Saturday, 30 April 2016

INSTAGRAM: APRIL 2016

Follow me on Instagram - @thelastsouvenir

Pink carnations • Sundaze • Chick Flicks • Leggies • His 'n' Hers • New LC • Leftover pastries • Peony & blush suede cologne • Pretty things • Boux purchase • Bath dreamin' • Naughty Krispy Kreme for sharing • Charlotte Tilbury nude combo • Blossoms • Shameless • Mura Masa instilling all the good vibes

April seems to have come and gone in a complete flash! I can't quite believe it's gonna be May tomorrow (and yes, that JT meme has already done the rounds on my Facebook, haha) I've worked pretty much the entirety of April, and then spent most weekends over at best friend's flat. We've had lots of planning to do over the past month - and we've indulged in way too many takeaways, brunches and wine sessions whilst doing it. Living the life, aren't we? Haha!

Oh, and in the last few days I somehow reached 1,000 followers on Instagram! It may not seem like a big number to a lot of people but I was so excited when I saw. I honestly never thought that I'd get more than a couple of likes on anything I posted so it was a real treat to see that a three-figure sum of you now follow my little account. I know we always say that we shouldn't worry about the numbers and just produce great content but it really means a lot so thank you! I definitely see my Instagram account as an extension of my blog (of which is currently not churning out content, sorry!) and it's my favourite social media platform by far.

I have to admit, I'm seriously excited for May. I've got a whole two weeks off work (haven't had a week off since October so I'm looking forward to it so much!) and I'm cramming a whole lot of stuff in! I can't wait to finally go up to Yorkshire for a week to see my northern bestie and meet little baby Jonathan for the first time. He'll be around 7 or 8 weeks old when I go up and I can't wait to give him lots of cuddles and spoil him rotten. I'm definitely going to be that cool, fun aunt! I'm also going on a road trip to Bath, day trips to Brighton, and finishing off with a long weekend in London! Yeah, May is going to be awesome!

How was your April? What are you looking forward to most in May?

Thursday, 31 March 2016

INSTAGRAM: MARCH 2016

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M&S macarons • NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint • Breakfast in bed • Tanning • Brunch break • Burger cravings • Neat and organised • Shop Dixi anklet • New Zoeva brushes • Peace moon child • Baby time • Hot cross buns, yes please • Still getting through Easter chocolate • Cream tea with friends • Coffee break • My happy place

Remember back in January when most of us are optimistic about 2016 being "our" year? Well, it's almost April and I feel like I'm much worse off, haha! Can I get a do-over? It's not that this month has been terrible by any means, but it's certainly not been the best ever.

But hey, we're a happy blog so we're going to focus on all the positive things that have happened in March instead of dwelling on all the missed opportunities, sucky relationships, crazy anxiety attacks and what ever else that's been thrown my way...

As you can see from my photos, it's just a whole lot of beauty and food. No surprises there! I've been spending a lot of time with family and friends. Friends especially, which has been lovely. I think I've been out every weekend this month (calm down, grandma) and some of them I can't even remember through drunken stupor - whoops! I only have the scratches and bruises to prove my idiocy, haha...

This past weekend was a bit more chilled. I munched my way through a load of Easter chocolate after a long few days at work. Then, after a super long phone conversation, I decided to pack a bag and drive up to my friend's flat for a little old school sleepover. We basically ordered way too much Domino's, watched movies and complained to each other about boys the entire time. Ahhh, just like old times! It was actually so blissful and I was really glad for the time. I slept through Storm Katie that night - you won't believe the amount of sarcastic blame I got for the namesake - and we went for a pretty walk around Emsworth on the bank holiday, ending up in a little cafe for a spot of afternoon tea. It was delicious, and the scone was practically the size of my head.

Another great thing to happen this month was that my best friend finally had her baby! I say finally, because the little one was due on St. Patrick's Day (17th) and ended up arriving on the 29th instead. I think I texted Lou every day asking her if she'd had the baby yet, I was so crazy excited. So welcome to the world, Jonathan Matthias! I can't wait until my 2 week holiday at the end of May so I can finally travel up to Yorkshire to see the little munchkin - there will be happy tears!

Now, enough about me and my month... I want to know what your opinions are on the proposed Instagram timeline changes? I personally don't see the point in changing a good thing (it's "insta" for a reason, no?) and I will definitely be stalling any app updates in the near future. I know some users are already being used as testers but hopefully these changes are a long way off, or cause such an uproar that they'll decide against it in the end. Either way, if you want to see any future posts of mine pop up on your timeline it would be lovely if you could turn on notifications for my posts - besos!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

HAPPY EASTER

Hey everybody! 

This is just a little short post wishing you all a lovely long Easter weekend. I hope you're enjoying being in the company of family and friends, and indulging in all the chocolate and hot cross buns you can get your hands on. I know I am...

I worked Good Friday and Saturday and, being a bakery, it was absolutely mental. I'm actually exhausted and so glad I get two days to recuperate before the madness of half term commences. I can't tell you how many packs of hot cross buns I've sold in the past week, it's definitely in the 100's. And yet, I still want to eat them myself - crazy!

So I'm spending Easter Sunday at home with my family. My brother is coming round for a roast dinner and we're having hot cross bun bread and butter pudding for dessert (if you saw This Morning earlier in the week you'll know what I'm talking about - ohhhh buddy!) Of course, there's obviously chocolate too. We don't usually go too mad on Easter eggs as we're a bit older now, but I might have bought myself an egg from Betty's, along with some cute little Easter biscuits. My Mum got me the M&S Beehive Honeycomb Egg that I had been eyeing up on a recent food shop too. It's ah-ma-zing. A milk chocolate egg studded with honeycomb pieces with 8 Scottish heather honey caramels. Oh my god. A honey lover's dream!

I will probably spend the Monday in a chocolate coma, watching movies on the sofa like an upturned tortoise. And I'm totally cool with that.

What are your Easter plans?

Sunday, 20 March 2016

ZOEVA ROSE GOLDEN VOL. 3 LUXURY BRUSH SET AND ROSE GOLDEN BLUSH PALETTE

It's been such a long time since I treated myself to some brand new makeup brushes, and while I really love using all my MAC brushes and Real Techniques sets I decided I wanted to splurge on a different brand. Having seen beauty bloggers the world over raving about the brush sets by Zoeva Cosmetics, I just had to give them a look myself...

Oh my god... So. Much. Choice. This was a situation where choice was both great and awful. Which set did I really need? I finally decided on their newest limited edition set - the Rose Golden Vol. 3, complete with handy yet spacious faux leather clutch bag - and I'm so, so happy with my purchase.

The set contains eight luxurious face and eye brushes in a sleek metallic rose golden design. They are described as a "modern day fairy tale for flawless makeup application every time", and I have to agree that they are an absolute dream to use. They are lovely and soft, and really do blend makeup wonderfully. You'll also be pleased to know that all the brushes are cruelty-free so you can apply your makeup guilt-free.

The brushes in the set are:

103 Defined Buffer - Adds definition and structure to the complexion effortlessly.
109 Face Paint - Works tirelessly to provide flawless coverage to the complexion using powder, cream and light-based foundation.
114 Luxe Face Focus - A luxurious makeup tool for flawless highlighting techniques.
129 Luxe Fan - A high performance powder brush which helps to erase product fall out and apply a light coverage of powder.
142 Concealer Buffer - Expertly distributes the desired product onto the complexion to disguise and hide any imperfections and blemishes.
228 Luxe Crease - A multi-tasking eyeshadow brush which blends and shades makeup in the crease of the eye.
234 Luxe Smoky Shader - The ultimate eyeshadow brush for creating a professional smoky effects.
317 Wing Liner - A broad, angled eyeliner brush which is perfect for creating professional winged eyeliner looks.

This limited edition set retails at £75, which seems like a lot but you get eight high-quality brushes and a lovely clutch to carry them about in. I justify it by working out how much I've spent on MAC brushes over the years and it actually makes this set seem like peanuts, haha!
So naturally, still browsing their website, this other rose golden beauty caught my eye like a metallic-loving magpie. And, at £13, it sort of just fell into my virtual basket, oops!

If you know me, you know I just love contouring and anything to make my face appear skinnier (still got those dodgy chubby hamster cheeks). This beautiful rose golden blush palette was calling my name from the very start, and how could I possibly resist?

The Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette contains three indulgent shades that, when used in conjunction with each other, create a gorgeously bronzed complexion. Featuring an extremely lightweight texture enriched with vitamin E to nourish the skin whilst simultaneously injecting with complementary colours. 

The palette contains:

Heavy Crown - A muted chocolate with a matte finish that is perfect for creating a bronzed glow.
Glowing Still - A pure white iridescent hue that illuminates the complexion beautifully. This is honestly my favourite highlighter to use at the moment, so dreamy!
Palace Door - A regal peach-toned rose gold shimmer that adds a sumptuous flush of colour to the cheeks.

All the shades glide onto the skin so effortlessly and blend out pretty much flawlessly to give a buildable coverage. I don't normally use a blusher or a highlight in my every day look because my cheeks are quite flushed anyway, but I really love these two shades in the palette and think they all work really well together.

The Zoeva Rose Golden Vol. 3 Luxury Brush Set and Rose Golden Blush Palette are both available on Beauty Bay and the Zoeva website.

Monday, 14 March 2016

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW DEFINER

I'm a huge, huge fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I don't think I'll even consider using another brand to draw on my eyebrows - nothing compares, in my opinion. With both the DipBrow Pomade and the Brow Wiz being a firm rotating favourites in my beauty routine, the much thicker Brow Definer did offer some reluctance to me in the very beginning. 

Much like its previous counterparts, the Brow Definer is available in vast range of shades. I actually went for a shade lighter than I usually do. I'm a Medium Brown in both the Brow Wiz and DipBrow Pomade but I decided to buy the Brow Definer in Soft Brown instead, and I really like it. It's such a lovely natural shade and I think I prefer it. I'm definitely reaching for the Definer much more than any other brow product at the moment. I also really like that it has the retractable pencil one end and then a thicker spoolie brush on the other end so you can groom your brows as you go - very handy to pop in your makeup bag, too.

I've found that what is fabulous about this definer is that it can be used in different ways. The angled pencil has a unique triangular tip so you can style your brows however you wish, using certain angles. 

Thin - Use the sharpest point of the tip to create fine, hair-like strokes.
Medium - Use the back side of the pencil to create thicker, hair-like strokes.
Wide - Use the pencil on its side to create broad strokes.

I tend to go for the latter because I love the look of full thick eyebrows, and as you can probably tell, I don't have naturally luxurious babies so I need all the help I can get. Cue the over-plucking as a teenager complaints... Honestly, my natural brows are so short, I hate teenager me for putting adult me through this!

So yes, my initial reluctance to try the Definer has been completely blown out of the water. I now use this more than any other eyebrow product. I really like it and I would definitely consider a repurchase. 

Have you tried the ABH Brow Definer? I'd love to know your thoughts!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer retails at £16, and is available from Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty.
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