Sunday, 30 November 2014

November Favourites 2014

I have done a favourites pot for ages as for a while I hadnt really loved anything enough to write about but towards the end of october and throughout november I have been obsessed with so many things! So before I babble and make this post any longer I will start.

Rimmel BB Cream
I bought this in late july but never really had the chance to try it until this month and I find it is really good, it is supposed to do 9 things (see picture) but Although it does the majority I dont think it is very good for coverage but as I use concealer anyway it doesnt bother me. As my skin is oily I love how it lasts all day without virtually sliding off my face. This is definetly going to be in my makeup bag for a long time.

Eyelash curlers, clinique Mascara* and Benefit they're real push up liner* 
I recieved both the mascara and eyeliner free and have loved them since the day I got them. i love this eyelook especially with some eyeshadow, the , mascara adds so much volume but i wouldn't advise the eyeliner if you are new to using eyeliner as personally I think it is quite hard to apply, but the after look is worth it.

Body shop face mask
I always struggle with breakout after breakout and it drives me up the wall but this gets rid of them straight away, at £1.50 each they are fairly cheap unless you want to do them every week as the satchet is only enough for one so a tub would be better, but I am not sure if they do it... I leave it on for 10- 15 minutes and it dries so hard but I wash it off with warm water and my face is soft and virtually free of breakouts.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Nail Varnish
I got this last year for a pound and I am pretty sure I spoke about it last year bit it is the perfect winter colour, it is really long lasting compared to usual rimmel nail polishes and I would really recommend it.

Eylure Body Tape
It has happened to everyone, your top keeps gaping and its a bit awkward as the sleeves fall down e.t.c. But I found this and you stick it on your top, dress or whatever item of clothing to hold it up and attach to your skin. They are so useful and come in a variety of sizes to fit the item of clothing.

Love Actually 
As its getting close to christmas I thought I would watch a christmassy film but I didnt want to watch something revolved around christmas as I thought it was a bit too early. I love this, it can get a bit confusing if you aren't watching it properly as it is set at different times with different people but the story is so heart warming and I absolutely love it.

Olly Murs - Never Been Better
I can't express my love for this and how happy I was when this came throug my door, especially when I saw the signed photo, the album is perfection and I actually love it. All the songs are catchy, they are all different but sound so typical olly, my favourite has to be did you miss me? or tomorrow or... I a tually can't choose. If you havent heard it stop what you are doing and listen to it. Coincidently my favourite single has to be wrapped up but I have also been loving the power of love by gabrielle aplin, again getting into the festive spirit.

I hope you enjoyed this november favourites,and make sure you check out my blog on fridays as I have started a series to get into the festive spirit. 


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Friday, 28 November 2014

Festive Fridays: Countdown to christmas!

So its advent on Monday! The countdown to christmas will begin. I have decided to post every friday up till christmas with something festive along with my usual sunday posts. This is what I plan to do before christmas, I hope it helps some of you get organised.

1st- 25 days to go

The countdown has begun, the first thing to do has to be open your advent calender, old and young alike an advent calender is a must! 

2nd- Set yourself a budget
The boring part of christmas is money, just because its the festive season you dont have unlimited amounts of cash so set yourself a budget and try not to go over (i know it hard!) make sure to include food, presents and any other treats.

3rd- get out those christmas cards
If you are anything like me you hate writing christmas cards so do the fun thing first and pick out the ones to give people or go and buy some, then write a list of who to give them to. This means whenever you get a spare moment you can pull out a pen and start to write them.

4th- Dear Santa...
Find out what people want for christmas, and if you have kids get them to write a letter to santa use Santa/Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto,Reindeerland,XM4 5HQ for a reply but send them off with an enclosed SAE by the 6th of december.

5th- Declutter
No one wants a messy house for christmas so get rid of things you dont use and take them to charity shops or clothes bank and make room for those presents on christmas day.

6th- Day Out
Its the first weekend of advent so why not get festive and go to a christmas market, this is also a good time to start christmas shopping yayy!!!

7th- Christmas Tree
Its sunday, whether fake or real its a great time to put up the tree with all the family, stick on the christmas CD and get decorating.

8th- Decorate, decorate, decorate
If you didnt get to decorate the house yesterday today is a great opportunity, if you have finished with the house why not make some prechristmas treats such as a gingerbread house. Today could be a good day to make a large batch of mince pies and freeze them to defrost when needed. (Keep in freezer for up to about 1 month)  

9th- If you arent at work why not do a bit of christmas shopping, it should be a bit quiter today and wont be too late to spot the best buys.

10th- write lists, get inspired
Look online for recipes for food and drinks for any christmas parties or christmas day, this gets you prepared of what to buy at the supermarket.

11th- wrapping gifts
Hopefully you have got all the christmas shopping done and dusted so stick on a christmas film, grab a hot chocolate and get started. Add ribbon and gift tags for a oersonal touch to each package. To keep organised try putting each persons present in a lpdifferent labelled carrier bag.

12th- festive greetings
If you havent already, write your christmas cards as people are probably starting to give them out, if you have wrote them post them or personally deliver your christmas cards.

13th- 'Its behind you'
Tonight would be a great time to go to a panto this is great at getting festive and fun for all the family.

14th- Get the house sparkling clean
When guests arrive you want to be house proud  so clean around, leave the dusting and vacuuming for closer to guests arrival.

15th- finishing festive touches
Add a wreath to the door, put out festive flowers and make everything feel as cosy and christmassy as possible without going to overboard

16th- ready, set, bake!
Bake those christmas treats such as biscuits and cakes, wrap them in cellophane and give them as a gift to visiting family and friends.

17th- christmas songs
Make sure you have a christmas playlist ready for the big day make sure you ahve a variety of classics and new releases to make sure everyone is happy.

18th- kitchen duties
Make sure the kitchen is clean and tidy, that your cupboard is full of the essentials, you have a list of all the last minute food to buy such as vegetables and make timing plans to work out how long things take to prepare and cook on the big day.

19th- partayyy
Have a christmas party, to get into the festive mood.

20th- welcome
Its the last weekend before christmas, see family and friends or maybe they have stayed over from the night before.

21st- relax
Its sunday, have a pyjama day, watch films, stuff your face with chocolate and have a nice time with aanyone close to you.

22nd- food
Buy all the food for the big day, vegetables, meat anything else you might need it should last until the 25th

23rd- last minute
Tody, cook, prepare or just relax, I have usually got nothing to do as I am already prepared but i know some people arent as organised.

24th- eve
Put out a mince pie and carrot for santa, watch more films and get into your pyjamas. Remember to get an early night so santa has time to come ;) top tip: prepare vegetables the day before and keep in water it saves time on the big day


I hope you liked this post, and I look forward to writing the rest of the series.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Revise. Revise. Revise.

So eventhough Sundays is usually the 'beauty day' so to speak I thought I would do a different post on revision, i currently have my mock gcse's this week so have been non stop revising for the past few weeks but i can never get into the swing of it so here are my tips a tricks for when you have those dreaded exam days.

Get all your books out a make sure you have a good work space that is quiet and you can leave things out on without people moving things so you can't find them. Make sure you have all the equipment you need, a drink, maybe something to eat and turn off all electrics that may distract you.

So once you are prepared its time to revise.

I find various methods useful but first of all I read through the text and highlight anything I don't know, as you can see theres quite alot highlighted. I find erasable highlighters good as sometimes you dont get something the first time you read it but after highlighting it you no longer need it so I erase the bits once I know them.

I then make revision cards which I find useful to just whip out if I have a spare moment, mind maps are also good. Make sure you keep things organised though as everything can get very confusing.
Another tip is revise a little and often I find doing half hour revision then a half hour break is good so you dont over revise.

Ok, i know you probably going to think people will call you a suck up, teachers pet e.t.c. but especially if you have trouble in the subject ask for help off teachers or even ask for sheets, or practise exam questions. They will be happy enough to help you and wouldnt you prefer to get good qualifications that will benefit you rather than being popular for 5 years of your life.

They are my main revision tips but people learn differently. Let me know how you revise and Goood Luck if you have an exam soon.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Best & Worst: Rimmel

So if you know me Rimmel is my absolute favourite drugstore brand, if i need a new product and dont want to repurchase i go straight to the rimmel counter and then if its isnt any good then go to a different brand, but basically rimmel is my go to brand so have created quite a collection of products over time. 
Instead of boring you with my entire Rimmel Collection I have picked out my favourite and least favourite few items and may do something similar with another brand but let me know if you like this one.
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder- This powder is just amazing, I have it in peach glow which matches my skin perfectly, its not cakey, it lasts an amazingly long time. If you are interested in buying a new powder i really really recommend it, i cant express how much I love it.
Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation- this is the foundation that goes with the powder and again im hyping over it, this is my second l love it again it prevents oiliness and its so long lasting.
Rimmel Apocalips- if you know me then you will know i wear these virtually everyday and I love them, i hate lipgloss as its too sticky and sometimes lipstick dries my lips out so this is like the perfect happy medium.
Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick- i bought this after zoella mentioned it and it is a beautiful colour for spring as its a bright pink but there are also darker colours, they last so long and arent too drying, the perfect formula for a lipstick.
Rimmel Gel Eyeliner- this is just a standard gel pot eyeliner, it is waterproof and it means waterproof, i went swimming and forgot i had it on whilst on holiday then realised so rushed out because i didnt want to have eyeliner down my face and it was all in tact so for that reason i love it. 

Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer- i really dont like this, the colour doesnt show up and just looks like glitter on my face, its also a blusher, highlighter, bronzer all together so you cant contour.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara- This isnt too bad but by the emd of the day my eyes have black under them, it doesn't really add length but its quite good for volume.
Rimmel Lip Tint- i bought a berry one of these for £1 and loved it so decided i would go all outand bu to pinks and a nude but after a few uses it had run out, although the berry one was good the colour of the other three didnt show up at all.
Rimmel Concealer- this isnt too bad on redness and dark circles, but can be a bit cakey on spots and very thick, although it does cover really well i dont like the feel on my skin.
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil- this is probably the worst product by rimmel i have tried its hard, the colour doesnt go onto eyebrows, there isnt a wide range of colour and it is just generally not very good.

So they are my Rimmel Best and Worst, hope you liked it, let me know what other brands you would like to see in this series.


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Face Mapping

We all know spots are made by oily skin and excess dirt or makeup being left on skin but despite, cleansing, toning, washing, masking e.t.c. I was still getting breakout after breakout so last week I looked in to it and discovered this...
Looks a bit weird doesn't it? But its called face mapping, an old science that relates internal problems with your skin, obviously it isn't always right like just because you have a spot their you aren't certain to have like a kidney problem but it does give a rough idea and has helped me battle a few breakouts.

1.  Forehead- Spots on the forehead can be due to a number of things including, stress and sleep deprivation but can also be due to blocked pores from makeup or daily dirt/ sweat so to prevent this make sure you cleanse your face and get lots of sleep. Some people also say eat less junk or fatty foods making your skin greasy.
2. Between eyebrows- These spots are due to overindulgence, so cut down on those fatty foods. This area is relate to your liver so if you drink too much alcohol you can get a lot of breakouts here
3. The end of your nose - A build up of makeup can cause this as there is a lot of dilated pores but it can also mean you need more fresh air, and no that isnt because its on the end of your nose it it to do with your respiratory system and your heart.
4 & 5.  Around eyes-  Due to dehydration and are linked to your kidney, so drink up.
6 & 7. Cheeks- This can be due to a respiratory problem which I can believe as I suffer alot with this and have asthma. you can also get these breakouts if you smoke. Also dont let your body overheat, get fresh air, avoid sugary foods, caffeine and eat your greens.
8. Chin- this is hormonal so arrive at 'that time of the month so these sadly you just have to let them carry on and you cant really prevent them.
9 & 10. side of eyebrow- this again can be dehydration but may also appear if you are ill.

I hope you found that as interesting as I did just remember this is a guideline your spots might be different so dont hold me to it, but the tips will be beneficial.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Autumn makeup look

 The days are getting colder, the leaves are falling off their trees and finally there is a reason to just drink hot chocolate constantly! So today i am going to show you my Autumn Look matching the typical autumn look of dark eyes and dark lips and a list of the products I use.
- Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
-Collection Lasting Perfection
-Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (obvs)
- Soap and Glory Arch de Triumph (brow end)
- MUA Eyeshadow Undress me too- shy all over eyelid, lavish on outer corner, obsessed in crease and corrupt on tight line and water line
- Rimmel Gel Eyeliner (winged) 
- MUA Shade 1 Lipstick

I hope you like this look if you recreate it or just want to show me your autumn look use the #katielou99 on instagram and i will be sure to check it out.