28/08/2015

Summer Beauty Favourites

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First up I'd like to apologise for how awful these photos are, I'm currently at my parents house and never before realised just how bad the lighting is until trying to take blog photos. All being well, I should finally be moving into my new place next week woohoooo so please bear with me until then.

So if you're new here, this is a regular post I like to do at the end of every season to show you what products I've been loving over the past few months. I haven't been wearing a whole lot of makeup recently, maybe once a week, if that, so I wasn't too sure I'd have anything new to talk about but upon opening my makeup bags I did find a few freshies I'd been really into throughout Summer.

Better Than Sex Mascara £19 - Too Faced - After hearing a few beauty bloggers raving about this mascara, I decided to try it for myself and it definitely lives up to the hype. My downward turned, short stumps are sorry excuse for eyelashes but this really makes the most of my bad genes. It's unique hourglass shaped wand is something I haven't come across before but it makes it so easy to get all of my lashes coated quickly which is great for when I'm in a rush (basically every time I apply makeup). It gives voluminous lashes and holds a curl all day, it's just a great all rounder.
You can definitely get similar results from the drugstore but if you feel like treating yourself I wouldn't hesitate to get this! Plus it's cheaper than the much coveted Benefit mascaras.

Supercat Eyeliner Pen £6 - Soap & Glory - Ever since I started wearing eyeliner several years ago, I've never been able to apply it other than to do a basic straight line. Recently I decided that I was going to try do a decent flick every time I wore makeup to practice and this product has been a godsend. It's a felt tip liner that goes on super black and dries fairly quickly to limit smudging. Although I still haven't got the hang of the cat eye look, this has made it a lot easier to attempt compared to my gel eyeliner & brush combo I used to use. It does tend to transfer onto my upper lid if I'm wearing it for long periods of time due to my hooded, oily lids (cheers for that, genes) but other than that I can't fault it.

Photo Finish Foundation Primer £25.50 - Smashbox - I'd been hunting for a primer that would help keep my face on for longer for many months when I finally gave in and purchased this Smashbox cult classic. It may seem pricey but you only need a pea sized amount so it's gonna last you a long time and is a great investment purchase. It has a gel consistency, that once applied to the face leaves the skin feeling velvety soft. My base products apply like a dream and stay on so much longer with this primer, I don't know how I coped without it.

Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Don't Pink Of It £8.99 - Bourjois - Liquid lipsticks are something I hadn't really ventured into before but after getting fed up of how my normal lipsticks were clinging to my dry patches, I thought I'd try this out. It applies so easily, much like a lipgloss with a doe foot applicator, but dries to a truly matte finish just like your standard lipstick. I have this in two shades but Don't Pink Of It is my go to everyday colour. It's a super flattering brown toned pink that's great for all occasions. The only gripe I have with these lipsticks is that the shade variety isn't that great but other than that, they're perfect and I really want to splurge on the whole range.

Dallas Face Powder £23.50 - Benefit Cosmetics - One of the first high end products I ever used was Dallas powder as my sister let me borrow hers and it was love at first sight. From that moment, I basically claimed it as my own and used it constantly for a good couple of years. As my makeup collection grew, my fave Dallas got pushed to the side to make way for my newer purchases. Until now. Whilst moving out of my old flat in June, I rediscovered this and have fallen back in love with it. I picked up a new one as my (sister's) old one wasn't looking too hot but it's worth every penny. It's a deep toned plum shade that gives a really natural looking glow to the skin. I've been loving using this as a more natural, glowing alternative to contour for the summer months and will probably continue using it throughout Autumn as well.

#22 Fan Brush £14.50 - Smashbox - As most of you will know, my favourite product by far is highlighter and this brush is amazing for applying powder highlighters. It picks up just the right amount of product and is the perfect shape for applying powder to the tops of the cheekbones and along the brow bone. It's also super soft and washes really well with no shedding so far so hopefully it'll last for a while.

I'm so ready for cosy nights in watching Netflix & dark purple lipstick now but hope you all had a great summer. What have been some of your favourite products?

20/08/2015

Interiors Wishlist

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As you may or may not know, I'm about to move into my new place next week which has led to me scrolling through many homeware sites and swooning over all their beautiful decor. I moved out of my parents place a couple of years ago and have somehow managed to accumulate a ridiculous amount of things but hey, why not add some more to my collection of accessories I don't really need... 
Here are a few of my favourite finds so far and as you've probably already realised, it is quite pug heavy. I didn't choose the pug life, the pug life chose me! 


I absolutely adore all these pieces but I really love the two pug prints as I think they're so unique and would look perfect in my home alongside my real puggy. I've also been a little obsessed with H&M's home section recently and I'm really hoping they bring it into stores nationwide soon. Their metallic & marble pieces are very on trend at the moment and are calling out to me! 
Speaking of metallic pieces, I've been seeing these wire initials all over the internet and finally found some on Not On The High Street, a brilliant store for Pinterest inspired purchases, although at £20 a letter I may have to wait until my first pay check for that splurge. 
Do you guys have any favourite home stores you love to browse? I'm always on the hunt for more decor to lust after. 

13/08/2015

The Single Life

                     
Is it just me, or are all bloggers in relationships?
I definitely feel in the minority as a single blogger, almost as if it's a bit of a taboo subject (although this most certainly extends further than the blogging community and into general life). 
In all my years of reading blogs and the past year of writing one (or at least attempting to), I haven't once seen anyone blog about being single yet I have seen countless blog posts on relationship advice. So why is it that single people never talk about being single? 

Personally for me, I feel like there is a little bit of shame in being on your lonesome. Generally as a society, we are taught from a young age that what you should be aiming to achieve in life is to get married and have kids. Growing up, I would never have imagined my adult life without a partner in the picture. I always longed for someone and felt insanely jealous when my friends started getting into relationships. 
I have always been 'the single one'. All throughout high school my friends would be constantly in and out of relationships, always gossiping about their boyfs whilst I sat wondering why the hell nobody wanted to be with me. Even up to present day when 99% of my girlfriend's are in relationships, I am still known as Bridget (yes, as in Jones). 
However, as shocking as it may seem, for the past few years I have been perfectly happy being alone. Yes being alone can be lonely at times and it's a pain in the ass when you want to take ootd photos but the majority of the time, I really love it. And I feel like that isn't said often enough. 
Why is it shameful to like being by myself?

I think one of the main reasons I love being a single pringle is because it's taught me that I am enough. Whilst having a partner can be truly rewarding and I have nothing against people in relationships, I think sometimes you become lost in that couple and forget that you are your own person. You alone are enough and you shouldn't have to depend on someone else to provide your happiness, it should come from within. 
It may have taken me a few years but this is one of the greatest life lessons I've learnt so far and I really wanted to share that with you.
If you've recently been through a break up or just feel like you aren't complete without someone by your side, I hope you remember this post next time you're feeling down. It's okay to be alone and not only is it okay, it's actually pretty bloody awesome! 

Speaking as a single gal, I can't tell you how annoying it is going to an event/family gathering and constantly  getting asked how my love life is or why I don't have a boyfriend so next time you're with 'the single one' of your friends, maybe instead of asking these questions with a pitying look on your face, you can instead accept that they are perfectly happy being single and ask them something different instead!
I know this post is rather random and doesn't really have a point to it but I hope you've enjoyed it nonetheless whether you are in a relationship or not!

10/08/2015

Massive The Body Shop Haul & First Impressions



As I'm currently house sitting for my wonderful best friend and her Mamma back in Leeds, I brought the bare minimum of makeup/skincare with me (still ended up being 3 makeup bags, whoops) which means I'm limited to what I can post but luckily I stumbled upon these pictures from a couple of months back just sitting in my computer files so let's just pretend these are from today...
In a way it's a blessing in disguise as I've now tried out the majority of these products so I can give you a first impressions/mini review rather than the standard haul post I would've originally done. As you can see I went a little crazy in The Body Shop (not all in one trip) but most of it I got at a blogger event where they had 30% off everything so it wasn't as catastrophic to my bank balance as it may seem although it was still pretty bad. Let's crack on as there's a lot to get through...

First up I got two items from the Seaweed range as the shop assistant who gave me a skin consultation said this would be ideal for my Oily/Combination skin type.
Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator (£11) - I've been using this every two to three days in my morning shower and I love it. It has a lovely fresh scent and really wakes up my skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and smooth. It seemed like quite a small tube but it's actually lasting me really well and isn't too rough either. All round winner!
Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash (£9.50) - After I've used the Facial Exfoliator, I then go in with this face wash to really get a deep clean. It has the same fresh scent and definitely leaves me feeling squeaky clean without stripping my face completely. It's also soap and oil free so good for keeping your skins natural balance.
The only qualm I have with both these products is that the lids on them are very hard to open and close and when you're using them every other day that does get a tad frustrating!

Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask (£24) - This may seem pricey for a mask, especially from The Body Shop, but you only need the tiniest amount as a little goes a long way. It is super hydrating, I apply this before going to sleep and wake up with lovely plump skin. It feels so soothing and luxurious and sinks in quickly. I'm not sure if it has any major impact on my skin as I didn't use anything before this to compare it to but if you feel like treating yourself I would definitely recommend this.

Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate (£19) - I have to admit, I'm not completely blown over by this  product. I haven't been using it daily but when I have tried it out I haven't noticed a huge difference in the lines around my eyes or in my eye bags. It does however have a really soothing, cooling sensation when applying it which is nice but it leaves my eye area feeling slightly sticky as it doesn't sink in that well. I'm going to persevere a bit more with it once we're reunited but so far I'm not too impressed.

Vitamin E Moisture Cream (£12 for 50ml) - This is an old favourite of mine that I like to use on my hands when they're feeling drier than usual so I thought I'd stock up whilst it was on offer. It has the most amazing smell and sinks into the skin nicely whilst still getting the job done of making my hands more human and less reptile-like. Side note - I actually got the 100ml size of this but I can't seem to find that on the website so if my pot looks a little bigger, that's why!

Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel (£7.50) - I'm always on the look out for a good hydrating eye product so when I got this as a freebie for spending over £25 I was over the moon. It feels really soothing on my eyes and has made it into my daily moisturising routine so I'll definitely be repurchasing this.

Double Ended Blackhead Remover (£4) - This is a handy little tool made to extract blackheads. I thought it seemed a little gimmicky but decided to try it anyway as it was on offer and it actually works quite well. Just make sure to heat the face beforehand so that your pores are opened and be careful if using it on sensitive areas of skin.

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£13) - I have fallen completely in love with this product. It's amazing at removing makeup without irritating the skin and helps hydrate at the same time. I honestly can't stop raving about this product so expect a full review soon.

Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser (£16) - After seeing countless Youtubers & Bloggers rave about this, I had to try it out for myself and I was definitely left underwhelmed. It claims to leave skin with a healthy glow and fight signs of fatigue but I found neither of these to be true and really, it's just a bog standard moisturiser.

Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer (£15) - Another product that I was really excited to try but left a lot to be desired was this glow enhancer serum. Meant to be used like a primer to add a radiance to the skin before applying makeup, I found it literally added nothing to my appearance. Have any of you tried this before? I'd be interested to see what other people made of it.



Included in the freebie bag were three products from the Mango range which were as follows:
Mango Body Sorbet (£8) - Perfect for the warmer months, this is a lighter moisturiser that absorbs quickly into the skin whilst still leaving it moisturised and smooth. It also smells amazing but isn't overpowering like some body butters can be.

Mango Beautifying Oil (£10) - Having only used this once I can't say too much but it's supposed to be a multi-purpose oil for the face, hair & body. I ran a few drops through my hair and it left it feeling silky smooth and smelling great so I'm looking forward to using this more once I've finished my current hair oil.

Mango Lip Butter (£4) - This is a buttery lip balm which I haven't got round to using as I'm currently making my way through a Burt's Bees lip balm but if it tastes of mango I'm probably going to love it!

All-In-One Cheek Colour in Macaroon (£8) - After hearing EmTalks rave about this blush, I simply had to try it out. A wonderful, warm peachy-coral shade that gives a very natural looking flush to the cheeks and applies beautifully. I really think it complements my skin tone well and I'm so glad I purchased this.

All-In-One BB Cream in 00 (£12) - Another product that I'd heard good things about so thought I'd pick up, it's a white BB Cream which transforms colour as it's applied to adapt to your skin tone. It gives a light coverage for days when I don't want to wear a full face but still want something to combat my uneven skin tone. I haven't used it enough to give my final verdict on it but so far it seems to do the trick nicely.

All-In-One Instablur Universal (£14) - Finally, my last purchase was the Instablur face primer. It's a clear gel that's applied before foundation to extend makeup wear time and control shine. This product can also be used alone as it helps 'blur' the face of any imperfections such as pores and blemishes.

Phew! I feel like this post was never ending but I hope you made it through all 16 items, I tried to make it as concise as possible whilst still being informative so fingers crossed you found it helpful.
I'd not tried that much from The Body Shop before but I've discovered quite a few products that have made it into my regular routine so I'm really happy with my purchases overall!
Do you have any favourite products from The Body Shop? I can't wait to try more, especially their Mojito range which smells like heaven.

07/08/2015

Songs To Make You Feel Good

If you follow me on Twitter (@catandpugs), then you'll have seen me tweet at the weekend that I wanted to try something new on my blog and here it is - Music. Groundbreaking, I know. Music is a big passion of mine though and something that I want to start sharing with you so if all goes well, this could become a regular feature on my blog.
Not to worry if you prefer my beauty posts though, I will still be continuing as normal but just throwing in a few music posts on top of all my usual hauls and such!

So now that's out of the way, on to the playlist. This came about for two reasons - firstly I am obsessed with the song Easy Love by Sigala as it has been my most played song all summer (closely followed by Kendrick's King Kunta) and secondly, I am a little bit in love with Tom Misch.
Basically I love a feel good song, especially in summer, and these are my top picks to help you forget all your worries and get up and dance!




1. Sigala - Easy Love
2. Tom Misch - Sunshine
3. Closed Paradise - Planets (Brame & Hamo Remix)
4. Blonde - All Cried Out (Oliver Nelson Remix)
5. Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
6. John Newman - Come And Get It
7. Sam Feldt ft. Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love
8. Lakim - Butterfly
9. Amy Winehouse - Rehab (Tom Misch Remix)
10. Major Lazer - Powerful (Michael Calfan Remix)
11. Michael Calfan - Mercy

So here it is, a few upbeat tracks and a couple more chilled out ones but hopefully they all put you in a good mood.
Let me know if you give it a listen and if you'd be interested in more music related posts. What are your favourite feel good songs? I'm always on the hunt for new songs to listen to!