February Beauty Favourites

It’s a new month which means, February beauty favourites blog post! The time where I gather up my favourite products of the month and share them all with you lovely people, so let’s get started!

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1. Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I’ve never been much of a bronzer girl, I always contour to slim my chubby cheeks down but It’s just not something I’ve ever felt like buying a high-end version of. It’s a lovely colour, not too orange but not to brown toned. Whether you’re a bronzer girl, contour girl or both, this is perfect for all.

2. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

If you haven’t heard of this concealer yet, then you’re clearly not a blog reader or avid YouTube watcher like me. It’s probably one of the most talked about drugstore concealers ever. I stopped using this for a while and I don’t know why, It gives such good coverage and not only that its super affordable. I don’t use this under my eyes because I think it’s a bit too heavy for such a delicate area. Why spend out when you can find such an amazing drugstore concealer.

3. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Another very talked about product on blogs and Youtube. This is a lovely drugstore powder, I have the shade ‘Sandstorm’ which is perfect for me. This powder can look really natural on the skin, it gives you a little coverage, is super affordable and sets your make up in place. Job well done.

4. L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer

Another amazing drugstore product. This is my favourite under eye concealer at the moment, It’s not too heavy for the delicate under eye area,  gives coverage and highlights. This can also be used to highlight cheek bones, brow bones and the cupids bow.

5. Mac Mebla Blush

This is my go to blusher. Its one of MACs very well-known blushes and I can see why. I think it’s a shade that would suit many skin tones, it’s a soft coral peach. It’s such a wearable shade and gives you a warm peachy complexion to your cheeks.


Eyes

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1. Maybelline Falsies Mascara

This is one of my favourite drugstore mascaras ever. It’s so easy to work with, you don’t have to apply layers and layers to get full long lashes. Two coats and my lashes have a lot of volume and length. I can’t speak highly enough about this mascara, try it!

2. & 4. Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow

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The thing that I was most drawn to about these eyeshadows where the fact they reminded me of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadows, not only that but these two gorgeous shades Bronze and Copper. They are a strange mousse-like creamy consistency and I love these used all over the eyelid paired with other shadows in the crease or used together. I have noticed some creasing after a long time wearing these alone on the eye lid, but all in all I really do love the shades and look of these on the eyes.

3. MAC Quad & Eyeshadows

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From left to right, Shroom, Woodwinked, Wedge and Swiss Chocolate.

These are my first ever eyeshadows by MAC and I love creating looks with this quad. MAC describes shroom as a soft beige with shimmer, woodwinked as a warm antiqued gold, Wedge as a soft muted beige taupe and Swiss Chocolate as a muted reddish-brown. They all work together so well to create different looks, from day time natural looks to smokey looks. Although, I’m really unimpressed with Wedge, getting the swatch above was nearly impossible, I’m not sure if I just got a dodgy one.

Lips

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1. & 2. MAC Lip Pencil (Stripdown) & MAC Lipstick (Honey Love)

 This has been currently favourite nude lip pencil and lipstick combo. In the picture above Stripdown looks a lot browner than it is and it looks very different on the lips. MAC describes Stripdown lip pencil as a creamy brown-beige, and Honey Love lipstick as a matte light beige tone with rose. It’s a very different shade nude to what I’ve had before as its more beige toned rather peachy toned, but it’s really grown on me and it’s quite moisturising for a matte lipstick.

2. Nuxe Reve De Miel Lipbalm

This is my all time favourite lip balm. Its one of the best lip balms you will ever try, it is a pricey £9.50 but I think it’s worth every penny. I apply this once before I do my makeup and once before bed and I never need to re apply it through out the day, unless my lips are particularly dry. I find some lip balms are moisturising whilst sitting on your lips, but once its worn off you need to re apply it. This is a thick, citrus scented and extremely hydrating lip balm. If you have chapped lips, this is your new best friend, you wont regret it.

3. MAC Lipstick (Crosswires)

Crosswires and Honey Love have both been my go to lipsticks in the month of February and I don’t see that changing any time soon. MAC describes this as a clean pinky orange. The formula of this is a creme sheen, which is MACS creamiest and most moisturising formula, which is why this lipstick is so comfortable to wear. It’s the perfect in-between bright and nude shade. Perfect for everyday wear.

Have tried any of these products?

Let me know in the comments one of your February favourites!

Anna

Decorating My Room | Ideas & Plans

In November me and my family moved from our house we’d been in for almost 7 years! The new house is somewhat old-fashioned when it comes to the decorating which means everything’s going to be decorated to our tastes. For someone like me who loves browsing home ware shops and buying home ware items this is prime opportunity for me to do both those things. My room as it is, isn’t to bad it has quaint floral wallpaper and fairly neutral paint and carpet.

I cannot wait to get fully stuck in and decorate my room with my taste in decor. I’d say my taste is a mixture of kitsch, anything cute, quirky or involving woodland animals. I also love the retro come modern look, with a hint of Scandinavian. I love scouring magazines and the internet for inspiration and home ware items, so I thought why not share my plans for my bedroom with you. Then when it’s all decorated show a before and after! Some of the products featured in this post I have already purchased ready for when my rooms decorated, others are things I would like to purchase and possibly add into my room, along with many other beautiful things I’ve found.

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As you can see the colours I want to incorporate into my room are white, a mustardy, greeny yellow, light grey and dark grey. I’ve been seeing this yellow colour everywhere at the moment and I love how it looks, I think its perfect for a retro and Scandinavian room. It’s something quite different for me, as I’ve always gone for classic girly colours like pinks, purples as an accent colour in my rooms, but my style has changed a lot as I’ve gotten older.

I won’t be painting any walls in this shade instead I want to bring it in with accessories. I bought this gorgeous duvet set which you can see in the picture above or below. Its two-sided so you can mix it up and has  multiple patterns on it such scalloped lines and tiny flowers on it with all the colours I like, its perfect. I received  the panda cushion above for Christmas and I can’t wait to put it on my bed, not only is it cute, its quirky and his yellow bow tie goes perfect. I love the lampshade above it has a cut out pattern and copper on the inside. Copper is a big trend when it comes to home ware at the moment, and I’m a little obsessed. The bedside table above is simple and practical. Its got wire tidies up the legs of it, a shelf inside and its narrow which saves space!

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I have bought two of these tri pod style lamps for my bedside tables, I love this style of lamp at the moment and the colour is again perfect.

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Bedding
Panda Cushion
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Bedside Table
Chest Of Draws
Tripod Lamp

Becuase my room is bigger than my old one, I’ve finally been able to have a dressing table. I wanted a retro one and was lucky my Nan no longer wanted her retro G-Plan one. I love the style and I’m planning on painting it white or light grey with darker grey drawes and changing the handles, I’ve been eyeing up some of the copper ones on Anthropologie.

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 I want to create a wall of quirky prints and different shape and style photo frames like the copper ones above. Which leads me on to the fox and alpaca prints above, I find them way too amusing and really like the look of them, I also received these for Christmas. The next two items are the Peg Boards, I love the concept of these but can’t decide between the yellow or white, there just a board with holes for little wooden peg like things, you put into the holes to hang things off. I want to hang this by my dressing table and hang all my necklaces and bits on there.

Another item which I think would look lovely on my dressing table is the copper tray with perfumes displayed on there. As I’ve said I’m rather fond of quirky things, which is probably why I like this succulent pineapple plant pot, I think its different and a great way to display a succulent. I would love to have some shelves where I can put this sort of thing on display, along with things like the Copper A, or candles in the white candle holders above, along with all my other decorative accessories.

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Copper A
Candle Holders
Copper Tray
Fox Print
Alpaca Print
Peg Board Yellow
Peg Board White
Pineapple Plant Pot

I could go on forever adding things I am thinking of buying but I didn’t want to bore you or make this post too long. There so much I want to buy and do to my room and really create a space I love.

What do you think of my bedroom ideas? Let me know in the comments!

Anna

A Letter To Myself | Weight Loss

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If you have followed my blog for a while now, you will know I have done a couple of blog posts I call ‘Letters To Myself’. You can read these in the links just below, to familiarize yourself with the concept, as this one will be very similar:

A Letter To My Younger Self

A Letter To Yourself For When You’re Struggling

I have wanted to lose weight for a long time now, to make myself happy and gain confidence. I really struggle with cravings for naughty foods and tend to binge eat. I lost 3 stone so I know I can do it, it’s just sticking to it. Which is when I came up with this idea incorporating my ‘Letter To My Self’ blog posts. I am going to write a short ‘letter’ to myself for when I am desperately craving foods I know I shouldn’t have or when I feel like going on a binge.

 When your mind is telling you, you REALLY want that piece of cake, that burger or take away its hard to take control and say NO. It feels like there’s a magnetic force pulling you towards the foods you know you shouldn’t eat. I think during those moments you lose sight of all the reasons why you want to lose weight, having that cake seems like a better idea, until afterwards. This is something you reading this can do to, write it down or type it out and print it off, to read when your on the verge of breaking your healthy eating plan. Reading a letter you yourself have written when in a positive mind set is the perfect reminder you need. This is your very own personal letter containing all those reasons you want achieve your weight loss goal, its not a quote or picture off the internet.


 Dear Me,

Let me guess you’re craving multiple bars of chocolate, cakes, sweets, sugary drinks and fatty foods? well let me remind you why you don’t want to give into these feelings.

♥ Cravings will pass. I know it feels like torture not to allow yourself to have something you really want to eat, but that feeling will pass. Wait an hour or two before you give in to these cravings and impulses, it may have been and gone by then. If you really can’t resist picking on something, choose a healthier option such as, apple or banana with peanut butter or a healthy cereal bar. Have one thing only, you know more than one of something is excessive and these are the habits you know you want to break.

 ♥ Remember why you want to lose weight. You know you need to do this for yourself, you want this so bad. Think of the confidence you will gain and think of all the things your weight stops you doing, because of your lack of confidence. Imagine walking into a room and not instantly thinking ‘I bet people think I’m fat’, but feeling good instead.

♥ Imagine going shopping for clothes and not getting into the changing room and feeling upset at the sight of yourself. Imagine all the clothes you could buy and feel amazing in, no restrictions on styles of things you think will suit your body shape, just pick anything you like and try it on with no qualms.

♥ Not only will you look good, you will feel good. Imagine how much lighter and healthier you will feel.

♥ This time next week, month or even year, where do you want to be? Will that naughty food or multiple chocolate bars be worth it? Or will loosing another pound, another half a stone or being at your goal be 100x more worth it. I think you know the answer. A month or year down the line, don’t let yourself be wishing you had kept going and wondering how far you could have come by now. Do it and you’ll see.

♥ Only you can make it happen, why dream about how amazing it would feel to lose weight, when you can make that dream come true!

♥ That work out you are dreading is going to get you where you want to be  faster, make you fitter and its only one hour out of your whole day.

Love from,

postive you x


Let me know in the comments if you plan on doing this or if you think its a good idea?

Anna

January 2015 Birchbox Review

 I was typing the title to this blog post, when I began typing 2014, it then dawned on me this is my first blog post of 2015 and my first Birchbox review in a new year, where did the time go?! I hope all of your new years have started well and continue to do so!

Right, on to the reason I’m doing this blog post, my January Birchbox. This month Birchbox teamed up with ‘Womens Health’ (the magazine company) to create this New Year inspired box of goodies. I think it’s the perfect choice of theme considering a large amount of people’s new years resolutions will be to shift the pounds piled on over Christmas and to become fit and healthy by exercising more and eating healthier! Along with all the products I received in my box, came a little booklet containing challenges all aimed at promoting better health! If you want to find out more about Birchbox’s beauty box subscription or want to receive your own January Birchbox, check out birchbox.co.uk.


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Activbod Cooling Finish Lotion, RRP: £12

The first product I received was a cooling lotion, This product contains a menthol formula to help cool you down after a work out. It contains scents such as pepper, zesty lemon and refreshing eucalyptus, it also contains vitamin E to repair and hydrate the skin. I can’t wait to work out, have a shower and try this out, it sounds really refreshing, which is exactly want you want after a hot and sweaty work out!

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Green People Intensive Repair Shampoo, RRP: £11.95

Hair care is something I don’t get very excited about, I tend to just use a shampoo on offer from the supermarket such as Tresemme or Herbal Essences. That being said it is still nice have a change and try a higher end shampoo. This shampoo is for repairing dry, damaged and coloured hair, which is perfect considering I dye my hair.  Its free from parabans, chemicals and artificial nasties, containing ingredients like green tea, yucca, aloe vera, sandalwood and orange. I hope this product isn’t so hydrating it makes my hair limp and lifeless, I will definitely be popping this in the shower and giving it ago.

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Korres Cirtus Shower Gel  RRP: £8

You can’t go wrong with receiving shower gel samples, you’re always going to need it, this one is in a lovely zesty citrus scent. The only problem is, I think Birchbox has sent me this in a previous box, which I don’t mind as it’s a lovely product but I’d prefer to receive something different. None the less this will get enjoyed and used.

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, RRP: £45

The problem with me receiving skin care samples is I am often afraid to use them as I have such sensitive skin and blemish prone skin. I stick to the same skin care and don’t like to switch it about too much, that being said this product does sound perfect for my skin. You apply this before moisturising as you do with most serums, It’s for all skin types, oil free and free from irritating chemicals etc.

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Stila Lip Glaze in the shade Kitten, RRP: £15

Ah a make up item, my favourite. I always love receiving make up items in my Birchbox’s as I am make up obsessed. I hear so much about Stila but have yet to try something from the brand, so I can’t wait to use this. It’s in a lovely nudey peach shade with gold shimmer running through it, it’s a very wearable shade and think it would look lovely over a nude lip. Very pleased with this.

Lifestyle Products

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Embrace Matcha Green Tea (30 Servings), RPP: £24.99

The first lifestyle item I received is a sachet of green tea. I think this is a powder not a tea bag and it contains up 10 times more nutrients than a regular cup of green tea! Green tea is known for its health benefits and this one can not only be drank like a cup of tea, it can be blended into smoothies, juices and served hot or cold. I wish I could get used to the unusual taste of green tea but I have yet to be able to enjoy a cup, I will definitely give this one a go though. I love trying new teas and other healthy drinks or snacks.

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Birchbox & Womens Health Exclusive Pilates Band

At first I thought this was a weird, rubbery over sized head band but after reading the card with the list of items in my Bichbox, I realised it was infact a resistance band used for exercising. I’m not sure whether this will get any use but it’s definitely something I might consider.

I don’t think this months box was my favourite but I’m never ungrateful as you can’t always love everything you receive in subscription boxes. Did you receive a Birchbox this month, what were your thoughts?

Anna

Christmas Stocking Fillers For Him

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Its time for my second stocking filler gift guide this time for HIM, if you didn’t already check out my stocking fillers for her, you can read that HERE. Is it just me or are males very difficult to buy for? I have managed to put together some items all  £10 and under which I think would be perfect to pop into a stocking for your dad, brother, son, boyfriend or whoever that male is you’re struggling to think up present ideas for. He might think he’s too manly for a little stocking full of goodies but I don’t think he will be disappointed. Remember if you see something you like, get it quick, things are selling fast!!

1.  Who doesn’t want warm toasty hands in gloves and be able to use a touch screen phone with no hassle?! I chose these plain and simple touch screen gloves from ASOS!

2. For the boy who loves beer, the beer in my picture above is a Desperado, but you can choose a favourite beer of his!

3. What would a stocking filler gift guide be without including some socks, this pack of 3 thermal socks are from Tesco!

4. For the boy on the go, a Thermos Mug with a lid. I picked this travel mug because it’s not a big ugly flask and also not too girly like a lot of travel cups around.

5. Now I know a lot of males can be against using skin care items but if its bought for them there more likely to use it. This is the L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic X-Treme Black Charcoal Face Wash, perfect to cleanse away daily impurities and dirt leaving the face feeling squeaky clean. For after cleansing is the L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Quenching Gel, I think this is perfect for men, its hydrating but also shine free!

6. For the male whose room doesn’t smell as good as it could. You may be thinking a candle, for a male?! but this is the Yankee Candle in the scent Midsummers Night, which smells just like a mens aftershave!

7.  Beanies and bobble hats are perfect stocking fillers, on trend and practical, this one is from H&M for an affordable price of £7.99!

8. Sweets, who doesn’t like sweets? You can swap these up for that persons personal favourite, but these are ‘Belly Flops’ by jellybelly. They are basically a 1kg bag of mix match flavour jelly beans. They are a cheaper price because they’re reject jelly beans (different sizes, flavours and shapes etc). 20p over budget but a good deal none the less!

9. For the boy who loves beer and baking. A Beer Bread Kit, with all the dry ingredients in this cute little sack like bag, all that you need to add is beer! There is a choice in flavours, its quick, easy and probably quite tasty.

10. Shower gel is always needed and I love Orignal Source shower gels. They have a range of scents including a mens range, I decided to include the coconut scent. I think coconut is a fairly  uni sex scent, men always get bought the classics such as Lynx, Addis and other scents so why not mix it up. Lets be honest coconut smells delicious.

11.  Perfect to go with the shower gel a Lynx Man Washer Body Tool. Not only do these help shower gel lather up, which means easier washing they also exfoliate without using a scrub, fuss free!

12. This little gadget is a Grip Strip, it grips to surfaces like your dash-board using no magnets or sticky things. It stops things like your phone, keys, sunglasses or whatever else you want to prevent from falling off and sliding around your car. Pretty handy!

I hope you like the stocking fillers I picked for men, let me know in the comments what you’re buying for a male in your life this Christmas?

Merry Christmas,
Anna

Christmas Stocking Fillers For Her

Last year I done a stocking fillers gift guide right at the start of my blogging journey. This year I’m hoping it will be a lot better. I really enjoy searching online for bits I think are perfect to pop into a little stocking. I think stockings are such a lovely way to give someone a couple of presents whatever your age! I wanted to keep everything £10 and under so you can create a stocking full of goodies at a more affordable price! This year I have decided to do stocking fillers ‘for her’ which is this post you’re reading and stocking fillers ‘for him’ which will be my next post, so keep your eyes peeled for that!  Hurry and get shopping if you see something someone you know might like or fancy adding on your Christmas list, things are selling out fast!

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1. Zoellas beauty range is super affordable so perfect for stockings, the two products I chose to include were the ‘Fizz Bar’ and ‘Body Mist’ you can shop the whole range HERE or HERE.

2. For the girl who loves candles, Yankee Candle Votives are the ideal size and an affordable price at £1.75 each. They do a range of scents from fruity, fresh, floral and festive so there is definitely a scent for everyone!

3. For the chocoholic that not only likes to eat her chocolate but drink it to. These are House Of Dorchester Stir In Hot Chocolate Spoons, a luxurious version of you average hot chocolate. They come in a variety of flavours, I especially like the sound of the Sea Salted Caramel one.

4. This product does come in at 60p over budget and it is of course a Tangle Teezer. I mean who doesn’t need to brush their hair? These are known to remove knots without feeling like your ripping your hair out!

5. This is a Soap And Glory Gift Set full of Mini’s, all which are in the ‘Sugar Crush’ scent, which I love, It smells like sugary coca-cola and limes. You get a bit of everything within this gift set from body scrub, shower gel, hand cream and body butter, all of which come in a cute little box, soap and glory is always a winner, trust me!

6. You can never have too many socks, right? This cute multi packet of socks are from Tesco!

7. For the girl who loves a good pamper, this is a little pamper pack of 6 peel off and mud face masks at only £5.00 on Feel Unique!

8. For the girl who loves a good cuppa, this a little festive bauble containing 10 tea bags by BlueBird Tea Co. in the choice of Christmas Cake or Gingerbread Chai flavour. I think these a unique and cute idea.

9. Secret Paradise Bathing Flowers, I think these a such a lovely idea they are dissolving soap petals and contain floral scents like cassis and raspberry, lily of the valley and peony, you’ll feel like your bathing amongst pretty flowers.

10. I love and already own one of these cute initial mugs. They do whatever initial you like all which is gold along with the handle and other details, with blue, lilac or pink little polka dots depending on your initial and they come presented in a pink little box. You can find these on a little online shop called Bombayduck.

11. For the girl who loves lipstick, this little hanging pyramid is by Topshop and contains a lipstick in the shade ‘hazard’ inside. I love Topshop lipsticks and this is in a lovely red shade, very festive indeed!

12. This is a book containing recipes all of which contain Nutella, perfect for someone who loves cooking/baking and also Nutella. This can be found in various places but I found this one on ASOS!

I hope you like everything I picked, which of the products I mentioned would you most like to receive?

Merry Christmas,
Anna

1st Of December | Count Down To Christmas

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So it’s the 1st of December, which means it’s officially the count down to Christmas. I know what you’re thinking ‘another over excited Christmas lover’ well its true! I could not help but write a blog post relating to Christmas, now I think it’s officially acceptable to get excited for it. For those of you shouting ‘bah humbug’ well you’ll either loath this blog post or maybe it will get you in the festive mood and you’ll love it. My blog from now until Christmas is going to be filled with blog posts such as gift guides, stocking fillers, party fashion, Christmas jumpers and festive make up looks!

As a start to my Christmassy blog posts, I thought why not share all the reasons I am looking forward to about this festive month.

Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house

Cute Christmas decorations

Log fires

♥ Mince pies

♥ Wrapping presents

Drinking mulled wine

♥ Family

Christmas shopping

 Cosy, cute PJ’s

 Slippers and cosy socks

 Giving presents

Receiving presents

Christmas lights

♥ Pigs in blankets

Christmas dinner

♥ Candles, candles and more candles

♥ Festive fashion and festive make up

♥ Baths with, Christmas Lush Cosmetics bath bombs

My dog in her Christmas Santa jumper

♥ Christmas blog posts

Scarves, hats, gloves, boots and coats

Costa Coffee, black forest hot chocolates and chai tea lattes

Listening to my favourite Christmas song ‘The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York’

 

What are you most looking forward to this Christmas? and what would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments!

Anna