Saturday, April 19

A Few Of My Favourite Things #3

It has been a while since I grouped together my current favourite things! So here they are…

The Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray (£6.99) probably needs no introduction as it has been blogged to death, but for very good reason. It's just pure volume in a can! My hair is in desperate need of a cut, but until then, I've been faking good texture and choppy layers with this. It does leave my hair feeling a liiittle too gritty for my liking (so I always use on second/third day hair), but when my barnet looks double its original thickness in a few sprays - I can forgive that.

Their Strength & Repair Masque (£5.99) is also a little pot of miracles. I LOVE this stuff! It was a 3 for 2 purchase, or else I would've normally overlooked it - but I'm so glad I threw it in my basket! It's a one minute, in-shower hair mask that you simply apply all over, post shampoo. How it works such softening & detangling magic in sixty seconds is beyond me, but I can't get enough. As soon as I rinse it out, I can instantly feel the difference in my hair. Soft, silky & a lot healthier! The best part is, that it isn't overly heavy & it doesn't weigh my hair down any more than my usual conditioner. I will 110% repurchase this once it's gone!

Sticking to the hair theme - my Tangle Teezer (£10.99) has been getting a lot of love from me recently. In fact, it was only when I was at my sisters last month that I realised; I hadn't used any other form of brush in over a year. If you have thick, tangly hair - these are an absolute life saver. I know there are a couple of other rivals on the market at the moment; but I don't know what I'd do without mine! I only use it on dry hair, and a wide-toothed comb when wet, but it's perfect for what I need it for & stops me forming  unwanted dreadlocks.
As for skincare, The Body Shop 8hr Serum In Oil (£12) has been my absolute favourite discovery - possibly of the whole year! I picked it up after seeing Caroline Hirons recommend it, and as it's definitely purse friendly; I thought I'd give it a go... I'm SO glad I did! As the title suggests, it's a serum and an oil in one and it has really helped my dehydrated skin & it's pesky dry patches. It's very gentle, calming & extremely lightweight AND it does as it claims, which is always a bonus in a very over-exaggerated market! If your skin is in need of a little boost and your purse a day off, I would highly recommend this.

This month I decided to invest in my yoga practice a little more, so I bought a Manduka Yoga Strap (£10). You can use it in multiple different ways, but I've been particularly enjoying it for helping me reach my feet in a couple of different poses! Yoga isn't supposed to ever hurt, but I found myself over compensating and, in turn, over stretching when I shouldn't have been (queue me, rolling around with cramped muscles). It's made from 100% cotton so it doesn't rub or irritate my skin, plus it's extremely sturdy and gives me a bit more confidence when trying to get my feet to touch my head!

Finally, L'Oreal Rouge Caresse (£7.99) lipstick in Sweet Berry. It's the prettiest, most subtle, hydrating lipstick I own & it's pretty much one of those shades that you can apply with your eyes shut - y'know, in case you're ever in that situation… It's very natural, with a slight sheen to it & I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of this this season. What's your favourite Spring lipstick shade?

And there you have it! Six products I've been loving lately. 
How about you? xo

Thursday, April 17

5 Reasons to Smile

I'm normally quite a positive person, so finding moments that make me smile isn't particularly difficult!  

However, these past few months have been very testing for one reason or another, so I like to remind myself of the small things that are definitely worth turning that frown upside down for.

One. Hot cross buns. I mean, what's not to love here? I had my first hot cross bun (who am I kidding; that's definitely not singular. I ate half a pack) of April this week and it. was. delicious! I love the sticky, sugary, cinnamon-y goodness and would eat them all year round if I could. I don't like to toast mine, but I do love a shit load of butter. How about you? 

Two. Painting. I've had a very positive reaction to some of my illustrations lately too, which, although that isn't what I do it for - it's definitely encouraging! I really, really appreciate the support and it has been wonderful to be able to put pencil to paper and just immerse myself creatively! It's a hobby I've always loved & it instantly takes me to my happy place. 

Three. Tulips. They are EVERYWHERE at the moment & they're such a happy looking flower, I love them. I love all the different colours they come in & how the just cheer up any room. I must buy myself some soon!

Four. Stats. I'm not a blogger who's obsessed with stats or my 'follower' count, but I've really loved being able to have the time to put a lot more effort into my little piece of the internet. Its been even more lovely to see newcomers & older readers alike enjoying the new content; so thank you! It really makes me smile to know what I type about is remotely interesting to others!   

Five. Living. Seeing my boyfriend recover from a stroke has been an eye opener, to say the least. It's almost a cliche to say how 'precious life is' & how we should 'live every day like it's your last'; but I can't help but feel it has truly sunk in this month. Even though I may not be travelling the world or working in my dream career or even earning a lot of money; I think finding myself feeling happy, no matter what the reason, is far more important lately. Don't sweat the small stuff. Our health & happiness are what's truly important.
… I also caught the last of the sunshine before the sun set & that made me smile too.

What makes you happy? :)

Tuesday, April 15

NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturiser

After um-ing & ah-ing over purchasing a second tube of Nars Tinted Moisturiser (£29); I finally took the plunge.

I previously owned shade Alaska, which I bought for my sloth-based Costa Rica trip last year, but it is now far too warm for my pasty winter skin. I knew that the lighter shade; Finland, would be ideal & I also knew that I loved the formula, so really it was a no brainer. I had to have it. Here are some of my reasons for loving it so…

First up, it's incredibly lightweight on the skin. That could be something to do with the fact that you need so little product to cover your entire face! It's a lot more pigmented than any other tinted moisturiser I've ever tried, so a small blob is really all you need. I prefer to use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply it (foundation hands & white sheets don't go well together), but it does apply wonderfully with your fingers too.

Brace yourselves for my foundation-free-face...
above: no base, concealer or primer *shudder* - sorry! // below: one application of NARS TM

In terms of coverage; it's a very honest light-medium, it is, after all, a tinted moisturiser, so I wouldn't expect anything too heavy duty from it. Having said that, it really does a lovely job of brightening my entire complexion and it does still cover the majority of light scars & blemishes very well. My freckles still pop through, but I think that's one of my favourite things about this product; it's very 'skin-like'. 

I know when I apply this that I won't have any issues with cakey-ness or oxidisation. It glides over my dry patches and yet it lasts unbelievably well on my oilier parts, even on warm/sweaty days (yum!). It's also oil free & contains an SPF - perfect for the (hopefully) sunnier months ahead. It does have a slight scent, but nothing that lingers on the face and I've never experienced any kind of breakout or blemishes because of this. 

Overall, one of my favourite, easy to apply, natural coverage products that I know I will be reaching for a lot over the next few months.

Which is your favourite tinted moisturiser? 

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