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Make up products at Elf Store Cardiff

One of the many things I love about living near Cardiff is that the city is home to an e.l.f. store  the first (and, as far as I'm aware, only) e.l.f. store in Europe, in fact  and when they offered to book me in for a makeover* I couldn't refuse.

Everything in the store is set out so you can browse and swatch the products, and I've always found the staff to be very friendly and welcoming, without being pushy. This occasion was no exception ('You're Beth the blogger!')


It's been a long time since anyone has done my make up for me, but Antonia made me feel very relaxed, and asked me what I wanted. Since it's Autumn, I decided on berry lips, and jumped at her suggestion of winged eyeliner to go with it.



A Makeover at e.l.f. Store Cardiff

Make up products at Elf Store Cardiff

One of the many things I love about living near Cardiff is that the city is home to an e.l.f. store  the first (and, as far as I'm aware, only) e.l.f. store in Europe, in fact  and when they offered to book me in for a makeover* I couldn't refuse.

Everything in the store is set out so you can browse and swatch the products, and I've always found the staff to be very friendly and welcoming, without being pushy. This occasion was no exception ('You're Beth the blogger!')


It's been a long time since anyone has done my make up for me, but Antonia made me feel very relaxed, and asked me what I wanted. Since it's Autumn, I decided on berry lips, and jumped at her suggestion of winged eyeliner to go with it.



I always find myself reaching for more make up once autumn arrives  there's something really comforting about it, although I'm not sure why. Possibly because A/W make up is more my thing than S/S? I get way more excited about coppery eyes and berry lips than I do about bronzer. Anyway, I thought I'd share my current routine with you; enjoy!

I've mentioned this before, and I know it's outside the norm, but I always apply my eye make up first. I tend to make mistakes if I'm in a rush, so this way I don't have to start from scratch and do my base again if I mess up.

I start by filling in my brows. Topshop Brow Pencil is a really good cool-toned brown; I use it every day without fail, and although I've had it for six months it's still going strong. I like use my Slanted Brush from The Body Shop to apply a little bit of Seventeen's brow powder for a stronger look, as I think that defined eyebrows really frame the face.


Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette in Dolce Vita

In My Make-Up Bag: October 2014

I always find myself reaching for more make up once autumn arrives  there's something really comforting about it, although I'm not sure why. Possibly because A/W make up is more my thing than S/S? I get way more excited about coppery eyes and berry lips than I do about bronzer. Anyway, I thought I'd share my current routine with you; enjoy!

I've mentioned this before, and I know it's outside the norm, but I always apply my eye make up first. I tend to make mistakes if I'm in a rush, so this way I don't have to start from scratch and do my base again if I mess up.

I start by filling in my brows. Topshop Brow Pencil is a really good cool-toned brown; I use it every day without fail, and although I've had it for six months it's still going strong. I like use my Slanted Brush from The Body Shop to apply a little bit of Seventeen's brow powder for a stronger look, as I think that defined eyebrows really frame the face.


Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette in Dolce Vita

Over the summer I fell in love with Soap & Glory's Super Tonic Fragrance, so it was only a matter of time before I picked up something else from the Orangeasm range. I opted for the body butter, but I've only been using it for the past couple of weeks, since the weather's turned colder. My house is absolutely freezing, and although it's tempting to jump straight into my pyjamas and onesie straight after a shower (yes, both of them, it's that cold! I wear my onesie over everything) I know my skin will thank me if I take the time to moisturise.

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Super Rich Body Butter



Shopping My Stash: Soap & Glory Orangeasm Super Rich Body Butter

Over the summer I fell in love with Soap & Glory's Super Tonic Fragrance, so it was only a matter of time before I picked up something else from the Orangeasm range. I opted for the body butter, but I've only been using it for the past couple of weeks, since the weather's turned colder. My house is absolutely freezing, and although it's tempting to jump straight into my pyjamas and onesie straight after a shower (yes, both of them, it's that cold! I wear my onesie over everything) I know my skin will thank me if I take the time to moisturise.

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Super Rich Body Butter



I first heard of the idea of a 'beauty number' from Hayley, but originally the idea was discussed on Abigail's blog, after she saw a tweet which stated the average woman uses 12 products a day. I'd be willing to bet that most of you use more than that  I certainly do!  so I thought I'd sit down and work out exactly how many products I use on a daily basis. Ready? Let's go!


What's your beauty number?


Shower
1. Lush Rehab Shampoo
2. John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner
3. Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel
4. Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Butter

Morning Skincare
5. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
6. Lush Eau Roma Toning Water
7. Yes to Grapefruit Eye Cream
8. Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Day Cream

Deodorant and Fragrance
9. Mitchum Powder Fresh Deodorant
10. Soap & Glory Orangegasm Super Tonic Fragrance Spray

Hair Styling
11. Percy & Reed Wonder Balm
12. John Frieda Heat Defeat Protection Spray
13. Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair

Make Up
14. Topshop Brow Pencil
15. 17 Brow Kit
16. Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara
17. Benefit The Porefessional~
18. GOSH CC Cream in Porcelain
19. 17 Stay Time Concealer
20. Soap & Glory Solar Powder
21. The Body Shop All In One Blush in Marshmellow
22. Rodial Stem Cell Superfood Glam Balm Lip
23. Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in Beige Democrachic
24. The Body Shop All In One Face Base

Evening Skincare
- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
- Lush Eau Roma Toning Water
- Yes to Grapefruit Eye Cream
25. The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil
26. Nature’s Response Tea Tree Oil

Hands and Feet
27. Neal’s Yard Geranium and Orange Hand Cream
28. Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream

Phew! The OCD part of me is very happy that my beauty number is a nice even 28, but that is a lot of products! I imagined it as a day when I washed my hair, which isn't an everyday occurrence, but the make up was pretty chilled  no eyeliner, or eyeshadow, or lip liner, or anything like that. I didn't expect my total to be quite this high (it's more than double the alleged average) but I don't feel like I should cut down, since everything I use has a specific purpose.

I found this really interesting, and I'd love to know how I compare to other bloggers. If you do work out your beauty number, be sure to let me know!

 Indicates that the product was purchased before I went cruelty free.

What's Your Beauty Number?

I first heard of the idea of a 'beauty number' from Hayley, but originally the idea was discussed on Abigail's blog, after she saw a tweet which stated the average woman uses 12 products a day. I'd be willing to bet that most of you use more than that  I certainly do!  so I thought I'd sit down and work out exactly how many products I use on a daily basis. Ready? Let's go!


What's your beauty number?


Shower
1. Lush Rehab Shampoo
2. John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner
3. Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel
4. Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Butter

Morning Skincare
5. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
6. Lush Eau Roma Toning Water
7. Yes to Grapefruit Eye Cream
8. Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Day Cream

Deodorant and Fragrance
9. Mitchum Powder Fresh Deodorant
10. Soap & Glory Orangegasm Super Tonic Fragrance Spray

Hair Styling
11. Percy & Reed Wonder Balm
12. John Frieda Heat Defeat Protection Spray
13. Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair

Make Up
14. Topshop Brow Pencil
15. 17 Brow Kit
16. Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara
17. Benefit The Porefessional~
18. GOSH CC Cream in Porcelain
19. 17 Stay Time Concealer
20. Soap & Glory Solar Powder
21. The Body Shop All In One Blush in Marshmellow
22. Rodial Stem Cell Superfood Glam Balm Lip
23. Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in Beige Democrachic
24. The Body Shop All In One Face Base

Evening Skincare
- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
- Lush Eau Roma Toning Water
- Yes to Grapefruit Eye Cream
25. The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil
26. Nature’s Response Tea Tree Oil

Hands and Feet
27. Neal’s Yard Geranium and Orange Hand Cream
28. Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream

Phew! The OCD part of me is very happy that my beauty number is a nice even 28, but that is a lot of products! I imagined it as a day when I washed my hair, which isn't an everyday occurrence, but the make up was pretty chilled  no eyeliner, or eyeshadow, or lip liner, or anything like that. I didn't expect my total to be quite this high (it's more than double the alleged average) but I don't feel like I should cut down, since everything I use has a specific purpose.

I found this really interesting, and I'd love to know how I compare to other bloggers. If you do work out your beauty number, be sure to let me know!

 Indicates that the product was purchased before I went cruelty free.
Michelle from B.L.M. recently did a lovely post on the products she keeps by her bedside, and encouraged other beauty bloggers to do the same, so I thought I'd share my stash with you. I like to limit the amount of items I have by my bed, otherwise it can get quite cluttered, but there are a few products I like to keep close by.


Bedside Beauty Essentials

Shopping My Stash: Bedside Beauty Essentials

Michelle from B.L.M. recently did a lovely post on the products she keeps by her bedside, and encouraged other beauty bloggers to do the same, so I thought I'd share my stash with you. I like to limit the amount of items I have by my bed, otherwise it can get quite cluttered, but there are a few products I like to keep close by.


Bedside Beauty Essentials

Love Me Beauty Box

Love Me Beauty: September 2014

Love Me Beauty Box

I spend a lot of time browsing Twitter, checking my emails, creepin' on my Facebook friends, reading blog posts and writing comments, and looking for new Instagram accounts to follow. But it wasn't until recently, when I was heading back to uni, that I realised just how much attention I pay to social media, and electronics in general. I was stuck in my Travelodge room with no WiFi (they did have it but it cost extra, and going back to uni is expensive enough already) and, I thought initially, nothing to do.

I've always thought of myself as being pretty balanced when it comes to social media. I refuse to get Facebook on my phone, for example, since it means that once I've left the house I can only be reached via call or text. But lately I've noticed that I've been spending a lot of time staring at one screen or another, and I'm not sure I like it. It used to be that I worried my online presence wasn't great enough; now I worry that by focusing too much on the virtual world I'm missing out on the real one.

Don't get me wrong, social media can be a wonderful thing. I keep in contact with family and friends over Facebook; when I'm scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard I can see a photo that makes me laugh out loud, and then read a thought-provoking post immediately after; the #bbloggers chat is my favourite thing about Twitter.


However, during the short time I had no internet access, I devoured the October issue of Elle, which gave me a load of beauty inspiration. I was fully focused on the latest episode of Mock The Week, able to chortle at the discussions about Scottish independence, Boris Johnson, and, of all things, Facebook and Twitter. I finished the the ebook I'd had on the go (Panic, by Lauren Oliver). I sorted out everything for the next day. And then I sat down to scribble this post.


There are things I want to achieve, and they won't get done if I am constantly glued to my newsfeed. There are a tonne of books I want to read – really read, not half-heartedly flick through. I want to explore more of my uni town, and get to know the area the same way I know back home. I want to socialise with my housemates and have proper conversations with the people I meet, instead of having one eye on my phone all the time. I want to develop the short story I wrote for my portfolio last year, and maybe even turn it into a novel one day. I'll be trying to find a way to do all these things and more, while reducing the amount of time I spend on social media. I want to get the balance right again.


What are your thoughts? Is your life ruled by social media or have you struck a good balance? Do you like to switch off now and then? Let me know in the comments!

Switching Off

I spend a lot of time browsing Twitter, checking my emails, creepin' on my Facebook friends, reading blog posts and writing comments, and looking for new Instagram accounts to follow. But it wasn't until recently, when I was heading back to uni, that I realised just how much attention I pay to social media, and electronics in general. I was stuck in my Travelodge room with no WiFi (they did have it but it cost extra, and going back to uni is expensive enough already) and, I thought initially, nothing to do.

I've always thought of myself as being pretty balanced when it comes to social media. I refuse to get Facebook on my phone, for example, since it means that once I've left the house I can only be reached via call or text. But lately I've noticed that I've been spending a lot of time staring at one screen or another, and I'm not sure I like it. It used to be that I worried my online presence wasn't great enough; now I worry that by focusing too much on the virtual world I'm missing out on the real one.

Don't get me wrong, social media can be a wonderful thing. I keep in contact with family and friends over Facebook; when I'm scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard I can see a photo that makes me laugh out loud, and then read a thought-provoking post immediately after; the #bbloggers chat is my favourite thing about Twitter.


However, during the short time I had no internet access, I devoured the October issue of Elle, which gave me a load of beauty inspiration. I was fully focused on the latest episode of Mock The Week, able to chortle at the discussions about Scottish independence, Boris Johnson, and, of all things, Facebook and Twitter. I finished the the ebook I'd had on the go (Panic, by Lauren Oliver). I sorted out everything for the next day. And then I sat down to scribble this post.


There are things I want to achieve, and they won't get done if I am constantly glued to my newsfeed. There are a tonne of books I want to read – really read, not half-heartedly flick through. I want to explore more of my uni town, and get to know the area the same way I know back home. I want to socialise with my housemates and have proper conversations with the people I meet, instead of having one eye on my phone all the time. I want to develop the short story I wrote for my portfolio last year, and maybe even turn it into a novel one day. I'll be trying to find a way to do all these things and more, while reducing the amount of time I spend on social media. I want to get the balance right again.


What are your thoughts? Is your life ruled by social media or have you struck a good balance? Do you like to switch off now and then? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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