Shopping for beauty essentials usually points me in two different directions. Drugstore (Boots in the UK, Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) and of course Sephora. On this occasion I picked up a few items at the airport Boots in London whilst waiting for my flight. A couple of new brushes, a couple of powders, two eye pencils, a temporary alternative to my Beauty Blender and some eye make-up remover pads. A few essentials and a couple of new things to try.
Soap & Glory Solar Powder with bronzer/highlighter all in one mirrored compact is a new product for me but definitely one I have been wanting to try. The Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder in Beige is another recommended product that I decided to add to my makeup bag for touch-ups on the go.
Bourjois Color Band 2 in 1 Eye Shadow and Liner in BRUN DADAISTE is a less expensive alternative to the By Terry Ombre Backstar in Brown Perfection. I also picked up MAUVE BAROQUE below which is considered a really close match to the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock.
Self-explanatory but these are great for travel or tossing in your gym or hand bag. Great for removing water-proof mascara.
Finally, a few new tools in the form of a Powder Brush, Stipple Brush and Complexion Sponge all from Real Techniques. The sponge I am testing as an alternative to the Beauty Blender as I wanted to see if this cost-effective option would work just as well. The brushes are self-explanatory and I am always looking for quicker ways to apply my make-up in the mornings. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them, or if you can recommend any drugstore beauty essentials you have tried and are impressed with. I will definitely post a follow-up next month with my thoughts on the new additions.
Hey everyone! First of all, super huge apology for being absent these past couple of weeks. Life got a bit manic and I found myself in a huge procrastination funk. I became totally disorganised and in fact I had so many things going through my mind as in ideas for posts, work related stuff, studying and home DIY that it all became a bit overwhelming. That is where the procrastination sank in as I just decided to push everything to the side. As this pattern continued, I started to realize that change is what I needed. I have worked so hard over the past two and a half years on my blog that I did not want to let it fall victim to my procrastination. It was through my new-found obsession with Youtube (no kidding) that I found an amazing vlogger whose inspirational and motivational videos got me moving. If I learned anything it is to focus on what I want, not to beat myself up for never being able to achieve a strict post schedule and to criticise myself less for not taking that perfect photo or getting everything done in one day. So, in an effort to get back on track and get out of the funk, I decided to rebrand and have my site completely redesigned. Huge step I know and although I have loved my site, it just doesn’t feel like me anymore. My new site will be a full on reflection of my life where I live and everything I experience and enjoy when it comes to fashion, beauty and travel. Buddhachic and Buttercream was a name that developed over chats with my sister when in the beginning this blog was a shared adventure by us both. The name is a bit of a tongue twister (try saying it 5 times fast), and although the hidden meaning to it was something my sister and I agreed upon, it is difficult for people to understand what my blog is about based upon its name. I am super pleased to say that a new name has been chosen and will be announced soon!
I hope you will continue to follow along and when my new site is launched down the road (I am so excited for it) you will understand what all this babbling on is about. In the meantime I will continue to post a few things each week to shift my “not procrastinating” self into high gear and keep the creative juices flowing. Thanks for your patience and support, for not giving up on my posts and of course for all of your lovely comments, I truly appreciate it!
Luna Oil has been shrouded in hype for months now. I waited to hear all of the feedback from my favourite bloggers/vloggers to see if it was something I wanted to introduce into my regime before I took the plunge and invested in a bottle. I also wanted to give it a fair shake before writing this post. My first impression is that this oil works really well (at least on my skin). It goes on blue in colour but quickly soaks into the skin. The smell is something you have to get use to but now I find it actually is not as intense as other reviews state. Not a chemical smell, I find it a bit spicy and herbal smelling. I go through my usual routine of removing all of my makeup, cleansing my skin and then I use just three drops of Luna Oil on my forehead, nose, cheek and chin areas. This product may seem a bit pricey but I find that a little goes a long way so overall it is well worth the spendy price tag. After over a month of daily use, I find my skin to be smoother, brighter and definitely notice improvement in the overall appearance of my skin. Although it contains a “gentler cousin” to normal Retinol (or so the shop girl told me), I myself have not noticed a diminished appearance to any lines on my face. Being realistic I would not expect it to work like a full-on Retinol product nor did I expect that effect when I purchased it. End result….I am a fan and will continue to use this in my daily/evening skin care regime. Have you tried Luna Oil? What was your experience? Thank you so much for your comments!
Realising of course that it is Monday not Friday, I still had to post my favourite Pins from last week. The week got away from me completely, but I had a chance this past weekend to chill for a bit and scroll through Pinterest to pick out my weekly favorites. Great fashion inspiration from Veronika, Cara, Alexa, Miranda and Karlie, cool sunglasses and the need to escape all struck a chord with me. Short but sweet I hope you find some inspiration in my choices. Have a great week and thank you so much for commenting!
Even though the summer heat is upon us (its actually warm here year round but this time of the year it is particularly warm), great denim options are endless. Jeans are perfect for casual Fridays but for every other occasion when you want to wear denim but dread the thought of putting on jeans, these are a few great choices! I picked up the skirt already and love it (see my previous post featuring it in blue denim here) and cannot wait to add a few more pieces to my wardrobe. Which one is your favourite look? Thank you so much for your comments, Happy Wednesday!
Primark is an amazing place to shop in the UK if you have lots of time and a whole lot of patience! I never gave it a true shot as previously when I ventured into one it was so packed with people, I turned around and quickly escaped via the nearest exit! That was on Oxford Street so I should have expected throngs of people, but I still hesitated, until recently when I was back in the UK and a friend encouraged me to give it another go. The strategy is simple. Fill your carry bag with everything you may be interested in (don’t hold back), and cram your change room with as many pieces in their various sizes as humanly possible to save venturing back and forth to the racks for more. With a deadline of one hour I came out with this cute dress for £10 and some hair elastics (from the tempting bins at checkout). A simple black and white patterned skater style which I paired here with my Zara heels but it could easily be worn with flats too. My Urban Outfitter bag and favourite Ray Bans round out this simple look. Primani as my friends on island refer to it will definitely be a stop again on my next visit to the UK. What is your strategy for shopping Primark? Thank you so much for your comments and have a great week!
ps It was 90° when I shot these photos so speed, obviously not focus lol, was all I could think of as my makeup melted off. Apologies in advance for the extreme bokeh!
Pinterest continues to inspire me on a weekly basis and I seriously doubt this will ever change. It has positively turned into an escape for me where I can plunge myself into a totally different world of fashion, beauty, home, travel, food and cuteness. Although this is my weekly post on Friday, I have been a teeny bit distracted lately so today seemed the perfect day to steal away and focus on my favourites. Having just been to Florence (see post here), I loved the long black skirt and crop top street style captured in this amazing city. When it comes to rings, I am loving this particular pin and the combination of styles. A white tee look that is definitely an easy look to emulate will always make the grade and on the flip side a cute skirt and black tee make for an ideal casual look. One word…Zara…my favourite shop to spend time in when I am on the mainland. This Pin has some great tips for finding the best stuff at Zara and who does not love a good tip when it comes to shopping! Ditto for beauty products, lots of good ideas in this pin about how to save money on them. More shopping, gotta love it! Finally, speaking of cuteness, this past week I wasn’t feeling my usual self and as I scanned through Pinterest those cute little puppy dog eyes totally made me smile. Hope you find some inspiration in my favourites from Pinterest this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a wonderful week!
I ordered this Topshop denim skirt a while back online and can say that it has to be my favourite one when it comes to denim skirts I have owned. The soft denim is in a flattering a-line style that can be worn casual or as I have here, paired with heels. My shirt is also from Topshop in a cute dot pattern that just sweeps the waistline. I paired both with heels and a cute little bag I picked up when I was recently in Italy. I can picture it with a plain tee or tank top, flip-flops or booties just to name a few other options. Do you have a favourite denim skirt? Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, have a great week!
Seven days in a week just aren’t enough lately to accomplish everything I have on my list. Another week zips past! After my recent travels, work and studies have taken centre stage as I attempt to squeeze in time for posts, photos and weekly vlogs (news of these to come….). This has to be one of my “Seven” favourite posts as Pinterest continues to inspire me and take me away from the regular day-to-day. I never tire of looking at cool street style and classic denim looks. My three choices in these categories all captured my eye instantly as did my latest choice for a covet worthy handbag by Chloe. A great one piece swimsuit and a cute mini trailer reminded me of summer adventures, camping and long days on the beach. Finally, I have been in the market recently for a new pair of sunglasses and although pink sunnies may not be the color I go for, certainly the styles illustrated in one of my favourites this week would make the cut. Hope you have enjoyed my seven favourites this week, thank you so much for your comments and have an amazing weekend!
Beauty and Lifestyle are genres that I have been giving a lot of thought to lately. Healthy eating is something I struggle with as the temptation to eat things considered “unhealthy” is always there. I love chocolate and potato chips, could eat pain au chocolate every morning for breakfast and jump at the opportunity for greasy takeaway. Same when it comes to beauty. Lately I have been forcing myself to stay awake and remove all remnants of makeup, cleanse my skin and moisturize. In an effort to reevaluate my routine, I picked up Amelia Freer’s book “Eat. Nourish. Glow.” I am trying to read a chapter a night in an effort to make some changes to my current lifestyle when it comes to food etc. When I was on vacation recently I took travel sizes of la prairie’s Foaming Cleanser and loved the effect it had on my skin. A little pricey I know but you only need a teeny bit to get a nice foamy cleanse going. More recently I was chatting with a lady in a shop that sells skin care and makeup and she was shocked at the fact that I did not use an eye cream at night. I think her words were “you have got to be kidding me, you don’t put ANYTHING on your eyes before bed?” She made me feel as though I was doomed to have really crepey eyes. Her efforts to sell me several products were soon curbed by my question “If I need one product to add to my skin care regime, which one would have all the elements I currently lack in skin care?” she suggested the Elemis Pro Intense Eye and Lip Contour Cream. Sold. I left the store with a feeling of accomplishment having not succumbed to the urge to purchase 4 products in an attempt to turn my skin around overnight! What new books/products have you added to your beauty and lifestyle regime recently that you believe in? Thank you so much for your comments and have a great week!
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