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21.9.16

GOING FOR GOLD

Sorry! Couldn't resist the punny, cringe-worthy title. But let's be serious here, I have an obsession with gold jewellery. I can't stop looking at it and I can't stop buying it. So, I thought I'd show you some of my favourite pieces! There's a mix of affordable pieces and pieces that are a little bit more of an investment, but it's all worth it. Trust me.
Rachel Jackson London is one of my favourite jewellery brands at the minute. I adore her designs - especially the geometric and pineapple styles, so cute! Recently, I picked up the Hexagon Gold Outline RingI love its unusual, geometric style and it hasn't left my middle finger since. I also picked up the Long Pineapple Pendant. I love, love, love long necklaces, I think they can immediately put an outfit together and there's something quirkier about them than your ordinary lengthed chains.

Next up is a necklace I cannot take credit for, Suzie from Hello October made me buy it! It was £10 from ASOS, so how could you not? The Mini Shape Multirow Choker Necklace is absolutely beautiful. Of course, the gold plate won't last forever but I can see myself buying this again as it is so affordable. I love the little moon pendants and it's fine chain, I think it looks a lot more expensive then it actually is!

I was walking through Topshop when I spotted this necklace and it was only £8! This Star & Lightning Bolt Pendant Necklace immediately caught my eye, I am obsessed with stars especially at this time of year. I have to have star patterns on everything! There's something so festive about them and I think the little lightning bolt, that's layered on this necklace is super cute as well.

Recently, I've been preferring gold jewellery over my classic silver! These pieces are just some of my favourites. What are your favourite jewellery pieces? 
xo
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19.9.16

DRUGSTORE DUO FOR LONGER, THICKER LASHES

This mini-mascara-spending-spree was sparked off by Lydia Millen when she appeared on Snapchat with these huge, long eyelashes and said that the L'Oreal Million So Couture and the L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt mascara (applied in that order), was her winning combination. So like every other gal that saw that Snapchat, I ran into Boots to buy just that. For me, the combo was a little too clumpy for my liking! I know. Controversial opinion coming up.
I'm sorry! I've just got to stick by my forever faithful Maybelline Lash Sensational and with the L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt applied over the top, oooooh yes! The Maybelline one is really good for separating and lengthening, I love the curved shape of the wand as it makes life so much easier! It coats every lash and I won't ever stop repurchasing this one. I also really like the L'Oreal one, not one I've used before but as it adds so much drama. The long, thin wand coats your lashes root to tip so it's easy to go over board, too much and things can get clumpy. But, it adds immense volume and really thickens your lashes. Together, they are a little dream team!

Plastic-y applicators aside....Mascara is one thing in my make-up bag that I don't really splash out on, the drugstore do amazing mascaras and since I stumbled across this little duo, there is no going back for me. What are you favourite mascaras?

xo
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16.9.16

AN INSTAGRAMMER'S GUIDE TO IBIZA


So you're going to Ibiza and want to take some amazing snaps for your Instagram? I gots you covered. If you didn't already know, I've just got back from an amazing two week trip to Ibiza! I can hear the groans and almost envision the eye rolls already, it was a family holiday whilst we did hit up a few bars, we did not touch a nightclub and Ibiza was actually a whole lot nicer than I anticipated. We stayed in the sleepy town of Cala Nova in Es Canar, it was beautiful, quiet and near to everything we wanted to do. I have compiled a little list of three 'must dos' if you ever find yourself on the island.

IBIZA OLD TOWN



Ibiza Old Town is definitely one to visit, It's so easy to get to as there's a number of bus and boat routes you can take from where ever you are on the Island. For us, in Cala Nova, it was only a 40-minute bus journey. Just stumbling around and exploring, there's so much to see! There's plenty of lovely shops such as Mango and Stradivarius, beautiful boutiques and market stalls to collect souvenirs as well. We walked right up to the Ibiza Cathedral where you can go inside and take pictures; you can also see some lovely views from up there as well!

My boyfriend and I went alone one evening, as we wanted to see the town alive at night. There's so many restaurants to choose from, all facing the port. We decided to grab some tapas which surprisingly wasn't too expensive and really yummy! We then stayed for the sunset and shopped til late (also grabbed a huge fro-yo for the way home).



VIVI'S CREAMERY

As you're in Ibiza Old Town, it's worth stopping by at Vivi's Creamery which belongs to Vivian Rosberg. If you love pastel shades, copper accessories and yummy ice cream - you'd love it! The ice cream is so creamy, the flavours are pretty scrummy and there's free wifi? Do I need to say anymore?

FORMENTERA

Side note - technically it's not in Ibiza, it's a completely separate island but I mean whilst you're in Ibiza you may as well?! 

Formentera actually stole my heart! This place is beyond words. We booked a trip to the little island and it took us 2 hours to travel there with a mixture of coach, boat and some more coach to get where we wanted to be. We stopped at the capital first, San Francisco, which is a quaint and adorable town with an amazing blue and white theme throughout with little boutiques and restaurants. Highly, highly recommend visiting.

Next up, of course, Formentera's famous beaches! I'm not sure what one we visited but as soon as I saw some water, I just wanted to jump in. The water was unbelievably clear and all turquoise, it was nice to cool off as the island was much more humid than Ibiza. Formentera's also famous for these little blue and green lizards which can only be found on the island, I managed to take a quick snap of one which you will soon see. 
I'm sure there's plenty more amazing things to do on the Island than my picks! Have you ever been to Ibiza? Please comment your recommendations below.

xo
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14.9.16

COME BACKS & BEING A BETTER BLOGGER

I feel like I say this often, a little too often. I, as a blogger suck, well compared to other bloggers who work all day and night on their blogs, the ones who post daily and churn out limitless creative content. I suppose I shouldn't compare myself and success should be measured by how happy I am and all that but, I can't help but feel like I'm doing a hideous job in comparison. I've noticed that I'm not as 'into' blogging this past year as I have been before but recently, I've been excited to blog which isn't something I've felt for a while. 

I feel more inspired, I like my Instagram again - but with all these new bloody updates, I can't imagine this feeling lasting much longer. I also feel more confident speaking about my blog, before I was petrified of people reading my blog, knowing about it and speaking to me in public about it. Now, I don't care. I like my blog - there I said it. Is it perfect? No. Is it the best? No. Do I make heaps of money from my blog? No. I do it for me (and you) and that's all that counts.

I will say, I want to have more confidence speaking on camera. I applaud those of you who love to chat away on Snapchat and on Youtube, what are your tips? I know some of you have never heard my voice and I'd like to talk! But oh jees, my life really is not that interesting, neither is my voice for that matter.

In my aimless ramblings, I guess I'm trying to say is that I'm trying to stage a comeback. I will learn how to put my blog first again and be the best blogger I possibly can. Fingers crossed. Don't hold me to it though.

xo 
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22.8.16

SUMMER SKIN ESSENTIALS

You may know seeing as I won't shut up about it, but I am flying to Ibiza on Thursday! I am going for two whole weeks and I am so excited for the endless cocktails and paella. I decided to round-up a few products I will be taking with me on my travels perfect for the warm weather and of course, I made sure they are the perfect size for cramming into your suitcase. 
Let's kick things off with SPF, Nivea is my favourite brand for sun cream! I've been trying the Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture Roll-On in a 50+* recently as the weather here in the UK hasn't been too shabby. I love to use a high factor on my face and in any other sensitive areas (cough my cleavage cough) and I love the roll-on aspect! It's so easy, roll on, rub in and done. It's very fluid in consistency so while it comes out as a white lotion, it's very easy to blend in and it's undetectable on the skin once blended. So I will be for sure taking this on my holiday with me.

Next up a cleanser I have been using for the past couple of weeks! I'm not normally a foaming cleanser kinda gal but this makes your skin feel so refreshed and soft. I've been using the Gallinee La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser* and at only 120ml it's the perfect size for my suitcase. It contains 98% natural ingredients, the formula is soap-free and very gentle so perfect for sensitive/sun-exposed skin. This is definitely a summer cleanser for me, perfect for my upcoming holiday.

Sticking to skincare, the Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial* is the perfect mask for lazy people, ie. me. This is an instant pick-me-up for my skin, it immediately brightens and makes my skin look awake. It's packed with Vitamin C so perfect for dull skin as it really does give your skin some glow. After cleansing, I just work this in, leave it for a minute or two (sometimes 5) and then I rinse it off with a warm flannel. My skin instantly looks more fresh and hydrated. Big thumbs up, thanks M&S for sending this to me!

Now I am a huge fan of the LRP Effaclar Duo, it is my favourite anti-mark, anti-blemish solution. So when the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Unifiant* came out, I knew I'd love it! It's exactly the same as the Effaclar Duo but it now has coverage. This has been my go-to when I want a sheer and matte base. It sits pretty well on my dry skin and gives me a lovely matte finish without making me look too flat. It's not the most hydrating formula, so I don't think I'll be able to get away with this in the winter time but in the summer, when I am oilier it's a lovely, natural base option. I use this either all over the skin as like a skin tint or just as a concealer to hide any blemishes, I do love a bit of skincare and makeup in one.

You can't go on holiday without the biggest bronzer you own! For me, it's the Nars Tahiti Laguna Bronzer which is amazing for your face and body (it also comes with a mini Nars Ita Brush too, winning). Laguna is one of my favourite shades for bronzing, ever! So when a huge pan of it was readily available, I swooped it up. I will say this stuff smells pretty damn strong, I can't make my mind up what of but if you are sensitive to strong scented products, you may want to steer clear. The bronzer contains a teeny amount of shimmer in it which is hardly noticeable on the skin but I think it'll look gorgeous on holiday across the high points of my face and decolletage for an extra glow.

When I come home, I will be topping up my tan with the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Booster. It's my favourite facial tanner but recently I've really been enjoying applying this everywhere on my body! Well, it's not really fake tan but it is. It's a concentrate that you mix in with your moisturiser, so you can make your own fake tan, the more drops you add, the darker you will be. I just mix in two to three drops in with my moisturiser and just blend it all in! It gives such a lovely, natural glow to the body and it's so easy to use! No stinking of biscuits or looking like a crazy woman for hours until you wash it off, no staining and no crocodile skin. I am so close to finishing the bottle, I will be definitely be repurchasing.

What are your summer skin essentials? 
xo
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17.8.16

KYLIE JENNER LIP KITS - ARE THEY WORTH IT?

I'm aware that I may be pretty late to the party with my Kylie Cosmetics review, but I wanted to share my opinion nevertheless. I've owned Dolce K and Exposed for quite a while now, but are they actually worth it? I'm sure you're up to speed with all the drama surrounding Kylie and her customer service, so I'm not going to really touch on that but I will mention my honest thoughts and feelings.



Ok let's begin with the ordering process, we all know how hard it is to get your hands on anything! You find it, you're filling out all your details in a rush and bam, it's all out of stock. It took me a couple of weeks before I managed to snatch up Dolce K, I got a confirmation email promptly and it came in like two-three weeks and I had no customs charge. I remember being so completely and utterly beside myself, the beautiful iconic black box with the beautiful packaging, I loved every bit of unboxing it. So far, so pretty damn good. I had the exact same experience when ordering Exposed a couple of weeks later as well, thank god I didn't experience what so many other customers had experienced. 

Dolce K is a beautiful brown, nude shade and Exposed is an orange, nude shade. I absolutely adore the shades, these are hands down my favourite shades out of my whole lipstick collection - however, I did notice some flaws within the packaging very quickly. Point one, the liquid lipstick doesn't have a stopper inside it of so the product can leak out and get all over the place so I have to store these upright so this doesn't happen. Point two, the lipliner lid doesn't even fit the lipliner! It just slides straight off which is so annoying and I am constantly, constantly losing that stupid lid. Now I have just popped an old MAC Lipliner lid on it - which actually fits.

Now onto the products themselves, these are the most drying formulas I have ever come across throughout my liquid lipstick experience. After a couple of hours, my lips have been sucked dry of any moisture it once possessed and you can really start to feel the product on your lips. If your lips are already dry and aren't prepped properly, they can give you that gorgeous crocodile lip effect where it's all nice and settled into the lines on your lips. So make sure your lips are exfoliated and conditioned before you apply! Trust me on that one. Aside from that, they last really well, they don't fade, they dry down really quickly and they don't crumble off my lips after a long period of time. I just apply it once in the morning and I am good for the rest of the day.

The lipliners though these are the bomb, they are so creamy and they beautifully glide on the lips. The liners make for an amazing base for the liquid lipsticks to go over top! I also use these with all my other lipsticks in my collection and sometimes I'll just wear the liners on my lips alone, they are just heavenly. I wouldn't wear the liquid lipsticks on my lips all day because after a while then can get very dry and start to feel uncomfortable on the lips. I usually wear these if I'm going out evening or daytime, if it's just for a couple of hours so I know I can come home and remove it if need be.

All in all, I love these! The lipliners and the shade ranges are my favourite aspects. Kylie please sort out your packaging and then it would be gravy. I know these won't be for everyone and I do wish these were much more hydrating but I do have a few more shades on my wishlist! So I will probably be ordering more soon. If you are still sceptical or worried about the drying side, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are so hydrating and are much kinder to the lips, start there first.

xo
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8.8.16

NEW IN FROM CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Last month, I decided to treat myself to some new goodies from CT! I mean who wasn't hyped by the new Hot Lips collection? Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite luxury beauty brands, her products are absolutely fabulous and I can't get enough of the rose gold packaging.
Let's start off with what triggered this mini haul, I was watching Wayne Goss and he basically told me that I needed the Legendary Brows Brow Gel in my life. So I picked it up in the shade, Linda and I am obsessed. It makes my brows look immediately thicker and keeps them in place all day, when I'm feeling lazy I just comb this through my brows and I'm good for the day. I will say that the packaging is a bit misleading, I thought the product would be in the longer side but it's not, that's the brush end so I feel like it's quite cheeky but nevertheless, it's an amazing product just wish they gave you more of it!

It's rude to just place an order for one item, right? Moving onto my favourite new nude lipstick, Kim KW! If you wanna see a picture of me wearing it, head over to my Instagram and see it here. It's a pale pink shade, the palest out of the entire collection! It is considerably lighter than my natural lip colour but they are naturally quite dark so I just grab my foundation brush and just pat whatever's left over onto my lips before applying this so you can really see the beautiful shade that it is. It's incredibly creamy and very comfortable to wear, if you have dry lips you will love this. It glides over my lips like a dream and it's very pigmented so one swipe normally does it.

I could stare at Charlotte Tilbury's products all day, they are just so pretty! What do I need to pick up from CT next? 

xo
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3.8.16

HOLDING ONTO ROME

I've been studying Photography for a few years now and whilst being on a Digitally lead course, there's nothing better than a polaroid, just the instant thrill of printing off your pictures and displaying them. Whilst I've always struggled to master the knack of film cameras, wasting tonnes of rolls of film in the process, I've stuck to 'faking' it. Cheerz offers a lovely opportunity, to be able to print off your pictures in the Polaroid style, allowing you to add text and even a filter to make it look like the real thing!
I apologise in advance because this post is long over due, I went to Rome about 3 months ago now and I've had these gorgeous polaroids just lying around my room. As you may have been able to tell from my Instagram, I took a whole bunch of photos on my trip and when Cheerz got in touch with me about their new Polaroid 3000 product, I jumped at the chance! So, I got 18 of my favourite snaps from our trip printed off and I forgot, simply, just how lovely it is to hold physical memories in your hand. I'm really impressed with the quality of the images, I can't wait to display these! My plan is to arrange them in Hanging Photo Frame around my room which will hopefully look really lovely.

I love my little polaroids! Hopefully, there will be many more trips (and polaroids) to come. Do you like printing off your pictures? 

xo
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1.8.16

HOW TO MAKE WASHING YOUR BRUSHES EASIER

Let's be honest, we all avoid cleaning our brushes because it is the biggest chore ever. Your arm aches, your hand is sore with all the soap and constant scrubbing and it takes bloody ages. But my friends, I have a solution maybe one that won't help with the arm ache but one that will cut your brush washing time in half! Also, it'll help giving your brushes a deeper clean to make sure they go back looking brand new. So what is this mysterious product you ask?
Of course, I'm talking about the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette. When this product first came out, I marched straight into Boots to pick it up, Sam and Nic Chapman are killing it with their Real Techniques Brush ranges and when this baby came out promising to clean my brushes 55% better than the palm of my hand, I was sold. I love how you can just swirl your brushes around the multi-textured surface that just sweeps the makeup away and gets all the impurities out. The palette is a fab size, so you can wash a few brushes at the same time which saves me heaps of time. I like to use this in conjunction with a bit of Johnson's Baby Shampoo or at the minute, I've been obsessed with using the Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, it's gentle and it smells absolutely amazing! I love using these two together to make sure my brushes are back in pristine condition.

How do you wash your brushes? I also switched up my photography from my usual style in this one, I like to experiment so I hope you don't mind. 


xo
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