Monday, June 30, 2014

Video: Monochrome Blonde LookBook

This is my first lookbook for a good long while! I'm pretty proud of it, I'm happy how it turned out and I love love love these outfits. This video is also a great example of my dancing haha.

Outfit 1 -
White T Shirt Dress - Primark
White Frilly Socks - eBay
Boots - Doc Martens
Sunglasses - eBay
Bag - H&M

Outfit 2 -
Stripe T Shirt Dress - eBay
Platform Chelsea Boots - Boohoo

Outfit 3 -
Sweater T Shirt - H&M
PU Wetlook Shorts - eBay
Bag - H&M
Low White Sneakers - Converse

Outfit 4 -
Black Pom Pom Playsuit - Dollygirl Fashion
Platform Black Heels - eBay
Handbag - Primark

Outfit 5 -
Crop Rib Tee in Black - Topshop
Scallop Edge Lace Shorts - MissGuided
Jelly Sandals - Rubi Shoes

Makeup -
L'Oreal True Match Foundation in Vanilla
NARS Deep Throat Blush
Illamasqua Heliopolis Bronzer
Urban Decay 'Buck' Eyeshadow
NYC Liquid Eyeliner
MAC Lipstick in Snob & Peach Blossom


Sunday, June 29, 2014

My Must Have Brushes

Today's post is a post that is extremely close to my heart because my makeup brushes are seriously my favourite things about makeup (closely followed by face products). Brushes are integral to application; I still look back and cringe at my 14 year old self who smeared my Dream Matte Mousse on with my fingers, and applied my sparkly blue eyeshadow with my ring finger, or worse, one of those spongey applicators!! For me, makeup brushes can really make or break a makeup look, but I do understand that they're one of the top most expensive aspects of building your makeup collection. I've narrowed down my absolute must have brushes, that I could comfortably live with and still achieve flawless makeup every day. There are six in total; 4 face brushes and 2 eye brushes!

Sigma Blending e25 Brush
I always liked to think I knew what I was doing when it came to eyeshadow blending, but let me tell you, I had but not a clue until I bought this brush. I have a bigger fluffier one, which is good, but this one's slightly more rigid bristles give a whole lot more control over where the eyeshadow ends up going. It's great for building up colour in the crease, and needless to say, ALL of Sigma's brushes are so incredibly soft and feel lovely on the skin.

Sigma Eye Shading e55 Brush
The thick, dome-shaped bristles on this brush are perfect for packing on a lot of colour all over the lid, but you can stretch it's use if you need to. I like to use it to smoke out underneath my lower lash line using heavier colours, and you can also use it to highlight the browbone. 

EcoTools Custom Coverage Buffing Brush
When I discovered buffing brushes, my entire makeup routine changed and the quality of my makeup rose so much! No more painting foundation on using those awful pointy foundation brushes. I love this buffing brush because it blends the foundation into your skin for a seamless coverage, and increases your foundation's staying power and natural look! On top of this, EcoTools is a wonderful vegan brand which stands for a wonderful vegan message; all of the brushes are cruelty free and have a gorgeous rustic look. The bristles are actually softer than any animal hair brush I've ever tried, and so since I tried this baby I've been building up my EcoTools collection. I'm a huge fan.

Sigma Large Powder f30 Brush
This is one of those brushes you just have to include; it isn't a showstopper or anything, but you'd be a bit stuck without it. My makeup requires an insane amount of setting because my skin is so oily, and this brush is absolutely massive and makes quick work of setting my foundation with a loose or pressed powder. Again, it's bristles are amazing and soft, and there really is a lot of brush here for your money!

NARS Ita Kabuki Brush
The most amazing brush any contour-loving girl could ever ask for! This is a must have for me, because I really love playing up my cheekbones with a contour, and this brush creates that crisp, defining line beneath the bone. The bristles are fluffy and comfortable on the skin, really easy to control and the brush itself is really beautiful. I love the NARS packaging and it is translated wonderfully onto the brushes!

RealTechniques Blush Brush
RealTechniques is a cult favourite among beauty bloggers, and it is no surprise why. I remember being shocked and in disbelief at how amazingly soft this brush was when I took it out of it's box! The dome shaped hairs (I can't even call them bristles because they're so soft!) make for perfectly blended blush and allow you to build up product without it going cakey or smeary. This brush also doubles as a great contour brush! For a really light contour, you can dust the bronzer underneath the cheekbones and it looks wonderful.


video: First Tattoo! - Tips & Advice

Hello beautiful people! If you are subscribed to my YouTube you may have seen this video already! This is my newest video, and it's a vlog style vid before and after I got my first ever tattoo! I'm currently writing up an in-depth First Tattoo blog post to help any of you guys out who are worried or nervous, and hopefully you'll enjoy this video too!

I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I'm literally the happiest I could be with it; it is exactly what I wanted! Look out for the upcoming blog post and chuck us a like or a comment if you have any questions!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

travelling round europe - clothing

After deciding I wanted to go traveling, I realised I’d need some serious funds. I’ve managed to secure a bar job in a local pub in Devon this week, and honestly I’m loving it. My shifts are great and I’m going to be on track (with both my jobs) to be setting off in September! With this in mind, I’ve started thinking about what I’ll need to pack in my massive backpack!

I'm going to a couple of colder countries first off; Germany and Brussels and probably Paris are going to be chilly in September. With this in mind, I've put
- Pair of jeans
- Flat Chelsea Boots
- Hoodie
- Flannel Shirt
- Doors TShirt
These are my warmish items, and there's not many because hopefully the weather in Florence, Rome, Barcelona and Portugal is going to be sunny and warm still by the time I get there.

Given that I'm spending a vast majority of my trip in sunny places, I've made sure I've got more summery clothes in my backpack!
- White Jelly Sandals
- Black Havianas
- Crochet Lace Vest
- Hand of Fatima vest
- Levis Shorts
- Chiffon Shirt
- White Skater Dress
- T shirt Dress
- Raybans
- Trusty Triangl Bikini
- Camisole Top
- Black Strappy Dress

All the pieces I'm taking are pretty versatile and can be paired with most things in my backpack. I'm hoping I'll still look good whilst travelling around, I don't just want to dress like a tourist! Then again, I'm hoping to embrace the travelling, free spirited-ness of backpackers around the world.

I'm also bearing in mind that whatever I take will have to be handwashed in bathrooms, including underwear! My Dad travelled round America, Central America and South America for a year with only 3 pairs of pants! 

Of course I'll be taking other things, but those are separate blog posts. I'll be doing a toiletries post, and also techy stuff and boredom curing stuff for the long train journeys! 

Now I know I'll definitely have the money, the excitement is building. I'm so excited to be going off into the big wide world and experience life for myself. I'm becoming less and less scared as I get more used to the idea. Since I left Australia I'm feeling much less drawn toward materialistic things, and more towards life lessons, food, experiences and happiness from within rather than happiness from external things. That's what has drawn me to the Hand of Fatima jewellery, maybe my inner hippie is emerging!

What do you think of my packing list? Am I missing any clothes? 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Recipe: Refreshing Summer Smoothie!

It's summer here in the UK, which means you can probably find me out back in my garden, scantily clad, reading a book and sipping on one of my favourite things ever; a fresh juice or an icy, home-blended smoothie. I'm big into smoothies, purely because you know exactly what has gone into them. It's so important to be aware of all the ingredients you're fuelling your body with, because nine times out of ten, if you're feeling less than perfect, it is something missing or something wrong in the food you're eating!

This smoothie is all natural, all healthy and really cheap to make. It is absolutely perfect for sipping on slowly, and the ingredients are specially selected to nourish, hydrate and refresh your body when you're sitting out in the sun!

In this baby, I used:
1 whole banana, peeled
2 handfuls of frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries)
1 handful of ice
400ml of Tropicana with juicy bits, or any orange juice you prefer

I simply chucked them all in my blender and whizzed it all up. What came out was about a pint of red deliciousness of all natural, icy cold refreshment which I spent about an hour sipping through a straw in my back garden. Loooovely! It's so important to take into consideration that you can buy slushies from loads of news agents, and you can even buy icy cold soft drinks and juice drinks, but you can never guarantee the level of goodness in a product unless you make it from scratch! So many products have added nasties that cost you more money in the end. I'd say this pint of goodness only cost about £2 to make, so it's already cheaper than a whole load of stuff you can get in the shops. Then add in the fact you get a whole lot more than what you can buy instore, and then consider how nutritious and delicious it all is! Can't be any simpler.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Travelling Round Europe - one

So, something has been stirring within me this week. I’m notoriously timid and I have always loved having ‘mummy’ to do everything for me! Since moving back to England, I’ve been getting a taste for the independent, adventurous life. One of the main reasons for me moving back was so that I could live a richer and more fulfilling existence! With this said, I have decided that I’m going to take a step out into the world of independence and I’m taking myself off on my travels!

I’ve always been completely fascinated by Europe; it’s a continent absolutely full of history and stories (and I know this series is going to bore a lot of you to death!) but I’m so excited that I’ll be able to experience places like Versailles and Coliseum first hand. As well as that though, I’m going to make full use of the beautiful parks, beaches and waterparks! I’ll be writing some blog posts about my planning process, and savings progress, and then once I’m away I’ll keep a diary so I can write all about what I’ve been up to while I’ve been away.

Everything is in really early stages just now, but I know for certain that I’m going by myself and I’m going on the interrail, which is a train ticket you can buy which covers you for the whole of Europe! I’ve decided to go by myself because I really feel as though this type of journey can shape the person you are, and teach you things you need to know about life. Plus I'm feeling a bit selfish and I want to take myself wherever I like and see all the things I want to. 

I've been looking at hostels and sorting out a budget; at the moment it looks like I'm going to need about £1300 for everything. I'll be staying in dorm rooms most of the time, apart from in Barcelona where I've decided I'll treat myself to a single room with it's own en-suite (luxury! haha). To save, I've set up a separate bank account and I'm currently job hunting for bar work and restaurant work; places I can cram in loads of hours on top of my usual cafe waitressing. 

As you can see, my main interest is in the southern cities of Italy and Spain, and I'll be spending way over half of my month away in the warmer cities where I can lounge around on the beaches and make the most of the sun. I wrote an 'Achievements list' of things I'd like to do in each city. Here is a brief synopsis of my list!

Berlin: History Museum, Eat a Frankfurt sausage
Paris: Crepes, Tour Eiffel, Louvre, Moulin Rouge
Florence: Gelato, Pizza, Pasta
Rome: Museums, Coliseum Tour, Pantheon 
Barcelona: Sunbathe, Tapas, Swim in the Mediterranean
Madrid: City parks, El Rastro, Churros
Albufeira: Waterparks, Sunbathe, Kayak

I'll be posting regularly-ish on any new developments with this. Once things start getting booked and I get my savings looking nice I'll have a lot more to write about this! I know this is quite different from my usual stuff but I'm not going to be turning this into a travel blog or anything. I'd love to know any recommendations on hostels and things to do in the cities! I'm going literally for the first time and I'll be exploring everything with brand new eyes. I'm so excited!!


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Alpha-H Skincare Purchase

Good old eBay! I’d had all these items sitting in my basket on another website, and the cost was over £100, and too hard to justify. Suddenly, a brainwave occurred and I popped them all in on eBay, and I got a saving of over £25! Winning! I’ve been lusting over the Alpha-H skincare for a good few weeks now, and as my Skin Doctors T-Zone range is running out, I needed to get my skates on and buy a new load of stuff! I read a lot of really helpful reviews and this range looks pretty well respected among the blogger community; I’m particularly excited about the cult favourite Liquid Gold (oooh). Obviously you can expect a big review post when I’ve tried out these babies! 


Friday, June 20, 2014

Why You're Far Too Good To Wait For Him

Hi everyone. Today’s post is going to be a little bit different to anything I’ve posted before, but it’s something I really feel like I need to address in order to get over something that has recently happened in my personal life.

I have recently stopped seeing someone (well, I’m not even sure if you can call it ‘seeing’ because it only happened over the course of about a month), basically because it turned out we didn’t want the same things. At first, everything seemed perfect, and most of us girls will know what it is like to have a guy treat you so amazingly and say the most perfect things to you. I was smitten almost immediately, but I knew I had to be wary and keep my guard up. After some time, we met and I felt amazed that someone could be so sweet and good natured and kind, but then, for some reason, everything just stopped. All the texting throughout the day, the cute picture messages, the facebook messages etc just stopped. Every time I asked if he wanted to meet up, he was really up for it and came out and things were amazing again, but still, he wouldn’t be available to talk or text when we weren’t together. Two weeks pass of barely being in contact, and all the while I’m wondering how I should play it, or whether I should text him, or play hard to get, or whatever. The last time we hung out, again, it was amazing and I felt like I was being treated like a princess, but afterwards, again, NOTHING. No texts, no messages.

This is where I drew the line. I’ve had relationships in the past where I’ve been treated truly amazingly, and so my bar is set pretty high already. I was so smitten that for about a month I allowed this guy to play around with my feelings and lead me on without realising that he was just getting the best of both worlds, without actually having to commit. At first, I felt like I just wanted to wait around for him, because honestly I was infatuated and felt like I’d do anything to be with him and get treated the way I was treated when I was with him. The reality is though, that he simply couldn’t be bothered, and wasn’t ready, and didn’t know exactly what it was he wanted. Looking back now, despite speaking to this guy for over a month, I realise he never let me in, and I know almost nothing about him.

If someone ‘doesn’t know’ how they feel about you, then they aren’t anywhere near good enough for you. A real connection is between people who actually care, and who will both put an equal amount of effort into a relationship. It should never be you waiting by your phone for a text, and there should never be games where you play ‘hard to get’. It took me far too long to convince myself of how brilliant a person I was, and I really don’t have time to convince someone else! The person of your dreams; your soulmate; will just know. When you’ve found the right person, there won’t be any games, there won’t be any indecisiveness or dilly dallying. You just have to be strong enough to realise when something you want just isn’t going to happen, and that you’ve got to let go.

I read an article when I was feeling the most upset, and it really helped me out. It made me realise how ridiculous it was that I’d got my heart set on a person and for some reason I felt like I had to wait for him to realise how great I am, and that he wanted to be with me.

You’ve made a decision about him and decided to stick around in spite of the fact that he hasn’t got both feet in the relationship.
In fact, you’re waiting for him to make a decision about you, when you’ve already made a decision about him! Does that even make sense?
How horrible is it to be around someone who isn’t sure that they want to be with you when you have your heart and mind so set on him?”

When you’re with someone who can’t bring themselves to put both of their feet in the relationship and instead keeps a foot out, or just a toe in and makes it clear either through words or his actions that he is not on board. Instead of fighting for his attention, trying to prove yourself, trying to win, the fact that he is himming and hawing about you should be a serious indicator that something is wrong and that you need to step back, get real, and be careful of projecting what you think, feel, and believe on to him because clearly, you’re not on the same page.”
We are so much stronger than allowing ourselves to be treated like doormats. We are far too good to be picked up and put down by someone who just wants the best of both worlds. It’s hard not to be led on when someone makes such amazing promises and says such beautiful things, but if we teach them that we are happy to be ignored when it suits them, yet come dashing back at the first instance, we will only set ourselves up for a disappointing relationship.

It definitely helps to surround yourself with friends and family, and to throw yourself into your work and hobbies. Definitely don't go all psycho on them (I haven't even officially called things off with this guy; I'm just waiting for him to suggest we meet up so I can tell him he's got no chance!). For me, writing about it and reading positive, empowering articles has been my most helpful way of dealing with this. I’m counting it as a lucky escape; imagine how much worse it would be had things become more serious, and I’d developed true feelings for this boy. Just remember, us girls are clever; look at their body language, read the signs and trust your gut instinct. Remember what an incredible, bright, funny and dedicated person you are, and recognise why you're far too good for this idiot who can't see that for himself!

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