Sunday, 29 January 2017

Spectrum Collection Brushes & Makeup Look

For Christmas I received a set of four Spectrum Collection brushes. In the set was B01 for foundation, B02 for cream products, C03 for highlighting, and C04 for contouring. Not only are these brushes beautifully designed, they are also super soft and easy to apply makeup with. I thought that I would share with you a makeup look that I created using these brushes.

Firstly, I applied Benefit The POREfessional to my face and then blended in my Nars Sheer Glow foundation using B01 - this gave a flawless natural finish. Next, I used C04 to buff Benefit Hoola into my cheekbones and around the edge of my hairline. Then I applied The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer on the tops of my cheekbones, brow bones, and down my nose - I did this using C03. To define my eyebrows I went over them with Benefit Gimme Brow. Finally, on my eyes I used the Urban Decay Smoky palette (using the shades High, Dirtysweet, and Radar) and then I applied a line of Kat Von D Tattoo Liner along my upper lash line, followed by Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

I hope you like the look that I have created using these brushes. I found them very easy to use and I wasn't having to try very hard to blend in the products I was using nor did the brushes make my makeup look cakey. Overall, I'm really impressed with the Spectrum Collection brushes and I'm considering buying some more from their range. Have you ever tried these makeup brushes?

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Goals For 2017

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year (is it still acceptable to say that!?). This is a very belated 'Goals For 2017' post - I have been so busy revising for my exams and I really need to get better at organising my time between blogging and studying! Sharing my goals for the year ahead with you will hopefully motivate me more to achieve them and it may give you some ideas of what goals to set for yourself if you haven't already.

Improve my blog: A very common goal among bloggers but I really want to dedicate more time to my blog this year and improving my photography skills so I can create higher quality posts.

Exercise regularly: This is one of the goals I set myself every year and it always starts off well but then it goes downhill! So far I've managed to go to the gym three times a week, however, if I can't make it to the gym then I've been following Youtube workouts in my room.

Eat more healthily: Whilst at university I find it so easy to snack on biscuits and chocolate when I'm studying and make quick meals that don't have much nutritional value. Since coming back to university I've been trying to incorporate more fruit and veg into my meals and make more of my meals from scratch.

Travel more: This year I want to travel to as many places as possible (and that my bank balance will let me!), so I'm trying to manage my money so that I'll be able to afford more trips away.

Improve my organisational skills: For Christmas I received The Happiness Planner which is really useful for planning what I'm going to do each day. Throughout 2017 I want to get better at dividing my time between blogging and university work.

Bake more often: Baking is one of my favourite things to do in my spare time and I never do it enough. This year I want to do more baking and share the recipes I use on my blog.

Hopefully we will all be able to make 2017 our best year yet! What goals have you set yourself for the year ahead?