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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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.

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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.

Inside My Bullet Journal. (Guest post by Envy Fisher.)

Today’s guest post is by Envy Fisher, over at Lost In translation. Be sure to visit her blog by clicking here!

I think every blogger will agree with me that we live in the age of Bullet Journals. I know very few bloggers who don’t have a notebook full of fancy spreads to keep their lives organized. If you were to see mine though… I’m not cut out for the Bullet Journal life. I scribble my to-do lists first thing in the morning on the first piece of paper I can find. Illustrating and color-coding is nice and all, but wouldn’t it make more sense to use that time to actually start doing the things on your list? Apart from that, no matter how pretty I’d make my Bullet Journal, I don’t see myself looking back on it in five years time and thinking: ‘Man, my life was awesome back then, look at all these things I had to do!’ No, I’d rather remember the stories of my life by writing them down. So instead of a Bullet Journal, I keep an old-fashioned journal. Though I don’t think ‘old-fashioned’ is the right word. My journal is a little bit different than the old school journals and diaries. Let me show you.

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I started this journal in February 2017, fairly recently. It was the first time I had a completely blank journal, no lines or anything. At first that scared me to no end. I have a reputation for not being able to write a sentence in a straight line on a completely blank piece of paper. After a day or two I realized blank pages are the best though: you’re not limited to just writing, you have more than enough space to add illustrations.

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The first illustrations appeared while I was planning my blog’s relaunch. I needed a rough sketch for a header and was writing about how nervous I was for the relaunch. Then I picked up a pencil and started doodling. It felt weird at first. Diaries aren’t sketch pads. I immediately regretted that thought. Why follow the rules of journaling if you can pick and choose, then make your journal exactly what you want it to be?

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From that moment on I illustrated the stories of my life that I wrote down in my journal. The illustrations became bigger and bigger, until I made pages in an art journal style. I made these to motivate myself, to get over my ex-boyfriend and as a tribute to Antwerp, the Belgian city I fell in love with in February.

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There’s nothing I won’t try in my journal. I’ve used pen, pencil, acrylic paint, chalk, and spray paint. It’s fun to try so many different media in the middle of writing the story of your life. But that doesn’t mean every page is a success. For example, when I first used my can of red spray paint, the paint went straight through the pages and stained more than I’d expected… It looked a little bit like a massacre to be honest. Luckily I was able to cover it all up with a picture.

The thing I like best about the combination between diary, travel journal and art journal is that there’s no pressure to do anything. I don’t have to make a fancy spread, I don’t have to write about my day if I don’t want to and if I feel uninspired I don’t have to make any illustrations or collages. But when I do feel like doing any of those things, my journal is there for me with as many blank pages as I need. So how about it? Can I convince you to give this kind of journal a try instead of the Bullet Journal? I promise you won’t regret it!

x Envy

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Friendly soap review; so good, smells nice, and a free from cruelty brand!


Disclaimer: Having been sent some Friendly Soap in my Little Known Box, I wished to work directly with the brand. This post contains a PR sample, yet is my honest review, having requested to review the product directly.

Part of any hygiene routine involves some form of soap; literally, just to get rid of dirt. So, I was very happy to be reviewing Friendly’s soap-and was quite overwhelmed with how generous they were with me.

Packaging/Branding:

I was impressed with the packaging, in that part of the branding is to note that each soap is free from cruelty, and is natural as well as handmade. As a brand, I feel that this is far more responsible than some consumer products; it also acts as an incentive to buy it! We need to be kind in our consumerism, after all.

Similarly , the packaging is also very brightly coloured for the soap-although not for some of the other bars as the above photo shows. I feel this is a bonus; after all, why would anyone want to buy a product that is the antithesis of this? This instantly screams to me good quality, confidence in themselves, and therefore a good brand.

Product:

Firstly, I think it’s important to note that I could smell the soap through the parcel packaging. However, it wasn’t really overpowering; rather, I was curious about using the soap. This was in addition to the fact that they have flavours-or should it be smells?-that I regard as being more than just conventional.

Once you get the actual soap out of the packaging, it’s a really chunky size. Like, really chunky. And it’s far too big for me to hold in just one hand. (Bigger than your average soap bar!) You’ll receive more for your money, however the shape is a bit cumbersome. (Two hands is what I suggest-just to prevent it slipping away from you.) Bit the ingredients are nice enough, meaning that I could wash inflamed, itchy skin-which has now settled as well.

I have yet to use all of these, but will do so in good time.

What do you think about Soap?

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.

 

This time next year tag

This is a post that I’ve seen floating around for a while-you can see the exact post here. So, here’s my version:


Firstly, you have to thank the person who tagged you-so, maybe over social media. Next, write and set yourself  goals for next year, as well as how you intend to achieve them. Tag five or more people. Then, once a year has passed, write about how you achieved these goals. Simple, right? Here goes…

Goals for the next year:

  • Pass the NTCJ diploma course, with a decent standard of grades achieved. (This is something I have been wanting to undertake for a while-and I would love to achieve something good from it.
  • Keep blogging, and start to earn from it!
  • Have at least one story-well, copy-published in a magazine. Because this is something that I have tried to achieve for a while.
  • Get paid for articles!
  • Have at least one great interview, with somebody who is really current-I’m thinking Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Amy MacDonald, Stormzy, Bones, and people in that vein. Because ambition isn’t a crime, right?
  • Start to write my book!

I tag Lauren at This Stuff Is Golden, Katie at CountryKatieUk, Kimberly Jessica at Kimberly Jessica, Faz from Like A Parisienne, and Freya from Freya’s Nook. Be sure to comment when you write your own!

Lydia

XO

 

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Let’s Have An Honest Chat About Aspergers Sydrome. (A note to fellow Aspergians like me…)

Let’s just have an honest chat, shall we? From the ‘aspergic’ blogger whose blog you’ve been reading, to you, the presumably neurotypical reader. (Or maybe you’re a fellow ‘Aspergian’-in that case, welcome! You are among friends here 😃)

Having Aspergers Sydrome is hard; over on Twitter, I saw one parent saying that her son refers to it as “my trouble”. The problem is that we are often in our own worlds-the comforting place inside our heads, where we can escape, almost. It’s the outside world that intrudes in, I feel-those sudden load noises, horrible sensations, and not understanding what your classmates are trying to convey. (Believe me, it is so difficult. And although I could probably count my friends on both hands, it is those that be deciphered that are scary.)

Questions are hard to interpret.

Conversation is hard to maintain.

Noise is hard to bare.

Sticking to the social code is hard.

And that’s just the beginning.

Aspergers is something complex, complicated, but at its core it’s caring; all the ‘aspergic’ people I have met are some of the most brilliant minds there are. They care in different ways for you. And they are so incredibly loyal. These are the people that I take strength from, and who this post is on tribute to. They are the best in human nature.

And if you’re reading this, as a fellow ‘Aspergian’, I want you to know that you aren’t as ‘bad’ as sometimes made out to be; you have so much potential, and the ability to move to a higher plane. Forget these so called popularity contests at schools-they don’t reflect the real world. Keep your friends close. And you’ll be fine 😁

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Having It All….At What Price? Guest Post By Lisa Kallas, Sugar Loaf Dreamer.

This is a guest post by Lisa Kallas, over at Sugar Loaf Dreamer. (Click here to visit her blog.)

When my mum was leaving school you were encouraged to stay at home and be a housewife and mother. If they did work it was in retail, nursing and light duties work. When I was leaving school you were encouraged to attend university and get agood job. Some of us never saw the inside of a university or college and went straight into work. At that point if you were lucky you found yourself a good provider and worked part time, able to have the choice to either work or stay at home when you became a mother. When my daughter was going through school university became more of a necessity to get a good job, a lot of women delayed getting married and having children as they were forging their careers and by the time they do decide to settle down it takes two incomes to just get by…….sound familiar???

In this the 21st century women can be anything they want no longer just holding down retail or admin jobs, they are becoming CEOs and entrepreneurs pushing the limits of those glass ceilings. We have cracked a lot of them, however we are still struggling for equal pay with men but that’s a whole other blog!!
So here you are mid career, maybe married trying to fit everything in. Your work, gym, socialising with the girls, shopping, cooking, cleaning all the incidental jobs traditionally held by women……you almost have to schedule a date with your partner in your diary just to fit it in. Then along comes baby……now what? How many times have you heard a newly pregnant lady say “I haven’t got time for a baby”? Well that’s when you have to take a step back and prioritise.

Believe it or not men, now more than ever want to be hands on with the child raising process. As far as jobs around the home go, men don’t always notice what we women do, so it seems they are lazy or unhelpful. This is not necessarily the case, most times if you ask they will help. So learn to delegate around the house. Put a time limit on the amount of work you bring home, I know you do….most of us will spend some personal time checking and answering emails, trust me, just because you may have your pjs on and a glass of wine in your hand it’s still work, so maximum 1 hour and then its family time, even if that family consists of only a partner or a dog. Cut it back.

At work, especially if you are the manager or CEO delegate, delegate, delegate. No one can do it all alone. One of the easiest ways of running a successful business with a happy team is inclusion. Teach them what you know, that way you won’t have to worry if you are absent from work….others now know how to run the joint without you. Trust me, that delegation bit, I struggled with that for years and then I became ill. Learning to share the load at work made such a difference to not only my happiness but the satisfaction of my team. It will also allow you to spend less work time when bub comes along.

It is a very personal choice whether to be a working parent or not, again I stress, some of us don’t have that choice and need to continue working while parenting. If that’sthe case make time, try to do a little housework each night and free up your weekends as much as possible for your family. Be there 100%, time with your children passes so quickly, they grow so fast, don’t miss it.

We can have it all if we wish, we can do anything a man does if we want to, we study and work for it. As someone that continued to work while parenting it is with experience I say make time, the years go so fast and unfortunately you can never get that time again.

Through all of this you also need to find some ME time. Burnout is a killer of many things, careers, marriages, friendships and people. Never be afraid to to ask for help, there is no sign of weakness in admitting you need it. Breathe in life and exhale love, that is what we need to do daily.

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If you go to Basic Beauty Tools 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.