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Proactive Me

My attempt at organising my life.

Ok, so I've always been a little bit of an organisation freak. Any opportunity to buy new stationary or make a colour coded timetable, I'm already there. The new year is as good an excuse as any to feed my guilty pleasure, raid Paperchase, and attempt to get my life back on track. Having the things around me organised helps me to feel as productive and motivated as possible, and lets face it, as a chronic procrastinator, I need as much help as possible. So here are some tips that I swear by and thought I would share them with you.

Treat Yourself

I am a firm believer that if you buy new pair of trainers, you're going to want to run more often. However, since I don't do any sport and don't intend to start any time soon, I just use the same thought process and apply it to being more organised. If you have a nice pretty set of stationary that you're excited to use, it's going to motivate you to organise the different elements of your life. That's why I always start my new year with a trip to Paperchase, where I have been a local customer for many years now, and buy a selection of notebooks, organisers and a fresh diary for the year. This doesn't have to cost a fortune and you can buy as little or as much as you want but I would definitely recommend buying a little pocket diary to keep in your bag. Now I know that the majority of people, including myself, mainly now use their phone calendars to keep track of their lives. However, I do always get a hard copy diary as well, seems pretty pointless I know, I'm just more comfortable knowing I still have a record of any appointments or important dates in case something happens to my phone. Everyone works and thinks differently though so once you've found a system that works for you don't change it!





  1. 2017 Pocket Calendar - Navucko @ Paperchase
  2. A4 Clear Document Wallet - Paperchase
  3. Raindrops Desk Pad - Paperchase
  4. Make-up Brush Bag - H&M
  5. Gold Fleck iPhone 6 Case - Urban Outfitters
  6. Clip Set - Primark
  7. Black Linen A4 Sketchbook - Paperchase
  8. Agenzio Cahier Medium Grey Notebooks (3 pack) - Paperchase

Get in Sync

I can't stress how important this is, SYNC YOUR CALENDARS PEOPLE! Technology is so clever nowadays you can connect to pretty much everything, and by synchronising the devices that you use most often, in my case my phone and laptop, it makes scheduling and planning out your days so much more convenient. I have only done this myself fairly recently but honestly, it is life changing, I no longer have to add the same event multiple times, and if plans change, that same alteration is then consistent across all my apps. Taking it even further, synchronising your calendars to Facebook allows you to keep track of any events you've said you're interested in attending and also, reminds you of any upcoming birthdays that you would have probably forgotten about otherwise. It requires next to no time or effort and you instantly feel more like you know what you're doing with your time.

Take Note

Always carry a pen and paper, you never know when inspiration might strike. Whether its an idea for a blog post that pops into my head or just something I need to remember to do or buy, I always find it useful to be able to write things down whenever I need to and wherever I am. Luckily, my pocket diary I previously mentioned has a little notes section at the back, so I've kind of got a two in one that takes up minimal space in my bag.


Plan Ahead

At the very least, have as much as possible of your next week planned in advance. Fill in a weekly planner with any commitments, deadlines and events that you have already committed to, then you'll be able to see what you can realistically add to that schedule or see if you've stretched yourself too thin. Personally, I like to do this for the next month so I avoid double booking myself and I can physically see the days when I'm more busy, therefore it is easier to make plans for the days I have more free time. 

Back it Up

Invest in an external hard drive so you can back up your laptop or computer. If you're anything like me, your whole life is on your laptop. Not only is the majority of my work stored on my laptop, but also my entire life's worth of photos and memories. I would be completely devastated if anything was to happen to my laptop and I'd lost all of that. Backing up your laptop is a really easy solution to that problem, the external hard drive that I picked up was the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB and I would highly recommend for use with both Mac and Windows.

Buy a Water Bottle

Now this tip is less about organisation and more about being proactive in leading a healthier life. I recently bought a 'Dot' water bottle by Joseph & Joseph and I'm in love with it. It is simply a refillable plastic water bottle that counts how many times you've refilled the bottle that day, tracking your daily hydration. For someone that struggles to drink as much water as I should throughout the day, this has helped me so much. I know that I should be drinking between 3 and 4 bottles of water a day and because the the lid tracks your intake, it motivates me to get to that 4th dot by the end of the day and has so far proved to be successful. I'm a firm believer that drinking enough water has a direct affect on the rest of your day. You feel less tired, prevents headaches, improves your skin and can even aid in weight loss, so its definitely a habit that I want to maintain.

Meal Plan

I do my food shopping online, so to make sure I remember to buy everything I need for the next two weeks, I plan my meals in advance. As I cook for just me, it's very hard to buy ingredients for just  one portion, so I tend to cook enough for about 4 people and freeze the extra portions for later on in the week. Not only is this more cost effective, but it also cuts down the amount of time spent in the kitchen. Meal planning has many advantages, it minimises food waste, cuts out time wasted thinking about what to have for dinner and finally, cuts the cost of your shop as you're not tempted to buy food you might not eat.

Give it a Home

Everything you own should ideally have a dedicated place within your home. Whether that's some spare leads that have been lying around or your collection of sunglasses, if your items have a specific place they belong, then your home environment will feel more organised and productive. Now that doesn't mean the items have to be hidden away, for example, my scarves are all hung on a multi rack clothes hanger that is on display on the side of my drawers. This means that every time I want to wear a scarf I can easily find the one I want and it's just as easy to put it away when I'm done, which means my room doesn't get into too much of a mess.

File it Away

Important documents are just that, important. So they need to be stored together somewhere that is easy to access and sorted in a way so you can find exactly what you need. I personally think expanding files are perfect for exactly this. They have different sections for things like banking, health, travel, education, whatever you may need. They're available in all different sizes and they're pretty inexpensive. I always file my documents in chronological order so I don't have to rifle through the entire section of paperwork.

Catalogue your Clothes

This is probably my favourite tip of the lot, figure out a system by which to organise all of the clothes hung up in your wardrobe. Personally, I sort my clothes by colour and then into their own categories. This makes picking an outfit each morning SO much easier as I know exactly where to find every item I own. Organising by colour is pretty self explanatory, as you can see my wardrobe goes from yellow, all the way through to black and white and then more patterned pieces on the end. However, the different categories are a bit more tricky to organise. What I've found works best for me is from left to right, I have sections for shirts, jumpers, short dresses, long dresses, playsuits, jumpsuits, jackets and then coats. Now this system might not work for everyone, but I would highly recommend figuring out your own system that makes sifting through your own wardrobe much more simple. Another useful tip to consider when organising a wardrobe is that hangers really matter. Thin felt hangers are the way forward! Not only do they save an insane amount of space and let you fit way more into your wardrobe, the felt material stops your pieces falling off and disappearing to the back of your wardrobe.


Prioritise

As much as I love to make a 'to do' list, prioritising is essential. If you're going to have an endless list of things that need to get done, choose three that are the most important to get done that day in order to be more realistic in what you expect from yourself. That way it allows you to focus on a maximum of three things at a time, rather than getting panicked over all of the other things on your mind. It also means you don't feel as disappointed if you don't quite manage to tick absolutely everything off on the list.

Overestimate

If you're setting yourself a task, be sure to allow more than enough time to complete it. Personally, I am awful at time management, and a task that should take an hour will take me nearer to two. By overestimating the time need, you feel less pressure and more often than not will produce better work. Also, it allows you a bit of freedom if something doesn't quite go to plan as you still have plenty of time left to fix things.

Thanks for reading, I hope you found a few of these tips useful, I'll see you in Paperchase.

Cxx


Introducing Cerys Swales

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me...


1 Out of 4

I am the eldest of 4 Swales children, I have one brother and two sisters, William who is 17, Phoebe who is 14 and Evie who is 9. There is a 10 year age gap between Evie (the youngest) and I which definitely has its advantages, it gives me an excuse to watch any 'kids' film or TV programme with absolutely no judgement, we particularly enjoy a Barbie film or two. Needless to say, our house is never really quiet but that's just one of the reasons I love coming from a big family. I just couldn't imagine growing up without having people around me to play with at any time or more likely, just argue with. Even if they do get on my nerves sometimes (mainly William, got to give him some credit, he has truly mastered the role of annoying brother) or try to push me out of my own bedroom (Yes, I'm talking to you Phoebe) I wouldn't change them for the world.


Cello... You got a Bass!

When I was younger I just LOVED music, I tried to learn absolutely every musical instrument I had the chance to get my hands on. I attempted the recorder, violin, piano, guitar and even the harp for a while. Even though I absolutely loved it, unfortunately the nearest teacher was a 40 minute drive from my house, so I ultimately had to quit. Eventually I settled for the Cello, which I played from around the age of 7 up until I was 15 and I reached grade 7. I did some amazing things with my school orchestras both in primary and secondary school. We got to compete in various competitions and perform all over the country. Every few years we even had the opportunity to tour parts of Europe (admittedly it was more of a holiday than a professional trip but still fun either way). However, I felt a lot of pressure in school around the time of my GCSE's and just didn't have the same passion for playing anymore so felt like it had turned into a waste of my time. I do sometimes regret quitting as I do think it's an amazing thing to be able to play an instrument beautifully and fluently, and I have a lot of respect for those people that do as it requires a great deal of commitment and discipline that I just don't have.


A Taste for Textiles

In secondary school, Textiles was without a doubt my favourite subject. I loved the freedom of it, you could just design and make anything you could dream up. I would always be the one who was perhaps a bit too keen in class and actually took it seriously and wanted to work, whereas everyone else treated it as a chilled free lesson. Seems silly now but I was so proud of everything I made, from a little strawberry beanie hat up to a nautical themed cushion, I'd designed everything from scratch and I think that's probably where my love for creating stemmed from. I went on to do GCSE Textiles too which I loved even more as we got to study current fashion designers and how their style and collections had evolved through time. I was absolutely devastated when I found out that my Sixth Form did not offer Textiles or even Design as an A Level, I even considered going to the local college instead so I could continue to study fashion. In all honesty, I don't think I could tell you if I made the right decision or not, but I am sure that if I had continued to study textiles past GCSE, my current career path and life choices could have been very different.

Explorer?... Not so much

I have never been outside of Europe. I have been very lucky in my life so far to have been able to go on many amazing holidays and trips both with my family and otherwise. However, I do tend to revisit the same few countries multiple times and just explore different areas. Although I still get to see new things and have new experiences, its not quite the same as exploring a completely new country and their unique culture. Even though I would love to travel outside of Europe in the near future, I am desperate to go to New York, there are still so many places left both in Europe and even some cities in the UK that I need to see. Here are my top 5 places that I want to explore at the moment:
  1. New York
  2. Reykjavik
  3. The Maldives
  4. Amsterdam
  5. Edinburgh


Exam Anxiety

I've always considered myself as reasonably academic, but unfortunately I really don't cope well with exams. I feel quite confident when I'm doing coursework as I can take my time, within reason,  without feeling that overwhelming pressure you get when sitting in an exam hall. As a self confessed perfectionist, I find it really hard to just move on to the next question when I know my answer for the current question I'm working on isn't quite right or finished yet. Therefore, I'd always end up missing out a huge chunk at the end of the question paper and consequently not performing as well as I potentially could. Thankfully I now do a course in university which is 100% coursework based so strangely, even though it's arguably way more work than I've ever had to do before, I feel far less overwhelmed when I compare it to how stressed I was during my A level exams.  

Wannabe Entrepreneur

As I'm sure I made clear in my previous blog post, Put A Ring On It... My Ever Expanding Jewellery Collection, I have always been slightly obsessed with all things Jewellery. When I was about 13 - 14, I taught myself how to make various pieces of jewellery and considered myself as quite the little business woman so started my own handmade jewellery business, Cerys' Creations (I was 13 you'll have to excuse the awful name). Never doing anything by halves, I designed my own little logo using word art (A true classic) and a set of business cards so I was ready to go, I ordered 500, in hindsight I might have been a little optimistic. It was surprisingly successful, I did a few jewellery parties with family friends and used to sell at craft fairs and in the staff room at my secondary school. Not only did I sell my own designs but I also repaired any jewellery I could and even took a few custom orders. I used to love spotting the few people around my local village who were wearing my designs but unfortunately it became too time consuming to continue making jewellery when I had upcoming exams to revise for.

Head Girl

There's not really much else to say other than when I was 10 I was elected Head Girl of my primary school, yes primary school, even more humiliating. At the time I thought it was the most important job I could have, I thought I'd make loads of really important decisions and make my school a far better place. My mum even sent me flowers in school to congratulate me, slightly embarrassing. In reality of course there is only so much influence a 10 year old can have on their own education so my role in the school was pretty much just to wear a badge, have my picture taken at school events and attempt to convince my classmates I had some sort of authority.

I Can't Drive

Yes, I still have to carry that pathetic green provisional license in my purse. I am 20 this year and I've still never even sat in the drivers seat of a car, let alone attempted to drive one. My brother William only turned 17 a few months ago and has already got his own car, passed his theory and is doing his practical test very soon. Some people would say it is embarrassing that my younger sibling is driving before me, I would probably agree with you but on the other hand, I have managed to go three years without paying for a car, insurance, and fuel so who's the real winner? On a serious note though, I am genuinely terrified of driving. I just think I am going to be awful so its probably best for me to keep off the road as long as possible and avoid endangering any lives, including my own. 

 Camera Shy

Now this is a little bit misleading as I do actually love taking pictures and the average person would probably say I take way too many pictures of myself. Selfies, I'm completely fine with as I'm in control, I can see what I look like, I can control the lighting and the angle and capture my best side. Ironically though, despite just starting a fashion blog on which I've promised to share pictures of my outfits and what I do and wear in my day to day life, I actually hate having my picture taken by other people. I know its vain, I just think that I come across a lot better in selfies and find it very uncomfortable to know what to stand or pose like when I can't see what I'm doing. Thats why you won't see many pictures of me that aren't selfies, and on the rare occasion someone else does take a picture of me, I'm usually in the middle of a group so I can cover myself up a bit and look less awkward.

Stuck in the 00s'

So my taste in music is a little outdated, my favourite playlist resembles something I would've listened to at a primary school disco, everyone knows a party isn't a party until 'Murder on the Dance Floor' by Sophie Ellis-Bextor makes an appearance. I do occasionally listen to Radio 1 and the charts but other than that I just listen to the albums I grew up with, its nostalgic but also a little bit sad. Keane - Hopes & Fears released in 2004, is my all time favourite album, and I'm still not bored of it 13 years later. I received Sara Bareilles - Little Voice for my 10th birthday and it still features some of my favourite songs. Some of the other classic 00s' artists I embarrassingly listen to are Avril Lavigne, Katie Melua and Kelly Clarkson. So if you're every hosting a 00s' party and need a good playlist, I'm your girl.

Put A Ring On It...

My Ever Expanding Jewellery Collection



It has to be said that buying jewellery has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, a trait that I'm sure has been passed down through my family as both my Gran and Mum are also pretty avid jewellery hoarders. I'm rarely seen without any jewellery on and permanently have a selection of rings on my fingers. Here's a not so interesting fact - I only wear rings on my left hand as I am right handed and find it IMPOSSIBLE to do anything if I have jewellery on my right hand. I just feel like jewellery and accessories can add so much to even the most basic of outfits and having a wide selection of jewellery allows you to re-wear and re-style items to your hearts content. My personal collection is a combination of high end and high street jewellery. I tend to look for more affordable trend based jewellery and then if I find I'm wearing a particular item a lot, I'll then look to invest in a better quality version. As I have been building this collection for years now, most of these products will be out of season and not in store any more, but I'll try to link my most recent additions. 

Everyday Jewellery

No matter what other jewellery I might be wearing that day, these few pieces always remain consistent. I think these rings are beautiful anyway, but the main reason I choose to wear them everyday is their sentimental value. For example, the Entwined Hearts Ring from Pandora that I wear on my ring finger was an 18th birthday gift from my boyfriend Dylan. I also wear another two Pandora rings, my mum bought me and my sisters matching rings last Christmas. The Delicate Heart Ring and the Heart Stacking Ring I wear on my middle finger and are perfect for layering multiple rings. On top of those I wear a set of three rings which I also received for my 18th birthday. They're handmade in Wales and contain polished glass from a local beach,  as I was leaving for university, my mum thought it would be nice to always have a little bit of home close to me. 


I also wear my watch every day, I feel completely disoriented without it. To be honest I could do with replacing my current Storm watch, it was a gift for my 16th birthday and was my first 'proper' watch but it has now seen better days. There's a similar version still available on the Storm website which I'll link here

Favourite Jewellery Brand - Bibi Bijoux

My most worn and loved jewellery is all by a brand my Gran introduced me to a few years ago now, Bibi Bijoux. As a family we're all pretty much obsessed with this brand. My Gran, Mum, Auntie and I all have several pieces of jewellery from this brand, some pieces even matching each other and it has consequently become a bit of an unspoken tradition to either give or receive pieces from this brand as gifts for Christmas and/or Birthdays. Bibi Bijoux is an affordable luxury jewellery brand that provides quality pieces that are both beautiful and make a statement. Here are the pieces that I currently own. My personal favourite is actually a heart charm necklace that I received as a gift from my Gran and was the first Bibi Bijoux piece I ever owned.

Bibi Bijoux Necklaces
Bibi Bijoux Necklaces
Bibi Bijoux Pendant Necklace
Bibi Bijoux Logo Charms
Bibi Bijoux Selection of Bracelets, Earrings and Rings
Bibi Bijoux Leather Charm Necklace

Earrings

Probably the largest element of my collection. Within the last year or so I have found a new love for earrings so there have consequently been quite a few additions to my jewellery stand. Probably sounds stupid to most people, but I just feel so more much more put together if I've got earrings in and I love that you can either be really subtle or make a statement. Short hair and statement earrings has to be one of my favourite styling combinations, I sadly have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it. But here are the earrings I wear and love. 

Hoops

I used to be completely against wearing hoop earrings, I thought they were chavvy and just outdated in general. However, as they have become more prominent within current fashion trends, I am now a complete convert and they take up almost a third of my entire earring collection. I have a selection of colours and sizes, and I particularly love my big battered gold hoops from H&M. I have also found a few surprisingly good sets of hoops from Primark. 

Large Drop Earrings

These are a selection of my larger, more statement pairs of drop earrings. As you will probably have figured out by now, hearts feature quite heavily throughout my entire jewellery collection. I couldn't really tell you why I just seem to find lots of jewellery I love that happens to have hearts on. I also mainly own silver jewellery however, I have now started to pick up more rose gold and gold pieces and feel more confident in mixing metal finishes, which I never felt I could do before.

Small Drop Earrings

These are my more everyday earrings as they are subtle and easy to wear, regardless of whether I'm wearing my hair is up or down. The most recent addition to this collection are the rose gold Bronzo Italia Heart Design Openwork Earrings (bottom right) which I received as a christmas present this year. 

Stud Earrings

Now that I have found a new love for all things earrings, I tend to wear my studs much less as they're a little bit more plain and boring in comparison to some of my more statement, newer additions.  However, I thought I would still show you my little selection of studs. 

Rings

Outside of the rings that I wear every day, I rarely wear any more as I hate wearing rings on my right hand and I think I've reached the maximum amount of rings I can get away with wearing on my left. Therefore, I don't really own very many more rings as I just wouldn't get any wear out of them. However, I do love these few rings and can't bare myself to part with them because of sentimental value again, so I keep them in my jewellery box anyway just incase I fancy switching things up one day. 

Necklaces

Ok so admittedly, I own way too many necklaces for one person. However, I am going to defend the hoarder within me and say that I actually NEED to have this wide selection as different clothing items and necklines require different styles of necklace and I really hate having a bare neck. Therefore, my collection is not excessive, I'm just well prepared for all occasions. These are the necklaces that I own that are not included in my Bibi Bijoux collection. 

Long Pendants


 Chokers 


 Delicate Chains


Short Pendants

Statement


Beaded

Other



 Bracelets

Finally, I don't own many bracelets that aren't Bibi Bijoux, so this selection is pretty small. Other than a few bangles and smaller bracelets though, I do own a Sweetie Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet by Links of London that I adore. Although I have now accumulated a selection of various charms, my personal favourite is my Sterling Silver Bee Happy Charm



So that's everything in my current jewellery collection! I blame my Gran entirely for this fascination with anything remotely shiny but I wouldn't change it for the world. Thanks for reading.

Cxx

My Everyday Makeup


A selection of my favourite beauty products, all used to create this super simple makeup look!

For When You Only Have 20 Minutes to Spare...

This is my basic makeup routine that I follow every day without fail. It's quick, simple, and the neutral tones allow me to change it up and wear any lip colour I might be fancying that day. For me, this look is so adaptable that I can easily take it from day to night by just adding a little bit more depth and smokiness to my eyes. I have extremely sensitive skin and it has proven to be quite a challenge for me to find beauty products, in particular skincare, moisturisers and foundation, that I am not allergic to. However, I have been using most of these products for years now and they're my tried and tested favourites that I will continue to repurchase for years to come. 


Prep & Prime

After cleansing my face, I use my Estée Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Serum. Although this product is perhaps most renowned for its anti-ageing properties, as I am only 19 I can't really comment on how effective that is just yet. However, I do still love this serum and use it religiously as it smooths my skin and makes it feel and look more radiant and healthy, providing me with a beautiful base to start my makeup routine. I then follow that with my trusted moisturiser, Clinique - dramatically different moisturizing lotion, which is my most long loved product. As I have reasonably dry skin, this product is perfect for me as its rich, creamy formula provides all day hydration and overtime has taken some of the dryness out of my skin. I cannot recommend this moisturiser enough and if I ever skip this step it is fully evident in my makeup application. Although the lotion is best on dry skin, Clinique have also released a gel product from the same range aimed at people with more oily skin which I will link for you here. The final step preparing my skin for make up application is primer. I have a few favourite primers including cult product Benefit - The POREfessional, but for the past few months I've been using The Body Shop - All-in-One Instablur and loving it! It mattifies skin, reduces the appearance of pores and most importantly helps your makeup last all day!

Choose Your Weapons...

As I've become more interested in all things beauty over the past year or so, my makeup brush collection has consequently expanded. These are just a few of my personal favourites that are must haves in my every day makeup bag. 
1. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - I LOVE this sponge, I repurchased it countless times over the years and will continue to do so, I simply swear by it. I use it everyday to blend my concealer and my liquid foundation as it guarantees a uniform, flawless coverage. 
2. I use a double ended brush to fill in my eyebrows with an angle brush at one end and a spoolie brush at the other, such as this brush by Eylure. I've found this tool makes achieving a natural looking, well-groomed eyebrow super easy as you can get a sharp shape with the angle brush and brush out any excess product using the spoolie. 
3. I use the A14 Brow Definer Brush by Spectrum Collections to apply eyeshadow to my lower lash line which I can then smudge and blend out with a fluffy brush. 
4. I use the B06 Tall Tapered Blender by Spectrum Collections to apply and blend eyeshadow to my eyelid and crease.
5. I use the C07 Luxe Tapered Sculptor by Spectrum Collections to apply my powder contour and sculpt my face. 
6. I use the Body Shop Face & Body Brush to apply my all in one powder on the entirety of my face and also blend my contour further to ensure I avoid any harsh lines. 

Face: Base, Contour & Highlight

I start with my Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in the shade Ivory, I apply a sheer layer of this all over my face using my blending sponge, just to even out my complexion. Then I apply a cult product, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, in shade Fair 1 under my eyes and on any areas I want to highlight such as my nose, forehead and chin. I then use the same sponge again to make sure both products are blended on my face. Next I grab my Body Shop All In One Face Base in shade 03 and apply that all over my face to matte my skin and set the products I've already used so they last as long as possible. I then take my Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light, using the darker colour I apply the product to the hollows of my cheeks and blend to try and define my nonexistent cheekbones and then apply it under my jaw in an attempt to disguise my double chin (I'm not sure it works!) This also adds some much needed colour to my pale complexion. Finally, I finish my face makeup using my Sleek Makeup Highlighter palette in Solstice. This is one of the most beautifully pigmented highlighters I have ever tried and its a complete steal at only £9.99! I apply the baked powder in the bottom right of that palette to my cheekbones, nose and cupids bow. 


Eyes & Lips

Starting with my eyebrows, I thought I would just mention that I have my eyebrows professionally threaded and tinted on a regular basis. I find this makes my everyday makeup routine SO much easier! For the first week or so I don't even have to touch my eyebrows as they're dark and well shaped, but even from then on having that basic shape to work with makes filling your eyebrows in so  simple! Personally I find using a powder product works best as its pretty much fool proof! You can achieve a sharp line using an angle brush, you can apply less powder where you want your eyebrows to look lighter and, its easy enough to brush out product using a spoolie if you've accidentally been a bit heavy handed. The powder that I've been using for years is actually part of an eyeshadow palette by Clinique. However,  Clinique have released a Pretty Easy Brow Palette that has a similar colour and formula. 

After I've finished my eyebrows I move onto my eyes, for todays look I am using the Estée Lauder Deluxe Pure Color Envy Eye and Cheek Palette which I received as part of the Estée Lauder The Makeup Artist Collection. For everyday eyeshadow I use very neutral shades and try to subtly emphasise my crease and my lower lash line. I apply the lightest shade in the palette (top left) to the inner corner to try and brighten my eyes. I then apply the light ash brown shade (4th top left) all over my lid and blend a bit of the light purple shade (5th top left) into the outer corner and my crease. I then used the same light purple shade to define my lower lash line and smoked it out a bit so it wasn't as defined. Finally, to complete my eye look I applied my new favourite mascara which is Faux to Go by H&M. An unexpected find, this mascara does wonders for my lashes, it lengthens and thickens and is a complete bargain at only £7.99. The last step to complete my everyday makeup is lips. I tend to change this day to day depending what mood I'm in or what I'm wearing. Today I went for a lipgloss, which is slightly unusually for me as I tend to stick to matte lips. The gloss I'm using also came as part of the Estée Lauder The Makeup Artist Collection and is a Red Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss. I actually really love how this product applied and looks, and it surprisingly lasted a very long time before I had to reapply. 

 

The Final Look...

There you have it, my everyday makeup look. I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my most loved products and I've encouraged you to give a few of them a go. 
Thanks for reading! Cxx


January Sales 2017


New Year, New Wardrobe.

It's that time of year again, our banks accounts are all looking slightly worse for wear following the splurge that comes with all of our favourite Christmas festivities; yet the shopaholics within us still just cannot resist a good bargain. You can't beat the buzz that comes with the realisation that the perfect piece you've been lusting after for weeks is finally justifiably within your reach. Whether that be the most beautiful party dress, or a statement pair of shoes to sass up your everyday look, it would simply be rude not to treat yourself. For me, with the added bonus of student discount, the January Sales prove me with the ideal opportunity to either save some money on a few investment pieces or to push myself out of my comfort zone and experiment with a selection of more affordable, trend based items. Not forgetting the bargains that can also be found in the beauty department, the New Year is the perfect time to restock your make-up collection with your tried and tested favourites, or even revamp your look and try something new.
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