When it comes to budgeting, make-up is something I’ve never really skimped on as I’ve always been of the opinion that the more you spend, the better quality you get. However, I recently purchased three pieces of make-up from L’Oreal that may change my view on this whole subject. For the same price I would have spent on one Clinique foundation, I managed to pick up a foundation, primer and powder all from their Infallible make-up range, and it’s completely changed my view on budget brands.
I’ve always been someone who suffers with an oily t-zone and no matter what foundation I’ve used my make-up starts to show signs of slipping around mid-afternoon. I think this is something I will always have to deal with and there’s never going to be a miracle product that stops this happening, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well my make-up stayed in place considering how little I’d spent. It’s really opened my eyes to trying new products regardless of the price tag. I will most definitely be stocking up on replacements as soon as these products run out.
When you attend a wedding it can seem like a long day if you’re there for the ceremony, reception and evening party, so any chance you get to freshen up is greatly appreciated. Because of this, many people choose to offer a basket of toiletries in the venue’s bathroom to allow guests time to either tidy up their hair, take a painkiller to ward off any morning-after headaches or even use a baby wipe to remove a stain from their dress. Every couple will differ on the exact content they choose to include, but here’s a list of what I have classed as essentials:
When it comes to weddings, I’m of the opinion that you should personalise as many aspects of the day as you can to make it as unique as possible. I think it’s lovely to include lots of this within the ceremony and reception but it’s also a nice touch to incorporate it into presents to your wedding party, so that they have a long lasting reminder of the day. These hangers by Bespoke Laser UK are a great example of this, and will make a brilliant photo opportunity when we’re getting ready in the morning. The company offers lots of personalised wooden pieces that can be incorporated into your day including memory boxes, guestbooks and table plans. Another thing I love about them is that they’re local, so it didn’t take long for the order to arrive, and there was no risk of having to pay any extra taxes that’s always a risk when ordering from international companies. I’m sure my bridesmaids will love them as much as I do!
So, into another year, and already a month has passed and we’re almost into February. I’ve given up trying to figure out where the time goes, so instead I’m going to round up the month with a selection of my Instagram favourites. Take a look, if you’d like.
Here it is, the quintessential girls evening cocktail. It’s perfectly balanced between alcohol and sweetness and can be enjoyed in any number of pretty glasses. I made this for my sister-in-law and I when we had an evening in a couple of weeks ago and it went down like a dream. Definitely recommended for time spent with your female loved ones. This recipe (from Inspired Taste) serves 2 people a couple of drinks.
8 ounces (1 cup) vodka
2 ounces (1/4 cup) triple sec
3 ounces (1/3 cup) cranberry juice
2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh lime juice
Add the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice to a pitcher/bowl and stir.
Refrigerate, and once ready to serve, pour into four glasses.