MY FAVOURITE LIP PRODUCTS

Over the past few months I have been conjuring up a decent lip collection (finally!), full of lipsticks, glosses and lacquers which I love and wear on a day-to-day basis. However, a couple of the shades I branch out and reach for if I was going to a special event or occasion if they’re on the more daring side!

Firstly lipsticks; I have four in my favourites, three of them are Mac, and one Rimmel London Kate Moss. All of which I adore for different reasons.

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Firstly, ‘Shanghai Spice’ which is my favourite nude shade of all my favourites (ha!) as the cremesheen formula glides onto my lips perfectly and keeps them feeling really moisturised and nourished. However, I particularly love this shade as it has slight peachy tones in it which is great as it makes my face look more vibrant and alive. This product is great as it is obvious that you have something on your lips, but it doesn’t look too dramatic as it is a shimmery nude shade, which is great for an everyday look.

I have only recently bought Mac’s Matte ‘Ruby Woo’, however I have been loving it. This is one of the first matte lipsticks that I have tried out due to my apprehensive and incorrect preconceptions that a matte lipstick would completely dry out my lips and make them look really wrinkly and gross… and boy I can say I was so wrong! This lipstick is a lovely deep red which in fact actually nourishes my lips, despite it being matte. However, one slight problem with this lipstick is that due to its strong pigmentation, if you smudge it or apply it in a rush and get some product around your mouth it does stain it a bit, meaning I had a slight red line down my cupids bow the first time I applied it, (not a good look!). So would recommend using a lip liner before applying the product for those who aren’t comfortable or used to applying deep reds. Apart from that, this lipstick is amazing and love wearing it on nights out to make my make up stand out that little bit more.

Mac’s ‘Sunny Seoul’ was the first Mac lipsticks I ever bought, and it had me hooked right from the beginning! This is such a pretty nude, with more of a pink tone running through it which looks so pretty to wear on a summer’s day! It is also super shimmery which makes it look all the more lovely. The formula is very smooth and applies really easily to the lips due to the moisturising nature of the lipstick. Throughout the summer this was definitely my ‘GO TO’ lipstick. I will definitely be purchasing another one!

Last but not least for my favourite lipsticks is the Kate Moss lipstick in ‘110’. This matte coral shade is beautiful to wear as it really makes my face look more vibrant. It is really easy to wear which is great, however I do tend to wear it more on a special occasion as it is very bright, I personally think it is a bit too dramatic for a day-to-day lipstick. However, I love it all the same. It also tastes and smells amazing which is an added bonus!

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Now onto Lip glosses and Lacquers which I have quite recently discovered and been loving. Lacquers are great and so easy to apply due to the wand being able to reach all the nooks and crannies. Plus, I love how it stains your lips slightly as it means hints of the colour stays on throughout the day, which makes it look like you’ve put more effort into your make up then perhaps you might have actually done – winning!

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Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker

The Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer is just amazing. It is a shimmery deep raspberry pink with very slight brown undertones which makes it look so unique and beautiful. I wear this all the time as it’s so easy to apply with the fluffy wand, and the durability of it is good. I would normally have to reapply it a couple of times if I were on a night out, which isn’t too bad for the price of the product. However, this lacquer definitely does stain my lips and makes it appear as if I have product on there even after it has all been smudged off. This is supposed to make your lips appear more plump, i’m not entirely sure it does that. But who cares when the colour itself is so good? However, one criticism about this is that the formula is quite thick so I find I apply the product to my lips with the wand and then use my finger to blend it in a bit to smudge out harsh lines and blotches. But this only takes a few seconds so I don’t see that as a major disadvantage.

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17 Ultimate Volume

The 17 ‘Ultimate Volume’ lipgloss is an amazing lipgloss for an everyday look. It is a very light pink/purple shade which takes seconds to apply due to its easy application wand and colour, and lasts a really long time. I love using it as it just brightens up my face completely and just makes me look more vibrant due to it’s shimmery formula, and makes it look like i’ve put loads of time into my make up, when in fact i’ve just whacked this on my lips in no time at all. All in all I love this lipgloss and use it pretty much daily!

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Rimmel London Show Off in 300 Out of this World

I have only had the Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in ‘300 Out of this World’ for a couple of weeks, and I have been obsessed with it since the moment the wand touched my lips. The colour is a beautiful shimmery cherry red, that looks amazing on. Granted, lacquers are supposed to stain your lips, however this one really does and its durability is amazing. The wand is also perfect as the sponge is slightly domed meaning it can reach my lips so easily that it takes application seconds!

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Soap&Glory left, 17 middle, Rimmel London right

What are your favourite lip products? Do you have any shades that you’d recommend?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

THE TRUTH ABOUT LONG HAIR

I know what you’re thinking, surely having long hair isn’t that much aggravation? Well think again, its not all sassy hair-swishing and cute hairstyles…

Truth Number 1: Washing it takes an age

When you have long hair, you dread washing it. The thought of using about half a tub of shampoo and conditioner just to reach the ends of your hair saddens you (and gives you arm ache). Then, just when you think it’s over, you realise you have to spend another 20 minutes drying it!

There’s nothing more tedious than standing in the same spot and just waving a hairdryer in your face constantly. Why not air-dry it you say? Well if you still want to have sopping wet hair when you wake up then, sure!

Truth Number 2: Putting bags on your shoulders are never the same

You get up to leave, you go to put your bag on your shoulder, and then you realise half of your hair is stuck underneath the strap.

You then continue to do a funny shoulder-head dance to quickly move your hair and stop it from pulling on your scalp. As i’m sure you can imagine, it’s super sexy 😉

Truth Number 3: The ends of your hair will get messy

The amount of times i’ve been on nights out, looked down only to find the ends of my hair in a an alcoholic pile of goodness-knows-what. Trust me, it’s not a great look, and it leaves my hair in one massive clump of stickiness!

 Truth Number 4: Your drains will get blocked 

We all know what it’s like, you’re in the midst of washing your hair, strands after strands of hair starts to come out and lock to your fingers, well when you have crazy long hair, it gradually turns to clumps after clumps of hair coming out, which is both kind of worrying but also oddly satisfying.

Only to then realise a few minutes later that the copious amounts of fluff balls that have exited the shower/bath have only been clogged in the plug for the past 5 months. Ahh, that explains why it takes forever for the bath/shower to drain.

Truth Number 5: Brushing your hair makes you want to cry

I personally only brush my hair once a day, as it is such a long process and can be painful! However, I still dread this one time of day. Especially when its been down all day, been attacked by the wind twice, has some reminiscence of food left in it and is super knotty.

I have to brush the same parts like fives time over just to ensure my hair is tangle-free, and I can finally run my hands through my hair without hitting a knot and pulling my head.

However, this only lasts for a couple of minutes. As the next time you try and stroke your hair, its somehow intertwined and knotty already! But how? I’ve been sat in the same spot and haven’t moved? How is that possible for hair to get tangled to nothing?

It sounds like torture doesn’t it? Its not all that bad, at least it keeps me warm during the winter!

What’s your favourite/worst thing about long hair?

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From one long-haired gal, to you!

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

 

 

HOW TO RESIST THE URGE TO CONFORM

via Daily Prompt: Resist

Recently, there has been a lot of controversy on the news about women and makeup, regarding whether it is deemed as ‘unprofessional’ if you do not wear makeup to work.

As well as this being completely sexist and rude, it is also damn right wrong for an employer to disregard somebody from their work simply because they have not applied a bit of mascara, or bothered filling in their eyebrows.

This got me thinking; however, that I pretty much alway wear makeup whenever I go to leave the house, albeit if it is to go to university, a friends house, or even to pop down to my local supermarket to pick up something quickly.

But, why do girls feel the need to wear makeup?

Is it because we want to look our best all the time, or is it because we feel intimidated by seeing manicured and well-groomed females, which may make you feel inferior to her Or maybe, it’s simply because you might see somebody you know, and you live in fear or being judged simply because your bags aren’t concealed away.

Recently, I have resisted the urge to apply makeup every morning, and have completely stopped wearing makeup to university, or when I go out. And let me tell you, it feels so good. Knowing that you have an extra 30-60 minutes in the morning that can be spent or more productive things, like sleeping (yay!), or spending time more productively.

Also, there’s nothing more revitalising than knowing your face is not clogged with layers of foundation and other products that, lets face it, aren’t all that great for your skin. Instead it can breathe and be clog-free!

Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and I love applying it as it can make me feel better about myself, and I love experimenting with different brands and products. However, I just don’t like knowing that females feel compelled to wear makeup daily. I don’t want girls to see makeup as a chore. When it’s not. It’s a hobby!

Do whatever you want to do, and look however you want to look.

If you love applying makeup everyday and see it as being enjoyable, then great! If you see makeup as a chore, and something you feel like you have to do for work, then that’s wrong. It’s not. Makeup does not define you as a person, and does not determine how you should be treated in the workplace or in everyday life.

So what if a colleague or class mate asks you if ‘you’re ok’ or that ‘you look tired’ when you have no makeup on. At least you feel happy doing whatever you’re doing, and you got an extra hours sleep!

Next time you wake up a little later, perhaps think twice if you want to rush your makeup routine, why not instead, look in the mirror and think ‘I look good just as I am’, and instead just skip that part of your routine and do something more worthwhile. I know i’ve been doing that a lot recently, and will continue to do so in the future!

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

 

BENEFITS OF A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP

I am currently in a long distance relationship as my boyfriend is in the midst of doing a ski season in France. I went out and visited him early January; but he wont be returning home until mid April.

Although at times it can be extremely hard, there are also some positive factors that have come from it which you may have also found if you are also in the same situation as I am.

You Appreciate Each Other More

You may not talk as much to your other half as you would if they were at home, but, when you do it’s the best thing ever. It may be the occasional Whatsapp or phone call, but when you end up finally calling one another it is the best half an hour ever. You come off the phone feeling a lot happier and revitalised. This is why you’re together; because when you do end up talking, you chat away about the most random shit and end up laughing, and rekindling that spark that may have briefly dwindled away.

You Can Focus On Other Things

When he first went, I was so lost as I thought he was the be-all and end-all. My life revolved around him, and we spent most of our time together. However, after the initial shock of not texting or seeing him every night, I realised I can make a positive out of a negative and instead focus on other things, instead of looking at old photos and pining after him in bed.

So thats when I started focusing on my blog more, and it has made me a lot happier getting back into the blogging community. Focusing on something new and fun has completely changed my mindset. Before, I would usually be wondering, ‘what he is up to now? Is he having fun?’ However, now my main focus is my blog, it has altered my outlook and thought process and instead wonder, ‘what can my next blog post be about? How can I change X Y Z to make it better so my readers find it more interesting/enjoyable?’ etc etc.

You Learn To Trust Each Other A Lot 

Although we speak pretty much every day, we don’t always know what’s going on with one another and the people they spend time with. And that is totally ok, because we trust one another so much, that it doesn’t matter.

As he is doing a ski season, it means he goes out most nights and doesn’t get back home until the early morning, this means that I don’t have the urge to wait up for him, instead I go to bed thinking that if anything happened to him, he would make the best decision and not make any silly mistakes.

Trust is super important in a relationship, as without it, there isn’t really a relationship. Plus, nobody wants to spend all their time worrying about someone.. It’s exhausting, and you’re probably over-thinking something that’s minor. If he/she is serious about you, then you need to take their word for it. Take a step back, and if they do do something you’re not happy with, then you know she/he is not the right person for you, and you can learn from it.

When You Do See One Another, You Have The Best Time

Like I said earlier, I went out to France and visited him a few weeks ago, and it was the best thing ever! We spent a whole week together pretty much in one another’s company, and it is just so nice and refreshing knowing that after being away for so long, you’re still the same couple, and they are the same person you fell in love with.

When you’re together, I found that it also reiterates why you’re together, and how well you get on. It’s the best feeling in the world, and confirms that the distance is so worth what you have with your special someone.

I’ve only listed a couple of things that I have found as beneficial when you’re in a long distance relationship, but there are so many others!

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? If so, how did you find it?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

COMPRESSED OR LOOSE POWDER?

You want to make your makeup last during your stressful, long day, without having to worry your shiny or oily? Then the difference between compressed or loose powder may determine this.

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Both powders have the same function; to even out skin tones and to absorb oil. However, they both have their advantages and disadvantages.

My personal preference is using loose powder. Specifically Laure Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder. After foundation and concealer I pop a bit under my eyes, next to my nose, on my forehead and chin and leave it there for around 5-10 minutes. Otherwise known as baking. Then after I have finished the rest of my makeup, I will sweep it off with my Real Techniques Setting Brush, and it will leave my face looking more flawless and prevents my makeup from creasing. However, because loose powder contains more oils than compressed powder, it can leave the face looking a tad cakey on oily parts of the face.

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Compressed powder has its advantages as it’s practical due to it being easily portable. It tends to come in a small, compact container that can easily fit into your handbag, like the infamous Rimmel London Stay Matte powder. This therefore means touchups are easier with compressed powder. Whereas loose powder is an absolute nightmare to take with you as it is so fine and powdery! Even when i’m applying it at my dressing table I still manage to leave a small trace of white powder all over the surface, which is a tad annoying. Plus, when i’m applying the powder on my face I end up in a white, powdery haze for a few seconds. (But that might just mean I use too much)

Compressed powder is more suitable for those who only apply a few products on the face as it gives a less heavier coverage if using it with a brush. Plus the application time is also a lot more rapid than loose powder. Simply swirl your brush in the compressed powder and pat it into the skin.Whereas with loose powder I find it takes more time due to the fiddly application. But, I have found that loose powder definitely gives the best results. I’ve tried many compressed powders over the years and they have never had the same effect as the loose powder that I use everyday.

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With loose powder, I find it leaves my chin looking as though my foundation has gone to the surface of my skin and it’s really smeary. Whereas loose powder keeps my foundation intact for the whole day. It’s also a bonus for those with bad eye circles as it gives more coverage, which means it cancels them pesky blue tones out!

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Do you know of a really good compressed powder or loose powder I should try?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

 

 

Life Update!

I genuinely cannot get over that I haven’t posted in three months. I really enjoy writing and customising my blog, but over the past few months every-day life has really taken over and in turn meant that my blog has been pushed to the back of my mind.

However, I am now back from halls and into my family home for the whole summer! I moved back last month, and am already missing university and all of my uni friends so much. But, I have dedicated this summer into my blog and am aiming to write as much as possible.

So, to start, the past few months have been a great whirl-wind in my life, for both positive and negative reasons. Firstly, myself and my boyfriend have split after being together for a year and a half. This was a tough decision but we are both happier separate. It has been hard adjusting to my new form of life as expected, but it’s ok.

Secondly, I finished my first year at university! This feels so weird to type as I feel like I only started and moved into my flat a few months ago. I am really sad I have had to move out of halls and will miss my flatmates dearly. This means I am going to be entering my second year in September, therefore meaning that these next two years actually count. It is going to be hard saying goodbye to going out most weekday nights and rocking up to my 9am lecture with the same make up I wore out the night before. (disgusting I know).

Thirdly, it is Summer time now! This means I am going to try and spend my time wisely. Typically, my Summer’s are spent lazing about and being a slob. However, this year I am going to be productive and try to get myself back on track. Since being at uni my diet was horrendous, which was expected as I was a poor student that ate anything as long as it looked half decent. Because of this, I have set myself a goal to work out 3-5 times a week so I can get my body back on track.

I also want to explore and do as much as possible this Summer. Albeit, English weather can be very unpredictable, but I want to explore and really leave my comfort zone so I can make a Summer I won’t forget in a hurry!

Anyway, enough of me rambling on. How are you? What have I missed over the past three months?

Much love,

Ellen Grace X

A Brisk Sunday Ramble

To me, Sunday is the perfect day to spend time with your loved ones. I love spending Sundays with my family and enjoy quality time with one another and eat home-made roasts or go out for lunch in a local pub. This weekend I was home from halls, so we decided to make the most of it and eat out, as it meant my mum didn’t have to slave away cooking a roast dinners for hours. Instead she could just relax. After we had finished our lovely meals, we decided to go on a spontaneous family walk to a destination that my parents haven’t been in a long time.

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It was such a beautiful day. This is when I truly knew that Spring was among us, which is confusing considering it was snowing about 10 days ago, which I think sums up British weather perfectly. However, it was cold, but sunny. The trees looked exquisite whilst the sun rested behind them.

We trudged through mud and climbed hills which I was loving as it meant I could burn off the Eton Mess Sundae I had just demolished half an hour before.

Whilst in the midst of my work, I noticed it’s not until you actually look around, that you notice how beautiful the Earth is. Everything looked so perfect, yet so messy, with the different colours and shapes of the trees, the dry and wet mud that was sticking to our shoes, the beautiful sky shining above us, with the sun looming down hitting us every time we moved.

After walking (and stumbling) over many different sticks and clumps of mud, we finally reached our main destination; Dead Mans Plack. I had been here when I was younger but had no recollection. It was sentimental to my Mum as she used to visit here as a child. It’s such an amazing monument that should be more widely recognised. I will certainly be visiting here more often during the Spring/Summer months.

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What am I doing with my feet?

It was then that I noted to myself that I should go on more walks. Explore some more lovely places and embrace the country side whilst being in the beautiful country that is, England.

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What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday? Do you know of any amazing walks?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X