Saturday, 30 March 2013

Ladies who brunch

Dress: Zara.  Bag: Furla (stolen off Mama A.)

My brother has gone on a ski trip for his Spring Break and my dad is on a field trip for work, meaning my mum and I were left to our own devices today.  So we decided to treat ourselves and head out to one of our favourite hotels in Muscat for brunch - The Chedi.  Brunch is always a good idea, and it's an even better idea when it's a ladies outing.  The drawback: I always eat too much, it's the dessert section that gets me.  But today I exercised some mild restrained (chiefly fuelled by the fact that I know my personal trainer will kick my ass when I'm back in Cardiff).  Mama A had Eggs Florentine and I had my all time favourite: French toast.  All washed down with Earl Grey and mountains of fresh fruit.  Heaven.

The Chedi is a really beautiful hotel in central Muscat (the new part not the old town), it's right by the coast and has it's own private beach.  I came here once when I was younger and was blown away by the fact that it has a heated pool - a total novelty in Oman where we currently have 28 degrees.  The surroundings of the hotel are stunning.  There's are definite zen and Japanese influences that went into the decoration and the gardens but you can't escape the obvious Arab feel of the place: big on hospitality, luxury and comfort.  Three things I particularly enjoy in life.

As you can see I'm still pretty pale in these pictures.  There was a good 20 degrees temperature difference from what I left behind in Wales and what greeted me when I got off the plane here.  The weather shock made me pretty sick so this was my first 'real' outing since I got back.  I'm planning on making up for lost time and intend to spend the rest of my time here at the beach attempting to get into the Game of Thrones books.

More soon! Hope you all enjoy your Easter time
x

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Everyday Makeup


I'm a very boring person when it comes to my daily make up.  Generally I try to use as little products on my face as possible.  In that respect my approach certainly is 'less is more'.  I'm quite product loyal and once I've found something I like I tend to stick to it.  Here is a breakdown of the products I love to use, this may be long and boring so I understand if you don't stick it out! 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 in Fair: this I love love love.  In fact I adore Bobbi Brown products.  I love their makeup artists who always have flawlessly perfect makeup that is still natural looking (Benefit makeup ladies I'm looking at you and your scary cake faces).  Plus they are so helpful.  I bought this on a whim because I wanted a primer of sorts to wear under my Bobbi Brown foundation, so I could have a more flawless base for days when I'm doing a lot or for the evenings when I know people are going to be taking photos.  This is a great BB cream that gives a lot of coverage with very little product.  I tend to just wear this on its own a lot and it really gives a flawless but light feeling finish.  A definite repurchase but I was assured that if I use pea sized amounts of this product it will last me a long time anyway.
Price: £28 but I bought this when John Lewis were offering 20% off beauty products.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Beige: as I said I love Bobbi Brown for skincare because I completely agree with their beauty philosophy: "Women want to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident".  I don't want to cake my face in products and hide it, I just want to make the best out of what I've got.  I've been on the search for the perfect foundation for years and for me this is it.  It gives a lovely light coverage, some people might not like light coverage but I got lucky with my skin and tend to find that heavier coverage causes havoc with my skin.  This in combination with the BB cream is a dream.  You need a good foundation brush to apply this with, it does have a slightly watery consistency but it's nothing a Real Techniques Foundation Brush can't fix.
Price: £30 in store but I bought this at the airport so it turned out to be cheaper.

Benefit the Porefessional: this was an impulse buy in Boots (curse you Boots!!!) because I'd read so many blog reviews about it where people raved and raved about this product.  I caved in on pay day and ended up being... slightly disappointed by it.  I don't use this as a full face primer and maybe that's my mistake.  It just feels like if I used this for all of my face I'd use the product up very quickly and replacing a product that costs £23 on a regular basis is just something I can't afford.  Yes it does make my face feel silky and does help my make up stay where it should but I felt underwhelmed by this.  Maybe it's because I got lucky with my skin and don't have too much of a problem with my pores, making this product slightly counterproductive for me.  For now I use this under my eyes as a base for concealer and it does the job well.  If you're interested in this product ask to try it on your face or get a sample before you buy it!
Price: £23

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light: another impulse buy in Boots after reading about this concealer on beauty blogs but this time I was not disappointed! This is the ultimate concealer for me, I'd even go so far as to say it's better for dark circles under the eyes than the overpriced (and potentially overhyped) YSL Touche Éclat.  It does the job perfectly and doesn't cake into the fine lines I already (sob sob) have under my eyes.  This was a lifesaver when I was flying back home.  I hadn't slept at all and looked like a wreck, a few dabs of this under my eyes and I looked vaguely human again.  I can't recommend this enough!
Price: £4.19

Benefit They're Real!: Benefit again I know...  Whilst the Benefit makeup artists and their over-makuped faces scare me away, the packing of their products always draws me in.  This mascara is pretty good and does what it says on the tin.  It makes my lashes look lovely and long without clumping or making them into spider legs.  Lots of people ask me if I'm wearing false eyelashes when I use it so I guess that speaks for itself?  I quite like the brush and the fact that it allows me to get a hold of the lashes in the corner of my eyes with ease.  But is it worth the price? I'm undecided.  I wear mascara almost every day so I'm not sure show fast this is going to run out and if I can keep justifying the price. I'm always at a loss for what mascaras to buy.  I think Revlon might be worth a try if not I'll settle back to my old L'oreal Million Lashes.
Price: £18.50

Natural Collections Liquid Eyeliner: cheap and cheerful is all I have to say.  You get a lot of product for very little money which is always my problem with liquid eyeliners.  Doesn't have the best staying power but for nights out combined with an eyeshadow primer it's pretty long lasting.
Price: Less than £2

Rimmel Clear Complexion Transparent Powder: I tend to shy away from powders, the last thing I want is a chalky face.  But working long shifts and going on nights out, a shiny face is just not on.  I use this to 'set' my makeup once I've finished to keep the shine down and make sure it all stays where it should.  For the price it's a dream, I might try their matte powders as well.  The worst part of all of this is that often these Rimmel products are on a '3 for 2' offer in Boots which means I will invariably fall into that trap once I'm back in the UK.
Price: £3.99

If you guys have any alternatives or recommendations please share them with me, it might be time for me to branch out a bit!

ALSO: thank you very much for the lovely birthday wishes and the compliments on my new hair! It really means so much to me <333
x


Monday, 25 March 2013

22


Today I turn 22! Today is also a pretty special day because for the first time in 10 years I have short hair again! I fancied a drastic change and getting my hair cut on my birthday seemed like a good way to start a new year of my life.  I've got a totally new outlook on life since I started training with a personal trainer at the gym.  I've lost a considerable amount of weight already and just feel like it's time to make the best out of myself.  I was always to afraid to do new stuff with my hair and you know 'yolo' and stuff.  Might as well make the most of your life now rather than have regrets later.  

I have a massive girl crush on Alexa Chung and her hair so she was my chief inspiration.  At the moment my hair is a little too short but in a month it should have the optimal length. My hair has a natural wave to it with some sea salt spray this should be perfect for summer! Not gonna lie it is a shock this is the shortest I've had my hair since I was 12!

I'm off to eat cake and enjoy the gorgeous flowers my mama gave me.

More soon!
x



Saturday, 23 March 2013

MAC Daddy's Little Girl


I know I know, another lipstick.  I'm angry at myself for falling for the MAC limited edition AGAIN.  Don't even get me started on the limited edition orange based collection that Haley William from Paramore will be doing with them (gimme gimme that orange lipstick!!!) soon.  The Archie's Girls collection came out whilst I was in France and I wandered into MAC on my last day there and fell for this shade instantly.  The lipsticks in my collection are brights, if you're going to wear lipstick it might as well stand out is my thinking. 

This is an interesting shade, in the bullet it looks much darker and more purple.  On the lips it's a lovely shade of pinky/purple.  Warm berry would be the way I'd describe it, much lighter than Rebel so it's a bit more daytime friendly.  It's unlike any shade that I have in my ever growing collection so it's a welcome addition.  The finish is Satin so it's got full coverage without it being too drying like some of their Matte finishes can be.  This also stains the lips a little which I quite like because it actually lasts through eating so I don't have to constantly retouch it.

Lipstick is my main beauty vice and mine are nearly all from MAC.  I just love the quality, colour varieties and they smell gorgeous.  I was contemplating also buying Ronnie Red but it's essentially the same shade as Russian Red or MAC Red, so if you missed out on this collection check those shades out!

I'm back in sunny and warm Oman (27 degrees!) since last night.  I'm doing battle with my jet lag but very much looking forward to my birthday on Monday.

More soon
x

Monday, 18 March 2013

How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

Shirt: Urban Outfitters.  Jeans: TopShop.  Scarf: Kilo Shop Paris.  Jacket: Kilo Shop Paris.  Shoes: Zara Kids.

This is a 'killing three birds with one stone' post.  I promised to show you guys what I bought from the Kilo Shop (as the name says you don't buy clothes by their individual price but rather by the total weight - 1 kilos is €20) in Paris and here it is! I picked up a Gryffindor style knitted scarf and a denim jacket.  I couldn't resist the jacket, the collar is pretty cute and the jacket is lined so it's serving me pretty well at the moment with our terrible weather.  I have a thing for double denim at the moment, I should know better I grew up in the 90's after all but there you go.  I got both of these pieces for €22 which isn't too shabby I think.  Both are really good quality the jacket is like new.  If you're ever in Paris make sure to go to the kilo store, the clothes are nicely selected and colour co-ordinated so it's well worth a trip!

Another recent purchase was this shirt from Urban Outfitters which I bought when UO were offering 20% off to students.  This blouse is going to be perfect for when I go home to Oman for my easter holiday this Friday.  It's lovely and thin but not sheer so I won't be upsetting any locals.  It works with everything I own so it was a good investment because even with a student discount UO is pretty pricy.

It's my last week in uni now and I have so much do to before I leave it makes me sick to even think about it.  I'm flying back to Oman on Friday morning and I'm so excited to go home and get some sunshine in! I also turn 22 next week so it's going to be a nice celebration with my family.

Hope you all have a good start into your week
more soon
x

oh and yes those are glitter brogues from Zara kids. Sometimes having tiny feet is a blessing in disguise.


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