Updated on June 11, 2017
Lips are an integral part of your face. Some are thin and some are thick but globally people spend money to enhance their lip whether it be to change the colour o condition. This blog post is going to be all about how I think you can best spend your money in order to get luscious lips.
The focus of this post is going to be predominantly on lipsticks and lip liners but I might do a post on lip care in the future!
I’ll mention it now before you start to see a trend. I tend not to be particularly adventurous with my lipsticks and instead stick to neutral colours as I feel they best suit my skin tone.
Academy of Colour- Rose
This is definitely the most affordable of the lipsticks I’m going to be talking about, at £2.99 it is a steal. I picked this set up from Morrisons at Christmas time in the seasonal aisle after I had seen a fellow blogger review it. The set comes with a matte lipstick and a lip liner. Both are of a really creamy consistency and aren’t too drying on the lips. The lipstick and liner suit each other really well which I often have trouble with when buying lipstick sets. You can also wear them on their own with no trouble so you are getting your money’s worth!
I’m lead to believe that you can pick these up in Debenhams every now and then but I’m not 100%. They work really well as gifts, I got these for my friends for Christmas and they were a big hit. For the price they feel very high quality.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream- Stockholm
This lipstick has been one of my long time favourites this is actually my second tube! And let me tell you, it didn’t take me long to finish the first pot its almost addictive. It feels lovely on my lips and isn’t drying whatsoever. Its a cream so doesn’t crack or dry down properly but is still very much matte and opaque. The colour makes blue eyes really pop which is great and gives the appearance of whiter teeth. It is very reasonably priced too at only £4 something. NYX are a very reputable brand in both the UK and US. I haven’t tried any of their other products but I can’t wait to if the quality of their products are just as good! I have been desperate to try this lipstick in the shade Zurich but every time I got buy it, it’s sold out 🙁
Bourjois Rouge Edition- Number 19
This lipstick is one of my favourite lipsticks, its very moisturising on the lips and has an almost glossy finish. The shade doesn’t 100% stick to the nude and neutral theme. It is more of a peachy orange, I’m obsessed with orange lipsticks but thats a whole different story! I would say this is a good lipstick for someone who wants to start wearing orange lipstick. The scent is gorgeous and although I know you aren’t supposed to eat lipstick it tastes really nice. We’ve all done it, right? The one downside of this lipstick is that it sticks quite heavily to dry patches on your lips so I would just recommend exfoliating your lips first so they don’t look too patchy. For a glossy lipstick is does have a long wear time and you don’t have to reapply constantly.
Nars- Hot Voodoo
This was my first high end lipstick purchase and I certainly don’t regret it! I picked this one up from TK Maxx which knocked a few pounds off the price tag. Little side note, if you are thinking of splurging on an item check TK Maxx they have a large selection of high end beauty products and also handbags. I don’t think it takes a genius to tell that I’m a TK Maxx addict. Anyway, this lipstick is kind of metallic and gives the lips a nice glittery sheen which I don’t get from any other lipsticks. The wear length on this lipstick is amazing. Ok that’s an over exaggeration, I would say you can wear this for like up to 8 hours without needing to touch up. I wear this to work all the time and I tend to be rushed off my feet and it never fails me!
Updated on June 11, 2017
The Orange Craze Continues
Burnt orange used to be just for the autumn and winter months but this year the trend has expanded. More and more people seem to be wearing this colour in spring and summer too! If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that I am a big fan of orange coloured garments. Back in January I wrote The Orange Dress which was a big hit on my blog.
I don’t really know what it is about orange clothes that makes me gravitate towards them much more than other clothes. A lot of my wardrobe is orange. I feel like it goes really well with my blonde hair and blue eyes!
Orange is by no means a hard to find colour with most high street shops stocking a wide array of orange coloured garments for your perusal. As with many clothing items you can spend a fortune or spend very little and with orange there is such a selection.
With this outfit I decided to pair it with a bit of blue to add a little something extra. Navy blue goes really nicely with orange. The outfit I made consists of an orange blouse from New Look. It has quite a high collar and was marketed as a pie crust collar which made me giggle! It is a sheer chiffon kind of fabric which means it is easy to dress up or dress down. I wore this exact outfit to my friends 18th and just added a few pieces of gold jewelry. As for the skirt, it is a gorgeous suede fabric which goes nicely with the chiffon blouse. The gold buttons down the skirt tie the whole outfit together. I also wore my Olivia Burton watch with this outfit and the gold face matched well!
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Updated on May 20, 2017
It’s no new news that I’m a big fan of Lush products so I thought that it would be fitting to give you some of the deets of my favourite products.
The highly publicised Boxing Day sales was something I participated in this year. I spent around 6 hours on the waiting list but gosh was it worth it. Almost all of the Christmas stock was half price so it was such a bargain and I’m so happy with everything I bought.
So the rest of this post is just going to be my reviews of all the products and some photos for you to enjoy.
Needles and Pines Shower Jelly
This is one of the most satisfying products I’ve ever owned. It really reminds me of those jelly and sand videos you see online. The scent is so refreshing as well it smells so Christmassy and it feels lovely on the skin. It’s a lovely consistency you lather it up in a bath puff- or whatever you call it!! Lush also recommends that you put this in the freezer for more of a tingling sensation which feels amazing in the shower. It comes in this little plastic pot which you can take back to lush for it to be properly recycled which is such a good idea.
Snow Fairy Shower Gel
Sticking with the theme of Shower gels I also got my hands on this one too! Snow fairy is one of Lush’s most popular scents especially during the winter months when this is available instore and online. It’s a sweet scent and reminds me of marshmallows which I am a big fan of. Snow fairy is really not a sickly kind of scent and really sets you up for the day. The gel lathers up really well in the shower or the bath which is a really big plus too. The pots you can buy these in are very cute and compact and would be great for travel. They last such a long time too as it fluffs up well and if you live alone it would last you forever.
This is such a good little bath bomb. The scent is kind of a vanilla kind of scent, with some oil in it which leaves your skin feeling very fresh and soft. I’ve seen other people add these to other Bath bombs to use it in conjunction. This would be such a good little gift to give for birthdays or any other events. The shape of it is so cute too it looks lovely. I really love the feeling of the bath bomb and it can even be used in conjunction with other bath bombs to add an extra something.
This is a charcoal face wash that comes in the form of a bar of soap. It is by far one of my favourite face washes, it lathers up really well and leaves your face feeling squeaky clean. I really used to hate the feeling of my face being squeaky but I love it now! It has a faint liquorice sort of scent which isn’t over powering and although I cannot stand liquorice I don’t find it a hinderance to the product itself. For acne prone skin I can’t recommend this enough it really helps to combat spots well which the oil absorbing properties of the charcoal. It’s definitely one to try if you haven’t already ❤️
Updated on April 11, 2017
Green is such a fashion statement. And yet it has been all over the recent fashion weeks with every blogger and their dog rocking the green trend. Khaki has transitioned from being a colour nobody wore, to dominating the catwalks. No Pinterest scroll would be complete without having something khaki coloured pop up. It is certainly a trend many people have jumped on, including me.
I picked up this oversized khaki shirt dress at a local discount store. The tag had been cut out so I’m not 100% sure where it’s from. I have, however seen many all over the internet and there is a very similar one on Missguided. Typically I style my shirt with a pair of highwaisted blue jeans and some nude shoes. As you all know my go to jeans are from New Look and have lasted me ages. As for shoes, I either go for flats or heels. My favourite nude flats are from M&S and my favourite heels are from Tesco. It really shows that you don’t need to spend lots of money to look nice.
The shirt itself was only £6 which in my opinion is a bargain and as for the rest of my outfit, my jeans were £9 and my shoes were £4/£10. So at the most you are looking at around £25. Can’t you tell I love a good bargain!
With the dress I also like rolling up the sleeves and pairing it with my Olivia Burton watch, find my review of that here. It looks so effortlessly cute and especially coming into summer you could add a pair of sunglasses and be ready to go!
The rest of this post is just showing you how I styled my khaki shirt dress – enjoy!! Let me know what you think 🙂
Posted on March 21, 2017
So we all know Too Faced is one of the world’s best makeup brands and there is no question about it. From the Better Than Sex Mascara to the infamous Sweet Peach Palette Too Faced has created some of the world’s most iconic makeup products. And they aren’t stopping now!
As we all know, TK Maxx has begun stocking more and more high end brands Too Faced included. Too faced can be pretty expensive so having it available at TK Maxx is so handy! My mum actually picked up this Cat Eyes palette for me and it was only £10 which is reasonable for such good quality eye shadows.
What I love about the palette is that it’s so versatile. It has a range of shadows to suit everybody’s needs and don’t forget the liners. The powders on the far right are intended to be used as liners. You mix them with a tiny bit of water to create highly pigmented eyeliners. Although they are typically marketed as liners there is no harm in using them as eye shadows.
The palette includes a selection of lighter shades and darker shades to make it perfect for both day and night looks. The size of the palette is perfect because it is very compact. You can just throw this in your bag and go. The mirror too! I’m always on the hunt for a good mirror. The palette has a good sized mirror that’s always a bonus as it’s even better for travel.
Overall, this is a very good palette and Too Faced has pulled it out of the bag once again! If you haven’t tried any of their other products I can highly recommend them 🙂
Enjoy the pictures!
Posted on March 7, 2017
Edinburgh Travel Diary
In the words of Stephen Merchant “I genuinely believe that travel broadens the mind”. It’s so true it’s empowering seeing how others live and what life could have been like if you were born in a different town, country or even continent. As a child who has moved abroad and back I think it’s safe to say I know my way around an airport pretty well. So for me travelling isn’t scary or frightening purely something to enjoy for all it is.
The purpose of this post is to give you an insight into what my recent trip to Edinburgh was like. It was all very last minute but sometimes that’s the best way! I love Edinburgh and although this wasn’t my first time visiting it felt just as magical. It’s kind of strange that it’s like a city in the middle of nowhere but that adds to its character.
Anyway here is a little travel diary in blog form! I hope you enjoy 😊
Forth Road Bridge
A must from a blogger/photographers point of view is Forth Road Bridge. It’s just astounding! And also a perfect photo opportunity, it even has its own snapchat filter so if you did need anymore persuading that says it all, it’s very cool. For many locals the bridges are just an access route across to Fife but they are actually amazing! I really enjoyed going to see them. The rail bridge is the cooler of the two in my opinion. We went to a little town called South Queensferry to see them. I’ll talk more about the town later on 😉
Mary’s Milk Bar
Mary’s Milk Bar is another must when in Edinburgh. The best way to describe it is like an ice cream parlour with a little bit of a twist. It’s more of an independent brand and is very small, but very cute. The ice cream is delicious and they can make it into a milkshake which I highly recommended. A hot chocolate with ice cream is a strong choice. Overall it’s just a really cute little shop and has a real vintage feel and again is good Instagram material!
In all fairness the city centre is just as beautiful as anywhere in Edinburgh it was good fun just having a wander around! The architecture is outstanding and everything is so photogenic. Being as obsessed with English as I am it seemed like the perfect place to come to really throw myself into Jekyll and Hyde which is part of my Literature GCSE. We visited a cute little french cafe which served the best sandwiches and soup which had a Robert Louis Stevenson theme. I do really love Edinburgh and I would love to come back soon and maybe even come to university here also! The rest of this post will just be mainly pictures from my trip!
Updated on March 3, 2017
Makeup, makeup and more makeup!
I think it’s pretty safe to say that I am impartial to a nice eyeshadow palette or a glossy highlighter. The majority of my pay check each month inevitably gets spent on makeup of some sort, and I couldn’t be happier with the little collection I have grown. Over the past 2 years I have tried the cheap to the expensive and I feel like I now have a collection of some of my go to products for a wide variety of looks!
I’m all about versatility. So as you many be able to tell from these products I like to be able to use my products in so many different ways. Each of the palette I own has such a broad spectrum of colours and textures so I can create a variety of looks.
1. NYC Lovatics Eyeshadow palette:
This palette is so pretty and so inexpensive. For the quality of the eye shadows it’s such a win! Although I’ve never owned a Naked palette it really reminds me so much of the kinds of colours. It’s has a wide range of light shimmery shades to more dark and matte shades. The colours blend gorgeously on the lids and they last for such a long time.
2. Tanya Burr Eyebrow Kit
Eyebrows are everything. Eyebrows are the epitome of the more recent part of the 21st century and every makeup brand has something to help us accentuate those hairy little brows! Tanya’s kit is perfect. I love the hot cocoa colour for my eyebrows and I love pebble for contour believe it or not?? The highlight it absolutely gorgeous as well and you can use it not only on the brows but also the eyes and cheeks too. One criticism, I would love it to have a wax incorporated but you can’t have it all!
3. Beauty Blender
ah of course this is a must have for applying any kind of makeup to the face! If you haven’t heard of a beauty blender have you been living under a rock for the past 5 years? Side note- have you seen those “ask your boyfriend what this is called” thing going round on social media gosh it’s hilarious. The beauty blender is the perfect size and the texture is amazing for applying foundation and getting in all the crevices of the face.
4. Freedom Cheek Palette
I’ve done a full post on this palette and let me summarise: It’s. Amazing. Literally best thing since sliced bread! What an English phrase. It’s so pretty and I love the formula and I’ve never had a better highlighter. Even if you have a lighter skin tone I wouldn’t be put off by the darker shades. I use a large khabuki brush and swirl it in all the colours to get just the right shade. The blush shades a gorgeous. The darker shade looks really good with more bronze tones on the eyes. The lighter one is more of a day to day blush. Without a shadow of a doubt it’s the best £6 I’ve ever spent on makeup.
5. Urban Decay Setting Spray
So once you’ve finally mastered that insta makeup face you want to keep it on all day so that your friends can marvel at your brilliant artwork? Well I’ve got your covered with this one. This setting spray feels so refreshing on the face and it really does boost the longevity of my makeup. I use this everyday and it is so nice. After I’ve used up all this little bottle I’m going to have to invest in a larger size. Nothing else really to say about it other than you just must try it.
Posted on February 7, 2017
A Classic Navy
Navy is the new black. You heard it here first ladies and gentlemen. 2017 will be the year navy makes its comeback! Nowadays, I think almost everyone owns something navy coloured whether jeans or a jacket its kind of a given. I think this colour can look so flattering on so many skin tone. And of course it contrasts well with my blonde hair and pale skin so I’m quite the fan. I picked out this lovely skirt recently to wear to an event and let me tell you it was one of the best £30 I have ever spent. The quality of the skirt is just premium and its a delight to wear.
Out of my large array of clothing items I would say I wear skirts the most. They are so lovely and I feel they really accentuate your waist and hips and they come in such a wide variety too! Having always loved skirts, it wasn’t really a shock to anyone when I bought yet another one. I didn’t have anything quite like this though so I thought it would be well used and I was certainly right. The skirt is fairly long and I don’t have any other skirts like that therefore it really was necessary. A long skirt is nice as it can show off your waist but have your legs covered.
I purchased this skirt from H&M for just £30 which I think was quite reasonable although there will be cheaper alternatives out there. It has a bobbly texture which I love as it gives it more of a rustic feel. Overall its just a lovely skirt to wear! As the skirt is quite loud itself I just paired it with a plain black t-shirt. I threw on a string of beads and a pair of tights. It worked so well together. The patent shoes I have are to die for! They really sparked my obsession with heels as they are a good transition shoe from flats to heels.
Anyway here are some pictures of how I styled this look!! Enjoy 🙂
Updated on January 31, 2017
The Queen of Skincare
Having suffered from bad skin for literally all my life, I’ve tested quite the range of skincare products. From the cheap to the expensive. The available to the unavailable. Groundbreaking technology to good ol’ ingredients. There has pretty much always been something wrong. As with everything, its all subjective and I totally get that. Not every product works for everyone. But, it’s just kinda frustrating. However hopeful I have stayed, few products have adapted well to my skin.
Cleanse and Polish
Liz Earle has really changed by skin story. Now I know it sounds cliche and trust me I have read every single article and post about skin there is, but this seriously helped me. Don’t get me wrong it hasn’t vanished spots and corrected dark circles, but I didn’t expect it to. Just using the hot cloth cleanser I have been able to make my skin feel more healthy and plump. It has made my skin look more like, well, skin. Before my face was so tired and dull and now after using this it looks more radiant. Obviously it isn’t a miraculous recovery or anything but I have noticed a difference. The face wash is so energising, I love the scent and how it applies on to my skin.
The deal with this that makes it special is that you apply the wash with your hands and wipe away with a muslin cloth. The cloth really draws out impurities in my skin and makes by skin feel fresh and lively. Finally, you finish with a quick rinse of cold water and you’re good to go!
Can I also quickly mention how good this cleanser is at removing makeup? It’s really astonishing, it gets rid of every scrap of mascara that could possibly be on my face. The cloth can be popped into the wash and you’re good to go again!!
The results are really addictive and I can’t wait to try more from the brand.
A friend of mine gave me Liz’s book for Christmas and it has really inspired me to continue treating my skin well and gives more of the biological information about the skin. It truly is very cool! But sometimes I get a bit woozy – I’m bad with biology 😉
Posted on January 24, 2017
The Orange Dress
The first time I laid eyes on this dress, I just knew I had to have it in my collection. It just felt like pure luxury for a fraction of the price. Its colour is kind of a burnt orange shade which I was yet to accumulate a dress in. It seemed like the perfect match.
The dress is kind of a jumper dress and so is made from the softest wool you have ever felt. Its the sort of wool that stays soft and isn’t ever scratchy. I decided to get it in a bigger size so that it felt more oversized and snuggly. The dress was purchased from Forever 21, who, in my opinion have very small sizing, so its not even like its swamping me! The roll neck goes up to the perfect hight too (just enough to cover my double chin! ;)). Looking at it, I really don’t think you would be able to tell it was a forever 21 piece. And I really don’t think that you would say that I paid £20 for it! Yes, you heard right £20. What a bargain if I do say so myself.
The dress hits my mid thigh and thats for a pretty short girl so if you were taller you might not get away wearing it with tights but whatever floats your boat!! I like it with black tights and black heels or some little red boots but it really is very versatile. I love how soft and cosy it is and it will definitely keep me warm transitioning from winter into spring. Although the colour is autumnal it will still look nice around this time of year.
So as for pictures, my sister and I had a little photoshoot at a hotel we recently stayed at so you may seen this in a few upcoming posts!!