My Tips For A Flawless Looking Base

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  • Sunday, 30 August 2015

I think that one really important step to take when attempting to achieve a flawless base is to get the right moisturiser, day and night, for your skin. I think that this plays a key roll in how your skin looks because it is the first product to be applied onto clean skin both on a morning and on an evening, and if you use a moisturiser that isn't correct for your skin type, chances are it will start to effect what your skin looks like. My skin, for example, has a combination skin type. So I  need an oil free moisturiser, that isn't too heavy and preferably has some sort of SPF. After many trials and tribulations I have discovered that Benefit's Triple Performing Facial Emulsion works the best for me and my skin type.
This is one thing that I can't stress enough - ALWAYS take off your make up before going to sleep! Throughout the day our faces can get really dirty, so even if you don't wear make up, if you want to make your base as flawless as it can be, washing your face before bed will really help! Personally I use a cleanser and toner before applying my moisturiser both before bed and when I wake up. I have really been enjoying products from the Nars Skincare range, which I wrote a review on here.
Touching your face as little as possible will really aid in providing a more flawless looking base. Not only will it keep your make up looking fresh but it will also help to protect your face from break outs. So, don't pick your spots, don't rub your face, don't sit with your head in your hands or lean your face on your hand - they are full germs! We touch everything with your hands, so no matter if you've just cleaned them, avoid putting them on your face if you want to make your complexion as flawless as it can be!
This may just be down to personal experience but I have used a number of foundations over the years, and my skin seems to me to have looked its best, and most flawless, when I have used a more premium base product. I am not saying that all high-street foundations are amazing and that all luxury foundations are great, just that you need to carefully pick and choose which foundations work the best with your skin. For me it has been Benefit's Hello Oxygen Wow and Nars Sheer Glow, both of which are on the premium side of things. That's not to say that one day I may stumble across a high-street foundation with a compatible formula for my skin type that also provides a flawless look for me.

What are your top tips for a flawless base?
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Book Review | Kate Grenville's The Lieutenant

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  • Friday, 28 August 2015

A historical novel based on the life of a young man finding his true calling in life as part of the first settlement in New South Wales...
I am a huge lover of historical fiction (something you will already know if you are a regular reader of my blog) however, this book in particular really caught my attention as it was set in a place I know practically nothing about. Having never studied Australia at any point in my academic life, I realised that I knew virtually nothing about the origins of the country or its first settlements. I was aware that a lot of convicts were shipped over in the 1700s, but other than that I was relatively hazy on any details.
I very much enjoyed The Lieutenant and found that it was a book that I didn't want to put down. It had a very simple storyline of one man's life and his journey to discovering himself. In the Authors Note at the end of the novel, Grenville reviles that it is based on a real man and true events. Although she changed the names an imagined up the conversations, the details of the settlement and the events that happened were all collated from the gentleman's own diary. It was a very heart-felt book that evoked a number of emotions whilst reading it.
As a boy Daniel Rooke was always an outsider. At school he learned to hide his clever thoughts from his cruel peers; at home his parents were bemused by their bookish son. Daniel could only hope - against all the evidence - that he would one day find his place in life.
By 1788, Daniel has become Lieutenant Rooke, astronomer with the First Fleet as it lands on the unknown shores of New South Wales. As the newcomers struggle to establish a settlement for themselves and their cargo of convicts, and attempts are made to communicate with those who already inhabit this land, Rooke sets up his observatory to chart the stars.
But the place where they have landed will prove far more revelatory than the night sky. Out on his isolated point, Rooke comes to know the local Aboriginal people, and forges a remarkable connection with one child, which will change his life in ways he never imagined.
Based on real events, Kate Grenville's stunning new novel conveys the poignancy and emotional power of an extraordinary friendship, and how through a man might find himself: a story that resonates across the oceans and across the centuries.
Kate Grenville is one of Australia's best-loved authors. Her works of fiction have won numberous awards both in Australia and Internationally. She lives in Sydney and maintains a website.
Have you read anything by Grenville?
What Books have you been reading lately?
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OOTD On The Welsh Coastline Of Abereron | Summer Staples

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  • Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The perfect background for a outfit post...

Welsh landscapes are beautiful and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to sneak a quick few photos for an OOTD post. I have really been loving these few summer staples and thought it'd be fun to share the different elements of the outfit.


Stripe Tee - ASOS - Link
Short Dungarees - ZARA - Link (similar)
Shoes - Topshop - Link (similar)
Shirt - New Look - Link (similar)

What summer staples have you been loving this summer?


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LACURA Aqua | Complete Muliti Intensive Serum

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  • Monday, 24 August 2015

Although I have been enjoying quite a lot of premium skincare of late, I have put my self on a little beauty spending ban for the last few weeks which has made me take a step back into exploring more budget skincare buys. I am going to New York in a few weeks which I am so excited about! However, because I plan on having a huge Sephora haul I have stopped myself from buying new beauty products because I am sure that I will want to buy quite a lot whist I am over in the US.
I had never really used a serum as part of my skincare routine before a few months ago, and even then it was only because I was given one by Benefit Cosmetics when I used to work for them. I hadn't really thought that their Instant Comeback Serum was doing that much for my skin, until I stopped using it a few weeks ago. I used to apply it every night once I had taken off my make up, before applying my moisturiser. Once I realised that I didn't have too much left I decided to keep it for pamper nights to use as a bit of a treat, because I couldn't fork out £36 to buy a replacement due to my spending ban.
However, once I stopped using the serum as part of my everyday routine I could really notice a difference with my skin. It felt dry and tight on a morning, and I felt as though my face didn't look as radiant or smooth as it had been previously. I decided that I needed a new serum in my routine, and quick! I had been unsure about which one to pick up, as even high street brand serums are still quite expensive. But when I was doing my weekly shop with the boy in Aldi, I spotted a serum from their LACURA range. It was priced at £3.49 which already made me doubtful as I thought that with that sort of price tag the product probably wouldn't be too good. It was also an unknown brand to me and so I wasn't sure about how good it was going to be. I glanced up on the price sheet however and it said that it had been voted as best serum for some sort of women's award. As I was under a bit of tight schedule I popped it into my trolley and thought that the worst that could happen was that I had wasted £3.49. 
I have to  say though, I have been very impressed with this serum. I have been applying two pumps on to my face and neck both before my daily moisturiser and my night moisturiser, as advised on the bottle. It is so soft on the skin and soaks in really fast, but leaves my skin feeling hydrated. My skin just feels nice and plum and looks so much better. I have really enjoyed using this product as part of my daily routine for the last few weeks, and I can't believe it is at such a bargain price. It just goes to show that just because you haven't read loads of blogger's reviews about a product, it doesn't mean that it isn't any good. Hopefully this will make me a bit more willing to try a few more budget brand products in the future.
Have you tried anything from the LACURA range?
What bargain beauty buys have you bought lately?
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My Current Love | Coral Tones

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  • Sunday, 23 August 2015

Recently I have been embracing summer and have really enjoyed incorporating coral tones into my beauty routine...
If you are a regular reader of my blog then you have probably seen this little guy pop up multiple times. I don't have too many items from Topshop's beauty range, but this Cream Blush of theirs in Head Over Heels is a lovely little number. I think it is such a versatile blusher in the sense that it can be worn for a range of different occasions throughout the year. I have really been enjoying it as a light summer shade which is great in terms of colour but also in terms of consistency. With it being a cream blush it is so easy to blend into my make up whilst maintaining a dewy and fresh look.

Speaking of Topshop beauty, I have also been wearing their beautiful coral lipstick. It is slightly matte and so I have been teaming it with some Carmex lip balm and applying a very thin layer of the lipstick. It has incredible pigmentation which is great as it doesn't need to be constantly topped up. I love having natural make up with this coral shade as it looks so summery and acts as a bit of a statement colour.

This nail vanish hasn't left my toe nails for weeks and weeks, I just can't stop reapplying it! Every time I sit to do my feet and decide what colour I want to put on, I just keep on grabbing this bottle. When I haven't been at work I have also been applying this lovely orange coral vanish on to my finger nails. It is a beautiful colour for summer and the NCLA brand is a great nail vanish. It is highly chip-resistant and only needs two coats for really good coverage.


I was so happy to receive this deluxe sample from Nars of their iconic blusher, Orgasm. However, for me personally, it didn't work out too well on my cheeks. It is a gorgeous rose pink with flecks of gold running through it. However, it was too glitzy on my cheeks, especially for an everyday look and so I put it to one side. However, a few months later I decided that I wanted a copper/pink eyeshadow and I had a sudden brainwave about Orgasm. I tried it out as an eyeshadow and it hasn't left my lids since. I have really enjoyed using this as a statement eyeshadow shade.

Have you been enjoying Coral this summer?
What is your summer colour?

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Photo Diary | Trip To Wales - Part Two

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  • Saturday, 22 August 2015

The photo diary of my trip to Wales continues...
If you didn't already know, I went on a lovely week long holiday to Wales with the boy and some of my friends from University. It was such a fun week and you can have a look at Part One of my Photo Diary here, or continue reading for Part Two. 

On the Wednesday we had a trip to a beautiful National Trust property that had a working farm. It was so lovely to walk around the gardens and see the animals in the wonderful sunshine. We stopped in the café for a cream tea. The cacti in the green house were amazing and it has really inspired me to get some of my own.

On Thursday we got up early and decided to drive down the coast to visit St David's. It was a beautiful coastline to visit. We organised to go out to sea to go mackerel fishing. It was so much fun and you were able to keep anything that you caught. Once we had got back to the beach we set up camp and had a little BBQ and cooked the fish that we had just caught. It was so amazing to be eating fish that fresh and it tasted so so good.

In the afternoon and early evening of Thursday we stayed by the beach and got into our wetsuits. It was such a lovely day that we were able to body board and splash around in the sea - something that I have never done before. We had so much fun and it was the perfect way to end a lovely week.

On the Friday morning we woke up and packed up the car before heading back down to the harbour for one last time. We had a beautiful lunch followed by a gorgeous honey ice cream before saying our goodbyes and heading back up north.
Are you going away anywhere nice this summer?

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Photo Diary | A Trip To Wales - Part One

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  • Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Two weeks ago me and the boy drove over to Wales to meet up with two of my best friends from University for a week of exploring the Welsh Coast, National Trust visits and lots of great food with lovely company...

We ended up getting to Aberaeron on the Sunday evening, earlier than our friends, so after we had dumped our bags and had a quick change of clothes we headed over to The Harbourmaster Hotel for a lovely meal and drinks by the harbour. I had a seafood risotto whilst the boy opted for a Welsh beef burger. After a slow walk along the coast line, we went back to the caravan park and settled in for the night.

After  a morning of big hello’s and catch ups we headed down to explore a bit of the town of Aberaeron. We bought some supplies and made our way back to the caravan to cook up a hearty brunch. We decided to explore some of the local beaches, so we hopped into the car and drove down to the coast which was a beautiful beach with slate cliffs.

After a walk up the coastline and a little paddle in the sea we drove down to the next little cove which was called Mwnt. This had a beautifully secluded beach which was so clean and wonderfully quiet. We sat and watched a few body borders before climbing up the cliffs as it is supposedly the prime spot to see dolphins, once the tyde has come in. Unfortunately we didn’t see any dolphins, so after taking a fair few scenic shots, we walked back down the cliff face to go and find somewhere for dinner. We ended up in a lovely Greek restaurant with quite a rustic setting and wonderful home cooked food.

The next day a lazy morning in the caravan was due after the busy day before, but once we were up, dressed and ready we jumped into the car and drove a bit further into Wales to see the ruins of A National Trust Castle. We stopped off at a few little shops on the way and had a picnic in the sunshine in the grounds. Once we had explored the castle, taking yet more pictures of the amazing scenery, we went over to Newport, a quaint little Welsh town. We had a look around a local craft fare, called in at the butchers and went into a lovely little antique shop in which I picked up three books for just £2.90! After a drive back to the caravan we got prepping with the BBQ and had an amazing feast, followed by a few unsuccessful board games and a cheeky drink before bed.

I hope you have enjoyed part one of my trip to Wales, be sure to pop back on Friday to find out what I got up to during the rest of the week!

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