Doing what makes you happy…

WOW. It would seem i've neglected my little patch on the internet for a while! 

Shamefully this is my first post of 2015! If you are reading it - thank you! Yes YOU!

A life update is needed I believe;

- My ankle is in a somewhat better state than when I was blogging about eyebrows back last year. 

- I'm on a determined path to lead a healthier lifestyle this year, if last year taught me anything it's that life is too short to be unhappy, and unhealthy. 

- I've cut down my spending on makeup & beauty, (just a little!) trying to make the most use out of what I have... although the odd Boots trip does happen, of course. 

- I'm working two jobs, and not because I need the money, but because I've discovered not every happiness comes from money - helping others, and making people's days a little easier actually boosts my mood and makes me happy! Whilst my responsibilities are still relatively small, i'm all for doing something to boost my mood alongside my 9-5. 

My posts here are going to be more sporadic, and less routine, but I'm definitely going to be spending more time here, and sharing more of my favourite things with you all.

Whether that be travel, makeup or lifestyle articles... thanks to followers new and old for keeping subscribed in the quiet times! Do of course leave your blogs below :) 

 

AW14: Brow Routine

What better way to enter into Autumn / Winter 2014 than with that of a bold brow! 

Predicted as the 'statement' look this season, everywhere you go there are brow products available to tame, intensify, or even set unruly eyebrows in place. As crazy as it may seem keeping up with brow maintenance is one of the best ways to frame your face.

I thought I'd share with you my ridiculously quick (2-step) brow routine that I'm going for at the moment. 

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown Routine
Brow History

I used to use the HD Brows Eye & Brow palette to shadow in my brows. It's a very versatile product that lasts forever and is worth your money. Then I went on to the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting pencil in Soft Brunette and then transited to the Anastasia Brow Wiz (£15.50). These are all fabulous products in their own right, (I would happily go back to using any one of them) they each deliver something different.

The Brow Wiz currently has my preference as the best out of the three though, as it is available at a fraction of the price of the other two and gives great results!

Shadowing in your brows is great, and it gives a very natural look, but I got to a stage where I wanted to make my brows more prominent (my brows are not dark naturally) and after experimenting with eyebrow tints, I decided to just ditch the monthly salon appointments and use a brow pencil.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown

What I am using for my AW2014 Brow Routine

Like the Hourglass Arch Brow, the Brow Wiz is a double ended pencil product with a good brush on one end and a wax like pencil on the other. Whilst I did get on with the Hourglass product, this would be ideal for bigger browed folk, as the nib is angled and a little larger.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown

Because the Brow Wiz is identical to the Arch Brow in setup, it was so simple for me to get on with. The advantage I found with the Brow Wiz is that because it has such a thinner nib and brush in comparison to the Brow Arch, it allows you to be lighter in application but also more specific in the light feather like lines you draw to fill in any gaps. I use the shade light brown. 

Let me know what you like use in your brow routine! 

 

Ps. Apologies the lighting was a little off! 

Top Magazine Picks + Life Update

It's been nearly 5 weeks since I broke my ankle and it definitely feels like it! I'm currently waiting for the appointment of my second surgery in October to come through the post. Without going into too much detail, a screw holding my bones together needs to be removed, before I can begin walking again! 

So I thought i'd post a short piece sharing a couple of bits and pieces with you all. 

I'm really pleased to have put up my new banner/header tonight which I'm really happy with. The last one was a bit too 'Summer', so this one is here to stay for the rest of the year!

If you would like to leave your thoughts, or want to request more info on how I made this just let me know & I'll be happy to share. It's pretty much a combination of unused blog photos, an app & some Photoshop! 

I've been getting through the days with small projects here and there during the few weeks i've been out of work to keep my mind busy, as getting out, about and around then house can be a bit of a challenge!

Pinterest & my favourite magazines on my iPad have been a great help in passing time whilst my ankle heals.

So thought i'd share with you my top 3 magazine picks of those moment: 

- New Beauty (US based), I picked my first copy up in NY and got hooked into it's straight talking approach to beauty and it's aims to bring the newest and up to date information on the beauty industry to it's readers, that's why it can claim to be the Beauty Authority! I get this downloaded to my iPad as I can't get the physical copy anywhere in the UK! 

- Women's Health UK, i've been a follower since the first couple of UK issues, and it's the only magazine I truly read cover to cover, everything in this magazine is useful, inspiring and makes you want to look after your mind and body in the best way possible. Ideal when you're stuck on the sofa!

- Stylist, if you can't pick this up from the tube and train stations of London every tuesday for free, download it to your tablet's newsstand for free! It's a refreshing, weekly magazine that raises mportant questions, around the news, in both London and the rest of the world and of course includes opinion, lifestyle, fashion and beauty - I would pay for this if I had to, but the fact it's free is just a great bonus! 

I've also got some arts and crafts on the go, but i'll perhaps introduce you to those in another post. 

What are your favourite magazines to read? 

Have a great weekend!