Flower Power

Flower Power

I have been pretty into wearing printed clothes at the minute especially this top! It is just gorgeous, it hangs lovely on the body and the fabric is to die for. Pretty sure this is from New Look but there are so many brands that will have a similar kind of thing as lets be real its a wardrobe must have. It has this slit back which isn’t too revealing but adds some class to the shirt. Also there is no need to go braless because I may have boobs the size of tennis balls but there is no way I’m going out without one on. For the most time, I wear this outift with jeans and a big fluffy cardigan and just a pair of converse, but I can make it look a bit more formal by adding a pair of heels.

I LOVE HEELS! (yes, I just discovered how to make my words bold. easily amused!)

They make my legs look so much nicer and at a whopping 5ft3 a few adding inches isn’t always a bad thing. I picked up these heels from M&S, they were the only pair left and they were in my size, so I if thats not fate I don’t know what is. They had also been reduced like 60 times or something as I bagged these for a meagre £5. Heels go with pretty much anything and with them being nude you are really adding to your options!

Anyway I love this outfit but the hair didn’t quite go how I was planning but hey ho life goes on and I did still get some pretty decent photos of the outfits that I’m happy with so let me enlighten you:

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Freedom Blush and Highlight Palette

Freedom Blush and Highlight Palette

My Superdrug has finally caught up with the rest of the UK and now offers the Freedom brand which I am lead to believe is exclusive to them. Of course I was keen, the thought of cheap but high quality makeup is something I am all about. I picked up this palette just to try out but there was so many other things that interested me. This post is going to be my first impressions of the brand and this specific product.

Packaging

 

The palette itself is packaged in a sleek glossy black plastic container which kind of has makeup forever vibes going. The packaging isn’t matte which is an advantage as it means it doesn’t become filthy within a week. But it will get fingerprints on it which are less of a problem as they will wipe away easily.

Product

As for the highlighters and blushes themselves, they are just STUNNING! With a variety of different shades there is one for everybody’s skin tone. And the best thing is… it actually shows up on my pale skin. I have always found it hard to find a highlighter that would show up on my skin as they tended just to blend in and not really show up. But gosh damn, these highlighters make me feel like a mermaid or something. Also, I really love the lightest shade which is like an icey white shade and it just makes my cheeks pop. The darker shades would also work really well as bronzers!

 

I can see that this palette is going to become one of my staple makeup items over the coming months. I can just see that it is going to be so versatile and for £6 you can’t really go wrong considering you get 8 different pans. Superdrug is going to be happy with my spending over the next few weeks as I’m sure I’ll be back buying more 🙂

 

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A White Shirt and Jeans

A White Shirt and Jeans

Correct me if I’m wrong, but a white shirt and pair of blue jeans are just a staple item of clothing. Its so easy to dress this outfit up or down, for adding a pair of heels and a bling necklace to wearing converse and a slouchy cardigan. How I dress up this outfit really depends on my mood and what I’m doing. On the day I shot this I was feeling particularly adventurous and I had just got a new lipstick so of course that was major inspiration!

This post is largely going to be picks of me in my favourite white button down and high rise jeans. I can’t think of anything  better to wear on a Saturday morning, its my go to outfit and fits all occasions.

I dressed my outfit up, as you know, I was feeling good after all! To do that I actually made an effort with my hair by curling it with my NUME straightening irons, which I have a separate review on. I also swiped on my new NARS lipstick in the shade Hot Voodoo and can I just say this is the lipstick of angels. It’s heavenly and I get excited to put it on! Yes of course, it was another TK Maxx find. The metallic shade goes perfectly with my blonde hair and pale skin as it contrasts well and the shimmer in it really stands out. What I also like is that it stays on all day. And when I say all day,  I mean ALL DAY! I worked a 7 hour shift in this and could still see it afterwards. That is some serious lipstick.

Anyway, here are some photos of me in my casual weekend attire and of course a flower crown to pull the whole outfit together!

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note to self, don’t wear a black bra under a white shirt!

 

Primark is the new Prada

Primark is the new Prada – 2016 Autumn Edition

Primark has stepped up its game. There is no two ways about it, the quality of the items is just so much better than it used to be. For the past year or so I would steer clear of Primark as its garments would just never last. T-shirts would fade after two wears and would inevitably end up with holes in them within a week. I came to the conclusion that despite the low price it wasn’t worth buying the same clothes all the time. More recently however, Primark has improved the quality of its clothes as so I will resume my purchasing.

I saw YouTube videos from the likes of Zoella and Fabulous Hannah showing all of their new clothes from Primark. It seemed like the autumn collection was actually pretty decent. So of course I checked it out for myself and picked up a few bits and managed to put together a nice autumnal outfit. Not sure if its just me, but i did think that the prices had also increased. This can only mean one of two things. Either the inflation of the pound, or Primark is paying its workers a better wage and I can only hope its the latter.

I picked up a plaid shirt and a burgundy pinafore which I think is the epitome of autumn. To add to this, I paired it with a Topshop choker and some shoes from Tesco. I know Tesco wouldn’t be an immediate association with fashion but they do have some beautiful pieces. The rest of this post will largely be images of the outfit I put together and it costs no more than around £30.

The Outfit

Eden’s Semilla Serums

 

Eden’s Semilla Serums

So basically this post is about how I’ve got your back. Right so I heard you were looking for new serums yeah? yeah of course who isn’t looking for a new serum?! Anyways, this post gives you the low down on serums from a brand called Eden’s Semilla.  If I had to summarise in 3 words i would say “You NEED this”. You may try to persuade me that another serum is better but I don’t think it gets much better than this serum! I have been testing out the Vitamin C serum and the Hyaluronic acid serums.

The Packaging

First of all the packaging is hands down, GORGEOUS they come in this elegant glass bottle with very cute labels on them that give you all the information you need! However, the bottle has one of those annoying child proof openings but I kind of got used to it after using the product several times and now it just seems like second nature to open them like that. Also, I think the pipette is a really unique idea and it makes applying the serum so easy. The pipette allows for no waste serum as you can decide how much you use per use. Furthermore, I find this to be so much better than a pump action serum as the quantity stays the same every time and the pipette always stays cool so it is refreshing on the face.

The Serum Itself

Firstly, both serums are very closely related and are used for similar things. I’m of the opinion that the hyaluronic acid one has more of a coconut kind of smell but it isn’t 100% spot on and does have a chemically hint but nothing overpowering. As for the vitamin c serum it does have a citrus aroma which is the be expected with undertones of TCP. Again it isn’t a major draw back of the product and I tend not to focus on the scent of a product. If a serum could be pigmented I would say this is very pigmented.Basically what I mean by that is that you don’t need a lot of product and in fact you can use a tiny amount and it does a really good job. In my opinion, I found them both to be good at hydrating and smoothing but I will include a detailed list of what each of them was good at further down. Overall, I really enjoyed using these products. Afterwards, I did notice a big difference in my skin and in my wrinkles. Wrinkles isn’t something I worry about at my age but I have lines above my eyebrow from when I smile and this smoothed everything out. As an open hater of all citrus fruits I struggle getting vitamin c and so these serums made up for what I was lacking in my diet. I would be 99% sure that this is why my skin has been so good recently! Maybe I might have to try eating and orange again or something (yuck!). I found the hydration in these products to be amazing, they  replaced my moisturiser which was so great.

Strengths

This is just going to be a quick bullet point list highlighting the things each product was really good at:

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

  • Serious plumping of the skin
  • Industrial moisturisation
  • Firming of the skin
  • Combating wrinkles
  • Combating under eye  puffiness

Vitamin C Serum

  • Smoothing of the skin
  • Soothing of sore areas
  • Firming of the skin
  • Tackles red areas
  • Combats wrinkles and lines

I really also love how these products are all natural and organic which is always better for your skin than products with harsh chemicals! 🙂

Here are some pictures of the products!

and if you take literally nothing else from this post then just think.. you have probably learned how to spell hyaluronic acid!

 

Ellie x

 

 

Autumn Appropriate Lipsticks

Autumn Appropriate Lipsticks

The change between summer and autumn always seems to be the most noticed and widely publicised. The calendars flick over on to the first of September and that’s it, my timeline, news feed and any other sort of image related social platform is swamped with the arrival of pumpkins, leaves, tea, cosy nights, films and pretty much anything orange. To mark the pumpkin emoji awaking after its 3/4 year slumber, I decided to do an autumn appropriate lipsticks post about all the lippies I will be wearing and loving for the next couple of months. If you like this kind of thing, let me know and I might do more seasonal posts like this!

There will be a gallery of all the lipsticks on at the end of the post

The Berry Toned Red

Is it really autumn if your favourite berry lipstick doesn’t make its yearly debutimg_2927 after long year of it playing second best to the prettiest pinks and nudes. For my berry lipstick I love this Ted Baker, which apparently has no name. I think so many skin tones would be able to pull this off including my sheet white complexion. It resembles a Taylor Swift esque lipstick (you knew I was going to mention her somehow?!) with its vibrant red and the more purpley undertones complement blue and green eyes well. It has a good formula and glides on the lips with little tugging, which is always a bonus. The packaging is very simple slightly disappointing for a supposedly high end brand as the lid doesn’t even click on properly every time. This came in a set I was gifted at christmas and was available at boots a while back.

 

The True Purple

A true purple is like the MVP in autumn as the vampy lip is finally accepted for all. The purple I have is Kourt K by Kylie Jenner. It was such a palaver getting this lipstick, it literally took months to come but I’m kinda glad I’ve got it now. At first I wasn’t sold but it has grown on my and I am beginning img_2923to warm to the colour (excuse the pun). I love how matte this is and your lips hydration isn’t compromised. One thing I would say is it’s so difficult to remove but on the other hand it stays on all day, so its a small price really. The lip liner is dead useful otherwise you lipstick will be half way down your chin in like less than an hour. The colour can be toned down also, I tend to mix it with my palest concealer and it creates a pretty pinky mauve , for when I’m not feeling that brave. This again is such a good true purple for autumn and reminds of the dark and cosy nights to come.

The Plum

During the autumn time, the plum lip makes its come back with every cosmetics company on the planet trying to perfect their formula to make ‘the best plum lipstick’. When September rolls around yet again, its always good to be armed with a beautiful plum lipstick like this Ted Baker chubby stick, which has a similar tone to the Kylie Jenner kit but I would say has more red unimg_2924dertones and is less vibrant and much more subtle. It is also a glossy finish in contrast to the matte lip kit, its always good to mix it up a bit every now and then. I am a big fan on this stick as it never seems to dry out and the chubby stick packaging makes it easy to take on the go. I have found that the nib gets blunt quickly and it becomes less and less precise with every use which i would say is pretty annoying as I end up with one lip arch higher than the other and with a lipstick colour like this there is no room for mistakes as every slip of the hand is visible.

 

 

 

Ellie x

Festival Expectations Vs Reality

Coachella seems to be the most popular festival of the year and with tickets the price of a small house most of us have to settle with second best, which for us was Carfest North. Year in year out pictures are shared on tumblr and  of what Coachella and similar festivals entail, but on the other side of the pond, here in the UK festivals are completely different to what many would expect@

Expectation vs Reality 1
So most people would expect to see many intricate and colouful crowns floating around the festival field. Over in California, flower crowns seem to be in high demand and everyone wears them during festival season. However over here the sighting of a flower crown is as rare as catching a Pikachu on pokemon go. So to try and look the part we are subject to turning to snapchat to give us that all desirable flower crown. But lets be real its not the same thing is it?! 🙂IMG_8741coachella crowns

Expectation vs Reality 2

The pretty fairy lights that illuminate Coachella and Lollapalooza alike are always worthy of a reblog. The pictures, classically captioned with #nofilter usually get promoted to being coverphotos on Facebook and Twitter and your most liked photo on Instagram. Palm Trees twinned with the pretty iridescent glow of the lights is apparently the recipe for a viral photograph. On the other hand when the lights are usually from B&Q and fitted by a cheap local labourer they don’t acquire the same kind of attention! So for us 25 filters and upping the saturation is pretty the only option. For some photos I was even forced to use my sunglasses as an extra filter!IMG_9633-1coachella lights

Expectation vs Reality 3

Of course fashion is like the biggest part of festivals with high end and highstreet brands taking advantage of the current hot trend and nicely providing us with skimpy clothing which would be PERFECT for the hot climate here in the UK as during summer, you know, we sometimes reach 15 degrees which is just certainly shorts weather (oh wait..). Tumblr and pinterest just set our expectations way too high and festivals in the UK are NOTHING like the parties thrown by our American Buddies. So what I’m trying to say is, you are going to have to rock a plastic bag over 14 layers of clothes because it will be cold and it will rain!

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Lastly, thank you Coachella and Lollapalooza for setting standards high since 1999

I really want to got to Coachella sometime and Lollapalooza if you have been, please tweet me pics my name is over there ————>

Ellie x

Gym Sessions

Whether you love or hate the gym its pretty much a must in modern day society especially because of the invention of ice cream, KFC and burritos. You can’t honestly say that you don’t love at least one of those items in the previous list, because lets face it they are the best things since sliced bread. To be able to balance the tasty food its important to get all the exercise you need so for most people that means going to the gym. I am a committed gym going and I typically go 2 times a week during term time but over the summer I’ve been going 4+ times a week. So today I’m going to share with you some of my favourite sessions to do at the gym.

The 2k

2k Walking/Running ( incline of 7%/1.5%)
2k Cycling (level 8)
2k Rowing (level 10)
20 reps on weights of your choice

10 minute Circuits

10 minutes on Step Climber = about 50 floors of 17 steps
10 minutes Walking/Running (Incline of 7%/1.5%)
10 minutes Octane Elliptical (if your gym has, its a really good machine)
10 minutes Cycling (level 8) = about 3.5k
10 minutes Rowing (level 10) = about 2k
10 minutes weights of your choice

 

The all round 5

5k running/walking (takes me about 35 minutes at my best)
50 floors on Step Climber
5 minutes weights

 

I hope this post gave you some inspiration for your next workout, these circuits have really helped me to improve my fitness levels. I can also really recommend BBG by Kayla Itsines and also the Ab workout by Soundcoach which is available for download on Apple podcasts and soundcloud!

 

Ellie x

 

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Homemade Flatbreads- Paleo,Vegan

Easy Flatbreads

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of plain flour (you will probably need more!)
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Baking powder
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of milk – I used regular milk but any non-dairy would also work
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

You just really need to mix all of the ingredients in a bowl or food processor until they combine into a firm dough. Then divide the bowl into 8 smaller balls, and flatten into thin spherical discs using either your hands or a floured rolling pin. You want to make them as thin as possible. Then to cook put them in a frying pan and cook until they begin to puff up (2-3 minutes), then repeat on the other side. Leave to cool whilst cooking the others.

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