Autumn Make Up Under £30: Guest Post With KateDaysAWeek

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Hi everyone! It’s Kate! Not your beloved Kate from Kateshomebeauty, but the one from Katedaysaweek. 
We have exchanged blogs for the day and have challenged each other to create a full face of autumnal makeup for under £30. I think it’s fair to say that it’s been quite the challenge for both of us!
Here are the products that I have chosen: 
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The first product that I chose was the Colourpop No Filter Foundation, which is one of the cheapest foundations that I own, but it also happens to be one of the best. I’m not going to go into great detail as to why I love this product because I’ve recently written a review about it. Spoiler warning: it’s amazing value and I love its very natural finish. And it does make you look like you’re wearing a filter. 
My second choice is the Colourpop No Filter Concealer and I’ve also just written a review about it.  TL;DR: again, a great value product and probably in my top three concealers. It works extremely well with the foundation (would be a shame if it didn’t). I just wish I hadn’t picked such a light shade, but luckily it oxydizes a little bit and eventually looks more natural on my skin after a while. 
Product #3 is the Catrice Glam Doll Waterproof mascara. Believe it or not, it’s one of the best mascaras you will find in that price range. I absolutely love the wand because it’s not too thick. I have the privilege of having quite short lashes and simultaneously being very clumsy, so fat wands aren’t for me. Another thing I love about this mascara is that it doesn’t dry or leave residue and turn your under eye into Pompei after two hours. 
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For the lip, I chose Sleek’s True Colour Lipstick in the shade Cherry. I think it’s the perfect colour for autumn and it’s extremely comfortable to wear. Again, this is another wonderful affordable product of great quality. And overall, I really recommend Sleek 
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Finally, on to the eyeshadow palette. I had to go with Revolution because they are the cheapest and have the most interesting colour stories. This particular Iconic Division palette (a supposed dupe for ABH’s Subculture) isn’t my favourite as, to be perfectly honest, the quality of some shadows is mediocre. The colours are interesting, but they’re actually badly executed. I chose it because it’s very affordable and I could use it for different purposes (lids, brows and as a highlighter). A lot of them aren’t nearly pigmented enough. I had to try different eye looks to find one that satisfied me and looked autumnal. 
So I finally went with a very simple eye look: I packed on a shade onto the lid and blended as well as I could and finished with a darker one in the inner corner and on the lower lash line.
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This is the final look. I’m not totally happy with how it came out, but I think that’s the best I’ll do with this particular palette and my limited makeup abilities (let’s keep it 100). 
All in all I really enjoyed this challenged as it forced me to rummage through makeup that I bought and never really used and made me step out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I rediscovered that Sleek lipstick and I’m definitely going to be wearing it this autumn. 
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.
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Welcome To Blogtober

This is happening… I have decided to take part in Blogtober and join in with everyone else who is trying to post each day throughout the month of October.

As it is the first day of the month I’m going to ween you all in easily and just write a few things to expect from my posts over the next four weeks. I am going to keep as many post as possible beauty themed but I will be doing a few life updates throughout.

Here’s the plan

Autumn Body care routine with products and reviews

Autumn Lip care Routine

The Ultimate Autumn Palette

DIY Pumpkin Based Skincare

Putting Autumn into Bath Time: Mini Spa

Importance of Vitamin C During Colder Seasons

The Ordinary Skincare Haul

A Collaboration with the one and only Kate Days A Week (@Catisbored)

And loads more planned.

I have to say I am excited to get started and hope you will be following along in this challenge I have set myself. I’m hoping to keep my content to a good standard and keep up with the day to day posting.

Let me know if you are joining me on the Blogtober mission and the plans you have for the month. Have you set any goals to achieve throughout taking part? Are you expecting to find is as challenging as I am?

We are all here to support one another so if you have and questions you want to ask about my scheduling or how I’m going to keep up, please feel free. We can share some tips and advice with one another.

I wish everyone the best of luck and I shall be back tomorrow with another post.

Kate x

The Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

I was recently asked by the lovely Lynette over at Life With Lynette to take part in the blogger recognition award. It is a lovely little award that spreads the love and helps everyone know their input into the blogging world is appreciated. I am really happy Lynette thought of me when nominating and thank her for involving me. I have been excited to take part.

Here Are The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created

I’m going to dive right in and tell you a bit about my blog and some tips and advice I’ve learnt along the way.

How I Started My Blog

Believe it or not I started a blog during my university years on Tumblr (I’m showing my age now). Things never really took off, mainly as I didn’t have a clue how to use Tumblr properly and I was not confident in myself enough to have a direction with what I wanted to say. I always had ideas but I just couldn’t get them down and out there.

Fast forward nine years (a really long time I know) and my life had some dramatic changes. I had left full time work due to becoming a parent to three little ones. The three all came along within the space of four years and I was feeling a bit lost within myself. I was losing the identity of who I was and feeling like ‘just a mum’.

Randomly one evening I said to my husband “I’m going to start blogging about all the things I love” (I have taken media and English throughout my schooling so knew a bit about writing). Next day I set up a page on WordPress and Kate’s Beauty Home was born.

It’s been just over a year and I have loved every minute of it. It’s challenging and hard to get into a rhythm at first but once you’ve found your beat it becomes so much fun. I have had the pleasure of making new friends in the community who have been so supportive in helping me on my way and I have found something that gives me ‘Kate’ back not just ‘Kate the mum’.

Two Bits Of Advice 

  1. Reach out to others who inspire you! Yes it’s daunting, Yes you will worry about coming across like a weirdo, but you will be surprised by the response. The community is lovely and there are genuine people who want to support and help you. Take part in Blogger Chats to find people who are on the same wave length as you and start making conversations.
  2. Please don’t worry about numbers! They come, it takes time and hard work. When I first started I was hearing so much about how big peoples numbers were and I really stressed myself out on how to get there. It takes all the fun out of what you are doing and puts a humongous pressure on yourself when your only just beginning. Truth is my numbers, after a year, are still not anywhere near some others but I am now past caring. I write to express myself, to have discussions and interact with people. If you love it and put in the effort it will come.

My Nominations

I don’t think I can quite do 15 so here are some people I would like to give some recognition and a big cheer to.

Katedaysaweek

ZaraLouu&Crew

RuthInRevolt

WhatLydDid

PaintTheFaceOfAnxiety

WhatAbigailSays

That is all for today I hope the people I nominated don’t mind I just wanted to let you all know I see you all working hard. Next post will now be Monday as I start Blogtober.

Kate x

Beauteque Box Monthly Subscription : A Review

Beauteque Beauty Box
All six items from the August Beauteque box

It’s that time of month where I have received and worked my way through the Beauteque monthly subscription box. This month’s has a Kawaii theme and as you can imagine everything has a cute, pretty packaging but do they work?

Milatte Fashiony Fruit Soothing Gel ($14.99/£11.40)

One of my favourite products in this months box. I like that they used a soothing gel rather then a cream as it absorbs into the skin so quickly it is so much less hassle.

The gel itself is a transparent red and is meant to be water melon scented although this is rather faint. I enjoyed using as it glides on easily, is absorbed quickly and leave your skin feeling very refreshed. It has a cooling/ soothing effect on the skin which is very nice. I would imagine this would be great on sunburn as it really does settle the skin of any irritations. After use my skin feels softer and fully moisturised.

The bottle is 200g (full sized) and is going to last for ages. The soothing gel is perfect for using post shower as a quick way to put moisture back into the skin and feel soothed and refreshed without waiting ages for a product to dry down.

Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk ($10/£7.60)

One of the “cult – favourites” if your a fan of Tony Moly, this hand milk has the cutest packaging ever (my kids love it). When first applied the scent of banana is quite strong but this does ease once the product starts to dry.

Not one of my preferred hand milks as I do like to use a thick cream and this formula is a lot less intense. The cream melts into the hands quickly without leaving a sticky residue and is also non greasy so you can use your hands again quickly after use.

Due to the drop in temperature and the sharp breezes my hand quickly become chapped and dry at this time of year and I don’t feel this made an major differences or changes to my skin. I will be sticking to my thicker based cream for hand care.

CC Mint Coin Tissue ($4.99/£3.79

Such a great idea and ideal for travelling or just to keep in your handbag for on the go. The plastic tube contains seven soft fabric tissues that unfold when you add a few drops of water.

Once expanded I was surprised buy the size and quality of the tissue, it is a lot less brittle then I thought it would be and is actually quite tough. They can be used for make up removal or just general washing of the body (much like a wet wipe) and then disposed of.

Each coin is engraved with the word ‘coin’ on one side and ‘made in Korea’ on the other which I though was a nice little touch to the detailing.

When I first saw these had been included in the monthly box I was a little underwhelmed but they have come in so handy and I like how easy the are to carry around without taking up much space in your bag.

The Saem Saemmul Single Blusher ($6.99/£5.32)

The coral coloured blush is nice and a colour that I would normally use. I always find it really difficult to give opinions on a blush as I find as long as it does what it’s meant to there is not much else to say.

The packaging is pretty basic and not something that is going to wow but the formula is soft and easy to use without there being much fall out. As far as blushes go it works well.

For the price The Saem single blush is 0.80 ounces in size which is reasonable but there are others available for the same quality and less of the price from high street brands such as Make up Revolution.

Mermaid Makeup Brush ($12.99/£9.88

Another super cute looking item. This make up brush is one of the softest I own, I really really like it. The bristles have been very nicely packed together so the brush is not too dense and has great movement. I like the tapered shape and for a synthetic brush it is good quality with no fraying or loose hairs.

The handle is plastic but still has a bit of weight to it for a better grasp. Due to the Mermaid shape this does take up a bit of room in a brushes bag or holder. Although due to the shape and look of the brush I will be putting mine on display at my vanity anyway.

JM Solution Marine Luminous Pearl Deep Moisture Mask ($5/£3.80

If you have read my Beauteque reviews before you would know this is my favourite item in each box. Since getting my first one four months ago a three step mask has now become “my thing”.

The first step of this particular one is the marine water full essence which you apply before the sheet.  The formula provides the skin with a boost in hydration and contains hyaluronic acids which is always good. The sachet is 1.5ml in size which is more then enough to cover your whole face before applying the sheet.

After application of the sheet mask and the 15-20 minutes wait step three contains a marine all face and eye cream that can be applied all over the face and neck but also to the more sensitive eye are. Again this is 1.5ml so you will be able to cover both your face and neck generously. This does take quite a few minutes to sink into the skin (about half an hour) but once it became completely dry I was so pleased with how my skin looked and felt. I have never had it feeling so plumped and hydrated, It looked so supple and glowy. The hyaluronic acid really helped to replenish and revitalise my skin so it appears smoother and more youthful. I will be purchasing this particular mask again.

Have you seen anything available in this box that you have taken a liking to? Have you used any of the products mentioned before and have a different view? I’d love to know your opinions and view point. Comment down below and we can start discussing.

Next post will be available Friday.

Kate x

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Stila Magnificent Metals: A Review

Stila Magnificent Metals
Stila Magnificent Metals

Hi everyone believe me when I say the last few weeks have been manic. I want to first apologise as I’ve been looking over my last few posts and realised that they all revolve around eye make up and today’s is no different. There is a reason for this, I ordered new skincare at the end of last month and I had problems with delivery so it literally arrived last week. I want to give it a good test out before letting you know my thoughts.

I am going to try and complete Blogtober so that has been taking up a lot of my time and thought process. If your also giving it a go I salute you and wish you all the best. Plus a blogger I really admire has offered people a place as a guest post during October over on her page so I’m trying to get a post ready for that and hopefully nominate myself.

Anyhow with the quick catch up out of the way lets start diving into some make up and take a look at the gorgeous Stila Magnificent Metals.

I have dreamed of getting one of these babies for ages, just not getting round to it. Finally I got my hands on one and quickly purchased.

The Basics

The Stila Magnificent Metals liquid eye shadow’s come in at £23.00 for 0.153 fl. oz / 4.5 ml which is an ok size considering Stila is a more expensive brand. The colour range on these is now quite extensive and I’m sure there will be something you take a liking to (The colour photographed is violet vixen).

Hint: If you live near a McArthur Glen Designer Outlet the beauty shops sell these for as little as £8.00 but there won’t be as much choice colour wise. 

The packaging is the tradition gold logo with a gold lid and a clear plastic bottom in which you can see the liquid shadow. The item is not very weighty but it is nice to look at and would be great for display on your vanity. 

Stila is now a cruelty free brand.

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Application and Usage

I’m cursing myself for waiting so long to pick these up. The purple colour I have is so vibrant. I have the glitter & glow version and the flecks of glitter reflect the light in such a pretty way it adds so much shine to your make up look.

The formula is very soft and easy to use, you can either apply a bit to your finger and dab on the eye or use the doe foot applicator. Either way you get a high pigmentation with sparkling effects. The glitter is not at all chunky and the shadow is easy to move around and place in the right spot without making a mess. Mine took just over a minute to dry down completely.  Once dry there is a little bit of glitter transfer if you were to press with your fingers but other then that there isn’t any fall out under the eye.

The Magnificent Metals have great staying power and stayed in place all day. It gave no effect to the shadow I had applied before using and only enhanced my eye make up. I was surprised it didn’t smudge or crease throughout the day and I wasn’t covered in glitter (bonus).

Removal was not to difficult but I did have to use and oil based eye make up remover to ensure all the glitter was removed.

Final Thoughts

I had heard good things about these Stila products and I am still really shocked by how great they perform. I think the hype around them got to me and I wondered if they could actually be that good. They are!

I would recommend these to anyone who has a serious love for glitter but also to the people who want to glam their look up a bit without being OTT as they have the ability to be quite subtle depending on the shade you choose. They are one of the easiest forms of liquid eye shadow I have used, a beginner could get to grips with these so easily and they give such a professional affect to the eyes (people will ask what you have used).

These are a massive thumbs up for me and I now have to decide on what colour to purchase next.

If you have any idea on great colours in the Magnificent Metals range comment down below and let me know your ride or dies as I need some more badly. Also let me know of any dupes for the Stila ones as I love a good High Street version.

Next post is on Tuesday and then we being Blogtober which will be every day (wish me luck).

Kate x

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BH Cosmetics Take Me Back To Brazil : Review

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BH cosmetics: Take me Back to Brazil, palette breakdown and review

Summer is officially over and as we step into Autumn I have done the unthinkable and bought a bright neon palette to get over the colder weather blues. It may be a little out of season but just look at those bright colours! Plus I figured it would be great to use for a fun Halloween look which I have become obsessed with over on Pinterest (I have a Halloween board here).

BH Cosmetics Take me back to Brazil
Take me back to Brazil

This is my first BH cosmetics palette and my first time using the brand so I have been a little excited to play with this over the weekend.

The Palette Layout

Take me back to Brazil is available for £20 and contains 32 pressed pigments in every neon colour you could find in the spectrum. There are three larger pans to the bottom of the palette containing a white, black and white with an iridescent sheen. The thirty two neon shades have 1.23 oz of shadow and overall weigh 35g which price wise is really affordable for so many shades.

Inspired by Rio’s Carnival this palette is loud and proud. Apart from my NYX cosmetics brights palette I don’t think I’ve seen as many neon shades on offer to play with.

Here’s Where The Fun Begins

I spent nearly all weekend diving into this palette and creating different looks. The colour options leave you spoilt for choice and to begin I used RawBeautyKristie for inspiration as I’d previously seen she used take me back to Brazil.

Starting with the Greens I found they had great pigment, my brush picked up a lot of colour from one press. They applied really well. They have a soft texture and the colour glides on with ease. The shades are great for building as they have a few that are so close to one another on the colour spectrum you can really add dimension and shading. The pigments are bold, my eyes were brighter than The Green Lanterns actual Lantern but I liked it. Not your typical day to day look but so much fun to use for a night out or when you want to take centre stage with your make up look.

I moved on to using some of the pinks to see if I had as much success. I’m happy to say they perform as well as the greens. I wanted to use the pinks as for me they can be an awkward colour. If they are in the slightest bit too light in shade or  have a little red in them I can look slightly ill rather then glowing. The take me back to Brazil palette did not give me this worry. The colours are so neon and bright there is no chance of looking anything but alive.

Lastly I used the palette to see if I could create a more subtle daytime look and to my surprise there are shades available for a calmer vibe. The palette contains some mild lemon/ yellow shades. There is also some blush pinks, a peach and some browns. With the white’s available on the bottom there is enough shades to tone the whole look down and get use from the palette everyday.

The Verdict

I really enjoy the take me back to Brazil palette. The shades are vibrant and I’ve had fun creating looks I would normally shy away from. The shadows perform well and have a good colour pay off, whilst being easy to blend. I did not find them at all patchy and was surprised by how little ‘fall out’ they leave behind.

BH Cosmetics Take me back to Brazil
A few swatch examples

As an introduction to BH cosmetics my experience couldn’t have been better and I’m sure to be found looking at some of the other products they have available (I’ve seen some of their brush sets at great prices so I think I’ve found my next purchase). I’m happy with how much I paid and the palette I received. I would honestly recommend taking a look.

Let me know your thoughts and feelings on BH cosmetics as a whole. Have you had good experiences with their products? If you have an recommendations of other items they do it would be great to hear as I love an excuse to buy more make up. COmment down below and lets all begin discussing.

Next post is available Friday.

Kate x

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What's in my make up bag?
Autumn changes to my Make Up bag

Autumn has begun and I’ve had to preform my seasonal make up bag clean up. I have removed all my summer products and exchanged with items more suitable for the cooler months. I’m hoping this means I can create a look on the go that fits in well with the warmer clothes and colours.

Benefit Perk Up Artist £23.50

This is the first thing I add to my Autumn make up bag. It is a custom complexion corrector containing three colour corrector’s that correct, cover and brighten the areas where you need it.

Due to the drop in temperature the redness in my skin gets a bit more prominent from the wind blowing in my face and I also find my under eyes looking darker then normal.  Using this helps to cover my imperfections before I start applying my foundation.

This little compact also comes with a decent sized mirror so is great for travelling around with and fixing up on the go.

L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover £9.9

As we were blessed with a hot summer I changed my usual full coverage look to a bit more natural. I have not used a full coverage foundation in a while and I am so glad to add L’Oreal Infallible to my make up bag. The coverage on this is amazing, every flaw disappears. I have used this for quite some time and I love how the formula is lightweight but still has good coverage.

When used with a blurring primer I find this sits nicely on the skin without cracking into lines and pores. Infallible does dry down quickly and has a very matte finish although this is something I do look for from my foundations.

Laura Lee Cat’s Pajamas Palette £35.00

Laura Lee Cats Pajamas
I love the colours in the Cats Pajamas palette, perfect for Autumn

I find this palette great for Autumn as the shades just remind me of the season. The matte to shimmer ratio is good, giving plenty of options for creating different looks. I like they have included a black and off white to use as a liner or highlight. The formula of the shadows is actually really good and the colours work well, giving good pigmentation whilst blending with ease.

Apart from the packaging I do really like this palette and feel it is a little underrated.

E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls £5.0

As my eye and lip looks get a bit darker in Autumn I like to keep subtle with highlighter and have a more natural glow rather then blind everyone who walks by.

Moonlight Pearls is lovely and soft without being chalky. It leaves the gentlest of sheen to the cheeks and nose which is so effortless and easy to achieve (You can build it up for more dramatic effect if wanted). I have a pale complexion and this is such a light colour it looks radiant on the skin as apposed to shiny.

Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set £29.00 

For lips I have changed from my usual nude to the Huda Beauty lip set in Trophy Wife/ Shameless. The rose pink colour is perfect to start transitioning into bolder colours without overpowering. Throughout the day I shall be wearing it without the strobing gloss.

The formula is one of my favourites as far as liquid lips goes, it dries down quickly without being sticky and lasts for ages before needing a re-application.

For evenings I will glam it up a bit by using the strobing gloss which has lilac and gold glitter flecks in making the gloss so reflective. The liquid lip does not last as long with the gloss on top but this is to be expected.

Another thing I have to mention about Huda Liquid lips, they all smell amazing so are really pleasant to use.

Do you have a make up bag clear out every season and switch your products up or am I just high maintenance? What are you all looking forward to using during the Autumn season? I for one can’t wait for Halloween and will be trying to create something creepy with my make up. Let me know in the comments below and we can all start discussing.

Next post will be available on Tuesday, hope you all have a good weekend.

Kate x

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Make Up Geek
Z Palette with Make Up Geek shadows

As of lately I’ve felt in a bit of a make up slump. Not many new releases have inspired me and the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill release I was really looking forward to left a bad taste in my mouth (here). In order to reignite the passion I started to go through my bulging Make up drawers and to my surprise found so many products I have loved and forgotten about.

The main items inspiring me and helping me to feel creative have been the Make Up Geek shadows. I really can’t fathom why I haven’t used these in so long, they are fantastic.

Price Point

Make up Geek have such a wide range of shadow shades available and are great if you are on a budget. Their matte/ shimmer shadows have over 42 colours available and are priced from £3.95. There are also 14 foiled shades available (from £6.50) and 8 duo chromes for $4.95 – £7.95. At such an purse friendly rate you can’t really go wrong and with so many shades available the brand gives you the ability to create so many looks.

As we are on the topic of value for money I feel these shadows are great for beginners as they are cheap enough to buy a few and experiment with colour until you work out what you like and what suits you best.

Essentially you are creating your own palette with colours of your choice therefore hopefully, you will get good use out of them as your not going to be stuck with the odd shade that doesn’t appeal to you. In my opinion this is a bonus when considering the price point.

Quality

Make Up Geek do make quality shadows. I find the formula nice, soft and easy to work with. I started using these when I first started to up my make up game and they have always been very comfortable to use. They give a great blend and you are able to build up a seamless gradient of colours with basic skills.

The colour pay off is good considering the price range. Are there better shadows available? Yes but you will be paying a lot more for them.

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The pigmentation is there and as I said previous they blend well due to their soft texture, so if you wanted the colour to be a bit stronger it is very easy to build up.

This is another reason why I think these are great if you were just starting to experiment with make up and finding your feet. I used to have such a heavy hand with eye shadow but whilst using these I learnt to be a bit lighter, take my time and build up the colour and look I wanted.

Downfalls

I only have one issue with Make Up Geek shadows and that is they are so soft they tend to have a bit of fallout. It is never anything to drastic, never ruins my look (if using these I do my eye make up first and then move on with the rest of my face) but it is my only fault with them.

To Conclude

Make Up Geek have really given me some nostalgia over the last few weeks and it has been so much fun. I would really recommend taking a look at these if you love make up and are on a tight budget. If you are just starting out, don’t want to spend loads but want something with quality and something you can learn from I would honestly give these a try.

Make Up Geek have recently launched some new products after being a bit quiet for a while. They now have colour pigments available that are so bright in colour I can’t wait to try them out. They have also started selling their own empty palettes which you can fill with your choice of shadows. I like these as they have the MG logo and you can keep all their shadows in one place (some of my Z palettes are a mixture of brands and it can get confusing).

Do you ever go back to brands you haven’t used in a while and wonder why you stopped using them? For me it really has been nice to look back at products I haven’t used in ages and start to fall in love with them all over again. Let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below and we can start discussing.

Next post will be up on Friday so until then have a good week.

Kate x

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The Beauty Book Shelf: Handmade Beauty A Review

Handmade Beauty
Handmade Beauty: Natural recipes for your face, body and hair

The beauty book shelf is back and this month I will be looking at Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton’s Handmade Beauty

Handmade beauty is a hardback, hefty book full of natural recipes to make your own skin, body and hair care products. I have loads to say on this so I will get started.

First off the book is larger then I thought it would be especially as I only paid £8.94 on Amazon for it. It is quite heavy and looks to be of a higher value compared with the price I paid. Inside is full of lovely illustrations and photography that are so pleasing to look at you will be dying to start making the products for yourself.

I’m going to say right at the start, if you know anyone that loves DIY projects and is a beauty addict like myself then this would make a great gift.

The book begins with an Introduction, a few tips before you begin your DIY projects and ideas on where to source the ingredients needed. It also goes into further detail of each ingredient giving examples of the benefits it has for the skin and why it is used in the products. From the first few sections you can really learn a lot about skincare in general. There is also detail on measurements, with instruction on understanding the measurements used throughout the book. The first few pages are thorough in getting you prepared.

The next section is about equipment needed to make your skincare. A lot of what is needed can be found in your kitchen but you may need to purchase a few things in order to make more complex recipes. I’ve had a little gander online for a few things I need and many of them are inexpensive. I’d advise taking a look through the recipes to decide what you would like to make first and getting what you need for that particular one instead of going full force buying everything suggested.

Once you have everything you need your ready to cook up your products. The book contains step by step guides for almost anything your face, body of hair could need. You can start at any level. Go big by producing a cleanser, hand cream and shampoo or start smaller and make a lip balm, body scrubs or mask. The choice is yours.

Handmade Beauty
A little look at the lovely photography and recipes

The recipes are laid out in sections, starting with Skincare and then moving into body and hair care. It is very easy to find something you want to make and you are given different options. There is not just a one mask fits all recipe but many different ones which can fit around skincare type or your skins need. This goes for all of the recipes body care and hair care there is so much choice from this book.

From the final chapters you will find topics such as finishing touches (which will have you buying or saving up loads of empty bottles, jars and ribbons in order to make you creations look as beautiful as they do in the book), and a Glossary of ingredients. The glossary, for me, is the most interesting part of the book as it goes into a little more detail of the ingredients used and their benefits. I also gained understanding of my current over the counter products from the lists.

Handmade Beauty has gained a place on my beauty book shelf for so many reasons. I love learning and gaining knowledge of skincare. I love making my own products and this book helps do that to such a great extent. The step by step guides are impeccable and make it easy for a novice, like myself, to create something pretty and usable.

As I said before the book would make a great gift for someone who loves homemade products. It’s fun and pretty. Hopefully if I progress and become a dab hand at making a few things for myself I will be buying some cute packaging to make family members products for Christmas. For me handmade gifts give a special touch to Christmas so I will be trying out the bath bomb recipes.

How do you feel about DIY beauty product? Have you made any or know of any good recipes? Comment down below so we can start the discussion.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, my next is on Tuesday so until then have a great weekend.

Kate x

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September Is Here So I’ve Set Some Goals

 

September Goals: Life, Blog and Beauty
September Goals: All my life, beauty and blog goals for the month

August was the best month my blog has ever had. It was also the first month I have ever set any goals and I don’t think this is a coincidence. The goals I set helped to keep me motivated and were a constant reminder of the things I wanted to achieve for both the month and the future. Having a visual of where I wanted to be and how I was going to get there really helped me stick to a plan on days I felt tired, in a rut and just generally not feeling it.

This month I’m going to set some more goals but I’m going to expand them not just to blogging but life and beauty wise. I’m interested to see if this has a positive effect on my all round life and helps improve my productivity in other areas.

Blogging Goals

I don’t really make blogging goals based on numbers as it is not something that is a great motivator for me. I tend to stick to content, trying to be organised enough to have ideas that would be fun to read but are also a little insight to brands or even myself as a person. Here are my September blog goals:

  • Keep to my two posts a week schedule, making sure I have notes for each post and I produce the best content I can for the lovely people that take the time to read my blog.
  • Take part in twitter blog chats more often. They are fun and a great way to find friends with common interest who can be a great support within the community.
  • Read more of my favourite blogs and be active in commenting the work I love. I will also be using the twitter chats to find new blogs I can enjoy and support.
  • My last target is to learn more about SEO (or try to get my head around it) I am dying to achieve a little green light from Yoast!!

Beauty Goals

As a beauty blogger I love everything cosmetics and this month I have decided to put some targets in place to better my understanding and improve my ability with make up and skincare.

  • Work on my skincare routine. Right now my routine is pretty good and I’ve just stocked up on The Ordinary products to try them out but what I really want to do this month is learn about which products work for me and why. I want to look into ingredients and how they work for my skin. I know a little bit already but as they say ‘Knowledge is power’ so I could always learn more.
  • I am diabolical at putting on eyelashes. I even avoid doing them myself and often just go to my salon and get extensions. I am going to master the art of false eyelash application this month.
  • Practise and Prep a make up look for my night off. Twice a month the husband and I have a night off from the children (Thank you grandparents) and we often go for food. The last few times I have got ready so quickly and haven’t had time to enjoy the process. This month I am going to plan make up looks and practise them ready for my evenings off. That way I don’t have to stress about what products to use and what eye look to go for (I can hear the whispers of ‘High maintenance’ haha).

Lifestyle Goals

I have never ever set any life goals as far as self care goes and this makes me a bit disappointed in myself. I am making September the month I change this. I’m not going to set myself massive targets to start off but little things that I think will help change my thought process and help my anxiety.

  • Eat earlier and healthier – I am a sucker for getting take out. Once the kids are finally sleeping and I have finally sat down the last thing I want to do is get back up to cook. I’m going to apply the organisation I have for my blog and prep meals that are nutritious and filling. Hopefully this will give me a boost mentally too.
  • Have one night a week where all technologies are turned off or put away. Since going camping and having no form of WiFi or Television I found I really enjoyed the silence and head space it gave me. As a family we did simple things such as play cards, colour and I even had time to read.
  • Seek out information and help for anxiety. I have always avoided the fact I suffer from anxiety. Over the past few years since leaving work and looking after the kids full time it has got progressively worse as I don’t have to push myself into situations that make me uncomfortable as much. I have also found that when I do push myself into these situations it can now often end in me having a panic attack. I need to sort this and learn about how to deal with my feelings so that I can live an as ‘normal’ as possible life.

There you have all my September goals, I have a little wall chart that is brightly coloured and eye catching so I can stay up to date. I was wondering how many of us set goals and targets like this. Do you find it motivating? Let me know in the comments section. Plus if you have any goals you want to share or any information on the topics I’ve discussed please feel free to add them in.

Next post will be Friday so until then I hope you all have a good week.

Kate x

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