Monday, 26 December 2016

What I Got For Christmas 2016

What was in my stocking 
 Okay, now just as a quick disclaimer this is no way, shape or form me bragging about what I got for Christmas. I like to reproduce content on my blog that I like to read - and to be brutally honest, I'm nosy and like knowing what other people got for Christmas.
Enough of that, here is everything I got from Christmas from both family and friends. I also got money for the sales which I will be going to tomorrow and I will show what I purchased in a future blogpost.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and got everything they wanted - I hoped you all managed to squeeze in some quality family time too <3 - please leave below what you got for Christmas too... I'm intrigued!

Dorothy Perkins Flannel Top and Comfy Primark Socks 
Skinnydip Jellyfish Case and Starbucks Coffee Mug


Mousemat (with a picture of my kitten on it) and The Lion King (in the fancy new edition cover)

Adidas Trefoil Sweatshirt

Sparkly Cushion and New Black Bedding

My Favourite Giorgio Armani Si 100ml Perfume

Soft Leopard Print Dressing Gown

Miss Selfridge Lizzie Jeans 

Pandora "Forget Me Not" Ring

Pandora "Libra" Charm

Charm From the Boyfriend <3

*RANDOM FACT* I love these hangers from Wilkinsons - £.2.50 per 5 pk, love them in my wardrobe so mum and dad finished the rest of it off with 5 packs of these hangers!

Russell and Bromley Navy Suede Loafers

Gorgeous Smelling Body Butter and Scrub

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Under £20/$20 Gift Guide for Her

Christmas creeps closer and closer which means the panic is starting to set in. If you're struggling to find a gift for that special girl (or yourself lets not play around here) which doesn't break the bank, you've come to the right place. 


1. Lush Bath Bombs 



I'm telling you, right, you simply cannot go wrong with a lush bath bomb. They smell amazing, they look cute and your girl will be so pleased that you actually went in there and chose one yourself. They vary in price but are mainly under £5 so you can mix and match whatever you like!

2. Makeup



If she loves makeup then this is a must have. Superdrug do deals near Christmas such as "3 for 2 across all makeup and skincare" which makes your life easier and cheaper. However, if you do want to splash out a little more MAC lipsticks are a win win for everyone. She's amazed that you had the balls to go into MAC and you're happy because well, let's face it - when your girls happy so are you.

3. A Date


If you're really stuck maybe do a reign check for her. Say you'll take her for a meal or to the cinema on a nice date. Some girls don't want presents but instead memories. It doesn't have to cost a lot, but I guarantee you she'll love the thought behind it.

4. Add to Something She's Already Got


Say she has a charm bracelet or she collects certain things, why don't you add to them? That way she's always remember that its from you and it hold some sort of sentimental value.

5. Make Her Something 


If you make her a scrapbook (yes it does take time and energy) I mean it when I say that she'll love you forever. It shows real commitment, thought and love to make her one of these. Collect all your favourite photos and maybe times you've been out eg. concert tickets and display them in a scrapbook. Maybe write a few private jokes or little quirks you have.
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Friday, 9 December 2016

Ciroc in the City: How to Party and What to Wear



Yes, it's that time again. Party season is upon us and the urge to find an even better outfit than last year is beginning. Don't get me wrong parties can be great, but the worry of being uncomfortable, or even worse wearing the same as someone else, can make it all a little too stressful. I've come up with some tips and ideas as to how and what you can wear this festive season.

1. Little Black Dress
A classic which never seems to go out of style. The little black dress is an automatic thought with the sound of glasses clinking in the background. However, this idea can seem a little too "over-done" - you need to be able to mix it up a bit. Choose your LBD but accessorise it in a way which is a little out of your comfort zone. Go for that bright pair of heels or outrageous bag. Wear that bold lipstick or hoops down to your hips. It's the way you manipulate the accessories which makes a bid difference when it comes to the LBD.

2. Not Wanting To Wear Heels
The pressure to wear heels on a night out, for a woman, is overwhelming. We're made to think that our outfit is not complete without a pair of heels on our feet. But, it doesn't have to be like this. You can get flats which are detailed, sparkly and SO MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE than heels. Maybe go for some that lace up your leg, or some with cut out detailing.

3. Wanting To Wear Trousers
Just because it's a part, doesn't mean that you have to wear a dress. Trousers can make your legs look elongates, streamline and very, very sexy. Tailored, flared, cropped or skinny - whatever you like best you can rock up and look amazeballs. Make sure to pair with a statement handbag or jewlerry for that extra pazzazz when you walk in.


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Saturday, 26 November 2016

How to Wear Bold Lipstick Confidently


I have acquired almost 30 lipsticks since I started my makeup collection. Some high-end some drugstore, some neutral and some bold. I understand that nudes and peachy-tone lipsticks are probably the most popular. I do love a nude too. You can wear them with literally any eye makeup and they give you that Instagram-girl look about you. However, it is nice to be able to change things up a bit.
I'm definitely not shy when it comes to bold lipstick colours, I pretty much wear what I want. I know that for some people they don't find wearing a bright red, pink or purple that easy.

1. I've found that keeping your eye and face makeup simple helps with this. You don't have to worry about the lipstick matching your eye shadow and it helps to make it the focal point of your look.

2. Using a lip liner ensures that your bold lipstick wont run or bleed into the lines of your lips. It keeps it looking precise and sharp.

3. Starting off with a classic red is an ideal way to get into the world of bright lipsticks. Maybe add a hint of purple with it just to add a lil' something-something and get you used to the different tones before you go the full Monty.

4. Just remember that at the end of the day it's just makeup. If you don't like it you can wash it off. Life isn't meant for you to repeat the same things, so be bold and try something new :)






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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Review: Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil


           I love makeup. But, makeup becomes completely pointless if you don't look after the skin underneath it. I've used makeup wipes for as long as I can remember, but I was thinking... everyday I'm scrubbing at my face with a wipe trying to get my makeup off. Tugging and pulling on your face like that can't be good (aka premature wrinkles...NOOOOOO). Even if you try to do it gently, you're still tugging at your skin.
          Now, my friend recommended this to me but I had heard of it on YouTube - the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil. For someone who has extremely oily skin, any product with more oil in it makes me shiver. However, it was half price at Boots and I thought why not.
          The bottle says to take 2-3 drops, I don't know if it's just me and my big face but I do use more than that, you still don't need loads though. I then rub it in my hands and massage into my face.
          I'm not lying when I say that you can literally feel the makeup melting off your skin! It's great! After getting most of my makeup off I rinse my face and pat it dry.
          The first time I did this I took a wipe to see if there was any residue and there was none, I was amazed! It makes your face so silky smooth and I confirm it doesn't worsen my oily skin, I really do love it.
Click here to purchase from Boots



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Sunday, 6 November 2016

My Style: Grey Duster | Why I Get Uninspired and How I Get Out of it


          I'm a very determined person. I know what I want out of life and roughly how to get there. I'm a pretty focused person and understand that if I work hard I'll be able to achieve what I want. Nonetheless, this doesn't mean that I do not go through stages of being uninspired. Recently I've found myself in that stage. I haven't been motivated with my blog, fashion, my a-levels or maintaining a positive mindset - this needs to change.
          I find that when I'm on half-term from school I tend to reach the stage of "uninspired-ness". I like having a routine and feeling like there's a purpose to each day. I like knowing that I have work to do and prefer to have a jammed packed day instead of spending it in bed watching re-runs of friends and eating myself 5 stone heavier.
          I've also realised that sometimes certain people can come into your life and completely change your outlook and perception. As hard as it may be you shouldn't let the actions or influences of other people to alter your motivation and determination. You need to find it within yourself - even if you have to look in the mirror and remind yourself where you are and where you want to end up, just do it!
          Sometimes it's hard. You see the world go past and continue whilst you sit in this funk where you can't be bothered to do anything. A more serious outlook on this could mean it as a gateway to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Although I have never suffered from depression and have managed to get over my anxiety, I'll never underestimate the power it has over your mood and its influence over your lack of motivation.

Here, I've got some tips which I find useful:
- Get a routine and plan your days
- Find a hobby which make you happy/ helps to inspire you
- Read (for me it was other fashion blogs) to see what everyone else is finding inspirational
- Get out the house, even for a walk and fresh air, don't spend all day cooped up
- Talk to someone - a parent, a friend etc. they might be able to help you
- Remind yourself what you want out of life, who you want to be and what you want to achieve
- Try to have positive thoughts, these will reflect outwards




       
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Monday, 31 October 2016

My Style: Camel Tones, and Black of Course


Sorry for a quick post, but A-Levels are starting to catch up on me! Here is one of my go-to weekend looks, comfortable and easy to wear. You can change the camel for any other colour as of course, black matches everything!
This outfit includes:
-Bomber Jacket
-Camel Roll Neck
-High Waisted Black Jeans
-Black Timberlands



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Monday, 24 October 2016

Why I Struggle with Personal Style

       
          There's no denying that in today's society there is an abundance of inspiration around us. From the roads we walk down to the photos and videos that appear on our phone screens everyday. From what I understand, personal style is what defines YOU. You decide how to dress every morning, it makes you unique and puts out into the world what kind of person you are.
           But, what if you don't know your personal style? Does that mean you don't know what kind of person you are? Don't get me wrong, I know many people have this problem, and for me, being a fashion blogger only seems to make it harder. I find there are so many areas of fashion and ways of presenting yourself I can't find just one that defines me.
          Some people are cool. they find unique pieces and style them in a fresh and exciting way. Some people are girly girls, they dress in cute outfits and appear sweet and put together. Other people dress urban/ grunge, they wear a lot of black, things embellished with studs and look bad-ass. If you can see where I'm going with this, as there are many more other varieties of style... I'm struggling to define my own.
          Some days I want to dress girly and be cute. Others I want to look cool and hipster, something fresh off the streets in London. I also love traditional dress with Burberry inspired trench coats (I'm on a budget here people) with tartan scarves and crisp black shoes.
          As I want to take a piece from each category I find it extremely hard to shop for myself. I'm extremely wallet conscious and will not buy a new item of clothing unless I can wear it with at least 2-3 other things in my wardrobe. I get stuck in a rut and end up buying the same old.
          I need to try to figure a way to get past my old habits. I need to start buying things on a whim and out of my comfort zone. I should get something because I like it and not think about what I'm going to wear it with untilI get home. I need to accept that maybe my personal style can't be defined and therefore, neither can I...




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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Review: OnePiece Clothing


Now, I'm not one to really wear tracksuits or loungewear for that matter (I'm more of a pj-as-soon-as-i-get-in-from-school kind of person). But, I was offered to be sent something from OnePiece's new Autumn collection so I chose some tracksuit bottoms to try.
They retail for £60 on the website, which as far as I know is a fair price for tracksuit bottoms. I wasn't sure what to expect from the but I was truly pleasantly surprised.
They are a thick material which is great for winter. Their clothes are unisex but seemed to fit my shape perfectly. The pockets are also super deep which for me is a bonus and I hate when my phone falls out of shallow pockets -_-.
I will leave a link to the OnePiece website here!




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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Soft Cranberry Cut Crease: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette



It's October meaning the autumn is officially upon us. I love autumn, not just for the change in weather but the new clothes and makeup colours/trends which appear every year!
I'm currently obsessed with cranberry shades - some find these shades hard to pull off, but with the technique I've learned it looks good every time!

Step 1: Golden Ochre
I begin with taking Golden Ochre from the ABH palette and putting it in my crease from inner corner to outer corner as a transition shade. This makes all the other shades easier to blend.






Step 2: Realgar
Realgar is a vibrant orange shade which I also put all over my crease. To achieve a seamlessly blended look you have to build up colours, so by using this shade I'm now introducing more intense pigments.







 Step 3: Love Letter
I repeat what I just did with Realgar but with the shade Love Letter. This is a gorgeous deep pink colour and the introduction to the cranberry shades. Remember, don't go in heavy handed, building up colour is best. You can always add but you can't take away.






Step 4: Venetian Red
This is definitely one of my favourite shades. It's the final step regarding crease colours. The brush I used comes in the ABH palette and works amazingly well with the shadows. You can go as light or dark as you want just repeat the same movement (like a windshield wiper) and BLEND BLEND BLEND!







Step 5: L'Oreal Infallible Shadow in "Iced Latte"
I'm now going to take one of my favourite shimmery shadow - using my finger (to increase the pigment) - I then apply it directly to my lid. As I have hooded, oily eye lids I keep the shadow right near my lash line so it doesn't transfer onto my matte crease. If you have larger, dryer eyelids you may not have this problem.






Step 6:
Take your favourite eyeliner and apply. Include a wing if you're feeling extra sassy! I then took a mixture of Venetian Red and Golden Ochre and blended it our on my lower lash line. 
Finally I took some mascara and applied to both my upper and lower eyelashes. 




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