Design.ME Hold.ME Three Ways Hairspray


Design.ME Hold.ME Three Ways Hairspray
I'm someone who is normally useless with hair, I either have my hair in a scruffy up do or I straighten it - that's as much effort as I usually put in. I would love to have gorgeous waves and curls everyday but they just drop out of my hair as it's long and thick and I normally just grab the most affordable hairspray available (that usually has a very strong granny scent!). So when Sparkle PR asked if they could send me some products of course I was up for trying the Design.ME Hold.Me Three Ways Hairspray.

Design.Me Hold.Me Three Ways is the perfect hairspray for all occasions. It's a unique adjustable hairspray that gives you the option for a light, medium or high hold. Having the choice is just a lifesaver. If you're like me and you normally just go for a straight look or you just want to keep your natural waves in place, the light option is perfect. Of course there are going to be times where you want a stronger hold (especially with all the Christmas and New Years parties coming up) and you can use the same hairspray for a party look too!
First off, I love the packing how cute is the baby pink!? It has a lovely soft feel to the bottle too, that makes the bottle so lovely to hold and use. The adjustable nozzle at the top is super easy to use all you need to do is switch the nozzle to your desired finish. I first tried the light hold on an everyday straight hair look. The hairspray itself is lovely and soft and has a light fragrance that isn't overpowering like many other sprays on the market! The hairspray made my hair feel soft and shiny and kept my hair straight and smooth all day long. I love that you have the lighter option, so your hair still has the natural movement in it, whilst keeping the flyaways at bay!
I decided to try the medium hold when I lightly curled my hair to go wedding dress shopping. Of course on my big day I'm going to step away from the straight hair, I would love some soft curls and I wanted to see what the dresses would look like whilst I had my hair done this way. I switched to the medium hold, to keep my curls in place. Again this keeps your hair lovely and smooth, but it also helps add a bit of volume and lift to your hair which was perfect for my soft curly look. This was the perfect day to try out what this hairspray could really do, as it was pretty much stormy in the UK! My hair had to battle the wind and spitting rain whilst we found the bridal shop from the carpark! Normally I would look like a drowned rat within 2 seconds of being out in that kind of weather, but honestly my hair still had it's loose curls in. I'm so happy I used this hairspray, as I managed to try on wedding dresses with a cute hairstyle, rather than a wet frizzy look.
I haven't got round to trying the high hold yet as it's more for up do's and tight curls, which is a rarity for me, but I have no doubt this would do the job. The Hold.ME Three Ways Hairspray also offers UV protection to help decrease sun damage on your gorgeous locks. I love how smooth this feels on my hair, there's not a crispy or crunchy hair in sight!

I love that this has made me put more effort into my hair and create some cute curled looks and also perfect my high ponytail. This really is THE perfect all rounder for any kind of hair style and for any occasion, wether you're just wanting to tame your baby hairs or wether you're getting ready on your wedding day and needing to hold those tight curls all day long. Not to mention how cute this looks on your dressing table!

I'm so impressed with the Design.ME Hold.ME Three Ways Hairspray and love that it's made me take more pride into my hair, I really want to try more products from them too. I have my eyes on the Puff.Me Volumising Powder Mist and the Fab.ME Hair Moisturising Mist.

Have your tried anything from Design.ME beauties?

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Yankee Candle 12 Christmas Memories Votive Collection | Candle Of The Month


Yankee Candle 12 Christmas Memories Votive Collection
With less than a week left until Christmas, I wanted to share with you the little festive candle set that has seen me right through December! Recently I went shopping with Jazz and we spent over an hour in the Yankee Candle shop! (you can see this vlog on my YouTube channel). They had so many delicious Christmas scents we just couldn't make up our mind, until I found the Yankee Candle 12 Votive Christmas Memories Gift Set. 

We went into Yankee Candle to pick up some gifts for Christmas, as well as a little treat for ourselves. We loved this little votive gift set so much we both bought one and I bought one as a gift for someone too. This is the perfect set for the festive period as you have 12 gorgeous festive votives at such an affordable price. I managed to pick this up in the sale for around £10.50, that's just under 90p per votive! Unfortunately I can't find it on the Yankee website at the moment but I have found it on Candles Direct for under £15. Each votive lasts up to 15 hours. I like to use these 2 or 3 times for a few hours a day before switching out the fragrance. I love using votives as you get to try so many more different scents, without wasting a large candle. If you're like me and like to celebrate early, you only have a couple months where you can really utilise your Christmas scents. Getting a few votives or a gift set is the perfect way to do festive candles! This is the one Christmas set I actually adore all the scents!

Cherries On Snow | Sweet fruity cherry
Red Berry Cedar | Red currants and warm cedar wood
Christmas Thyme | Citrus lemongrass
Candy Cane Lane | Sweet mint with a touch of warm cookies and vanilla icing
White Christmas | Woodsy evergreens with a warm sweet hint
Balsam Cedar | Aromatic cedar wood and juniper berry
Bubbly Pomegranate | a mix of delicious juicy berries and citrus
Christmas Eve | A warm hearth, sugared plums and candied fruits
Red Apple Wreath | Sweet apples, cinnamon, walnuts and maple
Christmas Cookie | Warm rich vanilla sugar cookies
Christmas Memories | Festive warm sweet spice 
Holiday Lights | Feminine jasmine and praline

My favourite scents are Cherries On Snow, Red Berry Cedar, Candy Cane Lane, Bubbly Pomegranate and Christmas Thyme.

If you can get your hands on this set then I'd highly recommend picking it up as all of the scents are delicious and perfect for this time of year, but not too spicy and festive that they can't be used after Christmas.

What's your favourite candle scent this month beauties?

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The Acne Diaries | Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask


Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask
If you watch my YouTube videos or you've read any of my other skincare blog posts, you'll know I definitely struggle with my skin. Ever since I've been an adult I've had the worst skin and so much acne and scarring. I've tried soooo many different brands of skincare from high street to high end and if I'm being completely and truly honest, nothing has helped. I honestly don't know why my skin is so horrendous, my diet isn't that bad - it's not perfect, but it's not as if I sit around eating pizza all day long. I always use nice skincare, I drink tons of water, I NEVER go to sleep with my makeup on and I wash my make up brushes regularly. I've honestly lost hope in ever having nice clear skin which is so sad, as I'm probably going to be worrying about my skin on my wedding day. I would love to actually go to a dermatologist, but I just can't afford that whilst planning a wedding and saving for a house! So all I can do is try out different skincare at home. My skin is probably the thing I'm most conscious about, so it's taken a lot to actually post up close and personal photos of my skin. I just think I need to actually track my skin and if any of the products I try actually work! So I think I'm going to start a new little series on my blog of before and after photo's after using new skincare products.

I've always used different skincare regimes like Proactive, Liz Earle, Clinique, Origins, La Roche Posay and so many others, but honestly I've never really seen a difference. I decided to try something different and saw the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask. The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask uses LED light therapy used by dermatologist to treat acne. Now I don't know about the science of how this works, but I was willing to try something that dermatologists have been using for years, at home for a fraction of the price! You're supposed to wear this daily for just ten minutes and you should start seeing results after a week, but are recommended to use this for about 12 weeks to really notice a difference. The mask comes with a little activator that allows 30 uses. So once you've used all 30 uses, you have to then go and buy a new activator. Which seems a bit cheeky to me as essentially, this is just a remote to turn the lights on - but we'll get on to that later!
When I first used this I was expecting to feel something, but as it is just LED lights you really don't feel a thing on your skin at all. I love that it's chemical free as you know you're not putting anything on your skin that may irritate it. I actually really enjoyed wearing this for ten minutes out of my day. I found it easy to use and easy to wear (Simon found it very amusing as it does make you look like a storm trooper!). I usually just wear this as I'm watching YouTube. You can even use this multiple times a day but I decided I would wear this once a day as suggested.
Although I found the mask easy to wear and fit into my routine, I did notice the lights irritated my eyes whilst using it in the dark sometimes. I feel like they could have made more of an effort protecting your eyes, but this hasn't stopped me using this at all. I didn't notice a drastic improvement in my skin, until I actually looked at the before and after photo's!
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask Before & After
Obviously the lighting is different in these photos, but I can really tell a difference in my skin. It's not a miracle worker after 30 days for me, but it really has reduced my acne and the redness! Before this post, I was going to chuck this in the pile with my tried and tested but no results products, but I'm so impressed! This mask has gave me so much hope that with continual use, I may be able to improve my skin. As much as I'm really impressed with the mask, love using it and actually kind of enjoy wearing it - I was not impressed with the thought of having to buy a £14.99 applicator every 30 days just to turn the LED lights on, on the £40 mask I already own. Since I decided actually I am going to continue to use this mask, I decided to see if there was a way to make this more affordable. I managed to find a few hacks on YouTube so you can use the original applicator whenever you want! Now I'm not a DIY kind of person, so I did get Simon to do this for me. It only took him 10-15 minutes and now my mask turns on anytime I plug the applicator in. So I highly recommended researching this if you don't feel like wasting £15 a month when you don't need to. Now I can use the mask whenever I want, I've been using this twice a day and I can't wait to see if it will improve my skin even further!

Of course my skin is nowhere near clear, so I'm always open to try new products for my acne. I would love to know if you have any tips for me!

Have you tried the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask Beauties?

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Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit


Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit
One thing I can never have too many of are makeup brushes. They get used so much and I don't have time to clean them every single day, it's important to have back ups of your favourite brushes. Some of my favourites I use every day are from Real Techniques, so when I saw the new Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit I had to pick it up! I was after some new brushes anyway and I hadn't tried the Miracle Complexion Sponge yet, I couldn't afford not to pick up the Everyday Essentials Kit for only £19.99!

I'm always after new foundation brushes, I use these everyday to try and hide my less than average acne troubled skin! It's so important to use clean brushes, sometimes it's easier just to buy new ones as I can't be dealing with washing brushes every couple of days! I was on the hunt for a new foundation and powder brush when I saw the Everyday Essentials Kit had everything and more. I love my original Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and the Expert Face Brush 200 in this set seems to be the bigger, cuter version of it! It's slightly bigger than the original and I love it. The bristles are super soft and firm making it so easy to blend in without leaving streaks. I love the tapered shape, it's the perfect size for all over as well as under the eyes and around the nose etc.
The next brush in this set is one that I've loved for so many years, the Real Techniques Blush Brush 400. This was the first 'proper' blusher brush I bought back in the day and I loved it so much. The shape is perfect for the apples of your cheeks. The brush itself is so soft and fluffy, it makes applying blusher so enjoyable. You can really create a lovely natural even look with this brush. I'm glad to have it back in my collection, in it's new prettier package.
I've been after a new highlight brush for so long. I've ben using the same Real Techniques Setting Brush 403 everyday for the past four years - that's not normal! Finally I got my hands on a new one thanks to this set. This little brush is the perfect size and shape for illuminating your look and applying powder highlight to the cheekbones, under brow, cupids bow and all the little delicate spaces on your face. It's soft and fluffy which makes dusting on powder a dream.
The last brush is the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease 300 brush. Again this is one of my most loved eyeshadow brushes and I'm so glad I have a third one to add to my collection! I love the brush for blending eyeshadow in the crease. It's the perfect size to get in to the crease and fluffy enough to blend shades together with minimal effort.
The last tool in the kit is the Miracle Complexion Sponge. I've always been a brush kind of girl and have been very skeptical about trying sponges. As it came in the kit and was amazing value, I thought this would be the perfect time to try this out. I tried it dry and honestly, I didn't love it. I found it to be hard work to use, it feels like much more effort than a brush and I feel like I had to apply more foundation than usual. I think it's because I do have a lot of blemishes and a lot to cover up. I don't think I would like any sponge to be honest, because of the way my skin is at the moment. I just don't really understand how you could get full coverage with a sponge! I might try using it wet and see if it makes a difference.

Although I wasn't into the Miracle Complexion Sponge, I'm obsessed with these brushes. They have always been my go to everyday brushes anyway, so I'm all over having a new pretty little set of them. I think this set is amazing value at £19.99, that's the same price as just two of these brushes put together. Although I personally don't really like using sponges, I'm really glad I finally got round to trying the Miracle Complexion Sponge. Maybe when my skin is a bit more clear, I may feel differently about the sponge.

The Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit would be the perfect Christmas gift for any makeup lover in your life this year.

Are you a sponge or brush kinda beauty?

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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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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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