Hi everyone,

So this is the first time I have been ‘tagged’ in anything in the world of blogging, which for me is very exciting! The lovely Maira from Love From Maira tagged me in the ‘beauty blogger tag’ with 10 questions to answer.

Let’s dive right in!

1. Do you prefer a matte or dewy foundation? 

If you’d asked me this about a year ago I would have said matte every day of the week, but more recently I have been loving a dewy finish. I still use a setting powder after my liquid foundation as I find it makes it last a lot better through the day and gives me a good base for blush, contour and highlighting. I’ve been loving the L’oreal ‘True Match’ and Rimmel ‘Wake me Up’ over the last few months as I find they give me a medium coverage, but they’re both completely buildable if you need more.

2. How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Be honest! 

I’m SO rubbish for this… I would say maybe once a month or every 2? Is that really bad? I’m not even sure how often I’m supposed to do it! I would say I probably clean my foundation one more than the others because I don’t want to be re-using it if I’ve had a breakout or exceptionally oily skin, but for eyeshadow brushes, I usually just get the previous colour off on the back of my hand. But saying that, I do have about 10 which I tend to stick to the same colours with…. So I hope that’s not too disgusting!

3. What is a beauty trend you really don’t like/understand?

Bad fake tan. Do girls not look in the mirror and just think they’d prefer to be pale than bright orange? Oh and I never got using concealer as a lipstick when we were in secondary school. Just no.

4. What do you think is the key to a flawless base? 

Primer. All day, every day. I have just started using a new one from Beautiful Movements and it is incredible. It smoothes my skin and gives my foundation such a good base to ‘stick’ to and I’ve found my makeup stays on so much better throughout the day now. I tend to use it after my moisturiser or BB cream depending on what mood I’m in. Before that, I was using a 3-in-1 primer from seventeen which I also loved for a flawless base.

5. Are you guilty of purchasing products ‘for the blog’? 

I honestly don’t think I am. Everything I write about I usually already own. The only time I might have done this is possibly buying something new in order to photograph it instead of my makeup encrusted one. But it is usually something I was going to repurchase anyway! I don’t think there is anything wrong with this though as long as the blogger is giving their honest opinion and has tried it out properly.

6. What is your most favourite part when applying makeup? 

I would say definitely eye makeup. I have only recently started wearing a lot more eyeshadows and this has completely changed how much I value my makeup. I used to stick to the same two for work and nights out, but now I love experimenting as much as possible with different shades. I also love doing my mascara as I am quite proud of my eyelashes. I tend to curl them and then use about 3 different mascaras to separate, lengthen and give some clumps (because some clumps are ok!)

7. What is your go-to lip product? 

I’m not a huge lipstick fan. I do love wearing them on a night out, but I wouldn’t say I couldn’t live without them. Saying that, I feel a colour on my lip definitely brings a makeup look together. I tend to suffer from quite chapped lips throughout the year so I have a stash of Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms in my handbag at all time which gives me a bit of colour and also stops my lips from drying out. My favourite is the peachy shade and the red – I think I’ve been through about 4 of each!

8. You have to get rid of everything in your makeup bag apart from one thing – what would you keep?

Mascara! I love the Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme or the Rimmel Scandaleyes because they both have thick brushes which I think work better for my lashes. If I had to choose just one of the two, it would be Rimmel as I think it separates my lashes far better and is buildable.

9. What is a beauty tip you swear by? 

Drinking 2 litres of water a day. I tend to drink a bit more when I am at work but I definitely think my skin suffers when I don’t get enough. Oh and always take your makeup off at night! And use an eye cream! I think that’s it…

10. Why did you want to start blogging about beauty? 

I would say that although I tend to blog about everything, beauty is one of those really exciting topics because there is always something new to try. I tend to rely on a lot of beauty bloggers opinions on products before I go out and buy them, and I would love to think that people find my tips and opinions useful.

Thank you to Maira for tagging me!!

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1. You are constantly thinking about your next meal, and if you aren’t, you’re probably asleep.

2. The majority of your wage goes on eating out.

3. You think it’s amusing when people get ‘full’ off the pre-starter bread.

4. You don’t really need to see the menu because you’ve rehearsed it from the restaurant’s website in anticipation, but you take one to avoid embarrassment.

5. You have a mild panic attack when people say that don’t want a starter.

6. You have your Instagram filter already picked out before the food has even arrived.

7. You get exasperated if the waiter waits too long to give you the dessert menu.

8. Set menus are your best friend.

9. 90% of your social media consists of arty pictures of food from different angles.

10. You can’t go a couple of hours without some form of snack.

11. Your perfect job would be a restaurant critic.

12. You wish you were in some way related to Mary Berry.

13. You spend most of your workday asking people what they have for lunch/dinner.

14. You have no room in your drawers at work because they are full of food.

15. The majority of your Sky box is full of MasterChef/Bake Off or anything featuring Jamie Oliver.

16. You are attracted to anyone who can cook… regardless of gender.

17. You die a little inside when people say that aren’t that bothered about food.

18. You eat the bulk of your ingredients whilst you are cooking.

19. You can’t deal with slow eaters.

20. You have more cookbooks than anyone else you know (not that you even use them…) 


Are you a food lover? Do you agree with the above? 

xx

Last Friday, myself and my friend Helena tootled along to Manchester for the Holland and Barrett beauty event that was held at the Castlefield Rooms in Manchester. I had been invited a few weeks before, but felt a little too anxious to turn up to an event by myself so I asked if I could bring my blogger friend! In true Ellie style we arrived dot on 12, so decided that instead of looking like the keenest bloggers on earth, that we would grab a coffee before heading into the event.

We were greeted by Manisha and Jade from iProspect who had organised the event with Holland and Barrett in support of ‘natural beauty’. Both of the girls were lovely and made us feel very welcome, showing us the different stalls and the where the prosecco table was… Priorities!

We wandered about the room and had a look at the Dr Organic tanning and exfoliating products, a nail stand with all vegan polishes, a makeup station with ‘Beautiful Movements’ products and a stand from ‘The Beauty Kitchen’ which supports 100% natural products.

The Beauty Kitchen’s ethos is “we believe in 100% natural, 100% effective and 100% affordable products.” When we were at the stall, we used the 60-second manicure scrub and rinsed with warm water and I was amazed at how soft my hands felt afterwards, literally like silk! We spoke to the woman a bit more and she advised that they are based in Glasgow and sell most of their products online, but also in Holland and Barrett stores. She also said that if we visited the Chester branch of Holland and Barrett then we would be able to make our own personalised salt scrub, which I think sounds amazing! I was really intrigued by this stall because I feel as though I don’t use enough natural products, and don’t look into the ingredients of the ones I do put on my body. Their mission statement really resonated with me – “we believe you should not have to compromise on your beauty products to be good to the environment” because I, unfortunately, do not think about this when purchasing beauty and skincare products but its something I’d like to change in the future.

After we had done a lap of the room it was time for lunch, and the food was amazing. I won’t rave on too much about it, but every one of us bloggers mentioned the potatoes on Twitter afterwards (lolz you had to be there!) After lunch (and maybe some more prosecco) we had a talk from the Beauty Marketing Manager from Holland and Barrett whose job I’ve decided I now want! I’ll admit that before the event, I wasn’t even aware of how many beauty products that Holland and Barrett sold online, but there’s pages and pages dedicated to natural beauty and cosmetics. I think because H&B is mostly associated with vitamins, supplements, healthy living and a high-street shop, their extensive online range is rarely advertised. They also have beauty and skincare articles, DIY recipes and all sorts on there too, so it’s worth a look!

After the talk, we had a demonstration from the Beauty Kitchen on their ‘create your own’ lip balm set. The kit itself comes in a tin and has enough ingredients to make 4 lip balms and I was amazed at how easy it was!

After this I decided to get my makeup done by the very talented Emily Jane (whose website is here) with the Beautiful Movements products. I was reluctant at first to just had a mineralise powder on my face as an all over cover, but it was so good at covering up all my redness and gave an overall flawless finish. Apparently the products she used on me are very similar to the Bare minerals range which I will soon be checking out! After some convincing, I agreed to let her do a purple grey smokey eye which turned out to look quite good against my baby blues!

At the end of the event we were given a Holland and Barrett branded tote bag with all of the products from the day and some takeaway food! In true bad blogger form I still haven’t tried the exfoliator or fake tan by Dr Organic (mostly because I have only ever had bad fake tan experiences) but I promise that as soon as I do I will write up a post 🙂

Thank you again to Holland and Barrett for inviting me. You can find all of the natural beauty range here.

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March is officially a new chapter of my life (sorry for the really cheesy intro…) I usually love March in general because it means the warmer days are on their way, the sun is shining and maybe I can finally wear some colour instead of fashioning all shades of grey? But oh no wait, it’s been snowing, yet sunny, but really really REALLY cold. So who knows when the season will start properly.

I’ve recently had quite a bad experience with my mood, not for any reason in particular but it’s noticeably been up and down. I’ve been watching a few Youtube videos and reading various blogs on the topic of mental health and people’s experiences with the different types and it seems like I’m not the only one. I haven’t always been honest about my battle with anxiety, more so with myself than anyone else, but when I wrote this post last year, it had one of the best responses of anything I’ve ever written, and to me that just shows how much people want to know they’re not alone. But I don’t want this blog post to be about that.

I’ve noticed that sometimes I can get so busy and bogged down with work, friends, relationships and everything in general that I can sometimes forget about the little things in my life; the day-to-day things that make me happy, like relaxing with a cup of tea, speaking to my friends, winding down with my laptop, writing a new blog post, playing with my cat, seeing my family… the list goes on. I’ve decided that the new season is going to bring a new way of thinking to the table, and that is to not forget the little things in life. I feel as though the brighter days in itself will make a huge impact on my mood, but I am also going to change the way I approach things day-to-day.

These are some of the things that have helped me so far in my quest to clear my head and give myself a good old spring clean;

1. De-cluttering my wardrobe. I am a massive hoarder when it comes to clothes. I don’t think I realised how bad it was until I cleaned out my cupboards over the weekend, and that’s after clearing it out last summer as well, although you wouldn’t have thought it… There are definitely some things that I want to hold on to because they hold sentimental value, but the rest I am either going to sell or give to charity. I don’t think I am at the point where I could handle having a capsule wardrobe as I am so indecisive and have to have options, but maybe it should be on my radar for the future.

2. On that note, I have recently gone through my makeup collection as well and got rid of all the products that I haven’t used in the last 3 months. You won’t believe me, but my collection has more than halved. I still had foundations I tried out when I was at university, crushed/broken eye shadows from years ago, and lipsticks that definitely do not suit my skin tone, so I got rid of them and gave some away (notably not the ones that were encrusted with foundation and dust) And I feel better for it already.

3. Still on the topic of de-cluttering (who knew that wasn’t one word btw?!) I went through my bathroom and completely gutted the whole thing. It was strangely satisfying going through all my shelves and drawers and baskets of different products and making the finished product look all pretty and organised. I also cancelled my Birchbox subscription because although I love trying new products every month, I honestly don’t have the time to try them all, which means that they just seem to take up too much room. Plus saving money = good adult and all that.

4. Colouring in. I got an adult colouring in book for Christmas off a friend, and to be honest I put it on my bookshelf as I didn’t have any crayons and may have slightly forgotten about it… But I found it the other day, took a trip to Tesco and spent the next 2 hours colouring in. At first I was a bit sceptical as to whether it would help or if I would get bored too easily, but it was amazing and it really helped me to relax. I would massively recommend them if anyone needs some downtime.

5. Stop sweating the small stuff. Suffering from anxiety means this one is quite hard but I’m trying to change my mind-set to think ‘what’s the worst that could happen’. Although it might seem quite negative to some people, once you think about the worst case scenario it actually helps you to overcome it because its never as bad as you once thought. I have a tendency to overthink things massively to the point where I get really flustered not just in work life, but my personal life as well, and I think this way of thinking will have a massive impact on my day-to-day life and help me to be more positive.

6. Write it down. I recently read about the Happiness Planner online, and I think it’s a great idea (although the £39 price tag isn’t so much fun…) If this isn’t for you, then there are definitely cheaper alternatives, and who even said you need a specific planner to write down the things that make you happy. Maybe a better alternative would be to write it all down in a notebook, or start a blog? I have found that a blog massively helps me to vent, and half of the posts I write I don’t actually ever post, it’s just a good place to get my thoughts into one place.

7. Give myself a break. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so if something doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to, it sends me into a mad panic. I need to remember that life is for living and learning and just because something isn’t going the way I imagined, it doesn’t mean the new path won’t open doors and be different and exciting. I just need to remember to step back and relax.

I’m hoping that all of these things will have a positive effect on my mood and help me ‘spring clean’ my mind. I do feel better already having just got rid of some of the clutter in my room and bathroom. It’s what they say though, a tidy home means a tidy mind 🙂

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1. You live and die in high waisted Topshop Joni jeans (or y’know, the Primark equivalent if you’re having a skint month)

2. Your work draws and cupboards at home are full of different varieties of green tea, for the one a month you actually have one.

3. You’ve managed to master the basic eyeliner flick after 7 years of practice.

4. You sometimes wonder whether to pack up all your things, travel the world and never look back but then you remember that you’re a realist.

5. You pretty much live for looking through wedding photos of the girls you went to school with over 10 years ago.

6. You’d rather park a 5 minute walk away from somewhere, than attempt to parallel park.

7. You always advocate that Autumn is your favourite season, until it comes to going outside.

8. You laugh about wearing pants with bits of material coming off them. What was that trend?

9. You live and breathe Collection’s ‘Lasting Perfection Concealer.’

10. You’d rather cut your own arm off then go without your phone for a day.

11. You have five different fitness apps on your phone and don’t use any of them.

12. You belong to at least 8 different WhatsApp groups for your different friends.

13. You secretly like when the football is on as it gives you a reason to do anything but watch it.

14. You refer to anyone under the age of 22 as a child.

15. You always thought you would end up as some big-shot in New York City living a Carrie Bradshaw-esque lifestyle.

16. You wouldn’t be able to survive without your work pals.

xx