Latest Lip Love: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

I’m just sat with a cup of tea, listening to the rain pouring down outside watching Adele at Glastonbury for the 4th time (how amazing is she!!) and thought I’d pour my heart out about my new lip obsession!

When I was younger, I was all about the red lip. It was my trade mark to the extent that after 2 weeks of my school teacher’s persistent nagging to take it off, they accepted that it wasn’t going anywhere. Despite this, in the last year or so I’ve been expanding my lipstick/gloss/cream collection and some nudey nudes have made an appearance. I’ve also veered away from matte lipsticks (which I used to be obsessed with & have been playing around with lip creams and liquid lipsticks.

My current faves are the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. The feeling of these on your lips and the consistency is to die for, they feel SO luxurious & OMG they are such a bargain at £5.50 in Boots. I love how compact and small they are, so perfect for throwing in your bag/pocket on the go and also so good for travelling – you can definitely justify taking along 3 0r 4 for a week away hah!

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They come in SO MANY different shades. My favourite 2 (so far) are Stockholm and Milan. Stockholm is a gorgeous brown toned nude and is so good for every day wear. Milan is a much brighter pinky colour and is so perfect for summer. They have some serious lasting power considering the price (unless, like me, you’re partial to a gigantic burger, then it just ends up all over the bun)  and when they do start to wear off, they don’t leave any noticeable lines around your lips, nor do they crack and crease. This also makes it so easy to re-apply.

These matte lip creams have stolen the show, beauty wise, this month so I’m off to Boots to pick up a few more, yay!

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I hope you’ve had a great weekend & enjoyed watching all the Glastonbury highlights (or if you were lucky enough, are now recovering from the epic mud bath itself)

Bye for now,

Eliza Days xx

Sunsets & Confusion – Being 20

Oh I do love being at home. I would now consider myself a fully fledged Cardiffian (I’m at uni there, my boyfriend lives there and I guess that’s where my life is now) BUT I’m still struggling to let go of calling West Wales ‘home’ & I guess I don’t have to. Whenever I come back to Aberaeron I feel completely content and relaxed in my surroundings. I don’t over think anything, stress about anything or feel like I should be doing things constantly. My brain just chills out.

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Now that the weather is getting a bit nicer too, when I come back we (we = me & my family) spend time sitting on the harbour wall, watching the tide come in and going for a late night swim in the sea. We sit in the garden drinking tea all afternoon and go out for lunch and sit in the beer gardens eating honey ice cream. It’s just pure bliss. Also, the sunsets here are out of this world!

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I really do love Cardiff, I’m not denying that, & being there does make me really happy! But there is just something so wonderful about coming ‘home home’ as I call it.

Being 20 is a strange age, we’re kind of half way between being fully fledged, rent paying, grocery shopping adults and being stroppy teenagers who need our washing picked up from where we dropped it and a roast made for us on a Sunday. I guess we need to embrace it, your 20’s are of course the best years of your life…but it’s also such a confusing time. If you’re a uni student or have moved away from home, you also have the ‘home home’ thing going on & if you’re anything like me, are stuck between wondering where ‘home’ really is.

This really has been a rambling post that hasn’t gone anywhere but it’s just something I wanted to talk about. I probably seem so ungrateful, moaning about where I call home when I’m lucky to have a home but, ah, those first world problems! Does anyone else feel like this or am I just making a mountain out of a mole hill?

Eliza Days xo

Tanya Burr Cosmetics: Rosy Flush Cheek Palette Review

For months, I’ve been in the market for a perfect cheek palette with a bronzer/contour, blush and highlighter. I’ve never been a fan of cream formulas so I was looking specifically for something powder based. When I was browsing through FeelUnique.com I spotted Tanya Burr’s cheek palette & at such a great price, I didn’t think twice about throwing it in my basket.

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I really did not expect the palette itself to be SO big. It is so much bigger than I thought and also, it comes with a really big mirror on the inside. The packaging is really pretty and very sturdy but quite chunky so it isn’t perfect for travelling light. However, it does have 3 key products in one so maybe it can be a compromise.

All three products look quite shimmery in the pan but it doesn’t come off too much on the skin, which is great. At first, I thought the Beach Bronze shade looked a bit on the orange side, but on my skin it’s very subtle and not orange at all. The formula is great and has awesome staying power. My only issue with it is that the brush picks up so much product that I have to dust a load off before putting it near my face because the powder is quite loose.

image1 (4)The blush shade, Pretty Peony, is so so lovely! It’s a perfect pinky summer shade but it can be quite in your face if you aren’t light handed with it. You really only need to swirl your brush a tiny bit as it is very pigmented. The coral undertones and slight shimmer make it perfect for your summer holiday too. Once again, it is quite loose and powdery so it does get quite messy.

So far, I’m not a huge fan of the highlighter Oyster Shell. It’s a little to white on my skin and is more shimmery than I would like. It does have great staying power though, so if you have fairer skin this would be a good option.

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Overall, for £5.35 this palette is really all you need for summer cheeks. The formula is really good quality, if a little loose, but the pigmentation of all three is great and the packaging is super pretty – what more do you need?

 

Eliza Days xo

My Daily Make-Up Routine

When it comes to my daily face, I don’t change things up all too often. I tend to stick to what I know and what I think looks good (with minimum effort). So I thought I’d take you step by step through my current daily make-up routine.

Step 1: After smothering my face with the Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream, I use a pump and a half of Loreal’s True Match Foundation and dab it over my face with my finger. I then use the Real Techniques Buffing brush to blend it in.

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Step 2: I use a light shade of the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer under my eyes and apply the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer on any spots and around my nose before blending it all in with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Step 3: I then pile on the power all over my face. I use Rimmel Stay Matte powder using a big fluffy brush from Wilkos.

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Step 4: For a subtle day-to-day contour, Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer works really well  at making my face less round and podgy and actually gives a bit of definition to my barely there cheek bones. I use the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Arched Powder brush for this.

Step 5: For blush, I use Benefit Dandelion for blusher and apply that using the Blush Brush from Real Techniques.

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Step 6: I’m one of those girls who brushes her eyebrows but not her hair, so I brush through my eyebrows and fill them in really lightly with the pencil end of Soap and Glory’s Brow Archery.

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Step 7: On a day-to-day basis, I tend to skip eye shadow, but if I do fancy it then I put on Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate and blend it out with my finger.

Step 8: I then cover my eyelashes in about 300 layers of Rimmel London Volume Colourist Mascara.

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Step 9: To finish, I apply the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in the shade 5.

& that is my daily “what I put on my face” routine.

If anyone has any new subtle daily blush recommendations, I would love to hear them!

Eliza Days xo