Sunday, 31 May 2015


Hey, how are you doing? I feel like if you don't follow me on social media (which you should btw) then it's sometimes nice to have a catch up and so today I'm going to tell you a little bit about what I've been doing with myself recently. Going all the way back to the weekend after Easter finished, two of my best friends from home came down to stay with me at uni! I had such a lovely weekend with them and it was nice to be able to show them around the place I now call home. Needless to say that weekend consisted of a lot of tasty food and selfie taking. Between then and now my days have pretty much been taken up with revision, but my exams are all done and dusted now which means I can focus on placement which I go on in a weeks time. 

The main thing that happened in my life recently is Radio 1's Big Weekend. I couldn't believe my luck when I found out that this would be happening in my uni city, and that the stunning Taylor Swift would be there! Tickets were free apart from a booking/postage fee and so last Sunday I had a well earned break from revision to go and watch some amazing acts. On Sunday I saw Olly Murs, Clean Bandit, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Rita Ora, George Ezra, Imagine Dragons and Taylor Swift! Me and my friend that I went with managed to work our way so that we were about 3 people from the front, which meant amazing views of the talented acts. It was also cool to see a bit of representation from teamyoutube when Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil came on as part of their Sunday radio show to also welcome on stage Jim Chapman. Together they announced the next act which was Imagine Dragons, who by the way were probably the nearly joint top best performers alongside Taylor obviously. Since this amazing weekend I've literally listened to Imagine Dragons new album non stop. In other news I have a beautiful new case for my iPhone from Iconemesis which I can't stop staring at. Finally my dad has popped down for the weekend which means I get to spend some quality time with him which is always nice. 

What have you been up to recently?

Thursday, 28 May 2015


Last year when the Maybelline Color Exilir's finally came to the UK I was over the moon! Having swooned over the swatches on Essie Button's blog I decided that Alluring Coral had to be on my list. Having bought this shade and Fuchsia Flouis I returned to Boots and bought Rose Redefined to add to my collection. However, I didn't have the guts to actually wear this shade last summer. I think with having my braces I'd become very conscious about the products I put on my lips and tried to draw as little attention to my mouth as possible. So this year with no longer having braces and the summer officially here it is time to bring out the coral kisses. 

The Maybelline Color Exilir's are described as a Liquid Lip Balm. The formula of these are really smooth and lipgloss like, which does mean they're not the most long lasting thing in the history of lip products. They do however apply like a dream onto the lips, and can be built up to a bold colour, or blotted away into a glossy stain. When I'm wearing this I tend to keep the rest of my makeup very minimal, as it's the type of lip product that owns a look. Also, this time of the year just screams coral to me, whether it's coral nails or coral lips - I'm yet to brave coral eyes. I know some people will be a fan of a matte finish if they're going to go bold but I think this looks really summery and pretty. 

Have you got any favourite coral coloured lip products? 


Tuesday, 26 May 2015


I thought it would be a nice idea to start sharing one of my technology themed favourites with you each month, as these change more regularly than my beauty favourites do. In these posts I'll be talking about apps, music, tv shows and anything else that's in the tech area. This month I have quite a few music favourites as well as I tv show which has had me sobbing plenty of times! 

Starting with music, I've not been able to get enough of Tori Kelly's song Nobody Love. It's so upbeat and feel good, and I'm pretty sure all of my flatmates are sick to death of me playing this from my room. I don't know how many people have heard of Tori Kelly, but I discovered her through Pentatonix. She is so talented, has the vocal range of a god and her songs are so up my ally. Another song that is now associated with me in the flat is Someone New by Hozier. This is a little more upbeat than the last Hozier song I fell in love with in the form of Take Me To Church, but I think the lyrics are great and it's generally a really catchy song. Finally I've been loving a bit of Nick Jonas, specifically Chains. This is a song that I put on if I'm getting ready to go out, it is often followed by a dancing around my room session. I know some people can't stand this song, but I personally think it has a great beat. 

I cannot express how much I have sobbed my heart out at the final two episodes of Grey's Anatomy season 11. I caught up with the series last summer and have been watching the episodes as they come out in America ever since, mid season 11 I was a bit disillusioned but the amazing Shona Rhimes really bought it back towards the concluding episodes. I won't give too much away in case anyone is working their way through the series, but my god I cried. Such an amazing program, and I always count it as a bit of biology revision thrown in there! Last but not least this month saw the release of Pitch Perfect 2, which I'm willing to say I prefer to the first one by far (and I've seen that one around 7 times). The songs are epic, the comedy is fantastic and the characters in the form of DAS Sound Machine are so cool! I couldn't recommend that you go and see it highly enough, I went with my glee club from uni which made the experience 100x better. 

What techy stuff have you been loving recently?

Sunday, 24 May 2015


For the longest time I saw reviews about these, and for the longest time I still walked past them every time I was in Boots. However, after christmas when I had a couple of Boots vouchers to spend I decided it was time I had one of these in my life. The Tangle Teezer is a product that most bloggers have heard about, if not own due to it's promise to make brushing your tangled hair easier. My hair is quite thick and so can be a pain to sort out after I get out of the shower, however since getting my Tangle Teezer it's made things so much easier! I use this straight after I wash my hair and it runs really easily through, helping my hair go from knotty to smooth in minutes. The shape of this brush is great as it fits into your hand perfectly, and I adore its pretty lilac colour. 

I also use this when I'm straightening my hair, to run this through my locks then follow with the straightener helps catch all those pesky fine pieces of hair that try to escape, and also helps my hair feel silky smooth afterwards. For those natural waves this brush also comes in handy, brushing out my perfectly curled hair creating a softer more naturally waved look. I know there are smaller versions of this brush, as well as a variation of colours meaning that there's something out there for everyone! I really am glad that I finally got round to purchasing a Tangle Teezer, it makes my haircare routine much less painful and tangle free. Also, the size and weight of the brush mean it is very travel friendly. I know many of my friends own and love their Tangle Teezers, so there's obviously something worth buying here. 

Have you tried the Tangle Teezer?

Thursday, 21 May 2015


These fashion posts seem to have become more of a regular thing, which considering I have no clue what the latest fashion trends are is pretty amusing. Today I'm going to be talking about shoes, something that I'm not as obsessed with as my mum, but still an exciting topic for me. When it comes to summer, I get very grumpy and stressy if I'm too warm or if I'm uncomfortable with what I'm wearing. Gone are the days where I will sport little flimsy flip-flops or sandals with bits that poke your feet here there and everywhere. I've become one of those people who practically lives in pumps. The reason I love them so much is because there is so much choice in terms of design, meaning you can find ones that are the statement piece of an outfit, but also ones that go with absolutely anything. 

The first pair that I've been in love with for a while now is this demin look pump from H&M which I managed to grab in their sale after christmas for £7. These are the type of shoe that as I said above go with everything. They are denim look but I find they can be worn with pretty much any coloured jeans (I may be committing a fashion crime but hey-ho!), and I especially love wearing these with my ripped Topshop jeans. I wear these with those little pop sock things, which although can be annoying prevent any rubbing and also that bare sweaty feet thing - gross I know, but true. I can wear these all day without any trouble, meaning they'd be great if you're spending a day shopping or exploring the sights of a foreign country. 

Another pair that have become a summer staple are these bargain of a shoe that I found in TK Maxx in the Easter holidays. A few years ago I randomly stumbled across the brand Victoria, which make the comfiest pumps with the biggest range of colours you can imagine. I still own my first pair, which were a simple grey however they have been assigned to the messy shoes only pile as I've worn them so much. So when I spotted this navy pair on the shelf for £10 from £30 I knew they had to be mine. This pair comes with laces as opposed to my old pair which had an elastic slip on look, however the laces mean I don't have to worry about these slipping off my small feet. Again a pair of pumps that are great for wearing all day, and the navy colour makes them very versatile. 

What kind of shoes to you sport when it comes to summer?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


A while back I reviewed the KIKO Eyeshadow stick in 37 which I said I'd feature in a What's On My Face post soon. Well today is that day. As the days get warmers I get more inspired to try something different day-to-day from my typical neutral eyes and coral lips. Here's what I'm sporting on my face today. 

I always start with my eyes then move onto my face, so the first step for me is to prime my eyes with my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion. This will help the eyeshadow stick stay on my lids all day and will also prevent it creasing. Next I took some of MAC's Eyeshadow in Omega through my crease to help make the eyeshadow I'd be putting on next blend out easier and create a softer look to the eye. Then comes my new love in the form of the KIKO Long Lasting Stick in 37. This is a colour that's out of my comfort zone, but one I'm beginning to feel more confident in wearing. It's a lovely red toned brown colour which dotted onto the eye and then blended out with my fingers creates a warm brown glow helping to bring out the blue in my eyes. I also like to take a thin line of this across the lash line to help define and extenuate my lashes. Some more of Mac's Omega Eyeshadow is used through my brows to fill in any sparse areas, followed by lashings of the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara. (Is it time I tried a new mascara, probably yes!!) To finish off the eyes I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in Nude on the waterline to cancel out any redness and make sure the main focus was the upper eyelids. 

For once I strayed from my Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and opted for the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 110 Ivory. This is a slightly more satin finish which I think goes really nicely with the bolder eye. Easy to blend and lasts all day I'll definitely be opting for this foundation more often nowadays. I did pop of tiny bit of Soap and Glory's One Heck Of A Blot powder through my T-zone just to make sure that they'd be no oily mishaps during the day. As it's summer I've started to make use of the bronzers in my collection again, namely The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01. This bronzer is a godsend for pale girls like me, as it's not too red toned so helps to add that natural glow as well as fake those non existent cheek bones to your hearts content. I know a lot of my friends use this and love it as well, and they're no where near as pasty as me. Finally to complete the look I pulled out a lipstick that I don't wear half as much as a should, the Collection Deluxe Lipstick in Talulah. This is a gorgeous pinky-coral colour that I think goes beautifully with the colour of the eyes. I'll be making a conscious effort to carry this lipstick around with me in the coming months. 

What have you been wearing on your face recently? 

Sunday, 17 May 2015


One of the skills that I feel like I've developed the most since I started blogging is my photography skills. Gone are the days of dark shaky photos where the product is most likely out of focus and now I like to go for something with lots of light that shows the product in its full glory. I'm very fortunate to have a dad that is also into photography, and so I use his Canon 70D. I like to shoot either with a 50mm lense or I'll use something longer if I'm shooting a large group of products together. Today I'm going to talk about three things, lighting, composition and equipment. 

I'm a huge fan of shooting in natural light. A. because I don't own any big fancy studio looking lights, and B. because I feel it gives a softer look to my photos. Lighting can be really hard to tackle in the cooler months where the days are short and often a bit grey, but on really sunny days I also struggle to not get weird looking shadows across my photos. The best days are bright but slightly overcast days, in my opinion. At home we have a conversatory which is the best place to shoot photos as it's the room with the most natural lighting and it's where most of my blog photos are taken. Sometimes I do use photoshop to brighten my images, which can make a big difference to your photos - even if you think it's already bright enough sometimes when you upload the picture to blogger is gets altered slightly so I always overemphasise how bright I need the photo. 

This is my favourite part about taking blog photos. I often have an image in my head before I start of how I want the picture to come out, and what bits I'll use in the photo. Sometimes I just use a plain white background, such as our conservatory table or simply a piece of white paper. I like to play around with the positioning of the products, and I'll often be left with 10-20 photos of one set of products, all with slight differences in the layout. This means when I come to upload the photos onto my laptop I have a range of set ups and I can see on a bigger screen which one I prefer. I often use random props and materials just to add a bit of character to my photos, the main bits I use are lined paper, pages from magazines and random objects such a dishes and candles. I feel like these bits make my photos have a bit more personality and doing this has allowed me to find a style of photo that I love taking and using for my blog posts. As well as playing with the layout of the products, and the props in the photos, I also mess around with the depth of field quite a lot. This basically determines how much of your photo will be in focus. For example, the photo of the group of products above is all in focus, however with the nail polish swatches I found it looked better when the bottles were out of focus, drawing the eye mainly to the nails themselves. It's all about messing around and finding a style you like really. 

Finally onto equipment. Like I said I don't use any softbox-esque lights, however there are a couple of bits of equipment that are 100% necessary for me. First of all is a tripod. I don't know how I'd manage to shoot photos without a tripod, you can generally get them for a decent price on Amazon. Having a tripod allows you to shoot at angles you'd struggle to hold the camera still at, including a birds eye view of products. Tripods also help if you want to let a lot of light in, as they keep the camera much more still than if you were holding it by hand. This leads to sharper focused photos and less shaky syndrome. In terms of the camera itself I'm an advocate of making use of what you have and what your budget allows for. Like I said I'm very lucky that my dad owns such an ace camera that he lets me use to take my photos, but I know bloggers who shoot on their iPhone and their photos are just as clear as mine. If you are going to invest in a camera I'm personally a big fan of Canon cameras, but do you research first while you decide what you want. For me, a screen that flips out from the camera is a must, as it allows you to see what you're shooting from any angle, as well as being useful for taking those face shots for posts such as What's On My Face. 

I hope this post was useful somehow, if you have any tips for taking blog photos please leave them as a comment down below! 

Thursday, 14 May 2015


When it comes to buying lip products I'm a drugstore girl. Being a university student on a limited monthly budget means I'm very careful with the products I buy. So when the twitter link to get a free sample of the new Burberry Kisses Lipstick was floating about I was all over it. I decided to go for the colour Nude Pink 05 as I wanted something lighter for the summer months. When this dropped through my letter box I did spend the first few minutes swooning over the stunning packaging, and then proceeded to glide the pretty lipstick hesitantly over my lips to test of the formula. 

Regrettably I love this lipstick. I say regrettably as the full size version of this comes in at a hefty £25, but boy is this lipstick a beauty. First of all I love the colour, nude pink is a great way to describe it. This is one of those colours that looks great with a smokey eye, but is also perfect for a simple everyday look. The finish is slightly glossy, but is really smooth to apply. In terms of lasting power with it being a hydrating lipstick it's not one you'd opt for if there's going to be a lot of eating or drinking involved, however the sample size is so small there's no problems with carrying it about. I've been using this sparingly over the last few weeks as you only get a limited supply in the sample, however it is my birthday coming up in a couple of months time, so perhaps it's time I treated myself to a proper grown up high end lipstick! 

Do you prefer high end or drugstore lip products? 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


There's always certain products that I'm never without, and as soon as I know I'm running low then I have to make a repurchase. First up is the mascara that if you've followed my blog for a while then you'll recognise as a product I never stray from. The Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara works so well with my straight thin lashes, it has a plastic brush with short bristles which help to get right to the root of the lashes and give them heaps of volume. I sometimes struggle with mascaras holding a curl but this one keeps my lashes looking long and curled all day. The waterproof formula is also easy to melt away with eye makeup remover, meaning no harmful tugging at those sensitive lashes. 

When it comes to foundation, the one I've become besotted with is the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation. I always lean towards a foundation that is light/medium coverage, that covers my redness and lasts all day. This product ticks all of those boxes. This foundation graces my face every makeup day and I apply it with my fingers which helps it melt into the skin and create an incredibly flawless natural base. Similarly with face products the Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder is my go to for setting down my foundation when I want a more matte finish to the skin. Admittedly I only tend to use this when I know things are going to get a little more oily, whether this is doing exercise or hitting the dance floor on a night out. This is a translucent powder which is really finely milled and so leaves no awkward powder residue on the skin. 

In terms of nails, my one true love is the Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish Remover. This pot of nail polish remover comes with a built in sponge, making the removal of my nail polish a dream. Simply stick your finger in and twist the pot round a couple of times and it literally removes the nail polish so quickly. These are also great for travel as it means you don't have to worry about carrying cotton pads around with you as you have all that you need in one handy pot. Last but not least with my dry skin type I'm never without the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum. I've compared this before to the Hydraluron Serum, with its slightly lighter consistency and hygienic pump bottle it's a winner in my books. It has also made a big difference to the texture of my skin, helping keep it smooth and soft for the summer. 

What products are you never without?

Sunday, 10 May 2015


When it comes to my blog, I've always tried to take a DIY approach. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I work out how to add a code or widget that I've imagined in my head, and my blog feels more personal to me if I do it this way. Don't get me wrong I love some of the designs that external blog designers come up with, but most of the time it means an added cost, which as a student is not my number one priority. Over the years I've chopped and changed my blog design a fair bit, but today I thought I'd share with you some simple HTML codes that I've found across the web that have been a godsend to my blog design.

In terms of photos on my blog, there are two codes that I have found helpful. If you work on blogger then you'll know you can set your photos to 'extra-large' size. However I recently discovered how to make them ever larger than this. The code I found to help with this is here - As well as having larger photos on the main post, this tip from Bloomin' Rouge helped me work out how to enlarge the photos on my 'popular posts' widget. That HTML code is here -

XOMISSE is a great website full of blog designing tips, one of the ones I used most recently was how to create a drop down menu for my pages. This admittedly did take a while to get my head around, as do quite a few complicated HTML codes but once I'd cracked it I feel like it was worth it. The link I used to create that is - When it comes to the alignment of different widgets in my sidebar, I like to have them all in the centre. This is a really quick and easy code to implement and can be found on this blog post - In terms of advice and tips from myself, I'd say always back up a copy of your template so that if things do go wrong then you have the old template saved, take your time to read through all of the instructions, especially when dealing with the main template of the blog it can be confusing as to where to put the different codes. And finally be patient, it may take a couple of attempts, but you will feel so happy once it works. 

Have you ever tried doing HMTL yourself? 


Thursday, 7 May 2015


There's nothing I love more than sharing some of my favourite blogs with you, so I'm going to be doing a 'Share The Love' post one Thursday every month! Recently I've discovered and have been loving A Girl and A Beauty Blog who is one of those bloggers that everything she posts I have to read it straight away! I love the mix of lifestyle and makeup posts that go up, and Siobhans photography skills are really ace too. Along the similar lines, Lauren has recently changed her blog to Lauren Writes rather than Becoming Beauty. I've been following Lauren's blog for as long as I can remember, and there are so many things I love about this girl and her blog. First of all she posts quite a bit about university advice as she is in her final year now. With coming to the end of my first year of uni these posts are really helpful and give me an insight into what to expect in the future. Lauren's photos are also stunning, probably due to her amazing composition skills. 

It really excites me when I find bloggers who are local to me, and a while ago I discovered the beautiful Leanne Lim-Walker who blogs over at as well as having a youtube channel. Seriously this girls hair is the bomb! I was very lucky to bump into her in Topshop a few weeks ago and she was so friendly and chatty. I only dream of being as stylish as Leanne one day! Not so local but still a love is Louise Victoria from Louise's blog is a mix of fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts, another blogger who I have serious style envy of. Also another blogger who's hair is beautiful (there seems to be a trend it what I'm loving at the moment!). Her post about her Sushi Date reminded me that it's something I must be brave enough to try soon. 

I'll be back next month to share some more blogger love! Let me know who's blogs you've been reading lately in a comment below.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


It's no secret that I'm a sucker for lip balms and lip products, so when I was offered the chance to try the *Scrub Stick from Kiss Cosmetics I was over the moon. For some bizarre reason my skin has been really freaking out at the moment and has been very dry, especially my lips. This product combines a lip balm with a scrub, meaning no more faffing around with that loose sugar scrub from Lush and getting it all over your face. The scrub stick comes in a small and pretty tube (although the packaging was so hard to photograph due to it's pretty reflective packaging!). To use it you simple rub the balm over your lips in a circular motion, to both exfoliate and moisturise your lips. 

As I said I love lip balms and this one is no exception. The bits that exfoliate your lips do come off however this is easily fixed with a bit of rubbing into the lips, which I find helps to lock in the moisturising balm that is left. In terms of its exfoliating powers it's not as abrasive as the Lush Bubblegum scrub, but I tend to use that in the cold dry winter lip times, whereas this is more spring appropriate. Kiss Cosmetics are a relatively new brand but they do not test on animals which is always a bonus for a brand in my eyes. Overall I'm really impressed with this product, and I'm sure it will be a staple in my handbag. This retails for £6.50 which is such a good price, and is released on the 13th of May for you to get your hands on. If you fancy checking this or any of the other Kiss Cosmetics products out then head over to their website 

Have you tried anything from this brand? Or have any lip recommendations? 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


When your mum compliments you on your eye makeup you know you've found a winner. This is what happened to me the other day! (Thanks Mum). I was wearing the KIKO Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick in the Shade 37 which is a beautiful brown with red undertones. This is something I picked up back when I went to London in the Easter holidays and have really been loving it ever since. First of all, it's so easy to apply. No tools necessary for this, I simply dot a few splodges on my eyelids one at a time and quickly blend it out with my fingers. Sometimes I add a bit of MAC's Omega Eyeshadow in the crease, other times I don't. If I'm just using this product I'll run it along my lash line for a more intense colour which adds a great pop to my blue eyes. 

When this product says long lasting, it doesn't lie! I wore this for a long day a few weeks ago when I went out for a meal and drinks with my friends from home and this was still perfectly placed when I got home at silly o'clock. I wish I had picked up some other shades now, but KIKO do have an online shop so I may or may not be having a cheeky browse on there at some point in the near future. This was the first product I've tried from KIKO and I have been blown away. These sticks come in at £6.90 each which I think is an amazing price considering the shade range, the stunning packaging and the quality of the product. I'm glad I have this in my life and I now have to resist the urge to buy the whole range!

Have you tried anything from KIKO? 

Sunday, 3 May 2015


I'm not a born fashionista, nor do I follow trends particularly but today I am in fact going to be sharing with you should of my favourite fashion items as of lately. 

Lace Tops
Now that the weather is getting slightly warmer I've been adding a couple of lighter tops to my wardrobe, including this beauty from Fat Face. It comes with a blue vest top for underneath and then a gorgeously delicate lace top to go over it. One of the reasons this has been a favourite of mine recently is because the vest helps to slim your figure which is always nice! Also, I'm a big blue lover when it comes to clothes, I think they compliment my blue eyes (but maybe not who knows). 

Ripped Jeans
A few years ago Next used to be my go-to shop for jeans, then I moved onto Jack Wills and now I'm besotted by Topshop Jeans. Being a shortie I quite often struggle to find the right length in jeans but since discovering that Topshop do a 30" leg I've never looked back. The pair I've been sporting have been the Leigh jeans in a summery blue colour which have rips in them. This is the first pair of ripped jeans I've owned and I've found them surprising easy to pair with lots of different top combinations. Also, by rolling up the cuffs they look super cute. 

Pretty PJ Shorts
When it comes to pyjamas I'm all for comfort above anything else. Now that things are heating up a bit in the UK I've bought out these sweet floral shorts from M&S. They're 100% cotton so lovely to wear in bed and I really like the print on them. The plaid red tie is able to be loosened for those evenings when you've overdone it on the treats! I tend to wear these either a grey or blue simple top, usually just a cheap one from H&M. 

Last but not least I've been loving these demin-look pumps from H&M. I actually picked these up a while ago in the sale for £7 and they have barely left my feet ever since (well they have for showering of course!). The light demin look makes them easy to pair with lots of patterns and also my rolled up ripped jeans - bringing back that double denim, as well as looking good with a pair of black jeans. Surprisingly they are comfy and don't rub my feet at all, I do make sure I'm wearing pop socks for extra protection though. 

What fashion items have you been loving lately? 
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