Saturday, 25 October 2014

Good Reads

Monthly Reads: October

Welcome back! Firstly sorry for the little lack in posts this week! I've been down with a cold and the prospect of taking photographs for my blog did not appeal to me! Though saying that it gave me a good idea for a topic, being ill means laying in blankets and reading...with a cup of tea of course. So here I thought I would include some reading material people might like, I know I did! Some of these were new discoveries for me and I had to share....Enjoy!

stylist magazine

This online magazine is completely new to me, shockingly it was its 5th birthday a few weeks ago, how had I not seen this gem before! This issue of Stylist shown is a few weeks old now, but it is one of my favourites because of the wonderful Lena Dunham acting as guest editor, what could be better?! This is an online magazine as I said, the articles can be viewed on the stylist website, or if you have an android or apple phone/tablet then it is free to subscribe and read it as a proper magazine. It is a weekly instalment of fashion, beauty, books, people, lifestyle and travel - and it's amazing! The content is very interesting covering a range of topics, it's intellectual without being dull, very up to date without being gossipy or shallow. Stylist magazine is a wonderful combination of topics which all women would love to read about, I highly recommend it. Plus their photography is brilliant, if your interested like me!

disegno east of eden
Shown above : John Steinbeck's East of Eden, Disegno Magazine issue 7

Firstly I will talk about an incredible novel called East of Eden, by the classic writer John Steinbeck. I don't even know where to start with this book, it is just simply amazing and completely consuming. The story is set at the beginning of the twentieth century and ends post World War 1, it goes through the life stories of the generations between two families closely intertwined, The Hamiltons and The Trasks. The whole novel is set in the Salinas Valley in California, which Steinbeck describes so beautifully and detailed for all the senses, it is also the place Steinbeck grew up in. I can't say too much about the book's plot without giving it away, a story about two families affairs I admit seemed dull even to me, but there are so many unexpected plot twists and unusual characters which makes this book an absolutely compelling read! To top it off, this novel is also said to be based on Steinbeck's family history, he is even briefly mentioned within the story. I found this out about half way through reading the book and thought hell, this man has got the most insane and interesting history, you wouldn't believe it is factual! I am someone that is usually more of a fiction fact, the more fantasy the better! But more and more I'm loving novels such as these, and East of Eden I have to say is one of the best books I have read, I couldn't recommend it more!
I got the recommendation for this book by youtuber Jenn Im of Clothes Encounters, I love her channel, her sense of style and recommendations are always spot on for me, definitely check her out if you haven't already!

disegno pages

This final 'good read' of mine is the Disegno Magazine, here's some pages shown above of what it's like inside. Don't worry there is actually writing and articles in this magazine, but being a photographer I was drawn to these pages! This magazine is a Biannual covering Design, Architecture and Fashion, this would undoubtedly be amazing for students doing a topic related to one of these, for it's fresh and unique finds in the creative sector. I even loved it for the incredible photography and found it an amazing source of inspiration when on my course. But after leaving University I still find this magazine extremely interesting. Disegno magazine may not be to everyone's taste, but for anyone that is interested in the creative arts or the topics the magazine specialises in, it will be a hit! It's a little pricey at £8, but for how thick it is and the quality - which seems to me as more of a book - it is worth it, plus theres only two in a year! I find Disegno reads really well, nothing too overly pretentious or technical, it's simplistic and to the point. I find this magazine is a good coffee table piece, I leave it out and I am constantly picking it up to look at and so do many others! Give it a try if Art & Design is your thing.

These books and magazines have been keeping me particularly occupied this month, especially through my 'feeling sorry for myself cold'! Please comment below or via Twitter what's been your favourite thing to read recently, have you any recommendations you'd like to share? I'm always looking for an excuse to buy more books on amazon!
As always, thanks for reading! :) 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Autumn Hair Care

Autumn Staples: Hair Care

Hello again! I'm back with my last post of Autumn Staples, this time I'm talking about hair care. I've found a set of products that are really working for me, which means less bad hair days, finally! If only hair was weatherproof, but my picks here at least keep hair looking shiny and soft as well as voluminous. With all the wind and generally damp weather it can leave hair really flat, dull and don't even get me started on fly aways! So here are my hair care heroes:

autumn hair care, dry hair

autumn hair care, dry hair

From left to right:
Regis Designline Ultimate Radiance Leave-in Conditioner - Quite a mouth full I know! But this is the best leave in conditioner I've tried! Its around the £10 mark which isn't in everyone's budget, but if you want a brilliantly conditioning treatment which smoothes hair and adds a healthy shine, then this is worth the price. I can always tell the difference in my hair if I don't use it, this treatment makes my hair tamed, soft and stops the fly aways. I got mine from my local supercuts hairdressers, but I'm sure it can be found on amazon or something similar.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hair Spray - This is a miracle hairspray, also very unusual! As you would think a hairspray is what you use at the end of styling to set hair, whereas this one you spray onto the roots of wet hair. Then when blow dried it sets your hair in place without any stiff or crispness that hairspray sometimes does. And to top it off, it adds plenty of volume to the roots and because it is set there, it lasts all day! Perfect!
Redken Powder Grip 3 - As loved by the likes of Alexa Chung, this amazing powder adds amazing volume! Placed onto the roots and work in with fingers, this adds instant volume and texture. The powder it's self is so different from the cheaper L'oreal copy, this volumizer almost sets the style into place, which is wonderful and a little like the Bumble and bumble product - but the 'on the go' version.
L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil - (mine is for coloured hair) This oil can be used a few different ways, several pumps of it on to hair as a treatment before washing, a few pumps onto wet hair before drying or a pump onto dry hair after styling. I prefer to do the last two, it just makes hair unbelievably soft and so shiny. I used this back when I had wrecked bleach blonde hair and it managed to some how make it look healthy!

I've always struggled with my hair to keep it looking nice when I leave the house or just looking healthy in general, these products are a winning set to me. Even friends and family that have tried them, love them too! I recommend giving them a try, they're appropriate for all hair types too!

If you missed my last post on Autumn Skin Care, you can read in here.
Or of you missed my first post on Autumn Make Up, you can also read that here.

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them. Or do you have any other hair care wonders you would like to share, please comment below!

Thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Autumn Staples: Skin Care

Autumn Staples: Skin Care

Welcome back! This week I am following on from my previous post: seasonal make up staples, with Skin care. Because it's starting to get colder, (or if your from the UK...a lot colder!) it's all about keeping your skin moisturised, soft and exfoliated. These things are pretty much important all year round, but with all the windy and cold weather it really starts to take its' toll on your skin, especially your face! As I've mentioned before I have oily/combination skin and even with my skin type hydrating my skin is still important, as it can be dehydrated as well as oily! Who'd have thought it! So here are some of my favourite skin saviours:

autumn skin care, skin care for dry skin

From Left to Right:
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter - Even though your face is very important to look after doesn't mean we should forget about our body too! I've been a fan of soap and glory creams for a good few years now, they are just so moisturising and the skin soaks it up really well, so you aren't left feeling sticky when you just want to get dressed! I think they feel very luxurious for the price and do the job perfectly. It's also the different scents that keep me coming back, this one is more of a clean/fresh smell which is really nice post shower. I definitely recommend you giving them a sniff in store!
Malin  + Goetz Lip Moisturiser- This item sounded so odd that I had to buy it! I've seen many different kinds of lip balms and chap sticks but this looked completely different, and it is! I can only describe it as a thick clear gel, it's quite heavy and unusual feeling at first. But as I used it more I'd say it's more of a treatment for your lips than a lipbalm you use daily. I apply a small amount to my lips after using a lip scrub and let it sink in, usually at night time, when you wake your lips look and feel amazing!
Origins Drink up Intensive Mask - This item is definitely a treat for the skin and in general as it is a little on the pricey side of things. But I find you don't need to use it so often which means it lasts, and its just worth it! (At least that's what I tell myself!) I use this at night time as it suggests, apply this instead of moisturiser all over the face, a little goes a long way with me, if your dryer feel free to use more. Simply sleep on it and in the morning your skin will be incredibly soft, feel plumper and healthier.
Mario Badescu Control Cream - Now this may not be a staple for everyone, but for someone like me that has eczema or just dry/flaky skin this is a life saver! Big statement I know, This can be used pretty much anywhere on the body, but I needed this for my face which can be embarrassing when your appear to be scaly!? My eye lids and under eyes got eczema out of nowhere, Ive always had this condition on my legs and arms but you just don't want to put that horrid cream from the doctors on your face! This cream literally halved the dryness in one use, within a week it was gone! My friends have tried this on their dry skin and it worked perfectly on them too.
Lush Lip Scrub - (Popcorn flavour) Yes flavoured lip scrub does sound very odd, I wandered why it matters if it had a flavour, but according to lush you an eat it! Well not literally the whole pot, you take a small heap on a finger and rub away at your lips with it, then when your done you either wipe it away or lick it off your lips! It's made from sugar and a little salt too from what I tasted, the flavouring is added to taste nicer but to be honest I wouldn't recommend the popcorn one! The minty pot is nicer, but no matter which pot it is they all work brilliant at leaving your lips soft and smooth!
The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil - As someone with oily skin I never thought I would be one to use an oil on my face, it seems wrong! But this one is particularly special, it is part serum also, which changes how it feels completely. The texture is more of a dry oil, which sounds contradictory, but you would have to try it in store to understand. I always feel like oils just sit on the surface on my skin and I notice no real benefit in using it. Where as this Serum-in-Oil seems to sink in really quickly, it isn't overly oily feeling on the skin at all. The result in morning is brilliant and actually noticeable. I use this every other night and my skin is so much plumper and looks much healthier when properly hydrated. I'm converted!

If you missed my last post on my Autumn Make up Staples, Then you can click here to read!

It's a small group really, but they make such a difference to my skin over the colder months! Has anyone else tried these products? Or does anyone else have a favourite they would like to share? Please comment below, I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, 6 October 2014

Now on Bloglovin!


I'm now on Bloglovin, I've so many posts coming up so keep an eye out! Just type in 'Lights camera lifestyle' into the site's search panel to find me! For those of you that don't have a Bloglovin account, I highly recommend it. It is a site where you can create your own profile and get involved in the bloging community, whether that be following all your favourite blogs to read on your personalised feed, or commenting/chatting with the blog's authors or fellow readers. It's a brilliant and easy way to keep up to date with all your favourite blogs and find new ones. Personally I just used to bookmark my favourite blogs, but using bloglovin has made it much easier for me and you never miss a post!
Give it a go!

Thanks for reading :)

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Autumn Staples: Make up

Autumn Staples:


Autumn is officially here already! That means it's time to whip out your long lasting make up, woolly jumpers and trusty boots. It may just be me but in the colder months I tend to lean more towards the matte side of things, my favourite foundation this summer had been the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. It gave the perfect semi dewy finish for summer, I have oily skin and I hadn't expected it to work so well! But for the past few weeks I have been reaching for my longer lasting, more matte make up goodies. Here are my picks:

autumn makeup
autumn make up
mac honeylove lipstick, maybelline superstay lipstick always plum
(Swatches are Left - Mac Honeylove and Right - Maybelline SuperStay Lipstick in 260 Always Plum)

From left to right they are:
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - (Shade 10) I wear the lightest colour, not only because I'm pale but the highlighting effect really brightens the face. I switch to this concealer over Autumn/winter as it's so hydrating, unlike the Bobbi Brown 'creamy concealer' which is everything but!
Maybelline SuperStay 14hr Lipstick - (Shade 260 Always Plum) I know of some people that really don't get along with this lipstick or find it too matte, but for me this is amazing! Very intense colour pay off from the whole line, a little drying but nothing a little lip balm can't sort out. This colour in particular I love because of the vampy rich look it gives, which many seem to love this time of year.
Mac - (Matte finish, shade Honeylove) Yet another matte lipstick, but mac's formulas I find so creamy even when it is matte, so it's very comfortable on the lips. All year round a nude lip is perfect, this one especially for the matte finish but also the shading is quite close to that of Kylie Jenner's, lips that everyone seems to want to get!
Revlon ColourStay Foundation - (Ivory, Combination/oily) This is my foundation of choice for Autumn/Winter, as with every year's trends skin starts to go matter, more perfected. Usually I like to use matte foundations all year round because I was so oily, but I've found getting older my skin is getting dryer. But either way I still love my trusty Revlon ColourStay, it still allows my skin to breathe and gets a little shiny by the end of the day which looks healthy to me.
Benefit The Pore Fessional - One of my favourite primers, this one is more silicone based rather than water based. I find these type of primers just glide over the skin better, making pores and lines look almost airbrushed. This just makes the skin look so flawless and makes the foundation last much longer, which is what we need in colder and probably wetter weather!
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow - (shade 1 Bone) I first bought this last winter, now I don't know how I got by without it! This cream shadow really mattes down the eyelids and creates a neutral base to add shadows to, I have had very oily eyelids for a long time and couldn't really wear much more than eyeliner. This cream shadow creates a great barrier against oils and keeps shadows on top looking vivid and lasting longer without creases.
Soap and Glory Love at First Blush - (shade - Pink, pop and pearl) This blush, as with many soap and glory products are just beautiful to look at! But of course this blush is so pretty on the cheeks too, it's a little more subtle so I wear it a little higher on my cheeks as a highlighter also, as it has an iridescent look to it. Its quite a dusty Rosy colour when swirled together, because of the added light bronze which adds a healthy glow after all that matte finish make up.

These are my Autumn staples, in the next post I'll share some of my skin care picks of the season. Who else likes these products? Or does anyone have their own faves they'd like to share? Please comment below I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading :)