Rocking that 90s Look

It's tricky transitioning your outfits from winter to spring in Britain, some days it is absolutely boiling and other days you would think you are in the middle of winter again. I am quite a fan of layering pieces together, but it can be tricky when wearing a dress, there is nothing worse than having to throw on a jumper or cardigan over the top. 

Recently I have got into the habit of wearing a long jersey strappy top under all of my outfits, it is a perfect layer which is nice and snug to the skin keeping you warm but completely hidden!!!

I am in love with this denim dress from Primark, ask me last year if I would be rocking one then I'd be laughing in your face but this 90s trend is actually winning me over. It is extremely light weight which is why I believe I suit the style and don't look like a little kid, the tie around the waist helps by cinching me in showing off my curves rather than an A-Line dress which might look like a sack of spuds on me. 

There are so many denim dress out there, so there certainly is a style for everyone!!

Alice xxx

My Love for Highlight

My love for highlighter has significantly grown over the past twelve months and has been readily available for many years, mostly from the higher end brands such as Benefit and Nars. For some reason it has always lived in the shadows of other beauty products until contouring and most recently strobing became increasingly popular over the past few years and suddenly a range of highlighters hit the shelves from high end through to drugstore.

You don't see me complaining, there are so many beautiful shades of highlighter from champagne, golden, pink, bronze etc etc at such affordable prices. As we are now in the middle of spring and heading into summer everybody needs at least one highlighter whether it is a powder or a liquid in their make up bag and used in your daily make up routine. Accentuating the higher points of your face; cheekbones, cupids bow, tip of your noise, above and below the brow bone and down the centre of your nose creates a beautiful glowing, natural look.

For me, I tend to reach out for the powdered highlighters more often than not, as I am stuck in an office on my own at work I don't feel like wearing a full face of make up. I tend to get a small blusher brush and sweep a powdered highlighter lightly across my cheekbones. 

However, I much prefer the results of using a liquid highlighter, it just takes a little longer to blend into the skin but creates a more natural glowing look. Top tip: apply it over the top of foundation before using a powder as it sticks better and blends so much easier and doesn't become patchy. Either way they are so beautiful!! 

Alice xxx

Experimenting with the Canon 700D

 Bit of a different post from me today, but I hope you like it non the less. Last week I took the plunge and said good bye to my bank balance by purchasing the Canon 700D, it has been on my Amazon wishlist for some time but never had the guts to click buy until the price dropped and it only told me there was one left in stock (cracking selling technique by the company!!)

I had fallen out of love with photography for quite a while as I just could not get the imagery I had visualised in my head but I knew the quality of this camera would be exceptional and my blog can move forward in a positive light. Plus I hear its a pretty decent camera to film videos with too, so maybe, just maybe my YouTube channel could be on the comeback?! 

Over the week I had been itching to take it our for a spin and finally on Saturday I was able to do this when my SD cards arrived. Some of my shots are a little out of focus I'm still getting used to the lense with automatic zoom and doing it manually, but hey we all have to learn don't we. 

I'd love to hear any tip and tricks you may have up your sleeve which could improve my content further, leave me a comment below.

Alice xxx

Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon

Maybelline have recently released a brand new brow product - the Brow Drama Pomade Crayon, after catching the advert on TV I instantly felt the need to nip to my local Boots and pick one up. 

After all it had a lot to live up to after the advert states that you can master the perfect brow in one sweep, sculpting and taming the hairs. What's not to love? It is the perfect product for on the go, it doesn't require any tools and in seconds you will get the perfect brow for only £5.99!!

I was quite dubious when I had the product in my hand, the crayon itself is fairly stubby even before the first application which made me think how precise can it be, especially if you have very thin brows. Adding the consistency into the equation as well, a crayon is soft and waxy and a pomade is waxy and very pigmented, so all three together do not seem to bode well. 

You will be pleased to hear that it all teams together well and is extremely easy to use. The Brow Pomade Crayon is very light on application so if you like your brows to look natural then I would instantly reach for this product without a shadow of a doubt, the pigmentation is not very strong so I would advise to get it one shade darker than you would usually go for. If you are a fan of fuller, thicker and structured brows then this product is not for you!

Please keep in mind that there are only three shades available at the moment; Dark Blonde, Medium Brown and Dark Brown (I went for this one). I presume that over the next few months they will be releasing more shades, it would be a little bit silly if they didn't as there isn't really a product out there which is similar.

I'd love to hear what you think of this product?

Alice xxx

A Beautiful Sunny Sunday

It has been yet another perfect weekend spent with family, I have to cherish my time wisely working six days a week and even then on my day off I'm usually spend it cooped up inside on my laptop either doing work or my blog.

Sunday was my free day this week and the weather turned out to be absolutely beautiful prompting a lovely trip to Holmfirth for a good mooch around the souvenir and antique shops along with a pit stop for lunch in a cute cafe.

Even though the sun was shining it was a little too cool to just head out in this little black lace dress, so I decided to layer my denim shirt over the top  keeping it fairly casual. I didn't want to feel too uncomfortable dressing up to the nines for a casual walk around the countryside but I still wanted to look stylish!

Alice xxx

My Skincare Routine

Over the past year I have suffered quite badly with breakouts, I firstly pinned it down to stress and tiredness but after 12 months the realisation hit me that it could be something more serious like adult acne from stupid hormones being all over the place.

I'm no stranger to acne, when I was younger (probably at the lower years of high school) I got referred to a doctor to treat my acne as it had got quite bad and needed a stronger ointment to calm the breakouts down. For about two years I was on a low dose of antibiotics to help the situation (it tasted like banana so it wasn't all that bad) I had a bad immune system and my body found it difficult to flush out the bacteria and fight off infections. 

As I have got older I grew out of my poor immune system, there are still a few bad days but I'm able to work my way around them. My skin cleared up extremely well, the odd spot could pay me a visit but they never really stayed around for long, which meant my inner confidence grew and I could walk out of the house without wearing any make up and not need to worry about what people thought of me. 

It has only been in the past year and reading lots of blogs that my interest for skincare has grown,  it has always scared me with the amount of products available. Each one has a different role with different ingredients in (some far too many ingredients if you ask me) and I don't know what my skin needs. With make up it is easy as I know my skin is oily and needs more of a matte finish. Most of the time I just have to go through the trial and error process to find the right skincare products.


Step 1

 The most important step for me has to be the very first one and that is to remove make-up, face wipes are the easiest and most convenient solution but dermatologists will tell you that they are bad and can cause a lot of damage to your skin. My advise and a lot of fellow bloggers would tell you to reach out for a Micellar Water, there are a lot out there and a lot which are extremely affordable like this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Pour a bit of this onto a cotton pad and remove all make-up including your eye make up.

Step 2

 The next step would be to find a good cleanser, this 3-in-1 product will remove the remainder of your make up whilst cleansing and softening your skin. The formula is extremely similar to using soap, rub a pea sized amount nto your face in a circular motion with a little drop of water before removing it with a cloth. The Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel is a very light cleanser and great to use morning and night. the Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing fix is a much richer consistency and a product you would use two to three times a week when you want to do a much deeper cleanse. Both are on the pricier side but you can get drugstore alternatives at a cheaper price.
 Step 3 

Finally, invest in a good face cream, pay that little bit more for a product that will be more beneficial to the skin. I use the same brand Eucerin for my day and night cream. Even though my skin is very oily it need nutrients and hydrating but something that calms my blemishes, this Eucerin Dermo Purifyer cream ticks all the boxes for me. The day cream is superb, it soaks into my skin well and does not cause any issues when applying my make up afterwards! 

The main thing to remember when you are wanting to start collecting your skincare products is that you have to trial a few before you find the right one for you. I've gone through so many different face creams and face washes for years before finding these little beauties, however, in a years time I might have to switch things up a little as my skin has got a little bit too used to the products. 

I'd love to know if my step to step for skincare has been useful, let me know in the comments below. I'm also interested to hear what other products are out there too. 

Alice xxx