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Hayfever Tips & Survival Guide

Hayfever is the bane of summer, it really does ruin those sunny days when all you want to do is be outside, but sadly allergies just won't let you. I decided for today's post I would offer some tips that I have learned over the many years of having hayfever and hopefully  it can help at least one of you when you are just having a seasonal allergy breakdown.
Hayfever Tips & Survival Guide

First off lets talk medication, there are so many tablets and syrups out there that it can be a little overwhelming, my advice to you is to try a lot of them. While others may swear by one brand another may hate them so you do need to try a few brands of tabelts etc before you find one that works for you. I mentioned in previous post that I am lactose intolerant and so finding hayfever medication without lactose was extremely hard but Benadryl Liquid Release work perfectly for anyone with a lactose allergy. Aswell as tablets I like to use a nasal spray, I sometimes find these the only thing that will unblock the sinuses, there are many on the market so again shop around and feel free to look online at sites such as Chemist Direct for cheaper options as buying medication every week does end up affecting your bank balance.

Hayfever Tips & Survival Guide

Now if you want to keep things on the more natural side than you can check out herbal hayfever tablets to be honest I never found them to work but like I mentioned others may love them. However for itchy throats and itchy eyes I have a solution for you. First off that annoying itchy throat that can really ruin your day, my top tip is to eat a tablespoon of honey, yes it's kinda gross but it works and if you are really bad gargle some salt water it loosens the phlegm in your throat. As for itchy eyes I swear by Camomile Tea bags, you simply boil in hot water and then put them in the fridge to cool 100% then when you have itchy eyes place the super chilled bags on your eyes and you are guaranteed relive.

Hayfever Tips & Survival Guide

As for some tips to get through the allergy season I have plenty, First invest in a Nasal Rinse bottle, these will be your best friend, they are great for clearing the nose and great for sinus headache. You can also try steaming your face aswell to open up the airwaves if you are suffering from blocked nasal congestion etc.One thing you should do every night is wash you hair and shower, this is vital. I was told this ages ago and only this year I have put it into practice and it really does work especially if you have been outside all day. Also do not get undressed in your bedroom as pollen can be on your clothes so slip on your pjs in the bathroom if you can.  Also note that you must sleep with you windows closed as pollen is at its highest in the morning and the evening. I also think it is worth investing in a humidifier to air out the room you are sleeping it. You can pick them up for reasonable prices these days and they do make such a difference. 

So there are my top tips for surviving the hayfever season, comment below if you have any tips and if you use any meds that are wonder tablets I would sure love to know. 

Hayfever Tips & Survival Guide

Summer Beauty Essentials

Apart from the hayfever, summer is my Favourite time of the year, the sun is shining and you instantly feel better in yourself and of course its time to break out those bright lipsticks, cream products and neon nail colours. Today's post I have put together some essentials that get me through the summer time and overall products that I recommend anyway no matter what the weather.
Summer Beauty Essentials

For base I like to start off with a illuminating base but as I have oily skin I tend to sway towards products that add a glow and this one from Mac is amazing. The Strobe Cream gives such a dewy look to the skin, I either add it before my foundation or mix it in with my foundation. I then also like to use a lightweight concealer to brighten the skin up and to cover any dull areas on the skin. I love Barry M Light Reflecting concealer you can check out my review on this concealer. Lastly for base I have recently been loving Urban Decay Sunkissed bronzer, its lightweight, the perfect shade and so creamy in texture. I love it. Full review here.
Summer Beauty Essentials

For adding a pop of colour to the skin, I like to use cream products and two very affordable products I love are Kiko Velvet cream sticks and NYC BB Sticks both are super pigmented and blend out like a dream. The Kiko version does dry more to a powder than the NYC one so oily skin people might prefer this one but both are equally lovely.
Summer Beauty Essentials


Sticking with cream products I love to use cream shadows in the hotter months as they last longer and are less fuss. I love various ones from Mac, Benefit but one that seriously lasts all day on the eyes is Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise the one pictured is in the shade Marie Antoinette and its dreamy. It blends like a dream, easy to apply and lasts all day.
Summer Beauty Essentials
Summer Beauty Essentials

Now my favourite part of summer makeup and beauty is the lips and the nails. This is where things can get bright and fun. Starting off with lip products and I had a right hard job narrowing this down to just three products but here goes. First off is Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Streak, this is such a pretty shade and because its sheer it is really comfortable to wear on the lips. I highly recommend this shade. Then if you want something a bit brighter and a bit more fun you need to check out Clinique Pop Lipstick in the shade Punch Pop, this is so bright but equally amazing. The texture is creamy, longwearing and the range itself has a colour for everyone.  Lastly is if you want something a little more glossy then the new Lancome Juicy Shakers are the bomb dot com. I have the shade Melimelon and its the perfect girly shade. I hate glossy lip products but this one is a winner for me.

Now for nails I have included my all time 3 favourite shades first off is one everyone should own and that is Essie Watermelon, this is seriously the best shade from Essie in my opinion, its on the raspberry, pink side but with a tiny hint of red. I love it. Next is a blue shade from Maybelline that is Uptown Blue, this is the most gorgeous shade of blue, you need to check this out and lastly is another bright shade and that is Revlon lady luck, it's bright, a tiny bit shimmery and has a gel finish, what more could you want.
Summer Beauty Essentials
Lastly the most important part of summer is sun screen, I am obsessed with applying sunscreen mainly as I am so pale and even the tiniest amount of sun would burn me. I test out different sunscreens each year but this one I seem to go back to. The Eucerin transparent sun spray is exactly what it says on the bottle, it leaves no residue, goes on nicely without feelong oily and has no scent and the best part it does protect well. It is also suitable for sensitive skin so sometimes I throw it on my face if needed and it won't break me out.

So there are my summer beauty essentials, bit of a long rambly post but I hope you got some shopping inspiration none the less. What are your summer essentials? Have you tried any of these products?

Summer Beauty Essentials

New Design, New Beginning

As you may have or not noticed I have completely revamped the blog. I have been tweaking my previous design for the longest time and while I loved my previous design I felt it looked so similar to other blogs out there and I wanted something a little more unique and a little less samey same. My previous design was by Pipdig which I highly recommend to everyone as their designs are amazing, but they have become very popular and so I felt it was time to get something a little different. 

Now I can do a bit of html but I wouldn't be a total whizz kid at it, so I took to etsy to find a cheap design and then tweaked the hell out of it. I decided on a design by Fearne Creative Design which I loved but I moved some things around and changed the colour scheme completely and then removed and added a few things just so it was my own unique design. If you have never checked out etsy before I recommend you do so, you can pick designs up for less than €10. This design is more grid like as you can tell which I personally love, there is a more professional feel to it I feel. 
New Design, New Beginning

Now design aside I thought I would take this redesign as a completely new start. I mentioned previously I was taking this blog in a new direction and I am going to do that. I want to include way more lifestyle type of posts as I love capturing moments in life and being strictly beauty all the time is very expensive. I know they say you don't have to have money to blog but in order to keep up with Jones's and get all the latest content out there you have to spend money and this year I told myself I was approaching a more minimalist lifestyle and this means buying way less things so buying a tonne of beauty products just to review was not an option, in fact it seemed like such a waste so I am going to include a more variety of posts now. As you may or not know I do run a baking blog over at The Quay Cakery so I won't be posting recipes on here but you will see lifestyle, decor, home ware etc on here as well as beauty. One thing I want to stress is this will still be a beauty blog just with a little twist. 

So now I have all that out, I hope you continue to enjoy reading my blog and I look forward to what this new beginning entitles for MBLM. 

Let me know what you think of the design and if there are any errors etc as I am still tweaking a few things as I go along. 

New Design, New Beginning

Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer Review

I am always on the hunt for an under eye concealer that can cover the bags, give off a somewhat ' I got some sleep last night' look and of course something that doesn't feel heavy or cakey under the eyes. Today I have a review of the new Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer in the shade light.

I picked this up on a total whim. I was browsing the new section on the boots website and seen this on offer for buy one Barry M item and get one half price, already having a Barry M nail polish in my cart I thought why not, it would have been rude not to right? I picked up the shade light, there are 3 shades in the range and to be honest after googling online there ain't much difference in all 3 shades. As I wanted this as a under eye highlighter. brightener I went with the first shade and with the worry in my mind it might be orange I went with the lightest. 

This concealer is the bomb, it ticks all the boxes, first off it is super light weight which I love, you wouldn't even know you had it on. Next it does what is says on the tin, it light reflects in a super flattering way. One stroke of this under the eye and you are sure to look more awake and a lot fresher. Now for coverage its defiantly not full coverage but it does cover up dull areas well if you have a serious dark under eye area it might not be for you but I think it gives off a good amount of coverage.
Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer Review

The staying power is also great even in the hot weather we have been having lately this has held up with no creasing or going cakey. The concealer itself is very hydrating and enriched with aloe and cucumber so perfect to soothe out the skin and of course good for drier skin ladies. The shade Light is very light so pale gals this one is for you, It gives me a nice bright affect so any paler than me would defiantly get away with this. Bad news is that anyone darker than a Mac NW(C)30 I think this would run way too light for you. 

For me this concealer is a winner, it holds up great throughout the day, covers dark areas under the eyes and brightens the skin to make you look fresher and more awake and it's super lightweight on the skin. I would rate this 4/5 as I love it, the only downside is the wand, I just don't like it but I can get over it. So if your in the market for an affordable concealer then this one is for you. 

Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer retails for €6.99 / £4.49

Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer Review

Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen
I am the kind of girl who likes thier eyebrow product to take the least effort, I was recently sent the new Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen* in the shade brown and today I am going to tell you guys what I think about it.


My Thoughts On Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen:

First off the Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen comes with 3 parts, it has the product itself that you apply to the brows, it then comes with a spooly brush and lastly it has this secret part that opens up to reveal a highlighting product. The main purpose of this product is to define the brows like a pro however I have to admit I am not 100% sold on the highlighting part of it. But first I will talk about the formula and the performance of the brow product itself. It comes with a nice sturdy slanted tip very similar to the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and Sleek Brow Stylist, people who like to really pay attention to detail might not like this but I usually just fill in the little gaps and it works for me. The consistency is quite stiff, you have to apply a bit of pressure to get it to show, its not the creamiest of products but once on it does last all day even in hotter sweaty weather. So maybe not being super creamy helps it last longer.

Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen
The shade I have is brown which is actually a little and I mean little too light, I would prefer to go a tiny bit darker as I think its a little ashy on me. The brush however is a god send as it helps to groom the brows while you are filling them in and its great to have all the tools in one handy product. I also really like how it gives a real hair finish to the brows.
Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen

Now the thing I am not 100% sold on is the highlighting powder that comes on a little sponge. I find it quite dry especially over foundation and to be honest it ends up looking chalky. Its not really visible on the picture below but I find it rather chalky and I don't seem to bother applying it whenever I use this brow pen. Its a nice little touch but I think they should have used a slightly less drying formula. So for me it's not something that would make me buy this brow pen for the highlighter alone.
Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen Review
excuse the barely there makeup, hayfever was being evil

Would I Recommend Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen?

Overall it is a decent eye brow pen however I do feel there are other and possibly cheaper alternatives out there. Yes it lasts all day and all but so does the Sleek Brow Stylist and the Soap And Glory Brow Archery and they are a lot cheaper. So I wouldn't necessarily rush out and buy my right shade anytime soon. If you like splurging on brow products this may appeal to you but for me its not overly amazing for the price and there are better and cheaper products on the market.

So there is my review on the Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen, have you tried it? Do you like the highlighting element?

Pros:
Sturdy Product While Applying not going to break easily.
Lasts all day
Have a great brush attached
Real hair finish

Cons:
Highlighter is dry
Can be hard to apply due to not being overly creamy

You can buy the for Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen €23/£18 /$27

*PR Gifted Item


Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow 3 in 1 Brow Sculpting Pen Review

Interior: Copper Accents
The last few months I have been obsessed with copper accessories and everything that even resembles rose gold. When  I redecorated my bedroom last year I went with colours that I knew would go with most shades and so lately I decided to go full out copper...well not full out but I have been adding some copper accents around the room and thought I would show you in a little post.
Interior: Copper Accents
I started off by adding a copper bedside table and then build around that. I wanted something clean looking and not too tacky as some gold/ copper accessories can look a little tacky and not very pleasing to the eye. The light is from Dunnes and cost €20 I like that it is tall so it doesn't crowd the table and also the white shade matches the white in my room such as my wall frames and my lampshade on the ceiling. I then added a copper frame which is also from Dunnes. I swear they have the best homewear at the moment. Its rose gold heaven. The frame holds a picture of my new nephew which I have blurred out  (for this picture) but I added a white border on the picture to match the white in the room and to break up the gold.

Interior: Copper Accents

Then comes the little extras, I used my Ikea white tray to be the contrast then added a little gold vase/candle holder from Carraig Donn and this usually holds candles but lately I have just left it empty to act as more of a 'for show' item. I also included some gold toned perfume bottles to just add more colour. I got the flower pot from Primark and its actually a pen holder, coming in at  €2.50 it was a total bargain and I think it looks nice and simple and when I am fed up of the flowers I can use it to store my makeup brushes.
Interior: Copper Accents

Lastly I set up a tray with my most used items and I tried to include some rose toned makeup products. I just included a blush, lipstick and some nail polishes that I love and then a candle from Primark/Pennys and viola a simple way to include some copper in a room without going overboard. Makeup is a great way to display some colour and also handy if you reach for that product all the time as its always at arms reach. Its a win win really either way. 

So there is my little bedroom update. I am so obsessed with decor and always trying new colour schemes in my bedroom so expect more of these posts in the future. 

Have you got a copper obsession? 

(the light was recently bought and still in stores but not online, just a little heads up if you like it) 

Interior: Copper Accents

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