Blogervisary Charlotte Tilbury £50 Gift Card Giveaway!


Blogervisary Charlotte Tilbury £50 Gift Card Giveaway
This day four years ago I posted my first blog post. It really does feel like it was just a few months ago, I can't quite believe it was in fact four years ago! I'm so happy I started this blog, I've really found my passion and what I enjoy doing. A lot of things have changed since 2014. I've grown up and moved house, I've started a YouTube channel, I've worked with some great brands and I've even got two little kittens! I love that I can not only have the opportunity to work with some amazing brands and write about what I'm passionate about, I also get to document my life and have something look back on.
2017 was an amazing year, I vlogged our trip to Disneyland, I started my Invisalign journey, I managed to get my first sponsored post and I hit the 1K mark on Bloglovin' & Twitter! These are all amazing things that I love that I can write/film about, that's the whole reason I started this little blog. I know for a lot of people, after four years they would expect tens of thousands of followers etc but everyone's journey is different and their own. I've been bit on and off with blogging sometimes and I can't thank my followers enough for sticking with me.
I have some exciting plans for this year, I want to move forward and grow my blog even more, I want to make the transition to WordPress early this year and I've also created a second YouTube channel, DailyLake's! Now I'm not planning on daily vlogging anytime soon, but it's definitely something I want to try in the future. You may also notice, I've called it DailyLake's and Simon and I are certainly not married.... yet! *wink face!*. We both love the idea of vlogging on the regular and documenting our lives to look back on, so why not create a channel together? I'm still undecided when I'm going to upload on this channel. I'm also battling with the idea of quitting vlogging on my original channel or not. It's hard enough to get a small following on one channel let alone a second, but I don't need to make any decisions yet. I can't wait to see what my fifth year of blogging will bring.

As a little celebration of my blogiversary, I always like to give something back. I want to give my followers a chance to win a £50 Charlotte Tilbury voucher. Charlotte Tilbury is such a gorgeous brand I know a lot of you would enjoy a little splurge! All you have to do to enter is be a follower of this blog and Twitter and you also have the option to increase your entries by Subscribing to our new YouTube channel!

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We Got Kittens | The First Week


It's the third week of 2018 and I've already completed one of my goals for the year, we got kittens! Simon and I welcomed in 2018 by adding two little fur babies to our family. As I'm writing this post, I currently have a little 10 week old kitten scratching me, biting my MacBook and climbing up my top and eating my hair! two weeks ago we picked up two little kittens, Theo & Lola.
My whole life I've grown up with a house full of animals and since moving in with Simon a year and a half ago, I've been living with no pets in the house! Simon and I would love a dog one day, but for the time being it wouldn't be fair for us to get a dog. Simon loves cats and I've always grown up with cats, so they are the perfect pets for us at the moment. We picked up our two little babies two weeks ago and we're absolutely obsessed with them. Theo is a little boy with blue eyes and white little socks and chest, Lola is our little girl with a pink little nose and ginger face. They're brother and sister and spend their days playing, fighting, eating and napping together. We really wanted to get two together because then they can play together and have company when we're not here. Even when we first picked them up and were in the car home, they were just so chilled out and snuggling up together. At first we thought Theo was the cheeky confident one because the first day we got him, he just loved to climb and explore and little Lola slept all day. In fact Lola is definitely the crazy wild child! Lola spends her day beating up her brother and exploring everything she possibly can. Theo's a little sweetie. He loves to play with his sister but also loves to snuggle up to you. 
The maternal side of me has definitely come out since getting these little babies! I find myself checking if they've had a enough to eat, if they've been to the toilet if they've been playing enough etc constantly. If I'm not at home, I can't help but text Simon to see how they're doing and what they're up to. Getting kittens is definitely an adjustment, we now have two little beings to look after. I feel like they need constant attention. If they're not needing to be fed, they've made a mess in their litter tray, or if they're not constantly attacking you and making sure you have no time for yourself, they're being too quite and you spend half an hour tying to search the house for them! 
I wouldn't say they've turned our lives upside down, but they've definitely shook it up a little bit. As much as they are a bit of work sometimes, they're so worth it. They're the cutest little things and have the best little characters. We love and care for them so much, they've turned us into a little family. 
We have vlogged them a little bit on the first day they came home, so if you'd like to see little Lola & Theo you can over on my YouTube channel. We can't wait to see their characters blossom.

Are you a cat or a dog person?

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Boxing Day Buys


The festive season may be over, but it just keeps on giving in my household. Over the past week I've been welcomed home with a mound of deliveries - my boxing day buys! Gone are the days I would go into town on boxing day and spend my Christmas money. Boxing Day is all about family, with a cheeky bit of online shopping of course. I bought a ton of skincare and a few other things in the boxing day sales this year.

The first two things I bought were the Origins GinZing moisturiser and cleanser. I've used the GinZing Moisturiser for a couple of years and I love how refreshing and light it feels. It smells absolutely delicious and I've been missing it the past month or two. I picked it up for just £20 on the Origins website. I also picked up the cleanser to go with it. I don't know why I have never tried the Origins GinZing Cleanser before. I knew I would love it, if it was anything like the moisturiser. This is a lovely scrub type moisturiser, it's not at all drying like some scrubs. It feels so creamy and luxurious when using it, my skin definitely feels fresh and new after. This is the perfect wake me up cleanser and moisturiser duo in the morning.

The next thing I bought was the Pixi Glow Tonic. I've been meaning to try this for the longest time! I bought a 100ml bottle for £10. Everyone raves that this just does wonders to your skin. I can't wait to give this a go and see how much a toner can really do. I really loved the Pixi and Caroline Hirons Double Cleanser so I can't wait to try more from the Pixi range.

I thought I was done buying skincare, until a girl tweeted about a crazy sale Superdrug were having and she swore by the Superdrug skincare. So I couldn't help but make the most of the crazy prices. I got a ton of products from the Naturally Radiant range for about £2 or £3 each, madness! I bought the Hot Cloth Cleanser - a dupe for the Liz Earl cleanser. It even comes with a muslin cloth and cost me under £3! I couldn't afford not to buy it. I've used the cleanser once and it feels lovely, it's very similar to Liz Earle, it has that same spa like scent. I also bought the Glycolic Tonic as well as the Glycolic Acid Pads. They both feel so lovely on this skin, I really look forward to this step in my skincare routine. I will do a proper review on the Superdrug range but I also picked up two moisturisers. The 2 in 1 Moisturiser & Serum, I really wanted to try this because I don't usually use a serum! The other moisturiser I picked up from the range was the Brightening Day Cream for normal to combination skin. I haven't used this yet, but I've been very impressed with the rest of the range. The last thing I bought was the Brightening Eye Cream. I've been so bad at using eye cream at the moment. I'm so glad I have found a very affordable skin care range that literally makes me feel like I've been to the spa! I'm going to use this range in rotation with my higher end products.

I also treated myself to some new makeup brushes over the festive period. I had £24 on my Boots card and luckily Boots had a deal on the Obsession Ultimate Marble Brush Set for £24, it was fate! I've wanted to try these tilted kind of brushes for the longest time and these were on such an amazing deal I couldn't not! I haven't tried them properly yet but I will pop a review up soon. The set comes with a couple face brushes, eye brushes, a blending sponge, a silicone sponge as well as a brush cleanser! I've never even tried using a sponge before let alone a silicone sponge, so I'm very excited about this set. Of course they look gorgeous too, thanks to the marble finish. They're still on sale online at boots for £24, reduced from £60!

The last thing I picked up was a repurchase, MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural. I love this finishing powder so much but had hit pan badly on my old one. I only really used this for special occasions since I hit pan, so I'm so happy I've bought a back up. I bought the same light shade but the numbers are different and the shade looks a tiny bit different, I hope it still suits me! I bought this with a gift card I received for Christmas - I just love being able to shop and not spend money hehe!

As you can tell my Boxing day buys consists of a ton of skincare. I'm willing to try anything to get clear and radiant skin this year.

Did you pick up any treats in the Boxing day sales beauties?

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2017 Most Loved Beauty Favourites


2017 Beauty Favourites including Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Palette, L'Oreal Paradise Mascara, MAC Mehr and MAC Soft and Gentle.
I didn't try a massive amount of new makeup in 2017, but I certainly found some new favourites! When I find something I like, sometimes I just can't help but use it over and over for months. Here are my most loved beauty favourites from 2017.

2017 Beauty Favourites including Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette and L'Oreal Paradise Mascara.
2017 was the year I finally got my hands on the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette and I've never looked back since. This gorgeous palette features 18 warm peachy bronze shades that are so divine. The texture is so soft and creamy, they're beautiful to blend. Some of my favourite shades are nectar, luscious, caramelised and cobbler. I'm a sucker for a warm bronze shade and this palette has so many as well as some pops of colour to add to your look. To put the icing on top of the cake, this palette smells so sweet and delicious I could eat it!

Usually I stick to my maybelline mascaras or Too Faced Better Than Sex, but this year I couldn't ignore the hype the L'Oreal Paradise Mascara was getting. Since L'Oreal and Maybelline are part of the same brand, I thought I would give it a try and had high expectations. The Paradise mascara blew my mind, it's a complete dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for less than half the price! My lashes are thicker, fuller and longer. I need to pick this up again, it's definitely a new staple in my makeup bag! You can see this mascara in action in my Dupe Alert post, comparing it to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

2017 Beauty Favourites including NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Palette,  MAC Mehr and MAC Soft and Gentle.
Another new palette I picked up this year was the NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Palette. I had never tried anything from NYX except there butter glosses before, but couldn't resist the warm Autumnal shades of the Warm Neutrals Palette. I've been so impressed by the quality of this palette, I can't believe it was only £16 for 16 shades! The warm neutral shades are perfect all year round, the coppers and burnt reds are gorgeous for an Autumnal rusty look and for a heated Summer vibe! The shades blend lovely and they're not at all chalky or dry like other high street brands can be, I'm very impressed!

The lipstick I was obsessed with all of last year was MAC Merh. I love watching The Sacconejolys and Anna talks about how much she loves MAC Mehr. Anne looks gorgeous 24/7 and has amazing lips, so of course I'm going to buy whatever she's wearing! I love a warm nude lip, so I fell in love with this straight away. I think the warm pinky nude is so flattering, I can't get enough of it I've been wearing it non stop. It's perfect for all occasions, a natural day look or you can add some darker lip liner for a sexy evening look. The matte formula is so surprising, it's not drying in the slightest. If you want to see this lipstick in action then you can read my full review here.

The final product I want to talk about is the holy grail MAC Soft & Gentle Highlighter. I've used this everyday since like, forever! I can't not include this, it's my go to highlighter. It's just perfect for all occasions. I like to add this to my cheekbones and inner eyes everyday to add a natural warm glow. The powder is so soft and blendable it can give you a gorgeous natural glow, or you can go all out for a golden goddess sun kissed look. I think Soft & Gentle is a must have in everyones makeup bag!

I'm carrying all my 2017 beauty favourites into 2018, I just can't get enough of them! I'd love to know if you have tried any of these products beauties?

What were your most loved beauty favourites from 2017?

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Hello 2018!


I know everyone says this every year but, how is it January 1st again! It feels like it was the beginning of 2017 about 2 months ago. The years are just flying by, especially since I've started this blog. I know it's very cliche the whole "new year, fresh start" thing, but what better time than a new year to set goals and plans? I love having a look back at the previous year and thinking about what I want to achieve in the year ahead. I've found it so helpful in the past to write down my goals, it really sets that task and pushes you to achieve it. This year I don't have too many goals, but I do have a few things I would like to achieve.

1. Buying a house. Over the last year or two I've really been trying to save for a house, it's very difficult these days to save up enough for a deposit, especially when you're renting as well. I've managed to save a little, but this year my aim is to have enough money by the end of the year to really start moving forward and speaking to mortgage advisors etc. This year is the year all my money goes into savings, I've had a very expensive 2017 with Disneyland and Invisalign etc, but now I think I can really push the savings and hopefully move forward with looking to buy a house. No more holidays or extravagant purchases in 2018!

2. Successful blogging. Of course every year my goal is to produce the best content I can regularly. I love blogging it's one of the only things I'm really passionate about doing. It would be an absolute dream come true if I could make this into a career. Last year I was fortunate enough to get my first ever sponsored post and I would just love to really push myself with my blog this year and see where it could go. Unfortunately I had a few things in my personal life that prevented me from blogging as much as I would of liked to at the end of last year, but 2018 is a fresh start and I want to really give it my all and try and turn this into an actual thing! I want to create bigger and better content on all of my social media, work with more amazing brands and have a creative and successful 2018!

3. Family & Friends. To be completely honest with you, my favourite thing to do of all time is just to be in my pj's, watching a film at home with Simon and just being super lazy, haha! I love spending time with my friends and family but I just find it so hard to juggle work, blogging, housework, relaxing and seeing my friends and family - it's hard work! I find it so hard to fit everything in, that usually a couple things have to give. This year I really want to make an effort to go for that catch up we planned over a month ago or to reply to that text I read yesterday! It's not that I don't care, I really do. It's just that life moves so fast these days, before I know it, it's been a month or two since I last saw some of my closest friends. This year I really want to spend time with my friends and family as much as I can, even if that means just regularly giving them a text to see how they're doing and what they're up to.

4. Buy Kittens! Simon and I have been talking about getting a cat for a few months now and we thought it would be best to get one in the new year. So the time has come where we can actually get ourself a pet! Originally we were just going to get one kitten, but now we really want two so they can play with each other when we're at work and we can have one each! I've always been more of a dog person and would absolutely love to get a puppy, but we live on the first floor and we both work full time. It wouldn't be fair to get a dog and not be able to spend time with them as much as we would like, or have enough room for them to play etc. Kittens are the perfect pets for our lifestyle at the moment. We've been looking for the past week or two and can't find any, but hopefully this year we will find our perfect pets. I will definitely be Instagramming and filming tons of cute kitten footage when we find our little fur babies!

5. Clean & tidy. I know you're probably thinking I must live like a complete slob if this needs to be one of my goals. I'm not I promise! I just mean that I would like to stay on top of all my cleaning and tidying at all times. With both of us working full time, it's really hard to stay on top of just general house work like the laundry. This year I want to be a domestic goddess, I want a spotless house and washing basket that closes at all time! 

I love a start of a new year, it really is a clean slate and perfect time to focus on what you want to achieve. I really hope you've enjoyed reading my goals this year. I would love to know what you would like to achieve in 2018 beauties?

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