Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Essential Makeup & Skincare

Being a blogger usually means you have a never ending obsession with Make up and Skin care, but for me not so much. Ok like anyone, I want my face to look good, but I want it to be easy, quick and not a chore at 8am every morning. Bobbi Brown make up is high quality but at affordable prices. Until a few months ago I was also applying my foundation with my fingers. Little did I know how much easier, quicker and more hygienic it was to use a brush. As far as brushes go I highly recommend Real Techniques for Foundation and Bronzer, but for brows and eyelids I recommend Lab 2. 

*All items shown in bold are links*

Skin Care

Hydrating and yet not greasy. I use this after a shower in a morning and every night as a makeup remover. 

Smells like oranges, great substitute for a primer.

Make up

I'm using the shade 4 Natural, and blending this with a real techniques expert face brush.

I'm using the shade 1 Golden Light, and applying this all over the face with a real techniques powder brush.

I'm using the shade 28 Uber Beige on the apples of my cheeks with the real techniques expert face brush and on my lips with the lab 2 lip brush. A love the two in love product.

I'm using the shade Saddle as an eyebrow filler with a lab 2 eyebrow brush and a brow and lash groomer. 

I'm using the shade Nude Beige for a more natural lip instead of the Pot Rouge.


I've just realised that my mascara is missing from this picture. Rookie error.

I just apply a small amount for a natural look.

As you can see from the items, I'm using pretty easy to apply and use products. I love to keep make up simple but effective. I think that Bobbi Brown is a brilliant brand for this. I also had a free make up lesson in the Bobbi Brown store in Windsor and this allowed me to learn about how to apply the makeup. The most important thing I learnt was to use the brushes, as the finish is more flawless and professional. Oh and to not use make up wipes ever. My skin is so much better for it. No dryness and that easily achievable dewy glowing skin in a few simple steps.

I'm thinking about doing a make up tutorial video, would you like to see this?
Feedback please or comment below.


Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Truth About Being Short

I'm going to do something I don't normally do. Share something with you thats really close to my heart, something thats a part of me that I can never change. Its something i'm living with and always will. I hope someone reading this can relate to how I feel. A couple of weeks ago I uploaded a picture to Facebook which highlighted how short I actually am. Since then a few people have mentioned that I should write about it on my blog. In the picture below the girls stood next to me are aged 9, 7 and 9. I’m 21, nearly 22. One girl was literally as tall as me. Being small is a part of me and a part that at one point I so desperately wanted to change. But i've come a long way since then. Before you judge the short girl, read my story.

I am 4 feet 9 inches tall. Short to say the least. All my life I’ve had negative comments about being little and usually I have a quick and clever reply to fire back to people that have something to say.  Another example is the second image, my cousins are aged 5 and 7. Yes I can make a joke about it, because that’s my way of dealing with it.

What strikes me about being short is how acceptable people find it to point out the obvious. I wouldn’t walk through town and point at someone and say “you’re fat”, so why should people be allowed to comment on my height. I take a lot of it to heart, it has effected me a lot throughout my life. There are a few things to note about my height. In 2009 it was noticed by my doctor that I hadn’t grown for over a year, which they said was abnormal. My parents are both short, so I didn’t really think much of it. I had always been small in comparison to my friends anyway. However I was referred to a clinic and it was at that point that I came to realize just how short I actually am in comparison to others around me. This was made worse by everyone’s growth spurts when people turned up at school one day and literally looked like they’d been sleeping in a grow bag. I felt shorter than ever. I was upset and worse of all I couldn’t control it. I had tests done and they confirmed that the growth plates had fused completely in my legs; which meant I wouldn’t grow at all anymore unless they intervened. I then made the decision to go onto growth hormone self injecting everyday for a year to try and grow. There are many side effects of this hormone and so it was a big decision. A year later I had grown a centimeter, it was devastating, because at the time I thought I had some chance of growing a few inches. Growth hormone probably gave me that centimeter, and it also made me really hungry, I put on a bit of weight but overall the treatment was deemed unsuccessful.

I did reach a point where I became almost depressed about my height and how I couldn’t change it. But gradually I’ve realized there are a lot of people that are a lot worse off than me. I should be thankful for my two working legs no matter how short they may be.

Here are some funny things that all short people know to be true. 

1.    People will point out you are short, All. The. Time.
Did I forget this morning when I woke up? Thank you for reminding me!

2.    Jeans never fit. They need taking up, cheeky £10 wasted for you there.

3.    Pencil skirt? Think MAXI skirt, everything looks ridiculously long.

4.    Baking some buns need the flour?
Baking a curry need the powder? Climb that worktop like your doing it a favour.

5.    People often mistake you for a child, which is fine if it’s a paid entry event.
Not so useful if you’ve forgotten your ID.

6.    People in night clubs like to; lift you up, put a pint on your head or simply sing umpa lumpa.
Gosh I’m definitely going home with you now you’ve cracked a height joke.

7.    When the pool says shallow prepare to drown.

8.    There is zero point in going to any kind of music festival.
When my friends ask me if I want to go to Vfest and the real question is
do you want to look at thousands of peoples backs for 3 days?
I’ll pass on that one thanks.

9.    Having to explain to a car dealership that you can only drive a small car because you
can’t reach the pedals.

10. Your friends shouting at you as you drive by ‘Don’t you need a booster seat?’
No. Thank. You. Next. Joke.

11. Getting called an angry hobbit because I wouldn’t go home with some guy in a club.

12. I will always look like a teenage pregnancy, no matter how old I am when I get pregnant, devastating.

13. Wearing trainers and thinking I literally look about 9.

14. When your mum tells you she’s booked a hotel but that I
need to wear flat shoes so I can pass as an 16 year old. GREAT MUM THANKS.

15. Going for a walk with your friends and realizing you need to jog to keep up.

16. Having to deal with dangeling legs no matter what chair you sit on.

17. Never being able to see into bathroom mirrors.

18. People repeatedly asking me if I’m a midget. I don’t like that word. I don’t know the actual definition. and quiet frankly its none of your business, thanks, bye.

19. When a stumble into the TALL section in topshop and just giggle to myself, lol, never, ever.

20. Having to wear heels all the time, my feet are killing me just thinking about this. 

If theres one thing i've learnt, on this cruel and short (excuse the pun) journey of mine is that
people enjoy pointing out other peoples flaws. I've never been like that.
I never will be like that. People are different. People look different. Be proud of who you are. 

and remember if someone points out your small just think about the fact that
the only bad thing they could identify about you is that there isn't enough of you...


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Teeth Whitening Essentials

My most requested post at the moment is how I whiten my teeth. So what better way to tell you all on here with the relevant links to the products I use. I wasn't born with nice teeth at all, in fact age 14 I had braces put on by an orthodontist in Hull. I had traditional wired 'train tracks' as they used to be known. I had braces on for around 18 months and my parents actually paid for me to have them done privately as there wasn't any government funding for it at the time. When my orthodontist took my braces off, she said how lovely my teeth were, I've got quite a full smile if that makes sense. My teeth are a good size and the work I had done over that period really helped to make my teeth into the perfect smile. I've always had a keen interest in my teeth and so I researched how I could maintain and enhance the smile i'd been given!

After having my braces on for 18 months, I was so terrified they would move back to how they looked before, overcrowded and ugly! I wore a removable retainer at night for 5 years (lol i hated it but i'm now glad I did wear it). I went back to my orthodontist and said that I was worried if I stopped wearing it that my front teeth would move back into their awful original position. I'd met a girl on holiday called Maegan Cottone (she's actually little mix's vocal coach) who had a fixed retainer, to ensure they didn't move back. My orthodontist said this was a relatively new thing but was happy to fit me with one. Again this treatment was paid for and not free. 

After all the time and effort ensuring they wouldn't move, I looked online a lot at whitening. For my birthday my parents paid for my teeth to be whitened, but this was the cost of a consultation with my orthodontist and then she gave me the products to use at home. I go back regularly for follow up treatments to ensure i'm getting on ok.

To make it easier for you to view, research and or purchase these items I have listed them all via MrLista click on the image below!

Here are my four key products:

So everyday I use Blanx Toothpaste, this is a natural whitening toothpaste, I have reviewed the whole Blanx range before, to read this click here. I use this toothpaste on my 'Colgate A1500 ProClinical Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush' which auto adjusts to each part of your tooth. 

Every other day I use a Waterpik which is a water jet that shoots water through each gap in my teeth and ensures no food or yellow residue is in between each tooth, its also great for healthy gums. I highly recommend a waterpik for people with braces or just people who want to take their teeth cleaning to the next level. It replaces the need to floss. I can't floss at the moment due to my fixed retainer, which means my waterpik is a replacement for flossing during this time. I wish I had known about the waterpik years ago, it makes so much difference to the overall result. 

As mentioned above I am using a professional whitening kit called Phillips Zoom, Nite White. I use this for 3 nights in a row once a month for 2 months. and then occasionally to maintain the level of white I have achieved. The reason I went through my dentist for this treatment is because this included the impressions of my teeth needed for the retainers to use the whitening solution. This product cannot be purchased in the UK online and I urge you not to do this. If you want to use this then please seek a professional. If you would like to know which orthodontist I used please send me a message or email at annaluefook@hotmail.co.uk

Ive always loved my teeth and I entered to be the face of Blanx toothpaste in 2013 through Cosmopolitan magazine, I made it to the top 10, you can read about it all here!

I'm always happy to give advice on teeth whitening or cleaning, if I have some knowledge I will give you it, you can tweet me @annaluefook or email me.


Monday, 21 September 2015

Back To Uni

This year I’m going back to university as a third year in my degree of Business and Management. For me its still a little daunting even though its my third year. With the level of work getting harder and each year challenging me more I do panic the week before the term starts about if ive bought all the things I need. But the more I attend my degree the more ive realized that just a few essentials can help with the whole process of starting or continuing on a course. I guess this list is aimed at third years, but it could be applied to freshers and second years and some items are generic. These are some of the things that helped me to survive second year.

A White board.
For me a white board allows me to make notes quickly and not worry too much about the fine details of the notes I’m making. To me there is something mentally relaxing about being able to rub out a bad or failed idea. I jot everything down I’m thinking and organize it later, no need to worry about how it looks as its so easily changeable.

A Pukka Pad.
This note pad has different sections, crucial for me when I have at least 5 units to learn each year. I can’t use notes that are different topics on one page, my brain does function well like that. So having dividers is important to me. Keep each topic separate; believe me when your writing essays it helps.

Bic Pens.
Comfy, easy to use and oh wait my fav colour ever black. Blue is just ew. I hate blue pens.

Berol Colours.
For making boring mind maps into colorful trails of organization. They seem fine in black in the first few weeks, but when the dissertation proposal looms under 10 pages of boring black and white a little colour is just what you need.

Post its.
Two uses. Lists of things that need doing, that can then be thrown in the bin once completed, I like that. And also for referencing. Make a list of the points you need to include in your essay. Then find each quote or section of the book that relates to your point. Put a post it on the right hand side of the page half sticking out of the book, jot down on the post it note in short the point your making. This makes is so much easier to reference and find where you got your points along the way. No more important useful quotes with no hope of finding a reference. Post its are god.
Cards against humanity.
Like any post I like to throw some humor in for good measure. But seriously this game is guaranteed to go down a treat irrelevant of what year your in at uni! It’s a card game and the questions and answers are really inappropriate, its really funny, but expensive, I think its worth it though.

How to Write Dissertations book.
Great read. Short and sweet. 2nd years should relish in this book because it also details how to write a dissertation proposal, something I didn't know how to write. This book broke each section down and made it easy for me to understand what I needed to do. It gives great ideas on how to organise your possible dissertation questions and how to find out which parts of information are relevant and what you are best to include. In short? An absolute must have for 2nd and 3rd years. 

So I hope you liked my collection of back to uni items, and a few study tips to help you with whatever course it is you may be starting, continuing or finishing! One year left for me. Hooray! 

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Trip To Windsor Vlog

A couple of weeks ago I went to Windsor, I filmed a lot of it on my new GoPro Hero 4 Session. This is the first type of vlog I've done on this camera and i'm super impressed with the quality of the filming and audio. Well i'm definitely getting into this vlogging business. Loved filming my trip to Windsor. I have a post written about my trip with some other pictures here! Please watch in HD.

If you like it give me a follow using the youtube link on the right hand side bar and or a thumbs up. We went to Windsor to get into the spirit of celebrating the Queens Longest Reign. It was a special day to go into the castle to learn all about the Queen and the heritage Windsor offers.


Thursday, 10 September 2015

Two Nights in Windsor

This week i've been in Windsor with my parents, we're on a bit of an english road trip which we do every year but to different places. Given the current celebrations of the Queen we did think that Windsor was a fitting location. I've been to Windsor before when I was younger, but it certainly wasn't like this. This place is brilliant for shopping and a bit of history, oh and delicious food, my idea of the perfect english holiday destination. The first day we just travelled down from Hull in the car and went out for our evening meal on the night. 

On the second day we went to Windsor Castle. Together we thought was would be a brilliant way to celebrate the Queen having the overall longest reign. We had hoped some royals would have been at Windsor Castle but unfortunately a lot of them were in Scotland with the Queen. However being in the Castle was an amazing experience and some usually private areas were opened up to celebrate the special occasion! 

In the afternoon we went for a walk around Eton and found these beautiful riverside apartments. We found the value of the apartments were 2.5 million each through a local estate agents, a girl can dream. The swans were gathering around the people at the waterside to be fed, and they look so pretty all huddled together. 

On the evening we went for dinner at Bills, a restaurant and bar, small and very homely. Its a franchise, but i've never seen or eaten at a Bills before. I wish we had one in Hull. I had breaded hamoumi to start with garlic mayo and mac and cheese for main. Cheese lover yes I am. I washed it down with a blush cider. Need to locate these ciders for at home definitely! 

One of the amazing breakfasts I had, my first Patisserie Valerie experience, eggs toast and bacon, FAB.

Some pictures of Lizzie's gaff, lol.

Me all kitted out in Lizzie's gaff, go pro an all.

Accidentally fell into Bobbi Brown, £140 later i'm out. oops.

Final night YO! Sushi, god I love this place. and #mateplates offers.

Exploring in Windsor and finding doors that look like this, ahhhh door envy? is that a thing? errr?

We did late night walks into Windsors grounds, and found beautiful views like this!

Me trying and failing to model.

Windsor, Eton and One G-Wagon for good measure.

Vlog of my trip coming asap, go pro filmed, yey.

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