Wednesday, 28 December 2016

What I've Learnt In 2016


I feel like I've learnt a lot in 2016 about myself, others and life in general. I thought I post about what I've learnt this year would be the perfect way to end the year, at least on the blog anyway. Get the deep, reflective part out the way and then we can celebrate, sounds good right?

To do what you're passionate about

I've learnt to do what makes me happy and what I feel passionate about. One of those things is blogging for sure. 

Surround yourself with positive people

This is one of the most important things I have learnt. I have formed a great group of friends who I feel I can really be myself around, and I appreciate my family more than ever. I try to make my social media as positive as possible, full of people that I love and am inspired by. I've grown to really be grateful for the people in my life. The more positivity and love you surround yourself with, more good things and people will follow.

Accept things and let them go

This is something I don't usually find very easy, perhaps because I'm a Scorpio and we tend to hold a lot of grudges. But what I've really tried to do this year is accept things and let them go, this can apply to every situation, big or small. Accepting things that have happened or feelings you have and let them go is a way of finding a positive outcome.

To visualise what you want

I'll be taking this with me through 2017 and beyond. When I feel myself lacking any motivation, or if I have any moments of doubt. taking the time to visualise your dreams and goals makes you one step closer to making them come true. If they already exist in my mind, why not try to make them come true?  One you visualise them and start to work for what you're truly seeking, things can only get better.

Confidence grows with time

I've always struggled with self-confidence but I've really learnt that it grows with time. As you get older, your earning your own money, and you're becoming more independent, you're kind of forced to step put of your comfort zone. All the other points in this post have helped my confidence grow. I've still got much more to gain, but I know that it's growing naturally.

To take care of yourself

Mind, body and spirit. This has really helped me with all aspects of my life. The more you take care of yourself, the happier you feel. The list of ways to do it is endless but even the little ways of taking care of yourself like eating healthy, but treating yourself when you deserve it is a really confidence-booster.

What have you learnt this year?
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Fall Flat Lay with Adore Me

I like to think my blog is a very positive corner of the internet. I wouldn't want it to be anything else. It's a way to share my interest and passions whilst connecting with like minded people. When you feel really proud and passionate about something it makes you more confident. Confidence is something I've often struggled with as I'm naturally a quiet, introverted person. One of the ways I like to feel more confident is to focus on things that make me feel happy, whether it's something about me, other people, blogging, or just the little things.

So when Adore Me reached out and asked me I'd like to create the perfect fall flat lay, I had to say yes. Adore Me is an intimates, sleepwear and activewear brand that encourages body positivity. self love and confidence - three subjects that I fully support. Plus, Fall/Autumn is my favourite season, every blogger loves a pretty flat lay. Using the colours of the season and some of my favourite accessories, here is the fall flat lay I was inspired to create. I know it's nearly winter, but lets make the most of the last days of autumn!


As it's a fall-inspired flat lay, I had to include earthy colours and a cute jumper. This jumper is new from Oasis and it's the perfect transitional jumper between fall and winter, with the green and the stunning jeweled detailed on the shoulders and along the neckline. Green is my favourite colour, too! I really like the brown bralette, the lace detail is really pretty and the colour is nice for autumn/fall.

There are also a few make up bits in this flat lay. What better season to wear burgundy lips than fall? I included the Kylie Cosmetic mini liquid lipstick in Leo, as well as an exciting new purchase from Mac - the lip liner 'Burgundy'. Autumn is also the perfect time for warm colours, just like the shades in the Amber Times Nine palette by Mac.

The last couple of things that make this flat lay complete are this watch that my dad gave to me, as well as a scented candle to make this flat lay a little more cosy. Although Shea Butter by Yankee Candle isn't the most autumnal  scent, it's still nice and relaxing for a cosy night in. 
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Cosy Winter Essentials

In the summer I wrote a post about my fashion essentials for that season. So, this time around it makes perfect sense to show you what winter essentials I've had my eye on. This wishlist shows a small selection of winter jumpers, PJ's and accessories from the likes of Esprit, Topshop and Primark. As well as it being party season, Winter is all about feeling cosy and comfortable for everyday wear. That's what this wishlist is all about.

The colour palette of this wishlist is pretty neutral and would suit anybody. I love the two jumpers from Esprit, you can't go wrong with a basic cream jumper, and the one that says 'super' on it in gold is so cute and uplifting for cold days. A chunky cardigan is also a must for my winter wardrobe just like this grey and white cardigan, also from Esprit. The wool blend pattern would add some amazing texture to an all-black outfit. Paired with a roll neck top, jeans and ankle boots, I imagine this would be an effortless way to keep warm and look good.

More winter essentials include this lovely checkered scarf from Topshop, it looks so big and the soft colours are so pretty. I love the touch of pink. These touch screen gloves from Esprit look so cute, and allow you to use your phone whilst keeping your hands warm. Lastly, I had to include some cosy pyjamas because it wouldn't be winter without them. I love how they are long and have The Little Mermaid on them. Primark's range of pyjamas is probably my favourite on the high street.

What are your cosy winter essentials?


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Sunday, 20 November 2016

'No Make-Up' Make up Favourites


I may have mentioned in my last post, 'Three Thoughts', how much I've been into wearing more simple make up, or 'no make up' make up. Although it may seem quite ironic to do your make up in order to pretend you're not wearing any, it's so easy and fresh for everyday. Lately I've just really enjoyed stripping it back and embracing the cliche 'less is more'. Here is what I use to achieve 'no make up' make up!


When it comes 'no make up' make up, the fewer products you use the better. The key is just enhancing the features that make you look most awake. For many, the main area of focus is the eyes. I create a very light eyeshadow look with the Naked Ultimate Basics palette, a little sweep of mascara and lightly define my brows with Benefit's Goof Proof brow pencil. It gives you so much control when it comes to shaping and defining your brows. With base make up, I can get away with just concealer and the Naked Skin Concealer by Urban Decay has amazing coverage.



I think cream highlight and blusher is best for natural make up because you only need a small amount. High Beam by Benefit creates a lovely glow from within and Posie Tint, also benefit adds a naturally flushed look to my very pale skin. You can also use it as a lip tint as a light lip stain effect. But if you still want a nice nude lip, the Nyx Lip Lingerie liquid lipsticks are perfect.


Do you like wearing 'no make up' make up? What products do you use when going for a more natural look? 
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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Three Things


I wrote a blog post ages ago explaining that every once in a while, I will post a little something about what I'm enjoying or what's been on my mind. So, here is the latest addition...

Simple make up


I've really been enjoying wearing softer make up or 'no make up' make up lately. It's so much quicker in the mornings and I really like a more natural look. Sometimes on my fair skin, lighter make up is more flattering for everyday. Maybe I'm using this time as a break before the festive season begins and full glam is underway...

The build up to Christmas has begun


Speaking of the festive season, the shops are piling up with Christmas gifts and decorations, and your favourite coffee shop has probably started selling it's festive drinks. The build up to Christmas is really starting to kick in. It almost feels to soon to get excited, but I can't help it!

Being grateful for people in your life



One of the most valuable things I've learnt this year is to surround yourself with positive, like minded people. Those you can truly be yourself around and they love you for that. Sometimes you realise those people have been there all along, and you realise how grateful you are to have them in your life.


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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

A/W Fragrances 2016



I love having two or three options when it comes to fragrance, it's not too much or too little. I tend to have one cheaper, everyday body spray and one perfume for weekends, special occasions etc. Here are my current favourites for this season!


The Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist in Amber Romance is my only body spray this season.  The name and the warm amber colour of the bottle are so autumnal. More importantly, the scent is a 'seductive, warm fragrance' and with notes of conditioning Aloe Vera and calming Chamomile. It's a very warm, relaxing scent with a hint of spice, perfect for this time of year! The scent lasts a pretty long time, and given the size of the bottle you can really make this product last.


In contrast, this season's perfume is a lot sweeter. This is Sweet Like Candy, the latest addition to Ariana Grande's perfume range. I loved her previous fragrance, Ari, so I was really happy when I recieved this for my birthday. As the name suggests, this perfume is very sweet, with notes of juicy blackberry, marshmellow, and vanilla.  I love it though, and just the smallest spray of this perfume is so powerful. There's no way I can ignore the packaging for this fragrance, the matte pastel pink bottle is so cute, very photo-worthy. This colour seems to be everywhere at the moment.


What are your favourite fragrances? Do you have one cult favourite or do you like to change it up sometimes?
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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Autumn Colour - Burnt Orange








We've still got a little bit left of Autumn so I'm making the most of it with this post. Saying that, everywhere I look is full of beautiful golden leaves at the moment! This has been one of my favourite casual outfits this season. It's comfortable and cute, and matches the autumnal colour palette pretty well.

This super cosy cardigan is one of my favourite autumn colours - a warm burnt orange. It reminds me of leaves, cinnamon, pumpkin and all those orange things to do with Autumn. It's from Urban Outfitters, but last year so I've tried to find similar items if your interested. It's honestly so cosy and nice to wrap up in as its slightly oversized. The white ribbed top from H&M is so versatile, and flattering. The high neck also makes it very on trend. With a simple pair of high waisted blue jeans, and adorable stone coloured ankle boots, this is a great way to combine basic pieces together an effortless Autumn outfit!

How do you like to style outfits for Autumn?
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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Autumn Florals



Autumn is the season where comfort and fashion go hand in hand, with the return of jumpers and cosy knits. This jumper from New Look captures that perfectly, and has become a firm favourite in my A/W 2016 wardrobe.

The first thing your eyes will probably be drawn to is the gorgeous floral embroidery. I love the way it falls down from the left shoulder and there's a smaller patch of floral on the sleeve. The print itself is quite girly and is a nice contrast to the sporty, baggy fit of the jumper. The colours really stand out against the black fabric. Embroidery is a popular trend this season and I think this is a great take on it.

Paired with black ripped jeans (Topshop Jamie Jeans) and burgundy ballet pumps (Primark), this is a great smart casual outfit. In fact, when I wore this to college I received quite a few compliments! I also like to wear this jumper with blue jeans and brown suede boots for a softer look. Lastly, on my lips is the Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Leo which matches my shoes and adds a classic autumn colour to tie the whole look together.





It feels so good to be putting up an outfit post, especially during my favourite season. Do you like Autumn/Winter fashion?



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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Sleek 'Solstice' Highlighting Palette



If you're a fan of highlighter, you may have seen the Sleek palettes circling round the internet recently. In fact, after seeing this on Instagram I bought it on my next trip to Superdrug. This is the Solstice highlighting palette and I'm obsessed with it...


First up, the shade range in this palette is ridiculously pretty.. As you can see, there are four shades with one of them being a creamy formula, two baked highlighters and one smooth, silky formula.


Ecliptic is a pale pink cream highlighter which is great for a more natural 'glow from within' look. Sometimes I like to use this as an eyeshadow base or on its own to really make my eyes pop. The second shade, Hemisphere, is a baked mixture of pale pink, lavender and white. It's so beautiful! Next you have Subsolar which is a classic champagne shade and flattering for everyone, it's very smooth and possibly the easiest to work with. Lastly, Equinox is a baked warm rose pink with a pearly finish. This palette can work for all skin tones, but I find that these highlighters are quite light and suit my pale skin more than golden/bronze highlighters or icy, cool toned ones.



Sleek is known to have highly pigmented products at an affordable price, and this palette is no exception. A little goes a long way with every one of these shades. and they are really long lasting. . You can really go to town and create a flash of light, or keep it simple with a natural glow. Sleek recommends using Ecliptic on the brow bone, Hemisphere on along the top of the cheekbones, Subsolar down the bridge of your nose and Equinox on the cupids bow. But honestly, the shades can work anywhere.It's such a fun palette to experiment with and see what works with certain eye looks, lip colours etc.


 To finish, the beautiful rose gold packaging makes this palette every blogger's dream and perfect for pictures.

Overall, I would highly recommend this palette to any highlighter fan out there. If you're not a fan of the shade range, Sleek has three other palettes to choose from like the golden tones of Cleopatra's Kiss, or the icy colours in the Midas Touch palette. But for £10, I think any of the Sleek highlighting palettes are great value for money.


 Have you tried any of the Sleek highlighting palettes?



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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette



This is a review on one of my favourite beauty purchases of the year: the Naked Ultimate Basics eyeshadow palette by Urban Decay. As the name suggests, this is the latest addition to their Naked range and more specifically their Naked eyeshadow palettes, an old but cult beauty favourite! I picked this up the day it came out whilst shopping with a friend (she bought it too!), and now I feel ready to share my thoughts on it. You may be pleased to know they are all positive!



Starting of with how the palette looks, this palette consists of 12 eyeshadows, the standard amount in all Naked palettes. However, unlike the four previous palettes, this is a square shape rather than a rectangle. I think this is much easier to hold, and to carry around with you. The square mirror also means you can see your whole face when applying your make up instead of just your eyes. This makes it useful to travel with and even out your make-up. The smaller brush is also useful for patting on colour on one end, and blending on the other! The outside packaging is a gorgeous, Insta-worthy rose gold, and it feels pretty secure so there's no worries of the palette breaking. In terms of looks, I think this is the prettiest Naked palette so far!




But of course, you're not going to spend £38 on an eyeshadow palette if the quality isn't good. But this one certainly is! The shade range is ideal, with a mix of cool, warm and neutral shades to see you through all the seasons and suit any skin tone. They can also be used to create an endless amount of eyeshadow looks, natural to smoky. My and my friend often discuss what look we've put together when we see each other! 11 of these shades are matte, a big trend in 2016, with the first white eyeshadow having a hint of shimmer that is excellent for highlighting the inner corners or brow bone, or lightly brushing over the any of the matte shades. The pigmentation of these eyeshadows is excellent, and they feel so soft. Due to that, they are very easy to blend. However, it is recommended to use an eyeshadow primer to make the colours last even longer. Here are some swatches of each shade, with a description as well.

Blow - pale nude  // Nudie - nude pink // Commando - light taupe // Tempted - pale brown // Instinct - medium taupe // Lethal - burgundy//


Pre-game - pale yellow // Extra Bitter - burnt orange // Faith - medium warm brow // Lockout - neutral brown // Magnet - smoky grey (glitter is fallout from another product) // Blackout - warm black //


To summarise, I'm really happy with this palette. I've been searching for an all matte palette for ages, and although there may be cheaper ones available this is definitely worth the money. It's become one of my go to palettes for sure, as matte eye shadow can be as subtle as you want it to be.The shade range is fantastic and it's almost to pretty to use.  Another winner from my one of my favourite make up brands!

Let me know if you've tried the Ultimate Naked Basics Palette, or any of the other Naked palettes! What is your go-to eyeshadow palette?

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Ways to Embrace Autumn


From what I've seen, it looks like Autumn is most beauty blogger's favourite season. For the Autumn lovers, we're all about the cosy clothes, colours that match the falling leaves and the crisp breeze in the air. However, this time of year might not be for everyone which is understandable if you love those hot summer days. Whether you're a fan of Autumn or not, there's not time like the present so I hope this post helps you embrace this season in some way! Just give it a try...

Embrace the fashion



Autumn is the perfect time to layer up and add new thing to your wardrobe. You can mix and match at this time of year between hot summer and freezing winter. Experiment with with the colours like khaki, burgundy, camel or cooler tones like grey and navy. It's also a great time to focus on basics like a good pair of jeans, jumpers of different thicknesses, checkered shirts and boots! 

Embrace the beauty



You know what I mean by autumn beauty right? Dark lips of course! Burgundy lips come back around every year, but a brighter red or warm brown lip colour looks beautiful as well. As for eyes. it's the perfect time to wear a warm, smokey eyeshadow look or some bold winged liner. A pop of shimmer with a warm eyeshadow look makes me think of leaves and bonfires, which leads me on to my next point...

Embrace the natural beauty

Now that you're dressed for the season, try and see the colours that inspire the trends in real life. Living in the English countryside, I get to see the leaves changing colour all around me. I also love to wrap up warm and go for walks to see an endless landscape of greens, reds, browns, orange and yellow. The air is so fresh and crisp at this time of year. It's also the season where beautiful and warm bonfires are lit. If you'd rather stay inside, I hope you're lucky enough to have a fireplace so you can bring some of the Autumn nature indoors! Plus, listening to the rain whilst being all cosy at home is always relaxing.

Embrace the flavours


Another thing I love about Autumn is the spicy scents and flavours that make your mouth water. Cinamonn, ginger, caramel..you name it. I love freshly baked cinammon rolls, cookies and brownies that go perfectly with a warm cup of coffee or tea. It's all about those warm spicy flavours at this time of year. And yes, I do like Pumpkin Spiced Lattes!


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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Autumn/Winter Lipsticks 2016



It's October, it's Autumn and the dark lips are ready to come out until the end of Winter. Here are the favourites that I will be swapping between this time around...

Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick - Leo


Despite being named after Kylie's star sign and the summery sign of Leo, this colour couldn't be more autumnal! It's a true maroon shade, perfect for fall time make up looks. The pigmentation is fantastic so it's definitely a statement colour. Go bold or go home with this one! Although it's a matte finish, it feels quite smooth on the lips and doesn't dry them out. Sadly, this was a limited edition colour for Kylie Jenner's birthday collection, but they're are countless drugstore brands that offer fantastic dupes such as Nyx and Sleek.


Sleek Lip VIP Lipstick - Show Off

Sleek have recently released new lipstick shades for Autumn/Winter and I am in love. They are for sure one of my top drugstore brands (ooh I have an idea for a blog post now, who wants to see my favourite drugstore brands?). Stepping away from a the deep tones of burgundy and maroon, this is also the perfect time of year to go for darker nudes. The shade 'Show Off' is a deep pink nude, and it's such a gorgeous colour for when you still want a darker colour but not as bold as red or burgundy. It's a semi-matte finish, which I love. Pair this lipstick with a bold winged liner and/ or a neutral eyeshadow look and you're good to go.


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - Black Cherry

This one is a cult beauty favourite for many beauty bloggers, I picked it up last year and am happy to use it again. It's just a classic burgundy shade, and has a smooth, moisturising formula similar to Mac's creamsheen colours. Therefore, this is my glossy option and Leo is my matte option. It's very easy to build this colour up to how intense you want the colour, and you can always blot your lips with a tissue for a more mattifying finish. You can't go wrong with Black Cherry.

Here are some swatches! Top - Leo, Middle - Show Off, Bottom - Black Cherry.



What are your favourite lip colours for Autumn and Winter?


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