Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Everyday Spring Makeup

*staring out of the window at the instagram-worthy blossom trees*
I love Spring makeup, a fresh looking face with light shades. I have created a super easy, everyday spring makeup look that you could try over the next few months. I have been wearing this makeup for a few weeks now, and it looks beautiful and it is easy and quick to apply. I suppose I better get on with it!

After cleansing and exfoliating, I moisturised with the Clarins Daily Energizer Cream. I then prepped my skin with the Benefit POREfessional.

I decided to opt for my Benefit Hello Flawless foundation for this spring look. This time next week I will be uploading a review on this foundation, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I also used the Max Factor Skin Luminizer foundation under my eyes. I haven't been suffering with them pesky eye bags recently, so I didn't need too much coverage, just a little brightening!

To keep my makeup light I used a translucent pressed powder by No7. This product has been well used, and I will be needing to purchase a new powder soon. Any suggestions in the comments below will be much appreciated! I then used two of my favourite Benefit powders, the Hoola bronzer and the Coralista blush. I lightly contoured with the bronzer and swept the blush across the apples of my cheeks - giving them a beautiful pink colour. 

-Eyes and Brows-
I filled in my brows with the Paul & Joe eyebrow powder in the shade 01. I also used the wax from my Clarins eyebrow kit to make my brows look more natural. 
On to the eyes and I used the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, to start, in the shade W.O.S all across my eyelid and brow bone. Secondly, using my finger tips, I swept the Maybelline Color Tattoo in the colour Pink Gold all across my lids. I then took the darkest eyeshadow from my Bourjois Rose Twiste palette in my crease, and the outer corner of my eye, and blended. I then dabbed the shade Faint from my Naked palette in the outer corner of my eye and blended. I also added the shade Venus in my tearduct and brow bone to widen and brighten my eyes.
Being careful not to ruin the eyeshadow, I steadily use my Benefit They're Real push up liner along my top lash line, and create a slight cat eye. I finish my eyes off my the wonderful Roller Lash mascara by Benefit.

A spring look is beautiful when dewy and brightening, and this is why I used the Maybelline Baby Lips to highlight my face. I simply dabbed the stick on to my finger tips and applied to the highlighting areas on my face, such as the the tops of my cheeks. It gives such a gorgeous shine and glossy finish. A beautiful idea for this Spring!

I couldn't choose between two lip products for this look because I alternate between them. They are both lip glosses which give a gorgeous dewy shine to your lips. The first is my Mac lip gloss in the colour Ample Pink, and the second is my Chanel lip gloss in the number 191. Both lip glosses give a gorgeous finish to the look.

-Finishing Touch-
A quick spray of the Urban Decay all nighter setting spray keeps the makeup all in place throughout the day.

I hope you like this Spring look and maybe you try it out at home. If you don't have the products I used then I sure you could find some similar alternatives.
Thank you for reading!


Monday, 27 April 2015

Topshop Summer Wardrobe Wishlist

It is the run up to summer and I have started to purchase items for my holidays this summer. I am so excited for the sun, free time and the tan - fingers crossed! I love buying new clothing items for summer, so many more lightweight pieces. I can't wait to say goodbye to tights or uncomfortable jumpers! So here are a few items in my summer wardrobe wishlist from my favourite high street store at the moment, Topshop...

Friday, 24 April 2015

My Weekly Love | Classic Sunglasses

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The Diner | Old Spitalfields

Last Sunday I spent a lovely day with my mum, sister and auntie up London. We decided on a typical past time of ours, retail therapy. We headed up, bright and early, to London's most popular markets. Petticoat Lane was the first of our stops, then Brick Lane, and then finally Old Spitalfields. The markets were buzzing with atmosphere, sometimes it felt it bit too much for me, but I soon relaxed down. We made many different purchases of bits and bobs that we loved.
As with all shopping experiences, we tend to get very peckish. We decided to have some lunch in The Diner. An American diner in the middle of Old Spitalfields Market. First impressions were fantastic. The diner looked so authentic, clean and inviting. 

Once seated we looked at the menu. There was so many types of burger that it was so hard to choose, but in the end I opted for an Arch burger with sweet potato fries. We then ordered tap waters for each of us and a strawberry milkshake to share. We shared a milkshake because I find they are just too big for just me! The food was absolutely delicious and there were cleared plates all round. 

The prices were really reasonable in The Diner, my burger and fries came to around £11.00. The service was really nice too! The restaurant is such a lovely place that I have never been to before. I believe there are more of these restaurants around London, so keep your eye out when you are out and about, and feeling hungry!


Monday, 20 April 2015

Weekend Pamper Routine

I had a lovely evening on Saturday when I decided to pamper myself for a whole evening. I had spent pretty much the whole day revising, so it was a well deserved relaxation session. I decided to share my evening with you beautiful people and show you how I pamper myself on a weekend. This blog post is a collaboration with the beautiful Libbie from Libberty Mills. Be sure to check out the link to her blog below for her Weekend Morning Routine. 
Let's get on with the pampering!

The first thing to do in an evening is to have dinner. For dinner I had hunter chicken and roast potatoes, delicious! After dinner I took myself up stairs and put some chilled music. I have a 'Chill' playlist on my Spotify account, so I listened to that on shuffle play. You can follow me on Spotify by searching for my username which is lilyrichardsx.

I then proceeded to take off my makeup. I wasn't wearing lots of makeup on Saturday, as I was just staying at home, so I decided to remove it with my Vita Coco Coconut Oil. I took a small amount between my fingers, heated it up until it became oil, and massaged it into my face as it lifted off the makeup. I then took a damp cotton pad to wipe the product gently off my skin. I love this oil as it is so natural and works amazingly - even with eye makeup. I then plucked my unruly brows and went on to my hair.

I opted for the Agave Healing Oil sample I was given in Birchbox a while ago. I took the oil and massaged it into my hair from the tips to about  mid way of my hair. I brushed my hair using a tangle teaser and plaited my hair to allow the oils to soak in. The oil smoothed and restored my hair. It made it feel so silky the next day!

While running the bath I popped in a LUSH bath bomb. You may already know I have an obsession with LUSH products, so it almost impossible to have a pamper routine without one! I opted for the fuzzy egg bath bomb that I had still from Easter. The colours were so beautiful and the bath looked amazing!

I applied a face mask while I was lying in the bath, and I chose to use the Be fine Warming Clay Mask. Once applied the mask warms up on your face which is so relaxing! The gorgeous smells of pomegranate and cardamon had a warming and glowing feel, and the benefits of these extracts are to tone the skin. I left this mask on for around 5 minutes and removed with a muslim cloth.

After stepping out of the bath and wrapping myself in towels, I focused on my facial skincare. I exfoliated my skin with the Dr.Jart+ Clear Away Gel. I love this product and use it on an almost daily basis! I then spritzed my face with the Caudlie Face Spray and moisturised with the Benefit Face Emulsion. I also applied some good old Vaseline to my lips.

On to my body, and I used the Korres Bergamot Pear Moisturising Body Milk to moisturise. The more liquidy consistency is so soothing and it gives such amazing hydration to my skin. I mustn't forget my feet, so I moisturised and exfoliated using my Whitstable Lavender Foot Souffle Scrub. This charming little pot of souffle scrub was bought for me from my little sister when we were last in Whitstable, Kent. This product is made by a lovely handmade shop along the high street of the coastal town, and I would definitely recommend it as a small gift for someone or a treat for yourself. It left my feet feeling so soft and smelling amazing!

I then put on my super comfy pyjamas and slippers, and went downstairs to make myself a vanilla latte. With a hot beverage in my hand, I grabbed my magazine and lit some candles. I sat on my sofa to read my magazine and a few blog posts. I haven't got a book on the go at the moment, but I might start reading An Abundance of Katherines by John Green soon.

I decided to paint my nails too and opted for my Maybelline Color Show polish in a warming Mauve Kiss. I used my Nars base coat too. I switched on the TV to see what was on, and I chose to watch Britain's Got Talent. 

As the night drew on it was time for bed. I poured myself a glass water for the side of my bed, and headed upstairs. I brushed my teeth and applied more Vaseline to my lips. I switched my fairy lights on across my bed frame and spritzed my Molten Brown Room Fragrance. While lying in my bed I always have a last check of social media and finally I switch off my fairy lights.

Sweet Dreams!

Now head over to Libbie's blog for the first half of this collaboration...


Friday, 17 April 2015

My Weekly Love | Blogs

This week I decided to share with you the blogs I love to read on a regular basis. All of these bloggers are very talented and put so much effort into their posts. I'd like to think of some of them as my friends and their content is amazing. Be sure to check them out, I think you'll love their blogs just as much as I do! I wish them all the best for their blogs in 2015 and I look forward to their many more blog posts!

Lady Hunter

A Glass of Ice

Becky Bea

A Piece of Elish

*These are not my photographs, they have been taken off the blogs mentioned above.*

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Interview with Amy

It's that time again - interview time!
This time I decided to interview the very beautiful and talented Amy from Clarabellasecrets. I really enjoyed interviewing Amy, and I hope you enjoy reading through her lovely answers. Also, be sure to check out her links at the end of the post.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Revision Tips and Tricks

It is the critical time of GCSEs and I have been revising for some time now. Revision is a long process but it is very successful, and a must in order to pass the exams with good grades. Below are some tips and tricks for your revision to ensure you are making the most out of your time.

Create daily to-do lists with clear boundaries
Allocate time for different activities such as revision, breaks, relaxation and exercise.
Eliminate unnecessary tasks
Pointless activities such as being on your phone, watching TV, chatting with friends or endless watching on Netflix is a waste of time during the revision period. Use your time wisely, it will soon fly past!
Ask instead of guessing
Teachers in all of your subjects are on hand to help you with any misunderstandings or queries. A short chat with your teachers will soon iron anything out before the exams.
Look for solutions rather than dwelling on the problems
Some people panic and stress out, causing them to put off tasks and revision. Instead of worrying about the problem, start on the solution and start to tick off the tasks to do.
Slow down
No cramming or fast-paced revision sessions are allowed, they are very stressful and unproductive. Start to pace your revision in order to allow your brain to soak in the knowledge and information.
Speak to your friends and family about your revision. Get your friends to teach you something you don’t understand, or talk about your worries and concerns. Why not get your family members to quiz you on topics you need to learn?
Be motivated
Think about what you want to achieve and be determined to do so. Set yourself goals and strive to achieve them
Plan and schedule
Allocate times for revision on different subjects, and ensure you give yourself breaks. You can only concentrate properly for 45 minutes so take small breaks, perhaps eat a snack, after each session.
Experiment with exam techniques
Finding the right techniques for you is the key to successful revision. Have you tried flashcards, mindmaps, videos, recordings or after school sessions?
Take deep breaths and try to clear your mind of any other distractions
Try to stay focused and dedicated to wanting to achieve the best you possibly can.
Good luck with your revision!


Friday, 10 April 2015

My Weekly Love | Carrots in the bath!?

Carrots in the bath!?
When I spent the day in Canterbury last weekend, of course I did some retail therapy. Walking through the cobbled streets of Canterbury town I came across LUSH. For a while I have been reading many blog posts on the Easter selection of LUSH treats, so I had to go inside and see for myself.

I have a LUSH obsession! All of their products are so fresh and natural, and affordable too! I love how all the products are on show, and how you can try different products around the store. The product that stood out for me was the Bunch of Carrots.

This reusable bubble baths is such a lovely idea. The lady in the store demonstrated the magic of the product. I was surprised to hear how long the bunch of carrots would last. Each carrot should work for around 5 baths, making the bunch have a total use of 15 baths!

To use the product, you take one carrot and swirl it under the running tap. This soon creates a mass of bubbles, and a sweet tropical smell. The scent isn't too overpowering, it is just sweet and fresh.
Such a lovely gift for someone or if you want to treat yourself, like I did!


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Bubble | Whitstable

If you didn't know already, my family and I have a caravan at Seasalter, near the beautiful coastal town of Whitstable. We have spent many lovely weekends at Whitstable over many years, yet we still find new and wonderful places to visit. The other day we came across a quaint little cafe, along the coastline, called The Bubble.

The first thing that struck me was the stunning window view. The interior included tall bar tables around the edge of the cafe so, as you sat with your food and drink, you can look out over beautiful scenery.  It was a sunny day in the Whitstable and there was such a clear sky!

The menu provided at The Bubble does not contain much choice but a range of delicious meals for lunch or dinner. We visited the cafe just for refreshments so we only opted for drinks, although I'm sure we will return to try out the food. The cafe sources produce locally where possible, and they also have award-winning beers for sale. The dishes looked amazing and so did the butternut sqaush cake on the counter!

I ordered a good old hot chocolate. I usually opt for a coffee of some sort, but I craved something sweeter. The hot chocolate was really nice, but perhaps would have been better with a squirt of cream and a handful of mini marshmellows.

I love spending time with my wonderful family and discovering new places! I have had a lovely weekend away for Easter and enjoyed trying to soak up some early springtime sun. 
I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend with your family and friends too!


Monday, 6 April 2015

They're Real! vs Roller Lash

Two big contenders in the mascara section of the Benefit counter is They're Real! and Roller Lash. My top mascara for about a year now has been the They're Real mascara which I also wear with the matching push up eye liner. I love the length it gives my lashes and the volume it creates. It is quite pricey but certainly worth forking out for it. The product lasts for ages as well. 

Recently Benefit brought out the phenomenon that this the Roller Lash. Everyone was raving about it and I was bursting to try it! Luckily I was sent a sample in my Birchbox and I have been hooked ever since. The Roller Lash does what it says by giving my lashes a gorgeous curl, with amazing length and volume. 

So who's the winner? 
My favourite mascara between these two, and my favourite at the moment overall, would have to be the Roller Lash. I have been converted! The mascara gives more dramatic colour and adds definition to my lashes. My eyes look more magnified and my lashes look extended! It is such a beautiful product!

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