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November 23, 2015

Another Walk

If the title of this post wasn't enough of a giveaway, I am indeed writing another "photography" post. As I mentioned in my last nature filled post, I'm making a conscious effort to share my lifestyle, candid photos on here because its one of my favourite ways to spend my time.

You guys seemed to enjoy the different style of post breaking up the beauty and fashion, so it makes sense to continue the trend! This time around, I just took some snaps on my typical Sunday morning. I usually head into the city centre if there's anything I need to buy and then head up to university to do a bit of uni work/prep for my job placement for the rest of the week. Its been quite grey and overcast all of the damn time lately, but the weather was rain-free and quite chilly this particular Sunday which I really kind of like. As the weather wasn't in a phase of constant downpour, I thought I'd take some shots of the military museum grounds and the graveyard (more on that in another post) that I have the joy to walk through to get to my destination.

Museum GroundsMilitary Museum GroundsClock HouseArchitecturePillarsArchway ViewFountainWater Fountation

Can you believe people live here?! I feel like a filthy commoner trudging through here, awe-faced, taking photos when these are some lucky duckies' homes. Its such a lovely spot of Winchester because its so calm and tranquil. Despite being close to the hustle and bustle of both the city centre and the university, it is always so quiet except for the roar of the water fountain so I like to take stock there now and again when I need just some quiet fresh air thinking.

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November 19, 2015

Current Fave Pinky Nudes

Nudes are something that are hit and miss for everyone. Some can wash you out and make you look a little alien, some can be too dark, and some just look like you may as well as have worn a bold bright lip. Its particularly been a problem for me as a wee pale-skinned lassie as I desperately want to rock the brown, circa 1993 lip but it just does not suit my skin tone and dark hair combo. Boo hiss.

What does seem to work on me is the pinky nudes. I'm not actually a fan of a pink lip. I don't particularly like wearing pink unless its in blush form, so although I don't tend to necessarily *like* a lot of these lipsticks, they do suit me and therefore are my favourite to reach for at the moment if I want a more subtle lip. So here's the run down:

For a sheer wash of colour that is simply "your lips but better", I turn to L'Oréal and Estée Lauder. As a big fan of the L'Oréal Color Riche Julianne Red, I of course had to pick up the Julianne Barely Peach Nude when the line dropped. It's a lovely creamy pinky nude rather than a peach, which is an almost exact colour match for my natural lip colour. I like wearing this on days when I don't feel like having anything on my lips but still want to help define the shape of them and still look *put together*. I really need to pick up the J.Lo Barely Greige shade too because it looks beautiful. My other sheer shade is the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lippy in *INSERT NAME*. This is a more lustre, pearly finish which isn't usually my thing, but again its so similar to my natural lip colour, its stupidly easy to wear. Both these lippies tend to need to be topped up throughout the day, but its a breeze as they're so natural looking, you can't really tell when they begin to fade.

Another couple of creamy bullets lipsticks are from Barry M and Collection. Barry M are great for cheap lipsticks that despite the bargain price, have great pigmentation and pretty good longevity so I own quite a few. One of my favourite more *girly* ones is the shade 153 which is a light peachy pink but not too Barbie pink. It's a creamy lipstick that despite transferring onto everything, lasts quite well in its colour and is extremely comfortable and not drying. I mentioned in my Current Fave Reds post that Collection knock it out of the park when it comes to their lipsticks as at only around £3 for one, they're insanely good bargain products. Therefore it'll be no surprise to see a nudey shade from them is also in another favourites post. China Rose (originally Vintage Rose) is your typically darker dusty rose nude shade and its perfect for when I want to inject a little bit more nudey opaqueness without it washing me out. Again, just like the red shade I love, it does transfer like crazy, but it is moisturising, comfortable to wear and only £2.99 - so you can't possibly complain!

My favourite lip formula is always matte and I don't mind if it comes in lipstick or liner form, but the definite winners are liquid lipsticks. These velvety matte beauties are the best for long lasting, no budging lip and are therefore great for dates or nights out. Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet in 07 Nude-ist is a dusty rose, brown/pink nude and is considerably darker than most of my other nude faves. Because of this, it tends to look a lot more opaque and pink against my pale skin, but there's no complaints from me. I do find if you try to wear this product all day it will begin to flake, but for a few hours it is an extremely easy to wear matte. The only major downside to this baby is it takes an age to dry on my lips and I just don't know why!

For those quick drying super mattes, I turn to the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Laquers. Again, I love my nude shades just as much as my reds from this range and again, they're an absolute steal at only £3 each. I particularly like Tranquility - a browny *true nude* shade and Halcyon - a more peachy brown nude as they both suit me pretty well and aren't too nude. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative or reasonably good dupe for the Lime Crime Velvetines, these are the velvets you're looking for. Two liners I like that are similar to these two MUA offerings are from Rimmel. Their Exaggerate Liner in Eastend Snob is a colour everyone and their mother has raved about and I am no exception. Similar to Bourjois' Nude-ist, this pinky dusty rose nude is a just a great liner on its own or as an added step to applying something like the Bourjois liquid lippy. My other fave is my only true brown nude that I've liked so far and its the 1000 Kisses Lipliner in Tiramisu. A kind of caramel shade, this one can run the risk of making me look washed out, but teamed with a smokey eye for an evening out, it looks really nice and again, gives a great matte, long-lasting finish.

Which nudes are your favourites?

- A.
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November 16, 2015

Winchester Walks

My blog can get a little fashion and beauty heavy which it has done of late, but its purely down to it being the most convenient content to create and post. Don't get me wrong, I love makeup & skincare, and my weekly spending definitely illustrates my unnecessary need for new clothes every other day, but the one thing I really love more than those two "hobbies" combined is nature.

People always seem surprised by that statement - as if because I spend 1 hour every morning curly my hair and filling in my non-existent eyebrows automatically makes me incapable of appreciating the great outdoors. Well let me tell you it doesn't. I'd take a trip camping or staying in a national park/nature reserve/retreat over any luxury typically "girly" holiday any day. But enough of my rambling, I just wanted to show you my latest nature snaps from a recent walk.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the week off work and after spending some much needed few days vegetating indoors and being lazy, I decided getting up early and going for a stroll was something I really needed. Matthew & I often go for long leisurely walks in the early hours and with us both working insane amounts lately, these glorious walks hadn't happened for some time. We broke this cycle and hiked our way up St Giles Hill/Viewpoint in Winchester city centre, armed with coffees and hot chocolates in hand. It's a spot I'd somehow never ventured in my 3+ years of living in Winchester, despite it being right on my doorstep. I'm kind of pleased I waited though because those autumn colours just made the view all the better.

Autumn WalkAutumnal GraveyardWinchesterWinchester High StreetWolvesley CastleWinchester CathedralSt Giles View Point

In the coming weeks, I'll be wrapping up university/work for this semester and will be basking in the good things in life such as guilt-free walks not worrying about work or assignments and the Winchester Christmas market (highlight every December!). I'll also be heading home to the north east of England so I want to take these opportunities to get more lifestyle posts into this space. I love all the beauty blogging and fashion blogging have to offer, but I also love being able to document the beautiful things I might take for granted in day to day life. It's hard when you're a trainee teacher to get any time to do this sort of thing never mind trying to document it, so I'm going to up my game as much as I can over the Christmas break.

I hope you've enjoyed this literal breath of fresh air on this ol' blog! And if you want to keep up to date with all of my very candid, in no way professional, photography, you can check out my Flickr account here.

- A.
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