Monday, 15 August 2016

BEAUTY: The £12 Artis Makeup Brush Dupes

I'm not quite sure how to refer to these makeup brushes, other than "the ones that look like oddly shaped toothbrushes", what would you call them? A quick google tells me I should call them Oval Makeup Brushes.. We shall see.
With between 3 to 10 times more bristles than the average makeup brush, these are set to provide a smoother application. The brushes are very dense, jam packed to the point where the base brush can buff in my foundation in about 6 seconds.

When I first saw these type of brushes it was the brand Artis and they had cropped up in a few youtube videos. As I am forever on the hunt for the perfect base my first reaction was "oh hello...." and then I saw the price and my second reaction was "oh hell no". 

So naturally I had a browse online to see if I could find some that were cheaper (as in not £60 for one brush!!!) and there were loads. Amazon and eBay seemed to be the most littered with options so I went for this set which was just £12 for all the brushes. 

I tripled checked that they were only made from synthetic fibres and into my basket they headed. You can get even cheaper sets but these were in the UK and I'm really far too impatient to wait for delivery any longer than 4-5 days. 

Hopefully they will live up to the high expectations that I have for them.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Dog of the Week: Storm

Every week myself and Shelley grab our cameras and focus in on a dog who is currently ready for adoption at Cardiff Dogs Home. We usually look for that dog who needs a little more social media coverage, some more photos and videos to remind potential adopters that they are just pets waiting for their forever sofa. 

This week was Storm and to be honest I am pretty happy with how the video turned out so I wanted to share it on here, plus it's also an extra blog post #lazy! 

Storm is 10 years old and is just a wonderful gent who does not deserve to be spending his evening years in a concrete kennel. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

BEAUTY: Why I've ditched the gel nails!

I used to be a self confessed gel nail addict, I was that person who booked the next appointment in exactly two weeks after a fresh coat of gels and would shout to everyone who would listen about just how great gel nails are.

Short term, yes. Long term and cruelty free, no. Well possibly they can be cruelty free if you buy from certain vendors I guess, but to have them done at a salon you can pretty much guarantee that it's not. 

When I decided not to keep coating my nails in gel and soaking in acetone I started to look for nail care inspiration on youtube to get some motivation to put up with short, weak and flakey nails for a few months. I came across Cristine aka Simply Nailogical  and her perfect nails! She's also a holosexual which is just hilarious and hugely entertaining. 

Anyway back to nails, in one of her videos she mentioned how when trying to grow her nails she had previously used strengtheners such as Sally Hansen. All that would happen is her nails would get to a certain length and then snap off. Whilst watching this I couldn't stop nodding at having similar frustrating experiences. 

Turns out the solution for her was a nail oil that's only available in America... ugh! 

However, the main reason for that nail oil working was that it's contains Jojoba Oil and it's apparently the closest oil to our natural nail oils and the body absorbs this better. Science. So of course, I picked up a bottle (cruelty free) from amazon for only £6. 

I've been using this for the past month and a half and my nails are the longest (and strongest) they have ever been. They feel hydrated and flexible but also have the strength needed to keep them from breaking. I'm 100% sold on the natural nail look and have gotten rid of half of my nail polish collection. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

HOME: Are you making these 3 interior design mistakes?

This post might be a huge clue as to what I was referring to in my previous post, can anyone guess? 

While some people may have a natural, keen eye for interior design, the rest of us tend to approach the task as a learning curve. The good news is, you don’t necessarily need to be an expert to style your home well - but it does pay to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing. So that you can steer clear of making a decorating faux pas, here are three common blunders you’ll want to avoid. 

1. Your decor theme is mismatched 

Although it’s up to you how you choose to style up your home, if your decor theme is completely mismatched, you could be making a big mistake. Failing to go for a coordinating theme can be visually displeasing, and you may struggle to achieve the look and feel you’re going for. While there’s no need to be matchy-matchy, you should find you’re more successful if you stick with furniture pieces and a colour palette that work well together. 

To ensure that you stay on track with your chosen theme, you may find it useful to go for soft furnishings in complementary designs. From plush cushions to luxury throws and bedspreads, there are a number of accessories for you to pick from. When choosing these furnishings, make sure you keep your colour scheme in mind as this will help you carry your theme throughout your rooms. 

2. Your rooms are poorly illuminated 

A badly lit home is a huge interior design no-no. If your property lacks the appropriate lighting, it’s likely you’ll struggle to create a cosy, homely vibe, and instead you’ll risk your place coming across as dull, drab and dreary. So if you’re guilty of leaving your pad poorly illuminated, it might be time to make a few changes. For example, aside from having a central light fixture in each room, you may also want to think about adding some extra illuminations to really help brighten up the space. From placing a lamp on your bedside table in your boudoir to installing under-cabinet lights in your kitchen, there are a whole host of lighting options available that could help boost the brightness levels in each of your rooms. 

3. You have too much clutter on display 

While it’s perfectly acceptable to have certain trinkets and knickknacks on display around your home, it is possible to go overboard. Having too many bits and bobs on show can look cluttered and untidy, and it can detract from the general look and feel of your rooms. So instead of showcasing absolutely everything you own, you could break the habit and opt to only exhibit your favourite possessions. For example, in your living room, you could try to keep the number of items on your mantelpiece and window ledges to a minimum by sticking to basics such as a couple of photo frames, a candle holder and a vase of flowers. To keep clutter out of view, you could also make use of effective storage solutions such as ottoman boxes or a coffee table with in-built drawers. 

Making the effort to avoid interior design mistakes like these will help ensure you get your home decor styling spot on. I know I'm 100% guilty of point 3 and am trying to declutter various parts of my flat at the moment! 

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