Sunday, 28 June 2015

A STAPLE STRIPE #2


If you've followed me for a while you'll know I love stripes. My flatmates soon gathered when I moved in back in September that I'm a bit obsessed with them, my duvet is striped, my towels are striped and many many of my tops are striped. Today I'm going to be telling you about three of my (numerous) striped tops that I've been loving recently.

First up is this long sleeved top from H&M. I think this was around £12.99, and it's great for those days when the British weather decides to be unpredictable throwing us some rain in the now summer season. It's still lightweight so doesn't make you too warm as well as being really comfy to wear day to day. I tend to pair this with black jeans or a black skirt for lectures and my beloved ripped jeans for a more casual weekend look. Next up is this top from Boden which is actually quite old now! This one is different from quite a few of my other tops as it has the colour block of blue around the neckline. This makes it a great one to wear on those sunnier days with it's bright colours. I usually pair this with leggings as it's long enough to cover my bum! Also nice to throw on a long cardigan (us british people always have to be prepared for all weathers). 

Finally we have this simple three quarter length sleeved top from Zara. Moving to Norwich meant that I now have a Zara right on my doorstep which is a godsend. This was a bargain price of £9.99, and I also own the same style top in a plain grey/black. The three quarter length sleeves are perfect for something a bit different and it's 100% cotton so really super easy to wear in any situation. The funny thing is, I've now shown you 6 different striped tops (3 from the last post of this series) and I still have so many more in my wardrobe. 

Are you a stripes lover like me?
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY!!


A super special Saturday post today! 4 years ago today I posted my first blog post here on Beauty Babbles (which was back then MacLoverGirl96). What started as summer boredom has now turned to one of my favourite hobbies, and a platform to meet the most amazing people. There are over 250 posts, 600+ followers and many many hours of work surrounding this blog, and I have loved every second of it. There have been times where I haven't posted as regularly, and times when I've felt uninspired. But then there have been the days where all I want to do is write, or take photos. Being a blogger has also made me feel part of this amazing creative community, where I know I can go for beauty advice, or even support when times are hard. 

Like I said, I have made some incredible friends through blogging, just to name a few I want to say a big thank you to my penpal Sophie, Isobel for giving me advice about university, Jessica who I had the nicest chat over coffee with, and Natalie, who although we still haven't met despite being at the same university for nearly a year, thank you for all the advice and support you gave me before I arrived. These are just a few people who have helped me in some way, but I'm sure the years to come will bring more friendships, more posts and more fun. Blogging for me was always, and will always be a hobby and not a job, or a way to earn money. It's a way to express my self in a creative way, and talk about one of my loves in the form of makeup. I feel like I've changed so much over the past 4 years of blogging, which has seen the completion of my GCSE's, then A-Levels and now my journey through my first year of university. I'd like to think my photography skills have improved, and my writing style is now embracing who as I am as a person. I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog, whether you've been here from the start, or only in the past few weeks. Thank you to every single person, to know that someone out there wants to read my rambley posts is incredibly humbling. I send a million hugs to each and every one of you. 

Happy Birthday Beauty Babbles, here's to many more years to come!
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Thursday, 25 June 2015

SUMMER LIPS PICKS 2015


When you look at my mug drawers which house my makeup, half of them are filled with lip products. Although I do wear quite a few different colours all year round, there are certain ones which come to the front in the summer months. My outfits tend to get more simple, with my makeup being the main focus. Today I'm going to be sharing five of my favourite lip products for these summery days. In terms of traditionally lipstick I just have one pick, which comes in the form of Collection's Deluxe Lipstick in Talulah. This is great for everyday wear, and as I have been on placement recently is a good professional colour. The application is really smooth and if you're not a fan of a sweet smelling lipstick then this is one to go for. 

Along the similar lines in terms of colour but in the form of a gloss is the Bobbi Brown Lipgloss in Bright Pink. Contrary to its name this lipgloss is fab if you're sporting a bold eye, or if you just fancy something that's low maintenance. This smells like vanilla and the packaging ticks all the atheistic boxes for me. Next up is the Bourjois Colour Boost Lipstain in Peach On The Beach. This stunning coral colour is the perfect balance between wearable and bold, and is also nice and moisturising on the lips. The only downside to this lipstick is that I don't find it overly staining, however that may be due to it's light colouring. 

A glossy stain hybrid that is even more moisturising than the previous is the Maybelline Colour Elixir in Alluring Coral. I lusted over these when they were available solely in America, so when they came out in the UK I was all over them. Alluring Coral is a stunning glossy coral, which brightens your whole face. Some may not be a fan of the glossy finish, but with the doe foot applicator it's really easy to maintain throughout the day. Last but not least is another stain, in the form of Revlon's Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick. This has crazy staining power. I can apply this before going out for the evening, eat and drink, wake up the next morning after removing all of my makeup and the colour stain from this is still hanging around there. I always opt for this if I don't want to be faffed about with touching up all the time. It's also the brightest pink lipstick I own, and always makes me feel ridiculously summery when it graces my lips. 

What lipsticks will you be rocking in the warmer weather? 

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

SUMMER NAIL POLISH PICKS


Summer is officially here, meaning it's time to put away the pastels and bring out the brights. Although I'm well known for not sticking to nail polish traditions I still enjoy having a route through my hundreds of nail polishes in search for that colour that screams summer. This year I have 4 to share with you, and it honestly was hard to choose. Obviously I had to include the infamous Essie Mint Candy Apple. Unfortunately I have the bottle that isn't from the Boots line, meaning the brush isn't the best. However the colour is to die for. A baby bright blue is just right up my street, and even if you're a pale girl like me this polish somehow seems to help you fake that tan. 

A firm favourite in the shimmery category is the Models Own Polish in Champagne. This one definitely wins for ease of application, I can apply this 5 minutes before running out of the door and it's shimmery nature creates a streak free opaque application. I can't rave about the ease of this colour, but it's also nice to add a bit of something different to a manicure, moving away from the basic creme finishes. It wouldn't really be a nail polish post without including some Barry M polishes in my world. If you're looking for a super bright colour then look no further. Barry M's Greenberry is perfect if you're looking for a statement look. The Gelly Shine range from Barry M are great in terms of application, opacity and wear time. These stay on my nails for a good 5-8 days without chipping. Another polish from that line that I've been pulling out this summer is Barry M's Dragon. This is your typical pink that is just a staple for summer. I haven't given this polish as much love as it deserves, as it goes with so many different outfits. 

What nail polishes will you be pulling out now that the weather is heating up?
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Sunday, 21 June 2015

WHAT'S ON MY FACE #12



The weather is really heating up now, which means I'm trying to mix up my makeup a bit. Today I decided to go for something quite neutral and simple, pulling out some of my MAC eyeshadow that don't receive half as much love as they used to. To start things off I primed my eyelids with the Urban Decay Primer Potion which helps the eyeshadows stick all day. Next I applied some MAC Omega Eyeshadow in the crease of my lids. I did this first to make sure all the eyeshadows I applied after blended out my easily. A sweep of MAC Shroom Eyeshadow all over the lid followed by MAC Mystery Eyeshadow in the outer v of my eye created a perfect neutral ombre look. To build up my wimpy eyelashes I drew a thin black line with the Collection Felt Tip Liner along my upper lash line. No surprise that the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara graced my eyelashes, providing me with a heck of a lot of volume and length to complete the eye look. 

Onto my face and I opted for the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation. I've found this has a lovely satin finish that is great for those hot days where you want to keep the shine at bay while still having that healthy luminosity. I just applied a drop of this with my hands and blended it all over the skin. Just to be extra sure that shine would stay at bay I swept some Soap and Glory One Heck of A Blot powder over my T-Zone and my jawline. As I'm naturally quite flushed I do look quite strange without a rosy glow to my cheeks, so I grabbed my trusty Stila Convertible Colour in Peony to add that back into my face. Last but not least I used the stunning Burberry Kisses Lipstick in 05 Nude Pink which I'm resentful to have fallen in love with due to it's high price. This a gorgeous pink colour which finished this look of really nicely. 

What have you been wearing on your face recently?
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HOW TO: STAY POSITIVE


I'm not going to lie, although I may seem happy 100% of the time this isn't always the case. I mean seriously who is?! However, there are a couple of things that I like to do that ensure I stay as positive as I can. I'm one of those people who loves having positive vibes around all the time, making sure I remember all the great things I have around me. Today I'm going to be sharing with you some tip and tricks on how to stay positive. 

Positivity books 

The one in the photo is actually a book I got for my dad for fathers day, but one I really like reading through is Paul Arden's 'It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be'. I'm all for a good positive quote. I have a wall of them in my uni room, so that I can wake up and be greeted with some motivational words for the day. Paul Arden's book is great to read last thing at night, so you can go to sleep feeling inspired and more positive to face the next day. There are loads of books like this, and they may not be everyones thing but I like being able to have something physical to look through on those down days. 

Listen to some music 

I'm sure everyone has that one or couple of songs that when they listen to them their mood is automatically boosted. I know one of mine is Mr Blue Sky by ELO. This song reminds me of summer days, spending time with my family and the generally bouncy tune of the song always makes me smile. Having a playlist of songs that you know cheer you up on your phone can be great for those times when you really want to zone out from the world. I tune to music for a lot of things in my life, and I don't know what I'd do without mood music. 

Use your tech

We are blessed these days to have the internet at our fingers. Pinterest is one of my first ports of call for a good positivity quote. If I'm having a hectic week, I like to set my wallpaper to a happy quote so that whenever I look at my phone I'm forced to take a second out and remember to focus on me. Another way I use my phone to stay positive is by looking back at old photos. I have over 1000 photos on my phone, ranging from my last days at sixth form to all the way throughout my first year of uni. I have such amazing friends that looking back at these photos reminds me of the giggles, drinks and great opportunities I've had in the past few years. 

How do you stay positive?
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Sunday, 7 June 2015

10 THINGS I AM & 10 THINGS I WANT TO BE


When it comes to my personal life I'm a big fan of reflection. I'm one of those people who strives to constantly do/be better, whether this involves learning a new skill or acquiring a new trait. But not all reflection has to be bad. There are many times in my life where I've looked back and been proud of what I've achieved, such as when I became Head Girl at my sixth form. But reflection also allows us to think about the things we didn't do so well on, or mistakes we have made, taking from them experiences which we know we don't want to repeat again. People so often struggle to say positive things about themselves. I am in no way at all 100% confident in who I am, but that doesn't mean I can't say things I do like about myself. Below is a list of 10 things I can say about myself with a smile on my face:

10 things I am: 
- A daughter
- A cousin
- A friend
- A blogger 
- A student 
- A ukulele player
- A showchoir singer
- Dedicated 
- Enthusiastic 
- Short

But I am still young and there are many things I'd like to achieve in my life. Goals allow me to be constantly pushing myself harder, it's how I function best. When the pressure builds up it drives me to do the best I possibly can, I guess it comes down to that fight or flight instinct. Many people criticise others for saying the things they want to be rather than what they are, yet in my opinion the balance lies in the middle. Being able to say the things you want to be allows you to set goals and work towards them. Obviously there are some things in my list that I don't want to become just yet, but this doesn't mean that I can't still hold them as a goal of mine for the future. 

10 things I want to be:
- A mother 
- An aunt 
- A lifelong friend
- Wiser
- Calmer
- Fitter
- More reflective
- Braver 
- More knowledgable 
- Always striving for better

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different (and probably deeper) post from me today! Let me know if you have any goals or things you want to achieve in your life, and also things you are that you like about yourself! 
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Thursday, 4 June 2015

A WAVY HAIR DAY


It's now got to the stage where I'm more used to looking at myself in the mirror and seeing a Kate with wavy hair than with straight hair. As the summer months approach us, I try to decrease the amount of heat that I use on my hair. This includes in the decline in the use of my beloved GHD straighteners, in favour for something a bit different. Since getting my hair slowly cut shorter and shorter I've been loving sporting this wavy hair on a day to day basis. 

One of the reasons I love doing this, is because it cuts down on hair styling time both when I wash my hair and in the mornings. I generally shower and wash my hair in the evening as part of my wind down routine before bed, so I dry my hair for a bit while still making sure it has a bit of moisture to it. This helps create more defined waves, if you want something looser and more beachy salt spray wave looking then make sure your hair is a little more dry. Although my hair is very thick I find I can do two plaits, one either side of my head which A. makes for a comfy nights sleep without hair in my face everywhere, and B. means if I feel like rocking cutesy plaits the next morning I can. I like to leave my plaits in for as long as possible the morning after I put them in just so the waves have time to develop nicely. In terms of styling I tend to just give my hair a quick poof up with my hands when I've taken the plaits out and that's me out of the door. Being a fan of a hair wash every-other day this look also means second day lived in waves which is another time saver. In general, I've been loving this wavy look and I can tell it's something I'm going to keep sporting for the near future. 

Do you ever wear your hair wavy?
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