Thursday, 22 September 2016

Early Autumn Make-Up

Hey!

Autumn officially begins today and is my favourite month! Yay! This look is currently what I am going to most, transitioning from summer to autumn, so I thought I'd share it with the world (excuse the bed hair - call it The Autumn Windswept look). 



As I'm sure is no surprise - I use Arbonne's CC Cream all over for my base. It evens out my skin tone, conceals a bit, chills out redness, shrinks pores etc etc etc (full review here). The comes this e.l.f. Eyelid Primer - which seems to have disappeared from their website. That's a shame because it's the best eye primer ever! My eyelids, like my skin, has a fondness for producing oil, so shadow rarely sits in place all day - rather, it prefers to sit in my crease and along my lashline. This stuff keeps it in place for hours and is lovely to apply and blend eyeshadow over. Where has it gone, e.l.f.? Have you discontinued this miracle product? Have you teamed up with Lush to break my heart?



For this look I use the Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 palette which is a vegan dupe of Urban Decay's Naked palette. I pop the dupe of Half Baked all over my eyelid and underneath my eye and blend. Then I go in with the dupe of Smog in my crease and outer part of my eyelid and lower lash line. To add more definition I added a but of the Hustle dupe on the outer corner of my eye. Here's a diagram?

~ First time doing this - do you like it? The eyeshadows haven't translated very well at all on paper, eek! ~


No surprise on the mascara - Lash Vegas Waterproof from Barry M. Full review and why I love it here.

For brows I've gone more natural with my Sand eyeshadow from Arbonne again. The perfect shade for my brows. I don't know what I'll do when I run out if they never make more! D:


As the leaves are turning orangey, I opted for my most orange shade of blush (wish isn't very orange) - Suede by Sleek. Sleek's blushes are fucking glorious and this one is so build-able so you can go subtle or full-blown "THESE ARE MY CHEEKS" and show off your bone structure!

This looks is very much about the eyes for me, so I went for my subtle, more natural highlighter - Linen eyeshadow from Arbonne (discontinued shimmery vanilla). Popped this in all the usual places, as you do. Highlighter done!

Not that you can tell from these photos, but I did add a bit of bronzer on all those spots the sun hits, again, as you do! I use Barry M's Natural Dazzle... which also appears the be discontinued?! What?!



I opted for a glossy, nude lip for this look as it's not quite berry lip season for me, and it just seemed to compliment the eye make-up. I use e.l.f. lip gloss in Bare, which seems to have been discontinued, but is a light browny nude. I feel it gives the overall look a fresh, summery feel, while the eyes are saying "hey,the sun may be out but there's a chill in the air and you're starting to crave pumpkin spice". What lip colour would you wear with the rest of this make-up?


I hope you've enjoyed this look! Do let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more illustrations with these :)




Friday, 16 September 2016

Sexy Beach Babe Photoshoot

Herro!

I love the whole "how to have a bikini body: put a bikini on your body" thing. I spent my childhood on the beach and in the sea then quit the sandy place of joy when I started gaining weight as a teen. After had one hell of a battle with body image and am now confident enough for bikinis again!


Jet Ski Dog


So, naturally, living 10 minutes from the beach, it took me 'til September this year to get to the damn place. Upon realising summer was coming to an end and I hadn't got to the beach - and more importantly the sea, I got really sad and made a plan to go. Fuck pacing and being sensible when it might be the last few days of actual beach weather! Fuck you, fatigue! Rah!




On the beach I went straight in the sea and asked the boy to take a photo or two for me to look back on for memories sake. I wanted to have photo evidence of me achieving Mission: BEACH. What I found on my phone made me laugh so much I had to share! Here we go:


"I'll just stand in the sea then, shall I?"



"Why are you holding it portrait? Please don't fall off the groyne!"



"I hope that dog didn't pee on my towel..."



"Hehehehehehe, feet!"



What is zoom?



Blub.



GLAMLOL



Tada! The sea!



"It was THIS big!"



I like this one! Why couldn't it be straight? 



Okay that's better - but now I have no legs and the composition is awful.




That'll do?!



"Fucking what am I even doing?"



Ursula Andress, eat your heart out.



This looks so papped! I feel the need to write some pointless gossip about who I'm having sex with, how much weight I've put on, and circle all my cellulite :P

Oh, and this is my favourite:


(lisastockley on Snapchat)


So, there is the most sexy and glamorous photoshoot of my life. I am a babe.


The bikini itself was mixing and matching on eBay.

The top came from one of my second hand Bravissimo searches. I am a Bravissimo girl through and through, but am also poor so keep an eye out on eBay. I wanted a bikini top and this one from Pour Moi was available in my usual Bravissimo size, so ordered it! When it came it fitted almost exactly, then I put on some weight and now it's a little small in the cup but whatever, it almost fits so that'll do.

The bottoms are Figleaves, but don't seem to be available from them anymore. Here is a link to some on Amazon. They're alright - the tummy control is sort-of there. Obviously you can see that my gallivanting in the sea caused them to fall down my tummy a bit so you can really see the outline of my belly but... that happens. Pull them up. I didn't realise and don't particularly care.


It's taken me years to brave the beach in a bikini again, I hope you do too (if you want to)!




Thursday, 8 September 2016

Late Summer Dress | 2nd Hand Style

Hello!

Next from my aforementioned 2nd hand clothing haul from my fabulous chum, is this George dress. It's the first piece of (non underwear or pyjamas) George clothing I've had and when I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised on how... kinda fitted it is! Nothing fits me round the boobs and waist well, but this does! People think I've lost weight when I wear it - but it just fits! It's also a great length (most dresses come up too short for me) and has sleeves - if it had pockets it'd be perfect!




As most dresses come up shorter than this on me,  I need to wear shorts underneath or leggings. This one I can wear comfortably with bare legs in the daytime and whack some leggings on for warmth when the sun goes down. I find this dress lends itself well to summer evenings and late summer in general because of its long sleeves and leg cover, but also the thin, light material it's made from. I feel all this would make it perfect for autumn but the pink flowers make me think of spring and summer? Is a pink floral pattern autumnal? It doesn't go with other autumn shades... I want it to be autumnal!!



I'm sure it's easy to dress this up a bit, but I've been wearing it for casual, easy days and nights so far. It's so comfortable and easy to throw on, I just match it with those same old boots of mine, that same old fake leather jacket of mine and whatever bag is size appropriate for the occasion.

I have urges to hack away at the sleeves and neckline to make it more spring/summer-esque, or try to dye it so the flowers are more autumn-coloured. In fact - I really want to dye the pink another colour! The cut is so autumn I don't understand why the print isn't!

How would you wear it? Do you have much experience with George clothing? Does it all fit so well?! Do let me know in the comments below :)



Saturday, 3 September 2016

Ooh! Oils of Heaven Natural Cacay Face Oil

Hey!

Since discovering Carloine Hirons, queen of skincare, I've had retinol jotted on the side of my brain for when I have money. Lately, I've been having issues with some wrinkles on my forehead and by some miracle, Oils Of Heaven contacted me asking if I wanted to review their new face oil - which is packed with retinol! Huzzah!


Obviously I said yes please. The oil in question is their Natural Cacay Anti-Aging Face Oil*, which is cold pressed from cacay nuts. I'm not going to pretend to have known what a cacay nut is, but a quick Google gave me lots of articles about its anti-aging properties over anything planty or foody - it certainly seems to be flavour of the month! Ooh! Cacay Oil contains vitamin E, linoleic acid and retinol (the vitamin A one, I believe), all good things! Vitamin E contains antioxidants which help prevent aging. Retinol reverses aging. Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid, which moisturises the skin, with added anti-inflammatory, healing and softening powers, and helps the other active ingredients penetrate the skin! The power of seeds! This oil is advertised as a odourless, fast absorbing oil that leaves no residue. The price tage of £39.99 or 30ml scared me at first, but I have been learning lately, that some things that go on the face are worth forking out for.

Upon arrival I was impressed with the packaging.. The bottle is a good thick glass and will take a lot of skill to break, even for someone as clumsy as myself! Even the pipet is nice and sturdy meaning no post-squeeze leakage, which is great as this oil is precious! 

As Hirons recommends not applying retinoids daily if you're new to them, I eased myself in by applying it every other day as part of my night time skincare routine, before applying moisturiser. Straight away I was surprised how little I needed - 2-3 drops for my whole face and neck, and how quickly it sunk in! Every face oil I have ever tried claimed to sink in quickly, but do they? No. This does! And it leaves the skin dry, yet moisturised. As retinol is basically pointless without SPF, I finally worked some sun cream into my morning skincare routine, and worked up to applying this oil every day. I definitely find it works best for me at night, as even though it absorbs quickly as advertised, for some reason I just spend the day a bit shinier if I apply it before make-up in the morning.

When it comes to odourless? Yes, it has no fragrance. But, it has a similar, nutty scent to flaxseed oil, which I love. This is a faint, natural scent, though. It makes applying it really pleasant. 

After a couple of months' use I have to say - my skin is actually looking better! My forehead wrinkles are definitely looking less severe. They appear more fine and are barely noticeable with make-up on. Before make-up gathered in them a fair bit, but now? Hardly ever! I'm really impressed! The rest of my skin is a little plumper-looking, too!

So, it does the job, but it's still £40. Now, I have been using this for over two months and am only a 3rd of the way down the bottle. Good retinol costs money, and this is on the cheaper end of the scale. It lasts a long time due to needing so little for each use, and it works. I'd say it's worth the money, especially as free worldwide delivery if offered on the official website.

You can find Ooh! Cacay Oil on their website, and also on Love Lula where, using this link, you get a free 30ml bottle of their Rosehip Oil worth £19! The Rosehip Oil regenerates cells and smooths skin as it's rich in Vitamins C, K and A, oleic acid, linolenic acid and linoleic acid. These oils are goooood! And of course, they're vegan and cruelty free :)


Have you tried Cacay Oil? Do you have any vegan retinols you'd recommend? 





*DISCLAIMER: This post contains a PR sample but my views are 100% honest. (I'm a rubbish liar)

Monday, 29 August 2016

Vegan Cream Tea - Wool


Having a car to practice driving in means I can actually travel! It's so confusing being places that aren't my bed or work! Recently, we drove over to Wool as I'd seen on a local vegan Facebook group that there is a tea room that does vegan cream teas, and the man knew where the it was!


The cafe in question is Ruby's and it's on the left, just before the train crossing when you come into Wool from the Wareham side. Upon arrival the staff were friendly and warm, and I was pleasantly surprised by all the vegan cakes and doughnuts lined up on the counter - I wanted to eat everything!! The place itself is quite small but people were there enjoying what looked like afternoon tea (I didn't want to study their tables too much because I didn't want to freak them out - "Oh hey. I'm just going to stand here and watch you eat your food." Yeah, that's not weird at all...) and there is tables outside in the garden which is lovely. 



We ordered my vegan cream tea and plopped ourselves down on a bench outside. In no time at all my tea arrived. I panicked a little when I realised no sugar had come with it, but it turns out the tea was so nice it didn't need any - definitely not my usual cheapo bargain tea! I believe it was Dorset Tea. They have quite the range of local and loose leaf tea which I'd like to explore one day. I got super excited about my cool cup and saucer. Felt well posh!



After some tea slurping and watching the chef running to and fro (why does he run everywhere? It's so funny!) my scone arrived! Huzzah! It was a good size and of course, came with cream and jam. The cream was not vegan clotted cream but like buttercream icing... so, so lush! The jam was raspberry and super scrummy. The preserves at Ruby's are local and seasonal - these things make me happy! I'm not sure what the "butter" was but it was good too, melted gorgeously on the warm scone. I opted for one half Cornwall method and one half Devon - Cornwall totally works better!

The cream tea was lovely. I get why so many people come to the pub for them, now - it's because cream teas are tasty, not because people are bastards. It was so filling that I struggled to finish it and couldn't fathom buying anymore baked goods. I will definitely be visiting Ruby's again for some cake and hot chocolate complete with vegan squirty cream and marshmallows!

I hope to be trying out more vegan cream teas while practicing driving! Do you have any recommendations?



Friday, 5 August 2016

2016 Resolutions Update - August | aka I HAVE A CAR

Hey, everyone!

Meet Dru:


Well done if you've found your way here considering I've had no energy for promotion lately! Let's look at those resolutions now we're halfway though the year shall we?


Spend Less Money

Sort of! I had a bit of a spring/summer shop with my step-mum while on the hunt for perfumes, got a few cheap bits of make-up.... oh, and had a couple of complete and utter benders.... but mostly I am being much more sensible with my money. Late night, high on fatigue ebay sessions may have happened but only twice or something - much less regularly than before.

Turns out if you let your boyfriend buy you a car that you agree to pay him back for, you don't have any money to waste!


Use Things Up

Yes! I've also decided to throw away things I can't rehome. Getting through my facial exfoliating scrubs before buying an acid toner is making me damn impatient!


Lose Weight

Oh, when I feel well enough I lose weight - when I don't, I pile it back on. I've been hovering around 14st 5lbs for a while. If MyFitnessPal could sync with S Health this would  probably be easier!


Bring The Joy

I highly doubt I've been doing this as much as I was during the first part of the year. Things keep happening to make me more ill, which makes me super down, mopey and whiny. I know some of this has leaked onto Twitter, but not as much as before! So that's some progress, yay!


Waste Less Time

Oh yes!! Learning to drive, trying to fit in studying and blogging and drawing and zine writing while working is leaving me with hardly any time to procrastinate. Yay!

Start A Journal

Obviously, I started a journal so this one is done. I have also been inspired by all this bullet journal buzz to do a Lisa style knock-off bullet journal. This includes weekly goals that get a stamp if I achieve them. I'm hoping it'll help me get stuff done and feel happier by helping me do things I love. I may write about this in more detail if I have time.


~ The Other Stuff ~


Health

For a short while my thyroxine levels were okay and I felt great! Well, great for someone with chronic fatigue at least. However, over the past couple of months my fatigue has got extra bad and symptoms from when my thyroid first fucked up have returned. It makes sense for this to be caused by my hypothyroidism getting worse, but it's been two weeks since I had my bloods done with no phone call from the doctor. I'm a little concerned. Definitely need to get on the surgery for a follow up appointment with my GP. I just want to get better, not worse!


Dog School

GoFundMe target reached! Next two years paid for! Reading? Getting there! I'm so excited that everything is sorted and all I need to do now is read books and find transport to my lessons! The book I'm currently reading begins with the evolution of dogs which is so, so boring to me. I can't focus for more than 20 minutes at a push so it's taking me forever to read, but hey - I'm on the right track! Woo!


Driving

Lessons are going slow but well, and I now have a car to practice in!! Would you like a post on my car? Is that interesting? He's green!! I booked my theory test last night so I better start trying to fit in using my brain more each week now. Driving is fun and terrifying all at once! Dru is fabulous. Thanks to him I might actually pass my test one day!


So that's basically what's been going on :) Let me know in the comments below if you want a detailed post on my journal set-up or my awesome green car! Hope you're having a great day.










Thursday, 28 July 2016

Pretty Everyday Summer Make-Up

I've been wearing this pretty, nude-esque look to work a lot lately. It's super quick and easy to slap on and looks lovely, if I must say so myself. It feels really light too which is great for hot, sticky, sweat days!


For my base I use Arbonne's CC Cream as it's a multitasker (full review here) and really easy. It's much easier and quicker for me to apply a bit of this than colour corrector and foundation.

I move onto my eyes next, with a base of Barbara Daly eye primer in Vanilla - the e.l.f eyeshadow primer is the best, but this is very nearly as good. For eyeshadow I use the gold in the Makeup Revolution Iconic palette. This is palette is a cruelty free and vegan dupe for Urban Decay's Naked palette, so the shadow is the dupe of Half Baked. This goes all over my mobile lid and in the crease, then is blended out. Under my eye I pop a little of the eyeshadow to the left in the same palette ( the dupe of Buck) in the outer 3rd and smudge it out along my lash line.

Next comes lashes, because my logic appears to be doing the absolute essentials first in case I run out of time! I use Barry M's Waterproof Lash Vegas because I need a legit waterproof mascara. It's a bonus that it does a good job of the other mascarary stuff, too! People are always asking me what mascara I wear, it's this.


After applying some mascara to my upper and lower lashes, I pop some concealer (currently using Collection Lasting Perfection in 2 Cool Meduim, but it's vegan status is currently in question so like, idk) under my eyes over the more blue bits of my eye bags. While it dries a little I quickly fill in my brows with Arbonne eyeshadow in Sand, then blend the concealer out once it's more tacky as it keeps the coverage where I want it.

Once the concealer is blended I pop some Arbonne Setting Pretty setting powder all over because it actually works. My make-up stays on my face with this stuff! Unlike every other setting powder I've tried ever. Well good. Anyway. This greats a nice powdered base for the powder products that follow! It's like, science or something!

Those powder products are highlighter and blusher. For highlighter these days I'm going for a softer, more natural glow that may be seen from the top of a big hill, but not from space. To achieve this I use another Arbonne eyeshadow for something other than added shadow to my eyes. The shade Linen creates a beautiful highlight. This one has been discontinued but it's basically a light shimmery nudey colour. Like a highlighter! ;) I pop this on the top of my cheek bones, along my brow bone, in my inner eyes, etc, etc, etc. Highlighter places.

Blusher of choice for this look is e.l.f.'s Studio Blush in Twinkle Pink. It's a slightly peachy, corally pink that reminds of ballet shoes of the same colour and is lovely, light, shimmery and pretty. It really compliments the lipstick that is applied after, being...

...e.l.f. Studio Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude. A gorgeous nude pink with a hint of coral hiding in there. It's super easy to apply and hydrate your lips too! So they look pretty and won't dry out in the summer heat :)

With all this done I spritz some Makeup Revolution Setting Spray (whichever was on hand when I popped it in my bag) on ma face and ta da, make-up done!


I'm sure that as it's summer, bronzer should be added but I don't have time for that most of the time so forget about it. What looks do you go for in the summer? Would bright, colourful eyeshadow be a good idea? Let me know in the comments below :)

Have fun!