Friday, August 28, 2015

Mayfield Lavender Fields

I think this is possibly one of our (Matt and I) favourite set of photos we've shot this year so far  – and there were many pretty amazing ones with our travels already, but we still managed to trek out in 30 degree heat (where has my Equatorian blood gone to?!), sweating buckets, hopped on a train and a bus and way too long later... we rode into the edge of Surrey to Mayfield Lavender fields. I've been wanting to go since last year but we got preoccupied, so this year, we decided to make the most of the summer heat and got out of the house! 

Entrance was £1, which I suppose, isn't too bad, given it's going towards upkeep etc. But lo and behold, we eventually found a public path from another side entrance which is actually free - so if anyone of you guys head there, you can decide if you want to get in the free path or the small-fee path but either way it's pretty cool to be there in the fields. Personally, I'm a big fan of lavender so the smell of it was very warm and inviting, and then I pretended I was in Aix-en-Provence or something.... running through the fields. There were a lot of bees, but I tried to make my way around them by skipping over the tall lavenders.

Fortunately it wasn't too crowded, even on a Saturday, which meant the lanes between the lavender rows were unoccupied so we could take shots with a relatively clear background. Also remember to bring a polarizer if you're going on a sunny day, it'll help a lot with the glare of the sun! Although you guys probably don't want to see what the behind-the-scenes actually were... carrying around two massive lenses and lugging them around and swapping them depending on the shots, but it's all in the fun ain't it!

Oh, and this sexy little number? It's from Missguided, which I picked up after finishing an exam a couple of months ago on a whim! I was slightly hesitant to wear it out because let's face it, I have Keira Knightley's boobs (although I really like her as an actress I don't care what you say) and I was scared they were going to fail me, but I decided why not - it's also completely bare-backed, so I paired it with my flowy little cape! White is a really easy colour to shoot amidst the fields, and I felt like I was channeling my inner Florence Welch (LOVE) by the end of our visit!

(Jumpsuit - Missguided / Light cardi (?!) - Sfera / Necklace - ohmyclumsyheart (similar) / Sunglasses - Rayban) 

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did taking them, it's an absolutely magical place to visit (when it's not too hot) and there's still about a week left before they close for the end of summer! So if you're think of where you might want to go over the Bank Holiday weekend, maybe consider a frolic in a purple haze?

In any case, let me know what you think of these and of your plans this weekend :) I've finally handed in my dissertation so I'll be having a small break as a celebration!

Mayfield Lavender Fields

Croydon Lane,
Open 9.30am to 7pm (From May 30th)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sephora Lip Haul

Am I upping my SEO game or what, guys?!?!? 
Basically I have recently amassed a box of makeup totalling to a small nation. I've become a VIB member as a result of this too, and I feel the shame coming on. So my parents came visiting last week and my mother kindly lugged a box of Sephora products back for me when she went to Canada. This is probably a fraction of the things I've got, and I thought I'd separate the products into different categories for different posts? Let me know if you're interested in peeking into the other things I got from Sephora.... 
Here are a few lip products I had my eye on, and let us all embrace in the goodness of the unopened packaging (I swear we pay 40% for packaging) and its pristine form before I use them in my haphazard way. As you can see, it came in a repackaged Origins box next to my new PJs while we were away in Cornwall for a holiday...
Let's go! First thing I was super excited to use was BareMinerals' Marvelous Moxie in Light It Up, something my mother actually recommended when she got her own when she was in Canada, but also from reading lots about it in the ~big blogger world~. It's got a delicious creamy sheen, extremely moisturising and has great colour coverage! They've got a great selection of colours too so I'm definitely checking out their other options when I've gone through this big stash of mine.
Next we have the infamous Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Zin, and I basically picked this because my lip collection is made up of reds and oranges (which I always ending up picking for some reason); and the description of it being a muted berry just sorta won me over, y'know? I mean I think my subsconscience thought I could be some sort of Asian Kendall (? Kylie?) Jenner or something... but it's ravishingly (how do you bloggers come up with descriptions?!?) creamy and easy to apply, and the colour I picked is a muted and a mature berry colour, great for those days you want to go out and look classy in an oversized sunglasses! It adds a very subtle sophisticated flair to your face and outfit and I really like it :) 
This is probably a Youtube-fuelled purchase, but the Sephora Cream Lip Satin is a great little number, especially in Strawberry Kissed, which is the one I have. It's a delightful and playful colour, and it's very saturated and looks good on practically anyone (and trust me, my skin is the weirdest shade)... A lot of people have compared it to the Bourjois lip creams, but I think the Sephora one applies more easily and stays put more! It's my current favourite at the moment woohoo. Not too sure how I feel about the smell though which many people love... I tend to like my lip product in a neutral smell? Am I the only one? 
Hello Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil! It's so pretty, like a watercolour tube... Mine is in Endless Guava, and since I haven't started using it yet I can only comment on how nice it looks so... that's that. Sorry everyone. But I have a good feeling about it! And probably will be good for lazy weekends where you want just that added colour on your cheeks! 
My mum actually got me the Pacifica Enlightened Gloss and Creamy Lip Butter in Lava from a natural beauty store, as well as the Hurraw lip balms which I've tried before and it smells so good oh my gosh and I can't wait to use them because my lips are the worst and gets cracked all day all night and it ain't stoppin. I just realised that was in one full sentence but they do smell that good.
Did you enjoy this? Please let me know because I'm not great at talking about products/makeup in general but love discussing it :) Also should I do the rest of the products I bought (cough Hourglass cough)? Let's be friends and talk below - have you tried any of these before and what did you think, otherwise what have you been up to lately? 
(Pardon my over-excitement, basically been writing all day about politics so it's a sigh of relief from my end!) 
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