Everyday face of the day

I’m a poet and I didn’t know it! (From the title… geddit?)

Anyway, how are we all? Fine and dandy I hope!
So today I thought I’d show you my everyday, I’m-not-doing-anything-particularly-special-today make up. This is my go to look which includes some of my staple products like my Rimmel foundation, Mac Arena eyeshadow and Nars Laguna bronzer, so here it is:

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I’m wearing:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation mixed with a little Rimmel BB Cream as a base
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation Concealer
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Deep Throat Blush
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Mac Arena Eyeshadow on the lid, Mac Mystery in the crease, as eyeliner and under my eye
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
A little bit of Rimmel’s Coral Queen Lipstick lightly dabbed across my lips and blended out

What is your everyday make up look? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to take a look!

Rx

Top 10 festival essentials

I’M GOING TO GLASTONBURY! *Dances around the room*

Glastonbury Festival is my very favourite place on this Earth (from the bits I’ve seen of it anyway!) And as I’m a bit of a festival goer I thought I’d share with you some festival essentials and tips that I’ve picked up along the way!

Drink responsibly kids.

Drink responsibly kids.

1. Dry shampoo becomes a valuable commodity – stock up and use it to barter with.

2. Only take make up you won’t care about when you drop it in mud – leave the high end stuff at home!

3. Don’t wear jeans, wear tights! Seriously, the best piece of advice I can give.

4. Baby wipe washes are grim but get used to them – don’t be the twat who queues up for 5hours for a shower and miss all the music.

5. SUNCREAM

6. Don’t expect to look fashionable and you’ll never be let down.

7. You may get urinated on at some point during the festival, mentally prepare yourself.

8. Try to think when you’re going to need the toilet… then set off a good hour or so before hand to avoid embarrassment.

9. Talk to everyone. From the strange to the sublime you meet people from all walks of life at a festival, embrace it.

10. Forget all the rules and just have an incredible time.

Peace and love,

Rx

Visions of the Universe exhibition

The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.

— attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never was this quote more true than at the Visions of the Universe exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Tower of gas in the Eagle Nebula. Photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope, 2005 (NASA)

Tower of gas in the Eagle Nebula. Photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope, 2005 (NASA)

The exhibition is a celebration of outer space and it’s awe-inspiring beauty. Visions of the universe showcases pictures of galaxies, nebulae and millions upon millions of stars – it is simply a breath-taking experience.

I confess, I am a massive space geek. I think it is the most interesting, captivating and astonishing subject to read, watch and listen about. Exhibitions like Visions of the Universe are vital in making cosmology accessible to the public. I really admire people like Professor Brian Cox and the late Sir Patrick Moore for allowing the public to experience all aspects of space, physics and ultimately, life itself. I simply adore watching programmes like The Sky At Night but seeing the photographs for real is something else.

The images in the exhibition are simply incredible. Using different filters for different gases, the images of space burst into colour. I decided not to take photos in there to show you as it just would not do the photos justice. The photo to the right of the Eagle Nebula was taken by the Hubble Telescope from NASA and gives a glimpse of the sort of photos in the exhibition. The images from all over the world are truly, some of the most spectacular images I’ve ever seen.

The thing I find so amazing about space is just how vast it is and how small we are. When you look at nebulae which collapse in on themselves to become hundreds of galaxies and in just one of those galaxies there may be billions of stars and around each one of those stars there are planets and on one of those planets there is life and in those billions of people there is me. It’s just mind-blowing and I love it.

If you like me, love space, its beauty and its magnificence then I cannot recommend Visions of the Universe enough. Its £8 to get in, members go free and runs until the 15th September.

Anyone else a space geek? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Review | Urban Decay Primer Potion

Why, oh why, have I not tried Urban Decay Primer Potion before now?

I have quite oily eyelids and recently I have tried to combat this with many other eyeshadow primers… They were all useless! In fact, my eyeshadow stayed on better when I just used a cream eyeshadow underneath (Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo being my favourite) rather than the cheap primers I’d tried.

But alas, I saw sense and bought the eyeshadow primer that every beauty blogger and vlogger has raved about since it was released. Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.

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So the product itself: You know when you go to a counter and they reel off reasons x, y and z why their product is going to revolutionise your life and you just won’t be complete without it? Well this time Urban Decay are actually telling the truth!

I kid you not dear friends, my eyeshadow goes on more vibrant, doesn’t crease and stays on all day! It’s incredible stuff. Seriously good, and for the quality of the product, I really don’t think the price is too bad. The Primer Potion comes in two or three other shades but I stuck with the original which dries nude. The packaging is great, it has a small nozzle so only a small amount is dispensed and I love the whole potion-bottle, mystical and magical vibe! I bought the travel size tube as a tester which cost £8 and considering how little you need for each eye, I can see this tube lasting me a decent length of time.

So yes, Primer Potion will now be a firm staple in my make up bag and I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you have oily eyelids! You can pick it up from Debenhams and House of Fraser in the UK.

Have you tried Primer Potion? What do you think? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner

Apologies for the lack of posts this last ten days or so but I do have a good excuse, honest! I went on holiday to Cornwall with some family and friends and it was marvellous. I didn’t realise how much I needed to get out of London until I left and I feel so much better for doing so, but I’ll save that story for another post.

AussieAs I was in Cornwall I donned my wetsuit and did some body boarding in the sea, which of course means hair drenched in salt water, which means hair like straw ordinarily. Which leads me on to what I wanted to talk to you about today is the simply stunning Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner from Aussie.

I picked up some Aussie shampoo and conditioner for my holidays for three reasons:

1) My ordinary shampoo/conditioner is the Tigi Curlesque range in giant salon size bottles which are less than practical for travel!
2) I’d used Aussie before at a friend’s house and was really pleased with the results on my hair.
3) It was on offer. *Confession time* Most of the things I buy are because they’re on offer – I can’t help it, I can’t resist a bargain!

I am so glad I bought this shampoo and conditioner – it was like a refreshing drink for my hair after the salty sea water had dehydrated it everyday. I washed my hair everyday on holiday (I couldn’t not with all that salt!) but the Aussie range didn’t make my hair greasy from over washing. The conditioner in particular was brilliant for rescuing my salt-ridden locks.

There’s more to life than hair but it’s a good place to start
– The Aussie Philosophy

Furthermore, my hair is dyed, with bleach, which also dries out hair and using Miracle Moist really felt like my hair was being nourished. My hair felt soft, shiny, lucious and healthy. I am definitely going to use this again – I’ll probably use these once a week or so to inject some moisture into my hair. And I think I’m going to try out the 3-Minute Miracle Recontructor (aka hair mask) too.

If you’re suffering with dry hair or heading to the beach (and want your hair to be manageable) I would really recommend giving the Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner a go. Plus, they’re usually on offer in either Boots or Superdrug which makes them a little cheaper!

Have you tried Aussie shampoo and conditioner before? What did you think? What do you use to inject some moisture into your hair? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Review | Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover

You may (or may not) have noticed from earlier posts that I’m quite pale. I’m fair skinned, blonde and generally very pasty. Whilst I enjoy being fair and blonde it is a royal pain in the arse on two counts:
1. I burnt like a bitch. Seriously, the sun hates me. The first sign of sun and I start burning, and after 24years you’d think I’d learn how to deal with such things but no, year on year I get caught out by the sun!
2. I have ridiculously pale eyebrows and eyelashes which means if I don’t apply mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow etc so my eyes don’t look sunken into my head!

As I personally think my eyes are my best feature I’m keen to define them and show them off. For a standard day I would use a little bit of shadow through my crease to define (usually Mac’s Mystery or Sable) then slick over some black eyeliner (my current favourite being the Rimmel Glam’Eyes liquid eyeliner) and finally some black mascara. Once I’ve done all that it looks like I have eyes! Yes!

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This stuff is brilliant. I just pop some on a cotton pad, and take off my make up with it. It loosens your make up really quickly, it’s very gentle, it just feels like water on your eyelids – it’s not chemically or abrasive in any way. It removes all my make up quickly and easily – a great product! Plus, the bottle is quite big – you only need a few drops of the stuff for each eye – so it lasts ages!

I don’t like to use make up wipes as they can be quite drying on my skin so I love this separate eye makeup remover. It’s just a wonderful product. It costs £8 from the Body Shop.

Have you tried this? What did you think? What is your male up remover of choice?? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Clinique three-step skincare

My skin has been looking a bit lack-lustre of late (ooh alliteration) so I thought I’d change up my skincare regime. One of my good friends raves about the Clinique three step regime. This skincare range is one of Clinique’s most famous and well know ranges. And as the cornerstone of their product range I thought I would give it a go.

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I have skin type two (dry combination) and I bought the trial, tester size pack to start. The kit lasts 4-6weeks according to the nice lady at the counter.

You get:
Liquid Facial Soap Mild
Clarifying Lotion
Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion

I used the range last night and this morning – the first two days on my month of Clinique. So far in two days) it seems good, the wash is nice and the moisturiser is rich and feels quite nourishing, the clarifying lotion does seem a little abrasive but, I’ve never used an exfoliant like it before so it may just be me!

Anyway, I will report back when I’ve used up the kit to let you know my verdict!
Make sure you follow my blog and then you’ll be notified with the results as well as all the other things I’ll be writing about in between!

Rx

Emirates Air Line

The Emirates Air Line is losing money, rapidly. And I can understand why. The Air Line links North Greenwich, which is home to the o2 and Royal Victoria Docks, which is home to virtually nothing. There is hardly anything at Royal Victoria, just some houses and remnants of the London’s dock yards – which are quite nice to see but not worth a day trip to. But regardless, me and a friend had a spare day so thought we’d go ride the Air Line to see what its all about.

We boarded at North Greenwich, went over the river to Royal Victoria, stayed in our cable car and went back to North Greenwich. It was a beautiful day and the views were stunning – you can see all of Canary Wharf, Greenwich, the Olympic Park, the Thames Gateway, it’s pretty spectacular.

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All in all, the views are amazing but I’m not entirely sure why they built the Air Line. It doesn’t connect useful points – I mean as good as the o2 is, you only go when you’re going to a concert… It’s not got great tourist appeal as it is all the way out in Greenwich; there are much more interesting things to do in central. Unfortunately I don’t see the Air Line making money any time soon as most of the cable cars were empty (and we weren’t charged for our trip!) I’m just not sure what they can do to improve traffic… I had a lovely time though, seeing great views in the sunshine, so if you’re out that way and you’ve got a spare half an hour, give it a go!

Have you been on the Air Line? What did you think? Would you go all the way out to Greenwich to go on it? Leave links and comments below!

Rx