What's New With Me + I Want Your Ideas

Phwef, I think I'm a little overdue for an update on what has been going on with life lately. Long story short, the past four months have been crazy hectic balancing blogging with school. People always ask me so in case you don't know, I'm in engineering and during an academic term I spend more time on campus than at home. That is done for now though and since mid-August I've been moving cities, travelling, and now settling into my new flat and starting my new internship! It's exciting times but I've been kind of all over the place so thank you to those who stuck with me through all this.

During the term I invited some guests to my blog to share their favourites. I had...

So in case you missed any of those, be sure to check them out and give those lovely ladies a follow.

As for myself, I'm getting back into the groove of blogging again and I want your opinion! I've been getting the occasional feedback in the comments section on the kinds of posts you'd like to see more of. I've also noticed popularity in certain kinds of posts over others. It appears that my lifestyle and opinion posts are actually quite popular, hauls are exciting, and FOTD posts are a big hit. So the plan is to include some more lifestyle posts because I know deep inside you're all nosy, and I should do more FOTD posts because you all want to see how products I rave about actually look when applied.

I need more ideas though! I definitely want to be writing what you want to see so give me all of your suggestions! Anything! I'm also thinking of doing a Q&A post at some point in the near future so drop all your questions below. Be creative!

Thanks again for sticking with me! Looking forward to hearing back from as many of you as possible!


Trying Sculpting Duos

I have never been one to contour or highlight on the daily but more recently I have been diving into the world of sculpting duos to enhance my cheekbones. These duos are really travel friendly and easy to use, even for a beginner like me. 

The first I tried was the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo*, mine being in the shade 2 Golden. It's geared towards those with medium to darker skin tones which just manages to work with my NC30 skin. The texture of this is quite interesting, as it is a gel-powder formula which is easy to apply and gives a natural finish. The highlight really gives a glow while the bronzer gives luminous definition. This duo definitely gives a wow-factor to the cheeks, and is one I reach for on nights out or special occasions.

For everyday use, I've been loving the oh so popular Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow. The highlight is quite something, giving the complexion a gorgeous glow that requires a light hand. The sculpting shade though is perfect, not too flat and not too orange. It really gives the definition you want that looks natural. 

To apply the contour shades, I've been using the Make Up For Ever 156 Large Flat Blush Brush*. It is the right shape and density to pick up the perfect amount of product for an easy, simple contour. For the highlight shades I like the Real Techniques Setting Brush. It's a small brush that isn't too dense so it catches the colour and not too much shimmer for that subtle lit-from-within glow. 

Have you tried any sculpting duos? What tools do you use to apply the products?


Travel Beauty Kit: Skincare & Hair

I'm only gone for a couple days so just the staples and minis will do. I'm taking them in a gorgeous light dusty pink Burberry bag that I got as a gift with purchase. It fits everything I need and the rigid structure means no products will be unexpectedly squished to cause an unwanted spill.

On the skincare front, I'm relying on my trusty Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm to do all the cleaning. I'm not even taking Bioderma! As usual I always follow up a good cleanse with the LUSH Tea Tree Water before moisturizing. I'll be using my usual Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment both day and night as it is light enough to sit under makeup yet nourishing enough to rehydrate throughout the evening. Since I will be spending most of my time outdoors exploring the city, I think I'll be extra safe by applying a layer of the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF50+ in the mornings. I haven't tried this yet but received it as a deluxe sample in some Sephora order. I'll have to report back on what I think of it.

Heat tools take too long to use and I don't want to carry them around with me anyway. I want to be spending my time taking in the city and not sitting inside trying to perfect my hair. I'm taking the Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion, a oil and salt-infused spray that gives my hair texture without the dry, crunchy feel. I typically apply this after washing my hair and while it's still damp, I'll spray this in and give my hair a good twist. I'm always left with soft, natural beachy waves.

Of course I never skip the Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer before any styling after a shower. It just keeps my hair so super soft and hydrated, without weighing it down. I received the shampoo and conditioner in a VIB points perk once and have been saving them for a trip like this! The only thing left for my hair is a good brush. I'm bringing my trust Tangle Teezer which has been going strong for two years now.   

My bedside staples are coming with me too. I'm taking the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm because I never go a night without it. For my hands, I always take the Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream for a hydrating treatment without the grease.

The only thing left is the Nivea Energy Breeze Anti-Perspirant Stick which keeps me smelling and feel fresh there all day. It is going to be a hot weekend with lots of walking involved so I can't skip this! I am looking for a natural deodorant though so if you have one you recommend, do let me know!

What products do you pack with you when travelling?
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