Saturday, 30 August 2014

Practically perfect primer

Blogger's worst nightmare: a camera that wasn't charged properly when I got to Reading fest and no wifi when I got home! So sadly no ootd posts at all but I have been seriously splurging on make up which I'll fill you in on soon! 
So I don't really wear foundation. This is mainly because I have combination skin and putting any form of foundation onto my nose just creates a mass of dry skin flakes (apologies to anyone eating). So I usually don't bother and just wear bronzer instead, which strangely doesn't make my skin dry at all. I've tried many a foundation and applying tonnes of my usual Nivea face cream but nothing has worked.

My mum gave me this, Nivea express hydration primer. The only other primer I have ever used is the clear Gosh primer. Apart from it leaving my skin beautifully soft it seemed to do nothing other than make my foundation go on gloopier than normal, so I wasn't feeling optimistic.

But, being a Nivea fan I put it on straight away. As soon as I opened it I sighed, the consistency was very thin and I instantly thought that it would do nothing for my already dry skin. What I've learnt from this product is that a thick formula is not always best. 

I applied it over my whole face using circular motions and it dried almost instantly leaving my skin smooth, supple and feeling moisturised. It doesn't feel sticky at all which is a usual problem for me as I feel I have to wait before applying any make up with my current moisturiser. Applying my foundation was a dream, no dry patches whatsoever. I was really impressed with the outcome considering I had just used the primer with no moisturiser beforehand.  

The only thing I'll add is that the reason my Mum gave me the primer is that she did not get on with it at all. In fact she and my sister both said that it made their skin really dry, the complete opposite to how it worked with mine! 

On the other hand, I have been using this for a little over a week now and can tell you that as soon as it runs out I will be buying another. I haven't had to use moisturiser at all and it's made applying my make up sooooo less frustrating!

What's your favourite primer? 

cottonandcandie x 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Anti-ageing cream in your twenties?

Recently I've really been paying attention to my skin, particularly on my face. I've especially been trying to protect my face from the sun this Summer. Seeing as I wear bronzer every day there isn't really a need for me to let the sun damage my face just to be a slight darker shade when I can do this with make up myself. Is it really worth harming ourselves for the sake of sun kissed skin? Don't get me wrong I love a tan, but without factor 50 on my deathly pale face I really do burn, usually leaving me with a Rudolph style nose. Yes it looks pretty hilarious at the time, but will it be as funny later on in life when you're counting your age spots and crow's feet?

I spoke to a woman I met on holiday about the importance of SPF, especially on our faces. She really does take care of her skin, constantly applying high factor sun cream and moisturising her entire body every day religiously - the latter also being part of my daily routine. We then moved on to talk about anti-wrinkle cream (most of which include SPF) and the benefits of starting when you're young, before you may even have any wrinkles at all!

She said she started wearing anti-wrinkle cream at the age of 21, the same age that I am now, and she really does have beautiful skin. We spoke about how she doesn't spend much and usually just goes for the cream that is on offer a the time. She's unsure if it has worked per sé, but likes to think that if she had not used it she would be a lot wrinklier than she is now! 

I'm fairly sure that a cream couldn't actually get rid of any wrinkles I have currently (I'm beginning to get smile lines similar to that of a Pug) but I know in years to come I would wonder how much smoother my skin could have been if I do start now. 

Anybody currently using an anti-ageing cream? Any recommendations on a cream that works but doesn't break the bank?

cottonandcandie x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

OOTD: In the beginning it was all black and white.

I finally found the most perfect round sunglasses! 
I've tried millions of pairs but they were all a bit too big of John Lennon small making me look a bit psychedelic. These are a fakie pair of Ray bans from a market in Crete - only €8! I love the tint on them, it goes from blue to green to yellow in different light. They also claim to be 100 UV protection - impressive!

This OOTD is a monochrome look which I haven't really been doing this Summer but I needed an excuse to wear my tropical headband from Topshop (sadly no longer available). The plain black strappy top is from Peacocks (so underrated, if you haven't got a Primark near you Peacocks is perfect for basics!) and the white skort is from Quiz. The skort is so white (at the moment! I'm definitely not trusting myself to wash it!) so the contrast between the top and skort looks really sharp. 

I put my hair up in a really high bun and looped the excess hair from the bun around the hairband. I'm doing this a lot at the moment as my hair is getting longer (yay!) but not long enough to have a decent sized messy bun - but I'll get there! After this I popped on the headband and secured it in place with white grips - it was so windy in Crete and I've got the sort of head shape that headbands just will not stay put! 

Have you been rocking monochrome this Summer?

cottonandcandie x

P.s. - I'm going to Reading fest this weekend! I've scheduled a couple of posts and hopefully my camera will last to do a few OOTD posts when I get back :)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Want to know me better?

I thought I'd do quite an unconventional post for cottonandcandie and write 50 facts about me. I've seen a few Vloggers on YouTube giving this a try and considering I haven't tried Vlogging yet I thought I'd do a good old written version. Also as this is a relatively new blog I feel like it'd be cool if I let you guys get to know me a little more.
1 I have a hopeless sense of direction even in the place I live.
2 I have a thing for rings and wear three rings on my right hand always. My cheapie rings I swap around with my outfits but I always only wear gold on my left and silver on my right.
3 I collect £2 coins and when I feel my piggy bank's pretty heavy I open it up and spend it on something I've been lusting after. Usually a pair of shoes!
4 I cannot stand beards!
5 I wear vans or converse with everything from jeans to summer dresses, I'm desperately trying to kick this habit in a bid to be more girlie! (Aha, kick, shoes).
6 (I love a good pun)
7 I'm a real boy when it comes to films, my favourites are Snatch and the Fast and Furious collection.
8 I'm trying to visit 50 countries/islands by the time I'm 50, and seeing as I'm 21 and have been to 21 I think I'm on track!
9 At one point I had thirteen piercings.
10 I hate cheese (please don't unfollow me).
11 I really enjoy looking at art and geometric patterns which is naff because I am so uncreative and cannot draw in the slightest (which is fun being the girlfriend of a tattoo artist).
12 Vintage cars are the best.
13 - My first car was a Fiat 126.
14 My natural hair colour is a mousy brown.
15 I am training to be a teacher at Roehampton university
16 I had a car accident on the A14 two years ago and it really got me thinking about everything, hence the tattoo down my side: Life is too short to be anything but happy.
18 I have really ugly feet which are like my Dad's and they're like proper flat, cheers Dad.
19 Lipstick is my passion, I try to wear it every day.
20 I love green. The colour, not the plant.
21 I'm a shortie at 5 foot 2, even my younger sister is shorter than me!
22 My car was born in the same year as me, it's a cute little Clio and it looks and sounds like a boy racer car - neon lights, tinted windows the lot.
23 I'm a sucker for a good muscly back.
24 I have zero sense of smell, so everyone's wincing away holding their noses and I'm there not phased like I've made the smell haha.
25 I have a collection of shot glasses from different countries and buy one every time I go on holiday.
(Half way!)
26 It sucks that I'm too old to go in a kid's play park anymore. The see saws, the slides, I miss it!
27 On the top of my forehead is a really quite big scar, I got it from tripping into a giant plant pot, haha!
28 I am hopeless at History, I have no idea about dates or anything.
29 I wear two ankle bracelets on my right ankle, I got one from Cornwall and one my friend bought me. They're like a cotton/thread friendship bracelet style. They say that when they eventually fall off you make a wish and it will come true! I've had two before but I can't remember what I wished for.
30 My eyes are a really odd colour, like bluey greeny grey, and I have a brown fleck in one of them.
31 My favourite alcoholic drink is Fireball whiskey and apple juice, it tastes like cinnamon sweets!
32 I worked in a special school for two months, it was an incredible experience and so so rewarding.
33 The idea of karaoke is TERRIFYING!
34 I've never broken a bone, touch wood!
(Zak has had to help me with this, it's so difficult to find really random facts!)
35 I've lived in London the past two years because of uni and I absolutely love it. (Don't tell my mum, she desperately wants me to come back to Suffolk!)
36 My music taste is so varied, I like Reggae and am obsessed with Bastille, but then I love a bit of Drake and Eminem as well as Rock and House.
37 I've been swimming with sharks.
38 Watching a film really bores me, I prefer a good chat.
39 I lurrrve spicy food
40 I really want more tattoos but training to be a teacher means it's quite difficult to hide them away - some schools are a bit funny about it :(
41 When I was younger I loved the spice girls and wanted to be Posh spice. I think this is quite cool seeing as VB is now an amazing fashion designer. I read an article about her in Vogue recently and she seems so down to earth!
42 I'm really superstitious when it comes to magpies, I totally do the whole one for sorrow two for joy thing.
43 I'm known to most people as Em, but it freaks me out when people who barely know me call me it. And my parents call me Lemon and they can't remember why.
44 I think Marilyn Monroe was beautiful. I love how confident she seemed and how she was always smiling or laughing in photos.
45 In primary school we kept caterpillars to see the life cycle of them turning into a butterfly and I saw one come out of its cocoon. I completely forgot to tell my mum when I saw her so my teacher had to remind me.
46 - I am so forgetful.
47 I have a ring which I got for my 16th birthday, a pandora bracelet which I got for my 18th birthday and a pandora ring which I got for my recent 21st birthday.
48 I once saw Professor Green walking along the walking escalators of the Jubilee line.
49 Mayo is just incredible. I have it with everything.
50 Naps are the greatest idea ever. I would definitely consider moving to Spain just to have a siesta every day.
There we go, 50 really random facts about me, do you think you know me better? Are any of my facts the same for you?
Comment below and write a fact about yourself!
cottonandcandie x

Friday, 15 August 2014

OOTD: Braving the bodysuit

(Please excuse laughing shots, Zak was my handyman with a camera and was making me laugh). 

For my birthday my Mum got me a bodysuit from Hype and the first chance I got to wore it was on holiday. 

It's made from Polyester and it's sooo soft. The predominant colour is coral with Chinese flowers in a white and a pale lemon. It also has leaves in a green which really compliments the coral. It has a really low scooped back which I love, I think there's something so sexy about backless clothing! 

I've never worn a bodysuit before and always thought they were a bit odd and that I wouldn't know what to wear them with. Here I styled it with a black skater skirt from New look and my pointed toe flats from George at Asda - which still really rub the back of my feet! I also wore my upper arm bangle which I bought from eBay, you might remember it from my Holiday hoard post

I actually found it really comfortable to wear! It does feel like a swimming costume as it's quite thin which does seem a bit weird to wear when you're not headed to the pool but as I was in Crete I welcomed the coolness it brought. 

Two problems, one is the backless bit because obviously a bra is a no no. I feel pretty self conscious without a bra on so was forever folding my arms over my chest haha! Also you have to get completely naked when you go to the toilet. With a playsuit obviously it's a bit of a chore but in a bodysuit when you can't wear a bra it really does leave you starkers sitting on the loo! 

Wearing this on holiday I was obviously limited to the clothes that I brought with me to pair the bodysuit with. Once I get home I might choose to wear it with my white Joni high waisted jeans, a midi skirt or some Levi's shorts. 

Just quickly looked at the label of the bodysuit and it had this quote by Albert Einstein. Really inspiring!  

Have you tried a bodysuit yet? What did you think? 

cottonandcandie x 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Duty Free splurge: Mac Relentlessly Red

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm in the beautiful Greek island of Crete. But before I'd even set foot on the plane I was brutally caught by the dangerous criminal that is Duty free. Did I say caught? *Gleefully skipped into Duty free sniffing my way to the Mac counter. 

I first tried on Lady Danger, a matte lipstick in an orange toned red. Don't get me wrong it's a great colour and I will definitely be getting it in future, but I have hundreds and hundreds of reds and wanted to get something a little different. Please excuse cheesy trying on sunglasses I could never afford photo. 
So I asked the Mac girls for help. They recommended I tried Relentlessy Red. Which yes, sounds like I haven't actually gone for a different colour at all but the name does it no justice. 

Relentlessy Red is another matte lipstick but don't presume that matte makes this shade dull, it's a real pinky red which really packs a punch. Perfect for brightening up an all black outfit. 
At first glance at the actual lipstick it looks like the ultimate Barbie pink. I shudder at the thought of ever wearing that kind of pink. I was a real tomboy when I was younger and still am at heart, and some things I simply cannot wear and that colour is one of them. I took more than one photo of my lips because the colour almost changes with every look, sometimes it looks more red than pink and vice versa. 

Relentlessy Red also goes perfectly with Mac's lip liner in Dynamo. I'm not usually a lip liner kind of girl, I'm more of a choose a lipstick from my bag and apply it as I'm walking to a lecture kind of girl. (I have no concept of time so I keep around six different lipsticks in my bag for this very reason). But Mac deserves to be treated like a real lady. Also, as it is a matte the finish can look quite feathered and almost messy without a lip liner, so this just sharpen the edge to make it more defined. 

The only problem with this lipstick for me is that as I have very dry lips naturally, the matte style can accentuate this and make your lips look chapped. This really sucks for me because I'm a proper matte girl. However, Mac also do a range of lipsticks in a Satin finish which is half matte, so you get all of the benefits of a matte lipstick but it goes on a lot smoother. One of these babies is definitely on my wish list. 

What's your favourite shade of Mac lipstick?

cottonandcandie x