Monday, 24 November 2014

TMART REVIEW: Makeup Brushes

Hello lovelies!
Today's post is a little different but you know me, I love a little variety now and again. So for a while now I've been in debate about getting a set of makeup brushes for Christmas and I've mmm'd and aah'd for ages and was leaning towards some real techniques ones as I hear good things about them, however not so long ago I was contacted by the lovely folk over at Tmart and was asked if I'd like to review a cosmetic makeup brush set for them, the timing was perfect so I obviously said yes! They come in a small variety of colours but I was particularly drawn to the pale blue. I think it was great price for what you receive too, I'm not a one for having tons of brushes, I'll update my brushes probably over an embarrassing amount of time and only buy the odd one, so this set is ideal because I prefer the bigger brushes for foundation, powder & blush, rather than smaller ones for concealer and lips etc so that was an appealing quality to me.
The brushes are standard size so they fit nicely into my makeup bag. The only issue I had was that it doesn't say what brush is for what, so for any of you who don't know the ins and outs of beauty products then do your research, although I suppose you can use any for whatever you want, but that's just a personal preference of mine. (From L-R) I used the first brush to apply blush to my cheeks, the second I used to blend all my makeup together, the middle brush for powder, the stippling brush to apply my liquid foundation and the brush on the end for contouring. Like I've said, I may have done that wrong but I didn't have any directions for use haha! If any beauty experts know which brush is for what then please let me know below.
I was really impressed with the feel of the brushes too, they felt really soft and gentle on my face and the application of products worked really well. I've been using the stippling brush A LOT since I received these because it blends my NARS Sheer Glow foundation so flawlessly which is a problem I had with a standard foundation brush. I also really like to use the angled brush for applying blush to my cheeks as well and the black and white tipped brush I like to blend my makeup all together after I've applied what I wanted. Just to give you an idea, the first photo of myself, my makeup was applied using these brushes so you could see the effect it has. Hopefully a good one! haha. Overall I really like them and they are really affordable too for under £10 which is an ideal price for someone like me who is wanting to try out the right brushes for the right makeup products, I think they would be a really good Christmas present for those who are wanting to get into makeup etc. and I will definitely be continuing to use them in my everyday makeup. Thanks for reading!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Visiting My Favourite Yorkshires

Ey Up lovelies!
I felt like that was needed to pay homage to the theme of this post haha! Yesterday I visited Mat and Lucy who I met during University and now University is over they have moved back to York. As it is nearly Mat's birthday and this week was the last chance I could get time off work before all the craziness of the build up to Christmas, I decided to pay them a visit. Also I had completed a life achievement and got the train on my own for the very first time haha :p It has been nice to get out of my comfort zone and daily routine and visit somewhere different, even just for the day. The day flew over but I felt so incredibly happy to see them and have a change of scenery, normally in new places I feel a bit lost but I actually felt really relaxed wandering around York, like if I went there on my own I wouldn't feel out of my depth and could happily navigate my way around the city.In true York fashion, a photograph with the Teddy was on the cards, as I have done when I have visited in the past.
Also wandering the shops I was shown a Mulberry store in the flesh! Aahhh! Heaven <3
We had lunch at Oscar's, I really liked the decorative walls inside, very pretty and then did some shopping. I bought myself a sparkly green top from Topshop, then these pieces from Ark (sorry about rubbish quality) and then snuggled up on the sofas in Costa and had a delicious hot chocolate before heading home.
All in all it was a wonderful trip and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing two of my best friends :)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

All the Leaves Are Brown And The Coat Is Grey

Hello lovelies!
I had a trip to town not so long ago and on my way out I found this beautiful dress in Warehouse which for some reason made me think of Carrie Bradshaw a little bit. The material is so soft with the jersey grey part and the soft pleated skirt. I feel super girly in it! Sticking with the grey theme I had been on a shopping ban for a while as there was a student lock-in at the Metro and was saving my pennies for that. Before that I had seen this gorgeous grey coat and I tried it on and really loved it but held off buying it as long as possible, so when it came to the lock-in, I eventually bought it so was a very happy lady! For my birthday I got a few gift vouchers so I put that towards it so thanks Sarah and Jess for those! :) I absolutely love this coat at the moment, I've even wore it with my recent outfit post and I like to wear really bold, colour, quirky dresses and the team it with the coat to smarten them up, so I love that it goes with everything I own :)Dress: Warehouse, Coat: Topshop, Flats: Matalan

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Kind Of In Love/GIVEAWAY!

Hello lovelies!
Ok so I am kind of in love with this new top. After returning a pair of shorts the other day, the lady who served me was wearing this and it really caught my eye due to the quirky pattern and colour of it and I mentioned it to her and she told me it was in the store so on my way out I was casually admiring and decided to leave it for the time being. But then, I don't know if anyone else does this but, when I like a piece of clothing I will think about it for ages until I realise that I like it so much I need to go back and buy it haha. So yesterday I nipped into town and purchased it and I just want to wear it all the time now! A perfect piece to add to my autumnal wardrobe.Also I wanted to say a MASSIVE massive thank you for all your support on this Blog because I have reached my blogging target for the year! I hit 250 followers! I am insanely happy! Thank you so so much to all of you lovely people and I really appreciate it so much! <3

To celebrate hitting 250 followers, I am hosting a giveaway which can allow you to use a Voucher online to spend on a FREE pair of frames from Firmoo, which I know a few of you liked in my recent post about them and now you too can have the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and get yourself an unusual pair too! Please leave an email or some form of contact so I can let the winner know!
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Thank you for reading :)

Friday, 31 October 2014


Hello lovelies!
First up, happy Halloween! I can't believe it is almost November now, I need to start sorting out my Christmas shopping asap! Anyway for fancy dress at work recently I dressed up as a Gothic Fairy and on the last day of it I decided to use this hair chalk that I had lying around being unused and see what it would come out like and do a mini tutorial for you all. Enjoy!First thing you do is get the pot of hair chalk, I got mine from The Body Shop.
I held the chalk in my hand and using my thumb and fingers, made a rubbing motion onto my hair until I was satisfied with how pink my hair was. Then I'd recommend using some hairspray to lock in the colour so that you don't get the majority of it all over your top or neck.
Then wash your hands afterwards as the pink can get all over your hands (this wasn't as bad as when I did it the day after!) and check your neck area too, I used makeup wipes to clear any extra bits.
And there you go! Considering how blonde my dipdye is usually, I was impressed with how bright it came out, unlike my last attempt of dying my dipdye! I think this a great idea for either any subtle halloween ideas or if you just fancied changing up your look. And it washes out straight away so if you are dissatisfied with it then you can be at ease in knowing it disappears straight away.

Thanks for reading! & Happy Halloween! :)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Glasses Face

Hello lovelies!
I was recently contacted by the lovely Tina over at Firmoo who asked if I'd be interested in trying out their range of glasses. Many of you don't know this but I actually wear glasses, I used to wear them in public since the age of 10 and felt uber self conscious in my awkward teenage girl phase and as soon as I could put contacts in, I saved the glasses wearing for indoors, lazy 'not going anywhere' kind of days. So to even have a photo of me wearing any on the internet is conquering a fear of mine. Maybe it was because I never found a pair that really suited me until last year haha! Anyone with glasses will empathise, I used to hate having to choose a new pair of glasses, being stood with some random sales lady and my Mam both watching me awkwardly and getting impatient in deciding on a pair and just choosing whatever I felt looked OK-ish for the sake of time and discomfort. It's a lot different going into a place by yourself and taking the time to really try out a pair as the attention isn't really on you and you can do it out of your own accord. Anyway Firmoo have this cool option online of uploading a photo of yourself so that you can see how the different pairs are going to fit, which is handy for someone like me who has a small face and a biggish nose, as usually different styles cater for different face shapes, eye shapes etc. As the pair of glasses I have at home are your usual black and tortoise shell, I thought I would take the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and experiment by getting a pair that is a bit more 'out there' and quirky so I decided on these gorgeous blue and brown ones as I was really drawn to those the most when I was browsing. They arrived really quickly and I was happy to receive them in this really cool case that is based on an old world map (I'm a fan of unusual glasses cases too, so it fit my personal taste perfectly!).  I tried them on and I absolutely love them! I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the colours looked and with them being a big size, I didn't think they'd fit my face properly but they really framed my eyes nicely, so I am very happy with this result!

They have a 'first pair free' offer (excludes postage) for new customers so it is definitely worth giving it a try, especially if you are like me and fancied trying something different. If you want to read more about it look here. Even if you didn't need glasses they have the option of lenses too incase you were wanting some for fashion purposes I would definitely recommend this brand.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think :)

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

GUEST POST: SaraPags- Everyday Quick Hairstyles

Hello to everyone,
it's Sara from SaraPags here! 
First thing first, I wanted to say a massive than you to Kate, who let me write on her beautiful blog. She's already done one for me (here), which is very cute so make sure you check it out!
As I contacted her since she left a comment below a hairstyle post of mine she liked, i thought I would share something similar with you!
These hairstyles are very simple and quick, they're just something I do to change a bit my everyday look.

Fluffy Top

Fluffy Top Hairstyle

Everyday Quick Hairstyles

1) Take this kind of a little sponge with a mini comb (I found it in H&M), which I don't think is supposed to be used like this, but never mind. 

2) Set it on the top of your head, moving the little comb toward your face.

3) Take the front section of your hair and pull it backwards.

4) Pin it with a few hair grips.

Here you are, a bit of volume at the top of your head, which I personally love.

Messy Ponytail

Messy Ponytail

Everyday Quick Hairstyles

1) Gather your hair up with your hand. 

2) Tie it up with an elastic band.

3) Now you should have a normal boring ponytail. As we want something a little different, we'll work it up a bit.

4) Pull the two side sections on the top of your head and pull them out.

5) Now your ponytail should be a bit weak. Don't worry, we're going to fix it.

6) Tie the ponytail again without caring if it's not smooth and flat because we want some mess.

As someone I know said, simple but effective.

So that was my little hairstyle tutorials which you can easily recreate on your own!

Let me know if you liked it !

If you want some more hairstyles check this out.

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Hello lovelies!
Isn't Sara amazing?! I love this tutorial, it has definitely made me want to try out these for myself, so thank you for sharing your tutorials with us and thank you for featuring on my Blog, if you liked this post, definitely go check her out over on her blog and give her some love!
Thanks for reading! :)

Friday, 24 October 2014

Gothic Fairy

 Hello lovelies!
A different post for you all tonight. This weekend at work we are having a Halloween themed weekend for charity, as next week is a big sale so we couldn't do it then. Anyway I thought I would show you a little snippet of what I wore for the evening. I decided to go as a gothic fairy as this was what I had lying around in my box of fancy dress gear and was easy to put together in a small space of time. I enjoyed this look as, if you know me enough you'll notice I love wearing anything floral and lots of colours and this look is the total opposite to my style which was fun to play around with and it also inspired me to use minimal colour in these photos to continue on with the theme. Tonight there was only 3 of us who dressed up but apparently more are getting involved over the weekend so I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with :) Also a  few people actually thought this was my real hair at first and thought I'd suit black hair which was funny, I honestly wish my hair was this long in real life! It's like my dream hair length...maybe one day.
The key elements of my makeup was using my NAKED palette eyeshadow in 'Creep', then I used my FrontCover eyeshadow palette in 'Moonlight' under my eyes and Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in '04' which is a dark purple colour. My outfit consisted of my black mesh crop top by Missguided layered over a plain black M&S vest and then my black velvet Topshop leggings. My wings, wand and crown I got from Ann Summers and my wig is from Dr Funkenstein.

Thank you for reading!
Let me know if you are doing anything for Halloween and what you are dressing as :)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Tartan Ivy

Hello lovelies!
Another autumnal outfit for you all today. Before I continue can I just say thank you so so much, I was blown away by the feedback on my last post, so many lovely comments, the most I've ever had on a post in my entire blogging life haha and even upto 240 followers on here and 160+ on Bloglovin, thank you so much! I really appreciate it and hello to those new people :D It feels weird doing an outfit with my hair this straight, this is freshly washed hair, I tend to do it before I go to sleep and tie it up so that it has some waves but for this look I felt straight hair went better with my hat and it is always something different isn't it :) Anyway enough rambling about my hair washing, I recently treated myself to this little tartan dress which I think is so adorable! It was bought for future nights out nearer Christmas which I will wear with my hair curled, red lips and black heels or wedges. I wanted to come up with another idea of how to wear it but catered towards during the day so that I can get more wear out of it. After racking my brain I came up with good old fashioned layering! I decided to wear this black long sleeved top and then wear the dress over it which I'm happy with the outcome. As the dress stands out on it's own I would team it with dark accessories to finish off the look. In my last post I mentioned the gorgeous Ivy leaves that crawl up the walls of my bedroom so I decided to put together a few brightly coloured ones for you. Hope it gets you into the autumnal spirit! I'm also doing a guest post over on Sara's blog soon so go over and check it out if you'd like and give her some blog love. Thanks for reading! :)
Hat: Matalan, Top: Topshop, Dress: Topshop, Wedges: ASOS

Friday, 17 October 2014

Tartan Leaves

 Hello lovelies!
Today I thought I'd go for a more Autumnal look, considering it is Autumn after all (well noticed Kate!), I recently wore this outfit to see the Illuminations with some of the girls: Jess, Amelia, her niece Erica, Sarah and Alice. I've been on a hunt for a tartan scarf as soon as they came back in season. I missed out last year and have had it top of my wishlist for ages. The other week I went into town and searched high and low for one, I'm very particular when it comes to clothes, so if I get an idea in my head of a certain style or colour etc. I go out of my way to find the exact one I'm looking for, I wouldn't get a one just for the sake of it, it's like an investment to me. Does anyone else do that? Eventually I found this one from River Island, which is a brand I don't usually go to but came out a very happy customer. It is exactly what I was looking for: colour, tartan, red and soft material. One of the things I love about this season is the Ivy that crawls up the wall of my bedroom, watching the leaves change from lush, bright green to the in between golden yellow/burnt orange phase, to eventually a gorgeous crimson red. For me it really is nature in it's most beautiful glory. Also below I have done the Autumn Tag as I have been wanting to do it for a while and felt it fit in with today's autumnal themed outfit. It might be time to do more tags so that my readers can get to know me a little more on a personal level. Let me know what you think of this idea and hope you enjoy reading my answers :)1) What's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
It has got to be a large hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles from Cafe Nero :)

2)Accessories- What do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
Depending on the weather it varies but usually all 3. I have my brown boots or my glittery Vivienne Westwood boots, boring black gloves and now my new jazzy tartan scarf :)

3)Music- What's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I don't usually have a favourite, just the same as what I normally listen to all year round, just whatever I fancy listening to at the time :)

4)Perfume- What's your favourite scent for this time of year?
My signature scent is what I wear all year round, DKNY Be Delicious :)

5)Candles- What scenes will you be burning this season?
I've been really drawn to a one in Matalan called Vanilla Sugar, smells gorgeous!

6)What do you love most about Autumn?
The changing of the leaves, drinking hot chocolate and wrapping up in cute scarves and jumpers

7)Favourite make-up look?
I usually go for more shimmery brown tones as opposed to my usual golden ones and maybe throw in the odd red and plum lip :)
Dress: Topshop, Scarf: River Island, Shoes: Matalan, Tights: Asda

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

And At Last I See The Lights

Hello lovelies!
The other evening, the girls and I paid a visit to the Illuminations. Last year they did Alice in Wonderland and this year they did the same theme, which was great as last year I took some pictures on my phone which were poor quality and then I broke that phone so didn't have them anymore, however that meant this year I could take my camera with me and take some good quality shots. My favourite illuminations have to be the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Deck of Cards. Also in the park they had a water feature which had water spurt out in time with songs playing nearby and had different colour changes throughout too. It doesn't really take too long to wander round and have a look but I like the sense of community it brings, seeing local people come together to appreciate it.
Have you been to visit the Illuminations? Do you like them? Let me know :)

Monday, 13 October 2014

DISNEY: Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic

Hello lovelies!
The other night I took my Mam to see Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic as an early birthday present for her. I had never been before but I thought it was fantastic! It combined ice-skating and Disney, two of my favourite things, what more could I ask for?! The costumes were gorgeous and it was great to hear the variety of songs from the different films. It brought back so many feelings from my 21st in Disney World. My favourite performances had to be Beauty and the Beast, they even reenacted the death of the Beast and I could feel myself welling up like a saddo haha! Mulan was another fantastic one. I was pleasantly surprised by The Incredibles and Aladdin, they did loads of acrobatic skating which was incredible, I'd love to be able to do that! And of course It's A Small World, which brings back so many DisneyWorld Florida memories, not only from my 21st but old family holidays too. My 5 year old self would have been loving her life ;) For my first time of going I thoroughly enjoyed it and having some mother-daughter time. I would definitely go again! :)

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you are going/have been and what you thought of it :)

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Aviva Formal Dresses

Hello lovelies!
There is nothing I love more than dress shopping, so when the lovely Sarah from got in touch about their brand, I couldn't resist having a look and in doing so created a few collages of my favourite dresses. The ones I chose were mainly bridesmaid dresses and prom dresses, but they also have a whole range of styles from cocktail dresses to evening dresses too.
If it wasn't common knowledge already, green is my favourite colour, closely followed by yellow and when it comes to formal dresses I have to go with floaty as it looks so elegant, so I chose to collage dresses that I felt reflected my style. In the last collage, second dress from the left reminds me of Ariel's dress from The Little Mermaid but in a more formal version haha no idea why, maybe that's just me. Let me know what you think of my choices and if you'd wear them :) Thanks for reading!
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