So for the majority of December I haven’t bothered with very much make-up. My skin has been awful, dry and very very spotty.
However there have been a few things which I’ve loved throughout the month.
I recently picked up the Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation. I matched the colour ‘cool ivory’ I don’t think I’ve found a foundation that is perfect for my skin. The colour matches well and it doesn’t have the orange tinge that many foundations I have had previously have.
It’s very light but high coverage. It feels light when you’re applying it and it doesn’t feel heavy at all.
It’s quite a pricey foundation at a cost of £32.50 but it’s certainly worth it.
The scent that I have been loving is Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ I received this bottle last year for Christmas but I still have plenty left. I use it sparingly but you don’t need much of it for it to smell good.
I use both of these Benefits products together. I use the pencil to outline my brows and get some colour to them as they are quite light. I then use the brow gel to add precision to my brows and make them look more defined.
NYX matte liquid lipsticks have become my favourite. They are the only ones that I will wear as they are so easy, once they are dry that’s it. I can put it on and it will stay on all day, easy!
The NYX liquid illuminator is my favourite highlighter. I’ve been using it for a few months and it still works well.
The L’Oreal triple active nourish moisturizer has been a saviour to my dry skin. It really helps make my skin feel soft and smooth, it works as a great base for foundation as well.
This Ted Baker body spray is so cute and mini. It’s perfect to chuck into your handbag and spray when you need.
I’ve been looking to buy a Happiness Planner for well over a year now. I’ve heard many good reviews and plenty of Instagram posts about them.
“The Happiness Planner is a planner like no other. Instead of focusing on productivity, it focuses on “your happiness”. It is designed to help you welcome more positivity, joy, and happiness into your life by applying the practices of positive thinking, positive affirmations, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development. The focus is on making each day a positive experience, building introspection into your routine and increasing self-awareness.”
I bought the Rose gold and black planner. It comes with a rose gold pen, paper clips, binder clips as well as printouts of different reflective activities.
The planner begins with a series of reflective exercises to help you on your ‘happiness roadmap’ It encourages you to take a deep look at yourself and it’s harder than you may think.
You think about your strengths, weaknesses, where would you like to be in the future as well as your hopes and dreams. You then spend 365 days planning how you will integrate these happiness habits into your daily life.
I’ve wanted one as I wanted to start 2017 with positivity. I struggle to stay positive an awful lot of the time and I thought this planner would enable me to change my mindset. I have recently read a lot of books and read about mindfulness and I think this planner helps with that. Each day, you reflect on your day and work on being happier.
This is what the planner helps you with:
Set goals that will maximize your happiness level.
Practice self-reflection so that you understand yourself better.
Plan your life around things that truly matter with those who truly matter.
Start each day with an exciting and inspiring thought.
Cut out things that hold you back.
Train your mind to always look at the positive side of things.
Learn to master the art of resilience.
Strengthen relationships with your loved ones.
Spend more time and money on things that truly make you happy
Eat healthy and exercise regularly
End each day with gratitude
I’m planning on doing a full review of the planner, once I’m finished and to see if it makes a difference.
When the online world gets you down, sometimes it’s better just to switch off and get away from your laptop, phone and all things social media.
I spend an awful lot of time on social media and online with the course I’m studying at university. It can become utterly time consuming and it’s very easy to get swept up in it, I can spend hours scrolling Facebook and not realising how much time I’ve spent online.
I wrote a previous blog post about how Instagram is ruining confidence and it’s true, you end up feeling inadequate and jealous of others. Before you know it you’ve spent hours scrolling Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. That time is wasted and you are left feeling unproductive.
I sometimes have a day where I switch off my phone and just have a day to myself. There is definitely a constant need to keep updated with the news and what is happening on social media. Especially studying journalism, you can miss something big which might pop up in lectures.
Here are some ways to relax and de-stress away from anything electronic:
Emerge yourself into a project, book or hobby. Sitting down and reading a good book is my ideal way to get away from everything. I’m currently reading me before you which I’m really enjoying.
Go for a walk or run, just get outside. When I am really frustrated going for a walk can be really helpful, it can clear your head and just get me away from my laptop and working.
The book gives you an insight into Estee’s life that nobody ever had before. It mentions what’s important to her, her childhood and upbringing as well as how she met Aslan and how her Youtube venture began.
She talks about travel, food, her home and work as well.
The layout of the book makes it a pleasure to read. Pictures are featured on most pages and the overall look is beautiful.
She’s such an inspiring person and it was nice to read about her everyday struggles too. She tells a story which is what makes it so interesting to read.
I’d rate it 5*’s as it’s my new current favourite biography.