What I Ate Wednesday – 30/11/16

​I thought I’d do another what I ate Wednesday today. I can’t believe it’s December tommorow, the year is going so fast! I hope you enjoy!

Breakfast, 7:30
At breakfast I had a bowl of shreddies with milk and I also had an apple. To drink I had organic decaf green tea and two pints of water.

Morning break, 10:50 
For my morning break I had some Nakd salted caramel fruit & nut nibbles and a bottle of water.

Lunch, 13:05
Then at lunch I had tomato, basil and creme fraiche soup and a pint of water and decaf jasmine green tea.

Dinner, 17:00
I had salmon with kale, brocolli & asparagus and sweet potato chips. I also had a pint of water.

Snack, 20:30
And finally for my snack I had a carrot and an apple. To drink I had a pint of water.

Love Sarah x

My Favorite Books!

Over the past few years I’ve not been reading so much because I just can’t seem to find books that I actually like. But, I’m going to be sharing with you my five favorite books that I’ve read over the past couple of years. Please let me know what a couple of your favorite books are!

You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher 
My sister gave me this to read at the start of this year and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I finished it all in two or three days – that’s the fastest I’ve ever read a book before. It’s a romantic fiction but it isn’t your typical romance(I wouldn’t normally pick a romatic book but I loved it), it explores the complicated relationship between three best friends. If you’re interested, you can find out more HERE.

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
I read this about two years ago now but it was a book that I would always look forward to reading. It’s a thriller about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit. It has such shocking twists and is full of secrets; I deffiently have to re-read this after my current book. If you’re interested, you can find out more HERE.

Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
I read this book around a year ago when I randomly picked it out from my school library. I finished this book so fast as I just always wanted to know what would happen next. It is such a tense adventure/thriller where one of the sisters gets kidnapped and it is strangely simmilar to her older sisters kidnapping many years before. If you’re interested, you can find out more HERE.

Moving by Jenny Eclair
This is the book I’m currently reading (I’m almost finished!), after a friend giving it to me and recommending it. It’s a fiction split into three parts all about one night which tears a family apart – it’s full of secrets and betrayals. I am yet to finish it but it is such a good book that I know I can recommend it and say it’s a favorite of mine. If you’re interested, you can find out more HERE.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
I read this book in Majorca this Summer and I don’t think I put it down – it was so gripping! It is the best thriller I’ve ever read and it was written so well. It has different perspectives and timescales, but the main character has so many secrets which are revealed throughout the book. If you’re interested, you can find out more HERE

Love Sarah x

MUA Undress Me Too Eyeshadow Palette Review

Today I wanted to do a review an MUA eyeshadow palette. I have various palettes from them so I thought I’d start by reviewing this one. Let me know what MUA eyeshadows you have and what you think of them. 

MUA Undress Me Too Palette, £4

In this palette you get 12 eyeshadows – soft neutrals, cool greys and gold metallics. Every eyeshadow in this varies quality so I’ll tell you what I think of each of them. 

  • Naked – This is a beige eyeshadow with a little bit of gold shimmer through it. It has a satin finish to it and it isn’t very pigmented. It’s not the best quality and isn’t impressive.
  • Devotion – This is a gold metallic colour which is very pigmented. For the price it is incredible and is comparable to higher end shadows.
  • Shy – Very simmilar to the first shade and is a beige eyeshadow. Again, it isn’t very pigmented and the quality isn’t very good. It is also quite chalky.
  • Fiery – This is a coppery amber metallic colour which is very pigmented; all of the metallics are. The pigments are really good and I like this eyeshadow alot.
  • Lavish – This matte and is quite good quality, exactly what you’d expect from an eyeshadow of that price. It is slightly chalky but it isn’t a huge issue. 
  • Dreamy – This is another metallic eyeshadow and it is a bronze/gold shade. Like the other metallics, great quality. 
  • Tranquil – This is a really nice shimmery champagne colour. It’s one of my favorite shades in this palette and has a nice amount of pigment.
  • Exposed – This is a cool toned grey/brown shade which is shimmery. Like the last one, it has a nice amount of pigment.
  • Reveal – This is a pale cool champagne colour and it has a shimmery finish. It’s pigment isn’t too intense but it’s still really nice.
  • Wink – It’s the last metallic in this palette and is a bronze/brown shade. It is really pigmented and is a nice shade.
  • Obsessed – This is a cool toned dark brown with a slight amount of shimmer. The amount of pigment is what you’d expect for the price but it’s slightly chalky.
  • Corrupt – This is a matte black and it is the worst eyeshadow I’ve ever come across. I don’t understand how it’s possible to make such a bad eyeshadow.

If you want a nice Christmasy eyeshadow palette this would be perfect. Some of the eyeshadows are amazing and I actually do really like this palette.

Love Sarah x

My Foundation Routine

My foundation routine has been much the same for quite a few months now and I find that it works really well for me. I thought it might be helpful for some of you and do let me know what products you use in your foundation routine.

Before I start telling you about all of the products I use, I’m going to tell you about my skin. I have combination skin, so I have an oily t-zone and dehydrated skin. I also make sure my skin is moisturised before I begin and finding a good moisturiser for your skin type with a high SPF is essential. Now I’m going to take you through what I do step by step.

1. I start by priming my face to ensure that everything that goes on after goes on smoothly and lasts all day. I don’t really mind what primer I use but at the moment I’m using the MUA Pro-Base Primer which I believe is only about £4 – it’s really good for the price. It really evens out my skin and sorts out any textural issues I have. It also has a really nice light formula which I like alot. I also just apply this evenly over my face using clean hands.

2. I then move onto foundation and for everyday wear I generally just like a natural finish with a light to medium coverage. My choice of foundation is Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in ‘Light Porcelain’ which retails for £8.99. My shade is the lightest shade in the range and it matches my skin perfectly. It has anti-fatigue and skin brightening effects and is enriched with vitamin c and has the SPF of 15. It gives a radient glow and has a natural finish. I have combination skin and it works really well for me so will work well for most skin types except dry skin as it does show up dry patches if I ever have any. I apply a pump of this with my Real Techniques Multi Task Brush which gives an even and blended finish. This foundation also wears well and lasts all day.

3. I use two different concealers for different things. I start by using Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in ‘Ivory’ which has a light consistency and a medium coverage. I use this under my eyes, around my nose, in between my brows and on my chin. It works really well under the eyes as it has a radient and awakening effect, although if you have bad undereyes you may need something more full coverage. I then use Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in ‘Fair’ on any blemishes or redness. It is high coverage and for a drugstore concealer is really amazing. It can cover almost anything and will work for almost all skin types apart from very dry skin because of it’s thicker consistency.

4. Lastly, to set all of that into place I use a setting powder. The powder I’ve been using for years is Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’ or ‘Peach Glow.’ It is the best powder I’ve ever used and sets my makeup into place really well. It lasts all day although I do have to re-apply a small amount throughout the day sometimes. To apply it I use my Real Techniques Powder Brush which applys it really well. It doesn’t offer any extra coverage which I personally like. I’d highly recommend this powder. 

Love Sarah x

MAC Lipstick Collection 2016

I’m going to be sharing with you my MAC lipstick collection today. Compared to most people I don’t have many, only 4, but I’ll deffinetly update you! Let me know what MAC lipsticks you have and what ones I should get next!

Creme Cup – Cremesheen 
This was my first ever MAC lipstick which I bought about two years ago. After watching videos on other peoples collections I decided on this one as it is a pale pink and super easy to wear. I wear this on a day to day basis and can be worn with almost all makeup looks. Because of it’s blue undertones it would probably best suit people with slightly paler skin and neutral to cool undertones. This is a cremesheen formula which has a comfortable, creamy, semi glossy finish. It has a really nice amount of pigment but because of it’s creamy formula it will need re-applying throughout the day which isn’t an issue for me. I do like the packaging of the MAC lipsticks and I think they are deffinetly worth the money at £15.50 (you can get them cheaper in airports, about £12 or £13) although you can get great cheaper alternatives. This would be a great first MAC lipstick for alot of people.

Snob – Satin
I bought this in a bit of a rush when I was in Paris, I was literally in and out of the store in 5 minutes and I hadn’t thought about what I wanted at all. I am however so glad I got this as I wear it quite frequently and it’s my go to pink. It is quite a difficult colour to pull of and is known for being a difficult shade to wear. It would suit those with paler skin and cool undertones as it’s undertones are very lilac/purple. It is a medium barbie pink with lilac undertones like I mentioned. This has a satin finish which is quite long lasting and opaque and has a semi matte finish. It is quite pigmented and doesn’t need re-applying throughout the day. I’d recommend trying it on in store as it is a very specific colour but if you like barbie pinks, you’ll love this.

L-R: Faux, Honeylove, Snob, Creme Cup

Faux – Satin
I purchased this in an airport which does save you a couple of pounds. I bought this because I wanted a bit more of a grown up, feminine nude. This is a really wearable colour so it’s great for everyday wear but it can also look really chic and be perfect for a night out. This is one of those colours that would suit almost anyone no matter their skin colour or tone. It is a medium pink/brown nude which is so pretty and like the previous lipstick it is a satin finish. This means it’s quit long lasting and opaque. I’d recommend this lipstick to anyone as this is the only lipstick you’d need as it can be worn at any time for any occassion. 

Honeylove – Matte
As I am quite pale, the famous shade ‘Velvet Teddy’ is slightly dark for my liking so I chose this which is basically just a lighter version. I wear this all the time as it goes with any makeup look and I would say it’s my go to nude. It would suit most people, maybe not darker skin tones but that always leaves you with even better options. This is a medium neutral toned nude lipstick which is my perfect colour. This is a matte finish which is opaque and very long lasting but can be quite drying (not much compared to other matte formulas though). It is very pigmented as you would expect from a matte lipstick and you probably won’t need to re-apply during the day depending on how much you eat or drink. I’d deffinelty recommend this to most people but especially those with paler skin who can’t quite pull of the more famous nudes from MAC as easily.

Love Sarah x

What I Ate Wednesday – 16/11/16

I’ve not done a what I ate Wednesday in such a long time so I thought I’d do another one for you all today.

​Breakfast, 7:30
For breakfast I had granola with greek yoghurt and honey. To drink I had two pints of water and a cup of organic decaf green tea.

Morning break, 10:50 
At my morning break I had Nakd Strawberries & Cream Fruit & Nut Nibbles and a bottle of water.

Lunch, 13:05
I ate couscous with roasted red peppers, onions and mushrooms. I Also had a bottle of water.

Dinner, 17:00
For dinner I had wholewheat pasta with mackrel, kale, brocolli and red peppers. I drank a pint of water.

Snack, 20:30
And for my snack I had a carrot, a mandarin and some cashew nuts. I then had a pint of water and a bottle of pomegranate vitamin water.

Love Sarah x