Sunday, 26 April 2015

top 5: tea

I don't know about you but I just can't get enough of tea! I hate the normal tea but I love all the flavoured stuff, it's warming during winter yet refreshing during the hotter months. Today I'm going to share with you my top 5 teas that I think you should try if you haven't before...

#1 Peppermint tea. It's the perfect cuppa after you have eaten a meal or you're feeling quite bloated because it gets your digestive system flowing and helps to relieve any stomach problems you may be having. I love the mint infusion as I find it really refreshing and a good pick me up. For more health benefits on peppermint tea check out this link

#2 Green tea. Another health boosting tea that I love to drink in the mornings to kickstart my day. I enjoy any kind of green tea but recently I discovered Tetley's super green tea with vitamin B6, which helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue. I went through a faze where I was feeling quite tired at work and I was drinking coffee to keep me awake which is a definite no go, so I found this and it really helped to fully wake me up in the mornings and kept me going throughout the rest of the day. Another plus is that it is berry flavoured and full of other vitamins as well. 

#3 Chai tea. How can anyone not love a good cup of chai tea? It is perhaps the most satisfying tea to drink because of its aromatic and warming flavours. Chai tea is also super beneficial to your health because it is full of spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, fennel and ginger, they are collectively full of health boosting properties like antioxidants, balancing blood sugar, aids digestion, supports the immune system and improves circulation among many others. I take this without milk but you can add a dash if you wish and I also find that it satisfys my sweet tooth ;) 

#4 Chocolate Orange. I love to drink this chocolate orange flavoured tea by Charbrew to once again, satisfy that sweet tooth of mine. At first I didn't really think it tasted much like chocolate orange but I think my taste buds must have adapted because the flavour is now really prominent. There are also some other flavours by Charbrew that I can't wait to try like the pineapple and vanilla or the strawberry and cream *insert heart eyes emoji* 

#5 PG tips - Spices & Mint. Spiced teas are definitely my favourite kind when it comes to flavour, they are aromatic, warming and super satisfying and enjoyable to drink. Like chai tea, it is full of various spices that help to boost health. 

So there we have it, my top 5 favourite teas. I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what flavours of tea you love to drink and what you think I should try, I'm always up for trying new flavours. Thanks for reading. 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

L'Oreal nude magique cc cream

I'm so glad it's finally the weekend, it always feels so refreshing after a long week at work just to clear your mind and get out into the open air, and to make things even better it's sunny! This is one of my favourite times of the year when it starts to get warmer and you can put your winter coat away but it's not too warm so your sweating half to death just walking down the street.

During the warmer part of the year I prefer to wear lighter coverage foundations so it's not too heavy on the skin and it think BB and CC creams are also brilliant for a really lightweight feel with that bit of coverage to hide any unwanted blemishes. For some people though the coverage of a BB or CC cream isn't quite enough, like me for example, I suffer from a lot of redness on my cheeks but even a lighter coverage foundation doesn't fully cover the redness and I don't really want to be putting concealer on the majority of my face, especially during the warmer months. 

I recently picked up this anti-redness CC cream by L'Oreal but instead of spreading it all over my face I only apply it to my cheeks. I start by dividing about a half of a pea sized amount between both my cheeks and blend it in with a make up brush then I apply foundation afterwards, so I'm basically using it as a primer. The combination of the CC cream and my foundation works like a treat. The redness still comes through a little but not as much and usually only if I come across things that trigger it like, severe temperature change or alcohol. 

Hope this post was helpful if you've been thinking about getting the L'Oreal CC creams. Have a lovely weekend :) 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

tips on creating an artsy scrapbook

Scrapbooking is one of my favourite things to do when the creative juices are flowing. I love putting together photographs from a particular event in my life like when I went to Orlando last summer, which was a childhood dream come true so I took dozens upon dozens of photographs because I knew I was going to put together a scrapbook to remind me of my time there. It is definitely a fun creative outlet, especially if you enjoy collecting and documenting memories.

I thought I'd share with you a few tips and ideas on how to create a 'throw it all together' style scrapbook, so if you prefer neat and structured then this one isn't for you I'm afraid! ;) 

Tip 1: Use paints to create colourful and characteristic backgrounds for your photos. I used watercolours for this one but you can use whatever you like and you don't need to cover the whole page with paint, you could just paint down one side of the page or in the corner. Perhaps you might want to plan how you're going to lay out your photographs then decide where you want to colour afterwards. 

Tip 2: Create textures on your pages with fabric, textured paper or bubble wrap. You could either stick these straight onto your page or you could print with them by painting over the textured paper for instance then pressing it onto your page, either over the top of your images or onto the page to layer your image over.

Tip 3: Use ribbon or adhiesive tape to add even more fun and interesting textures.

Tip 4: Use fun pens to create patterns or note little memories and quotes. See below how I dotted the corner of the page with a gold marker pen.

Tip 5: Include small tokens. For instance, if you were traveling you could include post stamps from each country you visited. I added reciepts to some of the pages in my scrapbook to where it was relevant as well as park maps and those pressed coins you can get with the little engravings. 

Tip 6: I used a colour scheme for each double page in my scrapbook so that it didn't look completely outrageous and miss matched. I'm all for the 'throw it all together' theme but you also need to know when you reel it in a little. Try and look at each double page as one whole page rather than two separate pages just to keep it a bit more balanced. You might want to keep a consistent colour scheme throughout your entire scrapbook and that it totally cool too. 

Tip 7: Another way to keep your scrapbook consistent is to place relevant photos or events together. I kept my Disney park photos together then my Universal park photos together then inserted photographs of nights out, meals out and other little memories in between these bigger events. I feel like this creates a narritave throughout your book. Another great idea is to place everything in time order, which is something that I often do in my scrapbooks.

Tip 8: Have fun!! This is YOUR little project so be as creative as you like and try not to overthink it or be a perfectionist about how you lay everything out because it might not look organic. Sometimes I have fallen into the trap for overthinking the layout of a page and those are the pages I tend to go back and re-do. 

I hope these tips and tricks helped! Let me know if you have any great ideas for scrapbooking, I'd love to hear them. 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

march favourites

I've been feeling a little lazy with my make up recently so I've been using some 'quick fixes' to get a natural look. The L'Oreal brow artist plumer is is my all time favourite brow product because it makes my brows look less one dimensional by adding volume thanks to the little fibres, which makes it a bit more special than an average brow gel. This in my opinion, allows your brows to look more natural. Obviously it doesn't fill in little gaps but it is perfect to use over the top of a brow pencil or other 'filling in' product of your choosing. 

Another quick and easy product I've been loving this month is the Maybelline colour tattoo: leather effect in creamy beige because you can literally swipe it over your lid with your finger, do a little blending and you're good to go! Perfect for those mornings when you're in a rush to leave the house. It's also brilliant as a base if you want to layer more eye shadows over the top but I usually just wear it on its own because I love the natural and minimal look it gives.

If you you are in search of a good primer to cover up those pesky pores then you NEED to go out and purchase yourself a tube of the Benefit POREfessional PRO balm. I use this over my nose and chin areas and I'm not kidding, it really blurs away my pores as well as keeping my make up in place for the day. When my travel size has run out, I'm off to get myself the full size! 

I've been loving the newest addition of the Taylor Swift perfumes, Incredible Things. It's much more light and sophisticated in comparison to her previous perfumes as it is more on the floral side with a hint of musk and vanilla. It's quite powdery and velvety to smell and perfect for daytime wear. I'm certain I just botched that description but it is definitely one my top 5 favourite perfumes, and how pretty is the bottle? It reminds me of watercolours and springtime! :)

It seems that Primark are upping their game in their jewellery department because that it where I discovered these two pieces. Alternatively, they are all I have been wearing this month. The practically go with everything I wear because they are so simplistic. I'm really into minimal jewellery/accessories at the moment.

I've had this 1980's Polaroid camera for a few years now but I never got round to buying myself film for it as it's quite hard to find and also a bit on the pricey side. Finally, I decided to buy myself some Impossible 600 film from Amazon and although I don't think the quality of it is very good, I had such a blast just pressing the button and the film instantly popping out! This film is only experimental so be warned that it takes around 40 minutes do develop and you have to quickly hide it in a dark place whilst it's developing, but it's so cool having an old Polaroid picture in your hand. Impossible have brought out a film where it's not sensitive to light after the film has left your camera so I'll be getting myself some of that next. As I said, the quality isn't great but I actually quite like that because it adds a vintage element to the photograph.

I hope you enjoyed reading through my March favourites. Let me know what you have been loving this month!