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 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 have matched better. 

Boohoo collared black dress

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

River Island tartan bow

Outfit details

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

Christmas makeup look 

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

Christmas makeup look

Christmas makeup look

Makeup look products 


Rimmel match perfection foundation 
Collection's lasting perfection concealer
Rimmel's stay matte powder
Sleek face form kit in 'light'

Eye makeup

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

Christmas party makeup products

Christmas makeup look

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 begun, it's time to tell you all about the things I've been loving in November.

Whether you're looking for an autumn-inspired eye shadow palette or nail polish colour, here are my November favourites.

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 every day to a full-on smokey look with the darker shades provided. It's 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!

Makeup Revolution 'Redemption Palette Iconic 3'

Zoella's 'Blissful Mistful body spray

 The fragrance is very similar to Marc Jacob's Daisy perfume because it's very sweet and girly, however, Daisy is more of a floral scent and this is fresher and not as strong. It's just an incredible smell, and I think the packaging is super cute. I would say as it's a body mist it doesn't last too long, but if you like girly scents like me I'd give it a go!

Zoella's 'Blissful Mistful body spray

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 a 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, it's still a beautiful polish and perfect for this time of year.

BarryM's Gelly nail paint in the shade 'Chilli'

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.

Detailer brush by Real Techniques.

Rimmel's clear brow gel

The main reason I've been loving it this month is that it helped my stray eyebrow hairs stay in place. Also, it dries really quickly and doesn't wipe off any of your face makeup, I think it's a must-have in the makeup bag from now on.

Rimmel's clear brow gel

Body Shop cocoa butter lip care stick

Now we're into the colder months, it is the time where my lips get oh so dry, however, this has been a lifesaver. With a beautiful chocolate scent which I have to admit I'm addicted to, it's ultra moisturising and has helped keep my lips soft and intact in this cold weather! Also, I love how it's 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 recommendation!

Body Shop cocoa butter lip care stick

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

Thank you for reading <3