BEAUTY | My Holy Grail Products

14.5.15


Anastasia Brow Whiz | Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion | Kat Von D Tattoo Liner | Rimmel 107 | Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder


The term Holy Grail gets thrown about quite a lot in the blogging world. You often hear about 'Holy Grail' skincare or a new mascara which just NEEDS to be one of your 'Holy Grail' products. As someone who has only developed a love of beauty products in the past couple of years, I have never really considered anything in my collection really necessary, I could always replace it with something else. But, since developing my own routine and make up collection, there are definitely some products which I absolutely love which would be very difficult to replace (and I didn't know how else to describe them).

Eyebrows have been a massive deal in the past year or two and as mine are a bit wild and bushy (but not in the cute Cara Delevigne kind of way) I definitely need some sort of products to keep them looking good, eyebrows on fleek. The Anastasia Brow Whiz is a product which basically everyone loves and I definitely picked it up on the recommendation of many a beauty blogger but it really does do the job. The spoolie on one end tidies my brows up and makes them straight and then the waxy pencil on the other end is perfect for filling in any gaps.

Another blogger favourite which I picked up from the Sephora website when doing a mega order over Christmas is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I love a black liquid eyeliner and feel a bit lost without a bit of a wing and this liner just does. not. budge. It is also incredibly easy to use and it the only liner pen I can use with my eyes open (like the proper beauty gurus do, eh).

Sticking with the eyes, since starting wear eyeshadow, I realised my eyelids are basically a pain in the arse and just crease anything I put on them. Since purchasing the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (which I first tried when I got a sample with the Naked 3 Palette) this has not been a problem at all. The primer is light weight and really easy to apply and then anything that goes on top stays there as long as you want it to! A great product if you find your eyeshadow going walkies half way through the day.

Unfortunately, I am yet to find a foundation which is perfect for my skin type and colour but the one thing that helps this is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. A dusting of this makes any base look flawless and also helps your makeup stay on your face for much longer. I would keep some of this with me at all times if I hadn't already broken one in the bottom of a bag before (nightmare).

Finally is my all time favourite lipstick. This is most definitely a bold statement as I own way too many lipsticks (nearing 100, eek). The Rimmel 107 is a gorgeous deep, blue toned red in a matte finish which I could literally wear every day. You will see it in most of my posts and I would definitely give it a try if you haven't already.

I'd love to know which products are your absolute favourites so I can try them out for myself!


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WISHLIST | H&M Home

12.5.15



Marble Box | Striped Rug | Yellow Cushion | Striped Cushion | Copper Candlestick | Copper Picture Frame | Blanket | Copper Basket | Marble Frame


After moving into my own flat a few months ago, all I want to buy is home stuff. Starting from scratch can be quite an issue for the old bank account so I've tried to look for more budget home stores such as Ikea, Dunelm and also supermarkets which have a really impressive home range these days. Somewhere I didn't expect to find what I wanted is H&M. I love H&M for clothes and have been shopping there for year but being from Manchester, I wasn't even aware they had a home department as they are only stocked in stores in London. Thankfully, I have the internet and I am dying to order some bits online.

At the moment my flat is mainly black, white and grey with some pink accents in both my living room and bedroom. I love the muted colours but would love a different accent colour so it's not all girly (the boyf's not a fan) and I think yellow is perfect. These cushions are great and would be perfect. The yellow colour is lovely and bright and perfect for summer and the black and white stripes would add a bold patterned element. To match these is this gorgeous rug in a similar style.

Something I've been dying for is a really comfy blanket for the sofa. Even though it is getting a bit warmer, we are still getting a lot of cold weather so a really cosy blanket is an essential and I love this black and white patterned one.

When it comes to accessories, it's always nice to stick to a theme and at the moment I love copper and marble (basically like everyone else in the world). Out of the bits I have chosen, my favourites are the copper hanging frame and the marble box. I think they would be lovely little bits to place in any room to add something special. The good thing about H&M homewares is they are really good value so even with really on trend pieces they can be easily replaces if you go off them in a few months.

Have you shopped at H&M Home? What are your favourite bits?


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HOME | Living Room Tour

4.5.15








As you may know, I recently moved into my own flat after living with my parents for 18 months after finishing uni. Now I've settled in (and feeling very grown up) I thought I'd share a little sneak peek of my living room. I've gone for a black/white/grey theme with a few pops of pink to keep it a bit girly.

I hope you like it, let me know if you want to know where anything is from! (although you can almost guarantee it will be Ikea)


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WISHLIST | Denim

29.4.15


Pinafore Dress | Tunic Dress | Shirt | Dungarees | Skirt | Bum Bag


It feels like ages since I did a wishlist! Today I wanted to show you my favourite picks from a very classic trend but one which is all over the place this season - denim. Everyone wears denim whether it's a pair of jeans or a jacket or a shirt. Personally, I'm not a big jeans wearer but I do love denim in the form of skirts and dresses so I love that denim has gone crazy recently!

The two dresses I have chosen are a lovely light blue pinafore and a darker shift dress. I think the pinafore would look gorgeous with a striped tee underneath or maybe a polo neck if it's a bit chilly where you are. Both of the dresses would be amazing for summer with bare legs and some sandals. The denim shirt is perfect is you want a bit of denim in your outfit but don't want to go all out and end up looking like a cowboy. This Topshop shirt is the perfect denim shade and is a bit baggy so you can even wear it open over a dress. For me, the dungarees may be a bit out there but I have added them in as a dream buy as they would make the perfect black and white look with a black tee and boots.

This season I think a must have is a button down A-line skirt. I already own a few in different textures but this denim one from Zara is beautiful. There is also a similar one in Topshop at the moment which I might get my hands on soon! As for accessories, denim is a tricky one to pull off but this little bum bag from American Apparel is perfect for summer holidays or festivals.

How much do you love the denim trend at the moment and which are your staple pieces?


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OOTD | Old/New

27.4.15







Crop Top - Topshop, Skirt - Primark, Sunglasses - Zara, Boots - ASOS


I know I have featured an outfit very similar to this before but I found this skirt back at my mum's house last week after completely forgetting about it and I just had to wear it again! I love finding old clothes which you can still wear, it's like you've been shopping in your own house...

This is the kind of outfit I've been wearing recently with the weather getting a bit warmer but still not quite warm enough to put the tights away. I love a crop top (excuse the belly shots) especially with high waisted skirts, they look really flattering. Also, you may notice I am wearing a DIFFERENT pair of black boots shock horror. You may have seen in my ASOS Shoe Haul that my trusty Primark Chelsea boots died (sad face) so at least you don't have to see them in every post like usual!

Thanks to the boyf for taking these photos for me, looks like I have a new photographer!


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LIFESTYLE | Travel Bucket List

26.4.15

So far, I haven't really had much opportunity to travel, although it is something I would love to do. I have had quite a few holidays and city breaks but there are so many places I would love to explore around the world. I'd love to share with you my top 3 destination on my Travel Bucket List to give you an insight into the places I love to visit and also maybe inspire you!

Tokyo, Japan



A place which I'm sure is on most people's bucket list - Toyko, Japan seems like such a gorgeous, vibrant city with so much to explore. I have wanted to visit Tokyo ever since watching Lost in Translation (a cliche, I know) and I constantly dream of roaming the bustling streets, browsing the colourful clothing stores and, of course, stuffing my face with sushi. Not only is Toyko a fabulous and busy city, but it contains some of the most beautiful parks in the world to relax in. 

Things I would love to do:

  • Take the Tokyo Great Cycling tour - see all of the sights plus some hidden places only known by locals all whilst enjoying a lovely bike ride in the sun!
  • Visit Sensoji Temple - a beautiful Japanese landmark which helps you soak up the culture that surrounds you
  • Eat. Everything. - I ADORE Japanese food. I could eat it every day for the rest of my life. I'd love to go to one of the many Michelin star restaurants in Tokyo but also try the little obscure cafes which sell the best food you could eat


Reykjavik, Iceland




Reykjavik is another place which I would love to visit. As an incredible pale person who burns from any contact with the sunlight, Iceland seems like the perfect holiday destination for me (much to my sun-loving boyfriend's dismay...). Although, it is not only the climate which appeals to me - there is so much I would love to do and see here. The city itself is so pretty and picturesque with lovely colourful houses and has a fantastic nightlife as well as great Scandinavian design features.

Things I would love to do:

  • Go whale watching - this is something I have actually done before in Boston, but in Iceland it is a whole different experience. You see so much wildlife including Minke and Humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises (it is also one of my dreams to see an orca in the wild)
  • Visit the hot springs - Iceland is sat on a hot pocket on the Earth which results in lovely hot water in springs and geysers which I would love to visit as you definitely don't find this in England, home to the coldest sea in the world (don't quote me on that)
  • See the Northern Lights - again, this is probably on everyone's must-do list, but it would be such an incredible experience I had to include it

Seattle, USA




A few years ago, I did a little bit of travelling along the East Coast of America (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC) and it was incredible so I would love to try the West Coast next time I visit. Seattle seems like the perfect city to start in with so many things to do, amazing food (it's all about the food) and not far away from beautiful scenery. I'm also a big fan of American sports, especially baseball and American football, so I would have to take the time to go to a game.

Things I would love to do:

  • Go to the observation deck of the Space Needle - the most recognised landmark in the Seattle skyline, the Space Needle is a must see. Even though I am a bit of a wimp and can't deal with heights, this is an opportunity which I couldn't turn down
  • Visit Jimi Hendrix's grave - is this the most morbid thing ever? Well I would still love the visit this amazing memorial to one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived and one of my favourites
  • Eat. Everything. - are we sensing a common theme here? Seattle is well known for it's seafood, being on the Pacific coast and is home to some of the best restaurants in the world

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