Updated on March 27, 2018
Topshop Highlighter Review
There is nothing like glowy and healthy looking skin. Adding a touch of highlighter to your skin can really complete your look. 2017 was really the year of blinding highlights and it’s certainly not something that I want to leave behind! I love trying new highlighters whether cream, liquid or powder. I picked up this one from TK Maxx for just £5
It is a topshop branded highlight. I have to say for a high street shop the quality is impeccable. I was quite sceptical about the yellow undertones not suiting my pale skin but in small doses it can look really nice. If you apply too much, which is easily done, it can give you a Homer Simpson kind of cast. Not attractive, but if used correctly you get a beautiful looking glow on the skin!
I love the formula of this highlight. It is a powder but is so incredibly smooth that it feels like a cream. It is soft to touch and glides on the skin easily. The highlighter is so highly pigmented and pays off on the skin really well. It lasts pretty much all day long and can blend nicely with blush and contour shades. I feel like if you have darker skin this would suit you really well. I stepped out of my comfort zone with this shade and to be honest I have really loved it. The pigments reflect the light perfectly and give you a nice healthy glow.
The packaging is also pretty nice. On the cheap side, I dare say but it isn’t an expensive product. The shape of the compact resembles something high end and it feels like a premium product especially with how good the actual shade is. The white plastic isn’t particularly practical as it does get dirty so if you are a perfectionist with your makeup steer clear of this one. The packaging is however really robust and so works for those of us who are a bit more clumsy. One small downside is that it doesn’t include a mirror which would be helpful!
The quality of this product really impresses me. Topshop is a brand that seems to have it all figured out. I am really looking forward to trying out more of their products. Can we also just talk about how photogenic this highlighter is too! A blogger’s best friend 🙂
Updated on March 20, 2018
Having glossy looking nails really does a lot for your confidence. You can really feel like you’re slaying when your nails are freshly manicured. Over Christmas I was lucky enough to pick up one of the Essie polish advent calendars and let me tell you, it was amazing. This was so much better than a chocolate calendar. I looked forward to finding out what colour I was in for each day!!
The one I have used the most over the past three months is Mink Muffs. It is a sort of brown caramel colour. It is more of a dark nude which makes it look perfect on such a variety of different skin tones. The polish has a pink undertone so leaves your nails looking bright and healthy. I feel like as it is such a warm colour it is perfect for both spring and autumn!
These warm neutral colours are becoming increasingly popular at the minute. My favourite way to wear this nail polish is on short almost squared off nails. It gives an air of elegance to any outfit and keeps your nails in tip top condition underneath.
Essie nail polishes are such high quality. It only requires multipule coats and certainly isn’t one of those washy/streaky colours. With just one coat you can get shiny nails perfect for any occasion. This nude shade is perfect for any occasion. It isn’t too loud and in your face that it becomes unwearable and equally it isn’t too subtle that it goes unnoticed. This nail polish lasts for such a long time and it is certainly not prone to chipping. Having a polish that lasts makes an look so much more expensive. But in reality this polish was no more than £10. For the amount of wears you get out of it and the quality of the polish it is so worth splurging for.
This advent calendar was a great idea as you can try so many different nail polishes without spending a fortune. Mink Muffs is by far one of the best nail polishes I have ever tried and it really was the perfect nude shade I was looking for!
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Updated on March 6, 2018
I’m sure we have all said it. This is the week, the month, the year that I start to get fit. With today’s busy lifestyle its all too easy to put off exercise and getting fitter. But what if there was an easier way to be active without even realising it. Over these past few months I’ve seen such a difference in my overall fitness levels and I have to put the majority of it down to this little guy. My trusty Fitbit!
I love wearing my Fitbit as it is so sleek and stylish as well as completely practical. It is a constant reminder to stay fit and healthly. I decided to upgrade my Fitbit as my other one had started to run a little slow and I really wanted to try out some of the new features. I went with the lilac and rose gold special edition because you know I’m all about that copper life!! It was a little pricey but worth every single penny as it has helped me so much with my fitness.
I love the function that it vibrates to let you know to walk around and keep as active as you can. There are all sorts of different thing s you can customise to achieve your goals. Whether it’s becoming a little fitter or getting up to marathon running ability. It is perfect for so many different types of people and can help lots of people.
Another amazing feature is the sleep tracker. It tracks your sleep without you even having to do anything. It gives you a break down of how much sleep you’ve had and whether it was high or low quality. Moral of the story, i need much more sleep i’m always getting notifications like you need to get more sleep. For those of you that struggle to sleep this is a good send for areas you can improve!
One thing that has really motivated me to be more active, it is getting 10K steps every day! It’s so satisfying getting that little buzz to say you did it!! They say that 10k steps, as unrealistic as it sounds, is the optimum level of activity per day and I truly believe it too. When I am more active, I sleep better and really reap the benefits the next day! It’s one whole continuous cycle going from strength to strength.
I’ve only ever written one post on fitness before but it seems to have been incredibly popular having gained over 18k views!! So if you like this kind of thing please do let me know. While we are on the topic of health and fitness I thought I would take a little bit of time to share a few of my favourite tips for staying fit.
1. I always get off the bus early. Whether it’s 2 or 3 stops it is something I always do. My journey to college is really long I’m talking 1hr30 each way so getting a little bit of fresh air before the day starts is great too.
2. If exercise is something you don’t particularly enjoy then multitask. For example you can do some easy body exercises whilst watching tv maybe during the adverts and you won’t even notice you’ve done them. For me I always exercise whilst either Love Island or Survival of the Fittest is on. If i haven’t done that it doesn’t feel complete. By incorporating exercise into your everyday life it becomes more of a habit and less of a chore.
3. Even a little bit of excerise counts. If you want to run for miles but if you can’t that’s equally okay! You need to build yourself up slowly. When i first started running I could barely run a Kilometer without stopping and less than 2 years my 5k personal best is 21.57. This isn’t a brag at all but when I see how much I’ve improved it shows that giving up isn’t an option. You will start to see an improvement every time you exercise!!
Updated on March 4, 2018
As you all know, jewellery is one of my favourite things. I love how you can instantly jazz up an outfit by just adding a necklace or a ring. I’ve recently tried to brand out the shops that I shop at and have rediscovered French Connection. The shop would probably be classed as upper high street brand as the prices are exactly in everybody’s price range, but equally it’s no Gucci. I picked out these two necklaces from French Connection and have really enjoyed wearing them!
The first of the necklaces is this ring one. It is a long gold chain which is rather chunky. It is thick looking so can be more of a statement necklace or more subtle depending on how you wear it. Also you can change the length of the drop easily with the clasp at the back. The circular pendant is also a nice little touch and it isn’t something you usually see on a necklace. I love the gold colour too as it goes so well with my darker coloured clothing. There are little imperfections on the necklace which gives it more of a rustic feel and means that if it does get scuffed it’s no big deal. This was also really cheap as there was a sale on at 60% off!
The other necklace is this wishbone looking one. It is more of a stick with a circle. Yes I did a great job explaining that one!! But scroll down to see the photos and you will understand. This one is silver. I love silver jewellery as it usually goes so well with my hair and skin colour because of how fair I am. Again there is so much flexibility with this necklace. You can make it a choker like necklace or a longer one. I like wearing this with colourful clothing as it sort of ties the whole look together nicely. Last month I wore this necklace to a party with a red top and I got lots of compliments.
French Connection is becoming my next best place to shop for jewellery. The workers are so nice and I love how they present all of their products so nicely!!
Posted on February 28, 2018
Who doesn’t love a good dupe?? Finding quality products for less always feels like such a win. Dupes have lots of purposes making you look good, allowing you to see if you’d use a product without splurging and above all saving those $$$$! Each highstreet shop has their own collection of dupes but I have to say that River Island have so many good ones to choose from. You can get lots of quality products for a fraction of the price.
You must have been living under a rock to not know about this jacket! Celebs worldwide have rocked this jacket that comes in all colours and styles. It gives an element of chicness to an otherwise plain outfit. This would look perfect with a shirt, a high waisted pair of jeans and some knee high boots. It makes your outfit look kinda preppy which seems to be all the rage at the minute.
This black one from River Island one looks almost exactly the same as this Balmain one.
Prices: River Island – £70
That’s a whopping saving of £1025
(River Island top Balmain bottom)
Gucci Belts seem to be all the rage in the blogging community. You can’t scroll through pinterest without seeing at least 5 pictures of Gucci belts with the classically chic GG on the front. Yes I’m sure we’ve all been there, contemplating selling a kidney to buy into the trend. Why not try out this one first? The two circles give an elegant feel to the belt and seem to jazz up your plain jeans and t-shirt outfit. Seriously though look how similar they are!!
Prices: River Island – £12
Gucci – £235
Saving you £223
(River Island top Gucci Bottom)
Next up on the list we have this Chanel dupe, to be honest this isn’t as close a dupe as some of the other products in this post. I love the quilted aspect to this bag and the cute little pearls add a little something extra. This isn’t something we see on the real product but it is certainly a welcome addition!
Prices: River Island – £28
Chanel – £3480
Giving you an extra £3452 to keep in the bank
(River Island Top Chanel Bottom)
Self Portrait Dress
I don’t know about anyone else but owning a Self Portrait dress like this one is actually my life goal. Their creations are stunning and I love the lace detailing they always include in their designs. These dresses totally suit my style and if I ever bought one I don’t think I would ever take it of haha! Right I’ll stop rambling on and tell you more about the dupe I’ve found. This dress includes all the similar attributes the classic Self Portrait dresses include. White lace and circle detailing and also a few frills which makes it the perfect dupe!
Prices: River Island – £80
Self Portrait – £320
This leaves you with £240 to spend on whatever you fancy!
(River Island top Self Portrait bottom)
Finally, these boots by Chloe are another classic styles. They gained so much popularity in the last year or so and it seems like they have been duped so many times! I do however believe these ones are such a good dupe and they look incredibly similar. Normally with these boots we don’t see the heel like we do on the originals but the shape of these ones are perfect!
Prices: River Island – £30
Chloe – £850
And as if my magic *poof* another £820 in your account
(River Island top Chloe Bottom)
So in total you are saving £5760 just by shopping in River Island!! What would you buy with that kind of money??
Disclosure: This post is a paid promotion by River Island
Posted on February 27, 2018
Mascara is just one of those items that really completes a look. Without a little eye makeup I for one hardly look awake. I have long and straight eyelashes so I’m always on the hunt for a good black mascara that will hold a curl. It’s just one of those items I love buying, I think I seriously have an addiction. Thinking about my collection right now I probably have around 5 mascaras in the go. That’s not crazy right?
As a blogger finding nicely packaged products is always a bonus as they look great in instagram photos. This YSL mascara ticks all the boxes. It’s pretty, it’s as black as my soul and it holds a curl. This is the only product I’ve ever tried from YSL and to be honest they have done a fab job. They are a higher end brand but I don’t mind spending lots of money for products that I know work. YSL is available in lots of department stores and online but I actually managed to pick this up in TK Maxx for such a discounted price. I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for this but it was around the £20 which is still pricey but in the world of mascaras it is probably mid range. Crazy, I know!!
The mascara it’s self works so well. It stays on all day and doesn’t flake everywhere either. This is a serious pet peeve when it comes to mascaras. My usual routine with this mascara is to curl my eyelashes and than apply one maybe two coats depending on how I’m feeling. It doesn’t clump you lashes together so you can put quite a few coats on if you want to. I can’t tell if this mascara is one of those fibre ones or whether it’s just a little stringy. I have to say I’m usually not a big fan of fibre brushes on mascara I tend to prefer plastic ones but this one works well. It is quite slim which means that I can properly get into all of the nooks and crannies. You can also coat your bottom lashes too with this same mascara and not smear black everywhere!
I love how this mascara is so easy to wash off. It removes with just a little water and cleanser. I never ever buy waterproof mascara I get too angry trying the remove it!! Please tell me I’m not the only one haha!
Updated on February 19, 2018
Sleeping is so important and getting our brains to shut off after a long day of work and get some hard earned rest isn’t always easy. Sleep is something I feel like a lot of struggle with, just dozing off can sometimes feel impossible. I read an article about this body lotion from Lush that lots of insomniacs swear by. I certainly wouldn’t class myself as an insomniac but if it helps them it probably could help me!
So on one of my recent Lush trips I decided to try out the lotion to see what all the fuss is about. My gosh it smells amazing. I always want to say it smells like biscuits. That is usually my first instinct but I can’t explain why I think that haha!! The main ingredient is lavender. This is something pretty common in sleep products for it’s sleep inducing properties. The spin on this is that is also has a vanilla kind of scent to it too which doesn’t make it smell like pure lavender.
The cream seriously helps. I used this for the first time and woke up 1hr30 late!! I tweeted about my experience and I think Lush was also pretty impressed that I was this knocked out by their cream. The purple colour is so pretty too! It makes it so much cuter. I only got the small pot but I know that next time I will be picking up the larger tub. This is going to become one of my staple items. My fitbit tracks sleep and you can always see how the quality of my sleep improves when I use this.
The cream is so soft and hydrating. I love the way it makes my skin feel so smooth and relaxed. The flavours really relax your muscles and make you so much more chilled out. I usually rub this on my arms legs and chest area. I often put a little bit under my nose as I feel like it helps me drop off much faster.
Of course as it is a Lush product, it is cruelty free and vegan. The whole branding of the company is amazing.Lush is a brand I will always continue to support and write about because they create such high products and campaign for the animals!!
If you fancy a little help sleeping this is the product for you. Some of you on twitter were telling my how the pillow spray is also so good so I’ll get back to you on that!
Updated on February 19, 2018
There’s nothing like stepping out of your fashion comfort zone. I too may be scared at first but if you love a piece of clothing so much you can feel amazing. This is totally how I feel with this pair of trousers. Btw where I live we have always called ‘trousers’ ‘pants’ and I know it’s completely wrong . It’s sort of ingrained in my head. So if I do slip up a little take my apologies now!!
I love the paper bag trouser trend at the minute. I love hunting for a new pair to add to my collection. This pair ticks all the boxes for me, cute little frilly bits, paper bag style, check and three quarter length. I always go for three quarter length as I feel like it gives me the illusion of longer legs and at a whopping 5ft3 I need every extra deceitful inch. The check pattern is also so flattering, the lines are white and green which contrast perfectly with the black.
I picked these up from Pretty Little Thing, I had never shopped there before. To be honest I was really impressed with the quality of the products. The tie at the front means you can sinch in your waste as much as you want. The frilly waist band is a nice touch too and something I haven’t seen on many paper bag trousers.
Pretty Little Thing also have loads of offers on all the time from voucher codes to student discount you can get money off all year round. They seem like a good company to shop with. I’ll definitely be trying out more of their products soon.
I usually style these trousers with a plain black roll neck. My favourite ones are from GAP because they are cheap and such high quality. A necklace ties this look all together, I love my french connection accessories. This outfit works for so many different occasions, I’ve worn this to my office job, to college and for a video interview. I always get lots of nice comments when I wear these which is always a win!
Updated on February 19, 2018
Recently Rimmel were kind enough to send me some of their products via an Influenster Vox Box. If you don’t know what Influenster is, it’s basically an online beauty community where you can review products and test others. You don’t even have to be a blogger to sign up so literally anyone with social media accounts can participate.
The products they sent over were part of their new range and it seem sot be all about the sparkles! In the box there was a mascara, three lipglosses, two liners, a pack of tattoos and of course a nail polish. Rimmel are known for their fab nail polishes and this one is stunning too. The box is stunning and so are all of the products too! I’m kind of in love with the whole theme and packaging of the products.
So let’s start with the eyeliners. Yes these are my absolute favourites. I have honestly never had such great eyeliners. The brush is a winner on this one. It’s really long so you can basically cover your whole eye in just one swipe which is always a win. Lazy girl hacks for eyeliner. It makes it perfect for winged eyeliner as you can basically just stamp it on the edge of your eye, connect the lines and bobs your uncle. The black one is so black and it dries completely matte which is another perk of the product. As for the gold one the formula isn’t quite spot on but I imagine it is pretty hard to get gold eyeliners just right. I am a big fan though. It looks really nice as a double winged eyeliner with the black one.
Next up are the glosses. These are known as the lip art lipsticks. They are completely glossy and metallic so if you were much more creative than me you could definitely create some fancy looks with these. I love the different colours they do. They aren’t conventional lipstick colours but this really makes it all the better. The colours are gold, silver and a rose gold sort of colour. My favourite is definitely the rose gold colour. They layer on the lips really nicely and the shine lasts all night. My friend wore it to a party and her verdict is that it was pretty fun. The sparkles are top notch too.
As for the mascara, I’m a bit of a mascara junkie and so I know the best formulas when it comes to eyelashes. This one ranks pretty well. It is really black and I love the brush on this one too. I always prefer the plasticy brushes as I feel like there is so much more control with how you can apply the mascara and focus the volume. This mascara seems to add a lot of volume to my lashes and makes them look so much longer. It does have a tendency to smudge as the formula is on the liquid side which isn’t always a criticism. You get a lot of product for your money as this tube is hella large.
The temporary tattoos are a cute little touch too. Nothing says 2006 like a pack of festival tattoos. Unlike the ones you used to get at parties in the noughties, these ones were actually decent. The black and gold theme is really nice it gives temporary tattoos a chicer and more classy feel. These last well too. You have to actually scrub it off to remove it so there’s no problem with these just like falling off…
Overall I have been really impressed with these products. It’s just a major shame they aren’t a cruelty free brand but if that’s not something that influences your decisions then these products are definitely for you!!
Updated on December 31, 2017
Highlighting has become such a major trend this year and last year. Smothering yourself in glittery creams has been seen as high fashion. To be honest I’m all about this trend. A little bit of glow never hurt anyone. Traditionally highlighters have always been powders but more recently the makeup industry has dappled in adding the sparkle to liquids. The most famous is certainly the Cover FX drops that were stunning but overpriced. I have found these two dupes which I’m going to be reviewing for you!
First up is this little pot of joy from Barry M. It cost me £5 give or take. At Superdrug you may also be eligible for Student Discount which slashes off a whopping 10%. The shade I bought in this is Pearlescent. It certainly is pearly and shiny looking. As it is the lightest shade they do it doesn’t look to bad against my really pale skin. They have quite a good shade range so you will be able to cover yourself in every shade of glitter. This mixes really well into foundations and other base products. For example I can mix this with my dermacol to make it just a little bit thinner. It can take an otherwise matte foundation to a more dewy finish.
The major problem with this is that it is pretty oily. It can get all over your hands and trust me this is not easy to clean off again. I can also see how the scent might not be everyone’s cup of tea. I really hate it. To me it smells like those grim Sour cream and chive Pringles but my sister doesn’t think it does! This does work well and gives you a nice shimmer and Barry M is cruelty free which is always great.
The other drops I bought were from Revolution. I had been searching high and low for these products but every time I went into Superdrug they only had the darker shades. Finally I found them in a shade that would suit me. These are supposed to be direct dupes for the Cover FX highlighting drops. The bottle on this one is definitely much better quality than on the Barry M ones. It has a really metallic finish which you can see all day. It blends out pretty easily providing you haven’t already powdered your face. They do not go on well over powders. As they are so pigmented I would recommend just putting a bit of product on the back of your hand and working from there.
The downside with these ones is that the Pipette doesn’t work particularly well so I think when I get to the end of the bottle I’m going to struggle getting all of the product out. These drops do however have a much more pleasant scent than the Barry M. I have tried these in a foundation and they don’t work too well.
Both products do their jobs well but if I were to recommend one it would be the Revolution ones. If you have tried both do let me know what you think of them and which is your favourite!
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