Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Q&A: Boyfriend Edition


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Holiday Essentials You MUST Pack

Going on holiday has to be one of the most exciting times of the year. You've spent all that time saving up, prepping (yes that pre-holiday wax just has to be done) and now it's finally here all you have left to do is pack. But wait, you ONLY have a 20kg luggage allowance - how are you meant to fit all 8 of your essential highlighting palettes as well as those 6 pairs of heels that you probably won't wear in your suitcase?
I've come up with a list of items that I've discovered over the years have saved a lot of time, energy and space when it comes to packing. Enabling you to stay within the weight limit and still slay in your IG photos whilst you're away.

1. Jewellery


Jewellery has to be one of those things that I just possibly can't go on holiday without. I've found that if I get a few basic outfits sorted, I can wear those in the day, jazz them up with some necklaces and rings and I'm good to go for then evening. It's all about breaking away from the "daytime outfits" and the "night time outfits" and just blurring them into one.

2. Flat Gold Sandals



We try to convince ourselves year in, year out that when we go on holiday we will brave the 6inch heel the whole time we're there, when in reality we stick with our flip flops and those clearly over worn gladiator sandals. To prevent taking shoes unnecessarily I always make sure that I have a gold pair of flat sandals. They go with literally ANYTHING, look amazing with a tan, are comfortable and usually pretty cheap. Once again they can be worn day and night which is more friendly for your baggage allowance.

3. Palettes



I love taking my makeup on holiday, just because it's a little hotter than home doesn't mean I still don't want a full face. The only problem is make-up can be heavy and take up a lot of room in you baggage. My advice is to take palettes. They're more compact and offer more than one shade and often have room for a brush inside of them. They usually have a range of shimmers, mattes and a variety of colours. even if you take 2/3 palettes you're still saving so much more room than 50 individual eyeshadows!

4. Pre-Plan Outfits



Rather than an essential you must take, this is rather a tip before you go. I ALWAYS pre-plan outfits before I go on holiday. Even if you get a few evening wear styles, a couple of daytime looks then a sprinkle of t-shirts on top for luck it will help you to not over pack. It also means that you have a full look ready for when you want to go out. No more "I forgot my top, I now have nothing to wear with this skirt" - as you already pre-planned ;).

5. Decent Pair of Sunglasses



There's nothing worse than talking to someone who seems as if their eyes are closed because they forgot their sunglasses. Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and can prevent wrinkles around your eyes - they are also pretty stylish. Sunglasses can complete a look so invest in some ones you like an don't forget to pack them on your trip!


Where are you going on holiday this year? Comment below or tweet me @PhoebeMoonBlog :)
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Aum / Om & It's Meaning To Me


Aum or Om how it's often spelt, is the sound made when meditation or participating in religious practices. Remember sitting with your legs crossed as a child, finger and thumb together, closing your eyes making a prolonged "ummmmmm" sound - yeah that's one.

Now one of my favourite YouTubers Carli Bybel spoke about the meaning and importance of Om in one of her videos. The description on Google states "Om is the sacred sound and a spiritual icon in Hindu religion. It is also a mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Om is part of the iconography found in ancient and medieval era manuscripts, temples, monasteries and spiritual retreats."

Whilst on my holiday in Cornwall we've visited many nick-nack shops all of which sell a variety of wonderous gifts, this one however caught my eye. I remember the Om symbol from Carli's video and thought it would be a great touch to my bedroom. The mirrored effect will go nicely with my "blogger-themed" room, but the symbol itself have come to hold importance to me.

It's said that everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating - nothing is really standing still. The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.

As someone who's suffered from anxiety and worries a lot, by having this on my wall is a subtle reminder to just top and breathe. We are so disconnected from what's around us and this small item I'll hang on my wall will hopefully allow me to become more connected.

What sound or symbol can you relate to? Comment below or tweet me at @PhoebeMoonBlog on Twitter!




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Monday, 29 May 2017

To Those Who Feel Disheartened...

The blogging world has been hit with a lot recently. Debates on Twitter about using pods, automated systems and whether or not it's right to buy your following. It seems as if we've become more separated from each other which isn't what blogging is about.

The most recent "scandal" if you like is Sarah Ashcroft's interview with Cosmopolitan magazine. Now, I hold my hands up. When I first read the article I didn't see much wrong with it, in fact I even tweeted her saying how much I loved the article - which I have now deleted obvs. My main problem was only half of the article loaded (I'm in Cornwall where good wifi is hard to come by). I hadn't seen the part where she states "there's no space for anymore bloggers".

Now, hang on a second. Let's just rewind. Every single industry has a selective group of people who "make it" whether it be acting, singing, business or blogging. There is always the people at the top or the elite if that's what you want to call them. But, this doesn't make those who aren't at the top any less valid or important.

Blogging, for many people is an escape and a way to express themselves. For me, I using blogging to be creative and escape from school. So, by saying "there's no space for anymore bloggers" is utter bs. The internet is infinite and there is always room for new talent, it helps keep things fresh and that slight competitiveness that I like.

Also, what's going to happen when the bloggers who are in their prime eventually fall? (Which they will). Yet again, this happens in every industry. Actors who become less popular and business executives who flop at a deal. Everyone's streak will eventually come to and end. That then means there needs to be a new wave of bloggers to take their place.

I have followed Sarah for many years now and always loved her images, style and the places she travels to. However, the way this this article has come across has seemed to upset quite a few people within the beauty community.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you're a new blogger please don't be disheartened by this. I've been blogging since 2014 and have not achieved any sort of "fame" at all. I restarted my Instagram (as I had dishonestly tried to get a bigger following when I was younger) and now have less than 100 followers. Does this make me any less of a blogger than her? No.

I don't know if this is how she intended the article to come across or if some of her words were twisted by the media. I know that I will continue to support her as I recognise how hard she's worked for the mini empire that she has created. However, this article is aimed more to those who are disheartened by what they've read which I fully understand.

Continue to make your content, someone, somewhere out there is reading and loving what you're doing. You go babe <3

Leave your blog link down below so I can check you out xo


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My Style: Band Tee


Top: H&M
Jacket River Island
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Schuh









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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Make-Up Look: Orange Tones

1. Choose a primer and foundation and apply evenly to the face - I used a dampened real techniques beauty sponge








2. Apply your concealer in a triangle shape under your eyes (I use a lot of concealer to get rid of dark circles and add dimension to my face).







3. Apply a setting powder and draw on/ fill in your eyebrows. I use the Laura Mercier powder in my t-zone to control my oil and the hourglass powder to add dimension and glow back to my face. 
For my eyebrows I use the L'oreal wax and powder. Applying the wax all over and then the powder to the tail of my brow for added definition.









4. Use your bronzer of choice and apply to the outer perimeter of the face. Take a highlight and place on your cheekbones (be sure to blend so there isn't a stripe) and anywhere else you want to reflect light off of).








5. Here I have the Morphe 35O palette to create the orange look. (1st number = horizontal row, 2nd number = vertical row, in order of how I used them).
4X2 Applied to the crease to make blending easier
5X2 Also applied to the crease to darken
7X1 Built up in the crease and blended out to give a blown out look
6X5 Applied to the lid of my eye then blended out so there is no harsh edges
7X3 Added to the crease to intensify the colour 
1X3 Added to the inner corner for highlight







6. Use eyeliner if you want and apply a thick coat of mascara (or use falsies).





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Friday, 28 April 2017

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation


I really struggle to find a good foundation. If I manage to find a mediocre one I kind of stick with that for a few months until it runs out and I'm forced to go into Superdrug and try something new. I must admit I'm a creature of habit - I'm a fair skinned, yellow undertone, oily girl, so finding foundations for me is pretty difficult.
I had heard of many YouTubers going on about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation but like I said being oily means I try to stay away from anything that's going to make me any shinier (I also prefer a fuller coverage, whereas this foundation is more light to medium). After snooping around online however, I found the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and found it had many positive reviews. I decided to take the plunge and here are my thoughts.




Colour:
I must admit I bought this foundation when I fake tanned (shade 54 Beige) but it was a good match. After re-swatching I might also purchase shade 51 light vanilla which seems the perfect yellow-toned shade for when I'm more pale. Going on my 54 shade, I can say the colour is good, it does oxidise slightly but nothing too dramatic. This is more neutral to pink in colour but as I said when I fake tanned it was a good match.

Oil Control:
With any foundation I get oil, I'm THAT oily. With this one I did notice that my oils weren't as bad (I had used a setting powder). The good thing is that if I get oily I can simply use more powder and it goes away without my foundation looking cakey or patchy.

Longevity:
I wear my makeup at 7am until 4pm when I'm at school. That's a long time including touching, sweating and the stress from exams! This foundation does hold up pretty well though. I did notice it came off of my forehead a little, but I am a hair toucher so I can assume its probably from where I'm pushing my hair back. Everywhere else help up great.

How I Apply:
To apply this foundation I used my Real Techniques Beauty Sponge as this is my favourite way of applying any foundation. I am usually heavy handed when it comes to applying makeup so I finding using a damp sponge prevents me looking caked and as if I'm wearing a mask. The foundation applies beautifully and with a lot of coverage. You are left with a dewy finish but as I said before I always set with powder.

Would I Recommend?:
Yes, I would recommend this foundation. For £10 and Superdrug doing 3 for 2 at the moment I think this is a great option. As I said before the darker shades do seem to run slightly pink, but for me being naturally very pale, shade 51 seems like a good option and is what I'm going to buy next! Let me know if you've tried this foundation and your views on it!
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Monday, 17 April 2017

My Style: No Black for Once


Top: Primark
Jacket: Miss Selfridge
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Russell & Bromely
Bag: River Island








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