Monday, 27 March 2017

Everyday Spring Makeup Essentials





I am really starting to feel like Spring now. The weather this weekend was absolutely lush and despite only being around 14 degrees I had the floral trousers out and spent a happy weekend walking in the woods and lying on my balcony in the sunshine.

I thought I would do a little bit of a different post today and talk about some of my absolute essentials when it comes to doing my makeup in the Springtime because as I have said before, I mostly read beauty blogs so I wanted to give my own thoughts for a change.. My makeup definitely changes throughout the seasons and although some of these products I use all year round, there are a couple I mostly only use in the warmer months.

This is a pretty minimal and quick routine and I pretty much wear a variation of this every day!
I almost always start with the Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer in the Shade Ethearal. It does look pretty pink when you squeeze it out but just adds a lovely luminosity to the skin. I also have a bronze shade which I can't wait to bring back to Germany when I am home in a few weeks!
Then my absolute favourite tinted moisturiser of all time, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in the colour Alaska. I love this base so much as it gives a great colour coverage whilst still being super light and moisturising on the skin. The colour is slightly too dark for me at the moment as I am not very tanned but I just roll with it anyway and make sure I blend some down my neck. It's looking pretty well loved in the photographs as it is about a year old now so I really do need to get myself a new one!

The Tarte Tartiest Mascara has also been a pretty everyday fixture, I always make sure to curl my lashes first though for maximum volume. I have also written about the KIKO Rebel Bouncy Blush in 02 Adorable Pink before here so you can check out that post if you want to know a bit more about it! I only ever really use one brow product and it is Benefit's Kabrow in the shade 6. It's is quite dark but then so are my brows so I use the brush provided in the lid to get tiny little strokes.

I keep my eyes pretty light at the moment and my favourite thing to do is just to take the lightest shade from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette called Strange, which is a beautiful very very pale pink with a subtle shimmer and put it all over my lid. I then put a little bit of Burnout in the middle of my eyelid, and if I'm wanting a more defined look I put either Limit or Nooner  in the crease.

Finishing with lips, I usually go for a pink so I have picked these two as my two favourites. Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie gloss in the shade Sweet Kisser gives an excellent bright pink colour without being too sticky, or for a more matte option I go for my all time favourite matte formula, NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in the shade 06 Istanbul.

I included my current perfume, Ghost in as if I am wearing any makeup at all chances are I will be wearing this perfume too. I got it for Christmas and although it irritated me it doesn't have a spray as it's just a small bottle, it smells absolutely incredible.

Just enough coverage and colour to give a fresh spring look but also super quick and easy and only takes about five to ten minutes. I have missed out eyeliner and contour because if I am really just doing a basic look I don't normally bother with them.

Have you tried any of these products? What's your Number 1. Spring makeup piece that you cannot live without? Let me know in the comments!
XOXO

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Sunday Exploring




Happy Wednesday my lovelies, I hope you are all having an amazing week so far! This little post might seem a little random since it is not a Sunday, but I wanted to share just a couple of snaps that I took last Sunday when I went out exploring and give you a little inspiration when planning your own weekends. I've said this before, but Sunday's can be funny days in Germany as none of the shops are open and not all of the cafes and restaurants are open either. Because of this, many Germans turn to more outdoors based activities and last Sunday I joined them by taking my lil old bike out for a run.

I cycled the 8km to the nearby city of Fürth, which actually led me along quite a pretty path beside the river. I then met my friend for coffee in one of the few shops that were open and then off we went! We had no real plan, just vaguely following the cycle route in the countryside nearby. We found a nice hill, had a wee wander up it and were rewarded by this great view. You could see the skyline of the nearby city of Erlangen on one side, all the way across to the skyline of Nuremberg on the other.

It was such a great, cheap and easy way for me to spend my Sunday. As my year abroad is slowly nearing its end, I'm determined to make the most of every day and see as much of the area round about as possible. So if you are finding yourself at a loss for what to do this weekend, get outside, have a walk around and explore somewhere nearby that you maybe haven't before. You never know what you will find!

XOXO





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