Friday, 29 August 2014

REVIEW // Yes To Carrots Moisturising Eye Cream

I've been looking for a decent eye cream for a while as I'm still to be convinced that it's a worthwhile investment of time and money. I'd been torn between purchasing an anti-ageing eye cream (as my mother always says "you can never start anti-ageing to early) or a moisturising one. As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I went for the latter. 

Since I've seen Youtubers such as Lily Pebbles talk about the Brand 'Yes To', I've been keen to try their products and on a recent Feel Unique browse I finally decided on the Yes To Carrots Moisturising Eye Cream. Now, I wouldn't say the area around my eyes was massively dehydrated, but as I do have dry skin on the whole I thought this would be the best eye cream for me. At £9.99, some people may think it's quite expensive for a little tube but I was expecting good things from this makeup brand so was willing to pay the price. Also I think skincare isn't something you should skimp on. The instructions on the tube suggest that you use this both morning and night but as I've found that it takes a little while to dry, I only tend to use it at night along with my night moisturiser. The product itself is very thin so it doesn't feel heavy on the skin and doesn't feel sticky at all. The moisturising aspect of this eye cream is also very good and I did notice a difference after a few nights use. So far, I can say that this is a good addition to my skincare routine and I'll carry on using it. But whether eye creams are actually game changing thing for me is still to be determined.

What's your opinions of eye creams? Have you used any good ones recently?

- Millie xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Skincare Haul

Tea Tree & Witch Hazel with active Charcoal // Deep Cleansing Facial Scrub
I've used the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel facial scrubs for a while and because this one has activate charcoal in it, it really caught my eye. I've heard and read that charcoal is good for your skin and decided that this would be a good place to start trying it. It says on the back of the tube "Charcoal gently cleanses and attracts dirt like a magnet, drawing out deep down impurities & excess oil without over-drying."

Simple // Vital Vitamin Night Cream
Simple has always been a staple brand in my skincare routine because they're cheap and they work well. Although I wouldn't say I have sensitive skin, I think Simple works really well for my skin type, especially as a lot of their products are very moisturising. I bought this because I wanted an intensive night cream ready for thw colder months when my skin generally goes to crap and although I have been enjoying using the Garnier Moisture Match for Dry to Very Dry Skin, I wanted a change and thought this would be good to try out.

Simple // Moisturising Facial Wash
I've used this facial wash for ages and I like to use it in the morning whilst I'm in the shower. I like that this product is just a facial wash and doesn't have any other qualities and doesn't irritate my skin.

What brands are you currently using in your skincare routine?

- Millie xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Waiting for Autumn

Now, don't get me wrong, I love Summer. During the short lived heatwave we experienced in England earlier on in the year, I was the first to be outside sunbathing and swimming in the sea. But the longing for woolly tights, scarves and winter coats is starting to creep in. I want to wear boots without feeling like my feet are going to fall off because they're so warm. And most of all, I want to cover up my wobbly bits and feel 100% comfortable in what I'm wearing. And I can wear all black without feeling judged. 

Autumn is definitely my favourite season. The crisp, cold days still have hints of bright sunlight and it's not too cold to go on beach walks. Also, because where I live is a very popular tourist spot, everything begins to calm down and you can go outside without feeling like a stranger in your own village.

Also Autumn means it's nearly Christmas. Every year I tell my self that I'm not going to get over excited for Christmas too early and every year I find myself counting down from about October... And I have a lot of good things planned over the chillier months. My new job starts, I'm spending Christmas with my dad's family and it's mine and my boyfriends one year anniversary.

It's not that I want to wish away summer, but I just really love Autumn.

What's your favourite thing about your favourite season?

- Millie xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Real Techniques

Yes. I've finally caved in and bought my first Real Techniques brushes after a routine browse of the Feel Unique website. "Why did you wait so long to buy them?" I can hear you say. Well, I'll be honest with you, I didn't really believe the hype. Oh, how wrong I was. They are the best makeup brush related purchase I've ever made and you can be sure that I'll be expanding my collection very soon. As I'm not really sure where this post fits in, consider it a haul/first impressions/review.

Probably my favourite out of this little haul. This is the softest brush ever. As soon it was out of the packaging I couldn't stop stroking my face with it - yes a little bit weird, but it tells you just how soft this brush is. Because this brush is tapered it holds the colour well and distributes an even amount of colour across your cheeks.

When I first got this I was surprised at how small it was. "This is supposed to blend foundation over my entire face?" was my reaction. But because it's so dense it is great at applying liquid foundation if you're willing to put a bit of work into it. I like to use this aswell as a larger foundation brush to create a flawless finish and ensure that everything's blended in perfectly.

This little brush packs so much colour onto the eyelid it's unbelievable. This is, again, a very dense brush that works so well at applying a base colour to your eyelid and is also brilliant at blending out a smoky eye look.

What are your favourite Real Techniques brushes? 

-Millie xx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Beauty Haul

I love the formula of these nail polishes and I just had to get this colour when I saw it. The dusky pink colour is so pretty and really wearable throughout summer and autumn.

You can't go wrong with Carmex and I've repurchased this so many times I've lost count. This is so moisturising, it's the only lip balm I swear by.

I didn't actually own an eyebrow gel before I got this. As much as I love the Maybelline Brow Drama, I wanted a clear gel for the days I didn't really feel like a bold brow.

As you can probably tell by now, I love Maybelline Colour Tattoos. So obviously I had to get two more - I'm a sucker for a Boots '3 for 2' deal. I'm loving pink smokey eye looks at the moment, so the colour 'Pink Gold' was a must. 'Permanent Taupe' is also such a nice simple colour which I think will work really well throughout autumn and summer.

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I've bought recently!

- Millie xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Advice I'd Give My 12 Year Old Self

I think 12 years old is a difficult time for everyone. You've just gone up to secondary school, puberty starts to kick in and a whole bunch of other stuff just seems to happen to us at this tender age. For me, my parents had just split up and I was starting to clash with people at school. Here's a few things I would say if I had the chance to sit down with my 12 year old self. 
  1. Stop worrying about how you look. And stop with the glitter liquid eyeliner - it's conjunctivitis waiting to happen.
  2.  Stop straightening and bleaching your hair - years later you'll regret the damage you've done and wish you'd embraced your natural, curly hair.
  3. Actually do the work you've been given. Just because you were on the 'Gifted and Talented' list in primary school doesn't make you a genius. Learn to study and revise now instead of years later. 
  4. Try to enjoy secondary school, it will be the easiest and probably the best years of your life. 
  5. And stop falling out with people. Learn to stop holding a grudge and to be able to let things go.
  6. Do not take part in that talent show. It will haunt you for years.
  7. Stop liking and joining groups/pages on Facebook, you'll still be unliking well into 2014.
  8. And finally, stop stressing out. Please. 
As you can probably tell, it would be more of a stern talking to than a gentle chat. I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you'd like to see more of this type of thing!

What would you tell your younger self?

- Millie xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

Non-Beauty Favourites

This is my first Non-Beauty Favourites post! It's not going to be a monthly thing though because I can be quite picky with my favourites. I love reading about other peoples favourites so I figured that I would do my own!

I love this kimono! Admittedly, I jumped on the kimono band wagon pretty late but I am so glad I purchased this. I have literally been wearing it with everything - jeans, shorts, dresses - it just instantly dresses up an outfit. And it is so flattering on.

Company Magazine
I love Company anyway but recently it's been the only magazine I've been reaching for. Their summer fashion articles are on point and I have been loving their recent 'blogger related' pieces. It sounds soppy but it's so inspiring and motivating to see someone who was in my position maybe a few years ago featured in a successful magazine.

Sunshine On Leith
If you're after a lovely, heart-warming, cheese-filled musical than you need to watch this. I for one love cheesey muscials so I knew this was going to be a win. This film features the music from The Proclaimers and despite only knowing the ol' classic 'and I would walk five hundred miles' it was so good! 

Orange A4 Notebook // Paperchase
I bought this earlier on in the year and it has come in so handy recently. It literally holds everything going on in my life whether it's mundane shopping lists, blogging schedules or my random 3am thoughts - I'm not the only one that wakes up still half asleep and scribbles nonsense down, am I?

What are your non-beauty favourites?

- Millie xx

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Boardmasters 2014

I'm sorry for the late upload for this post but better late than never! Some of you may know that I spent the last weekend at Boardmasters, a festival that takes place in Watergate Bay, North Cornwall and I just thought that I would share my experience with you. You can have a nosey on their website here if you'd like to know more about the festival. As I forgot my camera *slaps wrist* this blogpost will be very chatty as the only pictures I could find have been stolen from my sister's and boyfriend's twitter/instagram accounts.

The reason I was at Boardmasters this year was that my previous bosses, who I've worked for for years, have just started up a little catering type business in an Airstream caravan (see above, look how cute it is! And they're Facebook page is here if you'd like to check it out). Me, my two sisters and my boyfriend all got roped into working for them which meant that we got free passes to the festival and were able to camp in the slightly cleaner staff campsite. We arrived at the campsite on Thursday after trying to squish everything for four people into my little Fiat Punto - the noises coming from my car actually made me feel sick. After shifting the majority of our stuff into one campsite we discovered that there was no room for us and overheard other staff talking about another staff campsite in another field. Can I just say at this point that throughout the whole weekend the security working on site were for the most part useless. Luckily I found a lovely security guy and managed to flirt my way into the nicer staff campsite which we weren't really supposed to be in - hey, anything for a comfortable nights sleep.

Friday was the first day of work for us and we all walked over to the arena to have a look at everything before the festival-goers descended on it. The first day was amazing, it was lovely and warm and everything was so chilled throughout the day. I also managed to get on most the rides - I'm a massive adrenaline junkie. In the evening I got to go and see Chase and Status which was amazing. I didn't realise how many of their songs I actually knew. And then I was on the late shift at work, it was so funny just watching drunk people stumble back to their tents. Unfortunately my sister, Alice, had a panic attack as she was leaving work because she hates crowds and insisted on walking back to the tent on her own. My boyfriend managed to calm her down eventually.

Saturday was just as eventful. Because not many people were coming into the arena in the morning, I got to spend some time off work with everyone. It was nice that all four of us got to go on rides together and just experience the festival during the day. However, the weather started to get really crappy and pretty much rained for most of the day. But I didn't mind as I got to see Zane Lowe in the evening and it was honestly one of the best performances I've ever seen. He was amazing and the crowd had such a nice atmosphere to it. And then it was back to work for me. Snoop Dogg - I know, in little old Cornwall?! - was performing that night so the crowd was very rowdy and you can just imagine what else!

Sunday was such a stressful day for me. Because of Hurricane Bertha arriving the previous night, the festival was unfortunately cancelled as the severe weather made it dangerous to be anywhere around the arena. As our tent was just about falling down we just decided to pack up and go home. Enter unhelpful security people. Because I had to go get the car and drive it into the campsite so we could easily go home, I thought this would be pretty easy. But no. They had closed the road I needed to go down and wouldn't tell me how to get in the other way. Whenever I tried to pull over and asked a question, someone in a high-vis jacket would just scream and me and tell me to go away. I understand that it was a confusing time for everyone, including security, but I was a young girl, on my own, with literally no idea where I needed to go - I could have used a little bit of help. And I have to admit it, I did have a little cry. Yep, I had to pull into a car park and sob in my little orange Punto. Just so you know, I don't really enjoy driving and I hate feeling lost and then I just begin to panic! But after multiple phone calls to my mum and my boyfriend, I had a vague idea of where I wanted to go and after an hour of stressful driving, I made it to the campsite. Once we'd packed everything up we did the only thing we could do in a stressful situation - we went to McDonald's. Rant over.

So all in all, it was an amazing experience and I'm not going to let it be ruined by one horrible day. I will definitely be going next year, either working or not. I'll just maybe stay in a hotel down the road...

Did you enjoy this chatty type of post? Let me know!

- Millie xx

Friday, 8 August 2014

REVIEW // Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

As you probably know, I only bought this recently. But I can already confidently say that I love this product. I've got the colour 04 Peach Club and it's a beautiful orangey-red when applied. I first wore it out to a family dinner and my aunt even said at the end of the night "how have you managed to keep that lipstick perfect all night" - we were at a pizza place and I'm not the type of person to eat pizza with a knife and fork. I only reapplied once throughout the whole night and that was just a brief touch-up. The formula of this product is amazing, it goes on as a gloss and then dries down to a stain and it really does have excellent lasting power. I haven't tried any of the other colours in the range but I couldn't wait to rave about this to you. The only thing I could possibly fault it on would be that it can be a bit drying on the lips so I would definitely say to use a good lip balm before applying, but that's the only thing! What can I say, I love it!

Have you tried anything new recently?

- Millie xx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Summer Reading List

A break from the many makeup related posts I've done recently! I seem to have piles of unread books around my bedroom and I have no idea where to start with them! So after seeing Emily's 'Summer Reading List' blog post, I have decided to start my own Summer Reading List. I'm still slowly plodding through the first book in the 'A Song of Ice And Fire' series, but once I've finished it I will definitely start on the books I am about to show you.

The Rosie Project // Graeme Simsion
My mum recently read this book and she loved it. So since then it's been lingering in my room and my mum has constantly been asking "have you read it yet?". The answer is obviously no.
The Blurb
'I'm not good at understanding what other people want.'
'Tell me something I don't know...'
Love isn't an exact science - but no one told Don Tillman. A handsome thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. Just what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?

One Day // David Nicholls
I've read 'Starter for Ten' by David Nicholls and I loved it, but after seeing the disappointing film adaptation of 'One Day' I wasn't rushing to read the book. Again, this is a recommendation from my mum - she reads a lot - and is also a book she has just left in my room once she was finished with it.
The Blurb
You can live your whole life not realising that what you're looking for is right in front of you.
15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.
So where will they be this one day next year? And the year after that?
And every year that follows?

Sharp Objects // Gillian Flynn
I'm also so excited to read this book. As a lot of you may know, I've already read 'Gone Girl' - you can see my review here - and loved it
The Blurb
It's been a while... but Camille Preaker has finally gone home.
Sent to investigate the disappearance of two little girls Camille finds herself reluctantly installed in the family mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and a precocious thirteen-year-old half-sister she barely knows. Haunted by a family tragedy, troubled by the disquieting grip her young sister has on the town, Camille struggles with a familiar need to be accepted.
But as clues turn into dead ends Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims and realises: she will have to unravel the puzzle of her own past if she's to survive this homecoming.

Only Ever Yours // Louise O'Neill
I saw this recommended in a magazine recently and it seemed like the kind of book I love.  
The Blurb
Freida and Isabel have been best friends their whole lives. Now, ages sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions - wives to wealthy and powerful men.
The alternative - life as a concubine - is too horrible to contemplate.
But as the intensity of their final year take hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. Isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty - her only asset - in peril.
And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.
Freida must fight for her future - even if it mean betraying the only friends, the only love, she has ever known...

That's everything on my Summer Reading List, what's on yours? Do you have any good recommendations?

- Millie xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

Beauty Haul

Well, it was payday the other day... So naturally, I popped into Boots and Superdrug and added a few bits to my makeup collection.

MUA // Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter
This is such a beatiful highlighter. It appears so natural on the skin and it's only £3! I can't remember where abouts on the internet I saw this recently but I haven't been able to get it off my mind for ages. I love MUA products because the quality is so amazing considering the ridiculously cheap prices.

Bourjois // Healthy Balance Unifying Powder (52 Vanilla)
I am officially in love with Bourjois' 'Healthy' range. I already have the Healthy Fix Foundation and this powder is as equally loved. I only bought it the other day and it has already taken a firm place in my everyday makeup routine.

Sleek Makeup // Blush (Rose Gold)
You may have seen this in my recent Beauty Wishlist. Well, I've already gone out and bought it. I saw it in Superdrug and I just couldn't resist.

Bourjois // Rouge Edition Velvet (04 Peach Club)
I have heard good things about these so I just had to pick one up. I haven't used this yet so I can't really say more than that but if I like it I think I will definitely be picking some more up.

Have you bought any new makeup recently? Let me know if you have any recommendations!

- Millie xx