19 Aug 2018

Five Goals For The Rest Of The Year



I hate to be one of those people who say 'I can't believe how fast the year has gone by' but I can't quite believe that were are more than half way through August! There are just a few months of the year left and it has dawned on me that I'd like to achieve a few final things before the end of the year.

Not to get all serious and emotional but I'm trying to look forward as much as I can because dwelling on the past is not productive. I must admit, my goals aren't super intense or super serious but they are important for me at this moment in time.

Here are my aims for the rest of 2018...

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Number one : Create a capsule wardrobe
I've really been lacking in personal style lately and my wardrobe is a hot mess. By having a capsule wardrobe, I can sort my style dilemma out, organise my overflowing wardrobe and manage my shopping habits. I'll definitely keep you posted on how its going when I get round to starting it but I've already done a bunch of research thanks to Anna's blog and Youtube videos (The Anna Edit).

Number two: Wake up early
I'm not sure what it is but I have been so tired and lazy recently. I always used to be the early-riser but I've become the total opposite - I want way more time in bed. I really want to get into the habit of waking up early and being productive from before I head into work. I'd much rather get ahead on chores, do some blogging and exercise, which leads me on to my next goal....

Number three: Do yoga regularly
I have only just got into yoga but I think it is the exercise for me. I've tried gym, tennis and Insanity (aka death) and nothing quite compared to the feeling I had during and after my yoga session. It is something you can easily do in the morning, middle of the day, after dinner or even before bed. There is a yoga session for any occasion so there is no excuse for me not to do it at least a few times a week.

Number four: Listen to more podcasts
My commute to work is typically a short 15-30 minute journey (depending on the traffic) and that time usually consists of listening to music. I'd like to change it up sometimes and pop a podcast on. I really enjoyed season 1 of At home with by Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton and I'm fully aware that there is now a season 2! I've also heard great things about Estee Lalonde's podcasts so I would most definitely give them a go first.

Number five: Feel inspired by make up again
Like I mentioned earlier, I've been really lazy with waking up early. So lazy that I rarely ever get the chance to do my make up. Actually, the main reason why is that my skin is having a freak out moment and does not like most base products. However, I can still wear certain items in my make up collection and can experiment with what can work for my skin at the moment. I'd really like to get inspired by make up again because I do miss it and I feel like I would like to introduce it into my routine for some days (I love and always embrace no make up days!)

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Do you have any goals for the remainder of the year?
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12 Aug 2018

Make Up Brushes | Collection & Care



Make up brushes can be such a personal thing. I know I'm very particular about which brushes I buy, use and the way they are looked after. They are supposed to last years and years so aftercare is very important with brushes. I thought I'd share my make up brush collection and show you how I clean them too.



COLLECTION

The main bulk of my brushes are by Spectrum Collections. I went for this brand because they are cruelty free, vegan and they look so beautiful! I've done a more in-depth review of this collection previously, so feel free to have a read of that here.

I like the size and weight of these brushes. They don't feel cheap and aren't so bulky to carry around, even when travelling. I highly recommend checking these out if you are on the hunt for new make up brushes. You can buy directly from their website (delivery was fairly quick!) but they are now sold in Boots too!





Other brushes I own that aren't Spectrum, include the Revlon double ended eyebrow brush, The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and No7 Flawless Finish Blending Sponge.

I really enjoy all of these brushes and tools as they aren't so pricey, can be bought individually and work really well for day-to-day make up use.



CARE

In terms of care for the brushes, there are different steps I take...



Spot cleaning is mainly used for eyeshadow brushes that require instant cleaning for reuse. I rarely do this because I don't really wear eyeshadow on a regular basis but I do, I use the B. Makeup Brush Cleanser. It's really simple to use - just a few sprays on the brush and a swirl around on a tissue or flannel and you are good to go!



Once a week or every fortnight (depending on how often I've used my make up brushes) I give them a good deep clean. I find it is best to do this in the shower as you can multi task and it makes the job much more bearable - I know many people find cleaning make up brushes such a chore!

In my opinion, it is best to use a make up remover or cleanser to clean brushes. If it is good enough for the face, it is good enough for your brushes! I'm currently using the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean.



I dampen the brush, pop a little blob of the cleanser on my palm and swirl the brush round so the dirt starts being removed. I repeat as necessary until the brushes are squeaky clean. You can see a before and after below!



When drying, lay a flannel down and lean the brushes upside down so the water doesn't soften the glue that holds the bristles together.



What brushes do you have? What care tips do you use? 

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5 Aug 2018

A Postcard From Singapore



Singapore was one of the most unique places I've ever visited. First of all, Singapore is a both a country and a city... the island is roughly half the size of metropolitan London. It is also the greenest place ever. I've never seen anywhere that takes so much care when it comes to being environmentally friendly! Everything that is built in Singapore has a reason as well as eco-friendly value. 

Apart from it being so green, there is plenty to do in Singapore. My husband and I only visited for 4 days but we managed to pack a fair bit in. 


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SIGHTSEEING



Getting Around

As Singapore is so hot on being very environmental, public transport is huge and so common. They even have electric taxis for tourists who don't wish to ride in the same way as the locals. We decided to take the bus wherever we could, whether it was the normal buses or tourist hop-on hop-off bus. It's the cheapest way to travel around so if you can, you should!



















Universal Studios

Universal was one of the best paces I've ever visited. I can't even begin to describe it to you! There were so many different rides and entertainment options. They have rollercoasters, stimulators, experiences, shows - all sorts! It is an obvious must-visit on your list if you are going!
























Gardens by the Bay

If you love plants, nature and just pretty backgrounds, this place is the one for you. You have got to visit Gardens by the Bay. The experience is partly indoor partly outdoor, some of which are free and some have to be paid for. The outdoor element involves very a pretty light show, at night of course, and the opportunity to walk on a skyway in-between the large canopies called 'super trees'. It is just prettiness all around. So many things to do and look at and admire. You can easily spend a whole afternoon or evening in here!












Singapore Eye

Having never been on the London Eye, we thought we'd go on the Singapore Eye. Taking in total 30 minutes for a full round, the Singapore Eye goes through the history of Singapore as well as the city's hot spots. It is a really good way to cram in several years of culture and famous places in the small space of half an hour.







Jurong Bird Park

Lover of birds? This is the one for you. The Bird Park is filled with the most exotic birds and has so many difference types. Flamingos, Eagles, Owls, Parrots, Budgies... so many birdies. My favourite part of our trip here was feeding the little birds and watching the bird show - these creatures are so talented! There is a bird that can speak 3 different languages, amazing!



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FOOD







Four Fingers

The restaurant diner had the nicest chicken wings and chips. There is a spicy flavour and a mild one - the mild one is a garlic soy flavour and it was amazing. The chips come in three options, plain, with kimchi or with seaweed. We were up for trying something new and the kimchi and seaweed options were actually delicious.





Candylicious


One of the most famous spots to come to for sweet treats is Candylicious. Placed just outside of Universal Studios and Sea Life Centre, this dessert / treat place is a must-visit for anyone who has a sweet tooth.


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SHOPPING



Singapore has so many malls - you can easily spend a day shopping around each one.

Vivo City is one of the main malls as it has railway connections to Sentosa Island (where Universal and Sea Life Centre is). The island is also home to an incredible beach.

Orchard Mall and Paragon Shopping Centre is filled with your high-end and designer stores, if you fancy splashing out.

Jurong Point is probably the best mall to go to. It is HUGE. There is also something for everyone. Local shopping, inexpensive shopping, expensive shopping, luxury shopping - all the shopping!







I just thought I'd mention that whilst I was in Singapore, I discovered Innis Free, a beauty brand. It is so decently priced and the products are fab. I can't wait to share some purchases with you some day.

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And there is my travel guide to Singapore. Have you visited or planning a visit?
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