Brushes and More From Crownbrush*

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

I'm one of those people who is really bad at hoarding make up brushes. I have absolutely tonnes of them, and most of them are very much worse for wear. I've known for a long time that I need to look into replacing them, but I never actually got around to it.

Cue Crownbrush. I was approached by their PR team about collaborating and testing a few of their products. A new brand to me, AND replacing my gross old brushes? Yes please!

I was asked to choose a few products that I fancied trying out, and when I looked at the website, I was totally spoiled for choice. Little did I know that they don't only do brushes, there were palettes, foundations, the whole thing. All promising professional standard and amazing results.

I had to go for a couple of their signature brushes, of course. I selected a couple of staples, the Deluxe Large Foundation brush and the C456 Pointed Blender.


Is there anything more exciting than brand new, immaculate make-up brushes?! Both brushes were beautifully soft, sleek, and easy to use. I love the flat foundation brush for applying and blending liquid foundation, it works so well with my make up to give a flawless finish. I've been using the Pointed Blender brush for concealer, and it's so perfect for getting a precise coverage on blemishes and under-eye bags, and it works really well for blending concealer out too. I normally use a flat brush for concealer but I won't be looking back now as I find the Pointed Blender is just so much more effective!


As well as the brushes, I received the Studio Glam Eyeliner in Solid Gold. I've been wanting to pick up a gold eyeliner for absolutely ages, so I grabbed the chance! I've been using this liner to compliment my usual black winged look, either underneath my eyes or on top of the black, and I absolutely love using something a bit different! The liner is liquid, but it's so pigmented, with a beautiful finish and it lasts all day! The applicator is the perfect size to do thin lines but it's also super buildable for when you fancy something a little more extra.


Finally, I received the 35 Colour Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette. Now I'm an absolute sucker for eyeshadow palettes anyway, but I think I unwrapped this one and instantly fell in love. It was absolutely made for me. From subtle nudes to shimmery golds to flattering browns, this palette is 35 shades of pure beauty! The colours are pretty pigmented, blend together like an absolute dream and the sheer amount means the combination possibilities are absolutely endless. I've absolutely loved playing around with this palette over the last couple of months and experimenting with different looks!

Overall, I couldn't be more impressed with Crownbrush. The brushes are absolutely stunning, and the other products are an absolute dream. And all for such reasonable prices. I'll definitely be back to purchase some more goodies soon!

Have you ever used Crownbrush?

Love,
Sian xo


*These products were gifted to me in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.

Life Lately

Sunday, 26 August 2018

It feels like forever since I last sat down to write. To the point where now that I'm doing it, I don't really know where to begin. I suppose just having a chat about what has been going on recently is a good place to start.

You might have noticed it's been really quiet on my blog and across all of my social media platforms. I had absolutely no intention of taking a break, and even then I only wanted to step away from the blog for a week or two at the most. Instead it's been about six weeks and I feel like I'm completely out of touch with the community and just blogging as a whole.

So, what's been going on? Well, I'm not really ready to go into too much detail just yet but let's just say that back in April, our family received some news. The earth-shattering, devastating kind of news. The kind that causes your world to shift.

I tried really hard for a long time to pretend that it didn't affect me. Or that it affected me just enough to not overwhelm. I went to work and I smiled and I chatted and I got on with my job, I came home and did my admin work and I blogged and I cried when I felt the need to but I also wiped my eyes after a few minutes, put on my big brave girl face and carried on.

The problem with that tactic though, is that it only works for so long.

And the thing is with blogging, even though I love it and it was the only thing that kept me sane for a long time, when even existing, when doing the mundane things like getting up and brushing your teeth and getting yourself out of the house for work on time is exhausting, it pretty much quashes any creativity you have.

And let's face it, we all know there's a lot more to what we do than just write posts. There's the taking photos, editing, scheduling tweets, brainstorming ideas, being active on social media. And I just didn't have the mental energy anymore.

I won't blog if it feels like a chore. Yes I have a schedule and a to-do list, but if I don't fancy it, or I need to take a day for me, I'll do exactly that. I guess that's the beauty of your blog being just a hobby.

I've missed everything about blogging so much over the last few weeks. I've missed writing, taking photos, chatting away to people online, being active on InstaStories. All of it.

So, what now? Things aren't perfect. Some days I still feel like we're in complete turmoil. But they're definitely on the up and I feel more like myself. And I am so ready to come back into blogging and working away on new content. Let's go!

Love,
Sian xo

June Happiness Journal

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Honestly, these months are going by so fast!

June's been a little stressful for me for several reasons, but a combination of little things have been getting me through.

1. Having Love Island back on my screen!
Yep, I'm one of those people who is currently glued to my screen at 9pm every night. I'm not even sorry! Love Island coming back on my screen has made me so happy (even though this season isn't a patch on the previous, if you ask me) and it's been a really good excuse to make sure I have all of my work done by 9pm so I can watch it!

2. A BBQ with the 'Family You Choose'
I've probably mentioned this kind of thing in a tonne of previous Happiness Journal posts, but time with my non-blood family is something I cherish so much. At the beginning of the month, we took advantage of the sunshine and had a little BBQ and it was so lovely to just all chill out together and eat until we napped.

3. Getting back into a blogging routine.
I've had so much going on for the last month or two that I felt like I'd fallen out of my blogging groove. I wasn't anywhere near as organised, I was missing posts left right and centre... and I was kicking myself for it, in all honesty. I had a serious case of bloggers guilt, and I really missed being active on social media and creating. In the last few weeks though, I've got myself together and I'm finally back into a routine which I'm comfortable with.

What's made you happy recently?

Love,
Sian xo

My Summer Beauty Must-Haves*

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Summer has finally arrived and I couldn't be happier about it. I love switching up my beauty routine ready for the warmer months, putting away my heavy foundations and thick eye make up in favour of lightweight formulas and anything with a glow.

I've teamed up with Clive Christian and their range of summer perfumes to share with you my summer beauty must-haves, all of which will be at the top of my stash for the foreseeable future!

I've recently learned the importance of a great self-tan, especially when I've been a staycation-er for the last few years and my chance of getting a proper tan is pretty limited! I raved about the St Tropez One-Minute Mousse when I was kindly gifted it earlier this year and I'm still just as obsessed. It's so easy to use; pop it on, wait a minute, hop in the shower and done. It fits in perfectly with your daily routine and gives a natural sun-kissed glow, with no streaks!

To finish off the sun-kissed look, I've been loving the Utan Bronze and Tone night creme. This is designed for your face and you simply pop it on overnight and it builds a gradual tan. The cream is really lightweight and the glow it gives is gorgeous!


For me, there's nothing worse than it being the height of summer, and having to wear a full-coverage foundation. You know when you feel like you can't touch your face without half of your foundation melting off? Yep, that. Whilst the sun has been out, I've absolutely sworn by the Olay & MaxFactor BB Cream, I've been using it for years and it gives me just enough coverage to cover any blemishes and even out skin tone without feeling too heavy on my face.


I haven't really been a big fan of Benefit's Hoola Bronzer until recently - I always thought that the colour was much too strong for me and it just didn't really suit. It wasn't until I mentioned it to one of the Benefit girls when I went to have my eyebrows done that she showed me a couple of little tricks to create a more natural look, including blurring out the edges with a normal powder. Since then, I've been loving it. It hasn't left my make-up bag, it's perfect for giving your face a sun-kissed look for the summer.


During the winter, I'm all about greys, deep purples and red nails. But as soon as the sun starts to come out, I love changing it up to brighter colours. Barry M and Ciate are two of my favourite nail polish brands because they're hard-wearing and chip resistant, and these are two of my perfect summer shades, pink and corals, yes please!


In the warmer weather, my already thick and flyaway hair can go a bit nuts. It's the humidity! A good hair oil is essential for me to tame my locks. I discovered the Hallelujah Hair Oil from Forest & Shore a few months ago and I have never looked back. It's been working a treat at repairing my damaged hair, with the added bonus of smoothing and taming it during the humid weather.

What are your summer essentials?

Love,
Sian xo

*This is a sponsored post, but all work is my own.

Five Base Products I Swear By

Wednesday, 20 June 2018




Every beauty fan knows that an amazing face of make-up starts with an amazing base. And I don't know about you, but nothing makes me feel more confident than when I've put my make up on and my skin looks flawless. (Whether or not it's flawless underneath is an entirely different matter!)

I have certain products that I swear by for a flawless finish, these never leave my make up bag, and I repurchase them time and again because I couldn't live without them!

1. EE Green Tea Primer
The key to a fabulous base is a good primer. I received this one in a Glossybox a few months back and I've been loving it ever since. It's infused with green tea (who knew it could do so many things?!) and it's as lightweight as a moisturiser but it leaves you with the perfect canvas for your make up, leaving it really smooth and refreshed.

2. The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
I talked all about this foundation in a previous post - but I'm still as obsessed. As someone with really dry skin, I was so worried that my skin would hate a full coverage foundation, but I couldn't have been more wrong. It gives a gorgeous finish, covering every little blemish and evening out skin tone without feeling like you've got too much on your face.

3. Benefit Boiing Highlighting Concealer
This has been one of my favourite concealers forever. Industrial-strength, covers dark circles like an absolute dream and is so glowy. It's the perfect concealer for if you want a dewy finish, but still need a decent amount of coverage. A little of it goes a really long way, which makes the £20 price tag a little more bearable too!

4. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder
I've been using this powder without straying for literal years and I'll probably never really use anything else. It does exactly what it says on the tin really, it mattifies, sets, and rarely needs reapplying (which is ace because who has time for that?!)

5. Revolution Conceal & Define 
The concealer everyone has been talking about recently! I couldn't resist picking up and seeing if it was worth the hype. And it totally is. I tend to use this when I fancy something a little more matte, but it still gives amazing coverage without sticking to my dry patches.

What are your go-to base products?

Love,
Sian xo

Real Neat Blog Award

Sunday, 17 June 2018

I love being nominated for these blog awards - the posts are really fun to write, plus they give you all a little insight into the person behind the blog!

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Holly, I've actually not heard of it before now but I was still thrilled to be nominated!

Here are the rules of the award:
1. Put the award label on your blog.
2. Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the people who nominated you and link to their blogs.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, include links to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog or twitter etc)


Here are my questions!

1. What made you start blogging?
I started blogging while I was at uni - I was studying Journalism and I'd been toying with the idea of starting a blog for ages. I went to my friend Fii's house for our usual cup of green tea and catch up, and I knew she blogged and asked for her help because I just didn't know where to start. She helped me to get everything set up that I needed, choose my inital blog theme and even took some first photos for me. And I fell in love with it almost instantly!

2. What's the most difficult thing you've ever had to do/overcome?
This is a difficult one... I think it's something which I don't wish to talk about on my blog, at least for the time being. It was only recent and the pain is still pretty raw on that one. A close second though, was sitting in front of my dad after four years. It didn't have the outcome I'd hoped for, and it took a hell of a lot of guts for me to even get there, but I was so glad I did it.

3. What's your favourite blog post you've done and why?
My favourite post is called Heartbreak, which I wrote just after my last relationship ended. I found it so therapeutic to write, and when I read it back just before posting, I couldn't believe those words had come out of me. It sounded so raw and real but also one of the most well-written posts I've ever done. I'm really proud of that one.

4. When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably? What happened?
Friday afternoon. Everyone in my office had got a little bit of the Fri-YAY hysteria and all of a sudden one of the lads turns round and says 'can you guys floss?' I thought he meant flossing my teeth at first, then I remembered it's that dance that all the cool kids are doing these days. He stood up and attempted it, but it looked more like a thrusting dad dance. In the end, we all had to get up and have a go at it, but we were all rubbish, and all in absolute stitches with tears rolling down our faces at the end.

5. Do you have a guilty pleasure? What is it?
I have guilty pleasures that aren't all that guilty, to be honest! Made in Chelsea, Love Island, Michael Buble, Little Mix, the list goes on!

6. What is your favourite memory from 2018 so far?
Sitting in Sheffield's Peace Gardens in the sunshine last month. It was beautiful weather, I had an iced tea in hand, and I was home. 

7. Do your friends and family read your blog?
Some do, I think. My best friend is my biggest fan, my sister reads it when she remembers, whether anyone else does I'm not really sure!

I'd like to nominate anyone who would like to do it! 

Love,
Sian xo

Family You Choose

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

To the Family You Choose,

You lot know me. I've always hated Father's Day. I stay off social media to avoid the #daddyslittlegirl posts and old photos. I scrunch my nose up at the adverts on TV and the meal offers outside restaurants. And more often than not, I spend Father's Day with you, just to distract me.

It's not that people shouldn't post on Father's Day and show their dads appreciation. It's always been a jealousy thing. I guess I feel cheated out of it.

This year though, I'm turning that on its head. And in honour of Father's Day, I'm celebrating you, some of my favourite people in the whole world. The Family I Chose.

You're a special bunch, because you didn't have to love me. There's no genetic connection that means we're forever linked. Instead, you took me on, got to know me, flaws and all, and love me anyway. And I'll always be grateful for that.

To Sarah, probably the most selfless person I've ever met. My godmother, big sister and best friend. I can genuinely say I wouldn't be the person I am without you. From teaching me silly songs and group games as a little girl, to taking me out for ice-cream to help mend a broken heart, to coming and beating down my front door when I try to go into hiding. And everything else in between. I couldn't be more grateful.


To Joe, the father figure I always needed. The man who would take on anyone who dared to try to do me wrong, makes me laugh and gives the best hugs. The man who knows exactly when he needs to bring cake, just because I've had a rubbish day. The man who will wrap me up in a big, Joe-like hug, kiss my forehead and remind me that the boy wasn't good enough for me anyway. Eloise is a lucky girl to have a dad like you.

To Eloise and Madison, my extra little sisters. How you two make me giggle! Madi, it's been so amazing to watch you grow from this little tot with brown curls and big eyes to the funny, sassy and clever girl you are now. Eloise, you have so much growing still to do but I already know I'm going to be so proud of the person you're about to become.



To Helen, one of the funniest, strongest people I know. Thank you for making me laugh until I cry, feeding me wine and for all the times we've been the ones giggling at the back of church.

To Grandma, the lady who taught me to remember my manners as a little girl, who always looks happy to see me and was always up at 2am when I was still working away on my uni essays and checked in to make sure I was okay. You're a special lady and I'm so grateful to have you.


Family isn't always necessarily about blood connections. Family are the people who stick by you through every triumph, every rough patch, every heartbreak. They're the ones who cheer you on and pick you up when you hit rock bottom. And when they do all that, because they chose you, hold on to those people. Mine are ace.

Love,
Sian xo