April Favourites ♥

This year is going so so quickly! Some amazing things have happened this month! I can confirm that I will be in America for three months this summer! I am super excited! (Any tips on travelling to the USA are very much welcome in the comments section below!). Also in April I went on my first run in a while because I want to do a half marathon soon! My time was what I wanted so this was a promising start! As well as this I have finally finished my first book since completing my degree (which ended almost a year ago!). When I completed my English Literature degree I strangely had little desire to finish a whole book as I read about 1-2 a week for 3 years. It didn’t feel like reading was a pleasure anymore but more like something I had to do in order to formulate an assignment. It wasn’t that I fell out of love with literature per-say..believe me I tried to read but could never stick with a book long enough so now I have about 7 half read books lying about my house! But I am so glad that I am finally out of this reading funk because I truly enjoy reading! It is also why I haven’t really blogged as much too because of the sheer volume of essay writing required for my degree. Fashion and beauty is my passion so I am excited to share a few purchases I have made this month…

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♥ Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip gloss shade Plums Up

My auntie is a huge fan of the Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss range from Soap and Glory. I have always thought the lip glosses they do were really pretty shades so on a spontaneous trip around Boots I picked this one up. Once you apply it to your lips it makes them tingle as it ‘plumps them’. I don’t really know if it does make them any bigger as my lips as quite big but I do know that it is a gorgeous shade! It isn’t a sticky lip gloss and stays on a while so would for sure recommend this product. £9.00

♥ Eyelure London Exaggerate No 145 Fake Eyelashes

I needed some last minute fake lashes for a night out so bought these from Boots. Eyelure has in my opinion always been a reliable brand for fake lashes so went straight for these! There were lots of different types but I usually go for volume (when I was younger I used to wear two pairs of fake lashes on nights out!!). They were only £5.45 and came with glue. The glue is a bit rubbish but thankfully I have my own glue! Lashes great but glue not so great!

♥ Natural Collection Lip Liner Ruby Rose 

This lip liner is only £1.99 from Boots. It is really good! I needed a lip liner for my VIVA GLAM MAC lip stick as it bleeds sometimes. It is super for the price – would definitely recommend!

♥ MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

This is in my opinion an essential for any girl to have in her make up bag! Class matte red lipstick from MAC. £15.50 but well worth the price!

My May Wish List Item  – Benefit’s Brow Zings!

Eyebrow shaping kit with all the tools you need for clean, smooth, perfect brows!

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Blogmas Day 10 – Eyeliner, New Hair and 20 Beauty Questions Tag!

Welcome to Blogmas day ten eeeek! Christmas is a creepin’ up on us and I have bought a grand total of two presents! Ut oh! The Christmas tree was purchased today though (my family went for a fake one), so hopefully a Christmas tree post will be posted very shortly! Today also I had my hair done (just a trim) and went to visit my Grandparents because they have just come back from a holiday to Portugal!

Day 10 of my beauty advent revealed…

… No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil 

There isn’t a specific shade on the actual eye pencil but I would say it is gold. On the Boots website it says that this eye liner would be £7.50 if bought on its own! I’m not sure I would pay that for the gold shade, possibly the black one because I would use it more. I am going to use it in the corners of my eyes so that it gives a bright highlight effect. In terms of application, it goes on well and easily. I love the colour – very Christmassy. I love it!

The 20 Beauty Questions Tag

I have decided to do ‘The 20 Beauty Questions Tag’.  I found this on http://www.letstalkcosmetics.wordpress.com and I loveeee her blog so make sure to check it out! Also if any of you guys wish to do this tag feel free!

1- Do you remember your first make up item?

It was probably a lip balm or something from a magazine! I do remember getting lip glosses with magazines like ‘Shout’ which I don’t know if it still exists anymore! I used to ask my mom’ if I could borrow her powder and lip stick when I was younger though!

2- Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

My version of a ‘perfect’ mascara is:

  • Black
  • Doesn’t flake off/leave bits under my eyes
  • Can wash off easily (doesn’t take a load of product to scrub it off)
  • Doesn’t make my eye lashes look clumped together
  • Makes my eye lashes look longer and fuller

The best mascara I have found so far is the one I always raveeee about : MAC Haute Naughty Lash

 

3- What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?

I like my foundation to look natural but at the same time to cover any blemishes or spots I have. So probably medium coverage.

4- Favourite high end brand?

Definitely MAC. I have bought far too many amazing products from there. They are pricey at times but I would rather pay more for something that looks great and lasts a while than a cheap product that reacts badly with my skin or runs out/dries up quickly.

5- Favourite drug store brand?

Simple. I use their moisturiser, cleanser, toner, face wash, face wipes and even their shampoo! I love their products as they are so kind to skin and often in Boots they have a 3 for 2 offer on them!

6- Is there any kind of make up you can’t leave the house without?

To be honest I wear no make up more than I wear make up. Buuut if I had to choose it would probably be something boring like vaseline!

7- What is your most cherished beauty product?

My most cherished beauty product would have to be my Lady Million perfume by Paco Rabanne. I think that it is so special and I only really use it on special occasions. It smells amazing!

8- How often do you shop for make up?

I don’t specifically go on make up shopping trips. I suppose if I spot something whilst I’m out or I’m running out of something I’ll buy it for myself as and when.

9- Do you have a beauty budget or do you spend freely?

To be honest I don’t really buy my make up based on price. If I see an amazing product that I love, has great reviews, looks good and I know I will use it a lot then I’ll buy it. My make up bag varies from high street to high end. When I visited Prague I found a Sephora and I didn’t really know how the pricing would be compared in pounds so I kinda just went along with it and bought things I loved!

10- What type of product do you buy the most?

Hmm probably mascara because I tend to renew mine every 4-6 months. Or moisturisers because I go through them quite quickly!

11- Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

I have never really thought about it really.

12- Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

Ooh it would have to be a tie between Sephora and MAC!

13- Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I tend to try different skin products because I find my skin gets used to different face washes. I do love trying new products!

14- Favorite bath and body brand?  

At the moment I am absolutely loving  Zoella’s Soap Opera bubble bath and her Creamy Madly Dreamy moisturiser. Her products smell gorgeous and are so reasonably priced!

15- Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 

I don’t know why but I am always a bit dubious about these products.I had a lip stain product which you could use on your cheeks too but I only used it on my lips. I am yet to be convinced!

16- Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Liquid eyeliner – yes! I think the more practice I have had, the easier it has been to apply careful products like fake lashes or eye liner.

17- Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?

I would love to! Just for a hobbie though. I remember in high school our head teacher brought in some make up artists to teach us all the correct way to apply make up! It was good because when I was younger Youtube tutorials definitely weren’t that popular so you just had to look in a magazine or ask someone. So now I think it is so cool that if you wanted to try a certain style, an make up guru could give you a step by step free video tutorial which you could play as many times as you wish.

18- What do you love about makeup?

Hmm well I love art and I guess I see applying make up as a kind of art. It is extremely technical (using different products to create different looks on different skin tones, face shapes etc). I love that it sort of creates a certain type of ‘art’. I love applying it, collecting it and trying out new looks.

19- Dramatic or Natural Makeup look?

Natural any day! I love subtle, natural make up looks, which incude a ot of nude shades.

20- Worst makeup-related habit?

My worst make up related habit is the equivalent of double dipping with my brushes! So putting my brush in one shade of eye shadow then applying it then putting it into another instead of cleaning it in between. Also doing the same for my powder and high lighter for my contour and my bronzer and brown contour shade.

Thanks for reading guys and feel free to do this tag!

xox

Blogmas Day 9 – Share Your Posts Tag and Skin Illuminator!

Hi Guyssss, today is going to be a bit of a different post! One of the best things about blogging is meeting new bloggers, discovering exciting new posts and just generally being a part of the lovely blogging community!

So the rules…

Comment below with your favourite post you have written

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Comment below recommending your favourite blogger/favourite post by them

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Like or comment on this post and I will check out your blog 🙂

Share this post or create your own so that everyone discovers new bloggers and can read their amazing work!

xox

Day Nine of my beauty advent calendar revealed…

… 10ml of No7 Skin Illuminator Radiance Boosting Beauty Fluid

I am a huge fan of contouring and this product will look amazing over the cheek bone high lighter! It is so shimmery – I’m going to use it on my cheek bones to lift them and also on my collar bone. You only need a little bit though because it goes far!

 

 

Blogmas Day 7 – Life with acrylics and mini haul!

Day 7 of my No7 advent calendar revealed…

 

… 4ml of No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour – Red

Whilst we’re on the topic of nail varnishes… I got acrylic nails put on for the first time EVER in all my 22 years on Saturday.


I’ve never felt the need to have them because I either paint my nails or leave them filed and plain. My sister has had acrylics a few times and they’ve looked so good so we thought on my birthday we should get them done. Let me tell you it hasn’t all been a smooth sailing relationship with me and these nails! The great thing about them is that I love that I can literally do nothing to my nails for roughly three weeks and they’ll stay looking fab.

Buuuut (and here comes the but) it is so hard doing little daily tasks with them! For instance before I didn’t think twice about cranking open my advent calendar doors daily – now I can’t get my chocolate out! (I had to ask my mom to help me this morning 🙄). Also everytime I want to type at work on my keyboard or text it automatically is accompanied with a clicking noise now! I think these talons will take some getting used to!

My Mini Haul!

So on my birthday I went on a lil shopping spree! I only bought a few things as it was a spontaneous trip!

The first thing I bought was a jumper from topshop. I love cosy jumpers and couldn’t resist buying this one! It’s so soft. I love plain, classic pieces and this will go with jeans, skirts and be used in all seasons!


£26.00 

Topshop

The second thing I bought was from New Look. I bought some slouchy jeans about a month ago from River Island, but I bought them just a tad too big! So I’ve been on a serious hunt for a belt ever since! I literally couldn’t find one suitable anywhere! But I was pleasantly surprised to find New Look had a great selection!


£3.99

New Look

The final item I bought on my birthday was a gorgeous pair of dark brown boots also from New Look. I rarely buy brown boots because I always go straight for black ones so I thought I’d try a different style for once instead of adding to my black boot collection!


£19.99

New Look

Blogmas 2015!

Something I really really enjoyed writing about last year on my blog was ‘Blogmas’. For those of you who have never heard of it (or heard of Vlogmas) or have read about it but don’t really know what it is then hold your breath no longer fellow bloggers… Blogmas is blogging everyday from December 1st to December 25th! I love the run up to Christmas and Blogmas kind of documents that I guess. Last year my posts ranged from what I did on certain days to gift ideas. So I have decided to do it again this year for a number of reasons really…

♥ Christmas is definitely my favourite time of year

♥ I have been slacking a lot on the post writing front these days (due to various reasons – personal training sessions at the gym, catching up with friends and family mostly). So Blogmas is such a good way to get into writing regularly again

♥ I love love love interacting with new bloggers and last year from Blogmas I got to discover so many bloggers I had never heard of before through their Blogmas’s or people interacting with my posts. I have always found the blogging community to be so lovely, supportive and positive

♥ I get to share with you crazy, random posts! Like I said my Blogmas has no real structure to it per-say, it is just what I feel inspired to write whether that is a hair tutorial or how to bake the perfect Christmas themed goodies!

♥ I love a challenge! Last year I found it relatively easy to do because I was at uni and had lotssss of free time but now I am home and in a full time job and have the gym/friends/family commitments it will be challenging to fit it all in! (Not to mention me turning 22 on the 5th day of it – eeeeek!)

So hope you guys enjoy!

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If anybody else is doing Blogmas feel free to link me to your blog in the comment bit below because I love reading other peoples just as much as writing my own!

Afternoon Tea and Business Awards

This weekend has been filled with glitz and glam! Firstly, I attended the Business Awards hosted by our local paper. The company I work for had sponsored an award so we were all invited! We got glammed up as it was a black tie event.

I wore a navy dress with hand sewn pearls on. It had cut outs at the waist. I had originally bought it from Topshop for my graduation ball but then wore another dress. I never had an occasion posh enough to wear it so was really excited to wear it! My heels were just little black heels from Marks and Spencer and my clutch was a navy clutch from New Look. My mom’s dress (above) was from the Wallis range at Harvey Nichols, her clutch was a gorgeous black sparkly number from Dorothy Perkins.

The evening was really fun, we were given champagne upon arrival, a three course meal and a disco afterwards. When we came out it had started to snow as well!

The part two of my glam filled weekend was afternoon tea and cocktails in Leeds with the ladies in my family. We were celebrating my Mom’s cousin’s 60th birthday so wanted to do something extra special!

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My Grandma and I on the way to our ladies luncheon!

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Drinking my all time favourite cocktail – Cosmopolitans – before our afternoon tea!

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My Auntie and I in Browns Bar

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Our afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols complete with Champagne!

The afternoon tea was beautiful, and we had scones and caramel lattes for afterwards! It was such a fun day – cocktails, looking around the Leeds Christmas market and having a ladies luncheon!