Sales shopping haul!

Well hello to you my reader chums, I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and are all well! Instead of doing a what I got for Christmas haul, I thought as I went to Bluewater to check out the sales with my best of friends on Saturday, I'll show you what I purchased there. I had a super fun day and had my first ever Wagamamas which didn't disappoint if I do say so myself.

One of my bigger purchases were these burgundy converses, I've been wanting a burgundy pair for a while now and as I had Christmas spending money I thought I would finally get them. I love these and its another pretty addition to my converse collection! I think they'll look fab in this season and cost me around £45.

Who can go on a shopping trip without a lush purchase? Not me for sure. I picked up two things, the first one being the butterball bath ballistic. I've never tried this bath ballistic before and because it has such a light, refreshing vanilla scent, I though it'll be perfect for a relaxing pamper evening. The other item was the dashing Santa bath bomb, as this was part of their Christmas range I got it for 50% which was a total bargain! I loved the scent of this one also because it has a kind of spice to the smell, giving a feel and warmth of these winter months.

One of my favourite clothing items I picked up was this monochrome checkered crop top. I found this beauty in the Miss Selfridge section in House of Fraser. I loved the look of this as I thought it could be dressed up or down and as its black and white its definitely a Della top, I do love a bit of monochrome! This cost me £16.
Whilst in House of Fraser, I took a visit to the makeup counters and finally picked up a full size of the Urban Decay primer potion which I'm very happy about. I also intended to buy a Mac lipstick but the one I chose was out of stock which was unfortunate. The primer cost me £16.

Topshop in Bluewater was rather hectic and therefore I took myself over to the makeup section away from all the crowds. I spent a good while swatching the lipsticks as I really wanted another one since I loved 'Beguiled' so much. In the end I chose the shade 'Rio rio' which is a bright orange toned red. I've been wanting a orange lipstick for a while but I didn't want to buy a too bold orange lip straight away in case the orange colour didn't me, resulting in getting this red-orange shade. I've tested it out on the lips and I think its going to make the perfect summer shade. The lipstick cost £8.

I bought two items from Forever 21, the first being this gorgeous teal coloured crop jumper. The camera isn't really picking the colour up but its lighter and brighter in person. When I tried it on it was super comfy and I just adore the colour. I think its going to give my wardrobe a boost of colour, and I can't wait to style it. For £12 its a good bargain.
The other thing I bought was these high waisted jeans. I love high waisted clothing and since I've got such good use out of my other pair of high waisted jeans I decided to get these. Unlike some jeans, these sit rather nice on me and don't go all baggy on the knees. Not only this but they're super comfy, and only cost £14, which I think its a pretty good deal.
The other bigger purchase was this lovely coat from New Look. I've been meaning to buy another coat for a while now but there wasn't any I've seen which I particularly liked or I thought would be quite versatile. However then I found this little gem, which is a lovely simple colour, has a furry hood ideal for cold weather, huge pockets and cute embellishments on the sleeves. A great buy in my opinion as I know I'll get so much use out of it in these colder months. For £49.99, its worth every penny.

I hope you enjoyed this haul and all the items I picked up.

Thank you for reading <3

Christmas party look: Outfit and makeup

Well hello to you my reader chums! Happy Christmas Eve! As tomorrow is Christmas Day itself and I'm oh so excited, I thought I would show you the makeup/outfit I wore to my Christmas work do and that I'm wearing tomorrow. I have a bit of a collared top obsession and when I saw this dress I thought it'll be perfect for the occasion. I loved the idea of a simple black dress paired with a bow in my hair and red lips. I wore black Chelsea boots with the dress but looking back I think a coloured pair of heels would of matched better. 

By adding a tartan bow in my hair it provided the look with all the Christmas colours and I just love how cute it looked. 

Dress: Boohoo
Chelsea boots: Primark 
Tartan bow: River Island 

The makeup look I went for was a shimmery bronze neutral eye, winged liner and red lips, one of my favourite looks. 

Products used:
Base- Rimmel match perfection foundation 
Collection's lasting perfection concealer
Rimmel's stay matte powder
Sleek face form kit in light 

Eyes- Maybelline colour tattoo in leather effect 
Makeup Revolution redemption palette iconic 3: Shade 8 all over lid and shade 7 in outer corner and blended through the crease. 
L'oreal slim liner liquid eye liner for winged liner
Maybelline's the Falsies mascara 
Rimmel's clear brow gel for eye brows

Here's a close up of the eyes: 

I hope you enjoyed this festive look and that you all have a magical Christmas!   

Thank you for reading ❤

Book review: Girl online by Zoe Sugg & book signing event

Well hello to you my reader chums! Today I'm going to do a review of Zoella's book: Girl Online. I've been a big follower of Zoe for a while now and when I heard she was bringing a book out a couple of months back I was super excited! Before I go into it I want to say I still fully support Zoe, as I know surrounding the book she's been getting a lot of hate for getting help. This is something Zoe did state in several of her vlogs beforehand and I do think it's a bit ridiculous how the media have viewed the situation, twisting things to get loads of views. That's just my opinion on that situation, now lets get into the review yay! 

When I first began reading Girl Online, I was hooked into the characters and story straight away. The way in which it was written made the tale very truthful and relatable, Penny ( the main character) was very similar to me with the thoughts and actions she has/does. I love the element of anxiety in the novel, I think it's nice to see a story bring the struggles of it to life as it helps raise more awareness to the issue. A lot of people especially teens suffer from anxiety and its not spoke about as much as it should. Also by there being advice and tips on how to get though a panic attack, it gives those who read the novel a chance to see if these ideas help. 

I grew a little attachment to some of the characters, especially Elliot or Wiki as he is known as on 'Girl online's' blog. He just seemed like the perfect boy best friend that every girl wants! I think its the sweetest thing that Penny and Elliot have known each other for so long and have a little knocking system to chat to one another between their bedrooms. It's such a strong bond and it was lovely to read about. 

Penny's family were another joy to read, I love the fact they had their own business and were all very close to one another. They have this very loving and accepting approach to everything which goes on throughout the book, especially always having Elliot round as if he's part of the family.

The main theme is the blogging side of the book, hence the name 'Girl Online'. Penny uses her blog as a way to express her feelings and write things that are on her mind. Its a way of escaping for her which is why she writes it as 'Girl Online'. I can really relate to this idea because my blog is a way for me to just say whats on my mind or express my love for certain products or books. It makes me very happy, similar to Penny in the book. I love the bits where the story is broken up into the actual narrative and Penny's blog posts because it makes it different from other teen books I've read. By adding a blog into the mix of the story and other things such as social media, it brings the story very much up to date, which again makes it even more relatable to young readers.

Another issue in the novel is cyber bullying, I don't want to talk about what happens because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, however I will say, its good that they touched on an issue which is much more common and not talked about enough similar to anxiety. I feel in this novel, Zoe talks about the issues relevant to teens today, something which I was very fond of.

The setting of the novel was Brighton. I loved how it was set here because it gave a little taste of special parts of Brighton, the atmosphere of the beach, pier and livelihood. I've always wanted to see Brighton to see the pier, the lanes and go to Choccywoccydodah, all of which are described in the novel, presenting a snippet of what its like there.

New York, New York! The other setting the book is one of the most amazing cities, New York city! Penny is lucky enough to visit  on a spectacular adventure which has a big element of romance intertwined on her trip, which I'm sure you'll find out more about if you haven't yet read it. I love the way New York is described because it brings the magic of the place alive and really helps you capture the moment.

The language in the book was very basic, there were times when things were described in much detail and times when they weren't, for example even though you learn of Penny's hair colour, you never really find out what she looks like. Saying this by the simplicity of how it was written, it captures that it is in a teenagers perspective and makes it more relatable and truthful. I think if the language was more complex it wouldn't have felt like it was from Penny's perspective at all. Also, I did like the breakdown of the text messages that Penny sent to her friends as it broke up the layout a bit and showed it was a modern story.

A happy ending? I'm not going to ruin it for any of you, however I would say yes its a happy ending and after what occurs in the middle of the story as much as you want it to end happily you don't think it will. Yet, there's a surprise at the end and I had a little weep of joy, but you're all going to have to read it and find out for yourself!

Overall, it was such a joyful read and I loved every bit of it! The book was a page turner, I loved how the story flowed and all of the characters relationships. If you're into a very relatable teen type novel, you will sure like this!

Have any of you read the book? Let me know what you think!

A day after the novel was released, I was lucky enough to get tickets to Zoe's book signing. It was such a surreal experience seeing her in person but she was honestly one of the loveliest people I've ever met! I'm so happy I finally got to say hello after the good while I've been watching her videos for, even if it was just for a few moments.

Here's my signed book!
Here's me lining up for the signing.
This is the only picture I managed to get because beyond a certain point you were unable to get pictures and when I went in the room my hand was shaking too much to take one! However I'm over the moon I finally got to meet Zoe, one of the people I look up to!

I hope you enjoyed this review and this post!

Thank you so much for reading <3

Review: Lush's Avobath bomb ballistic

Well hello to you my reader chums and long time no see! I've been so busy lately with the run-up to Christmas that I haven't had the chance to sit down and write a blog post. However, I've got a few posts planned which I hope you'll like! Yesterday I received the loveliest email from someone who reads my blogs and it made me extremely happy. Knowing people enjoy reading something I write, which is my favourite thing to do is honestly the best feeling in the world.

Now, today I thought I would do a mini-review on the lush bath ballistic Avobath. I bought this a month or so ago and never got the chance to use it. A couple of nights ago, I wanted a relaxation session and decided to have a bath. Initially, the reason I bought it was the sensational smell, it's quite sweet like honey but not too overwhelming, I would say it has a slightly subtle scent. As it wasn't too strong, it's ideal for those who are not keen on over perfumed bath bombs. 

Lush Avobath lush bath ballistic

Lush Avobath lush bath ballistic

Colour and scent of the bath bomb

Once I popped it in the bath, it wasn't a big fizzer because since its a bath ballistic its not a crazy fizzer like many of Lush's other bath bombs. After Acobath had completely melted, the bathwater was between a mint green and a pea-green colour. As it was green it really reminded me of the theatre show, Wicked. When I sat down it was oh so luxurious, my favourite thing about lush bath products is how gentle and moisturising they feel on the skin.

Lush Avobath lush bath ballistic
Avobath lush bath ballistic

Overall thoughts

I really did enjoy this bath ballistic, as usually the bath bombs I use are full of glitter or colour and this one didn't have the 'wow' factor, yet it was rather relaxing, had the loveliest, sweetest scent and was a good old bath. I think it is quite refreshing sometimes to not have a bath that's too overpowering in scent as it adds more of a tranquil atmosphere.

I hope you liked this little review and are looking forward to a couple of other posts I have planned.

Thank you for reading <3

November favourites ❤

Well hello to you my reader chums! As we're now in December and all the festivities have began, its time to tell you all about the things I've been loving in November. I say this every single month but I swear November just swept by, or is it just me?!
Here's all the products I've been loving:

The first item is this Makeup Revolution 'Redemption Palette Iconic 3'. I bought this palette in October and have been using it non stop. With 12 neutral based matte and shimmer shades, it has a complete spectrum of colours, with pink toned based shades and bronze toned ones too. As I'm really into a bronzy eye, I've loved the brown shades the most, I usually go for one of the shimmery browns all over the lid, with one of the matte browns for the crease, as it really helps define the eye. I think this palette is extremely versatile and could be used for a everyday to a full on smokey look with the darker shades provided. Its a complete bargain for the small price of £4 and offers such an array of colours, with great pigmentation and lasting power, a must buy!

My next favourite is from the Zoella beauty range and its the 'Blissful Mistful' body spray'. Ooh I do love this scent! The fragrance is very similar to Marc Jacob's Daisy perfume because its very sweet and girly, however Daisy is more of a floral scent and this is more fresh and not as strong. Its just an incredible smell, and I think the packaging is super cute. I would say as its a body mist it doesn't last too long, but if you like girly scents like me I'd give it a go!

Another favourite is BarryM's Gelly nail paint in the shade 'Chilli'. I have got a lot of use out of this recently because when it hits autumn/winter time I love to wear darker nail shades. It gives lovely glossy burgundy sheen to the nails when dry, which I'm obsessed with! However it does take a long time to dry which I always find a bit tedious as I get impatient and end up smudging them oops. Saying this, its still a beautiful polish and perfect for this time of year.

A brush favourite of mine has been the 'detailer brush' by Real Techniques. In November I wore red or berry lips a lot so when applying them I used this brush to add a layer of lipstick on before I applied it straight from the bullet. This helped a huge amount because it meant the lipstick stayed on for longer and I would already have the outline to then apply the lipstick from the bullet. Also as the brush is rather small it was really easy to fill in the lips without it going everywhere.

One of the other favourites is this Rimmel clear brow gel. The main reason I've been loving it this month is because it helped my stray eye brow hairs stay in place. Also it dries really quickly and doesn't wipe off any of your face makeup, I think its a must have in the makeup bag from now on.

The final product is this Body shop cocoa butter lip care stick. Now we're into the colder months, its the time where my lips get oh so dry, however this has been a life saver. With a beautiful chocolate scent which I have to admit I'm addicted to, its ultra moisturising and has helped keep my lips soft and in tact in this cold weather! Also, I love how its in a stick form because I'm not too fond of tinned lip products especially on the go, but with this you can just whip it out and whack it on. A definite recommend!

I  hope you enjoyed my November favourites and are all getting excited for Christmas just like me!

Thank you for reading <3

Review: Nic's picks Real Techniques brush set

Well hello to you my reader chums! Today I thought I'd do a review on a brush set which I picked up last month and have been loving, the limited edition Nic's Picks Real Techniques set. It comes with 5 brushes, 2 face and 3 eye brushes, all of which have a stunning silver exterior and are incredibly soft. As a big lover of the Real Technique brushes, I gave into temptation when I saw these and as they're limited edition it makes them even more special!

The biggest brush in the set is the duo-fiber face brush. Initially I was unsure on what purpose this brush was for because its very light and not designed for packing on too much product. However because of this, I found its perfect to apply highly pigmented face products such as the Sleek blushes as it applies the perfect amount of blush and is oh so light and soft on the skin.

The other face brush in the set is the cheek brush, a total opposite to the duo-fiber brush. This brush is very dense, ideal for holding lots of colour and blending. Its the perfect shape to apply blusher onto the cheeks and to contour with. As its such a dense brush too, it'll be great for blending in foundation/BB cream because as I said it holds colour and would be easy to blend in circular motions all over the face. This brush is one of the most versatile brushes in the set and I just love it! 

The first eye brush is the angled shadow brush, out of the set, this one is my favourite. It is the softest brush I've ever had and blends eye shadows like a dream. As the brush is angled, it helps get into the crease easier and makes blending eye shadow quicker and simpler. If you're into smokey eyes, this is the brush for you because it'll achieve a perfect blended smokey eye. Another use would be for under eye concealer because it is again the perfect shape and as its very soft, it won't tug on the skin of the sensitive area under the eyes.

Another eye brush is the base shadow brush, just like the angled brush its extremely soft. I love this brush especially because its amazing at packing colour onto the lid. This and the angled brush are the best duo, where the base shadow brush packs on all the colours and the angled one blends it into a beautiful eye look.

The last brush is the eyeliner brush and the only one I haven't used out of this set. Despite this as its quite soft and flexible, I think it'll be lovely to apply lipstick with because as its angled, it'll be good for the outline. Also, as its a rather small brush, it would be ideal to blend out lipstick if you wanted a more natural look and to tone the colour or pigmentation of the lipstick down.

Overall, this is one of my favourite sets of Real Technique  brushes ( which is a big statement because I do have a big love for my many other ones). In my opinion, it has a variety of use for all different elements of makeup looks and all the brushes are very soft! These are limited edition so if I was you I'd grab them whilst you can, I got mine for around the £20 mark.

I hope you enjoyed this review, have any of you tried these brushes?

Thank you for reading <3

Shane Filan's 'You and me' tour with chummy

Well hello to you my reader chums! On Thursday night, Danielle and I went to Shane Filan's tour, as avid Westlife fans we were super excited to go see him! The night was amazing, we had such a unforgettable time, it's lovely to spend those moments with my best friend! The opening act was Ben Montague who had a beautiful voice and was absolutely hilarious, a proper crowd pleaser. We were able to get the chance to meet him and he was such a genuine, happy guy! Onto when Shane came on, the crowd went wild, everyone was so excited to see him come on stage. With many Westlife classics, some covers and a few of his own songs, the night was a memorable one, bringing me back to those days where my mum used to always listen to the songs and the skype calls chummy and I had singing Westlife! My favourite moment was when 'Flying without wings' was sung, it's one of my favourite Westlife songs and it was incredible hearing it live and singing along. Thursday was just a perfect evening and I would love to go back and experience it all again!
Here are some pictures from the night:

Danielle and I <3

Ben Montague opening the show with an array of sensational songs, he has the most spectacular voice!

I got the chance to meet Ben and we took an ace selfie if I must say so myself, he was one of the most friendliest people I've ever met!

This is when Shane sung Uptown girl, which definitely got the crowd going! I loved the backdrop, very 1950s.

Two more shots of Shane singing. I'd love to go see him again, I can't express to you how much fun we both had!

Another picture of Danielle and I <3

I hope you liked this little post on a very memorable night of Shane Filan's tour! Are any of you big Westlife fans like me and went to Shane's tour? :)

Thank you for reading <3 

Winter lips ❤

Well hello to you my reader chums! Today, as we're into Winter now I'd thought I would  share with you my go to autumn/ winter lip products. To me this time of year makeup wise is all about burgundy/ berry lips in the autumn and as it gets nearer to Christmas, I  love a red lip as it adds to the festive feel. I went through my lip collection which has been growing lately because I have now gained an obsession with lipsticks, and picked out 6 different options I love to wear in this season.
Here they are, I picked a choice of lipsticks and lip lacquers/ lip glosses:

As you can tell by the swatches, they are all very similar in colour varying from a bright glossy red, to a glossy dark red, some matte berry shades and a vampier glossy shade.

The first lip product I'm going to talk about is this lip lacquer by MUA called 'Reckless'. This is a very recent purchase which I bought yesterday, despite this I've had my eye on it for a while and have swatched it before. I tested it out last night and oh my gosh it is beautiful on the lips! It gives a lovely dark red shiny gloss finish and has the greatest pigmentation. I think because of the shinyness, it would be perfect for a christmas party. Costing only £3, it's extremely inexpensive and has great lasting power. I would say however that it isn't very moisturising on the lips.

The next lip product is a lipstick from Topshop called 'beguiled'. I love this lipstick, its a matte, burgundy/ purple shade. Out of them all, I'm showing you, I'd say this one is the most vampy colour. This lipstick is for those people who are brave enough to pull off the purply/vampy lip look. I used to always wear it to parties and nights out, its just such a beautiful colour. I think it's great fot this time of year. The lipstick does last for a good couple of hours, is very moisturising on the lips and gives an amazing matte finish, a total recommend for you darker lip lovers out there!

Another lip product, the most perfect red lipstick in my opinion is Rimmel's Kate's range in shade 01. There is just something about Kate's range which is amazing! With ultra moisturisation on the lips, a forever lasting power and the nicest matte shade, you can't go wrong with this one if I must say. I love wearing this, as its red, it also gets me in the festive spirit! If you've seen my previous blogs, you'd know I've show this in a makeup tutorial, I love pairing it with bronze eyes and winged liner.  For £5/6 is a must buy!
Another from Kate's range, which I've shown in a lot of blogs lately as I have gained a huge obsession with it, is Kate's lipstick in shade 107. Ahh, this lipstick just screams autum to me! It's the prettiest berry/burgundy shade. Compared to 'beguiled', I'd say 107 is more berry toned and 'beguiled' is more purple toned, yet they are very similar shades. Exactly like shade 01, 107 has amazing lasting power, is really moisturising and looks fabulous. Everytime I wear this, I feel sophisticated and special, it adds that extra something to your outfit. For the inexpensive price, its such good quality, I would definitely recommend.

The next two lip products are from Barry M's loud mouth range. The two shades are ' Diva' and 'Tease'. ' Diva' is a burgundy dark shade, which has a beautful sheen over the top, giving it more of a ligloss look than a lipstick. As it has this shine, it's not as vampy as previous lipsticks I've shown. 'Tease' is a bright red shade, out of the other lip products is one of the lightest and brightest. Just like 'Diva' it has this shine over the top giving it a glossy red look rather than a matte finish. I think both of these shades are perfect for people who prefer the finish of a lipgloss but like the pigmentation of a lipstick. They don't last as long as the lipsticks I've shown, yet I think they could add a little something to a make up look with the high level of pigmentaion. Both of them are around the £4 mark I believe.

I hope you enjoyed this post on all my favourite Winter lipstick picks!
Thank you for reading <3