24 July 2014
Sometimes dream catchers and a cup of tea before bed isn't enough to ensure a good nights sleep. I love my sleep but lately I've been waking up in the night. I find it hard to switch my brain off and this hot, sweaty weather doesn't help. I've been using this little roller ball to help me drift off to dreamland with ease.
Seascape is a British beauty brand based on the Isle of Jersey. All their products are created with ingredients sourced from local producers. Each range features infusions of unique, hand-blended, essential oil for the ultimate luxurious experience. I love that all products are paraben free and not tested on animals.
The Soothe Sleep Oil comes in a little bottle with a handy roller on the end making application quick and easy. I really like the white packaging this comes in, beautiful yet very simple. As well as containing calming lavender the oil has a blend of Grape Seed, Sweet Almond, Bitter Orange Flower and Mandarin Orange Peel to aid relaxation. This concoction of natural ingredients creates a delicate scent which isn't too overpowering. Just before I jump into bed I roll the Soothe Sleep Oil onto my temples and under my nose. The soft lavender scent instantly relaxes all my senses and prepares me for a peaceful nights sleep.
I've been using this on nights when I'm finding it difficult to switch off or if I'm feeling particularly anxious. It's hard to comment on whether this makes me sleep better but I do feel calmer and more relaxed after using this. I would even use this in the day before doing something that I'm worried about.
SeaScape Sooth Sleep Oil* £10.00 available online here
At the weekend I attended my first ever city festival. I went up to London with my friend Megan to experience Lovebox. It wasn't a festival I was very familiar with before but I was given VIP tickets c/o Hawaiian Tropic and had a great day!
It was so hot we spent most of the day searching for shade. In the afternoon my makeup had started to melt off so I headed to the Rimmel/ ELLE Fashion cupboard for a mini makeover and manicure. Naturally, I loved this section of the festival and got snapping! I wish every festival had this, would be perfect on day 3 after a couple of rough nights camping. On my nails I opted for 'PillowTalk' which a lovely pale, powdery blue shade. I also received a little sample of a new Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation - review to follow!
I'd never been VIP to anything before but it was really cool to experience it. I had my crazy eyes on looking out for celebrities all day. The backstage area had a bohemian theme to it with colourful cushions and vintage-looking metal beds scattered around. There were a few cocktail bars and eating areas but nothing special I thought. I would go VIP again but not to a city festival, I don't think it would be worth the extra money.
For the festival I wore a 60's inspired white crochet dress from WalG* and layered on a cropped check shirt. I wore my new jelly shoes from Tk Maxx as they're super comfy but after all that dancing and walking about my feet were covered in blisters! Nothing a cup of tea and 14 hours sleep can't sort out. Also, can you tell this is my first OOTD by my awkward posing.
My highlights from the weekend had to be seeing Crystal Fighters and M.I.A who gave the crowd hundreds of glow sticks. Nothing like a little rave to end the festival. I did a mini vlog of Lovebox on Instagram here and here if you wanted to take a look!
Are you off to any festivals this year? Do you enjoy reading lifestyle posts?
23 July 2014
Forget about blackhead strips because there's a shiny new product in town. The Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel is a gentle exfoliating gel that removes dead skin cells and rubs away blackheads easily while contracting the pores making your skin look fresher and more radiant.
I couldn't wait to give this a go to see if it really did work! The gel has a thick, gooey texture and a matt finish. You apply this onto dry skin with dry fingers. I squeeze a pea-sized amount onto my nose and forehead and massage for 1-2 minutes. After a while the consistency goes funny and starts to separate, you then rinse of with water.
After the first use I noticed the pores around my nose were a lot clearer and not as noticeable as before. Not all my blackheads were completely gone but I'll continue using this to see if it get's rid of them altogether.
My blackheads were visibly reduced after just one use but not all completely gone. If you suffer from very noticeable blackheads use this in conjunction with a blackhead scrub and pore mask to get rid of those pesky blackheads.
Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel* £4.99 available from July 20 exclusively at Superdrug.
22 July 2014
Festival beauty, for me, is all about ease. When my tent is my dressing table and my phone is my mirror I need products that are quick, easy and effortless to apply. I'm off to a couple of festivals this year and I'm aimming for that fresh faced, girlfriend-with-an-all-access-vip-wristband-look rather than an over-tired, hungover camper.
You're going to be too busy having fun to re-touch your make up. Opt for long lasting products so you can stop worrying about whether your makeup is still in place and start worrying about the queue for the toilets. A primer can prevent your skin from shine and help keep your base in place. Double up with a primer that contains SPF like the KiKo City Filter Sunscreen Primer*. If you're a liner kinda girl I highly recommend the Seventeen Semi-permanent Tattoo Me Liquid Liner.
Beauty products with more than one use are perfect for festivals as it means you'll have less stuff to carry around. A Lip & Cheek Tint is your best friend, dab it on your lips, cheeks and anywhere else you desire a subtle flush of colour. The MeMeMe Lip & Cheek Tint in Coral Blossom* is the newest addition to their best selling tints.
Hydrate Those lips
There is nothing worse than being stuck in a field for 3 days without lip balm. Whether it's sunny or raining don't forget to pack your favourite balm to avoid licking your lips all weekend. Hell pack two, things easily get lost in a two man tent.
Don't pack your favourite Mac lipstick. I know it's going to get Alex Turner to notice you but when you lose it that's £15.50 gone forever. Pick up some lipsticks from MUA at Superdrug, that way if they go missing - YOLO.
Ever worn lip gloss whilst dancing to your favourite band? The hair in face & mouth combo isn't a good look, leave the gloss at home.
Don't forget the SPF. Heaven forbid you forget to pack sun cream, we all know how that one ends. Go for a primer/tinted moisteriser/bb cream which already contains SPF so you don't have to worry about protecting your skin.
So now you're looking fresh faced in an instant you can happily venture out into the floral-headdressed and cider-drinking masses. What are you beauty tips for festivals?
21 July 2014
I started writing this blog in 2011 and haven't looked back since. It has become part of my everyday life and it's rare I switch off from it all. I love what I do. This is my little corner of the internet where I get to talk to like-minded beauty-obsessed people and offer some helpful (I hope!) advice. Now I'm coming into my fourth year of writing Make Me Up I wanted to share with you some blogging tips I've learnt over the years. This doesn't just apply to new bloggers but I've noticed a influx of new blogs lately so I wanted to offer some advice.
- Firstly, write about things you enjoy. Sounds pretty standard but if you're not excited about the posts you're writing, don't publish them. I see a lot of monthly favourite posts which just aren't for me, I don't enjoy writing them but that's just me!
- Don't obsess over stats; It can get you down and make you feel like not blogging. Everyone goes through quiet stages where not much traffic comes in. If you're checking your stats 3-4 times a day I encourage you not to look at them for a week. As long as you're happy with the content you're creating, your views are sure to perk up soon. Also, don't worry about followers - we all started with zero.
- You have the freedom to write about whatever you want, it's your blog. You gave your cat a bath at the weekend and what to share some funny photos? Do it.
- This year is the year I got organised and I wish I'd done it sooner. Get a notebook and plan posts, join Hootsuite and schedule your tweets. This will make blogging a lot easier, especially if you're juggling your blog with work/school/college.
- If you're ever unsure what to write about have a couple of backup posts you can publish on those uninspired days. I recently wrote 22 blog ideas if you are looking for some inspiration!
- Get involved in the community, we're quite nice people. Talking to others is my favourite part of blogging. Take part in twitter chats such as #BBloggers, #FBLchat and #BloggersDoItBetter. Comment on posts you love, share things you've enjoyed or email bloggers and tell them why you like reading their blog!
- There really are no rules when it comes to blogging just do more of what makes you happy.
- Be proud of your blog and the content you're creating.
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what are your tips for new bloggers?
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