Sunday, December 31, 2017

Beauty Favourites 2017

As the year is drawing to a close, I thought I would share some of my favourite products of this year! Not all of the products mentioned are photographed, mostly because they are a little battered from all of the love I give them.

One of my pals brought this back from the states for me in the Spring and I have been obsessed with it ever since. The eye shadow formula is so beautiful, extremely pigmented, buttery and so so easy to blend. The colours are also lovely. I use the lighter colours on the left hand side of the palette really often, for both work and in general. I love the bolder colours as well, especially Love Letter to pair with a pink glitter. Cannot recommend this palette enough! 

I recently ran out of this baby and for a good couple of months I had to use up other eye primers that I had laying about. I can tell you now that none of them are a touch on this eye primer! It glides on really effortlessly and gives you a completely neutral base. Eye shadow works really well on top of the primer and there are zero problems with blending. The primer isn't drying on the eyes at all and it makes such a difference to the staying power of the shadows. You can read more about the primer here if you want! 

For some reason, I don't think I've actually written about how much I love this bronzer before? It has become my favourite bronzer by far and it would take a lot for me to change to another bronzer. It is the perfect matte bronzer, perfect for contouring. The colour is just the perfect bronze, not too orange at all. You don't need to use much for it to go far, and you can layer it on if you want more. It is the right amount of blendable, so that you can put it on exactly where you want it and know it won't budge but you can still blend it out so that you're not left with a sludge of brown on your face. 10/10 g bear recommended. 

This has easily become my favourite makeup remover of all time. It is a cleansing balm that you just put all over your face and then wash off with warm water and a muslin cloth or flannel, and off comes all of your makeup! It even takes off my extremely stubborn lash glue. I used to use the Clinique take the day off balm and loved that, but I found it made my eyes go a little blurry. The Body Shop balm does exactly the same, minus the blurry eyes, and for a much lower price - plus it's cruelty free! It leaves your skin feeling clean and moisturised. The only problem is my laziness and remembering to wash my clothes!

These lashes have become my life this year. I still don't have any eyelashes (yay) so I've been wearing falsies pretty much every day this year. I gave up winged eyeliner this year, because effort, so I needed to make sure that the lashes I was wearing looked ok without it. These lashes are great for this! I get so many compliments on these lashes, with a lot of people saying that they look so natural. I don't think they look hugely natural, but natural enough to not arouse huge suspicion but to also make my eyes look pretty. The band is really flexible and the lashes are really light, which makes them really easy to put on and so comfortable on the eye all day. 

I've spoken about this glue before but it just is the most staple product in my makeup bag. It is easily the best lash glue I've used and would recommend it to anyone and everyone, with or without eyelashes. It sticks on really easily and doesn't budge all day (mostly). I particularly like using dark lash glue, as the light/clear ones dry much more obviously than the dark ones. 

And that concludes my post about my favourite products of this year! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed. What have been your favourite products this year?

Love, Gweni xxx 

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Year's Resolutions

New year, new me and some brand new unthought of new year's resolutions to keep me occupied going into the new year. None of these are particularly deep or life changing, but I like writing these kind of posts! Also how beaut is this candle? Cally from Cally Loves kindly gifted it to me for my Secret Santa! 

Exercising at 6am

Getting up at 5.45am to do a workout sounds horrendous, and it is at first, but it was something that I kept up for a couple of months before the Christmas festivities set in. Doing the Protein World Challenge really got me into shape and I just felt so much better about everything when I was doing it. I lost weight, I felt fitter, I felt happier and I was definitely more productive in work. Obviously I get tired more quickly in the evening and that alarm in the morning is the devil, but all of the other benefits definitely make it worth it. I will aim to do five times a week, but I will be realistic and be happy with myself if I manage three times. I would like to be a skinny minny for Summer this year and finally look FAF in bikini shots. 

Eating my veggies

To be fair, I am generally good at this but I'm looking forward to getting back into the full swing of healthy meals again. I won't be going vegan or vegetarian but I may try and make one day a week vegan or even one meal a day vegan, as long as I'm getting in all of the nutrients and it tastes good - it makes sense doesn't it? 

Cutting caffeine and alcohol

To be fair I don't drink *that* much of either anyway, but I want to limit them even further. I don't want to depend on caffeine for my energy and alcohol just makes me fat. I find that I am more irritable and prone to pulling out my lashes when I've consumed either of these as well. I am going to limit myself to one cup of tea a day and no coffee, they make me sweat and then I crash once the goodness has worn off. And alcohol will not be consumed unnecessarily, only at events. I think me and bae are going to give up alcohol for January anyway, so hopefully this one will be quite easy to carry forward for the rest of the year. 

Increase the quality of my Instagram

This may be one that I will struggle to keep up with, but a gal can try! I do love it when my feed looks pretty, so I'm going to try and put more effort into my pictures and try to be more active and engaging on the app. Despite the new algorithm, I do want to make my account something I'm proud of. 

Read more books

I have been trying to read more in the evening more before going to sleep and I really like doing it. I used to read loads when I was much younger, but I seem to have stopped a little over the last ten years. So this year I am going to try and read more books and hopefully broaden my vocabulary!

Decrease the hair pulling

This would be lovely but I won't be putting pressure on myself for this one, because it often ends in failure! But I would love to grow back a full set of eyelashes this year and I am going to try (like every year!) to achieve this. I do find it a little easier to not pull now that I'm in work for 10 hours a day with false lashes and glasses on, so fingers crossed!

What are your resolutions for 2018? Anything new or different? Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx

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