Round Up #5

Sunny Weather

Now although some days it has been a little bit too warm, I’ve enjoyed looking outside and seeing the sunshine. I’ve also liked cracking out the summer wardrobe, shorts strappy tops and all things brightly coloured. It’s got me really excited for my holiday which is only less than three weeks away!

The world’s best primer

You’ll be hearing more about this on Monday but I thought I’d give it a mention here because this week it’s really changed my life. With having work experience and sometimes doing stuff afterwards on a night I need my makeup to last me 12 hours plus without much touching up. I’ve already spoken about my love for the L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation before but in the sun it’s all a bit too heavy. So by using the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer it turns my L’Oreal True Match Foundation into a much longer lasting base because on its own it sometimes gets a bit too oily too quickly. But again more about this on Monday.

Food

So. Much. Food. Need I say more. I have a back log of food posts to go up (which is good as it means I can cover the weeks that I’m in Florida). There will be quite a few repeats especially in the next few weeks so don’t hate me but I did have different dishes so it should be alright. Tomorrow is also my mum’s birthday party and we’re having an afternoon tea style buffet which I’m really excited about but no doubt that will be in next week’s round up!

How to: Get Over the Uni Blues

It’s getting that point with most students now, it’s been a nice time off but a good night out on a random Tuesday night wouldn’t hurt. Then you realise that there’s still three months until it’s time to go back and that’s when the sadness sets in. But no need to fear! I have a few handy tips to suppress the uni blues and make it so you can last until September without have a mini melt down.

1. Keep busy

Since I finished second year I’ve been kept busy with work experience and to be perfectly honest it’s been great. It’s meant that I haven’t even had time to think about uni and all that jazz. If you feel the uni blues looming and you don’t have a job try keeping yourself busy by planning to do something everyday. It doesn’t have to mean going out, it could be a film day, anything to keep busy.

2. Look at photos

This is a great one. You may think that looking at photos makes it even harder but by remembering all of the good times and happy memories there’s no need to be sad that you’re not there living them. Videos are also another great one, especially if they’re hilarious night out ones.

3. Organise a meet up

Even if you live oceans apart you could still find a way to meet up with your little uni family. By organising a get together it shortens the time gap that you’ll all be apart and it’ll be as if you’re all still back at uni. Also visiting other people’s towns is fun, see how the other half live!

Oddly Orange

Orange is one of those colours that can look great but it can be quite hard to work with. For this look I used orange on the eyes and lips but in a way that didn’t make me look like a crazy person. I think that it turned out quite well and the eyeshadow made my eyes look really blue which I’m always a fan of.

Jumping straight onto the eyes I primed them with my favourite primer of all time the Mac Painterly Paint Pot. For this look I used the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette and worked mainly with the shade Lucky taking it all across my lid, packing it on with a Mac 242 brush. It’s a gorgeous peachy orange shade with lots of shimmer so it looks insane on the lid but not over the top. I also took a little bit through my crease but not too much, just enough to give a little glow when I open my eyes. The only other shade I used was Reign on the outer corners to give a little more dimension. I didn’t pack it on and I made sure to really blend the edges to make it soft. To finish off I used my Rimmel Kohl Kajal in Sable Brown in my waterline and tighten and used my Seventeen Backlash Mascara for more natural lashes. On my lips I used my Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruitti to give them a bit of an orange tint. This is perfect for the spring/summer time in my opinion because it’s nice and bright but you can dab it on to leave more of a stain.

I really enjoyed experimenting with orange and I don’t think that people should be scared of using this colour in your makeup because it can look really good. I’ll definitely be using the shade Lucky more often.

La Cachette! (Take Three)

Another trip home means another visit to La Cachette and another great meal! You know the drill let’s just get into it. For a while now I’ve been meaning to try the rabbit pie but because I’ve been having the Beef Wellington for main I left it, so today was the day. This was so delicious! The rabbit was tender and melted in the mouth and went perfectly with the sauce. There were chunks of carrot underneath which were nice and sweet and the pastry was thin and not overtaking. Perfect portion size, gorgeous flavours, what more can you ask for?

Next up for main I had partridge which I chose because I’ve never tried it before. This was one of the best mains that I’ve ever had, not just here but anywhere. It came with creamed cabbage, chorizo and fried polenta. The polenta was to die for, crispy on the outside but soft in the centre and the creamed cabbage was out of this world. It was so tasty, seasoned to perfetction, and the fact that the creaminess was just right made it even better. The partridge was delicious as well and everything went really nicely together. I wasn’t too bothered about the chorizo as I found it hard to cut but the flavour was good and I’d definitely have it again.

Finally onto pudding. By the time it’d got to dessert I was stuffed so I went for one scoop of almond and praline ice cream. It was really tasty, sweet, not too almond-y and the little chunks of almonds made it super great. I’m never normally an ice cream person but I really enjoyed this, a little something to end a fantastic meal on.

My Skincare Routine

I’ve never done a skincare routine on my blog before which seems very strange seeing as though I’m VERY into it. If I haven’t gone through each step of my routine I feel like something’s missing on my face. This has been my routine for about nine months and I don’t think that it’s going to change for a very long time so let’s jump into it!

In the morning the first thing I use is the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Cleanser. This just takes off any remaining grub that may still be on my face from the night before but also wakes me up a little bit (because those 9am starts are just not working for me at the minute). Next up is my beloved Seaweed Toner from The Body Shop. Until I found this my skin was just an oily mess but now it only starts to get a little greasy as the day goes on. This isn’t stripping but it leaves my face feeling matte and clean. Then the Simple Revitalising Eye Roll-On comes out to play and is so soothing on the eyes that I just want to roll it on all the time! I also use the Simple Spot Roll-On which is similar to the eye one but is designed to tackle spots. It’s not the best one I’ve ever used but it’s not too bad, I’d rather have a tea tree one as I feel like that’s better than tackling spots. Next up is my lip saviour; the Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub. This takes off the dead skin and leaves lips feeling soft, and tasting really delicious! While the scrub’s on I use The Body Shop Absinthe Hand Cream. This has become a habit now and when I don’t do it, I feel like there’s something missing. After slathering on my Maybelline Baby Lips I use my Nivea Oil Free Day Moisturiser. I can feel this running out by the day which really makes me sad. It’s moisturising without making my skin feel greasy and slippy and I don’t feel too shiny later in the day, which some moisturisers tend to do. Moving onto night time and to take my makeup off I used to use the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish but I still need to repurchase so for now I’m just using The Garnier Micellar Water which does the job just as well but it takes a little bit more time. The only change to my routine at night is that I swap my moisturiser. I use the Vichy Night Detox which is the best night moisturiser I’ve ever used. It’s thick but, again like most of these products, it doesn’t make my skin oily and greasy. I’m going to be sad when this runs out and I may have to do a cheeky repurchase.

So that’s my skincare routine. If anyone has any recommendations please let me know because as I said I’m in the market for a new ‘makeup takeoff’ cleanser so any suggestions would be greatly received!

Raving Red

It’s time for the first splash of colour and in true rainbow style we’ll start with red. Red is one of those colours that no one ever really uses on the eyes because it 99% of cases you look like you have some kind of disease. I wanted to have a go and see if I could create an eye look that made red a colour that doesn’t look too scary.
After doing my standard face and brow routine, I got straight to work on the eyes. After priming my eyes with the Mac Painterly Paint Pot I used Heaven from the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette on the inner part of the lid and then Nudie from the same palette on the outer lid. Then I went straight in with the star of the show, my Kiko Eyeshadow in 138. Using a Mac 217 brush, but any fluffy brush will do, I lightly started to build this up in the crease. The reason I did it lightly was just in case it got a bit too heavy, this way I had more control. I made it so the colour winged out a little bit and once that was achieved I used Reign from the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette on the outer corner. This way the red was softened on the outside and didn’t look as harsh. Now for the scariest part, taking it underneath. I just did this as normal, on a Mac 242 but this time I tried to keep it as close as I could to the lash line. Finishing it off with my Rimmel Brown Kohl Kajal and Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and that’s the look done.
Personally I really like this look, it makes my eyes look really blue, and I think I got away with it without making my eyes look red and puffy. Trying this out makes me want to do it again, so you never know!

Origins Face Masks

Don’t you just love it when you discover a bargain because I do! The other week when I was doing my usual blog stalking session I saw that someone had bought three Origins Face Masks, a brand which I had previously not tried, for £20 instead of £50. So I was straight onto the Boots website and before I knew it they were in my basket. I couldn’t wait to use them so each night for the next three nights I gave them a road test and all of them are insanely good.

Starting with the Charcoal mask this is the one that I’d heard most about. This is what I’d call a ‘traditional mask’ as it does the whole hardening so that you can barely move your face and you can really feel it working. It claims to draw out the badness and open the pores and it definitely does. After using this my face is left soft and in the days afterwards considerably clearer. Next up is the Overnight Mask. I was a bit weary before using this as I have oily skin and the thought of leaving something on my skin for a long time made me think it could become a little greasy. However, this is anything but. It smells fruity (big bonus) and has quite a thick consistency. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels fresh and soft and is great after a night of drinking, a real life saver. Last but not least, is the Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask. I think that this one is my favourite as it’s super thick, smells like menthol and clears my skin up like no other. It’s a quick fix for when my face is going through a bit of a bad spell. I lather this onto my face and neck, leave it for, you guessed it, 10 minutes and feel the magic happen. After washing it off my skin feels soft and tight, in a good way.

I’m so glad that I bought these, they work so well! Hopefully they do my skin some good and I don’t get too addicted because I don’t think I could afford to buy them again at normal price.

Favourite Friday: Season Change

Winter is my favourite season of the year but sometimes the cold and the rain gets a little bit much. This is when I enjoy the fact that spring has sprung. The solar eclipse that we experienced a couple of weeks ago was the first time that I felt the seasons change. In celebration, here are five things that I love about spring:

  • Spring makeup-Dewy Skin and pale pink eyes, yes please!
  • Breeding season-Baby lambs and other sweet creatures are the highlight of the year for a creature cuddler like myself.
  • Sunshine-Everyday makes you feel happy when the sun is shining.
  • No more thick coats-Sometimes towards the end of winter I just want to shed a few layers.
  • Greenery-The green green grass of spring!

Rainbow Takeover

As one ‘blog bit’ comes to an end, another one begins. To replace the face fights which has graced Thursdays on my blog for nearly two months now I’ve decided to make it all about colour. Each week I’ll be going through the colours of the rainbow and incorporating them into a makeup look. I’m really excited to try this out, some of the colours might not work out but it’s all about experimenting! Most of the focus will be on the eyes, because that’s the easiest way to inject a bit of colour, but I’ll be trying out lips and maybe a bit of highlight action, you never know! So stayed tune on Thursday’s for that.

Fat Cats! (Take Four)

I know, we’re here again but can you blame me with such a good student discount?! This visit to the beloved Fat Cats was slightly different as this time I had a starter! I know right, what a turn around for the books. So without further ado let’s jump in.

Because we were feeling adventurous on this visit we decided to sample one of their sharing starters and we went for the Mediterranean platter. I’m so glad that we did because this ended up being the star of the meal! It came with an olive salad, deep fried aubergines, goats cheese bruschetta, flatbreads, hummus, falafels and tzatziki. Everything was delicious, except maybe the salad but I’m not a salad person, and also the bruschetta because I don’t like goats cheese. The tzatziki was cleansing and tasty and the hummus was out of this world! Everything went well with everything, like the aubergines tasted good with the hummus, etc. I’ve never had a falafel before and I really enjoyed them. They reminded me of onion bargiis as they had a curry as a flavour. My favourite thing out of everything was the hummus, it was creamy, tasty and the best I’ve ever had.

This is the smokey belly pork which I’ve had before and if you want to hear my thoughts on this you can read it here.

This cheesecake…is something else. It has to be the creamiest cheesecake I’ve ever had! It was white chocolate and raspberry flavour, although the raspberry flavour wasn’t really prominent, which is one of my favourite flavour combinations when it comes to cheesecake. The cream that it came with was squirt cream from a can which didn’t really add much and when I’ve had cheesecake here before, it came with pouring cream which was much better. The piece was huge but it was so delicious that I just want to eat it over and over again!