Friday, 27 May 2016

Ten New Beauty Products

I went a little bit crazy with buying new products lately...ooops! You can see my haul video on my YouTube channel here.

I bought quite a lot of things that I've be coveting for a while now; some of them really haven't impressed me (that's a story for another day!) but some of them I can already tell are going to be my new favourites! So, I thought I'd she them with you guys;

1. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme (Abu Dabi)
This is a gorgeous colour and a really comfortable wear for being a liquid lipstick. It has about 4-5 hours of non-flake wear on me, but I'm sure this would be different for every person.

2. Rimmel Scanaleyes Matte Cream Shadow Stick (015 Trespassing Taupe)

After being really into shimmer eyeshadows lately, I've only just started to give matte shades a chance again. I'm in LOVE with the 24hr Tattoo cream eyeshadows, so I was hoping and praying this one would be good too. And it definitely didn't disappoint! This shade is a great matte grey-y brown, that has amazing lasting power! It blends beautifully into powder eyeshadows too!

3. KIKO False Lashes Volume & Definition Top Coat Mascara
Oh my gosh - I can't believe I got this for £3.90! It has a great wand that separates the lashes really, really well. It is intended to be a topcoat, but I think it's great on it's own! The mascara comes off pretty easily without too much tug and pull, and is a really 'black' black - my new favourite!

4. KIKO Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick (06)
I got shade 07 in this too, but I've not used it yet. This is a cream stick eyeshadow and it's so silky! The shimmer is perfect and looks really expensive, in my opinion! This was the first time I shopped at KIKO, but I was blown away by how great the quality of the products were for such reasonable prices.

5. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (Softly Spoken)
Just like the Matte Lip Cream, this wears really, really nicely! After buying a MAC matte lipstick (Retro Matte Lip Creme, in Lady Be Good) and being really disappointed with how drying it was almost instantly, NYX saved the day! Again this is the first time I've shopped for this brand but the quality is great for the tiny prices. This is a beautiful deep rose colour, and I think it looks great with pale skin.

6. Soap & Glory Archery Brow 2 in 1 Filling Pencil & Brush (Hot Chocolate)
The narrow-ness of the tip is genius! I can draw-in lots of really thin hairs into my brows without it looking like I've applied it with a crayon! I'm not totally sold on using powder in my brows yet, so this pencil is perfect for me! It has a really handy spooly at the opposite end.

7. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (51 Light Vanilla)
This is a product that's been pretty cult in the beauty world for a long time. I've been meaning to buy and try it for a long time, but it never seemed to be available in my shade... until now! And I can honestly say it's definitely worth the hype. The formula is so silky, but it does't move too much on my face throughout the day. I can't say that I agree completely with the 16 hr lasting claim, but I've worn it for a couple of days now and it lasts for a solid 7-8 hours and still looks great. Even throughout the day, when my facial oils are resurfacing, it's seems to balance itself out against them and still looks perfectly glowing when I come to take it off at the end of the day.

8. KIKO Wet & Dry Eyeshadow (20 High Pigment)
Warm toned eyeshadows are definitely my jam at the moment, so when I saw this gorgeous colour I just had to try it! Like I already mentioned, the prices are great for the quality of KIKO products, and having the choice to wear it wet or dry (totally different effects!) is an added bonus!

9. Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer (Light)
It's thick, creamy and has a really nice coverage. It's fair to say it's not great for the under eye area but for discolouration and blemishes on the face it is flaw-less. Such an underrated beauty product, in my opinion. Like I mentioned about the S&G Archery eyebrow pencil, this brand is pretty new to my beauty stash but I love it already!

10. One Heck of a Blot Foundation (Fair Enough)
Just like the Kick Ass concealer, this foundation packs quite a punch! Not really for those days that I'm looking for a barely-there make-up look, but when I want to look truly flawless I go straight for this little beauty! The superblur feature is unreal! A medium to full coverage foundation, that I think is best applied with a makeup sponge for extra flawlessness!

That's it for my 10 new product favourites! I'll be sure to share the disappointing ones with you guys in another post.

Be sure to let me know your thoughts on these products if you've tried them yourself!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

My Lip Fillers - Sat 21st May, 2016

So - I did it! I got them done!

The procedure was so quick & easy, with just a small amount of discomfort.

For anyone who is thinking about having the procedure & wants to see actual footage of the whole thing, head over to my YouTube channel where I vlogged the day!

It's it's 6:30am the next morning. I'm in very minimal pain and my lips have started to swell. I wouldn't say the pain has gone past a 6/10 for the who thing, which was at the point of the first injection. The top one especially, as that had 60-70% of the filler in order to even the size and shape of my mouth out as a whole.

I was told the swelling should be down 80% in the next two days, by which time I'll have a better idea of how my lips will 'be' for the rest of the time it lasts. My nurse said that they normally last between 3-6 months, with a lucky few seeing results last up to a year, and an unlucky few seeing them deflate after 2 weeks or so. So, I guess it is a risk of loosing money but it's worth it from what I've seen so far. I'll just have to get all the selfies I can handle over the next fortnight, just in case!

I'm going to put a video together with footage from each day over the next two weeks so that I can track my progress for you guys. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss it!

Have a great weekend


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

I've planned my first cosmetic procedure...

So, recently I made a big decision... I want lip augmentation.

I have had a bit of a complex about my mouth from about the age of 13, but for years I've been convinced it's my teeth that make my mouth look so small and mean.

Since starting my YouTube channel, and having to constantly look at my face and it's composition during the editing process, I've come to the realisation that it's my lip shape and size that's contributing the pokey look of my mouth.

When I was at college I had braces on my top teeth. I loved the way they pushed out my lips and looked a little pouty all the time! I'm hoping that a little filler will be able to help me recreate this look, and leave me a little happier with the overall look of my mouth.

As well as the top lip being particularly small, it's also really uneven; one side is fuller and more curved than the other, especially when I'm getting my pout on! (see photo above)

I also want to fill out my lips so the profile of them looks a little less flat. I honestly think this is a massively contributing factor to my terrifying resting bitch face...!

After watching a LOT of YouTube videos about lip filler experiences, I've decided that I'm going to give it a go. I'm booked in to have lip fillers. This weekend!

I've included a few extra 'before' photos. I've decided to vlog the procedure on my YouTube, and keep a diary of my recovery and results on this blog. Be sure to keep your eye's peeled for the update coming early next week!

Wish me luck!


Friday, 13 May 2016

My Current Favourites: Nude Lipsticks

Recently I think I've become obsessed with nude lipstick...

I have to have regular breaks from them, because my lips dry out at the drop of a hat, but I've been opting for a strong nude lip over other areas a lot more lately. I thought it'd be a good idea to share with you all my favourite nudes. Some are high street, some are higher-end. All are fantastic!

1. MAC - Patisserie 
It's from their lustre range, so it's a great satin finish that's really creamy on the lips. I have really fair skin but I can almost guarantee it would look great on anyone!

2. Burberry - Romantic Rose No. 24
This is a gorgeous sheer lipstick. The colour is a neutral orange/pink shade. I have blue eyes and I think orange tones in my eyeshadow and/or lipstick always make them look great.

3. MAC - Pure Zen
Another MAC lipstick, but I love them! This one is from there cremesheen range. I actually find this one a little less creamy than Patisserie - weird, as it has 'creme' in the name - but it has a great hold on the lips for being quite sheer. And, of course, it's a beautiful colour!

4. Soap & Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker
This is a lip lacquer, and it a little more sticky because of this. But it has a really strong dark rose colour, which I LOVE! 

5. Maybeline - Pink Fling No. 207
This is a great budget nude. It's an almost-matt-but-still-smooth mid-rose pinky-nude... what a description! The colour is beautifully concentrated and it's one of the most comfortable lipsticks in my collection to wear. 

I hope that gave you some Spring inspiration ! Let me know in the comments what your favourite nude is.


Saturday, 7 May 2016

Things I Learned in My 20's...

There is so much my twenties has taught me already. I'll be 29 in a few months, and I've been reflecting on my life a lot recently, and thought it might be useful to share a few things I've been mulling over and a few things I know have mad a difference...

  1. How to cope with others having a different opinion - For a long time this was really hard for me. I grew up quite an obnoxious, know-it-all teen/early twenties. I learned the hard way that this is not the way to get on in life and other people's opinions have as much merit as my own.
  2. I still don't know it all - Kind of related to the point above, I used to think I knew everything about anything. I didn't, and I still don't. In fact, I never will!
  3. About the bigger picture; kids, marriage etc - I was so unsure where I stood with 'adult stuff' when I was in my teens. To be completely honest, I still don't have a definite plan. But right now I'm happily married with the prospect of kids in the future. Who knows? I'm glad I've learned how to go to the flow a little more now...
  4. How not to freak out about death - Anyone who has watched my Health Anxiety videos on my YouTube channel will already know the issues I've had with illness, dying and anxiety. After a murder in my family in 2014, I was hit hard with the concept of my own life and mortality. I was transfixed on it and I was very depressed. Luckily, I began to find comfort in the concept of death's inevitability. It happens to all of us, and we have no control over death. All we can do is cherish life and appreciate living every day we have to the fullest.
  5. Keeping friends is a lot harder the older you get - being at school, college, university etc, you;re always surrounded by your friends. Looking back, this was amazing! But as I get older I realise it's hard not to let life get in the way. Making a conscious effort to keep up with friends really makes me so happy though.
  6. To see grey, instead of black & white - I think when I was younger I adapted, without question, to the opinions of those around me. Media, family & Friends were the main influences for my opinions with little room for negotiation! As I've grown up in my 20's, I've really tried to challenge my own opinions and thoughts. It has opened up my mind and my life to so many beautiful things, places and people. I can only apologise to anyone who was a victim of my black and white opinions when I was younger.
  7. The importance of taking care of my skin - This one is actually just something I've really come to appreciate in the last year. At 28, I've had my first experience with 'wrinkles' *shudder*. I'm really fair skinned with lots of facial & limb freckles, so it's massively important for me to pay more attention now. I make sure to cleanse, tone and moisturise (most) nights - and I can see a massive difference already! A side note, I'm not adverse to some Botox if it's needed in my 30's... ;)
  8. How much family matters - Friends are so important, but family become more of a life-crutch for me every day. I think I'll appreciate my parents even more if I become a parent myself, but lets not get ahead of ourselves!
  9. That you never truly know what you 'wanna do when you grow up' - So, so true. In fact for me the older I get, the less clear I become! I currently work a pretty standard office job. It's not 'me'. I crave creativity in my life everyday, and office work is the exact opposite! However, as they say, that's life. If I want to change it, I have to work hard to achieve something I'm happy with as a career. I'm so appreciative though that the job I have at the moment is something I like doing when I'm there, and the people I work with are awesome. And it funds my creativity!
  10. How to compromise - My Dad is my hero. He has taught me how to be a compassionate and generous human being. But, being such a big influence in my life, he has taught me some of his really bad habits - ha! He's so stubborn, hot-headed and non-compromising in a lot of situations and I've taken on these traits growing up. It's been a running joke in my family my whole life that I am my Dad in a wig. So, when I moved out of my parents home I began to really see the effect that being this closed off, stubborn, obnoxious character was having on my life. I was losing friends, losing good opportunities, loosing my temper with littlest things. I decided that I had to change. I think I'm still the same compassionate, loving person my Dad has always encouraged me to be, but I like to think I have begun to understand the importance of understanding. Marriage also hits you with a massive life-lesson in compromise...!
  11. How to love myself & others - I think this nicely continues from the previous point. Behind my cold, shut-off character of my teens and early 20's, I was internally so, so self deprecating. I have never been happy with 'me'; whether that's my personality, my body, my face, my lazy eye. I have septo-optic dyspepsia which has resulted in really poor vision in my left eye, and so is now quite lazy and wandering and that has always been a massive hang-up of mine. But over the last couple of years (mainly since meeting my wonderful husband), I have learned to give less value and merit to my exterior. I now really try to concentrate on my personality and my heart, and seeing the beauty of other people's personality. It's quite bizarre really; for me, as soon as I made an effort to love others more, I began to love myself more. I appreciate myself and everyone around me a little more each day. We're all in the same boat; we're all sailing through life without a clear idea of the best way to steer...

I hope sharing these life-lessons from my 20's was helpful to at least one person. I'd love to know some of the life lessons you've learned so far, so feel free to drop them in the comments below!


Friday, 6 May 2016

FIVE TIPS - Finding Your Style

I thought I'd start a '5 tips' series, based on areas I've had expertise in, or where I can share an expereince that might be helpful to someone out there!

The first is going to focus on finding your style. By that I mean finding stylish pieces (beauty, homeware, clothing etc) but being able to break away from what everyone else typically goes for to develop an original style that suits you. So, I have narrowed down my favourite tips & tricks to share with you all;

1. Be Open Minded
It's all to easy nowadays to follow trends to the letter. Of course, doing this will almost definitely guarantee you're style will be 'on point' but kinda defies the whole point of style. Being open minded when you're out looking for new products - make up, homeware etc - can mean you can gradually learn to use current trends to help form your OWN style. Being open minded about trying alternatives can often mean you're saving pennies in the long run - yey!

2. Branch out!
Making a conscious effort to try a new brand or product can sometimes feel like a risk. What if it's a total waste of money? That's definitely a risk, but once you start to create and perfect your own style you'll realise nothing is waste of money if it's something YOU like! Trends, blogs and influencers are here to help you find your own style, not to dictate to you what you should and shouldn't like.
(It took me a LONG time to realise this...)

3. Think outside the box
This is kind of related to the previous point, but is more about being proactive about creating your own 'trends', and allowing your own ideas to have merit to YOU. Don't afraid to flaunt what you like - After all, this is how trends are started!
This point is really useful for me particularly when I'm looking for homeware; looking in 'cheaper' shops, I can usually find lots of little gems amongst the rubbish. Using items for an alternative purpose is also massive style points!

4. Look for new products...
Just because you've seen everyone raving about a certain product in blogs and on YouTube, doesn't mean that they aren't a great product. For me it's so important, especially as a blogger and YouTuber, to be honest and open about what I like and dislike. I think it's all to easy to be reviewing the same products as everyone else, or to have the same things in your Favourites videos as everyone else. In the long run, I think this is a sure fire way to slip into the background. The best style influencers are those who have had the balls to try something new and be totally honest about what they think about it.

5. Look for inspiration everywhere
In nature, in technology, in people on the street. Let yourself be inspired by your surroundings and take metal note of everything that makes you feel good, and let it in to influence your style. Using inspiration from your surroundings is the quickest way to develop a style that is totally individual to you. Who knows, maybe you're the style inspiration for others, and you don't even know it!

I hope these help - feel free to let me know your tips on finding your own style in the comments!


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Get to Know Me! 25 Questions About Me

Hi everyone!

This tag was one of the first videos I posted on my YouTube channel, so I thought it would be a good idea to follow suite on my new blog :) Here it goes!

1. What is your middle name?
It's Anne;  Lindsay Anne Davison. :)

2. What was favorite subject at school?
I'm not sure, I really liked Drama and History, but I wasn't adverse to any of them really. ...other Than PE, but I guess that goes without saying!

3. What is your favorite drink?
Hmmm, I love coconut water, orange juice and chamomile tea all equally!

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?
I really love Rihanna's new song, Kiss it Better. I'm a massive Rihanna fan!

5. What is your favorite food?
Again, this is hard to choose one :( I love Nando's & chow mien both equally!

6. What is the last thing you bought?
I haven't actually bought anything over this bank holiday, so probably these beauties, when we were in York last week! Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder & a beautiful journal from Paperchase!

7. Favorite book of all time?
I haven't read a good book for ages :( but my standout favourite is The Understudy, by David Nichols.

8. Favorite Color?

9. Do you have any pets?
I sure do! This is my favourite little dude, Hutch!

He's a 4 year old Jack Russell Terrier - we adopted him about 7 months ago! He's so well behaved and he's my best friend.

10. Favorite Perfume?
I can't smell :( but I get lots of compliments when I where Jimmy Choo and Calvin Klein Truth

11. Favorite Holiday?
Either New York or Lake Garda (Italy) -  both were totally different to one another, but equally amazing!

12. Are you married?
I sure am! To a lovely man called Richard

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?
Not that many, actually! I think only 4 times... must. travel. more!

14. Do you speak any other language?
I speak some Portuguese after doing a project with some lovely Portuguese exchange students at uni - they only taught me nursery rhymes and swear words though - useful!

15. How many siblings do you have?
I have 3 sisters; Ashleigh, Stacey & Hannah.

16. What is your favorite shop?
Oh gosh - I really couldn't choose! If i could only shop in one clothes shop forever more, it'd probably be H&M!

17. Favorite restaurant?

18. When was the last time you cried?
I watched a really sad animal cruelty awareness video on Facebook earlier, and I was bawling my eyes out :( I have no idea how any person could bring themselves to torture any living being...

19. Favorite Blog?
Oh, loads! I love Ugly Face of Beauty (Gracie Francesca) and all the mainstream UK bloggers, but I found an amazing blog my a local girl Emma Griffiths - check her out!

20. Favorite Movie?
Pretty Women - The Julia Roberts - Richard Gere combo is the BEST!

21. Favorite TV shows?
I love American Horror Story & Dexter, while it was still going!

22. PC or Mac?
I have used PCs all my life until around 2 years ago when I bought a Mac - now Mac is definitely my preference!

23. What phone do you have?
I have an iPhone 6 - I love it but I can't wait for the iPhone 7! Apparently it'll have duel cameras and 4k video!

24. How tall are you?
Not very...4ft11"!

25. Can you cook?
Not very well! I'm decent at baking though. I make a mean macaroon!

So, that's it for my GTKM tag - I hope you guys liked it! Don;t forget to let me know some facts about you in the comments!


To blog or not to blog...?

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for taking a look at my new blog - I have no idea where it's going yet, or if I'm going to be any good at it, but I wanted to give it a try...

It feels like it might be a really good outlet for sharing my thoughts & feelings when I can't/don't want to/would rather not put them into a video on my YouTube channel. I've started reading a lot of lifestyle blogs recently, and I was particularly inspired by another local blogger, Emma Griffiths, and her massively stylish blog and YouTube channel. She's fantastic, and I highly recommend visiting her page and channel!

So, before deciding to go ahead and create this blog, I forced myself to ask 'why'?

The question quickly developed to 'What will you write about?', 'There are so many other brilliant bloggers, why should even try?', 'Will anyone even care about what you write?'. I've been dancing around with the answers to these questions for at least a fortnight now, and after a while of self-deprecating doubt and self-discouragements I finally realised that although my questions were valid, the answers didn't really hold any value. So what if I'm not the best writer? So what if there aren't millions of people flocking to my blog? It's a great idea, even if I'm the only person who ever reads it.

I think until now I haven't realised the true value of blogging (I guess I never really looked that far into it as a form communication and interaction), but the more I read, the more I realise it's not an exclusive club, and there's no reason to write only about one thing/subject.

My intention is to create a blog that reflects my thoughts & feelings on the things I love most. And so that you might get to know my just a little bit from the off, here are a list of a few of my favourite things (disappointingly for some raindrops, whiskers and warm woolly mittens didn't quite make the list);

Beauty - Skincare - Home Interiors - Dogs - YouTube & Vlogging - Design & Art - Music & Popular Culture

So yeah, you can expect to see me writing about these sorts of things - the things that interest me most in life.

Thanks a lot if you've taken the time to read my first blog entry - I'm hoping to write fairly regularly, but never just for writing's sake. I don't doubt I'll develop some routine along the way, but for now it will be as and when.

Have a great day
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