Thursday, 18 September 2014

MY PERFECT PINK LIP

✎ Thursday, 18 September 2014
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When I first tried the L'oreal Paris Colour Riche in Rose Melody* it was although it filled a void in my collection I didn't even know existed. This is the perfect neutral pink shade that I've ever tried. It gives just the right amount of colour for everyday, evens out my lip tone (I have scarring along my top lip) and is SO comfortable to wear. It's become a real staple in my collection and I can see it being one of those lip colours that I continually repurchase in the future. 

The packaging is cute, compact and the doe-foot applicator is soft to apply the products onto the lips. As for the formulation of this lip line I'm pretty impressed with it despite having initial reservations. You've all probably heard the promo about these 'the first ever lip product to be infused with argan oils' you know the one and I was sure it was just another gimmick but after this formulation is heavenly - I would even go as far to say that it's my favourite lip release for 2014 so far. 

Do you have a perfect pink lip?

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*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration, honesty as always. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

3 SPRING FRAGRANCES TO TRY

✎ Wednesday, 17 September 2014
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I haven't always been a perfume hoarder but over the past few months my collection has grown a bit ridiculous due to some killer new releases and a few weak moments in David Jones. I thought I'd share with you my ultimate fragrances I'll be reaching for as the weather warms up and a few may surprise you. 
Viktor and Rolf Bonbon* 
I've seen alot of negative reviews on this perfume which really did surprise me considering I loved it from the very first time I sniffed it. I usually tend to go for fragrances that are more floral then sweet but the intense caramel notes are a gorgeous break form my usual scents. It may sound sickly sweet but I think it's very well balanced with the Jasmine notes. The packaging is divine too! 
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
This one is very loved and I've had it since I stole it off my Mum when I lived at home (don't worry guys I bought her a new one). You know a perfume is well loved when you lose the cap, I'm super annoyed that happened. Anyway, this perfume is just one of the classics I feel like everyone should own. It has delicious apple notes that balance out the white rose, jasmine, citron wood whilst the amber and musk just finish off the scent in the most gorgeous way. I feel like this is one everyone would enjoy using in the middle of summer because it's just so refreshing. It's definitely my most worn.
Beyonce Heat Wild Orchid*
I don't mind a bit of a celebrity fragrance, in fact I love a good cheap celebrity fragrance (#sorrynotsorry) and this one has really got me good. I'm a big fan of the Beyonce fragrance in the red bottle but I've never got around to purchasing it so I was keen to see how this one compared. Sadly they're pretty different and this one is floral with orchid, magnolia, honeysuckle with notes of pomegranate, coconut water, musk and amber to balance. It's not the most sophisticated floral fragrance but I do think it's lovely and I currently have this hanging out in my Travlo which lives in my handbag. 

What are your favourite summer scents? 


*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

QUICK TIPS FOR TANNING AT HOME

✎ Tuesday, 16 September 2014
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Always use a mitt 
Yep, it does make a huge difference. It'll save your palms from going orange and it helps blend everything together.

Do it in front of a mirror 
This will help you to cover every. single. bit. of your arm/leg/shoulder without a worry. You'll be shocked on how helpful it is to lift your arm up in front of a mirror. 

Exfoliate first 
This is so important! It'll make sure the tan doesn't cling to any dry bits on your body. Concentrate on your elbows, knees, ankles or anywhere you're more likely to get dry. Make sure you your exfoliator isn't oil based because your tan won't stick to your skin if you're using oil based products beforehand. 

Small bits, circular motions 
Do one arm at a time and do circular motions with your mitt. This will make sure everything is blended. 

Don't be scared of the colour guard 
Some tans look really deep and dark when you first apply them but wait it out. The colour guard is always deeper then the tan you're going to be left behind with so don't freak out until you've washed that away. 

What are your favourite tips for tanning at home?

*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Monday, 15 September 2014

MY EXPERIENCE | LEAVING UNIVERSITY

✎ Monday, 15 September 2014
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It's not often I get personal here on More Than Adored but just last week I had a bit of a word vomit/vent/ramble and I left it sitting in my drafts.. I then realised that it was something that alot of people could relate too so here it is, my experience with leaving university and how I'm feeling now. 

At the end of the university year of 2013 I wasn't sure I would reenrol in the new year but it was one of those things I pushed to the back of my mind - I'll deal with it later kinda-thing. The new year rolled around and I didn't really want to go back to my teaching course but I didn't have anything else to do (job wise) and everyone is always saying how bad first year is so a part of me want to see if my second year would be better. Keeping it short it just wasn't and I realised that teaching just wasn't going to be for me. I left before the end of the first semester and it honestly was the most empowering things I've ever done. I no longer felt like I was trying to please everyone else or society, I felt like I was doing the right thing for me. I instantly felt happier and elation continued for a month or so until I began questioning myself. It wasn't that I regretted leaving because I am honestly so much happier but I think it was because I didn't know what to do next and I still don't.

You see when you leave university you have everyone questioning you which makes you second guess yourself. I can't count the amount of times I've had a panic internally because someone has asked me 'Well what are you going to do now Sarah' or 'What's your plans now?' or 'But you will get a degree won't you?' It's although I've been feeling like I need answers for all these questions when in reality it's okay I don't know.

Leaving university has been the best decision I've ever made but there is all this pressure. The questions and looks of disappointment when my extended family hear that I've stop studying makes me feel under pressure to know what I want to do. It's unfair. From the age of 16 onwards you're expected to know what career path you want to take when really we're all just learning about ourselves, our capabilities and enjoying the luxury of being spontaneous.

All this pressure has made me feel like a bit of a failure and I didn't expect to feel like that. As I said, extended family have made me feel like a disappointment (not intentionally of course!) and I haven't been coping with that very well at all. I do lack sense of direction career wise and I really envy those who have a set in stone idea of what they're doing with their lives. It's been really overwhelming because I'm the type of person who likes routine, goals, making decisions and working towards something. My boyfriend often gets annoyed at me because when plans change, I, with lack of a better expression, lose my shit. This new found unsure feeling with what I'm doing/going to do is new to me so it's taking a little while for me to adjust.

So what am I doing now? I made the decision to keep my casual position in retail so that I could have the luxury to work hard on my website, plan my relaunch, do some freelance social media management and generally see what I can make of More Than Adored. It can be hard because I'm living off next to nothing but I'm able to do things I thoroughly enjoy. Again it's another thing I'm finding hard to adjust too. Working for yourself can be tricky to say the least.. You create these unrealistic expectations of yourself, it's like you have to prove to yourself and everyone else that you're doing something really worthwhile. I overwork myself but slowly I'm learning it's okay not to get everything done in one day. Blogging is a hard gig, it takes more hours then most think and even then most of the time when you click publish you just see all the things you need to improve on. 

So I am struggling with the adjustment but I can honestly say that leaving university is the best decision I made. I was 100% sure that my course wasn't for me anymore. It's the things that follow the initial leaving that I wasn't very prepared for. There are so many things I want to do with our online community and I'm excited for the future. I don't know where I'll be in another 12 months which is slightly terrifying but I'm slowly getting used to the idea - THAT'S OKAY!

If you made it this far thank you for reading. I know it was a bit word-vomit like but I wanted to keep it as real and unedited as possible. I would love to hear your thoughts/opinions/experiences in the comments.


*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.



Sunday, 14 September 2014

PRODUCT REVIEW: THE BATHORY

✎ Sunday, 14 September 2014
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I was recently contacted by a company called The Bathory asking if I wanted to review their bath products. Usually I would decline bath products because my current flat doesn't actually have a bath so it seems a little pointless however I had a little weekend trip coming up where our hotel had a bath (a highlight for me of course) and the concept this company has is really unique. 

Essentially you have control over your product and you're able to invent your own unique bath soak for $30. First you choose between three different bases and then you add three oils to the base to create your very own customised bath soak. How cool is that? I went with the soothing base because it sounded the most moisturising and then added bergamot, chamomile and ylang ylang for no other reason then I like all three separately, mixing them together was a bit of a stab in the dark for me. 

The recommended amount you use per bath is pretty strange in my opinion, they even suggest using the whole 200g jar for 'the best bath of your life'. Even though I don't bathe regularly I don't think I'd ever tip the whole jar in. I bathed for the two nights I was away a probably used two tablespoons per bath and I still really enjoyed the experience so I don't think you need to use as much as they say on the back. The scent and soak were incredible but I don't know if I'm biased because I rarely get to indulge in baths or whether the fact the I customised this product myself just won me over. Either way I thoroughly enjoyed using this product and will be bookmarking the site for when we move into a new flat (with a bath) next year. 

Everything from the quality of the product to the aesthetics of the website and the packaging is incredible. I'm really impressed with the whole experience I had with The Bathory and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for some high quality bath products. I think it's nice you get to pick and choose so you don't get any oils you don't like, for me it's lavender, and I know everyone has their own preferred scents. With Christmas getting closer and closer make sure that you have a peep at the website. I think that it's a gorgeous gift to receive and gift especially if you customised to your Mum or best friend's favourite scents.

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What do you think of this concept? Are you a fan? 

*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

THIS WEEK'S MORE THAN ADORED #11

✎ Saturday, 13 September 2014
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Since finishing off my beloved Illamasqua Matte Primer I've made the switch to the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer for everyday wear. It's not as if I haven't loved this product in the past, it's actually one I constantly recommend to others, but this week I've truly appreciated how it works. It's so smoothing and gorgeous to apply but it really makes a difference to wear of your foundation. Another product that I've always loved but I'm now really appreciating how amazing it is comes from L'oreal with their Super Liner Blackbuster Liner*. I know this particularly liner isn't everyone's cup of tea (my best friend Bonnie hates it) but I find it so easy to create a flick with that I can't stop using it. I just angle the pen and it creates an instant flick. I admit it does take a little bit extra concentration when wanting to create a thin line right across the lid but I usually struggle with the flick so it suits me to have a helping hand with that element. You know those samples you receive but never really pull out? This Youngblood Pink Diamond Pressed Eyeshadow came with an order I did late last year and it ended up way back in the back of my draw until a recent clear out which I regret so much! This eyeshadow is the most gorgeous highlight shade I've ever used and I will definitely be purchasing the full size once I'm finished this.  

Now onto some really random bits and we'll start off with the most random and probably the least glamorous. The Nad's Ingrow Solution* was a product I was in denial about needing, hence why I never purchased myself, however since receiving it I've been using it in areas I shave and it's really transformed my skin. Probably a bit TMI but I used to find that I had little raised bumps that weren't really red or rash like but still noticeably 'not right' after I had shaved. This has put an end too all that and my skin is loving me for it. If you have any sort of skin irritation due to shaving I'd highly recommend this. I've never thought I'd be featuring a body wash in this series but the Ren Seaweed and Sage Body Wash has literally stolen my heart. I'm a sucker for anything seaweed scented and this is just heavenly to use everyday. I don't know whether it'll be something I repurchase over and over but I do know that this will be something I pick up in the future as a little treat. If you love seaweed scents then you'll love this. 

Last up is the Fudge Big Hair Elevate Styling Powder* which I've been using non-stop throughout my roots for a little extra volume. It really holds the volume but can easily be brushed out and restyled if needed. 

What have you been enjoying this week?

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*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Friday, 12 September 2014

THE AT HOME FACIAL ROUTINE

✎ Friday, 12 September 2014
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Sometimes there is nothing better then indulging in an at home facial routine. What? You may ask but yes I'm talking about the whole hog right from the comfort of your own home. I was so confused at the idea of doing a facial routine that I steered clear until recently where I fell deep in love with using this concoction of products. 

I start off the with Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask which I've had for about a year and it's still going strong. This is an exfoliating mask so it's going to help remove any dead skin cells and give your skin a new life. This alone makes your skin glow but in this particular instance it really helps prep the skin for what's to come. I remove this and spray my skin with the Thalgo Reviving Marine Mist* which I use in between each step to help soothe the skin and calm any redness that maybe occurring from removal. 

Next up it's all about deep cleansing the skin and I've definitely found my holy grail mud mask which is this Borghese Active Mud For Face And Body*. I'm so glad I was able to pick this up in my recent Fresh Beauty Haul because it's incredible. I only apply this to the centre of my face where congestion levels are high as are the volume of black heads. I don't think it's really necessary to apply these types of masks all over your face. As you wait for this one to dry you can see dark little spots from where oil and dirt are being pulled out - it's freaking cool! It really does an excellent job at extracting blackheads which are one of my main concerns for my skin and this is the best I've ever tried. I think if you've been wanting to try the Glam Glow definitely check this one out (I haven't tried the Glam Glow but I think the concept would be pretty similar and this one ROCKS). 

I then remove that with a warm muslin cloth and surprisingly it doesn't take much to remove it at all. I give my face another spritz with the Thalgo Reviving Marine Mist* and move onto my third and final mask that concentrates on hydrating the skin with the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque. This is one of those masks that could be mistaken for a regular moisturiser and despite the instructions saying to only leave this one for 10 minutes I sleep in it - seriously your skin feel INCREDIBLE after sleeping with this mask on. 

Now you may notice the The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask hasn't been mentioned yet but that is because it's not a regular product in this routine. I adore this face mask and pretty much use it everyday when I'm breaking out so if I am having a really bad time with my skin I'll use this in-between each mask after the Thalgo spritz just to ensure everything is being soothed and looked after. 

Do you have an at home facial routine? What are your favourite products to use for it? 

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*provided for my consideration - honesty as always!