27 May 2017

Here is my "I rolled out of bed five minutes before my lecture but my bags are too big not to hide" look. 

If minimal effort, minimal blending and minimal make up is what you strive for on a day to day basis I may just have a solution. Over the past year or so day make up has become something I don't have the time for sadly; I'm forever looking for something that will make the time it takes to do my make up that little bit shorter. So I thought I'd share with you so far the products that have made my dreams come true where I am able to do my make-up in five minutes. 

A lot of these products probably aren't new to you including my base; The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream. Super sheer, really light weight and even offers a slight summery bronze to my milk bottle skin. Blending takes less that 20 seconds with the help of my Elf Blending Brush; perfect!

While I want this too be fast, I have to make time to conceal the craters that appear on my face after a stressful week or a greasy takeout with Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer. I apply this under my eyes and then basically over the rest of my face focusing mostly on my chin and forehead. Eye brows are the most time consuming but The Soap & Glory Brow Archery isn't a bad shout- it shaves seconds off by not having to root around for my eyebrow brush and an eyeshadow of the right colour. 

Contour and highlight is the same as always with the Sleek Contour Palette.  These days, I tend to forget about powder but if I do Soap & Glory's One Heck Of A Blot is what I grab for. 

An extra step but, if I'm feeling cocky about having enough time, I'll add is a recent favourite; Superdrug's Vitamin E Refreshing Toning Mist. It's so nice in this humid whether and gives a little bit of a dewey look to the skin. I also feels it's stop me fearing scratching my face in worry my make up will slide off with it as it helps set it in place as well. 

Mascara is a no go with me. I'll end up sneezing before it's set and adding an extra two minutes to my time as I try to find a cotton bud and attempting to remove the black bags that have now formed under my eyes without making it any worse. 

And, if I have even more time to spare, I'll choose a lipstick; another current favourite is the NYX Lip Lingerie which is easy to apply and last a decent amount of time.

And then I'm done and heading out the house with time to grab a slice of toast on the way. 
Any tips to make my morning make up even faster?
Hope you're doing great and sorry I haven't posted in a while, 

Sarah  x 


14 Apr 2017

If you want to procrastinate anymore than you usually do, here are some of my recommendations of series you should watch. 

After finally finding the first two seasons on NowTV and managing to binge-watch those before catching up to season 3 which airs now on ITV, I was hooked with the storylines. At points, it screams middle-aged serial drama but I still loved series to series and showing how nothing is always perfect even in a small coastal town. I'm really enjoying the current season which is focussed on a lot of issues relevant today such as rape, victim blaming as well as issues that have been affecting young girls. 


This has pretty little liar vibes written all over it. With a great cast and great storylines, it makes for a great teen drama which I can't wait for a new episode every week to appear on Netflix. There's not much to really say on this one other than give it a go if you're a PLL fan and need something to fill that void while PLL isn't on. 


This one I feel I need to give no introduction to as everyone seems to be watching this. For me, a friend told me to watch it a week after release date and, by that time, I had already watched it. Having read the book years ago, of course, I was going to give this a watch and I think it really did the book justice as well as adding more drama to the storyline.
In the book, I sadly found myself unable to sympathise and empathise with Hannah Baker which is rare for me. However, the show gave me a whole different feeling. As with the book, I wasn't keen on the overall ending and, yes there were parts I disagreed with happening, but I completely understood the reasons behind the choices in order to let this be a completely real depiction of high school suicide. 
*Warning* The Show contains extremely triggering scenes as well as plot points. This, I feel, is a really important series that if you can, I would watch. If you are wary about what parts you feel may affect you, this link here is a tweet that you should definitely check out. 


This is the type of show I live for; crime-fighting, government-centred drama. When, in a terror attack, most of the congress is killed, the role of President is passed to an unlikely man. He has to juggle bringing America together as well as uncovering what caused and who was behind the terror attack. This is another Netflix watch that I can't wait to watch every week. 


This has to be one of my favourite series I've watched in a long time. Based on the Stephen King book, a modern English teacher is set the task of travelling back in time and stopping the assassination of JFK from happening. He was to work through it to solve who was really behind the assassination as well as dealing with threats to stop the plan from working. It has such a talented cast I couldn't not watch it and I was so happy I did. While, like any show, there were plot points I thought were weak or weren't carried out in such a great way, I really loved this series. Some people have asked for a second series to be made but I don't think it needs it. With such a bittersweet ending, I think it rounded off the series perfectly.

So there are some of my picks for you to give a go and give a watch, what have you been loving to watch recently? 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x


1 Apr 2017


I'm definitely late to the matte lip/liquid lipstick trend but, when I saw these in Boots, I had to give it a go. I chose the shade "Push-Up" which is a different twist on my usual dark nude choice. I was a bit wary about how this would pair with my always chapped lips but with a bit of lip balm before applying, it works! I have had a fair few compliments on this shade so that's a plus. Also, while not lasting all day long, it does leave a nice tint to my lips. It's also very easy to re-apply and layer without looking too much.  


Yes, Ed Sheeran's album was an absolutely fab release this month but I've got to hand it to my fave, Lewis Watson, for releasing his second album this month which I've been loving. He has a great voice for those more chilled days which I've definitely needed in March. If you want to hear more about this or maybe want some other music recommendations, check out my articles here at Mytacism Music. 


After sharing my love for Superdrug's Vitamin E refreshing toning mist as a great, cheap cruelty-free spray for the summer, I discovered this spray on moisturiser. Last summer, I really enjoyed using the Vaseline spray on moisturiser but, as a cruelty-free alternative, this will be one I'll be loving these coming months. It's more hydrating and leaves my skin super smooth just as my thicker moisturisers do expect this is a little more hassle-free. 


I included this in my "CRUELTY-FREE HAIR CARE FAVOURITES' where I raved about my Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar and how I'd recently received this shampoo bar that I couldn't wait to give a go. I'm happy to report back great things; it leaves my hair super soft, smooth and tamed. It really feels like a luxurious product. 


An old favourite was my Sleek Face Form Kit. If you've been around for a while, you're probably sick of me featuring it in posts but also sick of the fact the packaging had broken; I know it annoyed me. I finally thought it was time to grab a new one and, as I used the blush a minimal amount, I thought I'd opt for the contour kit which includes the same contour bronzer and highlight that I love. So, if you were sick of the face form kit, you should be prepared to get annoyed at this contour kit's presence in future posts.

What have you been loving this month? 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

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27 Mar 2017

Is there really anyway this counts as a series if the last time I managed to read enough books to tell you what I've read was back in September. I'd say I've just not been reading I have- just books that dull even me as I read them for my course. I've found it hard to find time for reading what I love. Here are the only three books I've managed to read in the last 6 months (wow, that pains me to see how little I've read).

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I had this on preorder and it was released within the first month of me starting to uni. I'd tried to read other books before this but this one seemed like an easy read. After loving All The Bright Places I really couldn't wait for Jennifer Niven's last book. Ironically, as I tried to escape from psychology reading, this focused on a problem I cover in one of my topics. Jack has a condition where he is unabe to recognise faces even his own mother but no one knows; not knowing who everyone is doesn't seemed to be something Jack thinks will gain him popularity. Then there's Libby; a girl who everyone sees her as nothing more than the big girl. Both of them have secrets but they become unlikely friends. This was such a typical teen romance that was pretty predictable but that didn't stop me enjoying it. There were parts that I could relate to and parts that I laughed at which gave me the perfect release from my work. If you've not already, this would make a perfect easy read as we head into spring/summer. 


This is a book so raved about across social media. When I received it for my birthday, I thought it would be a great one to dip in and out of. It is split up into sections; I read the first two in one night and the next the following day. It was so easy to read. It explored topics of mental health, relationships, sexuality and feminism. I would like to add a trigger warning to this book as some topics may hit a little too close to home with some readers. Overall, I did enjoy the poems however some came across a little too angry for the message they were trying to make or a little too self-obsessed. While I did like this book and would recommend it for those first starting out reading poetry, I don't think it deserves the massive hype it has behind it. 



I saw this book in a discounted bookstore just the other week and seeing as poetry has become the best and only thing I have time to read recently as well as hearing a lot about Leornard Cohen's work, I decided to pick it up. It followed him as he travelled around countries focusing a lot on sexuality in the poems which I didn't realise was on the main topics but oh well. I loved the contrast of thought-provoking poems mixed with the light hearted ones with some poking fun at the seriousness poetry readers take to finding out the underlying meanings. I had to giggle at that because that's exactly what I was doing. While I'll admit, I didn't read it from start to finish, it's defnitely one I'll be dipping in and out of again. It's one I'd definitely recommend if you stumble across it. This has really made me want to continue picking up poetry to read over the next year. 

What have you been reading recently? I'd love to know some easy read recommendations!

Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x


26 Feb 2017

I don't think I'm cut out for this monthly favourites malarky because a lot of the things I love from one month are the same for the next. Either way, there are a few bits I've been loving this month especially that I want to share with you. 

The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray has been a god send for night's out at uni and it's sad that this has finally come to the end of its life. For the £8 present I got for my birthday it has lasted exactly a year running out on my birthday. I've mentioned it numerous times before but I thought I'd mention it one last time. I'd say I'd be buying it again but I'm not 100% sure I need to as I now have my next favourite. 

Superdrug's Vitamin E Refreshing Toning Mist has a similar feel to the Urban Decay setting spray as well as a cheaper, cruelty-free alternative to my Mac fix+ that I feel has now had its day. It gives my make up an extra dewy look to finish my face off as well as giving it a refreshing tone before bed, as well as pre and post-make-up application. Such an affordable extra to add to my everyday routine. 

Last on the make-up front is a rediscovery with the Elf Cream Blush; I've never been a blusher lover but this gives my cheeks that extra flushed glow for every day. It is quick and easy to apply so great for on the go. 

My 5-year-old purse had been looking a little worse for wear but I couldn't find one I loved. I was ready to splash the cash on a DKNY purse I saw when I saw a less expensive alternative in Accessorize. While on the smaller side for what I'm used to, I'm so glad I finally have a purse that doesn't spew change all over the bottom of my bag and I think I'll be using this one for the next 5 years. 

I've been getting bored of jeans and when I saw these trousers in these dark navy pinstriped trousers from H&M, I thought it was a great chance to step out of my jean comfort zone and try something different. I think I've now been converted; they are super comfy! It's like wearing your pyjamas out in public but in a more socially accepted fashion. With a plain black top and trainers, I think it's a great look and one I'll be wearing for a while. 

Above all, my favourite item of February has to be my Dark Grey Adidas Gazelles. Super comfy and, with the blessing of small feet and student discount, a decent price which tempts me to pick up another pair. Since I accidentally dyed my white vans pink, I have not taken these trainers off; they are a perfect everyday pair of shoes and a colour that goes with most. 

So there are a few things I've been loving this month. What have been some of your favourites of February?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

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