festivalIf you follow me on Snapchat (alittleobsessed) then you might have seen that I spent Saturday at British Summer Time Festival with Sonic Chic, listening to Kendrick Lamar and Florence and the Machine whilst eating far too much junk food and sheltering from occasional rain storms.

It was such a great time and I thought I would share some of my festival essentials.

As I wore shorts some pre-festival leg prep was essential, I used a BIC disposable razor which I have been loving as they are super affordable and the Vita Liberata Body Blur, which is a game changer! Although I love going bare-legged my legs are less than perfect and this really helps them, it offers a little bit of a tan and coverage whilst still looking really natural, it’s basically a foundation for your legs. I was worried about wearing it all day and had no issues whatsoever, even when I spilt a drink down my legs and was caught in a downpour. I would avoid wearing it with a white dress as I think it might transfer a little but other than it is amazing! I also think I’ll be taking this on holiday with me as it’s great for the evening but washes off when I want to sit by the pool and catch a real tan.

In terms of makeup, I think that a festival is the perfect excuse to have some fun. There are so many festival gems around but I love the Lottie ones as they actually have some dainty very wearable ones. I ran out of time but temporary tattoos are also so much fun and there are so many incredible designs about now. However personally I still think glitter is really fun and Topshop probably does the most impressive, inexpensive one! I have another festival coming up next week and I don’t think I’ll be able to resist!

Onto handbag essentials…

Hand sanitizer, doesn’t need explaining, it’s essential! Tissue, in case the loos are all out or if like me you’re a little clumsy and spill your drink. Even in London sun cream is essential as it’s so important to stay safe in the sun, especially if you’re going to be outside all day! If it’s a hot day then a facial mist such as Avene Eau Thermale spray can be really refreshing and Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo is a great way to freshen your hair up throughout the day without getting the sort of buildup many other dry shampoos leave you with. I also like to pack a toothbrush with me and if you’re camping it is absolutely essential, I love the Sonic Chic one as it not only looks cute but it’s electric, making it the perfect toothbrush for festivals and traveling, I’ll be taking mine to Portugal at the end of the month.

Have you got any festival plans this summer? What are your festival essentials?

snapchat

As the days go on I get more and more obsessed with Snapchat! I can’t believe that my last post like this was back in October, since then it’s become an even bigger and better platform. It’s hard to decide who to add, as you can’t preview it so I’ve left a super brief description and links to their Instagram. I’d recommend adding the ones you might like and after a few days it might be worth having a small clear out. I’ve really tried to pick only the best, so here are 20 more of my favourites…

Emily, StyleLobster
Follow for: Everyday makeup talk-throughs, London life and the occasional drunk LOL.

Kate, TheGlowEdit
Follow for: Travel and beautiful London locations

Mimi, MimiIkon
Follow for: London life, healthy food, travel and now her pregnancy!

Tash & Dev, Tashandev
Follow for: The most beautiful beach and bikini shots. Their bodies are ultimate goals!

The Lean Machines, TheLeanMachines
Follow for: Fitness YouTuber banter

Byrdie, ByrdieBeauty
Follow for: Behind the scenes and the newest beauty launches

Madeleine Bitici, MadeleineBitici
Follow for: Urban outfit inspo and her booty

Eva Longoria, RealEvaLongoria
Follow for: Real life of the Real Housewife

Tati westbrook, TatiWestbrook
Follow for: The newest releases and real reviews

Alex Steinherr, Asteinherr
Follow for: Life of a beauty editor and Sunday DIY facials

Laura Carlson, TheLauraCarlson
Follow for: Dubai life, beauty purchases and Truthbombs

Alexia, FashionFilth
Follow for: Dog Walks, fast cars and highend bargain hauls

Gemma, OMGHelloGemma
Follow for: Country life and vegan inspo (even for non-vegans!)

Emma Hill, EJStyle
Follow for: Wearable fashion, travel and sooo many dogs!

Carter Marissa, CarterMarissa
Follow for: Fake tan goddess

Kourtney Kardashian, KourtneyKardash
Follow for: General Kardashianess and fitness inspo

Katie, Lusterlux
Follow for: Makeup and general fun with Desi Perkins (mentioned in last Snapchat post)

Amra, Amrezy
Follow for: Ultimate Instagram Makeup

Hazel Wallace, TheFoodMedic
Follow for: Fitness, Nutrition and travel

Also if you don’t follow me I’d love it if you did! My username is ‘alittleobsessed’ or simply take a photo of my ghost below using your Snapchat app. Let me know in the comments who your favourite Snapchatters are…

snapchat ghost

current beauty staplesThe posts have been lacking a little on ALO recently, especially the beauty ones and I feel it’s because I haven’t been trying anything new recently. After years of trying new products over and over again I’ve gotten a little bored of it. I’m quite enjoying using products I know and love on a daily basis, some do change daily but there are six which I have been sticking to religiously.

Sisley So Intense Eyeliner– This eyeliner is stupidly expensive but it’s the best and I really think I am going to be repurchasing it soon, it’s that good. I love the tip and find it really easy to use but what makes it stand out is just how black it has remained. I’ve been using it for a surprisingly long time and it’s still blacker than some liners are a week after buying them.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer– I’m not sure this is the best eyeshadow primer ever but I have been reaching for it over all my other ones. It keeps my eyeshadow in place and really helps with the vibrancy of the shadow, I’ve had it for a while and its lasted really well too.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow– Another stupidly expensive product which I have been using daily. The contour is a perfect natural shade which can be built up whereas the highlight adds a nice glow without going overboard.

Benefit Speed Brow- This is one of those products that people don’t really get why I love it do much. Most people love Benefit Gimme Brow as it does more than Speed Brow but since my brows are already quite dark and defined I just need something that will keep them in place but still look natural.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer– I wasn’t expecting there to be two Benefit products in this post but I have been using Benefit Hoola Bronzer for years and it has a special place in my everyday makeup drawer. It’s a really beautiful, natural looking bronzer which I sometime even use to add shape to my face or to add depth to my crease.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Powder- Not the best powder even but it’s always in my handbag, it’s affordable so I’m not too precious with it, it has a great mirror and get the job done.

What are your go-to makeup staples?

appsI finally got a new phone!

It took me ages, until a few days ago I still had an iPhone 5 which is fine but since my work is largely online and involves taking lots of photos it does seem a bit silly. To celebrate (not really) my new phone I thought I would share my favourite apps, I’m not going to talk through the basic ones, I obviously love Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

Snapchat- This one should probably be up there ^ with the basic apps but it seem to be an app that not everyone is into yet. Snapchat is basically like short, easy to watch videos which are far more real than the highly curated and edited images people put out on Instagram and on YouTube now- think GRWM without the pretty candles and close up of feet walking to the bathroom. It’s a little more like YouTube and blogging use to be, it’s very real as it disappears after 24 hours. It’s quickly becoming on of my favourite social media platforms, add me: alittleobsessed

Afterlight- I don’t upload to Instagram without using this app, I increase the brightness, saturation and contrast as well as applying a filter which I find helps with the overall uniform of my Instagram grid (which I’m not currently overly happy with.)

Facetune- I know there are a lot of FaceTune haters and I do understand why but no one wants to see the spot on my chin so I do often blur it away. Other than that, it’s great to draw attention and increase the sharpness of a brand name or increase the whiteness of your background, it can be used for so much more than just airbrushing your face.

Tripomatic- This is a recent discovery for me and I can not believe it’s free. If you’re planning a city break this app is a must, it not only tells you what places you should visit but also the best order to do it in, I’ve planned Berlin and I am half way through planning Amsterdam and this app has made life so much easier!

Bloglovin’– I’m sure most of you already have the Bloglovin’ app but if you don’t it’s a really great one to have, I sometimes forget to read blogs but with this app is just so easier, I think it’s even easier than reading blogs on the laptop!

What app do I need to download next?

january favourites

I’m not really too sure how we’re into the second month of 2016 but we sure are! I’m hoping February will be a fun month so I’m actually really looking forward  to it but more on that over the next few weeks…

January was a bit a fail in terms of working out but I did manage to try quite a lot of beauty items, many of which had been in my house for a while but I hadn’t got around to trying them. It was also drugstore week which forced me to try some inexpensive products and that was probably my favourite part of January. I’m fortunate enough to get send a fair amount of higher end products, meaning I often reach for the more luxurious over the more inexpensive but the drugstore is a truly great place! I discovered some great drugstore items and I also wrote a bit of a guide to the UK drugstore if you need a bit of guidance around Boots or Superdrugs.