26 Apr 2015

PERSONAL: Things That Made Me Happy #5


One: It's Spring! | Even though the weather was a bit rubbish on and off yesterday, and I did get soaked and resemble a bit of a drowned rat - I'm glad Spring is finally here! I'm full embracing the warmer weather, actually having the windows open and planning some less covered up outfits. Hopefully you'll all be able to see more variety in my looks, as I won't be glued to jeans and jumpers! So, where I live, there's lots of blossom trees dotted around and it's so nice to see them in full bloom. I'm totally looking forward to lots of walks down the quayside and eating outside. Yay Spring.

Two: Decorating | Even though we can't really do much with the flat because it's rented, I recently received some boxes full of amazing interior bits and pieces and I can't wait to show you all some pictures (eventually, huh). My boyfriend and I are hopefully buying a house by the end of the year, so I'm very excited at the prospect of doing it all properly. But, for now, some pretty cushions will have to do!

Three: Cake | I know this sounds ridiculous, but cake has made me happy this week. I took two lemon drizzle cakes into the office at the start of last week and they were really well received, which I'm so pleased about. I love baking for other people, as I thought I was always crap at cooking so it's nice to find something I'm actually good at. I also had a blueberry and strawberry victoria sponge the other day and I am determined to recreate it!

Four: New Beauty | Since I cut down on my beauty collection (see my blog sale here - ends today!), it's made me realised what I have and what I'm missing. If I'm honest, I could still cut it down again but we'll leave that for a few months time. I went to the shops yesterday and did some tactical, yet spontaneous, shopping and picked up some great new colours that aren't in my collection, and it's made me feel a bit more inspired with my makeup!

Five: Improving My Skin | Now, this is a bit of an odd one because my skin has completely freaked out recently and I'm not entirely sure why, so I haven't yet actually improved it. What's making me happy is the idea of figuring it out and getting it back on track. Weird? Probably. But I'm reverting back to some old favourites (mostly Balance Me) and drinking my 2ltrs of water a day, so hopefully it'll get back to its usual self soon!

What's made you happy this week? My beauty blog sale ends today - go take a look!

Helen x
Check out these: blogs Kerralina and Laura Hadley, and clothing store Red Lomond!
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25 Apr 2015

BEAUTY: The New Base

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation and High Coverage Concealer review

Well ladies and gents, a new base has crept its way into my makeup collection and it's a rather delightful one I must say. I wasn't going to get on the new Laura Mercier Silk Creme hype, but after testing it on my hand in Space NK I was sold. Totally smitten. After using it for over a week, I thought I'd write a bit of a review on my new favourite base combo.

So, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation (phew!) feels like a revised version of her old classic in the brown tube, but is apparently the same? Even though it definitely feels different and isn't half as thick. She's brought out a new moisturising one, but my skin is oily enough thank you so opted for the oil free offering. Now, the basics: it's a medium coverage, yet lightweight, foundation that creates a smooth and, dare I say, rather flawless base. It's not gonna cover a serious breakout, but it does a really good job at making pores disappear and making your skin perfectly even. Do I like this more than the first ever tube I bought? Yes. Yes I do. It's a wonderful foundation and you should definitely try it out!

Accompanying this beautifully is the Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer. This stuff ain't lying, it's seriously full coverage. You need the smallest amount, literally a pinhead will cover both under-eyes so a tube will last you forever, and your dark circles or blemishes will be no more. It does take some blending work, as it's quite thick, but once you've warmed it up a bit and patted it in, it stays put all day. If you need something heavy duty, look no further!

Have you tried the new Laura Mercier Silk Creme bases yet? Oh and check out my beauty blog sale - it has to end this weekend!

Helen x
Check out these: blogs Kerralina and Laura Hadley, and clothing store Red Lomond!
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24 Apr 2015

TODAY: The Pink Bag

coat: COS | jumper: H&M | jeans: J Brand | boots: Isabel Marant | bag: Gucci | sunglasses: RayBan* 

Bit of a casual outfit for me, as I really just wanted to snap photos of the bag! It's such a pretty little thing and I'm so excited to wear it to death in lots of outfits over the years. I love the tone of it too, as I'm trying to incorporate more nude and natural tones into my wardrobe. I realised the other day that's it's 90% black, white, navy or grey and while I'm totally ok with that, a few softer tones wouldn't go amiss!

I'm really obsessed with wearing these boots at the moment too, as they seem to go with everything! My Isabel Marant boots are genuinely the best things I've ever bought, which I know sounds ridiculous but after owning them for ages now, I still love them as much as the day they arrived! I do adore purchases like that.

Anyway, I won't say too much as it's Friday and I am so done with this week. Even though I've been busy at work, everything seems to have gone so slowly! Excited for the weekend and spending my day playing Mario Kart.

Check out my beauty blog sale - it has to end this weekend!

Helen x
Check out these: blogs Kerralina and Laura Hadley, and clothing store Red Lomond!

Some of these items might have been sent to me for review purposes, see my full disclaimer here.
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