Friday, 8 September 2017

Lyd&Liv: Wedding Makeup Look- Bridesmaid

Hello everyone, I hope you're well.
Today's post is another collaboration with the beautiful Olivia from Livvyandallthingsbeauty. At the end of August my mum got married and I got the chance to be a bridesmaid again which was amazing- There will be a blogpost on the wedding coming soon. We decided not to get a makeup artist or hair stylist as we knew we could do a fairly good job ourselves so I did the makeup for my mum, myself and my auntie who was also a bridesmaid and then my mum tackled the hair. I was so happy with how the makeup turned out so i've decided to write a post on how I did this look and Olivia has created a stunning look that would be perfect for a wedding guest.


Now for the wedding I knew I wanted the look to be full coverage and a bit more than an everyday look but I also wanted to keep it natural and bright to really enhance my features. I decided on a subtle brown smokey eye with a pop of glitter and glowy skin which was perfect for a summery wedding. I paired the eyes with a nude lip and a slight pop of colour on the cheeks to again give the look a summery vibe.

Eyes:
As I said before I wanted to keep the eyes fairly neutral and fresh but I also wanted the eyes to be the focus of the look so the colours I used and the pop of glitter really helped me achieve this and created a well put together look. I decided to wear lashes on the day simply because I knew it would help enhance my eyes in photos but this look would still look stunning with just a few layers of mascara.



1.Base: I always try to use a base with eyeshadow just to make sure that the colours in the pan are true on my eyelids so for this look I used my trusty MAC paint pot in painterly. I applied this all over my eyelid and up to my brow bone then blended it in. Equally concealer would be just as good if you  don't have a base. 
2. Eyeshadow Base: I then set the base using 'Thanks a latte' from the Holy grail Violet voss palette. 
3. Crease: Using the HG pallete for this look I took 'Bestie and blended that into my crease focusing on the outer corner and deep in the crease. As I wanted to keep the natural I applied small amounts of eyeshadow at a time to make sure I had no harsh areas of colour. 
4. Outer corner and outer crease: Focusing heavily on the outer corner I used 'Brownie points' and blended that to create a darker transition, I then brought it slightly though my crease still focusing on the outer half to make it slightly smokier and to blend with the crease colour. 
5. Lid: On the lid I applied 'Cool Beans' to again blend the two crease colours together and show the transition between the two. 
6. Inner corner: For the inner corner I used my favourite makeup product at the moment which is the Stila Magnificent metals liquid eyeshadow in kitten karma, I applied this to the inner third of my eyelid then using a precise crease brush dragged it across the lid to blend out the harsh line. 
7. Lower lash line: I dipped my brush in both 'Bestie' and 'Brownie points' and then just lightly blended it into my lower lash line being careful not to bring it too far down my under eye.
8. Details: I knew I wanted to apply lashes so I added a thin winged liner using my holy grail Kat Von D tattoo liner and then used the Ardell Wispies lashes which are my current favourites. On my lower lashes I applied a good amount of the Arbonne Its a long story mascara and also used it to blend my natural lashes with the falsies. 

Face:
For the face I needed my base to be full coverage as I was going to be wearing this makeup all day and night so finding the right foundation and powder was key. With having such a full coverage base I then wanted to keep the rest of my face fairly subtle so I decided not to contour but to just bronze my skin and then apply a small amount of blush. I wanted my skin to look fresh and glowy as I mentioned before so I did use a generous amount of highlighter but that looked amazing especially when the sun caught it in photos. 




1. Primer: After seeing many bloggers and you tubers using this I decided to give it a try so I used the Nivea men after shave balm and it worked surprisingly well and made a sticky base for my foundation to stick to.
2. Base: I then applied the MAC studio fix foundation in NC20 and used my beauty blender to bounce it into my skin and leave a flawless finish that doesn't look cakey. For concealer I used the makeup forever ultra HD invisible cover concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes. To set my face I used the tarte smooth operator amazonian clay finishing power and focused this under my eyes to stop creasing and on my oily T-zone. 
3. Bronze: As I decided not to contour and keep the look natural I just used the Benefit Hoola bronzer to lightly dust over my cheeks and forehead to give a subtle bronze and a bit more colour as I am pale even with fake tan on. 
4. Blush and highlight: On the apple of my cheeks I applied a light dusting of Benefits rockateur which has a slight highlight effect itself but then on the top of my cheekbones and down my nose I used MAC soft and gentle. 
5. Brows: I had recently got my eyebrows tinted and threaded so on the wedding day they only required a bit of attention, I used Benefits Ka-brow cream gel to lightly fill in any sparse areas then used the ready, set, brow from benefit to set them in place. Using Benefit high brow I applied this under the brow to highlight and make my eyebrows appear more defined and it also acting as a base for Crystal eyeshadow which I mentioned earlier. 
6. Lips: I went very simple from the lips and simply applies a clear lip balm from boots and then applied an Estee lauder lipstick in Envy all over to give a slight colour.
7.Setting: As this makeup needed to stay on all day I decided to use a setting spray which I very rarely use but probably should. The one I used is the Urban Decay chill makeup setting spray and it worked a treat. 

I was so happy with how this look turned out on the day as I loved how fresh it looked but still slightly glam with the glitter and glowing skin. I created this look based around being a bridesmaid but it would also be perfect for a bride or even a wedding guest. If you are looking for another gorgeous look that is perfect for a wedding event then make sure to head over to livvyandallthingsbeauty and see the look that Olivia created which will be up soon. All photos were taken by Olivia. 

Olivia's Twitter: https://twitter.com/Oliviajm99

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Lots of Love
Lydia<3

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Travel with me: Dubai Privilee experience

Hello everyone, I hope you're well.
You may have noticed that I haven't been blogging for a couple of weeks and that is because I have actually been back in Dubai for a holiday which was amazing. The summer months in Dubai mean extreme heat and instant stickiness when you venture outside so keeping cool was definitely a priority and one incredible service allowed us to do this whilst still keeping relaxed and enjoying the sun and that is what I am going to be talking about in todays blogpost. This time I went I decided to take my friend Georgia with me, she had never been before so we had a full packed 2 weeks of touristy stuff but also spent some down time where we allowed ourselves to relax before heading back to our hectic lives in England. On our second week we got guest privilee passes as my parents are members and I really wanted to write a post on this service and exactly what I thought about it.



Privilee is a paid membership allowing access to a large number of the best beach clubs and luxury resorts in order to use their pools, private beaches, spas and gyms for free and for as long as you wish. The normal memberships can be paid for monthly or for the year and gives you complete access to as many as you can fit in all year. With these year memberships you also get the opportunity to purchase guest passes so that visitors can use them for the week at a discounted price. The guest passes cost AED249 which is the equivalent to around £50 which is incredible considering the hotels you can visit and also the services and facilities that can be used. Most hotels offer day passes to use their facilities but these themselves cost from AED150-300 so to be able to use as many as you want for a week and also get discounted food and drinks AED249 is an outstanding price. Privilee are partnered with some of the most established and beautiful hotels in the Middle East giving you access to a relaxing pool day, laid back lunch or even a quick workout with a view.

Out of the whole process we only had one small issue with getting our membership cards and we ended up getting them later than expected so we could only use them for 4 days rather than the 5 (weekends are excluded) but that wasn't an issue because we still got our money's worth. We paid for them to be delivered but after realising they wouldn't get there in time we ended up asking to pick up the cards ourselves and they were printed the same morning that we asked for them. The customer service was excellent and once we realised there was a mistake with the cards the employees made it their priority to help us and get the cards done as quickly as possible which I am extremely grateful for, their email replies were fast and they were always asking if their was anything else that we needed to make the service better.

1. Double Tree Hilton JBR
Now onto the actual hotels partnered with privilee and their facilities. After picking up the cards we knew we didn't want to waste anymore time so we went to one of the nearest hotels to the privilee offices which was the Hilton Doubletree in Jumeriah beach residences. This hotel had a lovely pool and its own private beach that you could use as well as free access to the gym and spa which me and Georgia made the most of. The majority of the hotels also had discount on food and beverages with the guest passes which was great for a mid swim snack. The discount varies from 15% to 50% and the Double Tree in particular had 25% off so lunch by the pool was a must. This hotel was fairly quiet and relaxing and the spa included a hot tub, sauna and steam room which you could use for as long as you wanted with discounts on spa treatments as well.








2. Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah
The following day we decided to go to the Palm and we chose the Kempinski which out of all 4 that we visited this by far had the best pool. The pool and beach were stunning and the staff couldn't be any friendlier, I loved everything about this hotel and I would definitely go back many times. With the privilee pass we got 15% off food and beverages which was the lowest out of the hotels but it was still reasonably priced and you also got 25% off of spa treatments which unfortunately we never got to experience as we run out of time. The hotel was great for the kids as they had a park/play area and small children pool and for the adults they had a swim up bar and a relaxing bubbled area similar to a jacuzzi making it perfect for families. The staff were constantly walking around checking up on everyone and due to the heat they offered refreshing ice lollies to both the children and adults which were complimentary. 










3. Rixos The Palm Dubai
After loving the Palm the day before we decided to choose another the following day and after researching a few we decided on Rixos which is located at the end of the crescent. When we first arrived the poolside was extremely busy so we nearly visited another hotel on the palm but once we spoke to the pool assistant and explained that we wanted pool side sun lounges he went out of his way to find us some and then we ended up staying the whole day. The vibe at Rixos was great, the music was playing throughout the day and they even started activities up such as water polo which everyone could join in with. They had a pool bar similar to the other two hotels and we had the most amazing mocktail there which ended up being fairly cheap with the 25% off. The pool area seemed smaller and more crowded than any other hotel we visited but it was a lovely hotel to visit and spend the day. 






4. The Palace Downtown Dubai
Last but not least is the Palace Downtown which we visited on our final day in Dubai. At first I was skeptical about visiting this hotel because I loved the idea of the hotels having their own beach and also being away from all the hustle and bustle of the main areas of Dubai such as downtown but when we got there we were amazed by the views and also how calm and relaxing it was. The pool was lovely and refreshing and again the staff were so friendly and helpful it just made the experience that bit more special. The views we had of the Burj Khalifa and the fountains was amazing so we were able to watch the fountain show whilst we were there. Food was 20% with the guest passes and their food and drinks were lovely so overall I can't fault this hotel at all oh and their sun lounges were the best haha! 








Overall the whole privilee experience was amazing and I would definitely use this service again when visiting Dubai or Abu Dhabi as some of the hotels there too have partnerships with Privilee. Every hotel was different and each one we loved for different reasons so it was very difficult to pin point our favourite. The Privilee staff were extremely helpful which made the whole process a lot easier even when we did have a problem with getting the cards and every hotel was beautiful and it made our time in Dubai that little bit more special and relaxing. I couldn't recommend this membership anymore so if you want to check out more details about Privilee or have any questions then make sure to check out the link to their website here: https://www.privilee.ae

Red Bikini top: https://www.missguided.co.uk/cross-over-front-bikini-top-red (not the exact but similar)

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Top 6 Picks- Ted Baker AW17

Hello everyone, I hope you're well
Today's post is different to any I've done before but the type of post I love to read, Ted Baker is one of my favourite luxury clothing companies because of its sophisticated clothing and reasonable prices compared to other designers. I love how feminine and pretty the clothing and accessories are and as soon as I got the email from Ted Baker about their AW17 collection I knew I had to share my favourite pieces with you. 

1. RADONNA- Ribbed cuff jogger trousers 

These are from the 'Ted says relax' range and I'm completely in love with them, I love the colours especially this beautiful grey and also all the small details that keep the joggers true too Ted Baker. They look super comfy and although are simple they still look chic. 

2. KALISSA- Wool and cashmere-blend hooded parka
Winter clothing is definitely my favourite to wear out of all the seasons as I love the layering and winter colours. This coat is absolutely beautiful with the grey tones again similar to the joggers and the light pink fur hood adds a pop of colour making it perfect for the autumn months coming. The wool and cashmere blend will provide ultimate comfort and warmth whilst the rose gold detailing brings this item together for a more sophisticated look. 

The next piece is one that I would never normally be drawn too in a shop but as soon as I seen this online I fell in love with the pattern and style of this jacket. Ted Baker are known for their flowered patterns and this one is stunning as its neutral with small bursts of colours making it girly but sleek at the same time. I love the black cord trim as its different to anything I've seen before and this jacket would be perfect paired with monochrome colours similar to how the model is wearing it. This jacket can be worn casual with jeans and some trainers or dressed up with heels and a cute black clutch. 
 

4. SYLVIAA- Pearl embellished leather lady bag

When I seen this bag I couldn't resist putting it into my top picks because just look at how cute this is. I love how they have kept light pinks in their AW collection because I think it will be perfectly paired with the darker colours in these next few months. The detailing is beautiful and the bag is so ladylike especially with the pearls and stunning rose gold detailing. Its dainty and with a handle and strap makes it perfect for any occasion. I am absolutely obsessed with this product and with my first ever luxury handbag being from ted baker it really did made my heart melt slightly!

5. HELLSAD- Embroidered cotton dress
I love the simplicity to this dress with the subtle embroidered detailing adding some class to it. The bright white cotton makes this dress appear fresh and will look amazing layered for the colder wintery months. This is a product that can be dressed up or down with different shoes and accessories and I would love to see this dress paired with a deep red to add a little colour to the outfit whilst still keeping it classy and sticking with the AW theme.

6. NOXEN- Bow detail suede sandals

Last but not least on my 'Top 6 picks' are these beautiful suede heeled sandals in light grey. The bow detail on the side is super cute and the soft suede material makes these look super comfortable and wearable for the winter months. The small heel keeps these sophisticated yet comfy and the cross over straps are very feminine and would be perectly paired with some black trousers and a shirt or a nice dress. The shoes come in a range of colours and materials but these are definitely my favourite. 


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Lydia<3

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Lyd&Liv: 1 product 2 looks, Violet Voss Holy Grail

Hello everyone, I hope you're well.
Today I have another collaboration blogpost for you with the lovely Olivia from Livvyandallthingsbeauty. We had so much fun working together on our last posts that we decided to work together again and bring you these posts today. We want to start doing a series on our blogs called '1 product 2 looks' where we focus on one product for the post but do 2 completely different looks tailored to our personalities and styles to show a range of ways a product can be used.




The product we decided to focus on today is the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette which I recently bought and did a first impressions on which you can read here. Olivia hadn't tried this palette yet and I loved it so much that I knew we had to choose it for our first blogpost of this series. I decided to go for a wearable pink/purple on myself with some dark tones and a bit of sparkle whilst Olivia did a wearable red with brows and golds incorporated in. We were both very happy with how the looks came out and they were so different that we couldn't wait to share them with you. Make sure you head on over to her blog after reading this to see another wearable look using this palette, now lets get into the makeup!

1. Eyes:
Now I'm normally a person who does their base first then the eyes after but thats usually because I do the same makeup look everyday and I don't need to worry about mistakes or fall down, but for this look I knew I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. By doing my eyes first it meant any mistakes could be fixed without ruining the base and I used a lot of shadows for the look and so fall down was bound to occur. If you are trying out a look for the first time I would definitely recommend doing this as mistakes can easily be fixed! All shadows used in this look were from the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette.



1. Base: Using a base was essential for this look as I was using bright colours and I wanted them to stand out so I used MAC painterly paint pot all over the lid and up to the brow bone.
2. Base: I then set the base with Thanks a Latte all over the lid.
3. Crease: I then mixed transition and bestie together and blended these into the crease.
4. Crease and outer corner: In the crease and outer third of the eye I used wine n dine which applies pink compared to the red it seems in the pan and then blended well to remove any harsh lines of colour.
5. Crease and outer: To get the perfect look I suggest applying little of this shadow at a time until you get the colour you want. Blending is extremely important to this look.
6. Crease and outer: Using teddy bear blend this colour into where the wine n dine was applied to create a darker more purple look. I focused teddy bear more on the outer corner of the lid to deepen the look and give a more smokey effect.
7. Lid: Using Fix plus spray on the brush I applied cool beans to the lid and blended it out focusing more on the middle and inner corner of the lid.
8. Inner corner: I applied a bit of Crystal into the inner corner to brighten the blended that back into he cool beans to stop any harsh transition lines. 
9. Lower lash line: In the lower lash line I used wine n dine and Cranberry splash and blended it across.
10. Details: As the eyes were the focus of the look I applied a thin wing using Kat Von D tattoo liner and then applied some Ardell Wispies lashes. 

Face:
For the face I kept it pretty basic and natural as the eyes were so heavy, I stuck with a subtle contour and a rosy blush to give a pop of colour. I filled in my brows fairly heavy to match the heavy eyes but I kept the lips simple with a nude liner and light pink gloss to add a bit of shine. 




1. Primer: Using benefit Pore fessional I applied this over my nose and cheeks then on the forehead where I notice the most pores. 
2. Base: I then applied the Arbonne perfecting liquid foundation in shades alabaster and fair and used a beauty blender to tap it into my skin. For concealer I used the Arbonne liquid concealer in fair and applied it to my under eyes, centre of my chin and then the middle of my forehead to give a natural highlight. To set all this I used the Arbonne setting pretty powder and lightly dusted it all over my face.
3. Contour and bronze: I used the ABH contour kit to contour and applied the two highest browns to the edges of my forehead and just under my cheekbones. I then used Hoola bronzer to set this and lightly bronze the rest of my face. 
4. Blush and highlight: Using benefits rockateur I applied this to the apples of my cheeks for a natural flush and on the top of the cheekbones applied MAC soft and gentle highlight. 
5. Brows: For my brows I filled out the shape using the revlon colour stay eyebrow pencil and then set them using benefit gimme brow. 
6. Lips: For the lips I kept them very basic by lining them with MAC nice n spicy and then filled out the rest of my lip using that. I then lightly applied some revlon colour burst lip gloss in pink ice in the centre of my lip to give a pouty affect. 

I really enjoyed working on another post with Olivia and we are both very excited to start this series and show you different looks using the same products. In the future we look to do lip colours and glitters or pigments so if there are any products you would like to see them please make sure to let me or Olivia know. As I have mentioned before Olivia also created a look based on this palette and she did such an amazing job so make sure you go and check out her blog and see how she used this palette very differently to me. 

Olivia's makeup instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makeupbyoliviajm_/

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Lyd & Liv: Day Glam Makeup Look

Hello everyone, I hope you're well.
I am so excited for this blogpost and it has definitely been my favourite to plan and write as it's my first ever collab with the lovely Olivia Marshall from livvyandallthingsbeauty. Me and Olivia went to school together and have always shared a love for makeup and blogging so it was amazing for us to get together and work on a blogpost. She is such a talented aspiring makeup artist and she is probably the only person who could make me feel comfortable about having makeup applied to my face. We decided to do a makeup look on 'glam' and I did a daytime glam look on her whilst she did a nighttime glam on me so make sure to check her blogpost out after this and stay tuned for some more post from the both of us because we just loved spending the day together doing the things we loved.


Face:
As we decided to go for a glam look I made the base slightly more full coverage as I felt it would match the theme better and allow the eye makeup to pop. I knew I wanted to go heavier on the eyes and that was the area I focused the glam on so the rest of the face I kept neutral with a soft contour, a slight blush to the cheeks and a pop of highlighter on the cheek bones where the sun would naturally hit. I stuck with a light blush that gave a natural flush and for the highlighter I used a colour similar to Olivas's skin tone to make sure it blended in and gave the most natural look whilst still looking glam and glowy.
The products I used were:
Foundation: Arbonne perfecting liquid foundation
Concealer: Arbonne real conceal liquid concealer
Powder: Arbonne setting pretty translucent powder
Bronzer: Arbonne bronzer
Contour: Anastasia beverly hills cream contour palette
Blusher: Arbonne blush in Blossom
Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kit in sun kissed



Eyes:
The eyes were the main focus for this look and I was very happy with how they turned out. I used a paint pot as a base to ensure the eyeshadows appeared bright and true to the colours in the pan. I used a light transition shade in the crease and then blended a pink into the crease and the outer corner. I used a slightly darker pink on the outer corner and blended all the shades together to make the look softer and less harsh. I then applied a glitter liquid eyeshadow in the front third of the lid and again blended it out with the pink. I thought a small wing would be suitable for this look to add to the glam and then I paired that with some natural lashes to give a bit of extra volume and length.
The products I used were:
Base: MAC paint pot in soft ochre
Transition crease colour: ABH modern renaissance palette in shade Buon Fresco
Crease and outer corner: Violet Voss holy grail palette, shade Wine N Dine
Outer corner: ABH modern renaissance palette, shade love letter
Lid: Violet Voss holy grail palette, shade 'On fleek'
Glitter: Stila magnificent metals liquid eyeshadown in shade 'Kitten Karma'
Eyeliner: Kat von D tattoo liner
Mascara: Arbonne it's a long story Mascara


Lips:
I kept the lips very subtle as the key focus was on the eyes in this look so I went for a nude lipstick and then a slightly lighter shade in the middle of the lip to give the illusion of a plumper lip and a subtle ombre affect.
The products I used were:
Lipliner: MAC pro longwear lip pencil in 'nice n spicy'
Lipsticks: ABH liquid lipstick in crush and Kat Von D everlasting lipstick in melancholia

Im am definitely no makeup artist and this was such a fun post to both plan and write, I have never done a collaboration on my blog and Im so glad my first was with the gorgeous Olivia. This is the daytime version as I mentioned before and if you head on over to her blog you'll get to see her nighttime glam makeup look that she did on me, it was absolutely amazing and I'm so excited to do more collabs with her so look out for more #lydandliv coming soon.



Olivias blog: livvyandallthingsbeauty.blogspot.co.uk
Olivia instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livimarsh22/
Olivia's Makeup Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makeupbyoliviajm_/
Olivias Twitter: https://twitter.com/Oliviajm99

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Lots of Love 
Lydia<3

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Friday, 28 July 2017

First Impressions-Cult beauty haul

Hello everyone, I hope you're well.
A few weeks ago my mum asked me if I would do her makeup for her on her wedding day and obviously I was so excited and agreed. Now my mum is not one for large amounts of makeup and her collection is fairly small so we both decided we were in desperate need of some new products and what better time to do some makeup shopping than just before the wedding, not that I need any kind of excuse to spend money on makeup. I had never used Cult beauty before to buy makeup products because I usually like going into the shop and trying out the products first before purchasing but some of the products I wanted I couldn't get In a physical store so a website was the next best option.

I tried keeping the intro short and sweet but me being me I couldn't so lastly I just want to say my products came so quickly and were wrapped and arrived in excellent condition so I really couldn't fault Cult beauty at all and would recommend using their site to anyone especially as it was so convenient as they sell a large number of brands. As soon as it arrived of course I wanted to dive straight in and try out the products because lets be honest what girl doesn't LOVE new makeup! I wrote down exactly what I thought about the products on my first try so I thought why not write a blogpost on my first impressions so here it is.


Beauty blender
After a lot of thought and adding then removing this product from my basket I finally gave in and just purchased it. I have always been a brush kind of girl ever since I started wearing makeup and the thought of using a sponge to apply my makeup just didn't feel right but a couple of weeks ago I met a girl who had the most flawless makeup on and I asked her how she got it like that and she simply just said 'you need a beauty blender'. After that day the decision was made, I needed to see what this 'magical' sponge could do to my makeup and why it was so hyped up. When I first used it I dampened it just like I had seen every beauty blogger/influencer do and begun to tap my foundation into my skin. This way of applying was very strange to me and it took me a lot longer to apply my foundation than usual but I could already see how smooth and flawless my skin was beginning to look with this product. It spread the product very evenly across my face and actually felt very therapeutic.

Violet Voss holy grail palette
Unless you have been living under a rock then you've probably heard every blogger/YouTuber using and raving about this product and that is exactly what made me purchase it. This palette retails for £43 which is quite pricey but when it arrived I instantly fell in love and it was so worth the extra splurge. The palette was much bigger than what I expected so you get a lot of product for the price, I also love that you get a huge mirror with it making it great to travel with. Now onto the actual eyeshadows, for the past few years I have been using MAC eyeshadows but in the last few months I treated myself to the Anastasia Beverley Hills modern renaissance palette. Since then I have fallen in love with that brand and now I barely reach for my MAC ones so this palette had a lot of living up to do. After watching a number of tutorials I decided to try them out, the eyeshadows are super pigmented and so smooth to apply, even the shimmer ones. They are very easy to blend and I found the colours all merged perfectly together which was perfect for someone who isn't as experienced as the 'beauty gurus' around. All the colours are true to what you seen in the pans and the staying power was great, I applied them without using a primer the first time and I honestly didn't see a difference compared to when I did use a primer.

Stila Magnificent metals glitter and glow liquid eye shadow in Kitten Karma
This product was the one I was the most excited about after seeing so many people using it. I am a glitter lover and I definitely use any excuse to have a glittery eye so this product was a necessity for my collection. Most glitter's are usually hard to apply and require glue or some kind of wax to give the proper pay off, this product on the other hand required no glue and what you see in the bottle is exactly what appears on your eyelids. The product is not at all sticky and doesn't feel heavy on the eyes like some do so straight away I was amazed. It is a beautiful champagne colour and so far has gone with every eyeshadow colour I have used with it, I like to put it all over the lid and have a eyeshadow in the crease or I apply it just to the inner part of my lid and blend it out to give a slight gradient effect. The consistency is of course a liquid but it's not to runny however you do have to be careful when applying it because it take a few seconds to dry and if not dried properly it can transfer onto the top of the eyelid which isn't quite as pretty. The staying power of this product is incredible, both times I've worn it I have had it on all day and even at the end of the day it looks perfectly applied so this glitter has definitely changed the makeup game and I can see myself using this most days!

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Lydia<3

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Travel with me: Sri Lanka

Hello everyone, I hope you're all well.
Recently I got the opportunity to go to Sri Lanka with two of my closest friends for a holiday and it was such a memorable holiday that I really wanted to share some of my favourite memories and the top 5 places we visited whilst we were there.


1. Horizon hill top villa, Unawatuna
The first place on my top 5 is actually the hotel that we stayed at for the week we were there. The hotel itself is fairly small and is situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka in a town called Unawatuna, where it sits on the top of a hill looking out over the sea. The staff were extremely friendly and the hotel was so well kept. We were so lucky and we ended up getting the sea view apartment and the views we had were absolutely incredible and was just the right amount of space for the 3 of us. The cost of the hotel was very reasonable and activities were planned everyday for us when we told them what we wanted to see.







2.  Jungle beach
Out of all the beaches we went to this was by far our favorite so we ended up visiting many times and it was very close to where we were staying. It was quite a small private beach and required you to walk through the jungle to get to it which added to the excitement. The sea was lovely and not too rough and the beach itself was amazing. We visited one side of jungle beach which was right by the Japanese peace pagoda and was slightly smaller than the second and more private. The second place was the other side further along from the peace pagoda and also had a small cafĂ© which sold cocktails and snacks which was perfect for us being their all day.







3. Yala National park
Yala national park was by far my favorite place that we visited whilst we were in Sri Lanka. The national park itself was not in Unawatuna so we did have to travel 3 hours from the hotel to get to it but it was definitely worth the long journey. Me and my friends had made a list of places and things we wanted to see whilst we were in Sri Lanka and at the top of my list was so to see an elephant but not in a sanctuary or zoo and this is where I finally got to see what I wanted. We seen so many animals and the safari itself was a good length of time and we were so blessed to have such lovely weather and lovely people showing us around.











4. Koggala
Next on my list is Koggala which is a small coastal town in the Galle district not far from Unawatuna. We spent the day driving around Koggala in a tuk tuk and did a number of activities including a lake safari, visiting Buddhist temples and going to the turtle sanctuary. The lake safari was amazing and the views were incredible, we went to 3 different islands where Buddhists lived and also where cinnamon was made by some local residents. We also got to visit Koggala beach which again was beautiful but the water was rough and we weren't able to actually go into the sea.








5. Galle fort
Last but not least is Galle a historic site in the southern region, this place really gave us a feel for what Sri Lanka is like and what it was also like in the past. The area has been adapted to attract tourists by adding souvenir shops and activities such as getting your photo taken whilst holding a monkey but I liked how it still had a traditional feel. It was lovely to have a walk around and there were some perfect spots for photos to be taken and to admire the views.


Overall my trip to Sri Lanka was absolutely incredible and nothing like any place I have been before. We went at the end of June which for the south region is supposedly monsoon season however we didn't have any problems with the rain and when it did rain it would only last about 20 minutes and was often in the evening. Sri Lanka would be perfect for a family vacation, a honeymoon or like us a trip with friends. I have made some very special memories In this place and I really hope to go back some day. Thank you Sri Lanka!

Hotel we stayed at: http://www.thehorizonvilla.com/

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