Friday, 30 September 2016

Winter Scented Candle From The White Company

It's kind of a running joke that bloggers are sooo ~OBSESSED~ with candles. And yes, we are! But let me ask you... who doesn’t love a candle at this time of year?! Who doesn’t love a candle ALL YEAR ROUND? C’mon. Everyone loves a candle! That’s a fact*.

(*I haven’t got any official stats or anything…)

winter scented candle the white company

Winter Scented Candle From The White Company

And because of that little fact, I have teamed up with The White Company (another bloggers favourite) to give away their all time best-selling Winter candle. I have three up for grabs so there’s one candle for 3 lucky winners. Please scroll down to the end of this blogpost for details on how to enter.

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Homeware Haul: Oliver Bonas, Jo Malone, & TK Maxx

Here’s what I do when I go shopping for homeware and see something that I might like to buy: I ask myself these two questions and two questions only

Question 1: Would it suit the decor? 

Question 2: And could it double up as blog photography prop? 

If it hits both criteria, then I’m buyin’ it. No further questions asked! I almost think to myself that no matter how overpriced something is, if I can get those two uses out of it, then I feels like I’m getting a bargain.

oliver bonas homeware haul

Homeware Haul: Oliver Bonas, Jo Malone, & TK Maxx

I haven’t treated myself to anything house things for months so I thought it was time to buy a few things.... All of which were enabled by other bloggers and their irresistible and beautifully presented wish lists! 
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Thursday, 22 September 2016

8 Plum & Berry Shades To Try This Winter

Call me a cliche but I’ll be wearing plum and berry shades this Autumn/Winter. You see, when it comes to these tones, I’m a newbie, so I will happily stick to plummy purples for the next few months! Basically, I’m still in the honeymoon phase with it and I find it a bit of a novelty to wear a purple lipstick.

8 Plum & Berry make up Shades To Try This Autumn

8 Plum Shades To Try This Autumn/Winter

As a newcomer to ‘Autumnal’ shades, I daren’t go too vampy (yet). I have a pale but yellowy complexion so I don’t necessarily feel that deep colours work for me. BUT I’ve forced it  to work, God dammit! I want to join the AUTUMNAL BEAUTY CLUB this year, ok!?
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Where To Buy: Instagram-Worthy Rose Gold Make-Up Brushes

Ah, brand new make-up brushes. Is there anything else in the world that gets a beauty bloggers heart beating than the sight of brand spanking new make-up brushes? Ooooh, they’re so shiny. They’re so soft. They’re so perfect! I’m in LOVE.

Where To Buy Instagram-Worthy Rose Gold Make Up Brushes

Where To Buy: Instagram-Worthy Rose Gold Make Up Brushes

If I’m honest though, the main reason why I love getting new make-up brushes is that I know I can put off cleaning my old set. I have new ones to use and they NEED my undivided attention! Immediately. 🙊

A set of rose gold make-up brushes arrived from Beau Belle. The Rose Gold Complete Set* retails at £34.99 and it consists of 5 very Instagram-worthy brushes. I’d say that £34.99 for 5 soft bristled brushes (which works out as £6.99 per brush) is an extremely great price, especially when compared to their competitors, it kind of a bargain!

Of course, it's not about how great they look on Instagram (although, you've got to admit, they do look pretty smokin' on IG! IG luvs dat rose gold) but the quality of the brushes are pretty decent too. 

I don't use all of the brushes on the part of the face that they are designed for - I make it work for me. But... scroll down... all is explained below!
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Monday, 19 September 2016

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Home Fragrance

I have had these pics saved in drafts for weeks. Months, in fact. Since May, to be exact. 😳 

I kept shifting this blogpost up and down on my to-do list and each week, I tried to make a top priority, but as the weeks came and gone, it was still drifting around on the list. It's going to feel soooo good to be able to finally tick this one off!

molton brown pink pepperpod home fragrance

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Home Fragrance

Truth be told, I’ve always associated Molton Brown’s Pink Pepperpod scent as something I'd use in Autumn/Winter. It has been put to one side while Summer does it’s thing and I’ve restrained from using this LOVELY selection of home fragrance until now.
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Outfit: All Black Everything

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This post is sponsored by Ted Baker. However, all opinions, styling, and photographs are my own.

Look how beautiful the colourful backdrop looks! When I take my glasses off, my vision blurs slightly (ok, a lot), and it looks like something out of a Disney animation. Like the bit at the beginning of Alice In Wonderland when she’s sat in park with her sister. 

That's probably the only advantage to being slightly blind is that things can sometimes look 100% better when you can’t see them (paraphrasing a quote from Lolita). I’m aware that that makes me sound bonkers but you’ll TOTALLY get it if you’re also as short-sighted as I am!
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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Try Kat Von D Make-Up In This Beauty Box

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Try Kat Von D Make-Up In Love Me Beauty Box

Usually I try not to post about beauty subscription box back to back, but would you have a look at this! Just when you thought beauty subscription boxes had become unexciting, samey-samey, and tired, Love Me Beauty* has hit this one out of the park! 
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Birchbox Beauty Heroes | September Edition

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Birchbox UK For September 2016

I am LOVING the pastel coloured box design this month! And hey, the pull-out drawer is back (first made an appearance in this funky palm tree printed design)! YESSSS! That means the pastel design is wrapped around the whole box so I can use the back of it for photographic backdrops!
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Monday, 12 September 2016

How To Survive Your First Year At University

I’m taking you on a trip down memory lane for this one. All the way back to 2005 to be exact, so I suppose it’s only right to start this blogpost by sharing some poor quality photos taken from my point-and-shoot 3.5 megapixel camera.

I don't have that many photos left. Throughout uni, I used Bebo but that went tits up and it lost all my uni pics! Sad times. I grabbed what I could off Facebook to be reminded what life was like before fleeky eyebrows.

How To Survive Your First Year At University

This time next week, my sister will be starting her very first day at uni. She's excited but naturally apprehensive. 

Even though my first year as a University student was a REALLY long time ago, I can still remember it as if it was yesterday. And that’s because that fear of starting uni will be embedded into your brain forever! I’m just kidding, it’s really not that scary…


I mean, it IS scary but that first day/week fear will soon turn into excitement, and that excitement should (hopefully) last the entire time you’re at Uni. 

I’ve read so many blogposts on how it’s ok to not go to uni and the success people have had for not taking that decision. It’s not for everyone, that's for sure, but I’m so glad I powered through it as I learned so much and it really was the best time of my life.

I want to offer some advice to freshers, especially those who might be extra nervous, but also write this as an open letter to my sister on how to survive your first year at University.

Advice For Freshers


First thing’s first:
Remind yourself that EVERY single first year will be in the exact same boat and will have the exact same feelings of nervousness. One thing that has changed since my days at uni, as my sister recently informed me, is that she managed to find a group page on Facebook to find out who her flatmates are going to be, so they've started to get to know each other before they all move in together next week. 

It's OK to feel homesick:
It's completely ok to admit if you're feeling homesick, you will eventually settle down. And if you don't, then home is only a train ride away. A lot of people that was in my social circle often travelled home over the weekends, and actually, one of the things that got me through my first year was that I went home at the weekends A LOT. This was also true for when I moved to London last year.

Make your room homely:
To be honest, I don't think this is a priority for most young people living away from home for the first time? But this is coming from someone who let their mum pack their duvet set and ended up with mis-matching Hello Kitty and Forever Friends set for the first few days. Mega embarrassing but I went out and got new sheets asap. Plus a couple of other bits of homeware!


There will be a lot of nights out (but you don't have to go to all of them):
Despite the pics you're seeing here, I didn't actually go out much! (Or not as much as I would've liked, anyway). I guess my friends and I were overwhelmed by the big change in our lives that we spent the majority of our first year trying to find our feet. We didn't start going to clubs and parties until towards end of the year. As you can see from the photos, when I did go out, I had a bloody good time! I wish I could turn the clocks back and do it all over again. Go out, surround yourself with good people, have fun, LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER.

There's more to student life than drinking:
Don't forget that you can say NO to clubbing and parties if it's not for you (or if you've ran out of money and can't afford to go out. Or more importantly, if you've got a deadline looming). Don't feel pressured in to doing anything, you won't get judged for it. Everyone will be far too wrapped up in themselves! You do you, this is YOUR experience. Try and get involved with other fun things to do. As an alternative, find out what things are happening at the Student Union. There's usually events on like gigs, amateur plays, karaoke, comedy club, magic shows, speed dating, film nights, fundraisers, etc. There will be a lot of other things to do around the city too.


Line your stomach:
Don't be like me and learn the hard way. Toast, chips, or a box of Creme Eggs, evidently. Anything.

Get on the good side of your tutors:
Uni isn't all about going OUT OUT. Yeah. I know, right? Obviously, make sure you go to your classes, if only to get your tutors sussed out. Especially that cold-hearted one who seems to be really hard to impress.

Toughen up:
Nothing will prepare you for the blunt feedback from your tutors. Not sure if it was because I was on a Fashion Marketing course, but most of them didn't mince their words. It was B R U T A L. OMG. Don't expect them to sugar coat anything for you. But don't take it to heart either, they only mean well and it will drive you to do better. Tough love and all that.

Be prepare to hear the fire alarm. A lot:
The very first day in halls, the fire alarm went off in the whole building. I opened my door to see one of my room mates run past me holding a toaster that was on fire. Cartoon style. That was a taster of things to come. From that day on, throughout my whole time living there, the fire alarm went off 3-4 times a week. People were setting them off in the middle of the night for ~bantz~. It was annoying. I didn't sleep much. I got cranky. Bring ear plugs. (but obvs don't ignore it if it's a real fire!!)

Speak up:
It's not easy living with other people no matter how old you are, and there will be a lot of things that'll annoy you. Like your flat mate using your cutlery to unclog the sink. Or your flat mate setting off the fire alarm on purpose at 4am for fun. Or your flat mate being sick in the hallway and expecting someone else to clean it up. Yeah, ha ha ha ha, that shit's funny to begin. Ha ha ha you've been sick on the carpet. Yay. Now clean it up, ya minger! Speak up if something isn't right whether it's in halls or in class. Don't suffer in silence, it will only make you miserable. I've seen it first hand where shitty things have driven people to live back home. If you're unhappy with something, it's time to get your sass on. 

You WILL eat well:
I couldn't live on pasta and pizza all day every day. It makes me feel sluggish. Ramen is full of E-numbers and ready meals aren't that cheap anymore. You best learn to cook some decent meals.

The skill of pulling all-nighters:
No one will be able to get away from this. You will be pulling several all nighters at one point, it's inevitable. Especially those who are studying creative courses. (4 trend books? Finished and bound? Fuckin ell, why did I leave this until the last minute?!). All nighters will be painful and it will hurt. Nibble on biscuits, put Netflix on, and drink coffee to get you through it. (Or if you were a first year in 2003, that would've been biscuits, Quizmania, and coffee). Don't be a loser and get your work done on time. You can reward yourself with a nap when you're done.

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Explore the city:
Fall in love with the city, it's your home now. Support local businesses, visit museums and galleries, and go to the markets at weekends. The fresh air will do you good!


Learn life skills:
It's funny but looking back, I was a naive and sheltered little madam that didn't know how to do much for herself. I was sheltered, scrappy and didn't know the value of things. But living away from home has taught me all of that. I learned to budget, pay bills, do laundry, keep on top of house chores, cook a lot healthy meals, timekeeping, balance my social and work life, be assertive, learn when to say no, be super organised, be independent, be competitive and driven, be kind and open-minded.


I graduated in 2009 with a 2:1, it was a tough year but... despite complaining every day and wishing my time away, and counting the days until final year was over, I'd do it all over again in a heart beat. 

University has carved me in to the person that I've become. A person that I am proud to be. It was an important four years of my life and the entire experience has opened my mind to a lot of things which has stayed with me, even now over a decade on! 

I'm soooo jealous of my little sister, she's going to be studying a course that she's fiercely passionate about and I know how much she is going to enjoy it! Good luck, pal!


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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Outfit: It's Not Quite Autumn Yet...

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I got this top in 2012 from a fashion brand that you saw on every personal style blog at the time, In Love With Fashion. Remember them? They were everywhere when I first started blogging my outfits. 
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Saturday, 10 September 2016

New Make-Up From Lily Lolo

Have you got a highlighter I can borrow?” is usually how my 18 year old sister greets me. By ‘highlighter’, she doesn’t mean the neon pens, and by ‘borrow’, that's her way of saying “gonna keep this, yeah?

lily lolo british make up brand

But she really likes highlighter. A lot. And so do I but not as much as her.

I always say that in a couple of decades(!) time, maybe girls her age will look back on highlighter the way us 90’s girls look at thin-as-possible eyebrows now? Yeah, probably not. There ain’t no other beauty faux pas than the over-tweezed eyebrow trend of the 90’s…
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Thursday, 8 September 2016

A Free Gift From Estee Lauder

A Free Gift From Estee Lauder

Free Gift Bag From Estee Lauder

Roll up, roll up. Estee Lauder have a gift with purchase offer running at House Of Fraser. 

If you spend as much time in the beauty department as I do, you’ll know that the best time to buy a beauty treat is when there’s an offer of a free gift bag. Not that I need to be lured in, but a free gift sure makes it easier to part with money! I MEAN, IT’S A FREE GIFT.. kind of!

You would have to purchase 2 products from Estee Lauder (one to be skincare or foundation) in order to qualify but the free gifts from Estee Lauder are usually really good, and the latest one is no exception.
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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Evermore London Peony & Peppermint Soy Wax Candle

Evermore London Peony & Peppermint Soy Wax Candle

There are some brands that you take an instant liking to, and Evermore is definitely one of them! The founder of Evermore is a lovely gal (hashtag GIRL BOSS!) that I worked with not so long ago and I remember when she first told me about her candle business on lunch break, to which I excitedly replied ‘Oh, I LOVE candles’...

Evermore London Peony & Peppermint Soy Wax Candle

… But ’Oh, I LOVE candles’ was an understatement to say the very least! I have a huge candle collection, the box which contains about 30 candles (not even joking). I’m a candle hoarder and I’m not even sorry about it. Nope!

Evermore London Peony & Peppermint Soy Wax Candle

Evermore, based in East London, combines organic essential oils and 100% soy wax to make their beautiful hand poured candles. Evermore candles used to be packaged in a from kraft cardboard box but they have recently redesigned their packaging and all of the candles now come in drawstring pouch and a clean white box making it an ideal present or bridesmaid gift, for example.

Evermore London Peony & Peppermint Soy Wax Candle

The Peony & Peppermint* scented soy wax candle (as featured and recommended by Vogue.com’s beauty editor) was first launched around Valentine’s Day and as soon as I took it out of the box, I could smell the sharp scent of mint! I couldn’t wait to light it up! The intensity of the peppermint is balanced with the earthy, floral fragrance of peony (bloggers love peonies!).

You can check out Evermore’s other soy wax candles on their website.


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Monday, 5 September 2016

Primark Homeware Wishlist

My favourite section at Primark is homeware, followed by nightwear, and then finally the womenswear. In that order. In the past couple of years, I’ve been sad to see the homeware section at my local Primark shrink smaller and smaller which means I’ve missed on some of the beauties that I’ve seen floating around. I suppose that’s good news for my bank balance because I could easily spend all my money on it (YAAAASS).

Primark Homeware Wishlist, primark homeware autumn 2016

I love this time of year to buy new things for my home (ok… that’s a lie. I love it all year round!). I’m going to Newcastle at some point this week and there’s a big Primark store on the high street, so I decided to snoop online first to see what I can expect and these are all the items that I’ve been looking out for. It does seem like a lot of it may be from Summer collection, so maybe I will find a few items in the end-of-season sale? I could deffo use this stuff as blog photography prop! (Always got blogging on my mind!)

I’ve also been given the heads up that there are a lot of marble print stuff (OMG) in Primark at the moment! A Primark homeware haul might be on the blog soon!
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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Current Favourites: Lingerie, Beauty, and Coffee!

ASOS black strappy bra

A more varied ‘Current Favourites’ than usual, just to mix things up a bit. Starting with lingerie!

A few years ago, when I first started blogging about fashion and beauty, I posted a lingerie haul and started to get creepy ass emails which freaked the hell out of me. Since that day, I decided not to feature lingerie. But today that changes.

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Love Me Beauty - Beauty Subscription Box

Blogging about an August beauty subscription box in September like the rebel I am. Uhmmm, not really.

At the risk of sounding like ‘the dog ate my homework’, I misplaced the memory card that these photos were taken on so it had to be put on hold until I found it. In the end, I just re-shot them, and I actually like how the photos look the second time round.

Love Me Beauty Subscription Box

Love Me Beauty - Beauty Subscription Box

The beauty box I received from Love Me Beauty* in August was sooo good, I didn’t want to miss this out on my blog, so here it is - better late than never…
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