Cabot Circus #SpringBeautyFix & NARS Makeover

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How has a month passed?! It’s like time just disappears sometimes (like it literally did last night, ergh British Summer Time!) and before I know what’s happened it’s been 4 weeks since my last blog post. This time I have an actual excuse, I have some pretty exciting news, me & Carys are buying a house! Carys is one of my BFFs and we’ve been renting a flat together for coming up to a year now and as our contract is ending soon we decided that it’d make so much more sense for us to buy than just find another rental! We’ve found a house we love and are hoping our offer will be accepted and it’s all very exciting. I’m not going to go on about it anymore in this post, the whole house buying thing is going to be a series of it’s own, but yeah that’s why I’ve been a bit MIA!

 

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This weekend I was invited down to Cabot Circus to take part in their Spring Beauty Fix event. I could only make the Sunday because we were house viewing all day yesterday so I missed a lot of the action but it was nice to wonder around today. Carys & I were very kindly booked in for a makeover at the NARS counter in House of Fraser which was really fun! The makeup artist Maria who did our makeovers was really nice and super helpful. She asked us if there was anything we wanted to try or learn how to do or any looks that we wanted to have a go at and it was just generally a great experience. – you can actually book in to have this done, you put down a £15 deposit which is then redeemable against any NARS purchase.

 

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I got to try the new NARS All Day Luminous foundation, in the shade Gobi (I have cool toned pretty pale skin, but while I need a fair shade, I need to go with a slightly more yellow tone otherwise my skin looks properly pink) and I really really liked it. It feels more radiant than NARS Sheer Glow, it’s not dewy by any stretch of the imagination but more of a satin finish which I love. It was out of stock today but I’m going to buy it next week (Cabot Circus also very kindly gave me a voucher to spend!) so I’ll do a full review soon. I feel like with this the quest for the perfect foundation might have come to an end! Fingers crossed eh?

 

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Maria used the new spring eyeshadow duo on me, St Paul De Vence (light & deep) which is beautiful, earthy and redish, perfect for bringing out the green and gold in my hazel eyes. I also got to try out two beauty blogger cult favourites, the Laguna bronzer, which at first glance, does live up to the hype, it’s a gorgeous deep earth colour perfect for contouring, even on my pale skin. The second was their Luster blush which is peachy, warm and just a little shimmery (we’ve established I’m a shimmer fan by now right?). The over all look was beautiful, probably a little more ‘out there’ than I’d be brave enough to wear in the day time but certainly a look I’d bring out in the evening.

 

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Carys also got to sit in the make up chair and for someone who doesn’t wear make up on a daily basis like me, I think it was a useful and fun experience. Carys wanted Maria to focus on her brows, giving her some tips to get them right at home. Maria recommended Carys use an ashy colour, more like her natural hair colour and so selected the matte shadow Blondie to use which worked really well! For shadow Maria used a mix of Andromeda and Himalia from the much lusted after NARSissist palette which resulted in a natural but defined shaping of the eye.

 

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We also bumped into fellow Bristol blogger Emily, aka Mermaid Gossip! It was great chatting to her and I think Carys might end up in a Youtube vid of hers while Maria was putting on her makeup. I’m hoping to go along to more Bristol blogger events and meet ups, just gotta stop being so nervous about meeting other bloggers!

 

Overall it was a really fun afternoon & I hope Cabot Circus decide to do similar events again! Apparently Saturday was crazy busy, with some national makeup artists coming down to showcase their talents at the event. Thanks for the invite Cabot!

 

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Life lessons with Sheri

life-lessons-with-Sheri42 things I’ve learnt from my 22 and a bit years on the planet.

1) Never live next door to a theatre. It might seem romantic but night time set changes are a thing and nobody tells you about all the sleep you’ll lose.

 

2) Time heals most things, a blanket fort, Netflix & your best friends will do for a quick fix though. (from that time me & my two best friends literally slept in a blanket fort in the hall of our student halls)

 

3) Happiness is a choice, literally. Choose to be happy about things and you will be.

 

4) It’s better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn’t smile back.

 

5) The last bit of the water you drain from your pasta is full of starch and will turn into a creamy sauce if you stir in cheese fast enough. (you should probably try and add some veggies too though)

 

6) Three day hangovers are a thing. Be warned.

 

7) Nobody knows what they’re doing, it’s all guess work.

 

8) Using pencil before liquid eyeliner as a guide will make the whole process easier.

 

9) If you have the chance to buy something you love & wear all the time again, do it.

 

10) The dishes will never be all done so don’t stress about them.

 

11) Cushions, blankets and fairy lights can make even the dingiest of rooms feel like home.

 

12) Using ‘I’d recommend…’ at work tends to help you get your own way.

 

13) You’re NEVER too old for cartoons.

 

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14) Humans eat too much meat. And it’s actually really easy to cut it out.

 

15) Feminism is really important and it’s not about hating men it about loving both sexes equally.

 

16) Kitchen roll is the best cleaning tool there is. Get rid of all your cloths & dusters, use kitchen roll instead. (from my summer cleaning for rich people)

 

17) There are very few things worth worrying about and stressing over, if you have your health and your loved ones, you’re ok.

 

18) Always check the footnotes of books you’ve used if you need to find extra references for your essay. If the book your using quotes someone else, quote them AND the book. – two references for the pain of one.

 

19) Everyone makes mistakes or has problems, it’s how you deal with them that matters. Calm down, own up and think of a solution.

 

20) The nail salon owned by the Asians will always be the best.

 

21) Size up your duvet for extra comfort. So get a double duvet for a single bed, king size duvet for a double etc..

 

22) An apple a day keeps anyone away if you throw it hard enough.

 

23) Everyone should read more.

 

24) ‘Smile, listen, agree, then do whatever the f*** you were gonna do anyway.’ – Robert Downy Jr.

 

25) You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

 

26) Burn the candles, wear the fancy underwear & drink the good wine. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Everyday is special.

 

27) Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

 

28) Sometimes it’s best to bite your tongue. (Knowing when, is something I’m still working on.)

 

29) Homogeny, unchecked, is not good for you. Break out regularly, learn about other cultures, religious, opinions and ways of life then assess your own beliefs and adjust them if you need to.

 

30) Buy a train ticket, spare yourself the fine and embarrassment.

 

31) Talk about death with the people you love, it’s healthy and important. (and make sure you know who’s getting what – people are magpies, even in grief, especially in grief)

 

32) Men’s shaving gel and razors work better.

 

33) Men’s socks are also better and usually cheaper.

 

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34) Know exactly what you’re voting for.

 

35) End of the night take out is always a bad idea. Go home, eat toast & drink water.

 

36) Moisturise after every shower. Your skin will thank you for it.

 

37) There’s no use making resolutions if you don’t make decisions about what you need to do to achieve them.

 

38) Make time for your parents, you owe them all sorts.

 

39) A lot of things that are annoying just aren’t worth the frown lines, take a moment and a deep breath and move on.

 

40) Sometimes you just need your mum to tell you it’ll all be ok and it will. (from that time the council tried to tell me I hadn’t being paying council tax for a year when I had, oh the tears)

 

41) It’s ok to stay in on Friday, it’s been a tough week, you deserve the night off.

 

42) You have to support other women, push them to succeed and celebrate their success.

 

Here’s to using them & to the next 42! 

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Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream Review

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Forever on a quest to discover that perfect skin care routine (the struggle is real right?), finding the right eye cream for my oh so sensitive eyes has become like the search for holy grail.

 

The skin around my eyes is super fragile, I have a lot of allergies (like to dust and unavoidable things like that) that can cause my eyes to water and the skin around them to become really sore and dry. I suffered a lot with it in my last year at uni because of the damp and mould in our student house and since then the skin around my eyes has become a lot more sensitive and prone to reactions. When I get a reaction the aftermath of dry & itchy skin can go on for weeks before it eventually heals, but not without leaving its permanent mark in the form of more wrinkles. Now, I’m only 22 so I’m really not worrying about ageing too much, in fact right now, I’m pretty much of the opinion that we should all embrace the ageing process a little more. Never the less, in the back of my mind, 40 year old Sheri is hitting me around the head with her bottle of hair dye and yelling at me to take care of my skin now, so I listen.

 

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Enter, Antipodes.

Enter, Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil, probably the best eye cream I’ve used to date. With nutrient rich avocado oil and antioxidant Vinanza Grape this little tub of joy promises to be ‘a luscious yet light eye cream providing a cooling, soothing treatment for the delicate eye area.’ Apparently it’s also scientifically shown to stimulate type 1 collagen production in human skin cells by up to 82% (that’ll be the anti-ageing bit covered then).

 

Does it live up to all those claims? Boy does it! It glides on like silk providing a calming yet awakening effect making it perfect for mornings as well as well as before bed. It doesn’t irritate any sensitive areas thanks to its fragrance free formula and it’s done a great job of keeping any dry patches at bay. I’ve also noticed a reduction in the dark circles under my eyes (increasingly present the longer I live in the city centre) and just a bit more plumpness. As for the anti ageing properties, I have noticed the skin looking smoother and my make up falling in the fine lines less. It creates a really lovely base for eye makeup to slide onto. I’m excited to see what the long term affects might be.

Buy the Antipodes eye cream from the nutrition centre here.

Have you tried any Antipodes products before?

 

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