June Favourites

Once again I have struggled to come up with some favourites for you from this month. When it comes to my make up and beauty regime I have been mixing it up and trying out different products which has been good as I have fell in love with some products stashed away in my make up box from a while ago.

As it has been quite hot this past month I have been reaching out for a lighter foundation, I wanted my skin to be able to breathe and re hydrate so I discovered my Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation. This product I stopped using a while ago as I felt it wasn't the correct colour for me and it wasn't a heavy coverage, however, with using a bit of fake tan it looks perfect and blends it well.

You are well aware now that I have stepped up my skincare regime and I do feel better for it, my face is super soft and I feel my pores have got slightly better (still there unfortunately). I have been loving using the Garnier Micellar Water, nspa Melting Cleansing Gel and the nspa Hot Cloth Polish together, they seem to exfoliate and dehydrate my face extremely well.

When it comes to shoes, I own quite a few pairs however, this past month I have been obsessed with these orange sandals I picked up in the sale from River Island last year. They seem to go with pretty much all my summer pieces, which is quite a shock for me as I didn't think they would be worn that much. I think it's just the vibrancy of them and they look so pretty.

Now, onto something a little different. Since Christmas I decided that I would read the Hunger Games books (once again late on the bandwagon) as everyone keeps going on about how amazing they are and now the films are out I just want to watch them. The other week, when it was the hottest day of the year I chilled in the garden and decided I should read. Now, you may think I'm lazy but I managed to read the whole first book in a day!! I was hooked, there was so much drama constantly I could not put it down. The film did let me down, there was an awful lot of important information missing which was very disappointing, I hope the second one is much better.

Have you used any of these products, or read the hunger games? (no spoilers please), then I would love to hear what you think about them. Feel free to comment below :)

Beauty : Benefit Brow zing

It is no secret that me and my eyebrows do not get on, some days they are too big, others too small.

I have never been one of them people who made such a fuss over eyebrows (not that there is anything wrong with that at all), but I never saw them as important to me. They are on my face and that was about it really.

Over the past year I have come to the point that they need making a bit bolder when I apply my make up as they tend to lose a bit of colour once I have applied my powder. I have dabbled with quite a few brow products, from different brands to different shades and different styles of pencil. However, I finally got my hands on the Benefit Brow zing and I have never looked back.

 It comes in three shades; light medium and deep, I use the medium but on some occasions I feel it is a little bit too dark for me. There is a wax and seperate powder compartment with two mini brushes, one an angled and the other a flat headed one with a mini pair of tweezers too.

You can use this product in four ways depending on which you feel works best for yourself, or if you want to make more of an effort.

Take the mini angled brush or your own angled brush and dip it in the wax and place it onto your brows, shade them to however you feel comfortable doing, I like to go along the bottom of my brows first, then the top to get my shape and then shade the middle in. Once you are happy with it, use the flat ended brush and take a little bit of the powder and go over your brows once more, this sets the wax that you have just applied and it also removes the stickiness too.

This can also be done in just one step if your in a bit of a rush, take the angled brush and add some of the wax and also some of the powder and fill them in exactly the way you would have done before. Bare in mind that your powder compartment can become a little messy as the wax is a much darker colour.

Or if your really not that bothered about using both of the products at the same time, well just use on of them, they work just as well, that is the beauty of the product. I really do love it and it is super easy to apply and gives off a great result.

Have you tried this product before? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

The Outfit Post : Brightening up a Dreary Day

I went on a lovely afternoon walk with my friend which was lovely, we hadn't seen each other since Christmas so the catch up was long overdue. There are some fields with a couple of lakes across from where I live so it was so peaceful and calming plus the scenery was perfect for some outfit photos.

When I woke up it was quite warm so I started off the day wearing one of my playsuits but the weather changed drastically so I quickly changed to my leggings and black blazer. I loved this outfit, it is very casual with my stripey t-shirt but yet the patterned leggings and black blazer made it a little smarter.

The Outift Post : Floral Playsuit

I'm loving my new locations for my outfit photos, I hope that your liking them too as that is the most important thing. I am also debating on whether to keep them landscape or do more portrait photos to get a more closer look of the items I'm actually wearing, so please let me know which you would prefer?! I am quite a shy person and always worry what people will think of me when I'm stood there posing all the time for a lot of photos, but now I've decided to stop being so silly and its about making my posts look prettier with a nicer background.

As you are a little bit aware, I feel a lot more comfortable in my own body this summer than what I have for many many years, and that's down to watching what I eat and going to the gym. It makes me really happy that I can go out in pretty summery outfits which is what I have longed for. Last year I bought this playsuit from Republic (which is no longer a store!!) it was in the sale and new it would be perfect for my holiday, a few days after I bought it in a burnt orange colour too. They are so comfortable and cool to wear.

The only issue is when you wash them you need to stretch the fabric out and give it a really good iron as it does shrink a little bit.

 I'd love to hear what you think of this outfit, if you love playsuits or prefer a jumpsuit.

Beauty : St Tropez Bronzing Gel

Before & After
It has taken me a while but I have finally created my second fake tan post, I didn't just want to use any product I wanted to look into which brand people love the most, one I was happy with using and something that was budget friendly. It came to the conclusion that St Tropez was the most popular fake tan brand amongst bloggers, friends and my lovely readers, however, it can be very pricey when you are a student or just living with a budget. 

Little did I know, TK Maxx sell it at literally half the price which is incredible and very purse friendly. Originally I was looking to get a mousse as I love how easy they are to apply to the skin, but the store I visited had minimal stock and the Bronzing Gel was the product which stood out to me. It is quite tricky to apply to the skin, I used a tanning mit but I feel that gloves would be the best option as it might be a little quicker and it won't stick to the skin. The best thing about this product is that you can see immediately where you have applied it, so you know where else needs the tan and if you have missed anywhere (unless your like me and always miss a patch of skin). I'm naturally pale and it was quite dark straight away, however you will see the best results if you apply it on a night and leave it to enhance overnight. 

If your not wanting an intense colour then I would suggest that you have a warm shower not using any products to wash off the first layer of product, but I loved it, I felt and looked like I had had a holiday somewhere in a hot climate. 

On the bottle it says it will last five to seven days, I applied mine the Wednesday Evening and by Monday it had completely come off, so that is around the five day mark. Bare in mind that I had visited the gym twice, had a couple of showers and a long bath so I feel that it lasted very well. I would definitely recommend this product to anybody as I was extremely happy with the outcome, it was waterproof to some degree (if your splashed yourself or was spitting with rain) it didn't blotch it just remained exactly the same. 

Have you used this product or any of St Tropez products before? I'd love to hear your thoughts on them. 

The Photo Journal : Trip to Cleethorpes

Yesterday I had a trip to the seaside with my grandad, it was a glorious day with  bright sunshine and non of that cold sea breeze you usually find on the cost making it a little unbearable to walk on the front. When we got there the sea was too far out which was extremely disappointing, however a couple of hours later it was close enough to have a little paddle. Plus, nothing beats a good ole' fish 'n' chips sat on the sea front.

My Weekend Antics (Outfit Post)

This weekend has been filled with a lot of family time which was really lovely and needed after an extremely busy week. On Saturday I met up with my sister in Leeds for a day of shopping and cocktails, something every girl needs to do every once in a while, maybe a little more than that.

We headed to The Alchemist which is an amazing cocktail bar, it is tucked into the corner of Trinity and could be missed, but it has to be visited no matter what time of day it is. I love this decor, it is really quirky with lights dangling down from the ceiling to just above the bar dimly lighting the room, a mahoosive clock as a feature point right in the centre on the wall behind the bar with leather sofas across one side of the room by the floor to ceiling windows. It is such a cosy place, with the theme being based on science, with an erienmeyer flask which holds certain drinks and some cocktails smoking out the top. I had a passion fruit mojiti, something I wouldn't normally pick out as I am not too keen on mint flavoured drinks, it was the sound of a refreshing passion fruit in the hot weather which sold it to me.

The Alice in Wonderland themed ornaments were from a shop called JOY which is new to Leeds I think, I've never ventured inside one of these stores before but it was completely different from what I expected, and it was full of pretty items of clothing and quirky gifts, when I get a house I'm heading straight there to pick up a few decorative bits.

I wore my favourite item of the season as it was to reach 21 degrees which is always fun! (Please can the hot weather stay?!) They are a Hawaiian/palm tree print skort from Topshop, I bought them quite a few months ago and I find them super comfortable and perfect to wear on a night out and during the day (I've done both).

That evening I headed back and had an extremely yummy BBQ with my mum and dad which was perfectly cooked on a little pink bucket my mum picked up this week. Somehow it tasted so much better being cooked from a girly item.

Hope you all had a fun weekend :)