Thursday, 3 December 2015

One Direction Made In The A.M. [Deluxe Edition] // Album Review


Photo taken and edited by me.
So it's been 20 days since One Direction released their fifth album before taking their extended hiatus. As a massive fan, I was sad to hear that this will be the last album for some time at least, but I was hugely anticipating it and was not disappointed.  

I personally think Made In The A.M. has a completely new sound compared to past albums- it's much more mature sounding, and as they have said themselves several times in the past, their music is growing up as they do. I definitely noticed a difference in the sound with Zayn missing, but this is absolutely my favourite album by far.

I own the deluxe edition, which has four bonus songs, giving the album a total of seventeen songs. There are the singles that have been released, 'Drag Me Down' and 'Perfect', as well as upbeat songs such as 'End Of The Day', 'Never Enough' and 'Temporary Fix' (Deluxe Edition only) and slower, romantic songs such as 'Love You Goodbye' and 'Infinity'.

My favourite songs are probably 'Love You Goodbye' and 'Wolves', although I'm always changing my mind about which ones I love the most. The boys have said that they are very proud of this album due to the fact that they have written so much of it themselves, and with so many different style songs, it really demonstrates their capability to write and sing a variety of tracks. Whilst the album is solely pop, and I personally think that there is less of a 'rock' sound than some of their past albums have had, there are many different tempos, and the music in the album is varied.

The 4 bonus tracks ('Temporary Fix', 'Walking In The Wind' 'Wolves' and 'A.M.') are some of the best for me, and really make the album in my opinion. Obviously it's a little more to pay out, but I think it's worth it for these songs as they are so well written, and each have a very different sound.

Track 13, 'History', is a great song with nice rhythm, with lyrics that are actually fairly poignant towards the recent departure of Zayn. Especially since this track would be the last one of the normal album, the mention of 'history' between 2 people is definitely relevant to the recent going's on in the band, although of course it's always a little ambiguous about who different songs are referring to. 

Obviously I could discuss all the songs in lots of detail, but generally, you can tell that a lot of hard work has gone into the album, and if you're a fan of pop music, or even if your not, I'd recommend giving it a listen to see what you think. There's something for nearly everyone, with the slow ones, the fast ones, and the ones that are great to dance along to. Even if you aren't sure about One Direction, or haven't liked their music, I'd really suggest hearing a few of the songs to see whether it appeals to you- let me know in the comments below if you decide to listen to the album.

I'd also love to hear absolutely ANY music suggestions- songs, artists, albums- I like most music so I love discovering new artists in all genres!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

De-stressing and relaxation

First things first- it's been a while hasn't it? I'm finally hoping to get back into the swing of things with blogging, after having crazy-busy past few months with work that I had to get done. But I'm back, and I thought it would be very apt to talk about relaxation after my crazy time, with exams, coursework, dance shows, work, trips, early starts and more! Here are my top tips for relaxing and staying calm.

Tip #1: Spend at least 2 hours a day after working or school completely relaxing. Sit down and watch TV, give yourself a manicure, look around on Pinterest, or shop online.  If you really do like to get out, go and do your favourite hobby- I love ice skating. Preferably, you want more time than this, but when things get busy, the most you can do is promise yourself this. Reading before bed is a really good way to relax as well!


Tip #2: Put on some music. I love listening to music. I listen to it on the bus, in the car, whilst I get ready in the morning and even when I go to sleep. The best music to de-stress you is your all-time favourite artist or band- their latest tracks or greatest hits album can be great to listen to when you want to chill. Even if your cooking dinner or cleaning, pop on some music and have a sing or a dance. 


Tip #3: Try to always get a good night's sleep. Have a bedtime and stick to it. Earlier is usually better, as it means you can wake up earlier- sleeping in may seem nice at the time, but it often wastes half the day and can make you feel sluggish. Plus you won't be able to sleep until much later the next night. Getting an early night can really improve your skin and well-being too, and you will feel more refreshed.


Tip #4: Get out the house. Depending on your mood, opt for a fun day shopping, or a quiet country walk with a friend or the dog, or even alone. I love going out for walks with my dog, and I find it really clears my head.


Tip #5: Chat to a friend. A phone call or coffee meet-up goes a long way and a laugh with your best mate will really lift your mood. I almost always feel my best after my friend makes me laugh!

Tip #6: Sort out anything on your mind. Get those little jobs done. Do that piece of homework. But don't spend all day stressing over it. It's better to spend an hour a day for a week sorting something out than to spend 7 hours in one day building up stress as you panic over something that hasn't been done.


Tip #7: Drink caffeine-free herbal tea. I like chamomile tea and I drink it every night. It helps me sleep (I talk in my sleep and 'act out my dreams', and if I drink these it really makes a difference), and it feels calming and kind of refreshing in a way. Find a tea you like and see how it makes a difference. One with no caffeine will really help as it won't make your heart beat faster or keep you awake at night.


Tip #8: Eat healthily- but don't go on some crazy diet and worry about weight loss. Treat yourself. Don't eat healthily for your weight, eat healthily for how it makes your body feel and how it makes you feel brighter and awake and not tired all the time. That said, a treat a day is fine in my opinion. I follow the general rule 'Everything in moderation' and I think a small treat a day has no harm, and if you want to have days where you pig out on crisps, chocolate and cake, go for it- just don't do it all the time.


Tip #9: Go shopping and really treat yourself. Set yourself a reasonable budget, and stick to it, but make it high enough that you can really treat yourself to those MAC products or that designer handbag. I do this twice a year. Once after my birthday, where I receive some money- I usually spend around £150, and once when I go and see my Aunty who lives near lots of big department stores- with lots of designer makeup! I allow myself between £200-£250 here, as I save most of my money for this time and really treat myself, as the department stores near me don't stock as much.


Tip #10: Do have 'make-up free' days. Let your skin breathe. Pull your hair up in a messy bun. Stay in your onesie. Watch films and just chill. It will keep you sane and help you stop stressing about the small things so much. Relax and have fun.


My friend has a really nice book as well, and I am planning on getting it soon, called Calm, available in WH Smiths, Waterstones, Urban Outfitters, on Amazon and more. It gives lots more tips on staying calm, and also has fill in pages for when you're feeling a bit negative or stressed.

I hope you've enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments your top tips on staying calm!

~all photos from my Instagram or Twitter- sorry about bad quality~

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Inspiration.

Best friend goals... ❤️❤️❤️
(picture from weheartit- http://weheartit.com/entry/181537702/explore?context_user=CarelleLovesU)

So many things inspire me. I look for inspiration for everything, from fashion, to hobbies, to makeup, and I get this inspiration from many things and people. Today I wanted to talk about what I find inspiring with you, and where I get inspiration from.

I find people everywhere inspiring, I see people doing amazing things and I think it's amazing some of the things ordinary people do. I also find people with incredible talent inspiring, and often I aspire to achieve what others have achieved. I find many other people inspiring, including celebrities, people who are working 9-5 jobs, and sometimes even fictional characters. I find people who do charity work or help other very inspirational.

Cancer Awareness

Picture link: http://weheartit.com/entry/62106740/search?context_type=search&context_user=harriotrobinson&query=cancer+race

I also see the success of others and it makes me want to put as much effort into life as possible, because I one day would love to succeed in life with whatever I end up doing. I think it's easy to get wrapped up in negative thinking and that's not healthy for us, so sometimes I like to look at what I've already achieved in life and have a goal to look forward to achieving.

I actually regularly look to other bloggers or Youtubers for inspiration for everything from posts, to fashion, to general lifestyle. At the moment, some of my inspirations include LucyAndLydia, Tanya Burr and VelvetGhost (Gabby). I especially like the fact that Tanya Burr is so successful through her hard work and determination by starting at the bottom with her makeup career, and reaching the point she is now at.

Sequins In The Rain
Picture link: http://weheartit.com/entry/179951160/search?context_type=search&context_user=CullenVonVanity1864&query=tanya+burr

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Picture link: http://data1.whicdn.com/images/164462554/large.png

I also use a couple of websites to get inspiration for fashion, hair and makeup- Pinterest and We Heart It. I used Pinterest first and I find this the best one for hair, as there are so many different looks. I recently started using We Heart It, and I really like it. I find it amazing for fashion inspiration, and I'm glad I finally made an account.

I think it is a good thing to have idols and have things that inspire you to succeed in life, as it can make you a better person yourself. Think about your life and what has inspired you to live the way you do, and let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

My Current Everyday Makeup Bag

If you're anything like me, you'll know that a girl can never have one set makeup routine that she sticks to everyday. My main makeup routine is always changing, and even when I have an everyday look that I'm wearing for a while, I will still try out different looks, however, I think everyone goes through phases of wearing similar makeup everyday, especially when you have work or school to go to, which often restricts us more, due to time to get ready and uniform rules. 

Anyway, I thought I would share with all of you my current everyday makeup 'bag'. This will probably change in about 3 months, and maybe you'll see more of these in the future, but I thought this would be a fun post to do, so I thought I'd share my current daily makeup with you.


Firstly I use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, because it has really good coverage, and matches my skin well. I do use foundation sometimes, but I prefer just using concealer as I don't like the feel of foundation all over my face unless I really feel my skin is looking uneven, and since I'm blessed with good skin, I don't want to run the risk of making it worse by clogging up my pores with unnecessary product. The concealer does a great job at covering under-eye circles (which is a major problem for me!) and any other areas if I feel I need it.

I then use Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, to set my concealer, and over my T-Zone, although avoiding my cheeks so my skin still looks dewy.

I mix up my blush and bronzer a fair bit, but usually I sweep Collection Bronze Glow (Mosaic) across my face, creating very subtle definition (I'm not brilliant at contouring and it doesn't really suit me anyway), and then I take Benefit Rockateur across my cheeks, up to my hairline and a little up to my temples.

I fill in my eyebrows with Seventeen's Sculpting Brow Pencil, which I really like as it's subtle, but it doesn't take long to quickly fill in my brows in places that aren't as thick.

I use Urban Decay's Naked 2 palette, and I usually take Half-Baked, Chopper or Suspect across my lid. I then take on an accent brush a darker shade (often Busted or Snakebite), and run in along the bottom of my eyes to create a some definition.

Sometimes, but not always I'll use some black liquid liner, however I didn't picture it above. To finish off my eyes, I apply Barry M Showgirl Mascara. This is a really good mascara, and even though I only picked it up because Boots were doing a 3 for 2 deal, I love it and I think I would purchase it again!

I forgot to include my lip products, but I use the Baby Lips Lip Balm in Hydrate, and usually the Seventeen Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in 3 Little Words. I actually really like the Seventeen Lip Glosses, especially this particular shade (which I'm pretty sure has no glitter), they don't feel too sticky and don't feel drying on the lips.


Above are the brushes I use the most to apply my makeup. Sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less, but these are ones that I find really useful everyday.

Real Techniques Multi-Tasking Brush- I use this for my blusher, as I find it's more precise than the blush brush, and is firmer so application is easier. This unfortunately doesn't come individually and you have to buy the Travel Essentials Set, but I use 2 of the 3 brushes in this set, so it's not a problem for me.
Real Techniques Blush Brush- Not sticking to what it was intended for, I actually use this to apply powder to my T-Zone. I find that because it's so fluffy it lightly just reduces any shine in that area, particularly on my nose.
Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush- I use this for my bronzer as I don't contour, I just give my face some colour to look 'sun kissed'.
Real Techniques Contour Brush- I use this to blend in my concealer and also to set my concealer with powder. It's the perfect size!
Sue Moxley Eyebrow Spoolie- This came in a set of brushes I got a couple of years ago for about £4.99 on eBay, so I'm not sure if you'll be able to get hold of this specific one, but these are available pretty much everywhere. I use this to soften the look when I've filled in my brows.
Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush- I use this for my base shadow. It's a really good size, and I also use this to blend out the shadow in my crease, as it's quite a fluffy brush with soft bristles, although I don't always wear shadow in my crease anyway.
Real Techniques Accent Brush- This is the brush I use to apply darker shades such as Busted to my bottom lash line for definition. It's small and precise so I find it really useful to have.

So there are the products and tools I use on a regular basis to do my makeup. Why not let me know in the comments the product you almost always use when doing your makeup?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Benefit Rockateur Review



Firstly, I have really abandoned my blog for the past month. I've been extremely busy with exams and I just haven't has time to write my blog. I'm going to try and post more regularly, but sometimes other things get in the way, which is annoying, but never mind! next week if half term anyway, so I should hopefully be able to get more blogging done and also get time to read more blogs like I used to!


Anyway, onto the post- I'm doing a review! I've decided to review the Rockateur Blusher from Benefit, as I've been using it pretty much for 2 months straight now, and I love it!

(all the photos were taken before I started using the product, hence the perfect appearance!)

Benefit's Rockateur blush is probably one of the most talked about blushers out there, and also is many people's favourite Benefit product. I personally adore this blush, as it's natural and adds a gorgeous glow.

It is what I would describe as a 'dusky pink', however, it definitely has bronze tones to it so could work as a blush and a bronzer. The blusher has a slight 'shimmer' to it, that makes it have a nice sheen on the skin, without looking sparkly.


I think this blush would suit all skin tones, as I have seen so many people use this, and it seems to look good on everyone, something that is usually quite rare with blushers. It goes onto the skin very well and is easy to apply. Unlike some blushers, it goes on 'smoothly', creating an even 'coverage' across the area it is applied to. 


It comes with a little brush pictured earlier in the post, that fits within the box and can easily be used to apply the product, or even to create a more contoured look, however, I prefer to apply this with the Real Techniques Multi-Tasker brush from the Travel Essentials Kit. I find that this brush it the perfect size to fit on the apples of your cheeks, and also to sweep up to the hairline, without being too large to be inaccurate. 

This product is a little pricey at £23.50, however, I think that this is worth spending the money as this product is such good quality, and I've already got so much use out of it. The product is structured in a way that it lasts a long time too, as you only need the smallest amount to add a flush of colour to your cheeks. I'd highly recommend this, I love it so much!

Monday, 4 May 2015

New 'Tries' of April!

If you're not sure what this post is about, I've decided to do something a little bit different to a favourites post. Since I have been on a big shopping trip recently and it was my birthday earlier on in the month, I wanted to show you some of the new products I tried over April.

#1- Camomile Tea

 #2- Urban Decay Naked 2

 #3- More Real Techniques Brushes- especially loving these two!


#4- Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

 #5- Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

 #6- Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream

 #7- Benefit Rockateur Blush

 #8- Barry M Showgirl Mascara

 #9- Batiste Dry-Shampoo (in travel size, incase you're wondering why it's so small!)

 #10- Sensodyne and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief (bit random, but I had some sensitivity and these have worked so well!)

 #11- Sleek Corrector, Concealer and Setting Powder Palette


#12- Nina Ricci L'Air De Temps Fragrance Set

#13- Natural Collection Eyeshadow in Moss Shimmer

#14- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate (the picture on the top looks more cool toned than it really is)
It's actually more pink toned:

#15- Garnier Micellar Water

So these are my new tries of April. I've already got some reviews planned on these, and if there are any that you would like to see me review, do let me know in the comments :)

Also, congratulations on the new royal baby, I'm looking forward to hearing what Kate and William name her!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Things I want to do this summer!

Photo taken by me last summer.

So we're quickly approaching the end of April, which means warmer weather (hopefully!), summer fashion and opportunities to get outside more! Even though I'm sat writing this as it's dark and rainy outside, the past few weeks have been really warm and sunny, so I felt like doing this post!

50 things to do this summer

1. Eat more healthy food. Especially salads and smoothies!
2. Discover new blogs- I love reading them, but I find it so hard to get enough time!
3. Take my dog for lots of walks. I feel so happy after taking my dog out!
4. Go to the beach.
5. Try out some different summer fashions!
6. Improve my photography. I feel like my photography could improve, so I want to get more practice.
7. Meet a friend in town for a coffee or milkshake.
8. Go and watch a film at the cinema. I know I could do it at anytime of year, but I don't go to the cinema much!
9. Get a frozen yogurt. A healthier alternative to ice cream!
10. Go to a festival!
11. Go out for runs- maybe in the mornings to start the day!
12. Bake lot of yummy cakes!
13. Go on a picnic.
14. Have a barbecue with family and friends.
15. Go swimming.
16. Make lemonade.
17. Read lots of books!
18. Grow sunflowers!
19. Grow some tomatoes and other fruits or vegetables.
20. Go to a theme park.
21. Have a water fight.
22. Make a pizza!
23. Get an ice cream- preferable from an ice cream van :)
24. Do yoga.
25. Watch a sunset.
26. Go to the duck pond.
27. Make jam.
28. Make a fruit salad.
29. Play hide and seek.
30. Go bowling.
31. Keep a diary everyday through the summer holidays.
32. Scrapbook.
33. Photograph a butterfly.
34. Eat watermelon.
35. Go to a car boot sale.
36. Try to blog more.
37. Create a video diary to look back on when I'm older.
38. Toast marshmallows... and make s'mores.
39. Go to a library.
40. Buy a box of iced-ring doughnuts!
41. Go on a hike.
42. Write a short story.
43. Make a tie-dye craft.
44. Have a sleepover.
45. Make a dream-catcher.
46. Make fudge.
47. Go blackberry picking.
48. Get a tan.
49. Go shopping!
50. Spend a summer evening out with family and friends.

I've tried to keep my list achievable and I can't wait for summer! Let me know in the comments below what you want to do during the summer months.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

My Mascara Top Tips


Recently I've been looking into mascaras a little bit more and trying to find one that lengthens but keeps my lashes looking natural. I think we can often end up in a rut when it comes to using the same mascara just because we are used to it, and I know that I often shy away from trying new brands. However, when I find a mascara that I really like, it makes all the difference.

Mascara isn't just about the actual product though- how you use it will make all the difference! Here are my top tips for using mascara.

1. Wiggle the brush through your lashes from side to side, rather than straight up through. However, work from your lash line to the tips of your lashes slowly, as I find that by taking a little more time over application really helps to lengthen my lashes.

2. Choose a mascara that does what you're specifically looking for. If your lashes are quite straight but long, a lengthening mascara isn't going to help as much as a curling mascara, which would lift up the lashes and open up your eyes. Take a look at your eye lashes, and decide what you want to improve.

3. Don't pump the wand. This will do two things; it will make it much easier for bacteria to grow in your mascara tube, and will also dry out the product, meaning you can't get as much use out of it. 

4. Get the excess mascara off the wand by gently rubbing it on a tissue before you apply. It will make your eyelashes less clumpy, so you can create a much softer and natural look.

5. Apply at least two coats. It may seem a little time consuming, but by the time you've finished doing the second eye, you can apply the second coat on the first eye again. Doing two coats will make a real difference, which is why I'd recommend it.

6. Use an eyelash comb. After applying your mascara, take an eyelash comb to separate your lashes. This makes your mascara look more natural and also can reduce the fall-down from crumbling mascara.

I hope this maybe helped some of you improve how your mascara looks! I just want to mention that Erin from itseverythingerin.blogspot.co.uk, has nominated me for the Liebster Award, however, since I've already done this a few times, I just wanted you to check out her blog!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

What I Got For My Birthday & Haul//2015

Last wednesday it was my birthday! I had such a lovely day, shopping with my mum, and then having a meal with close friends and family. For this post, I wanted to show you some of the gifts I received, and also the new things I bought.These are one of my favourite kind of posts to read, so I thought I would do one myself!



From my parents, I received the Real Techniques Travel Essentials set, Real Techniques Bronzer Brush, earrings, No7 Concealer, Nina Ricci L'Air Du Temps Fragrance Set, Bridesmaids DVD, Fleur de Force's Glam Guide, and my biggest present the Naked 2 Palette.



 From other people (family&friends) I recieved the Real Techniques Eyes Set, a mini alarm clock, a choker, a Malteser Bunny, a clutch bag and One Direction's That Moment Fragrance Set. Not pictured, I also received money, vouchers, false eyelashes, a nail polish and a bath set.

I'm so grateful for everything that I recieved, everyone has been very generous to me and I feel so lucky. When I went shopping, I bought these things:


  




In makeup: Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Boots Vitamin E Eye Cream, Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Blackberry, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate, a Seventeen Lip Lustre Gloss, Zoella's Just Say Yes makeup bag, and my 3 most extravagant buys- Mac Lipstick in Diva, Mac Lip Pencil in Currant and Benefit's Rockateur blush.


    


Clothes-wise, I bought myself a summer beach cover-up, (far left), a lace trim top, a grey camisole and some earrings all from New Look, and some sunglasses from Primark. I also bought a navy blue dress from Primark, but I forgot to include it in the photos as I wore it in the evening.

I hope you enjoyed this post! What did you get up to over Easter?

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Spring's Here!

Today I took my dog for a walk, and decided to take a few photos on my phone quickly. I've taken my dog for a walk nearly everyday this last week and I think it's such a nice refreshing thing to do, I feel so much healthier by getting out the house more, and having a dog is the perfect reason to. Since spring is here, and it's Easter tomorrow, I thought I'd share some of the photos I took with you!

















I think my favourite thing about spring is when the blossom is on the trees! And ducklings, just because they are so cute! 

What's your favourite thing about spring? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend!