Ready for Spring Pastels

imageHi everyone! Is anyone else so ready for Spring? We spent last weekend in Leicester which is where I’m from, at my parents’ house and my sister took these pictures in the garden as the kids played. There were lots of shots I couldn’t use because there was at least one child running around in the background!

I was in Primark last week and was immediately drawn to this mint green top (only £9) – I had to have it! I love the colour, the loose fit and how it compliments the pastel pinks in my outfit. It has three quarter length sleeves and a zip at the back, and it’s a bit sheer so I had to wear a vest underneath. There was a pink one available too. My pink boyfriend blazer (similar) and ripped jeans (here) are from Boohoo.com and I got them last year. My pink embellished shoes are from New Look which I bought in the sale before Christmas for just £6! (love these similar ones)

imageMy Michael Kors watch was a present from last Christmas and even though I really like it, the face is probably way too big for my wrist! My pearl earrings were a gift from a couple of years ago. The jade pendant was from my parents which I received when I was about 10 so it’s really important to me, and I bought a long twisted chain to go with it, I like the longer length. The jade bracelet was an 18th birthday present (kind of, since I paid for half of it!) and I must have only ever taken it off twice. Jade is worn by many chinese people and is meant to bring good luck and protection, I’m not superstitious but it’s nice to think it works! My mum always tells the true story of when she was pregnant with my sister and fell down the stairs – they were both ok but her jade bracelet broke!

As you can probably gather I don’t tend to wear ‘fashion’ jewellery and prefer classic or sentimental pieces, many that were gifts that mean a lot to me.  Also I love gold, not so much silver. I can see myself passing down some of my jewellery in the future to Lizzy.

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I wasn’t going to include Lizzy in this post but on this day Lizzy turned 18 months and I wanted to have a record and remember the day. I can’t believe how big she’s getting, and so clever (I’m sure every parent thinks this though!) She brings so much joy to our lives.

imageThank you so much for reading! XO

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How To Do My Quick Everyday Makeup Look

imageAs a busy mum I don’t always have much time to apply makeup, but when I can I like to make a bit of effort if I have 10-15 minutes while Lizzy is happily playing by herself.  This is my everyday, quite subtle makeup look that I tend to do a lot.  Read on to find out which products I used and how I achieved the look…

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Face: After applying eye and face cream I used Revlon Colourstay concealer in Medium Light under my eyes and a little on any blemishes, patting it gently using my ring finger. I don’t use foundation as I like being able to see my freckles! Plus I feel just using powder is enough to blur any flaws and evens out my skin tone enough without looking too ‘done’. The powder I use at the moment is Maybelline 24hr Colour Stay Waterproof Powder in Sand.

Eyes: I used three colours from my Urban Decay Naked Palette.  First, using the brush that came with the palette I blended Toasted over my eyelids and up to halfway to my eyebrows, following the shape of my eyes.  Using the same brush I then applied Hustle to the outer third of my lids, blending the colour inwards, and also applied a little under my lower lashline.  I used my ring finger to apply a little of the colour Virgin under my brow bone and blended it downwards. If I’m not in a hurry I like to use a liquid eyeliner but if I’m trying to be quick I’ll use a pencil, as I did here, because if I mess up a little I can just use a small brush and smudge the liner a bit and it will make it look smokey and intentional!  I used Elizabeth Arden eyeliner in Gunmetal, which is a dark grey, but I sometimes use black.  I applied the liner along the outer third of my upper lashline, bringing it out to a point, then to two-thirds of my lower lashline. After this I curled my eyelashes using Boots No.7 eyelash curlers and applied Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black.  I filled in my eyebrows using Media brow pencil in brown (not sure if this is still available), which I think looks quite natural.

Cheeks: For a natural rosy flush I used Clinique Blusher in Smouldering Plum, sweeping it across my cheekbones. Even if I don’t use any eyeshadow on days I literally have two minutes to get ready, I always use blusher or a bronzer to give me a bit of colour to stop me from looking a bit ill!

Lips: First I applied Vaseline Rosy Lips, then one of my favourite lipsticks – Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, which is such a pretty, slightly shimmery, easy to wear peachy pink.

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imageI hope you enjoyed this post and please let me know what you think!  Thanks so much for reading XO