autumn

Blogvember?

Oh I do love a pun! So what better way to embrace a good play on words than to blog every other day throughout November annnnd call it BLOGVEMBER! Woo!

Having not blogged in a while, I think committing to uploading a blog post every day throughout November isn’t achievable, especially as I have so much uni work on at the minute. But I feel that every other day is achievable!

Over the last few months I’ve tried out some awesome new make-up and beauty products that I can’t wait to rave about, started experimenting with a different style (although I haven’t said goodbye completely to the old faithful black jeans & a striped tee) and been on some incredible adventures that I can’t wait to talk about on here.

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SO, here goes!

I wouldn’t say I’m the most committed person in the world, for example my gym membership lasted from January this year until I cancelled it in September…I tried to commit to cleansing, toning and moisturising my skin every single night but I am still partial to a face wipe or two & going to the library every day from 10am-5pm is slowly becoming 3 times a week for about 3 hours. But, I will try my very best to have a blog post up every other day for you. I’m sure there will be the odd day I miss because, well, I’m only human.

lots of love

Eliza Days xo

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My Favourite Winter Foundation

In the winter months, my skin gets really dry on my face so I tend to lean towards a more hydrating, liquid foundation. I also change up the way I apply my base in the winter. Throughout the summer I use either my fingers or a beauty blender all over my face, but now I like to spread the product all over my face with this stippling brush from Eco Tools and then blend all of the edges out with the Real Techniques sponge.

For the past few months I’ve fallen head over heels for the Loreal True Match foundation. After I moisturise, I apply a pump and a half of the foundation to my hand and dap the brush in it before applying the product over my face in a stippling motion.

Once the product is well dispersed over my face, I go in with the damp sponge to really blend it in to my skin and down my neck, making it look as seamless as possible.

This foundation gives a really natural finish, whilst being slightly on the glowy side, which I love. It also lasts all day and doesn’t go patchy or oxidise at all.

It’s a winner for me,

Eliza Days xo

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A £6 Face Palette? Primark Make Up Review 

I’m going through a phase where I’m kind of living out of a suitcase a lot of the time so I’m trying to stream line all of my things to make lugging everything around much easier. In terms of make up, I thought I would try out an all in 1 face palette, consisting of everything I need for contour, blush and eyes. I didn’t want to splurge on one without trying it first so when I spotted this PS Complete Face Palette fro Primark’s Nude Collection for £6, it was going right in my basket.

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The outer packaging is such a pretty blush pink colour and then palette itself is matte black with gold writing. Considering it has 3 eyeshadows, a contour, a highlight, blush and a matte lip colour, the palette is so compact. What made me LOVE this palette before even trying the products themselves is the huge mirror that is the size of the palette, it is so convinient.
Like i said, the palette has 3 eyeshadows which are quite cool toned neutral brown shades that work together really well. A shimmery pink blush which is very pretty, a dark pink/plum matte lip colour as well as a light ashy brown contour powder and a shimmery champagne highlight.
The eyeshadows are very soft, blend really well and don’t actually have much fall out. They aren’t very pigmented though, but I don’t think that’s such a bad thing because if you aren’t very good at doing your eyes, they’re very good to build and also it’s hard to make a mistake.
The blush is very subtle and pretty. Like the eyeshadows, there isn’t really much pigment and it is a bit powdery but you could make it work if you were only to take this palette away with you. The contour shade is a really good colour because it’s ashy and not at all orange. However I found it really hard to blend so I found that using a small amount and building it up worked better than piling loads on and blending it out. When you swirl your brush in the powder, it is very loose and does get a bit messy but overall its a decent contour powder.
I am in LOVE with the highlight! It’s so warm and glowy and has the same kind of shimmer to Becca’s Champagne Pop highlighter. It isn’t the heaviest of highlights, but it is so pretty and is perfect for every day. The same goes for the matte lip shade. I really didn’t expect much of this but it is so creamy and moisturising. It’s not too dark and is almost like a tinted lip balm.
All in all, this is a pretty decent palette & for £6 you can’t argue!
Eliza Days xo

My Favourite City in the World: Tales of Amsterdam

I could talk about Amsterdam for hours and hours, I’ve never been to a city, walked out of the train station and thought, ‘I never want to leave.’ There’s just something so magical and calming about the city that makes me want to pack a suitcase, get on the Eurostar (I am petrified of flying) and spend the rest of my life sipping coffee & reading Dutch newspapers outside a cafe before cycling home along the canals. I can dream!


I went to Amsterdam for the first time last year & even though it rained from the moment we arrived to the moment we left, I fell head over heels. We stayed in a hostel on the edge of Vondelpark which, can I just say, is an amazing location. It’s within walking distance to the Leidseplein and Dam Square and the park itself is incredible! Although in fairness, Amsterdam is pretty compact so everything is within walking or cycling distance. We spent the days wandering around and stopping in cute cafe’s when we got hungry or needed ANOTHER hot chocolate and in the evenings me & the girls ate dinner in restaurants usually along the canals. I can honestly say I have never eaten so well on a city trip in Europe.

From the time I set foot back in Cardiff I needed to go back. So this September I booked another trip to go back (obviously on the Eurostar this time, did I mention I hate flying). We stayed in the Jordaan district in Oud West, which is a quieter, more residential area of Amsterdam but still has a buzz surrounding it, with great bars, cafe’s and restaurants. This time, I lived off pesto bagels. I don’t think the Dutch are famous for bagels globally, but in my eyes there is nowhere better to get a pesto, mozzarella and tomato bagel than in Amsterdam, no lies! We hired bikes and cycled around as if we were locals (even though the massive garishly red rental bikes & our terrible cycling told a different story).


Behind Central Station is a section of the River IJ, where free ferries cross to different parts of Northern Amsterdam every few minutes. We picked up our bikes from the rental place in Central Station & headed across to the NDSM Ship Wharf. This area is probably the coolest area of Amsterdam that I’ve seen. It seems to be an old ship dock with loads of warehouses dotted around and an amazing cafe on the river side. The warehouses all have different projects going on, with the main one being turned into a mini city inside for freelance workers all over Amsterdam to set up a work area for themselves. It is SO cool! I would highly recommend going over. It’s free to get in and you can just wonder around for hours.


We obviously went to the Red Light District, which fascinates me, & the IAmsterdam sign, the museums and Dam Square but my absolute highlight was spending the evening drinking rosè in Vondelpark after cycling around the city all day. For the 5 days we were there, Amsterdam had its hottest 5 days of the year so Vondelpark was crammed full of people playing football, having barbeques and drinking, it was the best evening!


I could literally write an essay on Amsterdam but you probably stopped reading 3 paragraphs ago! I’m now going to continue looking for an apartment & a job so that I can pack my bag as soon as possible (or as soon as a graduate even).

Vaarwel,

Eliza Days

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My Favourite Brunch Ideas 

Brunch is always always a good idea! It’s most definitely my favourite meal of the day & I’m never really up in time for breakfast (#studentlife) and can’t wait long enough until lunch so it’s the most perfect meal!


Here are some of my favourites for brunch:

Scrambled eggs on a toasted croissant: this is a fancier version of eggs on toast but it’s just as easy & tastes so lovely! I’ll fry up some mushrooms in butter and pepper too and toss them over the top.

Poached eggs & spinach on a toasted muffin: without blowing my own trumpet, I think I’m the queen of poached eggs (ok, I blew my own trumpet). This is my favourite breakfast at the minute. I sometimes add a bit of basil pesto to it as well, which tastes so good!

Baked eggs: for this I chop up mushrooms & tomatoes and put them in an oven proof dish. Then I throw in a handful of spinach, a pinch of salt and blacken pepper and then crack 2 eggs into the dish and bake in the oven until the eggs are cooked but still runny (7-10 mins). Also, there’s hardly any washing up! Win!

French toast: I soak thick white bread in whisked eggs and milk before frying the bread in A LOT of butter! Once it’s browned and crisp on the outside, I pile it on a plate and top it with raspberries, a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of Nutella, so bad but tastes AMAZING!

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Writing this has made me hungry, so I’m off to make brunch!

Eliza Days

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My Cold Weather Beauty Essentials 

I tend to switch up my body & face lotions and potions when the seasons change and obviously from summer into autumn and winter, my skin needs a lot more moisture and hydration so I banish the light serums and gels to the back of the cupboard & bring out super thick creams and lotions, gradual tanner and ginger spice fragrances!

Here’s a quick low down of my top beauty & body essentials for autumn/winter:

1. The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Shimmer Lotion: this is a good few years old by now, so old in fact that I thinks it’s been discontinued…but I have a stash of it because it is my favourite & it emerges every year so that from late September until at least February I smell like a ginger bread biscuit and I LOVE it!

2. Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion: oh the irony. My natural skin tone is quite pale and while I don’t have a problem with it, I do love a teeny bit of a glow, especially in winter! This is perfect as it is a moisturising body lotion that leaves your skin slightly glowy and a tad darker after every use. WIN!

3. Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream: I’ve got a whole post dedicated to this stuff but I really do love it! I don’t use hand cream often but I cycle quite a lot now and my hands get so cold & dry that I need it & this smells amazing!

4. The Body Shop Hemp Face Protector: this is a seriously thick cream that packs a ridiculous amount of hydration. I use it in the  evening before bed as it doesn’t tend to sit well underneath make up in the morning. But try this once, and no other moisturising  face cream compares. (It doesn’t smell that lovely through.)

5. Lip Balm: I have lip balms coming out of my ears so I just use whichever one is closed to me but my favourite is the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Nourishing Lio Care lip balm because it absorbs quite quickly and it also seems to make my lipstick last longer on top.

6. Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer: a similar story to the gradual tanner, I just feel much better about myself when I’ve got a bit of a tan! This bronzer is perfect because it’s not orange toned at all & it is quite ashy which means it’s perfect to act as a contour too!

What are your cold weather essentials?

Eliza Days xo

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Soap & Glory: Hand Food Review

It really has started to feel like winter now and because of the cold weather, I’ve been getting super dry hands. So, I’m bringing out the trustee hand creams for the winter months.

I haven’t used the Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream for a long time so I thought I’d give this a go because I adore the smell of Soap & Glory products. The packaging is also really pretty and it’s so handy for throwing in your bag every day as it’s such a compact tube. And for £6, its such a bargain!

The formula is so creamy and feels really luxurious. What previously put me off hand cream was that they would take so long to sink into my skin and I wouldn’t be able to do anything for a little while because I’d have gross, sticky hands but thankfully this product sinks into my skin so quickly and it honestly has made a real difference to my dry hands. It is very heavily scented so I imagine it would irritate sensitive skin but it truly has worked wonders for me.

Eliza Days xo

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Autumnal Love


I thought I’d write a little seasonal post for you & tell you my 5 favourite things about Autumn! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not a fan of the colder, winter months but this year, I’ve decided to embrace it (& just focus on Christmas).

  1. Layers: I LOVE clothes so much & I can never choose what to wear in the mornings so when it’s cold I feel as if I don’t have to choose and I can just throw all of my favourite things on at once and call it ‘layering’.
  2. Hot chocolate: Drinking hot chocolate in the summer just doesn’t feel right somehow, so with the colder days comes indulging in huge mugs of hot chocolate topped with loads of cream and a flake, YUM! 
  3. Leaves: This may seem like a weird one but I love watching the leaves fall from the trees and more so, I love seeing the leaves change colour…they look SO pretty!
  4. Log fires & candles: Winter spiced, cinnamon candles are just the dream! I love getting in when it’s cold outside, lighting ALL the candles (my house could be considered a fire hazard I’m sure) and getting the fire lit. Isn’t it just the coziest feeling ever!
  5. Bonfire Night: When I was younger, I was petrified of fire works but now I find them so magical & spectacular! I can’t wait to get all wrapped up, hold sparklers & drink hot chocolate this year! Woo! 

What’s your favourite thing about Autumn?

Eliza Days xo

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Date Day: Fruit Picking

Having been in a relationship for over 3 years, dates kind of get left behind. The idea of “date night” makes me absolutely cringe so I decided to think of an alternative date idea that we would both love and that didn’t cost much.

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Near us, there is a huge fruit farm called Hendrewennol where you can pick your own fruit for just £1 entry, so without telling Tom where we were going, we jumped in the car & I directed us there. We both LOVE berries & I have never been fruit picking before so it was perfect.

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We had the best day, the sun was out and it was a gorgeous. We packed a picnic and ambled around the fields picking blueberries, raspberries,gooseberries and strawberries. It’s such a lovely feeling being able to pick berries from a bush & eat them straight away, they tasted delicious and so fresh. I would definitely recommend taking a relaxing afternoon gander round your local pick your own fruit farm.

 

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer so far

Eliza Days xo

 

 

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August Goals

  1. Spend Less: This month, I’m really going to try to keep track of what I’m spending. I’ve never been a saver and am renowned in my family to be terrible with money. So throughout August I’m going to try to spend less on things I really don’t need.
  2. Take more pictures: whenever I do something memorable or fun, I never take pictures because I always try to focus on being there and not seeing it through a lens. The other day for example, we walked up the Glastonbury Tor and I was so busy taking it in, I hardly took any pictures. I know this isn’t a bad thing, but I’d really like to be able to look back on pictures and remember the experience through them.
  3. Appreciate small gestures: when someone does something for you so frequently, it becomes the norm and I think we stop appreciating it as much. Something like being brought a cup of tea every morning is something I take for granted now that I really shouldn’t, so throughout August I’m going to make sure I appreciate all the small things in daily life.
  4. Meal planning: with some serious inspo from ViviannaDoesMakeup, I’m going to open up the cook books armed with post it notes and meal plan the whole week, do a food shop based on that & try my very best to stick to it.
  5. Cooking from scratch: this leads on nicely from the last point. I have recently become really lazy in the kitchen and I’ve tended to choose convenience over spending some quality time creating meals from scratch. Over the next month I’m going to dedicate more time to planning and cooking meals from scratch. It’s something I really enjoy so I need to find time for it in my day.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful month,

Eliza Days xo