Saturday, March 08, 2014
Recently i've found Libby's blog Life Of Libby, and i have no idea why i've only come across it now. Beautiful photography with lovely reviews, love her template as well.
Another blog i've been loving recently is Maddy's called Unstitchedd, really nice varied posts with (again) gorgeous photography.
Lipstick With Some Sunshine is another one of my favourites. I love Tammie's URL, her photography and her photo set ups, check out her youtube channel while you're there too!
The newest blog i've been reading is Brodie Jay. Brodie is a photography graduate, so of course her photography is on point. She has really nice in-depth reviews too.
Luce's blog Bonjour Luce has been a favourite of mine for a long time. She recently changed from Blogger to Squarespace, and her blog is now very pretty and simplistic. Oh and did i mention how lovely all her posts are?
If you are looking for nice in-depth reviews, but written in a friendly way i would definitely recommend Girl With Makeup. Emma's blog ticks all the boxes i look for in a blog, definitely a big aspiration for my blog.
And last but not least Jaye's blog Bed in the Kitchen. There's honestly nothing bad i can say about Jaye's blog - perfect writing, photography and blog template. Love her instagram too!
I thought i'd also give a quick mention to Aerin from Berrie-Blogs, her photos and blog posts are very fab (and i'm not just saying that because she is my best friend!)
I hope you've found some new blogs to read, or maybe you could leave some of your favourites below. Go give 'em all some love!
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Happiness. It's a funny one really. There are so many different meanings of happiness, and you won't find someone else feeling the same happiness as you are. According to Wikipedia, happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. This basically means that it really doesn't matter where you are physically, what you are doing or who you are with, but more the way you translate this into your head. Happiness can be a confusion, sometimes you are so caught up with constantly saying that your happy that you realise you're not, or that your sad when in reality - you're not. A lot of the time people take happiness for granted (including me). Happiness isn't always about a particular memory. Sometimes i remember having a great time, but never really remember what was happening or what went through my mind.
One way of making me feel happy is setting myself goals, or generally looking forward to things. Right now for example, i damn right can't wait for the weekend. But don't get too caught up in the future - live in the present, and i assure you, you will find happiness right now. Just look around you.
I certainly don't know where this post is going, but i'd just like to say that where ever you are, you should think about happiness. For most people, it doesn't come every day. I honestly have no idea why i keep making these post rambles, but i feel like my blog is a place for my thoughts to be filled with, not just a blank piece of paper to satisfy other peoples needs. (Selfish? No, my own happiness)
(P.S. If you are reading this then hello! I apologize for my kind of (ehem) deep post there, but i just felt the need to share my thoughts on happiness. I hope it doesn't sound mega cheesy, because in my head, it totally does)
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Simple Makeup is definitely my favourite. Minimal and neutral is probably my go-to look for most days if i'm not doing anything special. These two products fit perfectly into that category and are definitely my favourite ones at the moment.
I've been eyeing the Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colours for a while now, but the price tag kept putting me off. When i saw Alix from I Covet Thee mention the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in her favourites video, i couldn't help picking one up. The Super Lustrous Lipsticks are quite confusing, as they have four different finishes in the range- creamy, shine, matte and pearl. This is one of the shine ones in the shade 'Lovers Coral' which is a really sheer coral shade, although it's more of a my-lips-with-a-hint-of-coral. Really pretty and subtle for everyday wear, and such a gorgeous finish.
I've also been looking for a new concealer for quite a while now. I wanted one that wasn't too heavy or cakey, but still gave enough coverage to cover blemishes and spots. The Bourjois Happy Light Concealer does exactly that. The creamy texture blends effortlessly into the skin leaving a light feeling with a flawless finish. I like to use this instead of foundation on the areas i need it and it definitely lives up to the name. The only negative thing about this is the shade range, from what i recall they only have two shades, mine being the lightest. If you are a few shades lighter than this, i'd still recommend this, as it honestly looks like you're wearing next to nothing.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Okay i may have gotten the recipe from a cookbook (Roald Dahl to be exact) but still, they're something i eat literally all the time, they're so simple and verryy delicious. These are really great to share, for parties or even just for yourself. So heres the recipe!
- Spring Onions (chopped)
- Light Mayonnaise
First things first, take three wraps. These can be any sort- wholegrain is my personal favourite as it is slightly more filling. Lay out one wrap and evenly spread on some mayonnaise using a knife. Generously sprinkle on the spring onions and add on the cheese. Again this can be any sort of cheese that fits your taste buds! Add a second wrap on top of the previous one, and repeat the process (add the spring onions, cheese, light mayonnaise). Add yet another wrap on top. Now all you have to do is heat up a pan and put the wrap-sandwich into it - no need for butter or oil in the pan. After around 60 seconds flip the wrap over and let that heat for another 60 seconds. (Leave it on for more or less time if you want it less/more cooked). Cut up into quarters and its ready to eat!
This recipe is so simple, delicious and not too unhealthy.. in fact, i like using low-fat mayonnaise and cheese so i guess this counts as somewhat healthy? Anyway, I think this is a perfect recipe for Spring time, and maybe something you'll try out sometime.. let me know below!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Now that we've come to the end of February, it's time to announce the best posts of the month, let's make this short and sweet..
The To Do List (here) : I started off with a somewhat random post this month i talked about my version of New Year's Resolutions, in other words, my to do list!
Work That Frizz (here) : In an attempt to make the best of my frizzy hair, i took inspiration from Topshop's rustled hair beauties.
The Orange Lip (here) : I faced my fears by trying out some orange lippies for the upcoming spring time.
Sneaky Purchases (here) : Having ended my spending ban during the month of January, I decided to treat myself to some goodies.
The Tangleteezer (here) : I shared my love with the hyped-up Tangleteezer in another haircare post this month.
Topshop Makeup (here) : In a roundup of my Topshop makeup products, i told you my loves for (almost) every single one!
Although i'm generally happy with my posts this month, i didn't get to write any fashion posts as promised *hmph* sorry! (Read more on this subject in my Sunday Rambles)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
My blog is generally quite a positive place, but i also like giving 100% honest feedback. Although i do get most products to work for me, these three just didn't. Either i was disappointed in them, or i just dislike the product. I'm not saying that everyone won't like these products, they're just products i don't get on with. These could be some of your favourites! But for me, they get a thumbs down.
NYX Smokey Fumé PaletteI received this little palette in a gift set last year. The shades look quite pretty, but when i first saw this i knew i wouldn't get much wear out of it as i like to stay in my neutral comfort zone. Nevertheless, i gave it a go and the colours are quite pigmented, but doesn't really compete to any of my other palettes. The one thing that really bugs me about this though, is the colour-wear. As this palette is more of a one to wear in the evenings, you'd obviously want this to stay on all night. However, just touching your lid will scrape off half the colour. I know NYX is quite cheap, but i'm sure theres loads of other cheap palettes on the market that have better colour wear.
L'Oreal Superliner DuoThis eyeliner is more of a disappointing product. I was on the hunt for a good plain black eyeliner from the drugstore (i honestly couldn't believe how hard it was!) I found this one, and it looked quite nice, and it had a smudger at the end which is always useful for smokey eyes. There wasn't a tester in the shop, so i assumed it to be a nice black pigmented liner. No. No no no. First off, it's grey. Secondly the pigmentation is quite appalling, even for a grey liner. To try and make it work i used the smudger, but it blended it into, well, nothing! Big sad face on this one, does anyone know any good pencil black liners from the drugstore?!
Sleek Matte Me Lip CreamI bought this a while back, and i've only kept it for the purpose of telling you how horrible this is. I thought it sounded quite similar to the NYX ones, so i was excited to give it a try. Oh my god. I can't even begin to explain how awful this is. First off is how drying it is. I'm not just saying it clings to your dry skin on your lips, but it literally rips my skin off. Even swatching it on my hand. It's also incredibly hard to remove, and in the process of doing so, your lips will feel so horrible. This also means that if you accidentally apply it over where your lip line is, you may as well stay at home for the next few days. Although i despise this lip cream to my hearts content, i've heard people like Alix from I Covet Thee mentioning this in favourites videos, so i'm not sure whether it's just me, but this definitely wins the prize for Worst Product Ever Bought.
What are some products that you dislike?
Sunday, February 23, 2014
While i'm sitting here eating a freshly brownie (packet mix, hit me) and thinking of blog post ideas for the next week it struck me how much my blog really means to me. I must say i can be a 'perfectionist' in a way, i hate it when the lighting of my photos aren't perfect, or if i just can't get the right angle. Today i was trying to edit my blog theme / template, and it just annoyed me when it didn't turn out the way i wanted it to. At the end of last month i mentioned that i wanted the content of my blog to be quite varied, and more specifically have some more fashion posts up, but theres just one little thing - i can't. My blog is something quite personal, and as weird as it sounds, i get quite embarrassed when someone else takes pictures of me standing there posing, even if it is for a blog post. And especially after i spent a little too much than i care to admit in Topshop, i was urging to take some snaps. I've been looking around for a remote control to make this happen, but after seeing the amazing prices they have on Ebay - pleeease make it available to ship to Singapore!! - and the prices in shops, i decided to wait.
I feel like i'm never 100% happy with my blog, the photos, the template and generally the whole shabang, but it made me realise that i'll always have a goal to live up to, and although i'm pretty sure that time isn't going to come too soon, i'm excited. I love setting myself goals, because the fulfilment of them really warms my heart. Anyway, i didn't even know where i was going there. Sorry for the lack of posting this week and for this strange rambling (it's Post-Weekend Depression, probably!), i'll try to be more on it this week!