Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year's Eve: A Beauty Round Up

Whether you're going to a party or staying in with friends or family tonight, it's always fun to dress up a bit for New Year's Eve. Need some inspiration? Here's a (last minute) roundup of the beauty products I'll be using on top of my usual makeup routine for some added sparkle and glow...

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Lessons I've Learned in 2014

University really isn't for everyone. Quitting isn't always cowardly.

It's pointless to regret anything that was necessary.

There will always be bad days. Sometimes it isn't a simple matter of learning to manage your emotions; sometimes you need to allow yourself to take a time out.

Go outside at least once every day, even on the really bad days.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Of Note: 8 Great Online Reads

I think Bloglovin’ is my happy place. After finally logging in again on my shiny new Macbook, (six months + no laptop = one unhappy Rachel) I’m not sure how I ever lived without it for a week, let alone half a year! I’ve discovered and rediscovered so many beautiful blogs over the past month or so that I'm never short on great posts to read. Here's a roundup of my favourite online reads, recently:

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

ALG December Playlist

As I write this, my 12 year old next door neighbour is singing yelling Fancy by Iggy Azalea at the top of his voice. It's a treat, but has no real relevance to this post, so, anyway...

I should probably start by warning you that the mix of music I'm listening to this month is less 'eclectic' and more just, weird... it's not all that often that you get Ariana Grande, Norah Jones, London Grammar and Dire Straits in the same playlist, but whatever. Rather than going into detail on each song/artist, just a few things:

- Two Weeks is kind of weird and sexy in equal measures, and FKA twigs is probably the coolest person ever, too. Oh, and she gets to wake up next to Robert Pattinson... dream.

- Break Free is an ANTHEM (I take my use of capitals very seriously) and I will happily pretend not to care what anyone else has to say on the matter. I wasn't going to include it, but I think my playlists each month should be a true reflection of what I've been listening to, guilty pleasures or otherwise, don't you?

- Sultans of Swing reminds me of winter nights snuggled up by the fire when I was little, with the sound of the Straits filling the house. It's one of the most nostalgic and comforting songs I know, and I always find myself listening to it around this time of year.

- Ditto Turn Me On.

- I really wanted to include Hozier's cover of Arctic Monkeys, but went for Cherry Wine as a just-as-good substitute. Have this as a little Christmas bonus, though:

Listen to the playlist below (you can 'follow' it to listen to later, if you like).

What are you playing on repeat this month? Any not-so-guilty pleasures in your playlist?

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Of Note: Pinterest

After a long day in the office, some evenings are for going straight to the gym, being sociable or generally doing, you know, something. That said, some evenings are for quick changes into slob attire (read: instant bra removal) and clambering straight into bed with your laptop, where, if you're anything like me, the Pinterest tab is almost never closed.

Tonight is one of those nights. A slob night, if you will. Slob nights like these were made for Pinterest, and I've been pinning my little heart out lately. Here's a roundup of some of my favourites this week:

001. This pretty pin makes me want to get married or throw a huge Gossip Girl-esque party purely so I have an excuse to fill a room with pendant lights. Er, I'll keep dreaming...

002. I'm all over metallic home decor details and indoor planters lately, so this pin is right up my street. I'm making it my mission to get my hands on this amazing Iina Vuorivirta circular mirror, or something similar, in time for moving in to mine and K's cute little house in January.

003. I love type, I love illustrations, and I sure as hell love Emma Watson's #HeForShe speech. This pin ticks a whole lot of boxes, dunnit?

004. Messy hair, knitwear and the perfect lariat. I'd like to find a lariat like this Free People offering for less than £168, please!

005. I'm suffering from major wanderlust at the moment and this photograph of a road in Guizhou, China makes my soul hurt. So. Beautiful.

Follow me on Pinterest, I love finding new boards to follow!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Cult Beauty Goody Bag: A Gift Guide

Cult Beauty Gift Guide

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably seen Cult Beauty's amazing 'best of 2014' goody bag which they're giving away FOR FREE on orders over £100. Unbelievable. If you're anything like me, you immediately started filling up your mental shopping basket, willing the work day to end so you could rush home to make the dream a reality.

Nothing says pressure like 'while stocks last', does it?

After much deliberation (and I don't use the phrase lightly, I ummed and ahhed over my basket for HOURS.), I decided that Cult Beauty is called 'Cult' Beauty for a reason, and largely went down the 'why-haven't-I-tried-this-yet?' route. So: one classic repurchase, three products with cult followings I don't yet own, and one untried product by a brand I already love; here's my picks...

N.B. Okay, so this technically isn't a 'gift guide' per se, but more of a buying guide. You get the gist!

Beauty Gift Guide

001. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 (£27) - After all the hype surrounding this one-ingredient perfume last year, I'd pretty much forgotten all about it until Zoe demanded I include it in my order. I've bought this un-sniffed, which is just such a huge no-no with fragrance, but I'm a sucker for a gimmick (and peer pressure), and SO curious to see what it smells like on me. I went for the 30ml 'travel sized refill' bottle, by the way. £12 cheaper for no lid? I think I'll cope.

002. Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque (£27) - For a self-proclaimed face mask addict, it's pretty insane that the much-talked-about Aesop Parsley Seed offering isn't already in my collection, I know.

003. Aesop Ressurection Rinse-Free Hand Wash (£7) - I'm a sucker for a hand sanitiser, as weird as that is, and I'm a sucker for Aesop, too. Mainly, though, I couldn't think of anything else I wanted that wasn't going to break the bank, and this just so happened to bring the total up to exactly £100. Love me a round number. I'm also excited for my hands to smell like 'mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedarwood atlas', so there's that, too. Er, it's the small things...?

004. Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28) - My (great and wonderful and brilliant) Emma Hardie cleanser has finally almost run out, and although I definitely will repurchase it at some point, Oskia seems to be the beauty bloggers' favourite right now, so I thought I'd give it a (granted, expensive) test run.

005. Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£11) - I've been without my beloved beauty elixir for about three weeks now and the struggle is real(ly in my head). Come to me.

Have you taken advantage of this deal? What did you go for?
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