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Current Favourites

Hey M’lovlies,

So my last post was a bit of a downer and so I thought that I should probably do something a little bit more light-hearted. Positivity is key and all that.

I was initially writing this as a September favourites but then I realised after being gone for so long , current favourites was probably more appropriate. I’ve discovered a lot of new things over the past couple of months and I have fallen totally in love with a lot of it. I mean, I hated a lot of it too but that is for another time. Let me know if a ‘Stuff I hate’ post is something you’d be interested in reading in the comments below.

Rightio, let’s get into it.

Chamomile tea and honey – It is a well known fact that chamomile has an insane amount of benefits and one of which is that it can aid and improve sleep. To say that I agree with that claim would be an understatement. Sleep is something that doesn’t come easy for me and being an aneamic insomniac isn’t going to end well for anybody. Well, recently I was doing some shopping and I found myself drawn to a magic box that read ‘Twinnings chamomile and honey’ and I could not pull myself away until it was in my basket. It was a total ‘fuck it’ moment but I’m so glad I bought it. I have a cup before bed while reading some blogs and I’m knocked out in half an hour. Plus, I’ve been waking up once a night instead of the usual 5/6. It is a drinkable sleeping tablet … I swear it.

Nyx Honey Few Me Up Primer – oh! Another honey related product? Maybe it’s my good luck charm. While this is slightly on the pricier side of the drugstore scale … It is something that I feel is totally worth the money as I fell in love with it instantly. You guys all know I love a hydrating primer but I generally find they lose their benefits when you set the foundation. However, not only does this hydrate and plump the skin but it gives you a ‘glow from within’ look that still comes through set foundation. It leaves you looking healthy and fresh. Who doesn’t want that! Be warned, the application can be a messy process if you don’t remove the excess from the wand before putting it on your face.

Vanilla Cupcake Yankee Candle – ‘oh my good god!’ were my exact words when I smelt this candle for the first time. Imagine you’re back in year 8 food tech class and you’ve just opened the oven to remove your proud work where the smell of freshly baked cake whacks you in the face, filling the entire room. That’s exactly what the candle smells like and it’s not too overpowering either so it only gently fragrances the whole room. I also love that it comes in a decently weighted glass jar as it means it is very difficult to knock over. It also makes a beautiful shelf decoration.

White Mesh Heart Fairy Lights – I was on my way to the bus home from town when my legs very rudely walked me into Primark. While in there, I spotted a set of 10 absolutely stunning fairy lights and they decided that they’d look stunning behind my bed and so they jumped into my basket. My card then naughtily jumped out of my purse to pay. I put them up as soon as I got home (it would have been cruel not to!) and my room suddenly came together. It was the decorations I had no idea I was missing. I now have them on every night as I lay in bed sipping my chamomile tea and reading blogs. Totally transformed the entire room.

Gel Nail polish – Up until recently I never really cared about nail care or painting them but then I started filling them and then attempting to paint them. I quickly learnt that I would never master it and I decided to get them done while on a weekend away in Cardiff. They recommend gel to me because of how long it lasts and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to normal polish. I feel like it looks so much better on the nail and they last absolutely ages on me which makes it worth the money. Something as little as having my nails done has brought me so much confidence which I know sounds a bit silly but it works for me.

Benefit 24hr brow setter – if your brows are anything like mine then they enjoy growing in different directions, lengths and thickness. Just piss you off. Well, I went into TKMaxx recently and found this magical item on sale, only the travel size of course … Naturally. But, it has been a total brow game changer and they now stay pointing in the same direction all day. I adore the fact that it doesn’t make your brows feel like cement and I got the clear one which makes them look so natural. Also, for a travel size you get quite a lot of product as its the same size as any brow gel you’d find at the drugstore.

Always night-time pads – omg! a female talking about sanitary products on the internet! Gasp! Shock! Horror! Are we done with the taboo silliness now? Thank you very much. Since I had to switch pill, mother nature doesn’t like me very much and these have become my daytime pads as they seem to be the only ones that can keep me relatively safe. They are the most ‘comfortable’ ones I have found and I feel a lot less likely to leak in them. I recently saw online that Sophia Bush has partnered with Always on their #endperiodpoverty campaign. I always admired before but I admire her even more now as she does her best to help anyone with a menstural cycle that are unable to access sanitary products.

I’m sorry that there were not more items and the post is going up late. I tried to think of more but then I realised that if I has to think about them … then they aren’t favourites. I really hope you enjoyed the post and feel free to leave me any feedback in the comment section below.

All my love,

Paige x

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Let’s chat!

Hey M’lovlies,

So after a very sporadic couple of months I felt like it was time to give you a little update on what’s been going on in my life and why things have been so off with me. I am going to put a little warning here that there will be talk about mental health so if that is something that might upset you then please leave the post now and I will see you in my next one.

Around April time I started to notice myself becoming anxious over stupid little things like walking into my world lit lecture because the amount of people in there terrified me. Especially as they all had a habit of turning straight to the door to see who was walking in. There was a lot of things that my brain was trying to work through and they were things that I had no control over but my brain didn’t want to accept that. They were things that had already happened or things that can’t be changed as much as I want them to. I’m not going into detail about what they are right now because they’re very personal things that I’m not ready to put on the internet but I’m sure I will one day. I spent most of my time in my room panicking about leaving the flat and it became all I did which meant I was falling behind on work and the blog. It all just kind of built up to a massive shit show. My brain was taking to me some dark places but I didn’t want to talk about it anyone because I believed that I was just being stupid and people would laugh at me for it but my stepmum and me had a long conversation which really helped me put things into perspective.

On top of that, at the start of summer I started to find myself becoming ill and permanently exhausted again which I started to realise meant that anemia was probably back and in true ‘my body hates me’ fashion … It is. I couldn’t concentrate on anything and I had absolutely no creative ideas coming in which broke me because I don’t want to be doing the same as everybody else … I missed my ideas. I was napping for hours during the day and waking up so late which is just not me at all. My energy was gone but the iron tablets are finally kicking in and Im starting feel a lot better … Minus the dizziness and nausea (fun times!). I’m napping so much less but my concentration still isn’t fully there but it’s getting there slowly.

I also found that I lost a lot of my motivation because I just wasn’t seeing any interaction with my blog and I don’t mean that in a ‘omg I’m not getting veiws’ way but the aim for my blog is to be an escape for 5 minutes for people who may not be having it the easiest but I didn’t feel like it was doing that. It’s a blog about silly, trivial things like makeup because sometimes you just need to read something like that to take your mind off the big things. I couldn’t see my blog helping anyone but I’ve now realised that it is helping somebody … Me. It’s my break and it’s my escape. Obviously I hope other people are enjoying reading it and I hope people start interacting with me more but I can’t base how my blog runs off that or I may as well shut it down.

I found myself falling out of love with makeup as well which obviously hindered my ability to write as 90% of my content is about makeup. Well, I didn’t fall out of love with it as such but totally lacked any motivation with it and just didn’t feel like I had the energy to put it on. I wasn’t feeling confident with or without it and so I just didn’t see the point in bothering to wear it.

Now, 5 months down the line, I am back in London for university and already feel so much more positive. Im excited to start my new modules and meet new people rather than being scared at the prospect of it. Im still physically not in best place but my mental health is certainly on the up. My relationship is going so perfect and we have now been together almost a year and a half; Jack was absolutely amazing in supporting me through all this even when he wasn’t in the best shape himself. I’ve started to feel so much more confident in myself again and am wearing makeup more frequently while also finding myself so excited to try new products. I’ve completed a lot of the planning the my novel so I am now in the process of starting to properly write it out which I am so excited for as it has taken me years to get to this point.
I started a new job working as a residence ambassador for my university and while the first two weeks were very intense, Im enjoying every single second (plus my bank balance is going to love me at the end of it!). It’s made me ready to meet new people and help then as they start the scary transition of being in their first year of uni.

I hope you guys are not too annoyed at my upload situation but I promise you that I am going to be uploading atleast once a week from now on and they will become more frequent as I adjust to my new mindset and get even more positive about life. I know it doesn’t seem like I’ve said much but I didn’t want to get into things too deep as that is now who I am but I thought I’d give a brief explanation.

Please leave any ideas that you may have for me in either my Instagram DM’s or in the comment section below.

All my love,
Paige X

Beauty

Make-up tips for summer.

Hey m’lovelies,

Summer is here … apparently (insert cliché joke about living in Wales and having no summer here) and that means it is that time of year when trying to get your makeup to stay on your face is more difficult than it is for me to reach the top shelf. It also means that different kinds of makeup looks will suit you better and you will need to adjust what tones you are wearing.

This post is to give you general tips on what will make your makeup last, what’s going to be the most flattering and how to take care of your skin during the summer. Obviously, not everyone is going to agree with me and what works for me isn’t going to work for everyone as we are all different. I am simply sharing what I have found to work for me personally but I do hope everyone finds something beneficial.

that being said … enjoy.

1 – Wear as little on your skin as you possibly can.

Now, I wanted to make this my first one as I feel it has the most benefits. Your skin naturally creates more oil during the summer months anyway which is why it does not need layers upon layers of oily product on top of it; you’d be clogging your pores even more and making your face oil city, which is just asking for a breakout. This is not me saying cut out all complexion products as I know confidence doesn’t magically appear and skin issues don’t just disappear.  However, I am suggesting using a lighter foundation that is oil-free and going in with concealer to hide any redness and blemishes because this will let your skin breath. If you do feel confident to just wear concealer then that is what I recommend personally as it is even lighter again. Natural looking skin is just such a flattering look during the summer as it gives off fresh, glowy vibes especially for those with freckles.

 

2 – Matte can look a bit too flat

People often think that by mattifying their entire face and wearing extra powder or matte foundation is going to stop them looking oily throughout the day but this is not the case. You’re actually making your skin very angry as it cannot breathe and you’re just trapping the sweat beneath the powder, clogging your pores and causing breakouts. Makeup naturally wears off throughout the day anyway but mattifying it to excess will make it look horrific as it wears off because the oil will cause the powder to congeal, which isn’t a good look on anyone. Wearing a small amount of powder to start and blotting throughout the day will help makeup breakdown less visibly noticeable. Besides, matte can make your skin look really dull during these months which is the last thing you want. Embrace the dew and make your skin look healthy.

 

3 – Peaches, pinks and reds. 

Whether it is on the lips or cheeks, peach and pink tones are the way to go because they bring so much warmth back the face and I have said reds because who doesn’t love a bold lip. In my opinion, reddy brown lipsticks look absolutely phenomenal on darker skin tones during the summer months and I fall in love every time I see people walking through the street wearing those tones … just yes! is all I have to say.   They are just truly so flattering and bring a healthy flush of colour.

 

4 – Switch up your skincare 

Switching up your skincare during the summer is so important because your skin is going to be asking you for different things than in the spring/winter months. It isn’t going to want a thick, creamy moisturiser because it going to feel and look quite heavy as they contain a lot of oil (even when they say they don’t). A more gel/water-based formula is what is going to be the most beneficial to your skin in these months as it is still giving the hydration while being a lot lighter on the skin. Breakouts are going to be more frequent during the summer but using the right products to wash your face, such as a tea tree face wash, will help to prevent them or make them less prominent when they do.

 

5 – Warm your brows up a bit. 

I have found that people hair tends to get a little bit warmer in tone during the summer months which is why I recommend using a warmer tone for your brows as well because it will really flatter the changing hair. Obviously, you’re still going to look amazing using your normal brow colour as there isn’t going to be a drastic difference but it will also help to warm up the face.

 

6 –  Setting Spray is important. 

Now I don’t mean setting spray in general because not everyone chooses to use it but if you do, then the one that you pick is important. You’re better off using one that is going to lock your makeup in place rather than a mattifying or dewy one because they don’t generally have any benefits. I personally recommend ‘Urban Decay All Nighter’  or  ‘M.A.C FIX+’ because they genuinely prolong the wear of your makeup.

 

I hope you guys have found this post somewhat helpful and if not, pop any suggestions you have in the comment section or send me an email through the contact page as I am constantly checking them.

Head over to my Instagram (@paigebwrites) to check out my go-to summer look which I will be up by 1:30 today (20th June 2019).

Lifestyle

5 Things I Can’t Live Without

1. coffee

It is no secret that I am addicted to coffee. I will not start my day properly until the kettle has been boiled and I have my life essence in my hands.  My days are generally quite busy and coffee just keeps me going which means that I can get everything done. I do drink too much and the likelihood is that will never change.

2. My animals

Nothing feels as good as walking in through the front door to be greeted by cuddles of your pets. My dog Hugo doesn’t even allow you to sit down before he is jumping on you and giving you kisses, which just fills me with unexplainable amounts of happiness. My cat, Snowy,  is a lot calmer when greeting people but she is an incredibly affectionate little girl who loves to be cuddled and will often meow for me to pick her up. We recently got a new dog named Honey who I have met briefly as I had to come back to uni but she was such a sweetie and I can’t wait to get to spend more time with her.

3. My Bullet Journal

I am personally obsessed with organization and so my bullet journal is my baby as it allows me to get my life in order. I don’t go all crazy arty with it because drawing is just not my strong point but it is certainly incredibly useful which is what I wanted it for. It has helped me to get into better habits and keep a record of the tasks I have to do.

4. My Hardrive

As a writer, having somewhere to save all your work is essential. Every single one of my posts and ideas are on there, which means that I would be totally lost without it. I never delete or throw anything away so I need somewhere to store it, just in case I go back to it at a later date.

5. TV Shows

I am that person who needs something playing in the background but can’t quite handle music all the time. I like to hear talking. That is exactly why I always have a TV Show playing in the background and end up binge watching way more than I ever intended to do. My show count is currently 64 … yes, I have a problem. One Tree Hill will always be my favourite show and the fact that Sophia Bush is joining the final season of Jane The Virgin made me so happy.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post. I just wanted to apologise for my lack of posting over the past few weeks. I have been incredibly busy and not in the best mindset but things are on the up now and posting will resume as normal.

Have a good evening xx

Lifestyle

Meet the blogger Q and A

Hey M’lovelies,

So, I saw this post over on http://www.thetullytales.com (full link at the bottom) and I though thought it would be fun to give it a go.

What’s your Favourite Book?

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I feel in love with this book from the first chapter and have read it so many times now. I’ve never been able to pin point why but I always gravitate towards it.

What’s your favourite ice cream flavor?

I am very very boring and love vanilla. My local ice cream shop from back home,Crecies, has the best vanilla ice cream and nothing will ever beat it.

What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory?

This sounds like a copout but I actually can’t remember. I have an awful memory both long term and short term.

What are your 3 Favourite Movies?

1. Dirty Dancing
2. Labyrinth
3. The Great Gatsby

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

There is a lake not too far from my in wales and it is just gorgeous too look as on a sunny day and it’s surrounded by trees as well which just makes the scenery even more beautiful.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

This blog!

Who would you like to live like for a day?

My step mother! That women is the most hard working, non stop person I know and I’m so grateful for her. I’d love to change places with her just for one day to give her a break.

If you could ask your pet 3 questions, what would they be?

1. Hugo – Why are you so bonkers?
2. Honey – How are you settling in?
3. Snowy – Where do you wonder off when you’re let outside?

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

I generally do some blog planning or crochet (I’ve recently learnt how).

Using one word, how would you describe your family?

There is none.

Who is the kindest person you know?

I know so many lovely and kind people. In fact … I don’t think I’m friends with anyone who isn’t just fantastically kind. But, when I think of kind my mind always goes to Mairead, my boyfriends mother. She has been so lovely to me from day one and has really made me feel like a part of the family. You’d struggle to meet a kinder or more supportive person and her partner Keith has been amazing too!

What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

I avoid them like the plague so none!

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Ryan Reynolds or Zac Efron for sure

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Rio. I’ve always wanted to go there but I don’t know why!

If you could shop for free at one store, which would you choose?

Debenhams. So I can try out all the over hyped products.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A pediatric nurse but I knew I could never watch a child die which is why I didn’t persue it.

What’s your favourite day of the week?

Saturday. It’s my day off.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Jessica Stroup. I adore her.

What’s the one food you could never bring yourself to eat?

Tomatoes a nope. No thank you

What’s your pet peeve?

Loud eating. It goes through me!

I hope you guys have enjoyed and learnt a bit more about me. Head over to http://www.thetullytales.com/q-a/ to read the post that inspired this one.

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.