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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Food Post

The main purpose of setting up FolkesThinks was to share my thoughts about makeup and skincare. Whilst I've always been aware how important nutrition was in regards to skin and, the oh-so-desired, glow it's only been since 2013 that I've started to take a real interest with my diet. I will always recommend skincare for spots and a dull complexion but only now I've realised how much comes from what we put in! We can spend the £70 on the expensive serums and what-nots but at the end of the day, if you're consuming a high sugar diet you might as well have put your money in the big. I mean ever eaten half a bag of percy-pigs and woken up in the morning with a new spot?! Yup, I'm sure we've all been there. Since making changes within my diet I've noticed a change in my skin and also my energy levels, which I've been rather grateful for!  So the post has finally come where I've decided to share with you my routine, tips and food loves that I believe have helped my skin and more...

It all began with the power of green tea and water. I promise you that if you increase your water intake the results on your skin will show. It's a no-brainer. Additionally, I drink a lot of green tea. I personally, love the taste and find that it really helps with bloatedness, de-stressing and providing a caffeine hit. I particularly recommend adding one to your morning routine. I've recently been trying Pukka's Supreme Matcha tea for an extra energising kick in the afternoon. Matcha is purer form of green tea, so a little goes a long way in the energy oomph department. 

My favourite meal of the day is breakfast. I believe this is the best time of the day to get that health kick to set you off on the right start. For me it's all about the porridge (seriously, I'm a porridge geek) and the toppings. I've been having chia seeds for a while now - a great source of fiber, omega 3 and protein. Recently I've been adding a spoonful of maca powder, as it's rich in vitamin B, C and E it's great for helping to balance out hormones!

Snacking can sometimes be a tricky one. But I've discovered a lot of healthy/vegan snack bars that help with that 11am/3pm tummy rumbling hit. I'm always up for a 9 bars or Eat Natural Bars. Recently I've discovered these from Planet Organic bars which were bloooomin' delicious and with an extra bit of added protein you really can't say no. If you're a sweet tooth and looove the chocolate then try these Chocolate Milks from Rebel Kitchen. Dairy and Sugar free I was really surprised at how chocolately it tasted. If you're looking for a bit of a kick from water then I'm sure these will be up your street. Finally, you cannot beat the power of the almond! Packed full of protein I only need about 5 of these to feel full. Their healthy high fat content makes them amazing for helping on a weight loss diet. 

But at the end of the day I still love Pizza and Pret sandwiches. I like to live by what I call the 60:40 or sometimes it the 80:20, something I was definitely inspired by from The Londoner's post. If you follow me on instagram or twitter then you will know I love cake and pizza. I try and eat as healthily as possible in the week but when it comes to fatty Friday, yes I will have that pizza, or GBK. I refuse to give these treats up. What it's about is balance: being happy with what you eat and never regretting something the morning after!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Essie Maximillian Strasse-Her

I have not stopped wearing this shade for the past two weeks. An old classic in my collection but one I haven't shared here,  Essie Maximillian Strasse-Her. Whilst the name defeats me, the colour is a real container in my nail polish draw. Yes, I know I love the blues but I think this can be accepted as  more of a green/grey/blue…you know what I mean?! I think this is the perfect 'I don't know what to wear shade' in the difficult season transitions.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Weekly Loving #1

We all know my favourite kinda post is a favourite's post. So, as inspired by ghostparties, I've decided now to do a weekly favourites post. This will probably consist mostly of makeup and will force me to try the hidden parts of my makeup storage.

I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I'm in love with the new Real Techniques brushes. Whilst some people are complaining about the price these really feel like professional high quality brushes. They blend so well, feel sophisticated to hold and are so soft on the skin. The tapered face blush makes me smile every time I hold it!

For the past two weeks now I've been loving an old favourite - Estée Lauder's Pure Colour Lipstick in the shade Crystal Nude. This is my 'my lips but better shade.' It is a lovely natural colour but has such a nice shine to it. If you're a MAC Patisserie fan then I would definitely recommend this - it's much creamier!

I was given the Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail butter for christmas however, after leaving it at home, this was the first time I was able to try. From first dip I was seriously impressed. It was so nourishing and gave instant results even my boyfriend wanted to try! For its price it seriously deserves a  round of applause.

I finally got round to purchasing the Soap and Glory Solar Powder. Divided in two it has a dark and light shade of bronze. I've been swirling my brush around and been creating some Nars-laguna-esque bronze. So far, this is one of the best drugstore bronzers I've tried.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The New Thing

If you're a regular reader then you will probably know when I find something I love I become a boring beauty blogger and stick to it. Hence why I'm on my second bottle of the L'Oreal Telescopic mascara and you never see me rave about any other.

However, after repeatedly reading about the wonders of the Max Factor Clump Defy Volumizing Mascara I was curious to give it a try. When I first saw the brush I was rather intrigued as to how this was going to give any volume - it's a rubber with very small brushes/bristles (what do you even call them?!). But I was seriously surprised after first application. It does what it says. There are no clumps and it coats ever lash "straightly" whilst giving a lovely bit of length and volume. The L'Oreal gives amazing, and I will say longer length and volume, however it does have the tendency to get a lil' bit clumpy. The Max Factor is definitely going to be my new everyday favourite. 

Monday, 16 February 2015

Bold Metals

The release of the Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection made me one excited beauty blogger. After being trapped in the library, as always, I went out on Friday to celebrate finishing my first hand in…by a trip to Boots. What could be better ehy?!

I chose the 300 Tapered Blush Brush and the 201 Pointed Crease brush. Whilst these brushes are more pricier than the other Real Techniques products the Bold Metal's collection is all about luxury. The fibres of the brush are softer and of a high quality in order to pick up more product. They are heavy weighted in order to sit in your hand comfortably, have control in your hand and not roll around on your beauty table. 

So far I have only have time to use the 201. It felt rather heavy and unusual at first but it was much easier to create a smokier look in the crease! Personally, I love how these brushes look and from experience I would say they're on par with MAC. I can't wait to add more to my brush collection.

Which one's have you got so far?

Monday, 2 February 2015

January Favourites

So I've finally broken the silence over here. With a very busy few weeks of essay writing, starting my final term at uni and my dissertation (God help me) I feel like I can be excused. Anyway, to start off my first post of 2015 I thought I'd do a favourites.
First off is the Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm. My hands have seriously suffered in this bloomin' cold weather. Whilst the most sensible option would have been to invest in a pair of gloves I decided to opt for this. The smell is rather luxurious and its such an intensely rich formula that it absorbs into my hands rather quickly creating an instant result. This hand balm is also good for cuticles and has helped with my nails too.

For Christmas one of my makeup presents was the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emmerville. A gold eye shadow in a cream formula is always a hit in my books. This is so easy to apply and has really good staying power. Can I praise the packaging too?! This really is a little gem.

Along with the theme of dryness, my face went through a patch of disliking my origins moisturiser. After looking through some samples I thought I'd give the Kiels Ultra Face Cream a go. It's a weird one if I'm honest. It's not an overly rich or thick formula yet it gives so much moisturising! This time last year I suffered with bad dry, almost flaky patches on my cheeks. But not this time around. I am loving this cream, day and night.

After hearing a lot of raves from Amelia Liana and Hello October about this product I thought I'd give it ago. The Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob is my first neutral lip liner, believe it or not. I've never really understood the point of them. However, I have really go into the swing of this. It makes my lips look fuller and acts as a really good base coat for my everyday fave Mac Patisserie!

Last, but certainly not least, is the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Descanso. I was one very lucky girl this Christmas and under my tree was the Nars Digital World Lip Pencil set. So far this one is my favourite. A lovely, pink-nude everyday staple.
What have been your favourites this month?

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