March favourites 2015

Well hello to you my reader chums! March has just gone by super quickly and I can't believe we're now into Spring with Summer coming up, something I'm very happy about! Through the month I've discovered some new gems and uncovered and old favourite. 

Here's my favourites of the month:

The first product is the highly hyped Mac's Russian Red. I finally got my hands on this in mid February and it since has become one of my top going out lip products. The colour in my opinion is the perfect red, a glamorous dark shade ideal for the utmost occasions and special days out. As its a matte finish, it lasts for a good old while and my preferred choice when it comes to lip products. The lipstick itself is blue-toned, having the ability to make your teeth look whiter, a feature great for that special occasion. I just adore this lipstick, the finish, lasting power and colour are fabulous. 
The next item is Topshop's cream blush in 'Morning dew' which used to be a great favourite of mine, however I stopped using it for a while until I picked it up at the beginning of this month. To me its a very Spring/Summer shade and consistency. As its a cream blush, when applied its creamy to blend yet has a powder finish. The final look it gives, is a lovely dewy, pinky glow like a beautiful natural flush to the skin. I would definitely recommend the Topshop cream blushes.

My  nail polish favourite of the month has been another Barry M shade of course. Most of my collection is Barry M with a few other brands thrown in yet I always go back to the trusty Barry M. The shade I've been loving this month is 'Vintage violet'. For me, its a transitional colour from Winter to Spring because the colour is a mid purple, not too light or dark. 

A new skincare addition has been another favourite of the month, the Garnier cleansing lotion in 'Start Afresh'. One of the main reasons I love this is because it helps take off excess makeup/dirt after I've removed my makeup and leaves the skin feeling super soft, fresh and leaves a lovely scent. Its a very gentle product with a creamy consistency and does the job rather well. I also love how it matches my moisturiser because they both have the same scent! 
The last favourite is this Blistex lip balm. This lip balm has the most delicious smell, leaves a lovely pink sheen on lips and them feeling smooth, a great Spring lip balm.

I hope you enjoyed by March favourites. What have you been loving this month?

Thank you for reading <3

Inspirational living: Being positive

Well hello to you my reader chums! As a little beginning/mid-week pick me up, I wanted to start this series called 'Inspirational living'. Every so often, I want to write a little post to give my readers an extra ounce of positivity and hope. Each post, I'll talk about something different in order to hopefully spread my positivity and happiness with you all.

Today's topic is simply: Being positive. Positivity is something everybody needs, it helps you feel better about yourself, your life and can leave an effect on others. In my opinion its a way of life, ' a negative mind will never give you a positive life'. What I take from this quote is that if you're negative about every scenario which occurs, there will be no positive outcome because you are unable to see a bad situation in a hopeful light.
Here's my top 5 tips to keep positive:

1) Find something good in everyday -  When you're having a bad day where everything goes wrong and you want to give up, stop for a second and think. Think about something that day which has made you smile. It can be the smallest thing from your makeup looking nice, getting a smile off a stranger or even a funny conversation you had. No matter what's gone on in the day, there is always a positive aspect. If nothing particular comes to mind, think about the bigger areas of your life such as friends, family, your job or hobbies, an area which can always make you smile.

2) Stop comparing -  Comparing yourself to others is probably one of the most natural things, yet has such a negative impact on our lives. Whether its comparing your appearance or the success of somebody else, both can turn the positivity you have in yourself into a negative. Therefore, instead of comparing, admire. What I mean by this is if you see someone and they have a really nice haircut for example, instead of thinking 'I wish I looked like that', think 'what a lovely haircut she/he has' and then find something you love about yourself to simply not compare what the other person has, however admires both that person and yourself.

3) Don't be so hard on yourself - Linking to the comparing point, being hard on yourself  in whatever it may be will put you back into a pessimistic mindset. All you can ever do is try your best, meaning it doesn't matter if you didn't get the top mark on a test or your blog isn't as big as many others for instance, you're trying and you will succeed in all you put your mind to. Success doesn't occur over night, it takes time, hard work and focus. Next time you're hard on yourself for any reason, just think I gave it my all and if you didn't next time show what you can do and go for it! 

4) Dream big - Being positive about a lot of things will make your grow your mind and lead you to think of bigger dreams for the future. 'Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground'. This quote means, carry on dreaming and aspire to do things beyond your wildest imagination, yet understand at the same time it means hard work and courage. Nothing is easy but continually working will always pay off.

5) Live every day as an adventure - I've come across this saying lately and I love it. To me this quote suggests, take every day and make it a good one. Capture those memories, have a laugh, stop worrying and be happy. 

This post something a little bit different to write about and I do hope you took some joy from it!

Thank you for reading <3


Makeup tutorial: Everyday spring look

Well hello to you my reader chums! Since Spring is now approaching, today I'm going to share with you my go to, everyday spring look. When it comes to spring makeup, I like to use quite light and pink toned colours for the eyes and lips. 
To create this look I used the following products:
Base:
Maybelline's BB cream buffed onto the skin.
Collection's lasting perfection concealer- Applied under the eyes and to cover up any blemishes.
Rimmel's stay matte powder- Swept over the face to set the base makeup.

Contour and highlight:
 Body shop's honey bronzer in shade 02- Used to contour the cheeks and dust over the face for a subtle bronze glow.
Topshop's cream blush in Morning dew- Blended on the apples of the cheeks up to the tops of the cheek bones. I love this blush because it gives a dewy, glowy finish, perfect for the Spring time.
Sleek face form kit- Lightly dusted the highlighting shade on the tops of the cheekbones and brow bone.
Eyes:
Maybelline colour tattoo in 'Rose Gold' blended all over the lid as a base.
Naked 1 palette- Pack on the shade 'Sin' all over the lid and 'Virgin' in the inner corner. To slightly darken the look and contour the eye, blend the shade 'Naked' in the outer corner and lightly through the crease. 
Naked 2 basics- Apply a small amount of the shade 'Cover' through the outer corner to add some subtle definition.
Loreal's super liner- I drew a small line above the lashes.
Maybelline's sensational mascara- I applied several coats.
Lips:
Revlon colour stay matte balm in 'Elusive'.

The final look:
Here are some close ups:

I hope you enjoyed this fresh spring makeup tutorial.

Thank you for reading <3

Day in the life:The Nutcracker Ballet and mini haul

Well hello to you my reader chums! Yesterday I had a lovely day out with my twin sister Maria. We are both big ballet fans and when found out the Nutcracker was going to be performed in one of our local theatres, we grabbed at the chance and bought tickets! As it was on later in the day we thought we would make a day of things, by having a browse round the shops and going for a meal out.

Here's a couple of snaps of Maria and I on the way there.
As you can tell we got a bit hyper, it was such a funny day!
I'm on a bit of a spending ban at the minute since I'm saving for holiday spending money and therefore didn't go on a big splurge like I usually do when I'm shopping, (I'm a bit of a shopaholic). However as Canterbury is my nearest Lush I had to pick up a few bits. The first item I bought was the 'Hoppily Poppily' bath bomb. I have a big obsession with rabbits, they are my favourite animal and so when I saw this, I was like I'm getting this! It has a rather sweet scent similar to the sweets parma violets. I'm intrigued to try it as I'm pretty sure its one of their newest additions to the Easter range and I love the unique smell.
The other bath bomb I bought is my ultimate favourite- the 'golden egg'. I'm sad this isn't available all year round because I'm addicted to the scent. It's an amazing sweet smell like honey! It leaves your bath golden and glittery as well, what more can you want in a bath bomb? I'm definitely going to stock up on this before Easter is over!
The last product I picked up from Lush was the 'Brazened honey' face mask. I used this over the Christmas period as I was having skin troubles and it did wonders. Due to this and as I'm again having a bit of skin trouble, I thought I'd purchase it to help fix the problem. For a more in depth description, I wrote a review that you can check out here.

The only other shop I bought something in was Tiger. I adore this shop; it has a variety of home ware and craft items all for a minimal price. I saw a rabbit cotton wool holder like this on Pinterest and thought it was the cutest thing so when I found it in the shop for only £2 I had to buy it! I also got a toothbrush holder for only £1.

After our look round the shops, we went for dinner. Once we had a walk around, we saw that Pizza Express was tucked away down a little lane and thought we'd give it a go. The lighting was pretty dark in there and it was quite difficult to take pictures, however the food was scrumptious!
I went for the Pollo ad astra which was a pizza covered in chicken, sweet peppers and red onion which was absolutely delicious!

For dessert, I as usual had to go for something chocolaty and chose the chocolate fudge cake which was just beautiful!
Once we were all full from dinner, we headed to the theatre. Both of us were rather excited as we've wanted to see the Nutcracker for years and it sure didn't disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and was mesmerised at times with the moves performed. Ballet to me is such a magnificent art form and leaves you transfixed. I've now watched two ballets and would happily go see some more!

The day was full of laughter, fun and an unforgettable experience, all of which I shared with my best friend, my twin sister Maria.

I hope you enjoyed this day in the life style post.

Thank you for reading <3


#DearMe- A letter to my younger teenage self

Dear Me,
              Despite what you may think, you turn out perfectly fine. All those bad hair days, or times where you didn't get the grade you wanted or even when you were known as one of the geeky, quiet ones in school, haven't made a difference to your outcome and the person you grew to be. Through all your experiences, you have gained the loveliest group of friends, those who love you for you and have developed into a happy and strong individual.

Over thinking and setting high standards for yourself- Through the years these two things were your biggest downfalls. Even though aiming high for yourself is a good thing, it isn't in the way of the added pressure you put on yourself. Take a breather and chill if you don't get the highest grade you wished for, stop adding extra stress because exams are coming up and you feel like you need to get the grade to prove to others you have something good about yourself. You do not need to prove anything, you have so many good attributes and the people who mattered knew that. Over thinking about the minor things said throughout a day will make you even sadder than you are already feeling. Its unnecessary sadness because you deserve so much happiness, even if you think you're the most horrible person out there- let me tell you, you aren't. Worrying about all the irrelevant things added to the stress and pressure you put on yourself, however over time you learnt and got through it, just keep smiling.

Friends- Quantity over quality. Having a big friendship circle at the beginning of secondary school isn't the main thing because it'll only be a select few who you will keep and cherish for life. Those true friends are the ones that matter and stick with you through every choice and worry you have. They will love you for all your little quirks and appreciate all you do for them. Don't stick with those who put you down, just leave. Friendships that you had with constant negative people are the reason for your loss in confidence, however once they were removed from your life, you found those friends who truly loved you and created the positivity you needed. Through the times where you felt like you had nobody, there were people who cared.

Confidence and happiness- Finding who you are and accepting yourself was one of your hardest things, yet you got there. Stop comparing yourself to others, sure there could be many other pretty girls in class, but that's them and you are you. You have amazing features that they may not have because we are all individuals. You have flaws but so does everybody and that makes us all human. Stop worrying about looking perfect, perfection isn't real. Embrace your petite figure- Just because you may not have big boobs and bum doesn't mean there's anything wrong with being thin. You can work a bikini in the summer, you have a thin stomach many dream of so grasp that and rock it. Don't be concerned what people think of your slimmer figure because everyone comes in different sizes and they are all beautiful, including you. Be brave in your fashion choices and makeup looks because it'll gives you more of a confident outlook when walking up the street. Your style is something only you can pull off, therefore strut all you have and wear whatever you want! Don't feel the need to always wear makeup. Yes you gain a big obsession with makeup but it isn't necessary to always wear to make you look pretty, your natural beauty will always shine through. When on your own, don't care what others may think around you because it will lower your confidence, just believe in yourself and that you can do it. You are allowed to be happy, it will come and you will finally feel happy and strong.

Keep dreaming- Everything you put your mind to you can achieve. 'If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough'. You can do absolutely anything, work to the best of your ability and things will eventually pay off. You can't get what you want straight away, but its all about working up. Be patient and don't expect things, live freely and just keep trying. Always believe in yourself and think, 'I'm invincible' and that way nobody can stop you.

Always do what you love- Never feel pressured into going along with things you don't want. Just because everyone is going to uni doesn't mean you have to follow that trend. Everything will figure its way out in the end, just go with your heart. You will find you passions and work out what kind of road you want to take in life. You aren't alone in the matter and will find many others struggle with their future choice.

Don't let anxiety ruin an opportunity- Whether this may be a party or simply meeting up wit friends, try and not let it affect your day. Keep positive and strong because if you feel that scared and worried, your friends will support you and nothing is EVER as bad as you may think it will be.

Carry on loving- Even though having a big heart and caring for so many people around you can be hard at times, it will all pay off because you will be surrounded by those who truly love and care for you too.

Just keep swimming, stay positive, strong and most importantly just carry on being you.

Love Me xxx


February favourites 2015

Well hello to you my reader chums! Today as we're now into March, I thought I'd share with you my favourites of the past month. As February was quite a short month there aren't too many favourites, however within my favourites are products which I recently tried out and have been loving.
Here's the selection of goodies:

The first product is one of Maybelline's new releases, the lash sensational mascara. Initially when I used it, I wasn't the biggest fan. There was a lot of product coated on the layered brush causing excess mascara to be applied and the lashes looking a tad clumpy. However after getting the hang of using the brush, I was able to apply it with an amazing outcome. My lashes looked voluminous, elongated and covered. The effect of the mascara meant the lashes stayed curled all day, something which is a rare occurrence. Also, the brush itself helped separate and get right to the ends of each lash, resulting in full looking lashes. As well as wearing it on its own, I've loved to pair it with Maybelline's the falsies, one of my favourite mascaras. I find it adds a bit more of a dramatic lash look when worn together.
Here's a close up of the brush:
Another favourite this month is Maybelline's Baby skin primer. At first I was a bit skeptical when using this because I was unsure if it would actually do what it claims on the bottle. Despite this mindset, I gained a liking for this product. After putting it on in the morning and doing an 8 working day, I would usually come home to see my makeup all faded off and not held in place very well. However, when using this, I noticed I would get home and my makeup was still in tact, not as fresh as it was in the morning, yet it hadn't faded away and looked like I just jumped out of bed! This primer did the trick and as its rather inexpensive, I would really recommend it. It does also claim to reduce pores, I think it does this to an extent but I wouldn't say its an 'instant pore eraser'. An attribute I do love though, is its ability for a smoother base to apply makeup onto.
My last makeup favourite is The Body Shop's Honey bronzer. Its a rather warm toned bronzer, which helps achieve a lovely bronzed glow all over the face. I've been loving it to contour with because it gives a natural contour, where the cheeks are still defined, just not to the extent of full precision. Too much of the product can result in a slight orange look, yet I find not too much is needed anyway for the complete bronzed look. 

Towards the beginning of February I wanted to make a change with my hair care routine and picked up a new shampoo and conditioner, the keratin smooth range by Tresemme. Since I  already used the keratin heat defence, I thought I would give the shampoo and conditioner a go. I didn't really know what to expect, although I did end up loving them. After I had washed my hair and it had dried, my hair felt super silky and smooth. It smelled divine and the healthy look lasted between washes.
I hope you enjoyed my February favourites. What have your favourites been this past month?

Thank you for watching <3