Sunday, 28 June 2015

summer essentials

Summer is finally upon us so I thought I'd share a few of my favourite summertime essentials.

At the top of this list is SPF. I'm sure you have been reminded many times that is really important to protect yourself from the Suns harmful rays so wearing a sunscreen is so essential. I like to opt for a high SPF on my face as the skin here is the most sensitive, however this means I might to get as much of a nice tan on my face so I love to wear a bronzer so give that sun kissed look. The Bronzing Compact Powder by Rimmel is brilliant at creating a nice natural looking tan because it's not orangy or shimmery, which I don't usually like in a bronzer although there is a shimmer version of this if you'd prefer. 

I can't go thought summer without wearing some pretty floral tops. This one is from H&M and it is so light and airy, which is perfect for those hot summer days. For accessories I love to wear long chained necklace to upgrade a more plane outfit, this one for H&M is really affordable! Speaking of affordable, the Madagascan Vanilla Flower perfume from The Body Shop is the perfect floral summer scent. It is light and so satisfying to smell, I highly recommend. 

To get glowy skin, this Radiance Illuminating Highlighter from The Body Shop is lovely and glowy, you can apply either under or over foundation. And what is summer without a bright lip colour? I love to use these Revlon balm stains because they are bold in colour yet you can apply them quite sheer to build them up to be more opaque. Also, as they are a stain, you won't need to worry about topping them up all day if you're out and about in the sun. 

So there we have it, my must have summer essentials. I'd love to know what yours are so let me know in the comment below. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

DIY: how to make a canopy

My sister asked me to make a canopy for my niece's reading corner in her bedroom and I decided to share with you the process on how I made it so that you can make your own. These are just guidelines so you can tweak things to how you please. My sister and I scoured Pinterest for some inspiration and found a DIY tutorial on how to make one but we put our own spin on it.

You will need:

21" (approx) embroidery hoop
2 Lightweight net curtains (I used IKEA twill curtains)
A roll of thick ribbon
A needle
Measuring tape
Ceiling hook

Step one: Figure out how low you want the canopy to hang so that you know how long the ribbon and net curtains need to be. To find the length you want the ribbon measure from the ceiling to where you want the hoop to hang, then measure from this point to the floor to figure out how long you want the net curtain. Double the length that the ribbon needs to be and cut three strips to this length (eg, if you want the top of the canopy to hang 1m from the ceiling, cut the ribbon to 2m so you can double it over). Then cut the bottom of the net curtains if necessary.

Step two: Undo the outer of an embroidery hoop and discard the inner. Put the outer hoop attachments to one side for now.

Step three: Slide the curtains onto the hoop and secure the hoop back together with the fixtures that you put to one side. This will be the back of your canopy. 

Step four: Sew the two panels together at the top (front and back) to keep them from moving apart. 

Step five: Place and pin the bunting around the outer edge of the hoop.

Step six: Cut 3 slits at the top of the fabric where you want the ribbon to hang from. I placed one ribbon at the back where the opening is between the two panels then measured the other two slits equally from there. 

Step seven: Bring each length of ribbon through the slits and around the hoop and back out through the slit. Hold the canopy up by the ends of the ribbon to check that everything is in place and how you like it before you secure. 

Step eight: Secure bunting by hand sewing it to the net curtains. Try and do this as subtly as possible but don't worry if it's a little messy as it will be up in the air anyway - remove pins. 

Step nine: Knot all three ends of the ribbon strips together, secure a hook into the ceiling and hang the knot over the hook. 

Step ten: Admire!

My sister is going to attach the hanging curtains to the side walls then put shelving on the back wall for the books, and maybe a few fairy lights will be featured.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY tutorial, it is so easy and you can adapt it to your own taste. You could use four curtains instead of two and you don't even have to use bunting, you could use fairy lights around the hoop instead!

If you make your own, please leave me photo on Twitter at @JBriony.

Friday, 5 June 2015

what's in my travel makeup bag?

I recently went to Amsterdam for a few days and only took a carry on so I needed to pack as light as possible. I also wanted a super easy and quick makeup routine in the mornings whilst I was away so here is a look into my travel makeup bag. 

My base and eyebrow products remain the same as usual but decided upon a quick eye makeup look. I used the RIMMEL SCANDELEYES EYE SHADOW STICK in 011 Bluffing by applying it over my eye lid then blending out the edges with my finger and done! It's such a pretty colour so it works well on its own. I took the L'OREAL SUPER LINER with the option of using it but I never did however it is brilliant for a quick application. I never usually use a waterproof mascara but because the friend I went to Amsterdam with often leaves in me in fits of crying laughter, I decided that the waterproof version of MAYBELLINE THE FALSIES VOLUME EXPRESS would be the best option. (Of course the weather forecast looked pretty crappy too.) Last but not least, I took away with me some lip sticks that were non high maintenance such as the REVLON BALM STAIN in 020 Lovesick, and the MAYBELLINE BABY LIPS in Cherry Me. 

I hope you enjoyed reading!