Sunday, 25 September 2016

Nanshy Make-up Brush Set

Personally I had never heard of Nanshy before so I was excited to try these brushes out. This brand is all about being good to animals which is why these brushes are 100% vegan and cruelty free. The luxury travel brush set includes 13 brushes such as foundation, eyeshadow, powder, blush, brow, liner and it comes with a cute little bag to carry them around easily. 
The set costs £36,95 which I find a reasonable price for the amount of brushes you get. The quality is actually very good, a bit similar to Real techniques brushes. I love the way they are designed, they are really good to hold when applying make up because of the shape. I had never used brushes before with this shape so it took some time to get used to but I prefer it to other ones now!
I am personally not a fan of the foundation brush in this set, it does work but I prefer a lot of other brushes so I will never use this one. The brow brush is not sharp enough in my opinion and a bit too thick. I am also missing a brush to apply highlight and maybe a contour one instead of so many eyeshadow brushes. However, I do think it is good to have more eyeshadow brushes. I have one favourite eyeshadow brush (not in this set) and I always reach for that one even though that means I have to clean it first. So I love that there is a variety of eyeshadow brushes in this set and that I have some more choice now! At the beginning some brushes such as the foundation brush feel a bit stiff, but that is more because they have never been used or washed before, and I don't notice it when applying make up either. Overall, I think it is a really good set, especially as a starter set. My favourite brushes so far are the powder brush and the eyeshadow crease brushes.
I hope this gives you an idea about Nanshy brushes and this set in particular. 

Love, Marlinde x


Monday, 19 September 2016

Formal but Fashionable

Since my school decided to make every Friday a "formal wear day'' this year, I had a perfect excuse to purchase new clothes. (if not I would have found an excuse anyway)
Not that I couldn't find anything appropriate in my closet for these days but I wanted something stylish yet still smart. I have put together two of my favourite outfits that I have worn on Fridays so far and I thought it would be a good idea to share them! Maybe this will give you some inspiration whether it is for work, school or job interviews. It is always good to have something ready when you go somewhere where converse and ripped jeans are out of the picture. I have decided to share these outfits in two different posts, starting off with this one.

ASOS is my go-to website at the moment, I must have hundreds of products in my 'saved items'. I bought both my dress and my shoes from ASOS but they are from two different brands. The dress is from Warehouse and I think it is the perfect dress for a formal day. First of all, you can never go wrong with stripes and second, this dress is really well made which I love, it fits nicely around the waist, the stripes match from front to back (this is almost NEVER the case with 'affordable' clothing) and the length is perfect; not too long but not too short either. The colour looked a bit grey on the website but it is actually a light denim blue colour and looks beautiful with the small white detailed stripes in between. It has two pockets on each side which gives the dress that little bit extra. I think it will look cute with a small belt as well but I liked it just the way it was for this outfit.

Onto my shoes, I have had my eyes on these for SO long. These beauties from Kurt Geiger were in the sale so I couldn't help myself. (again with the excuses)
I have never really been into loafers but lately I have learned to actually really like them and I am still looking out for a black pair. I am just extremely picky with these types of shoes because it is so hard to find a pair that I 100 percent love and that do not make me feel like a 70 year old yet.
Luckily I found this pair in a beautiful nude light pink colour with gold detail and two cute little tassels on each shoe. I must say that even whilst my feet were bleeding inside these shoes, I still looked at them and thought they were absolutely gorgeous. If that doesn't say  enough then I don't know what will.

Love, Marlinde x

P.S I always buy all of my tights from Primark, they are incredibly cheap but last me longer than some other brands!


Thursday, 8 September 2016

DIY | Make your own bath salts

With autumn and all the cold rainy days just around the corner, nothing is more satisfying than a warm relaxing bath at night. I thought I would share this DIY that I have been working on and cannot stop making. These bath salts are SO easy to make and will not take up much of your time at all!

I wanted these bath salts to not only look really cute but also to smell good. I decided to create the following scents: lavender, rose, vanilla and cinnamon-orange. I think lavender is my favourite at the moment but they all smell sooo good!

For this DIY you will need the following:

♡  Epsom Salt
♡  Food colouring
♡  Essential/Fragrance oils 
♡  Mason Jars (Mine were 490 g)
♡  Mixing bowl + Spoons 
♡  Ribbons

First of all, you want to pour 400 g of Epsom salt into your mixing bowl, (or into the mason jar first if yours are smaller/larger to see how much you will need). Then take 1/4 teaspoon of the essential oil and mix it in with the salts. This was strong enough for me but you can always add more if you prefer it a bit stronger. After that take 4 tiny drops of food colouring and mix it in with the salts as well. I chose to use purple for lavender and a light pink for rose but you can choose any colour of course, or even a rainbow if you put the salts in different bowls and then put them all together in the mason jar!

The reason I used Epsom salt instead of sea salt is because it has so many extra benefits; it helps against aching muscles, is really good for stress relief, colds, helps to relax and it improves sleep and concentration. So, there is every reason to take a bath with these salts! You can buy Epsom salt online very easily but also in stores such as Boots, some supermarkets and pharmacies. I bought 1kg for £4,99 and I filled two whole Mason Jars with it so I think it is definitely worth it! 

Finally, the best part of this DIY is decorating! Grab all the ribbons and little cards/stickers you can find and I promise it will make the Mason Jars instantly look 10 times better! I even put a small cinnamon stick in one of my jars. It was so easy to make this but I love how they turned out. These bath salts will also be a great gift idea for friends and family, everyone loves a good bath!

Love, Marlinde x

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