please don’t hold it against me – I thought about deleting everything and restarting but I don’t want to just delete everything.

To be honest, quite a lot has changed since I last wrote on this blog. I feel quite different in myself. And I’m also actually in the beauty industry now, which has inspired me to get back to this.

I’m currently working for a wellbeing/beauty website where I’ve been posting reviews. So some of this will be links to that. But I’m going to keep some for myself. Some for this blog.

I started posting on Instagram, hoping the smaller platform would make it easier. But it doesn’t always quite fit. So I’m going to post on here as well.

Let’s see how it goes.

 

Trying to rock a greige lip

I coveted the greige liquid lipstick ‘Ghoulish’ from La Splash for MONTHS and I eventually got it as a present.

However, it made me look slightly dead. Over time, I’ve tried different eye looks to try and lift the look and make me look slightly more alive. I came up with this look – what do you think? Does it work? I’m not too sure.

I’m usually one to wear a much warmer lip, so this was something very different for me. I also used my sleek blush which is a dupe for the famous Nars Orgasm, but I don’t think you can see it very well here.

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The main colour used on my eye is the shade ‘mermaid’ by NYX. A beautiful shadow, although I found it took a bit more work to get the full pigmentation out of it.

Just thought I’d share it with you – please share your tips on how to wear a greige lip! I’d love to make it work for me and I will keep trying different looks.

So I’m back.

It’s been a while. I’ve been going through some stuff, but I want to start getting back into this again. This isn’t going to be a review or a haul or anything like that. Not today. Today, I’m just going to talk.

For a while, I stopped buying products – makeup etc. I tried to save money so since the beginning of the year, I’ve been really frugal and have bought barely anything unless it’s been necessary. However – my birthday is coming up, so I’ll be doing a few posts about that soon – and I also did my first ever shop at ColourPop online! It’ll be arriving in about a month – so I’ll post about that. Perhaps I’ll collect the few things I have bought – a new foundation, a couple of lipsticks – and talk about them.

I also want to start talking about books on this as well – but looking back at the books I’ve read this year, none have really wowed me. Which is a real shame, actually. I’m always on the hunt for new books – I’ve been going through a real YA kick so any recommendations would be appreciated. Sadly, I am way behind on my target. My aim is 100 books this year (I read 102 last year) but so far I’ve only managed 29 books since January. Which, considering I’ve gone on some major reading slumps during this time, isn’t the worst. But still… any recommendations?

I’m not sure where I’m really going with this post really. See this more as me trying to transition back into writing again. Because I haven’t been doing much of that recently. I know this hasn’t been the most prolific blog anyway, but I have so many ideas for this blog, I want to get motivated to start writing again. So I might just start posting little talky things every now and then – just to get back to it. Just so that there’s something out there – so I feel like I’m still doing something.

I’ve missed this.

Stay tuned.

It’s been a while…

 

I don’t want this blog to be a serious thing. At least yet. So excuse the somewhat randomness of these blog posts.

But I was sat on my laptop today so I thought I’d write a quick post up here with a few updates.

I haven’t bought any products recently to be able to discuss – except the NYX HD loose powder, which I might write a post about. I wanted to try baking so I’m still playing around with it.

I do have one update though – as mentioned before, I bought The Body Shop Aloe day and night cream. Now, I have quite dry skin so I’m always looking for something that’s going to give me good hydration and make my skin feel lovely and soft.

I have noticed that since using this, my skin is a lot more dewy. I have been using the No 7 Radiance foundation but I’m practically glowing through it. Perhaps slightly too much, but for someone with dry skin, this is quite a difference. So if you have really dry skin, I’d really recommend this product to help hydrate your skin. It’s really made a difference. Has anyone else noticed this?

Anyway, this is just a quick post. Once I start buying some new products (I’m currently saving at the moment so being careful with money) I’ll do some write-ups. But until then this blog might be a little quiet!

 

The Body Shop Haul

Hi again!

Okay so this isn’t my ‘favourite books’ post as mentioned last week. Sorry – I have been writing it up but I don’t want to force it. I don’t want to rush it and throw it on here, so I am gonna keep working on it and hopefully it’ll be up here at some point. It’s also getting pretty long so I want to cut it down a bit.

In the meantime, I have my first mini haul for you! I often go on mini splurges at The Body Shop – you can get great discounts online and I do really like their products. Apart from the lipstick, these are products that I use every day and I was running out of so needed to buy some more. I haven’t got a huge amount of money to spend at the moment so I’m just keeping to the essentials. So lets start!

Camomile Cleansing Balm

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I really got into using balms in 2015 to take off my makeup and this one is my favourite. This stuff is so gentle on the skin and just seems to melt in – and I can also use it on my eyes! It can make your vision slightly blurry but it doesn’t sting me at all and my makeup just seems to slide off my face. It has a very faint, light scent so I imagine that makes it quite gentle. I think this is the third time I have repurchased this – it takes quite a while to get through and I’ll continue to purchase it unless I find something else I like. Then I’ll usually follow it up with a regular cleanser. I feel like it’s better for the environment as I can use my muslin cloth to take it all off my face and no longer use facewipes unless I’m out or really tired.

Aloe Vera Soothing Day and Night Cream

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I tried a small sample of these products and I really liked them. I have quite red, dry skin so I feel like this is quite soothing. It has a nice smell without being overpowering and the price isn’t too bad either. It’s making my skin feel very soft. I can’t comment as to whether my skin is less red but perhaps now I’ve started using it regularly I’ll see some results.

Colourglide Shine Lip Colour Lipstick in Vintage Rose

(Please excuse the awful lip swatch)

This was a bit of an impulse buy, but it was on sale so I ended up only paying about £1.20 for it.

To be honest – I like very pigmented lipsticks and this goes on quite sheer. It’s really pretty though and feels nice on the lips. I’ve been wearing a lot of matte lip products lately so this feels almost like a lipgloss in comparison but it isn’t sticky.  It’s pretty though and doesn’t make my lips feel dry.

Passionfruit and Strawberry Shower Gel

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I love The Body Shop shower gels, the strawberry one in particular is my favourite. I don’t think they’re hugely moisturising but I love the smell and they lather up really well. I intended to just buy the strawberry one but I noticed that they had the passion fruit one on sale so picked that up too. My boyfriend bought me a passion fruit body butter (different brand) so I thought they would kind of go together. It’s lovely stuff!

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this little haul – if you’ve got any Body Shop recommendations please let me know!

Jess