Last week I turned 28 and clearly my loved ones know me well as I got some awesome makeup related gifts, one of which being my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I actually had it slightly early so I could wear it to an event, so I’ve worn it pretty much daily and I have to say, I’m obsessed.
NYX have been flying the flag for high-end quality in a drugstore -that sounds so American … High street? Well priced? Budget?- brand and after my recent lip product haul, I was excited to finally try the Lingerie liquid matte lipsticks. I’ve read pretty much nothing but positive reviews and thought they would be my next favourite matte liquid lip but sadly I have to admit, I’m pretty disappointed with the Lingerie formula.
I feel we’ve got to know each other quite well, so now is probably a good point to confess my secret love of all things royal. I’m not joking, I have a minor obsession.
The royal wedding was like a dream for me. Three of my favourite things: Kate Middleton, Alexander McQueen and weddings (Well, back when they were a mythical thing and not something I actually had to plan myself) combined … I shed a tear. If I could, I swear I would be one of those old people camping out for days outside the hospital with the little British flags when the Prince and Princesses are born. Despite living just over the bridge and having been to London countless times over the course of my life for work and fun, last year I dragged A to London to do the whole tourist thing and we went to see the crown jewels and palace. I’ve since developed a strong desire to carry a scepter and get a pet raven, but I digress.
Imagine my excitement when I receive these gorgeous boxes in the post from Truebrit London *, a quintessentially British brand who are striving to set new standards of luxury for your claws.
So it’s been five months I said I was going to start posting little updates, oops. Beauty posts are probably my favourite to write but I find lifestyle posts are my favourite to read and watch. People can be blogging and vlogging on a professional level and I’ll still always subconsciously be more interested in a video they’ve filmed whilst wondering around a city or their iPhone photos from a day out. I think this is partially why I’m addicted to Snapchat, it’s really interesting to see people’s real lives.
I’m going to make an effort to post more lifestyle updates, although sadly my adult life is filled largely with work, housework and abstaining from things I love like pizza. This month has been hectic especially returning to work after almost a month off, but the nice weather has made returning to normal life more tolerable.
I promised myself I would be good today and walk straight past all the makeup counters I have to weave through on my way to my meeting but alas … I have zero willpower.
NYX are my favourite drugstore / budget brand and I’ve had a heap of their lip products on my wishlist for ages, but have held off from buying online as the shades are so similar to one another.
As NYX have opened a stand in Boots, I finally picked up some of the products I’ve been eyeing for a while, including two of the Intense Butter Glosses. I had heard mixed reviews, but was pleasantly surprised by the formula when swatching in store and so decided to take a punt on them.
This product has been on my radar for a while and I actually intended to buy it when my current moisturiser ran out, but I was beaten to the post and sent it to review.
I think this was by far my most eagerly anticipated blog delivery to date, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it having heard such good things and fallen completely in love with Pestle & Mortar’s famous HA serum which I use every day. My beloved Blue Lagoon Iceland moisturiser -which for any new readers was something I tried two years ago and have been religiously restocking ever since, you can read my review of it here– ran out and I decided it was time to branch out and see if this new offering from Pestle & Mortar could live up to my expectations.
Sorry things have been a bit quiet, I have a load of products I want to write about but it’s been a completely rubbish week. As you might have seen on my social channels, Bella, one of our cats died this week and whilst I know that’s the heart wrenching nature of having pets, it still sucks massively.
In an attempt to distract myself, I thought I would interrupt my planned schedule to rave about one of my holy grail products, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glowkit which I have in Gleam.
When we decided to get married in Iceland, we also inadvertently decided to see away with things like hairdressers, make up artists and not having to stuff your beloved dress into a suitcase before wearing it. That’s not to say there aren’t hair dressers or makeup artists in Iceland, I’m sure there are, but without using a wedding planner -which we didn’t- finding these things can be tricky. I didn’t want to make do with anyone, it would be a chunk of our ever evaporating budget and unless they had the products I liked and knew how to do what I needed, it would be pointless.
How is everyone?! It feels like forever since I went away and I have to admit returning to work and general post-wedding normal life this week has been killer. Despite feeling like I could sleep for a week straight, I’ve had uncharacteristically colourful make-up all week (my name’s Amy and I’m addicted to nudes) and I have to admit I’m feeling it.
As soon as I saw this palette announced I fell in love with it, but I initially worried it wouldn’t get enough use as the shades are so bright. When I saw and swatched it at the Urban Decay counter I got excited about it again and lucky me ended up with it as a gift from my husband (that still looks so strange written down!).
So I arrive home today from my honeymoon and am still pretty much on cloud nine after the wedding. I’m not sure how to return to normal life where I don’t get to wear my dress, where I don’t get to eat narwhal cake for breakfast and where rainbows don’t just appear behind me in photos … But I figured checking in with my little blog would be a good distraction.
As promised I’ve picked a few photos -which wasn’t easy as I love them all- to share.