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I had more deadlines in February, and I've been very stressed about them, but I've been trying to take a breather from working occasionally. It's very easy to get swept up with uni work, but this month I've made the effort to be more sociable and I've felt better for it.


February Food Collage

Homemade vegetable lasagne; a description of myself I found on Instagram; food at YO! Sushi

What's Made Me Happy This Month? February 2015

I had more deadlines in February, and I've been very stressed about them, but I've been trying to take a breather from working occasionally. It's very easy to get swept up with uni work, but this month I've made the effort to be more sociable and I've felt better for it.


February Food Collage

Homemade vegetable lasagne; a description of myself I found on Instagram; food at YO! Sushi

I love Charlotte Tilbury's make up range, and I absolutely love matte lips, so when she brought out her Matte Revolution range last year it was only a matter of time before I tried something from it. The reason it's taken me so long is quite simple: I couldn't decide which shade to choose. In the end, I picked two, Amazing Grace and Lost Cherry.


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Amazing Grace and Lost Cherry

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Amazing Grace and Lost Cherry

I love Charlotte Tilbury's make up range, and I absolutely love matte lips, so when she brought out her Matte Revolution range last year it was only a matter of time before I tried something from it. The reason it's taken me so long is quite simple: I couldn't decide which shade to choose. In the end, I picked two, Amazing Grace and Lost Cherry.


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Amazing Grace and Lost Cherry

When you sit in a room with a group of people who are a) very talented writers, and b) extremely creative, and you're not feeling particularly imaginative, it can be difficult. Especially if, like me, your ideas take a while to brew. Just last week we were given a choice from two opening lines (both from short stories by Angela Carter) and instructed to carry on, and I sat there for twenty minutes, staring at the page, thinking of nothing, while everyone around me sat scribbling away. And I felt lost.


Eleanor Roosevelt quote

Life After Uni + An Inferiority Complex

When you sit in a room with a group of people who are a) very talented writers, and b) extremely creative, and you're not feeling particularly imaginative, it can be difficult. Especially if, like me, your ideas take a while to brew. Just last week we were given a choice from two opening lines (both from short stories by Angela Carter) and instructed to carry on, and I sat there for twenty minutes, staring at the page, thinking of nothing, while everyone around me sat scribbling away. And I felt lost.


Eleanor Roosevelt quote

You all know how much I love Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish, but when my tube ran out last month I found myself wanting to change it up a bit. I had a sample-sized cleanser by Murad's Exfoliating Cleanser to try, which I picked up with InStyle magazine, but one use brought me out in a rash so that plan went down the drain.

Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser


Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

You all know how much I love Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish, but when my tube ran out last month I found myself wanting to change it up a bit. I had a sample-sized cleanser by Murad's Exfoliating Cleanser to try, which I picked up with InStyle magazine, but one use brought me out in a rash so that plan went down the drain.

Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser


Last week I introduced an experiment: a week of wearing no make up. None. Nada. Not even a little bit of lipstick. Every day I wrote down how I felt about it, which you can read below. My feelings were mixed throughout. Despite having a smattering of spots across my forehead (gotta love stress breakouts...), it was actually the lack of eyebrows that concerned me most. This is a long post, so grab yourself a drink, settle down, and read on to discover how my feelings changed throughout the week.


Make-up-free on Day 6 (and seriously missing my eyebrow pencil!)


My Week Without Make Up: The Results

Last week I introduced an experiment: a week of wearing no make up. None. Nada. Not even a little bit of lipstick. Every day I wrote down how I felt about it, which you can read below. My feelings were mixed throughout. Despite having a smattering of spots across my forehead (gotta love stress breakouts...), it was actually the lack of eyebrows that concerned me most. This is a long post, so grab yourself a drink, settle down, and read on to discover how my feelings changed throughout the week.


Make-up-free on Day 6 (and seriously missing my eyebrow pencil!)




I've long thought that make up looks best when it enhances your natural beauty rather than masking it, but recently I've started to wonder whether I use it as a form of security. I don't put it on if I'm just going to be slobbing around at home, but whenever I go to university, meet my society, or go out somewhere the make up goes on, and I usually feel much better for it. Is it solely because I enjoy wearing it, or is it also because I don't feel complete without it? My worth does not depend on whether or not I wear it, and I don't want my self-confidence to either. The only way to find out if it does is to stop using it, and document how I feel here, on the blog.

So, for the next week, I will be completely without make up. No concealer, no lipstick, nothing, just a bit of lip balm. I like to think I'm fairly comfortable in my own skin, but I can't deny that make up gives me a boost. I can create the illusion of bright eyes, I can define my cheekbones; there's a berry-coloured lipstick in my stash that makes me feel like I know what I'm doing. Will I still feel okay when all of that has gone? I'll let you know in seven days' time!

How much make up do you wear on a daily basis? How would you feel without it? Let me know in the comments!

My Week Without Make-Up



I've long thought that make up looks best when it enhances your natural beauty rather than masking it, but recently I've started to wonder whether I use it as a form of security. I don't put it on if I'm just going to be slobbing around at home, but whenever I go to university, meet my society, or go out somewhere the make up goes on, and I usually feel much better for it. Is it solely because I enjoy wearing it, or is it also because I don't feel complete without it? My worth does not depend on whether or not I wear it, and I don't want my self-confidence to either. The only way to find out if it does is to stop using it, and document how I feel here, on the blog.

So, for the next week, I will be completely without make up. No concealer, no lipstick, nothing, just a bit of lip balm. I like to think I'm fairly comfortable in my own skin, but I can't deny that make up gives me a boost. I can create the illusion of bright eyes, I can define my cheekbones; there's a berry-coloured lipstick in my stash that makes me feel like I know what I'm doing. Will I still feel okay when all of that has gone? I'll let you know in seven days' time!

How much make up do you wear on a daily basis? How would you feel without it? Let me know in the comments!


Anatomicals Don't Mask Your Horribleness, Unmask Your Heavenliness Face Masks

I received this pack of two face masks in a Love Me Beauty Box, and I finally managed to try them out. They're by the brand Anatomicals, whose products you may have noticed on the shelves in Tesco. Their product names are always really creative and quirky, and they're a cruelty free company too — result!

These are cloth masks, but fear not, I've spared you the sight of me looking like Hannibal.  I bumped into my housemate Giulia on the stairs while I was wearing one of these and she looked horrified, so it's definitely a ritual to complete in private (unless, of course, you have someone to scare). 

The only other cloth mask I've tried before was a Montagne Jeunesse one, and I have to say, these are much better in terms of size. They're a good fit along my forehead and although the chin section is too big it can be folded underneath. They're a bit of a pain to remove from the packet; they come attached to some plastic and everything is a bit tangled up at first. But once the mask is on, you're good to go, and you've got twenty minutes to sit back and relax.

Anatomicals Face Masks — Don't Mask Your Horribleness, Unmask Your Heavenliness



Anatomicals Don't Mask Your Horribleness, Unmask Your Heavenliness Face Masks

I received this pack of two face masks in a Love Me Beauty Box, and I finally managed to try them out. They're by the brand Anatomicals, whose products you may have noticed on the shelves in Tesco. Their product names are always really creative and quirky, and they're a cruelty free company too — result!

These are cloth masks, but fear not, I've spared you the sight of me looking like Hannibal.  I bumped into my housemate Giulia on the stairs while I was wearing one of these and she looked horrified, so it's definitely a ritual to complete in private (unless, of course, you have someone to scare). 

The only other cloth mask I've tried before was a Montagne Jeunesse one, and I have to say, these are much better in terms of size. They're a good fit along my forehead and although the chin section is too big it can be folded underneath. They're a bit of a pain to remove from the packet; they come attached to some plastic and everything is a bit tangled up at first. But once the mask is on, you're good to go, and you've got twenty minutes to sit back and relax.

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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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