Friday, 28 October 2016

NORWICHBLOGGERS COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS







A few weeks ago I met up with the lovely NorwichBloggers at Warwick Street Social to take part in a cocktail masterclass! This is something I've always wanted to do, so I was so so excited! The aim of the evening was to choose a cocktail as our welcome cocktail for the christmas meal. We made 5 cocktails in total, a classic mojito, a bramble, a candy cane, a pumpkin spiced one and a gingerbread cocktail! It was so fun learning how to make each of the cocktails, although I can't remember all the recipes off the top of my head now!! (Should have made notes). I love the way each of them was so different, with such different flavours and presentations for each one. 

Each of the cocktails was explained to us and then we got the chance to make one in pairs. I made the bramble cocktail with christie, which was going really well under the bartender smashed the glass while trying to get it out of the shaker! So we got 2 attempts at making it!! The whole evening definitely gave me lots of ideas of my little pinterest cocktail cart that I'd like in my house one day. Also, the cocktails on the menu of Warwick Street Social (specifically the Lemon Meringue) were divine. I really need to take my boyfriend there next time he comes to visit. 

We were in our own separate part of the pub, with a mini bar presenting all the alcohol and ingredients needed to make the cocktails. Personally my favourite was a tie between the Bramble and Candy Cane. I do love a sweet cocktail so this is probably why I liked these the best. We also got some chips to nibble on throughout the evening, which were super delicious! After a long day at uni, this was definitely a really enjoyable evening, and I'm looking forwards to seeing the lovely norwich bloggers at the christmas meal in a few weeks time! Have you ever been to a cocktail making class? 

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

WEDDING GUEST MAKEUP LOOK




At the weekend I was invited to my boyfriend's cousins wedding reception! Now I love weddings, there's just something about them that's so special. So inevitably I got very excited about what I was going to wear and how to do my makeup! I practised quite a few times to decide how I wanted my makeup to go, and this is the finished look. I also wore false eyelashes which is a first for me, but these lovely ones were sent to me by the lovely Esqido to try out. 

First step I did was apply a moisturiser to my face to make sure my skin was prepared for foundation. I'm one of those people who always does eyes before face, so then I primed my eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion. For my first eyeshadow crease colour I used MAC's Omega. This is a great first crease colour that isn't too intense and helps ease the blending process. Then I moved on and applied MAC's Quarry all over the lids. This is a matte purple taupe colour which I've used more as an all over lid colour more and more recently. To darken the outer corners of my eyes I first blended some of MAC's Satin Taupe onto the outer edge of my lids, creating a darker more smokey look. To really add definition to my eyes I applied MAC's Mystery, a matte dark brown which I applied with a small angled brush to create a v shape into my crease. All blended out with a fluffy brush created a lovely purple toned smokey effect. To add some shimmer I used some MAC Fix+ and KIKO 04 eyeshadow right on the inner corner on my eyes. This really helped brighten my eyes and add that pop effect. For eyeliner I used the Collection Extreme Felt Tip Liner which is the best eyeliner for noobs like me! After a small coat of mascara, Max Factor's False Lash Effect, I applied the Esqido Mink Eyelashes. I used the Esqido Eyelash Glue which made the process of applying the lashes really easy. To finish the eyes I added some Avon Glimmerstick to my lower lash line and waterline, and Avon Supershock Eyeliner on my upper waterline. 

For my eyebrows I used my favourite brow duo at the moment, Archery Brow Pencil by Soap and Glory, followed by the Benefit Gimme Brow in Shade 3. I never wear anything but these two on my brows these days and I'm so happy with how they make my brows look. My skin is something I wanted to keep pretty natural looking, so I used my Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation. This was applied with my beauty blender, and gives a skin-like layer of foundation that allows your freckles to peek through. It also lasts really well on my skin. To add some colour back into my cheeks I used the Max Factor Cream Blush in Soft Pink, which is a newly discovered old favourite. It looks so natural on the cheeks and adds the perfect healthy glow to your skin. I added a bit of bronze to my face with NARS Laguna Bronzer all over my face, and and Benefit Hoola Bronzer to add some fake cheekbones to my moon face. To complete the look I used my Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude Pink, which is slowly running out and makes me so sad! I really need to buy the full size of this as it seriously goes with any makeup look, and is the perfect light pink nude shade for my skin tone. The last step was setting everything in place with MAC Fix+. I'm really happy how this look came out, what do you think of how I did my makeup?
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Sunday, 4 September 2016

TECHY FAVOURITES: AUGUST


I really enjoyed writing about my technology favourites last month, so I thought bring it back again this month! I'm a huge technology fan, and so I love bringing this aspect of myself to my blog. You may be able to see in the image above, but I'm currently using the iPhone 6. I'll make a little confession, I'm one of those people with pages and pages of apps! Everything you can think of, from music, to social media to games and even a period tracker (essential for us girls!). Anywho, here's what I've been loving in August in terms of technology. 

The Hamilton Soundtrack has most definitely been my most listened to musical soundtrack of all time. I'm not even exaggerating, there was about two weeks in August where I wouldn't go a day without putting this on. I first discovered the musical Hamilton after watching James Corden's carpool karaoke (isn't he just great?!). Lin Manuel Miranda has now become one of my musical idols, mainly for writing such awesome music and being generally a cool guy. Also since recently getting a car and making the 3 hour drive's to my boyfriends I've needed music to pass the time. This soundtrack is 2 hours 22 minutes long, so add a few pop songs to the end and you have the perfect driving playlist! I cannot wait for Hamilton to come to the UK, you best believe I'll be there in the front row singing my little heart out. This summer I've really got back into watching Youtube videos, after months of not being fussed by them at all. It's given me a new found love for testing out new makeup looks, and experimenting with colours. A youtuber I've watched consistently is KathleenLights. First of all, I adore her accent and the way she says certain words. Her videos are always varied and the selection of tutorials on her channel is endless. I've definitely copied her makeup  looks on a few occasions now. Watching her videos is literally like having a chat to her in the same room, and I think that's really hard to find with youtubers these days! So if you haven't already, hop over to her channel and subscribe! 

I'm sure you've heard every man, women, cat and dog talking about this TV show, but my god Stranger Things is phenomenal. A netflix original series based in the eras of ET, the show follows the disappearance of Will Byers with many twists and turns in between. Me and my boyfriend were so addicted to this, we finished it in about 2 or 3 days! (You could well do it in one). The cast is great, the plot is great, and I love the soundtrack! Thankfully, netflix have revealed that a second series will be coming in 2017 which I am already so excited for. If you haven't watched it already, what are you doing?! Also quick mention to Pretty Little Liars, which I've been waiting with anticipation every Tuesday evening of season 7. The mid-season finale was jaw dropping, and I'm looking forwards to getting more questions answered in the final (EVER) part of season 7. However don't get too excited, you've got until April to wait!! 

Finally, an app that I downloaded recently is the KIKO app. If you've read my KIKO haul (link) you'll know they had an incredible deal of purchasing 6 products for the price of 3 the other weekend, all you had to do was show your individual ID using the app and the promotion was yours. So sure enough I did just that. The app is super user friendly, and is great for browsing their new ranges and products. You can also create wishlist of products, locate your nearest KIKO store and stay updated with their latest offers and promotions. It's handy to have if you're a spontaneous makeup shopper like me. So that's my techy favourites for this past month. What have you been loving recently? Any TV shows I should be watching? 
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Thursday, 1 September 2016

LOVING LATELY: AUGUST



I guess 'loving lately' are kind of becoming my favourites? Maybe, we'll see how long this sticks around for. ANYWAY. Today I am going to be talking to you about things I've been loving lately in the month of august (clearly). There's not as much lifestyle/tech favourites in this post, but don't you worry your dose of technology will be coming your way soon. August has whizzed past me, and I know it's cliche but I genuinely can't believe it's gone so fast! I was away in Edinburgh for the very beginning of August, then away on placement for 2 weeks and then at V fest. Busy busy. But loads of fun. So with all the travelling I've been doing I've pretty much been living out of a makeup bag, which as much as I hate doing, has meant I've found some real firm favourites. 

If you're a loyal reader of my blog, you'll know I got HD Brows back in July, and have been keeping on top of my brow game since then. Helping the process along has been Benefit's Gimme Brow in Shade 3. This is a) such cute packaging, b) so easy and quick to apply and c) keeps them brows in place all day long! Some days I've been opting for using this alone if I'm just going for a simple natural makeup, or I'll use it to finish off my brows after using a brow pencil for extra precision and brows on point! I've actually for once been so in love and happy with my brows, and this product is helping me continue loving them. On to the face side of things, summer has meant bronzer and highlighter for me, and subsequently two favourites. An old favourite of mine than makes a reappearance every year is Sleek Contour Kit in Light, specifically the highlighting shade. This subtle peachy highlighter is perfect for a nice glow, without being too blinding. This summer I've been enjoying applying it even more since buying the Real Techniques Fan Brush. Never has powder highlight application been so easy! This distributes the product so evenly and you can be really precise with where you want your glow to go. 

Another Benefit product that I've been using and loving is Benefit's Hoola Bronzer. Now I'm not going to lie, this was a bit of an in-the-moment purchase, but boy I'm glad I did. Again with Benefit's packaging, the little box is so appealing to me (and looks hella cute in my clear muji drawers). I've been using this as a contour shade, as I actually managed to get a slight tan this year *go me*, so this shade is perfect for adding that sculpted cheekbone into my not so sculpted face. At £23.50 for 8g, it's  certainly on the dearer side, however I've been using it sparingly for special occasions or when I'm just going for a more made-up makeup look. As we've actually had some decent warm weather in the UK this summer, I've been worshipping my MAC Fix+ for spraying my face with a cool refreshing mist, as well as helping my makeup last through the sweltering (read sweaty) days. It's also great at removing that powdered look and making you look more dewy, something I'm all for. 

Finally I've been religiously using the Avon Skin So Soft Moisturising Gel. I'm usually someone who flits between different body lotions regularly, but this has been my one go to for the whole of August. The reason it's become such a staple is down to the light gel formula/consistency, meaning you don't have to walk around feeling all sticky and horrible as it just sinks right in. The scent is fresh and light, not awkward clashes of smells after spraying on other products e.g perfume. I'm not sure how much this is priced at as I gained it from my Grandmas box of unwanted beauty products (I do enjoy having a good rummage in there when I visit!). So that's what I've been using and loving, are there any products you could recommend or that have stood out to you recently? Let me know! 
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

KIKO HAUL


KIKO is fast becoming one of my favourite makeup brands. Originally I discovered KIKO when I was in London a few years ago and stumbled into one of the (back then) few KIKO stores around. Now they're popping up all over the place! And thank goodness too. Last weekend me and the boyfriend to do a few jobs in town, which inevitably meant some spontaneous purchases too. I wasn't planning on treating myself to so many makeup bits, but when I spotted the 6 items for the price of 3 promotion I was sold. All you had to do was download the KIKO app and present your personalised QR code at the till. So here's what I picked up. 

After months of really not being fussed by wearing eyeshadow, I'm now back into it big time. KIKO have a HUGE range of eyeshadows, in different shades and formulas. I already own some of their eyeshadow sticks, so I thought it was time to try some of their powder eyeshadows. I picked up 4 High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyeshadows. These are a genius design as they already come magnetically attached to individual pans, making taking them out and places them in a palette super easy and mess free! My poor boyfriend did get bored of me swatching endless shades on my hand to try and make a decision on which shades to buy. In the end I went for 04, a gorgeous metallic rosy taupe colour, I've left this in an individual pan for now but may switch it out for travelling etc. I also picked up 16, a stunning pink toned gold shade which reminds me a bit of MAC's Naked Lunch, 06 a matte taupe shade, and 81 a matte 'antique brass' as described on the KIKO website. It's a cool toned brown that's perfect for adding depth to your eyeshadow look! Each of the eyeshadows came in at £6.90 each. I'm yet to try the eyeshadows wet, although I'm sure the metallic shades will be even more shiny and stunning when I do. 

As I said the magnetic design of the eyeshadows meant I could buy a 3 pan eyeshadow palette at £5.90 and immediately transfer three of the shadows in really quickly. The palette is super travel friendly and has a good quality mirror inside, perfect for makeup on the go. After walking round with a handful of eyeshadows, I then stumbled across the lip stand. Again after swatching a few too many lipsticks on my hand I settled for one of the Smart Lipsticks in 902. This is a beautiful coral pink shade, with a tiny bit of shimmer in. The shimmer isn't noticeable when applied on the lips, it just gives a healthy glossy look. I'm a sucker for matte black packaging, so that was a huge plus for this lipstick range, as well as the fact they're only £3.90! What a bargain. I would have picked up most of the range if I had all the money in the world... In total my whole KIKO haul came up just over £18, this was including a 10% discount for using the KIKO app for the first time. I'm definitely going to keep my eyes peeled on that app for any more amazing offers.

**Also, I just checked, and KIKO does NOT test on animals! Yay :-) 
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

20 THINGS BEFORE I'M 20 UPDATE


Way back in July last year I published a post called '20 Things Before I'm 20' detailing 20 things I wanted to achieve before I reached the age of 20. A year and a month on, I thought it was time to bring you an update on how I got on! 

I'm sad to say, not as well as I hoped I would! Looking back on the list I've only completed 3 fully, and 1 on a sort of level. The first one I completed was going to the beach. Me and my boyfriend made a short drive one day to a beach near where I live at uni. Although it was pretty cold, we did see a seal and had a picnic in a warm car. I love being by the sea, I find it so calming so this was a nice trip, and something I'm glad to cross off my list. The next one I completed is own a Pandora Ring. This was something I received as a christmas present, and there's very few days where you'll find me not wearing it now! The final one I completed is see more live music gigs. In October (?) I saw Scouting for Girls, which was a great night filled with singing along to songs of my teenage years, and in March I saw Gabrielle Aplin, one of my favourite artists of all time. I will never ever forget how magic and happy I felt when the whole venue was shining lights and singing along. I sort of completed meet more bloggers after going to an event hosted by #norwichbloggers around Halloween time. It was really nice to meet other bloggers in my area, but it's something I still want to get more involved in. 

Unfortunately that means the other 16 were left incomplete. Most of them are still things I want to do, and have plans to do in the near future. These include: read 10 books - must really get back into reading again, as I miss falling into a world in a book so much, lose/maintain weight - this became difficult after my emergency operation leaving me with a big scar in my tummy and no energy! But hopefully come the new academic year I'll be fighting fit and ready to get active again. Take part in a flashmob - something I'll hopefully be able to do in my 3rd year of uni, play the ukulele more, be on the radio - again something I hope to do at uni in 3rd year, find a church that inspires me, go rollerskating, go to the theatre more, write more, grow some herbs, run 3k - this is sometime I'm determined to do when I'm back at uni, I just need to gradually build my stamina up again, own a really stunning high end makeup product, have a plant in my room and not let it die, do a cocktail making class - booked onto another #norwichbloggers event in October which is a cocktail making class, and last but not least appreciate life. This is something I know I haven't done over the past year, as it's been such a rough year for me. From personal problems to illness to family losses, I've forgotten to sit back and look at all the amazing people and things I have in my life. This is a big goal of mine for the coming year, no matter what life throws at me. So goodbye teenage years, hello a new adult life, filled with motivation, happiness and appreciation. 
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

BENEFIT GIMME BROW REVIEW


Earlier in the week I posted about my HD Brows Experience. Since then I've really been trying to keep on top of my eyebrow routine and make it a staple part of my makeup application. I wanted a product that made my brow routine easy, but still enhanced what I've got. I decided upon the Benefit Gimme Brow. Today I thought I'd share my thoughts and ramblings about the product. 

Since the revamp of packaging, Gimme Brow now comes in a small silver bottle with a tiny tiny spooly brush dispensing product inside. I got matched the shade 3, which is the darkest shade of the range I think (?). The shade is a perfect match for my new darker dyed brow hairs, but would also suit slightly lighter brows than mine as well. When applied to the brows it adds a tiny bit off colour while also defining each hair and setting them all in place. Some days I opt to use this on its own, some days it'll come after using my Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil. This is just the product I was looking for to allow my brows to look groomed but require very little time or precision to fill in in the morning. One of this products best features is the fact it sets my brows in place without giving them that horrible crusty feeling that I despise. Natural full brows is what you get.

At 30g for £18.50 I can't say it's the most cost effective brow purchase I've ever made, however I am really enjoying using it. I'll be interested to see how long this tube/bottle lasts me for with use everyday, as I think that will be the deciding factor in whether I repurchase this again or not. So far so good, and I'm in love with my brows! 
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

FASHION SNIPPETS


I've mentioned in the past how un-fashion-conscious I am sometimes. I stick to what I like and I know, and I'm okay with that. I rarely do fashion posts because frankly most of my days are spent in jeans and t-shirts, so nothing revolutionary. However this summer I've had some clothes and shoes that I've really really loved, and that I thought I'd share with you today. 

First on the top left we have my grey dress from H&M. This dress is really simply but I find really flattering on my figure (heavy up top). It has an elastic waist which helps to suck you in for that hourglass looking figure. It also has pockets which always makes a dress 10x better in my opinion. Being from H&M this was a great price, no more than £7.99 if I remember rightly. The grey is versatile to wear in the day as a casual dress for really warm days, with a bomber jacket for cooler nights, or paired with heels and some nice jewellery for a more put together look. 

Next on the top right is my bargain Topshop vest from a while ago. I bought this for £7 in the Topshop sale, I think back in September time. Generally I'm very conscious of being too busty to wear vest tops, but this sits perfectly on me and doesn't have too low of a v shape at the front. I've been wearing this both on really hot days with shorts, and slightly cooler days with jeans and a cardigan. The material is so soft making is really comfy to wear, and the bright blue geometric patterns makes a nice change from my monochrome stripes I so often wear. 

The vest in the bottom left corner is from Boohoo, but I actually got it from ASOS. As you can see this has the most beautiful embroidery on the front, with a cord tie at the top. This vest is slightly less comfy to wear than the former Topshop option, only due to its material and the fact it is more fitted. This for me is a night wear vest, or when you're doing something a bit more fancy than usual. I've never actually tried anything from Boohoo before but I do really like this piece. Like I said as I tend to wear monochrome tops this adds a pop of colour perfect for the warmer months. At £10 this is a lovely staple for my wardrobe. 

Finally are probably my favourite fashion purchase in a long time, my block heels from Dorothy Perkins. Since my sixth form prom (2014) I've been craving a pair of heels just like this. Something that can be worn both casually and dressed up, not too high, with a strap around the heel. And just before my birthday I stumbled across these beauties in DP. I wore these with a demin dress on my birthday, and I felt fabulous. Being a short human (5 ft 2) wearing heels makes me feel more 'normal' sized, and so much more confident. I've also worn these with jeans and a pretty top for evening meals out. So that's some fashion snippets from my summer wardrobe. Have clothes have you been reaching for recently? 
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

HD BROWS EXPERIENCE



A few weeks ago just before I went away for a mini break I decided it was time to sort my eyebrows out. Since I was 15 I've had the waxed on a non-regular basis at my local beauty salon. However, I was beginning to really not like my eyebrows and made the decision to try HD Brows for the first time. My eyebrows have always been an okay shape, apart from the fact they can never decide what shape they are. Sometimes they look more arched, sometimes more angular. I also hated the fact that the tails of my brows were lighter than the inner section, sometimes making me appear like I had only half an eyebrow in photographs. Luckily one of my best friends works in a beauty salon, so I immediately knew who I was going to. 

The whole process took around 1hour, my friend Sophie (who did my brows) told me the first time you get HD Brows takes slightly longer as there's more to work on in terms of shaping. Subsequent brow appointments should last around 45 mins. To start Sophie and I sat down and discussed what I currently liked and didn't like about my brows. I told her I liked the thickness and length, but didn't like the colour change or lack of shape. After this I lay back and relaxed, and let Sophie do her magic. First up she tinted my brows. This was the thing I was most nervous about having never had my brows tinted before. But it turns out I'm in love with the colour. My brows are now darker than before but I feel like this makes them look so much more defined and frame my face really well. The tinting also made the fluffed hairs needed for the shape of the brow darker too, helping me achieve more of a shapely brow. 

The next steps involved waxing, threading, plucking, trimming and finally drawing in little tiny hairs to create the finished look. Another step I was worried about was the threading, as the last time I had this done I was a hot sweaty mess in a lot of pain. However this time there was no pain at all. Sophie used a calming powder to calm my skin from the waxing and threading, and this helped in reducing the soreness and redness afterwards. The cost of the treatment was £25 in total. I must admit it took a day or two to get used to seeing my brows so defined when I looked in the mirror, but now I'm so in love with them. Like I said before I feel like they really help frame my face and I'm just so happy to finally have my brows how I want them. Since the treatment I've only plucked a few tiny hairs that have started to grow back (I've been instructed by Sophie not to touch the top of my brows as this is an area I was to grow in again) but other than that I've just left them. When I put makeup on now I will fill them in slightly just in the arch where my hairs are thinner, and set them with a product I'll be reviewing really soon! So what do you think? What's your brow routine like? Have you ever tried HD Brows? I'd honestly really recommend it, I really enjoyed the whole process and the results I've been left with. 
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

FAVOURITES FOR THE FACE


Since I finally got round to collecting the remainders of my makeup collection from my student house I've been loving rediscovering some oldie but goodie products. Today I'm going to share with you my favourites that you'll find me sporting on my face for the past month or so. First up I'll talk to you about tools, the Real Techniques Contour Brush has been doing just the job for creating my non existent cheek bones. The small tapered shape of the brush means it fits perfectly in the hollows of my cheeks and helps to create a really natural shadow (so much so I asked my dad if he could see anything on the side of my cheek and he replied "only the shadow from your hair" *contour success!*). 

Another tool that's been up-ing my makeup game is the Beauty Blender. I've had this for so long now (I really need to buy a new clean one however student life...) so excuse the grubby state of it! Funny fact, I won this in a giveaway! Before winning it I'd never even considered using a sponge to apply my makeup, however I'm so glad this is now part of my makeup life. This is my go to tool for applying foundation now, and it just helps make my foundation sit better on my skin and eases the blending process. Talking of foundation, the one I've been using at the moment is Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory. I go through stages of using this then reverting back to other foundations, however I've been loving this one for a more natural look during the warmer summer months. This light-medium coverage foundation allows my freckles to show through making my skin look flawless but not caked in makeup at the same time. The only thing that annoys me about this product is the fact there's no pump with the bottle, which makes for very messy hands during application. 

Another product helping me achieve a flawless base is the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer. I have the lightest shade which is great for my winter pale skin tone, but also great to highlight and brighten under the eyes when my skin gets a tad *tiny-weeny* bit darker in the sun. I find this to be slightly less thicker in consistency than the prolific Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, which I have used the last. However the Seventeen option gives a medium coverage, which as the name suggests, stays for a good old amount of time. Moving on to cheeks, makeup free me has naturally very blushing cheeks so sometimes I have the tendency to look a bit ghostly once my foundation and concealer is applied. To balance it all out I've been reaching for the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in Pop of Pink. Cream products are always favoured in summer for me, maintaining the natural texture of my skin. I use the tiniest dab of this on my finger, and apply straight to the skin. The thick liquid consistency makes for easy blending but once it's set it's set. Another great drugstore product in my opinion. 

Last but not least it wouldn't be a summer skin talk without mentioning highlighter now would it?! Another Seventeen product gracing my face is the Seventeen Skin WOW 3 Way Highlighter. Out of the three ways it can be used, I prefer using my beauty blender to apply this to the highest points of my cheeks as one of the last steps in my makeup routine. The slight leftover foundation on the beauty blender means the highlighter blends seamlessly into the skin to add a subtle healthy glow that I so desperately want for my summer skin. And that's it! These products have become such staples in my makeup collection this summer. What have you been loving recently? 
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

NEAT NAILS



After not wearing nail polish for a good 3 months due to revising and then clinical placement I actually got out of wearing anything on my nails. So when it came to summer and time to paint my nails again, I actually was a bit scared of sporting anything too bright! Instead I've been sticking to more subdued colours to ease me back into the nail polish game. 

It's not secret that one of my favourite nail polish brands is Barry M, the formula lasts amazingly on me, the brushes make application easy and streak free, and best of all they're so affordable! My latest purchase is the Speedy Quick Dry in Freestyle (far left). This is a muted nude pink that is so so pretty but not in your face at all. One of those colours that you don't have to worry about what clothes clash with it as it's so universal. Another neutral love of mine for neat looking nails is Speedy Quick Dry in Pit Stop. A grey-nude colour which makes for the perfect professional looking manicure while still looking well maintained. This colour is brilliantly opaque which is an added bonus. Finally for something with a bit more colour I've been wearing the Speedy Quick Dry in Eat My Dust, a light baby blue colour. This may be a very typical spring colour but it's great for bringing out a tan and again applies like a dream. 

I have nothing but good to say about Barry M, and these three polishes have been helping me ease back into wearing nail polish over the past few weeks. If you have an neutral polish recommendations please feel free to leave them as a comment below! 
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Sunday, 7 August 2016

2016 SUMMER PLAYLIST


Almost 1 year ago I shared with you my Summer 2015 in songs. This year, I'm back to share with you 2016's edition. There's a lot more old school songs this year, and less of the chart stuff (but still some). This playlist accompanied mine and my boyfriends long drive to Edinburgh for our mini break, as well as my many public transport journeys so far this summer. Here's what you'll find me listening to. 

Bury It by CHVRCHES // Nine In The Afternoon by Panic! At The Disco // Star Girl by McFly 

Weathered by Jack Garratt // TALK ME DOWN by Troye Sivan // Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield 

Lonely People by Orla Gartland // She Moves In Her Own Way by The Kooks // Levels by Nick Jonas

You're Such A by Hailee Steinfeld // Consideration by Rihanna // Move Along by All American Rejects 

Girls and Boys In Love by The Rumble Stripes // Starving by Hailee Steinfeld // Have You Ever by S Club 7 

Mama Said by Lukas Graham // Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root // Kicks by Lauren Aquilina 

Year 3000 by Busted // Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae // Foundations by Kate Nash 

Classic by MKTO // I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston // Ignition by R Kelly

Everybody Talks by Neon Trees // Still Into You by Paramore // All My Friends by Snakehips

All Star by Smash Mouth //  Tilted by Christine and the Queens // No Scrubs by TLC 

Agape by Bean's Den // Best Of Me by Sum 41 // Modern Love by David Bowie


Please leave me your summer song suggestions in a comment below!xo
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Thursday, 4 August 2016

LOVING LATELY - JULY


Kind of a favourite post I guess! But months overdue!! Today I'm going to be talking makeup, skincare, nails, music and some random bits that I've been loving lately. First up is the Nivea Cleansing Toner. This has been in my skincare routine for a few months now and makes my skin feel so smooth. I apply this with a cotton pad after cleansing my face in the evening for a squeaky clean and toned feel. This is relatively cheap so great if you're on a budget. Next along is the Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion. When the sun appears in the sky, my arms lap it up. Since getting tanned last year my arms seem to really take well to the sun. My legs however like to stay a pasty snow white colour! So thankfully this summer the Dove Summer Glow Lotion has come to my rescue. I apply this in the evening but not too close to going to bed so that it has time to sink into the skin. I find 2-3 evenings of applying this to my legs and I match up with the rest of my body again. Yay!! 

Another product that's been impressing me is the Dove Fresh Anti-Perspirant. This is in the cucumber and green tea scent and it's honestly the nicest smelling deodorant I've ever used. This makes me feel all fresh and lovely when I apply it. Sticking to the green theme I've also been loving drinking the Pukka Supreme Matcha Green Tea. These are so refreshing and a great healthier alternative to drinking normal tea and coffee throughout the day. Also with it being in a tea bag form you don't get the horrible left over matcha powder at the bottom of your cup. 

Onto a makeup item, and highlighter has become a staple in my makeup stash this summer. My dry/normal skin adores the Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter. I apply this as the last step of my face makeup with my beauty blender for a glowy cheek. This blends so beautifully and isn't too glittery, so you're not left looking like a glitter ball. The product can also be mixed into foundation for an all over glow or used as base/primer before foundation. Versatile and affordable! Since breaking up from uni for the summer I've loved painting my nails again. Obviously Barry M are still my favourite nail brand, the colours I've been sporting are Freestyle which is a dusty nude pink and Lady, a textured white polish that is great for using as a top coat to amp up any colour. 

Two random favourites to finish, my Edinburgh playlist that I created on my spotify account has been pretty much the only thing I listen to these days. A mix of throwback songs with happy modern songs makes for my favourite type of playlist. Also, it's 7+hrs long and so made a great soundtrack to the drive to Edinburgh with my boyfriend. Last but not least I've been trying calligraphy and lettering this summer. I picked up 2 individual brush pens from Hobbycraft a few weeks ago, from Faber-Castell and they've made picking up calligraphy a dream. I still need a lot of practise but they're great for beginners I feel. So that's what I've been loving lately - let me know what's been taking your fancy in the past few weeks!
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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

TECHY FAVOURITES


I love apps. There, I said it. Many an evening have I downloaded 20 plus random apps to my phone to have an explore of what's new on the app scene. Today I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite apps that I've been using recently (as well as a bonus Facebook page I've been in love with). As you can see in the photos above I have the silver iPhone 6 which I love to pieces. 

The first app I want to tell you about is one I remember playing back in sixth form which I've recently got back into called 'Take It Easy'. There's so many different modes and ways to play this game, my favourite is on puzzle mode where you have to move the pieces to achieve different criteria e.g a score of 165 or building a certain pattern with the pipes. It's very addictive and quick to play on the go. Another app I've been loving is 'Steps' which as the name suggests, counts you steps! Since my dad has got a fit watch I've been going on quite a few walks which him and decided I wanted to see exactly how far/much I was walking. Admittedly after my appendectomy 8 weeks ago there wasn't much movement to track but since I've been gradually getting better I've managed to get more and more steps in. 

Something that's actually been increasing the amount of steps I've been doing is 'Pokemon Go' which I'm sure you've most likely heard of by now. Not too long ago by boyfriend lent me his DS to play Pokemon Platinum and 10 years too late I discovered the craze of pokemon. Then blow me a few weeks later and pokemon is everywhere again with the release of Pokemon Go in the US and eventually the UK. Where I live in Yorkshire isn't the most exciting for pokemon hunting but with all the travels I've done/am doing to different places of the UK it's encouraging me to get out and explore the area (and collect new pokemon too!). Finally I wanted to mention the Facebook page Proper Tasty, as I've really enjoyed watching their short 1min cooking videos. The recipes are varied and really inspire me to get back into the kitchen baking and cooking! 

So that's some of my techy favourites that I've been into recently! No doubt I'll have discovered a handful of new apps by the end of August that I'll be able to share with you again. Let me know what apps/technology things you've been loving recently, I'm always open to recommendations! 
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

WHAT I GOT FOR MY BIRTHDAY



Normally I really don't (personally) like videos or blog posts that talk about what people got for their birthday, but seen as for my 20th this year I got some really sweet little bits and bobs I thought I'd share them with you all! I think there's a range of presents in here so if you're in need of a bit of present inspiration hopefully this post will be able to give you a few ideas too. 

As I get older I've often got a few more gift cards as presents, which is great as it means I can choose exactly what I'd like from different shops. This year I got some Cath Kidston vouchers, one for H&M and a Boots voucher too! Really looking forwards to having a little spending spree with these soon. I also got some really sweet bangles (not sure where they're from) which have little geometric patterns on a gold basic bangle. I don't own any 'grown up' style bangles so these were a nice surprise. This year I asked my parents for a couple of little presents including this Instax Mini Photo Album from Urban Outfitters (link) and a HydrateM8 water bottle (link). The photo album is something I stumbled across when web browsing UO and thought it was great for keeping all my special polaroids in one place. I'll be doing a full post on the HydrateM8 bottle in the near future but I was really fed up of my bobble bottle and fancied a change. So after seeing/hearing Hannah Maggs talk about her HydrateM8 bottle I decided to ask for one for myself. 

I'm a huge fan of playing games, and I had heard of this one before getting it for my birthday. Love Letters (link) is a strategy game that is quick and fun to play for 2-4 people. It does require some memory abilities and deductive powers but it's a really great game, especially in the small portable bag it's great to take away with you. Finally I'd like to share with you my favourite present this year - my light box! After spotting these on pinterest I've been craving one for so long, and my lovely boyfriend bought me one this year. I just think they're such a great way to have a form of light in your room while also displaying positive quotes and saying (which I'm a huge sucker for anyway). This A4 Lightbox is from Oliver Bonas (link) but there's a few different places which they're available from - you can also get pastel letters for them too *places order swiftly*. 

So that's some of the bits I got for my birthday this year. I'm no longer a teenager which means I'm properly getting into adulthood now *yelps*. Have you got/seen any of these bits before? Let me know in a comment below. 
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

BOOTS AND SUPERDRUG HAUL


Yesterdat I popped into town to spend my Boots vouchers and birthday money. I decided that it was time to treat myself to see beauty bits as I haven't really bought anything like that in a while. I had a rough idea in my head of what I wanted to pick up but also may a few unexpected purchases as well. 

The first thing I knew I wanted to pick up was some new shampoo and conditioner. I used these Mark Hill products before and they made me hair so lovely and smooth. I spotted that they were on offer in Boots so decided to pick them back up to hopefully get my hair back to a better condition. The next thing I thought I wanted to get was the Benefit Gimme Brow. I've actually had HD brows done for the first time today and decided it was time to pay special attention to my brows after years of leaving them to their own devices. The benefit girl tested the shade 3 on me and it's a perfect match to add a little bit of definition while still looking natural. Then she told me there was a free goody bag if  you bought 2 benefit products, so after wondering round the stall for a good while I made the choice to try the infamous Hoola Bronzer. Sadly my body shop bronzer is steadily hitting pan more and more so I was in need of a new matte bronzer in my makeup stash. This is slightly more warm toned than the body shop option however I've tried it on my skin and it really warms my pasty completion up which I'm happy with. 

Next I took a trip into Superdrug because I was after some new Real Techniques Brushes to add to my collection. Since I've become very into contouring and highlighting this summer it seemed only right to add the sculpting set to my collection. I have nothing but good things to say about the RT brushes, they're always so so soft, never shed and wash like a dream! The sculpting set is priced at £20.99 which for 3 good quality brushes isn't bad at all. The set contains a setting brush, which I plan to use to set my under eye concealer, a fan brush which is perfect for pushing highlighter on the top of the cheeks and lastly a sculpting brush which I've tried using with Hoola bronzer and so far I'm happy with the results. I also picked up the Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Moisture Cream as my daily moisturiser was running low and this was a bargain at under £3. The rings in the picture above were sale items from H&M, a bunch of simple gold midi rings that glam up any simple outfit. So that's what beauty bits I bought, let me know if you're tried any of these products or what you've picked up recently in a comment below! 

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

LIFE UPDATE


Hi! Long time no speak. Last time I posted on here was way back in March, how time flies. I thought start getting back into the swing of things by sitting down and having a little catch up. So sit down, grab a cup of tea, and lets get talking. 

So what's been happening since March? Well after the Easter holidays I went back to uni to have a week of placement preparation lectures before embarking on my first clinical block placement. I was so so nervous but ridiculously excited to put all the theory I've learnt over the past 2 years at uni into practise. I was placed in a stroke and neuro rehabilitation in a hospital. This meant I had to live away from my humble abode in Norwich for 8 weeks. The accommodation I stayed in was actually really nice as it had just been refurbished! It also gave me the chance to get to meet and know some more fellow health professionals, both from my uni and others. Towards the end of placement, the 2nd to last week to be more precise I had an unexpected trip to A&E. 

I'd come back from placement and been having severe stomach cramps all day, nothing like I'd ever felt before. After ringing NHS 111 and being referred to a local doctors, I was then sent to A&E where I sat waiting for 4+ hours before finally being seen by what felt like 1 million different professionals. At around 1am on 1st June, I was admitted to hospital with appendicitis. Totally unexpected. The senior surgeon came to see me at 2am and told me I could either have surgery to remove my appendix or be sent home with antibiotics (with the risk of my appendix bothering me 20% for each year of the rest of my life). So I decided to go with the surgery. It's funny because I'm naturally a very anxious and nervous kind of person, yet I was so so calm all day waiting to go up to surgery. However definitely lying on the surgery table about to be put under anaesthetic was terrifying. 4hrs later I was back downstairs in my hospital bed, surrounded by my parents and boyfriend (who all found my drugged up rambling very amusing). 

I ended up staying in hospital for a following 6 days as my appendix was so inflamed they also had to remove a tiny bit of my bowel (sorry TMI). This meant I was feeling the affects of surgery more than others who have keyhole surgery to remove an appendix do. After being discharged my dad very kindly helped back up my placement accommodation room and drove me home to Yorkshire for recovery. For around 3-4 weeks I felt so so drained and tired all the time, even by walking upstairs or focusing hard on conversations with friends. But now I'm feeling fine and dandy again! Although I do still have my nice big scar right down my tummy. 

Since then I've had a mini break in London, had my 20th birthday, and sadly lost my grandad. So safe to say I've not had the smoothest of months recently. But now it's the summer holiday (although I'm going back to complete my placement late august {super exciting!}) and I'm so happy to be back blogging again. I've got quite a few posts lined up for the next few weeks at least, I'll be putting a new post up every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday! Hope you're doing well, let me know what you've been up to recently in the comments below! Lots of love xox 
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Friday, 25 March 2016

SPRING WISH LIST


Spring is finally here, and on a gloriously sunny good Friday I thought I'd bring you a spring wish list. Now being a student means I very rarely go shopping for beauty and fashion anymore, and any spare money tends to be spent on train tickets and food! So occasionally when I'm in the mood for shopping I make sure I plan things out first and do lots of research, especially if it's beauty products I'm thinking of buying. I can go months without getting a craving to go shopping, however recently I've had the real urge to splurge. Maybe it's because I've got back into blog writing and youtube watching, or maybe I'm just in need of a spring update. So here is what's on my wishlist this spring. 

1. Topshop Cami Tops: The one in the photo is actually from River Island, but Topshop have a gorgeous range of double strap cami tops in a huge range of colours. I'll probably stick with black or navy, I know these aren't typical spring colours but my idea is to wear these on nights out or occasions where I want to look a bit more fancy but still keeping it casual at the same time. At only £16.00 each, plus my handy student discount on top these are a great cheap basic. 

2. Jelly Bean Yankee Candle: Yankee Candle's are by far my favourite of all candle brands. I love that the jars are so huge, meaning they burn for hours on end! Sadly I used up my deliciously smelling Summer Scoop candle at uni just before I left for easter, so it's time to get my hands on a new one. The jelly bean candle is meant to smell amazing, plus who wouldn't want their room to smell like jelly beans?! 

3. Updated Skincare Products: I'm so bad when it comes to my skincare. Gone are the days where I had a lovely box of products on my shelf to ensure my skin was smooth and moisturised day and night, and instead I get by with any cleanser I can get my hands on (either borrowing mum's or one dug out from my unused beauty stash) and the nivea soft moisturiser. I'm starting to notice my skin's texture not being as great as it used to be so really need to get back into a good skincare routine. One of the products I'll be grabbing is the La Roche Posay Exfoliating Toner, which helped transform my skin a few years ago and kept it feeling smooth and looking clear. 

4. Short Sleeved Tees: I go on my first ever clinical block placement after the easter holidays (eeek!) and looking in my wardrobe I don't actually have too many short sleeved tops that I will be able to wear. The hospital has a 'bare below the elbow' policy meaning I'll be living in short sleeved tops when on the wards. I'm sure I'll be able to pick up some smart-ish basic tops from somewhere but if you have any shop recommendations I'd really appreciate them! 

5. Colorpop Makeup: Colorpop seems to have hit the beauty world big time recently, I first heard about it through their collaboration with KathleenLights and have since been craving their beautiful looking eyeshadows. As much as I adore my MAC palette, sometimes I wish I had a few great colours to amp up my makeup with. Their eyeshadows are meant to be super creamy and pigmented, and the shade range is to die for. As well as their eyeshadows, their liquid lipsticks have been receiving plenty of praise. I've never really tried liquid lipsticks but after watching Nikkie Tutorials and Lily Harper it's really made me want to try them out! Again, another shade range to die for. 

6. KIKO Makeup: I now own three of the eyeshadow sticks from KIKO, and a lipgloss that I managed to get in the sale last summer, and it's left me craving more. Again with the eyeshadow cravings, their water eyeshadows look so gorgeous for a shimmery eye and I can always do with more of the eyeshadow sticks. I bought myself MAC's Fix+ a while back so really fancy trying an eyeshadow wet, it's something I've never done before but from googling swatches online (for hours) it seems to make the eyeshadows really pop. I was over the moon when I noticed there was a KIKO store coming to the shopping centre where my boyfriend lives, so safe to say when I'm next down visiting him I'll be dragging him in there! 

So that's my spring wishlist, have you been craving any beauty products? Or maybe you're after a spring wardrobe update too! Let me know in a comment down below. 
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Saturday, 27 February 2016

HELLO I'M STILL ALIVE


Hi! Long time no speak, in fact I haven't even posted once in 2016 and it's nearly the end of February *shocked face emoji*. I definitely imagined I'd be able to keep up with my blog much more than I am able to being at university. I adore blogging, and reading blogs, but my weeks seem to fly by so quickly and in my free time I'm either revising, organising the showchoir showcase or sleeping! Once my exams are done in a few weeks I have 3 weeks off for Easter, although admittedly I will be brushing up my knowledge ahead of my 8 week block placement for my course. So hopefully, fingers crossed I'll be able to get some pictures taken and aim to have a blog post up per week. There's been so many occasions when I've wanted to take blog photos or I feel like I want to talk about my makeup  but my rational brain just tells me I have to work. 

So here's a picture of my face today. This morning I got up early and did some revision before heading off for a lunch time swim. My university has the most amazing sports centre so I love going there to relieve some stress. When I got home I treated myself to allowing myself some time to do my makeup really nicely, even though I'm not actually leaving the house again today. However I am having a pizza and pitch perfect 2 night with one of my showchoir friends. While doing my makeup I went for a real bronze glowy look - I'm basically just craving the sun and a bit of a tan again! I'll definitely try and get a favourites post up in a few weeks as there's a lot of products I've fallen in love with that I've not even once mentioned on the blog! I'm also due a haircut, but since straightening it rather than shoving it in the half up do I usually do I've had so many compliments! Which is always nice. So anyway, how have you been? What exciting things has 2016 bought you so far? Have you had any stand out beauty products in the last 2 months? Let me know in a comment below! And hopefully I'll speak to you again soon. 
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