Wednesday, 3 September 2014

• #ALipADay // #3 - Urban Decay Native •

So this is definitely about as pale as I'd go - but it somehow just works with my skin tone. And the formula is pretty perfect, too.

For my third lip, I've decided to go for Urban Decay Native lipstick. When it first arrived on my doorstep back in January, I was unsure of it and to be honest a little annoyed, as to me, it didn't look anything like it did in the photo. It took me a while to warm to it as it scared me in the beginning - isn't it funny how this lipstick scared me, but the lipstick in the previous #ALipADay post doesn't bother me?! Eventually I found ways to wear this - with a cat eye liner and flushed cheeks, and I just absolutely love it now. The formula is also amazing; the lipstick stays on for ages. And another plus point is that this shade makes my lips look whiter, which is incredible. I tend to wear this for work as it's cute, girly and easy to wear, not to mention inoffensive and kinda natural, so I really recommend this lipstick.

Daniela xo
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

• #ALipADay // #2 - MAC Girl About Town •

This colour is just shocking, in a good way.
 It's the most statement lip I own.

The texture, the creaminess, but most of all the colour is what I love best about this lipstick. MAC Girl About Town is such a vibrant colour that it has the ability to instantly lift the face and make you look more alive. With any look I have on, a slick of this and it's 10x better. It's just so easy. It's sort of a deep fuchsia with a hint of purple, and with my pale skin and dark hair, it brightens me up a lot. I've been wearing it quite a lot in Summer on nights out as it's quite bold, but I've noticed that you can also bring it down a notch. I tried dabbing it on and pressing it in with my finger to create a stain, and I realised that using this way also makes it daytime-approriate - which is a massive win, as I love being able to wear this lipstick whenever I want!

Daniela xo
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Monday, 1 September 2014

• #ALipADay // #1 - Maybelline Tantalizing Taupe and Chocolate Pop Lip Liner •

My paired-down version of the all-too-famous Kylie Jenner lip.

To kick things off, I had to start with my go-to lip of the moment. Maybelline's Tantalizing Taupe is the most gorgeous beige - it's a browny pink, not too light so it doesn't wash me out, and is a gorgeous satin finish. I'm so impressed with the Coloursens Nude line and I'm slowly adding more and more to my collection, which you'll see later on this month in another #ALipADay post. I also used Maybelline Chocolate Pop lip liner around the edges and blended in to give me more of a defined lip. This look goes with any make up but I tend to wear it with a slightly smokier eye and peachy, bronzed cheeks. I also love that it's perfect for work, too. It takes a little more time in the morning, as I have to make sure my lip liner is right, but it's so worth it. I think it's so pretty.

Daniela xo
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

• Do beauty bloggers have to be beautiful? •

Photo - The Telegraph

When Claire and Nic from Agent Smyth wrote a post discussing whether beauty bloggers had to be beautiful, I just knew 
I had to share my opinions on this, too.

Because although I feel as though I was rather late to the party of vloggers and bloggers, I've been watching/reading them for long enough to know what I really think about the whole 'beauty' situation. It seems as though many of the 'bigger' bloggers are all beautiful, all have this wonderful life that resides around blogging, being sent free products and eating out, and it's easy to forget that they have normal, every day lives, too. It's just that they're absolutely stunning alongside this. But there are also many successful bloggers that are slightly older, or don't have picture-perfect skin, or teeth that aren't pearly white and super straight, and that's okay, too. So I guess what I'm trying to say is; I read blogs by all women and men of all ages, backgrounds, skin types and what can only be called 'physical attractiveness'. But do I favour those that I deem more beautiful? No. Not in the slightest.

It's difficult to write a post about successful bloggers and not mention the name 'Zoella'. It's very obvious that Zoe is incredibly beautiful and, props to her, very successful. But do these go hand in hand? In my opinion, no. I started reading her blog a few years ago and I remember that the very first post I read did not include a photo of her, and I can remember thinking 'where is that follow button?!'. I enjoyed reading her blog for her. I liked the way she wrote, her choice of topic and her blog layout. When I finally saw her (I think I found her on YouTube shortly after) I was, not ashamedly, taken aback by quite how beautiful she is. But that was not the reason I kept going back to her blog. Some psychological theorist may tell me that it subconsciously made me return to, but I honestly do not think that my reading enjoyment had much to do with her beauty.

I don't feel comfortable mentioning any more names - Zoe has kept her success very public so I feel happy enough to chat about her - but there are other bigger bloggers that are beautiful that I keep up with, too. However, if they were beautiful but wrote badly written posts, I would be the first to unfollow them. Whats the point of reading someone's blog when they haven't put in the effort to write it well, or have terribly edited photos? No matter how beautiful someone is, if I want to read about something, I want to read it in a quality blog post.

But there are also bloggers that I wouldn't know if I saw them in the street. These are the ones that don't often, if ever, show their face in their blog or social media - however, I absolutely trust their opinion, wholeheartedly, just as much as I would do if they had a 'beautiful face'. Clair and Nic mentioned this in their post and it's something that I really found myself nodding my head to when I read it. Again, without mentioning names, there is a particular blogger who never ever shows her face, but she is the first thing I type into my web address bar when I turn my laptop on. Her reviews are well written, quick to the point with fantastic photography. She inspires me to be a better blogger. I've never seen what she looks like, but I don't care, either. I just friggin' love her blog.

What I do feel I need to do is address this idea of 'beauty'. It is very much true that the idea of beauty is so subjective and it really is down to personal preference. An example of this is that I personally love tattoos and think they're beautiful, so if I see someone with a tattoo, I think they're good looking, whether they be male or female. I know that some of my friends detest tattoos and wouldn't dream of getting one, let alone thinking another person is attractive. The point I'm trying to make (in a very long-winded way) is that there is no way that we, as a human race, can collectively have the same idea of beauty. There are too many of us to all decide on one trend, or look, or size, or shape, or eye colour, hair colour and so on. It would be bloody boring if we all thought beauty was the same thing; all aspired to be 'beautiful'. We would literally all look exactly the same, be attracted to each other and frankly that would just be weird.

So I use the title of this post loosely. And the answer to the question is most definitely no. I'm a person that likes faces, all types of faces, but when I'm reading blogs, I really don't care what the writer looks like. When you read a book, you don't necessarily know what the author looks like, do you? If you're reading a romance novel, only to find out that the author is not 'beautiful' or what you'd imagine them to look like, would you then scrap the book and claim it's badly written? No. Well, I don't think you would, anyway. So why should we do this to bloggers?

Please leave your views, I'd love to read them.
A bit of a controversial post for me, but I felt the need to express my opinion.
It's jumbled, I know, but I write things as I think them - whether that's a good thing or not, I don't know. 
But at least my posts are always genuine, I guess! :)
Daniela xo
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

• Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion // review •

I'm very loyal to my current moisturiser, so something has to 
really wow me for me to be impressed.

And for the most part, I do quite like this moisturiser. It's hydrating, has quite a thick consistency so it keeps my skin very moisturised, and it doesn't clog my pores or break me out. One thing I don't like about it, though? The fact that I can't wear it under make up. Now I have to make a quick note here - I have combination skin, so what might work/not work for me, may not be the same for you. However, each and every time I tried to wear this under make up (8 times, so I gave it a good run) my make up would just slide off. Even when I used my benefit Porefessional primer. Even when I used my Clarins Beauty Balm. Even when I powdered my skin to set my foundation. I'm not sure what on Earth else I'm meant to do to make my make up stay put, but in the end I gave up. 

For days when I don't wear make up, however, this moisturiser is an absolute dream. It is so so moisturising that I still feel moisture after a day of wearing it! It is thick but it feels light on the skin, you only need a tiny amount to be able to blend it onto your face and neck, and it doesn't have an offensive scent. So, for days when my face goes naked, this product is perfect. I'm still on the hunt for that under-makeup moisturiser though...

Have you tried this moisturiser?
What do you think of it?
Daniela xo
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

• Girly Lunch Date Get Ready With Me // Face of the Day •

A simple bronzed, smokey eye, and a very light base; 
a day-time look for a girly lunch date in Cambridge.

I met up with my friend from university and we went for some lunch-time sushi (I was getting ready for sushi in my last 'Get ready with me post'.... I really like sushi). I went for a bronzed eye, simple base and pale pink lip. Lately I've been getting more sleep so I'm enjoying skipping on the concealer as I still haven't found the perfect one that doesn't crease under my eyes or oxidise - if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments! I've also been embracing the paleness and the freckles and have been opting for a lighter base - I feel like I can get away with this in summer, even if I am the colour of a sheet. I've therefore been lightly bronzing up and you can see in the photos that the bronzer is so subtle and almost un-noticeable. The night before, I plaited my hair after washing, and I really love the soft curls/waves this gives my hair the day after. I hate faffing with my hair, much preferring to spend more time on my make up, so this style is effortlessly perfect for me!

I started off by dotting the foundation onto my moisturised skin and buffing it in with a buffing brush. I then went straight onto lightly contouring, using a light hand with a contour brush and my favourite bronzer, very gently sweeping the colour onto my cheekbones and around my hairline. I moved straight onto brows (one of my favourite parts) and filled them in with my brow pencil. I have a few gaps and a scar on my right eyebrow so I mostly used the pencil there. Using a cream eyeshadow, I blended it onto my eyelid, crease and underneath the eye. Then I tight lined my upper eye using black gel liner as this is my favourite way to tight line. I grabbed my eyelash curlers, gave them a few squeezes, and applied my mascara (just look at the difference this makes! Amazing). Highlighter was next up, so I used a silvery-pearly shade and dusted this on with a really soft brush onto the highest points of my cheeks. Lastly, I used an almost nude-pink lipstick and pushed this onto my lips to complete the look.

I used:

I hope you liked this post! I'm planning a dramatic Face of the Day
for my next 'Get ready with me' style post. I'm thinking
lots of lashes and a bold lip! What do you think
of this sort of format? I'd really appreciate
some feedback! :)
Daniela xo
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Sunday, 17 August 2014

• My life through a lens #2 •

1. House sitting for my friend's lovely dog, Marley |
2. #tbt Summer 2012, Barcelona with my best friend |
3. my new toy! Canon 600D |
4. a lazy Sunday morning with fruit, yoghurt, OJ & The Fault in Our Stars.

5. a cheeky costa date for one |
7. another lazy Sunday morning, this time with porridge and bloglovin |
8. a brown-lipped selfie.

9. my little baby  |
10. less about the face; more about the brows |
11. the book target I'm setting myself, before term starts in September |
12. pretty Summer flowers.

13. some naughty boots purchases |
14. designing posters for my classroom |
15. a very exciting Sephora haul! |
16. ombre hair, for a change.

A peek into what I've been instagramming lately 
over on danielascribbs :)
Daniela xo
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