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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

Beauty

Foundation for ABSOLUTE beginners.

Hey M’lovlies!

Well, it turns out that my ass isn’t lazy after all and is just in need off another good dose of iron tablets. I’ve started taking them as of Thursday last week and am on them for three months but I should be on the way to full health again very shortly.

All misery aside, I wanted to talk to all you makeup newbies about the beauty of foundation. When starting out with foundation it is very easy to get it wrong because there is so many things that have to work in harmony for it to look right. You have to get the colour right, the finish that’s best for your skin and the coverage you desire.

So, generally foundation will have one of three finishes; light, medium or full. Light would be for those who just wanted to cover a little bit or just even out their skintone. Medium would be for those who have a little bit more to cover but don’t want to totally wipe out their face. Full coverage would be for those who want to make their face a totally blank canvass and cover EVERYTHING but I only recommend full for special events as it can look heavy for everyday.

My first piece of advice would be to start with something light coverage and work your way up because lighter coverage is a lot more forgiving if you get it wrong. Besides, If you wanted more coverage you can always use concealer to go over the areas you want to hide a little bit more. My personal favourite light coverage foundation is the Rimmel Match Perfection as it has a gorgeous finish and an even better price tag.

My second piece of advice would be to always use a primer! They can honestly transform how a foundation sits on the skin and often help to keep it on all day. If you have dry skin then you’re going to want something very hydrating like the NYX hydro touch primer and If you have oily skin then look for something a little bit more matte like the L’OrĂ©al infallible mattifying primer. It is okay to double prime! There may me multiple things you want to sort out about your skin before you move on to foundation like hydrating your skin and maybe filling in some pores. It’s okay to use two primers to do this as it will mean your skin will be totally ready for foundation.

When it comes to matching your foundation shade, the most important thing is to get the correct undertone as you can’t hide that if you get it wrong but you can always blend the foundation down your neck if the shade is slightly light or dark. Getting the right undertone is probably the most difficult part which is why I have a little tip for you because the one about looking at the colour of your veins or what jewellery suits you don’t work!. Think about what happens to your skin in the sun because if you are :-

Pink toned – you’ll go red all over.

Neautral – you’ll go red in certain areas.

Yellow – you lucky buggers will tan so easily.

Once you’ve worked out your undertone then finding the shade shouldn’t be too difficult because all you have to do is test 3 shades you think it could be on your jawline and remember that it is the one that disappears into your skin. If none of them do then keep testing.

I can’t tell you what finish is best for your skin as everyone is going to prefer something different but what I can do is tell you a few different finishes that foundations tend to suffer and that is dewy, matte, natural and satin. Natural and satin tend to work for most (not all) skin types whole dewy works better on dry skin and matte works better with oily skin … generally. Dewy foundations tend to make oily people look like they’ve dunked their face in a bucket of olive oil and matte foundations tend to cling to dry patches or look cakey on dryer skin.

Now when it comes to the application of foundation, I recommend using a beauty sponge like the real techniques one because they’re a lot easier to work with than brushes. I personally way prefere the finish of a sponge anyway! Start in the centre of your face, working out to the jaw and use gentle bouncing motions to really work the foundation in. Always bring in down your neck.

Finally, I always suggest setting your makeup with a light layer of powder and the one I recommend for this is the RMCA no colour powder as I have found that it works for everyone and because there is no colour, it’s fool proof. Just dust a light layer over the skin with a setting brush and you’re good to go. You can spray some setting spray over the top if you find you went a bit overboard but I always use a spray anyway as it melts everything together.

I hope you guys found this helpful. I am hoping to get back into regular posting now that I know what is wrong with me and will have lots more coming soon. Let me know what you guys thought in the comments below.

See you soon 🙂

Beauty

Make-up tips for summer.

Hey m’lovelies,

Summer is here … apparently (insert clichĂ© 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).

Beauty

Let’s talk concealer

Hey M’lovelies

Today I am wanted tackle the topic of concealer because I know it’s been the biggest pain in my ass since I started make up. I’m going to cover as much as I can on this post so it may be a long one. So, grab a coffee and relax.

I’m going to start by telling you that I have very dry undereyes and so the concealers and powers that I recommend will be catered towards those who have dry skin.

The first thing I notcited improved my concealer application was not putting it right into the corner of my eye but a bit below the eye and blending up. I initially thought this would reduce the coverage but it didn’t and it meant there was less product in the corner of my eye to cake up.

To follow on with that, I want to say that the worst thing you can do is over apply. One swipe of the applicator is all you need to start then you can add a bit more once that is blended if you fell you need it.

I always recommend blending your undereye out with a damp beauty sponge as it help to add moisture back into the skin and stops over applying. However, if you are using concealer to cover a spot then I recommend using a densely packed brush to really focus the coverage in one area then go over with a sponge to smooth it out.

Finding the right concealer shade is paramount and that Includes for highlighting. I love when my undereyes look bright and awake but I have seen some people wearing a shade 3 shades too light which is not a good look as its way too bright. You only need to go a shade (2 max!) lighter than your skin tone to get the highlighted affect. For spots, make sure concealer matches your skin because you don’t want to draw attention to them.

Shade is important but so is formula. I need a very hydrating formula which is why I use ‘Maybelline fit me’. It’s no use me using something like the collection 200 under my eyes because it is just too drying for me but it could work for those with oily skin. A dry formula for my eyes is just a recipe for cakeiness and not the good kind.

Finally, it’s time to talk about setting the concealer. Baking needs to stop, all it does is suck the moisture from your skin and leaves you looking 10 years older when you’ve got dry skin. To set my eyes I take my ‘RMCA no colour powder’ and place a small amount on the damp beauty blender and pressing it under my eyes. I sometimes take a small fluffy brush and lightly dust it over the undereye.

I hope you guys have enjoy and found this post useful. Please let me know if you have any concealer tips in the comments below.

Lifestyle

Handbag ‘Survival Kit’ All Females Need

Hey m’lovelies,

Todays post is aimed primarily at females but that doesn’t mean the guys out there can’t pick what could work for them, because there are items on there that could work for both.

I recommend getting a small make-up bag or something similar to keep it all together and it will also keep it compact so it doesn’t go everywhere in your bag. It doesn’t have to be big, just something that will slip into your handbag easily and take up very little room.

The first item in the kit is, of course, sanitary products because mother nature is so incredibly unpredictable that you never know when she is going to come and ruin your day. It’s always good to have the sanitary product of your choice in your kit as well as panty liners just incase … you don’t want to have nothing in those situations.

Pain killers are also a must have incase mother nature does come along and causes you a lot of pain but it is also good for those headaches that come out of nowhere. There is nothing worse than being in pain but not being able to do anything about it, especially when you’re not in the comfort of your own home to rest and by taking them with you, you get rid of the issue quickly.

Another item I recommend keeping in your kit is anti-perspirant because nobody wants to stink the entire day, do they? We all forget to put it on in the morning sometimes and then end up feeling like shit the entire day but by taking it with you, nobody is going to wearing nose plugs around you.

A sharp nail splint or broken nail couldn’t be more annoying and often painful which is why nail clippers are always good to have on hand. Having them in your bag means you can sort it out quickly and get on with your day as if it never happend.

Women on the pill often forget to take it in the morning (if they decide to take it then) which can royally mess up their cycle or make them unprotected from pregnancies. You get a 3 hour buffer time and by taking it with you, you prevent that from becoming an issue because you can take it on your journey or when your reach your destination.

A mirror is a great additon to your kit because eveybody likes to check that they’re presentable from time to time and top up their lipstick which is why you need one handy. Chuck some bobbles and your favourtie lipstick in with it and you have your personal maintenance sorted to keep you looking your best.

Finally, it’s a weird one … but hear me out, a pair of underwear because as previously said, mother nature is a bitch and you don’t want to be walking around feeling grimm because of it. They’re also handy if you end up sleeping over your partners or friends unexpectedly because then you’ll have a clean pair for the next day rather than a dirty pair.

I hope you guys have enjoyed and taken eveything I suggested on board beacuse it will make your life so much easier.

See you all wednesday.

 

Lifestyle

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say To Short People

Hey m’lovelies,

Todays post is going to be something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while because, you guessed it!, i’m a short ass. I’m only 4ft 9.5 which means that I’ve heard all of the sayings in the book.

Us short people often make fun of our own height and I generally don’t mind people having a laugh either unless I’m called “midget’ because if you call me that, I will not be responsible for my own actions. I have complied a list of the sayings I hear all the time, almost everyday, for you to read and laugh at.

Enjoy.

1 – “Oh my God! finally someone shorter than me” 

This is one I have heard a countless amount of times and it’s funny when it comes from people who are actually short but when they’re 5ft 5, I just want to slap them. Unless you’re under 5ft, It is very easy to find people shorter than you.

2 – “Are you the legal height of a dwarf?”

Nope. I do not care if google told you it’s people 4ft 10 and under because it is not only height that comes into diagnosing dwarfism. In fact, it’s quite disrespectful to say that to me and laugh when there are people out there who do genuinely have it. Dwarfism is nothing to be ashamed of and it certainly isn’t a punchline for a joke.

3 – “Hows the weather down there?”

Darling it is grand! I’m surrounded my tall people and if I strategically place myself behind them (or in front, depending on the direction) I can be protected from the wind and the rain. Enjoy being cold and wet.

4. ” You’re the perfect blowjob height”

No, this one is not made up and I’ve heard it on multiple occasions. If the dick is located on their chest or neck then sure, I’m the perfect height but I generally find that anyone who say’s this has theirs located on their head. I’m 4ft 9.5, not the height of your favourite blow up doll

5. “All good things come in small packages” 

Funny, I don’t recall you saying that while making fun of your ex for having a small … package.  This one is probably the most annoying one because it’s always said in the most patronising tone possible and I don’t even think they realise they’re doing it.

6. “Do you shop in the child section?”

Yes. Yes I do. Only for jeans but I’d much rather pay ÂŁ11 for a comfortable pair that are elasticated on the waist  than pay ÂŁ20+ for a pair I have to do a dance to get in because they’re so stiff.

7. “Can you get on all the rides?”

Honey please, those lines are for children who are the height of an 11 year old or under. I’m at-least the height of a small 12 year old.

8. “Child Ticket?”

I am 20 years old! I haven’t needed a child ticket for the last 4 years. But I mean … I will take the cheaper one if you are offering, I am a student after all.  We need the money.

9. “Aww you’re so cute”

Cute! what am I… a pet?. No! I am not cute. Do not condescend me bitch.

10. “You can be my arm rest”

*giggles* Oh my god you’re so funny!. Now get your am off my head before I break it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! It is just a light hearted bit of fun for us short people. Please leave me a comment letting me know which ones your receive the most or if i’ve missed any out … maybe I’ll do a part 2?.

See you Friday.