June Collective Haul

So I done dribs and drabs of shopping over the month so I thought I’d do a collective haul this month, that and most my favourites are the same as last months that post seemed a little bit redundant to me. So in the place I feel as though a haul is definitely appropriate as who doesn’t love a good haul.


primark

Primark

Primark seems to be a hit and miss at the moment and so often when there is something I like its not in my size primark should really be online. However, with material and sizes been hit and miss online might be a pain in the arse, any way from the tangent and back to the haul. First up I brought the Control Leggings in Black, I brought a patterned pair previously and they are so amazing especially as they are thicker than the normal leggings. They don’t make you loose weight but they hold in wibbly bits ect. I’m thinking of reviewing them in a little more detail at some point. Another essential I brought is the Nude Footsies which are cheaper at Primark than anywhere else at 5 pairs for £2.50 which is amazing value for money, perfect for work and wearing heels/ballet pumps as you have the comfort of socks without being able to see them.

I am hopefully getting a car soon, so with this in mind I picked up a cheap pair of Sunglasses for £1.00 just to keep in my car as if you drive you know its important. In the summer I usually have sunglasses with me but you need them all year and just keeping a pair in the car will be useful. Along this line I also picked up the primark exclusive Cuticura Sparking Fruits Hand Gel, which is a deliciously fresh fruit scent which will either go in my bag or my car when I get one. And finally I picked up as a complete impulse as I love miniature versions of everything, I picked up the Gillette Satin Care Pure and Delicate Shave Gel. I suppose it won’t go to waste as I will use it one way or another.


Boots Double Face Cotton Pads

Boots

Just one thing from Boots this time, I seem to feel very uninspired by makeup recently and have no interest in the displays in stores at the moment. So I came out with my bank balance intact after only picking up a new pack of Boots Cotton Wool Double Faced Round Pads, two different faces on the pads and it has really kicked up my skincare routine up a notch. Unfortunately they weren’t on their usual buy one get one free deal so I just picked up one this time.


H&M Navy Dress

H&M

This I think has to be my favourite items that I have brought this month as it is so flattering and was a bargain, £15.00 down from £29.99. The colour and style means it can really be worn any time of wear on its own or with leggings or tights, and fits multiple situations from smart causal to even work depending what your job attire constitutes of. The filly detail is cute but isn’t to over the top or too girly and definately just works. I know just want to find a nice occasion in which to wear it.


So have you guys brought anything good this month? Do you like the summer trends this year or are you giving them a miss and digging out last years stuff. Let me know in the comments.

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Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG

The procrastinating beauty blogger

While searching the random world of beauty blogs I can across this post and it is absolutely perfect as who doesn’t suffer from procrastination from time to time. So if you guys want to do it go ahead its really fun.

1. Name a beauty regimen you rarely do?

Exfoliating, I love how silky smooth my skin is after doing it or my face is so much clearer. All I have to do is commit to doing it once or twice a week but it never happens as I always forget about it and it only seems to happen every so often. I attempt to encourage myself to do it by buying lovely smelling products that I am excited to use, yet this makes very little difference so maybe one day I’ll get better. Along this line I am also awful at remembering to moisturise my body, that and I’m too lazy I just want to get into my pjs or warm clothes but I’ll get there one day.

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?

I manage to wash my brushes once a week, I know you are meant to clean them every time but I am too lazy and it takes way too long. So once a week I thoroughly clean all of my brushes with warm water and baby shampoo which isn’t bad going as far as I’m concerned.

3.How long will you last with chipped nail polish?

Days, although I love having pretty nails I’m too impatient to paint them that often. I’m seriously considering getting gel nails but I know I’ll get bored of the colour too quickly.

4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?

If its one of my essentials never, I always buy a new one before the old one runs out. I’m such a hoarder but I hate running out of anything I need.

5. What’s your worst beauty habit?

Touching my face, I know it can make your face more oily and grimy but I just can’t help it as I do it without thinking. I’m trying to make a conscious effort not to but old habits die hard and I will get there.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?

Tidying my wardrobe, this I have done both while at university and at home. It is just so much effort sure it looks nicer when it’s tidy and its easier to get stuff but its an awful lot of work. Especially as depending on jobs I could be moving out soon it doesn’t seem worth it and I can tidy it as I pack up.

7. When going out somewhere do you leave getting ready to the last mintue?

Definitely not, I have to be on time to everything if not early so I always give myself ages to get ready. Although this often results in me waiting around before I have to leave, I rather get ready at a leisurely rate than rush. A perfect smokey eye doesn’t do itself :-p.

8. Can you commit to spending bans?

I never have to do a spending ban although with no income I may do it this summer. I tend to pick up what I need and if I don’t need a product I don’t always impulse buy as I research products before I buy looking at reviews etc. Unless of course it’s so cheap it barely matters I’ve picked one or two MUA or p.s. love products on impulse but they don’t really count.

9. How organized are your make-up and nail polish collections?

Not very, there is some sort of logic but now I’m back at home there isn’t the space to organise it all fully. I’ll insert a picture below, like all my palettes are together, my bases are in a makeup bag etc. There’s just a very untidy logic to it but its all there really.

So how good are you at all of these things? I’m not going to TAG anyone but if you are interested in doing the TAG go ahead I cannot wait to see them.

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“No Makeup” Makeup, 6 Product Face

no makeup makeup

Hi guys, Some days you don’t want to wear loads of makeup but you still want something the quintessential no makeup makeup days. The thing is often with stuff like this the looks I’ve seen online are so many steps and near enough matching my full face of make up. This is super simple and is what I have being wearing most days as it is just effortless.

It is important to start with a strong base at the moment I am really loving the Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro Primer in 002, which is more of a creamy moisturizing primer opposed to a silicon based primer. It just a hydrating primer which is a perfect base and just begins the makeup look of right. I then use the Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream in Very Light, which is a really good light base and perfect for summer. You can read my full opinion on the bb cream in my review here. Rounding up a perfect face is another Rimmel product, I don’t think I really realised it before but Rimmel is definitely my go to drug store brand for base products. So for concealer I use the do it all Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory, it is slightly more of a brightening concealer and just airbrushes your face nicely.

So after I have a strong base I just use 3 more simple products to achieve an effortless make up look, and I’ll show you how I mix it up. I don’t really need powder so I tend to skip it but I like to add a little bit more dimension to my face with a touch of blush, as I tend to opt for blush over bronzer. However, as my blush is part of the Sleek Face Form Palette in Light set I could probably do full thing and it would still count as 6 products but all I want is a simple look. The blush in this packet is very summery as it adds a slight flush of colour but with the shimmer it adds that slight glow which is beautiful.

Then it is just the finishing touches starting with a simple coat of mascara, nothing much as you don’t want over done lashes. I am loving the primark own brand P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara which I feel is on par with the Benefit Roller Lash but so much cheaper, I highly recommend trying it out. Then to finish it off I just use some lip balm or in this case lip butter. I am really loving The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter as it smells absolutely amazing and feels great of the lips. Occasionally I will mix it up with a a different lip colour but it depends what I feel like really.

no makeup makeup face

So what is your 5 (6) product face? Do you have a simple no make look which seems like it has a lot less than the no makeup looks created by gurus, let me know what your favourite base colours are.

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Morning Routine

Morning Routine

This is something that I have been meaning to do for a while but now its summer I think it is much easier to do this type of post. I’m in that weird limbo between finishing university/graduating and getting a job I finally have a proper morning routine and I just thought this would be a perfect time to do it.


There is definitely that temptation to say fuck it and just stay in bed all day but then nothing would get done, and I decided that I wanted to make a proper effort for getting fit. So every morning I’m getting up a 8:15am (crazy I know when I don’t have to get up), well I don’t get up then you have to the the customary checking facebook/twitter/instagram and waste a bit of time when you really don’t want to get up.

Collgate and Tea Tree Face Wash

So straight after getting up I go to the bathroom to freshen myself up, first up I brush my teeth I absolutely hate having morning breath. I’m not particularly fussy with my brand or anything but I always prefer the stripey kind so at the moment I’m using Colgate Triple Action which I picked up at a poundshop. I also wash my face to wake myself up and unclog the dirt from over night, I’m using my usual Superdrug Tea Tree Skincare Lemon Face Wash which leaves you feeling fresh and awake. I know this step kinda feels pointless considering I will go for a jog after this but it wakes up and and is a nice step to have really.


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I then go for my morning jog where I cover 1 to 2 miles depending what I feel like. It really wakes me up and makes me feel so much better. It is definitely worth getting up for exercise as it really does make you feel better.

TRESemme, Dove & body shop

My current body wash is the delicious Body Show Vanilla Brulee Shower Gel, which smells heavenly and I really hope they bring it back this Christmas. If I was my hair I use the TRESemme Salon Silk Shampoo and Conditioner, which are my all time favorite shampoo and conditioner they thoroughly clean my hair leaving it feeling fresh and silky I cannot recommend them enough. If my hair is feel a bit dry due using more heat that usual I’ll use a leave in conditioner or a hair oil at the moment I’m using the Dove Anti-Frizz Serum.

Morning Skincare Routine

After my shower I do a little bit of skin care/tlc starting with my body. So obviously you need deodorant, I am currently using the Sanex Dermo Pro-Hydrate Depliated Skin, not my favorite deodorant but it does its job and smells pleasant enough. Then when I can remember or every time I shave I like to use a body butter and for once I have stepped away from my go to body shop body butter and I’m using the Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Body Butter. Its more floral than other body butters and it smells amazing. I then move onto my face which I am currently using travel sized bottles as if the miniatures are available sometimes I prefer to have the mini’s before I committed and the small bottles seem to last ages as a little goes a long way. I currently using the Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser and the Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner which I am absolutely loving and they smell amazing, I use the Boots Cotton Wool Double Faces Round Pads which I like as they have a softer and more textured side and I think it really makes a difference. I then finish up with the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser which is nice as it is sensitive with no perfume so I’m not loading my face up with loads of different smells.

This would be the point I put on make up if I’m wearing any that day but I’ll leave that for another post.


I then will go and grab breakfast and this depends on how hungry I am to if I opt for porridge or a cereal bar and I’ll also have a huge mug of coffee. It is at this point I will retreat to my laptop check my emails and job notifications and begin another day of job searching.

What is your morning routine do you try to be an early bird like me or do you try to stay in bed all day?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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And the winner is

winner-lady

So a big thank you to each and everyone of you who entered my giveaway to win a MAC lipstick of your choice. It has now closed and I am ready to announce the lucky winner. In order to decide the winner I listed all of the entries on excel and then used a random number generator in order to decide the winner as I feel as though it is the fairest way to decide the winner.

So drum roll please, the winner is . . .  the lovely Alice from Girl About Town, congrats. I have already messaged you, or at least attempted to to sort out the prize. Thank you to every one that entered and to those who didn’t win I am considering doing another giveaway sometime soon so don’t be too disappointed.

Lots of Love

Gwenllian Branwen

Summer Look Book

Summer Look Book
So with June now in full swing we can no longer deny that summer is almost upon us and I wanted to do a little look book but instead of me becoming slowly frustrated with taking pictures and my imperfect wardrobe I thought I’d do it this way. A small look at what is influencing my summer wardrobe this year.
As I tend to focus on beauty I’m going to start with it, as it gets to summer I am not a big fan of wearing of wearing heavy makeup in the summer and on really hot days I rather not wear it all. So this year I’m going to return to my love of neutrals keeping the eyes very simple ensuring I look effortless, I think to match my wardrobe I may end up getting a lot of use out of my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette sticking to pinky neutral tones. Unlike my face I am going to amp up the colour on my nails, keeping it which pastel tone but plenty of colour making it so simple and pretty. Especially with the Barry M Speedy pastel nail range it means I do not have to sit around waiting for my nails to dry. The effortless and lightness also continues into my wardrobe focusing on a simple palette of the basics with denim, white, black and other neutrals with the occasional flourish of a pink keeping it as a fairly interchangeable wardrobe.
What is your summer lookbook like, what are you looking to wear this summer.
Lots of Love,
Gwenllian Branwen
xox

Review: Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

There are always those days when you really cannot be bothered to wash your hair or simply want a more voluminous style dry shampoo can be your savoir. I’ve tried a lot of different dry shampoos from batiste to colab and various own brands, and although I prefer the smell of the colab dry shampoos I find that batiste definately works better the powdery dry shampoos are much better at absorbing grease ect. I just often find the batiste smell is overpowering and clingy.

So here enters the TRESemme Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo, which is something that I am so surprised that I haven’t bothered trying in the past as if you didn’t already know I am such a Tresemme hair junky. Pretty much everything else I use is Tresemme as it is great value for money and is amazing on my hair I never bother to mix things up. Also like everything else my Tresemme it has that same refreshing smell but it doesn’t cling like other dry shampoos it simply refreshes your hair so you can last that extra day.

Although this is a powder dry shampoo the powder is definitely finer than other dry shampoo, so although you may need to add a little more there’s no risk of ending up with random white patches in your hair and it can easily be brushed out. It sprays evenly and effortlessly and is definitely going to be a permanent part of my dry shampoo collections. I think I will still opt for Batiste for those heavy duty occasions as I feel as though it is more heavy duty but this is definitely a nicer one to use.

The TRESEmme Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo is available from all good retailers, RRP £5.25 but like most TRESemme products is regularly on offer.

What dry shampoos are your favorites, and what would you recommend trying.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Empties #6

Empties

I always seem to collect more and junk until it seems to get excessive, its always as though I think that’s not enough for a post and then suddenly I have a bag full of junk. It always seems weird my obsession reading/watching empties videos as its kinda loads of mini reviews.


Makeup

Makeup

Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer in Naked: This is my second possibly even third one of these and I love it for brightening up the under eye area. My main issue with these is that you cannot tell when you’ve almost finished, I used it one morning and then next nothing more came out. You pretty much always need to have a back up if you like them which sucks.

Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser: Depending on the condition of my skin as and when I use it has really varied my opinion on this but most of the time I have liked it but ever the beauty blogger in me I always have to try new things. You can read a more in depth review of what I thought of the baby skin primer here.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain: I loved this foundation and I think I may need to pick up a new one as it has such a beautiful dewy finish and it is great for spring summer. I am currently enjoying my lasting finish foundation but I think I will come back to the wake me up foundation after its done or I may give in to temptation and buy another one as it is a perfect summer foundation.

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 063 East End Snob: This has become a major obsession, so obsessed that I still have two more of these in my current make up stash. It is one of those products that is definitely worth the hype so if you are curious about it go and pick it up. I did a full review of it which you can check out here.


skin care

Skincare

P.S. Love Love Your Skin Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Wipes: So these are one of the many options of Primark own range wipes but I picked these up as they just seemed different, you can see my initial view of them here. I absolutely love them they are really refreshing, although they are not actually any good for removing the bulk of make up it is great for once you’ve removed your make up and you just want the scrubby clean feeling. I will definitely repurchase this.

Tesco Cleansing Facial Wipes for Sensitive Skin: I think I have mentioned these before they are no way near as good as the old Tesco everyday value wipes which you cannot get anymore. They’ll do on lazy days or to correct mistakes/clean your hands while doing makeup.

Botanical Choice Eye Puffiness Minimising Patches in Ginkgo: I featured the sunflower version of these in my last empties and I decided to try the ginkgo ones. I am still not convinced that the actually do anything but they feel so cool and refreshing so even if they don’t do anything it doesn’t matter as it’s less than £2.00 a pack.

Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Eyecream: I’m so lazy with my eye creams so I’m unlikely to ever see results unless I kick myself up the arse and get into gear. Also this felt like such a drying cream so if you know any good eye creams let me know in the comments below.


Superdrug Nourish Nail Polish Remover

Nails

Superdrug Nourishing Nail Polish Remover: I’m not sure there is much to say about nail polish remover as it is what it is, I have found that the acetone free is not as good at removing nail polish as those with acetone but it is definitely kinder on the skin around the fingers. I am not loyal to any nail polish removers regardless as I just grab what is around when I need a new one.


bath and body

Bath and Shower

Wilkinson’s Fruits Strawberry and Pomegranate Fragrance Explosion Bath Bomb: This smelt amazing and left the water a beautiful baby pink colour, it just made for such a relaxing bath. The bath bomb could be split for two baths but they are so inexpensive there is definitely no need to and if you want a luxury bath without the price of lush you should check them out.

The Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Shower Gel: I am so in love with this it smells amazing and it sucks it was only a Christmas fragrance so I hope they bring it back, luckily I have a second bottle that I am using now. Its really rich and creamy and is a great shower product for both morning and night as its sweet and subtle and not over powering.

The Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Body Polish: My ongoing vanilla obsession, I received this in a gift set with one of the shower gel and I’ve loved using it. Not as harsh as a body scrub it is a really light exfoliate so you can easily use it every other day, I will definitely grab more if it comes back at Christmas.

Dove Beauty Finish Anti-Perspirant: I love Dove Deoderant defiantly my go to brand as you don’t sweat and there are a lovely range of scents. This isn’t my favorite scent but is definitely a good one and I would pick it up again.


So there are my empties for this month, hope you enjoyed reading it and I’ll talk to you soon.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Things I’ve Learnt in a Year of Blogging

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So I have been blogging with a focus on beauty blogging for a year now and I feel as though my perceptions of the blogging world, what makes a good blog and how I view the world of beauty has changed. So I thought to celebrate reaching the one year mark I will look at how far I have come and what I have learnt.

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Before and at the start of blogging I thought picture taking was a thing of just adding a bit extra but really a good picture can really make a review. Poor quality pictures, reflections of the picture taker and a messy background were things I hated in others peoples blogs so why should I have them in mine. So although I admit my picture taking is nowhere near perfect sometimes falling victim to non natural lighting or having to brighten up an image I feel like I am slowly getting there. Some are better than others but I am hoping to slowly improve over time.

Don’t Follow the Hype

Before blogging I always got caught up in the hype a lot easier just assuming the blogging community knew something that I didn’t and this meant what they said was right. It is so easy to get caught up in clever marketing and jump on the band wagon but it is always important to think that products don’t work for everyone the same. For example think of the Benefit Rollar Lash and the buzz around it, I tried it got the sample with elle and it worked very well although the next day I used my primark lash and curl and found it worked almost as well. Yeah the roller lash is good but not amazing or a holy grail like some people think. Read the reviews and think for yourself is it worth it for you don’t feel pressured to follow the hype.

Designer is Not Always Best, But Neither is Drugstore

Before blogging I used to scoff at people who wasted money on designer makeup, that was until I discovered and tried high end make up myself with beautiful lipsticks and the creamy urban decay eye shadows I found some of my favourite products. I still love my drugstore mascaras and everything its just I finally understand the want and love of high end makeup in its irresistible packaging. What I am trying to say is you can have both and I think in a complete collection you may need to have a bit of both and some of us do have tight budgets, so we have to only splurge on what we think is worth it. Sometimes designer is worse than its drugstore counter part just think about what you wish to spend your hard earned cash on.

Mix It Up

This is something I want to do slightly more than I do already, that although I have a primarily beauty blog it is nice to mix things up a little bit. We all have things that make us different and although we all love beauty we all have other things we do too. I love knowing more about the person behind the blog and really we all have so much to offer, sometimes non beauty posts are more interesting. So hopefully I will continue to do this more as time goes on.

Running a Blog Takes Time and Effort

When I started I never really thought how much work a blog could be, I just thought oh snap a quick pictures and write a few words and boom your done. As I mentioned before a good picture is important, good lighting, placement and thinking everything through thoroughly before you can even consider editing and uploading photos. Then you have to plan what you want to write, ensuring you say something important and possibly insightful especially in a review these things don’t just happen in a 20 minute writing session. I’ve found sticking to my schedule that I set in January is useful, two posts a week was and still is something I can fit around work and life and ensures hopefully better quality content. Posting loads can weaken content but barely at all can damage your following and you’re creative streak, I have pages of ideas and just refer to it if I am low on ideas

Even after writing you still have to pay attention to social media, which I have to admit is still and area I have to work on. It is always just something to have an area you know you need to work on so if you have any tips let me know.

So what has blogging taught you? What makes you blog and what do you want to work on with your blog?

Lots of Love,

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)

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So here’s is the long awaited giveaway which I promised to celebrate my one year of blogging, lets get into it. With a huge majority vote the prize will be an item from MAC. For the prize you can pick your very own MAC lipstick if you really do not like lipstick but wish to enter we can discuss and equivalent prize in its place from mac, maybe a blush or something. I will also make this giveaway international although I am unsure as to if I will continue to do this in future depending on cost and this is out of my own pocket.

To Enter You Must:

1) Follow my blog.

2) Comment Below.

You can also have additional entries from:

1) Reblogging the post (+2 entries).

2) Follow me on twitter (+1 entry).

3) Follow me on instagram (+1 entry)

Each person can have up to five entries in the draw, the more you do the more likely you are to win. Also just in case I might miss it comment below if you choose to do any of the additional entries so I can double check each one of these. The competition will close on 11:59pm GMT on Thursday 18th June so you have two weeks, entries after this point will no longer count.

I wish you all the best of luck, so happy entering and may the odds every be in your favor *wink*.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox