It's beginning to look a lot like Autumn.

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Homesense Autumn Candle Haul Including DW Home Autumn Orchard, DW Home Apple Cider and The Market Gingered Citron.
I'm embarrassed to say it has been a fair few weeks (possibly months!) since I sat down and wrote a blog post, I've kind of forgotten where to start! This seems to happen to me every year, I almost go into some kind of hibernation in the Summer time then I come out all ready to blog again at the start of Autumn. I hope you can all forgive me if anyone is still here to read my posts! I thought I would start my kind of 'comeback' into blogging with one of my favourite posts to write, an Autumn candle haul!
As soon as my Birthday in July is over, I can't help but think about Autumn! I love the start of a new season and Autumn has always felt so magical and cosy to me. I love to welcome in the Autumn season by stocking up on some new Autumn candles. A year or two ago I spent a small fortune importing some Bath & Body Works Autumn goodies in, I bought soooo many I still have untouched candles to this day. Although I do think they were totally worth the money (but I am a bit mad when it comes to unnecessary spending!) I just can't justify the costs this year with a wedding to pay for. I got myself down to Homesense to pick up a few treats.

I can't believe I have only just got round to trying Homesense candles, with all the hype over the last few years I couldn't help but feel a little giddy on my first Homesense candle spree. The first candle I was drawn to was the DW Home Three Wick Autumn Orchard £7.99. It looks so cosy I was really hoping I would love it and I did! This smells like Christmas in a jar to me, it's very similar to Bath & Body Works Leaves - my all time favourite Autumn/Christmas candle, that I have just ran out of! Autumn Orchard smells spicy and sweet, it reminds me of walking into Hamley's in London at Christmas time. To me it's a mix of sweet cinnamon, spicy clove and vanilla Christmas cookies - Autumn in a jar for only £7.99!
The next candle I loved was the DW Home Two Wick Apple Cider £7.99 I love the Autumn red/burnt orange jar it's so gorgeous. I'm normally a fruity candle kind of person so I love finding a fruity but spicy Autumn scent. I love that this isn't super intense and over powering. When you have a million and one spicy Autumn candles in front of you to try, they can be very overwhelming and maybe a bit over powering. Apple Cider has a subtle warm spicy scent with a hint of fruity apple. I can't wait to try this one.
The last candle I picked up isn't a typical Autumn candle. As I mentioned, it can be a little overwhelming heading into the Autumn candle section, everything started to smell way to strong and spicy to me. I picked up The Market Gingered Citron £6.99 - admittedly I thought it said Gingerbread! This scent is right up my street, I'm obsessed with zesty citrus scents! This smells exactly like the citrus Shake N Vac and I'm kind of obsessed with that smell. This isn't the typical Autumn candle I would normally go for, but I still think this is going to be lovely this time of year. It has a slight ginger hint to it which makes it feel warmer than most fruity citrus candles, making it gorgeous for when the weather gets colder.

I'm so pleased with my little Autumn treats from Homesense and can't wait to pick a few more nearer Christmas time. My home is starting to feel so cosy and festive - I love it!

Have you picked up any Autumn candles this year beauties?

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Summer Holiday Reads | What I've Been Reading

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Summer Holiday Reads | What I've Been Reading
One of my favourite things to do, especially on a Summer holiday is relax by the pool or on the beach and get stuck into a good book. I find it really hard to find the time to read at home - work and everyday life just really gets in the way! Whilst I'm on holiday I can easily get through three or four books. Although I'm not actually going on an abroad Summer holiday this year (Got a wedding to plan!) I still want to find the time to get into some new books. Simon and I have just got back from Brighton, we went for a few days to celebrate my 25th Birthday. We took the week off work and I've really been enjoying having the time to relax in the garden with a book, whilst he works on his motorbike. I want to share with you some of the books I've loved this year and also a couple I want to get through this Summer.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella | Sophie Kinsella has been my favourite author since being an adult. I was introduced to her books by my cousin when she lent me the first Shopaholic book. I absolutely fell in love with this series and it was the first 'mature' book I read whilst in my early teens. I've finally made an effort and got myself in to reading again and I couldn't wait to start reading 'My Not So Perfect Life'. These days everyone looks like they have their shit together and are total 'goals' on Insta. Well sometimes it's not all what it seems. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. It's full of funny and relatable moments and now I'm so eager to buy all of Sophie Kinsella's books!

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland | When Louise first mentioned she was writing her first book, I admit I felt disappointed she fell in to the whole YouTuber book deal craze. I didn't really pay attention for a while when she talked about writing her book until she really explained the story of a single Mum bringing up her little girl. I had never read a book that involved parenthood or 'single- mum-dom' but realised I absolutely loved watching Louise's vlogs and found her so witty and charming, I preordered the book. I really enjoyed Louise's first novel and found it so funny. Wilde Like Me is a great little read and I've preordered the sequel, Wilde About The Girl.

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling | You may know that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and I adore the films and watch them multiply times yearly. One thing you may not know, is that I never read the books when I was younger. Not because I didn't want to, but because for some insane reason, my Mum didn't allow me to. My Mum worried that they were 'witchcraft' and had it in her head the if I read the books I would turn into some crazy devil worshipper! Although she didn't let me read the books when I was younger, a few years back I did persuade her to buy my the DVD box set - although she wasn't best please about it, bless her! So I've took it upon myself to read the books. Although I already know the stories and the ending, the books are still as magical as the films and I'm really enjoying reading them. The one thing I love about the films is how detailed they are, so when I read an extra little nugget of magic in the book that isn't included in the film, it's very exciting! I'm trying to read them all before I read the Cursed Child. I've just started The Half Blood Prince and I'm really enjoying it, there's nothing better than the beginning of a Harry Potter book as you know your in for a gripping magical adventure.

New York Actually by Sarah Morgan | I've always loved Sophie Kinsella, I'm always drawn to her humorous, romantic and a little bit naughty light hearted books. So I was on the hunt for something similar and I discovered Sarah Morgan. Sarah Morgan has a ton of 'chick lit' romance books and I was drawn to 'New York Actually' as I'm obsessed with the film Love Actually. I always love films and books set in New York (and of course Sex & The City!) plus there was a cute little Dalmatian on the cover! I've just started this book and I'm really enjoying it so far. We meet Molly, an agony aunt/author/match maker/blogger (my dream career!) who spends her time helping the public with their relationships, but is afraid to have one of her own. Then Daniel a successful New York City divorce lawyer, who's addicted to his career and has intimacy issues himself. I've only read a few chapters but I'm enjoying it so far. This would be a good little read whilst on holiday sitting by the pool!

Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan | This is another book in Sarah's 'From Manhattan With Love Series' just like New York Actually is. I haven't started this yet, but I already know I'm going to love this and I'm sure I'll be picking up the rest of the series. Sleepless In Manhattan follows the story of Paige, who has the perfect New York apartment, the perfect career and amazing friends. She's the girl who has it all, until she find herself packing up her desk. We see her trying to rebuild her life and she realises she was missing one thing from her perfect world, the perfect love story.

I'm so excited to be getting back into reading and I've really enjoyed the books I've read recently. What better time to get into a good book than on your Summer Holiday!? (maybe snuggled up in Autumn time - eeek I can't wait!)

I'd love to know what you've been reading and if you have any recommendations for me?



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High Street Skincare Haul

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High Street Skincare Haul
I've recently been watching Jade Billington on Youtube and I can't get over how gorgeous her skin is. She has such beautiful clear skin, I needed to find out what she uses! I watched a few of her videos and she mentioned some skincare favourites of hers and immediately I was on the Boots website ordering some goodies. You may know that I've been struggling with my skin for a while now. Since I've got older my skin has got worse. I have moderate acne, scaring and oiliness. I've tried so many different brands of skincare but nothing has really made a difference in my acne. I've tried Origins, Liz Earle, ProActive and many more. I thought I would just give a few high street brands a go.

Chocolate Orange Muffin Recipe

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I've been craving chocolate orange muffins for about a week or so now and couldn't seem to find them anywhere in Tesco, so I thought why don't I bake some! I remember at school they used to have the most delicious chocolate muffins and I was trying to find a recipe similar. I used a recipe from Netmums but tweaked it a little. The recipe is so quick and easy and you get these delicious chocolate orange muffins at the end.

You'll need:
280G of Plain Flour
140G of Caster Sugar
2tsb of Baking Powder
240ml of Milk
2 Eggs
4tsbs of Butter Melted
1/2 a Table Spoon of Vanilla Essence
75 Grams of Chocolate Orange Chunks
1 Orange

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200'C or Gasmark 6. I have a fan oven and preheated it to around 180'c.
2. Whisk all the wet ingredient together. Mix the milk, butter, eggs and vanilla essence. I tweaked this a little by adding in a some juice from one orange, to give the sponge a bit more of a orange flavour! I was a bit worried when I mixed in the butter as I did it whilst it was still hot, I'd suggest waiting until it's cooled down a bit. 
3. Mix in the dry ingredients. The flour, sugar and baking powder. I also added in a zest of an orange to give the muffins more flavour. Don't over work the mixture or make it too smooth.
4. Mix in the orange chocolate chunks!
5. Pour into 12 muffin cases. Or 6 large cases. 
6. Then bake for around 20 minutes.

I found this recipe so easy to follow and the muffins were done before I could even finish the washing up. I really love the orange/vanilla sponge with the orange chocolate it makes them taste so sweet but refreshing at the same time and not too sickly. I did tweak the recipe by adding orange juice and zest and I did find my chocolate sunk a little bit too the bottom on some of the muffins. I'm not sure if this was because I tweaked the recipe or because my chunks were too big. Overall for a first time baking chocolate muffins I found this recipe so simple and the end result delicious!

Have you been baking recently beauties?


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May Beauty Favourites 2018

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May Beauty Favourites 2018 including Clinique, Colourpop & Maybelline
It's been a fair few months since my last favourites post, but this past month I've been using some new products non stop that I absolutely adore. I'm not the kind of person who will just keep churning out favourites post every single month, because honestly I don't switch up my products that often and  I don't want to just give you a rubbish fake favourites post just for the hell of it. I quite like just posting a favourites every few months and show you the beauty products I really have been obsessed with recently.

12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game

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12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game
I for sure have not got my blog photography down (especially the editing side), but one thing I really do enjoy about blog photography is the props! I love adding new little trinkets and additions to photos, they can make all the difference. I want to share with you some of my favourite blog props that can bring your blogging photography game up a level!

Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette

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So it's been a good few weeks since my first Colourpop haul and I've managed to try out some of my new goodies. I only bought one palette and I've been wearing it not stop ever since. Today I want to share with you my Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette.

Base: Matter Of Fact, Crease : Straight Up, Blend: Fortnight
I usually stick to my high end eyeshadow palettes because they're usually amazing quality and so soft and gorgeous to blend. I couldn't help but order a palette though whilst I was making my first Colourpop order, as they are just so gorgeous and also very affordable! The Give It To Me Straight palette is just $16 which works out to just over £11 for 12 shades, which is just insane! I normally expect more affordable eyeshadow palettes to be a bit dry and not really have much colour payoff, but thankfully Colourpop has changed everything!
When I first unboxed the palette I couldn't help but think it was absolutely gorgeous. I'm a sucker for a shimmering warm bronze burgundy shade and this is just what my palette dreams are made off! The warm bronze shades are perfect all year round, at first all I could think about was wearing this in Autumn time with the lovely burnt copper and burgundy's, but of course this is perfect for Spring and Summer too thanks to the warmth! The palette has a great mix of matte and shimmering/foil like shades, I really can't wait to experiment more with the mattes. The colour pay off is amazing, I normally expect high street shadows to be hard work but these are something else! I love blending these shades, because the more you blend the more amazing they look. I was expecting some fall out thanks to the high shimmer, but again was very surprised with the great quality and no fall out! The glitter isn't too chunky, in fact it's more metallic so it's perfect for creating a beautiful multi dimensional look without having full on glitter chunks all over your face. My shadow always stays put and doesn't crease when I wear these shades, it's a perfect all rounder. Although there are some very beautiful stand out burgundy and mauve shades in this palette that are probably more suited to an evening look, this is great for day time too. There are some really lovely warm nudes and light metallics that work really well everyday. I can't really think of an occasion where I wouldn't be able to create a perfect look using this palette.

I'm so impressed with my first Colourpop eyeshadow palette, I really cannot fault the quality!
I'm sure I will be making another Colourpop order soon as I just can't get over how affordable and gorgeous their products are.

What else do I need to try from Colourpop beauties?


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How To Beat Bloggers Block | 15 Blog Post Ideas

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How To Beat Blogger Clock | 15 Blog Post Ideas
When you run a blog it can be difficult to keep churning out high quality, regular content. From time to time you may find yourself in a bit of a blogging rut! I find the best way to try and get of this, is to list as many blog ideas as you can and writing them all down. Here's a list of some of my go to blog post ideas:

1. A favourites post - Grab a few of your most loved things lately and write a post about what you love about them.
2. A haul post - been on a a bit of a shopping spree? Write  post on your new goodies.
3. A review post - Tried out something new recently? Let your readers know about your most recent purchase.
4. What I've been watching - I don't know anyone who doesn't love a good netflix or youtube binge!
5. Shop your stash - Have a look through your makeup collection and bring out some golden oldies.
6. A daily makeup routine - Let us know about your most loved and used daily products.
7. A skincare routine - Tried some lovely new products recently?
8. A life update - Catch your readers up on what's been going on in your life recently.
9. An empties post - What products have you loved that you've used all up?
10. Nails of the week post - What's on your nails this week?
11. What's in your makeup bag - A look at the products in your everyday makeup bag.
12. A Night out look - Your go to evening look.
13.Your holy grail products - Your most loved products that you buy time and time again.
14. High street Vs high end - Your most loved products.
15. A blog post idea post - A list of some of your favourite go to blog post ideas!

I hope this has helped you get of the blogging rut we can all find our self in sometimes. I've really enjoyed this quick little blog post idea and I'd love to do more in future.

How do you beat 'bloggers block' beauties?


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Colourpop Echo Park Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick

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Recently I made my first Colourpop order after years of lusting over so many gorgeous products, I finally got round to ordering some for myself! The first thing I new I needed to try was the Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks, so I made sure I picked up a few - you can read my haul post here. I had high hopes for the satin liquid lippies as satin is my go to formula, thanks to the gorgeous semi matte finish but soft creamy formula - usually! Ever since picking up my first Colourpop goodies I've been wearing Echo Park, non stop!

Colourpop's Echo Park Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick is a warm peachy nude,  I feel like it really is one of those shades that's great for all occasions and all year round. The peachy tone makes it a lovely Spring/Summer shade whilst the warm nude touch to it gets me all excited to wear it this Autumn, I love a warm nude to brighten up your look in the Autumn time. It's nude enough to be able to wear it in the day time but also has that pop of warm peach that makes it gorgeous for an evening look too.
The formula is just incredible. The applicator is just so soft and feels so lovely on the lips and the formula instantly feels creamy but so pigmented! After a couple of minutes the satin formula drys a little, leaving you with a velvety soft finish that looks like matte but it's so much more comfortable. This feels so lovely on the lips and not at all drying in the slightest, that's why I normally go for a satin lip! The staying power is sooooo impressive! The first day I wore this I applied it at 8AM, after talking all day, eating and even brushing my teeth (#invisalignlife), the liquid lipstick still looked gorgeous at 5PM and I'm not telling porkies I swear! I honestly can't fault the look, the finish and the feel of this product. I had high expectations and they were exceeded! I think the only slightly negative thing I could say about this was the fact the cute Colourpop logo has rubbed of since having this lippy in my bag for a few weeks!
Colourpop Echo Park AFTER I had eat far too many burgers and hot dogs!

I'm completely obsessed with Colourpop's Echo Park Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick and I'm dying to try more, I did pick a couple of others that I need to try out, but I've been so drawn to Echo Park! I can't believe the value and the quality, I can honestly say that this Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick is the best (and most affordable!) liquid lipstick I have ever tried, I can't fault it! I can't believe they are just $6.50 (around £4.50!). The gorgeous soft satin finish and the high pigmentation makes the custom charges oh so worth it!

What's your favourite Colourpop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick beauties?



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DIY Lash & Brow Tinting with Colorsport

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I've always thought about going to get my eyebrows and lashes done but never really got round to it. I've always been a bit scared that it would go wrong and I wouldn't like it. The thought of spending a lot of money to maybe end up looking like something from a horror film, was something I just was not really prepared to do. The pressure to have perfect brows and lashes is all too real these days, we spend too much extra time perfecting our brows in the morning - I'd rather have ten more minutes in bed! So when Colorsport got in contact asking me to try out their 30 Day Mascara Dye30 Day Brow Tint Kits, I was on board!

 Before                                                                                                                                                  After
As I said I have never got my brows done before I've been too scared I would hate them, but I also would love to shave of some of my precious time in the mornings from my makeup routine. Colorsport's 30 Day Brow Tint promises minimum effort and maximum impact! Of course the thought of having to dye my own brows was a bit nerve racking, I've never done this before - but I was so eager to not have to worry about filling them in every single morning, I couldn't wait to give it a go. I followed the instructions and re watched the tutorials over and over again on the website. The application was very quick and easy. All you need to do is mix up the formula and brush it through your brows with the applicator and wait 2 minutes to wash it off - so simple! My brows are near enough black, so to be honest with you I wasn't sure if the Dark Brown dye was really going to effect my brows at all. Once I removed the dye, I was so thankful the dye wasn't completely over board and bold! My brows looked natural but neater and more defined. The dye has filled in my brows, they no longer have an ashy grey shade to them, they look refreshed and ready to go! The dye didn't make a dramatic change to my brows because they were very dark anyway, but I do feel comfortable enough to go out without filling them in now! Once I had put my makeup on, I looked at my brows and for once, I felt like they just didn't need to be filled in. The dye lasts for around 30 days and the kit costs just £6 from Boots at the moment (normally £8.25). You get enough for up to 16 applications, which makes this mind-blowing value for money! £6 for over a year of perfect brows!
Of course I tried the Colorsport 30 Day Lash Tint in Black a the same time. Again the application was very quick and easy. I watched the tutorial on the website and began the process myself. For this one all you do is apply the solution with a cotton bud onto the lashes and wait for 1 minute, then brush on the colour gel with the brush provided and leave on for a minute, then wash off. The whole process takes around 5 minutes! I love bold dark lashes and I spend so much time applying mascara in the morning to my non existent lashes, I was very excited about this product. Once the process was finished, my lashes looked immediately darker and more defined. I feel so much more comfortable now wearing no makeup, I feel like my lashes still look pretty even without mascara. The dye has really helped frame my eyes and and also make my eyes look a lot brighter and healthier as my lashes are now darker. The dye lasts until your lashes fall out and are replaced by new ones. So again this is incredible value for money, just £6 (normally £8.25) from Boots for around 12 applications! I still love to apply mascara when I go out, because I just love longer and fuller lashes, but this dye has definitely improved the appearance of my lashes and eyes when I'm not wearing makeup. Every girl wants to feel beautiful without applying makeup don't they?

I'm so happy I no longer feel the need to fill in my brows every single morning, they look defined and ready to go. I also feel so much more confident with my natural lashes. You can pick up the Colorsport Lash & Brow kits from Boots for just £6 until the 10th of April (£8.25 normally).

Have you tried at home tinting yet beauties?



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My Cosy Home Day Essentials

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There's not a lot of things in life where I could proudly blow my own trumpet and say, yeah - I'm awesome at that! But the one thing I know I do right is a cosy home day! Life can be so busy and fast pased these days, it can be hard to find time to wind down and relax. It's so important to make the time to chill out and just have a cosy home day. I'm going to share with you my essentials for the perfect cosy home day.

The scene
You need to start of by setting the most relaxing and cosy scene. For me this usually involves my bed or the sofa with the cosiest blanket and my pyjamas/dressing gown. Simon and I both have a cream soft blanket from Tesco. I think they were only £10 each and they're so huge and so soft, they've even stayed super snuggly after being washed a zillion times. I love to have clean and tidy surroundings, otherwise I just can't relax. There's nothing better than chilling out in a nice and tidy house. I like to have everything smelling delicious and this normally involves burning a couple of candles. At the moment I'm trying to bring Spring in to my home so I've been burning my Yankee Candle in Pink Dragon Fruit, it's a lovely sweet fruity scent. In the colder months I love Bath & Body Works Leaves & The White Company's Winter candle. The new little essential that has made it's way into my cosy scene are my two adorable little kittens. Currently right now they are snuggled up on my arm whilst typing. They refuse to let me have five minutes without them, especially if I'm in my pyjamas with a fluffy blanket they can get all cosy in! As much as they can be annoying and get in the way, I just can't get enough of them and absolutely love that they feel like they have to be on me 24/7. They're cute, warm and fluffy - I think everyone needs a couple of kittens to make their cosy home day!

The chill time
So you're in your best pyjamas and have your favourite candles burning, now what do I do I hear you asking. Whatever you want to do! My favourite thing to do when I don't want to do anything productive is watch a boxset or a film! At the moment every spare moment I get I'm watching The Sex & The City boxset. I've watched it at least 3 or four times but I just think it's such a good binge worthy boxset I always go back to it. Another great cosy home day boxset is Gilmore Girls - I like to save this for Autumn time though! I've been trying to read more lately as I love just having a couple of hours getting lost in some love story or made up world. I've just finished reading Louise Pentland's Wild Like Me and it's such a cosy little read, you can definitely see Louise's sense of humour in this book! Of course I have a Harry Potter book on the go at the moment too, so I cannot wait to get back into the magical world of Hogwarts! Another amazing way to relax and unwind is of course taking the time to have a self indulgent bubble bath. I'm talking candles, all the LUSH products and maybe even getting the razor out! Again once I spend time relaxing I love to be watching a good boxset or catching up with my favourite YouTubers and TV shows. I love to bring the iPad in to watch vlogs in the bath!

The food
Every cosy home day must involve some of your favourite naughty little treats! I like to start a cosy home day with a my favourite go to breakfast - a bacon baguette! Most days I don't normally have time to make a delicious cooked breakfast (thank good because I'm sure that wouldn't be good for my waste line!). So usually on a Sunday I like to get a fresh baguette and have a delicious bacon baguette with ketchup and a coffee whilst again, I watch YouTube! Usually Simon & like to watch Louise Pentland's weekly vlogs on a Sunday morning with a bacon sarnie! Now as much as I would love to, you shouldn't really just eat a ton of crap all day long so I like to think I'm being super healthy by having a jacket potato and salad for lunch times usually. Then onto dinner time, now the ultimate cosy home day dinner for me is a home cooked roast dinner! I just can't get enough of the Yorkshires and the stuffing and roast potatoes with all the gravy! I'm the one who has to actually spend the two hours making the roast dinner, so if I'm having a really chilled out day, the next best option is of course a takeaway! Who doesn't want to slob around all day then order their favourite pizza to come to their door - perfect!

I love spending time in my home being super cosy and doing all my favourite things with Simon and the kittens, or if I'm feeling extra sociable my friends! It's so important to let yourself have a day or just a few hours in the afternoon to chill out and have some me time, so you'r ready to conquer the world again tomorrow!
I'm now going to make myself that healthy jacket potato and salad (to counter act that big fat Toby Carvery I had last night and the pizza I'm thinking about ordering tonight!) and snuggle up with my kittens, whilst I relax and maybe read a book this afternoon!

I'd love to know what your cosy home day essentials are beauties?



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My First Colourpop Haul!

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My First Colourpop Haul
Last month I made my first Colourpop order after a year or two of obsessing over everyone else's hauls, I finally bit the bullet and made my first wonder over to the Colourpop website. I have no idea why it took me so long as I've always thought their products looked absolutely gorgeous and are super affordable (once you come to terms with the import charges!). I knew I needed to try their liquid lipsticks and I couldn't just stick to one or two, I wanted to try a few different formulas. I also couldn't resist a cheeky little palette and a couple of lip liners to go with my new lippies.

The first type of liquid lipstick I knew I needed to try were the Ultra Satin Lips. I love a satin formula it's so comfortable to wear but gives a gorgeous soft matte finish. I haven't tried these on the lips yet, but whilst swatching on my hand in my unboxing video, the formula felt so creamy and comfortable with insane pigmentation! I picked up:
Echo Park | A warm peach nude - it looks lot darker once swatched on my pale skin than in photos online, I can't wait to see how it looks on.
Dopey | A warm purple mauve - perfect for Autumn!
ILUVSARAHII 951 | A warm nude brown - I love this on the website, but I'm a bit nervous to try this myself as I don't tend to go for darker browns like this, but I'm also very excited!

My First Colourpop Haul Swatches
Left - Right | Beeper Liner & Lipstick, 951 Liner & Lipstick, Dopey Liner & Lipstick, Echo Park & Fairy Floss
I also picked up an Ultra Glossy Lip in Fairy Floss. I thought this would be the perfect everyday lip gloss that will look gorgeous for everyday wear. It's a pretty nude peach shade that will be great coming into Spring and Summer. I did actually wear this last week and my friend complimented the formula saying my lips look full and pretty!

I also wanted to try an Ultra Matte Lip. I only picked up one because I was a bit nervous about the matte formula and the chances of this being uncomfortable and drying. I chose Beeper, a warm brown similar to 951 but with a taupe hint to it. The formula is very thin but super high pigmented. I've only swatched this on my hand as yet, but it does look gorgeous on first application and I can already tell the staying power is insane as it won't scrub of my hand! It will be interesting to see how this holds out in everyday life.

I also bought a few of Colourpop's Lippie Pencil's to go with my new liquid lipsticks. The liners feel super creamy to apply and of course they're very pigmented, I cannot wait to see if they have the staying power. I chose three Lippie Pencils:
Dopey | It's described as a warm mauve just like the matching Satin Lip, but in fact I think it's a lot lighter. To me it's more like a purple with a hint of pink.
ILUVSARAHII 951 | This is described as being a little darker than the 951 Satin Lip to compliment the shade, but again I think this is actually a shade or two lighter. 
Beeper | A warm brown shade lighter than the Matte Lip.
I usually prefer my lip liner to be darker than the shade I'm wearing, so to be honest with you I am a little bit disappointed that I've found all of the liners to be lighter than their matching liquid lipstick. I would have thought they'd be at least the same shade, if not slightly darker. This doesn't mean I'm disappointed in the actual product though, I will still try them with their pairs and see how they look on the lips and I can always use them with other lippys!

My First Colourpop Haul Give It To Me Straight Palette
The last thing I bought was the Give It To Me Straight eyeshadow palette. I couldn't resist the gorgeous warm burgundy and copper shimmers. I know I have so many palettes like this but it's just so beautiful and so affordable at $16! On first impressions the shades are so gorgeous and there's a lovely mix of metallics and mattes. The formulas are lovely and soft and high pigmented to swatch but of course I will do a full review once I have tried the palette. At the moment the shads I'm most excited to try are:
Fortnight | A metallic rose burgundy.
Candid | A metallic warm copper.
Straight Up | A metallic warm golden nude.

I absolutely love the look of all my new Colourpop goodies and I can't wait to try them. Of course I'm sure I will be back with some full reviews for you. The products that stand out to me right now are the Ultra Satin Lips in Echo Park & 951, the Ultra Glossy Lip in Fairy Floss and of course the give It To Me Straight Eyeshaodw Palette!

Have you tried anything from Colourpop yet beauties? Do you have any recommendations for me?



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Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect

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Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick Review

The last time I did a lipstick review was in November, so it's about time I share with you the lipstick I've been loving lately. I've been wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick non stop recently! I bought this a while back but have just fell in love with it all over again. It's the perfect lipstick to bring in Spring with.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick Review
Even though I bought this two years ago (I probably should have chucked this by now due to the 'use by dates' eeek!), I've been wearing this non stop for the past month or so and I just can't get enough. It's a lovely peachy pink shade that's so easy to wear. It's kind of like a your lips but better shade. I've been wearing this for all occasions, meeting friends, working and even just around the house! Bitch Perfect is part of Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G range meaning it's super comfortable to wear. This range is pact full of hydrating ingredients to ensure your lips look and feel cashmere soft and oh so kissable! It even protects your lips from UV damage! I love the formula of Bitch Perfect, it glides on so smoothly and creamy but it's not at all sticky. Bitch Perfect feels so lovely on the lips, almost like a lip balm making it such an easy go to lippy. Although the formula is lovely and moisturising, it does still last! Now I do apply again after I've eat food but that's to be expected right? Despite the creamy formula, the shade does look good five or six hours later. My lips feel and look fuller and plumper. I've been pairing this with the MAC Whirl lip liner lately to add a little bit of dimension, it's slightly darker but has a really nice orangey/spicy shade to it, that compliments the peachy tones in Bitch Perfect so well. I think this is going to look gorgeous coming in to the Spring and the Summer months. I definitely want to add some more lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G range to my collection.

Have you tried Bitch Perfect beauties? What else do I need to try from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range?

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February Favourites 2018

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February Favourites including MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Palette, Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara and Charlotte Tilbury's Bitch Perfect Lipstick
It has literally been 11 months since I last posted a monthly favourites. How is that possible! Monthly favourites were one of the posts that I used to love writing when I first started my blog, so I definitely want to do more this year. Now I'm not saying I'm going to do every month, but I will definitely be doing more than last year! The reason I haven't really been doing them is because I just feel like I've talked about all of my makeup! I use the same kind of products most days and only switch up a couple of things, so I just thought they would be kind of boring for you! Well I've decided to post a monthly faves anyway!

February Favourites including MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural & NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Last month I switched up my daily base routine a little bit. Normally I would stick to my much loved Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation and Stay Matte Powder. This month I've gone a bit more high end - ooooh fancy! I've been using my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation as my everyday foundation and using my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to set my makeup. I received a MAC gift card for Christmas so I stocked up with a new Mineralize Skinfinish, as I had hit pan previously. I love this powder so much it's so silky and leaves my skin looking so healthy and clear. I'm a sucker for a setting powder, I just can't finish my makeup without setting it! As much as I love my trusty Stay Matte, it can leave me feeling like my face looks a bit dry! MAC Mineralise Skinfinish leaves you with a natural satin finish, I think I'm going to be using this more often!
As I was using the Mineralize Skinfinish more often, I felt like it was only fitting to pair it with a high end foundation. Normally I save NARS Sheer Glow for special occasions, but I found myself just not using it enough. I've reached for this much more often recently and I've fallen back in love with Sheer Glow. It's such a gorgeous foundation for a healthy flawless finish. I love how buildable this foundation is, it's perfect for all skin types. You can use a little on a good skin day to give you that healthy glow or you can build it up to create a more flawless finish. I haven't had a good skin day in years, so I definitely find myself building this foundation up - a little does go a long way though. My skin looks so much more healthy and hydrated - I don't know why I stopped using this! Do you ever just love a product so much you save it for a "special occasion", well I've decided I'm going to stop doing that. If I love something, I'm going to use it as much as I can from now on.

February Favourites including Urban Decay Naked Palette, Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara and Charlotte Tilbury's Bitch Perfect Lipstick
The eye shadows I've been reaching for lately have come from my beloved Urban Decay Naked Palette. The original Naked palette is by far my favourite. Last month I had been drawn to Sin & Virgin for my base shades. Virgin is a barely there pink/nude whilst Sin is a shimmering pale pink. I've been mixing these two to create my base and applying Toasted in my crease. Toasted creates a gorgeous soft shimmering brown look with a hint of copper and pink. I've also been adding Hustle to add a bit of depth. The shades in the original Naked palette are right up my street, they're shimmering bronzey perfection! Of course the quality is amazing, the shades are so soft and easy to blend -  everyone needs a Naked palette in their collection!
Last month I tried a new mascara! Maybelline sent me their newest mascara, Total Temptation and of course I couldn't wait to try it out. Maybelline do some amazing mascaras, so I definitely had high hopes. I usually stick with Lash Sensational to give me longer fuller lashes, but I think I've found my new holy grail! Total Temptation gives the same gorgeous lashes like Lash Sensational, but so effortlessly! Total Temptation is enriched with coconut extract to leave your lashes feeling conditioned and so soft, it makes my lashes feel so soft and light - gone are the heavy weighted eyes! I have wrote a more in depth review and you can also see this mascara in action here beauties!
The last product on my February Favourites is my most loved lipstick from last month, Charlotte Tilbury's Bitch Perfect. Since wearing Invisalign, I've had to shy away from the deeper shades as it just gets all over my teeth and looks horrendous! Bitch Perfect has been my saviour! It's a pretty peachy nude shade that's perfect for everyday. It's like a your lips but better kind of shade. It's part of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range so it feels so nourishing on the lips, it makes my lips feel so soft and I must so they do look very kissable - if I do say so myself! If you're looking for a gorgeous comfortable lipstick for all occasions, Bitch Perfect is definitely worth looking at.

I hope you've enjoyed my first favourites back after a long old time without one! I'd love to know if you have tried any of my February Favourites beauties?
 What have you been loving recently?


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Maybelline Total Temptation

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Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara & Total Temptation Brow Definer

It's always an exciting day when you get a Maybelline package through the post, but when it contains their newest mascara I can't help but squeal with excitement. I rarely stray from a Maybelline mascara because they're just THAT good, so I'm very thankful that Maybelline have sent me their newest Total Temptation Mascara and Brow Definer.

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara & Total Temptation Brow Definer
I always have big expectations when Maybelline come out with a new mascara because they never usually dissapoint. The last new mascara I tried was the L'Oréal Paradise mascara and I really loved it, so I was secretly hoping Mabellline would come out with an alternative. I'm always up for full long lashes but I must admit, some mascaras can leave your lashes feeling a bit hard and stiff - so you really have to scrub to get the mascara off, which can be very harsh on your eyes! Total Temptation delivers gorgeous thick, long lashes whilst still feeling so soft to the touch! Total Temptation is enriched with coconut extract to soften the lashes - my lashes feel so soft and conditioned, whilst still looking full and thick! I've been loving the smell of this mascara it has a lovely coconut and vanilla scent, it's so much better than that synthetic chemical smell some mascaras have! I'm usually a lash sensational girl but I have to say, I think I'll be stocking up on this one from now on. I love the brush, the bristles are soft and full making sure they grab every lash. Total Temptation makes it so easy to get full, thick lashes whilst still being so comfortable - this is definitely going to be a staple in my make up bag from now on!
One product that I don't usually test out a lot are brow pencils. Once I find one I like, I usually stick with it for a long time. Never the less, I was still intrigued by the new Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer. The definer ticked the most important box for me at first impressions - it has a brush! I can't stand when a brow product doesn't come with a brush, I like to brush my brows before and after applying to blend in the product and neaten up my brows. The brush is a fluffy teardrop shape that I hadn't tried before. I'm not sure what the benefits of this shape are compared to a normal brush, but it does do the job. The brush is also very soft which is very nice, there's nothing worse than a hard brush that is almost painful on the brows or rips your brows out! The pencil itself is much like the Benefit Goof Proof. It has the same angled shape. I like to use the tip of the definer for the narrow parts of the brow like the tail of your brow and the angle base of the pencil to fill in my brow. The formula is so creamy and so easy to use compared to Benefit's Goof Proof that feels much rougher on the skin. This pencil is perfect for creating full but natural looking brows, it's a perfect everyday pencil - with a brush woohooo!!


Thick, full lashes no longer come with the heavy weighted eyes, you can now have full beautiful lashes that feel light and soft to the touch thanks to the Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.

Have you tried anything from Maybelline's new Total Temptation range yet beauties?


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WE GOT ENGAGED!

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This year Valentine's Day was extra special for me, Simon popped the question! He asked me to marry him and I said yes. Ever since we've been living in a dream land and loving every minute of it. It's been so exciting telling our friends and family and sharing the story of how it happened and showing off my beautiful ring! I thought I would share the story on my blog for you guys too. I knew a proposal was on the cards for the past couple of months, but he still did amazing at surprising me. First let's get onto the lead up of the proposal...

The times I thought it was going to happen...
So you may remember over a year ago we booked a trip to Disneyland Paris for Christmas 2017. Now, in my head I booked this thinking I was going to get proposed to at Disneyland. I thought Simon would be silly not to surely? Simon and I had talked about getting married for a year or too now, so it wasn't a question of if, just when? All the way leading up to Disneyland Paris, I had been silly enough to tell my friends that I'm probably going to get proposed to at Disneyland and we were all so excited. A couple of weeks leading up to Disneyland I got the inkling Simon hadn't bought a ring yet. I was showing him rings I like and he asked me to send him the link to the one I wanted - alarm bells rang, he should have my ring by now!! So the chances of getting proposed to at Disneyland were very slim. Although I didn't think it was going to happen any more, when we got to Disneyland I couldn't help but wonder. There were a couple of times he gave me the impression it may just happen!
When we first walked into Disneyland it was absolutely magical. It was so Christmassy and so beautiful. As we were leading up to the cutest princess gazebo and the huge magical Christmas tree, Simon grabbed my hand and said let's go up here. This was it, this is the moment I'm getting proposed to! In my head this was the kind of proposal I was expecting, Disneyland at Christmas time in the cute princess gazebo... it didn't happen. Then we were walking through the park and Simon saw a statue of Mickey and Minnie, and he goes "look it's me proposing to you". For that moment I was thinking OMG, he's let it slip, he is going to propose to me at Disneyland! The next day we were in line for a ride and I tried to put my hand in his pocket to keep it warm, normally he would let me. not this time, he said "No the important things are in that pocket". He had never done this before, immediately I was thinking MY RING IS IN HIS POCKET!! I was buzzing on the inside, he's going to propose to me at Disneyland! Maybe tonight whilst we watch the fireworks, how cute! So a few days in and no proposal, I was starting to get back to the idea of it's not going to happen - it didn't. On the last day Simon bought me a beautiful glass Beauty & The Beast rose ornament that we'd been looking at all week. He said "Now I've bought you this, I feel complete and ready to go home" - I bloody didn't, where was my proposal!? I then had to go home and explain to all my friends who were expecting me to come back as an engaged woman, that it didn't happen (my fault I know!).
I was quietly pissed of that it didn't happen at Disneyland haha! Christmas was just around the corner and all of my friends were convinced it was going to happen - I was not. I was not letting myself get my hopes up again... until Simon had a delivery come through the door. The crazy person in me couldn't help but search the sender on the box, it was a jewellery site! Immediately I was buzzing thinking this is my engagement ring, he's going to do it at Christmas - how magical! Then I searched the site, they did everything but Engagement rings. Christmas morning came around and I didn't think it would happen, but a teeny tiny part of me was kind of looking out for it. 
So Christmas had passed and I was done expecting an engagement any time soon, he'll do it in his own time. We bought kittens in the new year and they are the cutest things ever. I went to go and see my Dad and was telling him all about my new babies. Out of know where he said "Are you two engaged now?". Ummm no we just have kitten babies! He then told me that Simon had come and asked his permission that day! He definitely shouldn't have been telling me this. A week or so later Simon had another delivery, this time a special delivery! Again the crazy in me had to search the sender, it was the site I sent him with my ring eeeeekkkk!!! It was my engagement ring!! Granted, I knew way too much at this point.

The time it actually happened...
So I had stopped wondering when it was going to happen by this point because it feels really sucky if you get it wrong. I was thinking it will probably be before the Summer, maybe our anniversary in March? It was Valentine's Day, all of my friends were saying oooh it's going to happen. Simon hadn't even wished me Happy Valentine's Day yet. I honestly didn't even in the tiniest way, think it was going to happen on Valentine's Day. My hair was greasy, my nails weren't done, I'd been at work all day - this isn't the day I'm going to get engaged. Simon picked me up from work and I made him take my friend home and then asked if we could go to Tesco to get a baguette, you know just the normal everyday life things. We got home and I took my coat off and walked into the bedroom and it was the cutest thing! There were little heart fairy lights around our bed, red glittery love heart candles and a Beauty & The Beast rose on the bed. It was so sweet and so cute. He asked me to pick up the Beauty & The Beast rose and open the little draw. This was the moment, my ring is going to be in the draw!!!  I opened the draw and the rose lit up and it started to play the Beauty & The Beast music and a little fake Beauty & The Beast ring was in the draw... is he taking the piss!? I actually asked him are you taking the piss, when he asked me if it fits hahaha! He then told me to close my eyes, when I opened them and he was down on one knee and it was actually happening. The Beauty & The Beast music was playing, the candles were burning and the fairy lights were shining. It was so cute and so romantic, he'd really thought about it. I was so surprised it was actually happening I can't even remember saying yes, but I know there's a gorgeous diamond on my finger now! 

I've been living in a little love bubble ever since. I'd been hoping for it for so long and really on the case about when it was going to happen. I thought I would know exactly when he was going to do it, but I didn't - he totally surprised me! I'm so glad it wasn't in Disneyland now. Our engagement was so sweet and thoughtful and personal to us, I wouldn't change anything. We celebrated by ordering pizza, drinking prosecco and snuggling up and watching Valentine's Day - it was completely magical.

I can't quite believe I'm actually engaged to the most amazing man. I'm wearing the most beautiful ring and I can't stop staring at it. Soppy I know, but I love him more than anything and I can't thank him enough for making the moment so magical and thoughtful.


I now need to plan a weeding and have no idea where to start eeek! If you have any tips for a newly engaged couple, please leave them below beauties.





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Origins Refreshing GinZing Scrub Cleanser

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Origins Refreshing GinZing Scrub Cleanser Review
By now you all know I can't get enough of the GinZing range from Origins. I wouldn't be able to count on one hand how many pots of the GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturisers I've gone through, so I can't quite believe it's took me this long to try the Refreshing GinZing Scrub Cleanser!
It was love at first application with the GinZing moisturiser, I just couldn't get enough of the refreshing zesty scent and lightweight feel. Still to this day I use my GinZing moisturiser religiously. Over the Christmas period I treated myself to some new skincare and finally got my hands on the Origins Refreshing GinZing Scrub Cleanser!

To be honest I was a little put off before by the whole scrub part. Every time I've used a scrub cleanser I've always found them to leave my skin very dry! I thought I would try this finally, as I'm a little bit obsessed with the rest of the range, it was on sale after all! Just like the moisturiser, I fell in love with this cleanser from first application. The cleanser has the same gorgeous juicy orange scent, it's so delicious it makes me want to eat it! This is the perfect range for a refreshing morning cleanse. When I first used this, I literally came out of the shower and told Simon I felt like a new woman and urged him to try it hahaha! The process of cleansing your face with this gorgeous scrub is so delightful. It's super creamy and moisturising and creates a lovely moisturising lather that feels so soothing and luxurious on the skin. The little beads in this buff away at your skin and leave it oh so smooth, honestly my face has never felt so smooth and revitalised! The GinZing scrub is packed full of natural Jojoba and Carnaubu wax to gently exfoliate and unclog pores, my skin feels so clean and fresh every time I use this. If you're like me and usually a bit scared of the scrub cleansers, especially for everyday then you need to try this. It's gentle and soothing so can be enjoyed every day, but also very effective and exfoliating. The Origins Refreshing GinZing Scrub Cleanser reveals a brighter and smoother complexion - it's a miracle in a bottle! My skin feels so soft and rejuvenated, I look forward to using this everyday now, I will definitely need to by a back up soon. I think I've found myself a new cleanser staple that I can't be without!

Have you tried anything form the Origins GinZing range beauties?





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