I know that for a lot of people New Year’s resolutions are a pretty cringe and pointless thing to do. I so disagree though. In fact I think you should make resolutions on the regular. Having goals and thinking about what you what and where you want to go are so important and there’s no shame in making positive changes. So in order to practice what I preach, here are my New Year’s resolutions for 2018!
To be more impulsive – I’ve stressed out over everything this year but the thing about stressing is that it’s totally pointless. I’m behind everyone my age in probably every way. I don’t have a house, car, baby or career path and I’m not ‘settled down’ (that phrase makes me want to be sick) or particularly going anywhere. I know that sounds a bit negative but I actually think it’s pretty liberating. This is the year I want to let go of worrying about what other people think and just concentrate on being happy, enjoying things and listening to my gut feeling. There’s been so many times where I’ve missed out on things I’ve wanted to do and I think now is the time to stop holding myself back.
To travel more – Growing up I used to travel all the time and that’s something in the last few years that I’ve really started miss. Yes I went to Poland, Amsterdam and 5 cities in the UK last year but I think I’m yearning for a little more adventure now. Not having any money has definitely had a lot to do with it but maybe it’s time I start setting some holiday money aside. It’s the best thing for clearing your mind and giving you some fresh inspiration.
To watch more movies – While at university I really got into films, especially ones from the 50s and 60s and in particular everything by Alfred Hitchcock. I used to spend ages trolling through films and discovering new ones and this is something I want to pick up again in 2018. There is so much creative inspiration to be found in a good movie!
To blog more – I’m still struggling to juggle my blog and my 9-5 job and this is something that’s been a problem since day one. I really want to get more of a routine down and start treating it like a job with some time set aside each week. My blog is really important to me and has really helped to distract me when I feel like I’m getting bogged down with anxiety. This little project has brought me so many good things and I can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for Style Rarebit.
I would love to know your resolutions too, pop them in the comments below for me to read! I hope you all have an amazing year and that you aren’t feeling too worse for wear after last night too…
I’ve been using this mask for a while now, I actually bought it when Charlotte Tilbury first opened in Cardiff so I’m surprised how long it’s taken me to write this. Recently I’ve been trying to use up everything in my bathroom cupboard and I’m slowly rediscovering things that were pushed to the back. This is one of them and not because it’s bad but because it’s so bloody expensive I want to savour it!
Charlotte Tilbury says “Darlings, forget EVERYTHING you think you know about clay masks! My Goddess Skin Clay Mask features ingredients to tighten pores, moisturise your skin and clear imperfections, with 85%* of users agreeing their skin appears brighter. Now everyone can have flawless, glowing Goddess Skin!”
This is a very luxurious face mask, from the packaging to the scent and the colour it’s all perfectly feminine and instagramamable. For me, I like that it’s in a squeeze tube, especially after reviewing the Niod Flavanone Mask, I now fully appreciate anything I don’t have to scoop out of a small pot. You don’t need a lot to cover your face so the bottle actually goes a long way. The texture is really smooth, it’s not gritty like some other clay masks can be and it feels really light on the skin. There is no tingling or drying sensation at all, in fact it’s really nourishing and gentle. With other masks you can sometimes get that really tight, dry feeling (I call this botox face) but this isn’t like that, even after 10 minutes it’s set but it’s not uncomfortable.
The Results 9/10
When I first tested this at the counter I put a small circle on my hand and there was literally a little circle of perfect skin left when I took it off. So I had very high hopes. There is a marked change in my skin after using this and it really does give you instant results. The biggest difference is that it completely shrinks my pores and gives me that soft, airbrushed effect. It also takes down redness and helps to sooth my skin so that it feels nourished and well prepped for makeup. It’s the best mask I’ve tried and the only one that gives me an instant boost and a marked improvement in the condition of my skin. For me it’s far too expensive to be in my everyday routine but it’s perfect for special occasions when you want your skin to look it’s absolute best.
So I’m still very much finding my feet with this whole YouTube thing but over the Christmas break I have binge watched so much, I really don’t understand why I’m not an expert yet haha. I was very, very lucky to get a surprise present from my mum, of a ring light and a microphone this Christmas. So I guess I really have no excuses now. I think it’s going to be a fun way of sharing more with you and I’m sure once I get used to talking to myself they will get a bit better! I’ve also got another one coming up about a few pieces I’ve picked up in the sales, so stay tuned for that and let me know what you think.
I’m very lucky to have some super talented friends, one of them being the insta famous Ross, who’s outfit posts and selfies have attracted an army of followers. He asked me to help him film a video he was working on for a PR company about Cardiff and we decided to shoot some stuff for my blog while we were there too.
We talk about makeup and beauty a lot when we catch up and most recently about male beauty bloggers. While I follow most of these guys and love their tutorials, they always seem to be aimed more at a female audience. I still don’t see why there aren’t ‘Everyday’ or ‘Evening’ makeup tutorials for guys? Because plenty of guys are investing in make up and plenty of guys on daytime TV are wearing it too. So we decided to set up and film Ross doing his two key looks, one natural day look and a contoured one for evening. These are both looks that Ross would wear, he uses amazing products and the results are really natural, wearable and perfected.
A natural, everyday look for a flawless and dewy finish.
A more advanced look, using different concealer shades to add definition to the cheeks and jaw line.
As soon as my friend told me TK Maxx had Korean skincare I ran there to pick some up. BRTC is a derma technology cosmetic brand that specialises in skin care. The masks may be the most well known of their products but they also offer serums, creams and cleansers with the same benefits. However, these were what I was most excited to try and I’m so glad I found them. After watching Lisa Eldridge’s Korean hauls it’s my dream to go on a shopping trip there… one day!
The first mask I used was the nourishing sheep mask, which looks completely terrifying. I swear on everyone else it looked so cute but I put it on my face and I was like holy cow that is horrifying. However it smells incredible, very much like grapefruit and is lovely and cooling on the skin. When you first take it out of the packet it feels like theres a lot of product on the mask but once it’s on your face it starts to soak in really quickly. It felt instantly soothing and I had no irritation or sensitivity at all, which is rare for my skin when using masks.
The next one I tried was the anti-ageing Empress Mask, this didn’t smell as natural/scented as the first one but felt more like a serum. It really plumped and lifted my skin and gave me a nice glowy finish. I feel like this would be the perfect pre-night out/special day mask as it gave me a good starting point to put on my makeup.
The last mask I tried was the Temptation mask which was my favourite design. This one was really nourishing and had a similar smell/texture to the sheep mask. It gave me dewy, moisturised finish and really helped to get rid of any dry, red patches on my skin. All the masks feel really light and even though they give great results they’re not harsh or heavy either. I would also say, for me anyway, they seemed to give much better results than traditional face masks.
If you’ve tried these masks or any other BRTC products I would love to hear your thoughts below. I will definitely be picking up some more of these soon and might even try out some of their other products if I can get my hands on them!
I am very much obsessed with Kiko at the moment. I think it’s maybe just the joy of having a new makeup store in town to replace the affordableness of Beauty Crowd that I can experiment with. There’s just something really fun about playing with makeup and not spending £40 on every product.
They recently did a buy 3 get 3 free offer which was amazing and I’ve picked up lots of other pieces over this last few months which I’ve blogged about too. One of the first things I picked up was a complimenting lipliner and lipstick in a dark plum colour.
The smart lip pencil is so soft and buttery, it goes on really nicely has good colour payoff if you wanted to wear it just on it’s own. I matched this with the Unlimited Stylo in Burgundy which is also a lovely, creamy consistency with a dewy finish. My hair is currently auburn, so I might be committing a sin with that choice but I love it all the same.
For eyes I picked up the Fine Art Pencil in 01 Unique Butter to line my inner lash line for a more wide awake look. I also chose the Pearly Eye Base Primer as I’ve never used one before and I’ve been meaning to try one for a long time. It does give a really nice base and my shadow definitely lasts longer than usual. It’s very, very illuminating so I’ve been using it under my eyes too for a really bright look.
I picked up a pot of eyeliner to give it a try too. I’ve always used the same Rimmel one since I was a teenager but everyone seems to rave about these. However I put in on yesterday and by the end of the day it had smudged all over the place, so either I need more practise or it’s not particularly long lasting. Lastly I managed to grab a gold eyeshadow in 208 which I’ve been using as a highlighter and it gives a really gorgeous glow to the top of my cheekbones. Perfect for summer!