A Perfect Start

Over the past few months, I’ve taken a hiatus from the blogging world.

(Yes, flick back to that May 2014 post…)

I never took this break intentionally, life just got in the way. This year has been a lot about travel, and working hard to pay for it, and this has meant I haven’t been able to put the energy and time I wanted into all the posts which kept piling up on my to do list.

I’ve had so many moments over the past few months where post ideas flickered into my head, and I’ve thought about jumping back into this big community. Truth is, the task always seemed too huge. My friends urged me to keep going, but my head just wasn’t in a good place to properly publish posts I’m proud of and excited to share with you all.

As a Virgo, and having been going through a crazy time at work – most of my time, attention and focus has been lost on work. I have realised, sometimes not everything is perfect, you can’t carry out every task perfectly. It’s ridiculous to always expect that of yourself in everything you do. To keep putting things off because you feel it’s never good enough, is procrastination in disguise.

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I am notoriously hard on my self, nothing is ever good enough and through work this year, I have learnt that most of the time in life people ie. your family, your friends or even your boss, don’t care if something is done perfectly, they just care that it’s done.

Yes, for me it’s took a lot to realise that.  I’ve also come to realise I am incredibly proud to have a blog, and to have somewhere on the web where I can put everything down. I’ve missed it, and behind the scenes have been transferring my blog over to WordPress.org as a new start and look for nlmorgan.com.

There seems no right way to come back and take the plunge into posting. I don’t have an excuse and I don’t think anyone reading this would expect me to provide one. Life has simply eaten up all of my time lately but I’m really hoping to get back into a good routine where my blog is full of life and community again.

If you are reading this on bloglovin’ or via subscription and you’ve stuck with me, thank you! Let’s catch up?

If you are a new reader, I am equally as excited to welcome you to my blog, and urge you to say hello in the comments!

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Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards

IMG_0250 copyCosmopolitan Magazine is on the search for all of our beauty favourites to be compiled into one fabulous issue!

If you have product which you are beyond impressed with and really think it deserves to be featured in the Cosmo Beauty Awards (US) edition & want an opportunity to bag yourself all of the beauty award winners, keep on reading!

Simply snap a selfie with your favourite product and then tweet @Cosmopolitan using the hashtag #CosmoBeautyAwards, including the product name.

It’s that simple  The more it’s promoted through twitter, the better your chances are at getting yourself and your favourite product in the upcoming Beauty Awards issue.

My entry just had to be with the Dermasuri. It’s changed the chore of exfoliation into a quick regime for me and means my skin stays as soft and smooth as possible.

To read more about my thoughts on the Dermasuri just click here.

It’s time to get passionate about your favourite products!

Leave me a comment below with your entry ideas!

This is a US Cosmo competition, although I am from the UK, I have decided to enter as I could not find anywhere that this was restricted & it’s also a fun way to share your favourite piece of beauty kit. 

Battle of the Beauty Tools: #3 The Clarisonic

 

 

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May 5th, Spring Morning Walks

A real quick post of some great views taken this morning, on a perfect may bank holiday morning walk.

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Review: READY to go makeup!

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Whether you are a makeup fanatic or you are a newbie to the world of minerals, this bareMinerals READY to Go Complexion Perfection Palette is a great value product. 

Priced at around £34 and available from various retailers including FeelUnique.com this kit was the perfect solution to my makeup travel problems. 

Designed for when you want to travel light / and also those occasions when you don’t want to be slathering on and sweating off liquid foundation, or maybe you want your skin to be able to breath in hot conditions but bare the dehydration of an aeroplane environment (in my case – ALL of the above!) mineral makeup is the way to go.

I have only ever tried mineral powders from this brand, the biggest of mineral makeup retailers bareMinerals, and that was years ago. Having gone away earlier in February this year, it was my perfect opportunity to make this as my go to kit for complexion perfection in 30 degree heat.

No bigger than an A5 notepad, the sleek handy case is packed with 5 top quality products, and two brushes including an instructional booklet on how to use everything (hello gifting opportunity!).

When you use this palette your really do not need anything else for your complexion needs – everything is included! 

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I used the kit shade R170 (I would say this was medium / fair skin tone, suitable for those who want a more yellow undertone). When I am used to the hefty coverage of a liquid foundation I always doubt the capabilities of coverage when it comes to mineral.

But I sucked up my doubts and got buffing the foundation into my skin, and things were soon looking a lot less red, and a lot more concealed. 

A great foundation for a natural look, and I think that is something we all (well most of us!) strive for in a foundation. 

I dabbed a little of the concealer on my finger tips and used under the eyes, and any place, like my chin for example that had suffered some breakouts. It is a very blendable formula and isn’t as dark as it may look, but i think one of my reservations with this was it’s slightly cakey appearance under the eyes. 

Still using the two great quality brushes in the kit, I applied some bronzer and some luminizer to the cheeks / cheek bones and under the brows. 

Coverage wise for complexion this is a great product –  the combination of the concealer, touch up veil and foundation work amazingly to deliver a extremely natural finish, evening out your skin tone. However perhaps it is my constant usage of highly pigmented products from the likes of Nars / MAC that have spoiled provided me with disappointment when I used the bronzer and luminizer from this set. They just didn’t seem to do enough. I am used to a light hand with my bronzing products but this I felt like I needed to layer and layer to get any results.

I would definitely recommend this if you are looking to get into the world of mineral makeup, it’s a great price from a great company and provides a fabulous finish from one set of products. Whether you are in school, travelling or just perhaps suffering from unhappy skin – mineral makeup is often suggested as the way to go!

If you already have a few bits and pieces from the bareMinerals / other mineral collections and you are happy, I would probably save my money here, as the kit really features small versions of full size products. 

A great gift or discovery set though! I will be using this for travel again in the future!

The set includes the following & has a value of £81:

bareMinerals READY® SPF20 Foundation in R170 (Light, Netural Tone) 4.5g

bareMinerals READY® SPF15 Touch Up Veil in Light 4.5g

bareMinerals READY® Bronzer in The Skinny Dip 3g

bareMinerals READY® Luminizer in The Love Affair 3g

bareMinerals SPF20 Correcting Concealer in Light in 2 – 1g 

bareMinerals Mini Precision Face Brush 

bareMinerals Mini Tapered Face Brush 

bareMinerals Keepsake Makeup Clutch

Let me know your thoughts on mineral makeup!

Be Back Soon – On my Travels

Hello Hello & Happy Valentines!

Tomorrow I am going to be boarding a flight to the Philippines to stay with one of my good friends for a couple of weeks! We are going to be shopping, exploring & adventuring & I am so excited about it! Can’t wait to get away from chilly England and experience actual sunshine!

Whilst I am away there is only a small chance I will be posting.  However I thought it would be nice to let y’all know that if you do comment / wish to contact me, I might reply later than usual! Yes, this is my nlmorgan.com out of office essentially.

Rememeber though there are lots of posts from past weeks, so sign up via email, Bloglovin’ or even add me to your G+ circles, to keep up to date. If you want more instant updates, feel free to follow my Instagram / Twitter (links in sidebar), I am more likely to be checking in on there when I can.

On another note, I would like to say thanks to everyone of you who read, comment and support this blog, the beauty blogger community is a great one to be a part of!

Ps. leave your own blog links below if you fancy!