Thursday, 31 August 2017

Essentially Sleek Review

Who doesn't love a good bargain? I know I do. When that bargain is on make up it makes me even happier. So when I saw boots were giving away a gift when you spend over £12 on Sleek make up I was all over it.

I bought the Cleopatra's Kiss Highlighting Palette which I have wanted since I saw Rachel from Rachel Leary use it in one of her videos and it gave her such an amazing glow. I also bought the VIP Lipstick in Dream Decade which is the most amazing pink I love it.

The free gift was the Essentially Sleek collection, which has the VIP lipstick in Show off, Dip It Eyeliner in Black and a mini All Night Long i-Divine Palette.

So confession time, before this purchase I had never used Sleek make up before. So this review will be a totally honest first impression. 

I normally have a very bad time with lipsticks, I am a lip licker, I am always licking my lips so I can never find a lipstick that stays on. Sadly the VIP lipstick is no different, I found the colour lasted about 2ish hours without reapplying, but considering I also ate in that time and I didn't bring it out with me to reapply. I think it is very good.



What I love about the lipstick though is that it is very vibrant colour, both the pink and the brown is gorgeous and so pigmented. It is also very creamy which allows it to go on so easily.

The eye shadow palette it MY LOVE!!!! The colours are so nice over all my utter favourite is Manhattan which is the coppery colour (the last colour in the palette). I love copper colours mainly because I love autumn, and since we are just going into that season I can see myself wearing it a lot more.



The palette is small so you will need a smaller brush to use it but I am totally fine with that, but for something so small the colours really do pack a punch with pigment.

Lastly the Eyeliner, honestly I don't like it. At first I thought it is because I am used to using a felt liner, but after wearing it to work I found that the feel is so weird, its like you can feel it dry on your lid, then you can just feel it there all day. On the plus side though it didn't move unlike my felt liner, which during the day will smudge and go under my eye even though I don't touch it. I just don't know if that is enough to try and deal with that feeling. The colour is so nice and it is dark black and so bold, so maybe if you don't get that feeling with this type of liner then this is going to be brill for you. I just need to work on that feeling.



Using the full collection this is the look I  came up with. I am in love with the eye look, this is the Manhattan I said I liked so much. With the lip colour I was worried it would be too dark for me as I am normally used to bright colours, but this is so nice and looks super cute.



Overall I would say this is defiantly a good introduction to Sleek, it shows me that they have good pigmented products and that the lipsticks are gorgeous so I will be buying more of them, I just need to see if they have a felt liner.

What do you all think? What are your favourite Sleek products?

See you soon
Love Lottie
Xxx


Friday, 25 August 2017

What Makes Us Beautiful


      ''Beauty is in the eye of the beholder''


Now I am no genius but to me this saying basically means that beauty is what your eye sees. So why is it then whenever I open a magazine, log onto my Instagram or turn on the tv all I see is '' Who wore it better'', ''Who gained weight'', ''Who's too thin'', ''Who lost weight'', ''What celebs look like without make up'' and trolls ripping into women and men for how they look.

Well I am hear to say BLOODY STOP!!!! What does it matter to them what we look like? The last time I looked the world was not a cookie cutting factory, making every single person into one persons image of what they consider to be beautiful (before I continue am I the only person who hears Bruce Almighty B E A UTIFUL in their head when they type out beautiful?? No just me then, anyway back to it).

My philosophy is that everyone is beautiful (Bruce Almighty haha, sorry I'll stop now). No matter what you are beautiful, you make the world a better place, you matter.

No matter what any troll or magazine or anyone says, you do not have to change yourself for anyone, unless you want to change. Never listen to anyone who tells you, you need to change, because unless YOU want to why should you.

If you are not happy with how you are then yes I agree with you, you change, but do it for you and no one else. It is exactly the same as if you are fat, yes I said it FAT!!!! Come on people it isn't a bad word it is a descriptive word just like any other. If you are happy then you strut your stuff down that street, you do you!!!

I am all for make up and yes I wear it everyday, I do not see the harm in it, I like it and it makes me feel good about myself, so why would I stop using it because someone tells me, its misleading, or its like hiding who I am, erm stop no it is not hiding anything it is enhancing my already beautiful face.

Why tell people what you can and cant wear, I'm so sorry if my bare leg is offending you,
DON'T LOOK. No one is forcing you to look at me, so don't, turn away and look in another direction, because I am here to stay and I don't care if I am not ''meant'' to wear short skirts or horizontal strips I will wear what I want to. I ''should'' wear black because it makes you look thinner, yes it may make me look it but maybe I wear it because of that I like the colour. So again I will wear what I want and look how I want because I am beautiful.

All you gorgeous plus size people out there this is not just for you. There are amazing men and women out there who love going to the gym and making themselves feel better by working out, and look as good as they want to. There is nothing wrong with it, and it makes u beautiful. DO NOT let anyone say you are ''working out too much'' or ''your too big'' if you get your groove on by going to the gym and pumping some iron (I am so not cool for saying that lol) then do it hunny, you do what ever makes you feel happy because happiness is beautiful.

To all those trolls out there, maybe you need to take a closer look at yourselves and find out what makes you beautiful, maybe that will stop you from trying to drag down other.

To me beauty is much more then skin deep, it is who you are, it is what makes you you.

The following people are the people who make me smile, make me happy, they lift me up when I feel down and inspire me to be a better person, they represent all that I see as beautiful in the world, they are strong, smart, savvy, sexy and unique individuals. If I could have a picture of everyone on earth I would because you are all beautiful. So just remember, you do you!


Kat

Debz

Amy

Linzi


Leah

Kelly

Mell and her gorgeous Daughter Isabelle


Molly


Laura

Leah

Nikki

Shannon


Keeley

Steph

Lucy and Adam


Aaron and Sarah



How about all you gorgeous people reading this, share your selfie in the comments and show the world how beautiful you all are.

I love you all you beautiful people!!!!
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Favourite Make up

I love make up, I always have and I always will. I love how I feel when I have it on, the colours and putting it on as well. So picking some of my favourite items was a little hard, I thought since I wear make up everyday for work that instead of going through all the palette's I wear when I'm not at work, I would pick from my day to day make up that I use.


First is a lovely bargain from everyones favourite place Primark, this sweet little palette is there Nudes Collection it is meant to be the dupe of the Urban Decay Naked palette, although I don't know for myself as I don't own it. I love the colours in this, they are so good for everyday and you do get some good pigmentation from them.





The first colour which is the white, is so good for an inner corner highlight, it looks matte in the picture but it isn't. As you can tell my favourite colour is the 'Café Crème' (from the indentation haha) it is so nice I love it. One a daily basis I will use the brown tones because I love that look, it is so nice.






The only downside to this palette is that there isn't a mirror, so I have to go between palette's when I use this, but for £4 the colours are lovely and the packaging is really good too.


Next is my contour, which is the Rimmel London Sculting Palette By Kate, I got this from boots for £6.99 a while ago and ever since I bought it I have loved it. I got introduced to it by Alix from I Covet Thee on YouTube, on her video 'How to do you make up in 5 Minutes'.

It is so simple to use and like in Alix's video, it's super quick. They do two colours so because I am about as pale as Casper the friendly ghost I use the lighter of the two which is 002. I also love the blusher in this, it is a really nice coral colour which matches a lipstick I wear to work a lot so it ties in the look really well.




Again from the pictures you can tell the palette is very well worn. The only problem I find which I think might just be me, is the highlight isn't very pigmented so I do use it but I also put another highlighter underneath, just to get the look I want.




The last favourite item I have at the moment is only about a week old for me, I have never bought anything from Sleek before but the Boots where I live has a very nice selection, so I got the Highlighting Palette in shade Cleopatra's Kiss.





The colours are gorgeous, there are golds and pinks and they are so so cute. You get two cream shades and two powder shades, I have never used cream highlighters before and to be honest they did scare me a little bit but I love them, they are so much easier to use. I find I get a nice pigmentation if I use my fingers to apply it. On a day to day basis I will use a cream on the bottom and put the Rimmel highlighter from the Sculpting Palette on top and it shows up really nicely.





The palette does come with a little brush but I don't like it, it seems really hard and stiff. I don't tend to use brushes that come with make up anyway, like with eye shadow palettes, I never use them I much prefer my own brushes.  

So there you have it those are my favourite make up items at the moment. What are your favs? Do you agree with mine?

Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx

Monday, 14 August 2017

Organise Me.....Please

Organisation ......... Organisation.

When I hear that word I get a huge smile on my face, my heart beats faster and my mind flips through all of the stationary I want to buy to get myself organised. I then rush out, spend a fortune on books, planners, pens and everything else I think I need and then ......... nothing. I loose my groove and forget to write things down, I then kick myself for spending so much money and end up not planning anything.

So why do I need to change? Well for One I am 29 years old and I need to think about my life as a grown women and not a stationary loving student (although I will ALWAYS love stationary, yes August is my favourite time of year, I still feel like I need new pens and books when ever I see them on sale, like Meg Ryan in 'You've Got Mail' I feel like having a bouquet of new pens).

Two I am getting married next year and I have so much to plan, my wedding is only small so it doesn't need a planner of its own but I still need somewhere I can write everything down since I am doing a LOT of DIY, I want somewhere I can have it all and not have one planner for each thing.

Three I want somewhere I can put mine and Pauls rotas, so I know when we are together and when we aren't, and last but not least blogging. I love writing my blog and when I don't write I feel like I don't have an outlet for all my stress. Having depression and anxiety I know I need an outlet to calm me down, otherwise I will have everything cooped up in my head and it will stress me out even more, and that is how I end up having bad days.

So what am I going to do, first not spend money I bought a Pukka Pad a while ago so I will be using that. I have pens so I will use those and I also have a few roles of Washie tape too, so even though I am not good at drawing, my planner can still have some flash to it.

I am going to plan out what I want, going through day week and month, what do I need a section for? A colour for? Then once I have it planned out I will plot it all in. I know the main sections will be, Work, Wedding, Blog and Personal. The personal things will have days when me and Paul are both off together, or any appointments or anything we have with Coco like vets appointments.

I am going to religiously follow this, by keeping it in my handbag ALL the time, so I will get use to it being there. I hear it takes 30 days for you to get into a habit so I will plan it out before September and start it then, and keep you updated in October how I am getting on.

I really want this to work, but if it doesn't has anyone else got any ideas ? How do you get organised? Do you find anything that helps? Give me some tips

See you all soon
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx