My Updated Make Up Bag…


Hello!

A little while ago I posted about my make up bag-and, to be blunt, it seemed to be overly stuffed, and quite cumbersome in size. Since then, I’ve whittled it down to just a few essentials, as you can see above. And I’m going to take you through it! (Please note: Benecos products included in this post were sent to me, in order for a review. However, in spite of the fact that they are a PR sample, I do use them!)

  • Tangle Tamer. This is essential to me, because my hair is fairly horrible. I can’t style it, and it just wraps itself up in notes. Anyway, I keep this with me to look just a little bit professional-otherwise, it would look awful!
  • Benecos Natural Eyeshadow Matt. To highlight my eyes! There’ll be a tutorial up soon…it also hides the fact that I may be tired..
  • Deodorant. Because no one willingly wishes to stink, do they?!
  • Topshop magic liner. I love eyeliner, and I think, firstly, anyone who attempts a cat flick is brave, and it virtually suits anyone. What’s not to love? Anyway, I wear it as I wish to feel positive about my eyes, which have horrible vision.
  • Gimme Brow by Benefit. To tame the unruly eyebrows!
  • The two brushes: The larger one is for applying the eyeshadow, the smaller for the lipstick. However, if I’m in a rush, or cannot be finicky about it, I just go for a swipe. Better coverage that way!
  • Lipstick by Benecos in Peach. Because my lips can become very chapped, but this colour is a nice hue, and is not to over powering. It also smells really nice.
  • Instant crush spray by Superdrug: because…yeah…
  • Wonderstruck perfume by Taylor Swift: a quick spritz of this, and I’m ready. I really love this perfume-I have some memories attached to it-and many people ask me what perfume I’m wearing, which is a good conversational starter.

What is in your make up bag?

Lydia

XO

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

 

Birthday gifts solved! Featuring Jewellery Box, Amazon Fire Stick, and more..

Birthdays. Birthdays! Don’t you just love ’em?

On a serious note, I really like shopping for gifts for people, milling over what they would like, the paper, aiming to visualise how they’d react. For today’s post, I wanted to show you a few things that I’d like to suggest could be an idea for birthday gifts. Anything marked by an * is a PR sample, but please note, I requested these, meaning that what follows is my genuine opinion.

For a girlfriend/boyfriend.

Some sentimental jewellery is what I would go with-and before anyone says, Jewellery is not just for girls. Jewellery Box* is a brand I’ve collaborated with, and I really love what they have to offer. And I could spend hours browsing their website! And they have sections for everyone, I feel. You can even personalise what you purchase.


Because just how cute is this butterfly ring?!

As a polite hint:

I love my Filofax-and my organisation would be a mess without it. But I really get bored, and more than just a bit sick and tired, of people asking me to be organised for them on their behalf. If you know anyone like this, may I suggest a Filofax? Just as a polite hint.

For the music fan:

Do I really need to say it? Divide* has already been a huge Album this year-and it looks as if there’s no stopping it. (I love ‘Shape of you’ and ‘Nancy Mulligan’.) Anyway, whether it is on Vinyl or CD, it looks set to be a classic album in years to come.


I love album artwork like this!

For a couple setting up their first home:

Maybe a subscription box? Although they aren’t for everyone, it is nice to get Post through the letter box, every once in a while. And it could be something completely unusual! Something like Cheese Posties*, Little Known Box*, etc.

For the student:


Although I had not been impressed with this-I found the set up to be confusing-I think that this would be useful for any student.  An Amazon Fire Stick* would seemingly be really useful. Imagine being away from home-and this correlates all your apps in one place! Lovely. You can have Netflix, iPlayer, etc all on the go.

For the fashionable friend:

New Look has some really cool items-and I would go for things like a pair of shoes, even a bag. You don’t have to spend so much!

For the bibliophile: 

I love books! But The Summer Of Impossible Things* and How To Stop Time* are coming out soon. Having read both, and thinking highly of these two works of fiction, I highly suggest that they be in your list.

What other category or ideas do you have?

Lydia

XO

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

 

Get the natural look; a tutorial.

Good morning!

I’ve never attempted a beauty tutorial before-and would I?-but I wish to encourage a more ‘nature’ look that’s lightweight, as well as being something that emphasises your own features. Here we go!


And before I begin, I would just like to recommend that you use products relative to your own skin tone. Also: do you preparation before! This differs for everyone-if they mosturise, by cream, etc-but since I know not a lot about this, I thought it was best to leave out. Also, remove any make up, and make sure your face is clean. Also, please note that the Benecos products were sent to me, however I did review these honestly, hence why they are appearing here again.

Products used:

  • Tangle tamer.
  • Natural eyeshadow in Matt from Benecos.
  • Eye brush from Benecos.
  • Gimme brow from Benefit.
  • Magic Liner from Topshop.
  • Lipstick in peach from Benecos.

Method:

Firstly, after you’ve mosturized your face-as refer to in my aside above-start to work your way inward. I have very curly hair, and it can become very knotted. Generally speaking, I like to tease it out into big waves, almost Hollywood-esque style. (But I’ll need to brush later if walking in the wind.)

Next, I start from the top of my face. I use the Benefit gimme brow to tame eyebrows-because, to be totally honest, they are not at all tidy. (This is because I’m alternately lazy, and am too busy to be really fussed about it.) Anyway, brush outwards to do the same.

Now, eyes. I use the eyeshadow in Matt, alongside its own brush, to highlight my eye-so, I brush over the lid, and a little bit into the crease and socket, as well as slightly underneath. This edits out any tired lines-my eyes are red underneath if I’m tired-and they help to draw attention away from this.

After, I outline my eyes using the liner only slightly. (No Big cat flicks here!) The eyeshadow is a good base, and the eyeliner should sit atop this. (And I feel it emphasises my eyes, which have glasses. Ugghhh!)

Next, finish up with a peachy shade!

What do you think-would you try this look?

Lydia

XO

 

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

 

Pet Peeves At A Concert; A Rant Coming Up!

Good morning!
Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to see Emeli Sande live in concert, thanks to a very generous offer of press tickets. But whilst I was there, a few things really annoyed me, whilst trying to enjoy a good concert. So, but if a grumpy post today, but here are my pet peeves at a concert:
The person always on their phone.

Throughout the concert, they will be on Facebook, Instagram, even Snapchat. And only part of this is to document the concert going on in front of them. The huge, lumimous screen is the distraction-seemingly exarcebated by the darkness a concert usually takes place in. Can’t we just enjoy it, without technology, for once? Like back when Rock concerts were a full foot-stamping-sing-along affair? Because that looks far more entertaining and enjoyable.

People moving about the row.
Or even just walking out. There’s probably a clearer cut exit path than having to bumble down one fully packed out row. Instead of going through a throng of people, and treading in their toes, why not go out the right way?

Hecklers
At a stand up concert, the put downs can be rather funny. (Look up Jimmy Carr vs Blonde Women on YouTube if you don’t believe me!) But at a concert? I remember seeing Anastacia back in 2015, yet whilst she was talking-due to a Q&A feature of the Resurrection tour-a group were constantly heckling her, meaning we couldn’t hear her. It’s not funny! And it was all really crude axioms, seemingly sexual, that were being shouted. I wish for the artist to be in control, and to enjoy their show. Heckling is not very funny at a rock concert.
Playing your own music.
You pay decent money to watch a show, but then there’s always one person who gets their phone out, in order to play their own music, usually during the middle of a song. Why?! Just Why?! We come to hear the artist, often on in a quite pricey ticket, not your rap music that’s muffled in its sound. Turn it off, sit down, and enjoy the show. You won’t annoy anyone, promise.

Feet on seats.

Why is it acceptable to put your feet up on the back of somebody else’s chair? Even if there is very limited leg room, I don’t wish to smell your stinky shoes, or to be annoyed at you kicking my chair. Besides, you can always stamp your feet in time to the beat on the floor.
What are your pet peeves at a concert?
Lydia
XO

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

The British Tag

I have recently been searching the Internet for some post ideas-because doing the 365 day challenge can limit your creativity at times. I came across The British Tag over at this blog, and felt that I wanted to have a go. So, here’s today’s post! (Please be aware that I have adapted this post slightly…)

The rules:

  • Thank the Blogger who tagged you on social media and with a back link.
  • Answer the following questions!
  • Tag as many bloggers as you wish.


1. How many cups of tea do you have a day and with how many sugars?

I actually don’t drink tea-or coffee-for that matter, so I can’t really say, to be honest. I just really dislike the flavours of both, therefore I don’t really drink it.

2. What is your  favourite part of a roast dinner?
The potatoes. So good!

3. What a your favourite dunking biscuit?

Probably either a Hobnob, or a Chocolate digestive. These are so good!

4. And what about your favourite quintessentially British hobby? 

In my spare time-although I’ve devoted more of it to blogging recently-I really do like to crochet, because I can manipulate the wool enough to create something tangible. To be able to create a bag out of six balls of wool is no easy feat, either.

5.And your favourite word?
Blogger, because of course!

6. What is your favourite Cockney rhyming slang?

It would probably have to be “apples and pears”-and that was because I saw it on Doctor Who as a child! (Rose gets taken over by Cassandra in the episode of New Earth…)

7. Additionally, what is your favourite sweet?

At times I have a very strong sweet tooth-and I am trying to cut back on my consumption of sugar, because it can get out of hand. However, I do like lemon sherbats, strawberry Bon bons, and flying saucers.

8. In an ideal world, what would your pub be called?

“The writers den”-a small establishment, tucked away in Brighton’s lanes, stylised as a fancy pub and library in one.

9. And who is your favourite British person?

Tom Hiddleston is English, isn’t he?
10. When shopping, what is your favourite shop? 

It depends on what I’m looking for, and what sort of mood I’m in. I dislike shopping for clothes-I’m not your stereotypical female-but as do quite like Paperchase, and I was sad to see HMV shit down in Brighton recently.

11.Bristish pop song that always seems to be stuck in your head?

I go for rock; you’re my best friend by Queen.

12.Thoughts about Marmite?

Would not touch it with a pole.

13.What are your favourite British things?

The beaches, rock, the insistence that we make tea correctly, pubs, our political system, the Queen, and wool.

I tag Kimberly Jessica, Country Katie UK, and This Stuff Is Golden.

Lydia

XO

 

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get a free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

50 Things That I’m Excited For. 

Here’s another one for the fifty things series….here’s what I’m excited for!

  1. Anastacia will be performing at the Brighton Centre in June. Her concerts are really good-as well as cool-and I love to just have a good singalong to old hits I used to listen to.
  2. Soon to be starting my NTCJ course.
  3. Leaving college. Whilst it has been a bittersweet experience, and I’ll miss some elements of the instution, I want to begin my journalism career, and start to write, be trained, interview people, etc.
  4. I have an interview coming later this year…I can’t wait for you all to read it!
  5. Alfie Boe and Michael Ball will also be playing Brighton in December.
  6. Further blogger collaborations to come.
  7. The end of Pretty Little Liars-just WHO is this mysterious A.D, what do they want, and why?!
  8. Kingsman two is coming out later this year. Because who wouldn’t want to see a sly film with moments of comedy, complete with a now resurrected Colin Firth?!
  9. Constructing a guest posting fortnight.
  10. How To Stop Time By Matt Haig is coming out-as a fictional novel, it looks awesome, and I can’t wait to read it.
  11. The release of The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman. It made me cry!
  12. An interview with Rowan Coleman coming in June.
  13. Trying to monetise my blog.
  14. Still filing my column!
  15. Lissie will hopefully be playing a few U.K. shows, later this year, and maybe with some new music, although don’t quote me on that.
  16. Brain May and Kerry Ellis may be touring also.
  17. Christina Aguleria also may be releasing a new album.
  18. Pilates!!
  19. People’s birthdays-I love to create funny gifts to give to them, complete with my verses, in order to make them smile.
  20. Starting to get more involved in Blog chats.
  21. The publication of Sylvia Plath’s letters-in a fuller volume. More blog content to come soon!
  22. Queen Extravaganza have been teasing a new projects that’s ostensibly underway on their social media…
  23. And who wouldn’t be excited for them maybe touring!?
  24. New monopoly boards.
  25. A mental health magazine that is being set up by Nicole at A Beautiful Caos.
  26. The new pandora collection.
  27. The Hilary Clinton biopic. I would love for this to be released in the UK-and just because she’s one of my heroes.
  28. Finishing my exams.
  29. Finishing education overall.
  30. Not being judged by people my own age for my clothing choices.
  31. The end of PLL. Oh wait, I already mentioned that…
  32. A new John Grisham thriller.
  33. Even more Blogger collaborations!
  34. Working with a new US-based PR agency.
  35. Dawn O’Porter’s new book.
  36. Jodi Picoult may be releasing a new book?
  37. A new novel that I can’t say too much about…
  38. Ann Shoket and her book. Let’s hope it comes to the UK!
  39. The Little Mermaid-the live action remake.
  40. Blogosphere magazine and their new ventures.
  41. Utilising an iPHONE for this blog.
  42. Utilising a MacBook for this blog.
  43. JFK 100.
  44. Shopping for new clothes! Gotta get kitted out to look like a Journalist…
  45. Ed Sheeran is touring.
  46. Phil Collins is also touring.
  47. Pitch Perfect Four is rumoured to be in production?
  48. Living up to the expectation of the 365 day challenge.
  49. Finishing the 365 day challenge.
  50. Blog chats!

What are you excited for?

Lydia

XO

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

 

Two of the best facial scrubs; guest post by Grace Brown.

This is part of a series of guest posts this week; to view Grace’s blog, click here.

So today I wanted to talk about two of the best facial scrubs I’ve ever used. I’m a big fan of exfoliating scrubs, I feel that they give my face a much more thorough cleanse than standard face washes. I’ve tried and tested quite a few over the years however these beauties are by far my favourites.

I’ll start with my old faithful; The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub. I’ve been using this face wash for years and I’ve not yet tired of it. Its actually made several appearances on my own blog as I just love using it that much.

GRACEBEE BODYSHOP TEA TREE SQUEAKY CLEAN SCRUB

The scrub is fairly pricey compared to other similar products, coming in at £7.50 for 100ml. That being said its worth every penny. This product features ‘purifying tea tree oil’ and the exfoliating micro-beads are biodegradable meaning they wont hurt the environment. Its perfect for normal or blemished skin and I will always go back to repurchase more when I run out.

The next scrub I’ve fallen in love with is the Miss Patisserie Orange Coffi Scrub. I’ve only been using this product for around 2 months but its already a firm favourite. The scrub is from a small cosmetic brand based in Cardiff that I probably never would have heard of had I not been invited to a press day there last year.

GRACEBEE MISS PATISSERIE ORANGE COFFI SCRUB

This product is a coffee lovers dream. The exfoliating granules smell incredibly strong but also include hint of sweet orange so that its not overbearing. This beautifully scented scrub is infused with both coconut and almond oil to leave you skin feeling soft and hydrated. Again its a fairly pricey retailing at nearly £14 a pop but for that you get 200g of product which will last months.

So those were my two absolute favourite facial scrubs that you can buy right now! I’d also just like to thank Lydia for letting me guest post on her blog!

Grace x

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.