Monday, 29 February 2016

6 Beauty Tips For Oily Skin

6 Beauty Tips For Oily Skin
I have been blogging for just over 2 years now and one topic I never see enough of is tips on handling oily skin. Now when I was growing up my skin was ridiculously oily/spotty so a blog post like this (not to blow my own trumpet!) would have been very beneficial as a teen. Of course I don't have perfect skin, but over the years I have learnt how to maintain and battle through oily skin, so I decided to write a blog post benefiting those of you with oily skin.

Oily skin isn't all that bad though we won't get wrinkles as fast! 

1. Don't Forget To Moisturize - It is essential to not only moisturize your skin twice a day, but to be using the correct products to match your skin type. I use the Origin Ginzing Moisturizer, which is a lightweight, oil-free, refreshing cream that is packed with coffee beans to jump-start your hydration levels and Ginseng to give your skin a healthy glow. It is good to look for products that contain no oils and are lightweight as the last thing you want is to feel as though your moisturizer hasn't sunk into your skin. I did used to think paying more than £15 was a lot for just a moisturizer but, since using this I can honestly say I would pay so much more to achieve nicer skin.

2. Exfoliate Once A Week - It is really good for your skin if you exfoliate it at least once a week, no more as it may do more damage than good. I like to use another Origin product only this time it's the Ginzing Refreshing Scrub (I swear I ain't sponsored I just love the brand!). This is such a light, not abrasive exfoliator that is perfect for oily skin. My skin is always left feeling clean, oil-free and glowing too. I like to use this before I apply my moisturizer and makeup, I must admit my face does look and feel a lot more healthier when I use an exfoliator.

3. Prime Isn't A Crime - I've subconsciously always known that primers are brilliant for those of us with oily skin as they help keep your makeup from sliding off or shining as quickly. I have tried my fair share of primers over the years and some I would recommend are The Body Shops Insta Blur and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. Both of which are gel/silicone textures which do my skin well compared to creamy primers. My makeup never slides off when I use a primer and I don't have to repeatedly touch up either so I definitely think this is an important step before you apply makeup.

4. Give Your Face A Finish - Powders are great for setting your makeup in place and giving you that matte finish for hours. Finishing sprays are good for refreshing your makeup, giving it a nice healthy glow and locking your makeup in place for hours also. So think of the magic your skin could go through using both! I definitely recommend finishing your makeup off with both of these, especially if you skin is partial to melting or shining after an hour or so. I use the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Powder and Urban Decay Setting Spray, and again I would definitely pay more if it's going to be beneficial.

5. Charcoal Face Masks - I have tried thousands of different brands, textures and types of face masks over the years but, one that I always return to are charcoal masks. These are brilliant for oily skin as they absorb up any excess oils and leave your skin feeling super hydrated. I like to use one of these masks every single week to give my skin a little bit of a treat. Over the years I've noticed they reduce a lot of redness, spots and blackheads too, so if you suffer with spots as well I would recommend trying one of these from any brands.

6. Blotting Sheets - Rather than touch up your makeup with more powder or foundation and irritating your skin by applying more to it, try blotting sheets. I always have a box of these in my handbag so whenever I need to erase my shiny chin I tap a sheet over it and its gone! I definitely recommend popping these in your bag rather than a powder or concealer.

What beauty tips do you have for oily skin??
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Thursday, 25 February 2016

6 Amazing Beauty Tips My Mum Taught Me

Amazing Beauty Tips My Mum Taught Me
Growing up I never used to really take on board what my mam or any other family member would advise me to do with regards to health and beauty. I would do it subconsciously but not really think about the benefits these tips would have in the long run. I suppose I owe my family a thank you for that one! Today I wanted to share with you some of the beauty tips I was taught growing up that have benefited me.

"Don't Eat Before Bed" - I think the golden health and beauty advice I was giving growing up was to never eat past 6/7 o'clock. My mam never did tell me why not but as I got older I started to realise why and the benefits it has and doesn't. For starters it can increase your chances in gaining weight as your body is sleeping on that pizza you had an hour ago, it can be damaging to your skin (breakouts) or worse keep you up at night with insomnia. So the next morning you could end up looking rough.

"Don't Pick Your Skin" - Kinda grouse but all kids get curious right? If I was ever touching my teenage spots my mam would tell me to stop otherwise they will scar. Oh my how right she was. I did suffer with a couple of spot scars that have healed, but thankfully I listened to her otherwise my skin could of been a lot worse! Don't give in to temptation it is worth it in the long run.

"Don't Wash Your Hair Everyday" - I used to get paranoid about having greasy hair so if I washed it two or three days in a row my mam would pick up on it and tell me I am not letting my hair breathe. It is so important not to wash your hair daily as you are stripping your hair from the natural oils, allowing color to fade quicker and damaging your hair!

"Wear Sun Tan Lotion" - I used to rebel against this a lot, I thought if I didn't apply lotion I would automatically go red which would turn brown. Stupid I know. I always put SPF lotion on now if it's sunny because I now know how important it is as you can damage your skin as well as increase the chance in skin cancer. It isn't 'cool' to rebel against applying SPF lotion.

"Change Your Bedding" - Growing up I used to hate changing my bedding, whereas now I love it! I didn't change my bedding as often as I should have growing up and I can see why it is important to do so. You sleep on pillows that will gradually start to build up of bacteria from your hair or skin, grouse right? So it is important to change your bedding frequently. I do it at least once a week and I've noticed I get a better nights sleep too.

"Your Makeup Looks Too Dark" - Alright we've all been there as a teenager, starting to get into makeup and unsure what shade to go for. I bought a foundation that was too dark for my skin but, before I ever left the house my mam would tell me if my face looked decent or not. This was to probably save embarrassment outside and to acknowledge makeup a lot more. It has definitely saved me in the long run!


What beauty tips did your mam/family teach you??
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Perfect Mothers Day Gift | Daniel Wellington Watch

The Perfect Mothers Day Gift | Daniel Wellington Watch
The Perfect Mothers Day Gift | Daniel Wellington Watch
Got a mother or mam as I like to say who you want to spoil this Mothers Day but is quite tricky to buy for? Well say hello to Daniel Wellington. For today's post I wanted to introduce you to DW and their beautifully, stunning collection of watches for both male and females, that would make the special gift to someone this year.

Daniel Wellington watches have got me head over heels in love, particularly The Classic St Mawes*. To actually type out onto my keyboard that I officially own one of these stunning watches is a dream come true, which is why I believe they will make the most perfect gift for Mothers Day.

They are timeless, classy and this one in-particular is rose gold! These watches are perfect for people all ages and can really bring an outfit together. I have been wearing this watch with all sorts of outfits and I must admit it really stands out. I personally love how simplistic and modern this looks, the rose gold detail is an intricate design that is on trend this year. With the Swarovski crystals on the eggshell white dial creates a timeless piece that just makes the watch that extra bit special.

They have kindly sent me a 15% discount code DWkatiesworldofbeauty to spend on their website that will be valid until 15th March. This is perfect to spend on someone this Mothers Day as an extra special, keepsake gift.
*PR Sample/gift.

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Things I Currently Love

my current favourites
I never seem to hit the monthly favourite's deadline in time so I always end up creating a mid-month blog post of things I am currently loving. Since New Year I have been digging out old products, trying new things and taking some more 'me time' out in the evenings. So there are a variety of things I have been enjoying over the past month or so, which believe it or not are not all beauty related!

Blackhead Killer Masks* - My skin has went a little wild with spots and a couple of blackheads recently, so I have been reaching out for these. I think having one of these face masks on my skin every week has really helped with reducing any blackheads and cleaning out my pores. My skin always feels super healthy and hydrated after using one of these and I will continue to use them whenever my skin flares up again.

Dove Derma Spa Oil - For some strange reason I find it a lot more enjoyable applying an oil to my skin rather than a moisturizing cream. I have been applying the Dove Oil onto my freshly washed skin every evening after I shower. This product soaks in straight away and leaves my skin feeling and smelling amazing.

Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara - I caved into the hype and gave this mascara a little whirl and to no surprise I love it. This mascara has definitely made it into my top 5 all time favourite mascaras. I have received so many compliments on my eyes when I wear this mascara because it really gives your eyes a lift. You are not left with panda eyes after the end of the day and it is definitely build-able to achieve thick, voluminous lashes. Oh and it inexpensive too so win win!

Soap & Glory Glow All Out - After digging this out of my makeup stash it has quickly became my everyday blusher. This colour is perfect if you want a healthy, glowing product for your cheeks that'll last all day. You only need a small amount of this product and the results are amazing. I love wearing this when I don't want anything too dark on my cheeks.

Primark Fluffy Novelty Bag - Something you won't know about me is I am obsessed with cute novelty bags. I have dug this out of my cupboard and been wearing it recently for different occasions. It fits my phone, bit of money, some makeup and keys, which is perfect for those nice occasions where you don't need to bring a lot of things. I think everyone needs a pink fluffy bag in their bag collections.

Jurassic World App - I cannot stop going on about this game to my friends and family, I absolutely love it. If you like The Sims crossed with dinosaurs then enough said. Build your own dinosaur theme park, level up your dinosaurs to fight to win prizes and complete tasks along the way. I am on this game at least twice a day at the moment it has took over my life.

Other Musings - I have recently enjoyed doing some crosswords to the point where I purchased a miniature sized book to do on the go. They kill time and keep my brain activated on the go! A couple of programmes I have enjoyed watching recently include Sex and the City, The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries.

What are you currently loving??
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Monday, 15 February 2016

5 Genius Ways to Save Time in the Morning

5 Genius Ways to Save Time in the Morning
Wouldn't it be great if you could get an extra half an hour in bed in the morning? I am always on the lookout for ways that'll save me so much time and effort in the morning rather than waking up 2 hours in advance and running around last minute like a headless chicken looking for my keys. I have been doing things recently to help save time in the mornings and decided to share them with you.

There is still hope for that extra half an hour in bed!

1.) Sort Your Outfit In Advance - It's always a good idea to have your outfit/bag ready the night before. There has been countless times I've been running around trying to find a pair of tights without a hole in or a work dress that doesn't need ironed 15 minutes before I set off. It makes things so much easier in the mornings if you know you just need to get changed and put your keys in your bag, rather than rush around looking for things last minute.

2.) Meal Prep - It is also a good idea to meal prep the night before this will save you so much time in the morning. I sometimes like to make pasta or a salad for my lunch and I must admit it saves so much time and is such a weight off my shoulder doing it the night before. It's just one last thing to worry about in the morning!

3.) Wash Hair Night Before - It's such a time saver to sort your hair out the night before work. I have done this for years and it's a good way to avoid using heat too. I like to wash my hair, plait it and leave it to dry overnight and by morning I have loose waves. This makes it quicker for me to style and saves me spending 15 minutes in the morning washing my hair, then another 15 to dry it. You could also prep your hair the night before with some curls then by morning you just need to spray a bit of hairspray and you're ready to go!

4.) Dry Shampoo Overnight - If you know you're going to have greasy hair by tomorrow morning, spray dry shampoo on your hair the night before instead and let it sink in. This works so much better and it prevents excess scalp oil overnight. You will also wake up with more volume in your hair and find you won't need to apply anymore dry shampoo!

5.) Overnight Mask - With winter here it's good to go that little bit further in taking care of your skin, without spending a long time on it. One of my personal favourites is the Origins Overnight Mask, you apply a small amount all over your face and let it do its magic overnight. By morning your face is fresh and ready to go, therefore you don't need to spend longer in the mornings using face products to help with any dryness.

Similar posts:
5 Tips For A Good Night's Sleep
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How do you save time in the mornings??
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Friday, 12 February 2016

Valentine's Day Makeup Essentials

I could have sworn it was Christmas a week ago right? Can't quite believe we are almost half way into February! With Valentine's Day literally just days away and a lot of us girls will be digging out our impressive makeup look, I decided now was the perfect time to share some of my Valentine's Day makeup essentials, which can be worn both during the day and evening.

Makeup Revolution Goddess of Love Highlight - If you are out to impress someone or just want to achieve a healthy glow that'll come up lovely in photographs, a highlighter is perfect. I always reach out for the Makeup Revolution highlighters because they are so inexpensive and easy to apply. Just a dab into a makeup brush and onto your cheek and brow bones and poof! Done. It doesn't last all day but it does give you a really nice finish for hours and looks lovely in photographs.

MAC 'Chatterbox' Lipstick - One of the first MAC lipsticks I ever purchased was Chatterbox so it has been in my drawer for quite sometime and yet I still absolutely adore it. This is the perfect pink lip shade for both day and night depending on the rest of your makeup. This glides on my lips so easily and lasts such a long time! I much prefer a pink to a red for Valentine's Day makeup.

Makeup Forever Aqua Matic Eyeshadow Sticks - Not usually a fan of eyeshadow sticks but these two 'metallic golden taupe' and 'satiny flesh' shades have changed my mind. These eyeshadows can be found at Precious About Makeup* an online destination store for professional make-up artists and beauty fanatics, offerings the best brands on the market. These eyeshadow sticks are perfect for creating a natural and subtle makeup look that only takes a few minutes. They are super easy to glide on the lids and create a lovely shimmer that lasts a good few hours. These are great if you are in a rush and don't have time for playing with eyeshadow palettes.

Too Faced Blushing Heart - I definitely mentioned this in last year's V'Day blog post and it is no surprise I am mentioning it again. I love this blusher! Just swirl your blusher brush into the product and apply to the cheeks to create a healthy, shimmery finish. I like swirling my brush into all 3 of the shades to create a beautiful finish. You only need a small amount as a little really does go a long way and it will stay on your cheeks all day long without touch ups!

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Skincare Trial

The Currently Trialling Out Products
I mostly blog beauty related topics which means I trial out a lot of products to review. I've came up with an idea to create little 'skincare trial' blog posts that I will be posting every so often. It's sort of like a catch-up post but with products I have been trying recently to keep you updated on what I do behind the screen.

Origins Ginzing Refreshing Scrub - Santa Claus kindly got me an Origin set last Christmas and in this set included the Ginzing Scrub. I have been using this scrub recently to try and shift any dryness that my spot treatment gel is causing. I love the scent to this it's very fruity and refreshing. The beads don't feel abrasive or harsh on my skin and if anything it feels quite relaxing and soothing. I am really enjoying trying this product and I may purchase the full size some day!

Cosmopolitan Eau De Parfum* - Let's pretend this is skincare shall we. Already a big fan of the magazine and I love reading their Snapchat stories so I was excited to try Cosmopolitans perfume. This is a blend of fruits (pineapple, mandarin and red berries), saffron, jasmine, touch of spice, sandalwood, vanilla and musk all rolled in one bottle. I absolutely love the smell of this and you can really get a whiff of the fruit mixed with spice. I like wearing this during the day to work as it smells so lovely, the scent changes as the day goes on I find. You can pick this perfume up now in Boots too so go smell it!

Cocoa Brown Gradual Tan* - I am not the biggest fan of false tans however I do love gradual tans which is why I was excited to try this out. For starters this smells lovely and fruity which is a nice change to the biscuit-y scent most tans leave. It blended into my skin super fast and the results were quick too. The only negative thing I can say about this tan is it is quite difficult to remove after washes. This can be a good thing too!

Jason Power Smile Toothpaste* - I am always on the hunt to find cheap, effective ways to whiten your teeth. I've been trialing this whitening toothpaste for a few weeks now and to be completely honest I haven't so strong results just yet. I will continue to use this and see how if I can see any more results over the next few weeks and report back. Overall though this toothpaste feels nice and leaves a lovely fresh taste in your mouth.

The Body Shop Insta Blur - Having heard so many great reviews on this product I was excited to give this a whirl. The Insta Blur contains mattifying powder and vitamin E cream, together they soothe pores, hide blemishes, reduce shininess, helps makeup last longer and corrects the skin. This 5 in 1 product seemed too good to be true but, after giving it a go I could definitely see some results. My makeup seemed to of stayed on my face a lot longer without starting to melt and the silky consistency made applying my foundation a lot easier. I absolutely love this!


What have you been trialing out lately??
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Monday, 8 February 2016

6 Apps That Will Save Your Life

5 Apps That Will Save Your Life
Not literally are apps going to save our lives, I mean that would be pretty weird/intriguing if they could right? But on a more serious note I have gathered a variety of apps that I think could save you so much stress, time and get you more organised with your life. These are apps I have either used before or are using right now that have benefited me and are perfect to download for New Year.

1.) MyFitnessPal | Let's get the healthy app out of the way first, MyFitnessPal is an app that keeps track on what you are eating a day. This is great if you are wanting to find out the nutrition on food you are eating and whether it is good for you. It can also count how many calories you are consuming which is good if you are maintaining your weight. 

2.) Hydro Coach | If you forget to drink enough water throughout the day this app is perfect for you. Hydro Coach is a drink reminding app that tracks your intake of water and alerts you if you need to drink more. It can get annoying with the notifications but it does the trick!

3.) Mint Money Manager | With Christmas done and dusted a lot of us are trying to keep track on where our money goes. Mint is one of the best apps to track your spends as this app can link up to your bank accounts and break them down with weekly bank statements.

4.) Calm | If you find it difficult to switch off or get a good nights sleep Calm is the perfect app for that. This app can help with anxiety, relax you and get you a good nights sleep with soothing music and scenes.

5.) Valued Opinions | Sign up on a desktop and download this app to fill out surveys on the go and receive a reward for doing so. I like this app because if you are travelling to work and have 20 minutes to kill you could fill out a survey and receive a couple of pounds. It may not seem much but it adds up until you can receive store vouchers, it's technically free money so!

6.) Jurassic World Game | This game has taken over my life recently to the point where I almost spent money to receive more points! You build your own dinosaur theme park and train them up to fight against other dinosaurs to win money and unlock levels. Such an addictive game!


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Thursday, 4 February 2016

A Little Random Haul

A Little Random Haul
A Little Random Haul
A Little Random Haul
Y'know those trips into town where you only go out for deodorant, a new bra and more foundation, but come home with everything? Yeah I had one of those trips. So I put two and two together and thought why not blog a long overdue haul of what pretty bits I've picked up recently.

Hadn't been in Primark since last year I decided to have a wonder around to see what lovely bits I could find. Of course their homeware was on point as always, so I ended up popping a lavender heart shaped candle and a cute cushion with pompom detail in my basket. It is no surprise that I also checked out Primark's accessories and picked up a 2-in-1 gold necklace with my initial and a love heart, which I thought would look nice and simple with a casual outfit. As well as this I also picked up a pretty hair bobble accessory that is covered in pearls and would look cute over a ponytail.

Sticking with the hair accessory theme I have also picked up a triangular shaped hair clip from AliExpress, which has nothing to do with the fact it reminds me of The Deathly Hallows. This clip looks so nice in any hairstyles that are down or half clipped back, I've been wearing this at the back of my head clipping back the front parts of my hair. It just makes your hairstyle look so much more appealing. I saw this floral sticky notebook from Wilko's and I absolutely love it because I am forever sticking sticky notes in books, on my walls so I thought this would be perfect for getting more organised! I also picked up this cute Hello Kitty Pencil to write any lists down with!

I've been wanting to get myself a new phone case for awhile now as mine was starting to look pretty scruffy. I find it so hard to come across a pretty phone case for the Samsung Galaxy's but, I did come across this marble effect case from AliExpress. It's not the best phone case I've had but it does look nice and is great in the background of shots. To pair with my new phone case I picked up some new headphones as mine were starting to break. New Look have so many dainty sets of headphones in at the moment, but these pink pompom styled ones were the ones that caught my eye. They are pink, fluffy and pretty what is not to love?!

Tiger has just recently opened in my local shopping centre so me being me I went for a 'browse' to see what the fuss was all about. I didn't find much but I did discover this pretty little bell jar for £4, which sits nicely on my dressing table with a flower inside. I think bell jar's are so cool for adding little bits inside such as plants, lights, candles etc or they make pretty little background deco for photographs!

What have you bought recently??
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Monday, 1 February 2016

5 Reasons Why Chocolate is Good & Giveaway!

Thornton's Valentines day chocolate heart
With Valentines Day just around the corner, a lot of partners will be popping into chocolate stores for their loved ones and buying the largest heart-shaped box of chocolate they can see. The gesture is cute but a lot of us will still be feeling the Christmas guilt and the thought of delving into more chocolate is terrifying for our figure. Today I am going to share with you 5 reasons why chocolate is in-fact good for you and also I have a delicious box of Valentines Continental Chocolate giveaway kindly sent from Thornton's.
Thornton's Valentines chocolate
1. It's Good For Bones - Just when we thought chocolate only makes us fat, a small bar of white chocolate contains one sixth of the recommended daily allowance of calcium. We all want healthy, strong bones right?

2. Fights PMS - Chocolate contains magnesium which can help with cramps and increase energy. Have a couple of pieces of chocolate if you have cramp and it'll shift the pain in no time!

3. It Doesn't Always Make You Fat - WHAT? Yep you heard me. People who eat chocolate on a regular basis are actually thinner than those who don't (an American study reported). It's all about balance after all.

4. It It Good For The Heart - I don't know about you but I will definitely eat chocolate if I know it's going to prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels and help restore flexibility to arteries.

5. It Makes You Feel Better - It contains PEA which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you are falling in love. It can encourage your brain to release feel-good endorphin's.

There are numerous other reasons why chocolate is good for you but those are the ones I think are important to remember. Thornton's is one of my favourite go-to brands for chocolate and they have kindly sent me a box of one of their Valentines Day chocolate range worth £25, which one of you lucky ones could win!

Find out more about Valentines Day with a lengthy blog post from Thornton's (here) that contains different ways to spend VD broken down from budget/who to spend it with and even some baking and gift ideas for him/her.


Giveaway Rules!

  • UK Giveaway only
  • The giveaway ends on the 29th of February giving you just under a month to enter
  • The winner will be notified via Twitter and must respond within 3 days of being notified - if not it will be given to another entry
  • Please don't follow and then unfollow I am aware of how common this is so I will be keeping an eye out for any funny business!
  • The more media you follow the more chance you are to winning!
  • And lastly good luck!
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