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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Blogging Goals for 2017



First of all, what better way to start a blogpost than wishing everybody a Merry Christmas!!! It's Christmas day, the turkey is cooking away nicely, presents are opened and the family games have begun! I'll be doing a "What I Got for Christmas" blogpost next week once I've had the chance to photograph everything. I have been thoroughly spoilt this year and I think it would be fair to say that this year has been the best Christmas I've ever had.... I know, that's a bold statement, having said that, it is the first time I've ever been bought a car, and not just any car, one that I've been wanting and I absolutely LOVE!!! Anyway, I'll be including more information on that in my What I Got for Christmas blogpost so stay tuned for that.

I always find that Christmas Day spent with loved ones heightens emotions and makes me feel so grateful for so many things in my life. First and foremost, an amazing family, mum, dad and my younger brother, of course my lovely boyfriend who is the most selfless person I know, and a whole bunch of great friends. The period between now and New Years Eve is full of reflection on how my journey throughout 2016 has progressed and even more so at this time of year, I start thinking ahead to what the next year may bring! So what better time than to write a meaningful blogpost all about what goals I have for 2017 especially for my blog Freya Farrington. I wanted to reflect on how my blog has grown this past year and set myself some targets for next year which if you're also reading this as a blogger or even if you have a different passion or hobby, you may be able to take some inspiration from this post and adapt it for yourself. So without further ado, here are a few of my blogging goals for 2017!

1 / Start writing 2 blogposts a week

I started up my blog around 18 months ago, with the initial intention of doing two posts a week which slowly became once a week, every Sunday. However, instead of doing a blog post every Sunday, I'll now be aiming to post every Wednesday and Sunday! I will get more on top of scheduling posts if needs be in order to keep in line with two a week. Sometimes, blogging can become a bit mundane but I always find, in times like that, an hour browsing Pinterest and Instagram gets me more motivated that ever! I may even extend the challenge to myself towards the end of 2017 with attempting Blogtober or Blogmas, plus it's my favourite time of the year and it's when I feel most inspired...no promises on this one just yet though!

2 / Lose 9lbs and workout 5 times a week

I know this may not seem like a blogger goal, however with a couple of holidays to look forward to, I want to get back to my target weight of around 58kg not only to feel a bit more confidence in myself, but to start taking more full length body photos for my blog, starts with toning up and dropping a little of the excess Christmas weight that I've gained from the festive period. My aim is to cut out sugar at least until I reach my target weight, then allow myself the odd cheat day here and there, and more importantly, I want to aim to workout at least 5 times a week preferably ever weekday morning. Yes, that means 6:45am starts, but if I've done it before, I can do it again. I also love the feeling afterwards and by going in the morning I end up having a far more productive day!

3 / Work with more brands on sponsored posts

I feel very fortunate to have grown my blog to a point whereby brands send me free gifts and products on a regular basis. I don't for one bit take that for granted, but let's face it, freebies don't pay the bills! I'd love to grow my blog throughout 2017 to the point where I can use it to further my career doing something I truly love. I currently am self-employed as a full time blogger with other means of income, primarily though guest posts and SEO marketing for other companies however I'd love to get Freya Farrington to the point where it's my main source of income. I also truly believe in writing about what you believe in. I've been offered to work with brands before that quite honestly I don't particularly like or would never invest into myself, so why share it on my blog if it's not my honest views?

4 / Join more Twitter chats

Since it first launched, being completely honest, I've always struggled with the thought of Twitter. I very rarely find myself opening Twitter if it's not to just share my latest blogpost. It also quite clearly shows in my following when you compare it to my Instagram and brands usually want to work with bloggers who have a more consistent following across all platforms. Bloggers quite often join in Twitter chats, sharing profiles, knowledge, questions and answers and I think it could be a great way to network with other like-minded people in a very effective way that I'm yet to appreciate.

5 / Focus on my white feed theme

When I initially started blogging, there was quite a wide range of content I was discussing and I since found my passion or my niche for Freya Farrington and it's a style or theme that continues throughout my personal and home life, and that's my love of all things white grey and black. I literally love anything monochrome or neutral in colour from home decor, to choice of outfit any since focusing this on my blog too, I've actually seen an increase in my reader activity and following. I love the clean look of a plain white feed with splashes of greys, blacks and nudes and I aim to take 50 shades of grey to a whole new level in 2017!

6 / Schedule and plan ahead

A Christmas gift I received this year (like I do most years...) is a 2017 diary. What I like most about this diary is I feel it's perfectly suited to blogging. There are many blogger planners you can buy now specifically suited to those who lead a blogging lifestyle, and organisation is key! I aim to use this one planner throughout 2017 JUST for Freya Farrington blog. Any blogger events or meet ups and scheduled blogposts along with new blogpost ideas will be noted in this diary. Any other personal events, dates to remember and appointments will all remain on my iCloud or an alternative diary. This one is solely for my blog. In a kind of sad way, which quite a lot of bloggers will probably be able to relate to, this actually excites me! I can't wait to start planning ahead, scheduling filler posts and noting important blogger events in Manchester or even further afield!


So there you have it, six realistic blog goals that I'm aiming to achieve and stick to throughout the year of 2017! I'm actually really looking for to see what the new year brings and I'd love to hear some of your goals! Tweet me (although I need to get used to Twitter!) or comment below, and here's to the New Year! Onwards and upwards, let the journey begin!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

My Christmas and New Years Eve Party Picks!




Having had a recent splurge on Missguided with their irresistible Black Friday 50% offer (click here to see what I bought!), it was very coincidental that they then asked me to select a few items from their 2016 party shop to which I of course said yes! I selected 3 items, one of which being a party dress that stood out to me straight away! This white lace plunge bodycon dress is a show stopper for those who are wanting a dress to stand out from the crowd. The subtle shoulder pads square off the edge which I find is really flattering and gives it a more expensive feel. I'd say it's fairly true to size, perhaps go for the bigger if you tend to be in between sizes and I got a size 8 at £45 but I feel could have also worn a 10. The second piece is a gold satin oversized duster jacket which keeps in line perfectly with the hot trend this season, metallics! It's the perfect piece to put over your outfit to take off the chill from the winter air all whilst retaining a touch of glamour. At just £35 this is a steal, I love all their duster coats at Missguided (I own another 3 colours!) and they're perfect with both a casual and dressy outfit, I love them! To finish the look, I've added this wintery white leather look clutch, detailed with a simple thread knot. Very classy, chic, easy to wipe down for any red wine accidents and the perfect finish to a wintery party outfit! At just £20, this is a bargain!

To shop the Missguided Party collection for 2016 click here...
https://www.missguided.co.uk/occasion/party-shop

...and for more festive party wear inspiration visit Missguided's blog, I loved these articles in particular:
http://blog.missguided.co.uk/fashion/alternative-christmas-party-outfits/
http://blog.missguided.co.uk/fashion/christmas-outfit-ideas/
http://blog.missguided.co.uk/fashion/cosmo-editor-party-picks/


Chi Chi London were also kind enough to let me pick a party dress from their website. In stark contrast to my glitzy Missguided dress, I went for the Nives Dress which is more feminine, and a longer midi length style which I think is a great transitional piece when Winter turns to Spring. I love how wearable this dress is; from day events, to evening parties, from Winter to Summer, this dress is a great piece for all year round. It's also perfect if glitter and bling isn't your thing at Christmas. I got the dress in a size 8, it's true to fit and what's more, it's since been reduced in price from £64.99 down to just £24.99! If midi length dresses are not for you, they also sell the same dress, again in the sale for £22.99 in a petite. I got the dress in grey although it also comes in white, coral, navy and pink. Chi Chi London has very speedy delivery services in my experience and the also offer free UK returns. If you're shopping around for a party dress this season, I'd highly recommend browsing the site, ordering a few dresses to try from the comfort of your own home, pick your favourite, then send the rest back free of charge!






*The products listed in this post were kindly gifted to me but as always, all opinions are of my own and true to how I feel.

Freya Farrington is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog with a continual white feed theme. If you like white grey and black, you have come to the right blog. Join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and keep up to date with all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related in Freya's life. You can follow Freya Farrington on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or for PR enquiries email freyafarrington@hotmail.com.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

White Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips



Yet again...another Christmas inspired blogpost, I'm sorry I can't help myself! For some reason this year, despite being prepared with gift buying in advance, all my presents now wrapped, the Christmas tree is up and decorated, I'm still finding it hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! So venting on my blog about all things related to the festivities is definitely a big help. This year, all the Christmas adverts are making me look forward most of all to just spending time with loved ones and relaxing after an eventful year. It's also the first year that I'm thinking more ahead of Christmas into 2017 and a fresh start, a new year with lots of exciting plans in my life and I'm very much looking forward to saying goodbye to 2016 and welcoming 2017 with big open arms, first stop...the gym!

So this week, I've finished all my wrapping, the only downside is this year I'm unable to put them all downstairs under the tree. Why...? Well last year I learnt the hard way with our beagle sniffing out the chocolate... So this year, stockings and presents remain at the end of the bed! This year I had a little time spent on Pinterest and really made the extra effort to gift wrap in style, or so I think anyway!

Of course keeping in line with my preferred style of minimalism, I chose a theme this year of white and silver for friends and white and gold for family. I love the mix and match aesthetic without it getting messy and untidy on the eye and the best way to achieve this is by sticking to a colour theme and mixing textures and patterns. I also have some presents wrapped in gift wrap and some in white boxes the by adding a little accessory like a bow, ribbon, gift tag or in some instances a sprig of mistletoe finishes off the look perfectly!

I took inspiration from photos on Pinterest and through that managed to source some free printable gift tags which I printed on card and cut out myself; simple, free and very effective! I used these metallic Sharpie pens to write a message on each gift tag and I love how personal they look considering you've taken the time to make them and hand write a note of each one, I think the gift receiver would be very grateful, I know I certainly would! If you like this look and want to re-create it yourself, here is where I found my free printable Christmas gift tags:















Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide for Lovers of Minimalism




Two of my favourite things in the world, Christmas gift giving and minimalism combined, sit down, grab a coffee because this post is a long one! I wanted to provide an extensive list to help those buying gifts for lovers or minimalism, or things to look out for yourself in the January sales! Minimalism is fast becoming a popular trend, in true Parisian style people are starting to see that "less is more". Having transformed my blog Freya Farrington into having a monochrome and minimalist theme, my following has grown and not only that, but I have also followed lots of other bloggers and influencers with a similar style. Some bloggers tend to get stuck in a rut, struggle for ideas on what to write about and lack inspiration. Writing about something your passionate about and actually enjoy makes a world of difference, hence why this list is so extensive (I may have got a little too excited and carried away!). Nevertheless, here it is, a Christmas gift guide for lovers of minimalism!

cereal magazine edition 1

cereal city guides

silver bar earrings

silver cuff bangle

concrete notebooks

an organised life diary
amazon echo dot white

diptyque candles
pur cosmetics selfie palette 

linen bags

large grey patterned rug



grey concrete plant pot

white leather washbag

grey all saints scarf


1 | Cereal Magazine Annual Subscription £22
2 | City Guides by Cereal Magazine £8
3 | Thin Bar Studs by & Other Stories £7
4 | Cuff Bracelet by & Other Stories £12
5 | Concrete Notebook Etsy from £3.50
6 | Minimalist Stationary by An Organised Life from £1.99
7 | Amazon Echo Dot £49.99
8 | Candles by Diptyque from £20
9 | Makeup Palette (Pur Cosmetics £34)
10 | Linen Scented Bags Zara Home £15.99
11 | Rugs and Throws, Urban Outfitters £145
12 | Concrete Vase, Not on the High Street £11.85
13 | Leather Wash Bag, The White Company £65
14 | Scarf, All Saints £68


Lastly, don't underestimate or scrimp and save on the packaging - any minimalist, organised OCD neat-freak (like me) will appreciate simple, matching and minimal packaging (I love brown paper and  white boxes!). So pick a theme, this year mine is white, grey and silver and be consistent with it. I also found some free downloadable tags to print out - a little detail can go a long way! I also picked up some fake plants from Poundland and cut sections off for extra detail and decoration.

TIP: Pinterest is the perfect source for inspiration (see image below)!

minimal gift wrapping



Sunday, 27 November 2016

Black Friday Haul 2016


Having previously lived in the USA, I can't help but be a little disappointed with our Black Friday sales shopping. Having said that, us Brits still tend to go all out on Black Friday in terms of queuing for the doors to be opened, grabbing things off the shelf without any consideration on whether or not you even need it and only purchase things because of the discount. This year, I hold my hands up...GUILTY! However on the up side, I have finished my Christmas shopping! *big pat on the back for me!* This year I started early as I hate nothing more than the last minute rushed gift that you feel you only bought for the sake of having to buy something last minute. I'm quite nosey and I love looking at what others may have purchased on Black Friday to see who got the best deal. Here are the things that I bought (all online) for my Black Friday Haul 2016!


& Other Stories
- Selected Candles from £17 down to £9


Miss Guided (might have gone a little overboard!)
- Carli Bybel Embroidered Nude Pant and Crop Top Set in Size 8 from £65 down to £37.50
- Ribbed Pyjama Set Camel in Size 8 from £18 to £9
Petite Nude Raw Edge Cropped Sweatshirt in Size 8 from £15 down to £7.50
- Oversized Long Sleeve Jumper Dress Nude in Size 8 from £20 down to £15
- Pink Satin Baseball Cap from £8 down to £4
- Ribbed Sleeveless Crop Top Nude in Size 8 from £8 down to £4
- Grey Bandage and Lace Bodycon Dress in Size 8 from £40 down to £20
- Nude V Neck Boyfriend T-shirt in Size 8 from £8 down to £4
Nude Vice High Waisted Zip Knee Biker Skinny Jean in Size 8 from £30 down to £15
- Petite Ribbed Crop T Shirt Camel in Size 8 from £15 down to £7.50
Elastic Strap Grey Trainer in Size 6 from £25 down to £17.50
Nude Plunge Silky Midi Dress in Size 8 from £30 down to £15
Carli Bybel Cropped Leggings Pink in Size 10 down from £10 to £5
Carli Bybel Longline Jersey Double Layer Midi Skirt Green in Size 10 from £12 down to £6
Longline Jersey Midi Skirt Nude in Size 8 from £10 down to £5
Two Tone Satin Chiffon Belted Duster Coat Green in Size 8 from £35 down to £17.50
Black Faux Fur Hood Padded Bomber Jacket in Size 8 from £40 down to £20
Pink Ribbed Cropped Leggings in Size 8 from £10 down to £5



Currys
- Amazon Echo Dot from £49.99 down to £39.99


Very
- George Foreman 10 Piece Grill from £99 down to £39
- Canary Home Security Camera from £159.99 down to £89.99


Amazon
- Eve Matress in King Size from £629 down to £439.99


Some other great deals I saw out there that would make great gifts for him and for her that I was in two minds about whether or not to purchase:


- Tesco - PS4 console and 3 games from £339 down to £199
- Now TV and Sky Movies for 3 months from £24.99 down to £12.49
- Amazon - Philips Satinelle BRE650/00 Prestige Wet and Dry Epilator from £200 to £54.99
- John Lewis Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS from £249.99 down to £179.97
- All Saints 30% off everything!



So there you have it, my thoughts opinions and purchases from the Black Friday Sales of 2016. Did you find any bargains this year?

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Want better hair in just a week?

Do you want to try the 'Better Hair in a Week' Challenge?

Well I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with a brand called Hairapeutix that I'll be honest, I'd never actually heard of before. Hairapeutix is a pre-shampoo treatment made with a signature blend of natural oils and organic ingredients, designed to revitalise, condition and restore tired and dull hair. What I really like about this product is that it's designed to be used before washing your hair, which encourages the absorption of all the good stuff needed for restoration and replenishment. I prefer pre-treatments as opposed to over doing it on products after my hair has been washed, dried and style because I find using too many products after can actually make it feel like it needs a wash again.

My Hair Routine 

So I am very fortunate to have been blessed with thick long hair that naturally grows quickly and is in fairly good condition. I only wash my hair twice a week and on the third day I use dry shampoo or throw it up in a high pony. I find the more often I wash my hair, the more often it actually needs re-washing. Therefore, limiting myself to washing my hair only twice a week not only prolongs the time in between washes but also reduces the amount of heat I'll use on my hair. Each time I wash my hair I use a purple shampoo to keep the yellowy tones astray. I've now also been incorporating the Hairapeutix pre-wash treatment once a week, i.e every other time I wash my hair. You can use the product as often as you like. I then part towel dry, part air-dry and part blow dry my hair. It really all depends on how much of a rush I'm in, which is usually if I'm washing it in a morning. I like to either leave the finished look as it naturally falls however if I have something important on that day, I'll slightly curl the ends with a large heated barrel tong and finish the look with some Moroccan Oil in the ends.

How to Use Hairapeutix

Hairapeutix retails at £5.99 for the 'Mini' set (2 sachets) or £18.99 for the 'Ultra' set (8 sachets). To use it, simply heat the sachet up in your hands for a few seconds to fully liquefy the contents. The, apply liberally to mid-lengths and ends of hair. You can then leave the treatment to soak as long as you can, for at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight. I'm not persistent enough to have tried leaving it in overnight so I can't speak for the results that might have, however I usually leave it for the duration of an hour long program I have to catch up on!

Overall I think this is a great product for you to try if you suffer from split or dry hair during the colder winter months. For me, it's a perfect addition to a little pamper session you may like to enjoy with a face mask on at the same time. If you're looking for a fun stocking filler gift for a loved one who loves to do the odd face mask or two, then this is a great gift to give, not to mention it comes in a nice little white and blue wintery style box that you could simply pop a ribbon on and put in the stocking! Overall, a good gift and for the price, is great value for money and I would be inclined to re-purchase this in the future!



*The products listed in this post were kindly gifted to me by Catalyst PR but as always, all opinions are of my own and true to how I feel.

Freya Farrington is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog with a continual white feed theme. If you like white grey and black, you have come to the right blog. Join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and keep up to date with all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related in Freya's life. You can follow Freya Farrington on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or for PR enquiries email freyafarrington@hotmail.com.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Capsule Collection Ideas for Cold Weather Fashion



Cold weather is upon us, and many of you are probably wondering what new additions to make to your fall and winter wardrobes. It can be difficult defining your own style if you don't have a specific look that you often wear. Even more so, it becomes even harder to make the best use of your garments if everything is so different and all over the board style-wise. That’s why I think it's best to stick with a capsule wardrobe, which means the wardrobe is full of just a few specific colours and styles that all complement each other, no matter which pieces you wear with which.

Of course, for my fall/winter wardrobe, I will be utilizing a monochromatic colour palette consisting of black, gray, and white. This theme is not only sleek, but it offers very appropriate tones for the cold seasons. If you’re ready to take your fall and winter looks to a new level of chicness and minimalism, there are a few ways that you can make your wardrobe fall in line with the black/gray white theme.


Athleisure


One of the most popular minimalist clothing styles as of lately is athleisure. Wearing athletic clothing as a sort of high-fashion statement has become increasingly cool. If you are not familiar with some minimalist athleisure brands that employ the monochrome look, I suggest you take a look at Y-3 on Lyst. It’s a collaboration between Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto and classic sportswear brand Adidas. There is so much inspiration to be found in this collection ranging from jackets to sweatshirts to pants to shoes.


Trendy but Classic


If you are a little more traditional with your style, you don’t have to completely throw away your personality when going for a monochrome theme. You can mix classy and trendy pieces to create a fun look that’s not too attention-grabbing. Personally, I love the way a beautiful skirt contrasts a simple graphic T-shirt as shown on Glamour. It's low-key but still more feminine than an athleisure look. You can mix all kinds of different black, white, and gray pieces in and out with this outfit!


Edgy


Lastly, for those times when you want to give your outfit a little bit of attitude, there is nothing better than making great use out of leather. Both leather leggings and leather biker jackets are in style right now, so no matter how you choose to grunge things up, your monochromatic look is sure to bring the heat. You can even use black leather to add some edgy texture. Just look at this AOL slideshow, which shows you can mix leather leggings with athleisure and a traditional coat—bringing all three styles full-circle.



As long as your fall/ winter wardrobe sticks to a black, gray, and white colour scheme, you are sure to have endless outfit possibilities that will never get old. Having a monochromatic capsule wardrobe is definitely a chic, minimalist way to go!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Brand Focus: Blank Canvas Cosmetics


In celebration of their 5th birthday, Blank Canvas Cosmetics are promoting their DIMENSION makeup brushes and I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the PR release. I have been trying and testing 3 face makeup brushes from their wide range available to purchase on their website. The three that I have been trialling are numbers F43, F39 and F06. Overall the range is reminiscent in both style and quality of Morphe brushes. My all time favourite brand for makeup brushes remains to be Real Techniques for value for money and yet to be disappointed with quality and performance. Nevertheless, they are a great brand if you're looking for makeup brushes that are far more affordable than the premium brands. As long as the bristles aren't harsh on your skin or malt and stick in your foundation, then I'm a believer of buying more affordable brushes that do just the same job as some of the premium lines. In terms of the brand, Blank Canvas pride themselves on their value for money, as well as their ethnic approach to providing all brushes suitable for vegans, which quite honestly I think is a little too hipster for me. If two brushes were placed side by side, one having a vegan stamp on and the other not, it perhaps wouldn't sway my purchase decision compared to someone else. Prices for individual brushes range from £6.50 to £14.50, categorising themselves firmly alongside other drugstore makeup brush brands. So here are the three brushes by Blank Canvas Cosmetics that I have been loving and would definitely recommend along with an overall rating of 9/10.










*The products listed in this post were kindly gifted to me by Catalyst PR but as always, all opinions are of my own and true to how I feel.

Freya Farrington is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog with a continual white feed theme. If you like white grey and black, you have come to the right blog. Join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and keep up to date with all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related in Freya's life. You can follow Freya Farrington on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or for PR enquiries email freyafarrington@hotmail.com.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

October Favourites 2016


October is possibly my favourite month. I love the transition into Autumn, when the Summer starts feeling a little sorry for itself and it becomes too cold to wear a summer wardrobe. I even like to have a little wardrobe clear out, put my summer items away and bring out those beloved jumpers, cosy leggings, leather boots and big knit scarves. I'm about 20 pumpkin spiced lattes into the Autumn season of 2016 and not even slightly sick of them yet. I only sporadically post Monthly Favourites blogposts but this time, I have done two in a row, simply because this is my favourite time of the year! I also wanted include one item in particular in this month's favourites as its cancer awareness month. This year, Channel 4 have launched Stand Up to Cancer which has done a brilliant job raising awareness of the life-taking disease that almost everyone is somehow effected by. Spot the product I'm loving this month, that also does a great job is raising money for such a good cause...

FASHION

1/ So let's start with my favourite fashion finds this month. Firstly, I made an order recently from Miss Guided with the intention of buying some new items for autumn as well as some sale finds, with the intention of sending a few back, of course didn't, I loved everything! As I mentioned before, I did pick up a few sale items so all of the things I got may not be in stock anymore. Here are a few from my Miss Guided order and I'd definitely recommend checking out their sale!

Faux Leather White Midi Skirt - https://www.missguided.co.uk/skinny-belt-split-front-midi-white

Carli Bybel Grey Set - https://www.missguided.co.uk/carli-bybel-cropped-leggings-grey

Sleeveless Crop Grey Vest - https://www.missguided.co.uk/sleeveless-crop-vest-grey



2/ I was kindly invited as part of the press team to visit Liverpool's North West Fashion Festival last weekend and came across a brand that I loved the look of! It's a fairly new brand, Nu Nude and it screams Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's Yeezy fashion line but of course it's far more affordable!




3/ Thirdly, and somewhat surprisingly, I came across a great fashion find for this season on a bit of a whim. I'm not personally a big fan of Primark, as most things I've bought from there in the past I find wear quite quickly however I still like to have a browse every now and again (especially in the PJs section!). I went in this month with the intention of needing to find some new leggings for the winter, not at all expecting to find them in Primark however I did! They actually had two different types of plain black leggings, a cheaper pair of their standard viscose, slightly see-through, non-desirable legging but then they also had the 'Cosy leggings', made from a much thicker, more forgiving material, with an extra soft cosy lining on the inside. They surprised me that much that I bought two pairs!



BEAUTY

1/ I've been lucky enough to have been sent a few PR releases for new beauty products this month and one that I have been trying out and really enjoying was the Frizz Eliminator Serum and the Smooth & SealAnti-Frizz and Shine Spray, both from the SexyHair brand. What I really like about these anti-frizz products is that you use them on dry hair which I find you tend to get a more noticeable different and an instant change upon application. I'm going to continue trying and testing out this product before making a decision on whether or not I'd re-purchase it, but so far, so good!



2/ As mentioned earlier, as it's cancer awareness month, I was keen to include a little about the brand Look Good Feel Better. I have a few different makeup brushes from this brand and my two new brushes that I was kindly gifted this month, all in aid of raising awareness for a good cause, were the Flawless Foundation Duo Set complete with an Angled Foundation Brush and, my favourite one, the Duo Fibre Foundation Brush. For every sale of the Flawless Foundation Duo set, an 8-12% donation will be made to Look Good Feel Better. Donations from the sale of this product will help them support thousands more women and teenagers across the UK. I of course have since purchased more brushes from this brands as every little helps to make a difference! You can purchase your own on Feel Unique and Amazon.



3/ Lastly, for beauty favourites I've been loving this month, I had to include my Stay Don't Stray Eye shadow primer from Benefit Cosmetics. Without needing to go too much in depth as to why I love this product, I've written about it in last week's blogpost; NEW IN - BEAUTY PRODUCTS FROM BENEFIT COSMETICS.



TELEVISION

1/ Having restarted my Netflix Subscription this month, there are a couple of things I've watched that I wanted to include. Firstly, Narcos. Everyone's been talking about it and as much as I've been looking to watching it in the evenings, Stranger Things had me more gripped. Although it was more horror/thrilling than Narcos. That being said, I have been enjoying Narcos, I love anything based on a true story, I just have to be wide awake to watch it and not leave it for when I'm dozing in front of the TV, why? Subtitles.

2/ There's also a film we were recommended to watch on Netflix, and if you like thrillers and murder mystery type films, this one's for you! The Gift is a story of a married couple who have recently moved to the area, when they unexpectedly bumped into an old school friend of the husband, Jason Bateman. After a flurry of gifts, the plot thickens and the twists and turns lead to a very unexpected ending, guaranteed to make your jaw drop! Not a film that you feel you missed out not watching it in the cinema, but a great Sunday chill day film when you're not sure what to watch.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

New In - Beauty Products from Benefit Cosmetics

This week, I'm sharing my thoughts and opinions on a few new Benefit products I have recently been trying. Having had my makeup done by a Benefit artist who used all of these products and more on me, I wanted to share what I thought of 3 new things that I've never tried before. There are a few products that I love from Benefit, including the 'High Beam' liquid highlighter, 'They're Real!' mascara and the 'High Brow' Highlighter. Having said that, one thing I wouldn't be swayed into purchasing is the foundation. After having had a professional makeover, I was really not impressed with the finish of the foundation used on my skin as it's durability wore off throughout the day, it became patchy and it oxidised leaving some areas quite orangey looking. Nevertheless, there are some Benefit makeup holy grail products for a lot of people and let's not forget the incredible work that goes into the marketing campaigns, branding and packaging, you can recognise Benefit products from a mile off!


Product 1 // The POREfessional: Matte Rescue Mattifying Gel Makeup Primer £21.50 for 50ml

What they say: "Matte rescue instantly minimizes pore appearance. The lightweight, water-based gel overpowers shine and absorbs excess surface oil, leaving a natural-looking matte finish. Skin feels smooth and refreshed. Contains diamond powder known for its soft-focus pore-blurring effect."

What I say: Unfortunately this product will probably not be a re-purchase. Having never tried the original POREfessional primer that everyone raves about, I was really excited to give it a try but then the makeup artist doing my makeup advised this one to be better suited to my skin type with its diamond something or other particles. I loved the cooling sensation when applied to my face and it smells very fresh and minty giving an very nice refreshing feeling, however whether it mattifies or not...I'm not so sure. I honestly wish I'd have tried the original formula considering that's the one I've heard such great things about. That being said, it's still a great product, it just, in my opinion, isn't exactly true to what it says. I still love using this primer on a day-to-day basis, but I do tend to resort to my favourite primer on special occasions, the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch.



Product 2 // Stay Don't Stray Eyeshadow Primer in Light/Medium £20.50 for 10ml

What they say: "This dual-action power primer works 360 degrees around the eyes to make concealers AND eyeshadows STAY PUT. Concealers don't crease, eyeshadows stay vibrant & true. Contains sodium hyaluronate known to hydrate and vitamins C & E known to help fight the signs of ageing."

What I say: Of all three products that I have been trying out, this is my favourite! I really like the formula, it works great and it does exactly what it says. I've previously tried the Urban Decay Eye Potion in Eden which it reminds me of, and the only negative I'd say, is that I wish it came in more shades. Perhaps even if it was just Light Medium or Dark as opposed to Light/Medium or Medium/Dark. It's closer to the colour of my foundation whereas I'd have preferred it to have been more like the colour of my concealer. Nevertheless, I have used this most days since purchasing it and what sold me was when the MUA doing my makeup swatched the same Benefit eyeshadow on both bare skin as well as on a primed part of her arm with the Stay Don't Stray and the pigmentation difference was incredible. I really love this product and feel it's great value for money too - it will last me a while before needing to re-purchase!



Product 3 // Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid Highlighter £19.50 for 10ml

What they say: "Shhh, it’s the highlighter with a low profile. This soft-matte, nude pink highlighter puts the most natural-looking spotlight on you. Let a radiant you shine through!"

What I say: Lastly, this product I was hit and miss as to whether or not to get it. I love High Beam highlighter and feel that I was comparing the finish to that. The main difference being that it's a matte highlighter which is unusual. That being said I really like the finish it gives for a more day-to-day wear as opposed to a stronger highlight for a night out. This may be a bit too much for some, but I actually liked using this as a base to my high beam when going for a strong hight look for a night out and they compliment each other really well! In terms of value for money, it' great, I'll probably never have to re-purchase! I've had my high beam for a LONG time and use it on such a regular basis that Shy Beam, in a similar way, will last a while!




All in all, I'm glad I purchased these three items and although I like the feeling of the primer upon application, this is the only product that i'm slightly doubtful about its usefulness. I think I'll still be purchasing the original formula one day to see it that one lives up to its expectations!