Sunday, 11 December 2016

A chilled out Sunday, my new favourite coat and life lately


Recently life's gotten a bit.... well, weird. Back in August my work relocated so I've been doing a 100 mile round trip each day, and the dark nights and long drives are playing havoc with my energy levels and leaving me feeling run down despite the fact that I really enjoy what I do. I'm on my second cold of the season now and that's quite unusual for me. Here's hoping it's the last for this year!

I also had a bit of a health scare, which wasn't much fun. I'm still being monitored but it looks like things are actually fine, so that's good! The waiting for tests and unpleasant doctors appointments while life went on wasn't easy. I'm paranoid about my health at the best of times (do not, ever, google things). I wanted support from the people around me during a worrying time but it's just not the sort of thing you talk about. While I was waiting to find out what was or wasn't up with me the only people I really told were Mat and my Mum, and even though they've both been amazing I did feel quite alone at times. Now that I know what was actually wrong I feel like I've relaxed so much and a weight has been lifted. Maybe I'll address that on the blog at some point. We should talk more, right?

So with all that going on I've been on high alert for the last month or so, struggling to stay awake and concentrate during the day and lying awake scared to death at night. It's not exactly a recipe for joy! And that's why I've been taking things a hell of a lot slower both in real life and on the blog. I've only been making time for the things that make me genuinely happy.


These days we all really struggle to actually look after ourselves. I know that this big movement towards self care and Hygge and 'taking time for you' probably seems like a load of old crap to some, but is vital for others. Like many women my age if you live a busy life, struggle with your mental (or physical) health, have to check your bank balance before treating yourself to lunch from the M&S sandwich van (which is babin' by the way) or feel like the internet is closing in around you, then slowing down and taking stock is a very important thing. It's totally ok to not be totally bossing it every minute of the day when you're going through a rough time.

So after a boozey, stereotypically mahem-filled but really rather fun company Christmas party on Friday I took the rest of the weekend to mostly do nothing. On Saturday I lay upon my gloriously hungover deathbed force-feeding myself Pringles and brownie bites with my gorgeous new Etta French candle* burning in the background and Netflix keeping me conscious.

Then today we took a mooch around the streets of Cambridge for some hot chocolate at the Hotel Chocolat cafe, picked up the last few bits of Christmas shopping and stopped for a flippin' delicious lunch at Pho - which I won in the raffle at the CambMeetUp Christmas event last week! I even managed to convince Mat to take a few outfit photos for me as I'm loving my new New Look camel coat. With some guidance they haven't come out half bad!

Coat: New Look | Bag: H&M (from last season but this one is near identical)| Top: H&M 

*This post may contain PR samples.
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Festive beauty favourites


December is a time for dressing up - a time for parties, family gatherings and numerous pub trips. Christmas and New Year blur into one long special occasion, and if you want to look your very best then choosing some killer beauty products is key.

I can't really tolerate eye makeup anymore (long story!) so I rely on power brows, a slick contour and bold lips to actually look in any way dressed up. No glitter eye shadow here. Sadface. Here are a few of my faves that'll definitely be helping me out this year.

Face

Christmas is a time when I always try to look my best - you never know who'll be round the corner with a camera! That means amping up the highlight and contour a little. I love my Kat Von D Shade and Light palette for this as the colours are strong and long lasting but they still look natural when blended correctly (more in-depth review here). The Seventeen Skin Wow primer also makes for a great highlighter on the cheekbones with its subtle shimmer.

Lips

December always feels like the perfect time of year for a red lip! I love the classic Mac Viva Glam 1 lipstick as the shade is so deep, but Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Santa Sangre is a beautifully bright and ridiculously long-lasting formula if you need something with more endurance. It's probably the best lipstick I've ever owned.

If nudes are more your thing or you're after something more wearable for a daytime shindig, then the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvellous Mauve is where it's at. So pigmented, so long lasting and such a gorgeous colour - if you can get your hands on it then it's well worth purchasing! Although not quite as long lasting, I also love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. My favourite is Abu Dhabi, a peachy brown.

Nails

Glitter is key here for extra festiveness. I love Rimmel's Glitter Bomb range as they tend to tie in really well on top of their other shades. and ORLY have some great ones too. Yes, they are a pain to remove (involuntary nail exfoliation anyone?), but they add an extra bit of sparkle to any outfit.

Brows

If I'm not attempting my bi-annual application of sensitive mascara, I pay extra attention to my brows. I'm a bit protective of them so I just pluck them myself at home rather than visiting a brow bar, and I'll always fill them in with pencil, but where they really come into their own is with the help of a good brow gel. I tend to switch between the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara just to keep longer hairs in check, and the Model Co More Brows Thickening Fibre Gel for a more dramatic look.

I'm on the hunt for more beauty bits to help me feel my best this festive season. Can you recommend any?





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