Month: September 2018

Summer Favourites

Hi, my beauties hope all is well? Since I’ve been MIA recently and not been uploading my monthly favourites I’d thought I’d share with you today the things I loved and used this summer.

Makeup

Summer Faves - Makeup

Clinique High Impact Mini Mascara

This mascara has been my go mascara this summer, it instantly lifts lashes and adds volume and thickness. It doesn’t clump and lasts all day.

Nivea Tinted Moisturiser -Natural

One of my all-time favourite beauty products, its perfect for summer as it’s a lightweight formula that contains an SPF. It provides skin with a light coverage that looks like your skin but only more radiant.

L’Oréal infallible Sticks in 501 -Oh My Jewels & 210 Cappuccino.

I use these beauty sticks on a daily basis I use the 501 oh my jewels shade as a highlighter as it provides skin with a subtle highlighter that gives you a dewy look. I use the shade 210 cappuccino as a contour shade. It’s rather warm toned so only a little bit is needed as if not it can make you look orange. It definitely adds warmth and definition to my face.

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Sleek Makeup Face Form – Medium

This Palette is my go-to face and eye Palette containing a contour shade that is a perfect colour as it’s an ashy colour, it also contains a bronzer and a highlighter. I’ve also been using it as an eyeshadow palette this summer by wearing the bronzer shade in the crease of my eye and the highlighter shade on my lid. I love a multitasking palette saving time, money and room in my makeup bag what more could you ask for.

Sleek blush by 3 – Lace

This blush palette is perfect for summer as it contains two coral colours and a pink which look great when paired with a tan. This palette contains two matte and one shimmer highly pigmented blushes.

Summer Favourites - Concealer

Along Came Betty All Concealed Concealer Kit.

When clearing out my makeup I came across this forgotten treasure. It contains two concealers (a cream one & a solid one) and a brightening under eye setting powder. The cream concealer is perfect for concealing under eyes and even minimises the look of my eye bags. Which is something I definitely need because sleep is something of a luxury these days? The solid concealer is perfect at concealing imperfections such as spots and cuts. I love this concealer kit and will probably cry when it’s gone as it’s been discontinued.

Summer Favourites - Bronzer

St Moritz Bronzing Powder Light

Another product that I found while clearing out. Don’t you just love a good old clear out especially when you find so many forgotten treasures? This bronzer is one of my favourites at providing a sun-kissed glow as its quite shimmery you only need a little bit and you look glowing as well as sun-kissed.

Skincare

Summer Faves - Skincare

Vita Coco Coconut Oil

My holy grail beauty product as I not only use it as a moisturiser I use it as a hair mask. When used as a Moisturiser it leaves skin soft and reduces the appearance of stretch marks.

Jack Wills English Velvet Body Lotion

This body lotion leaves my skin so soft and keeps skin moisturised for roughly 24 hours. It has a rich texture more like a body butter. It absorbs easily into the skin and has a pleasant fragrance to it that smells like roses. (Floral scents aren’t really my thing).

Summer Favourites - Mud Mask

N-Spa Skin Glow Mud Mask

I love this mask and try to use once on a weekly basis. With kaolin Clay and charcoal as it’s main ingredients, this mud masks helps draw out impurities, unblocking pores, and reducing the appearance of them to leave skin looking more radiant and clear. After using this mask my skin looks more radiant and the appearance of my pores less noticeable. It leaves my skin feeling smooth.

Fake Tan

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Garnier Summer Body Gradual Tan Moisturiser – Light

We’ve been quite lucky this year and had lots of sunshine. So fake tan wasn’t needed as much as normal. I used this tan on my legs so it matched the rest of my body. It has a nice apricot smell and leaves your skin feeling moisturised.

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark

I love this self-tanning foam as it has a gorgeous coconut smell that just reminds you of a holiday. It leaves a natural looking tan and fades gradually.

Thanks for Reading

Nicolle 💋

Why taking a break from Social Media was good for my Mental Health.

Hi, my beauties, hope all is well. If you follow me on here and social media you may have noticed that I have been absent for the last couple of months on both my blog and social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter. I just felt like I needed a break from Social media and being online for my mental health. In today’s society where we seem to share everything online and are obsessed with having a perfect image. I just didn’t feel comfortable doing so. Anyway, without further ado, today’s post is all about why I took a break and how I learnt to overcome them thoughts and also share my summer outfits with you that I didn’t feel comfortable with sharing at first.

Insecurities

One of the main reasons I stopped posting on here and Instagram was my own insecurities about my body. Being a fashion blogger and mostly posting photos of myself in outfits it’s important that I feel comfortable in my body as we all know the internet can be a cruel place and you have to have a thick skin to deal with nasty comments. I’m normally body confident but the last few months whenever we did photoshoots I didn’t like the pictures I could just see my mum-tum and thick thighs. Normally I wouldn’t care and post because yes I do have thick thighs and my tummy is not as flat as it used to be, because instead of going to the gym I like gin. But it’s not so easy when your biggest insecurities at the moment are in front of you and going to be shared online with strangers in a world full of Instagram models. Since my break away I’ve learnt that they will always be times where I feel insecure about my body and that’s totally normal. It’s about embracing the skin you’re in and loving it. I’ve also found following people online with similar figures to me helps me feel more comfortable so I follow people like Lily Melrose and Helen Anderson.

Jealousy

Ok, I admit it, I won’t lie sometimes while browsing social media a bit of the green-eyed monster comes out to play. This is normal right? It’s hard to not get jealous when browsing social media when people portray that they have a perfect life, with their designer wardrobe, Instagram perfect house and avocado on toast for breakfast. When in reality you’re sat there in your old PJs, in a house that smells of damp with coco-pops for breakfast for the umpteenth time that week. It’s also hard when everyone seems to be growing and you’re still stuck in the same place. I’ve learnt since my time away what people choose to show online is not necessarily real, (cough Scarlett London cough) and fake it for the gram. I’ve also learnt that I put too much pressure on myself and don’t give myself as much credit as I should. Yes, my Instagram feed may not be perfect and my posts not regular but theirs more to life. I’m a mother, a housewife and I also work part-time and that in itself is bloody hard work without putting pressure on myself to look like I’ve just stepped off the catwalk and made avocado on toast for breakfast every day.

Life is not a competition we all go at our own pace and if we put hard work and dedication we should reach our goals it might just take us longer than others.

Red polka Dot Dress Outfit

Grief

At the beginning of August, I lost my uncle who I was very close too. Grief and losing someone makes you look at life totally different and reassess your own life. It made me think that life is really about living and that we focus too much on the stuff that in the end does it really matter (cue me singing Linkin Park), how much money we make, or by his many followers we have. I mean, by all means, create a life for yourself and your family to live comfortably and if blogging is your passion blog away to your heart’s content. I guess what I’m trying to say is life’s too short and people won’t remember you for how much money you made or your followers online. They will remember you for the memories you shared and the times you had together. That’s why in the last month or so instead of socialising online, I’ve actually been socialising offline and made new friends and hopefully created some nice memories (some of which are a blur, as I do enjoy my gin).

Hopefully, I’m back now and look forward to blogging more about all things fashion and beauty related.

Thanks for reading

Nicolle 💋