Friday, 12 December 2014

Festive Favourites

Hello lovelies!
As if it is December already! I'll blink and it'll be Christmas! I've been trying to get my Christmas shopping done asap as I hate leaving these things last minute, however the men in my family are the worst for telling you what they want days before so I still have a few more gifts to get and also write out Christmas cards for friends and family too. I'm getting there slowly but surely. I thought I'd make this post very festive for you all and show you all what I enjoy about this time of year. Enjoy! :)

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!

*This post is in collaboration with TMart, all views expressed in this post are my own.

Friday, 7 November 2014

My Week In Outfits 2014

Fairies In The Garden

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!
Try not to faint, but this outfit doesn't have any Topshop pieces in it...I know, I know! Shocking ;)
A while back when hunting for a cuff for the Charity Ball with Matalan, I stumbled upon this absolutely gorgeous kimono and it was love at first sight. It reminds me of an old dress I had that I named "the Icicle dress" and it was very pale blue with the sleeves the same material as this kimono and with little beaded bits on it. For a while I had been thinking it reminds me of something and it was only until my Mam pointed it out that I made the connection. I think the kimono is absolutely beautiful and has such intricate detailing. I feel very ethereal when I wear this.
Dress: Missguided, Kimono: New Look, Flats: Matalan


Back to normal with the full Topshop outfits here! I was feeling rather inspired by all the talk about festivals that seems to be appearing everywhere I look lately so thought I'd channel my inner festival gal here. It's not something I'd normally wear but I quite like it all together and gives me more styling inspiration when I come to wearing this kimono in a more casual environment. Believe it or not this kimono used to belong to my Mam before I pinched it. It is a really old school Topshop kimono, it even has their old branding tag inside too which I think is a nice touch. I adore the floral print on it and it is so silky soft to wear too. Also another piece I am loving is these shoes! I think they are an amazing dupe for Vans. I got them from Matalan which was a bargain and with added staff discount it was a winner!

 Kimono: Topshop (old), Top & Shorts: Topshop, Tights: Asda, Shoes: Matalan


Although it is probably such a cliche to have this jumper and I'm far from a 'full time fashion blogger' anyway, more like a 'when I can be arsed blogger' ha! I couldn't help myself with purchasing this jumper. I really like the style of this, not normally what I'd wear but I was pleasantly surprised by this. It is ridiculously soft inside and super comfy to wear which will be ideal for the colder months.

Jumper: Asos, Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: Matalan


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 :)

Powered By Firmoo
Glasses: Firmoo*

Also for any of you glasses wearers, here is a funny article from HelloGiggles :)

*This post is in collaboration with Firmoo, all views expressed in this post are my own.

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

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Gothic Fairy | Halloween

 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

Thursday, 16 October 2014

And At Last I See The Lights | Sunderland Illuminations

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 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!

Monday, 6 October 2014

What I Bought In My First Ever Lush Haul

Hello lovelies!
First of all, thank you very much for your ongoing support with this blog, I have reached 220+ followers on here and 140+ on Bloglovin so thank you very much, I really appreciate it so much and hello and welcome to those new followers :)
I have heard so much about Lush and I've been so undecided about purchasing Lush products for ages but I've seen tons of bloggers singing their praises all over the bloggesphere so I thought why not go all out and get a ton of Valentine's Day & Christmas themed products to try and see what the hype is all about. One of the things that I'm always drawn to is seeing how they come out in the bath, being able to see all those colourful swirls and effects the products create in the water, so I can't wait to try these out and share with you the effects they make :)
Heart Throb
Unicorn Horn
Butter Ball
The Melting Snowman
Christmas Eve
Holly Golightly
The Christmas Penguin
Star Light, Star Bright
Snow Angel
Luxury Lush Pud

Have you tried any of these products? 
What do you think of them? Let me know :)

Saturday, 27 September 2014

A New Chapter Of My Life & A Mini Paperchase Haul

Hello lovelies!
Since finishing University in June, this will be my first September where I am not starting a new School/College/Sixth Form/or University year. It is a very strange feeling from being in education from very little and going through it for many years seems so normal and now to eventually be finished I'm very excited about not having to do all that and beginning a new chapter of my life is an awesome feeling. I finally feel more freedom and have spare time to enjoy doing things I haven't done in so long. People say the 'real world' is a scary place but honestly, I have never felt more at ease.
Onto the haul, September is usually the time to be starting a new chapter of School/College/University and I've always enjoyed getting myself prepared for it, there's always one thing I enjoy buying, yes you guessed it! It's stationary! I've been after a few bits and pieces to spruce up my boring desk space and Paperchase is by far my favourite stationary brand due to it's cute, quirky items which so perfectly fit my style so I naturally ventured in and came out with these goodies:
First we have the 'Beside the seaside' scrapbook, which I have bought to finally get round to sticking in the many magazine clippings I have collected over the years inside it as I have a ginormous pile next to my bed that needs a home and now I can get around to doing it.
Second is the patch work, hand-stitched journal. Those are my go-to favourites as I regularly write a diary and I really like these for the amount of paper you get, a comfortable size to carry round with you (if you prefer to do that) and the variety of ones they have are always so pretty and in such a range of colours. I also like the feel of them too. Next up is these ADORABLE turtle push pins! Honestly aren't they the cutest?!! Beats a boring circular, brass coloured pin doesn't it :)These seriously cute pieces I just could not resist buying! The bunny is a hole puncher and the lady bird is a mini stapler. Adorable X 2!Lastly are these postcards which have quotes on them. I chose these mainly for the quotes but I was also drawn in by the colours and the typography too (my inner artyness coming out there!). The idea I have for making use of these is to find some pretty frames for them and have them as decorative pieces around my room as I think they would brighten it up and look cute.

Thanks for reading and let me know below if you like any of these pieces too :)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Diary

Hello lovelies!
As I stated back in my post from the start of the month, August was going to be very busy and it was! I can't believe how fast this month has flew over! I'm looking forward to a much more relaxed September (hopefully!) Here is a quick round up of what I've been upto:

1. A cheeky selfie before food with Charlotte
2. Meal at Italian Kitchen with Charlotte
3. Having a blue slushie and watching the boys play football at the beach
4. Charity ball with friends from work at Hardwick Hall.
5. Pollo Gorgonzola takeaway from Mamma Italia after work, MmmMmm!
6. The gorgeous bride on her wedding day
7. Cookie Monster cocktail at Liberty Browns for Sarah's leaving meal
8. Been practically living in this Ariel jumper

9. An early birthday present: New camera!
10. Jonny's birthday with Kate & Caitie
11. My fave starter from Zizzi, Delicious!
12. Love this art work from a book I rediscovered

13. Mamma Italia takeout for Sunday Dinner. Delicious!
14. Outfit for a new Blog post
15. Birthday flowers off the bf
16. Day at Edinburgh Zoo for my 22nd birthday

17. My new tee! :D
18. Huskies <3
19. Louise's birthday night out with Sarah & Jess
20. Belated birthday meal at Luciano's 

Hope you enjoyed my August round-up! Let me know what you have been upto :) <3

Saturday, 30 August 2014

August Favourites

Hello lovelies!
At the start of the month I had been thinking of new content for my Blog and as August is my favourite month, (being my birthday month) I thought I'd give this 'Favourites' malarky a try! Some of these you may recognise from my big haul I did as I was really impressed with some of those that I bought back then. These are definitely products I'll definitely repurchase.

Can I just note how cute this shell plate is please?!
I got 2 from Matalan and I think they are just the cutest little things. 

BarryM Cosmetics Lipstick in 129 Lavender
After seeing a SunBeamsJess Youtube video where she goes through her lipstick collection, she had a Mac Snob lipstick which I thought was such a pretty colour and would be a good change from my standard pale pinks I use. However I am not a 'Mac Girl' so I decided to hunt around for a dupe or at least one a similar shade and for a small price tag. This lipstick has such a creamy feel on the lips, it doesn't dry them out either and I think the shade looks lovely with sunkissed or tanned skin.
Benefit The Pore Fessional
This one is obviously old news, but I'm new to the party and now I understand why there is such hype over it. I tend to get an unattractive sheen on my nose and chin which I normally use powder on. However I decided to try this out and put it in those 'problem areas' and I've really noticed a difference. It reduces the sheen completely and it feels really soft on my skin. I usually apply it under my foundation, although it does say you can apply it over it too.
Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Spray
I've always heard that Argan Oil is good for hair growth, so I bought this with that idea in mind. I'm still trying to grow my hair as it is not at my goal length yet (not far off now though!). I only spray it on the ends of my hair (dip dyed bits) to help with making it healthier and I think this product has helped with the appearance of it. I have also been told very recently that my hair has grown a lot too. The only thing I would advise with this is to only spray a small amount, I made the mistake when I first used it and my looked SO greasy so be careful to only use little spritz.
Urban Fudge Sea Salt Spray
Another hair care product here. I had been after sea salt spray for ages but I was never sure which one would work so I had bought a few. This one was the best out of the 3 as it really texturised my hair and made it voluminous the way I wanted it to be. It also smells of coconut so it leaves your hair smelling good too.
Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter
My goodness! I could rave so much about this! I normally would not use a highlighter when putting on my makeup but I remember seeing a BeccaRose Youtube video and she mentions a Topshop one, so I originally went into town to get that one but came out with the Benefit one instead and I'm so pleased because it is amazing! It has a creamy feel to it and leaves a lovely dewy glow to your skin which makes my skin look radiant so it gets a big thumbs up from me.
Rimmel London Lipstick in 006 Pink Blush
I am absolutely obsessed with Rimmel lipsticks. Aside from the BarryM one, I think all of my lipsticks are from Rimmel. I normally go for pink shades as I think they suit me better than red or darker shades especially for during the day time. This one is very pale pink so it just gives a little something extra to a natural/daytime makeup face. (It looks dark on my photo but it isn't in real life!)
Blistex MedPlus Lip Balm
I have a really bad problem with dry lips and I've tried all sorts: Burts Bees, Chapstick, Nivea, Babylips, Vaseline, Carmex, you name it, I'll have probably tried it. But this one is by far the best one I have ever used and I use it all the time to the point where I buy them in 3s because I love it that much haha! Although the smell of it is not all sunshine and roses, it really does the job for my lips and moisturises them really well and I use it before applying any lipsticks or even just on it's own and it works wonders.
Benefit Erase Paste
Again, probably another old news products but new for myself and again I can see why people like it so much. I have really bad dark circles under my eyes and I've used Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and Touch Eclat which I think work great too and I use those as well but I have recently started to use Erase Paste and it is fantastic! It completely hides the dark circles and you don't even need to put loads of product on your skin so it lasts for ages. I'm really happy I've tried this.

1) If you have tried any of these and your thoughts
2) What have you been loving in August
Happy reading!

Friday, 29 August 2014

The Panda Dress

Hello lovelies!
As you know I recently visited Edinburgh Zoo for my 22nd birthday, so I thought today I'd do a little outfit post of what I wore. I had found this pretty panda print dress round about the same time as I did that big haul of mine and I thought it was perfect for my 'zoo attire'. I think the print is adorable and the style of it is not usually what I go for but I thought it looked really flattering. I absolutely love Henry Holland's brand, it is one of my all time favourite brands as it always has really cute and quirky prints which are not usually found elsewhere. I teamed it with these pointed flats which I have been living in for months now, I think they look so smart and can really change up a look that you'd normally put round toe flats with. And of course, the genuine fake Mulberry! After my trip to Turkey back in June/July I had been after a small black bag to replace a very well worn Topshop one and found this one at a Sunday Market, the quality of it is really good and it is the ideal size for the things I carry with me for evenings and nights out.

Dress: H by Henry Holland, Pointed Flats: Matalan, Bag: Fake Mulberry from Turkey
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