Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Travel Diaries: NYC

Since I've been a little inactive on here for a while (due to an array of reasons), I thought to get back into this I would start with a shorter post just to help some inspiration flow, plus I've been planning on doing this ever since I came back from my trip but just haven't got around to it until now.

Just a few photos from my recent trip to NYC for my birthday, hope you enjoy them! I've tried to mention in the caption what the pictures actually are,  but some may not be specific.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Travel Diaries: Washington D.C

If you're one of those people who love to browse through people's photos of where they've been (like I am!) then here's a great post for you haha. I've compiled a lot of mix and matched photos in this post from  my trip to D.C over the past weekend. I apologise that there isn't any real order to them...they're from different days and we went to similar places at time. But I will try to put what they photo is of, whether it's a monument of inside a museum or something, but they might not all have names depending on whether I can remember them haha. 

Monday, 30 March 2015

March Favourites

I can't believe it's already the end of March. This month especially seems to have flown by and honestly I'm pretty happy about that because I can't wait for my long awaited two month trip back to the UK. Anyway, I thought I'd finally get around to doing another favourites post. My last was a winter favourites post, but I'm going to try to do these monthly now, depending on whether I have a decent amount to share with you, but I'm going to try.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Beauty Pins: Helpful Tips and Tricks

Does anyone else love scouring pinterest for all of these beauty hacks and tips...No? Just me? Ok well, I love finding random random pins that might turn out to be really useful in the future and to refer back to. So I thought I would share with you some really helpful pins I've found, all beauty and and makeup related and possibly help you out a little bit.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Makeup Haul

I thought I would do a quick little post for you today showing you some of my recent purchases. If you've read a few of my past blog posts particularly my last, you'll know I'm a lover of foundations, and I'm always trying to find the best for my skin type. So of course there were going to be some in here, what did you expect from me? 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

My Most Reached for Foundations

Foundations are one of my biggest loves when it comes to makeup. I am constantly repurchasing them to find one that is the perfect match for my skin, not just for my tone but to find one that can help me combat my oily, acne prone complexion and hyperpigmentation I have. With that being such a tall order I've found some pretty good ones that work well for me so I thought I'd share them with you. I've put two drugstore foundations and two slightly more expensive foundations in here just to suit everyones price range!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Matte Nude Nails

I was looking through the new editions to the Essie collection, particularly browsing their matte collection because I love the look it gives, but don't own a single one. I found a few really pretty shades like 'Cashmere Matte' and 'Spun In Luxe' which were my two favourites. But I didn't want to be spending money on more expensive nail varnishes just for similar colours that I already own, the only difference being that these are matte. So originally I thought I'll look at less expensive brands and see if I can find similar matte colours. But I came across this top coat from Revlon....that makes any nail varnish you own, matte. I absolutely love this idea...It's like purchasing 30 new matte nail varnishes because I can just apply this on top of any nail colour I want and make it matte without having to buy separate ones! 
(Count how many times I can say matte in this post...haha)

Sunday, 8 March 2015

What I'd Wear to The Cheltenham Races for #ColourMeMarch

This year for ladies day The Cheltenham Racecourse is running a campaign called '#ColourMeMarch' which is all about showing off your colourful choice of what you're wearing to the races. You get the chance to win some prizes by submitting a picture of what you'll be wearing! If you're interested I will leave the link below so you can submit your own.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

My Favourite Posts In February

Hello everyone!

I have a shorter post for you today, just to share my favourite posts from throughout February. There were so so many to choose from but these were my absolute favourites. The links to all of the posts are below so you can read them in full! Each one of these bloggers are so talented so be sure to follow them on some sort of social media so you can find out when they post!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Tarte Glamazon Lipstick

Hello everyone,

It's been quite a while since I've sat down and actually typed up a post like this. Before my recent trip home to the UK I scheduled all my posts 2 a week (although I did miss a few, sorry!) so that I could just focus on being there and being with all of the people I love and not have to worry about getting some posts up. I hope you all enjoyed those, but finally I'm back and I have a post today about my first ever purchase of a Tarte Cosmetics product.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation Review

Hello everyone!
If you know me and my oily skin, you'll know I'm constantly on the lookout for a good foundation that will keep me matte all day. Obviously because the name of the foundation: 'Beautifully Matte' I was instantly drawn to this, and of course my love of No7 of a brand. 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Amazon Beauty // Wednesday Wishlist

Hello Everyone!
I thought about doing another Wednesday Wishlist for you this week, and I thought I would share what I'm currently crushing on from Amazon.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Mini Target Haul

Hello everyone!
I was wondering what kind of post to share with you today and I thought why not throw all three together! So in terms of the 'lifestyle' aspects in this post, I'm sharing my Target shopping obsession with you haha. But seriously though, I could spend hours upon hours there just wondering around and looking at all the bits and pieces they have. And possibly spending a little too much time in the makeup section.

I'm considering this post to be fashion and beauty because of the contents of this mini haul. I'll start with the white mesh pen holder. I'm not really thinking of using this as a pen holder but more so to hold makeup brushes, because if you were unaware I won the Style Of Colours collab giveaway with Nanshy and other bloggers. So because my other makeup holder as become slightly....crowded due to some other new additions I thought it was high time I opted for a new one to hold some new additions. The little 'notes' book you see there is really rather cute. If you follow me on instagram you will have already seen this little beauty in a picture as I had to show off how cute the cover is. In contrast to what it says on the front though, it really is more than just notes. It has a monthly planner in the front and contacts but largely just notes. I was looking for a 'planner' but I really did only need a by monthly planner rather than weekly because those slightly bother me. But I had to grab this because it's just so cute!

Anyway, next is the NYX Love in Paris eye shadow palette. I picked this up because I was in the market for a small little palette I could take with me on my trip back to England (which I'm already on by the time you're reading this, yay!) that was kind of small to pack up in my makeup bag, but has a lot of mutual shades, but also because I really wanted to try some more things from NYX as I've only ever tried their soft matte lip creams (which are excellent may I say).

Lastly, this beautiful jumper which you'll have already seen if you caught my 'Mock Neck Jumper Outfit' post. Can I just say, the bargains you can find in the Target sales are great. This jumper sets a great example being around $12.50 at 30% off! I love the way this jumper looks because like I've said before I love the mock neck jumper trend, but high necks don't always suit me so this is kind of more subtle but still follows the trend.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'll see you soon!
#Let me know in the comments your favourite part of this haul.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

My In-Flight Essentials

Hello Everyone!!

I thought I would share with you some of my essentials I need in my carry-on for when I fly. Some of these things might not be completely necessary but really help me when I travel to not only keep my occupied but prepared for the trip.

First up is only slightly in the picture above but it's a hoodie. I find this so necessary because I love to layer when I'm traveling because temperatures change when you're going from the airport to the plane and throughout the journey, so this way you can layer to the perfect temperature.

Next I always make sure I have a book or some work to do. For this trip I have some school work, which explains my variety of coloured pens, notebooks and textbooks. This keeps me occupied if I have a layover at the airport and need something to keep me busy and not bored.

A small mirror because I don't wear any makeup on the plane so I like to make sure that I look decent before I get off the plane. Which brings me onto my next essential...

In the transparent green bag on the right of the photo I keep basic makeup items like a mascara, lip balm and concealer and that's it for my makeup! Which I only use just before I get off the flight. In there I also keep a moisturiser because flights take so much moisture out of your skin and can actually make me even oilier. There's a pop out hair brush with a mirror on the other side (I love those!), a baby lotion (again for moisture), hand sanitiser, lip moisturiser and some paracetamol.

Of course, a real essential is my purse. This contains the majority of my money, and gift cards I could use at the airport etc. Very self-explanatory but very necessary.

Next, one of my favourites: snacks! I always bring snacks with me because I don't eat plane food, just because of my allergies I like to be really careful. So if I don't eat lunch I can at least have something to tide me over, or at least if I get a little peckish.

Lastly, I have a little plastic wallet which is at the top of the photo. This contains some money (because I don't like to keep it all in one place incase I lose it), my passport, flight itinerary, boarding passes and any other papers I may need.

What are some of your travel essentials?
I hope you enjoyed this post and it's helped you out for the next time you travel! Speak to you soon!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Bare Minerals Loose Eyeshadow

Hello everyone!

If you've noticed from some of my previous 'makeup look' posts that I generally do seasonally, you may have noticed they don't usually contain a huge amount of eyeshadow if any. But over the past two months or so since I purchased an eyeshadow primer I have been playing around with different looks on a daily basis just to try and see what works for me and what I like the most etc, and I was only really doing this with a small palette I got a year or so ago. So I asked for a couple new eyeshadows for Christmas and received this lovely set from BareMinerals, so of course swatched everything on my hand immediately, however the immediate colour pay-off wasn't amazing so it took me a couple days before I actually decided to use them.

Despite not having the best pigmentation when swatched and I even had to build up the layers of the product on my hand just to get that photo. But I was pleasantly surprised when I started putting the product on my eyelids. They're not overly pigmented to the point where to you have to be really careful about applying it and where you get it. But with these they feel almost creamy, and are so soft and smooth to apply. Which in this instance I actually used my fingers to apply the lighter base colour 'Champagne Satin' because it felt so lovey haha. 

The formula of these lasts all day long, of course I applied a primer before hand but even still it was the ELF mineral primer and my previous eyeshadows would still crease on my eyes by the end of the days, but these do not. 

These are exactly the colours I would choose even if I hadn't received them in a set. I love neutral colours and I feel like they're definitely the easiest to wear. Not only does the lighter shade 'Champagne Satin' look great as a base for the eye, but would look great on its own or even as a highlight for the browbone and inner corner.

Champagne Satin
Smoky Amber
I am definitely sold for going and purchasing more of these. However, one thing I can say about these is that when you open them for the first time it can be a little tricky, or maybe it's just me haha. If you get stuck all you have to do is pull off the sticker covering the shadow. I know that sounds straight forward, but because there's an arrow on it I though you had to twist the pot to open it haha. So just be aware, but I'm sure you can figure out faster than I did.

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments some of your favourite eyeshadows.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Guest Post // Origins Checks and Balance

Hello Everyone! Today we have another guest post from Chen at 'Petite Smiles'. She is reviewing Origin's 'Checks and Balances' Cleanser for you and her personal experience with it!. 
So please let me know in the comments if you like these type of posts! Enjoy!
Speak to you soon.

If you’re looking for a cleanser that leaves your face feeling squeaky clean, Origin’s Checks & Balances is the product you must try!

The packaging of Origin’s Checks & Balances comes in a 5 fl. oz tube that dispenses at the bottom – you simply squeeze the tube and the product comes out in a white form. The packaging is simple and is a transparent tube, allowing you to see how much of the product you have used and how much you have left. The tube is pretty secure and I have not experienced any issues with any of the product leaking. I love that the tube stands on its own without falling over at all.
Cost: I purchased this for around $25-30, which isn’t too affordable like drugstore products but aren’t too pricy. A 5 fl oz tube lasts more than a couple months!

Accessibility to Purchase: This product can be purchased online at the Origin’s website (they always have deals & samples!) and also various places, such as Macy’s, Sephora and more! Quite accessible – I never had issues locating this product to purchase!

Texture: The product comes out as a white soft gel that becomes foamy when used with water.
Scent: It’s slightly scented but nothing too extreme. It’s quite soothing!

Comfort: The product feels very smooth and soft. All you need to do is dispense a small dime-size amount of the product, lather with water and wash your face away! When you rinse your face, your skin is left squeaky clean – seriously!

Effectiveness of Product: Excellent! I love this cleanser. This is my third bottle because it makes my face feel so clean and rinses off so easy. I’ve had cleansers that are difficult to rinse off but this one comes right off, leaving you with soft baby skin.

Would I repurchase: Of course! This is my third bottle and I love it.
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a nice cleanser that will leave your skin feeling clean and soft, you must try this product. I especially love foamy face washes and this one turns a little foamy when you use it. The only downside is that it may be a bit more expensive than drugstore cleansers, but it’s worth it! It can also be a bit drying, so make sure to use moisturizer afterwards! Other than that, I love how this cleanser leaves my skin feeling super clean and soft.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

What's in My Makeup Bag // Everyday Makeup

Hello everyone! I have a post for you today, that is one of my favourite to read. I love to see what people carry around with them and use on a daily basis, not just because these tend to be the products they like the best but because I love to see what works well on a daily basis, all day wear, and what's good for touch-ups as well. So I hope you enjoy this post, seeing the products I use most days!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wishlist Wednesday // Fashion Favourites

Hello everyone! Here is a short little post today with a few of the fashion items I'm in love with at the moment, which all may or may not be from Forever21....please don't judge my addiction haha.
Not only am I combining my love for Forever21 here but also for dark colours,Watch out bank account....F21 is coming for you.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Guest Post // Becca's Weekend Evening Weekend Routine


Today we have a guest post from a new blogger, she'll be telling you about what she does in her evening weekend routine. Make sure you go and give her blog a look, and I hope you enjoy this post. This is my first time doing a guest post, so let me know if you like these or not in the comments!

Hello everyone I’m Becca and I write a small beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog called Beauty, Blogs and Bath Bombs. I write posts that are about my favourite products, product comparisons, and tags, I sometimes also just sit down and write about whatever springs to mind. I hope that you enjoy reading this blog, and will go over and read more at beautyblogsandbathbombs.blogspot.co.uk
Today I thought I would tell you about my weekend evening routine, I have different routines for during the week and on the weekends, the main difference is that my weekday routine is significantly shorter, simply because I have less time. So let’s get started!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Mock Neck Jumper

 Hello Everyone! 
I am so glad that I have another outfit post today, as I haven't done one of these in e very long time...really since I started blogging. This time of year especially, the outfits are my favourite. I love comfy, warm jumpers which is exactly what I used for the main point of this outfit. Also I'm really loving the mock neck trend because I love high necks, but don't always suit me. Which makes this jumper perfect because the mock neck is so slight to not be unflattering but still just enough to have detail and be on trend. 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Alternatives to the Classic Red Lip

Hello everyone! Hope you're well!

I have a post today for those of your like myself, you want to wear bold lip colours...but can't find the perfect one for your complexion

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

All about the new Proactiv+/ My experience!

Hello everyone! 
Today I thought this would be a really nice post to share with you today as everyone is trying to get into their New Years resolutions and trying to  follow through with them, and if yours was something to do with improving your skin, or even if it's not but you still want to improve your skin, this post might help you.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

My Review of 2014 // Hopes for 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I know It's a couple days in to our New Year already but regardless I still wanted to post this. Just to recap for myself, reflect and see what I can do better this year. Also the photos above are just a couple from my year, I could put 200 on here but I just chose these ones already in folders haha.

Friday, 2 January 2015

The Perfect Necklace/ BaubleBar Unboxing

Hello everyone and happy New year everyone! Hope you're having a good one!

I have a post today about a piece of jewellery that I've had for a couple weeks now and I have to say, already I'm in love. I have been looking for a necklace like this for some time because I've wanted something to stack with the other necklaces, but couldn't really find one I liked too much. I stumbled among this necklace actually a couple weeks before I purchased it but at the time was $32....and because of the kind necklace that it is I couldn't justify spending that. But recently BaubleBar has been doing these 'buried baubles'  where they sell different pieces for $10 and $20. This necklace was on sale for $10 which is a great deal to the ! Plus they have free shipping so really a great deal.