Sunday, 27 September 2015


*First of all I apologise for the lack of posts recently - sadly I thought I would be able to keep up with posting and being back at university, but alas that hasn't been the case. Hopefully I'll be able to post now and then but until I have a completely free afternoon I'm going to struggle to upload. Thank you for 700 followers, it means a lot to me you're all still here! Just bare with me for now, I'll try and get back to normal asap!* 

If you've followed my blog you'll know that for years and years I've been using the Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara. It's ability to hold a curl, the blackest formula and separating plastic brush meant that I just returned to it bottle after bottle. However, one day a while ago I was in Boots and I decided it was time for a change. As much as I love the MFFLE at £10.99 for a tube it can get pricey especially when I use it everyday. So I started the search for a cheaper alternative. When I came to the Maybelline stand I noticed the Rocket Volume Mascara. I knew that Estee aka essie button raved about this mascara a while ago, so I thought it was worth a go. And I'm happy to say that I really really love this mascara. 

This mascara is pretty much the perfect everyday mascara and it's priced around £6.99 so considerable cheaper than my former holy grail mascara. The plastic wand has really short bristles which help to catch all the little eyelashes. I bought the waterproof formula as I find this really helps to hold my straight lashes after they have been curler. I'd say this is a dupe for the MFFLE apart from the fact this is slightly less on the black side, which is why I tend to opt for this in the day and the MFFLE for a more dramatic look or a night out makeup. I'm so happy that I've found another mascara that I love, and I can tell this will be a product I repurchase as soon as I run out of it. 

Have you tried this mascara? What are your holy grail mascara offerings? 

Sunday, 20 September 2015


This week across most universities is Freshers Week. A week of exciting activities, opportunities to meet many new people and possibly some late nights. Alongside all this there might be lectures to contend with as well. So today I thought I'd bring you a quick and easy makeup look to make you appear fresh and awake for anything in store. 

If I've been out the night before I like to keep my makeup very fresh and simple, and after being at uniervsity for a year I think I've managed to perfect this look. For my eyes I sweep a light pinky colour all over my lids after priming with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, I like to go for a colour that has a little bit off shimmer to it and so brightens up the eyes. I've been opting for the Wet'n'Wild Walking On Eggshells Trio at the moment. Then to add a bit of definition to my lashes I draw a thin line of Avon's Glimmerstick in Brown Glow. I find this colour makes my blue eyes pop and also makes my eyes look a little bigger and more awake. After this I simply finish the eyes off with some mascara, I've been loving the Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara, completing the eyes with Rimmel's Nude Eyeliner to cancel out any tired redness and a bit of the same Avon liner under the lash line. I perfect my brows by quickly using the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Hot Chocolate. Not essential but a step I like to include. 

For my face base I quickly grab a pump of the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, this lightweight foundation is great for quick days as it can be blended in with fingers and gives a healthy glowing look to the skin (like you've had hours of sleep). If needed I pop a bit of concealer under my eyes and around my nose, namely the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer. To add some brightness back into the cheeks I'll opt for a cream blusher, today I chose the Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia. To complete the whole look I popped a bit of the Bobbi Brown Lipgloss in Bright Pink onto my lips, which I find really helps to finish off the bright healthy makeup look I'm aiming for. 

What makeup do you gravitate towards when you're in a rush, or feeling a bit lacklustre from the night before?

Sunday, 13 September 2015


It's Sunday, where I love to sit down at 8pm with a cup of tea and a face mask to participate in the #bbloggers chat. So I thought what better post to put up today than a Share The Love post. I have quite a few people to talk about for this post so I'll just straight in. 

The first blog I want to talk about actually has a specific post that I want to direct you to. Occasionally I'll read a post that just really captures my attention, and gets me to think about my own standpoint and opinions on it. Siobhan from A Girl and A Beauty Blog did just that. She wrote about 'The Social Media Shift' and how people can now essentially blog through an instagram account. It really got me thinking about how I started up as a blogger and how I utilise social media to show different sides of my personality. I also generally just love Siobhan's blog and she proceeds a great range of content. Next up is a blog that I actually discovered when replying to comments on my blog post, and that's the gorgeous Irish girl Cliona Hill. I was drawn to Cliona's clearly laid out blog but also her style is just right up my street. I'm not an overly fashionable person so I don't follow too many fashion blogs, but I find Cliona's fashion is something I just want to steal! She's also a lovely lovely girl so you should go and check her out (as well as the others obviously!). 

Next up is Forever September, another discovery through a comment on my blog. I adore Lucy's photos, and I've found her posts are really interesting and informative to read. I love reading her 'Sunday Chatter' posts to find out what she's been up to in the week! A blogger that I really really feel I've got a friend in is the gorgeous Isobel Rose. I've followed Isobel's blog for a while now but it's only since we have exchanged a few letters that I've begun to get to know her better. She's a lovely girl, who I know I can talk to if I need to! Isobel's blog has just had a makeover too and it looks bea-uti-ful. Moving on to a blogger who's style of photography is simply stunning, Faith blogs over at That's Just Fabulous and boy am I glad I found her blog. I love her flat lay photography and her posts are really make the post of her pro photo skills. 

Finally moving onto Youtube, which I have completely fallen in love with again, we have Meg Says. Meg local to my university town (really hoping I'll bump into her one day) but she is the most happy friendly girl in her videos. I love everything she has to say, and especially love following her on snapchat! ps. if you love one direction sing-a-longs you need to follow this girl on snapchat. She also has a great instagram called MegSaysEat all about healthy eating which is really inspiring too. Doddlevloggle has been a favourite of mine for a while, but she's recently completed VEDA which I loved watching. She's so so so talented and her videos range for adorable songs to vlogs of exciting things she gets up to. I just love her. And last but by no means least I've rediscovered Lily Harper. It sounds strange but I love her accent, and her makeup always looks like perfection! Her recent MAC lipstick collection video is a bit dangerous for me as I now have a wishlist as long as my arm, but I've really been enjoying watching her videos. 

So that's just a few of the bloggers and youtubers that I've been loving recently, let me know in the comment who you have been loving. Also if you have a blog or a youtube channel yourself leave a link to that in your comment, I love discovering new blogs to read or videos to watch! 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015


When I say new, I'm talking about in my skincare routine, not new on the shelves! While browsing the isles of Boots a few weeks ago I came across this Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. Boots Botanics isn't really a range I've tried out before, I think I've only ever tried their eye makeup remover that was very hyped up a few years ago. Since being at uni and on a student budget I've been struggling to repurchase some of the high end skincare products that were part of my return prior to my move. I've previously used the Clinique Cleansing Balm and also the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter, which I was blown away by (and it was a much cheaper dupe for the Clinique version in my option). But now I seem to have found a cleansing balm that's ever cheaper!! At £8.99 full price, and often on offer I prayed that my skin would be kind to me with this product. 

And I have to admit, I really really like it! It's probably the hardest balm in terms of texture in the pot but once on the skin it melts into a lovely slightly rose scented oil which melts away any trace of makeup. I use this as my second cleanse after using a micellar water to remove the majority of my face, and it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and has been helping my skin look less red too. I like to make extra effort and time to really massage this into my skin, giving myself a little end of the day treat before hopping into bed. This product does come with a cleansing cloth but I found it was a bit too thin to be able to work with so I just use a regular flannel. The clean looking packaging gets extra brownie points from me. You get 70ml in this pot alone which I think should last me a good long time. If you're on the hunt for a new cleansing balm to add to your routine I'd highly recommend checking out this one! 

Do you use a cleansing balm as part of your skincare routine? 

Sunday, 6 September 2015


When it comes to fashion the thing I feel most comfortable in is stripes. You may have guessed that as this is the third edition of a staple stripe, where I show you some of my favourite striped attire. For something a little different today I thought I'd show you how I'd style this tops just to give you an idea of how I wear stripes in different ways. Like I said I'm not the most fashionable girl around but hey-ho! 

The first striped top is this blue and white Pull and Bear t-shirt which is really comfy. I got this during  my time in London back in July, and although I don't own a A-line skirt I think this would look really nice paired with one. This was £9.99 which I thought was such a bargain, especially because it's such a simple top which goes with anything. Hopefully I'll be able to find a nice skirt to wear with this like I created in the outfit collage to have that cute pinterest casual look. The next striped top I've been loving is this striped jumper again from Pull and Bear, but this time bought in Spain! These are great for this transitioning period between summer and autumn, when it's not quite cold enough to wear a coat but not warm enough to be sporting a t-shirt. I actually bought this in a grey and white stripe too, just because I love the fit and feel of these so thought I might as well stock up. For this top I paired it with black jeans, boots and a cozy scarf, the ultimate warm comfy outfit for me. Last but not least I have this grey three quarter length sleeved top from Forever 21. This was another purchase when I was down in London, and I've worn this one a hell of a lot since. I like the slightly wider stripes on this one, and have found it's great to wear for all different weathers. In the styling collage I paired it with blue jeans and pumps, a really simple outfit but one that's perfect for weekend or day to day wear. 

What do you think of the outfits I've created? Stripes are something I feel really nice wearing, and it's something my friends recognise me for now. If they see me not wearing stripes it's a big surprise to them. Have you bought anything stripy recently? Let me know your fashion inspiration for fall/autumn too! 

Thursday, 3 September 2015


A trip to duty free means an obligatory perfume purchase right? Well it did for me on the way to Spain at the beginning of August. After being stung by a bee on the way to the airport I needed a bit of retail therapy. I'm not hugely fussy when it comes to perfumes, but generally I'll go for a sweeter scent and I'm admittedly drawn in by the packaging. Having owned a range of perfumes over the years I've recently found one that I've become fairly fond of. With my christmas money a few years ago I bought the 30ml bottle of Nina Ricci Eau De Toilette perfume. A gorgeous apple shaped bottle with a sweet floral fruity scent inside, with fragrance notes of lemon and lime as well as candied apples, praline and vanilla (thank the lord for the internet!) make for a perfect fresh everyday scent. 

So when browsing the rows upon rows of perfumes in duty free, of which I could have bought hundreds, I decided to opt for the biggest sized bottle of the perfume I was already in love with. The 80ml bottle comes in a slightly lighter pink colour and has frosted glass which I think looks so freaking beautiful. Obviously the scent is the same as the smaller bottle, which sadly has come to the end of its life now so I timed my transition beautifully. Bonus points to this perfume for attracting  compliments, many of my friends have asked what perfume I'm wearing when we're out and about. And it's always this one. As much as I'd love to have a stunning tray full of an array of different perfumes for different occasions my student budget does not allow for such behaviour. So instead I'm happily in love with this scent, and if you ever happen to come near me in the near future, I'll probably (hopefully) smell like sweet apples. What more could a girl want?! 

What perfumes have you been wearing recently?

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


This summer has been a summer of reading new books, and falling into a world of fiction again. I've loved reading ever since I learnt how to, and there's nothing more relaxing than disappearing into a fictional world, surrounded by different characters and settings. I'm heading back to university in a couple of weeks, and so I thought it was only right that I stocked up on a few books that I want to read before the year is through. Amazon are doing an amazing 3 books for £10 at the moment. so I made the most of that too. 

The first book is actually one my boyfriend has lent me. After reading and loving both The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns I really wanted to read Looking For Alaska by John Green. I'm a huge fan of John's writing style, and so I am very excited to read this. It's the one I've started already so I'll let you know how I get on. As part of the Amazon deal I got Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Similarly to Looking For Alaska, I've read two of Rainbow Rowell's books already. Fangirl and Eleanor & Park were thoroughly enjoyable to read, so hopefully this will be just as good. I also love the spine of this book with the phone illustration. Next up is one I've seen around and about Elizabeth Is Missing. This book sounds both intriguing and heartbreaking. The story is about Maud who is very forgetful, but the one thing she never forgets is that her friend Elizabeth is missing. When I was looking into books to buy I discovered that Emma Healey the author did her master degree at the university I'm currently at, which made me want to read this even more. The final book I bought is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. A cover that I recognised, and a title that immediately drew me in meant this was the book to complete the deal. I don't really know much about this book so I'm excited to see what it has in store. 

Have you picked up any new books recently, or read any that you'd recommend?
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