My Favourite Lip Products <3

My Favourite Lip Products <3

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Hello again!

 

As a self confessed latecomer to beauty, I have found a new love for lip products. When I say latecomer, in all honesty Ijust haven’t been hugely fussed with make up in general until about a year and a half ago, when I discovered a world of wonder, and from then I have never looked back.

I have grown to love watching beauty hauls and tutorials on youtube, and maybe if my passion grows I’ll branch out and give it a go myself. But for now, I thought I would review some of my favourites and also invite other beauty bloggers to let me know what some of your favourites are! My favourites are all relatively bright, so in a couple of months I’ll write about some great Autumn/Winter lip products.

 

  1. Rimmel Moisture Renew – 660 In Love With Ginger

    I absolutely love this lipstick; it’s really pigmented and lasts for ages, as well as making my lips look moisturised and bright. If you are after a lipstick that is more glossy, go for this one. The colour is incredible, it’s a red with a slightly orange tint. This is one of my go to colours for a night out, slightly more daring than the classic red.

  2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush – 130 I Want Candy

    This is the one I always have in my handbag – quite a bright barbie pink lippy, which is more of a colourful balm/gloss. I love that I can just whip it on and the colour stays for a quite a while before having to re –apply. If you have paler skin this shade may wash you out so I would stick to a lighter shade, however my skin is relatively pale and I feel I can pull this off!

  3. Benefit Lip Plush – Dandelion

    This lip gloss is a great nude with a slightly coral undertone; it gives your lips that little blast of subtle colour to brighten them up. I reall love the benefit glosses, and this one is a good day gloss, quite dewy and it stays for hours.

  4. Soap and Glory Sexy Motherpucker XL Extreme Plump

    This is a lipgloss every girl needs in their life. I have been a faithful follower of this for as long as I can remember. From the second I apply this clear gloss I can feel that magical tingling in my lips and can instantly see my lips are fuller and more plump – wonderful for me as I’m not blessed with naturally plump lips. If you do not own or have not tried this – I recommend it.

  5. MAC Amplified Lipstick – Morange A53

    Another fabulous product. The colour is really pigmented and lovely and bright! This lipstick is more matte so if you are looking for a glossy look, apply some clear gloss over the top of this one. I adore this lipstick and I am confident it will remain one of my favourites for a very long time!

 

If you have a favourite lip product please let me know about it, I’d love to try some more, and I would love to hear more reviews.

 

 

Love Soph xx
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Wicked – The Musical

Wicked – The Musical

I just wanted to write a quick post to let everybody know how amazing Wicked The Musical is.

I hadn’t really found out much about the story before I went to see it; I knew it was a bit of a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, but that was about it.

From the very first note that was sung; I was hooked. I just love that feeling you get when you listen to somebody sing and you get shivers down your spine, and you feel so emotional (although you can’t describe what it is you are feeling) you just feel the energy building up inside you and it is incredible.

The main characters Glinda and Elpheba were absolutely incredible singers. I particularly thought Elpheba (Nikki Davis-Jones) was fantastic, and each time she sang, I truly felt that she meant each note. Her performance really was from deep within and it showed.

Epheba (Nikki Davis-Jones)

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Waiting to go to our seats!

 I would recommend everybody go and see this wonderful musical, and here is the link to go and buy tickets! Go!

http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/

Current Favourite High Street Skincare Products

Current Favourite High Street Skincare Products

DSCN0538So for as long as I can remember I have been suffering with bad skin. Blemishes, dryness and a dull colouring are my usual facial characteristics. I find that my skin has a slightly oily t zone, but everywhere else is dry, so I need a light moisturiser, and a deep cleanser that will tackle blackheads.

I am always on the lookout for a product that is gentle on my skin, but also helps to clean and refresh my skin.

The first product I love is the Simple ‘Kind to Skin’ hydrating Light Moisturiser. This moisturiser is exactly what is says it is; it’s light on my skin, and quickly absorbs. A small bottle is lasting me ages, and I love the scent and overall feel of this moisturiser.

The second product is the Benefit ‘Remove It’ Makeup remover. This cleanser is oil free and so perfect for my skin. I use a couple of cotton wool pads and clean my face until the cotton wool pad comes away clear of dirt. The first time I used this product I was amazed at how much dirt came off my face! I adore this product and although pricey, it is so worth it. I will buy this over and over again.
The packaging of this product is also beautiful, I want to display the bottle as a decorative accessory!

My last product is the No.7 Essential Moisture Hypo-allergenic Night Cream. I have very sensitive skin so I wanted a gentle moisturiser I could apply before going to bed. My sister swears by No.7 so after receiving a voucher I decided to give it a go. This moisturiser makes my skin feel so hydrated without being thick and heavy on my skin. When I wake up in the morning I can really see the colour in my face is bright and I look ready for the day. The classic shape of the tub is lovely, and although I don’t tend to use tubs of moisturiser in case of germs spreading; I make sure I wash my hands before each application.

I hope you like this little review, and if you have any products you swear by I would love to know which ones so I can try them! I love new products!

My favourite book: August

My favourite book: August

DSCN0532[1]I can’t lie, when looking for a new book to read I normally look for something girly, pretty and possibly have something to do with moving to live somewhere in the countryside or beach, and preferably have an element of baking.

This book clearly had me hooked before I even read the blurb.

Long story short, Polly and her boyfriend live and work in the city; once their relationship and business fall through hard times, Polly takes the opportunity to up and move to a quiet bit of seaside in Cornwall, rent a shabby old house and get away from it all.

Through her love for baking she soon makes friends and starts to build up her life and her passion for baking… I’ll let you find out the rest.

This story means so much to me I could read it all over again, I can relate to Polly so much, and I actually feel like my life is quite close to her own situation. Like Polly I flee from scary and stressful situations, I want to bury my head in the sand and start again somewhere new. I adore baking and this book enlightened and reminded me of this, as soon as I had finished reading, I baked a loaf of bread. (Turned out pretty yummy too!)

I would recommend anybody who loves a good lighthearted story with a wonderfully positive and feel good ending, it wasn’t at all how I expected it to be!

Jenny Colgan’s writing is beautiful and I am now on Amazon purchasing a few more!

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15 Things I Appreciate More After Living Abroad

15 Things I Appreciate More After Living Abroad

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So after spending six months in Australia, the feeling I had on the plane home was one I can’t quite put into words; I remember wriggling in my seat and smiling for the 23 and a half hour flight, imagining all the things I would do and eat (first being a proper cup of tea), and all the things I truly appreciate.

1.My family and friends.
Although some of the people I met in Australia are and will continue to be some of my best friends, I adore my family and friends, and skype sessions aren’t quite the same.

2. Manners cost nothing.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, or what you do for a living, it is just polite to use your manners, it’s funny because it seems not many people have quite grasped the concept of queuing, and yet I found myself silently cursing the people who jumped in front of me in the queue (and still giving a polite smile if they turned to look at me, in true British fashion).

3. The cost of tea in England
Not even just the cose…  The taste, the smell, the variety, the quality… I could go on.

4. Tea really does solve everything.
Once you have found the right tea when you are abroad, never let it go. It will help you in any situation:  hungover, homesick, tired, sad, happy, everything!

5. Be nice because it’s nice, not because you want something in return.
I think this is pretty self explanatory. I am a firm believer in good karma, good things happen to good people.

6. Sometimes it’s better to just close your eyes and jump in. Take the risk.
There are certain times in life when you have to be brave, so take a deep breath and go for it! On you deathbed look back at all the great things you did, not the things you regret not doing.

7. Chocolate is only nice at home.
I’m sure it’s probably a case of ‘you get used to what you normally have’ but I spent six months trying to find a chocolate bar I liked, unsuccessfully. If anybody goes to Australia, have Tim Tams!

8. Appreciate what you have. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s in front of you.
I spent a few days missing home so much i didn’t enjoy what I was doing, and there will always be a tiny part of me that regrets it. I made sure I did absolutely everything I wanted to, and saw my friends as much as possible, home is exactly the same as how I left it.

9. Always carry a notebook and a camera.
There are so many things to document, I loved taking notes and doing little sketches and will always look back on them with a big smile.

10. You NEVER get used to mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches or spiders.
Nope. Never. Checking your bath towels for spiders will become second nature.

11. Read. As many books, magazines, blogs, journals, newspapers as you can fit in.
Learn all about where you are, and this nicely ties onto the next point.

12. Take in the different cultures.
Whilst in Australia, I lived with an Aussie/English/New Zealand family, and one of my best friends I spent most of my time with is American.

13. A lie in once in a while is great. But force yourself to get up early sometimes.
Some of the greatest days are the ones where you wake up nice and early.

14. There is no limit to what you can learn, about the world and about yourself.
It’s surprising what you can find  out about your own capabilities.

15. Happiness is only real when shared.574979_10152415353930232_1856307276_n