Friday, 31 July 2015

July Favourites

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For a change, I don't actually have all that many beauty favourites this month but these are the things that I have been loving.

1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
I purchased this from Ulta a few weeks ago and its all that I've been wearing since. I love to wear this higher up over my cheekbone rather than on the apples of my cheeks because it looks lovely that way. Its much more of a muted, subtle pink but enough to give a nice flush of colour.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
I bought this concealer at the start of the month and its all I've been using, above my MAC Pro-longwear. I just really like the consistency and its great at covering blemishes and under-eye circles without being too heavy.

3. Maybelline Fit Me Powder in Coconut
This has got to be my favourite bronzer. I love Benefit's Hoola and NYC's Sunny Bronzer but this one tops them both. Its a really good colour for my skin and is great for both contouring and warming up my skin.

4. MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
i have been loving wearing this new purpley shadow ontop of my Benefit RSVP Cream Shadow, the purple just looks lovely with the champagne sparkley base.

5. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
I read this book right at the start of the month and I wizzed through it. I read it so quickly and enjoyed it so much, I can't wait for the second one.

6. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I think this has got to be one of my favourite books ever. I read it in two days and loved it so much. Its deeper than books I usually read as it contains a lot about Mental Illness but its such a good read and I would definitely recommend it. I love the way it was written from the perspective of both characters - it gave a really good insight as to what they were thinking.

7. Gone Girl
This film is so good, I watched it for the first time this month and also watched it again a couple days after because I love it. It is an 18 because the woman is a little crazy and that can be scary but I wouldn't say it was a scary movie particularly. It's just such a clever film.

8. The DUFF
I watched this on my flight to Orlando as I had a lot of time to kill and I found it such an easy, enjoyable watch. It reminded me of Mean Girls - the way its a high school chick flick.

9. Arrow
I have become absolutely addicted to this game! It was so difficult at first but now I've managed to get a high score of 59 which I am very proud of. Its quite an annoying game like Flappy Bird but its really fun.

10. Kathleen Lights
I have been subscribed to her on youtube for a while but I never really watched the videos when they popped up in my feed. I have started to watch them this month and love this youtuber, I have started to do my makeup more in the way she does and I've gotten so many more compliments. I just really love the makeup looks she does and find her really easy to watch.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Blogging Process

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 3 comments
For new bloggers it can often be interesting to see what other bloggers do and ultimately what their process for writing a new post would be. Today I decided that I would talk about my blogging process and I guess the "behind the scenes" work to my posts.

1. Inspiration
I think that any blogger will agree that without inspiration, your posts definitely are lacking. I've tried many times to write spontaneously to meet a blogging schedule but I've found those posts to not be the greatest. The easiest way to look for inspiration is magazines and tv. If you are a beauty blog, look in fashion magazines. If you are a photography blog, look in photography magazines. This is the easiest way to pluck ideas. In case you are still struggling for writers block, I'm going to be doing a post soon entitled "Blogging Inspiration" which will contain ideas for possible posts.

2. Photos
My next step after having a post in mind would usually be to take some photos. I think that photos plays a huge part in how popular your blog is because those with the brighter, more professional photos seem to gain my attention more. I haven't been great at photos in the past and have rushed to take them but recently i'm trying to get better like with this posts photo.

What I have learnt to do is:

  • Use natural daylight but that doesn't mean it has to necessarily be directly in front of the window
  • Make sure there are no funny light rays or shadows on your photo
  • I find using a white background to look professional so I am currently laying a white pillow case on my floor which works wonders
  • Use props like fairy lights or magazines or plants
  • Edit your pictures and up the saturation/brightness and sharpen them
These are how I beginning to achieve more professional looking photos.

3. Structure and Layout
The next step for me is to open a new post page on blogger, import my photos and think about how i will structure my post. Will I ask questions and answer them? Will I use subtitles? Will I make products bold or link products? Decide on the structure you want your blogpost to follow and then finally all that's left to do is...

4. Write the post!

Keep a lookout for my blogging inspiration post coming soon! 


Monday, 27 July 2015

Summer Outfit Ideas

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 2 comments
Since I have bought quite a few new tops whilst being here, I decided to do a post dedicated to outfits and what better than some Summer Outfit Ideas? The tops mentioned were mainly purchased in my Bonita Springs Haul, I'll leave that linked at the end of the post and I include links to all of the tops on their websites in that post. 

My first outfit is just a top and shorts. I got these shorts from Roxy last year, they are denim with a little lace edging. Then my top I bought last week from Aeropostale. I included it in my Bonita Springs Haul.

This outfit I like to wear when I'm going somewhere with air conditioning because I find that the plaid shirt tied around my waist acts as a great jacket. I got it from American Eagle as well as my black top, I bought both in Bonita Springs. You can't see much of my shorts but they are ripped, high waisted light denim ones from PacSun. My flip-flops are brown and from Reef although I would usually wear converse with this outfit.

This top is from PacSun which I also bought last week in my haul. I paired it with these denim shorts which are from Aeropostale. 

This is outfit is only a top and skirt but I love it because it's a girly, gypsy-ish outfit. I bought both of these items recently. The skirt in Bonita Springs from Aeropostale and the top I got in Sarasota from PacSun which will be featured in my "A Few Days In Sarasota" post going up on Sunday. 


Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Few Days In Sarasota

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Day 1

The past few nights we have spent in Sarasota, Florida. We've been there plenty of times before so we know a lot of the best places to eat etc.. I thought I'd take lots of photos whilst there and do this post of the things I did during our stay. 

The first place we went to eat when we arrived was Owen's Fish Camp. From, the outside and the inside really but the food is delicious and I think the decoration gives it atmosphere. It's a lovely place to eat and everybody enjoyed there meals. It does get quite busy though so booking is necessary.

Then we walked to O'Leary's Bar and Grill for a drink and ice cream. This place has live music outside or you can sit inside with the air conditioning. 

Day 2

We started the day around the pool in the morning at The Ritz Carlton. I relaxed but my sister tried paddle boarding which she enjoyed. 

Then in the afternoon, we went to The Mall at University Town Centre which was very posh and modern but I bought some nice clothes. 

I got these four tops as well as three bras and three pairs of pants from Aerie. 

We then went to Caragiulos which is a nice little Italian owned by the same people as Owen's Fish Camp. 

I have to fess up and say that I did make my own pizza with my sister off of the kids menu because I didn't think I could quite eat a full sized pizza off the adults menu. I really enjoyed my pizza. 

Day 3

I spent the morning on Anna Maria Island which is a lovely little seaside place. The beaches are lovely. We started with a walk down the pier, looked in a few seaside shops and then spent the rest of the time relaxing on the beach.

In the afternoon we went to Tommy Bahamas in St. Armands Circle for lunch, looked around the shops and then went for a Ben & Jerry's. 

Day 4

My day 4 isn't all too interesting, I spent the morning by the pool and had lunch by the pool, I just had Cheeseburger and Fries and then went to the room for a little while.

I then went to Owen's Fish Camp again for dinner but I haven't included photos because I had the same as Day 1 and the photos are there. We then called in a few shops like Alvin's Island at St. Armands Circle.

I also then went to Ben & Jerry's afterwards.

I haven't included Day 5 because that's today and I'm just travelling back to Orlando and calling at a mall on the way home.


Thursday, 23 July 2015

My MAC Palettes & Guide to MAC Palette

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I have two MAC Palettes. One is a pro palette (you fill yourself) and the other is a limited edition one that I got for Christmas in 2012.

As for Pro-Palettes, you can get a duo (x2), a quad (x4) and a 15 space palette. You then have the choice to either buy shadows and depot them yourself to put in your palette or buy pan shadows already depotted and ready for your palette.

It's taken me a while to fill my palette to this stage as I purchased it last Summer but with receiving eyeshadows at Christmas and on Birthdays, I have a few spaces left to fill but I couldn't wait to do this post and I've been getting a few comments about my palette in other posts so I figured I'd just do it anyway. 

This photo doesn't do the shadows justice because some of them look better in person but you can see the rough colours here. I'll leave a link to MAC's website below anyway for you to see more.  

I have mainly neutral shadows but some colours and quite a few purple toned ones because I love wearing purple to make the green in my hazel eyes pop. If you want to see what colours will make your eyes pop then I'll leave a link to that post here

As for Neutral shadows, I have Vanilla, this is a matte white shade perfecting for highlighting under the browbone. I also have Naked Lunch which is a shimmery, more pink toned highlight which I often like to put in the centre of my lid. I then have Wedge which is a matte, light brown, great for the crease, I love this shadow. I also have Woodwinked, one of MACs more popular shadows, a shimmery brown. I then have Amber Lights which is a very shimmery orange toned gold, I love wearing this one at Christmas with a red lip. 

Purples and Greys
I have quite a few purples. I have Nocturnelle which is a darker shimmery purple but I don't find this one to be too pigmented so it's not one of my favourites. I also have Satelite Dreams which is a much brighter purple which I think has blue undertones, my sister loves this shade. I also have more wearable purples such as Quarry which is perfect for a matte, subtle purple in the outer edge of the eye with a neutral look. I also have Blackberry which is slightly darker than Quarry and also matte. These two are my favourites and look great together. I then have Satin Taupe which is a shimmery grey/brown which I think has purple undertones. This is a more dramatic, smokey colour for me that I like to wear at night. 

Other Colours
As for other colours, I don't have many but I have Cranberry which is a shimmery, deep red, I love to wear this in the colder months leading up to Christmas. I also have Paradisco which is a shimmery pink colour, my sister used this for my Prom Makeup alongside some of her MAC shadows. This is a very wearable pink that looks great in the spring and summer. 

Now I thought I'd share the most popular MAC shadows with you so you can get a taste for what other shades people love...
• Amber Lights
• All That Glitters
• Satin Taupe 
• Copperplate
• Cork
• Nylon
• Knight Divine
• Naked Lunch
• Patina 
• Cranberry 

Then the Limited Edition Palette I have is called 'Stroke of Midnight/Warm'. This contains 5 shadows. 3 of which are limited edition colours and 2 are colours that are available in store at any time. The 3 limited edition colours are... Femme Fi (a light cream highlight shade) Socialite (a yellow/gold shade) and Midnight Hour (a dark brown/black shade). The other two are Amber Lights (an orange/gold) and Mulch (a brown) which you can buy all year round.



Wednesday, 22 July 2015

What's in my Travel Makeup Bag?

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 16:36 2 comments
I have to be honest and say that I forgot about a post for today so in a rush I thought I'd share what I take in my travel makeup bag when I go away. This is fitting because today I'm going away to the coast for 4 nights and had to pack up my favourite bits to take with me. I always find it interesting to see what people take when they travel because it's almost an insight to their current favourite products. All products will be linked at the end of the post.

Firstly, I packed two foundations. I went for my Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Light Medium and MACs Studio Fix Fluid in NC20. The Studio Fix offers a high matter coverage and the BB cream is a lovely light dewy foundation. I like to chose two different coverages as well as two different shades incase I tan so that it still matches and I can get away with wearing NC20 when I'm tanned and not tanned.

Then I chose two concealers using the same concept as foundation- two different coverages and shades. I went for MACs pro-longwear in NC20 which has a high coverage and Maybellines Fit Me Concealer in Light.

I then chose a bronzer- Maybellines Fit Me Powder in Coconut and a blush, Tarte's Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed. I only take one bronzer and one blush because otherwise it takes space and all blushes and bronzers do the same thing really, just in different shades and these are my favourites. I didn't take a highlighter because I just use an eyeshadow if I want a glow. I also took my Translucent Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

As for eyes, I took my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, my MAC Painterly Paint Pot, my Benefit RSVP cream eyeshadow and MAC pro palette which I will do a post about soon, I just have 3 more spaces to fill first. I also took a brown and purple eyeliner as well as two mascaras- Maybellines The Rocket and Tarte's Lights, Camera, Splashes - both waterproof. I also took Soap & Glory's Brow Archery in Brownie Points.

I then packed MAC's Fix+ and as far as lips go, I just took Revlons Tutti Frutti, Maybellines Baby Lips, the cherry one and MAC's Modesty Lipstick.

As far as brushes go, I packed quite a few because I had space. I won't run through them all. I also won't go through my mini shampoos, cleansers and skincare things because it's probably a little boring but those are the main makeup items I'm taking with me.


Get To Know Me Tag

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 2 comments
I saw Harriet do this tag a few weeks ago and decided that I wanted to give it a go seeing as I haven't done a tag in a while. Here goes...

1. Is you hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is definitely straight although in humidity or rain, little hairs around my face tend to curl.

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to the salon?
I haven't dyed my hair before and I'm not planning it anytime soon.

3. Do you wear the same style everyday or do you change it?
I would love to say that I change it but that would definitely be a lie. I either wear it down or in a ponytail although sometimes I might venture out into a bun or some of my hair tied back and some down. Either way I'd say I alternate between 2 hairstyles but I have a couple others I sometimes try. 

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to the salon?
If I'm going on holiday then my sister will do me gel nails as she is a trained beautician but in general I like to paint my own nails. I never go to the salon though because my sister can offer the same professional service for free. 

5. How often do you change your nail polish?
Very often. I change colour once or twice a week and keep adding coats every couple of days when they get chipped. 

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just summer?
I polish my nails all year round because I just hate bare, unpainted nails. 

7. How long does it take you to put on your makeup?
If I was doing a simple everyday look then I'd say 5-10 minutes but if I'm going out properly like at night then I'll spend a lot more time because I obviously  really enjoy doing it. 

8. What do you do first? Your face or eyes?
Generally my face but if I'm going for a dramatic, heavy eyeshadow look then I do my eyes first. 

9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need?
Well I don't think anybody actually NEEDS makeup so I collect it. I do use it all now and then though. 

10. Do you wear false eyelashes often?
I've never worn false lashes before, my own lashes are quite good and I've recently gotten LVL lashes (a tint and perm) so I don't need false ones. 

11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
Definitely not. I never wear it if I'm not going somewhere and on holiday, I barely wear any even when I do go out. 

12. Do you wear makeup when you're home alone or with family?
Never unless I've had it on the rest of the day and haven't taken it off yet or will be going out later in the day. 

13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yes, I do often do that. 

14. How many high-end products do you have?
It has only really been in the past year that I have started to fork out for expensive products so I do own a lot of drugstore but now I am beginning to own a lot of high-end too. I'd say its nearly 50/50 if you class MAC as high-end. 

15. Do you plan your OOTD (Outfit of the day) everyday or decide when you get dressed? 
I decide when I get dressed other than if I'm going out to a party or event like that where it requires getting more dressed up.

16. How often do you change your handbag?
Quite often, I switch colours depending on outfits.

17. How often do you blog?
I try to blog Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday so 4 times a week and I'm pretty good at sticking to it in the summer on holiday but once school starts, I slack a lot and end up posting once every few weeks but I am trying to get some posts planned so that that doesn't happen this time!

18. Do you read your comments posted on your blog?
Yes, I always do and try to respond although it seems like I don't because my comments for some reason don't have a reply button. I've tried to fix it but it doesn't seem to work so I promise I read and appreciate every one and try to comment back on their blogs since I can't reply directly unless its through Google+

19. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I have a notes page dedicated to "Makeup Wishlist" which gets added to probably a little too frequently. 

20. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?
Either my Nikon D3200 (DSLR) or my iPhone 6 


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

June Favourite Blogs

Posted by Olivia Jayne at 00:00 2 comments
It has taken a while for this post to come but I'm finally here with my Favourite Blogs of June.






How to be featured?
Just comment below your blog address or somebody you think I might like and I'll go over and have a look. I also notice blogs when people comment or read my posts often and often my favourites are those people.



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