Superdrug Haul: September 2017

Superdrug Haul: September 2017

MAYBELLINE Maybelline Superstay 24h Setting Spray • Maybelline • £6.99
MAYBELLINE Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Highlight • Maybelline • £7.99
MAYBELLINE Bronzing Powder • Maybelline • £5.99
Rimmel Radiance Shimmer Brick • Rimmel • £5.99
Rimmel London Kate Lipstick • Rimmel • £4.49
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick Moca 720 • Rimmel • £5.99
Rimmel Super Gel Nail Polish Punk Rock • Rimmel • £5.99
Rimmel Moisture New Lipstick • Rimmel • £6.74
Rimmel London Insta Conceal & Contour Palette • Rimmel • £4.87
Rimmel Wonder Full Mascara – Black • Rimmel • £6
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – True Nude • Rimmel • £11
Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara • Rimmel • £6.74
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara • Rimmel • £5.24–6.99
Rimmel London Rimmel Bb Cream – Very Light 30ml • Rimmel • £6.99
Nip+fab Kale Fix Moisturiser • Nip + Fab • £14.95

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Top 10s Of The Month: Tv & Film

Top 10s Of The Month: Tv & Film

Okay, this is something a little different admittedly but since it’s coming to the end of the month, I wanted to do a sort of “round-up” week, so I will do top 10s, a drugstore haul and all the ones I used to do on my old blog, I feel like it’s easier to do my top 10’s in one post as a whole, instead of individual.

Top 10 Films:

  1. Wild Child
  2. Angus Thongs
  3. Bad Education Movie
  4. Shrek 4
  5. Toy Story 3
  6. No Strings Attached
  7. Friends With Benefits
  8. Bridesmaids
  9. Beauty & The Beast
  10. High School Musical 3

Top 10 TV Shows

  1. Gavin and Stacey
  2. The Inbetweeners
  3. Miranda
  4. The Wrong Man’s
  5. Bad Education
  6. Skins
  7. Fresh Meat
  8. Lovesick
  9. Once Upon A Time
  10. Riverdale

Monthly Favourites: September 2017

Monthly Favourites: September 2017

I have been loving a lot this month and here is a roundup of everything that I’ve been loving, whether it’s wearing (makeup), listening (Music or radio), or watching (TV or films), if there’s anything like that haha. I haven’t included every single favourite thing, obviously because that would take forever, just a few bits and pieces 🙂

 

  1. Dove Dry Shampoo:

I never thought that I would fully adopt dry shampoo simply because I love washing my hair every day. (I feel like that’s almost weird these days!) But I’ve been trying to cut down on washing to make my hair healthier, so I read some reviews and picked up a dry shampoo for in-between days. I am amazed at the quality of this drugstore one! It refreshes and revives while leaving zero residue. It also imparts a subtle, but delicious smell that lasts all day. Perfection.

2. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water:

I ran out of my usual make-up remover this month and decided to try Garnier’s new Micellar Cleansing Water instead. Micellar Cleansing Water promises to thoroughly remove make up in the gentlest way possible, without harsh chemicals. In fact, it contains purified water and multiple vitamins, giving the skin instant hydration. I am so pleasantly surprised at how this product manages to be so effective (it removes super heavy eye make-up in a single swipe) and soothing at the same time!

 

  1. L’Oréal Voluminous Superstar Mascara:

It’s hard to even describe how impressed I am by this mascara. This cool product is double sided: one side has a white primer and the other is the actual black mascara. The primer adds instant volume and thickness to my lashes. After a few seconds, I go over the primed lashes with the opposite side. If you’re like me and prefer lush, thick, dramatic lashes, I definitely recommend this product! If not, you can skip the primer and apply as little as you’d like. Did I mention that it neverclumps?!

 

  1. Budget Planner

The Busy B Budget Book is nice little A5 book that’s firmly aimed at household use for somebody who wants somewhere to keep track of their money coming in and going out – and definitely not at the accountant who will no doubt have more sophisticated ways of doing this. The cover has a nice patterned design, and inside there is a section for each month (January to December, with no reference to year, so it can be used at any time). In each month, you can write in money coming in and money going out; there are separate headings for standing orders, direct debits, etc, and plenty of room to write things in

 

 

My Top 10’s Of The Month: Music

My Top 10’s Of The Month: Music

Okay, this is something a little different admittedly but since it’s coming to the end of the month, I wanted to do a sort of “round-up” week, so I will do top 10s, a drugstore haul and all the ones I used to do on my old blog, I feel like it’s easier to do my top 10’s in one post as a whole, instead of individual.

Top 10 Songs

  1. You Said You’d Grow Old With Me by Michael Schulte
  2. Happier by Ed Sheeran
  3. Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith
  4. Love Me Or Leave Me by Little Mix
  5. Shoutout To My Ex by Little Mix
  6. Million Reasons by Lady Gaga
  7. What About Us by P!nk
  8. Praying by Kesha
  9. Hold On by Shawn Mendes
  10. Can I Be Him by James Arthur

Top 10 Albums

  1. Get Weird by Little Mix
  2. X by Ed Sheeran
  3. Unwritten by Shawn Mendes
  4. The Time Of Our Lives by Miley Cyrus
  5. Feline by Ella Eyre
  6. Nervous System by Julia Micheals
  7. Divide by Ed Sheeran
  8. The High Road by JoJo
  9. High School Musical The Collection by HSM Cast
  10. Know It All by Alessia Cara

How To Pack A Suitcase

How To Pack A Suitcase

*Photo is a bought stock photo*

 

Your Clothes
Step 1: Gather all the garments you anticipate needing. Then put half of them back. Select clothes in the same color family, packing more tops than bottoms. For a five-day trip, you’ll likely need five shirts, two pairs of slacks or jeans, and one skirt. The average 22-inch check-in bag fits roughly two pairs of jeans, three sweaters, two dresses, and five shirts.

Step 2: Choose knits, wools, and cottons. These fabrics tend to resist wrinkles and are versatile (some garments can do double duty, like yoga pants that moonlight as pajamas).

Step 3: Roll softer garments and fold stiffer ones. Underwear, T-shirts, jeans, cotton pants, and knitwear won’t wrinkle when rolled tightlyStiffer fabrics, such as starched cotton shirts, blazers, dressy pants, and skirts, should be carefully folded.

Step 4: Arrange rolled items in the bottom of the bag. Think of your suitcase as a three-layer cake. The suitcase is the icing; the rolled items make up the first layer.

Step 5: Place folded garments next. For your (cream filling) middle layer, start with the longest items, like skirts and slacks. Stack the garments on top of each other, alternating waists with hems. Position the pile flush with the suitcase, draping leftover fabric over the opposite end. (This conserves space since thick waistbands won’t be piled on top of one another.) Wrap the draping ends of the pile into the center. Next, lay collars of shorter items, like shirts, at the hinge with the ends over the handles. Fold the collars and ends over once and fold the arms in.

Step 6: Cover the pile with a dry-cleaning bag. It’s like Botox for your clothes. Because of the bag’s slippery surface, folded clothes don’t stay in one place long enough for creases to set. Easy upgrade: Place a bag between each layer of clothing. To get to a certain layer easily, simply pull the ends of the bag up on either side.

Step 7: Top the pile with the clothes you’ll need first. Anything goes with your top layer―a bathing suit or pajamas.

Step 8: Snake belts around the perimeter of the bag. This cradles your three layers.

Your Shoes

Step 1: Follow the rules of three. Consider one casual sandal or loafer, sneakers, and an evening shoe to be your holy trinity. “Because of their shapes and heels, shoes take up the most room,” says Marybeth Bond, author of 50 Best Girlfriends Getaways ($16, amazon.com). Wear the heaviest pair and pack the other two.

Step 2: Stuff shoes with sunglasses and electronics chargers, says Anita Dunham-Potter, a cruise columnist for MSNBC.com.

Step 3: Slip shoes into one-gallon-size resealable bags. Then set them along the sides of the bag, says Gilford.

Your Beauty Products

Step 1: Opt for travel-size multitaskers. Choose a tinted moisturizer that serves as foundation, a soap, and shampoo in one, and wipes that clean hands and face. (If you’re flying with a carry-on, check current regulations for liquids at tsa.gov.)

Step 2: Fill empty bottles with your favorite brands.  A mere four inches high by four inches wide, it’s stocked with eight clear containers for lotions, contact-lens solution, and the like. Fill them three-quarters full.

Step 3: Protect your belongings from ugly mishaps. Denise Boyd, a flight attendant for JetBlue, slips socks over her coarsely bristled brushes that “can tear into clothes and cause snags.”

Step 4: Group similar products in sealed resealable bags. Designate one sack for your cosmetics, one for your hair products, and one for skin-related items. Tuck the bags in the side corners of your suitcase or in a zippered outside pocket.

Your Jewelry
Stow inexpensive pieces in a seven day plastic pillbox. Or store them in a 35-millimeter film container lined with tissue. If you must take precious gems, wear them during your travels to reduce the risk of loss or theft, suggests Gilford.

Your Breakables
Wrap fragile items in sturdy clothing. Place them in the center of your bag surrounded. If you’re carting liquor bottles, secure them in the bottom center of your bag.

Blogger Photo Tips

Blogger Photo Tips

one | Lighting: Think bright, but not too bright. The one mistake I made when I first got my camera and started taking pictures was thinking that the object I was shooting needed to be in direct sunlight in order to get a good photo. That couldn’t be more far from the truth. You want to take your photos near a bright natural light source like a large window or an open door, but not in the afternoon sun on the sidewalk in front of your house. Playing around with the lighting is something I constantly do when I set up to take photos. Sometime’s it’s more flattering to have light coming in from one side or the other and sometimes it’s more flattering to have your subject facing the light source.

two | Props: Including props and staging your photos helps to make them more appealing and create a story within your photograph.It’s simple and I love simple! If you’re looking for even more inspiration, I suggest checking out Live Laugh Rowe and A Night Owl Blog. Both have an incredible talent for staging their photos and do so in ways that I only wish I could!

three | Backgrounds: Let’s face it, no one wants to see your messy living room or kitchen in the background of your pretty blog photos. It’s just not all that pretty and appealing to the eye. Instead, grab yourself a piece of plain white poster board and set it up as the background for your photos. Or better yet, make yourself a faux chalkboard background– that’s one of my favorites to use, actually. (DIY Faux Slate Chalkboard Photo Background) Remember that when you’re shooting from above, what’s under your subject is even more important than your back drop. I know a lot of bloggers use photography backdrops such as these on Etsy and some just take the pictures out on their deck, on decorative tile in their house, or on their hardwood floors. You just have to figure out what works best for you and for the specific photos you’re taking.

four | Angles: Play with your angles. Don’t just sit there and take photos of your subject from one point of view, move around, and take pictures from every angle possible. You may surprise yourself. You’ll capture light and shadows in different ways and highlight your subject in different ways as well. Get down on the ground and take a photo from that angle and then grab a chair to get one directly overhead and continue snapping until you find that “perfect shot.” That’s exactly what I do when I take my photos and you know what? I never, ever choose the first photo for a blog post. It’s usually one of the last photos I took, so it really pays to play around a little bit.

five | Think Vertical: I don’t know about you, but Pinterest is my #1 referral for my blog. It has been for a while, but I saw a huge increase in my re-pins and traffic from Pinterest when I began creating pin-worthy vertical photos. A vertical photo takes up more real estate on Pinterest and the more space you take up, the more likely someone is to see your pin and the more likely they will be to re-pin it. You see, Pinterest limits the amount of space an image can take up horizontally, but vertically the size isn’t limited as much. And I say “as much” because they’ve just recently added an “expand pin” button on the mile-long images. The sweet-spot-size for me has been 1000×3000 pixels. The only trouble I have is remembering to take vertical photos while I’m snapping away. So just remember to “think vertical!”