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November 19, 2018 – QUOTE OF THE DAY

It’s always the smallest things that make life worth living for. Take a little bit of time out of your day to look around yourself, spend time with the people that make you feel happy and content. Perhaps consider treating yourself to a favourite book or movie at the end of the day. We all deserve to enjoy life as we create. Notice those joyous moments as you live and life will secretly reward you with even more blissful experiences!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Lots of love,

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START JOURNALING NOW!

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well today!

This post will most likely, be falling into the “life” category of this blog lol. It is a topic that I’ve become quite passionate about, only because I’ve come to witness the impact that this small change has already made in my life, and that is journaling.

I’m sure we’ve all heard about it, read about it and probably even tried journaling at some point in our lives. But let’s just remove the whole stigma around the journals for a second. Forget regarding them as therapy diaries, forget regarding them as boring, pointless or un-impactful plain pages that nobody will actually read or use, and just hear me out. Whether you’re someone who doesn’t keep journals or someone who does and is interested in knowing more about why journals are very much in your favour. Here are my ten main reasons why I suggest you start journaling. Like, now (although you don’t have to, obviously, no but seriously).

1. Important Reminders of The Incredible and Humbling Moments of Your Life:

This is probably one of the most profound reasons why anyone should start journaling. But I just had to put this in here because it’s so true. There is no human out there that can just absorb valuable and mindful information without writing it down. Yes, we have planners, to do lists/books etc. However, those tools hold more of an academic influence. What more people need is a balancing notebook for them to actually be vulnerable and to record what’s most important and inspiring to them. Because we can forget things. I’m quite thankful for the things I’ve been writing down since I was around 14. Had I just not had those words written down on paper, to this day I would’ve neglected all of my simplified thoughts because life eventually takes over the free spirit we’ve all once had – so it’s a great way to keep it in some way.

2. An opportunity to study yourself!

Jounals are a chance to become your own scientist! I mean, not literally, unless you’re actually studying to become one. My point is, in life, you must know yourself! By knowing yourself I’m not talking about nick picking at what’s wrong because there isn’t anything wrong. This is just a great way to keep track of your own power and how to use it wisely.

Call this process what you like, but I quite like the concept of studying and learning more about one’s self. We can reveal new perspectives, new concepts, new ideas and new creativity which is a powerful force for personal growth.

3. A Chance to Elevate/Improve Your Writing Skills:

When I was little, I used to observe peoples handwriting and be in absolute awe of how different they would look compared to others. I think it says a lot about people and in my eyes, there is no good or bad handwriting. Everyone’s brings character to them and so I think to have an opportunity to practice, or improve the way you write is great! Yes, it’s a simple thing, but we write things down all the time and this in itself is an expression of individualism. I now enjoy spending hours writing because I enjoy the art of writing itself. Seems like a small change, but because of it, I’ve been writing a lot more in my spare time now and as well as helping me bring my thoughts to life, my writing skills are constantly improving.

4. Reduces Stress & Anxiety:

I’m not saying that this is the answer to all problems, but sometimes the only person that can listen to you is yourself. And how would you do that? By writing it down first then reading it over to yourself. You’ll later find that you won’t carry that exact same emotion reading it over as you did when you wrote it which, in turn, then helps you relieve stress. Pretty interesting if you ask me. It’s also a great way to look at situations without reacting to them. You’re now in a more open space where you can re-read your thoughts and decide whether you want to keep them due to how you’re feeling in the present.

5. Create a Vision Book Filled with Mood Boards of Your Life!

Whenever you pick up a journal and read it, you open a new portal of a judgment-free zone! This is your chance to write down all of those things you may have wanted when you were younger, write and pin down all the things you may have wanted to change, the things you may have wanted to create etc. Use, pictures, stickers, designs, letters, whatever you like! There’s no harm in keeping your dreams organised and keeping a journal is perfect for exactly that.

6. Become The Person You’ve Always Wanted to Be: Affirmations

This reason/step alone can be life-changing. It pretty much goes hand-in-hand with reason No.1 because then, you can create specific affirmations based on the personal information you’ve gained about yourself. The thing is, anything that is done consistently eventually becomes a reality. Not many people (including myself) are completely comfortable with waking up in the morning, hopping out of bed and saying out affirmations in the mirror (although that is amazing), nor do people even have the time to do so sometimes. However, having a list (yes, you will end up with a list) of affirmations and reading them silently each night is no different. because you’re essentially reading a book based on your life that is becoming. Which brings me to reason No.7!

7. You’ll Become An Established Author Of Your Own Life:

In your own right, you have, in fact, become a writer. Writing down your personal growth is one of the most courageous things one can do. You’ll have your own novels based on your life, volumes based on certain times of your life and a literal mark that you’d have left in this world. And better yet, YOU are the one who’s written it.

8. Record Your History, Your Achievements, and Lessons You’ll Later Pass On:

Journaling is by far one of the greatest ways to consistently organise your mind, build your personal intelligence and become more in tune and comfortable with yourself. We’re never, not learning something new. So wouldn’t it be great to pass on some of that knowledge? To our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren or even a young person who seeks some personal grounding. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to re-visit my journal to answer a question that I had already answered years ago. We don’t actually realise the gold mines we’re sitting on until a wake-up call has to happen. So if I was to recommend a book for you to read in your life, It would be the one you wrote.

9.   The Impact It Will Have On Your Life Without You Even Realising it:

The main point I’d probably like for you to take away from this is that it’s not about writing full pages for 365 days a year. It’s literally to record those moments you know will later help you in the future. Just to keep on track of your mindset and desires without being influenced by an outer voice. Sometimes we can stop ourselves from our greatest opportunities which are just around the corner, by not reminding ourselves of whats really important in the moment it happens. It’s different for every individual and that is completely okay.

10. See Journaling Differently & How to Start Without Being Pressured To Write Every Day:

If you’re someone who may have struggled with journaling in the past or has been pushed away by the idea of committing (like I have), here is a tip that could hopefully change that. Every night when you come back from school/work or right before you go to bed, write down an experience you had that day (good or bad). We all go through a thoughtful realizations everyday but what writing it down will do is enable you to think differently each day. This will allow you to become allies with time and you will soon take those lessons you’ve learned into action. Not to mention, there’s no better time to write this than after a long day filled with experiences. See how it goes, if you miss a day – it’s completely fine because, with journaling, you’re sure to learn something new about yourself.

Phew, I know this was a long one but I hope this helped in some way. Sending virtual hugs your way if you actually read through all of my 10 reasons!

BEST PENS I RECOMMEND


PrettyPens: www.PensPrettyPens.co.uk

PRICE: £2.99

There’s no real motivator like a good pen when it comes to journaling. And it can be a little annoying writing with a pen that only lasts you a short while or doesn’t perform well. So, I’ve come across a wonderful brand called PrettyPens.

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, PrettyPens carry a wide range of beautiful classic themed designs with art work including, dogs, cats, butterflies, pandas, dragonflies, tartans and flags. All of their pretty pens also come in a free luxurious velveteen pouch for £2.99.

As soon as I received these I was delighted by the wonderful packaging these came in. Just looking at these pens made me feel so compelled to write! They also perform well so that’s a wonderful plus 😉

If you have a certain someone in mind, you know likes to write – I’d suggest a pen like this being the perfect gift for them. They’d appreciate it.

A huge thanks to PrettyPens for kindly gifting me their beautiful floral set. I love them so much!

Follow PrettyPens on Instagram: @PrettyPens1

BEST JOURNAL I RECOMMEND


The Fabriano Journal: www.FabrianoJournal.co.uk

PRICE: £13.00

I may do a separate post about why I love using the Fabriano Journal. I received this as part of my wonderful birthday gift from my Mother this year, Not even knowing how much I’d use this and read through it every single day. I haven’t written as consistently as I do now with this journal which is crazy.


I have my wonderful Mother to thank for instilling in me the significance of journaling.

Thank you, Mummy ❤

And a huge thanks to all of you for reading my thoughts once again, on The Belper!

Lots of love,

**This post is not sponsored**

REVIEW: NIP+FAB Contour Palette & Liquid Highlighter

In this blog post, I’ll be reviewing a couple of products from Nip+Fab that I ordered not too long ago.

So it was after hitting pan on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Refills, (that I used to set my makeup with) that I subconsciously went on a face powder/palette hunt and soon found myself on Superdrug checking out on a Contour Palette with a lovely looking variety of shades and a beautiful deep golden liquid highlighter that was on sale. ^-^

NIP+FAB Contour Palette

For a while now I’ve found that when it comes to powder makeup, having a variety of shades to choose from is one of the best things anyone can do since no face is simply one tone. I like to use contour palettes to lightly set my makeup, contour and brighten my under eyes.

  • Packaging

Rating: 4.5/5

One thing I absolutely love about the packaging is that the lid is see through! It really helps me a lot on days when I’m in a rush because then I know exactly which product to reach for – a small, but very useful feature. I also like how compact this product is, I didn’t realise just how petite this palette really was until it came in the mail, but it’s actually perfect to travel with. It’s lightweight and slim enough to fit into almost any bag/compartment.

  • Shades

Rating: 4/5

The palette comes with six powders: (from the top left) Tan, Chestnut, Cocoa, Sugar, Soft Honey and Sunset.

All shades apart from Sugar are matte. Sugar has some iridescent sparkles in the pan – like a very understated highlighter. I like to mix this shade with Tan and Soft Honey when I want to brighten my under eyes just a bit – it works perfectly fine without looking glittery.

I did find that some of the shades in this palette were quite similar in tone. But nonetheless, I like having a variety of options to set, contour, blush and even apply as eyeshadow. I also like to use Chestnut and Soft Honey to set the face sometimes.

The contour shade, Cocoa has the perfect undertone without looking muddy – I also like to mix Cocoa and Sunset (the orange shade) together to bronze the skin on days when I really want to achieve that sun-kissed look!

  • Pigmentation

Rating: 5/5

When my Nip+Fab package came in the mail, the first thing I was adamant about doing was to check out the shades in the palette (unaware of its pigmentation). and let me tell you, these powders are full of pigment. These aren’t powdered foundations in any way, but I’d still say it gives medium to full coverage as you can really build it up if you wanted to, or sheer it down depending on the type of brush you use.

  • Application/Texture

Rating: 4.5/5

When you apply these powders, you will face some simple fall out, however, the texture of these powders make up for all of that. It’s so buttery in texture it’s unreal, its almost like you can’t mess up only because you have full control of how you apply it and how much of the product you need. All that I’d suggest when applying, is to use a light hand as you blend.

The finish of these powders are definitely matte, so I like to use a face mist right after setting the skin.

(Please excuse my watching skills… ^^)

  • Long-wear

Rating: 4.5/5

It holds up pretty well compared to other powders that are actually meant for keeping the face matte. I’d totally depend on this for a long day.

My thoughts

I’d recommend this product to anyone who’s looking for a good face powder/contour palette. I find It best to have options of colours to choose from instead of having one face powder that likely ends up giving a flat finish. I’d go for a face palette over buying one face powder, this palette carries six colours and it’s only £15.

Now I will say although the price is a little high for a drugstore product, I’d still repurchase this product because of the quality, value and efficiency of the palette. Plus the pans last a fairly long time.

NIP+FAB Liquid Highlighter

  • Packaging

Rating: 4/5

It’s cute. But sometimes if not handled too gently, the product can get a little messy. There’s a lot of product in this small bottle, though it’s easy to clean so…

let’s just say, if I wanted to travel with this, I’d keep it in a small tightly sealed bag/pouch just to be safe. ^-^

  • Colour

Rating: 5/5

It is stuniiiiing! Nip+Fab carry 3 different shades of this illuminator and I essentially went for this one (the darkest) because right went I clicked on it I could only imagine how beautiful this bronze Deep Gold shade would look for the summer. And I wasn’t wrong, it is indeed stunning.

  • Pigmentation

Rating: 5/5

Very pigmented. Like, so pigmented 😉 – but no, I’m actually serious, it is. You can, however, sheer it down if you wanted to so needn’t worry, this will not serve you the tin man look.

  • Application/Texture

Rating: 5/5

There are a number of ways to use/apply liquid illuminators, but the best method that I’ve found to apply this one, (for me that is) it to mix it in with foundations to either dilute the coverage or give them a glow. For instance, I like to just mix a dot of this product with my Fenty Beauty Foundation (in 440) to add a little glow as well as to soften the texture of the foundation because it’s very matte – I find that mixing this with matte foundations gives a really nice balance.

You could also use this as a primer, or dot this on the highest points of the face to create a glow.

I prefer liquid or cream based highlighters/illuminators as the finish results in a more natural texture, whilst some highlighting powders tend to look artificial. But then again, it all depends on the type of look you’re going for.

  • Long-wear

Rating: 4.5/5

I haven’t really paid no mind to its lasting effect, though I will say that this product does set once left on the skin. Also, if you mix this in with your foundation it’ll last for as long as your foundation lasts without altering it’s staying power.

My thoughts

I’m not going to say that this product is a necessity, because it isn’t. However, I think that if you have any summer, beachy, bronzy, glowy makeup looks in mind then this is a perfectly small makeup essential to add to your collection – enabling you to go all out with your glowing goddess embodiment.

I love how small this is, it carries 15ml of product which in my eyes, is a lot because a little goes a very long way. Trust me. Anyways, I love this product and I will be using it all throughout this summer. ^-^

So if you’re also a lover of Liquid Gold, I’d highly recommend this liquid illuminator to you. 😊

Nip+Fab carry 3 different shades of their Contour Palette:

01 LIGHT £15.00 – (Currently on sale for £10.00 in Superdrug)

02 MEDIUM £15.00 – (Currently on sale for £10.00 in Superdrug)

03 DARK (the one I own) £15.00 – (Currently on sale for £7.50 on Nip+Fab.com)

Nip+Fab Liquid Gold Illuminator:

01 White Gold £12.95 (currently on sale for £6.48 in Superdrug)

02 Rose Gold £12.95 (currently on sale for £6.48 in Superdrug)

03 Deep Gold (the one I own) £12.95 (currently on sale for £6.48 in Superdrug)

https://www.nipandfab.com

I hope you found this helpful, or interesting lol.

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

**this is not sponsored**

How To Pull Off Any Bold Lip This Spring!

Happy weekend everyone!

Spring is finally here, (well, kinda lol) and this season is all about experimenting with the new, unusual and fresh colours in lipsticks, eyeshadows and even blushes!

I decided to dedicate this post to a question I’d been receiving a lot lately: How do you pull off a bold lip?

Simple right? well, although it may seem as easy as it sounds, a lot of the times I’d have people telling me they don’t wear bold lips, not because they don’t like them, but they feel as though they call pull it off. For a very long time, I felt like I couldn’t wear a bold lip – and believe me, it took some time for me to fully embrace wearing a bold colour whilst still feeling like myself.

Here are a few tips that I found over-time, helped me gain the confidence to pull off any lip colour without hesitation!

  • Prep the Lips

Its always best to have a fresh, clean canvas by gently exfoliating the skin before any makeup/lip application. This will ensure that whatever lip colour you wear, your lips are well prepped prior to lipstick!

  •  Start With Traditional Lipsticks!

I know, I know, its so old school nowadays but trust me when I say that you can never go wrong with a traditional tube of lipstick especially when trying out a new bold colour. With tube lipsticks, you actually have more control over not only how you want to apply it but how much of the product you’d like to start off with first – the simpler, the better and with tube lipsticks, you can go all out in experimenting and collect until you find that classic bold lip colour that you love.

  • Finesse the Lip Application

There are a number of different ways to applying lipstick, but whilst we’re on the topic of traditional lipsticks (and because I did use a lipstick in this editorial) I’d say that the best way to apply a lipstick is… from the tube ^-^ yup, no need for four different shades of lipliners, no overlining (unless that’s like, your thing then you go girl, that’s completely fine!), no complications – just you, your lipstick and your concentration is all you need with this technique!

Using the sharp end of your lipstick as a liner first, apply it around the perimeter of the mouth as if you’re using a lip pencil. The reason why this method is almost better than applying a darker lip-pencil first is that by applying the lipstick, this way keeps the application neat and true-to-colour! Apply another line layer right on top of the natural shape of your lips – once that shape is made, slowly fill them in and voilá! It could also help if you invest in a good quality lipstick for the sake of pigment and comfortability – there are loads to choose from but I personally like Makeup Forever’s lipsticks and Tanya Burr’s Lipstick range (gorgeous packaging too!)

  • The Clean Cut Finish 

Now, in no way is this even a lipstick secret although I do sometimes feel like this step is overlooked, and that is to use the smallest flat, synthetic eyeshadow brush you own with a tiny bit of your foundation and use the duo to clean up the sides/edges of your lips as a reverse lip liner. I’m not over exaggerating when I say that this changed my life once I figured out how to use this technique for my lips. This is what creates that nice, clean, sophisticated and sharp finish to all of my lip colours including natural/nude lipsticks!

  • Own IT

I know that I sometimes find myself over-analyzing and spending too much time trying to perfect my lipstick of which there isn’t anything wrong with checking, but all in all its about how YOU approach your look before anyone else. Please do not let anyone make you feel like you can’t wear any lip shade, as I am here to tell you that you can pull off ANY lip colour/makeup look for that matter! Makeup is art, its fun! And if you’re enjoying your bubblegum pink lip moment, you’ve just gracefully pulled off a lip colour some would never dare to wear! And that’s the secret 😉

PRODUCTS USED:

FOUNDATION – Loreal True Match Super Blendable in 8N Cappucino

CONCEALER – MAC Select Cover-Up concealer

POWDER – Loreal True Match Super Blendable Powder (underneath the eyes, to brighten)

BRONZER/BLUSH – Sleek Bronze Block in Dark

HIGHLIGHT – Any cream highlighter will do, mine is, unfortunately, unbranded but I like to use a fluffy blush brush to apply the product to the tops of my cheekbones – this method does not move my foundation or concealer!

LINER – Poundland (surprisingly good! lasts ages and I’m on my second purchase)

MASCARA – Poundland (I’m not joking when I say that this product actually lengthens my lashes!)

LIP – Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense in 36 (no lip liner used! ^-^)

Hope this post gives you some tips/inspo on rocking a bold lip this spring! I’d love to know your comments/thoughts on this look!

This makeup look is actually inspired by CHANEL’s Spring-Summer 2018 Pré-Collection promo shoot featuring Camille Hurel 

^-^💕

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

REVIEW: Irum Cosmetics 100% Pure & Organic Skincare

So this week I’ve had the opportunity to try out a couple of organic, skin care products from Irum Cosmetics! This vegan and cruelty-free brand currently feature two organic products on their site that they’ve kindly sent me to share my thoughts and review.

As someone who wears makeup more than often, I never go to bed without making sure my skin is at least cleansed or better yet treated as needed. For someone like me, it is extremely important to take the time to care for my skin, especially to ensure I have a smooth base for makeup application before anything else. With that being said, I’m thrilled to have tested, used and experienced these two main products from Irum Cosmetics, their Green Clay Mask Powder and their classic Pure and Organic, Argan Oil!

Green Clay Powder Mask £7.99

Contains 100g of Product

  • Vegan
  • Not Tested On Animals
  • Contains No added chemicals or preservatives
  • Ingredients: 100% Pure Green Clay (Bentonite)

Instructions:

Usage (for all skin types)

  1. Mix 1 tsp of clay with some water or Rosewater to make a thin paste
  2. Apply the paste onto face, skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes
  3. Wash off with lukewarm water

For external use only.

Some Benefits:

  • helps to reduce the outbreak of blemishes
  • Great for balancing oily skin
  • Absorbs waste such as harmful toxins and dirt
  • Deeply cleanses the skin
  • Helps Stimulate and improve blood circulation
  • Tightens and lifts the skin

I must quickly mention that the packaging is perfect for this powder mask! Seeing as it is powder, the product can get everywhere quite quickly. But with this jar I love how sealed it is even after use, making it easy for me to travel with it!

Application

So the application process was simple and easy as I used a clean plastic container or even the palm of my hand at times to quickly apply the product.

It has a refreshing, distinct smell (like green clay…..obvs, Stacy), but when applied for the first time I felt this cooling, self-distributing method going on, on my skin – it was lovely! Felt like a spa treatment, to be honest.

I evenly applied the product all over the face and I’d say within 10 minutes of waiting, I felt my face tightening up like crazy. It felt like some sort of facelift – like I myself was clay drying up into a statue. It’s clear the mask was certainly doing its job! 20 minutes then go by and I’m washing it off with lukewarm water as recommended. I also tried with cold water just because and both results wowed me!

My face looked and felt tightened yet incredibly lifted! my Mother even noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. It may sound odd but my face also felt lighter. The mask really did help rid of the impurities and oiliness that remained on my skin – definitely a weekly treatment that makes all the difference in texture! I enjoyed it.

Mini Rating

Application: 4/5

Drying: 5/5

Feeling and texture of the mask after 20 minutes: 4/5

Results: 5/5

My Thoughts

I fell in LOVE with the fact that this mask powder is extremely versatile. Instead of mixing just a few drop of water, you could also add, Aloe Vera, Rose Water, Honey, Cucumber Juice, Coconut for hydration, even Lavender, Cactus and so forth!

This has definitely got me hooked onto the powder mask train – will last longer and for sure give my skin the weekly treatment it needs! I personally think this product is great for anyone, especially any makeup wearers or those who spend a lot of time outdoors!

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS Review

I had the pleasure of viewing Derby Theatre’s newest Production, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, adapted by Neil Bartlett – Directed by Sarah Brigham.

The actors flow within their characters in the most effortless and captivating way possible, interestingly brought to life and carried with some of the same crafty elements Dicken’s has in Pip’s narrations. I liked that even though the play is not nearly as long as the novel, this production tells and mirrors not only Pip’s journey but the principle of everyone else’s — each single part becomes significant which makes the whole performance quite powerful.

From the set, designed by Barney George to the scenario, staging, and story — together make the play give off a dark, intense yet humorous and thrilling vibe in the most anticipating way. The performance was complemented by quite cold textured yet harmonic music, composed by Ivan Scott. The absorbing, classical sound fitted in extremely well with the critical discoveries, the inner conflicts, and subtle engagements with the audience within the performance. All coordinated with the ethereal yet gloomy lighting, done by Tim Skelly – enabling the audience to really experience the story with the characters.

The costumes outstandingly replicated not just the clothing worn in the early 1800s, but fittingly represented feelings through each character, displayed beautifully. I must say Miss Havisham’s costume was a personal favourite of mine — not to mention the detailed wedding makeup, I loved it.

This compellingly gripping and light-hearted performance was truly spectacular. And without spoiling too much, the production also featured fire and water… It’s epic.

To be able to bring such a classic and deep story to life is already magnificent but to showcase it with ease is exceptionally incredible.

Thank you, Derby Theatre for yet another memorable production.

If you’d like to book tickets to see Great Expectationsplease click here

Link to Derby Theatre’s website, click here

Runs until Saturday 21 October 2017

Thanks for stopping by The Belper!

REVIEW: Skinny Coffee Club 28 NIGHT PROGRAM

Good Evening Everyone,

Due to the many requests for my thoughts on the Skinny Coffee Club: NIGHT EDITION, your wish was my command and so here, I’ve brought to you my in-depth review! **Drinks the coffee**

Skinny Coffee Club 28 DAY PROGRAM Mini Review:

As many of you know, I have a good relationship with Skinny Coffee Club’s 28 Day program. Though they are widely known for weight loss transformations, I personally use this coffee in my daily morning routines for maintenance as that’s been working well for me ever since. I’m obsessed with that coffee. It’s the only coffee I prefer black with no milk/almond milk that I think is lovely. If you’re a morning person, this coffee is perfect for you!

Skinny Coffee Club 28 NIGHT PROGRAM

It’s been a full week since I’ve received my Skinny Coffee Club 28 Night Edition and although it’s far from finished, I thought I’d share my experience with this coffee so far.

I’m on Day 7 and the first thing I have to say is: I’ve been getting good sleep! I no longer have trouble getting up in the morning (sounds funny, but seriously) I used to wake up with such heaviness in my body that even when my mind would be so motivated to get out of bed, my body wouldn’t get the memo.

Personally, I’m not fond of snoozes on a daily basis so when I can, I set my alarm to get up and start my day the minute it rings. Ever since last week I’ve been up without a problem, I’m not quite sure if this coffee is the reason why I get better sleep but, one thing I know for sure is that it is the ONLY thing that has changed in my night routine since. I’ve also noticed that this coffee holds fewer ingredients than the original, which is interesting.

Q&As:

Is it better to drink this coffee with milk or without milk? Personally, I like this coffee without milk. I sometimes drink the day coffee with milk but to be honest it’s based on personal preference for that time of the day.

Skinny Coffee Club does recommend you drink this plain but if you wish to add milk, they recommend you use coconut milk or almond milk. Regular milk is also fine as I’ve tried it before but I would like to mention almond milk adds that bit of flavour to it quite nicely. Clearly, this coffee is very versatile which I love.

What is the Skinny Coffee Club: 28 Night Edition supposed to do exactly? Raise your metabolism, burn fat and aid with digestion overnight.

Which is very much true, this week I feel, as well as have been told that I look slimmer. I used to have a bloating problem months before drinking Skinny Coffee Club. This has definitely changed things for me on that part, if not a little more effectively than the 28 Day program.

Is this coffee actually okay to drink at night? Absolutely! This organic, night coffee is formulated with all natural and calming ingredients. It did not affect my sleeping pattern at all.

Does this coffee have caffeine in it? Nope! The Night Edition Coffee is fully decaffeinated.

What’s something you like most about this coffee? I’d say it’s very calming yet also effective! I don’t know how it works in that sense but it seems to give me the best of both worlds; relaxing whilst raising my metabolism which I’ve noticed.

Balance: 4/5 This coffee does not have any caffeine in it so the taste is mellow yet the complexity is neutral and relaxing, I think it’s perfect for evenings

Aftertaste: 4.5/5 I love that it’s not too strong

Aroma: 5/5 Just lovely! This always puts me in the right mood to go to sleep haha

Body: 5/5 quite full and nourishing

My Overall Thoughts

Since this coffee is meant to be had at night, I find myself naturally gravitating towards this more than the Skinny Coffee Club 28 DAY program.

I always make time for a cup of tea, green tea or peppermint tea before bed as that’s just part of my night routine. With this night coffee, it feels exactly the same way, more relieving knowing it’s purpose.

If I were to recommend any Skinny Coffee Club package to anyone, I straight away mention the Night Edition. I feel like this can fit right into anyone’s night routine, since the days ended and you’d have enough time on your hands to relax and really get to enjoy the coffee!

Once again, Skinny Coffee Club brought out yet another lovely, convenient coffee suitable for any routine. And so far, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

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MY FOUNDATION ROUTINE

Happy Monday!

Sometimes it’s hard to narrow down a simple yet effective face routine without including a lot of products. This lightweight, skin-like base is what I do whenever I need a long lasting yet enhancing makeup look for for the day ahead!

I love cutting time and using multitasking products that can work for different things, such as my all-time favourite Sleek Bronze Block (what I use for bronzer) the little bit of pink mixed in with the warm tones create a beautiful soft eyeshadow look! No need to reach for a palette. As well as Olay’s 2 in 1 primer that can double as a moisturizer, I have combination to oily skin and I’ve found that this works perfectly for me when on the go.

Products Used:

  1. *Olay 2 in 1 Firm and Lift Primer
  2. *L’Oréal True Match Foundation 8N Cappuccino
  3. *MAC Select Cover Up Concealer, NW45 – Applied and blended in the corners of my under-eyes (a little goes a long way)
  4. *RCMA No-Color PowderTo set the centre of my face
  5. *L’Oréal True Match Powder – Tapped lightly to brighten underneath my eyes, nose, and forehead
  6. *Sleek Bronze Block, Dark – To add warmth to the skin
  7. *E.L.F Baked Highlighter, Blush Gems – Applied a small amount on the tops of my cheekbones

Perfect amount of products for your makeup bag.

This routine takes me up to 30 minutes though it depends, sometimes I’ll replace my foundation with a bit of concealer or skip the highlighter and bronzer for a no makeup, makeup look.

But all in all, this concludes my current, full foundation routine!

I hope this look gives you a little simple inspo. It’s easy to end up using a bunch of products that more than likely do the same job, best to find what works for you 🙂

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EDIT: Hello, Autumn

September is here!

This autumnal inspired editorial showcases this simple corset dress from Zara paired with my thrifted classic cowboy inspired ankle boots by Topshop which are one of my favourite go-to boots for Autumn/Winter months.

Overall this look is quite free-flowing and different compared to my other ones. And even though this edit is in black and white, the makeup is just a simple base with subtle feline cat-eyes, nothing too dramatic.

As we enter a new month I think this is the perfect time to reflect and refresh for autumn. I personally love Autumn/Winter season, it may be because of my love for vintage coats but my point is that there’s something so renewing and shifting as seasons change. Every time it becomes another opportunity to experience and define what’s you.

Me being only 16, I obviously still have a lot of time on my hands to find and develop my style and what suits me but lately I have just been experimenting with the term “less is more”. Not just in style but life in general. This past summer I’ve found myself picking up things I don’t often wear, letting my skin breath a lot more, reading more books with actual interest and focusing on my presence whilst being in the moment.

It’s easy to fall out of touch with yourself and not know what you want. I certainly have had those moments with trends (not just style trends) and in this day and age I think it’s important to capture and cherish what really shows your true self, that’s through living I suppose; figuring out what really inspires you and intrigues you. Life in all forms is beautiful and I’ve slowly been embracing that with ease.

Without babbling (like I haven’t already :/)

I hope you all have a lovely September!

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Lots of love,

Autumn’s Go-To Makeup Look

I wanted something easy to re-create without any fuss or a ton of products. I really wanted a light approach to the makeup on the eyes and skin, focusing on light shadow and enhancing my natural features. It’s no secret that I have a thing for pink eyeshadow because it is a colour that can really elevate eyes, nothing too prominent but softly applied making such a difference.

This is a simple look that anyone can re-create, a light glam suitable for occasions, going out or anytime you feel comfortable to wear it really.

Products Used:

EYES:

I actually used an iridescent pink mineral blush as eyeshadow from M&S (Discontinued) there are many different alternatives to this shade, similar here*.

LINER – “Panther” eyeshadow from the TooFaced Cat Eyes Palette*

MASCARA – E.L.F Cosmetics Lengthening Mascara* 

SKIN:


FOUNDATION – L’Oréal True Match Foundation in 8N “Cappuccino”*

CONCEALER – L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer in “Fawn”*

CREAM CONTOUR/ BRONZER – Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in “Chestnut”*

POWDER – L’Oréal Pressed Powder in “8W”* (Only underneath my eyes and centre of my face)

BLUSHER – Mary Kay Cosmetics Cheek Color in “Cherry Blossom”*

HIGHLIGHTER – E.L.F Cosmetics in “Blush Gems”*

LIPS:

MAC Lipliner in “Chestnut”*

Covergirl Trushine Lipcolor in “Blushberry Shine” (discontinued) any hydrating lipstick or tinted lip-balm works well.

I applied MAC Select Cover Up Concealer in “NW45″* on the centre of my lips to give a nude lip look.

Makeup should be fun, an outlet for people to experiment, get creative with colours, different shadows or even to give illusions. It used to be (and still is now) a therapeutic hobby for me because I can express what I’m feeling on my face pretty much. I personally prefer small kits of multi tasking products with maximum impact rather than large quantities of makeup with only one purpose like huge palettes. Even though I always like to encourage natural beauty and simple ways to enhance natural features, everyone should be able to wear whatever they want however they want as there’s something so captivating about one’s individuality than everyone looking the same.

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Lots of love,

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