Monday, 14 September 2015

Trip to the New Forest

Wow its been a while. I have had a very busy but amazing summer and blogging seemed to really take a back seat. 
This week was spent in the New Forest with my other half. We spent a few nights camping and the days taking nice walks and looking at all the local wildlife. We were camped right next to some beautiful deer however I wasn't able to get too close to take any good photos, however I got plenty of some of the other animals we encountered. 

We are very lucky living so close to such a beautiful area and I love visiting and watching the animals run wild around the countryside and towns. We particularly enjoyed watching the horses causing chaos as they walked along the road with cars slowing and stopping to try and get around them. These are just a few of my favourite photos from our trip.

I hope everyone has had an amazing summer.
Natasha x

Monday, 1 June 2015

Mac Blankety

While posting my last entry featuring my collection of Mac lipsticks I couldn't help but feel I was missing a couple but put it to the back of my mind. That is until today when rummaging through my makeup draws (which there are many of) I came across this forgotten beauty!
Blankety is a beautiful nude shade that I purchased about a year ago when I first decided to try out the nude lip. However with my red hair it just seemed to wash me out. But now with my brown hair its a different story! This looks much better, a really nice neutral shade, especially good for pairing with heavier eye makeup or on a casual day.  Now that I have found it again I will be wearing it much more often.
I still have a niggling feeling that there is still a rogue Mac lipstick lurking in my room somewhere (think red) but that will be a hunt for another day.

If anyone has any suggestions for a good nude lip that wont wash someone with fair skin out then I would love to know.
Natasha x

Friday, 29 May 2015

My Mac lipstick collection

Mac lipsticks are a great weakness of mine and before purchasing a new shade I frequently google swatches posted by other bloggers to help me decide which one to buy next. I love reading other peoples posts and seeing their collections so it seemed only natural now that I am back to blogging to create a post of my own. My collection is fairly small compared to most but I adore it all the same. I currently have ten tubes, including a viva glam shade and two of the limited edition Cinderella lipsticks (both acquired from ebay). 

First up I decided to swatch the newest addictions to my collection. The Cinderella lipsticks are both nude in colour, not shades I would usually go for however I was won over by the beautiful packaging and shimmery look of the lipsticks themselves. Both are slightly shimmery and give a great finish to the lips. I wasn't able to get hold of them when they were launched online and instead took to ebay to seek them out. If you like pretty nude shades then I would really recommend them.  

The majority of my collection consists of fairly bright pinky shades. Creme Cup is an exception and is fairly nude and sheer. Milan Mode is an incredibly beautiful sparkly shade which I adore. Flat out Fabulous is one of the brightest shades I own and is another favourite of mine.

At the moment I only have two red shades which surprises me as I love red lips. Both of the red shades I own are matte finish which is my favouite type of Mac lipstick. Lady Danger is a fairly orange toned red while Russian Red is much darker and makes a great statement. Russian Red is probably my favourite lipstick I currently own and has been for a long time. 

The main reason I love Mac lipsticks is because of how long they last on the lips. I don't particularly like having to constantly top up my lipstick throughout the day and with pretty much all of these the length of wear is pretty impressive. The matte finishes in particular last a long time. Russian Red can last on the lips all day even though a meal. Some of the other finishes requite topping up slightly more often but still last much longer than any other brands I own. 

I'm pretty sure that my collection will continue to grow and if anyone has any suggestions or have posted about their own collections I would love to read them.

Natasha x 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

A little Lush review

Dark Angels Cleanser (£6.75/100g) & Breath Of Fresh Air Toner (£4.25/100g)

Whenever I venture into a Lush I find it difficult to leave empty handed and last week I left with two products in my bag. Now that I am back to blogging I thought I would let you know what I think of them.

First up is the Dark Angels face and body cleanser. After deciding to purchase a new cleanser I couldn't decide which one to pick, until a friendly assistant tried this one out on my friends hand. She loved it and I was quickly persuaded. It has a pleasant liquorice smell which surprised me since I don't like liquorice! But anyway, it has a lovely but not overpowering smell and contains charcoal powder which is hugely popular in skincare recently. When combined with water it creates a paste perfect for not only cleansing but also exfoliating. After a quick scrub and wash my face felt incredibly soft and clean. I am yet to use this on my body, because despite the small amount needed to create enough to clean my face I feel like it would be a slight waste to use on my entire body. Besides it made my face feel so wonderful that I don't want to run out!

The next product I have been using is the Breath Of Fresh Air Toner water. This has an incredibly fresh smell and I genuinely love it. After using cotton pads to rub this into my face in circular motions I feel awake and ready to apply my moisturiser.

Both of these products have quickly worked their way into my routine and I cant wait to head back to Lush to pick up even more products to try. Feel free to give me any recommendations and let me know if you have tried and loved these products. 

Natasha x

Friday, 8 May 2015

My return to the world of blogging

First of all I want to thank anyone that has taken the time to visit this blog. Some of you may remember that this space was once home to my old blog 'fashion lottery'. However it became stale and unloved until eventually I stopped posting altogether.
Cameras and Tea is a fresh start, a new place for me to post about my life, reviews, beauty, photography, fashion and anything else that takes my fancy. I hope you will stick with me on this journey.

Welcome to Cameras and Tea!

Natasha x