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L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Solution & Absolute Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

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Of late my skincare routine has had somewhat of a shake up. I picked up both the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Solution and Absolute Eye and Lip Makeup Remover on a little boots splurge and haven't looked back.

They have slotted in nicely with my current regime. As you would expect I use the eye and lip remover first to get rid of stubborn eyeliner and mascara. On the days when I'm rocking a bold lip a quick swipe of the eye and lip remover gets rid of all traces. I've found it works best by applying several drops onto a cotton pad and holding gently over my eyes or lips for a few seconds. A gentle wipe and my makeup it all gone.

I've been following this up with the purifying solution, again with a few drops on a cotton pad, but this time I do a general wipe over my face to get rid of foundation. I've been following this up with my usual face wash which is the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser, as I find the purifying solution leaves a slight oily residue on my skin. That said I'm getting a great double cleanse and my skin is doing really well from the new additions. It's also worth mentioning that I've had no breakouts from either product which is huge as I've got very sensitive skin.

I can tell this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship, and that I'll be repurchasing both!

DIY : How To Make A Button Ring

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If you've been following my blog for a while then this post is probably no surprise to you as just yesterday I was raving about how much I was inspired by Button Rings. I love the idea of taking something a little unloved and neglected and turning it into a must have piece. I'm really loving these button rings I recently made, I've been wearing them ever since.

This is possibly the quickest ever DIY I've made, but also one that I know I'll be enjoying for a long time. The phrase quality over quantity comes to mind. 

DIY Inspiration Button Rings

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Accessories are the easiest way to update an outfit, so always enjoying finding inspiration on Pinterest for new ways to DIY and customise my own.

I've got lots of odd buttons knocking around and want to make use of them. I cannot wait to get my teeth into this one.

Images sourced from Pinterest

The Sweater Weather Tag

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I'm on a roll with the whole tag thing at the moment, I can't deny it it I've had so much fun filming them, I hope you're enjoying watching. Today's tag is the sweater weather tag, I've seen it knocking around the Internet  for a while and decided it was time I gave it a go.

A little call to arms guys, I'm on the look out for some new funny tags to do, can you suggest any?

Styling An Elbow Patch Cardigan

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In yesterdays post I showed you how I created this elbow patch cardigan. Today I'm talking styling. Cardigans are essential in the chilly weather, what better way to style them than with this stunning faux leather skirt from Zara. I'd been lusting after this skirt for ages then finally bit the bullet and bought it. I couldn't be happier I've worn it at least once a week since. Sign of a good buy in my opinion!

Special mention the graphic print T from HM. I actually picked it up towards the need of last summer, when our eye's met I instantly thought of the Kenzo sweater. I figured it would be fun to pair this in your face T with a sleek skirt. The cardi is the icing on the cake for me.

DIY: How To Make An Elbow Patch Cardigan

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I've been obsessing over elbow patches for around a month, I especially love them on cardigans. After my inspiration post a few weeks ago I've been so excited to come up with my own very simple tutorial on how to make an elbow patch cardigan. I'm planning on this being the fist of many elbow patch tops there are a few unloved jumpers lurking around the back of my wardrobe in need of an update.

It's been a while since I've done a fashion related DIY (their my favourite) as I was in full on Christmas DIY mode. Now that's over I'm back to the day job and getting back into my usual DIY mode. If you're like me and love a bit Youtube for all your "how to's" then you should stop by my channel WhatReneeMade, I hope you enjoy the video.




December 2013 Favourites

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I know 2013 is behind us know but I couldn't let the end of a month go by without updating you on some of my favourites this month. I think it was back in September when I said I wanted to be consistent with doing monthly favourites videos, since then I've done one every month (cue little pat on the back!). I'm definitely planning to continue monthly favourites into 2014.

I hope you enjoy the video and my top picks for the month, it would be great to hear some of your recent favourites.

Let Go and Let God

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I've been umming and ahhing about writing this post for a few days. I'm not one for over sharing or new years resolutions (as I never stick to them) but I wanted to share this with you as I figured it may help someone.

I'm great at worrying and getting stressed out about things, when I say great I mean an expert. If you need someone to worry on your behalf give my a call I seem to be up for the job. The thing is it doesn't make me happy, the opposite, in fact it makes me utterly miserable.

The past 2 years have been really tough for me for the most part I've not mentioned it here on the blog as some things are best kept private. The difficult times have been made harder by what I've come to recognise as my negative mind set. I'm a pretty proactive person, I love to make plans, lists and take control. The trouble is when you love to be in control and things happen that are out of your control you're stuffed. You realise that your lists and plans amount to nothing. It's taken around 24 months for me to realise that the only thing I have control of is me and my thought patterns. I'm really starting to see that "as a man (or woman) thinks in his heart so is he". In simple terms your life will go in the direction of your most prominent thoughts. I recognised that my most prominent thoughts were rooted in fear. The reason I love to plan so much is because I lived in fear of things going wrong, wanting to balance that out I made a multitude of plans hoping that they would be a solution or remedy to life's issues. But what do you do when despite all your plans you still don't have answers? Thats the position I found myself in.

I went through several emotions when the realisation hit me; "I don't have all the answers and I cant control everything". First off I was angry then afraid, afraid that my hopes and dreams wouldn't come true and my life would amount to nothing. After months of pretty much constant wallowing I reached a point where I said enough is enough, I desperately wanted to be happy but all I was doing was focusing on negative things or things that were missing in my life. Worrying and being anxious began to take it's toll it lead me to feeling dissatisfied with my life in general, this was probably the worst part for me. I figured if I'm ever going to be happy I have to focus on the good things in my life. That's when I started to say aloud to myself daily the things I was grateful for, I would literally list them. Doing that made so much of a difference it helped me to see that things were not all doom and gloom. I began to realise that what I needed more than anything was faith, not necessarily in myself and my plans but in God. I needed to trust that he is in control of my life, and would make all the crooked paths straight. The moment I relinquished the need to control everything the cloud that is anxiety began to lift from on top of me. Now every time I feel anxious and feel the clouds coming my way I remind myself that I don't need to have all the answers as someone who cares for me already does, and he's looking out for me with my best interests at heart.

It's not to say that I'm any less proactive and that I don't love to plan ahead and make a multitude of list. It's just that I'm beginning to put things into perspective. I've set myself a goal for this year and that's to let go and be happy. A very good friend of mine has a tattoo that says "let go and let God", so thats what I'm going to do let God take control, my part is to trust and be happy.

I know this is a little different from my usual posts and that not everyone will agree or relate to it but I wanted to share it anyway, in the hope that my story would bless someone.

Hoping and praying that 2014 will be all you desire and more x