Showing posts with label manchester beauty blog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label manchester beauty blog. Show all posts

Raise Boys and Girls the Same Way

This t-shirt is probably one of my favourite things in my wardrobe right now. It's statement, thought provoking yet not to the extent that I would feel uncomfortable wearing it in public. 

Let's be honest, it's not really difficult to say that boys are obviously raised the same way as girls considering we go to the same schools but it's really the way they're treated which creates the difference - the whole "boys will be boys" culture that seems to always crop up whenever sexual assault/rape/harassment occurs. But I digress, a post for this will be coming in due time.

I find with t-shirts, it's incredibly easy to look incredibly casual but I was feeling myself when I took these pictures so I wanted to add something glamorous to it, hence the heels and sunglasses. 

Paired with my fave coated jeans, there's almost a biker element to it that gives it a bit of edge. 

Mirrored sunglasses were huge in the summer and with this bright sunlight we've been blessed with, sometimes sunglasses are necessary even in Autumn and winter. 

It's definitely sometimes too cold to wear this out now but I'm obsessed and shall be keeping this t-shirt for forever. 

#GBBO Comes to Life #HBBakeOff

It's not every day where an email pops into your inbox offering to cover travel expenses to London. For a day trip. It's also not every day where you get the opportunity to bake alongside Ugne from the Great British Bake Off.

Holland & Barrett put on an incredible day for all my fellow Free From bakers where we would get the chance to bake an incredible Pecan, Apple and Pear cake that was completely vegan, gluten and lactose free! It was the Deliciously Ella recipe but we used cranberries instead of raisins to make it slightly more christmassy! 

The whole day was incredible, Ugne is such an incredibly lovely person and was so down to earth and an absolute pleasure to meet (and have a little gossip with!). She also really liked my cake, which was definitely a bonus! The whole day was hosted at Cactus Kitchens which is where Saturday Morning Kitchen is filmed and honestly, it was the kitchen of dreams (far better than my student kitchen). It was also very pinterest which was an absolute bonus.

Thank you so much to Holland and Barrett for inviting me - and if you're Free From anything, you can get all your go to ingredients here.

The Last Minute Gift Guide for Her

If you're reading this right now, you've left your christmas shopping a little bit too late...

With barely ten days till Christmas, the shops are packed and even thinking about the state of the Trafford Centre makes me shudder. But just because you've left it a bit late, doesn't mean you can't buy fab gifts for either your friends or your family.

Soap&Glory is one of my go to brands for gifts because lets be honest, their gift sets are incredible. They have an incredible range of sets for various price points so you can go all out luxury or keep it under £10 if it's a secret santa pressie.

The Bright and Bubbly gift set is not only stunning to look at but comes in at the £10 mark. It includes some of the more classic Soap&Glory sets such as Hand Food, Scrub of Your Life, Clean on Me, Righteous Butter as well as a loofah. The glittery box is definitely beautiful and could even be used afterwards to store bath bombs or your bath things in!

Then for the girl who loves moisturiser - Three Times Butter is slightly cheaper at £8 and is such a nice idea! The set includes smaller tubs of Righteous Butter, Sugar Crush and Smoothie Star body butters so is a great way of not feeling guilty about not using up an entire tub of body butter!

Then, if you've got loads of friends and really can't afford to spend too much, the Soaprise set of christmas crackers is a great idea. The set may be £16 but contains six crackers filled with minis from Soap&Glory. A fab way of getting your friends a little something without breaking the bank.

And then moving to luxury, Charlotte Tilbury Palettes always deliver the goods. Pictured is the Golden Goddess Palette and seems perfect for Christmas with it's glittery golden tones - very christmas party-esque. It's definitely more expensive at £45 but is a lovely luxury present for a very special someone.

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Monochrome Geometry

I seem to be getting slightly better at this whole style blogger thing (humour me). But this was very much a honest this is what I actually wore type outfit because considering the temperature at the moment, comfort is literally the only thing I care about.

Coated jeans are probably one of my favourite things because there is just something different to your standard denim and it just adds that little extra. I love the look of leather trousers but alas, they tend to only look good on beanpoles so a compromise was coated jeans.

And this jumper, which is just so different to some of the others out there, is absolutely stunning. I honestly think it's so classy and could easily be worn with a skirt and high knee boots for a far more sophisticated look but is casual enough for uni when worn with jeans.

The hat is a H&M classic which is perfect for this outfit and adds a city chic look to the ensemble.

What are some of your go to winter outfit staples?

Ultimate Christmas Party Makeup

So, Christmas is almost upon us and soon as will the Christmas parties...

Christmas parties are a great way to get away with majorly glittery makeup and deep vampy lips because what is more festive than golden glitter?

I think using a good primer is the first step to Christmas party makeup to make sure that your makeup lasts! I typically would go for something like the Too Faced Hungover Primer but I've been loving the MAC Prep + Prime Fix + which is slightly unusual as it is a spray primer. What makes it so brilliant is that it contains glycerin which helps make makeup stick. This is also perfect if you want a more intense highlight or are using a looser glittery eyeshadow.

Base wise, I always opt for a foundation that doesn't have SPF just in case someone uses flash (because there is nothing worse than the dreaded flash face). The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is my go to for winter because it is fairly high coverage but has a lovely glow that isn't too dewy and greasy looking. If ever I wear a full face of makeup, this is perfect as it gives you a flawless skin finish.

This Illamasqua Palette in Neutral is far from natural but the bronzey shade is gorgeous. The shadows are so pigmented and beautiful and is ideal for a subtle glittery look that screams christmas. I love darkening my crease and then using the bronze glitter shade over my entire lid which looks incredible. Paired with a cat eye, it looks amazing.

And then lip wise, MAC Diva is fairly new in my collection but it's fast becoming my favourite because it is a wonderful deep blue toned red shade. Definitely line your lips first to make sure it doesn't budge but it's beautiful.

What are your go to Christmas Party looks?

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Currently Testing #1

Apologies for a bit of a blogging break from my end, the lighting has been abismal which has meant that I haven't been able to get the photos that I want (and I've slightly dubious about these ones...).

But anyways, I've been testing quite a lot of new makeup so decided to do a bit of a first impressions type review.

Glossier Skin Perfecting Tint is something I've been wanting for ages but they don't ship to the UK but I managed to get hold of it as it seems ideal for those no makeup days or when I go on holiday and really don't want to wear full skin makeup. I have the shade light and I definitely was worried it was going to be too pale but because it's so sheer, it's perfect and doesn't appear too light on my skin. It's very sheer and glowy so not ideal if you have breakouts but otherwise it covers any redness you might have!

Then onto another light base which is the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser which was definitely chosen in mind with my Sunny christmas holiday. At the moment, I am liking it. For uni, I tend to opt for basic tinted moisturisers and this is perfect. It has quite a good medium coverage but definitely seems buildable. It has SPF which is a bonus and so far seems to be ideal.

And finally, a lippy! I've recently become obsessed with the MAC Matte Lipsticks and really like the formula so when the shade Diva arrived on my desk, I was thrilled. It's your stereotypical deep berry red but definitely has more of a purple tone which is quite different for me but so far I'm loving it. 

What are you currently testing?

Roll Necks & Trousers

How do full time fashion bloggers come up with blog post titles? I genuinely considered calling this post "The One with Clothes" but alas, I digress...

I spend a large portion of my time on pinterest and unfortunately my favourite outfits are often quite Scandi inspired but seem to look best on a size 6-8 and as someone who is certainly not a 6-8, I decided to pull inspiration from it and put together an outfit that was wearable and super cute.

These trousers are incredibly comfortable because they have an elastic waist which almost makes them feel like leggings - I sized up so they're slightly baggy but they look amazing with the jumper which again is ever so slightly oversized and the chunky knit adds another element to the outfit.

This look was just calling out for a hat and this hat from Zara is so unique in colour that it adds something to the outfit - something that isn't monochrome. And the Stan Smiths which are a "classy" trainer, make the outfit more casual and less formal.

Beauty Inspiration #1 Luminous Skin

The glowy/dewy/luminous skin hype is typically associated with summer but honestly, I don't see why it isn't winter wearable either. Having spent hours (honestly) researching ways to achieve this look and find the magical products that make your skin appear lit from within but it turns out that there is no magical solution but it's essentially down to hydrated skin. (Also, a way to make this post slightly more amusing might be to drink every time I use the words "dewy" or "luminous".)

I've been getting into the habit of chucking on all of the moisturiser and letting it sink in for a couple of minutes before applying my makeup and honestly, it makes my skin one hundred times better and glowy and also my skin is feeling less like the sahara desert. I also find that using an oil or overnight mask before bed means that I wake up with a nice glow that definitely also makes a difference.

But onwards. Once you crack your skin moisture (I don't care if you're an oily gal, you still need to moisturise), it's onto actual makeup products. Before you move onto foundation, make sure you do your concealer first because then you don't have to worry about blending as applying your foundation will do that for you. 

I find that to achieve a dewy and luminous look, then you really really don't want to use a matte foundation (kind of obvious), but if you're still a high coverage gal then go for something like the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk or the Bourjois Healthy Mix but if you don't mind relying more on concealer, the NARS Tinted Moisturiser. Although there is definitely a technique to achieving the Gigi Hadid glow, her makeup artists rarely apply masses of foundation and prefer to opt for more lightweight skin bases so I would say going for a tinted moisturiser is ideal.

And then, that glow. For blush, cream blushes are ideal (likewise with bronzer) and liquid highlights are perfect for that dewy look. When I'm going all out, I dab MAC Strobe Cream onto my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, my chin and my brow bone. This gives an amazing wet look and just looks insane (in the best way). And then once this is settled, I sometimes use a fan brush to apply the Laura Mercier Illuminator in Indiscretion which is stun-ning. I apply this lightly over the areas I've highlighted for a final glow.

But yes, this is definitely a look I'm going to be wearing quite a lot this winter because I'm all about breaking those beauty boundaries. What are some of your favourite beauty looks this season?

The Thigh High Boots

I used to hate over the knee boots - they were very much a thing that I didn't think worked but then this pair entered my life... Perhaps it's the suede that makes them far more wearable but I really think they look incredible with dresses or skirts. 

Paired with this skater skirt and a slightly baggy roll neck jumper, this outfit is probably one of my favourites at the moment and one that looks somewhat parisienne in some way. I'm also obsessed with this bag from Zara which reminds me so much of the Celine knot tote but was less than £30 so far more affordable.

In some respect this outfit is very much a champagne outfit on a lemonade budget and looks very chic considering how much it actually costs.

It's definitely one of my favourite winter go to outfits at the moment. What do you think?

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The Importance of Having Gal Pals

I think this post title deserves a round of applause if I'm honest (especially if you're a Amy Poehler fan like me).

But hey, onwards.

As a complete and utter introvert, I know how easy it is (especially at university) to lock yourself away in your room and never leave aside for food and lectures. And I know how hard it is when you're thrown into a house with people you don't know (or that aren't your family) but it's also really important to have a great group of friends.

To have people to cry on...
Which I've done more than I'd like to admit. Not for any terrible reasons but stress (university deadlines) and various changes have all been reasons and you always need someone just to cry on (including drippy mascara and snot) who honestly doesn't care.

To have a laugh...
I have several different groups of friends but going for a coffee with any of them is always a laugh. Some of our best "days out" evolved from simply a cup of coffee.

To have baking parties...
Okay, they're not exactly parties but when I was at halls, occasionally my neighbours and I would turn up at each others flats and just bake. Nothing bad can come from brownies or scones.

To get greasy chicken and chips with...
We've all done it but after a night out, the only answer is greasy chicken and chips. Trust me.

To simply be with...
I know this sounds seriously cheesy but sometimes nights in where you simply watch a movie or reality TV can be the best nights.