Monday, 27 April 2015

My Sephora Wishlist: Lips

One downside to living in the UK is that we do not have Sephora... you know, that wonderful and dreamy cosmetics store full of all of the make-up you could ever ask for! Of course, Sephora has recently started shipping to the UK but I cannot bring myself to pay for the extra costs of postage & packaging. Furthermore, it can be extremely frustrating (as I'm sure my fellow Brits will know,) because it's very difficult to track down certain products and brands. However, one of my Mums old school friends is going to America soon and she's offered to pick up a few bits and bobs for me! So, I have since been trawling the website for hours on end deciding what to put on my list of items for her to pick up.

This then inspired me to start a new series on my blog all about what products I would love to own from Sephora one day. Naturally, there were too many beauty goodies for me to list in one blog post and that's when I decided to break it down into sections. I am a huge lip product junkie and so that's the category I have chosen to focus on first. Now, here are all of the amazing products that are firmly on my wishlist:

I hope you all enjoyed this quick little wishlist and I will be focusing on different categories in the near future, so stay tuned for that! Also; what is currently on your beauty wish list? Let me know as always by leaving a comment down below!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The Kylie Jenner Lip

It will probably come as no surprise that I am just as obsessed over the Kylie Jenner lip trend as everybody else is. It seems that everybody in the world is now after that perfect pout! Mind you, I am a little late hopping onto the bandwagon as I wasn't sure whether the nude-y brown look would suit my complexion... but low and behold, it does! Up until now I have definitely been more of a bold lip kinda gal but recently, I have been leaning towards nude shades more than ever before! Therefore, today I wanted to share a few of my favourite products with you that mimic Kylie's look perfectly. Let's get started!

First up is Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet in Beau Brun (£8.99.) I have been a huge fan of this range of liquid lipsticks ever since they launched and have raved about them many times on my blog before! So when I found out that they had released a few new shades, including a nude-y brown, I had to get my hands on it pronto. Now, this product is not as nude as the other two in this post. In fact, Beau Brun is quite a vivid nude with brown undertones (it's a pretty hard colour to describe!) It may not be the classic Kylie shade but I have seen her rock a colour like this before and it's still just as gorgeous!

Next is MAC's Velvet Teddy Lipstick (£15.50,) the most famous shade that Miss Jenner is rumoured to use. This lipstick has become so popular over the past year that it's almost always sold out and is near on impossible to get hold of at times! However, luckily for me, my good friend Chloe who actually works for MAC got one for me as soon as it was back in stock. As you can imagine, this shade is just as amazing as everybody makes it out to be. It's the perfect 90's shade that looks beautiful on so many skin tones.

(Top: Beau Brun - Middle: Velvet Teddy - Bottom: Addiction)

Last but not least is Rimmel's Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction (£3.99.) Not only is it near on a perfect dupe for Velvet Teddy, only every so slightly darker, it's an absolute bargain too. I love finding drugstore products like this! I have only recently gotten into using lip liner but now I'm a complete convert and I cannot wait to start collecting some more colours to add to my collection. The Exaggerate range is quite creamy and so I have been enjoying using this shade all over the lips, as well as using it just the outline them.

So, there you have it guys. Those are three of my favourite shades to get Kylie's look at the moment! Which shade is our favourite? Are you a fan of this trend too? Let me know by leaving a comment down below, I'd love to hear your feedback!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Festival Fashion

After seeing lots of celebrities looking absolutely fabulous at this years Coachella in California, I have become slightly obsessed with festival fashion once again! It's one of my favourite looks of all time because I think that festivals allow you to be really unique and play up your own sense of personal style! One of my favourite celebs that gets this style just right year after year is Vanessa Hudgens - she is definitely one of my major style crushes! So with that in mind, I decided to put together my very own music festival inspired look. All of the items featured are from Topshop, Miss Selfridge and New Look (three of my fave high street shops!) 

Hand Crocheted Bralet - £36.00
Crochet is one of the most popular trends during festival season and this top fits the bill perfectly! I love the rusty red colour of this one in particular. What I also like about this bralet is that the straps are relatively thick, so you can still get away with wearing a bra with straps on it for some extra support!

Floral Tile Print Shorts - £28.00
The pattern of these shorts match the crop top perfectly and they make such a cute combo! I think that you really cannot go wrong with a pair of high waisted shorts as they cinch you in at the waist, which gives you a lovely silhouette.

Geo Cutout Ring Pack - £8.50
This set of gold midi rings are so simple, yet really on trend and wearing multiple rings on each hand really jazzes up an outfit and takes it to the next level.

Semi Precious Stretch Bracelet - £8.50
Of course, this bracelet also ties in with the outfit perfectly! I love the design of this and I think it just adds that little something extra to this already adorable outfit.

Tan Buckle Front Saddle Bag - £10.99
Of course, at any festival you need a bag to store your essentials in and this one is the perfect size. It's really practical as it has a strap so that you can wear it securely across your body and it will not slip off of your shoulder in and amongst the crowds. Plus, the tan colour contrasts really well with the red and black outfit.

Tan Chain Front Ankle Strap Sandals - £22.99
To math the saddle bag and bring the whole outfit together, I have chosen these lovely flat sandals from New Look. It is vital to wear shoes that will be comfortable all day long yet still be fashionable at the same time. I love how the gold chain detail coincides with the jewellery that I have chosen too!

So guys, that is the festival inspired look that I have put together for you! Whats your favourite item? Are you going to any festivals this summer and what will you be wearing? I'd love to know, so feel free to leave me a little comment down below!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Recent Re-Discoveries

I'm sure that many of my fellow beauty bloggers can relate to me when I say that when you have so many products, it's easy to forget about some of them from time to time. This happens to me on a regular basis but recently, I have been consciously trying to make use of some of these forgotten gems that have been pushed to the back of my stash! So today, I wanted to show you some of my recent re-discoveries. Let's jump right in!

MAC Crosswires Lipstick
Crosswires is the first lipstick that I ever bought from MAC and I hadn't worn it in such a long time... until now. I don't know whether its the sudden bout of sunshine we're having here in the UK that's bought on my love for all things coral once again but I have been wearing this gorgeous shade a lot more lately!

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue 
It's fair to say that when the Moisture Stains came out, they were very much a 'Marmite' product. Some people loved them, like myself, but others hated the formula. However, I personally love how it is a high pigmented gloss that then leaves you with a subtle long-lasting stain afterwards. I love this shade in particular as it suits my skin tone really well and I am so glad that I have re-discovered it.

O.P.I Nail Lacquer in You're Such A Budapest

Now that spring has sprung, I'm getting back into wearing bright and pastel colours on my nails again. I had well and truly forgotten about this polish until the other day but I'm glad that I found it in my stash. It's a soft blue with a tiny hint of lilac, that goes opaque in just two coats and is pretty chip resistant too!

Clinique High Impact Mascara

I re-disovered this Clinique mini when I was clearing out my never-ending make-up bag and it made me remember how much I loved it. This mascara is perfect for everyday wear when you want your lashes to look lengthened, yet natural at the same time. It gives you that perfect, although subtle fluttery finish.

So guys, those are my four recent re-discoveries! Let me know if you have tried any of the products above before, I'd love to get your take on them. Also, have you found any old hidden gems in the depths of your make-up collection? Please let me know if you have by popping a comment down below!

Monday, 13 April 2015

My 5 Spring/Summer Goals

Hi guys, today's post is a little different to my usual fashion & beauty offerings, however, I wanted to write a blog post that means a lot to me! Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what I want to achieve as we go into spring and summer. If you have been following my blog for a while now; you may or may not know that I have suffered with anxiety & panic attacks since I was about 10 years old and my condition has gotten a lot worse over the past few years. My anxiety affects a lot of aspects in my life including social events, travelling and working. So much so, that I have actually been unemployed for quite a while now due to the fact that the thought of being back in a workplace is something that overwhelms me every single day. 

With that in mind, I have decided that this year is the year that I am going to change my circumstances and try to make my life both fun and well-rounded once again! So, I wanted to share a few of my goals that I aim to accomplish this year!

1. Go on more adventures
My anxiety has stopped me from doing a lot of things in the past and I always feel like I am missing out on some of the best years of my life. I feel like I need to embrace being a young, almost 21 year old a little more! Whether its stepping out of my comfort zone by saying 'yes' to that party or finally going away for a special trip with my boyfriend of over a year. I want to explore a little more and say a big f*** you to my horrible anxieties that have been holding me back all this time!

2. Find a part-time job
Now that I feel a little more stable what with having regular counselling sessions and a medication that works for me, I want to ease myself back into a working environment. I feel like getting a part-time job is now something that feels a lot more manageable to me. I definitely don't want to go back into full-time employment straight away, as I don't want to overwhelm myself, but this goal seems like the perfect stepping stone.

3. Become healthier
Due to being at home so much, I often have the tendency to eat out of boredom and even though I have always been a petite girl, I have noticed my weight start creeping up on me. Although I am not super unhealthy, snacking is a bad habit of mine and I would like to keep it in check and to lose a few pounds before slipping back into my pretty summer dresses. I would also like to start doing some light yet enjoyable exercise to shift those calories and to release lots of feel-good endorphins into my body. Apparently, exercise is a great outlet for those with anxiety!

4. Appreciate my life 
As I am an avid worrier, I feel like I sometimes forget to simply stop and look around me. Although I have my problems and my struggles, just like everybody does, I am still an incredibly lucky person! I have a supportive family, great friends and a lovely boyfriend who all care about me a great deal. I have three meals a day, a roof over my head and lots of luxuries that others simply do not. I definitely need to remember that more often!

5. Gain more confidence
Last but not least, I want to finally find my inner confidence. I am my own worst critic and I think I need to remember not to be so hard on myself. Who cares if there's a photo of me from a night out where I'm not looking my best or if I have a pimple. I need to remember that we are all beautiful in our own way, even if it is hard to think of yourself in that way sometimes!

Although this was an extremely different post to normal, I hope that you enjoyed reading about my hopes and aspirations for the up an coming months. I am hoping to achieve all of these goals over the next few months, as I really want to better myself and my life. I hope I can somehow inspire some of you to do the same too! Do you have any goals that you would like to put into motion this spring/summer? Please let me know by leaving a comment below!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Mini Spring Beauty Haul

Hi guys. It's been ages since I last did a good old-fashioned mini beauty haul but today I am rectifying that! This morning, I headed off to town in order to have a little browse in both Boots and The Body Shop. There are so many great products being released at the moment and I had so much fun looking around - I came out with a hand full of swatches, classic beauty blogger style! I didn't go crazy but I did get a few bits that I wanted to share with you all today. So, let's get started!

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter - £12.00
I have been using the cleansing oil from this same range for quite a while now but I am now close to running out. I was going to repurchase it, however, I decided to pick up the butter version instead to see how it compares. There was a tester of it in the store and from what I could tell, it's a gorgeous texture. I can't wait to use it for the first time tonight to remove my make-up - I'll be sure to let you know how I get on!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Beau Brun - £8.99
I already have two other shades from this range and I absolutely love them, they are definitely some of the best lip products from the drugstore in my opinion. I love the formula, the finish and the longevity of them! I decided to pick up this dark nude, brown shade à la Kylie Jenner as I don't own any other colours like this in my lipstick collection.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude - £3.99
I have seen so many people rave about how wearing a nude eyeliner on your waterline really opens up your eyes and makes you appear way more awake than you actually are! I have heard that this one from Rimmel is really popular and I'm looking forward to adding this new simple step into my make-up routine.

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiciton - £3.99
Similarly to the Rouge Edition Velvet above, I have been wanting to try out the whole Kylie Jenner lip trend for a while now and I wanted to experiment with some drugstore alternatives to see if it suits me before I bit the bullet and by MAC's 'Velvet Teddy.' I have heard a lot of great things about Rimmel's lip liners, so I picked up this gorgeous shade called 'Addiction.'

That's it for my mini beauty haul! I'm really happy with all of my new purchases and I cannot wait to start using them immediately. I'll make sure to come back and review the products properly once I have tested them out. What do you think of what I picked up? What have you purchased beauty wise recently? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

A Spring Outfit: Topshop

Spring has officially sprung here in the UK - hooray! The weather is finally on the up and daffodils are now rearing their heads left, right and centre. With that in mind, I have been feeling particularly inspired clothes-wise and so today I wanted to create a cute little spring outfit for you all. This is purely a Topshop based outfit post but all of the items featured (apart from the statement handbag) are rather cheap as far as Topshop's usual prices go, which is of course an added bonus.

As some of my regular readers will probably know by now, I love anything monochrome and so this Daisy Cropped Tee (£22.00) is right up my alley! I am a sucker for floral patterns too, so I just had to create an entire outfit to compliment this girly cropped number. Now that the temperature outside is no longer freezing, wearing these Bleached Mom Shorts (£28.00) would make a nice change to the jeans that we have been donning for the past few months! Although, if its not quite warm enough wear you are yet, feel free to throw on a pair of black tights! Now for the star of the show; this Suede Fringe Backpack (£55.00.) As I mentioned above, I have been loving the gorgeous daffodils that I have spotted around my neighborhood over the past few weeks and I though why not add a statement yellow bag into the mix. Backpacks are not only in this season but they are very practical too! Plus, the tassels add an extra cool textural element to the entire outfit. To finish off the outfit, I decided to add these Pointed Skater Shoes (£20.00.) Skater shoes are really popular at the moment as they are a comfortable yet stylish pair of flat shoes that make a change to wearing a plain pair of ballet pumps, for example.

To accessorise, I chose this Semi Precious Shield Ring (£10.00) and this Thin Ball Bangle (£5.00.) As the ensemble itself is already quite busy, what with the floral motif of the t-shirt and the super bright bag, I decided to keep the jewellery rather simple. Stone rings are all the rage right now and I thought that the bracelet was pretty yet understated at the same time. 

That's all for my spring outfit guys! What do you think? What is your favourite item? I am thinking about making this into a little spring series and creating outfits based on other shops too eg. Miss Selfridge, New Look and so on. Please let me know if that is something you would like to see from me! I hope that you're all having a lovely Easter weekend so far and I'll be back soon for yet another blog post :)