This week’s wish list is a little more specific than the last as my cravings to do a massive high street beauty binge are becoming unbearable. I have some Boots points and I’m tempted to go in there and do a splurge, or just treat myself a bit. There has been so many high street launches recently that have absolutely killed it, and I’m still yet to get over NYX being readily available, it’s all too exciting.
As I’ve mentioned multiple times on here, I’ve put myself on a spending ban recently. Whilst I’m finding my feet with freelance and not having a stable income I just need to stop spending any money on myself. I was doing completely ok until recently when I really really wanted to go beauty shopping. I was in Boots, I was in Superdrug, I was in Kiko and I considered just treating myself a little. But I’m glad I didn’t, instead I came back home and decided to shop my stash. I’ve done this once before on the blog and some of those products have completely re-entered my life as favourites, so I thought I’d shake things up again and rediscover some old faves again.
When I first started blogging I wasn’t really aware of the “blogger community”. It took me a long time to work out Twitter and even longer to work out what #bbloggers actually meant, at first I was very much a lone ranger doing my own thing. Last week I was shortlisted for Best Beauty Blog at the Bloggers Blog Awards and whilst getting shortlisted for any sort of award is just amazing, being nominated by fellow bloggers is even more special. I’ve always felt slightly on the outskirts of the community. I reply to my tweets, I’ve met a few people at events and I know there’s people who regularly read my blog, but I’ve always kept myself as a bit of a spectator. Whilst I know these awards aren’t a popularity contest, it’s really humbling to think that enough bloggers thought of me and liked my blog enough to be shortlisted. I definitely don’t feel on the outskirts anymore.
Up until quite recently I was so scared of changing up my skincare routine. I never really tried new products in the fear they’d break me out, and once I found something I liked I was really loyal to it, and when I say loyal I mean “use it everyday for three years” loyal. Huge changes have happened recently and if I’m brutally honest it’s because I get sent so much skincare. Not makeup, just skincare, always skincare. I never used to get excited by skincare, it was always a chore to have a routine but since I’ve been trying so many new products I’ve had a complete change of heart. I’ve realised that having a set routine everyday is not necessarily what is best, and I’m a lot more flexible now, changing it up to what I feel my skin needs in that particular moment. Also I get quite excited about new skincare, and hearing about all the ingredients in it as I’ve become a real advocate for natural skincare. Rather than doing a post every quarter about my entire skincare routine, I thought I’d start doing a monthly update on some of my top picks of the moment and what I’m reaching for, so it’s time for my first one.
I’m seriously overwhelmed by the success of my last flat lay photography post, and I’m pleased that so many people found it useful. I mentioned about doing a more detailed post on composition as it was hard to go into detail about it without going off on a complete tangent, and lots of you were keen. So today I thought I’d share with you some of my tips and tricks, and things to pay attention to do when working on composition for a flat lay. Again these aren’t hard and fast rules, but things to think about when preparing for your shot. Do let me know in the comments if there’s any other aspects of flat lay photography (or photography in general) that you would like me to hone in on, as I really enjoying writing these posts!
It’s time for another weekly wish list! The urge to break my spending ban is getting ridiculous and now it’s more of a matter of deciding what to spend it on, do I go clothes? Do I go makeup? Or something different entirely? Well whatever I end up choosing I will have lots of options!
For another year running I’m not going to escape to somewhere hot and exotic as no holidays are booked. I really wanted a holiday this year, but I wanted to go self-employed more, and sadly the two can’t happen at the same time (yet!). However, today I’m chatting all about what I would bring on my hypothetical holiday as I have a few recommendations and keep thinking “damn if only I had a holiday booked”, to lots of products. It’s all about a light, hydrated base, all very low maintenance with some pops of colour!
The Daniel Sandler Watercolour blushers are one of those cult products in the beauty world. You wouldn’t necessarily know them if you’re just your average makeup wearer, but if you’re really into beauty it would be hard for them to not come under your radar. I actually tried one of them years ago in the shade Cherub, and I was really disappointed. After years of coveting it, I just couldn’t get it to work for me so I dismissed them as not worth the hype. However, I was offered the chance to try one of the new shades in the range Rose Glow, and given that my blush taste has changed a lot in the last few years I decided to give things another go.