My realistic spring morning routine

Thursday, 17 May 2018

After roughly 3 days of sunshine  (of which I worked all 3), I'm declaring it officially Spring / Summer. I have quite a busy schedule through the nicer months with work so I tend to keep my morning routine a little bit shorter as I usually get about an hour before I run out the door whilst leaving my keys and anything else important inside the flat. I thought I'd share with you my realistic morning routine which involves a hella lot of rushing.

10:30 am 
I usually wake up around half ten, one thing you may have worked out by now is that I'm absolutely not a morning person, I stay awake quite late catching up with my blog and bits and bobs that I haven't had chance to get done throughout the week so a 7am start is like a horror movie to me. Usually, I'll lie on my phone (hella unproductive) for about 10-20 minutes before even moving out of bed.

My shifts usually start around 12 so this is the point where I look at the time and realise I need to get my arse out of bed if I want to turn up even remotely on time. At this point, my boyfriends reminding me that I have work in an hour and I haven't really moved from my double chin scrolling through Instagram I've grabbed myself a cup of tea (if I don't get this I'm basically a Zombie) and I've sat down at my dresser to start my skincare routine; Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser and I move on to my makeup.

I start actually waking up a bit around now and start to get my arse in gear, I'm starting to rush and slap on my makeup real quick and end up looking a little bit like a 5-year-old who's followed a smokey eye tutorial on YouTube. By this time it's like half 11 and I'm not even dressed (Good job Charlie).

I've decided to actually get dressed considering I need to leave in 15 minutes. My standard outfit is usually just a pair of ripped jeans, a T-shirt, denim jacket and my Nikes'. It's now quarter too and I've brushed my teeth ready to leave, I've grabbed my bag, plugged in my headphones and ran out the door for work!.

how does your morning routine usually plan out?.

Spring wardrobe essentials

Sunday, 6 May 2018

I had an idea of what I wanted this post to be, candid beach shots of a few outfits, me messing around on the beach in the sun. Amazing photography and cute poses almost like being an Instagram model for the day but alas the expectation was not the reality and I've been ~far~ to busy to take the photos for this post and it's been way to miserable outside to go and sit on the beach in an Asos skirt and cute sunnies. I wasn't sure whether to hold off on the post but if I did that then there's a possibility the clothes are going to go out of stock (do you see my dilemma?) so I'm posting it and I've tried something with the photos rather than candid shots of me sitting on the quay let me know what you think!.

The Skirt 

This is like one of those staples that you never knew you needed, A denim wrap skirt from ASOS that goes with literally any outfit, it's a 'Stonewash blue' and it's generally such a good staple, I've paired it with my Newlook Bardot top. As I have what I like to call 'milk bottle legs' I'll for sure need a pair of tanned tights, I'll most likely keep this look casual with my Nikes but you could dress it up with some nice shoes instead.

The boots

I'm a sucker for Chelsea boots.. high heel, low heel, burgundy, grey, black literally any Chelsea boots. I picked these out because their quite casual and they go with pretty much anything. Their pretty much just the cheapest pair that came up (broke life) but they've lasted well and they generally are great.

A pair of sunnies

Is it even spring if you haven't got a pair of sunnies for that not so sunny weather?. I got this pair from a local shop in town but you can get a similar pair (Linked below). I absolutely love these sunnies they're a perfect size and they don't look absolutely ridiculous on me like most sunglasses do!, perfection.






my haircare routine for controlling frizz

Thursday, 3 May 2018

My hair is such a burden at times, I can be straightening it/curling it for ages and it'll still be twice the size by the time I'm finished and I hate it, I've tried every hack, tip, remedy ~ I mean I've even covered my hair in egg whites (which was awful tbh) and there isn't an awful lot that works like that. I feel like I've found a few products over the last few years and built quite the routine which has really helped me out so I thought I'd enlighten you with it all, so grab yourself a cuppa and sit back all you frizzy-haired gals and grab yourself some of the following.

OGX ever straight Brazilian keratin therapy shampoo

So I'll start with shampoo, lets take it from the top at least and Imma be honest, I didn't realise this aid ever straight when I picked it up, My hair is quite ae curly natural (hence the frizz) but.I'm always trying to control it and in my  opinion, this shampoo & conditioner have just been ~AMAZINGG~ it keeps my hair feeling soft, takes off the frizz and moisturises it just so well. It contains coconut oil and Keratin proteins as well avocado and cocoa butter and yes, it does smell good enough to eat. Also going on their FAQ'S they're cruelty-free which is fab!!.

OGX ever straight Brazilian keratin therapy conditioner

I follow this up with the same brand conditioner and again it's one of the best I've tried, In terms of ingredients again it contains cocoa butter, keratin, coconut oil and Avacado, You're best to leave this on for a few minutes before rinsing because it makes your hair feel like advert worthy ~ I mean you'll be swishing your hair around the place like Ellie Goulding did in that Pantene advert before you know it.

As I'm in the process of getting rid of my non-cruelty free products I'm using up the ones I have left because your gal hadn't got a mortgage to buy it all at once. Therefore the next few products aren't likely to be cruelty-free but I'll list some alternatives.

Touch of Silver shampoo

occasionally I use the Touch of silver shampoo as I've recently had my hair dyed as an ombre, this shampoo just keeps the brassy tones out of the blonde and it was suggested by my hairdresser. I just leave this on for a few minutes to tone my hair and rinse it out until the water runs clear. Don't let the vivid purple colour scare you, this really does cool your blonde and get rid of the brassy tones, It's very affordable and you can also get the conditioner to follow with but personally, I use my OGX conditioner instead. I use this every couple of washes and I've noticed such a difference, I highly recommend it.

Heat Protect 

As my hair can be a pain in the arse frizzy I always need to make sure I'm protecting it from heat (your gal uses a lot of heat on her hair). I'm using the V05 heat protect spray which has been in my collection for a fair old' while so It's getting pretty low as a cruelty-free alternative I'd recommend the Superdrug Argan oil hair treatment,  I just spritz this over evenly and then move onto serum.

Hair serum

I always use a hair serum in my routine, I really feel like it makes such a difference to my hair, I also like the fact that it's just a little extra nourishment and protection for my hair. I'm currently using the Tresemme smooth salon serum which I do really enjoy using, it contains argan oil which I'm a huge fan of and it smooths frizz which is always a good thing with hair like mine. This isn't cruelty-free though and once it's all gone I'll be moving onto The body shops Coconut Oil Brilliantly Nourishing Pre-Shampoo Hair Oil which sounds fantastic, you use this one prior to shampoo and you can either leave it for 5 minutes or overnight for a more powerful treatment.

Heat tools

I went heat free for a good few months ~ in fact, I wrote a post all about it and to be honest it was mainly accidental after breaking both my curlers and my straighteners, but since replacing them I use heat daily, honestly I know it's terrible for my hair and I do like my natural hair but it' so difficult to maintain so I turn to my curlers by instinct. For my soft loose curls, I use my Tresemme perfectly undone curlers, for straightening it's my Nicky Clarke hair straighteners and for drying my hair it's the Babyliss pro speed hairdryer which honestly is obsessed with. 

Is your hair your biggest burden?, How do you tame it.

How to make your make-up stay all day

Thursday, 26 April 2018

If there's one thing I hate it's walking past a mirror at about 5pm and seeing your makeup has just melted of your face ~ I mean not quite melted, but you've got mascara everywhere except your lashes.I've spent many years trying to find perfect make-up that doesn't smudge but I realised it's not about your products, it's about how you use them. I thought I'd share today my top tips for keeping your makeup in place without breaking your bank.


Let's start with the basics, your canvas aka your skin is the most important part of your makeup aka smoother canvas, smoother makeup. The first tip I'm going to throw at you is to do this at least 15 minutes before this way your makeup isn't just going to just be on top of an oily surface (moisturiser) and completely slide off your face and as well as that it's better for your skin, in the long run, this way it can benefit from your moisturiser without your pores becoming clogged with foundation at the same time

The second 'skincare' tip I've learnt is that primer is your best friend especially if you're an oily skin kinda gal (shoutout). Personally, I love The body shop's Instablur primer. This is a silicone based primer so if you're not a fan of those I'd say stay away from this one. If you prefer something a little more hydrating I'd recommend the hangover primer by Too Faced which is actual ~heaven~ on dry skin.

Matte vs Dewwy

As I have oily skin I wouldn't even dream of expecting a 'dewy' finish foundation to last all day. However, for you drier skin ladies you're most likely not going to be able to make a matte foundation last all day unless you're using a tonne of moisturiser first, purely as matte foundations are known for clinging on to dry areas, which isn't a great look when you walk past that mirror at 3pm. Cater your products to your skin type is all I'm saying, you wouldn't use an acne face wash on sensitive skin etc.

Quality of your products

This one is probably the most important one of the bunch, the quality of your products makes such a difference in these situations. I'm not about to tell you to go and spend £300 in your local House of Fraser on make-up (by the way... easily done) but make sure you're getting your moneys worth when it comes to products, I mean my favourite concealer is only about £4.50 compared to high-end products that have cost me £20+. I'd be happy to do a post all about my cheaper best wearing make-up if anyone would like that.

Order of make-up 

This is one I never paid attention too but it really does make all the difference I always used to apply my eye-makeup last but I wouldn't dream of doing that now because my foundation used to end up smudged and covered in fallout before I'd even left the house.

The order of my make-up currently is; eyebrows, eyeshadow, mascara, liner, foundation, concealer, bronzer, contour, setting powder and lastly highlight and lipstick. I'd be happy to go into detail about this in a post if anyone is interested.

Set away

One thing that's really important is setting your makeup into place, I've found if I miss out this step generally, my makeup just wears off far to easy within a couple of hours. To start with I'll for sure set everything with a powder... usually this will be the Rimmel stay matte and then once my make-up is completed I'll spritz over a setting spray, I love The Body Shop vitamin E spritz but it isn't as heavy duty as say Urban Decays setting spray but it does the job well enough for me.

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How do you make your makeup last all day?

Spring inspired makeup

Thursday, 19 April 2018

I absolutely love Spring it's one of the most lovely times of the year. Although right now looking out the window right now it's grey and it's gloomy so perhaps this Spring look can brighten my spirits. When I think of spring I always think of pink tonnes and glowy skin so I'm going to take that as my inspiration. This is generally my go-to 'daily' look throughout Spring.

I've started to do my eye makeup first in an attempt to stop fallout onto my foundation. I've used the Poundland makeup gallery brow quad on my eyebrows to start with then I used a lil concealer on my eyelids and I've set it in place with the Rimmel stay matte (not Cruelty-free).

For my eye-makeup I'm using a new addition to my collection; The Naked 3. This palette is absolutely ~stunning~ I mean I'm generally using it daily. The shadows are really creamy, super pigmented and the shades are to die for. I Won't go too much into this though because I'm thinking of doing an in-depth review (lemme know if you fancy it). Firstly, through the crease I'm using 'Limit' which is a nude pink as well as limit through my crease, I'm using the shade 'Nooner' which is a 'light' mauve shade, it looks so gorgeous through the crease; both shades are matte so they work really well through the crease. for my outer corners I'm going with factory this is a shimmery mauve similar to nooner but a little darker, I've gone with 'liar' on my lids with dust as my highlight. I'm absolutely in love with this palette and I'll for sure be using this for the rest of the spring as well as the summer.

For mascara, I'm going with the Maybelline big shot mascara, This one isn't cruelty-free but I'm waiting for it to run out ~ recommendations welcome ~ I'm just going to do a couple of coats of this and then I'm moving on to eyeliner, I'm using the Seventeen make your mark liquid liner and I'm just using this to draw a thin 'wing' (if there is such thing).

For my base makeup I'm using the body shop's matte clay foundation and I'm blending that out with my Primark Oval blending brush, I've then gone with my trusty Seventeen concealers which I've blended out with my ring finger, I've then used my body shop contour quad to bronze using my ted baker blush brush, contour using my real techniques contour brush and then I'm going to highlight using my elf blush brush and finally I'm going to set everything with my elf powder brush and my Rimmel stay matte powder.

For my lipstick, I've used Tanya Burr's lipgloss in Pink Fondant as I think a gloss looks much better than a matte when it comes to a nice glowy, spring look.

What's your go-to spring make-up?.

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My 5 product face

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Sorry I've been a little quiet lately I've been a busy gal recently, I've finally got a lil time to myself so I'm sitting all comfy on my sofa with a lovely cup of tea and I'm going to do what I love; write. Personally, I love these types of posts, I'm always so fascinated about how on earth anyone could do a full face with a measly 5 products, somedays I use 3 different concealers alone, so I thought I'd challenge myself to use the bare minimum and honestly I hardly ever go out without a full face so I get the feeling that this could easily go wrong.


I always start my make-up with my eyebrows, mainly because I make a mess of them and I use my concealer/foundation to clear that up. First of all, I'll brush through my brows with the spoolie on my brush and I'm then using my Make-up revolution 'Soph x' palette (1). I'm using the shade Rosewood and I'm using my Ted Baker eyebrow brush to apply that (brushes don't count, right?). I'm then just using a touch of The Body Shop's matte clay foundation (2) with an angled brush and carving my brows. I'm also going to sweep a little bit of that on to my eyelids to act as a primer and I'm going to set that with the shade 'Pancakes'.

I'm going to sweep the shade iced coffee through my crease and blend that out with The body shop blending brush I'm then taking the shade 'mug cake' and I'm using  my real techniques detailing brush to put that in my outer corners and I'm dragging that into my crease and using my Body Shop brush again to just soften the edges of that. I'm going to use the brush I applied my foundation with to just apply a little more foundation onto my eyelids as a base for the shade 'Sparks fly'  which can I say is so bluddy gorgeous and I'm applying that with my ELF C brush.I'm going to finish up using fairy lights in my inner corner and on my brow bone.

Then I'm going to use my Maybelline colossal big shot mascara and I'm going to apply about 3 layers of that to give me a bit of a falsie effect as I'm going to skip on the winged liner and yes my eyes do feel completely naked without it.

Foundation & Concealer

Since I can't separate these (your gal can't live without her mascara) I'm having to do a lil 2 in 1 with my regular Body Shop foundation. I'm using the matte clay in 010 and I'm going to use my real techniques brush to buff that in and blend it down my neck because no one wants the orange mask, right?.

Usually at this point I'd use my contour quad but I'm completely out of options right now because I've used 4 products n I still need a lippy so I'm actually going to use the soph palette (gals If you're stuck for space on your next holiday switch out your regular makeup for this, generally it's been the backbone of this challenge). I'm taking the shade pug for contouring on my Real Techniques contour brush and I'm going to use that in an attempt to give me some actual cheekbones, I'm going to skip on blush... I hardly use it like that any way to be honest and I'm jumping straight too bronzer and this palette has the perfect shade which is cuppa tea and I'm going to use the same brush to take that over the temples of my forehead and over that contour, I did before.

Then I'm going to use my ELF powder brush along with the Rimmel stay matte powder to set everything in place because your gal does not need badly creased makeup within an hour. Next, I want to take advantage of my newly found cheekbones so I'm using the shade fairy lights to highlight those as well as my cupid's bow and nose. 

Lastly, I'm going to apply a lippy, I think the MUA luxe matte liquid lipstick in harmony will work really well with this look. I've also swept a tiny bit more of fairy lights onto my cupids bow, you can never have enough highlight, Right?.

Overall I'd say I did pretty well with this one (I don't wanna toot my own trumpet or anything), I was half expecting to have to rename this post "my 20 product face". However, I stuck with it and I'm pretty impressed with the results and next time I travel, who knows I might only take 5 products... maybe 6 at a push.

Have you ever tried this challenge?.
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