Sunday, 17 July 2016

Wedding: Where to start?

Eeee my first wedding blog post - exciting times. Not sure how this will go so let's just wing it, hope for the best and if all else fails, go back to Pintrest to fall in love with more ideas I'll never use.

As you know Nick proposed in Rome back in February but back at home I was definitely in a state of "what do I do now?" and had no clue what I was meant to do first.. After reading and watching blogs and vlogs from Fleur De Force's bridal channel; BrideDeForce, as well as Corrie from Dizzy Brunette, I got an idea of the main things we needed to do before we could even start thinking about planning...

Set up Pintrest:
I'm OBSESSED! I have pinned so much I have so many ideas that I just won't be able to use all of them. It's brilliant for ideas when you're on a budget and want to make your own items and do a bit of DIY. It's a great place to have all your ideas together - my Maid of Honour has also made a board for my wedding too.. that's why she's the best!

Decide on Bridesmaids/Best Men
This was hard and easy for me - easy in the way I had a rough idea of a couple who I definitely knew I'd have by my side but I didn't feel it was enough. After losing my Sister who is the one person I should be having, I wanted someone who had been with my at every main stage of my life, who'd changed my life. So I have 3 of my best school friends, 1 work friend turned best friend and Zumba partner, and a "Shrewsbury Bridesmaid" so I have someone to go to events here with who I've grown close to since being here.

Decide on a rough budget
This was actually one of the last things we did out of everything and it was only because I saw a venue which I fell in love with but was a little more expensive than we wanted so we eventually sat down and used a website ( which we signed up to as it has a full payment section where you can put an approximate budget on everything from venues and dresses, to flowers, cake and honeymoon!

Sign up to loads of Wedding Fayre's on Facebook Events
Since I started liking Wedding pages on Facebook, events kept popping up so I tried to sign up to as many as possible even if I didn't know if I could attend purely so I had them in my diary and then nearer the time see where I was and see if I could go along for ideas. I've been to quite a few around Shropshire as it's easier to go here to get some ideas and inspiration.

Book an Engagement party 
We debated an engagement party as a few people said "oh that's not what you do anymore" but we didn't want our families to meet each other on the day as my Mum is the only person to have met Nick's parents and we wanted our families to meet each other as soon as possible. It is nothing fancy and we're not spending absolutely loads of money but it'll be nice for everyone to get together to celebrate :)

After spending the first couple of weeks of feeling like a rabbit in headlights when everyone kept asking what I wanted/what I planned/what kind of venue-dress-wedding I wanted, the above definitely helped give me a few ideas and helped me settle in to Engaged life and wedding planning.

I'll keep updates on here about wedding plans and also a post on a lot of DIY-ing I've been doing for the Engagement Party after the event (as I want to keep it a surprise for anyone who's coming). If you blog about wedding plans, pelisse get in contact so I can read your blog and get some tips and ideas :)

Summer #FOTD

Yep - that time of the year where I'm changing my make up (tbh I do it anyway no matter what time of year it is) and this year I've felt a little more confident with my new hair, the ability to fake tan my whole body and not just my legs as well as my skin being much better! I love a good season change where you see all the new make up hit the shelves and get to give them a go - did you see I got a bit nail polish happy putting out the new Barry M Coconut Infused polishes?

It only took a couple of hot days and the BB Cream was back out and given a second chance - something that surprised me as last year I brought it and didn't like it! However with a tan I'm not a milk bottle and with the mattifying primer, it looks so much better than I remember and I even wore it for work - anyone who knows me knows that this  is something that I'd never do out of fear of losing coverage! But do you know what, with a little of the new Maybelline concealer under the eyes and across the cheeks, I think I'm prepared for the summer.

When it comes to contouring lately, I've been living on my Collection palette (which I wrote about here) - I use the darkest shade to contour and the lightest to just dab under my eyes etc. It's so much easier to blend than a powder, especially on something as creamy as a BB Cream. 

When it comes to my eyes - it's time to put the darks away and go for something a little more pink and peachy! This is the first year I've really gone for something a little different that isn't just nudes and a dark smokey eye. I'm loving the Maybelline Nudes Blushed shadows as they have some lighter pinks for day and darker shades for either smokey eyes or for all over and night. They're beautiful shadows with super lasting staying powder and the brush thats included is all you really need. This will definitely be a 2016 favourite. 

Mascara and eyeliner will remain the same as the colder months as they're just my favourite ever products - the No7 Velvet Lash and of course the Liquid liner. Both are brilliant for being long lasting so will definitely beat the heat this time of year. 

OK - new product alert! Yes, you may have already seen the hype on Twitter so of course when everyone went crazy for it on Monday last week I ordered it at work before it sold out! And hooey freaking beautiful is the new Sleek Solstice highlighter and eye shadow? Mhmm! I just love it - I think it's stunning and despite not liking the product the first couple of days of using it, after having a play using different brushes and shades, I think I've nailed it as a highlighter. As an eyeshadow, the pigment is just something else - it's perfect for a summer evening with a bottle of wine and the girls outside the bars. (I don't like the brush - I think the brush is the biggest waste of space/money but I've been using the RT bold metal little powder/blush brush). 

I didn't bother with powder and just added a little bronzer.. enough said on that area. 

As you can tell by the packaging, a much loved product. It's one that I have in every shade available and has been repurchased several times. The No7 Lip Balms are great as they have SPF in, they're not to thick and heavy and they're really nice for the day time as they're only a sheer coverage. It's great to pop on alone or over a lip liner. The pink is certainly my favourite for every day. 

My brush collection has changed since last year - probably every brush has changed and is new since last Spring and Summer and it's changed my make up habits for the good. I put the BB cream on with my fingers along with my concealer and also a strip on the contour colour concealer before blending the contour with the RT brush. I use the large No7 brush for powder/bronzer and a La Roc fan brush for highlighter. 

So with Spring/Summer 2016 about ready to appear, I think I'm ready too! 

What I've Been Buying: Make Up Edition

So this month I've managed to do a few extra makeovers so I've had a little extra money to treat myself with.. I kinda went a bit OTT and probably should've put some money into my wedding fund... wooops ;) I thought I'd do a little blog post on what I've been buying lately and my first impressions. 

SLEEK FINALLY HIT TELFORD BOOTS! Yes babes! We finally got a Sleek stand at work and I'm SO excited. Sleek isn't really a brand I've thought about and I can't say I've ever been attracted into buying anything but after seeing Twitter go MAD over the Sleek Solstice palette, I thought I'd see what the fuss was about. I brought this and this only and after just the 1 purchase I was a Sleek lover. First impressions of the Solstice palette is that it's just beautiful... packaging and product! After reading a few other Sleek-lover's blog posts, I was pretty desperate to try the cream contour which is meant to be a dupe for the Anastasia BH contour palette. I can't say I've ever tried the ABH one but this is great - it's brilliant for concealer under the eyes as well as contouring the face. I love the size of the mirror too and when I went on holiday earlier this month I didn't need to take a mirror. The 2 lip lacquers are a lot darker than I they look so they'll be perfect in Winter but I've still managed to wear both on a night out each. They've got great staying power and look gorgeous when they've dried matte. Finally, I picked up the Barekissed highlighter but I've yet to use it - I'm not really a liquid highlighter lover but it was 3 on a 3 for 2 offer so I thought I'd give it ago! 

NYX! Ive been dying to try Nyx products for so long but I really wanted to have a look before I brought anything and when I was in Blackpool a few weeks ago I finally found a NYX counter.. was so excited I may have done a little dance to myself. The main bits I wanted to try were their lip products so I went a bit cray and brought quite a few.. *monkey hiding face emoji*. Ok so I'll start with the bad news.. the lip liners.. naaaah! I really don't like them! I've tried both of them but they really dry your lips and even go flakey. The Lip Suedes and Soft Matte Creams on the other hand are perfect, with or without a lip liner. The colours are really solid and bold and I can't wait to try out more especially for just £6.50 each. We accidentally had a foundation in our delivery at work and I didn't buy it as it looked a bit Orange but when one of the other girls brought it and I saw how pale it actually is and not orange whatsoever, I gave in and made the purchase! It's DEFO a new favourite foundation, I love the matte finish it gives but I will say that it has made my forehead go quite dry even though I've got oily skin. I've also got the body bronzer but I've not had a chance to try it yet as I've had Fake Tan this week! I'm sure I'll be tweeting my thoughts later! 

Finally.. a few other odds and sods. I was obsessed with the HD Brows kit when I went on a friend's hen do last week and her Sister, Mollie from Studio 5 Beauty in Nottingham, had it in her make up kit. I reaaaaaally didn't want to spend £40 on a brow kit but when I had a voucher through into my inbox for discount on Very, I thought I'd give it ago. I've only used it a few times and most times I've been doing it quickly getting ready for work but I already love it and am looking forward to doing my make up when I have more time to do it properly. The Mac eye paint was something that was used by the MUA who did our make up trials for the wedding and it's just a lovely colour to do an all over the lid base with a slight shimmer. You barely need any product so it's going to last a fare while that's for sure. Also on the same hen do, Mollie had the Rimmel lipstick in Asia and it looked so amazing on her and looked so much more than just a cheap high street lipstick so that was a definite must in my make up bag! Finally, 2 new No7 goodies from the new launches last week - their new nail polish in Olive is PERFECT for Autumn and this is definitely going to be my main colour in a couple of months time. My final new love is the No7 gel eyeliner. I've always been a liquid liner girl but actually, this is so easy to use with a small angled brush! It has a lovely bold black, matte finish and doesn't smudge the eye shadow underneath! 

So yeah, I've gone a bit made the last couple of months but I'm loving pretty much all of my new babies and have already started using them in Makeovers as well as on myself! Is there anything else I need to be trying? What have you been buying this month?