Saturday, 7 January 2017

For the love of lashes

I'm false lashes addict. If I'm wearing a full face of makeup, I will probably be wearing a pair. They just finish of a makeup look perfectly. I've just got a super quick post today showing you the lashes I've picked up recently.

Left: Huda Beauty Lana. Huge Mother Effers as you can see. Right: House of Lashes Wispy Mini

Left: Pinky Goat, available from Wojooh in Dubai, not sure about other retailers (a Christmas present from Stacey) Right: House of Lashes Boudoir Mini

You can buy the Mini collection here for $35 which saves you $7, which is what I did. I also picked it up in the Black Friday sales so even better!

What are you favourite lashes?

Monday, 2 January 2017

Embracing the 'winter coat'

Anyone that has known me for a long time, will know that up until this year I've never really had a proper 'winter coat'. I'm sure maybe some of you will still be like 'mate, that's not a winter coat'. Well, compared to the piddly little jackets I usually flounce about in, it's pretty darn toasty! I generally hate coats for several reasons, please see below;

1. Why so hot though?
2. If I'm shopping and want to take it off, what do I do with it?
3. It's draped over my arm, but I really just want to put it in the bin.
3. I can't put it in the bin because it was too expensive.
4. Aimee, you already throw the spare change from your purse in the bin. STOP LITERALLY THROWING MONEY WAY (don't worry, it's one of my resolutions to stop doing that).

However, being the insta whore that I am, back in Autumn I started to see leopard print pop up everywhere and I mean everywhere! And being one not to shy away from jumping on the band wagon, I hunted down this little RI Plus beauty. I'm a huge fan of the range anyway, so cheers River Island, you've excelled yourselves yet again. 

It's everything I could want in a coat. It's longline, single button fastening on the outside plus one on the inside to keep you extra snuggly, it's great quality, decent price and it makes me resemble one of my idols, Pat Butcher. 

I think I'm a coat convert. 

I wear it with everything, but this time I paired it with this amazing shirt dress from In The Style's new plus size range. It was £39.99 and I am amazed by the quality and fit for such an affordable price (heads up-they do student discount). I sized up as I wanted quite a loose fit. It has a dip hem, which I don't usually like but it sits well with the flowy movement from the waist downwards. The skater style accentuates the waist slightly, saving me from looking like a sack of potatoes. It was the first thing I've ordered from them, so I'm excited to place another order. 

The final details I added were a pair of over the knee boots. I'd say don't bother unless you invest in a really good quality pair or they will just fall straight down. I've even tried boob tape, but nothing is stopping these bad boys from swinging round my ankles after walking for 30 seconds. The amount of times I've been bent over in public pulling them up is embarrassing, I need to give up and bid farewell to them. 

I have been obsessed with these Michael Kors quilted gloves that my Aunt bought me for Christmas. However, taking a photo of putting gloves on proved to by tricky, the other photo option I had my fist clenched as if I was about to deck someone. 

Also had my Michael Kors Selma bag, which is my standard everyday bag. Fits a lot of sh*t in.

Leopard print coat- River Island Plus (also available in main range)
Over the knee boots- Yours Clothing (no longer available), similar here
Michael Kors quilted gloves (gift from Aunt which she bought in NYC, similar online here)
Necklace (really old, so can't remember where it's from SORRY)

Hope you like it! :)

Photographer (I use that term loosely): Sarah

Friday, 18 November 2016

I don't feel beautiful

We all have those really shit days, weeks, months when we look in the mirror and think ‘blimey, is that really me?’.

Someone who I don’t recognise is looking back at me.

All I see is dark unwashed roots, overgrown eyebrows, unpainted nails, blemished skin and can’t help but think think that I’m unrecognisable. My mood and the effort I make with my appearance goes hand in hand. If I’m feeling low, I surprise myself if I wash my hair. My energy and motivation is currently at zero. 

The longer that I gaze into the mirror, the more I realise that it’s not just that I don’t feel beautiful, it's deeper that that, it’s that I don’t feel like myself, and being yourself is that most beautiful thing you can be. 

I ask myself if I can get back to that place where I know who I am, where I’m going and what I want my life to be. 

In a recent conversation with my Doctor about my mental health, I realised that I can’t remember that last day that I didn’t have a sinking feeling of doubt in the pit of my stomach. Constant questions caused by my own self-doubt put me under daily scrutiny. For someone who has never felt this way, it might be hard to understand or imagine. Someone said to me ‘it’s all in your head, you have control over this’. It’s simply not that easy. No one in my family has struggled with mental health, to my knowledge, so it’s not something that I ever imagined to be battling. Accepting that this is a problem is pretty recent for me and surprisingly one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to admit to myself and those closest to me. 

There’s days where I lock myself in my bedroom and don’t even think to eat or drink. Then there’s days I can’t stand sitting still or the silence. My Dad gave me some advice today, he told me to do more of what makes me happy. I need to spend some time realising what that is again. I guess that’s why I’m here tapping away on my keyboard, doing what once made me happy. Apparently writing things down can be quite therapeutic. We'll see. 

So let’s see where this goes… 

Sunday, 17 July 2016

A bit of Oskia love

Oskia is hands down one of my favourite skincare brands. The love affair started with the Renaissance cleansing gel, thanks to Anna. I have to make sure that I have one in my stash at all times, it's a real reliable gem. However, todays post is about two lesser raved about products from the Oskia range.

First up is the Renaissance mask. It's a beautifully thick and luxurious texture that boosts radiance like no other. This is the only mask that I use and see instant results. It leaves my skin feeling extremely smooth and evens out any redness. My acne prone skin doesn't respond well to manual exfoliants so the lactic acid in this product is great for getting rid of any dry patches and uneven texture. And oh God the scent! A dream.

Next we have the Bedtime Beauty Boost. Pricy? Yes. Worth it? Also yes. This isn't for you oily skinned gals, trust me. This is probably the most moisturising thing that I've ever had the pleasure of smearing onto my face. Admittedly it can sometimes be a little heavy for my combination skin but on particularly dry days, this is a life saver. The next morning my skin is left super moisturised, plump and radiant. Love it.

I have my beady little eyes on the Get Up & Glow and the Renaissance Brightlight at the moment! What have you tried from Oskia?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Banana Coffee Shake!

Two of my great loves in life are banana and coffee. So why not put them together! I finally think I've got the recipe down, so I thought I'd share it with you in a quick blog post. The mix of the creamy banana, naturally sweet dates and the hit of the coffee is a party in your mouth!

1 or 2 Frozen banana (slightly thawed)
3 pitted Medjool dates
1-1 and 1/2 cups of your milk of choice
And the coffee! I use 2tsp of Nescafe Espresso but this can be adjusted to your desired strength.

1. Make your desired amount of coffee and leave to cool slightly.
2. Blend the frozen banana until smooth and creamy.
3. Add the dates and blend until totally combined.
4. Add the milk and coffee, blend once more and enjoy!
5. Thank me later.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Contouring is key

If I'm wearing a full face of makeup then I will probably have contoured the shit out of my cheeks. I've got a potato face and I know it. That being said, the Ilamasqua gel sculpt in silouhette is perfect for those that are either new to contouring, want a natural shadow or want their cheeks to be so cut that this is their base contour. I admit that it looks extremely intimidating in the stick, but as soon as you put it onto your face it blends like a dream. You can blend it with your fingers, a brush or a sponge for an equally beautiful finish. It also layers perfectly if you want a more striking look. If you swipe the product directly onto your face it has a lovely cooling sensation that I can really get onboard with. So much so that I can get a little overboard and end up looking like I've spent a month in the Caribbean. Jokes, I don't tan. Pasty Irish skin. But you get the picture. 

If you want to see my favourite way to apply this product then watch this video by Jamie Genevieve. I thought it was mental at first but it works so well! I used this technique in the photo below to create some natural dimension to my cheeks and forehead. Please, please, please try this product if you're scared on contouring. It's a breeze!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

What's in my Z Palette

My individual eyeshadow love started with Mac many moons ago. I still remember the excitement and feeling of satisfaction of slotting the last couple of shades into my 15 pan palette. That thing was my baby! Oh how times change. Like the rest of the beauty loving community, my addiction has moved beyond just having a sh*tload of Mac. Yes, some of their eyeshadows are still some of my favourites, but I personally believe that you can get better quality shadows for a lower price (enter Makeup Geek). Thankfully other brands jumped onto the individual pan thing! It's so much more convenient and better value than having a huge palette where you end up with a bright ugly green that you'll never use. 

This is my perfect palette. A range of neutral, brights, mattes and shimmers. So what are the shades, you might ask...

As you can see the palette is extremely well loved/filthy!

First row- MG Shimma Shimma, Anastasia Glisten, MG In The Spotlight, Anastasia Pink Champagne, MG Cosmopolitan, MG Grandstand & Mac 

Second row- MG Homecoming, Mac Sumptuous Olive, MG Mango Tango, Mac Cranberry, Anastasia Sangria & MG Showtime

Third row- Mac Brûlée, MG Peaches and Cream, MG Creme Brûlée, MG Chickadee, MG Cupcake, MG Cocoa Bear & Mac Antiqued

Fourth row- Mac Swiss Chocolate, Mac Brown Down (wouldn't really recommend), Morphe Secretive, MG Bitten, MG Corrupt, MG Flame Thrower & Anastasia Sienna

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