Monday, 16 October 2017

My Birthday Weekend Away

Here are some photos of my birthday weekend away with mum. We went up to London on Friday 13th, stayed at The DoubleTree by Hilton (West End) which is amazing and I highly recommend staying there if you get the chance. We went to the Real Greek in Covent Garden and had a Prosecco Bellini (as you can see below), and went to watch Mamma Mia at the theatre which was hilariously brilliant.
On Saturday we woke up and had breakfast at the hotel, then went shopping along Oxford Street and Oxford Circus. I will be doing a haul of all my birthday bits so don't worry you will get to see those! Here are a few pics from my weekend away...


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Body Image and Fashion

I'm generally a UK 8. However, I range from a 6-10 depending what shop I'm in. This wide scale of sizes for my one body creates a lot of confusion when shopping for clothes. I accept what my body looks like and 90% of the time have no problem with it. However, for someone who has body confidence issues, the fact the size clothing they wear ranges from 3 sizes can make them feel even worse about themselves.

There has been some progress in the last few years of no size 0 models, more clothes for "plus sizes" and more emphasis on body acceptance and love. However, models shouldn't just be a size 2, they should represent the society they're in. Shops shouldn't have "plus size ranges" just more sizes in the ranges they already have. And magazines shouldn't preach about loving your body then have an article on the next page about another fad diet and losing weight.

I love fashion and the industry. I love the amazing people I've come across through their social media. But seeing so many different people, all different shapes, sizes and confidence has really opened my eyes to the struggles people face when it comes to their body image.

Just because you're a UK 18+ doesn't mean you should have to ask the girl in the store where the plus size section is? Why does it need a specific title. We don't have an "average" section do we? It doesn't make sense why we have to categorise people based on whether they're average or not.

In terms of self confidence, you should NEVER not feel beautiful. I'm sure you see things like this all the time about accepting yourself and loving yourself but it is so true. Yes, some of my tops are a UK 6, that still doesn't stop me hating the fat that's on the bottom of my stomach or the dimples and cellulite on my legs does it? People think just because you're a certain size means you'll be happy and you wont!

At the end of they day you have to be comfortable with yourself. YES! Wear that tight dress or that crop top. Who cares what you can see as long as you want to wear it and are comfortable then please go for it. I feel more inspired by someone who is confident in their outfit rather than someone who's covering up because they're worried what people might see.

Just know that whatever you wear, how you wear it or why you wear it, as long as you feel like a QUEEN that's all that matters <3.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Why I'm Refusing to Fall into Seasonal Trends

Beauty and fashion carry trends with them every year, which often follow the same pattern. Spring and Autumn are known as transitional seasons, Summer is a time for bright, bold colours and Autumn is time for berry tones a pumpkin spiced lattes. I find myself unintentionally falling into these trends every year, wearing the same types of clothes just slightly different designs - and if I'm honest, I'm kind of bored of it. I'm not saying I'm going to start wearing strappy camis in winter and my fluffy scarf in summer. But, I will be taking a different approach to my style.

I'll start with my makeup. I've been loving my NYX Ultimate Brights Palette which features some gorgeous colourful shades which I have been experimenting with on my eyes. It occurred to me that I bought that palette at the beginning of August, and with October just starting, I'm not ready to put it away just yet. I want to incorporate some of those "summery" colours into my Autumnal wardrobe and still be so-called on trend.

I think the main issue stems from the retailers themselves. If you walk into highstreet stores in the autumn, you are greeted with an abundance of camel, black, grey and beige tones. All colours I love, but admittedly get bored of wearing. I've noticed many online retailers such as MissGuided and PrettyLittleThing have broken away from this slightly. Last year I was close to purchasing a bright pink aviator coat online, I just didn't have the confidence to wear it.

This year I'm going to try change that and would love to see examples of other bloggers doing the same. If you have tips for breaking away from mainstream Autumnal trends please let me know!

I'm saying all of this, but yes I will still be wearing my MAC Rebel lipstick and my black denim jeans most of autumn, but also finding little ways in which I can make my style that little bit more interesting.



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Women of Colour and Beauty

So, you can probably tell that I myself am not a woman of colour (I barely have any colour let alone being a medium to deep dark skin tone aha). I've been watching a variety of different Youtubers and reading blogs from a large demographic of people to know how diverse our community is. Now, one thing I've noticed - especially when watching people such as Jackie Aina and Patricia Bright - is not a lot of makeup companies cater for women of colour. Now why is that?

I know that when I'm extremely pale I find it so difficult to find makeup that matches me. It's frustrating seeing everyone else trying out cheap or amazing products only for them not to match me. I can imagine this being the same for WOC... only you have it worse.

I don't understand why a whole section of people are left out in the beauty market. From my understanding brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills have tried to be as inclusive as possible but there is still a large amount of people left out.

Nyma Tang is a beauty Youtuber who has the deepest most beautiful skin ever! I've only been subscribed to her for a few months but love her videos as she highlights how difficult it is for people with a skin tone as deep as hers to find beauty (mainly complexion) products that works.

When researching products for the darkest of dark complexions I came across a few brands that I haven't heard of IMAN Cosmetics, Black Opal, Black Up. I just find it a shame that you'd have to go to a more indie brand to get what you need let alone want!

With the recent release of Fenty Beauty, it's been shown that having an extensive range of foundation shades can be done. It's just the questions as to why haven't other brands done it and why has it taken this long?

I just wanted to write this post to show that I recognise that there is an issue here with  the variety of colours and tones available. As we become more connected there is such a variety of skin tones which should be catered for. People with numerous different mixed ethnicities, providing a wide range of beautiful skin tones. No wonder brands find it hard to cater for all. I just think there needs to be more recognition for those at the very end of the spectrum. What's your opinion on this topic?


Monday, 11 September 2017

Products I've Been Loving

I'm always looking for new makeup products, to experiment and see what's new. Although, sometimes I like to use what I already have and "rediscover" almost things I already have in my drawer. The products I'm listing below are items I've rediscovered and are loving at the moment! They range form high end to drugstore so there's something for everyone!
I'd love to know what you're loving at the moment.

Hoola is a cult favourite. I find it to be a great bronzing and contouring shade as it isn't too warm and does'nt look ashy on my face. You get the cute Benefit packaging as well as a brush that I find great for carving out those cheekbones! Definitely one of my faves and something I'm going to HAVE to repurchase!

I love MAC blushes, and this one is becoming a fast favourite of mine. I've had it for quite a while but never really reached for it. Whilst i was on holiday I used it all the time, I can appreciate how beautiful it looks. It gives such a beautiful glow and a flush of pink on the cheeks! It doesn't look chalky at all which is something I hate in paler blushes. Perfect for those with light-medium skin. 

Sometimes I really cannot be bothered to do my eyebrows. This product makes that process so much easier and quicker! This tinted brow gel adds a great colour for those who are blonde (not orange). The gel itself isn't crunchy and doesn't flake. It hold my eyebrows like glue. I cannot recommend this gel enough, it comes in other colour too, including transparent!

You can't go wrong with a bit of glitter. Now for someone who wears contact lenses, I worry particularly over anything that could scratch or damage my lenses which goes on my eyes. These glitters from NYX are amazing! They have a great colour range and are eye safe too. For the £5.50 price tag, I want to buy ll of the colours so i can sparkly 24/7...

I love shimmer on the eyes. If it's not the kind of place to wear glitter I always reach for a loose pigment to give me some shine. These pigments by MAC are the best. I will never go through a whole one in my life as they last so long! You can buy mini ones for £10, and of course knowing MAC they have a tonne of different colours too. 

You can't go wrong with a liquid lip. These ones from NYX are obvs a cult favourite too but I've only just recently fallen into the hype. They are lightweight and I find they don't accentuate the fine lines on my lips. They have gorgeous berry shades for autumn as well as bright corals for the summer. Their price tag is wallet friendly so what's not to love. 


Monday, 4 September 2017

The Autumn Lipsticks You Must Have

It's September, which in my eyes, it's basically autumn. Whether you like it or not the days will get shorter, the trees will become bare and and the air will be cooler. In this transitional season many things change. Including what we wear, how we wear it, and also what we put on our face. 

When I think of autumn I think of berry tones, oranges, browns and any shade of beige which resembles a Pumpkin Spiced Latte (HOW can you drink those things...). I seem to stick to my same MAC lipstick in Honeylove - a nude, of course - and never have seemed to experiment much with autumnal lipsticks. This year I'm taking a different approach. I want to have more shades to play with and create looks to demonstrate how wearable they are. 

I recently went to Boots and picked up these L'Oreal lipsticks. PRAISE THE LORD FOR 3 FOR 2!
I wanted to get shades which were different from what I've already got in my collection, but also shades which I know I will get wear out of. I'm going to be doing Youtube videos featuring these lipsticks, so keep an eye out. My Youtube channel can be reached on the right side bar of this blog (shameless plug :) ).

The lipsticks are super opaque and have great lasting power. I have very fine lines on my lips which these lipsticks do not settle into! Despite being a matte formula, these lipsticks do not dry out my lips or become cracked. The packaging is very sleek and looks more expensive than it is! I definitely want to buy more shades in this range from L'Oreal 

The shades I bought were (and can be found down below): (£6.99)


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Cyprus Holiday Lookbook

As some of you may know, I recently went on holiday to Cyprus. Whilst I was away I documented some of my outfits which I wore in the evening to create a mini lookbook of ensembles. I have also made a YouTube video which will be up soon!

As you can see I mixed my style up a lot depending on what I was feeling that night. I will try to link as many items down below as I can. I wanted to be comfortable with what i wore (outfits also needed some extra growing room as we went out to eat most nights!) as well as cool enough in the Cypriot heat.

Top - £4 -
Skirt - £29 -
Shoes - £25 - Linzi Shoes

Top - £3 -
Trousers - £8 - Primark
Shoes - £25 - Linzi Shoes

Dress - £22 -
Shoes - £25 - New Look

Top - £3 -
Skirt - £30 - River Island
Shoes - £25 - Linzi Shoes

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