Updated on August 14, 2017
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again but skincare is more important than makeup. It’s so much better to have a nice base to build on even if you intend to still wear makeup. I would love to be able to have clear beautiful skin, the kind you see in magazines. In reality it’s just not possible but there are a few products I enjoy using that can calm and soothe my skin as much as possible.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera will be your best friend. During the summer months especially it has gotten me out of a few sticky situations. From sunburn to hair growth, aloe vera can do it all. Recently I’ve been enjoying this organic aloe vera gel that I got from Bodycare. Very cheap but very effective. Hands down I owe a lot to this gel, it got rid of my sunburn in a matter of days (a saviour 3 days before prom!). The scent of this particular one is pleasant as often the scent of aloe vera gels can be too artificial or overpowering. It dries very fast too. My best tip for getting rid of sunburn quickly is to keep it in the fridge and apply to your skin when really cold then dry with a fan. It gives you some much needed sweet relief! It’s organic too, what more do you want?!
L’Oreal Hydra Energetic Moisturiser
Yes, I know what you are thinking, is that men’s moisturiser?? And to be perfectly honest, yes it is. But I really can’t fault this product. I comes from the Hydra Energetic range and it certainly does what it says on the tin! The blue colour makes you look so much more awake and alive. I am a big fan of this product and I have repurchased so many times! For a girl with dry skin this has worked perfectly for getting rid of any particularly dry patches. I have seen such an improvement in the quality of my skin since using this product. The product is very lightweight so goes under makeup perfectly and I really notice when I don’t use it. I really wouldn’t be put off by the fact that it is specifically designed for men as after all I have been defying stereotypes since 2001.
Nivea Eye Makeup Remover
I think every girl knows the feeling of standing at the bathroom sink and scrubbing away at their eyes in the hope to try and remove all of your mascara until well into the night. There is nothing worse than rubbing so hard that you can almost feel the skin disintegrate leaving your eyes red. Well with Nivea’s Eye Makeup Remover you can remove stubborn eye makeup easily. I reckon with that statement I could be Nivea’s next advertising manager. (Nivea please hire me, thanks). But enough with the cliches, it does work miracles. I love how it’s part oil and part cleanser that you mix together – easily amused, I know! The oil does a good job clarifying the skin and removing anything left on the eyes. My only complaint is that it does leave your eyes feeling slightly oily but that can be rectified with just a little water.
Eden’s Semilla Vitamin C Serum
Before I go any further please click here for a full review of this product. I have been loving the Vitamin C one especially during the summer months as I tend to lack in vitamin C as I hate all citrus fruit in existence. So I feel like it’s good to add it to your skin as an alternative. It is really moisturising and plumping so I love the way it makes my skin look and feel. This is a brand I feel quite strongly about they have such a good ethic behind them and create such high quality products. At the minute I have been enjoying adding this to my foundation to make it look more glowy and seamless on the skin. Without making this another review post purely of this product, I do urge you to read my review of this serum and give it a go if you fancy!
Pixi Glow Tonic
I’m quite late to the game when it comes to toners but at least I made it! I have been loving this toner recently, it really cleanses the skin well and makes me feel fresh and renewed, if that is possible from a toner! It is labelled as an exfoliating toner and it certainly does its job, you can feel it working on the skin to get rid of dead skin. I have relatively sensitive skin and it works so well and isn’t too harsh or irritating towards my skin. You can really understand why it is called ‘Glow Tonic’ as it does appear to give a glow that comes from within. M&S are stockists of the pixi line and they offer a small bottle of this for only £10 so you can try it in almost a travel size before splurging fully for it. One word of advice, don’t get it in your mouth, you will regret it and I speak from experience. If you’ve been thinking about buying this, just do it!
Posted on June 25, 2017
Shirt and Skirt
If you have been following my blog for a little bit you’ll know that I wrote a post all about my favourite white shirt and how I style it. So this post is going to be a continuation of that one. Instead of a more casual look I’ve gone for a more of a formal look instead.
I chose to style the white shirt with a floral skirt to mix it up a little bit! The shirt is from H&M and was from the children’s section believe it or not. White shirts are available everywhere but to save a bit of money you could check the children’s section as often they go up to age 16 which would fit sizes like 6 and 8. Cheaper clothes all round! This specific shirt was only £10 so was perfectly priced.
As for the skirt, I picked this up at Forever 21 last year. It is a gorgeous floral skirt and is such high quality for a Forever 21 product. They also had a matching top available and they go together perfectly. My only complaint is that they a both only hand wash! (I accidentally put them in the wash once and they were fine though)
I love how frilly this skirt is and it is so flattering on so many body types as it pulls the waist in a flares out. When buying from forever 21 I would recommend going up a size, I bought a medium which is quite snug.
The outfit overall gives a really elegant look and feminine vibe. This would be perfect for going out in for a meal! I wore this when I was in Germany and got loads of compliments.
Updated on August 14, 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 August 14, 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 🙂
Updated on August 14, 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 August 14, 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 🙂