Friday, 20 February 2015

New Products

This post is just a small review on the 3 makeup items I bought this month. I will do an updated post with my opinions on each of the items after I have used them more as I feel I haven't used them enough to write a developed post on them just yet!

The first thing I purchased was the Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter. I half purchased this on a whim as initially I was buying a top on asos and needed to buy something else in order to qualify for free delivery. When I realised asos sold theBalm, I had to to have it! It seemed that this was the highlighter that every youtuber and beauty blogger seemed to be using at the moment. I checked the internet to see if anywhere had it cheaper and I found that feelunique had a discount for new members, so I managed to purchase it for just £12.96. I am loving the product so far, it leaves a beautiful glow/sheen on the cheeks. You can purchase it here.

Secondly, I bought the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink. I had never used a gel liner before but after borrowing a friends, I found that it was much easier to get a fine line and this is crucial for me as I have very hooded eyes. So I purchased this one and so far so good! It lasts all day and I am able to get it right up to my lash line using a thin angled brush (I purchased mine from ebay for just under £2 and it's brilliant!!!)

The final product I bought was the Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brown Pencil. I purchased this in SpaceNK as I had been given a gift voucher for Christmas and wanted to buy something that I wouldn't normally get myself. This woman working there recommended this as she said it was like one of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz, though being one of the few yet to try it, I cannot make any comparisons! However it has a lovely fine nib which allows you to make small hair like strokes and a spoolie on the other end to comb through brows, what more can you want?

Let me know in the comments what products you have bought this month and if you have tried any of the above!
alice x

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The First Small Change - Green Tea

Okay so I am over a month late on the whole new years resolutions thing but one thing I wanted to do was to make lots of little changes to my lifestyle every now and again as opposed to setting myself several massive, unobtainable challenges at the beginning of the year.

And of course, like every other person in the world, one of the changes I wanted to make was to my diet, however, I wanted to go about it in a sustainable way. Instead of drastically cutting out every sugary and fatty (and delicious) food in my diet, I wanted to change one thing every two or three weeks.

The first change? Swapping hot chocolate for green tea.

Every day when I get home from college after spending 45 minutes on a freezing cold bus, I would find myself reaching for the hot chocolate. Now I am a massive lover of hot chocolates and I am not about to completely deprive myself of something I feel so passionately about, but I do always find myself feeling sluggish instead of refreshed after indulging in it. Hence the swap. The plan is to turn hot chocolate into a treat, drinking it just once a week as opposed to 5 or 6 times!

The Benefits of Green Tea

  1. It boosts the metabolism and increases fat burning... of course the extent to which this works is dependent on the individuals lifestyle (diet and exercise) but never say no to a helping hand!
  2. It contains an outstanding amount of antioxidants (flavonoids and catechins) which reduce the number of free radicals in the body and therefore can help to reduce the chance of cancer
  3. It contains just the right  amount of caffeine to boosts your energy levels yet maintain them at a stable rate and the caffeine works with a special amino acid to boost brain function too
  4. It lowers the risk of type II diabetes by improving insulin levels and reducing blood sugar levels
  5. It kills certain types of bacteria, giving it the ability to lower the risk of infections
These are just 5 of the reasons as to why green tea is so beneficial to your body and I highly recommend trying it if you are yet to do so. 

I am currently trying out Tetley Green Tea, a trusted and basic brand, though there are so many others to try! Please leave any recommendations down below on the teas you have been loving!

alice x