Friday, 30 December 2016

FRIDAY INSPIRATION: AGNES MARTIN





To many painters, Agnes Martin is a notable figure in the abstract painting scene. Recognised for her intricate and meticulous pencil lines and geometric washes of paint, Martin made a name for herself amongst the male-dominated fields of 1950s and 1960s abstraction.
To Martin her works were studies in the pursuit of perfection.

"When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not just in the eye. It is in the mind. It is our positive response to life."
Agnes Martin






What artists inspire you? Let me know in the comments.





Wednesday, 28 December 2016

MINIMAL MAKEUP




Today I thought I would share some of the products I reach for when it’s one of those days where I am going out to do some errands, and want to have a bit of make up on, but I’m lazy so I don’t want to put too much energy into my appearance. In an effort to not repeat myself, I’ve left out the mascara and brow product I use, because I’ve mentioned them on here before in previous posts, and I’m afraid I would sound like a broken record! I did a post like this around 2 years ago, so I thought it was high time I made an updated post.
Anyway, without stalling any further, the products I use are as listed..

1. I always like to start off my minimal make up look by using some sort of light moisturiser. Despite having combo skin, the area around my nose and cheeks can get quite dry, so I use the Priming Moisturiser by Glossier all over my face. I love this product because not only does it provide the perfect level of hydration for me, but it also contains a primer, which enables my base products to glide effortlessly over the skin.

2. Next, for my base product I will usually reach for my Cle Cosmetics Essence Air Cushion Foundation*. I was sent this about a month or so ago by the lovely people at Cle and I fell in love with it the instant I tried it out. Not only is the cushion style compact so incredibly convenient and easy to use, but the coverage is a build-able light to medium with a healthy and luminous finish. Depending on how hot it is outside, I will sometimes use a little translucent powder to knock back some of the glow on my T-zone.

3. The next thing I apply is a little of my Stretch Concealer by Glossier underneath my eyes. This concealer is very sheer and smooth, so it’s perfect for minimal make up days or when I want to let the freckles near my eyes show. I’ll then set this with a bit of translucent powder to prevent creasing, but honestly, if you don’t have as crinkly eyes as me, you probably wouldn’t need to do this step.

4. Finally I fill in my brows lightly, curl my lashes and apply mascara if I feel like it (sometimes I just curl them and go) and then I’ll swipe a bit of the Generation G stick by glossier in the shade Cake on my lips to give them a bit of colour and then I’m done! 

I often wear this kind of make up in the Summer months because if I’m honest, it’s just too bloody humid to be wearing a full on face of make up all day. Like I said, sometimes I won’t wear mascara because I can’t be bothered and I’ll often go without blush if I’m doing such a minimal base, because the colour from my cheeks shows through anyway. 

I’ve had a couple of questions about what make up I have on in pictures and irl, so I hope some of you found this useful. 


I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these products. If not, what are your minimal make up go to products? Let me know in the comments below.


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

NATURAL TONES


Over the past couple of months and especially this summer, I've really gotten into the style of natural tones and textures. The combination of rattan, wicker, woven textiles and shades of rust, burnt orange and beige make my little heart sing.
As those of you who have followed me for a while would know, I have a Pinterest account where I essentially 'bookmark' all the images, products, textiles, artworks etc. that inspire me. I thought I'd share a couple of the things from my Pinterest that are currently on my wishlist.


What tones, textures and styles are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments below.


Monday, 5 December 2016

GETTING BACK INTO READING


Just the other day, I was on my Goodreads account when I’d noticed that I had completed and surpassed my reading challenge for 2016! My goal was to read 15 books, and so far I have finished 17 books, with a couple more on the go. Now to some, this number might seem a little pathetic, but considering last year I wasn’t able to finish my goal of 12, completing 17 books is quite something for me. I never used to be big on reading, as I always found it difficult to pay attention for long periods of time and would end up having to re-read pages over and over again, but in the last couple of years, I felt like I was missing out on something that could really benefit me. Not only is reading a good way to relax and unwind at the end of the day, but it is also great for improving your imagination, creativity and writing abilities. 

For those of you who are keen to get back into reading, or would like to start incorporating it into your nightly routine, I’ve compiled a list of a few of my tips for you… 

- First and probably most importantly, find out what sort of genre’s you like to read. In order to do this, I recommend going to your nearest library and grabbing any book that draws you attention in any way, whether it be the cover, the blurb or the title. This might take a while, but keep going until you have a decent amount of books, (maybe 5 or 6). Then take a seat in the library and begin reading through the first couple of pages of each book. When you find a book that you ‘click’ with, put it to one side, and move onto the next. Essentially what you are wanting to create is a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ pile. Once you’ve done this, put away the ‘no’ pile into the book return trolly and then lay out your ‘yes’ pile and assess what common themes these books share. You might notice that 3 out of 4 books are mystery novels, in that case, you’ve narrowed down a particular genre that seems to interest you. While this can be a bit of a tedious process, I’ve found it’s the best way to sort out what I like and what I don’t like when it comes to books. Deciding where to start can be very overwhelming, but by targeting certain genre’s, you are making it easier for yourself to find something you will actually enjoy reading. 

- Make the time to read each day. Whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or night, set aside around 20 minutes each day to read. After a while of sticking to this routine, you will find you are naturally inclined to pick up a book and read. 

- My next tip is in regards to starting a new book. Sometimes I find this is the most annoying bit about reading, because I have to remember a whole new ‘set’ of characters and situations. That being said, in order to finish a book, one needs to actually begin it. (wise words i know) When I first start a new book, I will decide how many pages I am going to read. For instance, if one chapter is 20 pages long, I will usually only read up to that point. The next time I come to read my book, I double the amount of pages I read last time. So the first reading session I read 20 pages, so during the next reading session, I will read 40 more pages. After a while of doing this, I gradually get more into the storyline and end up reading more pages than I intended to. It sounds like a bit of a weird thing to do, and I don’t do this for every book I read, but I do find it to be helpful for those books that you really want to give a go, but are finding it a little difficult to get into the swing of things. 

- And finally, if you’re not enjoying a book you are reading, don’t feel you have to finish it. Life’s too short to read something you’re not into, and there is sooooo many other books that you will enjoy, you just need to find the right one.

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