Thursday, 24 July 2014

Illustration : Festival Essentials

I've had such an urge to draw lately; I couldn't wait to put pencil to paper!

I didn't know what I wanted to do, but with it being 'festival season' I thought it would be appropriate to put together some of the things I consider to be essentials! I absolutely love festivals, my last one being in Croatia for Outlook and it was amazing. I'm sadly not going to any events this year, but hoping to tick Glastonbury off my bucket list next year at least - it always looks like so much fun! 

Anyway, I always find it interesting to see what people consider essentials, especially in regards to festivals. If you've never been camping before, you may want to look further than what some bloggers take, as you will almost certainly regret that jumpsuit you packed, when you're hovering over a porter-loo for dear life - half naked! 

Realistically, you want to be packing things like duck-tape, beans, extra socks, plasters, clothes you don't mind being ruined, wellies, warm pyjamas and many, many waterproofs - but they don't necessarily make for the most interesting drawings now, do they? So here are some prettier essentials that will see you through a muddy weekend!

- makeup wipes - plasters - money - gum - sunglasses - wellies - hair pins - backpack - dry shampoo - travalo - mouthwash -  disposable camera - bobbles -

What are your festival essentials? 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Products Of The Day #7 : Summer Evening Out

The sun is out, the weather is glorious & there's nothing better than heading outside to enjoy it.

I mean, if you're in the UK, you've got to make the most of these rarities whenever you can! So when I had an evening out planned, I thought I'd make a post & share some of my new & old Summer makeup favourites.

The general idea was dewy skin, a soft smokey eye & peachy nude lips. Nothing too heavy for a muggy evening, but a little something more than I'd wear on a day to day basis! 

I opted for my favourite Summer foundation; YSL Teint Touche Eclat, BD40 as it contains SPF (essential), doesn't feel heavy on my skin and has a lovely glowing finish. To cover any blemish & under-eye bags I chose my trusty Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer and set it all with Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder through my t-zone. 

On my eyes I tried out my shiny new Stila In The Light Palette - now I know I'm about 10 blogging years behind with this one - but I had a Boots gift voucher to spend, and this has been on my mind for so long, I figured now was the time to invest. And I'm SO glad I chose this. It's amazing! 

I applied Sunset all over the lid, Kitten in the inner corner and Gilded Gold on the outer edge and underneath my lower lashes - which are all so buttery and pigmented, it's crazy. Followed by the waterproof brown eye pencil smudged out on both the waterline and along my top lash-line. This pencil is so soft and smudgy, yet once it's set - it's staying in place. My eyelids have a tendency to eat anything I put on their, so I was amazed when I came home five hours later to see that it was still exactly where I put it! It's love.

As usual, I opted for a bit of bronzer in the form of The Body Shop Honey Bronzer, which has become such a staple for me. And a little bit of Kevin Aucoin's Sculpting Powder to contour slightly. For a pop of colour, I chose MACs Modern Mandarin to brighten everything up, then applied a little bit of Topshop's Glow Highlighter, which I'm really taken with! It's so natural and adds the perfect amount of dewy glow for my liking. 

Finally onto lips - I knew I wanted something easy as we were going to be eating (burgers, of course) so I thought the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector would be a good choice. However, I often find that shade 02 Apricot just doesn't have enough colour and can make me look a little bit washed out, so I decided to apply Mac's Naked Lip Liner underneath and was quite happy with the outcome! 

What are your Summer Evening favourites?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Self-Love : Being Kind To You

"Commit to loving yourself completely. It's the most radical thing you will do in your lifetime." 
- Andrea Gibson

In a day & age where nothing is ever good enough; fast enough; advanced enough or perfect enough, it's extremely hard to accept and acknowledge that who you are - inside & out - right now, is the best version of yourself that you can be. And that that person is amazing, worthy of love, care and respect.

Like almost everyone on the planet; I've experienced some kind of self-hate. Be it the way I looked, the way I acted, the person I thought I was - I've spent years criticising myself due to this imaginary idea of perfection. An idea implanted and passed down by the media, photoshop and general peer pressure. 

At 25, I can finally say enough is enough.  Life is entirely too short to hate the skin you're in. To feel bound by non-existent rules and ideals. It's time to love yourself, be kind to yourself and to shine from the inside out. Be your own superhero. Make your rules. BE YOURSELF. There's no-one else like you on this planet we call home and that in itself is a truly awesome thing. 

As with everything in life; it takes time, patience and practice. I still looked at these pictures with a whisper of 'why are my thighs so big?' and 'my arms look chubby' - but that body can do good things and if I stopped criticising it, perhaps it could do even better. 

So, here are some of my tips for self-love & kindness : 

- be your own best friend : how many times have you run to a friend in need and given them advice? how many times have you done the same for yourself? you're worthy of your own care. eat feel-good food, listen to your favourite song, run a bath, watch your favourite episode of OITNB. laugh. repeat. 

- keep moving forward : every morning is a new day, a fresh start and it's never too late to start making positive changes. you're not your past, you're the actions and thoughts of right now. make them count.

- acknowledge your feelings : if you're feeling sad, angry, disappointed; understand why. let it out. write it down. throw it away. know that it will not last forever. accept and appreciate what you're feeling, no one is happy all of the time and that's okay too. 

- invest in yourself : allow yourself an hour or so of every day to do something you love. be it blogging, creating, exercising, cooking. you owe it to yourself to feel happy & you're in complete control of that. 

- smile : the power of a smile is wonderful thing. try it :)

"It doesn't matter who you used to be; what matters is who you decide to be today. You are not your mistakes. You are not your mishaps. You are not your past. You are not your wounds. You can decide differently today and at every moment. Remember that. You are offered a new opportunity with each breath to think, decide, choose and act differently - in a way that supports you in a way that supports you in being all that you are capable of being. You are not less than. You are enough." - Brittany Josephina

I hope this is of some benefit to anyone feeling unworthy. It's not an egotistical thing to accept who & where you are right now and I think everyone should feel special within their own skin. I'd love to know what you think. 

What are your tips for self-love & kindness?
What makes you feel good?

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