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Where I would like to travel…

Germany; Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne
Austria; Vienna
Netherlands; Amsterdam
Switzerland; Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern
Italy; Rome, Florence, Milan, Naples, Verona
Croatia; Dubrovnik, Zagreb
Spain; Valencia; Madrid
Sweden; Stockholm
Norway; Oslo
Poland; Krakow, Warsaw, Zakopane, Poznan
Denmark; Copenhagen
Hungary; Budapest
Belguim; Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges
Portugal; Lisbon
Ukraine; Kyiv
Finland; Helsinki, Lapland
Russia; St Petersburg, Moscow
French Riviera; Monaco, St Tropez, Cannes

This is my travel check list. Places I want to go and see and I am wondering on whether it is better to do it a country at a time and visit the top cities per country, yearly in one two week trip. Or whether to do an interrail trip.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Hayden Panettiere Make Up

 

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Hello Everyone,

Sorry I have been missing in action for a while, I am still studying at university and it is now my final year and I am working so hard.. (not) but I WAS finding it difficult to post often and so I apologise my blog has been on the back burner.

So really the inspiration to make a new post came after seeing this picture of Hayden Panettiere on the Daily Mail recently which featured a fuschia lip and a peachy gold eyeshadow that I think just looks incredible due to its fresh and simple nature (perfect with tanned or darker skin).

How to achieve this super simple look:

Face: Hayden is lucky to have great skin that is tanned and probably doesn’t need much coverage. I recommend if you are doing this for a night out or special occasion tanning your face with a facial self tanner such as St Tropez. Then you can use a concealer for any redness or breakouts as the tan does a good job at correcting your skin tone.

My favourite concealer at the moment is Pro-Longwear concealer from MAC as it doesn’t settle in lines and wrinkles (not that I have many at 22) but it is less likely to crease and has full coverage whilst still looking natural if you apply it just where it is needed. You can also add a bronzer to the places on your face where you would usually tan such as the bridge of your nose, forehead, cheeks and chin and then a liberal amount of Nars Orgasm Blush or something similar which will greate a really dewy fresh look. You can also add a highlighter if you have a favourite one as it looks like Hayden has used a highlighter with gold shimmer.

Eyes: Hayden has used a one wash eyeshadow all over the lid into the crease and under the eye and from what I can see it almost looks like a bronzer with shimmer. I like Amber Lights from Mac which is a peachy gold with shimmer which you could use alongside a bronzer to get that sunkissed eye look. and of course apply a couple of coats of mascara.

Brows: Hayden’s brows are groomed possibly just with a brow set and minimal product as she is lucky to have thick, full brows. If you don’t have brows like hers simply fill yours in using light brush strokes to mimic real hairs with a pencil for a more natural look.

Lips: The other focal point of this look is lips and Hayden has chosen almost a frosty fuschia. I think for this look on all skin tones Mac Full Fuschia is a great lipstick that will go great with the bronzed eyes but i suspect Hayden has mixed a couple of lipsticks to get the frosted look and so mix up the combination that will suit your skin tone.

Reply with photos if you try this look. I think it is a great look for spring and summer and something that is so easy to do. Let me know what you think in the comments below x

Lauren Conrad Make-up Tutorial

ImageSo this make-up is perfect for those of you that like a minimal make-up and it was inspired by an old product I used to love when I was much younger that I recently rediscovered. If you feel like it this look looks best after using a gradual tanner as it gives you that glow all over. 

So, when I was about 16 years old my mum bought me an Olay moisturizer with a touch of self tan and at the time I had blonde highlighted hair and used to have a thing for self tan. I was recently looking back through old pictures of myself and thought to myself how much better my skin looked in some pictures and I remembered that particular moisturizer.  It appears to have changed its name now to Essentials Complete Care Everyday Sunshine Moisturizing Cream and so I decided to re-purchase. I also recently bough the Pro-Longwear Concealer from Mac in the color NW20 and so have built a make up routine around these two products which I think is a natural look similar to Lauren Conrad. 

1. Moisturize with Olay Essentials Complete Care Everyday Sunshine Moisturizing Cream in Light or Dark depending on the color your prefer.

2. Apply one pump of Pro-Longwear Concealer from MAC on your hand and apply to the areas needed, such as under the eyes, around the nose and on blemishes. 

3. Apply a pink blusher to the cheeks such as L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Sandalwood Rose. 

4. Dust bronzer lightly all over the face and very slightly heavier where the sun would hit such as the top of the forehead, nose cheeks and chin, Nars Laguna Bronzer or Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer are both great for this. 

Next for eyes:

1. Apply a slightly shimmery cream eye shadow all over the lid and up to the brow bone

2. Contour the crease with a light brown color and a softer blending brush.

3. Apply a black eye-shadow along the lash line with an angled brush and create a small wing at the outer edge, remember to stay close to the lash line you can also use a liquid or gel line as Lauren Conrad has in this picture, however a shadow instead of a liner can look great for everyday. 

4. Apply two coats of mascara, my personal favorite is Maybelline The Falsies. 

To finish apply a nude lipstick, Loreal Fairest Nude is a lovely color but a tinted lip balm such as Dior Creme De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm is the ultimate indulgence and adds just a touch of color. 

Hope you enjoy re-creating this look, you can swop products for similar ones you own or use the same products but remember the focus is on lightly tanned skin with a healthy flush and softly defined eye x

My New Fitness Routine

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Recently I have noticed a few areas of concern that I wanted to tone up. The main ones being my bum, legs and stomach.

I have always been happy with my size and have been lucky to be around a size 8-10 for as long as I can remember, however having IBS has meant that sometimes I look bloated which has always been something I have been self conscious of. I also have a really flat small bum which I would like to look a bit curvier.

So my boyfriend had an operation and just got out of the hospital and can’t do a lot of exercise and I am not sure quite what needs to be done but the two of us have started to get in shape.

It all started with a pedometer app on my iPhone which basically calculates the amount of steps you take, translates it in to kilometres and tells you the calories you have burnt. You can input your measurements and a goal weight and it can calculate how much walking you need to do each day.

So a couple of nights ago we went to buy trainers and decided we would start walking.

Luckily where we both live has a park close by and so we have been managing to do 3 kilometres. We found according to our pedometer doing this each night after our evening meal we can burn up to 200 calories! How easy?! not a sweat broke and keeping fit also.

As he continues to recover we are going to try swimming and other things, he basically wants to tone his stomach and also make his chest and arms a bit bigger.

So I would be really interested about your keep fit tips, considering the areas we want to tone do you have any ideas of some exercise we can do? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Contour & Highlight – Bronzed Summer Look

Lisa Eldridge is one of the UKs best make up artists. Regularly working with celebrities such as Kate Winslet and Emma Watson. This video shows the powerful effect contour and highlight can have. Have a look at Lisa’s channel.

Clear Skin In 5 Easy Steps

Acne and spots are problems we have all encountered at some point in our lives (unless of course you are really lucky). I have always struggled with spots and they can crop up anywhere on your body not just your face. I am now 22 and have only just managed to sort out my skin and it has been much clearer for some time. I still have problems with my skin but often these are hormone based and I know when I will be getting an attack of acne. The main thing to remember is a great skin routine will work wonders at keeping your skin clear the majority of the time, so if you do have hormonal break outs then your skin is clear to begin with and you may only get a couple of spots that are easy to cover. 

Okay so here are my 5 steps, the work for me and may not work for you but they are worth a try:

1: Sudocreme- If I have a large spot or a rash of a few spots and need to get rid of them overnight then this product creates the most difference. It is really cheap to buy and specifically states can be used on acne so of course would work on normal spots too and is entirely safe for your face. I dab the cream on to the spot, rub in and the next day the spot has reduced by around half of its size. This may just be my skin but it is worth a try as it is so cheap to buy. 

2: Cleanse twice- You don’t have to use expensive cleansers but you really need to make sure that all of your make-up is gone. In my experience problem skin is often due to not taking my make-up off correctly. For instance, if you think about sleeping in your make up after you have been out, (which i would recommend never doing by the way!) often you can wake up with a spot or two from your pores clogging. So if you imagine your skin not being cleansed properly this will have the same effect. So cleanse twice to make sure all of your make-up is removed.

3: Don’t use harsh products- If your skin feels tight after you have washed it you are damaging it. If you are using alcohol based toners or soapy face washes then stop now. Drying out your skin causes you to produce more oil which can clog pores creating spots. I recommend using cleansing milks and oils rather than face washes. If you do use a face wash just make sure your skin doesn’t feel tights afterwards. It doesn’t mean your skin is clean if it feels tight it means that your skin is stinging from the ingredients. 

4: Don’t pick!- I know how much you may want to pick a spot but it the worst thing you can do. Picking and squeezing causes scarring and actually takes longer for the spot to heal. It scabs and then leaves a scar and you will find you can cover with concealer the spot much better without it being scabbed and at night time treat the spot and you will notice a difference by the next day. 

5: Treat yourself to a facial massage once a week. Use cleansing oil and massage your face starting with your cheeks and massaging upwards, then your forehead, then up your neck. Use a warm muslin cloth or flannel and remove the oil and then massage some moisturizer in.  This improves the circulation of your skin and will remove dead skin cells as well as rejuvenating your skin. Perfect to wake up dull skin and give it extra vibrancy and in turn helps with cell production which helps with clearer skin. 

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Nars Deep Throat Blush and Nars Chihuahua Lipgloss

Nars Chihuahua Lipgloss

Nars Chihuahua Lipgloss

Nars Deep Throat Blush

Nars Deep Throat Blush

For those of you that haven’t tried Nars before I would like to introduce you to my new two favourites! It is my birthday on Tuesday and I have just been given as a birthday present these two items above by my two best friends. 

For those of you that follow my blog you know how much I love Nars. They do some great colours obviously with the most famous being Orgasm which comes in a blush, highlighting stick, lipgloss and illuminating fluid due to its popularity. 

The Nars products I love so far are there powder blushes of course my new Deep Throat blush which is a pink with a gold shimmer running through it which is great for pale skins. I love the lipglosses because they last well and also don’t make your lips stick together like I sometimes find with Mac Lipglosses. I love the colour of Chihuahua lipgloss it’s a muted pink which goes great with Deep Throat and doesn’t have any shimmer, so perfect for every day or night. 

If you are pale skinned then Deep Throat blush is a great one for you, if you are darker then something like Orgasm or Super Orgasm will look amazing. A lot of people love the Turkish Delight lipgloss but it’s just a bit pale for me so I am happy to have received the Chihuahua lipgloss which I prefer! 

For those of you wanting to get into Nars there blushes and eyeshadows are a great place to start, they also do great lipcolour. A lot of people have mixed reviews about their foundations and whilst I can’t find a colour for myself I do think that Nars foundations are great if you are darker skinned or tanned. 

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PERFECT EASY SMOKEY EYE MAKE-UP

Gorgeous, easy to do, smokey eye make-up from Pixiwoo. All you need is greensmoke eyeshadow and tarnish pencil. Great for a summer night out with tanned skin and pink blush and a bit of lipgloss.

My Favourite Make-Up Brushes

Here is just a quick list of my favourite brushes for make-up application. I am actually quite lazy when it comes to brushes and tend to use one brush for a number of things. If I am going somewhere special I will use all my brushes though, and of course they are nice to look at. A lot of my brushes are from MAC Cosmetics though a few are from different brands. Sometimes I wish I had a full set from one place as I like things to look neat and tidy. However, the brushes I have chosen are the best ones for the job and so I would like to share with you the brushes I have loved and I am open to any suggestions of great brushes or cheaper alternatives:

1: MAC 266– This angled brush I use for my eyebrows and to draw a line of shadow along the line of my lashes. I really like this brush as it can be used for eye shadow and gel liner which means although you have to pay out quite a bit for this brush it does have dual uses.

2: MAC 217– I absolutely love this brush. It is so amazing for many purposes. The most popular being of course blending eye shadow but also I love to use it to buff in my concealer and also to apply highlighter. The brush is great for many purposes and again worth the money.

3: MAC 239– This brush is great for putting on eye shadow. You can really pack colour on with this brush. In my opinion, for eyes, the only two brushes you need are the 217 and 239.

4: Real Techniques Buffing Brush– I bought this as part of a set but I wish they sold it on their own. I have had many foundation brushes but none have I liked more than this one. The brush feels so luxurious on the skin and when I use it with my Healthy Mix foundation by Bourjois it’s like a match made in heaven!

5: Sigma Tapered Face Brush– For blush contour and powder I use this brush. I love the taper at the end because I have quite high cheekbones and I can really sculpt with it, the brushes cover quite a large area and so I also use it for normal blush and powder if I am just doing a bit of powder on the t-zone.

If I am doing quite a heavily powdered look on myself or if I want to put a bronzer all over then I love the Sigma F20 Large Powder Brush.

I have a large collection of brushes but these are my favourites. I have tried to select a mixture of expensive and inexpensive brushes to get your collection going. These are the brushes that I suggest as they are great for dual purposes and if you own these then you don’t really need any other brushes unless you are a make-up artist or have a bit of extra money. For home make-up these brushes are my favourite in my collection.