December 2015 | Just Sarah xoxo

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

4 makeup brushes you NEED






No matter how big my brush collection i seem to find myself always reaching for only a select few of my brushes. After realising this i considered that they MUST be the makeup brushes every gal needs for her collection! So here are 4 makeup brushes that i know you need. It isnt just to do with the type of brush but also the brand, i have tried so many brushes and to be fair its a lot to do with the quality of the bristles. 

FOUNDATION BRUSH ~
real techniques is a brand i have begun to love, i cant comment on their whole collection as i havent tried them all...yet..their base brushes are brill though. I use the big gold brush in the photo to blend out my foundation and also my cream contour. I find it helps to blend out all the product easily and doesnt absorb it all on the brush. (buy here)

BLUSHER BRUSH ~
i love the shape of this pink brush, it is perfect for the apples of my cheeks. i use it to apply my blusher and also my bronzer and i find that it sweeps so nice. it packs in a lot of product on all sides of the brush. i think i got this from amazon but im sure they have a similar brush in the real techniques collection. (buy here)

CREASE EYESHADOW BRUSH ~
this is my favourite brush like ever! the ZOEVA 221 brush for the crease and transistion colours. this brush everyone needs to get that perfect crease, i used to use eyeshadow brushes that were flat to try and blend out and now i can see why it never worked haha. (buy here)

CONCEALER BRUSH ~
this little bad boy really shouldnt be underestimated, easy to blend out any concealer and gets into those sneaky under eye areas. i also use it to contour my lips and lips being a smaller area this brush can fill it in easy. this is also from the real techniques collection. (buy here)


what are your fave brushes?

XOXO

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Feminine Scents







Between now and new years im not so sure what to do with myself expect to binge watch "American horror story" and spray myself in tons of perfume! Christmas was over in a flash and its time to start planning for the new year. Im super excited about the new year as i have a whole get fit and eat right campaign going on wih myself personally and also some collaborations to help you guys too! There is no excuse now haha.
Apart from loving the smell of a perfume, i am also a huuuuge huge bottle lover/hoarder. I love the shape and colour of certain bottles and even the boxes they come in. These were the lovely perfumes i got for christmas and i must say, these people know me well! I literally LOVE all these smells. Im not much of a flowery, sweet smelling lover but more of a deeper smelling woody smell. That makes no sense >_< all i mean is i dont like really sweet or overpowering smells. These 4 are perfect for me, i think SI and Victoria Beckham (its david beckhams right? but i associate is with mrs B) are very womanly and feminine without being sweet and they last all day. The Jimmy Choo one is a mix of feminine and sweet smelling and the Britney Spears is the sweetest of them all but with a musky undertone (?).

I would always recommend SI to anyone struggling for that perfect scent!


SI - buy here
Jimmy Choo - buy here
Britney Spears - buy here
V Beckham - buy here 

what is your MUST HAVE perfume?


 
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Friday, 18 December 2015

#OOTD | Bomber jackets & high waisted jeans



 



Practical yet stylish?... i wouldnt say so much stylish but as far as jackets go, this is the most stylish one ive had in the winter months. In the colder months im more of a comfort and warmth over style and getting ill! So here i am, trying my best trying to mix the two together. I think the trainers keep it really casual and stress comfort to the max. They are running trainers so they are incredibly light and soft on my feet. I think the high waisted jeans and the high neck are the things that keep it fashion forward.
~ my first pair of high waisted jeans for like ever! ~ 
Normally a long coat girl, i suprised myself when i bought this bomber, thinking i would be cold! The key is just to layer to keep yourself warm and that way you can wear a beautiful jacket. I love the red contrast on the inside and the red fur on the hood cos it injects some colour to those bland blacks, browns and khaki coat colours.

what is your favourite style of coat?

Bomber jacket - Missguided
Jean - Missguided
Trainers - New look (similar)
Top - Vintage (similar)
XOXO

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

BEAUTY | Prime time - 2 primers to stick with!



There are waaay too many primers on the market, when did it suddenly blow up with primers? like just when the whole contour world blew up and everyone was launching contour kits. I'm not a real big user of primers, just use a little on a night out. 

I have always used the W7 Prime magic primer as it is a bargain at around £4. Its so smoothing and applies really well, lasts allll day or night as the case may be and leaves the makeup fully on your face. The only thing i find about it is it can leave my problem areas of my face a bit dry. I think if i invest in a fix plus type of prodcut, it may combat that problem!
 (seen on the left side of my hand)

The other primer i have included is the little arbonne primer. I got sent some samples of this and recently used it, and i actually prefer it to the W7 one. It has a more skin tone to it and is a hella lot more hydrating, it still has the smooth feel about it  but instead of being so drying its a bit more movable and oily. Not that oily that it makes your skin oily though! It kept my make up on brilliantly. So i would like to thank Kerry for sending me the samples ♥ 

Whats your favourite primer?

XOXO


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Monday, 14 December 2015

NYE dresses w/ NAZZ collection

Hopefully you have seen my last NYE post, featuring a gorgeous crochet dress from boohoo. Cos here is another NYE dress inspiration all from NAZZ collection post for you! The boohoo dress was beautiful and your typical party/evening dress, where as these are showstopers!!They are dripping in G L A M , i have choosen all long maxi dresses for this post, so if you are are not a usual spotlight stealer you will be in one of these! 

I personally cannot get over number 3 !! It is just beautiful beyond words. As you can
see i am loving the blue colour for the NY, it scream royal and class. I have my own dress from Nazz collection ( number 1 but in white) and the quality is absolutley amazing. The fit is perfect and the designs are just so classic.

Would you wear any dresses from this collection?

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

#OOTN | The perfect NYE dress!

WARNING ; this dress contains a lot of sass!




As we all know (well i hope we all do, if not where have you been hiding!) that NYE is just around the corner and if anything could be more stressful, apart from the tanning prep, its what you are going to wear. I was over the moon to team up with boohoo on this one as i LOVE their whole entire website wardrobe and to bring you some NYE outfit inspiration  is more than perfect!
I think this dress is perfect, from its contrast colours, to the crochet detailing and the panelling. 
It is avalible in black but the LBD is a no no for me when it comes to a NYE dress, i wore one last year and i felt soooo under dressed! So i have picked an outfit that has some colour injection and is, as it goes a really festive colour! I have kept my makeup minimal but i think you could totes get away with a red lip and sparkly eyeliner. 

I actually love this style of dress cos it makes me super glam, just like Elizabeth Taylor or Ava Gardner. I could really see a hollywood starlet in this dress, it tucks you in at the waist and oozes sex appeal. This time of the year is my fave because of all dressing up and glam that comes with it, i love nothing more than to try and recreate an old hollywood look.

 
 

Dress - Boohoo
Shoes - Boohoo

http://tidd.ly/16e36ca9


I think these shoes are the perfect pair for this dress ♥
#WeAreUs


Have you got your outfit sorted?? if you have send me some links so i can see!

Much love
XOXO
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Thursday, 10 December 2015

#FITNESS | How to start your fitness journey & keep it up!

im branching out into the world of fitness!! wish me luck 0:)

how does one start a fitness journey? i dont think there is any wrong or right way to go about how to start really looking after your body - and i dont just mean from the outside. for a long time now i have wanted to really get into the whole scene of working out and eating healthy, but then do you know what happens? life. yes life takes over. i know for many of us, including me this is just an excuse - and thats where it all lies, it has to come from within. the motivation has to always start from YOU. no one says to you
"today is the day, you should get a hold of your health and start working out today!"
 i can be totally motivated one month and get really stuck into a routine of going running or doing those big booty squats but then it all goes out the window! i use the excuses, im tired, i have work tomorrow, its too cold ( i mean the winters here seem to be getting colder...or is that just me?)
dont get me wrong, it isnt a case of laziness, im glad i dont have to beat myself up about that one..i think its a case of sticking to something and not letting the negative mind set kick in. so here are a few tips on how you can start your journey and also *hopefully* keep it up! 
im going to use this guide aswell and pray to the heavens that i will stick to it, & i want you guys to help me too!!


#TIP 1- SURROUND YOURSELF WITH MOTIVATING PEOPLE
if i said this to myself about 2 years ago i would probably say 
" what people?"
dont get it twisted now, i do have friends (even though most
of them seem to have fur and bark..)
but it wasnt the kind of people who had my
best interests at heart, and thats OK. everyone is preoccupied with
their own lives so why would they want to add
motivating me to do something I want to their list?
in this age we can use the internet to much benefit, YouTube vids of
workout routines and fitness diaries, blogs and even instafeeds.
you can also create a friendship with these people and help to motivate eachother.
at least you both know its the real thang and you want to
see eachother succeed :)
http://fitnessontoast.com/2014/02/16/stylish-workout-gear-on-a-budget/

#TIP 2- PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
**calling all scatter brains** 
even if you are not a scatter brain this one is also for you. get yourself a little notepad or
even a wall planner and PLAN! write down goals, times and routines. for example on monday 
you may want to go for a late night run cos you dont have to get up
for work the next morning, on wednesday you may want to do a 
few exercises after work. it doesnt matter the routine, just write it down and tick it off as you go.
a good tip is also to plan your meals, i tend to wander of track and 
grab junk food just because its the easier option. im hungry, i want food. thats it. there is no 
inbetween. WRONG. there go my excuses again *slap*
the more you plan the more likely you will stick to it and 
create the healthiest, yummiest, organ benefiting food ;p

http://www.savvymom.ca/index.php/eatsavvy/blog/green-smoothies


#TIP 3 - BE POSITIVE
as i mentioned up there ^^^ its all about mindset. believe in yourself and be your 
biggest fan. we all see in our minds the best version of ourselves and who says
we cant be that? US. by having a negative mindset we stop ourselves being the best we can be.
positive thinking is also a lengthy process and needs to be practised everyday. so why not
think positive in the mind and body.  little things like saying to yourself in your head or out loud
"i can do this, i will do this"
can make all the difference! i once read the book called "the secret" which really
helped me to understand all about what being positive can do for me. i really recommend 
the book to anyone who struggles with bouts of negativity.

http://www.womensfitness.co.uk/blog/950/yoga-blog-finding-stillness


i hope all this tips will prove helpful!
for your sake and mine
now im going to finish off this doughnut..

just kidding ;)

what is your current fitness routine? do you struggle with keeping it up?
any tips?
please comment below

XOXO


**photos are not mine! i have linked the owners direct on the images**
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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

#OOTD | Kingin' it





here is me just kingin' it in this tee from the new house of sàça collection, although this is from their mens collection and technically i am not a king but a queen hehe i can wear it with pride, i mean, doesnt kylie jenner refer to herself as 'king kylie'?
in the world of instagram brands this collection has me most excited as im such a huge fan of a slogan tee and dont think you can ever have enough. slouching about in a tee has to be one of my fave things to do, but you can also really dress them up. i have seen so many bloggers wearing a slogan tee and then having something fancy going on down below....heels and a slogan tee is enough for me!

find out more about the collection

what do you think of this tee, would you wear it?

XOXO
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Monday, 7 December 2015

Luxemme share the love - £15 FREE gift voucher

Lets share the love this christmas!

 
  Luxemme.com are giving back this christmas and it is your perfect chance to reap the rewards! You will recieve 8 £15 vouchers, which you can be greedy (i see you ) and keep them all for yourself mwahaha, or you can give them as gifts to your friends and family. 
I think this is such a lovely idea to give back to their loyal cusotmers which in turn means i can give something back to my loyal readers! 

Sometimes it is so difficult buying a gift for someone and can really stress you out, so i like to think this takes away all the stress of shopping for a present, as you dont have to spend a penny yourself and you get to gift someone with a voucher! They can shop at luxemme until their heart is content & buy exactly what they love. Its so great if you have a lot of friends or family, you can all shop for your christmas and new year outfits here for half the price! They have some beautiful dresses for all occassions, check them out here

pssst, these are actually so perfect for a secret santa!! ♥ 

To get your free vouchers just follow
Luxemme on their social media


and then click on the image below!

https://www.luxemme.com/vouchers



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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

#BEAUTY | Manuka Doctor facial peel





skincare is an essential one for me cos my face is so dirty haha well, thats the basis of it. i dont mean dirty as in a have marks all over my face, but its the hidden dirt! makeup, oil and even outdoor pollution can cause so much dirt  to stick to your pores. if you are like me, you will spend countless hours in the mirror trying to squeeze out the dirt *yuck* TMI! sorry guys! 
i wouldnt recommend it as it can cause scaring! the next best thing to do it to find a facial mask/peel that suits your skin type and to use it once or twice a week. im so so glad that i got to work with Manuka Doctor and came across this facial peel, cos its pretty much a skin saver. i  have such trouble with my nose pores and after using this a couple of times have realised that it has helped to pull some of the dirt out of my pores! just what i needed.

as you can see it includes manuka honey and also bee venom, id like to add that no bees were harmed during the process! i have used pure honey on my face before and it is so great to obtain smooth skin but i have never used anything with bee venom in. 

it is a gorgeous thick consistency which applies to the skin really really well, i like to use my spare foundation brush to apply it and it goes on perfectly! it dries really quick but the best part is pulling it off.....it feels so weird as if youre pulling a layer of skin off ahha
i get satisfaction from the smallest of things, ey. 
you just feel so instantly clean once it is off and it doesnt leave your skin dry either , in fact its the total opposite, leaving it hydrated.

i think this facial peel has captured my heart out of all masks i have used. i suppose the next step is to try their other products. look, they have loads !! > www.manukadoctor.co.uk

go check out my mask selfie over at @ sarahlcx2 on insta

psssst. also youtube sensation shaaanxo uses the mask and she loves it 
see here > shaaanxo vlog

have you tried anything from the Manuka Doctor range? 
what sort of masks do you normally use? 

XOXO
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

HQhair #KISSMAS secret santa competition

Christmas is the time of year i look forward to the most, not just because of the food *angel emoji* or the gift giving BUT the fact that we have some of the best festive parties to attend! not only meaning we get to show off our new fashion purchases and sparkle like a disco ball but we get to use all our beauty goodies! the best bit about going out is the getting ready right? the long hours of conditioning our hair in preperation, the art of scultping our faces and trying out that new glittery liner. 
so luckily enough for you guys i have teamed up with HQhair.com who have gone all out christmas-ey and are holding a #KISSMAS secret santa campaign!

SO what does this mean??!!!

it means you can win a whole bunch of beauty goodies just before christmas to help with YOU looking gorgeous! If you want to know a little more about the campaign you can read HQhair  explaining it ♥ (you can also enter via the link^)

To be in a chance of winning all you have to do is TAG a friend who you also think deserves a secret santa beauty box at HQhair's twitter handle here : @HQHAIR not forgetting to mention #KISSMAS also tweet them what you think is in the box!

or simply continue further down my post and see what is in the box! if you dont want to see and want to keep the box a secret ...sshhh...then go straight to their twitter :) you can also tag me in the twitter so i know you have entered, im at @justsarahxoxo_

( competition ends 18/12/2015) - so HURRY!

i love this campaign because it mean you guys get to be involved!! lets spread the christmas cheer and start giving ♥


 



 

....i knew you would sneak-a-peek ;)...

with these goodies you have everything you need to create that perfect party look,
from the eyeshadows (which im loving the pigment and colour) the gloss, the contour kit and even the cream to sort out those cracked heels! lets face it, we are going to be wearing some gorgeous high heels and we want baby smooth feet! Im going to link all items below so you can read up on them direct from the HQhair.com site :)


merry #KISSMAS 

XOXO
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