Isabel Warner

UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

Monday 1 August 2016

Desk organisation and storage tips

Hey all! Now that college and exams are over and summer is finally here I've had some spare time to do some clearing out and organisation in my room. In todays post I'm going to show you some amazing and inexpensive ways to organise your desk and store all your stationary ready in time for the new school year!
The first thing you can do to help keep your desk fun and organised is to created a mood board. You can create one using so many different things such as a corkboard, an old piece of cardboard or even just using your wall.
I used a metal square grid which I purchased from Ikea, surprisingly from the garden department! I got this idea from Pinterest (surprise surprise!) but it was actually really easy to create. For my mood board I added small lights around the edge which I purchased from Primark, as well as some postcards which I got from Paperchase, but the best part about making these is you can personalise them, for example I've added some polaroid pictures. You could also add motivational quotes and revision notes to help keep you focused as you work!
Another way to help organise your desk is to store all your stationary in a basket. You can put your most used and reached for items on display so that they are quick and easy to find when working.
This little basket is from Tiger and its such as easy way to help store all the revision bits that I mostly use. As you can see I mainly use this to store things such as highlighters, post-it notes and page markers as I'm always using these when revising, and plus it looks really nice when displayed on my desk!
Another way to help keep everything organised is to use old jars and cups to store your pens and pencils. This is such a cheap and inexpensive way to organise your desk and keep everything neat and tidy.
On my desk I have used the infamous plant pots from Ikea to store my pens, however I have also used old drinking cups such as the one above with my initial on to help store my pens. I purchased the cup from HomeSense as I often find things such as pant pots and cups can be way cheaper that buying pencil pots. I have also cleaned out and reused one of my old candles to help store miscellaneous bits lying around on my desk such as my Baby lips lip balms.     
Although this may not be completely 'desk organisation' related, I also had to share with you this pencil case that I recently picked up as its so frikin amazing!
This holographic amazingness immediately caught my eye and I just had to have it. This type of material has been floating around everywhere in shops and is a must have whether your using it for a pencil case or even a makeup bag. I purchased mine from WHSmith however I have seen similar ones sold in both H&M and TopShop.
Lastly, If your really really really into stationary like me then this next organisation tip may be for you!

These acrylic draws are very famous within the beauty world, but if you want to take your desk organisation to the next level then these can be amazing for storing all things stationary related. Personally, I absolutely love this idea as you can store everything you need in one space which can be so useful if you have a tendency to over clutter your workspace.  
     I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog post and It's inspired you to get organised!
Isabel xx  

Thursday 30 June 2016

Swindon Designer Oulet Haul

I recently went shopping in the Swindon designer Outlet and I picked up a few things that I would like to share with you all. The Shopping centre is amazing and I would definitely recommend going there as you can get so many different designer labels without the heavy price tag- ranging from makeup and cosmetics all the way to clothing and shoes!
The first Store that I went into was the Yankee Candle store. I absolutely love Yankee candles however I can never justify spending the full price for just a single candle. However, as this was the outlet store I picked up four different Yankee tarts for a small little price!
I picked up two of the 'Kilimanjaro stars' tarts as it's one of my favourite scents- it has a very sharp and strong smell. I also picked up 'Egyptian musk' which has a muted spicy scent. And lastly, I got the 'Sicilian lemon' tart. I normally don't like lemon scents as I find them too overpowering, however this scent is a very muted and soft lemon fragrance which I thought would be a perfect summer scent. They were all 75p each however the lemon tart was 99p, but still an amazing price.

The next shop I went to was the Cosmetics Company Store. This shop sells all the high brands such as Mac, Smash box, Estee Lauder and Bobbie Brown at a discounted price. However, this store can be a hit or miss- it all depends on what type of products they have in at that certain time. I did however pick up this Clinique super balanced foundation which is designed to absorb oil where oil- control is needed, and moisturise where hydration is needed. I love my beyond perfecting foundation from Clinique so I thought I would give this one a try, and for £15.75 I couldn't leave this one behind.

I then went to Jack Wills and got some Joggers. I don't really own much loungewear so I though I would invest in some comfy bottoms that I can easily chuck on around the house. I've been wearing these joggers for a couple days now and I love them, they are really soft and fit really nicely as they have cuffed ankles. I brought these for £26 but they were originally £39.50 therefore I saved a nice bit of money.  

The last place I went to (and the place I spent the most money!) was Ralph Lauren. The first thing I got was a Nude coloured cap. These have been very popular recently so I picked one up as I though it would be good for summer. All of the women's caps were sold out so I had to buy a men's one, it's a little bit too big but when adjusted at the back it seems to fit quite well.  Price: £19.99   
I also got a pack of three trainer socks, as I really liked the logo detail at the top. I though these would like really nice with some trainers to make any outfit look a little bit more interesting, and plus- they are really soft! Price- £14.99  
And last but not least, I picked up a men's black polo. I prefer the men's pols compared to the women's polo's as they are V-neck and I prefer a round neck. I got a size small, so it's a slightly looser fit but still really easy to throw on with a pair of jeans. Price- £19.99.
Overall, I would definitely recommend going to the Swindon outlet shopping centre as you can get some really good things at a cheap price. Hope you enjoyed!  

Tuesday 31 May 2016

May Favourites

Hey everyone! In this post I'm going to show you a few beauty products that I have been loving during the month of may. I have makeup products to show you, along with some hair products too:
I have done ALOT of shopping this month and I've picked up a huge amount of makeup and hair care items (defiantly way more than I need!) but I've found some amazing products that I'm excited to share with you all.

Firstly, my favourite hair care product of the month has to be this Lee Stafford bleach blondes tone correcting conditioning spray. Firstly, the colour of the product is amazing! It's purple based which helps target brassy tones in the hair with sparkles dispersed in the liquid which helps to give my hair an amazing shine. I'm a natural brunette so I need to bleach my hair every month in order to keep my hair blonde, which often makes my hair very brittle and damaged. But this product is amazing at keeping my hair looking healthy and shinny, and toning the brassiness. I apply this product to wet hair and blow-dry as usual. It doesn't leave my hair feeling weighed down with product as most hair care product do, and helps to maintain any cool toned platinum shades in my hair, and for £8.99 this product is a must have for any blonde!      
My next favourite of the month is this Clinique beyond perfecting foundation which I absolutely love! I have this foundation in the shade Alabaster which is slightly too dark for me, so I tend to wear it when I have a tan. But nevertheless this product is still incredible. I decided to pick up this foundation as its a two in one product- both foundation and concealer. Although I still have to use concealer when wearing this as it doesn't quite cover everything I need it to, the coverage is defiantly medium-high so a little bit of product defiantly goes along way. I have very oily skin and this foundation seems to last very long on my skin- which is a quality that I struggle to find in a foundation. The applicator is similar to that of a lip-gloss, which sounds unusual but I found it to be really handy as It meant that I didn't waste any product. The only negative of this product is that it does sometimes settle into the creases of my skin, but for £25 I would defiantly recommend.  

 This was my first ever NARS product that I've ever purchased, but I absolutely love it. This NARS Copacabana illuminator is a liquid highlighter which can be used on any highpoints on the face to give an amazing shine to the skin. Liquid highlighters have always scared me as I have oily skin, therefore I though that this would be hard to use as it would make my face look like a giant glitter ball!. But after using this a few times, I absolutely adore it. It's a pinkie toned highlighter that's blends into the skin really nicely, and lasts on the skin all day to give an amazing glow- perfect for summer!

Lastly, but certainly not least I have this MUA luxe velvet lip lacquer in the shade harmony. Liquid lipsticks have become very popular lately, but some of the top end liquid lipsticks can be very pricey, but for £3 this product is a steal! The colour harmony is a brown/nude colour which has a matte finish. It does feel a bit dry on the lips but the pigmentation is amazing for the price and it lasts a long time, making it a perfect and easy shade to wear during the day.   
Here is a picture showing a few of the product I have mentioned. I have the Copacabana highlight along the highpoints of my face (the bridge of my nose and check bones) with the MUA lip lacquer on the lips.
I absolutely love all the product I've mentioned in my post- and I recommend everyone to try these products out and give them a go, hope you enjoyed!
Isabel xx  

Friday 27 May 2016

Two Faced Peach Palette Review

In Today's post I'm going to review the new Two faced peach palette. I've never tried any products from Two faced before so I was super excited to get my hands on this product and give it a try!

Price: I purchased this palette for £39 which as being a student I found to be quite pricey, but after using it for a couple weeks I can totally justify spending the money as the eyeshadows are really pigmented and they blend really well.
Packaging: I absolutely love the packaging of this palette! The colours are amazing and the palette easily fits into my makeup bag. It has a fairly decent sized mirror making it good for traveling, with a snazzy magnetic lid to close it.
Pigmentation: The palette comes with 18 eye shadow shades- all of which smell of sweet peaches which you can smell immediately as you open up the palette. I'm not a huge fan of the smell as it's quite intense, but its worth it for the amazing pigmentation of the shadows. The colours appear true to colour and they blend amazing, making applying eye shadow really easy whether you're doing an everyday look in a rush or a dramatic Smokey eye for an evening out.

(Swatches- left to right of palette)     

My favourite eye shadows from this palette would be Luscious (a pretty shimmery pink- easy to wash over the eye when in a rush), Bellini (a more intense pink shade with gold shimmer), Caramelized (a nude brown with glitter, easy to blend in the crease of the eye to create a smoky eye) and White peach (an amazing white that's perfect for using as a base colour all over the lid). I would have expected more pinky toned shades in this palette considering it was peach inspired- but having said that, I would happily use every shade in the palette as they are easy to wear and worth the investment. My only wish it that they would have put a shimmery highlight shade that you could use on the brow bone so that you would have all the colours you need to create a full eye look.

I have used this eye shadow every single day this week and have created so many eye looks with it. In the picture above I used White peach as a base colour all over my lid, with Puree, Summer Yum and Caramelised blended into the crease. In the very outer corners of my eye I added the shade Peach pit to intensify the colour and then the colour Luscious in my inner tear ducts to brighten the eye. 

Overall I would recommend this palette as the pigmentation and quality of the eye shadows are amazing. Two Faced eye shadows are defiantly worth the hype, and despite the slightly heavy price tag, I think its a must in anyone's makeup collection.

Hope you enjoyed my review, new blog posts coming soon!

Isabel xx

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