Writing

Creating an effective setting

Hey M’lovelies,

Today I wanted to talk to you about creating effective setting in your writing.

Setting is so incredibly important when it comes writing a story because it can really draw the reader in. However, it has to be done right or it can completely ruin it.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is ‘why is this relevant to my story?’ because a setting should always serve a purpose. For example, a characters bedroom should tell us something about them or where they live should tell us something about their upbringing. Is your character part of a specific culture? Can the setting be used to tell us more about that culture?

If it adds nothing, then it doesn’t need to be there.

Include the 5 senses. Our senses are the most powerful tools and all serve a very important purpose. If we lose one sense, the others heighten which goes to show how key they are to human survival. Using the senses creates a strong visual image in the readers mind and pulls them in.

Use pathetic fallecy to aid the setting. It’s all well and good having a creepy house at the end of the street or a beach, but the weather will help the setting to serve its purpose. A dark stormy night will make a creepy house a lot scarier than a sunny day. But remember, it’s okay to do the unexpected and juxtapose the two as well.

I hope you guys have found this useful and I’m sorry it’s short but I didn’t want to make it a long and boring read. Please let me know any ideas or feedback you have in the comments below.

Lifestyle

Things I want to try in 2019

Hey M’lovelies

I was going through town today and I couldn’t help but think that there are so many things I want to try in terms of make up and just new experiences. Obviously, if money was not an object then I’d have bought everything I wanted but sadly that that is not the Hey M\’lovelies\nI was going through town today and I couldn\’t help but think that there are so many things I want to try in terms of make up and just new experiences. Obviously, if money was not an object then I\’d have bought everything I wanted but sadly that that is not the case. \nHowever, I still want to share them with you and maybe you guys can tell me your experience with them and if they are work the money. \nToo Face HangoverRX primer case.

However, I still want to share them with you and maybe you guys can tell me your experience with them and if they are work the money.

Too Face HangoverRX primer

This is one that I did actually pick up today because my skin has been crying out for some hydration. I heard that this is just the best primer to allow your skin to be at its bests. It says that it is going to hydrate, improve elasticity, smooth, make my skin more radiant and give the appearance of a good nights sleep.

This sounds like my dream primer and I really can’t wait to try it out. Who knows, maybe it’ll appear in my February favourites.

Crocheting

I don’t know why but I really really want to learn how to crochet. There is just something about it that draws me too it. I know it isn’t easy but I’m so determined too.

Wet N Wild Megaglo Blushes

I’ve really been enjoying bush recently as it brings back some colour to my ghostly complection. I want to try these specific ones as they have a gorgeous shade range and have a little glow to them which I adore.

Olay Regenerate Under Eye Cream

I have really dull and dry under eyes which need a little bit of life brought back to then. I’ve heard this cream works absolute wonders for that exact issue but my only problem is … It’s £21.

Revelation Skincare

Revolution has just released their own skincare line and I want to try it out of sheer curiosity. It’s cheaper skincare and if it works well then I will be over the moon. I’ve been really into taking care of my skin recently but it’s so expensive and I could do with a cheaper alternative in my life.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post. Do you have anything that you want to try or anything you want me to review then send me an email or share in the comment section.

Beauty · Reviews

Maybelline Master Contour stick.

Hey M’lovelies,

I have never been one for contour and if I was to do it then I would use powder as it has never done me wrong.
However, I was recently in my local Wilko and I spotted that Maybelline had a sale on, which I thought was the perfect time for me to pick up a new item to review for you guys. I settled on their cream contour stick because I had never tried one before and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about

I picked up the shade ’01 light’ which came in the shape of a bullet with the contour on one side and a highlight on the other. Having the two sides is very handy because it keeps your contour looking sharp and clean, but the stick does get very messy as the two products spread across eachother.

The contour shade is the perfect light, ashy, brown tone which perfectly complements my skin. I initially expected it too look quite orange on me but when I blend it out, it looks like very natural shading. The highlight is not a highlight on me (shocker!) but it matches my skin well and still keeps the contour looking sharp but doesn’t brighten

It does take a little bit of work to blend it out with a sponge and is certainly easier to blend with a brush (still takes it time). I found that the contour can end up looking quite patchy if you don’t work fast with the blending but if you do … It’s perfect.

I do like how it looks on the skin but for me it is more effort than it is worth.

I hope you guys have enjoy this post and I shall post again tomorrow xx

Writing

Adulting

It takes some getting used to,
This adulting thing.
Or so I hear.

From pocket money,
To hard earned cash.
Don’t worry, you’re saving some for later.
From grotesque canteen … whatever the hell that was,
To your homemade ‘gourmet’ chicken.
two pounds for six in Iceland, half hour in the oven.
From drinking and dancing until dawn,
To ‘goodnight love’.
It’s already 10pm, best be getting to bed.
From sneaking through the back door,
To staring at the clock.
‘I told you to be back by 8!’

From being nagged to do the dishes,
To not having a bloody choice.
Well the dish fairy isn’t going to do them. Is she?
From the excitement of the break bell,
To lunch on the go.
The bench in the nursing home yard.
It takes some getting used to,
This adulting thing.
But don’t worry,
You’ll get there eventually.
Beauty

My Top 5 Foundations For Pale People

Hey M’lovelies,

I have been on the hunt for a foundation pale enough for me for years and I recently found it. I tried out so many different foundations both high-end and high-street which means that I’ve been able to compile a list of the palest ones around. They may not have been my perfect match but they were still incredibly pale and I know they’ll work out for the majority of pale folk out there.

 

L’Oréal Paris True Match – 0.5N Porcelain

 I’m starting off with my dream foundation because it is the one that inspired this post. This has always been my favourite foundation but it just ended up being way too dark for me in the past. However, they have just brought out a new shade, 0.5N porcelain, and it ended up being my perfect shade. They also do a 0.5R  Rose Porcelain which is the same shade but in a pink undertone. I adore this foundation because it’s very long wearing, amazing coverage and looks like a second skin.

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Mac Pro-Longwear Nourishing – NW13

 This foundation would have been the perfect shade for me had it been in a more neutral undertone as it carried more on the pink side. The coverage was fantastic and it made the perfect foundation for nights out but I found the formula to be slightly too thick for everyday usage. It does have an incredibly flawless finish and leaves your skin feeling hydrated which I loved about it.

 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless – 95

 Just like the previous foundation, it carried a little bit too pink for my liking but if you love a gorgeous soft matte finish then this is for you. The coverage can be built up to full without being cakey but I don’t recommend this for dry skin as it will cling to dry patches and age you 10 years.

 

Rimmel Match Perfection – 001 Fair Porcelain

This foundation was the perfect tone for me and I have never had my foundation look so natural (apart from L’Oréal of course). I have nothing bad to say about this foundation apart from the fact that it was just too dark for me but I got away with it by blending down my neck.

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Mac Studiofix Fluid – NC5

 I personally did not get along with the formula of this foundation but they recently brought out the new extended shade range and I cannot fault the variety that they have.  NC5 is probably the second lightest one that I have mentioned and does have a neutral undertone but the formula was too thick for my personal taste. It could be perfect for you if you enjoy a higher and thicker coverage.

 

I’m sorry I don’t have photos of all the foundations to show you but I sadly don’t own them all anymore. Remember that this is based purely on shade range and not the formula as I am aware there are more than just my skin type out there.

I will be doing a collection of “Top 5 for Pale People’ posts including concealers, blushers, bronzers and contour but it may take me a while to complete the series as I need to continue my very expensive search for pale products.

 I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and if you know of any super pale products that could work for me and fellow readers then let me know below.

Lifestyle

My January Favourites

Hey M’lovelies,

I can’t believe we are almost out of January already but we are, which means that it is that time of the month where I share what I have been loving this month with you guys.

As always I am going to try and keep my list as varied as I can because my blog does cover a wide variety of topics. in 2019 I am aiming to try out a lot more new things which will hopefully make these posts longer and give me more to write about.

 My Cool Ass Mug

 Since coming back to London from Wales, the only mug that I have used is the one I shared on Instagram with you guys. Obviously, I have washed it, but I can’t seem to put it down. It is the perfect size and has a gorgeous pattern on it which has made me fall in love with it.

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Sally Hansen Nail Varnish

 I’ve been wanting to build up my Nail Varnish collection as I threw out all my old ones, which is why I decided to take a look at Sally Hansen. I bought two shades which are called ‘237 World Is My Oyster’ and ‘494 Love Me Lilac’. They’re incredibly long-wearing, absolutely stunning shades and didn’t break the bank.

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 The Body Shop British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter

 If you guys have read my review on this, then you will know how much I loved it. It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated, without the greasy feel. It completely cured my dry skin within a matter of weeks. I’m not going into much detail as I already have a full review up which you can go and check out if you please.

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Wisdom Active Whitening Flouride Toothpaste

Honestly guys, this toothpaste is a miracle worker! Not too harsh and minty with zero burning sensation that other minty toothpastes on the market have. It also has as an instant whitening effect and as a coffee drinker, this is a godsend. Don’t be thrown off by the fact that it is black, this is due to it being a charcoal based formula which helps to remove any stains.

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RCMA No Colour Powder

 As a dry skin sufferer, it is very difficult to find a powder that does not cling to your dry patches or give the effect that you look a decade older than you actually are. This powder sets my under-eye concealer smoothly and leaves it looking silky soft. The best part about it is that it leaves zero colour residue, which means no white marks will be left on your face and no flashback.

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this post! I’m sorry there weren’t that many items this month as I am just a girl of habit and don’t really change up what I use. If you guys have enjoyed and have any recommendations chuck them my way!

Bye guys.

 

Beauty · Reviews

The Ordinary review.

Hey M’lovelies,

For months now I have been hearing my fellow people in the dry skin community rave about how good The Ordinary is and when they come out with their foundation most of the beauty community was all over it.

Since moving to London my skin has been worse than even and started to feel like the Sahara (okay … slight exaggeration) which is why I decided to take the plunge and jump onto Beauty Bay.

I bought 2 items, their ‘High-Spreadability Fluid Primer’ and their ‘100% Plant-derived Hemi-Squalane’.

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

The box says that it is a ‘Spreadability-Enhancing Lightweight Surface Smoother and primer’ and it claims that the product is going to help with makeup adherence, visible surface texture and hydration.

You get 30ml of product which is standard and it comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pipet for the application. I like the pipet because you do get a lot of control over the amount of product you disperse and there is no waste after because you can always place it back in the bottle.

I’m going to come straight out with this and say that I adored it. It made my skin feel incredibly hydrated and my make up blended like a dream on top of it without clinging to any of my dry patches. It was incredibly lightweight and I didn’t feel sticky after applying it but I did feel like it slightly enhanced the appearance of the pores on my nose initially. That went away when I started to pat the product into my skin rather than rubbing.

My skin stayed looking hydrated and non-cakey all day which is something that never happens as my dryness usually shows by the end of the day.

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100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane

Again, you get 30ml of product and it comes with a pipet which I still love but be careful how hard you squeeze or a lot comes out. Be gentle and you will have so much control.

so, on Beauty Bay, it says “A hydrating face and hair oil.  Say hello to supple skin. As a non-comedogenic, natural emollient, 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalene is ideal for soothing a dry or lacklustre complexion. This ultra-nourishing and lightweight oil absorb quickly into the skin, delivering an intense moisture boost and increasing elasticity for a smooth, plump finish. Due to its spreadability and dry-after feel, the formula is also perfect for achieving sleek, frizz-free tresses.”

I applied this before bed and the first thing I noticed was that it sunk into my skin instantly without leaving behind the greasy feeling that you’d expect an oil too. I honestly felt like I had added water into my skin and given my face a massive drink. when I woke up in the morning my skin felt plump, hydrated and incredibly smoother as it had taken away all my bumps had all over my jaw.

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Both of these products are Vegan and cruelty-free which is fantastic and on top of that, they are fragrance-free which I couldn’t be happier as fragrance irritates the hell out of my skin

To conclude, I adore both of these products and have no doubts that I will be continuing to purchase from this brand.