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April was an insanely busy month, and it flew by. During the first two weeks I was back at my parents' house, slowly eating my way around the pubs and restaurants in my hometown, and then when I went back to Wales I basically lived in the library, desperately trying to finish my portfolios before the deadlines. Thankfully I got all my work done, but that does mean I'm facing five months without a concrete routine. We'll see how it goes!


Prosecco and Lindt bunnies on Easter Sunday; a woodland walk with the fam; roast lamb at my aunt's house


What's Made Me Happy This Month? April 2015

April was an insanely busy month, and it flew by. During the first two weeks I was back at my parents' house, slowly eating my way around the pubs and restaurants in my hometown, and then when I went back to Wales I basically lived in the library, desperately trying to finish my portfolios before the deadlines. Thankfully I got all my work done, but that does mean I'm facing five months without a concrete routine. We'll see how it goes!


Prosecco and Lindt bunnies on Easter Sunday; a woodland walk with the fam; roast lamb at my aunt's house


Another day, another new series on Toasty. I've really been enjoying writing lifestyle posts recently, and I actually jotted this one down on a whim. I was planning to schedule it for next month but it was finished and I feel like it's quite relevant since today is the day student loans come in for lots of us (plus I just get excited when a post comes together so quickly!)

So, what am I talking about? Adulthood. That big, bad thing called 'being a grown up', a stage which, if you were anything like me as a teenager, you often wished you could reach as soon as possible. Except adulthood is full of responsibilities, and expenses, and a whole host of unexpected 'treats'. Don't get me wrong, I love the independence that has come with moving out and moving away, but there are definitely things that no warned me about, as you'll see below. Enjoy!




Does everyone remember the classic British TV moment in the bottom picture? My favourite thing about it was the look of sheer terror on Nicole Scherzinger's face.


What No One Tells You About... This Being A Grown-Up Thing

Another day, another new series on Toasty. I've really been enjoying writing lifestyle posts recently, and I actually jotted this one down on a whim. I was planning to schedule it for next month but it was finished and I feel like it's quite relevant since today is the day student loans come in for lots of us (plus I just get excited when a post comes together so quickly!)

So, what am I talking about? Adulthood. That big, bad thing called 'being a grown up', a stage which, if you were anything like me as a teenager, you often wished you could reach as soon as possible. Except adulthood is full of responsibilities, and expenses, and a whole host of unexpected 'treats'. Don't get me wrong, I love the independence that has come with moving out and moving away, but there are definitely things that no warned me about, as you'll see below. Enjoy!




Does everyone remember the classic British TV moment in the bottom picture? My favourite thing about it was the look of sheer terror on Nicole Scherzinger's face.


When I asked everyone during a #bbloggers chat whether the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer was worth the hype, the answer I got was a resounding 'yes'. £22 is a lot, but I read a tonne of reviews and did a lot of research before I parted with my money. Although I do own a few high end products, I usually ask for them for Christmas or my birthday so this is the first time I've really splashed out.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

So what are my thoughts so far? Well, to put it simply, I love it. The coverage is amazing — I'd say it's medium to full, and easy to build if you use light layers. Nothing I've ever tried covers my dark circles the way this does. I tend to dot it underneath my eyes, and then buff it in using my fingers and the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (from the Core Collection). Thankfully, it doesn't settle in any fine lines.

I also use this for covering spots and the red line that runs across my nose, and it does a good job, although I'd probably suggest something a little less brightening for raised blemishes.


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer swatches
Left: No make up. Right: With Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

I've gotta give NARS credit for making a shade that is actually pale enough for me. Chantilly is an ideal match for my ghostly face, not too white and not too orange. That's the main problem with high street base products: they're always a shade too dark, that is if they try and cater for pale skin at all. In an ideal world I wouldn't have to spend so much to get such a perfect shade match, unless I wanted to of course, but for now this is definitely my go-to concealer. It does everything I want it to.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer costs £22, comes in ten shades, and is available here.


Have you tried NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer? What beauty products do you like to splash out on? Let me know in the comments!    
 

Note: Although NARS was a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, they have since decided to sell their products in China as of June 2017 and therefore are no longer cruelty-free.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly

When I asked everyone during a #bbloggers chat whether the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer was worth the hype, the answer I got was a resounding 'yes'. £22 is a lot, but I read a tonne of reviews and did a lot of research before I parted with my money. Although I do own a few high end products, I usually ask for them for Christmas or my birthday so this is the first time I've really splashed out.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

So what are my thoughts so far? Well, to put it simply, I love it. The coverage is amazing — I'd say it's medium to full, and easy to build if you use light layers. Nothing I've ever tried covers my dark circles the way this does. I tend to dot it underneath my eyes, and then buff it in using my fingers and the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (from the Core Collection). Thankfully, it doesn't settle in any fine lines.

I also use this for covering spots and the red line that runs across my nose, and it does a good job, although I'd probably suggest something a little less brightening for raised blemishes.


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer swatches
Left: No make up. Right: With Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

I've gotta give NARS credit for making a shade that is actually pale enough for me. Chantilly is an ideal match for my ghostly face, not too white and not too orange. That's the main problem with high street base products: they're always a shade too dark, that is if they try and cater for pale skin at all. In an ideal world I wouldn't have to spend so much to get such a perfect shade match, unless I wanted to of course, but for now this is definitely my go-to concealer. It does everything I want it to.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer costs £22, comes in ten shades, and is available here.


Have you tried NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer? What beauty products do you like to splash out on? Let me know in the comments!    
 

Note: Although NARS was a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, they have since decided to sell their products in China as of June 2017 and therefore are no longer cruelty-free.
Lush products

I firmly believe that the occasional trip to LUSH is good for the soul (and the skin) so I popped into my local store when I was back home over Easter to pick up a couple of products: Ultrabland, my all-time favourite cleanser; Sex Bomb, which lots of you recommended I try next, and Catastrophe Cosmetic, a fresh face mask which was actually free (I'd been saving up my pots!)



Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

Ultrabland, Sex Bomb, and Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

Lush products

I firmly believe that the occasional trip to LUSH is good for the soul (and the skin) so I popped into my local store when I was back home over Easter to pick up a couple of products: Ultrabland, my all-time favourite cleanser; Sex Bomb, which lots of you recommended I try next, and Catastrophe Cosmetic, a fresh face mask which was actually free (I'd been saving up my pots!)



Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

More and more Botanics products are starting to make their way into my bathroom, so it seemed like the right time to feature them on the blog. Botanics are one of Boots' brands, and they make purse-friendly skincare which incorporates plants into its ingredients. Having read Jasmin's post about beauty jargon, I'm not sure how beneficial this is, but their products have all worked for me so far! I've also started to keep even more of an eye on my budget, and where better to start than with skincare?

Botanics skincare


Botanics Skincare

More and more Botanics products are starting to make their way into my bathroom, so it seemed like the right time to feature them on the blog. Botanics are one of Boots' brands, and they make purse-friendly skincare which incorporates plants into its ingredients. Having read Jasmin's post about beauty jargon, I'm not sure how beneficial this is, but their products have all worked for me so far! I've also started to keep even more of an eye on my budget, and where better to start than with skincare?

Botanics skincare


Happy Easter everyone! This is a little bit of a bonus post; I thought it'd be fun to do a 'day in the life of' type thing. I don't really have a typical day right now, since it's currently the holidays, and to be honest there's no such thing when I'm at university either because it all depends on how much writing I get done.

Yesterday we went to my aunt's house for what turned out to be a massive family meal (I'm also going to another one tomorrow, because food = life) and I documented that, since eating does seem to be a massive part of my Easter break. Enjoy, and if you like it then it may well become a regular feature here on Toasty.

So tempted to make these again! Recipe from Helen at lovecatsinc


The 26 Stages Of... My Easter Saturday

Happy Easter everyone! This is a little bit of a bonus post; I thought it'd be fun to do a 'day in the life of' type thing. I don't really have a typical day right now, since it's currently the holidays, and to be honest there's no such thing when I'm at university either because it all depends on how much writing I get done.

Yesterday we went to my aunt's house for what turned out to be a massive family meal (I'm also going to another one tomorrow, because food = life) and I documented that, since eating does seem to be a massive part of my Easter break. Enjoy, and if you like it then it may well become a regular feature here on Toasty.

So tempted to make these again! Recipe from Helen at lovecatsinc


... listening to Damien Rice's My Favourite Faded Fantasy album. I remember reading about the release ages ago, making a mental note to check it out... and then forgetting all about it. But the other day I YouTubed 'The Greatest Bastard' and damn. Tears, everyone, actual tears — good thing I was at home and not in the library. So, of course, I downloaded the whole thing immediately; Damien Rice has always been able to hit me straight in the feels.

... reading Boyhood by JM Coetzee. I was introduced to Coetzee's work in my Writing Non Fiction workshop and I was hooked straight away. I absolutely adore his writing style, because even though he doesn't tell you everything explicitly you're able to pick things up just from the details he gives you. Reading between the lines is definitely something I've learned to appreciate since I've been at university.





Right Now I'm...

... listening to Damien Rice's My Favourite Faded Fantasy album. I remember reading about the release ages ago, making a mental note to check it out... and then forgetting all about it. But the other day I YouTubed 'The Greatest Bastard' and damn. Tears, everyone, actual tears — good thing I was at home and not in the library. So, of course, I downloaded the whole thing immediately; Damien Rice has always been able to hit me straight in the feels.

... reading Boyhood by JM Coetzee. I was introduced to Coetzee's work in my Writing Non Fiction workshop and I was hooked straight away. I absolutely adore his writing style, because even though he doesn't tell you everything explicitly you're able to pick things up just from the details he gives you. Reading between the lines is definitely something I've learned to appreciate since I've been at university.





I won't lie: I love a bargain. Generally, I try to find all of my products on the high street when I can, partly because I live off a student budget and partly because the thrill of finding something that's both amazing and low-cost never gets old. Today I'm sharing the love by talking about five of my favourite products, all of which leave you with change left over from a fiver. Sorted.




Top 5 Beauty Products Under £5

I won't lie: I love a bargain. Generally, I try to find all of my products on the high street when I can, partly because I live off a student budget and partly because the thrill of finding something that's both amazing and low-cost never gets old. Today I'm sharing the love by talking about five of my favourite products, all of which leave you with change left over from a fiver. Sorted.




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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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