Sunday, 15 May 2016

Brand Focus: Estee Lauder


So I sat down to finally finish this post today and realised I started this back in March which is preeeettty bad of me.

The last couple of months have been a bit crazy busy for me in terms of my free time to actually sit down and do stuff, but now I have braces and will be a social recluse for the next 6-12 months maybe I'll actually start being consistent with this.

If you've ever read my really early posts on this blog you'll have probably noticed one of my favourite make up brands was YSL.

Although I'm still a fan of the brand, that love has been replaced over time with a much deeper love for Estee Lauder.

When going through my products recently and having a bit of a clear out, I noticed that literally everything I used was Estee Lauder and if it wasn't it was Bobbi Brown.

So I thought I would do a little brand appreciation post and talk through some of my most treasured items...

1. Colour Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow and Pure Colour Blush - Unfortunately I haven't done swatches of this palette but this is my trusty staple to take away with me for any weekend. It has a gorgeous array of nudes in matte and shimmer as well as dark aubergine and deep browns, brilliant for creating a neutral eye or something a bit bolder.

2. Illuminating Perfecting Primer - I love this primer, if for nothing else for the fact that it helps double wear to sit so nicely. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and creates the perfect base for my foundation. Double wear does have the potential to look a bit cakey if not applied properly but this helps to prevent all of that. 

3. Sumptuous Extreme Multiplying Mascara - Does exactly what it says on the tin, creates beautiful lashes minus the spider affect!

4. Limited Edition All Over Shimmer - In the past I haven't really done blusher simply because I never liked how it looked on me especially pink blushers, but this blusher is just perfect. It's a nice subtle coral/pink which blends naturally with my contour. I'm hoping Estee Lauder will do something similar to replace it once its all gone...

5. Double Wear, 2N1 Desert Beige - Nothing beats this foundation in my mind, it covers up a multitude of sins and stays all day. When I'm drunk or being gross and don't take my make-up off before bed, I wake up with a full face almost passable for round two.. Not that you'd want to.



6. Pure Colour Lipstick in Rose Tea - This goregous neutral pinky shade is perfect for any occasion. I absolutely love this colour, it's one of my favourites along with my YSL number 6, both trusty handbag staples.

7. Pure Colour Nude Rose Shine - I'm not a huge fan of pink lipsticks or glosses but this nude rose is a beautiful every day colour much like the rose tea. I use this on top of my nude lipsticks sometimes to give it a bit of gloss or simply on its own.

8. Pure Colour Nail Laquer in Heart Beet - When it comes to nail varnish I'm not overly brave, but I do love black or deep vampy colours. This deep purple is definitely more Autumn/Winter but could still work with the right look like time of year.

So they were some of my most loved Estee Lauder Products from my collection, what are your favourites? Or are you passionate about another brand? Leave me a comment below!


Thanks for reading....


Sunday, 13 March 2016

Contour and Highlight

Happy Sunday!

So today I bit the bullet and made a YouTube Video. I was going to do stage by stage photographs of this but thought a video would be easier.. ha!

I am embarrassed to say that this has taken me all frickin day to edit!

I thought I was tech savvy but apparently not. It's not amazing, I won't lie and I'm no makeup artist but this is just how I achieve my look every day.

In this video I use both cream and powder based products, but obviously depending on your preference you can just use one or the other. I find powder much easier to begin with but I use both as I like to create a base and set it with powder.


Anyway, I hope you enjoy my first video. I'm not sure if I will make this a regular thing as it did take me so long but hopefully after a bit of practice I'll get better. Give it a thumbs up if you like it, don't forget to subscribe (https://www.youtube.com/user/ashleedingdong) and remember if you can't say anything nice, fuuucckk offf.

Products Used





Friday, 26 February 2016

Things That Put Me Off Blogging

As you know I'm not the most frequent blogger, and although a lot of this is due to having the time... There are actually quite a lot of silly things that put me off blogging and I wonder if this is the same for a lot of people who do this? I go through phases of feeling really uninspired and just not wanting to do it at all and it's not always through lack of things to post about. I'm an avid reader of a lot of blogs and although I adore so many of the posts I read, I can't help but feel some how inadequate to everyone else out there and it begs the question.. What am I even doing this for? It's certainly not to make money although that would be a pretty sweet bonus. I guess initially it was for the love of make up, fashion and telling other people about some irrelevant shit that happens in my life occasionally. Don't get me wrong, I do still enjoy it and I think as long as it remains that way, I'll continue to do this. At the end of the day, this is a hobby and for personal enjoyment.. I don't feel the crazy pressure that a lot of bloggers must feel to keep up with the amazing content out there.

But I did want to share with you some of the things that put me off blogging and why, so without further a do...


Photo Quality - There have been so many posts I have scrapped because I haven't been happy with the quality of my photography. I'll admit I'm no photographer and I use a bridge camera so I can't expect miracles but if I can't get it right then I won't do the post. It's not only the quality of my photos, but the creativity. How the hell do people get those photos of them drinking green tea, surrounded by magazines and their mac book, in their Victoria's secret Pyjama's, hash-tagging Sundays?! Seriously, how do you do that? Who's life fucking looks like that?!


Photo Credit: Daisie Smith



Confidence in my Content - Photo's aren't the only issue, my content holds me back too. I'm not always pleased with my ability to articulate a good blog post and my variety isn't great either. Most of my posts are makeup and skin care based and this is where I feel safe. Don't get me wrong I love fashion, but I'm not overly confident that my fashion sense would be blog worthy. That isn't the only problem, doing outfit posts often requires some extra help with taking photos and that isn't always possible. This is a real bugbear for me as I would like to give it a go, but you can't expect people to give up their time to take photo's of you parading around the streets of London in a fedora and Chelsea boots.

Photo Credit: The Fashion Cuisine




Money - When times are hard or you need to prioritise whats important, money for makeup, products and clothes isn't top of the list! Blogging can be a bit of an investment at times, not only in purchasing stuff to blog about but also things like camera's, lighting etc. I get by with natural lighting and a bridge camera but sometime's I wish I had the money to do this a bit better. Money can also factor into purchasing a domain, having someone design your blog and being able to afford to attend events. It all add's up and when you're trying to keep up to a certain standard it can feel a bit overwhelming.



Other Blogs - Ha, now I am in no way about to go on a jealous rant tearing into other bloggers, far from it. I admire people that are able to make a majorly successful blog, but sometimes seeing how great others are doing disheartens me slightly. I see other peoples content and photo's and it does inspire me but also leaves me wishing I could be that good. I also have a small following, so I rarely get invites to events or lots of products delivered to my door, and seeing other people experience these amazing opportunities leaves me feeling down on my blog. I'm not naive though, if you want those things in this strange blogging world, you need to work hard.

Photo Credit: Zoe Newlove



Wanting to Write a Meaningful Captivating Post but Remembering You're Not Creative - Just this really, says it all.



Lack of Community Engagement - I think people quickly forget how important it is to engage with other blogs and other bloggers at times, I'm certainly guilty of it. It can be really disheartening seeing your posts hit 1000 views but yet not a single comment! I completely get it, I've read so many posts I've loved and not commented on, and you know what I should, because it just shows appreciation and probably gives that person a little boost. Engaging with other bloggers can not only expand your blog, you can actually make friends.


Time - Most people probably won't believe this, but blogging does actually take up a lot of time. Trialing the product, constructing photo's, planning the content then actually writing it all takes time, and having the time to put the effort in is a big issue for me. I work a 9-5, 5 days a week so I do get weekends off.. But these weekends are precious, especially as I have very limited time to spend with my boyfriend as it is.. So often I just have Sundays to put this together and I try to plan and write in between.





Just Being Your Average 20 Something - I'm not glamorous, I don't own a Chanel bag or a Mulberry purse, I don't jet off around the world, party in Vegas, go to flashy events, live in a pristine white apartment with brick walls and minimalist style. I live with my Dad, I go to work in a clinic every day and most evenings, I chill in bed watching Brooklyn 99 and eat pate on toast. I'm alright with that, but that's not exactly inspiring for anyone to read about... And when I do show off a little, I feel a bit of a fraud because I'm thinking, imagine if they could see the state of my bedroom! A world away from the white flat lays and fresh Peonies you see on Instagram.



So these are just a few of the things that put me off blogging, do any of you guys feel the same? Are there things that make you feel inadequate when It comes to blogging? Leave me a comment below, after all you are reading this post....







Sunday, 14 February 2016

Touche Eclat Le Teint


Photo Credit: Abi Harper



As previously mentioned on this blog I am a huge lover of YSL products, particularly their foundations but admittedly I've some what neglected this brand recently.

What caught my attention this time however, was the new formula of their famous Touche Eclat foundation; Touche Eclat Le Teint.

The launch of this new formula meant myself and my friend were able to be booked in for a full YSL makeover at our local counter which was very exciting. Getting my makeup done by other people used to make me so nervous as I'm very particular about how I like my make up to look, but now I love it. I love other people being able to experiment with different looks that I wouldn't necessarily try on myself, and also having someone who actually knows what they are doing is brilliant!

So I thought I'd share with you some of the makeup that was used in my look and what my favourite products were,..


These metallic liquid shadows were amazing! I particularly loved orange plunge (far left), the colour on the lid is not what you expect when you see the bottle and it blends beautifully with these metallic browns to create a smokey eye but the orange remains bold. I will definitely be treating myself to these on payday!



Before any makeup was applied the makeup artist put on some of the Touche Eclat Blur Primer, I had previously been skeptical of this because if any of you have seen it, it's a really glittery liquid. I'm all for a bit of radiance and highlighter but having glitter on my face wasn't something I was keen on. However I was completely shocked to find you could barely see the glitter at all and it really does blur all your pores leaving you with a great base to work with. I also opted to have the Touche Eclat Green Neutraliser as I do have a bit of redness around my nose and chin, this worked perfectly to hide those imperfections and the holy grail product Touche Eclat Concealer helped to hide those dark circles and highlight certain areas.



These two items are just incredible. So the Babydoll Kiss and Blush works as a cheek stain and a lip gloss with a beautiful matte finish. It comes in a few colours but this one pictured hear I believe is number 7 Coral Affranchi. I actually ended up buying the The Rouge Pur Couture in shade number 6 Rose Begamasque, it's a gorgeous peachy nude which is perfect for every day wear.




And last but by no means least the Touche Eclat Le Teint. I was colour matched with B50 Honey as I like to go slightly darker than my natural shade. The Touche Eclat is YSL's best selling foundation offering flawless, radiant coverage whilst still remaining light weight. I must admit the foundation did feel really light on my skin in comparison to my current foundation and there was no transfer like some of the foundations I've used in the past. The only negative about this foundation is for me personally it didn't have a lot of staying power, even with the help of the primer. It probably doesn't help that I'm comparing this to my trusty double wear, but for me nothing beats it! Sorry YSL....



My completed look.. Have you tried any of these products? If so what do you think? Leave me a comment below and as always thanks for reading!