Dressing for the Last of S/S

As its now the last day of August, yes THE LAST DAY OF AUGUST (serious, wtf) It's officially the last day of summer, which feels absolutely stupid to say because I think we've had a total of 4 days of sun all together (or it might be even less haha) So, as its the last day where its kind of acceptable to wear skirts and sandals, I went aaaall out on a trip to Liverpool the other day in a last bid to get some wear out of clothes that will gather dust and cobwebs for the next, I don't know 8/9 months?!

As it was sunny-ish, and sunglasses were acceptable, I decided to get another wear out of this absolutely beautiful scalloped skirt from Topshop. I bought it around a week ago after working endless shifts in work - a payday treat is never a bad thing! I'll admit, it is a little short, though I feel it doesn't look as if it should be a belt like some mini skirts out there.. being 5ft 8, buying skirts can be a nightmare! Though, this pale grey and white striped skirt looks so delicate and pretty, when I saw it on Topshop, I couldn't leave it!
I paired it with a simple white vest top and black sandals.. both comfy and practical (shopping all day in an uncomfortable pair of shoes is a modern day horror story, agree?) Also, as I said, the sun did make an appearance, so I decided my new Prada sunglasses should make an appearance..
These sunglasses, I have to say are probably the best thing I've bought all year! Yes, I know Prada is very expensive and I don't buy designer sunglasses often (the last time was four years ago, so) but yano when you're in airport duty free and there's 40% off and you've saved loads for the holiday and they're just there staring at you in all their wooden, patterned, designer glory, you just have to have a tiny splurge.. to be honest I have zero regrets, because I always wear sunglasses and I 100% will wear them, so is it really a waste of money? (I'm going to say no, to make myself feel better!)

Altogether, I had a lovely day visiting my cousin in Liverpool, feeling all summery, spending too much money in Zara and eating Zizzi Italian until I couldn't move.. what a lovely Thursday that was!

Snippets of.. Cyprus

Right, so its now Friday the 28th of August and I came off my holiday on Sunday the 23rd of August.. to say that I literally haven't stopped since I came home is an understatement, this being the reason its taken me nearly a week to upload these photos!
As I said, last week I had went on my second holiday of the year - a more relaxing one compared to my Ibiza trip it has to be said, in the beautiful and extremely hot country of Cyprus. This was my third time visiting and I have to say I'd forgotten how hot it could get at peak time (38*C most days!)
As it was just me and mum who went, it gave me time to have some quality mother/daughter time, it was just so lovely!
Whilst there, the daily routine was basically sun bathing for eight hours (well I did about an hour in total #parasollove) then eating amazing food and going to bed.. literally I was in total bliss for 7 days.

The part of Cyprus we stayed at was Protaras, which is about 10 minutes from the infamous Ayia Napa, which made where we were more of the family friendly part of the island, which basically had a strip of bars and restaurants, with entertainment and tribute acts a-plenty. For the majority of the holiday I basically did a lot of lounging about (even having a facial one day <3) and swimming in the pool. Though, one day we went on a little excursion, which even the title of the trip made us laugh hysterically - we went on a 'Donkey Safari' Which meant, we went to a Donkey farm and rode them through fields, similar to what was traditional of Cyprus year ago. Literally, me and mum couldn't stop laughing throughout it all, I even got the naughty donkey which decided to start galloping - I'm sure a little bit of wee came out because I genuinely thought I'd fall off an die!! (I'm really not at one with animals haha) Other then that, we moved very little, though I have to admitted I did try every cocktail there was.. well yano when your mums paying...!

So, this was my little holiday to Cyprus, now it's back to reality with work and responsibility being through by the bucket load.. aaaah to be back in the heat right now would be good!


My Makeup Bag For... Everday

So, the last time I did one of these posts -  the somewhat stereotypical 'what's in my make up bag' type post was June 2014; a whole year and a bit ago. And, although that's probably not that long ago in hindsight, I felt my photography skills (if you could call it that!) and blog in general has developed a whole lot in a year and a bit of blogging. So, I thought, hell I think I need to do an update, because anyway, looking back on that post now, its mostly all different to 2014 - see, this is what's great about blogging - being able to look back on years gone by (because, lets face it, no one remembers these kinds of things anyway!)
For this post I thought I'd show what I use everyday, these are products that get the most use and are mainly use for a minimal/'I'm in a rush'/'today's not a heavy makeup day' look. The main parts of the face I concentrate on daily is the eyebrows and under the eyes. Rarely, will I wear foundation if its not a 'special occasion', even bb creams - I try and let my skin breath as often as possible; I'll do anything to keep acne at bay! For the eyebrows, 'Dark Horse' in the Naked palette, is the shade I basically use religiously. It does have a slight slight bit of glitter in it, but its never evident and I'm just so used to using it, that I'll be devastated when it runs out! (I can't really repurchase a whole palette for one shade (or can I;))) For my eyes, the MAC paint pot in 'Painterly' is a perfect match for my eyelid colour - it acts as either a primer or to just even out my eyelid colour; so simple. With a few coats of the Lancôme mascara (I loathe the mascara but getting my moneys worth!)
For under my eyes, I use two products; Bobbi Brown corrector in Extra Light Beige and the NARS creamy concealer in Vanilla. These are both amazing for dark circle, with the corrector being a few weeks away from finishing! - might need to repurchase this for a third time, very soon. On top I apply a few dots of the concealer to brighten and volia! that's my routine for an everyday, simple look - I do this pretty much in auto-pilot, but its a routine I love so yano, if it's not broken and all that...!

Dressing as Bright as the Sun

When it comes to outfit posts, I never know which road to go down. Do I talk about the outfit itself, the skirt, the styles, how weather appropriate it is (maybe that ones a British thing) or do I talk about the day and what I wore it for. Well, today I think I'll do a bit of both - oh the excitement.

Over the weekend, I was blessed with not one but two exiting occurrences, rare things that seem to not coincide often.. a day off from work AND shining sun. As soon as the sun's out, my fashion brain immediately screams 'skirts', I honestly love buying them and if I'm not going to wear one when there's sunshine, when am it? So out came this 60's inspired mini skirt from Zara (well, where else eh?)  with a light, loose white Next blouse and some dainty grey brogues. All, in all I don't think I've felt so summery nor have I felt I've channelled Ms.Swift as much either (minus the long pins)

During my glorious day off, I actually did the most mid-aged thing imaginable for an eighteen year old - went for a coffee mid-afternoon, then took myself (and myself only, my friend had to go elsewhere) on a long drive (with the spice girl playing full blast - I do treat myself well) around the countryside and mountains - because welsh countryside in summer is a scene of total bliss; seriously. All, in all, I have to say my soul has never felt so replenished and I've ended my day by watching a film on the sofa. Sometimes in life, the small things really do matter and once you've clear your head of stress and worry, the feeling of content has never felt so sweet aaaah.


A Week Living Vegan

Staring from Monday the 3rd of August, I challenged myself to go vegan for a week. A challenge with very little true reason, other than the fact I wanted to see if I actually could do it, because being a big meat-eater and dairy-lover makes me anything but a vegan!
Before I started I researched what I could and couldn't eat, and to my surprise there are actually are  a fairly large amount of products out there that are vegan - for example Kingsmill white bread, who knew! (there was me thinking it was only tasteless rye bread I'd have to live on!) To be honest, I'm quite open minded when it comes to food, I'll try anything and eat it if it looks nice. I've always been a lover of fruit and veg (I was the girl who got seconds on carrots in primary school!) meaning for this challenge I was actually looking forward, rather than dreading the lack of meat!
All week, a big love developed between me and Alpro Hazelnut milk - regular milk being an actually hate of mine (I only having it warm on cereal and in coffee - because you can't taste it) and I love nut flavoured things, therefore this will be something I'll actually carry on drinking!
With dairy alternatives, I found the brand Alpro in general to be a great discovery - their yogurts and milk made with soya tasted exactly the same as the regulars!
In terms of actual meals, stir fries, soups & Linda McCartney sausage sandwiches were eaten religiously. To be fair, I think the reason I loved this diet so much was because I was actually making myself homemade food every night, with sauces and fresh veg. I actually made the effort, a few nights to make homemade sweet potato fries and my god, they tasted like a gift from heaven!
All in all, whilst shopping for foods, almost all food is packages with the allergens highlighted in bold. Meaning, when I was shopping I'd pick something up, lets say Quorn sausages and look at the main ingredients; from that I'd be able to quickly see if there was milk included or anything along those lines!
For me, I proved to myself that I can live off the food of the earth, as opposed to the foods from animals, though it was only for a week, I've learnt so much and there are a few different foods that I'd never have tried otherwise! hazelnut milk and vegan sausages will definitely be staying in my everyday diet - as well as soya cinnamon lattes from Costa! - thanks vegan diet!!

Instagram Update #2

Kiss Kiss | Having a day filled with coffee & nothingness | Cleaning my Brushes
Remembering Cala Bassa Beach (</3) | Last day in Ibiza | Cocktails in Ibiza Town
Waves | Blues Skies | First day in Ibiza
I thought I'd do another Instagram Update to show just how my life has been at the moment - though nothing much to show since my holiday - because Instagramming my workplace would have the most tedious pictures ever!
Anyway, if you like, leave your usernames below so we can follow each other; because who doesn't love finding exiting new Instagrams!
I'm over at @lisaaa1809

The Low-key Uniform of Choice

Before I start, I literally had no idea what to call this post, because I took these photos on a whim and decided to blog about the outfit today - well isn't that what blogging's all about, documenting what goes on in your life haha!
Well anyway, despite the title not making that much sense, there is a bit of simple meaning behind what I'm trying to say. Because for the past week I've literally had the laziest of days, watching telly and strolling through Twitter and Instagram - my 'low-key uniform of choice' therefore is this outfit right here (minus the sandals obvs - I didn't want to take photos with bare feet!) for the past week, comfy trousers and a vest has literally been my uniform. As I have just come back off holiday, my desire to get out the house and do things has been low, but to be honest, I had a full week of being in another country, so I think I'm aloud a few lazy days in the house to relish the fact I am in fact home to creature comforts.
These Forever 21 trousers, I must say, are the comfiest trousers I've ever bought. When I first picked them up I literally stared at them for about 10 minutes, not able to decided if they were trousers I would be able to pull off or the ugliest thing in the world.. and to be honest I still can't decide.
I still stare in the mirror every time I wear them, questioning if the fit is too loose or just right.. oh the struggles of being a girl, huh!
Anyway, this ahs been a bit of rambly post of nothingness, but yano, sometimes life isn't that exiting and you just have to write about the finer things in life! - I think I'll leave it here and try and get myself out the house to do something exiting.. the uncomfortable, yet fashionable skinny jeans are calling...

Products Which Don't Hit The Spot

Right, so its that time of the month were there are millions of monthly favourites posts/videos floating about, so to put something up that's a tiny bit different (nothings original on the internet anymore is it!) I've got some products that I've been using and found to have more flaws than be favourites.
First is the Lancôme Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara, I have to say, by looking at it, the packaging is so sophisticated and when on, it definitely gives definition - both in colour and volume. The one thing that is a flaw is that it smudges so incredible easily. By this I mean that, after say an hour of wearing it, I'm almost guaranteed to have black marks under my eyes - as if I've rubbed them. I know this mascara isn't waterproof, so is obviously going to smudge a throughout the day, but never have I used one to smudge SO much; its seriously so annoying for the price it is - ill carry on using it because it was around £20/£30 to get my moneys worth, but its just irritating when I have to wipe under my eyes every hour because its smudged!
Next is the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation -  a product which seemed to be raved about when released (the main reason I bought it - I'd only heard good things) I have to say, its the worst foundation I've ever used - seriously. I have the shade Ecru which I'm sure is one of the lightest but on my skin it seems so orangey. Also, it just doesn't sit or blend very well, the formula just seem that bit too thick.. I don't maybe I'm using wrong, I'm just not impressed by it at all!
Adding to skin care is the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense, which if you have dry skin may work better than how I've found it (I' have combination skin - normal cheeks/forhead, acne prone chin) I just find it sits on the skin for far too long. Usually, if I apply a moisturiser, an hour or so later my skin feel soft and back normal (if you get me!) But with this, after an hour, its still sticky/greasy on the skin and I just look incredibly shiny! A feeling I loathe..

To carry on my rant (sorry) the Oribe Texturising Spray is so incredible horrible on the hair. I'm so confused by this product, because I've literally seen so many people rave about it (Lily Pebbles for one, which is why I'm so confused.. and she knows everything about beauty!!) It says on the tin, its an alternative to dry shampoo, which should mean it hides the fact you've let hair go just that one too many days without a wash. But no, this product basically highlights the fact may roots are greasy and leaves the most vile, heavy 'texture' to my hair. Again, maybe I'm using it wrong (not sure how but maybe) I just can't stand it, and for the price it is, I seriously regret jumping on the bandwagon.
Finally, FINALLY (haha) is makeup wipes, which to be honest, everyone one knows are bad and should only be used when you're having a seriously lazy evening with skin care. The main thing that doesn't hit the spot with these is the fact that most of your mascara you tried to take off the night before, STILL ends up under your eyes in the morning (despite practically pulling your eyelashes with these the night before!) they can just be terrible at the best of times!