Brushes For Contouring || Beauty

Makeup Brushes

The newest trend may be out but my heart still belongs to contoured cheek bones and defining the face and so it's not leaving my makeup routine anytime soon. I've decided to take all the different brushes I use when I contour and put them all together to create this post. Some can give you a defined bold look while others blend out the product to make it acceptable for everyday wear. Hopefully if you're still looking for that perfect brush to help you contour this post may help!

Starting with the Eco Tools Face & Body Sculpting. This is a brush I got for my birthday because everyone knows I'm slightly obsessed with the perfect brush for contouring. This is probably the largest brush I own in my collection and I think it definitely would be great for a makeup artist to have in their kit if they do some body sculpting or painting as it's so huge. Now because it is so big when I first got it I was thinking how on earth is this going to contour my face if it's the size of my cheek however I actually really like it especially for when I'm going for a light contoured look. The bristles are extremely soft and pick up just the right amount of product to create a nice subtle look.

Zoeva 109 Face Paint Is a brush that I had wanted for the longest time and when I got it I was actually so surprised by how small and thin it was. However this does mean that you can get a nice defined look using this. I absolutely adore using this with my Nars Laguna Bronzer because it's just such the perfect size to create a nice neat line and then to just blend the top half out. Again it picks up just the right amount of product making it easy to work with if you have to layer a product.

If You Pick One Thing To Watch On Netflix This October || Life

Netflix Original Scream

When it comes to October time I'm all for scary movies especially on Halloween I will basically spend my whole evening watching some sort of horrors. I'm obsessed with Netflix but who isn't!? When I realised they had released their own netflix original show 'Scream' I just knew I had to watch it.

I will admit throughout the first episode I was thinking it was lame and just dreadful but by the second episode I was hooked and could not stop watching it. It's almost like a sequel to the actual movie but in the same way it's not. Okay it's really hard to explain without giving spoilers and obviously I don't want to do that. However it's all about a cyberbullying incident that leads to someone being murdered and a group of friends are trying to figure out what happened although the more they figure out the worse things get. It also goes back to things that happened in the past so you're constantly trying to figure things out before they're revealed in the show.

Is It Halloween Yet? || Beauty

Halloween Makeup

Incase you didn't know already Halloween is my favourite time of the year, everything about it just puts a smile on my face. You can also bet your bottom that I am currently counting down the days! I've got the day off work for the holiday which I'm so excited about and so today I thought I'd show you my current four essentials for this Autumn weather we're having.

Firstly of course I couldn't go through Autumn without using the Makeup Revolution Give Them Nightmares eyeshadow palette. It consists of mostly purples, blues and greens which I absolutely love for this time of the year. Wicked witch colours for the win! I adore these shadows as they are so pigmented and blend so beautifully.

Something else I seem to wear alot of during Autumn is some False Lashes I just think they really complement the eyeshadow colours. My absolute favourites right now are the Primark's own brand Sultry ones. These are literally so hard to find as they are so popular so when I come across them I normally pick up a few to stay in stock!

Keeping Up With Aurora || Life

Bunny Rabbit

Personally I thought this photo was too darn adorable not to give it it's own post so it's time for another post about my little Aurora!

Recently I posted a life update (find here) where I explained how only after having Aurora for two weeks she broke her teeth off her cage and basically ruined them. After rushing to the vets she got six needles and then was put on six medicines a day. As we weren't sure and neither was the vet to be honest how much damage she actually did to her teeth we had to syringe feed her which was far from easy as she really did not like the food. After the second day she adapted to eating her grass which had been soaked in boiling water t o make it mushy and was also adapting to drinking out of a bowl. For 48 hours she was under critical watch which was quite scary but she's a strong little bunny.

5 Reasons To Take A Blogging Break || Life

Reasons To Take A Blog Break

Recently I took a break from blogging and I must say it worked out really well for me. I took a week away from my blog as I had hit writers block and had hit it hard. I was also not very happy about how my photography was going and so I wanted to have a break from that as well as I felt I was forcing it too much and so it just wouldn't turn out how I wanted it too. When I came back after my week away I had so much inspiration and had so many posts scheduled within that day because I was so happy with my photos and I basically couldn't stop writing. So I decided to put a little list together of why it's okay to take a blogging break because you shouldn't feel guilty for it!

1. You'll come back feeling refreshed with a whole bunch of new ideas
Taking a break definitely allows you to free up your mind and every now and then I'd get an idea for a blog post so I'd quickly write it down in my phone notes so that when I came back I'd remember. I had so many post ideas by the end of the week it was crazy. When you come back as well you may feel like you want to re-design the look of your blog or even just little things, this even helps give you inspiration because everything is fresh! When I came back I started making little changes here and there to my blog that maybe not everyone noticed but I did.

2. Being away from where you write your posts (blogger, wordpress, etc.) for a while when you're back you won't be able to write down all your ideas quick enough
Like I mentioned above being away definitely gives your blogging side of your brain a chance to breathe and relax.

Maple Holistics Serum || Skincare

Maple Holistics Skincare
Maple Holistics Serum

I adore skincare, and trying new products from brands I've never tried before just makes me so extremely excited. Personally I do find products can either be a hit or a miss especially when it comes to your skin. I suffer with dry skin and redness and it's also quite sensitive so I'm forever wary about what I put on it. I'm sure by now from all the other skincare posts I've wrote you know I love skincare products with natural ingredients. Nothing makes me happier knowing I'm taking off a full face of makeup and pampering my skin with natural ingredients.

Recently over these past few weeks (definitely well over a month) I've been trying out the Maple Holistics Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum* which was a new product to my skincare routine as surprisingly I'd never used a serum before this as I mainly stuck to creams and facemasks to moisturise and treat my skin. Something I will say that I never use is a sun protector (because I live in Ireland) but there is sun protector properties in this serum to help protect your skin from any uv damage which I think is a really nice extra.

So...? NYC Perfume || Beauty

So...? NYC Perfume
So...? NYC Perfume

When it comes to perfumes I'll raise my hand and agree that I'm quite picky. I don't like anything too strong but I do like scents that linger for hours and don't fade after an hour. I tend to go for fresh,sweet,floral scents when it comes to perfumes and don't really stray away to different kind of scents.

The So...? NYC* perfume has been my go to perfume over this past month. Consisting of a sweet, floral scent I cannot get enough of it. Firstly how gorgeous is the packaging? That's something So...? never disappoint with is their absolutely gorgeous packaging. They are also super affordable which is amazing especially for when you may be on a budget.

Pamper Your Hair With Mades || Haircare

MADES Haircare

For someone who is a trained hairstylist I've noticed that I very rarely actually feature hair products so I'm going to hopefully start featuring some products that I really like and have felt worked miracles on my hair. A few years ago I got my hair bleached, naturally my hair is very dark brown almost black so when I go to bleach it it takes quite some time. When I finally went back to my natural hair colour my hair all snapped and I was left with just above the shoulder length hair whereas it was down my back! Since then I vowed to never bleach my hair again until Summer just gone when I decided to go a lighter brown and add some balayage. So yes the condition is gone back to well pretty bad but not as bad as last time however I'm taking care of it so that hopefully never happens again!

I've been using these two MADES haircare items these past few weeks and I'm quite surprised at how good the results are. My hair because it has been bleached is obviously quite damaged and fragile. When it's wet it feels like cotton wool and that's the last thing you want your hair feeling of it's really not good. However these two products have definitely helped the overall look and condition of my hair.

Starting with the Repair Expert Restore Strength Hair Mask* which you apply once a week which I really liked because if I have to use a mask more than once a week it's likely I'm not going to stick with it because sometimes I'm just lazy or don't have the time to leave it in. This hair mask (actually both products) are especially for damaged and fragile hair) consisting of a blend of 6 natural oils including jojoba and avocado oil it penetrates into the hair to help restore the natural volume, softness and strength. I will say I noticed a difference after only one use of this mask. After using this and then styling my hair, you could notice a nice healthy shine off it and it even felt much softer and had barely any knots in it. It also amazingly reduces split ends, now it won't make them disappear as the only thing that will make them disappear is cutting them off but this definitely does help prevent you getting more! You simply apply this after washing your hair so that it's still damp and leave it on for five minutes and once you wash it off you'll feel and even notice a difference. I've been using this for well over a month now and I still have some product left as it spreads really well and you don't have to use a load of product at once!

What's Currently In My Handbag || Life

 What's In My Handbag

Shout out to past me who was unaware of my thumper pyjamas reflection in my handbag!
I decided it was about time I done a little what's in my bag post again because let's be honest we are all a bunch of nosey people who enjoy these posts, am I right!?
At the moment my bag still isn't crammed full of junk just yet as I only got it at the end of August as a birthday gift, but give it some time and I'm sure it will be overflowing with receipts and stuff I don't need to carry about with me. The usual basically!

Keys I would say are an essential but they're not really for me as it's only my house keys on them as I can't drive (forever being way too lazy to learn) but they are always in my bag incase I do go out and nobodies home when I get back. But let's talk about how much I love the Minnie keyring from Emmy because it's so adorable and I'm obsessed with it.
Soap and Glory Hand Sanitizer yes I am one of those people who have sanitizer in their bag, gotta kill all them germs. Plus this one is pretty and smells divine so who doesn't want a bottle of it in their bag. I also really like that it absorbs really quickly and leaves your hands actually feeling clean unlike some other brands.

Miley Cyrus Mac Viva Glam || Beauty

Mac Viva Glam Miley Cyrus
Mac Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass
Mac Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick
Mac Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Swatch

As part of my birthday gift from my parents I got the Mac Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick and Lipglass which I was over the moon about as I had been dying to own both of them since they were released. However now that she's after releasing two new ones I feel like I may just have to treat myself to them asap!

The colours of both these products are magnificent and I swear I've never owned a gloss so gorgeous in my life. This was actually my first gloss I've ever tried from Mac and I have to say I really like it. The pigment is amazing and it layered over lipsticks just looks divine. I already own three Mac lipsticks but they're all Matte so this is my first non matte one and the formula is just as amazing as the others.

Hello October || September Favourites

Monthly Favourites

For the first time in a long while my favourites consist of just beauty related products which was so strange for me because normally it's just full of random items. Anyways here are the products I absolutely loved during September time!

Bio Oil I won this awhile back in a twitter competition and I have to say I am obsessed with it. It's so lovely to use on your body after a shower or even at night if you just feel like treating your skin. It's so nourishing and moisturising I'm in love, the great thing about it is it absorbs really fast, and I mean really fast! I know you would normally associate this with helping the appearance of stretch marks and while it is for that it can be used for so many other things, you can even use it on your face for a quick pick me up and trust me your skin will feel divine after it!

Better Than Sex Mascara I am so beyond in love with this mascara, after having it on my wishlist for so long it was definitely worth the wait because my god. It has pushed all my 'holy grail' mascaras out of the picture and it shall stay #1 in my mascara collection from now on! I was actually really surprised by how heavy the tube is like there is an actual weight too it, also the packaging is just gorgeous and I am obsessed. The hourglass brush just helps my lashes look so much longer than they are and I adore the volume it gives them. Definitely a mascara I'd recommend!

Life Lately With The Help Of My Camera Roll || Life

Halloween
I feel like a lot has happened lately but also that a lot hasn't, does that even make sense?
As you know I added a new member to the family who just so happens to be named Aurora. She's a fluffy bunny whom is the most energetic animal I think I've ever owned in my lifetime. You can read all about Aurora right here! I got Aurora a week after my dog passed away which is strange as this is the first time in 21 years I've never had a dog before but I'm sure we'll get another in the future.
On Tuesday I had to go to the Dentist which is my absolute worst fear. Seriously I would probably rather sit in the same room as a spider. I had to get a tooth pulled as I was in agony with it and yeah it was scary how never I'm no longer in pain which is great as personally I don't think there's any pain worse than a toothache especially one that won't go away with no amount of painkillers. I also went back down a few days ago to get my teeth cleaned and oddly enough I wasn't as nervous but I still felt ill! I think it was once I knew all my other teeth were fine I just calmed down a little more.

I Don't Think My Guinea Pig Is A Guinea Pig || Life

Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig Standing
Guinea Pig Mouth

It's been way too long since my little Sheldon has featured on my blog which is so strange because he's basically my life. So today I decided to give him his own little post because well just look at that face! Now I know you're thinking 'Jordan what the hell is that title, are you losing it?' so let's get into my reasoning! Of course I'm not giving out about Sheldon in any of the points mentioned below but more just stating the obvious, I love him very much and he is basically my child.

Starting with when my parents bought him the woman informed them that 'guinea pigs love to be held and just rubbed for hours etc etc' now this is basically the total opposite of Sheldon. Sheldon absolutely hates cuddles and I mean hates them, you can rub him for about 2 - 3 minutes and then he'll just get bored and go lie down away from you. I know, I know, such a social and loving guinea pig...

Books I'm Reading This Autumn || Life

Books, Vampire Diaries, LA Candy
Books

When Autumn comes in I normally start to read some books. I don't know why but when it comes to the colder weather when everything is dull and I'm inside snuggled in the warmth with my fairy lights on it just makes me want to read more so than in Summer time.

This month I've picked two books to read, I didn't want to pick more than two because these books are both pretty thick and I think I'd just start getting stories mixed up if I went for three. So for this month I've decided to read

A Mini Lipstick For Autumn || Beauty

Kiss Cosmetics
Kiss Cosmetics
Kiss Cosmetics

When Autumn rolls around I'm all about that berry toned makeup look daily. I just absolutely love being able to wear lots of berries and purples as it just makes me really happy. My number of purple lipsticks seem to grow every year and of course this year is no different with the first being added is the Kiss Cosmetics Kisstick in Seductive Damson*

The perfect purple shade for those who don't want to go too bright or too dark with their lipstick. The Kisstick has a great colour pay off and lasts a decent amount of time before you have to worry about reapplying it. Something I did find though was you do have to be careful applying this colour as if you don't get the colour even it looks like you applied your lipstick in the dark and missed half of your lip.

Bright Eyes And A Bold Lip || Beauty

Bright Eyes Bold Lip

Going into October our makeup starts to get darker (hellllloo berry lips I have missed you, please don't leave me again) I am still loving bright eyes, although I am obsessed with Autumn my makeup loving self is still holding on to some Summer trends.