After taking a little break I thought I’d do a bit of a change of pace with my posts today. I have been trying to get myself out of a real funk recently and one thing that still helps is looking at our wedding album.

I didn’t think being married would change anything. I thought we’d bumble along the same with my just having the hassle of changing my last name. Honestly though, something has changed. I can’t really put my finger on what but it feels different. It feels secure. I don’t know if it was the nerves before the wedding that have now settled, but it’s a nice feeling.

I won’t go in to detail about the whole day as it would end up as a mammoth post but I loved planning the little touches and ended up with a look and feel that I was really happy with.

Pictures

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The theme was a sort of woodland/rustic/vintage vibe and it worked so well on a sunny day in a October.

Make Up

Make up wise I chose to do my own with help to get the light smoky look on the eyes. I am so glad I did my homework for a good base as I had a mega cluster of spots that popped up on my chin on the day so really needed the coverage! I went for Armani Luminous Silk in the end, as after LOADS of testers, it sat the best on the skin and photographed well with no flashback. I am obviously biased but I think it looks great in the photos!

I used:

Primer- Benefit Porefessional

Concealer – MAC Prolongwear in NW20 (a bit darker than the foundation shade I usually go for but it sits well on the skin)

Base – Georgio Armani Luminous Silk in 4.5

Bronzer – Collection Bronze Glow Matt Powder in Terracotta

Blush – No7 in Soft Damson

Eyes – Smashbox Eyeshadow Primer / Naked2 Palette / Benefit They’re Real Mascara / Sleek Eau La La Liner in Cocoa 327 / Sleek Brow Pencil in Dark

Lips – Vaseline / Sleek Eau La La Liner in Lingerie 214 / Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Beige Trench 02

Our photographer put loads more pics on his blog here if you want to see more amazing shots of the day (my sister may kill me as she hates the ones of her with no make up but I just love them all!)

Have any fellow bloggers/readers been married recently and still love looking at your pics? Are any of you getting married soon and can’t wait? As always comment below and let me know what’s in your head.

Becky xx

As I missed a family Christmas for the first time ever this year, new year had to be a family affair. Rather than going out, spending far too much and getting fed up after about 2 hours we decided on a party at my auntie’s house.

We started with a 99p breakfast at our local cafe – it might be cheap but it’s tasty and has everything you want from a big fry up including my favourite fried treat, a hash brown! With our breakfasts demolished we went to get some food and drink for the evening. After fitting in a little bit of shopping, as I can never resist a little trip to H&M, we had to head home and get ready.

As it was a house party I didn’t want my make up to look too heavy. I went with my all time favourites to create something subtle but pretty. I know what suits me and have a routine I’m happy with so I aimed to bring the new year in with a look I have perfected (if I do say so myself!)

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I used my all time favourite primer Benefit Porefessional and then used my Real Techniques sponge to apply my favourite foundation for coverage and finish Georgio Armani Luminous Silk. Whilst this foundation is on the expensive side I was happy to splurge a little as it is so good. It photographs amazingly well, leaves a smooth finish and builds to give great coverage.

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I then went on to contour and blush. I have been experimenting and with contouring over the past few months and although I am not amazing at it I think I am getting better. With a bit of practise I’m able to see more of a contour and less of a ‘face looks like it needs a wash’ look! And although I said this look was done with my favourite existing products I cheated a little here as I was gifted the Naked Flushed palette for Christmas but I used the products in the same way I use my old favourite from Collection and No7. 

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My all time favourite look for my eyes comes from the Naked2. I used Foxy, Bootycall, Tease and Half Baked. Some of my favourite colours in the palette. I also used my Sleek brow stylist in Dark 718 and Max Factor 2000 Calorie in Rich Black.

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Just my lips to go. As they are incredibly dry I used my Lypsyl Original before applying my Sleek Eau La La Liner in Lingere 294 to line then fill my lips. I find that once my lipstick starts to rub off I still have a good colour underneath if I cover my lips in liner too. Over the liner I added my Bourjois Rouge Edition in Beige Trench for a bit of colour.

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Once ready we headed round to the party we added our princess crowns and the party could begin. After a few ciders, as I’m a classy bird, and some nibbles the games were in full swing. The night flew by with a lot of laughs, selfies, fireworks and singing that was very loud and out of tune. I can’t think of a better way to see in the new year than surrounded by the people you love.

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I don’t make resolutions as I find I struggle to stick to them but after a year filled with wedding prep and the day of my dreams I hope this year brings bigger and better things and that me, my family and all you lovely readers will be healthy and happy. What do you hope the new year holds for you? Let me know if you use any of the products or any similar that I might like to try, along with your big plans for the new year. You know where the comment box is! 🙂

What a week it has been! I have always let work get in the way of my hobbies and I guess I have used it as an excuse not to do things in the past. I was determined to break this cycle with my blog but this week I have been so shattered my midweek blog post got lost somewhere along the way!

As much as work is my nemesis, it was also responsible for a lovely little London trip this week. As a small town girl I have always been a bit intimidated by the big city. Bustling crowds, blaring horns and people who seem to just see straight past you have always made me a little nervous, but I love the diversity of London.

 

Oxford Street

When I finished my course I had ages to wait for my train so decided to go to Oxford Street and my word does it look and feel amazing at Christmas!

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Selfridges

There was only one place I wanted to go, so I pushed through the sea of people, while mesmerised by the beautiful lights, to Selfridges. Once inside I headed straight for the make up counters. Heaven!

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I have wanted to buy a Georgio Armani Luminous Silk since I used the sample on my wedding day for the perfect base. The sales girl was amazing and really helped make sure the shade was perfect (as I was torn between two) and even gave a sample to use before I opened the bottle just in case.

It is definitely my favourite foundation of all time as it covers really well and the packaging looks great on my dressing table. However, after spending more on a foundation than I ever have before, I had to browse the other counters without buying anything else. So many things on my wish list now!

After managing to drag myself away I headed back to Kings Cross with my little yellow bag and a smile on my face 😊

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Do you love the big city bustle or find it a bit too much at times? What is on your make up counter wish list? As always leave a comment below as I’d love to hear from you.