Monday, 20 July 2015

Too Many Lip Products in One Bag

I know that we are all guilty of this. Keeping a ridiculous amount of lip products in the bag that we are currently using. Let's face it, most of us probably have at least three lip balms on the go at once. But we are women. We like options. What if we don't fancy a red lip? Or sometimes we need to change the look from day to night. Or sometimes it's too windy for the lipgloss and a switch to lipstick is needed.
When I tipped my bag out, these were the lip products that I found...

Everyone needs a good lipbalm. The one that I am currently carting around (I say this as I have three next to my bedside table and at least another few on my desk) is the Blue Maybelline Baby Lips. This is just a great standard lip balm; it's clear and with SPF20.  
Yes I am carrying around two of the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stains. But these are jsut incredible! I have Stockholm Chic,  which is a great deep orange with just a slight bit of shimmer and New York Scene, a classic blue based red. You glide these on in the morning and they're there all day! Having now been to both of these places as well, I can truly appreciate them!
The Topshop Sheer Lips in Play With Fire, was a great sale find. I picked this up and a few others (see here) for only £3. It's a great medium coverage in a pastel like orange. It seems that you can no longer get this particular colour, but there are still some available on sale.
Who doesn't have a Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick? I have colour 110 and it's a great reddy-orange; perfect for those days when you don't quite want a red lip but you still want something bold. (Yes there is a pattern emerging here with the oranges...)
The Stila Lip Glaze in Kaleidoscope was really in there for a weekend of family gatherings and has just remained in there. However it's comforting to have a nude with a bit of sparkly is never far away.
I think that Tanya Burr's Lipgloss in Chic is one of my all time favourites. I don't need to rave about these as everyone already knows how good they are, but this is basically the perfect nude. And just so wearable!

All in all, I think I have justified the need for all of these products, as I'm sure everyone else would with theirs!

How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Current Obsession: Using Things Up

(Can you believe there is a Czech film called Empties?! This was the first thing that came up when I was perusing potential images for the top of this post; I couldn't not use it.)

Does anyone else sometimes go through this phase? Where you suddenly seem to an have an overwhelming need to try and use up every single product that you have open? Is it normal?
I think for me it began when I was roaming the States before I left. I was extremely concerned about the weight of my lugagge. When I moved out there I only had my hand lugagge and one big case; I left with an overflowing large case and a giant holdall that I had had to buy for the rest of my stuff. (I had a grand total of nearly 60kg; I had nightmares and constant anxiety about carting all of this stuff around).
Thus in attempt to lighten 'my load', I frantically tried to use up everything that I possibly could. Face wash, shower gel, shampoo, nail varnish base coats (Sorry No7, but you had gone gloopy), travel size body lotions (Thanks Ben for inevitably then squeezing out way more than I thought possible from that tube), etcetc. Although this probably all made minimal, if any difference at all, it made me feel a tiny bit more at ease.
And so since coming home it seems as if I have subconciously become obsessed with using up everything that I possibly can. I know we all find it pretty satisfying when we do in fact use up an entire concealer or finally let go of a mascara that we really should have stopped using a long time ago. But I am taking this to a whole new level, and using waaaay more of something than I need to in order to finish it quicker.

Here are then are the products that I have now used up or am in the process of!

Aromatherapy Associates - Rose Collection, Moisturiser, Cleanser, Face Mask
When trying to organise my ridiculous amount of stuff (still a work in progress), I discovered a sample size set of these. I do believe they came free from a magazine. I have since then encorporated the Renewing Rose Cleanser into my evening routine and the Triple Rose Renewing Moisturiser. Am yet to try the Rose Face Mask, but so far the other products aren't too shabby. Only problem for me is that I am not fan of the rose scent. 

Micellar Cleansing Waters
Remeber when these suddenly emerged onto the scene and everyone instantly fell in love with them? Well I am still pretty much on that bandwagon. I took the Garnier one with me...and then brought the rest of it back. Only to then remember that I still have my original L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. Awks. 

Soap&Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream Marvel
The smell of this always reminds me of first year; it was an integral part of my evening routine. Then that particular Heel Genius went a bit odd and only gave out greenish water... But this always comes in the giant Soap&Glory Christmas boxes and so I always have one lurking. This summer I am really trying to use it every night and actually put it to good use. Definitely seems to be keeping my feet looking fairly decent! 

Why is it we always end up with way more mascaras than we are ever going to use? I finally let my Maybelline The Falsies go. Definitely a repurchase needed (when I've used all the others up!) Currently trying to force myself into using the Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara; you know the one that comes in that green leaf packaging. It's just really, meh. The brush is tiny and the mascara itself just doesn't really do anything. The love, sorry mascara, of my life, my trusty Lancome Hypnose is however on it's last legs. Not to mention Soap&Glory Thick and Fast; one of those is always lurking (see above for why). 

Preface: I have enough mositurisers to last a bloody lifetime. Currently working through Hollister Crescent Bay (which is in very different packaging to the current one, but the product itself seems to improve with age), Garnier Summer body; I have both light and deep. Deep?! What was I thinking?! And a Boots Natural Collection Vanilla Body Lotion which you can no longer even still get. Don't worry though, other than the really nice smell you're not missing much with that one. 

Believe me, I could carry on here. But I will let you some time to consider the products that you're trying to use up subconsciously!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Current Music Wishlist

Another scenic Swedish shot right there, but I thought I would share this with you as this is the kind of face I feel I pull whenever I think about all the current amazing music that is going on right now!
Seriously guys, there are so many albums that I need it is unreal; I don't remember the last time that there was so much great music available to us all at one time. We're being spoilt really.

So here is my list of music albums that I am currently lusting after.

Florence and the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Alright this was a cheeky one as this was one of the first things I bought when I was back in the UK. This album is sososo good. I am loving Various Storms & Saints and Third Eye. The album artwork as well is stunning. My sister commented that she thought the cover was pretty dull, but then the booklet that comes with the Deluxe version, oh my.

Muse - Drones

Not only did this album reach No.1 in the UK but this is the band's first US No.1 album! Not to mention if Dead Inside (the bridge, oooh the bridge) and  Mercy weren't enough to draw you in I'm not really sure what else would.

Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect

Again I have cheekily listened to all of this album and it is just a work of art. Can't Deny My Love was the first song I heard months ago now and I had it on repeat for days. The rest of the album does not disappoint; not to mention that Flowers is looking pretty damn fine!

Saint Raymon - Young Blood

So much talent for such a young guy!  He is only 19. And his voice and songs are all incredible. 

Walk The Moon - Talking is Hard

I ended up listening to this entire album on Spotify completely by accident one night, and this album has sooo much more to give than just Shut Up and Dance. Don't get me wrong, I love that song when it comes on when I'm a few drinks in. But the rest of this album is sooo much better; I'm really hoping this band doesn't remain as one of those that is just known for that one song. 

Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool

Have you heard Bros yet!? Omg it's amazing. Another great song with a great bridge. (In case you hadn't guessed, a bridge is my favourite part of a song; if it has a great bridge, I'm hooked). So Wolf Alice are currently a little peeved with Florence as she took the No.1 album spot when this album was set to... which just shows that it should be a great album!

Let me know your thoughts on your current music wishlist!